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Very inventive
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The tragedy of the commons is a factor here;  the Tragedy of selfishness?

"In only one respect is my message the same as the anti-vaccine activists: Educate yourself. But while they mean “Read all these websites that support our position”, I suggest you should learn what the scientific community says. Learn how the immune system works. Go read about the history of disease before vaccines, and talk to older people who grew up when polio, measles, and other diseases couldn’t be prevented...."
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Did somebody mention shopping?

Funny juxtaposition of ad and text on the web-page I was reading just now, on a post-money vision: http://hplusmagazine.com/2014/03/26/beyond-money/
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Comment on article; it seems too techno-dependent, just more fancy money! Post-money to me is an enlightened sharing society. Money is a barber pole. Disclaimer, 'shopping' hasn't been fully resolved in this vision.
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This came across my Twitter stream this afternoon which is apropos of the last post. It is interesting that most Americans are completely oblivious to the extreme wealth inequality in America. Somehow they think that the top 20% own about 55% of the total wealth. The reality (as mentioned in the post below) is that the top 0.1% own almost 25% of the total wealth in America (and the top 20% own about 85%).

It is very interesting that people choose the ideal distribution as one in which the top 20% own about 33% of the total wealth. Meanwhile republicans are well on their way to ensuring that the 0.1% own 100% of the total wealth (roughly another 20 years at the current rate).

What is special about these 300,000 people (0.1%-ers)? Well for many through their hard work, talent, and people skills they were able to be born to 0.1% parents. This is how the Walton clan became 4/10 richest people in America. This is how the Koch clan will also pass their wealth from parent to kid (and if Paul Ryan uses his Koch money to have his way, then this inherited wealth will be completely tax-free).
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Gov. Christie shows how much he cares about solving gridlock in his State with this creative solution:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/03/12/1284105/-Christie-Unilaterally-Shuts-Down-All-Tesla-Car-Stores-in-NJ
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Another disturbing *Letter from Loretto" by imprisoned whistleblower John Kiriakou.   http://cryptome.org/2014/04/kiriakou-14-0331.pdf

The barbarity of the US prison system is really hard to believe, (and this is a country club in comparison to most), though I suppose it is the natural extension of our jungle economic system and we can't fix one without the other.

>>John Kiriakou defense:  http://www.defendjohnk.com/wordpress/
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More scenes from the vicious farce that is US policy in the Middle East; comments on a typical one-sided article describing the latest breakdown of the peace process from Israel's most reliable mouthpiece, the NY Times.

"Rather than release an Israeli spy convicted of stealing US secrets, perhaps a better route is to withhold an ever increasing percentage of the massive US aid provided to Israel until a fair agreement is reached?"
-Hal Donahue Scranton, PA

from: http://mondoweiss.net/2014/04/portland-writers-sharper.html
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Lot's of interesting background to the Ukraine story:
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article38023.htm
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Funny how the American media is once again beating the drums of war ... even the supposed left wing MSNBC is playing this story as though it was Russia that destabilized Ukraine, never ever mentioning their part in pushing for destabilization.

Never questioning the innumerable time the USA has violated information law, vetoed condemnation of violation of international law, they decry Russian violation of international law, without actually specifying what international law they are violating or how they are violating it.
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This is well done, sadly iconic for 150 years now. A more accurate picture would depict the worker turning the handle of a giant meat grinder being fed even less lucky people for the Capitalist to gorge upon.  One day we'll see our current system in the same way we look back on the age of slavery, once also "necessary to the economy"  (read; necessary to generate massive profits for a lucky sociopathic few)  
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Super interesting article: 
http://consortiumnews.com/2014/02/27/a-shadow-us-foreign-policy/

#Reagan is lauded by the right mainly bc he was unabashed in tossing all established conventions of law and morality to the side in service to his elite backers...basically, he knew where his bread was buttered and didn't have any social vision or concern (essentially why he is a "hero" to the right). Here is an amazing part of his legacy undermining the interests of the USA and social order worldwide, on par with eliminating the regulations that would have prevented the global financial collapse we are still recovering from. 
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