- The mid-term elections by Mike Hendricks
“….for the next two years, we’ll have a Republican House, a Democratic Senate and President, and that means not much is going to get done. Anything passed by the House will be rejected by the Senate. If the reverse was true and we had a Democratic House and a Republican Senate, the result would be the same. Not much would get done.
Our system of government is in crisis because the people we elect don’t live up to their campaign promises. They don’t go to Washington and do what they said they were going to do because they get caught up in the culture of Washington. The power they suddenly have goes to their heads, the money flows freely and they forget about the people back home. It’s not unusual for middle-class people to get elected and sent to Washington and come back home rich.” More
- US Federal Reserve stokes global currency war
“The Federal Reserve Board’s announcement Wednesday of a second round of “quantitative easing”—the printing of hundreds of billions of US dollars—is an aggressive and unilateralist move, widely—and legitimately—perceived by America’s economic rivals as a hostile act.” More
- Hope For Young Atheists
“Were you an atheist, agnostic, rationalist, humanist, or other type of non-theist during your early to mid teenage years? Did you feel isolated? Alone? Alienated? Shunned? Did you ever find yourself wishing that there was a group of like-minded people you could hook up with for mutual support and enlightenment? Alas, no such groups existed when I was a teen. Fortunately, that finally seems to be changing.” More
- The Government Accountability Project
“GAP’s latest episode of ‘Whistle Where You Work’ looks at a recent survey commissioned by the nonprofit organization Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) on the current state of food regulation. UCS asked a key public — FDA and USDA scientists — to “evaluate how well the government uses science to protect the food supply.” We chat with a UCS Director about the results of the survey, including the scientists’ strong support for increased whistleblower protections.” More
- Fake Anti-war Activism. The “Humanitarian Road” Towards an all out Nuclear War? by Michel Chossudovsky
“Some of America’s wars are condemned outright, while others are heralded as “humanitarian interventions”. A significant segment of the US antiwar movement condemns the war but endorses the campaign against international terrorism, which constitutes the backbone of US military doctrine.
The “Just War” theory has served to camouflage the nature of US foreign policy, while providing a human face to the invaders. In both its classical and contemporary versions, the Just War theory upholds war as a “humanitarian operation”. It calls for military intervention on ethical and moral grounds against “insurgents”, “terrorists”, “failed” or “rogue states”. More
- Greedy Bankers Are Like Coke Fiends
“It would be wonderful if the people for the financial crisis learned lessons from the worldwide havoc and suffering they helped to prompt. Don’t hold your breath” More
- Corporate spending in the 2010 elections + Enronistan, The Former United States of America, Corporations United by Robert Weissman
“Public Citizen President Robert Weissman breaks down corporate spending in the elections and talks about the need for a constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling.” More
- The More Money You Make the More Likely You’ll Vote Republican
“Despite what you might hear about Tea Party Populism, one thing is indisputable. The bigger your salary, the more likely you were to cast a ballot for the GOP.” More
- Despair Follows Delusion by Joel S. Hirschhorn by Joel S. Hirschhorn
“Despite all the hype and rhetoric, only one impact of the midterm elections is assured. Notwithstanding power shifts from Democrats to Republicans in Congress there will not be any deep, sorely needed true reforms of our corrupt, dysfunctional and inefficient government. The culture of corruption in Washington, DC will remain. Hundreds of millions of dollars from corporate and other special interests will assure that.
Voters who think otherwise are either delusional or stupid. It will not matter whether you voted for Republicans because you wanted to defeat Democrats (or vice-versa), or whether you voted for Tea Party candidates, or whether you voted against incumbents, or whether you voted for what you believe are lesser-evil candidates. Americans lost however they voted, but it may take time for most to comprehend that. That is a terribly painful reality, which is why many who chose to vote will resist facing the ugly truth.” More
- With his party controlling virtually all the levers of state power, President Barack Obama has expanded the war in Afghanistan, deepened the Bush administration’s attacks on democratic rights, and overseen the multi-trillion-dollar bailout of Wall Street, while doing nothing to alleviate the worst social crisis since the Great Depression.
“The sweeping defeat of the Democratic Party in the 2010 elections was prepared by the policies pursued by the Obama administration.” More
- US-led Afghan war, criminal
“Renowned Jewish-American scholar Noam Chomsky says US invasion of Afghanistan was illegal since to date there is no evidence that al-Qaeda has carried out the 9/11 attacks.
“The explicit and declared motive of the [Afghanistan] war was to compel the Taliban to turn over to the United States, the people who they accused of having been involved in World Trade Center and Pentagon terrorist acts. The Taliban…they requested evidence…and the Bush administration refused to provide any,” the 81-year-old senior academic made the remarks on Press TV’s program a Simple Question.
“We later discovered one of the reasons why they did not bring evidence: they did not have any.”
The political analyst also said that nonexistence of such evidence was confirmed by FBI eight months later.” More