Sunday, November 27, 2011
Doug Stanhope visits the role of fear in our American lives. The real fears such as economic insecurity, lack of health care, and the criminal oligarchic kleptocracy which guides our country don't get much play. *OWS was a beginning, violence against it suggests its relevance.
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Friday, November 18, 2011
The Wisconsin State Journal": "Wisconsin shed about 3,400 education positions this year, triple the number from last year. At least one-third of the state's districts increased elementary class sizes. And at least four in 10 districts are using one-time federal stimulus funds to balance their budgets. And then there is the cutting of 65,000 folks from Wisconsin Medicaid. Where do they think these people are going for healthcare at the 11th hour? Here the normally rabid Journal Sentinel sounds reasonable: "BadgerCare is a Wisconsin success story that guarantees health security for more than 775,000 people. Despite its popularity, the program is on the chopping block as the Walker administration implements $554 million in budget cuts to Wisconsin's Medicaid program." And of course is the latest job loss figures: "Wisconsin lost an estimated 9,300 private-sector jobs in October in the state's fourth consecutive month of job declines, according to the state Department of Workforce Development. Losses covered a wide swath of the state's slow-moving economy - from manufacturing to health care and financial services to retail trade. The only sector with a significant increase came in leisure and hospitality trades, such as restaurants and hotels. Abdur Chowdhury, chairman of the economics department at Marquette University in Milwaukee, noted that Wisconsin lost private-sector jobs during the same months that the national economy added private-sector positions, albeit haltingly. At the state level, "the job loss in manufacturing is alarming," Chowdhury said. "At the national level, growth in the manufacturing sector had been driving the recovery. In Wisconsin, despite the presence of a significant manufacturing sector, the job loss doesn't bode well for the short-term growth of the state economy." Tomorrow Madison: http://www.deathandtaxesmag.com/161808/recall-scott-walker-kickoff-rally-set-for-november-19th/
Friday, November 11, 2011
Friday, November 04, 2011
here. Faux democracy marches on.
Thursday, November 03, 2011
Back to Work Wisconsin" session has proved to be anything but. How ever if you're a fan of bat-shit crazy stuff you have been richly rewarded. Witness the following: Shoot anyone in your house. In reality shooting someone in your home has not been an issue but just in case....Then there is Sex Ed as long as it favors abstinence and marriage, and lastly a bill to make recalls harder, mercifully obstructed by renegade republican Dale Schultz. And jobs, where are they?
Wednesday, November 02, 2011
I had to post the above videos to give some historical perspective on General Strikes. Winnipeg in 1919 was the largest such action in Canada while the 1946 action in Oakland was the last general strike in the U.S. until now. We need to rediscover our legacy of resistance.