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A Ten-Step Program
By : Jane Smiley - Thursday December 22, 2005
by Jane Smiley Is Bush in a bubble? Is Bush a dry drunk? Is Bush a drunk drunk? Is Bush a narcissist? Is Bush an idiot? Is Bush a madman? Does Bush have an “Authority Problem”? Theories abound about why Bush does the things he does, but most of them assume that he is making mistakes that he could or would correct if he understood how misguided he was. On Monday, there was an editorial in the New York Times lamenting the apparent indifference of the Bush administration to the (...)
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The Decline of the American Empire
By : GABRIEL KOLKO - Thursday December 22, 2005
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Defeated in Iraq, Bankrupt at Home, Despised Around the Globe (And That’s Just the Good News) By GABRIEL KOLKO The dilemma the US has had for a half-century is that the priorities it must impose on its budget and its imperial plans have never guided its actual behavior and action. It has always believed, as well it should, that Europe and its control would determine the future of world power. But it has fought in Korea, Vietnam, and now Iraq—the so-called "Third World" in (...)
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A Religious Protest Largely From the Left
By : Jonathan Weisman and Alan Cooperman - Wednesday December 21, 2005
Conservative Christians Say Fighting Cuts in Poverty Programs Is Not a Priority By Jonathan Weisman and Alan Cooperman When hundreds of religious activists try to get arrested today to protest cutting programs for the poor, prominent conservatives such as James Dobson, Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell will not be among them. That is a great relief to Republican leaders, who have dismissed the burgeoning protests as the work of liberals. But it raises the question: Why in recent years have (...)
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$8 Billion in Bonuses awarded to Defense Contractors, "regardless of performance"
By : Tony Capaccio - Tuesday December 20, 2005
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The Defense Department paid contractors $8 billion over five years in bonuses on weapons programs that were often dogged by severe cost overruns, performance problems and delays, the Government Accountability Office said. The agency, an independent auditor for Congress, reviewed 93 of 597 military contracts in force between 1999 and 2004 that included the possibility of a bonus. Contractors on average were awarded about 90 percent of the bonus money available, the agency said in the draft (...)
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Annals of Outrage III
By : Katrina vanden Heuvel - Saturday December 10, 2005
by Katrina Vanden Heuvel Last May, I wrote an Annals of Outrage II chronicling the waste, fraud and abuse in the federal government in the first half of 2004. Plenty of time has passed since my last piece and much has happened. Here, then, is my latest attempt to guide you through the Bush Administration’s most egregious corruption scandals. The information comes to us courtesy of the federal government’s internal investigations into administration fraud, waste and abuse. The (...)
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IRAQ: Strategic City Stabilization Initiative (Worth $1,020,000,000.00)
By : frogfeet - Sunday December 4, 2005
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Just found this application on HuffPo. Thought it was interesting. Anyone out there looking for work? I did notice the last sentence under the "Description" regarding "no funds available yet". _ FGO for Applicants AID logo IRAQ: Strategic City Stabilization Initiative (SCSI) General Information Document Type: Grants Notice Funding Opportunity Number: RFA 267-06-001 Posted Date: Nov 30, 2005 Original Due Date for Applications: Jan 31, 2006 The Request for (...)
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UK concessions on farm reform fail to win over EU
By : Andrew Grice and Stephen Castle - Saturday December 3, 2005
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By Andrew Grice and Stephen Castle in Brussels and Philip Thornton Tony Blair’s proposals to end the deadlock over the EU budget provoked strong opposition from eastern European nations even though he offered to cut Britain’s rebate by about a fifth. Under fire at home for his pledge to offer concessions over the rebate without concrete reforms on farm spending, Mr Blair faced direct criticism from leaders in central and eastern Europe at talks with them in Budapest yesterday. (...)
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As rural economies collapse, communities across America are being deserted
By : The Guardian - Monday November 21, 2005
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Population 1: the town that’s been reclaimed by the prairie As rural economies collapse, communities across America are being deserted, as Paul Harris discovers in Monowi, Nebraska Sunday November 20, 2005 The Observer The entire population of Monowi, Nebraska, is sitting in a bar. Her name is Elsie Eiler, 72. Monowi, founded by Czech immigrants seeking a slice of the American dream, is on its last legs. Only Eiler is left, surrounded by the ruins of homes that once boasted (...)
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House Budget Measure Is Pulled. Moderates Buck GOP Leadership In Both Chambers
By : Jonathan Weisman and Shailagh Murray - Sunday November 13, 2005
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By Jonathan Weisman and Shailagh Murray House Republican leaders were forced to abruptly pull their $54 billion budget-cutting bill off the House floor yesterday, amid growing dissension in Republican ranks over spending priorities, taxes, oil exploration and the reach of government. A battle between House Republican conservatives and moderates over energy policy and federal anti-poverty and education programs left GOP leaders without enough votes to pass a budget measure they had framed (...)
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Calif. Voters Defeat Abortion Notification
By : MICHAEL R. BLOOD - Thursday November 10, 2005
By MICHAEL R. BLOOD LOS ANGELES (AP) - In a stinging rebuke from voters who elected him two years ago, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s efforts to reshape state government were rejected during a special election that darkened his prospects for a second term. Voters also strongly rejected an initiative that would have required parents to be notified when minors seek abortions All four of the Republic governor’s signature ballot proposals were rejected in Tuesday’s election, (...)
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Halliburton Should Repay Millions to Iraq, a U.N. Audit Finds
By : JAMES GLANZ - Saturday November 5, 2005
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An auditing board sponsored by the United Nations recommended yesterday that the United States repay as much as $208 million to the Iraqi government for contracting work in 2003 and 2004 assigned to Kellogg, Brown & Root, the Halliburton subsidiary. Skip to next paragraph The Reach of War Go to Complete Coverage The work was paid for with Iraqi oil proceeds, but the board said it was either carried out at inflated prices or done poorly. The board did not, however, give examples of poor (...)
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Bid for More Home Heating Aid Fails in Senate
By : Washington - Friday October 28, 2005
The Senate decided yesterday the money was not there for a substantial spending boost for the federal home heating program, deflecting arguments that soaring energy prices could force the poor to choose between heat and food this winter. Senators voted 54 to 43 in favor of a proposal to boost the fiscal 2006 budget for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program from $2.2 billion to $5.1 billion. A 60-vote majority was needed to approve new spending not coupled with equivalent spending (...)
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THE POWER TO DESTROY
By : TruthBeFree - Wednesday October 26, 2005
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THE POWER TO DESTROY Tax crusader Irwin Schiff found guilty on all counts Faces possible 43 years in prison, $3.25 million in fines for evasion Posted: October 25, 2005 2:50 a.m. Eastern © 2005 WorldNetDaily.com Irwin Schiff seen promoting his book, ’The Federal Mafia: How the Government Illegally Imposes and Unlawfully Collects Income Taxes’ Irwin Schiff, the Nevada man who has made a career out of telling Americans that payment of federal income taxes is voluntary instead (...)
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Desperation deal at GM
By : Robert Kuttner - Sunday October 23, 2005
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By Robert Kuttner THE UNITED Autoworkers union has agreed to save General Motors over a billion dollars a year in health insurance costs. This is a disguised pay-cut, since workers will now pay more out of pocket for their healthcare. The union agreed to this desperation deal to help keep GM alive. The once-dominant auto-maker posted a record $1.1 billion loss in the third quarter; and its former parts division, Delphi, with 34,000 union jobs, has just gone into bankruptcy. If and when it (...)
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As goes General Motors
By : Derrick Z. Jackson - Thursday October 20, 2005
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By Derrick Z. Jackson, Globe Columnist THE SIGH of relief for General Motors is a fresh reason for Americans to scream for a national solution on healthcare. Staggered by $3.8 billion in losses so far this year, but holding the leverage of cutting jobs, GM got the United Auto Workers to agree to a tentative contract that will probably triple or quadruple the contribution of workers to their healthcare. Up to now, union members paid 7 percent of healthcare costs. Salaried GM employees are (...)
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Squeezing the Have-Nots
By : William Greider - Wednesday October 19, 2005
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de William Greider The country is overloaded now with explosive political preoccupations, too many to keep straight, but there is one more potential disaster lurking behind the headlines—the economy. Not to worry, say the newspapers. The White House assures us the Bush economy is going great. The Federal Reserve agrees. Notwithstanding the tempest that flattened the Gulf Coast, the Fed is worried that the economy is expanding too strongly—it might provoke price inflation. So, (...)
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Money for Nothing
By : world peace society - Tuesday October 18, 2005
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Billions of dollars have disappeared, gone to bribe Iraqis and line contractors’ pockets. by Philip Giraldi The United States invaded Iraq with a high-minded mission: destroy dangerous weapons, bring democracy, and trigger a wave of reform across the Middle East. None of these have happened. When the final page is written on America’s catastrophic imperial venture, one word will dominate the explanation of U.S. failure-corruption. Large-scale and pervasive corruption meant (...)
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No oversight of how more than $140 billion is being spent in
By : Seth Borenstein - Tuesday October 18, 2005
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WASHINGTON - The chief Pentagon agency in charge of investigating and reporting fraud and waste in Defense Department spending in Iraq quietly pulled out of the war zone a year ago - leaving what experts say are gaps in the oversight of how more than $140 billion is being spent. The Defense Department’s inspector general sent auditors into Iraq when the war started more than two years ago to ensure that taxpayers were getting their money’s worth for everything from bullets to (...)
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Personal Debts and US Capitalism
By : Rick Wolff - Tuesday October 18, 2005
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by Rick Wolff There is no precedent in US — or any other — history for the level of personal debt now carried by the American people. Consider the raw numbers. In 1974, Federal Reserve data show that US mortgage plus other consumer debt totaled $627 billion. By 1994, the total debt had risen to $4,206 billion, and by 2004, it reached $9,709 billion. For the second quarter of 2005, the Fed announced that the nation’s debt service ratio (debt payments as a percentage of (...)
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$$$ Your Hard Earned TAX DOLLERS Hard at work! $$$$
By : TruthBeFree - Sunday October 9, 2005
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Driverless vehicles prepare to rumble in Mojave Desert PRIMM, Nev. (AP) - A customized Volkswagen SUV created by Stanford University became the first driverless vehicle to cross the finish line Saturday of a $2-million, Pentagon-sponsored robot race across the rugged Mojave Desert. A customized red Hummer built by Carnegie Mellon University, dubbed H1ghlander races through the Mojave desert in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) 2005 Grand Challenge robot (...)
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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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