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Soaring Capitalism and Boeing’s Max 8

I’ve long felt that the United States’ economic model is leading us to ruin. The grab-all approach to business and wealth strengthens the strong while shutting doors to the rest of us. Capitalism encourages greed and monopoly. This graph clearly illustrates the rise of corporate profits (the blue line) and the decline of employee wages […]

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75,000 an Hour

One hundred times the speed of sound, 75,000 miles per hour is inconceivably fast. It’s more than twice the 36,373 mph of Nasa’s New Horizons as it hurtles towards Pluto. But I’m not writing about speed, I’m writing about dollars. At $156 million a year, David Zaslav earns ten thousand times more per hour than […]

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50 Million Casualties – Bird Flu Comes a Calling

As if we needed one more reason to boycott factory-farmed animal products, here comes another horror story. It all started earlier this year when the Department of Agriculture began issuing warnings to the poultry industry. H5N2 was knocking wild birds out of the sky, birds sick with highly pathogenic avian influenza. Within a few months, […]

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Corporations Food

The Silver Lining Behind the Discovery of GMO Wheat

Oh boy, here’s a big story today about GMO wheat. “GMO wheat?” you ask, “Didn’t think there was such a thing.” Well, now there is. Genetically modified wheat has risen from the dead zone of the American consciousness to frighten us into a new level of awareness. According to this AP News Story: Japan has […]

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ICC

A New York Times Op Ed headline Treat Greed in Africa as a War Crime about the International Crimes Court and the problem of  “a vast and unregulated system of extractive capitalism” initially caught my eye today because I live in Africa, but as I read it I saw that the problem identified and solution offered would benefit all continents on […]

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Corporations Health Care Our Life

BETTING ON THE HORSE TO LOSE

I spent part of my morning comparing health insurance plans.  Despite the fact that I’m not really interested in getting health insurance.  I haven’t had health insurance for six years, nor have I felt any desire to get it.  With the exception of an occasional cold, some muscle strains, chigger bites and wasp stings, I […]

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ORGANIZED ANARCHY

Bob and I met Trace and his partner Kristin recently when they moved up here from the coast. Kristin is a media activist. and co-founder of Be Yr Own Hero. Trace works at Eastern Carolina Organics, a marketing and distribution service for local organic fruits and vegetables. Trace also hand makes books and writes an […]

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WHAT KIND OF COUNTRY WOULD BAN COMMERCIALS FOR ENHANCED SEXUAL PERFORMANCE?

A communist one, apparently. Those heathens have little tolerance for this kind of nonsense, according to this morning’s Associated Press story, China Bans Bra, Underwear, Sex Toy Ads The notice by the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television, stated: Illegal ‘sexual medication’ advertisements and other harmful ads pose a grave threat to society. They […]

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AN INTERESTING WEEK FOR KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN

You can’t make this stuff up! Last Wednesday, KFC issued a press release about asking the pope to bless their fish sandwich: KFC APPEALS TO HIGHER AUTHORITY BY ASKING FOR PAPAL BLESSING FOR NEW KFC® FISH SNACKER SANDWICH New Fish Snacker Offers Modern Take on ‘Loaves and Fishes’ for Today’s Lenten Observers LOUISVILLE, KY – […]

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NEVER ENOUGH BLING

It was while enjoying one of my many guilty pleasures that I first came across the word “bling.” “What do you suppose this means?” I asked Bob, pointing to the picture in the State Line Tack catalog. Bob rolled over onto his right shoulder and took a look. It was a pink tee shirt with […]