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Is There a Silver Lining In The Government Shutdown?

Written by on January 16, 2019 in Agencies & Systems, Government, Policies, Politics with 0 Comments
Is There a Silver Lining In The Government Shutdown?

A shocking article in the Daily Caller this week blew the lid on what it’s really like among all those “public servants” working in the Federal bureaucracy: about 85 percent of them do nothing at all related to their jobs. With thousands of “workers” furloughed, the government offices are actually working better than ever. Is there a lesson in this somewhere? Ron Paul discusses this topic with Daniel McAdams. #governmentshutdown

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War Criminals at Large

War Criminals at Large

It is a common misconception that democracies do not start wars of aggression or carry out terrorist attacks. The historical facts for the period from 1945 to today show a completely different reality: time and again, democratic states in Europe and North America have participated in wars of aggression and terrorist attacks in the past 70 years. There are so many cases that I am not able to list all of them here. As examples, I have selected three events from different decades….

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Trump Nomination of Wheeler Ensures EPA Will Continue to Put ‘Profits of Polluters’ Over Human Health and Planet

Written by on January 10, 2019 in Agencies & Systems, Government, Policies, Politics with 0 Comments
Trump Nomination of Wheeler Ensures EPA Will Continue to Put ‘Profits of Polluters’ Over Human Health and Planet

In the six months since he stepped in to oversee the Environmental Protection Agency following Scott Pruitt’s resignation last summer, Andrew Wheeler has gutted fuel efficiency standards, rolled back carbon emissions rules for coal plants, and moved to allow more mercury emissions—and President Donald Trump made his approval known Wednesday as he nominated Wheeler to officially head the agency. “The only thing Wheeler is going to protect at the EPA is the profits of polluters,” said Brett Hartl, government affairs director at the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD), in a statement. “I’m sure corporate board rooms will celebrate this nomination. But for anyone who drinks water, breathes air, or cares about wildlife, this will be nothing but awful.” #environment

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UN Staff Member & Whistleblower: “5G Is A Global Health Catastrophe”

UN Staff Member & Whistleblower: “5G Is A Global Health Catastrophe”

I live in Vienna, Austria, where the 5G rollout is suddenly upon us. Within the last five weeks, pre-5G has been officially announced at Vienna airport and 5G at the Rathausplatz, the main square in Vienna, which attracts tens of thousands of visitors to its Christmas market each December and skating rink each January, which are special treats for children. Along with birds and insects, children are the most vulnerable to 5G depredation because of their little bodies.[8] Friends and acquaintances and their children in Vienna are already reporting the classic symptoms of EMR poisoning…

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How 2018’s Struggles Set Us Up for a Bold, Hopeful 2019

Written by on January 1, 2019 in Corruption, Government, Policies, Politics with 0 Comments
How 2018’s Struggles Set Us Up for a Bold, Hopeful 2019

Hope for 2019: While our #democracy is fragile needs the force of law and the will of the people to protect it, Americans have been rising to and meeting that challenge.

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At Last, a Good First Step Toward Public Pharmaceuticals

Written by on December 21, 2018 in Government, Policies with 0 Comments
At Last, a Good First Step Toward Public Pharmaceuticals

Public production of essential medicines is an idea whose time has come. A new bill introduced by Warren and Schakowsky is representative of growing sentiment both throughout the country and on Capitol Hill that business as usual in the pharmaceutical sector benefits neither public health nor democracy. Putting public manufacturing for the public good on the table as a real option represents an important advance towards a system that priorities human need over corporate profit. #pharma

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‘Historic Victory’ as Senate Votes to End U.S. Involvement in ‘Unauthorized War’ in Yemen

Written by on December 14, 2018 in Government, Military, Policies, Politics with 0 Comments
‘Historic Victory’ as Senate Votes to End U.S. Involvement in ‘Unauthorized War’ in Yemen

The Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly passed Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) resolution to end U.S. military support for Saudi Arabia’s years-long assault on Yemen and #yemeni children by a bipartisan vote of 56-41. #YemenCantWait

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‘This Is Why People Hate Congress’: With Buried Provision in Must-Pass Farm Bill, House GOP Uses Last Days in Power to Block Yemen Vote

Written by on December 12, 2018 in Corruption, Government, Military, Policies, Politics with 0 Comments
‘This Is Why People Hate Congress’: With Buried Provision in Must-Pass Farm Bill, House GOP Uses Last Days in Power to Block Yemen Vote

As the U.S. Senate prepared Wednesday to vote on a resolution to cut military support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, House Republicans in their last days in power moved to undermine efforts to end U.S. complicity in the assault that’s dragged on for more than three years in the impoverished country. #YemenCantWait

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‘The System Is Shaken’: As Yellow Vests Persist in France, Macron Bends With Minimum Wage Hike and Pension Tax Canceled

Written by on December 11, 2018 in Government, Policies with 0 Comments
‘The System Is Shaken’: As Yellow Vests Persist in France, Macron Bends With Minimum Wage Hike and Pension Tax Canceled

Following four weeks of “Yellow Vest” protests which have erupted into violence at times, French President Emmanuel Macron indicated Monday that his government can no longer ignore the demands of hundreds of thousands of citizens—announcing a minimum wage increase and a cancellation of a tax on retirees, but still refusing to relent on one of his most widely-criticized tax reforms. #yellowvest

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New Lancet Study Shows Right-Wing Attacks on Refugees and Migrants Based on ‘White Nationalist Propaganda’—Not Facts

Written by on December 7, 2018 in Government, Policies, Politics with 0 Comments
New Lancet Study Shows Right-Wing Attacks on Refugees and Migrants Based on ‘White Nationalist Propaganda’—Not Facts

A new study published Thursday in The Lancet, one of the world’s preeminent medical journals, makes clear the increasingly familiar attacks used by right-wingers worldwide to dehumanize migrants and refugees by describing them as disease-infested is a xenophobic slur rooted in racism and hate, not facts or the science of public health. In fact, immigrants do more to improve the health of their new country than to harm it.

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New Study Shows Medicare for All Would Save US $5.1 Trillion Over Ten Years

Written by on December 2, 2018 in Government, Policies, Politics with 0 Comments
New Study Shows Medicare for All Would Save US $5.1 Trillion Over Ten Years

“Medicare for All promises a system that is fairer, more efficient, and vastly less expensive than America’s bloated, monopolized, over-priced and under-performing private health insurance system,” argued Columbia University professor Jeffrey Sachs. “It’s easy to pay for something that costs less,” said Robert Pollin, economics professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. #medicareforall

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Calling for Policies That Work for World’s Children, “Not a Handful of Billionaires,” Bernie Sanders Delivers Keynote Address at Sanders Institute Gathering

Written by on November 30, 2018 in Government, Policies, Politics with 0 Comments
Calling for Policies That Work for World’s Children, “Not a Handful of Billionaires,” Bernie Sanders Delivers Keynote Address at Sanders Institute Gathering

Kicking off the inaugural Sanders Institute conference in Burlington, Vermont this weekend—billed as “A Gathering of Minds to Envision the World We Want”—Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) gave a keynote address to a crowd of influential progressives from around the world Thursday evening. In keeping with the Gathering’s mission “to revitalize our democracy,” Sanders’ address encompassed a progressive vision for the future—one in which economic, social, racial, and political power is distributed amongst the people who keep the world’s economies running, rather than accumulated by the wealthiest few.

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In Historic Vote, Senate Advances War Powers Resolution to End US Complicity in Saudi Assault on Yemen

Written by on November 29, 2018 in Government, Military, Policies, Politics with 0 Comments
In Historic Vote, Senate Advances War Powers Resolution to End US Complicity in Saudi Assault on Yemen

In a historic vote that could “mark the beginning of the end of American complicity” in Saudi Arabia’s mass atrocities in Yemen, the Senate on Wednesday voted to advance Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) Yemen War Powers resolution by an overwhelming margin of 63-37.

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‘Yemen Can’t Wait’: Ahead of War Powers Vote, Urgent Push for Senate to End US Complicity in Saudi Atrocities

Written by on November 28, 2018 in Government, Military, Policies with 0 Comments
‘Yemen Can’t Wait’: Ahead of War Powers Vote, Urgent Push for Senate to End US Complicity in Saudi Atrocities

With a vote on Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) resolution to end U.S. complicity in the Saudi-led assault on Yemen expected as early as Wednesday, grassroots anti-war organizations are ramping up pressure on Democratic senators who sided with the Republican majority in voting down the same measure earlier this year and demanding that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) act on his words by co-sponsoring the resolution. The Saudi-led intervention in Yemen, with U.S. support, has killed thousands of civilians. Over 85,000 children have died of starvation. Enough is enough.

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Hospital Letter Urging Patient to Start ‘Fundraising Effort’ to Pay for Heart Treatment Seen as Yet Another Reason America Needs Medicare for All

Written by on November 25, 2018 in Government, Policies with 0 Comments
Hospital Letter Urging Patient to Start ‘Fundraising Effort’ to Pay for Heart Treatment Seen as Yet Another Reason America Needs Medicare for All

A Michigan woman seeking a heart transplant publicized a letter she received from the Spectrum Health Richard DeVos Heart and Lung Transplant Clinic informing her that she is “not a candidate” for the procedure “at this time” because she needs a “more secure financial plan” to afford the required postoperative immunosuppressive medication. The letter goes on to explicitly recommend “a fundraising effort of $10,000” to help pay for the drugs.

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