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Former state worker wins whistle-blower suit; taxpayers' liability could reach $1.9 billion

Former state worker wins whistle-blower suit; taxpayers' liability could reach $1.9 billion | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
TALLAHASSEE — The state's economic development office improperly reported thousands of Floridians to collection agencies, a former employee said Monday.
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I'm glad for the win! My issue with all this credit reporting thing is this. Only those that you personally request credit from should be allowed to access credit data. We should return to the two years records held as well. Holding credit records longer is just an excuse for all companies and services to add excess cost and jack prices and deposits up without a recent record of late payments, Write offs or other major flaws in credit always stayed on 7 to 10 years and that was fair enough.


Employers should not be able to access credit ratings to weed out prospective employees. Someone with bad credit is actually more apt to stay on the job and show up for work and appreciate the opportunity to have the job  because they are not a free to cut and run and they know it.That doesn't mean employers can't fire them if credit collectors show up harassing them or they spend too much time on personal calls and personal business during duty hours. Are employers going to pry into domestic affairs , problem with children, drinking habits after hours, driving records, how often you were sick in the last 7 years, whether you are a liar, a bully, lazy, deceitful, willing to hang your co-workers out to dry  or throw them under the bus to get ahead? All those things can be just or are actually common place distractions at work  and anyone can have a problem with too many personal calls or distractions at work for any or many ranges of reason. I have rarely observed co-workers distracted by their credit situation even before the weeding out based on bad debt. At least i remember no one distracted enough to bother other co-workers or fail to do their actual work. Half of my working career was before employers checked credit.


Here's one I would love then to prescreen for that does more damage at work then all of the above…..Those the "kiss-up" to the head guy, gal, or head team that always have an unseen by the powers that be, total disregard for everyone else they think cannot get them ahead. You all know the  type I'm talking about and they show up at all levels straight to the top. They do more harm then anyone to the moral and productivity of a unit then anyone. Sadly, they nearly always have perfect credit scores and often other scores but are always the ones most people really do not want to work around or with. Luckily their self-promotion usually means they are too good too stay long, but sadly another one just like the one that left always comes again….These folks look very good on paper and the system is almost custom designed to select these jerks. In 45 years of working I have never found it hard or disruptive to work with someone that had debt issues and I know i've been around many. The credit rating system is mainly used to rip the indebted off more and threaten them with job loss and other punishments to ensure creditors and service providers  can rip them off and get double, triple, or what ever it takes to turn the 1000 dollar debt or cost into a 10,000 pay back in the long run.

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Pa. cop charged with homicide for killing unarmed man

Pa. cop charged with homicide for killing unarmed man | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
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

Jimmy Kimmel, Chelsea Clinton announce Serve a Year campaign | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
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

Cruz packed 2016 bid event because attendance was mandatory | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
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

Pedagogies of Revolt: Translating Egypt in Flux | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
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

Indiana Expected To Pass Bill That Could Legalize Discrimination Against LGBT Citizens | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
This post first appeared at The Huffington Post.
(Photo: Tony Webster/ flickr CC 2.0/Edited from original)
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

How and Why Data Will Save Small Business | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Small business is in the biggest decline since the industrial revolution.

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How Uncertainty Fuels Anxiety - The Atlantic

How Uncertainty Fuels Anxiety - The Atlantic | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
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

Fiscal Policy Institute calls New York state the cause of failing schools | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
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

9 Billionaires Are About to Remake New York’s Public Schools—Here’s Their Story | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
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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Proposed TTIP Agreement Is Profoundly Undemocratic

Proposed TTIP Agreement Is Profoundly Undemocratic | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
A flash mob demonstrates against the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership in Hamburg, Germany, March 17, 2014. (Photo: campact)
This post first appeared at Truthout.
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Morning Reads: Jim Webb on Fundraising; More Info on Clinton Foundation Donors

Morning Reads: Jim Webb on Fundraising; More Info on Clinton Foundation Donors | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
As we continue our effort to keep you up-to-date with all the news on how money continues to corrupt American government and politics, BillMoyers.com is pleased to publish this daily digest of money and politics news compiled and edited by Adam...
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137 dead after suicide bombings in Yemen mosques: report

137 dead after suicide bombings in Yemen mosques: report | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
ISIS reared its ugly head in Yemen after four suicide bombers struck two Shiite mosques packed with worshippers, killing dozens and turning sanctuaries into slaughterhouses.
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Why automation means we need a new economic model

Why automation means we need a new economic model | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
A future of unlimited production by few, for consumption by whoever can afford it, is a recipe for economic and social collapse, Robert Reich writes.
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This is so true I can't believe we hardly discuss this or face this truth!

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ISIS recruits more children than adults: activists

ISIS recruits more children than adults: activists | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
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

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev ‘radicalized’ by Anwar al-Awlaki: expert | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
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

Election 2015: Alex Salmond rules out SNP deal with Tories – live | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
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

AT&T - SourceWatch | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it

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

Bangkok's Big Brother is watching you - The Guardian | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
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)

Export-Import Bank Is No Friend of Small Business - U.S. News & World Report (blog) | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
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

6 Female Illustrators Weigh in on Sexism, Feminism and the Newsweek Fiasco - Huffington Post | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
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

Clinical psychologist explains how Ayn Rand helped turn the US into a selfish and greedy nation | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
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10 Poverty Myths, Busted | BillMoyers.com

10 Poverty Myths, Busted | BillMoyers.com | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
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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The SEC’s Andrew Bowden: A Regulator for Sale?

The SEC’s Andrew Bowden: A Regulator for Sale? | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
This post first appeared at Naked Capitalism blog.
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Manual Labor, All Night Long: The Reality of Paying for College

Manual Labor, All Night Long: The Reality of Paying for College | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Alana Semuels LOUISVILLE, Ky.–Most college students are busy. But Alexis McLin’s schedule is even more jam-packed than the average student's.
One day last week, for instance, she attended a lab from 3 p.m.
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Why Workers Won't Unite - The Atlantic

Why Workers Won't Unite - The Atlantic | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Globalization and technology have gutted the labor movement, and part-time work is sabotaging solidarity. Is there a new way to challenge the politics of inequality?
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