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How do coal barons get away with murder?

Thursday, May 12, 2016   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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Coal mining is a filthy business.

Literally. Miners not only get covered in the soot of their trade, but also suffer the suffocating death called "black lung." The industry explodes mountaintops,... [read more]

How Donnie Trump saved America

Tuesday, May 10, 2016   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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Is this really happening? Is Donnie Trump really going to be the Republican Party's nominee? More preposterous, try saying this: President Donnie Trump. Surely not. I was in Washington recently and went to the Lincoln... [read more]

Parsing the PR lies of Goldman Sachs

Thursday, May 5, 2016   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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CorporateSpeak is an inane language that conveys seriousness without any sincerity.

Consider this example from Goldman Sachs: "We are pleased to put these legacy matters behind us. Since the financial crisis,... [read more]

Guess who is the biggest player in offshore bank scams?

Tuesday, May 3, 2016   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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The "Panama Papers" reveal a global web of the superrich hiding their wealth and nefarious deals in shell corporations set up by Mossack Fonseca, a Panamanian law firm.

Interestingly, though,... [read more]

Why Bernie will, should, and must stay in the race

Thursday, April 28, 2016   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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Surprisingly, this week's prize for Stupidest Political Comment in the presidential race doesn't go to Donnie Trump or Ted Cruz.

Rather, that honor goes to the clueless cognoscenti of conventional political wisdom. They've made... [read more]

Who says crime doesn't pay?

Tuesday, April 26, 2016   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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Wow, $5 billion! That's the stunning amount that Goldman Sachs has agreed to pay to settle federal criminal charges over its shameful financial scams that helped wreck America's economy in 2008. That's a lot of gold, even for Goldman.

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Guess where the King of Coal is headed?

Thursday, April 21, 2016   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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So long, Don, it's been God-awful to know you.

Don Blankenship, who was the King of King Coal, is headed toward a place he never imagined he'd end up: Federal... [read more]

"Panama Papers" reveal scandalous hypocrisy

Tuesday, April 19, 2016   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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It's said that there's nothing more vicious than a wild animal that's cornered, but I'd add that there's nothing more devious than a top corporate or political official caught in a scandalous hypocrisy.

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How to make billboards uglier

Thursday, April 14, 2016   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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Okay people, we need to discuss billboards. Yes, we really must.

At best, these giant corporate placards are problematic – they garishly loom over us, clutter our landscapes, and intrude into... [read more]

What happened to America's train system?

Tuesday, April 12, 2016   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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Why are we Americans stuck with an out-of-date railroad system, while nations with a small fraction of our resources are cruising on High Speed Rail (HSR) networks?

Because our leaders... [read more]

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