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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.”


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The Ashoka Community's curator insight, February 12, 2014 2:46 PM

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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Political crisis freezes Brazil's civil internet bill - BNamericas

Political crisis freezes Brazil's civil internet bill - BNamericas | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it

All over the world theA fierce political dispute between Brazil's ruling Workers' party (PT) and its largest ally in congress, PMDB, has put the country's Marco Civil da Internet…

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All over the world nearly the story is the same. I think TimBerners -Lee should go ahead and patent the WEB and charge everyone in the world billions of dollars to use it…if we just let these telecoms have it…He didn't invent it just for them to benefit from, it was for everyone. Telecoms didn't build it or invest in it without all our money doing that for a good service…if they don't want to deliver good service which most already overpay for then pull their charters to serve us and build it around them.


The rich media barons of the world need to watch out that they don't cross over the point of no return with the people of the world. NO one really minds if they live high on the hog as long as they don't use all the rest of the people to climb on that hogs back. Telecom are thieves when they act like this… They try to take possession of the WEB as though it was theirs and it is not. Let them haver their wires and eat them and let the rest of us build around them.


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The quarrel spilled into Marco Civil, which in Cunha has found one of its fiercest opponents. The politician has even presented an alternative version to Marco Civil, and opposes mainly two aspects of the bill: the obligation for companies to build datacenters in Brazil and the network neutrality concept.



Cunha sides with telecoms operators arguing that net neutrality - according to which no content can receive differential treatment on the network - harms telcos' investments. The carriers want to be free to charge differently if a customer uses his data plan to download an HD movie or if he is simply sending emails, for example.



Cunha says all PMDB members in congress are against the measure. If the bill is rejected by the lower house, a new one must be then submitted. To Marco Civil's author, lawmaker Alessandro Molon, from PT, the act is an instance of "petty political vengeance against more than 100mn Brazilian internet users."



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Not even the latest draft presented by Molon has placated Cunha. This last version is seen as more acquiescing to operators' claims in the neutrality issue - and because of that has been criticized by civil society members and network neutrality supporters.



An internet campaign launched by advocate group Avaaz this week, championed by the famous Brazilian singer and former culture minister Gilberto Gil, has collected over 100,000 signatures in just six hours. The campaign calls for Marco Civil legislation to return to its original terms, arguing lawmakers "have bowed to the telecommunications lobby."





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Michelle Rhee gives the nation a D+ in school reform

Michelle Rhee gives the nation a D+ in school reform | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The nation has, apparently, disappointed the former D.C. schools leader.
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Here is another look behind the scenes at the common core push. While some ideas in common core are helpful and good they are not new to good or great teachers.


The focus of common core is more of the testing threat for motivation than a learning challenge and all that testing is expensive in both time and money, that is the main issue with common core. The money and time could be better spent on other aspects of the school, teaching and ;learning. For instance teachers at many schools cannot even attend professional conferences that help motivate and encourage and offer hands on opportunities to professional teachers the way films try to do virtually….The money for state examines will over ride any other cost, even school maintenance, replacing teachers that retire or leave and professional conferences.

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She has earned her own "F"

 

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Fair Elections For New York | Demos

Fair Elections For New York | Demos | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it

New York would join a growing national demand for public financing of elections. Our report Fresh Start showed that since Connecticut enacted a public campaign finance program in 2008, the state legislature has become more responsive to voter priorities, helping lawmakers spend more time with constituents and reducing the power of special interests.

On the national level, Representatives Sarbanes and Pelosi introduced the Government for the People Act, which would increase the power of the small contributions, providing incentives for congressional candidates to reach out to average constituents, not just dial for dollars from wealthy donors.

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Those living in New York  might want to get behind this effort to publicly finance elections. It would be one great step towards challenging the big money that corrupts so many elections these days.

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Even if you don't live in New York....


In a few weeks, New York leaders could make history and enact public campaign financing. It's unclear if they will rise to the occasion. Last month, progressives called on New York's governor, Andrew Cuomo, to include public financing in his Executive Budget—and he did it.


Now he just has to finish the job. With your help.


New York's state budget is due April 1st. Sign our petition to tell Governor Andrew Cuomo: fair elections can't wait another term.


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Berners-Lee Calls for Bill of Rights for the Web

Berners-Lee Calls for Bill of Rights for the Web | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Tim Berners-Lee: "We need a global constitution — a bill of rights."Speaking on the 25th anniversary of the world wide web, Tim Berners-Lee, web inventor and an outspoken critic of spy agencies' surveillance of citizens, said an online "Magna...
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Here Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the WEB, speaks for himself… HE HOPES WE ARE LISTENING AND TAKING THIS TO HEART I"M SURE! This is why he didn't patent the WEB for billions. HE MEANT FOR IT TO BE OURS>>>EVERYONE'S WEB!

 

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 Speaking on the 25th anniversary of the world wide web, Tim Berners-Lee, web inventor and an outspoken critic of spy agencies' surveillance of citizens, said an online "Magna Carta" is needed to protect and enshrine the independence of the medium he created and the rights of its users worldwide.

 

"Unless we have an open, neutral internet we can rely on without worrying about what's happening at the back door, we can't have open government, good democracy, good healthcare, connected communities and diversity of culture. It's not naive to think we can have that, but it is naive to think we can just sit back and get it."

 

This was and still is the intent of the man that designed the Web and didn't patent it for billions. When you have someone like this and other major players as well saying we cannot at this point trust any country (including this one) or corporation with an unprotected Internet that speaks volumes. The rest of us better pay attention and step up on this.  Only we are a force big enough to make this happen. We need a bill of rights for the WEB,  "A Magna Carta".  Bills like that have always been achieved only through the full weight of a society actively seeking to shape their destiny.

 

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Here Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the WEB, speaks for himself… HE HOPES WE ARE LISTENING AND TAKING THIS TO HEART I"M SURE! This is why he didn't patent the WEB for billions. HE MEANT FOR IT TO BE OURS>>>EVERYONE'S WEB!

 

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 Speaking on the 25th anniversary of the world wide web, Tim Berners-Lee, web inventor and an outspoken critic of spy agencies' surveillance of citizens, said an online "Magna Carta" is needed to protect and enshrine the independence of the medium he created and the rights of its users worldwide.

 

"Unless we have an open, neutral internet we can rely on without worrying about what's happening at the back door, we can't have open government, good democracy, good healthcare, connected communities and diversity of culture. It's not naive to think we can have that, but it is naive to think we can just sit back and get it."

 

This was and still is the intent of the man that designed the Web and didn't patent it for billions. When you have someone like this and other major players as well saying we cannot at this point trust any country (including this one) or corporation with an unprotected Internet that speaks volumes. The rest of us better pay attention and step up on this.  Only we are a force big enough to make this happen. We need a bill of rights for the WEB,  "A Magna Carta".  Bills like that have always been achieved only through the full weight of a society actively seeking to shape their destiny.

 

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, March 12, 2014 1:54 AM

Here Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the WEB, speaks for himself… HE HOPES WE ARE LISTENING AND TAKING THIS TO HEART I"M SURE! This is why he didn't patent the WEB for billions. HE MEANT FOR IT TO BE OURS>>>EVERYONE'S WEB!

 

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 Speaking on the 25th anniversary of the world wide web, Tim Berners-Lee, web inventor and an outspoken critic of spy agencies' surveillance of citizens, said an online "Magna Carta" is needed to protect and enshrine the independence of the medium he created and the rights of its users worldwide.

 

"Unless we have an open, neutral internet we can rely on without worrying about what's happening at the back door, we can't have open government, good democracy, good healthcare, connected communities and diversity of culture. It's not naive to think we can have that, but it is naive to think we can just sit back and get it."

 

This was and still is the intent of the man that designed the Web and didn't patent it for billions. When you have someone like this and other major players as well saying we cannot at this point trust any country (including this one) or corporation with an unprotected Internet that speaks volumes. The rest of us better pay attention and step up on this.  Only we are a force big enough to make this happen. We need a bill of rights for the WEB,  "A Magna Carta".  Bills like that have always been achieved only through the full weight of a society actively seeking to shape their destiny.

 

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Job Insecurity of Workers Is a Big Factor in Fed Policy

Job Insecurity of Workers Is a Big Factor in Fed Policy | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it

to plan for.For months now, the Federal Reserve has been poised to raise interest rates, but has held off. Why? The answer lies mainly in what the Fed's chairman, Alan Greenspan, describes as a powerful recent force in the American economy: job insecurity. In his testimony to Congress yesterday, he clearly elevated this insecurity to major status in central bank policy. Workers have been too worried about keeping their jobs to push for higher wages, he said, and this has been sufficient to hold down inflation without the added restraint of higher interest rates.

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How does this old article set with you all? I think it stinks that this was ever a serious factor in shaping American policy!

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Sarah Palin Remarks Conservative Political | Video | C-SPAN.org

Sarah Palin Remarks Conservative Political | Video | C-SPAN.org | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Former Alaska governor and vice presidential nominee Sara Palin spoke to conservatives attending the Conservative Political Action Conference. She criticized the Obama administration's policies which she said were not 'winning the future' but 'losing the country.'
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Sadly, this embodiment of hate does inspire a person to buy a gun...but those of us with a different set of values must resist the urge because even inspirations and the embodiments of hate like Sarah Palin who certainly seems like a grisly only with less reason and purpose other than spreading the hate, should not be used as target practice.....She is the OLD WORLD thank GOD......That is why we HAVE HAD  the world we now have and she is complaining about  for 30 years  and counting...DUH.... Did she miss that!!! BEST SPOKE PERSON FOR THE KOCH BROTHERS AWARD!!!! "Get rid of government and let the stupid little people float in dirty water and poisoned soils and hate"...Great plan Sarah! Who is her GOD????? God of hate it sounds like!!!!!She and hers can keep their God of hate and greed and the rest of us will take the God that says love your neighbor, which includes not letting people starve or go into dangerous mines to make us rich.....Nothing of substance was spoken here. She never mentions any real plan or meaningful direction just hate and fear and  "Obama" ….All with the tone of a back talking smart aleck preteen or 14 year old!!EMPTY HEAD…. EMPTY HEART>>>>>>>Can you hear that screaming from her spew…..



I’m certainly not a 100% fan Of Obama I can name four or five things that made a helpful major difference in our home immediately….I am maybe a 20% fan of Obama for I do agree he should not have the revolving doors in the FCC, FDA, FTC, USDA….and should have at least opened a serious discussion about single payer insurance even if nothing was decided at the moment to move to that method of payment and enrollment for health care. Which I add was not in the papers because both sides of the isle agreed and Sarah never said those people shouldn’t go through those revolving doors either. 


Obama does at least get me thinking about things and technology allows us to watch and begin to get a picture of what is a full view and what seems to be incomplete information. That alone is empowering and I think this will win out as these old dinosaurs of hate and lovers of old dangerous old habits and lifestyles are proven wrong or at least die off.


What are they fighting for with all that hate and fear? No one is going to kill God really by not believing in God nearly as surely as Palin’s hate will push away the hearts that need God’s love to fill them up…..That is what is really sad….It doesn’t matter what religious robes people wear when they worship the God Of Hate people feel hate….and they give a bad name to those that are usually quietly, steadily and sometimes have to get in these hateful people’s way to demonstrate through actions of love the God of Love that they hold in their heart.

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The Death-Throes Of The Anti-Gay Movement

The Death-Throes Of The Anti-Gay Movement | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
I know the danger to gay people remains great, and I don't want to minimize the impact of living in a state where businesses of all kinds are empowered by law to put "No Gays Allowed" or "No Gays S...
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I was a bit late scooping this article, but with this hateful, insanity spreading around the nation like wildfire this article is certainly going to be relevant  for some time to come. I will say this, I think the very idea of this extreme push to segregate a block of people from our daily lives will backfire as this article shows. "Love your neighbor" wasn't followed by "unless" or "only when" in the order given.

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Media Companies Lobby for Trans-Pacific Partnership | Republic Report

Media Companies Lobby for Trans-Pacific Partnership | Republic Report | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it

According to Congressional Lobbying Reports linked from this article….

 

Time-Warner’s 1Q2013 Lobbying Report lists $905,000.00 in total lobbying expenses, and a team of 4 lobbying on trade issues that included TPP, the New Zealand Copyright Act (http://fairdeal.net.nz/) and other matters.

 

Comcast’s 2Q2013 report lists total lobbying expenses of $5.47million. They categorize their lobbying related to TPP as “International IP Protection – TPP, WIPO (https://www.eff.org/issues/wipo), and TTIP.

 

In Q4 of 2013, Twenty-First Century Fox spent a total of $1.52million dollars on all their lobbying including the TPP, TTIP, and Trade Promotion Authority, better known as “fast track” authority.

 

Disney spent a total of $1.11million in the first quarter of last year on lobbying, spreading their TPP-related lobbying around in the House, the Senate, the U.S. Copyright Office, Patent & Trademark Office (PTO), the Office of Management & Budget (OMB), the Department of Commerce (DOC), and with the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR).

 

Do we perhaps begin to understand better why it is that the corporate/mainstream media has nothing at all to share with us about the secrecy and the potential pitfalls of current trade negotiations?

 

Read more at http://www.republicreport.org/2014/tpp-media-companies/


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The Big Media industry sees the TPP as a global coup for their industry!

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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.
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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,...
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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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Big Moscow rally against Crimea move

Big Moscow rally against Crimea move | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
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This looks like a big statement for not getting involved.

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Abby Huntsman wants to lead her own generation into poverty

Abby Huntsman wants to lead her own generation into poverty | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
By Michael Hiltzik

March 14, 20149:21 a.m.

 

Abby Huntsman is really, really upset about Social Security. We know this because the television presenter, a daughter of former GOP Presidential contender Jon Huntsman, went on an extended rant about it Thursday on MSNBC's "The Cycle." The show is aimed at a younger audience of news consumers and Huntsman, 27, is one of the four youthful co-hosts.

 

She thinks Social Security is going bankrupt, leaving her and her generation with nothing. "This is infuriating," she said, bouncing up and down in her chair like a petulant toddler, "because none of our elected officials seem to care enough to do anything about it." 

 

Unfortunately, almost everything she said about Social Security in the name of making it "sustainable" for her generation was wrong.

 

Dead wrong. 


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http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-mh-abby-huntsman-20140314,0,489874.story#ixzz2vyTPAYAh


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We need to warn the young of Wall Street's desire to put their life long retirement funds into Wall Street ventures. While having money on the game makes sense. Putting all your retirement into the game does not. The man that pushed 401k plans never intended them to be sole retirement investments or for people to only have their old age funds tied up with Wall Street investors. Social Security is more like an insurance plan that some won't even live to collect and you cannot pass on to just anyone…..But for those that do not die early it can be a life saver to many and keep them from having to live in a box on the street. A large number of our old depend totally on it. 

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Say goodbye to public schools: Diane Ravitch warns Salon some cities will soon have none

Say goodbye to public schools: Diane Ravitch warns Salon some cities will soon have none | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
"Why destroy public education so that a handful can boast they have a charter school in addition to their yacht?"
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Here is a scoop worth reading about common core and standardized state test and what  might be the real cost a community and our children..

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In a piece earlier this year critiquing high-stakes testing, [American Federation of Teachers President] Randi Weingarten maintained her support for the Common Core standards themselves, on the grounds that they are “a set of standards designed to help make the transition from just knowing and memorizing information to having the skills and habits to apply knowledge, which is critically important in today’s world.” Why do you disagree?


Well, we don’t know that. The fact is, we have no evidence that the Common Core standards are what we say they are until we’ve tried them. They haven’t been tried anywhere, they’ve been tested — and we know that where they’re tested, they cause massive failure. So I would say we need to have more time before we can reach any judgment that they have some miracle cure embedded in them.


I know, and a lot of teachers know, they’re totally inappropriate for children in kindergarten, first grade, second grade and third grade, because when they were written there was no one on various writing committees who was an expert in early childhood education… They’re also totally inappropriate for children who have disabilities — they can’t keep up.


There’s an assumption in the Common Core that if you teach everybody the same thing, everybody will progress at the same speed. And that’s not human nature. It doesn’t work that way.

But I think Randi also said — and she’s been evolving in her position — that the Common Core standards should be decoupled from the testing. And we’re on the same page. She also agrees — we’ve talked about this — that the standards need to be reviewed by expert teachers, and wherever a fix is needed, fix them. That’s my position. I’m not opposed to them, I’m opposed to them in their current form, and I’m opposed to the standardized testing that’s linked to them.

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National legal and justice systems need to be made child-friendly | United Nations Radio

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This shouldn't even have to be brought up because it should have always been our first thought in every nation.

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The Video You Need To See Before You Spend Another Second Arguing About Health Care

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There's a reason Congress had to sneak this through in the middle of the night.

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OMG and I mean that literally because prayers ARE needed! This is without a doubt one of the best scoops to come out of Upworthy! Remember Trent Lott?  I remember listening to an interview of him on MPR one morning on the way to work. This was right before this senior drug bill vote and there was also a push by get rid of the affirmative action by the GOP at the same time. They ask Trent about bout all this on the local Mississippi Public Broadcasting shows here. He said on both he wasn't happy and they would revisit both topics when they reconvened.  A little remembered man named Bill Frist was brought in to seal the drug and medical deals.

 

Trent didn't like the drug buy plan that was on the table, nor did he think it was a good idea to undermine the affirmative action at that time. He was the highest-ranking Republican in the Senate and by the time they reconvened he was out of a job… They said it was because he said something racist at the 100th birthday of Strom Thurmond. He said the world would be a different place if he had been elected president when he ran and we would have had all these problems. Strom was a huge racist most if not all of his life…Trent was like that when he was younger I hear. But let us get real on this…. When was the last time a Republican got dropped out of a top spot for because of a racist comment?


CPAC just elected Rand Paul for president pick even after he said he supports denying service to whomever you want based on their color or beliefs. Trent had proven or perhaps “changed” his true colors for the good in Mississippi race relations and affirmative action by that time.  The timing struck me as odd based on the fact that it had become clear there were no weapons of mass destruction by this time and the guy that took us to the wrong war was held in place and supported. This might be the only time in recent history that a Republican was pushed from high office by his own in order to satisfy angry Democrats. Anyone even with even a very tiny brain would have to wonder if there wasn't something more to that whole thing.

 

http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/success-story/exposing-senate-majority-leader-bill-frist’s-corruption

 

OK what follows is the one that has more details about the Frist family backgrounds and why Frist was the man to plug into place to seal the drug deal for seniors also rips the Tax payers off.

http://www.laweekly.com/2003-01-16/news/the-bad-doctor/

 

Excerpt from the last mentioned la weekly  link….

 

“Consider the special servicing he gave to pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly. In another example of his “patriotism,” Frist engineered the insertion into the Homeland Security bill of a provision that would protect Eli Lilly from lawsuits over Thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative used in its vaccines. Thousands of lawsuits have been filed against Lilly by parents who believe Thimerosal caused autism and other neurological maladies in their kids.”

 

(This could be were the current battle over vaccines and autism hails from and I never even heard of this…I was just tuning in back then.)

 

Trent confirmed in his book what I long thought after seeing him replaced by Frist and hearing the debate on the drug deal promptly closed and sealed upon Trent’s departure.

 

What follows is From Wikipedia..I also heard Trent say the same himself on a MPR interview:

 

“In his 2005 book, Herding Cats, A Lifetime in Politics, Lott accuses Frist of being "one of the main manipulators" in the debate that ended Lott's leadership in the Republican Senate. Lott wrote that Frist's actions amounted to a "personal betrayal". Frist "... didn't even have the courtesy to call and tell me personally that he was going to run ... If Frist had not announced exactly when he did, as the fire was about to burn out, I would still be majority leader of the Senate today," Lott wrote.”

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Mansur Gidfar


Many a pundit has wrung their hands over the “enigma” that is astronomically high health care costs in the United States. Once you follow the money, however, things get a lot less mysterious in a hurry.


Watch the video at http://www.upworthy.com/the-video-you-need-to-see-before-you-spend-another-second-arguing-about-health-care?c=ufb2


Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, March 11, 2014 4:18 PM

OMG and I mean that literally because prayers ARE needed! This is without a doubt one of the best scoops to come out of Unworthy! Remember Trent Lott?  I remember listening to an interview of him on MPR one morning on the way to work. This was right before this senior drug bill vote and there was also a push by get rid of the affirmative action by the GOP at the same time. They ask Trent about bout all this on the local Mississippi Public Broadcasting shows here. He said on both he wasn't happy and they would revisit both topics when they reconvened.  A little remembered man named Bill Frist was brought in to seal the drug and medical deals.

 

Trent didn't like the drug buy plan that was on the table, nor did he think it was a good idea to undermine the affirmative action at that time. He was the highest-ranking Republican in the Senate and by the time they reconvened he was out of a job… They said it was because he said something racist at the 100th birthday of Strom Thurmond. He said the world would be a different place if he had been elected president when he ran and we would have had all these problems. Strom was a huge racist most if not all of his life…Trent was like that when he was younger I hear. But let us get real on this….When was the last time a Republican got dropped out of a top spot for because of a racist comment? CPAC just elected Rand Paul for president pick even after he said he supports denying service to whoever you want based on their color or beliefs.Trent had proven or perhaps “changed” his true colors for the good in Mississippi race relations and affirmative action by that time.  The timing struck me as odd based on the fact that it had become clear there were no weapons of mass destruction by this time and the guy that took us to the wrong war was held in place and supported. This might be the only time in recent history that a Republican was pushed from high office by his own in order to satisfy angry Democrats. Anyone even with even a very tiny brain would have to wonder if there wasn't something more to that whole thing.

 

http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/success-story/exposing-senate-majority-leader-bill-frist’s-corruption

 

OK what follows is the one that has more details about the Frist family backgrounds and why Frist was the man to plug into place to seal the drug deal for seniors also rips the Tax payers off.

 

http://www.laweekly.com/2003-01-16/news/the-bad-doctor/

 

Excerpt from the last mentioned la weekly  link….

 

“Consider the special servicing he gave to pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly. In another example of his “patriotism,” Frist engineered the insertion into the Homeland Security bill of a provision that would protect Eli Lilly from lawsuits over Thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative used in its vaccines. Thousands of lawsuits have been filed against Lilly by parents who believe Thimerosal caused autism and other neurological maladies in their kids.”

 

(This could be were the current battle over vaccines and autism hails from and I never even heard of this…I was just tuning in back then.)

 

Trent confirmed in his book what I long thought after seeing him replaced by Frist and hearing the debate on the drug deal promptly closed and sealed upon Trent’s departure.

 

What follows is From Wikipedia..I also heard Trent say the same himself on a MPR interview:

 

“In his 2005 book, Herding Cats, A Lifetime in Politics, Lott accuses Frist of being "one of the main manipulators" in the debate that ended Lott's leadership in the Republican Senate. Lott wrote that Frist's actions amounted to a "personal betrayal". Frist "... didn't even have the courtesy to call and tell me personally that he was going to run ... If Frist had not announced exactly when he did, as the fire was about to burn out, I would still be majority leader of the Senate today," Lott wrote.”

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Sarah Palin's CPAC Speech Might As Well Be The Next Dr. Seuss Book

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Former GOP vice presidential candidate and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) took full advantage of her CPAC platform on Saturday, rewriting Dr. Seuss' classic "Green Eggs And Ham" with her own version on the Obama presidency.
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How to teach your child to love.......Oh I'm sorry... This is the "I hate" story book out loud reading. It is being delivered by the leading "I Hate"  master trainer, queen at CPAC..

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Public debt, GDP growth, and austerity: why Reinhart ... - LSE Blogs

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Since the beginning of the financial crisis in 2008 austerity has been the cornerstone of economic policies in the U.S. and Europe. In 2010, these policies were given a significant boost by the publication of research by Harvard ...
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by Robert Pollin – University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Robert Pollin is Distinguished Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and Co-Director of the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI). He is the co-author of “Does high public debt consistently stifle economic growth? A critique of Reinhart and Rogoff” (available to read for free for a limited time) with Thomas Herndon and Michael Ash in the Cambridge Journal of Economics.


 But they claimed that average growth collapses to -0.1% when the ratio rises above a 90% threshold.


However, Herndon, Ash, and I show that these results were based on three sets of mistakes: (1) exclusion of some of the available data; (2) coding errors with their working Excel spreadsheet; and (3) inappropriate methods for averaging statistics to produce their overall results. For example, because of these data-handling problems, a one-year experience in New Zealand in 1951, during which economic growth was -7.6% and the public debt level was high, ends up exerting a major influence on their overall findings. Indeed, this 1951 experience in New Zealand exerted equal influence on their overall findings as 19 years in which the UK economy operated with high public debt/GDP ratios. The UK economy experienced postwar growth at an average rate of 2.4% over these 19 years.

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What Americans Can Learn From Venezuelan Democracy - CounterPunch

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What Americans Can Learn From Venezuelan Democracy
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Perhaps one of the most outstanding aspects of Venezuelan democratic reform is the electoral system and the technology used to record, verify, and transmit votes.
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So what makes Venezuela so important to Washington? Any real estate agent could tell you: location. Given that Venezuela sits atop the strategic intersection of the Caribbean, South and Central American worlds, control of the nation, has always been a remarkably effective way to project power into these three regions and beyond.


Venezuela has the world's largest oil reserves. At the heart of the country's current turmoil is Washington's anger that Venezuela's oil money is going to help its people and not into American shareholders' pockets. The issue in Venezuela is not democracy, it is oil.

Over the past half century, America has descended from popular democracy to corporate dictatorship. Enthusiasm and voter participation have declined immensely and corporate control over politics has increased markedly. In fact, over the last few years, the top thirty American companies spent more money on lobbying politicians than they paid in federal taxes, according to a report from the non-partisan reform group Public Campaign.


The "democratic" process is slowly but surely breaking down in the United States. American voter turnout is less than 50%; this is the lowest of all countries in the entire developed world. Most Americans do not even bother to vote anymore because they realize that neither party actually represents the interest of a majority of the U.S. voters, but merely those of corporate lobby groups and, of course, Wall Street.

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