Thus did a handful of rapacious citizens come to control all that was worth controlling in America. Thus was the savage and stupid and entirely inappropriate and unnecessary and humorless American class system created. Honest, industrious, peaceful citizens were classed as bloodsuckers if they asked to be paid a living wage. And they saw that praise was reserved henceforth for those who devised means of getting paid enormously for committing crimes against which no laws had been passed. Thus the American dream turned belly up, turned green, bobbed to the scummy surface of cupidity unlimited, filled with gas, went bang in the noonday sun.
Kurt Vonnegut

What Dianne Feinstein and those like her are supporting is a licentious press, one that can be threatened and controlled by those in power. This is anything but the “free flow of information.” Make no mistake about it, this legislation is criminal and is a direct attack on the Constitution. As such, it is also a direct attack not only on the press, but on the American people.

Feel free to contact your Senators here and let them know you oppose their illegal legislation.

This is the opposite of democracy: the richest people in the world essentially own an entire political party, and the movement which animates it, at a cost of approximately 0.04% of their fortune. That spending includes all the weird and misleading advertisements driving a wedge between common people and their own interests. It all works to the self-interest of the Kochs, who see themselves as the rightful owners of America, if not the world.

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Plastic Bank: How to solve the plastic pollution problem and poverty at the same timeWe all know there’s too much plastic making its way into the environment; here’s an innovative solution to a seemingly intractable problem.
-There should be a 3D printer that uses waste plastic as the raw material for printing.  Every home could just recycle their own plastic into free and useful objects.

Plastic Bank: How to solve the plastic pollution problem and poverty at the same time
We all know there’s too much plastic making its way into the environment; here’s an innovative solution to a seemingly intractable problem.

-There should be a 3D printer that uses waste plastic as the raw material for printing.  Every home could just recycle their own plastic into free and useful objects.

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A study, to appear in the Fall 2014 issue of the academic journal Perspectives on Politics, finds that the U.S. is no democracy, but instead an oligarchy…The authors of this historically important study are Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page, and their article is titled “Testing Theories of American Politics.” The authors clarify that the data available are probably under-representing the actual extent of control of the U.S. by the super-rich…

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Battle Gear and Dress Gear

Battle Gear and Dress Gear

Is it political if I tell you that if we burn coal, you’re going to warm the atmosphere? Or is that a statement of fact that you’ve made political? It’s a scientific statement. The fact that there are elements of society that have made it political, that’s a whole other thing.
Neil deGrasse Tyson

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A study, to appear in the Fall 2014 issue of the academic journal Perspectives on Politics, finds that the U.S. is no democracy, but instead an oligarchy, meaning profoundly corrupt, so that the answer to the study’s opening question, “Who governs? Who really rules?” in this country, is:
 
“Despite the seemingly strong empirical support in previous studies for theories of majoritarian democracy, our analyses suggest that majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts. Americans do enjoy many features central to democratic governance, such as regular elections, freedom of speech and association, and a widespread (if still contested) franchise. But, …” and then they go on to say, it’s not true, and that, “America’s claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened” by the findings in this, the first-ever comprehensive scientific study of the subject, which shows that there is instead “the nearly total failure of ‘median voter’ and other Majoritarian Electoral Democracy theories [of America]. When the preferences of economic elites and the stands of organized interest groups are controlled for, the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.”
 
To put it short: The United States is no democracy, but actually an oligarchy.

US Is an Oligarchy Not a Democracy, says Scientific Study | Common Dreams

If we had a truly independent and adversarial press in my country, this would be a big news story, but they still haven’t found that plane, so … whaddayagonnado right?

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Washington Post and Guardian Win Pulitzer For Snowden ReportsqThe Pulitzer Prize in Journalism for Public Service was awarded to the Washington Post and Guardian jointly for their Snowden reports.Snowden’s lawyer, Jesselyn Radack, notes it’s “bittersweet” that the Pulitzer went to the “safe choice” of the two publications, rather than the individuals that were responsible for the stories. Meanwhile, a statement from Edward Snowden was posted by the Freedom of Press Foundation:
I am grateful to the committee for their recognition of the efforts of those involved in the last year’s reporting, and join others around the world in congratulating Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, Barton Gellman, Ewen MacAskill, and all of the others at the Guardian and Washington Post on winning the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.Today’s decision is a vindication for everyone who believes that the public has a role in government. We owe it to the efforts of the brave reporters and their colleagues who kept working in the face of extraordinary intimidation, including the forced destruction of journalistic materials, the inappropriate use of terrorism laws, and so many other means of pressure to get them to stop what the world now recognizes was work of vital public importance.This decision reminds us that what no individual conscience can change, a free press can. My efforts would have been meaningless without the dedication, passion, and skill of these newspapers, and they have my gratitude and respect for their extraordinary service to our society. Their work has given us a better future and a more accountable democracy.

Washington Post and Guardian Win Pulitzer For Snowden ReportsqThe Pulitzer Prize in Journalism for Public Service was awarded to the Washington Post and Guardian jointly for their Snowden reports.

Snowden’s lawyer, Jesselyn Radack, notes it’s “bittersweet” that the Pulitzer went to the “safe choice” of the two publications, rather than the individuals that were responsible for the stories.

Meanwhile, a statement from Edward Snowden was posted by the Freedom of Press Foundation:

I am grateful to the committee for their recognition of the efforts of those involved in the last year’s reporting, and join others around the world in congratulating Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, Barton Gellman, Ewen MacAskill, and all of the others at the Guardian and Washington Post on winning the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.

Today’s decision is a vindication for everyone who believes that the public has a role in government. We owe it to the efforts of the brave reporters and their colleagues who kept working in the face of extraordinary intimidation, including the forced destruction of journalistic materials, the inappropriate use of terrorism laws, and so many other means of pressure to get them to stop what the world now recognizes was work of vital public importance.

This decision reminds us that what no individual conscience can change, a free press can. My efforts would have been meaningless without the dedication, passion, and skill of these newspapers, and they have my gratitude and respect for their extraordinary service to our society. Their work has given us a better future and a more accountable democracy.

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New Banksy art showing government agents spying on a phone box appears on side of Cheltenham house near to GCHQ.

New Banksy art showing government agents spying on a phone box appears on side of Cheltenham house near to GCHQ.

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Lawn Vegetable Farmers Fight the Law and Win!!!

Published on Apr 9, 2014

Grow Food Not Laws. In this video Luke Rudkowksi of WeAreChange speaks with Jason and Jennifer Helvenston, gardeners who were targeted by the state. Are Americans losing their right to grow their own food peacefully on private property? The U.S. and Florida constitutions protect property rights from arbitrary invasions. After taking the fight to the government and winning the city has withdrawn their demands to tear up a beautiful garden. These peaceful vegetable farmers are sharing their knowledge with others, for more information visit http://patriot-gardens.com/ 

(Source: sustainableprosperity)

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