MONEY IS NOT WEALTH
by A. Richard Miller
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On the eve of USA's November 2008 national election, an urgent proposal for an unsecured $700-Billion, maybe $800-Billion loan to mismanaged banks and stockbrokers was generating understandable controversy. In its initial form the Bush Buddies Bailout was one more Weapon of Mass Deception, a (later, a  two-step) public welfare program for wealthy people who game the system. But the problem remains. What, exactly, went - and continues to go - wrong? What ARE reasonable goals, what are NOT, and how might a more populist government reach good ones?

Jill and I searched, asked friends, and found part of the discussion in the mainline U.S. Press. It is dominated by large corporations, and is quickly becoming a large corporation that reports with bias and too-often avoids reporting. We find the parts they don't want us to find - overseas, and in the Alternative Press. Some favorites are: Alternet, Common Dreams, Democracy Now, The Huffington Post, Mother Jones, The Nation, Nation of Change, The Raw Story, TruthOut.

The more we read, the more we realize that - as much as we want our money back - that is only one of many ways our country is becoming impoverished. Often by corporations, which most definitely are NOT people! (For one thing, these rapacious corporations have no shame.)


"You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. What I mean by that, is an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do before."
- Rahm Emanuel (Wall Street Journal Weekend Interview, Nov. 7, 2008)

"Never waste the opportunities offered by a good crisis."
- Niccolo Machiavelli (Fifteenth Cent. 
Florentine writer and statesman)

"What is the robbing of a bank compared to the founding of a bank?"
- Bertolt Brecht

“Yes, We’re Corrupt.”
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A List of Politicians Admitting That Money Controls Politics

What Life Means to Me, by Jack London (1905)

"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron."
- U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower (April 16, 1953)

"There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution."
- John Adams, letter to Jonathan Jackson (2 October 1780), The Works of John Adams, vol 9, p.511.

"This planet has -- or rather had -- a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movements of small green pieces of paper, which is odd because on the whole it wasn't the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy."
- Douglas Adams, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" (1979)

The Fragile States Index (Fund For Peace)

US National Debt Clock, by Ed Hall

Time Trade Circle (Time Banking in eastern Massachusetts)

Calculated Risk (blog)

The Conscience of a Liberal (NY Times blog by Paul Krugman)

"Only when the last tree has been cut down, only when the last river has been poisoned, only when the last fish has been caught, only then will you realize your money cannot be eaten."
- an old Cree saying? Maybe not; but good.


Pertinent Posts (newest at the top)

United Nations Is Petitioned To Investigate Democratic Election Fraud (Your News Wire, June 21, 2016)

Let’s be honest, Bernie and Hillary don’t represent the same class, by Devin Reynolds (Medium Corporation, June 20, 2016)

How to Un-Hypnotize a Rabid Anti-Trumper (Scott Adams' Blog, June 19, 2016)

Open access: All human knowledge is there—so why can’t everybody access it?
We paid for the research with taxes, and Internet sharing is easy. What's the hold-up?
by Glyn Moody (Ars Technica, June 17, 2016)

What Will Bernie Do? (Campaign for America's Future, June 15, 2016)

Is Orlando Massacre the end of the United States?, by Gwynne Dyer (Bangor News, June 13, 2016)

The Two Democratic Victors, and How the Unions Can Bring Them Together (The American Prospect, June 9, 2016)
Bernie is in the House! The White House! Updated w/Bernie's meeting remarks & Obama's UNITY Video. (Daily KOS, June 9, 2016)

'It was just chaos': Broken machines, incomplete voter rolls leave some wondering whether their ballots will count (Los Angeles Times, June 7, 2016)
L.A. Primary Mired in Voting Problems (Huffington Post, June 7, 2016)
Where are the Missing California Primary Votes? Dissident Voice, June 8, 2016)

Clinton Makes History; For Sanders “The Struggle Continues” (Campaign for America's Future, June 8, 2016)
US Presidential Primary vote returns from June 7, 2016.

Inside the bitter last days of Bernie's revolution. For better and for worse, Sanders made all the big decisions. (Politico, June 8, 2016)

Next for Democrats: A delicate dance to broker peace between Clinton and Sanders (The Washington Post, June 8, 2016)
Clinton may take the nomination, but Sanders has won the debate (The Washington Post, June 7, 2016)

If Bernie runs independently, what % of voters will Bernie get?, by Paul (Sea Shepherd) Watson (June 7, 2016)

BUSTED: AP & Clinton Caught Colluding For “Secret Win” (The Ralph Retort, June 7, 2016)

Perfect End to Democratic Primary: Anonymous Super-Delegates Declare Winner Through Media, by Glenn Greenwald (The Intercept, June 7, 2016)

How Bad Is Burr-Feinstein Anti-Encryption Legislation? (eSecurity Planet, June 6, 2016)

The dangerous new age of global autarky (Washington Post, June 6, 2016)

John Oliver buys and forgives $15m worth of medical debt (The Guardian, June 6, 2016)

Green Party's Jill Stein Tells Californians, 'Please Vote For Bernie' If Able (Inquisitr, June 5, 2016)

Bernie Sanders Urges Clinton And Trump To Stop Bickering: ‘You Know What? People Are Hurting,’ Focus On Issues (Inquisitr, June 4, 2016)

Bernie’s Candidacy Exposes “Nader Bluff” (Progressive Army, June 3, 2016)

Trump’s war on facts continues (Leaf-Chronicle, June 1, 2016)

Common Sense on the Democratic Presidential Race (Campaign for America's Future, May31, 2016)

Establishment Democrats Courting Disaster (Common Dreams, May 30, 2016)

Wait a sec everyone - you got us Bernie supporters all wrong (Daily KOS, May 28, 2016)

Beware Zero Ratings, the new threat to Net Neutrality (InfoWorld, May 27, 2016)

Student Abandons Economics Major at George Mason Over Koch ‘Donations’ (EcoWatch, May 27, 2016)

Trump Would Be a Climate Killer (Campaign for America's Future, May 27, 2016)
View Trump's "Bakken Forward" speech.

Trump Humiliates Himself By Claiming That There Is No Drought In California (Politicus USA, May 27, 2016)

A Dialogue With a 22-Year-Old Donald Trump Supporter (Atlantic, May 27, 2016)

Donald Trump vs. Bernie Sanders: Confusion reigns over possible debate - as Hillary Clinton ducks scheduled debate (The Guardian, May 26, 2016)

My Day At A Hillary Clinton Rally -- 5/25/2016 (Weebly, May 25, 2016)

US State Department report delivers scathing criticisms of Hillary Clinton's email practices (International Business Times, May 25, 2016)

Hedge Fund billionaires benefit from a tax loophole that allows them to pay a lower tax rate on their income than the people who pick up their garbage.
It’s called the “carried interest” provision. It ought to be called a crime. (Campaign for America's Future, May 24, 2016)

Microsoft has ruined my day, and possibly my life. An unwanted software update has moved my files, broken my printer and stopped the sound on iPlayer. (The Guardian, May 23, 2016)

In shocking poll, Sanders leads Trump in Georgia (The Hill,, May 18, 2016)

The Donald Can Happen Here: Trumpenstein’s Neo-Weimar Creators (CounterPunch, May 18, 2016)

It's trivially easy to identify you based on records of your calls and texts (Daily Dot, May 17, 2016)

Developer of anonymous Tor software dodges FBI, leaves US (CNN, May 17, 2016)

Welcome to 1984, a Ralph Nader interview by Chris Hedges (TruthDig, May 17, 2016)

Noam Chomsky: Climate Change & Nuclear Proliferation Pose the Worst Threat Ever Faced by Humans (Democracy Now!, May 16, 2016)

Trump’s Asymmetric Warfare (The New York Times, May 16, 2016)

Who Really Controls the World? (Outsider Club, May 15, 2016?)

Numbers Prove Sanders Has Earned a Path to White House. Will the superdelegates, or a high-powered contingent of them, realize that, for the future of the Democratic Party, they need to convince Hillary Clinton to step aside? (OpEd News, May 11, 2016)

Six-year-old patched Stuxnet hole still the web's biggest killer (The Register, May 9, 2016)

Researcher arrested after reporting pwnage hole in elections site (The Register, May 9, 2016)

Privacy and the New Math, by Doc Searls and T.Rob Wyatt (Linux Journal, May 09, 2016)

The Political Revolution Will Continue Long After Bernie Sanders’ Campaign. Here’s How (In These Times, May 8, 2016)

Do You Own What You Own? Not So Much Anymore, Thanks To Copyright (TechDirt, May 6, 2016)

Indiana’s Carrier Factory Cuts Focused The “Trade” Election Issue (Campaign for America's Future, May 3, 2016)

5 Years On: Why The Occupations of 2011 Changed The World (Occupy.com, April 29, 2016)

How Does ATM Skimming Work? (Bob Rankin, April 29, 2016)

A majority of millennials now reject capitalism, poll shows (Washington Post, April 26, 2016)

Bernie Sanders is profoundly changing how millennials think about politics, poll shows (Washington Post, April 25, 2016)

How tax falsehoods flourish, by Jared Bernstein (Washington Post, April 25, 2016)

Is Donald Trump Running a False Flag Campaign to Help Hillary Clinton? (Gawker, April 21, 2016)

How innocent people 'of no security interest' are mere keystrokes away in UK's spy databases. Blighty's classified manuals on mass snooping revealed. (The Register, April 21, 2016)

FBI's PRISM slurping is 'unconstitutional' – and America's secret spy court is OK with that. How about an appeal? Nope (The Register, April 20, 2016)

Anti-innovation: EU excludes Open Source from new tech standards (Ars Technica UK, April 20, 2016)

Kinder Morgan shelves $3 billion pipeline project (Boston Globe, April 20, 2016)

Against Fortress Liberalism - For forty years, liberals have accepted defeat and called it “incremental progress.” Bernie Sanders offers a different way forward. (Jacobin Magazine, April 18, 2016)

Bernie joins Verizon employees at the picket line; Hillary joins Verizon execs at the buffet line (Daily Kos, April 13, 2016)

Wall Street’s Fraud of the Week Club (Campaign for America's Future, April 13, 2016)
A $5.1 billion fraud settlement from Goldman Sachs, a $1.2 billion fraud agreement with Wells Fargo – and that’s just from the past week. Over the last several years banks have paid an estimated $200 billion in fraud fines and settlements. (Donations to Presidential candidates Clinton and Cruz; taxpayers to underwrite over half.) How many settlements, how many billions, will it take to convince some fact-resistant pundits and politicians that there is an epidemic of fraud on Wall Street?

What Hiking Does To The Brain Is Pretty Amazing (Wimp.com, April 11, 2016)

Susan Sarandon appears in new Sanders ad (The Hill, April 7, 2016)
Susan Sarandon: Trump Might Be Better for America Than Hillary Clinton (Daily Beast, March 31, 2016)

Panama Papers Expose Another Way Our Trade Agreements Fail Us (Campaign for America's Future, April 7, 2016)
Panama Papers (International Consortium of Investigative Journalists).
Panama Papers: Leaks spur global investigations (BBC News, April 4, 2016)

Salute to a Communist, by John McCain (New York Times, March 24, 2016)

The Limits of Absurdity, by Robert Zaretsky (Los Angeles Review of Books, March 23, 2016 - about Albert Camus)

The OODA loop, A Fighter-Jock Doctrine That Explains Why Trump Is Winning (Politico, March 23, 2016). Also see:
How to Spot a Wizard (like Donald Trump), by Scott Adams (Dilbert, Sept. 6, 2015)

Global Warming’s Terrifying New Chemistry; Our leaders thought fracking would save our climate, by Bill McKibben (The Nation, March 23, 2016)

The Presidential Race: The West Weighs In (Campaign for America's Future, March 23, 2016)

Myths About Election Irregularities and Suppression in Arizona (Daily KOS, March 23, 2016))
There's no good reason voting remains so inaccessible for so many Americans - in Texas, Louisiana and more (The Guardian, March 22, 2016)

From Ehrlichmann: Nixon Aide Reportedly Admitted Drug War Was Meant To Target the Anti-War Left and Black People (Huffington Post, March 22, 2016)
Legalize It All; How to win the war on drugs, by Dan Baum (Harper's Magazine, April Issue, March 22, 2016)

Elizabeth Warren Just Went Straight Savage On Donald Trump And It's Everything We've Ever Wanted (Daily KOS, March 21, 2016)

How the Democratic Party Establishment Suffocates Progressive Change
March 21, 2016 (Campaign for America's Future, March 21, 2016)

It is urgent that she’s stopped: Hillary Clinton’s nightmare neoliberalism and American exceptionalism makes the world a dangerous place (Salon, March 20, 2016)

Obama: No Garland vote would show system 'beyond repair' (Washington Examiner, March 19, 2016)

US government pushed tech firms to hand over source code. Obtaining a company's source code makes it radically easier to find security flaws and vulnerabilities for surveillance and intelligence-gathering operations. (ZDNet, March 17, 2016)

Inside Apple CEO Tim Cook’s Fight With the FBI (Time, March 17, 2016)

Hillary Clinton Email Archive (U.S. State Department, searchable by Wikileaks; March 16, 2016)

Trump's Reign of Error, by Rep. Alan Grayson, U.S. Congressman FL (Alan Grayson's Emails, March 16, 2016)

Presidential Primary 2.0 Is About to Begin, by Rep. Alan Grayson, U.S. Congressman FL (Huffington Post, March 14, 2016)

Donald Trump's Ideology of Violence (Portside, March 13, 2016)

The Times Are A-Changing (Popular Resistance, March 12, 2016)

Five “Truths” about the US Political Circus Non-Americans Should Question (Common Dreams, March 11, 2016)

Reconstructed: Hillary's Wall Street Speeches (The Bootleg Tapes), by Les Leopold (Common Dreams, March 11, 2016)

Bernie Sanders Best For Economy, Says The Real Wall Street ‘Gordon Gekko’ (Inquisitr, March 10, 2016)

Party elites and MSNBC can’t prop  up Hillary after Bernie’s Michigan miracle, by Bill Curry (Salon, March 9, 2016)

Billions of Dollars in the Red, Louisiana Has Been Destroyed by (Republican) Bobby Jindal (PoliticusUSA, March 9, 2016)

In 16 hours, the Washington Post published 16 articles slamming Bernie Sanders—kinda remarkable (Daily KOS, March 8, 2016)

Antonin Scalia’s Corporate Favors (New Yorker, March 7, 2016)

How List Prices Lost Their Meaning (New York Times, March 6, 2016)

How the FBI will lose its iPhone fight with Apple, thanks to 'West Coast Law'; Uncle Sam can't argue against science (The Register, March 4, 2016)

Sen. Al Franken gives hilarious retort to Republican SCOTUS obstruction (Daily KOS, March 2, 2016)

The Rise Of American Authoritarianism - A niche group of political scientists may have uncovered what's driving Donald Trump's ascent. What they found has implications that go well beyond 2016, by Amanda Taub (Vox, March 1, 2016)

How Billionaires Use Non-Profits to Bypass Governments and Force Their Agendas on Humanity. As wealth becomes concentrated in fewer hands, so does political and social power via foundations and non-profits. (AlterNet, February 29, 2016)

Hillary's newfound disdain for single payer (The Hill, February 29, 2016)

Bankruptcy Filing Shows Arch Coal Funding for Climate Denial Legal Group (Center for Media and Democracy, February 24, 2016)

How America Made Donald Trump Unstoppable. He's no ordinary con man. He's way above average - and the American political system is his easiest mark ever, by Matt Taibbi (Rolling Stone, February 24, 2016)

Unless the Democrats Run Sanders, A Trump Nomination Means A Trump Presidency (Current Affairs, February 23, 2016)

“It’s the corruption, stupid”: Hillary’s too compromised to see what Donald Trump understands. (Salon, February 23, 2016)
The key 2016 issue is outrage over a rigged system by special interests. There's a reason Hillary doesn't get it.

Bernie Sanders, the Foreign-Policy Realist of 2016 (The Nation, February 19, 2016)

In The Fight Between Bernie Sanders And Hillary Clinton, Even Elite Economists Are Throwing Punches (Huffington Post, February 19, 2016)
Meet the Man Who Says Bernie Sanders Can Deliver 5.3% Economic Growth (Fortune Magazine, February 18, 2016)

Our Climate Is Unravelling (Daily Kos, February 18, 2016); and remember
How Hillary Clinton's State Department Sold Fracking to the World (Mother Jones, September 2014)

Put an Atheist on the Supreme Court (New Yorker, February 18, 2016)

The Encryption War just got real (Ask Bob Rankin, February 18, 2016)
"Apple and Google (and every security expert not on a government payroll) agree that any backdoor available to law enforcement would inevitably be jimmied by hackers. Any system designed to be breachable, for any reason, is unacceptably insecure."

Racial Gerrymandering in North Carolina (New York Times, February 18, 2016)

Lobbyist Superdelegates Tip Nomination Toward Hillary Clinton (The Intercept, February 17, 2016)

The U.S. Government's case against Cliven Bundy, Part 2 (February 16, 2016)

US military burn pits built on chemical weapons facilities tied to soldiers' illness (The Guardian, February 16, 2016)

Why John McCain Is Wrong About Silicon Valley's Role in War on Terror (eWeek, February 14, 2016)
"When privacy is outlawed, only outlaws will have privacy.
"

When Hillary Clinton Killed Feminism (New York Times Sunday Review, February 14, 2016)

The Simply Breathtaking Consequences Of Justice Scalia’s Death (ThinkProgress, February 13, 2016)
After Antonin Scalia’s Death, What’s Next for the Supreme Court? (CommonDreams, February 13, 2016)

What has Bernie ever accomplished? (Daily Kos, February 12, 2016)

The U.S. Government's case against Cliven Bundy, Part 1 (February 11, 2016)

The rise of Donald Trump is a terrifying moment in American politics (Vox, February 10, 2016)

The DNC Just Screwed Over Bernie Sanders and Spit in Voters’ Faces (U.S. Uncut, February 10, 2016)
Why did all the other reports of the NH Primary election ignore this outrage?
Well, here's a further explanation:
After Sanders' Big Win in New Hampshire, Establishment Figures Want to Scare You with Superdelegates. Here's Why It's Bullshit (Paste, February 10, 2016)
That said, it's a national disgrace; like
Gerrymandering, one more way that this duocratic political system subverts "One person, one vote." Never forget how Green-Party candidate Jill Stein was arrested and handcuffed for eight hours during a 2012 Presidential Debate - with President Obama not batting an eye.

It’s Been 20 Years Since John Perry Barlow Declared Cyberspace Independence (Wired, February 8, 2016)

A massive private profit ($18-quadrillion!!) export pipeline is ginning up a dubious case for “eminent domain”, claiming an energy crisis in the Northeast (Daily Kos, February 8, 2016)

Appetite for destruction: Biology, psychology, socialization, and the Republican mind (Daily Kos, February 7, 2016)

Even Stoned And 16, I Couldn’t Have Imagined This Dystopian Election, by P.J. O'Rourke (The Daily Beast, February 6, 2016)

Hillary Clinton’s self-satisfied privilege: Her Goldman Sachs problem helps explain the popularity of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump (Salon, February 5, 2016)

Hillary’s humility moment: A rabbi walks into a Town Hall and asks a question you’d never hear in the GOP debates (Salon, February 4, 2016)

Goldman Sachs chief: Sanders's criticism is 'dangerous' (The Hill, February 3, 2016)
(Egad! What would it take to be "far out of line"?)

How Sanders caught fire in Iowa and turned the Clinton coronation into a real race (The Washington Post, February 2, 2016)

Donald Trump is a fraud: Report confirms the billionaire’s presidential bid is a long and calculated con job (Salon, February 1, 2016)

The US Primary Candidates 2016 (The Political Compass, January 27, 2016)

Hillary and Bernie: The Credibility Gap, by Robert Borosage (Campaign for America's Future, January 22, 2016)

The Contempt That Poisoned Flint’s Water (The New Yorker, January 22, 2016)

Goldman Sachs And Election 2016: Presidential Candidates Linked To Bank Despite Attacks On Financial Sector (International Business Times, January 21, 2016)

170 Economists Endorse Bernie Sanders’ Plan To Reform Wall St. And Rein In Greed (PoliticusUSA, January 14, 2016)

The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare (NY Times, January 6, 2016)

The West must defeat a far worse enemy than radical Islam, by Darius Guppy (The Spectator, January 5, 2016)

Just How Much Would Bernie Sanders Tax Me? (Datatition, January 3, 2016)

Mapping U.S. Police Violence (MappingPoliceViolence.org, December 30, 2015)
Also see interview and database.

Sued Over Old Debt, and Blocked From Suing Back (NY Times, December 22, 2015)

The Siege of Miami; As temperatures climb, so, too, will sea levels (New Yorker, December 21, 2015)

A 12-year-old Sikh boy is the latest victim of racist terrorism paranoia (Salon, December 18, 2015)

Pete Seeger’s FBI File Reveals How the Folk Legend First Became a Target of the Feds (Mother Jones, December 18, 2015)

Lawmakers Have Snuck CISA Into a Bill That Is Guaranteed to Become a Law (Motherboard, December 16, 2015)

Risk Management; Trump Persuasion Series (Scott Adams' Blog, December 8, 2015)

WTO Orders Sanctions Unless U.S. Cuts Consumer Labels, Disproving Obama TPP Claims (Huffington Post, December 8, 2015)

An unspoken option if climate talks fail: Geoengineering (Phys.org, December 5, 2015)

DOJ Pretty Sure The Problem With The Criminal Justice System Is Everyone Else (TechDirt, December 4, 2015)

Where is the world's most polluted city? (The Guardian, December 2, 2015)

How Economic Inequality Makes Terror Attacks More Likely (Huffington Post, December 1, 2015)

NASA Carbon Map Shows Which Countries are Polluting the World (EcoWatch, November 19, 2015)

Two in Three Adults Worldwide Are Financially Illiterate (Gallup.com, November 18, 2015)

NASA chief: Government climate scientists won’t be intimidated (Ars Technica, November 18, 2015)

U.S. Senate Votes to Block Obama’s Climate Change Rules (NY Times, November 18, 2015)

Living with Denmark’s Democratic Socialism (Daily Kos, November 11, 2015)

U.S. Federal Judge bars broad national security surveillance (Judge's ruling, November 9, 2015)

Analysis Of Kentucky Election Results Indicates Fraud (Addicting Info, November 8, 2015)

Mapping Choices: Carbon, Climate, and Rising Seas; Our Global Legacy - and, the map (ClimateCentral.org, November 2015)

Bill Gates: "We Need an Energy Miracle" (Atlantic, November 2015)

Meet the 80 Billionaires Who Own as Much as Half of Humanity (U.S. Uncut, October 30, 2015)

A court ruled that a college couldn't rename itself after a billionaire, so the school lost a $20 million donation (Business Insider, October 23, 2015)

Apple's EULA Gives It License to Invade Your Privacy, Government Claims (Electronic Freedom Foundation, October 23, 2015)

L
awmakers move to outlaw security research (Ars Technica, October 20, 2015)

Wealth therapy tackles woes of the rich: 'It’s really isolating to have lots of money' (The Guardian, October 17, 2015)

The Secret History of American Surveillance (Center for Investigative Reporting, October 15, 2015)

How Did the Democrats Become Favorites of the Rich? (NY Times, October 7, 2015)

The Hypocrisy of ‘Helping’ the Poor, by Paul Theroux (NY Times, October 2, 2015)

Most Americans don’t realize it’s this easy for police to take your cash (Washington Post, October 1, 2015)

The Movement Lives On: 4 Years Later, Occupy Has Succeeded in Spite of Its Failures (September 17, 2015)

Hitler’s world may not be so far away, by Timothy Snyder (The Guardian, September 16, 2015)

Monsanto's Sealed Documents Reveal the Truth behind Roundup's Toxicological Dangers (September 14th, 2015)

How to Spot a Wizard (like Donald Trump), by Scott Adams (Dilbert, Sept. 6, 2015)

How Microsoft's data case could unravel the US tech industry (ZDNet, September 3, 2015)

How This Rich Kid Plans to End Income Inequality for Everyone (Good, September 3, 2015)

This is the difference between Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders: Watch how they conduct their campaigns, by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Washington Post, September 2, 2015)

Malware menaces poison ads as Google, Yahoo! look away (The Register, August 27, 2015)


GMOs, Herbicides, and Public Health, by Philip J. Landrigan, M.D., and Charles Benbrook, Ph.D. (New England Journal of Medicine, August 20, 2015)

The Stark Difference Between Bernie and Hillary (U.S. Uncut, August 19, 2015)

Why is the Internet slow and costly in the U.S.? (Windows Secrets, August 19, 2015)

The End of the Internet Dream, by Jennifer Granick (August 18, 2015)

Facebook Should Pay All of Us (New Yorker, August 14, 2015)


The Huge, Collateral Cost of Microsoft’s Collusion With Five Eyes Espionage Agencies (Techrights, August 12, 2015)

The patent troll problem is not a new one (Red Hat, August 12, 2015)

Conservative billionaires have started talking like Bernie Sanders: “We are creating a caste system from which it’s almost impossible to escape” (Salon, August 11, 2015)

Psychologists' involvement in interrogations aided US assertions torture was legal (Ars Technica, August 10, 2015)

Time to fix patents. Ideas fuel the economy; today’s patent systems are a rotten way of rewarding them. (The Economist, August 8, 2015)

Mine sludge pollutes river; guilty parties blame EPA (Daily Kos, August 8, 2015)

Capitalists, Arise: We Need to Deal With Income Inequality (NY Times, August 7, 2015)

Dream of Internet Freedom ‘Dying’, by Jennifer Granick (Threatpost, August 5, 2015)

The New Climate "Normal": Abrupt Sea Level Rise and Predictions of Civilization Collapse (Truthout, August 3, 2015)

Global spy system ECHELON confirmed at last – by leaked Snowden files, by Duncan Campbell (The Register, August 3, 2015)

How Libor Trader Tom Hayes’s 14-Year Jail Term Stacks Up Against Others (Wall Street Journal, August 3, 2015)

The largest muni bond default in U.S. history is happening right now (Daily Kos, August 2, 2015)

Cellular ‘Cheaters’ Give Rise to Cancer (NY Times, July 27, 2015)

Police chases kill more people each year than floods, tornadoes, hurricanes and lightning - combined (Washington Post, July 25, 2015)

Occupy Wall Street just won (The Washington Post, July 15, 2015)

When the End of Human Civilization Is Your Day Job (Esquire, July 7, 2015)

Corporations are people. But are FEC commissioners people too? (Washington Post, June 18, 2015)

Pope Francis’s anticapitalist revolution launches on June 18th (MarketWatch, June 16th, 2015)

Torvalds may be the most influential individual economic force of the past 20 years (Bloomberg, June 16, 2015)

Merchants of Doubt: a new documentary that explores the dark heart of scientific spin doctors (Boing Boing, June 12, 2015)

Original “patent troll” may call it quits, says there’s no money in it (Ars Technica, June 10, 2015)

OPM Breach Exposes Agency's Systemic Security Woes (InformationWeek, June 10, 2015)

Secretive donors gave US climate denial groups $125m over three years (The Guardian, June 9, 2015)

Pat Mulroy Preached Conservation While Backing Growth in Las Vegas,
by Abrahm Lustgarten (ProPublica, June 7, 2015)

How Microsoft Squashed Free/Open Source Software in Voting Systems in the United States, by Dr. Roy Schestowitz (Techrights, June 6, 2015)

‘San Andreas’ Blockbuster Has Huge Radioactive Omissions, by Harvey Wasserman (EcoWatch, June 5, 2015)

Bernie Sanders for the well-intentioned, semi-informed layperson (June 4, 2015)

"We are in a revolutionary moment", says Chris Hedges (Salon, June 4, 2015)

Hackers Expose Half of FT 500 Europe (Recorded Future, June 2, 2015)

Self-Driving Trucks Are Going to Hit Us Like a Human-Driven Truck (Huffington Post, May 18, 2015)

Why do Republicans really oppose infrastructure spending? (Daily Kos, May 15, 2015)

Pope Francis makes Tea Party heads explode (Salon, May 15, 2015)

The big drug database in the sky (Ars Technica, May 12, 2015)

The emerging populist agenda (Washington Post, May 12, 2015)

'Climate Denial, Plain and Simple': Feds Approve Shell's Arctic Drilling Plan (Common Dreams, May 11, 2015)

Rick Scott’s stunning health care ‘ruse’ in Florida (Rachel Maddow Show, May 8, 2015)

A New Chapter in the Fight for Civil Liberties, by Cindy Cohn (Electronic Frontier Foundation, May 4, 2015)

Why Does Heritage Become Hostage? (Huffington Post, May 4, 2015)

FBI, DoJ skewered over demands for crypto backdoors (The Register, May 1, 2015)

Nine Members of Congress Vote to Postpone the Fourth Amendment (April 30, 2015)

Supreme Court argues over constitutional requirements for burning a living person at the stake (Salon, April 30, 2015)

Whose Car Is It, Anyway? (Ask Bob Rankin, April 30, 2015)

Congress, Crypto and Craziness (ThreatPost, April 30, 2015)

FBI slammed on Capitol Hill for 'stupid' ideas about encryption (Daily Dot, April 29, 2015)

How One Tweet Wiped $8bn Off Twitter's Value (Slashdot, April 29, 2015)

Senate advances 'secret science' bill, setting up possible showdown with White House (Science Magazine, April 29, 2015)

Disney Replaces Longtime IT Staff With H-1B Workers (Slashdot, April 29, 2015)

Genetic editing of human embryo sparks an uproar (ChinaDaily USA, April 24, 2015)

The ExxonMobil Explosion That Nobody Is Talking About (Think Progress, April 13, 2015)

Weather Underground; The arrival of man-made earthquakes (New Yorker, April 13, 2015)

How 'One Nation' Didn't Become 'Under God' Until The '50s Religious Revival (National Public Radio, March 30, 2015)

For Hardware Makers, Sharing Their Secrets Is Now Part of the Business Plan, by Quentin Hardy (NY Times, March 29, 2015)

Trillion Dollar Fraudsters, by Paul Krugman (NY Times, March 20, 2015)

What Occupy, the Climate March and #BlackLivesMatter have in common--and why that should inspire us all, by Jim Hightower (Hightower Lowdown, February 2015)

20 epic Microsoft Windows Automatic Update meltdowns (InfoWorld, February 26, 2015)

What happens when you tax the rich and raise the minimum wage? Meet one of USA's best economies (Daily Kos, February 25, 2015)
This Billionaire Governor Taxed the Rich and Increased the Minimum Wage -- Now, His State's Economy Is One of the Best in the Country, by C. Robert Gibson (Huffington Post, February 24, 2015)

Coping with Earthquakes Induced by Fluid Injection (US Geological Survey, February 19, 2015)

The Real World War III: Corporations vs. Nationhood (Popular Resistance, February 19, 2015)

Monopoly’s Inventor: The Progressive Who Didn’t Pass ‘Go’, by Mary Pilon (New York Times, February 13, 2015)

The Pentagon & Climate Change: How Deniers Put National Security at Risk, by Jeff Goodell (Rolling Stone, February 12, 2015)

Who Should be Blamed for Muslim Terrorism? (Counterpunch, January 9, 2015)

That Was Easy: In Just 60 Years, Neoliberal Capitalism Has Nearly Broken Planet Earth (Common Dreams, 2015)

VC Madness Redux: Stop them Before they Kill the Economy Again, by Andy Updegrove (December 17, 2014)
Humor: One man seeks revenge.

Kevin Yoder MIA After Tucking Wall Street Bailout Into Government Spending Bill (Huffington Post, December 15, 2014)

Angela Davis: ‘There is an unbroken line of police violence in the US that takes us all the way back to the days of slavery’, by Stuart Jeffries (The Guardian, December 14, 2014)
"The increasing shift of capital from human services, from housing, jobs, education, to profitable arenas has meant there are huge numbers of people everywhere in the world who are not able to sustain themselves. They are made surplus, and as a result they are often forced to engage in practices that are deemed criminal."

The Speech That Could Make Elizabeth Warren the Next President of the United States (Huffington Post, December 13, 2014)

The Global Bankers’ Coup: Bail-In and the Shadowy Financial Stability Board, by Ellen Brown (The Web of Debt blog, December 12, 2014)

The One Man Jailed For CIA Torture Tried To Expose It (Huffington Post, December 10, 2014)

New Law Would Make Taxpayers Potentially Liable For TRILLIONS In Derivatives Losses, by Michael Snyder (The Economic Collapse, December 7, 2014)

New G20 Rules: Cyprus-style Bail-ins to Hit Depositors AND Pensioners, by Ellen Brown (The Web of Debt blog, December 1, 2014)

US Wealth Inequality - Top 0.1% Worth As Much As The Bottom 90%; not since the Great Depression has wealth inequality in the US been so acute, new in-depth study finds (The Guardian, November 13, 2014) Also see:
Wealth Inequality in the United States since 1913; Evidence from Capitalized Income Data (National Bureau of Economic Research, October 2014)

Scarily Plausible Doomsday Scenarios For Dystopian Fans, by Cary NcNeal (Huffington Post, November 10, 2014)

The Democrats' Political Suicide, by Michael Brenner (Huffington Post, November 10, 2014)

How American voters fell out of love with their own parties, by Leon Neyfakh (Boston Globe, November 9, 2014)

Millennial voters feel abandoned by Democrats, by Catherine Rampell (Washington Post, October 30, 2014)

Bolivia passes "Law of Mother Earth" which gives rights to our planet as a living system (Minds alpha, October 19, 2014)

Vote all you want. The secret government won’t change. The people we elect aren’t the ones calling the shots, says Tufts University’s Michael Glennon, by Jordan Michael Smith (Boston Globe, October 19, 2014)

Can Climate Change Unite The Left?, by Naomi Klein (Popular Resistance, October 19, 2014)

Of Marches and Movements, by Bruce Lesnick (Counterpunch, October 13, 2014)

We Don’t Need Climate Marches, We Need a Political Awakening, by Joshua Frank (Counterpunch, October 5, 2014)

Inside the Koch Brothers' Toxic Empire (Rolling Stone, September 24, 2014)
Koch Industries Responds to Rolling Stone – And We Answer Back (Rolling Stone, September 29, 2014)


How to Win the Climate Fight, by Harvey Wasserman (Counterpunch, September 23, 2014)

US elites beginning to realize there's a problem, by NB Books (Daily Kos, September 21, 2014)

Corporate Personhood Is The Ebola Virus Of Climate Chaos, by Harvey Wasserman (Ecowatch, September 18, 2014)

Three Years Later, What Has Come of Occupy Wall Street? (Huffington Post, September 17, 2014)

The Kingpins of Carbon and Their War on Democracy (Greenpeace, September 17, 2014)

The Astonishing Story of the Federal Reserve on 9-11 (September 10, 2014)

How Hillary Clinton's State Department Sold Fracking to the World (Mother Jones, September 2014)

Is ‘shareholder value’ bad for business? It sounds like great management philosophy—but critics say we need to get back to a broader vision of the purpose of corporations, by Leon Neyfakh (Boston Globe, August 3, 2014)

The rich want us to believe their wealth is good for us all, by George Monbiot (The Guardian, July 29, 2014)

Buddhist Economics: How to Stop Prioritizing Goods Over People and Consumption Over Creative Activity (Brain Pickings, July 13, 2014)

Less-Independence Day 2014, by A. Richard Miller (MMS, July 8, 2014)

If You Do This, the NSA Will Spy on You (Defense One, July 7, 2014)

Americans Consensus: Fix The Corrupt System; It’s Candidate Smith by a Landslide (Popular Resistance, July 4, 2014)

Dryden: the Town that Changed the Fracking Game (Earth Justice, July 2, 2014)

The Pitchforks Are Coming… For Us Plutocrats, by Nick Hanauer (Politico Magazine, June 28, 2014)

When drones fall from the sky (Washington Post, June 20, 2014)

US continues its losing streak in health care quality comparison (Yahoo, June 16, 2014)

Gates urges Stanford grads not to focus on profit alone (June 15, 2014)

How the Recession Reshaped the Economy, in 255 Charts (NY Times, June 6, 2014)

Major Study Finds The US Is An Oligarchy (The Telegraph, April 16, 2014)

Will Bitcoin Replace the Dollar? (Edelman Financial Services, April 15, 2014)

Eli Lilly Enlists Congress In Fight Against Canada For Refusing Patent On Useless Drug (Techdirt, April 17, 2014)

New labour laws in France protect workers from responding to emails after 6pm, and a trial in Sweden is reducing work hours to just 30 hours a week (The Guardian, April 9, 2014)
"We must always come back to what is normal, which is to unplug, to stop being permanently at work."-- Michel de la Force, Chairman of the General Confederation of Managers, Franc

U.S. policy has gone liberals’ way for 70 years (Washington Post, April 8, 2014)
Or, as I learned about 1950: "First the Socialists propose it; ten years later, the Democrats support it; ten years after that, the Republicans claim it's their idea and vote it in."

Supreme oligarchy, by E.J. Dionne, Jr. (Washington Post, April 6, 2014)

Not again: Home Depot billionaire Ken Langone compares liberals to Hitler;
More proof that right-wing 1 percenters have totally convinced themselves that their critics are Nazis
(Salon, March 18, 2014)


Why the government should provide internet access (March 7, 2014)

Billionaires With Big Ideas Are Privatizing American Science (NY Times, March 15, 2014)

Snowden Leaks Confirm That Microsoft Xbox is Target for In-House Camera Surveillance, Not Just Chat Surveillance (Techrights, March 3, 2014)

Obama's Commandments, by Karen J. Greenberg (TomDispatch, February 27, 2014)
(Also see the derivative version in the Los Angeles Times.)

Which Corporations Control the World? (Global Research News (February 21, 2014)

Obama Admin’s TPP Trade Officials Received Hefty Bonuses From Big Banks (Republic Report, February 17, 2014)

The Vampire Squid Strikes Again: The Mega Banks' Most Devious Scam Yet, by Matt Taibbi (Rolling Stone, February 12, 2014)

What happens with digital rights management in the real world? DRM is one of the most salient, and least understood, facts about technology in the contemporary world, by Cory Doctorow (Guardian, February 5, 2014)

Forget the GDP. Some States Have Found a Better Way to Measure Our Progress (New Republic, February 3, 2014)

50 Reasons We Should Fear the Worst from Fukushima, by Harvey Wasserman (EcoWatch, February 2, 2014)

Ending the World the Human Way; Climate Change as the Anti-News, by Tom Engelhardt (TomDispatch.com, February 2, 2014)

How your boss can keep you on a leash, by Bob Greene (CNN, February 2, 2014)

Now We Know. JPMorgan Chase is Worse Than Enron, by Richard Eskow (Information Clearing House, January 22, 2014)

Seven Sustainable Technologies, by John Michael Greer (The Archdruid Report, January 15, 2014)

Beyond Growth or Beyond Capitalism?, by Richard Smith (Truthout, January 15, 2014)

Congress, the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Why "Fast Track" Means Less Democracy (Occupy.org, January 14, 2014)

Exclusive: More well-known U.S. retailers victims of cyber attacks (Chicago Tribune, January 14, 2014)

701,000 Hours in Custody, by French sci-fi author Alain Damasio on the NSA (January 14, 2014)

Occupy’s Top 10 of 2013 (Occupy Wall Street, January 10, 2014)

Banished for Questioning the Gospel of Guns (NY Times, January 4, 2014)

Susan George on the secret capitalist cabal behind European austerity (Guardian, December 30, 2013)

Monsanto’s scary new scheme: Why does it really want all this data? (Salon, December 29, 2013)

The Fear Economy, by Paul Krugman (NY Times, December 26, 2013)

A Christmas Speculation, by John Michael Greer (The Archdruid Report, December 25, 2013)

The Financial Crisis: Why Have No High-Level Executives Been Prosecuted?, by Jed S. Rakoff (NY Times , January 9, 2014)
Why No Wall Street CEOs Were Prosecuted For Causing The Financial Crisis (review of above; Daily Kos, December 25, 2013)

U.S. judge rules phone surveillance program is likely unlawful (Reuters, December 16, 2013)
'Snowden Vindicated': Judge Rules Against 'Indiscriminate' NSA Spying (Common Dreams, December 16, 2013)
And here is the actual Klayman vs. Obama ruling.

The Volcker rule cites the Occupy Movement 284 times (Washington Post, December 11, 2013)

The Trans-Pacific Partnership's Not Dead Yet; But It's Close (The Diplomat, December 7, 2013)

Here’s why Obama trade negotiators push the interests of Hollywood and drug companies (Washington Post, November 26, 2013)

U.S. No Longer Among 20 Most Economically Prosperous Countries; A new ranking says the U.S. is behind Norway, Thailand, Malaysia in prosperity (U.S. News & World Report, October 29, 2013)

France Says Frack Off: Abandons Shale Gas Drilling (Occupy.org, October 23, 2013)

Fukushima - A Global Threat That Requires a Global Response (Truthout, October 23, 2013)

28 Signs That The West Coast Is Being Absolutely Fried With Nuclear Radiation From Fukushima (Global Research, October 23, 2013)
(A U.S. campaign to build new nukes seeks public underwriting of the risks...)

The South is holding America hostage, by Michael Lind (Salon, October 13, 2013)

Christian Delusions Are Driving The GOP Insane, by Amanda Marcotte (Salon, October 10, 2013)

How the feds took down the Dread Pirate Roberts (Ars Technica, October 3, 2013)

The Return of the 19th Century (Daily KOS, September 30, 2013)

Congratulations, You're Paying $6k a Year to Prop Up Big Businesses (The Contributor, September 23, 2013)

Why I Occupy, by Dave Pruett (Huffington Post, September 18, 2013)

Occupy Wall Street, Two Years On: We're Still The 99% (The Guardian, September 17, 2013)

The Economic and Political Consequences of the Last 10 Years of Renewable Energy Development, by Jerome Paris (Resilience.org, September 6, 2013)

The Surprising Reason Americans Are Far Less Healthy Than Other People in Developed Nations, by Sam Pizzigati (AlterNet, August 20, 2013)

U.S. military drone surveillance is expanding to hot spots beyond declared combat zones (Washington Post, July 20, 2013)

Movements Without Leaders, by Bill McKibben (Huffington Post, August 18, 2013)

Do Americans Believe Capitalism & Governent Are Working? Religious Left, Religious Right & the Future of the Economic Debate (Public Religion Research Institute, July 18, 2013)

Take Two 'Normal' People, Add Money To Just One Of Them, And Watch What Happens Next (Upworthy, July 12, 2013)

You May Not Like Weev, But Your Online Freedom Depends on His Appeal (Wired, July 2, 2013)


How Elite Economic Hucksters Drive America’s Biggest Fraud Epidemics, by William K. Black (Alternet, May 29, 2013)
The work of Alan Greenspan and other unethical economists has cost us trillions of dollars, millions of jobs and endless suffering.

Billionaire Kochs Get Taxpayer-Subsidized Security Protection (Wall Street On Parade, May 21, 2013)

How to Worry Less About Money; What Goethe can teach us about cultivating a healthy relationship with our finances, by Maria Popova (Brain Pickings, May 13, 2013)

Everyone's Missing the Bigger Picture in the Reinhart-Rogoff Debate, by  "George Washington" (ZeroHedge.com, April 26, 2013)

The Copyright Lobotomy: How Intellectual Property Makes Us Pretend To Be Stupid, by Leigh Beadon (TechDirt, April 23, 2013)

Researchers Finally Replicated Reinhart-Rogoff, and There Are Serious Problems, by Mike Konczal (Next New Deal, April 16, 2013)

Derivatives Managed by Mega-Banks Threaten Your Bank Account. All Depositors, Secured and Unsecured, May Be at Risk,
by Ellen Brown (Global Research, April 9, 2013)

Teacher’s resignation letter: ‘My profession … no longer exists’ (Washington Post, April 6, 2013)

Secret Files Expose Offshore’s Global Impact (International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, April 3, 2013)

Debunking Almost Every Republican Lie Against President Obama, by Allen Clifton (Forward Progressives, March 24, 2013)

Paid to Lose; The Progressive Movement is a PR Front for Rich Democrats, by John Stauber (CounterPunch, March 15, 2013)

How Many Billions Of Drug-Laundered Money Does It Take To Shut Down A Bank?, by Tyler Durden (Zero Hedge, March 7, 2013)

Representative Conyers needs our Support to Kill the Sequestration’s Austerity, by William K. Black (New Economic Perspectives, March 1, 2013)
Note: Its Comments contain good links.


Facebook's Multi-Billion Dollar Tax Break: Executive-Pay Tax Break Slashes Income Taxes on Facebook-- and Other Fortune 500 Companies (Citizens for Tax Justice, February 14, 2013)

The One Percent Gobbled Up the Recovery, Too; in fact, it put the 99 percent back in recession, by Timothy Noah (New Republic, February 12, 2013)

Virginia Redistricting Plan 'Shameful,' Says State Sen. Henry Marsh (Huffington Post, January 22, 2013)

The Trillion-Dollar Coin: Joke or Game-Changer?, by Ellen Brown (Nation of Change, January 20, 2013)

GOP Boasts About Gerrymandering to Gain U.S. House Seats (Democracy Now!, January 18, 2013)

46 Trillion Reasons To  Evolve Society Right Now, by David DeGraw (Occupy Evolver, December 8, 2012)


To Move Forward, We Must Learn From Our Progressive Past, by Sam Pizzigati (Nation of Change, December 2, 2012)

8 Reasons Wall Street Greed Is the Cause, and the Solution, To Phony Fiscal Cliff Crisis, by Les Leopold (Alternet, November 30, 2012)

The Pirates Behind The Campaign To Fix The Debt, by Charles P. Pierce (Esquire, November 29, 2012)

6 Reasons the Fiscal Cliff is a Scam, by James K. Galbraith (Information Clearing House, November 25, 2012)

A Minimum Tax for the Wealthy, by Warren E. Buffett (NY Times, November 25, 2012)

An Open Letter to President Obama, by Michael Moore (November 19th, 2012)

It’s the Interest, Stupid! Why Bankers Rule the World, (Ellen Brown, Global Research, November 8, 2012)

Green-Party candidate Jill Stein was arrested and handcuffed for eight hours during a Presidential Debate (Yahoo News, October 26, 2012)

Who Controls the World?, by James B. Glattfelder (TED Talk, October 2012; see paper of September 19, 2011, below)

Power in America: Wealth, Income and Power, by G. William Domhoff (Who Rules America?, October 2012; originally, 2005)

Occupy 2.0: Strike Debt, by Astra Taylor (The Nation, September 15, 2012)

Can Debt Spark a Revolution?, by David Graeber (The Nation, September 14, 2012)

Cui Bono Fed: Who Benefits from the Federal Reserve? (Charles Hugh Smith, Of Two Minds, September 12, 2012)

The Case Against Patents, by Michele Boldrin and David K. Levine (Research Div., Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; September 2012)

The Next President’s Inaugural Speech (If Only…) (Brent Blackwater, Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy; September 5, 2012)
And Dick Miller comments:
Right on!

Well, almost right on.

1. There is a need to clearly separate "steady-state economy" from a continuation of the current world population level. They are mutually incompatible. A steady-state economy for 2- to 3-billion people probably is sustainable, but even that range becomes optimistic with our continuing depletion of resources (including our oceans and atmosphere).


2. The proposed move to a four-day work week misses an important point. Instead of a four-day, 7.5-hour-day work week, aim for my Miller Time-Share Solution: Two work shifts, each with a three-day, 10-hour-day work week. In addition to the identical redistribution of gainful employment, the three-day solution removes rush-hour traffic jams, downtown parking problems, can free up great amounts of building space for more useful functions, and will free up one-third more economy-boosting time (two-thirds more, compared with now) for one's personal life! Only our failing economic system stands in the way of this efficiency.

3. Then,
when possible,
reduce that work week further. Modern technology's continuous increase in efficiency should decrease the number of working hours per day required to sustain a person. Sadly, for many recent decades this increased efficiency only benefited the rich - worse, it harms those who are unemployed, while many others work overtime and in poor conditions to avoid the new efficiency that we distort into "Unemployment". Again, only our failing economic system stands in the way of more equitable distribution of these fruits of efficiency. And no, this correction does not require Communism; the last person to make a big change in this direction was Henry Ford.

Cheers from
--Dick Miller

Ever Wonder How You Become a Convention Delegate? Here’s a Primer on the Selection Process (The Blaze, August 28, 2012)

An end to the perpetual welfare trap? Guaranteed incomes debated (Winnipeg Free Press, August 22, 2012)

America's Deficit Attention Disorder (David Korten, Nation of Change; August 11, 2012)

The Story of the Housing Crash Recession That Politicians Don't Want To Tell (Dean Baker, Center for Economic and Policy Research; June 19, 2012)
Also with Comments thread (Nation of Change, June 20, 2012)

Five Ways the Facebook IPO Teaches Us About How Wall Street Games the System (Pat Garofalo and Travis Waldron, ThinkProgress, May 25, 2012)

Our Country Is Ruled by Bullies And Cheats (Chuck Lorre Productions, #383, April 5, 2012)

Psychos on Wall Street (Wall Street Journal, March 3, 2012)

America Has Lost Almost A Decade Of Progress To The Financial Crisis (The Economist, February 23, 2012)

Peak Everything (Bloomberg News, February 2012)

Made in the World, by Thomas L. Friedman (NY Times, January 29, 2012)
Yes, but now who leads, regulates fairly, and ensures public representation?

Look Out Below - The Nightmarish Decline Of The Euro Has Begun, by Michael Snyder (Economic Collapse Blog, January 6, 2012)

A Christmas Message From America's Rich, by Matt Taibbi (Rolling Stone, December 22, 2011)

Havel, hero of anti-communist revolution, dies, by Karel Janicek (Associated Press, December 18, 2011)
"Truth and love must prevail over lies and hatred." -- Vclav Havel (5 Oct 1936-18 Dec 2011)


Advancing Prosperity Through Debt Forgiveness, by Tyler Durden (Zero Hedge, December 2, 2011)

A Banker Speaks, With Regret, by Nicholas D. Kristof (NY Times, November 30, 2011)

OWS and the Power of Creative Protest, by Allison Kilkenny (The Nation, November 21, 2011)

Money Poster (xkcd.com #980; November, 2011)

Rep. Deutch Unveils OCCUPIED Constitutional Amendment; Bans Corporate Money in Elections and Declares Corporations Are Not People (Dem/FL; November 18, 2011)

Speech to U.S. Congressional Debt Committee, by U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, Ind/VT (November 17, 2011)
Urging it not to propose any cuts to Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid, Sen. Sanders said:
“This country does in fact have a serious deficit problem, but the reality is that the deficit was caused by two wars - unpaid for. It was caused by huge tax breaks for the wealthiest people in the country. It was caused by a recession as a result of the greed, recklessness and illegal behavior on Wall Street. And if those are the causes of the deficit, I will be damned if we’re going to balance the budget on the backs of the elderly, the sick, the children, and the poor. That’s wrong.”.

Graphic: European debt crisis explained, by Conrad Quilty-Harper and Daniel Palmer (The Telegraph, November 10, 2011)

Paramilitary Policing From Seattle to Occupy Wall Street, by Norm Stamper (The Nation, November 9, 2011)

The War On The Home Front, by Frances Fox Piven (TomDispatch.com, November 6, 2011) Be sure to read its second part, "The War Against the Poor".

How Wall Street Occupied America, by Bill Moyers (The Nation, November 4, 2011)

19 Sad Facts About The Deindustrialization Of America, by Michael Snyder (Business Insider, November 2, 2011)

Goldman Sachs and Occupy Wall Street's Bank: The Real Story, by Greg Palast (Nation of Change, October 28, 2011)

Immunity and Impunity in Elite America, by Glenn Greenwald (Nation of Change, October 26, 2011) - Read the comments, too!

Revealed - The Capitalist Network That Runs The World (New Scientist, October 20, 2011; see paper of September 19, 2011, below)

Who Are The Top 1%? They Are Distorting Our Economy, by Mike Konczal (Next New Deal, October 14, 2011)

Thoughts on Corporations, by Chris Bickerton and Alex Gourevitch (The Current Moment, October 13, 2011)

Diebold voting machines can be hacked by remote control. Exclusive: A laboratory shows how an e-voting machine used by a third of all voters can be easily manipulated, by Brad Friedman (Salon, September 27, 2011)

Sentencing Shift Gives New Leverage to Prosecutors (NY Times, September 25, 2011)

The Network of Global Corporate Control (ETH Zurich, September 19, 2011)

Stop Coddling the Super-Rich, by Warren E. Buffett (NY Times, August 14, 2011)

What Happened to Obama?, by Drew Westen (NY Times Sunday Review, August 6, 2011)

30 Years Ago Today: The Day the Middle Class Died, by Michael Moore (August 5, 2011)

The Bad Deal, by James K. Galbraith (economist, son of John Kenneth Galbraith; Deutsche Welle, August 4, 2011)

Anyone Who Thinks The Debt Deal Is A Victory For America Understands Neither Economics Nor Politics, by Robert Reich (Business Insider, August 1, 2011)

Super Congress Getting Even More Super Powers In Debt Deal, by Michael McAuliff (Huffington Post, July 31, 2011)

Debt Tantrum On A Sinking Ship, by Richard Heinberg (Post Carbon Institute, July 26, 2011)

Wealth, Income, and Powe, by G. William Domhoff (Who Rules America?, September 2005; updated July 2011)

Three Charts To Email To Your Right-Wing Brother-In-Law, by Dave Johnson (Campaign for America's Future, August 29, 2011)

How The Deficit Got This Big, by Teresa Tritch (NY Times, July 23, 2011) - See graphs!

Don't Blame Goldman Sachs for the Food Crisis rebuttal by Lucas van Praag, Managing Director. Goldman, Sachs & Co. (plus a counter-rebuttal by Frederick Kaufman; May 3, 2011; see below)

How Goldman Sachs Created the Food Crisis, by Frederick Kaufman (Foreign Policy, April 27, 2011)

The New Geopolitics of Food, by Lester R. Brown (Foreign Policy, April 27, 2011)

Beyond Conspiracy Theory: Patterns of High Crime in American Government, by Lance deHaven-Smith (American Behavioral Scientist; February, 2010)


The Cost of Care (Graphic Sociology, April 26th, 2011; graphic from National Geographic blog, Dec. 18, 2009)

Assault on Social Spending, Pro-Rich Tax Cuts Turning U.S. into Nation "Of the 1 Percent, by the 1 Percent, for the 1 Percent", by Nobel Economist Joseph Stiglitz (Democracy Now, April 7, 2011)

Alert: Nuclear (and Economic) Meltdown In Progress (Chris Martenson, March 16, 2011)

God On The Table, by Michael C. Ruppert (Collapse Network, November 1, 2010)
"Arguably, the cause of the collapse of human industrial civilization has been a fundamental disconnect in consciousness that has led humankind to tell itself that it is exempt from the laws of physics and nature – that infinite growth is possible on a finite planet."

Larry Summers and the Subversion of Economics (The Chronicle of Education, October 3, 2010)

Heavy in dollars, China warns of depreciation (Reuters, September 2, 2010)

Covert Operations: The billionaire Koch Brothers are waging a war against Obama (New Yorker, August 30, 2010)

This Is Not a Recovery, by Paul Krugman (NY Times, August 27, 2010)

Ask Not Whether Governments Will Default, but How, by Arnaud Mares (Morgan Stanley, August 26, 2010)

How facts backfire (Researchers discover a surprising threat to democracy: our brains), by Joe Keohane (The Boston Globe, July 11, 2010)

Enough is Enough (report of the Steady State Economic Conference, June 19, 2010)

Wind's latest problem: it . . . makes power too cheap, by Jerome Paris (Resiliance.org, May 1, 2010)

Poll: Majority favors increased taxes on wealthy Americans (NorthEast Pennsylvania Business Journal, April 6, 2010)

A Sad Obituary; Conservative Supreme Court Kills Uncle Sam, by Ferguson Foont (Bare-Knuckles Politics 3.0, January 21, 2010)

Copenhagen's Hidden Agenda: The Multibillion Trade in Carbon Derivatives, Washington's Blog, (Centre for Research and Globalization, November 8, 2009)

Obama team makes it official: Budget deficit hits record. By a lot. (Today, October 16, 2009)

How Did Economists Get It So Wrong?, by Paul Krugman (NY Times, September 2, 2009)

Losing my religion for equality (Jimmy Carter, July 15, 2009)

Goodbye, GM, a letter from Michael Moore (MichaelMoore.com, June 1, 2009)

The cost of wind, the price of wind, the value of wind, by Jerome a Paris (The Oil Drum, May 6, 2009)

Builders & Titans: Bernie Madoff, by Michael Moore (The 2009 TIME 100, May 1, 2009)

"We the People" to "King of the World": "YOU'RE FIRED!", a letter from Michael Moore (MichaelMoore.com, April 1, 2009)

Oh, What a Lovely Class War!, by Michael Winship (Bill Moyers Journal, March 13, 2009)

Sold Out: How Wall Street and Washington Betrayed America, by Robert Weissman and Harvey Rosenfield (Wall Street Watch, March 4, 2009)

A Proven Framework to End the US Banking Crisis Including Some Temporary Nationalizations (Adam S. Posen, Peterson Institute for International Economics; Testimony before the Joint Economic Committee of the US Congress hearing, “Restoring the Economy: Strategies for Short-term and Long-term Change”; February 26, 2009)

www.Recovery.org belonged to the U.S. Government (February 24, 2009). But on May 19, 2014 we were notified that this URL no longer is appropriate.

Taking Apart the $819 billion Stimulus Package (Washington Post, February 1, 2009)

Orlov: Russia Was Better Prepared for Collapse than the U.S., by Dmitry Orlov (TruthNews.us; January 16, 2008, originallly published December 4, 2006)

China factory output dips further (BBC News, January 4, 2009)

A guide to the credit crunch, audio slideshow (6 minutes) by BBC's Business Editor Robert Peston (BBC, January 1, 2009)

Protectionist dominoes are beginning to tumble across the world, Ambrose Evans-Pritchard (Telegraph, Dec. 22, 2008)

Madoff: The man who sold the world, by Rupert Cornwell (Independent, Dec. 21, 2008)

Revving China's auto industry, by Peter Day (BBC News, Dec. 13, 2008)

Senate to Middle Class: Drop Dead, a message from Michael Moore (MichaelMoore.com, Dec. 12, 2008)

Automakers fail to cash in on big GOP donations, by Ken Bensinger (LA Times, Dec. 12, 2008)

White House, Democrats Near Short-Term Deal For Automakers; Loans to Carry Firms to March, by Lon Montgomery and Kendra Marr (Washington Post, Dec. 6, 2008)

Saving the Big 3 for You and Me, a message from Michael Moore (MichaelMoore.com, Dec. 3, 2008)

Baltic Dry Index Falls 93%; Are We Heading into a Global Recession or Possibly a Worldwide Depression?, by Nick DuBay (Associated Content, Dec. 1, 2008)

Sync, and Swim Together, by Daniel Kahneman and Andrew Rosenfield (NYTimes, Nov. 24, 2008)

Colossal Financial Collapse: The Truth behind the Citigroup Bank 'Nationalization', by F. William Engdahl (Global Research, Nov. 24, 2008)

Systemic Risk, Contagion and Trade Finance - Back to the Bad Old Days, by London Banker (RGE Monitor, Nov. 14, 2008)
 
A Credit Crisis or a Collapsing Ponzi Scheme? The Two Trillion Dollar Black Hole, by Pam Martens (Counterpunch, Nov. 13, 2008)

Financial Crisis: Washington's $5 Trillion Tab, by Elizabeth Moyer (Forbes.com, Nov. 12, 2008)

Failing Like Japan, by Bill Mann (Motley Fool, November 11, 2008)

US Taxpayers Violated; The Looting Operation Continues, by Chris Martenson (Financial Sense University, Nov. 11, 2008)

The First 100 Days (The GOOD Sheet, Nov. 6, 2008)

This Is Not The End Of Capitalism, by Mark Shuttleworth (Here Be Dragons, Nov. 4, 2008)

Hedge Fund Manager: Goodbye and F---- You, by Matthew Malone (Portfolio.com, Oct. 17, 2008)

It's a Solvency Problem, Not a Liquidity Problem, by Mark Shuttleworth (Here Be Dragons, Oct. 9, 2008)

Taking Hard New Look at a Greenspan Legacy, by Peter Goodman (NY Times, Oct. 8, 2008)

Europe Struggles for a Response to the Bank Crisis, by Andrew Purvis (Time, Oct. 7, 2008)

Why the $700 Billion Isn't Helping, by Jeremy Caplan (Time, Oct. 7, 2008)

"There were still aspects of this package that I didn't like.", by Senator Barbara Boxer (Calculated Risk blog, Oct. 4, 2008)

Here's How to Fix the Wall Street Mess, by Michael Moore (MichaelMoore.com, Oct. 1, 2008)

Congresswoman Kaptur Votes Against Bill To Bail Out ‘Reckless’ Wall Street (Sept. 30, 2008)

Congratulations, Corporate Crime Fighters! Coup Averted for Three Days!, by Michael Moore (MichaelMoore.com, Sept. 30, 2008)

Shocked the Bailout Plan Failed? You Shouldn't Be., by Robert Zimmer (Sept. 29, 2008)

The Rich Are Staging A Coup This Morning, by Michael Moore (MichaelMoore.com, Sept. 29, 2008)

A Shattering Moment in America's Fall from Power, by John Gray (The Observer, Sept. 28, 2008)

Is this the United States Congress or the board of directors of Goldman Sachs?, by Congressman Dennis Kucinich (US House of Representatives, Sept. 28, 2008)

Last Chance for the Truth, by Martin Weiss (Money and Markets, Sept. 28, 2008)

The Bailout: What's At Stake, by Chris Isidore, senior writer (CNNMoney.com, Sept. 26, 2008)

Proposed $700 Billion Bailout Is Too Little, Too Late to End the Debt Crisis; Too Much, Too Soon for the U.S. Bond Market, by Martin Weiss and Michael Larson (Weiss Research, Inc., Sept. 25, 2008)

Real reform or nothing, by Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (US House of Representatives, Sept. 25, 2008)

The 'Oracle' Speaks: Listen Up, Hank, by Jeff Matthews (blog, Sept. 24,
2008)

Our Federal Economy, by George Will (Washington Post, Sept. 24, 2008)

Main Street Before Wall Street, by David Korten (Yes! Magazine, Sept. 24, 2008)

World carbon dioxide levels highest for 650,000 years, says US report (The Guardian, May 13, 2008)

Stocks and Stockbrokers, by Paul Lutus (Lutus website, June, 2008)

Hillary Clinton: A Bilderberg Presidency; European elite back Democratic frontrunner (Old-Thinker News, November 8, 2007)

Living Wealth: Better Than Money, by David Korten (Yes! Magazine, Fall 2007)

Orlov: Russia Was Better Prepared for Collapse than the U.S., by Dmitry Orlov (TruthNews.us; Jan. 16, 2008, originallly published Dec. 4, 2006)

The Best Way to Rob a Bank Is to Own One: How Corporate Executives and Politicians Looted the S&L Industry, by William K. Black (Amazon listing; April 1, 2005)

CyberInsecurity: The Cost of Monopoly, by Dr. Daniel Geer and others (Computer & Communications Industry Association, Sep. 27, 2003):
In free market economies as in life, some failure is essential; the “creative destruction” of markets builds more than it breaks. Wise governments are those able to distinguish that which must be tolerated as it cannot be changed from that which must be changed as it cannot be tolerated. The reapportionment of risk and responsibility through regulatory intervention embodies that wisdom in action.

Courtney Love does the math (Salon, June 14, 2000)
Her brilliant exposure of the U.S. music industry and the RIAA.

Money Vs. Wealth, by David Korten (Yes! Magazine's special "Money: Print Your Own!" issue, Summer 1997).  Yes, this article was written early in the inflation phase of the now-infamous Dot-Com bubble. When will they ever learn?

To confront the poverty of satisfaction—purpose and dignity—that afflicts us all, by Robert F. Kennedy (Remarks at the University of Kansas, March 18, 1968)



The following links offer some Black Humor.

The Strip, by Brian McFadden (the series, via NY Times)

Stephen Hawking Angers Trump Supporters with Baffling Array of Long Words, by Andy Borowitz (New Yorker, May 31, 2016)

Much To Hillary's Dismay, Bernie Won't Get Out (New Orleans Advocate, May 24, 2016)

Notes on Your ‘Rise of The Donald’ Pitch (NY Times, May 20, 2016)

Koch Brothers Consider Purchasing First Democrat, by Andy Borowitz (New Yorker, April 25, 2016)

Pharaoh Endorses Donald Trump for President (VsGoliath, April 21, 2016)

Historical Quotes cartoon (Mike Luckovich, February 10, 2016)

Presidents View Trump on TV (New Yorker cover, February 1, 2016)

4-Lane Presidential Highway cartoon, modified from this cartoon by Matt Wuerker (Sept. 18, 2015)

Capitalism Explained (tickld, August 3, 2015)

Clinton Coronation cartoon (Matt Wuerker, July 11, 2015)

Scientists: Earth Endangered by New Strain of Fact-Resistant Humans, by Andy Borowitz (New Yorker, May 12, 2015)

Unemployment Isn't a Bug -- It's a Feature, Tom the Dancing Bug cartoon by Ruben Bolling (Sep. 24, 2014)

The One Rich Guy; He Owns Everything, by Tom Tomorrow (This Modern World, Feb. 19, 2014)

Nation of Moochers cartoon (Jen Sorensen, Jan. 13, 2014)

Pretend We're Not Watching,
Tom the Dancing Bug cartoon by Ruben Bolling (Jan. 1, 2014)

Inequality in Six Panels, Tom the Dancing Bug cartoon by Ruben Bolling (Dec. 18, 2013)

Yiddish Curses for Republican Jews (October 24, 2012)

The Power Pyramid: The 1%, cartoon by Unknown (Global Research, Dec. 1, 2011)

The Ten Stupidest Objections to the Occupy Wall Street Movement, cartoon by Barry Deutsch (Nov. 14, 2011)

Percentage of Millionaires (Chris Piascik, Oct. 20, 2011)

Wall Street Demonstrators/Wall Street Bankers, cartoon by Steve Sack (Oct. 5, 2011)

Cartoons: Here's What The World Thinks About America's Political Crisis (Business Insider, Aug. 4, 2011)

Bailout Cartoons (www.cartoonstock.com)

The Government Can, singing video by Tim Hawkins (ca. 2009)

GM unveils its new, made-in-America bankruptcy, by Philip Maddocks (Natick Bulletin & Tab, Jun. 5th, 2009)

Investing in the Dogbert Investment Fund, cartoon by Scott Adams (Dilbert.com, Apr. 12, 2009)

SapSeason, cartoon by Dave Granlund (www.davegranlund.com, Mar. 6, 2009)

They're too small to let succeed, cartoon by J.D. "Iliad" Frazer (UserFriendly, Feb. 11, 2009)

Orlov: Russia Was Better Prepared for Collapse than the U.S., by Dmitry Orlov (TruthNews.us; Jan. 16, 2008, originallly published Dec. 4, 2006)

Santa Claus Bailout Hearing (National Lampoon, Dec. 18, 2008)

Financial Bailout Explained (YouTube, Nov. 19, 2008)

Detroit Rescue Attempt, cartoon by Dave Granlund (www.davegranlund.com, Nov. 13, 2008)

I went as the stock market, cartoon by J.D. "Iliad" Frazer (UserFriendly, Nov.1, 2008)

The markets are crashing!, cartoon by J.D. "Iliad" Frazer (UserFriendly, Oct. 15, 2008)

Congress & Bailouts, cartoon by Dave Granlund (www.davegranlund.com, Sept. 23, 2008)

Keeping Fannie & Freddie Afloat, cartoon by Dave Granlund (www.davegranlund.com, Sept. 8, 2008)

McCain asks Congress for a bailout of his bankrupt straight-talk image, by Philip Maddocks (Natick Bulletin & Tab, Sept. 26, 2008)

Hank Paulson's 419 Nigerian-spam bailout letter (Sept. 22, 2008)

Four Prominent Bastards, song by Ogden Nash This was, the story went, written by Ogden Nash for a Gridiron Club dinner ca. 1941, and was broadcast on Armed Service Radio by mistake. It's been published as "A Ballad to be Sung By Four Prominent Love Children" and other names. In fact, Nash first wrote it for the Dutch Treat Club in 1933 (see http://www.hensteeth.com/fblue.html):
I remember Pappy telling me, "Boy, rapin' is a crime,
 
Unless you rape the voters, a million at a time."
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