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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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SOURCE: Microsoft May Abandon The Ad Business Over IE10 Fiasco

SOURCE: Microsoft May Abandon The Ad Business Over IE10 Fiasco | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
A multibillion-dollar climbdown.
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Do you want to be tracked online? This has to do with setting a default that allows tracking cookies or one that says no tracking cookies as a default. It appears we have some of the main big companies that we do business fighting for our privacy...we better get behind them.

 

All consumers were left out of this debate other than computer geek groups and activist that go out of their way to keep up with things of this sort. I find the Microsofts ad departments argument is a well deserved right back at them because that is exactly how they hoped to exclude the public.

 

"The decision was made with zero discussion or awareness by the Microsoft Advertising side of it," the source said. "And yet by the same token the company has been putting them, forcing them, forward in front of the rest of the advertising world to back it, and that's been tough."

 

I don't think the Ad business is at risk of disappearing....But since billions of everything we pay for services goes to ads I think we should have a choice.


Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/source-microsoft-may-abandon-the-ad-business-over-ie10-fiasco-2012-7#ixzz2ZNENPsck

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Stand Against Mass Surveillance

Stand Against Mass Surveillance | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
EFF just filed an aggressive new court case to secure freedom from the illegal spying programs unleashed on the public. We're proud to fight for users’ rights alongside the largest membership EFF has had in its 23-year history.
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A good group to get with if getting and keeping mass media in the hands and control of citizens like yourself matters to you!

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Secrecy, Democracy and the NSA - Huffington Post

Secrecy, Democracy and the NSA - Huffington Post | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Secrecy, Democracy and the NSA Huffington Post A democracy is founded on the principle of zealous advocacy and public debate by the full range of affected interests, both within the polity at large and (at least in the American system) between the...
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Here is a discussion worth considering.

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A 12-Year-Old Egyptian Boy Flabbergasts An Interviewer. They Weren't Expecting A Political Genius.

A 12-Year-Old Egyptian Boy Flabbergasts An Interviewer. They Weren't Expecting A Political Genius. | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
I guess they get started young in Egypt. Like ... really young.
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Wow! Really worth it to listen a moment!

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Unitarian Church, Gun Groups Join EFF to Sue NSA Over Illegal Surveillance

Unitarian Church, Gun Groups Join EFF to Sue NSA Over Illegal Surveillance | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
San Francisco - Nineteen organizations including Unitarian church groups, gun ownership advocates, and a broad coalition of membership and political advocacy organizations filed suit against the National Security Agency (NSA) today for violating...
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There is also a link at the bottom of the article is you wish to see the official complaint.

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Kentucky's King: How Mitch McConnell Has (Mis)Ruled The Bluegrass State

Kentucky's King: How Mitch McConnell Has (Mis)Ruled The Bluegrass State | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
PADUCAH, Ky. -- Ever since the U.S. government's uranium enrichment plant started hiring in 1951, there has been a Buckley helping to run it.
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I lived in Kentucky 36 years. I wondered why I use to vote for Mitch back then seeing him today. I thought maybe I was just nuts and blind to have been an independent thinking swing voter that ever voted his way.

 

This article paints a picture of what happens when you send two guys to DC to represent all the rest of the state. It also makes me realize the Mitch then isn't the same Mitch now.

 

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"In the summer before he began law school at the University of Kentucky, McConnell went to Washington as an intern for Kentucky's beloved Republican statesman, Sen.John Sherman Cooper. The senator had helped draft the first legislation for federal education aid, had fought school discrimination and had been a co-sponsor of the bill that created Medicare. He'd been hit with a lot of flak back home for the health care legislation, but his experiences taught him a bleak lesson.

"I noticed that the old country doctors and the country officials -- people who had been out in the country and had seen the plight of the people who live in the hollows and down the dirt roads -- they were for it," Cooper told reporters in 1972. "And I remembered my experiences as county judge in Pulaski County, when I'd go out in the county and see these people -- desperate, hungry, sick and nowhere to turn, and no one to help them except the old country doctors. You just can't let people go hungry. You can't just let them lie there sick, to die. Not in this country. Not with all we've got."

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Seven Faces of NRA/ALEC-Approved "Stand Your Ground" Law

Seven Faces of NRA/ALEC-Approved "Stand Your Ground" Law | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
As George Zimmerman's trial for shooting and killing unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in early 2012 gets underway, the "Stand Your Ground" law that initially kept Zimmerman from being arrested is st...
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Here is proof that ALEC's Stand Your Own Ground Type Laws they have bought passage of across the country are not about race. I say bought because these people have to pay alot of money to ALEC to be assigned to a committee like the Public Safety and Elections Task Force. They don't care what color you are to murder you.

 

Stealing, being drunk, in the wrong place, or not to bright is now punishible by murdering  your neighbor. Think what the guy down the road that really doesn't like you anyway can do with that!   How many of us have ever had a dangerous dog leach on our dog as we passed in front of a car? Now you can get mudered for such an offense.

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The feds are finally cracking down on ratings agencies. What took so long?

The feds are finally cracking down on ratings agencies. What took so long? | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
As the government's lawsuit against the rating agencies starts to take shape, let's look back at how the agencies were able to do so much damage in the first place. (The feds are finally cracking down on ratings agencies.
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Great review of a serious problem.

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The Occupy Money Cooperative

The Occupy Money Cooperative | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Join the banking revolution! Support The Occupy Money Cooperative!
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Something new to watch rom Occupy!

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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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This is right in track! Great article and a timely, must read, article that!
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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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Teen Faces Consequence After 'Horrific' Trayvon Martin Tweet

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A teen who tweeted an offensive statement about Trayvon Martin learned the hard way this week that social media can have professional consequences, when a Michigan company took immediate action and terminated her before she had even begun her new...
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I scooped this because this is an eye opener that reminds us "think first before you put anything online". Some of us are very opinionated, like I am as well. So this is something to remember before posting or saying something.

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Elizabeth Warren Declares Victory Over GOP on Senate Confirmation of Wall Street Watchdog

Elizabeth Warren Declares Victory Over GOP on Senate Confirmation of Wall Street Watchdog | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
After years of GOP obstruction, the Senate confirmed Richard Cordray Tuesday to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
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Great News!!! We HOPE!

 

The CFPB has already accomplished much to benefit consumers—forcing credit card companies to refund nearly half a billion dollars they juked consumers out of, implementing new rules to make mortgages safer, and creating a center that fields consumer complaints about shady dealings by financial institutions. But without a director confirmed by the Senate, the agency's powers were limited. Now that Cordray has been confirmed, the CFPB is fully legitimate, Warren says. "There are no more clouds. Period. This locks all the pieces in place," she told reporters Tuesday.

 

It was a long struggle. Senate Republicans filibustered Cordray when Obama first nominated him to head the agency in July 2011. In response, Obama used a recess appointment—a presidential appointment that happens while the Senate is on vacation and does not require Senate approval—to install Cordray in January 2012. Republicans then sued to challenge the constitutionality of Cordray's appointment. Senate Republicans intended to filibuster Cordray again this time around, demanding fundamental changes that would weaken the CFPB before they'd allow a vote. Harry Reid, the Democratic Senate majority leader

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Why We Should Stop Subsidizing Sky-High CEO Pay

Why We Should Stop Subsidizing Sky-High CEO Pay | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Almost everyone knows CEO pay is out of control. It surged 16 percent at big companies last year, and the typical CEO raked in $15.1 million, according to the New York Times.
Meanwhile, the median...
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What’s less well-known is that you and I and other taxpayers are subsidizing this sky-high executive compensation. That’s because corporations deduct it from their income taxes, causing the rest of us to pay more in taxes to make up the difference.  

 This tax subsidy to corporate executives from the rest of us ought to be one of the first tax expenditures to go, when and if congress turns to reforming the tax code.

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CNBC Hosts Decide To Teach Senator Warren How Regulation Works. Probably Shouldn't Have Done That.

CNBC Hosts Decide To Teach Senator Warren How Regulation Works. Probably Shouldn't Have Done That. | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Clearly they didn't read her bio before inviting her on.
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I love the way they try to convince Warren there is no use to try...let the banks have it there own way and be a coward. It tells me they are working for a station that fights against citizen's interest and they don't care about anyone but the banks and big risky investors. Never watch this station and only clicked them on because of Warren. Tell that to their rich sponors. Now as they pretty much were trying to tell Warren...here's right back at them....BUT A SOCK IN IT YOU HAVE NOTHING WE WANT TO HEAR!

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Locking Out the Voices of Dissent: Arrests Demonstrate Restrictions on Right of Assembly

Locking Out the Voices of Dissent: Arrests Demonstrate Restrictions on Right of Assembly | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The legal system has been grotesquely deformed in most cities to, in essence, shut public space to protesters.
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Chris Hedge's thoughtful writing is always worth reading whether you agree with him or not.

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FISA Court Agrees to Publish Secret Decision

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Do you need more evidence that Edward Snowden has made a difference? A few days after Snowden's disclosures, Yahoo filed a motion with the FISA court to declassify and publicly release its 2008 decision that forced Yahoo and others to turn over material to the NSA.Here's what happened today:

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Why our 4th amendment was trashed for our own good! In secrete none the less! Secrets are now only for the rich and powerful. Maybe this will shed some light.

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What is wrong with Islam today?

What is wrong with Islam today? | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The controversial Canadian author Irshad Manji discusses Islamophobia and the need to reform Islam.
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This is an amazing discussion no matter what religion you are. How much of what you believe spiritually should be set in concrete through cultural /tribal or community traditions and how much should result from conversation/meditation/prayer  and direct God given insight with individual choice for acceptance of that direction?

 

 Can anyone really be a true believer and the best practician for a faith when it is has forced submission? Take the word Islam out and but any other faiths in and ask the same questions she is. !00% agreement is unlikely....but the thought process on this is worth everyone's engagement.

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ALEC Exposed

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ALEC is funded by Reynolds American, Altria, and other tobacco firms.
They will be blowing smoke in the Windy City August 7-9.


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I'm getting the alert of having posted this page here before and that is true, and I'm sure I will again....This page updates with new info all the time. I will post some of these individual articles from time to time. This links is for those that really want to delve into a depth rather than breath look at ALEC.

 

Don't for get ALEC is one of 50 or more known organizations like this, but ALEC seems to be in every state house and moves their people from their to DC with slink, pricey, media promotions and funding..

 

Some target both parties, others focus mainly on one or the other. Most look to control state agendas where much of the major national money is spent and regulations within the state are determined. But others do operate to shape nartional agenda by sending their guy to DC and in other ways.

 

These are some of the non-profit, tax free organizations that operate as social welfare organizations and petitions signed by many and have been sent to ask the IRS to investgate that status You and I can not afford to join these non-profits like with most non-profits such as PBS or your Chruch and you have to spend even bigger money to get on a committiee if you do join.

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