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banking fraud: Bill Moyers Journal: Bank Fraud / Net Neutrality | Banker Fraud

banking fraud: Bill Moyers Journal: Bank Fraud / Net Neutrality | Banker Fraud | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Bill Moyers Journal: Bank Fraud / Net Neutrality List Price: List Price: Your Price: - In this edition of the Journal, Bill Moyers sits down with (New post: banking fraud: Bill Moyers Journal: Bank Fraud / Net Neutrality
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Why the Most Powerful Thing in the World Is a Seed

Why the Most Powerful Thing in the World Is a Seed | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
“The Seed Underground” is a love letter to the quiet revolutionaries who are saving our food heritage.
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The Koch brothers’ media investment

The Koch brothers’ media investment | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
They are rumored to want the Tribune chain. A look at Watchdog.org gives some clues about what that might mean.
Coffee Party USA's insight:

It might mean more Fox News style reporting.

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, April 20, 2013 12:41 PM

Keeping your eye on what the Koch brothers are up to is probably better  national defence for country, our job, resources and lives than the whole military and congress and white house put together.  Turn your back and they will finish buying the country right out from under us and hand us some Ayn Rand designer hand-me-down shoes and make sure they don't include the boot straps or instructions on where to buy them.

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a review of The Infinite Resource: The Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet

a review of The Infinite Resource: The Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The free market is such a powerful catalyst of innovation that we need to be very careful about where we fail to employ it.
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This well written review keeps your attention, bringing out the books story describing our ecological problems. Pointed out are proposed solutions and   a balanced free enterprize approaches to help them work.

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, April 20, 2013 12:43 PM

Great ideas in this article and we could use more great ideas everyday.

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'America Is Broke' — Debunking The 1 Percent's Biggest Lie

'America Is Broke' — Debunking The 1 Percent's Biggest Lie | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

by ROBERT CREAMER, Huffington Post


The big lie in American politics today is that "America is broke" or "in this time of austerity we have to tighten our belts." America is not broke. We are not in a time of "scarcity" and when we buy into this fallacy, we contribute to political decisions that actually will do damage to our standard of living and that of our children.
 

This lie is used relentlessly to argue that "America just can't afford" investments in education, or infrastructure, or jobs programs. It is used as the justification for the need to cut Social Security benefits, shift the cost of Medicare to senior citizens, increase the costs families bear to send children to college, or cut back on food for low-income children.
 

The fact is that for ordinary people times are tough. Median per-person income for ordinary Americans hasn't increased for 20 years. And the federal, state and local governments are short of revenue. [MORE]

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Party Recon's comment, April 16, 2013 1:04 PM
The problem with debunking a lie is that the liar remains in control of the conversation. Instead, reverse the energy flow back onto their argument. First, agree. Then, explain that the reason the country has no money for the infrastructure improvements and job programs we ALL want is because corporations and the wealthy have not paid their fair share of taxes in 33 years, so a tax hike on those who have not shared is not only needed, but justified. It's called Aikido and it works.
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Sen. Warren: Regulators Are Watching Out for Banks, Not the American Public

Sen. Warren: Regulators Are Watching Out for Banks, Not the American Public | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

by Jacob Chamberlain, Common Dreams

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren took bank regulators to task once again at a Senate Banking Committee hearing Thursday, pressing officials over their refusal to reveal how frequently big banks illegally foreclosed on homeowners in the mortgage crisis.


Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senate Banking Committee, Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection Hearing, April 11, 2013 (Screenshot)
Warren said that regulators continue to shield big banks from prosecution, while letting home owners fall to the wayside.
 

In the hearing, as Think Progress reports, Warren refers to a settlement made in January between federal regulators and several major banks in which regulators "abandoned a case-by-case review of foreclosure fraud conducted by some of the nation’s largest banks in favor of a $9.3 billion settlement," letting big banks off the hook. [MORE]

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Republicans Press Treasury To Support Tax Reform Allowing Corporations To Offshore More Profits

Republicans Press Treasury To Support Tax Reform Allowing Corporations To Offshore More Profits | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

by TRAVIS WALDRON, ThinkProgress


Treasury Secretary Jack Lew appeared Thursday in front of the House Ways and Means Committee to testify about the Obama administration’s budget and corporate tax reform, and Republicans quickly peppered him with questions about the possibility of moving to a “territorial” tax system, favored by both the GOP and corporate lobbying groups, that would exempt most foreign profits from taxation.

Despite previous calls for generating revenue through corporate tax reform, the Obama budget calls for reform in a revenue-neutral manner. Obama has previously proposed a system that would institute a global minimum tax for corporations, which would exempt some profits but require that corporations pay a certain tax rate around the world. When Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) asked Lew if the administration was willing to move toward a territorial system, Lew said the administration still supported the global minimum reform but would “welcome a conversation” about how to reduce incentives for corporations to offshore profits and cost the United States needed revenue.  [MORE]

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A full territorial system would almost surely increase those numbers by exempting foreign profits from taxation and costing the country valuable revenue and investment. A study of a territorial system found that it would increase offshoring and overseas investment and lead to the creation of 800,000 jobs overseas that could have .....

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Van Jones slams Obama's 'doozy' of mistake cutting Social Security

Van Jones slams Obama's 'doozy' of mistake cutting Social Security | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
President Obama's bid on Wednesday to offer a budget concession to Republicans by trimming the planned spending growth of Social Security is winning little support among progressives, with one former aide calling it a doozy of a mistake.
Coffee Party USA's insight:

"Doozy" is as good of summary as any when it comes to cutting back on those less likely to have another job option because some people think they are not a good job canidate at 70, 75 and 85. They are wrong in may cases but don't except too many that haven't seen their grandparents working loops around them to hire this age group too fast. That Tennessee up-bringing lets Van Jones tell things like they are.

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Obama's plan: The seniors left out

Obama's plan: The seniors left out | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
He says he'll protect the most vulnerable seniors - but he's not going to protect everyone.
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Will The Future GOP Be More Libertarian?

Will The Future GOP Be More Libertarian? | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul thinks embracing libertarian ideas is one way the party can be more inclusive. And GOP leaders are starting to think he might be on to something.
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Small Businesses Picking Up the Tab for Multinational Corporations?

WATCH FREE or BUY the Sundance Film Festival film WE'RE NOT BROKE http://www.werenotbrokemovie.com - then Take Action! • The story of U.S. corporations dodgi...
Coffee Party USA's insight:

Looks interesting for sure!

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Aaron's Army

Aaron's Army | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
At a memorial for Aaron Swartz in San Francisco tonight at Internet Archive (live video stream here), Carl Malamud spoke about the late activist and developer.
Coffee Party USA's insight:

For those who may not have heard of Aaron's army here is the short scoop from boing boing...There are longer descriptions online.

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Labor Dept. Deputy: It’s Time to Raise the Minimum Wage

Labor Dept. Deputy: It’s Time to Raise the Minimum Wage | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Before joining the Department of Labor, Mary Beth Maxwell was a top organizer for the workers’ rights organization Jobs With Justice.
Coffee Party USA's insight:

Good interview touching on all the right points with practical solutions. Another example of our wealth inequities.

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Margaret Talbot: Why Is Congress So Afraid of Gun Control?

Margaret Talbot: Why Is Congress So Afraid of Gun Control? | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
What’s the worst that could happen? That’s what people ought to be asking Congress, in particular those senators who are holding up federal action on gun safety.
Coffee Party USA's insight:

The gun safety battle is a very good way to split hairs and get a lot of press for politicians. Brings back memories of plausable deniablity or promise them anything. Fear factors aside, there are solutions to this, but money not the NRA rule the day.Another word for the money is Profits. 

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Slimy and Dark Arts: Texas GOP State Chairman Munisteri's Desperate Database Deception | Nomadic Politics

Slimy and Dark Arts: Texas GOP State Chairman Munisteri's Desperate Database Deception | Nomadic Politics | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The GOP Chairman in Texas called the Democrat's voter databases "slimy and dark arts of campaigning" but the truth is that's something the Republicans have been doing since the early days of the Bush Administration.
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What's It Mean to "Balance the Budget"?

What's It Mean to "Balance the Budget"? | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Politicians use the phrase to mean a number of different things, taking advantage of the public's ignorance on budget issues.
Coffee Party USA's insight:

This is another article on the budget plainly and accurately showing the flaws in a zero balanced budget. I really like the checking account statement. Saddens me that we can't come to better understandings. Our government is not a family household and doesn't die. Debt, within a reasonable means to pay, is a sound economic system. What puzzles me is, where is a solution? Do we go from one year to another doing the same thing again? Calls for safe guards and regulation, so it doesn't happen again? This needs fixing.   

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Economic inequality is the wrong issue

America’s real economic problem.
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I think this is something we should talk about.  Looking at all side of an issues can give us a better perspective.

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Pennsylvania Court Deals Blow to Secrecy-Obsessed Fracking Industry: Corporations Not The Same As Persons With Privacy Rights

Pennsylvania Court Deals Blow to Secrecy-Obsessed Fracking Industry: Corporations Not The Same As Persons With Privacy Rights | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

by STEPHEN ROSENFELD, AlterNet


A Pennsylvania judge in the heart of the Keystone State’s fracking belt has issued a forceful and precedent-setting decision holding that there is no corporate right to privacy under that state’s constitution, giving citizens and journalists a powerful tool to understand the health and environmental impacts of natural gas drilling in their communities.
 

“Whether a right of privacy for businesses exists within the prenumbral rights of Pennsylvania’s constitution is a matter of first impression,” wrote Washington County Court of Common Pleas Judge Debbie O’Dell Seneca late last month. “It does not.”

Judge O’Dell Seneca’s ruling comes in an ongoing case where several newspapers sued to unseal a confidential settlement where major fracking corporations paid $750,000 to a family that claimed the gas drilling had contaminated their water and harmed their health. The Court ordered that settlement unsealed, enabling the papers, environmentalists and community rights advocates to examine the health issues and causes.
 

“The ruling represents the first crack in the judicial armor that has been so meticulously welded together by major corporations,” said Thomas Linzey, executive director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, which has helped 150 communities in eight states adopt Community Bill of Rights to limit corporate powers. “It affirms what many communities already know, that change only occurs when people begin to openly question and challenge legal doctrines that have been treated as sacred by most lawyers and judges.” [MORE]

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, April 12, 2013 7:51 PM

 New Win! We can do it if we have the will to push back and remind corporate bullies and our officials it's the nation of the people, by the people, for the people!

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“The ruling represents the first crack in the judicial armor that has been so meticulously welded together by major corporations,” said Thomas Linzey, executive director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, which has helped 150 communities in eight states adopt Community Bill of Rights to limit corporate powers. “It affirms what many communities already know, that change only occurs when people begin to openly question and challenge legal doctrines that have been treated as sacred by most lawyers and judges.”

The Court’s ruling is significant because the fracking companies have relied on secrecy agreements with landowners to hide the environmental and........[.click the title to read more]...

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Fixing Washington's Biggest Problem | Money & Politics, What Matters Today | BillMoyers.com

Fixing Washington's Biggest Problem | Money & Politics, What Matters Today | BillMoyers.com | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
When it comes to reforming Washington, money in politics is the issue that trumps all others. Activist Josh Silver has some ideas on how to fix our coin-operated political system.
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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, April 12, 2013 7:54 PM

Yep, Go Bill Moyers! He has come out of retirement at least twice to provide media thats feeds our mind and our insight.

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US Congress panel approves Internet freedom bill

US Congress panel approves Internet freedom bill | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The author of the bill promises to work with critics who say it could have an effect on domestic policy
Coffee Party USA's insight:

I find it very interesting that while hot topics like gun control and social security cuts are the focus that this panel may be silently ending the open internet that is the life line to so many citizen discussions and debates. The most dangerous weapon anyone could get hold of other than the biggest guns is the communication system and our internet.

 

 

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Kole Carpenter's curator insight, May 1, 2013 3:53 PM

I think the internet should be free but there should be someone looking at it to try to but back on cyber crimes like credit card number stealing and things on that line. There should be someone looking for things that can link them to criminals and not just watching everyday people.

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ALEC State Chairmen - SourceWatch

ALEC State Chairmen - SourceWatch | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
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Check out ALEC State Chairmen in your area.

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Terry L Eaton's comment, April 13, 2013 3:37 PM
I was more than happy to share the contacts identified for our state. People should have a right to know not only that their representatives have been bought and paid for but who is paying them and what for.
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Winners and losers in the White House budget

Winners and losers in the White House budget | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Hospitals, Medicaid and poor people stand to gain from the White House's budget. Farms, oil companies and the EPA lose out.
Coffee Party USA's insight:

The numbers say this is the biggest loser.

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Many Social Security recipients: The White House included a proposal to use “chained CPI” for Social Security. As my colleague Dylan Matthews detailed here, this is essentially a cut to benefits, which would grow more slowly over time than they currently do. (It would also hike taxes for everyone by altering tax brackets.) The White House insists that it will include “protections for the most vulnerable” — poorer and older seniors. All told, this change is expected to save $230 billion over ten years.

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Will You Be Chained To A Smaller Check In Retirement?

Will You Be Chained To A Smaller Check In Retirement? | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Many economists would applaud a change in the way Social Security administrators measure inflation. But many older Americans may hiss at using something called the "chained CPI," fearing a new formula will cut their benefits in coming years.
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The Middle Ground w/ Michael Charney & Eric Byler 8p ET Tues - Apr 10,2013

The Middle Ground w/ Michael Charney & Eric Byler 8p ET Tues - Apr 10,2013 | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Presented by Coffee Party USA, "The Middle Ground" covers a variety of topics with a trans-partisan approach with an eye to finding the place where the two major political parties share that middle ground.
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