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Study reveals people who watch Fox News are less informed than people who watch no news at all

Study reveals people who watch Fox News are less informed than people who watch no news at all | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Media outlets such as Fox News and MSNBC have a negative impact on people’s current events knowledge while NPR and Sunday morning political talk shows are the

Via Jocelyn Stoller
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Is anyone that really keeps up with the world events really surprised to hear this?

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Why Rand Paul's Lawsuit against Obama Administration on Spying Could Backfire on the GOP | Nomadic Politics

Why Rand Paul's Lawsuit against Obama Administration on Spying Could Backfire on the GOP | Nomadic Politics | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The truth about who was really behind the relaxation of NSA oversight and when did it happen? Hint: It didn't happen in the Obama administration and the Democrats were not the ones who started the ball rolling.
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Well I do remember how the ball got rolling, I also know how Big Media, which is often owned or at least sponsored by the 1% can spin things the way they choose.

 

They have misused Ron Paul for this for years. Hopefully Rand will be a bit harder to manipulate. Big Media spotlights Ron Paul brightly to push deregulation and small government and privatizing (selling off public interest to the 1% to own and control). Big Media politely puts him in the soft lights and shortens the sound bites when he talks anti-war, or says he supports labels on GMO products or gives validity to other common, serious concerns or other very unpopular points he takes. When he talks about these other, “off the topic pushed” concerns he is put politely out of site on most of these other points or suddenly gets 10 to 30 seconds sound bites at best on such ideas.  All of a sudden RT (Russia Today in DC) TV offers him his main platform on these things the 1% do not want noticed. This is one way they convince the people that false, distorted information is the truth. They use a popular cheerleader or create one (Glenn Beck comes to mind) and selectively edit or control the ideas that cheerleader supports and sells.

 

Just look at the “Pubic Option” the Media totally distorted as a “government take over of health care”. That is a top point to look at when we wonder how well the distortion can work. Never was the government planning to sell or offer a "publicly owned" insurance with that part of Obamacare. The plan was simply to allow citizens in need of insurance group buying power an “option” to buy into the selected group plans insurance companies already offer to public employees to allow them the power of that buying group pool. They would have gotten a great “group rate” deal and been allowed to choose from more options then any other employer group I’m ever been aware of is offered. They would have been required to pay the employer part of the premium (if I understand that right). I looked to see what the employer’s payment amount of those plans is and was surprised to see how affordable that would have been. Repeating the words “government take over of your healthcare” every 10 minutes or so, even though that was never the case, was used for this and many other Big Media brainwashing successes. Big Media uses the brainwashing technique so well that it is hard not to believe the message even when you know that message is a total lie.

 

This is my opinion: We need to remember that next time we go into a restaurant or a hotel with a large group of people we should cut deals for better prices before we just sit down and eat like we do before we get or need health care. We need to round up 50 to 1000 people to head into McDonalds and see if we can get those basic burgers back down to 19 cents for our group just like they use to be or handle every purchase like a flea market or thrift store sell effort to argue a lower price.

 

Would we still be eating at McDonalds or shopping Wal-Mart if we had to eat or shop like that? Who ever started selling our “HEALTH AND MEDICAL” care like an auction or thrift store bargain needs to be hunted down and “tarred and feathered” as they once used to say. That is like standing next to three people in the store with the same items and group of three walk in and out charged  $2 and the one person standing by them walks out charged $100 for the same thing or even a broken item. How crazy is that?

 

The “Big Media” and even the little ones can convince people that what’s wrong is right or at least unchangeable all too often.  I certainly hope Rand’s fight might enlighten people to the truth by a backfire. I realize however that “truth” is hardly a major issue when dealing with sponsored or privately owned big media.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Obama’s Free-Trade Conundrum: pass TPP or fight economic inequality

Obama’s Free-Trade Conundrum: pass TPP or fight economic inequality | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it

by DAVID E. BONIOR, former US Congressman (NY Times op-ed)

 

In his State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Obama focused on reversing the growth of economic inequality in the United States and restoring the American dream. At the same time, he also announced his support for fast track authority that would limit Congress’s role in determining the content of trade agreements.

 

The president’s call follows on legislation introduced earlier this month to grant him fast-track authority as a way of forcing Congress to speed up its consideration of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 12-nation pact with Latin American and Asian nations.

 

But Mr. Obama’s desire for fast-track authority on the T.P.P. and other agreements clashes with another priority in his speech: reducing income inequality.

 

This month is the 20th anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement, which significantly eliminated tariffs and other trade barriers across the continent and has been used as a model for the T.P.P. Anyone looking for evidence on what this new agreement will do to income inequality in America needs to consider Nafta’s 20-year record.

 

While many analysts focus on the number of jobs lost from Nafta and similar pacts — and some estimates say upward of a million — the most significant effect has been a fundamental change in the composition of jobs available to the 63 percent of American workers without a college degree.

 

At Nafta’s core — and proposed for the T.P.P. — are investor rights and privileges that eliminate many of the risks that make firms think twice about moving production to low-wage countries. Today, goods once made here are being produced in Mexico and exported here for sale. Indeed, American manufacturing exports to Mexico and Canada grew at less than half the rate after Nafta than in the years before it.

 

As a result, our trade deficit has ballooned. In 1993, before Nafta, the United States had a $2.5 billion trade surplus with Mexico and a $29 billion deficit with Canada. In 2012, the combined Nafta trade deficit was $181 billion, even as the share of that deficit made up of oil imports dropped 22 percent. The average annual growth of our trade deficit has been 45 percent higher with Mexico and Canada than with countries that are not party to a Nafta-style pact. The companies that took the most advantage of Nafta — big manufacturers like G.E., Caterpillar and Chrysler — promised they would create more jobs at their American factories if Nafta passed. Instead, they fired American workers and shifted production to Mexico.

 

The Labor Department’s Trade Adjustment Assistance program, which documents this trend, reads like a funeral program for the middle class. More than 845,000 workers have been certified under this one narrow and hard-to-qualify-for program as having lost their jobs because of offshoring of factories to, and growing imports from, Mexico and Canada since Nafta.

 

The result is downward pressure on middle-class wages as manufacturing workers are forced to compete with imports made by poorly paid workers abroad. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly two out of every three displaced manufacturing workers who were rehired in 2012 saw wage reductions, most losing more than 20 percent.

 

The shift in employment from high-paying manufacturing jobs to low-paying service jobs has contributed to overall wage stagnation. The average American wage has grown less than 1 percent annually in real terms since Nafta, even as productivity grew three times faster.

 

But the decline in the wages of workers who lost a job to Nafta is only part of the story. They joined the glut of workers competing for low-skill jobs that cannot be done offshore in industries like hospitality and food service, forcing down real wages in these sectors as well. [more]

  


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This is such a critical event! I hope everyone will quickly get up to speed on the TPP and speak up to DC.

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We the People, and the Republic we must reclaim

There is a corruption at the heart of American politics, caused by the dependence of Congressional candidates on funding from the tiniest percentage of citizens.
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Scooped this a while back to one page...but it is worth re-posting!

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The Next Elizabeth Warren

The Next Elizabeth Warren | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
In fighting lousy, overpriced Internet providers, Susan Crawford has found a populist crusade for our time. What's next?
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This loser is a winner!  Crawford needs to be the FCC chairman, not Wheeler. Watch him like a hawk and the other recently selected industry insiders serving with him as well!

He didn't leave a much, much higher paying job to suddenly become a public servant...I'll bet on that...but he took the job so we need to ensure he serves the public very,very well indeed or leaves in shame so someone else may look after our communication  interest...…Any one that wonders if Obama is a socialist just needs to look at the appointment to see he certainly is not and is indeed very corporate, user friendly on many industry insider appointments to important regulatory commissions and departments…

 

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"And like Warren, Crawford has become a dreaded figure to the industry she wants to reform. Representatives from Comcastand other telecoms have refused to appear on congressional panels with her. “My name comes up in discussions about the new FCC chair. I’m on lists,” Crawford has said—but she expects the job to go to telecom entrepreneur and Obama bundler Tom Wheeler. “It’s obvious to me that they can’t [appoint me],” she told me. “The incumbents would go bananas.”

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Are We Ready For The Personal Web? - Forbes

Are We Ready For The Personal Web? - Forbes | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Are We Ready For The Personal Web?
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The modern world can be a dehumanizing place. Long gone is the sweet little old lady at the drugstore counter, replaced by big box retailers, brand logos and barcodes.
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Wow! Take some time to read this..It isn't all that long and you might want to ponder over this question. Do you want Walmart and other stores to know more about you then you closest friend?

 

So far the public has mostly just set back and taken whatever industry, banks, and retailers and the education system decide to do to and with us...Often this is done through changing government rules through their connections as donors to allow changes that citzens and consumers don't realize are changing till it is done and thus not given real opportunity to accept or reject the policy change that affects us.......Is that passiveness the best answer going forward or are these big industries starting to show their hand and demand we take a more active role in deciding what we will allow??

 

Will the real friends of our community, humanity and the planet please stand up so we know who our real friends are and who or what got told be  nice by collected data? I think if life was a poker game someone would be calling that cheating like the old ace up the sleeve deal and things wouldn't end up too pretty for the cheater!  What do you think?

 

Personally I'm loving the neighbor hood locally owned shops and restaurants even when they are the dream of immigrants that have moved to town to live and set up shop.  I still go to the big box shops and food chains but at least 1 in 3 visits is to a locally owned  store or food service these days. The little local shops are great fun to drop into and shop in and the restaurants normally treat you like you really matter......and that is way true for a local hardware stores. You will be surprised how little you miss the cookie cutter town chain shops you can find all over the world now set up by some corporate dictate and set in concrete.

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Chicago Residents Rebel Against Koch Brothers and Rahm Emanuel Over Petroleum Coke Hazard

Chicago Residents Rebel Against Koch Brothers and Rahm Emanuel Over Petroleum Coke Hazard | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
MARK KARLIN, EDITOR OF BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT BuzzFlash and Truthout are accountable to our readers, not big business or billionaire sponsors. Make a t...

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I posted on this earlier. Here is an update of recent developments!

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Angus Deaton: "American hubris, African nemesis"

Angus Deaton: "American hubris, African nemesis" | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it

Nina Munk's The Idealist is a deep and important book about foreign aid and development: grandiose plans, especially those hatched abroad, will be brought down by the complexity and unknowability of local conditions and human behaviour. Beyond the enormous punch that the book delivers, the quality of the writing is that of a fine novel, not of the usual tract in social science. We get to know and care about the characters, including Munk herself; we share their dedication, their optimism, and their dreams of improving lives. We also care when their illusions are destroyed, and their dedication is betrayed. Much of the message is conveyed by the arc of the story, and by the change in Munk's own voice as she moves from her initial optimism and her commitment to reporting on something that really matters—the fight against global poverty—into final disillusion. It is a trip that many of us have made over the years, but few with so much knowledge from the field and none whose experiences are so eloquently and movingly reported.


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This looks like a fascinating book to read. Why can't we all come together and find a way to help more people live better on a better planet?  Isn't that what we are supposed to be seeking?

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Jamie Dimon Gets Pay Raise After Raking Up $25 Billion In Legal Fees

Jamie Dimon Gets Pay Raise After Raking Up $25 Billion In Legal Fees | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Earlier this week we reported that at JPMorgan, the many will pay for the crimes of the few, after the bank revealed that compensation for most workers would be flat with 2012, and no raises were planned for the bank's employees as a result of the...

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Well, ......I don't know what to say about this,,,,,,at least not something nice to say!

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Dana Hoffman's curator insight, January 24, 2014 11:57 AM

Now that is the biggest crock for the day!

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At Least Five Homeless People Froze To Death Last Week

At Least Five Homeless People Froze To Death Last Week | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
A woman in Maine stands out in the cold to collect change from passing cars.
CREDIT: AP
She died where she lived: at the bus stop.
Willie Mae White loved to dance. She told stories about her boyfriends.
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Surely there is a better way.

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Rich Man Calls Rising Income Inequality 'Fantastic'

Rich Man Calls Rising Income Inequality 'Fantastic' | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
One Canadian entrepreneur couldn't have been more excited to learn that the 85 richest people on Earth are now worth as much half the world's population.
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I think the host of that show said it right! ....."Really"?

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The Internet's Own Boy: Film on Aaron Swartz Captures Late Activist's Struggle for Online Freedom

The Internet's Own Boy: Film on Aaron Swartz Captures Late Activist's Struggle for Online Freedom | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
One year ago this month, the young Internet freedom activist and groundbreaking programmer Aaron Swartz took his own life.
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A look at "The Intenet's Own Boy"!

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The Shocking Truth about Freedom Fries, the French Boycott and Fox News | Nomadic Politics

The Shocking Truth about Freedom Fries, the French Boycott and Fox News | Nomadic Politics | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The story of how conservatives vilified the French, and attempted a boycott of French products for not joining the US in an illegal and unnecessary war. What role did Fox News play in this fiasco?
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A great history lesson that is certainly worth everyones time to read over and think about!

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What is the TPP and why is it so bad? - Food & Water Watch

President Obama has indicated that he will be seeking fast-track authority for negotiating trade deals overseas, meaning that Congress wouldn't have to approve his plans. Email your legislators in Washington to urge them to oppose fast track!
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Here is a group that you can actively participate with and support to fight for citizen's interest when it comes to food and water and public interest.

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Reid shunts TPA onto slow track

Reid shunts TPA onto slow track | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
"I’m against fast track,” Reid said of Obama's proposal. 

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Here is more regarding the move to fast track the TPP trade treaty!

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By Alexander Bolton and Vicki Needham - 01/29/14 08:22 PM EST


Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Wednesday suggested he will not bring legislation to the floor that would grant President Obama greater trade powers.


Reid said he is “against” trade promotion authority (TPA) legislation — often called “fast track” — that, if passed, would make it easier for Obama to negotiate trade deals by preventing Congress from amending them.



Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/196853-reid-rejects-obamas-plea-for-trade-power#ixzz2ruBy7aPe 
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By Alexander Bolton and Vicki Needham - 01/29/14 08:22 PM EST


Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Wednesday suggested he will not bring legislation to the floor that would grant President Obama greater trade powers.


Reid said he is “against” trade promotion authority (TPA) legislation — often called “fast track” — that, if passed, would make it easier for Obama to negotiate trade deals by preventing Congress from amending them.



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By Alexander Bolton and Vicki Needham - 01/29/14 08:22 PM EST

 

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Wednesday suggested he will not bring legislation to the floor that would grant President Obama greater trade powers.

 

Reid said he is “against” trade promotion authority (TPA) legislation — often called “fast track” — that, if passed, would make it easier for Obama to negotiate trade deals by preventing Congress from amending them.



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The State of the Union - 1944: FDR's Second Bill of Rights | Nomadic Politics

The State of the Union - 1944: FDR's Second Bill of Rights | Nomadic Politics | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Seventy years ago, FDR outlined a Second Bill of Rights, Economic rights for all Americans. Today the battle for these rights and even keeping them from being stripped away by the GOP continues.
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Here is a  bit of economic history that needs to be remembered.

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AT&T’s New “Sponsored Data” Scheme is a Tremendous Loss for All of Us

AT&T’s New “Sponsored Data” Scheme is a Tremendous Loss for All of Us | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
AT&T announced a new “sponsored data” scheme that lets content creators buy their way around the company’s data caps. It’s bad news for everyone—but AT&T.
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This is how ATT, Verizon and the other ISPs plan to get more from our wallets and eventually limit our voice. After all how much voice can you afford on CBS, FOX or any other traditional sponsored model and corporate owned networks? At least we didn't have to pay the company that wired the lines or put in the old tubes to get the connections to selected content as well.....but that's what ATT and others want us to do ....pay for access then cut deals on who we can access for another fee prsented as a great deal and limit who else we may want to access instead or slow them down. if they weren't willing to cut a deal with them or the other guy wouldn't cut a deal if they cut a deal with the competition....bum deal for us.....Best reason to make the internet a public infrastructure service ever!!!!!

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What's the problem with coffeehouses and the Internet? - Hurriyet Daily News

What's the problem with coffeehouses and the Internet? - Hurriyet Daily News | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
What's the problem with coffeehouses and the Internet?
Hurriyet Daily News
Information exchange without centralized control will always be seen as a malicious rumor mill.
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Turkey has a long tradition of black-marketing useful information that lives on today.

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Goldie Hawn: 'If You Lose Wonder, You've Lost Everything'

Goldie Hawn: 'If You Lose Wonder, You've Lost Everything' | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
With a successful acting career and numerous accolades under her belt, what's next for Goldie Hawn? "There's so much left.
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Interesting interview about many topics.

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The Davos elite worry about inequality - but don't expect them to act

The Davos elite worry about inequality - but don't expect them to act | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Turkeys won't vote for Christmas and Google won’t vote to pay its taxes either.

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Hey! Didn't we pay for this party? Yea! I think we did! They didn't haul their own stuff, make it, sell it, buy it, forfeit retirement funds and healthcare, safety regulations to help companies they owned not go broke and keep jobs in at home?............Yea! Why weren't we invited to the shindig? Is it just because we were dumb enough take our billions and put it into their pockets...thinking it was going to trickle down like they said? Are these are suspose to be people we look-up to and respect? .Seems they decided to go for the look-up to and treat others like doormats and give us little reason to respect them. They seem to think everyone else is a pawn in their game.

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GOP’s plot against democracy: Why it really wants to depress the vote

GOP’s plot against democracy: Why it really wants to depress the vote | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Bipartisan reforms to our embarrassing voting system have been proposed. Here's what's holding up their passage

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I have friends and family that are strong libertarian style GOP. They think of democracy as a dirty word and put it into the same category as socialism and communism...…Who would have ever thought that 50 years or even 25 years ago. The main billionaire individuals and corporate citizen players that have the money to put this idea into people's heads through mass media are billionaires that have perverted the libertarian ideals, original tea party ideals and the GOP to the to look after the rich at all cost and anything goes agenda.

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Study in Norway/Tuition/Scholarships/Tuition fees/

Study in Norway/Tuition/Scholarships/Tuition fees/ | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Information about studies and research in Norway
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One may need to speak and write the language and pass test to get into programs....but this is an idea we need to go for. Maybe those that don't complete without a very good reason should have to pay back the cost.

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Eight Republicans And A Nunn Battle For Georgia's Open Senate Seat

Eight Republicans And A Nunn Battle For Georgia's Open Senate Seat | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The retirement of Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss has unleashed a scramble for the job. Eight Republicans are trying to out-conservative one another in battling for the nomination. And Michelle Nunn, the daughter of former Sen.
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This should be interesting to watch. Will North Carolina contiue to buy everything the Astro-Tea Party is selling to them? It Ain't Paul's Tea Party ....It's the Koch's Tea Party and it's all about de-regulation and helping  the 1% line their  pockets with eveyone else's money and efforts.!

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Morning Reads: NSA Spying Illegal; Sen. Warren Wants to Refi Student Debt

Morning Reads: NSA Spying Illegal; Sen. Warren Wants to Refi Student Debt | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Good morning, and happy National Pie Day!
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Good reads! I'll break out some key ones later, but for those that want the moring mother load here it is.

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Most Of The Rich Are Undeserving Of Their Wealth & Income

Most Of The Rich Are Undeserving Of Their Wealth & Income | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Are The Rich Really Deserving Of Their Wealth?
Paul Krugman wrote a very important article a couple days ago.
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What do you think? Here Krgman's opinion!

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