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The Magician’s Con: Renewing FISA and the NDAA Under Cover of the Fiscal Cliff Debates

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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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Coffee Party USA's curator insight, January 14, 2013 11:52 PM

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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Green Shadow Cabinet Members | Green Shadow Cabinet

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How Public Education Dollars Are Flowing Into For-Profit Companies

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Versions of this story were co-published with The Daily Beast, Raleigh News & Observer and Charlotte Observer.

In late February, the North Carolina chapter of the Americans for Prosperity Foundation — a group co-founded by the libert...
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HuffPost Live

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HuffPost Live is a live-streaming network that attempts to create the most social video experience possible. Viewers are invited to join discussions live as on-air guests. Topics range from politics to pop culture.
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Why these 9 companies choose transparency

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As Neil Patel recently said, “transparency is the new marketing.” For several years now, internet and affiliate marketers like Pat Flynn and Matthew Woodward, have shared their “income reports”.
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ISIS recruits more children than adults: activists

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The Islamic State has recruited at least 400 children this year — far more than the number of new adult recruits, activists said.
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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev ‘radicalized’ by Anwar al-Awlaki: expert

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Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was a follower of radical Islamic cleric Anwar al-Awlaki — as well as his big brother.
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Election 2015: Alex Salmond rules out SNP deal with Tories – live

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With 44 days until polling day, follow all the twists and turns of the election campaign with Andrew Sparrow and the Guardian’s team of reportersSenior Tories condemn Salmond commentsCameron may have opened door to leadership challenges, Tories...
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AT&T - SourceWatch

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AT&T is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and is on ALEC's corporate "Private Enterprise" Board. William Leahy, Vice President of State and Legislative Affairs for AT&T, represents the corporation on ALEC's corporate board as of 2011. [7] [8] AT&T is the State corporate co-chair of Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas as of 2011.[9]

A list of ALEC Corporations can be found here.

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US Senator Roger Wicker sides with A&TT in Mississippi against internet neutrality and open access. It is clear to see money speaks.

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Bangkok's Big Brother is watching you - The Guardian

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General Prayuth Chan-ocha is determined to make Thailand a happy place. He’s doing this by throttling civil liberties. Abigail Haworth charts the surreal rise of his despotic regime
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Export-Import Bank Is No Friend of Small Business - U.S. News & World Report (blog)

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The Export-Import Bank's claims to champion small business simply don't hold water.
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6 Female Illustrators Weigh in on Sexism, Feminism and the Newsweek Fiasco - Huffington Post

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What does it mean that women across the globe are paid significantly less than men? Doesn't this suggest our thoughts, projects, words and actions are less valued?...
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Clinical psychologist explains how Ayn Rand helped turn the US into a selfish and greedy nation

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10 Poverty Myths, Busted | BillMoyers.com

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Single moms and absentee dads are not the problem. And going to college does not mean you'll escape the poverty trap.
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America vs. Iraq

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For the first time, the big players from Washington, London and Baghdad tell the inside story of the Iraq War.
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Unitary Executive Theory: How the GOP in Congress is Destroying Cheney's Life Work | Nomadic Politics

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Unitary Executive Theory is something that Dick Cheney has spent his whole life promoting. And yet now he must be watching in horror as the Republican Congress tears it all apart.
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Pa. cop charged with homicide for killing unarmed man

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Lisa Joellen Mearkle had already fired her taser, hitting 59-year-old David Kassick, when she fired two rounds from her service gun into the prone man, according to Dauphin County prosecutors. He died at the scene.
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Jimmy Kimmel, Chelsea Clinton announce Serve a Year campaign

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Jimmy Kimmel helped Chelsea Clinton kick off a brand new campaign - even if he didn't quite understand it.
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Cruz packed 2016 bid event because attendance was mandatory

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Cruz packed the house at his 2016 campaign announcement at Liberty University because it was held during a mandatory “convocation."
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Pedagogies of Revolt: Translating Egypt in Flux

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26 March 2015 Salle des thèses Bernard Maris, Espace Deleuze Université Paris 8 - Vincennes-Saint-Denis One of the most remarkable accomplishments of the revolutionary spirit in Egypt since January...

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Indiana Expected To Pass Bill That Could Legalize Discrimination Against LGBT Citizens

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Indiana is expected to pass a religious freedom bill that could legalize discrimination against LGBT citizens.
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How and Why Data Will Save Small Business

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Small business is in the biggest decline since the industrial revolution.

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How Uncertainty Fuels Anxiety - The Atlantic

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People who are less able to tolerate uncertainty worry more.
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Fiscal Policy Institute calls New York state the cause of failing schools

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Less than a month after Gov. Andrew Cuomo released his report on New York's "failing schools," the Fiscal Policy Institute released its own report, citing New York as the real cause of struggling s...
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Wow! This is pretty much what it is like for Mississippi grossly underfunded schools for over a decade and  where Charter schools are also promoted as an solution and option. Also, how many of you  think the Governor of Mississippi and Florida should explain personally to all 3rd graders held back until they can read on grade level how that doesn't make them a flunky and failure?  I personally think not being mature enough to have empathy for an 8 year old is a far greater failure and these leaders that are too cheap with state funds to hire enough reading specialist teachers to work with weak readers at all grade levels k-12 are sad examples of humanity. These governors should have been held in the 3rd grade till they displayed empathy for others. Just my thoughts..

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9 Billionaires Are About to Remake New York’s Public Schools—Here’s Their Story

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Hedge-fund manager Whitney Tilson stands at a Harvard club podium in midtown Manhattan, facing a room full of investors eating eggs and bacon, and eager to learn more about charter schools. The walls of the wood-paneled room are lined with the portraits of Tilson’s Harvard forefathers.
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From Occupy Posters:

"A Nation investigation reveals how a group of hedge funders are about to get exactly what they paid for. "


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Read here about the Charter school take over of Publicly held and locally controlled schools. How do these these billionaires plan to pocket the education billions from our pockets to theirs.....(read the article)....This trend by the way runs from New York to Mississippi.


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