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George Orwell’s Letter On Why He Wrote ‘1984’

George Orwell’s Letter On Why He Wrote ‘1984’ | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Five years before publishing ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four,’ George Orwell penned a letter detailing the thesis of his great novel.
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Worth you time to read over!

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democratic freedoms in Saudi Arabia? Not going to happen - RT News

democratic freedoms in Saudi Arabia? Not going to happen - RT News | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
RT: There have been protests since 2011 in Saudi Arabia. There have been many arrests since then too, but there hasn't been much global media coverage of this.
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Interesting article about the a very private country.

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Five Shameful Ways the US Is Leading the World

Five Shameful Ways the US Is Leading the World | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The US leads the world in obesity, health care spending, energy use per person, defense spending, and is the most expensive place in the world to have a baby.
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These are some areas I think most Americans would like to see get a changed image through changed realities in our country.

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Why India needs to be more wary of China after the Ladakh incursion

Why India needs to be more wary of China after the Ladakh incursion | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
At a time when some Western reports have even wondered about the real motives behind the aggressive intents of PLA, the Indian establishment doesn't seem to buy that argument.
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China's relationship with it's neighbors is worth watching. A balance of the power  of all the citizen's in the various neighboring states is an important power balance.

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Russia Cracks Down On Journalists, Activists Exposing Corruption Ahead Of Sochi Olympics

Construction on buildings for the Sochi Olympics.
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Snowden may have asylum in Russia, but Russia is far from a free speech nation.

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Woman Explains Why Wisconsin Citizens Vote Against Their Own Interest (VIDEO)

Liberty Tree Foundation for the Democratic Revolution is conducting its 2nd biannual Democracy Convention in Madison Wisconsin between August7th and August 11th.
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I'm hoping more people will ask why anyone would vote against their own interest. Sadly, this is a national trend and has been for a while.

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Unknown Republican blocks bill requiring email search warrants - The Hill's Hillicon Valley

Unknown Republican blocks bill requiring email search warrants - The Hill's Hillicon Valley | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The opposition delays a vote on legislation requiring police obtain a warrant before accessing emails until at least September.
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No one should be forced to give away their rights and personal control in exchange for security and safety. The end result does not make individuals or our world safe or secure when we choose to empower of few to walk on the rights of others…

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DEA reportedly covering up its use of NSA surveillance data to prosecute Americans

DEA reportedly covering up its use of NSA surveillance data to prosecute Americans | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Despite assurances from top intelligence officials that the National Security Agency only conducts certain surveillance operations to pursue suspected terrorists, a report from Reuters alleges that...
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The DEA's process for concealing the origin of its leads is called "parallel construction."As Reuters explains, parallel construction may be legal in establishing probable cause for an arrest — but using it to hide how an investigation began could violate the rules of pretrial discovery by keeping useful evidence from defendants. "It's just like laundering money," a former DEA agent told Reuters. "You work it backwards to make it clean."

 
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US issues worldwide travel alert

US issues worldwide travel alert | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The US state department issues a global travel alert over fears of an al-Qaeda attack, with the risk high in the Middle East and North Africa.
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Wouldn't be a wonderful world if we could all appreciate our differences.

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Bangladesh high court declares largest Islamist party illegal

Bangladesh high court declares largest Islamist party illegal | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Bangladesh's high court has declared the country's largest Islamist party, the Jamaat-e-Islami, illegal.
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Interesting to development to look into.

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No promises as U.S. trade rep tours Norridgewock New Balance plant | The Kennebec Journal, Augusta, ME

No promises as U.S. trade rep tours Norridgewock New Balance plant | The Kennebec Journal, Augusta, ME | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
U.S. trade representative said the question of shoe manufacturing is one of the most important, and most sensitive, issues of ongoing trade talks while he toured a New Balance shoe factory in Norridgewock on Monday.
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The Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Treaty matters! PLease pay attention and speak out. This treaty will cost more jobs unless the treaty says global standardized minimum wages, benefits and so forth! No, one's bringing that that up, but maybe it's time we all do bring it up. Those workers are marginalized and at risk in many of the partner nations.

 

Many of these countries even allow Visa workers from even poorer countries to hold those jobs because they have fewer and often close to no rights that nationals possess so they will not challenge bad conditions or bad pay. That is something else we often never hear much about.

 

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DeMartini urged Froman to do what he can to protect the jobs of his workers.

 

"We're asking the administration to do everything they can to focus on jobs in America, not jobs in Asia," he said.

 

Worker Sue Burns, a fourth-generation shoemaker, said she wanted to finish out her career at New Balance.

She also told Froman that he could better understand her nervousness if he imagined that his job was at stake while New Balance workers considered eliminating it.

"I want my face to be the one that haunts you," she said.

Burns was one of many who tried to convince Froman that their jobs were worth saving.

 

Froman said repeatedly that he values maintaining American manufacturing jobs, but that the domestic shoe manufacturing industry, which employs about 4,000 people, is a single piece of a much larger puzzle.

"I understand that you would like us to exclude your shoes altogether from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but I also understand New Balance imports about 20 percent of their product from Vietnam, paying millions of dollars in tariffs on those products," he said. "So whatever we negotiate on tariffs will have a direct impact on this company, its ability to invest in domestic production here in Norridgewock or in other factories."

 
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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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The war on drugs is breaking the Justice Department’s budget

The war on drugs is breaking the Justice Department’s budget | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The fast-growing federal prison population is crowding out other key Justice Department programs. No wonder Eric Holder wants to curb drug sentencing.
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The war on drugs has filled prisons. Has this approach helped with winning the "war"?

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Thanks, But No: Social Media Refuses To Share With Turkey : NPR

Thanks, But No: Social Media Refuses To Share With Turkey : NPR | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
In its latest effort to rein in the country's vibrant social media, Turkey says it has requested cooperation from Twitter and Facebook; they're not playing ball.
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Social media seems to scare governments the world over.

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Was hard austerity the best option for Cyprus and the euro? - Cyprus Mail

Was hard austerity the best option for Cyprus and the euro? - Cyprus Mail | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Was hard austerity the best option for Cyprus and the euro?
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My view is that the optimum solution is a creative combination of the two approaches: cut spending on unproductive and wasteful uses and direct the saved resources to more productive uses, along with restructuring and the provision of additional funding (from external sources such as the Eurogroup) for high-return investments to stimulate growth.

 
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Women Lawmakers Push Paid Sick Leave In New Jersey

Women Lawmakers Push Paid Sick Leave In New Jersey | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
CREDIT: The Star-Ledger On Thursday, a group of women lawmakers were joined by union and community leaders to promote a bill that would guarantee New Jersey workers paid sick leave.
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This is a fight worth winning!

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Why Seniors Are Turning Against The GOP

Why Seniors Are Turning Against The GOP | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
There’s something going on with seniors: It is now strikingly clear that they have turned sharply against the GOP.
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Sometimes people realize when they have been voting against their own interest.

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10 OpenCourseWare Sites for a Free Education

10 OpenCourseWare Sites for a Free Education | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Learn how to take courses from the world's top universities -- for free.
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Lack of funds does not mean lack of educational opportunites today. Here are the details.

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Net Worth of Americans in their 30s Lowest in Decades

Net Worth of Americans in their 30s Lowest in Decades | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Young people are finding themselves left out of the economic recovery, with less wealth and opportunity for investment than their age demographic from 30 years ago.
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This is why there are global protest all over the planet. We need some visionary people to shape new better directions. The greedy, and ultra "me first" dinosaurs of the past generations need to be put in the history books and left there.

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NC GOP puts the 'extreme' in extremism!

NC GOP puts the 'extreme' in extremism! | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Ever since Pat McCrory took office as governor earlier this year - GOP lawmakers in North Carolina have turned that state into ground zero for Tea Party extremism - gutting social services- slashing taxes - and - yes - even banning Sharia law.
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Interesting! A look at how the Tea Party style GOP shapes an oppressive agenda for those that don't think just like the Tea Party agenda mandates. This is very similar to those they fear will take Tea Party rights away or to a country that forces all citizens to be a particular religion or a particular type of a particular religion, or in the case of other governments in the past that attempt to nearly out law any religion or spiritual faith.

 

 Actually this is more than similar this attitude is exactly like those oppressive governments in history and today that have attempted to control the spiritual lives of the citizens.

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Libertarian Cato Institute Breaks Bipartisan Mold - The Washington Diplomat

Libertarian Cato Institute Breaks Bipartisan Mold - The Washington Diplomat | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Libertarian Cato Institute Breaks Bipartisan Mold
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Though libertarians exist in many shades, he said, they draw from — and often reject — political positions championed by both right and left, Republican and Democrat.
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The Cato Institute is a rich guys group of behind the scene policy players that were not elected and only represent anyone put those behind Cato.

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How Do You Know Someone Is Doing Something Awful? If They Call You A Terrorist For Photographing It. | Watch Now

How Do You Know Someone Is Doing Something Awful? If They Call You A Terrorist For Photographing It. | Watch Now | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
5 minutes | I don’t know what to find more horrifying — the idea that people still habitually abuse helpless animals, or that this is how parts of our country want to treat the people who try to...
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More ALEC pushed Laws that turns whistleblowers into crooks instead of showing the criminals in the act. Tell on the bad guys you can go to jail. This is brought to us by ALEC the real killers behind Stand Your Own Ground Laws.

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Tell Congress To Act Now To End The Surveillance State

Tell Congress To Act Now To End The Surveillance State | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Privacy statement. This embed will serve content from youtube.com.

 

"The question is not 'do you have something to hide?' The question is whether we control government or the government controls us." - Oliver Stone

History tells us that change will happen—that we can reclaim control of our government and our privacy—if ordinary citizens act on the stunning information that Edward Snowden has exposed.

And since Snowden exposed the NSA’s massive internet and telephone spying programs, tens of thousands of ACLU supporters have indeed taken a stand—calling on President Obama to end them. But he has refused to respond, offering up bland defenses of the program and stepping up the international witch-hunt for Snowden instead.

So now we need to turn to Congress, which blindly gave the NSA too much spying power in the first place.

In a sign of building momentum, new legislation is popping up every week to curtail or undo the secret surveillance state. We helped push an amendment to a Defense Appropriations bill that would have reined in the NSA within 7 votes of passing! But if we're going to succeed next time, we need to stand together and send our representatives a crystal clear message: Americans stand opposed to this blatant abuse of power.

Tell Congress to get in gear to end the secret surveillance state—sign the petition demanding they repeal section 215 of the Patriot Act and section 702 of FISA immediately.

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Here I repost the most important phrase from this article. I can't say this any better then Oliver Stone has but it is the main reason I curate this and most other topics I curate.

 

 "The question is not 'do you have something to hide?' The question is whether we control government or the government controls us." - Oliver Stone

 

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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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