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Wednesday, 03 February 2010 05:06

Twitter's Communications Evolution

by Andrew Lehman of Andrew Lehman Design, Ltd.

An article in the November 9 NY Times, "Refining the Twitter Explosion", described changes that Twitter programmers are making to Twitter, changes that are taking steps toward a dramatic realignment of our society.

The article noted that in January 2009, daily traffic was 2.4 million transmissions, but it grew to 26 million tweets by October.  Then, the writer Noam Cohen noted the importance of geographic location to high quality information: "Improvements like geolocation have the potential to make the Internet suddenly relevant to society as it is lived, not just relevant to what happens online."

by Olga Pierce, ProPublica

Last week in his State of the Union address, President Obama announced a spending freeze. This week, he unveiled a budget that would increase federal spending by 5 percent over this fiscal year’s budget and increase the federal deficit to a record-breaking $1.56 trillion.

What gives?

by Lawrence S. Wittner

       Decades ago, rightwingers began championing cuts in income taxes for
the rich and -- when that lowered government revenue -- turned around
and claimed that government could no longer "afford" to maintain vital
public services like education and healthcare.  Unfortunately, in an
effort to curry favor with the wealthy and their corporations, many
state and national office-holders began to adopt the rightwing's
tax-cutting model.  In New York State, the tax rate for top income
earners was reduced from over 15 percent to less than half that
amount.  On the federal level, it plummeted from 91 percent (in the
early 1960s) to 35 percent (today).  As a result of such policies --
and of rising expenditures on the military -- there was a lot less
government revenue left for public services, and they were slashed

Tuesday, 02 February 2010 06:27

Don’t Call It a “Defense” Budget


By Norman Solomon

    This isn’t “defense.”

    The new budget from the White House will push U.S. military spending well above $2 billion a day.

    Foreclosing the future of our country should not be confused with defending it.

    “Unless miraculous growth, or miraculous political compromises, creates some unforeseen change over the next decade, there is virtually no room for new domestic initiatives for Mr.

Sunday, 31 January 2010 01:33

The Source of Corporate Power


By Robert C. Koehler

“If the First Amendment has any force, it prohibits Congress from fining or jailing citizens, or associations of citizens, for simply engaging in political speech.”

The words are those of Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, writing for the majority in last week’s landmark Supreme Court decision marking some sort of culmination in the long corporate trek to personhood.


By Winslow Myers

There is big money in polarization, as Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and
other media kingpins understand all too well. But one of the many
tragic by-products of our polarized political culture is the
demonization of conservatives by progressives.


Her memoir, ‘Why I Stayed: The Choices I Made In My Darkest Hour,’ takes readers on a three-year odyssey from the depths of despair, to the former mega-pastor’s being ‘cured’ of his homosexual ‘compulsions.’  

By Bill Berkowitz

The mega-takeaways from Gayle Haggard’s new memoir about the trials and tribulations she went through after her husband Ted’s involvement with a gay prostitute and his solicitation of drugs came to light in November 2006, a

by Dafna Linzer, ProPublica 

For anyone wondering how one of President Obama’s signature pledges seemed to unravel between Monday and Friday, here’s a look at the week that was.

Savvy readers of The New York Times may have noticed a letter to the editor in Tuesday’s edition, co-signed by three city council members including the speaker, the chairman of the Public Safety Committee and the chairwoman of the Lower Manhattan Redevelopment Committee. One month after the Christmas Day terror plot aboard a Detroit-bound flight, all three city officials came out against trials for five alleged Sept. 11 conspirators in Manhattan. The officials’ letter was in response to a speculative article, which ran a week earlier, about possibilities for moving the trial 800 yards out of Manhattan, to nearby Governors Island.

On Wednesday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg publicly reversed his earlier support for the administration’s trial plan and -- backing the city council members -- also called for the trials to be moved out of Manhattan. It’s hard to overstate the damage that Bloomberg’s position has inflicted on the White House’s efforts to put Khalid Sheikh Mohammed on trial in New York, as the Justice Department announced last November that it planned to do.

Thursday, 28 January 2010 09:00

CIA and Intelligence Community Mythologies


By Mel Goodman

It is time for serious soul-searching regarding the role of the CIA and the intelligence community.

The man who dressed as a pimp and was responsible for a series of surreptitious videos ‘exposing’ ACORN may wind up in the company of real pimps if he is convicted and serves time for being part of a plot to tamper with the phones in the office of Senator Mary Landrieu.
By Bill Berkowitz
On his way into the offices of ACORN (the Association of Community Organization for Reform Now), dressed in a pimped-out outfit circa the 1970s -- fur jacket, cane, and fedora hat -- James O’Keefe looked conf

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