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Debunking Christianity: What Religion Has Contributed This Month

Debunking Christianity: What Religion Has Contributed This Month | political sceptic | Scoop.it
What Religion Has Contributed This Month. By John W. Loftus at 2/16/ ... How to Decide Which Religion is True · The Outsider Test Is Not Hard to Understand · How the OTF Solves Religious Diversity · On the Fundamental ...
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Paul Krugman: We live in the most unequal society ever, and it’s only getting worse

Paul Krugman: We live in the most unequal society ever, and it’s only getting worse | political sceptic | Scoop.it
Americans may be living in the most unequal society that has ever existed, said economist Paul Krugman.
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Federal appeals court: Companies can’t litigate in secret to protect their image

Federal appeals court: Companies can’t litigate in secret to protect their image | political sceptic | Scoop.it
By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) – In a victory for consumers, a federal appeals court on Wednesday directed that litigation about a product linked to the death of an infant be made public, saying the manufacturer could not keep the details secret to...
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Democrats hark back to the politics of race - Yahoo News

Democrats hark back to the politics of race - Yahoo News | political sceptic | Scoop.it
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Democrats hark back to the politics of race
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Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., chairman of the DCCC, speaks at the National Press Club's Newsmaker series on how Rep. Paul Ryan's, R-Wis., budget will effect the midterm elections.
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Money in Politics Is Taxation Without Representation - Huffington Post (blog)

Money in Politics Is Taxation Without Representation - Huffington Post (blog) | political sceptic | Scoop.it
Money in Politics Is Taxation Without Representation
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Today, April 15, is Tax Day. Most of us will dutifully pay our taxes to a government that no longer represents us.
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‘I think I’m in The Twilight Zone’: Bill O’Reilly clashes with a liberal and a conservative at once

‘I think I’m in The Twilight Zone’: Bill O’Reilly clashes with a liberal and a conservative at once | political sceptic | Scoop.it
Fox News host Bill O’Reilly said he felt as if were traveling through another dimension after being challenged by guests on both side of the political aisle on Tuesday after he advocated the use of Social Security cards as a form of federal...
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Wisconsin Republican Party to vote on secession at state convention in May

When Republicans in Wisconsin meet for their annual convention next month, one of the topics on the agenda will be whether the party supports seceding from the United States if necessary.
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Where have all the moderates gone? Politics as 'gladiatorial combat' - Los Angeles Times

Where have all the moderates gone? Politics as 'gladiatorial combat' - Los Angeles Times | political sceptic | Scoop.it
Where have all the moderates gone? Politics as 'gladiatorial combat' Los Angeles Times Barry Glassner first detailed how politicians use fear-mongering in his 1999 book “The Culture of Fear.” He wrote of politicians claiming America was on the...
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Greg Russak's curator insight, April 16, 9:53 AM

Good question:

 

"Geoffrey Kabaservice said he set out to answer one question before writing his latest work: Whatever happened to the moderate Republican?"

http://www.latimes.com/books/jacketcopy/la-et-jc-politics-media-panel-20140413,0,4396741.story#ixzz2z4LNqGPV

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Few Follow Obama Into Public Service - Taegan Goddard's Political ...

New York Times: "Unlike John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan, who inspired virtual legislatures of politicians and became generational touchstones, Mr. Obama has so far had little such influence. That is all the more ...
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Comedian Greg Proops skewers Reagan for destroying the utopian spirit of the 1970s | The Raw Story

Comedian Greg Proops skewers Reagan for destroying the utopian spirit of the 1970s | The Raw Story | political sceptic | Scoop.it
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McCutcheon decision is destroying politics - Bills Blitz - The Buffalo News

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McCutcheon decision is destroying politics
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WASHINGTON – Supreme Court justices on the right have said for years that a corporation is like a person and should be treated accordingly.
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Teen convicted of disorderly conduct for using iPad to record bullies tormenting him

Teen convicted of disorderly conduct for using iPad to record bullies tormenting him | political sceptic | Scoop.it
A Pennsylvania mother whose learning-disabled son was convicted of disorderly conduct for recording his bullies while they tormented him demanded the judge reverse decision and the school district apologize.
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Glenn Beck rails against media ‘rat b*stards’ for reporting ‘sociopathic’ Obamacare numbers

Glenn Beck rails against media ‘rat b*stards’ for reporting ‘sociopathic’ Obamacare numbers | political sceptic | Scoop.it
Conservative radio host Glenn Beck responded with stunned disbelief on Wednesday to the news that seven million people had signed up for the Affordable Care Act, accusing the press of covering for President Barack Obama, Right Wing Watch reported.
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‘Fox & Friends’ finds Obama ‘responsible’ for Ft. Hood shooting within first 24 hours

‘Fox & Friends’ finds Obama ‘responsible’ for Ft. Hood shooting within first 24 hours | political sceptic | Scoop.it
The hosts of the Fox News morning show Fox & Friends on Thursday found a way to make both President Barack Obama and gun control “responsible” for a shooting at Fort Hood, less than 24 hours after it occurred.
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Bryan Fischer tells poor people: ‘Kiss the ground’ beneath the richest 1 percent

Bryan Fischer tells poor people: ‘Kiss the ground’ beneath the richest 1 percent | political sceptic | Scoop.it
Bryan Fischer, the director of Issues Analysis for the fundamentalist American Family Association (AFA), said on Tuesday that people who used welfare and other government services needed to “kiss the ground” beneath the richest 1 percent of...
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Arby’s worker challenges Florida Republican over minimum wage: ‘Take a walk in my shoes’

Arby’s worker challenges Florida Republican over minimum wage: ‘Take a walk in my shoes’ | political sceptic | Scoop.it
A Florida GOP congressman faced pushback from his constituents over raising the minimum wage, with one man directly challenging him to work at a local fast food restaurant for a day, Think Progress reported.
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EPIC - FTC Commissioner Wright Meets with Industry Lobbyists, Not Consumer Representatives

EPIC - FTC Commissioner Wright Meets with Industry Lobbyists, Not Consumer Representatives | political sceptic | Scoop.it

FTC Commissioner Wright Meets with Industry Lobbyists, Not Consumer Representatives

Posted on April 8, 2014


Through a Freedom of Information Act request, EPIC obtained the appointment calendar of FTC Commissioner Wright. The Commissioner's calendar reveals many meetings with corporate presentatives but no meetings with public interest organizations representing consumers. One of FTC's primary missions is to protect consumers from unfair and deceptive business practices. Commissioner Wright became an FTC Commissioner in January 2013. Since then he has met with representatives from Apple, Microsoft, Verizon, Qualcomm, the Network Advertising Initiative, and the Consumer Data Industry Association. He has attended industry conferences and given talks at trade association meetings. EPIC tried several times to arrange a meeting between Commissioner Wright and the Privacy Coalition—a nonpartisan coalition of consumer, civil liberties, educational, family, library, and technology organizations. The Privacy Coalition has hosted meetings with many FTC commissioners over the past decade. After repeatedly declining a meeting with the consumer privacy organizations, EPIC filed a FOIA request for the FTC Commissioner's appointment calendar. For more information, see EPIC: Federal Trade Commission.



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Eli Levine's curator insight, April 16, 7:10 PM

And the rich wonder how it is that everything gets over turned for them.

 

Silly brains.

 

Think about it.

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Arizona Gov. Brewer signs bill allowing for warrantless inspections of womens’ health clinics

Arizona Gov. Brewer signs bill allowing for warrantless inspections of womens’ health clinics | political sceptic | Scoop.it
PHOENIX (Reuters) – Arizona Governor Jan Brewer on Tuesday signed into a law a bill allowing state health authorities to conduct surprise inspections of abortion clinics without first obtaining a warrant, handing another victory to abortion foes.
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Other views: Sleazy tactics push moderates out of state politics - Herald Times Reporter

Other views: Sleazy tactics push moderates out of state politics - Herald Times Reporter | political sceptic | Scoop.it
Other views: Sleazy tactics push moderates out of state politics
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And it's not just national politicians, either. It's, in this most recent case, a state legislator. Frankly, it's no wonder that state Sen.
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U.S. hints at more sanctions against Russia after tense phone call between Obama and Putin

Presidents Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin confronted one another in telephone talks Monday as a standoff over Ukraine escalated after the CIA chief visited Kiev and a Russian war plane “buzzed” a U.S.
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Obama on Voter Suppression: The Right Speech in the Wrong Place

Obama on Voter Suppression: The Right Speech in the Wrong Place | political sceptic | Scoop.it
The president is right to speak out, but he needs to preach to someone other than the converted.
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Insurance premium hikes from Obamacare will not be as severe as predicted: CBO | The Raw Story

Insurance premium hikes from Obamacare will not be as severe as predicted: CBO | The Raw Story | political sceptic | Scoop.it
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Utah woman arrested after police discover seven dead babies in her garage

Utah woman arrested after police discover seven dead babies in her garage | political sceptic | Scoop.it
A Utah woman has been arrested after police searched her garage and discovered the bodies of six dead babies stashed in cardboard boxes.
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Donald Trump: GOP not racist because ‘a lot of Republicans voted for the black president’

Donald Trump: GOP not racist because ‘a lot of Republicans voted for the black president’ | political sceptic | Scoop.it
Conservative mogul Donald Trump on Monday denied charges that the Republican party was racist, saying some members of the party had defected and “voted for the black president.” Over the last week, questions of racism within the GOP have reemerged...
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How racial resentment fuels libertarianism

How racial resentment fuels libertarianism | political sceptic | Scoop.it

Excerpt from article by Ian Haney López, Bill Moyers.com
 

Paul presents overweening government power — especially at the federal level — as the paramount threat to ordinary Americans. If he is to popularize this message, though, Paul has to face an ugly fact: libertarianism has attracted substantial popular support not despite its occasional association with racists, but because of its ugly racial undertones.
 

Where white supremacists once commandeered government to enforce their appalling vision, the civil rights movement recruited government to promote integration. Government efforts to outlaw discrimination and to promote inclusion in schools, workplaces and neighborhoods became key to the effort to move the country toward racial equality.

But in response, libertarian ideas flourished, for anti-government rhetoric provided a seemingly neutral basis for opposing “race mixing.”

Pioneering this new use of libertarian rhetoric in his 1964 campaign, the Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater endorsed “states’ rights,” ostensibly a position on federal-state relations, though at the time all understood the target was federal efforts to push school integration. Goldwater also championed “freedom of association,” which purported to preserve the rights of property owners to exclude whom they wished, though in practice this meant the right of white establishments to bar minorities.
 

Today’s libertarian politics descends directly from this tradition. Illustrating the continuity, as recently as 2010, Paul himself endorsed the “freedom of association” argument, criticizing the 1964 Civil Rights Act for unjustly limiting the rights of private property owners. Paul put his position most succinctly in anearlier criticism of the Fair Housing Act: “A free society will abide unofficial, private discrimination — even when that means allowing hate-filled groups to exclude people based on the color of their skin.”


To his credit, Paul has since renounced those positions and frequently proclaims his opposition to racial discrimination. But as his responses to the controversies surrounding his staffers suggest, he still has a long way to go. Paul must grapple with why his small-government message resonates with so many whites — and if, for a sizeable number, the motive is a continued opposition to integration, then Paul must face this squarely if he is to craft a more inclusive party.


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Coffee Party USA's curator insight, April 14, 7:45 AM

If more Americans learn about our history, will it be possible to take the best intentions from libertarianism and push aside its roots in racial resentment? —Eric Byler

Greg Russak's comment, April 14, 7:30 PM
Thank you for this post, Eric. I feel it completely matches with the blog I submitted and which was rejected. I'm proud to say that Ian Haney López is a law professor at UC Berkeley, a senior fellow at Demos and the author of Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class and I are precisely on the same page.
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Lockdown lifted after gunman fires shot at Kent State

Lockdown lifted after gunman fires shot at Kent State | political sceptic | Scoop.it
A lockdown at Kent State University in northeastern Ohio was lifted late Wednesday after authorities completed their search for a man who fired a single gunshot into the ground on campus before fleeing, the school said.
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