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Chained CPI was never going to happen, and now it's still never going to happen

Chained CPI was never going to happen, and now it's still never going to happen | Daily Crew | Scoop.it
In other words, nothing has changed.
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America's Dumbest Congressman forms a new PAC

America's Dumbest Congressman forms a new PAC | Daily Crew | Scoop.it

Republican Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert is launching a new political action committee to help defend House conservatives from 2014 attacks from mainstream Republican PACs, Gohmert announced exclusively to The Daily Caller.

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NOM alters Pinterest logo for own promo; Pinterest not happy

NOM alters Pinterest logo for own promo; Pinterest not happy | Daily Crew | Scoop.it

Another Pin bursting NOM's bubble. I'm watching this organization's ill fate like it's a sitcom.

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Arizona State Rep. Chad Campbell Denounces Bill Allowing Discrimination Against Gays on CNN

Arizona State Rep. Chad Campbell Denounces Bill Allowing Discrimination Against Gays on CNN | Daily Crew | Scoop.it

Arizona Rep. Chad Campbell (D-AZ) appeared on CNN this afternoon to denounce the bill awaiting signature from Governor Jan Brewer that would legalize discrimination against gays.

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FCC Chairman Proposes New Net Neutrality Rules

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FCC Chairman Proposes New Net Neutrality Rules
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Though the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals recently struck down the FCC's net neutrality rules, it did so because it did not believe that the commission had the authority to craft such rules.

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Coffee Party USA's curator insight, February 21, 2014 5:22 AM

Why does the new plan sound a lot like the one that just lost in court to Verizon? Why should people care about this?


People should care because until we had this open internet it was very hard to access information or actively participate in shaping policy and our own outcomes. People have been using the internet to shape their own stories and history and that is why we should all care. That addresses the last question now back to the first of why the new plan sounds old.

Chairman Wheeler, once the CEO for telecom and cable lobbyist, sounds nice on the surface, but his reluctance to reclassify our internet for what it is, the common carrier of our communication system, shows his loyalties to his old bosses, the cable and telecoms. His "new plan" also still leaves the wireless services on the earlier, ill planned honor system for neutrality protection. The growing internet service is among the wireless and all internet users need to be protected. The honor system is not the way to regulate. Wireless is the only communication access a growing number use.


 


Self-regulation is ridiculous in industry that by the very nature of its competiveness seeks self-serving interest first. Two chairman ago we had Michael Powell who created this mess. Past FCC chairman, Powell, now has Wheeler's old job as CEO of telecom and cable lobbyist and Wheeler who now has Powell's old job as Chairman of the FCC. It appears he  has most likely left the high paying CEO payroll to become a public servant to serve his old, higher paying, lords and masters  and himself, not the public..


 


Why do we allow these people to have conflict of interest without seeking prosecution and charges? Why did both sides of the isle willingly confirm Wheeler? Could it have anything to do with the huge sums these industries donate or to the fact the communication and media industry can squash politicians like  bugs if they don't do as they are told? Could it be also because American Citizens are not active participants in the policy making processes and often kept as far I the dark as the media can keep them. Are citizens too well entertained by these same industries to bother to stand up to corruptions of all types? Three out of five of the current FCC regulators have past, close connections and incomes from the industries they seek to regulate and that includes Wheeler, the Chairman of the FCC. Others like Powell and even more, leave public servant roles to be rewarded with jobs within the industry they regulated or  they more likely helped to de-regulate or confirmed and approved mergers that brought their future employer wealth. That is not legal conduct so why do we allow it to happen unpunished?


 


We do not need to weaken the power of our regulators. We need regulators that actually have a track record of strong, uncorrupted, public service to oversee the conduct of our industries they are employed to regulate.  We should not only avoid, but also punish regulators or elected officials when conflict of interest occurs as a result of  putting people in  regulatory roles that have proven loyalties to the industries through incomes and perhaps in the case of congress, received  donations that cause a conflict of interest. Conflict of interest dealings ARE illegal. These are not clumsy, wayward children, but grown people employed to oversee conduct of industry on behalf of the people of our nation. They are not there to serve the industries they regulate. They know what they are doing and should be penalized personally when they succumb to conflict of interest conduct.


 


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Lively, LaBarbera Launch New International Hate Group

Lively, LaBarbera Launch New International Hate Group | Daily Crew | Scoop.it
Scott Lively and Peter LaBarbera, two of America's most infamous equality opponents, announced the formation of a new international anti-LGBT hate group in Washington today.
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Depiction of Anti-Gay Violence Against Couple in Russia in Disturbing Music Video

Depiction of Anti-Gay Violence Against Couple in Russia in Disturbing Music Video | Daily Crew | Scoop.it

"Hozier, an Irish singer-songwriter, has released a powerful single and music video for his debut EP “Take Me To Church.”

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Famous Iraq war tale of heroism unraveled

Famous Iraq war tale of heroism unraveled | Daily Crew | Scoop.it
Marines who served with Sgt. Rafael Peralta in Iraq in 2004 now say story of his heroic death was fabricated.
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Panti's Noble Call at the Abbey Theatre

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Rory O'Neill aka Panti Bliss makes a post-show oration at the national theatre of Ireland, the Abbey. RUSSIAN CHINESE ENGLISH POLISH FRENCH IRISH TURKISH POR...
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AZ Pizzeria to Legislators: Discrimination Goes Both Ways

AZ Pizzeria to Legislators: Discrimination Goes Both Ways | Daily Crew | Scoop.it
Rocco's Little Chicago Pizzeria in Tucson, Arizona wants anti-LGBT legislators to know that if they're going to legalize discrimination, they'd better be prepared for a taste of their own medicine.
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Tenn. official ‘threatened’ blacks with skin ‘trophy’ he saved from 1896 lynching

Tenn. official ‘threatened’ blacks with skin ‘trophy’ he saved from 1896 lynching | Daily Crew | Scoop.it

The state of Tennessee has fired a veteran investigator because officials believed that he attempted to use violent stories about how his relatives participated in a lynching to intimidate African-Americans who were trying to file claims against emergency responders.

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Ukraine's peace deal – if it comes off – will be no thanks to Russia

Ukraine's peace deal – if it comes off – will be no thanks to Russia | Daily Crew | Scoop.it
Vladimir Putin's zero-sum approach to diplomacy, coupled with US intransigence, exerted fierce pressure on Viktor Yanukovich
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Sochi Was Once A Vacation Spot Fit For A Dictator

Sochi Was Once A Vacation Spot Fit For A Dictator | Daily Crew | Scoop.it
Josef Stalin watched Charlie Chaplin movies and signed execution orders at his summer villa in Sochi. It's now a museum, where the ruthless Soviet leader's paranoia is on full display.
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Sarah Palin: If He's Good Enough For Ted Nugent...

Sarah Palin: If He's Good Enough For Ted Nugent... | Daily Crew | Scoop.it
We haven't heard much from Tea Party queen Sarah Palin lately. That may explain why she is now taking desperate measures to draw attention to herself. Shameless Self-Promotion: Get the acclaimed eb...
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That discriminatory Oregon bakery: We've denied gay people on more than one occasion

That discriminatory Oregon bakery: We've denied gay people on more than one occasion | Daily Crew | Scoop.it

I've already shown you how the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, Aaron and Melissa Klein, have admitted that it's homosexuality itself that they oppose and not just same-sex marriage.

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Down to the Wire: Actual Science vs. Uganda's 'Scientists'

Down to the Wire: Actual Science vs. Uganda's 'Scientists' | Daily Crew | Scoop.it
American scientists and even the president take on the two-page press release from supposed 'scientists' that convinced the Ugandan president to sign the Anti-Homosexuality Bill.
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Phoenix and Tucson Stage Major Protests Against Anti-Gay Bill: VIDEO

Phoenix and Tucson Stage Major Protests Against Anti-Gay Bill: VIDEO | Daily Crew | Scoop.it

Major protests took place this evening in Phoenix and Tucson in opposition to the bill passed by the Arizona legislature that would allow businesses to discriminate against gays and lesbians based on religious beliefs.

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This Year’s Oscar Statues Will Have A Small Penis

This Year’s Oscar Statues Will Have A Small Penis | Daily Crew | Scoop.it
Hey Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey, the Academy Awards you're expected to win next month are going to be a bit heavier than you anticipate. This year the Oscar statues will come with penises intact, which means there's more reason than ever to get your hands on one of the highly-coveted golden boys. Entertainment Spotlight scored…
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RESEARCHERS:: Homophobic People Die Earlier

RESEARCHERS:: Homophobic People Die Earlier | Daily Crew | Scoop.it

People who espouse anti-gay views die younger than those who don't, found a sure-to-be-controversial study in the February issue of the American Journal of Public Health. "Anti-gay prejudice is associated with elevated mortality risk among heterosexuals, over and above multiple established risk factors for mortality," wrote the researchers, led by Mark L. Hatzenbuehler of Columbia University.

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Michael Dunn Calls Himself A Victim, Urges Others To Kill More Blacks

Michael Dunn Calls Himself A Victim, Urges Others To Kill More Blacks | Daily Crew | Scoop.it
Florida state attorneys have recently released phone transcripts and letters written by Michael Dunn, who in November 2012 shot and murdered Jordan Davis and opened fire on three of Davis' friends....
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Believe It Or Not, Last Month Was One Of The Hottest Januaries Ever Recorded

Believe It Or Not, Last Month Was One Of The Hottest Januaries Ever Recorded | Daily Crew | Scoop.it
Despite the polar vortex in America, GISS and NOAA ranked last month as the 3rd and 4th warmest January on record, respectively.
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Tom DeLay: People keep forgetting that God ‘wrote the Constitution’

Tom DeLay: People keep forgetting that God ‘wrote the Constitution’ | Daily Crew | Scoop.it

Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) this week warned Americans to remember that God “wrote the Constitution” based on the Bible.

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At least 250 copies of Anne Frank’s Diary vandalized in Tokyo libraries

At least 250 copies of Anne Frank’s Diary vandalized in Tokyo libraries | Daily Crew | Scoop.it

Scores of copies of Anne Frank's "Diary of a Young Girl" kept in public libraries acrossTokyo have been vandalised, officials said Friday, sparking alarm amid a rightward shift in Japan's politics.

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Has anyone in American actually been harmed by Obamacare?

Probably. But if so, why is it so hard to find them?
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