The Situationists and the Occupation Movements (1968/2011)

One of the most notable characteristics of the “Occupy” movement is that it is just what it claims to be: leaderless and antihierarchical. Certain people have of course played significant roles in laying the groundwork for Occupy Wall Street and the other occupations, and others may have ended up playing significant roles in dealing with […]

Occupy DC to protest corporate profiteering from student loans

  Friday, October 28th 2011,OccupyDC will undertake an action in protest of corporate profiteering on student loans. We will be working in conjunction with Occupy Colleges and with students from among the diverse and numbered DC Metropolitan area universities and institutes of higher education. The action will commence fromMcPherson Squareat 3PM and the final destination […]

Social Security Broken? Not By A Long Shot

The average monthly Social Security benefit for a retired worker was about $1,177 at the beginning of 2011. The poverty line for a single person, living in the continental U S in 2001 is $10,890 There are three problems with Social Security according to a lot of people.  They take too much out of my check.  […]

Test Scores Fail Students, Teachers, But Remain a Political Prop

The news out of Washington DC offers evidence that calls for test-based teacher evaluations persist, ironically against the weight of evidence: “Sen. Joseph Lieberman is drafting a school reform bill that would tie a portion of federal education dollars to a requirement that states implement robust teacher evaluations, with student test scores being a major […]

Justice Department Probe of CIA Torture Evidence: Another Whitewash?

Here’s why the Justice Department’s halt to its probe of CIA obstruction of justice involving torture looks like another whitewash.

The DOJ compromised its probe from the beginning in 2008 by assigning it to Connecticut federal prosecutor John Durham, whom courts have twice implicated in suppressing evidence. In one of those cases, a federal judge rebuked him also for what she described as “severe misconduct” during cross-examination.

The beginning of the end of the internet

Google and Verizon have made a deal that would allow Verizon to speed up connections to certain websites that have paid for the privilege. Those who favor Net Neutrality have been warning of this situation for several years, yet many have continued to believe it would never happen. Senator Al Franken recently reminded us why […]