More Than 46 Million Americans Still in Poverty

More Than 46 Million Americans Still in Poverty Salvatore Babones 15 percent of the US population lives in poverty. The poverty rate for children remains more than 20 percent for the third year in a row. As state anti-poverty programs around the country confront severe budget cuts, today's report indicates income inequality has reached an all-time high. According to Census Bureau figures released today, 15 percent of the US population lives in poverty. In 2011, more than 46 million Americans lived below a poverty line that was set [...]

Corporate Fascism

Corporate Fascism By John Johnson    The current media onslaught of political mud slinging and hate-based self-promotion (“I’m tougher on immigration than my opponent,” for example) is beyond absurdist/comical.   The world totters at the edge of disastrous climate change. Wall Street, banks and corporations are putting the cash they swindled into Cayman island accounts, destroying most of the world’s economies. Including our own.   The war against women, abortion and contraception is just another sideshow, but is, in the meantime, putting the lives of women and [...]

Violence

We need help in distribution.  One of our major distributors has to stop doing it,  He distributes in West Hollywood,  a bit Downtown Los Angeles,  Long Beach and even out to Palm Springs and San Diego.  He is putting together  a list.  We also need help in the Silverlake and Hollywood area. Give us a call.  Thanks Mike. Violence  By John Johnson ‘Violence has been part of this planet from the beginning. Violence has been part of humanity from the beginning. Exploiting violence and the fear of [...]

News and Opinions

News and Opinions By John Johnson   We are highlighting Sociopaths this issue. They aren’t getting enough attention lately. First a short definition: Sociopaths do not consider other people's wishes, welfare or rights. They think nothing of lying for pleasure or profit. They may default on loans, fail to provide child support, or adequate care for other dependents. People with antisocial personality disorder perceive the world differently than most people do, and lack the range of feelings that others have, including a conscience. Because they cannot relate [...]

A Small Tip of an Iceberg

A Small Tip of an Iceberg   By John Johnson   I keep two of my bank accounts with Bank of America for sentimental reasons. One is my first saving account, opened in 1958, and another is a checking account   with my mother’s name on it. Lately I’ve checked my accounts on line and recently noticed a monthly five to ten dollar deduction. I called them and was told that my account balances were too low. I kept calling and finally wrote to the bank’s CEO. After [...]

We are all being watched

We see you   -  so be careful   John Johnson We had more computer problems after barely getting out the last issue. This time we had to call a guy who fixes most problems but charges $300 for a home visit and $130 for a new hard drive. We received a donated hard drive for the laptop, so it’s now functional, but we lost some install disks so its not yet usable. Last month one of our mailing label sheets partially cut off the Zip codes. Mailing [...]

We Crashed

  We Crashed   John Johnson   Our computers crashed. The older laptop stopped working and sat around for months. I took it to Clay Claiborne and he fixed it. Then our main computer crashed but was still under warranty. We installed Raid 0 and found out the crash was Dell’s fault. One Windows file breaks and a computer is useless. Also, our Website was hacked into, no problems detected. The two incidents don’t seem related, but who knows? Once again Clay helped by trying to save [...]

Survival Of Change-Links

Survival Of Change-Links Is In Jeopardy John Johnson A lot of us are in survival mode these days, I certainly am. But even more so is Change-Links, subscriptions and donations are very sparse. We were barely able to pay for last month’s printing bill. We are one of the few progressive newspaper still publishing. Only with dedication can volunteers distribute 10,000 papers around the greater Los Angeles area, or help with editing and mailing. Last week the Change Links computer, which is getting old, was either hacked [...]

Occupied

The Empire Strikes Back Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.* *But Only During Business Hours and When Your Not Inconviencing Or Embarrassing Local Governmental Officials, Homeland Security or Their Corporate Benefactors. The massive police attack on the Occupy LA rally on November 29, on the grounds of LA [...]

Yes there is a ruling class

Yes there is a Ruling Class Yes they are waging war against the rest of us A very, very brief history By John Johnson The ruling classes have waged war on the rest of us, practically since Day One. Maybe it began when a chief, or perhaps the head religious leader stole wealth, usually in war or from the labor of others and, determined to prevent its being stolen from him, he surrounded himself with armed mercenaries. They built  an armed unit.  Then he has to figure [...]

Libya

Libya John Johnson As we go to press, I find that I have overdosed on Libya. The first day it was CNN and Al Jazeera on TV, and then live on the Net. My first emotion was to cheer for the people, overthrowing a tyrannical dictator. A revolution on live TV. But many of the scenes were young guys shooting their guns in the air, which went on and on. Those bullets do come back and maybe land on people’s head. Then you realize this would never [...]

Prisons, Drugs and Corporations

Prisons and Corporations John Johnson One way to measure a society is    by how it treats its prisoners. After three weeks of the longest and largest hunger strike in California prisons, the Los Angeles Times finally mentioned it. Since the Sixties, a huge industrial prison complex had grown across the US, one in which the suffering of over two million men and women (about one in 99 throughout the population) is a corporate profit point. This system has grown out of the so-called “War on Drugs.” This [...]