Current American Corporate Values In A Nutshell

Save the Twinkie, lose the workers: The Twinkie brand, along with other iconic brands owned by the company, will be sold off in bankruptcy to other companies who expect to be able to profitably market them. Of course there is no guarantee that they will restart the old factories and rehire the Hostess workers, likely leaving them out in the cold. There are two major issues here. First, in the...

On Yesterday's 'Blackout Bowl'

What Dave Zirin said. A taste: The Super Dome is supposed to stand, in post-hurricane, post-levees New Orleans as a symbol of the city’s resurgence. It’s also supposed to stand as a symbol of the city’s reborn tourism industry and status as an “event town” ready to be the Mecca for Fortune 500 companies and the hottest happenings in sports. But this economic comeback, with an emphasis...

The Zeitgeist, In One Photo

This pic, from twitter user @reclaimuc, via Jamie Kilstein of the excellent Citizen Radio, on the one year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, pretty much sums it, four years after the financial crisis that brought down Lehman, made the taxpayers 85% owners of AIG Insurance, and nearly wiped out the global financial system:

What That Avalanche of Right-Wing Hate Produces

If you, like me, have been appalled at the increasingly-harsh, absolutist, violent and even sometimes apocalyptic tone of nonstop hatred coming from the right (too many examples to link), if you've wondered what kind of corrosive effect it is having on not just our discourse but on our people, wonder no more: Because when a 16 year-old white girl takes to Twitter to openly call for the...

Texas GOP Formally Opposes Critical Thinking In Schools

(h/t: ThinkProgress) As Dave Barry used to say, I swear I am not making this up. You could certainly be forgiven if you assumed I was making it up, because such a statement sounds so obviously ridiculous that no one - not even the Texas GOP - could possibly say it and mean it. Alas, you'd be wrong. Page 13 (or, in Texas GOP-numeration, "page 12" - go figure) states the following (pdf): We oppose...

Out Of Iraq – Finally

After nearly ten years, at least a trillion dollars spent (wasted?), and uncounted lives changed forever if not outright ruined or in fact snuffed out, we are apparently out of Iraq, as of Christmas, this year: I don't even know what to feel at such a late date. On the one hand, whew: it's finally OVER. And yes, Barack Obama did what George W. Bush could not, in many, many years of his...