American Dream




Student debt activists and education advocates Kyle McCarthy and Natalia Abrams are tired of the ‘silence and complacency’ that our elected (and duly bribed) officials exhibit in the face of overwhelming evidence of…



Previously sympathetic commentators disillusioned by Obama’s unchecked lying and fumbling were heartened by the uncharacteristic candor coming from Deputy Secretary of State P. J. Crowley late last week — until he was shit-canned…


In Wisconsin and around our country, the American Dream is under attack. Instead of creating much needed jobs, Conservatives are giving tax breaks to corporations and the very rich all while cutting funding for education, police, emergency response, and vital human services.

On Saturday, February 26, at noon local time, rallies will be organized in front of every statehouse and in every major city to stand in solidarity with the people of Wisconsin.




It feels as if every media outlet has lamented 21st century America’s declining fortunes and crisis of confidence. Still, it’s interesting to read German paper of record Der Spiegel‘s outsider perspective on…


Banana USA In a recent opinion piece in the New York Times, Nicholas D. Kristof reels off some key statistics in confirming what most Americans have suspected for years —the United States has now become the largest banana republic of it’s kind, with the largest slice of income going to the smallest group of oligarchs.

The richest 1 percent of Americans now take home almost 24 percent of income, up from almost 9 percent in 1976.

As Timothy Noah of Slate noted in an excellent series on inequality, the United States now arguably has a more unequal distribution of wealth than traditional banana republics like Nicaragua, Venezuela and Guyana.

Not really breaking news, but he includes several helpful links to recent studies demonstrating the emotional toll of striving to achieve the hyper-riches of the Bushes next door, through higher divorce rates and forced moves to hunt down the more lucrative positions.


Statue of Liberty Hit By LightningVia Metro (UK):

This is the moment the Statue of Liberty was hit by lightning — and caught on camera by a photographer who waited two hours in a storm-hit New York City.

New Yorker Jay Fine apparently waited more than 40 years for the shot before braving the storm last month in Manhattan’s Battery Park City.

The 58-year-old photographer caught the incredible snap — but it was a rather arduous process capturing the perfect picture.

He said: ‘I had been watching weather reports so I knew a storm was coming and it just seemed like a great opportunity.

‘I was ready and waiting and took 81 shots before finally getting this one.

‘I was shocked when I realised what had happened.

‘It was pure luck really, a once in a lifetime opportunity. It’s the first photograph of its kind I have ever seen.’



Mark Whitehouse encourages people to think it’s “okay” to default on their mortgages. In the Wall Street Journal of all places! PALMDALE, Calif. — Schoolteacher Shana Richey misses the playroom she decorated…