LAURA POITRAS credit: Ruby Washington/New York Times photographer - borrowed w/o permission
security state

Dangers of the US Security State

There are those, in response to the recent revelations of the US government vacuum cleaning our lives through the NSA and other secret programs, who take the line that the innocent have nothing to fear —>> read more –>>

Thomas L. Friedman NYTimes
economy

Thomas Friedman’s It’s a 401(k) World – facile, misleading

Reading this op ed leaves one with the notion that these changes have arisen through some immutable forces of nature.
He fails to mention that in parallel with the individual being more and more alone in the world, big corporations and governments are becoming ever more well integrated, feeding at each others’ troughs. —>> read more –>>

drug-spending-v-addiction from Atlantic Monthly
justice/jails

Our Longest War – The War on Drugs – more data on its futility

I have noted here several times earlier about America’s longest war – the War on Drugs. Here is a graphic that displays the complete failure of our policies: [1]source: http://m.theatlanticwire.com/national/2012/10/chart-says-war-drugs-isnt-working/57913/ – this graphic came to my attemtion —>> read more –>>