How to demolish the oligarchy in 3 easy steps

by Michael Lind,  Salon

“Equal rights for all, special privileges for none.”  That was the motto of Jacksonian democracy. Continue reading

Charles Krauthammer—A Brilliant Man

by Anne Bonney,  Mountain Finch Post

What follows is the text of an email that I received.  I do not often post something of this sort, but these facts and remarks on and by Dr. Krauthammer have been summarized.  These remarks were made in a closed meeting recently. Continue reading

High Court Mulls Federal Power to Steal Your Stuff: All Your Raisin Are Belong to Us

by Scott Ott, PJ Media

I had a bowl of delicious Raisin Bran Crunch for breakfast today, but those two scoops of raisins cost me dearly, thanks in part to a federal price-fixing scheme dating back to the Great Depression. That could all change soon. Continue reading

Obama Is Poised to Give GMO and Meat Companies Something They’ve Always Wanted

by Tom Philpott,  Mother Jones

President Obama and his Senate GOP critics are locked in a long-simmering feud, but there’s one topic that has them clasping hands and singing kumbaya: global free-trade deals. Continue reading

Making Legal Marijuana Safe

by Jyllian Kemsley,  Chemical & Engineering News

Where once the use of cannabis strains such as banana kush, Dr. Greenthumb’s ghost, and gorilla glue #4 was hidden behind closed doors, it is now increasingly in the open. Four states—Colorado, Washington, Alaska, and Oregon—have legalized both recreational and medicinal use, and another 19 allow medicinal use only. With that openness, however, come new challenges in the form of safety concerns and evolving regulations to protect production workers and consumers.

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Insurers backed Obamacare, then undermined it. Now they’re profiting from it

by Wendell Potter,  The Center for Public Integrity

Anyone who still thinks the Affordable Care Act was a “government takeover of health care” should consider this headline from the news pages of last Thursday’s Investor’s Business Daily:

UnitedHealth Profit Soars On Obamacare, Optum—April 16, 2015 Continue reading

How a Mystery Trader With an Algorithm May Have Caused the Flash Crash

by Silla Brush, Tom Schoenberg and Suzi Ring,  Bloomberg

From a modest stucco house in suburban west London, where jetliners roar overhead on their approach to Heathrow Airport, a small-time trader was about to play a hand in one of the most harrowing moments in Wall Street history. Continue reading

Barack Obama: Genocide denier

by Rick Moran,  American Thinker

The White House announced that, despite promising during the 2008 campaign that President Obama would describe the slaughter of more than 1.5 million Armenians by the Turkish government beginning 100 years ago as “genocide,” the president will leave that word out of his official statement on the anniversary of the atrocity on April 24. Continue reading

Fat Cat de Blasio vs. New York’s Poor and Middle Class

by Nick Gillespie,  The Daily Beast

So it turns out that, despite his ritual incantations that he is just one more barely-getting-by middle-class New Yorker who knows what it’s like to choose between rent, food, and a share in a Fire Island summer rental, Mayor Bill de Blasio is doing OK when it comes to making his monthly nut. Continue reading

Get Windows 10: Microsoft’s hidden roadmap for the biggest software upgrade in history

by Ed Bott,  ZDNet

What was already an open secret has now been confirmed (apparently accidentally) by one of Microsoft’s partners in the PC supply chain. Continue reading