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Bishop: Why Catholics Should Resist Paying Federal Taxes

Since becoming a bishop in 1968, Bishop Thomas Gumbleton has traveled throughout the world calling for an end to war and the abolition of nuclear weapons.

Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, Democracy Now! / Nation of Change

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April 12, 2013 | Retired Catholic Bishop Thomas Gumbleton has been a leading voice for peace, social justice and civil rights for decades. He helped found Pax Christi and Bread for the World. In this video, we ask him about the ethics of tax resistance. In the full interview, we also speak to him about the priest sexual abuse scandal, poverty in Detroit, Lori Berenson, why he challenges the church’s position on gay marriage, the anti-nuke movement and liberation theology.

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5 Ways That Raw, Unregulated Capitalism Is Acting Like a Cancer on American Society

The predators on our society will scream about threats to "freedom" as soon as we start going after them, but it's just about trying to protect profits.

  1. Attacking the Hungry
  2. Suffocating the Students
  3. Weakening the Children
  4. Depleting the Taxpayers
  5. Paralyzing the Voters

Paul Buchheit, AlterNet

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May 5, 2013 | Unregulated capitalism is out of control. Like a  cancer, it has become "something evil or malignant that spreads destructively," with tumors growing in several once-healthy parts of the American body.

1. Attacking the Hungry

The uncontrolled growth of investment wealth is diverting resources away from vital programs, effectively smothering them. The average Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program  (SNAP) recipient received about $1,500 for food for the entire year. At least ten Americans each made that much in under ten seconds from their investment gains  in 2012, about the time it took each one to fluff his pillow and roll over in bed.

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GMOs: Power, Profit and the Patenting of Life

  • How a small socio-political American elite seeks to establish control over the very basis of human survival: the provision of our daily bread. “Control the food and you control the people.”
  • Review of Seeds of Destruction: The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation ~  F. William Engdahl
  • Tell Congress: Don't Pass a Farm Bill that Lets Monsanto Wipe Out State GMO Labeling Laws!

Global Research

May 24, 2013 | The debate on genetically modified foods is making a powerful statement this weekend, with the “March Against Monsanto” being planned on Saturday, May 25, in over 30 countries across the globe.

Today more than ever, the world’s food resources are being hijacked by giant corporations that are turning farms into factories and replacing natural resources with genetically modified “food-like” substances.

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Tell Congress: Don't Pass a Farm Bill that Lets Monsanto Wipe Out State GMO Labeling Laws! Organic Consumers Association

  • Please send the letter below to your members of Congress. Ask them to reject any amendment or rider to the Farm Bill that would wipe out states' rights to label genetically modified organisms (GMOs). 
  • Monsanto Wrote Monsanto Protection Act

 

TWO Condemns Boy Scouts Decision As Cowardly, Incoherent, And Mean-Spirited

  • Today’s decision was degrading, dehumanizing, and disgraceful. It stigmatized LGBT people and their families and sends the dangerous message that they are inferior and a threat to society.
  • MD Gov. Deval Patrick | Gay Marriage and the Right to Be Ordinary

Wayne Besen, Truth Wins Out (TWO)

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May 23, 2013 An estimated 1,400 voting members of the Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA) National Council just voted 61-38 percent to end the ban on gay youth participating in the program, but kept its outrageous and offensive policy  banning gay leaders and volunteers.

The following is TWO Executive Director Wayne Besen’s statement:

Today’s Boy Scout’s decision was insulting and pandered to ignorance and bigotry at the expense of  gay people and their families. Allowing gay scouts but not adult scout leaders was a compromise – only in the sense that BSA compromised its integrity and decency. Let’s be clear — this was not a step forward, but a step backward, because it reinforced the most vile stereotypes and misconceptions deliberately peddled by anti-gay activists.

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MD Gov. Deval Patrick | Gay Marriage and the Right to Be Ordinary, Gov. Deval Patrick, Washington (DC) Post

"Nine years ago Friday, same-sex marriages started happening in Massachusetts, and the time since then has proved wonderfully unremarkable. The sky has not fallen. The earth has not opened to swallow us up." 

 

Tea Party "Working The Refs" in IRS Scandal

  • What has gotten lost in the feeding frenzy surround the IRS is the actual partisan political involvement of many of the Tea Party groups applying for 501(c)(4) status...
  • The Tea Party and the IRS “Scandal”: The Actual Facts of the Case
  • The IRS Was Dead Right To Scrutinize Tea Party

Bill Berkowitz for Buzzflash at Truthout 

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Diogenes was a fifth century BC Greek philosopher, and a rather controversial one at that. Also known as Diogenes the Cynic, it is said that he took a vow of poverty and often lived in a barrel. He was a social critic long before social critics became cool. Everything we know about Diogenes is through anecdote since none of his writings have survived the centuries. He is probably best known for a stunt: carrying a lamp during the day and claiming to be searching for an honest man. Which brings me, some 2400 years later, to strapping on a headlamp and searching for an honest rendering of the IRS "Scandal" that has been monopolizing the news over the past ten days or so.

With horse racing's Triple Crown no longer up for grabs -- Oxbow defeated Kentucky Derby winner Orb and seven other horses in the Preakness Stakes -- the mainstream media and conservative media and advocacy groups are in search of a whole different kind of Trifecta.

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The Tea Party and the IRS “Scandal”: The Actual Facts of the Case, Devin Burghart

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Jim Fuller

A new report by the Institute for Research & Education on Human Rights (IREHR) titled "The Tea Party And The IRS 'Scandal': The Actual Facts Of The Case <http://www.irehr.org/issue-areas/tea-party-nationalism/tea-party-news-an...," approaches the IRS kerfuffle with an attempt to ferret out truth from fiction: The current clamor about the IRS scrutinizing Tea Party groups not only gave the Tea Party another opening to malign the administration, it gave them the opportunity to "work" the IRS into ignoring current and future violations by Tea Party groups with non-profit status actively participating in prohibited electoral activity.

The IRS Was Dead Right To Scrutinize Tea Party, Peter S. Goodman, Huffington Post

  • This scandal does not stem from the IRS actually levying action that contravenes the law. It's simply about whom the IRS decided to scrutinize. And the IRS had abundant reason to look carefully at the applications for tax exempt status sent in by people who are prone to portray taxes as something as base as slavery.
  • Obama Did It for the Money

 

How America Became a Third World Country (2013-2023)

  • Too few Americans -- with too little influence -- spoke up, and Washington didn’t listen. The rest of the story, as you well know, is history.
  • What a grim scene you have: a country investing in war in distant lands as it crumbles here at home.
  • Paul Krugman’s right: Austerity kills

Mattea Kramer and Jo Comerford‚ TomDispatch

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May 22‚ 2013 | The streets are so much darker now, since money for streetlights is rarely available to municipal governments. The national parks began closing down years ago. Some are already being subdivided and sold to the highest bidder. Reports on bridges crumbling or even collapsing are commonplace. The air in city after city hangs brown and heavy (and rates of childhood asthma and other lung diseases have shot up), because funding that would allow the enforcement of clean air standards by the Environmental Protection Agency is a distant memory. Public education has been cut to the bone, making good schools a luxury and, according to the Department of Education, two of every five students won’t graduate from high school.

It’s 2023 -- and this is America 10 years after the first across-the-board federal budget cuts known as sequestration went into effect. They went on for a decade, making no exception for effective programs vital to America’s economic health that were already underfunded, like job training and infrastructure repairs. It wasn’t supposed to be this way.

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Paul Krugman’s right: Austerity kills, David Stuckler and Sanjay Basu, Salon 

  • Austerity kills -- radical cuts destroy economies and lives, and the honest numbers and economics keep proving it.
  • Excerpted from "The Body Economic: Why Austerity Kills"
  • How America Became a Third World Country (2013-2023)
  • The Real Cost of Austerity

 

 

Chorus of Voices Demands Justice Three Years After BP Gulf Disaster

  • In addition to the oil, the chemical dispersant Corexit has wreaked havoc, and as a report released Friday from the Government Accountability Project detailed, it was knowingly used to make the gushing oil merely "appear invisible" while exacerbating levels of toxicity.
  • "The Gulf and its people can’t wait any longer."

Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams

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Photo: US Coast Guard

Saturday, April 20, 2013 | Saturday marks three years since the blowout of BP's Macondo well and explosion of Transocean's Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico which killed 11 men and spewed 200 million gallons of oil over three months.

It also marks over 1000 days affected communities and ecosystems have been waiting for accountability, justice and full cleanup of the nation's worst oil disaster that left a morbid legacy in its wake.

On Tuesday, a day before the first phase of the BP trial in New Orleans ended, conservation groups joined community members to demand accountability from the oil behemoth.

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  • Public television’s attempts to placate David Koch.
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Jane Mayer, New Yorker

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Koch, the conservative industrialist, has given $23 million to public television. Illustration by Daniel Hertzberg.

May 27, 2013 | Last fall, Alex Gibney, a documentary filmmaker who won an Academy Award in 2008 for an exposé of torture at a U.S. military base in Afghanistan, completed a film called “Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream.” It was scheduled to air on PBS on November 12th. The movie had been produced independently, in part with support from the Gates Foundation. “Park Avenue” is a pointed exploration of the growing economic inequality in America and a meditation on the often self-justifying mind-set of “the one per cent.” As a narrative device, Gibney focusses on one of the most expensive apartment buildings in Manhattan—740 Park Avenue—portraying it as an emblem of concentrated wealth and contrasting the lives of its inhabitants with those of poor people living at the other end of Park Avenue, in the Bronx.

Among the wealthiest residents of 740 Park is David Koch, the billionaire industrialist, who, with his brother Charles, owns Koch Industries, a huge energy-and-chemical conglomerate. The Koch brothers are known for their strongly conservative politics and for their efforts to finance a network of advocacy groups whose goal is to move the country to the right. David Koch is a major philanthropist, contributing to cultural and medical institutions that include Lincoln Center and New York-Presbyterian Hospital. In the nineteen-eighties, he began expanding his charitable contributions to the media, donating twenty-three million dollars to public television over the years.

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PBS Drone Coverage Brought to You by Drone Makers, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

  • Lockheed's Nova sponsorship violates underwriting rules <http://fair.org>
  • Ask PBS ombud Michael Getler to investigate whether Nova's "Rise of the Drones" violates PBS underwriting guidelines.
  • Rise of The Drones
  • Drone Warfare ~ Madea Benjamin
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