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John Oliver Explains Why Funding Of Sports Stadiums Makes No Sense At All

 

  • According to Oliver, teams not only receive taxpayer-funded facilities, but they also often get to keep the income from stadium naming rights, concessions, luxury boxes, and non-sports events held on the property. The Florida Marlins’ owner framed it candidly: “That’s the whole object of this, is to get more revenue.”
  • From the Archives | The Problem with Subsidizing Huge Stadiums for Billionaire Team Owners, Week Ending March 28, 2015

Allegra Kirkland, Talking Points Memo

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ociqdsezsejcywkk5qcf.jpgJuly 13, 2015 | American sports stadiums are replaced and renovated at a shocking rate, as John Oliver documented Sunday on HBO’s "Last Week Tonight."

In the last two decades, he said, 90 percent of U.S. sports stadiums have been rebuilt — on the dime of local taxpayers. Some $12 billion was spent on 51 new luxury facilities between 2000 and 2010 alone, according to Oliver.

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  • The Twin Cities and the siren song of the positive economic impact of professional sports facilities
  • The Problem with Subsidizing Huge Stadiums for Billionaire Team Owners
  • “Sports fans eat shit.” ― George Carlin, Brain Droppings
  • 8 New Items including:
    • Bill Moyers | Stadium Funding Deals Only Enrich the Plutocrats
    • The Problem with Subsidizing Huge Stadiums for Billionaire Team Owners
    • Minneapolis and the siren song of economic impact
    • Stop the stadium lease signings now!
    • Vikings stadium funding plan should be formally reviewed
    • Vikings Stadium: It’s a question of priorities
    • Special Project | The Business of Sport: Week Ending September 28, 2014
    • Triple Play: Sports, Politics & Greed

 

 

 

Big Oil Knew. Big Oil Lied. And Planet Earth Got Fried.

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  • As part of its research, UCS discovered that as early as 1981—nearly seven years before NASA scientist James Hansen made his famous testimony before Congress about the dangers of human-caused global warming—internal discussions about the reality of the threat were already occurring inside the corporate offices of ExxonMobil and others.
  • New report exposes why fossil fuel companies didn't need the warning from the public scientific community to start a decades-long campaign of denial. They already knew their business model was a threat.

Jon Queally, Common Dreams

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/not_science.jpg?itok=sH23zlFAA new report, The Climate Deception Dossiers, chronicles how Exxon and other major fossil fuel companies did not take action to disclose or reduce climate risks in the ensuing years, but instead actively misled the public and policymakers about them. (Image: Union of Concerned Scientists)

July 09, 2015 | They knew. They lied. And the planet and its people are now paying the ultimate price.

It's no secret that the fossil fuel industry—the set of companies and corporate interests which profit most from the burning of coal, oil, and gas—have been the largest purveyors and funders of climate change denialism in the world.

Now, a new set of documents and a report released by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) answers the age-old question always asked when it comes to crimes of corruption, cover-up, and moral defiance: What did they know and when did they know it?

Jon Queally: staff writer, Common Dreams

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Liberalism Still the Left Flank of Oppression in the Coming Post-Obama World

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  • It is already clear that the buzz words gay rights and the Confederate flag “will be used by the powerful to move as many disaffected people toward the Democratic Party as possible.” In reality, “the American flag is the global banner of white supremacy and oppression of LGBTQ people. Its Stars and Stripes are responsible for the genocide of indigenous peoples, enslavement of Africans, and the exploitation of the global working class.”
  • Both Major U.S. Parties are Plagues on Humanity
  • Let’s abandon the Democrats: On TPP, workers’ rights and income inequality, they are as bad as GOP

Danny Haiphong, Black Agenda Report

HAIPHONG_Klan%20with%20US%20Flag.jpg?itok=RmUEUWSDTue, 07/07/2015 | “The capitalist class uses the Democratic Party as its liberal flank to help anchor its crisis-ridden system.”

One of the quintessential elements of fascism is the inability of a people to question political developments as they occur without repressive consequences. Yes, the Confederate flag could, and should, come down. The Supreme Court has affirmed gay marriage. Yet very few are questioning how these buzz issues are awash in the same tired liberalism that has dominated the US political landscape to no benefit of poor and working people. As a result, the system that rules over Washington remains unnamed and unchallenged. Even worse, these buzz issues will be used by the powerful to move as many disaffected people toward the Democratic Party as possible. The end of Obama's Administration is near and the ruling class is betting that the myth of the liberal paradigm will prevent the emergence of a radical challenge to its rule. It is from here that the struggle to build a revolutionary movement in a post-Obama US should start.

Of course, actively opposing the gay marriage ruling or the campaign to take down the Confederate flag would be a grave mistake. To do so would only serve the ruling class's interests by pinning radicals into the confines of the (neo) liberal ideological trap. However, there should be no fear in explaining to people in the streets, workplaces, and schools of the US how none of the buzz issues of the day challenge the fundamental power structure in the US. Washington is ruled by Capital, and we shouldn't hesitate to say so. That is, the owners of multinational corporations and Wall Street financial institutions control the state and use it for their profit seeking interests. With this in mind, a proper assessment of whether a policy change presents a challenge to the prevailing rule of capital lies in the question: who benefits?

Danny Haiphong is an organizer for Fight Imperialism Stand Together (FIST) in Boston. He is also a regular contributor to Black Agenda Report.

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public/Three%20Prez.jpg?itok=8b_143QU Both Major U.S. Parties are Plagues on Humanity, Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report 

  • The two corporate parties have collaborated in knocking off countries targeted for invasion and regime change. They have both nurtured the jihadist international network that was created under presidents Carter and Reagan. And presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama are complicit in the capital crime of genocide in the Congo, where six million people have died since 1996. The presidential nominee of either party must be a ghoul, a fiend, or a banshee.
  • Chris Hedges | America's Electoral Farce

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Let’s abandon the Democrats: On TPP, workers’ rights and income inequality, they are as bad as GOP, Erik Loomis, Salon

  • Two-party system is hopeless for creating progressive change. 
  • Let's take a page from marriage activists and fight.
  • Excerpted from "Out of Sight: The Long and Disturbing Story of Corporations Outsourcing Catastrophe"

Vietnam War Veterans Have Found the Enemy

Vietnam’s Communism now appears to be a better solution than whatever kind of government America has today, so maybe President Obama’s upcoming meeting with Nguyen Phu Trong will at least inspire human rights at their level, because even the worst-of-worst governments would never treat their military veterans the way America’s government treats our war-injured and homeless Veterans.

Robert Rosebrock, Veterans Today 

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vietnam-vets.jpg July 6, 2015 | President Obama will soon roll out the White House’s red carpet to greet Vietnam’s Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong.

What’s being swept under America’s dirty-secret carpet is that Robert A. McDonald, his Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA), has refused to approve and support emergency humanitarian housing and care at the Los Angeles National Veterans Home for thousands of war-injured and dispossessed Vietnam War Veterans.

Six months ago, Dick Southern, Region 9 Director of Vietnam Veterans of America (California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Hawaii, Guam and the Philippines), filed a formal request to host a crisis housing and care facility on VA property because nearly half (47%) of all homeless American Military Veterans today are from the Vietnam War.

Robert Rosebrock: U.S. Army, 1965-67, Schofield Barracks, Hqs., U.S Army, Hawaii. Director, The Veterans Revolution,Captain, the Old Veterans Guard, and Director, We the Veterans.

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What Happens When Housing Becomes Unaffordable for People With Disabilities

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The United States is facing a major problem when it comes to supporting the disability community. It’s clearly necessary to increase federal benefits to people with disabilities, as well as state programs that provide assistance with costs like paying personal care attendants and affording food. 

s.e. smith, care2

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3144/3143136.large.jpgJune 19, 2015 | A new report from disability advocacy groups shows that housing costs in the United States are climbing beyond the reach of people with disabilities, with housing costs in some rental markets exceeding 100 percent of average monthly Social Security Income (SSI) benefits. This poses a huge cost burden to people with disabilities in the United States and illustrates the urgent need to adjust benefits so they keep pace with inflation, ensuring that households aren’t struggling to afford the basic costs of living. Without such measures, people with disabilities may be forced to make dangerous housing choices, or they may be forced into institutional settings — which could mean that the government is violating the integration mandate in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Under the ADA, people with disabilities must be housed in community settings if such housing is appropriate and their desire to live in their communities can be reasonably accommodated. This was affirmed in a 1999 Supreme Court decision which explicitly called the government to task on the issue. For the government, the mandate is crystal clear: Any reasonable steps must be taken to help people with disabilities live in their communities, whether that’s independently, in mixed residential settings, or in halfway houses with support. Yet, the housing crisis could force people with disabilities into the very facilities they’re fighting to escape.

s.e. smith is a writer, agitator, and commentator, with a focus on particularly gender, prison reform, disability rights, environmental justice, queerness, class, and the intersections thereof. smith delights in amplifying the voices of those who are often silenced and challenging dominant ideas about justice, equality, and liberation.

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Greece – What You Are Not Being Told by the Media

  • According to mainstream media, the current economic crisis in Greece is due to the government spending too much money on its people that it went broke. This claim however, is a lie. It was the banks that wrecked the country so oligarchs and international corporations could benefit.
  • Noam Chomsky | Greece Faces "Savage Response" for Fighting Against Austerity

Chris Kanthan, True Activist

a29f9f6d-b603-4b78-a459-ab97cfd39a61.jpgJuly 6, 2015 | Every single mainstream media has the following narrative for the economic crisis in Greece: the government spent too much money and went broke; the generous banks gave them money, but Greece still can’t pay the bills because it mismanaged the money that was given. It sounds quite reasonable, right?

Except that it is a big fat lie … not only about Greece, but about other European countries such as Spain, Portugal, Italy and Ireland who are all experiencing various degrees of austerity. It was also the same big, fat lie that was used by banks and corporations to exploit many Latin American, Asian and African countries for many decades.

Greece did not fail on its own. It was made to fail.

Chris Kanthan, the author of the e-book “Deconstructing Monsanto.,” has traveled to more than 30 countries, and deeply cares about politics, finance and food.

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Noam Chomsky | Greece Faces "Savage Response" for Fighting Against Austerity, Amy Goodman, Democracy Now! 

  • "What's going on with the austerity is really class war. As an economic program, austerity, under recession, makes no sense. It just makes the situation worse." 
  • Paul Krugman | Fighting conservative "derp" is your civic responsibility

 

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World Institute for Social Change (WISC)

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An Online School for you - needs you ...

Michael Albert, Zcommunications

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In April/May a new online project was initiated, then called ZSchool. Now the project has matured and diversified and is ready to embark on a July/August Session. The school now has 12 partner organizations, with more coming, and the new name is World Institute for Social Change or WISC.

WISC enrollments are open for the July August session, including 20 courses being offered. Each course is segmented into eight weeks including diverse facilities such as print and video lectures of main and optional content, forums, blogs, chat, glossaries, and much else.

 

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nother%20World%20Rainbow.jpgRevolution Manifesto, Compiled by David Culver , Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Every action we take now must be directed at ripping down the structures of the corporate state. This means refusing to co-operate. It means joining or building radical mass movements. It means carrying out sustained acts of civil disobedience
  • Part 1: The Fourth of July and the right of revolution
  • Chris Hedges | America's Electoral Farce
  • Part 2: Book Release & Discussion – Revolution Manifesto

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