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How much is too much?

How much is too much? | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
THE popularity of austerity policies has waned over the past several years thanks to evidence that it may have been counterproductive. But many are still worried by... (How much public debt is too much?
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Report: HSBC To Pay Record Fine To Resolve Money Laundering Allegations

Report: HSBC To Pay Record Fine To Resolve Money Laundering Allegations | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
This may be the world's largest wrist slap.
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Former Florida GOP leaders say voter suppression was reason...

Former Florida GOP leaders say voter suppression was reason... | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
A new Florida law that contributed to long voter lines and caused some to abandon voting altogether was intentionally designed by Florida GOP staff and consultants to inhibit Democratic voters, former GOP officials and current GOP consultants have...
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Occupy's New Offshoot Set to Cancel Millions in Medical Debts

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Ordinary people donated enough money to collectively buy an estimated $5.9 million in bad debt in order to cancel it.
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US Whistleblowers on Being Targeted by the Secret Security State - Firedoglake

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The war on terrorism should not be a war on ethics, integrity, technology and the rule of law.
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Eight Corporate Subsidies in the Fiscal Cliff Bill, From Goldman Sachs to Disney to NASCAR

Eight Corporate Subsidies in the Fiscal Cliff Bill, From Goldman Sachs to Disney to NASCAR | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it

by MATT STOLLER (Naked Capitalism)

 

Most tax credits drop straight to the bottom line – it’s why companies like Enron considered its tax compliance section a “profit center”. A few hundred billion dollars of tax expenditures is a major carrot to offer. Surely, a modest hike in income taxes for people who make more than $400k in income and stupid enough not to take that money in capital gain would be worth trading off for the few hundred billion dollars in corporate pork. This is what the fiscal cliff is about – who gets the money. And by leaving out the corporate sector, nearly anyone who talks about this debate is leaving out a key negotiating partner.

 

So without further ado, here are eight corporate subsidies in the fiscal cliff bill that you haven’t heard of.

 

1) Help out NASCAR - Sec 312 extends the “seven year recovery period for motorsports entertainment complex property”, which is to say it allows anyone who builds a racetrack and associated facilities to get tax breaks on it. This one was projected to cost $43 million over two years.

 

2) A hundred million or so for Railroads -

 

Read about all eight at http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2013/01/eight-corporate-subsidies-in-the-fiscal-cliff-bill-from-goldman-sachs-to-disney-to-nascar.html#p5MTtQooG6omkwPC.99

 


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Pete Seeger - God's Counting On Me, God's Counting On You (Sloop Mix) [feat. Lorre Wyatt & friends]

Available on iTunes: http://bit.ly/GodsCountingOnUs and Amazon.com: http://amzn.to/SusRHO August 21, 2010 at 9 am Pete Seeger boarded the deck of the Sloop h...
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Uninformed Politicians Pushing US Toward Austerity

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If writers at a major newspaper can't get deficit facts straight, how can you expect ordinary voters to get it?
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Huntsman: GOP 'Devoid Of A Soul'

Huntsman: GOP 'Devoid Of A Soul' | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (R), who ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, had harsh words for his party in an interview published Sunday in Britain's Daily Telegraph.
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The GOP has been hanging it's hat on the morality and economic design of  Ayn Rand who did not believe people had souls. Alan Greenspan had for decades help make way for her morality in our economics, policy,and government with the help of both parties in most cases. How could we except a soul from the GOP who went nearly completely into her morality where the power, craftiness, self and greed of man trump all. Rand's morality, as she and Paul Ryan referred to it, insist you put yourself before everything and everyone. Her morality says there is no God, we die when we die period and there is no soul in the way Americans and other cultures have been raised to think of responsible souls. In Rands world and the one we have been creating for ourselves it is a "ME" world and nothing gets ahead of that.

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France May Water Down 75% Tax Rate After Setback

France May Water Down 75% Tax Rate After Setback | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
An derailment of France's 75 percent millionaires' tax may open an opportunity to water down a scheme that had damaged the country's image.
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Full Show: How Big Banks are Rewriting the Rules of our Economy | Moyers & Company | BillMoyers.com

Full Show: How Big Banks are Rewriting the Rules of our Economy | Moyers & Company | BillMoyers.com | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Bill Moyers talks with former Citigroup chairman John Reed and former Senator Byron Dorgan to explore how our political and financial class shift economic benefits to the very top.
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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, December 31, 2012 7:37 AM

I cannot recommend this Bill Moyer episode enough. It will enlighten so many people to what changes took place as a key to cause the economy to be bailed out or most have likely failed a little over four years ago. It is would worth the watch  and a share for even more people to start the new year with their eyes wide open and more fully informed about something as important as our past which if we are not careful also becomes our future again, and again.

 

Please take time to watch thisI cannot recommend this Bill Moyer episode enough.Key players that altered the economic security of all of us, this nation and the world speak out here. The changes discussed here and the Libor scandal have played a huge role in changing the lives of the once strong middle class and harvesting the wealth of nations to the hands of a few.

 

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How does the idea of p2p and the commons differ from the socialist tradition?

How does the idea of p2p and the commons differ from the socialist tradition? | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it

To me it is basically the idea, probably born at the same time as post-tribal class-based society, that an alternative human arrangement based on equal relationships and without the inheritance of wealth and privilege is possible. It is something that appears again and again in human history as an expression of those that are not privileged in the existing social arrangements.

 


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In a Year of Politicians and Bad News, Surprising Stories of Resistance

In a Year of Politicians and Bad News, Surprising Stories of Resistance | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The battle in Chicago was won, but the war in education is still raging.
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I think what is more exciting are these stories of resistance and people standing up in the biggest way since the 60s.  I think if DC doesn't get wise it is just the beginning and it is global. 

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UN: Syria Death Toll At 60K

UN: Syria Death Toll At 60K | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
After 21 months of fighting. (UN: Syria Death Toll At 60K http://t.co/GBS4vfeq #cheatsheet)
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Oppression occurs in many places for different excuses.

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The Big Lie About the "Entitlement State"

The Big Lie About the "Entitlement State" | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
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"Even aside from the numbers, Brooks is fundamentally wrong that transfer programs can “bankrupt the nation.” Transfer programs, as their name suggests, transfer income from one part of the population to another. Social Security, for example, is primarily an intergenerational transfer program. It taxes current workers to fund benefits for current retirees. (Most people pay taxes that fund other people’s benefits, during one part of their lives, and then receive benefits paid for by other people’s taxes, during another part.) The “losses” for those who are paying the taxes, at any given time, are not losses to society as a whole. They are balanced by the gains to those who are receiving the benefits." (from the article)

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HSBC says. "Oops, I did it again": caught laundering money as in 1989 and 2008. http://finance.yahoo.com/news/hsbc-became-bank-drug-cartels-032325451.html

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Study: “Obtaining an anonymous shell company is easier in the U.S. than in the rest of the world” ‹ I Acknowledge Class Warfare Exists

Study: “Obtaining an anonymous shell company is easier in the U.S. than in the rest of the world” ‹ I Acknowledge Class Warfare Exists | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
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More than 3.5 million page views for New York Times’ ‘Snow Fall’ feature

More than 3.5 million page views for New York Times’ ‘Snow Fall’ feature | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it

Via Karen Dietz
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I curated this earlier the day "Snow Fall" came out. Those of you that didn't read /view Snow Fall then need to take some time an experience this as so many of us already have done. The uses of this full blow media story telling feast in Education or just plain self development and life long learning will be amazing. Anyone interested in teaching anything should be aware of this multifaceted story telling and information sharing leap.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, January 2, 2013 4:53 PM

If you haven't read the New York Times story "Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek" you are totally missing a fab reading experience.


So what's this got to do with business storytelling? Because it shows that long-form storytelling is still popular despite all the wailing and moaning about people's short attentions spans destroying storytelling.


The proof is in the pudding -- 3.5 billion page views at the end of Dec. and probably more now.


It is a captivating story and I was immediately hooked reading it.


What can this mean for you? Well for one, don't get all twisted up about only creating short stories. A well-crafted story will always be engaging so don't worry about the length. Worry about crafting it well. You can always shorten it to fit a particular context later.


And second, if you are wanting to share your stories as part of your content strategy, let it rip. But take some lessons from "Snow Fall":

  1. Add visual media.
  2. Pay attention to crafting a powerful beginning. 
  3. Find a place on your website for long-form storytelling.
  4. Share your longer stories orally when you can.
  5. Have fun.


Think about how you can use long-form storytelling to your advantage. Now go read "Snow Fall" and settle in for a great story!


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling atwww.scoop.it/t/just-story-it

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I curated this earlier the day "Snow Fall" came out. Those of you that didn't read /view Snow Fall then need to take some time an experience this as so many of us already have done. The uses of this full blow media story telling feast in Education or just plain self development and life long learning will be amazing. Anyone interested in teaching anything should be aware of this multifaceted story telling and information sharing leap.

Karen Dietz's comment, January 7, 2013 4:56 PM
Thanks for your comment Monica and so glad you curated it also. Yes, it is a very powerful story in and of itself, and its implications are far reaching for any kind of knowledge transfer.
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Rosanne Cash - Tennessee Flat Top Box

This is the tribute Concert to Johnny Cash (2003) His daughter talk about her's dad and singing His hit Tennessee Flat Top Box. Lyrics: In a little cabere In...
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Richard Barone - "Hey, Can I Sleep on Your Futon?" (Official Video) - Occupy This Album OWS

Available on iTunes: http://bit.ly/futonsong "Hey, Can I Sleep on Your Futon?" is former Bongos frontman Richard Barone's contribution to the upcoming all-st...
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Great song, from Occupy this Album, Richard Barone.

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Senate Passes Fiscal Cliff Deal

Senate Passes Fiscal Cliff Deal | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has passed legislation to block the impact of across-the-board tax increases and spending cuts that make up the fiscal cliff. The vote was an overwhelming 89-8 and came well after midnight on New Year's Day.
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Understand the Globalization of Poverty and the New World Order | Global Research

Understand the Globalization of Poverty and the New World Order | Global Research | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it

“This concise, provocative book reveals the negative effects of imposed economic structural reform, privatization, deregulation and competition. It deserves to be read carefully and widely.”
- Choice, American Library Association (ALA)

“The current system, Chossudovsky argues, is one of capital creation through destruction. The author confronts head on the links between civil violence, social and environmental stress, with the modalities of market expansion.”
- Michele Stoddard, Covert Action Quarterly


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This is a book review of a book that looks like everyone should read and see what the points are it presents. The topics, if they are a true evaluation and are ignored would have a major impact on the lives of all working middle and lower income folks and most likely others as well.

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China sacks officials involved in GM rice test | Environment

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Full Show: How Big Banks are Rewriting the Rules of our Economy | Moyers & Company | BillMoyers.com

Full Show: How Big Banks are Rewriting the Rules of our Economy | Moyers & Company | BillMoyers.com | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Bill Moyers talks with former Citigroup chairman John Reed and former Senator Byron Dorgan to explore how our political and financial class shift economic benefits to the very top.
Monica S Mcfeeters's insight:

I cannot recommend this Bill Moyer episode enough. It will enlighten so many people to what changes took place as a key to cause the economy to be bailed out or most have likely failed a little over four years ago. It is would worth the watch  and a share for even more people to start the new year with their eyes wide open and more fully informed about something as important as our past which if we are not careful also becomes our future again, and again.

 

Please take time to watch thisI cannot recommend this Bill Moyer episode enough.Key players that altered the economic security of all of us, this nation and the world speak out here. The changes discussed here and the Libor scandal have played a huge role in changing the lives of the once strong middle class and harvesting the wealth of nations to the hands of a few.

 

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Noam Chomsky on How He Found His Calling

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Renowned linguist and political commentator Noam Chomsky outlines a perspective on work and education, arguing that freedom is the root of fulfilment.
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