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The Problem With Matthew Yglesias

Earlier this week, I got into a little Twitter battle with Matthew Yglesias after the prominent blogger tweeted out “”EXCLUSIVE: The activities of individual business executives have no relationship to the level of economy-wide employment.”

Posted on: January 17th, 2012 | Comments (32)

My First "Occupy LA" Arraignment Hearing: Los Angeles Stalls Legal Action Against Arrested Occupy LA Protesters...(Updated)

Last Thursday I got up at 7:00 a.m. and drove NASCAR-style to make it in time to my arraignment hearing at the Central Arraignment Court in sunny downtown Los Angeles 8:30 a.m.–only to find out that I’d wasted my time….

Posted on: January 10th, 2012 | Comments (24)

War On OWS: Berkeley Police Threaten To Shoot Protesters With Same Deadly Tear Gas Grenade Launcher Used Against Palestinian Protesters...

A video recorded during last week’s early-morning raid on Occupy Berkeley shows a burly Berkeley cop strutting around with a repeat-fire tear gas grenade launcher, menacingly pointing it at protesters without provocation. At one point the bloodlusting cop threatens to shoot pointblank the guy with the camera…

Posted on: December 26th, 2011 | Comments (21)

Tracking the Domestic War on Press Freedom: List of Journalists Arrested Covering the Occupy Movement

Free Press’ Josh Stearns has put together, and continues to maintain, a great up-to-date resource that’s keeping track of all the journalists arrested while covering the Occupy movement. As of today that number stands at 36, and includes the recent…

Posted on: December 21st, 2011 | Comments (5)

The Massacre Everyone Ignored: Up To 70 Striking Oil Workers Killed In Kazakhstan By US-Supported Dictator

With violence and government crackdowns making headlines from so many familiar parts of the world, there’s hardly been a peep in the media about the biggest and ugliest massacre of all: Last Friday in Kazakhstan, riot police slaughtered up 70…

Posted on: December 19th, 2011 | Comments (32)

Hanging With A "Family Guy" Writer In Jail...And Realizing That The Raid On Occupy LA Was Meant To Keep Other Family Guys From Joining The Movement...

Late last week, as I was reading a story by the Family Guy writer who had been brutally arrested and mistreated at the Occupy LA crackdown, I suddenly realized, “Holy shit, I remember that guy!” I didn’t catch his name…

Posted on: December 13th, 2011 | Comments (40)

Austerity And Bloodbaths: Historical Graph Shows Perfect Correlation Between Austerity Programs And Mass Violence

I have written about the the correlation between austerity programs and violence–whether the mass state violence like the 1989 “Caracazo” bloodbath in Venezuela in response to an IMF-sanctioned austerity program, in which up to 3,000 people were massacred (leading eventually…

Posted on: December 7th, 2011 | Comments (31)

This Is What Injustice Looks Like: Accused Serial Child Rapist Jerry Sandusky Walks Free Without Paying Bail...While Peaceful Occupy LA Protesters Forced To Post $5,000 to $10,000...

When I worked in Russia, there were two sets of laws–one for Kremlin favorites and oligarchs, who never worried about paying for their crimes; and laws for everyone else, who paid no matter what. Here, it’s starting to get even…

Posted on: December 6th, 2011 | Comments (38)

Provocateur Porn: How Many Spooks Does It Take To Infiltrate A Protest Movement?

I spent this past Sunday night reporting from Occupy LA, along with at least 2,000 others who came in solidarity to help the camp stand up to a threatened LAPD raid.  The defense of the camp, or the battle to…

Posted on: November 29th, 2011 | Comments (28)

Why Does This Pig Jason Barker Have A Job At The New York Fed?!

So let’s return to Barker. He can’t even spell “hippie” correctly. He’s presumably a libertarian (the anti-immigration and “53%” identifiers are tells). Libertarians profess to be against the coercive use of state power, yet Barker eagerly advocates inflicting severe injuries onto protestors with no due process. So he looks to be an authoritarian and a hypocrite.

Posted on: November 29th, 2011 | Comments (15)

What do Rick Perry, Glenn Beck, Jim DeMint, Radley Balko and John Tyner Have In Common?

Poor Rick Perry: At last week’s Republican debate, he unveiled yet another “enemy” that a President Perry would destroy for America–but no one paid attention. Gov. Perry’s newest monster he’s vowed to slay is the TSA union…

Posted on: November 28th, 2011 | Comments (25)

How UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi Brought Oppression Back To Greece's Universities

Today, thanks in part to UC Davis chancellor “Chemical” Linda Katehi, Greek university campuses are no longer protected from state security forces. She helped undo her native country’s “university asylum” laws just in time for the latest austerity measures to kick in. Incredibly, Katehi attacked university campus freedom despite the fact that she was once a student at the very center of Greece’s anti-junta, pro-democracy rebellion–although what she was doing there, if anything at all, no one really knows.

Posted on: November 22nd, 2011 | Comments (38)

Libertarian Liars: Top Reagan Adviser, Cato Institute Chairman William Niskanen: "Deficits Don't Matter"

Like typical Randroid libertarians, they find the public’s gullibility and good faith contemptible. This is something that Americans still can’t get their heads around about the free-market libertarians who’ve ruled us and ruined us over the past three decades.

Posted on: November 21st, 2011 | Comments (12)

November 17: Why this day is so important for Greeks

November 17: a date that haunts Greece. It’s the date when the uprising of several hundred of students, who stood up against the military dictatorship by occupying the Athens Polytechnic, was brutally crushed. The iconic photo of a tank driving through the Polytechnic’s gate is a symbol of freedom for (probably) all Greeks.

Posted on: November 18th, 2011 | Comments (20)

Austerity & Fascism In Greece: The Real 1% Doctrine

See the guy in the photo there, dangling an ax from his left hand? That’s Greece’s new “Minister of Infrastructure, Transport and Networks” Makis Voridis captured back in the 1980s, when he led a fascist student group called “Student Alternative” at the University of Athens law school. It’s 1985, and Minister Voridis, dressed like some Kajagoogoo Nazi, is caught on camera patrolling the campus with his fellow fascists, hunting for suspected leftist students to bash.

Posted on: November 16th, 2011 | Comments (43)

Rightwing Blogger Runs To Police, Informs On #OccupyDC Protesters...

Things heated up last Friday after Herman Cain finished his stand up routine at the Kochs’ Americans For Prosperity event in Washington D.C. and the crowd settled in for a late night Ronald Reagan tribute dinner. At least 500 protesters, including…

Posted on: November 7th, 2011 | Comments (43)

Leaked Oil Documents Confirm: America Is Being Skullfucked By Oil Speculators...

Back in April I wrote a couple of articles about how rampant speculation by Koch Industries, Goldman Sachs and other big players in the energy markets has been driving up the price of oil. Immediately, a bunch of freemarket sockpuppets…

Posted on: September 18th, 2011 | Comments (31)

The eXiled's Mark Ames Talks About USA's Ruling Oligarchy On RT's "The Alyona Show"

Exiled editor Mark Ames went on RT’s “The Alyona Show” on Wednesday to spread his message of hopelessness, so long as America remains in the grip of a failed oligarchy and their failed free-market ideology. Watch the clip here:

Posted on: September 9th, 2011 | Comments (22)

Caterpillar CEO's Business Strategy: "Bluster While You Plunder"

They grow some giant hogs back there in Illinois, but the CEO of Caterpillar, HQ’d in Illinois, represents a whole new subspecies of giant pork-fat-based fauna, a species that has developed the ability to lecture America and about the evils of taxing poor multinational corporations like Caterpillar, while simultaneously stuffing embezzled tax money into his pork-fattened coffers.

Posted on: July 26th, 2011 | Comments (9)

Get Ready For TARP 2.0!

This article by Yves Smith is cross-posted from Naked Capitalism. Washington DC appears to be readying itself for a repeat of the TARP, namely, the passage of unpopular legislation to appease the Market Gods (and transfer even more income from…

Posted on: July 25th, 2011 | Comments (18)