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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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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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Senate Republicans voted today to kill federal privacy rules

Senate Republicans voted today to kill federal privacy rules | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The vote paves the way for a big win for the country’s telecom giants.
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A very sad day happened while we were all watching the joker play us for fools this year. Look how they start to not only take America back but it wasn't for us it is from us... say good by to your privacy. I guess no one cares anyway or people won't let these things happen. They would "Resist"!
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Kochs pledge millions to GOPers in 2018 -- if they vote no on health care bill

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In a last-minute effort to sink the Republican health care bill, a powerful network of conservative donors said Wednesday it would create a new fund for Republican 2018 reelection races -- but they'll only open it up to GOPers who vote against the bill.
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MICEK: Trumpcare: Helping the Rich, Stiffing the Poor - Aurora Sentinel

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What's clear is that, right now, Trump and Republicans have a big, fat problem with their healthcare bill. And whether further negotiations will in fact lead to an improvement over the existing law, as Trump promised, is an open question
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Blow the whistle on Sean Spicer

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Research shows corporations can get infected with a culture of lies. The only recourse for a company -- or a country -- is to call out lies when you see them, Mel Robbins says.
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New documents show Trump aide laundered payments from party with Moscow ties, lawmaker alleges

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The documents released by a Ukrainian lawmaker claim Manafort laundered the payments through Belize.
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Gorsuch Tries to Put Himself Above Politics in Confirmation Hearing - NYTimes.com

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My answers to the latest GOP survey

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I recently answered the GOP’s First 50 Days survey. I am using these highly biased and unscientific surveys as chance to express my opinions about the administration. I just wanted to share my answers somewhere in the hopes that someone els
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Putin's main goal in Syria? - Genevieve Casagrande, ISW

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Russian President Vladimir Putin’s primary objective in Syria is to constrain U.S. freedom of action – not fight ISIS and al Qaeda. Russia’s military deployments at current levels will not enable the Iranian-penetrated Assad regime to secure Syria. Mosco

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March on Mississippi: Danny Glover, Sen. Sanders take on automaker

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The actor and longtime activist on Saturday will join Sen. Sanders and others in the March on Mississippi, meant as a pro-union rally for autoworkers.
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Education rally at Capitol: Gallery

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Several hundred parents, educators, education activists, students join a handful of legislators in a education rally at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Thursday, March 16, 2017. Advocates for public schools oppose legislative leaders' plans to rewrite the state's school funding formula. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
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Bad news for low-income college students in Trump 2017 budget

Bad news for low-income college students in Trump 2017 budget | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Pell grants are safe but slashed. Other federal grants are going away.
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White House endorses plan to remove 30,000 FAA workers from federal payroll

Under the plan, air traffic controllers and the NextGen program would spin off into a private nonprofit organization.
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Selling public federal jobs to contractors ensures more control of the nation and policy and over labor as we move down through time.
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Donald Trump: America's Marie Antoinette

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Instead of spending money on those Americans most in need, Donald Trump is wasting taxpayer money on maintaining his family's lavish lifestyle in Mar-a-Lago and New York, writes Dean Obeidallah.
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HUFFPOST HILL - Trump Eager To Move Past Health Care And Focus On Rampant Treason

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Kochs pledge millions to GOPers in 2018 -- if they vote no on health care bill

Kochs pledge millions to GOPers in 2018 -- if they vote no on health care bill | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
In a last-minute effort to sink the Republican health care bill, a powerful network of conservative donors said Wednesday it would create a new fund for Republican 2018 reelection races -- but they'll only open it up to GOPers who vote against the bill.
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Trump team communications captured by intelligence community surveillance, Nunes says

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Members of the intelligence community incidentally collected communications from the Trump transition team during legal surveillance operations of foreign targets, a top Republican lawmaker said Wednesday afternoon.
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Rex Tillerson to skip Nato meeting - but visit Moscow - BBC News

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US secretary of state's absence likely to heighten concerns about Trump team's commitment to Nato.
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After Trump tweets embarrassingly inaccurate info, former NATO ambassador publicly educates Trump

After Trump tweets embarrassingly inaccurate info, former NATO ambassador publicly educates Trump | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
This morning Donald Trump once again took to Twitter to show his utter ignorance and misunderstanding of how the world operates. On the heels of his widely mocked, embarrassing, petulant, child-like behavior with German Chancellor Angela Merkel
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Free Up iPhone Space With These Hidden Tricks

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Storage running out? For most, the biggest stuff is in four types of places: photos, messages, music and the big third-party apps that everyone has. These tricks can help you take back your precious gigabytes
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American commissars!

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Unusual network of influential advisers is tasked with monitoring the secretaries’ loyalties, officials said.

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Schumer's warning about Gorsuch is dead wrong

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Danny Cevallos writes that though Senator Schumer claimed Judge Gorsuch favored the powerful in his rulings, he in fact makes decisions on the basis of the law, not politics.
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Research for yourself and remember that CNN as nearly all of our main mass media is a for profit corporate organization that would benefit in the short term from just such a judge as Schumer warns Gorsuch might be.
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Bernie Sanders, Nina Turner, Civil Rights Leaders Demand Workers' Rights at Mississippi Nissan Factory

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'What corporations understand is if they stop workers in Mississippi from forming a union, they can keep wages down in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania'
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Took a while but found updates on the March on Mississippi!
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SXSW 2017: Catch up on everything cool so far

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Some are worried about the future of the Internet, Joe Biden asks for work on curing cancer and more
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Supreme Court Confusion Could Cost a Family $410,000

Supreme Court Confusion Could Cost a Family $410,000 | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The justices have an opportunity to clarify the muddle of ‘regulatory takings’ law.
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I am certain the ability to sell land, use it or be paid for it is an important issue that many fair thinking judges can resolve. When reading this article realize there may be motives behind the push for Thump's Supreme Court pick to be approved, realize the WSJ is now owned by Rupert Murdock and he and the Cato Institute are both very pro -libertarian and have been pushing that morality for decades now... likely so will the judge they push be ever more corporate And wealthy friendly...research him well.
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