The Real Cause Of Low Oil Prices: Interview With Arthur Berman
Jan18

The Real Cause Of Low Oil Prices: Interview With Arthur Berman

The Real Cause Of Low Oil Prices: Interview With Arthur Berman by James Stafford With all the conspiracy theories surrounding OPEC’s November decision not cut production, is it really not just a case of simple economics? The U.S. shale boom has seen huge hype but the numbers speak for themselves and such overflowing optimism may have been unwarranted. When discussing harsh truths in energy, no sector is in greater need of a...

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Cartoon: American Response to the Charlie Hebdo Tragedy
Jan13

Cartoon: American Response to the Charlie Hebdo Tragedy

See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license this cartoon for your own site, visit...

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What to expect in 2015
Jan07

What to expect in 2015

Good-bye and good-riddance to 2014. As we move into 2015, what can we learn from how 2014 ended and how we’re now “trending” in various areas? Here are a few items to watch: Look for signs of President Barack Obama’s REAL intentions. Not only were the results of the 2014 Congressional elections a “shellacking” for Democrats and Obama, a major paint job — with four coats of black and blue...

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A Vast Number of  New Jobs to Be  Created in and by  New Congress  (Updated)
Jan06

A Vast Number of New Jobs to Be Created in and by New Congress (Updated)

Update: And this is no satire: As the New Republican Congress gets ready to vote on a bill to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, the White House is sending signals that President Obama would veto such legislation. While the bill is all but guaranteed to pass the Senate, it is not clear whether there will be enough votes to override a presidential veto. In the meantime, an article in The Hill states most clearly, in my...

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Christie Pushed Port Authority To Award Deal To Jerry Jones’ Firm
Jan06

Christie Pushed Port Authority To Award Deal To Jerry Jones’ Firm

Less than two years before Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones paid for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s tickets and travel to NFL games, government documents show Christie personally pushed the Port Authority to approve a lucrative contract for a firm part-owned by Jones. Christie nonetheless accepted the gifts from Jones, despite New Jersey ethics rules...

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Fast Food Is Still The Worst
Jan04

Fast Food Is Still The Worst

The fast food industry has been making an effort to include healthier options on its menus since 1996, but a new study from Tufts University suggests they should try harder. Tufts’ researchers surveyed the nutrition content of cheeseburgers, French fries, grilled chicken sandwiches, and soda (all popular items) to see what kind of change, if...

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Sony Gets the Last Laugh
Jan04

Sony Gets the Last Laugh

Sony Gets the Last Laugh By Peter Funt The Sony hacking story is the gift that keeps on giving. It’s got it all: cyber crime, international intrigue, political posturing — plus a tantalizing trove of corporate and celebrity gossip. But most remarkable is how all of the above combine to make “The Interview,” a silly little film once destined for mediocre reviews and tepid grosses, a hit. Not even the best and...

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Mike Peters Cartoon: Sony and North Korea
Jan03

Mike Peters Cartoon: Sony and North Korea

OF RELATED INTEREST: –Is ‘The Interview’ a success for Sony? –‘The Interview’ lands on iTunes as Sony’s best-selling online movie ever –Sony says ‘The Interview’ has already raked in $15 million online --Obama sanctions North Korea for movie hacking Mike Peters is recognized as one of our nation’s most prominent cartoon artists for his outstanding work as both a political and...

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Harper Collins Apologizes For Wiping Israel off the map in an Atlas
Jan01

Harper Collins Apologizes For Wiping Israel off the map in an Atlas

No the following is not a joke. It is not a quotation from a column by satirist Andy Borowitz. It’s a for real report about publishing giant Harper Collins apologizing for bowing to pressure to leave Israel out of an Atlas. The fact this occured shows how fragile facts are in the 21st century: deny a fact and it some how erases or changes a fact And it is a f-a-c-t that Israel exists. Publishing giant HarperCollins has...

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Did The Saudis And The US Collude In Dropping Oil Prices? (Guest Voice)
Dec30

Did The Saudis And The US Collude In Dropping Oil Prices? (Guest Voice)

Did The Saudis And The US Collude In Dropping Oil Prices? by Andrew Topf The oil price drop that has dominated the headlines in recent weeks has been framed almost exclusively in terms of oil market economics, with most media outlets blaming Saudi Arabia, through its OPEC Trojan horse, for driving down the price, thus causing serious damage to the world’s major oil exporters – most notably Russia. While the market explanation is...

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FAA Issues Safety Warning As Drones Become Popular Gifts
Dec25

FAA Issues Safety Warning As Drones Become Popular Gifts

The FAA is concerned that the thousands of Americans who find unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, under their Christmas trees this year might end up on Santa’s naughty list, and have issued a warning for budding pilots. Drones are among the most-wanted gifts this Christmas, and manufacturers have sold 200,000 units a month in 2014,...

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Sony, U.S. Theaters, Finally  Show Some Spine
Dec23

Sony, U.S. Theaters, Finally Show Some Spine

After first succumbing to threats and fear mongering by North Korea and cyber terrorists, Sony Pictures and certain theaters will be releasing and showing “The Interview” on Christmas Day, after all. The Movie industry: Michael Lynton, Chairman and CEO of Sony Entertainment: “We have never given up on releasing The Interview and we’re excited our movie will be in a number of theaters on Christmas Day. At the same time, we...

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Wind Company that Sued to Block Release of Bird Death Data Pleads Guilty to Killing Birds in Wyoming
Dec22

Wind Company that Sued to Block Release of Bird Death Data Pleads Guilty to Killing Birds in Wyoming

Wind Company that Sued to Block Release of Bird Death Data Pleads Guilty to Killing Birds in Wyoming By Miriam Raftery December 19, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – Pacificorp pled guilty this week in U.S. District Court in Wyoming to violating the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) in connection with the deaths of protected birds, including golden eagles, at two of the company’s wind projects in Wyoming. Pacificorp recently...

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Cartoon: Kim is coming to town
Dec19

Cartoon: Kim is coming to town

See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license this cartoon for your own site, visit...

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Obama: Sony ‘Made A Mistake’ By Canceling ‘The Interview’
Dec19

Obama: Sony ‘Made A Mistake’ By Canceling ‘The Interview’

U.S. President Obama said Sony Pictures Entertainment made a mistake by canceling the release of “The Interview,” the film widely believed to have inspired the vast hack that crippled the studio and leaked embarrassing emails from its executives. His remarks came days after Sony canceled the planned Christmas Day release of the film, in which...

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Cartoon: Kim jong-no fun
Dec19

Cartoon: Kim jong-no fun

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Who’ll stand up to the hackers? Weak-kneed Sony wrong to cancel release of The Interview
Dec18

Who’ll stand up to the hackers? Weak-kneed Sony wrong to cancel release of The Interview

It took 50 years for the U.S. government to normalize relations with Cuba’s Communist government. The corporate world moves much faster, as demonstrated Wednesday when Sony and the Canadian movie chain Cineplex joined other big business champions around the world in “normalizing” relations with North Korea. In North Korea, the normal Communist way of achieving...

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US-CUBA: SANITY AT LAST?
Dec18

US-CUBA: SANITY AT LAST?

The release of an American imprisoned in Cuba signals the opening of talks to normalize relations between Washington and Havana. This is both huge and long overdue. Barack Obama was first elected president on a campaign based on hope and change. One of the changes I was hoping for was the lifting of the US trade embargo against Cuba, to let American travelers visit the island nation freely, as the rest of the world does. Five years...

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Forgetting the Lessons of the 2008 Crash
Dec10

Forgetting the Lessons of the 2008 Crash

Kevin Drum warns about new FHFA mortgage policy on Mother Jones. Yesterday the Federal Housing Finance Agency issued new underwriting guidelines that allow some home buyers to take out mortgages with down payments as small as 3 percent…This decision by the FHFA is almost criminally myopic. After all, the go-go years that produced a towering housing bubble and then ended in an epic global financial meltdown are less than a decade...

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Mass Resignations on The New Republic’s Masthead
Dec05

Mass Resignations on The New Republic’s Masthead

Mass Resignations on The New Republic’s Masthead It’s a familiar trauma for legacy media outlets, and it’s The New Republic’s turn to go through the vertically-integrated-digital-media-thinkfluencer grinder. A sweeping editorial shake-up at the 100-year-old magazine has resulted in mass resignations, sentimental “eulogies” penned by former staffers and industrywide naval-gazing. The short of it:...

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