Vieques 10 Years After the Bombing Stopped

By Helen Jaccard and David Swanson, http://warisacrime.org/vieques

Ten years ago May 1, the people of Vieques, Puerto Rico and their supporters from around the world defeated the most powerful military machine ever, through mass civil disobedience and without firing a single shot.   On May 1, 2003 the bombing stopped and the bases were officially closed.  People from all over the world supported the struggle on Vieques, and the activists and residents have an incredible victory to read more

Talk Nation Radio: Wenonah Hauter on Foodopoly

Wenonah Hauter is the executive director of Food and Water Watch and the author of Foodopoly.  She discusses the 20 companies that make our processed food — and the 2 companies, both foreign, that make our beer (despite the hundreds of brands all pretending a diversity of origins and owners).  Hauter tells a story of how we got here and how we can get out of here.

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Talk Nation Radio: Clinical Psychologist Bruce Levine Says U.S. Citizenry Particularly Inactive

Clinical psychologist Bruce Levine says the U.S. public is particularly inactive.  Levine explains how we got this way, and how we might be cured.  Levine is the author of Get Up, Stand Up: Uniting Populists, Energizing the Defeated, and Battling the Corporate Elite.  He also contributed a chapter to The Military Industrial Complex at 50.  Levine’s website is http://brucelevine.net

Total run time: 29:00

Host: David Swanson.
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When David Wu Sat Down at My Table in Starbucks

Congressman David Wu is now resigning in a sex scandal. I have no idea re his possible guilt. But he sure did make a lousy congressman, something that somehow never creates a scandal. Back on March 10, 2010, I blogged the following:

Liveblog: Vote to End the War on Afghanistan Today

8:28 a.m. Congressman Kucinich still does not know what time the debate and vote will be. I just saw Rep Raul Grijalva plodding down the sidewalk looking rather glum. No doubt he’ll vote for ending the war read more

The Small Group of Thoughtful, Committed Citizens Has Been Drugged

Movements for justice have historically been driven by a small percentage of any population. One percent of Americans nonviolently occupying Washington, D.C., could make Cairo and Madison and Madrid look like warm-up acts. It is certainly true that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens is the only thing that ever has changed the world for the better.

So, what happens if a society picks out a significant slice of its population, one including many thoughtful and committed citizens, read more

Obama Denies Vermont Healthcare

Here’s the news as I received it in an Email from Thom Hartmann’s radio show on Wednesday:

“Vermont is one step-closer to becoming the first state to set up a truly universal, single-payer health care system. The Vermont Senate passed the new healthcare bill yesterday – following in the footsteps of the state House that passed the bill last month. Now – it just needs to be signed into law by Governor Peter Shumlin who’s already expressed his support for the read more

I'm Down With Dennis

By David Swanson

Let me get this straight. The Senate will pass a public option if the House will. And the House will, because it already did. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi won’t allow it. So the mortal enemy of public-option backers is . . . Dennis Kucinich.

Why? Because when Congressman Kucinich said he’d stand for a public option he stupidly thought he was supposed to mean it.

Let’s review a brief history of the disease known as “health insurance reform.”

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I ain't gonna buy mandated health insurance

To the tune of Maggie’s Farm

I ain’t gonna buy mandated health insurance
No, I aint gonna buy mandated health insurance
Well, I wake up and I’m coughing
Feel my sides and moan in pain
I got declined for operations
And it’s drivin’ me insane
It’s a shame the way we treat the working poor
I ain’t gonna be insured no more.

I ain’t gonna buy mandated health insurance
No, I aint gonna buy mandated health insurance
Well, it hands you a nickel
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