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Are Flu Shots Only Benefitting Big Pharma?

Has anyone else noticed the pattern every year on the flu shots. Before flu season, they trumpet the need and effectiveness of the shots. Then when the season starts, it's the same old story. The shots weren't as effective as they thought. Would you use a birth control method if it was only 23% effective? How many hundreds of millions did Big Pharma make this year again off the shots?

Kim Phillips-Fein Explains Corporate Activism

Here is YouTube video from Historian Kim Phillips-Fein talking about the Powell Memorandum, and how it inspired corporate activism, Corpo-Fascism, institutions like the Business Roundtable, Cato Institute, ALEC, Heritage Foundation and other institution that lobby government toward the business agenda. A couple links to articles as well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbFSOk2GiIc

WTF... The GOP's Response To Their Destroying The Economy Is.... Keystone?

The GOP's response to Obama was intended to strike a tone of being oh so homey and understanding of ordinary American's needs. It was a classic case of style over substance with a thin veneer of a warm smile.

Why didn't the GOP think of ordinary Americans before they let the psychopaths of Wall Street rape the economy, destroying in the process all those jobs and dreams?

And seriously... the GOP's top priority for "job creation" is still Keystone? ROTF

This priority is so pathetic, I can't contain my laughter.

Bad Cracker

Andy Griffith used to do an ad with the tag line "Good Cracker". Selma is free in many cities, counties, and communities to students that present a student ID. One superintendant denied his students the option. He said profanity bothered him, because school kids in the south never hear profanity, or see it on cable, or read it in books. I think he didn't want the students to see what assholes these crackers in the film were with their jim crow policies. "Bad Cracker" or #badcracker for free admittance coupons might be an option to counter assholes.

Progressive response to the state of the union.

The tea party caucus does it, why doesn't the progressive caucus?

Breaking The Police Addiction To Civil Forfeiture

I'm throwing another Hail Mary. Maybe this is another thing that Dex, Alice and I can agree needs to change. If you had asked someone 50 years ago what country had this policy-no one would have guessed the US. Another consequence of the War on Drugs.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/will-federal-reforms-civil-forfeiture-mea...

Will federal reforms on civil forfeiture mean more police accountability?

Big Brother Becomes Superman

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/01/19/police-radar-see-through-w...

At least 50 U.S. law enforcement agencies quietly deployed radars that let them effectively see inside homes, with little notice to the courts or the public.

GOP Playhouse

30% of GOP voters want to see Sarah Palin run. 27% are for Rand Paul, 50% for Mitt again, 50% for Jeb.

An Irrational Society, revisited...

It’s been almost four years since I posted this. It seems, to me at any rate, truer today than then. Please add to the list if you've a mind.

· A rational society would rebel when its government serves only the interests of the rich and powerful.

· A rational society would legalize prostitution and drugs with strict control on both.

Article Against Scapgoating Disabled People and Review Procedures

There is an article I would recommend reading opposing the scapegoating of disabled people and the review procedures of Social Security Disability, written in response (and opposition) to an article by a right-wing Cato author. The article, which is available on the Internet, is called, "Scapegoating Social Security Disability Claimants (and the Judges Who Evaluate Them)" by John C. Dubin, Professor of Law at Rutgers School of Law, and Robert E.

Supreme Court to rule on same-sex marriage

I'm glad the Supreme Court is going to finally give us a ruling on this. For many reasons. First of all, it's way past due. Second of all, I predict a unanimous pro-marriage decision.

And third of all, this will take away one of the Democrat's primary issues that attracts younger people to their party. With this issue off of the table, many voters for whom this was the single issue that pulled them to the left will now be free to explore the right side of the aisle without feeling like they are voting against their own cause.

How would it affect the U.S. economy and the blue collar family if the BRICS bank successfully replaces the "petrodollar"?

The BRICS is rarely discussed in media, you have to dig to find any information other than the fact that it exists and who is participating. From what I gather, they want to trade oil and other commodities in their own currencies replacing the U.S. dollar as the reserve currency. How would their success impact working class families here in the U.S.? By trading in their own currencies, they would still be at the mercy of the IMF and those who control the currency values.

Michael Moore on American Sniper

My uncle killed by sniper in WW2. We were taught snipers were cowards. Will shoot u in the back. Snipers aren't heroes. And invaders r worse

Michael Moore's tweet

A "Not Hillary" Candidate?

Sorry, but I like Elizabeth Warren right where she is. From her Senate seat she is redirecting policy for the Democratic Party because of her great and growing popularity in the general electorate. Corporate media is bound to discover her and put her forward on the Sunday talk shows soon because she is going to spark viewership which translates to money in their pockets. This may come under the heading of hope rather than prediction. We'll see.

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The Deficits Republicans Don't Want to Talk About

I agree with Republicans - America has a deficit problem. It’s just not the same deficit problem Republicans are freaking out about.

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