Monthly Archives: November 2011

Foreclosures on houses with delinquent mortgages have doubled since 2010, with housing prices expected to drop another 10% before stabilizing. Meanwhile, the executives of government-backed mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, institutions bailed out by taxpayers to the tune of $169 billion, are offering next to no significant relief to mortgage-holders in trouble


Tomgram: Steve Fraser, “De-Fault Is Ours” Change a single letter in what is and, lo and behold, you get what if. Here’s just a taste of what is: Foreclosures on houses with delinquent mortgages have doubled since 2010, with housing … Continue reading

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Internet has become ‘surveillance machine': Julian Assange


It is true and will become more true if Congress passes a horrible internet spying bill this December.–KAS http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/11/28-1 WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange blasted the mainstream media, Washington, banks and the Internet itself as he addressed journalists in Hong Kong … Continue reading

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Mitt Romney Brazenly Lies and the Media Lets Him Slide


Mitt Romney Brazenly Lies and the Media Lets Him Slide By Arianna Huffington Mitt Romney’s brazenly dishonest ad is far from the garden-variety truth stretching we’re used to in political campaigns. It is so breathtakingly cynical it should cause us … Continue reading

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#OWS Cheers As Defiant Judge Stops Obama From Selling Immunity To Wall Street


I had thought that Obama would stand up for what is right, but I guess Americans need to hit him harder to do what is right!–KAS #OWS Cheers As Defiant Judge Stops Obama From Selling Immunity To Wall Street By … Continue reading

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60 MINUTES –Our elected officials spend too much time rubbing shoulders with lobbyists and catering to the whims of special interests, all while our country is in serious economic trouble


Dear Kevin, It’s no surprise that polls show our faith in Congress has fallen to near all-time lows. Our elected officials spend too much time rubbing shoulders with lobbyists and catering to the whims of special interests, all while our … Continue reading

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Congress will soon start debating whether to give the government the power to turn off parts of the Internet


Dear MoveOn member, As soon as this week, Congress will start debating whether to give the government the power to turn off parts of the Internet. If that sounds like a terrible recipe for abuse of power, that’s because it … Continue reading

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OVERDEPENDENCE ON OIL AND CLIMATE CHANGE EFFECTS SOUTH MORE THAN NORTH


Climate Change & Oil CLIMATE CHANGE IS REAL. And though there is growing public consciousness in the United States about the serious threat it poses, there is less awareness about the huge impact climate change has in the global South. … Continue reading

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Here is a great collection of conversation topic questions for EFL or ESL students at the intermediate or higher levels


By Kevin Stoda, ESL Instructor Here is a great collection of conversation topic questions for EFL or ESL students at the intermediate or higher levels. http://iteslj.org/questions/ I don’t currently teach students at the intermediate and advanced levels, but many of … Continue reading

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THE ANSWER IS “YES”–Is The GOP Really Willing to Sabotage the Economy to Protect the Wealthy & Hurt President Obama?


Is The GOP Really Willing to Sabotage the Economy to Protect the Wealthy & Hurt President Obama? By THE PROGRESS REPORT As a reminder, here’s how Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) described his priorities: The single most important thing … Continue reading

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Show Your Support for Another Jailed Facebook User!


Dear Kevin, First off, thank you — recently you took action online demanding the release of Jabbar Savalan, an Azerbaijani student jailed because he called for a protest on Facebook. More than 35,000 dedicated supporters like you have already signed … Continue reading

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