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'Manufactured' crisis cost US $24bn -S&P

'Manufactured' crisis cost US $24bn -S&P | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it
Standard & Poor's says the shutdown in total cost the US economy $24 billion, or $1.5 billion per day, the rating agency said Wednesday. The agency also estimated the shutdown will pare fourth quarter GDP by 0.6 percent.

"The bottom line is the government shutdown has hurt the US economy," the S&P statement said. 

Moody’s Analytics has estimated the government shutdown could cost the US government up to $55 billion, the same amount as devastating Hurricane Katrina in 2005. 

The deal will reopen the government after 16 days of partial shutdown and fund spending through January 15 while extending the $16.7 trillion debt ceiling through February 7. This time frame would be longer than the 6-week extension Obama promised to veto. 

The next major deadline is the December 13 - target date for a budget negotiation.

 

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The Ryno's insight:

Nothing like doing your best to crash the economy now to pretend to save the economy from crashing later. 

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Someone Had This Crazy Notion That Maybe The Media Should Inform The Public About Stuff

Someone Had This Crazy Notion That Maybe The Media Should Inform The Public About Stuff | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it

...over at The Atlantic Derek Thompson presents his readers with an idea that is, sadly, sort of a radical notion for the Beltway media: "Polls are fun and can be important. But when journalists think the public is wrong, they have an obligation to say so."

There are many different types of polls. The ones we're most familiar with gauge public opinion -- asking what policies the public finds to be important, what political figures garner approval or disapproval, or for which candidate from a range of options people are likely to vote. But there's a whole different set of polling that's conducted to measure how aware the public is of basic facts. Thompson cites one poll in particular that found that nearly 70 percent of respondents were of the erroneous belief that the U.S. deficit grew larger over the past year, when in fact it has fallen. The public is thus discovered to be laboring under a factual misapprehension.

Thompson brings all of this up for a worthy reason -- these sorts of polls often end up backstopping a lot of false equivalence. He cites a Ron Fournier piece in which Fournier first asserts that it "would be false equivalence to say Republicans and Democrats are equally to blame for the government shutdown and the possibility of a debt default," but then cites a poll in which "only 37 percent approve of the way the president is handling his job." So despite the fact that Fournier can objectively understand what's going on, he concludes that there must be something to what's not going on, because such a large share of the public believes that what's not going on is what's actually happening....

 

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The GOP Is Losing Their Shutdown War as Independents Favor Democrats by 9 in 2014

The GOP Is Losing Their Shutdown War as Independents Favor Democrats by 9 in 2014 | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it

The government shutdown has caused Independents to flee the Republican Party. According to PPP, Democrats now lead Republicans with Independents, 42%-33%.

In July, Republicans led against generic Dem by 12% among Independents. Now, post-GOP shutdown of the government and mid-debt ceiling hijacking, they are losing by 9%, according to a new Public Policy Polling poll. This leaves Republicans with a 5% deficit against a generic Democrat. This is very bad news for Republicans.

President Obama is holding steady in public opinion post shutdown, with an approval rating of 45/52, “almost identical to his 45/51 numbers before the shutdown in our last national poll.” Among registered voters, 53% blame Congress, while only 43% blame Obama.

 

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Wealth Inequality in America

Infographics on the distribution of wealth in America, highlighting both the inequality and the difference between our perception of inequality and the actual numbers. The reality is often not what we think it is.

The Ryno's insight:

I've watched this video a few times over the last year, and it still shocks/disgusts me every time to see what we allowed to happen to our country over the last 30 years. 

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The 7 kinds of Republican debt ceiling denial

The 7 kinds of Republican debt ceiling denial | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it

When it comes to holding the economy hostage, not all Republican members of Congress are created equal. While economists and financial services experts are nearly unanimous in their view that failure to raise the debt ceiling on October 17 would be disastrous for the nation’s economic health, Republicans on Capitol Hill are divided on the subject. They can’t even agree that it’s even possible for the government to default—let alone whether running out of money to pay America's bills would really be such a bad thing. Here's a guide to where Republicans fall on the debt ceiling denial spectrum...

 

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The Ryno's insight:

It's tough to have a conversation with people who have no idea what they're talking about. It becomes even more frustrating - and dangerous-  when that person is an elected official spreading blatantly false information. 

 

These people need to be held to a higher standard - actually to ANY standard. It's ok to have policy differences, but repeating misleading, manipulative crap is dangerous and criminal. 

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NSA director admits to misleading public on terror plots

NSA director admits to misleading public on terror plots | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it

In so many words, NSA director Keith Alexander admitted Wednesday that the Obama administration had issued misleading information about terror plots and their foiling to bolster support for the government’s vast surveillance apparatus.

During Wednesday’s hearing, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy pushed Alexander to admit that plot numbers had been fudged in a revealing interchange:

“There is no evidence that [bulk] phone records collection helped to thwart dozens or even several terrorist plots,” said Leahy. The Vermont Democrat then asked the NSA chief to admit that only 13 out of a previously cited 54 cases of foiled plots were genuinely the fruits of the government’s vast dragnet surveillance systems:

“These weren’t all plots, and they weren’t all foiled,” Leahy said, asking Alexander, “Would you agree with that, yes or no?”

“Yes,” replied Alexander.

Proof positive of what many of us have long posited: that under the flimsy guise of a targeted War on Terror, the surveillance state has established itself with little regard for an honest relationship with the American public.

The Ryno's insight:

You can't prove a negative, a problem the NSA is all too familiar with. How do you convince the country that the NSA stopped terror plots that never happened? Easy: you lie and exaggerate. 

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A Federal Budget Crisis Months in the Planning

A Federal Budget Crisis Months in the Planning | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it
The stand by conservatives that led to the current crisis was the outgrowth of a long-running effort, waged by a galaxy of well-funded groups, to undo President Obama’s health care law.

 

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The Ryno's insight:

The budget crisis has been planned for a while: a) GOP negotiations work best when they have a gun to President's head and b) the best way to pass a lower budget is to shutdown gov, and make them agree to lower budget to get government running again. 

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Congressman: Not Raising Debt Ceiling ‘Would Bring Stability To The World Markets’

Congressman: Not Raising Debt Ceiling ‘Would Bring Stability To The World Markets’ | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it

In an interview with the Washington Post, Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) said on not raising the debt ceiling, “I think, personally, it would bring stability to the world markets.”

This is because, in his view, “we need to have that moment where we realize [we're] going broke.” He firmly told the paper, “I’m not going to raise the debt ceiling.” He also characterized the current government shutdown as “the tremor before the tsunami.”

Few agree with Yoho that a failure to raise the debt ceiling, which would mean the United States government would not have adequate funds to pay for all of the debts it owes and would likely default on at least some, would be beneficial. Last week, the Treasury Department released a report that warned that a default could create “a recession more severe than any seen since the Great Depression.”

It came to this conclusion by looking at the consequences of the near default in 2011, which led to a sharp decline in consumer and business confidence, a hit to the financial markets, and a slow down in job growth. The impact on the financial markets from nearly defaulting on the debt and getting a first-ever downgrade on the debt from Standard & Poor’s “persisted for months.” The brinkmanship that time around also meant a $2.4 trillion drop in household wealth, an $800 billion drop in retirement assets, and a hit to mortgages. It increased the government’s borrowing costs by $1.3 billion.

This all happened even though the U.S. didn’t actually default in 2011. If that were to happen, investors could become unwilling to lend to the country, leaving it with an immediate cash shortfall and creating unknowable (yet clearly devastating) ripple effects throughout the markets and the global economy.

Threatening to not raise the debt ceiling unless Republican demands are met is a relatively new tactic. Historically, the limit was routinely raised, including seven times under President George W. Bush, and even House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) used to warn against using it as leverage.

The Ryno's insight:

Too tough to argue with an idiot who thinks the best way to save the economy of the future from crashing is to crash the economy now. Moron. 

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These Republicans Really Hope You'll Forget The Government Shutdown Is Their Fault

These Republicans Really Hope You'll Forget The Government Shutdown Is Their Fault | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON -- If you follow any Republican lawmakers on social media, you may have noticed a popular theme on Wednesday: Blame President Barack Obama for the negative effects of the government shutdown, which began earlier this week after Republicans in the House refused to pass a federal budget that didn't also defund the Affordable Care Act.

The GOP's coordinated effort to shift blame for the shutdown began at the National Mall's World War II Memorial on Tuesday, just hours after 40 percent of government employees -- around 800,000 workers -- were placed on indefinite, unpaid furlough, and vast pieces of the government, including national parks and monuments, were closed to the public.

Rather than zero in on the missed paychecks for nearly a million workers or a myriad of other impacts, the same Republicans who earlier appeared gleeful at the prospect of a government shutdown seized upon a chance to paint themselves as heroes who would make sure military veterans could enter the memorial they had helped shutter.

 

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The Ryno's insight:

"We need to shutdown this monstrosity of a Federal government!....but not the parts my constituents like."

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Rand Paul, Mitch McConnell caught on hot mic talking shutdown strategy

Kentucy's finest, Senators Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell caught on hot mike talking shutdown strategy, which basically comes down to (paraphrase): If we keep saying 'we're willing to negotiate' and they keep saying 'we wont negotiate', then we'll win this thing.

Sure, there's nothing to actually negotiate when the offer is "kill Obamacare and then we'll open the government back up", but these guys have a different idea of "success" than the rest of civilized America. 

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Shutdown coverage fails Americans | Al Jazeera America

Shutdown coverage fails Americans | Al Jazeera America | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it

The truth of what happened Monday night, as almost all political reporters know full well, is that "Republicans staged a series of last-ditch efforts to use a once-routine budget procedure to force Democrats to abandon their efforts to extend U.S. health insurance." (Thank you, Guardian.)

And holding the entire government hostage while demanding the de facto repeal of a president's signature legislation and not even bothering to negotiate is by any reasonable standard an extreme political act. It is an attempt to make an end run around the normal legislative process. There is no historical precedent for it. The last shutdowns, in 1995 and 1996, were not the product of unilateral demands to scrap existing law; they took place during a period of give-and-take budget negotiations. 

But the political media's aversion to doing anything that might be seen as taking sides — combined with its obsession with process — led them to actively obscure the truth in their coverage of the votes. If you did not already know what this was all about, reading the news would not help you understand.

What makes all this more than a journalistic failure is that the press plays a crucial role in our democracy. We count on the press to help create an informed electorate. And perhaps even more important, we rely on the press to hold the powerful accountable.

That requires calling out political leaders when they transgress or fail to meet commonly agreed-upon standards: when they are corrupt, when they deceive, when they break the rules and refuse to govern. Such exposure is the first consequence. When the transgressions are sufficiently grave, what follows should be continued scrutiny, marginalization, contempt and ridicule.

In the current political climate, journalistic false equivalence leads to an insufficiently informed electorate, because the public is not getting an accurate picture of what is going on.

 

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49 Republicans Who Say Shutting Down The Government Over Obamacare Is A Big Mistake

49 Republicans Who Say Shutting Down The Government Over Obamacare Is A Big Mistake | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it

The government may very well shut down on Tuesday, thanks to a set of Republicans who refuse to pass any legislation to continue funding it unless the law also defunds or delays Obamacare. But while that handful of people think it’s smart strategy to close national parks, discontinue nutrition programs, and put on hold a host of other government programs, many others in the party are waking up to the truth: If a shutdown occurs, Republicans — and their demand to repeal Obamacare — will be blamed.

A poll released Monday backed up this idea, finding that 46 percent of people would blame Congressional Republicans for a shutdown.

Because they know that a shutdown would be bad for the economy and that their party will be blamed, even staunch detractors of Obamacare are coming out against their Republican colleagues and demanding they ditch their shutdown strategy. Here’s a list of who is telling their Republicans to stop trying to defund Obamacare and making their party look bad:

 

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The Ryno's insight:

Almost 50 Republicans have come out and said they would support a clean CR that would fund the government and raise the debt ceiling without messing with Obamacare. Those 50, along with 200 Democrats means it would pass easily. Unfortunately Speaker Boehner won't even bring it up for vote. 

 

So much for Representative democracy and majority rule. 

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Batman's crime-ridden Gotham metropolis comes to Fox TV

Batman's crime-ridden Gotham metropolis comes to Fox TV | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it

Batman's crime-ridden gritty fictional metropolis of Gotham City will be the focus of a new Fox drama, the latest comic book-inspired series to tap superheroes' ability to draw audiences to both film and TV.

Fox described its new show "Gotham" as "the origin stories of Commissioner James Gordon and the villains that made Gotham famous," the network said on Wednesday. Gordon is the police commissioner of Gotham City, and often supports Batman to defeat the city's villains.

Each episode will be one hour, and the pilot will be written and produced by Bruno Heller, a British screenwriter best known for co-creating the HBO-BBC produced drama "Rome," which explored Ancient Rome's reign under Julius Caesar and Emperor Augustus.

Fox has yet to announce when the series will air and who will star in it. It was not clear whether Batman would even be a character in the series.

"Gotham" comes on the heels of Marvel's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D" onWalt Disney Co.'s television network ABC, which premiered on Tuesday with 11.9 million viewers. The series features human agents and is based on the world of Marvel's "Avengers" comics, featuring an ensemble of superheroes including Iron Man, Thor and Captain America.

"Gotham" will be produced by Time Warner Inc's Warner Bros. Entertainment, which incorporated DC Entertainment, the company behind the DC Comics universe that includes Batman and Superman. The series will air on Fox, a unit of 21st Century Fox Inc..

The latest Batman adaptation, Christopher Nolan's "Dark Knight" trilogy starring Christian Bale as the caped crusader, made more than $2 billion at box offices worldwide. British actor Gary Oldman played Commissioner Gordon in the films.

Oscar-winning actor Ben Affleck will be the next person to don the bat mask on the big screen as he faces off with Henry Cavill's Superman in "Man of Steel 2," due in theaters in 2015.

 
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The Right’s Obamacare rhetoric is completely detached from reality | The Raw Story

The Right’s Obamacare rhetoric is completely detached from reality | The Raw Story | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it

The old saying that ‘you’re welcome to your own opinions but not your own facts’ seems quaint in today’s political environment. We’re a nation divided not only by partisanship and ideology, but also by wildly divergent realities.

Nowhere is that more evident than in the discourse around Obamacare. There are plenty of legitimate criticisms to be made of the Affordable Care Act, but many conservatives — including the dominant faction within today’s Republican Party — speak about Obamacare as if it were an ebola pandemic, melting the organs of the American heartland from within.

Some of the claims ostensibly respectable figures on the right make about the law are simply mind boggling. This week, Ben Carson, a conservative surgeon and activist — and the flavor-of-the-day at Fox News – told a crowd at this year’s “Values Voters Summit” that Obamacare is “the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery.” Forget two world wars, the Great Depression or coming within an inch of annihilation during the Cold War.

Indiana Rep. Todd Rokita (R) reached back further in time to condemn the ACA as “one of the most insidious laws ever created by man,” which prompted Jon Stewart to point out that Rokita was, in effect, “putting Obamacare up with the Nuremberg laws, the Spanish Inquisition and prima nocta — the medieval law where on your wedding night the king gets to sleep with your wife.”

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), an enthusiastic promoter of Politifact’s Lies of the Year in 2009 (“death panels”) and 2010 (“government takeover of health care”), was more subtle, concluding merely that the ACA would eventually turn the US into a “police state” and “will ultimately be known as DeathCare.” For Rick Santorum, Obamacare is a direct “descendant of the French Revolution.” And Arizona state Rep. Brenda Barton told a reporter, “You better read your history. Germany started with national health care and gun control before [the Holocaust] happened. And Hitler was elected by a majority of people.”

This stuff is nothing short of comical...

 

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The Ryno's insight:

Regardless of Obamacare's actual problems, I'm still waiting for ANYONE to adequately describe to me how a bill calling for Affordable Healthcare is EVIL, Nazi-esque, or will end America as we know it...

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'Control Freak' Obama White House Takes Secrecy To Historic Extreme, Report Finds

'Control Freak' Obama White House Takes Secrecy To Historic Extreme, Report Finds | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it

NEW YORK -- Leonard Downie spent more than four decades at The Washington Post, including 17 years as the paper’s top editor, and has heard plenty of grumbling from reporters blocked from access to government information. “I’m used to journalists complaining,” he told HuffPost in an interview.

But after speaking to 30 veteran Washington journalists to prepare a Committee to Protect Journalists report, Downie said he was persuaded that concerns about lack of government transparency are legitimate. Those interviewed, he wrote, “could not remember any precedent” to the Obama administration’s aggressive crackdown on leaks and efforts to control information.

The Committee to Protect Journalists, a New York-based journalist advocacy organization, released Downie’s findings Thursday in its first comprehensive look at press freedom in the United States: “The Obama Administration and the Press: Leak investigations and surveillance in post-9/11 America.”

For 32 years, the Committee to Protect Journalists has been better known for investigating press freedom under authoritarian governments, or where journalists are killed with impunity or in war zones. But this spring’s revelations about the Justice Department secretly seizing phone records at The Associated Press and obtaining a Fox News reporter’s email account have increased concerns closer to home.

Downie, a journalism professor at Arizona State University, expressed concerns in late May about the future of investigative reporting in light of the AP and Fox News revelations. Shortly after that, the Committee to Protect Journalists asked Downie to investigate. Downie in recent months spoke with journalists, government transparency advocates and current and former government officials.

In the report, Downie examined a range of Obama administration tactics that hinder government transparency. These include unprecedented use of the Espionage Act in prosecuting media leaks, classifying government documents as secret when no harm could come from their release, increased government surveillance that jeopardizes the safety of news sources, Freedom of Information Act violations, and White House-produced content that can't substitute for independent, accountability journalism.

 

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The Ryno's insight:

Even when a Constitutional Law Professor becomes President, he'll crap on the Freedom of the Press, take shady steps to frame his own story, and keep leaks to a minimum.

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Bachmann: House could impeach 'dictator' Obama for his offenses - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room

Bachmann: House could impeach 'dictator' Obama for his offenses - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said Tuesday that President Obama has “committed impeachable offenses” and that the House could hold a hearing to impeach.

“We can have an impeachment hearing in the House, and in my mind the president has committed impeachable offenses,” Bachmann told conservative talk show host Rusty Humphries in an interview first detailed by Right Wing Watch.

Bachmann was careful to distinguish between the House’s ability to impeach the president, which she said would merely be a “stain” on his record, and the Senate’s authority to remove the president from office, which she acknowledged would be unlikely in the Democratic-controlled upper chamber.

Still, the Minnesota Republican warned that impeachment was a “disruptive and harmful” tool.

“Impeachment is important that we have that tool — it’s very important — but it’s also disruptive and harmful to the nation and it’s to be used sparingly,” she said.

But she argued it may be necessary because citizens are on the cusp of civil disobedience because they’re so fed up with Obama’s “thuggery.”

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The Ryno's insight:

Pretty ballsy for Bachmann to threaten to impeach a President who hasn't committed any crimes while she's under investigation for actual crimes. 

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Why Our Health Care Is Obscenely Expensive, In 12 Charts

Why Our Health Care Is Obscenely Expensive, In 12 Charts | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it

The U.S. leads the world in health care spending, but we don't live very long, and going to the doctor is so expensive that we don't do it very often. So where is the money going?

Not toward obesity-related diseases or unnecessary tests and treatments, as the writer John Green pointed out in a recent video explainer. From Lipitor tochildbirth to colonoscopies -- everything just costs a whole lot.

As congressional Republicans continue to keep the federal government closedfollowing misguided attempts to defund the most significant health care reform in decades, here are some illustrations of the wasteful spending.

 

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The 13 reasons Washington is failing

The 13 reasons Washington is failing | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it

The government is shut down. Confidence in Congress is at all-time lows. The American people haven't believed the country to be on the right track in almost a decade. Congress might do something truly crazy and default on the national debt.

At this point, it's almost cliche to say Washington isn't working. But the truth is harsher: Washington is actively failing. It's failing to craft policies that make the country better. And it's failing to avoid disasters that make the country worse.

It's nice to imagine these failures are temporary or aberrational. It's comforting to believe that they're the result of bad people, or dumb people, or incompetent people. But the truth is more unnerving: The American political system is being torn apart by deep structural changes that don't look likely to reverse themselves anytime soon. A deal to reopen the government won't fix what ails American politics.

And so we need to look deeper than just this battle. The sooner we recognize that something is wrong with Washington, the sooner we can begin the hard work of fixing it. Here, then, are 13 of Washington's problems — ordered, subjectively, from small to big — and there are, of course, many more.

 

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A Very Long List of All Things Obama Compared Republicans to on Tuesday

A Very Long List of All Things Obama Compared Republicans to on Tuesday | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it

President Obama held forth this afternoon at a lengthy shutdown-themed press conference at the White House, declaring yet again that he won't negotiate with Republicans until the partial government shutdown is over and Congress raises the debt ceiling. The president's opening remarks and the Q-and-A that followed failed to yield any major news—but it did, however, produce a long list of analogies that ranged from the common (House Republicans are acting like hostage-takers) to the, um, more creative (Republicans are like video game-loving homeowners who demand perks for paying their mortgage).

 

Without further ado, and in no particular order, here's a (no-doubt incomplete) list of all the things Obama either directly or indirectly compared Republicans to...

 

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The Ryno's insight:

My favorite:  "You don't get a chance to call your bank and say I'm not going to pay my mortgage this month unless you throw in a new car and an Xbox." 

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US Chamber of Commerce pledges to back Republicans who oppose shutdown

US Chamber of Commerce pledges to back Republicans who oppose shutdown | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce says that it will make campaign donations to Republicans that vote to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling, putting it at loggerheads with the Tea Party.

That is significant, because The Chamber provides a financial counter balance to House incumbents that could face a primary challenger if they support a “clean” continuing resolution to fund the operation of the U.S. government or to raise the sovereign debt that can be issued by the United States Treasury to avoid a default.

The shutdown crisis began last week over an attempt to nullify the ACA by defunding it. Republicans have unsuccessfully tried to repeal or dismantle the ACA 46 times. Opponents claim that it is a “job killer,” but some leading economists say that there’s no evidence to substantiate it. Republicans spent months planning their shutdown strategy over the law, an extreme aberration from the normal legislative process and rebuke of the 2012 election.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which opposed the Affordable Care Act (ACA), last month came forward with a large number of Wall St. CEOS against the shutdown and expressed concern that failure to raise the debt ceiling could do substantial economic damage. A default would trigger an acute worldwide financial crisis by undermining confidence in U.S. Treasury Bills. Congressional Republicans are refusing to raise it unless a list of demands is met - several of which have nothing to do with spending or debt and are more political in nature.

Some influential Republican donors are now threatening to withhold their contributions to the National Republican Congressional Committee over the shutdown strategy, the Daily Beast reports. The organization’s chairman, Rep. Greg Walden, told attendees at a closed door meeting last month that Republicans were forced into the shutdown by its hard right Tea Party wing and that candidates that objected to its agenda would lose primaries.

Anecdotal reports have shown that at least some Republicans that signed up for insurance through the state exchanges now like the law, but the sourcing is patchy, and only time will tell what the public really thinks. A majority of Americans did not support a shutdown over defunding the law - whether they liked it or not.

 

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The Ryno's insight:

Time are tough for the Republican lie machine when the business world says the GOP is full of shit and hurting our country. 

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Groundbreaking Report Calculates Damage Done by Fracking

Groundbreaking Report Calculates Damage Done by Fracking | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it

New Fracking report details some scary facts about the dangers of pouring toxic waste into the earth to expose natural gas fissures: 

The report measured key indicators of fracking threats across the country, including:
280 billion gallons of toxic wastewater generated in 2012—enough to flood all of Washington, DC, in a 22-foot deep toxic lagoon
450,000 tons of air pollution produced in one year
250 billion gallons of fresh water used since 2005
360,000 acres of land degraded since 2005
100 million metric tons of global warming pollution since 2005

Reviewing the totality of this fracking damage, the report’s authors conclude: Given the scale and severity of fracking’s myriad impacts, constructing a regulatory regime sufficient to protect the environment and public health from dirty drilling—much less enforcing such safeguards at more than 80,000 wells, plus processing and waste disposal sites across the country—seems implausible. In states where fracking is already underway, an immediate moratorium is in order. In all other states, banning fracking is the prudent and necessary course to protect the environment and public health.

The Ryno's insight:

Wait, so pouring millions of gallons of toxic waste into the Earth could be dangerous? Who knew?

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GOP Congressman Makes Park Ranger Apologize for Shutdown

GOP Congressman Makes Park Ranger Apologize for Shutdown | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it

In an astounding confrontation that took place yesterday at the World War II Memorial in DC, a Tea Party congressman from Texas appeared to blame the Park Service for denying veterans access to the facility — and then made a Park Ranger apologize for the shutdown. "How do you look at them and ... deny them access?"Rep. Randy Neugebauer asked the unidentified Ranger in an incredible exchangethat was caught on camera by NBC Washington.

In fact, the Park Service has been invoking the First Amendment in order to allow vets into the memorial despite the shutdown making it illegal for the department to do so.

"It's difficult," the Ranger replied. "Well, it should be difficult," scorned the congressman. "It is difficult," the Ranger repeated. "I'm sorry, sir."

"The Park Service should be ashamed of themselves," said Neugebauer. "I'm not ashamed," the Ranger retorted.

"You should be," sneered Neugebauer.

The good news is that, despite the GOP's best efforts to divert blame to literally anybody else, most Americans know full well who's truly to blame.

A just-released CBS News poll found that 44% fault the Republicans for the shutdown, while 35% fault Obama and the Dems.

Meanwhile, a whopping 72% disapprove of holding the entire budget hostage over Obamacare, including nearly 50% of all Republicans surveyed.

The day before he was taped harassing a Park Ranger for doing her job, Neugebauer went on The Chad Hasty Show to state that he will keep the government shut down for "as long as it takes" to ensure that Obamacare is not funded, claiming it was the will of the American people.

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Nothing like a boss blaming an employee for management's mistakes

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Even Hastert Doesn’t Think Boehner Needs To Follow Arbitrary ‘Hastert Rule’

Even Hastert Doesn’t Think Boehner Needs To Follow Arbitrary ‘Hastert Rule’ | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it

Though it appears a majority of the House now backs a clean continuing resolution, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) has thus far suppressed consideration because the idea does not have majority support within the GOP caucus and would thus violate the so-called “Hastert Rule.” But even the arbitrary requirement’s namesake, former House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-IL) says the Hastert Rule is a “non-entity” to which even he didn’t adhere.

Despite the disastrous and wide-ranging effects of the government shutdownhis party forced, Boehner has steadfastly refused to bring up a straight bill to re-open the government, without dismantling Obamacare. Asked Monday whether he’d allow the House to give an up-or-down vote to a clean continuing resolution, Boehner told reporters, “That’s not going to happen.”

In an interview with Eleanor Clift for The Daily Beast, Hastert –the longest-serving Republican House Speaker in the nation’s history — said, “The Hastert Rule never really existed. It’s a non-entity as far as I’m concerned.” While he acknowledged that in 2006 he had explained he “philosophically” preferred to have at least half of the GOP conference behind legislation, it “wasn’t a rule.”

“The Hastert Rule is kind of a misnomer,” Hastert added. “The real Hastert Rule is 218,” a simple majority of the U.S. House when no seats are vacant, he continued. “If we had to work with Democrats, we did.”

A Huffington Post tally finds 20 House Republicans have now indicated they would be willing to back a clean bill. Combined with the 200 House Democrats, they could provide more than 218 votes to pas a clean continuing resolution — should Boehner bring the measure to the floor.

The Ohio Republican has previously disregarded the “Hastert Rule” to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, avert the “fiscal cliff,” and to provide Superstorm Sandy emergency aid funding.

Hastert declined to criticize Boehner directly, but noted, “You can’t be in Congress and shut down government and get anything done. It’s an oxymoron.”

The Ryno's insight:

Boehner has refused to bring up any legislation that doesn't have majority support of House Republicans. He does this even though certain votes would pass with a majority of the House, which basically means we're not a democracy, just a government subject to what Boehner thinks should pass. 

Right now the House would pass a "clean" resolution to fund and re-open the government with ALL Democrat and some Republican votes, but he refuses to even bring it to the floor. Disgusting. 

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Is Fracking Polluting A River with Radioactive Waste?

Is Fracking Polluting A River with Radioactive Waste? | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it

From Climate Central's Bobby Magill: 

Fracking may be contaminating a Pennsylvania river with radioactive waste, a Duke University study to be published this week shows.

Scientists found elevated levels of radioactivity in river water at a site where treated fracking wastewater from oil and gas production sites in western Pennsylvania’s Marcellus shale is released into a creek.

The natural gas-rich Marcellus shale is seeing a drilling boom, part of a nationwide rush to use hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, techniques to extract shale gas and oil. Studies have shown that energy production, including the waste water associated with fracking — a method of injecting chemicals, sand and water deep underground to crack rock formations to release oil and natural gas — may release significant fugitive methane emissions, helping to drive climate change.

 

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Ted Cruz Now Speaker Of House Of Representatives

Ted Cruz Now Speaker Of House Of Representatives | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it

Man, remember when poor ol’ whisky-dicked John Boehner only had to worry about Eric Cantor’s knife in his back? Now he’s got Ted Cruz, salt of the earth common man of the people, fighting a stranger in the Alps.

The National Review’s Robert Costa (yes yes, we know; he also has every source on the right dialed) reports that Ted Cruz sneaked up on Boehner from behind, and jammed the things down his throat and behind and whatnot, what we are saying is maybe John Boehner should have been better on VAWA.

Boehner’s plan — to focus on a debt-limit package, rather than a drawn-out CR battle — made many conservatives uneasy. As they mulled a response, they reached out to Cruz.

On the call, Cruz told them that Boehner was making a mistake, and urged his friends to fight until the end on the CR. The group agreed, and they complained that Boehner’s shift to the debt limit was a diversion. Senator Mike Lee of Utah joined Cruz on the call, and both senators said they’d stand with House conservatives as they opposed the leadership.

By the call’s end, there was a consensus: until the CR talks are complete, Republicans should whip “no” on Boehner’s debt-limit plan, as a way of preventing the leadership from directing the strategy. And that’s exactly what happened late Thursday afternoon: GOP whip Kevin McCarthy worked the floor, but couldn’t find the votes for Boehner’s debt-limit plan. After McCarthy reported back about the Cruz-inspired uprising, the leadership shelved it.

Ratfucking your friends is definitely the best route to getting elected Speaker of the House — who, we remind you, does not need to be a member of the House of Representatives — once poor old Whiskey-Dick John Boehner is boiled in oil.

 

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