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This Week in OtherWords: September 3-9, 2012

September 3, 2012 ·

This week, OtherWords addresses the dangers posed by the resounding lack of competition among the companies that control the smartphone market. Craig Aaron warns that AT&T is about to charge consumers more for less service and Sam Pizzigati explains that the windfalls extracted from Apple's patenting bonanza will pad its top executives' pockets. As always, I encourage you to subscribe to our weekly newsletter and visit our blog. If you haven't signed up yet, please do.
 
  1. The Six Stages of Climate Grief / Daphne Wysham
    I have discovered a new sixth stage, beyond acceptance of the truly depressing climate science: doing The Work.
  2. AT&T's Upside-Down World / Craig Aaron
    If we had actual competition for mobile phone services in America, AT&T's decision to charge you more for less would never fly.
  3. Indefensible: The Truth about Pentagon Spending / Suzie Dershowitz
    A mountain of misleading rhetoric from big Pentagon contractors has buried the facts.
  4. Losing Latino Votes / Raul A. Reyes
    The more we know about Ryan, the more obvious it becomes that he and Romney aren't a winning combination for America.
  5. Who's Really Winning the Smartphone Wars? / Sam Pizzigati
    We're letting top executives of giant corporations expropriate public "property" for private gain.
  6. The Koch Brothers' Moonshine / Jim Hightower
    The paper industry's titans have teamed up with practitioners of the legislative black arts to turn their sludge into a slick tax loophole.
  7. Sorry, You Can't Get There From Here / William A. Collins
    The United States has invested big time in roads, but not rails.
  8. Ryan at the Trough / Khalil Bendib (cartoon)
     Ryan at the Trough, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib
Labor Day Special: Week of August 27-September 2, 2012

August 27, 2012 ·

This OtherWords Labor Day Special features a wide range of commentaries addressing worker rights. Deborah Burger calls for better nurse-staffing ratios at the nation's hospitals, Amy Dean makes the case for accountability when companies getting tax breaks for being "job creators" don't create jobs, and Virginia Sole-Smith casts light on how Mary Kay exploits its own sales force.

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  1. The Lipstick Profiteers / Virginia Sole-Smith
    Mary Kay's biggest revenue source may be the dreams of its own pink-clad sales force.
  2. How to Safely Scale Down the Fiscal Cliff / Salvatore Babones
    A slow descent wouldn't be disastrous.
  3. Rooting out Fake Job Creators / Amy Dean
    Without serious accountability, the rallying cry for more "job creation" is likely to amount to nothing more than empty rhetoric.
  4. Healing our Health Care System / Deborah Burger
    Unsafe nurse-to-patient staffing levels are a key cause of 98,000 preventable deaths each year.
  5. A Bold New Call for a 'Maximum Wage' / Sam Pizzigati
    A national labor leader aims to expand the economic fairness debate.
  6. Percolate-Up Economics / Jim Hightower
    Every dime of a minimum-wage hike is spent by its recipients -- circulating upward in our local economies as they increase their purchases of such basics as food, kids' clothing, and health care.
  7. The Race to the Bottom / William A. Collins
    The American middle class isn't the envy of the world anymore.
  8. Hellish Working Conditions / Khalil Bendib (Cartoon)

Hellish Working Conditions, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib

The Lineup: Week of August 20-26, 2012

August 20, 2012 ·

This week, OtherWords features a column by Sam Pizzigati and Scott Klinger that explains how American taxpayers are subsidizing runaway CEO pay. As always, I encourage you to subscribe to our weekly newsletter and visit our blog. If you haven't signed up yet, please do.

  1. Fix the Minimum Wage / Elizabeth Rose
    Americans who work hard should be able to make a living.
  2. Washington, Are You Listening? / Mattea Kramer
    The Bush tax cuts siphon off money that could fund education and other crucial programs.
  3. Avoiding a 21st-Century Dust Bowl / Jim Harkness
    We need a Farm Bill that plants the seeds of resilience.
  4. David Barton's Make-Believe Version of American History / Mark Potok
    Despite the fact that he has no academic training in history or related fields at all, Barton has become the go-to man for much of the religious far right.
  5. We're All Subsidizing Free Lunches for America's CEOs / Scott Klinger and Sam Pizzigati
    It's time to close the tax loopholes that subsidize runaway executive compensation.
  6. Romney Runs away from his Running Mate / Jim Hightower
    If they were honest with voters, their bumper sticker would read: "Ryan-Romney 2012."
  7. Oh, Just Call Them Terrorists / William A. Collins
    Sooner or later, if citizens are going to support further wars and impingements on their own civil liberties, they need red meat.
  8. Belt-Tightening Time / Khalil Bendib (cartoon)
Belt-Tightening Time, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib
 

 

The Lineup: Week of August 13-19, 2012

August 13, 2012 ·

This week's OtherWords editorial package features an op-ed by Robert G. Gard, in which the retired lieutenant general urges Congress to take action to avoid the upcoming "fiscal cliff."

We're still getting letters for Donald Kaul, most of which are from readers of newspapers that picked up his column from this editorial service. Please check out this tribute by his old friend and former colleague, Van A. Tyson, on the OtherWords blog. As always, I encourage you to subscribe to our weekly newsletter. If you haven't signed up yet, please do.

  1. How Romney Could Blow Iowa / Andrew Korfhage
    The wind energy industry relies on a soon-to-expire tax credit that protects American jobs and our health.
  2. Steering Clear of the Iceberg Ahead / Lt. General (USA, Ret.) Robert G. Gard
    It's time for Congress to get real.
  3. Why We Need the Food from Family Farms Act / Ben Burkett
    Had Congress heeded our advice, farmers and taxpayers would be far better able to deal with a lack of grain, grass, and water from the drought.
  4. Fracking Exports / Deb Nardone
    Selling liquefied natural gas to foreign markets doesn't serve U.S. interests.
  5. The 64-Gazillion-Dollar Question / Sam Pizzigati
    A top authority on poverty has changed his mind about the urgency of fighting inequality.
  6. Drone on the Range / Jim Hightower
    Those very same pilotless, remote-controlled, undetectable planes that the CIA has been secretly using to spy on and bomb people in Pakistan and elsewhere are headed to our local police departments.
  7. Occupy Wall Street Paved the Way / William A. Collins
    When will the really huge crowds come out to the streets?
  8. Caution, Fiscal Cliff Ahead / Khalil Bendib (Cartoon)

Caution, Fiscal Cliff Ahead, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib

The Lineup: Week of August 6-12, 2012

August 6, 2012 ·

This week's OtherWords editorial package features an op-ed about the privatization of public schools by Jeff Bale and Sarah Knopp and a column by Jim Hightower regarding Wall Street's new efforts to extract the earnings of college grads.

Thanks for the many kind letters for Donald Kaul. My latest snapshot of these letters is on the OtherWords blog.

As always, I encourage you to subscribe to our weekly newsletter and visit our blog. If you haven't signed up yet, please do.

  1. Crashing the GDP / Vicky Plestis
    A harrowing road trip on the first day of my summer internship helped me get the point of my work on the Genuine Progress Indicator.
  2. The Separate-but-Equal Sale / Jeff Bale and Sarah Knopp
    While charter proponents claim that their schools are less bureaucratic, more efficient, and more effective, the evidence doesn't really back that up.
  3. Shortcut to Nowhere / Gabriel Thompson
    For desperate workers that turn to temp agencies for a step up, too often they find only quicksand.
  4. A Rotten Cop on the Beat / Roger Peace
    When one country polices the world, who polices the police?
  5. Grabbing Bigger Slices of Pie / Sam Pizzigati
    New research shows that we shouldn't swallow conservative claims about taxes.
  6. Turning College Students into a Commodity / Jim Hightower
    After graduation, students' incomes would be "attached" by financiers.
  7. Washington's Democratic Double-Standard / William A. Collins and Emily Schwartz Greco
    Uncle Sam isn't making much fuss over Latin America's law-breaking lawmakers.
  8. Privatizing Public Schools / Khalil Bendib (cartoon)

Privatizing Public Schools, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib.

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