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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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Immigration Agents Discover New Freedom to Deport Under Trump - NYTimes.com

Immigration Agents Discover New Freedom to Deport Under Trump - NYTimes.com | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
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Cowards looking for low hanging easy targets to get their numbers and check. Like their golden haired, golden spoon spoilt leader. Many he will drop a few crumbs to those he lied about jobs to. He didn't tell them he would put them to work as part of his police state and sending them as he did with that Navy Seal into half backed situation as soldiers. He certainly is inspiring new places to fight like our border and such.
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Trump to Ask for Sharp Increases in Military Spending, Officials Say - NYTimes.com

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Interesting assessment of Trump's plans
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Trump Voters, Your Savior Is Betraying You - NYTimes.com

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Jeff Sessions Is Already Proving That He's Exactly as Monstrous as We Thought

Jeff Sessions Is Already Proving That He's Exactly as Monstrous as We Thought | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The Trump administration has signaled its intent to crack down on legalized recreational marijuana, even though Sessions reportedly promised otherwise.
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Claims for Jobless Benefits in U.S. Point to Firm Job Market

Claims for Jobless Benefits in U.S. Point to Firm Job Market | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits increased last week, while staying within a range that shows subdued firings.
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Obama left with an upswing in jobs the Republicans haven't yet cut into! The upward trend he brought in so far just keeps moving up and is holding so far. Unemployments is half of what it was when Obama came aboard... fact is many manufacturing and other jobs are just going away for human hands all over the world. Trump does plan to create more jobs soon for police that raid and the military and prisons to hold everyone they collect. Look for many those jobs to be contracts for private companies and not jobs that come with much job security or benefits like public service jobs have done in the past.
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The growing smear campaign against Keith Ellison

The growing smear campaign against Keith Ellison | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
With the Democrats in disarray following President-Elect Donald Trump’s surprise victory, the horse-race for the next Democratic National Committee (DNC) chair is tense, messy, and potentially…
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Not familiar with Ellison but I do think we need to continue to develop a diverse unity and respect for diversity in our nation because I treasure the State Motto of my home state of Kentucky "United We Stand, Divided We Fall" I think that is so true that it should be our National Motto. I also believe the progressives have the best questions to find the best answers for our nation and the world. We need the progressive agenda to move forward with a dash of moderation to balance and challenge ideas to enhance clearness of purpose. The main goal that must happen first is what Lawerence Lessig and Bernie addressed and get rid of the corrupting influence of groups like ALEC and the corruption of money and the pay to play deals that undermine the interest of too many citizens and working class people.
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The Most Dangerous Man in Trump World?

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How Peter Navarro could lead us into a global depression—or worse.
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Jen Smyers | CWS

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Jen Smyers serves as the director of policy and advocacy the for immigration and refugee program with Church World Service and has been with CWS for over ten years. In this position, Smyers meets with national and local policy makers to advocate for improved assistance for refugees resettled in the United States and humane immigration …
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Exclusive: Leaked GOP Obamacare replacement shrinks subsidies, Medicaid expansion

Exclusive: Leaked GOP Obamacare replacement shrinks subsidies, Medicaid expansion | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The replacement would be paid for by limiting tax breaks on generous health plans people get at work.
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Brat faces raucous crowd at town hall

Brat faces raucous crowd at town hall | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Rep. Dave Brat faced a raucous crowd Tuesday night at a town hall here in the outer edge of his district, where a majority of the room interrupted him with angry shouts and jeers.
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Iraq retakes Mosul airport against Islamic State

Iraq retakes Mosul airport against Islamic State | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Iraq's special forces joined a major assault that started earlier this week to drive the Islamic State from Iraq's second-largest city.
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Former House speaker predicts 'Obamacare' won't be repealed

Former House speaker predicts 'Obamacare' won't be repealed | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
As House speaker, John Boehner promised numerous times to repeal and replace Obamacare in full.
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Outcry after Chicago public school plans seminar around civil rights, race

Outcry after Chicago public school plans seminar around civil rights, race | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
A public school in one of Chicago’s wealthiest neighborhoods stepped into unforeseen controversy last week after deciding that its annual seminar will focus on race and civil rights.
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Fallen SEAL's dad slams Trump

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Bill Owens, the father of the Navy SEAL killed in a late-January raid in Yemen, leveled biting criticism at the White House and called for an investigation into his son's death in a news story published Sunday.
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A House Republican now wants a special prosecutor on the Trump-Russia scandals

A House Republican now wants a special prosecutor on the Trump-Russia scandals | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Darrell Issa says Jeff Sessions has to appoint an independent investigator.
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Nicholas Kristof | The New York Times - YouTube

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Nicholas Kristof, an Op-Ed columnist and winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, brings attention to human rights abuses and social injustices around the world. Rea
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The Hard Right's Planning Document for Education

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The slightly-cranky voice navigating the world of educational "reform" while trying to still pursue the mission of providing quality education.
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Obama, Democratic 'super group' unite to end gerrymandering, win state races, reclaim majorities

Obama, Democratic 'super group' unite to end gerrymandering, win state races, reclaim majorities | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Former President Obama and other top Democrats are focusing efforts on state-level races and ending the reconfiguring of voting districts through the politically-laden process known as gerrymandering -- a combined effort to end “Trump-ism” and help their party regain control of Congress and legislatures across the country.
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Want to end gerrymandering, corruption of money in politics or policy and the corrupt take over of state and national congressional and governor houses and the White House on any side? Get rid of all elected officials that participate with ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) and other such groups. Cut every possible business activity with industries and businesses that use these groups to manipulate customers, citizens and communities in our every day control of our lives. They rig all the games. It is time to expose these unelected powers that are literally ripping us off from every angle and sending us the bill in their goods and services and our taxes by having us carry their load!!! These are the rich, real welfare kings more than queens that are getting everyone's money and wasting lives away. Follow the money .... your poor neighbor nor the Mexican laying your beautiful tile doesn't have your money . These rich welfare people do!!!
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Syrian Oscar contender Khaled Kateeb barred from entering US

Syrian Oscar contender Khaled Kateeb barred from entering US | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The cinematographer, who worked on The White Helmets, was scheduled to arrive in Los Angeles on Saturday, but was unable to obtain a visa waiver
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NYPD official tells Trump that 'nobody' will get deported for jumping turnstile

NYPD official tells Trump that 'nobody' will get deported for jumping turnstile | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The New York Police Department’s deputy commissioner for legal affairs said Friday that jumping a subway turnstile—a minor offense—will not get you deported if you are an illegal immigrant.
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The leaked Republican plan to replace Obamacare, explained

The leaked Republican plan to replace Obamacare, explained | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
There’s an important shift in conservative thinking in this latest iteration of repeal and replace.
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After The Gold Rush

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Marie Brenner reports how, despite the split and the crumbling of Donald's empire, the reign of New York's self-created imperial couple isn’t over.
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Bannon Promises “the Deconstruction of the Administrative State”

Bannon Promises “the Deconstruction of the Administrative State” | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Trump's brain, who is known as Steve Bannon, said many ominous things yesterday when he spoke at CPAC. He promised a daily fight in the Trump battle to remake America into something different. Most ominous, he said the goal was "the deconstruction of the administrative state." What does this mean? No more environmental regulation? No…
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Homeland Security chief: No use of military for deportations

Homeland Security chief: No use of military for deportations | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said all deportations will comply with human rights requirements and the U.S. legal system
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