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Thom's blog - Wednesday December 1st, 2010

You need to know this. Many incoming Republican freshman members - as well as old guard figures within the party - are promising to deliver on their threat to shut down the government. That is - despite the devastating effects it could have on - not only our economy – but the financial stability of the entire world. If Republicans choose not to increase the debt ceiling early next year – a move supported by the Tea Party and an increasing number of GOP lawmakers – including the second most powerful member of the caucus – Eric Cantor – then the government will indee

Thom's blog - Tuesday November 30th, 2010

You need to know this. We are now seeing the second attack on net neutrality from the same company - Comcast.

FBI agents claim they prevented a potential terrorist attack in Oregon. Right? Well, Not Really.

FBI agents claim they prevented a potential terrorist attack in downtown Portland on Friday. A Somali-born teenager – Mohamad Osman Mohamud – parked a van packed with explosives near a large crowd gathering to watch a Christmas-tree lighting ceremony. When he then tried to detonate the explosives with a cell phone – FBI agents swooped in and arrested him. Job well done, right?

Thom's blog - Monday November 29th, 2010

You need to know this about the foiled terror plot in Oregon last week. FBI agents claim they prevented a potential terrorist attack in downtown Portland on Friday. A Somali-born teenager – Mohamad Osman Mohamud – parked a van packed with explosives near a large crowd gathering to watch a Christmas-tree lighting ceremony. When he then tried to detonate the explosives with a cell phone – FBI agents swooped in and arrested him. Job well done, right?

American businesses posted the largest profits ever – and moved our jobs to China!

Between July and September this year – American businesses posted the largest profits ever – nearly 1.7 trillion dollars! Never have US companies been so profitable in the history of this country. In fact – this this is part of a steady trend that started when worker salaries began to flatten out with Reaganomics. Most recently, corporations have seen their profits steadily increase every quarter since 2009 – and then they went t

Thom's blog - Wednesday November 24th, 2010

You need to know this about economics. Between July and September this year – American businesses posted the largest profits ever – nearly 1.7 trillion dollars! Never have US companies been so profitable in the history of this country. In fact – this this is part of a steady trend that started when worker salaries began to flatten out with Reaganomics. Most recently, corporations have seen their profits steadily increase every quarter since 2009 – and then they went through the roof the last few months. Yet what have we seen in the labor market?

Is the next step for the GOP to strip rights away from Muslims?

So how do Republicans want to solve the current TSA security fiasco?

Thom's blog - Tuesday November 23rd, 2010

You need to know this about airport security. As public outrage grows over the airport x-ray body scanners – manufacturers of the machine are taking their fight to Capitol Hill. In the last 5 years – body scanner manufacturers have more than doubled their lobbying expenses with lawmakers. Former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff’s Rapiscan Systems spent $80,000 lobbying Congress five years ago – this year they’ve spent almost $300,000. And it’s working – the government has in turn given Chertoff’s company $41.2 million in contracts and the use of t

Bombing into the Stone Age?

You need to know this about Afghanistan. The old joke used to be that we couldn't bomb the country into the stone age, because most of it is already there. It's one of the poorest countries in the world, only about a quarter of Afghans can read or write, and there's no national radio or TV infrastructure - large parts of the country don't even have electricity. So when 9/11 happened here, nobody told the Afghans.

Thom's blog - Monday November 22nd, 2010

You need to know this about Afghanistan. The old joke used to be that we couldn't bomb the country into the stone age, because most of it is already there. It's one of the poorest countries in the world, only about a quarter of Afghans can read or write, and there's no national radio or TV infrastructure - large parts of the country don't even have electricity. So when 9/11 happened here, nobody told the Afghans. According to a new report on the Afghan population, 92% of Afghans today don’t know what 9/11 was.

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