|October 31, 2013||Posted by Staff under Environmental, Subsidies & Waste & Public Debt|
If state and federal requirements for oil and gas drillers are lax, we could pay the clean-up bill — as we do for oil, gas, and mining — adding insult to injury. So why do we limit the liability of those who put people and planet at risk?
|October 29, 2013||Posted by Staff under Corruption|
Inventors must overcome not just the unknown but also heavily invested competitors who have the cozy, backroom cooperation of politicians and bureaucrats. If politics were not a road block to progress, how far ahead could we now be?
|October 29, 2013||Posted by Staff under Environmental|
Our normal lives are killing us sooner. We must take the politics out of techno-progress. And let’s use metro land compactly, so we can lose our addiction to cars. Ready?
|October 29, 2013||Posted by Staff under Campaigns|
Connecticut now lets some towns shift their property tax off buildings (made by humans) to land (whose site value is made by community) to reverse the Rust Belt blues. Will those towns now do it?
|October 28, 2013||Posted by Staff under Health|
“One problem with medical research,” Odone said, “is that doctors think they know everything. In fact, they know very little.” A non-doctor, Odone found an oil that extended his son’s life by decades. Imagine a world that let everyone contribute, not just those in the hierarchy. It’s one big reason why economic justice matters so much.
|October 28, 2013||Posted by Staff under Land Disputes|
Paying a ground rent is not the problem. Not getting a rent dividend back from your community is the problem. You help create the land’s value by your presence, and you respect the claims of others — a fair share belong to all members of society.
|October 28, 2013||Posted by Staff under Campaigns|
Patents were supposed to protect inventors, allow them to profit, but now all they seem to do is attract parasites, so they can profit instead. Perhaps we should charge full market value for patents, and end this uncivil speculation.
|October 26, 2013||Posted by Jeffery J. Smith under War / Peace|
From the what’s-the-worst-that-could-happen dept. This 2013 excerpt is from the AP on Oct 23 by Robert Burns Air Force officers entrusted with the launch keys to long-range nuclear missiles have been caught twice this year leaving open a blast door […]
|October 26, 2013||Posted by Staff under Financial, The Progress Report|
Shifting the burden of a major bank collapse from the blameless taxpayer to the blameless depositor is another case of robbing Peter to pay Paul, while the real perpetrators carry on with their risky, speculative banking schemes, notes Ellen Brown.
|October 25, 2013||Posted by Staff under Health|
As if just being poor wasn’t difficult enough, it also brings with it cognitive challenges. Your brain has to work mighty hard if you’re constantly trying to figure out how to keep your head above water, and that is likely to contribute to poor decision-making and counterproductive behavior — not to mention deflating one’s self-worth. Los Angeles Times, ’13 Oct 18
|October 25, 2013||Posted by Staff under Corruption|
How did an Israeli billionaire wrest control of one of Africa’s biggest prizes from a bigger South American competitor of much greater experience? Instilling fear helps. This 2013 excerpt is from The New Yorker.
|October 24, 2013||Posted by Staff under Financial|
What Wall Street knows is that the banksters win even when they appear to lose. This 2013 excerpt is from TruthDig, Oct 21.