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Gullible TV Exclusive: Netanyahu For Two-State Solution
A Gullible TV exclusive Interview with the Israeli Prime Minister Nit-and-yahoo! GTV: People were taken aback when after years of saying you were negotiating for a two state solution, you publicly ...
workingwords 03/20/2015 3 - - -
Full Sanctions on Israel Now
Now that Netanyahu has won the Israeli elections, it's time to decide what the US and the international community will do. * During his campaign Netanyahu said he would never allow a Palestinian ...
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Medicare Premium Surcharges & Making the Rich Pay Their Fair Share
I have a relative who was recently concerned that his Medicare premiums seemed to have jumped by about 50%. It turned out that last year his income had exceeded a certain number which made him ...
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US Health Care: Patients Are Literally Begging for Money to Pay Bills
The NY Times had an article on a troubling trend in medical care. More Americans are finding it necessary to get money to pay medical bills by asking for donations on crowd-funding sites. [There's ...
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Frigid Years as NYC Housing Court Snails Along
There was an interesting article in the NY Times about NYC housing court. The article centers on a lawsuit by the tenants in two buildings in Brooklyn. Their first complaints of inadequate heat ...
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Food Labels, Fair Advertising & Economy for Majority
A recent email / petition from CREDO said: General Mills’ Vanilla, Chocolate and Cinnamon Chex boxes all proudly display a label ... “no high fructose corn syrup.” ...These General Mills ...
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The Irony of Conservative Indignation about Rioting
For the record, while I understand the anger and frustration which sometimes erupt into rioting, I don't believe it's the most productive response to injustices. That being said... My wife has ...
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John Oliver, Obama & Civil Forfeiture: A Modest Proposal
I belatedly watched an episode of John Oliver's show from early this Fall. Oliver was on a tear about "civil forfeiture" and the like. [ See on YouTube ] This isn't something schools go out of ...
workingwords 12/06/2014 22 15 1 -
The Media & Shootings of Unarmed People by Cops
Last week, a NY policeman shot an unarmed man in the stairwell of a Brooklyn housing project. The reporting of the case is worth adding to past experiences. The NY Times headline read, "Officer’...
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Victory!!! Obama Makes Statement About Internet!!!!
WASHINGTON, DC - Democrats For America* (DFA) announced a stunning new move by the White House. A DFA email proclaimed, "President Obama just took a bold stand in favor of a free and open internet."
workingwords 11/12/2014 10 2 - -
New Democratic Slogan Wins them Landslide
WASHINGTON, DC - Facing the threat of significant losses in the midterm elections, the Democratic Party took a bold move in the final week of the campaign. Across the country, voters were inspired ...
workingwords 11/05/2014 12 25 1 -
Corporate Tax Freebies, Tax Fairness, Saving Lives
I got an email from the Campaign for America's Future warning about efforts to scam the public on highway funding. It says the scheme is to: Let corporations bring home the profits that they’ve ...
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Koch Bros., libertarianism and wages, prices & profits
There was an interesting article in the NY Times about the Koch brothers and the beginnings of their involvement in right-wing politics in the 1970s. My intent here is not to criticize the article, ...
workingwords 05/22/2014 6 5 - -
Citizens United, Petitions and Democrats
I received a Daily Kos email saying: Sign the petition from Daily Kos, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, 13 U.S. Senators and 2 Senate candidates demanding a constitutional amendment ...
workingwords 05/16/2014 4 2 - -
Big business, GMO and Food Labeling
I received an email from CREDO about efforts to forbid labeling of GMO products. (See petition here : ) Personally, I'm not against GMO's just because they're GMO's. The science articles I see ...
workingwords 04/17/2014 10 4 - -
The Advancing Tide of Campaign & Election Changes Favoring the Rich
The tide of plutocracy is moving further and further inland. Over the last period of time they've changed a bit in this or that place, which has given the wealthy stronger control there. With that ...
workingwords 04/05/2014 2 3 - -
Automation by Private Business Heads Us to Permanent Unemployment
In September, Oxford University's Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology released a report "The Future Of Employment: How Susceptible Are Jobs To Computerisation?" A PDF for the paper can be ...
workingwords 12/05/2013 20 5 - -
Illogic of Excluding Contraceptives from Health Insurance
The US Supreme Court says it will hear a case challenging the requirement that employer-provided health insurance cover contraceptives even if the boss' religion opposes birth control. This begs a ...
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Science & Justice: In-born Morality; Impact of Greed
The Scientific American web site recently has had some articles that should interest those who want to understand our sense of morality and justice, and how it relates to politics today. In "The ...
workingwords 11/25/2013 4 5 1 -
Protecting Inventors or Idle Rich?
When social justice advocates ask the rich to pay their fair share of taxes or be penalized for wrecking the economy or be inconvenienced in any way, their mouthpieces oppose these actions by ...
workingwords 11/16/2013 6 3 - -
Studies on Metaphorical Associations Affecting Choices
Those who want to understand how human mental processes subconsciously affect our actions - and to think about how this can impact political perspectives - may want to read this article at the ...
workingwords 10/22/2013 4 4 1 -
Smart Economy: Convolutions of the Market
I recently read the short story "Positive Feedback" written in the 1960s by Christopher Anvil. If you're interested, you can read the story here It is a work of fiction - and as such it presents a ...
workingwords 08/11/2013 2 1 - -
Medicare: Shifting Costs to Patients
The 7/18 Boston Globe had an Op-Ed article "Medicare ‘cost-savings’ rules pushing costs onto patients" . It's written by Robert Kuttner (author of "Debtors’ Prison: The Politics of Austerity ...
workingwords 07/28/2013 61 71 1 -
Raising the Minimum Wage & the Democrats
A March 2013 Gallup poll showed 71% of Americans - even half of citizens who consider themselves Republicans - favor raising the federal minimum wage. A Daily Kos Labor diary "Raising the minimum ...
workingwords 07/27/2013 14 7 - -
Smart Economy: Internal Logic of Business
I was recently talking to someone who has worked in the insurance industry for 30 or so years. Back when he started, his job was in the claims department - where bills to doctors, claimants and ...
workingwords 07/26/2013 3 1 - -
Economic & Social Policy and How You View Dems
DKos member Empty Vessel has a diary about why some people at DKos think the Democrats are doing a good job and others are critical of the Dems. Empty Vessel concludes a major factor is how much ...
workingwords 07/24/2013 4 2 - -
Study of Hunter-Gatherers Shows War Not Inherently Human
A recent article at the Scientific American website discusses a study which sheds light on the assumption that warfare is inherently human - going back to our hunter-gatherer ancestors. A study ...
workingwords 07/23/2013 15 14 - -
An "Economic vision" for "Middle Class Americans" Is a Losing Strategy
I got a White House email dated 7/21. It spoke of Pres. Obama's economic vision - "a vision that says America is strongest when everybody's got a shot at opportunity". It goes on to describe it as "
workingwords 07/22/2013 4 4 - -
Student Loan Deal: Negotiated for Whose Benefit?
The NY Times reports the House and Senate are close to agreement on higher rates for student loans. In my diary about an early July Senate bill on student loans, I mentioned the issue of ...
workingwords 07/19/2013 3 3 - -
Senate Deal: Not a Comma Changed in Filibuster Rules
The subject line of a 7/16 Daily Kos email reads, "The filibuster was reformed today. Really" Really? The NY Times article states, "Senate leaders reached an agreement on Tuesday to preserve the ...
workingwords 07/17/2013 9 3 - -
Smart Economy: Crazy Market "Logic" & the 486 Computer Chip
One example of the twisted logic of business in the "market" has to do with the PC. When PCs first appeared in the 1980's, Intel made all the processor chips used in "IBM compatible PCs". Most PCs ...
workingwords 07/15/2013 32 12 1 -
DFA, Senate Democrats & Student Debt
Yesterday, I got an email from Howard Dean's Democracy for America (DFA). Anyone familiar with the group knows (or one could deduce from Dean's involvement), at least in terms of electoral politics,
workingwords 07/13/2013 4 1 - -
New NSA Spy Info, Government Lying, the US Media & the Cost of It All
As you may have, I received a mass email from Rep. Diane Russell / MoveOn about NSA collection of internet communications metadata and, apparently, data. It raises a number of questions and issues (...
workingwords 07/12/2013 15 8 - -
Chemical Plant Danger & Protecting the People
In April, a large explosion occurred at a fertilizer plant in the town of West, Texas - killing 14, injuring many, seriously damaging a school and a nursing home, and destroying many homes. After ...
workingwords 07/10/2013 2 2 - -
Economic Illusion: Inhuman Nature of Mainstream Premise
A recent Scientific American blog discusses how culture affects our perceptions. It notes that there is a common optical illusion that fools "everyone" - but in reality there are some cultures in ...
workingwords 07/09/2013 3 6 1 -
Should the Filibuster be Fixed?
[I apologize in advance to legal experts. I'll tend to refer to "the filibuster" as the most well-known Senate rule permitting a minority to block Senate action. However, I'm really discussing any ...
workingwords 07/08/2013 14 2 - -
Electoral Abuses: Do Democrats Do Enough Fighting It?
Since the Supreme Court's ruling on the Voting Rights Act, I posted two diaries about the inadequate response by Pres. Obama and other Democrats. The issue isn't merely that one ruling. There are ...
workingwords 07/01/2013 11 2 - -
Obama's Lip Service on Voting Rights Ruling
The other day, I posted a diary about the Supreme Court ruling against the Voting Rights Act - and I noted the next day's email from the White House had nothing to say about it. It would only be ...
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Social Securiy: Working the Reserves
[Problems prevented me from posting for a while. So, I'm trying to catch up.] According to the annual report of the Social Security Trustees, after adding the income for the 2012 budget year and ...
workingwords 06/27/2013 2 1 - -
What NSA Spy Data Can Do Without Listening / Reading the Content
Those interested in getting more background related to the Obama administration / NSA's phone and internet spying may want to read a couple of articles at the Scientific American website. The ...
workingwords 06/27/2013 20 8 - -
Voting Rights Ruling: Another Step Reducing Democracy
The Supreme Court ruling on the Voting Rights Act is just one more move in reducing democratic processes. In the 2012 elections, if you added up all the votes for candidates for the House of ...
workingwords 06/26/2013 3 4 - -
Government Spying: A Reality Check
We've recently seen news stories about Obama's phone and email spying. An article at the Scientific American website also discusses how the government may spy on web communications either by using "...
workingwords 06/11/2013 4 6 - -
Believable: 28 Senate Democrats voted with the Republicans
Returning from almost 2 weeks away from home and internet, I found several emails from Daily Kos and other progressive groups each with the subject line, "Unbelievable-28 Senate Democrats voted with ...
workingwords 06/08/2013 11 5 - -
Research, New Technology, Public Access & Share In Benefits
Cory Doctorow is an author and journalist who advocates changing copyright laws, using Creative Commons licensing and "digital rights". In an article in the UK newspaper Guardian, he discussed the ...
workingwords 05/23/2013 1 2 - -
Fund-raising Focus Ensures Congress Is Bought, Progressives Lose
The 5/11 Boston Globe had an article about fund-raising for Congressional campaigns . It explains how freshman Congress members - even before they're sworn in to their jobs - can be pressed by ...
workingwords 05/20/2013 1 2 - -
Is the IRS the Most Important Issue?
The Sunday talk shows are again going on about the IRS tax-exempt question. Neither the Democrats nor Republicans are arguing against the accusation of bias. However, neither makes a clear claim ...
workingwords 05/19/2013 12 1 - -
Media Slant on IRS Tax-exempt Verification
I continue to hear the media blabbering about the IRS targeting Tea Party groups. If one knows what to ask for, a web search will turn up a small number of media sources such as Businessweek that ...
workingwords 05/17/2013 13 5 - -
Effective Communication and Rhetoric: A Musical Example
In the 1970s the conflict over British rule in Northern Ireland was heated in sentiment and violent in many encounters. There were many songs written in support of Irish independence. In the ...
workingwords 05/16/2013 1 1 - -
Democratic Rights Vs. Business Privileges
The ways in which rights are restricted or how the rich and poor are treated differently in our society are often overlooked by those who have grown up taking for granted certain common practices. ...
workingwords 05/15/2013 1 1 - -
Fund-raising "Petitions" Aren't Good for Progressives
I received an email from Daily Kos asking me to sign a petition - a petition in opposition to a bill allowing bosses to no longer pay higher wages for overtime work. This was certainly a bill I ...
workingwords 05/12/2013 18 26 - -
The Long Debate: Public or Private-run Services
Today, we're facing moves towards privatization of public systems and opposition to new projects under public management. It's sad, especially when you see examples such as scientific studies ...
workingwords 05/08/2013 3 5 1 -
A Business View of Charity
My recent diary "Wealth, charity, Majority Rule and Supporting Public Programs" discussed how the wealthy don't give to charity - especially those which help the needy - proportionally as much as ...
workingwords 05/06/2013 25 - - -
Wealth, Charity, Majority Rule and Supporting Public Programs
Some years ago, a Wall Street Journal article began with: The rich are different. They don't give as much to charity as the less well-off, at least by one measurement. Many wealthy taxpayers gave ...
workingwords 05/04/2013 8 8 - -
The West Wing and No-Fight Democrats
The other day, we were watching an episode from the fifth season of the TV series The West Wing. In this episode, the Democrats and Republicans in the Congress and White House have been unable to ...
workingwords 05/02/2013 7 4 - -
Market Economy and Privatization
For most of the last 30 years, we've been told how well the market economy is working and how beneficial that is for everyone. Think about that. When an economy is really expanding and doing well, ...
workingwords 04/22/2013 1 5 1 -
Effective Communication: Making Sense to the Listener
Those of us advocating for fundamental social change can't simply think real hard and write a proclamation which will convince vast numbers of people to join the cause. We can't just announce a ...
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Scientific American: The Spies Who Sabotaged Global Health
In the May 2013 issue of Scientific American's "Science Agenda" column is an article entitled "The Spies Who Sabotaged Global Health". The article is not currently available free online. Issues of ...
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Patenting Human Genes: Case Reaches Supreme Court
There's an article at the Scientific American website about a US Supreme Court case on companies holding patents on human genes - not patents on treatment of genetic conditions, just patents on ...
workingwords 04/16/2013 13 7 - -
Majority Rule first, "Compromises" Later
For the last few years we've been hearing the word "compromise" a lot from Democrats. And today, many Democrats will tell us we must make trade-offs because the GOP controls the House of ...
workingwords 04/10/2013 2 - - -
Anti-Capitalist Meetup: To Each According To His Need
Those of us seeking a more fair, egalitarian and stable society often imagine a more-or-less utopian future. Part of what we imagine may be expressed with the old quote "From each according to his ...
workingwords 04/07/2013 58 17 1 -
New Jobless Figures: Illusion & Reality
Yesterday, I heard a news story on the radio that said the federal government was claiming the unemployment rate had decreased from 7.7% to 7.6%, and gave a change in number of people with jobs. ...
workingwords 04/06/2013 4 2 - -
NYC Bribery Case & Anti-corruption Priorities
The big political news in New York City is the federal charges against State Sen. Malcolm Smith and others for bribery. However most of what the NY Times has to say about the charges seem to be ...
workingwords 04/04/2013 1 2 - -
"Protecting Us From Ourselves"?
One hears some people objecting to the amount of government involvement in our lives and the amount of laws. Some say they accept laws that protect them from others, but don't think there should be ...
workingwords 04/01/2013 4 2 - -
Cutting Social Security: The Longer Life Excuse
Over the last 20 or so years we've heard more talk from politicians, businesspeople and the media about how longer lives are causing too large a part of our society to be retired and collecting ...
workingwords 03/29/2013 15 2 - -
"Republican" or "conservative"?
In headlines for petitions, articles and elsewhere I keep hearing progressives say "Republicans did this..." or "Make Republicans do this..." When I write about regressive policies being proposed ...
workingwords 03/25/2013 8 7 - -
Cutting Social Security: The Baby Boomer Excuse
Recently, (only) 24 Congressional Democrats promised to vote against any cuts to Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid. That's about 10% of Congressional Democrats, and it's a promise - and ...
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The New School Segragation
Traditionally, discrimination and segregation is used against people based on race, religion, gender and other such characteristics. Generally, as in the case of racial segregation in the US, the ...
workingwords 03/19/2013 10 1 - -
The Poor Have No Bread! Let Them Eat Roadkill!
The NY Times tells us that hard times for the poor have reached the point of eating roadkill. But don't think our government is indifferent to the plight of the poor. Montana's lower house of the ...
workingwords 03/16/2013 8 4 - -
Real Democracy and Big Money
In understanding how to secure a real democracy which isn't actually biased in favor of a wealthy minority, we need to appreciate what underlies politics. The most decisive factor in any society is ...
workingwords 03/15/2013 8 1 - -
Automation, Jobs and Market Economies
As a person interested in science and the future, I've wondered for some time about the economic implications of automation, robotics and artificial intelligence. As these technologies develop, ...
workingwords 03/13/2013 8 4 1 -
Moral Imperative, Guns and Political Action
Many progressives are reluctant to present their cause as a matter of morals in addition to a matter of facts, learning and science. The willingness - if not preference - of conservative to argue a ...
workingwords 03/11/2013 14 1 - -
Does Less Money to Gov't Mean More Jobs?
One of the conservative sound bites one hears so often is, "Every dollar that goes to the government is a dollar that businesses don't use to create jobs". There are several gaping holes in this ...
workingwords 03/09/2013 5 4 - -
Stocks Record High; Working People Same Old S...
Yesterday, the Dow Jones stock index hit a new record high. And the unemployment rate hit a new low, right? No? Even today's radio business report from the Wall Street Journal noted that working ...
workingwords 03/06/2013 1 1 - -
Rating Politicians: Checking What They Really Do
Most Americans have felt disappointment with what their elected officials have done, even if the person voted for the official. Many politicians say one thing and do another. Even on issues such ...
workingwords 03/05/2013 5 - - -
10% of Congressional Dems Promise to Back 3-to-1 Public Majority
An email yesterday from a progressive group said that after large numbers of individual progressives and the joint efforts of various progressive organizations took up the issue of cuts to those ...
workingwords 03/02/2013 8 3 - -
Forbes: "Why (Some) Psychopaths Make Great CEOs"
My last post discussed how corporations treat their employees like business "resources". That led to mentions in the comments of whether some businesspeople were psychopaths. Which in turn led me ...
workingwords 02/27/2013 5 4 - -
What Corporations Think of You
[The following both says something and suggests how we might convey feelings, images and interpretations of everyday life.] Back before companies had automated phone systems, they either had to ...
workingwords 02/25/2013 20 8 - -
Rich Nation Businesses Grab Poor Nations' Land & Water
A growing human population, climate change and pollution are contributing to growing threats to the basics of life - including water - in areas around the world. In an especially disturbing use of ...
workingwords 02/21/2013 2 3 - -
Citizens United: The Sequel?
In a previous article on the implications of the Citizens United ruling, I made an error which was pointed out in comments. However, the article did ask what would be the next Supreme Court rulings ...
workingwords 02/20/2013 4 1 - -
Why Don't Democrats Use Progressive Framing & Messaging?
I understand that many progressive activists are "Enlightenment people" - they believe that all you need is a rational argument to win others to your point of view. I'd even be willing to grant you ...
workingwords 02/18/2013 30 10 - -
What's wrong with free market economy
1) Business Needs To Be Regulated There are dishonest businesses and businesspeople. Theoretically, these could be dealt with by the Chamber Of Commerce, an industry-specific business group, or ...
workingwords 02/16/2013 15 6 2 -
What's Wrong with Small Government & Libertarianism?
My last article on government size messaging lead to exchanges in the comments. I had not expected such advocates of small government / libertarianism at Daily Kos. Perhaps, I'm just too new here.
workingwords 02/16/2013 50 6 - -
Big Government / Small Government Messaging
The attacks on "big government" have created an atmosphere, a meme, has activated certain frames... It's too widespread with too little effective push-back. Here are a couple of quotes from Pres. ...
workingwords 02/14/2013 41 1 - -
A Critical Look at the State of the Union
Most Daily Kos readers were probably happy with Pres. Obama's address speaking on climate change, raising the minimum wage, providing more preschool opportunities, etc. To better understand where ...
workingwords 02/13/2013 4 2 - -
State of the Democracy
This week, the president will give his State of the Union address. It would seem that one of the most essential aspects that could be noteworthy about the status of the country is the health of our ...
workingwords 02/11/2013 1 1 - -
Blaming Others for Wall St.'s Greed Causing Crisis
Wall Street's apologists have been pointing fingers at various scapegoats for the financial crisis and continuing economic troubles. One excuse has been that the complex equations used in the ...
workingwords 02/09/2013 4 8 - -
A "Tax" on Humanitarianism
Let me make a wild statement: Charity is essentially a tax on humanitarianism. Before the good-hearted readers pelt me with rotting vegetables and angry comments, let me point out I called it ...
workingwords 02/07/2013 7 2 - -
Gerrymandering: 51% of Vote = 31% of Congressional seats
I recommend you read the full article The Great Gerrymander by Prof. Sam Wang [http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/03/opinion/sunday/the-great-gerrymander-of-2012.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0] Wang adds up ...
workingwords 02/05/2013 13 16 - -
More Thoughts on Lakoff & Framing
1) People aren't as rational or make their choices as consciously as we have liked to believe in the past. Scientists have found when people have to make a choice, there is first activity in the ...
workingwords 02/03/2013 8 10 - -
Fracking Forests & Fracturing Busines as Usual
Yesterday, I received a petition asking the federal government to forbid fracking in government forests and similar lands. My readings on fracking indicate fracking has a number of possible dangers.
workingwords 02/01/2013 15 2 - -
Immigration: Global Perspective - #2
Some readers interpreted my previous article on immigration as hostile to immigrants. As I said in the first article, I worked with some professionals from India (and Nepal, China, etc.) I had a US-
workingwords 01/31/2013 1 - - -
Immigation: We Need a Long-term Global Perspective
Most of today's discussion is about those who previously entered the US unofficially. We should also be discussing a long-term plan from a global perspective which includes entry via official ...
workingwords 01/30/2013 12 2 - -
Adam Smith vs. the Right-wing
The world has changed a great deal since the time of Adam Smith. So much of humanity now lives in industrial or "post-industrial" societies. People in developing nations often have cell phones, ...
workingwords 01/30/2013 12 13 1 -
Citizens United & the Future of Bribery
[I made the minimal corrections to this item as required by info from comments. The implications of the correction should require further revision. However, I'm leaving the item & comments for now.]
workingwords 01/27/2013 18 5 - -
Speaking Their Language
There are quite a few people interested in social change who are reluctant to choose the words they use based on which words elicit what response. To some, they only associate this kind of word ...
workingwords 01/25/2013 3 5 - -
Up to 10% of Voting Age Citizens Denied Vote
In my post yesterday, one of the limits I mentioned on US democracy today was the denial of voting rights to former prisoners and prisoners. (To be more precise, this is generally those who had ...
workingwords 01/24/2013 2 2 - -
Real Democracy vs. Filibuster Reform
This morning when I went to dailykos.com, I was greeted by a petition to reform the filibuster. The current effort isn't to forbid a tiny minority from holding the majority hostage by reading the ...
workingwords 01/23/2013 1 1 1 -
Other Diaries on Wording & Framing
Just heard of a death in my family. Before traveling & having less time for Daily Kos, here are links to some other people's diaries on wording, framing, etc. I haven't had a chance yet to read ...
workingwords 01/14/2013 1 1 - -
Winning the Messaging War
We're constantly bombarded with wording that favors the rich. The major media is full of it and most major politicians speak it. You get it in ads and public relations materials. You'll hear it ...
workingwords 01/12/2013 4 3 - -
Is the 1% Above the Law?
There's a real double standard in legal action against bad behavior by members of the 99% compared to the 1%. Executives A relatively small number of banks and Wall Street firms inflicted harm to ...
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