LA Progressive Editor Dick Price’s report on the meeting local Occupy representatives had with Wells Fargo Bank officials in downtown Los Angeles — Wells Fargo Meets Occupy: Where There’s Smoke There’s Smoke? — led this week’s list of 10 most read articles.
Although the work of editing and publishing three dozen articles a week, communicating with the several dozen authors who publish with us regularly, and doing all the back-end work of optimizing the site running so people can easily benefit from the articles is a daunting and time-consuming task, both of us — both Dick and Sharon — look forward to the reporting that we get to do.
Going forward, we’re undertaking some business planning designed to better fund our operation so we can afford to bring on help to offload at least some of the article posting and site optimization work we currently do. If successful, that would enable us to do more reporting ourselves.
You’ll be hearing more about that.
-- Dick Price & Sharon Kyle, Editor and Publisher, LA Progressive
LA Progressive’s 10 Most Read Articles
February 4 – 11, 2012
1. Wells Fargo Meets Occupy: Where There’s Smoke There’s Smoke? Dick Price: Occupiers expressed satisfaction that their concerns had been heard by Wells Fargo leaders, but frustration that little concrete action had been taken and no promises made for future steps.
2. Komen, We’re Not Done with You Yet. Julie Driscoll: Komen is between a rock and a hard place: Fund Planned Parenthood and the anti-choice zealots breathe fire; de-fund it and progressives who’ve firmly supported its cause withdraw support and trash it on Facebook and Twitter and blogs.
3. Clint Eastwood and Chrysler Upset the ‘Hope America Fails’ Republicans . Brent Budowsky: The Hope America Fails Republicans cannot handle the truth that the auto policy worked wonders. The Republicans can’t handle the truth, because they are so negative that what is good for America is bad for Republicans!
4. Alcoholics Anonymous, Does it Work? Kevin Gray: Scores of studies have tried to analyze the effectiveness of Alcoholics Anonymous. But statistics about the group’s success rates are contradictory and often surprising.
5. ‘The Market’ Has Chosen the Winner in the Culture Wars. Tina Dupuy: Of course, the market for Republicans is just like the Bible or the Constitution. They worship it piously as long as they believe it agrees with them.
6. Who Is an American? Steve Hochstadt: Those who have argued for excluding some Americans from full rights, who have urged some Americans to leave because they weren’t American enough, who wanted to separate and classify and dominate people, have always been wrong.
7. Mitt Misses Middle Class’s Decline. Robert Reich: January’s increase in hiring is good news, but it masks a bigger and more disturbing story – the continuing downward mobility of the American middle class.
8. Giving Hypocrisy a Bad Name: Censorship in Tucson Rodolfo F. Acuña: The nativists’ hypocrisy gives opportunism a bad name. They care nothing about the truth, they care nothing about Latino students
9. Robo-Signing Is Just the Tip of the Iceberg. Ellen Brown: The evidence to date suggests that “robo-signing” was not a mere technical default or sloppy business practice but was part and parcel of a much larger fraud, the fraud that brought down the whole economy in 2008.
10. Unemployment: Shadows and Reality. Kathleen Peine: The unemployment report came out recently, and Punxatawny Phil saw a service sector job — that means six more years of growth. Or something like that. It’s all very complicated.