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We have been this way before

Erik Loomis at Lawyers, Gun$ and Money continues his excellent series on Labor History today with a look at the first convention of the People’s Party in  Omaha, Nebraska, in 1892. During the late 1880s, Farmers’ Alliance members began reaching…

TSA: Out in left field

The TSA keeps on keeping on. Between May 4th and 10th, 2012, here’s what they found on the roughly 10 million air passengers* in US airports during that period. Firearms: 30 - 29 loaded; 1 unloaded 1 artfully concealed prohibited item found at checkpoints TSA’s homepage…

What Pierce said about the Facebook IPO

Charles Pierce, as usual, has nailed it. The man is a national treasure. If we cheer for big money simply as big money, we’re simply never going to get right again. If we pretend to be vicariously rich in order…

Military biofuels: Penny wise?

The Republican-led House Armed Services Committee voted earlier this week to stop the Department of Defense from buying alternative fuels that cost more than fossil-based fuels. This would halt current US military programs that have been testing biofuels and other alternative…

Labor history lessons

Erik Loomis at Lawyers, Guns and Money has been doing an excellent series of illustrated posts that chronicle some of the major events in American labor history (a total of 26 so far). This week the focus is on Minneapolis…

Farm child labor: Which side are you on?

Last month the US Department of Labor bowed to political pressure spearheaded by agribusiness lobbyists like the American Farm Bureau Federation and cancelled its planned revision of safety rules for farm child labor, a follow-on to similar rules for kids working in…