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Bill USA

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Quotes I like: "Prediction is very difficult, especially concerning the future." "There are some things so serious that you have to laugh at them.” __ Niels Bohr Given his contribution to the establishment of quantum mechanics, I guess it's not surprising he had such a quirky of sense of humor. ......................."Deliberate misinterpretation and misrepresentation of another's position is a basic technique of (dis)information processing" __ I said that

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PEW research: Millenials leaning away from Totalitarian Fascism - uh-oh GOP

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/half-millennials-lean-democrats-22813066

A new Pew Research Center survey out Friday showed that half of America's young adults, ages 18 to 33, consider themselves political independents, identifying with neither party. But asked which way they lean politically, half of the so-called millennials say they lean toward the Democratic Party, the highest share for any age group over the last decade.

In addition, young adults seem to be turning away from their predecessors' proclivity for religion and marriage. Almost two-thirds don't classify themselves as "a religious person." And when it comes to tying the knot: Only about 1 in 4 millennials is married. Almost half of baby boomers were married at that age.

The new survey shows how the millennial adults are "forging a distinctive path into adulthood," said Paul Taylor, Pew's executive vice president and co-author of the report.

This can especially be seen when it comes to politics. Only 27 percent said they consider themselves Democrats and 17 percent said Republicans. The half of millennials who say they are independent is an increase from 38 percent back in 2004.
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Exposed: The Dark-Money ATM of the Conservative Movement

You haven't heard of Donors Trust, but it's bankrolled the right's fights against unions, public schools, climate scientists, and more.


http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/02/donors-trust-donor-capital-fund-dark-money-koch-bradley-devos




Working out of an nondescript brick rowhouse in suburban Virginia, a little-known organization named Donors Trust, staffed by five employees, has steered hundreds of millions of dollars to the most influential think tanks, foundations, and advocacy groups in the conservative movement. Over the past decade, it has funded the right's assault on labor unions, climate scientists, public schools, economic regulations, and the very premise of activist government. Yet unlike its nearest counterpart on the progressive side, the Tides Foundation, a bogeyman of Glenn Beck and Bill O'Reilly, Donors Trust has mostly avoided any real scrutiny. It is the dark-money ATM of the right.

Founded in 1999, Donors Trust (and an affiliated group, Donors Capital Fund) has raised north of $500 million and doled out $400 million to more than 1,000 conservative and libertarian groups, according to Whitney Ball, the group's CEO. Donors Trust allows wealthy contributors who want to donate millions to the most important causes on the right to do so anonymously, essentially scrubbing the identity of those underwriting conservative and libertarian organizations. Wisconsin's 2011 assault on collective bargaining rights? Donors Trust helped fund that. ALEC, the conservative bill mill? Donors Trust supports it. The climate deniers at the Heartland Institute? They get Donors Trust money, too.

Donors Trust is not the source of the money it hands out. Some 200 right-of-center funders who've given at least $10,000 fill the group's coffers. Charities bankrolled by Charles and David Koch, the DeVoses, and the Bradleys, among other conservative benefactors, have given to Donors Trust. And other recipients of Donors Trust money include the Heritage Foundation, Grover Norquist's Americans for Tax Reform, the NRA's Freedom Action Foundation, the Cato Institute, the American Enterprise Institute, the Federalist Society, and the Americans for Prosperity Foundation, chaired (PDF) by none other than David Koch.

In a recent interview, Ball, who calls herself a libertarian, went to great lengths to stress that she's no Koch brothers stooge, and that Donors Trust is not yet another appendage of the almighty "Kochtopus." She insists, "We were not created by them at all."

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Americans' for Prosperity's Debunked Obamacare 'victim' doubles down on victimhood

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/03/04/1281760/-Debunked-Obamacare-victim-doubles-down-on-nbsp-victimhood

You'll be shocked, shocked to learn that the Koch brothers' Americans for Prosperity is responding to the debunking of their anti-Obamacare ad featuring leukemia patient Julie Boonstra by pouring $300,000 more into another ad. This ad will not answer to the facts presented by critics of the ad, but will feature Boonstra, again, as victim because—irony alert—she's being silenced.


In the new ad, Ms. Boonstra says the attacks on her credibility have been devastating and accuses Mr. Peters of trying to silence her. “All I want is to be listened to,” she says in the commercial. “There are thousands of people out there who are hurting because of Obamacare.”

Tim Phillips, the president of Americans for Prosperity, which is backed by the billionaires David and Charles Koch, said the organization was standing by its ads and would not be deterred by criticism from Democrats like Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the majority leader, who last week called the first Michigan ad “absolutely false.”

“We are completely comfortable about the accuracy of every item in our ads,” said Mr. Phillips, who suggested that Mr. Reid was trying to start a political dispute to shift attention from what he called an effective advertising campaign.


Reality check: of course Boonstra is being listened to, thanks to the $2 million that the Koch brothers is pouring into this campaign, $300,000 on this ad alone. She's being listened to and questioned about the factual statements she's making—the implication that she's losing her doctor and that she's paying so much more money out of pocket—which turned out not to be true. That's what is in question, not her free speech. If she were doing an ad that told the truth, that she has an ideological problem with Obamacare and is opposed to it because of that, no one would be questioning her.


But that doesn't make for a compelling ad. No, there has to be victim and it has to scare people. If Boonstra isn't a victim of Obamacare, she's the victim of mean people who are trying to silence her. Because she "believes" she's being hurt by Obamacare, even though she cannot or will not provide any proof that this is true.

And so we have another professional conservative victim. There's nothing conservatives love to do more than to pretend that they are being persecuted and silenced. They particularly like to do that by spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to blanket the airwaves with their complaints, so that the whole world can hear how they're being silenced.
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In the new ad she repeats the lie that her new plan is NOT meeting her needs (not an exact quote) but the truth is, her new plan with Blue Cross includes the doctor she says she likes as a participant. She can keep her doctor. And the new plan is $2 dollars more expensive than the one she had (not to mention it also thanks to Obamacare has NO LIFETIME CAPS ON TREATMENTS ... AND NO CANCELLATIONS IF YOU GET TOO SICK).

DOUBLING DOWN ON LIES. H-M-M-M ... WONDER IF THERE IS ANY MEDICAL TREATMENT FOR LIEING?


will the World stop Assad?: UN: 5.5 Million Syrian Children Affected by War



UN: 5.5 Million Syrian Children Affected by War


The number of Syrian children affected by the civil war in their homeland has doubled in the past year to at least 5.5 million — more than half the country's children — with devastating effects on the health, education and psychological well-being of an entire generation, the United Nations children's agency said Thursday.

The conflict, which enters its fourth year this month, has unleashed massive suffering across all segments of Syrian society, but the impact on children has been especially acute, according to a new report by UNICEF. Malnutrition and illness have stunted their growth; a lack of learning opportunities has derailed their education; and the bloody trauma of war has left deep psychological scars.

"After three years of conflict and turmoil, Syria is now one of the most dangerous places on earth to be a child," the agency said. "In their thousands, children have lost lives and limbs, along with virtually every aspect of their childhood. They have lost classrooms and teachers, brothers and sisters, friends, caregivers, homes and stability."

"Millions of young people risk becoming, in effect, a lost generation," UNICEF said.
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For-profit college group, linked to ALEC, keeps working to harm students & taxpayers RepublicReport

http://www.republicreport.org/2013/for-profit-college-group-linked-alec-working-harm-students-taxpayers/

POSTED AT 11:33 AM BY DAVID HALPERIN



It’s a busy time for APSCU, the trade association of America’s for-profit colleges. The group spends its time trying to block reasonable measures to hold the worst actors in its industry responsible for their systematic abuses of students and taxpayers, as if the industry is permanently entitled to the enormous amounts of federal taxpayer money — $33 billion in a recent year — that it receives. And the industry is under siege, now that media and government investigations have exposed that many for-profit colleges offer a toxic mix of deceptive recruiting, high prices, low quality instruction, and poor job placement records.

Last week the Guardian revealed documents that, among other things, reaffirmed the link between the troubled for-profit college sector and the controversial corporate advocacy group the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). The documents show that ALEC is facing financial pressures, in part because numerous major corporations quit after media exposed its role in promoting the Stand Your Ground gun laws. ALEC was criticized after Florida police invoked Stand Your Ground in initially refusing to arrest George Zimmerman, the shooter of Trayvon Martin, and ALEC was already under scrutiny at the time for its role in advancing “Voter ID” laws that make it harder for citizens to vote. ALEC documents showed that the group has a “prodical son” (sic) project that seeks to return to the fold lapsed members, and that list included the for-profit college companies Kaplan and Bridgepoint Education. Republic Report was the first to report last year that industry members including Kaplan, Bridgepoint, Corinthian Colleges — and APSCU itself — have all been ALEC members. The documents revealed by the Guardian also show that ALEC listed as possible recruits for membership the for-profit college businesses Capella, DeVry, and Education Management Corp.

Although we don’t know whether any of those companies were actually recruited or joined ALEC, the documents do remind the public of APSCU’s partnership with the group that advanced controversial gun and voting laws just as it opens a two-day event in Washington this morning, called “Inaugural State of the Workforce Symposium: From Education to Employment.” Keynote speakers scheduled for the APSCU event include Representative John Kline (R-MN) and Rob Andrews (D-NJ), both regular recipients of campaign contributions from the for-profit college industry, as well as, curiously, Andrew Stern, the former president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which has taken a strong stand against for-profit college abuses.

Given that in the past year numerous for-profit college companies, including Corinthian and Career Education Corporation, have been accused by state attorneys general and others of misleading students about their job placement rates, and given that for-profit colleges today account for 13 percent of college students but nearly half of all student loan defaults, it would be great if APSCU actually got serious about pressing its members to train students for careers. But this two-day session is just talk, not action.
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- See more at: http://www.republicreport.org/2013/for-profit-college-group-linked-alec-working-harm-students-taxpayers/#sthash.Y1xPvWIk.dpuf

Robert Reich re expected follow-up Supreme Court decision to Citizens United ruling

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1251356453

The Supreme Court is on the brink of doubling down on the Citizens United decision's shameful legacy. If the Court sides with the plaintiff in McCutcheon v. FEC and overturns aggregate contribution limits, a single individual could spend as much as $3.6 million on a single election -- enough to buy the attention of the President and every single member of Congress.


Poll: Dem Michelle Nunn Tied With Leading GOPer For GA Senate Seat

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/poll-paul-broun-tied-michelle-nunn

Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA), the leading Republican in the field, is tied with Democrat Michelle Nunn in a general election matchup in the Georgia Senate race, according to a new Public Policy Polling survey released Monday.

Broun had the best matchup of any of the Georgia Republican candidates polled in the primary. Nunn and Broun are tied with 38 percent support each in a head-to-head matchup. Twenty-four percent of those surveyed said they were unsure who to support.

Nunn meanwhile holds small leads over the other GOP contenders in direct matchups in the race. In a matchup with Rep. Phil Gingrey, Nunn leads 42 percent to 40 percent. Against former Secretary of State Karen Handel, Nunn gets 43 percent while Handel gets 39 percent. And in a general election matchup between Nunn and Rep. Jack Kingston, Nunn gets 44 percent and Kingston gets 41 percent, the poll found.

The poll was conducted from March 5 to March 6 among 580 Georgia voters.


of course, this is before the Cock Brothers buy up all the air time and suffucate any incipient dialogue with disinformation and propaganda. Ain't life grand in America where the Government is for sale to the highestobidder thanks to the Roberts Hoch Court. Corporate Fuedalism, where everybody who works for a living (that's you if you aren't wealthy enough to live off your investments) is sinking into serfdom.

Randomized, double-blind study: CoQ10 cuts all heart related causes of mortality by half.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/05/130525143852.htm

The Q-SYMBIO study (2) randomised 420 patients with severe heart failure (New York Heart Association (NYHA) Class III or IV) to CoQ10 or placebo and followed them for 2 years. The primary endpoint was time to first major adverse cardiovascular event (MACE) which included unplanned hospitalisation due to worsening of heart failure, cardiovascular death, urgent cardiac transplantation and mechanical circulatory support. Participating centres were in Denmark, Sweden, Austria, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, India, Malaysia and Australia.

CoQ10 halved the risk of MACE, with 29 (14%) patients in the CoQ10 group reaching the primary endpoint compared to 55 (25%) patients in the placebo group (hazard ratio=2; p=0.003). CoQ10 also halved the risk of dying from all causes, which occurred in 18 (9%) patients in the CoQ10 group compared to 36 (17%) patients in the placebo group (hazard ratio=2.1; p=0.01).

CoQ10 treated patients had significantly lower cardiovascular mortality (p=0,02) and lower occurrence of hospitalisations for heart failure (p=0.05). There were fewer adverse events in the CoQ10 group compared to the placebo group (p=0.073).

Professor Mortensen said: "CoQ10 is the first medication to improve survival in chronic heart failure since ACE inhibitors and beta blockers more than a decade ago and should be added to standard heart failure therapy."
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Rep. Cummings: "I Was Trying To Help Issa When He Cut Off My Mic"

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/cummings_says_he_was_trying_to_help_issa_irs_hearing


The ranking Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee said Thursday that he was "trying to actually help" Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) get information from a former IRS official when Issa cut off his microphone at a hearing on the agency's screening of conservative groups.


Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) explained on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that when he asked a procedural question after Issa adjourned the hearing, he was simply trying to get former IRS official Lois Lerner's attorney to provide the committee with a proffer. That agreement would have told the committee what Lerner would have said if she testified during the hearing instead of invoking her Fifth Amendment rights.

"I just looked at the clip and it seems like Chairman Issa thinks he can read my mind," Cummings said. "He forgets sometimes that, quite often, we are as Democrats in this committee left out of the discussions with regard to deliberating and working with trying to get a proffer and those types of things. But he forgets I'm a lawyer and I've been practicing for over 20 years."

Cummings also suggested that Republicans on the committee may have violated Lerner's Fifth Amendment rights when they decided that a statement she gave denying the allegations against her constituted a waiver of those rights.
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Rep Cummings sir, don't you realize you're dealing with a lizard in degenerate, car thief, Issa??


Epigenetics provides explanation of fearful conservatives who cling to the 'tough guy' charicature


... as a way of keeping all those 'scary' people from hurting them.

Researchers found that mice raised by inattentive mothers, or exposed to bullying by larger more aggressive mice (cf. insecure fathers who like to bully their children), were less able to cope with stress when mature, while those with attentive mothers grew up to be "calm and brave".   Mice raised by inattentive mothers showed greater methylation of genes regulating glococorticoid receptors which resulted in the mice not being able to handle stress as well as those raised by more attentive mothers (or not subjected to bullying when young).

Interesting stuff.

http://discovermagazine.com/2013/may/13-grandmas-experiences-leave-epigenetic-mark-on-your-genes

According to the new insights of behavioral epigenetics, traumatic experiences in our past, or in our recent ancestors’ past, leave molecular scars adhering to our DNA...

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With the assistance of postdoctoral researchers, they began by selecting mother rats who were either highly attentive or highly inattentive. Once a pup had grown up into adulthood, the team examined its hippocampus, a brain region essential for regulating the stress response. In the pups of inattentive mothers, they found that genes regulating the production of glucocorticoid receptors, which regulate sensitivity to stress hormones, were highly methylated; in the pups of conscientious moms, the genes for the glucocorticoid receptors were rarely methylated.

Methylation just gums up the works. So the less the better when it comes to transcribing the affected gene. In this case, methylation associated with miserable mothering prevented the normal number of glucocorticoid receptors from being transcribed in the baby’s hippocampus. And so for want of sufficient glucocorticoid receptors, the rats grew up to be nervous wrecks.

To demonstrate that the effects were purely due to the mother’s behavior and not her genes, Meaney and colleagues performed a second experiment. They took rat pups born to inattentive mothers and gave them to attentive ones, and vice versa. As they predicted, the rats born to attentive mothers but raised by inattentive ones grew up to have low levels of glucocorticoid receptors in their hippocampus and behaved skittishly. Likewise, those born to bad mothers but raised by good ones grew up to be calm and brave and had high levels of glucocorticoid receptors.

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