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Bernie Sanders, thank you and thank you.........


Bernie Sanders Blasts The Supreme Court For Taking Us Back to Jim Crow Era Voting


Sen. Bernie Sanders bluntly blasted the Supreme Court for taking the country back to Jim Crow era voting rights.

In a statement, Sen. Sanders said, “The Supreme Court has turned back the clock on equality in America by striking down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act. The landmark civil rights law that Congress passed almost five decades ago, and reauthorized with overwhelming bipartisan support only seven years ago, has been an important tool to protect voters in places with a history of discrimination. The law is as necessary today as it was in the era of Jim Crow laws. We must act immediately to rewrite this vital law.”

Sen. Sanders bluntly put it out there. This decision literally undoes all the voting rights progress that has occurred since the Jim Crow era. It can’t be understated how destructive the ruling was today. Sanders is right. We can’t afford to waste time, but unfortunately, all this Congress has shown an aptitude for is wasting time. ......................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.politicususa.com/2013/06/25/bernie-sanders-blasts-supreme-court-jim-crow-era-voting.html


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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is the lone no vote on new Commerce secretary Penny Pritzker -


http://www.breakingnews.com/item/ahZzfmJyZWFraW5nbmV3cy13d3ctaHJkcg0LEgRTZWVkGJOY3xAM/2013/06/25/vermont-sen-bernie-sanders-is-the-lone-no-vote-on



Marty Kaplan: I Have Outrage Envy


AlterNet / By Marty Kaplan

Brazil Is in a Standstill Over a Bus Fare Hike -- We're Getting Robbed Blind by Billionaires, and Not Much Is Happening to Stop It
Why aren’t Americans at the barricades?

June 25, 2013 |


I have outrage envy.

For nearly two weeks, more than a million citizens across Brazil have taken to the streets to protest political corruption, economic injustice, poor health care, inadequate schools, lousy mass transit, a crumbling infrastructure and — yes, in the land of Pelé — billions blown on sports.

“Brazil, wake up, any good teacher is worth more than Neymar!” That’s what the crowds have been shouting. Neymar da Silva Santos, Jr. is the 21-year-old Brazilian star who’s getting nearly $90 million to play for Futbol Club Barcelona. “When your son is ill, take him to the stadium,” read one protester’s sign, razzing the $13.3 billion Brazil is spending to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the $18 billion it will cost the country to host the 2016 Summer Olympics. Even this soccer-mad nation is saying there’s something out of whack with public priorities, and it’s time to set things right.

The massive demonstrations have stunned Brazilians themselves, for their size, their spontaneity and their civic fury. “If you’re not outraged,” an American bumper sticker goes, “you’re not paying attention.” Brazilians are paying attention to their problems, and they’re mad as hell. So why aren’t we? .....................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.alternet.org/activism/brazil-standstill-over-bus-fare-hike-were-getting-robbed-blind-billionaires-and-not-much



The U.S. Supreme Court works hard.......for the Chamber of Commerce.


WASHINGTON -- It was another good year for the Chamber of Commerce at the nation's highest court, which has increasingly taken a corporate tilt under Chief Justice John Roberts.

The Chamber had a 78 percent success rate in the Supreme Court cases it intervened in this term. In other words, it won 14 and lost three cases in which it filed amicus briefs. An additional case was considered neither a win nor a loss because the Court ruled on a separate matter.

In the most controversial cases -- the ones that divided the court 5-4 along ideological lines -- the Chamber was undefeated, winning all eight.

Tom Donnelly, counsel at the Constitutional Accountability Center, has been tracking the Chamber's success rate. He noted in the last Supreme Court term, the Chamber actually went undefeated. Nevertheless, there's no question that the most recent term was a victory for the business lobbying group. .......................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/25/supreme-court-chamber-of-commerce_n_3497779.html?ncid=txtlnkushpmg00000037



Bill Clinton: States need to be "more conservative and responsible" with budgets


I guess you can't teach an old Big Dawg new tricks.


PHILADELPHIA -- Former President Bill Clinton says states need to become more responsible budgeters.

Even though most states are required to balance their budgets, in practice they don't do it, and "years of irresponsible budgeting" have led to the current crisis, Clinton said Tuesday at a symposium in Philadelphia designed to bring attention to the eroding financial condition of state governments.

"We shouldn't let this crisis pass without using it as an opportunity to reform budget systems up and down the line," Clinton, a former Arkansas governor, said at the National Constitution Center. "And they essentially need to be more conservative and responsible."

He also expressed support for immigration legislation making its way through the Senate as well as an Internet sales tax, saying both would broaden the tax base. And he said states and cities should work to attract private investment to infrastructure projects. ........................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/25/bill-clinton-state-budgets_n_3497978.html?ncid=txtlnkushpmg00000037



Goodbye, Miami


from Rolling Stone:



Goodbye, Miami
By century's end, rising sea levels will turn the nation's urban fantasyland into an American Atlantis. But long before the city is completely underwater, chaos will begin

By Jeff Goodell
June 20, 2013 1:20 PM ET

When the water receded after Hurricane Milo of 2030, there was a foot of sand covering the famous bow-tie floor in the lobby of the Fontaine­bleau hotel in Miami Beach. A dead manatee floated in the pool where Elvis had once swum. Most of the damage occurred not from the hurricane's 175-mph winds, but from the 24-foot storm surge that overwhelmed the low-lying city. In South Beach, the old art-deco­ buildings were swept off their foundations. Mansions on Star Island were flooded up to their cut-glass doorknobs. A 17-mile stretch of Highway A1A that ran along the famous beaches up to Fort Lauderdale disappeared into the Atlantic. The storm knocked out the wastewater-treatment plant on Virginia Key, forcing the city to dump hundreds of millions of gallons of raw sewage into Biscayne Bay. Tampons and condoms littered the beaches, and the stench of human excrement stoked fears of cholera. More than 800 people died, many of them swept away by the surging waters that submerged much of Miami Beach and Fort Lauderdale; 13 people were killed in traffic accidents as they scrambled to escape the city after the news spread – falsely, it turned out – that one of the nuclear reactors at Turkey Point, an aging power plant 24 miles south of Miami, had been destroyed by the surge and sent a radioactive cloud over the city.

The president, of course, said Miami would be back, that the hurricane did not kill the city, and that Americans did not give up. But it was clear to those not fooling themselves that this storm was the beginning of the end. With sea levels more than a foot higher than they'd been at the dawn of the century, South Florida was wet, vulnerable and bankrupt. Attempts had been made to armor the coastline, to build sea walls and elevate buildings, but it was a futile undertaking. The coastline from Miami Beach up to Jupiter had been a little more than a series of rugged limestone crags since the mid-2020s, when the state, unable to lay out $100 million every few years to pump in fresh sand, had given up trying to save South Florida's world-famous­ beaches. In that past decade, tourist visits had plummeted by 40 percent, even after the Florida legislature agreed to allow casino gambling in a desperate attempt to raise revenue for storm protection. The city of Homestead, in southern Miami-Dade County, which had been flattened by Hurricane Andrew in 1992, had to be completely abandoned. Thousands of tract homes were bulldozed because they were a public health hazard. In the parts of the county that were still inhabitable, only the wealthiest could afford to insure their homes. Mortgages were nearly impossible to get, mostly because banks didn't believe the homes would be there in 30 years. At high tide, many roads were impassable, even for the most modern semiaquatic vehicles.

But Hurricane Milo was unexpectedly devastating. Because sea-level­ rise had already pushed the water table so high, it took weeks for the storm waters to recede. Salt water corroded underground wiring, leaving parts of the city dark for months. Drinking-water­ wells were ruined. Interstate 95 was clogged with cars and trucks stuffed with animals and personal belongings, as hundreds of thousands of people fled north to Orlando, the highest ground in central Florida. Developers drew up plans for new buildings on stilts, but few were built. A new flexible carbon-fiber­ bridge was proposed to link Miami Beach with the mainland, but the bankrupt city couldn't secure financing and the project fell apart. The skyscrapers that had gone up during the Obama years were gradually abandoned and used as staging grounds for drug runners and exotic-animal traffickers. A crocodile nested in the ruins of the Pérez Art Museum.

And still, the waters kept rising, nearly a foot each decade. By the latter end of the 21st century, Miami became something else entirely: a popular snorkeling spot where people could swim with sharks and sea turtles and explore the wreckage of a great American city. .....................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/why-the-city-of-miami-is-doomed-to-drown-20130620#ixzz2XFi1w300




Cut it out, John Wayne Bobbitt





Having your penis chopped off isn't the best way to improve your love life, but John Wayne Bobbitt swears that was a bizarre side effect after his ex-wife, Lorena, chopped off his manhood 20 years ago this week.

“The doctors told me I would never be able to have sex again because my injuries were so bad. But I’ve proved them wrong time and time again. I believe I’ve slept with 70 women since the incident," Bobbitt told the Sun.

"Being the most famous man to have his penis chopped off does have its advantages. It definitely has not hurt my love life -- in fact, it improved it.

“I guess some women got a kick out of saying they slept with John Wayne Bobbitt.” ...................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/24/john-wayne-bobbitt_n_3492202.html?utm_hp_ref=fb&src=sp&comm_ref=false#sb=4157027b=facebook



Spreading Santorum: Slick Rick wants to become a movie mogul





(Independent UK) Rick Santorum, the evangelical candidate who ran Mitt Romney a close second for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, has announced that he is the new CEO of EchoLight studios, a Texan film production firm dedicated to making and distributing movies with a Christian message.

The former Pennsylvania senator, who opposes gay marriage and abortion, argued in a 2011 speech that conservatives ought to become more involved in popular culture, and produce better quality Christian-themed content. "The problem in the past is that you have these people who create these Christian films - great message, terrible acting, horrible editing," he said. "They are not entertaining, they're preachy."

Santorum has been fundraising for EchoLight for around six months, and says the firm is now close to securing $20m in financing for future film projects. He officially announced his new role as CEO on Monday, inviting filmmakers to pitch ideas for movies in the $2m budget range. "We're looking for talented people who want to make quality films, even though we won't be spending tens of millions of dollars on each of them," Santorum told The Hollywood Reporter. "We want good writers, actors, and producers who want to make honest, uplifting content."

Founded in 2011, EchoLight has already released eight straight-to-video features, and intends to produce up to four films per year. The Dallas-based firm's early investors are reportedly wealthy Texans without much movie industry experience, but Santorum said he was confident nonetheless that "Dallas can become the Hollywood of the faith-and-family movie market." ......................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/former-republican-presidential-candidate-rick-santorum-to-head-firm-making-films-with-christian-message-8673508.html



Keiser Report: No Fairness; Let Us Cheat





Published on Jun 25, 2013

All rights belong to Russia Today. In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss the 'taxation without representation' of our day which is the Chinese demand for: "We want fairness. There is no fairness if you do NOT let us cheat.". The demands for the right to cheat reminds Max of Thomas Jefferson who said, "The right to life, liberty and the pursuit of cheating." In the second half, Max talks to Simon Rose of SaveOurSavers.co.uk about Mark Carney's imminent arrival at the Bank of England, the idea that capitalists should hold protests demanding that capitalism be tried and the coming Bondpocalypse and the lying, cheating Anglo Irish bankers caught on tape.


For Disgruntled Young Workers, Lawsuits May Spark Intern Insurrection


(In These Times) You'd have to be pretty desperate to offer to work for free, right? Or you could be just an enthusiastic young student who believes that toiling for little more than free coffee and a line on your resume may boost your future career. But recent research shows that unpaid internships are not likely to lead a coveted job offer.

Now, some interns are taking legal action against bosses whom they say offered nothing in return for their labor. And the courts are listening. Earlier this month, a federal judge in Manhattan cast a legal shadow over unpaid internships by certifying a class-action lawsuit against Fox Searchlight and Fox Entertainment Group. Two unpaid interns filed suit accusing Fox of denying them proper wages for the weeks they spent performing essentially the same duties as regular employees.

The suit reveals how youthful aspirants can be seduced into a crap job gilded with glamorous IOUs. Eric Glatt and Alexander Footman allege that as Fox Searchlight interns, they "took lunch orders, answered phones, arranged other employees’ travel plans, tracked purchase orders, took out the trash and assembled office furniture," according to the New York Times.

The Department of Labor says that unpaid internships are supposed to balance educational experience for the intern and valuable labor for the employer. Paradoxically, under current legal guidelines, unpaid intern labor cannot include tasks that would warrant real pay, since any labor comparable to a regular job must be compensated as such. .................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/15190/for_disgruntled_young_workers_lawsuits_may_portend_intern_insurrection/



Sweatshops Don't Just Happen - They're a Policy


Sweatshops Don't Just Happen - They're a Policy

Tuesday, 25 June 2013 09:39
By David L. Wilson, Truthout | Op-Ed


On May 5, The New York Times dedicated its "Sunday Dialogue" feature to letters about the factory collapse in Bangladesh that had killed more than 1,100 garment workers a week and a half earlier. The "dialogue" started with a letter from University of Michigan business school professor Jerry Davis, who apportioned blame for the disaster to "the owners of the building and the factories it contained, to the government of Bangladesh, to the retailers who sold the clothing," and to us. Through "[o]ur willingness to buy garments sewn under dangerous conditions," he wrote, we "create the demand that underwrites these tragedies."

There's a striking omission in Prof. Davis' list - the people whose policies make the sweatshop economy possible.

For more than three decades, US politicians, think tanks and columnists have promoted an economic program known in most of the world as neoliberalism. Here in North America, we use nicer-sounding terms like "free markets," "free trade" and "globalization," but the effect on developing nations is the same.

Trade agreements like NAFTA slash the tariffs that once protected local farmers from competition with the industrialized world's government-subsidized agribusinesses. Driven off the land by cheap imports, the farmers find themselves in cities already filled with workers whose jobs were eliminated by privatization and austerity, policies that international agencies such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) imposed as loan conditions. Meanwhile, the same trade agreements that have thrown millions of desperate jobseekers onto the labor market also make it cost-effective for multinational corporations to transfer factory work from their own countries to the Global South. .................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/17183-sweatshops-dont-just-happen-theyre-a-policy



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