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The Canary Effect: Kill the Indian, Save the Man (2006) | Watch Documentary Free Online

The Canary Effect: Kill the Indian, Save the Man (2006) | Watch Documentary Free Online | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
From multi-award winning directors Robin Davey and Yellow Thunder Woman, comes this 'Illuminating Documentary' (Time Out). Delving deeply into the often misunderstood and frequently over looked...
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Watched this and found it sad but very interesting. 

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Syrian Ambassador at UNSC Slams Saudi Hypocrisy - SyriaNews

Syrian Ambassador at UNSC Slams Saudi Hypocrisy - SyriaNews | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
At the United Nations Security Council there's an ever existing article when periodically discussing the situation of the Middle East, which is the Palesti
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Well, I just thought this was very interesting. You can make of it what you will as well. I am not informed enough on this to shape an opinion as yet. Sounds like interesting points from both sides of the statements to the UN.

 

I don't support the total mob rule of always going to a popular vote on issues with what is often flawed information from which to make decisions that even under the most informed situations might be difficult. I don't support the spying on all citizens in any form without proven just cause with the excuse of  "protecting" them/us from "threats".

 

I do support the idea that many of our ills can be cured by alert, attentive citizens who actively pay attention to local and broader events/issues as they occur. I support the idea that all citizens of each township and upward through larger community connections (county, state, national, and global) need to have open access to the decision making process, know who is funding and supporting any idea and a rational idea of why, and a way to individually and collectively speak for or against given concerns.

 

Many issues could even be decided by direct vote in this post-modern technology strong age. The irony/paradox of situations like the UN presentions given here are clearly visible to objective witnesses while they may be hard to see by those in the conflict. I am not saying that objective witnesses have an inner understanding of all the details from the point of view of those parties directly involved, but some parts of an issue can be made more clear by the reflection of objective witnesses observing or listening.

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Can We Really Afford This Democracy? - AllAfrica.com

Can We Really Afford This Democracy? - AllAfrica.com | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Can We Really Afford This Democracy? AllAfrica.com I am rather worried at the cost of our democracy - which is increasingly being corrupted to 'democrazy' and 'mob rule' as well as the tendency of this bastardized form of governance to aggravate...
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Here's another interesting read about African Democracy. This is a look at some ways Democracy can fail.

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ACLU: CISPA Is Dead (For Now)

ACLU: CISPA Is Dead (For Now) | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The Senate will not take up the controversial cybersecurity bill, is drafting separate legislation.
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Another close call, but keep your eyes open thses type of bills and acts are like that silver guy in the terminator movies or old time horror movies that just keeps sliming back together everytime you think you stopped it or got it under control.

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Feeling your pain

Feeling your pain | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Authoritative weekly newspaper focusing on international politics and business news and opinion.
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Coffee Party USA's insight: This is an Interesting look at the changing healthcare in China.
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AlterNet Radio: 1,000 Ways Corporate America Rips Off Consumers Every Day; Does Rising Inequality Make Democracies Meaner?

AlterNet Radio: 1,000 Ways Corporate America Rips Off Consumers Every Day; Does Rising Inequality Make Democracies Meaner? | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
It's a theme show of sorts.
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What are the outcomes of rising inequality?
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Aaron Swartz Documentary - The Internet's Own Boy

An investigative documentary from director Brian Knappenberger about the life of the internet pioneer and activist Aaron Swartz.
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We need to help make this documentary happen.Next time the world bumps into a visionary we need see that our own rules don't destroy that person's life while they make changes that needs to be made. We need to make sure those people have many standing with them.

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Austerity cannot easily be contained – its choking effect is spreading - The Guardian

Austerity cannot easily be contained – its choking effect is spreading - The Guardian | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
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Germany was the last domino to fall, its drop in activity during March ending four months of expansion.
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The USA better be paying attention to the failure of this design across the pond.

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BREAKING: Boston bombing suspect charged, will not be treated as enemy combatant

BREAKING: Boston bombing suspect charged, will not be treated as enemy combatant | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The White House said Monday that the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing will not be treated as an enemy combatant, in response to calls from Republican lawmakers to consider that option. ...

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I am so glad this person will be given a trail. Even those that do overtly bad things should be allowed due process. There is a right way and a wrong way to decide quilt...this is the right way.

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Alan Nunnelee - SourceWatch

Alan Nunnelee - SourceWatch | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
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Nunnelee is the Mississippi State Chairman of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), as of 2011.[2]

About ALECALEC is a corporate bill mill. It is not just a lobby or a front group; it is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, corporations hand state legislators their wishlists to benefit their bottom line. Corporations fund almost all of ALEC's operations. They pay for a seat on ALEC task forces where corporate lobbyists and special interest reps vote with elected officials to approve “model” bills. Learn more at the Center for Media and Democracy's ALECexposed.org, and check out breaking news on our PRWatch.org site. 
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LulzSec Hacker Sentenced To One Year In Prison - Technology News - redOrbit

LulzSec Hacker Sentenced To One Year In Prison - Technology News - redOrbit | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Another member of the hacktivist collective LulzSec was brought to justice yesterday when a judge sentenced 25-year old Cody Kretsinger to one year in prison for his role in attacking Sony’s network in June 2011.
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Finally someone is getting wise about making a punishment fit the crime. Some of these people are ordered more time in jail than murders and violent criminals.

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Task Force on Detainee Treatment | The Constitution Project

Task Force on Detainee Treatment | The Constitution Project | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it

Brigadier General David Irvine, USA (Ret.) – In the private practice of law in Salt Lake City, Utah; Retired Army Reserve strategic intelligence officer; taught prisoner interrogation and military law for 18 years with the Sixth Army Intelligence School; served 4 terms as a Republican legislator in the Utah House of Representatives the actual site of the project at this link. 

 

Here is the General I heard on NPR give compelling assessment of why this was ilegal torture after 9/11.

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Here is the General I heard on NPR the other day that gave a compelling assessment of why this was illegal torture after 9/11.

 

This is the link to the actual Constitutional Project.

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Report: US Resorted To Torture After 9/11 Terror : NPR

Report: US Resorted To Torture After 9/11 Terror : NPR | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Report: US resorted to torture after 9/11 terror
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The whole Idea of setting standards is to brand the bad guys during and after a war and shame them into fighting more fair and when they don't they are punished either by their own countrymen or international courts. Thus we have national and international standards of behavior in war.

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The Seductive Simplicity of a New Banking Bill

The Seductive Simplicity of a New Banking Bill | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Senators Sherrod Brown, Democrat of Ohio, and David Vitter, Republican of Louisiana, not only want to toughen the overhaul of the financial system, but also simplify it.
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Before looking at what the bill would do, it’s interesting to note what it wouldn’t. The legislation doesn’t stipulate a maximum size for banks. And, strangely, it takes no big steps to force Wall Street operations out of the safety net that the Federal Reserve provides to banks in times of crisis.

 
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The Roots of Right Wing Religious Extremism: The Winrod Legacy 1/2 | Nomadic Politics

The Roots of Right Wing Religious Extremism: The Winrod Legacy 1/2 | Nomadic Politics | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Gerald Winrod is largely forgotten today but in his age, he was an influential religious leader.
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This takes a while to read through but it is certainly worth the time. I took awhile to scoop it until I had time to carefully read through the article. I did not fact check things but the article puts forth some great thinking/research starting points for anyone interested in the impact the right wing religious extremist from earlier times and how they may be still be impacting views and attitudes today.

 

Very interesting well researched post. You would have to be widely read to argue rationally with anything in this article because there is alot of meat (researched support) to the opinion. Most will Enjoy the history lesson.  I remember my father passing down some of those same ideas as the article discusses and he was no where near the religious right, so the attittudes of this type were most likely very wide spread.

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'Corruption corroding SA' - Sowetan

'Corruption corroding SA' - Sowetan | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
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'Corruption corroding SA'
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... she said "never, never, never again" should the oppression of one by another in South Africa be allowed. "Let us mark a formidable war on corruption," Ramphele said.
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"These are not just bumps on the road to a better future. These are not the inevitable pains of a transitional period," Ramphele said.

"They are a betrayal of the founding principles of our democracy, a betrayal of what our brothers and sisters, our fathers and mothers, who fought all those freedom fights and died."

 

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Obamacare exemption talk lights up Capitol Hill

Obamacare exemption talk lights up Capitol Hill | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
An aide warns "Republican trackers" are asking about which insurance members of Congress must use.
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The Republicans should all buy their own private insurance without being allowed into a group.

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Occupy Offshoot Nonprofit Buys and Forgives Debt for 1,000 in Louisville. Why?

Occupy Offshoot Nonprofit Buys and Forgives Debt for 1,000 in Louisville. Why? | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The leading cause of bankruptcy in the U.S. is medical debt. A new fund has taken up arms against this problem by buying up defaulted debts—and then not collecting them.
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Here's another medical debt buy up from Occupy. Not as big as the last one , but I know the folks that had debt forgiven think it was big in their book!
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Rep. Jerrold Nadler: Federal deficit being cut too fast | The Raw Story

Rep. Jerrold Nadler: Federal deficit being cut too fast | The Raw Story | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
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This is about the price of pushing too many too the edge and over too fast.
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Aaron's Army

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Aaron wasn't a lone wolf, he was part of an army, and I had the honor of serving with him for a decade. You have heard many things about his remarkable life, but I want to focus tonight on just one.

 

Aaron was part of an army of citizens that believes democracy only works when the citizenry are informed, when we know about our rights—and our obligations. An army that believes we must make justice and knowledge available to all—not just the well born or those that have grabbed the reigns of power—so that we may govern ourselves more wisely.

He was part of an army of citizens that rejects kings and generals and believes in rough consensus and running code.

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This says so much please take time to read over this and if you feel moved then become one more of Aaron's Army.

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EPA deems US state department Keystone review 'insufficient' - The Guardian

EPA deems US state department Keystone review 'insufficient' - The Guardian | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The Guardian EPA deems US state department Keystone review 'insufficient' The Guardian Leading environmental groups declared on Monday that the Obama administration's latest environmental review of the Keystone XL pipeline fundamentally violated...
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Let's hope our officails listen and and ensure this pipeline is worth the risk.

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RNC Uses Fear Tactics for Fund Raising--Read the Latest Letter

Dear Michael,

He's doing it again. As if playing politics with White House tours wasn't enough, the Obama Administration is now doing the same thing with airline travel.

The Federal Aviation Administration is now planning to furlough 47,000 workers throughout the rest of the fiscal year. According to Nicholas Calio, president of Airlines for America, this plan "is illegal, irresponsible and damaging. Most of all, it's totally unnecessary."

The absence of these workers could delay flights in major airports 3 1/2 hours, and will create massive problems for travelers and shippers this summer.

There are a number of ways the FAA can reduce costs and meet government cutbacks without creating problems for travelers, but once again this Administration, it's all politics, all the time.

Obama is looking for ways to point the finger at Republicans over the sequester, and pressuring the FAA into cuts that have the greatest impact on the traveling public is the latest attempt to do so.

Contribute $25, $50, $100, or whatever you can today to send a strong message that we will not stand idly by and watch this President unnecessarily wreak havoc on air travelers.


Reince Priebus
Chairman, Republican National Committee


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I'm always contacting my Republican Representaives (the only kind we have in this state). and getting these same kind of letters. Nearly never have they supported what I care most about. They blow my input off and say they welcome and will consider my input as they go on thier merry way with the exact opposite vote that I want but what the great GOD of the GOP has deeed they will all say and do.. Then they tell me how bad Obama is doing as though I called him and he ignored me rather than local GOP representaives standing in the way or all out putting together bills I don't remotely support...

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Do It Yourself and house concerts are cropping up all over: Here's why - Seacoastonline.com

Do It Yourself and house concerts are cropping up all over: Here's why - Seacoastonline.com | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Do It Yourself and house concerts are cropping up all over: Here's why Seacoastonline.com Neither is a particularly new or revolutionary movement, but they've both had a resurgence of sorts since the turn of the century — with the rise of the...
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Here's a trend I love. I wouldn't mind seeing this in malls and some public spaces like we find in big cities around the world on streets. The USA small towns have empty streets so bring these small concert to where we do gather...Cracker Barrel would even be fine with the right performers and more coffee /cafe places would be great too. ...This would allow our talented an option to provide local entertainmnet and make a bit extra when they perform.

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Sixteen Years for Espionage; Life in Jail for Whistleblowing

Sixteen Years for Espionage; Life in Jail for Whistleblowing | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The government wants to cage for life someone who should instead be thanked, freed, and rewarded for his contribution to an informed American democracy.
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"The military’s message is clear: Admit to illegally communicating national defense information for profit, and you’ll get a plea deal and 16 years in jail. Admit to making information publicly available to expose abuse, and the government will refuse your plea and seek a life sentence.

This is but one in a long line of courts-martial that highlight the egregious prosecutorial overreach in Bradley Manning’s case. Last year, we documented the trials of the perpetrators of the Haditha massacre in Iraq and of the Kill Team in Afghanistan – those soldiers were freed and made eligible for parole within ten years, respectively.

But they’ve thrown the book at Manning, and then some. In addition to facing a life sentence, Manning has endured nearly a year of solitary confinement, nearly three years of pretrial detention, and a secretive trial designed to minimize media coverage." 

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Daily Kos: Constitution Project's Task Force on Detainee Treatment Does What Government Won't

Daily Kos: Constitution Project's Task Force on Detainee Treatment Does What Government Won't | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The Constitution Project's Task Force on Detainee Treatment is an independent, non-partisan group that produced a report comprehensively documenting the United States' descent into torture. The Task ...
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I'm still digging for the General I listened to on NPR the other day. He was in the Project and gave a compelling assessment.

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