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This is worth a listen. I do wish the language would be considered for more inclusiveness. Less vulgar talk would allow the message to be stronger across generations and backgrounds.Try to look past the lousy wording the message is worth the time to consider..

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AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US
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The Pope’s Politics

The Pope’s Politics | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Robert Whaples joins us for a conversation on the Pope’s earnest call to build a caring society.
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This is very interesting. On one level it sounds so wise.... on another level I’m amazed at the nature of the goal to match libertarianism up with Catholic or Christian morals and values which at the base are altruistic. Most all faiths place Gods will and the interest of the poor and needy before personal goals. Libertarianism places the individual’s will and goals above all else. Nearly anyone would agree It is best to do it our own way..... that is until your way negatively effects someone else’s will and or interest or when one decides to place personal monetary value of self mega times over the personal monetary value of others that enable success with joint efforts through labor or resources. The libertarian view certainly is not without it’s own blind spots and failings.
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Putin Sows Chaos Ahead of Mexican, Colombian Elections - John Tures, Observer

Putin Sows Chaos Ahead of Mexican, Colombian Elections - John Tures, Observer | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
U.S. intelligence officials have picked up information indicating that Russia is playing a role in the upcoming Mexican and Colombian elections in 2018, looking for candidates in Nicolas Maduro's mold.

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US school shootings are so common teens are inventing tools to stay safe — Quartz

US school shootings are so common teens are inventing tools to stay safe — Quartz | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
With their elected officials locked in a stalemate over enacting stricter gun control, American students are turning to their own handmade tools to try and protect themselves in the event of a school shooting.

Justin Rivard is a senior at Somerset High School in Wisconsin. He has used his shop-class skills to create a long, metal contraption—called “The JustinKase“—that can be adjusted at the base of a doorway to create a stronger mechanism than a simple bolted lock. The device is so effective that his school principal purchased 50 of them for every classroom in the high school at $95 each. The school district went on to purchase many more for its middle and elementary schools. A neighboring district has placed an order for 94, according to media reports.

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#FF #Mueller charges #Manafort & #Gates with laundering over $30mn in #Ukraine lobbying income #moneylaundering

#FF #Mueller charges #Manafort & #Gates with laundering over $30mn in #Ukraine lobbying income #moneylaundering | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
US special counsel Robert Mueller has filed a new indictment against former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and his business partner Rick Gates, which appears unrelated to the 2016 US presidential election.
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The 32-count indictment filed on Thursday at the federal court in Washington, DC charges Manafort and Gates with laundering more than $30 million in funds they earned from lobbying work in Ukraine, which ended in 2014.

Other charges include sixteen counts of fraudulent individual tax returns, as well as failing to disclose foreign bank accounts and misrepresenting more than $10 million in income, from Cyprus-based companies, as loans.

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ThePlanetaryArchives/San Francisco CA's curator insight, February 22, 7:55 PM

It was not the FBI that brought down Al Capone; it was the IRS. Watch out, Donald.....

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N.R.A. Chief, Wayne LaPierre, Offers Fierce Defense of 2nd Amendment - The New York Times

N.R.A. Chief, Wayne LaPierre, Offers Fierce Defense of 2nd Amendment - The New York Times | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Mr. LaPierre leveled a searing indictment against liberal Democrats, the news media and political opportunists he said were joined together in a socialist plot to “eradicate all individual freedoms.”
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Anyone angry about life is invited over to the NRA’s next Shindig over at their OK corral shootout .... bring your fully loaded AR15 and your biggest missiles and find out who is the biggest, fastest excerpt. May the fast gun be left standing while they all stand up for their 2nd amendment rights. Tanks may even be found at a discount in the parking lot to build your collection of big, powerful guns.
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"Democratic Senators OFFICIALLY introduce bill to fix the single most obvious problem w/the ACA" | 06/09/2017

"Democratic Senators OFFICIALLY introduce bill to fix the single most obvious problem w/the ACA" | 06/09/2017 | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
As I've written about more times than I can remember, for all the very real and highly damaging GOP sabotage of the ACA over the years, there are some problems which were, quite frankly, inherent in the law as passed itself. This should be no great revelation, since it is a major piece of legislation which impacts nearly 1/5th of the entire economy is always going to have some problems to deal with, just as the 1.0 version of any piece of software will always have to have updates and patches applied. If this wasn't the case, there wouldn't be any amendments to the U.S. Constitution (not even the 2nd, so beloved by the GOP). In any event, one of the biggest flaws with the ACA itself is that the formula and rules for individual market tax credit eligibility are, quite simply, too stingy. They only apply to those falling within 100-400% of the Federal Poverty Level (roughly $12,000 - $48,000 for a single adult, or $24,000 - $96,000 for a family of 4), Within that income range, subsidies drop off on a sliding scale, based on what percentage of household income the benchmark Silver policy costs. Here's the official chart:

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Franklin Delano Williams's curator insight, July 3, 2017 6:31 AM

INSIGHT: "This is a real problem...with an easy solution: Either raise that 400% cap up to, say, 500-600%...or better yet, remove it altogether. This is exactly what I proposed in my "If I Ran the Zoo" compendium of ACA fixes, although to be fair, it's also exactly one of the major fixes Hillary Clinton proposed as part of her campaign platform.

Here's what I had in mind, although the precise percentages and income brackets could obviously be tweaked (Clinton's proposal was actually more generous than mine...she wanted 8.5% of income to be the cut-off point vs. my 10%; I'd be fine with that!):

In any event, until a couple of days ago, to the best of my knowledge, no sitting Democratic Senator or Representative has actually introduced a bill to achieve this change. Sure, there's the full Single Payer bills by John Conyers and Bernie Sanders, and of course the Dems have been clamoring for the GOP to formally appropriate CSR reimbursement payments to carriers...but nothing specifically calling for beefing up the APTC subsidies. Until now:"

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Trump’s unhinged Russia tweetstorm boomerangs back on Republicans - The

Trump’s unhinged Russia tweetstorm boomerangs back on Republicans - The | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The Mueller indictment should invite scrutiny of the GOP's failure to take Russian sabotage of the election seriously.
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Trump, citing ‘evil massacre’ in Florida, starts talking about gun control - The

Trump, citing ‘evil massacre’ in Florida, starts talking about gun control - The | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The president has yet to cross the NRA, but has privately discussed ideas that could put him at odds with the gun-rights group.
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AT&T's financial figures reveal 19 BEEELLLION reasons why it lobbied hard for US tax cuts • The Register

AT&T's financial figures reveal 19 BEEELLLION reasons why it lobbied hard for US tax cuts • The Register | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Telco gives 5% to staff, 5% for capex, windfall for shareholders
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AT&T ALEC lobby and bill mills like that really paid off.....Do you feel like as an AT&T custumer over charged enough to buy your elected officail out from representing your interest you should get to write your own telecom and tax laws too?

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A Gift From Republicans to All Those LLCs and LPs - Bloomberg

A Gift From Republicans to All Those LLCs and LPs - Bloomberg | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The House and Senate tax-cut plans offer such "uncorporations" a $450 billion break.
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Very interesting article if you want to understand for whom the tax breaks recently passed mean the most.
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This Short Seller Pressed ‘Tweet.’ Then the FBI Showed Up - Bloomberg

This Short Seller Pressed ‘Tweet.’ Then the FBI Showed Up - Bloomberg | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Cohodes’s posts were ‘threat to my life,’ says MiMedx’s Petit; rival sees overreach by the feds.
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#Amazon passes #Microsoft to become the 3rd-largest U.S. company

#Amazon passes #Microsoft to become the 3rd-largest U.S. company | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it

Amazon’s market cap of $702.5 billion is above No. 4 Microsoft’s $699.2 billion, but still well below No. 2 Alphabet’s $745.5 billion.


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Amazon has knocked Microsoft off the podium to take over as the third-largest U.S. company by market cap.

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Understanding Mike Pence And His Relationship To Trump: 'His Public Role Is Fawning' : NPR

Understanding Mike Pence And His Relationship To Trump: 'His Public Role Is Fawning' : NPR | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Though President Trump ran as an outsider, New Yorker writer Jane Mayer describes his vice president as "the connective tissue" between Trump and the billionaire donors in the Republican party.
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The Pope’s Politics

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Robert Whaples joins us for a conversation on the Pope’s earnest call to build a caring society.
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America's Leaderless Foreign Policy Has Hit a Dead End - Hal Brands, Bloomberg

America's Leaderless Foreign Policy Has Hit a Dead End - Hal Brands, Bloomberg | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Attempts to steer the U.S. through global affairs by ignoring Trump have failed.

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Millions of Chinese Kids Are Parenting Themselves

Millions of Chinese Kids Are Parenting Themselves | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
For a generation of poor, rural Chinese children, living like orphans is the price of literacy.

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The Destruction of Yemen: Bricks and Mortars - RootsAction

The Destruction of Yemen: Bricks and Mortars - RootsAction | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is systematically destroying the country and people of Yemen, an ancient civilization dating back 5,000 years.
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Trump & Co. continue to dig deeper into the Pit of Cruelty®

Trump & Co. continue to dig deeper into the Pit of Cruelty® | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
One of the most popular provisions of the Affordable Care Act's Three-Legged Stool's "Blue Leg" is the prohibition of caps on annual or lifetime benefits. When you consider that a baby born prematurely or a cancer patient undergoing chemotherapy can eat up several million dollars worth of care within a few months, this makes perfect sense. Even a moderately wealthy family can be brought down by high medical costs, and a middle class family can be financially wiped out. If you're lower income, don't even get me started. Naturally, the Trump Administration's response to everything above is "Hmmmmm...screw all that:" After approving Medicaid work requirements, Trump’s HHS aims for lifetime coverage limits After allowing states to impose work requirements for Medicaid enrollees, the Trump administration is now pondering lifetime limits on adults’ access to coverage.
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Stalled Equifax Breach Investigation Could Provide Valuable Insight

Stalled Equifax Breach Investigation Could Provide Valuable Insight | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Cybersecurity experts weigh in on the consequences of the CFPB (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau)--the watchdog agency in charge of protecting consumers--decision to pull back on its investigation into the massive data breach at Equifax.
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The Current leadership at the CFPB is a Fox placed by Trump to watch over the hen house.

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Koch Self-Interest in Criminal Justice Reform, Exposed

Koch Self-Interest in Criminal Justice Reform, Exposed | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The Koch brothers have received positive press for supporting criminal justice reform, but the evidence shows that, in part, they are in it for themselves.
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Mueller indictments: everyone charged so far in the Russia investigation

Mueller indictments: everyone charged so far in the Russia investigation | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
That we know of.
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Oppose H.R. 3299, the "Protecting Consumers' Access to Credit Act"

View a PDF of this letter here. Dear Representative, On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, I urge you to oppose H.R. 3299, the “Protecting Consumers’ Access to Credit Act of 2017.” H.R. 3299 would allow payday lenders and other non-bank institutions to use “rent-a-bank” arrangements to evade state usury laws … Read More
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With so many low income individuals to prey on in Mississippi our northern Mississippi elected GOP officials were proud to cast votes to support the continued legal rip off of those most vulnerable. Do we smell an "ALEC" and libertarian greedy skunk smell in this? Notice the bill does not say “permission to charge 300% interest to desperate individuals” rather it says protection for consumers. Isn't there surely some law about fraud in mistitling legal bills and laws to trip up voters and citizens?

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Experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a list of things subtly changing around you, so you’ll remember. Here's week 66: (February 17, 2018) - © 2018 Amy Siskind For the first time in quite a wh...

Experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a list of things subtly changing around you, so you’ll remember. Here's week 66: (February 17, 2018) - © 2018 Amy Siskind For the first time in quite a wh... | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a list of things subtly changing around you, so you’ll remember. Here's week 66: (February 17, 2018) - © 2018 Amy Siskind

For the first time in quit
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The US is the world's second worst tax haven, say Tax Justice Networks ranking —

The US is the world's second worst tax haven, say Tax Justice Networks ranking — | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
US senator Sheldon Whitehouse didn’t hold back when talking about America’s role as laundering the world’s dirty money on Tuesday, Feb 6. “Our European partners are doing their part to combat crime facilitated by shell corporations. If we don’t soon follow suit, I fear we will risk losing our place as that city on a hill and beacon of justice,” he said at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

Last week, the US was ranked the world’s second worst jurisdiction for lack of financial transparency by the Tax Justice Network (TJN). The only more secretive country is Switzerland, according to the anti-corruption organization’s 2018 Financial Secrecy Index.

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