National Pipe And Plastic:Destruction of a Neighborhood

by Gary King

National Pipe and Plastic is a major manufacturer of PVC pipe. The business is located on Old Vestal Road and Commerce Road in the Town of Vestal. The location is in an industrial/commercial area. There are no residential properties bordering directly on the National Pipe site. They have a 24 hour, 7 days a week operation. The manufacture of plastic pipe is noisy, smelly and dirty. Residential neighbors up the hill to the East of their site have complained about the noise and smell. The site has several silos for storage of PVC material and acres of stored plastic pipe on skids over 12 feet high. There is constant truck traffic and yard work. Read the rest of this entry »


Why Aren’t You MAD?!

by A. E. Neuman

Broome County Executive Debbie Preston came into county office promising to “shake things up.”  What she meant by that we are not sure but it appears she is hell bent on going after county employees first in order to find slackers and those on the dole.  Shortly after taking office she had a “whistle blower” order established so that county employees could tell on each other if “slacking” was suspected.  We don’t know how many “slackers” she has caught if any.  But I am sure we will find out come election time.  Read the rest of this entry »


The Rise of the Police State and the Absence of Mass Opposition

James Petras and Robin Eastman Abaya

One of the most significant political developments in recent US history has been the virtually unchallenged rise of the police state.  Despite the vast expansion of the police powers of the Executive Branch of government, the extraordinary growth of an entire panoply of repressive agencies, with hundreds of thousands of personnel, and enormous public and secret budgets and the vast scope of police state surveillance, including the acknowledged monitoring of over 40 million US citizens and residents, no mass pro-democracy movement has emerged to confront the powers and prerogatives or even protest the investigations of the police state. Read the rest of this entry »


Austerity Hastens Economic Decline

From an Article by Stephen Lendman

Obama and Congress face Depression conditions. Roosevelt addressed them in the 1930s. Imagine how austerity then would have imposed greater hardships. Instead Americans got Social Security, homeowner’s loan refinancing, and moratoriums on foreclosures. Small farmers were helped unlike current subsidies earmarked for agribusiness. Unemployment insurance was established in partnership with states. Read the rest of this entry »


What Happened to Occupy?

by Greg Beiter, Amalgamated Transit Union Local Shop 587 Shop Steward, Seattle WA (personal capacity)

Seattle-Groups within the Occupy Movement here in Seattle and around the country called for a May 1 “general strike’ to protest wealth inequality and corporate dominance. Over a thousand came out to demonstrate against the underlying logic of the capitalistic system. However, midway through the day, some Black Bloc anarchist protesters smashed windows and clashed with police. Read the rest of this entry »


America’s Great Recession – Part 3 Making Change

By Jim Amory

 

Certainly our Great Recession has got the world’s attention! In Europe and Egypt, in Japan, Ireland and Britain, in New York and Madison, Wisconsin people are shouting “Stop”! What should stop, and who’s going to make it stop? Read the rest of this entry »


Terrorists

“White terrorists are called ‘gunmen.’ What does that even mean? A person with a gun? Wouldn’t that be, like, everyone in the US? Other terrorists are called, like, ‘terrorists.'”