Mother Jones: Stop Crime with Basic Income

One City Tried Something Radical to Stop Gun Violence. This Report Suggests It’s Working. From 45 homicides to 11 in seven years. Tim Murphy, Mother Jones EXTRACT Four times a year, the program’s street team sifts through police records and its own intelligence to determine, with actuarial detachment, the 50 people in Richmond most likely …

Yoda: New York Bans Fracking — 2 Aspects Everyone Has Missed from the NYT to Mother Jones

Citing Health Risks, Cuomo Bans Fracking in New York State (NYT) Health Department Report on Fracking in New York State (Report) New York State Just Banned Fracking (Mother Jones) Phi Beta Iota: The media coverage of this historic decision has been mediocre. Everyone has missed two really big deals. First, the NY ban stems from …

Mother Jones: Fact Checking Coming of Age? One Man Wrote Hundreds of Letters Warning Politicians Not to Lie.

This Man Wrote Hundreds of Letters Warning Politicians Not to Lie. It Worked. Political scientist Brendan Nyhan explains why fact-checking keeps candidates honest…sometimes. Nyhan hasn’t just been studying the fact-check movement; he was there at its origins. In the early 2000s, he coauthored a site called Spinsanity.com, a nonpartisan fact-checking outlet. It was the beginning …

Mother Jones: American Apples Banned in Europe

Why American Apples Just Got Banned in Europe Back in 2008, European Food Safety Authority began pressing the chemical industry to provide safety information on a substance called diphenylamine, or DPA. Widely applied to apples after harvest, DPA prevents “storage scald”—brown spots that “becomes a concern when fruit is stored for several months,” according to …

Mother Jones: Net Neutrality Dead

Net Neutrality Finally Dies at Ripe Old Age of 45 Kevin Drum Apparently net neutrality is officially dead. The Wall Street Journal reports today that the FCC has given up on finding a legal avenue to enforce equal access and will instead propose rules that explicitly allow broadband suppliers to favor companies that pay them …

Mother Jones: Laos Bombing – $17M a Day, 2.5 Million Tons of Bombs, True Cost Just Now Becoming Known…

Watch the US Drop 2.5 Million Tons of Bombs on Laos Picturing the deadly legacy of America’s secret war in the world’s most bombed-out country Watch short video. Between 1964 and 1973, the United States dropped around 2.5 million tons of bombs on Laos. While the American public was focused on the war in neighboring …

Mother Jones: Can’t Touch This – Best Overview of Pentagon Corruption and Idiocy at This Time and Place

CAN”T TOUCH THIS The wars are winding down. It’s the age of austerity. But nobody messes with the Pentagon budget. Until Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) rode to the rescue this week, Pentagon brass and their allies had been issuing dire warnings about the nation’s military readiness: The armed services were …

Mother Jones: YouTube (1:49) Inside the World’s Largest Solar Boat

Step Inside the World’s Largest Solar Boat The solar plane will land in New York City soon, but its water-borne counterpart is already here: Early this week the world’s largest solar-powered boat steamed into lower Manhattan and docked in small marina, usually reserved for multimillion dollar yachts, in the shadow of the new World Trade …

Mother Jones: Latin American Nations Distance Themselves from USA, Debate Legalizing Marijuana

Latin American Nations Debate Legalizing Pot —By Josh Harkinson Mon Jun. 10, 2013 At last week’s annual summit of the Organization of American States, Latin American leaders distanced themselves from the United States’ drug policies and agreed to consider the widespread legalization of marijuana. The OAS summit “was really a tipping point for this movement” …

Mother Jones: Their Will Be Done — CIA and the Vatican

Their Will Be Done Let the pope keep the kingdom and the glory — the CIA wants the power. By Martin A. Lee,| July/August 1983 Issue One day in July 1944, as the Second World War raged throughout Europe, General William “Wild Bill” Donovan was ushered into an ornate chamber in Vatican City for an …

Mother Jones: The 1% Revealed, the 99% Undressed

The 1 Percent, Revealed The superrich have drawn a clear line in the sand between themselves and everybody else. How did we get here? — By Barbara Ehrenreich and John Ehrenreich Mother Jones,  Thu Dec. 15, 2011 EXTRACT: And here was another thing many in the middle class were discovering: The downward plunge into poverty …

Mother Jones: Exclusive on Koch Brother’s Game Plan

Exclusive: The Koch Brothers’ Million-Dollar Donor Club By Gavin Aronsen Mother Jones, Tue Sep. 6, 2011 Read our inside account of the Koch brothers’ Vail seminar, and listen to the exclusive audio. Twice a year, the billionaire industrialist brothers Charles and David Koch host secretive retreats for an exclusive list of corporate America’s rich and …

Mother Jones: How Not to Withdraw from Iraq

How Not to Withdraw from Iraq Even as we withdraw troops, the enormity of the US embassy compound in Baghdad sends the wrong message. — By Peter Van Buren Mother Jones, 11 June 2011 EXTRACT: Eight disastrous years after we invaded, it is sad but altogether true that Iraq does not matter much in the …

Mother Jones: Employment Picture Sucks

Employment Picture Even Grimmer Than You Think — By Kevin Drum | Fri Jun. 3, 2011 8:49 AM PDT Every month Steve Benen publishes a handy chart showing job gains and losses since January 2008. Looking at the latest dismal numbers for May, he concludes, “Any sane person should look at these numbers and conclude …