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Via DemocracyNow!, news that "Toronto police were secretly given new powers" right before the G20 meetings to arrest people simply because they refused to identify themselves while protesting and other unsettling news in what has been described as a "brutal crackdown" on protesters has civil liberties advocates mulling over their next moves:
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association says it is looking into suing the Toronto police department following mass arrests at the G20 summit last week. It is now estimated that 1,000 people, including many journalists, were arrested. On Thursday, protest rallies were held in Toronto, Montreal and Winnipeg against the brutal police crackdown.
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After a year long debate where the GOP, the Tea Party and their conservative cohorts insisted that the poor did have healthcare because they could all walk into emergency rooms when they were so sick the illness was intolerable... They are shocked that the poor, the ones who could not honestly afford to get healthcare, even in those emergency rooms of last resort, may actually have access to them now: Make the jump»
Between stories of skimming party money, expensive charter flights and the orgasm envy of the former Florida GOP Chair comes allegations that "women were involved and paid" on a junket to the Bahamas:
In one case, Greer organized a men-only trip to the Bahamas along with a group of major donors. O'Rourke was forbidden from attending, though Greer brought two male party staffers.
Beth Kigel, a lobbyist, fundraiser and member of the state party executive committee from Palm Beach County, told investigators she also had heard about that men-only trip but that "women were involved and paid."
I wrote a bit about the healthcare reform starting to be implemented earlier this week and mentioned that the government website would be going live very soon. Think Progress dives in and gets some info up on Healthcare.gov which has gone live now: Make the jump»
A bipartisan contingent of freshman and sophomore lawmakers is pushing House appropriators to cut the salaries of lawmakers by $8,700 each next year.
The 5 percent cut would save taxpayers $4.7 million and comes more than a month after Congress voted and President Barack Obama signed a measure to freeze congressional pay for 2011.
Are you holding your breath? Then again... They already do make most of their money when they hit the ground running as lobbyists. So a haircut now wouldn't be unfathomable.Make the jump»
Yeah... The newest Twilight is out and making some noise in the theaters and even at Elena Kagan's hearings, too.. I have to admit that I have not read the books but I have seen enough of it in film version to know that I am not and can not get excited about it.
But "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows"? I have read all of the books and can not wait for the finale! Here is the trailer for the first part of their film rendition of the final book in the series below the fold: Make the jump»
Steven D at the BooMan Tribune pointed out this interesting video on a campaign to raise awareness concerning the grave situation in the Congo:
Profiting from the worst war on the planet that no one in America knows anything about by purchasing "conflicts minerals" from the Congo for their products:
One of the things I have always loved about Blogging is the fact that not only can we start to look at things that are wrong, pick apart stories, facts and ideas... But we can work together on solutions for them when we see these problems for what they are.
Below the Open Thread fold is the same story unfolding with a different name to the region affected, IMHO, as Jon Stewart and the Daily Show crew give us the "Ore on Terror": Make the jump»
Call me silly, but it seems to me this could just encourage more layoffs - and layoffs of higher paid taxpayers, to boot - at the precise time that we really need to be encouraging broadening the tax base: Make the jump»
But that we are still having regardless of the party in power. This is truly the most disturbing aspect of the Obama administration and the Democratic party overall:
Obama’s top Terrorism adviser John Brennan recently suggested that there could be “dozens” of Americans who have been targeted for assassination, and Glenn Greenwald appeared on the Dylan Ratigan show today to discuss the implications.
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Not like many average people have not seen this coming. We have to honestly live this crap. This is the kind of thing that the typical beltway insiders and their elite welfare society friends are above noticing:
The Third Depression
By PAUL KRUGMAN
We are now, I fear, in the early stages of a third depression. It will probably look more like the Long Depression than the much more severe Great Depression. But the cost — to the world economy and, above all, to the millions of lives blighted by the absence of jobs — will nonetheless be immense.
At a time when the elites met at the G20 and decided that we aren't suffering enough so they are going to force more cuts on us... Instead of them paying their share. Over 4 trillion in elite welfare last year (just for the banksters and Wall St. alone - not including the Halliburtons of the world in that) and these scum sucking financial elitists want to tell us about watching our spending. They just want to cut our social safety nets so they can increase their corporate welfare.From bobswern's diary at dKos a couple of thoughts from others as point and counterpoint: Make the jump»
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As Rachel noted, the media and the GOP establishment have been pretty quiet about Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan lately but that hasn't stopped some of the more extreme on the right from keeping up the attacks. Kent Jones reports on how the right has been trying to paint her as wanting to put the U.S. under Sharia law.
Right Wing Watch has more on this nonsense.
And thousands of good men and women in the military that are sitting idle when they, with a little training, could be deployed to take care of that Boom properly.
There are a lot of things where I would just roll my eyes when both sides play political games. But this game that Jindal is playing is resulting in the physical destruction of part of the United States of America. Same can be said for any of the states that are holding back on using these soldiers that can and should be doing something very useful in this disaster. Because if you are doing this because you don't want the government to be seen doing the kind of things that it can and should do...
It is becoming pretty darn clear that the fools that created the economic disaster think they can push us through it on their wishful thinking. Idiots like Geithner are painting rosy pictures of what they are doing - with Obama noddingly approving of it - and hoping you, the average American and the ones that are still being crushed economically, won't notice. Yves there:
Meanwhile and according to Paul Krugman,
Brad DeLong wonders how the proponents of tight budgets and tight money are prevailing in the midst of mass unemployment, low interest rates, and incipient deflation.
It’s actually not all that surprising. Horrifying, but not surprising.
The case for expansionary policies in the face of a slump is intellectually difficult; Keynes described the writing of the General Theory as a painful process of discovery, and so it is. The natural instinct of almost everyone is to think that tough times require tough measures, and that if the economy is suffering, the government should tighten its own belt. It would take a clear consensus from economists to overcome that natural bias.
And that consensus has, of course, been lacking — largely because a significant proportion of the economics profession has spent the last three decades systematically destroying the hard-won knowledge of macroeconomics. It’s truly a new Dark Age, in which famous professors are reinventing errors refuted 70 years ago, and calling them insights.
While we bear in mind that there may be real solutions that will stop this disaster from happening again, and the need to really address the results of it honestly, there are the underlying rules of a market whose obscene motto for years was: Make the jump»