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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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Hammerstrom: Will we know corruption when we see it?

Hammerstrom: Will we know corruption when we see it? | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
By Jim Hammerstrom
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Pope Francis to Address Congress on September 24

Pope Francis to Address Congress on September 24 | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Pope Francis will visit the U.S. Capitol on September 24 and deliver an address to a joint session of Congress, House Speaker John Boehner announced on Thurs...
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Yes! This should really be worth watching!

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5 facts about consistent conservatives

5 facts about consistent conservatives | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Our research on political polarization found that 9% of Americans, and 20% of Republicans and Republican leaners, express consistently conservative views.
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Wow! Number 5 is sad! Here is a link in tribute to Rupert Murdock the founder and still main stock holder of FOX NEWS and tons of other Global News Media that has nothing to do with America. http://www.metrolyrics.com/dirty-laundry-lyrics-don-henley.html

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'Christian Martyrs Change the World': We Meet the Families of the Egyptian Christians Beheaded by the Islamic State

VICE News traveled to Al Aour to meet the families of 13 Egyptian Christians brutally murdered by the Islamic State. Yet amid the sadness, the relatives surprisingly expressed a sense of happiness regarding the killings.
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U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren

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Official page of the office of U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts
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Great Link to an amazing citizen if you are not already connected.

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Bernie Sanders: Oligarchs with endless supplies of money are sending us back to the 1920s

Bernie Sanders: Oligarchs with endless supplies of money are sending us back to the 1920s | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) warned Monday that billionaires like the Koch brothers were trying to undo major New Deal programs like Social Security — and had enough money to send the country back to the 1920s.
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Yes, Inequality is Still a Big Problem — and One We Can Tackle

Yes, Inequality is Still a Big Problem — and One We Can Tackle | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Construction Workers in downtown Manhattan. (Credit: Charina Nadura/Moyers & Company)
The New York Times’ David Leonhardt is one of the country’s most thoughtful commentators on the links between economics and politics.
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Israeli PM Netanyahu declines Senate Democrats’ invitation to meet during U.S. visit

Israeli PM Netanyahu declines Senate Democrats’ invitation to meet during U.S. visit | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declined on Tuesday an invitation to meet with U.S. Senate Democrats during his trip to Washington next week.
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The 40,000 People in Bagram Air Base Haven’t Actually Seen Afghanistan

The 40,000 People in Bagram Air Base Haven’t Actually Seen Afghanistan | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The view from soldiers and photojournalists in Afghanistan offers a glimpse of the boredom and the terror of war as they take us out on patrol, along for the raids and into the battles.
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Future Tense: Between Huxley or Orwell | Nomadic Politics

Future Tense: Between Huxley or Orwell | Nomadic Politics | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Two Past Visions of the Future and both of them- in their own way- came true.
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Cuomo’s Office Hobbled Ethics Inquiries by Moreland Commission

Cuomo’s Office Hobbled Ethics Inquiries by Moreland Commission | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
An investigation has found that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s aides deeply compromised the New York State panel’s work, objecting to any inquiries about groups tied to Mr. Cuomo.
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McCutcheon Money: The Projected Impact of Striking Aggregate Contribution Limits | Demos

McCutcheon Money: The Projected Impact of Striking Aggregate Contribution Limits | Demos | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Elizabeth Ridlington and Miles Unterreiner of Frontier Group, Robert Hiltonsmith of Demos, and Kurt Walters of Public Campaign helped with data analysis for this report.
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Money and how it can harm a democracy.....

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership clause everyone should oppose

The Trans-Pacific Partnership clause everyone should oppose | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The Investor-State Dispute Settlement provision would undermine U.S. sovereignty.
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How the Military Will Fight ISIS on the Dark Web - Nextgov

How the Military Will Fight ISIS on the Dark Web - Nextgov | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
ISIS already is on the Dark Web raising money through Bitcoin. The military is on the Dark Web, too.
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- Chasing Glenn Beck - The New Terrorism

- Chasing Glenn Beck - The New Terrorism | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Frequent visitors to my blog know that few things irritate me as much as when “they&...
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These US evangelicals helped create Russia's anti-gay movement

These US evangelicals helped create Russia's anti-gay movement | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Meet the Fox News producer, the nightclub impresario, and the oligarch who teamed up to write inequality into law.
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President's Peace Commission examines importance of liberal arts education - St. Mary's University

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The Spring 2015 President’s Peace Commission at St. Mary’s University will discuss the value of liberal arts education. The three-day program runs Tuesday, Feb. 24 through Thursday, Feb. 26.
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Yall Politics | Lt. Gov Tate Reeves speaks to ALEC in Chicago after being introduced by Steve Seale

Mississippi is open for business and seeing success in attracting more jobs, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves told a crowd of legislators from around the country at the 40th Annual Meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council. Lt. Gov. Reeves recounted legislative successes to grow businesses and reform education at the closing lunch with economist Dr. Arthur Laffer, who was member of President Reagan’s Economic Policy Advisory Board. Because Lt. Gov. Reeves was a featured speaker, ALEC funded his trip, and no taxpayer dollars were spent. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad also…
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The guys who pay for the tune gets to pick the song...."NO TAXPAYER DOLLARS SPENT"...Who do you think gets their song to play out in policy? WAKE UP MISSISSIPPI!!! AND THE REST OF THE NATION TOO!

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ISIS abducts scores of Assyrians in Syria, groups say

ISIS abducts scores of Assyrians in Syria, groups say | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
ISIS kidnapped scores of Christian Assyrians and forced hundreds more to run for their lives, an advocate said.
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Three Signs That Young Americans Are Getting a Raw Deal

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This post first appeared at Campaign for America’s Future.
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We talk a good game about opportunity in this country, but here are three signs that we’re failing to provide young people a fair shot at prosperity.
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Frontline Communities Confront Legacy of Racism, Poverty and Environmental Destruction

Frontline Communities Confront Legacy of Racism, Poverty and Environmental Destruction | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
This post first appeared at the Earth Island Journal.
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For activists throughout the Gulf Coast 2015 is a year of anniversaries.
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Turkish Men Wear Miniskirts In Support Of Women’s Rights After Brutal Murder

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The brutal murder of 20-year-old Ozgecan Aslan has sparked such outrage in Turkey that men took to the streets wearing miniskirts, in support of women’s rights.
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Cuomo Officials Directed State Loan To Cuomo Donor At Center of Corruption Probe

Cuomo Officials Directed State Loan To Cuomo Donor At Center of Corruption Probe | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
New York's governor accepted $1 million in campaign contributions from a developer who received New York tax breaks and subsidies.
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Chris Christie Shows Fondness for Luxury Benefits When Others Pay the Bill

Chris Christie Shows Fondness for Luxury Benefits When Others Pay the Bill | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
While the image of Governor Christie of New Jersey is that of a populist Everyman preaching austerity, he has long indulged luxury tastes, sometimes in ethically questionable situations.
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