Up w/ Chris Hayes Lobbying firm's memo spells out plan to undermine Occupy Wall Street By Jonathan Larsen and Ken Olshansky, MSNBC TV A well-known Washington lobbying firm with links to the financial industry has proposed an $850,000 plan to take on Occupy Wall Street and politicians who might express sympathy for the protests, according to a memo obtained by the MSNBC program “Up w/ Chris Hayes.” The proposal was written on the letterhead of the lobbying firm Clark Lytle Geduldig & Cranford and addressed to one of CLGC’s clients, the American Bankers Association. CLGC’s memo proposes that the ABA pay CLGC $850,000 to conduct “opposition research” on Occupy Wall Street in order to construct “negative narratives” about the protests and allied politicians. The memo also asserts that Democratic victories in 2012 would be detrimental for Wall Street and targets specific races in which it says Wall Street would benefit by electing Republicans instead. Two of the memo’s authors, partners Sam Geduldig and Jay Cranford, previously worked for House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.
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.
Capitalism’s ‘Sacrifice Zones’ BILL MOYERS: This week on Moyers & Company… CHRIS HEDGES: The power of journalism is that it is rooted in verifiable fact. You go out as a reporter, you seek to find out what is factually correct. Clark Lytle Geduldig & Cranford Clark Lytle Geduldig & Cranford (CLGC) is a political lobbying firm in the United States. History Steve Clark formed the group as Clark & Associates in 1999. 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. Solar panel companies and green building firms are hiring people, just not fast enough to dent the unemployment figures.
The Destruction of Conscience in the National Academy of Sciences by DAVID H. PRICE Last Friday, esteemed University of Chicago anthropologist Marshall Sahlins formally resigned from the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), the United States’ most prestigious scientific society. Shows All In now playing The real ‘Grievance Industry’up next Why the rich never stop complaining Obamacare enrollment hits 8 million Colicchio hits Christie over ‘fridgegate’ Most romantic political contribution ever Errors in a rape investigation Colleges and the culture of rape accusations Crisis escalates in Ukraine Port Authority scandal at ground zero? Fox News’ beef with marijuana Low-wage worker confronts GOP congressman Billionaires: The opinions that really matter Government by the few What happens when the 1% rule our politics Why conservatives want to dismantle the IRS The GOP wants you to hate the IRS GOP candidates dodge Obamacare questions Bain Capital investing in methadone clinics Where is the social safety net? Why ‘Tax Day’ could be so much easier The problem with tax prep for the poor Why many in the GOP love this Nevada rancher States’ rights activists flock to Nevada Is Ukraine being invaded in slow-motion? One-on-one with legendary filmmaker James Cameron
» Lobbying Firm’s Memo Spells Out Plan to Undermine Occupy Wall Street Alex Jones If Feds Take Your Cattle & Property, YOU Become Cattle Good And Bad of Suspended Animation Feds Plan To Ban Ammunition Fort Hood Survivor Blames "Gun Free Zone" 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. (If interested, you may take a look at the blog I have dedicated to these debates here.)
Open access: The true cost of science publishing Michael Eisen doesn't hold back when invited to vent. “It's still ludicrous how much it costs to publish research — let alone what we pay,” he declares. The biggest travesty, he says, is that the scientific community carries out peer review — a major part of scholarly publishing — for free, yet subscription-journal publishers charge billions of dollars per year, all told, for scientists to read the final product. Radio · Oregon Public Broadcasting Photo: Inger Klekacz / OPB Music New and Northwest music, in studio sessions & more.Listen online or on HD radio in Portland at 91.5-2
American Bankers Association The American Bankers Association (ABA) is a professional association founded in 1875. It represents US banks of all sizes and charters. In general, the ABA is a tool for lobbying for policy and political presence inside Washington D.C.. Historical Events and Accomplishments On May 24, 1875 James T. 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.
The Atlantic Article, Trickle-Down Feminism, And My Twitter Mentions. God Help Us All. By Guest Contributor Tressie McMillan Cottom, cross-posted from TressieMC Courtesy: kveller.com This is one of those posts that can go nowhere but down. There are things you simply cannot do in this life and slaying unicorns is one of them. What do I mean by “slaying unicorns”? It’s an old Livejournal term.