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Batshit Crazy: The Right Wing And Agenda 21

Here is an example of the absolute irrationality and lunacy of right-wingers. Ignorance combined with paranoia and hate are a toxic coctail, and right-wingers seem to drink that cocktail regularly:

At the conclusion of the June 3-14, 1992, United Nations Conference on Environment & Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, President George H.W. Bush and the leaders of 177 other nations signed a document known as Agenda 21. At the time it was seen as a perfectly sensible planning paper, a nonbinding statement of intent aimed at dealing with sustainability on an increasingly crowded planet.

That’s the introduction to a report issued by the Southern Poverty Law Center, “AGENDA 21, The UN, Sustainability and Right-Wing Conspiracy Theory“.

Agenda 21 is not a treaty. It has no force of law, no enforcement mechanisms, no penalties, and no significant funcing. It is not even a top-down recommendation, seeking instead to encourage communities around the world to come up with their own solutions to overpopulation, pollution, poverty and resource depletion. It is a feel-good guide that cannot force anyone, anywhere, to do anything at all.

Yet Alabama has passed a law meant to outlaw any effects of the plan. The legislatures of Kansas, New Hampshire and Tennessee all passed state resolutions condemning it…

In communities like Carroll County, Md., politicians have been voted out of office for supporting local plans. In Baldwin County, Ala., all nine members of the Planning and Zoning Commission quit in disgust after the County Commission killed their plan “on a pretext so devoid of relevance and merit as, in our opinion, to elicit only ridicule,” as they wrote.

This relatively innocuous document became the rallying point for right-wing lunacy and hate. The Birchers began the attack and were soon followed in the battle of fools by Republican politicians, who claimed it was part of a “new world order”.

The demonization of Agenda 21 began among extremist groups like the John Birch Society, the same outfit that was effectively ejected from the conservative movement after accusing [Republican] President Dwight D. Eisenhower of being a communist agent.

Numerous Republican politicians joined in the ignorant and maniacal condemnation of Agenda 21, creating widespread alarm — particularly among the right-wing borg.

Read the report. It’s astonishing.

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Stay The Hell Away From General Mills Products

If you know anything about mandatory arbitration, you know it sucks.
What sucks even more is the National Arbitration Forum (NAF), which has a history of screwing consumers and favoring big business.

Now comes General Mills which says if you download any General Mills coupons, interact with it on social media (e.g. facebook), participate in a General Mills sweepstakes, or engage in any other “interactions” with General Mills, you will have to go to arbitration if you have a complaint against General Mills.

This is outrageous!

naked capitalism

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You Are Paying $1,200+ To Cover For Plutocrats And Corporations Who Dodge Taxes

From a USPIRG report:

The United States loses approximately $184 billion in federal and state revenue each year due to corporations and individuals using tax havens to dodge taxes. On average, every filer who fills out a 1040 individual income tax form would need to pay an additional $1,259 in taxes to make up for the revenue lost.

This is your oligarchy in action.

Protect the rich and the corporations at any cost.

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Economics: Livestream

On April 16 at 6pm EST, watch [Thomas] Piketty join Joseph Stiglitz (Columbia University), Paul Krugman (Princeton University) and Steven Durlauf (University of Wisconsin–Madison) in conversation at a landmark event organized by the Graduate Center, CUNY. The event will be introduced and moderated by Janet Gornick and Branko Milanovic (Graduate Center, Luxembourg Income Study Center). The event is co-sponsored by the Luxembourg Income Study Center and the Advanced Research Collaborative.

The Nation

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Why Are Taxpayers Providing Welfare For Red States?

Red states are known for imposing lower taxes than blue states, but it appears they are able to do so because they are more dependent on federal funding. There was a 34.4 percent correlation between a state’s federal dependency and its tax rates, meaning the more dependent a state is on the federal government, the less likely it is to charge high tax rates. Red states had an average dependency ranking of 33.5, while blue states ranked 19.2 on average.

The top 10 states on the taxpayers’ dole:
South Dakota
West Virginia
New Mexico


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BLS Earnings And CPI

Real average hourly earnings fell 0.3% in March.
The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 0.2%

What recovery?

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Has Obama Made EVERYBODY Hate The U.S.?

Bush, Cheney, Rice et al did a magnificent job of creating hate directed at the U.S., with their torture, renditions, secret prisons, and their unjustified attack on Iraq.

Now comes Obama with his drone killings and spying.
From Der Spiegel:
In an interview, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière, 60, warns that American spying has become “boundless” and expresses sorrow that approval ratings for the United States have plummeted in Germany.

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Edward Snowden: Pulitzer Winner

From the L.A. Times:

…a whistle-blowing outlaw with a Pulitzer Prize to his name.

Formally, of course, the prize went to the newspapers that published articles based on Snowden’s massive data leak, the Washington Post and the Guardian. They don’t give the Pulitzer Prize to sources.

But the Pulitzer board members, a gilt-edged group drawn from such institutions as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Columbia University, knew they were giving Snowden a signal honor too.

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The Teabaggers Are Going…Going…

It appears the teabaggers have served their purpose for the Kochs.
Their role has been assumed by the Kochs’ Americans For Prosperity (AFP, which would more correctly be called Americans For Plutocrats).

Remember those crowds of middle-aged white folks waving ridiculous signs, American flags, and snake flags? Here they were in Richmond in 2010:

Here’s a teabagger tax day rally in 2012 (Harrisburg, VA):

Note the small crowd size.

This year, many of those teabagger tax day rally sites will look like this:

Curious, I decided to check out some teabagger websites. Many are gone, a few are breathing their last gasps.


Auroroa, IL
(website down)
barrington, il
forum: last open thread post: 11/26/2013
It appears all posts are by one guy (Bruce Donnelly)

Champaign tea party
last guestbook entry: 4/29/2013 (replied to on 07/18/2013)
previous entry: 05/05/2012

Chicago teaparty
appears to redirect to Illinois tea party site
Forum: dead – it appears one guy is posting
domain registered to Steven Tucker
Small Business Insurance Services
Roselle, IL (about 26 miles northwest of the Loop)
Here’s “C.StevenTucker, Patriot”
The video has gotten 69 views since it was posted on March 25, 2013.


Evergreen tea party
No forum
Website promotes NRA
No “tax day” gathering posted

Southern Colorado “Patriots”
last blog entry 11/6/2013
previous: 9/29/2013
Western Slope “Contitutional Patriots”
“group doesn’t exist”


Prescott tea party
forum posts:
“News,media, current events” – last post 12/6/2013
“Upcoming events” – last post 7/7/2013

Tucson tea party
website appears to be dead


Web site still online, appears little used
Entries 3/15/2014, 3/9/2014, 12/17/2013
No tax day teabagger rally promoted
Opposing Medicaid expansion

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It’s Official: We Are An Oligarchy, Not A Democracy

Looks like the Kochs are more in control than we thought.

From Testing Theories of American Politics:
Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens

Multivariate analysis indicates that economic elites and organized groups representing business
interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy, while average citizens
and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent influence.

IOW, if you’re not rich, you don’t count.

Related story at Common Dreams

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Bring Guns To The Next Protest

There’s an interesting contrast to be seen in the way the police handled the Occupiers vs. the way the police handled the incident at the Bundy ranch. If you’re not familiar with the Bundy ranch standoff, here’s some info.

In essence, it involves a Nevada rancher who was grazing his cattle on federal land but refused to pay the federal fee for grazing cattle on public lands (which is about $1.35 per year, per head of cattle — cheap). After two court orders, the police finally showed up and began rounding up his cattle.

The rancher, Cliven Bundy, began thumping his chest and denied the feds had any right to interfere with his grazing cattle. Soon, the militia arrived, with guns.

The confrontation is now over, with the police withdrawing and even returning some 100 head of his cattle.

The Bundy standoff:

Here are militia members at the Bundy standoff:

Here are the police at the Bundy standoff, dressed in standard attire:

Compare it to Occupy:

Here are Occupy protesters (note they do not carry guns):

Here are the police as they attacked Occupiers:

The moral of the story:

When we again take to the streets, to protest the oligarchy, bring guns. It appears the police will attack and arrest you if you’re unarmed but will retreat if you bear weapons.

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Obamacare Horror Stories (Here’s A Real One)

Obamacare is a farce, providing profit to the health insurance industry while screwing millions of Americans.

Don’t take my word for it.

Read this

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Global Warming: Will We Begin To Die Out by 2030? 2040?

Let’s try to make sure the climate-change deniers go first.

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Raising The Minimum Wage Does NOT Have A Drastic Effect

There’s been much propaganda from the right wing about how raising the minimum wage will kill jobs and hurt businesses.

Several studies have been done on exactly this, and the studies prove the people running around yelling, “The sky is falling!” are full of themselves.

Ten years ago, San Francisco raised its minimum wage from $6.75 to $8.50 an hour, a 26 percent increase. Since then, it has gone up at regular intervals to its current $10.74 an hour, the highest big-city starting wage in the country.

The city has slapped other mandates on businesses, including paid sick leave and a requirement to provide health-care coverage or pay into a pool for uninsured residents.

What have the effects been on employment?

Almost none, according to economists at the University of California, Berkeley, who have studied San Francisco, eight other cities that raised their minimum wages in the past decade, and 21 states with higher base pay than the federal minimum.

Seattle Times

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Difficulty Finding Impartial Jurors For Occupier

In New York, they’re selecting jurors for the trial of an Occupier.

The event reflects the divisions in our society.
Call it the “haves” and the “have-nots”, or the borg and those who protest against them.

Example of one prospective juror’s comments:

“I like to think of myself as fair,” Alan Moore, who said his wife worked on Wall Street as a bond strategist for Credit Suisse, told the judge. “But in terms of Occupy Wall Street in general, I would give less credibility to that group than average.” Even to a witness in court? “Yeah,” said Moore. “They seem to be people moving a little outside regular social norms and regular behaviour. Therefore I don’t give them the same level of respect as people who follow the line.”

The Guardian

And they probably think of themselves as “patriotic Americans”.

Miscarriage Of Justice:

This is Cecily, dragged from the park and charged with resisting arrest, beaten, and left lying on the ground with seizures.

This is “working class justice” in action.

The Kochs escaped “justice”, thanks to Republicans, after stealing nearly a quarter of a billion dollars worth of oil.

Pretty sad.

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