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Lack of Right to Repair Limits Ability of US Military to Maintain its Own Equipment

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. Captain Elle Ekman, a logistics officer for the United States Marine Corps, wrote an op-ed in the New York Times on Wednesday that shocked me – and I don’t shock easily, Here’s One Reason the U.S. Military Can’t Fix Its Own Equipment. Apparently, even the US military doesn’t enjoy a  right to repair for materiel it purchases, and instead must ship...

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PG&E Failed California. Here’s How the State Could Turn Things Around.

By Nathanael Johnson, senior writer at Grist and author of two books,Unseen City and All Natural. Follow him on Twitter @SavorTooth. Originally published at Grist For the last 150 years, Pacific Gas & Electric has been playing political hardball to maintain its monopoly over California’s electricity. PG&E, now infamous for its connection to wildfires and power outages, started life in 1852, when three brothers — the Scots-Irish Donohues — began laying gas pipe through the muddy...

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On TV, Political Ads Are Regulated – But Online, Anything Goes

Yves here. This is a useful primer on the restrictions on TV advertising in the US. Of course, Americans being Americans, there’s no mention of how other countries regulate political advertisements and in particular, what if anything they are doing about Internet ads. For instance, I recall in Australia that any politician (I believe if running for national office) whose party hit a threshold level was entitled to a certain amount of free TV ads. I am not clear on how particular ad slots were...

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“The UN Is Being Turned into a Public-Private Partnership”: Harris Gleckman Explains Stealth Takeover by World Economic Forum

Yves here. It is exciting to see Lynn Fries, a Geneva-based film-maker that we know from her days at The Real News Network, featuring important stories independently. OpenDemocracy presented this segment, on the corporate infiltration of the UN, and hence international governance. Lynn speaks with Harris Gleckman, Senior Fellow at the Center for Governance and Sustainability, and the author of ‘Multistakeholder Governance and Democracy : A Global Challenge‘. For the past 30 years, he has...

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Live Blog: Democrat Presidential Primary Debate #7 in Atlanta, Georgia

By Lambert Strether of Corrente The debate will begins at 9 p.m. ET, one half hour from now, and it will run for two hours. It’s being held at Tyler Perry Studios, “located in the heart of Atlanta on the historic grounds of the former Fort McPherson army base.” (James B. McPherson was killed in the Battle of Atlanta, the second highest-ranking Union officer killed in action. Tyler Perry is Oprah Winfrey-adjacent, and was the highest-paid man in show business in 2011, according to Forbes.) How...

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How Neoliberal Thinkers Spawned Monsters They Never Imagined

By Lynn Parramore, Senior Research Analyst at the Institute for New Economic Thinking. Originally published at the Institute for New Economic Thinking website Political theorist Wendy Brown’s latest book, In the Ruins of Neoliberalism: The Rise of Antidemocratic Politics in the West, traces the intellectual roots of neoliberalism and reveals how an anti-democratic project unleashed monsters – from plutocrats to neo-fascists – that its mid-20thcentury visionaries failed to anticipate. She...

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Democrats’ Private Equity Hearing Fail: Abject Incompetence, Corruption, or Mere Unseriousness?

Even though I didn’t have high expectations for the House Financial Services Committee hearing yesterday on private equity, America for Sale? I didn’t expect it to be a train wreck either. Today I will focus on the process issues, as in why this hearing ginned up by Team Dem sucked (Lambert insisted I not use that word in the headline) and what that says about the party. In the next day or so, I’ll turn to what was said in the hearing, and more important, what wasn’t said and what appalling...

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The Coup in Bolivia Has Everything to Do With the Screen You’re Using to Read This

Yves here. Bolivia is yet another example of a struggle over resources….and the locals losing. By Vijay Prashad, an Indian historian, editor and journalist. He is a writing fellow and chief correspondent at Globetrotter, a project of the Independent Media Institute. He is the chief editor of LeftWord Books and the director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research. He has written more than twenty books, including The Darker Nations: A People’s History of the Third World (The New...

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Private Equity Under the Hot Lights Today at House Financial Services Committee Hearing, “America for Sale?”

Private equity is finally getting some long overdue official scrutiny via a series of Congressional moves. One is the full House Financial Services Committee meeting today, at 10:00 AM, America for Sale? An Examination of the Practices of Private Funds. You will find the live webcast at that link, as well as links on that page to the written testimony of each of the witnesses. This is a meaty topic, plus AOC should be on deck, so I hope you can catch at least some of the hearings and comment...

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Why Aren’t Americans Rising Up Like the People of Chile and Lebanon?

Yves here. While this article raises an important question, as in why don’t Americans revolt, its analysis leaves a lot to be desired. For instance, its authors Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J S Davies make the bizarre claim that Occupy failed because it “failed to transition from a rallying point and a decentralized, democratic forum to a cohesive movement that could impact the existing power structure.” Huh? Were they asleep when it was crushed in a `Federally-coordinated 17 city paramilitary...

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