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Cornel West on indifference and injustice

Cornel West on indifference and injustice

Cannon fodder or hero near Nashville? It depends on who you ask or what they’ll do besides wave a flag. (via This is not right! | Photos | WSMV)

Cannon fodder or hero near Nashville? It depends on who you ask or what they’ll do besides wave a flag.


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JPMorgan Chase Chief Executive Jamie Dimon’s highly anticipated appearance before the Senate Banking Committee on the bank’s recent trading losses gets off to a rocky start with multiple protesters disrupting the start of the event. Protests started with one man yelling out that ”Jamie Dimon is a crook” as Dimon approached the witness table and another group of protesters then started chanting, ”Stop foreclosures now” before they were escorted out.


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Health Care: Australia Is Doing It Right

Health Care: Australia Is Doing It Right

Chris Hedges explains what Ken meant by Whaddya Got?

Chris Hedges explains what Ken meant by Whaddya Got?

quixotess:

abbyjean:

so i’m writing this paper about housing chronically homeless people in order of vulnerability, which is an index created based on the level of county costs they incur through hospitalization and/or incarceration and a measure of how likely it is that they’ll die in the next year if they don’t get a housing placement. already soul-crushing, no? and then you read the numbers, that the county paid $80,000 for a pilot project that housed 50 people and they didn’t even have to pay for the actual housing because developers got all these tax breaks and stuff for building it, and then even though they provided these intensive on-site mental health and physical health and substance abuse services, in the one year after these folks were housed, the county saved over $700,000 in service costs to those 50 people alone because they spent so much less time in the hospital or in jail. but of course we’re not expanding the project, because there’s so much moral bullshit about giving “these people” housing without first requiring them to be clean and sober and why are we wasting our tax dollars on people “who have given up on life” even though clearly the problem is that we as a society have given up on them and their response is logical and natural given that inescapable fact.
but it’s not until i look at these photos that i actually start to cry.

It’s crushing to realize just how easy it would be to give EVERY SINGLE homeless person a home.


Greg Cox, where are you on this?

quixotess:

abbyjean:

so i’m writing this paper about housing chronically homeless people in order of vulnerability, which is an index created based on the level of county costs they incur through hospitalization and/or incarceration and a measure of how likely it is that they’ll die in the next year if they don’t get a housing placement. already soul-crushing, no? and then you read the numbers, that the county paid $80,000 for a pilot project that housed 50 people and they didn’t even have to pay for the actual housing because developers got all these tax breaks and stuff for building it, and then even though they provided these intensive on-site mental health and physical health and substance abuse services, in the one year after these folks were housed, the county saved over $700,000 in service costs to those 50 people alone because they spent so much less time in the hospital or in jail. but of course we’re not expanding the project, because there’s so much moral bullshit about giving “these people” housing without first requiring them to be clean and sober and why are we wasting our tax dollars on people “who have given up on life” even though clearly the problem is that we as a society have given up on them and their response is logical and natural given that inescapable fact.

but it’s not until i look at these photos that i actually start to cry.

It’s crushing to realize just how easy it would be to give EVERY SINGLE homeless person a home.

Greg Cox, where are you on this?

pieceinthepuzzlehumanity:

Newly released FBI presentations show the flawed and misleading information the government is using to train agents to identify and investigate “domestic terrorist” groups such as “black separatists,” anarchists, animal rights activists, and environmentalists.

Among the more troubling portions of the training materials are warnings of activists using the Freedom of Information Act, engaging in non-violent civil disobedience, and gathering in coffee shops.

The domestic terrorism training materials were obtained through the Freedom of Information Act by the ACLU. They offer additional insight into a disturbing pattern of FBI activity misrepresenting political activists as “terrorists” and manufacturing “domestic terrorism threats” where none exist, akin to the notorious COINTELPRO program of J. Edgar Hoover.

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Why isn’t our Senator, who sits on a committee which the FBI is supposed to answer to, defending our civil liberties?

This person could be doing something productive, but s/he got tagged to be cog in the penal industrial complex instead.

This person could be doing something productive, but s/he got tagged to be cog in the penal industrial complex instead.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishers Inc, whose textbooks have been a staple in American schoolhouses for decades, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Monday after agreeing with creditors to eliminate $3.1 billion of debt. The “pre-packaged” bankruptcy would give control of Houghton Mifflin to its lenders. It comes as cash-strapped state and local governments defer or cancel education-related purchases, reducing demand for textbooks for students from kindergarten to 12th grade. Traditional book publishers also face pressure from the online availability of published material, including e-books. Houghton Mifflin has a 41 percent market share in the K-12 educational material and services sector, and its education business accounts for about 90 percent of revenue.

UPDATE 4-Houghton Mifflin files Chapter 11 bankruptcy | Reuters

HMH publishes the Peterson field guide series, along with many other nature-related books.

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Let’s look on line in that passage: The “pre-packaged” bankruptcy would give control of Houghton Mifflin to its lenders. . Think about the kind of pressure an unethical creditor could put in the content of text books. Don’t think that they won’t do it because it’s already being done. Do you actually think that school boards have the capacity or the determination to keep that misinformation out of the classrooms?