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Voter Suppression Group’s Poll Finds Most Do Not Consider ‘Voter Fraud’ A Significant Problem

Voter Suppression Group’s Poll Finds Most Do Not Consider ‘Voter Fraud’ A Significant Problem | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
A new poll by a pro-voter suppression group asked 1,000 American adults about the issue of voter fraud in the United States.

Via Daniel Mayeda, Michael Charney
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What the results tell me is that some Americans are woefully misinformed.

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Daniel Mayeda's curator insight, January 2, 5:11 PM

Once again, conservatives have to lie in order to try to justify voter suppression efforts.

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Mystery of Death Valley's 'Sailing' Stones Solved

Mystery of Death Valley's 'Sailing' Stones Solved | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
There's a place in Death Valley National Park where a mystery that has puzzled scientists and park visitors for decades finally has been solved.

Via Seth Dixon
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It's probably not what you think. It wasn't what I thought.....then again, I had no idea what was happening.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 28, 9:51 PM

The video in this article (weather.com) nicely explains how the non-aerodynamic rocks of Death Valley's Racetrack Playa move, leaving behind their trail in the hot desert.  Numerous attempts using GPS receivers (NatGeo.com) and good ol' fashioned observations.  But observing ice in Death Valley is so rare that no one had ever seen it until now (phys.org).  On very rare occasions, when it rains in the region, water will accumulate in the playa (discovermagazine.com).  If the wind is powerful and consistent enough, the wind will push the panels of ice against these rocks and over time, the ice floes will push these rocks, leaving behind distinctive trails (latimes.com). This perfect combination of water, wind, ice and heat creates a remarkable signature on the landscape (livescience.com).


Tags: physical, geomorphology, landforms, deserterosion, weather and climate, landscape.

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Study Finds 'De Facto' Segregation Among PA Charter Schools

Charter schools in Pennsylvania are defined by their flexibility and freedom from many state regulations.A new study shows they’re also marked by their
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The only form of education I oppose more than charter schools is home schooling.

 

Now, it seems, the numbers are starting to come in on charters. 

 

Not everything should be privatized.

 

Public education needs to be properly funded and supported to work properly. Abandoning it isn't the answer, and making education of our children a for-profit endeavor might produce well-trained employees, but it won't produce well-rounded and thoughtful citizens.

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When it comes to Facebook, we all just want to be popular, study finds | The Rundown | PBS NewsHour

When it comes to Facebook, we all just want to be popular, study finds | The Rundown | PBS NewsHour | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
If you think your Facebook NewsFeed or Twitter timeline is becoming an echo chamber of the same material, you’re right. According to a new Pew Research Center report on the role of social media in civil discourse, Facebook might not be the best place to have a lively debate on a difficult topic. Continue reading →
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I guess I never got the memo about the "silence" part, and I do agree that democracy is better when practiced in-person.

 

"But the problem with the “spiral of silence” is that it confirms the worst of conversing via social media — that it’s all talk and less walk. The study showed that while Facebook and Twitter might be useful for participating in political issues or social campaigns like the ice bucket challenge, they aren’t providing a forum for true deliberation, an activity Hampton and Rainie believe is necessary for a healthy democracy."

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U.S. $2 a Day Poverty in a Global Context: Five Questions Answered

U.S. $2 a Day Poverty in a Global Context: Five Questions Answered | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
Recent studies by Thomas Piketty and others have told us a lot more about income among the richest 1 percent in America. But doing the same for America’s poorest is a much murkier proposition. Laurence Chandy and Cory Smith weigh in on five key questions raised by his latest research.
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I don't know precisely when it happened, but it feels to me like the raging vilification of the poor we're seeing these days is a fairly recent phenomenon. 

 

It, for sure, feels like it comes from one side and only one side of the socio-political spectrum.

 

I don't understand how some people think cutting back on social programs is supposed to miraculously make conditions better. Do we really think there are millions and millions of Americans who "like" being poor; who "choose" to be poor; who would rather live on 2 dollars or even a whopping 16 dollars a day, then to have an opportunity to learn a skill or to work for living wages so they can have some small taste of something better for themselves and their loved ones?

 

When I start seeing corporations sending their human resource recruiters and hiring managers out into the street to hire and train homeless and impoverished people to work living wage jobs.....

 

When what we call a minimum wage actually becomes a living wage even if that means - EGAD!! - the owners, executives, and shareholders make a little less money.....

 

When there's even the tiniest bit of empirical evidence that trickle-down economics is anything but the greatest lie ever perpetrated on a gullible society, then I might start accepting that tax cuts for the wealthy coupled with cuts to social programs work for anyone but the rich.

 

Until that day comes, how about we stop blaming the poor and the working poor and start electing people who will, yes, take from the rich and give to the poor.

 

I suspect there are libertarian and conservative narratives out there to dispute this, but as far as the rest of us are concerned, Robin Hood, while mythical, was and still is a hero to the rest of us.

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Stop Beating a Dead Fox

Stop Beating a Dead Fox | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
The conservative news channel’s only real power is in riling up liberals, who by this point should know better.
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I missed this in January. I'm so glad I found it. 

Thanks to the facts presented here, I'm going to be making a concerted effort to do what everyone but the 68-and-over-all-white crowd is doing - ignore Fox. This is a must-read for everyone not fitting the aforementioned group. Everyone is, of course, welcome and encouraged to read i,t but as Frank Rich puts it so perfectly...

"The million or so viewers who remain fiercely loyal to the network are not, for the most part, and as some liberals still imagine, naïve swing voters who stumble onto Fox News under the delusion it’s a bona fide news channel and then are brainwashed by Ailes’s talking points into becoming climate-change deniers. They arrive at the channel as proud, self-selected citizens of Fox Nation and are unlikely to defect from the channel or its politics until death do them part. (As Sherman writes, “Ailes’s audience seldom watches anything” on television but Fox News.)

"The Fox News membership is more than happy to be cocooned in an echo chamber where its own hopes and fears will be reinforced by other old white “people like us.”

"Rather than waste time bemoaning Fox’s bogus journalism, liberals should encourage it. The more that Fox News viewers are duped into believing that the misinformation they are fed by Ailes is fair and balanced, the more easily they can be ambushed by reality as they were on Election Night 2012."

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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. They’re...
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The problem isn’t that the Kochs are so rich, or their political views are so regressive. The problem is they’re using their exorbitant wealth to impose those views on the rest of us, undermining our democracy.

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How Many Sharks Can the #GOP Jump Before the Party's Over?

How Many Sharks Can the #GOP Jump Before the Party's Over? | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
Josh Gerstein's piece, "5 questions about John Boehner's lawsuit against Barack Obama," in Politico is a frank and candid examination of the pros and cons, both short- and long-term, to both sides ...
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Is it any wonder that when thinking of the future of the GOP I’m reminded of the days when Don Meredith would sing to us on Monday nights?

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Is there enough empathy in Israel and in Gaza to save them both?

Is there enough empathy in Israel and in Gaza to save them both? | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
I'm no expert by a long shot, but no one of clear thinking that I'm aware of is suggesting that tunnels and rocket attacks are justified. As Sam Harris pointed out recently, only one side - Hamas -...
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What I would do – what would you do – had we been born to parents living in Gaza or the West Bank?

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Let's Not Get Too Crazy About #GMOs and Neil deGrasse Tyson

Let's Not Get Too Crazy About #GMOs and Neil deGrasse Tyson | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
I admire and respect Neil deGrasse Tyson a great deal. We need more people like him telling all the science deniers that science is a real thing. It's why I found his comments about GMOs and people...
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Yes, I believe there are ways to feed the human race without GMOs. Notice I’m not saying without scientific measures, or without controlled breeding, or without even some level of plant and animal engineering. What I am saying is this. Modifying organisms so they can be drowned in poison without full disclosure is wrong and dangerous.

 

The discussion about GMOs must include the motives behind the science. Questions needs to be answered about who actually benefits. People deserve to know the dangers to us and to our environment.

 

I look forward to hearing more from people like Dr. deGrasse Tyson about all of that."

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You Could Say That a Vote for Republicans is a Vote Against American Jobs

You Could Say That a Vote for Republicans is a Vote Against American Jobs | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
If you're like me, you may have little to no understanding or appreciation for something called the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank. The Pittsburgh Business Times published a good article today titled, ...
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How the U.S. Ex-Im Bank Landed on Republicans’ Death Row

How the U.S. Ex-Im Bank Landed on Republicans’ Death Row | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it

"A day before U.S. House Republicans were to vote on a new majority leader, lawmakers aligned with the limited-government Tea Party movement delivered a message to the leading candidate, Kevin McCarthy of California."

 

 

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"The bank helps foreign companies buy U.S. goods by providing loans, guarantees and insurance. It was established in 1934 under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and initially focused more on advancing U.S. foreign policy than aiding the economy. It financed the Pan American Highway, authorized $2 billion for European reconstruction under the Marshall Plan and approved $100 million in credits for Israel in 1948. The bank also issued $5.6 million in guarantees to post-Soviet nations.


"To its backers, the bank’s primary benefit these days is to protect manufacturing jobs and counter the advantages of competitors in other countries backed by their government subsidies, including Airbus Group NV (AIR) in France, and Mitsubishi Corp. (8058) in Tokyo. The bank says that its financing has created or maintained an average of 231,000 U.S. jobs every year since 2009, though a Government Accountability Office report last year said the calculation has limitations."

 

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"At least five groups opposing the bank’s renewal, including Concerned Veterans for America and the 60 Plus Association, received nearly all of their funding over an 18-month period ending in December 2012 from the Kochs’ political network -- a total of $47.4 million, according to an analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics researcher Robert Maguire. Another group, Americans for Prosperity, founded by the Kochs in 2004, is also lobbying against the bank.

 

"For the Tea Party, which has come up short in fights over higher-profile issues such as eliminating Obama’s health care law and ousting House Speaker Boehner, the bank presents the chance to chalk up a win going into the November elections.

 

“Its demise would clearly be one of the few achievable victories for the Main Street competitive economy left in this Congress,” Hensarling said in a May 20 speech at the Heritage Foundation."

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Bill Maher Rails Against Militarized Police Culture in Outstanding Monologue - YouTube

July 18, 2014 - It's a topic on which this writer has spilled plenty of ink, but one that goes largely ignored by mainstream media: The troubling militarizat...
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Know what scared me the most about the whole Boston Marathon bombing?

 

The nearly instantaneous para-militarized locked down of one of America's largest and greatest cities.

 

How can anyone be ok with that?

 

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Citigroup: The Original Gangsta: Robert Scheer

Citigroup: The Original Gangsta: Robert Scheer | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
The prototypical too-big-to-fail bank will pay $7 billion in fines, a move that will avoid a humiliating trial dealing with its role in the financial meltdown.
- 2014/07/14
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The evidence is clear for anyone willing to face facts.

 

Deregulation of the financial services industry screwed us all except, of course, for those at the top of Wall Street and K Street and Capitol Hill.

 

The rich and powerful have proven throughout history that they simply cannot be trusted. When are we all going to learn that lesson?

 

Let me start by asking you Randians who believe libertarian fairy tales about free markets and Invisible Hands.

 

You do realize - actually and sadly, I guess you don't - that there's no such thing as a free market or an Invisible Hand and there never can be.

 

There are no supernatural powers at work in the marketplace. The market can't sort things out by itself. The people of wealth power aren't making decisions to do anything to improve the market or our lots in life.

 

How many times do you need to be hit over the head with the factual 2X4s before you get it that corporations are run by people who, when left unchecked, have proven again and again the only self-governance they're interested in is toward whatever definition of unfettered capitalism - including, BTW, all the generous government subsidies they can get their hands on thanks to our tax dollars - yields them the greatest returns?

 

When will you get it that that is not their largess trickling down on us, and when will you understand that wishing for some piss-poor Russian novelist's fiction to suddenly become reality won't make it so no matter how many times you click your ruby slippers together?

 

As for you more mainstream conservatives, Republicans, and even most tea partiers, you need to quit listening to the libertarians and the off-the-rails radicals among you.

 

The only people benefiting from deregulating corporations and guns while wanting more regulation of gays, women, minorities, and immigrants are those who are using their Not-So-Invisible Hands to pull the economic strings. Will you ever see that those strings are tightening around your necks, too?


And "The American Dream?" It's a dream now for a reason, and if you spent 15 minutes looking at history you'd know that.


The only time that Dream could actually be realized was during America's Golden Age when Democrats ruled most of government post-Depression; when labor was strong and growing; and when banks and financial services were regulated up their wazoos.


So, please, all you well-educated, thoughtful, and clear-thinking conservatives, would you please stop kissing the Mad Hatter's and GOP's asses when it comes to their lies about smaller government, lower taxes, weaker labor, and less regulation?


The 30+ year experiment of Reaganomics has failed. Be grown ups about it, at least, and admit it.

 

Now for you dyed-in-wool Democrats, liberals, progressives, and transpartisans (which, IMHO, is as about as believable a thing as Invisible Hands - talk about non-committal).

 

The Financial Services Modernization Act, aka Gramm-Leach-Bliley, passed with overwhelming bipartisan support. It was signed into law by a Democratic president. It broke down all the barriers and protections that were put up after the last Great Depression.

 

We clearly didn't learn anything from history, putting the foxes back in charge of the hen houses they had been locked out of for all those prosperous years in America.

 

If this article doesn't prove that Big Money trumps ideology, party, and policy - the kind we like to fantasize about as coming only from Democrats who, in our fairy tale world, are always doing right and looking out for the little guy - then what will?

 

And, when will you well-meaning, kumbaya-singing, fellow liberals on the Blue Team call out Clinton for what he did? Isn't it time to stop canonizing him as your Saint Reagan?

 

It's all about money and power.


Can someone prove to me that money doesn't rule our government at every level?


Can someone tell me why there aren't more Americans willing to do something about it?


For those who are willing, let me make a few of the same suggestions I've been making. They are non-partisan and apply to everyone of every political stripe and leaning:


1. Become a Citizen Co-Sponsor of the American Anti-Corruption Act at http://bit.ly/CitizenCoSponsor


2, Support the MayDayPAC, the "SuperPAC to end all SuperPACs" at http://bit.ly/MayDayUS


3. Get behind and support organizations working to overturn Citizens United and McCutcheon like Move To Amend (movetoamend.org) and WolfPAC (wolf-pac.com)

 

If we're going to make a difference, the first thing that has to happen is we have to be louder and more powerful - and electorally more important and more threatening - to politicians than a few wealthy donors and corporations.

 

That's why getting money out of politics - and voting in every single election - is so important. 

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You are welcome, and I hope you are also correct. My real concern is that the most of the Randian Free Marketers have all sipped the cool-aide and cannot be reasoned with. The thing I bring up that stops the conversation in its tracks is that the game as it is has produced a poverty stricken lower class and a homeless community that everyone tries to wish away. In their world, these people are just told to suck it up and get a job or a better job, as if their free markets have expanded opportunity instead of pooling the worlds wealth into a very few number of pockets. In short, reality bites; so they close their eyes and cover their ears, and then vote republican. Idiots.
Party Recon's comment, July 19, 5:00 PM
You are welcome, and I hope you are also correct. My real concern is that the most of the Randian Free Marketers have all sipped the cool-aide and cannot be reasoned with. The thing I bring up that stops the conversation in its tracks is that the game as it is has produced a poverty stricken lower class and a homeless community that everyone tries to wish away. In their world, these people are just told to suck it up and get a job or a better job, as if their free markets have expanded opportunity instead of pooling the worlds wealth into a very few number of pockets. In short, reality bites; so they close their eyes and cover their ears, and then vote Republican or Libertarian. Idiots.
Greg Russak's comment, July 19, 7:18 PM
Agreed. You've hit the nail squarely. Any Republican or libertarian (I refuse to even capitalize it) who isn't in the 1% already is acting against their own and against all of humanity's best interests. That's not hyperbole. Those ideologies are the root of every social, economic, and environmental problem facing this planet, from tax loopholes and subsidies to rich corporations, to laws that discriminate based on gender, race, and sexual orientation, to allowing themselves to be duped into believing that more drilling is better than less. The Democrats are not perfect, to be sure, but a vote for a Republican - and Republican at any level of government - is a vote for a person who represents a party that is so ideologically reprehensible that I will always do what I can to point that reality out to as many people as I can. I believe that some people will eventually come to understand these truths and will abandon the GOP for good.
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10 States With Lowest Uninsured Rates Post-ACA

While the uninsured rate has dropped to a record low of 13.4% nationwide, according to Gallup figures, rates differ dramatically across states. Here are the top 10 states with the best uninsured rates in the aftermath of health care reform implementation, according to Wallethub.
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What's one of the things all 10 states have in common?

 

They've all expanded Medicaid. 

http://familiesusa.org/product/50-state-look-medicaid-expansion-2014

 

See how that works?

 

Medicaid is expanded (almost entirely with the feds picking up the tab), and poor people get health insurance.

 

Where's the bad news?

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Study Finds Social Media Users Actually Less Likely to Share their Opinions, Online and Off

People who use Facebook and Twitter are less likely than others to share their opinions on hot-button issues, even when they are offline, according to a surprising new survey by the Pew Research...
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I also agree with this:

 

"While many people might be relieved and say keeping political debate off Facebook is a matter of tact, Hampton said there is a concern that fear of offending someone on social media is stifling debate, adding, "A society where people aren't able to share their opinions openly and gain from understanding alternative perspectives is a polarized society."


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What Does Earth Look Like?


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Fellow map lovers will LOVE this!!!

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Useful for teaching waves and information technology

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Des cartes pour comprendre le monde.

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Unit 1

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Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters: Why moral perversity of U.S. position in Gaza is stunning

Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters: Why moral perversity of U.S. position in Gaza is stunning | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
I think it's safe to say that if U.S. neighborhoods were living under siege, folks like Rand Paul wouldn't take it
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You won't want to miss Roger's poem at the end.

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Cornel West: “He posed as a progressive and turned out to be counterfeit. We ended up with a Wall Street presidency, a drone presidency”

Cornel West: “He posed as a progressive and turned out to be counterfeit. We ended up with a Wall Street presidency, a drone presidency” | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
Exclusive: Cornel West talks Ferguson, Hillary, MSNBC -- and unloads on the failed promise of Barack Obama

Via Jocelyn Stoller
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I am in complete agreement with Dr. West, especially on these points:

"...the thing is he posed as a progressive and turned out to be counterfeit. We ended up with a Wall Street presidency, a drone presidency, a national security presidency. The torturers go free. The Wall Street executives go free."

....and....

"He was chosen because he always occupied the middle ground. He doesn’t realize that a great leader, a statesperson, doesn’t just occupy middle ground. They occupy higher ground or the moral ground or even sometimes the holy ground. But the middle ground is not the place to go if you’re going to show courage and vision."

For all the wailing and gnashing of teeth and hand-wringing that happens on the right about Obama, all I have to say is this. 

"I only wish you were half right."

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How Morally Bankrupt Do You Have to Be to Criticize the #IceBucketChallenge

How Morally Bankrupt Do You Have to Be to Criticize the #IceBucketChallenge | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
I've been doing some reading today thanks to TWO Ice Bucket challenges I received almost simultaneously last night. I accepted them both! One of the first pieces I came across was, "Five myths abou...
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Wouldn’t it be great if next year and in years to come more and more people abandoned their selfishness and their self-destructive belief in cold, heartless, and morally bankrupt ideologies and replaced them with support for people, policies, and ideologies (not always a bad word, btw) that strive to make life better for more people?

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Oracle Sues Oregon for $23 Million Over Health Exchange Site

Oracle Sues Oregon for $23 Million Over Health Exchange Site | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
The lawsuit escalates a dispute with Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber.
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Oracle fails to deliver a working system and now has the temerity to sue Oregon. Notice how this industry publication frames the issue.

 

This article uses phraseology like, "....Kitzhaber, a 67-year-old Democrat who has come under political attack on the issue as he seeks a fourth term," and, "Technical flaws in the Cover Oregon website, the portal to a $305 million state-run insuranceexchange, caused thousands of consumers to file paper applications until the state gave up in April and directed enrollees to the federal website."


"...under political attack" by whom?


"Technical flaws..." in whose work?

 

Even more curious, what does the Fresh Unlimited religious objection issue have to do with the Oracle/Oregon dispute, and why is it inserted seemingly out of the blue into the middle of this article?

 

One need not look too far or too hard for clues to a media outlet's ideology and agenda. All one needs to do is read (listen and/or watch) with a clear and open mind that cannot be duped or fooled and that agenda will be revealed.

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Proof the GOP’s newfound “libertarianism” is a big ol’ sham

Proof the GOP’s newfound “libertarianism” is a big ol’ sham | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
How the Koch brothers and their conservative allies are using the "L" word to disguise their latest schemes
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Libertarianism always has been and always will be a total sham. It only works for the rich and powerful, so it's no surprise it's an ideology that finds perfect bedfellows in the GOP.

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You Could Say That a Vote for Republicans is a Vote For More Guns

You Could Say That a Vote for Republicans is a Vote For More Guns | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
Statistically, you're most likely to be a gun owner if you're an older, white, conservative, married, Southern man. Know what else you're more likely to be? Republican, especially a conservative Re...
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Have We Not Learned That Bigger Is Not Better When It Comes to Banking?

Have We Not Learned That Bigger Is Not Better When It Comes to Banking? | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it

How can this be a good thing? The very people who legally crashed our economy - and those who did it illegally and still haven't gone to jail - and have kept their bonuses are now even bigger than before

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There can’t be opportunity and protection without a balance between the private sector and the government. There is no balance today. The scales have been tipping for far too long toward Big Money. This is why it’s so important that we strike at the root of all of our problems – money in politics.

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Children have been coming to America alone since Ellis Island

Children have been coming to America alone since Ellis Island | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
And no, we didn't just send them packing.
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Truth and history cannot be denied, they can only be ignored. Every generation has its haters. Ours is no different. They will be pushed to the dustheap of history again just as they always have been. It will take time, but it will happen, and history will, once again, be the judge.

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Full Show: The Crusade Against Reproductive Rights | Moyers & Company | BillMoyers.com

Full Show: The Crusade Against Reproductive Rights | Moyers & Company | BillMoyers.com | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
With new state laws and Supreme Court rulings, the battle over women’s reproductive rights is being fought more fiercely than ever. Roe v. Wade itself may be in peril. Planned Parenthood's Cecile Richards joins Bill in the studio this week.
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More than half of women in America now live in states hostile to abortion. We have extremists on one party and one party only to thank for that.


If you vote FOR a Republican your are voting AGAINST all women.


Period. Full stop.

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