Old Mole Variety Hour

Pillaging Public Pensions

WRR: Pensions Last week, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber called for a special legislative session (to begin 8am September 30th) noting that "we have an opportunity to combine cost savings from reforms to the Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) and new revenue to restor... Read more

Happy Labor Day?

Happy Labor Day. Or, is it? You might have noticed that Labor is not doing so well lately. Multiple recent studies confirm that while productivity has grown over the past thirty years, and even over the last ten, wages have slowed, stagnated, and declined. Recent income g... Read more

Monsters of the Market reviewed

A shorter audio version of this review was broadcast on the January 7, 2013 Old Mole Variety Hour. Vampires and zombies abound these days in popular culture and in the culture of the market. In 2009, journalist Matt Taibbi famously dubbed the investment bank Goldman Sachs... Read more

young white men with guns

There have been so many of these incidents that it's useful to have timelines and maps just to keep track of these things. We can certainly see the ironies of the situation. Juan Cole reminds us to consider not just the children killed in Connecticut last week, but also th... Read more

ALEC helps corporations write state laws

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  [For the 21 May 12 Old Mole, posted 5/20/2012] We all know money in politics is a problem.  As Marx noted, "The executive of the modern state is but a committee for managing the common affairs of the whole bourgeoisie." One of the strongest links between capital and the ... Read more

a revolution in happiness?

Audio here The other day, in line at the grocery store, I noticed that the cover of Real Simple magazine's January issue invited me to "be happier this year." I can't tell you about the "9 surprising strategies to get you there," because I was pretty sure that spending $... Read more

Eyjafjallajokull

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For the Old Mole Variety Hour May 3, 2010 I've been thinking about volcanoes and air travel. Last month, I was scheduled to attend a conference in London, and stopped on the way to visit an old friend now living in Ireland. Of course I never made it to the conference, bec... Read more

against work

The well-read Red has been reading about working and about not working. With unemployment rates in the US hovering around 16 percent, we might take to heart comments from French activists  protesting changes in unemployment law some years ago. Taking a page from the Situat... Read more

policing the boundaries of gender

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for the Old Mole Variety Hour 31 August 2009 Earlier this month, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) announced that they will be verifying the gender of South African runner Caster Semenya, who won the women's 800-meter event at the Berlin Games. ... Read more

reproductive justice

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for the Old Mole Variety Hour, June 8, 2009 The funeral this weekend of Dr. George Tiller attracted hundreds of mourners, honoring the memory of one of the very small number of doctors providing late term abortions in the US, a man whose clinic motto was "Trust women." Mean... Read more