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David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

December 31st, 2011

Obama Crowned Himself on New Year's Eve

These were among the complaints registered the last time this nation had a king: "He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good."He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

December 31st, 2011

2011: A SiCKO’s Year in Review

Thought I might pile on the end-of-the-year reviews with a regular soul’s view of 2011 and a bit of a look forward to 2012.  I claim no special standing or expertise other than life experience and perhaps a healthier than usual dose of good fortune when I compare 2011 with ... continue reading

Michael Moore

Author and Filmmaker

December 30th, 2011

75 Years Ago Today, the First Occupy

On this day, December 30th, in 1936 -- 75 years ago today -- hundreds of workers at the General Motors factories in Flint, Michigan, took over the facilities and occupied them for 44 days. My uncle was one of them. The workers couldn't take the abuse from the corporation any ... continue reading

Michael Moore

Author and Filmmaker

December 28th, 2011

In 2012, I'm Only Backing Candidates Who Pledge to Get Money OUT of Politics -- Like Dan Kildee from Flint

Click here to donate to the congressional campaign of Flint's own Dan Kildee I have many things I'm planning to do in the New Year -- walk three miles a day, use an eco-friendly laundry detergent, write fewer anonymous letters to Wolf Blitzer -- but I want to declare, right ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

December 27th, 2011

24 Items Not to Hoard

1. Toilet Paper. Instead of hoarding toilet paper for the coming disaster and anarchy that should never be out of your mind if you want to remain easily manipulable by cynical demagogues, invest in providing clean and accessible bathrooms for the homeless. This will radically improve the lives of millions ... continue reading

Michael Moore

Author and Filmmaker

December 24th, 2011

A Little Christmas Gift for You to Download

Thanks for all the wonderful comments regarding the short story about my mom from HERE COMES TROUBLE that I sent you a few days ago. I figured it wouldn't be right if I didn't also send you the short story about my dad from the book. It's entitled 'Christmas '43,' ... continue reading

December 24th, 2011

Christmas ’43

Excerpted from Here Comes Trouble: Stories From My Life by Michael Moore My dad had noticed for some years that I no longer wanted to shoot guns. He had taken note of when we boys in the neighborhood had stopped playing War. I didn’t know much about his time as ... continue reading

Crystal Zevon

Author

December 23rd, 2011

We're Still Here

While many occupations - from New York and Boston to Oakland and Los Angeles -  have been shut down, the two Washington D.C. occupations seem to just keep going.  We’ve been occupying Freedom Plaza for 78 days now.  In one sense, we’ve relaxed.  We no longer have our bags packed ... continue reading

Rebecca Solnit

Author

December 22nd, 2011

Compassion Is Our New Currency

Crossposted from TomDispatchUsually at year’s end, we’re supposed to look back at events just passed -- and forward, in prediction mode, to the year to come. But just look around you! This moment is so extraordinary that it has hardly registered. People in thousands of communities across the United States ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

December 22nd, 2011

Prospects for Peace on Earth

This time of year is ideal for reflecting on the miracle of Christmas 1914, that famous temporary truce and friendship between opposing sides in the midst of a war. Here was a new type of slaughter confronted with a new type of humanism, the leading edges of two opposing trends. ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

December 21st, 2011

Why Jamie Dimon Just Doesn't Get It

Jamie Dimon, the infamous CEO of JPMorgan Chase, is back to doing what he does best: defending the bankers of the 1% against the petulant 99%. "Acting like everyone who's been successful is bad and because you're rich you're bad, I just don't get it," he said at a recent ... continue reading

Nick Turse

Journalist, TomDispatch

December 21st, 2011

The Drone That Fell From the Sky

Crossposted from TomDispatchThe drone had been in the air for close to five hours before its mission crew realized that something was wrong.  The oil temperature in the plane’s turbocharger, they noticed, had risen into the “cautionary” range. An hour later, it was worse, and it just kept rising as ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

December 21st, 2011

Solidarity Inaction: Railroad Workers and the Occupy Movement

Last week , after Occupy protesters attempted (with some success) to blockade West Coast ports without the consent of the International Longshoremen and Warehouse Union (ILWU), some Occupy activists claimed that the lack of union support for the shutdown was evidence that labor leaders are sout of touch with the ... continue reading

Mary Bottari

Director, Real Economy Project

December 21st, 2011

Break Up Bank of America Before it Breaks Us

On Monday, Bank of America (BofA) stocks briefly traded for under $5. Yes, you could buy a share of BofA for less than the noxious debit card fee they tried to force down your throat. BofA is massive, with assets equivalent to 15 percent of U.S. GDP. So why is ... continue reading

Michael Moore

Author and Filmmaker

December 20th, 2011

Here's a New Free Chapter from HERE COMES TROUBLE

Thank you to the tens of thousands of you who have read HERE COMES TROUBLE and helped to make it a New York Times bestseller this year. And thanks to those of you who bought a signed first edition to help the nonprofit theater in the town where I live. ... continue reading

Other Worlds

Economic Justice

December 20th, 2011

"Haitian Peasant Women as Poto Mitan, Central Pillar": An interview with Iderle Brénus Gerbier

Interview by Alexis Erkert, Other WorldsDecember 20, 2011Iderle Brénus Gerbier has worked with many peasant organizations in support of women's rights and food sovereignty. She is a member of the Haitian National Network for Food Security and Sovereignty (RENHASSA), campaign coordinator for Food Sovereignty in Haiti, advisor of the National ... continue reading

Crystal Zevon

Author

December 20th, 2011

Occupy Washington D.C.

Since October 6th, I have been living in a tent on Freedom Plaza in Washington D.C. (with a couple absences for the death of my father, and Thanksgiving with my daughter and grandsons). There are two occupations in Washington D.C. and we're both still here. And yet, our presence seems ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

December 19th, 2011

Un-Happy Holidays for Seniors and the Disabled – Here’s Your Donut

It isn’t sugar plums dancing in their dreams for America’s seniors and disabled who are covered by the Medicare program.  It’s donuts.  Donut holes into which many fall at this time of the year as they reach the maximum limits of the first tier of “Part D” prescription drug benefits. ... continue reading

Allison Kilkenny

Citizen Radio

December 19th, 2011

Occupy Highlights Authoritarian Behavior by Police

Crossposted from the NationA funny thing happens when one uses the term “police state” to describe behavior by authorities in response to the Occupy protests. Very Serious Company turns pale and insists that the United States is not turning into a police state—at least not yet. America isn’t North Korea ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch

December 19th, 2011

The Four Occupations of Planet Earth

Crossposted from TomDispatchOn the streets of Moscow in the tens of thousands, the protesters chanted: “We exist!”  Taking into account the comments of statesmen, scientists, politicians, military officials, bankers, artists, all the important and attended to figures on this planet, nothing caught the year more strikingly than those two words ... continue reading

Matt Stoller

Roosevelt Institute

December 19th, 2011

Treat foreclosure as a crime scene

Crossposted from PoliticoBubbling under the surface of politics is the foreclosure crisis — where the power of big finance is brushing up against the rule of law. The party leaders seem to have decided it is essentially a giant — but unavoidable — tragedy. GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney said ... continue reading

Jeff Gibbs

Writer and Filmmaker

December 18th, 2011

It Was Never a War. It Was an Invasion and We Are the Empire.

“War” is not over. There never was a war. There was an invasion.An unleashing of mega-violence by an Empire upon a people who were no threat to them.  Zero.A unilateral assault by the United State of America on a small nation that had nothing to do with 9/11, that in ... continue reading

Michael Moore

Author and Filmmaker

December 18th, 2011

LAST CALL: Signed First Editions Will Be Gone by Tomorrow! ORDER TODAY, RECEIVE BY XMAS

My publisher has informed me that they are down to their last crate of the first printing/first editions of HERE COMES TROUBLE -- the ones that they held back for me to autograph and sell as a fundraiser for my nonprofit theater in Michigan. SO THIS IS IT! They'll be ... continue reading

Michael Moore

Author and Filmmaker

December 17th, 2011

A Man in Tunisia, a Movement on Wall Street, and the Soldier Who Ignited the Fuse

It's Saturday night and I didn't want the day to end before I sent out this note to you. One year ago today (December 17th), Mohamed Bouazizi, a man who had a simple produce stand in Tunisia, set himself on fire to protest his government's repression. His singular sacrifice ignited ... continue reading

Stanley Rogouski

Photojournalist

December 17th, 2011

How Mike Bloomberg Snatched My Eyeballs For The Department Of Homeland Security

My arrest, or, more accurately, my assault was personal. I was taking photographs of the police arresting Occupy Wall Street demonstrators at the December 12 Winter Garden flash mob, which had been organized in solidarity with the port shutdowns on the west coast, when I found myself targeted. "That one," ... continue reading

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George W. Bush Debuts New Paintings Of Dogs, Friends, Ghost Of Iraqi Child That Follows Him... www.theonion.com President Bush has a new hobby -- painting! --...

Apr 17th
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Big new story from David Sirota and Pando on top Christie adviser and appearance of corruption at New Jersey's pension fund: REVEALED: Gov....

Apr 17th
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FBI Uncovers Al-Qaeda Plot To Just Sit Back And Enjoy Collapse Of United States www.theonion.com WASHINGTON—The FBI announced today that it has uncovered a...

Apr 15th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel's top donor bought stock in Marriott just before it was awarded huge contract pando.com As schools are closed and pensions cut,...

Apr 9th
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I'll be at First Time Fest today in New York City at the screening of my first film, Roger & Me. Loews Village 7 at 12:30 pm. Come see it on the big...

Apr 5th
9:48 AM
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel cuts public pensions, diverts money to benefit campaign donors pando.com If you've read the financial news out of Chicago the last...

Apr 4th
2:19 PM
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Please take a moment today to think of Casey Austin Sheehan, son of Cindy and Patrick, who was murdered by U.S. foreign policy in Sadr City, Baghdad ten years...

Apr 4th
2:00 PM
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ICYMI - I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence...

Apr 3rd
7:38 PM
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I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention...

Apr 2nd
8:27 PM
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I am opposed to the death penalty, but to every rule there is usually an exception, and in this case I hope the criminals at General Motors will be arrested...

Apr 1st
3:55 PM
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How Long Some in the US Will Survive Under New Health Law ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com Those who must access care to live and can afford it are not...

Mar 31st
10:13 PM
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Last night, The Good Wife on the East Coast started 40 minutes late due to the overrun of the NCAA basketball game. If you had your DVR set for the show, you...

Mar 24th
5:41 PM
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Watching films today, looking for the ones I'm going to pick for my film festival this summer. I (and a whole bunch of others!) have this thing we put on...

Mar 23rd
4:48 PM
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When the U.S. Health Care System Keeps Killing, Who Cares Enough to Fight? ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com We have largely forgotten that people are at...

Mar 21st
5:56 PM
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Tell the White House not to give up on Dr. Vivek Murthy's nomination as Surgeon General despite the ferocious opposition from the NRA: Don't give...

Mar 21st
5:38 PM
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This criminal would never see a jail cell, nor would his cronies. In fact, they'd later be rewarded with re-election: Presidential Address on War with...

Mar 19th
9:40 PM
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The crime of the century -- our invasion & slaughter in Iraq -- started 11 years ago tonite in this 7pm (ET) hour, March 19th, 2003: CNN Coverage of...

Mar 19th
9:08 PM
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Washington’s Back-to-the-Future Military Policies in Africa ...by Nick Turse www.michaelmoore.com Nick Turse is an award-winning journalist, historian,...

Mar 17th
4:59 PM
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"I think democracy is the most revolutionary thing in the world." -- Tony Benn, 1925-2014 Tony Benn in 'Sicko'

Mar 14th
10:07 AM
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RIP Tony Benn, one of the UK's greatest leaders: Tony Benn, veteran Labour politician, dies aged 88 www.theguardian.com Former cabinet minister died at...

Mar 14th
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Please read this important story from K. Ford K.: Am I the Face of the New American Middle Class? www.huffingtonpost.com I began to feel I had slipped so low...

Mar 13th
2:24 PM
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Yesterday Dianne Feinstein revealed that the CIA has been spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee. This is all about the report the committee has produced...

Mar 12th
6:48 PM
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Health Care for All Colorado has brought Mercy Killers, a show written and performed by Michael Milligan about our murderous for-profit healthcare system, to...

Mar 10th
1:08 PM
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Health Care Dramas that Sting and Why We Have to Watch ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com The realities Milligan has written into the show cut deep into...

Mar 10th
1:02 PM
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Did you know the Lehrer Newshour on PBS has been produced for 20 years by a company owned by conservative cable billionaire John Malone? Me neither. After...

Mar 7th
8:39 PM
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Mr. Obama, if int’l law is so damn crucial . . . | RootsAction.org act.rootsaction.org The Russian intervention deserves criticism. But let’s be clear. The...

Mar 6th
1:21 PM
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Enron billionaire John Arnold thinks everyone should believe him when he says we've got to cut pensions because he's so incredibly rich: John...

Mar 5th
4:20 PM
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More in David Sirota's continuing series on the billionaire takeover of PBS: More PBS conflict woes as activists move to eject David Koch from board of...

Mar 3rd
12:35 PM
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Ukraine: One ‘Regime Change’ Too Many? ...by Ray McGovern www.michaelmoore.com Is “regime change” in Ukraine the bridge too far for the neoconservative...

Mar 2nd
9:25 PM
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