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The Not-So-Good News About Friday's Jobs Report

The Not-So-Good News About Friday's Jobs Report | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Yes, there are a lot of good things in today’s jobs report: employment in professional occupations is growing at a fast clip, construction is finally showing signs of life, health care continues to add employees.
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Charlie Hebdo to publish 1 million copies next week

Charlie Hebdo to publish 1 million copies next week | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Charlie Hebdo does not surrender.
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Israel elections 101: How fractures on political right could hurt Netanyahu

Israel elections 101: How fractures on political right could hurt Netanyahu | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Three former Likud colleagues of Netanyahu, now his political rivals, are leading their own parties in Israel's March elections. By splitting the right-wing vote, could they swing the next coalition to the left?
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Share this story - Herald Sun

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NINE people have been detained across several regions of France in connection with the deadly terror attacks on Charlie Hebdo, while a third suspect has handed himself into police amid claims he is innocent.
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Race matters as Ohio's students diversify faster than their teachers - Akron Beacon Journal

Race matters as Ohio's students diversify faster than their teachers - Akron Beacon Journal | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
In 2006, 31 percent of Ohio’s schoolchildren attended racially lopsided public schools, which enrolled more than 95 percent students who were either white or black.
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How to Grow Strawberries - Open Permaculture - Permaculture Design Course

How to Grow Strawberries - Open Permaculture - Permaculture Design Course | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
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RIP Mario Cuomo | Mother Jones

The former governor of New York died Thursday.
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Success of Kentucky’s Health Plan Comes With New Obstacles

Success of Kentucky’s Health Plan Comes With New Obstacles | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
A poor state with a starkly unhealthy populace, Kentucky is becoming a symbol of the Affordable Health Care Act’s potential, and its obstacles.
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Too many still believe Palin's death panel lie and other out and out lies about Obama Care (Affordable Healthcare Act). Not to say everything is perfect ...but this is a good account of the wins and the kinks that are being found. Please read the whole article...  but here a tiny part:

 

"For example, she said, she heard from news programs that the Affordable Care Act prohibited lifesaving care for elderly people with cancer.

 

There is no such provision, although a proposal to pay doctors to engage patients in end-of-life planning — such as whether they would want life-sustaining treatment if they were terminally ill — was removed from the law after it sparked a political firestorm over “death panels.”

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Cyber-attacks on South Korean nuclear power operator continue

Cyber-attacks on South Korean nuclear power operator continue | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Firm says nuclear power plants are operating safely and are secure from attack, and it has stepped up its cybersecurity Continue reading...
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Electronic eavesdropping: NSA reports on its privacy violations

Electronic eavesdropping: NSA reports on its privacy violations | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Responding to a Freedom of Information lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Security Agency has reported instances when it violated individual privacy.
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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.
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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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Heat is on GOP over plan to threaten Homeland Security funds

Heat is on GOP over plan to threaten Homeland Security funds | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Republicans want to put a provision blocking Obama's immigration action into a DHS spending measure set for release Friday.
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Charlie Hebdo attack hit home for past writers at The Onion

Charlie Hebdo attack hit home for past writers at The Onion | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The slaughter Wednesday of journalists at Charlie Hebdo resonated for past writers at America’s beloved satire news outlet The Onion.
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Republicans launch new Congress with 'jobs bills.' Will they create jobs?

Republicans launch new Congress with 'jobs bills.' Will they create jobs? | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Three Republican-backed bills to approve the Keystone XL pipeline and amend Obamacare would have only a minimal effect on job growth, data suggest.
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'Je suis Charlie' ('I am Charlie') trends post terror attack

'Je suis Charlie' ('I am Charlie') trends post terror attack | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
After the attack on the French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo, social media users around the world are proclaiming “Je suis Charlie.”
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How Big Data Will Transform Our Economy And Our Lives In 2015 - TechCrunch

How Big Data Will Transform Our Economy And Our Lives In 2015 - TechCrunch | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The great Danish physicist Niels Bohr once observed that “prediction is very difficult, especially if it's about the future.” Particularly in the..
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Passing the test … Mississippi’s economic development incentives must now prove their worth - Mississippi Business Journal

Passing the test … Mississippi’s economic development incentives must now prove their worth - Mississippi Business Journal | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The Pew Charitable Trusts has moved Mississippi to the front of the class among states with effective strategies for evaluating the value of taxpayer-supported incentives for economic development. Mississippi’s elevation to national leader from Pew’s laggard list just two years ago comes after Gov. Phil Bryant’s signing last week of House Bill 1365, the Economic …
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Where's the Outrage? Congress Changes Savings Accounts and Retirement Funds, and America Sleeps

Where's the Outrage? Congress Changes Savings Accounts and Retirement Funds, and America Sleeps | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Publicly funded, public interest news, twenty four seven - three sixty five: Reader Supported News.
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ACLU accuses NSA of using holiday lull to ‘minimise impact’ of documents

ACLU accuses NSA of using holiday lull to ‘minimise impact’ of documents | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Released on Christmas Eve, the documents are heavily redacted versions of reports by the NSA to the President’s Intelligence Oversight Board

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Greg Russak's curator insight, December 27, 2014 11:57 AM

Right and left don't seem capable (or interested) in agreement on much these days. I can't understand why there doesn't seem to be more agreement on the need to stop the abuse of power by the NSA.

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Jeb Bush is way ahead in GOP poll for presidential run

Jeb Bush is way ahead in GOP poll for presidential run | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Jeb Bush is the leading candidate for a White House run in a poll given to Republicans.
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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.

Via Jim Wesberry
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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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