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Moyers & Company | Gates Foundation Critique - Techrights. From Techrights The Gates Foundation was described as a shell for tax avoidance by philanthropist and accounting expert, Sheldon Drobny. Techrights has collected evidence that shows the same and will organize it here. Through the foundation, Bill, Melinda and Microsoft maintain pharmaceutical patent investments, tobacco investments, investments in alcoholic beverages, petroleum investments, investments in experimental and controversial crops, and even investments in news/media.

Gates need not even pay tax, though he keeps control of the assets and uses that control to influence private and public policy. Money talks and politicians can in turn be persuaded to buy from Microsoft. This dependence/lock-in cascades down to businesses and homes, creating a revenue stream that would not exist in a free market. Gates is also able to bring public money to himself through energy and public health policy. [edit] 2014 [edit] April [edit] January [edit] 2013 [edit] December [edit] November [edit] August. INFORMATION CLEARING HOUSE. NEWS, COMMENTARY & INSIGHT. Wobbly Times.

Shows | This Is Hell! 796: Control, Alter, Delete Shows Wealth division multiplies / Taking back the internet / Ukrainian for “nuance” / PLUS: Brazil’s stadium splurge, RIP Michael Ruppert and Buzzfeed’s quiz answered 795: Liquidity Trap Shows Jellyfish as reverse canaries / Oil finds Ghana / Bohemian sketchpad / PLUS: Foreign policy’s women problem, UK media update and Ungroupthink. 794: Live Free or Dry Shows The end of water / Post-credit capitalism / Taiwan’s Sunflower protest movement / Plus: Live from election day Afghanistan and poorsplaining outrage in America 793: Historical Blindness Shows America, 1491 / Afghanistan, 911 / Reagan – free speech narc / the conservative 60s / North Korea primer / mid-post-colonial Africa 792: Eurofission Shows America’s double government / Islamophobic surveillance / Ukraine’s Incoherent Revolution / Bosnia’s Democratic Uprising / Plus: Venezuela coverage uncovered, Wallerstein in Iran and the sadness of Fred Phelps. 791: Rewind – Spring Broke Shows 790: House of Shards Shows.

Business Insider. The Monkey Cage. The Real Movement | Communism is free time and nothing else! Credit Writedowns | Finance, Economics, Markets and Technology. Yanis Varoufakis | thoughts for the post-2008 world. No More Mister Nice Blog. Patrick Jennings. In the last video we introduced the Fact Without A Point Tactic that GW skeptics and deniers like to use . And in this video we want to talk about just one of the more popular talking points so that we can see this tactic in action and that talking point is the always popular "CO2 is plant food" and therefore can't possibly have any negative effects on our climate.

I call each of these talking points a "Fact Without A Point" because, while they are factually correct; when presented in a vacuum; with no additional context; they don't increase our understanding of the issue. The think tankers and politicians who love to use these simplistic ideas as proof or evidence that manmade global warming isn't real often use them in a hit and run fashion. Cos is natural, plants eat it, human beings exhale it - all the proof you need that co2 can't possibly have any negative effects on the environment - cast closed. (SLIDE) Morano quote and boron. Yes, it is true that CO2 is plant food. NSFWCORP. Left Foot Forward | Evidence-based political blogging. Ted Rall's Rallblog | Smart Politics in Pictures and Words. +972 Magazine | Independent commentary and news from Israel & Palestine. Naked capitalism | Fearless commentary on finance, economics, politics, and power.

Professor Richard D. Wolff | Economics Professor. The Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness. Expose the TPP. Home - The Public Bank Solution. SolidarityNYC. Black Agenda Report | News, analysis and commentary from the black left. Freedom Rider. Defiant Quebec students reject shabby government offer. Quebec college and university students are now in the 13th week of their militant province-wide strike while voting by overwhelming majorities to reject a government offer that met none of their key demands.

After a 22-hour bargaining session involving ministers of the Charest government, university and college heads, and leaders of the major trade-union centrals, the student leaders agreed on May 6 to put the offer to a vote of their memberships without recommending acceptance. If the offer (the French-language text is here) were accepted: The 75% hike in tuition fees (now spread over seven years, but indexed) would remain, albeit with slightly liberalized access to scholarships and loans, and provision for repayment of loans geared to future income.

A provisional committee would examine university budgets and propose possible cuts. Each dollar cut would go to reducing incidental fees not related directly to tuition (admission, registration, sports services, technology, etc.). Pressthink. Omidyar Group. Greg Palast | Investigative Reporter. DARK AGES AMERICA -- Blog for Morris Berman. Charles hugh smith-Weblog and Essays. How To Get a Job Despite the Economy April 14, 2014 An entire new feedback loop of accreditation is necessary in the economy we have, and fortunately that feedback is within our individual control. To paraphrase Donald Rumsfeld, we work in the economy we have, not the economy we might want or wish to have at a later time. And what characterizes the economy we have?

It's bewildering because nothing works like it's supposed to. But in the economy we have, getting a college degree no longer guarantees a good job, or indeed, a job of any kind: 53% of recent college graduates under the age of 25 are unemployed or doing work they could have done without going to college. The payoff for getting a college degree is declining while the risks of becoming a debt-serf due to crushing student loans is rising. The entire notion that a college degree "signals" something valuable to employers is breaking down. Anyone can read a Kindle ebook on any digital device: PC, laptop, tablet or smart phone. I cite. A primary issue for CPUSA in 1930 was membership -- recruiting members, keeping members after they were recruited, and enhancing leadership.

These problems were addressed yunder the generla theme of improving the organizational and political of shop and street nuclei. As a way of addressing the problem The Party Organizer published experiences from the specific districts. Chicago: a meeting was described wherein 'old leading members' argued over whether unemployment was developing on a mass scale and over whether workers were radicalized. Six new members from Indianapolis refuted the old members. 'All of the Indianapolis new members spoke at the Section committee and without exception, expressed one desire and hope, namely that they expect to remain in the Party in order to be able to FIGHT and to gain KNOWLEDGE. These were the exact slogans put forward by these new members themselves. " The experience in New York was bitterly described: First, our units float in the air, so to speak.

Russell Brand. Extraenvironmentalist. The Ecologist: Environment, Climate Change, News, Eco, Green, Energy - The Ecologist. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations: Infographics Details. About Lawfare: A Brief History of the Term and the Site. The Lawfare Blog went live on September 1, 2010. Ben’s first post set forth our general aims and, relatedly, our reasons for selecting our title: Welcome to Lawfare, a new blog by Robert Chesney, Jack Goldsmith, and myself. For those readers familiar with our prior writings, our subject will come as no surprise: We mean to devote this blog to that nebulous zone in which actions taken or contemplated to protect the nation interact with the nation’s laws and legal institutions.

We will, I am sure, construe this subject broadly to include subjects as far-flung as cybersecurity, Guantánamo habeas litigation, targeted killing, biosecurity, universal jurisdiction, the Alien Tort Statute, the state secrets privilege and countless other related and not-so-related matters. . . .The name Lawfare refers both to the use of law as a weapon of conflict and, perhaps more importantly, to the depressing reality that America remains at war with itself over the law governing its warfare with others. The Sparrow Project | Publicity & Creative Direction for Grassroots Activists. Voice of the Underclass. Dispatches from the Underclass. The Feminist Wire - | The Feminist Wire | Washington's Blog.

Hyphenated-Republic | Boasting the Attributes of Hybrid Vigor. The Dissenter. Reading Marx's Capital with David Harvey. RSA Animate - Crises of Capitalism. | Daily news and opinion from the left. Michael Parenti Political Archive. The North Star. The Real News Network - Independent News, Blogs and Editorials. VIDEO: New "Kochtopus" Graphic Maps the Influence of Billionaire Koch Brothers on Climate Policy. LBO News from Doug Henwood.

Naked capitalism. NAKED KEYNESIANISM. Mathbabe. Robert Reich. Henry C.K.Liu Home. Gar Alperovitz | Historian, political economist, activist, writer. Yanis Varoufakis. Valve Economics. It was late at night in October of last year when the strange email arrived. In fact, I only read it by accident and did not delete it by some miracle of fate. Before the Euro Crisis erupted in 2009, I was just another economics professor, minding my own little theoretical endeavours, writing obscure papers and esoteric books that only a few hundred nutcases around the world (like myself) would ever read, terribly satisfied in my very own academic cocoon. Back then, I would never even imagine not answering an incoming email. And then, all of a sudden, as if by the wave of some vengeful wizard’s wand, the tranquility was shattered and I found myself in the midst of an acrimonious Europe-wide debate watched over by millions.

When I read the opening line of the email in question, my finger almost pushed the delete button: “I’m the president of a videogame company (” I was intrigued. At that point, I was more than intrigued. Face to face Not in the slightest. Greek Success Story: The latest Orwellian Turn of the Greek Crisis. Greece’s Prime Minister recently flew to China, to woo Chinese investors. In his bid to be persuasive, he adopted a radical narrative: Greece is a Success Story. A country that almost perished in 2012 is now on the mend; on the road to stabilisation and growth; a wonderful opportunity, currently, for investors to pick up ultra cheap investments and to benefit from the forthcoming growth.

How much of this is true, however? Greek Prime Ministers and Finance Ministers have been upbeat for the past three catastrophic years. Mr Samaras’ narrative is, therefore, neither here nor there per se . Indeed, one may credibly argue that it is his job to put on a brave face and to be upbeat, especially when in a country like China where he is struggling to beat up some investments for his suffering country. However, what makes the Greek Success Story (GSS) narrative interesting is that the international press and the money markets seem to concur. Six reasons are bandied about in support of GSS: 1. 2. PRIME ECONOMICS. Wonkblog. Unsettling economics | A Progressive Look At Economics and the Rest of the Screwed Up World. Free Press | the Fight for Better Media Begins Here. | Free Press. EduShyster | Keeping an eye on the corporate education agenda, in Massachusetts and beyond.

The Monkey Cage. Mondoweiss | The War of Ideas in the Middle East. The Electronic Intifada. Informed Comment: Thoughts on the Middle East, History and Religion. Welcome to Chris Floyd's Empire Burlesque. Max Blumenthal. Corey Robin | Author of The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin. LENIN'S TOMB. Truthout | Fearless, Independent News and Opinion. Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines.

Free Speech TV. Not Safe For Work Corporation. The Rag Blog. OCCUPY STUDENT DEBT CAMPAIGN. Crooks and Liars. The Raw Story | America's #1 completely independent news and politics source. TomDispatch. The National Memo. Alternet. Daily Kos Labor at Daily Kos. Remember green jobs? They were supposed to be a win-win for America, simultaneously creating new skilled jobs and moving us toward sustainability. But, as Michelle Chen details, the momentum has died: Though federal green initiatives have provided vital seed money for wind farms and solar-generation projects nationwide, the blue-collar workers who have the most to gain from the projected clean-tech boom are still struggling to find any job, much less a green one.

Of course, green jobs are not the boondoggle portrayed by right-wingers. It's really sad. Discuss A New York Times editorial points out that software engineers and fast food workers are more similar than we might think: Both groups are affected by wage theft. In the days ahead, a settlement is expected in the antitrust lawsuit pitting 64,613 software engineers against Google, Apple, Intel and Adobe. Discuss Florida Gov. Florida Gov. The ruling lets stand an appeals court decision that Scott's order was too broad.

Discuss Discuss. ThinkProgress. Media Matters for America. JIMROMENESKO.COM. UP with Chris Hayes. Now playing Dissecting the notion of ‘Deporter-in-Chief’up next Can damage with Latino community be repaired? Will GOPers pivot away from anti-ACA message? Can ACA change voters’ minds in red states? Headlines making the news ‘This was torture by anybody’s definition’ Can public opinion on torture change? Relationship between late night and politics The politics of late night television The future of late night Another signal detected in MH370 search A benchmark week in health care reform Is 2016 the next battleground in ACA fight? Democracy threatened after SCOTUS ruling? Lis Smith: Sexism in Christie report.

Sam Sacks. Yes Lab. Progressive Shows List. Americans Who Tell The Truth | Models of Courageous Citizenship. The Whistleblower Directory | The most comprehensive whistleblower database in the world. S.H.A.M.E. Project › Shame the Hacks who Abuse Media Ethics... C-SPAN Video Library.