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Secret Persuasion: How Big Campaign Donors Stay Anonymous

Secret Persuasion: How Big Campaign Donors Stay Anonymous | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Tax-exempt social welfare groups have become the vehicle of choice for big political contributions.

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Social welfare groups - chartered under the infamous 501c4 tax code - seem to have less to do with "social welfare" and everything to do with secretly funding political campaigns.

 

Want to pull back that curtain of anonymity and corruption?

 

Become a Citizen Co-Sponsor of the American Anti-Corruption Act at http://unitedrepublic.actionkit.com/event/cosponsor/9815/

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Investigation Into Violence Toward Teenagers at Rikers Island

Investigation Into Violence Toward Teenagers at Rikers Island | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The office of Preet Bharara, the United States attorney in Manhattan, released a 79-page report on Monday saying that the New York City Department of Correction had systematically violated the civil rights of male teenagers at Rikers Island, finding a “deep-seated culture of violence” against the inmates.
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'Moral bankruptcy of capitalism': UK’s top public doctor shames western society over Ebola

'Moral bankruptcy of capitalism': UK’s top public doctor shames western society over Ebola | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Western countries should tackle drugs firms’ “scandalous” reluctance to invest in research into the virus which has already killed over 700 people in West Africa, the UK’s top public doctor said, adding, “They’d find a cure if Ebola came to London.”
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Don't call it 'student' debt

Don't call it 'student' debt | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Van Jones of CNN's "Crossfire" says "student debt" should be called "education debt" because entire families are paying the cost of a broken system. (The first thing we need to do to get serious about student debt?
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Severe drought in California spreading at unprecedented rate

Severe drought in California spreading at unprecedented rate | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The drought in California is getting worse as more than half the state now suffers from the most severe drought conditions possible, according to a new report.
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9/11 Link To Saudi Arabia Is Topic Of 28 Redacted Pages In Government Report; Congressmen Push For Release

9/11 Link To Saudi Arabia Is Topic Of 28 Redacted Pages In Government Report; Congressmen Push For Release | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The Bush administration locked up 28 pages of the 9/11 report that discussed the terrorists' links to Saudis. Now the public may get to see them.
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School Shooter Prevention Device Goes National

School Shooter Prevention Device Goes National | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
"The Sleeve" has already made sales to 22 states. Founder and teacher Daniel Nietzel says he is ready to do this full-time to help protect the kids.
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Data Delayed is Democracy Denied

Data Delayed is Democracy Denied | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
This op-ed appeared in The New York Times on Ju...
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St. Luke’s, Rodale team up to grow organic food

St. Luke’s, Rodale team up to grow organic food | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Employees, patients and visitors at St. Luke’s Anderson Campus now have access to organic fruits and vegetables that are grown, literally, just outside their door.
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Mixing the modern and the traditional

Mixing the modern and the traditional | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

s a fasinatelAlmajiri boys RAG-CLAD boys, proffering plastic bowls and calling out for cash, line the streets of most big cities in Nigeria’s Muslim north. But they are not...

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This was a fascinating article to read. The author creates a peak into the global issue of religion VS education VS traditional culture and the treatment and raising of children. The writer gets the reader to ask many reflective questions regarding personal values, traditions, education, family, faith and the changing modernization of the world and that is good. No answers are handed on platters and no judgment is made here. It is always important to zero in on the question if you seek to find an answer. The writer inspires reflective thinking to shared cultural dilemmas. The religions, geography, family and community structures may differ but the question of how and what values are maintained or blend with the new across a change are universal.

 

The trade off that is felt and often feared by the families, communities, and faithful or religious the world over is real. One is changed by the introduction of what they fear and what is new. That is the truth. There is a book called "The Axe Makers Gifts" that speaks about the double edge sword that progress and innovation brings. Usually there are great gifts to mankind.  But these gifts come with a trade off of something you give up or also allow the ability to abuse and misuse the intended blessing. Often, without noticing the changes come slowly, other times the new and amazing is so intriguing we can hardly resist.  We move on in a direction without noticing the changes in the short term.  One day we turn around and ask when did some of our very strong social and spiritual support structure disappear or get so weak or fragmented? When did those we thought we could trust change? When did it happen and how did it happen? Does it matter? If it matters how in the world can we rebuild it or even enhance what we once took for granted? What should we embrace? What should we hold to and what should we try to bind together as old and new and move into new destinies with?

 

In a less than a single generation it is likely we have made more changes in nearly every aspect of our lives and the planet then people before us did over hundreds of years.  Reflective thinking about what is valuable to societies before we race into the future would be very wise. Take time to read the article and  find your own questions to bring to the table and think through together.

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, July 27, 5:41 AM

This was a fascinating article to read. The author creates a peak into the global issue of religion VS education VS traditional culture and the treatment and raising of children. The writer gets the reader to ask many reflective questions regarding personal values, traditions, education, family, faith and the changing modernization of the world and that is good. No answers are handed on platters and no judgment is made here. It is always important to zero in on the question if you seek to find an answer. The writer inspires reflective thinking to shared cultural dilemmas. The religions, geography, family and community structures may differ but the question of how and what values are maintained or blend with the new across a change are universal.

 

The trade off that is felt and often feared by the families, communities, and faithful or religious the world over is real. One is changed by the introduction of what they fear and what is new. That is the truth. There is a book called "The Axe Makers Gifts" that speaks about the double edge sword that progress and innovation brings. Usually there are great gifts to mankind.  But these gifts come with a trade off of something you give up or also allow the ability to abuse and misuse the intended blessing. Often, without noticing the changes come slowly, other times the new and amazing is so intriguing we can hardly resist.  We move on in a direction without noticing the changes in the short term.  One day we turn around and ask when did some of our very strong social and spiritual support structure disappear or get so weak or fragmented? When did those we thought we could trust change? When did it happen and how did it happen? Does it matter? If it matters how in the world can we rebuild it or even enhance what we once took for granted? What should we embrace? What should we hold to and what should we try to bind together as old and new and move into new destinies with?

 

In a less than a single generation it is likely we have made more changes in nearly every aspect of our lives and the planet then people before us did over hundreds of years.  Reflective thinking about what is valuable to societies before we race into the future would be very wise. Take time to read the article and  find your own questions to bring to the table and think through together.

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Lawmakers renew push for medical marijuana in Georgia

Lawmakers renew push for medical marijuana in Georgia | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Georgia lawmakers are gearing up to re-introduce legalizing a form of medical cannabis for children next legislative session.
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Tyson’s Knock-Out

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Tell me, what did Neil DeGrasse Tyson do to be targeted by the wingnuts at National Review?
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Democrats Make New Bid To Require Donor Transparency

Democrats Make New Bid To Require Donor Transparency | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The latest version of the DISCLOSE Act, which would force donor disclosure on outside organizations that engage in election politics, is facing now-familiar opposition from Republican lawmakers.
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DC ban on carrying handguns is unconstitutional, federal judge says

DC ban on carrying handguns is unconstitutional, federal judge says | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
In a landmark gun control case, a federal judge in Washington DC has overturned the city’s total ban on carrying handguns outside the home, saying it is unconstitutional.
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Rhett Rebold's comment, August 2, 4:50 PM
But of course it's still illegal to carry a gun into the Capital building - seems like that building shouldn't be exempt from the Dodge City that includes the rest of the country.
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Toledo's tap water undrinkable for a second day; test results delayed

Toledo's tap water undrinkable for a second day; test results delayed | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Water in Toledo, Ohio, and surrounding areas remained officially undrinkable Sunday evening, more than 24 hours after a do-not-drink order went into place for 500,000 people.
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Tweet from @MarkDice

Why do so many people believe the mainstream media's account of the Israeli / Palestinian conflict? It's sad really. #PrayForPalestine
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Judge throws out senator's Obamacare lawsuit

Judge throws out senator's Obamacare lawsuit | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Judge dismisses senator's lawsuit challenging Obamacare By Donovan Slack, Gannett Washington Bureau WASHINGTON – A federal judge has thrown out Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson's lawsuit challenging Obamacare. U.S.
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Rep. Thomas Massie on 28 Redacted Pages of 9/11 Report: Shocking, But Won’t Hurt National Security if Released - Freedom Outpost

Rep. Thomas Massie on 28 Redacted Pages of 9/11 Report: Shocking, But Won’t Hurt National Security if Released - Freedom Outpost | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Along with families who lost loved ones on Sept. 11, 2001, Representatives Walter Jones (R-NC), Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA) and Thomas Massie (R-KY) urged the president to declassify 28 pages from the 9/11 congressional investigation report, providing more information to the general public. "Based on my reading of the documents, I am confident that making …
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​Anonymous 'knocks out' Mossad website over Israel’s Gaza offensive

​Anonymous 'knocks out' Mossad website over Israel’s Gaza offensive | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Hacker group Anonymous has reportedly taken down the website of the Israeli secret service Mossad in protest of Israel’s military incursion in Gaza. The ‘hacktivists’ have already targeted a number of organizations in their mission to stop the “genocide.”
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Leaked Trade Deal Chapter Reveals Corporate-Friendly Subversion of Public Health, Food Safety

Leaked Trade Deal Chapter Reveals Corporate-Friendly Subversion of Public Health, Food Safety | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
A leaked chapter of the secret US-EU trade negotiation known as the TTIP was released Thursday by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), along with an accompanying analysis which finds that public health and food safety could be imperiled if the text under negotiation becomes law.
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Rodale Institute and St. Luke’s University Health Network Partner to Provide Organic Produce to to Patients, Staff and Visitors | Rodale Institute

Rodale Institute and St. Luke’s University Health Network Partner to Provide Organic Produce to to Patients, Staff and Visitors | Rodale Institute | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
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Jon Snow Is Back From Gaza And Has Made This Emotional Appeal

Jon Snow Is Back From Gaza And Has Made This Emotional Appeal | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Jon Snow, is back home from a visit to Gaza - an experience that has clearly had an effect on the veteran journalist.

In an emotional appeal, a visibly moved Snow calls for an end to the violence that has caused the deaths and wounding of so many ...
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The tightly packed area of the 8 miles deep and 18 miles long Gaza Strip holds close to 2 million people that are kept behind walls and have to go through Jewish check points to be allowed to leave the area.  Over 50% of those people are under 24. You can't have a war there without killing and injuring children when you have a ratio 1 of every 2 people is a child. That is 50% chance of hitting a young person. The average age of the Gaza Strip is 17. Pro-life shouldn't end at birth.

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Benign neglect? Garden pest control naturally

Benign neglect? Garden pest control naturally | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Gardeners worried about the safety of synthetic pest control products sometimes turn to botanically derived compounds instead. But many of those also contain toxic ingredients, such as nicotine, rotenone and pyrethrins.
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50 Israeli Reservists Refuse To Serve in Gaza War

50 Israeli Reservists Refuse To Serve in Gaza War | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
More than 50 former Israeli soldiers have refused to serve in the nation’s reserve force, citing regret over their part in a military they said plays a central role in oppressing Palestinians, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday.
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Headlines for July 24, 2014

Headlines for July 24, 2014 | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Gaza Neighborhoods Bombarded as Palestinian Toll Tops 730U.N.: 1 Child Killed Every Hour in Gaza; School Shelled for 2nd TimeU.S. Casts Lone No Vote Against U.N. Probe of Israeli War CrimesU.N.
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U.S. Religious Leaders Embrace Cause of Immigrant Children

U.S. Religious Leaders Embrace Cause of Immigrant Children | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Across the theological spectrum, clergy are urging Americans to welcome the child migrants arriving from Central America, and many are providing services for them. (U.S.
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