This little piggie went to China

In April, the titans of Meat Inc. started squealing like stuck pigs, claiming that the forced shutdowns of dozens of their slaughterhouses were creating an impending national crisis: Steak shortages! America is... Read more...

Sacrificing people to corporate profit

As directed by their big business funders, top Republican officeholders across the country have been defying public health experts in past weeks to rush America's workers back into their jobs. But – oops! – the... Read more...

Cashing in on the COVID crisis

Why does Donald Trump refuse to wear a coronavirus mask? Because he realizes that, in a mask, we'd all recognize him as the robber who has been moving furtively behind the scenes of the pandemic to rig the rule... Read more...

Meet the Slaphappy Governor of Texas

Once again, my state of Texas is saddled with a Republican gubernatorial goober. Greg Abbott is this guy's name, and he's another incompetent, right-wing ideologue whose botched handling of our state's COVID-19... Read more...

Something Is Rotten at Big Meat, Inc.

A century ago Upton Sinclair condemned the "unspeakable" practices that went on in "packing houses all the time." But today's conditions would leave him no less appalled. While unions and other reformers have set higher standards for cleanliness and safety, there's a big difference between what's put on paper and what actually occurs. Progress in standards, it turns out, has been efficiently canceled out by (1) the sheer enormity of today's facilities, (2) the massive volume of animals slaughtered and butchered day and night, and (3) the treacherous work speeds corporate bosses demand.

‘Accidents’ happen

When a corporation sets up a workplace that routinely results in maiming, mangling, sickening, disabling, and even killing workers, those outcomes are not "accidents." They are intentional, immoral decisions by... Read more...

Trump versus the wisdom of Robert E. Lee

While our present President's moral character seems stuck somewhere between boorish and brutish, it's only fair to note that he also has an aesthetic dimension. This surprising side of Trump popped out sever... Read more...

A wealth tax for American Progress

The rich are different from you and me. For one thing, they’re rich. Among the super-rich, though, there tends to be a peculiar sense that their net worth is a testament to their true worthiness. Thus, they ... Read more...

Unmasking America’s mask profiteers

Everyone should wear a protective medical mask – but some ought to be in ski masks, like those favored by bank robbers and muggers. Zach Fuentes for example, a former deputy chief of staff for Donald Trump. ... Read more...

What’s behind a mask?

The chief cultural emblem of our times is this: Wearing a mask. Or not. These low-tech, high-impact, low-cost coverings are so simple and effective at helping reduce the COVID-19 infection rate that our top ... Read more...

Beware a of a Trump Coup!

The mass these protests against systemic racism are driving Donald Trump plumb crazy! Of course, that's a pretty short drive for him. He would be hilarious if his buffoonery was not so dangerous and destruct... Read more...

George Floyd, you, me… us

Viewing the video of George Floyd's gruesome murder, one word from him stuck in my head, one painful human utterance that conveys the horror of it all: "Momma," Mr. Floyd cried out in desperation and disbelief ... Read more...

What does “Small Government” buy us?

Amazingly, America has become a nation of socialists, asking in dismay: "Where's the government?" These are not born-again Bernie Sanders activists, but everyday people of all political stripes (including pr... Read more...

Standing with George Floyd

One word in particular, one sound, one horror that I can’t get out of my head is this: George Floyd crying out “momma,” as his life was cruelly and senselessly crushed in yet another brutal, White-on-Black murd... Read more...

Meet ‘the crazy lady’ who battled a marauding corporate polluter–and won

Point Comfort, Texas, is the setting for an epic, true-life drama of a 30-year struggle between malicious corporate power and tenacious human rebelliousness that is still playing out. You want bigger-than-Hollywood pizzazz? This unscripted narrative includes: a treacherous Taiwanese billionaire, panic in Calhoun County, the black-hatted rebel at The Hideout bar, a stormy night on Lavaca Bay,a plague of nurdles, the shocking decision by a Reagan-appointed judge, an encounter at Poor Boy’s Bait shop, and... “The crazy lady,” a woman who would not back off, shut up, be intimidated, or quit.

What’s the Weirdest Species of All?

What's the Weirdest Species of All? I love those nature shows that probe the behavior and intelligence of birds, elephants, and other fellow creatures. However, there's one exotic critter the shows have i... Read more...