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Why AOC's tax plan makes sense: It would help keep oligarchs in check.
The main reason to hike top tax rates, in this view, isn’t to keep the deficit in check; it’s simply to keep individuals from becoming too wealthy, because inequality is itself toxic for society.
taxes  politics  money 
5 hours ago by deusx
What Teenagers Think About the Allegations Against Brett Kavanaugh - The New York Times
And she worried that if the Senate does not take Dr. Blasey’s allegations seriously, it will reaffirm the idea that “boys will be boys,” and teach a dangerous lesson to teenagers today.
news  politics 
september 2018 by deusx
Maine just passed ranked-choice voting. Bravo!
And if we’d had it nationwide, it might have won Hillary Clinton the presidency.
politics  elections  voting 
november 2016 by deusx
The State Does Owe You A Job or 2 Millions Dollars | The Suburgian
Generations ago we traded our ability to support ourselves off the land for the coordinated, collective action known as The State
politics  socialism  state  economics  income 
september 2015 by deusx
The NYPD Is an Embarrassment to the City of New York
The infantile response from the NYPD and the unions that represent it is not worthy of it. It is hardly worthy of a schoolyard bully who can't believe he's finally been called on his bullshit.
police  nyc  nypd  politics 
december 2014 by deusx
Why Can't We Admit That Religion Is F***ing Crazy? | The Daily Banter
No, a religious belief doesn’t need to be respected just because it’s a religious belief.
religion  politics 
december 2014 by deusx
Absolutely Nothing: A Veteran’s Savage Indictment of the Iraq War | Americans Against the Tea Party
First, I’m going to need somebody to explain to me exactly what it was that we were fighting for.
gop  iraq  war  politics 
november 2014 by deusx
Triumph of the Wrong - NYTimes.com
But the biggest secret of the Republican triumph surely lies in the discovery that obstructionism bordering on sabotage is a winning political strategy. From Day 1 of the Obama administration, Mr. McConnell and his colleagues have done everything they could to undermine effective policy, in particular blocking every effort to do the obvious thing — boost infrastructure spending — in a time of low interest rates and high unemployment.
politics  government  republicans 
november 2014 by deusx
Hong Kong's Democracy Protesters Are Doing What No Other Demonstrators Have - Mic
Although the organizers have threatened to kick things up a notch if the government doesn't address their concerns, all you have to do is take a look at their "Manual of Disobedience" to see why things have been mostly smooth.
hongkong  protest  democracy  politics 
october 2014 by deusx
Mozilla under fire: Inside the 9-day reign of fallen CEO Brendan Eich - CNET
The co-founder's high-profile exit from the maker of Firefox wasn't just about his gay marriage stance. Insiders describe a revered technologist with management issues -- and a reluctant board.
mozilla  brendaneich  politics 
june 2014 by deusx
Tina Dupuy | Column: OK, GOP, Defend Speech You Don’t Agree With
So here’s my plea to the “decency” police—Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Gov. Bobby Jindal and their many parrots: Defend speech you don’t agree with. Stand up for the right to an opinion you don’t share.
politics  opinions  speech  to:fb 
january 2014 by deusx
With A Brooklyn Accent: Letter to Governor Christie from the New Jersey Teacher He Screamed At
You are setting up teachers to take the blame for all of this. You have portrayed us as greedy, lazy money-draining public servants that do nothing. I invite you to come do my job for one week Governor Christie. I invite you to come see my students, see how little they really have during the school day as they are being forced to keep learning for a single snapshot of their educational worth. For that one end-all, be-all test, the NJASK. The one that the future of my job and my life is now based upon.
to:fb  teachers  christie  education  politics 
november 2013 by deusx
Steve Malanga: The Real Reason the Once Great City of Detroit Came to Ruin - WSJ.com
The politics of Mayor Coleman Young drove out the white and black middle class.
detroit  politics 
august 2013 by deusx
How to trap a whistleblower - Salon.com
Drake’s story puts the lie to the notion that internal channels serve as anything other than a trap for unwitting whistleblowers. What is so revealing is that if Snowden had gone through internal channels, the outcome would have been worse: the United States would have charged him with espionage and he’d be in jail for, in essence, spying on his own country on behalf of the public. It should not require martyrdom for a free citizen to challenge government abuses of power. It should not require choosing one’s conscience over one’s career, citizenship, or freedom.
espionage  politics  government  snowden  whistleblowers  nsa  manning  to:fb 
august 2013 by deusx
In the House, a Refusal to Govern - NYTimes.com
A refusal to even to sit at a bargaining table is another way of refusing to govern. The nation’s founders created two chambers for a reason, but Republicans, in their blind fury to harm the least fortunate, are forgetting even those fundamental national values.
politics  republicans  to:fb 
july 2013 by deusx
The Secret to Finland's Success With Schools, Moms, Kids—and Everything - Olga Khazan - The Atlantic
"It seems to me that people in Finland are more secure and less anxious than Americans because there is a threshold below which they won't fall," said Linda Cook, a political scientist at Brown University who has studied European welfare states. "Even if they face unemployment or illness, Finns will have some payments from the state, public health care and education."
finland  welfare  to:fb  politics 
july 2013 by deusx
Secret Tape: McConnell and Aides Weighed Using Judd's Mental Health and Religion as Political Ammo | Mother Jones
A recording of a private meeting between the Senate GOP leader and campaign aides reveals how far they were willing to go to defeat the actor/activist.
dirty  politics  judd  mcconnell  gop 
april 2013 by deusx
What happened to Orson Scott Card? - Salon.com
What I cannot quite wrap my mind around is how the mind which wrote such a beautiful meditation on empathy can be the same one that argues for the violent overthrow of the American government because of its failure to ban gay marriage and to outlaw homosexuality generally.
orsonscottcard  endersgame  politics  homosecuality  to:fb  scifi 
march 2013 by deusx
The AR-15 Is More Than a Gun. It's a Gadget | Danger Room | Wired.com
In the past two decades, the AR-15 has evolved into an open, modular gun platform that’s infinitely hackable and accessorizable. With only a few simple tools and no gunsmithing expertise, an AR-15 can be heavily modified, or even assembled from scratch, from widely available parts to suit the fancy and fantasy of each individual user. In this respect, the AR-15 is the world’s first “maker” gun, and this is why its appeal extends well beyond the military enthusiasts that many anti-gun types presume make up its core demographic.
to:fb  ar15  guns  gadgets  politics  culture 
march 2013 by deusx
mini. Quiet Babylon | The Singularity Already Happened; We Got Corporations
What if the private pursuit of profit was—for a long time—proximate to improving the lot of humans but not identical to it? What if capitalism has gone feral, and started making moves that are obviously insane, but also inevitable?
ai  singularity  corporations  politics  to:fb 
march 2013 by deusx
R. Umar Abbasi subway photo: Google Glass, surveillance means more of this phenomenon. - Slate Magazine
Little Brother is burgeoning, too. More and more people are carrying cameras with them. Typically, these come in the form of mobile phones, but wearable cameras are growing in numbers and shrinking in size. Not too many years from now, lots of people will be wearing “heads-up” camera/display combos (such as Google Glass) that capture videos of pretty much everything they see. Unless we turn from the course we've set as a society, we'll soon arrive at a day when every square foot of every subway station—of just about every place, really—is being recorded at all times, and probably from multiple views. And all of these devices, capturing higher and higher resolution images plus audio, will be connected at high speeds to digital networks.
video  cameras  mobile  politics 
december 2012 by deusx
The Big Budget Mumble - NYTimes.com
Now Republicans find themselves boxed in. With taxes scheduled to rise on Jan. 1 in the absence of an agreement, they can’t play their usual game of just saying no to tax increases and pretending that they have a deficit reduction plan. And the president, by refusing to help them out by proposing G.O.P.-friendly spending cuts, has deprived them of political cover. If Republicans really want to slash popular programs, they will have to propose those cuts themselves.
politics  to:fb  republicans  fiscalcliff 
december 2012 by deusx
Daily Kos: Inside the Hostess Bankery
I keep hearing how this strike forced them to liquidate. How we should just take it and be glad to have a job. What an unpatriotic view point. The reason these jobs provided me with a middle class opportunity is because people like my father in law and his father fought for my Union rights. I received that pay and those benefits because previous Union members fought for them. I won't sell them, or my coworkers, out.
politics  unions  hostess  to:fb  business 
november 2012 by deusx
Marty Kaplan: GOP Smart on Copyright for 24 Hours
It is delicious to watch a young conservative apply conservative principles to demolish oligopolistic claptrap, even if those industries finance the campaigns of the members of Congress who pay his salary. It is sad to watch his bosses -- who never tire of railing against political correctness - place fealty to corporate elites above the spirit of intellectual inquiry.
politics  to:fb  copyfight  republicans  riaa  mpaa 
november 2012 by deusx
Who Killed the Twinkie? : The New Yorker
Perhaps the most striking response to the Hostess news, in that sense, was the tweet from conservative John Nolte, who wrote “Hostess strikers had pension. PENSIONS! What is this 1962?” It was once taken for granted that an industrial worker who worked for a big company for many years would get a solid middle-class lifestyle, and would be taken care of in retirement. Today, that concept seems to many like a relic. Just as Wonder Bread does.
to:fb  unions  politics  twinkies  work 
november 2012 by deusx
Republicans skip Benghazi hearing; complain about lack of information on Benghazi | The Cable
But although McCain had time to speak on the Senate floor and on television about the lack of information provided to Congress about the attack, he didn't attend the classified briefing for senators Wednesday given to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, of which he is a member.
to:fb  politics  mccain  bengazi  republicans 
november 2012 by deusx
Now That's What I Call Gerrymandering! | Mother Jones
Americans didn't intend to elect a Republican majority to the House of Representatives. Thanks to GOP-engineered redistricting, they did.
to:fb  politics  republicans  gerrymandering 
november 2012 by deusx
A Case Study of Republicans vs. Democrats on FEMA | Mother Jones
The lesson here is simple. At a deep ideological level, Republicans believe that federal bureaucracies are inherently inept, so when Republicans occupy the White House they have no interest in making the federal bureaucracy work. And it doesn't. Democrats, by contrast, take government services seriously and appoint people whose job is to make sure the federal bureaucracy does work. And it does.
to:fb  politics  storms  fema  sandy  government 
november 2012 by deusx
Reproductive Rights
Third, I see birth as a firm dividing line because until then the fetus inhabits a woman’s body. A woman’s body is private property – it’s hers. She shouldn’t be forced to let another creature live in it. Once that other creature is out of her body, that’s when it gets rights. Until then, any rights it gets would be taking away from the woman’s rights over her own body. And to me, that matters.
abortion  religion  rights  politics 
november 2012 by deusx
How I Lost Faith in the “Pro-Life” Movement
The reality is that so-called pro-life movement is not about saving babies. It’s about regulating sex. That’s why they oppose birth control. That’s why they want to ban abortion even though doing so will simply drive women to have dangerous back alley abortions. That’s why they want to penalize women who take public assistance and then dare to have sex, leaving an exemption for those who become pregnant from rape. It’s not about babies. If it were about babies, they would be making access to birth control widespread and free and creating a comprehensive social safety net so that no woman finds herself with a pregnancy she can’t afford. They would be raising money for research on why half of all zygotes fail to implant and working to prevent miscarriages. It’s not about babies. It’s about controlling women. It’s about making sure they have consequences for having unapproved sex.
abortion  to:fb  republicans  politics  babies  feminism  religion 
november 2012 by deusx
d r i f t g l a s s: Who Is John Galt?
Well, if we had any honest national political journalism left in this country, "John Galt" would be fiery wreck that ended Paul Ryan's public career, and the iceberg that finally sank Willard Romney's presidential dreams once and for all.
aynrand  objectivism  paulryan  politics  to:fb 
august 2012 by deusx
Bombshell: Koch-Funded Study Finds 'Global Warming Is Real', 'On The High End' And 'Essentially All' Due To Carbon Pollution | ThinkProgress
Our results show that the average temperature of the earth’s land has risen by two and a half degrees Fahrenheit over the past 250 years, including an increase of one and a half degrees over the most recent 50 years. Moreover, it appears likely that essentially all of this increase results from the human emission of greenhouse gases.
to:fb  climatechange  politics  science 
july 2012 by deusx
Daily Kos: Elizabeth Warren: 'Why aren’t we rebuilding America?'
It really is that simple. The nation's roads, bridges, electrical grid, water systems, national parks—the whole infrastructure—is crumbling. At the same time unemployment remains persistently high. Put people to work fixing the stuff that's broken. It's not rocket science.

It would be that simple, except for a Republican Party that won't do what's best for the country, won't attempt to fix these things because fixing these things might help reelect President Obama and Democrats in Congress. Furthermore, making the country work proves that government works, and Republicans want none of that.
politics  warren  economy  jobs  to:fb 
july 2012 by deusx
Bill Nye to CNN: ‘The two sides aren’t equal’ on climate change | The Raw Story
“There are a couple of things that you can’t really dispute,” Nye explained to CNN’s Carol Costello. “Sixteen of the last 17 years have been the hottest years on record. That’s just how it is.”

“I appreciate that we want to show two sides of the stories — there’s a tradition in journalism that goes back quite a ways, I guess — but the two sides aren’t equal here. You have tens of thousands of scientists who are very concerned and you have a few people who are in business of equating or drawing attention to the idea that uncertainty is the same as doubt. When you have a plus or minus percentage, that’s not the same thing as not believing the whole thing at all.”
to:fb  billnye  climatechange  weather  environment  politics  science 
july 2012 by deusx
Chrystia Freeland | Analysis & Opinion | Reuters.com
The Democrats are challenging that win-win story of American capitalism. Their contention is that the U.S. economy is failing the middle class. They argue that those at the top need to contribute “a little more” to help rebuild the American middle. Even more threateningly, they point out, as in their critique of Bain Capital, that some of the business strategies that have enriched the elite have actually hollowed out the middle.
politics  obama  to:fb  occupy 
july 2012 by deusx
Lawmaker Barred After Vagina Comment
Michigan House Republicans prohibited state Rep. Lisa Brown (D) from speaking on the floor after she ended a speech against a bill restricting abortions by referencing her female anatomy, the Detroit News reports.
abortion  healthcare  politics  michigan 
june 2012 by deusx
Show me what a police state looks like! (Graphic! Dial-up warning!) - Democratic Underground
Dear MSM: OWS does not "clash with the police" we are unarmed, peaceful protesters who are savagely attacked by the police. #MSM #noNATO
cops  occupy  protest  politics  to:fb  police 
may 2012 by deusx
A federal judge learned to code - O'Reilly Radar
The last couple of days, there's been a fair amount of blogosphere angst over Coding Horror's "Please Don't Learn to Code." Ironically, the best argument for learning to code appeared this morning, when it turned out that Judge William Alsup in the Google case could program, and learned Java in the course of the trial, and wasn't going for Oracle's claim that a short range-checking function was days of work. Alsup recognized immediately (and says he wrote the function hundreds of times during the course of the trial) that it's just a few minutes work for a competent programmer.
coding  law  politics  learning  google  oracle 
may 2012 by deusx
Straight White Male: The Lowest Difficulty Setting There Is – Whatever
Okay: In the role playing game known as The Real World, “Straight White Male” is the lowest difficulty setting there is.
to:fb  privilege  straight  white  male  politics  gender  games  race 
may 2012 by deusx
Unemployment Rate Without Government Cuts: 7.1% - Real Time Economics - WSJ
One reason the unemployment rate may have remained persistently high: The sharp cuts in state and local government spending in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, and the layoffs those cuts wrought.
politics  duh  to:fb  economy 
may 2012 by deusx
Fox News guest laments ‘mistake’ of letting women vote | The Raw Story
Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, a tea party activist that’s appeared several times on Fox News, and founder of an organization where Sean Hannity serves as an advisory board member, said in a sermon recently published to YouTube that America’s greatest mistake was allowing women the right to vote, adding that back in “the good old days, men knew that women are crazy and they knew how to deal with them.”
women  voters  politics  fox 
may 2012 by deusx
The Real Reason They Still Play 'Mrs. Robinson' On The Radio
Stations haven't been playing "Mrs. Robinson" for 32 years just because everyone likes Simon & Garfunkel (although I really do love them!). It's because 80% of stations' playlists match all across the country. So much for thinking that media exposes us to new and different ideas, eh?
media  consolidation  infographics  visualization  politics 
may 2012 by deusx
Stephen King: Tax Me, for F@%&’s Sake! - The Daily Beast
Mitt Romney has said, in effect, “I’m rich and I don’t apologize for it.” Nobody wants you to, Mitt. What some of us want—those who aren’t blinded by a lot of bullshit persiflage thrown up to mask the idea that rich folks want to keep their damn money—is for you to acknowledge that you couldn’t have made it in America without America.
politics  stephenking  wealth  taxes  america  economics 
may 2012 by deusx
The Truth About the U.S. Postal Service by Jim Hightower on Creators.com - A Syndicate Of Talent
In 2006, the Bush White House and Congress whacked the post office with the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act — an incredible piece of ugliness requiring the agency to PRE-PAY the health care benefits not only of current employees, but also of all employees who'll retire during the next 75 years. Yes, that includes employees who're not yet born!
usps  mail  politics  to:fb 
march 2012 by deusx
The GOP can no longer avoid its Rush Limbaugh problem - The Washington Post
What we are saying is that Mr. Limbaugh has abused his unique position within the conservative media to smear and vilify a citizen engaged in the exercise of her First Amendment rights, and in the process he debased a national political discourse that needs no further debasing. This is not the way a decent citizen behaves, much less a citizen who wields significant de facto power in a major political party. While Republican leaders owe no apology for Mr. Limbaugh’s comments, they do have a responsibility to repudiate them — and him.
politics  rushlimbaugh  contraception  republicans  gop 
march 2012 by deusx
Santorum and the Sexual Revolution - NYTimes.com
Rick Santorum wants to bring sexy back ... to the 1950s, when he was born.
santorum  politics  sex 
march 2012 by deusx
Daily Kos: Newt Gingrich is a lousy human being
Newt Gingrich is a lousy human being. Any assessment of his presidential aspirations has to begin with that.
politics  newtgingrich  funny 
february 2012 by deusx
Santorum: Obama is ‘a snob’ who ‘wants everybody to go to college’ | The Raw Story
“President Obama wants everybody in America to go to college, what a snob,” he said.
to:fb  college  education  santorum  politics 
february 2012 by deusx
Andrew Sullivan: How Obama's Long Game Will Outsmart His Critics - The Daily Beast
The right calls him a socialist, the left says he sucks up to Wall Street, and independents think he's a wimp. Andrew Sullivan on how the president may just end up outsmarting them all.
politics  obama 
february 2012 by deusx
slacktivist » The ‘biblical view’ that’s younger than the Happy Meal
In 1979, McDonald’s introduced the Happy Meal.

Sometime after that, it was decided that the Bible teaches that human life begins at conception.
to:fb  religion  abortion  reproduction  christianity  politics 
february 2012 by deusx
Congrats, US Government: You're Scaring Web Businesses Into Moving Out Of The US | Techdirt
The federal government has been paying lip service to the idea that it wants to encourage new businesses and startups in the US. And this is truly important to the economy, as studies have shown that almost all of the net job growth in this country is coming from internet startups. Thankfully some politicians recognize this, but the federal government seems to be going in the other direction. With the JotForm situation unfolding, where the US government shut down an entire website with no notice or explanation, people are beginning to recognize that the US is not safe for internet startups.
business  copyfight  internet  censorship  politics 
february 2012 by deusx
Obama May Ditch Most US Nukes | Mother Jones
Will Republicans accede to a sweeping drawdown of US nuclear might? Beyond the knee-jerk emotions on top national security issues, there's an awful lot of defense pork—not just missiles, but also bombers, submarines, and scientific research—bound up in our nuclear program. That makes the most dramatic reduction scenarios highly unlikely to pass muster in Congress. But if the White House and Pentagon push one of their more modest proposals—cutting the number of bombs to, say, 700 or 1,000—that could represent a reasonable compromise that still offers compelling financial savings and progress toward greater global stability. Faced with a plan like that, resistant congressmen might end up looking like just a bunch of Dr. Strangeloves.
nukes  military  us  politics 
february 2012 by deusx
Komen's Excuse for Defunding Planned Parenthood Applies to Bank of America Too -- So When Will it Sever Ties With BofA? | AlterNet
To sum up, Komen is perfectly content with accepting millions from an entity under investigation for fraud across the country but when it comes to dispensing a portion of those and other funds to an entity that saves lives but that's facing a sham of an investigation, Komen draws the line.
cancer  komen  politics  abortion 
february 2012 by deusx
Rick Santorum On Opposition To Abortion In Cases Of Rape: 'Make The Best Out Of A Bad Situation'
GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum explained his opposition to abortion even in cases of rape during an interview Friday, saying that women who face such circumstances should "make the best out of a bad situation."
whackos  republicans  politics  rape  santorum 
january 2012 by deusx
Nobody Understands Debt - NYTimes.com
So yes, debt matters. But right now, other things matter more. We need more, not less, government spending to get us out of our unemployment trap. And the wrongheaded, ill-informed obsession with debt is standing in the way.
politics  economy  debt  money 
january 2012 by deusx
Michele Bachmann, America's Perfect Monster | The Awl
Bachmann is a national clown and a global embarrassment, an extremist so foul that she poses nearly as much of a threat to Republican legislators as to Democratic ones. She's a Republican bomb-thrower who forgets the throwing part. Both parties will certainly be glad to be rid of her. But Bachmann's repose only means the absence of the messenger, not the absence of those who paid for the message.
republicans  bachmann  politics 
january 2012 by deusx
How SOPA's 'circumvention' ban could put a target on Tor | Privacy Inc. - CNET News
A broad interpretation of SOPA's anti-circumvention language would sweep even more broadly than Tor. Software such as VPNs, used by security-conscious businesses, can also "bypass" a SOPA-established blockade. So could DNS software. And even the humble "/etc/hosts" file, part of every major operating system including OS X, Linux, and Windows, can be pressed into service as a SOPA-bypasser as well.
politics  sopa  law  internet 
december 2011 by deusx
Daily Kos: John McCain is worried House Republicans are making the entire Republican Party look bad
But whether John McCain or House Republicans have done or are doing more damage to the Republican Party isn't something that most people care about. What they care about is making sure that Congress doesn't raise their taxes while the economy is still in recovery. And if Republicans cared more about that, we wouldn't be facing this stalemate now. The American public would be better off, and so would the GOP.
politics  republicans  economy 
december 2011 by deusx
MinnPost - Latest Amy Koch developments complicate GOP plans across the board
If allegations surrounding Koch, who is married, are true, she would become in the eyes of many a prime example of the double standard surrounding the heated marriage amendment battle.
politics  gay  republicans  marriage 
december 2011 by deusx
Lamar Smith is a cheap date - Boing Boing
How much has it cost the entertainment industry to convince Rep Lamar Smith to introduce and ram through SOPA, which will cost the American economy billions, which will nuke the games, microprocessor, search, and other high tech companies in his Texas district? A mere $50K a year for 10 years. You know, it's one thing to be a sellout; but to sell out so cheaply -- man, have some self-respect. (via /.)
sopa  politics  copyfight  us  law 
december 2011 by deusx
Dear Congress, It's No Longer OK To Not Know How The Internet Works | Motherboard
So it was as proponents of the Hollywood-funded bill curmudgeonly shot down all but two amendments proposed by its opponents, who fought to dramatically alter the document to preserve security and free speech on the net. But the chilling takeaway of this whole debacle was the irrefutable air of anti-intellectualism; that inescapable absurdity that we have members of Congress voting on a technical bill who do not posses any technical knowledge on the subject and do not find it imperative to recognize those who do.
internet  sopa  government  nerds  tech  politics 
december 2011 by deusx
Walmart Heirs Worth Same Amount As Bottom 30 Percent Of Americans In 2007: Analysis
The six children of Walmart's founders, Sam and James "Bud" Walton, had the same net worth in 2007 as the entire bottom 30 percent of American earners, according to an analysis from Sylvia Allegretto, a labor economist at University of California-Berkeley's Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics.
wtf  walmart  wealthinequality  economy  politics 
december 2011 by deusx
The Bomb Buried In Obamacare Explodes Today-Hallelujah! - Forbes
This is the true ‘bomb’ contained in Obamacare and the one item that will have more impact on the future of how medical care is paid for in this country than anything we’ve seen in quite some time. Indeed, it is this aspect of the law that represents the true ‘death panel’ found in Obamacare—but not one that is going to lead to the death of American consumers. Rather, the medical loss ratio will, ultimately, lead to the death of large parts of the private, for-profit health insurance industry.
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If you believe that the end of private, for-profit health insurance is some type of nefarious step towards a socialist society, then you might want to attend church this Sunday to mourn the loss of health insurers being able to worm out of covering the bills of a cancer patient because she forgot to write down on her application that she had skin acne for three months when she was a teenager.
health  medicine  insurance  obamacare  politics  usa  healthcare  obama 
december 2011 by deusx
Boehner On Whether Letting The Payroll Tax Cut Expire Hurts The Economy: 'I'm Not An Economist' | ThinkProgress
Later, Boehner came around to admit that an extension would help boost the economy. To help Boehner out, several actual economists have said that letting the cut expire would, in fact, hurt growth and destroy jobs. According to Macroeconomic Advisers, allowing it to lapse “would reduce GDP growth by 0.5 percent and cost the economy 400,000 jobs.” An analyst at Barclay’s estimated that letting the cut expire would knock 1.5 percent off of first quarter growth next year.
jackassed  politics  boehner  republicans 
december 2011 by deusx
The Rise of the Geek Lobby
In a time of legislative gridlock, the Stop Online Piracy Act looked like a rare bipartisan breakthrough. The bill, known as SOPA, promised a brave new Internet—one cleansed of “rogue websites” that hawk pirated songs and movies as well as counterfeit goods. For Congress, the legislation’s goals...
politics  sopa  geek  lobby 
december 2011 by deusx
Occupy George
Money talks, but not loud enough for the 99%. By circulating dollar bills stamped with fact-based infographics, Occupy George informs the public of America's daunting economic disparity one bill at a time. Because money knowledge is power.
occupy  ows  george  politics  money  economy 
december 2011 by deusx
Mayor Bloomberg: ‘I Have My Own Army’ | PolitickerNY
“I have my own army in the NYPD, which is the seventh biggest army in the world. I have my own State Department, much to Foggy Bottom’s annoyance. We have the United Nations in New York, and so we have an entree into the diplomatic world that Washington does not have,” Mayor Bloomberg said.
scary  politics  newyork  police  ows  occupy 
november 2011 by deusx
18 Newt Gingrich Quotes That Disqualify Him From Ever Being President | Addicting Info
Newt Gingrich is currently the leader of the Republican field of presidential candidates. So it’s only fitting that the quotes come out of the skeleton closet. Here are more than a dozen quotes from Newt Gingrich that reveal his lies, his arrogance, his hatred, and his hypocrisy and disqualify him from ever being President.
newtgingrich  republicans  politics  potus  election 
november 2011 by deusx
Did Mayors, DHS Coordinate Occupy Attacks? - Uprising
When a series of crackdowns on the Occupy camps suddenly occurred in, more or less, the same week, many observers wondered if perhaps the attacks had been coordinated at a national level. Oakland Mayor Jean Quan confirmed that suspicion during an appearance on the BBC - excerpted on The Takeaway radio program - when she casually mentioned taking part in a conference call with the leaders of 18 US cities right before the raids.
ows  occupy  corruption  us  politics  government 
november 2011 by deusx
Raids on OWS coordinated with Obama’s FBI, Homeland Security & others :: News From Underground
Over the past ten days, more than a dozen cities have moved to evict “Occupy” protesters from city parks and other public spaces. As was the case in last night’s move in New York City, each of the police actions shares a number of characteristics. And according to one Justice official, each of those actions was coordinated with help from Homeland Security, the FBI and other federal police agencies.
ows  occupy  corruption  dhs  government  politics 
november 2011 by deusx
The shocking truth about the crackdown on Occupy | Naomi Wolf | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk
So, when you connect the dots, properly understood, what happened this week is the first battle in a civil war; a civil war in which, for now, only one side is choosing violence. It is a battle in which members of Congress, with the collusion of the American president, sent violent, organised suppression against the people they are supposed to represent. Occupy has touched the third rail: personal congressional profits streams. Even though they are, as yet, unaware of what the implications of their movement are, those threatened by the stirrings of their dreams of reform are not.
ows  occupy  politics  corruption  usa 
november 2011 by deusx
OccupyYourBrain - Bloomberg the Book Burner - Bloomberg the Book Burner
It was a sorry sight. Only 1,273 books - a third of the stock - were returned to them, they said, and around a third of those were damaged beyond repair. Only about 800 are still usable. About 2,900 books are still unaccounted for.”
books  bloomberg  occupy  politics 
november 2011 by deusx
Occupy language: the struggle over meaning | Dan Gillmor | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk
If we know anything about the recent income and accumulated assets of the now notorious 1%, it is that much of this wealth, by any rational standard, is undeserved. This applies especially to the Wall Street bankers who looted the global economy with sleazy tactics and, sadly, also with impunity.

That is why, if I was the editor in charge of any news organisation, I would flatly ban the use of the word "earned", when "profited" or "made" (as in money) would be much more accurate, or at least neutral. I would not try to say who "deserved" profits; only that profits were made.
politics  economy  occupy  ows  money  finance  anger 
november 2011 by deusx
Why SOPA endangers America's Internet leadership
America's position of influence over the Internet economy is a valuable form of "soft power." If the US government uses this power judiciously, it can ensure that the Internet evolves in ways that serve US interests.

Instead, American policymakers are rapidly squandering this soft power by giving US law enforcement agencies—and, under SOPA, even private copyright holders—free rein to exercise this power with minimal judicial oversight. The US is home to many of the world's leading search engines, advertising networks, and credit card payment networks. These firms not only serve the US market, they are also widely used overseas. If the US begins to use them as pawns in its war against file-sharing, foreigners and their governments will become more reluctant to rely on them.
politics  internet  sopa  morons 
november 2011 by deusx
Daily Kos: Rick Santorum calls for low-income children to suffer
That is not a healthy thing for children, it's not a healthy thing for society ... Suffering, if you're a Christian, suffering is a part of life. And it's not a bad thing, it is an essential thing in life ... There are all different ways to suffer. One way to suffer is through lack of food and shelter and there's another way to suffer which is lack of dignity and hope and there's all sorts of ways that people suffer and it's not just tangible, it's also intangible and we have to consider both.
suffering  christianity  santorum  politics 
november 2011 by deusx
Fox News Viewers Know Less Than People Who Don't Watch Any News: Study
Dan Cassino, a political science professor at Fairleigh Dickinson, explained in a statement, "Because of the controls for partisanship, we know these results are not just driven by Republicans or other groups being more likely to watch Fox News. Rather, the results show us that there is something about watching Fox News that leads people to do worse on these questions than those who don’t watch any news at all."
foxnews  politics  morons 
november 2011 by deusx
UC Davis Pepper-Spray Incident Reveals Weakness Up Top | Matt Taibbi | Rolling Stone
What happened at UC Davis was the inevitable result of our failure to make sure our government stayed in the business of defending our principles. When we stopped insisting on that relationship with our government, they became something separate from us.
politics  occupy  ucdavis  police  corruption 
november 2011 by deusx
Daily Kos: Super Congress failed because of Republican allegiance to Grover Norquist
No, both sides aren't to blame for failure. That goes entirely to the Republicans. Maybe we should actually be giving credit to them for their refusal to accept the gutted sacred cows Democrats offered up on a silver platter. At this point you almost have to be grateful to Grover Norquist for keeping the Republicans in line and saving entitlement programs, this round.
politics  supercommittee  republicans  economy 
november 2011 by deusx
N.Y.P.D. Stops Reporters With Badges and Fists - NYTimes.com
Another truth co-exists. At least since the Republican National Convention of 2004, our police have grown accustomed to forcibly penning, arresting, and sometimes spraying and whacking protesters and reporters. On Monday, The New York Times and 12 other organizations sent a letter of protest to the Police Department. “The police actions of last week,” the authors said, “have been more hostile to the press than any other event in recent memory.”
press  newyork  police  occupy  politics 
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