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On PRISM, Partisanship and Propaganda

On PRISM, Partisanship and Propaganda | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it

How can anyone claim with a straight face that there is robust oversight when even members of the Senate Intelligence Committee are so constrained in their ability to act that they are reduced to issuing vague, impotent warnings to the public about what they call radical "secret law" enabling domestic spying that would "stun" Americans to learn about it, but are barred to disclose what it is they're so alarmed by? Put another way, how can anyone contest the value and justifiability of the stories that we were able to publish as a result of Edward Snowden's whistleblowing: stories that informed the American public - including even the US Congress - about these incredibly consequential programs? What kind of person would think that it would be preferable to remain in the dark - totally ignorant - about them?

Monica S Mcfeeters's insight:

Following this story as close as possible is surely a duty of every citizen to ensure the security and validity of our government remaining a government for the people by the people. People can't be governing if they are kept uninformed and in the dark.

 

Our proxy representative government has become too small and trusted too much for too long to serve growing masses without corruption of the intended process. Translate the last line to meaning "we the people" have been sitting on our hands entertaining ourselves to death letting a few mostly, well intended people we elect attempt to shape our lives without us even getting in the game planning or paying much attention. 

 

The sleeping giant, which is the free people of the United States, needs to wake-up now. The people of our nation have always been its real power and we do not need to lay our rights down and move aside. This spying that eventually allows oppression of speech and innovative ideas has been used extensively in communist and militarily, enforced socialistic regimes and always to suppress opposing ideas that challenge the powerful. We are lucky a number of young, warrior, citizens have been willing to but their life on the line to bring this to a citizen review. Choosing to ignore our responsibility to look over the truth and decide what we think about it would be foolish at best.

 

In case you are just getting wind of this attempt to waken the American public and even the citizens of the world with knowledge and the war against their efforts here are some other whistleblower, rebels for truth to be exposed;

 

Aaron Swartz felt public funded efforts which include our personal data and college research should not be held captive behind private company pay walls for access or sharing. http://boingboing.net/2013/01/24/aarons-army.html

 

Bradley Manning who attempted to hold a mirror up and show a reflection of the conduct of war. Warning on adult content from Marine Ethan McCord:

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kelmEZe8whI

 

Jeremy Hammond, before Snowden hacked to shine a light on Spying on a grand multinational scale for governments and corporations by a private company. http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20130528/11363423231/lulzsec-hacker-jeremy-hammond-pleads-guilty-to-cfaa-charge-faces-10-years.shtml

 

And of course the most recent rebel Snowden as he exposes the depth and breath of spying on all citizens: https://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/06/13-4

 

 

Last, we remember the rebel founder of wiki-leaks Julian Assange that allowed some of these rebels a voice:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/16/julian-assange-ecuador-foreign-minister

 

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"United States of Surveillance" | Cartoons, What Matters Today | BillMoyers.com

"United States of Surveillance" | Cartoons, What Matters Today | BillMoyers.com | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Mark Fiore's "security bear" says domestic spying is nothing to worry about "unless you're a terrorist, a treasonous leaker or, um, a fan of the Bill of Rights."
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This is short but to the point. Moyers always frames thing well and I thank him for sharing this with us.

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Bradley Manning on TV Network News

Bradley Manning on TV Network News | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
If you care at all about war and peace, press freedom, whistleblowers' rights and the public's right to know what the government is doing, the trial of Bradley Manning is of enormous consequence. I...
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This case is an important one if you think it is not right for a US helicopter to continue to shoot an unarmed man from the air as he crawls injured across the walk way and then shoot those that stop to collect the injured. The scene may be American Soldier or citizen next time that are shot while unarmed and crawling. That is the scene that moved Manning to leak that video and other documents.

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Grayson Passes Corporate Accountability Amendments - Truthdig

Grayson Passes Corporate Accountability Amendments - Truthdig | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
In early June, Florida Congressman Alan Grayson tacked a “corporate death penalty” provision onto two House-approved federal spending bills that would withhold government funds from contractors who break the law.
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Now here's an amendment/provision  worth doing!

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Obamacare Is Killing the GOP

Obamacare Is Killing the GOP | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Republicans' obsession with the law will be the party's undoing.
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The parents of young adults that are now allowed to stay on their parents' plans have most likely noticed their adult children no longer get hit with $800 to $2400 emerency room bills for visits when what ever they were puttting off due to lack of insurance got so bad they had to forfeit a semester tuition  or a month or more wages to visit an ER on a weekend.

 

Many young people are starting life with wrecked credit because they got sick care when they couldn't really afford it, The hospitals then sell the bill for tiny amounts and the lawyer or company that were rich enough to buy bad debt of those sick, bought the bill then start harrassment and legal action to get that money and sometimes more. Which, by the way, in my opinion if you buy an unpaid bill and get an unpaid bill you then have what you paid for. 

 

That young adult add on to parents plans alone is something many will not want the GOP to take away. Those too sick or with sick family members to insure before Obama care will also not want to let it go.

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Report: Credit transactions targeted

Report: Credit transactions targeted | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The Wall Street Journal report does not identify the credit card companies involved in NSA monitoring.
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I doubt that I'm the only one that thinks a spy that steals and holds secrets for the purpose of hurting you with those secrets is no good. Playing got ya on a national and global basis. Those that we trust with private information we have allowed them access to but have not chosen allow that company or governmnet or school or doctor to share with others and they that share it anyway have never been considered by anyone to be a friend or business or government we choose to do business with.

 

 Companies and people that tell all our personal business in that manner are usually considered enemies or at least untrustworthy. Why would we accept this? Why on earth should we trust these, who knows who, for who knows what reasons to hold, keep and share our personal transactions without malice? They argue the data is not tied to us personally...Then what good is it at finding and preventing terrorism and stealing of industrial secrets? Who believes the data is not personally identifiying? All these companies we have allowed national and often global monopolies on many services, products, manufacturing and retailing of so much we can hardly avoid business and interaction with them.

 

At the same time our government and those in other lands are locking people up and throwing away the key if someone obtains, tells the info and data they hide and those same leaders of nations and industry turn around and strip all citizens of any privacy protection rights what so ever. Does anyone else see a problem with this? 

 

It is time for the TEA PARTY, CONSTITUTIONALIST AND LIBERTARIAN, MOVE ON and all other PROGRESSIVE groups to move together. We mostly agree on many things when it comes to this kind of over reach. More people participating will do two things. Participation means the people really do become the government more than ever. That is the kind of government even the Tea Party would not want to shrink but to grow. Citizen participation, in mass, also makes it extremely hard for those companies and individuals with money to have it all their way and to make the rest of America more over while they rule over our nation, thus citizens can gain the reins back to control cronyism, bribery and threat to officials and the public. Fraud will also more likely be discovered by people paying attention and understanding fraud and lots of imperfections might be corrected.

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House Votes In Support Of Deporting Dreamers

House Votes In Support Of Deporting Dreamers | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- The House voted 224-201 on Thursday to end Department of Homeland Security discretion policies that allow it to delay deportations for young, undocumented immigrants and other people deemed low-priority, effectively demanding the...
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I think the idea of putting college students with no criminal record on equal footing for deportation with "the worst of the worst" for deportation out is the craziest idea of fighting selective amnesty I've ever heard of. These people did not willfully cross the border nor choose to commit a crime, but they should be forced to draw straws for deportation with those that did. So what selection method would these congressmen recommend? Sounds like it would be the luck of the draw rather than America giving the most innocent an opportunity.

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Time to Abolish Right vs Left

Time to Abolish Right vs Left | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it

by CARL GIBSON

 

Keeping our nation divided as right vs left is an agenda supported by both Fox News and MSNBC. The media and the politicians both profit from Americans believing they should hate their fellow Americans. And oddly enough, the one thing that unites the traditional “right” and “left” in this country is our hatred for those same media organizations and politicians that make money by regularly lying to us. The best way to beat them is to find the things that bring us together in one common purpose and unite around that.

 

An article in the Atlantic last week talked about how the dominant liberal narrative is broken. The argument that government is inherently good and is necessary to provide things like Social Security, Medicare and national parks has some truth to it, and worked well for both parties in the mid-twentieth century. Democrats and Republicans from FDR to Eisenhower won landslide elections using the good-government narrative. But now that our government is captive to corporations and their lobbyists like the US Chamber of Commerce, Americans of all ideological leanings are united in the belief that our current government, as it stands, is completely out of touch and needs radical change from outside the political system to do it. MORE

 


Via Michael Charney, Coffee Party USA
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Please take a few minutes to read through this and follow the also relevant links. 

 

Excerpt from the 1st link in blue, which by the way rings so true:

 

"Instead of dismissing Tea Partiers as a bunch of redneck hicks, liberals should tell them they are half right -- the government all too often is not serving the people -- but have the wrong address for their very justified anger. It should be directed at the special interests that have captured and perverted the government rather than at the government itself, which can readily serve good or nefarious purposes. This narrative speaks both to the liberals who seek reform and major segments of the angry masses. (Indeed, polls show that 21 percent of Occupy Wall Street supporters self-identify as "conservative" and one of 10 Americans support both the Tea Party and OWS)."

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Monica S Mcfeeters's comment, June 5, 2013 10:02 AM
How True! Love the art for the truth in that too!
Party Recon's comment, June 11, 2013 11:10 AM
Agreed Monica. Here is the same idea in sound-bite form. "Hey Tea Partiers. We don't need small government, we just need GOOD government."

As for abolishing left v right, this ancient and inaccurate scale of measure should have been replaced with the two-dimensional transpartisan matrix ages ago. You can learn about this much more accurate and meaningful way to graph out and compare political philosophies here (http://www.partyrecon.org/?p=501).
Marianne Castiglia's comment, June 11, 2013 1:01 PM
Michael This is BRILLIANT! First time I've been to this website and look forward to reading more. The only thing I see that I don't like is their tab "Faux News" because it goes against what the article is saying. In any case I have shared, posted and emailed this article to everyone and all social media I belong to and who I can think of. I have bookmarked it to remind myself when I start to buy into the message they are pushing at us that works to tear us all apart. Great job and let's all try to do better for each other and our country.
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TAKSIM SQUARE - Turkey on fire with protests against Islamic authoritarian government

TAKSIM SQUARE - Turkey on fire with protests against Islamic authoritarian government | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Protests erupted in Turkey on Thursday of last week at Taksim Square in Instanbul. The government wants to tear down this 'green' park and build a shopping mall and a mosque in its place. But the T...
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This was a peaceful protest till the police were sent in to run the protesters out. They want the public Square to remain but developers see money to be harvested by putting a mall there. Then this also grew to being upset with a push toward more conservative Islamic rules that many in Turkey do not want since many are more moderate.

 

This is also about holding  or forming what has become known as "THE COMMONS". Spaces were we can speak out, be together, celebrate, and own "in common together" is one aspect of several that describe "The Commons". Other components might be growing food in community gardens, parks, lakes, and criticial life giving resources one person should not cut off from another. The idea of "THE COMMONS" is the opposite idea of dog eat dog. This is more like the idea that most all people survive best if we collective cooperate to survive together.

 

NOW there is nearly "NO COMMONS" in cities or even in much of the country side of well populated countries. Every thing belongs to some one who can say go away. There is NO accepted  place to protest or speak out on important community or even personal concerns....You must have permission or be hosed and pepper sprayed away or locked up. This started as a peaceful protest to closing and privatizing one of the last remaining Public Parks called Taksim Square.

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82 year old nun about to be sentenced as a terrorist

82 year old nun about to be sentenced as a terrorist | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
From left, Greg Boertje-Obed, Sister Megan Rice, and Michael Walli.
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Let the wall street banksters roll on and the ISP and content and media monopolies power grab the very freedom and every dollar out of everyone.... let the biotech’s corrupt the food supply.......but gee you really have to lock these peaceful protestors up for 16 years for the crime of loving God, his creations and peace.

 

Insane? Is this for real, a life sentence for an 82 year old nun with a banners, wire cutters, and a hammer and scariest of all a bible? We have spent the last 30 years picking some really questionable characters to lead industry and the government.

 

I think in the end these three have and all those hippies had it right make love not war…. and of course he classic statement from those times as well…”Peace Brother and Sister”…I think they are right about truth bringing peace as well. Lies rarely bring peace and trust.  Let’s face it if they are wrong the world is wasting time dreaming of peace.

 

 

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Sunni-Shiite Violence Flares in Mideast in Wake of Syria War

Sunni-Shiite Violence Flares in Mideast in Wake of Syria War | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The war is setting off a contagious sectarian conflict in Iraq and Lebanon, rekindling long-simmering tensions.
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Reading through this article it is easy to see why Obama may be using caution in reacting to the conflict in Syria. 

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Obama To Call On Congress To Avoid Doubling Student Loan Interest Rates

Obama To Call On Congress To Avoid Doubling Student Loan Interest Rates | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Obama speaks about student loan rates during the 2012 election.
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The very least Obama has managed so far tohelp are students regarding interest on student loans, so lets hope he at least holds onto that effort and it wouldn't hurt to somehow make that permanent.

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The Lever of Social Action

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Could peace on earth become reality? We've sound corals and prayed for this for years, but somehow doubt God's much less man's ability to deliver "Peace on Earth" or the other blessing "Allah Be With You" any longer than it takes to utter the words.

 

Could Peace become a reality? We had at 6 or 7,000 years maybe more of brutal recorded fighting. Maybe peace is an idea that has come of age.

 

“We intend to shift the ethos of our time,” she writes, “from one that tolerates war to one that rejects war and by doing so, put an end to a behavior that has become dangerously obsolete and lay the foundation for a world that lives in peace.”

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Reform and Revolution at Left Forum 2013 - CounterPunch

Reform and Revolution at Left Forum 2013 - CounterPunch | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Reform and Revolution at Left Forum 2013 CounterPunch Stone's concept of these “negative totalizers” stressed that these are human creations and hence contingent realities that can be reversed; he called for a new Bastille, and optimistically...
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I don't consider myself to be either extreme left or right. I do like to read what those on all sides left, right, top, and bottom or from any other direction bring to the table of ideas. This is a link to some of those ideas with links to readings of even more articles on a wide range of topics and ads to larger books to purchase. Worth keeping on your reading list to pick through from time to time. You might agree with some of these authors, improve your argument against these ideas or just plain gain a potential different insight or understanding. Many of these artilces are worth the read.

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Bradley Manning Trial: WikiLeaks Lawyer Sees Spurious "Enemy" Claims & Bid to Scare Whistleblowers

Bradley Manning Trial: WikiLeaks Lawyer Sees Spurious "Enemy" Claims & Bid to Scare Whistleblowers | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The military trial of Army whistleblower Bradley Manning at Fort Meade, Maryland, began Monday with the defense and prosecution presenting starkly contrasting accounts.
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This is an interesting talk about the Manning Trial that I doubt will be heard on mainstream Media.

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Edward Snowden: I Acted To Protect 'Basic Liberties'

Edward Snowden: I Acted To Protect 'Basic Liberties' | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
* Whistleblower says decided to reveal identity * Says acted according to his conscience
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Important! Give it a listen...he was willing to forfeit his citizenship to show us the truth. Don't let what happened to Aaron Swartz happen to him. watch why Manning whistle blew on you tube  Collateral Murder: U.S. Apache helicopters killing.

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LulzSec Hacker Jeremy Hammond Pleads Guilty To CFAA Charge; Faces 10 Years | Techdirt

LulzSec Hacker Jeremy Hammond Pleads Guilty To CFAA Charge; Faces 10 Years | Techdirt | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
In yet another Computer Fraud and Abuse Act case, in which the DOJ piled on charge after charge after charge until the person they were pressuring accepted a plea bargain, Jeremy Hammond has officially accepted a plea deal for helping...

 

Hammond insists that he still stands by what he did:

Now that I have pleaded guilty it is a relief to be able to say that I did work with Anonymous to hack Stratfor, among other websites. Those others included military and police equipment suppliers, private intelligence and information security firms, and law enforcement agencies. I did this because I believe people have a right to know what governments and corporations are doing behind closed doors. I did what I believe is right.


As I've said before, while I understand why people think this is reasonable strategy, such hacks almost always lead to more backlash than forward momentum. Yes, governments and companies are doing questionable things behind closed doors, but hacking into them to "prove" that............(click title for more).

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Jeremy Hammond hacked into Stratfor which is a government and industrial spy contract company used by many governments and mulitnational industries. When a citizen spys on those that spy on him/us he is threatened with 30 years plus in prison, but we are just told to say it's OK to spy on citizens to protect us from who? Ourselves I guess. But who protects us from spys? Spys are usually your eneny and you defend yourself against them. Right? Our government says that it why it needs to spy on us and we need to surrender our privacy rights so that they may protect the secrets we have that are so secret we aren't allowed to know them.

 

So how is it our protector has become our spy and who protects us now from spys and how do we do that? Hammond was a spy for the citzen and they are locking him and all others like him they can catch to silence those that stand against super secret spying and hiding things from citzens.  So who watches the watchers to prevent abuse? It appears we have the foxes watching the hen house so to speak. I don't know about anybody else but I feel like this is already, at these fairly early stages, an extreme abuse of power and trust. 

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Government Surveillance Of American Citizens Goes Far Beyond What You Are Being Told

Government Surveillance Of American Citizens Goes Far Beyond What You Are Being Told | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
  Every single day, the U.S. government gathers and stores more than a billion phone calls, emails, text messages, photographs and Internet searches.  Just about every form of electronic commu...
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I think Aaron Swartz was right; the hoarding of knowledge from someone that might need it is a sin.  Our government leaders pushed him to a cliff trying both make an example to other cyber warriors or get him to chose to do things their way on their terms and get a easier treatment for himself or jump oof that cliff  and go to jail for 35 years. This was for crime of down loading knowledge that was public research paid for by public institutions with tax dollars, grants or donations to the university. Aaron didn't take any deals that most likely involved him using his skills to catch some of these other whistleblowers, crackers and hackers or maybe even work with NSA. The brilliant young man, who had since his pre-teen years sought only to and did "make the world a better place" took his own life in January with a quiet and permanent "NO THANKS! NO DEAL!" as he jump straight off that cliff they cornered and threatened him into.

 

The open sharing of information that should be shared and was most often research for public advancement paid for at public intuitions is often held hostage for pay and allowed to only those that can buy access with expensive subscriptions offered for some reason by private companies that hoard what should be public knowledge.

 

Now, here we have our leaders that sought to attack Aaron for downloading too much university research through legal free student access with 35 years in jail for not sticking to the use agreement daily limits and they, through NSA are totally violating our 4th amendment right protected in the constitution and have totally done this daily for 7 years, searching not public research but our personal lives. Exposed they are  now telling us that the most invasive detailed collection of personal data in history done in secret, without anyone's consent is OK and in hind site maybe they need to whitewash or brainwash us into agreeing for "our own safety" to willing allow this deep probe into our lives while governments do everything to keep their shady secrets.

 

In this country WE are the government and its time we stopped using these foolish proxies that no longer represent us. We do not need to make the government smaller but enlarge it with an Army of citizen volunteers that daily pay attention to what these so called leaders in government and industry are up to by reporting, whistleblowing, simply listening carefully to Cspan as many serious issues are discussed or observing situations as they occur, because we have allowed this abuse of power to occur by trusting too few to stand up on our behalf…. It’s time for we, along with all the citizens of the world to take note of where we are and where we want or more importantly need to be. We are many and we are strong and those cyber warriors all over the world are as much from the masses of common men and women as are our soldiers all over the world…. They are one with us whether they have had to choose sides or not like a few have obviously done. It is time to stop turning on each other because of our personal, cultural and traditonal difference and look to our common ground that is a global treasure to sustain and move forward in peace with each other. Without the common people willing to fight wars these leaders dream up there is little need for these national secrets and spying on all that walk on earth. What is happening here is happening all over the globe if you are paying attention to international actions. 

 

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“The capabilities of this system are apparently awesome.  Fortunately, one “career intelligence officer” was so disgusted with how our privacy rights were being violated that he decided to leak information about PRISM to the Washington Post…

Firsthand experience with these systems, and horror at their capabilities, is what drove a career intelligence officer to provide PowerPoint slides about PRISM and supporting materials to The Washington Post in order to expose what he believes to be a gross intrusion on privacy. “They quite literally can watch your ideas form as you type,” the officer said.

Another whistleblower, former NSA code breaker William Binney, has come forward with some astounding details about what is actually happening over at the NSA.  The following is from a recent Business Insider article…

Binney — one of the best mathematicians and code breakers in NSA history — worked for the Defense Department’s foreign signals intelligence agency for 32 years before resigning in late 2001 because he “could not stay after the NSA began purposefully violating the Constitution.”

He’s detailed how, ever since 9/11, the NSA has run a top-secret surveillance program that amasses electronic data — phone calls, GPS information, emails, social media, banking and travel records, entire government databases — and analyzes the information “to be able to monitor what people are doing” and who they are doing it with.

So exactly how much information are we talking about?

Overall, Binney claims that the NSA has gathered approximately “20 trillion transactions” involving U.S. citizens.

And other NSA whistleblowers claim that the agency “has the capability to do individualized searches, similar to Google,……..” [Link to the article for fuller details]

 

 

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Huge Petroleum Coke Pile Makes Way Back to Canada

Huge Petroleum Coke Pile Makes Way Back to Canada | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
A Canadian electrical power plant, owned by Nova Scotia Power, is chipping away at the three-story-high, blocklong pile of petroleum coke on Detroit’s waterfront.
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"Owned by Koch Carbon, a company that is controlled by the industrialists Charles and David Koch, it is a byproduct of processing heavy bitumen piped from the oil sands in Alberta to a Detroit refinery.

 

Its final destination had been something of a mystery. Most petroleum coke, often referred to in the oil industry as petcoke, is used as inexpensive fuel in countries like China, India and Mexico with relatively loose emissions controls. Environmentalists were concerned not only about the impact of the growing pile in Detroit but also about where the material would be burned."

 

This is an interesting follow up to where the coke pile will end up and be burned.

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Tell Senate allies: Thank you for fighting for my son Aaron Swartz | Demand Progress

Tell Senate allies: Thank you for fighting for my son Aaron Swartz | Demand Progress | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it

It's crucial that we acknowledge the efforts of those lawmakers who've sought answers about Aaron's prosecution -- and make sure they know that we're still watching and expect them to push forward.

 

Please use these links to spread the word:If you're already on Facebook, click here to share with your friends.If you're already on Twitter, click here to tweet about the campaign: TweetIf you have an email program, click here to open an email you can send to your friends. Or send an email from here.

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Thank you for pursuing an investigation of Aaron Swartz's prosecution. Aaron's death is a tragedy that is very much still with us and which urges us to continue asking questions. I will stand with you as you keep pushing forward.

 

Young, visionaries like Aaron are the people we need to treasure and hold near to lead us into the future. I felt the whole thing about Aaron was totally misguided and was an effort to force him to work with the government to entrap other hackers, or crackers or assist in the so called cyber war. I felt that was the whole of the 6 months or else deal. I don't think that is the way to recruit our cyber generals for that cyber war.

 

Aaron had his own very important mission in life and he achieved a good bit of that by inspiring so many others to work hard to "make the world a better place". That is the sign of a true leader, to inspire others to move forward for the good of it. If in fact the choice was to give up his dream and work with and for people for an opposite end or die to not do it, it is obvious which he chose.

 

I wish he had realized how many soldiers he already had in Aaron's own army to make the world a better place and realized we would have had his back. Those in power could not see that Aaron was already in a General in a much more important war than they could see. A war to help people have knowledge, and to see more clearly and by seeing together more fully, to arrive at more inspired answers for problems we don’t even realize may be coming.  Many of us that answered his call to become active calling representatives, sharing knowledge and spreading the word about things that matter, and having no idea such a young visionary was behind so much moving us forward from behind the scenes. Just the kind of leader we need so badly. He was the kind of leader that opens our eyes, our hearts, and our mind and brings us together to stand for a better world.  That kind of leader stays even after death and lives on through those he inspires..

 

Thank you senators, for being one with us in Aaron's Army. His death and his life which lit the way to the future screams out in stark contrast to the sad fact that we sadly, are led by frightened dinosaurs of our past to try to preserve darkness, secrecy and ignorance.

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How the banks make the big bucks

We keep hearing that the banks arent lending. The truth is they are lending and making a lot of money doing it, thanks in large part to one very special borr...
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A little lesson on money and how banks make money.

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British taxpayers to pay ‘millions’ towards secretive Bilderberg meeting security

The clandestine meeting of royalty, prime ministers and business chiefs is taking place in Britain for the first time since 1998, sparking fears of “violence and disturbance” by protesters.
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Is it only rich that get to decide the future of the world and everyone in it? Don't worry, it only works that way for so long so those at this meeting no one voted to have them represent us at,  need to seek some wisdom rather than a power and money grab.

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U.S. Pressure Rises to End Bangladesh Trade Status

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After several deadly factory disasters in Bangladesh, Obama administration officials remain conflicted over what measures would work best to improve labor conditions there.
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All of these ideas on what to do about making labor safer and more fair sound like ideas that punish the lower end company small business owner  and the very lowest paid employees in the world than rather than holding accountable the companies that demand more on the cheap with disregard to life.

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Plant removal project provides jobs, helps environment - ABC30.com

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Ralph Nader: Income Inequality And The Minimum Wage

March 25, 2013 C-SPAN http://MOXNews.com
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How would you like to make $11,000 an hour? These guys do.

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