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Climate Change and False gods: Moloch and the Bible-Punchers in the US

April 15, 2014
http://www.opendemocracy.net/5050/meredith-tax/climate-change-and-false-gods-moloch-and-biblepunchers-in-us
openDemocracy
The UN's IPCC report on climate change calls for immediate action to deal with a crisis which supersedes and includes all other questions. Meredith Tax says that international pressure on the US government to deal with the crisis is essential, for soon it will be too late.

The Era of Financialization, An Interview with Costas Lapavitsas: Parts 1 and 2

April 15, 2014
http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2014/0414lapavitsas.html
Dollars and Sense
These are the first two parts of a four-part interview with Costas Lapavitsas focusing on the Era of Financialization and the transformations at the “molecular” level of capitalism that are driving changes in economic performance and policy in both high-income and developing countries. Lapavitsas is a professor of economics at SOAS, University of London, and the author of Financialised Capitalism: Expansion and Crisis (Maia Ediciones, 2009)

Contracting Out Public Services Worsens Inequality and Lowers Wage

April 14, 2014
http://www.thenewcrossroads.com/2014/04/14/contracting-out-public-services-worsens-inequality-and-lowers-wages/#.U0wmUlSir5A.gmail
The New Crossroads
Municipalities contact out an estimated 35 percent of services. The federal government has doubled the amount it spends on contracts since 2000, with most of the spending on services. Yet it is clear that contracting out public services has major negative consequences.

Graduate Students of the World, Unite !

April 14, 2014
http://america.aljazeera.com/opinions/2014/4/university-californiagraduatestudentsunion.html
Aljazeera America
University of California unionized grad-student instructors lead higher-ed fight for fair treatment.

US Press once again Declines to Call White Terrorism in Kansas, Nevada, White Terrorism

April 14, 2014
http://www.juancole.com/2014/04/declines-terrorism-kansas.html
Informed Comment
Heck, the LA Times said authorities are cautioning that it is too soon even to call the shootings a “hate crime.” Since the shooter is said to have shouted “Heil Hitler,” I’m going to go out on a limb and say it was a hate crime. And I’m also pretty sure it was a form of terrorism.

Education is Not the Answer

April 14, 2014
https://www.jacobinmag.com/2014/04/unremedial-education/
Jacobin Magazine
Everyone deserves a great public education, but better schools alone can’t fight inequality.

Four Era's of Slavery for the Benefit of Corporations

April 14, 2014
http://www.nationofchange.org/reader/44219
Nation of Change
Slavery, in it's various forms of physical and mental torment, has been a part of U.S. history from the beginnings of our country to the present day, with modern day corporations profiting immensely.

Long-Term Unemployment Is Elevated Across All Education Groups

April 13, 2014
http://www.epi.org/blog/long-term-unemployment-elevated-education/
Economic Policy Institute
Elevated long-term unemployment for all groups, like we see today, means that today’s long-term unemployment crisis is not due to something wrong with these workers, it is due to the fact that businesses across the board simply haven’t needed to significantly increase hiring because they haven’t seen demand for their goods and services pick up enough to warrant it.

Plowed Under

April 13, 2014
http://prospect.org/article/plowed-under
The American Prospect
Across the northern plains, native grassland is being turned into farmland at a rate not seen since the 1920s. The environmental consequences could be disastrous.

All the Presidents’ Bankers: Nomi Prins on the Secret History of Washington-Wall Street Collusion

April 13, 2014
http://www.democracynow.org/2014/4/8/all_the_presidents_bankers_nomi_prins
Democracy Now
In her new book, All the Presidents’ Bankers: The Hidden Alliances that Drive American Power, Nomi Prins traces the hundred-year history of collusion between Washington and Wall Street. Prins reveals how a small number of bankers have played critical roles in shaping a century’s worth of financial, foreign and domestic policy in the United States including the Federal Reserve, the response to the Great Depression, and the founding of the IMF and the World Bank.

The Great Cost Shift Continues: State Higher Education Funding After the Recession

April 13, 2014
http://www.demos.org/publication/great-cost-shift-continues-state-higher-education-funding-after-recession
Demos
Since the founding of public higher education, our nation has moved progressively toward expanding the doors of access. But in the last generation, we have moved in the opposite direction. State higher education funding on a per-student basis is lower today than it was in 1980. Federal financial aid no longer provides grants robust enough to defray the rising cost of college.

Culinary Union Workers Strike Rally Nears Full-On Strike

April 13, 2014
http://www.jrn.com/ktnv/news/Culinary-union-workers-strike-rally-downtown-nearing-edge-of-full-on-strike-255063031.html
ABC Action News 13
More than 1,000 members of Culinary Union Local 226 (UNITE HERE) picketed downtown Las Vegas on Saturday, April 12. Contracts covering 10 downtown casinos are expired, as well as Brady Laundry. Major Strip casinos, including those owned by MGM Resorts and Caesar's, were settled in recent months. In addition to picketing, workers queued up from 8am until 7pm to sign up for strike relief benefits and strike picket shifts.

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