24 Apr 2013

Murder by another name

Pictured above: business and economics correspondent for Slate, Mathew Yglesias, standing under what appears to be a fire alarm. A response to Matthew Yglesias‘ musings on Bangladesh, outsourcing, and the murder of 87 garment workers. Originally from the Seattle Free Press. “Where’s my mother? Where’s my mother?” cried Rana Ahmed as she

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25 Sep 2012

Mobility, the 47%, and the Myth of Opportunity

Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney poses with business partners at Bain Capital “…there are 47 percent [of Americans]… who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to

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25 Sep 2012

The Chicago Teachers Strike and the Privatization of a Generation

CTU Delegates voted this week to end the 7 day long strike which had effectively shut down all of Chicago’s public schools. The decision comes after the latest round of negotiations between Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union succeeded in reaching a deal that negotiators felt they could

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27 Jun 2012

Will the Department of Justice Get Their Way in Seattle?

For the full, original article, feel free to visit the Trial by Fire. Seattle firefighters walk toward a torched Seattle Police Department vehicle. Seattle City attorneys officially threw down the gauntlet with the Department of Justice last week, filing court documents which challenged the “reliability and trustworthiness” of a recent

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11 Jun 2012

Recall in Wisconsin – the Alternative Was Worse

Recall in Wisconsin – the Alternative Was Worse For the full, original article, feel free to visit the Trial by Fire. The votes are in: republican Governor Scott Walker has survived his much publicized recall election, besting his Democratic opponent, Tom Barrett, by a sound 9 point margin. In his victory speech,

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22 Feb 2012

Can Campaign Finance Reform Save Us?

For the full, original article, feel free to visit the Trial by Fire: “As Americans read about the flood of private money that is going into the current presidential campaign, most can’t help but shake their heads in disgust about how our democracy functions. ”With all the talk about changing

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06 Feb 2012

Arizona set to abolish public unions

For the full, original article, feel free to visit the Trial by Fire. Arizona sate employees’ unions were caught off guard this week with news that the state’s republican controlled senate was passing a series of bills which, amongst other provisions, would completely ban unions from engaging in any negotiation

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20 Dec 2011

Occupy Wall Streets Next Steps – Part 2 – How to Win a Fight with the 1%

For the full, original article, feel free to visit the Trial by Fire. Over the past month, Occupy Wall Street has  chalked up a large number of bold actions against both government and private authorities; it has led an attempted general strike, raucous marches, occupations of banks and abandoned buildings, disruptions of political speeches

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29 Nov 2011

Occupy Wall Street’s Next Steps – Part 1

“Direct Action is a method by which we ordinary people achieve specific political and economic goals, without having to rely on so-called experts – be they politicians, lawyers or businessmen. In this way, together, we confront the powers which oppress us, and take targeted actions against them to win our demands.” – Trial by Fire Occupy

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09 Jul 2011

Nuclear Power

For the full, original article, feel free to visit the Trial by Fire. A report released this week by the Associated Press detailed extensive Tritium leaks at Nuclear Power facilities across the U.S., bolstering some critic’s arguments that Nuclear power is not a viable means of providing safe, sustainable energy. Tritium – an isotope of hydrogen

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