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  • How Ferguson rips off the poor
    Daily Beast - Three times a month—one day and two nights—the [Ferguson] City Council chamber also serves as home to the incredibly busy and extremely profitable municipal court.A report issued just last week by the nonprofit lawyer’s group ArchCity Defenders notes that in the court’s 36 three-hour sessions in 2013, it handled 12,108 cases and 24,532 warrants […]
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    Count Basie […]
  • Inside government
    Project on Government Oversight Government Accountability Project Wikileaks   WHISTLEBLOWERS Thomas Drake Bill Binney Chelsea Manning Edward Snowden […]
  • Vermont moves away from criminalizing approach to heroin addiction
    Business Week - Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin devoted his entire State of the State address in January to what he called Vermont’s “full-blown heroin crisis.” Since 2000, he said, the state had seen a 250 percent increase in addicts receiving treatment. The courts were swamped with heroin-related cases. In 2013 the number of people charged with heroin traff […]
  • Department of Good Stuff: De Blasio backs cooperatives
    Yes Magazine - Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York City Council allocated $1.2 million to support worker cooperatives in 2015’s budget. According to the Democracy at Work Institute, New York’s investment in co-ops is the largest by any U.S. city government to date.Cooperatives are businesses owned and controlled by their members on the basis of one member, […]
  • ISIS: Another US Mid East plot gone astray
    Tony Cartalucci Activist Post - In reality, US special forces and other Western operatives have been inside and operating in Syria for years. The only missing ingredient the US seeks to justify is direct, open military intervention including airstrikes on Syrian territory. It was the United States itself that intentionally created ISIS, beginning as early as […]
  • Government information officers blacklisting journalists
    In These Times - As states move to hide details of government deals with Wall Street, and as politicians come up with new arguments to defend secrecy, a study released earlier this month revealed that many government information officers block specific journalists they don't like from accessing information. The news comes as 47 federal inspectors genera […]
  • Learning Vietnam
    From 50 years of our overstocked archives. The following documents some of the steps your editor went through to arrive at full opposition to the war in Vietnam. It may be helpful - and perhaps hopeful - to those trying to change minds about the current conflicts.] Sam Smith - Although a researcher stumbling upon The Idler, the predecessor to the Progressive […]
  • Pocket paradigms: Corruption
    1. Hit the corrupters at least as hard as the corruptees. The real danger in corruption is what the bribe buys, not the soul of the bought politician (which probably never was in that great a shape anyway).2. The worst corruption tends to be legal, therefore hardly anyone notices it. Remember that corrupt not only means dishonest, it also means without integ […]
  • Word
    When it shall be said in any country in the world, 'My poor are happy; neither ignorance nor distress is to be found among them; my jails are empty of prisoners, my streets of beggars; the aged are not in want, the taxes are not oppressive -- when these thing can be said, then may that country boast of its constitution and government. -- Thomas Paine […]
  • Median net worth of Americans declines
    Washington Post - The median net worth of American households declined between 2000 and 2011, the Census Bureau said  in a report that showed the steepest drops experienced by minorities and people under age 55.The wealth drop in the bottom 60 percent was so great that it more than offset healthy increases in the net worth of the top 40 percent. As a result, […]
  • 16th state wins federal court decision for gay marriage
    ACLU […]
  • Distressed house sales drop
    Foreclosed or 'short sale' properties have dropped below 10 percent of sales for the first time since the Great Recession. In 2009, more than 1 in 3 home sales were distressed. […]
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