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Kasich: Obamacare's biggest red-state catch

Kasich: Obamacare's biggest red-state catch | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
One of the most conservative governors in the country just caved to President Obama.
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Cooking the Books: How the Conservative Best Seller Scam is a Free Market Hypocrisy | Nomadic Politics

Cooking the Books: How the Conservative Best Seller Scam is a Free Market Hypocrisy | Nomadic Politics | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
When is a bestseller not a bestseller? A lot of bestselling conservative authors have found a way to turn horse manure into gold. It's a testament to their actual commitment to the free market system.
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Here is something interesting to think about...How does a best seller make the list?...Well, sometimes it works like this when it gets help from friends.


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Alstom to pay record $772 million to settle bribery charges with U.S.

Alstom to pay record $772 million to settle bribery charges with U.S. | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The French firm Alstom SA (ALSO.PA) has pleaded guilty and will pay $772 million in criminal penalties to settle charges with the U.S. Justice Department alleging the company bribed government officials to win business around the world.

The settlement announced by the Justice Department on Monday marks the largest-ever criminal fine levied by the United States against a company for violations of foreign bribery laws.

The fine will resolve charges related to a "widespread scheme involving tens of millions of dollars" in bribes around the world, including countries such as Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the Bahamas, the DOJ said.

 
The Justice Department said Alstom paid more than $75 million to secure $4 billion in projects around the world. It said Alstom admitted to its criminal conduct.

DOJ said Alstom pleaded guilty to a two-count criminal information filed in a federal court in Connecticut and that Alstom's Swiss unit also pleaded guilty to criminal charges that it conspired to violate federal bribery laws.

Alstom's U.S. power and grid units each entered into deferred prosecution agreements with the DOJ and admitted to conspiring to violate bribery laws, the Justice Department said.

"We will not wait for countries to act responsibly," Leslie R. Caldwell, assistant attorney general of the criminal division, said at a news conference.

Earlier on Monday, a unit of Alstom and two employees were also charged by the Serious Fraud Office in the United Kingdom with bribing officials from 2002 through part of 2010.

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This is a statement about a company. It is an equal or better statement about those that are corruptible and in leadership roles in official office around the world.

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The Blood on Sam Brownback's Hands: What Budget Cuts and Failed Policies Look Like

The Blood on Sam Brownback's Hands: What Budget Cuts and Failed Policies Look Like | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Craig Gabel, a Wichita Conservative who recently stood on the stage providing Pat Roberts with the tea party endorsement once summed up the role of DCF (Department of Children and Families) and the ...

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Many Cubans optimistic - and cautious - about new US ties

Many Cubans optimistic - and cautious - about new US ties | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Following speeches by Obama and Castro announcing the restoration of US-Cuban ties, many in Havana say they expect life to get easier in the not too distant future.
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Former minister wins Tunisian presidential election, as violence breaks out

Former minister wins Tunisian presidential election, as violence breaks out | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Protests erupted in Hamma after Beji Caid Essebsi declared victory in Sunday's run-off.
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An Interview with a Survivor of the Peshawar Massacre

An Interview with a Survivor of the Peshawar Massacre | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
VICE News spoke to one of the survivors of the Peshawar massacre — a student who managed to evade attackers — about his experience.
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How We Came to Accept Police Brutality as the Norm 1/2 | Nomadic Politics

How We Came to Accept Police Brutality as the Norm 1/2 | Nomadic Politics | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
With all the protests around the country about abusive law enforcement, it is a good time to ask how we as a country got into this situation. Is it simply a matter of racism permeating police departments or does it go deeper?
With all of the safeguards hard-wired into the Constitution, how could we have allowed it to happen?
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Twelve year olds are shot or arrested for nothing, a 17 year old possibly hung and a man warning police he could not breath was allowed to die…All these show we need to take a real look at where we are today.

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What’s in the spending bill? We skim it so you don’t have to

What’s in the spending bill? We skim it so you don’t have to | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The bill has 1,603 pages. From changes to the Affordable Care Act, to potatoes, and wolves, we found some gems.
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Back from the Brink: Heroin's Antidote (Excerpt)

Back from the Brink: Heroin's Antidote (Excerpt) | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
In this excerpt, VICE News visits parent support group Learn2Cope as Mary Jane McHenry speaks to parents of children with opioid addictions.
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▶ Sen. Warren Calls on House to Strike Repeal of Dodd-Frank Provision in Funding Bill - YouTube

Senator Elizabeth Warren spoke on the Senate floor on December 10, 2014 to call on the House of Representatives to remove from the government funding bill a ...
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How will Hong Kong protestors respond to shut-down?

How will Hong Kong protestors respond to shut-down? | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Hong Kong's student protestors erected barricades in the city's street over two months ago, to demand democratic elections; they must now decide how to prepare for a court-ordered dismantling of these sites, planned for Thursday.
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Why more smart devices won't help the poor - New York Post

Why more smart devices won't help the poor - New York Post | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
New York plans to build one the largest municipal Wi-Fi networks in the world, delivering Internet access to poorer areas and, Mayor de Blasio boasts, “bridging the digital divide.” Setting aside h...
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New York is reaching out to include it's poor into the technology age!

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Mass surveillance exposed by Snowden ‘not justified by fight against terrorism’

Mass surveillance exposed by Snowden ‘not justified by fight against terrorism’ | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Report by Nils Muižnieks, commissioner for human rights at the Council of Europe, says ‘secret, massive and indiscriminate’ intelligence work is contrary to rule of law The “secret, massive and indiscriminate” surveillance conducted by intelligence...
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Why We Can’t Get the Government We Want and Deserve: Robert Reich

Why We Can’t Get the Government We Want and Deserve: Robert Reich | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Some believe the central political issue of our era is the size of the government. They’re wrong.
- 2014/12/24
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Nonprofit contracting official indicted on bribery charges

Nonprofit contracting official indicted on bribery charges | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The former chief of contracts for International Relief & Development (IRD) in Arlington Va., one of the largest non-governmental organizations to work in Iraq and Afghanistan, has been indicted on federal bribery charges.

George E. Green, 57, was charged with steering contracts to an Afghan subcontractor as part of an agricultural program funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). IRD had received a cooperative agreement to administer the agricultural program for the federal agency.

Green did not respond to an email seeking comment Friday.

“He pled not guilty at his arraignment and we will investigate the case and prepare a defense,” said Green’s lawyer, assistant federal defender Robert Arrambide. His attorney declined to discuss the charges.

Prosecutors say Green accepted $66,000 in bribes in exchange for directing work to the Afghan subcontractor. Some of the money was wired to a car dealer in San Severino Marche, Italy, in an attempt to conceal the payments, according to the indictment. Green, of Carrollton, Tex., allegedly structured cash deposits into his bank and credit card accounts to avoid federal currency reporting requirements.

Green was indicted Tuesday by a grand jury in Texas, charged with one count of conspiracy to structure financial transactions, one count of wire fraud and three counts of receiving bribes in connection with a program receiving federal funds. If convicted on all counts, Green faces a maximum of 55 years in prison.

In recent years, IRD has been one of the largest recipient of grants and cooperative agreements of any nonprofit organization funded by the USAID. The majority of IRD’s funding — 82 percent of $2.4 billion–went to USAID projects in the war zones, most of them in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Does anyone think excessive campaign donations should be considered brides rather than granted a free pass by both the supreme court with Citizens United and the recent budget bill Congress just put into effect?

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Why 20,000 immigrants will seek driver's licenses in Arizona

Why 20,000 immigrants will seek driver's licenses in Arizona | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
 A U.S. District Judge ruled that the state cannot enforce Gov. Jan Brewer's policy of denying the licenses to about 20,000 immigrants. 
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Aide to former Chinese president under investigation

Aide to former Chinese president under investigation | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Ling Jihua had served as head of the Communist Party's general office, which gave him influence over key personnel arrangements.
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Diplomacy Obama Style: Reward the Dictator in Exchange for ... Nothing - National Review Online (blog)

Diplomacy Obama Style: Reward the Dictator in Exchange for ... Nothing - National Review Online (blog) | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
In his excellent column on the homepage, Elliot Abrams concludes that President Obama’s prisoner swap with Cuba was essentially the shiny object to divert our attention from the real, underlying deal: Obama gave away the store – normalization of...
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After 8 American Presidents have come and gone and hardly a thing has changed it can't hurt to talk things over.....Dictatorship didn't stop America from talking  to the guy before the Castros....

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John McCutcheon - Christmas In The Trenches - YouTube

I did not put these pictures together, nor would I want to take any credit for it. John McCutcheon - Christmas In The Trenches. My name is Francis Tolliver. ...
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This is the John McCutcheon song about a Christmas event 100 years ago….

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A New Resistance

A New Resistance | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Forty years ago, a chemical was born. It's in our food, water, air, soil, blood, urine and breast milk.
Are you Roundup Ready? Or ready for a New Resistance?
Watch the trailer
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Here is a link to the trailer of a new film on round-up

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Paul Krugman warns severe austerity measures are pushing countries to brink of fascism

Paul Krugman warns severe austerity measures are pushing countries to brink of fascism | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
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Inequality has always come at a severe price to everyone in the end. That cost was paid by the rich as well as the poor. The backlash of inequality in recent history was Soviet Russia and Castro in Cuba. The cost to the wealthy was tax of 100% when everyone got sick of the  their dominance, greed and control took everything they had to the State which at least fed, clothed, educated people, provided a place to live, kept the lights and water on and even treated the sick and provided jobs.  That is starting to sound desirable right ????  We need to reel our rich individuals and companies in before they mess everything up for everyone including their own rich families. Those rich of the past were either killed or forced to run out of the country with what rices they could take. Nowadays there will be no where for the rich to run as the austerity has gone global.  


A blend of capitalism and socialism has served us well during the last century….The extreme of either of these two opposing ideas of capitalism and socialism has not served us well. Once the rich succeed in their harvest of resources, power and wealth  then the backlash sets in and it has never been pretty or played out well for the rich. The desperate don't have time to be understanding or nice to the rich they feel stepped on them, took unto themselves the gains made from everyone's labor and efforts.. That backlash of extreme socialism did help the poor and working class…. But it also limits their power and rights as well as well.

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1,892 US Veterans Are Thought to Have Committed Suicide Since January 1, 2014

1,892 US Veterans Are Thought to Have Committed Suicide Since January 1, 2014 | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
'Nearly 1,900 military veterans are thought to have taken their own lives in just 2014 alone, according to an estimate from Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.' Paul Szoldra, Business Insider
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Will the CIA's 'torture report' pose a threat to Americans?

Will the CIA's 'torture report' pose a threat to Americans? | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
As the CIA is poised to release its first public report on the agency's own use of torture on Al Quaida detainees, the U.S. security community braces for possible backlash abroad.
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Taming corporate power: the key political issue of our age | George Monbiot

Taming corporate power: the key political issue of our age | George Monbiot | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Big business and its lobbyists have taken control of our politics. But there is an alternative. In the first of a new series, here’s how we can take on the fat cats
Does this sometimes feel like a country under enemy occupation?
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How people have come to depend on food banks to survive

How people have come to depend on food banks to survive | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
A former army nurse and a mother of three talk about how food banks have been the last line of support • Tories seek to avert rift with Church of England in wake of food bank reportBarbara Tolley has been involved in the community all her life,...
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