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Another Government Is Necessary: The People Can Rule Better Than the Elites

The people of the United States have the wisdom to do what needs to be done. The answers are part of our DNA. It is time to recognize and manifest our power.

Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese, Truthout

Green Party candidate for President Dr. Jill Stein in Madison, Wisconsin on December 16, 2011. (Photo: Richard Hurd)

Tuesday, 30 April 2013 20:40 | More people are taking action in their communities to meet their basic needs because of government corruption at all levels that protects the status quo when urgent change is needed. People are moving on many fronts to challenge the system and create the world they want to see.

On Earth Day, another step was taken to challenge elite rule. A new alternative government was announced. It is an extension of the Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala Green Party campaign for president and vice president. The Green Shadow Cabinet currently consists of more than 80 activists, scientists, lawyers, advocates, economists, health professionals, labor leaders and artists who are independent of the corporate duopoly and are actively working on solutions to the crises we face. These top-level people in their fields have taken on this responsibility as volunteers. (Full disclosure: Margaret Flowers serves as secretary of health and Kevin Zeese as attorney general, and both serve on the administrative committee of the Shadow Cabinet.)

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Exposed: The Billionaire-Backed Group Strong-Arming Parents into Destroying Their Kids' Public Schools

  • You won't believe the predatory behavior of this education "reform" outfit, Parent Revolution.
  • ALEC: The People Behind the Lawmakers Out to Destroy Public Education

Yasha Levine, Not Safe for Work Corporation 

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April 26, 2013  |  When I traveled to the desert city of Victorville in Southern California this January, I little expected that the neighboring town of Adelanto would become ground zero for a fight between billionaires on one side, and poor, vulnerable minority parents and children on the other.

I first heard about the fight through the local right-wing paper, the Victorville Daily Press, which gleefully announced on its front page that a local school, Desert Trails Elementary, had just made history as the first school in the nation to be privatized under California's new "parent trigger" law. The paper described the takeover as “promising a fresh start to the failing elementary school,” and claimed it had received widespread support from parents.

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ALEC: The People Behind the Lawmakers Out to Destroy Public Education, Diane Ravitch, Common Dreams

  • The ALEC agenda is today the "reform" agenda for education.
  • ALEC operated largely in the dark for years, but gained notoriety because of the Trayvon Martin case in Florida.
  • What You Need To Know About ALEC
  • Special Report | American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)

George W. Bush's Presidential Library Is a Fraud

He Was Installed in a Right Wing Putsch

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash

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Friday, 26 April, 2013 | Of Thursday's dedication of the George W. Bush presidential library, NPR headlines an article that details how President "Obama's Bush Library Speech Leaves Iraq And More Unspoken."

Most Americans of both parties have, over the years, appeared to have adopted the attitude that the stolen election of 2000 is something the nation has gotten over.  But it's hard not to underscore that the George W. Bush presidential library is really a fraud.

After all, Bush was never elected president.  On the 10th anniversary of his anointment by the Supreme Court, and particularly by the stay of the Florida state-mandated recount by Antonin Scalia – a long-time buddy of Dick Cheney and rabid right wing partisan.  In 2010, Eric Alterman recounted just some of the machinations that led to an election that was stolen even before the votes were cast (which was done with a number of voter suppression strategies, including the purging of tens of thousands of largely minority voters in Florida  done by a firm called ChoicePoint) on the tenth anniversary of the legalized putsch. 

Austerity debunked

  • As Europe struggles under widespread spending cuts, it seems that the theory behind austerity may, in fact, be flawed.
  • Earth to Washington: Repeal the Sequester

Aljazeera

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27 Apr 2013 | Over the course of the last three years, Europe has changed beyond anybody’s reckoning.

Greece has had to sell off its islands; Ireland has proposed selling its national forest. Britain has forced the disabled to go to work; in Spain there is the kind of unemployment levels that have in the past led to the creation of a military junta; there have been riots, and the near collapse of the currency.

And it has all been because of one thing, one overriding necessity forced on the people by the political class of a continent: austerity.

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Earth to Washington: Repeal the Sequester, Robert Reich, RobertReich.org

  • Earth to Washington: The economy is slowing. The recovery is stalling. At the very least, repeal the sequester.
  • Krugman & Co.: Austerity's Failure Everywhere You Look

 

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U.S. drones targeting rescuers and mourners

  • A new amply documented report demonstrates the use of American tactics that are almost certainly war crimes.
  • Whatever else is true, it seems highly likely that Barack Obama is the first Nobel Peace laureate who, after receiving his award, presided over the deliberate targeting of rescuers and funeral mourners of his victims.
  • Two Obamas, Two Classes Of Children

Glenn Greenwald, Salon

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Images from a Predator B unmanned aircraft are seen on a monitored at the Naval Air Station. (Credit: AP)

 

Sunday, February 5, 2012 | On December 30 of last year, ABC News reported on a 16-year-old Pakistani boy, Tariq Khan, who was killed with his 12-year-old cousin when a car in which he was riding was hit with a missile fired by a U.S. drone. As I noted at the time, the report contained this extraordinary passage buried in the middle:

Asked for documentation of Tariq and Waheed’s deaths, Akbar did not provide pictures of the missile strike scene. Virtually none exist, since drones often target people who show up at the scene of an attack.

What made that sentence so amazing was that it basically amounts to a report that the U.S. first kills people with drones, then fires on the rescuers and others who arrive at the scene where the new corpses and injured victims lie.

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Two Obamas, Two Classes Of Children, Ralph Nader, Nader.org

  • Unless the American people come to realize that a president must be subject to the rule of law and our Constitution, our statutes and treaties, every succeeding president will push the deficit-financed lawlessness further until the inevitable blowback day of reckoning. That is the fate of all empires.
  • A Culture That Condones The Killing Of Children And Teaches Children To Kill

 

Earth to Washington: Repeal the Sequester

Earth to Washington: The economy is slowing. The recovery is stalling. At the very least, repeal the sequester.

Robert Reich, RobertReich.org

Friday April 26, 2013 | Economic forecasters exist to make astrologers look good. Most had forecast growth of at least 3 percent (on an annualized basis) in the first quarter. But we learned this morning (in the Commerce Department’s report) it grew only 2.5 percent.

That’s better than the 2 percent growth last year and the slowdown at the end of the year. But it’s still cause for serious concern. 

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Krugman & Co.: Austerity's Failure Everywhere You Look, Jon Queally, Common Dreams

  • The Keynesians win every argument, say notable economists, so why does fiscal policy refuse to budge?
  • Paul Krugman | Global Austerity 'An Unethical Experimentation 
  • The terrible cost of Washington’s wars

 

 
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Dear Future Generations ~ Kurt Vonnegut

George Nagle, Indiana Progressive Liberals

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