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How Many People Have Been Killed by Guns Since Newtown?

  • Since the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14, we have been wondering how many people are dying from guns in America. The current answer is 306.
  • Slate partners with @GunDeaths for an interactive, crowdsourced tally of the toll firearms have taken since Dec. 14.
  • U.S. mentally ill and their families face barriers to care

Chris Kirk & Dan Kois, Slate Magazine

 

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January 2, 2012 | Since the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14, we at Slate have been wondering how many people are dying from guns in America every day.

That information is surprisingly hard to come by. The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, for example, has a tally atop its website of “people shot in America.” That number, though, is an estimate, based on the number of gun injuries and deaths recorded by the CDC in 2008 and 2009, the most recent years for which statistics are available. It seems shocking that when guns are in the headlines every day, there’s no one attempting to create a real-time chronicle of the deaths attributable to guns in the United States.

 

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U.S. mentally ill and their families face barriers to care, Sharon Begley, Reuters

  • Mental Health Services Erode As States Slash Budgets
  • Just in time for another mass shooting!

 

 

Krugman | Fiscal Cliff Deal Is Bad Omen

  • If Obama stands his ground in this confrontation, this deal won’t look bad in retrospect. If he doesn’t, yesterday will be seen as the day he began throwing away his presidency and the hopes of everyone who supported him.
  • Perspective On The Deal
  • Austerity Is So Wrong

Paul Krugman, New York (NY) Times

 

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January 1, 2012 | To make sense of what just happened, we need to ask what is really at stake, and how much difference the budget deal makes in the larger picture.

 

So, what are the two sides really fighting about? Surely the answer is, the future of the welfare state. Progressives want to maintain the achievements of the New Deal and the Great Society, and also implement and improve Obamacare so that we become a normal advanced country that guarantees essential health care to all its citizens. The right wants to roll the clock back to 1930, if not to the 19th century.

 

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Austerity Is So Wrong, Paul Krugman, New York (NY) Times

How bad have things gotten? How did we get stuck in what now can only be called a depression? And, most of all, how do we free ourselves? End his Depression Now! is a call-to-arms from Paul Krugman.

 

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CEO Council Demands Cuts To Poor, Elderly

  • While Reaping Billions In Government Contracts, Tax Breaks
  • Wall Street and the Rise of Hitler

Christina Wilkie and Ryan Grim, Huffington Post

 

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November 25, 2012 | The corporate CEOs who have made a high-profile foray into deficit negotiations have themselves been substantially responsible for the size of the deficit they now want closed.

 

The companies represented by executives working with the Campaign To Fix The Debt have received trillions in federal war contracts, subsidies and bailouts, as well as specialized tax breaks and loopholes that virtually eliminate the companies' tax bills.

 

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Wall Street and the Rise of Hitler ~ Antony C. Sutton, Described by Nader Library

  • Here is the incredible story of the American financiers who provided money and material Hitler used to launch WWII.
  • Makes Every Previous Book on World War II Obsolete 

 

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The GOP’s 1 Trillion Dollar Lie

 

  • Given that the United States has one of the weakest social safety nets in the world, it's obvious we're not spending more on each family in poverty than the median income, defense, Social Security and Medicare.
  • How a right-wing whopper about the cost of welfare was born.

 

Joshua Holland, AlterNet / In These Times

 

'You should never be too prideful to ask for assistance,' said Olivia Hernandez as she and her family sought federal aid after their Texas apartment burned down in October 2011. The GOP claims that such 'welfare' costs the government $168 per family each day, but the reality is closer to $25. (USDA/Flickr/Creative Commons) 

 

December 24, 2012 | There's a new economic myth that's now being amplified by the conservative media. It demonizes vital public services and suggests that the poor are doing just fine thanks to the largesse of the country's “makers.” Conservatives are being told that the United States is now spending vast fortunes combatting poverty—more than we dedicate to national defense, Social Security and Medicare.

 

This new spin is notable not for its mendacity—although it is completely divorced from reality—but because its origins are easily traced, allowing us to see how these kinds of distortions come to be. This one originated with the work of an analyst at the Heritage Foundation who is well known for his intellectual dishonesty. It was then picked up by Republican staffers on Capitol Hill, who lent the claim credibility by requesting a Congressional Research Service report on the analysis. They then further distorted the narrative before distributing it to friendly writers at conservative media outlets, who dutifully reported the falsehood. It will soon become conventional wisdom on the Right, further distorting conservatives' view of taxes and spending.

 

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The President's Unnecessary and Unwise Concessions

  • Hands off Social Security. If the Republicans are willing to raise tax rates on high earners but demand more spending cuts in return, the President should offer larger cuts in defense spending and corporate welfare.
  • 6 GOP Economic Myths Obama & Democrats Keep Repeating
  • Obama Will Ride to the Rescue... for Republicans

Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog

 

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20 December 12 | Why is the President back to making premature and unnecessary concessions to Republicans?

 

Two central issues in the 2012 presidential election were whether the Bush tax cuts should be ended for people earning over $250,000, and whether Social Security and Medicare should be protected from future budget cuts.

 

The President said yes to both. Republicans said no. Obama won.

 

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6 GOP Economic Myths Obama & Democrats Keep Repeating, Roger Bybee, AlterNet

Obama Will Ride to the Rescue... for Republicans, Cenk Uygur, The Young Turks / Common Dreams

Obama isn't a progressive in his heart, he is an establishment pleaser. The only way he acts like a progressive is if you make him.

 

The Final Battle

  • Now that Congress and the White House have turned their backs on the right to due process and trial by jury, the courts are the last line of defense against establishment of a gulag state. 
  • Noam Chomsky | The Shredding of Our Constitutional Rights
  • Chris Hedges on the NDAA

Chris Hedges, TruthDig

 

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December 23, 2012 | Over the past year I and other plaintiffs including Noam Chomsky and Daniel Ellsberg have pressed a lawsuit in the federal courts to nullify Section 1021(b)(2) of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This egregious section, which permits the government to use the military to detain U.S. citizens, strip them of due process and hold them indefinitely in military detention centers, could have been easily fixed by Congress. The Senate and House had the opportunity this month to include in the 2013 version of the NDAA an unequivocal statement that all U.S. citizens would be exempt from 1021(b)(2), leaving the section to apply only to foreigners. But restoring due process for citizens was something the Republicans and the Democrats, along with the White House, refused to do. The fate of some of our most basic and important rights—ones enshrined in the Bill of Rights as well as the Fourth and Fifth amendments of the Constitution—will be decided in the next few months in the courts. If the courts fail us, a gulag state will be cemented into place.

 

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Noam Chomsky | The Shredding of Our Constitutional Rights, Part 2, Noam ChomskyGuardian UK,

  • How the Magna Carta became a Minor Carta
  • The Obama administration has perpetuated an assault on the foundations of traditional liberties
  • Noam Chomsky | The Shredding of Our Constitutional Rights, Part 1

 

 

Killing the Kids that Don’t Need to Die

  • The Afghan war will remain yet another hoax unless someone puts to Barack Obama this question: “Why are we killing the kids that don’t need to die?” And then asks it again and again to him until we get an honest answer.
  • A Culture That Condones The Killing Of Children And Teaches Children To Kill
  • The US Military Approves Bombing Children

Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Bill Moyers & Company

 

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October 9, 2012 | Matt Sitton knew the war in Afghanistan was going badly. He knew it because he was fighting it. He could see for himself. Twenty-six years old, with a wife and child back home, Staff Sergeant Sitton was on his third combat tour there.

 

Time and again, he and his men were sent through what he called “a minefield on a daily basis.” His comrades were being blown apart — at least one amputee a day, he said, “Because we are walking around aimlessly through grape rows and compounds that are littered with explosives.”

 

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A Culture That Condones The Killing Of Children And Teaches Children To Kill, Lucinda Marshall, Common Dreams

  • Sandy Hook did not happen because of a lone, disturbed young man and it is not an isolated incident. It is an epidemic and we are all to blame. And today (and tomorrow and every day after that) is the time to confront this self-inflicted tragedy.
  • The US Military Approves Bombing Children

The US Military Approves Bombing Children, Robert Dreyfuss, Nation

  • Some Afghan kids aren’t bystanders
  • If Our Drones Are So Accurate, Why Do Their Missiles Keep Hitting Children? 
  • Obama's Drone Presidency
  • There must be accountability for US drone strikes
  • US detained hundreds of Afghan teenagers

 

 

Let’s Call Their Bluff on the Hyped-Up Fiscal Cliff!

  • Congress is said to be held hostage to conservative demands. The real hostages are the debt slaves of our financial system.
  • The “fiscal cliff” fraud
  • Where Did the Debt Come From?

Ellen Brown, Web of Debt

 

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December 19, 2012  | The “fiscal cliff” has all the earmarks of a false flag operation, full of sound and fury, intended to extort concessions from opponents.  Neil Irwin of the Washington Post calls it “a self-induced austerity crisis.”  David Weidner in the Wall Street Journal calls it simply theater, designed to pressure politicians into a budget deal:

 

The cliff is really just a trumped-up annual budget discussion. . . . The most likely outcome is a combination of tax increases, spending cuts and  kicking the can down the road.

 

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The “fiscal cliff” fraud, Andre Damon, World Socialist Web Site

The working class must insist that all people have the right to the necessities of life: a secure and decent-paying job, economic security, food, housing, education and medical care. The realization of these rights, however, is not compatible with the continued rule of the corporate and financial elite.

 

Where Did the Debt Come From? Pat GarofaloThink Progress

  • The Complete Guide Of What's To Blame For Our Debt Problem. Brought To You By Math
  • Did the Stimulus Work?
  • The “fiscal cliff” fraud, Andre Damon

 

 

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