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Roger Bybee:

A stimulus too small to significantly reduce unemployment, a TARP that didn’t trickle down to Main Street, financial reform that doesn’t fundamentally restructure Wall Street, and health-care reforms that don’t promise to bring down health-care costs have all created an enthusiasm gap. They’ve fired up the right, demoralized the left, and generated unease among the Read more…

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Roger Bybee:

"The point is that a large part of Congress — large enough to block any action on jobs — cares a lot about taxes on the richest 1 percent of the population, but very little about the plight of Americans who can’t find work."– Paul Krugman, "Defining Down Prosperit," New York Times, Aug. 2, 2010

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Roger Bybee:

"What’s worrisome is that American business has gotten used to being a lot leaner, and it could take a while before they start hiring again." – ROBERT C. POZEN, a senior lecturer at Harvard Business School, on companies that are increasing profits by cutting back   http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/26/business/economy/26earnings.html?th&emc=th

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Roger Bybee:

  Zakaria vs. Reality Fareed Zakaria, Newsweek International‘s editor, TV host, and best-selling author, thunders, "There are no serious economists or experts who believe that low wages in Mexico or China or India are the fundamental reason that American factories close."   Economists aside, plenty of U.S. CEOs believe fervently in the attraction of low Read more…

Mike Tucker:

Fail again, fail better.

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Roger Bybee:

We’re bulldozing Detroit while at the same time trying to establish model metropolises in Kabul and Kandahar. We’re spending endless billions on this wretched war but can’t extend the unemployment benefits of Americans suffering from the wretched economy here at home. The difference between this and a nightmare is that when you wake up from Read more…

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Roger Bybee:

"Our politics seems to be about a choice between apostles of hate masquerading as populists, and voices of complacency masquerading as progressivism. ""President Obama’s recovery plan did a lot of good, [but] it was underpowered compared with the strength of President Bush’s economic catastrophe — in large part because it got pared back in a Read more…

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Roger Bybee:

" In a … recent report on how to foster Zionism among America’s young, [Republican pollster Frank] Luntz urges American Jewish groups to use the word “Arabs, not Palestinians,” since “the term ‘Palestinians’ evokes images of refugee camps, victims and oppression,” while “‘Arab’ says wealth, oil and Islam.” –Peter Beinart, New York Review of Books, Read more…

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Roger Bybee:

In a … recent report on how to foster Zionism among America’s young, [Republican pollster Frank] Luntz urges American Jewish groups to use the word “Arabs, not Palestinians,” since “the term ‘Palestinians’ evokes images of refugee camps, victims and oppression,” while “‘Arab’ says wealth, oil and Islam.”–Peter Beinart, "The Failure of the American Jewish Establishment,"June 10, 2010, Read more…

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Roger Bybee:

In a survey by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, just 4 percent of respondents said they have a "very favorable" opinion of "major U.S. banks and financial institutions". It wasn’t always this bad for banks in general. A series of Harris Polls indicates the downward trajectory of public opinion about Read more…

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Roger Bybee:

"The interests of master and his slaves are the same "The master should make it his business to show his slaves, that the advancement of his individual interest, is at the same time an advancement of theirs. Once they feel this, it will require little compulsion to make them act as becomes them." (Southern Agriculturalist Read more…

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Stephen Roblin:

“Historical amnesia is a dangerous phenomenon, not only because it undermines moral and intellectual integrity, but also because it lays the groundwork for crimes that lie ahead.”

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Marina Sitrin:

 "Seamos realistas, hagamos lo imposible" "Let us be realists, and make the impossible"

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Malamas Sotiriou:

 “People go to church for the same reasons they go to a tavern: to stupefy themselves, to forget their misery, to imagine themselves, for a few minutes anyway, free and happy”

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Malamas Sotiriou:

 “To revolt is a natural tendency of life. Even a worm turns against the foot that crushes it. In general, the vitality and relative dignity of an animal can be measured by the intensity of its instinct to revolt.”

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Malamas Sotiriou:

 “Freedom, morality, and the human dignity of the individual consists precisely in this; that he does good not because he is forced to do so, but because he freely conceives it, wants it, and loves it.”

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Susan Anderson:

No one is able to live complete disregard for society’s rules.  In the game of Life, we may decide how to play our cards, but it is society that deals us the hand.

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Roger Bybee:

  "The free-market system blunders into recession; its victims flock to the free-market banner. And here we go again… "The answer to the riddle is as plain as the caviar on a lobbyist’s spoon. Democrats don’t speak to angry, working-class people because a lot of them can’t speak to angry, working-class people. They don’t know Read more…

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Fabio Sallustro:

ELSA MORANTE Roma 1° maggio 1945. Mussolini e la sua amante Clara Petacci sono stati fucilati insieme, dai partigiani del Nord Italia. Non si hanno sulla loro morte e sulle circostanze antecedenti dei particolari di cui si possa essere sicuri. Così pure non si conoscono con precisione le colpe, violenze e delitti di cui Mussolini Read more…

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Brian Desmond:

 At a time when opportunism is everything, when hope seems lost, when everything boils down to a cynical business deal, we must find the courage to dream.  To reclaim romance.  The romance of believing in justice, in freedom, and in dignity.  For everybody.  We have to make common cause, and to do this we need Read more…

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Roger Bybee:

“The problem in the United States is the inability of organizers tto something in population that overwhelming agrees with them and to make that current policy. Of course, it can be done. Peasants in Bolivia can do it, and we can obviously do it here.” –Noam Chomsky, writing in Z. Jan, 2008

Ian Sinclair:

"Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will."

Timera Skelton: Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by do…

Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts.

Timera Skelton: i  doubt therefore, i think therefore, i am…

i  doubt therefore, i think therefore, i am

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Peter Pan:

"Marcos is gay in San Francisco, black in South Africa, an Asian in Europe, a Chicano in San Ysidro, an anarchist in Spain, a Palestinian in Israel, a Mayan Indian in the streets of San Cristobal, a gang member in Neza, a rocker in the National University, a Jew in Germany, an ombudsman in the Read more…

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James King: Transcend or Descend

We either transcend the corporate-managed profits system or we descend ever further into barbarism, totalitarianism, and ecological ruin over the long haul.

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"It is a bit embarrassing to have been concerned with the human problem all one’s life and find at the end that one has no more to offer by way of advice than ‘Try to be a little kinder.’" – Aldous HUxley

Howard Fineman: Obama took all his winnings and turned them over to Max Baucus.”–Howard Fineman of MSNBC, attt…

"Obama took all his winnings and turned them over to Max Baucus.”–Howard Fineman of MSNBC, atttributing GOP victory in Mass.to distorted version of healthcare reform developed by Democrats linked to special interests

Emma Goldman:  If I can not dance to, it’s not my revolution…

 If I can not dance to, it’s not my revolution

Chief Seattle: All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life, he is …

"All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself." -

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Robert Reich: In truth, most Americans did not spend too much in recent years, relative to the increasing size of t…

In truth, most Americans did not spend too much in recent years, relative to the increasing size of the overall American economy. They spent too much only in relation to their declining portion of its gains. Had their portion kept up — had the people at the top of corporate America, Wall Street banks and Read more…

Frieddrich Nietzsche: Whatever the state saith is a lie; whatever it hath is a theft: all is counterfeit in it, the gnawing…

Whatever the state saith is a lie; whatever it hath is a theft: all is counterfeit in it, the gnawing, sanguinary, insatiate monster.

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Lee Gargagliano: Hypocrites

 "Sure we are hypocrites. Every one of us, almost by definition. Hypocrisy is the gap between your aspirations and your actions. Greens have high aspirations – they want to live more ethically – and they will always fall short. But the alternative to hypocrisy isn’t moral purity (no one manages that) but cynicism… Give me Read more…

Stanley White: Congressmen as ventriloquiests’ dummies: New York Times, Nov. 14, 2009: We were approached by th…

Congressmen as ventriloquiests’ dummies:   New York Times, Nov. 14, 2009: "We were approached by the lobbyist, who asked if we would be willing to enter a statement in the Congressional Record. I asked him for a draft. I tweaked a couple of words. There’s not much reason to reinvent the wheel on a Congressional Read more…

Dr. Uew Reinhardt:
Lee Atwater: The late Lee Atwater, in a 1981 interview, explained the evolution of the Southern strategy [of the R…

“The late Lee Atwater, in a 1981 interview, explained the evolution of the Southern strategy [of the Republican Party]: “’You start out in 1954 by saying, ‘Nigger, nigger, nigger! By 1968 you can’t say ‘nigger’ — that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like forced busing, states’ rights and all that stuff. You’re getting Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Social Security is based on an extremely dangerous principle: that you should care whether the disabl…

"Social Security is based on an extremely dangerous principle: that you should care whether the disabled widow across town has food to eat. The Social Security "reformers" would rather have you concentrate on maximising your own consumption of goods and subordinating yourself to power. That’s life. Caring for other people, and taking community responsibility for Read more…

Michael M'Gehee: Garbage rises….

"Garbage rises."

Aldous Huxley: Those who crusade, not for God in themselves, but against the devil in others, never succeed in makin…

Those who crusade, not for God in themselves, but against the devil in others, never succeed in making the world better, but leave it either as it was, or sometimes even perceptibly worse than it was before the crusade began.

: Men can be distinguished from animals by consciousness, by religion or anything else you like.  …

Men can be distinguished from animals by consciousness, by religion or anything else you like.  They themselves begin to distinguish themselves from animals as soon as they begin to produce their means of subsistence, a step which is conditioned by their physical orginization.  By producing their means of subsistence men are indirectly producing their actual Read more…

Regis Debray: For a revolutionary, failure is a springboard.  As a source of theory it is richer than victory:…

For a revolutionary, failure is a springboard.  As a source of theory it is richer than victory: it accumulates experience and knowlede.

Theodor Adorno: The dream industry does not so much fabricate the dreams of the customers as introduce the dreams of …

"The dream industry does not so much fabricate the dreams of the customers as introduce the dreams of the suppliers among the people."

Rudy Kuzel: The late UAW Local 72 President and Shop Chairman Rudy Kuzel (see Oct. 6 blog) was an extraordinarily…

The late UAW Local 72 President and Shop Chairman Rudy Kuzel (see Oct. 6 blog) was an extraordinarily gutsy and articulate working-class hero: After Chrysler broke its pledges to maintain auto production in Kenosha: "Chrysler’s credibility is like a Wisconsin winter–way below zero." When Chrysler gave its execs bonuses equal to 100% of their salaries: Read more…

John Alejandro King: If you ever get to thinking you’re superior to someone who asks, ‘Would you like fries with that,’ re…

If you ever get to thinking you’re superior to someone who asks, ‘Would you like fries with that,’ remember: you’re standing in line to buy fast food.

Mark Twain: Suppose you were an idiotsuppose you were a member of congressbut then, i repeat myself…

Suppose you were an idiot suppose you were a member of congress but then, i repeat myself

Jay Hilderbran: The only thing worse than politicians, are pundits talking about politicians….

The only thing worse than politicians, are pundits talking about politicians.

Dwight Eisenhower: Every gun that is made, every warship launched…

Every gun that is made, every warship launched

balzac: behind a fortune is a crime…

behind a fortune is a crime

John Alejandro King a.k.a. The Covert Comic: For Immediate Release Contact John Alejandro King [email protected] CIA Officer Invents New Dance…

For Immediate Release Contact John Alejandro King [email protected] CIA Officer Invents New Dance Agency Has No Comment On Controversial ì9/11ì Washington DC, August 4, 2006 – A CIA officer has created a new dance commemorating the 9/11 terrorist attacks, but not everyone in the US Intelligence Community is groovinì to the beat. The dance, called Read more…

Clifford D. Conner: The untrustworthiness of research findings generated by scientists on pharmaceutical industry payroll…

The untrustworthiness of research findings generated by scientists on pharmaceutical industry payrolls is of crucial concern to all who ingest the medicines they produce. About a quarter of scientists working in medical research have some sort of financial relationship with industry, one critic reports. And, not surprisingly, there is a strong association between commercial sponsorship Read more…

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