Monday, February 9, 2009

Big Dan's Big News Feb 9, 2009

At core, student debt is a labor issue, as colonial indenture was, subsisting off the desire of those less privileged to gain better opportunities and enforcing a control on their future labor. One of the goals of the planners of the modern U.S. university system after the Second World War was to displace what they saw as an aristocracy that had become entrenched at elite schools; instead they promoted equal opportunity in order to build America through its best talent. The rising tide of student debt reinforces rather than dissolves the discriminations of class, counteracting the meritocracy. Finally, I believe that the current system of college debt violates the spirit of American freedom in leading those less privileged to bind their futures.

Are Students the New Indentured Servants? College student-loan debt has revived the spirit of indenture for a sizable proportion of contemporary Americans.

Student loans, for more than half those attending college, are the new paradigm of college funding. Consequently, student debt is, or will soon be, the new paradigm of early to middle adult life. Gone are the days when the state university was as cheap as a laptop and was considered a right, like secondary education. Now higher education is, like most social services, a largely privatized venture, and loans are the chief way that a majority of individuals pay for it.

Debt Education: Bad for the Young, Bad for America


Why isn't this on national TV???

Oakland Police State

Arrestee Solidarity, March for Stolen Lives, & More February 6th


Will Vermont towns finally get their chance to arrest Cheney?

Dick Cheney's Halliburton/KBR. Where's Donald Rumsfeld, btw???

When are we going to stop this fascism? Don't people who are "for the troops" even care about stuff like this anymore? I guess not. I guess no one does, except their immediate family. I guess no politicians care about this, or they'd be stopping it. I'm going to keep posting this, anyway. Lip service by our government. They don't give a shit, or KBR wouldn't be getting this contract! Lip service! It's a travesty! Don't say you're "for the troops" if you don't say anything about this! I really find this breathtakingly unbelievable! KBR awarded a contract despite killing our troops over and over again due to negligence...UNBELIEVABLE!!! ABSOLUTELY UNBELIEVABLE!!! Do you know what FASCISM is? It's KBR electrocuting (killing) our troops due to negligence over a long period of time, and getting another contract!!! THAT is FASCISM!!!

Defense contractor KBR Inc. has been awarded a $35 million Pentagon contract involving major electrical work, even as it is under criminal investigation in the electrocution deaths of at least two U.S. soldiers in Iraq.

"Halliburton’s Army: How a Well-Connected Texas Oil Company Revolutionized the Way America Makes War”

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Authorities expand shower electrocution probe

My boss at KBR: "The military is none of our f---ing concern."

Benjamin Carter v. Hallibuton Company; and Kellogg, Brown & Root (aka KBR)

WASHINGTON (CBS News) ― KBR may be facing a new scandal. First, accusations its then-parent company Halliburton was given the lucrative contract. And later, allegations of shoddy construction oversight that resulted in Americans getting electrocuted. Now, some other American soldiers say the company knowingly put their lives at risk, CBS News chief investigative correspondent Armen Keteyian exclusively reports.

CBS: KBR knowingly exposed troops to toxic dust

August 2008: KBR Ignored Warnings Of Unsafe Electrical Wiring That Led To Deaths Of U.S. Troops

The military lied and told Ryan Maseth's mother that he carried an electrical appliance into the shower.

KBR Charged With 'Homicide'-- By Mother of Electrocuted Soldier

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