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Check out the story below about a lawsuit that puts every public pension plan at risk. I might be out on a limb here but I think this is how the financial industry and their willing servants in congress & states are going to get their greedy hands into public pensions- by changing the bankruptcy laws, one challenge at a time. More below the pretty squiggle.

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Michelle Rhee, tool of corporate edu-privatizers, is using Care2 to astroturf her anti-teacher, anti-union, Students First Foundation with a petition entitled "Save Great Teachers". (The foundation title itself is propaganda. For someone who is all about accountability, she should change the name to, it would be more accurate.) is well financed by the Billionaires Boys Club, Diane Ravitch's apt descriptor of the wealthy edu-privatizers who are crawling all over DoE, congress and state legislatures to lobby for laws to break teachers unions and teachers employment safeguards.
According to Ken Libby at  Rhee intends to raise $1billion through her Students First Foundation. Her sugar daddies are putting serious money behind initiatives to sell public schools to Wall Street.

Rhee said grants from foundations -- including several that sponsored the teacher merit pay plan Rhee introduced in the District -- will fund Students First, alongside membership dues and individual donations. Her goal is 1 million members and $1 billion.

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation, Robertson Foundation, Walton Family Foundation, and Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation are the four foundations that sponsored Rhee's teacher merit pay plan.

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Tue Sep 09, 2008 at 06:26 AM PDT

Palin and AIP- Damning video

by grimjc

This is my first diary so I hope at least one person reads it.
Ms Palin has some splainin to do, Lucy about the strange company she keeps up there in the frozen tundra. Specifically, her friends in the Alaska Independence Party (AIP) claim her as one of theirs.

After last week's shock and awe pronouncement of the Palin pick, I've been reading a progressive Alaskan blog, Mudflats, to get a finger on the pulse of Alaskan progressives perspective on her. After learning about bookgate, troopergate, I was floored when I read about secessiongate.

Palin and her husband are involved with the Alaskan Independence Party (AIP) in which he was (is?) a member. There were some earlier disputes about her actual membership in the party, and her presence at the last convention when she was running for governor, added to the confusion.

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