Posts Tagged ‘Public Policy’

Understanding Education “Reform”

Posted in Curated Links on February 5th, 2014 by Noebie – Be the first to comment

Deborah Meier writes at Talking Union about the greed behind the “new reform” movement in Education.

“Having failed time after time with vouchers—direct public funding of private schools, the new reformers saw a way around it. Their instincts also suggested that history favors reforms that make repeal difficult, almost impossible. So the motto is: move fast and thoroughly.”

Read the full article: Follow the money to understand education reform | Talking Union.

10 NSA Myths Debunked

Posted in Curated Links on January 17th, 2014 by Noebie – Be the first to comment

Peter Van Buren unpacks ten myths about NSA surveillance that need debunking.

Read here: You Can’t Opt Out: 10 NSA Myths Debunked | The Dissenter.

Pure Savagery

Posted in Video on January 10th, 2014 by Noebie – Be the first to comment


Professor Chomsky speaks on American politics’ descent into madness.

Why the Middle Should Care About the Bottom

Posted in Curated Links on January 10th, 2014 by Noebie – Be the first to comment

The middle has to care about the bottom because it represents how far our society will let someone fall.

Read the article: A Real Movement of the 99%—Don’t Look Down | Talking Union.

Poverty Got You Down? Call in the Guard.

Posted in Commentary, Curated Links on July 12th, 2013 by Noebie – Be the first to comment

Gun violence in Chicago has gotten so bad this summer that members of Congress (including Bobby Rush) are convening a “summit on urban violence,” and Illinois State Representative Monique Davis is demanding that Governor Quinn send in the National Guard “to protect our children so they can go to the park and swim and play and have a childhood.”

For his part, Mayor Rahm Emaunuel wants to continue to focus on “the four P’s – policing, parenting, prevention and penalties” as solutions to the problem. Considering the probable effects of His Honor’s war on children and teachers, they’re likely to need a lot more of the policing and penalties part of that equation in the near future.

I would humbly suggest that someone ought to begin focusing on the most important “P-Factor” relating to violence in our cities: POVERTY.

Keeanga Yamahtta Taylor, Cedric Johnson, Martha Biondi and Barbara Ransby take a look at the true roots of urban violence in their panel discussion presented at the Socialism 2013 Conference: Poverty Pulls the Trigger.

Click here for the MP3 Download from We Are Many.

Poverty can be a prison in itself

The Fight to Save the People’s Post Office

Posted in Audio, Curated Links on July 9th, 2013 by Noebie – Be the first to comment

Jamie Partridge, Melissa Rakestraw and Frank Couget speak on The Fight to Save the Post Office at Socialism 2013. Audio courtesy of We Are Many.

Click here to download the MP3.

Visit Community and Postal Workers United for more information.

The Obama Administration is Afraid of You

Posted in Curated Links on July 2nd, 2013 by Noebie – Be the first to comment

Snowden: “In the end the Obama administration is not afraid of whistleblowers like me, Bradley Manning or Thomas Drake. We are stateless, imprisoned, or powerless. No, the Obama administration is afraid of you. It is afraid of an informed, angry public demanding the constitutional government it was promised — and it should be.”

Read the Full Statement at Wikileaks: Statement from Edward Snowden in Moscow.

Glenn Greenwald on the NSA Story

Posted in Video on June 10th, 2013 by Noebie – Be the first to comment

Glenn Greenwald appeared on Morning Joe to discuss recent revelations concerning the NSA’s surveillance programs. I would urge you to watch the first 17 minutes.

You can see the full interview with Edward Snowden on the Guardian Website.

Solidarity With The Chicago Teachers

Posted in Other Content on September 10th, 2012 by Noebie – Be the first to comment

The Chicago Teachers Union is currently on the front lines of a fight to defend public education. You can show your support by making a contribution to their Solidarity Fund. Every dollar helps.

If you care about the future of public education in America, take a few minutes to read The Schools Chicago’s Students Deserve - a new study from the CTU which argues in favor of proven educational reforms to dramatically improve the education of more than 400,000 students in this district of 675 schools.


Download the Executive Summary

Dowload the Full Report

Contribute to the Solidarity Fund

The Super-Rich Have $32 Trillion in Offshore Tax Shelters

Posted in Commentary, Curated Links on July 23rd, 2012 by Noebie – Be the first to comment

The super-rich of The Earth had at least twenty-one trillion dollars hidden away in secret tax shelters at the end of 2010, according to a report just released by the Tax Justice Network. The number may be as high as $32 trillion – nearly half of the entire Gross World Product.

At least $21 trillion of unreported private financial wealth was owned by wealthy individuals via tax havens at the end of 2010. This sum is equivalent to the size of the United States and Japanese economies combined.

There may be as much as $32 trillion of hidden financial assets held offshore by high net worth individuals (HNWIs). according to our report The Price of Offshore Revisited, which is thought to be the most detailed and rigorous study ever made of financial assets held in offshore financial centres and secrecy structures.

We consider these numbers to be conservative. This is only financial wealth and excludes a welter of real estate, yachts and other non-fianncial assets owned via offshore structures.

This $32 trillion amounts to more than $4500 for every man, woman and child on the planet that has been squirreled away and not subject to taxation.

Less than 100,000 individuals accounted for nearly $10 trillion of the offshore wealth.

The report shows that when hidden wealth is taken into account, many so-called “debtor nations” are actually wealthy – but their wealth is being imprisoned offshore by the elites and bankers.

The Tax Justice Network is an independent organization launched in the British Houses of Parliament in March of 2003. It is dedicated to high-level research, analysis and advocacy in the field of tax and regulation.