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Labor Secretary Tom Perez: when it comes to minimum wage rates, “we suck.”

Labor Secretary Tom Perez: when it comes to minimum wage rates, “we suck.”

The U.S. federal wage floor ranks third-lowest -- as a percentage of median wage -- among the 34 member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a status that Perez said was embarrassing. I mean, we suck, Perez said. “We really do.”


more:
http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2014-10-23/christie-head-in-sand-on-minimum-wage-labor-chief-says

Governor Christie Says GOP Needs To Win In Order To Control ‘Voting Mechanisms’

Governor Christie Says GOP Needs To Win In Order To Control ‘Voting Mechanisms’
By: DSWright Thursday October 23, 2014 9:36 am


Just in case it was not clear as to how the GOP plans to win elections despite having a shrinking demographic, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie decided to remove any doubt – rigging the vote. In an amazingly honest speech to the US Chamber of Commerce Governor Christie said that the GOP had to control the voting process if they were to succeed in 2016.

Christie’s statements come in the wake of a wave of voter ID laws meant to drive down poor and minority turnout throughout the country – voters who generally vote Democrat. The US Supreme Court recently upheld Texas’ controversial voter ID law and Christie vetoed an early voting bill for New Jersey. Other states have also taken measures to tackle a non-existent voter fraud problem and limit early voting

Governor Christie pushed further into the contentious debate over voting rights than ever before, saying Tuesday that Republicans need to win gubernatorial races this year so that they’re the ones controlling “voting mechanisms” going into the next presidential election. Republican governors are facing intense fights in the courts over laws they pushed that require specific identification in order to vote and that reduce early voting opportunities. Critics say those laws sharply curtail the numbers of poor and minority voters, who would likely vote for Democrats…

“Would you rather have Rick Scott in Florida overseeing the voting mechanism, or Charlie Crist? Would you rather have Scott Walker in Wisconsin overseeing the voting mechanism, or would you rather have Mary Burke? Who would you rather have in Ohio, John Kasich or Ed FitzGerald?” he asked.


MORE:
http://www.northjersey.com/news/christie-says-gop-gubernatorial-candidates-need-to-win-so-they-control-voting-mechanisms-1.1113989
http://news.firedoglake.com/2014/10/23/governor-christie-says-gop-needs-to-win-in-order-to-control-voting-mechanisms/

No, marijuana use doesn’t lower your IQ

Even heavy marijuana use wasn’t associated with IQ.

“In particular alcohol use was found to be strongly associated with IQ decline,” the authors write. “No other factors were found to be predictive of IQ change.”

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The UK study does find evidence, however, of slightly impaired educational abilities among the very heaviest marijuana users. This group of students scored roughly 3% lower on school exams taken at age 16, even after adjusting for confounding factors.

In a press release accompanying the study, lead author Claire Mokrysz noted that “this is a potentially important public health message- the belief that cannabis is particularly harmful may detract focus from and awareness of other potentially harmful behaviours.” Reviewer Guy Goodwin of Oxford University agreed: “the current focus on the alleged harms of cannabis may be obscuring the fact that its use is often correlated with that of other even more freely available drugs and possibly lifestyle factors. These may be as or more important than cannabis itself.”



more:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/10/22/no-marijuana-use-doesnt-lower-your-iq/
via:
http://dish.andrewsullivan.com/2014/10/23/marijuana-doesnt-make-you-stupid/

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.


?ndp4lr


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/
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