Nov 262012
 

Well, not entirely, if you listen carefully to CBS, which ends up giving this recovery only 2-1/2 cheers.
The Fast Draw: Pros and cons of growing animal population

This is a well done overview, inevitably oversimplified, of our tyrannical relationship with animals and nature, as no one can deny that those who came to America, first mainly from Europe, descended on this continent like a plague of wild locusts leaving few native things standing. The video chronicles in a rather noncommittal way  (it looks detachedly upon trapping, for example, which should be morally indefensible in any civilized nation and revolting to any decent human being) the loop of savage destruction of several species and then their almost miraculous salvation right on the brink of extinction by exogenous forces (industrialization, urbanization, etc.) and the hand of government, belatedly acting with a measure of wisdom.  Continue reading »

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Nov 262012
 

Massive job losses in UK’s National Health Service
By Robert Stevens, wsws,org

Editors’ Note: It’s clear the British capitalists and their willful minions like the scummy Tony Blair are doing their best to make “socialism”—in this case the revered National Health Service, now 64 years old and still standing—look bad and eventually unacceptable. In that manner, sneakily, they create the conditions for a return to the rotten private healthcare model, as we have in the US.  Defunding —an old tactic—is utilized widely in the US to declaw consumer and environment laws. Public awareness and above all combativeness are critical to stem the constant tide of reaction issuing from the establishment.


The ongoing offensive against the National Health Service (NHS) has led to 28,500 health workers losing their jobs since the Conservative Party/Liberal Democrat coalition came to power in 2010. Continue reading »

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Nov 262012
 

Johannes Stern, wsws.org

Egypt’s leader Mohamed Morsi

The Constitutional Decree of Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi—by which Mursi claims all legislative, constitutional, executive and judicial powers—poses basic questions of political perspective before the working class.

The Muslim Brotherhood (MB) president declared last week that he has extraordinary powers “to take any measures he sees fit in order to preserve and safeguard the revolution, national unity or national security.” References to preserving “the revolution” are a fraud. The principal target of Mursi’s measures is the working class, and he is asserting the most far-reaching antidemocratic measures in the effort to consolidate bourgeois rule in Egypt, in close alliance with the United States. Continue reading »

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