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The Gun Report: May 9, 2014

The Gun Report: May 9, 2014 | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
A day in the life of armed America.
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The Safe Carry Protection Act, Georgia’s so-called “guns-everywhere bill,” which was signed into law last month and allows those with concealed carry permits to bring guns into churches that give express permission, is not going over well with some clergy. Last week, Robert Wright, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, issued a directive to its 56,000 members banning guns in their churches.


“Jesus did not preach a gospel of self-protection, a gospel of live by the sword, die by the sword,” Wright wrote. “Quite the opposite.”

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We need a voice: Oppose ‘fast track’ for the TPP

We need a voice: Oppose ‘fast track’ for the TPP | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
For almost ten years now, the North Carolina NAACP has been building an anti-poverty, anti-racism, pro-labor moral people’s movement. The strength of...
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Tell Congress: Don't betray democracy!
No "Fast Track" for the TPP!
https://www.stopfasttrack.com/


#NoFastTrack #NoTPP

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Rise of the New Black Radicals: Chris Hedges

Rise of the New Black Radicals: Chris Hedges | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
A new generation of young black radicals is opting for revolution—a generation that sees through the facade of the corporate state and has rejected as sellouts Obama, Sharpton, Jackson, Dyson and others among the African-American political elite.
- 2015/04/26
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"And given the refusal of the corporate state to address the mounting suffering of the poor and working poor, draconian state repression and indiscriminate use of lethal state violence against unarmed people of color, I think the new black radical is right. It will be a long, hot and violent summer."

- Chris Hedges

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What the anti-vaxx backlash can teach us about climate change: We need to be way angrier

What the anti-vaxx backlash can teach us about climate change: We need to be way angrier | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
Climate change threatens kids, too -- so where's the moral outrage?
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"Science denial, in all its forms, has consequences. And it’s about time we stopped tolerating it"

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tomhayden.com - The Democracy Journal - The Alternative to Obama's Trade Deal

tomhayden.com - The Democracy Journal - The Alternative to Obama's Trade Deal | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
A protestor is taken away during a hearing of the Senate Finance Committee. (Photo: Reuters, April...
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Tom Hayden proposes how #TPP and #TTIP could be a vehicle for a global living wage and a cleaner planet if only Obama had the courage to make it so.

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Overturn Citizens United!

Overturn Citizens United! | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
Sign your name below and join the tens of thousands of Americans who've told their congressmen, senators, and state legislators to move forward on a constitutional amendment controlling political spending!
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The Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United has allowed corporations and other special interests to pour hundreds of millions of dollars into our elections, effectively buying up chunks of our federal, state and local governments.

It's time to choke off this corrupting flow of money. To do that, we need a constitutional amendment to reverse Citizens United and put democracy back in OUR hands.

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Global Day of Action Against Free Trade Agreements | revolution-news.com

Global Day of Action Against Free Trade Agreements | revolution-news.com | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
International free trade agreements like TTIP and TPP which are negotiated in secret without the public's consent are a global corporate coup.
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Ten Reasons Why You Should Be Worried About TTIP

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What a Rand Paul World Would Look Like: 6 Things You Should Know About the War-Mongering, Faux Libertarian

What a Rand Paul World Would Look Like: 6 Things You Should Know About the War-Mongering, Faux Libertarian | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
Many young people and progressives who are wary of a Clinton presidency are seeking potential alternatives, even outside the Democratic Party. Unfortunately, much of the attention of voters seeking an alternative to mainstream candidates of both parties has focused on Rand Paul. This is no accident: Rand Paul has carefully positioned himself as "the most interesting man in Washington" for supposedly being a different kind of Republican, hip and able to connect with younger voters. Paul has made it his mission to bring more of the increasingly progressive youth vote back to the GOP fold, and polling shows that Paul does have greater support among younger voters than older ones. Paul has also mounted the most aggressive social media campaign of the GOP hopefuls for president, again partly in an effort to reach younger voters.

But Paul's delicately crafted maverick image is far from the reality. Here are six things younger and more progressive voters need to know about Rand Paul.

Via Jocelyn Stoller
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It's especially important that young voters read this article.

 

You can read more about who Rand Paul really is at: post:https://didyoucheckfirst.wordpress.com/2014/03/23/young-and-old-people-do-not-be-fooled-by-rand-paul/

 

....and who Libertarians really are at https://didyoucheckfirst.wordpress.com/2014/11/15/the-dirty-little-secret-of-libertarianism-theyre-really-corporatists/

 

Then, in November, do the patriotic and sensible thing and vote.

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Real Time with Bill Maher: Explaining Jokes to Idiots – #RespectForZayn Edition (HBO) - YouTube

Subscribe to the Real Time YouTube: http://itsh.bo/10r5A1B Bill Maher addresses the controversy over his Zayn Malik/Dzhokhar Tsarnaev New Rule in a segment c...
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Hey. Upset liberals. That "outrage" you think you're feeling about Maher and the trumped up charges of Islamaphobia are getting tedious and tiresome. How about you give it and him a rest and concentrate your energy where it belongs; on conservatives, libertarians, and the Big Money puppet masters on Wall Street, at the Heritage Foundation and Cato Institute, and in the GOP? Thanks.

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Join the Internet Vote

Join the Internet Vote | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
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Congress is about to introduce a bill to fast track a secret deal that could lead to global censorship. It’s called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). We think Internet users everywhere should have a say in decisions that affect the Internet — but if “Fast Track” legislation passes, there is no chance that the public will see the text before the deal is approved. Join the Internet Vote on April 23rd and let’s make it clear to DC how we’re voting: against Fast Track and against Internet censorship.
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Congress Won't Fix Corruption. We Will.

Congress Won't Fix Corruption. We Will. | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
On April 15th 2015, Represent.Us Chapters and supporters across America will officially announce the next wave of Anti-Corruption Acts and Resolutions.
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On April 15th 2015, Represent.Us Chapters and members across America will officially announce the next wave of Anti-Corruption Acts and Resolutions.

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House effort would completely dismantle Patriot Act

The Surveillance State Repeal Act would overhaul spying laws like no other NSA reform effort.
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Once again I ask, "How is it possible that there isn't universal agreement on the harm and risks of a government - our government - that spies on us with impunity?"

 

Sign the petition, please.

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Netanyahu Plays the Race Card

Netanyahu Plays the Race Card | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
The Israeli Prime Minister has adopted Richard Nixon’s Southern strategy.
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In last week’s Israeli elections, Netanyahu did play the role of Nixon—except that he did not go to China. Nor did he go to Ramallah. He went racist. 

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Florida Isn't Alone: North Carolina, Pennsylvania Ban 'Climate Change' Too

Florida Isn't Alone: North Carolina, Pennsylvania Ban 'Climate Change' Too | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
Like Florida, North Carolina and Pennsylvania have removed the terms "climate change" and "global warming" from websites and other documents, too.
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Once again, I'm embarrassed by the actions of my elected officials. Here's hoping that the mistakes of the Corbett administration continue to be corrected. Add this one to the list.

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Pittsburgh City Council Passes Resolution Against Fast Track

Pittsburgh City Council Passes Resolution Against Fast Track | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
On April 21st the Pittsburgh City Council took a stand against Fast Track. WHEREAS, the Council of the City of Pittsburgh strongly supports internatio...
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I live in a Pittsburgh suburb, and I'm very proud of the Pittsburgh City Council for doing this.
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The Powerful Scene On The Streets Of Baltimore Monday Night That No One Is Talking About

The Powerful Scene On The Streets Of Baltimore Monday Night That No One Is Talking About | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
Chaos and violence were not the only things happening on the streets of Baltimore Monday night.
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".... there has been a State of Emergency way before tonight in Baltimore City, an emergency in poverty, lack of jobs [and] disenfranchisement from the political process.”

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Bill Shuster muscled through transportation bill pushed by lobbyist girlfriend

Bill Shuster muscled through transportation bill pushed by lobbyist girlfriend | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
Last year, Rep. Bill Shuster approached fellow Republican Rep. Tom Graves with a request. The powerful Transportation and Infrastructure Committee chairman wanted to take over Graves’ moribund Travel Transparency Act, an industry-friendly bill that would allow airlines to advertise the base price of a ticket without including fees and taxes....
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Can anyone explain how this is ok?

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Politics Done Right - "Silence is Surrender"

Politics Done Right - "Silence is Surrender" | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
Silence is Surrender I want all those folks who are undecided, non-committal and in the middle to tell me why. You know who you are. You're the ones who let the rest of us on the two ends of the spectrum do all the debating, discussing, arguing, and posting of all manner of articles, memes, tweets, and blog post on subjects ranging from climate change, marriage equality, women's right, money in politics, trade deals, political candidates, and on, and on, and on. Why? Why don't you participate? Why do you leave the important issues to others? Call me and help me to understand how it is that two-thirds of you didn't even bother to exercise your most precious right in the last election? Join guest host Greg Russak for this important discussion at 1:00 PM today.
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Silence is Surrender

I want all those folks who are undecided, non-committal and in the middle to tell me why. You know who you are. You’re the ones who let the rest of us on the two ends of the spectrum do all the debating, discussing, arguing, and posting of all manner of articles, memes, tweets, and blog post on subjects ranging from climate change, marriage equality, women’s right, money in politics, trade deals, political candidates, and on, and on, and on. Why? Why don’t you participate? Why do you leave the important issues to others?


Listen to the recorded show in the hopes of understanding how it is that two-thirds of you didn’t even bother to exercise your most precious right in the last election.

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Weighing A Presidential Bid, O'Malley Cites Differences With Clinton

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is weighing a presidential bid. He talks to Steve Inskeep about what it would take to defeat the biggest Democratic name in the field — his friend Hillary Clinton.
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Finally, someone with the courage to tell it like it is and who doesn't pretend that both sides are equally to blame for our problems. That's because they are not. This might be the most enlightening and refreshing 6 minutes and 42 seconds you'll spend today. It was for me yesterday.

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Economic Inequality: It’s Far Worse Than You Think

Economic Inequality: It’s Far Worse Than You Think | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
The great divide between our beliefs, our ideals, and reality
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If you're still denying that economic inequality isn't a terrible and growing problem for this country, perhaps this article and the linked video will change your mind.

 

https://youtu.be/QPKKQnijnsM

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Deal Reached on Fast-Track Authority for Obama on Trade Accord

Deal Reached on Fast-Track Authority for Obama on Trade Accord | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
Congressional leaders agreed on legislation to give President Obama authority to finish negotiating one of the world’s largest trade accords, starting a battle that aligns the president with Republicans.
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Headlines can be so misleading. Come in off the ledge.


There's no "deal reached." The only "deal" is Wyden's sellout in the Senate Finance Committee, along with the invitation to let Ayn Ryan sit in.

 

There's a long way to go yet on Fast Track. It should make for good political theater, and it's bound to only get better as soon as conservatives and armchair Republicans start paying attention. just wait until they figure out the the GOP in the House and Senate are jumping into bed with the president. It would really frost their asses if they actually paid attention to what is already known about the TPP.

 

At any rate, according to GovTrack, S.995 has only a 35% chance of even getting past committee. 

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/s995#

 

 

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Coming to Terms With the American Empire

Coming to Terms With the American Empire | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
Although the United States became an empire unintentionally, it must learn to act like one.
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"It is true that the United States did not genuinely intend to be an empire. It is also true that its intentions do not matter one way or another. Circumstance, history and geopolitics have created an entity that, if it isn't an empire, certainly looks like one. Empires can be far from oppressive. The Persians were quite liberal in their outlook. The American ideology and the American reality are not inherently incompatible. But two things must be faced: First, the United States cannot give away the power it has. There is no practical way to do that. Second, given the vastness of that power, it will be involved in conflicts whether it wants to or not. Empires are frequently feared, sometimes respected, but never loved by the rest of the world. And pretending that you aren't an empire does not fool anyone."

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Political Smears in U.S. Never Change: the NYT's 1967 Attack on MLK's Anti-War Speech - The Intercept

Political Smears in U.S. Never Change: the NYT's 1967 Attack on MLK's Anti-War Speech - The Intercept | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
Nixon officials smeared Ellsberg as a Russian agent, while The New York Times attacked King for "slandering" the U.S. and "whitewashing" Hanoi's crimes. All of that should sound familiar.
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"I defy anyone to listen to any Democratic apparatchik insinuate that Snowden is a Russian agent and identify any differences with how Nixon apparatchiks smeared Ellsberg (or, for that matter, how today’s warnings from Obama officials about the grave harm coming from leaks differ from the warnings issued by Bush and Nixon officials). The script for smearing never changes — it stays constant over five decades and through the establishments of both parties — and it’s one of the reasons Ellsberg so closely identifies with Snowden and has become one of his most vocal defenders."
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Seattle City Council Unanimously Opposes Fast-Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Seattle City Council Unanimously Opposes Fast-Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
The Seattle city council just unanimously passed a resolution that comprises some of the strongest statements about the Trans-Pacific Partnership—and its twin proposal to speed the deal through Congress—a local governmental body has made. The TPP, a giant, hardly-transparent international trade deal currently being negotiated by the federal government, has inspired loud opposition from environmental and labor groups. Despite what little we know about the deal, it would appear that all nine council members are...
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Way to go Seattle!!!

That's what I call leadership!!!

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Apple CEO Tim Cook Pens Op-Ed Calling on Corporations to Oppose Surge of Indiana-Like Bills Across Country

Apple CEO Tim Cook Pens Op-Ed Calling on Corporations to Oppose  Surge of Indiana-Like Bills Across Country | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
“A wave of legislation, introduced in more than two dozen states, would allow people to discriminate against their neighbors,” Cook writes in the Washington Post
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I honestly can't believe there isn't 100% outrage about what Gov Pence and the Indiana legislation has done. 

 

Has the right-wing in this country finally and completely abandoned its last shreds of humanity? 

 

Sure looks that way to me.

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Breathtaking Video Gives You In-Depth Look at Iconic Yosemite National Park » EcoWatch

Breathtaking Video Gives You In-Depth Look at Iconic Yosemite National Park » EcoWatch | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
Filmmakers Colin Delehanty and Sheldon Neill hiked more than 200 miles in Yosemite National Park and produced a time-lapse video called Project Yosemite which
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Breathtaking Video Gives You In-Depth Look at Iconic Yosemite National Park
45th #EarthDay2015 is 4/22

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