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U.S. federal govt. shutdown.

This is the 17th federal government shutdown since 1976.

In 1990, the shutdown was the Executive’s fault; not this time.

The House members of Congress are literally 8 year old kids. NO offense little kids!

"Members of Congress continue to be paid, because their pay cannot be altered except by direct law." LET THIS SINK IN.

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By obscuring the context, the benefit of hindsight can actually make history harder to understand. During the 1930s, when immigration restrictions prevented more German refugees from entering the United States, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt couldn’t have known that the Nazis were later going to murder millions of Jews. But knowing what happened later, it is easy to portray him as callous. When he did learn about the murder of millions of Jews, he had no understanding of “the Holocaust,” which came later and is now so embedded in our consciousness that it is hard to imagine what it was like to live without such knowledge.
Lawrence Zuckerman, “FDR’S Jewish Problem”, the Nation, Aug. 5, 2013
If you’re following Sean Hannity and Michelle Malkin because you think they are worthwhile voices or useful sources of information, you’re a terribly misinformed far-right kook. If you’re following them because you have to keep on top of whatever Sean Hannity and Michelle Malkin are screeching about today, because you know that your constituents consider them worthwhile voices or useful sources of information, that’s just as bad. Because whether the Republican Party is full of true-believing kooks or merely people forced to act like true believing kooks in order to keep their seats, the result is the same: a party that can’t be negotiated with because it exists in an alternate media universe with its own history and set of facts.
Alex Pareene, “GOP’s Delusional, Far-Right Twitter Bubble”, SALON.com

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For the first time since Reconstruction, the GOP controls both North Carolina’s governor’s mansion and its general assembly. These are not the moderate, business-minded Republicans that North Carolinians have long been accustomed to. They are pushing a hard-right agenda on a broad range of issues, from taxes to social services to schools and election laws. They are scrambling to turn back the clock before demographic changes push their brand of right-wing politics to the margins.
Chris Kromm, Sue Sturgis, “North Carolina’s Tug-of-War”, The American Prospect, June 2013

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Debt is the most effective way to take a relation of violent subordination and make the victims feel that it’s their fault. Colonial regimes did this all the time; they would charge people for the cost of their own conquest, via taxes. However, using debt in this way also has a notorious tendency to rebound, because the subtle thing about debt relations is that, on a certain level, they are premised on equality—we are both equal parties to a contract. This both makes the sting of inequality worse, because it implies you should be equal to your creditor but you somehow messed up, but also, makes it possible to start saying ‘wait a minute, who owes what to who here?’ But of course once you do that, you have accepted the idea that debt really is the essence of morality. You’ve accepted the masters’ language.
David Graeber, anthropology professor at Goldsmiths, University of London, interviewed by The White Review.

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I’m off work/school today: let’s talk politics, science, philosophy, what-have-you.

Hit me up.

-iwilldestroyyou:

bare-life:

I’ve been watching Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc. for a while now. I can’t tell you all the implications this has, but this a major victory against corporations who patent and monopolize lifesaving treatments.

This is huge for not only the U.S. but the international regulations of the World Trade Organization

I did not think the ruling would go this way. I am pleased.

-iwilldestroyyou:

bare-life:

I’ve been watching Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc. for a while now. I can’t tell you all the implications this has, but this a major victory against corporations who patent and monopolize lifesaving treatments.

This is huge for not only the U.S. but the international regulations of the World Trade Organization

I did not think the ruling would go this way. I am pleased.

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Leaders in civic society must also place a political and social price on the dishonest distribution of false information about this existential crisis by cynical global warming deniers, many of whom know better but are trying to preserve destructive yet highly profitable business models by sowing confusion, false doubt, and political discord to delay the recognition of reality and to prevent the congealing of a consensus.
Al Gore, The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change (2013)

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"There is no plausible story whereby private demand would increase if the deficit were to shrink. Over a longer term, we can look to have net exports fill this hole in demand as the trade deficit moves closer to balance. But that will not happen tomorrow, and the process will not be hastened to any substantial degree by a lower budget deficit.

This means the people who want to reduce current deficits want slower growth and higher unemployment. They may not know it, but that is the implication of their position taken to its logical conclusion. This makes it indefensible; if someone spreads gasoline all over a barn and tosses a lit match on it without understanding the implications, it hardly affects the outcome.

There are more grounds for concern over projected budget deficits in the longer term, but these are the product of our broken healthcare system. We pay more than twice as much per person for healthcare as other wealthy countries, with little to show for it. If our healthcare costs were at all comparable, we would be looking at long-term projections of massive budget surpluses, not deficits. This is why truly serious people talk about fixing our healthcare system, not budget deficits and “entitlements.”

But the agenda of Fix the Debt is not really about the deficit and the economy. It’s about gutting Social Security, Medicare and other essential social programs. Pete Peterson and his fellow deficit hawks want to provoke irrational fears of large numbers. The good news is that the sky is not falling. The bad news is that, with the help of a massive PR budget and a compliant media, they could succeed in making people believe it is.”

- Dean Baker, Fix the Debt’s Fuzzy Math

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