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The mobsters of Wall Street

Thursday, April 3, 2014   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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Assume that you ran a business that was found guilty of bribery, forgery, perjury, defrauding homeowners, fleecing investors, swindling consumers, cheating credit card holders, violating US trade laws, and bilking American soldiers. Can you even... [read more]

The sad tale behind Ben Bernanke's sadness

Wednesday, April 2, 2014   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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Now you've done it – you've made Ben sad.

Ben Bernanke, I mean, the former head of the Federal Reserve, who bulldozed more than $3 trillion into Wall Street Vaults to... [read more]

How income inequality happens

Tuesday, April 1, 2014   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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Where's Charles Dickens when we need him? The novelist, who laid bare the shame of gross income inequality in 19th century England, came up with some perfectly-fitting names for his fat cat characters, including Scrooge,... [read more]

School lunches vs. fat cat dinners

Monday, March 31, 2014   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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Ah, progress! In the 2012 elections, Republicans cast themselves as budget balancers by promising to whack welfare programs for the poor, snarling that such people are "takers" and "moochers."

Such vindictive... [read more]

"Bonus Babies" make a huge haul

Friday, March 28, 2014   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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Not too many years ago, any news story about bonus money would've been about some 20-year-old baseball player – an up-and-coming superstar getting $100,000 or so on top of his salary as an extra incentive... [read more]

Shouldn't natural foods actually be natural?

Thursday, March 27, 2014   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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Years ago the delightfully-naughty movie star, Mae West, said: "I used to be Snow White, but I drifted."

Less delightful are some of the purity claims of such food manufacturing giants... [read more]

In death Margaret Mary Vojtko reaches out to the Pope

Wednesday, March 26, 2014   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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If one obscure college professor dies, does it make any difference?

If you're Margaret Mary Vojtko, yes. In life, she was just another adjunct teacher at Duquesne University being grossly underpaid... [read more]

In death Margaret Mary Vojtko reaches out to the Pope

Wednesday, March 26, 2014   |   Posted by Melody Byrd
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If one obscure college professor dies, does it make any difference?

If you're Margaret Mary Vojtko, yes. In life, she was just another adjunct teacher at Duquesne University being grossly underpaid... [read more]

Sniffing the ethical rot in Wall Street's culture

Tuesday, March 25, 2014   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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Let's review the rap sheet of Wall Street banks: Defrauding investors, cheating homeowners, money laundering, rigging markets, tax evasion, credit card ripoffs… and so sickeningly-much more.

At last, though, some of... [read more]

The symbolism of one adjunct professor's death

Monday, March 24, 2014   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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Margaret Mary Vojtko's died last summer at age 83 – and her death has turned her name into an emotional rallying cry for adjunct college teachers who're seeking justice from their schools.

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