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Times are hard.
How hard, you ask? Well, you'll be glad to know that professional economists have now reached a conclusion: America is technically in a recession. Of course, millions of Americans have known this for months, since they've lost jobs, businesses, homes — and faith in economists.
While the professors pored over their reams of data, plenty of real-life indicators were shouting that, yes indeedy, the economy sure enough is in a heap of hurt. Start with this indicator: abandoned boats.
The thing that I'm most thankful for on Turkey Day is not the abundance of food at my family's table, but the rebels who produced it.
No, not Butterball. And not Wal-Mart, General Foods or any of the other corporate powers that loom large over America's food economy. To the contrary, I'm thankful for the "good food movement" that has arisen all across our country in rebellion against those powers.
They came. They saw. They ran away.
Last Saturday's big global finance summit session was a far cry from the "veni, vidi, vici" of Julius Caesar. Rather than conquering the spreading problem of economic collapse, the leaders of the world's 20 most powerful economies dithered, blathered, postured and then fled for home.
Originally published on AlterNet.org
It was not my intention to be writing about Sarah Palin, since everyone with a laptop, a No. 2 pencil or a red crayon seems to be covering that beat. But then came the pundits:
"She's a populist," gushed Karl Rove on Fox TV. Weird, since this right-wing political slime and corporate whore loathes, demonizes, mocks, fears and tries to destroy real populists.