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  • For-profit Corinthian Colleges to sell 85 schools, close 12 others   1 day 7 hours ago

    http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/gi-bill-benefitting-profit-colleges-inste...

    Here's a few tidbits from a PBS Newshour report yesterday.

    "The for-profit college sector is under the microscope. The U.S. Department of Education is expected to cut federal aid to schools with high default rates. The federal government and state attorneys general also are investigating marketing and lending practices of some schools. More than $10 billion was spent on the G.I. Bill for veterans’ education last year.

    Until now, for-profits have netted a growing amount of money from a new generation of vets. In California, nearly two of every three G.I. Bill dollars is spent on for-profit schools.

    In California alone, the Center for Investigative Reporting found nearly 300 schools banned from receiving state financial aid that still got G.I. Bill money, even schools with no academic accreditation at all, beauty schools, auto repair programs, and dog training academies, together, more than $600 million.

    The biggest beneficiary is the for-profit University of Phoenix, which fails to graduate most of its students, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

    Nationally, it took in nearly a billion dollars from the G.I. Bill over the last five years. The University of Phoenix has been especially successful at attracting veterans in San Diego, a port city with a high concentration of veterans.

    It took Pace three years to graduate. By then, he had exhausted his entire education benefit. Pace attended this University of Phoenix campus in San Diego. It has received more G.I. Bill money than any brick-and-mortar campus in America, $95 million over the last five years.

    That’s almost seven times what the University of California, San Diego, got. In fact, the Center for Investigative Reporting found, the University of Phoenix’s San Diego campus received more G.I. Bill money than the entire 10-campus U.C. System.

    Last June, the school’s accrediting body, the Higher Learning Commission, put the University of Phoenix on notice, saying the school didn’t support student learning and effective teaching.

    Students at the University of Phoenix often have trouble repaying their loans. More than a quarter default within three years of leaving school. And, at this campus, fewer than 15 percent of students graduate, according to the Department of Education."

     

  • White Privilege   1 day 7 hours ago

    drbjmn wrote:

    My suspicion, is regardless of the owner, the higher the concentration of white employees, the higher the likelihood of a black, male tech making them uncomfortable.

    You're right— it would be a terrible thing to inflict the suffering of "uncomfortable" on white people. All white business owners, therefore, should have the right to be sure that none of their customers ever experience the slightest discomfort from seeing a dark-skinned human being walk into their place of business to work on their computers. That would be just too much torture for any white person to have to endure.

    Hear my little violin, the one I'm playing between my thumb and forefinger? ;-)

  • Boycott Hobby Lobby   1 day 8 hours ago

    Boycott away if you want.  I am sure Hobby Lobby is just as worried as was Walmart, Target, Starbucks, McDonalds, or any other corporation you think is running it's operation with no hitching post at the front door to tie up your unicorns.

  • HOBBY LOBBY is the PERFECT Democratic Wedge Issue in 2014 and 2016   1 day 8 hours ago

    Steve.I.Am wrote:

    Everyone HATES the HOBBY LOBBY decision.

    Not true, but good luck with your efforts.

  • Hey Sue! Question About Site....   1 day 8 hours ago

    Thanks, UlTrax. I've passed it on tho the webmaster. When sites are taken over rather than closed down, we don't get a broken link warning :(

  • Speculation Kills ..... Supply & Demand   1 day 8 hours ago

    Laborisgood wrote:

    If we have more oil supply and less demand than we had 5 years ago, our oil prices should be lower today than they were 5 years ago in accordance with basic supply and demand. That is what Bernie claimed last week and I have yet to see anyone refute that statement. Rampant speculation should have high risk, but somehow all the risk seems to be removed to enhance profits for speculators at a cost to the actual end users (us). This same scam can be pulled on any other sector of energy just the same if we don't do something to keep the financial pirates from doing what they do best ..... screw us.

    Speculation does have high risk. When you buy futures you are buying oil to be delivered at X point in the future. When that future comes and price has lowered then you sell it at a loss.

    http://www.foxbusiness.com/industries/2014/07/07/oil-futures-post-longes...

    Like I said previously, speculation evens out prices leading to less spikes and dips. It provides consumers and producers more certainty.

  • GMO labeling awareness march in Boston, MA. May 24, 2014   1 day 8 hours ago

    I have heard back from one:

    I am 100% behind making sure we label GMO foods. I have co-sponsored legislation, co-sponsored an amendment to the state budget, and co-signed a letter urging the passage of legislation to make sure that we do just that. 

    Hope you enjoyed your holiday, albeit with the rain!

    Best Regards,
    Jim Dwyer

  • HOBBY LOBBY   1 day 9 hours ago

    My god barret, no one is taking money from somebody else to pay for abortions.

    Where do you come up with this stuff?

    Stop your personal war against women it's between them and their god, you've got no say in the matter. Got it? It's none of your business.

  • HOBBY LOBBY   1 day 9 hours ago

    GerriM wrote:
    Try to understand that we live in a democratic republic where pluralism is the order of the day, Ms. Miller. It would behoove you to become tolerant of other viewpoints and honest with your rhetoric. That we could respect.
    The issue isn't pluralism... since the owners of HL are certainly free to practice their own religion in their own lives. The question is whether they can use the corporate form... an legal entity CREATED BY GOVERNMENT, to impose aspects of their religion on their workers. Up until the HL decision, these corporations were seen as secular. So does the HL decision now put government on the side of religious favoritism... thus violating the First Amendment... while it discriminates against those workers whose religion (or lack of one) is in conflict with HL's owners?

  • HOBBY LOBBY   1 day 9 hours ago

    Steven.PBarrett wrote:

    ulTrax, you've just taken the pro-choice position on abortion into another realm where one might as well start putting quotation hooks around "pro-choice" when it comes to employers rights to decide if they want to risk violating caesar's laws or God's laws. Some choice.

    You really need to use the quote function so I can determine just what I wrote you're responding to. Call me senile, but at this point I've no idea.

  • HOBBY LOBBY is the PERFECT Democratic Wedge Issue in 2014 and 2016   1 day 9 hours ago

    Steve.I.Am wrote:
    Even if it doesn't pass, it is the PERFECT Democratic wedge issue, because, I think, people will come out in droves to vote against HOBBY LOBBY if the issue is properly framed.  And, if by some miracle, the RFRA-does-not-apply-to-for-profit-Corporations law DOES pass, the law will certainly be challenged in Court, which will prefectly set up the inevitable, and necessary, constitututional challenge.  

    Please "like" and "share" this if you agree with me.

    I've made a request to the powers that be that they create a new forum dedicated just to developing and discussing such electoral strategies...

    http://www.thomhartmann.com/forum/2014/07/forum-creation-request

     

     

  • Damn It Dems... JUST SAY IT!!!!   1 day 9 hours ago

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    ulTRAX:

    Or maybe something along the lines of a classic wedge issue... say a Democratic sponsored Strategic Materials Safeguard Act... that insists that everything possible that's directly needed for national defense be manufactured domestically. It will serve several functions... to help reverse free trade at a political soft spot... and split some GOPers who won't know whether to support a stronger defense or cheap outsourcing... and in the process split off some GOP voters who thought the GOP was the defense party.   

    Laborisgood:

    I like it.

    Of course the Dems have their own neolib free traders that might object.

    But in our dysfunctional political system... where only about 35% of the voting age population bothers to vote in midterms, there's a huge reserve of potential voters to appeal to. Who knows what new issues can be created... as Reagan did by bringing in the religious right into the GOP coalition. I intended to start a thread on this... wondering if some issues raised by groups that have attached themselves to the Dems should be downplayed in favor of economic issues like fighting free trade, strengthening Social Security, or putting a choke-chain on corporations. But then again, with some of the Dems having embraced neo-liberalism..

  • Boycott Hobby Lobby   1 day 9 hours ago

    Steven.PBarrett wrote:
    Boycotting is another matter entirely. Why put at risk other private companies and third party suppliers, vendors, et al, who don't care one way or another how the Hobby Lobby, Conestoga and Wheaton College decisions came down, especially when such boycotts could lead to layoffs should the boycotts become too "successful."
    Using that logic, then one can't even boycott Monsanto. So you're suggesting companies can spend their money in ways that help them survive... or reflect their politics, but consumers should never spend or withhold their money in ways that reflect their own political views? Aren't you suggesting a form of democratic action neuter itself and become subservient to the needs of those man-made creations called corporations?

  • White Privilege   1 day 9 hours ago

    Zenzoe wrote:
    Either way, how long should people of color have to wait for white privilege to disappear?

    The only way I see it disappearing is for whiteness to no longer be the racial majority, though that is just shifting sands that may become Latino priviledge or something, or for all of the colors to be so blended that whiteness and blackness no longer exist as pure racial ideals. I think the latter is the better path.

    The way to heal America is for Americans to make babies that don't look exactly like them. Genetic diversity seems to manifest itself as a better product anyway, procreationally speaking. Those who get to claim a diverse heritage are also lucky, in my opinion, for the richness of culture they can claim and are often more beautiful than their more "pure" counterparts.

    Priviledge is a numbers game. I don't think white priviledge exists in China. I would expect chinese priviledge to dominate there, though, and I'm sure the other ethnicities within China see as big a hill to climb, perhaps, as African Americans in the struggle for equality.

    My dad used to alwasys tell me that life isn't fair. He didn't need to say that, I knew.

     

  • Boycott Hobby Lobby   1 day 10 hours ago

    Having observed your posts, Mr. Barret, I must say that you huff and puff about very little very much.

    Having been around issues of church and state and personal issues of conscience in religious pluralism, I regard the HL 'case' as pure theocratic bullshit and false conscience if I have ever run into it.  They should have been given zero legal standing for these 'scruples' which have been given there own loophole in the ACA.  The Supremes legislate from the Bench?  Dear me for thinking so!

    Most of us have criticized the bocott as poor strategy, but protests are fine and more to the point, proper given the public display of dogma poop on employee choices of legal options.  

    However, if this means that we can stop paying our war taxes, we could learn to love this idea.  I have religious objections to fascism, so I could withdraw my tax support for all Corporate subsidies on the grounds of conscience.  Yeah, let's play this out.  There is almost nothing the Neocon government does that I want to pay for.

    There is nothing Christian about what HL is doing, at least not what the Bible instructs Christians to do about public behavior and why not to create scandals around side issues and scruples.  They avoided worship of the emperor, but they worked at being good neighbors rather than being known for being religiously arrogant or superior.  

    What is happening to Christian churches that have made homophobia their Christian witness now is good for them.  They are isolated on their islands of prejudice while grace abounds around them and they are left out.  The abortion issue is going to expose a similar abandonment of the Gospel for a sentimentalized moralistic diversion from our times.  Our policies on abortion did not transform us from a peaceful nation into a bloody imperial dominator state, nor would ending abortions do a damn thing about our war lusts or ideological narcissism.

    We already have more people than we care for.  Our moral crisis is among the living, not what happens in the wombs of women.  Other than the forced sterilization of prisoners and poor women, it is those who kill abortion doctors and bomb clinics who blaspheme the name of Jesus.  Who stood up to the strong speaking truth to power and never took it out on the poor and vulnerable.

    Nope, the Holy Spirit can kick all the ass on the Christian Right that needs it, and that could take some time.  He could die and rise again, but there is only so much Jesus can do about those who claim to be his followers when they go off on these wild rides away from his path.  And all the tears about the blood shed for them, as if the more they needed to be saved the more blood they need to drink.  Who came up with this stuff?  Who do they think Jesus was or is?  He was not obsessed with sin, and it was John the Baptist who stayed out of the normal world, preaching the end.

    It would be interesting to see the reaction to an Islamic corporation requesting the same type of exemption for Sharia Law and how the Supremes and the Right would see it.  Would Christian employees have to bring home something other than "the bacon?"

    Anyway, the bottom line should be that corporations doing business in public obey public employment and practices, period.  We have exceptions for religious organizations who produce and sell their own artisanal products and services; but when they hire from the public they move beyond their religious community to employee law.  Similar standards apply to family businesses of linked kin.  When corporations are family held but operate many franchises or a major supply chain in vertical integration, the religious opinions of the owners should be irrelevant to these businesses.  If they were running their own store, they would still have to serve the public with civility.

    What would be a postive Christian example would be some humility about "witnessing" for Jesus.  Being assholes for Jesus never works, and Jesus would prefer a better grasp of the message and its meaning than He gets from the Culture Warriors and sex prudes.  They don't exactly set the family image of God's gift of human sexuality and Christian joy and love for others even Paul recommends over lecturing sinners about what they need to do.  As he pointed out, if you are going to offend others, do it for something that really matters, like peace and justice and not about whether circumcision is needed or not.  

    That confident stand against homosexuality is crumbling, leaving homophobes for Christ in an untenable place.  I hope they stew in their own juices long enough to get up and get out of it because Love and Grace are so much better for us all.  Then they can go have their moral compasses reset by Jesus to deal with what is really happening on earth.  When we respond to children coming from the sins of our empire to our borders with more than enough love to take them in and ask why they are coming and what we have to do with it--then we will know that the Holy Spirit has been able to get through their religious walls of dogma.

    Business owners and supply chains also represent humans with consciences who should be working for reconciliation and justice instead of showing off their religion in public with self-righteous indignation and smug that offends others for good reason.  When they respect each other as fellow citizens and parts of an interdependent economy, they learn to avoid being jerks like this claiming that we are infringing upon their right to be jerks about it.

  • The banned   1 day 10 hours ago

    shane is a troll??????? lol

  • Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble   1 day 10 hours ago

    Chemtrails appear when atmospheric conditions are consistent with long lasting and widely dispersed contrail formation.   

  • Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble   1 day 10 hours ago

    polycarp2 wrote:

    Mjolnir, a chemtrail will be thousands of times the length of the airlplane. A vapor trail won't.

    A vapor trail disperses quickly. A chemtrail will slowly disperse in a splotchy pattern and leave a broad expanse of  white opaque sky in its wake.

    Perhaps a variation in the dispersion of the visible vapor trail could be attributed to the fact nature has also given us a river of rapidly moving wind currents called a jet stream?

     

  • Boycott Hobby Lobby   1 day 11 hours ago

    Agreed, HL isn't perfectly consistent, except that it reflects much of what ails a lot of Evangelical theology today: a very strong bias in favor of utilizing the most cherry picked arguments they could find to base their claims. Still, we must respect its rights to object in court to what it finds unconscionable.

    Boycotting is another matter entirely. Why put at risk other private companies and third party suppliers, vendors, et al, who don't care one way or another how the Hobby Lobby, Conestoga and Wheaton College decisions came down, especially when such boycotts could lead to layoffs should the boycotts become too "successful." When push comes to shove, these private companies, some of whom might be operating on very thin profit margins, will take whatever means possible to survive. Sadly, that usually means last hired, first fired. And, given the present situation of unions in the private sector, boycotts stand to put many more jobs in peril. Welcome to the real world.

    And I'd sure as hell would like to know how many tenured educators would feel the same about boycotting if the same tactic could be used against them if they didn't have tenure to stand on! It's always easier for those who have no skin to risk in the game of life to take the most popularly righteous causes.

    I'm not for eliminating tenure. On the other hand, I'd like to see more humility coming from those who use it to demand sacrifices of others that they will never have to make in order to "make their point" and "carry the day."

     

     

     

  • HOBBY LOBBY   1 day 12 hours ago

    ulTrax, you've just taken the pro-choice position on abortion into another realm where one might as well start putting quotation hooks around "pro-choice" when it comes to employers rights to decide if they want to risk violating caesar's laws or God's laws. Some choice. If, as most liberal defenders of Roe, believe abortion should be a matter left solely between a woman and her conscience, with no government body having the right to interfere; that's where it ends.

    If a woman wants an abortion, she has the right to obtain one. But where in the name of justice, can anybody reasonable find or develop a justification to take money out of the pockets of others, be they rich or poor alike, to subsidize a medical procedure they find morally abhorrent, never mind simply objectionable. If we can maintain laws protecting the rights of those objecting to serving in the military on moral grounds; what's so damned hard about defending the rights of those who also want to decline "invitations" to burn his incense or have it burned by the government on our behalf -- for any reasons -- without fear of official acts of sanctions of any kind?

    What the ulTraxes of our times want isn't social fairness or (ha! justice) of any kind. No, what they want is nothing less than a return to judicial bolshevism, i.e., legal barbarism.

     

  • Damn It Dems... JUST SAY IT!!!!   1 day 13 hours ago

    ulTRAX wrote:

    Laborisgood wrote:
    Suppose we parlay a populist economics, anti-corporate stance into a record turn-out in this year's off-year election to sweep in a new House majority and then what?
    Or maybe something along the lines of a classic wedge issue... say a Democratic sponsored Strategic Materials Safeguard Act... that insists that everything possible that's directly needed for national defense be manufactured domestically. It will serve several functions... to help reverse free trade at a political soft spot... and split some GOPers who won't know whether to support a stronger defense or cheap outsourcing... and in the process split off some GOP voters who thought the GOP was the defense party.   

    I like it.

  • Speculation Kills ..... Supply & Demand   1 day 13 hours ago

    The lure of supply and demand that never gets realized is what gets us to buy into more drilling and more wars, but we always end up paying more regardless of how many wars or how much drilling. This is no different than the myth of mergers and acquisitions that will allow the big fish to "better serve their customers" as they squash their competition. We always pay more no matter how many little fish we let the big fish eat. Supply and demand is sucker bet.

    There are fools who keep buying this crap and there are shills who keep selling it. The GOP depends on it and it's high time we cull the Dem herd of both the manipulators and those allowing themselves to be manipulated. Supply and demand is a theoretical construct that used to apply in days gone by when investment was investment and not rampant speculation designed to make an easy buck off of the suckers.

    Maybe someday supply and demand can be reinstated into our economics in it's rightful form, but until then ..... STOP BUYING INTO THIS NONSENSE!!!!!

  • Could John McCain be Responsible for the Next 9/11?   1 day 16 hours ago

    In fact, I believe that the seeds of 9/11 was even planned in 1962...it was called Operation Northwoods where the Joints Chiefs of Staff conjured up plans to crash a military plane, painted to look like an passenger airliner, into a tall building. This was meant to shock US citizens into being favorable to invading Cuba (which JFK wouldn't go along with...so he was terminated). Obviously, they didn't go through with that one. But it could very well have been that they finally went through with that idea on 9/11.

    There was something, a pod(s), attached to the bottom of the planes that hit the WTC towers that are not normally on passenger airliners. Eyewitnesses testified to this and can also be seen in photos taken from the videos. Similar pods are, however, put onto military planes.

    And there was also a strange flash near the nose when the planes hit the buildings. The nose of airliners are made of laminated fiber which can't explain why there was a bright flash as soon as the nose touched the buildings. It's a mystery. One likely cause is that it set off a charge that had been previously planted in the buildings. I can't say that this video evidence of a pod was attached to the underside of these planes or of the flash when the nose entered the buildings is any kind of hard evidence but they are anomalies that need to be investigated.

    The whole 9/11 atrocity needs to be investigated by truly unbiased panels that aren't afraid of soiling their careers or threats of losing contracts and of people who can understand physics and science...not the right-wing clowns ilk of Popular Mechanics propaganda ill-repute.

    The vertical beam angle cuts are shown and talked about at 28:00 minutes into the film.

    And the video shows the scenes where Building 7 was being reported by both CNN and BBC to have already collapsed when it had not actually collapsed until about 20 minutes later. So, the cover story that had been released to the reporters about the WTC7, the Solomon Building, had been released too soon by people who knew the building was going to collapse (20 minutes or more before it did). In fact, you can see the building still standing when they reported that it had collapsed. OOPS! This is at about 32 minutes into the video.

    And why is the FBI not allowing over 80 videos of the 9/11 attacks to be viewed by the American Public even to this day? They claim it is because of National Security. Yeah, right!

    Here's a story about one of the major contractors in Iraq, Halliburton, who got paid to transport 82,000 gallons of fuel, using 10 trucks, for a distance of about 300 miles. In the US, a contractor said that they would charge about $3000. But if they were doing it for the government they would charge about 2 or 3 times that amount...lets say they charged $10,000. Halliburton charged the government $27.5 million to transport that fuel 300 miles in Iraq. What a taxpayer ripoff!!! And that is merely one example.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=bwThcdIoufc

    http://rethink911.org/news/building-7-the-story-the-times-missed/

  • What West Virginia can learn from Sarah Palin   1 day 17 hours ago

    There is a great divide about what is fair for the citizens of States, and those who control the land by Ownership thereof, or the Ownership of large corporations which - as the Supreme Court has said - are people. 

    No one who already has money and power is going to be willing to share wealth with the poor of those States - the ones who are the walking dead due to bad Laws, bad representation, and bad work conditions.

    It's so sad to me that those who have everything they could ever want to raise their own families, look at the working poor and the desperate, unemployed, and uneducated as a probable drain on their incomes. Many of those sacrificial lambs and sheep could be just as smart and just as well educated as those who Lord over their politics, their healthcare opportunities, and their well-being. But those people are also naive. They are kept naive purposely, because they are easier to manage. If they're told that voting for someone who could possibly make their living conditions better, then they're also told that it's all just an election time lie... and if they vote outside the box, they can lose their benefits or their jobs. The poor of West Virginia (for the most part) have no idea how long they have been purposely kept down. I'm not sure they would ever believe the truth, even if it was explained to them. If they had any idea of how much they're being controlled, they wouldn't be allowing their mountains to be leveled, and they would have demanded repariations after the coal ash made their drinking water unsafe for several weeks. They grumbled, they complained, but the coal ash is still being released into their streams, and they have to drink what's available.

    I feel so sorry for those people. But until they get legislators who fight for THEIR right to be treated better, it isn't likely to happen.

  • just a thought   1 day 17 hours ago

    I need to boost up my religious knowledge and then I can be able to digest all of these. Glad to know about these things.