11 Jun

Nation of Change

Getting Rolled in Wisconsin

Andy Kroll,
The energy of the Wisconsin uprising was never electoral. The
movement’s mistake: letting itself be channeled solely into traditional
politics, into the usual box of uninspired candidates and the usual line-up of
debates, primaries, and general elections. The uprising was too broad and
diverse to fit electoral politics comfortably. You can’t play a symphony with a
single instrument.


Think Government Job Losses Don’t Hurt Us? Think Again

“If public-sector employment had grown since June 2009 by the average
amount it grew in the three previous recoveries (2.8 percent) instead of
shrinking by 2.5 percent, there would be 1.2 million more public-sector jobs in
the U.S. economy today. In addition, these extra public-sector jobs would have
helped preserve about 500,000 private-sector jobs.”


Reports of Occupy’s Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

Vitelli, Op-Ed:
The goal of Occupy was to get together as a community
of equals, to claim a future different than the ones they gave us, and to
reignite a tradition of democratic progress that reaches back far into our
history. The goals of the slowly evolving Occupy movement were something of an
experiment. It was a way of exploring new ways of interacting with others. Of
showing each other that we can do very fine without the 1%, thank you very much.


Montana Governor Stands Up to Citizens United

Mehrad Yazdi, News
“In the absence of strict rules governing campaign money, these
big players will eventually get what they seek. I vetoed these bills, but future
governors might sign them if they have been bribed by the same type of money
that is now corrupting our State Legislature. To prevent Washington-style
corruption in Montana, Schweitzer supports a federal constitutional amendment
that would enable states like his to ban corporate financing of political


In the Name of My Father, Part Two: In the Shadow of the Corporate State Madhouse

Phil Rockstroh,
A lone, psychopathic killer views himself as a self-contained
society of one; therefore, he feels accountable to no one outside of himself…He
is a freelancer (a mirror image of the lawless state itself) who has assumed the
murderous agency of state power. No wonder, we, as a people, so greatly
exaggerate the danger these extreme cases pose to us on a collective basis.


Nation’s Largest Health Insurer Will Preserve Key Obamacare Provisions, Regardless of Supreme Court Ruling

Peterson Beadle, News Report:
So far, 6.6 million young adults between
19 and 25 years old have signed up for insurance coverage through their parents’
policies. It’s a popular provision that even Republicans, like Tea Party
favorite Rep. Allen West (FL), support. During an appearance on Fox News Monday
morning, Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) — one of the staunchest opponents of the law
— also defended the insurer’s decision, noting, “to allow them to stay on that
family plan, just helps the family until that person goes to school [and is] established in life.”


Mariela Castro, Daughter of Cuban President, Helps Lead Struggle for LGBTQ Rights in Cuba

Amy Goodman,
Video Report:
Mariela Castro is best known in Cuba for her ardent
support of gay, lesbian, and transgender rights and as the director of the Cuban
National Center for Sex Education in Havana. During a rare visit to the U.S.,
Castro discusses her work in Cuba battling anti-LGBTQ discrimination.


War or Revolution Every 75 Years. It’s Time Again.

Paul Buchheit ,
Today the two cities could be Los Angeles and Chicago, both
among the ten most unequal metropolitan areas in the United States. Instead of
lords and noblemen, we have CEOs and hedge fund managers. The economic
injustices are fashioned in more civilized ways. Insidious ways. Los Angeles is
the biggest city in a state with a $9-16 billion budget deficit.


U.S. Military Admits Major War Mistakes

Jeffery Smith,
News Report:
From the outset, U.S. forces were poorly prepared for
peacekeeping and had not adequately planned for the unexpected. In the first
half of the decade, “strategic leadership repeatedly failed,” and as a result,
U.S. military training, policies, doctrine and equipment were ill-suited to the
tasks that troops actually faced in Iraq and Afghanistan.


Day 267: Live Coverage of the Occupy Movement

Harkinson, Special Coverage:
“As we enter Day 267 of the Occupy
movements the protests have spread not only across the country but all over the
globe. Thousands of activists have descended on Wall Street these past weeks as
part of the #OccupyWallStreet protest organized by several action groups. What
follows is a live video stream and live Twitter feed of this event.”


Jim Hightower | These Steaks May Stick to Your Ribs

Hightower, Op-Ed:
While meat glue is widely used, corporations peddling
molded meat aren’t eager to let us consumers in on their little secret. Well,
sniffs the meat industry’s lobbying group, they have to list transglutaminase on
the ingredient label and stamp the package as “formed” or “reformed” meat. How
honest! Except that most of these glued steaks are peddled as filet mignon
through high-volume restaurants, hotels, cafeterias, and banquet halls.


Hungry for Justice in Chicago’s Little Village

Angela Smith,
News Analysis:
This hunger strike and the policy it hopes to change is
the seed of a growing movement for immigrant rights, which underscores the need
for serious dialogue about the damage lack of fair and humane immigration reform
has caused. Dying people have nowhere to turn, and those who have the power to
save them are barred by economic concerns from respecting human life and

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