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Spinning Ukraine: “Is Obama channelling Cheney?”

ohnwentsya:

Thank you for posting this. I’m heartbroken. He apparently couldn’t beat them now they are pushing the situation as far as they can. Someday, if we don’t get evaporated, the truth will come out about who has really been in control of America since our last truly free President was killed.
Prayer is more powerful than most people know-so let’s pray all together that this insanity falls apart and is exposed before any more harm comes from it!
At least now we KNOW what the Bundy nonsense was a distraction from. I’m STILL wondering what the hell got under the radar while O.J. idiocy was 24/7 news!

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Yesterday, while doing chi kung, I happened to have NPR on. Unfortunately, it started broadcasting Obama’s sanctimonious, clipped, sing-song voice: press conference on Ukraine. I had to turn it off. Couldn’t listen. It made me nauseous. The video below helps make sense of a very confusing situation.

Here’s the concluding paragraph of the video:

“This is what the whole world is talking about, and there’s a total news blackout here. Now, normally there’s only a news blackout like that if there’s something very serious going on. I can see Obama is worried about how is he going to go down in history coming off like George Bush with his weapons of mass destruction line, but we may not have more, in a couple of days, of history left if he continues along this path. It’s like the Tom Lehrer song, so long, mommy, I’m off to drop the bomby, I’ll…

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Study Concludes: The U.S. is an Oligarchy, NOT a Democracy

ohnwentsya:

Thank you for posting this! I’ve been saying this for two decades and before recently the reactions were mostly along the lines of “huh? What’s that?” .

Now that most people are finding out about it, it’s days are numbered:-)

Whatever else Americans can’t agree on, which it seems lately is everything, I’m guessing very few of us had ambitions to be serfs, slaves or peons.
I may be over optimistic but I think we can get together to fix this and go back to bickering over every detail later (unless we learn from working together that we really aren’t all that different after all;-)

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Reposted from:   UPI.com   | by JC Sevcik

“The central point that emerges from our research is that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on US government policy, while mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence,”

Illuminati_MonopolyWASHINGTON, April 16 (UPI) –Oligarchy is a form of government in which power is vested in a dominant class and a small group exercises control over the general population.

new study from Princeton and Northwestern Universities concluded that the U.S. government represents not the interests of the majority of citizens but those of the rich and powerful.

“Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens” analyzed extensive data, comparing nearly 1,800 U.S. policies enacted between 1981 and 2002 with the expressed preferences of average and affluent Americans as well as special interest groups.

The resulting data empirically verifies that…

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YES! This Week :: Powerful Ideas, Practical Actions

The Rise of Women Farmers

Portrait of James Trimarco This week, my team looked over the preliminary numbers from the most recent census of agriculture. While the overall picture is something of a mixed bag, we noticed that women now represent 14 percent of primary farm operators and are more likely to farm organically and own their own farms. They’re helping to create a more sustainable food system, and we’re happy to bring you their story.
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Think You Know What a Farmer Looks Like? Think Again.

Preliminary results from the 2012 Census of Agriculture show the increasing role of women in U.S. agriculture—especially on organic and small-scale farms. READ MORE »

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John Doman Protecting Classrooms From Corporate Takeover: What Families Can Learn from Teachers’ Unions

Teachers are fighting the privatization wave by connecting with families right where they live. READ MORE »

The Underground Railroad Was One of America’s First Co-ops: A Black History Tour of Cooperative Economics

From slavery to Jim Crow to cities today, African-Americans have been leading the cooperative movement. READ MORE »

Photo by Alex Garland Photography. They Started by Blockading a Bus Full of Detainees—And Went on to Shake Up the Immigration Debate

A look at the growing influence of undocumented voices in the movement for immigrant rights. READ MORE »

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Photo by Antana/ Flickr. Don’t Leave BitCoin to the Libertarians! (Or, Why Your Movement Needs Open Source Money)

Movements for economic justice and equality are rarely flush with cash. But “cryptocurrencies” like Bitcoin might stand to change the rules in their favor. READ MORE »

Anton Petukhov Work Less, Live More

Working fewer hours could help save our economy, our sanity, and the planet. READ MORE »

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Why did an elementary school math problem go viral? It has to do with a new set of federal education standards known as the Common Core. WATCH »

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The Myth Behind Public School Failure

Reader Annette Magjuka writes, “There has been a tremendous loss of bright women teachers. Starting in the late 70s, women could get higher paying jobs in many more fields. Previous to this, women were secretaries, nurses, or teachers.” READ MORE »

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Truthout Daily Digest April 18, 2014

Arundhati Roy: Another World Is Not Only Possible, She Is on Her Way

Arundhati Roy, Haymarket Books: Roy offers an eloquent tribute to the Occupy movement after it was evicted from Zucotti Park. Despite Roy’s scathing analysis of the injustices and ravages of capitalism and its political puppets, she is filled with hope.

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John Pilger | The Strangelove Effect – or How We Are Hoodwinked Into Fighting a New Cold War

John Pilger, Truthout: While President Obama seeks more money for nuclear weapons than at the peak of the Cold War, the era of the comedy movie, Dr. Strangelove, it’s no joke that the United States is seeking to dominate the Eurasian landmass, stretching from China to Europe.

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Jesus Is an Economic Engine: Dismantling the Metaphoric Mechanization of Everything

Adam Bessie, Truthout: While it may be part of common usage, “economic engine” is a profoundly misleading metaphor. And while our economy currently runs on machines, it is not a machine itself – no, the economy consists of actual human beings working, people doing things for other people.

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The Code of Crisis and Disaster

Joseph Natoli, Truthout: To respond to a week of triple catastrophe – a UN climate change report, the Ryan budget, the McCutcheon decision – it is crucial to confront and decode our own “reptilian” desires.

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Highway Trust Fund Bankruptcy Will Halt Nation’s Transportation Projects

Crystal Shepeard, Care2: Since Congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, funding has been allocated for various public works projects, including repairs to the nation’s ailing highways and bridges. Today, all of those projects risk being halted before completion.

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The Resegregation of American Schools

Jaisal Noor, The Real News Network: Reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones discusses her year-long investigation into how one of desegregation’s success stories in Tuscaloosa, Alabama became one of the most segregated school systems in the country, as well as the high levels of segregation in northern schools 60 years after Brown v. Board of Education.

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Eugene Robinson | On Climate, Business as Usual

Eugene Robinson, Truthout: Despite mounting evidence that global warming is an urgent crisis, emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases grew faster between 2000 and 2010 than over the previous three decades. We’re doing a Michael Jackson moonwalk, appearing to move ahead while actually sliding backward – toward what scientists fear is an abyss.

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Valparaíso Blaze Highlights the City’s Poverty

Marianela Jarroud, Inter Press Service: The blaze that tore through the Chilean port city of Valparaíso revealed the dark side of one of the most important tourist destinations in this South American country, which hides in its hills high levels of poverty and inequality.

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The Business Interests Behind America’s Costly Medical Care

Dr. Philip Caper, Bangor Daily News: The United States spends far more on medical care than other wealthy countries, due mostly to higher prices for health care goods and services. There is a reason for this. In US politics, social progress comes at a high price if it threatens business interests.

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We Don’t Want You to Swim in the River

Kathy Kelly, Truthout: These weapons we tout aren’t futuristic; they announce our lack of a future. But everywhere around us, we can spot people who are volunteering to live simply so that others can simply live. And that choice is, in reality, open to each of us.

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“We Are Not Beginning a New Cold War, We Are Well Into It”: Stephen Cohen on Russia-Ukraine Crisis

Amy Goodman and Juan González, Democracy Now!: “We are not at the beginning of a new Cold War, we are well into it,” says Stephen Cohen, professor emeritus of Russian studies and politics at New York University, “which alerts us to the fact ‘hot war’ is imaginable now. It’s unlikely, but it’s conceivable – and if it’s conceivable, something has to be done about it.”

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Banking Industry Shamelessly Fleeces Even the Paltry Savings of Ex-Prisoners

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: After incarceration, prisoners often have a small savings account that has accrued from work – and money provided by family and friends. Now, in some states, they are being forced to accept a fee-gouging debit card to access their funds upon release.

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Sen. Reid Calls Bundy Supporters “Domestic Terrorists”

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Climate Change Is Here – It’s Too Late for Pessimism

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A John Hagee Fairytale: “Blood Moons” and The End of Times

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Elizabeth Warren’s New Book Skewers the White House Boys Club

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Paul Krugman | Salvation Gets Cheap

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Guantanamo Judge to CIA: Disclose “Black Site” Details to USS Cole Defense Lawyers

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Oklahoma School District OK’s “Bible Curriculum” Created by Hobby Lobby President

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The Oracle Report | Friday, April 18, 2014

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Disseminating Moon Phase: share, communicate, teach

Moon in Sagittarius

Ruling Mahavidya: Chinnamasta and Kali

Skill: think before speaking

Negative Imprint: attacking

Positive Imprint: supporting

Mercury moves to the Eris Point today, bringing the tendency to say things before thinking. Usually these are things that have been bubbling under the surface and need to be said or they are things that we can no longer tolerate. The energy prompts us to think about freeing ourselves from something. Eris energy gets to the core of what’s wrong and attempts to rectify the matter. It can get rather dramatic. The best guidance is to keep respect and dignity in mind. Are you attacking or defending? Keep in mind that we are easily annoyed today, and give things space before acting out.

People will use the power of words to dominate others. These people feel challenged and threatened by other people’s talents, skills, and strengths.

There is a tendency to feel older than one’s years today. We can tempted to question our relevance. The wisdom gained from experience is a very important element that is needed during these times.

Also, concern with outer appearances and image are heightened today. What’s important is what is beyond the surface.

The theme of the safety and comfort of home (and the lack of those things) is strong today. We are seeking the feeling of home. In reality, it does not matter where we are, we are always home because we are always attached to Gaia Sophia. Keep it real and keep your heart focused on nature. This is how we maintain sanity.

(The effects of Venus’ conjunction with Chiron begin in earnest tomorrow and build toward Monday, so be sure to check back for the weekend report.)

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Let’s be honest about what Bundy is, and is not | Las Vegas Review-Journal

I received this article in email from an environmental group I have followed for many years. I’m getting a bit tired of reading Koch brothers funded lies and propaganda on blogs and sharing it, questioning my beliefs, becoming disturbed and discussing these things online only to discover that I was reading a bunch of nonsense in the first place.

I really appreciate the ability of blogging to circumvent the control of media by just 4 huge corporations. But when the owners of those corporations figure out how to feed bullshit to bloggers and get it spread for free we are not an alternative-we are just doing the cabal’s work for them.

We are in fact perpetuating our own enslavement.

I’m not healthy enough to do background research and “due diligence” on everything I read and share. I trust my friends and the blogs I follow as well as my own gut instincts.

But one thing I have discovered about propaganda produced by well funded groups is that it is designed to give you just enough truth to hook you into the lies. It uses our emotions especially our drive toward morality and doing the right thing against us.

My gut instincts along with my own memory of reading about Bundy several times in the last 20 years told me he was no victim and no hero. But I second guess myself because I listen with respect to others views- I don’t want to be a blind dogmatic.

BLM has long been plaques with corruption just like every agency that controls anything greedy people can profit from. This does not change the fact that government owned federal wildlands are being preserved (or should be) for US the taxpayers and our descendants.

That man is stealing from me and you to make a profit.

LET’S BE HONEST ABOUT WHAT BUNDY IS, AND IS NOT

By STEVE SEBELIUS
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
So, now what?

Now that the Bureau of Land Management has stopped enforcing a federal court order to gather Cliven Bundy’s illegally grazing cattle, because of the presence of armed protesters, what’s happens next?

Nothing has really changed: Bundy still hasn’t paid his 20-year-overdue grazing fees, and owes the taxpayers of the United States of America more than $1 million. The so-called trespass cattle are still grazing on federal lands. The court order to impound those cows is still in effect.

About the only thing that’s different is that a bunch of armed would-be insurrectionists have gotten the message that if they show up with tough talk and loaded long guns, there’s a good chance the government will back down. And that’s not a very good message to send.

The BLM signaled that it’s not giving up on the case: It’s new leader, Neil Kornze, said in a statement that the government would continue to pursue administrative and judicial remedies to the situation.

U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, speaking to KRNV-Channel 4 in Reno on Monday, said there’s more to come: “Well, it’s not over. We can’t have an American people that violate the law and then just walk away from it. So it’s not over,” he said. (Reid added on Tuesday that he thought the BLM had made the right decision at the time, however.)

And, as Rob Mrowka, senior scientist at the Center for Biological Diversity noted, leaving things as they are now is not a viable solution: “The BLM is setting a dangerous precedent announcing that it will pick and choose who has to follow federal laws and who it will reward for violating them,” he said in a statement. “It [the BLM] has a moral responsibility to not let armed thugs and threats of violence seize hundreds of thousands of acres of public land for their own.”

I also like the way St. George News columnist Dallas Hyland put it in a piece published Sunday: “The stand-down was necessary to prevent bloodshed, but it must be recognized that if Bundy and a multitude of his supporters, militia friends and even family members who broke the law, are allowed to go unpunished, anarchy will follow,” Hyland wrote.

And that’s what we’re speaking of here: anarchy. This is not, as some have mistakenly characterized it, a battle over the First Amendment. (The BLM’s ill-considered and absurd creation of “First Amendment areas” for protesters was supposed to preserve public safety, but was rightly criticized. They proved so ineffective, they were later taken down.)

Also, this isn’t a battle over grazing rights, or a conflict between the Western ranching lifestyle and federal regulations. Bundy is clearly in the wrong, having refused to pay his grazing fees. He challenged the government in federal court, where his arguments were heard, considered and dismissed. Bundy is not standing his ground on righteous principle; he’s a scofflaw who simply refuses to pay the fees that other ranchers pay.

And Bundy himself is no hero, no “impressive general,” as one particularly ill-informed protester called him. Bundy has not only said he doesn’t recognize the authority of the BLM to manage public lands and make arrests, he’s also said he doesn’t “recognize the United Stages government as even existing.” Further, he’s demanded that county sheriffs across the nation “disarm” federal officials.

Those who rally to Bundy’s defense are not freedom fighters in the next American revolution, and they won no victory by obstructing federal officers serving a lawful court order (in potential violation of 18 USC 111 and 18 USC 1509). They’re not patriots or foot soldiers, or any kind of soldiers. They’re enablers of a welfare cowboy with wrongheaded political beliefs, who’s more than willing to let them help him out of a tax problem. Anybody who thinks otherwise is deluding himself.

But the question remains: Now that Bundy (and his newfound armed friends) have, temporarily at least, faced down the feds, what’s next? Will it be anarchy or will it be law and order?

Steve Sebelius is a Review-Journal political columnist who blogs at SlashPolitics.com. Follow him on Twitter (@SteveSebelius) or reach him at 387-5276 or SSebelius@reviewjournal.com.

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Truthout Daily Digest Thursday April 17th, 2014

Autumnwood: A Community Living in Toxic Fear and Uncertainty

Daniel Ross, Truthout: The Autumnwood community of Wildomar, California, is riven by competing fears of toxic contamination and falling property values, while the one agency that should have provided swift answers, California’s Department of Toxic Substance Control, provides slow, inconclusive and suspect findings.

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Want to See Where Your Taxes Go?

Robin Claremont, OtherWords: The National Priorities Project has done the work for you. Using a customized tax receipt calculator, you can find out exactly how the federal government spent each penny of your 2013 taxes.

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Why I Stand With Monica Jones: My Liberation Is Bound Up With Yours

Laura Campagna, Truthout: If black skin and gender non-conformity when walking in the neighborhood where you live are allowed as proof of manifestation of prostitution, no one’s identity is safe.

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The Pay’s the Thing: How America’s CEOs Are Getting Rich Off Taxpayers

Susan Holmberg, Next New Deal: Income inequality will continue to rise unless we close the performance pay loophole and curb the growth of executive compensation. Nevertheless, there is potential for getting it done.

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US Anti-Tank Rockets in Syria: Did Congress Approve?

Robert Naiman, Truthout: Tell Congress not to be a “potted plant” and weigh in on the US sending dangerous anti-tank weapons to Syrian rebels that could easily fall into the hands of anti-United States terrorists.

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Paul Krugman | America’s Thin-Skinned Billionaires

Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: The United States’ embattled billionaires are demanding, as their birthright, freedom from criticism. But when people with fragile egos have great power, seriously bad things can happen.

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Each One of Us Is a Toxic Superfund Site

The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: Thanks to weak regulations and safety standards, Big Chem has turned the United States into one giant science experiment, and we are all the lab rats, forced without our consent or knowledge to deal with the side effects.

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Scott Walker Asks Wisconsin Supreme Court to Review John Doe Dark Money Probe

Brendan Fischer, PR Watch: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign has asked the state Supreme Court to review the legal basis for the John Doe campaign finance probe looking at coordination between his campaign and third-party groups, but some members of the court have potential conflicts of interest in the case.

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How US Wars Came Home With the Troops: Up Close, Personal and Bloody

Ann Jones, TomDispatch: Like their civilian counterparts, a significant number of veterans evidently have yet to come to grips with the wars they brought home in their baggage – and in too many grim cases, they, their loved ones, their fellow soldiers and sometimes random strangers are paying the price.

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Monsanto and Big Food Losing the GMO and “Natural” Food Fight

Ronnie Cummins, Organic Consumers Association: With the passage of the Vermont GMO labeling law, after 20 years of struggle, it’s time to celebrate our common victory. But as we all know, the battle for a new food and farming system, and a sustainable future, has just begun.

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Amy Goodman | Killing Nature’s Defenders: Study Finds Global Surge in Murders of Environmental Activists

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: A new reports finds the killings of environmental and land rights activists worldwide has tripled over the past decade. The death rate is now an average of two per week, and almost none of the killers have faced charges.

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Economic Update: “Tax Injustices”

Richard D. Wolff, Economic Update / Truthout: Updates on how inequality persists across generations; the nonsense of “taxes are job killers”; governor uses tax revenues to prevent unionization in a private enterprise. Major discussion of state and local taxes in the US; the economics of paying executives very high incomes; and the privatization of public services. Response to listener’s question on recent Medicare report on oversized payouts to doctors.

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Military-­Industrial­-Surveillance Industry Profits as the More Lethal Threat of Climate Change Is Ignored

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: The military-­industrial-­surveillance complex is continuing to expand at great profit to many. However, it is hardly defending national security when it ignores global warming.

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The Deepwater Horizon Threat

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Here’s What Drone Attacks in America Would Look Like

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OK, Humanity, It’s Time to Grow Up

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The Hottest Conservative Campaign Gimmick of 2014: Free Guns

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What’s Next in Gay Marriage’s Legal Odyssey?

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Sex Scandal Rocks the Duggars’ Christian Patriarchy Movement

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Harvey Wasserman | UN Report: Renewables, Not Nukes, Can Solve Climate Crisis

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