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Ole Olson56,012It 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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2015-08-13 20:46:15 (36 comments, 2 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

Most reshares: 10

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2015-08-08 21:37:55 (24 comments, 10 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

#WinBernieWin #FeeltheBern #Women4Bernie #BernieSanders #DemocraticSocialism #RockTheVote 

Most plusones: 52

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2015-08-08 21:37:55 (24 comments, 10 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

#WinBernieWin #FeeltheBern #Women4Bernie #BernieSanders #DemocraticSocialism #RockTheVote 

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2015-08-28 01:17:10 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

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2015-08-27 18:56:00 (13 comments, 1 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

Obama coming out against the Kochs and their minions; the Kochs don't much like it

They're not used to being called out for what they are. 

thanks, +Jennifer Freeman 

___Obama coming out against the Kochs and their minions; the Kochs don't much like it

They're not used to being called out for what they are. 

thanks, +Jennifer Freeman 

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2015-08-27 13:30:27 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

thanks, +Pamela Zuppo 

#Sanders2016  ___thanks, +Pamela Zuppo 

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2015-08-27 02:52:23 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Hilarious and dead-on.

thanks, +Woozle Hypertwin 

Yep. Our gun laws are absolutely fucking insane, and he explains why.

(Audio NSFW.)___Hilarious and dead-on.

thanks, +Woozle Hypertwin 

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2015-08-26 04:39:40 (13 comments, 3 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Here's a way to keep poor folk, black folk, old folk, students… that is Democrats from voting

Nice move Alabama. But don't you think it's just a wee bit too subtle? 

Why don't you come right out and say, "If you aint ignorant (and white) or rich, then you aint welcome to vote here"?  Of course, you'd have to misspell all of that, but you get my point.

Enjoy your third-world paradise, Alabama.

My deep condolences to liberals and progressives struggling to survive there. (Psst: Get the fuck out.)

Here's a way to keep poor folk, black folk, old folk, students… that is Democrats from voting

Nice move Alabama. But don't you think it's just a wee bit too subtle? 

Why don't you come right out and say, "If you aint ignorant (and white) or rich, then you aint welcome to vote here"?  Of course, you'd have to misspell all of that, but you get my point.

Enjoy your third-world paradise, Alabama.

My deep condolences to liberals and progressives struggling to survive there. (Psst: Get the fuck out.)___

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2015-08-25 15:16:53 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

The fundamental differences between Sanders and Trump

thanks to +David Bee for this gem

The only other quote from the article that I'd highlight (in addition to what David did) is:

The equivalence being drawn between the two campaigns by much of the elite political press is the biggest incidence of journalistic malpractice of the 2016 campaign so far...

Trump and Sanders:  They're both 'populists', so what's the difference?

There's a lot of chatter in the media these days, about how Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are appealing to the same dissatisfaction that Americans have with government.  So what's the difference between these two guys?  Charles P. Pierce of Esquire breaks it down for us:   http://goo.gl/vIlBoS

"It is not enough to claim that both men are "populists" or that they are both appealing to some amorphous general dissatisfaction with "government." First of all, the only problem Sanders has with government is that it hasn't done enough to fix a rigged financial system and to stop the erosion of a viable middle class. The problem Trump has with government is that he's not running it. One is asking for a revival of grassroots democratic activism. The other is appealing for applause. One campaign's vision is a guy knocking on doors. The second campaign's vision is a strongman on a balcony. One is LaFollette. The other is Peron or, at best, Berlusconi. The first is the way democracy is supposed to work. The second is how democracy always manages to con itself."

Well said!  
Read the whole article here: ☛ http://goo.gl/vIlBoS
Learn about Bernie's economic policies here:  http://goo.gl/4OZNrc

h/t to xaxnar at D. Kos  http://goo.gl/yl3U8F

#BernieSanders   #DonaldTrump   #FeelTheBern   #mydailybernie  ___The fundamental differences between Sanders and Trump

thanks to +David Bee for this gem

The only other quote from the article that I'd highlight (in addition to what David did) is:

The equivalence being drawn between the two campaigns by much of the elite political press is the biggest incidence of journalistic malpractice of the 2016 campaign so far...

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2015-08-24 22:25:17 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Unsurprising, unless you're a gun nut

Short story: Claims of gun owners and the NRA notwithstanding, more guns does not equal greater safety.

thanks, +Woozle Hypertwin 

gee - why aren't I surprised by this ... we're #1 ... tell me why we are supposed like this position again?___Unsurprising, unless you're a gun nut

Short story: Claims of gun owners and the NRA notwithstanding, more guns does not equal greater safety.

thanks, +Woozle Hypertwin 

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2015-08-24 20:07:35 (7 comments, 3 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Borowitz typically writes satire; in this case, not so much

thanks, +Pamela Zuppo 

Sentiment Building to Deport Nation’s Billionaires

BOROWITZ REPORT

They don’t pay taxes. They circumvent our laws. They get free stuff from the government. They are America’s billionaires, and many would like to see them gone.

According to a new survey by the University of Minnesota’s Opinion Research Institute, the American people hold the nation’s billionaires in lower esteem than ever before, and a majority would like to see new laws enacted to deport them.


“They come here, take thousands of our jobs, and export them overseas,” one respondent said, in an opinion echoed by many others in the survey.

“They are part of a shadow economy that sucks billions of dollars out of the United States every year and puts it in Switzerland and the Caymans,” another said.

Images of hedge-fund managers arriving via helicopter in the Hamptons this summer have only reinforced the impression that authorities have turned a blind eye to their movements.

“Many of these people should be in prison, and the government is looking the other way,” one respondent said.

Stirring even more controversy is the billionaires’ practice of having babies in the United States and using the nation’s porous estate-tax laws to pass down untold wealth to the next generation.

“They should leave and take their children with them,” one respondent said.

Even after it is pointed out to respondents that some billionaires, such as Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, have made significant philanthropic contributions to the world, a majority of those polled stubbornly maintained their negative views of billionaires.

“Look, in every group you’re going to have some good ones,” one of the respondents said. “But that doesn’t take away from the fact that the vast majority of these people are destroying this country.”

http://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-report/sentiment-building-to-deport-nations-billionaires?mbid=nl_082415_Borowitz_Report&cndid=19988922&mbid=nl_082415_Borowitz_Report&CNDID=19988922&spMailingID=8010798&spUserID=NTY4MjIzMzY4MTYS1&spJobID=742909397&spReportId=NzQyOTA5Mzk3S0___Borowitz typically writes satire; in this case, not so much

thanks, +Pamela Zuppo 

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2015-08-23 20:14:42 (22 comments, 7 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

thanks, +Rex Dexter 

Here It Is-Simple & To The Point...___thanks, +Rex Dexter 

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2015-08-23 18:17:45 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Trump moving from amusing into dangerous

Even if he can't (although maybe he can) or doesn't get elected, Trump can do -- has already started doing -- real damage to American culture by encouraging people act on their worst tendencies.

[Trump] can do plenty of damage just by encouraging people to be as uninhibited in their stupidity as he is.

… Trump's political style encourages people to do more to express their anger than just vote.

… Trump's campaign is giving people permission to [act on their racism, sexism and other uninformed, highly emotional beliefs]. It's hard to say this word in conjunction with such a sexually unappealing person, but his message is a powerful aphrodisiac. Fuck everything, fuck everyone. Fuck immigrants and fuck their filthy lice-ridden kids. And fuck you if you don't like me saying so.
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(L) Some say he never was. Good piece from Rolling Stone. Thanks, Woj.___Trump moving from amusing into dangerous

Even if he can't (although maybe he can) or doesn't get elected, Trump can do -- has already started doing -- real damage to American culture by encouraging people act on their worst tendencies.

[Trump] can do plenty of damage just by encouraging people to be as uninhibited in their stupidity as he is.

… Trump's political style encourages people to do more to express their anger than just vote.

… Trump's campaign is giving people permission to [act on their racism, sexism and other uninformed, highly emotional beliefs]. It's hard to say this word in conjunction with such a sexually unappealing person, but his message is a powerful aphrodisiac. Fuck everything, fuck everyone. Fuck immigrants and fuck their filthy lice-ridden kids. And fuck you if you don't like me saying so.

Those of us who think polls and primaries and debates are any match for that are pretty naive. America has been trending stupid for a long time. Now the stupid wants out of its cage, and Trump is urging it on. There are a lot of ways this can go wrong, no matter who wins in 2016.

thanks, +Being Liberal 

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2015-08-23 17:55:46 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

While it vilifies Iran, the US supports Saudi Arabia

But the latter is arguably no better than the former.

The reason for this hypocrisy comes down to oil. And politics. Always politics.

While it vilifies Iran, the US supports Saudi Arabia

But the latter is arguably no better than the former.

The reason for this hypocrisy comes down to oil. And politics. Always politics.___

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2015-08-22 17:18:19 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Leaked TPP documents show massive gift to Big Pharma; massive impediment to scientific progress and healthcare consumers

And of course it is the US who is strongly pushing this pro-pharma agenda. Other countries, except for Japan (who is still more reasonable than the US), are opposed to it. 

Raise three hands if you're surprised.

thanks, +Ron Dobbs 

A leaked draft of Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations reveals US plans to massively broaden IP for biologics and opens the door to monopolies, says MSF.___Leaked TPP documents show massive gift to Big Pharma; massive impediment to scientific progress and healthcare consumers

And of course it is the US who is strongly pushing this pro-pharma agenda. Other countries, except for Japan (who is still more reasonable than the US), are opposed to it. 

Raise three hands if you're surprised.

thanks, +Ron Dobbs 

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2015-08-21 23:46:10 (10 comments, 4 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

thanks, +Rex Dexter 

WHEN $8.5 TRILLION IS CHUMP CHANGE

Published: August 21, 2015
SOURCE: DAVID SWANSON

Three cheers for Reuters pointing out that the Pentagon can’t explain what it did with $8.5 trillion that taxpayers gave it between 1996 and 2013.

Three trillion cheers for a blogger who is pointing out that this fact renders many other concerns ludicrous, and recommending that people bring it up at every opportunity:

“What’s that?

Body cameras for all cops will be too expensive?

How about we find 1/10,000th of the money we sent to the Pentagon.”

“Oh really?

There’s 500 million in provable food stamp fraud going to poor people how about the $8.5 TRILLION the pentagon can’t account for?”

“Oh really?

You think Obamacare is going to cost us almost a trillion dollars over 15 years?

How about the 8.5 Trillion that just disappeared into the ether at the Pentagon?

What’s your take on that?”

“Oh really, you’re concerned about deficit spending and the debt?

Fully 1/3 of the national debt is money we sent the Pentagon and they can’t tell us where it went.

It’s just gone.”

“College for everyone will cost too much?

You must be really pissed at the 8.5 Trillion, with a ‘t’, dollars the pentagon’s spent and can’t tell us where it went.”

This is all very good as far as it goes, whether you like the body cameras or corporate health insurance or other items or not.

We could add an unlimited number of items including some expressing our concern for the other 96% of humanity:

“You can end starvation and unclean water for tens of billions of dollars; what about that $8.5 trillion?”

Et cetera.

But here’s my real concern.

The $8.5 trillion is just the bit that the Pentagon can’t account for.

That’s far from all the money it was given.

U.S. military spending, spread across several departments with the biggest chunk of it to the Department of so-called Defense, is upwards of $1 trillion every year.

Over 17 years at the current rate, which rose sharply after 2001, that’s upwards of $17 trillion.

Imagine that the Pentagon accounted for every dime of that missing $8.5 trillion, named every profiteer, documented the life history of every man, woman, and child killed, and passed the strictest audit by an independent team of 1,000 accountants reporting to 35 Nobel Laureates — if that happened, I ask you, exactly what difference would it make?

Why is the $8.5 trillion that went to unknown purposes worse than the other trillions that went to known and named weapons and dictators and militants and recruitment campaigns?

The documented and accounted for spending all went to evil purposes.

Presumably the unaccounted for “waste” did the same.

What’s the difference between the two?

As World Beyond War points out, war has a huge direct financial cost, the vast majority of which is in funds spent on the preparation for war — or what’s thought of as ordinary, non-war military spending.

Very roughly, the world spends $2 trillion every year on militarism, of which the United States spends about half, or $1 trillion.

This U.S. spending also accounts for roughly half of the U.S. government’s discretionary budget each year and is distributed through several departments and agencies.

Much of the rest of world spending is by members of NATO and other allies of the United States, although China ranks second in the world.

Wars can cost even an aggressor nation that fights wars far from its shores twice as much in indirect expenses as in direct expenditures.

The costs to the aggressor, enormous as they are, can be small in comparison to those of the nation attacked.

It is common to think that, because many people have jobs in the war industry, spending on war and preparations for war benefits an economy.

In reality, spending those same dollars on peaceful industries, on education, on infrastructure, or even on tax cuts for working people would produce more jobs and in most cases better paying jobs — with enough savings to help everyone make the transition from war work to peace work.

Military spending diverts public funds into increasingly privatized industries through the least accountable public enterprise and one that is hugely profitable for the owners and directors of the corporations involved — thus concentrating wealth.

While war impoverishes the war making nation, can it nonetheless enrich that nation more substantially by facilitating the exploitation of other nations?

Not in a manner that can be sustained.

Green energy and infrastructure would surpass their advocates’ wildest fantasies if the funds now invested in war were transferred there.

http://www.blacklistednews.com/When_%248.5_Trillion_is_Chump_Change/45801/0/38/38/Y/M.html___thanks, +Rex Dexter 

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2015-08-21 03:57:01 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Wisdom and eloquence

Listen to this for no other reason than to learn how to speak.

And learn something about history. Read Pamela's comments below.

thanks, +Pamela Zuppo 

From lynching to mass incarceration, it's time this country engages in truth and reconciliation. That means it is absolutely necessary to face the truth this country has been negatively marked by racism, our moral consciousness, as it seeped into the minds of small children, having been placed there by their parents, who grew up with well-ingrained racism. Yet we carry out civil rights celebrations, but turn around and behave in racist manner.

For instance, we now project that one of three black male babies will be incarcerated, and people nod and just accept it. That's systemic racism.

Mr. Stevenson is a very eloquent speaker. Don't miss this Charlie Rose segment.___Wisdom and eloquence

Listen to this for no other reason than to learn how to speak.

And learn something about history. Read Pamela's comments below.

thanks, +Pamela Zuppo 

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2015-08-21 03:50:38 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Scared of vaccines?

Your fear is misplaced.

thanks, +Christian Nalletamby 

If you see the top image somewhere, here is our answer
More than 10 million children die each year, mostly from preventable diseases
Thanks to RtAVM (FB) for the post.
http://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/86/2/07-040089/en/___Scared of vaccines?

Your fear is misplaced.

thanks, +Christian Nalletamby 

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2015-08-21 03:38:46 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Profit uber alles

thanks, +Alan Atkins 

___Profit uber alles

thanks, +Alan Atkins 

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2015-08-21 00:33:54 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Ten years later: Obama's record on New Orleans after Katrina

Ten years later: Obama's record on New Orleans after Katrina___

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2015-08-20 21:14:09 (5 comments, 3 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

thanks, +Wolf Revels 

The greed of the wealthy one percent is what is destroying this nation. ___thanks, +Wolf Revels 

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2015-08-20 18:31:35 (15 comments, 2 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

Cancer vs. climate change

(between the two, I'd rather have cancer)

thanks, +Ethan O'Donnell 

___Cancer vs. climate change

(between the two, I'd rather have cancer)

thanks, +Ethan O'Donnell 

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2015-08-19 23:22:02 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

The rational, and informed, case for a deal with Iran

thanks, +Ron Dobbs 

Wow! Logic who knew?___The rational, and informed, case for a deal with Iran

thanks, +Ron Dobbs 

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2015-08-19 00:40:10 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

The right-wing war on the poor

Jaw-dropping.

thanks, +John Poteet 

___The right-wing war on the poor

Jaw-dropping.

thanks, +John Poteet 

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2015-08-18 21:26:42 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

The only problem with this meme is that it isn't just the GOP over which this wave is going to crash.

We are all equally fucked, whether equally culpable or not.

Come to think of it, maybe that's wrong: The most vulnerable (and least culpable) are likely to be the most fucked.

More evidence that Reality doesn't give a shit about us. Pray on, religious idiots!

thanks, +Arthur Walsh 

Republican priorities..___The only problem with this meme is that it isn't just the GOP over which this wave is going to crash.

We are all equally fucked, whether equally culpable or not.

Come to think of it, maybe that's wrong: The most vulnerable (and least culpable) are likely to be the most fucked.

More evidence that Reality doesn't give a shit about us. Pray on, religious idiots!

thanks, +Arthur Walsh 

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2015-08-18 20:36:06 (35 comments, 4 reshares, 47 +1s)Open 

Beyond illogic. Anti-logic.

thanks, +Xenophrenia and +Katie H. 

The sad truth. ___Beyond illogic. Anti-logic.

thanks, +Xenophrenia and +Katie H. 

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2015-08-18 18:57:38 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

How corporations defeat political movements

Sobering, informative and a must-read.

These are the people we're up against, and this is a glimpse at the tools they have at their disposal.

It aint pretty.

Just one little teaser:

“The Pagan/MBD/Stratfor operatives are much more sophisticated about social change than the activists they oppose, they have limitless resources at their disposal, and their goal is relatively simple: make sure that ultimately the activists fail to win fundamental reforms,”

thanks, +Ron Dobbs 

Divide and conquer___How corporations defeat political movements

Sobering, informative and a must-read.

These are the people we're up against, and this is a glimpse at the tools they have at their disposal.

It aint pretty.

Just one little teaser:

“The Pagan/MBD/Stratfor operatives are much more sophisticated about social change than the activists they oppose, they have limitless resources at their disposal, and their goal is relatively simple: make sure that ultimately the activists fail to win fundamental reforms,”

thanks, +Ron Dobbs 

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2015-08-18 01:08:54 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Televangelists are even worse than you think

But this is hilarious (and alarming)

thanks, +Being Liberal 

(S) You have to see this. ___Televangelists are even worse than you think

But this is hilarious (and alarming)

thanks, +Being Liberal 

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2015-08-17 22:21:18 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Straight talk from Bernie Sanders

... like you won't hear from anyone else.

thanks, +David Bee 

Bernie takes on the press, and people cheer

Reporter fires off a gotcha question, trying to get Bernie to criticize Hillary Clinton.  Bernie politely hands reporter's ass back to him on a silver platter.  Check it out: this is what an authentic candidate looks like.

No fake drama for Bernie; just solid, sane answers to the real issues Americans care about!
  
Go Bernie!

#FeelTheBern   #authenticity   #mydailybernie  ___Straight talk from Bernie Sanders

... like you won't hear from anyone else.

thanks, +David Bee 

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2015-08-17 22:02:05 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Nothing short of a revolution required to meet world's growing food needs

No single approach will work.

Population growth: Tackling this means (among other things) addressing women's rights: Ehrlich said a good start in addressing population growth would be full women's rights, including access to contraceptives and abortions.

Food production: Tackling this means (among other things) tackling global warming: Harte said curbing continued climate change has two natural solutions: the wind and the sun. He said expanding wind and solar farms combined with greater efficiency in electricity use is entirely possible.

Underlying all this… is a fundamental shift in people's values, including a turn away from everything being driven by financial interests. Instead, they write, society's focus should shift to&... more »

Nothing short of a revolution required to meet world's growing food needs

No single approach will work.

Population growth: Tackling this means (among other things) addressing women's rights: Ehrlich said a good start in addressing population growth would be full women's rights, including access to contraceptives and abortions.

Food production: Tackling this means (among other things) tackling global warming: Harte said curbing continued climate change has two natural solutions: the wind and the sun. He said expanding wind and solar farms combined with greater efficiency in electricity use is entirely possible.

Underlying all this… is a fundamental shift in people's values, including a turn away from everything being driven by financial interests. Instead, they write, society's focus should shift to "resilience, a striving for virtue, equitable distribution, and extreme vigilance to insure that governance is working in parallel, not in opposition, to achieve these goals." In other words, a revolution.___

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2015-08-17 21:23:21 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

thanks, +PoliticusUSA 

Bernie Sanders Draws More People Than Clinton Or Trump With Crowd That Stopped Iowa State Fair

Chuck Todd reported on Meet The Press that Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders drew more people to the Iowa State Fair than Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. Todd said that the Sanders crowd was so big that it stopped the fair.

#FeelTheBern___thanks, +PoliticusUSA 

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2015-08-17 21:01:41 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

The pros and cons of wresting control of the internet from the US government

The pros and cons of wresting control of the internet from the US government___

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2015-08-17 20:53:12 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

The history and echoes of the Carter Administration

It is all too easy to forget how much he accomplished and how much the nation changed during, and as a result of, his Administration.

The history and echoes of the Carter Administration

It is all too easy to forget how much he accomplished and how much the nation changed during, and as a result of, his Administration.___

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2015-08-17 15:42:41 (14 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

A different kind of teenage rebellion

They were smart, popular girls from a world in which teenage rebellion is expressed through a radical religiosity that questions everything around them. In this world, the counterculture is conservative. Islam is punk rock. The head scarf is liberating. Beards are sexy.

Ask young Muslim women in their neighborhood what kind of guys are popular at school these days and they start raving about “the brothers who pray.”

“Girls used to want someone who is good-looking; nowadays girls want Muslims who are practicing,” said Zahra Qadir, 22, who does deradicalization work for the Active Change Foundation, her father’s charity in East London. “It’s a new thing over the last couple of years. A lot of girls want that, even some nonpracticing girls.”

The Islamic State is making a determined play for these girls,tailoring its sir... more »

A different kind of teenage rebellion

They were smart, popular girls from a world in which teenage rebellion is expressed through a radical religiosity that questions everything around them. In this world, the counterculture is conservative. Islam is punk rock. The head scarf is liberating. Beards are sexy.

Ask young Muslim women in their neighborhood what kind of guys are popular at school these days and they start raving about “the brothers who pray.”

“Girls used to want someone who is good-looking; nowadays girls want Muslims who are practicing,” said Zahra Qadir, 22, who does deradicalization work for the Active Change Foundation, her father’s charity in East London. “It’s a new thing over the last couple of years. A lot of girls want that, even some nonpracticing girls.”

The Islamic State is making a determined play for these girls, tailoring its siren calls to their vulnerabilities, frustrations and dreams, and filling a void the West has so far failed to address.

In post-9/11 austerity Britain, a time when a deep crisis of identity and values has swept the country, fitting in can be harder for Muslim girls than for boys. Buffeted by a growing hostility toward Islam and deep spending cuts that have affected women and young people in working-class communities like their own, they have come to resent the Western freedoms and opportunities their parents sought out. They see Western fashions sexualizing girls from an early age, while Western feminists look at the hijab as a symbol of oppression.

Asked by their families during sporadic phone calls and exchanges on social media platforms why they had run away, the girls spoke of leaving behind an immoral society to search for religious virtue and meaning. In one Twitter message, nine days before they left Britain, Amira wrote: “I feel like I don’t belong in this era.”

And yet:

Muslim girls generally outperform the boys in school but are kept on a shorter leash at home. Many, like Khadiza, have sisters whose marriages were arranged when they were teenagers. Ms. Khanom, now 32, was 17 when she was wed, just a year older than Khadiza. And they wear head scarves, which identify them as Muslims in often-hostile streets.

In their world, going to Syria and joining the so-called caliphate is a way of “taking control of your destiny,” said Tasnime Akunjee, a lawyer who represents the families of the three girls.

So, what it is they are rebelling against: the "long leash" of Western culture or the "short leash" of Muslim culture?

“For the girls, joining ISIS is a way to emancipate yourself from your parents and from the Western society that has let you down,” Ms. Havlicek said. “For ISIS, it’s great for troop morale because fighters want Western wives. And in the battle of ideas they can point to these girls and say: Look, they are choosing the caliphate over the West.”



A lot of young Muslims, he said, feel that “Islamophobia is a very prevalent thing.”

“And then a group comes to them and says, like, ‘This is where you come,’ this is where they will be complete. ‘It’s a home for you.’ That appeals to them.”

“Yeah, that’s the main thing,” he continued, “because a lot of people feel that they are out of place to where they are.”___

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2015-08-15 22:38:26 (3 comments, 5 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

thanks, +Craig Froehle 

#Truth  ___thanks, +Craig Froehle 

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2015-08-15 22:29:52 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

AT&T and N.S.A.

You knew (or suspected) most of this, but were probably unaware of the scope.

AT&T and N.S.A.

You knew (or suspected) most of this, but were probably unaware of the scope.___

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2015-08-14 22:54:21 (16 comments, 3 reshares, 37 +1s)Open 

Try to make sense of this. I dare you.

Update: It has been made sense of: It's fake. Thanks to +Ethan O'Donnell for pointing that out to me.

thanks, +Pamela Zuppo 

___Try to make sense of this. I dare you.

Update: It has been made sense of: It's fake. Thanks to +Ethan O'Donnell for pointing that out to me.

thanks, +Pamela Zuppo 

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2015-08-13 23:31:47 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Unequal "justice"

It isn't justice if it isn't just; and it isn't just if it isn't applied equally.

Nonviolent drug offenders are subjected to criminal prosecution and ridiculously harsh sentences.

White collar criminals, by contrast, do much greater harm to society and get off scot-free.

While it’s true that the United States is throwing many people in prison—disproportionately African American males for nonviolent offenses—corporate criminals are getting away with their crimes. There may be plenty of laws on the books, but they aren’t being put to effect for the one percent. Almost everyone knows that no top executive from a major financial firm went to prison in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. But it goes beyond that. No officials at the highest levels from BP were convicted in the wake of the Deepwater Horizondisaste... more »

Unequal "justice"

It isn't justice if it isn't just; and it isn't just if it isn't applied equally.

Nonviolent drug offenders are subjected to criminal prosecution and ridiculously harsh sentences.

White collar criminals, by contrast, do much greater harm to society and get off scot-free.

While it’s true that the United States is throwing many people in prison—disproportionately African American males for nonviolent offenses—corporate criminals are getting away with their crimes. There may be plenty of laws on the books, but they aren’t being put to effect for the one percent. Almost everyone knows that no top executive from a major financial firm went to prison in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. But it goes beyond that. No officials at the highest levels from BP were convicted in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. In June, a jury acquitted a BP executive for lying about the spill.

[Garrett] convincingly demonstrates that the Justice Department is scared to indict the biggest companies in America. One major reason for this is the Arthur Andersen case. The Justice Department of the George W. Bush administration indicted Andersen, then one of the top accounting firms, in 2002 for destroying documents relating to its audit of the books of Enron, the notorious energy fraud. Andersen, plainly, had been an enabler of Enron’s deceptions. A jury found Andersen guilty of obstruction of justice and it went out of business, throwing tens of thousands of people out of work. A unanimous Supreme Court threw out the conviction a few years later on the grounds that the jury instructions were faulty.

Instead of trying to indict and convict companies or the individuals responsible for criminal corporate wrongdoing, prosecutors fine the companies. Fines for corporate misbehavior are skyrocketing, but usually these are paid by shareholders and have little effect on corporate executives. Garrett contends that these penalties are often too lenient. Nearly half of the agreements Garrett studied didn’t have a criminal fine at all.___

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2015-08-13 20:46:15 (36 comments, 2 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

"Limited government"

thanks, +Ron Dobbs 

___"Limited government"

thanks, +Ron Dobbs 

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2015-08-12 20:03:48 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

A useful synopsis of Bernie Sanders's stance on various critical issues

-- or --

A summary of why a lot more people would support him if they knew what he stood for. 

thanks, +John Ellis 

This is Clear and Simple Learn about +Bernie Sanders ..

This is where he WE stand. ___A useful synopsis of Bernie Sanders's stance on various critical issues

-- or --

A summary of why a lot more people would support him if they knew what he stood for. 

thanks, +John Ellis 

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2015-08-10 22:35:13 (0 comments, 5 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

+Reverend Eric Ha sums it up nicely.

thanks +Ted Ewen

If we had a "liberal media" then we'd only be hearing about Sanders and maybe some about Hillary but instead it's a corporate controlled media so we're only hearing about who they want us to vote for. Let that sink in for a moment regardless of what party you affiliate with. ___+Reverend Eric Ha sums it up nicely.

thanks +Ted Ewen

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2015-08-10 22:31:57 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

A step backward for human rights

thanks, +Alex Grossman 

A new division is opening up in the world: the sexually liberal West versus a socially conservative coalition, led by Islamic countries and Russia http://econ.st/1DAdE3D___A step backward for human rights

thanks, +Alex Grossman 

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2015-08-10 21:38:45 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

As though Walker wasn't already bad enough.

thanks, +Ron Dobbs 

___As though Walker wasn't already bad enough.

thanks, +Ron Dobbs 

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2015-08-10 04:02:54 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

thanks, +Tim Elkins 

More proof that Trump is just a RINO.___thanks, +Tim Elkins 

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2015-08-09 17:57:46 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

thanks, +Craig Froehle 

PHB actually making sense? ___thanks, +Craig Froehle 

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2015-08-09 17:38:58 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

The right-wing eating their own

They don't quite know how to handle Trump. It's a beautiful thing.

thanks, +Tim Elkins 

Can't in be all three? Roger Ailes received word from above that it was time to end Donald Trump's campaign, with a large, possibly new audience it was a chance to act like a legitimate news network and real journalists, and it made for good television.

Trump's massive ego fell right into it and his tweets made it worse, but it will take more than this to end him. He's a petty and vindictive person and he'll retaliate if he realizes he was played for a chump.___The right-wing eating their own

They don't quite know how to handle Trump. It's a beautiful thing.

thanks, +Tim Elkins 

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2015-08-09 04:59:29 (13 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

We can only hope.

thanks, +Hrafnkell Haraldsson 

___We can only hope.

thanks, +Hrafnkell Haraldsson 

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2015-08-09 04:45:25 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

thanks, +Ole Olson 

#WinBernieWin #FeeltheBern #Women4Bernie #BernieSanders #DemocraticSocialism #RockTheVote ___thanks, +Ole Olson 

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2015-08-08 23:00:51 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Pamela's words sound a bit extreme at first. Until you think about them:

"Republicans are not only extreme assholes, they're bringing upon future generations a fate so horrifically disastrous, they should be indicted for mass murder."

thanks, +Pamela Zuppo 

___Pamela's words sound a bit extreme at first. Until you think about them:

"Republicans are not only extreme assholes, they're bringing upon future generations a fate so horrifically disastrous, they should be indicted for mass murder."

thanks, +Pamela Zuppo 

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2015-08-08 21:37:55 (24 comments, 10 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

Yeah, this kinda sums it up.

thanks, +Valkyrie 

#WinBernieWin #FeeltheBern #Women4Bernie #BernieSanders #DemocraticSocialism #RockTheVote ___Yeah, this kinda sums it up.

thanks, +Valkyrie 

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2015-08-08 21:14:56 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Jim Jefferies on gun control

This is brilliant.

thank you, +Adamlee Bourchart

Jim Jefferies on gun control

This is brilliant.

thank you, +Adamlee Bourchart___

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