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This flower is known as the Antirrhinum. Once the flower dies, the seed pod begins to look like the skulls that you see here.
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President Obama wants you to believe that the political map of the United States would be transformed – “completely changed,” he says – if citizens were required by law to vote. Obama told a town hall meeting in Cleveland that mandatory voting would “counteract” the influence of money in the U.S. electoral process. That’s a hell of a statement from the guy who wrecked the public campaign finance system by opting out of it in 2008, and outspent his Republican opponents in both of his runs for the presidency. Obama ought to have his picture on a million dollar bill.

Americans don’t vote because both major political parties are answerable to the same people: the moneyed classes, the power structures that determine the issues that will be on the political agenda long before the party primaries begin. This is called the hegemony of the bourgeoisie, the rule of the rich.

The corporations and bankers choose the menu; the only option citizens have is whether to select from the pre-packaged list of candidates, or stay home. Almost two out of three chose not to vote in 2014. They were not behaving irrationally. Since both major parties are controlled by the rich, only the most minor tinkering with the way the country is actually run, is tolerated. No matter how many people vote, very little changes, because the U.S. offers the narrowest spectrum of electoral choices in the industrial world – which is why it has the lowest voter turnout.

The Democrats want to keep their lock on the Black vote, but they have no interest in Black people voting their own political agenda, for the simple reason that Blacks are the most left-wing constituency in the country and must, therefore, be kept in check by the Democratic Party machinery. It is the Democrats who have for decades sought to break up concentrations of Black voters, spreading them out across a number of districts. This gives the Democratic Party a better chance to win seats in more districts, but it means that only those Black candidates that can appeal to a substantial segment of white voters can win election. The Black political conversation is left in a state of arrested development. Ultimately, even the Black political landscape turns into a desert, and rational Black people choose not to vote.

There is much more to politics than voting. The Sixties was the most productive decade in Black American history, but the victories came mainly from the street. The vote can be put to good use, but not when it’s cast for a Republican or a Democrat. Which is why so few votes are cast on Election Day in the United States.


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A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford. Voter suppression plays an important role in keeping Black turnout below that of whites, but does not explain why overall U.S. voter participation is far below most developed countries on the planet. The reason is simple: the rich ...
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"When we have computers that can do more and more jobs, it's going to change how we think about work. There's no way around that. You can't wish it away."

— Larry Page, CEO of Google
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That sounds good. That way decisions will be made for the long-term health of the company rather than today's stock price. 
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Blame the teacher.... For all she cannot control.
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In an interview published in World’s Work magazine in 1926, Ford explains why he switched his workers from a 6-day, 48-hour workweek to a 5-day, 40-hour workweek but still paid employees the same wages:
    Leisure is an indispensable ingredient in a growing consumer market because working people need to have enough free time to find uses for consumer products, including automobiles. -- Henry Ford

While this may be giving Ford a little too much credit (Unions fought pretty hard to enact laws to protect workers, including limiting number of hours worked), the article sheds more light on what productivity actually is and how we can't stuff it into predefined pockets of time.

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‘As long as you get your eight hours in.’ I used to hear this phrase a lot. The thinking is that as long as you put in a set amount of time working (usually at least eight hours or more) […]
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Invisible Bicycles: Tokyo’s High-Tech Underground Bike Parking

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Arizona State Senator said we should consider a bill legally requiring American citizens to attend church on Sundays, per AZ senator.  Maybe citizens should require Congress to attend church and learn about ethics, because I'm not sure they all think ethics and moral code matter.  God gave people free will on church, yet this Senator wants to take it away. 

She is correct that America needs to turn back toward good morals and ethics, but it starts with our leaders.  Those same leaders who allowed kidnapping and torture renditions by the CIA, who support Israel as they tear down the homes of "suspected" terrorist, leaving their children and spouse homeless and kill children in the Gaza conflicts.

I don't go to church but it will be a cold day in hell when I take moral ethical advice from a politician, as a group their standards do not even measure up to those of the most basic American citizens.

John McCain told a German magazine Der Spiegel, We all know friends spy on friends.  In America spying on friends is socially unacceptable behavior and US Senator doesn't even know it.  Friends who spy on friends don't stay friends for long.

Clean up Congress first, or sit down and shut up.  It's your job as a state senator.

Corrected my assumption the lady sat in Congress instead of the AZ State Senate.

http://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2015/03/27/pkg-arizona-senator-church-attendance-mandatory.ktvk

#Church #Senate #Congress #God   #Arizona  
During a gun bill debate, Arizona State Senator Sylvia Allen says she supports mandating church attendance. CNN affiliate KTVK reports.
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Actor and LGBT activist George Takei has called for a boycott of Indiana, including GenCon, the world's largest gaming convention, in response to the Religious Freedom law enacted today.
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"The bill allows business owners to refuse to serve gay and lesbian customers or clients based on religious objections. For example, a bakery, florist, or photographer could refuse on religious grounds to provide their services for a same-sex wedding, which is legal in Indiana....." Wowsa.
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Am I the only one that finds it ironic that after decades of failing to create a secure OS, Microsoft is making itself the only OS that is allow to be "securely" booted? As if the BIOS was the problem the whole time and the rest of it was always just fine.
 
Well, this may definitely sway my next computer purchase - like perhaps toward a Chromebook or verified Linux-compatible hardware to use my distro on a new computer purchase?! Nice going, Microshit!
Windows 10 hardware must support Secure Boot and won't have to let you turn it off.
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Oh, and its not only limited to Microsoft.. but specifically Windows 8 and up. Windows 7 (arguably the best Windows OS ever) and earlier are not supported.
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You can see the same thing if you lay under a tree and look up ;)
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Chicken and waffles is not a thing so much in CA as it is in the South. So its great to see these kinds of dishes accessible here. Go and get the chicken and waffles. You won't regret it.
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