Category: Business & Finance

Oprah Winfrey: one of the world’s best neoliberal capitalist thinkers | Television & radio | The Guardian

Beware the anesthetizing influence of Oprah.

Oprah Winfrey: one of the world’s best neoliberal capitalist thinkers | Television & radio | The Guardian.

“Oprah is appealing precisely because her stories hide the role of political, economic, and social structures. In doing so, they make the American Dream seem attainable. If we just fix ourselves, we can achieve our goals. For some people, the American dream is attainable, but to understand the chances for everyone, we need to look dispassionately at the factors that shape success.”

The Biggest Concerns About GMO Food Aren’t Really About GMOs

The Biggest Concerns About GMO Food Aren’t Really About GMOs.

I’ll take the science over the hype any day. Are there pro’s and con’s? Of course, as with any issue. Meanwhile, two quotes simplify the matter rather well.

“I really don’t like that these companies own so much of American agriculture. But genetically modified crops only date back to the 1990s, and we’ve had industrial agriculture long before that. Banning or embracing GMOs is just rearranging deck chairs.”

“In other words, GMOs were a red herring all along.”

Democrats Embrace Citizens United in Defense of Clinton

Democrats Embrace Citizens United in Defense of Clinton.

Hill just loves her some big money in politics. And the party machinery that spent years on end crying foul about it before? Suddenly they just loves ’em some big money in politics.

I think Hill should just stick with a snappy one-liner that’s served her well so far.

“What difference – at this point, what difference does it make?”

Economix Comix

Economix Comix.

In which Michael Goodman explains “what’s going on with Social Security?”

It’s a quick read, packs in lots of general history and concept, and seems to do a fair job of accomplishing its goal. Added bonus: comics are wonderfully shareable things.

If you don’t already know what’s going on, expect to have your blood pressure rise a bit. If you already know, you should probably still be mad.

If you know of any critical flaws in the argument as Goodman presents it, please let me know in the comments.

Exclusive — Documents: Republicans In Congress Cook Up Phony Poll-Tested Talking Points To Push Obama Trade Deal – Breitbart

Exclusive — Documents: Republicans In Congress Cook Up Phony Poll-Tested Talking Points To Push Obama Trade Deal – Breitbart.

I’m not sure which is more disturbing to me, that the Wall Street Journal and NBC are relying on cooked polls to peddle the TPP, that the GOP is relying on this gimmick to drum up support, or that I’m finding it necessary to rely on Breitbart for this kind of analysis. Where is the rest of the coverage? Good luck finding it.

‘Too Big to Exist’: Sanders Introduces Bill to Break Up Big Banks | Common Dreams

‘Too Big to Exist’: Sanders Introduces Bill to Break Up Big Banks | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community.

Under the proposal, called the Too Big to Fail, Too Big to Exist Act, regulators on the Financial Stability Oversight Council would compile a list of institutions which say they are so large that their collapse could trigger an economic crisis—otherwise known as “too big to fail.”

The Treasury Secretary would then have a year from the bill’s passing to break them up.

“If an institution is too big to fail, it is too big to exist,” Sanders said Tuesday. “No single financial institution should have holdings so extensive that its failure could send the world economy into crisis.”

Sure, this bill stands a snowball’s chance in hell of passing, but when it comes time for your Senator to beg for your vote, just be sure to remember who he or she supported, you or the banks that line their pockets.

Ending radio silence with…

Lee Camp. By all means, give this clip from Redacted Tonight a view. There’s an important part. You’ll recognize it. You should know it and let it affect your judgment accordingly. If you like the idea that trade agreements should erode sovereignty here, there, and everywhere, then the TPP and its ilk may be right for you. See your doctor.