Obama Threatens To Veto Congress\’s Plan To Give Corporations A $400 Billion Tax Cut

Is THIS the people’s choice? Tax breaks for corporations, from the same party that whines about deficits? DO tax breaks for corporations REALLY stimulate the economy? We MUST challenge this idea.

 

Obama Threatens To Veto Congress\’s Plan To Give Corporations A $400 Billion Tax Cut

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One Love? Don\’t Think So: 4 Gaping Flaws With The Concept Of Monogamy

I have given up on monogamy as the only way to go for relationships; some people just aren’t wired for it, and it creates expectations are not realistic, and if we fail in those expectations, we are treated like criminals. Thank God a new generation is rising to challenge the monogamy monopoly, and using their independent minds to organize their own relationship patterns; only they know what is good for them.

 

One Love? Don\’t Think So: 4 Gaping Flaws With The Concept Of Monogamy

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Enriched environments could heal brain injuries | ISRAEL21c

I’ve always been intereseted in neuroplasticity, the idea that the brain can repair itself after injury. This gives hope to people with such problems.

 

Enriched environments could heal brain injuries | ISRAEL21c

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The Mason Missile, November 24, 2014

Greetings!

Yes, I was disappointed at the republican takeover of the Senate and the retention of the “House of Representatives”-some members being wholly-owned subsidiary of corporate interests. From what I understand, though, this would be a false victory for the Republican right-wing tea-party element; the reality is seeping in about gerrymandering of congressional districts, voter ID suppression efforts, and voter apathy. We have to understand that this IS the only government we have, it DOES run our country and DOES effect our quality of life. The libertarian fantasy of being by yourself and the corporations running everything is an illusion; we don’t live by ourselves, we ARE indeed dependent on each other.

One of the favorite conservative propaganda lines is “You can’t have the government do everything for you.” that’s not the point; the point is, WHO is the government working for? What government functions are the conservatives objecting to? From the actions of the Reagan administration to today, the targets for “cutting waste in government spending” and “fighting excessive regulation” have been food stamps, occupational safety and health (OSHA), environmental protection (EPA), civil rights, health insurance, school lunches, to name a few. But military spending and the police state? No problem there.

The aforementioned programs came not from the generosity of the federal government, but after long and hard struggles by dedicated activists, working from the neighborhoods and streets, to have the federal government listen to the people, listen to the plight of workers, farmers, women, and distressed minorities, and not to be owned by the corporations. That was the situation back in the post-Civil War period, where corporations owned politicians and thus the government, and the military and police power of the state was used to put down workers who literally risked their lives for such now-commonplace things as the eight-hour day, child-labor laws, anti-discrimination laws in jobs and housing, regulation of corporations to hold them accountable for misconduct towards American consumers and workers (the same thing).

Alas, we are heading backwards fast towards plutocracy once again. And it has been scientifically proven in a report by Princeton University Professor Martin Gilens and Northeastern University Professor Benjamin Page, from studying public policy, that the United States of America is definitely an oligarchy, not a democracy, since, according to the report, “A proposed policy change with low support among economically elite Americans (one-out-of-five in favour) is adopted only about 18% of the time,” while “a proposed change with high support (four-out-of-five in favour) is adopted about 45% of the time.”

Now, hopefully, we can surrender the idea of the United States of America as this this magical place where dreams come true. Inequality affects such things as health care, education, housing, and how you and your children will fare in the future, whether you continue to live in a decent house or a cardboard box over a steam vent. And once we learn this, we can begin to resolve it.

One form of the creep to oligarchy/plutocracy is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), an evil twin of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). A part of TPP is Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS), where a corporation could sue for “potential loss of profits” due to governments trying to protect their citizens from abuses by corporations; these cases would be heard by tribunals staffed by-guess who?-corporate attorneys. Phillip Morris has sued Australia for strict cigarette-packaging laws; the French firm Veolia has sues Egypt for raising the country’s minimum wage; and the Swedish firm Vattenfall has sued Germany for phasing out nuclear energy.

With the TPP system, US corporations, like with NAFTA, would close its plants in THIS country, thus closing down workers’ paychecks and their communities; workers spend money in local stores, thus keeping the economy alive. The corporations would now set up shop in nations, like Viet Nam, Malaysia, Singapore, and Peru, which have corrupt governments easy to pay off, and no effective regulations worth mentioning, and with armies and police who can beat down any effort of workers to organize.

These are the good old days conservatives want to restore in this country; and these are the people who run our economy and own our politicians-people who think of nothing but the bottom line, the next quarterly profit, the next bonus and pay raise, due to the back-breaking labor of workers they would have murdered for asking for a living wage. These people who run our corporations, and thus our politics, know nothing about education or learning, they know no ethics or morality, no loyalty to any nation. I hope that the American people hear the wake-up call, for their lives, their families, and their futures.

Bye!

What “Liberal Media”?

The President of the United States, this past week, went on TV to announce his plan for immigration, a hot button topic in today’s politics, a topic used to excite the Tea-Party-racist element in the Republican party. I watched the video clip from the C-SPAN web site, and it was a thoughtful; program, where he balanced the need to enforce the laws and maintain a credible immigration system, while showing compassion to persons who crossed the border, bereft of documents, who just want to attain the American dream; so many of them are working for it, and I mean WORKING, by cleaning hotels, picking produce in farms, and building houses, all under the table, all without legal help.

How-EV-er, the news media-ABC, CBS, NBC, and definitely Fox-would not, NOT, broadcast the speech-the same “left-liberal-slanted news media” of far-rightist folklore. Several stations, on their own, circumventing the networks, broadcast it, as did CNN, C-SPAN, Univision, Telemundo, and PBS; plus there was the official White House web site, whitehouse.gov.

WHY? Why did the news networks refuse to broadcast the speech of the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES? Several things come to mind-racism, the rage the a BLAKC man is in the White House, along with not offending the Republican Conservative element in Congress. In spite of the rhetoric of the Right, the commercial news media, accepting conventional wisdom, errs to the conservative side; these networks and other media corporations are just another group of multi-billion dollar corporate bureaucracies.

SO, we have two facts here-the disconnect from reality of the political right-wing movement, which ignores reality, both contemporary and historical, in its activism and speeches; and the uselessness of the corporate broadcast media in putting forth reality, and alternative opinions that would offend powerful interests. The internet, public access TV, and other forms of alternative media need to be supported and used, along with the corporate news outlets, which provide a baseline-the alternative media is a different perspective and some extra information.

Discussing President Obama’s immigration speech

John Oliver Mason:

THIS is what the big networks, ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox would not broadcst, the President of the United States making an important policy statement. This shows how stuck on stupid the “news” media is now, while they drool over Kin Kardashian’s ass. Thank God, with the internet,, we can get news on our own and we don’t need the networks; they are nothing but billion-dollar corporate bueaucracies.

Originally posted on New York's PIX11 / WPIX-TV:

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(PIX11) – On Thursday night President Barack Obama spoke to the nation about his new reforms to immigration. What will these new orders mean for immigrants already in this country.?

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Lifelong Learning and the Plastic Brain | Neuroscience News Research Articles | Neuroscience Social Network

To maintain the physical structure of your brain, to alter it so you can think positively and use it to your benefit, this is very empowering.

Lifelong Learning and the Plastic Brain | Neuroscience News Research Articles | Neuroscience Social Network

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