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The Magician’s Con: Renewing FISA and the NDAA Under Cover of the Fiscal Cliff Debates

The Magician’s Con: Renewing FISA and the NDAA Under Cover of the Fiscal Cliff Debates | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The Magician’s Con: Renewing FISA and the NDAA Under Cover of the Fiscal Cliff Debates, Rights and liberties are little more than exceptions to the rule, open to interpretation by government officials who can throw them out based upon...

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Excerpt:"What characterizes American government today is not so much dysfunctional politics as it is ruthlessly contrived governance carried out behind the entertaining, distracting and disingenuous curtain of political theater. And what political theater it is, diabolically Shakespearean at times, full of sound and fury, yet in the end, signifying nothing." 

 

This article is great! This focuses on the way we seem to be played and distracted from key decisions and deals we need to focus on the most or at least as much by a constant stream of hotspot topics that gets everyone screaming at each other or defending one of the same old hot topics. All of this is too much like the classic old western movie skit where the playwright creates a distraction which is often a fight in the street while that leaves the ones not noticed free to rob the bank or do some other deed unnoticed. The audience always gets to know both actions but in our real cases we are not the audience but the one's distracted. We could look around and notice in these times of modern communication just like those in the movie could have but the guy writing the play stages it so they would not. While we watch the movie we want to say turn around and see what’s going on! Sadly in real life those that are telling us “turn around and look” are quickly branded as people we shouldn’t listen to or should be not trust.

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Coffee Party USA's curator insight, January 14, 2013 11:52 PM

While the invasive powers bestowed upon the federal government by FISA and the NDAA should be cause for alarm, they have become part of the unchallenged post-9/11 paradigm that disguises itself as representative government today. This matter-of-fact, all-in-a-day’s work erosion of our freedoms is no less appalling than the routine, relatively uncontested renewal of legislation, passed without debate or question year after year, which flies in the face of every fundamental principle of individual liberty on which this nation was founded. Such is the political playbook being used to chart the nation’s course these days.


President Obama’s decision to sign the NDAA, quietly and without much fanfare, while the fiscal cliff debate took front stage is a perfect example of political theater at its finest. The NDAA establishes a colossal $633 billion budget for the military at a time when the nation is drowning in debt, the deficit is skyrocketing, our military empire is overextended, and America is allegedly ratcheting down its presence in the Middle East....


...Indeed, the fact that Americans are utterly dependent on a small group of judges, themselves part of the ruling elite in America, to safeguard their fundamental freedoms shows just how far we’ve fallen as a society and culture. When the rights and liberties which we once took for granted are little more than exceptions to the rule, open to interpretation by government officials who can throw them out based upon expediency, we have entered a new paradigm in America, and it doesn’t bode well for the future of democracy.

Charles Lang's comment, January 15, 2013 12:02 PM
Very nicely put Monica. These important issues in our country today are like junk food. Before you know it, you're out of shape and too fat to move.
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Republican effort to fund Pennsylvania budget without taxes stalls

Republican effort to fund Pennsylvania budget without taxes stalls | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
A Pennsylvania House Republican effort to plug a $2 billion hole in the state budget without raising taxes stalled after a lengthy closed-door GOP caucus Saturday.
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Trump Pardon Of Joe Arpaio Would Be A ‘Bull Horn’ Calling All Racists, Critics Say

Trump Pardon Of Joe Arpaio Would Be A ‘Bull Horn’ Calling All Racists, Critics Say | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Arpaio "personifies the same bigotry and intolerance we witnessed in Charlottesville," said one civil rights advocate.
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Vice News Reporter Crushes Trump's Claims About Charlottesville

Vice News Reporter Crushes Trump's Claims About Charlottesville | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
"They didn’t talk about Robert E. Lee being a brilliant military tactician."
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Literally No One From The White House Wants To Defend Trump On TV Right Now

Literally No One From The White House Wants To Defend Trump On TV Right Now | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The White House referred news shows to Trump supporters working outside of the administration.
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Amateur sleuths hunt for Trump bombshells

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From San Francisco to Belfast, self-assigned Bob Muellers work long hours for no pay to unearth buried secrets.
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Riyadh to Host Major Women in Leadership Economic Forum - ArabiaNow

Riyadh to Host Major Women in Leadership Economic Forum - ArabiaNow | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
A major women’s economic leadership forum will take place in Riyadh. The forum is being held by Naseba, a business facilitation company.
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A very amazing place! Glad to see hope that it may move forward for women and families in the near future.
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The New York Times Confirms Trump Is Not Only A Racist In Public, But 'In Private.'

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There is still a segment of America out there that believes Trump’s public pronouncements—about African Americans, Latinos, Muslims, Jews, really anyone of different color or faith than himself—are some type of political invention,  a
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James Murdoch, Fox CEO, denounces Trump's reaction to Charlottesville

James Murdoch, Fox CEO, denounces Trump's reaction to Charlottesville | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
James Murdoch, slammed Trump's equivocating response to the Charlottesville violence in a letter to staff on Thursday, saying all sides must agree that 'there are no good Nazis'.
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Great multi media article on the resent racial and terrorist rally in Virginia.
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Mom of Charlottesville victim scoffs at Trump, defends daughter's legacy

Mom of Charlottesville victim scoffs at Trump, defends daughter's legacy | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Susan Bro scoffed at President Trump’s claim that violence on “both sides” lead to her daughter, Heather Heyer's death.
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How To Fix Poverty: Why Not Just Give People Money?

How To Fix Poverty: Why Not Just Give People Money? | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Forget food aid, cows and job training. An unprecedented 12-year experiment in Kenya tests the power of cash.
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Steve Bannon just gave his own Scaramucci-style unsolicited interview and it's a doozy

Steve Bannon just gave his own Scaramucci-style unsolicited interview and it's a doozy | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
It’s not as profane, but it’s still wild.
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Exclusive: Secret Service depletes funds to pay agents because of Trump's frequent travel, large family

Exclusive: Secret Service depletes funds to pay agents because of Trump's frequent travel, large family | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Agents must protect Trump – who travels almost every weekend to properties in Florida, New Jersey and Virginia – and his on-the-move adult children.
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Donald Trump's Afghanistan speech ended up being all about Charlottesville

Donald Trump's Afghanistan speech ended up being all about Charlottesville | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
President Donald Trump used a speech ostensibly focused on his decision about the future of America's role in Afghanistan to issue a call for unity and healing in the United States, a clear attempt to patch over the damage caused by his repeated unwillingness to condemn white supremacists and neo-Nazis following their violent protests in Charlottesville.
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Billionaire Carl Icahn Resigned As Trump Adviser Ahead Of Critical Story

Billionaire Carl Icahn Resigned As Trump Adviser Ahead Of Critical Story | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The New Yorker probes the investor's possible conflict of interest involving an ethanol regulation.
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Sonic attacks in Cuba hit more diplomats than earlier reported, officials say

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A higher number of US and Canadian diplomats and their families are believed to have been attacked by a mystery sonic weapon in Havana than was initially reported, CNN has learned from two senior US government officials.
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Saudi Women Looking Forward to Sports Curriculum and Lifestyle - ArabiaNow

Saudi Women Looking Forward to Sports Curriculum and Lifestyle - ArabiaNow | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
With the announcement that Physical Education classes will be available to Saudi girls, there has been a wave of excitement about sports across the Kingdom.
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More good news for women in Arabia! I was sad to see that men enjoyed a variety of fitness activities while I lived in Arabia and women were pretty much stuck with walking after the age of 10 or 12. The men may find this also leaves more funds in the bank... as the prime out of the house activity for women has heavily relied on walking malls and shopping in many of the most wonderful malls in the world.
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Thousands march in Boston for counter-protest to 'Free Speech Rally'

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Thousands of counter-protesters marched in Boston to confront right-wing “free speech” demonstrators on Saturday after the deadly white nationalist rally in Virginia last weekend.
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40,000 vs 100! I think this pushback on hate and hate talk will make an impression.
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Confederate leaders' descendants want monuments pulled down

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Confederate leaders' descendants want monuments pulled down
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Schwarzenegger Schools Trump On How To Respond To Nazis

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"Let me help you write your speech a little bit."
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Gore's advice for Trump: 'Resign'

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“We’ve never had a president who’s deliberately made decisions the effect of which is to tear down America’s standing in the world,” Gore said.
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Obama's response reflects balancing act

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Since leaving office in January, President Barack Obama has used written statements to defend the Affordable Care Act, denounce a decision to withdraw the US from the Paris climate accord, and, most recently, call for peace during Kenya's elections.
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U.S. Suspends Applications For 'Innovative' Anti-Poverty Efforts

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The Development Innovation Ventures has earned bipartisan praise for the grants it gives to programs that help the poor. So why is there a temporary suspension of new grant applications?
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A White House meltdown in the making - BBC News

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After Donald Trump's combative press conference, Republicans are left scrambling for cover.
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