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Video emerges of ISIS victim Alan Henning taken days before his capture

Video emerges of ISIS victim Alan Henning taken days before his capture | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
A British Muslim organization is making a direct plea to the Islamic State terrorists to release captive Alan Henning, an aid worker who risked his life to help Syrian locals.
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“Tale of Two Cities:” New York Has Become the Capitol of Inequality

“Tale of Two Cities:” New York Has Become the Capitol of Inequality | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
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New York City is a microcosm of America’s rising economic inequality — and of the lopsided nature of the “recovery” that officially began in 2009, the one most working people have yet to experience.
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Democrats Urge Obama To Meet With Families At Risk For Deportation

Democrats Urge Obama To Meet With Families At Risk For Deportation | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- A group of House Democrats plans to press President Barack Obama to meet directly with undocumented immigrants who are being affected -- potentially at urgent risk of deportation -- by current immigration policies.
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Travis Childers hits Thad Cochran on women's pay legislation, campaign spokesman calls it 'election year stunt'

Travis Childers hits Thad Cochran on women's pay legislation, campaign spokesman calls it 'election year stunt' | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
JACKSON, Mississippi -- Democratic former U.S. Rep. Travis Childers said Tuesday that if he's elected to the Senate, he will support a bill requiring employers to pay women and men the same amount for doing the same jobs. "I have...
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Childers is trying to unseat six-term Republican Sen. Thad Cochran in the Nov. 4 general election, and he criticized Cochran for voting to block such a bill. Cochran was among 40 Republican senators who voted Monday against letting the pay bill move forward (http://1.usa.gov/1uEsiQh ). Fifty-two Democrats voted to advance the bill, but they fell short of the 60 votes they needed.

Childers said Tuesday that women's contributions to the family income are as important as men's, and women should be paid equally for the same job. He brought a loaf of bread and a gallon of milk to the news conference and noted that women don't receive discounts on groceries, gasoline or other necessities.

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ISIS now attacks education system in Iraq

While schools in Iraq's second largest city are still in operation, with a new hardline approach to education set in place by ISIS, feelings of fear, uncertainty and resistance by parents...
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UK unemployment rate falls to lowest level since 2008 financial crisis

UK unemployment rate falls to lowest level since 2008 financial crisis | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Jobless numbers fall more sharply than expected from 6.4% to 6.2%, but pay packets still shrinking in real termsUnemployment in the UK has dropped to its lowest level since the height of the 2008 financial crisis as a growing economy creates more...
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Who's Responsible for Your Morality? - OpEdNews

Who's Responsible for Your Morality? - OpEdNews | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Who's Responsible for Your Morality?
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Religion is, in more instances than not, a practical road to individual moral development. The problems show up when people don't complete the journey.
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Pretend Patriots and Presidents: Comparing American Leadership in Photographs | Nomadic Politics

Pretend Patriots and Presidents: Comparing American Leadership in Photographs | Nomadic Politics | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
John McCain and Barack Obama are very different leaders. Here's a comparison in photographs.
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I love this photo comparison. This shows the power images have to shape thinking firmly in seconds. Once seen we can hardly get them out of our heads. Add words that are true or not and the message is even stronger and last longer. Imagine you are shown these repeatedly as we have seen an image of Obama wearing some traditional Islamic (or actually) mid-eastern or other ethnic clothing at some event as a quest. 


Perhaps you are old enough to remember when Obama failed to have that American flag pin on his label when everyone else had it on that day. The image was used as evidence he was really secretly going to turn our country into an Islamic state and hates America. Never mind that within the Islamic faith pretending to be a Christian by declaring yourself one publicly as Obama has for years, not once professing to be Islamic and attending churches as a member of  a church is the first way to get your head cut off and the ultimate sin for someone of Islamic faith. Notice the pin on McCain's clothing.


These McCain images are from visit McCain made to Syria and these are his photo op moments with the people who are now known as ISIS. McCain's Photo Ops and Obama's wardrobe mistakes could be  lessons to be careful who you hang with and how you dress within a viral image world. McCain's images are now used as ISIS PR and are making headlines around the world. I hope these are not the lessons we learn. I hope we learn from these images to question what we see, hear and even read and not allow others to twist our thoughts with media but instead demand and seek truth. I hope these images are not used to create a further divide between people and make them afraid of connecting and understanding each other in important ways. Even enemies can get to the other side of bad, sinful, evil times and become humane again. Isis beheadings are not Islamic anymore than knowingly giving blankets used by those that died of smallpox to American Indians was a Christian act. 


The truth in my opinion is that McCain's Photos are the best evidence that Obama may have been right to hesitate to take sides in Syria without knowing the true nature and values of those that sought our help. The truth could also be that war will make some good people do very bad things they would never have thought they would ever do. The truth is that when you react to violence with violence it brings out the worst in us. The other sad truth is that if you don't react with violence that overpowers those threatening you with death then you could be killed in that moment. That all being true therein lies the problems.




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How Much Did Facebook Make From The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge?

How Much Did Facebook Make From The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge? | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
VideoThe ALS Ice Bucket Challenge raised considerably more than $100 million for research into degenerative neurological disease. That's great. But the whole phenomenon was also pretty great for Facebook, which saw a huge, extended surge of usage, particularly video consumption, around the summer-long campaign. Ice Bucket Challenge videos were viewed more [...]
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Wow! This got 440 million views and 100 million dollars! Let's see what that research brings us 5 years from now!  Let's also think what would happen if that many people and that much money came into saving the internet WEB as we know it. The connection of ideas on this web may bring answers to ALS faster than those researchers. The power or our open connections to share a concern DID raise all that money.


If people would just put that much passion and money into buying back our own government just think of how many things we can act on to change together with out an act of congress. The deadline to comment to the FCC is Monday September 15th. The wealthy and commercial ads already have great gains and wins with the way the WEB is now. Please fight to make sure the Cable and Telecom industries don't destroy all this just to line their own pockets. Read this later if you don't know about what is happening this year to the WEB to change it.

http://www.savetheinternet.com/net-neutrality-what-you-need-know-now After you read the great news about ice bucket success go to this link to add get in touch with the FCC or contact them directly in by the end of Monday or even later. Call you representatives as well they won't take on the Media power houses if we don't force them to do it.  This link goes to the FCC from EFF. Use it if you want to send a quick letter by the deadline.

 https://dearfcc.org/

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Clips: Elizabeth Warren Takes on Hillary Clinton and Alan Greenspan | Blog | BillMoyers.com

Clips: Elizabeth Warren Takes on Hillary Clinton and Alan Greenspan | Blog | BillMoyers.com | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Ten years ago Warren spoke about how policymakers in Washington don't always have the best interest of Americans in mind.
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I wish we had of had this women in the Senate or the White House in 2004. Here she goes straight at the problems with Greenspan's 40 year economic policy and Hillary as well. Who works for us and who works for the banks? Everyone should really take a minute to listen to her points.

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Quoting Exodus: Religious Liberty, Incitement and the Free Speech Hypocrisy | Nomadic Politics

Quoting Exodus: Religious Liberty, Incitement and the Free Speech Hypocrisy | Nomadic Politics | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Two seemingly-unrelated situations involving free speech, come together in this post to expose America's first amendment hypocrisy.
Most of us know that free speech is not absolute. But why should some forms of free speech be restricted except when it comes from religious leaders? Why only Christian leaders? Why is hate speech allowed to hide behind the shield of religious liberty?
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Here is something to think about. Many may have considered these conflicting ideas already, but if you haven't here is a look at how the meaning of words are regarded differently according to whom is saying them.

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Educating Everyone - AllAfrica.com

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Educating Everyone
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As for lower-secondary education, it will take almost a century, if current trends persist, to ensure access for all girls in Sub-Saharan Africa.
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Fake Cell Phone Towers Discovered Grabbing Signals - CIO Today

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Joseph Hall, chief technologist for the Center for Democracy and Technology, said the discovery of the surveillance network is a troubling development for privacy concerns.
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Ukrainian president asks U.S. Congress for help

Ukrainian president asks U.S. Congress for help | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON — Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko mixed gratitude and a plea for help Thursday as he urged Congress "not to let Ukraine stand alone in the face of this aggression" by Russia.
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Complicated issue hope everyone is trying to follow this.

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Iraq War Veteran Opens Up About Suicide In The Military

Iraq War Veteran Opens Up About Suicide In The Military | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
An estimated 22 veterans die by suicide each day. For Iraq war veteran Jason Hansman, this staggering statistic is especially personal.
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Is A (Liberal Arts) College Degree Still Worth It? - Huffington Post

Is A (Liberal Arts) College Degree Still Worth It?
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"I think a liberal arts education in general, and mine in particular, provided a broad perspective and appreciation and compassion for other disciplines and cultures," he says.
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10 YouTube Channels That Will Make You Smarter

10 YouTube Channels That Will Make You Smarter | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
YouTube hosts a stable of educational channels with hundreds of videos apiece, just waiting to blow your mind.
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Need some videos? Here are some links!

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Monetary policy committee voted 7 2 to hold interest rates

Monetary policy committee voted 7  2 to hold interest rates | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Minutes show majority of Bank of England group said due to wage stagnation there was little pressure on pricesTwo members of the Bank of England's interest rate setting committee maintained a hawkish stance on interest rates this month and voted...
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Socratic observations — Society cannot 'progress' without morality - Deseret News

Socratic observations — Society cannot 'progress' without morality - Deseret News | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
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Socratic observations — Society cannot 'progress' without morality
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Not shared moral principles, but “diversity” is now the watchword.
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Abortion sometimes can be the moral, correct decision - The Tennessean

Abortion sometimes can be the moral, correct decision - The Tennessean | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Abortion sometimes can be the moral, correct decision
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It is due to this fundamental Jewish belief in the sanctity of life that abortion, under certain circumstances, is viewed as both a moral and correct decision.
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In His First Appearance On Meet The Press Bernie Sanders Terrifies The Koch Brothers

In His First Appearance On Meet The Press Bernie Sanders Terrifies The Koch Brothers | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
A sign of change on Meet The Press as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) made his first appearance on the show. Sanders used the national platform to tell the truth about Citizens United and the Koch brothers.
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After 8 years of tax cuts and pro-market reforms, Sweden's left projected to ... - Minneapolis Star Tribune

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After 8 years of tax cuts and pro-market reforms, Sweden's left projected to ...
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"But the government's influence on people's lives has decreased significantly. More private actors run publicly funded schools and hospitals. The government still controls liquor stores, but has ended its monopoly on pharmacies.

"All the kinds of choices that I was not given when I was young, or my parents, are now there," Reinfeldt told a small group of reporters last week at the government headquarters in Stockholm. "You can now choose your kindergarten, your school, your health care, your elderly care."

The problem for Reinfeldt is a lot of Swedes don't seem to like all that choice.

Even though his government has won praise internationally for keeping Sweden's economy intact during Europe's financial turmoil, at home the perception has taken root that he's selling out the welfare system to greedy capitalists.

Negative headlines have dominated the Swedish media: privately run schools shutting down because of mismanagement by profit-hungry owners; elderly homes cutting back on adult diapers to minimize costs."

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Smart Chart: Six Ways to Tackle Sky-High Inequality

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It’s widely acknowledged these days that high levels of economic inequality pose a serious threat to a capitalist economy. Everyone from Pope Francis to Rep. Paul Ryan have lamented our New Gilded Age.
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New Hampshire voters to pick Republican challenger for U.S. Senate race

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MANCHESTER N.H. (Reuters) - Former Massachusetts U.S. Senator Scott Brown aims to complete his rebranding as a native son of New Hampshire on Tuesday by winning the Republican nomination to run against
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Money talks! Lessig's Mayday PAC invested just short of a couple of million to promote Rubens in New Hampshire where Rubens has lived for ages. Sixteen million were spent in that state on elections for this primary. Scott Brown moved to the state last year and was packaged up by the real big money and New Hampshire bought him. They think they did anyway...


This will likely turn out more like his backers bought New Hampshire for Brown to use. I guess New Hampshire will make a good doormat for him to walk over, but it is unlikely he plans to walk into their house to stay for long. Why didn't New Hampshire just stay home and ask for the millions spent on him to be just be divided up and sent to their mailbox with the bill of sale. Money won New York again too. Lawrence Lessig is on to something with his citizen sponsored PAC but it won't matter much if people keep voting to let those with the big money win as though those well moneyed backers actually know those voters names or gave two cents about them.

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Has GOP Vitriol Against President Obama Undermined Diplomacy and Emboldened Putin? | Nomadic Politics

Has GOP Vitriol Against President Obama Undermined Diplomacy and Emboldened Putin? | Nomadic Politics | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
By constantly painting the president as a weak leader, have Obama's right wing critics and Putin admirers simply emboldened the Russian leader?
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This is a very good question. Here is one blogger's opinion and research on this question.

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