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TRAILER CASH: US paying $3,300/month to lease trailers for Katrina victims
By : James Varney - Sunday January 29, 2006
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If FEMA could distribute the fortune spent on trailers directly to those in need of housing, the recipients might find a much nicer place to live, and even have money left over for home repairs. But there’s a catch: That’s illegal Those displaced by Hurricane Katrina and seeking a temporary trailer don’t get to kick the tires or discuss financing plans, but a look at the ultimate sticker price might make them wish they could: $59,800. That’s the cost to taxpayers (...)
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Pace of US Economy’s Growth Slowest in Three Years
By : Alan Fein - Sunday January 29, 2006
By Alan Fein (AXcess News) New York - The US Commerce Department economic report, released Friday, shows that the US economy grew at the slowest pace in three years, rising only 1.1 percent in the last quarter of 2005. The economic Report states that for the year, the US economy grew 3.5 percent in 2005 overall. The nation’s growth in gross domestic product (GDP) rose a brisk 4.1 percent in the third quarter, in sharp contrast to the 1.1 percent growth in GDP in the fourth-quarter (...)
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Abrupt slowdown of US economy in last quarter
By : United States - Sunday January 29, 2006
United States economic growth slowed to its weakest rate in three years in the last quarter of 2005 ending the year with an overall expansion of 3.5%, down from the 4.2% of 2004. The US economy grew at an annual rate of 1.1% from October to December, compared with 4.1% in the previous three months. The drop was caused by reduced consumer spending amid soaring fuel prices, while the government also tightened budget expenditure post-Hurricane Katrina. However economists predicted the drop (...)
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Corrupt Congress: Virtually all of the $40 Billion in spending cuts affect the Poor and Young
By : USA Today - Saturday January 28, 2006
A new year brings new hope. And in this year it would be nice to see in Washington a new commitment to fiscal restraint and a resolve to bequeath a solvent government and robust economy to future generations. To listen to many Republican lawmakers, a move in that direction is underway. In the final hours before it wrapped up on Dec. 21, the Senate approved a five-year, $40 billion deficit reduction package. The measure, set to pass the House of Representatives early this year, would cut (...)
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Study Finds Rich-Poor Income Gap Growing
By : MARK JOHNSON - Friday January 27, 2006
By MARK JOHNSON The disparity between rich and poor is growing in America as the federal minimum wage has remained flat for years, union membership has declined and industries have faced global competition, according to a study released Thursday. The report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Economic Policy Institute, both liberal-leaning think tanks, found the incomes of the poorest 20 percent of families nationally grew by an average of $2,660, or 19 percent, over the (...)
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imminent collapse?
By : eddie_40330 - Thursday January 26, 2006
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can anyone provide me with a link to US Treasury Secretary Snow issuing a warning about an imminent collapse of the US economy? i can’t find it, if there is one. all the stuff i’ve read that he’s recently spoken regarding the economy is all roses and sunshine.
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Why the “Free State” of Maryland Isn’t So “Free!”
By : William Hughes - Wednesday January 25, 2006
The governor of Maryland receives an annual salary of $150,000 for fulfilling his official duties. Nevertheless, the incumbent office holder, Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr., a Republican, and Pavlovian lapdog for the warmongering President George W. Bush, raised $4.6 million last year for his November 7, 2006 reelection efforts. The two Democratic wannabes, Martin O’Malley and Douglas M. Duncan, raised a combined $5.6 million in 2005, in their quests for the same governorship. I say a plague (...)
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Latin America Shifts Left: It’s the Economy
By : Mark Weisbrot - Monday January 23, 2006
Bolvia’s Evo Morales is the sixth presidential candidate in the last seven years to win an election while campaigning against economic neoliberalism. By Mark Weisbrot Evo Morales’ election in Bolivia, with an unprecedented (for that country) 54 percent of the vote, is seen and analyzed here mostly in political terms. He is a former head of the coca growers union and opposes the U.S.-sponsored attempts to eradicate the production of coca. He has talked about nationalizing the (...)
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BUSH’S NEW MULTILATERALISM
By : William Fisher - Friday January 20, 2006
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by William Fisher With the billions of dollars appropriated by the U.S. for Iraqi reconstruction almost all spent, Japan, Australia and other nations in President George W. Bush’s “coalition of the willing” are likely to be asked to shoulder much of the burden for funding the large number of unfinished projects. Getting others to take up the slack is reportedly high on Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice’s agenda when she visits the Far East in March. Her trip, (...)
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BUSH STEP DOWN rally, Feb 4th, Allentown PA
By : Lynne - Wednesday January 18, 2006
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"BUSH STEP DOWN!" Rally at Cedar Beach Park southwest corner, Hamilton & Ott Sts. Allentown PA February 4th 1-2 pm It is time for the Bush reign to end. Lies to Congress and Americans to start a war, illegally spying on US citizens, Katrina, Medicare cuts, Veterans cuts, children’s school lunch cuts, economists figuring the true cost of Iraq war to be 2 trillion dollars, over 2000 troops dead, cronyism over experience, on and on the list goes.... Whatever your issue with (...)
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Discrimination against mobile dwellers in France
By : halemfrance.org/ - Wednesday January 18, 2006
Taxation without recognition? Although not recognised officially as housing, caravans will now be paying council tax. The 2006 finance law introduces council tax for people living in mobile, land-based dwellings, mainly caravans and camping-cars. This aggravates existing discrimination and contradicts recent presidential and government statements. The situation is pure dynamite. Will this blow it up? All depends on what will happen during the next few months. In fact, the law will only (...)
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Sen. Harry Reid: DC "Overrun by Organized Crime"
By : Harry Reid - Tuesday January 17, 2006
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By SEN. HARRY REID In 1977, I was appointed chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission. It was a difficult time for the gaming industry and Las Vegas, which were being overrun by organized crime. To that point in my life, I had served in the Nevada Assembly and even as lieutenant governor, but nothing prepared me for my fight with the mob. Over the next few years, there would be threats on my life, bribes, FBI stings and even a car bomb placed in my family’s station wagon. It was a (...)
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Iraq war could cost US over $2 trillion, says Nobel prize-winning economist
By : Jamie Wilson - Saturday January 14, 2006
Economists say official estimates are far too low New calculation takes in dead and injured soldiers by Jamie Wilson in Washington The real cost to the US of the Iraq war is likely to be between $1 trillion and $2 trillion (£1.1 trillion), up to 10 times more than previously thought, according to a report written by a Nobel prize-winning economist and a Harvard budget expert. The study, which expanded on traditional estimates by including such costs as lifetime disability and (...)
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The $4bn industry that is America’s guilty secret
By : Rupert Cornwell - Wednesday January 4, 2006
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By Rupert Cornwell Lobbying is Washington’s grubby secret. Some say lobbying is part of the democratic process. Others claim it is legalised bribery, even corruption. But love it or loathe it, it is the way Washington works. Usually you hear little about the quiet meetings, the lavish lunches and junkets that lubricate American politics. But every once in a while something comes along to open the system to what it hates most: daylight. The case of Jack Abramoff, influence-peddler (...)
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Peak Oil and the End of Empire
By : Charles Sullivan - Wednesday January 4, 2006
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by Charles Sullivan Peak oil is most likely a term most readers have not heard before. That is about to change. The concept is slowly making its way onto the mainstream stage. It is intruding into the fringes of the public conscience and soon it may occupy the greater part. When that time comes, as it inevitably will, and probably sooner than you think, the world as we know it will end. Oil is the lifeblood not only of the U.S. economy-especially its terrible military capability-it is in (...)
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Mark Weisbrot: Hidden turbulence could send economy into a recessionary tailspin in 2006
By : Mark Weisbrot - Sunday January 1, 2006
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By Mark Weisbrot WASHINGTON — Will the U.S. economy do as well in 2006 as it did in 2005? That may well depend on whether we can make it through another year without any of the current economy’s big imbalances and unsustainable trends coming back to bite us. The median forecast for Gross Domestic Product growth in 2006, according to Bloomberg News’ latest survey of 71 economists, is 3.4 percent. This is a little less than estimates for 2005, although a significant slowing (...)
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Their two cents: Protesters hang up on tax for Iraq war
By : Beth Potter - Sunday January 1, 2006
By Beth Potter Peace activist Bill Sulzman in Colorado Springs protests the war in Iraq by refusing to pay the federal excise tax of about 50 cents on his monthly phone bill. Sulzman also recruits others who are against U.S. military involvement in Iraq to stop paying the tax, which was first adopted in 1898 to pay for the Spanish- American War. The tax raises about $5 billion a year, which activists say goes to fund war efforts. The Internal Revenue Service won’t confirm that the (...)
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50 indicted for stealing hundreds thousands of dollars from Red Cross Fund for Katrina Victims
By : Jacqueline L. Salmon - Tuesday December 27, 2005
Fraud Alleged at Red Cross Call Centers Contract Workers in Calif. Stole From Katrina Aid Program, Indictments Say By Jacqueline L. Salmon Washington Post Staff Writer Tuesday, December 27, 2005; A02 Nearly 50 people have been indicted in connection with a scheme that bilked hundreds of thousands of dollars from a Red Cross program to put cash into the hands of Hurricane Katrina victims, according to federal authorities. Seventeen of the accused worked at the Red Cross claim center in (...)
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Impeach the Liar-in-Chief
By : Stephen Crockett - Friday December 23, 2005
The generation of American leaders who fought the American Revolution and crafted the United States Constitution examined the most important issues of government. They considered (1) war and peace, (2 ) the limits to government power vs. individual liberties, (3) how officeholders should be controlled by the citizenry and (4) the raising and management of public money. That generation devised impeachment to remove tyrants and corrupt officeholders from positions of public power based on (...)
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Bush fund-raisers cash in by giving - then receiving
By : JIM TANKERSLEY - Thursday December 22, 2005
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By JIM TANKERSLEY, JOSHUA BOAK, AND CHRISTOPHER D. KIRKPATRICK BLADE STAFF WRITERS First of three parts President Bush’s corporate champions see the spoils of his administration in coal. And timber. And credit-card payments, Afghan electric lines, Japanese bank transfers, and fake crab. America’s business leaders supplied more than $75 million to return Mr. Bush to the White House last year - and he has paid dividends. Bush Administration policies, grand and obscure, have (...)
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I, European citizen, won’t let refugees be rejected in my name
Thursday 10 March
©Olivier Jobard/Myop I, European citizen, won’t let refugees be rejected in my name THE RIGHT TO ASYLUM IS A RIGHT In the phrase « right to asylum », every word matters. Under the law, every person who is persecuted because of his or her political opinions or because of his or her identity, every person that is endangered by violence, war or misery has a RIGHT to seek asylum in another country The aim of this petition is to collect (...)
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Neo-Nazis and far-right protesters in Ukraine 3 live-stream
Friday 24 January
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The far-right in Ukraine are acting as the vanguard of a protest movement that is being reported as pro-democracy. The situation on the ground is not as simple as pro-EU and trade versus pro-Putin and Russian hegemony in the region. When US Senator John McCain dined with Ukraine’s opposition leaders in December, he shared a table and later a stage with the leader of the extreme far-right Svoboda party Oleh Tyahnybok. This is Oleh Tyahnybok, he has claimed a "Moscow-Jewish mafia" (...)
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Hugo Chavez is dead (video live)
Wednesday 6 March
by : Collective BELLACIAO
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President Hugo Chavez companeros venezueliano died after a long battle with cancer.
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International initiative to stop the war in Syria Yes to democracy, no to foreign intervention!
Thursday 13 December
Your support here: http://www.peaceinsyria.org/support.php We, the undersigned, who are part of an international civil society increasingly worried about the awful bloodshed of the Syrian people, are supporting a political initiative based on the results of a fact-finding mission which some of our colleagues undertook to Beirut and Damascus in September 2012. This initiative consists in calling for a delegation of highranking personalities and public figures to go to Syria in order to (...)
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THE KU KLUX KLAN ONCE AGAIN CONTROLS INDIANA
Monday 12 November
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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At first glance, the results of America’s 2012 election appear to be a triumph for social, racial, and economic justice and progress in the United States: California voters passed a proposition requiring the rich to shoulder their fair share of the tax burden; Two states, Colorado and Washington, legalized the recreational use of marijuana, while Massachusetts approved the use of marijuana for medical purposes; Washington and two other states, Maine and Maryland, legalized same-sex (...)
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I’VE DECIDED TO "WASTE" MY VOTE
Sunday 28 October
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
In a 2004 episode of Comedy Central’s animated series South Park, an election was held to determine whether the new mascot for the town’s elementary school would be a “giant douche” or a “turd sandwich.” Confronted with these two equally unpalatable choices, one child, Stan Marsh, refused to vote at all, which resulted in his ostracization and subsequent banishment from the town. Although this satirical vulgarity was intended as a commentary on the two (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART IV
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART II PART III If there is one major inconsistency in life, it is that young people who know little more than family, friends and school are suddenly, at the age of eighteen, supposed to decide what they want to do for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, because of their limited life experiences, the illusions they have about certain occupations do not always comport to the realities. I discovered this the first time I went to college. About a year into my studies, I (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART III
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART II PART IV Disillusioned with the machinations of so-called “traditional” colleges, I became an adjunct instructor at several “for-profit” colleges. Thanks largely to the power and pervasiveness of the Internet, “for-profit” colleges (hereinafter for-profits) have become a growing phenomenon in America. They have also been the subject of much political debate and the focus of a Frontline special entitled College Inc. Unlike traditional (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART II
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART III PART IV Several years ago, a young lady came into the college where I was teaching to inquire about a full-time instructor’s position in the sociology department. She was advised that only adjunct positions were available. Her response was, “No thanks. Once an adjunct, always an adjunct.” Her words still echo in my mind. Even as colleges and universities raise their tuition costs, they are relying more and more on adjunct instructors. Adjuncts are (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART I
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART II PART III PART IV When The Bill of Rights was added to the United States Constitution over two hundred years ago, Americans were blessed with many rights considered to be “fundamental.” One conspicuously missing, however, was the right to an education. This was not surprising given the tenor of the times. America was primarily an agrarian culture, and education, especially higher education, was viewed as a privilege reserved for the children of the rich and (...)
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ONE SOLITARY LIFE, PART TWO
Monday 30 July
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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If there is one universal question that haunts all human beings at some point in their lives, it is, “Why do we die?” Death, after all, is the great illogic. It ultimately claims all, the rich and the poor, the mighty and the small, the good and the evil. Death also has the capability to make most human pursuits—such as the quest for wealth, fame and power—vacuous and fleeting. Given this reality, I have often wondered why so many people are still willing to (...)
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HOW MUCH CORRUPTION CAN DEMOCRACY ENDURE?
Thursday 28 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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How much corruption can a “democracy” endure before it ceases to be a democracy? If five venal, mendacious, duplicitous, amoral, biased and (dare I say it) satanic Supreme Court “justices”—John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Anthony Kennedy—have their way, America will soon find out. In several previous articles for Pravda.Ru, I have consistently warned how the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision is one of the (...)
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DEMOCRACY IN THE HANDS OF IDIOTS, PART TWO
Tuesday 12 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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Imagine, if you will, that the United States government passes a law banning advertisers from sponsoring commercials on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show or Rupert Murdoch’s Fox (Faux) “News” Network. On one hand, there would be two decided advantages to this ban: The National IQ would undoubtedly increase several percentage points, and manipulative pseudo-journalists would no longer be able to appeal to the basest instincts in human nature for ratings and profit while (...)
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DEMOCRACY IN THE HANDS OF IDIOTS
Thursday 7 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Pravda.Ru Legal Editor
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LIVE, from the State that brought you Senator Joseph McCarthy, Wisconsin voters now proudly present, fresh from his recall election victory, Governor Scott Walker! At first glance, it is almost unfathomable that anyone with a modicum of intelligence would have voted to retain Scott Walker as Wisconsin’s governor. This, after all, is a man who openly declared he is trying to destroy the rights of workers through a “divide and conquer” strategy; who received 61% of the (...)
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PEOPLE WITHOUT SOULS
Tuesday 13 March
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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A question I’ve frequently been asked since I began writing for Pravda.Ru in 2003 is, “Why did you become disillusioned with the practice of law?” This question is understandable, particularly since, in most people’s minds, being an attorney is synonymous with wealth and political power. I’ve always been reluctant to answer this question for fear it will discourage conscientious and ethical people from pursuing careers in the legal profession—a (...)
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