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N.F.L. Prospect Michael Sam Proudly Says What Teammates Knew: He’s Gay

N.F.L. Prospect Michael Sam Proudly Says What Teammates Knew: He’s Gay | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
The all-American defensive end at the University of Missouri said he decided to come out publicly now because he sensed that rumors were circulating.
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Can't wait for the day when this is so ordinary it isn't even a news story. Until then, I'm going to be rooting for more athletes to have the courage to come out.

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Let’s Get This Class War Started: Chris Hedges

Let’s Get This Class War Started: Chris Hedges | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
If we had paid attention to history we might understand the imperative of battling the rich.
- 2013/10/20
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I consider myself to be a Conscientious Capitalist. I believe most people in business are even if they don't call themselves that.

 

I define Conscientious Capitalists as people who know and understand that it is absolutely possible to have financial success without sacrificing our individual or collective ethics, morals, and integrity. I also include in this definition the principle that our economy is NOT a zero-sum game in which I can only win if I ensure that you lose.

What seems to be missing in today's version of a "free market" is what was missing in the last Gilded Age - compassion and restraint. Then as now, a small number of oligarchs in business and in government control and manipulate too much of our economy for their own personal gain.

 

What I think we need today are leaders who aren't beholden to Big Money and who, instead, will fight for and enforce laws that regulate and produce a more equitable distribution of the gains created by the working class. Yes, it is the working class that drives our economy. It is the working class who are the actual job creators. Our economy will never fully recover without a thriving and prosperous middle class.

 

It also requires and is fully capable of supporting real pathways for the poor to truly follow out of their poverty. One such path should be higher education that gets progressively cheaper the lower one's income until it eventually becomes free. Yes, free, and yes, it would be paid for by taxing the rich so that they will enjoy the benefits of having a well-educated workforce upon which to draw and which, today, they claim they want but can't find.

 

Chris Hedges doesn't mince words, and he may be too far left for some of you. He calls our oligarchs today a cancer in our democracy.

 

I think he's right. Today's oligarchs need to remind themselves about how we treat cancer. They also ought to think about what cancer eventually does to its host body if it can't be treated and subdued.

 

Either way, it doesn't end well for cancer.

 

"The blanket dissemination of the ideology of free market capitalism through the media and the purging, especially in academia, of critical voices have permitted our oligarchs to orchestrate the largest income inequality gap in the industrialized world. The top 1 percent in the United States own 40 percent of the nation’s wealth while the bottom 80 percent own only 7 percent, as Joseph E. Stiglitz wrote in “The Price of Inequality.” For every dollar that the wealthiest 0.1 percent amassed in 1980 they had an additional $3 in yearly income in 2008, David Cay Johnston explained in the article “9 Things the Rich Don’t Want You to Know About Taxes.” The bottom 90 percent, Johnson said, in the same period added only one cent. Half of the country is now classified as poor or low-income. The real value of the minimum wage has fallen by $2.77 since 1968. Oligarchs do not believe in self-sacrifice for the common good. They never have. They never will. They are the cancer of democracy." - Chris Hedges

 

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Jeffrey Smith Interview by Bobby Rodrigo of Free and Equal Elections Foundation. - YouTube

Jeffrey Smith appeared at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA to discuss GMO's and Monsanto. Food Supply and Rescue Coalition and March Against M...

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"There's a lot of people that go around saying that GMOs are safe. The FDA policy says there's no difference between GMOs and non-GMOs that we have to worry about, so no safety testing is necessary. That policy was overseen by Michael Taylor, Monsanto's former attorney. Monstanto's the big GMO company. It claimed that there was no knowledge of difference of GMO, but the overwhelming consensus of the scientist working at the FDA was exactly the opposite." - Jeffrey Smith

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U.S. Department of Labor -- History -- Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938:

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Ever wonder how, when, and why it came to be that we have a 40-hour work week (as a presumed norm), or why there are child labor laws, or a minimum wage? 

 

Do you think today's corporatist conservatives on the Supreme Court must be the worst ever?

 

Are you thinking that all the Objectivist tantrums and threats by wealthy corporate leaders today about government overreach and over-regulation spelling certain doom to our nation and our economy is a recent phenomenon?

 

Here's a worthwhile read if you're interested in some history and want to see how easy it is to connect the dots to today.

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The Government By The People Act

The Government By The People Act | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
Money has corrupted our political system, but there's new legislation aimed at putting government back in the hands of the people. On Wednesday, Democratic Representative John Sarbanes introduced the Government By the People Act, and it's already been endorsed by at least 30 progressive organizations.
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Make ISPs into "common carriers," says former FCC commissioner

Make ISPs into "common carriers," says former FCC commissioner | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
Not every former FCC member is a telco industry lobbyist.

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"The good news is that the solution is pretty simple," Copps wrote. "It doesn’t require a new telecommunications statute replete with time-consuming years of legislative horse-trading and special interest lobbying. All it requires is an FCC big enough to own up to its previous mistakes and courageous enough to put our communications future back on track." - Michael Copps, an FCC commissioner from 2001 to 2011 and now a self-described public interest advocate who leads the Media and Democracy Reform Initiative at Common Cause.

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by Jon Brodkin - Jan 24 2014, 11:50am EST


It's time for the Federal Communications Commission to correct its past mistakes and get tough on broadband providers, a retired FCC commissioner says.


Michael Copps, an FCC commissioner from 2001 to 2011 (and acting chairman for several months in 2009), is proof that not every former FCC member becomes a lobbyist for the industries the commission regulates. The only commission member to vote against allowing the Comcast/NBC Universal merger, Copps is now a self-described public interest advocate who leads the Media and Democracy Reform Initiative at Common Cause.

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, February 5, 2014 12:49 AM

We need more people like Cobbs on the FCC and he is so right to call for the openness of the internet to be enforced.

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We need more people like Cobbs on the FCC and also in all public servant positions all the way to the white house. Too many leave to be lobbist and cut deals for those same groups while in public service  after coming from the industries they regulate others go to work with those they regulate soon after they are regulators.

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Robert Redford: Tar Sands Pipeline is a Bad Idea, Fails President’s Climate Test | EcoWatch

Robert Redford: Tar Sands Pipeline is a Bad Idea, Fails President’s Climate Test | EcoWatch | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it

The more people learn about the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, the less they like it. Despite what we might be hearing in industry spin, the environmental report released by the State Department Friday confirms that tar sands crude means a dirtier, more dangerous future for our children all so that the oil industry can reach the higher prices of overseas markets. That’s right, overseas markets, which is where the majority of this processed oil will end up. This dirty energy project is all risk and no reward for the American people.

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Here's hoping that this president lives up to his rhetoric and does what is in the best interest of people everywhere, not just in America.

 

For more on the ties between money, politics, and Keystone XL, I invite you to read:

#GetMoneyOut of Politics and We Can #StopKXL

http://didyoucheckfirst.wordpress.com/2014/02/02/getmoneyout-of-politics-and-we-can-stopkxl/

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Single-Payer Bill Takes Yet Another Bow in NY

Single-Payer Bill Takes Yet Another Bow in NY | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
At a time when HIX critics in Red States continue to pummel the exchanges and Blue State proponents adopt a defensive posture, there s actually a plan afoot to establish a statewide single-payer health plan albeit in one of the nation s most liberal regions.

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BY: BRUCE SHUTAN
FEBRUARY 3, 2014

At a time when HIX critics in Red States continue to pummel the exchanges and Blue State proponents adopt a defensive posture, there’s actually a plan afoot to establish a statewide single-payer health plan – albeit in one of the nation’s most liberal regions.

It’s the brainchild of Richard N. Gottfried, chairman of the New York State Assembly Health Committee and author of the New York Health Plan (A.5389), which is sponsored in the State Senate by Bill Perkins (S.2078).

“The exchanges are complicated because the system requires means-testing to see who is eligible for Medicaid or subsidies, and then requires people to select from multiple plans,” Gottfried argued in a recent letter to the editor in The New York Times. “We could cover everyone, provide better coverage and save billions through publicly sponsored, single-payer health coverage, like an improved version of Medicare for everyone – and no insurance companies.”

“My understanding is that Assemblyman Gottfried submits this bill every year, and I don’t think we are any closer to passing it,” says Laurel Pickering, president and CEO of the Northeast Business Group on Health. The legislation was first introduced in 1999 and every year thereafter, according to the New York Senate Open Legislation Service.

The Business Council of New York State issued a statement strongly opposing the legislation, which it dismissed as a “socialized health care system” that would “create a parallel income tax structure with no set tax rates or tax limits.”

The group warned that “a significant new payroll tax” (8% on employers, 2% on employees and 10% on the self-employed, along with additional surcharges on other taxable income) amounts to poor economic and health policy in a state where the cost of doing business is already high. It further noted a lack of “fiscal or economic impact assessments, or any other evidence of a serious assessment of its costs and benefits.”

Another pointed criticism was that most group health insurance coverage across the state would be deemed illegal, eliminating “an entire industry sector in New York,” as well as “coverage choice and options for the vast majority of New Yorkers.”

In an explanation of his bill, Gottfried defended it as “a business-friendly solution” that actually decreases costs by eliminating a need for employer-provided coverage. “That would make New York dramatically more job-friendly, especially for small businesses, start-ups and low-margin businesses, while offering better and more secure coverage to every New Yorker,” he wrote.

Shutan is a Los Angeles freelance writer

Margaret Reeve Panahi's curator insight, February 12, 2014 10:15 PM

Great News.  Vermont has already passed a law to start this, as well, but that bill was a compromised version of real single payer in the end.  Just the same, it is such a relief to see that it happened and is being accepted as viable state wide policy.  

As we know, I think that single payer is the best option of all.-Margaret

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The State of Phony Populism

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"Barack Obama put on a deft performance Tuesday night. With trills of empathy, the president’s voice soared to hit the high notes. He easily carried a tune of economic populism. But after five years of Obama in the White House, Americans should know by now that he was lip-syncing the words."

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This article hits the target really well for those of us on the left still waiting for the progressive Obama to lead.

 

For all the hand-wringing, wailing, and gnashing of teeth on the right, what doesn't seem to be realized is that Obama is often more a Reagan-era Republican than today's Republicans.

 

Once we get past the PPACA, the question remains: Where is the real channeling of FDR or anything actually resembling a truly progressive agenda?

 

He's pretty much defending the NSA and still uses drones, right? He wants fast track approval for the TPP, right? He isn't hammering the NRA after every gun crime for their abject lunacy in resisting background checks. He hasn't come out in opposition of the Keystone XL pipeline. He's recirculating and recycling his own Big Money inner circle supporters, and he isn't calling out the obstructionist Republicans - he isn't "welcoming" their hatred - every single time they obstruct.

 

Ok, he actually did rub the GOP's noses in it during SOTU regarding their childish behavior over the PPACA votes. A long-overdue move, in my book, and he paid lip service to Gitmo, so he gets a half-point for that.

 

So, what am I missing about this guy, besides the fact that he's NOT a dictator, he's not all that liberal, and he CAN'T and WON'T get all that much done with his pen alone?

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Reid shunts TPA onto slow track

Reid shunts TPA onto slow track | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
"I’m against fast track,” Reid said of Obama's proposal. 
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By Alexander Bolton and Vicki Needham - 01/29/14 08:22 PM EST

 

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Wednesday suggested he will not bring legislation to the floor that would grant President Obama greater trade powers.

 

Reid said he is “against” trade promotion authority (TPA) legislation — often called “fast track” — that, if passed, would make it easier for Obama to negotiate trade deals by preventing Congress from amending them.



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By Alexander Bolton and Vicki Needham - 01/29/14 08:22 PM EST


Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Wednesday suggested he will not bring legislation to the floor that would grant President Obama greater trade powers.


Reid said he is “against” trade promotion authority (TPA) legislation — often called “fast track” — that, if passed, would make it easier for Obama to negotiate trade deals by preventing Congress from amending them.



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By Alexander Bolton and Vicki Needham - 01/29/14 08:22 PM EST


Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Wednesday suggested he will not bring legislation to the floor that would grant President Obama greater trade powers.


Reid said he is “against” trade promotion authority (TPA) legislation — often called “fast track” — that, if passed, would make it easier for Obama to negotiate trade deals by preventing Congress from amending them.



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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, January 31, 2014 12:34 AM

Here is more regarding the move to fast track the TPP trade treaty!

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GOP Rep. Michael Grimm blames reporter’s lack of professionalism for violent threats | The Raw Story

GOP Rep. Michael Grimm blames reporter’s lack of professionalism for violent threats | The Raw Story | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
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Greg Russak's curator insight, January 29, 2014 9:14 PM

Like the bank robber blaming the depositors for leaving their money in the bank.

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Three reasons to raise the federal minimum wage | BrandeisNOW

Three reasons to raise the federal minimum wage | BrandeisNOW | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
Leading economists, including Lisa M. Lynch, dean of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, sent a joint letter this week to President Obama and congressional leaders in support of the Fair Minimum Wage Act.
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Who will benefit from these increases?

Many people think teenagers in part-time employment are the only minimum wage earners. The reality is that the average age of minimum-wage workers is 35, the majority of impacted employees work full time, and almost 90 percent are over the age of 20. More than a quarter of minimum wage workers have children and 55 percent are women, even though women make up less than 50 percent of the workforce. The Economic Policy Institute in Washington D.C. estimates that a phased-in increase in the national minimum wage to $10.10 in 2016 would directly or indirectly raise the wages of almost 28 million workers.  This would also be sufficient to raise a family of three, with a full-time minimum wage worker, out of poverty.

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At 10, #Opportunity Shows Us Where Our Priorities Ought to Be

At 10, #Opportunity Shows Us Where Our Priorities Ought to Be | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
The next time someone talks about cutting NASA's budget either because we can't afford it or we need to spend the money elsewhere, please show them this. NASA's Opportunity at 10: New Findings from...
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As much as I admire and respect NASA - and congratulate them on Opportunity's 10th birthday! - this post is about more than them, their accomplishments, and their budget.

 

This passage sums it up best, I think.

 

The rich and powerful – the people who make up the Big Money in this country – are the ones to blame for the economic collapse and the anemic recovery. There’s simply no other conclusion borne out by the facts.
 

So, shouldn’t the rest of us be working together to get the corrupting influence of Big and Dark Money out of our politics so that we can take back our government and actually have our elected leaders represent us?

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That “Distressed Baby” Who Tim Armstrong Blamed for AOL Benefit Cuts? She’s My Daughter.

That “Distressed Baby” Who Tim Armstrong Blamed for AOL Benefit Cuts? She’s My Daughter. | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it

"Late last week, Tim Armstrong, the chief executive officer of AOL, landed himself in a media firestorm when he held a town hall with employees to explain why he was paring their retirement benefits. After initially blaming Obamacare for driving up the company’s health care costs, he pointed the finger at an unlikely target: babies."

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This is what I'm talking about when I talk about capitalism with a conscience or, in the case of AOL CEO Tim Armstrong, with what appears to be a complete and utter lack of one. I wonder if he can ever really apologize or walk this back? Doesn't it take someone totally and utterly devoid of a conscience to have the kind of mind that works out a thought process in such a way as to conclude that cutting costs must be done for reasons which include the health care costs of a premature birth?

 

At the very least, his decision-making skills and judgement are in serious doubt. Even if he did think this, it was really, really stupid to say it out loud and at an employee town hall meeting. An ethical board of directors would call an emergency meeting to immediately dismiss him regardless of the financial performance.

 

That, in my book, would be Conscientious Capitalism.

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"Jesse" a story about love and racism in America by Joy Boothe - YouTube

http://www.storyofamerica.org/jesse Author Joy Boothe and I felt that this short story about love and racism in America would be a fitting way to honor Rev. ...
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This one could put a lump in your throat. It did mine.

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Chuck Todd Is The Embodiment Of A Delegitimized Traditional Media

Chuck Todd Is The Embodiment Of A Delegitimized Traditional Media | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
These MSNBC Chuck Todd videos illustrate graphically the problem with traditional media and why Americans are ill-informed.
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I completely agree, and so-called journalist like Chuck Todd have no one to blame but themselves.

 

"When the traditional media gives a platform to liars, from birthers, to death panels, to government takeover of healthcare, they have delegitimized themselves. When they allowed false information about single payer systems abroad, universal healthcare systems abroad to be maligned without either pushback or providing journalistic researches themselves, they delegitimized themselves. When they provide full coverage to a few hundred Tea Partiers and scant coverage to thousands of TPP activists, Coffee Party activists, XL Pipeline activists, labor union activists, they delegitimized themselves." 

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Anti-abortion groups push Girl Scout cookie boycott

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An effort to get Wisconsin anti-abortion supporters to boycott Girl Scout cookies is part of a national campaign called "Cookiecott 2014." (The best reason to buy a @GirlScouts cookie? Defying the anti-choice #Cookiecot.

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Money Rules American Government. This Is The Movement To Fight Back.

Money Rules American Government. This Is The Movement To Fight Back. | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
Our government is bought. It's time to do something about it.
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February 5th, 2014: Represent.Us premiers a 3-minute short film at Amnesty International’s landmark “Bringing Human Rights Home” mega-concert.

 

Our message: You shouldn’t have to buy access to your own government. That’s why we’re building a movement big enough to force our leaders to stop answering to special-interest cronies and start answering to the people.

 

America’s government is bought. Those who can throw campaign fundraisers and hire lobbyists get better treatment from our elected leaders than those who can’t. We refuse to accept that this is how our country should work.

Here are a few things you can do right now to help make that happen:

SIGN the petition. Click “Add My Name” to join over 424,000 Americans in support of the American Anti-Corruption Act, a proposal that would overhaul campaign finance, lobbying, and ethics laws.SHARE this page on Facebook, Twitter, Email… everywhere. Help build a movement big enough to hold politicians accountable.LEARN the details of the American Anti-Corruption Act, as well asour plan to get it passed.VOLUNTEER across America. We’re organizing district-by-district 
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Fast Tracking TPP Would Mean More Corporate Control of Our Democracy | EcoWatch

Fast Tracking TPP Would Mean More Corporate Control of Our Democracy | EcoWatch | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it

Wenonah Hauter | February 3, 2014 11:39 am

Do you care about having access to local and sustainably produced food orprotecting your drinking water? Are you concerned about corporate influence distorting our elections?

If you answered yes to either of these questions, you should be worried about legislation Senator Max Baucus and Rep. Dave Camp recently introduced that would grant the Obama administration fast-track authority.


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What Can We As Citizens Do About TPP and TTIP? Plenty!!


I've been collecting information and resources about the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership at 

 

http://didyoucheckfirst.wordpress.com/tppttip-resources/

 

Please feel free to contribute more and to spread the word about why fast tracking any treaty isn't a great idea regardless of who the president is, and why the TPP and TTIP should never be signed by the United States.

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Breaking: Duke Energy Coal Ash Spill Pollutes River and Threatens Drinking Water | EcoWatch

Breaking: Duke Energy Coal Ash Spill Pollutes River and Threatens Drinking Water | EcoWatch | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it

Donna Lisenby | February 4, 2014 10:50 am

Yesterday afternoon, Duke Energy reported that it spilled between 50,000 to 82,000 tons of coal ash into the Dan River near Eden, NC. To put the volume in perspective, the spill is the equivalent of 413 to 677 rail cars of wet coal ash poured into a public drinking water source. The spill is located on a stretch of the Dan River between Eden, NC and Danville, VA. An estimated 22 million gallons of coal ash could already be in the Dan River moving downstream.

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Residents along the Dan River between Eden, NC and Danville, VA, need to be advised of this massive coal ash spill.

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#GetMoneyOut of Politics and We Can #StopKXL

#GetMoneyOut of Politics and We Can #StopKXL | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
Supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline need to understand and accept certain realities, and opponents need to do more than protest and sign petitions. Let's start with a few realities and wrap up w...
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The corrupting influence of Big and Dark Money in politics is at the root of every problem we face. That includes energy and the environment. So long as politicians must raise millions to run campaigns, and so long as large sums of money can be secretly collected and funneled from the tiniest number of rich donors the way it is now in a post-Citizens United system, we will continue to see political decisions made that benefit the rich and powerful few at our expense. Those rich and powerful few include, of course, people and corporations in the fossil fuel industry.

 

So, if you want to change the political system…..
….If you want to bequeath a planet where our progeny can drink the water and breath the air and eat the food…..
….If you want a better economy and a better job for yourself and your kids and their kids….
….then please take this one simple step to support the process of getting money out of politics:

Become a Citizen Co-Sponsor of the American Anti-Corruption Act athttp://unitedrepublic.actionkit.com/event/cosponsor/9815/

And, of course, make sure that you’re registered to vote and that you vote in EVERY election, not just the big ones.

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Public Exchanges Competitive With Employer-Sponsored Plans

Public Exchanges Competitive With Employer-Sponsored Plans | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
Premiums for health plans on new state exchanges are comparable to and in some cases lower than those being offered by employers with similar levels of coverage, according to a study released Thursday by PricewaterhouseCooper s Health Research Institute.
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BY MICHAEL GIARDINAJANUARY 30, 2014 

HRI analyzed the average premium costs for a working population nationally in the public exchanges, and calculated that the median 2014 premium for a plan with coverage similar to that of the average employer-sponsored plan was $5,844. By comparison, the average employer premium for a single worker was $6,119, a difference of 4%. The premiums do not include subsidies.

 

The ACA allows for consumers to shop on its 51 new state exchanges within four plan levels; these include bronze, which pays 60% of healthcare costs; silver, which covers 70%; gold, which covers 80%; and platinum, which covers 90% of the bill.

Currently, employer-sponsored health plans cover about 85% of healthcare costs, with the remaining costs being charged to employees, the PwC study states.

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JANUARY 30, 2014

HRI analyzed the average premium costs for a working population nationally in the public exchanges, and calculated that the median 2014 premium for a plan with coverage similar to that of the average employer-sponsored plan was $5,844. By comparison, the average employer premium for a single worker was $6,119, a difference of 4%. The premiums do not include subsidies.


The ACA allows for consumers to shop on its 51 new state exchanges within four plan levels; these include bronze, which pays 60% of healthcare costs; silver, which covers 70%; gold, which covers 80%; and platinum, which covers 90% of the bill.

Currently, employer-sponsored health plans cover about 85% of healthcare costs, with the remaining costs being charged to employees, the PwC study states.

Greg Russak's curator insight, January 30, 2014 5:15 PM
JANUARY 30, 2014

HRI analyzed the average premium costs for a working population nationally in the public exchanges, and calculated that the median 2014 premium for a plan with coverage similar to that of the average employer-sponsored plan was $5,844. By comparison, the average employer premium for a single worker was $6,119, a difference of 4%. The premiums do not include subsidies.


The ACA allows for consumers to shop on its 51 new state exchanges within four plan levels; these include bronze, which pays 60% of healthcare costs; silver, which covers 70%; gold, which covers 80%; and platinum, which covers 90% of the bill.

Currently, employer-sponsored health plans cover about 85% of healthcare costs, with the remaining costs being charged to employees, the PwC study states.

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REPORT: The Demographics Of The Sunday Morning Political Talk Shows

REPORT: The Demographics Of The Sunday Morning Political Talk Shows | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it

A Media Matters review of the Sunday morning political talk shows finds that white males largely dominated the guest lists in 2013. MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry and Up with Steve Kornacki achieved greater ethnic and gender diversity than the broadcast shows or CNN's State of the Union. Overall, conservatives outnumbered progressives on the four broadcast Sunday morning shows.

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White Men Dominate Sunday Morning Shows

White Men Represented The Largest Proportion Of Guests On Every Show. On the four broadcast shows and CNN, white men represented a majority of all guests: 60 percent on This Week, 67 percent on Face the Nation, 67 percent on Fox News Sunday, 62 percent on Meet the Press, and 54 percent on State of the Union. On Up and Melissa Harris-Perry, white men represented a plurality of guests at 42 percent and 27 percent, respectively. Melissa Harris-Perry deserves special mention for having a much more diverse guest list than the other programs; 26 percent of guests were African-American women, 20 percent were African-American men, and 16 percent were white women. Up also featured significantly more women and people of color than CNN or the broadcast shows. Latino, Asian-American, and Middle Eastern guests continued to rank in the single digits or not at all among every show.

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Coffee Party USA's curator insight, January 30, 2014 9:42 AM

White Men Dominate Sunday Morning Shows


White Men Represented The Largest Proportion Of Guests On Every Show. On the four broadcast shows and CNN, white men represented a majority of all guests: 60 percent on This Week, 67 percent on Face the Nation, 67 percent on Fox News Sunday, 62 percent on Meet the Press, and 54 percent on State of the Union. On Up and Melissa Harris-Perry, white men represented a plurality of guests at 42 percent and 27 percent, respectively. Melissa Harris-Perry deserves special mention for having a much more diverse guest list than the other programs; 26 percent of guests were African-American women, 20 percent were African-American men, and 16 percent were white women. Up also featured significantly more women and people of color than CNN or the broadcast shows. Latino, Asian-American, and Middle Eastern guests continued to rank in the single digits or not at all among every show.

Greg Russak's curator insight, January 30, 2014 9:42 AM
White Men Dominate Sunday Morning Shows

White Men Represented The Largest Proportion Of Guests On Every Show. On the four broadcast shows and CNN, white men represented a majority of all guests: 60 percent on This Week, 67 percent on Face the Nation, 67 percent on Fox News Sunday, 62 percent on Meet the Press, and 54 percent on State of the Union. On Up and Melissa Harris-Perry, white men represented a plurality of guests at 42 percent and 27 percent, respectively. Melissa Harris-Perry deserves special mention for having a much more diverse guest list than the other programs; 26 percent of guests were African-American women, 20 percent were African-American men, and 16 percent were white women. Up also featured significantly more women and people of color than CNN or the broadcast shows. Latino, Asian-American, and Middle Eastern guests continued to rank in the single digits or not at all among every show.

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FACT CHECK: Obama and Medicare premiums

FACT CHECK: Obama and Medicare premiums | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
It seems to be something of an occupational hazard for President Barack Obama: When he talks about his health care law, he's bound to hit a fact bump sooner or later.
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Well worth reading. More than just Medicare, this article fact checks other points the president made in his speech, as well McMorris Rodgers' claims about people who've stopped looking for work.

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Legalize Democracy Film | Move to Amend Documentary - YouTube

Legalize Democracy is a 30 minute documentary about Move to Amend. Fast-paced and action-oriented, this DVD is a great tool for folks looking to get involved...
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This 30 minute Move To Amend documentary is a must-see.

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