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‘My Party Has Lost Its Soul’

In a Salon review Sunday of Ralph Nader’s spring 2014 book “Unstoppable,” Bill Curry, former White House counselor to President Bill Clinton, takes Democrats led by Clinton and Barack Obama to task for making their party an indentured servant of Wall Street and gifting economic populism to the right.

Posted on Jul 28, 2014 READ MORE



‘Brief Histories of Inequality’: Student Debt Edition

Salon columnist Thomas Frank takes us from the start of the university “tuition spiral” in the early ’80s, past the refusal to note the role of ballooning administrative costs, and through the emergence of the view that as an investment in future earnings, individuals should shoulder whatever price for education the market sets.

Posted on Jun 8, 2014 READ MORE



‘Borrowing to Attend an American College May Be Hazardous to Your Dreams’

What if the real reason college has become increasingly inaccessible is that the institution itself is a “scam meant to perpetuate the 1 percent?”

Posted on May 27, 2014 READ MORE



Lewis Lapham and Thomas Frank Forecast the Next American Revolution

The Harper’s Magazine associates have had their eyes on America and its moneyed rulers for a combined nine decades. In a bookstore conversation about the latest issue of Lapham’s Quarterly, they name the forces conspiring to drive the nation into another age of upheaval.

Posted on May 4, 2014 READ MORE



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Adolph Reed Jr.: The Left Has Left the Building

Ineffectual liberals and the corporate takeover of the Democratic Party have not only tipped the whole country over to the right but have vanquished any lingering notion of “the left.”

Posted on Mar 12, 2014 READ MORE



‘The Dick Joke Is Not Always Your Friend’

The recently deceased Harold Ramis’ beloved anti-authoritarian comedies of the late ’70s and the ’80s (including “Animal House” starring John Belushi, pictured) were pop trojan horses of then-emerging right-wing cultural values, former Harper’s Magazine columnist Thomas Frank writes at Salon.

Posted on Mar 6, 2014 READ MORE



The Liberal Love of ‘Inequality’

Like “neoliberalism,” former Harper’s Magazine columnist Thomas Frank writes at Salon, the tone of the term “inequality” is “needlessly clinical, giving the whole debate a technical and bloodless air.”

Posted on Feb 27, 2014 READ MORE



The New York Times Website Ads Go Native

The famous newspaper’s getting an online makeover, complete with new advertisements; the U.S. military has tested a laser that could change war as we know it; meanwhile, whether Kim Jong Un fed his uncle to dogs has come into question. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 4, 2014 READ MORE



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Is There Really a Terrorist Threat?

“It is more plausible to look upon the embassy closures and the official accounts thereof as political theater and insulting, cynical manipulation than it is to accept them at face value,” author Patrick Smith writes at Salon.

Posted on Aug 11, 2013 READ MORE



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Raising Minimum Wage Increases Quality of Life, Not Unemployment

Though many economists would have you that believe raising the minimum wage would result in higher unemployment rates, they are mistaken. Statistical analyses of a significant sampling of studies have shown no evidence that unemployment rates are affected by wage increases.

Posted on Aug 10, 2013 READ MORE



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Sex, Lies and Crisis Pregnancy Centers

An undercover advocate from NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia recorded a conversation with a counselor at a crisis pregnancy center during which she was told, among other outrageous things, that condoms don’t protect against STDs, birth control pills increase the risk of breast cancer, and—brace yourself—she would encounter her aborted child’s soul in the future.

Posted on Aug 8, 2013 READ MORE


‘We Are Slowly Dying’: Fast-Food Workers Strike for Wages, Rights and Dignity

Fast food and retail workers are striking for the right to unionize and a living wage in seven cities: Milwaukee; Chicago; St. Louis; Kansas City, Mo.; Detroit; Flint, Mich.; and New York City.

Posted on Aug 3, 2013 READ MORE



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Glenn Greenwald Will Write for The Guardian

Did you hear? Salon’s star blogger is moving his soapbox to The Guardian, where he says he will reach a new audience while retaining full editorial control over his political writing.

Posted on Jul 20, 2012 READ MORE


Glenn Greenwald Challenges the Surveillance State

Some measure of privacy and secrecy for people is essential, especially when it comes to “effective activism,” the Salon blogger and former constitutional lawyer told an audience at the Socialism 2012 conference last week.

Posted on Jul 6, 2012 READ MORE



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Assange Versus the Tripe on American TV

Who is doing a better job at revealing the shadowy operations of governments, corporations and others seeking power across the globe: the well-funded American news establishment, or Julian Assange, the suppressed WikiLeaks founder who runs a half-hour interview show while under house arrest in rural southern England?

Posted on May 22, 2012 READ MORE



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D.C. Corruptus: Glenn Greenwald Counts the Ways

The State Department looks ready to remove an Iranian opposition group’s designation as a terrorist organization thanks to its high-level bipartisan connections in Washington.

Posted on May 16, 2012 READ MORE



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What to Expect on May Day

Wondering where to go and what will happen during Occupy Wall Street’s May Day protests? You’re not alone. With the knowledge that Occupy events rarely go according to plan, Natasha Lennard at Salon tries to lick the revolutionary chaos into manageable order.

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 READ MORE


Secrecy, Wars and Civil Liberties

As Chris Hedges reported Monday, American Muslims are being dragged into jail on dubious and unclear connections to terrorism. Meanwhile, the president retains the authority to kill U.S. citizens without trial. But most Americans aren’t speaking up. Salon blogger and constitutional lawyer Glenn Greenwald discusses why.

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 READ MORE



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Gated Intellectuals, Fortress America, and the Politics of Occupy

A group of right-wing extremists would have the American public believe it is easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of a market society.

Posted on Mar 21, 2012 READ MORE



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A Look at the New ‘Anti-Occupy’ Bill

The radical corners of the Internet have been ringing loudly over a piece of legislation passed with near unanimous support last week that protesters are calling the “anti-Occupy” bill. The new law mostly updates a set of rules already in place, however.

Posted on Mar 8, 2012 READ MORE


Former Sen. Feingold on the Loss of Liberties

After the release of former Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold’s new book, “While America Sleeps: A Wake-up Call for the Post-9/11 Era,” Salon columnist Glenn Greenwald spoke with him about the deliberate curtailment of American civil liberties over the last 10 years.

Posted on Feb 25, 2012 READ MORE



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Dismal Reports From Two U.S. Inequality Studies

The 1 percenters targeted by those leading the Wall Street occupation had a profitable run between 1979 and 2007. Their average after-tax income grew 275 percent in that period, while income for the 60 percent of the population in the middle of the earning scale grew by just under 40 percent. (more)

Posted on Oct 29, 2011 READ MORE



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Jewish Smear Campaign Against Assange?

The effort to discredit Julian Assange continues, with The New York Times reporting on a claim that Assange made anti-Semitic comments in complaining about a “Jewish smear campaign” against him and WikiLeaks.

Posted on Mar 5, 2011 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Glenn Greenwald

This week, we salute fellow journalist Glenn Greenwald for lending his voice to the cause of Pfc. Bradley Manning, the alleged WikiLeaks source whose life may well be on the line if the U.S. Army’s newest and most severe charges play out against him in court.

Posted on Mar 4, 2011 READ MORE



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Washington Post’s ‘Contempt’ for Readers

Why does the Washington Post allow an employee of Time Warner to write commentaries on Time Warner? That’s the question posed by Glenn Greenwald, who writes that the paper “employs as its media critic an employee of Time Warner, the largest media conglomerate in the world.” (continued)

Posted on Aug 30, 2010 READ MORE


Ex-gay book review
From Salon.com

Gay, Godly and Guilty

Salon reviews a thoughtful new book that examines the mental anguish suffered by homosexual Christians who enter residential programs to battle their sexual desires. (Reg. req’d.)

Posted on Jul 11, 2006 READ MORE


Feminist Blogs Afire Over Oral Sex Debate

Salon wittily wades through a debate raging in the feminist blogosphere over whether the act of a woman performing oral sex on a man is inherently demeaning. It’s reg req’d for Salon, but Pandagon sums up most of the argument on her free site.

Posted on Jun 20, 2006 READ MORE


George Bush Sr.
From Tufts.edu

Sidney Blumenthal: Bush Sr. Tried to Replace Rumsfeld

The former president waged a secret campaign earlier this year to replace the secretary of defense with a retired four-star general, according to Sidney Blumenthal. (Pay wall / ad-watching req’d.)

Posted on Jun 10, 2006 READ MORE


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Illustration by Mignon Khargie / Salon.com

Spare the Quarter-Inch Plumbing Supply Line, Spoil the Child

Salon chronicles a growing Christian fundamentalist parenting practice of hitting and otherwise harming one’s children to “train them up.” The practice is directly linked to the death of a 4-year-old who was suffocated underneath blankets to keep him from leaving his bed. (Reg. req’d.)

Posted on May 25, 2006 READ MORE


Brainless Hussies
From Salon.com

Return of the Brainless Hussies

Salon writer Rebecca Traister examines why today’s most prominent young female role models seem to be “jiggly video stars, boobie-flashing twits, half-clad clotheshorses and label-whoring anorexics.” (Reg. or advert. req’d.)

Posted on May 19, 2006 READ MORE


Forever Pregnant

Salon writer Rebecca Traister sounds off on new “Orwellian” federal guidelines that treat all women as pre-pregnant—regardless of whether or not they plan on being so any time soon. “Healthcare authorities,” she writes, are “letting you know why your health as a woman really matters”—i.e. as baby incubators.

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    Posted on May 16, 2006 READ MORE


    The Horror, the Horror!
    From Salon.com

    Salon Probes the Post’s Impotence Myth

    Salon writer Rebecca Traister doesn’t buy the Washington Post’s big story about the causes behind an alleged rise in impotence among college students.

    Posted on May 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Press conference
    From surrealstudios.com

    Media Lapdogs

    In a new book, Salon senior writer Eric Boehlert chronicles “one of the great journalistic collapses of our time”: the media’s failure to sufficiently challenge the president in the run-up to the Iraq war. Check out the extended excerpt.

    Posted on May 4, 2006 READ MORE


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    From Salon.com

    The Abu Ghraib Files

    Salon presents a horrifying new gallery of 279 photos and 19 videos of detainee abuse at Abu Ghraib.

    Posted on Mar 14, 2006 READ MORE


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