1. McCaskill testifies on Wartime Contracting Commission recommendations

    U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill testified to a Senate panel along with members of the Commission on Wartime Contracting—a Commission she helped create to crack down on waste, fraud, and abuse in government contracting and boost accountability for private contractors—about their final recommendations to Congress.


     war  funding  Claire McCaskill  Democrats  Missouri 

  2. From The Globe and Mail:

    Canadian Heritage’s decision will certainly raise questions in the arts community as to the reasons behind the non-renewal of funding. Media coverage of Catherine Frid’s Homegrown – one of 41 plays presented at the 2010 festival – led a spokesman for Prime Minister Stephen Harper to say in August that “we are extremely disappointed that public money is being used to fund plays that glorify terrorism.”

    Harper later told reporters that he was “concerned” about the play. “I just think most Canadians would find anything that glorifies terrorism to be abhorrent,” he said.

    Of course neither Harper nor his spokesperson had seen the play before.

    Related: No terror glorification here, just an unfortunate Pollyannaism - Globe and Mail


     arts  funding  theatre 

  3. For the average American, what all this means is that of every dollar you send to the IRS, 53 cents will be going to pay for blowing stuff up, fattening the wallets of colonels, admirals and generals, bloating the portfolios of investors in military industries, and of course funding the bonuses paid to executives of those companies, and the campaign chests and expense accounts of the members of Congress who vote for these outlandish budgets. Your money will also be going to pay for the salaries and the bullets of those brave heroes over in Afghanistan who are executing kids, killing pregnant women (and then digging out the bullets and claiming they were stabbed by their families), and for the anti-personnel weapons that are creating legions of legless Afghani kids.

    Dave Lindorff (via azspot)

    Reblogged for the sad, sad truth. And cutting the Pentagon’s budget is tantamount to political suicide nowadays. A real, fact-based discussion needs to take place in regards to defense spending, but I’m afraid that won’t happen anytime soon.

    (via savagemike)


     war  funding  budget  Iraq  Afghanistan  US  spending 

  4. thisisyourgovernment:

via funkaoshi

     Ontario  Dalton McGuinty  transit  funding 

  5. (via azspot)

    Related: NOW ‘incensed’ over anti-abortion executive order - CNN

    From NOW President Terry O’Neil:

    "The National Organization for Women is incensed that President Barack Obama agreed today to issue an executive order designed to appease a handful of anti-choice Democrats who have held up health care reform in an effort to restrict women’s access to abortion. Through this order, the president has announced he will lend the weight of his office and the entire executive branch to the anti-abortion measures included in the Senate bill, which the House is now prepared to pass.

    "President Obama campaigned as a pro-choice president, but his actions today suggest that his commitment to reproductive health care is shaky at best. Contrary to language in the draft of the executive order and repeated assertions in the news, the Hyde Amendment is not settled law - it is an illegitimate tack-on to an annual must-pass appropriations bill. NOW has a longstanding objection to Hyde and, in fact, was looking forward to working with this president and Congress to bring an end to these restrictions. We see now that we have our work cut out for us far beyond what we ever anticipated. The message we have received today is that it is acceptable to negotiate health care on the backs of women, and we couldn’t disagree more."

    Also - Terry O’Neill: Health Care Reform Victory Comes with Tragic Setback for Women’s Rights


     health  women  US  funding  abortion 


     Canada  Quebec  health  funding 

  7. (via ryking)


     US  corporations  education  funding  banks 

  8. On Thursday, Ohio Representative Dennis Kucinich introduced H. Con Res. 248, a privileged resolution with 16 original cosponsors that will require the House of Representatives to debate whether to continue the war in Afghanistan. Debate on the resolution is expected early next week.

    Original cosponsors of the Kucinich resolution include John Conyers, Ron Paul, José Serrano, Bob Filner, Lynn Woolsey, Walter Jones, Danny Davis, Barbara Lee, Michael Capuano, Raúl Grijalva, Tammy Baldwin, Tim Johnson, Yvette Clarke, Eric Massa, Alan Grayson, and Chellie Pingree.

    The Pentagon doesn’t want Congress to debate Afghanistan. The Pentagon wants Congress to fork over $33 billion more to pay for the current military escalation, no questions asked, no restrictions imposed for a withdrawal timetable or an exit strategy.


     war  funding  congress  US 

  9. abbyjean:

Brilliant viral campaign by the Aids and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa. The campaign–named Lords of the Bling–shows how much money Africa’s political leaders have spent on extravagant purchases, and then illustrating how much treatment for HIV and tuberculosis that same money could buy. (via AFRICA IS A COUNTRY)


    Brilliant viral campaign by the Aids and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa. The campaign–named Lords of the Bling–shows how much money Africa’s political leaders have spent on extravagant purchases, and then illustrating how much treatment for HIV and tuberculosis that same money could buy. (via AFRICA IS A COUNTRY)


     images  activism  Africa  AIDS  health  funding 

  10. According to the Regents’ own data and policy documents, the primary use of student fee revenue since 2004 has been as collateral for bonds to fund campus construction projects. In this “modified credit swap,” students are forced to take out “subprime” student loans, often charging six percent interest, so the university can borrow money at a reduced rate to construct new facilities like – to take one example — the Blum Center for Developing Economies at UC Berkeley, which UC Regent Richard C. Blum’s own construction company, URS Corporation, was contracted by the university to build.

    And those subprime student loans? They’re often owned by big banks like Wachovia and other financial outfits that many of the UC Regents and their business partners are shareholders or executives of. So the whole cycle begins and ends with massive public and student debts, both of which increase as the Regents partake in further undermining the tax base while looting the public sector, again ratcheting up the crisis rhetoric.


    Will Parrish and Darwin Bond-Graham, “Who Runs the University of California?”

    This is must-read stuff if you’re in any way interested in the politics and consequences of the ways that public universities are being funded.

    (via lowendtheory + curate)(via bonesarecoralmade)

    (via robot-heart-politics)


     education  students  loans  funding 

  11. The American worker is screwed over every step of the way, and it all starts with the explosion in the cost of a college education. This is one of the Economic Elite’s most devastating weapons. To have any chance of succeeding in this economy, it is commonly believed that you must attend the best college possible. With the rising costs involved, today’s students are graduating with record levels of debt from student loans. At the same time, the unemployment rate among recent college graduates has risen higher than the national average, and those who do find work are making significantly less than they expected to make. This combination of extreme debt and reduced pay has crippled an entire generation right from the start and has put them in a vicious cycle of spiraling debt that they will struggle with for the rest of their lives. The most recent college graduates are now known as a “lost generation.”

     economics  education  funding  cuts 

  12. Without basic research, there can be no new ideas, findings, discoveries to fuel applied sciences - whether technological or medical.

    Also, investing in infrastructure alone does not help scientific research - because you spend more on reagents and salaries (students, research personnel) when scientific research is being done. No money for these means no research done. You end up with shiny new/renovated research buildings with no one to work there - not even scientists.



     Stephen Harper  CIHR  science  funding  Canada