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State regulators crack down on grocery chain for selling cheap milk

State regulators crack down on grocery chain for selling cheap milk | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Louisiana state regulators recently cracked down on a supermarket chain’s weekly promotional deal because it was selling milk too cheaply -- which violates state law.
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Moscow's War on Social Media - Daily Beast

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Daily Beast Moscow's War on Social Media Daily Beast As the Russian military has pushed outward into Crimea and Eastern Ukraine, the Kremlin has stepped up its fight on a second front: against its internal opponents and the media they use to...
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Just over a month ago, the Kremlin launched a salvo against the media, the Russian government replaced the editor of a well-known independent newspaper and shut down the sites of some of the country’s leading bloggers. Amessage from Russia’s Prosecutor General appeared on the down sites stating that they had been banned for “incitement to illegal activity and participation in public events held in violation of the established order.”

Screenshot of @navalny's website taken down by Russian govt with possible cooperation of livejournal cc @mcmoynihanpic.twitter.com/uZkRKapUAd

— Jacob Siegel (@Jacob__Siegel) March 13, 2014

But in a sense, this is a move that’s been years in the making. Ever since Moscow’s social media-powered protests of 2011, the Kremlin has been looking for ways to muzzle the networks. At the time, Russia’s Federal Security Servicedemanded VK remove some pages critical of the government—a demand the network resisted. Kremlin television began airing documentaries blaming sites like VK for all manner of societal ills. Kremlin-connected cybersecurity entrepreneur Eugene Kaspersky even faulted the network for contributing to his son’s kidnapping.

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TPP protests intensify ahead of Obama's Japan visit - Channel NewsAsia

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US President Barack Obama begins his four-nation tour in Asia on Wednesday evening with Japan as his first stop, as protests opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) regional trade pact intensify.
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TOKYO: US President Barack Obama begins his four-nation tour in Asia on Wednesday evening with Japan as his first stop this evening with Japan as his first stop.


Ahead of his visit, protests in the capital Tokyo are intensifying with members of the Labour Union, citizens groups and farmers coming together in front of the Prime Minister's Office to voice their opposition against Japan concluding a regional trade pact called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).


Sadao Tsuboi, a rice farmer, said: "Those running big farms are even quitting. We have to stop that, so we're against the TPP and I'm making myself heard in front of the Diet.”


Mari Asai, a member of a women’s group, said: "We should support Japanese farms more and increase our food supply and continue to eat Japanese products, and pass them down to our children. So I'm against TPP."


Massaki Sakaguchi, who was present at the protests, said: "In the countryside, from last weekend until tomorrow, and in over half of the prefectures, actions are being taken. What it means is they are trying to pressure parliamentarians in their local towns. That also means it pressures the government.

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New Muslim Renaissance? It's Here

New Muslim Renaissance? It's Here | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
History is witness to a time past when the Islamic civilization produced globally unparallelled architecture, literature, science, philosophy, theological discourse, and cultural influences – influences so strong it made European nobles want to...
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I have seen much this impressive Renaissance first hand!

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What the 1% Don't Want You to Know

Economist Paul Krugman explains how the United States is becoming an oligarchy - the very system our founders revolted against.
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Images of Syria’s war dead stun UN

Images of Syria’s war dead stun UN | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Members of the UN Security Council fell silent after seeing graphic pictures of “systematic torture and mass killings” in Syria.
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These are some of the sad details of what is happening in Syria.

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Taibbi: U.S. Should Be Ashamed It Treats Pot Smokers Worse Than Wall St. Criminals

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A Wall Street bank accused of laundering money for drug cartels only had to pay a fine. Meanwhile, a man caught with a joint in his pocket had to spend 47 days in jail.

For that, journalist Matt Taibbi thinks prosecutors should be "ashamed.&q...

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This is more than a little disgusting.

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We made ReMoved with the desire that it would be used to serve in bringing awareness, encourage, and be useful in foster parent training, and raising up fost...

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This is not about politics or money and corruption. It is worth the time to watch because many children in our society everyday live this or very close stories to the one portrayed here. There are not any known billionaires plotting to get in on this and maybe that is why it stays in so many shadows. Families do not realize what is happening is so widespread and keep silent.


The vast majority of children in crisis do not end up in foster care, but on auntie's or a friend's couch or staying with their step parents after the natural parent splits, grandparents, friends house, teens moving to sweetheart's parents home or remaining with the natural parents latest boy/girlfriend once the natural parent splits. Who ever they think they can trust that will take them in.


They grow up to be our co-workers, spouses, someone's parent, neighbors and so on and thus are a very giant part of our everyday life and our future. Children today are in so many complicated home lives it is difficult to believe. Many that are not working with young people may not realize just how complicated the "average" family has become in American society today.


Those that work with children only find out if they are trusted enough and someone allows that child to open up and tell their story. The story is often not the one on the books of school records and official contacts.


This is a reminder as we go through our days and actions to remember our young ones around us and in our lives. They are not represented in congress, you do not see them protesting in marches, represented on the job, or much of anywhere else and they have the weakest voice and least control over their own situations. Do not forget them. They are part of us all. {monica}

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This is not about politics or money and corruption. It is worth the time to watch because many children in our society everyday live this or very close stories to the one portrayed here. There are not any known billionaires plotting to get in on this and maybe that is why it stays in so many shadows. Families do not realize what is happening is so widespread and keep silent.


The vast majority of children in crisis do not end up in foster care, but on auntie's or a friend's couch or staying with their step parents after the natural parent splits, grandparents, friends house, teens moving to sweetheart's parents home or remaining with the natural parents latest boy/girlfriend once the natural parent splits. Who ever they think they can trust that will take them in.


They grow up to be our co-workers, spouses, someone's parent, neighbors and so on and thus are a very giant part of our everyday life and our future. Children today are in so many complicated home lives it is difficult to believe. Many that are not working with young people may not realize just how complicated the "average" family has become in American society today.


Those that work with children only find out if they are trusted enough and someone allows that child to open up and tell their story. The story is often not the one on the books of school records and official contacts.


This is a reminder as we go through our days and actions to remember our young ones around us and in our lives. They are not represented in congress, you do not see them protesting in marches, represented on the job, or much of anywhere else and they have the weakest voice and least control over their own situations. Do not forget them. They are part of us all. {monica}

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Forget Obamacare: Vermont wants to bring single payer to America

Forget Obamacare: Vermont wants to bring single payer to America | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The state is building the US's first single-payer system.
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Well, single payer does sound very good.


Another way to think of running it that is much like government run, would be the same approach only make it a citizen co-op program where the citizen co-op members have more direct voting control over the selection of directors of the co-op insurance and also have direct ownership as stockholders of the co-op. This would surely help to cut back on the corruption opportunities that often flair up in appointments for positions and contract negotiations.


 The citizens and insured would be in a direct loop of control and as owners have a vested interest in how their money is used. The government control single payer simplifies things but the consumers of medical care are still left out of direct input and control. Any overage as profits would also be distributed among the members which are also the insured or placed in a membership held gains fund to be collected at the time of death to help pay final cost of burial and balance after that distributed to survivors..


This would make the national single payer system a direct investment for the insured like social security or an insurance company that allows membership/ownership like USAA for military families, only it would be first collected as a mandated tax like social security. Just thinking, that is my idea …..What is your idea? {Monica}

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Prayer for Pungo Hospital: "God, change the hearts of those who think they're in control"

http://www.storyofamerica.org/belhaven2 As if in answer to the prayer filmed in Belhaven, NC on March 25, an announcement came on March 26, 2014 in a joint statement from the North Carolina NAACP and Vidant Health. The Vidant Pungo Hospital will not be closed on April 1 as planned. Under the settlement reached through mediation performed by the US Department of Justice, Vidant Heatlh will operate the hospital and its emergency facilities up until a July 1st handover to a new, community-based entity to run the hospital indefinitely. On Thursday April 3, the parties will hold a joint press conference to announce a strategic plan that could impact a "medical desert" crisis impacting America's rural communities.

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Conscience and Priorities: A Ray of Light for the Homeless in Arizona | Nomadic Politics

Conscience and Priorities: A Ray of Light for the Homeless in Arizona | Nomadic Politics | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Homelessness in Arizona is a probably that some civic leaders would prefer to be out of sight. Some university students have found one way to share the bounty.
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This is a great uplifting, Sunday morning story about people looking out for each other without passing judgement.


This link the article refers to is also an interesting look at one state's assessment of the homeless situation there.

https://www.azdes.gov/InternetFiles/Reports/pdf/des_annual_homeless_report_2012.pdf

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Mega-Donors Are Now More Important Than Most Politicians

Mega-Donors Are Now More Important Than Most Politicians | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Quick: Name a senator who served between the Civil War and World War I. Struggling? Now name a tycoon who bought senators during the same period. J.P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller ... it’s easier.
And for good reason.
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How does this happen in a democracy?

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Progressive Groups Take Obama to Task for Violating Voting Rights Law | Mother Jones

The White House has failed to enact a votor-registration requirement that applies to Obamacare's insurance exchanges.


—Erika Eichelberger on Thu. March 20, 2014 9:45 AM PDT


After months of quiet lobbying, civil rights groups and progressive organizations are now coming out publicly against the Obama administration for failing to enforce a voting rights law that applies to the Obamacare health insurance exchanges. 

The 1993 National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), commonly known as the "Motor Voter" law, requires DMVs and other state agencies that provide public assistance to also help voters register. The Obama administration has acknowledged that Obamacare exchanges are covered by the law. But the federally-run exchange, which serves residents of states whose Republican governors refused to establish their own insurance marketplaces, isn't doing much to fulfill its Motor Voter obligations, beyond embedding a link to the federal voter registration site in the online insurance application.


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http://m.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/03/obamacare-motor-voter-law-democracy-initiative




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Take a look at the progressive pushback to Obama on voter rights.

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Obama's NSA Reforms Legitimize Snowden - IVN.us

Obama's NSA Reforms Legitimize Snowden - IVN.us | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it

By Logan Brown

Mar 31, 2014


Edward Snowden famously noted that his greatest fear regarding his revelations is that “nothing will change.”


But on March 24, almost a year after Snowden’s first interview, President Obama spoke about proposing legislation to Congress which would end the NSA’s bulk collection of American phone records. Although appearing progressive on its face, the politics at play behind Obama’s NSA reforms deserve further investigation.


First, Snowden has indefinitely shifted the political discourse regarding national security. Obama now advocating to reform the NSA program — which he vehemently defended over the past year — is an indication to the legitimacy behind Snowden’s acts.


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http://ivn.us/2014/03/31/obamas-nsa-reforms-legitimize-snowden/



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 March 24, almost a year after Snowden’s first interview, President Obama spoke about proposing legislation to Congress which would end the NSA’s bulk collection of American phone records. Although appearing progressive on its face, the politics at play behind Obama’s NSA reforms deserve further investigation.

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Lee Jeffries: Portraits of the Forgotten Homeless | Nomadic Politics

Lee Jeffries: Portraits of the Forgotten Homeless | Nomadic Politics | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Lee Jeffries started out as a sports photographer but after a chance encounter with a young homeless person on the streets of London, his career took a completely different turn. Since that meeting Jeffries has dedicated his time taking photographic portraits of the homeless in Britain and in the United States. Check out a sample of his collection here!
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Here is a link to an amazing collection of photos of the homeless.

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Around the World in 843 Protests: Living the Most Revolutionary Times in History

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If Karl Marx raised his head, he would be absolutely baffled: Revolts are shaking the world, bursting in the most unexpected places, but they rarely take power. The conditions for rebellion are as sharp today as in the nineteenth century, but few protests lead to the literal meaning of revolution, that "violent change in political, economic or social institutions of a nation."


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Great Article!


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In addition, working people, whom Marx called the proletariat, seem not to have found control of the worldwide riots they are sparking – nor is class struggle the leitmotif of the wave of social unrest that has been repeating since the Arab Spring. Instead, a new political subject – more diffuse, more heterogeneous, more unclassifiable – is blurring the boundaries and formal definitions of revolution.

Measuring the period between 2006 and 2013, we live in the most agitated era in modern history – more intense than 1848, 1917 or 1968 – according to the World Protests report released last fall by the Initiative for Policy Dialogue and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung in New York. We sail in an unstable political ocean, surfing bursts of protests and unexpected revolts emerging across the globe: 843 large protests in the last eight years, according to the study.

British journalist Paul Mason sees a strong parallel between the current unrest and the waves of discontent stirring in 1848 and 1914. The philosopher Alain Badiou even envisions a "rebirth of the story" in a new age of "riots and uprising" after a long revolutionary interval.

It may be what we are seeing now with the constant procession of protests and pop-up revolts. People take the streets. They hack codes (legal, social, urban). They build new communities. But the establishment, in most cases, barely ruffles.

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Rev. Barber sermon at historic Riverside Church in NYC

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Rev. Dr. William Barber's message of moral clarity and civic courage is spreading. The video above by Eric Preston of Fusion Films documents Rev. Barber's Palm Sunday sermon at the historic Riverside Church in New York City. Yara Allen sings. "Walk with me, Lord" to introduce to Rev. Barber's sermon.
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A Great, Meaningful, Documentary collection of videos are shaping up for Story of America……Here are some previews of what has been filmed so far….Feel free to support the crowd sourced filming effort as well…

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Are GOP Governors who Reject Medicaid Expansion Violating their Residents' Civil Rights? | Nomadic Politics

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If the first duty of government is to protect its citizens then isn't access to health care included in that idea?  Are the 21 governors that rejected the Medicaid expansion violating their state residents' civil rights? 

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Here is an interesting blog post that reflects on the issue of whether or not health care should be considered a civil right for all people or just for those with jobs or money enough to afford care.

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Many Obamacare Critics, Including Koch Brothers, Accepted Its Subsidies

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Excerpt:WASHINGTON (AP) — Several big corporations have reaped millions of dollars from "Obamacare" even as they support GOP candidates who vow to repeal the law. This condemn-while-benefiting strategy angers Democrats, who see some of their top congressional candidates struggling against waves of anti-Obamacare ads partly funded by these companies.

Among the corporations is a familiar Democratic nemesis, Koch Industries, the giant conglomerate headed by the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch. They and some conservative allies are spending millions of dollars to hammer Democratic senators in North Carolina, Alaska, Colorado, Iowa and elsewhere, chiefly for backing President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

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Great TP with list of some companies that took some of the biggest  perks and then try to use huge some of money to buy enough policy makers to repeal  Obamacare .


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When Congress enacted the health care law in 2010, it appropriated $5 billion for the temporary reinsurance program. The goal was to subsidize employers' costs for workers who retire before they become eligible for Medicare. Hundreds of employers applied — many were corporations, cities and public universities — and virtually all the money was soon distributed.


"If the Affordable Care Act is so awful," Reid asked, "why did Koch Industries use it to their advantage?"


Federal records show that Koch Industries received $1.4 million in early retiree subsidies. That's considerably less than the sums many other employers received. A Koch Industries spokesman said he had no comment on Reid's latest criticisms.


The Koch consortium may be the loudest "Obamacare" critic among the subsidized employers. But many others accepted the subsidies while heavily backing GOP House and Senate candidates, most of who call for repealing the 2010 health care law.

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▶ Money and Life - YouTube

Money & Life is a passionate and inspirational essay-style documentary that asks a provocative question: can we see the economic crisis not as a disaster, bu...
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This is a fascinating look at a new way of thinking about money in post-modern times.

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Will charter schools survive the confusing charter movement?

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America�s education policies are brimming with contradiction, perhaps nowhere more than the charter movement.
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Here is a article that must be read before we loose our public schools to for-profit interest.

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Nothing Really Compares To The Koch Brothers' Political Empire

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WASHINGTON -- As billionaire conservatives Charles and David Koch become a focus of Democratic Party attacks for their big spending in the 2014 elections, conservatives have argued back that the Kochs' "dark money" is puny compared to the shadowy...
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Let's start with the misunderstanding -- or the deliberate expansion -- of the term "dark money."


Coined in October 2010 by Bill Allison, editorial director at the Sunlight Foundation, "dark money" was meant to describe the funds spent on elections and election-related issue ads by political nonprofits that are not required to disclose the names of their donors. This money skyrocketed following the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision.


The term "dark money" does not apply, however, to every nonprofit that does not disclose its donors -- not even to every nondisclosing nonprofit with political goals, broadly speaking, on the left or the right.


"Cato [Institute], Heritage [Foundation] and Center for American Progress aren't dark money groups, and neither is the March of Dimes, which also does not disclose donors," Allison said via email. "I think of Dark Money as the money from undisclosed donors spent to influence the outcome of an election."

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History's Echo: Mr. Flower and His Warning Against Corporations | Nomadic Politics

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A word of warning about corporations by a progressive journalist from the late 1800s. Introducing the muckraking Mr. Flower.
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Canada must find new ways to engage as China's superpower status grows, says expert

Canada must find new ways to engage as China's superpower status grows, says expert | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
By JACOB ROTHENBURGER China will continue to expand as a military and economic superpower, and Canada needs to find new ways to engage with it, a guest lecturer told an audience of 40 at Thompson R...
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This is my insight and rambling thoughts about the very idea of granting super power status to nations or leaders.

 

Is it desirable to allow a country, any country super power status if that country does not allow personal power and choice to its citizens? Is that a power the citizens of the world need to accept and then allow to lead and then to follow? Only with the force of the masses behind a power can that power really have power or wealth.

 

The will of the masses can be manipulated and enslaved only if those people are kept uninformed, often uneducated, poor and desperate for survival. People are often persuaded they need to be willing to die for what is usually pushed as a treat to a nation or value system of a particular group or those worshipping a particular GOD. Too often God is falsely package to actually empower those that desire and need the consent of true believers in whatever they wish to achieve. How can anyone really believe in an all-powerful GOD and then believe that same God can be so easily threatened and defeated that he needs mortals as a defense?

 

This is not a question of about whether there is a God. This is a question about how easily and affectively men can be manipulated to fulfill the purpose of a few powerful people. How does that happen and how can we change this ever repeating history for the good of society, the planet and maybe even an improved relationship with God and all the other living creatures that exist to form this web of life?  Hardship and death are part of living. Behaving as though one was a God that will live forever or will hold forever what was attained in a limited lifetime is foolish and harmful to this web of life. Great leaders that are worthy of respect do not deny others the opportunity to fully live and participate in life. How do we declare any country or leaders such a status of “super-power” with out more scrutiny of which nation and leaders are truly worthy of such adoration?


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Democracy vs. Oligarchy

Democracy vs. Oligarchy | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The great political struggle we now face is whether the United States retains its democratic heritage or whether we move toward an oligarchic form of society where the real political power rests with a handful of billionaires, not ordinary Americans....

 

Sen. Bernie Sanders 

Independent U.S. Senator from Vermont

Posted: 03/31/2014 6:01 pm EDT Updated: 03/31/2014 6:59 pm EDT

 

In his 1943 painting "Freedom of Speech," Norman Rockwell illustrated American democracy in action by depicting a man speaking up at a town meeting. A framed poster of Rockwell's painting hangs proudly on a wall in my Senate office in Burlington, Vt.

 

Since 1990, when I was first elected to Congress, I have held hundreds of town meetings in almost every community in Vermont. Just this past Sunday I held a town meeting in Middlebury, Vt., with a video connection to meetings in three other towns. At these town meetings I listen to what my constituents have to say, answer questions and give a rundown of what I'm working on and what's going on in Washington.

 

This process -- an elected official meeting with ordinary citizens -- is called "democracy."

 

Ironically, at the same time as I was holding town meetings in Vermont, a handful of prospective 2016 Republican presidential candidates (Jeb Bush, John Kasich, Chris Christie and Scott Walker) trekked to Las Vegas to audition for the support of Sheldon Adelson, the multibillionaire casino tycoon who spent at least $93 million underwriting conservative candidates in the last election cycle. Those candidates were in Las Vegas for the sole purpose of attempting to win hundreds of millions from him for their presidential campaigns.

 

Read more and watch Senator Sanders address Congress via embedded YouTube video at

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rep-bernie-sanders/democracy-vs-oligarchy_b_5065514.html

 


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It cannot be said better than this:


The great political struggle we now face is whether the United States retains its democratic heritage or whether we move toward an oligarchic form of society where the real political power rests with a handful of billionaires, not ordinary Americans....

 

Sen. Bernie Sanders 

Independent U.S. Senator from Vermont

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Admiral Dennis Blair: "We Sent Troops to Middle East...Because of Oil-Based Importance of Region"

Admiral Dennis Blair: "We Sent Troops to Middle East...Because of Oil-Based Importance of Region" | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it

Wed, 2014-03-26 11:54

STEVE HORN


At the just-completed U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs hearing titled, “The Geopolitical Potential of theU.S. Energy Boom,” Admiral Dennis Blair— former Director of National Intelligence, President and CEOof Institute for Defense Analyses and Commander in Chief of U.S. Pacific Command — admitted what's still considered conspiratorial to some.


Put tersely: the U.S. and allied forces launched the ongoing occupation in Iraq and occupy large swaths of the Middle East to secure the flow of oil to the U.S. and its global allies, explained Blair. 


Read more and watch the video at

http://desmogblog.com/2014/03/26/admiral-dennis-blair-we-sent-troops-middle-east-because-oil-based-importance-region



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Monica S Mcfeeters's insight:

Everyone needs to follow this conversation. We need to be the honest brokers in the modern world and increasingly this is a global citizen team sport or much could blow up on a global basis. People that feel they have no power over their own destinies and no hope become very dangerous people. It is in the interest of both the very poor and the very rich to make sure our world moves in the right direction for as many people and living creatures on the planet as possible. The wind has changed and leaders need to get their sails up to head all of us including themselves to the safe shores and they CANNOT DO THAT ALONE! We need local freedoms and resources and also the big picture of how these fit in the global needs as well. 

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