1. I heard that Obamacare starts on Tuesday. What is Obamacare, anyway?
The US government began a partial shutdown today (1 October), potentially putting up to 1 million workers on unpaid leave, closing national parks and stalling medical research projects. Consular services could also be affected, causing difficulties to nationals of five EU countries still subject to US visa requirements.
Federal agencies were directed to cut back services after lawmakers could not break a political stalemate that sparked new questions about the ability of a deeply divided Congress to perform its most basic functions.
Increasingly, the relationship between Americans and their government has come to resemble a one-way mirror dividing an interrogation room. So here?s a beginner?s guide to some of what?s happening on the other side of that mirror.
A great deal of good can happen if military contractors and militarized communities move away from economic dependence on Cold War weapons systems and instead invest in new energy technology.
Creeping takeover has been textbook Trotsky, whose supporters advocated joining more moderate political parties to capture them for their own ends