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Connecting the Dots of Corruption - Reason.com

Connecting the Dots of Corruption - Reason.com | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
A thread runs through Virginia’s scandal-plagued governor, the men who would succeed him, the fall of Detroit and the president’s economic speech
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Now suppose Virginia politicians swore an oath never to intervene in the marketplace. Suppose they behaved as though there were a great wall of separation, like that between church and state, separating state and economics. In that case, what reason would anyone have to lavish such largesse upon state politicians? 

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James Zogby: Saving the Arab Levant

James Zogby: Saving the Arab Levant | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Anyone who cares about the Arab World has to be profoundly shaken by the unraveling that is taking place across the Levant.
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Interesting article about the Levant.

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NSA Supporters Win Congressional Battle, Mass Surveillance Continues

NSA Supporters Win Congressional Battle, Mass Surveillance Continues | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
You have to wonder about any cause that unites Barack Obama and Michele Bachman.
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The Colbert Report 06 26 13 Bill Moyers interview

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Oh Yea! Good take on things!  Truth is refreshing!

 

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The Violence of Organized Forgetting

The Violence of Organized Forgetting | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Henry Giroux: A war-like mentality makes it difficult to reclaim the language of social responsibility and civic engagement.
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"America has become amnesiac - a country in which forms of historical, political, and moral forgetting are not only willfully practiced but celebrated. The United States has degenerated into a social order that is awash in public stupidity and views critical thought as both a liability and a threat."

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Gary Zuckett: Prosperity agenda should replace austerity measures - Charleston Gazette

Gary Zuckett: Prosperity agenda should replace austerity measures Charleston Gazette "Across the nation, Head Start programs have ended their school years early, canceled summer programs, cut staff pay and benefits, and have begun to announce...
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The House of Representatives recently voted to continue the mindless Sequestration cuts on social programs while making even deeper cuts to them. However, they ignored the requirement that half of Sequestration's $110 billion be taken from the bloated Pentagon budget. Instead, the House piled on an additional 5.4 percent to fatten the Pentagon's spending.

We're out of Iraq and leaving Afghanistan and should now begin to lower Pentagon spending to pre-war levels, not throw more money on the bonfire.

In contrast, the House proposal pulls 18.6 percent out of funding for Labor, Health and Human Services and Education. Also, Energy, Environment, and Conservation programs get whacked by 11 to 22 percent. What kind of backwards priorities are these?

Such austerity measures failed in Europe -- worsening their employment crisis and fomenting social unrest.

What's needed instead is a prosperity agenda -- one that will put this nation back to work.

 
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Austerity Axe: More Greek jobs to be cut for intl lenders' sake

The Greek government is pressing ahead with austerity - having approved more public-sector job cuts, struggling to please its international lenders. That's d...
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This could be a lesson in how to loose your country without anyone pointing a gun at you. It is as though our leaders hung out for sale signs to somebody.... but whom?

 

 Best if we all pay attention. Part of the deal globally is to raise retirement age in many countries pushing back the time it takes for young people to enter the work place or preventing many young people from entering the job market at all. The situation screams out the need for a total redesign of values for post-modern times or we are going to end up with a back slide into indentured people or worse on a global basis.

 

Unless we halt technology and roll back the clock jobs that once took many are not going to exist needing those numbers ...So yes ...it is definitely time to re-think how we distribute the wealth and resources of our world and maybe what has value as well.. The game has changed. Number one: keep or take back local control and individual involvement in each small town and community and have many sister towns across the globe to help watch out for each other. Both the far left, far right and most in the middle want control left in their hands and close to home. 

 

The longer it takes a college graduate to get into their field they train for the less they are likely to beat the fresh graduates. The workers didn’t hoard all this money or resources and these didn't just evaporate like those in power might have us believe. So where is the wealth? Aliens did not come down and with vacuums suck it to another planet. Something smells fishy and it appears to be a very global stink. 

 

The idea was once to have machines do work to free people up and give everyone a better life.... maybe it's time to give that more thought. Giving people more balance in shared jobs, and nationalized or reasonably priced private benefits like heath, food and shelter that all can access.

 

 All cards need to be laid on the table and taboos like “evil” capitalism, socialism, communism labels need to taken off and everything considered and maybe something we haven’t dream up for a structure might even be best. Creativity for new life style designs is critically needed. Many might benefit with more family time, time to work out, raise food, care for neighborhoods and children and work through religious or volunteer centers. All those things take time not just spare time after a full day.

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The Crisis of Finance Capitalism and the Exhaustion of Neoliberalism

The Crisis of Finance Capitalism and the Exhaustion of Neoliberalism | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
In the five years since the Global Financial Crisis, no policies have been developed to effectively ensure against another systemic failure of banking and insurance systems.
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"The systematic collapse of global financial institutions is in part a result of a number of interrelated problems that indicate the many dimensions of the crisis of finance capitalism and the exhaustion of the neoliberal model of development: (Click title for more)"

 

"The culture of banking is endemically fraudulent, and it has bought off all political opposition. The fact is that fraudulent activity has been at the heart of international banking activities as demonstrated by the systematic manipulation of the Libor rate controlled by a small group of banks. The Libor also underpins world derivatives markets worth hundreds of trillions." 

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren: Let students borrow money for college at Big Banks interest rates

Sen. Elizabeth Warren: Let students borrow money for college at Big Banks interest rates | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
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Elizabeth Warren introduced legislation that will let students borrow money for college at the same rock-bottom interest rates that the Big Banks get: http://goo.gl/ATHDE

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Indiana’s Anti-Howard Zinn Witch-hunt

Indiana’s Anti-Howard Zinn Witch-hunt | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
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Worth reading!. Truth or others people's points of veiw bring out fear and reactive knee jerk responses in way too many people. Does Daniels think "HIS" students can't here various views and think for themselves? I think he is not too quick on his feet or in his mind if he has to wait till a guy is dead to pick a fight with him. I'd love for him to take on Ayn Rand...but I don't think he's man enough to take on the dead mother of "The Virtues of Selfish" agenda the GOP has bought into.

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Detroit Is Beta-Test of the GOP Plan To Sell The Federal ...

The first beta-test of selling off a city to corporations began when an emergency manager in Detroit filed for bankruptcy, and it is a harbinger of the Republicans' plan for the federal government.
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Ok! This is a big deal. Do you want ATT or some other company to own your town? Remember the thing about a representative government? Try going into your boss' office or letting one guy do it and tell him how you think he should run the business he owns to be more fair to you and customers or the environment or your children and so forth to test this out. But this assumes you even have a glue who owns it and has the real power and that they care.

 

Private ownership with small or weaken governmnets are very scary and sad....Think Oliver Twist type stories when you picture this...Then look across the globe at the poor and you know the tale is true.

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LOOK: Death And The 'Poverty Belt'

LOOK: Death And The 'Poverty Belt' | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Living in a high-poverty area often means a lifetime of struggle with underperforming public schools, limited job opportunities, higher crime rates, and poor nutrition, health care and housing — all of which can add up to a shorter, sicker...
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Great article about the high cost of being poor!

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Chris Hedges: America Is a Tinderbox

Chris Hedges: America Is a Tinderbox | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Paul Jay asks Chris Hedges if the American Left bears responsibility for the weakness of the mass movement; Hedges says the gravest mistake of the left is not articulating a viable vision of socialism.
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Paul Krugman: People On The Right Finally Facing Horrible Truth

Paul Krugman: People On The Right Finally Facing Horrible Truth | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
After living in an alternate state of reality where they started believing the lies and misinformation they told, the Right is facing this horrible fact.
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Egypt has been warned of the violence to come – by General Sisi himself - ikhwanWeb.com

Egypt has been warned of the violence to come – by General Sisi himself - ikhwanWeb.com | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
ikhwanWeb.com Egypt has been warned of the violence to come – by General Sisi himself ikhwanWeb.com It has also become clear that the key to the entire affair – the participation of "millions" in anti-Morsi protests – is at best an exaggeration and...
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The majority of their countrymen  basically told them by the millions they felt Morsi was using power to bully the nation to do what he and the brotherhood desired desired and they did not want the deal. The brotherhood's  responses is that they will rob, you , fight you, refuse to try anyone else's way but their own...but force everyone to do what they want in the mean time. Sort of like the 2 year old in the grocery store isle the throws his whole body in the floor screaming or throwing fits till he gets what he wants.

This article gives the better expression of the Brotherhood's argument. They would be wise to approach others with their point of view or even by getting back into the game as legitimate players than screaming. Others were I fact willing to give them a chance an all to quickly it looked like they were having a life they didn't want forced on them. I personally know this because we wee there the two weeks before this protest and not one person we met wanted  the brotherhood and Morsi were doing. They were quick to say they do not represent Egypt or Islam. I think the Brotherhood should voice their point of view...get back in the game and have a voice moving forward that is balanced with the other voices of Egypt.

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ALEC 2013 Bills - SourceWatch

ALEC 2013 Bills - SourceWatch | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
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What laws in your state are ALEC bills! ALEC will set the rules in every state they can....Even if most people in those states don't know who they are. Alan Nunnlee was the political Chairman for ALEC in the state where I live until he moved up to Washington into the congress. Looks like working for ALEC  at the State level gets you where they want you to go if you help them get things the way they want in State policy making. You can refer to ALEC EXPOSED to search list of known politicians that have or are working with and for ALEC interest. You can find some of the industries and wealthy individuals that provide the cash to see that their representatives get elected. Large sums of money from a few very rich resources that goes  into politics are always put there to corrupt the policy outcomes to benefit the donors.

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The liberal protest that would shock the right: Moral Monday

The liberal protest that would shock the right: Moral Monday | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
A left-wing protest that seeks to reclaim the banner of prayer and morality. The Tea Party would be confounded
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This is an extremely gerrymandered state – one that is relatively evenly divided in terms of political party affiliation but leans blue at least since 2008. Even though a majority of votes were cast for Democrats in 2012, North Carolina’s state government is dominated by Tea Party-affiliated ideologues with none of the moderation or interest in compromise that previous Republican leaders – like former Governor Jim Martin – displayed when they held office. They have quickly mounted aggressive assaults on Medicaid, unemployment, public education, reproductive justice and voting rights. What was once a bastion of moderation and tolerance in the South is now outpacing other Southern states – having turned down federal aid for Medicaid expansion and unemployment. We’re not used to contending with this level of extremism – after all, this is the first time the right wing has controlled both congressional houses and the governorship in 150 years.

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Eurozone debt rising despite austerity | Business News | DW.DE | 22.07.2013

Eurozone debt rising despite austerity | Business News | DW.DE | 22.07.2013 | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Government debt across the eurozone hit an all-time high in the first quarter of 2013 in spite of massive spending cuts. Recent figures show the situation to be worsening in countries that are already deep in the red.
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Does Austerity, called sequester in the USA really turn things around? Maybe, just the opposite direction from where it was supposed to lead.

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Weekly Update: spending bills, student loans, energy deregulation, and more

Weekly Update: spending bills, student loans, energy deregulation, and more
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Student loan rates, energy deregulation.....Here's a link to what's going on on the hill this week.

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Poll: Parents don't support many education policy changes - Washington Post

Poll: Parents don't support many education policy changes Washington Post Most parents with children in public schools do not support recent changes in education policy, from closing low-performing schools to shifting public dollars to charter...
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Taking education ownership, thus control out of the hands of communities and parents is not acceptable to most communities, families or students. Outsiders just don't have the same stake into education as a community does.

 

Most people feel basic education should not be for-profit within the school environment itself, nor should their education dollars go to seed private enterprise they have no real ownership or get assets from…in which all the physical cost are socialized with the profits privatized to a few.

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Think Trayvon's Record Said Something About His Character? Well, Get A Load Of This.

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I did not see that coming.
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The Occupy Money Cooperative

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Join the banking revolution! Support The Occupy Money Cooperative!
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In The World Of Internet Policy, Online Freedom Hangs In The Balance - Forbes

In The World Of Internet Policy, Online Freedom Hangs In The Balance - Forbes | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
In The World Of Internet Policy, Online Freedom Hangs In The Balance Forbes Editor's Note: Mike Godwin is Senior Policy Advisor for the Global Internet Policy Project of Internews, an international non-profit media development organization whose...
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OK! Finally a corporate magazine writer that got it right! All I can say is "Yes!" "What he says! He's got this right!" He not telling anyone what to do. He's just telling or warning all of us that we better get informed and get into the planning of the future of our most major, influential, communication system in history or else.....


WE need to step up and learn what is going on from all sides and speak out or get stuck with the deal scared governments or companies will shove to us for freedom of speech and privacy.


Great article encouraging all players to get involved and do it quick. The EFF, The Electronic Frontier Foundation, https://www.eff.org/‎, and Freepress at www.freepress.net/‎ and Demand Progress at www.demandprogress.org/‎  great citizen rights sources and have been in the push back on government and corporate overreach into the internet and web for nearly a decade in some cases....They all stay on top of other media too. Avaaz (avaaz.org/‎) looks at this from the international side. ATT, Verizon, Time Warner your own ISP, and all the companies you do business with plus every government in the world are moving forward on this and will try to sale you their position as well through main media....Do your homework if you want a say you won't regret.


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Both new nations and old ones are rushing to update their laws for the digital era; there is a narrow window of opportunity to shape the digital future before these internet policy regimes are set into law. So this is precisely the time for policy activists in emerging and transitional nations to focus on building the legal framework under which freedom of expression  – both traditional and online – can play its proper role in a democratic society.

  

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Monica S Mcfeeters's insight:This is right in track! Great article and a timely, must read, article that!
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Magnetism Can Alter Morality and Decision Making , page 1

Magnetism Can Alter Morality and Decision Making , page 1 | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Moral judgments often have less to do with outcome and more to do with intention. Take murder, for instance: The U.S. legal system makes distinctions between a crime committed in the heat of the moment and one that is ...
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Here is a tidbit for any conspiracy theory folks among the readers. Plus it is an interesting bit if info. I have not done any further searching to see if such events are occurring at MIT.

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Four Charts That Prove Obama’s Right About Being Black In America

Four Charts That Prove Obama’s Right About Being Black In America | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
On Friday, President Obama gave a personal, emotional speech about the killing on Trayvon Martin, in which he spoke extensively on the broader issue of race in the United States.
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the charts here show the numbers as thet pertaing to race. not the over all analysis which seemed to show more white deaths overvall do to the Stand Your Own Ground laws. It also appeared in that other article I scooped earlier that so far white people are the Stand Your Own Ground killers more often. The charts in this study seem to say that as well from the racial evaluation.

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