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Tired of preaching to the choir?

Americans for Prosperity, the right wing astroturf front group for Freedom Works and the Koch Brothers oil and gas empire is offering $20,000 in prizes on their website.

This is something we should all enter, en masse.

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Fri Jun 19, 2009 at 08:10 AM PDT

Health Care Reform

by november3rd

On Medical Reform in America

The problem of achieving universal coverage can best be coupled with cost containment by offering a public, non-profit insurance plan.  The plan would reimburse private health care providers at the same rates private insurers do.  The savings would come from the single-payer nature of the insurance and its non-profit structure.

The simplicity and fairness of such a system would probably attract a large portion of the subscriber and employer pool, exercising a lot of downward pressure on private insurer premiums and overhead.

Such a public plan would likely end private medical insurance as we know it over a five to ten year period.

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Well, even a sure thing isn't a sure thing unless you DO IT.

"Word on the street is that phone calls to Congress are running 100 to 1", against President Obama's stimulus package.

Bernie Horn over at Campaign for America's Future says:

That means pick up the telephone and call 202-224-3121 (or use the toll-free service at 866-544-7573). Ask the Capitol operator to transfer you to one of your state’s U.S. senators. When you’re connected, say you’re calling to urge your senator to "support the Obama economic recovery plan and oppose all conservative amendments." Call back and repeat for your other senator. Then contact everyone you know and urge them to do the same.

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On Tuesday, September 9, the city of Wilmington, NC held an experimental switchover from analog to digital broadcasting.  There were some minor problems, but not a lot of details about them in the press.

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PEER wanted this press release circulated as widely as possible, so I've included it here in its entirety.

If you follow the link at the bottom, you'll go to the original containing access to other related documents PEER has assembled.

Washington, DC — The U.S. Forest Service has bought $600,000 worth of "Electronic Control Devices" without any training program, rules for use or even a written explanation as to why the devices are needed, according to agency records posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).

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Fri Aug 10, 2007 at 02:58 PM PDT

Fascism and Media

by november3rd

After World War II, Paul Lazarsfeld, the great Nazi propagandist, came to the US and founded the Bureau of Applied Social Research.  His work broke new ground in the effects of mass media on public opinion.

Since the 1950s, the Pentagon and the Intelligence Services, including the NSA, have devoted untolled resources and time to make tremendous increases in the sophistication of the science of manipulating the public mind.

If there is anyone in America who hasn't caught on yet, this soliloquy by Chris Matthews should open your eyes to the ugly truth once and for all.  Think Progress reports that Matthews lauded Bush for three uninterrupted minutes after his press conference, in which the President pled ignorance and recalcitrantly denied documented allegations of torture,.

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Sat Sep 23, 2006 at 07:17 AM PDT

Save the New Standard

by november3rd

The New Standard is going to go out of production in a week if they can't raise a couple thousand more bucks.

Everybody wants independent media.  Now is the time to put your money where your mouth is.

This is going to be the model user supported news collective if it can just continue to grow and develop.

Support the New Standard.  Give today.

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MoveOn.Org has a 1-2-3 email program to Senate against the wiretapping forgiveness vote.

Did anybody else suspect this bru-ha-ha over the torture statutes and the Geneva conventions was a diversion in its own right to hold a quiet secret vote on the wiretap bill?

You were right.

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The New Standard, the Progressive, commercial-free, incisive news outlet is facing a budget shortfall.

The news service accepts no corporate sponsorship, and is entirely reader-supported.

It is a groundbreaking news service.

They need a few thousand dollars in monthly pledges to stay in business after September 30.

Support independent media and journalism.  Give to The New Standard.

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Thu Aug 03, 2006 at 09:53 AM PDT

NY1 and Debate Censorship

by november3rd

Call or e-mail: Robert Hardt - Director of Politics, NY1, 212-379-3330 or Robert.Hardt@ny1news.com.  Tell them everyone on the ballot is entitled to participate in the debate.

We busted our behinds in heat, rain, and gloom of night to get 40,000 signatures and put Jonathan Tasini on the ballot.

Now NY1 is telling him that he's not eligible to participate in their televised debate.

When did NY1 become the arbiter of whether or not voters can be informed about candidates?

Is this a move on the part of Clinton's media team to keep Tasini out of the public eye?

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Dear International Herald Tribune,

There is no, "Iraq War."

Just like the so-called, "Global War On Terror," the United States of America's war machine, funded by an annual budget of $500 billion, has created a conflict where none existed.

The oil companies, security contractors, weapons makers and defense industry war profiteers are raking in profits while the American people go bankrupt.

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Karen Kwiatkowski has been an outspoken critic of Rumsfeld and the neocons' war policies since before the invasion of Iraq.

She writes a column for the web, called, "Without Reservation"  It's worth a read.

Anybody who hates war and waste and loves progress wants to see the Bush Administration, especially Rumsfeld and the neocons in the Pentagon, get thrown out on their faces in disgrace and failure.

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