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  • Director of the Peace Corps: Who Is Jody Olsen?

    Friday, January 19, 2018
    Olsen was deputy director of the Peace Corps from 2002 until the early days of the Obama administration, and served briefly as acting director in 2006 and 2009. She also served as acting country director for Kazakhstan. Olsen has been a visiting professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work in Baltimore since 2010. She also was director of the Center for Global Education Initiatives and spent several summers heading research projects in Malawi, El Salvador, and India.   read more
  • McCain: Between an Acorn and a Hard Place

    Wednesday, October 15, 2008
    John McCain, Sarah Palin and their supporters have lashed out at Barack Obama for his association with the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN). However, in a press release, ACORN pointed out that McCa...   read more
  • In India, They Feel America's Pain

    Tuesday, October 14, 2008
    Few places in India absorb and imitate American culture as much as call centers, where ambitious young Indians with fake American accents and American noms de phone spend hours calling people in Indiana or Maine to help navigate software glitches,...   read more
  • Are Modern Pirates Really All Bad Guys?

    Tuesday, October 14, 2008
    Puntland is an unrecognized independent nation inside the borders of Somalia. The Pirates of Puntland are social bandits in the tradition of Robin Hood, not buccaneers. They steal from the rich and share the cash with extremely poor communities. T...   read more
  • America's Most Sex-Crazed Congressional District

    Monday, October 13, 2008
    West Palm Beach Congressman Tim Mahoney (D-FL), whose predecessor resigned in the wake of a sex scandal, agreed to a $121,000 payment to a former mistress who worked on his staff and was threatening to sue him. Mahoney was elected two years ago fo...   read more
  • Immigration Arrests Outnumber Drug Arrests

    Monday, October 13, 2008
    The War on Illegal Immigration is yielding more federal arrests than the War on Drugs, according to new figures from the Department of Justice. Twenty-seven percent (27%) of all arrests by the U.S. Marshals service were for immigration offenses in...   read more
  • Des Moines Schools Inflate Crime Stats to Win Grant for Security Cameras

    Monday, October 13, 2008
    Police counted fewer than 200 fights and assaults at Des Moines' five high schools in the 2005-06 school year, compared with the 415 that Des Moines school officials reported on an application for a $250,000 grant that helped pay for security came...   read more
  • Wasting $350 Million for "Missile Defense"

    Monday, October 13, 2008
    “The contractors are making a killing,” Mr. Cantrell recalled thinking at the meeting, in 2000. “The lobbyists are getting their fees, and the contractors and lobbyists are writing out campaign checks to the politicians. Everybody is making money ...   read more
  • Bush Administration Jump Starts Satellite Spy Program

    Friday, October 10, 2008
    The Department of Homeland Security will proceed with the first phase of a controversial satellite-surveillance program, even though an independent review found the department hasn't yet ensured the program will comply with privacy laws. The progr...   read more
  • Government Saves the Whales…within 20 Miles of East Coast

    Thursday, October 09, 2008
    The rule issued requires large ships to slow to 10 knots (11.5 mph) during parts of the year when they come within 20 nautical miles of several East Coast ports in areas where the whales feed, reproduce and migrate. In July 2006, NOAA scientists p...   read more
  • US Debt Clock Runs Out of Space

    Wednesday, October 08, 2008
    The US government's debts have ballooned so badly the National Debt Clock in New York has run out of digits to record the spiraling figure.   US Debt Clock Runs Out of Digits (BBC News)     read more
  • AIG Execs Celebrate Bailout with $440,000 Retreat

    Tuesday, October 07, 2008
    Less than a week after the federal government offered an $85 billion bailout to insurance giant AIG, the company held a week-long retreat for its executives at the luxury St. Regis Resort in Monarch Beach, Calif., running up a tab of $440,000. The...   read more
  • How to Treat Returning Vets

    Monday, October 06, 2008
    Don’t ask The Question (Did you kill anybody?). “Support the Troops” magnets mean nothing to them. And military culture is not big on touching: the main things civilians want to do to soldiers — hug them and get them drunk — are generally not welc...   read more
  • Large Hog Farm Produces More Waste than Philadelphia

    Monday, October 06, 2008
    According to a study by the Government Accountabilty Office, one hog farm, Smithfield Farms in Virginia, produces far more sanitary waste than the 1.5 million residents of Philadelphia.   Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations: EPA Needs More In...   read more
  • Bailout: Goldman Sachs Got what it Paid For

    Friday, October 03, 2008
    One of the biggest winners in the financial bailout plan was the investment banking firm of Goldman Sachs. This is not surprising considering that since George Bush became president, Goldman Sachs and its employees have contributed $19.3 million t...   read more
  • Democrats and Republicans Unite...for Pork

    Friday, October 03, 2008
    The revised bailout proposal extends or creates tax breaks for rum in the Virgin Islands, corporations doing business in American Samoa, auto racetrack owners and employers whose employees bike to the work.   read more
  • The Sad Fate of Sarah Palin

    Tuesday, September 30, 2008
    If John McCain loses his bid for the presidency on November 4th, Sarah Palin will probably follow the path of Katharine Harris. Having sold her soul to the Republican Party leaders, she will be dumped and turned into a laughing stock, the butt of ...   read more
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