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Occupy Bill of Rights - A Provision

Occupy the Law: A Bill of Rights for Your Community by Thomas Linzey and Jeff Reifman: "Section 3 - Statements of Law - A Community Bill of Rights


3.1. The Right to a Locally-Based Economy
Residents have the right to a locally-based economy to ensure local job creation and enhance local business opportunities. The right shall include the right to have local monies reinvested locally by lending institutions, and the right to equal access to capital, credit, contracts, incentives, and services for businesses owned by [your city] residents."

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Apply now! Yahoo! Board Needs New Blood

Yahoo plans reshuffle, seeks new (better) board members | ZDNet: "In fact, Business Insider actually summed this one up rather nicely:

This is the board that rejected Microsoft’s $32/share offer.
This is the board that hired Carol Bartz.
This is the board that spent 100 days trying to find a new CEO.
This is the board that could have bought Google and Facebook for cheap and said no."

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If I was running Yahoo, I would make it the king and queen of free lance free content on the Web and invest heavily in both creators and editors and simply outdo everyone out there in having an ultimate stable of  work at home talent  unsurpassed. This is the problem with today's web. No biggie is taking this on so we have a congeries of old and new sites and a mass of inferior content.The way to get talent is to flag what is out there and build.

A little Romney footnote in the fact department

Concord, New Hampshire Republican Debate | New York Times Live Blog - Live Debate - Election 2012 - NYTimes.com: "Whatever Mr. Romney's state of mind at the time, the numbers are accurate: In 2006, Mr. Romney spent 212 days traveling outside Massachusetts, according to news reports, in what was widely regarded as the opening stage of his first campaign for president, which began the following year. He also spent his final year in office serving as chairman of the Republican Governors Association and spread millions of dollars to other Republican candidates through a political action committee, collecting chits for his expected run."

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Not so fast - there is a synthesis brewing

Why Islamism Is Winning - NYTimes.com: "Political Islam, especially the strict version practiced by Salafists in Egypt, is thriving largely because it is tapping into ideological roots that were laid down long before the revolts began. Invented in the 1920s by the Muslim Brotherhood, kept alive by their many affiliates and offshoots, boosted by the failures of Nasserism and Baathism, allegedly bankrolled by Saudi and Qatari money, and inspired by the defiant example of revolutionary Iran, Islamism has for years provided a coherent narrative about what ails Muslim societies and where the cure lies. Far from rendering Islamism unnecessary, as some experts forecast, the Arab Spring has increased its credibility; Islamists, after all, have long condemned these corrupt regimes as destined to fail."

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Before we allow this narrative to emit from every talking head, let's look at the Iran situation. Most people in Iran detest the regime there. The synthesis a…

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It's we not the 1 percent who are the job creators

States Pay to Train Workers, to Companies’ Benefit - NYTimes.com: "Caterpillar is one of dozens of companies, many with growing profits and large cash reserves, that have come to expect such largess from states in return for creating jobs. The labor market is finally starting to show some signs of improvement, with the government reporting on Friday that employers created 200,000 jobs in December."

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The Case for Romney as Bush 1

A Campaign Pruned of Bushes - NYTimes.com: "Can you even imagine one of the candidates crowing about his likeness to 41? To any sane audience and at any healthy national moment, that would be a major point in the candidate’s favor. The Romney who governed Massachusetts really does resemble him. Like 41, he’s a moneyed moderate not intrinsically interested in messy social issues."

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This makes some sense. Especially when you factor in Romney's use of the man who gave Bush 1 the winning Willie Horton ad to do in Newt. What goes around comes around. But I doubt that this morning's debate will end without unearthing some of this strain in Mr. Romney.


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The Senate Needs Some Comeuppance

Experts Say Obama’s Recess Appointments Could Signify End to a Senate Role - NYTimes.com: "Senate Republicans had been using procedural rules and filibusters to block or delay the confirmation of nearly 200 agency nominations, leaving vital positions vacant and neutralizing agencies they did not like. That compelled Mr. Obama to escalate matters further on Wednesday, making recess appointments even though the Senate was technically not in recess."

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Romney Saturday night - that's not what I saw

Romney Eludes Rivals’ Attacks at Republican Debate in N.H. - NYTimes.com: "GOFFSTOWN, N.H. — A relaxed and self-assured Mitt Romney sailed above the fray at a crucial debate on Saturday night as his Republican rivals engaged in a spirited fight to determine which of them would emerge as his most formidable opponent when the party’s nominating contest moves past New Hampshire."

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The media on its one day cycle has not factored in the fact that this is a debate with two halves. The climax will be this AM. And I have little doubt this will be a donnybrook. Here are the air times for the debate this morning.

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