“Let Them Eat GDP Reports”:
44 Million Americans Are Food Insecure

by Jessica Corbett A U.S. anti-hunger group marked April Fools’ Day on Monday with a snarky statement suggesting that hungry Americans “can eat positive economic statistics about the soaring stock market or the growing gross domestic product.” “Let them eat GDP reports,” Hunger Free America declared of the 44 million Americans—including 13 million children—who live in food insecure households, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. GDP is the market value of all the finished goods and services produced in a country over a certain time period. Critics have long argued against using it as the premier indicator of how a nation is doing. “The …

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The 2024 Election is About the Rich Stealing From the Public

A fight over extending provisions of Trump’stax cuts is at stake in November’s election. Ultimately, the race is about money. by Sonali Kolhatkar There are many issues on the line this election year but one that gets little attention is former President Donald Trump’s 2017 tax reform law that cut taxes on the wealthiest Americans and corporations. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act permanently reduced the tax rate for big corporations from an already-low 35 percent to a ridiculously minuscule 21 percent. It also lowered tax rates for the wealthiest people from nearly 40 percent to 37 percent. Several provisions of that law are set …

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Hey — Where’s Mike?

Time grinds on, and even the Nation’s Oldest Newspaper™ must submit to its inexorable demands. Accordingly, readers will find a few changes in this edition, and in papers to come. One is particularly worthy of note. As his term of Herculean service nears its quarter-century mark, our friend Mike Dater has elected to add Emeritus to his title, Starving Artiste. This does not mean, we hasten to add, that we have seen the last of his work. See page three, for example. Mostly it means Mike has been emancipated from this paper’s rigidly-enforced fortnightly schedule, and management has relaxed the harsh Productivity Quota it formerly …

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Tell the Truth About Israel’s Crimes Against Humanity

By Sonali Kolhatkar Israeli forces killed more than a hundred Palestinians and wounded more than 700 on February 29, 2024 during a distribution of food aid in Gaza city, pushing the Palestinian death toll to 30,000 since October 7, 2023. The food aid massacre was straightforward in its deadliness as armed Israeli forces aimed weapons at desperate, hungry Palestinian civilians and killed many of them. It was also plausible within the context of who has firepower and who doesn’t, and wholly consistent with Israeli atrocities, especially those committed since October 7, 2023. And yet, Western media headlines went out of their way to obscure and …

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Local Gunmaker Aiming For Insurrectionist Market?

NEWINGTON, N.H.—Gun manufacturer Sig Sauer, one of the area’s largest employers, recently launched a new advertising campaign for a five-year old product. The ominous tone of the ad suggests that, for the company’s marketing team, civil discord equals profit. Dubbed the “M400 TREAD,” the semi-automatic firearm is yet another knockoff of the Colt AR-15—dubbed “America’s Rifle” by the NRA. TREAD is shorthand, of course, for “Don’t Tread on Me.” About 20 million of these generic murdersticks are already in circulation. Adding a few tens of thousands more with Sig Sauer’s logo probably won’t matter much—except, of course, to any individuals who might be “directly impacted” …

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Under 100,000 Voters Could Decide 2024

Hang On, Folks. It’s Going To Be A Bumpy And Unpleasant Ride. by Miles Mogulescu Although between 125 million and 150 million voters will probably cast ballots nationally in the 2024 presidential election, the winner will likely be decided by only about 100,000 voters in a handful of states. In 2020, Biden won the majority of the national popular vote by more than seven million votes. But if you put those votes under a magnifying glass, Biden only won the electoral vote by an aggregate of 42,918 votes in Arizona, Wisconsin, and Georgia. If slightly more than 21,000 voters in those three states had chosen …

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