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Personally, I can’t see why anyone but the insurance industry would come out against a single payer system. The insurance industry, by the way, is part of the financialization of the global economy where hedge funds and real estate have do some much damage to the 99% via Wall Street speculation and too-big-to-fail social and political manipulation. Jackie Wolf is a loud voice in defense of humanity and reason. ...(full comment)

Jackie Wolf: Happy Birthday, Medicare — the best form of health insurance

Personally, I can’t see why anyone but the insurance industry would come out against a single payer system. The insurance industry, by the way, is part of the financialization of the global economy where hedge funds and real estate have do some much damage to the 99% via Wall Street speculation and too-big-to-fail social and political manipulation. Jackie Wolf is a loud voice in defense of humanity and reason. ...(full comment)

Jackie Wolf: Happy Birthday, Medicare — the best form of health insurance

Not true - I am making a great return on my FRAK investment and the direct investment AMLP which has as its largest holding Kinder Morgan. I've made a 15% return in the past 6 months. Getting to this middle east crisis - the real people who have blood on their hands for killing these kids are the radical environmentalists in America who are stopping us from being energy independent. Instead we rely on oil from dangerous parts of the world like the middle east. We need alot more nuclear, fraked oil and gas and offshore oil wells. And clean coal. Becasue the radical enviro nazis are against all of this they are the cultprits for the killing going on in the middle east. They have the blood on their hands not the Israelis. Its the radical far left environmentalists who are to blame for the horrible economy (the market may have started is final collapse today - down 300 points). Lets see how you are all feeling when we are in a global depression. ...(full comment)

Rosenberg issues nuanced statement on gas pipeline

What a shame. Even probationary employees should be counseled or provided with training if their performance isn't up to snuff. I voted for Karen Cadieux, but am disappointed with what seems like an arbitrary and capricious firing. It isn't easy to get a new job at 60 years of age, and I am very sorry that Ms. Giza has to face that prospect. ...(full comment)

'I committed no fireable offense' Unclear why Easthampton mayor's assistant Susan Giza, who surpassed 50 candidates for job, let go after 6 months

By Palestine did you mean Judea? ...(full comment)

Vijay Prashad: Impunity for Israel’s bombardment of Gaza

Sorry, Ronigold, you should read more about the Zionist Movement, from its start in the 1880s. Since 1896 the Zionist Movement has always been very open about their plan to remove the Palestinians from the land of Palestine. They did not intend to buy the land from the Palestinians or to pay reparations. This is the program that Israel has followed from the start - murder and expulsion. Also, from the beginning, they viewed the land of present day Israel as a base from which to take by military campaigns the land of Jordan, the Golan Heights southern Lebanon. Some want to take all the land from the Nile to the Euphrates. They wanted then, and still want, control of all the water in the region, the Fertile Crescent. Thus, they have created crisis after crisis for the last 100 years and claimed that they had to attack the Palestinians and other Arabs "because they had to defend themselves". Those of us who are actually interested enough in Israel and Palestine to read about it on an on-going basis, have seen this tactic repeatedly over the past 67 years. I started out an ardent Israel supporter. I cried when the June 1967 war broke out, when poor Israel "had to attack Egypt to defend itself". It was quite a shock to me as I learned in the following years that Israel was not the victim, but the aggressor and the war criminal. In an age when many scholars around the world have written on the subject, and this writing is readily available in books, journals, and the internet, newspapers cannot just keep repeating the litany of Israeli propaganda. ...(full comment)

Vijay Prashad: Impunity for Israel’s bombardment of Gaza

"...tens of hundreds of thousands of Hamas rockets that bombarded Israel in the months before..." Seriously? And you accuse others of bias and distortion? ...(full comment)

Vijay Prashad: Impunity for Israel’s bombardment of Gaza

This column, along with the Gazzette's reporting and headlines (and Cathy and Novio's comments), uses inaccurate information and personal opinions rather than facts to make it's case, and does more to flame hatred towards Israel and the perils of this war rather than leading to a positive solution and honest view of this terrible situation in Gaza. Vijay fails in his duties as professor to fact check his column and presents information as clear fact when some of it is either clearly untrue or the actual facts are not known yet. To name just 3 examples: 1. Israel has presented actual video evidence that it's arms were not responsible for the deaths at the Ashraf al-Qidra school but instead came as a result of Hamas rockets; 2. The report on Hamas not being responsible for the kidnappings based on a tweet and the Israeli Police spokesman denies saying it was a lone-cell; 3. It is extremely ignorant to the facts and history in Gaza to suggest that this war in Gaza was solely instigated by these kidnappings, and not the tens of hundreds of thousands of Hamas rockets that bombarded Israel in the months before. For the Gazette to publish an column that solely implicates Israel in the war is not a surprise at all considering nearly all its stories and headlines have taken this exact same stance in the reporting of this situation. By the Gazette's allowing a column with such inaccurate and biased facts and information, it shows itself more as a left-leaning tabloid rather than a respectable newspaper. I believe the the Gazette staff and editorial board should immediately hold itself responsible and write an Editorial apologizing for this column and correcting the inaccurate and false information used by Professor Prashad. ...(full comment)

Vijay Prashad: Impunity for Israel’s bombardment of Gaza

Jdurf1 stop sipping the kool aid you sheep ...(full comment)

Vijay Prashad: Impunity for Israel’s bombardment of Gaza

There is a "Village Hill" in WIlliamsburg and it seems perfectly legitimate as Williamsburg is something of a village and the hill in question is adjacent to the center of town. Village Hill in Northampton as a new name (if it is new) is not very appropriate as Northampton hasn't been a village in 200 years and the would-be "villagers" are going to be living in not-so-vilage-like condos sprawling outside of the downtown of a city. ...(full comment)

Village Hill, Anne T. Dunphy: What's in a name?

I also urge Senator Rosenberg to be a leading voice in promoting this important bill. At stake, we have the lives of hundreds of thousands of mammals living under the industry's unnecessary torture, as well as our public health and local economy for small family owned farms. Thank you in advance for your integrity, common sense leadership and compassion. ...(full comment)

Melissa Tardiff: Urges Sen. Stanley Rosenberg to support protection for animals

I will never forget the Israeli television interview back in 2009 in which 2 young soldiers were interviewed after they injured an innocent woman in cold blood in front of her family and refused to let them get help for her - she died. After the soldiers completely tore up the house, one of the soldiers was asked what they were doing there - purification, he said. Israel is again "purifying the land they want". ...(full comment)

Vijay Prashad: Impunity for Israel’s bombardment of Gaza

Pascual, thanks for your concern. It's really nothing more than a patience thing combined with (like you said caricatures) a true distaste for the action/belief. Cathy is a freak, way way out there. Marty really is a Maoist, for real. We have Novio and Sue the professional victims. Those are really the only ones I go straight for the throat and in this specific case I was responding to an asinine hypothesis. ...(full comment)

Vijay Prashad: Impunity for Israel’s bombardment of Gaza