The American Elite

By William Blum

You get the picture? Boy wonder, intellectual shining light, distinguished leader of men, outstanding American patriot.

A Portrait of Social Misery

By Tom Eley

The new decade finds the US working class suffering a level of social misery not seen since the Great Depression. Unemployment, poverty, hunger, utility cutoffs, homelessness, foreclosures and bankruptcies have become common experiences for millions.

Six million in the US with no income but food stamps

Some six million Americans-one in 50 people in the US-are living on no income other than $100 or $200 a month in food stamps, according to an analysis of state data by the New York Times.

Severe unemployment worsens in cities

The number of U.S. metropolitan areas with jobless rates above 15% increased in November, according to government figures released Tuesday, despite the biggest one-month drop in the national rate in more than three years.

Obama's C-SPAN Lie?

See Eight Clips of Obama Promising Televised Healthcare Negotiations.

Make Us All Citizens of the World

By Paul deLespinasse

We must make it a criminal act to give or sell food to anybody who cannot document that they are a citizen or here with official government approval.

Suburban homeless: Rising tide of women, families

Homelessness in rural and suburban America is straining shelters this winter as the economy founders and joblessness hovers near double digits - a "perfect storm of foreclosures, unemployment and a shortage of affordable housing," in one official's eyes.

A Sight All Too Familiar in Poor Neighborhoods

Shantana Smith, a single mother who had not paid rent for three months, watched on a recent morning as men from Eagle Moving carried her tattered furniture to the sidewalk.

From Information Clearing House


The Melting of America: The Story of a Can't-Do Nation

Rhode Island's Jobless Tell Different Story About 'Recovery'


Avatar Obama and the United States of Hype

Angel Luis Lara, La Jornada (Translation: Ryan Croken): "We live in the era of hype. The word, which bounces and bounds throughout the matrices of our information age, refers to a cultural product that has been so juiced up with marketing that its popularity takes off independently and regardless of its quality. It is the wrapping that matters: the advertisement is louder, more important and more real than what is advertised."


The 2010 political timebomb is unemployment

The Nation
by John Nichols


American employers eliminated 4.2 million jobs in 2009 and sent unemployment soaring into double digits for the first time in more than a quarter century. Since the fall of last year, the official jobless rate has been over ten percent, while the unofficial rate (taking in the severely underemployed and those who have given up looking) has been over 17 percent. And, despite the ridiculous ‘green-shoots’ speculation of the Obama administration and overblown ‘recovery’ fantasies of the financial media that has blown every major economic story of recent years, the situation is getting worse. Analysts had predicted that December layoffs would number around 8,000. Instead, the figure was more than ten times higher: 85,000. Unemployment held steady at 10 percent — not because the job market is stabilizing, but because tens of thousands of Americans gave up looking for work and are no longer counted among the unemployed...

Shadow of homelessness

Freedom's Phoenix
by Nick Bravo


It’s easy for the masses to make excuses about homelessness, that the people who are homeless are crazy, or criminals, or drug addicts, or in some other way the worthless floatasm of society that should be pushed to the edge and out of the sight of ‘polite society.’ The homeless are scorned, ridiculed, pitied, taken advantage of in many ways and where can the homeless go for help? Not the police, the police more often than not are given free range to abuse and victimize the most disenfranchised members of society. In many ways the homeless are the perfect prey for societal predators who sadistically thirst for the thrill of harming one of their own kind...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


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