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GOP group pushes back on Obama's tax hike in ad - USA TODAY

GOP group pushes back on Obama's tax hike in ad - USA TODAY | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
GOP group pushes back on Obama's tax hike in adUSA TODAY2012 - A conservative group founded by GOP strategist Karl Rove is launching a new TV ad about the "fiscal cliff" negotiations, pushing back at President Obama's calls for tax hikes on the...
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Insurers learning how to woo new customers - The Tennessean

Insurers learning how to woo new customers - The Tennessean | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Insurers learning how to woo new customersThe TennesseanThe new customers will mostly shop for and buy their own insurance — a different and harder-to-reach group than the industry's traditional employer clients.
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Including everyone into the insurance market brings new challenges for wooing those without employer insurance. Here are some approaches we can watch for in the near future.

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FCC Abandons Diversity, Embraces Rupert Murdoch - New America Media

FCC Abandons Diversity, Embraces Rupert Murdoch - New America Media | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
New America Media is a nationwide association of over 3000 ethnic media organizations representing the development of a more inclusive journalism.
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Special: Koch Brothers Exposed | Link TV

Special: Koch Brothers Exposed | Link TV | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Koch Brothers Exposed is a hard-hitting investigation of the 1% at its very worst. The film looks to uncover corruption by the billionaire brothers -- and points the way to how Americans can reclaim their democracy.
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This Documentary and Linktv are well worth the time spent to think about the influence money has over our lives.

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Why do we continue to let Ignorance = Strength?

Why do we continue to let Ignorance = Strength? | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it

Thinking about what Annabel Park wrote last night (on the Coffee Party FB page) reminds me of the power we give language and the ways in which language is used by those in power: to distract us (at best), or adjust our thinking (at worst).

Orwell captured the idea best with his notion of doublespeak and today it seems frighteningly prescient... particularly the idea that so many find strength through ignorance. We all owe it to ourselves to educate and be educated, to know history (and not only our own), and to engage in thoughtful discussion. Only through truth and knowledge does the future brighten. -- M. Charney


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This article is about something I noticed myself. I was stunned when Mitt Romney flipped the negative meaning of trickle down economics to “trickle down government” with the idea that was a bad thing. The idea that things don't trickle down as promised, sold, and pushed to us if only we make the wealthy richer has been a negative thing for the larger society and a lie so far. The government HAS been the one doing the trickling down..., which means it IS working the way it should. Greatest example of flipping words and double talk I've seen in years. No wonder Obama was struck silent at such bizarre logic.

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Again, let's look at Iceland's crisis solution

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Represent.Us: Uniting To End Government Corruption

From the Occupy movement to top GOP strategists, forces from both sides of the aisle are uniting to combat the corrupting influence of money in politics. The result? The American Anti-Corruption Act.

 

To read the act, sign your name, and learn more. www.Represent.Us

 

More info: www.anticorruptionact.org

 

 


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FDA Spied on Its Own Scientists in a Massive Witch Hunt

FDA Spied on Its Own Scientists in a Massive Witch Hunt | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it

This rogue agency secretly captured thousands of emails that its disgruntled scientists sent to Congress, labor officials, journalists and even the president.

 

The New York Times is reporting that the US Food and Drug Administration conducted a wide-ranging surveillance operation against a group of its own scientists in an attempt to halt criticism of its medical review process. The agency also had an “enemies list” of sorts that included agency employees, congressional officials, outside medical researchers, and journalists thought to be working together to disseminate negative and “defamatory” information about the FDA.

 

The FDA used spy software that was installed on the workers’ laptops that took screen captures, tracked keystrokes, intercepted personal emails, and even copied documents that were on their personal flash drives. The surveillance, according to the Times, sprang out of a bitter dispute between the scientists and their FDA supervisors over the scientists’ claims that faulty review procedures at the agency led to the approval of some medical devices that had exposed patients to dangerous levels of radiation.

 

http://www.anh-usa.org/fda-spied-on-its-own-scientists-as-part-of-a-massive-witch-hunt/


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Chicago's New Lady Labor Slugger Reactivates Social Movement Unionism

Chicago's New Lady Labor Slugger Reactivates Social Movement Unionism | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it

By JESSE HAGOPIAN, Truthout

Teachers' battle against corporatization of education takes a page from history.

 

"Two ideals are struggling for supremacy in American life today: one the industrial ideal, dominating thru the supremacy of commercialism, which subordinates the worker to the product and the machine; the other, the ideal of democracy, the ideal of the educators, which places humanity above all machines, and demands that all activity shall be the expression of life. If this ideal of the educators cannot be carried over into the industrial field, then the ideal of industrialism will be carried over into the school. Those two ideals can no more continue to exist in American life than our nation could have continued half slave and half free. If the school cannot bring joy to the work of the world, the joy must go out of its own life, and work in the school as in the factory will become drudgery.
~ Margaret "Lady Labor Slugger" Haley, Chicago teacher, at the 1904 National Education Association convention"

 

 

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The Confederacy of Takers

The Confederacy of Takers | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it

by DANA MILBANK, The Washington Post

 

President Obama’s opponents have unwittingly come up with a brilliant plan to avoid the “fiscal cliff.” They want to secede from the union.

 

If Obama were serious about being a good steward of the nation’s finances, he’d let them.

 

The White House, in one of those astro-turf efforts that make people feel warm about small-d democracy, launched a “We the People” program on its Web site last year, allowing Americans to petition their government for a redress of grievances. Any petition that receives 25,000 or more signatures within 30 days is promised a response (though not necessarily a favorable one) from the Obama administration.

 

And so a large number of patriotic Americans, mostly from states won by Mitt Romney last week, have petitioned the White House to let them secede. They should be careful about what they wish for. It would be excellent financial news for those of us left behind if Obama were to grant a number of the rebel states their wish “to withdraw from the United States and create [their] own NEW government” (the petitions emphasize “new” by capitalizing it).

 

Red states receive, on average, far more from the federal government in expenditures than they pay in taxes. The balance is the opposite in blue states. The secession petitions, therefore, give the opportunity to create what would be, in a fiscal sense, a far more perfect union.

 

Among those states with large numbers of petitioners asking out: Louisiana (more than 28,000 signatures at midday Tuesday), which gets about $1.45 in federal largess for every $1 it pays in taxes; Alabama (more than 20,000 signatures), which takes $1.71 for every $1 it puts in; South Carolina (26,000), which takes $1.38 for its dollar; and Missouri (22,000), which takes $1.29 for its dollar.

 

Since the effort gained attention this week, copycats in all but a few states have joined the petition drive. To be fair, White House officials could refuse the secession petitions of states Obama won, such as New York (which gets only 79 cents on its tax dollar), Michigan (85 cents) and Colorado (79 cents).

 

What would be left is a Confederacy of Takers, including relatively poor states such as Alaska, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi. One of the few would-be Confederacy members that pays more than it receives is Texas, which because of oil money is roughly break-even at 94 cents of benefits for its tax dollar. (The statistics, from an analysis of tax and revenue data by the nonpartisan Tax Foundation, were published in 2006, but the broad pattern doesn’t vary much over time.) [MORE]

 

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Walmart stats

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Maybe the Waltons and the company could take 1% less profit, to start, and without any suffering on their part, easily fix this.


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Watch now: Park Avenue: Money, Power & the American Dream | Why Poverty? | PBS Video

Watch this film now!...

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REMINDER: The "Fiscal Cliff" Is Nothing Like a Cliff

REMINDER: The "Fiscal Cliff" Is Nothing Like a Cliff | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Metaphors are dangerous, and nothing illustrates that better than the concept of a "fiscal cliff" and worry about going over it. A salient fact about non-metaphorical cliffs is that falling over them is generally irreversible.
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The GOP's bizarre 'doomsday plan' - Washington Post (blog)

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The GOP's bizarre 'doomsday plan'Washington Post (blog)Typically, a “doomsday plan” is meant to help you survive the aftermath of doomsday. During the Cold War, for instance, the U.S.
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Civil Rights Groups Oppose FCC’s Proposal to Lift Ban on Multiple Media Ownership - New America Media

Civil Rights Groups Oppose FCC’s Proposal to Lift Ban on Multiple Media Ownership - New America Media | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
New America Media is a nationwide association of over 3000 ethnic media organizations representing the development of a more inclusive journalism.
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Martin-vs-Genachowski-final.pdf

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The info here compares a earlier failed attempt to allow more media consolidationn to the one that is currently underway.

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Widows Pushed Into Foreclosure by Mortgage Fine Print

Widows Pushed Into Foreclosure by Mortgage Fine Print | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Just as the housing market is recovering, a growing group of homeowners — widows over 50 whose husbands held the mortgage — are losing their homes to foreclosure.
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This encourages any couples to check the names on the mortgage. Many may have started mortgages so long ago they don't realize only one name is listed.

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A Sustainable Market Square for Casablanca

A Sustainable Market Square for Casablanca | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
TomDavid Architecten of the Netherlands have won the [AC-CA] competition for a new market close to the Medina area in Casablanca, Morocco.
The competition called for a contemporary, sustainable structure able to create a social space while experimenting with innovative materials. TomDavid have proposed an elevated plaza shaded by glamorous concrete canopies plated with gold tiles and resembling giant leaves. The architects cite 1950s Casablanca architecture as inspiration for the canopies’ curvilinear shapes and material.
The plaza is meant to revitalize the area by encouraging social interaction and providing a meeting places and markets, which are important to the local economy...

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I love to see these new ideas that are happening around the world! This gets you thinking!

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Shareable: The Rise of the Sharing Communities

Shareable: The Rise of the Sharing Communities | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it

I've been collecting URLs related to "Sharing Economy" for nearly ten years at http://delicious.com/hrheingold/sharing_economy -- and now we're seeing it kick into high gear. Technology lowers barriers to collective action (smart mobs) and also lowers barriers to sharing (sharing economy). -- Howard

 

"As the sharing economy picks up momentum, its reach has become global. In cities and towns around the world, people are creating ways to share everything from baby clothes to boats, hardware to vacation homes. There are also groups emerging that consciously identify with the big-picture sharing movement. These groups focus on education, action and community-building, and advocate for a cultural shift toward widespread sharing.

From neighborhood-level cooperatives to global organizations, these groups work to bring sharing into the mainstream. They see sharing as a new paradigm; a means to a more democratic society, and they understand that sharing is not a new fad but an ancient practice that technology is reinvigorating."


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Crystal Arnold's curator insight, January 21, 2013 7:26 PM

This describes relational wealth, and the importance of cooperation.

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Why do we continue to let Ignorance = Strength?

Why do we continue to let Ignorance = Strength? | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it

Thinking about what Annabel Park wrote last night (on the Coffee Party FB page) reminds me of the power we give language and the ways in which language is used by those in power: to distract us (at best), or adjust our thinking (at worst).

Orwell captured the idea best with his notion of doublespeak and today it seems frighteningly prescient... particularly the idea that so many find strength through ignorance. We all owe it to ourselves to educate and be educated, to know history (and not only our own), and to engage in thoughtful discussion. Only through truth and knowledge does the future brighten. -- M. Charney


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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, November 30, 2012 6:12 AM

This article is about something I noticed myself. I was stunned when Mitt Romney flipped the negative meaning of trickle down economics to “trickle down government” with the idea that was a bad thing. The idea that things don't trickle down as promised, sold, and pushed to us if only we make the wealthy richer has been a negative thing for the larger society and a lie so far. The government HAS been the one doing the trickling down..., which means it IS working the way it should. Greatest example of flipping words and double talk I've seen in years. No wonder Obama was struck silent at such bizarre logic.

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Tom Frank: Obama’s made left “futile and irrelevant”

Tom Frank: Obama’s made left “futile and irrelevant” | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it

by DAVID DALEY, Salon


Frank’s been so clear-eyed on Obama that he recently wrote: “The only honest way for progressives to assess the experience of these past four years is by coming unflinchingly to terms with our own futility and irrelevance.” And he’s been so clear-eyed on the rise of the right that, in “Pity the Billionaire,” he noted how Democratic impotence post–Great Recession allowed something very strange to happen: another conservative revival and the rise of politicians like Paul Ryan who “rage against the machine” while being in the pocket of the 1 percent.


We talked Thursday about what progressives might do to get more of a voice in a second term. [MORE]


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Next Steps for the Occupy Movement: The Tenderloin Today Project

Next Steps for the Occupy Movement: The Tenderloin Today Project | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
An Occupy-inspired San Francisco entrepreneur brings hot food and hot prospects to the Tenderloin.

 

Picking up from Occupy San Francisco, the Tenderloin Today Project aspires to revive a neighborhood with food, services, jobs and housing developed with, and through, community-based organizations.
By creating space for like-minded individuals to come together to identify their collective power, the Occupy movement shifted the parameters of activism and opened new ways of creating mutual aid. The physical camps of the Occupy movement were the birthplaces for this new thinking. Now, after its first birthday, we're starting to see Occupy as its own entity and how it is going to interact with the world.
As a successful entrepreneur, I had the privilege and opportunity to jump in with both feet when the movement came to San Francisco. While many in the wealthy elite of this city saw the movement as a threat and something to be feared, I saw in it the seeds of the revolution we must create in order to ensure the survival of our planet and our species.
The next stage of the movement is about realigning our interests and our actions to build a culture that takes responsibility at an individual level for the wellbeing of everyone in our communities. With this in mind, I've been working to create a model for rebuilding communities from the street level, starting in San Francisco's deeply troubled Tenderloin district.

 

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The Complete Guide Of What's To Blame For Our Debt Problem. Brought To You By Math

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A graphic of the debt that’s actually useful. Take notes, CNN.

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The Problem With Money in Politics by Lawrence Lessig

On November 17th, Cenk Uygur joined some of the leading minds in the country at the UCLA School of Law to discuss Constitutional and legislative solutions to get big money and corporations to release their chokehold on American democracy and policy.


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Robert Trotner's comment, November 26, 2012 10:39 AM
I missed this because of my Jewish Sabbath, and then when I tried to listen to a replay Saturday night, it wasn't available. Thanks so much!!! Shared.
Michael Charney's comment, November 26, 2012 12:32 PM
You're very welcome, Bob.
Robert Trotner's comment, November 26, 2012 12:51 PM
I hope this goes viral! This is a Republic Issue, a Cancer Issue, and an Inside vs. Outside Issue. I for one, would love to see the purchase of potato chips far outstrip the purchase of political favors lol. And i agree a statute is the way to go for the reason you mentioned and many others. :)