Monthly Archives: April 2011

Growing the War in Libya By Steve Weissman, RSN Special Coverage: Egypt’s Struggle for Democracy If America and its NATO allies flew into battle over Libya to prevent a bloodbath in Benghazi, as President Obama, Prime Minister David Cameron of … finish reading 

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Emily Hellewell : Public Radio and the West Texas Wildfires

The Southwest Incident Management Team conducted burnouts April 19 near the McDonald Observatory in far west Texas. Photo by Frank Cianciolo / McDonald Observatory / Marfa Public Radio.Why public radio maters:Marfa station is critical resourceduring west Texas wildfires By Emily … finish reading Emily Hellewell : Public Radio and the West Texas Wildfires

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Sherman DeBrosse : The Republican Bait and Switch

Bait and switch:The Republican assault on Medicare By Sherman DeBrosse / The Rag Blog / April 21, 2011 The Republicans used the election of 2010 to pull off an impressive bait-and-switch operation. They campaigned against health care reform because it … finish reading Sherman DeBrosse : The Republican Bait and Switch

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Bill Fletcher, Jr. : Obama, 2012, and Rethinking ‘Hope’

Taking a second look. Barack Obama “Hope” poster by Shepard Fairey. Image from afagen / Flickr.Focusing ‘Hope’:Obama and the 2012 elections By Bill Fletcher, Jr. / The Rag Blog / April 21, 2011 Rather than dwell on the question of … finish reading Bill Fletcher, Jr. : Obama, 2012, and Rethinking ‘Hope’

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David Van Os : The Divine Right of Greed

Political cartoon by Deng Coy Miel, Singapore.(On being mad as hell…)The divine right of greed By David Van Os / The Rag Blog / April 20, 2011 Most of the income of the super-rich is in capital gains such as … finish reading David Van Os : The Divine Right of Greed

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Steve Weissman : Sarkozy’s Role in the Libyan Rebellion

President Nicholas Sarkozy shown with embattled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.Did French President Sarkozy set up Obama’s Benghazi nightmare? By Steve Weissman / The Rag Blog / March 19, 2011 PARIS — Even as Barack Obama struggles to reduce America’s public … finish reading Steve Weissman : Sarkozy’s Role in the Libyan Rebellion

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Kate Braun : Waning Gibbous Moon is Time to Release the Old

Through the clouds: Waning gibbous moon. Image from Moonmooring.Moon Musings:Waning gibbous moon(April 20 – 26, 2011) By Kate Braun / The Rag Blog / April 19, 2011 This is a moon-phase useful for releasing the old, removing unwanted negative energies, … finish reading Kate Braun : Waning Gibbous Moon is Time to Release the Old

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Lamar W. Hankins : The Republicans and ‘Medicare As We Know It’

Rep. Paul Ryan and ‘medicare as we know it.’ Photo by J. Scott Applewhite / AP.(but should be made ineffective…)Republicans agree that Medicare is essentialBy Lamar W. Hankins / The Rag Blog / April 13, 2011 This past week, House … finish reading Lamar W. Hankins : The Republicans and ‘Medicare As We Know It’

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Dr. Stephen R. Keister : Political Idiots and Economic Dementia

Aldous Huxley: the “dogmatism and proselytizing zeal… of religious or political idiots.”Huxley’s ‘political idiots’ andpublic health in America By Dr. Stephen R. Keister / The Rag Blog / April 13, 2011 “At least two thirds of our miseries spring from … finish reading Dr. Stephen R. Keister : Political Idiots and Economic Dementia

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John Aloysius Farrell : The Koch Brothers’ Web of Influence

Koch Inc., headquartered in Wichita, Kan., spends tens of millions of dollars to lobby Congress and federal agencies on issues ranging from oil and gas to the estate tax. Photo by Larry W. Smith / AP.The Koch brothers’ web of … finish reading John Aloysius Farrell : The Koch Brothers’ Web of Influence

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Ed Felien : Malalai Joya is a Champion for Afghan Women

Malalai Joya. Image from antiwarcommittee.com.A champion for Afghan women:On hearing Malalai Joya By Ed Felien / The Rag Blog / April 12, 2011 MINNEAPOLIS — I met the bravest person in the world Friday night, April 1, at St. Joan … finish reading Ed Felien : Malalai Joya is a Champion for Afghan Women

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Ted McLaughlin : U.S. Military Spending Way Out of Whack

Hogging the pie:U.S. military spending gone wild By Ted McLaughlin / The Rag Blog / April 12, 2011 The chart above shows just how much out of whack the United States spending on its military really is. The U.S. has … finish reading Ted McLaughlin : U.S. Military Spending Way Out of Whack

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