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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.
Thursday, November 7,2013

Get a whiff of 'synthetic biology'

By Jim Hightower
It’s always inspiring to see global corporate giants crush small farmers, stomp on nature, circumvent our laws by hook or crook, and deceive and gouge consumers.
Thursday, October 31,2013

Monsanto's World Food Farce

By Jim Hightower
It was my privilege to go to Des Moines, Iowa, recently for a World Food Prize extravaganza recognizing Monsanto’s work against global hunger. But wait, Monsanto is not a hunger fighter, it’s a predatory proliferator of proprietary GMO seeds.
Thursday, October 24,2013

A tomato tale that's hard to stomach

By Jim Hightower
"I’m 98 percent confident we can make a tomato that tastes substantially better,” Professor Harry Klee recently exulted to The New York Times.