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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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Confederate leaders' descendants want monuments pulled down

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Schwarzenegger Schools Trump On How To Respond To Nazis

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Gore's advice for Trump: 'Resign'

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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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Trump says ending business councils was his idea after CEOs quit

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It seems “all the best people” no longer want to work with Donald Trump. After several CEOs stepped down from the president’s manufacturing council, and the remaining council members said they would step down, in the wake of his explosive defense of white supremacists and neo-Nazis, Trump announced on […]
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The Trump-Russia Timeline: Vice President Mike Pence Edition

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This Pence Edition of the timeline focuses on the vice president: What did he know, when did he know it, and at what points did his statements change.
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Protesters pull down Confederate statute in North Carolina

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A peaceful protest organized to stand in solidarity with Charlottesville, Virginia, took a turn Monday when protesters toppled a Confederate statute in Durham, North Carolina.
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Why didn’t sanctions stop North Korea’s missile program?

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‘There’s a lot of them – and they’re mad’: Man who exposed Charlottesville racists receives death threats

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Logan Smith, the 30-year-old man behind the @YesYoureRacist Twitter account, has been receiving death threats for his work exposing the identities of people who attended the white nationalist rally…
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What if the DNC Russian “hack” was really a leak after all? A new report raises questions media and Democrats would rather ignore

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A group of intelligence pros and forensic investigators tell The Nation there was no hack— the media ignores it
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Mom called police over threatening acts by Virginia driver - LemonWire

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) – The driver charged with killing a woman at a white nationalist rally in Virginia was previously accused of beating his mother and threatening her with a knife, according to police records. Samantha Bloom, who is disabled and uses a wheelchair, repeatedly called police about her son, James Alex Fields Jr., in …
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James Murdoch, Fox CEO, denounces Trump's reaction to Charlottesville

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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

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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?

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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

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It’s not as profane, but it’s still wild.
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Sam just manterrupted one of the biggest reveals in “Game of Thrones” history

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What Sam did to Gilly is what men do to women every goddamned day
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Trump’s response to racist violence in Charlottesville appears to be harming him

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Elite and grassroots Republicans are starting to turn on the president
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He ruins everything: Trump is having a negative effect on the workplace

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Trump’s choice in Alabama Senate race is struggling ahead of Tuesday’s primary as Republican loyalties split

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The Grand Old Party’s over. Make way for the Trump Party

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Donald Trump’s terrible reaction to Charlottesville has rejuvenated the alt right

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