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Ecosystems change long before species are lost

Ecosystems change long before species are lost | political sceptic | Scoop.it
Communities in nature are likely to be a lot more sensitive to change than previously thought, according to a new study at Rice University.
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Money in Politics Is Taxation Without Representation - Huffington Post (blog)

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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 Most of us will dutifully pay our taxes to a government that no longer represents us.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, Today, 12:53 PM

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

McCutcheon decision is destroying politics - Bills Blitz - The Buffalo News | political sceptic | Scoop.it
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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Bill Clinton assures Jimmy Kimmel he checked Area 51 for aliens when he became president

Bill Clinton assures Jimmy Kimmel he checked Area 51 for aliens when he became president | political sceptic | Scoop.it
On Wednesday night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, former President Bill Clinton shared what he believes is the only sure-fire way to achieve world peace — facilitate an alien invasion.
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Fox host tells Ted Cruz: ‘You’re in a minority’ on Obamacare repeal, people aren’t ‘behind that’

Fox host tells Ted Cruz: ‘You’re in a minority’ on Obamacare repeal, people aren’t ‘behind that’ | political sceptic | Scoop.it
The hosts of Fox & Friends on Tuesday warned Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) that less and less people were backing his crusade to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care reform law.
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Florida's 'Vampire' Congressional Candidate Might Be The Future Of American ... - Business Insider

Florida's 'Vampire' Congressional Candidate Might Be The Future Of American ... - Business Insider | political sceptic | Scoop.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, 10:45 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, 10:30 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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Colbert: Death penalty secrecy merely a means to return ‘justice system to the Middle Ages’

Colbert: Death penalty secrecy merely a means to return ‘justice system to the Middle Ages’ | political sceptic | Scoop.it
Wednesday night’s episode of The Colbert Report featured a segment of “The Word” in which he discussed the real problem with execution-drug scarcity — that the public heard about it.
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Rick Perry orders Texas prisons not to follow federal rape prevention law

Rick Perry orders Texas prisons not to follow federal rape prevention law | political sceptic | Scoop.it
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) has told the Department of Justice that he has ordered the Texas Department of Criminal Justice not to abide by federal rules that were designed to prevent prison rapes.
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15 things you can't believe are true about American politics - Washington Post (blog)

15 things you can't believe are true about American politics - Washington Post (blog) | political sceptic | Scoop.it
15 things you can't believe are true about American politics
Washington Post (blog)
April Fools! Since everyone else is going to be pulling pranks on you all day, we thought we'd be nice and tell you things that are true ...
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