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Matthew Varnham: 'Occupy is still very much alive'

Matthew Varnham: 'Occupy is still very much alive' | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Continuing our series of interviews with some of the newsmakers of 2012, an Occupy St Paul's protester talks about the movement's future

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Occupy Wall Street Forgives $100,000 of Medical Debt (and Counting!)

Occupy Wall Street Forgives $100,000 of Medical Debt (and Counting!) | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Members of Strike Debt and The Rolling Jubilee recently announced that the campaign raised nearly half a million dollars.

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This is an idea to watch and get behind even if we all just send $5 every so often. 

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Who Is The Smallest Government Spender Since Eisenhower? Would You Believe It's Barack Obama? - Forbes

Who Is The Smallest Government Spender Since Eisenhower? Would You Believe It's Barack Obama? - Forbes | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
It’s enough to make even the most ardent Obama cynic scratch his head in confusion.
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Portuguese teachers protest against education cuts - Reuters

Portuguese teachers protest against education cuts - Reuters | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Portuguese teachers protest against education cuts Reuters Teachers union Fenprof estimated 30,000 teachers marched through Lisbon city center, demanding the resignation of the education minister and protesting against pay cuts and what they called...
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Powers of prophesy: Davos looks to the future - MiamiHerald.com

Powers of prophesy: Davos looks to the future MiamiHerald.com Laura Tyson, a business professor at the University of California at Berkeley, said one of the great concerns should be "the employment effects of technology," with so many jobs being...
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This is the biggest reason we need to look at the redistribution of both wealth and work, job sharing, community and charity work as valuable to society in terms of helping to justify social nets for all those who are able to work and those unable to work.

 

This would mean more time for life and community for the young families with kids, older folks with grandkids or grand dogs, less worry for those that feel afraid of being broke even if the are totally rich or if they are poor. Technology has made the need of warm bodies just to fill a factory, farm, or army out of date.

 

We haven't made the leap to realize how this could really be a gift to all in society to have time to improve society in many little daily ways.

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Unravelling TrapWire: The CIA-Connected Global Suspicious Activity Surveillance System | Public Intelligence

Unravelling TrapWire: The CIA-Connected Global Suspicious Activity Surveillance System | Public Intelligence | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
A number of hacked emails from the private intelligence firm Stratfor have shed light on a global suspicious activity surveillance system called TrapWire, that is reportedly in use in locations around the world from the London Stock Exchange to the...
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This spy company was hacked and those that hacked these spies are looking at life in prison for spying on global spies.   

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USA Patriotism! ... President Dwight D. Eisenhower's Famous Quotes

USA Patriotism! ... President Dwight D. Eisenhower's Famous Quotes | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it

Here in America we are descended in blood and in spirit from revolutionists and rebels - men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine. As their heirs, may we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.

There is nothing wrong with America that the faith, love of freedom, intelligence and energy of her citizens cannot cure.

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For Aaron and the others in his Army!

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U.S. Education Department says sports a civil right for disabled students

U.S. Education Department says sports a civil right for disabled students | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON - Breaking new ground, the U.S. Education Department is telling schools they must include students with disabilities in sports programs or provide equal alternative options. (U.S.
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Protesters slam Egypt government two years after revolution

Protesters slam Egypt government two years after revolution | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
CAIRO -- Young men and boys clashed with security forces as tens of thousands of Egyptians protested Friday against the Islamist-led government’s failure to fix the economy and heal the politically divided nation two years after the overthrow of ...
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A Short NPR Book List Of Important Books To Consider

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This Book List from NPR looks very interesting for those that might like non-fiction, current ideas and evaluations of important stuff!

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Knowledge of Today: What Does School Really Teach Children?

Knowledge of Today: What Does School Really Teach Children? | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The real revolution is the Revolution of Consciousness. Wake up to the Truth - Join the Global Shift in Awareness!
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The corporate lobbyist playbook | SocialistWorker.org

The corporate lobbyist playbook | SocialistWorker.org | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
A well-coordinated network of corporate-backed organizations are highly influential in setting the agenda of state politics.
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Behm is the senior vice president of Stateside Associates, a Virginia-based firm thatspecializes in stealth lobbying.

The most powerful lobby firm of which you've never heard

Founded in 1988, Stateside is self-described as the "industry leader" in state and local governmental affairs counseling. The company's home page tempts potential clients with a program that "transcends the conventional categories" of lobbying. The page further explains:

State and local government relations--done well--protects the bottom line, promotes brand awareness, builds champions among policymakers and safeguards the ability of corporations and associations to succeed.

Stateside's corporate clients are a testament to the success of its strategy. They include the likes of Visa, FedEx, Intuit, Microsoft, the Grocery Manufacturers Association and United Technologies. Past clients have described the firm as "essential," "proactive" and "unmatched."

A lobbying behemoth--the self-proclaimed largest firm of its kind--Stateside has enough tricks up its sleeve to tackle even the most difficult, and often delicate, lobbying cases.

"We came to Stateside Associates asking them to accomplish a complex, nationwide task in a very short time frame. Stateside came through with flying colors, sooner than expected and needed almost no direction after getting the assignment," testified Thomas Kerr, vice president and assistant general counsel for Bayer Corporation.

 
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Final stretch: Is charter school amendment about “money versus public schools” or “giving every child an option”? | Get Schooled

As election day looms, the AJC examines the emotions and money around the charter school amendment in a Sunday piece. The amendment remains an explosive issue
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Good overview about how money behind the scenes is moving the Charter School Business Plan forward and how much the jackpot is if they win the contracts. The concept of "Public" Charter schools is a deliberate ATEMPT to mislead the citizens.” Public Held” ownership is what we assume "Public Schools" to be. This is not what these would be. They would be and are government "Contracted" schools and would be public in that the public is allowed into them like other public places such as stores, restaurants and bars only our TAX dollars would fuel the owners of the contracts “Charters” and not their own money put at risk.. Changing something from public to private doesn’t make it better it just means the public on longer owns it and they are going to allow someone else “ownership”. Private ownership means the owners are free to do what they want with their property.

 

 We would be using Public Funds and Taxes to promote the private business ofCharterSchoolowners. These would be more like the big military contractors as we are looking at billions of dollars to be taken in these contracts.  The equipment and workers in the business would not be public employees and their real bosses would be the owners of the contract whether they are nonprofit or for-profit. The commitment of the workers would be only to the owners and the workers own self-interest as these contracted employers are not prone to loyalty over prosperity of their business.  The workers would not be loyal to the public as they would no longer be public employees any more then someone working in a government contract ship yard would be. The business does not have to stay open like a public school. A business can be sold for profit to someone else or closed should they decide it isn't making money or interesting or if the non-profit has other issues that need their attention more. These businesses can also be poorly planned as one state discovered. That state is trying to recover $17,000,000 from a bankruptCharterSchool.

 

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Report: FBI Afraid Occupy L.A. Movement Would Join With 'Violent' Citizens Upset About Jail Abuses

Report: FBI Afraid Occupy L.A. Movement Would Join With 'Violent' Citizens Upset About Jail Abuses | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it

New documents released this week shed light on how the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, local law enforcement agencies and the private sector worked together to thoroughly monitor and then ultimately crack down on the Occupy...


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I think any thinking person could see this is what happened. Here are some of the details.

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Curating Peer-to-Peer lending and Crowdfunding news

Curating Peer-to-Peer lending and Crowdfunding news | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it

Contrary to my friends at http://www.friendsclear.com/, I am not an expert in P2P lending, a market I started to follow as a Forrester Research analyst when Zopa was created in the UK.

 

P2P lending was a buoyant small space. But financial scandals, the resulting economic crisis and a favorable US regulation (the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act) are making crowdfunding and the notion of by-passing traditional lenders more and more popular. If you're interested in this topic I recommend you follow Matthew Paulson and Peter Renton from  http://www.p2plendingnews.com/ and http://www.sociallending.net/.


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Alternatives to big bank and big money investors. This is showing up as a way for emerging film makers and others with ideas, businesses or causes to move forward with the money from crowd funding.

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State regulators crack down on grocery chain for selling cheap milk

State regulators crack down on grocery chain for selling cheap milk | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Louisiana state regulators recently cracked down on a supermarket chain’s weekly promotional deal because it was selling milk too cheaply -- which violates state law.
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Print - Do We Really Want to Live Without the Post Office? - Esquire

Print - Do We Really Want to Live Without the Post Office? - Esquire | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
RT @brainpicker: "We've seen what austerity does… It kills countries and companies." On the past and future of the postal service http://t.co/It9znicF
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This is very important! The reason we need to keep and support our post office is our freedom of speech....Traditional mail may someday be the only private conversation we are allowed if we don't protect our other privacy like the internet, phone calls, e-mails and public spaces. That alone gives us reason to fight for it and support it. Then there is the little problem of the whole idea that things break or can be broken, but the mailman has been reaching all of us for centuries now even we had nothing but feet and horses to carry us around. That is a system we want as a baseline service.

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Will technology kill your job? - phillyBurbs.com

Will technology kill your job? - phillyBurbs.com | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
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Will middle-class jobs return when the global economy recovers, or are they lost forever because of the advance of technology? The answer may not be known for years, perhaps decades.
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Bill Moyers Essay: The 'Crony Capitalist Blowout' | Moyers & Company | BillMoyers.com

Bill Moyers Essay: The 'Crony Capitalist Blowout' | Moyers & Company | BillMoyers.com | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Bill explains how last week’s fiscal cliff deal gave tens of billions in tax breaks to Wall Street and corporations.
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A Strategy for Liberty

Some good analysis of #Rothbards "#Libertarian Manifesto" for your afternoon reading: http://t.co/WRJYxPqX
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The Road Forward: White House Assessing Major Preschool Plan

The Road Forward: White House Assessing Major Preschool Plan | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Arne Duncan, President Barack Obama's education secretary, has a slogan that summarizes his tenure and the view of his mission that he shares with his boss. "Education is the civil rights issue of our generation," Duncan says.
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Congratulations, America: Austerity, Not Default, Is the Only Threat Now

Congratulations, America: Austerity, Not Default, Is the Only Threat Now | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The sequester, not the debt ceiling, is the only manufactured crisis jeopardizing the recovery (Congratulations, America: Austerity, Not Default, Is the Only Threat Now - Matthew O'Brien - The Atlantic http://t.co/zubyeBqm)...
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How MLK became a radical | SocialistWorker.org

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I thought this article was powerful to read, I've come to the conclusion the most amazing people that lived share a common trait. They all valued ordinary people and stood up peacefully to the privileged few. From Jesus to Gandhi, MLK, Mother Theresa, Archbishop Tutu, Vandana Shiva, Aaron Swartz, and other like them, they stand for each life to be lived fully and justly as they believed God intended. Through their example they challenged people to make the world and the future a better place for everyone not just a few.

 

 

 

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A Victory for Colombia: Constitutional Court Strikes Down Draconian Copyright Expansion Bill

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Public Schools vs. Charter Schools: Facts not Myths on Dion Almaer's Blog

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Here's another point of view on Charter Schools.

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