Funding Teachers Doesn't Get Embassies Attacked

We’re not out of money. We’ve stopped taxing billionaires and corporations, and we’re funding war-preparation so generously that we’re sparking a global arms race that will eventually generate some enemies with which to justify the war preparation . . .  which will make sense to students who were never taught to put events into chronological order.  They couldn’t be taught that because their teachers had to be laid off so that greedy billionaires could stuff read more

Entrepreneur in Empire State Saves World Economy

No joke.  A little innovative thinking and economic calculation, and someone has come up with a model in Niagara Falls that could restore the U.S. economy and every economy influenced by it, not to mention the natural environment and what’s left of our miserable souls.

The Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station has long been an economic drain (military spending produces fewer jobs than energy or education or infrastructure spending or even tax cuts), an environmental disaster (with the ground read more

American Autumn: An Occudoc

Dennis Trainor, Jr., has produced a full-length movie of the Occupy movement, and he’s done a hell of a great job.

The Occupy movement was created, as are all movements in the United States, in large part by the corporate media.  They didn’t understand it.  They didn’t want it.  They didn’t originate it or take part in it or develop its brilliants insights, effective techniques, or inspiring courage.  They transmitted what to them was an indecipherable read more

Labor Not Loyalty on May 1

Two key steps have helped to ruin May Day in the United States.  First, Labor Day was created at a completely different time of year — labor day without the struggle, labor day without the history, labor day without the labor movement.  Second, Loyalty Day was created on May 1st

Loyalty Day is a monstrosity for a few reasons.  We already have Veterans Day (created by ruining Armistice Day), Memorial Day, Yellow Ribbon Day, Patriots Day, Independence Day, Flag Day, Pearl read more

Talk Nation Radio: Students Hunger Strike for a Living Wage

Hunter Link of the University of Virginia’s Living Wage Campaign explains why he and other students stopped eating and why workers at UVA can and should be paid a living wage.

Total run time: 29:00

Host: David Swanson.

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UVA Still Not Paying Living Wage — UVA Students Still Not Eating

From MichaelMoore.com

‘Why I’m Hunger Striking at UVA’

“… in our ‘caring community,’ hundreds of contract employees may make as littleas $7.25/hour … I have experienced many periods of economic hardship in mylife. Growing up, I moved over 30 times – including various stays in homelessshelters, the homes of family friends, and church basements. I know firsthandwhat the economic struggle is like for many of these underpaid workers.”– Joseph Williams, third-year student at the University of Virginiaand player for Virginia Cavaliers football

Get the Facts
UVA would need to spend $4.2-5.8 million to pay all direct employees at least
$13/hour – or less than 0.25% of the university’s $2.487 billion annual budget

‘Same Thing, Different Century’
“I still view the University as a plantation … the field workers aren’t going
to speak out.” – Grace, former UVA employee

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Exactly How Cheap the University of Virginia Is

Let’s approximate (and let’s go high) that the University of Virginia in Charlottesville has 2,000 direct and contracted (it won’t say how many contracted, so we have to guess) employees working for under $13 per hour as demanded by the Living Wage campaign.  And let’s imagine they work on average 40 hours per week and 50 weeks a year, and let’s imagine they earn the bare legal mimimum of $7.25 per read more

Poverty Is A Lie

Yes, yes, poverty exists, just as war does, and the two feed off each other. When I titled a book “War Is A Lie” I meant that the justifications offered for wars were false and that the idea that we must always have wars is false. Our government doesn’t market new poverty campaigns in the same way it does wars. It markets campaigns to dismantle healthcare and pension systems or to eliminate foreign aid or to restrict organizing rights. But our culture pushes the false notion read more