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Criminality Pays GOP and 19 Anti-EPA Democrats in The House

Energy, Manufacturing Interests Get Their Way on House Bill to Evaluate Impact of EPA | MAPLight.org - Money and Politics:

"Industries that supported the measure (Republican/Conservative, Electric Power utilities, Chemicals, Petroleum refining & marketing, etc.) gave on average 3.4 times as much to representatives who voted 'YES', ($48,524) as they gave to representatives who voted 'NO' ($14,176). Environmental groups, who opposed the measure, gave on average 5.5 times as much to representatives who voted 'NO' ($4,609) as they gave to those who voted 'YES' ($832).

The difference was even more pronounced among certain supporting industries, including Mining (19 times as much to lawmakers voting 'YES' as to lawmakers voting 'NO'), Petroleum refining and marketing (5.4 times as much to lawmakers voting 'YES' as to lawmakers voting 'NO') and Manufacturing (5.2 times as much to lawmakers voting 'YES' as to law…

Jobs Bill GOP is Blocking in a Nutshell

-- Make sure that those who served our country can get good jobs at home by providing incentives for businesses to hire unemployed veterans.
 -- Prevent layoffs of teachers, cops, and firefighters and support the hiring of tens of thousands more?
-- Rebuild our crumbling roads, bridges, railways, and airports with a bipartisan, public-private infrastructure bank.
 -- Modernize at least 35,000 public schools in rural and urban areas.
 -- Provide job training for the unemployed, especially young people who have been hit especially hard.
 -- Extend payroll tax deduction.
 -- Pay for it with a fair tax aimed at the wealthiest Americans.

Cap tip Jim M.




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Russia Persecutes Human Rights Advocates

Anti-Extremist Law in Russia Misused to Target Human Rights, Religious Groups | Human Rights First: "While Russia’s legislation in combating extremism led to the decrease of extremist violence since 2008, law enforcement officers also use the same legislation to persecute nonviolent government critics including journalist, independent media and human rights organizations and religious organizations–draining resources away from fully combating real threats of racist and extremist violence."

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Jordan Abuses Migrant Workers

Domestic Plight | Human Rights Watch: "This 111-page report documents abuses against domestic workers and the failure of Jordanian officials to hold employers and the agents who recruited the workers accountable. The report also criticizes Jordanian immigration and domestic work labor laws for facilitating abuse, such as confinement in the home and imposing fines for overstaying the legal residency period, even where the worker is not at fault. "

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We need global legalization with profits to the poor

Guatemala: Drug Trafficking and Violence - International Crisis Group: "The bloody eruption of Mexican-led cartels into Guatemala is the latest chapter in a vicious cycle of violence and institutional failure. Geography has placed the country – midway between Colombia and the U.S. – at one of the world’s busiest intersections for illegal drugs."

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Follow Super Committee Money Fodder for Occupy Everywhere

MapLight Profile Pages of Deficit Reduction 'Super Committee' Members | MAPLight.org - Money and Politics: "Aug. 8, 2011 - The Republican and Democrat leaders of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives are tasked with appointing 12 members - divided equally by party and chamber - to populate the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction. The committee is tasked with coming up with a deficit reduction plan by the end of the year. The group has also been referred to as the "Super Committee" as well as "Super Congress." Below is a list of the announced members with links to their MapLight profile pages."

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Congress doesn't give a damn about government by the people

Obama campaign says his jobs message is reaching populace | McClatchy: "“By a huge majority, Americans support the measure that the United States Senate will consider as the way to pay for the American Jobs Act so that it won’t add one dime to our nation’s deficit,” Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod says in the memo."

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The deceleration was not unexpected in these parts

Recession Nips At The Heels Of A Slow-Poke Recovery : NPR: "This deceleration in growth has been as sudden as it was unexpected. During the second half of last year, growth was nearly 3 percent. By the first half of this year it fell to almost 1 percent. An economic recovery seems to have come and gone before most Americans even realized it was here."

The reason is that when this all began the story was never understood. We hit the magic point of the end of oil, the end of cars as the economic driver, the end of detached housing and sprawl as the way we would eventually live and this began to open eyes to the distortions and dysfunctionality created by the age of oil. If this is Greek to you, I am sorry. I have been on this case for fifty years and it is such poison to the oil powers that be - think one percent - that all one can do is keep saying it until the 100th monkey tumbles.

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Planning for a nonexistent future

New Auto Technology Can Tell When You’re ‘Driving While Drowsy’ - TIME NewsFeed: "In the age of multilingual GPS devices, driver seat massages and cruise control navigation, it was only a matter of time before manufacturers developed drowsy driver alerts.

That's right – technology to tell you when you're in danger in nodding off behind the wheel, bringing you back to full attention through dashboard icons and warning alarms."

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This assumes that a century from now there will be fuel to support an automobile world. I have my doubts. I believe the world of cars and sprawl is ending. The future will not be a slow evolution of the infrastructure we have now. It is more likely to be a response to cataclysmic environmental events. It is for this reason that I have proposed the cyber-community as a successor to sprawl-oil society.




Is the President going to turn the tide?

Rewritten June 3, 2012
Is the President going to turn the tide My answer is yes Why Because I do not believe he wants to be President if he cannot change the prospects of the unemployed Only Congress can do this The time is not later but now Let's gear up We are at war with Congressional Republicans and it is time to beat them We can and we will I am proposing that we insist that @speakerboehner pass the Presidents job proposals by July 4 We cannot succeed if we do not set benchmarks This is a good one If you are on Twitter act The way the President turns the tide is to stimulate action by the people I can feel the movement coming Let's do it


The Barbarian Temperament

The Theory of the Leisure Class: XI: "The gambling propensity is another subsidiary trait of the barbarian temperament. It is a concomitant variation of character of almost universal prevalence among sporting men and among men given to warlike and emulative activities generally. This trait also has a direct economic value. It is recognized to be a hindrance to the highest industrial efficiency of the aggregate in any community where it prevails in an appreciable degree."

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Declining Homicide Stats

Mind Reading: Steven Pinker’s Case for Why the World Is Heading Toward Peace – TIME Healthland: "PINKER: I guess what struck me first was the 35-fold decline of homicide in Europe since the Middle Ages. Various countries of Europe have kept homicide statistics since the Middle Ages and it's a curve that plummets downward. So, quantitatively, that would be the most dramatic. Qualitatively, I think it would have to be the [shift in public opinion regarding] various forms of criminal punishment since the Middle Ages, such as disemboweling, impalement, breaking on the wheel. That played out until the early modern period, until the Enlightenment, the second half of the 18th century."

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It's rebellion, Sir

Chris Hedges: Why the Elites Are in Trouble - Chris Hedges' Columns - Truthdig: "The goal to people like Ketchup is very, very clear. It can be articulated in one word—REBELLION. These protesters have not come to work within the system. They are not pleading with Congress for electoral reform. They know electoral politics is a farce and have found another way to be heard and exercise power. They have no faith, nor should they, in the political system or the two major political parties. They know the press will not amplify their voices, and so they created a press of their own. They know the economy serves the oligarchs, so they formed their own communal system. This movement is an effort to take our country back."

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Hey Henry you ain't gonna get recovery quick

The graph that could defeat Obama - The Washington Post:

Why?
Because we have an oil economy that will tank exponentially through this century. Obama understands that. Most do not.
Because we have a global economy that penalizes the populations of the wealthiest nations due to the obsolescence of much work.
Because we lack the imagination to see a way out. That imagination may be found here.

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Just to let you know I'm not happy

VIDEO: Occupy Denver enters third week, momentum builds | The Washington Independent: "Occupy Denver has no leader. Occupy Denver has no agenda. Occupy Denver has no list of demands. What it does have is passion, anger and, so far, a willingness to simply be.

“I’m down here to simply let the people know that the 99 percent are not happy,” said Mark Bostovit as he sat on the ground next to Braodway waving a sign."

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Dear GOP Stop Keeping Me Unemployed

The White House Blog | The White House: "Kimberly Russell was laid off in May of this year. She was teaching Social Studies and Economics at Lincoln High School in Dallas, both standard and AP classes. Unbeknownst to Russell, her position was being paid by federal stimulus funding and the funding was exhausted. Like many other educators, Russell has a family. She is a single mother of a 10 year old son, and she prides herself on being a homeowner. Now that she is unemployed, Russell is struggling to keep that dream of homeownership alive. Russell is hoping that Congress will pass the American Jobs Act to help teachers get back to work soon. She misses her students and wants to get back in the classroom."

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We will no longer pay for your crisis

Naomi Klein: OccupyWallStreet Speech: "If there is one thing I know, it is that the one percent loves a crisis. When people are panicked and desperate and no one seems to know what to do, that is the ideal time to push through their wish list of pro-corporate policies: privatizing education and social security, slashing public services, getting rid of the last constraints on corporate power. Amidst the economic crisis, this is happening the world over.

And there is only one thing that can block this tactic, and fortunately, it’s a very big thing: the 99 percent. And that 99 percent is taking to the streets from Madison to Madrid to say “No. We will not pay for your crisis.”"

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