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Robert Reich (BREAK THE KOCH MACHINE A number of billionaires...)

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BREAK THE KOCH MACHINE
A number of billionaires are flooding our democracy with their money, drowning out the voices of the rest of us. But Charles and David Koch are in a class by themselves.

 

Standing up to bullies is the hallmark of a civilized society. Please join our petition — and stand up for our democracy. The link to the petition is at the end of the video.

 

Or go to http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/we-denounce-the-koch

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7 things Americans think are more plausible than global warming

7 things Americans think are more plausible than global warming | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
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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Arizona judge: Police don’t have to disclose public records on ‘StingRay’ spy tech

Arizona judge: Police don’t have to disclose public records on ‘StingRay’ spy tech | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
An Arizona judge ruled that Tucson police do not have to release records related to the use of 'StingRay' surveillance technology. Police argue it would give information to criminals – but civil rights groups say the device violates the US Constitution.
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The Supreme Court just made it easier for police to search your car

Cops can conduct a stop and search even if they're wrong about the law.
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Feds’ fight to withhold CIA torture photos may soon end

Feds’ fight to withhold CIA torture photos may soon end | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
While much of the world is still reeling from the disclosures contained in the Senate Intelligence Committee’s torture report released last week, more damning evidence about the treatment of detainees could soon make its away to the surface.
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Energy Group: EPA Regulations Are Just Like CIA Torture

Energy Group: EPA Regulations Are Just Like CIA Torture | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
With the CIA torture report revelations fresh in the news, pro-fossil energy group, the American Energy Alliance, is using the... Read more »
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Karl Rove Says Bush Knew About CIA Interrogation Program, Defends Rectal Feeding

Karl Rove Says Bush Knew About CIA Interrogation Program, Defends Rectal Feeding | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Karl Rove defended the CIA and former President George W. Bush on Sunday in the wake of the devastating Senate report on torture.
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Ron Wyden Says CIA Director John Brennan Has To Change Or He Has To Go

Ron Wyden Says CIA Director John Brennan Has To Change Or He Has To Go | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) said on Sunday that CIA Director John Brennan has to change the agency's "culture of denial" or he has to go.
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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
Marianne Castiglia's insight:

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

Coburn blocks bill on veterans' suicide prevention | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
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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The Ultimate Guide to Mainstream Media: American TV Networks (P1)

The Ultimate Guide to Mainstream Media: American TV Networks (P1) | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Navigating the opaque world of main stream media, it can be easy to get lost in the fray. With that in mind, RT offers part one of its roadmap to the major MSM players to help viewers see the final destination that each has in store for its viewers.
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Texas police officer uses stun gun on 76-year-old during routine traffic stop

Texas police officer uses stun gun on 76-year-old during routine traffic stop | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Local police chief announces investigation into Nathaniel Robinson’s use of stun gun, after pulling mechanic over for a class C misdemeanour
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Koch Group On The EPA: ‘At Least The CIA Isn’t Torturing Americans’

Koch Group On The EPA: ‘At Least The CIA Isn’t Torturing Americans’ | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The EPA's regulations will reportedly reduce pollution and benefit public health. The CIA's torture of Guantamo Bay detainees reportedly included rape threats against detainee's mothers and rectal feeding.
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Congress Passes Historic Medical Marijuana Protections In Spending Bill

Congress Passes Historic Medical Marijuana Protections In Spending Bill | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Congress dealt a historic blow to the United States' decades-long war on drugs Saturday with the passage of the federal spending bill, which contains protections for medical marijuana and industrial hemp operations in states where they are legal.
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Dick Cheney Would Torture Again

Dick Cheney Would Torture Again | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Dick Cheney gave an unflinching defense of he CIA's post-9/11 torture program on "Meet the Press" on Sunday, dismissing criticisms of the program's forced rectal feedings, waterboarding and deaths.
"It worked.
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The Lame-Duck Congress Still Has A Few Big Things To Take Care Of

The Lame-Duck Congress Still Has A Few Big Things To Take Care Of | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The Senate took care of the most pressing matter before the lame-duck Congress by approving late Saturday a $1.1 trillion spending bill that funds the government through September 2015.
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