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The Sequester: Absolutely everything you could possibly need to know, in one FAQ

The Sequester: Absolutely everything you could possibly need to know, in one FAQ | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
You have questions, we've got answers. Click to see every question you've ever had about the sequester answered.
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Was Invading Iraq Worth It?

Was Invading Iraq Worth It? | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The Iraqi WMDs did not exist. The replacement regime in Iraq is not a democracy in any usual sense of the word. But 10 years on, it would be wrong to say the war achieved nothing, says David Frum. (Was Iraq worth it?
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While I agree with Mr. Frum tha Iraq is producing more oil then under the old regime, something making oil companies a lot richer, that's as far as I go. His inference that  this wouldn't be accuring without invading is dubius. It's been ten years and we had them in a box, that might have made a difference. He promises a follow up, Ill be waiting.

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Mapping Out The Revolving Door Between Gov't And Big Business In Venn Diagrams

Mapping Out The Revolving Door Between Gov't And Big Business In Venn Diagrams | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

Via Larry Lessig we get series of Venn diagrams showing the revolving door between big business and government. When people talk about regulatory capture, this is what they mean. When people talk about corruption and crony capitalism, this is what they mean. If you want a quick visual idea of why so few people trust this government to do the right thing for the people, rather than the big companies, this is why. [MORE diagrams]

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A great diagram for every citizen to gaze upon! Thank You Larry Lessig of Harvard Law. Great Visual! Your friend Aaron would be proud of you.


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Rene Thompson's comment, March 6, 2013 4:57 PM
Why not do both parties?
Monica S Mcfeeters's comment, March 7, 2013 3:36 PM
This is most likely incomplete or it may also be due to the fact that we have a Democratic president filling jobs at the moment. It seems to record mostly those current positions that overlapped in earlier periods & show up in both parties. There does appear to be influence no matter which party is in charge.
Monica S Mcfeeters's comment, March 11, 2013 11:21 AM
Also Aaron died as a result of Obama's (Bush's to a lesser degree) push to promote a cyberwar defenses and offenses and part of that means capturing and cornering talent like Aaron's to work for the government and corporate interest. I think many people don't realize that the Republicans aren't the only ones not playing in all the various power games fairly. All of them are reaching for the power of the web and being not clearly in control of it is scary to the so called and sometimes elected "ruling class" of all governments and businesses. The cyberwar is real and citizens all over the planet need to be fully aware that it may be the most serious war of all times and hold their own share of that power through activism, shopping habits and sending strong messages to officials all over the globe. The fight isn't just out of country hacks....It is over who will control the voice and the messages of the planet and the power it gives to many groups like this and totally different groups from this to connect to one another and collectively and individually seek answers to problems and discoveries we can't even imagine. And the longing to hold on to the old power structure is now challenged more than ever in history if people all over the world don't pay attention they will lose the war and never know it happened. Aaron's army goes on to make sure that doesn't happen. His death shows how serious all governments are taking this war. He faced more years in jail than a murderer in most states and all he was trying to do was make knowledge available as a cultural share. Now that's a scary odd war like we've never seen, but it is clearly real.
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Obama’s second-term Cabinet to play bigger policy role

Obama’s second-term Cabinet to play bigger policy role | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
For second term, Obama is turning more to outsiders and empowering them with greater responsibility.
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Corporate Profits Have Risen Almost 20 Times Faster Than Workers’ Incomes Since 2008

Corporate Profits Have Risen Almost 20 Times Faster Than Workers’ Incomes Since 2008 | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Corporate profits hit record highs in the second half of 2012, but that prosperity hasn’t led to the creation of jobs, since America’s biggest firms are sitting on stocks of cash instead of investing them back into the economy.
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The one item I found missing is it this article, corporate profits also grew from not employing more, laying off or contracting out their work.Did I miss any? 

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The left’s austerity strategy for the death penalty — MSNBC

The left’s austerity strategy for the death penalty — MSNBC | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Maryland’s Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley has long sought to have the death penalty abolished in his state, and rather than funnel all of their focus into moral and social arguments, the bill’s supporters have been making their...
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Very practicle look at at the costs of capital punishment from a budget cost side. Missing, perhaps, is cost of life terms. Good presentation none the less. Post  your thoughts.

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Up with Chris Hayes: The Left's Austerity Strategy

Up with Chris Hayes: The Left's Austerity Strategy | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

New York School of Law professor Bryan Steveson, National Priorities Project's Mattea Kramer, Salon's David Sirota, and Roberto Lovato from Presente.org talk on Up with Chris Hayes about the economic arguements for abolishing the death penalty, and the costs of immigration enforcement, homeland security, and advocating austerity while designating that some programs are sacred.

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Major CEO Issues Harsh Warning About Future Of Water

Major CEO Issues Harsh Warning About Future Of Water | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

By JOE SATRAN, The Huffington Post


In the keynote speech at London's annual City Food Lecture on Tuesday, Nestle CEO Paul Bulcke warned the world about the possible consequences of the global water shortage many experts believe will strike within the next several decades.


Noting that water scarcity could cut global cereal production by 30% by 2030, and that water needs already exceed supply, Bulcke called water scarcity the greatest threat to food security in the future. He urged global leaders to act soon to devise realistic solutions.


"It is only by working together with policymakers, civil society, agriculture and other stakeholders at local and international levels that we can develop effective, coherent and concrete action," Bulcke told the City Food Lecture attendees. "This is an issue that must be addressed urgently. I am convinced it can be solved. We should give water the right priority, the right value."


Nestle is the largest food company in the world by revenue, with 2012 sales of $86 billion. The company's position offers Bulcke an unusually large field of vision on the world's agricultural systems.

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Wealth Inequality in America

Infographics on the distribution of wealth in America, highlighting both the inequality and the difference between our perception of inequality and the actual numbers. The reality is often not what we think it is.

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Kansas Bill Would Protect Doctors Who Mislead Women About Their Pregnancies

Kansas Bill Would Protect Doctors Who Mislead Women About Their Pregnancies | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

The Kansas Senate Judiciary Committee recommended a bill yesterday that would effectively allow doctors to lie or withhold information about debilitating genetic conditions or birth defects in order to influence women’s decisions about their pregnancies.


Kansas SB 142 provides blanket protection from “wrongful birth” lawsuits to doctors, with section 1(a) reading:


“No civil action may be commenced in any court for a claim of wrongful life or wrongful birth, and no damages may be recovered in any civil action for any physical condition of a minor that existed at the time of such minor’s birth if the damages sought arise out of a claim that a person’s action or omission contributed to such minor’s mother not obtaining an abortion.


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Deanna Dahlsad's comment, March 5, 2013 12:32 AM
This bill is not about protecting doctors from the inability of science to see or identify birth defects; it fundamentally exists to pave the way to limit and restrict abortions. That is abundantly clear. And, should you be willing to accept facts, note that most women opting for abortions, including, but not limited to, those seeking to end pregnancies for a child with a birth defect -- those women do so not because they wish to defy nature or abhor it, but rather do so for the awareness that they cannot emotionally, physically, and (perhaps most painfully real) financially endure what they would be responsible for as a parent. These women know who would suffer the most in this society which abandons and judges so harshly -- the future child. AND, these people, despite their good judgement based on pragmatic self-awareness are the very same people who are least likely to be allowed to adopt in this country based on their soci-economic class. So your comments are both ill-informed and overly-simplistic.
Marilee Ritchie Hird's comment, March 5, 2013 10:05 AM
Exactly, Deanna.
Gracie Passette's curator insight, March 5, 2013 4:45 PM

Another example of bad anti-choice laws ~ and how some people (in the comments) are unaware of what is really going on in this country.

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“Cliffhanger” Interactive: A Guide to the Gridlock – Cliffhanger - FRONTLINE

“Cliffhanger” Interactive: A Guide to the Gridlock – Cliffhanger - FRONTLINE | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Peppered with obscure economic terms, heated personality clashes and a host of complicated economic proposals, the bitter two year brawl over the nation's debt and deficit problems can be hard to follow.
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More interactive graphics.  Our government at work

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The New Fourth Estate: Anonymous, Wikileaks and –archy - Claremont Port Side (blog)

The New Fourth Estate: Anonymous, Wikileaks and –archy - Claremont Port Side (blog) | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Claremont Port Side (blog) The New Fourth Estate: Anonymous, Wikileaks and –archy Claremont Port Side (blog) “The totalitarian system of thought control is far less effective than the democratic one, since the official doctrine parroted by the...
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Very interesting account of these very new and active groups and the make up of the organizations.

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, March 1, 2013 1:02 PM

Great article!

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“The totalitarian system of thought control is far less effective than the democratic one, since the official doctrine parroted by the intellectuals at the service of the state is readily identifiable as pure propaganda, and this helps free the mind.” In contrast, “the democratic system seeks to determine and limit the entire spectrum of thought by leaving the fundamental assumptions unexpressed. They are presupposed but not asserted.”

Noam Chomsky tersely put it this way in Chronicles of Dissent: “The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum.”

The media cartel is adept at this technique. In 1983 in the US, 50 companies shared 90% of the market. Today, that number is six, with a majority of control in the hands of General Electric, News Corporation, Disney, Viacom, Time Warner and CBS. [2]

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Defusing political conflicts: A Q&A with Jonathan Haidt about how liberals and conservatives can band together

Defusing political conflicts: A Q&A with Jonathan Haidt about how liberals and conservatives can band together | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

Liberals and conservatives are remarkably adept at not listening to each other. Jonathan Haidt on how to cut through the fray.


In the final days of 2012, as Congress worked to hammer out a last-minute deal to avoid the fiscal cliff, it was difficult to turn on any American news source and not see political finger-pointing. Words like “extremist,” “angry” and “sharply divided” floated in the ether.

Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt has long been interested in how political choices are made — at TED2008, he delved into “the moral roots of liberals and conservatives.” So he seemed like the perfect speaker to invite to our New York office to tackle the question: can’t we all just get along?

His answer in short: yes. But the key is to understand that all of us are facing the same looming dangers, and make some critical changes in Congress that will allow us to work together on them.
 

Haidt begins today’s talk with an unsettling statement: A pack of giant asteroids are headed for the United States, and they will hit within 50 years. These, of course, are metaphorical asteroids. Says Haidt, “I’m talking about threats that are headed our way that are wrapped in a special energy field that polarizes us, and therefore paralyzes us.” [MORE including video]

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Difference Engine: Are we there yet?

Difference Engine: Are we there yet? | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
THE new kidmobile—acquired primarily for the school run and for chauffeuring teenagers to extramural activities—came with a GPS navigation unit built into the...
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Anyone using a GPS to get directions while on the road will enjoy this. The article brings out some common problems with dash installed units that smart phones easily over come. Having one myself, I must agree. He does say at the end help is on the way,via legilation, to remedy this. 

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“In the real world we were kidding ourselves”

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Newt Gingrich talks to Salon about why he and his party were so wrong about the election and the future of the GOP (Interesting @SteveKornacki interview with @newtgingrich: http://t.co/TNMvCDwOfl)...
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5 Years in Jail for Unlocking a Phone? Petition Led by Former GOP Staffer Prompts Probe of New Ban

5 Years in Jail for Unlocking a Phone? Petition Led by Former GOP Staffer Prompts Probe of New Ban | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
UPDATE: The White House called Derek Khanna just hours after his appearance on Democracy Now! to say it is reversing its stance on the cellphone unlocking ban.
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South Carolina's Lee Bright: A Closer Look at Lindsey Graham's Possible Tea Party Challenger

South Carolina's Lee Bright: A Closer Look at Lindsey Graham's Possible Tea Party Challenger | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

State Senator Lee Bright's name has been mentioned as a possible challenger to Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. Bright has called himself “liberty-minded candidate" with a bullet-proof voting record. Here's a look at that record of legislation and why he appeals to the state's Tea Party voters. In many ways, this potential primary battle represents a national trend, namely, the battle for the soul of the Republican party between the old guard and the Tea Party.

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Want a good veiw inside a Tea Party state senator, Lee Bright is a good example. Should Sen. Graham worry?

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The Great American Inequality Video

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By Josh Harkinson

Mother Jones

What the sequester is really all about

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 A very direct short break out of wealth in the USA. A real eye opener as we move into the Austerity that should not be felt at all by those with the real wealth. They may even watch their money grow as many others fall farther behind.

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Alabama police chief apologizes to Freedom Rider congressman

Alabama police chief apologizes to Freedom Rider congressman | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
by Craig Giammona, NBC News
 

An Alabama police chief brought Rep. John Lewis to tears Saturday, apologizing to the noted civil rights leader for failing to protect the Freedom Riders during a trip to Montgomery in 1961.

Lewis and fellow civil rights activists were beaten by a mob after arriving at Montgomery's Greyhound station in May 1961.

On Saturday at ceremony at First Baptist Church, the city's current police chief, Kevin Murphy, apologized to Lewis and offered him his badge in a gesture of reconciliation, telling the longtime Georgia congressman that Montgomery police had "enforced unjust laws" in failing to protect the Freedom Riders more than five decades ago.


Lewis, who was arrested during civil rights protests in cities across the south, said it was the first time a police chief had apologized to him.

"It means a great deal," Lewis said. "I teared up. I tried to keep from crying."

Lewis and other members of Congress were taking part in the 13th Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage to Alabama, a three-day event that also included trips to Selma, Tuscaloosa and Birmingham.

Murphy said the decision to apologize was easy.

"For me, freedom and the right to live in peace is a cornerstone of our society and that was something that Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks and Congressman Lewis were trying to achieve" Murphy said. "I think what I did today should have been done a longtime ago. It needed to be done. It needed to be spoken because we have to live with the truth and it is the truth." [MORE]

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Freddie Mac’s Profits Obscure Housing-Boom Damage

Freddie Mac’s Profits Obscure Housing-Boom Damage | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Freddie Mac has a split personality, writes Daniel Gross. The government-owned mortgage giant is a smart, careful lender that shares a body with a stupid, reckless one. (Freddie Mac's profits obscure housing-boom damage.
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Are appearenes deceaving or are we cleaning up Freddie Mac? The present looks good, the past still owed, no word in this article about safe guards. 

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Bloody Sunday, Revisited

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by LINCOLN CAPLAN, NY Times


March 7, 1965, became known as Bloody Sunday in the annals of the civil rights struggle in America. That day, around 500 people set out to march the 54 miles from Selma, Ala., to the state capital in Montgomery in support of what would become the Voting Rights Act.

The voting rights movement was transformed into a national cause when the marchers were stopped on the Edmund Pettus Bridge as they left Selma. A state trooper told them they were “an unlawful assembly” and ordered them to disperse. When they did not, they were attacked by about 150 troopers and others who wielded billy clubs and tear gas. Fifty-eight people were treated for injuries at a local hospital, including Representative John Lewis, then 25 and chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, for a skull fracture.

Two weeks later, after a federal judge ruled they had a constitutional right to march, the group set out again, under National Guard protection. It was 25,000 strong by the time the march ended on March 25 in Montgomery. That summer, the Voting Rights Act became law.

A commemoration of the march is scheduled to begin Sunday in Selma, led by Mr. Lewis and Vice President Joseph Biden Jr., and will end in Montgomery on Friday. Its urgent purpose is to underscore why the Supreme Court must uphold a central provision of the Voting Rights Act, which is now under challenge in Shelby County, Ala. v. Holder. That provision — Section 5 — applies in Alabama and other places where voting discrimination remains much worse than elsewhere in the country. It requires that any change in voting rules be preapproved by the Justice Department or a special court in Washington. Without this provision, there would be no way to prevent new efforts to block blacks and Hispanics from voting or to reduce their electoral power.

The justices heard oral argument on the Shelby County case last Wednesday. This week’s events in Alabama should remind them of the enormous cost many Americans have paid to win the right to vote, and why that remains under persistent threat and must be defended.


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Stateline - States Wary of Automatic Budget Cuts, Sequestration and the Fiscal Cliff

Stateline - States Wary of Automatic Budget Cuts, Sequestration and the Fiscal Cliff | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
There is still time for Congress to avoid the “fiscal cliff” that would force billions of dollars in spending cuts and tax increases at the start of next year. But whatever happens, the states run the risk of being big losers.
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Defense cuts over the next 10 years wouldn’t hurt all states equally. Pew’s Stateline shows how states like Virginia and California would be hardest hit by lost Department of Defense jobs and defense contractor revenue.

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Where the Cuts Will Fall

Where the Cuts Will Fall | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Beginning March 1, automatic spending cuts are set to hit, trimming $85 billion from the 2013 fiscal year budget and even more from each annual budget for the next decade.
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Sequestration impacts, state by state estimates from the White House - The Washington Post

Sequestration impacts, state by state estimates from the White House - The Washington Post | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The White House has released state-by-state reports on some of the programs and services that would be impacted under the sequestration cuts that are scheduled to go into effect on March 1. Here is a breakdown by state and program.
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