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No, Paul Ryan, Your Healthcare Defeat Wasn't Because of "Growing Pains"

Robert Reich

House Speaker Paul Ryan, in his press conference following the demise of his bill to replace Obamacare, blamed Republicans who had failed to grasp that the GOP was now a “governing party.”

“We were a 10-year opposition party, where being against things was easy to do,” said Ryan. “You just had to be against it. Now, in three months’ time, we tried to go to a governing party where we actually had to get 216 people to agree with each other on how we do things.” 

It was, he said, “the growing pains of government.”

Rubbish.

If Aleppo Was a Crime Against Humanity, Isn’t Mosul?

Evan W. Sandlin

Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city and the last major Islamic State stronghold in the country, is nearly under Iraqi government control.

The Islamic State, or ISIS, has occupied the city since June 2014. Now, with the help of U.S. airpower, the entire eastern portion of the city has been retaken, and roughly 33 percent of Mosul is in Iraqi government hands. ISIS is “completely surrounded,” according to Western-coalition officials.

What He Could Do

Mark Danner

What we are witnessing now is the birth of a new political order, and the more frantic a handful of media elites become, the more powerful that new political order becomes….1—Stephen K. Bannon

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Trump’s Job Boast

President Donald Trump boasted that Charter Communications "has just committed to investing $25 billion" and creating 20,000 jobs in the U.S. But Charter's plans to add 20,000 jobs have been in the works for nearly two years.

The post Trump’s Job Boast appeared first on FactCheck.org.

A Fake Tom Price Quote

Q: Did Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price say “it’s better for our budget if cancer patients die more quickly”? A: No. That’s another made-up quote from a “news/satire” […]

The post A Fake Tom Price Quote appeared first on FactCheck.org.

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Dear Future Generations: Sorry

An Apology Letter to Future Generations. To DIRECTLY Fight the Destruction and Stand For Trees go to: https://standfortrees.org/en/ Join My Motivational List...
Mar 6
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Dear Future Generations: Sorry

An Apology Letter to Future Generations. To DIRECTLY Fight the Destruction and Stand For Trees go to: https://standfortrees.org/en/ Join My Motivational List...
Mar 6
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Organic food’s dirty secret: What the “seductive” label fails to tell you [Updated Info]

Just because food is labeled organic doesn't mean it's what you're expecting, journalist Peter Laufer tells Salonby Lindsay Abrams Published Saturday, Jul 19, 2014 11:00 AM PST…See More
Dec 25, 2016
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Nature and the Law

Nature and the LawA new movement is working to protect our environment through the recognition of its fundamental rights. It’s an idea whose time has come.By Mari Margil from December 20, 2016, 4:39 pm – 8 MIN READPhoto by Delta…See More
Dec 22, 2016
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State Plastic and Paper Bag Legislation: Justice or Manipulation?

The plastic and paper bag law is ostensibly environmental legislation in hopes that a small fee will diminish the environmental impact of single-use merchant bags. It was possible to have the fee go into an environmental fund to help with diminishing the impact, but that was voted down by CA Prop 65. The resulting declining of Prop 65 is essentially saying that we cannot force the merchant to send…See More
Dec 4, 2016
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Oligonomy Defined

The vocabulary of economists has no word to describe an increasingly common phenomenon. An oligopoly, as you know, is a market sector in which there are few sellers. An oligopsony is a market sector in which there are few buyers. But there are an increasing number of market sectors in which the same companies are both oligopolies and oligopsonies. This situation I propose to call an oligonomy.In an oligonomy, companies act as an oligopoly to one group, as an oligopsony to another. For example,…See More
Oct 27, 2016
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Unsafe at any Dose? Diagnosing Chemical Safety Failures, from DDT to BPA

via Independent Science News | by Jonathan Latham, PhDPiecemeal, and at long last, chemical manufacturers have begun removing the endocrine-disrupting plastic…See More
May 22, 2016
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How Neoliberalism Survived the Financial Meltdown (w/ Philip Mirowski)

Professor Philip Mirowski author of Never Let a Serious Crisis Go to Waste: How Neoliberalism Survived the Financial Meltdown, explains the intellectual hist...
Mar 25, 2015

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Ban Chemically Scented Products From The Olympics? Bringing Personal Habits To Public Places....It's A Stinky Issue.

For people with COPD, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, and Asthma, Chemically Scented Products can be a major Disability Barrier.  Just a quick surf on the internet shows how many people are unable to…Continue

Started by Melva Smith in Sample Title Aug 9, 2011.

Please Sign the Scent-Free Olympic Petition

Dear Fellow Activists.  What do you all think about a scent-free Olympics? If you or someone you know finds scented products to be a disability barrier, you might be interested in knowing that there…Continue

Tags: COPD, Sensitivity, Allergy, Sports, barriers

Started by Melva Smith in Sample Title Jun 21, 2011.

Ethics Among Activists 1 Reply

I've been active now in a concerted way for many years, and I've worked on a number of causes and with many different people. Most of these relationships have been very positive. Activists are…Continue

Tags: organizing, activism, Ethics

Started by Cromag in Uncategorized. Last reply by Ice Goldberg Oct 21, 2009.

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Nature and the Law

Posted by Cromag on December 22, 2016 at 9:08pm 0 Comments

Nature and the Law

A new movement is working to protect our environment through the recognition of its fundamental rights. It’s an idea whose time has come.

By Mari Margil from December 20, 2016, 4:39 pm – 8 MIN READ…
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State Plastic and Paper Bag Legislation: Justice or Manipulation?

Posted by Cromag on December 4, 2016 at 1:00pm 0 Comments

The plastic and paper bag law is ostensibly environmental legislation in hopes that a small fee will diminish the environmental impact of single-use merchant bags. It was possible to have the fee go into an environmental fund to help with diminishing the impact, but that was voted down by CA Prop 65. The resulting declining of Prop 65 is essentially saying that we cannot force the…

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Unsafe at any Dose? Diagnosing Chemical Safety Failures, from DDT to BPA

Posted by Cromag on May 22, 2016 at 9:55am 0 Comments

via Independent Science News | by Jonathan Latham, PhD

Piecemeal, and at long last, chemical manufacturers have begun removing the endocrine-disrupting plastic…

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Organic food’s dirty secret: What the “seductive” label fails to tell you [Updated Info]

Posted by Cromag on March 15, 2015 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

Just because food is labeled organic doesn't mean it's what you're expecting, journalist Peter Laufer tells Salon

by Lindsay Abrams 

Published Saturday, Jul 19, 2014 11:00 AM PST…

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If Nature Had Rights

Posted by Cromag on October 23, 2014 at 2:51pm 0 Comments

... "So what would a radically different law-driven consciousness look like?” The question was posed over three decades ago by a University of Southern California law professor as his lecture drew to a close. “One in which Nature had rights,” he continued. “Yes, rivers, lakes, trees. .…

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Glenn Greenwald: Why privacy matters

Posted by Cromag on October 15, 2014 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

 (TEDGlobal 2014 transcript)

Why privacy matters

Glenn Greenwald was one of the first reporters to see — and write about — the Edward Snowden files, with their revelations about the United States' extensive surveillance of private citizens. In…

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Suffering? Well, You Deserve It

Posted by Cromag on March 4, 2014 at 1:00pm 0 Comments

By Chris Hedges March 2nd, 2014

OXFORD, England—The morning after my Feb. 20 debate at the Oxford Union, I walked from my hotel along Oxford’s narrow…

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Introducing the Global Power Project (Updated)

Posted by Cromag on February 28, 2014 at 3:24pm 0 Comments

Mon, 3/25/2013 - by Andrew Gavin Marshall
originally posted on Occupy.com

We live in an interdependent world, where nations are increasingly…

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Henry Giroux on Resisting the Neoliberal Revolution

Posted by Cromag on February 22, 2014 at 6:00pm 0 Comments

Reactions to Anatomy of a Deep State from the Bill Moyers Show

February 2014 - Credit: Dale Robbins

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The Rights of Nature: Has Deep Ecology Gone Too Far?

Posted by Cromag on January 27, 2014 at 8:00am 0 Comments

A specter is haunting the French humanist mind these days--a radical ecology movement that threatens to replace the idealization of humanity with an idealization of nature. Already we see "the passing of the humanist era," writes Luc Ferry, a philosopher at the Sorbonne and the University of Caen, in this prize-winning critique of that movement, a book all environmentalists ought to read. It…

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Harvard Law School Corporate Governance Blog

Does the Market Value Professional Directors?

Professional directors, as often defined by academics and practitioners, are independent directors whose only vocation consists of serving as corporate directors on one or more boards. Such directors hold no other full-time employment. Currently, over 84 percent of corporate boards include at least one professional director. Since the 1970’s academics across disciplines have argued that […]

New York Cybersecurity Regulations for Financial Institutions Enter Into Effect

While the New York Cybersecurity Regulations represent a softening in key respects from the requirements set forth in the initial proposal, the regulations impose minimum standards that exceed existing federal standards and introduce new requirements, including obligations to critically evaluate cybersecurity practices to ensure compliance, maintain detailed documentation demonstrating compliance and report cyber events to […]

Corporate Governance Update: Preparing for and Responding to Shareholder Activism in 2017

Activist investors are taking advantage of favorable conditions in the 2017 market environment to further their activist agendas. Activists have an estimated $243 billion in assets under management and are eager to recoup losses from 2016, when the S&P 500 outperformed activist funds as a whole. Companies should review their overall preparedness, take a close […]

Is the American Public Corporation in Trouble?

In his famous 1989 Harvard Business Review article predicting the demise of the public corporation, Jensen argues that public companies are inefficient organizational forms because private firms can better resolve agency conflicts between investors and managers. His prediction initially appeared to be invalid. The number of public firms increased sharply in the years following the […]

Weekly Roundup: March 17–23, 2017

Financial Crisis, Corporate Governance, and Bank Capital Posted by Sanjai Bhagat, University of Colorado Boulder, on Friday, March 17, 2017 Tags: Agency costs, Banks, Capital requirements, CHOICE Act, Dodd-Frank Act, Executive Compensation, Financial crisis, Financial institutions, Financial regulation, Incentives, Leverage, Liquidity, Management, Mortgage lending, Risk oversight, Risk-taking, Systemic risk, Too big to fail BlackRock’s 2017-2018 […]
 
 
 

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