October 21, 2017

Most US Lawmakers are Millionaires

For the first time in history, most members of U.S. Congress are millionaires, according to a new analysis of personal financial disclosure data by the Center for Responsive Politics.   Of 534 current members of Congress, at least 268 had an average net worth of $1 million or more in 2012, according to disclosures filed last year by all members of Congress ... Read More »

Climate Change to Blame for Low Temps?

So just in case you missed all of those school closings, safety warnings,transportation delays, NFL broadcasts, #DeepFreeze tweets, and videos of boiling water turning into insta-ice, you should know that it’s cold outside. A “polar vortex” has North America in its icy grip, breaking low temperature records everywhere it goes.   So of course, the climate deniers are out in force, trying to use the #DeepFreeze as ... Read More »

Christie Accused of Political Retribution

  At a morning press conference on Thursday  (January 9), New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced that he had fired Bridget Anne Kelly, a deputy chief of staff and top aide in his administration, for her role in the growing scandal involving the manufactured delays on the George Washington Bridge in an apparent act of political retribution and asked another ... Read More »

Can Ogallala Aquifer Survive Drought and Pollution?

The high plains aquifer, also known as the Ogallala aquifer, is one of the largest in the nation and the primary source of water for a vast stretch of our agricultural heartland. But what exactly is an aquifer, and how does it work? Many imagine a giant underground lake—in fact, the Ogallala is sometimes referred to as the sixth Great ... Read More »

900 Rich Won’t Contribute to Social Security

While almost all working Americans will pay into Social Security through their paychecks throughout the year, the 900 wealthiest people in the country won’t. That’s because the highest-earning 0.0001 percent of the U.S. — many of them corporate CEOs — made $117,000 in the first two days of the year, which is the maximum annual income that is subject to Social ... Read More »

2013: The Year in Internet Freedom

To say that 2013 was just another year in the struggle to protect our online rights is quite the understatement. When the history of the Internet is written, 2013 will be considered one epic year.   Edward Snowden blew a giant hole in the corporate-government surveillance complex; nearly every week brings new information damning both government agencies and the companies ... Read More »

2013’s 13 Major Clean Energy Breakthroughs

  While the news about climate change seems to get worse every day, the rapidly improving technology, declining costs, and increasing accessibility of clean energy is the true bright spot in the march toward a zero-carbon future. 2013 had more clean energy milestones than we could fit on one page, but here are thirteen of the key breakthroughs that happened ... Read More »

A Sorry Moment in American Media History

We just experienced a shameful milestone in the history of U.S. media — and barely anyone noticed.   There are now zero black-owned and operated full-power TV stations in our country.   This sorry state of affairs is the culmination of a trend that started in the late 1990s when Congress and the Federal Communications Commission allowed massive consolidation in the broadcasting industry. This policy shift ... Read More »

Two Women Among the Greediest People of 2013

I always agonize while compiling a list of the 10 greediest Americans of the year. Every holiday season, I find so many candidates deserving this distinction that bankers alone could fill this list. Or fast-food CEOs.   Male masters of the universe again dominate this year’s top 10. But for the first time since 2008, two women made the cut. Neither ... Read More »

A Toxic Cocktail

Shrimp cocktail makes a great finger food for holiday parties. Right? Only if you have no idea how those crustaceans were produced. Because if you did, you wouldn’t want to eat shrimp again.   Before I go on, I’ll say this: There is good shrimp out there. Monterey Bay Aquarium provides a list of decent sources. The tricky part is knowing which is ... Read More »