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Gladys Palast 1921 – 2018

Greg Palast 

My mom died Monday night. 96 years old. She lived a fierce and happy life in a horrible century. She said, "I married the man I love and had two wonderful children. I’m ready." May we all be so blessed.
Mom was the first woman to enlist in the Coast Guard in World War II. She was a union rights activist (SEIU) and a teacher until the age of ...more

Robert Parry RIP
A Reporter Outcast In His Own Land

Greg Palast 

Bob Parry has died. He was a giant. The reporter who uncovered the Iran-Contra scandal. Instead of a Pulitzer, he was fired by the AP.
Then fired by Bloomberg and Newsweek for more reports.
And, 30 years ago, he convinced me to take on ...more

Dad’s Last Erection

Greg Palast 

Just before his eighty-ninth birthday, my father was watching a Viagra commercial on TV. It ends with the warning ...more

My Father’s Victory in the Pacific

Greg Palast 

In 1995, in Chicago, veterans of Silver Post No. 282 celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of their victory over Japan, marching around a catering hall wearing their old service caps, pins, ribbons and medals. My father sat at his table, silent. He did not wear his medals ...more

Selma, secretly

Greg Palast 

 In 1930, when my father was an eight-year-old kid in Chicago, he asked his older brother why people were outside in the cold snow waiting in a long line. His brother Harold said, “It’s a bread line. They don’t have anything to eat. They’re hoping for bread.. ...more

Oscar, We Know Where You Lunch

Greg Palast 

By the age of fifteen, Rick Rowley was doomed – born in the middle of Nowhere, Michigan, a wasteland of rust and snow so awful we let autoworkers have it.

As a kid, Rick would put his head down on the railroad track and wait for the rare vibration of a train on the move far away. He was fifteen years old on the day he got up and followed the hum down the track. He walked for over two hundred miles, surviving on peanut butter and Wonder Bread all the way to …more

Rest in peace, Aaron Swartz

Greg Palast 

 

But that’s impossible, isn’t it?

Like the restless Jewish prophets before you, you are an outcast in your own land. And like the prophets before you, you are trouble, Aaron, a lot of trouble.

Thank you for troubling us, Aaron. You are trouble, but very good trouble.

Socrates’ suicide, like yours, was a state-sponsored execution. And like Socrates in death, you’ve conferred an immortal obligation on the living to resist the temptation to let the rulers attach their strings, the strings that turn us from people with hearts into puppets with property.

Rest in peace, Aaron Swartz. And I promise you, I won’t.
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You know I rarely ask you…

Greg Palast 

….for donations to our foundation, so you can take my word for it when I say, we need it.

The Theft of the 2016 race is under way — and the vote rustlers expect to grab Congress in 2014 as an appetizer.  Plus, the billionaire boys club is sucking our financial blood as if the world economy is their vampire blood bank.

Donate at least $80 right now, and I’ll send you, as thanks, the Vultures Combo: our new film on DVD, Vultures and Vote Rustlers AND a hardbound copy of Vultures Picnic, and I’ll sign both.  Check out the trailer.   And it’s tax-deductible. …more