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College Students Eye Calendar, Wait To See If Loan Rates Double

College Students Eye Calendar, Wait To See If Loan Rates Double | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
College students could end up paying a higher interest rate on their government subsidized loans unless Congress steps in. In a replay of last year's battle, Republicans, Democrats and the Obama administration all have competing proposals.
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This is a topic that really means a lot to many families, the unemployed that have been retraining and young people now in the immediate, as well as long term future. NPR fills us in on what is happening as this moves forward. You may want to get your officials phone numbers close by and weigh in on this one. Do you remember the amount banks are borrowing for these days?

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Billionaires Unchained: The New Pay-As-You-Go Landscape of American “Democracy”

Billionaires Unchained: The New Pay-As-You-Go Landscape of American “Democracy” | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it

by Andy Kroll (Common Dreams) 

Billionaires with an axe to grind, now is your time. Not since the days before a bumbling crew of would-be break-in artists set into motion the fabled Watergate scandal, leading to the first far-reaching restrictions on money in American politics, have you been so free to meddle. There is no limit to the amount of money you can give to elect your friends and allies to political office, to defeat those with whom you disagree, to shape or stunt or kill policy, and above all to influence the tone and content of political discussion in this country.

 

Today, politics is a rich man's game. Look no further than the 2012 elections and that season's biggest donor, 79-year-old casino mogul Sheldon Adelson. He and his wife, Miriam, shocked the political class by first giving $16.5 million in an effort to make Newt Gingrich the Republican presidential nominee. Once Gingrich exited the race, the Adelsons invested more than $30 million in electing Mitt Romney. They donated millions more to support GOP candidates running for the House and Senate, to block a pro-union measure in Michigan, and to bankroll the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other conservative stalwarts (which waged their own campaigns mostly to help Republican candidates for Congress). All told, the Adelsons donated $94 million during the 2012 cycle -- nearly four times the previous record set by liberal financier George Soros. And that's only the money we know about. When you add in so-called dark money, one estimate puts their total giving at closer to $150 million.  MORE

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The citizens can not fail to take full notice of legislation and exactly who is shaping the legislation, plus how and under what motivation is it being shaped.  Then those same citizens must participate in a more major role than just showing up to vote on preselected horses or otherwise the citizens become just pawns on someone else's game board.

 

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New U.S. Chamber attacks on corporate political spending disclosure are a good sign « CitizenVox

How can you tell that momentum is building for change?

Well, one good sign is that the opposition starts getting nervous about your progress.

That’s why we took it as a positive sign that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently stepped up attacks on shareholders who attempt to make companies disclose political spending.

Earlier this month, I attended an almost comical presentation at the U.S. Chamber headquarters where speakers spent most of a four hour event attacking political spending disclosure resolutions as being bad for business.

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This is a good group to follow on your Facebook page. I think they were also the group that hosted 3rd party debates last year.

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Obama Covertly Authorizes the Military to Control the Internet

Obama Covertly Authorizes the Military to Control the Internet | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
It is expected that the ITU would begin a sort of taxation that international telecommunications corporations would be expected to pay for the ITU's handling of web traffic as it flows across the world.
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OK I did check this out and found the EPIC request on file online. This is certainly something for any citizen to ponder and reflect about. This involves our privacy and ability to communicate freely with one another.

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Lyin’ Paul Ryan Tells A Fact Free Tale About Obama and The IRS Scandal

Lyin’ Paul Ryan Tells A Fact Free Tale About Obama and The IRS Scandal | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Paul Ryan ignored the evidence, and wove a web of lies in an attempt to insinuate that President Obama was involved in the IRS scandal.
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Obama doesn't always do what I want either but I know Mitt would have done the same or worse faster since he said as much. So allow me to redirect my concerns and detract you from the distractors:

 

Protect our natural food supply and wildlife from unproven Genetic Modifications and chemicals that can be harmful. They now call Obama Monsanto’s man because of who he has appointed to watch over these things in the FDA and USDA.

 

Do everything we can to inspire people to learn then enable them in every way to do that.

 

Encourage everyone to remember the best parts of their spiritual upbringing and act on that. They will find that it is contagious that way or at least respected. 

 

Stop the overreaching “in the name of protecting us and the country” of all the cyber security and copyright issues by walking all over our 1st and 4th amendment rights and due process Rule of Law. All this is being done “in the name of protecting us and the country” and is something else we do not need to take our eyes off of.

 

The fight to control the power, data and profits of the Internet by governments and industries alike is also a threat to our future. They may soon call Obama Big Media, Cable and ISP’s man as well because of his appointment of Wheeler to the FCC. Even though both parties have to support these people to make this happen.

 

 

 

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Ask Your Senators to Support Public Seed in the Farm Bill | Seed Broadcast

Ask Your Senators to Support Public Seed in the Farm Bill | Seed Broadcast | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it

Senator Jon Tester is introducing a Farm Bill amendment next week that aims to reinvigorate classical plant breeding and public cultivar development.

Call your senators today and ask them to support Senator Tester’s Farm Bill amendment to improve seed choices for American farmers and strengthen U.S. agriculture.

What this means: Establishing classical plant breeding (or “conventional,” field-based selection) as a priority for public research is critical to the competitiveness and resiliency of U.S. agriculture. Farmers constantly face changing climate, insect, weed, and disease pressures that vary by region, and they lament reduced options in regionally appropriate seed cultivars held in the public domain.

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This is happening this week in DC or it may have already moved faster than those making the organic seed alliance thought. Together, united, we can and do make a difference.

Call your senators and give your own message or use this one if you want:

 

Find your senators here or call the Senate switchboard and they’ll connect you: (202) 224-3121.

The message is this: “As the Senate debates the 2013 Farm Bill, I urge you to support the amendment sponsored by Senator Tester that aims to reinvigorate classical plant breeding to ensure farmers have the seed they need to be successful. Developing regionally appropriate seed varieties held in the public domain is paramount to the success of U.S. agriculture.”

 
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World Wide Words: Austerian

World Wide Words: Austerian | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The 'austerians' are the economists and politicians who believe austerity is the only answer to our financial troubles. (Site updates: The austerians are the economists and politicians who believe austerity is the only answer to ou...
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There are far still too many leaders right now the see this as an answer. HINT: They are not the innovators or visionaries of how to create a better world and reshape the current one that obviously needs to be adjusted to fit the changes in work force, technology, family and nature around us. They have an idea we need to hunker down till things “get back to normal”. The major flaw in their “let’s kick the can down the road, tighten our belts, and pass out boot strings” till then is the problem they refuse to see.  The plan and economy does not work for everyone and soon to be most everyone in the world. Getting it back won’t do the trick.

 

We could also call these people reactionary. Reactionaries use a panic reaction like a wild animal. Self-preservation is critical in that mind set. You don't want to tangle with a scared raccoon. That coon only has his own survival in mind at that moment and any creature that meets that scared raccoon or politician better realize their own life and safety is optional to the scared raccoon and run and return only to set a trap or with a gun. Fortunately our politicians might stop reacting and start thinking so that maybe we do not have to resort to traps and guns.

 

The article gives good insight as to the moral and human cost of austerity. Please read it. Then have your eyes out for the visionaries and promote them. We truly need new designs for a better future. The same answers no longer work for our new questions.

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Mountain of Petroleum Coke From Oil Sands Rises in Detroit

Mountain of Petroleum Coke From Oil Sands Rises in Detroit | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Refining Canada’s petroleum-soaked oil sands produces petroleum coke, and the question of what to do with it has found at least one answer in Detroit, where a large coke pile covers an entire city block.
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I had never heard of this brand of coke before today. A three story mountian of coke owned by Koch ( pronounced "coke" as well ) sounds at like a least a good late night joke or even worthy of the front page of USA Today, but I never knew of it till now.

 

The Koch brothers seem to always offer the country, Mother Nature and God as well a great spit in the face and then they go smiling all the way to the bank. Be sure to take a moment and read the article. The full picture of an event of reality is always as exciting as CSI if one is brave enough to look..

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Occupy Offshoots Return to Highlight Student Tuition Hikes, Food Sovereignty | The Nation

Occupy Offshoots Return to Highlight Student Tuition Hikes, Food Sovereignty | The Nation | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Over the course of the past week, actions by offshoots of the Occupy Wall Street movement have brought attention to the issues of student tuition hikes and food sovereignty. (RT @jamiekilstein: In case you missed it @OccupyWallSt are still badasses.
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These are two worthy issues in the opinion of our house aand family. Inthis   state higher tuitions often mean delaying or not obtaining advance training and a degree because a high number of students here are often paying their own way at 18 years of age.

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What a Flexible Workplace Has to Do With Trust and Creativity

What a Flexible Workplace Has to Do With Trust and Creativity | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Marissa Mayer wants everyone at the office. Other companies don't even have offices. Where do you fit?
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Chegg, a Silicon Valley online textbook rental service, introduced unlimited paid vacation; so far, no one has abused the privilege. When I was running software companies, women on maternity leave were told to come back when they wanted to, on a schedule of their own devising; they never let me down. Strategies like these inspire terrific loyalty--but I wonder how many companies use them?

 
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Secret deals ‘plundering Africa’

Secret deals ‘plundering Africa’ | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Africa loses twice as much money through tax avoidance, secret mining deals and financial transfers as it gets from donors, ex-UN chief Kofi Annan warns.
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I think this is one true and very sad truth. Too otfen the funds used to help these countries seem to be guilt money when you thinka bit about why it was given instead of real earning or fair pay for goods or services.

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The Immoral Minority: The Right Wing's pet Benghazi "whistle blower" might not be quite what he makes himself out to be.

The Immoral Minority: The Right Wing's pet Benghazi "whistle blower" might not be quite what he makes himself out to be. | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
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There are more than one side to most stories and here is the flip side of this story.

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Abolish Corporate Personhood Talk | Move to Amend

Abolish Corporate Personhood Talk | Move to Amend | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
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This is a great review of the intent of our countries founders from a somewhat differing veiw from high school history class.

 

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So when the Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution, they threw control of corporations to state legislatures where they would get the closest supervision by the people. Early corporate charters were very explicit about what a corporation could do, how, for how long, with whom, where, and when. Individual stockholders were held personally liable for any harms done in the name of the corporation, and most charters only lasted for 10 or 15 years. But most importantly, in order to receive the profit-making privileges they sought, corporations had to represent a clear benefit for the public good. And when corporations violated any of these terms, their charters were frequently revoked by the state legislatures.

 
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Refugees 'facing rising dangers'

Refugees 'facing rising dangers' | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Amnesty International says the world has become an increasingly dangerous place for refugees and migrants in its annual report.
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These people all over the globe have basically no rights in any country once they leave their own. That is very dangerous for all involved.

 

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He added: "These measures not only affect people fleeing conflict. Millions of migrants are being driven into abusive situations, including forced labour and sexual abuse, because of anti-immigration policies which means they can be exploited with impunity. Much of this is fuelled by populist rhetoric that targets refugees and migrants for governments' domestic difficulties."

 

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What PBS’s Treatment of Two Movies About The Kochs Says About Which Money Counts In Public Television

What PBS’s Treatment of Two Movies About The Kochs Says About Which Money Counts In Public Television | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
In this week’s New Yorker, Jane Mayer, who has covered the industrialists Charles and David Koch extensively, chronicles the fate of two documentaries produced for PBS, Alex Gibney’s Park Avenue, which explored the lives of both wealthy residents ...
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Great article about the conflict of interest with large private donors support and the whole idea of who is best served when public vs private deals and media production.

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Elizabeth Warren's Bank on Students Bill Exposes the Fed's Scam on America

Elizabeth Warren's Bank on Students Bill Exposes the Fed's Scam on America | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
In historic breakthrough, Mass. Sen. Elizabeth Warren offers bill to force the Federal Reserve to finance student loans at 0.75% with no cost to taxpayers; measure embodies principles needed for...
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I urge a major all points mobilization in support of Sen Elizabeth Warren's Bank on Students bill mandating that the Federal Reserve provide 0.75% cheap federal credit for federal student loans (Stafford loans) via the US Department of Education. This is so far as we know the first bill which proposes to force the Fed to provide cheap credit to something other than banks and financial institutions. The substantial benefits in interest savings to American students groaning under $1 trillion of high-interest student debt are obvious.

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ALEC, a Tax-Exempt Group, Mixes Legislators and Lobbyists

ALEC, a Tax-Exempt Group, Mixes Legislators and Lobbyists | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The American Legislative Exchange Council, whose members include lawmakers and corporations, drafts legislation on which 1,000 bills introduced annually in state legislatures are based.
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Here is the type of Non-Profit groups that define their organization as a non-profit "social welfare" tax-deductible group the IRS was checking out. Who's welfare do you think this bunch looks after? Do any of us remember voting for the corporations behind this to wine and dine our elected officials tax-free?

 

 Would some of you all like to take them on a paid holiday to sale your business interest as a non-profit? Someone in DC should have been fired for not checking out what made these corporate non-profit lobbyists tax-free.

 

 And we should be checking out why ALEX and others are doing things we elected certain officials to do with the input “we” gave them as our LOCALLY elected (not multi-national elected) representatives that actually work for ALEC.

 

  If our policy makers are sub-contracting their job to so called Non-Profits we didn't elect to represent us and we our not represented in their ALEC organizations directly than it is time to fire those people we voted for that are hiring others to do their job. These groups lobby and fund campaigns of their selected officials to look after their own for-profit interest....not social welfare which is the type of non-profit they claim to be and the only type that is tax-free that I'm aware of.

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5 Reason Republicans Should Be Charged With Treason–Bill Maher Agrees

5 Reason Republicans Should Be Charged With Treason–Bill Maher Agrees | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Republicans obstructionist stances have now reached the level of treason. Materially affecting the country from within is equivalent to war from without.
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This is a pretty extreme statement but what do you think?

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Landfill Harmonic- The world sends us garbage... We send back music.

If you liked the teaser, will you consider a small pledge of $1 to help make this project a reality? For more info, please visit: http://kck.st/110W8j2 | If ...
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Inspiring....Remember this when you think your down ...and send $1.

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Austerity is a moral issue

Austerity is a moral issue | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Europe’s economic turmoil is dragging the world economy down. Despite this destructive display of unnecessary masochism, many Americans still demand the sequester be allowed to continue slashing public spending.
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Well for starters there is this:

 

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"So much for the economics of austerity. That is only half the story, however. Austerity is a moral issue, too. It inflicts enormous misery upon hundreds of millions. To an American living under a relatively generous economic regime that is providing annual growth at 2.5 percent, the scale of unemployment in Europe is alarming.

We think 7.5 percent is too high. In Greece, it has reached 27 percent and youth unemployment (age 15 to 24) is at an appalling 64 percent. Much the same is happening in Spain, with 27.2 percent unemployed and youth unemployment hitting 57 percent. Italy’s 11 percent unemployed figure disguises the fact that more than that number have given up looking for jobs ‑ so the real jobless tally is more than 20 percent."

                 Then there is even far more before austerity hammers the full blow. [ click the title for more].
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A Gift From President Obama to the GOP

A Gift From President Obama to the GOP | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
A GIFT FROM PRESIDENT OBAMA TO THE GOP By Reid Gelhaar The Republican Party has just been served a huge gift by the Obama Administration.
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Two more things for the GOP to beat the drums and their mouth about for the 3 years. Great! The fact is Obama can't move fast enough on this spying stuff to keep the GOP and many other well funded and fearful democrats happy. All super syp on everyone and anyone anyhow ideas have been strongly supported by both party till the public and a handful of officials stand-up and say NO! Both are important matters. The IRS should not run scared it should just make sure it checks out a sovial welfare tax exempt groups on both sides to make sure the status is not being abused....which with Citizens United it does seem to be.

 

The AP spying should not have happened without following all proper legal proceedures but the temptation from all nations and big industry leaders is to abuse the ability to access communications and information gotten so easily on a much bigger scale. We need to put in place and enforce two regulations; the unfettered affordable open access of the web under net neutralityand the restated, redefined rules and regs that define,,enforce on protect both of these.

 

The public should not let this be a gift for either side!  We have too many equally important matters to let this or any single issue side track us. The article screams out how willingness of the GOP is to hammer an issue for the sole purpose of political gain and in this case they think they might be able to silence and wipe out the democrats for 25 years if the play their cards right..

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Gulf Tides 16: Marine Impacts

Over two years after the BP disaster, impacts to the marine ecosystem of the Gulf are beginning to be understood. When will our government and BP truly begin...
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Looks as though BP is not telling the whole story.

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Charlie Chaplin - The Greatest Speech Ever Made

Excellent compilation video containing Charlie Chaplin's amazing final speech from The Great Dictator, created by http://www.youtube.com/user/thelakeysisters...
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A voice from the past that speaks on film for the first time after a lifetime as a silent actor and delivers a speech for all times!

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9 Out Of 10 Americans Are Completely Wrong About This Mind-Blowing Fact

9 Out Of 10 Americans Are Completely Wrong About This Mind-Blowing Fact | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Everything you've ever known is a lie.
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I had to Scoopit for everyone just in case others don't get this sent to their Facebook news feed. Reality can be mind-blowing or at it's best a wake-up call.

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There is cold fear and resentment, but little sense of hope

There is cold fear and resentment, but little sense of hope | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
John Harris: Libraries, swimming pools, youth services: all are under threat, with no evidence of an entrepreneurial spirit being created

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Little things like swimming pools and libraries make people feel respected and provide much needed healthy options for use of spare time or even carefully planned time to engage in these healthy activies.


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