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Activists clash outside NRA's 1st press conference since Newtown Massacre

Activists clashed in front of NRA's first press conference after the Sandy Hook massacre. A video in a new web documentary series, Story of America: A Nation...
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Virginia resident and political consultant Larry Ward, interrupted protesters who gathered on Friday, Dec 21, 2012 to deliver a petition with 200,000 signatures to the NRA. During the NRA's first press conference since the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting tragedy, Larry argued that teachers should be armed with guns. The same argument was made by the NRA during the press conference. 


In this video, Ward is seen being shouted down by the protesters, but he is able to have a civil discussion moments later with filmmaker Annabel Park, who was filming for her latest project, Story of America. Earlier this week, Park published a blog post in reply to pro-gun talking points, which has since gone viral (50K likes in first 4 days).

This is the first video in a new Story of America video series about gun control.  Donate to Story of America's crowdfunding campaign.

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Gavin Baker's curator insight, February 5, 2013 12:52 PM

This video is showing you the different opinions that people have on keeping a weapon in the school for protection.  The teachers don't feel comfortable with keeping a weapon so close to the young children, but at the same time, a gun in the class room could potentially save many lives if you are given a chance to act.

Brandon Janvrin's comment, February 7, 2013 12:45 PM
I agree i would not want to have guns in the school. What if a kid got a hold of it than did another repeat. That would not be good.
Joseph Pomponio's comment, February 7, 2013 2:23 PM
Good point Brandon, and what about a class full of kids running for the door, can someone guarantee no bystanders won't be hit? At what consequence to the person firing?
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Browns Player Offers Thoughtful Rebuke After Police Union Slams T-Shirt Protest

Browns Player Offers Thoughtful Rebuke After Police Union Slams T-Shirt Protest | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
After police unions slammed his decision to wear a T-shirt protesting the police shootings of two black people in Ohio, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins gathered the media on Monday to explain himself more fully.

Hawkins outlined his rationale, speaking without notes, according to ESPN Cleveland reporter Tony Grossi. He touched on his own upbringing and the role of his children in his lengthy comments.
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U.S. TV Provides Ample Platform for American Torturers, But None to Their Victims - The Intercept

U.S. TV Provides Ample Platform for American Torturers, But None to Their Victims - The Intercept | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Ever since the torture report was released last week, U.S. television outlets have endlessly featured American torturers and torture proponents. But there was one group that was almost never heard from: the victims of their torture, not even the ones recognized by the U.S. Government itself as innocent, not even the family members of the ones they tortured to death.
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It takes only 60 seconds to refute every obnoxious climate denier you know

It takes only 60 seconds to refute every obnoxious climate denier you know | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Seriously. Keep this up your sleeve.

 

By James West

| Thu Dec. 11, 2014 12:16 PM EST
 

If only all complicated science was accompanied by a kindly but sober British accent, and a jazzy beat. The U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the U.K. Royal Society have teamed up to produce this beautiful animation about the basics of climate science—from the greenhouse effect, to the role of human burning of fossil fuels, and the impacts on sea level rise, temperatures and the arctic. It's well worth your 60 seconds.

 

For more reading, the two groups have co-authored an excellent (and colorful)climate change primer that lays out the answers to 20 common questions—great to have up your sleeve for that awkward Christmas lunch with your climate-denying cousin. And there's also a more lengthy report—still highly readable—to get you deeper into the nitty gritty of of the science.

 

H/t: The Telegraph.

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Why so many rich Americans think they’re middle class

Why so many rich Americans think they’re middle class | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Recent remarks from Treasury Secretary Jack Lew help shed light on a troubling phenomenon
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Archbishop Desmond Tutu on Climate Change

Archbishop Desmond Tutu on Climate Change | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

"Just as we argued in the 1980s that those who conducted business with apartheid South Africa were aiding and abetting an immoral system, today we say nobody should profit from the rising temperatures, seas, and human sufferings caused by the burning of fossil fuels. We can no longer continue feeding our addiction to fossil fuels as if there is no tomorrow for there will be no tomorrow."

 

"We are made for each other, part of one family, the human family, with one shared earth."

 

-Archbishop Desmond Tutu

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‘Human Experimentation Was a Core Feature of the CIA Torture Program’

‘Human Experimentation Was a Core Feature of the CIA Torture Program’ | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
If journalists and officials began talking about the tests that CIA psychologists conducted on suspected terrorists at U.S. black sites, would Americans demand the prosecution of those responsible?
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7 things Americans think are more plausible than global warming

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Seventy-seven percent of the country believe in angels. Only 40 percent concede climate change is a reality VIDEO
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President Obama Outplayed Republicans Again – So Stop Complaining

President Obama Outplayed Republicans Again – So Stop Complaining | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Once again, President Obama has out-maneuvered Republican plans to further wreak havoc on the nation, and although a clean funding bill would have been ideal, it was never going to happen because Republicans.
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German researchers discover a flaw that could let anyone listen to your cell calls.

German researchers discover a flaw that could let anyone listen to your cell calls. | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The spying can happen even on cellular networks using the most advanced encryption now available.
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Florida Cop Pulls Over Man For Playing NWA's 'F**k Tha Police'

Florida Cop Pulls Over Man For Playing NWA's 'F**k Tha Police' | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
On Thanksgiving Day, a Florida cop pulled over a man who dared to play N.W.A.'s famous song "Fuck Tha Police" while driving to his mother's house.
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TORTURERS ARE NOT PATRIOTS

December 13, 2014

Eric S. Margolis


Torture is a crime under both American and international law. The Bush administration repeatedly broke the law from 2002 to 2006 by unleashing a wave of torture, kidnapping, and murder, all under the banner of its faux “war on terror.”

 

“Terror” is a wonderfully useful propaganda term developed by the Israelis and adopted by the Bush administration to dehumanize and delegitimize America’s violent enemies who were opposing US presence in much of the Muslim world.

 

The US Central Intelligence Agency, created to gather and assess information, was turned into a ruthless paramilitary hunter of America’s real or imagined enemies. Of course, America had to be protected from another 9/11-type attack. But, just as much, the Bush administration was seeking revenge for the 9/11 attacks that caught the tough-talking president asleep on guard duty. CIA was given the dirty job and then chivvied without relent by Vice President Dick Cheney.

 

Read more at http://ericmargolis.com/2014/12/torturers-are-not-patriots/

 

 

Eric S. Margolis is an award-winning, internationally syndicated columnist. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune the Los Angeles Times, Times of London, the Gulf Times, the Khaleej Times, Nation – Pakistan, Hurriyet, – Turkey, Sun Times Malaysia and other news sites in Asia.

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Sentencing Looms for Barrett Brown, Advocate for “Anonymous”

Sentencing Looms for Barrett Brown, Advocate for “Anonymous” | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Barrett Brown could face almost 10 years in prison on criminal hacking charges, but his allies say he's just a journalist and the government is punishing him to stifle free speech.
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10 Great Progressive Companies Where We SHOULD Spend Our Money

10 Great Progressive Companies Where We SHOULD Spend Our Money | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
It's time for some suggestions on great Progressive companies who strongly believe in Liberal values and donate large amounts of money to Progressive causes
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'Torture Report': A Closer Look At When And What President Bush Knew

'Torture Report': A Closer Look At When And What President Bush Knew | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
One of the big, controversial questions to emerge from the Senate investigation into the CIA interrogation of terrorism suspects is this: Did President
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Obamacare deserves some credit for the good news about health care

Obamacare deserves some credit for the good news about health care | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Obamacare isn’t responsible for all the good news about health care lately, but it’s helping.
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Meet Alfreda Bikowsky, the Senior Officer at the Center of the CIA's Torture Scandals - The Intercept

Meet Alfreda Bikowsky, the Senior Officer at the Center of the CIA's Torture Scandals - The Intercept | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The "queen of torture" played a direct part in the torture of at least one innocent detainee, had a key role in misleading Congress about the agency’s use of torture, and reportedly mishandled information that could potentially have prevented the 9/11 attacks.
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5 Reasons America Should Be Ashamed of Itself

5 Reasons America Should Be Ashamed of Itself | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The golden door on the Statue of Liberty seems to have an invisible hand holding it shut.
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Many in Emerging and Developing Nations Disconnected from Politics

Many in Emerging and Developing Nations Disconnected from Politics | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Most vote in elections, but few engage in other kinds of political participation or think those forms are effective. Publics overwhelmingly say that government officials do not care what they think.
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Eli Levine's curator insight, December 19, 8:06 PM

This is, I think, a hallmark of societies without history of democratic governance as we know it in the West.  The logic isn't there amongst the public and the people just go about their lives, regardless of which among them is presently in charge, for better or for worse.  The problem with these systems and logic is that the society in question languishes for long periods of time, punctuated by periods of rebellion, overthrow, and general chaos when peoples' tipping point gets reached.  It is safer and far less expensive in the long run, I think, to simply do a good job managing and working with your people than it is to go through periods of chaos, anarchy, and no government.  The trouble is, is that humans psychologically will more likely take lull periods for granted and slip back into their lowest common complacent mannerisms.  As people's interests in the problems fade, so too will the leadership's, regardless of how actually serious and pressing it is for the given society.  Such is the sad state of humanity in our current chimpish form.

 

Bearing in mind though, that it's not like we're too much better here in the US.  Our people don't vote usually, especially not in smaller state and local elections where they can have an impact on how they live and what gets done in their localities.  Therefore, can it truly be said that we're "better" than those who are in the "developing" world?  What really makes "us" so different from "them", other than we parade ourselves like we're the best of the best without having any real justification for those claims?

 

Silly people.....

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C.I.A. Mole, Now Out of Prison, Helped U.S. Identify Cuban Spies

C.I.A. Mole, Now Out of Prison, Helped U.S. Identify Cuban Spies | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Rolando Sarraff Trujillo, who was released Wednesday from a Cuban prison where he had been held since 1995, provided information on codes used by Cuban spies.
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Reinvent Bipartisanship - Recap

Reinvent Bipartisanship - Recap | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Watch a 10-minute recap of the full Roundtable discussion
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Political polarization in the United States is not a Washington DC problem, it’s an American people problem. But because it’s a people problem, the ultimate solution lies with them, with us. This roundtable pulled together folks from left, right and center and came up a range of ideas on how to fix the culture in the long-term, and tactically make progress in DC now. In the end, we did find much common ground and everyone felt more hopeful that America could work as one people once again. You will too. 

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Elizabeth Warren was right: The links between Citigroup and government run deep

Elizabeth Warren was right: The links between Citigroup and government run deep | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Elizabeth Warren said Citigroup dominated government in Washington. See how right she was.
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Coburn blocks bill on veterans' suicide prevention

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Veterans groups blasted Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn Monday for blocking a bill intended to reduce a suicide epidemic that claims the lives of 22 military veterans every day. "This is why people hate Washington,"…
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