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Obama: ‘Any Time Bombs Are Used to Target Innocent Civilians It Is an Act of Terror’

ABC News/Washington Post Poll on Wars in Afghanistan & Iraq

All in all, considering the costs to the United States versus the benefits to the United States, do you think the war in Afghanistan has been worth fighting, or not?

Worth fighting 39%
Not worth fighting 56%

Among Democrats

Worth fighting 34%
Not worth fighting 61%

Among Republicans

Worth fighting 55%
Not worth fighting 39%

Among Independents

Worth fighting 38%
Not worth fighting 58%

“In this world Hate
never yet dispelled hate.
Only love dispels hate.
This is the law,
Ancient and inexhaustible.”
- Buddha

Senator Sanders: Obama Budget "A Terrible Disappointment"

I couldn't agree more. Since social security does not add one nickel to the deficit, WHY WOULD A DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENT ATTACK IT?

The reason can only be that he is actually doing the bidding of of the hoarding class, not the American people.

Reality Check: Obama Cuts Social Security and Medicare by Much More Than the GOP

Obama plans to cut between $200 billion and $380 billion more from Social Security and Medicare than Republicans in the next ten years

On Social Security: Ryan didn't cut Social Security by a penny. The president has proposed cutting the program's spending by $130 billion, by adopting a slower-growing measure of inflation.

On Medicare: Ryan's budget kept Obamacare's Medicare cuts and added another $127 billion. His budget projects $6.74 trillion in Medicare spending between 2014 and 2023. Obama cuts even deeper with $380 billion in cuts below his baseline, and his budget projects $6.67 trillion in Medicare spending over the same period. Upshot: Obama's ten-year Medicare budget is $70 billion below the GOP, and his announced cuts are about $250 billion deeper than the GOP. (See below for brief explainer on differences.*)

And here's the bottom line: Obama preserves federal Medicaid spending, he doesn't unwind Obamacare, and he spends much more on mandatory and non-defense discretionary programs than Ryan proposed. But his cuts to Social Security and Medicare combined are somewhere between $200 billion and $380 billion deeper than the GOP budget. On these programs there is no room to "compromise." The president is already to the right of the right.


They tell me Kim Jong Un Starves His People... Chained CPI Will Starve Ours. nt

Social Security Does Not Contribute One Nickel to the Deficit!

The only reason to propose a cut is to push a far right agenda.
Posted by grahamhgreen | Fri Apr 5, 2013, 01:20 PM (1 replies)

Fukushima cooling system fails for second time in a month

Source: Guardian

The cooling system for a fuel storage pool at one of the reactors at the Fukushima nuclear plant has failed, Japanese regulators have said.

A spokesman for the Nuclear Regulation Authority said an alarm went off on Friday afternoon at reactor No 3, and that the cause of the failure was still under investigation.

A spokesman for the plant's operator said it would take two weeks before temperatures approach dangerous levels following a cooling system failure.

Last month, a power cut caused a two-day failure in a cooling system.

Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/apr/05/fukushima-cooling-system-fails

Nukes: A dirty and dangerous technology from a bygone era.

What is Hillary's position on the costly trade agreements?

ON EDIT: his is a deal breaker for me. Either she comes out against costly trade, or we fight her through the primary, again.

It Can Happen Here: The Confiscation Scheme Planned For U.S. And U.K. Depositors

Confiscating the customer deposits in Cyprus banks, it seems, was not a one-off, desperate idea of a few eurozone "troika" officials scrambling to salvage their balance sheets. A joint paper by the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Bank of England dated Dec. 10, 2012, shows that these plans have been long in the making; that they originated with the G20 Financial Stability Board in Basel, Switzerland (discussed earlier here); and that the result will be to deliver clear title to the banks of depositor funds.....

Can They Do That?

Although few depositors realize it, legally the bank owns the depositor's funds as soon as they are put in the bank. Our money becomes the bank's, and we become unsecured creditors holding IOUs or promises to pay (see here and here). But until now the bank has been obligated to pay the money back on demand in the form of cash. Under the FDIC-BOE plan, our IOUs will be converted into "bank equity." The bank will get the money and we will get stock in the bank. With any luck we may be able to sell the stock to someone else, but when and at what price? Most people keep a deposit account so they can have ready cash to pay the bills.

MORE: http://seekingalpha.com/article/1306931-it-can-happen-here-the-confiscation-scheme-planned-for-u-s-and-u-k-depositors?source=email_the_daily_dispatch&ifp=0

The corporate ‘predator state’ - Katrina vanden Heuvel

Bipartisan agreement in Washington usually means citizens should hold on to their wallets or get ready for another threat to peace. In today’s politics, the bipartisan center usually applauds when entrenched interests and big money speak. Beneath all the partisan bickering, bipartisan majorities are solid for a trade policy run by and for multinationals, a health-care system serving insurance and drug companies, an energy policy for Big Oil and King Coal, and finance favoring banks that are too big to fail.

Economist James Galbraithcalls this the “predator state,” one in which large corporate interests rig the rules to protect their subsidies, tax dodges and monopolies. This isn’t the free market; it’s a rigged market.....

Corporate welfare is, of course, offensive to progressives. The Nation and other media expose the endless outrages — drug companies getting Congress to ban Medicare negotiating bulk discounts on prices, Big Oil protecting billions in subsidies, multinationals hoarding a couple of trillion dollars abroad to avoid paying taxes, and much more.

But true conservatives are — or should be — offended by corporate welfare as well. Conservative economists Raghuram Rajan and Luigi Zingales argue that it is time to “save capitalism from the capitalists,” urging conservatives to support strong measures to break up monopolies, cartels and the predatory use of political power to distort competition. Here is where left and right meet, not in a bipartisan big-money fix, but in an odd bedfellows campaign to clean out Washington.


Gangbanger Accidentally Shoots Himself in the Nuts, Blames Ninjas

Police in Chicago say a teenager with gang ties tried to blame a self-inflicted gunshot to the groin on a pair of ninjas before eventually coming clean. The unnamed 17-year-old was brought to Loyola Hospital in Maywood with a "left groin" injury that appeared to be self-inflicted.

But police officers who were called to the hospital by staff were told by the teen that two men dressed in ninja garb were to blame..................

After a scan of the crime scene, a review of surveillance footage, and a number of interviews with potential eyewitnesses yielded no proof of ninja-related activity, police confronted the teen and eventually were told the truth.

It seems the kid was in his car with an unspecified number of "female friends" and was messing around with a gun when it accidentally discharged in his lap.

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