Germany Is a Clean Energy Superpower—And Here’s the Proof

Most people know Germany for things like its popular car manufactures Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, its annual Oktoberfest—fun fact: Germany has 1,300 breweries and 5,000 different brew brands—and all those brilliant composers (Bach, Beethoven and Schumann, anyone?). But did you know the country is also a clean-energy superpower?

Excerpted from They Were Trained for This Moment, in Slate 2/28/18

Part of the reason the Stoneman Douglas students have become stars in recent weeks is in no small part due to the fact that they are in a school system that boasts, for example, of a “system-wide debate program that teaches extemporaneous speaking from an early age.” Every middle and high school in the district has a forensics and public-speaking program.

Why We Blame The Victim

The Guardian recently ran a fascinating column explaining the evolutionary purpose of that all-too-human tendency to blame the victim.

Amy Poehler + Tipped Workers Call for One Fair Wage in NY

Cuomo can cut sexual harassment in 1/2 in restaurant industry by raising the subminimum wage for workers, 82% of NY restaurant workers report being harassed

Coalition of allies include other tipped and low-wage workers, nail salon technicians, car wash workers

Contact: Tim Rusch,, 9173990236

The Power of Civilian Weaponry - (Excerpted from HuffPost - 02/28/18)

HuffPost obtained autopsies for each of the 58 victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting. The reports, released by the Clark County, Nevada, coroner’s office earlier this month, offer a raw account of the power of civilian weaponry and the damage it inflicts on human bodies.They describe catastrophic injuries, most the result of single rounds striking from a range of nearly 500 yards ― details of carnage that we tend to shy away from in media coverage.

Campaign Workers Guild Wins Third Major Collective Bargaining Agreement

Silver Spring, MD. — Just a week after organizers with the Randy Bryce for Congress campaign became the nation’s only current electoral campaign staff union, the Campaign Workers Guild on Monday continued building power and won its third major collective bargaining agreement with Chris Wilhelm, a progressive candidate for Montgomery County Council.

A Federal Court Strikes Down a Law that Punishes Supporters of Israel Boycott

A FEDERAL JUDGE on Tuesday ruled that a Kansas law designed to punish people who boycott Israel is an unconstitutional denial of free speech. The ruling is a significant victory for free speech rights because the global campaign to criminalize, or otherwise legally outlaw, the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement has been spreading rapidly in numerous political and academic centers in the U.S.

Central Time Resolutions

Indiana was shifted from it’s correct Central Time Zone to Eastern in the mid-1960’s, however, we didn’t experience a sunlight-schedule change until 2006 when Eastern Daylight Saving Time was adopted.  Two resolutions in the General Assembly (HCR 2 and SCR 11) call for an examination of the effect of Eastern’s sunlight schedule on the well-being of Hoosiers.  Why is this important?

Computational Propaganda

by Shelia Kennedy - February 5, 2018

I am now officially befuddled. Out of my depth. And very worried.

Politico has published the results of an investigation that the magazine conducted into the popularity (in social-media jargon, the “viral-ness”) of the hashtag “release the memo.” It found that the committee vote

Public Outrage Over Mass Shootings Is Running On Empty

When it comes to gun violence, we’ve become numb. Blame the media, blame Trump, blame “compassion fatigue.” 

By Melissa Jeltsen - January 31, 2018

The deadliest mass shooting of the year took place just days ago, but you probably didn’t hear about it. 


Contact: Tim Rusch, ruschtk@gmail.com917-399-0236

This morning, Bloomberg news reported that the Department of Labor hid economic analysis from the public showing that their new proposed rule to make tips the property of owners would take billions of dollars out of workers’ pockets.

Saru Jayaraman, President of Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United, stated:

Indiana–Always Last

The Hill recently reported on a number of states where 2018 will see raises in the minimum wage. Indiana, of course, was conspicuously absent from their list.

The lowest wage workers in 18 states will get a boost in their paychecks starting on New Year’s Day, as minimum wage hikes take effect.

Complaints of Systemic Wage Theft at GDIT: CWA Estimates Federal Contractor May Owe $107 Million in Back Wages

The Communications Workers of America is calling on the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) to investigate systemic and serious wage violations being committed by General Dynamics Information Technology Inc., (GDIT) at its federally contracted call centers.

Is This Really What Jesus Would Do?

The administration presided over by our thrice-married, p***y-grabbing, porn-star-fornicating President has announced its latest effort to protect religiosity.

ALEC and Indiana’s Voucher Program

A friend recently sent me a rather eye-opening article by three Ball State University researchers. It appeared in an academic journal aimed at school superintendents: The AASA Journal of Scholarship and Practice. (No link available.)

The title was provocative: Hoosier Lawmaker? Vouchers, ALEC Legislative Puppets, and Indiana’s Abdication of Democracy. Few scholarly articles have titles quite that…combative, but the data was compelling (and the four pages of references were impressive).

Excerpted from - Carrier Plant Workers are Livid - in Truthout, Bruce Covert, 1/16/18.

Even before he officially took office, President-elect Donald Trump flew to Indianapolis in December of 2016 to trumpet a deal he had reached with air conditioning and heating furnace manufacturer Carrier.

Legal perspective on Medicaid work requirement from Indiana Legal Services

Last Thursday,[1/11/18] Family and Social Services Administration Secretary Jennifer Wathall indicated that Indiana expects to get federal approval any day now on a rule change that will require Hoosiers receiving Medicaid to work. Under the proposal, Medicaid recipients would have to work or volunteer an average of 20 hours per week or qualify for a waiver based on disability, educational status, or other factors. 

The Decline of the Midwest's Public Universities Threatens to Wreck Its Most Vibrant Economies, Joe Marcus, 10/15/17

[...] But university research is in trouble, and so is an economy more dependent on it than many people understand. Federal funding for basic research—more than half of it conducted on university campuses like this one—has effectively declined since 2008, failing to keep pace with inflation. This is before taking into account Trump administration proposals to slash the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) budgets by billions of dollars more.Trump’s cuts would affect all research universities, but not equally.

Puerto Rico, An Update From Senator Elizabeth Warren

Puerto Rico is a beautiful island that is still struggling with the destruction left by terrible storms and a weak response from our federal government.

I saw it myself on a Massachusetts delegation trip to Puerto Rico on Friday.

Nearly four months after Hurricane Maria hit, we were concerned that attention to the island had dropped off, and we wanted to see first-hand what was going on now. It was a day of extremes – resilience and hope were side-by-side with indifference and incompetence.

"THIS MADNESS MUST CEASE;"a repost from January 15, 2010

At a critical juncture in the escalation of the Vietnam War, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at the Riverside Church on April 4, 1967 describing the fundamental connections between war overseas and poverty at home:

6 Euphemisms for Conduct Unbecoming a President

by Robert Reich

Now that Trump has been president for almost a year, it’s time the media called his behavior for what it is rather than try to normalize it. Here are the six most misleading media euphemisms for conduct unbecoming a president: 

1. Calling Trump’s tweets “presidential “statements” or “press releases.” Wrong. Trump’s tweets are mostly rants off the top of his head – many of them wild, inconsistent, rude, crude, and bizarre.

Dahr Jamail | It's Colder in Florida Than Alaska: Climate Disruption Hits Home With a Chill

On January 2, it was colder in Jacksonville, Florida (38 degrees) than it was in Anchorage, Alaska (44 degrees, which tied a record high for that city).

What is wrong with this picture, in addition to the obvious?

Compelling Honesty

Crisis Pregancy Centers

It’s interesting how many people indignantly wrap themselves in the Free Speech provisions of the First Amendment in order to justify behaviors that–properly understood–aren’t really speech at all.

In all fairness, it can be difficult to distinguish between actions that are intended to communicate a message (protected) from actions that are committed through speech (not protected).

Review Pans Graphics-Laden Brief on Design of State School Finance Systems

Key Review Takeaway: Report lacks any understanding of education costs or the provision of equal educational opportunity.

Indiana Ranks 38th in the Nation in Overall Health

Tippecanoe County ranks 37th out of Indiana’s 92 counties in overall health. Eighteen percent of Tippecanoe County adults smoke and more than 13 percent of births involve prenatal smoking.

Institutional Arson

As I have noted previously, Michael Gerson is one of the very few principled conservative Republicans who have not traded in their ethics (to the extent they had them) for partisanship advantage in the Trump era.

I have become a semi-regular reader of Gerson’s columns, not because I necessarily agree with his policy preferences (in many, if not most cases, I don’t), but because he is intellectually  consistent and honest, and his opinions are for that reason worth considering.

Why do so many Republicans hate college?

[…] A June Pew Research Center survey found that a majority of Republicans believe colleges and universities have a “negative effect on the way things are going in the country.” Democrats overwhelmingly said the opposite. In an August Gallup survey

Some White American Fear Bias


December 28, 2017 - Veronica Carter, Public News Service (IN) There are seven active white-nationalist groups in Indiana, and just as many chapters of the Ku Klux Klan in the state, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. (

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR December 12, 2017

December 12 Capitol Press Briefing: Advocates, Members of Congress Respond to Trump DOL’s Rule Allowing Employers to Take Ownership of Workers' Tips

Washington, DC--Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United, together with the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) and the National Employment Law Project (NELP) will host a press briefing at Senate Dirksen Building about the Department of Labor's recently proposed rule to make tips the property of employers, and the impact of the rule on restaurant workers’ wages and rights.

Why Doesn't the Corporate Media Say Roy Moore Is Accused of Teen Sexual Abuse in Their Headlines?

What he did was child abuse, and it's time for the press to admit it.

By Adam Johnson /  FAIR December 6, 2017, 1:09 PM GMT


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