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March 15 2014

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So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish.
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February 09 2014

MerelyGifted
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November 19 2013

MerelyGifted
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TTIP: A Global Ban on Left-Wing Politics



"The purpose of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is to remove the regulatory differences between the US and European nations. I mentioned it a couple of weeks ago. But I left out the most important issue: the remarkable ability it would grant big business to sue the living daylights out of governments which try to defend their citizens. It would allow a secretive panel of corporate lawyers to overrule the will of parliament and destroy our legal protections. Yet the defenders of our sovereignty say nothing. The mechanism is called investor-state dispute settlement. It’s already being used in many parts of the world to kill regulations protecting people and the living planet. [...] You don’t believe it? Here’s what one of the judges on these tribunals says about his work. 'When I wake up at night and think about arbitration, it never ceases to amaze me that sovereign states have agreed to investment arbitration at all … Three private individuals are entrusted with the power to review, without any restriction or appeal procedure, all actions of the government, all decisions of the courts, and all laws and regulations emanating from parliament'. There are no corresponding rights for citizens. We can’t use these tribunals to demand better protections from corporate greed. As the Democracy Centre says, this is 'a privatised justice system for global corporations'."

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October 09 2013

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Here's A Tally Of Which House Republicans Are Ready To Fund The Government, No Strings Attached

In the days since the government shut down, House Republicans have slowly but steadily been coming forward to say they’re ready to pass a bill to fund the government with no strings attached.

So far, at least 28 Republicans have said they’re on board — exceeding the 217 votes needed to pass a “clean” funding bill if all 200 House Democrats joined them and voted in favor. Of course, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) would have to be willing to put such a bill on the floor in the first place. But if he did, the votes appear to be there for passage, at which point the bill would sail through the Senate and be signed by President Barack Obama, ending the shutdown.

HuffPost has been keeping a running tally of which Republicans have said they’re done trying to force through provisions to delay or defund Obamacare in order to keep the government running. That list is below.

But as of Tuesday, Oct. 8, we’re adding another category: Republicans in that group who have since changed their minds and say they will no longer support a bill that simply reopens the government without extra provisions. Four Republicans have flip-flopped as of Oct. 8, which means the total number of GOP members who publicly support a clean continuing resolution is back down to 24. …

September 22 2013

MerelyGifted
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I don't see why we need to stand by and watch a country go communist due to the irresponsibility of its people. The issues are much too important for the Chilean voters to be left to decide for themselves.
— Henry Kissinger, Secretary of State under Richard Nixon, about Chile prior to the CIA overthrow of the democratically elected government of socialist President Salvadore Allende in 1973
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September 09 2013

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ourcatastrophe:

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Prime Minister of Australia kicking ass and taking names (mostly Tony Abbott’s). [x]

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August 17 2013

06:33

Detroit: Pensions, Racism and Bankruptcy | Economic Policy Institute

… Gov. Snyder continues to shortchange Detroit today. Michigan’s economy has been steadily recovering from the Great Recession, but its revenue sharing with Detroit has continued to decline—from $268 million in 2009 to $239 million in 2010 and 2011. Gov. Snyder cut this revenue stream even further last year, by an additional 28%, to $173 million. In short, as Detroit’s problems worsened, he piled on. Snyder and the state legislature treat Detroit like an unwanted foster child.

It’s really no surprise that the governor who signed so-called “Right to Work” legislation designed to weaken unions and undermine collective bargaining, and who cut unemployment benefits for jobless workers at a time of crushing unemployment would also try to separate employees from the pensions they worked decades to earn. Reducing the wages, benefits and income of working people is a goal Snyder shares with governors in Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Florida and many other states.

Detroit’s public workers are not overpaid. The average non-uniformed Detroit public employee earns $41,385 per year—less than the 2010 national average annual wage of $43,194. Employee pay was reduced by 10% during fiscal year 2012. And despite a lot of noise to the contrary, the pension benefits under attack in Detroit aren’t exactly gold-plated either.

The average pension for non-uniformed retirees was less than $19,000 a year in 2011, and future benefits were reduced by more than a third in 2012. Previously, a thirty-year employee would receive a pension of 55% of final average pay and the pension would be increased by 2.25 percent of the original pension amount each year as inflation protection. Under the new, lower benefit structure, a 30-year employee would receive a pension of 45 percent of final pay and receives no COLA.

The city’s fiscal problems are not the fault of Detroit’s public employees. Those problems cannot be solved by flouting the constitutional guarantee that pensions cannot be reduced after they have been earned.

August 16 2013

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Detroit mired in fresh controversy over sale of 60,000-piece art collection

City suburbs attempting to halt rumoured sale of prestigious art collection, which may be up for grabs in bid to pay city’s debts

The beleaguered city of Detroit, the largest in the US to file for bankruptcy, is embroiled in a fresh controversy over fears that it may be preparing to sell some of its 60,000-piece art collection, one of the most prestigious in the US.

Officials from suburban counties have warned that if the city’s bankruptcy managers sell any assets in the Detroit Institute of Art (DIA) – whose collection includes a self-portrait by Van Gogh, a 27-panel fresco by Diego Rivera and works by Rembrandt and Matisse – they will cut their contributions to its funding. The combined income from three counties surrounding the city is worth $23m a year to the museum, a sum that represents almost 75% of its operating budget. …

… The possibility that city-owned art in the DIA collection might be sold as part of Detroit’s plan to settle an estimated $18bn it owes to bondholders, pensioners and others, continues to be one of the most controversial aspects of the city’s bankruptcy plan.

The contract between the counties and the institute stipulates that it should be operated in accordance with professional museum standards. These include a clause saying that the proceeds of art sold must be used to buy more art.

Selling artwork for other reasons breaches such standards, say representatives of the art institute itself.

The museum and Michigan attorney general Bill Schuette have said that the art cannot be sold because it is held in a charitable trust for the people of Michigan. Orr last week told Reuters he disagreed with that position.

However, Pamela Marcil, a spokeswoman for the DIA, said on Wednesday they were taking the continued threat to the collection seriously. She said that the news about Christie’s engagement with the museum last week had sparked a new wave of protest.

"We are concerned any time it is even mentioned," Marcil said."The situation is unprecedented and no one knows what is going to happen."

But she warned that if the city did sell even a single work of art, “we would take it to court and it could be tied up for years.”

No one from Synder’s office or the office of the emergency was available for comment when contacted by the Guardian. …

(via Detroit mired in fresh controversy over sale of 60,000-piece art collection | World news | theguardian.com)

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DETROIT (WXYZ) - An online petition aims to make the Detroit Institute of Arts a National Monument, preventing the sale of its artwork.

With over 3,900 signatures, the MoveOn.org petition created by Donald Handy has nearly reached its goal of 4,000. Handy says “I am a native Detroiter, and I love the Detroit Institue of Arts. The thought of losing its collection—especially the Diego Rivera murals—is heartbreaking.”

Earlier this month Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr hired Christie’s to appraise a portion of the DIA’s collection.

It sparked fear that the priceless collection could be sold to help the city pay back some of its $18 billion long term debt.

Handy and other metro Detroiters is attempting to gain the attention of The House of Representatives, The Senate and President Obama. …

(via MoveOn.org petition aims to make Detroit Institute of Arts a national monument, save collection)

July 02 2013

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teratomarty:

one-angry-liberal:

sonofbaldwin:

The so-called “pro-life” movement’s philosophy.

One of the best political cartoons that I’ve seen. 

You know what pisses me off about this?  Really, REALLY pisses me off?  That’s George (H.W.) Bush holding that umbrella.  He was president 1981-1989.  Do you get that?  

It means that the right have not budged an inch on their ridiculous pro-foetus, anti-actual-persons position in THIRTY GODDAMN YEARS. We should not still be having this argument! Thirty year old political cartoons should be bafflingly opaque, not crystal clear!

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June 19 2013

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odinsblog:

liberalsarecool:

First Rule of GOP Fight Club: completely f#ck something up, blame someone else.

people keep acting like PBO is a king and not the head of one of the threeeee branches of government

I don't call them rethuglicunts for no good reason, kids.
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June 16 2013

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astrozombina:

think-progress:

Members of Congress are living off food stamps for a week to protest Republican cuts. It’s a challenge for them, but GOP cuts would hurt millions of everyday Americans

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June 15 2013

MerelyGifted
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May 04 2013

23:09

Watching All The President's Men Revisited

It takes me back to my childhood, six or seven years old, watching the daily Watergate hearings.

I remember the day nixon’s crooked ass abdicated. I watched it at my Grandma’s house, cheering and jeering at the bastard, then went outside and most cheerfully played.

I was confused that none of my friends were discussing it, and had no interest when the subject was broached.

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By way of MadnessReigns

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