Greg Palast, Truthout: This week, Cohen’s hedge fund, SAC Capital Advisors, will plead guilty to criminal charges of insider trading and pay $1.2 billion in fines and forfeitures. And it’s all Steven’s mommy’s fault. And her monkey’s…
William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: “You, Mrs. or Ms. or Mr. Bulletproof, are sick. But you feel fine, you say? Bloodwork normal, all tests clear, no lumps, no limps, no memory lapses, no problems at all? Wait a while. Live a little longer. Sooner or later, you will make the list.”
Dean Baker, Center for Economic and Policy Research: The October employment report showed a sharp divergence between the household and the establishment surveys. The establishment survey showed a surprisingly strong gain of 204,000 jobs in October, in addition to upward revisions of 60,000 to the prior two months’ data.
Gareth Porter, IPS News: After a drone strike had reportedly killed Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud Nov. 1, the spokesperson for the US National Security Council declared that, if true, it would be “a serious loss” for the terrorist organization. That reaction accurately reflected the CIA’s argument for the strike. But the back story of the episode is how President Obama supported the CIA’s parochial interests.
Christopher Zumski Finke, Yes! For comic book illustrator Tess Fowler, being an artist isn’t just about creating culture, but actively seeking its improvement. She currently works mostly on creator-owned projects outside of the major comic book publishing houses, and she’s set to release a new web-based comic soon called “The Rascals.”
Michael McKee, Truthout: Truth, as a casualty of war, has been a primary target, worthy of a $15 billion budget. Yet although “the media war” for the hearts and minds of Americans and foreign nationals is given high priority, it is out of sync with actual strategic achievements.
Peter Rugh, Waging NonViolence: Tim DeChristopher spent 21 months in jail after bidding on land to keep it out of the hands of drillers – a story that served as inspiration for many people working within the climate movement today. Peter Rugh speaks with DeChristopher about the larger struggle against fossil fuels.
Elsa Rassbach, Drones Campaign: By offering combat drones to European allies, the US seeks to gain more international acceptance and legitimacy for drone warfare. European drone opponents hope to instead bring European governments solidly behind international efforts to ban weaponized combat drones.
Julie Dermansky, DeSmogBlog: Steve Lipsky, a conservative man who made his nest egg in the banking industry, now finds himself playing the role of David against a modern-day Goliath. After what looked at first like an open-and-shut case of industrial negligence turned into a lengthy legal battle, he must either fight or accept financial ruin.
Ben Strubel, New Economic Perspectives: Obama is proposing, along with the support of Republicans and many Democrats, to change how annual increases in Social Security benefits are calculated. He wants to switch to a different formula, called Chained CPI.
Jessica Desvarieux, The Real News Network: With cities amending their marijuana laws following the lead of Colorado and Washington states, one has to wonder which US cities and states will follow. And what does this mean for the future of the so-called war on drugs?