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text Adam Smith as Philanthropist by Rudolf Walther
The market can only fulfill its technical function of coordination when its rules and mechanisms are politically fixed and governmentally monitored...Adam's Smith's theory has nothing to do with neoliberals and market radicals who preach the sleek state, low taxes for businesses, low wages and market, market, market. Quite the contrary!...
Posted: Fri Feb 23, 2018 6:39AM
text State Investments and the Public Sector by Patrick Schreiner and Kai Eicker Wolf
The public infrastructure is something positive, even from a business perspective. It is a kind of advance concession. It increases the entrepreneurial production potential and lowers the production costs. If state investments are trifling, this will have negative long-term effects on economic development....
Posted: Tue Feb 20, 2018 6:10AM
text Oakland weekly signature gathering events to repeal Costa-Hawkins Act by Lynda Carson
On Monday, February 19, Carroll Fife, Executive Director, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) in Oakland, said, “Our community kick-off event & signature gathering effort last Saturday to repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act was a big action. It was amazing. The signature gathering event was better than anticipated!...
Posted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 11:07PM
text Oakland activists are collecting signatures to repeal Costa-Hawkins Act by Lynda Carson
Oakland housing activists supporting a statewide ballot initiative to repeal the draconian Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act are collecting signatures to qualify the repeal measure for the November 2018 ballot, and will be having a community kick-off event & signature gathering, followed by lunch on Saturday, February 17th, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM....
Posted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 7:07PM
text National Alliance of HUD Tenants oppose Trump’s proposed budget cuts by Lynda Carson
In response to the proposed budget cuts to HUD, elected leaders of the National Alliance of HUD Tenants (NAHT) demanded immediate rejection by Congress of President Donald Trump’s 2019 budget request, which was released on February 12!...
Posted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:55PM
text Berkeley lied, the homeless paid by Mike Zint
A recent fire, a city employee lie, the press, and the result. The homeless get blamed for everything, just because they are homeless....
Posted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 9:01AM
text Violence leaves 750,000 children in Mosul struggling to access health services by Iraq Solidarity News (Al-Thawra)
As many as 750,000 children in Mosul and surrounding areas are struggling to access basic health services. While violence has subsided, less than 10 percent of health facilities in Ninewah governorate are functioning at full capacity. Those that are operational are stretched to breaking point....
Posted: Fri Feb 9, 2018 11:40PM
text A Year of Trump and Right-wing Populism by Conrad Schuhler
In the GOP tax bill, $5 trillion is given to households with over $1 million income. Seniors, the poor, children and students are attacked. The severe cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, HUD, Low Income Housing Tax Credits, SNAP, food stamps, WIC food assistance, Pell grants, the EPA, the Department of Education, the National Institute for Health and the Legal Corporation are sadistic. Are we headed back to the 11th century when narcissism and illiteracy were accepted and not overcome?...
Posted: Mon Feb 5, 2018 4:27AM
text A Response to Jessica York's Latest Sentinel San Lorenzo Campground Story by Robert Norse
Jessica York's front-page story in today's Scent Anal "Camp Cleanups Shuffle City's Homeless Population" breezes over the destruction of homeless property and survival gear. It does indicate that City bosses colluded with Cal-Trans in the latest "destroy their stuff" campaign. Those bosses, of course, would be City Manager Bernal, Police Chief Mills, P & R head Garcia, and nominally Mayor Terrazas). Perhaps it's just raw meat for the Next Door/Take Back Santa Cruz crowd, but it's criminal...
Posted: Sat Feb 3, 2018 9:24AM
text Last of California's nuclear power plants is on its way out by Michael Steinberg
Nuclear Shutdown News chronicles the decline and fall of the nuclear power industry in the US and beyond, and highlights the efforts of those who are working for a nuclear free future. Here is out January 2018 report:...
Posted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 3:35PM
text Deliberate Dysfunction? KPFA's Decade of Financial Mismanagement by by Daniel Borgström and Steve Gilmartin
And now today in 2018, the SK are openly calling for bankruptcy! What a coincidence! Who would've ever guessed! Now let's look at SK tactics, strategy. I mentioned the September 2005 minority report by Max Blanchet, the warning about excessive spending. Also in the same month of that same year, an email from Brian Edwards-Tiekert of SK was leaked; in it Brian had written to his group, "How do we make our enemies own the problems that are to come?" and that has been SK strategy all these ...
Posted: Sat Jan 27, 2018 2:44PM
text Liberalization of Public Service: A Democratic Achievement is Subjected to Competition by Christine Wicht and Carsten Lenz
Public service guarantees and influences the living conditions of our society and has a proven tradition in Germany of over 100 years. Privatizations have mainly led to private oligopolies which did not represent any improvements over state monopolies. The quality of secondary education may not depend on the income of the parents. Corporations evade their responsibility toward society but expect an intact infrastructure on which they can depend....
Posted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 7:34AM
text Tax Reform in the US: Trump's Attack on America by Soren Brandes
The tax reform of the Republicans is a blow against the welfare state. It strikes low-income persons and was prepared int he 1970s. The tax reform is profitable for Donald Trump but could cost the Republicans a re-election. The character of the tax heist (NY Times) can be understood with the help of the history of the Republican tax-cutting obsession. Public policy is different than sadism, greed and chaos....
Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 4:09AM
text Is Economic Speculation a Form of Structural Violence? by Rene Steenbock
According to neoclassical economic theory, the financial markets return to equilibrium. Problems only occur because of state intervention. Tulip bulbs were first an object of speculation at the start of the 17th century. The roaring twenties led to an enormous stock euphoria. Critics and admonishers were ignored or mocked and warning signals largely ignored. In 2018, corporations inflate their stocks in a $70 billion stock buy back program....
Posted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:11AM
text Why would honest men spread dishonest information about Pacifica's finances? by Steve Brown
The Pacifica interim executive director and CFA are pushing for Pacifica to go into bankruptcy despite the fact that the majority of the board are against bankruptcy....
Posted: Fri Jan 5, 2018 11:52AM
text Empire State Realty Trust investors have an interest in feud with the Pacifica Foundation by Lynda Carson
During October 2017, in favor of Empire State Realty Trust (ESRT), Judge Gerald Lebovits ruled with a summary judgement in a lawsuit against WBAI Radio and the Pacifica Foundation, over alleged unfair, unreasonable and exorbitant annual increases in the rent for situating the station’s transmitter at the top of the Empire State Building, in New York City....
Posted: Fri Jan 5, 2018 8:56AM
text Historian Robert Dallek examines President Franklin D. Roosevelt by Robert Dallek
Historian Robert Dallek examined the political acumen of President Franklin D. Roosevelt throughout his four presidential terms....
Posted: Mon Jan 1, 2018 3:30PM
text Sharing, not Killing by Friedhelm Hengsbach
Refused sharing and rediscovery of sharing are signs of this time. "This economy kills." So Pope Francis judges socio-economic conditions. Immigrants aren't the cause of inequality or trickle-down mythology. Taxing the rich is vital. With additional resources, workers would not feel threatened by immigrants. Eugene's all-volunteer Burrito Brigade recently passed its 100K burrito milestone...
Posted: Fri Dec 22, 2017 4:42AM
text UN Special Report on Poverty in SF, LA & Rest of USA by Register Peace & Freedom or Green
The initial report of the UN monitor on human rights standards in the USA has been published describing the horrors of life in San Francisco, Los Angeles and the rest of the USA for the 41 million people who officially live in poverty, including the 9 million with ZERO cash income....
Posted: Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:31PM
text What the State Can Do by Mariana Mazzucato and Karl Gaulhofer
The power of ideology is so great it easily causes a distorted perception of facts. Where money is spent is crucial, not the size of the public sector. The Internet, the touch screen, semi-conductors, GPS were developed with state risk capital. Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook and others cause revenue shortfalls when they shift their profits to tax havens. See "Base Erosion and Profit Shifting."...
Posted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 5:37AM