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Appreciating Aaron | Participatory Politics Foundation

Appreciating Aaron | Participatory Politics Foundation | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it

I had the privilege of knowing Aaron Swartz, who passed away yesterday, over the past seven years. He was a truly incredible person, and his work was inspirational to me personally and our non-profit PPF’s mission – and that of our sibling organizations, the Participatory Culture Foundation and Fight For the Future. Aaron was sui generis for real.

 


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House sends bill loosening banking regulations to Trump's desk - CNNPolitics

House sends bill loosening banking regulations to Trump's desk - CNNPolitics | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
President Donald Trump pledged on the campaign trail to "do a bignumber" on the Dodd-Frank Act.
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Looks like the GOP threw out big life rafts to the worst monsters in theswap. The consumers will just have to swim or sink.
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Supreme Court Decision Delivers Blow To Workers' Rights : NPR

Supreme Court Decision Delivers Blow To Workers' Rights : NPR | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The high court ruled for the first time that workers may not band together to challenge violations of federal labor laws.
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Heritage Foundation members (Trump’s and much of the GOP’s sugar daddies that give him and his administration their orders) just won big time with their man Gornish. The Supreme Court just threw American workers under the bus and into the gutter all at once. Trump isn’t taking America back for the average person.. He trying to take it back to pre-great depression when very rich people ruled and could treat everyone else like dirt.
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Border Patrol Stopped U.S. Citizens for Speaking Spanish in Montana

Border Patrol Stopped U.S. Citizens for Speaking Spanish in Montana | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
In Montana, two American women were stopped and questioned by a Border Patrol agent for speaking Spanish in front of him.
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Bill Gates: Trump Is Even Dumber Than You Thought | Vanity Fair

Bill Gates: Trump Is Even Dumber Than You Thought | Vanity Fair | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
And creepier, too!
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Behind the U.S. Government Plan to Jail 'Promiscuous' Women

Behind the U.S. Government Plan to Jail 'Promiscuous' Women | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
For much of the 20th century, the United States government detained "promiscuous" women in what one of them called a “concentration camp."
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Why Christians are leaving occupied Palestine

Why Christians are leaving occupied Palestine | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The Church of Saint Porphyrius, Gaza Palestinian Christians have a special relationship with the holy land of Palestine for it is the birthplace of Christianity. They have been living in Palestine …
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Excerpt: Bethlehem is dominated in equal measure by churches and mosques, a symbol of the increased diversity of the region’s people. Since 1948 many Palestinian Christians have been living in refugee camps outside the sacred city. The Christian population in Bethlehem now stands at a mere 28% of the total population. Just as other Palestinians they face many challenges moving from one city to another due to Israel’s Apartheid checkpoints. It is virtually impossible for them to travel to the Gaza Strip which is home to some of the oldest Christian holy sites in the world. Likewise, Christians living in Gaza face many obstacles when travelling to Bethlehem or other holy cities in the West Bank. Since Shalit’s capture by the Palestinian resistance, only 20% of Gazan Christians who apply for permission are issued permits. People between the ages of 16-36 years are not allowed to travel due to security measures implemented by Israel .
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Jerusalem: US Embassy opens as dozens killed in Gaza clashes - CNNPolitics

Jerusalem: US Embassy opens as dozens killed in Gaza clashes - CNNPolitics | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The US officially relocated its embassy to Jerusalem on Monday, formally upending decades of US policy in a move that was met with deadly clashes in Gaza.
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Today the USA joined Israeli Jews in Celebrating the day the Jewish people took Palestine over and forced the Palestinians from their long established homes with the opening of the US embassy to support the Jewish ownership of Jerusalem. This act supports the idea that Jerusalem is officially and solely Jewish and cannot be shared equally and fairly by others such as Christian, Islamic people or those of any other faith or ethnic group of people. Is this a recipe for peace?
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Top takeaways from the first big primary of 2018

Top takeaways from the first big primary of 2018 | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
What we learned from West Virginia, Indiana, Ohio and North Carolina.
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Iran prepares 'industrial-scale' nuclear production

Iran prepares 'industrial-scale' nuclear production | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Iran announced preparations for "industrial-scale" production of nuclear fuel while seeking guarantees from U.S. allies to keep business flowing despite President Trump's reimposition of sanctions.
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Newest Existential Threat to Oakland’s Public Schools

Newest Existential Threat to Oakland’s Public Schools | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it

"A “Systems of Schools” plan has been introduced by the destroy public education (DPE) forces in Oakland, California. The plan basically posits that with 30 percent of students in charter schools, the system has become inefficient. Therefore, the school board needs to review resources and close schools in areas with too many seats and overlapping programs.

However, since Oakland’s school board has no authority over charter schools it is only public schools that can be closed or downsized unless charter schools voluntarily cooperate."


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Trump’s Terrifying Treaty of Versailles Precedent –

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Trump's terrifying Treaty of Versailles precedent.
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Trump challenge to Native Americans' health splits HHS, alarms Hill GOP

Trump challenge to Native Americans' health splits HHS, alarms Hill GOP | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The rejection was driven by the HHS Office of General Counsel, which has told the tribes that its decision is based on a separate, still-undivulged lawsuit.
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America's Declining Investment in Higher Education | Ronald Brownstein | TheAtlantic.com

America's Declining Investment in Higher Education | Ronald Brownstein | TheAtlantic.com | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it

Drawing almost no attention, the nation crossed an ominous milestone last year that threatens more economic polarization and social division: For the first time, public colleges and universities in most states received most of their revenue from tuition rather than government appropriations.

This historic shift away from tax dollars funding the bulk of public higher education comes precisely as the nation’s youth population is crossing a succession of milestones to become more racially diverse than ever. As statisticians would say, it’s an open question whether these twin trends represent an example of causation or just correlation. But whether resources are shrinking because diversity is growing, or the two trends are proceeding independently, their convergence is still a dangerous development—not only for higher education, but also for the nation’s economic future.

 

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A 'Yellow Dog Contract' And Other Jabs During Supreme Court Opening Arguments : NPR

A 'Yellow Dog Contract' And Other Jabs During Supreme Court Opening Arguments : NPR | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Up first for the high court's new term: a case about nonunion employees' right to take action against alleged illegality by their employer.
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DOJ, Trump reach deal on expanded Russia review

DOJ, Trump reach deal on expanded Russia review | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The inspector general will investigate conservative claims of FBI wrongdoing in the Russia probe.
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Trumps friends want The classified information about the investigation that involves Trump’s campaign? No kidding? Maybe Russia should put in a request too...or anyone else the FBI is checking out for that matter.
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Ad campaign whacks Devin Nunes

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The campaign is called “Three Billboards Against Devin Nunes outside Fresno, California” — a takeoff on the recent popular movie.
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Why Trump Should Fear Michael Avenatti More Than Bob Mueller

Why Trump Should Fear Michael Avenatti More Than Bob Mueller | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Perhaps Avenatti is onto something.
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Conway: Expect staff changes in wake of McCain leak

Conway: Expect staff changes in wake of McCain leak | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
"There are all kinds of leaks. Some leaks exist to hurt, I guess, colleagues, some leaks exist because they disagree with the policies," she says.
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Why Christians are leaving occupied Palestine

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Gaza clashes: 52 Palestinians killed on deadliest day since 2014

Gaza clashes: 52 Palestinians killed on deadliest day since 2014 | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Palestinian deaths in a six-week protest with Israel soar, as the US opens its embassy in Jerusalem.
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Did Trump really open his embassy on the anniversary of the Palestinian loss of their homelands. This is the day the Palestinians were driven out of their land. Really??? What heathen plan such a time to open an embassy.
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Transcript: White House Chief Of Staff John Kelly's Interview With NPR : NPR

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NPR's Southwest correspondent John Burnett speaks with White House chief of staff John Kelly.
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Van Jones Vs Carl the Cuck Slayer Ultimate Street Debate

Legendary Carl the Cuck Slayer Owen Shroyer, engages democratic operative and CNN pun dent Van Jones in heated street debate
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UW Bothell ‘Think Tank’ CRPE Aims to Dismantle Public Education 

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"By Amy Frogge and Will Pinkston

Many Washingtonians may not realize it, but the University of Washington Bothell is harboring an organization that’s intent on dismantling public education in America.

 

UW Bothell’s Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) — an anti-public education think tank funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Walton Family Foundation and other philanthropies that are hostile to public schools — is wreaking havoc in communities as far-flung as Indianapolis, Nashville, and New Orleans.

 

CRPE’s list of “senior research affiliates” reads like a Who’s Who of special interests determined to tear down public schools and replace them with publicly funded, privately run charter schools. As members of the local school board in Nashville who are fighting against the devastating effects of school privatization, we are writing this column to advise Washington public education advocates — including the leadership and faculty at UW Bothell — that you have an enemy in your midst.

CRPE first surfaced in Nashville in 2010, when it convened an elite group of civic, and charter school leaders to ink a “collaboration compact” with Metro Nashville Public Schools, America’s 42nd-largest school system with 86,000 students. The heart of the CRPE compact seemed reasonable: “Collaborate as partners on the city-wide effort to provide an excellent education for all students.”

 

What happened next didn’t resemble collaboration at all, but rather outright hostility. As it turns out, no one who signed the CRPE compact actually cared about public education. Instead, their sole focus was forcing the unabated growth of charter schools at the expense of traditional schools.

 

Political and business interests aligned with the charter movement seized on the CRPE compact to attempt a wholesale privatization of Nashville’s public school system. Some even shamefully referred to their plan as “New Orleans without the hurricane” — a reference to the charterization of Crescent City schools in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. CRPE, led by pro-privatization director Robin Lake, cheered the effort.

 

Fortunately, the voters of Nashville ultimately rejected CRPE and Lake’s agenda by overwhelmingly electing and re-electing a strong pro-public education contingent to the Nashville school board. Yet the well-funded CRPE threat persists, in our city and elsewhere in the U.S.

Nationally, CRPE is now aligned with President Donald Trump and U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. In a new report, CRPE urges local school systems to gloss over the negative fiscal impact of charter schools by instead reneging on teacher pension commitments, slowing teacher pay improvements, and undertaking mass closings of traditional schools.

 

Our view: UW Bothell should consider forming a “Center on Recommitting to Public Education” to counteract the damage done by CRPE. If the turmoil of the past seven years in Nashville is any indication, we’ve had enough of CRPE’s false promise of collaboration. In talking with other school board members around the country, we know many of them feel the same. At the end of the day, CRPE is merely a tool to facilitate the demise of public education.

 

As observers of education politics and policy, we know that many Washingtonians strongly support public schools and that your state’s voters have spoken at the polls against privatization. With this column, we are hoping that readers — including UW Bothell Chancellor Bjong Wolf Yeigh and UW Bothell faculty — will stand in solidarity with American public education advocates and in opposition to CRPE’s destructive agenda.

 

Amy Frogge and Will Pinkston are elected members of the Metro Nashville Board of Public Education.

 

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https://seattleducation.com/2017/10/01/uw-bothell-think-tank-aims-to-dismantle-public-education/ 


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The terrifying step Trump better not take on North Korea (opinion)

The terrifying step Trump better not take on North Korea (opinion) | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
YJ Fischer writes that Trump should not offer to withdraw US troops from South Korea since it would send the message to rogue regimes that it pays to develop nuclear weapons.
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Team Trump’s New BFFs Could Mean Forever War

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