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Michal Rozworski: Beltway Bullshit, my interview with JW Mason on Bernie’s economics

My interview with JW Mason on how wonk critics of Sanders’ economic ideas reinforce low expectations was transcribed for Jacobin under the great title, “Beltway Bullshit.” Michal Rozworski: There’s been a big debate recently around Bernie Sanders’s economic ideas. It was precipitated by Gerald Friedman’s claim that Sanders’s plans would lead to 5 percent nominal economic growth over a […] . . . → Read More: Michal Rozworski: Beltway Bullshit, my interview with JW Mason on Bernie’s economics

Michal Rozworski: Podcast: Defending Bernie-nomics and debunking the housing market

  This week, I interview two guests on fairly different topics linked by the fact that they both give very effective debunkings of some mainstream economic thinking. First, I speak with JW Mason, economics professor at John Jay College in New York City, about the debate that has erupted around Bernie Sanders’ economic program. JW argues […] . . . → Read More: Michal Rozworski: Podcast: Defending Bernie-nomics and debunking the housing market

Michal Rozworski: Will Sanders’ rise be felt in Canada?

Co-written with Derrick O’Keefe and originally published at Ricochet. Even if he’s really only offering a pragmatic form of social democracy, Sanders has created a political space in the mainstream left that’s sorely missing in Canada. His insurgent campaign for the Democratic Party nomination has put inequality and systemic injustice front and centre in the […] . . . → Read More: Michal Rozworski: Will Sanders’ rise be felt in Canada?

Things Are Good: Abstinence Only Sex Education Loses Funding in the USA

President Obama has cut funding for abstinence only sex education in the 2017 federal budget. The lack of adequate sex education has led to health crises and too many unwanted pregnancies (which is made worse by places lacking proper rights for women) in the USA. It’s so bad in some of the states that documentaries […]

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Assange Illegally Detained by UK Police

The London police force has wasted millions of pounds on detaining Assange inside the Ecuadorian embassy for years. UN group reportedly backs Julian Assange 'unlawful detention' claim https://t.co/vgeXcKVWHl pic.twitter.com/5ziSJwBdpC — Wired UK (@WiredUK) February 4, 2016 The UN finding in favor of Julian Assange shows what many of us have already known. The UK must […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Assange Illegally Detained by UK Police

Politics, Re-Spun: Sanders’ Iowa “Win” and Clinton’s Entitlement

Clinton breathed a sigh of relief and spun the result: thanks for the “win.” This was no win. Despite the massive corporate media campaign to ignore Sanders, he did exceptionally well because he resonates with actual people. Democratic Results in Iowa » Pct. Delegates Hillary Clinton 49.9% 22 Bernie Sanders 49.6 21 Martin O’Malley … Continue reading Sanders’ Iowa “Win” and Clinton’s Entitlement

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mark a rayner: William Shatner’s Inaugural Address

(After Winning the First Post-Two-Party Presidential Election) Friends, Americans, Countrymen! Lend me your ears. I come to bury our two-party system, not praise it. I stand before you today, not as a conqueror, not as pop icon, but as your President. … . . . → Read More: mark a rayner: William Shatner’s Inaugural Address

mark a rayner: Happy Yanksgiving!

Alltop prefers roast opossum. Original photo by Doug Brown via Flickr. . . . → Read More: mark a rayner: Happy Yanksgiving!

Left Over: Don’t Send Us your Tired and Poor….

More than 30 U.S. states refusing Syrian refugees on ‘shaky legal ground’ In wake of Paris attacks, governors of at least 31 U.S. states announce plans to bar Syrian refugees By Matt Kwong, CBC News Posted: Nov 18, 2015 3:02 PM … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Left Over: Don’t Send Us your Tired and Poor….

Left Over: Canadian Kindness Trumps Captain Combover

Syrian refugee family to benefit from couple cancelling big wedding Samantha Jackson, Farzin Yousefian accepted donations in lieu of gifts when they tied the knot at city hall CBC News Posted: Nov 19, 2015 7:50 PM ET Last Updated: Nov … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Left Over: Canadian Kindness Trumps Captain Combover

Politics, Re-Spun: Islamophobia: Donald Trump Reveals His Inner Hitler

Racist. Ignorant. Clueless. Donald Trump has just levelled up. He has acquired his Hitler badge and is proudly displaying it for all to see. You’re fired. Denounce the Donald. Send this to everyone; we all need to denounce him and the Republican horse he rode in on. Donald Trump said tonight he’d implement a database … Continue reading Islamophobia: Donald Trump Reveals His Inner Hitler

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Things Are Good: Keystone XL is Done, COP 21 Set to Start

You probably already heard the good news about the end of Keystone XL with Obama killing the proposal. This is a good symbolic step in ending the exploitation of the tar sands in Alberta, plus this comes just a few weeks before COP21.

COP21 is the upcoming United Nations climate change conference which is set to run from Nov. 30 to Dec.11. In the light of Keystone being killed it gives people hope that Obama will actually do something about climate change.

On the Canadian side of the border Prime Minster Trudeau (who loves pipelines, sigh) has cast Catherine (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: John Oliver Does The Canadian Election

And he comes out strong against Stephen Harper. This video is a cultural event.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: John Oliver Does The Canadian Election

And he comes out strong against Stephen Harper. This video is a cultural event.

The Disaffected Lib: As Clear as Mud

In under 2-minutes, the BBC explains who is fighting whom in Syria. It’s as clear as mud.

Things Are Good: Light Rail Bringing Massive Change to American Cities

Let’s face it: driving sucks.

Car traffic is bad for everyone and a lot of American cities have caught on to this. As a result, more light rail is being built throughout the USA, recently Pheonix residents voted to back more light rail with a tax hike.

What’s pushing this? It turns out that the awfulness of the commute, more cities adopting good public transit policy, and increased urbanization.

The future of light rail looks bright!

“Light rail” is a broad term that means a passenger rail system with tram-style cars—as opposed to “heavy rail” subways, as in New York (Read more…)

Things Are Good: Redistribute Neighbourhoods Instead of Wealth

People hate taxes despite the fact that basically every person who studies economics knows they are needed and a great way to spur economic success. Despite the fact taxes are needed and good at helping poorer people in society, taxes are hated.

As a result, some researchers in the USA have looked into alternative ways to help poor people escape poverty. One solution is to change the way we help neighbourhoods rather than looking at taxes.

More Americans live in high-poverty areas than ever in history, defined usually as places where more than 30% to 40% of residents are below (Read more…)

Michal Rozworski: Podcast: The challenge of Sanders and Corbyn to the extreme centre

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Over the past year, unlikely challengers have emerged to the dominant politics of the center-left in both the US and the UK. Jeremy Corbyn is looking increasingly poised to win the leadership of the UK Labour Party next month. Meanwhile, on this side of the Atlantic, Bernie Sanders keeps rising in the polls, drawing large crowds and making Hillary Clinton’s coronation as Democratic presidential candidate a bit uncertain. Both Sanders and Corbyn are silver-haired, decades-long parliamentarians identified with a marginalized left and would have been at home in pre-1970s social democracy. After years (Read more…)

Things Are Good: Finally Americans Are Eating Less

The obesity problem in the USA may start to shrink. After years of constantly increasing they caloric intake Americans seem to be getting the message that eating too much can be bad for you. This is the first year that caloric intake has decreased and hopefully it’s a trend of things to come.

As calorie consumption has declined, obesity rates appear to have stopped rising for adults and school-aged children and have come down for the youngest children, suggesting the calorie reductions are making a difference. … The reversal appears to stem from people’s growing realization that they were harming (Read more…)

Things Are Good: White House Planning to Close Guantanamo Bay’s Infamous Torture Centre

Guantanamo Bay on the beautiful island of Cuba sounds like a great place if you don’t know anything about it.

We do know what happens there and it’s immoral and likely illegal (probably even worthy of investigation by the International Criminal Court which the USA hasn’t ratified). The USA has been operating a prison there which is internationally known for shackling prisoners to floors, hunger strikes, and of course torture. As a result of the inhumane practices at Guantanamo Bay America’s “war on terror” has been mocked because it raises the question about who is causing the terror.

President Obama (Read more…)

Things Are Good: Coal Continues to Falter

Coal was a great power source at the turn of the last century because it was easy to transport and plentiful. The obvious problem is that it basically kills the planet when you burn it and that’s not going to change despite the whole ‘clean coal’ propaganda. The good news is as we enter the 21st century coal is losing out to better energy sources. This is great because coal is the worse thing ever.

Slate has an article looking into the fall of coal and notes that less-destructive natural gas is being used. We need to curb the use (Read more…)

Things Are Good: We Need to Hold Banks Accountable (again)

The financial sector is like a hydra and we need to get it under control. The bad news is that bankers have been able to get away with some unethical practices for the last decade or so. The good news is that finally American politicians are taking notice of this and are talking about what to do.

This discourse is needed now while the banks are stable to try to ensure that the their crazy actions don’t lead to yet another financial boondoggle.

Yes, the banks are back. As the New York Times’s Neil Irwin reported, employment has returned (Read more…)

Politics, Re-Spun: An Analogy For Understanding Violent Protest In Baltimore

Let’s say you live in an apartment building, and the only way to buy groceries was to order them and have them delivered to your apartment.

Everyone is told “To place your order, simply call this toll free number, state your name, address, and what you want to purchase.” The cost of the groceries is automatically withdrawn from your bank account, and then the groceries are delivered.

For the people living in apartments ending in the numbers 1-3, this is exactly what happens, almost 100% of the time. On the very rare occasions the groceries don’t arrive, the customer (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: The Generals are Talking – That’s Rarely a Good Thing.

The top brass is getting restive and they’re looking for a bit of mass mayhem.

This might be news to you but Russia has an Academy of Geopolitical Problems. The president of the academy, Konstantin Sivkov, wears a uniform with the insignia of a three star general.

Comrade Sivkov thinks he has an answer to NATO’s steady encroachment right up to Russia’s doorstep – America’s backyard – the San Andreas Fault and Yellowstone national park to be specific.  He thinks that all Russia has to do is pop a good size nuke into the fault and another into Yellowstone and (Read more…)

CuriosityCat: Why I want Elizabeth Warren as the next US President

Senator Elizabeth Warren: The Voice of the Left

It’s time for a progressive, highly educated, intelligent, tough as nails, committed liberal to inhabit the White House one President Obama moves on to other things.

And the article in Politicosums up why I think Warren would make a great president for that powerful nation: Warren didn’t have to struggle to define herself; she entered the Senate with instant credibility. Her rhetoric doesn’t soar like Kennedy’s, but its articulation of progressive valuesis just as unabashed, as in this campaign upbraiding to go-it-alone conservatives: “There is nobody in this country who (Read more…) . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Why I want Elizabeth Warren as the next US President