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Where Are The Anti-Shutdown Protests?

Where Are The Anti-Shutdown Protests? | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
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It’s no secret that the radical right has seized control of major parts of the U.S. government while the radical left remains furious, but impotent. The shutdown fight is a manifestation of this yawning gap.
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This article is about how a weak push back form the left leaves the radical right out of balance and over-controlling. Very good article!

 

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This might seem obvious, even banal. Everyone knows that there’s no left equivalent to the Tea Party. But what’s obvious isn’t necessarily normal, even though we often equate the two. And this state of affairs, a weak left and a hyper-aggressive right, isn’t a given. In fact, it’s a historical aberration — one that makes it much, much harder to overcome short-term crises like the shutdown, to say nothing of sane policy-making on actual pressing concerns like climate change or global poverty.

Two recent articles about the shutdown fight should make the broad point clear. First, National Journal’s Shane Goldmacher dove into the influence of former Senator and Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint on the shutdown fight. Demint is perhaps the most authentically radical conservative in American politics and, as Goldmacher lays plain, his very deliberate strategy of seeding Washington with like-minded candidates has played a fairly significant role in bringing on the shutdown fight:

“There’s no question in my mind that I have more influence now on public policy than I did as an individual senator,” DeMint told NPR last week.

 

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There's A Big Leak In America's Water Tower

There's A Big Leak In America's Water Tower | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Peaks around Glacier National Park store water that irrigates a large section of North America. But a warming climate is shrinking that snowpack, with ominous consequences for wildlife and people.
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Democrats Dare Republicans to Shut Down the Government Again

Democrats Dare Republicans to Shut Down the Government Again | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Associated Press Get ready for another government shutdown fight.
Funding to keep the lights on in Washington expires at the end of September, and Congress, being Congress, plans to wait until the last minute to buy some new lightbulbs.
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Florida cops accused of beating driver for not rolling down his window all the way (VIDEO)

Florida cops accused of beating driver for not rolling down his window all the way (VIDEO) | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Cell phone video footage of a Florida traffic stop is beginning to go viral after the man who recorded his encounter with police pleaded online for assistance because he says law enforcement’s actions forced him to move.
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The New York Times Won't Endorse Anyone for Governor

The New York Times Won't Endorse Anyone for Governor | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Associated Press The New York Times Editorial Board declined to endorse anyone for the state's September 9 Democratic primary.
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Ferguson Reveals Racists In Libertarian Clothing

Ferguson Reveals Racists In Libertarian Clothing | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
There are two kinds of libertarians: true believers in the constitution and racists hiding behind the constitution. Determining what kind of libertarian someone is, though, is as easy as asking his or her opinion on Ferguson.
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Student Activists Keep Pressure On Campus Sexual Assault

Student Activists Keep Pressure On Campus Sexual Assault | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
More than 70 colleges are under investigation for how they've handled sexual assaults. The current attention to campus sexual assault has been driven largely by student activists using social media.
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NSA built 'Google-like' search engine to share data - USA TODAY

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The National Security Agency built its own search engine and shares hundreds of billions of digital records with federal law enforcement and several other U.S.
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Burger Announces Merger With Tim Hortons, Move To Canada

Burger Announces Merger With Tim Hortons, Move To Canada | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
As part of the $11 billion deal, Burger King will transfer its headquarters to Ontario and cut its tax bill considerably.
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U.S. $2 a Day Poverty in a Global Context: Five Questions Answered

U.S. $2 a Day Poverty in a Global Context: Five Questions Answered | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Recent studies by Thomas Piketty and others have told us a lot more about income among the richest 1 percent in America. But doing the same for America’s poorest is a much murkier proposition. Laurence Chandy and Cory Smith weigh in on five key questions raised by his latest research.
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Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters: Why moral perversity of U.S. position in Gaza is stunning

Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters: Why moral perversity of U.S. position in Gaza is stunning | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
I think it's safe to say that if U.S. neighborhoods were living under siege, folks like Rand Paul wouldn't take it

 

ROGER WATERS

 

The carnage in Gaza continues after the latest collapse of cease-fire talks and over four weeks of asymmetrical bombardment by Israel. With the death of more than 2,000 Palestinians, and the displacement of hundreds of thousands more, the complicity of the American government has been exposed to the world as never before. Yet the mantra repeated ad nauseam by the U.S. government and media alike remains the same: Israel has a right to defend itself.

 

The moral perversity of the U.S. position is stunning. How can the U.S. government ask Israel to be more careful about civilian lives while simultaneously arming and then rearming the IDF so it can more effectively inflict such devastation on an imprisoned and occupied people?

 

The U.S. could act to stop the senseless slaughter but it won’t. Instead, it’s cheerleading.  Members of Congress are mindlessly parroting Israeli talking points without a thought given to the Palestinian perspective or to preserving human life. Brimming with righteousness, they argue for turning Israel loose – Sen. Rand Paul in particular – and invoke Israel’s right to self-defense, despite the fact that, as the occupying power, Israel has an obligation to protect the Palestinians it rules, not massacre them.

 

Read more at http://www.salon.com/2014/08/25/pink_floyds_roger_waters_why_moral_perversity_of_u_s_position_in_gaza_is_stunning/

 

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Eli Levine's curator insight, August 25, 7:31 PM

aThe world slowly turns against the Jewish State, and the world becomes a more hostile place because of the actions of the Israeli conservatives.  They value neither life, nor the sanctity of God's message.  They only want land.

 

We're cursed under the reign of the conservative powers of our world, just as the Hebrews were cursed under the reign of Pharaoh.  The world leaders, especially the conservatives among us, have chosen the calf instead of the sanctity of God and His creation(s).  We're doomed, thanks to their actions and our failure to adequately stop them from seizing power and gaining influence in our societies.  They are the people of Gog and Magog.  Clueless, senseless, careless, sick in the head consumers of bile. 

 

And we've earned it, each and every one of us.

 

Why?

 

How?

 

Because of whom we voted for and failed to vote against.  These were our faults as much as it is their (our world leaders') faults.

 

May the universe have mercy on our being.

 

Here we go.

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Ferguson's Rep. Lacy Clay Voted Against Amendment to Limit Military Surplus Transfers to Local Cops, Just Two Months Ago - Hit & Run : Reason.com

Ferguson's Rep. Lacy Clay Voted Against Amendment to Limit Military Surplus Transfers to Local Cops, Just Two Months Ago - Hit & Run : Reason.com | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
In June, the House of Representatives voted on a series of amendments to H.R. 4435, the National Defense Authorization Act. Among the amendments

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CDC whistleblower exposes massive autism cover-up perpetrated by government agency

CDC whistleblower exposes massive autism cover-up perpetrated by government agency | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
(NaturalNews) The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been engaged in a massive campaign of deception concerning the alleged safety of the combination measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, also known as MMR.

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Art Killing Apathy Take on Money In Politics| Eleanor Goldfield ...

Art Killing Apathy Take on Money In Politics| Eleanor Goldfield ... | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
... writer based in Los Angeles.She works with organizations to create digital content as well as live events to combine pop culture and politics - art killing apathy; her political hard rock band Rooftop Revolutionaries being a…...
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Same-sex marriage advocates to urge Supreme Court to strike down state bans

Same-sex marriage advocates to urge Supreme Court to strike down state bans | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
In a bold legal move that few litigants try, gay marriage advocates plan to urge the U.S. Supreme Court in three pending cases across the country to decide once and for all whether states can ban same-sex unions.
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Report: Russian computer hackers steal sensitive data from JPMorgan Chase

Report: Russian computer hackers steal sensitive data from JPMorgan Chase | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
(Reuters) – JPMorgan Chase & Co and at least one other bank were attacked by Russian hackers in mid-August and the FBI is investigating whether the assault was in retaliation for U.S.-government sponsored sanctions against the country, according...
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Former HHS Cybersecurity Head Guilty of Child Porn Charges

Former HHS Cybersecurity Head Guilty of Child Porn Charges | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Image via Shutterstock/bikeriderlondon. Timothy DeFoggi, the former acting director of cyber security for the Department of Health and Human Services, was convicted of three charges of viewing and promoting child pornography, according to the...
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Video shows police shot Ohio man ‘on sight’ as he leaned on toy gun in Walmart, attorney says

Video shows police shot Ohio man ‘on sight’ as he leaned on toy gun in Walmart, attorney says | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Surveillance video shows an Ohio man talking on a cell phone, leaning on a toy gun, and facing away from officers moments before police shot and killed him in a Walmart store, according to an attorney for the man’s family.
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An Audio Recording of the Michael Brown Shooting Has Reportedly Surfaced

An Audio Recording of the Michael Brown Shooting Has Reportedly Surfaced | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Michael Brown Sr., yells out as the casket is lowered during the funeral service for his son Michael Brown in Normandy, Mo., Monday, Aug. 25, 2014.
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The 'Greening' Of Florida Citrus Means Less Green In Growers' Pockets

The 'Greening' Of Florida Citrus Means Less Green In Growers' Pockets | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Orange juice sales are at their lowest point in 10 years. Florida's citrus industry is reeling from a disease called "greening," while consumers face dozens of other choices in the supermarket aisle.
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New Study Finds Legalizing Medical Marijuana Leads to Fewer Prescription Drug Overdose Deaths

New Study Finds Legalizing Medical Marijuana Leads to Fewer Prescription Drug Overdose Deaths | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
A study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, on Monday, found that states that had legalized medical marijuana had seen a
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Warren Buffett Is Helping Burger King Move to Canada and Dodge Higher Taxes

Warren Buffett Is Helping Burger King Move to Canada and Dodge Higher Taxes | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Associated Press After years of championing fairer (i.e., higher) taxes for America's richest people, billionaire Warren Buffett is suddenly involved in a major push to avoid paying them.
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Boehner Reportedly Profited from a Corporate Inversion Deal

Boehner Reportedly Profited from a Corporate Inversion Deal | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Speaker John Boehner and Rep. Dave Camp, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee (ASSOCIATED PRESS) Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and another senior House Republican profited off the kind of corporate inversion deal that the Obama...
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Colorado hemp field coming into bloom in Boulder County - The Cannabist

Colorado hemp field coming into bloom in Boulder County - The Cannabist | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The Cannabist Colorado hemp field coming into bloom in Boulder County The Cannabist Veronica Carpio stood at the center of her Boulder County hemp field, surrounded by mature plants that proved their resilience this summer by growing taller and...
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The NDAA Explained in 3 Minutes | TruthTheory

The NDAA Explained in 3 Minutes | TruthTheory | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Regardless of where on this planet you live, and no matter what your nationality, the fact that the indefinite detention provisions of the NDAA are still on the books, should disturb you on a fundamental level.
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How You Can Stop the NDAA's Indefinite Detention In Your City | Think Tank

LIKE Breaking the Set @ http://fb.me/JournalistAbbyMartin FOLLOW Abby Martin @ http://twitter.com/AbbyMartin Abby Martin interviews Dan Johnson, founder of P...
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