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""The developers and financiers made trillions of dollars through the housing bubble and the imposition of crushing debt on homeowners. And when homeowners could no longer pay them what they demanded, they went to government and got trillions of dollars of bailouts. Every effort of the Obama Administration has been to prop this system up and keep it going at taxpayer expense. It’s time for this game to end. It’s time for the laws be written to protect the victims and not the perpetrators." -Jill Stein, Green Party presidential candidate"

Obama Administration’s Justice Department Openly Cites Protesters As A Reason For Supporting Legal Strip Searches For Any Arrest

At oral argument, a lawyer for the Obama Justice Department told the Supreme Court that “[p]rotesters…who decide deliberately to get arrested… might be stopped by the police, they see the squad car behind them. They might have a gun or contraband in their car and think hey, I’m going to put that on my person, I just need to get it somewhere that is not going to be found during a patdown search, and then potentially they have the contraband with them.”

http://www.salon.com/2012/04/03/the_obama_doj_and_strip_searches/singleton/#comments

99 Percent Spring: the Latest MoveOn Front for the Democratic Party

….the 99 Spring is a front group for MoveOn.org, and therefore, as investigative journalist John Stauber have shown in articles past, yet another case study of an attempt at co-option of multiple movements of radical protestation by MoveOn.

This time around, it’s both the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street. In times past, it has been the racial justice movement as seen through the lens of the group Color Lines, the Iraq War, and Occupy Wall Street.

In MoveOn.org’s short history, the front group has proven that co-option works, but co-opting Occupy Wall Street and the Arab Spring has been no easy task for it this time around.

It has been a particularly tough task because the Democratic Party, which it fronts for, is beholden to Wall Street and the Obama Administration whichMoveOn.org dutifully supports, plans on raising hundreds of millions of dollars from the 1-percent during his 2012 election campaign.

Furthermore, the Obama Administration has been largely responsible for supplying weaponry to suppress the Arab Spring, including in places such asEgyptBahrain, and Saudi Arabia, to name a few.

MoveOn.org has to tell overt lies in order to paint the Democratic Party and its President, Barack Obama, as a friend of democracy and working class. TheBig Lie, it can be said, is only believable for so long.

But ultimately, “So what?” says the cynic. “More of the same shit, just a different day.”

Not so fast, says activist and author John Stauber, an expert in exposing corporate and political front groups.

“What’s going on is very simple.  Massive amounts of soft money from unions, wealthy donors and foundations such as the Tides Foundation are flowing into NGOs willing to help support the re-election of Barack Obama, and this MoveOn front group is key to whipping liberals and progressive activists into line to attack Republicans for the cause.  The brand and energy of Occupy Wall Street are being coopted by MoveOn’s 99 Spring for this purpose,” he said in an interview.

“This reminds me of the AAEI coalition, another MoveOn front that worked with Nancy Pelosi in 2007 to see to it that the Iraq war was funded and used as a political stick to beat Republicans in 2008.  Or the massively funded Health Care for America Now coalition backed by MoveOn in 2009 which made sure that single payer health care was ignored while the White House pushed its pro-insurance industry legislation derided as ‘Obamacare’.   In this latest case, the so-called 99 Spring, MoveOn is enlisting other NGOs to create the appearance of a populist uprising from the Left, when it’s all about keeping the rabble in line and aimed at the Republicans to re-elect Obama,” he continued.

http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/03/16/99-percent-spring-the-latest-moveon-front-for-the-democratic-party/

Free Ride! Meet the Companies That Don’t Even Pretend to Pay Taxes | AlterNet Economy

The percentage of U.S. corporations structured as “nontaxable businesses” soared from about 24 percent in 1986 to about 69 percent as of 2008, according to the Internal Revenue Service. If you include partnerships and sole proprietors, the number gets even bigger.

And there’s more: Up to 60 percent of all U.S. businesses with profits of $1 million are structured as pass-throughs. In the Wall Street Journal, John D. McKinnon points out that their enormous popularity is “one big reason why federal corporate tax collections amounted to just 1.3% of GDP in 2010, well below their mark of 2.7% in 2006 and far beneath their peak of 6.1% in 1952.”

http://www.alternet.org/economy/154653/free_ride!_meet_the_companies_that_don’t_even_pretend_to_pay_taxes/?page=entire

think-progress:

thedailyfeed:

Yikes! College for today’s newborns could cost as much as $422,320.

The Daily analyzed historical, inflation-adjusted price data from the College Board to see what a bachelor’s degree might cost the class of 2034 in 2011 dollars. The result: Total tuition and fees would top $232,000 for an average-priced four-year private college and nearly $81,000 at an average-priced public university — up 111 percent and 167 percent, respectively, from the average class of 2012 tuition.
Room and board brings the average price of a four-year college education up to a projected $288,000 in 2011 dollars for four years beginning in 2030 at an average private school and $123,000 at an average public school. The class of 2012 paid about $149,195 for a private school and $64,591 at a public university, according to College Board data.


Yikes x2!

think-progress:

thedailyfeed:

Yikes! College for today’s newborns could cost as much as $422,320.

The Daily analyzed historical, inflation-adjusted price data from the College Board to see what a bachelor’s degree might cost the class of 2034 in 2011 dollars. The result: Total tuition and fees would top $232,000 for an average-priced four-year private college and nearly $81,000 at an average-priced public university — up 111 percent and 167 percent, respectively, from the average class of 2012 tuition.

Room and board brings the average price of a four-year college education up to a projected $288,000 in 2011 dollars for four years beginning in 2030 at an average private school and $123,000 at an average public school. The class of 2012 paid about $149,195 for a private school and $64,591 at a public university, according to College Board data.

Yikes x2!

oldtobegin:

jacquelinejane:

lovehustle:

specialshera:

thumbsuckerx:

And it’s shit like this that I don’t really think people understand. While you’re supporting the gutting of food stamps, medicaid, and other social programs, you’re legitimately committing people to die. 

One of the men I’ve known my entire life passed away this year because he had to choose between care for his heart issues and putting food on the table for his kids.
This isn’t a joke.

UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE, PLEASE?

It is simply disgusting that the US STILL doesn’t have universal health care. Wake up… :|

when rick santorum claims that nobody in the united states dies because of a lack of health insurance…

oldtobegin:

jacquelinejane:

lovehustle:

specialshera:

thumbsuckerx:

And it’s shit like this that I don’t really think people understand. While you’re supporting the gutting of food stamps, medicaid, and other social programs, you’re legitimately committing people to die. 

One of the men I’ve known my entire life passed away this year because he had to choose between care for his heart issues and putting food on the table for his kids.

This isn’t a joke.

UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE, PLEASE?

It is simply disgusting that the US STILL doesn’t have universal health care. Wake up… :|

when rick santorum claims that nobody in the united states dies because of a lack of health insurance…

adventuresinlearning:

Occupy America (by NewLeftMedia)

“Have the Occupy Wall Street protests that sprung up across the country this fall already passed? Shot in NYC, Oakland, and Cincinnati, this short explores the state of the #OWS protests now that local governments have removed permanent encampments, and asks what the future will be for this still-young nationwide movement.

Produced and edited by Chase Whiteside (interviews), Erick Stoll (camera), and Liz Cambron.

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"We need to keep the water running because we’re women. We need to take baths. I try to pay the sewer bill and the water bill together and then what little I got left I try to put on my lights. I got to have lights."

Tammy Lucas of Birmingham, Alabama, quoted in BBC News - The scandal of the Alabama poor cut off from water

This story is the kind that should never need to be written in the USA. Unfortunately, it does need to be written.

(via bohemiansouth)

Census data: Half of US poor or low income

shityoushouldcareabout:

Census data: Half of US poor or low income

obligatorywit:

Fun fact: pepper spray is classified as a chemical weapon and is prohibited from usage in military combat.

But the pepper spray that the police officers at the U.C. Davis protests was called “military grade,” and was sprayed point-blank at peaceful protesters, even though it is supposed to be used from at least fifteen feet away.

Tax Dollars At War from Softbox on Vimeo.

wasspencer:

kindofpersonal:

Tax Dollars At War by SoftBox

Don’t understand why so many US citizens are so fed up with the government? Here’s one reason. Enlighten yourself :)

The unquestioned priority of guns over butter is of course the other side of the OWS coin….