Financial institutions and wealthy individuals can make lots of money buying options on oil, driving up the price, so that we drive on $4+ gas. Mark Cooper is Director of Research at the Consumer Federation of America where he has responsibility for analysis and advocacy in the areas of telecommunications, media, digital rights, economic and energy policy. Here he talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about how the price of gas and many other commodities are increased by speculators.
Well-read Red Frann Michel discusses the case of Tanya McDowell, a homeless, Black single mother, sentenced to 12 years in prison in Connecticut for using her babysitter's address to enroll her son in a Norwalk school. Frann details the many ways in which governments and private schools are stealing education systematically from the poor and people of color.
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Denise Morris hosts this edition of the Mole, featuring a discussion of how oil prices are driven up by speculators, a commentary on the theft of education from the poor, a review of the politics of "The Lorax," and a report on attempts by wealthy liberal donors to buy a piece of Occupy Wall Street.
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