Here’s How Much It Costs To Block A Bill That 91% Of Americans Support


 

senate for sale (image: courtesy upworthy)

senate for sale (image: courtesy upworthy)

Here’s How Much It Costs To Block A Bill That 91% Of Americans Support.

Senate for Sale…that’s $8, 165,490 and counting.

The Incredible Way This Beaten Woman Is Fighting Back


 

stunning and impressive this campaign may be...pity the article failed to give us more details

stunning and impressive this campaign may be…pity the article failed to give us more details

The Incredible Way This Beaten Woman Is Fighting Back.

Some People Are Going To Get Really Mad When They See This Picture. It Just Makes Me REALLY Happy.


 

prom has come a very long way since my day (image: courtesy upworthiest)

prom has come a very long way since my day (image: courtesy upworthiest)

Some People Are Going To Get Really Mad When They See This Picture. It Just Makes Me REALLY Happy..

Decline of the Empire – An excerpt from the new eBook, Gore Vidal’s State of the Union: Nation Essays 1958-2005


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In this Dec. 9, 1974 file photo, author Gore Vidal tosses barbs in all directions as he discusses Hollywood unions, politics, lecturing and publicizing books during an interview in Los Angeles. (AP File Photo)

This is an excerpt from the new ebook Gore Vidal’s State of the Union: Nation Essays 1958-2005, a collection of 26 timeless essays that exemplify Vidal’s critical vision, from provocative pieces like “Some Jews and the Gays” to the famous “Requiem for the American Empire.” The 182-page eBook is now available on tablets, smartphones and computers—download yours today.

Read the excerpt:  http://www.thenation.com/article/174310/decline-empire

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Two IRS scandals: Political Bias, and the Tax-Exempt Status of Political Organizations (VIDEO)


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Chris Hayes talks with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Cay Johnston and Congressman Keith Ellison of Minnesota about the lesser-known IRS scandal that started with the Citizens United decision.

There are two IRS scandals: one you’ve heard of and one you haven’t

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Former AG Ramsey Clark Decries Government’s “Big Brother” Seizure of AP Phone Records (VIDEO)


Clark always was one of the finest Attorneys General of the last half century

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The Associated Press says the U.S. Department of Justice has secretly obtained a trove of journalists’ phone records in what its chief executive called a “massive and unprecedented intrusion.” The Obama administration seized records for the work and personal phone numbers of individual reporters, for general AP office numbers in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Hartford, Connecticut, and for the main number for the AP in the House of Representatives press gallery. More than 100 reporters work in the offices. The records were from April and May of 2012. Among those whose records were obtained were Matt Apuzzo, Adam Goldman, three other reporters and an editor, all of whom worked on a May 7, 2012, story that revealed details about a CIA operation in Yemen which stopped an alleged terror plot. AP had delayed publication of the story at the government’s request. “It seems to be terrible intrusion on…

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Supreme Court Sides Unanimously With Monsanto in Seed Patent Case


How sadly depressing…

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The U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously ruled in favor of Monsanto in a case about the use of its patented seeds. Indiana farmer Vernon Hugh Bowman had been ordered by a lower court to pay more than $84,000 after planting a mix of seeds he bought from a grain elevator. Some of the plants contained Monsanto’s herbicide-resistant genetic trait known as Roundup Ready, which is found in roughly 90 percent of U.S. soybeans. Monsanto accused Bowman of using their technology without paying for it, and the Supreme Court agreed, finding farmers must pay Monsanto every time they plant its seeds. While the case could have wide implications beyond agriculture, Justice Elena Kagan wrote that Monday’s ruling was “limited — addressing the situation before us, rather than every one involving a self-replicating product.”

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/5/14/headlines#5146

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Economic Inequality rarely mentioned in Network and Cable News programs


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Evening news coverage throughout April touched upon several economic issues, including income inequality, deficit reduction, and entitlement cuts. A Media Matters analysis of this coverage reveals that many of these segments lacked proper context or necessary input from economists, while some networks ignored certain issues entirely.

Economic Inequality Largely Unmentioned

Economic Inequality Mentioned In Only 12 Segments. Of the total 123 segments discussing policy effects on the economy, only 12 — slightly less than 10 percent of economic news coverage — mentioned income and wealth inequality and current policy’s disproportionate impact on low-income earners.

MMFA

MSNBC Led All Networks In Inequality Coverage.  MSNBC devoted about 25 percent of its economic coverage to discussing the disparity between the rich and poor, leading the coverage of news networks on the issue. CNN devoted about 10 percent of its coverage to economic inequality, and Fox News devoted 4 percent. ABC, CBS, and NBC provided…

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Turn your old pizza box into an 01LAMP desk lamp


Turn your old pizza box into an 01LAMP desk lamp.

Absolutely brilliant, not least because they’re giving away the pattern via free download at: Frettelo

Miami monument concepts provide today’s fix of bonkers architecture


Miami monument concepts provide today’s fix of bonkers architecture.

Bonkers? Perhaps.  Imaginative?  Likely.  Practical?  Read further.

landmark miami competition - miami lift (image: studio dror; courtesy gizmag) first prize winner in the contest

landmark miami competition – miami lift (image: studio dror; courtesy gizmag)
first prize winner in the contest

landmark miami competition - lemonade square (image: remed; courtesy gizmag) lemonade square placed second in the contest; pity everyone appears to have bladder problems...

landmark miami competition – lemonade square (image: remed; courtesy gizmag)
lemonade square placed second in the contest; pity everyone appears to have bladder problems…

landmark miami competition - torre de las americas (image: mauricio gonzalez and alfredo andia; courtesy gizmag) impressive, but how would it fare in a category 6?

landmark miami competition – torre de las americas (image: mauricio gonzalez and alfredo andia; courtesy gizmag)
impressive, but how would it fare in a category 6?

landmark miami competition - great spirit woods (frolík & kolář + vizarch.cz) subjectively, this appears the most interesting, and arguably only marginally more useless than the others

landmark miami competition – great spirit woods (frolík & kolář + vizarch.cz)
subjectively, this appears the most interesting, and arguably only marginally more useless than the others