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Thursday, December 18, 2014

‘Voices & Thoughts’ Archives

NSA’s abuse of power

NSA’s abuse of power

  The NSA's metastasized intelligence-industrial complex is ripe for abuse Where oversight and accountability have failed, Snowden's leaks have opened up a vital public debate on our rights and privacy By Valerie Plame Wilson and Joe Wilson Let's be absolutely clear about the news that the NSA collects massive amounts of information on US citizens – from emails, to telephone calls, to videos, under the Prism program and other Fisa court orders: this story has nothing to ... Full Story

The United States of Fascism

    The Fascist State of America By Glen Barry #IStandWithEdwardSnowden because free nations don't spy on and murder their citizens. Democracies don't terrorize sovereign nations and their peoples with torture, false imprisonment, and drone-based perma-war. It is time to stand up against the oil oligarchy's police state that is stifling social change required to achieve universal human rights, justice, equity, and global ecological sustainability. "They who can give ... Full Story

Stasi In the White House

Stasi In the White House

By: Paul Craig Roberts   On June 19, 2013, US President Obama, hoping to raise himself above the developing National Security Agency (NSA) spy scandals, sought to associate himself with two iconic speeches made at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. Fifty years ago, President John F. Kennedy pledged: "Ich bin ein Berliner." In 1987, President Ronald Reagan challenged: "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall." Obama's speech was delivered to a relatively small, specially selected audience ... Full Story

Fascism on the Rise

  There's a New Fascism on the Rise, and the NSA Leaks Show Us What It Looks Like By John Pilger The power of truth-tellers like Edward Snowden is that they dispel a whole mythology carefully constructed by the corporate cinema, the corporate academy and the corporate media.  In his book, Propaganda, published in 1928, Edward Bernays wrote: "The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important ... Full Story

Theft of the American Dream

Theft of the American Dream

  How American Society Unravelled After Greedy Elites Robbed the Country Blind Thirty years ago, the old deal that held US society together started to unwind, with social cohesion sacrificed to greed. Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com/ Rob Kints June 20, 2013  | In or around 1978, America's character changed. For almost half a century, the United States had been a relatively egalitarian, secure, middle-class democracy, with structures in place that supported the ... Full Story

Wilsons to celebrate 60th Anniversary

Wilsons to celebrate 60th Anniversary

Wilson 60th Anniversary   Curtis and Joyce Wilson were married in Berthoud, Colorado on January 18, 1953 and now, 60 years later, they are having a celebration. In honor of 60 years of wedded bliss, the children of Curtis and Joyce (Michael, Dennis and Cleta) are hosting a gathering at the Wilson home, 749 5th St., Berthoud, on Sunday, June 23 from 2:00-6:00 p.m.  Everyone who has been touched by the lives of Curtis and Joyce and their family are welcome to attend. Your presence is ... Full Story

Lucille Dorman celebrates 95th

Lucille Dorman celebrates 95th

Berthoud Memories on 95th Birthday Lucille Buehler Dorman will celebrate her 95th birthday on Saturday, June 15, 2013. Lucille, a second generation Berthoud native, was born 95 years ago on the family farm east of Berthoud. Her parents were Walter and Dora (Davis) Buehler. She was the oldest of four daughters. Lucille attended a one-room school house through 8th grade then transferred to Berthoud High School. She graduated in 1936 and was the first in her family to graduate from ... Full Story

Obituary: Maryanne Pennock

Obituary: Maryanne Pennock

Maryanne Pennock passed away June 8, 2013 at her home in Berthoud.  She was 80 years old.  She was born July 25, 1932 to Frankie Norton Lanham and Urless R. Lanham in Longmont, Colorado.  After graduating from the Longmont schools, she attended Barnes Business College in Denver.  Later, she worked for Mountain Bell Telephone and Southern Bell Telephone companies in the business offices for 7 years.  She married her high school sweetheart Phil Pennock October 11, 1952.  They lived in ... Full Story

Taxpayers subsidize Wal-Mart

Taxpayers subsidize Wal-Mart

You are Paying Wal-Mart’s Workers as the Company Keeps Its Money By Piper Hoffman You are paying Wal-Mart employees’ wages. Yep, you. The notoriously stingy company cuts every corner to keep prices low, and one of those corners is the payroll. It pays employees peanuts (and then cheats them of their overtime peanuts, but that is another story). By “peanuts” I mean an average of $8.81 per hour. Many of these workers need welfare to survive. Thus you, the taxpayer, are paying ... Full Story

Death of the Middle Class

Death of the Middle Class

    The Middle Class Faces Extinction—So Does the American Dream Income inequality is now as high as it's been since the Great Depression, and the middle class is nearly extinct. By Steward Lansley This article first appeared in the  Los Angeles Review of Books. Inequality is now one of the biggest political and economic challenges facing the United States. Not that long ago, the gap between rich and poor barely registered on the political Richter scale. Now the ... Full Story

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