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A Program to End Your “Addiction” of Voting for Candidates in the Two Party Duopoly!

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We MUST break this incredibly destructive “habit” which many people feel they are “forced” to continue and, therefore, begin the process of destroying the Duopoly. 

 

doctom2010, Progressive Activists Voice

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https://proactvoice.files.wordpress.com/2015/09/einstein-image-on-insanity.jpg?w=530September 22, 2015 | 

1. Admit to yourself and others that the political system today is totally corrupted by Corporate Control which dominates the two political parties.

2.      Admit to yourself and others that those same corporations and the wealthy elite control the electoral process and the elected officials whom they elect. (Over 90% of incumbents are re-elected and the same percentage number win who have the most money.)

Thomas Baldwin (doctom2010], Biloxi, MS, is the author of the blog Progressive Activists Voice <https://proactvoice.wordpress.com>

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Disqualifications, Not Qualifications

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  • It is up to us, whether we waive this conflict of interest in the way we vote.  Before we vote, a vigorous review of these conflicts of interest is in order and it is proper for the Sanders campaign to call our attention to them.
  • Related: Robert Parry | Is Hillary Clinton ‘Qualified’?

Hank Edson, Common Dreams

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Saturday, April 09, 2016 | The dust up over whether either Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton is qualified to be president of the United States is overblown by the corporate media, which is looking for any chance it can get to censor the anti-establishment movement.  But more importantly, this dust up is framed entirely incorrectly.

Both candidates have respectable resumes; neither disputes the credentials of the other.  Thus, it’s not who is qualified based on their experience, but rather who ought to be disqualified based on their conflicts of interest.

Hank Edson is an author, activist and attorney based in San Francisco. He is the author of The Declaration of the Democratic Worldview (Democracy Press, 2008).

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Robert Parry | Is Hillary Clinton ‘Qualified’?, Robert Parry, Consortium News

  • The question of “qualifications” is suddenly at the center of the Democratic race with Hillary Clinton’s backers touting her résumé but ignoring her many failures in job after job.
  • Related: Disqualifications, Not Qualifications

Democrats silent as one million lose food stamp benefits in the US

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  • Sanders has criticized Hillary Clinton repeatedly for giving speeches to Wall Street audiences in return for six-figure fees, as well as raking in campaign contributions from the financial and fossil fuel industries. But he has not sought to make an issue of the cuts in vital social programs, particularly those implemented with the collaboration of the Obama administration or this year’s drastic cutback in food stamp eligibility for childless adults.
  • Related: Socialism, Bernie Sanders and the working class

Patrick Martin,  World Socialist Web Site

4 April 2016 | Tens of thousands of impoverished, unemployed adults were cut off food stamps Friday, the first wave of a social catastrophe that could affect more than one million people this year.

 

https://www.wsws.org/asset/8b5f681e-a78c-436e-95c3-47984421186H/SNAP-cutoff-states.png?rendition=image480 Some 22 states began terminating benefits for “Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents,” or ABAWDs, in the jargon of the US Department of Agriculture, which administers the federally funded food stamp program, or Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), as it is formally known.

Patrick Martin is a writer for World Socialist Web Site <>

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Socialism, Bernie Sanders and the working class, Dave Schneider, Fight Back! News

We have to be clear: Socialism with real political power for the majority will come from the revolutionary struggle of the working class against capitalism, not reforms and laws passed by politicians.

Special Report | The Panama Papers Scandal, Week Ending April 9, 2016

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  • A huge leak of documents has lifted the lid on how the rich and powerful use tax havens to hide their wealth. The files were leaked from one of the world's most secretive companies, a Panamanian law firm called Mossack Fonseca.
  • 5 New items including:
    • Panama Papers Q&A: What is the scandal about?
    • Five key figures implicated in the 'Panama Papers' scandal
    • Americans Included in ‘Panama Papers’ Leak
    • The Names in the Panama Papers
    • Massive Leak of Secret Documents from Panamanian Firm Reveal Movement of Billions of Dollars in Suspect Transactions

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Panama Papers Q&A: What is the scandal about? BBC

  • 5 April 2016 | It is the biggest leak in history, dwarfing the data released by the Wikileaks organisation in 2010. For context, if the amount of data released by Wikileaks was equivalent to the population of San Francisco, the amount of data released in the Panama Papers is the equivalent to that of India.
  • You can find our special report on the revelations here.

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Five key figures implicated in the 'Panama Papers' scandal, Matt Pearce, Los Angeles (CA) Times

April 4, 2016  | The story starts with a Panama-based law firm, Mossack Fonseca, which sets up shell companies in offshore tax havens to protect the global elite. 

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Americans Included in ‘Panama Papers’ Leak, Katie Reilly @katiemacreilly, Time

The leaked documents include at least 200 scanned American passports

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The Names in the Panama Papers, Krishnadev Calamur, the Atlantic

Apr 4, 2016| Documents leaked Sunday from a Panama-based firm purport to show corruption and questionable business practices of world leaders, politicians, and others.

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Massive Leak of Secret Documents from Panamanian Firm Reveal Movement of Billions of Dollars in Suspect Transactions, Global Financial Integrity* 

  • April 3, 2016 | Panama Papers Show How World Leaders, Celebrities, Wealthy Individuals and Even Governments Use and Abuse Secrecy Jurisdictions of Global Shadow Financial System
  • GFI Calls on Governments to Collect and Publish Beneficial Ownership Information for Accounts to Limit Future Abuses like those in the Panama Papers Leak

**Full disclosure: Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Virginia Simpson , who submitted this story, says that, "These guys (Global Financial Integrity)put out some good info, BUT it was put together by Goldman Sachs guy.

What Trump protesters can learn from the civil rights movement

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Insofar as we learn from their example we will find that … (o)ur advantage is that their work and that of successor movements enable us to start from a higher place. We can take into account the successes and mistakes of our comrades, and this time move the struggle much farther.

George Lakey, Waging Nonviolence

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March 30, 2016 | My recent challenging of the strategic effectiveness of protesting Trump events — if the goal is actually to undermine Trump — has brought a storm upon my head. It has also stimulated discussion by many and led me to a greater appreciation of the courage and initiative taken by the protesters.

At the same time, I think we can do better, and welcome the demands I’ve received to suggest alternatives. One of my favorites is to figure out what my opponent wants me to do, and then refuse to do it. A little-known but dramatic example of this tactic comes from Alabama in 1955, where white supremacy was virtually unchallenged until Montgomery black people launched a bus boycott.

George Lakey co-founded Earth Quaker Action Group which just won its five-year campaign to force a major U.S. bank to give up financing mountaintop removal coal mining. He is author of “Strategizing for a Living Revolution” in David Solnit’s book Globalize Liberation (City Lights, 2004).

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How Montanans Stopped the Largest New Coal Mine in North America, Nick Engelfried, Waging Nonviolence / Portside 

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  • The coming together of ordinary people — first in southeast Montana, then an ever-growing number of communities throughout the Northwest —to oppose the Otter Creek mine says much about how land defenders and climate activists are learning to fight back against the planet’s biggest energy companies. The roots of this recent victory go back more than 30 years.
  • Related: Colorado considers bill to make it easier to sue Big Oil over fracking earthquakes
  • Related: What Trump protesters can learn from the civil rights movement

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