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Womens eNews, March 29, 2013 –

Betty Friedan’s parting words: “We didn’t challenge the system enough.” She helped start the women’s revolution but came to realize–along with many of us–that the problem everyone faced was economic predators. It’s a point to note on the fiftieth anniversary of her groundbreaking book, “The Feminine Mystique.”

It was Labor Day weekend 2005 at the Sag Harbor, Long Island, cottage of Betty Friedan five months before her death. I’d met Friedan in mid-1969 at a small gathering of the National Organization for Women (NOW) at the Upper West Side apartment of Dolores Alexander, a reporter for Newsday. (At that time, all gatherings of NOW were small!)

Friedan was the national president of NOW and one of its founders. When she discovered I was a journalist, she asked me to be NOW’s public relations vice president. A major NOW focus was ending discrimination against women in employment. I thought that was central to changing the status of women. So I agreed.

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Are Citibank and NSA complicit in credit card theft?

Are Citibank and NSA complicit in credit card theft? »

March 6, 2014 - Last October, my mother was notified by her credit card company that there was a suspicious charge for $800 on her card. Her card was replaced and she lost nothing. She...

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Lucy at the March

Lucy at the March »

Aug 28, 2013 -- Since it’s the 50th anniversary, I’m writing a brief remembrance about the March on Washington. I’d been in Jackson, Mississippi, for a year, editing the “Mississippi Free Press,” a civil rights...

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My recollection of Roger Ebert, another view

My recollection of Roger Ebert, another view »

April 8, 2013 - Amidst the wide-ranging hagiographic praise of film critic Roger Ebert, who died last week, I can add a remembrance of another type. I knew Roger from National Student Association conferences of...

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Feds still investigating IDT on foreign bribery charges

Feds still investigating IDT on foreign bribery charges »

Oct 15, 2012 - If you have followed the stories here showing strong evidence that IDT, the Newark-based telecom, bribed officials of the Haitian phone company, Teleco, you will be interested in today's SEC filing...

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Why you shouldn’t invest in the stock market

Why you shouldn’t invest in the stock market »

Oct 8, 2012 - I always knew I should not invest/gamble in the stock market, and Scott Patterson has told me why. I always thought the system was rigged, gamed by the insiders, and...

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Scoops

New York Ethics: It takes a Fed »

New York Ethics: It takes a Fed

100Reporters, March 19, 2012 - One could be forgiven for thinking that the New York State Legislature was a criminal enterprise. It had its mafioso style assemblyman, Democrat Tony Seminerio, telling a prospective “client” that...

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Romney on Board: Marriott accused of cheating clients on his watch »

Romney on Board: Marriott accused of cheating clients on his watch

100Reporters, Jan 19, 2012 -- Mitt Romney, who makes his hands-on business experience a talking point in his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, was a member of the board of directors and audit committee...

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How the Food Industry Eats Your Kid’s Lunch »

How the Food Industry Eats Your Kid’s Lunch

The New York Times, Dec 3, 2011 - An increasingly cozy alliance between companies that manufacture processed foods and companies that serve the meals is making students — a captive market — fat and sick...

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School administrators’ association censors conference exhibit critical of corporation »

School administrators’ association censors conference exhibit critical of corporation

April 21, 2011 - Businessweek censored? A press release by the New York Attorney General censored? And by the organization that represents the nation's school superintendents and principals! Why would the American Association of...

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Theater

“Potion” is a magical elixir that charms the audience »

“Potion” is a magical elixir that charms the audience

The Stolen Chair Company did last year’s brilliant (and Drama Desk nominated) production, “The Man Who Laughs.” So it is no surprise that this season’s offering is a supremely inventive and clever site-specific production at a Soho bar. It takes place in the People Lounge...

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Travel

Ramón Valle at Berlin’s A-Trane: “The Other Face of Cuban Jazz” »

Ramón Valle at Berlin’s A-Trane: “The Other Face of Cuban Jazz”I saw jazz pianist Ramón Valle at the A-Trane in Berlin. He bills himself as “The Other Face of Cuban Jazz.” He and the members of his trio are Cubans, but they don't play with...

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Banks

The Wall Street ICEcapade

The Wall Street ICEcapade

The American Interest, July-Aug 2010 (online May 18, 2010) - As I write this, the U.S. Senate is debating a major financial reform bill in which the credit default swap, a kind of...

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AIG

The Real AIG Scandal: How the Game is Rigged at Wall Street’s Casino

The Real AIG Scandal: How the Game is Rigged at Wall Street’s Casino

AlterNet, March 26, 2009 - Congress has deftly avoided the real story of AIG's collapse, which will make a few million in bonuses seem like peanuts. Most legislators at a House Finance subcommittee hearing...

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arms trade

French Finance Minister not “sufficiently aware” of frigates case

French Finance Minister not “sufficiently aware” of frigates case

Oct 23, 2007 - In the continuing saga of the Frigates of Taiwan, involving about $1 billion in bribes and kickbacks paid by the French company Thomson to win a bid on the...

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tax evasion

Shells, Shams and Corporate Scams

Shells, Shams and Corporate Scams

The American Interest, Jan-Feb 2011 (online Dec 9, 2010) Corporate secrecy, which involves hiding the identities of company owners from tax and other legal authorities, is itself no secret. It is well known that...

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Audio/Video

Lucy’s speeches & interviews

Lucy’s speeches & interviews

TV interview about the Allen Stanford case and the Sodexo kickbacks revealed by whistleblowers Jay and John Carciero on “Conversations with Harold Channer,” Oct 29, 2009, MNN – Channel 34, New York.  You...

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Cabaret & Jazz

Bonnie Lee Sanders is fanciful and moody at Pescatore cabaret

Bonnie Lee Sanders is fanciful and moody at Pescatore cabaret

Cabaret singer/song-writer Bonnie Lee Sanders is fanciful and moody. She begins rather optimistically at the second-floor cabaret at Pescatore on Second Avenue singing “Spring is Here,” but then moves into musical angst,...

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Restaurants

Venice’s elegant Bauer and boutique 18th-century Il Palazzo

Venice’s elegant Bauer and boutique 18th-century Il Palazzo

Sitting on the “Bar Canale” terrace for breakfast, gazing at the 17th century Church of Santa Maria della Salute across the Grand Canal, I could imagine the lazy mornings of the Venice nobles...

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Gadgets & Gear

Noise-canceling headsets: How they work and which to get

Noise-canceling headsets: How they work and which to get

A comparison of the best: the Sennheiser and the Bose Ready for a nice, relaxing airplane ride? You climb into your hard plush seat, fasten the safety belt, pull out a magazine or book...

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