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Thursday, July 5,2012

Food manipulators trying to deceive voters

By Jim Hightower
An old adage says, “Never buy a pig in a poke.” But what about a poke hidden in a pig? That’s different, say the corporate profiteers behind the startling number of our food products that now contain genetically engineered organisms, altering the DNA make-up of everything from corn to pigs.
Thursday, June 28,2012

A gamer’s wild pitch

By Jim Hightower
In sports, a “gamer” is someone who’s always eager to play. However, in such pursuits as business and politics, a “gamer” is one who games the system.
Thursday, June 21,2012

Listen to the weeds

By Jim Hightower
Rather than finding ways to cooperate with the natural world, America’s agribusiness giants reach for the next quick fix in a futile effort to overpower nature. Their attitude is that if brute force isn’t working, they’re probably not using enough of it.
Thursday, June 14,2012

Abandoning ALEC

By Jim Hightower
The American Legislative Exchange Council is the corporatefinanced bill mill that thinks up reams of anti-labor, anti-consumer, anti-environment, anti-democracy and other anti-people laws favored by its corporate funders. It then works with Republican lawmakers in state legislatures to introduce about 1,000 of these cookie-cutter bills every year in statehouses all over the country. Until recently, ALEC largely operated clandestinely — but such watchdog groups as Center for Media and Democracy, Color of Change and Nation magazine have now outed it as the insidious force behind some of America’s mostextreme, right-wing legislation.
Thursday, June 7,2012

Big shot banker proves big banks are too big

By Jim Hightower
OK, but where were the federal regulators, who’re supposed to dog banker excess? Shoved aside by Dimon. While more than 100 government inspectors were imbedded in JPMorgan — none were in the reckless investment division. The bank’s big-shot boss, who is tightly wired to the top lead ers.
Thursday, May 31,2012

Cleaning up the stench of Washington lobbyists

By Jim Hightower
Even a hog must sometimes gag at the stench of its own sty. Maybe that’s why some corporate lobbyists have launched a campaign to spiff up K-Street, Washington’s corridor of shameless high-dollar influence peddlers.
Thursday, May 24,2012

Wild about wild chickens

By Jim Hightower
While other cities might boast of their historic sites or cultural offerings, the good folks of this easy-going, free-spirited community have chosen to highlight a flock of feral chickens that has lived for years on (appropriately enough) Farm Street.
Thursday, May 17,2012

Another Koch-funded stealth campaign

By Jim Hightower
Heartland’s mission is to promote mass ignorance on behalf of its self-serving (and often heart less) corporate backers. It is yet another secretive far-right-wing front group funded by the Koch brothers’ club of billionaires who’re intent on establishing an unbridled corporate plutocracy in our country.
Thursday, May 10,2012

Lost in Walmart’s rabbit hole

By Jim Hightower
Apparently a skunk doesn’t smell its own stink — or at least it’s not offended by it. Likewise, Walmart honchos are presently talking about the nauseating stench of its still-evolving bribery scandal as though it’s coming from somewhere else.
Thursday, May 3,2012

The slickest stunt at SeaWorld

By Jim Hightower
Actually, Shamu is not the cause of the shame. After all, that’s just the generic name given to the killer whales kept in captivity as the star attraction at three theme parks operated by SeaWorld Inc. The shame belongs to the corporation, which not only profits from its exploitation of the whales, but also.