Dramatic photos of California's drought (The Atlantic).
Jose dropped one letter in his name while applying for jobs, and the responses rolled in (Huffington Post).
For powerful politicians it pays to lose ... Eric Cantor is the latest to cash in the revolving door between Washington and Wall Street (Buzz Flash).
How America's wild west gun policies fuel Central America's refugee problem (Bill Moyers).
LAW & SOCIETY IN AMERICA
What's wrong with for-profit prisons? Check out this 'kids for cash' judge's story (Blue Nation Review).
The Supreme Court saddles up for an attack on retiree benefits (Los Angeles Times / Michael Hiltizik)
U.S. court sets a precedent: Guatemalan domestic violence victim can seek asylum in U.S. (Truth Out).
PRIVILEGE IN AMERICA
How the super rich (the top 1% of the top 1%) "earn" their money ... the new plutocracy pretty much thrives on inheritance and protected investments (The Atlantic).
Who runs for office? It's still white, educated males (Pew Research).
MORE CONVERSATION STARTERS
Robert Reich: College is a waste for millions of kids -- there's a better way (Alter Net).
If you're black and open carry a weapon, you get gunned down; it's another story if you're white (Buzz Flash).
Why the Republicans actually like big government (Truth Out).
Unless we can tame the "Financialization" of the American economy - where the focus is on wealth extraction over wealth creation by bankers & speculators - the Fed's ('dual mandate' inspired) reckless monetarism and the Greenspan Put will ruin us all (Money Morning / Shah Gilani).
BY THE NUMBERS
10 of the most evil medical experiments conducted in history (Alter Net).
The 10 dumbest and smartest states in America (The Street).
16 of the most evil women in history (Rant Lifestyle).
MAIN STREET NEEDS A LIVING WAGE AND/OR A FED BAILOUT
Even the Council on Foreign Relations is saying it: Time to rain money on Main Street (Truth Out).
When four jobs aren't enough: Why we need a living wage (Truth Out).
A rising tide only lifts all boats when everyone has a boat (Truth Out).
$15 and change: How Seattle is leading the country's wage revolution (Nation of Change).
Clamping down on the labor extortion racket (Nation of Change).
Vote "Yes" on Prop. 45, if you live in California: Here's what the insurance lobby is doing to get you to vote No (Center for Public Integrity).
Has America forgotten about Wall Street's foreclosure fraud? Pretty much, yeah (Nation of Change).
If only American students could eat school lunches like they do in France (Truth Out).