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Education reform

A reminder that education “reformer” Michelle Rhee can’t be trusted, and that she’s up to no damned good in Pennsylvania:

To understand the attack on public education in Pennsylvania, begin with Rachel Tabachnik’s comprehensive report on the partnership between far right-wing funders like the DeVos family with Michelle Rhee’s national StudentsFirst organization, and the Pennsylvania StudentsFirst organization, which shares the same name as Rhee’s group, but has very different people running it.

The Pennsylvania Students First organization is actually an affiliate of American Federation for Children (AFC), chaired by Betsy DeVos, as it states on the website. A donation to Students First PAC was received from Joel Greenberg, a board member of AFC, on the date the PAC was formed. Approximately 5 million dollars from Greenberg, a co-founder of Susquehanna Investment Group (SIG), and two of the other SIG co-founders, Jeffrey Yass and Arthur Dantchik, would follow between March 10 and May 11, 2010. Most of this money was, in turn, contributed to the campaign of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Anthony H. Williams. Graphic at right is the AFC board of directors.

It would be simple enough to dismiss the Pennsylvania organization as a cynical effort to piggyback onto the national Rhee organization, which still seems to meet with the approval of liberals who aren’t paying attention, except that Michelle Rhee is bear-hugging projects of that organization and gracing them with her appearance and support. For example:

Virtually Speaking

Wednesday, Oct 5 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking Science | MSNBC’s Alan Boyle(Cosmic Log) talks with Sean Carroll,  Caltech theoretical physicist who focuses on the structure and evolution of the universe. He’s the author of “From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time,” a popular-level book on cosmology and the arrow of time, as well as a graduate textbook on general relativity. He’s blogged for the past seven years and currently hangs out with a few fellow scientist/bloggers at Cosmic Variance. Later this month [OCTOBER] he’ll be talking about “the laws of nature and the meaning of life” at the annual New Horizons in Science conference in Arizona.

Sean and Alan reality check some of the stranger scientific concepts bubbling up in popular culture, ranging from time travel to extra dimensions and faster-than-light particles. Produced in cooperation with MICA. Listen live and later on BTR

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Yesterday, I read new remarks by Dennis Kucinich about so-called free trade and thought, damn, I’d vote for this guy over Barack Obama in a heartbeat. More here.

Greek police storm metro

Tear gas protesters:

Save the Delaware River



It starts tomorrow:


Bert Jansch, 67, founding member of Pentangle.

Food for thought

Lots of interesting thoughts on Occupy Wall Street over at Deanna Zandt’s place.


Oct. 5th, 1970. Janis Joplin found dead of an overdose in her hotel room.

Paul B. Farrell at Marketwatch:

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (MarketWatch) — Memo to the Super Rich, your high-paid lobbyists and your no-compromise political puppets whose sole mission is destroying the presidency: Yes, you are succeeding. You’re also killing the economy.

Thanks to your self-destructive ideology, America is now in the second of back-to-back Lost Decades. A new one on the heels of the 2000-2010 Lost Decade where Wall Street lost more than 20% inflation-adjusted. Get it? You guys launched America’s second Lost Decade of 21st century.

Yes, two consecutive job-killing Lost Decades. The first created by Wall Street’s obsessive greed. The new one triggered by the widening wealth gap that’s feeding endless partisan political wars powered by Super Rich conservatives hell-bent on re-establishing the same free-market, trickle-down Reaganomics policies that have been sabotaging America for the last generation.

Unfortunately, the new one gets worse: Why? The coming Lost Decade is a backdrop for a wave of class warfare destined to trigger a historic revolution in American politics, bigger than the ‘29 Crash and Great Depression.

Initially inspired by the Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street is a virus spreading rapidly as Occupy Everything, a reform movement that will overshadow the GOP/Tea Party as the voice of the people, leading to an Occupy America. Read more about the origins of Occupy Wall Street.

Read David Weidner’s Writing on the Wall: Occupy Wall Street is a tea party with brains.

Investors, listen closely: First, we’ll summarize five major signs of America’s new Lost Decade 2011-2021. Then, we summarize seven diverse examples of rebellions across the world adding fuel to America’s accelerating Occupy Wall Street revolution.

Why is this crucial for investors? Because these class wars are guaranteed to deepen America’s market and economic problems during the coming Lost Decade. So listen closely investors:</blockquote>

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