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TRADE: Insidious NAFTA drove America’s Middle Class into oblivion and together with TPP will absolutely, positively, without a doubt plunge the US into bankruptcy.

This from Alan Grayson. Note in his e-mail he makes no mention of the TPP and he is from Havard. So, for what it's worth [maybe Hartmann could get him on the show and smoke out his position on the TPP]:

PETITION: EPA advocates exporting trees to be burned for fuel in Europe.

This is not a joke, the EPA is really pursuing this policy.

All I got to say is, do you still think Obama isn’t the “Environmental Anti-Christ?” If not, he is sure shaping up to be the chief architect of our current Mass Extinction.

This from the National Resource Defense Council:

Charlie Hebdo has "a history of racist, anti-Muslim caricatures"

The media obsesses over free speech Charlie Hedbo case while ignoring Israeli targeting of journalists.

VOTING THIS WEEK: GOP’s H.R. 185 decimates EPA, FDA, Consumer Product Safety and other commissions.

This from the Union of Concerned Scientists:

Tell Congress to Stand Up for Science-Informed Decision Making

Call Your Representative Today: 202-224-3121

Paris March: WH to absorbed in making money for the superrich to give a shit about French People.

The Obama White House’s response to participating in the Anti-Terror March in Paris speaks VOLUMES about the Administration. What?! Could Obama find some comfortable tennis shoes?


A Social Program Cut is a Tax Increase on the 99%

When conservative politicians talk about cutting taxes for the higher income brackets and then "balancing" that with cuts to social programs that we, the 99%, the working people - or those who work for someone else and are not meaningfully cut in to the profits - are helped by, what they really mean is that they want us taxed instead.

Israeli Facebook users call for killing of Haaretz journalists, neo Zionist political candidate calls for investigation of Haaretz

In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris last week Haaretz published a daring cartoon juxtaposing journalists killed in Gaza by Israel in last year's brutal summer slaughter with the journalists killed in Paris. This set off a chain reaction which ultimately led to calls for murdering Haaretz journalists after neo-Zionist activist Ronen Shoval called for an investigation of the newspaper’s editors. One Israeli Facebook commenter wrote, "With God’s help, the journalists at Haaretz will be murdered just like in France."

Article here.

Today’s calls for “Small” Government are killing our economy.

It’s a no-brainer. You either take advantage of what a government can do for you or you get taken advantage of. And the word “you” can be substituted with “the masses” or the appropriate percentage. Frankly, it’s sad. America is so deep into the realm of capitalism’s cancerous stage most people can’t tell the truth from a hole in the ground.

Where are the "offensive" cartoons?

Many on the left and right are commenting on how terrible it is to have terrorists' actions functionally censor what is published or produced by the media. The right wing seems especially up in arms, blaming "political correctness," among other things, and pointing out how weak and insipid liberals are in dealing with this issue. Perhaps I haven't watched enough television (a scary thought), but I have not seen any of the so-called offensive, "blasphemous" editorial cartoons on any common medium.

What has become to the "man on the street"?

What has become to "The Man on the Street"?

What has become to the "man on the stree"?

Is There an Economic Argument for the XL Pipeline?

I read somewhere that the French oil giant Total was pulling out of the Alberta tar sands. They are not alone. Norway's Statoil, Shell, and Canadian Suncor Energy all have cancelled or postponed tar sands
projects - all supposedly due to nervousness over the prospects of the Keystone XL pipeline.
It costs $65/barrel to produce tar sands oil. It costs another $25/barrel to transport it south by rail to Gulf refineries - $90/barrel delivered fob Houston. XL will reduce the transport cost to $9/barrel. New cost delivered $74/barrel.

I've Never Met Anyone Who Watches Sunday News Shows

It is a common myth that non-insiders watch or care about the Sunday news talk shows like Meet the Press. I have recently realized average people, informed people, educated people, intellectually curious people, outraged people, young students, and everyone else not easily pigeonholed into a category around me have never watched a single Sunday show.

Sequestration cuts to Research are killing our economy.

In general, evidence is mounting both here and abroad that sequestration and austerity hurts a countries economy and really doesn’t leave it better off despite what Wall St bond traders may be saying!

Cuts to Research in the name of sequestration stifles innovation and harms aggregate demand both of which seriously damage our economy. This is just another way concentration of wealth harms our economy.

And even if Research funding was restored and increased, concentrated wealth results in an economy that isn’t performing optimally.

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The Post-Citizens United Era.

This month marks five years since the United States Supreme Court made their infamous ruling in the case of Citizens United v. FEC. That ruling turned a century of legal precedent on its head with the declaration that corporations have a First Amendment right to spend money in elections. And, that ruling opened the floodgates to massive spending levels in our political process.