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Wealthiest Americans Take Home Biggest Share of Income Ever Recorded | News & Notes, What Matters Today | BillMoyers.com

Wealthiest Americans Take Home Biggest Share of Income Ever Recorded | News & Notes, What Matters Today | BillMoyers.com | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
A new report provides further evidence that we are living in a new Gilded Age.
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We need to look at serious plans to turn this inequality around . History shows that this kind of imbalance usually will make a nation less stable and is dangerous for those at the top as well as at the bottom. This is  because as people have less and less to lose they often become more and more willing to risk the little they have left to challenge those they feel took it all. Old Russia's wealthy ruling class found this out the hard way and so did Cuba's wealthy find this truth in fairly recent history.


Those with little to lose go into survival mode to fight who and what is the viewed as the enemy with often very violent means and chaotic aftermath that often ends up with a militarily enforced government as we saw in Russia and Cuba and other less known countries as well.


This is not a premium lifestyle at any level because neither situation allows the individual choice and personal control people naturally seek. Even though the shift did bring more equality, the power still remains out of the hands of the people and into the hands of the few. The money and wealth distribution in those places did level out more and the lower classes did gain many things they so needed like education, work and healthcare and old age care. Most did not become wealthy, but for many that is not a main goal. Living decently and with individual power as well as local community power over one's own destiny is a main goal of most people.

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Louisiana judge rules state marriage ban 'unconstitutional'

Louisiana judge rules state marriage ban 'unconstitutional' | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Earlier this month in a separate ruling, a federal judge upheld the same ban.
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NPR: Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates Podcast

NPR: Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates Podcast | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Preview and download the podcast NPR: Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates Podcast on iTunes. Read episode descriptions and customer reviews.

 

this debate is about Common Core

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NPR and Intelligence Squared revived the old-fashioned debate format several years ago.  They combine information, respect and lack of rhetoric.  Support about the topic is measured before and after the debate with a live audience.  

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​Apple reveals new operating system it claims is police-proof

​Apple reveals new operating system it claims is police-proof | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Following revelations that the NSA, in cooperation with various telecom companies, was spying on private communications, Apple Inc. has released new technology that it says cannot be compromised by the police.
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As Activists Gear Up for People's Climate March, Rep. Jim McDermott Pushes Carbon Tax

As Activists Gear Up for People's Climate March, Rep. Jim McDermott Pushes Carbon Tax | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
World leaders are gathering at the United Nations next week for a major summit on climate change. On September 21, more than 100,000 people are expected to attend the People’s Climate March being held in New York City.
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Inspector General Reveals Millions Wasted on Unused Afghan Communications Towers

The story is nominally “embargoed” until Thursday morning, but the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) is preparing to release letters from the State and Defense Departments detailing a $7.2 million waste on...
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U.S. officials: Arab states have offered to fly airstrikes against Islamic State in Iraq

U.S. officials: Arab states have offered to fly airstrikes against Islamic State in Iraq | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
PARIS — Several Arab states have offered to fly airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq alongside the efforts of the United States, U.S. officials said Sunday.
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Paul Ryan Complains About Conservative Media, Praises Obama

Paul Ryan Complains About Conservative Media, Praises Obama | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) tsk-tsked conservative media for "coarsening our debate" and vowed to "do my small part" to keep things civil before spontaneously praising President Obama's recent foreign policy decisions.
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San Francisco Chronicle Rejects Prop. 45

San Francisco Chronicle Rejects Prop. 45 | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The San Francisco Chronicle has urged readers to vote no on proposition 45, an attempt to let state regulators have control over insurance prices.
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Police Claim Cop Block, Peaceful Streets Project and Activists of America are an Imminent Threat

Police Claim Cop Block, Peaceful Streets Project and Activists of America are an Imminent Threat | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Imminent threat to who? Corrupt cops?
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People's Blog for the Constitution » United States Constitution Day 2014: An Irrelevant Document?

People's Blog for the Constitution » United States Constitution Day 2014: An Irrelevant Document? | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
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Jeremy Scahill: What ISIS Campaign Will Look Like on the Ground

Jeremy Scahill talked with MSNBC’s Ari Melber on Thursday to discuss Obama’s plan to escalate the U.S.
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Why Democrats Can’t Win the House

Why Democrats Can’t Win the House | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Thanks to demographics, the Republicans have a virtual stranglehold on the House of Representatives.

 

Nate Cohn, 9/6/2014

WASHINGTON — Republicans and Democrats are struggling for control of the Senate in this November’s midterm elections. But there is no real fight for control of the House of Representatives.

The Republicans are all but assured of retaining control of the House, despite last fall’s unpopular government shutdown and the party’s dismal ratings.

 

“The Republican hold on the House is the graveyard of the hopes of Democratic policy change,” says Neera Tanden, president of the liberal-leaning Center for American Progress. It has stifled not just President Obama’s agenda, but also the aspirations of his coalition of young, secular and nonwhite voters, who have represented a majority in presidential elections.

 

How is it possible that the Democrats, who have won the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections, are at such a disadvantage in the House, theoretically the most representative body of government? It is the biggest paradox in American electoral politics.

 

Read more at http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/07/upshot/why-democrats-cant-win.html

 

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Make ISPs into "common carriers," says former FCC commissioner

Make ISPs into "common carriers," says former FCC commissioner | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Not every former FCC member is a telco industry lobbyist.
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Amid Terrorism Concerns Abroad, Christie and Cuomo to Meet With Bi-State Task Force

Amid Terrorism Concerns Abroad, Christie and Cuomo to Meet With Bi-State Task Force | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Gov. Chris Christie will bring together top law enforcement to coordinate terror preparation.
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​Apple reveals new operating system it claims is police-proof

​Apple reveals new operating system it claims is police-proof | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Following revelations that the NSA, in cooperation with various telecom companies, was spying on private communications, Apple Inc. has released new technology that it says cannot be compromised by the police.
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Sheriff: Grandfather killed 6 grandkids, daughter, self

Sheriff: Grandfather killed 6 grandkids, daughter, self | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Florida officials confirm they are investigating the shootings.
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U.S. Ground Troops Back in Iraq? General Hints Broader Military Effort May Be Needed to Fight ISIS

U.S. Ground Troops Back in Iraq? General Hints Broader Military Effort May Be Needed to Fight ISIS | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
A week after President Obama vowed not to send ground troops into Iraq to fight the Islamic State, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, admitted ground troops may be needed.
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Christians In Northern Lebanon And Hezbollah Unite Over Shared ISIS Threat

Christians In Northern Lebanon And Hezbollah Unite Over Shared ISIS Threat | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Al-Qaa’s town center.
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It’s a few minutes before midday. Al-Qaa, east of the city of Hermel in the northernmost area of the Bekaa Valley, seems like a ghost town. The residents are hiding in their homes from the simmering heat.
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America At A Crossroads: ISIS, The Arms Industry, And A Peace Economy

America At A Crossroads: ISIS, The Arms Industry, And A Peace Economy | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON — Whether or not they are legitimate concerns that demand American attention, issues like the Islamic State, general instability in the Middle East, and the ongoing conflict in Ukraine are used by the defense industry to argue for more...
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McCarthy Anticipates Bipartisan Passage of Syrian Authorization

McCarthy Anticipates Bipartisan Passage of Syrian Authorization | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told reporters Monday afternoon that debate on the the authorization to train and arm Syrian rebels could begin Tuesday and described the legislative language as providing “much more...
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Rare respiratory illness confirmed in 10 states, expands to New York and Alabama

Rare respiratory illness confirmed in 10 states, expands to New York and Alabama | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The rare and severe respiratory illness sickening children around the country has expanded to new states, and health officials believe there could also be unconfirmed cases in other places.
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Islamic State: ‘US failure to look into Saudi role in 9/11 has helped Isis’

Islamic State: ‘US failure to look into Saudi role in 9/11 has helped Isis’ | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) has been aided by the continuing failure of the US Government to investigate the role of Saudi Arabia in the 9/11 attacks and its support of jihadi movements such as al-Qaeda in the years since, says former Senator Bob Graham, the co-chairman of the official inquiry into 9/11.
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The American Conservative: Realism and Reform

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Promoting the cause of restraint and peace.
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Why is American internet so slow?

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The country that literally invented the internet is now behind Estonia in terms of download speeds

 

By John Aziz | March 5, 2014

According to a recent study by Ookla Speedtest, the U.S. ranks a shocking 31st in the world in terms of average download speeds. The leaders in the world are Hong Kong at 72.49 Mbps and Singapore on 58.84 Mbps. And America? Averaging speeds of 20.77 Mbps, it falls behind countries like Estonia, Hungary, Slovakia, and Uruguay.


Its upload speeds are even worse. Globally, the U.S. ranks 42nd with an average upload speed of 6.31 Mbps, behind Lesotho, Belarus, Slovenia, and other countries you only hear mentioned onJeopardy.

So how did America fall behind? How did the country that literally invented the internet — and the home to world-leading tech companies such as Apple, Microsoft, Netflix, Facebook, Google, and Cisco — fall behind so many others in download speeds?


Susan Crawford argues that "huge telecommunication companies" such as Comcast, Time Warner, Verizon, and AT&T have "divided up markets and put themselves in a position where they're subject to no competition."


Read more at http://theweek.com/article/index/257404/why-is-american-internet-so-slow


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Dark Money Hits $50 Million, Most Still to Come

Dark Money Hits $50 Million, Most Still to Come | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Congressman Tom Cotton (R-Ark) is a dangerous man and a hypocrite. Cotton -- who is running to unseat Senator Mark Pryor -- wants to end Medicare as we know it while also treating himself and his friends in Congress to taxpayer-funded health care for life.

 

At least, that’s what a liberal group called Patriot Majority USA wants you to believe, especially if you plan on voting in the Arkansas Senate race in November.

 

Neither of the claims is true, and weren’t in 2012 when Patriot Majority first trotted them out. Yet, while the group is generous with questionable facts, mum’s the word when it comes to who, or what, is the source of the $7 million it has spent on political ads so far this cycle. As a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization that isn’t supposed to have politics as its primary purpose, it isn’t required to disclose its donors.

 

Political spending by these groups is reaching new heights: This week, it crested $50 million, a record for this point in an election cycle, and more than seven times beyond the outlays by such groups at this time in the last midterms. And that’s just the amount that has been reported to the Federal Election Commission, which doesn’t include tens of millions more spent on “issue ads” that aired earlier in the cycle and didn’t have to be reported to the agency. It’s another reminder that the current cycle is shaping up to be the darkest election in a long time.

 

Read more at http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2014/08/dark-money-hits-50-million-most-still-to-come/

 

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