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Ole Olson54,744It has come to light that Google has started funding and supporting some of the most vile right wing extremist collectives and corporate front groups in America. Join us by changing your avatar and boycotting every single Google service for one day in protest.  *On Wednesday, December 11th make a serious attempt to not use anything Google.* No Google Searches. No Google+. No gmail. No Youtube. No Google Calendar. No Blogger. No Google Maps. No Google Photos. No Google translate. No Google reverse image search. No Google Play. No Google Drive. No Google Books. No Google Shopping. Nothing.  (Android is immune since it is Open Source).  If nothing else, just think of this as a challenge to see if you are able to spend a day on the internet without using a single Google product or service or just take the day off and enjoy the real world for a change.  _Google, many of us are your most loyal users, and we love the technical direction everything is heading by rolling all services into Google+_ but it must be understood in no uncertain terms that we vehemently disagree with your decision to start to fund proto-fascist, right wing extremist, anti-environmental, anti-worker, and anti-science shock fronts like: •ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) •American Conservative Union •Americans for Tax Reform •CATO Institute •Federalist Society •George Mason University Law School Law and Economics Center •Heritage Action •Mercatus Center •National Taxpayers Union •R Street Institute •Texas Public Policy Foundation ________________________________________________ *More information:* Don’t Be Evil? Google Funding a Slew of Right-Wing Groups http://billmoyers.com/2013/12/04/dont-be-evil-google-funding-a-slew-of-right-wing-groups/ Tell Google CEO Larry Page to Cut Ties with ALEC http://org.salsalabs.com/o/632/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=14651 Tell Google: Don't Be Evil With ALEC http://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=8648 #ShameOnGoogle  #Google    #DontBeEvil  One Day Boycott of ALL Google Products2013-12-11 07:00:00159  

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2015-07-27 03:53:00 (35 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Libertarian/capitalist fire dept.

The free market does everything better, right?

(Thanks, +Edward Morbius for motivating me to look for this.)

(from 2010)

Most reshares: 5

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2015-07-22 22:41:18 (1 comments, 5 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

Bernie's view on veterans

Most plusones: 46

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2015-07-19 15:34:55 (27 comments, 3 reshares, 46 +1s)Open 

Sanders draws biggest turnout for a Maine Democratic rally in 25 years

"This campaign is catching fire for a simple reason, and the simple reason is we are telling the truth."
—Bernie Sanders

Latest 50 posts

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2015-07-29 20:45:03 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

A hidden threat lingering from the Cold War

A hidden threat lurks in the waters off the coast of Savannah, Georgia…: a 7,600-pound bomb, packed with an undisclosed amount of uranium and 400 pounds of explosives.

The Mark 15 bomb, one of hundreds of suspected “broken arrows,” or nuclear bombs lost during air or sea mishaps, had to be jettisoned into the water in the winter of 1958 during a secret mission that simulated dropping a weapon of mass destruction on a Soviet city.

But not to worry:

Today, [the Air Force] recommends that [the bomb] remain untouched, saying it is low risk and very unlikely to explode.

And

The bomb’s potential danger rests on the validity of one hand-written receipt with the word “simulated” scrawled in ink near the top — a word that, according to the U.S. Air Force, meant the bomb did not have adetonation ca... more »

A hidden threat lingering from the Cold War

A hidden threat lurks in the waters off the coast of Savannah, Georgia…: a 7,600-pound bomb, packed with an undisclosed amount of uranium and 400 pounds of explosives.

The Mark 15 bomb, one of hundreds of suspected “broken arrows,” or nuclear bombs lost during air or sea mishaps, had to be jettisoned into the water in the winter of 1958 during a secret mission that simulated dropping a weapon of mass destruction on a Soviet city.

But not to worry:

Today, [the Air Force] recommends that [the bomb] remain untouched, saying it is low risk and very unlikely to explode.

And

The bomb’s potential danger rests on the validity of one hand-written receipt with the word “simulated” scrawled in ink near the top — a word that, according to the U.S. Air Force, meant the bomb did not have a detonation capsule and was not capable of a nuclear explosion.

However,

… some doubt its validity. “It’s just preposterous,” says Douglas Keeney, military historian and best-selling author. “This note, it’s discovered now 50 years later, one document out of thousands is the only one that says it is unarmed — it is just silly.”

One last factoid to make you feel better: The half-life of uranium is only about 4.5 billion years (for uranium-238; for -235 it's a mere 700 million years, and for -234 a blink of the eye at 25 thousand years) so we're like… well on the way toward the bomb no longer being a threat. Well on the way.___

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2015-07-29 01:40:41 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Heroism

thanks, +Kee Hinckley 

___Heroism

thanks, +Kee Hinckley 

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2015-07-28 22:47:16 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Brilliant!

thanks, +Being Liberal 

(S) The Satanic Temple continues to prove that they can troll Christians better than anyone else.___Brilliant!

thanks, +Being Liberal 

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2015-07-28 05:12:00 (3 comments, 4 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

Amazing what you can get away with with a single-digit IQ.

Both him and his brother.

thanks, +Matt Sharpey 

#GOPproud   #jebbush  ___Amazing what you can get away with with a single-digit IQ.

Both him and his brother.

thanks, +Matt Sharpey 

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2015-07-28 04:54:13 (3 comments, 4 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Never mind the graphic.

Read the text.

thanks, +Valkyrie 

A share ‪#‎onesopinion‬ Momma Politico ‪#‎GOPproud‬
Fear mongering
Just saw the Ron Paul “Be Very Afraid” commercial. Why is it that the GOP always resorts to fear tactics? Because, apparently, it works.
It’s the bread and butter of the GOP. Now that they can’t use the traditional wedge issues as effectively (God, Guns and Gays), their only remaining card to play is fear. Fear of “the other,” who is taking your jobs, using your resources and tax dollars, and can easily be the scapegoat for all things that are gone from the memory of prosperity of bygone days - that’s the best bet to get low-information voters to vote against their own best interest. The GOP is masterful about getting folks to vote against those things that make the middle class able to survive…and makes bank for them and their 1% in the process.
Watch for this - watch in the ads you see in the next two years, in the propaganda spewed by Republican candidates. Divide and conquer is their goal, and it’s not a hidden agenda anymore, by any means. And it’s up to us to point it out.___Never mind the graphic.

Read the text.

thanks, +Valkyrie 

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2015-07-27 23:13:23 (11 comments, 1 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

thanks, +Geoffrey Snyder and +Being Liberal 

(S)___thanks, +Geoffrey Snyder and +Being Liberal 

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2015-07-27 04:22:11 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

For what it's worth.

thanks, +Jorge Vismara 

So the opposite of addiction is not sobriety. It is human connection.___For what it's worth.

thanks, +Jorge Vismara 

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2015-07-27 03:53:00 (35 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Libertarian/capitalist fire dept.

The free market does everything better, right?

(Thanks, +Edward Morbius for motivating me to look for this.)

(from 2010)

Libertarian/capitalist fire dept.

The free market does everything better, right?

(Thanks, +Edward Morbius for motivating me to look for this.)

(from 2010)___

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2015-07-27 03:08:13 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

American Sharia.

thanks, +Pamela Zuppo 

In Iraq, ISIS has banned the teaching of evolution,___American Sharia.

thanks, +Pamela Zuppo 

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2015-07-26 04:25:30 (18 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Christians, loving as always.

thanks, +Valkyrie 

‘We will drive them out': Christians gather to protest the Satanic Temple’s statue unveiling___Christians, loving as always.

thanks, +Valkyrie 

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2015-07-25 20:38:25 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Gun rights and white supremacy

You knew there was a correlation, although you preferred not to think about it.

There may be is a causal relationship.

thanks, +Valkyrie 

An oldie, but very, very relevant still.___Gun rights and white supremacy

You knew there was a correlation, although you preferred not to think about it.

There may be is a causal relationship.

thanks, +Valkyrie 

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2015-07-25 19:25:54 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

thanks, +Valkyrie and +Rob Salzman 

___thanks, +Valkyrie and +Rob Salzman 

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2015-07-25 19:01:21 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Worried about KXL and other oil pipelines? This should give you a bit of comfort.

Not.

Let us just say that the... "people" in charge of these pipelines are neither scientists nor environmentalists.

They have only one concern (profit) and their pipelines are as reliable as you'd predict based on that.

thanks, +Jacques Surveyer 

This pipeline was built in 2014 using the latest safety and control system. Not only did the pipeline burst but also the safety system did not report it. This one is bigger than Kalamazoo Mich spill. And Alberta has had 6 major spills in the last 4 years- again using new pipelines in most cases - see here [ http://bit.ly/1CIDbaI ]for the details. Yes, like the oil companies I am trying to throw oil on the Keystone Pipeline debate.___Worried about KXL and other oil pipelines? This should give you a bit of comfort.

Not.

Let us just say that the... "people" in charge of these pipelines are neither scientists nor environmentalists.

They have only one concern (profit) and their pipelines are as reliable as you'd predict based on that.

thanks, +Jacques Surveyer 

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2015-07-25 02:36:37 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Right-wing spin

Anybody else notice this?

thanks, +Carl A. Lehmann 

A ..... on Analysis, statistics, And #Republican Ass holes....___Right-wing spin

Anybody else notice this?

thanks, +Carl A. Lehmann 

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2015-07-25 02:24:02 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Going around in conservative circles

Know what the opposition is "thinking".

#TedCruz2016 #CruzCrew
15 Reasons Ted Cruz Is The Most Badass And Fearless Senator Republicans Have Seen In Ages
GRACE WYLER AND WALTER HICKEY
May 7, 2013, 1:35 PM 257,514 106


It's been just four months since Ted Cruz took office as the junior Republican Senator from Texas, but the Tea Party darling has already challenged Washington to a fight — and gotten it.

Brash, borderline arrogant, but undeniably whipsmart, Cruz has rankled Democrats and delighted Republicans with his take-no-prisoners, make-no-compromises approach to legislating. His popularity has skyrocketed among a conservative base starved for excitement after enduring milquetoast moderates like Mitt Romney and John McCain.

"Republicans love him because he's honest, because he's not afraid to take on the Establishment," said Vincent Harris, a digital strategist who works with Cruz. "He's energetic and Republicans are just tired of people who are going along to get along — that is the antithesis of Senator Cruz."

"He's conservative and he's not afraid to talk about — and he's not afraid to even say and do things that people in the Beltway aren't used to," Harris added. "It's exciting and refreshing."

Democratic strategist James Carville called Cruz the most fearless and talented Republican in 30 years.

Already, rumors are circulating that Cruz is considering a presidential bid in 2016. That would be an audacious move for the young Senator, particularly considering questions about his eligibility. (Cruz was born in Canada.)

But a brief look at his past — and his rapid ascent to national political stardom — reveals that Cruz usually gets what he wants.

Cruz has always been a talker — at age 22, he was the best college debater in the country. And he's still in the Princeton debate Hall of Fame.

At age 32, he became the youngest state Solicitor General in U.S. history.

He's tight with Supreme Court conservatives.

After graduating from Harvard Law School, Cruz clerked for Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist. Notably, he was the first Hispanic to ever clerk for a Chief Justice.

Later on, during the 2000 Florida recount, Cruz served as a legal advisor for the George Bush campaign, and recruited future Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts to join the team.

And as Texas Solicitor General, he argued nine cases in front of the court, winning five.

He has memorized the constitution using a special mnemonic device.

Basically, "Cruz is to public speaking what Michael Phelps was to swimming," according to the National Review.

In 2012, Cruz rose out of obscurity to defeat establishment favorite David Dewhurst in Texas' Republican Senate primary — despite being outspent 3 to 1.

He's not afraid of the establishment — he even accused Mitt Romney of "french-kissing" Obama in the third presidential debate.

And he never apologizes for the Tea Party — he even made Sarah Palin relevant again.

He sees communists everywhere. Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer has even compared him to Joseph McCarthy.

He wasn't afraid to smear Obama's Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel, hinting that he had ties to foreign governments and even using charts and doctored YouTube clips on the Senate floor.

Or to lecture California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein about the Constitution.

Even Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has called him a "schoolyard bully." To which Cruz replied, "I wasn't aware we were in a schoolyard."

Cruz is a Tea Party team player. He was one of the first Republican Senators to join Rand Paul's epic filibuster, and read encouraging tweets to raise morale.

He also takes credit for killing new gun control legislation.

But he thinks other Republican Senators are "squishes" with a "defeatist attitude" he finds "utterly maddening."


Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/why-republicans-love-ted-cruz-2013-5?op=1#ixzz3gljtdr4D___Going around in conservative circles

Know what the opposition is "thinking".

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2015-07-24 22:32:54 (19 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Just when you were starting to think, "Maybe Jeb Bush isn't all that bad..."

Yes he is. Remember his brother W? The worst president we've had in my (longass) lifetime? Jeb is his clone, without the affected southern accent.

thanks, +Ole Olson 

It's Not Just Social Security Anymore. Jeb Bush Wants to Destroy Medicare Too.

Jeb sure picked the wrong time to make this pitch.___Just when you were starting to think, "Maybe Jeb Bush isn't all that bad..."

Yes he is. Remember his brother W? The worst president we've had in my (longass) lifetime? Jeb is his clone, without the affected southern accent.

thanks, +Ole Olson 

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2015-07-24 22:17:52 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

White guy kills people; hardly anyone notices

thanks +Fred O 

What will it take?___White guy kills people; hardly anyone notices

thanks +Fred O 

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2015-07-24 18:25:32 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Donald Trump: The pinnacle and death of all that is republican

(At least we can hope.)

thanks, +Alex Grossman 

"Yes, how did we get to a point where up to one-fourth of the party of Lincoln, Eisenhower and Reagan now aligns itself with Donald Trump? Those same political marshals would have us believe he’s a “demagogue,” a “jackass,” a “cancer.”

They say he’s trashing the Republic brand. They say he’s “stirring up the crazies,” in the words of Senator John McCain. But Trump is the brand, to a sizable degree. And the crazies have long flourished in the Republican media wing, where any amount of gaseous buffoonery goes unchallenged.

And now that the party can’t control him, Trump threatens to destroy its chances if he doesn’t get his way, running as an independent with unlimited wealth — a political suicide bomb.

Trump is a byproduct of all the toxic elements Republicans have thrown into their brew over the last decade or so — from birtherism to race-based hatred of immigrants, from nihilists who shut down government to elected officials who shout “You lie!” at their commander in chief.

It was fine when all this crossing-of-the-line was directed at President Obama or other Democrats. But now that the ugliness is intramural, Trump has forced party leaders to decry something they have not only tolerated, but encouraged."___Donald Trump: The pinnacle and death of all that is republican

(At least we can hope.)

thanks, +Alex Grossman 

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2015-07-24 04:13:00 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Yeah, it's worse than you thought.

thanks +galen stone 

More discouraging news___Yeah, it's worse than you thought.

thanks +galen stone 

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2015-07-24 03:36:25 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Socialism. You hate the word. Because you don't know shit.

thank you, +Valkyrie and Thea Susan Lausa

#FeelTheBern  ___Socialism. You hate the word. Because you don't know shit.

thank you, +Valkyrie and Thea Susan Lausa

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2015-07-23 22:00:29 (20 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Conservative because you think you can "pull yourself up by your bootstraps"?

You're poor now, but you can get rich?

Don't tax the rich, because someday I'll be one of them?

All it takes is hard work and anyone can make it?

Think again.

thanks, +Susan Stone 

___Conservative because you think you can "pull yourself up by your bootstraps"?

You're poor now, but you can get rich?

Don't tax the rich, because someday I'll be one of them?

All it takes is hard work and anyone can make it?

Think again.

thanks, +Susan Stone 

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2015-07-23 21:27:25 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Not being one to share music, this is worth hearing.

Not being one to share music, this is worth hearing.___

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2015-07-23 21:02:13 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Ah, schadenfreude!

(Read this. It'll make you smile.)

thanks, +Valkyrie and +Susan Stone 

___Ah, schadenfreude!

(Read this. It'll make you smile.)

thanks, +Valkyrie and +Susan Stone 

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2015-07-23 04:33:23 (25 comments, 1 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

On the value of "speaking your mind"

thanks, +Katie H. 

Seriously! I hope he keeps speaking
his "mind". Every time he opens his pie hole, he alienates more people. ___On the value of "speaking your mind"

thanks, +Katie H. 

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2015-07-23 04:29:03 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

thanks, +galen stone

(I'm sorry I don't have a link to back this up. Interesting if true. Interesting anyhow.)

#WinBernieWin #FeeltheBern #Women4Bernie #BernieSanders #DemocraticSocialism #RockTheVote #Vote2016___thanks, +galen stone

(I'm sorry I don't have a link to back this up. Interesting if true. Interesting anyhow.)

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2015-07-23 04:22:12 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Republican wet dream

Bobby Jindal is even worse than I imagined.

thanks, +Fred O 

___Republican wet dream

Bobby Jindal is even worse than I imagined.

thanks, +Fred O 

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2015-07-22 22:41:18 (1 comments, 5 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

Based on the republicans' abject failure to understand this idea, you'd think it was complicated. (It isn't.)

thanks, +Alan Williamson 

Bernie's view on veterans___Based on the republicans' abject failure to understand this idea, you'd think it was complicated. (It isn't.)

thanks, +Alan Williamson 

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2015-07-22 22:37:31 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

thanks, +Ole Olson and +AlterNet 

stop fighting over who created the world and fight against the people who are destroying it.

#Quote  ___thanks, +Ole Olson and +AlterNet 

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2015-07-22 04:15:27 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Yo, Republicans: You're the most dependent on Federal aid

So quit your bitching. Never talk about "welfare queens" again unless you're talking about aid to corporations.

I don't want to hear any more poor-bashing out of your sorry, fat white asses.

thanks, +Alex Schleber 

#disinfo  - oopsy... Red States are (on average) more dependent on the Federal Government...

"...Using results from the 2012 presidential election, WalletHub ranked each state from 1 to 50 — with 1 being the least dependent state and 50 being the most dependent state. Here's what they found:"
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/cc +paul beard +Woozle Hypertwin ___Yo, Republicans: You're the most dependent on Federal aid

So quit your bitching. Never talk about "welfare queens" again unless you're talking about aid to corporations.

I don't want to hear any more poor-bashing out of your sorry, fat white asses.

thanks, +Alex Schleber 

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2015-07-22 00:29:44 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

thanks, +Cindy Brown

___thanks, +Cindy Brown

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2015-07-21 21:42:29 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Republicans, do you approve of this?

thanks, +Pamela Zuppo 

When voter’s vote republican, they may very well be killing their own loved ones. How stupid can these voters actually be?

It was meant to be ‘tough love,’ from the book of how to be excessively callous, brutal and uncaring,  but a Michigan Republican-based law kicking mothers off welfare when their kids miss school has gone horribly, horribly wrong. This has gone beyond shame and punish the poor, to kill off the leeching bastards, even if they are children.

To say Lisa was sick doesn’t really begin to describe her troubles. The 12-year-old was racked by seizures and disabled by strokes from the brain surgery she underwent to remove a tumor. After battling cancer throughout her life, Lisa required “assistance in dressing, eating, and elimination of urine and feces,” as a doctor noted. She most certainly could not go to school, as the superintendent, principal, and head of special education in her school district were all aware.

“For the past two and a half years of her life, she was in and out of the hospital,” her mother, Martha, said. “She went from being this chatterbox to not talking at all.”

But someone else at the school nevertheless dropped Lisa from enrollment after seeing she had been absent since spring 2012, when she suffered a stroke. By October 2014, Martha was told by the state of Michigan that her application for welfare was denied—because her daughter wasn’t going to school.

“I checked my [benefits] card monthly to see how much I would have, and thought, Why is my amount less? Then I got a letter in the mail,” Martha told The Daily Beast. (She asked that she and her daughter be allowed to use pseudonyms to protect their privacy.)

Michigan kicked Martha, Lisa, and her two siblings off welfare. Thanks to a policy created by the department’s Republican-appointed director, the state can cut off households if their children are truant. The state Department of Health Services said 350 households have had assistance eliminated or reduced since 2012 as part of Michigan’s attempt to force welfare recipients to send their kids to class.

#FuckRepublicans   #GoddamnBastards  ___Republicans, do you approve of this?

thanks, +Pamela Zuppo 

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2015-07-21 21:15:19 (11 comments, 1 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

The new Sarah Palin

(Unfortunately, Tina Fey will have a harder time imitating this one. Maybe we should look to... shit. To whom should we look? Suggestions welcome.)

thanks, +George Heindel 

Seems about right ....___The new Sarah Palin

(Unfortunately, Tina Fey will have a harder time imitating this one. Maybe we should look to... shit. To whom should we look? Suggestions welcome.)

thanks, +George Heindel 

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2015-07-21 01:45:18 (11 comments, 4 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

How indeed?

thanks, +David Bee 

Sure, the Clinton campaign is raking in the big bucks.  But then Bernie doesn't need to spend so much on his campaign staff.  Since he knows where he stands -- and has held the same positions for many years ---  there's no need to spend big money on pollsters.  

           story here -> http://goo.gl/1RHJy3

#Bernie2016   #FeelTheBern   #mydailybernie  ___How indeed?

thanks, +David Bee 

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2015-07-20 04:15:22 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Republican extremism

Among the things to note:

$24b is too much to spend on veterans (who have served this country)

$269b is not too much to give to the uber-rich (who have robbed this country)

thanks, +Pamela Zuppo 

A Question For Veterans...... #SupportOurTroops #veterans
Read more here: http://reut.rs/1cuggxb___Republican extremism

Among the things to note:

$24b is too much to spend on veterans (who have served this country)

$269b is not too much to give to the uber-rich (who have robbed this country)

thanks, +Pamela Zuppo 

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2015-07-20 04:11:09 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

thanks, +Katie H. 

Truth. ___thanks, +Katie H. 

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2015-07-19 16:41:29 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Warm enough yet?

Bottom Line: The warming trend that made 2014 the hottest calendar year on record is continuing. As some climate scientists have said, it’s increasingly likely we’re witnessing the start of the long-awaited jump in global temperatures.

But neither this nor anything else is gonna stop deniers from denyin': There's oil money to be made! Fuck the next generation. We (the old white men making all the profits) won't be around to suffer the consequences anyhow.

thanks, +Ron Dobbs 

___Warm enough yet?

Bottom Line: The warming trend that made 2014 the hottest calendar year on record is continuing. As some climate scientists have said, it’s increasingly likely we’re witnessing the start of the long-awaited jump in global temperatures.

But neither this nor anything else is gonna stop deniers from denyin': There's oil money to be made! Fuck the next generation. We (the old white men making all the profits) won't be around to suffer the consequences anyhow.

thanks, +Ron Dobbs 

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2015-07-19 15:56:12 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Still looking for places to wage war for profit; still using the same old lies and fear-mongering propaganda

Sound familiar?

Former Vice President Dick Cheney told Fox News's Sean Hannity on Tuesday night: "What Obama has done, has in effect sanctioned, the acquisition by Iran of nuclear capability. And it can be a few years down the road. It doesn’t make any difference. It’s a matter of months until we’re going to see a situation where other people feel they have to defend themselves by acquiring their own capability. And that will, in fact, I think put us to closer to use—actual use—of nuclear weapons than we’ve been at any time since Hiroshima and Nagasaki in World War II."

It should:

This statement echoed apocalyptic predictions Cheney made in the lead up to the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, like these remarks to the August2002 Vetera... more »

Still looking for places to wage war for profit; still using the same old lies and fear-mongering propaganda

Sound familiar?

Former Vice President Dick Cheney told Fox News's Sean Hannity on Tuesday night: "What Obama has done, has in effect sanctioned, the acquisition by Iran of nuclear capability. And it can be a few years down the road. It doesn’t make any difference. It’s a matter of months until we’re going to see a situation where other people feel they have to defend themselves by acquiring their own capability. And that will, in fact, I think put us to closer to use—actual use—of nuclear weapons than we’ve been at any time since Hiroshima and Nagasaki in World War II."

It should:

This statement echoed apocalyptic predictions Cheney made in the lead up to the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, like these remarks to the August 2002 Veterans for Foreign Wars convention: "Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction. There is no doubt he is amassing them to use against our friends, against our allies, and against us." ...

This is despite the fact that there is no public evidence supporting their claims that Iran has a nuclear weapons program.

"There is a parallel between claims about the certainty that Saddam Hussein had WMDs—claims that have long been debunked by United Nations inspections—and claims about Iran, where you have a scenario in which you have a debate on how dangerous Iran's nuclear weapons program is, as if Iran had a nuclear weapons program," Phyllis Bennis, senior fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, told Common Dreams. "In fact all 16 U.S. intelligence agencies from 2007 to 2012 have agreed that Iran doesn't have a nuclear weapons programs and has not even made a decision whether or not it wants nuclear weapons."

"Every time anyone gets on Fox News or NBC or NPR and references Iran's nuclear weapons program, they are pretty much never challenged," Bennis continued. "It goes into the normal discourse that Iran has a nuclear weapons program, it is dangerous, and we have to stop it. It becomes normalized, when it is such a clear fallacy."

These lies are important, because Congress could still sink the deal between Iran, the United States, Russia, China, United Kingdom, France, Germany, and the European Union. Thanks to recently-passed legislation, the U.S. House and Senate will have 60 days to review the final agreement. If lawmakers were to vote against the agreement, and amass the votes to override a presidential veto, Obama's hands would be tied on sanctions relief and the deal would fail.

War with Iran would hurt millions and cost trillions (as war with Iraq did and continues to). But it would put money into the pockets of Cheney and his ilk. Republicans are therefore going to push hard for it, including lying outright to the American people and once again tanking the American economy and taking millions of innocent lives. We mustn't stand by and let them get away with it again.___

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2015-07-19 15:37:10 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

thanks, +Tim Elkins and +Admiral Taptap 

___thanks, +Tim Elkins and +Admiral Taptap 

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2015-07-19 15:34:55 (27 comments, 3 reshares, 46 +1s)Open 

Sanders draws biggest turnout for a Maine Democratic rally in 25 years

"This campaign is catching fire for a simple reason, and the simple reason is we are telling the truth."
—Bernie Sanders

Sanders draws biggest turnout for a Maine Democratic rally in 25 years

"This campaign is catching fire for a simple reason, and the simple reason is we are telling the truth."
—Bernie Sanders___

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2015-07-19 04:40:00 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

"Small government" conservatives exerting more control over your personal life

"You should be able able to do anything you want without government interference. As long as I approve of it."

thanks, +Horton Copperpot 

IDIOTS OF THE DAY -- Traditional Marriage Edition

HR2802 is preposterous on its face. It is yet another attempt to legislate anti-constitutional pushback.___"Small government" conservatives exerting more control over your personal life

"You should be able able to do anything you want without government interference. As long as I approve of it."

thanks, +Horton Copperpot 

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2015-07-19 04:25:41 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

The depths of republican insanity

Thinking of voting republican? You need to consider these facts.

thanks, +annie bodnar 

was herr cruz really stupid enough to stand in front of that display? i guess so.... this is how the world sees "americans". sad.

Trump personifies everything the rest of the world despises about America: casual racism, crass materialism, relentless self-aggrandisement, vulgarity on an epic scale. He is the Ugly American in excelsis.

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The fact that so many Republicans are comfortable with the thought of this monumentally unqualified individual in the Oval Office shows how warped the party has become. To borrow the rhetoric of their candidates, the party is now an existential threat to America's leadership of the global community.___The depths of republican insanity

Thinking of voting republican? You need to consider these facts.

thanks, +annie bodnar 

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2015-07-17 16:54:57 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

This kind of thing should but never will happen in the US, where the foxes guard the henhouse

Or in the words of +Woozle Hypertwin, Of course, this is very difficult to accomplish as long as the corporate criminals are in control of the government.

This is why they want "small government" -- so the needs of society have no voice, and the lords of the plutonomy can get away with whatever they want.

"Makers and takers" indeed.

thanks, Woozle

If we really want to DETER large economic and environmental crimes, our government must seize the assets of large corporate criminals. We already do this to drug traffickers. But never to large corporations. British Petroleum poisons the ENTIRE Gulf of Mexico and receives only token financial penalties. They get to keep ALL their drilling platforms.  And no one on Wall Street went to jail for inflating the housing bubble and crashing the ENTIRE economy.  No one. And today the big investment banks are still too big. This lack of meaningful punishment guarantees these disasters will happen again and again.  Perhaps the United States can learn from the island nation of Palau. ___This kind of thing should but never will happen in the US, where the foxes guard the henhouse

Or in the words of +Woozle Hypertwin, Of course, this is very difficult to accomplish as long as the corporate criminals are in control of the government.

This is why they want "small government" -- so the needs of society have no voice, and the lords of the plutonomy can get away with whatever they want.

"Makers and takers" indeed.

thanks, Woozle

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2015-07-17 16:47:42 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

thanks, +Tim Elkins 

FTA: "According to the poll, conducted by the University of Minnesota’s Opinion Research Institute, Palin’s ability to articulate her positions on issues with precision and restraint is sorely lacking among other entrants in the G.O.P. race."___thanks, +Tim Elkins 

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2015-07-17 16:08:58 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

The rape problem you're not hearing about

Yet another form of underreported, largely unchecked police abuse.

When it comes to sexual assault, nearly 700,000 people each year are not included by what’s essentially a legal blind spot.

Women who have been raped in jail face an uphill legal battle:

These are tough cases to win. For starters, the Prison Litigation Reform Act of 1996 requires prisoners to prove physical injury — mental or emotional harms don’t count — and that they exhausted all administrative remedies. The act also caps attorney’s fees, so good luck finding a lawyer willing to try such a case

Fixing the problem isn't easy, even for those jails that (claim to) want to:

And even if those who run jails wanted to change their ways, many don’t have the financial means. There are roughly 3,300 jailsin America, m... more »

The rape problem you're not hearing about

Yet another form of underreported, largely unchecked police abuse.

When it comes to sexual assault, nearly 700,000 people each year are not included by what’s essentially a legal blind spot.

Women who have been raped in jail face an uphill legal battle:

These are tough cases to win. For starters, the Prison Litigation Reform Act of 1996 requires prisoners to prove physical injury — mental or emotional harms don’t count — and that they exhausted all administrative remedies. The act also caps attorney’s fees, so good luck finding a lawyer willing to try such a case

Fixing the problem isn't easy, even for those jails that (claim to) want to:

And even if those who run jails wanted to change their ways, many don’t have the financial means. There are roughly 3,300 jails in America, most with 200 or fewer beds, many in small towns. Indeed, the jail is often the most expensive line item on a city or county budget. Redesigning cellblocks to increase visibility, installing video cameras and staffing additional officers all come with costs. “It’s a mandate that needs to exist, but it’s an unfunded mandate,” says Mitch Lucas, president of the American Jail Association, the national association of local jail operators. It’s a Catch-22, leaving prisoners like Poore and Aleisha Henderson caught in the middle.___

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2015-07-17 15:00:56 (5 comments, 3 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

In one of Walker's more egregious overtly oligarchical moves...

Pretty much everything he's done is equally egregious, but most has been less in-your-face obvious.

thanks, +Admiral Taptap 

Literally out of the hands of kids and into the hands of a billionaire.___In one of Walker's more egregious overtly oligarchical moves...

Pretty much everything he's done is equally egregious, but most has been less in-your-face obvious.

thanks, +Admiral Taptap 

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