The Highroad

How do coal barons get away with murder?

Coal mining is a filthy business. Literally. Miners not only get covered in the soot of their trade, but also suffer the suffocating death called...

Parsing the PR lies of Goldman Sachs

CorporateSpeak is an inane language that conveys seriousness without any sincerity. Consider this example from Goldman Sachs: “We are pleased to put these legacy matters...

Why Bernie will, should and must stay in the race

Surprisingly, this week’s prize for Stupidest Political Comment in the presidential race doesn’t go to Donnie Trump or Ted Cruz. Rather, that honor goes to...

Panama Papers reveal scandalous hypocrisy

It’s said that there’s nothing more vicious than a wild animal that’s cornered, but I’d add that there’s nothing more devious than a top...

How to make billboards uglier

Okay people, we need to discuss billboards. Yes, we really must. At best, these giant corporate placards are problematic — they garishly loom over us,...

How clueless can the GOP establishment get?

Exciting news, people! The Republican Party’s establishment has a secret plan to stop its blue-collar voters from supporting Donnie Trump. Their plan is code-named:...

How corporate bamboozlers intend to widen inequality in America

The basic problem facing the corporate and political powers who want you and me to swallow their Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal is that they...

How do you like subsidizing corporate crime?

Headlines periodically blare that this regulator or that has imposed another jaw-dropping assessment on some gross polluter or other corporate criminal. “Justice Department Slaps...

What do chickens and our constitutional rights have in common?

Imagine the outcry by tea party Republicans if state legislators were passing laws banning the use of video cameras in banks to capture images...

Why would anyone celebrate the ‘joy’ of war?

War is hell. Unless, of course, you happen to be a global corporate peddler of rockets, drones, bombs and all the other hellish weaponry of...

Why the GOP’s fence fantasy is a farce

A proper wall, we’re told, makes good neighbors, but an 18-foot-high, 2000-mile-long wall goes way beyond proper, antagonizes your neighbor and shows your own...

Why doesn’t Congress do what the people want and need?

If you wonder why Congress critters keep ignoring what the people want them to do — while doing things that people don’t want them...
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