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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.

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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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Many Obamacare Critics, Including Koch Brothers, Accepted Its Subsidies

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Excerpt:WASHINGTON (AP) — Several big corporations have reaped millions of dollars from "Obamacare" even as they support GOP candidates who vow to repeal the law. This condemn-while-benefiting strategy angers Democrats, who see some of their top congressional candidates struggling against waves of anti-Obamacare ads partly funded by these companies.

Among the corporations is a familiar Democratic nemesis, Koch Industries, the giant conglomerate headed by the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch. They and some conservative allies are spending millions of dollars to hammer Democratic senators in North Carolina, Alaska, Colorado, Iowa and elsewhere, chiefly for backing President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

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Great TP with list of some companies that took some of the biggest  perks and then try to use huge some of money to buy enough policy makers to repeal  Obamacare .


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When Congress enacted the health care law in 2010, it appropriated $5 billion for the temporary reinsurance program. The goal was to subsidize employers' costs for workers who retire before they become eligible for Medicare. Hundreds of employers applied — many were corporations, cities and public universities — and virtually all the money was soon distributed.


"If the Affordable Care Act is so awful," Reid asked, "why did Koch Industries use it to their advantage?"


Federal records show that Koch Industries received $1.4 million in early retiree subsidies. That's considerably less than the sums many other employers received. A Koch Industries spokesman said he had no comment on Reid's latest criticisms.


The Koch consortium may be the loudest "Obamacare" critic among the subsidized employers. But many others accepted the subsidies while heavily backing GOP House and Senate candidates, most of who call for repealing the 2010 health care law.

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▶ Money and Life - YouTube

Money & Life is a passionate and inspirational essay-style documentary that asks a provocative question: can we see the economic crisis not as a disaster, bu...
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This is a fascinating look at a new way of thinking about money in post-modern times.

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Will charter schools survive the confusing charter movement?

Will charter schools survive the confusing charter movement? | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
America�s education policies are brimming with contradiction, perhaps nowhere more than the charter movement.
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Here is a article that must be read before we loose our public schools to for-profit interest.

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Nothing Really Compares To The Koch Brothers' Political Empire

Nothing Really Compares To The Koch Brothers' Political Empire | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- As billionaire conservatives Charles and David Koch become a focus of Democratic Party attacks for their big spending in the 2014 elections, conservatives have argued back that the Kochs' "dark money" is puny compared to the shadowy...
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Let's start with the misunderstanding -- or the deliberate expansion -- of the term "dark money."


Coined in October 2010 by Bill Allison, editorial director at the Sunlight Foundation, "dark money" was meant to describe the funds spent on elections and election-related issue ads by political nonprofits that are not required to disclose the names of their donors. This money skyrocketed following the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision.


The term "dark money" does not apply, however, to every nonprofit that does not disclose its donors -- not even to every nondisclosing nonprofit with political goals, broadly speaking, on the left or the right.


"Cato [Institute], Heritage [Foundation] and Center for American Progress aren't dark money groups, and neither is the March of Dimes, which also does not disclose donors," Allison said via email. "I think of Dark Money as the money from undisclosed donors spent to influence the outcome of an election."

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History's Echo: Mr. Flower and His Warning Against Corporations | Nomadic Politics

History's Echo: Mr. Flower and His Warning Against Corporations | Nomadic Politics | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
A word of warning about corporations by a progressive journalist from the late 1800s. Introducing the muckraking Mr. Flower.
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Wow! A well stated great read!

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Canada must find new ways to engage as China's superpower status grows, says expert

Canada must find new ways to engage as China's superpower status grows, says expert | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
By JACOB ROTHENBURGER China will continue to expand as a military and economic superpower, and Canada needs to find new ways to engage with it, a guest lecturer told an audience of 40 at Thompson R...
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This is my insight and rambling thoughts about the very idea of granting super power status to nations or leaders.

 

Is it desirable to allow a country, any country super power status if that country does not allow personal power and choice to its citizens? Is that a power the citizens of the world need to accept and then allow to lead and then to follow? Only with the force of the masses behind a power can that power really have power or wealth.

 

The will of the masses can be manipulated and enslaved only if those people are kept uninformed, often uneducated, poor and desperate for survival. People are often persuaded they need to be willing to die for what is usually pushed as a treat to a nation or value system of a particular group or those worshipping a particular GOD. Too often God is falsely package to actually empower those that desire and need the consent of true believers in whatever they wish to achieve. How can anyone really believe in an all-powerful GOD and then believe that same God can be so easily threatened and defeated that he needs mortals as a defense?

 

This is not a question of about whether there is a God. This is a question about how easily and affectively men can be manipulated to fulfill the purpose of a few powerful people. How does that happen and how can we change this ever repeating history for the good of society, the planet and maybe even an improved relationship with God and all the other living creatures that exist to form this web of life?  Hardship and death are part of living. Behaving as though one was a God that will live forever or will hold forever what was attained in a limited lifetime is foolish and harmful to this web of life. Great leaders that are worthy of respect do not deny others the opportunity to fully live and participate in life. How do we declare any country or leaders such a status of “super-power” with out more scrutiny of which nation and leaders are truly worthy of such adoration?


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Democracy vs. Oligarchy

Democracy vs. Oligarchy | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The great political struggle we now face is whether the United States retains its democratic heritage or whether we move toward an oligarchic form of society where the real political power rests with a handful of billionaires, not ordinary Americans....

 

Sen. Bernie Sanders 

Independent U.S. Senator from Vermont

Posted: 03/31/2014 6:01 pm EDT Updated: 03/31/2014 6:59 pm EDT

 

In his 1943 painting "Freedom of Speech," Norman Rockwell illustrated American democracy in action by depicting a man speaking up at a town meeting. A framed poster of Rockwell's painting hangs proudly on a wall in my Senate office in Burlington, Vt.

 

Since 1990, when I was first elected to Congress, I have held hundreds of town meetings in almost every community in Vermont. Just this past Sunday I held a town meeting in Middlebury, Vt., with a video connection to meetings in three other towns. At these town meetings I listen to what my constituents have to say, answer questions and give a rundown of what I'm working on and what's going on in Washington.

 

This process -- an elected official meeting with ordinary citizens -- is called "democracy."

 

Ironically, at the same time as I was holding town meetings in Vermont, a handful of prospective 2016 Republican presidential candidates (Jeb Bush, John Kasich, Chris Christie and Scott Walker) trekked to Las Vegas to audition for the support of Sheldon Adelson, the multibillionaire casino tycoon who spent at least $93 million underwriting conservative candidates in the last election cycle. Those candidates were in Las Vegas for the sole purpose of attempting to win hundreds of millions from him for their presidential campaigns.

 

Read more and watch Senator Sanders address Congress via embedded YouTube video at

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rep-bernie-sanders/democracy-vs-oligarchy_b_5065514.html

 


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It cannot be said better than this:


The great political struggle we now face is whether the United States retains its democratic heritage or whether we move toward an oligarchic form of society where the real political power rests with a handful of billionaires, not ordinary Americans....

 

Sen. Bernie Sanders 

Independent U.S. Senator from Vermont

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Admiral Dennis Blair: "We Sent Troops to Middle East...Because of Oil-Based Importance of Region"

Admiral Dennis Blair: "We Sent Troops to Middle East...Because of Oil-Based Importance of Region" | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it

Wed, 2014-03-26 11:54

STEVE HORN


At the just-completed U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs hearing titled, “The Geopolitical Potential of theU.S. Energy Boom,” Admiral Dennis Blair— former Director of National Intelligence, President and CEOof Institute for Defense Analyses and Commander in Chief of U.S. Pacific Command — admitted what's still considered conspiratorial to some.


Put tersely: the U.S. and allied forces launched the ongoing occupation in Iraq and occupy large swaths of the Middle East to secure the flow of oil to the U.S. and its global allies, explained Blair. 


Read more and watch the video at

http://desmogblog.com/2014/03/26/admiral-dennis-blair-we-sent-troops-middle-east-because-oil-based-importance-region



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Everyone needs to follow this conversation. We need to be the honest brokers in the modern world and increasingly this is a global citizen team sport or much could blow up on a global basis. People that feel they have no power over their own destinies and no hope become very dangerous people. It is in the interest of both the very poor and the very rich to make sure our world moves in the right direction for as many people and living creatures on the planet as possible. The wind has changed and leaders need to get their sails up to head all of us including themselves to the safe shores and they CANNOT DO THAT ALONE! We need local freedoms and resources and also the big picture of how these fit in the global needs as well. 

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Wisconsin Voters May Slash Salaries For Public Employees

Wisconsin Voters May Slash Salaries For Public Employees | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it

 by  Shadee Ashtari


Posted: 03/31/2014 6:45 pm EDT 

Updated: 04/01/2014 10:59 am EDT


Voters in Milwaukee will take to the ballot box on Tuesday to decide whether county supervisors should have their salaries cut in half, effectively imposing part-time status on the Milwaukee County Board.

The measure is a provision of a 2013 state law, authored by state Rep. Joe Sanfelippo (R), that drastically slashed the Milwaukee County Board’s budgetary powers and resources. The law cuts supervisors' power over contracts, labor negotiations and land sales. The only provision subject to voter approval is the one regarding salaries.


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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/31/milwaukee-supervisors-pay-cuts_n_5065327.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000013




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This type of legislation has ALEC's name all over it. This will remove the power of the public to ensure contracts , labor issues and more and totally out of their hands short anything but massive, ugly, to recover public and labor interest with general protest. We do not need to throw back to the 1920's through1960's just to regain ground in the interest of the general public and citizens.

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“Doomsday Seed Vault” in the Arctic - Bill Gates, Rockefeller and the GMO giants know something we don’t -

“Doomsday Seed Vault” in the Arctic - Bill Gates, Rockefeller and the GMO giants know something we don’t - | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
One thing Microsoft founder Bill Gates can’t be accused of is sloth. He was already programming at 14, founded Microsoft at age 20 while still a student at Harvard. By 1995 he had been listed by Forbes as the world’s richest man from being the largest shareholder in his Microsoft, a company which his relentless […]
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Longer article, but worth the time to really look over and consider.

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Slavery Chocolate Project

This video is my class project which is about spreading awareness of child slavery to the whole world


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This is the result of students that followed a passion.

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My students were studying Child Slavery in our Ethics course. They became so concerned with their findings, that they began a second project to increase awareness. This is one of the results.

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25 Years Later Exxon Valdez & Deep Water Horizon Accidents Connected...

Investigative reporter Greg Palast continues with Alex breaking down the incredible new facts connecting BP Oil to not only the Deep Water Horizon explosion ...
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OK, these guys go a bit over the top most times…but much also rings true.

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Veep's Tony Hale: 'We Need to Stop Putting Politicians on Pedestals'

Veep's Tony Hale: 'We Need to Stop Putting Politicians on Pedestals' | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Behind every powerful politician is someone holding a giant man purse.
Tony Hale plays that guy on TV. For two seasons, he's appeared on HBO’s vulgar political comedy Veep as Gary Walsh, the vice president’s personal aide.
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Great point! Presented in an effective way.

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Taibbi: U.S. Should Be Ashamed It Treats Pot Smokers Worse Than Wall St. Criminals

Taibbi: U.S. Should Be Ashamed It Treats Pot Smokers Worse Than Wall St. Criminals | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
A Wall Street bank accused of laundering money for drug cartels only had to pay a fine. Meanwhile, a man caught with a joint in his pocket had to spend 47 days in jail.

For that, journalist Matt Taibbi thinks prosecutors should be "ashamed.&q...

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This is more than a little disgusting.

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▶ ReMoved - YouTube

We made ReMoved with the desire that it would be used to serve in bringing awareness, encourage, and be useful in foster parent training, and raising up fost...

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This is not about politics or money and corruption. It is worth the time to watch because many children in our society everyday live this or very close stories to the one portrayed here. There are not any known billionaires plotting to get in on this and maybe that is why it stays in so many shadows. Families do not realize what is happening is so widespread and keep silent.


The vast majority of children in crisis do not end up in foster care, but on auntie's or a friend's couch or staying with their step parents after the natural parent splits, grandparents, friends house, teens moving to sweetheart's parents home or remaining with the natural parents latest boy/girlfriend once the natural parent splits. Who ever they think they can trust that will take them in.


They grow up to be our co-workers, spouses, someone's parent, neighbors and so on and thus are a very giant part of our everyday life and our future. Children today are in so many complicated home lives it is difficult to believe. Many that are not working with young people may not realize just how complicated the "average" family has become in American society today.


Those that work with children only find out if they are trusted enough and someone allows that child to open up and tell their story. The story is often not the one on the books of school records and official contacts.


This is a reminder as we go through our days and actions to remember our young ones around us and in our lives. They are not represented in congress, you do not see them protesting in marches, represented on the job, or much of anywhere else and they have the weakest voice and least control over their own situations. Do not forget them. They are part of us all. {monica}

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This is not about politics or money and corruption. It is worth the time to watch because many children in our society everyday live this or very close stories to the one portrayed here. There are not any known billionaires plotting to get in on this and maybe that is why it stays in so many shadows. Families do not realize what is happening is so widespread and keep silent.


The vast majority of children in crisis do not end up in foster care, but on auntie's or a friend's couch or staying with their step parents after the natural parent splits, grandparents, friends house, teens moving to sweetheart's parents home or remaining with the natural parents latest boy/girlfriend once the natural parent splits. Who ever they think they can trust that will take them in.


They grow up to be our co-workers, spouses, someone's parent, neighbors and so on and thus are a very giant part of our everyday life and our future. Children today are in so many complicated home lives it is difficult to believe. Many that are not working with young people may not realize just how complicated the "average" family has become in American society today.


Those that work with children only find out if they are trusted enough and someone allows that child to open up and tell their story. The story is often not the one on the books of school records and official contacts.


This is a reminder as we go through our days and actions to remember our young ones around us and in our lives. They are not represented in congress, you do not see them protesting in marches, represented on the job, or much of anywhere else and they have the weakest voice and least control over their own situations. Do not forget them. They are part of us all. {monica}

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Forget Obamacare: Vermont wants to bring single payer to America

Forget Obamacare: Vermont wants to bring single payer to America | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The state is building the US's first single-payer system.
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Well, single payer does sound very good.


Another way to think of running it that is much like government run, would be the same approach only make it a citizen co-op program where the citizen co-op members have more direct voting control over the selection of directors of the co-op insurance and also have direct ownership as stockholders of the co-op. This would surely help to cut back on the corruption opportunities that often flair up in appointments for positions and contract negotiations.


 The citizens and insured would be in a direct loop of control and as owners have a vested interest in how their money is used. The government control single payer simplifies things but the consumers of medical care are still left out of direct input and control. Any overage as profits would also be distributed among the members which are also the insured or placed in a membership held gains fund to be collected at the time of death to help pay final cost of burial and balance after that distributed to survivors..


This would make the national single payer system a direct investment for the insured like social security or an insurance company that allows membership/ownership like USAA for military families, only it would be first collected as a mandated tax like social security. Just thinking, that is my idea …..What is your idea? {Monica}

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Prayer for Pungo Hospital: "God, change the hearts of those who think they're in control"

http://www.storyofamerica.org/belhaven2 As if in answer to the prayer filmed in Belhaven, NC on March 25, an announcement came on March 26, 2014 in a joint statement from the North Carolina NAACP and Vidant Health. The Vidant Pungo Hospital will not be closed on April 1 as planned. Under the settlement reached through mediation performed by the US Department of Justice, Vidant Heatlh will operate the hospital and its emergency facilities up until a July 1st handover to a new, community-based entity to run the hospital indefinitely. On Thursday April 3, the parties will hold a joint press conference to announce a strategic plan that could impact a "medical desert" crisis impacting America's rural communities.

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Conscience and Priorities: A Ray of Light for the Homeless in Arizona | Nomadic Politics

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Homelessness in Arizona is a probably that some civic leaders would prefer to be out of sight. Some university students have found one way to share the bounty.
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This is a great uplifting, Sunday morning story about people looking out for each other without passing judgement.


This link the article refers to is also an interesting look at one state's assessment of the homeless situation there.

https://www.azdes.gov/InternetFiles/Reports/pdf/des_annual_homeless_report_2012.pdf

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Mega-Donors Are Now More Important Than Most Politicians

Mega-Donors Are Now More Important Than Most Politicians | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Quick: Name a senator who served between the Civil War and World War I. Struggling? Now name a tycoon who bought senators during the same period. J.P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller ... it’s easier.
And for good reason.
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How does this happen in a democracy?

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Progressive Groups Take Obama to Task for Violating Voting Rights Law | Mother Jones

The White House has failed to enact a votor-registration requirement that applies to Obamacare's insurance exchanges.


—Erika Eichelberger on Thu. March 20, 2014 9:45 AM PDT


After months of quiet lobbying, civil rights groups and progressive organizations are now coming out publicly against the Obama administration for failing to enforce a voting rights law that applies to the Obamacare health insurance exchanges. 

The 1993 National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), commonly known as the "Motor Voter" law, requires DMVs and other state agencies that provide public assistance to also help voters register. The Obama administration has acknowledged that Obamacare exchanges are covered by the law. But the federally-run exchange, which serves residents of states whose Republican governors refused to establish their own insurance marketplaces, isn't doing much to fulfill its Motor Voter obligations, beyond embedding a link to the federal voter registration site in the online insurance application.


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http://m.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/03/obamacare-motor-voter-law-democracy-initiative




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Take a look at the progressive pushback to Obama on voter rights.

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Obama's NSA Reforms Legitimize Snowden - IVN.us

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By Logan Brown

Mar 31, 2014


Edward Snowden famously noted that his greatest fear regarding his revelations is that “nothing will change.”


But on March 24, almost a year after Snowden’s first interview, President Obama spoke about proposing legislation to Congress which would end the NSA’s bulk collection of American phone records. Although appearing progressive on its face, the politics at play behind Obama’s NSA reforms deserve further investigation.


First, Snowden has indefinitely shifted the political discourse regarding national security. Obama now advocating to reform the NSA program — which he vehemently defended over the past year — is an indication to the legitimacy behind Snowden’s acts.


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http://ivn.us/2014/03/31/obamas-nsa-reforms-legitimize-snowden/



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 March 24, almost a year after Snowden’s first interview, President Obama spoke about proposing legislation to Congress which would end the NSA’s bulk collection of American phone records. Although appearing progressive on its face, the politics at play behind Obama’s NSA reforms deserve further investigation.

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AP News : GOP has built-in advantage in fight for US House

AP News : GOP has built-in advantage in fight for US House | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it

STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
Published: Mar 31, 2014


WASHINGTON (AP) - Even if Democrats recruit great candidates, raise gobs of money and run smart campaigns, they face an uphill fight to retake control of the House in this year's congressional elections, regardless of the political climate in November.


The reason? Republican strategists spent years developing a plan to take advantage of the 2010 census, first by winning state legislatures and then redrawing House districts to tilt the playing field in their favor. Their success was unprecedented.


Read more at

http://m.apnews.com/ap/db_289563/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=jo7TC72M




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Here is a lesson on how to stack a deck in your favor. Is this outcome in the favor of the general public, and if not, who's interest does this outcome favor?

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Public Schools for Sale? | Moyers & Company | BillMoyers.com

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Preeminent education historian and public school advocate Diane Ravitch talks to Bill this week about the private sellout of public schools.
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This is a worthy look at why there is such a big push to place public schools in the hands a  few rather than the people of the communities and the public. Here's a look at how the public is being privately removed from the control and ownership of schools and education.

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This is a worthy look at why there is such a big push to place public schools in the hands a  few rather than the people of the communities and the public. Here's a look at how the public is being privately removed from the control and ownership of schools and education.

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FATCA: Why New Tax Haven Laws are a Disaster in the Making | Nomadic Politics

FATCA: Why New Tax Haven Laws are a Disaster in the Making | Nomadic Politics | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
FATCA is a really bad piece of legislation and corporate lawyer Robert Morris explains why.
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Some Facts about FATCA
This US law was largely introduced in response to a Swiss banking scandal. A significant number of Swiss banks were revealed to have been colluding with US citizens to hide their earnings from the US government. FATCA has, in fact, severely disrupted the Swiss banking industry. Switzerland’s “too big too fail” banks, like UBS, have settled with the US government for sums that are eye-watering, but will not severely disrupt their business. Medium-size and smaller Swiss banks are being forced to pay proportionally much larger sums, whether or not they knew their clients were from the US. Many are going out of business. The small Swiss banks that survive this reckoning will certainly think twice before they ever deal with US clients again.

- See more at: http://nomadicpolitics.blogspot.co.nz/2014/03/fatca-why-new-tax-haven-laws-are.html#sthash.DLcAIql7.dpuf

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After Crimea: What Americans Make of Russia Now

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Ever since the Russian military occupied Crimea, Mitt Romney has been doing something of a victory lap for his much-ridiculed comment, during the 2012 presidential campaign, that Russia was America's top geopolitical foe.
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Is this something to dance over?

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