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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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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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Big Mother: is tracking technology a threat to a healthy childhood?

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Tracking children with GPS-enabled devices is becoming practical and affordable, but child rights and privacy campaigners are worried

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Toxic Loans Around the World Weigh on Global Growth - NYTimes.com

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The Obama economy in 3 charts

CNN's Christine Romans takes a look at how unemployment, wages and stocks have fared since 2009.
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How the Obama economy really looks.

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Forbes' 2016 Presidential Candidate Wealth List

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Forbes put together the definitive wealth list of the 2016 presidential candidates. Looking at both major parties, we have come up with net worth estimates for the 20 top Republican and Democratic contenders.

To piece together a precise picture of their individual wealth, Forbes used a variety of
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After Living in Norway, America Feels Backward. Here's Why. - BillMoyers.com

After Living in Norway, America Feels Backward. Here's Why. - BillMoyers.com | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Some years ago, I faced up to the futility of reporting true things about America’s disastrous wars and so I left Afghanistan for another remote mountainous country far away. It was the polar opposite of Afghanistan: a peaceful, prosperous land where nearly everybody seemed to enjoy a good life, on the job and in the family.It’s true that they didn’t work much, not by American standards anyway. In the US, full-time salaried workers supposedly laboring 40 hours a week actually average 49, with almost 20 percent clocking more than 60. These people, on the other hand, worked only about 37 hours a week, when they weren’t away on long paid vacations. At the end of the work day, about four in the afternoon (perhaps three in the summer), they had time to enjoy a hike in the forest or a swim with the kids or a beer with friends -- which helps explain why, unlike so many Americans, they are pleased with their jobs. Continue reading
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Flint water crisis drives widespread grassroots efforts

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The crisis over lead-contaminated water in impoverished Flint, Mich., is prompting a flood of quickly assembled grassroots campaigns to get clean, bottled water to the Midwestern city.
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Macklemore's 'White Privilege II': Roles for White People in Black Lives Matter

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Macklemore and Ryan Lewis recently released "White Privilege II" (feat. Jamila Woods), a nearly nine-minute song in which Macklemore attempts to understand his place in black culture, specifically ...

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Want to be a 2016 Power Player? Just Ask.

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When a young Civil Service Commissioner named Theodore Roosevelt wanted to publicize his corruption-busting in 19th Century Washington, he couldn't turn to Twitter or Facebook. Instead, Roosevelt s...

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Leonardo DiCaprio meets the pope – video

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Oscar-nominated actor Leonardo DiCaprio meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican to discuss their shared views on climate change

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How to Corral the Donor Class - BillMoyers.com

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Two thousand and eight was a discouraging year for anyone concerned about the role of money in politics.

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5 Myths About Canadian Health Care - AARP

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Research debunks many myths about the trends in Canadian versus American health care. The findings may surprise you.
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Nearly half of young people fear jobs will be automated in 10 years – report

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Polling of nine countries also shows 16- to 25-year-olds in developed countries less confident in IT skills than those in emerging economies

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New study predicts robots to take five million jobs by 2020 | KitGuru

New study predicts robots to take five million jobs by 2020 | KitGuru | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it

The race is on it seems to find a career that won't be taken over by a robot in years to come. A new study from economic forum, Davos (not Seaworth), has

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5 Real Ways to Actually Make Money Online

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Have you ever read an article on how to make money online that ended up being a sales pitch? You were looking for real ways. Here are the real ways.
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First Corbyn, now Sanders: how young voters' despair is fuelling movements on the left | Owen Jones

First Corbyn, now Sanders: how young voters' despair is fuelling movements on the left | Owen Jones | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
On both sides of the Atlantic, economic insecurity is fuelling the rise of new movements on the left
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Her Father Shot Her in the Head, as an ‘Honor Killing’ - NYTimes.com

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I invite you to sign up for my free, twice-weekly newsletter. When you do, you’ll receive an email about my columns as they’re published and other occasional commentary. Sign up here.

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How to Avoid War With Russia

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The year ahead could bring conflict or cooperation in these key areas.
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Immigration minister: UK to resettle unaccompanied Syrian refugee children – video

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Immigration minister James Brokenshire announces on Thursday that the UK will be working with UNHCR to lead a new initiative to resettle unaccompanied children from conflict regions

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Mark Zuckerberg Made A LOT Of Money During His Paternity Leave

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Pretty sweet payout for all that snuggle time.

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Sanders to co-sponsor gun control bill – campaign live

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Trump’s closest competitor in the Iowa polls throws gauntlet down to billionaire after Trump says he’ll shirk the final pre-primary Republican debate

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Was there ever a time when so few people controlled so much wealth?

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Oxfam’s latest report claims that income inequality has reached a new global extreme, exceeding even its predictions from the previous year.

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Why is Gilead charging VA $40,000 for drug? (Opinion) - CNN.com

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U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller asks why does drugmaker Gilead favors Egyptians over American veterans when it comes to treating hepatitis C.

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Robert Reich’s Seriously Funny Crusade to Save Capitalism and America's Middle Class, Part Two - BillMoyers.com

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Emerging from a middle class background, Robert Reich uses his experiences to dedicate himself to changing America's political inequalities. Continue reading
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Davos 2016: eight key themes for the World Economic Forum

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Political and business leaders gather at Swiss ski resort to discuss issues including robotics, terrorism, migration and inequality

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