Bread and Circus

The Roman and US Empires: A point of view “There is nothing so frightening as ignorance in action.”  — Goethe The fall of the Roman Empire has been the subject of much debate and comment for many centuries.  Indeed, the founding of our own republic was built on the founder’s of this country’s understanding of […]

Jobs, jobs, jobs: A fireside chat

Jobs, jobs, jobs: A fireside chat By Will Shonbrun Estimates of jobs lost since the beginning of the recession in 2007 range between 8 to 11 million depending on the source. Whatever the actual number there is no doubt that the cause for the most massive unemployment since the Great Depression can de laid directly […]

Florida: sit-in planned for Gov. Crist's office Fridaythe 16th: Stopping race and class segregation through Race to the Top

But the teacher’s initial fear is giving way to something else. They are calling in sick in Miami-Dade. Their student allies are walking out of classrooms and into the streets in protest. Their parent allies have conducted a hunger strike and marched up and down the state on their behalf.

Paul Craig Roberts’ final essay: Corporate media is propaganda; serves US police state and fascist oligarchs

*Feel free to observe and engage in comments with Operation Mockingbird assets at source.* Paul Craig Roberts, one of the sanest voices of the Reagan administration and lauded academic and government professional, is retiring his public essays. His last, reprinted below, summarizes his observation of government, media, and economics as criminal enterprises of “leadership” to […]

Public Humiliation of Children as Education Policy

Once again Paul A. Moore says it quite succinctly in what follows in his essay on Florida and the FCAT tests. The new assembly line of despair we now call education in this country is exposed in dynamic terms by Paul for what it is — a nightmarish form of Dickensian public policies that harken […]

Dateline Rhode Island: Another avalanche against public school teachers: the right wing organizes through the Duncan Administration to privatize eductation

The public education deterioration metastasizes  Crime scene: this time Rhode Island It seems that the “turnover artists” (for they turnover schools to privatizers) are pillaging Rhode Island public schools as we knew they eventually would.  While Obama plays hacki sak with Republicans over a public option for health care, capitalism takes more and more victims […]

Rhode Island: The predators have landed

The public education deterioration metastasizes  Crime scene: Rhode Island It seems that the “turnover artists” (for they turnover schools to privatizers) are pillaging Rhode Island public schools as we knew they eventually would.  While Obama plays hacki sak with Republicans over a public option for health care on TV, capitalism takes more and more victims […]

The Greeding of American

I wonder if anyone still gets surprised when they hear about get-rich-quick schemes such as those pulled off by Bernard Madoff and Tom Petters. Junk bonds, the S&L scandal, dot.coms, pyramid schemes, etc. These newly discovered Ponzi schemes are just a continuation of greed in the US (and, of course, we’re not the only country […]