Archive for August, 2012
August 2012. In Russia, a band of anarchist woman pranksters has provoked a global conversation about the true meaning of the word “feminism.” In the United States, a political party led by rape apologists is conspiring to steal yet another national election. Which former global superpower is winning?
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Seattle’s reputation as a pro-labor town has mostly been founded on the memory of the General Strike of 1919 and the WTO protests of 1999. But many other such events have occurred here to strengthen that reputation. Chief among these was the Seattle Post-Intelligencer newsroom strike of 1936. This event stands out especially for being [...]
He’s the head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the quasi-public agencies that have financed about half of all residential mortgages in the United States. Why is Edward DeMarco important right now? The Obama Administration has been trying to persuade DeMarco to allow Fannie and Freddie to do [...]
Aug. 1, 1938: Hilo Massacre 51 racially mixed longshoremen and union supporters in Hilo, Hawaii are gassed, hosed, bayoneted, and shot in the back by police. Aug. 2, 1861: National income tax, the first of its kind, passed to aid the Union war effort. 1942: Press in Los Angeles whips up racism, sheriff arrests over [...]