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One might think with all the union-bashing in corporate media, Faux News, multiple levels of government, and the general rhetoric, that unions are decidedly unpopular among Americans as a whole. Right?

According to a recent study by Pew Research, wrong. It's actually a lot stronger than some would think.

Here are a few highlights:

A very slight, 45-43 plurality--most likely within the margin of error--of Americans believe that "the large reduction in [the] share of unionized workers over the past 20 years has been mostly bad for the country." The opinion of its negative impact on workers themselves is stronger.

But maybe the surveyed people just had a moment of sympathy? America hates unions, right?

Wrong.

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In honor of Earth Day today, I give you this April Fool's joke of mine from a few weeks ago.

The punchline is on post #16. But since all the deniers are too thickheaded to get it, I lay down the smack in posts #58-59.

Enjoy watching the deniers COMPLETELY dodge the points, as they always do!

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If you haven't seen it, you need to watch this segment of Last Week Tonight to see John Oliver's epic takedown of the NCAA and its refusal to not let its players receive compensation of any kind.

Be warned, if you are a big college basketball fan, this is not going to be easy to watch.


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From The NYT Dealb%k:

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, created after the 2008 financial crisis, will soon release the first draft of federal regulations to govern a wide range of short-term loans.

The rules are expected to address expensive credit backed by car titles and some installment loans that stretch longer than the traditional two-week payday loan, according to industry lawyers, consumer groups and government authorities briefed on the discussions who all spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deliberations are private. Certain installment loans, for example, with interest rates that exceed 36 percent, the people said, will most likely be covered by the rules.

Behind that decision, the people said, is a stark acknowledgment of just how successfully lenders have adapted to keep offering high-cost products despite state laws meant to rein in the loans.

All I have to say is:


Cue the Republican freakout once they get word of this!

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And by that, I don't mean a canned food drive.

You’ve likely heard of students bringing canned food to school for food drives, but have you ever heard of bringing a canned food item to school for safety?

A letter sent to parents of students at one school in Chambers County requested just that — students were asked to arm themselves with an eight ounce canned food item.

Though it sounds odd, administrators believe the practice could catch potential intruders off guard, possibly even knocking him or her out until police arrive.

Because the only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is...good kids with canned food.
“There are three basic options: run, hide, or fight. You can run away from the shooter, seek a secure place where you can hide and/or deny the shooter access, or incapacitate the shooter to survive and protect others from harm.”
Or how about build a society where such incidents are extraordinarily rare in the first place?
In the letter, Principal Holley said students who are armed with a canned food item will have a sense of empowerment to protect themselves in the event an intruder enters their classroom.
Surely these dumbasses didn't think about actually feeding desperate people with that canned food, did they? Nah. Because what could possibly go wrong.
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Thank God for cameras and live reporting. If it weren't, the racists might have been able to spin this latest incident of hate into more victim-blaming. Of course they will try, but there is nothing better to put the haters and deniers on the spot than facts. Cold, hard, indisputable facts.

Below the fold, we are going to analyze two of the videos of the actions of the driver, Jeffrey Patrick Rice, who chooses to drive through the crowd instead of peacefully taking an escape route that was easily available to him.

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Any time we lose an election, there inevitably follows a lot of soul-searching. What did we do wrong? Was it the success of the other side, the failure of ours, or both? Many, many diaries here on DKos have attempted to explore that issue.

Here is the one I want to focus on. The following is a graph of the percentage of voters by two age groups: Under 30, and 60 and over.

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Many fundamentalist Americans claim to love their own personal hateful, warmongering, racist, misogynistic version of the Bible. They love to pick and choose which verses they like and shun the ones that they don't. For example, they love to use Genesis 12:3 to justify violence against Palestinians:

I will bless those who bless you [Abraham's descendants--i.e., Israel] and curse those who curse you.
several verses that claim to condemn ghey secks, and most of the Ten Commandments, particularly Exodus 20:13:
Thou shalt not [murder].
Oh if they would just read a few verses down.
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Mon Aug 25, 2014 at 04:05 PM PDT

I do not "believe in" privilege.

by Risen Tree

I do not believe that whites are given inherent advantages over blacks and browns.
I do not believe that men are given inherent privileges that women do not have.
Ditto for straights over gays and bisexuals.
Ditto for cisgenders over transgenders and those who are gender-queer.

I accept the FACT that these and several other privileges clearly exist.

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I find it fascinating when lovers of capitalism as the savior of mankind complain about their boss. They honestly believe that their boss is just a mean, incompetent, or somehow a bad person. What they choose not to see is that this is no accident: Their bosses act the way they do because they are enabled by a system that gives them virtually unlimited power over their subordinates.

Understanding how that culture of elevating bosses to near dictator-level status over their employees is well within the reach of the average adult. There are more than enough resources available right here at Daily Kos alone that explain this in clear terms. So let's dismiss any fiscal conservatives' retorts that "they honestly don't know about this," because anyone who says that and really means it is in a state of denial. This also goes for anyone who dismisses this claim simply because it's librul soshalism.

This leads us to a straighforward conclusion: Fiscal conservatives have no right to complain about their boss. None. The same can be said about fiscal conservatives whose wages or working hours are cut or eliminated. People who idolize unregulated capitalism as the best possible system should rejoice when it works as designed. Or at the very least, they should be good little boys and girls and accept it wholeheartedly. Failure to do so is hypocrisy, pure and simple.

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I'm not going to repost Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa's horrible comments from a few months ago about marrying rapists. Neither am I going to link to the Heritage Foundation's despicable claim that marriage gives women a safe refuge from rape and other forms of domestic violence, because (1) we have real-live survivors here who don't need any more reminders about what they and the legions of other misogynists have said, and (2) plenty of diaries around here have already covered this. But I'm like to point out something here:

This is by no means the first time that anyone has suggested that marriage is a cure for or prevention of rape. In fact, for many, such ideas can be found right there in...

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Alright, everyone, I need some helpful advice here. We Georgians have an important decision next week: Who will serve as the Republican candidate for the US Senate? As of now, the race between the two clowns candidates is pretty close. My goal is to elect the one whom Michelle Nunn has a greater chance of defeating in November.

Now which one of these assholes men should receive my vote? Go!

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Which one should I vote for in the primary runoff?

42%15 votes
57%20 votes

| 35 votes | Vote | Results

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