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Time to Make Life Hard for the Rich. Time to Have a Revolution.

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  • Part 1: Time To Make Life Hard For The Rich
    • How long are people supposed to tolerate being smacked in the face? By the rich? Who already have more than enough?
  • Part 2: I Asked The World's Foremost Ethicist If It's Okay To Have A Revolution
    • Can even a master philosopher tell the angry, oppressed man with a gun when it is morally right for him to leave the boundaries of law and civil society and launch a crusade against Fucked Up Shit?

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Part 1: Time To Make Life Hard For The Rich

 

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How long are people supposed to tolerate being smacked in the face? By the rich? Who already have more than enough?

Hamilton Nolan, Splinter News

12/18/17 | It is time for polite, respectable, rational people to start saying what has become painfully obvious: It is time to stop respecting the rich, and start stealing from them. In earnest.

Inequality is eating America alive. It has been growing for decades. To say that “the American dream is dead” is no longer a poetic exaggeration—it is an accurate description of 40 years of wage stagnation and declining economic mobility that has produced a generation that cannot expect to live better than their parents did. Not because of devastating war or



Our situation is absurd. Not since the Gilded Age has it been more clear that a few people have too much. Furthermore, the people with too much are investing in political clout to give themselves more. It’s just wrong.



plague, but because of a very specific set of rules governing a very specific economic system that encourages the accumulation of great wealth among a tiny portion of the population, to the detriment of the vast majority of people. Our political and business leaders have chosen to embrace a system that favors capital over labor. A system in which the more you already have, the more you make, and the less you have, the harder it is to build wealth. It is a system designed to increase inequality. It is functioning exactly as designed. And now, it is about to get worse.

Hamilton Nolan, Senior Writer, Splinter News

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Part 2: I Asked The World's Foremost Ethicist If It's Okay To Have A Revolution

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Can even a master philosopher tell the angry, oppressed man with a gun when it is morally right for him to leave the boundaries of law and civil society and launch a crusade against Fucked Up Shit?

Hamilton Nolan, The Concourse 

10/31/16 | There is inequality everywhere. But in San Francisco, it seems to be drawn by a cartoonist with an unrefined taste for absurdity.

The money. And then, the homeless. The homeless person asleep in a doorway directly beneath a sign for a Bitcoin ATM. The homeless woman sitting on a bench outside a LEED-certified new condo on Dolores St. painting her nails black as two fancy men stroll by with an extremely well-groomed Great Dane. The shabby black Ford GT parked incongruously out front of San Francisco’s gold-leaf-clad City Hall, an unshaven man asleep in the front seat with a Big Gulp container resting in the cupholder. The elderly men and women in bulky winter jackets sitting on ledges next to the Asian Art Museum, rolling suitcases at their sides. The tired-looking man leaning against the wall across from the Opera House. The shirtless man waving a plastic bottle and shouting unintelligible threats at cars passing by the Hilton hotel near Union Square as foreign tourists look on with alarm. The rectangles of cardboard laid out at 20-foot intervals all the way down Golden Gate Avenue, each topped by a fungus-like mound of dirty blankets and sleeping bags with two or four human feet sticking out of the bottom, sometimes with a small dog curled up under their toes. Just down the street and around the corner, hordes of young commuters stream down Market Street to tech jobs. At the stoplight across from Twitter HQ, a blank-faced homeless man stands at the crosswalk, dragging a length of PVC pipe with rags wrapped tightly on one end. He stares vacantly at the stopped traffic. “This is awful,” he says aloud. His words drip out with no apparent urgency or specific subject. “This is just awful.” He addresses nothing, and everything.

Hamilton Nolan, Senior Writer, The Concourse

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Special Project | How the Grinch Is Stealing the Internet, Week Ending December 23, 2017

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Net Neutrality is now officially on life support. Here’s what happens next. * The Fight for Net Neutrality Is "Not Over" * Net Neutrality: We Need a Better Deal * Three Myths the Telecom Industry is Using to Convince Congress to Repeal the FCC’s Privacy Rules, Busted * Urgent: Take Action to Save the Open Internet

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Net Neutrality is now officially on life support. Here’s what happens next, Aja Romano, Vox <>

December 14, 2017 | The overwhelming majority of the public, including Republicans, support net neutrality. The FCC just voted to end it. Here's what happens next.

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Sunday, 17 December 2017 | Groups Launch Internet-Wide Campaign Pushing Congress to Overrule FCC Vote
Just hours after the FCC vote, a coalition of activist groups started calling on members of Congress to overturn it.
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Net Neutrality: We Need a Better Deal, Eric Klinker,  Bittorrent Blog

If Internet service providers are allowed to give preferential treatment to certain kinds of traffic, the open Internet will have been paywalled shut. The solution lies in fairer regulation and in better, more people-powered technology.

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(Fair warning: some of these are fairly wonky, so if you’re not the type that gets excited by telecom law, you can always skip to the part where you call your senators and representative and tell them not to repeal the FCC’s ISP privacy rules—because if we raise our voices together, we can stop Congress before it’s too late.)

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Urgent: Take Action to Save the Open Internet, David Culver, Evergreene Digest

Despite massive growing resistance, the FCC just voted to advance rules that could slow down and censor the Internet by allowing ISPs to discriminate when they deliver content. Everyone needs to take action right now.

Don't let Comcast and AT&T control the future of the Internet. "Dear FCC, we need real net neutrality. Protect internet users from monopolistic ISPs and don't let companies censor, slow down, or block websites while requiring other sites to pay for faster service. Please stand up for all Internet users and our right to communicate."

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FCC's net neutrality repeal sparks backlash on private data grabs by internet and telecom giants.

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  • Part 1:  FCC's net neutrality repeal sparks backlash
    • People from across the political spectrum are coming out of the woodwork to engage in this issue.
  • Part 2: Help Minnesota protect consumers from private data grabs by internet and telecom giants.
    • Weigh in against possible FCC action that would hinder the Legislature in this area. 
  • Related: The FCC sabotaged its own Net Neutrality public comments process and distorted the facts

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Part 1:  FCC's net neutrality repeal sparks backlash

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Harper Neidig, The Hill 

12/03/17 | The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) plan to scrap net neutrality rules governing how internet service providers handle web traffic has unleashed a wave of intense opposition.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a Republican, announced last month that the agency would vote to undo its 2015 net neutrality rules, which prevent companies like Verizon and Comcast from blocking or slowing down websites or creating internet “fast lanes.”

Harper Neidig, Staff Writer at The Hill

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Part 2: Help Minnesota protect consumers from private data grabs by internet and telecom giants.

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Paul Thissen, Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune 

December 1, 2017 | As a state representative, my job under the Constitution is to work “for the security, benefit and protection of the people … ” Right now, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is poised to make that job much harder.

The FCC wants to prohibit the Minnesota Legislature from protecting Minnesota consumers when giant internet and telecommunications companies want to take, sell and profit from their private data without consent.

Paul Thissen is a member of the Minnesota House.

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The FCC sabotaged its own Net Neutrality public comments process and distorted the facts, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1:  The FCC sabotaged its own public comments process.
  • Congress needs to stop them from voting to kill net neutrality on December 14
  • Part 2: Fight for the Future statement on Ajit Pai’s ridiculous speech
  • Pai’s distortion of the facts here can only be described as Orwellian. He’s citing free speech as his reason for gutting free speech protections.
  • Related: Special Project | How the Grinch Is Stealing the Internet

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Special Project | How the Grinch Is Stealing the Internet

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Say Goodbye to Net Neutrality. Say Hello to the FCC's Trickle-Down Experiment; It's Official: The internet as we know it could die in a little over a month; The Grinch is Stealing the Internet; etc.; Dear FCC: We See Through Your Plan to Roll Back Real Net Neutrality; The FCC's Order Is Out, We've Read It, and Here's What You Need to Know: It Will End Net Neutrality and Break the Internet; Seven Things You Can Do Right Now to Save the Internet

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Monday, November 27, 2017| Say Goodbye to Net Neutrality. Say Hello to the FCC's Trickle-Down Experiment, Mike Ludwig, Truthout

Ajit Pai, the Federal Communications Commission's Trump-appointed chairman, is preparing to gut the agency's net neutrality rules. The move is part of an aggressive agenda based on the idea that slashing regulations and maximizing private profits will provide benefits for everyone else. Opponents say Pai is working for the rich and powerful and leaving the rest of us behind.

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News outlets have started reporting on the official plans to kill Net Neutrality ten days before Christmas Eve. 

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The Grinch is Stealing the Internet, Popular Resistence

Ajit Pai picked November 22—one of the biggest travel days of the year—to release his plan to overturn net neutrality. He is hoping to sneak it past the American people... But we can stop him from stealing our internet!

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We need you to step up once again and tell the FCC that it works for the American people, not Comcast, Verizon, or AT&T.  Go to dearfcc.org and tell the FCC not to undermine real net neutrality protections.

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Internet Defenders Urge Mass Revolt to Fight FCC's "Scorched-Earth" Attack on Net Neutrality, Jake Johnson, Common Dreams

"The FCC under Pai is handing over the internet to a few humongous gatekeepers who see the rest of us as products to be delivered to advertisers, not as citizens needing communications that serve democracy's needs."

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The FCC's Order Is Out, We've Read It, and Here's What You Need to Know: It Will End Net Neutrality and Break the Internet, Matt Wood & Gaurav Laroia, Free Press 

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The FCC sabotaged its own Net Neutrality public comments process and distorted the factsCompiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1:  The FCC sabotaged its own public comments process.
    • Congress needs to stop them from voting to kill net neutrality on December 14
  • Part 2: Fight for the Future statement on Ajit Pai’s ridiculous speech
    • Pai’s distortion of the facts here can only be described as Orwellian. He’s citing free speech as his reason for gutting free speech protections.
  • Related: Special Project | How the Grinch Is Stealing the Internet

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Keystone Pipeline Leaks in South Dakota, Spilling Over 200,000 Gallons of Oil

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The leak comes as Nebraska is trying to decide if it should issue permits to TransCanada to build the Keystone XL pipeline. Newsy / screenshot

"Enough is enough. Pipelines leak - it's not a question of 'if', but 'when.'"

Alexandra Jacobo, Nation of Change / Portside

November 17, 2017 | Approximately 210,000 (or 5,000 barrels) of oil leaked Thursday from the Keystone oil pipeline in South Dakota. The leak, which is the largest spill to date in South Dakota, happened near Amherst, South Dakota.

This is bad timing for TransCanada, which owns the pipeline, because in a few days Nebraska regulators will decide whether or not to give the green light to a sister project, the Keystone XL pipeline.

Alexandra Jacobo is a progressive writer, activist, and mother who began her political involvement in earnest passing out blankets to occupiers in Zuccotti Park in 2011. She is concerned with educating the public and inspiring them to take action on progressive issues that promote positive change at home and abroad.

Alexandra Jacobo is a progressive writer, activist, and mother who began her political involvement in earnest passing out blankets to occupiers in Zuccotti Park in 2011. She is concerned with educating the public and inspiring them to take action on progressive issues that promote positive change at home and abroad.

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With New Directive, Pruitt Bars Scientists Who Aren't 'In the Pocket of Corporate Polluters' From EPA Advisory Boards, Jake Johnson, Common Dreams 

Critics slammed the move as a "hostile takeover of science-based policymaking" by the Trump administration.

Petition: Demand Congress End Teen Homelessness

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  • 40% of America’s homeless youth are LGBT.[1]
  • Abandoned and abused young LGBT kids

Fight for Equality

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November 2, 2017 | The facts are heartbreaking:

Hundreds of thousands of our children have no homes.

 They’ve been abandoned, rejected by their families, and left to live on the streets alone.

 They’ve done nothing wrong. It’s simply because of who they are.

 Once on the street, LGBT teens are in a fight for their lives. With nowhere to turn, they are easy targets of physical abuse and sexual exploitation. Roughly 58% of homeless gay or trans teens have been sexually victimized.[2]

 All too often, our shelters report LGBT kids appearing with stab wounds, bruises, bullets wounds, and extreme sexual trauma.

 It’s no surprise 62% of homeless LGBT youth attempt suicide.[3]

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Even our government has abandoned these children.

For over a year, we’ve been waiting for Congress to pass critical legislation that would stop shelters from discriminating against LGBT kids.

 And while extremists in Congress drag their feet, our children continue to be exposed and vulnerable. 

We need to step up.

 Every day Congress ignores this problem, thousands of homeless LGBT youth are put in danger.

 Sign on right now to DEMAND Congress end teen homelessness. They need you. DEMAND Congress end teen homelessness.

Please, act now. The lives of LGBT youth hang in the balance.





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[1] The Williams Institute. | New Study Confirms 40 Percent of Homeless Youth Are Gay | July 14, 2012
[2] Center for American Progress. | On the Streets: The Federal Response to Gay and Transgender Homeless Youth | June 2010
[3] Ibid. 2

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The Americans with Disabilities Act Is Under Threat

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President Bush signs the Americans with Disabilities Act on July 26, 1990 / Photo courtesy of the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum

  • There’s no entity in charge of ensuring that businesses comply with the ADA. So the onus is almost always on people with disabilities to challenge violations.
  • Related: Henry Giroux | A New American Revolution: Can We Break Out of Our Nation’s Culture of Cruelty?

 

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But disability advocates have even more reason to be distressed by the policies of the Republican administration. Long a dream of the Chamber of Commerce, the real estate industry and those who see “frivolous lawsuits” around every corner, the Americans with Disabilities Act is in danger of having its bite removed. Just after celebrating the 27th birthday of the act, signed into law by President George H.W. Bush, up pops (H.R. 620) The ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017.

Kristin Miller is a senior producer for Billmoyers.com. She has worked on Now with Bill Moyers, Bill Moyers on Faith & Reason, Moyers on America and Bill Moyers Journal. She’s also been a producer for TED, Sesame Street and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

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Henry Giroux | A New American Revolution: Can We Break Out of Our Nation’s Culture of Cruelty? Henry Giroux, Rise Up Times / Salon / Moyers & Company

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  • Fighting back against the right’s politics of exclusion can be a path toward rebuilding American democracy.
  • It is about a culture of cruelty that is buttressed by a moral coma.
  • Related: There’s No ‘Free Market’ Solution to Health Care

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