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Thursday, January 16,2014

A new player for Ohio State football games

By Jim Hightower
The new OSU recruit’s full name is MaxxPro — not a football player, but a 19-ton armored fighting vehicle built by a pentagon contractor to withstand “ballistic arms fire, mine fields, IEDs and Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical environments.”
Thursday, January 9,2014

The spreading plague of antibacterial products

Have you had your daily minimum requirement of triclosan today? How about your dosage of triclocarban?

By Jim Hightower
Corporations have slipped them into all sorts of consumer products, pushing them with a blitz of advertising that claim the antibacterial ingredients prevent the spread of infections.
Thursday, January 2,2014

Get a whiff of ‘synthetic biology’

Spoiler alert: it smells like vanilla

By Jim Hightower
Welcome once again to the phantasmagoric world of DNA manipulators, a crude and costly attempt by high-tech alchemists to genetically modify micro-organisms to produce something unnecessary: artificial flavorings and fragrances.
Thursday, December 26,2013

Measuring Congress by the numbers

By Jim Hightower
A few numbers can sum this year up, so let’s review them. For example, 16. That’s the number of days that a gaggle of tea party Republicans shut down our government by throwing an October hissy fit. Oh, add 24 billion to that — $24 billion is the economic loss America suffered from the tea partiers’ shutdown stunt.
Thursday, December 19,2013

NSA and DHS defend us against sinister website

NSA pursues parody

By Jim Hightower
That’s why we must be grateful to the National Security Agency and our Department of Homeland Security. They’re constantly on watch, poised to spring to our defense, no matter from what hellhole the threat emanates. Some homegrown cynics say the billions a year we spend on these.
Thursday, December 12,2013

The educated working poor: Adjunct professors

By Jim Hightower
The sorry secret of higher education — from community colleges to brand name universities — is that they’ve embraced the corporate culture of a contingent workforce, turning professors into part-time, low-paid, no-benefit, no-tenure, temporary teachers.
Thursday, December 5,2013

A curse, a blessing and a good food movement

By Jim Hightower
The curse of Butz, however, spun off a blessing. Small farmers and food artisans practically threw up at the resulting Twinkieization of America’s food.
Wednesday, November 27,2013

Punishing poverty, subsidizing billionaires

By Jim Hightower
In this season of the fall harvest, Congress is proving once again that it is a very poor gardener — it keeps watering the weeds and pulling the flowers.
Thursday, November 21,2013

'Black Friday' is spoiling Thanksgiving

By Jim Hightower
Here comes Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas! It’s a month-long season of friends and family, spiritual reflection and time to decompress from our usual helter-skelter lives, right?
Thursday, November 14,2013

Rabbits, endangered rhinos and the Dallas Safari Club

By Jim Hightower
Yes, to save the black rhino, kill it.