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‘Let’s stop this government-by-extortion’ - Green Party’s Stein on US shutdown

‘Let’s stop this government-by-extortion’ - Green Party’s Stein on US shutdown | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The American public, not President Obama, is the force that can have the most impact on how Washington pulls out of its current acrimony, former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein told RT on Wednesday.
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Here's the input of a very bright women that offers an alternative to the two parties we seem to be stuck with at the moment.

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Ani DiFranco talks Pete Seeger

Ani DiFranco talks Pete Seeger | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Ani DiFranco describes the inspiration for her newest, 'Which Side Are You On?'
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New, contemporized version of  "Which Side Are You On?" that was inspired by Pete Seeger's old 1950 version of that song. Somehow I feel  Florence Reece,  a woman from a coal mining town and the creator of this song many years ago,  would approve of the sprirt of the update.

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Comment on Ten Ways to Democratize Our Broken Economy by Edward Kirby

Comment on Ten Ways to Democratize Our Broken Economy by Edward Kirby | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
How so? We have computers now, so that implementing this would be relatively easy.
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Excellent ideas on how  individuals can come together and take more local and direct control of matters that make a difference  in our guilty of life by rethinking and using our own money to more directly effect and improve our own lives…

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This week’s other huge (but little-noticed) fight: Wall Street’s newest scheme

This week’s other huge (but little-noticed) fight: Wall Street’s newest scheme | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
While we're all distracted, a quiet battle this week could seriously affect your finances. Here's what's at stake
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Important things are happening while we watch the three ring circus show!

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"Outsourcing America Exposed" | Cartoons, What Matters Today | BillMoyers.com

"Outsourcing America Exposed" | Cartoons, What Matters Today | BillMoyers.com | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Across the country, for-profit companies are engaged in a hostile takeover of our schools, roads, prisons, drinking water -- even government itself.
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Did you know there are states where private companies that buy the rights to "own  or license a road for say 40 years require the state to not upgrade competing state roads as part of the agreement.

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Matt Taibbi on Wall Street's Campaign to Loot Public Pensions | Connecting the Dots, What Matters Today | BillMoyers.com

Matt Taibbi on Wall Street's Campaign to Loot Public Pensions | Connecting the Dots, What Matters Today | BillMoyers.com | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Matt Taibbi talks about his new investigation into Wall St. hedge funds that are taking public pension money out of the hands of retirees in cities and states across the country.
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And, as Taibbi writes…

This war isn’t just about money. Crucially, in ways invisible to most Americans, it’s also about blame. In state after state, politicians are… using scare tactics and lavishly funded PR campaigns to cast teachers, firefighters and cops – not bankers – as the budget-devouring boogeymen responsible for the mounting fiscal problems of America’s states and cities.

 
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People Want Full Medicare for All

People Want Full Medicare for All | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
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You’d think he would have used his time to talk specifically about the suffering that uninsured people and their children are going through, especially in the Lone Star State. Or about what could replace Obamacare other than his repeated “free market” solution, which is to say the “pay or die” profiteering, tax-subsidized corporate system.

 

It was puzzling why he never mentioned that during his two days of talking, over two hundred Americans died, on average, because they couldn’t afford health insurance to get diagnoses and timely treatment. (A peer reviewed study by Harvard Medical School researchers estimated about 45,000 die annually for lack of affordable health insurance every year.)

The other reaction to Senator Cruz was that many of his more specific objections to Obamacare – its mind-numbing complexity, opposition by formerly supportive labor unions, and employers reacting by reducing worker hours below 30 hours a week to escape some of the law’s requirements – are well-taken and completely correctible by single-payer health insurance, as provided in Canada. Single-payer, or full Medicare for all, with free choice of physician and hospital has been the majority choice of Americans for decades. Even a majority of doctors and nurses favor it.

Single-payer’s advantage is that everybody is in, nobody is out. It is far more..........[click title for more]

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GOP's Unpassable Plan C: Delay Obamacare for a Year - The Fiscal Times

GOP's Unpassable Plan C: Delay Obamacare for a Year - The Fiscal Times | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The Fiscal Times GOP's Unpassable Plan C: Delay Obamacare for a Year The Fiscal Times Yet even before Cruz began his marathon speech, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky moved to take Republicans off “Cruz control.”McConnell and his...
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Mitch says something wise....Take the Republicans off "Cruz Control"!

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Why Obamacare Is a GOP Nightmare - RealClearPolitics

Why Obamacare Is a GOP Nightmare - RealClearPolitics | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Al Jazeera America Why Obamacare Is a GOP Nightmare RealClearPolitics WASHINGTON -- To understand the crisis in Washington, tune out the histrionics and look at the big picture: Republicans are threatening to shut down the federal government -- and...
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Great points! Truth is refreshing!

 

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About 25 percent of those living in households with annual incomes below $25,000 are uninsured, compared with just 8 percent in households earning more than $75,000. Do the working poor deserve to have their chronic medical conditions go untreated as punishment for not making enough money?

 



Read more: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2013/09/24/why_obamacare_is_a_gop_nightmare_120045.html#ixzz2fnxHYz5c ;
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New Census Data Undermine House GOP's Reasons For Cutting Social Safety ... - Mintpress News

New Census Data Undermine House GOP's Reasons For Cutting Social Safety ... - Mintpress News | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
New Census Data Undermine House GOP's Reasons For Cutting Social Safety ...
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As the House continues to move toward significantly undermining the safety net for the poorest Americans, newly-released data from the Census Bureau reveals that the middle and lower classes have yet to emerge from the Great Recession. As reported in the Census Bureau’s current population report, “Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2012,” while statistically there has been no change in income levels from 2011 to 2012, the 2012 levels are still significantly lower than 2007 levels, showing an 8.3 percent decline in real household income. 2007 was the last year of normal economic growth before the housing bubble burst.

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Two Years After Occupy Wall Street, a Network of Offshoots Continue Activism for the 99%

Two years after the Occupy Wall Street movement shifted the conversation on economic inequality, we look at its origins in New York City’s Zuccotti Park and its continued legacy in a number of different groups active today.
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Interesting look at the Occupy Wall Street movement.

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Academics Join Opposition to Petraeus Professorship, Violent Arrest of Students

Academics Join Opposition to Petraeus Professorship, Violent Arrest of Students | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Hundreds of professors at the City University of New York and elsewhere are admirably calling for charges to be dropped against six students arrested Tuesday during a protest against former CIA Director Gen.
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Interesting! Maybe I need to turn on the TV more. Was this on the evening news today? All I can say is I got stuck on the $200,000 for a three hours  per week lecture. The teachers in this state are definitely teaching at the wrong schools.

 

Petraeus was set to earn $200,000 for teaching a three-hours-a-week course titled "Are We On the Threshold of the North American Decade?" This was reduced to $150,000 after uproar over his wage, before Petraeus and CUNY agreed it would be reduced to a nominal $1, in order "to remove money as a point of controversy".

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House Passes Spending Plan That Defunds Obamacare

House Passes Spending Plan That Defunds Obamacare | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The House approved a Republican-proposed short-term spending plan Friday that would continue funding the government through mid-December but withhold money for President Obama’s health care law.
—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.
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Anyone surprised? Our Congressional Representative was the ALEC chairman in Mississippi until he headed to Washington. I guess he is trying to pay up for all the fancy ads. Funny how a GOP spending Plan is all about them getting personally more to spend by giving ALEC nd other groups like them all they desire.Everyone else is getting poorer and losing power by trusting the likes of the GOP ALEC front men..

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James Zogby: Arab Spring: Alive and Well in Tunisia

James Zogby: Arab Spring: Alive and Well in Tunisia | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
It appears that Tunisians, like the Egyptians before them, have had enough of the Muslim Brotherhood party and want a change in direction in their country.
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The Brotherhood's brand seems to be in trouble yet again. Bossy, pushy, tea party type governments offend everyone that doesn't agree with them no matter what you call these groups because they are offended by anyone that does not totally go along with them. The Brotherhood, Al Qaida and The Tea Party all share that common bully trait. 

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Comment on Bill Moyers Essay: Joblessness is Killing Us by Tim Taylor

Comment on Bill Moyers Essay: Joblessness is Killing Us by Tim Taylor | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Globalization has certainly contributed to job loss. And that is part of the criminal aspects of deregulated private capital that Bill Clinton and Al Gore championed through NAFTA, WTO, etc. BUT you are missing a much bigger phase shift.
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Great Video of the Pope's visit to see those with massive unemployment. Moyers frames this brief cut with dynamic points as usual!

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Aiming at Government and Hitting Big Business

Aiming at Government and Hitting Big Business | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
This post first appeared on the Dirt Diggers Digest.The tea party caucus calling the shots in the US House of Representative is gloating about having shut down the federal government while simultaneously claiming that technical problems in the...
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How far is the reach of the Shutdown? Here is a discussion of that.

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Civilization is defined by 'the others'

Civilization is defined by 'the others' | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
What does it mean to be a civilized person? A civilized nation? How are these notions changing over time? And from one country to another?

Via Maria Nunzia @Varvera
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We share this world with many others. Here is a look at how a civilization varies according to who is looking at a group of others and how the definition changes depending on where and when you live.

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Jordheim says that what makes the project particularly interesting is its wide scope -- from the private realm, to global matters.

"On the one hand, this is about how you behave within your own home. How do you behave towards your wife and children? What is the ideal? At the same time, this is about the nation and the world order.

It is important for all countries to appear civilized. How civilized a country is considered to be determines its position in the 'global pecking order,'" he says.

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How To Survive The State - Tidal

How To Survive The State - Tidal | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Occupy Theory, Occupy Strategy
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Interesting read. What do you think?

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GOP Debt Ceiling Strategy Falls Apart - Business Insider

GOP Debt Ceiling Strategy Falls Apart - Business Insider | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
House Republicans shelve a debt ceiling plan because it's not conservative enough.
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How conservative does the debt ceiling strategy have to be before it is good  enough?

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How 401(k)s Rewarded the Rich and Turned the Rest of Us into Big Losers | Perspectives, What Matters Today | BillMoyers.com

How 401(k)s Rewarded the Rich and Turned the Rest of Us into Big Losers | Perspectives, What Matters Today | BillMoyers.com | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
In a nutshell, the 401(k) revolution created a few big winners and turned most of us into losers.
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Too many great article out today to post! This one really gcaught my eye though. Great article!

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If It's Not Organic, Don't Panic - The Epoch Times

If It's Not Organic, Don't Panic - The Epoch Times | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
If It's Not Organic, Don't Panic
The Epoch Times
Vegetable seeds are sold at a nursery in Pasadena, Calif. Not all conscientious farms, or growers can afford to go certified organic, but that doesn't mean they're less healthy.
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Good points are made in thsi article.

 

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On the flip side, sustainably raised meats, such as venison from New Zealand, are grass fed outdoors year-round on free-range ranches without the use of hormones, steroids, or growth promoters. Rainwater and sunshine nourish the pasture the animals graze on without environmentally expensive irrigation, waste disposal, or water-table impact. They’re just not “organic” by label, but they are truly sustainable

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Should Poor People Eat? Let's Hear From Both Sides!

Should Poor People Eat? Let's Hear From Both Sides! | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Either there was a massive economic collapse, or people are cheating the government. Who's to say which side is right?
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Either there was an economic collapse or people are cheating the government to get food stamps. I wonder which event happened? Really, do we really wonder about that?

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Catholic Bishops: Ryan Budget’s Cuts To Food Stamps Are ‘Unjustified And Wrong’

Catholic Bishops: Ryan Budget’s Cuts To Food Stamps Are ‘Unjustified And Wrong’ | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is criticizing the House Republican budget for cutting various assistance programs for the poor, The Hill reported (04/12--Catholic Bishops..Cuts To Food Stamps Are ‘Unjustified & Wrong’ (...
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Sunday Morning News! I think there are still some religious leaders with hearts and brains. Jesus after all did not go around handing out boot strings and hard knocks and tell people that were down, sick or starving to save yourself.

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BILL O'REILLY in Inequality For All: Do you know Robert Reich? - BillMoyers.com

BILL O'REILLY in Inequality For All: Do you know Robert Reich?
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This is a duo worth listening to.

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Inside the 2011 American Legislative Exchange Council conference

Inside the 2011 American Legislative Exchange Council conference
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Interesting short video of attempts to gain reports at an ALEC conference that gives scholarships to many state policy makers for them to attend and work with these groups. Ordinary citizens do not usually get to offer state policy makers sweet fully paid resort trips to be heard one on one for and entire conference time. Maybe we should all chip in and invite them to weekend over on our couches and see if that helps the regular citizen get heard over the ALEC crowd. Or then again, maybe we should find out who these policy makers are and vote other people that don't need scholarships to figure out how to make good policy that actually helps citizens not just a few with great resorts trips. We should also not support businesses that undermine citizens collective voices for personal gain aand power.

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