The Keystone pipeline is dangerous for so many reasons that it's hard for media reports to capture them all. Through their subsidiaries and refineries, the Koch brothers are positioned to grow their ever-expanding profits if the pipeline is approved.
Military contractors are crying crocodile tears right now about the "fragility" of their industry. But in fact that industry is flush with cash, and will do or say anything to protect the one thing they care about above all else: profit.
Panetta and his counterparts in the war industry can play Chicken Little all they want about war budget spending cuts, but they can't change the simple fact that military spending is terrible at creating jobs.
As budget cuts come to the fore, military contractors will undoubtedly try to obscure the fact that every $1 billion of military spending costs anywhere between 3,200 and 11,700 jobs or more when compared to other ways of spending the money.
When characters such as the Koch brothers, and their ruthless efforts to take political power away from working people, are so commonplace that Stephen Colbert can run a whole segment mocking them, things are changing.
The pooling of power and control has caused our political and journalistic institutions to lose integrity and to move away from the service they should provide to society. The cases of News Corp. and Koch Industries show this clearly.
Memorial Day is a national holiday dedicated to remembering Americans killed in wartime. This year, unfortunately, we remember war dead who didn't have to die, and unless Congress and the president act, we'll remember more needless deaths next year.
With Memorial Day coming up, we should take a moment to consider something that's gone largely unremarked in the mainstream media: more than 1,500 troops have now died in a war the American people oppose.