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Greed and Debt: The True Story of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital

By Matt Taibbi
August 29, 2012 7:00 AM ET

The great criticism of Mitt Romney, from both sides of the aisle, has always been that he doesn’t stand for anything. He’s a flip-flopper, they say, a lightweight, a cardboard opportunist who’ll say anything to get elected.

The critics couldn’t be more wrong. Mitt Romney is no tissue-paper man. He’s closer to being a revolutionary, a backward-world version of Che or Trotsky, with tweezed nostrils instead of a beard, a half-Windsor instead of a leather jerkin. His legendary flip-flops aren’t the lies of a bumbling opportunist – they’re the confident prevarications of a man untroubled by misleading the nonbeliever in pursuit of a single, all-consuming goal. Romney has a vision, and he’s trying for something big: We’ve just been too slow to sort out what it is, just as we’ve been slow to grasp the roots of the radical economic changes that have swept the country in the last generation.

 

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Obama in Pittsburgh: Peace Action: STOP DRONE ATTACKS | FUND PITTSBURGH TRANSIT

People have to have heroes, but no person can ever be as big as the
need, and so a legend grows around a grain of truth, like a pearl.”

–Peter S. Beagle

STOP DRONE ATTACKS | FUND PITTSBURGH TRANSIT

STOP DRONE ATTACKS | FUND PITTSBURGH TRANSIT

 

My cell phone alarm clock went off at 5am.

I slowly took a shower and began to wake up to the day’s work. I drove
to a residential area that bordered Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)
campus. I emptied the contents of my pocket into the back seat. I
folded up an 11 by 17 inch piece of paper till it was a small square
and placed it in my back pocket. I took off my sandals and slowly put
on my steel toed work boots. i walked down the street and rested on a
wall by a bus stop, I sat there for a very long time and thought.
Because of a car accident I had as a pedestrian in 2001, I still have
trouble walking even a few blocks and have to stop to catch my breath. I
walked from the bus stop to my fave coffee shop, the 61c. Out of a
sense of nervousness I began devouring all of its cafe food, fresh
squeezed orange juice, hot croissants and a chocolate raspberry scone
together with a pond of decaf ice coffee. The Barista glanced at me wondering if
I was a Rothschild and this was my normal morning tribute to
consumerism. I sat and collected my thoughts. As the morning progressed a
friend walked in and asked, “hey aren’t you going to hear Obama speak
this morning?” I laughed a little bit too loud and gave him some vital phone
numbers. The activist lawyer shook his head and stated, “well Vincent
you will never be out of a job. Here is my private cell phone number, call
collect from jail and I’ll come visit.

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Rebuilding a Home for the Homeless in Pittsburgh

January 16th is Martin Luther King’s Birthday – that means our annual benefit for the homeless! This the 23rd year of celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King at the Bloomfield Bridge Tavern. Musicians have donated their time and talent. Life would be different if Dr. King were still alive and an elder statesman among us. This is an attempt to honor his life, and belief in non-violent change in an era that only knows war and indifference. funds raised will go to a new house for the homeless in pittsburgh.
— vincent scotti eirene

During this evening we will have music and poetry, as well as speeches by Dr. King.
Lineup:
1. Bob Ziller
2. Renee Alberts
3. Mike and Laura, from Soft Money
4. Jonnyflower
5. Paul Labrise
6. Ben Hartlage
7. Chris Serra and friends
8. PhatManDee (and Miguel)
9. The Grifters
10. The Stillhouse Pickers
11. The BEATLESs
12. Dylan Rooke
$10 Admission (NO ONE WILL BE TURNED AWAY FOR LACK OF FUNDS)

 

Take Back Your Houses!

On Tuesday, Occupy Wall Streeters in 20 cities across the country marched in neighborhoods that have been hardest hit by foreclosures. In East New York,Brooklyn, about 400 protesters broke into a foreclosed vacant property and moved in a family that was homeless after losing their house to a bank. Read more…

As it has been since the beginning of the movement, the leaderless structure appears to be working. Crowds come together on cue. Messages go out to the media. Lawsuits are filed. Funds are raised
OCCUPY YOUR HOME

OCCUPY YOUR HOME

Thousands of Occupy protesters across the US will occupy foreclosed homes today, in what organisers are describing as a “new frontier” for the movement.

 

OCCUPY movement still camping out! News from London…

Having banks that are ‘too big to fail’ which are then bailed out by normal people is wrong.

Demonstrators have camped outside St Paul's Cathedral since October

Demonstrators have camped outside St Paul's Cathedral since October

The demonstrators called for a “future system that is democratic, just, open, accountable and transparent” and discussed the need for regulators to be “genuinely independent of the industries they regulate”.

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Big Oil, Corrupt Congress, Governments Hands Tied – You can help

Stop the Keystone Pipeline.

It seems Big Oil will stop at nothing to get its way.

Just weeks after President Obama derailed the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, the oil giants’ Congressional allies are now planning to hold spending legislation hostage unless this destructive project is approved.
No Keystone Oil Pipeline
In the House, Republican leaders are trying to force approval of the Keystone XL by attaching it to a bill extending unemployment benefits and the payroll-tax cut — a bill they know President Obama urgently wants to sign.

And they’re not stopping there. They’re looking to load up this fast-moving economic bill with other pro-polluter provisions that would otherwise stand little chance of passing both houses on their own.

Tell your members of Congress to reject these cynical attempts to fast track the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and other anti-environmental measures by attaching them to last-minute spending legislation.

In response to the public outcry you and I helped galvanize, the Obama Administration has already started a new review of the Keystone XL’s true environmental costs.

Any thorough review will unmask the Keystone XL as a boon to Big Oil and a disaster-in-the-making for the rest of us. The pipeline would drive more destruction of the Boreal forest, turbo-charge global warming, threaten water supplies in the heartland, raise gas prices and lock America into the dirtiest oil on the planet for decades to come.

And that’s exactly why the oil giants want this project railroaded through Congress before that review is completed. Please help stop them!

Tell your members of Congress to reject any attempt to force approval of the Keystone XL pipeline and ram through other pro-polluter riders that would sacrifice our health and environment.

Thank for you taking action at this critical moment.

 

Top Ten Endangered Places 2011

George Washington National Forest, Chesapeake Bay, Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, Cape Fear Basin, Snowbird Mountains, Cumberland Plateau, Oconee River, Santee River Basin, Georgia Cypress Forests…

 

Abandon Congress – Your congress has been bought.

 

Occupy protests are a wakeup call

 

Police use bulldozers to break up Occupy Richmond

Virginia State Police brought in bulldozers at about 1 a.m. Monday morning to clear out an encampment of Occupy Richmond protesters.

At least 15 protesters who choose not to leave Kanawha Plaza after a 45 minute warning were arrested, according to Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Demonstrators had been occupying the plaza since Oct. 15. Democratic Mayor Dwight C. Jones visited the site Thursday to warn protesters they were breaking a city ordinance that forbids camping on public property.“We applied for permits from city council but, you know, they didn’t accept or decline us getting a permit,” one activist explained to WTVR. “At least them declining it would give us an idea what was to come, but we didn’t get anything. So we started occupying with high hopes and unfortunately this is what it came down to.”

Protesters have vowed to continue their occupation of Richmond even if they can’t do it at Kanawha Plaza.

Here in Richmond, my home town, we lovingly refer to it as “The Land of Wide Lawns and Narrow Minds”. Being a right to work state (talk about oxymorons) most of us with a job are too afraid to join Occupy Richmond because it could be grounds for firing (like they’d need one).