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25 марта, 16:44

The Kremlin and the GOP.

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People are surprised that the GOP is so in love with Russia all of a sudden, but they shouldn't be. There was a time when Russia was considered a communist country, where "the state" owned everything, but that has changed it is an oligarchy now, and the Republicans love rich people, and Putin is the richest of them all. Naturally the GOP and the Kremlin have formed an alliance.

22 марта, 17:31

bottom line

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Summary But these days, the actual leaders of health care organizations have become accustomed to the pay and perks of top executives of big commercial firms. We have documented again and again the ever rising and increasingly monumental pay of health care CEOs, even of ostensibly non-profit organizations, seemingly out of proportion to their organizations’ abilities to help patients’ and the public’s health. This has gone on in an era of ascendant neoliberalism. Krimsky summarized the tenets of neoliberalism in his review of Science-Mart by Phillip Mirowski. The term neoliberal, which arises from the work of post–World War II economists such as Friedrich Hayek, Milton Friedman and others belonging to the ‘Chicago school’ of economics and law, has little in common with what is usually thought of as liberalism. The important tenets of neoliberalism, Mirowski says, include such propositions as the following: ‘The Market’ is a better processor of information than the state; ‘politics operates as if it were a market’; ‘corporations can do no wrong‘; ‘competition always prevails’; the state should be ‘degovernmentalized’ through ‘privatization of education, health, science and even portions of the military’; a good way to initiate privatization is to redefine property rights; ‘the nation-state should be subject to discipline and limitation through international initiatives’; ‘the Market . . . can always provide solutions to problems seemingly caused by markets in the first place’; ‘there is no such thing as a ‘public good’’; ‘freedom’ means economic freedom within the Market. The logic appears to be that leaders of organizations that can do no wrong should be entitled to market levels of compensation, however high they may be, and without concern of whether the market is perfect (because all markets are by definition, perfect). Also, the logic appears to be that corporations that can do no wrong should be immune from questions about actions that appear to not put patients first. All the distractions in Washington, DC should not put us off how the commercialization of health care in an era of neoliberalism (and managerialism) has led to ever worsening dysfunction, and ever increasing advantages to the insiders within the system. But where will patients end up in such an era? We need true health care reform that would enable leadership that understands the health care context, upholds health care professionals’ values, and puts patients’ and the public’s health ahead of extraneous, particularly short-term financial concerns. We need health care governance that holds health care leaders accountable, and ensures their transparency, integrity and honesty. What we will get is endless resistance to such reform from those who personally profit from the current dysfunctional, and increasingly corrupt system. And the current chaos and dysfunction in government at large is making it easier for those who personally profit to profit even more. http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2017/03/benefits-mayo-clinic-explicitly-putting-commercially-insured-patients-ahead-government-insured-patients.html If we're to survive, we can't depend on the market to provide the stuff of life. It needs to be done of, by and for the people on a non profit basis.

19 марта, 03:21

Occupy #Aspen leader Mulcahy runs for Mayor

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Lee Mulcahy, Cale Ryan Mitchell to challenge Steve Skadron in Aspen mayoral race Article Comments (5) Minutes before 5 p.m. Monday, just one person stood in the way of Steve Skadron's third and final term as mayor of Aspen, and it was a candidate who is no stranger to publicity. Lee Mulcahy had entered the mayoral contest, City Clerk Linda Manning said, at approximately 1:15 p.m. Monday. But at the "last minute," according to Manning, Cale Ryan Mitchell submitted a petition to run for mayor, possibly changing Mulcahy's role. That's because Mulcahy's petition had a note saying he would only run "if it is a two man race for mayor." Mitchell, 31, works at The Big Wrap and is graduate of Aspen High School. He said he is running in part because of the political environment, with his belief that he can make the biggest difference locally. "I think that the town of Aspen represents a whole lot, and I think it has a big voice internationally," he said. "And I would love to see some big changes in our town." Among those changes, he said, are giving more rights to property owners and having the city take on more environmental initiatives. "I would like to see more action from Aspen," he said. "Aspen often cries out (about what it has done environmentally), but where's our solar grid, where's our sustainable greenhouse that's growing a community garden?" Mulcahy was in Asia and could not be immediately reached. If he runs, it will mark at least the third time he has run for public office. As a Libertarian candidate in 2014, he picked up 4.2 percent of the vote in the election for Colorado State Senate District 5. He also lost when he ran for the Aspen School District's Board of Education in 2015. "I didn't expect to be running uncontested, first of all," Skadron said before Mitchell entered the fray. "I had heard Lee had picked up his paperwork (to collect petition signatures to run), and I think the community and democracy are strong when more people are involved, and I welcome the challenge." The field for the two open City Council seats, held by incumbents Art Daily and Ann Mullins, also has expanded with the entrance of retired professor and Red Brick studio artist Sue Tatem. Tatem joins the incumbents and challengers Ward Hauenstein, Skippy Mesirow and Torre. "The people who signed my petition, the one thing they talked to me about was the transportation problem in the valley and not just the city," Tatem said. "I would probably make a real effort to do something about that." Torre, who was a councilman from 2003 to 2007 and 2009 to 2013, said he's running again because he believes the city's current elected officials have shown a "lack of responsiveness to community voices." He said that Referendum 1, which voters passed in May 2015, showed the public's waning faith in the council. The referendum stripped the City Council of its power to grant land-use variances on height, mass, parking and affordable housing without a public vote. It applies to all commercial zones in the downtown core but exempts residential development. Torre also said the City Council's waffling last summer on the use of the old Aspen Art Museum building as well as its current plans for new offices has fed public disappointment. "I think it has played out with the citizen referendums, the process that happened with the old (Aspen) Art Museum and the current City Hall, and other building issues that are going on," he said. Mulcahy, meanwhile, is an artist who often is critical of government. He is battling the Aspen-Pitkin County Housing Authority over his pending eviction from his Burlingame Ranch affordable-housing unit, and he also is banned from its offices for allegedly threatening to punch its executive director. The Housing Authority wants to evict him because it claims he hasn't provided the necessary documentation showing he qualifies for government-subsidized housing. Mulcahy also is suing Aspen Skiing Co. on claims that it violated his rights to free speech when he criticized the company over its policies and sought to start a union for ski instructors, which he had been for 15 years until Skico fired him in January 2011. Skico claims it fired him over performance issues and violation of company policies. Mulcahy is banned from properties Skico both owns and leases, including U.S. Forest Service land. Skadron said, "I've generally had a good relationship with Lee, but it's curious because sometimes he treats me respectfully and sometimes he treats me otherwise for no reason." The municipal election is scheduled May 2. [email protected] Share2 Steve Skadron PREV1 of 3 imagesNEXT Minutes before 5 p.m. Monday, just one person stood in the way of Steve Skadron's third and final term as mayor of Aspen, and it was a candidate who is no stranger to publicity. Lee Mulcahy had entered the mayoral contest, City Clerk Linda Manning said, at approximately 1:15 p.m. Monday. But at the "last minute," according to Manning, Cale Ryan Mitchell submitted a petition to run for mayor, possibly changing Mulcahy's role. That's because Mulcahy's petition had a note saying he would only run "if it is a two man race for mayor." Mitchell, 31, works at The Big Wrap and is graduate of Aspen High School. He said he is running in part because of the political environment, with his belief that he can make the biggest difference locally. "I think that the town of Aspen represents a whole lot, and I think it has a big voice internationally," he said. "And I would love to see some big changes in our town." Among those changes, he said, are giving more rights to property owners and having the city take on more environmental initiatives. "I would like to see more action from Aspen," he said. "Aspen often cries out (about what it has done environmentally), but where's our solar grid, where's our sustainable greenhouse that's growing a community garden?" Mulcahy was in Asia and could not be immediately reached. If he runs, it will mark at least the third time he has run for public office. As a Libertarian candidate in 2014, he picked up 4.2 percent of the vote in the election for Colorado State Senate District 5. He also lost when he ran for the Aspen School District's Board of Education in 2015. "I didn't expect to be running uncontested, first of all," Skadron said before Mitchell entered the fray. "I had heard Lee had picked up his paperwork (to collect petition signatures to run), and I think the community and democracy are strong when more people are involved, and I welcome the challenge." The field for the two open City Council seats, held by incumbents Art Daily and Ann Mullins, also has expanded with the entrance of retired professor and Red Brick studio artist Sue Tatem. Tatem joins the incumbents and challengers Ward Hauenstein, Skippy Mesirow and Torre. "The people who signed my petition, the one thing they talked to me about was the transportation problem in the valley and not just the city," Tatem said. "I would probably make a real effort to do something about that." Torre, who was a councilman from 2003 to 2007 and 2009 to 2013, said he's running again because he believes the city's current elected officials have shown a "lack of responsiveness to community voices." He said that Referendum 1, which voters passed in May 2015, showed the public's waning faith in the council. The referendum stripped the City Council of its power to grant land-use variances on height, mass, parking and affordable housing without a public vote. It applies to all commercial zones in the downtown core but exempts residential development. Torre also said the City Council's waffling last summer on the use of the old Aspen Art Museum building as well as its current plans for new offices has fed public disappointment. "I think it has played out with the citizen referendums, the process that happened with the old (Aspen) Art Museum and the current City Hall, and other building issues that are going on," he said. "I didn't expect to be running uncontested, first of all," Skadron said before Mitchell entered the fray. "I had heard Lee had picked up his paperwork (to collect petition signatures to run), and I think the community and democracy are strong when more people are involved, and I welcome the challenge." The field for the two open City Council seats, held by incumbents Art Daily and Ann Mullins, also has expanded with the entrance of retired professor and Red Brick studio artist Sue Tatem. Tatem joins the incumbents and challengers Ward Hauenstein, Skippy Mesirow and Torre. "The people who signed my petition, the one thing they talked to me about was the transportation problem in the valley and not just the city," Tatem said. "I would probably make a real effort to do something about that." Torre, who was a councilman from 2003 to 2007 and 2009 to 2013, said he's running again because he believes the city's current elected officials have shown a "lack of responsiveness to community voices." He said that Referendum 1, which voters passed in May 2015, showed the public's waning faith in the council. The referendum stripped the City Council of its power to grant land-use variances on height, mass, parking and affordable housing without a public vote. It applies to all commercial zones in the downtown core but exempts residential development. Torre also said the City Council's waffling last summer on the use of the old Aspen Art Museum building as well as its current plans for new offices has fed public disappointment. "I think it has played out with the citizen referendums, the process that happened with the old (Aspen) Art Museum and the current City Hall, and other building issues that are going on," he said.

19 марта, 02:11

Us and Them

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"Us and Them" are encountered in Genesis, when Joseph differentiates government and priesthood from most others, by putting the latter into the service of increasing the wealth of the former. It starts when he takes 20% of the people's profit in times of plenty, which he sells back during the inevitable downturn. The price he extorts to save their lives with that which he'd taken from them is first their money and wealth, second their land and finally their freedom. That freedom is the ultimate cost "They" extract from "Us" by their compound interests, taxations or other rental streams, which are the perpetual burdens we carry for the well being of the rentier class, is a lesson we haven't learned in the 4000 years since Joseph initiated "Us and Them" in Egypt. Joseph could as easily worked for the well being of the community as that of the ruling elite parasites for whom he created the exploitative paradigm of oppression that persists after four millennia. To understand why he did as he did doesn't require much thought. Just ask any conservative: they're prepared with all manner of rationalizations to justify individual greed of the few over the general good of all. Occasional we've had some relief. Visionaries like FDR, who gave us the New Deal, have reset the game for a while. FDR didn't go so far as Mesopotamian kings and priests like Moses, who declared regular Jubilees of debt forgiveness to mitigate the impoverishment wrought by businessmen like Joseph. But the 1930s movements did initiate the greatest and most widely distributed wealth the world has ever known. It held from the end of WWII until Nixon began to effect re-enslavement by the early 1970's. Reagan completed the groundwork of the cons that came before him. He set in motion the serious re-impoverishment that's all but complete today. In 2017 Joseph's dreamworld of total enslavement is almost as complete as it was 4000 years ago. There's but a bit of middle class left, whose assets exceed their debts. That won't last long on the conservative toll road. The docility of people today is unprecedented. Joseph never dreamed that the slaves would be so programmed by propaganda that they'd demand and vote for the cons who oppress them, believing they're fighting for freedom. The con of cons prevails. The story of Genesis starts with Adam and Eve devolving from hunting and gathering and ends in Joseph's capitalist dystopia. The devolution of human culture will, if unchecked, lead to the extinction of the human race. Individual greed has conquered the well being of the community. The evil of each individual seeking self interest is blind, not invisible. It brings us war, crime, environmental degradation, bankster, billionaire and CEO predations, extortionist medical and pharmaceutical industries, dual threat energy industry [economic and environmental], price gauging communication [the new tower of babel] and inefficient, dangerous and overpriced mass transportation. All that while the infrastructure that supports commerce and life itself in the 21st Century crumbles, because its principal beneficiaries avoid paying taxes, while telling us they're "smart" to do so. You read the score! See? It's the Trumps everything versus us with nothing.

10 марта, 05:16

the freedom gap

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Im a gen xer and lately every time I speak to a millennial I get very frustrated...because I'm from a generation that remembers civil rights. When I mention such basic rights before corporate take over of our government...they roll their eyes at me and begin to talk to me like I'm a crazy person on the subway. I understand that corporations spent 17 billion per year advertising to them from birth...I understand they grew up under the corporate oligarchy and after the freedom news doctrine and after W nixed habeas corpus...but they have swallowed the kool aid completely. I really don't know what to do about this...it seems they don't mind having freedoms reduced...or privacy invaded... they are a generation not just apathetic and ignorant about their rights...they are very unempathetic to others and view people who care about civil freedoms and privacy like some joke and lunatics and will quickly shut them down. I've found this especially true when calling customer service centers where they work. They don't just recite a script ...they believe in their lords of business and will gladly go out of the way to rally on behalf of whatever crap injustice the company tries to slip by you . And all I'm left thinking is what fucking parallel universe did I veer into...and how do I get the fuck out? There has been a severe amount of brainwashing in this country, and I feel the effects every day ...but especially with this particular generation. A company I worked for kept fucking up my pay I conferred with coworkers and they agreed we had been shorted about two hundred dollars per check...the issue was ongoing (and being done on purpose which I didn't mention though it was obvious). Of all my coworkers mostly millennials... only I went to management and got it fixed. When I suggested they do the same they acted like I was petty and insane. We were hardly making and money to begin with. I just couldn't fathom this attitude...they made fun of me when I explained how they checks were shorted...and when i encouraged them to check as it kept happening. ....um just why? They went as far as working for free not to make any waves. It was truly eye opening and scary to see.

07 марта, 22:38

Genesis: The Beginning and the End

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The story of Joseph is told in the final [37-50] chapters of Genesis. It describes the fundamental paradigm shift that prescribes human culture of the past 4000 years. Donald Trump and the rest of the ruling elite parasites that control our economy, government and lives (and threaten the survival of the human race) from their headquarters on Wall St. can trace their spiritual ancestry to the strategy and tactics of debt slavery introduced by Joseph in Egypt about 4 millennia ago. The rest of the bible includes instances of prophets, leaders and laws that attempted to mitigate or eliminate the evil that was invented by the favored son of Jacob/Israel. Don't take my word for it. Read for yourself how Joseph married economic and state powers to collect 20% of the national product, during boom times. Then he used the grain he'd taxed to buy the property, land and finally selves of those he'd robbed as the price of staving off starvation in the inevitable bust that followed. Once he'd taken all the land and wealth in Egypt, he put the former owners to work on the land they used to own and continued to take the 5th part of all they produced. Sounds like Pinochet in Chile or any of the speculators, giant hedge funds or banks on Wall St. today.

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01 марта, 17:02

reflection

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To expose the flaw inherent in working for others to increase their wealth, we have to reflect a time when everyone worked for themselves and no one appropriated the produce of the hard work of others. That's not to say that communities didn't collaborate within and without in an egalitarian fashion.

24 февраля, 23:55

oh my fucking christ!

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Pat Mccory...let me just ask Is a corporation a boy or a girl? If a corporation isn't man or woman...I guess it has no rights too?? These fucking ignorant assholes...doctors should choose?...government should define male and female? The different stages? This isn't an exact science...some people are born both...the divide between male and female needs to shrink...the closer that gap gets the better society will be. Men who have female qualities and aren't hyper masculinized are less violent ...more compassionate and all around better people. Do the reporters on cnn watch the production that forms a script they are part of? They need to walk out...maybe they don't realize it.Government corporations and media...are one. There is always an agenda between them. Which is to give themselves and WS The POWER....the media war is FAKE

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20 февраля, 21:37

Not My President Day

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Join the celebrations . . . er . . . ummmmm . . . Protests YAY https://t.co/3jueSM000l Videos of not my president day protests It's what the Public was looking 4 in 2016 ! http://www.onenewspage.com/video/20170223/6917657/Bernie-Sanders-Supporters-Are-Taking-Over-the-Democratic.htm …

20 февраля, 03:03

new labor secretary...sexist pig number one

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My government...industry...all run by men. The greed the lack of empathy the unbridled pigness of everything...Playing field rigged before I got on it...and to put it in clearer terms if an ad used a man in black face there would be riots in the street...the ACLU in an uproar and threatening suit for hate speech...but a woman giving a cheeseburger a virtual blow job...and somehow we asked for it ? I can think lots of blacks may take a large amount of money to do an ad selling out their race...but it would not be equated that other blacks thought it ok to dress up in black face and sell out his people...but as a women I am told it is reflective of our liberation and somehow representative of my choices.whaa yeah ...equating that one woman sold out and blew a cheeseburger to choice and freedom that also represents me....this country is fuck backwards And the man who thot it cute to show women blowing burgers....our new labor secretary....I call for violent overthrow...nothing else will do.

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19 февраля, 20:19

A World of Imbeciles

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The profits of the FIRE sector are the losses of the rest of the human race. The FIRE sector is technically parasitic. It makes no real product. It adds value to nothing and cost to everything. It extracts wealth from real economic activities of producers and consumers. When the money that represents the wealth appropriated by the banksters, billionaires and the rest of the FIRE that's ravaging the human race and enslaving us with debt becomes too concentrated with the parasites that own everything or hold the paper on it, they loan it back to us at interest that compounds the problem. If the banks run out of money [they've stolen by usury] they create more on their ledgers or the government loans [at near zero interest] or gives it to them out of your tax money. Of course they loan that to us or the [wholly owned and in their pocket] government at more profitable interest that, again, compounds the problem. Only a moron could believe the pyramid scam that is capitalism can be sustained forever.

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19 февраля, 18:02

TRump War On Media and Constitution

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Dan Rather is CAll Him Out, and the Republicans http://occupydemocrats.com/2017/02/18/dan-rather-just-destroyed-republicans-enabling-trump-viral-post/