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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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Kobane: Turkey to allow some Kurds to help defend city against Islamic State

Kobane: Turkey to allow some Kurds to help defend city against Islamic State | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The battle for the ethnic-Kurdish city of Kobane on the Turkish-Syria border could see Iraqi Kurds join the fray in greater numbers after Turkey's decision, a reversal of its previous policy. 
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The NSA's Moonlighting Problem

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In Washington, the revolving door between government service and more lucrative ventures is common, if not expected.
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Families of British aid workers executed by ISIS promote 'acts of unity'

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The families of two British aid workers who were executed by ISIS militants are promoting “acts of unity” in memory of their slain loved ones.
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How different it might be If only everyone could spread understanding and compassion instead of hate around the world.

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How the World's Top Health Body Allowed Ebola to Spiral Out of Control

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Poor communication, a lack of leadership and underfunding plagued the World Health Organization’s initial response to the Ebola outbreak, allowing the disease to spiral out of control.
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Sensing subversion, China throws the book at kids' libraries

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President Xi Jinping's anti-corruption campaign is beginning to encompass all forms of thought and expression, even moderate ones, not approved by the ruling party. 
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Arizona, Alaska join 29 other states recognizing gay marriage

Arizona, Alaska join 29 other states recognizing gay marriage | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
A federal judge in Arizona has struck down that state’s gay marriage ban, and the US Supreme Court has turned away a request by Alaska officials seeking a stay of a federal court ruling striking down that state’s ban.
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The Peril of Being a Black Inventor in the Old South

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In October 1914, the New Orleans Times-Picayune sent a reporter to a roadshow that included the National Safety Device Company's demonstration of its "safety hood." That demonstration involved setting a fire inside a tent, and having a man in that...
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De Blasio administration files lawsuit against apartments operating as hotels through Airbnb

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The de Blasio administration has filed its first lawsuit against apartments operating as illegal hotels, the Daily News has learned.
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Meet the millennials running for Congress

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The average age of the House of Representatives, currently 57, is about to be lowered.
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For-profit colleges leave African-American and Latino students with poor educational outcomes, unmanageable debt

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For-profit college attendees are more likely to incur unmanageable student loan debt and be unable to graduate than their peers attending other schools, according to new research released today by the Center for Responsible Lending.
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What's wrong with how the West talks about Ebola in one illustration

What's wrong with how the West talks about Ebola in one illustration | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
In West Africa, deaths from Ebola have now passed 4000, while in the US the death toll remains at one.
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I have noticed this even without the cartoon putting this into such a real perspective. Very good article about how some people appear in the media to matter more than others. The result is they also matter less in our thoughts.

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▶ Sam Harris vs Reza Aslan Full Unedited Video - YouTube

Los Angeles January, 25 2007 Edited Version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlQPu7EWzFs Improved video starting at 40:45. This Channel is completely devoted...
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America’s 400 Ridiculously Richest People: 2014 Edition

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The new numbers on these grand fortunes don’t just stagger the imagination. They stagger common sense.
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U.S. airdrops weapons to fighters in Syria despite Turkish objections

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Time’s up for the Turks. Over their objections, the U.S.
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“More Money Than I Could Count”: Mitch McConnell’s Very Special Relationship With Lobbyists

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This post first appeared at Mother Jones.
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PHOTOS: Palestinians watch harvest season disappear before their eyes | +972 Magazine

PHOTOS: Palestinians watch harvest season disappear before their eyes | +972 Magazine | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
In the village of Salem, as elsewhere in the West Bank, Palestinians are forced to harvest their olives according to the whims and restrictions of Israeli authorities. Photos and text by: Ahmad Al-Bazz/Activestills.org As every…
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The impact of student loans on Japan's economy, why Australia shouldn't ban burqas, the commercialization of motherhood in India, internet harassment in England, and why Canada must stand against I...

The impact of student loans on Japan's economy, why Australia shouldn't ban burqas, the commercialization of motherhood in India, internet harassment in England, and why Canada must stand against I... | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
This week's round-up of commentaries covers the impact of student loans on Japan's economy, why Australians should stand against a ban on wearing burqas, the problems of being a surrogate mother in India, why Britain must stand against Internet...
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Here is a bucket full of occurrences around the globe all in link..

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Michael Dunn gets life in prison for killing teenager over loud music

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Michael Dunn, who was convicted of first-degree murder for fatally shooting a teenager in an argument over loud music outside a Florida convenience store, was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole.
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The stand your on ground law didn't work in this case.

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Nigeria Says Boko Haram Will Release Kidnapped Girls

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Nigerian officials claim that the terrorist group Boko Haram has come to an agreement to release of over 200 kidnapped school girls.
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Why People Love Costco-Sized Portions

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How and when people are presented with a decision can matter just as much as the options they're choosing between.
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A Century Later, Relics Emerge From a War Frozen in Time

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A century after World War I began, a forgotten theater in the Alps known as the White War is being revealed thanks to retreating glaciers.
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What happens in tech policy if Republicans take the Senate? - Washington Post (blog)

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Patent reform, net neutrality, copyright, immigration, surveillance -- here's what those who work on the issues say they think will happen if the GOP controls both houses of Congress.
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Fears of triple-dip eurozone recession as Germany cuts growth forecasts

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Anti-austerity movement gains confidence as largest economy suffers from falling industrial output and geopolitical crisesGermany has slashed its growth forecasts for this year and 2015, sparking calls for a public spending boost to prevent the...
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Perhaps "though love" isn't the best answer........ 

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Top U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, October 14

Visit http://democracynow.org to watch the daily independent, global news hour. This is a summary of top news headlines from the U.S. and around the world on Tuesday, October 14, 2014. Go to...
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You Can Lose Ownership of Your Art - artnet News

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If your consignee gallery goes bust, ownership of art becomes tricky.
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Something for any artist to remember!

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