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How Much Does It Cost to Be Ambassador to Hungary? - Bloomberg View
n.pr/1AfA3NV &! The corruption here is multilayered. There is the corruption of governance and diplomacy, in which ambassadorships are sold to the highest bidder. And then there is a more subtle form of corruption, in which the people’s representatives are made to feel as if they must provide cover for the corrupt practices of the executive branch. Strangely enough, another of the Obama administration’s nominees for a crucially important ambassadorship, Max Baucus, the former Montana senator, provided a roadmap for truthfulness in the nominations process. Baucus, chosen to represent U.S. interests in Beijing, said, at his own confirmation hearing, “I’m no real expert on China.” He was confirmed by the Senate anyway. &! Google - Klüngel-Republik &! Networking wird von dem Volksmund häufig „Vitamin B“ genannt. &! Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission << money in elections, money buys politics, policy makers and votes. &! Study: US is an oligarchy, not a democracy bbc.in/1ldxBDT
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december 2014 by asterisk2a
WIR WOLLEN AUFKLÄRUNG - Frank Schirrmachers letztes Interview - YouTube
Power Corrupts. Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely. // Institutionen mit Gehimwissen und den Buergern absolute transparenz abverlangen. // Souveränität ueber unserer Persoehnlichen daten. // Wir brauchen Aufklaerung. // NSA & Co is Politisch und Rechtsfreier raum - Apperat der Macht. // // In heutiger Zeit leben Menschen jeden Tag mit Angst. Existenzangest. Angst um dinge die man nicht beeinflussen kann, aber wir jeden Tag zu hoeren bekommen (Nachrichten 24/7). &! youtube.com/watch?v=hj3gAsqrB18 "Constanze Kurz (CCC) & das Happy End im Überwachungszeitalter - Jung & Naiv: Folge 106" &! youtube.com/watch?v=tFrLKMu0UYk - "Die sechs Ws der Überwachung mit Sascha Lobo - Jung & Naiv: Folge 110" << min31 Drone Strike & Collateral Damage = USA as an Unrechtsstaat and War Crimes. & Before that NSA sourcing out work to private companies (Edward Snowden worked for one). & min42 - Self-Censorship / The World is now an Airport. - bit.ly/1uo270A
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november 2014 by asterisk2a
US Spy Programs May Break the Internet if Not Reformed, Google Leader Says | WIRED
Until the US recognizes and restores the fundamental right of ownership you have in your data, he continued, the U.S. cannot hope to rebuild trust lost through the NSA’s widespread surveillance programs. This stance flies in the face of what we expect from internet companies these days, many of whom tend to act as if they own the content we create. [...] COMPANIES HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO TAKE THE STEPS THAT APPLE AND OTHERS WERE TAKING TO STRENGTHEN THE SECURITY OF CUSTOMER DATA, AND THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD GET USED TO IT.
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october 2014 by asterisk2a
Bundestag: Opposition will Ausschüsse für Bürger öffnen - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Der Bundestag will moderner und offener werden - doch wie ernst meint es das Parlament damit? Die Opposition plant jetzt eine Transparenz-Offensive: Die Bürger sollen grundsätzlich an allen Ausschusssitzungen teilnehmen dürfen.
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october 2014 by asterisk2a
The Coming Race War Won’t Be About Race | TIME
via reddit - http://bit.ly/1oLANYC || Ferguson is not just about systemic racism — it's about class warfare and how America's poor are held back, says Kareem Abdul-Jabbar [...] According to a 2012 Pew Research Center report, just half of U.S. households are middle-income, a drop of 11 percent since the 1970s; median middle-class income has dropped by 5 percent in the last ten years, total wealth is down 28 percent. Fewer people (just 23 percent) think they will have enough money to retire. Most damning of all: fewer Americans than ever believe in the American Dream mantra that hard work will get them ahead. || + Krawalle nach Tod von Michael Brown: Obama schickt obersten US-Ermittler nach Ferguson - http://bit.ly/1mjvmKV http://bit.ly/1veMG9c || http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-28861149 - << no trust into investigation, into officials, ...
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august 2014 by asterisk2a
Nick Hanauer: Beware, fellow plutocrats, the pitchforks are coming - YouTube
- history has it that the thriving middle class made USA. period. // --- and the future of work - needs investment! as capitalism, a flat world and software eats the world - eats up jobs (robots, automation, off shoring, outsourcing, outside advisory and contractors only (for everything that is not key) etc). >> thus education has got to change to be for the 21st century || + Eric Liu: Why ordinary people need to understand power --- http://youtu.be/Cd0JH1AreDw #civic #PowerPlay #AbuseofPower #illiteracyaboutpower #willfulignorance >> #participation #calltoaction #sharewhatyoudo +!+!+ http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/06/the-pitchforks-are-coming-for-us-plutocrats-108014.html +!+!+ http://billmoyers.com/2014/09/11/a-wealthy-capitalist-on-why-money-doesnt-trickle-down/
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august 2014 by asterisk2a
The Civil Rights Movement Is Going in Reverse in Alabama | New Republic
But in other, less obvious ways, black people in Alabama and across the South are as politically vulnerable as they’ve been since the emergence of the civil rights movement. “It’s a total disempowering of African Americans,” Sanders said. “We are going back to the past very fast.” [...] From that perch, he struck a deal in 2006 with Republican Governor Bob Riley that raised the threshold at which an Alabama family of four starts paying state income tax, from $4,600 annually to $12,500. Knight would have preferred to raise the threshold to the poverty line, but he felt that he had to focus on what was politically feasible. It was an approach indicative of Knight’s overall legislative philosophy. “ [...] Sanders and Knight were criticized by some black politicians, as well as by liberal white ones, for being too timid, too incremental. But the two argued that they were playing a long game and that, eventually, they’d achieve their larger goals.
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august 2014 by asterisk2a

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