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Exposing the secret corporate coup of our democratic elections

Tuesday, November 11, 2014   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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A big surprise in this year's elections is that American politics has become dominated by the least likely of participants: Shy people. That's strange, since running for office is an ego game, attracting those at... [read more]

Surrealistic rule in the Silicon Valley

Monday, November 10, 2014   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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Silicon Valley, located somewhere between sensational and silly, has long been led by entrepreneurial billionaires with a surreal relationship to people in the normal workaday world.

Thus, the tech "geniuses" who... [read more]

Florida police swat at barbers

Friday, November 7, 2014   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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When it comes to policing an area, the good people of Orange Country, Florida are lucky, because they've got the astonishing law-enforcement team of DBPR and OCSO on the beat, eager to stop any possible... [read more]

Cosmetic giants wage non-stop make-up war

Thursday, November 6, 2014   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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In the US alone, the cosmetics industry pulls in some $70 billion a year in sales of what's commonly called "make-up." But lipsticks, mascara, eye shadow, etc. are not the only kind of make-up the... [read more]

Mitch McConnell's gardening lesson

Wednesday, November 5, 2014   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell recently proclaimed: "The best interest of the country would be achieved by pulling out Obamacare, root and branch."

Like Captain Ahab's suicidal obsession with Moby... [read more]

State legislatures are helping rich lenders rip-off the poor

Tuesday, November 4, 2014   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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Loan sharks and their lobbyists really know how to put the "ick" in eth-icks.

Though they've tried to buff-up their public image by calling themselves "consumer lenders," their game remains the... [read more]

Arms peddlers discover your town… and tax dollars

Monday, November 3, 2014   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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Don't look now, but the overbearing power of America's military-industrial-complex has probably snuck into your town.

The multibillion-dollar global armament giants have discovered a hot new growth market here at home:... [read more]

The real Halloween scaries of 2014

Friday, October 31, 2014   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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If you want a real Halloween fright, don’t look for it among the trick-or-treaters coming to your door – just check out the Republican spooks tying to peddle panic in this political year.

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GOP to US infrastructure: All fall down

Thursday, October 30, 2014   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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I love groups with the gumption to take on big tasks and do what needs to be done – can-do groups that can, and do. But, uh-oh, here comes The Little Choo-Choo That Couldn't: The... [read more]

Frackers face a comeuppance on unexpected battlefield

Wednesday, October 29, 2014   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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The University of North Texas, known for its jazz school and sometimes for its “Mean Green” football team, might soon be known nationwide as Frack U.

UNT (where I went to... [read more]

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