October 26, 2009
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MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow speaks with Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) about The Public Option
It first occurred to me to title this article: “What is to be Done?,” but that is already a famous title used by a man who was much more intelligent than I am. His name was Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, better known as Lenin. I sympathize so much with Cindy Sheehan’s disenchantment about the lack of effect of demonstrations against the wars; three wars now the ruling class of the US has created, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. I was going to state it was the most I could remember the US ruling class had instigated together, but then I remembered Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. I remember being in demonstrations in the 1960s so large that one could look back and see nothing but solid people for miles and never could see the end of the demonstrations. The Port Chicago vigil tried to do what Mario Savio suggested and put oneself on the gears of the machine. We tried to talk the workers out of delivering weapons to Vietnam and we chained ourselves to the trucks delivering weapons through the gates of the weapons facility. We had a permanent presence just outside the gates of the plant where weapons were loaded on ships for Vietnam. Every once in a while, at night,a few people on the vigil would get beat up by either plant workers or local thugs.
by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
Oct 26, 2009
I just received a letter from President Obama. Right there on the outside envelope are the words “I need you.” After not answering several letters which I have mailed and faxed to him, I was, for the briefest of moments, curious about this personal plea for help. Then, of course, I realized that it was a form letter from Mr. Obama via the auspices of the Democratic National Committee DNC.
I started reading the two page, single-spaced missive. His words prompt responses.
He opens with undeniable declarations, to wit: “There are times in the life of our nation when America’s course can only be set by the concerted effort of citizens determined to pull our country through.
Oct. 26, 2009
Showdown in Chicago: Protesters Greet American Bankers Association Conference
When the American Bankers Association scheduled their annual meeting in Chicago for this week, they probably weren’t expecting the reception they’ve received. Instead of a quiet convention in a downtown hotel, the ABA has been greeted by a parallel gathering of thousands of people in what organizers call the “Showdown in Chicago.” Spearheaded by the group National People’s Action, organizers have tried to bring together a cross-section of Americans affected by the financial meltdown, including homeowners, renters, farmers, workers and retirees. The Showdown kicked off Sunday when protesters entered the lobby of the hotel where the ABA delegates are gathering. [includes rush transcript]
By Mike Whitney
Information Clearing House
October 29, 2009
Interview with Menzie Chinn
1-Mike Whitney: What is the present composition of reserve holdings in central banks–and has there been a substantial falloff in US dollar reserves in recent years? (Are central banks ditching the dollar?)
Prof. Menzie Chinn: I’ve found it puzzling that there’s all this talk about the prospects for the dollar, in the wake of the G-20 meetings, and more recently World Bank President Zoellick’s comments about the primacy of the dollar as a reserve currency. My puzzlement arises from the fact that many of the concerns now being voiced have been voiced before.
Andy Worthington, author of The Guantánamo Files and co-director (with filmmaker Polly Nash) of the new Guantánamo documentary, “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo,” will be visiting the US in November to show the film in New York, Virginia, Washington D.C., Berkeley and San Francisco. The itinerary is below. Please note that all events are free — although some require booking in advance, and not all are open to the general public.
October 24, 2009
Martin Sanchez, Consul General of Venezuela in San Francisco and Debra Evenson author of “Law and Society in Contemporary Cuba” speaking at the workshop “What Difference Does a Revolution Make in a Global Economic Meltdown?” held October 16, 2009 at the National Lawyers Guild Law of the People 2009 Convention in Seattle.