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This Week in OtherWords: February 20, 2013

February 20, 2013 ·

This week in OtherWords, Donald Kaul puts the brutality of drone warfare into historical context, Jill Richardson explains why you should compost and replace your lawn, and Jim Hightower says that a $9 minimum wage would still be too low.

Below you’ll find links to our latest work. If you haven’t already subscribed to our weekly newsletter, please do. 

  1. These Laws Make Me Want to Gag / Will Potter
    States are adopting laws meant to keep consumers in the dark about where their food comes from.
  2. Presidential Distortion / Peter Hart
    The message we’ve been hearing from the mainstream media about Obama’s push for a renewed brand of liberalism is flagrantly false.
  3. New World Disorder / Donald Kaul
    Modern warfare is an exercise in savagery.
  4. Segregation 2.0 / Sam Pizzigati
    America’s residential divide now goes beyond race.
  5. Lose Your Lawn / Jill Richardson
    Turning your lawn into something more beautiful and useful would save time and money while curbing pollution and water usage.
  6. Putting Some Real Pop in Populism / Jim Hightower
    Washington should do more than the minimum on minimum wage
  7. Downwardly Mobile Nation / William A. Collins
    America’s working class has been magically transformed into the working poor.
  8. Minimum Wage, Maximum Drama / Khalil Bendib cartoon

     Minimum Wage, Maximum Drama, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib

This Week in OtherWords: February 13, 2013

February 13, 2013 ·

This week in OtherWords, John Cavanagh explains why President Obama's State of the Union address falls short, Ben Freeman says that scaling back the Pentagon's budget isn't just for progressives any more, and Donald Kaul skewers the latest Republican antics.

Please be sure to visit our blog. We've got a bonus commentary by Jim Hightower regarding the hilariously lavish (except that we taxpayers have to foot the bill) bathroom renovation ordered by George W. Bush's Secretary of the Interior. And Alana Baum's post about V-Day — a global movement to stop violence against women. Plus reflections by Rabbi Leila Gal Berner on the arrest of Sarah Silverman's sister in Jerusalem for wearing a prayer shawl and worshiping at the Western Wall.

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  1. No Game-Changer / John Cavanagh
    Obama's State of the Union address nudged the debate in the right direction, but not far enough.
  2. Mission Essential / Ben Freeman
    Pentagon pork is too easy to push through Congress.
  3. It’s Time to Move Forward on Climate / Michael Brune
    President Obama has the power to make the transformation to a clean-energy economy.
  4. What about Gun Control Abroad? / Riahl O’Malley
    The killing of four Hondurans by local police backed by DEA agents highlights the gruesome effects of our militarized War on Drugs.
  5. Bulwark of Ignorance / Donald Kaul
    Republicans are calling for a "compromise" as they gear up for another knock-down-drag-out fight.
  6. A More Down-to-Earth CEO Pay Plan / Sam Pizzigati
    Tree-huggers and power suits are finding some surprising common ground.
  7. Another Side of the Immigration Debate / Jill Richardson
    We reap the benefits of cheap farm and meatpacking labor in the form of low-priced food, thanks to the contributions of millions of undocumented workers.
  8. Retail Injustice / Jim Hightower
    Most big retail chains treat their employees as nothing but a drain on profits.
  9. Betting on Gambling / William A. Collins
    Rather than treating the growing addiction to gambling, the states prey on it.
  10. Federal Budget Buster’s Last Stand / Khalil Bendib cartoon

Emily Schwartz Greco is the managing editor of OtherWords, a non-profit national editorial service run by the Institute for Policy Studies OtherWords.org

This Week in OtherWords: February 6, 2013

February 6, 2013 ·

This week in OtherWords, Jill Richardson explains what’s wrong with most of the roses that populate our Valentine’s Day bouquets, Don Kraus proposes a great Valentine for women everywhere, and Donald Kaul sizes up the latest inaction on gun control.

This is Kaul’s third column on guns since his return from a five-month break. As I explained in an earlier blog post, the first one was widely quoted out of context. That generated a torrent of hate mail, to which Kaul responded with a follow-up column.

I would like to take this opportunity to RSVP to the hundreds of people who invited Donald Kaul to go visit you in person and take your guns away. He sends his regrets. And while I’m speaking on his behalf, I’d like to thank the NRA for including him on its blindingly long list of gun-control advocates. Yes Wayne LaPierre, Donald Kaul is certainly as important in this fight as the CEO of Stoneyfield Farms Yogurt and actress Catherine Zeta-Jones.

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  1. The. Very. Best. Valentine. Ever. / Don Kraus
    The United States is one of only seven countries not to ratify a landmark international agreement that affirms principles of fundamental human rights and equality for women.
  2. Zero Dark Thirty’s Losing Premise / Chris Toensing
    Torture doesn’t “work” but that’s not the point.
  3. Stronger At Home, More Respected Abroad / Jeff Blum
    We must cut the things we don’t need, including Pentagon pork, to pay for the things we do.
  4. Banning Assault Weapons Makes More Sense than Arming Teachers / Donald Kaul
    If what you need weapons for is to fight the government, semi-automatics don’t cut it.
  5. The Ever-So-Brief Success of the Income Tax / Sam Pizzigati
    Federal taxes, once upon a time, put a squeeze on grand fortunes.
  6. A Better Way to Say I Love You / Jill Richardson
    Most of the roses sold in the United States are grown in Colombia and Ecuador, where they are doused with toxic pesticides.
  7. High Time for Hemp / Jim Hightower
    This commonsense crop should become commonplace in the United States again.
  8. The Road Back to Serfdom / William A. Collins
    Today’s robber barons have little interest in long-term, full-time employees.
  9. Free Trade Economics 101 / Khalil Bendib cartoon

Emily Schwartz Greco is the managing editor of OtherWords, a non-profit national editorial service run by the Institute for Policy Studies OtherWords.org

This Week in OtherWords: January 30, 2013

January 30, 2013 ·

This week in OtherWords, we’re mixing food and politics. Wenonah Hauter skewers the government’s lackadaisical regulation of genetically engineered salmon, Jill Richardson calls for a fresh outlook on the relationship between weight and health, Jim Harkness asks whether the Farm Bill has met its demise, and Jim Hightower urges cubicle captives to stop using their keyboards as lunch trays. Donald Kaul, William A. Collins, Alana Baum, and I discuss Obama’s inauguration from different angles.

Below you’ll find links to our latest work. If you haven’t already subscribed to our weekly newsletter, please do. 

  1. The End of the Farm Bill? / Jim Harkness
    We must build a new policy framework for a fair, sustainable, and healthy food system.
  2. Don’t Put a Fork in It / Wenonah Hauter
    Despite consumer opposition, the FDA is one step away from approving genetically engineered salmon.
  3. Dumped by Time Warner Cable / Josh Stearns
    The story of independent voices struggling to gain a place in our media system is all too common.
  4. Why I’m Singing the Inauguration Blues / Alana Baum
    Like Paul Ryan and Henry Marsh, I had a bad day on the mall.
  5. Obama’s Battle Hymn of the Republic / Donald Kaul
    When he tried conciliation, all he got from the Republicans was implacable hostility, unyielding obstructionism, and insults.
  6. Hogging the Global Pie / Sam Pizzigati
    The richest 100 people in the world are earning much more than enough to end the world’s worst poverty.
  7. Fat Demons / Jill Richardson
    There are no shortcuts to health.
  8. Step Away from That Desk / Jim Hightower
    Don’t let your boss steal your lunch break.
  9. Uttering the G Word / Emily Schwartz Greco and William A. Collins
    Conservatives will miss gay-bashing as an electoral strategy.
  10. Fishy Genes / Khalil Bendib cartoon

Emily Schwartz Greco is the managing editor of OtherWords, a non-profit national editorial service run by the Institute for Policy Studies OtherWords.org

This Week in OtherWords: January 23, 2013

January 23, 2013 ·

This week in OtherWords, Ron Carver puts today’s gun control debate into a personal and historical context, drawing on his experience on the front lines of the civil rights movement in the 1960s, and research into what prompted the Founders to enshrine the right to bear arms in our Constitution. Donald Kaul finds a striking similarity between the Manti Te’o scandal and the Republican Party’s fantasies, Sam Pizzigati explains what’s wrong with the Washington Beltway’s new “Lexus lanes,” and Martha Burk describes a new advantage French women have over their American sisters.

On our blog, you’ll find my summary of seven steps President Obama can take if he wants to belatedly embrace a progressive agenda, and Sarah Anderson’s four practical suggestions raising much-needed revenue.

Below you’ll find links to our latest work. If you haven’t already subscribed to our weekly newsletter, please do.

  1. Second Amendment Vigilantes / Ron Carver
    It’s a myth that the right to bear arms stemmed from the Founders’ wish that Americans be free to stage an armed rebellion against our own government, should it become tyrannical.
  2. Border Fears Riddled with Holes / Raul A. Reyes
    Despite the rhetoric from immigration hardliners, we are indeed securing our borders.
  3. Making Caregiving Count in France / Martha Burk
    French women who take time off to have kids won’t get a big fat zero in their Social Security accounts like most of their sisters in the United States.
  4. A Chance to Invest in TV News / Jason Salzman
    TV stations should say, “we’re sick of gross political ads, too, and we’re going to hire reporters with our election-year ad windfall.”
  5. Forget Fake Girlfriends, Republicans Have an Imaginary President / Donald Kaul
    One of our major political parties has become infected with the Notre Dame virus.
  6. The Capital of Inequality / Sam Pizzigati
    The Washington region’s increasingly rich elite are now zipping along in Lexus lanes.
  7. Coke Still Needs to Get Real / Jill Richardson
    The soda giant’s slick campaign to make us think its products are getting healthier might change public perceptions — but it won’t make soda good for you.
  8. Duck and Cover 2.0 / Jim Hightower
    The police-industrial complex aims to deploy thousands of domestic drones in the next few years.
  9. The High Cost of Free Trade / William A. Collins
    Negotiations over the new Trans-Pacific Partnership are secret — not even members of Congress get to see the drafts.
  10. Automatic Congressional Allegiance / Khalil Bendib Cartoon


    Emily Schwartz Greco is the managing editor of OtherWords, a non-profit editorial service run by the Institute for Policy Studies. OtherWords.org

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