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Hey All You DU Hippies - Did You Know We Took Over the Country & Ended Progress After Woodstock?

Remember when the hippies took over the country? That was cool, man.

Oh, wait, you don't remember that? You were probably too stoned.



Peter Thiel, the eccentric billionaire investor, had a conversation with Glenn Beck, the eccentric multimedia mogul. :

I think one of the … you know, the countercultural in the '60s was the hippies. You know, we landed on the moon in July of 1969. Woodstock started three weeks later, and with the benefit of hindsight, that’s when progress ended, and the hippies took over the country.

Today the counterculture is to believe in science and technology. You know, our society, the dominant culture doesn’t like science. It doesn’t like technology. You just look at the science-fiction movies that come out of Hollywood — Terminator, Matrix, Avatar, Elysium. I watched the Gravity movie the other day. It’s like you would never want to go into outer space. You would just want to be back on some muddy island. And so I think we’re in a world where actually believing that a better future is possible that you can have agency and work towards a better future, that is actually radically countercultural.




Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/peter-thiel-on-progress-2014-10#ixzz3GyzOTSZ1
http://www.eschatonblog.com/2014/10/hippie-nation.html#disqus_thread

She knows that, if elected, she will become "the government," right?

WASHINGTON -- Joni Ernst, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Iowa, said during an NRA event in 2012 that she would use a gun to defend herself from the government.



“I have a beautiful little Smith & Wesson, 9 millimeter, and it goes with me virtually everywhere,” Ernst said at the NRA and Iowa Firearms Coalition Second Amendment Rally in Searsboro, Iowa. “But I do believe in the right to carry, and I believe in the right to defend myself and my family -- whether it’s from an intruder, or whether it’s from the government, should they decide that my rights are no longer important.”


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/22/joni-ernst-guns_n_6032164.html

Warren Tease: "Don't be so sure about what lies ahead. There are amazing doors that could open."

An Early Halloween Fright for Wall St.: Elizabeth Warren for Treasury Secretary?



Millions have viewed her now-famous C-SPAN snippets on YouTube with tantalizing – for Senate hearings – titles like "Elizabeth Warren EMBARRASSES Bank Regulators at First Hearing," or "Elizabeth Warren: Classic Takedown…" and supporters are already lining up to back an "Elizabeth Warren for President" campaign in 2016. But is the freshman senator from Massachusetts herself on board with a run for the White House? Warren wrinkles her nose.

"I don't think so," she tells PEOPLE in an interview conducted at Warren's Cambridge, Massachusetts, home for this week's issue. "If there's any lesson I've learned in the last five years, it's don't be so sure about what lies ahead. There are amazing doors that could open."

She just doesn't see the door of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue being one of them. Not yet, anyway. "Right now," Warren says, "I'm focused on figuring out what else I can do from this spot" in the U.S. Senate.




http://www.people.com/article/elizabeth-warren-interview-youtube-treasury-secretary-hillary-clinton

"UnFreedom" In America

Mapping the New Jim Crow
America's entire history is marked by the state imposing unfreedom on a large swath of the African American population.


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Although whites constitute a large proportion of the prisoner population, white inmates constitute a much smaller percentage of the overall white population than is the case with black inmates. In 1990, for every 100,000 white Americans, 289 were in jail or prison; for every 100,000 black Americans, 1,860 were in jail or prison.



http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/10/mapping-the-new-jim-crow/381617/

Give 'Em the Finger

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http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/10/22/1338530/-PISS-OFF-THE-GOP-VOTE

Paul Krugman: How About A Clinton-Warren Ticket Instead Of A Matchup?

Nobel Prize-winning New York Times columnist Paul Krugman has an interesting vision of the 2016 Democratic presidential ticket: Hillary Clinton for president and Sen. Elizabeth Warren “looking over her shoulder so she doesn't stray too far."

Speaking on HuffPost Live Wednesday about Clinton’s domestic policy, Krugman said, “When she talks now, she sounds substantially to the left of the old Hillary Clinton.”

“If she becomes president and then turns ... (and) runs back to the right, that’s going to be a problem. ... I guess part of one's hope, if she becomes president, (is that) she will in fact feel some need to avoid alienating the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party, which is for all practical purposes led by Elizabeth Warren right now,” Krugman said.

As for a presidential bid from the Democratic senator from Massachusetts, he said it “would be an interesting thing” but predicted it would be unsuccessful.





Video & MORE:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/22/hillary-clinton-elizabeth-warren_n_6030868.html

Congressman Steve King Doesn’t Expect To Find Gay People When He Gets To Heaven

The Herald initially asked King whether he thought divorce or cohabitation are sins. “I think that I’ll not comment on that part,” he replied, choosing to focus his remarks entirely on homosexuality. “I’ll just say that what was a sin 2,000 years ago is a sin today, and people that were condemned to hell 2,000 years ago, I don’t expect to meet them should I make it to heaven. So let’s stick with that principle.”

http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2014/10/23/3583362/steve-king-gay-heaven/

"DOWN THE HOLE"

IRS Whistle-Blowers: Agency Executives Behind Multibillion-Dollar Corporate Tax Giveaways

IRS Whistle-Blowers: Agency Executives Behind Multibillion-Dollar Corporate Tax Giveaways


A veteran Internal Revenue Service attorney demands a congressional audit of the IRS to investigate the agency's alleged role in allowing US corporations to illegally avoid paying billions of dollars in taxes even as it cracks down on individuals and small businesses.

A 10-year veteran Internal Revenue Service (IRS) attorney has demanded a congressional audit of the IRS to investigate the agency's alleged role in allowing US corporations to illegally avoid paying billions of dollars in taxes even as it cracks down on individuals and small businesses.

In a letter to Treasury secretary Jacob Lew, IRS commissioner John A. Koskinen and IRS chief counsel William Wilkins, Jane J. Kim, an attorney in the IRS Office of the Chief Counsel in New York, accused IRS executives of "deliberately" facilitating multibillion-dollar tax giveaways. The letter, dated October 19, will add further pressure on the agency, which is under fire for allegedly targeting conservative and Tea Party groups.

Kim, who has previously blown the whistle on "gross waste of government resources" in the IRS New York field offices, wrote in her new letter that senior IRS officials have "intentionally undermined the authority of the IRS Whistleblower Office (WO)" to avoid taking action "in cases involving billions in corporate taxes due." The IRS also refuses to enforce laws for "large corporate taxpayers," resulting in giveaways of further billions, despite applying the same laws with "draconian strictness to small business, the self-employed, and wage-earning individuals."

The IRS attorney's letter was copied to Jason Foster, chief investigative counsel for the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, as well as several other senators and House representatives, including Elizabeth Warren, Maxine Waters, Alan Grayson, Bernie Sanders, Charles Grassley, Mike Lee, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz. They could not be reached for comment.


The Rest:
http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/26996-irs-whistle-blowers-agency-executives-behind-multibillion-dollar-corporate-tax-giveaways

US vs Canada: Exceptionally hysterical


http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/10/exceptionally-hysterical.html

In light of this week, Canada may have to change. But whatever changes we choose to make should be done carefully and calmly, with an understanding of the limited scale of the threat, and the nature of the tradeoffs between freedom and safety. Any changes made, from security at public buildings to a long-standing system of laws that criminalize action but not thought, should be done only for the benefit of millions of law-abiding Canadians – and not as a panicky reaction to a very small number of men who, unlike some dangers that Canada has faced before, pose no threat whatsoever to the survival of Canada.

http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2014/10/a-day-after-canada-is-still-canada/
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