November 30, 2012

Why Bradley Manning Should Be Free

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Julian Assange writing about the trail, said "Thursday, November 29th, Bradley Manning testified for the first time since his arrest two and a half years ago in Baghdad. Today also marks the two-year anniversary of the first front pages around the world from Cablegate, an archive of 251,287 U.S. State Department diplomatic cables -- messages sent between the State Department and its embassies, consulates and diplomatic missions around the world. In collaboration with a network of more than 100 press outlets we revealed the full spectrum of techniques used by the United States to exert itself around the world. The young intelligence analyst Bradley Manning was detained as an alleged source."

Henry Rollins: DIY Life

Henry Rollins: Education is the End of Disaster Capitalism

Lee Camp: The Most Powerful Psychopaths in the World

November 29, 2012

Josh Fox: Occupy Sandy

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For the past month we have come together to support and rebuild communities broken by Hurricane Sandy. As Sharon Lerner wrote in the American Prospect, “the storm handed inequality activists an almost eerily perfect illustration of exactly what they see as wrong with our world.”
In this vein, over Thanksgiving Occupy Sandy joined with communities to share over 10,000 meals. Now we begin to come together to connect the dots from the storm, to climate change, to the reckless greed of the 1%-ers at the forefront of the fossil fuel industry. 
The work is far from over, so join us. You can check out the Occupy Sandy Relief NYC Facebook page to get started, or follow @OccupySandy on Twitter.

November 26, 2012

Fox News shuts journalist Tom Ricks down for going off script

Journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Thomas Ricks was brought on to talk Benghazi. His response caused the interview to be ended immediately. Watch:

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November 21, 2012

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Conservative Pundit Ben Stein attacked on Fox News, called a "Communist"

The degree to which the extreme right-wing is out of touch with reality is well represented here, in this following clip:

What Ben Stein is arguing for is Austerity, and I do not necessarily agree that we need to cut spending (some government spending actually grows the economy significantly, some government spending is wasteful, you can't paint it all with the same brush).

But the fact that Ben Stein is called a "communist" for saying that taxes need to be raised slightly on the richest among us, is just proof of how totally out of touch the right-wing is. Their economic policies are a matter of religion-- not science.

And now the cult of "small government" is eating it's own.

November 10, 2012

I'm Back! -- Fairness

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I want to thank the following awesome people for supporting the punk patriot show in the past:

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Faultlines: How the Whitehouse was won

This is an excellent documentary about the election in the United States and how terribly flawed our electoral system is. It makes all the work put into the Coalition Against Nukes rally in Washington D.C. and the Jill Stein campaign all the more relevant and worthwhile. Thanks to Al Jazeera for exposing the truth of what is at work in America and giving real Democracy a voice.

November 9, 2012

Ze Frank on "Hacking Power"

Yes, it starts out about paper towels, but it's not really about paper towels, is it?

November 3, 2012

Open letter to Voters from Labor Activists: VOTE GREEN

Working Americans and organized labor face an unprecedented bipartisan attack by the Democrats and Republicans in this November’s elections.
As long-time labor activists, we urge a vote for the Green Party national ticket of Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala.

The cornerstone of Jill Stein's Presidential campaign is a Green New Deal.
The Green New Deal includes strong support for workers’ rights, including the rights to a living wage, to a safe workplace, to fair trade, and to organize a union at work without fear of firing or reprisal. It supports real financial reform, not only to make the rich and large corporations pay their fair share of taxes, but to establish democratic control of our economy rather than leaving Wall Street in the driver's seat.

For more than three decades, there has been bipartisan agreement to shift more income and wealth to the richest Americans, while living standards for the rest of us have declined. Income inequality has reached levels not seen since 1927 – right before the Great Depression. The economic crisis caused by the greed and misdeeds of Wall Street resulted in a trillion-dollar bailout of bankers, while the housing foreclosure crisis was ignored.

With more than 25 million Americans out of work, the response of politicians at the state, local and national level has been to cut spending for education, housing, and the safety net, threatening cuts to Social Security and Medicare in order to protect tax cuts for the rich and wasteful military spending. Democrats like Governor Cuomo in NY have joined with Republicans like Governor Walker in Wisconsin to make public employee unions into public enemy number one, seeking to slash pensions and wages while laying off teachers and other workers.

Democrats are always the “friend” of labor – during election season. Yet it was Bill Clinton who gave us NAFTA. The Democrats in 1947 gave us the anti-labor Taft-Hartley Act – and they have defeated changes to it ever since.
Barack Obama promised a $10/hour minimum wage and the Employee Free Choice Act for majority card-check union recognition –  but failed to push either once elected.
The labor movement in every other industrial nation has built its own political party, independent of corporate money and control. They have organized the working class majority to take political power  for the benefit of workers and economic justice. They have secured single-payer health care, affordable public transit, free public college education, secure pensions, four to six weeks of paid vacation for all workers, paid maternity and free sick leave, and labor laws that protect their rights to organize and strike.

It is time for labor to practice the politics of courage, rather than the politics of fear and appeasement.  We must support candidates who back labor when they run against the two corporate parties.  We urge a vote for Jill Stein and the Green New Deal and Economic Bill of Rights this November.
Yours in Solidarity,
Jim Moran, Director (retired), Philadelphia Area Project on Occupational Safety and Health

Justin Harrison, CWA Local 13000 Unit 1 President
Allan Herman, IATSE Local 927 Executive Board member
Steve Edwards, former president, AFSCME Local 2858 (ret.) Chicago IL

Tom Crean, chapter leader, United Federation of Teachers, New York City
Marty Harrison, Executive Board member TUHNA/PASNAP (Temple University Hospital Nurses Association/ Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals)
David Myron, Michigan Education Association (MEA/NEA); Former Local President, Perry Education Association
Mike McCallister, National Writers Union Local 1981, Former Chair, South Central Wisconsin Labor Party
Charlie Hoyt, Labor Activist, New York, NY
Hugh Giordano, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 152 Mays Landing, New Jersey
Sunyata Altenor, Committee of Interns and Residents New York City
Charles Post, Professional Staff Caucus New York City
Warren Davis, American Federation of Government Employees Local 2006 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, (retired)
Eric Hoyt, Graduate Employees Organization, Amherst, Massachussetts
Karen Young, Newspaper Guild, CWA New York, NY
Frank Jackson, GEO-UAW 2334 Amherst, MA
Howie Hawkins, Teamsters Local 317 Syracuse, New York
Barry Eidlin, United Faculty and Academic Staff, Madison WI
Marie Stolzenburg, Teaching Assistants Association, AFT Madison, WI
Nick Limbeck, Chicago Teachers Union, Chicago, IL
Mark Dunlea, Hunger Action Network New York, NY

Ron Dicks, International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, San Francisco, CA

Ashok Kumar, Labor Activist, Former member Dane County Board, Madison, WI

Brian Rothgery, Labor Activist, Milwaukee, WI

Patrick Burke, Western Mass. Jobs with Justice, Springfield, MA

Charles Levenstein, Massachusetts Teachers Association (retired)

Isaac Silver, labor activist, Chicago, IL
Jonathan Fluck, Actors' Equity Association, New York City

Danielle Albert, Labor Activist, New York City

Chris Robinson, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1776 Philadelphia PA

Trudy Quaif, Public Employees Federation steward (retired), Albany, NY

George McAnanama, Transport Workers Union Local 100 (retired) New York City

Jonathon Flanders, International Association of Machinists, LL 1145 Troy, NY

Neal Pritchard, United Steel Workers Local 1000, Corning NY

John Ailey, Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees (SOAR), IL

Mike Whalen, UNITE-HERE, Local 17 (retired) St Paul, Minnesota

Gordon McClelland, Labor Educator, Carpenters (retired), Guilderland NY
Francesca Gomes, Delegate, United Federation of Teachers, Brooklyn, NY

Genevieve Morse, Shop Steward CSU, Massachusetts Teachers Association,
National Education Association
Kshama Sawant, American Federation of Teachers Local 1789, Seattle, WA
Sarah & Ben Manski, American Federation of Teachers, Madison, Wisconsin
Seamus Whelan, MNA/NNU Massachusetts Nurses Association/ National Nurses United
Frango Akrivos, Teamsters Local 1L New York

Greg Beiter, Shop Steward, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 587