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The Digital Divide is a Class Divide

New Orleans     The Pew Research Center says that only 43% of households nationally with annual incomes of less than $25,000 have access to the internet compared to 70% nationally with broadband. Only 55% of African-Americans have broadband internet. Why? Well, not surprisingly, surveys conducted by independent sources, including pollsters hired by the Wall Street Journal [...]

Organized Labor Speaking Without One Voice

New Orleans        It is one thing when we all know the king has no clothes on, but it’s a whole different problem when Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal and its op-ed pages broadcasts it far and wide. While we watch the Koch Brothers drive an ideological machinery pushing businesses to hew the line politically hard [...]

More Healthcare Hustles as Companies Try to Scam Workers and Government

New Orleans   We are on a countdown to the open window for enrollment and renewals under the Affordable Care Act, so now the employer hustles and scams are getting more and more scary and sketchy.   The Wall Street Journal dryly reported the other day in an article about companies scrambling to avoid penalties that [...]

Insurers are Running from Climate Change

New Orleans      Fair enough, I call New Orleans home and in the wake of Hurricane Katrina nine years ago, I still pay way more attention to climate change than the average Joe, partially because I’ve been there, done that, and think it’s coming again someday both here and to an area near you.  So, when Ceres, [...]

Philanthropy’s Desertion: You Just Can’t Count on the Rich

New Orleans      As Lilliputians living in the land of the giant rich 1%, it is hard to avoid the heavy helpings of bad news coming in daily about how their habits and highly selective generosity imperils us everywhere, especially because we also live in a world dominated by neo-liberalism that has too often ceded the [...]

New and Better Mortgage Lending Standards Maybe

New Orleans               The press is making a big deal of Mel Watt’s comments as the chief housing regulator at the Federal Housing Finance Agency to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s convention in Vegas.  He claims he has a new plan to loosen up the rules so that banks finally lend some money to first-time buyers and [...]