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9 Things The Rich Don't
Want You To Know About Taxes

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Two-Thirds of U.S. Companies and
68% of foreign Corporations
Do Not Pay federal income Taxes,

according to a congressional report

What?
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30 companies paid 'less than zero'
taxes in recent years

General Electric made big waves earlier
in the year when
The New York Times reported
that the company paid no taxes in the U.S. in 2010,
and in fact claimed a tax benefit of $3.2 billion.

How could a company that made $14.2 billion in profits worldwide avoid paying taxes? G.E. wasn’t the only one,


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Chart: Who's Bearing the Tax Burden?


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Joseph E. Stiglitz Calls
for Fair Taxes for All

The Nobel Prize-winning economist
Joseph E. Stiglitz on why America’s
future prosperity depends on tax reform today.

 

Watch this Video,
Part One below:


 

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Watch this Video,
Part Two below:

How Tax Reform Can
Save the Middle Class

In part two of his interview, economist Joseph E. Stiglitz says corporate tax abuse has helped make America unequal and undemocratic. But the Nobel Prize-winner has a plan to change that.

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Reforming Taxation to Promote Growth and Equity
(his white paper (a .pdf form) outlines concrete policy measures that can restore equitable and sustainable ...)

 

Author: Joseph E. Stiglitz. Published: May 28, 2014. Download the PDF. This white paper outlines concrete policy measures that can restore equitable and sustainable ...

 

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The corporations
that occupy Congress

 

You’re paying taxes, so why
aren’t energy companies?

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The Job Killers Why are Republicans determined to snuff the recovery?


http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/01/07/
137866/obama-more-jobs-bush/?mobile=nc


Paul Krugman on
Why Jobs Come First

http://vimeo.com/57192276

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Paul Krugman on
Recession & Recovery

http://vimeo.com/57196229

Nobel Prize-winning economist and New York Times
columnist Paul Krugman explains
why our top priority should be getting
America back to work
– if only Congress and the President would stop
throwing distractions in the way.

He also details the catastrophic impact the
economic downturn continues to have on
average Americans, as well as avenues
of hope and recovery.

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Why German Labor Policies
are Better than America's

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c48X8rDfqbw

 

Growth through Innovation
Lessons for the United States
from the German Labor Market Miracle

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Are Small Businesses
Really Big Job Creators?

http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/220616

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The president needs to come up with real job-creation proposals. And if
Republicans block those proposals,
he needs to make a Harry Truman-style campaign against the do-nothing
G.O.P. ...
and the millions of
Americans who should have jobs,
but don’t.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/05/
opinion/ the-wrong-worries.html?
_r=2&src=me&ref=general

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As the Wall Street Journal noted in the
last month of Bush’s term, the former president
had the “worst track record for job creation since the government began keeping records.”
And job creation under Bush was anemic long
before the recession began. Bush’s
supply-side economics “fostered the
weakest jobs and income growth in more than
six decades,” along with “sluggish business
investment and weak gross domestic product
growth,”
the Center for American
Progress’ Joshua Picker explained.
“On every major measurement” of
income and employment, “the country
lost ground during Bush’s two terms,”
the National Journal’s Ron Brownstein
observed, parsing Census data.

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My main idea is to Largely to put
People back to work so they pay
taxes
before they lose their job skills.

Works Progress Administration

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
Works_Progress_Administration

& Import Tariffs and

a minimum tax on Corporations.

Largely to put People back to work so they pay taxes before they loose there job skills.

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Will Dropouts Save America?
By MICHAEL ELLSBERG
Published: October 22, 2011


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Malik is part of a generation of
20-somethings that’s experiencing
what it’s like to graduate from college,
move back in with your parents, and then
get stuck there. Though estimates vary, a
recent study by Twentysomething Inc., a consulting firm specializing in marketing to young adults, predicted that of the 2 million graduates in the class of 2011,


85 percent will return home because they can’t secure jobs

that might give them more choices and more control over their lives.

Half a century ago,
77 percent of women
and 65 percent of
men
had attained
traditional markers of
maturity by their 30th
birthday:

They had left
home, finished school,
gotten a job, married, and
started a family. According
to the U.S. Census Bureau,

by 2000, less than half of
30-year-old women and
just one-third of 30-year-old
men
had attained similar
markers of adulthood.


Infrastructure projects to create jobs and create Energy not import it.

Along with Wind and Solar

to double Our Energy out put in 5 Years;

1) With the New reactors many

http://www.ap1000.westinghousenuclear.com/

power plants

http://en.wikipedia.org/
wiki/Generation_III_reactor,

2) reprocessing,

3) and Yucca Mountain;

for once we would have a complete solution;
for the America People to consider; and easier to accept.

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I do not think any one have tried to sell America

that we need jobs even in the short term,

that we could build 25 to 50 Nuclear plants

along with Wind and Solar

to double Our Energy out put in 5 Years;

and on the Nuclear front the Nuclear Energy
Industry has had 30 years

to build reactors safer and simpler to build.

that France is using 17% of Nuclear fuel
that is reprocessed,

Nuclear Power in France | French Nuclear Energy

http://www.world-nuclear.org/info/
Country-Profiles/Countries-A-F/France/

France chose the closed fuel cycle at the
very beginning of its nuclear program,

involving reprocessing used fuel so as
to recover uranium and plutonium for ...

ordered Yucca Mountain open and used?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yucca_Mountain


 

http://online.wsj.com/article/
SB100014240529702047953
04577221094233504880.html?mod=e2fb

 

According to the Center for
Budget and Policy Priorities

Where Would We Be Without
the Bush Tax Cuts?

According to the Center for
Budget and Policy Priorities
,
with a significantly smaller deficit.

Fully 42% of the 2009 federal
budget deficit is due to the Bush
tax cuts.

Another 40% is derived from
defense and national security increases.

Only 6% is derived from
increases
in discretionary domestic
spending.

 


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October 4, 2008--Comparing Debt
Update
This chart, from Pat Garofalo, shows the
federal debt as a percentage of the GDP:


September 22, 2008--Comparing Debt


When Bill Clinton became president, the
total federal debt, including both public debt
and intra governmental holdings, was
$4.188 Trillion

. When he left office, the debt was $5.728

Trillion. In other words, the federal debt, in nominal terms, climbed 26.88547%.

Thus far (with about four months to go), the federal debt

under George W Bush has grown from
$5.728 Trillion to $9.727 Trillion

or $3.999 Trillion. That's a 69.814944%

increase, more than twice the percentage increase under Clinton.

Source: Treasury Direct.

 


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National Commission of Fiscal Responsibility
and Reform

 

http://justthefacts.jottit.com/federal_budget

 


America's $3.7 trillion wars: By the numbers

http://www.warresisters.org/pages/
piechart.htm

Total Outlays (Federal Funds): $2,650 billion

MILITARY: 54% and $1,449 billion

NON-MILITARY: 46% and $1,210 billion

Current Military


$965 billion:


• Military Personnel $129 billion
• Operation & Maint. $241 billion
• Procurement $143 billion
• Research & Dev. $79 billion
• Construction $15 billion
• Family Housing $3 billion
• DoD misc. $4 billion
• Retired Pay $70 billion
• DoE nuclear weapons $17 billion
• NASA (50%) $9 billion
• International Security $9 billion
• Homeland Secur. (military) $35 billion
• State Dept. (partial) $6 billion
• other military (non-DoD) $5 billion
• “Global War on Terror” $200 billion

[We added $162 billion to the last item to supplement the Budget’s grossly
underestimated

$38 billion in “allowances” to be spent
in 2009 for the “War on Terror,” which
includes the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan]

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Past Military,
$484 billion:
• Veterans’ Benefits $94 billion
• Interest on national debt (80%) created by military spending, $390 billion

Human Resources
$789 billion:
• Health/Human Services
• Soc. Sec. Administration
• Education Dept.
• Food/Nutrition programs
• Housing & Urban Dev.
• Labor Dept.
• other human resources.

General Government
$304 billion:
• Interest on debt (20%)
• Treasury
• Government personnel
• Justice Dept.
• State Dept.
• Homeland Security (15%)
• International Affairs
• NASA (50%)
• Judicial
• Legislative
• other general govt.

Physical Resources
$117 billion:
• Agriculture
• Interior
• Transportation
• Homeland Security (15%)
• HUD
• Commerce
• Energy (non-military)
• Environmental Protection
• Nat. Science Fdtn.
• Army Corps Engineers
• Fed. Comm. Commission
• other physical resources

 


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HOW THESE FIGURES WERE DETERMINED

current military” includes Dept. of Defense ($653 billion), the military portion from other departments ($150 billion), and an additional $162 billion to supplement the Budget’s misleading and vast underestimate of only $38 billion for the “war on terror.” “Past military” represents veterans’ benefits plus 80% of the interest on the debt.*

The Government Deception

The pie chart below is the government view of the budget.

This is a distortion of how our income tax dollars are spent because it includes Trust Funds (e.g., Social Security), and the expenses of past military spending are not distinguished from nonmilitary spending. For a more accurate representation of how your Federal income tax dollar is really spent, see the large chart (top).

Source: Congressional Budget Office for FY2008

These figures are from an analysis of detailed tables in the “Analytical Perspectives” book of the Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2009. The figures are federal funds, which do not include trust funds — such as Social Security — that are raised and spent separately from income taxes. What you pay
(or don’t pay) by April 15, 2008, goes to the federal funds portion of the budget. The government practice of combining trust and federal funds began during the Vietnam War, thus making the human needs portion of the budget seem larger and the military portion smaller.

*Analysts differ on how much of the debt
stems from the military; other groups estimate 50% to 60%. We use 80% because we believe
if there had been no military spending most (if not all) of the national debt would have been eliminated. For further explanation, please see box at bottom of page*.

 


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*Why Do the Percentages Vary from Group to Group?

The U.S. Government says that military spending amounts to 20% of the budget, the Center for Defense Information (CDI) reports 51%, the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) reports 43%, and the War Resisters League claims 54%. Why the variation?

Different groups have different purposes in how they present the budget figures. WRL’s goal has been to show the percentage of money that goes to the military (current and past) so that people paying — or not paying — their federal taxes would know what portion of their payments are military-oriented. Also, some of the numbers are for different fiscal years.

There are at least five different factors to consider when analyzing the U.S. budget:

discretionary spending vs. total spending
budget authority vs. outlays
function vs. agency/department
federal funds vs. unified budget
time period
Discretionary Spending. The Center for Defense Information (CDI) has used "discretionary" spending — budget items that Congress is allowed to tinker with — which excludes so-called "mandatory" spending items (such as interest on the national debt and retirement pay). WRL does not make such distinctions and lumps them together.

Past Military Spending. If the government does not have enough money to finance a war (or spending for its hefty military budgets), they borrow through loans, savings bonds, and so forth. This borrowing (done heavily during World War II and the Vietnam War) comes back in later years as "hidden" military spending through interest payments on the national debt.
How much of the debt is considered “military” varies from group. As mentioned above, WRL uses 80% whereas FCNL uses 48%. Consequently, FCNL reports that 43% of the FY2007 budget is military (29% current military and 14% past military). WRL's figures are 54% of the FY2009 budget (36% current — which includes 7% for Iraq & Afghanistan wars — and 18% past).

Outlays vs. Budget Authority. WRL uses "outlays" rather than "budget authority," which is often preferred by the government, news media, and groups such as CDI. Outlays refer to spending done in a particular fiscal year, whereas budget authority refers to new spending authorized over a period of several future years. Consequently, CDI reported $421 billion in FY2005 budget authority for the military and $2,200 billion "over the next five years." While WRL reports outlays of $803 billion, plus an anticipated $162 billion in supplemental spending requests for Iraq and Afghanistan wars, plus $484 billion in past military spending — totaling $1,449 billion — just for FY2009.

Function vs. Agency/Department. Not all military spending is done by the Department of Defense. For example, the Department of Energy is responsible for nuclear weapons. Consequently, calculations of military spending should consider the function of the budget item regardless of the department or agency in charge of it. However, not everyone agrees what constitutes a military function. For example, WRL includes the 70% of Homeland Security (which includes the Coast Guard), and half of NASA in military spending, while other groups do not.

Federal Funds vs. Unified Budget. WRL uses "federal funds" rather than the "unified budget" figures that the government prefers. Federal funds exclude trust fund money (e.g., social security), which is raised separately (e.g., the FICA and Medicare deductions in paychecks) and is specifically ear-marked for particular programs. By combining trust funds with federal funds, the percentage of spending on the military appears smaller, a deceptive practice first used by the government in the late 1960s as the Vietnam War became more and more unpopular.

What period are we talking about? Finally, there is some variation in figures because different fiscal years are used. WRL’s figures (above) are for FY2009 (Oct. 1, 2008 to Sept. 30, 2009) as are the most recent U.S. government figures. FCNL sometimes does their analysis for the most recent completed year or FY2007 (Oct. 1, 2006 to Sept. 30, 2007).

 


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America's $3.7 trillion wars: By the numbers

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
Financial_cost_of_the_Iraq_War

Indirect and delayed costs

According to a Congressional Budget Office (CBO)report published in October 2007,

the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan could cost taxpayers a total of $2.4trillion dollars by 2017

when counting the huge interest costs because combat is being financed with borrowed money.

The CBO estimated that of the $2.4 trillion long-term price tag for the war, about $1.9 trillion of that would be spent on Iraq.[9]


Stiglitz, former chief economist of the World Bank and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, has stated the total costs of the Iraq War on the US economy

will be three trillion dollars in a moderate scenario,

and possibly more in the most recent published study, published in March 2008.[10] Stiglitz has stated:

"The figure we arrive at is more than $3 trillion. Our calculations are based on conservative assumptions.

They are conceptually simple, even if occasionally technically complicated. A $3 trillion figure for the

total cost strikes us as judicious, and probably errors on the low side. Needless to say, this number represents the cost only to the United States. It does not reflect

the enormous cost to the rest of the world, or to Iraq."[10] The CRS estimated in September 2006 that total expenditures had topped half a trillion dollars.[2] Additionally, the extended combat and equipment

loss have placed a severe financial strain on the

U.S. Army, causing the elimination of non-essential expenses such as travel and civilian hiring.[11][12] As the total passed US$450 billion, the cost for the

Iraq war reached approximately $1500 per person in

the United States.[13] If the Iraq war were to windup costing 1.9 trillion dollars, the cost would be

over 4.2 times higher ($6,300 per United States citizen.)

This would put the expense at $25,000 for an average

family of four, or $32,000 per family if Afghanistan is included.


As a comparison, with this money he estimates[13] that one could have

built 8 million houses,

paid 15 million teachers,

paid for the child care of 530 million kids,

paid for the scholarship of 43 million students,

offered social safety net during 50 year to Americans.

Stigltz also said that United States help for Africa is only $5 billion, soon to be superseded by China. $5 billions correspond to only the spending of 10 days for the war by the United States.

 


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Genetic Modified Orgasms

Supreme Court Rules: Monsanto's GMO Alfalfa
Will Remain Illegal

Your Food seed patented and own by One corporation; Genetic Modified Orgasms

Monsanto: THE BAD SEED

Monsanto From Wikipedia

Posilac was banned from use in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and most of Europe, by 2000 or earlier.

European Union Scientific Committee Says Monsanto's Posilac (rBGH ...

Bovine somatotropin, or artificial growth hormone in your milk.

Safeway in the northwestern United States stopped buying from dairy farmers that use rBST in January 2007.[30] The two Safeway plants produce milk for all of Oregon, Southwest Washington, and parts of northern California. Safeway's plant in San Leandro, CA had already been rBST-free for two years.[31]

Kroger has banned rBST-derived milk from all its stores (including its subsidiaries such as Ralph's) as of February 2008,[32]

 


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There's only one way to counter the power of organized money, and that's with the power of organized people.

 


 

That Government Of the People, By the People, For the People, shall not perish from the earth."

 

The Gettysburg Address, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
November 19, 1863, is a speech by Abraham Lincoln:

"It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

 


 

January 15, 2010

On BILL MOYERS JOURNAL, Frank looks into the not-so-distant past to describe what America looked like before the time of President Obama, focusing on the last ten years

Will Rogers once said, "The short memories of American voters is what keeps our politicians in office."

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BILL MOYERS: But you called it demented. I mean, you know, demented means crazy, mad. Mad and crazy enough to cause us to forget the world before Obama?

THOMAS FRANK: I'll give you an example what I mean. So, I was on a radio show the other day with a tea party leader, you know, one of these protest leaders. And he seemed like a good guy. But what he did say that struck me was he said he was really against monopoly, you know? And we're laboring under all these monopolies, all these concentrated powers here in America. And what we need to do is get back to free markets. And then we can do away with that. And it was mind-blowing.

Because if you look back any further than the Obama Administration, since, I mean, 1980 in this country, we have been in the grip of, you know, of this pursuit of ever-purer free markets. That's what American politics has been about. That's what has delivered this, you know, the awful circumstances that we find ourselves in today. And to think that that's what's missing, that's what we need to get back to, is--

BILL MOYERS: That's more than nostalgia. What is that?

THOMAS FRANK: Well, that's the disease of our time. You know, that sort of instant forgetting.

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On BILL MOYERS JOURNAL, Frank looks into the not-so-distant past to describe what America looked like before the time of President Obama, focusing on the last ten years, which he's called "A Low, Dishonest Decade" in a recent column for the WALL STREET JOURNAL.

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Frank believes that many of the crises that afflicted America during the oughts should be laid at the feet of the conservative movement. Frank's list is long: the inadequate response to Katrina; the Enron, Abramoff and Madoff scandals; the mismanaged Iraqi reconstruction; two mismanaged and unpopular wars; and the 2008 financial disaster. Frank argues that it can all be traced back to an intentional dismantling of the government's oversight infrastructure, driven by a belief that government is always bad: "This is why the wreckage that I've described can't be separated from the conservative ideology and the conservative movement, generally: Because of their hatred of big government and their disdain and contempt for the federal workforce."

But according to Frank, the financial disaster has wiped clean Americans' memories. They are mad at the bankers and mad about the economy, and conservatives may ride a wave of populist outrage back into power.

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December 11, 2009
BILL MOYERS: Welcome to the Journal.


There's only one way to counter the power of organized money, and that's with the power of organized people.


This is the theme of our
broadcast this week.

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Americans for Financial Reform

National People's Action

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December 11, 2009
Pushing a People's Agenda

This week on the JOURNAL, Bill Moyers spoke with several figures who give voice to ordinary Americans and are calling for a new people’s movement to bring progressive change to Washington and the nation.

George Goehl, executive director of National People’s Action, said:

“I think more and more people are making connections around their own economic insecurity to what's happening with the banks and on Wall Street. So, suddenly we've got a growing movement of people who want to get out on the streets, put pressure on the banks, [and] they recognize it's a David and Goliath fight. And it's only through their action that we're gonna make things happen.”

Renowned historian Howard Zinn, author of A PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES and co-editor of the new film THE PEOPLE SPEAK, said:

“Don't depend on our leaders to do what needs to be done. Because whenever the government has done anything to bring about change, it's done so only because it's been pushed and prodded by social movements, by ordinary people organizing. You know, Lincoln pushed by the anti-slavery movement. You know, Johnson and Kennedy pushed by the southern black movement. And maybe hopefully Obama today, maybe he will be pushed by people today who have such high hopes in him, and who want to see him fulfill those hopes.”

A central task in forming a people’s agenda in a diverse country like America is determining what it is that the people want. Some recent polling from Gallup suggests that progressives may face a steep challenge in mobilizing a populist grassroots movement.


The 5% reported Unemployment rate
is ONLY Recently Unemployed
REAL UNEMPLOYMENT 25.7%


unemployed 27weeks

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The Labor Participation Rate:
The Employment-to-Population Ratio:
http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS12300000

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Revolutions are all about jobs

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The Works Progress Administration (renamed in 1939 as the Work Projects Administration; WPA) was the largest and most ambitious American New Deal agency, employing millions of unemployed people (mostly unskilled men) to carry out public works projects, including the construction of public buildings and roads.

Works Progress Administration

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Paul Krugman on
Why Jobs Come First

http://vimeo.com/57192276

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Paul Krugman on
Recession & Recovery

http://vimeo.com/57196229

Nobel Prize-winning economist and New York Times
columnist Paul Krugman explains
why our top priority should be getting
America back to work
– if only Congress and the President would stop
throwing distractions in the way.

He also details the catastrophic impact the
economic downturn continues to have on
average Americans, as well as avenues
of hope and recovery.

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Why German Labor Policies
are Better than America's

http://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=c48X8rDfqbw

 

Growth through Innovation
Lessons for the United States
from the German Labor
Market Miracle (.pdf)

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America's disappearing jobs

 

Disabled Americans Shrink
Size of U.S. Labor Force

 

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America's wealth gap
'unsustainable,
' may worsen:
Harvard study

 

5 reasons why we're losing
the war on poverty

 


 

The Housing Chart
That's Worth 1000 Words

 

The Housing Chart
That's Worth 1000 Words

The U.S. Housing Crisis:
Where are home loans underwater?
interactive graph

copy and paste the following below into a browser:

http://www.zillow.com/visuals/negative-equity/#4/39.98/-106.88

 

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America's $3.7 trillion wars:
By the numbers

One-in-three vets say Iraq, Afghan wars were not worth it ;

... after 10 years of combat America should be focusing
less on foreign affairs and more on its own problems ...

The faces of the Men and Women fighting Our Wars

msnbc.com a slide show
Hiring Our Heroes' spouses

 

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This website needing updates below here,
sorry ... I get to it soon

 


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The U.S.A. Needs Fair Elections Now
Tell Congress to End the Bias
Toward Corporations and Special Interests

Enter your zip code above.
Then, please take a moment to
add your own words to the email
message that appears.

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ESMT Open Lecture with Niall Ferguson: "Civilization: The West and the Rest" Video

Civilization: The West and the Rest,
By Niall Ferguson; Reviewed by Piers Brendon

Civilization: The West and the Rest
with Niall Ferguson DVD


Too control the price of gasoline over night,
completely stop the export of gasoline from the U.S.


In a first, gas and other fuels
are top U.S. export


Gasoline: The new big U.S. export

Drilling The Big GOP Lie:
The US Exports More Gasoline Than It Imports

Since the Oil company would not allow that,
just put an Export Tariff on gasoline of: $1, or $2, or $3 dollars per gallon. And berate the Oil companies for selling to other Countries at the pain of the U.S. persons.

http://cdn.front.moveon.org/
wp-content/uploads/2012/03 /bigoil500.jpg


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(Reuters) - The pursuit of austerity measures and deficit cuts is pushing the world economy towards disaster

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A big majority of Americans want taxes raised on millionaires who pay a lower rate than their secretaries . ... three-quarters of the public favored the so-called Buffett rule.
If Congress were representative of the public, you’d see some of that will of the people in the vote.

Mann and Ornstein write in “It’s Even Worse Than It Looks,” their new book on our dyspeptic politics. “Today, however, we have no choice but to acknowledge that the core of the problem lies with the Republican Party.”

They describe the G.O.P. as “an insurgent outlier,” and cite studies that Republicans are now more (Elitists, plutocracy) conservative they have been since, well, the era when women could not vote, blacks could not share the same public space as whites and the income tax was a distant dream of a forward-thinking Republican reformer, Theodore Roosevelt.

Do Nothings and
Know Nothings

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Solar 15% Returns Lure Investments
From Google to Buffett

First Solar Latest Casualty in Renewable Energy Shakeout


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9th Circuit says Congress and president

failed to help veterans

Gasoline prices can be curbed: Here’s how

Senate beats back filibuster limits

Democrats Step Up Moves to Limit Senate Filibusters

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Ethics, Politics and the Law

Shuttle Cost: More Than
AIG Bailout,
Less Than War

Bill Clinton Says U.S. Lacks Planning
Needed for Global Success

How China Can Defeat America

Global economic outlook grim,
China tells U.S. trade talks

 



 

The Affordable Care Act, One Year Later

www.healthcare.gov

 

But you can run on a promise to "replace and repeal"
for years, so long as you do neither. In 2012, the
GOP can simply say, "We couldn't get it done because
the Democrats blocked us. Vote for more
Republicans to get our real policy!" That's "the danger of politics
— if an issue makes for a good political football,
don't expect it to get fixed or changed."

 



 

 


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In Sick Around the World,
FRONTLINE

teams up with veteran Washington Post
foreign correspondent T.R. Reid

to find out how
five other capitalist democracies
-- the United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, Taiwan and Switzerland

-- deliver health care,
and what the United States
might learn from their successes
and their failures.

 

 



 

 


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The Lost War on Drugs?

Just like alcohol probation did not work; neither did /or will it ever succeed; the War on drugs.

New Video: Global Commission
on Drug Policy

War on Drugs
From Wikipedia,
the free encyclopedia

Global war on drugs a failure,
high-level panel says - Reuters

'Global war on drugs has failed,'
key panel says Commission
criticizes US approach and
argues that governments should end
the criminalization of drug use -msnbc


Panel Calls War on Drugs a Failure - WSJ

Report: The Global War on Drugs Has Failed.
Is It
Time to Legalize?

'Global War On Drugs Has Failed,' Former World Leaders Say

The War On Drugs Has Failed - It's Time For A New Approach.

 

 



 

Our Educational failings.

 



 

 

Waiting for "Superman"

Waiting for "Superman" is a 2010 documentary film from director Davis Guggenheim and producer Lesley Chilcott.[2] The film analyzes the failures of the American public education system by following several students as they strive to be accepted into a charter school.

 

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Waiting for 'Superman'

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1566648/
3.9 out of 5 stars
See all reviews (170 customer reviews)
The lives of five Harlem and Bronx families in the high stakes lottery for access to New York City's best charter schools.

Starring: Geoffrey Canada, Michelle Rhee
Directed by: Davis Guggenheim
Runtime: 1 hour 52 minutes
Release year: 2010
Studio: Paramount

Play trailer

198,612 people like the Waiting for "Superman" movie page on Facebook.

 

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Cal State has also announced
an ambitious initiative to
increase the percentage of students
who graduate in six years,
from 46 percent to 54 percent by 2016.
http://www.cbs8.com/
Global/story.asp?S=11895301

State universities want more students to graduate
Posted: Jan 28, 2010 9:07 AM PST Updated: Jan 28, 2010 9:08 AM PST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — American colleges and universities are shifting
their focus from attracting more students to making sure the ones they have get a diploma.

...

California State University, the nation's largest four-year system,
is one of 24 state university systems that have pledged to close
that gap. Together those systems contain about 20 percent of the country's undergraduates.

Cal State has also announced an ambitious initiative to
increase the percentage of students who graduate in six years,
from 46 percent to 54 percent by 2016.

Really?

 



 

In Six years ONLY 46 % of Four year college student graduate?

Are the Colleges making money or educating people?

 



 

I suggest that Public State Colleges
take tuition payment for four years
of education and a degree up front
on acceptance and
let a student attend for this payment,
and not charge per class,
until the student graduates,
therefore, the school has
an incentive to graduate
the student on time.

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Half-Billion High: America's 5 Most Expensive Public Schools

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Plan Would Let Students Start College After 10th Grade

A Diploma in 10th Grade?

 

 



 

Solutions:

 



 

Roland Fryer Identifies Five Habits of Successful Charter Schools
http://www.freakonomics.com/2011/12/06/
roland-fryer-identifies-five-habits-of-successful-charter-schools/

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Harvard economist
(and Freakonomics friend)
Roland Fryer has
a new paper out (full version here)
http://www.economics.harvard.edu/
faculty/fryer/files/effective_schools.pdf

that takes a look at the specific successful habits of charter schools.
Along with co-author Will Dobbie, Fryer collected “unparalleled data” on 35 elementary and middle charter schools in New York City by conducting extensive interviews and videotaping classrooms.

Their results are fairly counter-intuitive.
They showed that traditional solutions like

class size, per-pupil expenditure, and the number of teachers with advanced degrees are not correlated
with effectiveness, and in fact, “resource-based solutions” actually lowered school effectiveness.

Instead, they found five qualities that made up about 50 percent of a charter school’s effectiveness. These are:

1. Frequent teacher feedback
2. Data driven instruction
3. High-dosage tutoring
4. Increased instructional time
5. Relentless focus on academic achievement.

For example, a high-achieving charter middle-school teacher gets feedback 13.42 times per semester, versus 6.35 times at other charter schools. Similarly, high achieving middle-schools test their students
4 times per semester, compared to 2.4 at other schools. Perhaps
even more interesting, these qualities remained paramount to a successful charter school despite
different styles of environment,
such as “Whole Child,” “No Excuses” (like KIPP), and teacher-retention.

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(C-span Video)
http://www.c-spanvideo.org/
program/Fryer


Harvard University Economics Professor Roland Fryer talked about his work at the EdLab at Harvard, which conducts research into closing the achievement gap
between minority and white students.


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Troubled Schools Try Mimicking the Charters
http://www.nytimes.com/
2011/09/06/education/
06houston.html?pagewanted=all

 

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Ouch! That bundle of joy
will cost you $234,900

 

 

 



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GE bets $600 million on solar, sees plant up by 2013


Special Report: Is America the sick man of the globe?

During the last period of economic expansion,
2002 to 2007, the top 1 percent
enjoyed 10.1 percent annual income growth,
adjusted for inflation.

For the other 99 percent, the growth rate
was just 1.3 percent, Saez found. That meant

the top 1 percent received 65 cents of
every dollar in income growth.

 


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In 2007, when the world was on the brink of financial crisis, U.S. income inequality hit its highest mark since 1928, just before the Great Depression.

Coincidence? Maybe not.

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Senate Republicans Block Tax Incentives to Move Foreign-Based Jobs to U.S.

Obama Says Tax Breaks Shouldn't Reward Companies for Creating Jobs Abroad

Wealthy benefit most from tax subsidies: study

 


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Works Progress Administration

 

Will healthcare reform lead to higher premiums?

 

Both Parties Head Toward Elections With Dueling Stories on the Economy

 

War Coming Over Defense Spending

 

Unemployed find old jobs now require more skills

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www.healthcare.gov

How Not to Get Sick

Mall walking;
the gift of health for an aging body

Obama urges AIDS hecklers to protest Republicans

Alarming new data on HIV rates

 


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Special report: Singapore swing: Playing for wealth crown

 

A newly built supercomputer in China appears poised to take the world performance lead, another sign of the country's growing technological prowess that is likely to set off alarms about U.S. competitiveness and national security.

 

Union Accuses China of Illegal Clean Energy Subsidies

China Aid to Clean-Energy Industry Brings U.S. Probe After Union Complaint

 

U.S. House Unites to Push China on Yuan as Frustration Mounts

China Currency Bill Will Win Bipartisan Support in House, Backers Predict

House panel approves China currency bill

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Don't throw your money down the drain, calculate the opportunity cost

French Senate Approves Ban on Burqas

U.S. charges Florida pair with selling counterfeit computer chips from China to the U.S. Navy and military

 


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Chevron gets OK for world’s biggest solar power project

Gamesa Forecasts Wind-Turbine Sales Rising to 4 Gigawatts in Three Years

 

Google, Marubeni to Lay Cables for U.S. Wind Farm Plan

 

Eurostar to Buy Siemens Trains in Bid to Counter Deutsche Bahn

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U.S. News and World Report: Albuquerque is among 10 cities listed by as places where you can buy a house for an $800 monthly payment.

 

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On the Web, Children Face Intensive Tracking

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TerreStar Genus is a dual-mode smart phone that uses AT&T's cellular service by default but kicks in with satellite reception as a backup

Backed by a half-billion dollars worth of startup capital, three years of development is complete. Starting this winter, for $37,000, you can buy and drive the CODA, a fully electric car that the company says you can depend on.

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Dodd-Frank Ban on Ratings Delays .S. Implementing Basel Rule

Basel III Accord Reached: Capital Requirements Set at Minimum 7%

Basel Regulators to Bolster Bank Capital Requirements

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What Your Cell Phone Could Be Telling the Government

The Government Can Use GPS to Track Your Moves

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Code Blue
Saving Our Oceans
One woman's dream to create national parks in the sea

 


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President Obama on Citizens United: "Imagine the Power This Will Give Special Interests Over Politicians"More on Citizens United
under the "Supreme Court" section

 

 



 

Health Care Recent

 

Alliance for Health Reform Discussion on Implementing Health Reform at Federal Level Friday, July 9, 2010

HealthCare Hub

 

Is Portugal's Liberal Drug Policy a Model for US?

 

F.D.A. Approves 5-Day Emergency Contraceptive

 


This needs to be updated or removed????

open with Internet Explorer:

A quick general Essay on Politics

It takes time to update web pages
The top 1/3 is up-to-date,
I get to the rest at a later date, sorry.

===========================

 

Children of Illegal Immigrants Spark Clash on U.S. Citizenship

 

Report: 5% of kids in U.S. born to illegal immigrants

Study Looks at Babies Born to Illegal Immigrants

Illegal immigrants drawn to 3 states for driver's licenses

 

 



 

"Corporate Personhood," which we define simply as the illegitimate notion that a corporation can claim political and civil rights to overturn democratically enacted laws.

 

Author of "Not One Drop"

Riki Ott

The Campaign to Legalize Democracy

Join the Movement to Abolish Corporate Personhood

We are calling to amend the U.S. Constitution to abolish the legal doctrine of "Corporate Personhood," which we define simply as the illegitimate notion that a corporation can claim political and civil rights to overturn democratically enacted laws. We are building a broad-based, multi-partisan democracy movement in the United States to address the reality that the federal courts have made democracy impossible. It's time to change the rules!
Learn more at MoveToAmend.org

 

Move to Amend Petition

 

 



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Past confirmation votes

Our "Supreme" Court

Ethics, Politics and the Law

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Justices, 5-4, Reject Corporate Spending Limit
3 pages

Supreme Court Reverses Limits on campaign Spending

What Is the First Amendment For?

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The text of: CITIZENS UNITED v. FEDERAL ELECTION

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Senator Russ Feingold, said:

"... this decision was a terrible mistake. Presented with a relatively narrow legal issue, the Supreme Court chose to roll back laws that have limited the role of corporate money in federal elections since Teddy Roosevelt was president.

Ignoring important principles of judicial restraint and respect for precedent, the Court has given corporate money a breathtaking new role in federal campaigns. Just six years ago, the Court said that the prohibition on corporations and unions dipping into their treasuries to influence campaigns was ‘firmly

embedded in our law.’ Yet this Court has just upended that prohibition, and a century’s worth of campaign finance law designed to stem corruption in government. ..."

 

On the dissenting opinion:

Justice Stevens' Dissenting Opinion in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission

1 Cite as: 558 U. S. ____ (2010) Opinion of STEVENS, J.

SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES

No. 08–205

CITIZENS UNITED, APPELLANT v. FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION

ON APPEAL FROM THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

[January 21, 2010]

JUSTICE STEVENS, with whom JUSTICE GINSBURG, JUSTICE REYER, and JUSTICE SOTOMAYOR join, concurring in part and dissenting in part.

The real issue in this case concerns how, not if, the appellant may finance its electioneering. Citizens United is a wealthy nonprofit corporation that runs a political action committee (PAC) with millions of dollars in assets.

... Neither Citizens United’s nor any other corporation’s speech has been "banned," ante, at 1. All that the parties dispute is whether Citizens United had a right to use the funds in its general treasury to pay for broadcasts during the 30-day period. The notion that the First Amendment dictates an affirmative answer to that question is, in my judgment, profoundly misguided. Even more misguided is the notion that the Court must rewrite the law relating to campaign expenditures by for profit corporations and unions to decide this case.

The basic premise underlying the Court’s ruling is its iteration, and constant reiteration, of the proposition that the First Amendment bars regulatory distinctions based on a speaker’s identity, including its "identity" as a corporation. While that glittering generality has rhetorical appeal, it is not a correct statement of the law. Nor does it tell us when a corporation may engage in electioneering that some of its shareholders oppose.

...

p. 89

The conceit that corporations must be treated identically to natural persons in the political sphere is not only inaccurate but also inadequate to justify the Court’s disposition of this case.

In the context of election to public office, the distinction between corporate and human speakers is significant. Although they make enormous contributions to our society, corporations are not actually members of it. They cannot vote or run for office. Because they may be managed and controlled by nonresidents, their interests may conflict in fundamental respects with the interests of eligible voters.

The Court’s ruling threatens to undermine the integrity of elected institutions across the Nation.

 

 



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Health Care

As passed March 2010

Summary of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act

 

Detailed Summary of Health Care and Revenue Provisions
in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and
the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act

 

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

 

Full Text of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act (P.L. 111-152)

 

Affordable Health Care for America: Reconciliation Bill | EdLabor ...

 

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The President proposal on health care

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Is the President's Health Bill Worth Supporting?

March 5, 2010
BILL MOYERS: Welcome to the Journal. Is the President's Health Bill Worth Supporting?...

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Universal Health Care is great, but it will not start until 2014, and the taxes will start in 2011.
Starting in 2011, drug makers would pay $2.3 billion a year. Manufacturers of medical devices would pay $2 billion in 2011

The present Health Care bill simply will not work, and the only thing that will work in the long run is Single payer.

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Senator Bernie Sanders offered a single-payer amendment

Watch the Senate Speech

Single payer Health Care wiki

Senate Speech Heralds a New Social Movement
by Margaret Flowers and Andy Coates

GOP Rep. Mike Coffman Says Single-Payer Government Health Care "Works"

The text of the bill

A single payer system, Medicare for all, would allow
us to stop paying Health Insurance companies all together,
and having the system negotiate the prescription drug costs;
would save us an enormous about of money in the delivery
of the same health care we have now. Of course the Insurance
and Pharmacy company lobbyist are not in favor of these ideas.

FaceBook on S 703

A plan to limit the cost of medications to what other counties pay did not pass the Senate:

Leading Dem Plans To Blow Up Deal With Big Pharma

Drug makers fight plan to allow drug re importation

The Congressional Budget Office estimated the proposal would save the government $19 billion over the next 10 years, and Dorgan estimated that consumers would save $80 billion more. He pointed to vast price differences in drugs made in the same factories; an equivalent amount of the heartburn medication Nexium, for example, costs $36 in Spain and $424 in the United States, he said.

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Comparing the House and the Senate Health Care Proposals

You are required to buy Health Insurance, if you can not afford it they
only give you a tax credit, but you have to owe enough taxes for that to help. Are they going to fine you for not having insurance and then leave you uninsured?

TOP 10 CHANGES TO HEALTH INSURANCE REFORM BILL

TOP 14 PROVISIONS THAT TAKE EFFECT IMMEDIATELY

 

Politics, Education, Healthcare, Environment

Deluded Individualism

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How Do Conservatives and
Liberals See the World?
... social psychologist ...
the moral underpinnings
of our contentious culture.

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Mind Over Money

Can markets be rational
when humans aren't?

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MONEY, POWER&
WALL STREET

FRONTLINE tells the inside
story of the global financial crisis.


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Common Cause > Take Action

Common Cause.org

805 15th Street, NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20005
202.833.1200

  Donate to Common Cause
^^^^^ the best ^^^^^
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Public Citizen Home Page

Donate to Public Citizen
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Bill Moyers > Take Action

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Progressive Democrats of America

Donate to Progressive Democrats

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Overview of State Laws on Public Financing

During the 1907 State of the Union Address, President Theodore Roosevelt stated “The need for collecting large campaign funds would vanish if Congress provided an appropriation for the proper and legitimate expenses of each of the great national parties.” Public financing of elections, he believed, would ensure that no particular donor has an outsized influence on the outcome of any election, and would “work a substantial improvement in our system of conducting a campaign.”

 

Take back OUR Country:

Proposal

Congress should enact a
federal public financing system that encourages small contributions.

This approach should be used to revitalize
the dormant presidential public
financing system. And it could be
extended to Congress as well.

The Brennan Center supports
the Empowering Citizens Act,
introduced by
Reps. David Price (D-N.C.)
and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.),
which would amplify the voices

of small donors by matching contributions
up to $250 with public funds at a 6-1 ratio
.

 

"The MacArthur Foundation wants to give you $100 million. All you need to do is come up with a great way to spend it to address one of the world’s most pressing problems.

 

[.pdf]small donor matching funds:
the NYC election experience

 

Harvard Law’s
Lessig Says
Smash Washington’s
Culture of Money



Those that fund candidates through
small-dollar contributions only,
and which have seen their elections
become much more competitive.

 

 

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Oligarchy,
American Style

 

The Great Divorce
(of American Society)

His story starts in 1963. There was a gap between rich
and poor then, but it wasn’t that big. A house in an
upper-crust suburb cost only twice as much as the
average new American home.

 

The Materialist Fallacy



The 147 Companies
That Control Everything

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See this graphic:
8 Ways to Fix Our Politics

8 Ways to Fix Our Politics
(requires subscription)

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Nickel and Dimed from
The American Ruling Class!

 

Rising Inequality in
America - Part 1

 

Rising Inequality in
America - Part 2

 

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http://www.upworthy.com/how-many-minimum
-wage-work-hours-does-it-take
-to-afford-a-2-bdrm-apartment-in-yo

 


 

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sorry ... I get to it soon


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Nothing has changed, yet, omg;
SEC & CFTC Heads Testify
on Derivatives Reform
Senate Banking Comte. Hearing

 


 

Campaign for America's Future

Progressive Democrats of America

MoveOn.org

OB Rag


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Pay for America's highest-paid CEO tops $131 million

Goldman Sachs Employees
ONLY Getting Average
of $385,000 this year DOWN
from $ 431,000 Last Year

1% Occupying Streets
With Luxury Conversion Vans

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We Are the 99 Percent

somosel99por-ciento.tumblr.com

http://Occupytogether.org

We are the 1 percent
that stand with the 99 percent

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http://OccupyWallSt.org

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occupy_Wall_Street

copy and paste the following below into a browser:

http://www.facebook.com/OccupyWallSt

http://www.facebook.com/Gilded.Age

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We May Be Witnessing the First Large Global Conflict Where People Are Aligned by Consciousness and Not Nation State or Religion

3 Things That Must Happen for Us To Rise Up and Defeat the Corporatocracy

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http://www.occupysandiego.org/


copy and paste into a browser:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Occupy-San-Diego/198003106936678

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The occupation is viewed as a “protest of the global financial corruption currently invading politics, media and corporations”. They call themselves “the 99%”

 


Tim Geithner: 14th Amendment Says Debt 'Shall Not Be Questioned'

Is the debt ceiling unconstitutional?


Glut of Vacant Homes Complicates Recovery

107 Months to Clear Banks’ Housing Backlog

 

 


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Re: Fixing Freddie and Fannie, the Dutch say U.S. Socialist in Mortgages.

Deficit panel leaders propose curbs on Social Security, major cuts in spending, tax breaks

A Half-Empty Government Can't Govern: Why Everyone Wants to Fix the Appointments Process, Why It Never Happens, and How We Can Get It Done

Babysitting: An effective birth-control method?


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Letter: Understand the difference between cherished beliefs and reality

Posted: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 9:00 am | 1 Comment


For thousands of years philosophers and theologians have been trying to explain "reality." More recently, scientists have been exploring the same questions. So when I read in Sunday's G-T opinion page about the Tea Party movement and how certain right-leaning talk-show hosts are the real world, I have to chortle (a term that was coined by Lewis Carroll in "Through the Looking Glass." Talk about an alternative reality).

It would seem to me that people, of every persuasion, need to know that there is a difference between one's cherished beliefs/perspectives (religious, political or whatever) and reality. The inability to understand this is what is causing the polarization of peoples not only in this country but around the world. It is easy to demonize the "other." Polarization does not make for healthy communication, nor does it make a healthy community or nation (look at the Sunni/ Shiites in Iraq ).

I understand anger. I taught anger management skills to court-mandated individuals and their families for years in Benton and Linn counties. Anger is a primary emotion. The reason people get angry is they feel threatened; the reason they yell is that they don't feel they are being heard. However, getting angry and yelling don't solve the problem, they escalate it, which too often ends in physical confrontation.

So if you want to be heard, tone it down and listen. There are others who have just as valid "realities" as you, and for that matter as me.

Roger Paul

Corvallis

http://www.gazettetimes.com/


 

 


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Energy Self Sufficiency

 

 

Federal plan
designed to create
large solar energy plants

 

 

Solar prices drop more

 

 

Is there a way to get
solar energy at night?

 

 

America's Solar Energy Potential

With an average efficiency of 15 percent, a square yard of solar photovoltaic cells (PV) would produce (5 kilowatt-hours of solar energy multiplied by 15% =) .75 kilowatt-hours of electric energy per day. Solar panels (PV) covering an area ten yards by ten yards (100 square yards or 900 square feet) would produce 100 x .75 = 75 kilowatt-hours of electricity per day.

Seventy-five kilowatt-hours per day is a lot of electricity for a single-family home. If part of the electricity is stored in a home battery, or is used to electrolyze water for producing hydrogen gas, and the gas is stored for use by a fuel cell when needed, then 100 square yards covered with solar panels would provide an average family with energy independence. Most detached family homes have more than 100 square yards (900 square feet) of roof,

Solar shingles

 

A Solar Grand Plan

 

Copper Mountain Solar Project not far from Las Vegas provided an impressive backdrop for the president.

Built on public land, the facility is the largest of its kind in the United States. Its 1 million solar panels provide enough energy to power 17,000 homes. And it employs just 10 people.

 

NanoMarkets Report Projects Rapid Rise in Demand for Flexible Substrates in the Coming Decade

 

Buffet Buys Second Solar Project, San Diego Gets New Solar Manufacturing Plant

 

Buffett Buys 49% Stake in $1.8 Billion NRG Solar Power Plant

 

Google, KKR Invest in California Solar Project

 

Welcome To Build-It-Solar

 

U.S. Closes $4.75 Billion in Solar Power Loans on Final Day

First Solar Gets Loan Guarantees, Sells Two California Projects

 

July 22, 2010 9:31 AM PDT
Massive Calif. wind farm gets $1.2 billion in financing

December 10, 2009 8:27 AM PST
GE wins $1.4 billion wind farm contract

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Renewable energy

10 Largest Renewable Energy Projects

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Wired for Progress 2.0

Buzz grows for modernizing energy grid

Smart Grid Investment Grant awards

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I thought of this 20 years ago, wonder if it will work?

Exclusive: Orbital solar power plants touted for energy needs


Unique Solar Energy Project

Solaren
preposed a contract to

power to PG&E's customers from solar panels mounted on satellites placed in Earth's orbit. The satellite would convert this energy into radio waves and send it to a receiving station in Fresno County, California. The plan is to provide 200 megawatts of continuous power, estimated as the average usage of 150,000 homes.

 

Nevada Solar One 64 MW project

 


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Stirling Energy Sets for 2010 Mass Production, $2.2B Solar Thermal Project

4,500-acre solar generating station

World’s largest solar facility proposed - 20,000-dish array, 4,500-acre and 850 MW

Plans for World's Largest Solar-Energy
Facility Announced

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An Inconvenient Truth

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POWER PATHS video clip

Power Paths home page

 


 

Israel becomes lab for electric car
network $750 million venture
includes battery swaps
at special stations

 

NPR (ap) - Electric Car Network
Gets First Test In Israel

Yahoo (ap) Electric car network
gets first test in Israel

 

Replaceable batteries in electric cars

 

Better Place is a venture-backed
American-Israeli company based
in Palo Alto, California to develop
and sell transportation infrastructure
that supports electric vehicles

 

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Who Killed the Electric Car?

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Panasonic Pays $30 Million for Stake in Electric Vehicle Maker Tesla Motor

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Volt uses about 2500 kWh annually6,
which is an extremely affordable way to power a car as the average American pays less than 12 cents per kilowatt hour.
In other words, if you drive 40 miles or
less that could work out to be about a
dollar a day. And that can add up to big savings.

cost per day (averaged)

 

The sustainer motor will never charge the battery. The pack can only be recharged by grid-supplied power.
the (Volt's)actual economy is 50 mpg, according to GM.

 

Chevrolet Volt
on Wikipedia

Chevrolet Volt-related investments
top $700 million

2011 Chevrolet Volt Review and Prices

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All About Plug-In Hybrids (PHEVs)

 


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Toyota says Prius plug-in gets 65 mpg

 

Meet the World's First 150 MPG Plug-In Prius
This stock 2004 Toyota Prius is powered by 9kW lithium ion batteries developed by Valence.

 

Toyota to Sell Plug-In Hybrid in 2011

Toyota has focused on plans to introduce regular hybrid technology to all its models by 2020.

The plug-ins would carry an “affordable” price tag, he said, without giving an estimate. Prices for a regular Prius hybrid with no plug-in function start at $22,400 in the United States.

The plug-in Prius would be the first from Toyota to use the powerful lithium-ion battery already used by many of its rivals. The car travels 23.4 kilometers, or 14.5 miles, as an electric vehicle on a single charge before a regular gas-electric hybrid system kicks in. It gets an overall mileage of 57 kilometers a liter, or 134 miles per gallon — exceeding the Prius’s 38 kilometers a liter, according to Toyota.

The plug-in Prius would charge in about 100 minutes and halve the running cost of traveling 30 kilometers in comparison with a regular Prius if recharged at night, when electricity costs are often lower, Toyota said.

 


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Self-Sufficient Homes

 

TECHNOLOGY -- September 30, 2011 at 5:55 PM EDT

Solar Decathlon Contest Refocuses on Affordability of New Homes

 

DOE Solar Decathlon: Parsons The New School for Design

 

The EMPOWERHOUSE Mission

 


 

Vista Family Builds House Made Of Straw
Petitt Family Lives In 1,800 Square-Foot House With Walls Of Straw

 

About straw bale building

 


 

"These passive solar Earth Ship houses are totally off the grid, self-sufficient, sustainable, environment and climate controlled, have their own rainwater collection system, and are attractive and utterly fascinating."

Earth ships a perfect home for earthlings?

Earthship wiki

Green Home Building

Visit a Earthship

Movie Review: "Garbage Warrior" and Experimental Architect, Michael Reynolds

Rent the movie: Garbage Warrior


In Portland, Going Green and Growing Vertical in a Bid for Energy Savings

 

 



 

The map below shows areas of geothermal resources in the United States. The white areas show low temperature areas good for geothermal heat pumps (geoexchange systems) that can work almost anywhere in the United States. The blue areas have hotter water for direct use projects, and the pink areas have the high temperatures required for most geothermal electrical power generation.

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Ocean Acidification Is Worse Than It’s Been for 300 Million Years


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Be awake

The Buddha

 

Taoism (also spelled Daoism)

 

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Letter: Understand the difference between cherished beliefs and reality

Posted: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 9:00 am | 1 Comment


For thousands of years philosophers and theologians have been trying to explain "reality." More recently, scientists have been exploring the same questions. So when I read in Sunday's G-T opinion page about the Tea Party movement and how certain right-leaning talk-show hosts are the real world, I have to chortle (a term that was coined by Lewis Carroll in "Through the Looking Glass." Talk about an alternative reality).

It would seem to me that people, of every persuasion, need to know that there is a difference between one's cherished beliefs/perspectives (religious, political or whatever) and reality. The inability to understand this is what is causing the polarization of peoples not only in this country but around the world. It is easy to demonize the "other." Polarization does not make for healthy communication, nor does it make a healthy community or nation (look at the Sunni/ Shiites in Iraq ).

I understand anger. I taught anger management skills to court-mandated individuals and their families for years in Benton and Linn counties. Anger is a primary emotion. The reason people get angry is they feel threatened; the reason they yell is that they don't feel they are being heard. However, getting angry and yelling don't solve the problem, they escalate it, which too often ends in physical confrontation.

So if you want to be heard, tone it down and listen. There are others who have just as valid "realities" as you, and for that matter as me.

Roger Paul

Corvallis

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