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Top U.S. Defense Contractors Move Offshore to Avoid Taxes

A “no bid contractor” usually refers to a private for-profit corporation that receives American tax payer monies in large amounts (billions of dollars) without having to competitively bid for the contract. One of the most famous “no bid contractors” is Halliburton. Since Bush and Cheney have been in the White House, Halliburton has received tens of billions of dollars of our money.

There’s four important things to remind ourselves about Halliburton…

  1. Dick Cheney served as its CEO right before becoming

Health Coverage: Why Are People Uninsured?

More and more American workers are losing their health coverage in the workplace as employers increasingly refuse to offer it. The Americans most likely to go without insurance now are those earning less than $46,650 a year and the majority of these are fully employed. Most Americans don’t buy health insurance if they don’t get it at work, regardless of how much they earn.

Four out of five of “uninsured” Americans are employed. Either they are not being offered group …

Norman Rockwell and the Civil Rights Paintings

Fifty years after he first started doing work for the magazine, Norman Rockwell was tired of doing the same sweet views of America for the Saturday Evening Post in the early 1960s. The great illustrator was increasingly influenced by his close friends and loved ones to look at some of the problems that was afflicting American society. Rockwell had formed close friendships with Erik Erickson and Robert Coles, psychiatrists specializing in the treatment of children and both were advocates of

68 Percent of Americans Favor Mandatory Health Coverage

As health care generates debate in this year’s presidential campaign, about 68 percent of Americans say individuals should be required to have medical insurance, with government help for those who cannot afford it, a survey released on Tuesday found.

According to the survey by The Commonwealth Fund, an independent foundation, health insurance mandates are supported by 80 percent of Democrats, 52 percent of Republicans and 68 percent of Independents.

The group also points out that while all leading Democratic and …

James Cone: The Cross and the Lynching Tree

Last year on October 19, Harvard Divinity School hosted James Cone, Charles A. Briggs Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, to present the 2006 Ingersoll Lecture.

What follows is an essay based on the speech Cone delivered. His subject was provocative, as is typical with Cone: the cross and the lynching tree. When I was in seminary, I had the wonderful opportunity to enroll in a summer school class with Dr. Cone. He …

Economists Explain: Bush Destroyed Our American Dream

3,875 soldiers dead and more than 28,000 wounded Americans, plus more than 1,000 private contractors killed and many more injured.

The costs of the invasion and occupation seem to have no end. This endless war was the result of a wrong turn. We’ve been stuck slogging through the results of the mistake for almost five years now.

How did all this happen anyway? How did President Bush move our country from a strong dollar, decent gasoline prices, a strong jobs …

Farm Subsidies for the Rich: Corporate Welfare

The Farm Bill provides subsidies. These subsidy programs tax all of us, working Americans, to award millions to millionaires and provide profitable corporate farms with money that has been used to buy out family farms.

For decades, American taxpayers have provided tens of billions of dollars in federal farm subsidies to some of the largest and wealthiest farm businesses in the nation. But thousands of people who benefited from the subsidy flow were shielded from public view behind layers of …

The Shame of the Nation, by Jonathan Kozol

Over the last 15 years, the state of inner-city public schools has been in a steep and continuing decline. Since the federal courts began dismantling the landmark ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, segregation of black children has reverted to its highest level since 1968. In many inner-city schools, a stick-and-carrot method of behavioral control traditionally used in prisons is now used with students. Meanwhile, as high-stakes testing takes on pathological and punitive dimensions, liberal education has been increasingly …

Fallen Hero: Fly Girl from Kalamazoo

It began to occur to me if I’m going to write you while I’m still in the 319th Army Air Forces Flying Training Detachment, I’d better start. One of my three roommates is home packing up her things today – washed out, she is. Had her Army check ride yesterday, and the Lieutenant recommended for her elimination. I’ll be having my next Army ride any day now, so maybe I’ll be packing up too…

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How Big is an Industrial Wind Turbine?

An industrial-scale wind turbine is a lot bigger than one you might see in a schoolyard or behind someone’s house. The blades sweep a vertical airspace of just under an acre. (Turn the page for great pictures!)

An industrial-scale wind turbine is a lot bigger than one you might see in a schoolyard or behind someone’s house. The widely used GE 1.5-megawatt model, for example, consists of 116-ft blades atop a 212-ft tower for a total height of 328 feet.…