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Thursday, December 22,2011

PR soap can’t scrub off banker greed

By Jim Hightower
Greenwashing” is the use of shameless PR campaigns by notorious polluters to portray their corporations as benign Bambi-loving protectors of nature. But now comes “Greedwashing.”
Thursday, December 15,2011

A tiny bug spreads happiness

By Jim Hightower
Great news, people: a hot spot of nine-spotted ladybugs has been spotted in Amagansett, N.Y.! This uplifting story is a rich organic mixture of state pride, nature’s resilience, America’s scientific pluck, teamwork, serendipity and bug love. In today’s hard times, we need this.
Thursday, December 8,2011

Rewarding hubris, stupidity, hypocrisy and cynicism

By Jim Hightower
Double-dippin’ Joe is back in the news. Double-dip is not some soda jerk working in an ice cream shop, but that’s not too far off. He’s a state legislator working in Texas to jerk taxpayers around for his own financial gain.
Thursday, December 1,2011

‘We the People,’ not ‘We the Corporations’

By Jim Hightower
they’re spending on campaigns. Now there’s a bold stand for democracy: “Give us campaign finance reporting regulations or give us death!” Come on, we’re bigger than that. Here are just a few actions for real change that you can take, teaming up with others right where you live:.
Wednesday, November 23,2011

America’s good food movement

By Jim Hightower
What better day than Thanksgiving to celebrate our country’s food rebels! I’m talking about the growing movement of small farmers, food artisans, local retailers, co-ops, community organizers, restaurateurs, environmentalists, consumers and others — perhaps including you.
Thursday, November 17,2011

War on the Mexican border!

By Jim Hightower
Grim-faced military officers and ashen-faced politicians describe a horrific “war zone,” with “hundreds of people murdered” and “citizens under attack around the clock.” Some of the politicos say that the situation is so dire that it “may require our military.”
Wednesday, November 9,2011

The disuniting of America

By Jim Hightower
New numbers from the Congressional Budget Office confirm that as the moneyed elites have been making their killing, wealth disparity has become extreme in a country that once prided itself on trying to build a more egalitarian society. Analyzing 30 years of income data, the non-partisan CBO reports that the richest 1 percent of our population has enjoyed a stunning 275 percent increase in their income during that time.
Thursday, November 3,2011

The corporate purchase of governmental power

By Jim Hightower
Yes, they do. But was this a nice gesture by a civic-minded citizen — or the purchase of special protection? When Jamie Dimon says keep “us” safe, I doubt he means us hoi polloi. Rather, I suspect he wants police officials to keep Wall Street bankers like.
Thursday, October 27,2011

Paulson’s plaintive plea

By Jim Hightower
In assessing the spreading public protest against the rampaging greed of today’s financial elite, John Paulson turns out to be as confused as a goat on Astroturf. Oh, he gets it that the people’s anger is directed at hedge-fund profiteers like him, but he claims they are simply confused on the virtue of accumulated wealth.
Thursday, October 20,2011

Fired CEOs get gilded goodbyes

By Jim Hightower
In these times of nationwide job insecurity, with five applicants lined up for every job opening, CEOs warn workers that they’d better perform — or else. Or else they’ll be unceremoniously booted out the door.