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22nd December 2013

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A reliable way to make people believe in falsehoods is frequent repetition, because familiarity is not easily distinguished from truth. Authoritarian institutions and marketers have always known this fact.
— ― Daniel Kahneman (via psych-quotes)

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21st December 2013

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shane-mma:

"The greatest crimes in the world are not committed by people breaking the rules but by people following the rules. It’s people who follow orders that drop bombs and massacre villages" - Banksy

shane-mma:

"The greatest crimes in the world are not committed by people breaking the rules but by people following the rules. It’s people who follow orders that drop bombs and massacre villages" - Banksy

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20th December 2013

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detrea:

The premise of minimum wage, when it was introduced, was that a single wage earner should be able to own a home and support a family.  That was what it was based on; a full time job, any job, should be able to accomplish this.

The fact people scoff at this idea if presented nowadays, as though the people that ring up your groceries or hand you your burgers don’t deserve the luxury of a home and a family, is disgusting.

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19th December 2013

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dxo:

blackinasia:

(Image description: Tweets from  

1: “Stocks now at record highs (DOW over 16,000) but where is the money??????”

2: “Stocks at record highs but almost half of the schools in my city of Pittsburgh and across the state in Philly are closed by budget cuts???”

3: “Stocks at record highs but students in our city schools in PA are reading 3 students to one book????”

4: “Stocks at record highs but we’re cutting food stamps to MILLIONS of at risk children????”

5: “Stocks at record highs but black poverty is at 27%, Latin@ 27%, Hmong 26%, Bangladeshi 20%, Native American 25%???”

6: “Stocks at record highs but Republicans continue to demonize poor people and POC CONSTANTLY since we are “going bankrupt”???”

7: “CLEARLY we must have no money in this country for education, healthcare or public assistance even as JP Morgan rakes in $21.3 bln profits”

8: “Wake up America. Stocks at record highs but where do YOU and poor communities of color in particular stand??????”)

US STOCKS (DOW JONES) REACH RECORD HIGHS CLOSING OVER 16,000 FOR THE FIRST TIME

It’s because these “free trade” jokers shipped all our jobs out to developing nations. It’s a two for one deal. They get to fuck us and them, and make record profits doing it.

Welcome to Sweatshop Earth. 

Tagged: politicseconomy2010s life

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16th December 2013

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Seven Ripoffs That Capitalists Would Like to Keep out of the Media | Common Dreams →

1. Corporations Profit from Food Stamps

It’s odd to think about billion-dollar financial institutions objecting to cuts in the SNAP program, but some of them are administrators of the program, collecting fees from a benefit meant for children and other needy Americans, and enjoying subsidies of state tax money forservices that could be performed by the states themselves. They want more people on food stamps, not less. Three corporations have cornered the market: JP Morgan, Xerox, and eFunds Corp.

According to a JP Morgan spokesman, the food stamp program “is a very important business to JP Morgan. It’s an important business in terms of its size and scale…The good news from JP Morgan’s perspective is the infrastructure that we built has been able to cope with that increase in volume..”

2. Crash the Economy, Get Your Money Back. Die with a Student Loan, Stay in Debt.

The financial industry has manipulated the bankruptcy laws to ensure that high-risk derivatives, which devastated the market in 2008, have FIRST CLAIM over savings deposit insurance, pension funds, and everything else.

But the same banker-friendly “bankruptcy reform” has ensured that college graduates keep their student loans till they die. And sometimes even after that, as the debt is transfered to their parents.

3. Almost 70% of Corporations Are Not Required to Pay ANY Federal Taxes

And that’s even before tax avoidance kicks in. The 'nontaxable' designation exempts 69% of U.S. corporations from taxes, thus sparing them the expense of hiring tax lawyers to contrive tax avoidance strategies.

The Wall Street Journal states, “The percentage of U.S. corporations organized as nontaxable businesses has grown from about 24% in 1986 to about 69% as of 2008, according to the latest-available Internal Revenue Service data. The percentage of all firms is far higher when partnerships and sole proprietors are included.”

In recent years the businesses taking advantage of the exemption include law firms, hedge funds, real estate partnerships, venture capital firms, and investment banks.

4. Lotteries Pay for Corporate Tax Avoidance

This means revenue comes from the poorest residents of a community rather than from billion-dollar corporations. Many of the lottery players don’t realize how bad the odds are. Fill out $2 tickets for 12 hours a day for 50 years and you’ll have half a chance of winning.

Some astonishing facts reveal the extent of the problem. Low-income households spend anywhere from five to nine percent of their earnings on lotteries. A Pennsylvania survey found that nearly half of low-income residents planned to gamble at a newly-opened casino. America’s gambling losses in 2007 were nine times greater than just 25 years before.

5. The National Football League Pays No Federal Taxes

One of the most profitable organizations in America, with billions in tickets, TV rights, and merchandise sales, and with an NFL Commissioner who earned more money than the CEOs of Wal-Mart, Coca-Cola, and AT&T, is considered a non-profit. It has a tax-exempt status.

It gets even worse. While the individual teams themselves are not exempt from federal taxes, they enjoy multi-million-dollar subsidies from their states for new and refurbished stadiums. Fans - and non-fans - of the Washington Redskins, the Cincinnati Bengals, the Minnesota Vikings, the Seattle Seahawks, the San Francisco 49ers, and the Pittsburgh Steelers are among those who pay taxes for their hometown football fields. New Orleans taxpayers paid for leather stadium seats. For the Dallas Cowboys, a $6 million property tax bill was waived.

A Harvard University urban planning study determined that 70 percent of the capital cost of NFL stadiums has been provided by taxpayers, rather than by NFL owners.

6. Live on Park Avenue, Get a Farm Subsidy

A disturbing but fascinating report called “Farm Subsidies and the Big Dogs” lists Washington, DC, Chicago, and New York City, in that order, as the worst offenders.

  • In New York, “Many entities receive the federal subsidies at their downtown office buildings, such as 30 Rockefeller Plaza, or at their million dollar residential condos.”
  • In Chicago, “Nearly every neighborhood in the city receives federal farm subsidy payments - including the Gold Coast, Downtown-Loop, Lincoln Park, and even the President’s neighbors in Hyde Park.”
  • In Washington, “Even U.S. Senators are receiving farm subsidy checks.”

Perhaps more of us should become farmers. In Florida, according to Forbes, “anyone could legally qualify their land as farmland by stocking it with a few cows.” Wealthy heir Mark Rockefeller received $342,000 to NOT farm, to allow his Idaho land to return to its natural state.

7. Profit Margin Magic: Turning a dollar into $100,000

Which costs the consumer more, printer ink or bottled water? Calculations by DataGenetics reveal that the ink in a $16.99 cartridge comes to almost $3,400 per gallon. The cost of a gallon of cartridge ink would buy enough gasoline to run the average car for over two years.

Water seems to cost less, until the details are factored in: we’re paying for our own public water, which we’ve given away almost for free, and which comes back to us in no better condition than when it started.

For every 100,000 bottles sold, Nestle pays the proceeds from ONE bottle to those of us (the taxpayers) who own the water.

Tagged: politicseconomy2010s life

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16th December 2013

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workingamerica:

SHARE if you think the U.S. should show some REAL “family values” and enact the FAMILY Act.
Thanks MomsRising.org for the image. http://ift.tt/1bUbueT

workingamerica:

SHARE if you think the U.S. should show some REAL “family values” and enact the FAMILY Act.

Thanks MomsRising.org for the image. http://ift.tt/1bUbueT

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16th December 2013

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retrocampaigns:

This is a Nixon button.
Via the Edna Mae Phelps Political Collection, Oklahoma State University

retrocampaigns:

This is a Nixon button.

Via the Edna Mae Phelps Political Collection, Oklahoma State University

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12th December 2013

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newwavefeminism:

theblackamericanprincess:

napoleonbonerhard:

More from the 26 Democratic Congressmen/women participating in the SNAP Challenge - living on food stamps ($4.25 a day) for an entire week to protest a GOP cut to the government SNAP program.

I fuckin HAAAAAAATE the SNAP challenge.

Congress is so detached from the people they make policy about. 

"omg people actually run out of eggs"

DID YOU NOT UNDERSTAND POVERTY BEFORE YOU DID THIS.

There’s something really sad about the fact that the only way democrats can fathom fighting against food stamp cuts is through the SNAP challenge. There’s an implicit messages that bother me that say

- Poor people are so invisible that they can’t even be considered to illustrate the realities of their own experience. 

- We know living off SNAP is difficult but only care when “good” people live under similar conditions.

- Poor people are pathologically bad and are deserving of this harsh SNAP reality. But middle class poverty tourists live off a SNAP budget for one week and we all crowd around and revel in how commendable, humble, courageous and strong they are to slum it like those poor folks.

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11th December 2013

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The U.S. Black-white wealth gap is larger than in South Africa at the height of apartheid. The statistic is all the more remarkable when considering that South Africa virtually mandated gross inequality by law, while in the U.S. the great chasm exists “within a political economy that is at least nominally democratic” and packed with Black elected officials, including “the sitting head of state.”

Jon Jeter, Black in Obama’s America

“The wealth gap narrowed to a ratio of 7 to 1 in 1995 before ballooning to 22 to 1 following a housing market collapse five years ago.

For every dollar in assets owned by whites in the United States, blacks own less than a nickel, a racial divide that is wider than South Africa’s at any point during the apartheid era.

The median net worth for black households is $4,955, or about 4.5 percent of whites’ median household wealth, which was $110, 729 in 2010, according to Census data. Racial inequality in apartheid South Africa reached its zenith in 1970 when black households’ median net worth represented 6.8 percent of whites’, according to an analysis of government data by Sampie Terreblanche, professor emeritus of economics at Stellenbosch University.”

(via hagereseb)

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11th December 2013

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Forty Percent Of Workers Made Less Than $20,000 Last Year →

liberal-focus:

Of course.  That’s the GOP game plan and since they’ve Gerrymandered control in the US House they have the power to stall out the economy by squeezing the working people who create jobs with their demand.

Then they will pretend they’re the second coming of Reagan and tell us that the only way to stimulate the economy is by throwing tax cuts to fat cats, and we will find ourselves in an even lower level of economic Hell than we are now.

Tagged: economypolitics2010s lifepoverty

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9th December 2013

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fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

Let us honor the memory of Nelson Mandela as part of a collective struggle. 
Learn about the men and women who also played an active role in the struggle against apartheid. See link to list of bios on South African History Online and more teaching resources here: http://bit.ly/1bmtBtO 
See the new book “Ruth First and Joe Slovo in the War Against Apartheid” by Alan Wieder: http://bit.ly/16cvMut 
Image: Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Govan Mbeki, Raymond Mhlaba, Elias Motsoaledi, Andrew Mlangeni, Ahmad M. Kathrada, Dennis Goldberg.
Via Zinn Education Project

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

Let us honor the memory of Nelson Mandela as part of a collective struggle.

Learn about the men and women who also played an active role in the struggle against apartheid. See link to list of bios on South African History Online and more teaching resources here: http://bit.ly/1bmtBtO 

See the new book “Ruth First and Joe Slovo in the War Against Apartheid” by Alan Wieder: http://bit.ly/16cvMut 

Image: Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Govan Mbeki, Raymond Mhlaba, Elias Motsoaledi, Andrew Mlangeni, Ahmad M. Kathrada, Dennis Goldberg.

Via Zinn Education Project

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8th December 2013

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Licia Ronzulli, member of the European Parliament, has been taking her daughter Vittoria to the Parliament sessions for two years now.

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7th December 2013

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5th December 2013

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queennubian:

aljazeeraamerica:

Fast-food workers walk off jobs

Workers walked off their jobs at fast-food restaurants across the country as part of a national protest against low wages, a day after President Barack Obama renewed his call for a minimum wage hike in a speech Wednesday.
The action is part of a growing movement against what workers say are sub-standard working conditions and wages too low to make ends meet. Thousands of labor activists and workers, who were scheduled to start their shifts early Thursday morning, did not show at work and chose to protest instead.
Workers and their supporters are expected to strike at the nation’s major national fast-food restaurants, organizers said, including McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s and KFC. Protesters in cities such as Charleston, S.C., Providence, R.I. and Pittsburgh, Pa., will join the action for the first time, along with clergy, elected officials and community supporters.

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Photo: Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images

Pittsburgh is protesting out in the rain. If you see them please offer support. It’s horrible out there today.

queennubian:

aljazeeraamerica:

Fast-food workers walk off jobs

Workers walked off their jobs at fast-food restaurants across the country as part of a national protest against low wages, a day after President Barack Obama renewed his call for a minimum wage hike in a speech Wednesday.

The action is part of a growing movement against what workers say are sub-standard working conditions and wages too low to make ends meet. Thousands of labor activists and workers, who were scheduled to start their shifts early Thursday morning, did not show at work and chose to protest instead.

Workers and their supporters are expected to strike at the nation’s major national fast-food restaurants, organizers said, including McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s and KFC. Protesters in cities such as Charleston, S.C., Providence, R.I. and Pittsburgh, Pa., will join the action for the first time, along with clergy, elected officials and community supporters.

Read more

Photo: Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images

Pittsburgh is protesting out in the rain. If you see them please offer support. It’s horrible out there today.

Tagged: minimum wagepoliticseconomy2010s lifecapitalism

Source: aljazeeraamerica

5th December 2013

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In 1983, 50 corporations controlled the vast majority of all news media in the U.S. At the time, Ben Bagdikian was called “alarmist” for pointing this out in his book, The Media Monopoly. In his 4th edition, published in 1992, he wrote “in the U.S., fewer than two dozen of these extraordinary creatures own and operate 90% of the mass media” — controlling almost all of America’s newspapers, magazines, TV and radio stations, books, records, movies, videos, wire services and photo agencies. He predicted then that eventually this number would fall to about half a dozen companies. This was greeted with skepticism at the time. When the 6th edition of The Media Monopoly was published in 2000, the number had fallen to six. Since then, there have been more mergers and the scope has expanded to include new media like the Internet market.

In 2004, Bagdikian’s revised and expanded book, The New Media Monopoly, shows that only 5 huge corporations — Time Warner, Disney, Murdoch’s News Corporation, Bertelsmann of Germany, and Viacom (formerly CBS) — now control most of the media industry in the U.S. General Electric’s NBC is a close sixth.

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