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All Together Now – 11.16.17

“Eleanor LeCain talks about the successful organizing models in Maine for health care, higher minimum wage, education, and home care for seniors that can help inspire and guide people in other states, with Taryn Hallweaver, Legislative Director of the Maine People’s Alliance.” Download this episode (right click and save)

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Economic Update – Addiction, Capitalism and 12 Steps – 07.09.17

Updates on car loans, sales showing falsity of “recovery” claims, airline profits vs service, the G-20 meetings coordinate global austerity, July 4 and capitalism, and the misleading debate over raising minimum wages and losing jobs. Interview with Dr. Harriet Fraad on connections among addictions, capitalism and 12-step programs. Download this episode (right click and save)

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Leid Stories—Virginia, San Francisco Shootings Are No ‘Ordinary’ Crimes—06.15.17

A practice baseball game yesterday in Alexandria, Va., was to have been a warmup for the real thing today at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. The bipartisan charity event will go on as scheduled, even though James Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old Illinois man, could have scuttled the game entirely. Hodgkins, said to be an avowed Trump critic, turned up at the …

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Expat Files – 06.02.17

#1- The Secret Life of a Latin Maid (muchacha): what do they talk about when they get together. Do they talk about you, her employer? Of course they do but what can they be saying behind your back? #2- Those ridiculously low Latin American wages: yes they vary a bit from country to country but are by our standards beyond …

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Alternative Visions – Is the US Economy Deteriorating? + Is Trump Really President? – 05.05.17

Jack Rasmus looks at some contrarian negative indicators that the US economy is stumbling: reports show productivity and fixed investment are nearly stagnant. Bank loans in 2017 are growing less than 3% compared to 10% in 2014-16, retail sales are negative last two months, the worst since 2010. Auto sales are declining three months in a row, worst since 2008. …

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Warrior Connection-01.22.17

The January 22th edition of Warrior Connection was a interesting discussion with journalist and historian Paul Woods of the Champaign (Illinois) News Gazette about his series of interviews featuring veterans from WW2 to the present for his weekly column “THOSE WHO SERVED” published every Monday. Video and written versions of his interviews are at www.news-gazette.com. We hope that Paul can turn this informative series into a book on military veterans history.

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Richard Eskow – Behind the Job Numbers, Millions Are Being Left Behind

A team of political scientists, writing in the Washington Post, concluded that “Trump supporters who are struggling economically perceive U.S. economic performance overall to be much worse than it actually is.” Those voters believed that the unemployment rate is three times higher than the official number, and these new figures aren’t likely to change that. “It is noteworthy,” the researchers …

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Lauren McCauley – McDonald’s Settlement Could Open Door for Worker Wins Nationwide

Burger behemoth McDonald’s has reportedly reached a settlement with hundreds of franchise employees in California, which campaigners and attorneys are saying could be a precedent-setting development in the fight for fair wages. In the settlement, revealed in a Friday filing in a U.S. district court in San Francisco, McDonald’s agreed to pay a total of $3.75 million in back pay …

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This Loophole Ends the Privacy of Social Security Numbers

Federal law is supposed to protect the privacy of your Social Security number from government inquiries — but apparently that doesn’t extend to a check on whether you’ve paid back taxes and child support. In a decision with worrying implications for those who oppose a single national identification number, a divided federal appeals court has rejected a lawyer’s refusal to …