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Media Empires. Companies Suing Nations. Above the Law. Consolidated Economic Control. Abuse of Patents and Copyrights. Strong arming little guys. The more ridiculous tax breaks. Tax Dodging. Some Online Journals Will Publish Fake Science, For A Fee : Shots - Health News.

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Some Online Journals Will Publish Fake Science, For A Fee : Shots - Health News

Or you could make it up. Many online journals are ready to publish bad research in exchange for a credit card number. Nowhathappenedwas comments on Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) are reintroducing legislation to revive the Glass-Steagall Act, the Depression era bill which would force big banks to split their investment and commercial banking p. Rich Californians Don't Think They Should Have To Ration Their Water. Cable Proudly Declares Smart Shoppers A 'Lower Quality' Of Customer They Have No Interest In. If you live in a broadband and TV market with anything even closely resembling competition, you've probably learned that the only way to get the best rates is to pit ISP retention departments against one another.

Cable Proudly Declares Smart Shoppers A 'Lower Quality' Of Customer They Have No Interest In

Often only by seriously threatening to cancel can users force ISPs to bring out their best promotional offers, something you'll have to repeat every few years if you don't want to get socked with higher rates. The ideal consumer then, from the broadband and cable industry's perspective, is one that grumbles a little bit but can't be bothered to do a little extra legwork to secure better rates (read: the vast majority of users). Of course pitting ISPs against one another assumes you even have the choice of more than one decent broadband provider, something that's certainly not a given.

GOP Shutdown. The Speech That Could Make Elizabeth Warren the Next President of the United States  Early Friday evening Sen.

The Speech That Could Make Elizabeth Warren the Next President of the United States 

Elizabeth Warren took to the Senate floor and gave a plain-spoken, barn-burning speech that could make history and put her into serious contention to be the next President of the United States. There are only a handful of political speeches that have such historic impact. Barack Obama's keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic Convention comes readily to mind. It's what catapulted an obscure Illinois state Senator into the national limelight and put him on the path to becoming President. A Federal Budget Crisis Months in the Planning. Out of that session, held one morning in a location the members insist on keeping secret, came a little-noticed “blueprint to defunding Obamacare,” signed by Mr.

A Federal Budget Crisis Months in the Planning

Meese and leaders of more than three dozen conservative groups. It articulated a take-no-prisoners legislative strategy that had long percolated in conservative circles: that Republicans could derail the health care overhaul if conservative lawmakers were willing to push fellow Republicans — including their cautious leaders — into cutting off financing for the entire federal government.

“We felt very strongly at the start of this year that the House needed to use the power of the purse,” said one coalition member, Michael A. Needham, who runs Heritage Action for America, the political arm of the Heritage Foundation. Beyond Orwellian Nightmares and Neoliberal Authoritarianism. (Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout)Those who fight against neoliberalism must not settle for reforming a system that is as broken as it is dangerous.

Beyond Orwellian Nightmares and Neoliberal Authoritarianism

Any viable, transformative struggle will need a boldly democratic vision; durable, longstanding organizations and strategies that make politics meaningful. To be corrupted by totalitarianism, one does not have to live in a totalitarian country.- George Orwell Central to George Orwell's nightmarish vision of a totalitarian society was a government so powerful that it not only dominated all of the major institutions in a society, but it also was quite adept at making invisible its inner workings of power. To read more articles by Henry A. Giroux and other authors in the Public Intellectual Project, click here. The American Deep State, or what Colonel Fletcher Prouty called the Secret Team, is a structural layer of political intermediaries: non-governmental organizations (e.g.

5 Tiny Common Sense Changes That Would Save the World. #2.

5 Tiny Common Sense Changes That Would Save the World

A Ban on Pharmaceutical Ads Pfizer Considering that most people are unable to tell the difference between their pancreas and their liver, you would figure that the decision of what drugs to give a person would be best left to someone who has spent the better part of a decade learning about the human body. In most countries, you would be right. mj0007/iStock/Getty Images "I'll give you my boner pills when you pry them from my hot, sticky hands! " If you live in the US, then you have seen firsthand that pharmaceutical companies disagree, electing to let the market decide what is and is not the best drug out there -- thus the invention of Direct to Consumer Advertising (DTCA). The sheer power of marketing means that doctors, frequently less charismatic than Don Draper, are under pressure to prescribe the drugs that patients (sorry, "consumers") demand, rather than those which medical professionals recommend.