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Ebola Out of Control: Quarantines, Hunger and Death in Liberia - Newsweek

Newsweek Ebola Out of Control: Quarantines, Hunger and Death in Liberia Newsweek BOYA Liberia/DAKAR (Reuters) - To try to control the Ebola epidemic spreading through West Africa, Liberia has quarantined remote villages at the epicenter of the...
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Jakarta Could Be Getting Its First Ethnically Chinese Governor

Jakarta Could Be Getting Its First Ethnically Chinese Governor | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Jakarta, a city once hit by horrific anti-Chinese riots, could be getting its first ethnically Chinese governor, .
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Why Elaine Chao, Wife of Mitch McConnell, Could Help Sink his Re-election Bid 2 / 3 | Nomadic Politics

Why Elaine Chao, Wife of Mitch McConnell, Could Help Sink his Re-election Bid 2 / 3 | Nomadic Politics | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
In the first of the three-part post on Ms. Elaine Chao, wife of Senator Mitch McConnell from Kentucky, we took a look at her rise.
In this installment we shall be examining her philosophy and her performance as Labor Secretary during the Bush years.
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Australia's Jobless Rate Should Worry Fed - Bloomberg View

Australia's Jobless Rate Should Worry Fed - Bloomberg View | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Australia's Jobless Rate Should Worry Fed
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In Australia, Prime Minister Tony Abbott's austerity push seems at odds with global trends, and with the experience of many Australian households and businesses.
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"The biggest risk to Australia -- a weaker Chinese economy -- may soon be the world's, too. A slower pace of gross domestic product is assured as President Xi Jinping reins in a credit bubble and weans the economy from exports. There's growing alarm about a fast-spreading property slump around the country, which is already beset by ghost cities. In the first half of 2014, home sales fell 9.2 percent from a year earlier."

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Why This Century-Old Cartoon Could Have Been Printed Yesterday | Nomadic Politics

Why This Century-Old Cartoon Could Have Been Printed Yesterday | Nomadic Politics | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
A cartoon from the 1912 presidential campaign depicts the Republican party's relationship with special interests and corporate monopolies.
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A picture says a thousand words. A picture can also show history repeating events.

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Gaza Cease-Fire Ends! Ibrahim Is The First Killed

Gaza Cease-Fire Ends! Ibrahim Is The First Killed | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
“We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians” –Nelson Mandela
Palestinian officials say at least 1,875 people have been killed since Israel launched Operation Protective Edge on 8 July.
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Gaza fighting starts up again.


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The Neoliberal Turn in American Health Care | Jacobin

The Neoliberal Turn in American Health Care | Jacobin | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The failings of the Affordable Care Act are rooted in a long shift away from the idea of a truly universal health care.

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This article looks interesting! I'm collecting it here because I didn't have time to read this morning when I ran across it and plan to be able to fine it quick on this link for an afternoon or break in the day read.

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Don't call it 'student' debt

Don't call it 'student' debt | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Van Jones of CNN's "Crossfire" says "student debt" should be called "education debt" because entire families are paying the cost of a broken system.
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This message is on target and filled with truth! How can we fix it? Let's do this!

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School hit as Israel pounds Gaza

School hit as Israel pounds Gaza | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it

TFifteen Palestinians sheltering inside a UN-run school in Gaza have been killed by Israeli shelling.

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There is a thin line between sad and sick.

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▶ Chris Hedges: Americans Are Living a Fantasy - The Illusion of Love, Wisdom, Happiness (2009) - YouTube

A postliterate society is a hypothetical society in which multimedia technology has advanced to the point where literacy, the ability to read or write, is no...
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Wow! These guys have been around to see all sorts of realities around the world. They have uniquely clear views of the world.

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This Just In: Airstrikes Hit Power Plant in Gaza

This Just In: Airstrikes Hit Power Plant in Gaza | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Footage from latest Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip that targeted a power plant and the deputy chief of Hamas' home.
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Does anyone else think this is just about erasing the Palestinians off the planet. With an average age of 17 Israel has declared war on a country dominated by a population of kids!

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ElizabethWarren.com is the official website of Elizabeth Warren's campaign for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts. Sign up to join the fight for middle class families
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Today is the fourth anniversary of Dodd-Frank, the law that established the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau -- and the third anniversary of the date the CFPB became an independent agency. And in those three years, the agency has done a lot to help level the playing field:

  • The CFPB has forced big financial companies to return more than $4 billion dollars to consumers they cheated.
  • The CFPB has put in place rules to protect consumers from a whole host of dangerous financial products and to make sure that companies can't issue the kinds of deceptive mortgages that contributed to millions of foreclosures.
  • The CFPB has helped tens of thousands of consumers resolve complaints against financial institutions that cheated them. 
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Watch Rachel Maddow Explain Why This Is the WORST Congress Ever (Video)

Watch Rachel Maddow Explain Why This Is the WORST Congress Ever (Video) | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Rachel Maddow breaks it down: 'This Congress is -- quantitatively -- the WORST Congress ever!' Thanks, GOP.
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All the topics covered in this video are so important. The VA issue is one that hits very close to home. I was so sadden when the Head of the VA stepped down as though all this was his fault. In fact that is twice he has taken a hit for other people's stupid choices. HE was on of the four very respected generals fired by Rumsfeld because they told him before going into Iraq that 30,000 troops could not do it right and it would take at least 145,000. It was not the General's fault this time either. The VA has been underfunded and auctioned off to the lowest bidder starting with Bush Senior then going for another huge blow under Clinton who delivered even more to the contracting work of HMOs and even more outfits that hired contract doctors and medical professionals that basically blew through the military system not even with the status of civil servants.  

 

This administration actually was building this VA medical system back up. The problem is their big hearts also thought Agent Orange victims from the Vietnam war should finally be treated (those that haven't already died) and so should the mental health cases of the last decades. This over-loaded the lean medical care system Bush Senior and Clinton put in place. But leaving them with nothing also was costing lives. Agent Orange victims and their offspring were becoming sicker and suicides for soldiers after over a decade of war had become daily events. Waiting even longer it treat them (ready or not) wasn’t an option.

 

I fear this congress is staging all this to further action off the VA system, which while expensive, was one of the greatest medical care systems in our nation’s history. We once trained very smart, but often-poor students in the best medical professional schools they could get into to. They paid us back with 5 years or even sometimes a lifetime of excellent service for modest salaries that including nice housing and left them with no school debt in return. It was a good trade for many on both sides of the system. I think we should do that again for both military and Medicare/Medicaid professionals and build for them the best facilities and research opportunities as we once did with the VA medical system. Provide lovely housing and perks, pay a decent, but not millionaire salary and they pay society back with committed years of work. If they trade us a lifetime of work they then earn good lifetime benefits as well.  For-profit outfits have a first obligation to make the shareholders rich not make sick people well. The old VA system put all our medical dollars into the medical care program and not into pockets of share holders.

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Airstrikes Pound Islamic State Forces in Syria As Rebels Gain An Unlikely Ally

Airstrikes Pound Islamic State Forces in Syria As Rebels Gain An Unlikely Ally | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
As Islamic State fighters sweep across northern Syria, airstrikes by the Assad regime may help beleaguered rebels hold them back.
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Here is an interesting development!

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New Federal overtime compensation law possible by the end of 2015 - DigiNews

New Federal overtime compensation law possible by the end of 2015 - DigiNews | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
New Federal overtime compensation law possible by the end of 2015 DigiNews Learned Professional employee – work requires advanced knowledge, intellectual in character, and the job requires use of discretion and judgment, in a field of science or...
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Those working overtime may see the rules change before long.

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Labour: 'Unleash digital creativity to shift power away from Whitehall'

Labour: 'Unleash digital creativity to shift power away from Whitehall' | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
After a three-month review into digital government, Labours strategists have been exploring ways of improving online tools Continue reading...
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Labour’s policy chief has set out plans to transform digital services to increase public participation and customization, taking power away from Whitehall in what is described as “a new democratic revolution in which people have more power”.

Writing in the Guardian, Jon Cruddas and the shadow cabinet officer, Chi Onwurah, say that Labour’s extensive policy review has “seen a fundamental rethinking of the basic assumptions on which our party has been built for the last 30 years”.

“We know we must transform the way we do government. Big-state, top-down solutions just won’t work because to transform our country we have to help people be active participants, not helpless observers.

“The digital revolution should be about connecting people better, not about more command. It’s about sharing ideas and not imposing rigid rules, the freedom to create, not top-down control. We want people to use, create, consume, customize, play with, share, improve, inspire and own their digital services.”

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DemandProgress.tv

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Who controls the future of your food? Find out at a free online screening and discussion of the film GMO OMG on THURS 5/15. Space is limited to 2,000 people.
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Over 100,000 Homeless People Have Been Moved Into Homes & It Isn’t Stopping There! One Of The Most Profound Movements Ever!

Over 100,000 Homeless People Have Been Moved Into Homes & It Isn’t Stopping There! One Of The Most Profound Movements Ever! | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Whether you live in a major metropolis or a small town, chances are you’ve seen homeless people sleeping or wandering the streets at some point.
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Reciprocal inter-insurance exchange - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Reciprocal inter-insurance exchange - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A reciprocal inter-insurance exchange may be operated directly by its policyholders. In theory, a small group of individuals could band together to "cross insure" each other on an informal basis.

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Why are we not talking about doing medical insurance this way? I really believe this was what medical insurance was more like in the pre-HMO days. Our Auto Insurance is this type. It is USAA. This would make the medical insurance system and health care of our nation truly consumer owned and controlled and for the most part leave the risk from too much government control and too much for-profit mooching out of the conversation. People with low or no income could elect with national or state medical voucher to buy in as subscribers like everyone else.

 

There could be more than one to choose from formed by various groups, but since the subscribers would be the voting co-op shareholders on how the business is run there really may be no need for various models.  For-profit insurance does not place their customers on their board of directors or give equal voice to them. The subscriber saving deposit could also build up as a burial policy with the excess being left to those designated as a small life insurance. This would solve another end of life issue for many.

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China reportedly blocked chat apps Line and Kakao Talk over terrorism concerns

China reportedly blocked chat apps Line and Kakao Talk over terrorism concerns | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Trouble has been brewing in China since last month with several foreign internet firms experiencing accessibility issues in the country, including chat apps Line and Kakao Talk.
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Blocking connections without reason means blocking the connection of everyone and treating everyone as criminals.  There is a very thin line between protection and oppression.

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Will Donetsk be the next Grozny? - Al Jazeera America

Will Donetsk be the next Grozny? - Al Jazeera America | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Will Donetsk be the next Grozny? Al Jazeera America “There is a Russian way of warfare, which you see a lot more in the [Chechen] '99 war and which you also see in Georgia, that tends to privilege artillery a lot,” says Olga Oliker, senior...
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Republicans vote to sue Obama

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The Republican-led US House of Representatives has cleared the way for a lawsuit against Barack Obama.
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NO time to vote on Ambassadors or do their real job but they find time to sue Obama because he appointed people while the congress failed to and went on vacation instead. Now they find time to vote on suing him but not to vote on appointees to slots left open for years.Well if Obama is getting  sued anyway because he appointed some people to actually due work, he needs to appoint some more people while congress takes this month long vacation instead of staying to vote in people to fill very many much needed positions.

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If Filming Cops is ‘Interference,’ It’s the Least We Can Do

If Filming Cops is ‘Interference,’ It’s the Least We Can Do | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton offers a vile defense of officers caught on camera brutalizing and killing civilians.
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There are pros and cons to filming police activities. 

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The Typical Household, Now Worth a Third Less

The Typical Household, Now Worth a Third Less | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The inflation-adjusted net worth for the typical household fell 36 percent in the 10 years ended in 2013, according to a study.
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Mixing the modern and the traditional

Mixing the modern and the traditional | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it

s a fasinatelAlmajiri boys RAG-CLAD boys, proffering plastic bowls and calling out for cash, line the streets of most big cities in Nigeria’s Muslim north. But they are not...

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This was a fascinating article to read. The author creates a peak into the global issue of religion VS education VS traditional culture and the treatment and raising of children. The writer gets the reader to ask many reflective questions regarding personal values, traditions, education, family, faith and the changing modernization of the world and that is good. No answers are handed on platters and no judgment is made here. It is always important to zero in on the question if you seek to find an answer. The writer inspires reflective thinking to shared cultural dilemmas. The religions, geography, family and community structures may differ but the question of how and what values are maintained or blend with the new across a change are universal.

 

The trade off that is felt and often feared by the families, communities, and faithful or religious the world over is real. One is changed by the introduction of what they fear and what is new. That is the truth. There is a book called "The Axe Makers Gifts" that speaks about the double edge sword that progress and innovation brings. Usually there are great gifts to mankind.  But these gifts come with a trade off of something you give up or also allow the ability to abuse and misuse the intended blessing. Often, without noticing the changes come slowly, other times the new and amazing is so intriguing we can hardly resist.  We move on in a direction without noticing the changes in the short term.  One day we turn around and ask when did some of our very strong social and spiritual support structure disappear or get so weak or fragmented? When did those we thought we could trust change? When did it happen and how did it happen? Does it matter? If it matters how in the world can we rebuild it or even enhance what we once took for granted? What should we embrace? What should we hold to and what should we try to bind together as old and new and move into new destinies with?

 

In a less than a single generation it is likely we have made more changes in nearly every aspect of our lives and the planet then people before us did over hundreds of years.  Reflective thinking about what is valuable to societies before we race into the future would be very wise. Take time to read the article and  find your own questions to bring to the table and think through together.

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This was a fascinating article to read. The author creates a peak into the global issue of religion VS education VS traditional culture and the treatment and raising of children. The writer gets the reader to ask many reflective questions regarding personal values, traditions, education, family, faith and the changing modernization of the world and that is good. No answers are handed on platters and no judgment is made here. It is always important to zero in on the question if you seek to find an answer. The writer inspires reflective thinking to shared cultural dilemmas. The religions, geography, family and community structures may differ but the question of how and what values are maintained or blend with the new across a change are universal.

 

The trade off that is felt and often feared by the families, communities, and faithful or religious the world over is real. One is changed by the introduction of what they fear and what is new. That is the truth. There is a book called "The Axe Makers Gifts" that speaks about the double edge sword that progress and innovation brings. Usually there are great gifts to mankind.  But these gifts come with a trade off of something you give up or also allow the ability to abuse and misuse the intended blessing. Often, without noticing the changes come slowly, other times the new and amazing is so intriguing we can hardly resist.  We move on in a direction without noticing the changes in the short term.  One day we turn around and ask when did some of our very strong social and spiritual support structure disappear or get so weak or fragmented? When did those we thought we could trust change? When did it happen and how did it happen? Does it matter? If it matters how in the world can we rebuild it or even enhance what we once took for granted? What should we embrace? What should we hold to and what should we try to bind together as old and new and move into new destinies with?

 

In a less than a single generation it is likely we have made more changes in nearly every aspect of our lives and the planet then people before us did over hundreds of years.  Reflective thinking about what is valuable to societies before we race into the future would be very wise. Take time to read the article and  find your own questions to bring to the table and think through together.