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Why I Support the Teachers Unions

Teachers are one of the last bastions of workplace democracy left in the country, and once they’re out of the picture anything goes. Including public education.
Even if you believe that public education itself is wrong and would prefer a voluntary education system, or a system of teacher/parent cooperatives, or an entirely private or voucher-based system, you still need teachers. In any of these systems teachers should still have the right to form a union.

With ‘frictionless sharing,’ Facebook and news orgs push boundaries of online privacy

Facebook again may have gone too far in its quest to make privacy obsolete, and this time some news organizations could get burned by going along with it. Its latest idea goes much further than "Like" buttons, turning sharing into a thoughtless process in which everything we read, watch or listen to is shared with our friends automatically. That’s the difference between telling a friend about something that happened to you today and opening your entire diary.

What's behind the scorn for the Wall Street protests?

Any entity that declares itself an adversary of prevailing institutional power is going to be viewed with hostility by establishment-serving institutions and their loyalists. But anyone who looks at mostly young citizens marching in the street protesting the corruption of Wall Street and the harm it spawns, and decides that what is warranted is mockery and scorn rather than support, is either not seeing things clearly or is motivated by objectives other than the ones being presented.

Why conservatives hate Warren Buffett

Maybe only a really, really rich guy can credibly make the case for why the wealthy should be asked to pay more in taxes. You can’t accuse a big capitalist of “class warfare.” That’s why the right wing despises Warren Buffett and is trying so hard to shut him up. it is common sense, not class jealousy, to ask the most fortunate to pay taxes at higher tax rates than other people do. It is for this heresy that Buffett is being harassed.

A Nation of "Suspects"

As intrusive as News Corps. has been in the lives of private citizens and corporate competitors, it doesn't hold a candle to the federal government. Anyone who has a bank account, or uses a phone or a computer to send emails or browse web sites, or visits a library, books a rental car, or purchases a airline ticket is within the surveillance net -- unaware of being spied upon because of unparalleled government secrecy to avoid public scrutiny.

No paper might mean no news

A Pew Research Center survey reveals a disconnect by news consumers about where their information originates.

Want to get under a newspaper person's skin? Tell them you don't need their work because you get most of your news from the internet. But it turns out that the audience doesn't merely fail to recognize who produces most local news. Even those who do give credit to their local paper don't express particular concern about finding an alternative if their paper goes away, a new and detailed survey of community news consumption habits shows.