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UN Report Condemns US for ‘Deliberately’ Creating Devastating Wealth Inequality

Written by on June 4, 2018 in Corruption, Government, Policies with 0 Comments
UN Report Condemns US for ‘Deliberately’ Creating Devastating Wealth Inequality

With millions of Americans already on the brink of deep poverty, Philip Alston, U.N. Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights and author of the new report, warned that Trump’s tax law, deregulatory agenda, and welfare cuts are driving the poor closer to complete “ruination,” which the U.N. official defines as “severe deprivation of food and almost no access to healthcare.”

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Hundreds Arrested Nationwide as Poor People’s Campaign Demands ‘End to the War Economy’

Written by on May 30, 2018 in Activism, Conscious Living with 0 Comments
Hundreds Arrested Nationwide as Poor People’s Campaign Demands ‘End to the War Economy’

Hoisting signs that read “The War Economy Is Immoral” and “Ban Killer Drones,” demonstrators gathered at the capitol buildings of New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, and several other states to denounce a militaristic system that profits “every time a bomb is dropped on innocent people.” Hundreds have been arrested.

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‘The Sky Didn’t Fall’: Study on Seattle $15 Minimum Wage Proves Critics Wrong

Written by on May 29, 2018 in Economy with 0 Comments
‘The Sky Didn’t Fall’: Study on Seattle $15 Minimum Wage Proves Critics Wrong

The study by U.C. Berkeley economists examined the effects of the incremental wage increases in 2015 and 2016. After analyzing Seattle job data prior to the wage hikes—which were signed into law by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray in 2015—and after they began to take effect, researchers found “no evidence of job loss in the city’s restaurant industry, even as pay reached $13 for workers in large companies.”

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As New Privacy Rules Hit Europe, Google and Facebook Hit With $8.8 Billion in Lawsuits

Written by on May 28, 2018 in Internet, Media & Arts, Social Media with 0 Comments
As New Privacy Rules Hit Europe, Google and Facebook Hit With $8.8 Billion in Lawsuits

Accusing Facebook, Google, WhatsApp, and Instagram of “intentionally” violating Europe’s strict new privacy rules that officially went into effect on Friday, Austrian lawyer and privacy activist Max Schrems filed four lawsuits against the tech companies arguing they are still “coercing users into sharing personal data” despite rolling out new policies ostensibly aimed at complying with the new regulations.

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Iraq 2.0: New US Secretary of State Setting the Stage for Regime Change in Iran – Threatens to ‘Crush’ Iran

Written by on May 22, 2018 in Government, Military, Policies with 0 Comments
Iraq 2.0: New US Secretary of State Setting the Stage for Regime Change in Iran –  Threatens to ‘Crush’ Iran

After Pompeo’s unveiled “Plan B” for nuclear negotiations—which comes around two weeks after President Donald Trump violated the Iran nuclear accord and placed the U.S. on the path to yet another war in the Middle East—National Iranian American Council (NIAC) president Trita Parsi argued that the Trump administration’s demands are intentionally unrealistic and “clearly designed to ensure there cannot be any new negotiation.”

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‘Historic Win’ for the Open Internet as Senate Votes to Restore Net Neutrality

Written by on May 17, 2018 in Internet, Media & Arts with 1 Comment
‘Historic Win’ for the Open Internet as Senate Votes to Restore Net Neutrality

Thanks to weeks of sustained grassroots pressure in the form of 16 million emails, over a million phone calls, and nationwide demonstrations both online and off, three Republicans voted with the Senate Democratic caucus on Wednesday to block the GOP-controlled FCC’s net neutrality repeal, clearing a crucial hurdle on the path to saving the web from the greed of the telecom industry.

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‘Pathetic’: To Shield Elites From Deserved Ridicule, WHCA Apologizes for Michelle Wolf’s Epic Performance [VIDEO]

Written by on May 1, 2018 in Corporate Controlled Media, Media & Arts with 0 Comments
‘Pathetic’: To Shield Elites From Deserved Ridicule, WHCA Apologizes for Michelle Wolf’s Epic Performance [VIDEO]

In the eyes of D.C. media elites, jokes about murderous drone strikes and a war that killed over a million Iraqis fall well within the boundaries of civility, but humor that targets the powerful is completely unacceptable. That was the message many journalists and critics took from the White House Correspondents’ Association’s (WHCA) “pathetic” statement Sunday night apologizing for the performance of comedian Michelle Wolf, who pilloried the incompetence of Democrats, railed against the lies of the Trump administration, and spoke uncomfortable truths about the corporate media’s complicity in the president’s ascent to power.

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The Average American Taxpayer Sent $3,456 to the Pentagon Last Year for Military

Written by on April 18, 2018 in Government, Military with 0 Comments
The Average American Taxpayer Sent $3,456 to the Pentagon Last Year for Military

As Americans rushed to pay their taxes on Tuesday before the official deadline, peace groups reminded the public of the uncomfortable fact that an “astronomical amount” of the money sent to the IRS each year goes not to funding education or a single-payer healthcare system the U.S. supposedly can’t afford, but straight into the bloated coffers of the Pentagon.

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Showing They ‘Learned Nothing’ From Iraq, Corporate Media Help Beat War Drums for Trump Attack on Syria

Written by on April 12, 2018 in Corporate Controlled Media, Media & Arts with 0 Comments
Showing They ‘Learned Nothing’ From Iraq, Corporate Media Help Beat War Drums for Trump Attack on Syria

As media critic Simon Maloy lamented, the behavior of much of the corporate media “indicates how alarmingly comfortable much of the mainstream press is with the idea that the president can just up and decide to initiate military hostilities whenever, wherever, and for whatever reason—even when there is no actual reason at all.”

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As Feds Launch Probe, Users Discover ‘Horrifying’ Reach of Facebook’s Data Mining

Written by on March 27, 2018 in Media & Arts, Social Media with 0 Comments
As Feds Launch Probe, Users Discover ‘Horrifying’ Reach of Facebook’s Data Mining

After a New Zealand man named Dylan McKay called attention in a viral tweet last week to the alarming fact that Facebook had collected his “entire call history” with his partner’s mother and “metadata about every text message [he’s] ever received or sent,” other Facebook users began downloading their archive of personal data the social media giant had stored and discovered that McKay’s experience was hardly anomalous.

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Progressives Embrace Bold New Agenda To Take Back Our Government From Those Who Have Corrupted And Subverted It

Written by on February 25, 2018 in Corruption, Government with 0 Comments
Progressives Embrace Bold New Agenda To Take Back Our Government From Those Who Have Corrupted And Subverted It

“We need to fight to make government an instrument of the common good, not the special interests,” the platform, crafted by Campaign for America’s Future, concludes.

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Net Neutrality Fight ‘Not Over’: Groups Launch Internet-Wide Campaign Pushing Congress to Overrule FCC Vote

Written by on December 15, 2017 in Internet, Media & Arts with 0 Comments
Net Neutrality Fight ‘Not Over’: Groups Launch Internet-Wide Campaign Pushing Congress to Overrule FCC Vote

Just hours after the FCC’s vote, the coalition of activist groups behind Team Internet and BattlefortheNet.com announced the launch of “a massive internet-wide campaign” calling on members of Congress to overturn the FCC’s move by passing a Resolution of Disapproval under the Congressional Review Act (CRA), which only requires a simple majority in the House and Senate.

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Massive ‘Break the Internet’ Revolt This Week to ‘Save Net Neutrality’

Written by on December 12, 2017 in Internet, Media & Arts with 1 Comment
Massive ‘Break the Internet’ Revolt This Week to ‘Save Net Neutrality’

Net neutrality defenders have planned a massive online demonstration this week ahead of the FCC’s scheduled vote on chairman Ajit Pai’s deeply unpopular plan to kill the open internet, which critics have denounced as “naked corporatism.” Slated to begin Tuesday—and continue through to the scheduled vote by the Republican-controlled FCC on Thursday—the “Break the Internet” protest is aimed at showing “the world what the web will look like without net neutrality.”

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GOP Lawmaker Admits Pushing Tax Scam to Please His Rich Donors

Written by on November 8, 2017 in Corruption, Government, Policies with 0 Comments
GOP Lawmaker Admits Pushing Tax Scam to Please His Rich Donors

“Get it done or don’t ever call me again.” That was the ultimatum a major donor reportedly gave Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) as the House GOP readies for a vote on their tax bill as early as next week.

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As US Inequality Breeds Oligarchy, New Report Details Pathway to Income Equity

Written by on August 9, 2017 in Climate Change, Economy with 0 Comments
As US Inequality Breeds Oligarchy, New Report Details Pathway to Income Equity

The report closes by offering numerous ways to tackle inequality, which are broken down into four categories, including policies that would “lift the floor, level the playing field, break up the over-concentration of wealth, and check unbridled corporate power.”

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