We’re closing in on him…and he’s going to lash out as he increasingly feels cornered…
A grassroots activist campaign called StopRush works to monitor ads on the radio show, record data in the StopRush advertiser database, and communicate with advertisers to be sure they know their ad is airing on the program.
Many of these companies are unaware their ad is being rotated on during the controversial show and take immediate action to ensure their reputation is not associated with attacks onwomen, ethnic minorities, homosexuals, andthe poor. This has led to serious problems in ad revenue for Clear Channel, Cumulus, and other media companies that broadcast the Rush Limbaugh Show.
Right wing trolls have claimed this campaign is an attack on free speech, apparently ignorant of the fact that StopRush volunteers are exercising that very right by communicating with advertisers.
There is nothing radical in this principle; it’s merely an extension of the Nuremberg precedents.
Despite the lack of prosecution, the decision by the prosecutor to open the investigation, and to pursue it for as long he did, is legally significant. It means the prosecutor accepted two assertions at the heart of the complaint. First, the construction of the wall and settlements in the occupied West Bank entails the commission of war crimes. Second, that companies involved in this construction may be complicit in, and hence legally responsible for, those crimes.
The case therefore supports the assertions that have been made by lawyers and human rights groups for years: not only is the building of the wall and settlements by Israel illegal and criminal, so is complicity with that construction. Those responsible should be open to prosecution in the correct legal forum.
It undermines the charge often made by Israel and its supporters that legal challenges of this kind merely represent “lawfare” — that is vexatious, politicized attempts to abuse the law in order to “delegitimize” Israel.
In which Jim Hightower shines a klieg light on some murky details…
…as dry-land farmers can tell you, thunder ain’t rain. Read beneath the joyful headlines hailing April’s uptick in job numbers, and you’ll see the parched truth.
For example, more than a third of working-age Americans are either out of work or have given up on finding a job. Also, last month’s hiring increase was almost entirely for receptionists, waiters, clerks, temp workers, car-rental agents and other low-wage positions with no benefits or upwardly mobile possibilities. On the other hand, manufacturing — generally the source of good, middle-class jobs — did not add workers in April and has cut some 10,000 jobs in the last year.
Especially problematic was the continued rise in underemployment — people wanting full-time work, but having to take part-time and temporary jobs. Underemployment is also pounding college graduates. While they’ve been more successful than non-grads at landing jobs, they’re not getting jobs that fit their career goals or even require the degrees they spent money and time to obtain. Indeed, many of those rental agents and restaurant employees you encounter hold four-year degrees, forcing everyone else to scramble for the few, even lower-paid jobs further down the skill ladder.
Reblogged from Slate, 27 May 2013