UNDERNEWS

Undernews is the online report of the Progressive Review, edited by Sam Smith, who has covered Washington during all or part of one quarter of America's presidencies and edited alternative journals since 1964. The Review has been on the web since 1995. See main page for full contents

April 30, 2009

READER COMMENTS

Excerpts from reader comments

SEARCHING FOR INFORMATON ON THE FLU

Our biggest daily-circulation paper in Argentina (actually, in all of Latin America, I believe still), Clarin, puts out a large book called Esperando al Doctor - Waiting for the Doctor - and it basically consists of a long series of 'decision trees' - for instance, one page is about headaches. You start with something like: Is the pain continuous or pulsating? Depending on which answer, you then follow to the next question, say, are you also nauseous?. It's super simple to use and powerfully directs you to the answers you need. - PJD

CAN I SELL YOU A NEW CAR TODAY?

"Worker-ownership" need not necessarily mean worker-control. Nor worker-participation for that matter. The Employee Stock Option Program was set up by the Feds years ago to create a situation where workers could purchase stock in their workplaces. But this stock ownership didn't automatically mean voting stock. And where it does (ESOPs have varying By-Laws) the voting block of workers is established as a permanent minority block. Much better is a system of true worker participation. And while there are a few ESOPs that are set-up as democratic enterprises, the most obvious example of democratic control by workers are worker-cooperatives. For more info see the Network of Bay Area Worker Cooperatives - AZ

TOUGH TIMES FOR LOCAL MUSICIANS

I've been a professional musician for over 40 years. There was a time I could play five or six nights a week without traveling more than 100 miles from home, (north central West Virginia). No more. The once a month rule seems to apply here also. - Larry Rogers

SPECTER'S SWITCH ANOTHER SIGN OF DEMOCRATIC COLLAPSE

The famous, hugely-successful copywriter Jerry Della Femina was once hired to write political copy for Specter. But he found it impossible to get time with Specter and finally in frustration asked the campaign director just what it was that Specter stood for, so that he could get started writing. The dead-serious response by the CD? "He stands for getting elected." Della Femina promptly quit. - Mairead

As a young attorney, Spector was credited with creating the ludicrous "single bullet theory" that the preposterous Warren Commission cover-up was based upon. The fact that one of the architects of the cover-up of the coup against President Kennedy has now been welcomed as a Democrat is a good reason why I'm glad not to be a Democrat. It's like watching a train crash in slow motion.

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