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  •  Forgive me for reposting this link (5+ / 0-)
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    TomP, kurious, Ice Blue, Penny GC, KayCeSF

    but it allso well illustrates this worldwide movement. Entitled:What happens to your town once a far-right party comes to power? While the town in question is in France the story has many parallels here in the US. Even includes Bain Capital.  

    Across France, the FN has been gaining ground. March’s local elections were the most successful in the party’s 42-year history with just under 1,500 local councillors and 11 new towns won in the rust-belts of the north and south. Results from last week’s European elections confirm what so many had dreaded: that the FN, a party untouchable only a few years ago, is now a major force in French politics.

    In the national press, Hénin-Beaumont has become a symbol for this success. Here, as in many places, former communist voters have shifted to the far-right, swayed by an interest in local grievances they believe to be honest, and a populist anti-capitalism that appeals to their intellectual roots.   http://www.newstatesman.com/...</</blockquote>

    "George RR Martin is not your bitch" ~~ Neil Gaiman

    by tardis10 on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 09:34:42 AM PDT

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    •  Let the French give up their state sponsored (2+ / 0-)
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      medical insurance. Throw them on the free market with nothing but a coupon.

      That threat always shuts them up.

      “You think You're frightening me with Your hell, don't You? You think Your hell is worse than mine.” --Dorothy Parker

      by Ice Blue on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 10:29:17 AM PDT

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    •  which is exactly why NSA has to stop (2+ / 0-)
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      ... doing what it is doing. If you're an NSA employee you need to ask yourself, "How long before these scary people get access to all this surveillance data we've been collecting?" If it was me, I'd be wondering if all that data could be wiped in time to prevent another psychopath dictator from getting their hands on it. The biggest problem with the NSA's data collection is how easy it could be for the control of or access to  that data to pass into the "wrong" hands. If a lone sysadmin could get away with the treasure trove Snowden's being accused of taking, then how much could a neofascist dominated oversight committee get -- or, for that matter, the long-bearded friends and close associates of a future President with the same kind of totalitarian ideology?

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