Airline travel, now with even more security checks

The pantsbomber, as some are calling him, has succeeded in ramping up security at airports around the world. The increase in security is being called necessary due to the pantsbomber, something reminiscent of the shoe bomber. Now, when flying, everything and everyone is going to end up with secondary checks as well as not being […]

Cuts to KPFA's Flashpoints Spark Outrage

Cuts to KPFA’s Flashpoints Spark Outrage By HENRY NORR In the face of mounting deficits, KPFA this month began laying off staff. The cuts come as no surprise; in fact, they’re overdue, considering that the station has been running in the red for several years, in defiance of Local Station Board and Pacifica National Board […]

Michele Bachmann: Welfare Queen

By Yasha Levine Michele Bachmann has become well known for her anti-government tea-bagger antics, protesting health care reform and every other government “handout” as socialism. What her followers probably don’t know is that Rep. Bachmann is, to use that anti-government slur, something of a welfare queen. That’s right, the anti-government insurrectionist has taken more than […]

Health Care Reform: The Ideal vs. the Real—Do We Reject?

Health Care Reform: The Ideal vs. the Real—Do We Reject? By Will Shonbrun Between the idea And the reality Between the motion And the Act Falls the Shadow -T.S. Elliot A hot topic of debate among progressives regarding health care reform is whether the current Senate bill is worth keeping or should be jettisoned and […]

Laws of Nature Meet the “Free” Market (Again)

Once again, the representatives of the “free” market have sought to defy the laws of nature. This time, the venue was Copenhagen, Denmark, and the “free” marketeers think they have prevailed, but this is only round one. In the end, the laws of nature will dominate, one way or another. Both the directly corporate-controlled as […]

Leave No Child's Behind: No Child Left Behind and the implications and impacts for and on charter Schools and state mandated testing

Meanwhile, the richly funded and well-oiled juggernaut of privatization continues to move forward, carving out increasingly large pieces of the public system. If those of us who profess to value public schools and the principle of democratic access they uphold cannot find the courage or the motivation to fight in their defense, we may soon wake up to find that they have been replaced by wholly owned subsidiaries of Me- Donald’s, Burger King, and Wal-Mart.

Americans’ Belief in Global Warming Declining

Americans’ Belief in Global Warming Declining By Joey Parigi The number of people in the U.S. who believe in global warming is declining. The republican party has had the most drastic decrease in members who believe that climate change is actually happening, going from 76 to 54 percent in the last 3 and a half […]