Monday, November 03, 2014

Naomi Klein

Naomi Klein viaThe Progressive: 

"Their business model is at war with life on earth."




Thursday, October 23, 2014

Fort Wayne Early Vote Rally

Saturday, Oct. 25 at Headwaters Park in downtown Fort Wayne, 10 a.m. to noon:

Early Vote Rally

330 South Clinton Street



Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Get off your ass and vote

It's amazing that you'd have to ask Americans to vote. Even more amazing to have to ask Democrats in a red state to get off their asses and vote.

It is not complicated. Put on your flip-flops and go push some buttons. Take a look at the ballot before you go:

Go to indianavoters.in.gov.

Click on the link, "Review Candidates on My Ballot."

Type in your county, your name and date of birth.

That's it.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

"Pay to Prey"

A Red State Privatization Horror Story
[Truthout]
The report, which was released today and is titled “Pay to Prey,” focuses on how Republican governors in states all across the country used the cover of privatization to enrich campaign donors and political cronies.
Michigan and Ohio are included in the study but Indiana didn't make the cut even though we've had some dillies like the social services program that went kaput, the toll road where the overlord went bust, the charter schools with the magical grades...

Kansas is a big star just now for the ALECs of wonderland, but the story of maggots and sex in Michigan prisons is an eye-catcher, too.



Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Miss Oligarchy Regrets

"...a focus just on this year’s competitive Senate and House races misses the enormous impact a handful of very wealthy people can have on state and local campaigns. A new report by the Brennan Center for Justice details how, at a relatively modest cost to themselves, a privileged few can change how government that is supposed to be nearest to the people is actually carried out."

 
"If the election were held today instead of in three weeks, the FiveThirtyEight model would have Republicans as about 2-to-1 favorites to win the Senate — instead of 60 percent. So the GOP’s win probability will gradually increase each day unless Democrats start catching up."
 
 


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Walmart Banking: Pro and Con

Good Idea:
[FiveThirtyEight]
Wal-Mart’s move into banking may seem odd, but if the behemoth is looking to serve its customers, bank accounts are a natural product. There are more Wal-Mart stores in areas where a higher percentage of the population is unbanked< — that is, without a checking or saving account. According to the most recent National Survey of Unbanked and Underbanked Households, conducted by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) in 2011, an estimated 8.2 percent of U.S. households are unbanked, or about 10 million households.

Bad Idea:
[AlterNet]
For years, big retailers smelling opportunity have been trying to figure out ways to offer banking services to low-income people as a way of boosting in-store sales. Walmart has been pushing hard to get into the banking business, but the retail goliath has been held back from obtaining a U.S. bank charter by a combination of banking industry players, union leaders, activists, political opponents, and experts who have warned that allowing Walmart to bank is a dangerous abandonment of the separation of banking from other forms of commerce, and that it opens the door to too-big-to-fail issues and potential taxpayer bailouts.


Monday, September 29, 2014

Bill Moyers: "It's Been a Good Run"

Bill Moyers:
The third and final year of Moyers & Company comes to an end on January 2 and I am writing to assure you that this time it’s the real deal.