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Student Debt May Dampen College Grads' Boost To Economy

Student Debt May Dampen College Grads' Boost To Economy | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
BOSTON -- The overhang of student debt on young workers may inhibit consumption and future borrowing, researchers at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York warn, potentially imperiling the economic recovery for years to come.
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This article covers something so true it is worrisome. They also might add student debt will impact a birth rates to educated people as well. Many young debt strapped adults consider whether children are affordable with the other debt they carry.

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Report: Victim helped ID bombing suspect

Report: Victim helped ID bombing suspect | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Bloomberg: A man who lost both legs in the bombing helped describe a suspect to the FBI, aiding the investigation
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Just paying attention to what's going on around us can help in so many ways. Glad this man was paying attention.

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Who Benefits from Austerity?

Who Benefits from Austerity? | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Bob Pollin fields the question: are the very rich hunkering down for a long
recession and to protect their assets, are more concerned about debt than
high unemployment
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Very good discussion about what real world hurts are going to be felt more and more.

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Map: How 35 countries compare on child poverty (the U.S. is ranked 34th)

Map: How 35 countries compare on child poverty (the U.S. is ranked 34th) | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Among surveyed developed nations, only Romanian children are more likely to fall below the relative poverty line.
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Well, this is not a record to be proud of by any means.

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Because I Can: MS NAACP Releases New Report on ALEC

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"Although ALEC is good at tossing aside blacks, Latinos, and poor people at the polls, the group’s top priority is actually protecting its corporate financiers. One of the best ways to do that is to make those corporate financiers immune to lawsuits when they trample rights or hurt people. For that, ALEC must target states' chief policing agents"

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Let's see.... They passed a "It is OK for companies to spy on citizens and share info with no law suits allowed if they do you wrong because it's kept so sercret we can't find out (CISPA)....And by the way they today they also passed the "Interent Protection Bill" that says our government will not interfer if we are messed over by either industry or government (that is not controling the internet just using it to spy on everyone)...We can just work it out and "play' nice.without any real laws or indentified rules of the internet to break and with no agency tasked to enforce the rules ..What crook wouldn't love that deal? I guess the crooks in DC and running our companies love this and will get their money's worth.

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The Circuit: Immigration legislation addresses H-1B visas - Washington Post (blog)

The Circuit: Immigration legislation addresses H-1B visas - Washington Post (blog) | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The Circuit: Immigration legislation addresses H-1B visas Washington Post (blog) The Center for Democracy and Technology said in an analysis of the bill Tuesday that some of the bill's provisions could prompt a “sea change in cybersecurity policy...
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Well here it is again. We need some laws to protect us when itseems alll sort of changes the governmnet and industry likes to make protect their privacy and interest by walking on and laying to rest the privacy of most of us.

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Should Cellphone Service Be Shut Off During Emergencies for Public Safety? - TheBlaze.com

Should Cellphone Service Be Shut Off During Emergencies for Public Safety? - TheBlaze.com | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
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Should Cellphone Service Be Shut Off During Emergencies for Public Safety?
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“We must resist the temptation to trade liberties for the perception of security.” This is what the article addresses. Should this matter? What do you think?

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Islamist agitation fuels unrest in Bangladesh

Islamist agitation fuels unrest in Bangladesh | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
By John Chalmers DHAKA (Reuters) - One night in February, Rajib Haider was set upon near his Dhaka home by five knife-wielding youths. His face was so...
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Bill Moyers Essay: The United States of Inequality | Moyers & Company | BillMoyers.com

Bill Moyers Essay: The United States of Inequality | Moyers & Company | BillMoyers.com | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
In an extended essay, Bill shares striking extremes of wealth and poverty across the country.
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Why Americans Are So Ignorant -- It's Not Only Fox News, There Are Some Understandable Reasons for it

Why Americans Are So Ignorant -- It's Not Only Fox News, There Are Some Understandable Reasons for it | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Sure propaganda, government secrecy and Fox News have a lot to do with it. But there are broader societal pressures as well.
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OK...these are well made points. What do you think?

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The Southern State Fast Becoming Ayn Rand's Vision of Paradise

The Southern State Fast Becoming Ayn Rand's Vision of Paradise | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Tennessee lawmakers have elevated hatred for government and disgust for poor people to an art form.
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The numbers in this article are surely not true! .......That would be too pitiful for words.... Excerpts:"You have to believe that meanness really is tough love -- that by taking benefits away from the poor you are actually helping them on the road to self sufficiency." "It's helpful to have access to the broader Randian/libertarian philosophy that argues all forms of collective government action are an attack on freedom. In this view, altruism is seen as a curse that justifies collective government programs which essentially steal money from the makers and to waste on the takers. All collective caring by the state, therefore, is evil, so that all support for the poor via government is evil as well.""It's psychologically crucial to have your prejudices confirmed by charismatic alchemists like Ayn Rand, Rand Paul and Paul Ryan who peddle selfishness as the highest form of morality (although only Ayn Rand had the guts to say it so bluntly)."
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Fixing Washington's Biggest Problem | Money & Politics, What Matters Today | BillMoyers.com

Fixing Washington's Biggest Problem | Money & Politics, What Matters Today | BillMoyers.com | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
When it comes to reforming Washington, money in politics is the issue that trumps all others. Activist Josh Silver has some ideas on how to fix our coin-operated political system.

Via Lynda Park
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Yep, Go Bill Moyers! He has come out of retirement at least twice to provide media thats feeds our mind and our insight.

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Has Obama's FCC Czar Mark Lloyd Influenced Fox News? Is "Fairness Doctrine/Net Neutrality" Coming True Through the "Back Door"?

Has Obama's FCC Czar Mark Lloyd Influenced Fox News?  Is "Fairness Doctrine/Net Neutrality" Coming True Through the "Back Door"? | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
================== ======== A backgrounder on Mark Lloyd: Lying Liars: Media Access Project Excerpt: Remember Mark Lloyd, Obama’s controversial DiversityRedistribution of Wealth Czar at the FCC? I ...
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Oppose Cispa if you value any privacy in our digital world

Oppose Cispa if you value any privacy in our digital world | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Dan Gillmor: Cyber-security is a real problem, but Congress' latest Cispa bill tries to solve it by attacking the freedom of the internet
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This is so important I can't understand why anyone could just sit there and not take action.

 

These folks might think, "Well I never to anything to worry them anyway so what does it matter?"

 

That is a good point if you live in a world where all things are right, everyone is fairly treated and you never have to stand up for anything that everyone else doesn't agree about. Oh, but then you might ask yourself why they need to spy on you in a world like that?....Then get off your butt and speak up and don't let this happen! Make sure anyone who supports this is fired at the next elections no matter how slick their ads are or how much someone spends on fancy bill boards or ads for them....Know who your enemies are.....They normally are people who (secretely) spy on you, or help others to and don't intend to help you but to serve their own purposes with what they collect or use the power to control how you and I live. 

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19-Year-Old Develops Ocean Cleanup Array That Could Remove 7,250,000 Tons Of Plastic From World's Oceans

19-Year-Old Develops Ocean Cleanup Array That Could Remove 7,250,000 Tons Of Plastic From World's Oceans | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
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We need to alert our youth to the more of the issues and problems of the world for them to realize the learning in school and life is NOT just to get a job, but to be able to come up with effective thinking for LIVING and solving relavant problems.

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Does High Public Debt Stifle Economic Growth?

Does High Public Debt Stifle Economic Growth? | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
New study refutes Reinhart and Rogoff analysis that underpins austerity policy around the world; shows no relation between debt and lack of growth
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This is a great assessment of the current austerity taking hold around the globe and now in the USA.

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Education advocate Michelle Rhee fends off accusations - Los Angeles Times

Education advocate Michelle Rhee fends off accusations - Los Angeles Times | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Los Angeles Times Education advocate Michelle Rhee fends off accusations Los Angeles Times Michelle Rhee, head of an influential education advocacy group that backs using student test scores to evaluate teachers, this week fended off accusations...
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The tough love she gave out I guess she is reaping.

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The Great Debt Delusion: How Math Keeps Proving Austerity Wrong

The Great Debt Delusion: How Math Keeps Proving Austerity Wrong | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The austerians' foundational text lost a battle with Excel -- and reality
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This is a refreshingly, frank talk about options and how austerity is packaged up to push on everyone as the way to correct things.

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Civil Liberties Fears Dooms House Cybersecurity Bill - New York Times (blog)

Civil Liberties Fears Dooms House Cybersecurity Bill - New York Times (blog) | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
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Civil Liberties Fears Dooms House Cybersecurity Bill
New York Times (blog)
Some technology industry groups, most recently TechNet, have backed the bill, while civil liberties advocates rallied against it.
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This may or not doom this bill. The outcome may depend on whether enough of the people contact their elected officials to indicate privacy does matter to them. The outcome of the new effort at CISPA still wipes out the 4th amendment, due process, transparency and the right to prosecute those free of liability for abuse of warrantless or even wrong invasion of privacy and data collection. This matters to me what about you? Did you call to speak out? 

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UK govt. sued for spy technology exports - Press TV

UK govt. sued for spy technology exports - Press TV | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
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UK govt. sued for spy technology exports
Press TV
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British technology firm's FinFisher suite of software products are believed to target individuals' devices and relay information back to the sender, including the contents of emails, Skype conversations and address books."

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RoseAnn DeMoro on the Robin Hood Tax | Moyers & Company | BillMoyers.com

RoseAnn DeMoro on the Robin Hood Tax | Moyers & Company | BillMoyers.com | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
RoseAnn DeMoro explains how a small government levy on financial transactions could make a big difference for needful Americans.
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The Scariest Horror Film Of The Year Is Actually A Documentary

The Scariest Horror Film Of The Year Is Actually A Documentary | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The American middle class is on the precipice of a pretty brutal reality.
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7 Chilling Facts About Retirement in America That Should Make Obama Tremble Before Cutting Social Security and Medicare

7 Chilling Facts About Retirement in America That Should Make Obama Tremble Before Cutting Social Security and Medicare | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Obama's plan would be economically irresponsible, socially disruptive and morally repugnant.
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Great article! Those not planning to work until 85 or 90 years old should read it! Have no idea why Obama gives in so easy to the GOP on things as important as this.

 

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3. The 401(k) catastrophe: It’s high time to face it: the 401(k) experiment, which started in the 80s, has been a complete disaster. 401(k)s don’t even come close to providing the retirement security promised to workers. To expect Americans to morph into finance experts who can evaluate mutual funds and stockmarket choices may be one of the most absurd legacies of the last three decades. And, as Helaine Olen outlines in her book Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry, people trying to save for retirement have become a prime target of hustlers who push mutual funds with hidden fees and needless charges which pile up and rob the contributor of hard-earned money.

 

And lest we forget, Enron, like many other companies, put strong pressure on employees to invest in the company’s stock. Result? Many employees lost most of their life savings when the company blocked workers from selling its stock held in 401(k) accounts, just as the stock price was taking a downward plunge.

 

401(k)s are volatile, complicated, expensive, and inadequate. Social Security, on the other hand, is simple, fiscallly sound, and prudently managed.

 

4. Political games don’t wash: Social Security raiders tell us that the program needs to be “fixed,” with very little to back up their claims. There is nothing wrong with the program now, so they forecast – and let’s remember how good these same people were at forecasting the financial crisis – some kind of future crisis.

 
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The Southern State Fast Becoming Ayn Rand's Vision of Paradise

The Southern State Fast Becoming Ayn Rand's Vision of Paradise | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Tennessee lawmakers have elevated hatred for government and disgust for poor people to an art form.
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Surely someone is making these numbers up.....this is too pitiful to believe.

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WikiLeaks’ New Release: The Kissinger Cables and Bradley Manning

WikiLeaks’ New Release: The Kissinger Cables and Bradley Manning | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
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