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Sequester Misfire: Eric Cantor’s World of Warcraft Nonsense

Sequester Misfire: Eric Cantor’s World of Warcraft Nonsense | Block 3A | Scoop.it
In search of wasteful government spending, Eric Cantor sets his pants on fire. John Avlon reports.

Via Joseph Pomponio
Mason Mettler's insight:

I think congress need to reach a compromise of tax increases and spending cuts to avert the sequester.  Cantor's examples of wasteful government spending won't get the job done, especially when they are complete fabrications. 

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Coffee Party USA's curator insight, February 25, 2013 7:04 PM

Fabrication at its finest. What else in the sequester battle will be like this?

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Colbert Report: 5 x Five - Colbert Report on Influential Women: Nancy Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi denies knowledge of water-boarding and comes out against Stephen's Super PAC.

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I don't like Nancy Pelosi either, I love seeing politics that hae been on bad terms with the U.S. People being poked fun atn national TV.

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MsHaeussinger's curator insight, March 22, 2013 11:47 AM

A satirical look at a very influential politican - Nancy Pelosi. She was the 1st woman to be Speaker of the House. 

Mason Mettler's comment, March 24, 2013 1:34 PM
I don't like Nancy Pelosi either, I love seeing politics that hae been on bad terms with the U.S. People being poked fun atn national TV.
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Daily Show: On Topic - Politicians Speak - Gaffes

Daily Show: On Topic - Politicians Speak - Gaffes | Block 3A | Scoop.it
Politicians live by the gaffe and die by the gaffe.

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Watching this in class was so funny, John Daily always makes comedy out politics and still make sense of them.

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Max Zamzow's comment, March 23, 2013 11:18 AM
I had to look up what refudiate means just to attempt to understand that comment.
Chris Grimm's comment, March 23, 2013 2:29 PM
Thank you Max. Glad to see I'm not the only one.
Joel Denney's comment, March 23, 2013 2:51 PM
Did you catch the second allusion? If not, Google "Todd Akin"
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Political parties must trust voters

Whenever a political party finds itself in a self-created crisis, the common diagnosis is that its ills are a product of the public losing trust in that party. This is true of the Conservatives in the 1990s, of Blair’s Labour Party in the aftermath of the Iraq invasion and the Scottish Liberal Democrats following their electoral annihilation in 2011.


Via Peter A Bell
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Political parties are not on good terms with the voting public.  Even people who support a certain party are turned off by controversial statements made by members of that political party.

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Joel Denney's comment, March 22, 2013 5:51 PM
After the last 16 years, with Presidential approval (along with Congressional approval) in the tank, I'm not surprised. Politicians have simply not been able to get their act together, and society does not trust them anymore. I think the problem is that there are very few influential people in the middle of the aisle; both parties are becoming more extreme--or at least, the more talkative/influential people in both parties are. A real centrist party would be great, but I feel as though it'll never gain political power.
Chris Grimm's comment, March 23, 2013 2:34 PM
I agree with Joel that I am not surprised that politicians don't trust voters despite the fact of how sad I think it is. I think that part of the problem is that voters don't trust most of what politicians say because we don't have the capability of understanding what they say is true and what is bent and twisted truth. Amazing the kind of mess America has been able to find itself in
Tanner Schatzel's comment, March 24, 2013 8:31 AM
I think that political parties need to trust voters because that is who elects them in to the positions that they are in. I understand why they might be weary, but I still think that they need to be trusted.
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Congress Is Quietly Abandoning The 5th Amendment

Congress Is Quietly Abandoning The 5th Amendment | Block 3A | Scoop.it

Congress has turned its back on safeguarding a core Constitutional protection and a centuries old requirement of Western justice.
 

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This is puzzling, why would the government want to change what is set in ston?

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Jacob Carlson's comment, March 16, 2013 4:20 PM
I think its sad that the government is simply starting to disregard the 5th amendment. We have a constitution for a reason and I think should be followed at all times unless we decide there needs to be changes. I agree with Chris that its wrong to have prisoners sit in prison waiting for a trial.
MsHaeussinger's comment, March 17, 2013 4:52 PM
I think the loophole that Congress might argue is that the Bill of Rights applies only to American citizens? It is a bit of a stretch but it could be viable.
Emily Scheer's comment, March 17, 2013 10:13 PM
The constitution should probably be followed thoroughly, I mean they went through so much trouble writing it. Also, I think the fifth amendment is kind of too important to just throw away.
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Congress moving swiftly to avoid government shutdown

Congress moving swiftly to avoid government shutdown | Block 3A | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congress is moving rapidly to pass legislation funding the federal government through September 30, as Senate leaders on Tuesday expressed eagerness to avoid any threat of agency...

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The people in D.C. need to put political views aside and try to work with everyone regardless of political affiliation.

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MsHaeussinger's curator insight, March 10, 2013 4:58 PM

Can we hopefully avoid a total government shutdown? 

Chris Grimm's curator insight, March 10, 2013 9:50 PM

I think that it would be really nice if our government doesn't shut down (obviously) however if congress doesn't get their act together that's exactly what's gonna happen and where we could go from there could really send us into a down hill spiral... yipee

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The end of Newsweek and what this means for how we do science

The end of Newsweek and what this means for how we do science | Block 3A | Scoop.it

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It is quite sad that some of the oldest magazine publishers are changing to digital and not stying to their founding roots. 

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Socrates Logos's curator insight, December 29, 2012 1:13 PM

"On the last day of this year, outliving the universe by 10 days if the Mayan calendar was correct, the print edition of Newsweek will be no more, making the 80-year-old dentist's waiting-room staple the latest in a long line of victims of changing reader habits, the high cost of print and a Darwinian newsstand.....

Put another way, all of our "likes" and retweets set the country's agenda more than a powerful editor's feature selection could....."

We really see an end of an era of publishing. The dead of the journal.... and it is good, This format worked well in another cultural context. They have been awesome, and some people have really done outstanding work...However, we reached the digital age.

This is also true for scientific publishing. I see it myself, my social networks working awesome to find outstanding science blogs... Crowd sourcing (incl likes and all form of retweeting) are superior to the work any editor can achieve.  We have a new speed in publishing. Real time publishing on blogs are on the way to substitute the journal.

The publishing industry is under major change. Some major publications are already dead, many will follow.

What does this mean for science?

The academic scientist lives from a business model based on publication in high impact journals. These publications are the base for a tax payer financed position. As scientist are normally at the cutting edge, they are very conservative in respect to modern publishing formats. The main reason behind this is a rightful fear for the own career. As the business model for the traditional journal do not work any longer, it is time that scientists start a discussion of how to adapt to the new times. 

Functional models are existing (eg scientific blogs, real time publications, post publication review, open lab books...) The major question to solve is the social agreement of hoe we wish to continue. How will we measure performance as a foundation for a career? 

We really need to discuss this.


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Daily Show: Sequester 2013 - Prelude to the Return of the Barter System

Daily Show: Sequester 2013 - Prelude to the Return of the Barter System | Block 3A | Scoop.it
Samantha Bee prepares for the impending government sequester and economic meltdown.

Via MsHaeussinger
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I also helped me and made me laugh at the same time.

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MsHaeussinger's curator insight, February 26, 2013 2:21 PM

What will happen if the sequester kicks in? I'm guessing it won't mean the zombie apocalypse but it could signal some serious change in Congress. 

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Father of Newtown Victim: Ban Assault Weapons

Father of Newtown Victim: Ban Assault Weapons | Block 3A | Scoop.it
Fighting tears, the father of one of the first graders slain in the Newtown, Conn. mass shooting is begging the Senate Judiciary Committee to ban assault weapons. A ban is not expected to pass Congress.

Via Caitlin Moen
Mason Mettler's insight:

You are right, weapons should be used for sport, law enforcement, and the armed forces only.  Also people with a history of mental instability should not be allowed toown any kind of weapon

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Caitlin Moen's curator insight, February 28, 2013 8:56 AM

While I know the gun ban would violate their second amendment rights, like the man said, guns used to be more for sport and less for assault unlike they are today. It's nice that he has an open mind about those who would like to continue their use for sport, but prefer an assault weapon ban to anything else. If that were me, I'd rather ban guns entirely, but at least he's keeping an open mind for those people who actually aren't lunatics.

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Sequester Misfire: Eric Cantor’s World of Warcraft Nonsense

Sequester Misfire: Eric Cantor’s World of Warcraft Nonsense | Block 3A | Scoop.it
In search of wasteful government spending, Eric Cantor sets his pants on fire. John Avlon reports.

Via Joseph Pomponio
Mason Mettler's insight:

I think congress need to reach a compromise of tax increases and spending cuts to avert the sequester.  Cantor's examples of wasteful government spending won't get the job done, especially when they are complete fabrications. 

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Coffee Party USA's curator insight, February 25, 2013 7:04 PM

Fabrication at its finest. What else in the sequester battle will be like this?

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Have political parties lost their purpose?

Have political parties lost their purpose? | Block 3A | Scoop.it
Buffeted by outside forces, Democrats and Republicans alike ponder their diminished role.
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This article does bring up very good point, the parties have indeed changed their purposes over the years.  The parties again have very little knowledge on what to focus on in this ecomomy.

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Republicans and Democrats begin budget duel universes apart (+video)

Republicans and Democrats begin budget duel universes apart (+video) | Block 3A | Scoop.it

by DAVID GRANT (Christian Science Monitor)

 

The Republican budget would slash health care and save the Pentagon; the Democratic plan would trim the Pentagon and add tax revenue. But Washington is still hopeful a deal can be done.

 

Republicans tore into President Obama’s health-care reform law and shielded the Pentagon from planned cuts, while Democrats will propose adding tax revenue and cutting defense spending, according to a source.

 

And this is how Mr. Obama and party leaders hope to solve the nation’s long-running battle over its financial future?  MORE


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Democrats and Republicans are very far apart on their budget idea's.  I would prefer not to cut military spending and instead cut some of the cost of the healthcare reforms.  We can't afford a weakened military due to possible retaliation from Al Queda.

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Caitlin Moen's curator insight, March 21, 2013 11:24 AM

The differing opinions of the Democrats and Republicans is really letting the country suffer when it comes to the debt crisis and government spending. While the article mentions some serious spending cuts that could really benefit us in the long run, they are so inbetween whether they want to cut things like defense or healthcare reforms. It seems naive but maybe they can meet somewhere in the middle? Then again these are Democrats and Republicans we're talking about.

MsHaeussinger's comment, March 22, 2013 12:02 PM
Fantastic story referencing the gridlock that political parties can cause!
Joel Denney's comment, March 22, 2013 5:53 PM
Although I don't want our military weakened, i do think it needs to be shrunk. We have operations in places of no threat (i.e. Germany). The military shouldn't take up such a large portion of our budget; it needs to be more efficient.
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RNC: Voters see GOP as ‘scary’ and ‘out of touch' - Maggie Haberman

RNC: Voters see GOP as ‘scary’ and ‘out of touch' - Maggie Haberman | Block 3A | Scoop.it
The Republican National Committee concedes in a sprawling report Monday that the GOP is seen as the party of “stuffy old men” and needs to change its ways.

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Seeing the Republican party identifying the things that they need to change is without a doubt a major step forward towards both parties being able to cooperate. 

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MsHaeussinger's curator insight, March 18, 2013 10:26 AM

A change in the "Grand 'Ol Party"?

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Congress Is Quietly Abandoning The 5th Amendment

Congress Is Quietly Abandoning The 5th Amendment | Block 3A | Scoop.it

Congress has turned its back on safeguarding a core Constitutional protection and a centuries old requirement of Western justice.
 

Mason Mettler's insight:

This is puzzling, why would the government want to change what is set in ston?

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Jacob Carlson's comment, March 16, 2013 4:20 PM
I think its sad that the government is simply starting to disregard the 5th amendment. We have a constitution for a reason and I think should be followed at all times unless we decide there needs to be changes. I agree with Chris that its wrong to have prisoners sit in prison waiting for a trial.
MsHaeussinger's comment, March 17, 2013 4:52 PM
I think the loophole that Congress might argue is that the Bill of Rights applies only to American citizens? It is a bit of a stretch but it could be viable.
Emily Scheer's comment, March 17, 2013 10:13 PM
The constitution should probably be followed thoroughly, I mean they went through so much trouble writing it. Also, I think the fifth amendment is kind of too important to just throw away.
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What’s Happening with the Sequester? ‘Nothing,’ Blunt Says

What’s Happening with the Sequester? ‘Nothing,’ Blunt Says | Block 3A | Scoop.it
Robert Costa writes on NRO: It looks like sequestration is coming.In an interview, Senator Roy Blunt predicts “nothing” will happen when congressional leaders huddle with President Obama at the White House on Friday to discuss potential...

Via Emily Scheer
Mason Mettler's insight:

Once again we see the government procrastinating and pushing the "deadline" back again.  When will D.C. put politics aside and focus on an agreement that can make everyone happy? 

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Emily Scheer's curator insight, February 28, 2013 10:17 AM

Senator Roy Blunt does not think anything will happen on Friday. The Sequester is going to happen and Obama can't stop it, it's too late for that. If the White House meeting makes little progress, Blunt has little faith in the meeting changing anything. 

Mason Mettler's curator insight, March 3, 2013 6:52 PM

The government has been procrastinating for far too long.  But even if this country begins to go into another recession, I am sure we will learn from our mistakes and figure it out.  God Bless America.

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Sequestration or Not, Defense Budget to Continue Its Decline | Battleland | TIME.com

Sequestration or Not, Defense Budget to Continue Its Decline | Battleland | TIME.com | Block 3A | Scoop.it
While many in Washington assume that Congress will solve sequestration by the end of the year--the problem Congress created when the Super Committee failed--recent comments by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) indicate that sequestration in...
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The government needs to stop this procrastinating and find a solution that makes everyone in D.C. happy.  Who knows what will happen if we cannot make an agreement.

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What’s Happening with the Sequester? ‘Nothing,’ Blunt Says

What’s Happening with the Sequester? ‘Nothing,’ Blunt Says | Block 3A | Scoop.it
Robert Costa writes on NRO: It looks like sequestration is coming.In an interview, Senator Roy Blunt predicts “nothing” will happen when congressional leaders huddle with President Obama at the White House on Friday to discuss potential...

Via Emily Scheer
Mason Mettler's insight:

The government has been procrastinating for far too long.  But even if this country begins to go into another recession, I am sure we will learn from our mistakes and figure it out.  God Bless America.

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Emily Scheer's curator insight, February 28, 2013 10:17 AM

Senator Roy Blunt does not think anything will happen on Friday. The Sequester is going to happen and Obama can't stop it, it's too late for that. If the White House meeting makes little progress, Blunt has little faith in the meeting changing anything. 

Mason Mettler's curator insight, March 7, 2013 7:05 PM

Once again we see the government procrastinating and pushing the "deadline" back again.  When will D.C. put politics aside and focus on an agreement that can make everyone happy? 

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Woman Charged With Threatening Mass Shooting At Gateway Community College - Hartford Courant

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Woman Charged With Threatening Mass Shooting At Gateway Community College
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A 19-year-old woman is facing a federal charge for allegedly threatening a mass shooting at Gateway Community College.
Mason Mettler's insight:

I think with these recent shootings and threats, the law should still allow people to own firearms but only certain types.  It should also be illegal for people with a history of mental instability to own any weapons. 

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Emily Scheer's comment, March 3, 2013 9:45 PM
I agree with you that people should still be allowed to own firearms. Obviously, this is with the right precautions and regulations. I feel like this girl probably was just making a stupid comment, considering no weapons were found. People should know not to make threats, jokingly or not, because they will be taken very seriously.
Caitlin Moen's comment, March 4, 2013 12:40 AM
I feel like the government is just not handling these things the right way, and it's even worse when we don't know if these threats are true or false. She's probably just another person looking for attention because this is actually a serious issue... crazy people these days.
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Jordan policeman, two children hurt as Syrian refugees riot

Jordan policeman, two children hurt as Syrian refugees riot | Block 3A | Scoop.it
A Jordanian policeman and two Syrian children were injured on Sunday when refugees rioted at the Zaatari camp in northern Jordan, prompting police to use tear gas to disperse them, a government official said.

Via littlebytesnews
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Not only has this happened but the U.S. has released the total death count of Syria's civil war.  Total death count is over 60,000 people.  The new Syrian government has not brought stability. 

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