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SURVIVAL OF THE RICHEST---Mother Jones: How The Recovery Left Most Americans Behind

We're still posting a new chart on the current state of income inequality every day over the next week. Yesterday's looked at how the top 1 percent of Americans have captured half of all income.

Today, let's talk taxes. In the past few years, we've heard a lot about overtaxed "job creators" and freeloading "takers." But consider this: As the income rates for the wealthiest have plunged, their incomes have shot up.


That's from a week-long series at Mother Jones about the effects of income inequality.

I thought this one was particularly interesting:

That proverbial rising tide is really a giant wave. The wealthy are comfortably riding it on their multi-million dollar yachts while the rest of us are strapped to the keel. Sure, you could say we rise with that wave too but we're still under the water.


Woohoo!! Got my KOCH Funded Voter Registration Mailer Ripe with all the Mistakes---Plus Pics

TUE SEP 30, 2014 AT 03:27 PM PDT
Woohoo!! Got my KOCH Funded Voter Registration Mailer Ripe with all the Mistakes : Plus Pics
by wbkook

Front of Americans for Prosperity North Carolina voter registraion Woohooo!!! Got my Voter Registration in the mail! Thanks Americans for Prosperity!! (Koch funded) Only a couple of problems. 1) I have been registered to vote since I was 18. 2) The form was addressed to me at my parents house (which I haven't lived at in over 25 years) and 3) its full of misinformation.

So I figured I would take a few pics to show the errors

1) the due date for registration is 25 days before the election not 30 as it states in the section on the top half of the mailer.


2) It then states again later on down the mailer that the registration due date IS 25 days before the election. (which is correct, but confusing because of whats in bolder print in the above)


3) If you have any questions about voter registration please do not contact the Secretary of States office as thats not who is in charge of voter registration


4) I find this one most despicable is the paid for envelope in the mailer, sends the registration to the Board of Elections in Raleigh. If you want to be registered to vote you do not send your registration to Raleigh, you send it to your county Board. Also the zip code is wrong on the envelope.....


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Jon Stewart hammers ‘fat motherf*ckers’ in Congress with ‘Schoolhouse Rock’ update


In light of Congress’ turn toward the “childish and cynical,” Daily Show host Jon Stewart said on Tuesday, the classic Schoolhouse Rock song “I’m Just A Bill” needed an update.

“I’m just holding my d*ck as I sit here and wait, while these fat motherf*ckers hold a phony debate,” the titular Bill laments in the new version. “I can’t take it anymore, I’m done, I’ll buy a gun and my brains I will spill on the steps of Capital Hill.”

Stewart pointed out that, instead of actually trying to pass legislation, Republicans and Democrats are locked in a game of one-upmanship: Democrats will advance hopeless proposals in order to use the bills as fodder for election attack ads against the GOP, while Republicans run out the clock on the legislative calendar so that they can avoid voting on “volatile” issues before the elections.

“Democrats and Republicans are on a bad date,” Stewart explained. “Democrats know the Republicans don’t want to be there. And Republicans know that the Democrats know that Republicans don’t want to be there. So in their cynicism, the Democrats have asked, ‘Wanna see the dessert menu?’ And out of spite, the Republicans have said, ‘Bring over the whole f*cking cart. And the espresso machine, ’cause I can do this all night long. You know what? We’re not gonna have sex, but I’m gonna make sure you’re don’t get to f*ck anybody else here.’”

As a result, he said, this Congress is on pace to be the least-productive in history.


People Have The Power!

if only we realized this........


ROLLING STONE: Koch Brothers call our story "dishonest and misleading."---A point-by-point rebuttal.

Koch Industries Responds to Rolling Stone – And We Answer Back

"Koch Facts" calls our story "dishonest and misleading." A point-by-point rebuttal.

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/koch-industries-responds-to-rolling-stone-and-we-answer-back-20140929#ixzz3EttQcd9f
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Koch, in particular, takes umbrage with my reporting practices.

For the record: In the weeks prior to publication, beginning September 4th, Rolling Stone attempted to engage Koch Industries in a robust discussion of the issues raised in our reporting. Rolling Stone requested to interview CEO Charles Koch about his company's philosophy of Market Based Management; Ilia Bouchouev, who heads Koch's derivatives trading operations, about the company's trading practices; and top Koch lawyer Mark Holden about the company's significant legal and regulatory history.

The requests to speak to Charles Koch and Bouchouev were simply ignored. Ultimately, only Holden responded on the record, only via e-mail and only after Holden baselessly insinuated that I had been given an "opposition research" document dump from the liberal activist David Brock. (This is false.) From my perspective as a reporter, Koch Industries is the most hostile and paranoid organization I've ever engaged with—and I've reported on Fox News. In a breach of ethics, Koch has also chosen to publish email correspondence characterizing the content of a telephone conversation that was, by Koch's own insistence, strictly off the record. […]

In the main, the Koch responses attempt to re-litigate closed cases — incidents where judges, juries, and, in one case, a Senate Select Committee, have already had a final say. They only muddy waters that have been clarified by a considered legal process.



35,000 Walrus Converge On Alaska Beach As Sea Ice Retreats

In this aerial photo taken on Sept. 27, 2014, and provided by NOAA, some 35,000 walrus gather on shore near Point Lay, Alaska. Pacific walrus looking for places to rest in the absence of sea ice are coming to shore in record numbers on Alaska’s northwest coast.

An estimated 35,000 walrus have come ashore in record numbers on a beach in northwest Alaska for lack of better ground. As climate change warms the atmosphere, summer sea ice in the Arctic is diminishing, likely stranding these walrus from their preferred sea ice outposts. Arctic sea ice reached its lowest point this year in mid-September, and NASA reported it to be the sixth-lowest recorded since 1978.

The mass gathering of walrus was spotted on Saturday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s arctic marine mammal aerial survey. Andrea Medeiros, spokeswoman for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, said walrus were first spotted on September 13 and have been moving on and off shore. Last week, around 50 walrus carcasses were spotted on the beach, the cause of death may have been a stampede. Unlike seals, walrus need breaks from swimming and tend to gather in groups.

“It’s another remarkable sign of the dramatic environmental conditions changing as the result of sea ice loss,” said Margaret Williams, managing director of the WWF’s Arctic program. “The walruses are telling us what the polar bears have told us and what many indigenous people have told us in the high Arctic, and that is that the Arctic environment is changing extremely rapidly and it is time for the rest of the world to take notice and also to take action to address the root causes of climate change.”

In this aerial photo taken on Sept. 23, 2014 and released by NOAA, some 1500 walrus are gather on the northwest coast of Alaska


Chinese Security


40 Years Ago---Kissinger Drew Up Plans to Attack Cuba, Records Show

Nearly 40 years ago, Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger mapped out secret contingency plans to launch airstrikes against Havana and “smash Cuba,” newly disclosed government documents show.

Mr. Kissinger was so irked by Cuba’s military incursion into Angola that in 1976 he convened a top-secret group of senior officials to work out possible retaliatory measures in case Cuba deployed forces to other African nations, according to documents declassified by the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library at the request of the National Security Archive, a research group.

The officials outlined plans to strike ports and military installations in Cuba and to send Marine battalions to the United States Navy base at Guantánamo Bay to “clobber” the Cubans, as Mr. Kissinger put it, according to the records. Mr. Kissinger, the documents show, worried that the United States would look weak if it did not stand up to a country of just eight million people.



ATM Fees Surge Again...

speaking of "No Boots On The Ground"

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