Archive for January, 2012

Once again, the world had to hear that negotiations between the Greek government and bondholders did not result in an agreement being reached. Stocks slipped on the news, as investors become wearier of constantly hearing that a deal is close. Meanwhile here in the US, news that consumer spending fell flat in December as more Americans saved begs the question of where exactly growth is going to come from.

A beaming bride, a crumbling warehouse — Babylonia Aivaz said it’s a love that will never die, as she exchanged wedding vows with the Seattle building on Sunday.

Aivaz and the 10th and Union warehouse entered into a self-described “gay marriage,” surrounded by friends singing of love and united against displacement in their neighborhood by means of new development.

Aivaz told the crowd of approximately 50 people about her relationship with the building, which is slated to be demolished in a week to make way for a new apartment complex.

In December, she said, she and 16 Occupy Seattle activists linked arms and occupied the warehouse to fight against gentrification and for community space..


According to BusinessWeek, Bank of America is pushing back when offering loan modifications to people who are complaining publicly. The catch is the borrower must stay quiet and remove any previous criticisms of the bank from public records, like tweets or facebook. According to one borrower the bank included this language, “The borrower “will remove and delete any online statements regarding this dispute, including, without limitation, postings on Facebook, Twitter and similar websites,” and not make any statements “that defame, disparage or in any way criticize” the bank’s reputation, practices or conduct, according to documents filed in state court in Phoenix.”

Mike Papantonio appears on MSNBC‘s The Ed Show to talk about Newt Gingrich‘s chances of winning the upcoming Florida GOP primary, and whether Floridians will buy into his “moon colony” plans.

Muslim groups are calling for New York‘s police commissioner to step down because of his appearance in a film they say paints them in a bad light.

Responding on Lou Dobbs Tonight on Thursday, Trotta connected her negative reaction to the President’s policy address with the successful military operation.

In nearly half of the United States, you don’t need any kind of proof of identification to vote. A registered voter merely shows up and casts a ballot. But ahead of the November elections, Republicans are leading the drive to require photo ID cards at polling stations.

In 2002 the Pentagon owned 50 unmanned predator drones, but today the number has ballooned to over 7,000. Additionally the Pentagon has asked Congress for an extra $5 billion to expand the drone program. Although the Pentagon’s primary use for drones is war, they are using these weapons to spy on American citizens.

Conservative media, led by Fox News, have struggled to get on the same page regarding the number of jobs that could be created by TransCanada Corporation‘s proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Their figures rely on industry-funded studies, and at times even overstate those estimates. While the pipeline would provide some temporary construction jobs, it would not have a significant or lasting impact on employment in the U.S.


As one of only 3 people with a national U.S. holiday, it’s sad that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has been reduced to Twitter hashtag. Here are some little (and not-so-little) known facts about the man, the day and the meaning behind it all.