Reading Time: 3 minutes With the announced merger between Comcast and Time Warner drawing the ire of cable consumer activists, it’s worth noting the surprisingly candid words of a Comcast founder just months before the announcement.
Reading Time: 4 minutes In the third installment of our three-part look at underreported aspects of Climate Chaos, we cover a Washington conference which revealed terrifying new dimensions of the problem…but couldn’t quite get around to causes and cures.
Reading Time: 7 minutes Washington won’t act to slow the chaos of climate change, even as the Navy prepares to patrol an open Arctic Ocean and the oil industry pushes to be able to start drilling in newly ice-free Arctic waters.
Part two of a three-part WhoWhatWhy investigation.
Reading Time: 11 minutes As the Obama administration weighs approval of TransCanada Corporation’s contentious Keystone XL pipeline project, the impacts of huge tar sands oil spills in Michigan and Arkansas raise questions about the true cost to human health and the environment—and the high cost and difficulty of cleanup. Part of 1 of a 2-part Series
Reading Time: 5 minutes As Cairo burns and the American president tries to say anything but “coup”, the Washington chatterati are agreed that Egypt is just too precious a commodity to give up in the name of human rights. They’re right, but geopolitics has less to do with it than profits.
Reading Time: 11 minutes A posthumous book shows that government and the market aren’t the only choices. It turns out there’s a third way: the commons. And we all own it.
Reading Time: 6 minutes Russ Baker interviews Jonathan Frieman, who took an unusual stand against corporate personhood. Frieman was stopped in October by a sheriff in Marin County (a San Francisco suburb)—for driving solo in the lane for high-occupancy vehicles. He then pulled out corporate papers and argued that he was traveling with another person—since corporations count as persons. In January, he got his day in court. He didn’t win, but he did show how creative approaches can make people pay attention. His action drew local and national media coverage.
Reading Time: 1 minute Here’s another in a series of videos—providing a view of fracking quite different from that of the gas industry, with its expensive campaign of sunny ads.
Reading Time: 27 minutes A magazine-length, must-read story of hackers, leakers, democracy advocates, spies, cops, banks, lobbyists, WikiLeaks, the future of the Internet…and quite possibly of our democracy.
Reading Time: 1 minute We all are exposed to plenty of propaganda from the gas industry. In the spirit of inquiry and fairness, here’s some decidedly less slick video—from the folks on the other side.
Reading Time: 4 minutes A few things to unsettle you. Hey! No need to thank us. (Oh, and a few things you can do to settle right back.)
Reading Time: 9 minutes What do you do when you don’t trust the state or federal government to protect your community from a powerful industry that you believe threatens your health, your quality of life, and your financial future? One option: Make what the industry does a crime. Here, we look at one small community that is taking a stand—and hoping a symbolic step becomes a catalyst for bigger things.
Reading Time: 4 minutes The fiscal crisis offers ample opportunities for finger-pointing. Let’s be sure we’re not using it simply to advance an agenda, and try to keep our eye on those who (almost) always get their way.
Reading Time: 5 minutes Those who make a fortune selling guns are doing the obligatory show of sensitivity. They know that if they can just keep their heads down, it will all blow over, and they’ll be back in clover soon enough.
Reading Time: 1 minute This climate change item, when we first ran it in February, generated….pardon the expression…heated debate. Now, with yet another freakish weather event in Hurricane Sandy, we thought we’d put it out there again.
Reading Time: 7 minutes You may not have seen the “Irina” video. But millions have. Could this criticism of Obama on Israel, Iran and terrorism itself be a dirty trick with a hidden, unrelated purpose? See what you think.
Reading Time: 3 minutes Is the promise of jobs enough to make people gamble with their health and their lives? Oil companies appear to be betting so—and gulf state legislators are only too happy to help.
Reading Time: 3 minutes Exclusive Video: Gen. Wesley Clark calls for movement to fight big oil and its ability to determine foreign policy and drive wars.
Reading Time: 2 minutes Are you good with 100 percent of the money you give for disease research being kept by the telemarketer who called you? Didn’t think so.
Reading Time: 3 minutes More evidence that Osama bin Laden was an excuse for perpetual war, and grabbing mineral resources.