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Why keep an expensive, illegal, invasive, spy program that doesn’t even work?

Wednesday, February 5, 2014   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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President Obama's support for NSA's domestic spying program prompted a critic to say: "Given the unique power of the state, it is not enough for leaders to say: 'trust us, we won't abuse the data... [read more]

McDonald's uses MLK Day to whitewash its labor record

Tuesday, February 4, 2014   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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I've noticed that local celebrations of Martin Luther King Day tend to be unique, for they've generally not been turned into yet another excuse for beer and barbecue parties.

Rather than... [read more]

The mobsters of Wall Street

Monday, February 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]

Why are NFL cheerleaders booing their teams?

Friday, January 31, 2014   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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Let's turn now to the Wide, Wide, WILD World of Sports.

The big story at this time of year, of course, is the Super Bowl, that multi-multi-million dollar showcase of super-paid... [read more]

Congress critters can be lovable for a price

Thursday, January 30, 2014   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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A corporate lobbyist recently admitted to the New York Times: "Everybody is embarrassed about it. Although not so embarrassed that they don't do it."

"It" is the scandalous copulation between... [read more]

The highly-educated working poor: Adjunct professors

Wednesday, January 29, 2014   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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There's a growing army of the working poor in our USofA, and big contingents of it are now on the march. They're strategizing, organizing, and mobilizing against the immoral economics of inequality being hung around... [read more]

The new loophole that connects Congress to corrupt corporate cash

Tuesday, January 28, 2014   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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The counselor advised, "an informal setting," adding that it is "an effective way to build a better relationship."

That sounds like advice that a love counselor might offer to couples,... [read more]

Wall Street warns Democrats: Avoid Populism!

Monday, January 27, 2014   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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Here's a jarring headline: "Economic Populism Is a Dead End for Democrats."

That's the title on a recent op-ed piece written by a couple of longtime political flacks for Wall... [read more]

The Walmartization of higher education

Friday, January 24, 2014   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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We've learned from hard experience that the moral values of corporate chieftains rarely penetrate deeper than the value of their multimillion-dollar pay packages. But shouldn't we expect more from the chieftains of colleges and universities?

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Moral Monday on the move

Thursday, January 23, 2014   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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Rosa Parks became a powerful symbol of courage and defiance in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s by simply refusing to give up her seat to a white man and move to the back... [read more]

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