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Syriza lead over Greek conservatives narrows to three points: poll

Source: Reuters

Greek left-wing opposition party Syriza's poll lead over the ruling conservatives has narrowed slightly to 3.0 percentage points, according to a poll published after Prime Minister Antonis Samaras proposed a Jan. 25 parliamentary election.

The survey conducted by Marc for Alpha TV showed the anti-bailout Syriza party would get 28.1 percent of the vote if an election were held now, versus 25.1 percent for Prime Minister Antonis Samaras's New Democracy party.

Support for the co-ruling Socialists was 4.6 percent.

A poll by the same pollster published last week showed Syriza was leading New Democracy by 3.5 percentage points.

The poll was published hours after lawmakers failed to elect a president on Monday, triggering the dissolution of parliament and an election next month.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/12/30/us-greece-vote-poll-idUSKBN0K80F620141230

This could be big!
It is admittedly a very small lead, but what a statement if Syriza would win.

According to Amy Goodman on Democracy Now this morning, if they win, it would be the first time an anti-austerity party won in Europe.

Perhaps set the stage for a reversal of austerity policies all over Europe?

I know it would not be easy. Because "the powers that be" have the money and the arms and they will do anything to retain power.

Still, I am excited.

anybody here teach phonological awareness?

I have a young adult student who has never learned to read;
he went to a school for "special education" and was taught to read using the sight method.
so he can read about 10% of any passage.

Today I'm going to the library to see if they have any graphic novels.(for adults)

I'm interested in any other teaching aids people have found.


what happened to the Daily Show?

Now that Steven Colbert is gone, has Jon Stewart left too?
I can't find him on tv.

brave New York city cop criticizes those who turned their back

Adhy Polanco on Democracy now today.
criticizes the cop culture.

"People are not protesting against the police, people are protesting against bad policies."

This same person is the one who tape-recorded the cops' demand for a quota of stop-and-frisk,
and took it to the media, ultimately leading to the exposure of stop-and-frisk

transcript of Democracy Show is available later in the morning.

how do I post a photo from facebook?

or from elsewhere?


The person who sang the disgusting song about Michael Brown was

identified as a former federal investigator--
that sure makes me feel confident about the objectivity of federal investigations.

A New Jersey bid to privatize water without public votes

If approved by Gov. Christie, bill would give municipalities with aging pipes right to sell systems to private companies.

A bill that would allow New Jersey municipalities to sell their public water utilities to private, for-profit corporations without putting the measure to voters is awaiting Gov. Chris Christie’s signature.

Until now, any municipality in New Jersey that sought to sell off its water system to a private bidder had to hold a public vote. But a bill passed with bipartisan support by the state’s Senate last week would allow municipalities with aging and deteriorating water systems to put their systems up for sale without holding a referendum.


if you want to get involved in the fight this is the org to join:

Police unions, organized labor have rarely seen eye to eye

Police unions and the broader labor movement are marching in opposite directions. While many of America's biggest labor organizations support the recent protests against policing practices, unions representing law enforcement officers have largely closed ranks, lashing out against voices calling for reform.

That the major law enforcement unions have openly bucked the prevailing rhetoric of the rest of the labor movement regarding the deaths two unarmed black men killed by police: Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York reflects the historic tension between those who called strikes and those who enforced laws breaking them.

After Richard Trumka, president of the labor coalition AFL-CIO, co-signed an open letter to President Barack Obama regarding the "long list of black men and boys who have died under eerily similar circumstances" in August, he caught flak from police officers within the very coalition he oversees.


Could people in this group pls tell how you feel about white people posting here?

I've been wondering this a long time, and thot I should just ask.

Mostly I don't post, altho I just posted to Tobin's thread.
I don't know if Black people want a place where they can discuss without having to listen to white people.

If I were in a women's group, I really wouldn't want it to be open to men.
(not talking about here at du, I realize a DU group cannot be confined to people of one race or gender - but generally).

Police protesters turn backs on NYPD, copying cops' message to mayor

As thousands gathered in New York Saturday to remember a New York Police Department officer who was murdered execution-style with his partner on Dec. 20, police brutality protesters continued to rally in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

Protesters who gathered at the NYPD's 75th precinct office to condemn the November shooting death of Akai Gurley, an unarmed black men who was killed by a rookie NYPD officer in a dark public housing stairwell, turned their backs on officers standing behind a metal barricade, symbolizing a lack of trust.

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