Loved hearing @TheCivilWars yesterday – they wrote the title track to #FindingNorth – insanely talented – http://t.co/JtjaRn2v
Harpers Index Jan 2012 % of Chinese and Americans respectively who struggle to pay for food in 2008: 16, 9. In 2011: 6, 19 #findingnorth
On @DemocracyNow this morning to talk about Gingrich’s bile and #FindingNorth http://t.co/k5E0lbNA – more here http://t.co/kjY0mybG
This morning on DemocracyNow!, I got to talk a little about Newt Gingrich’s poisonous comments on Obama being the food stamp president. First, the facts. Under George Bush, the number of people on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (what food stamps are more properly called in the US) rose by 14.7 million. Under Obama, the number rose by 14.2 million. It’s true, however, that much more money is being spent by Obama. As part of the stimulus bill, entitlements rose to a whopping average of $134.
The entitlements help, to some extent, to dampen in the impact of poverty. And in the teeth of the recession, it’s hard to argue against strengthening the safety net when so many Americans were falling into it.
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We’re over here because you’re over there.:How US policies fueled Mexico’s great migration. http://t.co/uEMilcDo @TheNation
I’ve been working away on a big academic article on the “Green Revolution”, which I hope will be finished soon. Meantime, here’s a lecture based on the research so far, courtesy of the good folk at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Listen here.
Stakeholders vs steak-eaters – food corps take over public institutions http://t.co/wAmm6Rfk
The City Creeps:in China, most people in cities http://t.co/dQ0Fyer4 – in Ethiopia, “villagization” http://t.co/NioSQ2VX @DanWibg
MLK:”know that freedom is never given out, but it comes through … persistent and … continual agitation and revolt.” http://t.co/HZslqgvc
It’s Martin Luther King day in the US today, and I managed to catch King’s “Birth of A New Nation” speech on KPFA’s Africa Today show this evening. The full speech is here but if you’ve a few minutes, it’s always heartstopping to hear Dr King preach.
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