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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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What Russia's Latest Protests Mean for Putin. - Julia Ioffe, The Atlantic

What Russia's Latest Protests Mean for Putin. - Julia Ioffe, The Atlantic | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
After the largest demonstrations in years erupted across the country on Sunday, the Kremlin is fighting back.

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Republicans Set To Kill Rules Banning Internet Providers From Sharing Your Web History

Republicans Set To Kill Rules Banning Internet Providers From Sharing Your Web History | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Along with your Social Security number and information pertaining to your children and health.
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Make three calls if you don't like this ....your Representative first whim will be the one that will vote.... your Internet provider next..let them know what you think of their plan ... the White House say privacy matters to everyone and so does net neutrality because they are going to dismantle that next.
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Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner's ever-growing spheres of influence

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When President Donald Trump left the confines of the White House Saturday night -- in the wake of his humiliating health care setback just the day before -- he headed to a place of comfort: A table for three at BLT Prime in his own hotel, joined by his daughter Ivanka, and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner.
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Unraveling Trump’s tangled ties to the Kremlin

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It could be one of the greatest scandals in American political history. But even obsessive followers of Trump’s alleged ties to Russia can have a hard time keeping track of everything that’s going on…
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Why the white middle class is dying faster, explained in 6 charts

Why the white middle class is dying faster, explained in 6 charts | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The complicated collapse of middle-aged white Americans.
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Trump’s First 100 Days: A rundown of the latest allegations on Trump camp and Russia

Trump’s First 100 Days: A rundown of the latest allegations on Trump camp and Russia | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Also: The latest on health care and Gorsuch's confirmation hearings.
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Kochs pledge millions to GOPers in 2018 -- if they vote no on health care bill

Kochs pledge millions to GOPers in 2018 -- if they vote no on health care bill | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
In a last-minute effort to sink the Republican health care bill, a powerful network of conservative donors said Wednesday it would create a new fund for Republican 2018 reelection races -- but they'll only open it up to GOPers who vote against the bill.
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Grieving father: 'I don't play Trump songs anymore'

Grieving father: 'I don't play Trump songs anymore' | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Kraig Moss made financial sacrifices last year to follow Donald Trump across the country and tell his own story. Now, he wishes he hadn't.
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This is why I have come to support the value system of people like Bernie Sanders and other like him. Ten years ago I first became aware of the many issues the progressive side was looking at and listened. I realized that many things I valued about this nation had come as a direct result of the efforts of many fine progressives though at the time I really hadn't even thought of the term "progressive". I knew little before meeting these progressives about what was happening to our water, soil, food supply, medical care issues justice system and so much more. I listened and moved on with my life.... As I encountered various medical situations, legal situation and traveled the globe I saw more of the relevance and the critical needs for behavioral changes in society the progressives were trying to encourage. The progressives were asking the most truthful questions. The GOP and traditional Democrats were not . We can't find the right answers if we don't identify the right questions . Also the GOP proved the progressive points by by their own conduct and priorities . The lack of concern for the realities of so many in our society as mentioned in this article is consistent with GOP values and priorities.
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The Soul-Sucking, Attention-Eating Black Hole of the Trump Presidency

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The Soul-Sucking, Attention-Eating Black Hole of the Trump Presidency « | Foreign Policy | the Global Magazine of News and Ideas
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George Shultz's advice to Trump on Obama wiretap claim

George Shultz's advice to Trump on Obama wiretap claim | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Former secretary of State says the president should say he made a "mistake" when he claimed Obama surveilled Trump Tower
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Neil Gorsuch Might Have Disturbing Views On Pregnancy Discrimination

Neil Gorsuch Might Have Disturbing Views On Pregnancy Discrimination | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Not only would this be bad law, it would, ironically, be bad for business.
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Paul Ryan Emerges From Health Care Defeat Badly Damaged - NYTimes.com

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When Foreign Firms Are No Longer Welcome

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Foreign firms are more likely to divest from a country when they experience a dispute with a host government.
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Trump son-in-law Kushner reportedly met with executives from sanctioned Russian bank

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President Trump’s son-in-law and top White House adviser met with officials from a Russian bank under Western economic sanctions in December, Reuters reported Monday.
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White House Announces Jared Kushner Is Now Responsible For Everything

White House Announces Jared Kushner Is Now Responsible For Everything | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Donald Trump really needs to meet some new people.
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Do I have this right? Did I read this guy didn't qualify to get into the Ivy League school he attended till his dad made a 2 million dollar donation? Someone please fact check me on that ... surely he must be a genius... right?
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Trump taps Kushner to lead a SWAT team to fix government with business ideas

Trump taps Kushner to lead a SWAT team to fix government with business ideas | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Kushner to helm White House Office of American Innovation, an ideas factory and clearinghouse for business executives.
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Does anyone else have an issue with this statement???? We didn't elect anyone to run a company did we? I don't remember the plan being to sell off parts or our public control to private industries pals of Trump and company do you???? Citizens are not his families customers... and we didn't elect him to decide to liquidate the power of citizen ownership or control..... please wake up everyone!!!! A society needs to be run well for sure.... but it's more like a community or a family when run well. It is not a competition of preselected handful or self proclaimed winners that think everyone else is losers because they didn't choose to be greedy and lord over everyone else. That is what this man thinks or he would have ordinary workers and others sitting at the table. None of those he surrounds himself by or respects .... represent the average person .
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Bernie Sanders, Top Progressives Announce New Medicare-For-All Push

Bernie Sanders, Top Progressives Announce New Medicare-For-All Push | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Lowering the Medicare age could be a starting point.
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HUFFPOST HILL - Trump Eager To Move Past Health Care And Focus On Rampant Treason

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Trump Warns House Republicans: Repeal Health Law or Lose Your Seats - NYTimes.com

Trump Warns House Republicans: Repeal Health Law or Lose Your Seats - NYTimes.com | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
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In my mind telling someone your going to come after them if you don't get what you want from them is the opposite of a negation and is straight up school boy bully or mafia gang behavior.. This half baked, rushed out health bill is a matter of life, death and quality of life relevance to every family in this nation during each persons life... how clueless can Trump and his GOP company be not to get that? Access to care is more important than if Trump or anyone of them wins their election. Perhaps the party of "Me First and you maybe never" needs to go home and take care of their own business instead of pretending the business of others in the nation or the world matters to them.
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A Last Chance for Turkish Democracy

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Dexter Filkins on the upcoming referendum in Turkey that, if passed, would dramatically increase the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
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This is a very big deal!
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U.S. Investigating Mosul Strikes Said to Have Killed Up to 200 Civilians - NYTimes.com

U.S. Investigating Mosul Strikes Said to Have Killed Up to 200 Civilians - NYTimes.com | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
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Trump might admire Putin but I think Obama was more correct to allow Putin to show his disregard for human life in Syria and not stoop to Putin's level. Obama made mistakes too but those were related to trusting Russia too much and not using the opportunity of chemical attacks to place an air cap above Turkey... unlike Trump he did not ever resort to chest thumping or reactive attacks to make himself LOOK like a Commander in Chief.
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Trump aide Boris Epshteyn leaving White House, officials say

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Boris Epshteyn, a special assistant to President Donald Trump who leads the White House's television surrogate operations, is expected to leave the White House, potentially for a position outside the West Wing, two senior administration officials have told CNN.
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Bernie Sanders, Top Progressives Announce New Medicare-For-All Push

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These Teachers Voted For Trump. Here's What They Think About His Proposed Education Cuts

These Teachers Voted For Trump. Here's What They Think About His Proposed Education Cuts | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Trump wants to cut over $9 billion from the Department of Education. It's a plan could impact some of his supporter's young students.
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