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Veep's Tony Hale: 'We Need to Stop Putting Politicians on Pedestals'

Veep's Tony Hale: 'We Need to Stop Putting Politicians on Pedestals' | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Behind every powerful politician is someone holding a giant man purse.
Tony Hale plays that guy on TV. For two seasons, he's appeared on HBO’s vulgar political comedy Veep as Gary Walsh, the vice president’s personal aide.
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The Gospel of Citizens United: In Hobby Lobby, Corporations Pray for the Right to Deny Workers Contraception

The Gospel of Citizens United: In Hobby Lobby, Corporations Pray for the Right to Deny Workers Contraception | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
-- by Jamie Raskin, PFAW Foundation Senior Fellow

"[C]orporations have no consciences, no beliefs, no feelings, no thoughts, no desires."

-- Justice John Paul Stevens, dissenting in Citizens Uni
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There are several big issues I have with this religious stand of Hobby Lobby.  


First if some forms of birth control for employees of the store offend  the companies religious beliefs than why does Hobby Lobby buy more than half of it's inventory from a nation that has a one child policy very firmly enforced and pushed.  Achieving that without all sorts of birth control is nearly impossible and Hobby Lobby has never decided not to do business and make millions on the backs of this cheap massive labor source. Also exactly which religion is it on the membership list of? I can understand dual citizenship, but dual personhood is really over the top. Personhood is claimed for each owner and employee already so exactly who is it and how is it that the owners or a collection of owners get to be counted and treated  as yet another person in the form of a corporation and granted rights as both an individual person and given a business personhood in addition to that?


Second, when a company offers benefits to employees it is the form of a compensation package or delayed compensation such as retirement or investments and is thus these are employee's funds, not the employer's as they would like everyone to think and employers all too often seem to forget. This being so then these companies are then forcing their beliefs onto employees in an attempt to withhold due payment in the form of group insurance compensation, which is designed to lower cost of medical payments for a bargaining group of employees. The group to bargain with would not exist for that company without that group of employees compensation of insurance funds. Employees would often leave a company for one that provides better insurance or demand higher wages to afford and obtain insurance. 

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Ukraine: The Corporate Annexation. "For Cargill, Chevron, Monsanto, It's a Gold Mine of Profits"

As the US and EU apply sanctions on Russia over its annexation' of Crimea, JP Sottile reveals the corporate annexation of Ukraine. For Cargill, Chevron, Monsanto, there's a gold mine of profits to ...
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I thought this was very interesting. What do you think?

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Let's end the student debt crisis!

Let's end the student debt crisis! | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Unlike almost every other type of loan, federal student loans are set in stone even if rates change for the better. That might not constitute a crisis if college cost what it did in the seventies. But with middle class wages flat for decades, the soaring cost of education has become a mammoth debt dilemma dragging down an entire generation.

In short, we are taking money from middle class students and handing it to the worst of the one percent. Sen. Warren's plan is to make up for lost revenue from student loan refinancing by making sure millionaires do not pay a lower tax rate than their assistants.

She is not the first to propose refinancing for federal student loans. Nor did she come up with the idea of the "Buffet Rule," a minimum tax on millionaires that The Joint Committee on Taxation estimates would raise $47 billion over 10 years, or an average of just under $5 billion per year. President Obama first proposed the tax in 2011, naming it after the acclaimed Warren Buffet, who notes that many millionaires pay a lower tax rate than their assistants.

Sen. Warren's step forward was combining the two. Suddenly, members of Congress worried about lost revenue no longer have an excuse. And those who oppose fair taxes now have to explain why they care more about hedge fund managers than middle-class families trying to pay for college.

We can save Americans thousands of dollars. Put money back in the pockets of families who invested in education. Create jobs from the middle class out. And do it without adding a dime to the deficit -- simply by putting in place a fair tax code and then allowing people to refinance federal student loans.

If we can refinance a flashy new sports car at today's low rates, we should be able to do the same for our student loans.

In Solidarity,
Van Jones
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How about signing and calling representatives to lower student debt? Sounds like a great Wave of Action opporutnity to me.


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"If we can refinance a flashy new sports car at today's low rates, we should be able to do the same for our student loans." 

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Sharron Angle Super PAC Ad Attacks Obamacare With Several Dubious Comparisons

Sharron Angle Super PAC Ad Attacks Obamacare With Several Dubious Comparisons | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The following post first appeared on FactCheck.org.
An ad from a PAC headed by tea party Republican Sharron Angle relies on several dubious comparisons to attack the Affordable Care Act’s state-run exchange in Nevada.
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When will the GOP learn that running against someone is more about standing for something of value rather than a spitting competition?

 

Think about a game where one side (Red) assumes that if the other side (Blue) will lose because "red" continually kept "blue" from making their plays (health care is one of many) or maybe just kept the referees (the public) blinded from the best scoring plays. What kind of game is it if (red) can only play defense and very clearly has an old game plan that Red has used for 30 years. Red has failed to read the new rulebook (the world HAS changed with or without Obama and they don't get that. Plus, who will “red”  spit at when Obama is gone that will get as much reaction as they have from spitting at Obama).  

 

Red doesn't get the ball because the referee (the voting public) is watching more and more and knows that if the game goes well or bad that in this game it will really be the referees that win or lose and so they watch closer and closer as "red plays their blocks against protections for the poor, to the those that are different like gay public, the poor public, the elderly public, the women's right to decide her own reproductive choices, and young that may thrive and are part of a community and may have not realized they were not allowed the American dream as young illegal immigrants brought in by parents. 

 

Red also blocks solutions for the legal young adults that now drown in school debt or stop their education all together, postpone or decline families and a home of their own because they see them as unaffordable and many move away from the families they do have because no work or livable wage work can be found near by. Red then blocks aid and fails to find visionaries for to devise answers for the unemployed who that after 15 to 30 years of loyal work find they have been discarded and replaced by machines or cheap oppressed labor in other nations.

 

Red will not win that game with blocks because they fail to see that IS the game ….The game is to find solutions for all those they seek to block protection, aid and eventually changes for. They cannot win by knocking all those issues off the field to make room for their coaches and team owners (like ALEC and others). They can look to Lenin and the Last Czar Alexander to see where that gets you or even south to Cuba before Castro. Where those that hoarded the wealth of the nation reaped the full backlashing of the poor labor in those nations. Only this time there would be few places to run, as the lashing would become as global and international as the offenders are.

 

The most curious thing to me is why all the different teams anyway?  Aren’t we all on the same team? How does fighting against your own team and it’s needs make anyone a winner?

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Yahoo, Google and Apple also claim right to read user emails

Yahoo, Google and Apple also claim right to read user emails | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Like Microsoft, other webmail giants all reserve the right to read user emails, if 'deemed necessary'.
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One of the best reasons to keep our post offices alive and use them is the situation that others seem to be able to snoop through what ever they want without warrants.  The post office had access to our mail for decades and those caught opening ti or messing with it without permission or a warrant went to jail. We need that international Internet Bill Of Rights Tim Berners-Lee and others are calling for.

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Billionaires With Big Ideas Are Privatizing American Science

Billionaires With Big Ideas Are Privatizing American Science | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
As government financing of basic research has fallen off precipitously, philanthropists have stepped in, setting priorities and drawing both gratitude and trepidation from scientists.

Via Pierre Levy
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This is a national and international concern.Money has a way of altering reality and truth when left unchecked for the purpose of building more billions rather than seeking truth and knowledge..  We need a strong counter balance of research to verify public interests are being protected as well as whistle blowers that often want to tell the truth of their research but are intimidated or worse into silence. Too often the research funding is not by rich concerned citizens that seek honest truth, knowledge and advancement, but from corporation that may not want full disclosure if the results do not play out in their favor.

 

The public tends to wake up angry when it has been kept in the dark, misinformed or taken advantage of or mistreated. That gets ugly and unhealthy and can be very dangerous for everyone involved even for the billionaires, rulers and officials if history ever teaches us anything we should easily see that from past events.

 

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La ciencia depende cada vez más de ricos patrones (ese 1% con la renta del 99%) con sus propias prioridades, gustos y manías, que no saben nada de ciencia.

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Snowden's Legal Counsel: Forget About Orwell, Worry About Kafka-NSA malware infiltrating FaceBook

Snowden's Legal Counsel: Forget About Orwell, Worry About Kafka-NSA malware infiltrating FaceBook | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
March 11, 2014 by Michael Winship
The ACLU's Ben Wizner discusses his growing concern with our surveillance state, what could happen if NSA programs aren't rolled back and the deep impact of Edward Snowden’s revelations.


http://billmoyers.com/2014/03/11/our-chat-with-edward-snowdens-legal-counsel/#.UyeoiTV5n30.scoopit



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Here is a well developed assessment of the concerns about the NSA's   activities.

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Robert Reich: “Paid-what-you’re-worth” is a toxic myth

Robert Reich: “Paid-what-you’re-worth” is a toxic myth | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The former secretary of labor explains how this line of thinking keeps minimum wages (and the American people) down
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“Paid-what-you’re-worth” is a dangerous myth.

Fifty years ago, when General Motors was the largest employer in America, the typical GM worker got paid $35 an hour in today’s dollars. Today, America’s largest employer is Walmart, and the typical Walmart workers earns $8.80 an hour.

Does this mean the typical GM employee a half-century ago was worth four times what today’s typical Walmart employee is worth? Not at all. Yes, that GM worker helped produce cars rather than retail sales. But he wasn’t much better educated or even that much more productive. He often hadn’t graduated from high school. And he worked on a slow-moving assembly line. Today’s Walmart worker is surrounded by digital gadgets — mobile inventory controls, instant checkout devices, retail search engines — making him or her quite productive.

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Ukraine crisis is about Great Power oil, gas pipeline rivalry

Ukraine crisis is about Great Power oil, gas pipeline rivalry | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Nafeez Ahmed: Resource scarcity, competition to dominate Eurasian energy corridors, are behind Russian militarism and US interference
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Why does Russia and everyone want Ukraine? Read the whole article as world wars have started over such things as this type of land grab.


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What direction might that be? A glimpse of an answer was provided over a decade ago by Professor R. Craig Nation, Director of Russian and Eurasian Studies at the US Army War College's Strategic Studies Institute, in a NATO publication:

"Ukraine is increasingly perceived to be critically situated in the emerging battle to dominate energy transport corridors linking the oil and natural gas reserves of the Caspian basin to European markets... Considerable competition has already emerged over the construction of pipelines. Whether Ukraine will provide alternative routes helping to diversify access, as the West would prefer, or 'find itself forced to play the role of a Russian subsidiary,' remains to be seen."

A more recent US State Department-sponsored report notes that "Ukraine's strategic location between the main energy producers (Russia and the Caspian Sea area) and consumers in the Eurasian region, its large transit network, and its available underground gas storage capacities", make the country "a potentially crucial player in European energy transit" - a position that will "grow as Western European demands for Russian and Caspian gas and oil continue to increase."

Ukraine's overwhelming dependence on Russian energy imports, however, has had "negative implications for US strategy in the region," in particular the strategy of:


"... supporting multiple pipeline routes on the East–West axis as a way of helping promote a more pluralistic system in the region as an alternative to continued Russian hegemony."

But Russia's Gazprom, controlling almost a fifth of the world's gas reserves, supplies more than half of Ukraine's, and about 30% of Europe's gas annually. Just one month before Nuland's speech at the National Press Club, Ukraine signed a $10 billion shale gas deal with US energy giant Chevron "that the ex-Soviet nation hopes could end its energy dependence on Russia by 2020." The agreement would allow "Chevron to explore the Olesky deposit in western Ukraine that Kiev estimates can hold 2.98 trillion cubic meters of gas." Similar deals had been struck already with Shell and ExxonMobil.

The move coincided with Ukraine's efforts to "cement closer relations with the European Union at Russia's expense", through a prospective trade deal that would be a step closer to Ukraine's

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PARTICIPATE IN CHANGE: Why Co-Creation Is the Future for All of Us

PARTICIPATE IN CHANGE: Why Co-Creation Is the Future for All of Us | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it

“The private sector has been the missing player in the evolution of social entrepreneurship,” says Stephanie Schmidt, Managing Director at Ashoka Europe. “Its potential has largely been untapped. Philanthropy and CSR are really only a drop in the ocean when it comes to the actual potential a company has to change the world.”


Via The Ashoka Community
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Through co-creation, social entrepreneurs and corporations can learn from each other to more effectively meet their goals. Are you involved in cross-sector collaboration in Europe? Apply to Ashoka’s competition, Social & Business Co-Creation: Collaboration for Impact, which is open to social entrepreneurs, non-profits, companies, and public sector organizations.

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House Republicans vote to gut Obamacare for 52nd time

House Republicans vote to gut Obamacare for 52nd time | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
House Republicans brought their 52nd bill to gut Obamacare to the floor on Friday, where it passed 232-187. That's the end of it, of course, as it's been with the 51 votes before it, because the ...
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The GOP  takes Granny hostage this time! Letting the major cuts to Medicare payments for treatment kick in April the 1st to choke off the Affordable Care Act. Somehow the GOP might think that if they have to choke something to get what they want, then people don't want it and soon won't want them either. 


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But that's not the most pernicious part of this bill, because this time they tied the mandate delay to a must-pass bill, the "doc fix" for doctors participating in Medicare. This is a patch that has been necessary since the 1990s, when Congress passed a flawed spending formula for Medicare reimbursements, making those cuts too steep. They're too steep this year—24 percent. And the cuts are scheduled to kick in on April 1. That's a huge problem for doctors and for Medicare patients, which makes it a perfect hostage for Republicans. That hostage-taking, however, has pissed off a lot of people, not the least of which are doctors.

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A Relentless Widening of Disparity in Wealth

A Relentless Widening of Disparity in Wealth | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The economic forces concentrating more and more wealth into the hands of the fortunate few are almost sure to prevail for a long time, according to a new book by the economist Thomas Piketty.
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In his bracing “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” which hit bookstores on Monday, Professor Piketty provides a fresh and sweeping analysis of the world’s economic history that puts into question many of our core beliefs about the organization of market economies.

His most startling news is that the belief that inequality will eventually stabilize and subside on its own, a long-held tenet of free market capitalism, is wrong. Rather, the economic forces concentrating more and more wealth into the hands of the fortunate few are almost sure to prevail for a very long time.

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Wisconsin Moving to Advance ALEC Constitutional Convention Scheme

Wisconsin Moving to Advance ALEC Constitutional Convention Scheme | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Wisconsin is the latest state to line up behind a national effort to amend the Constitution and cripple the federal government's ability to spend -- likely forcing steep cuts in popular earned benefit
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Citizens for Self Governance seeks to use the amendment process to severely restrict federal power, for example by redefining the Commerce Clause to prohibit Congress from enacting child labor or anti-discrimination laws. In recent years, the Article V idea has spread in Republican circles thanks to right-wing radio host and author Mark Levin, and has been elevated by the likes of Glenn Beck.

Following ALEC's December 2013 meeting in Washington D.C., the primary sponsor of AJR 81, Wisconsin Rep. Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield), co-organized a convening of around 100 state legislators to discuss the Article V amendment process. (Last year, Rep. Kapenga was one of nine Wisconsin lawmakers who told a Tea Party group they wouldseek to arrest federal officials implementing the Affordable Care Act in the state). A followup meeting is planned for Spring of this year.

The push for a constitutional convention has garnered limited attention in the mainstream media. "A lot of Americans outside of these conservative circles have no idea this is going on, that all of these strategies are being developed to basically neuter the federal government, and what the ramifications of those strategies would be in the long run," says Rachel Tabachnik, a research fellow at Political Research Associates, who has tracked the……

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Wisconsin Poised to Pass ALEC's Deadly Asbestos Bill

Wisconsin Poised to Pass ALEC's Deadly Asbestos Bill | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Wisconsin could become the latest state to narrow access to the courts for asbestos victims in a bill up for a vote on March 20, joining a national coordinated effort that can be traced back to the Am
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Rep. Andre Jacque, a member of the ALEC Civil Justice Task Force, introduced Assembly Bill 19 in April of 2013. A version of the legislation passed the Wisconsin Senate last week on a nearly party line vote, and is now before the Assembly. It resembles the ALEC "Asbestos Claims Transparency Act," which was adopted as a "model" by members of the ALEC Civil Justice Task Force in 2007. In December of 2012, Ohio became the first state to pass the legislation. In the 2013 session, nearly identical legislation has been introduced in Wisconsin, OklahomaIllinois and Texas.

The legislation would benefit corporations like Crown Holdings, a Fortune 500 company with over $8 billion in annual sales that has worked with ALEC for years to legislate its way out of compensating asbestos victims, as well as ALEC member Honeywell International, which has faced significant asbestos liability in recent years.

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A Reading List on the Hobby Lobby Cases

A Reading List on the Hobby Lobby Cases | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
by Nina Martin


Today
the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments in the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga
Woods birth control cases, the most significant religious-freedom cases in
at least a generation.
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Please let me know if you see Hobby Lobby walk in the front door of your religious meeting house and DO MAKE A PICTURE OF THAT OCCURRENCE! Hobby Lobby is a  business that works mostly women in the stores, but  refuses to give those women and their doctors the choice about reproduction and the use of birth control as a medical procedure or prescription.


The store collectively shops for group insurance for their employees. That money is not free, but is part of the compensation package for employees. It is the employee money or an indian gift from hobby lobby…If hobby lobby does not want to use birth control to prevent more little hobby lobbies from being born then that is Miss Hobby's own business….It is not Miss. Hobbies business how the employees use the compensation delivered within the insurance plans collectively bargained for on their behalf. The whole idea of corporate personhood is so insane that i can't imaging how it was ever allowed.

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Democrats dismiss Nate Silver’s midterm prediction

Democrats dismiss Nate Silver’s midterm prediction | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Democrats are balking at Nate Silver after his latest prediction that Republicans have a 60% chance at winning the Senate in the midterm elections.
    
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If he is right say "Hello" to austerity and farewell to womens right, gay rights, aid for the poor or unemployed and all else but to be servants to the rich and famous.

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Ex-Mayor Michael Bloomberg brings former staff to new ventures

Ex-Mayor Michael Bloomberg brings former staff to new ventures | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg has hired at least 44 City Hall staffers and administration officials to work for him in his new role as a globetrotting businessman, philanthropist and advocate, according to a Daily News analysis.
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Have you heard about this interesting development? What do you think about this?

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Why We Should Be Suspicious of the Libertarian Right's Newfound Concern for Prison Reform

Why We Should Be Suspicious of the Libertarian Right's Newfound Concern for Prison Reform | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Why criminal justice advocates should be wary of the growing popularity of prison reform.
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"We see politicians across the spectrum raising concerns for the first time in 40 years about the size of our prison state,” said Alexander, “and yet I worry that so much of the dialogue is driven by financial concerns rather than genuine concern for the communities that have been most impacted and the families that have been destroyed” by aggressive anti-drug policies.

"Unless “we have a real conversation” about the magnitude of the damage caused by the drug war, “we’re going to find ourselves, years from now, either having a slightly downsized system of mass incarceration that continues to hum along pretty well,” she said, “or some new system of racial and social control will have emerged again, because we have not learned the core lesson that our history is trying to teach us."

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People's Blog for the Constitution » Beyond CIA & NSA spying: Corruption

People's Blog for the Constitution » Beyond CIA & NSA spying: Corruption | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it

Monday, March 17, 2014 at 1:05 pm by Shahid Buttar


Even before open warerupted last week between the CIA and Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), embattled NSA officials had woven tangled skeins to downplay public crimes including lying to Congress.


Many observers have noted the double-standard apparent in Feinstein challenging the CIA while deferring to the NSA. Few have recognized that both the NSA’s pattern of spying and then lying about it, and the CIA’s trajectory of first committing torture crimes, then spying on Congress to cover it up and then lying about the spying when caught, can be described in a single word: corruption.


http://www.constitutioncampaign.org/blog/?p=16611#.UykDffldW54



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Some things just make sense and this is one of those things!


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Shahid Buttar, executive director, leads BORDC and the People’s Campaign for the Constitution (PCC) as we raise awareness about the impacts of national security policies on civil liberties and privacy interests. Previously Counsel to Muslim Advocates’ Program to Combat Racial & Religious Profiling, Buttar has long advocated in defense of the Constitution. A 2003 graduate of Stanford Law School, he served as Professor Lawrence Lessig’s Constitutional Law Teaching Assistant and as Executive Editor of the Stanford Environmental Law Journal.


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Shahid Buttar, executive director, leads BORDC and the People’s Campaign for the Constitution (PCC) as we raise awareness about the impacts of national security policies on civil liberties and privacy interests. Previously Counsel to Muslim Advocates’ Program to Combat Racial & Religious Profiling, Buttar has long advocated in defense of the Constitution. A 2003 graduate of Stanford Law School, he served as Professor Lawrence Lessig’s Constitutional Law Teaching Assistant and as Executive Editor of the Stanford Environmental Law Journal.

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Snowden Docs Expose How the NSA "Infects" Millions of Computers, Impersonates Facebook Server

Snowden Docs Expose How the NSA "Infects" Millions of Computers, Impersonates Facebook Server | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
New disclosures from Edward Snowden show the NSA is massively expanding its computer hacking worldwide. Software that automatically hacks into computers — known as malware "implants" — had previously been kept to just a few hundred targets. But the news website The Intercept reports that the NSA is spreading the software to millions of computers under an automated system codenamed "Turbine." The Intercept has also revealed the NSA has masqueraded as a fake Facebook server to infect a target’s computer and exfiltrate files from a hard drive. We are joined by The Intercept reporter Ryan Gallagher.


http://www.democracynow.org/2014/3/17/snowden_docs_expose_how_the_nsa



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What is lost when privacy is violated? Do we have a right to privacy?
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If You Think Only Poor People Need Welfare, Wait Till You See What Really Rich Folks Do With It

If You Think Only Poor People Need Welfare, Wait Till You See What Really Rich Folks Do With It | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
It's amazing how little we really know about a system so many people judge.
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Great video! Great message! Well done!

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How NC (surprisingly) became a leader in ACA enrollment | Other Views | NewsObserver.com

How NC (surprisingly) became a leader in ACA enrollment | Other Views | NewsObserver.com | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
North Carolina is enrolling uninsured people at a rate at least twice that of any other state that has refused to set up its own health exchange and refused to expand Medicaid.
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So, when the Affordable Care Act’s health exchange opened for business, there were already networks with proven records of success in helping people get health care. These organizations jumped right in to the enrollment effort because they work with uninsured families every day and know what a huge benefit this is. In my organization’s outreach meetings around the state early on, we saw continual evidence of well-informed leaders from these types of groups already planning enrollment strategies.


Starting from the Community Care base doesn’t explain all our enrollment success, however. Excellent work by North Carolina’s legal aid program – which established an N.C. number (1-855-733-3711) so anyone could easily make an appointment with a counselor to talk over insurance options – an enormous investment in time and energy from local Community Health Centers around the state, a new office of an independent nonprofit focused on enrollment (Enroll America) and the work of many nonprofit and community groups all were indispensable.

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Russia Seizes Gas Plant Near Crimea Border, Ukraine Says

Russia Seizes Gas Plant Near Crimea Border, Ukraine Says | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
On the eve of a secession referendum in Crimea, Russian forces took a natural gas terminal while Western officials prepared sanctions for Moscow.
Monica S Mcfeeters's insight:

The old Soviet Union rears it's ugly bully head and bites off a piece of another nation while the world stands there with it's chin hanging down.  Hitler took the parts of countries around Germany that were German speaking before he moved in for the full take over. Natural Gas dependance seems to be the hold over Europe and these small nations around Russia,  as well as what fills Russia's bank account with the sale of gas to them. 

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Turn it off

Turn it off | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
IN “OUTLAW”, a drama that aired on NBC, a Supreme Court justice leaves the bench to join a law firm. In real life he might have begun working for Comcast,...
Monica S Mcfeeters's insight:

This idea of the judges going to work at Comcast after leaving the bench sounded to true to not follow through with a read of the article. Though it looks like they have no need to leave the bench to go to work for these huge monopolies when they can do so much for them  on the bench… Maybe someone should see who the family members work for.

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