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I came across this article today: "Beyond license plates PRISONS | The union battle in Wisconsin may result in helping prisoners become better prepared to enter the job market upon release" published by "World Magazine".  Since this article, published under a Christian label applauds Walker's ending collective bargaining in Wisconsin, my curiosity got the best of me - I mean, really?

The hours I spent researching this Publisher were fruitful indeed.  It led me all over the world and back, finally revealing links to the Koch bro's, their Heritage Foundation and issues of global warming - er, "Climate Change" - and other nefarious and cooperative efforts of members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

Grab a favorite drink, make sure you're securely seated comfortably with snacks at hand and allow me to give you an enlightening tour of just how insidious, far ranging and pervasive the Koch and ALEC influences really are...

This article has statements supporting the use of prison labor - which all of you know is an issue I'm passionately against - presented from a "Christian" POV:

"Until now, in many states, union officials have used their clout to keep inmates from producing any goods or services that could compete with the work of their members."
and includes information about the PIECP program and the Ashurst-Sumners Act:
"In 1935, at the height of New Deal labor union power, Congress passed the Ashurt-Sumners Act that banned interstate transport of products made by prison labor. Two years later the Supreme Court declared the act constitutional in a case involving Kentucky prisoners who made horse collars."

This case cited in the article; KENTUCKY WHIP & COLLAR CO. V. ILLINOIS CENTRAL R. CO., 299 U. S. 334 (1937) was in fact decided by the SCOTUS in 1937.  Ashurst Sumners is fully explained at Wikipedia:
"The Ashurst–Sumners Act, Pub. L. No. 74-215, 49 Stat. 494 (1935), codified at 18 U.S.C. §§1761-62, is a United States Act of Congress that made it unlawful to knowingly transport in interstate or foreign commerce goods made by convict labor. Certain exceptions are provided for agricultural commodities, parts for the repair of farm machinery, commodities manufactured in a Federal, District of Columbia, or State institution for use by the Federal Government, or by the District of Columbia, or by any State or Political subdivision of a State or not-for-profit organizations. The Act is currently reflected in United States Code Title 18 Sections 1761-1762 which provide in part:

"Whoever knowingly transports in interstate commerce or from any foreign country into the United States any goods, wares, or merchandise manufactured, produced, or mined, wholly or in part by convicts or prisoners, except convicts or prisoners on parole, supervised release, or probation, or in any penal or reformatory institution, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.

The constitutionality of the act was upheld by the United States Supreme Court in Kentucky Whip & Collar Co. v. Illinois Central R. Co., 299 U.S. 334 (1937).

The Prison Industry Enhancement Certification Program, created by Congress in 1979, provides another exception from the Act. It exempts certified state and local departments of corrections from normal restrictions on the sale of prisoner-made goods in interstate commerce."

I knew from my earliest research that this article in support of ending collective bargaining and using inmates in place of union or public sector workers, appeared to be a poorly disguised form of propaganda - presented by a Christian news organization.  This had to be researched, and am I glad I took the time to do it, for I found heretofore hidden links to the Koch brothers and many of their funded or controlled organizations and of course, right back to ALEC and their corporate members.

The "World Magazine" is owned by God's World Publications.  At the World Mag website I clicked on "About us" and found this in the second paragraph:

"We are dependent on God and independent of any political faction or interest group. We don't let advertisers influence news content. We don't print glorified press releases. We respect the office of president of the United States and submit to the ruling authorities instituted by God (Romans 13:1-6), but we will be critical when necessary—even with those whose policies we generally agree with. We criticize corruption, even when (sometimes especially when) it erupts among Christians. We avoid sourcery, where unnamed sources spin the news their way."
...okay, now I was really curious after reading the article and knowing it was disinformative and finding their promise that they were "independent" of any political faction or interest group, and said they avoided "sourcery" and spinning the news in such a manner. So I went further and checked out God's World Publications and found GWP has had many names throughout it's existence.  Today it is actually known as the World Journalism Institute.  At their site I found this information:
"A Brief History of the World Journalism Institute

The offices of the World Journalism Institute are located on the campus of The King's College in New York City.

In the early 1940's, L. Nelson Bell returned from his work as a medical missionary in China to Asheville, N.C. On his return, he found that theological liberalism was threatening the very Presbyterian denomination that had sent him out as a missionary.

So the Dr. Bell founded a new magazine, the Southern Presbyterian Journal, in an effort to return the church to its biblical moorings. In the 1950's, the Journal was read beyond Presbyterianism for its reporting on the church scene and its analysis of ecumenical liberalism. Dr. Bell also used what he had learned about magazine publishing to play a lead role in the formation of yet another magazine, Christianity Today.

By 1981, the board of the Journal had taken on a new assignment. A series of current events papers for children, patterned after the long-popular Weekly Reader, was introduced. In just two years, the circulation of this new publication had already doubled the circulation and volume of the parent magazine.

The board of directors changed its corporate name to God's World Publications, Inc.

In March of 1986, World magazine was launched under the leadership of Dr. William S. Barker to provide a weekly summary of world news and commentary from a Christian perspective for adults. In March 1987, Joel Belz became the editor and publisher of World magazine.

In February 1998, Joel Belz, Marvin Olasky, Nick Eicher and Robert Case had informal conversations in Atlanta and discussed the need for God's World Publications to have its own training school for Christian journalists. Case, because of his interest, training and time, took on the responsibility to mount such a training program with the first classes to be held during the summer of 1999. The three fold focus for this journalism training would be World magazine, other Christian publications and the mainstream press...

...In the fall of 2000, Belz and Case visited The King's College in New York at the invitation of TKC journalism teacher, Helen Matthews Smith, to see how a cooperative arrangement could be managed. During spring vacation, 2001, the first college journalism workshop was held. In May 2001, at the invitation of TKC president Dr. Friedhelm Radandt, WJI took its program to New York City and held a May term course at the urban campus of The King's College in the Empire State Building. This was followed by courses in Washington, DC and Los Angeles.

The programs of the World Journalism Institute have continued to expand. Currently, the institute holds a multi-week summer course in New York City. The institute also holds various weekend conferences throughout the country. Additionally, the institute publishes a unique monograph series on the intersection of Christianity and journalism. Finally, institute staff present the WJI program at numerous national journalism conventions around the year through its table top display, monographs, public presentatons and hosted events.

In the fall of 2005, the institute opened a branch office on the campus of The King's College in New York City.

In the fall of 2006, at the invitation of President Stanley Oakes, the institute moved its headquarters to The King's College in the Empire State Building.

This "Christian Journalism" college thing was something I hadn't been aware of, but it looked to be legit - but having just published a diary on Friday about the number of colleges and professorships influenced with Koch money or fully bought, paid for and controlled by the Koch's, this reference to several colleges and involving what was more and more looking like Evangelical influenced proselytism to students had to be looked into.

So I researched Joel Belz to find out who he was - and hit pay dirt!  My search led me to "Smoke, Mirrors and Disinformation…The Compromised Ties of the Apologetics Ministries - THE SPIRITUAL COUNTERFEITS PROJECT.  There I found links to Belz and a Gene Veith, Patrick Henry college, Heritage foundation, Daniel Lapin and Heartland Institute and a host of other connections.  The site isn't one that I would normally rely upon to provide factual information, so I dug deeper and found Cornwall Alliance. was Belz, Daniel Lapin plus E. Calvin Beisner, a name I'd found at the World Journalism Institute and in articles at the World Magazine speaking in favor of more drilling in 2008 in: "Drill team ENERGY | High prices at the pump are changing the politics of domestic oil extraction and handing Republicans a potentially hot issue for the fall campaign".

From there I was led to the Cornwall Alliance (formerly called the Interfaith Stewardship Alliance) where Beisner leads the way with Belz and Lapin sitting on the Board of Advisors with him and a bunch of other evangelicals.  Here is what the People For the American Way (PFAW) has to say about Cornwall, Belz, Beisner and their connections to Koch family Foundations, Scaife foundation, ExxonMobil, Earhart Foundation and Charles Colson.  (Koch, Scaife, ExxonMobil and Colson are all affiliated with or members of ALEC - or head companies that sit upon ALEC's Private Enterprise Board) in the article titled "The ‘Green Dragon’ Slayers: How the Religious Right and the Corporate Right are Joining Forces to Fight Environmental Protection":

"In 2009, Beisner’s Cornwall Alliance cosponsored a climate change denial conference led by the Heartland Institute, a pro-corporate group funded by Exxon Mobil, the Koch Family Foundations, and the Scaife foundations. Other organizations funded by energy corporations that cosponsored the conference include the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the Heritage Foundation, Americans for Tax Reform, and Americans for Prosperity.

The Cornwall Alliance has been enormously successful in recruiting Religious Right leaders to promote its anti-environmental cause. In 1999, the group started recruiting prominent Religious Right figures to sign the “Cornwall Declaration,” a document that attacks environmentalists, saying they “deify nature or oppose human dominion over creation” and promote “erroneous theological and anthropological positions.” Among its signatories were Focus on the Family founder James Dobson, Chuck Colson of the Colson Center, D. James Kennedy of Coral Ridge Ministries, Donald Wildmon of the American Family Association, Janice Shaw Crouse of Concerned Women for America, Daniel Lapin of Towards Tradition, and Frank Pavone of Priests for Life. The president of CFACT called himself “a driving force” behind the declaration.

Recently, the group started collecting signatures for an updated “Evangelical Declaration on Global Warming,” which states that “there is no convincing scientific evidence that human contribution to greenhouse gases is causing dangerous global warming” and maintains that “reducing greenhouse gases cannot achieve significant reductions in future global temperatures.”

The Cornwall Alliance’s board includes Religions Right notables David Barton of WallBuilders, Lou Sheldon of the Traditional Values Center, Jerry Newcombe of Coral Ridge Ministries and Joel Belz of WORLD Magazine. much for World Magazine's claim: "We are dependent on God and independent of any political faction or interest group. We don't let advertisers influence news content. We don't print glorified press releases...We criticize corruption, even when it erupts among Christians. We avoid sourcery, where unnamed sources spin the news their way."  They are anything but independent of political factions and instead of criticizing corruption, they are in fact practicing just that by publishing all forms of propaganda and spreading the agendas of the Koch brothers, ALEC and their members and affiliates.

Since I wrote on Friday about the use of prison labor in Wisconsin, Arizona and elsewhere, more articles have surfaced about other Red states using inmates to replace public and private sector workers in what amounts to slave labor: Maine, Georgia, Arizona, New Jersey, Virginia, North Carolina and Florida.  If any of you believe that this move to increase the use of inmates to replace public sector workers is coincidentally on the increase at the same time as Walker, Kasich, LePage, Brewer, Scott and and ALEC are pushing legislation to end collective bargaining, bust unions and abolish the minimum wage in Red controlled states, I've got an ocean front condo here in Indianapolis you might be interested in buying as well.

Beyond the obvious observation that Koch's influence runs deep and their web is all encompassing in America, this demonstrates that Ol' Chucky Boy and brother Davy are throwing everything they have in their considerable arsenal into supporting their boy Scotty in Wisconsin - and their Governor minions elsewhere.  Late last year I posted a diary and in it I began calling Chucky and Davy "Koch-roaches", a titular slur I thought was appropriate because when we try and focus our attention on them, they scurry from sight, hiding behind foundations, associations, ALEC, and PAC's...after this development, I have to again begin referring to them as Koch-roaches, because they indeed are, every-fuckin'-where!

The true and real Christians that subscribe to the World Magazine or other media sources owned by God's World Publication for their news are treated to the same disinformation by the same sources that others are treated to from FOX ("Fixed")News.

A quirky note to all this World Magazine crap, is this - there is a European version called German World Magazine that is owned by Koch Vision (Michael Koch) he related to Chucky or Davy or are the names Koch Vision and German World Magazine simply a coincidence to World Magazine and it's relationship to Chucky or Davy?  I confess I have no idea and it's 2:30 am and I'm closing this to post tomorrow...instead of fixing another drink and researching this some more.

You know, this really is comparable to the "Wizard of Oz" because the Koch, Scaife, DeVos, ALEC, all their corporate and legislative members and numerous foundations, associations and PAC's really are operated with smoke and mirrors from behind a curtain of respectability.  As the wife, Jean has said time and again; "Every friggin' time you pull back the curtain, there stands the Koch brothers, pulling levers, strings and coordinating these nefarious activities."

Please join us at Exposing ALEC - or donate to the ProtestALec efforts - in New Orleans on August 4th and 5th at our Protest Alec event as we continue to drag these people and their agenda into the full light of day and in sight of citizens from coast to coast.  They simply have to be stopped before democracy disappears completely from the American landscape, replaced with Corporatocracy.

Last month ALEC published their "Rich States - Poor States: report.  Guess who funded that?  Yep a Koch foundation - the Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation and the Searle Freedom Trust (who often times donates to the same causes as Koch's Foundations - see disclosure at end of article).

Always keep in Mind that Boehner, Cantor, Walker and Kasich are ALEC Alumni and thus financial friends of Ol' Chucky and Davy, working on their behalf for corporate interests and against everything government...

4:20 PM PT: We can add Arkansas; and Florida (2 times) to the list of states reporting using inmate labor instead of public sector workers now:

Originally posted to Bob Sloan on Sun Jul 10, 2011 at 09:16 AM PDT.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive, ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement, Earthship Koch, Exposing ALEC, Progressive Hippie, Street Prophets , and Community Spotlight.


Were you aware that World Magazine and the World Journalism Institute were affiliated with Koch and ALEC?

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  •  Tip Jar (124+ / 0-)

    "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled"

    by Bob Sloan on Sun Jul 10, 2011 at 09:16:00 AM PDT

  •  Is Dinesh D'Souza Kings College president? (21+ / 0-)

    Think I read that awhile back.
    Great work. The real thieves are on the outside, and it's a grand larceny conspiracy with so many tentacles.

    Dream, that's the thing to do (Johnny Mercer)

    by plankbob on Sun Jul 10, 2011 at 09:40:27 AM PDT

  •  Ties to "Institute for Religion & Democracy?" (27+ / 0-)

    The IRD is a right-wing front for attacks against mainline liberal Protestant denominations, such as the Episcopals, Presbyterians, United Methodists, and UCC.  Their apparent goal is to destroy the denominations through funding conservative wedge issues such as the rights of gays and lesbians.

    The group, AFAIK, started in response to many of these churches opposing Reagan's Central American policies in the 1980's.  

    Their president, Mike Tooley, has weighed in on matters here in Wisconsin and is wholly on Scott Walker's side.

    I bring this to your attention because I recognized several of the responsible parties, like Scaife, who has been instrumental in the founding and funding of the IRD.

    Media Transparency - Church & Scaife

    RECOUNT. Recall - We did it!! VOTE against the frauds, then VOTE TO TAKE WISCONSIN BACK!!! Rescind. Rebuild. Now with more voting, thanks to republican dirty tricks.

    by stcroix cheesehead on Sun Jul 10, 2011 at 10:06:57 AM PDT

    •  These are important links, connections and (19+ / 0-)

      the information you provide gives us a clearer picture of the different mechanisms being used to attack everything to the left of ultra-right.

      Weyrich's philosophy and agenda has been followed dutifully by the Evangelicals, Conservatives and Liberal leaning corporate elite.  Together these organizations, associations, councils and PAC's form a pathway to what they perceive as dominion over all.  Their path is paved with these individual building blocks (journalism, college academics, curricula, professors and economic departments bought and paid for, main stream media control).  Strewn along the sides of this pathway are the remnants of democracy, truth, constituent friendly legislation and valid elections.

      Today right wingers own the power of the lie and live with an allergy to honesty, truth and civility.  Everything is fair in their pursuit of this dominionism and corporatocracy by the corporate elite.  The use of propaganda and smoke and mirrors are necessary to them, because without them, they cannot prevail.

      No one should believe they can depend upon a party or agenda that relies upon deception to stay in existence.

      "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled"

      by Bob Sloan on Sun Jul 10, 2011 at 10:24:10 AM PDT

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    •  My UCC church was one of their Targets (0+ / 0-) in Seattle.  We stood with the Sanctuary Movement in the 1980s and they tried to destroy us.  They divided us with infiltrating people into the council who said, "a "real" Christian, were those who spoke in tongues but those who sat quietly during services were not."  I remember saying to a fellow member, "What is the big deal?  Just let those who want to shout PTL go ahead and do it, and those who don't want to not say anything like we always have."  And she said, "I believe that too, but what do you do when they say YOU are a false Christian because you don't want to do that?"  

      It just did not occur to any of us that we were being infiltrated ~ and it certainly did not have anything to do (or so it seemed) with being Sanctuary Movement supporters.  We were genuinely perplexed as to how to negotiate with these people and tried hard to accept whatever they thought was "Christian" while standing on our own principals that let everyone do what they wanted, we did not want to judge who was more "Christian" and who was not.  

      The worst part of it to me in hindsight was the cruelty of creating a false spiritual crisis in people who genuinely struggled with their faith because of it.  It is like an abuser who purposefully sets things up so always the other person is to blame for something they did not do ~ or worse what the abuser did.  Beyond disgusting.

      However it did teach me one thing.  A small number of people can are far bigger than the.  True hearts make a large impact when it is done out of pure love.  The Sanctuary movement was centered in a small Tuscon congregation and the impact they made on so many was amazing.  

      It taught the rest of us being bombarded with crap like we endured to know that it is not large numbers in a  that matters ~ it is those with a bigger and earnest purpose that makes a more subtle but rippling affect that lasts FAR longer than corporate jetted phonies who worship money as their god.  

      Hope this helps

      Cat in Seattle  

      First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they hurt you, then you win ~ Mahatma Gandhi

      by mntleo2 on Mon Jul 11, 2011 at 12:02:01 AM PDT

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      •  It provides insight that even way back then they (0+ / 0-)

        were working their agenda to force separation of your church membership in order to recruit some to their perception of religion.  Years ago when I lived in Florida our home was next to an Evangelical church.  Our children were very young and time to time I would find one or sometimes a group of the parishioners standing at my fence proselytizing to my 4 and 11 year old girls.  I gently chided them the first time and on the next occasion, I followed them back to their church, went in and created a scene nasty enough that it didn't happen again.  Of course I was considered to be a tool of Satan for objecting to their interfering with my children's religious "counseling".  This, again was around 1982, so apparently they had adopted such a path that far back, and was an expected way of recruitment.

        Too true that today the source of worship for far too many is the currency in someone else's pocket.

        "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled"

        by Bob Sloan on Mon Jul 11, 2011 at 06:35:35 AM PDT

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  •  You are the best! WOW! (23+ / 0-)

    The research done for this story is amazing.  The result is shocking.

    Repeat the lie enough and everyone will believe it and the Koch/ALEC wealthy klans just keep paying for more and more lies to be republished.

    On my.........

    I agree with Jean

    "Every friggin' time you pull back the curtain, there stands the Koch brothers, pulling levers, strings and coordinating these nefarious activities."

    Thank you for this excellent diary.

    •  Thanks "99"! I try to keep up with your (13+ / 0-)

      work researching, but you make it difficult! LOL

      It's just that everywhere we turn it's like the freaking "Matrix" movie...we have to stare at screens continuously looking for anomalies in  the data flowing across them, looking for clues to the next attack - cause we know it's coming, just not where or from what direction.

      I really am beginning to think Ol' Chucky and Davy Boy are vying amongst themselves to see who is going to become the first "Emperor of America".  Once they take power, it will no longer be the United States - each state will be on their own as these guys look for their next conquest.  Sadly by then the lawmakers who enable this will realize that they never did have any control in their bargains with the devil - it was all a facade, and while we were the pawns, they were the bishops and rooks, all of us expendable.

      This Christian journalism thing along with the infiltration and corrupting of college studies and entire departments is possibly the most dangerous aspect of it all.  They are using both to create the next generation of ultra-conservative zombies marching to the beat of a master's drum - not even understanding where they're heading.

      "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled"

      by Bob Sloan on Sun Jul 10, 2011 at 12:18:12 PM PDT

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  •  I have been following your diaries since you have (11+ / 0-)

    been posting. Your frame is getting larger and larger. It has extended from the PIC to American society as a whole. Prisons are a core resource for this RW initiative.

    Guess I'm still naive enough to be amazed at the remarkable lack of readership of this important diary. You illustrate the highjacking of our democracy that is underway right now. Our country's future isn't very bright if more voters don't awaken to the peril posed by the right.

    It took the nurses union to point out the need for a tax on Wall Street trades.

    by 4Freedom on Sun Jul 10, 2011 at 12:32:20 PM PDT

    •  Thanks for keeping up, 4Freedom. I wish more (6+ / 0-)

      would pay attention to these issues, 'cause the PIC is simply one of the cash cows used by the RW to generate funding for their other initiatives and furthering their agenda.  A conservative estimate of the total from sales of prisoner made goods in the U.S. last year alone is $2.4 billion.  When we realize that PIECP's state and federal laws allow the prison industries and their private sector corporate partners to keep that money and not turn any of it over to the federal or state governments to reduce the costs of incarceration, one realizes that all of this is designed to garner profits, reduce jobs in the civilian sector and cause the taxpayers to continue to fund incarceration with none of the earnings going back to them.  Not a good program as it's run - and the corporatists know this and have learned how to use prison labor to fatten their pockets and as I said, further fund their agenda.

      Calls to Holder and President Obama to address this important program and associated issues, go without response...

      "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled"

      by Bob Sloan on Sun Jul 10, 2011 at 01:10:54 PM PDT

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      •  You describe how privatization has impacted the (8+ / 0-)

        PIC, and by inference, this is how the right runs education, highways, hospitals, long term care facilities and other formerly public institutions that they have managed to privatize.

        To the right, the public is an asset to be exploited, not a citizenry to educate and support.

        It took the nurses union to point out the need for a tax on Wall Street trades.

        by 4Freedom on Sun Jul 10, 2011 at 01:22:44 PM PDT

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        •  You're right. There are few things left in this (7+ / 0-)

          country that is not sought after by the RW in pursuing more wealth.  Nothing is sacred anymore and while they complain about the government being too large and doing too much for their liking, they use it at every turn to enrich themselves.  Saying they hate big government is rhetoric designed to keep most of us off balance and concentrate our thoughts there while they reach around and take money right out of our wallets.  Privatization when we really assess what that means, is turning government duties and responsibilities over to private companies.  For a profit...what happens when they have everything privatized?  This, after all is their stated what happens when every possible government program, operation and duty is in their hands?  How will the rest of us as taxpayers pay for their providing those services?  It's guaranteed they won't reduce their charges to us for the running of those programs, so in the end they're calling for privatization will only lead to a collapse.

          It is nothing but pure exploitation through smoke and mirrors used to make it attractive to certain segments of society.

          "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled"

          by Bob Sloan on Sun Jul 10, 2011 at 01:39:34 PM PDT

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          •  They only hate big government (6+ / 0-)

            that they can't turn to their own purposes. If it puts taxpayer (meaning our) money in their pockets or excludes competition in areas they are attempting to monopolize, they are all for it. Odd that so many of them are "free market" dittoheads, when, in reality, they want the game as fixed in their favor as possible. GREAT diary, by the way, absolutely worthy of Mother Jones or similar level palcement.

            Your black cards can make you money, so you hide them when you're able; in the land of milk and honey, you must put them on the table - Steely Dan

            by OrdinaryIowan on Sun Jul 10, 2011 at 06:47:20 PM PDT

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            •  Thanks for such a great and accurate comment (4+ / 0-)

              about their actual goal being to fix all markets to benefit them.  I was just talking tonight about how the damn stock market and all the speculators of today have turned it into a huge casino.  In order for them to make money, someone else has to lose a greater amount so the middlemen, brokers and others can get their share of the profits.  I believe this is where a large part of these companies and organizations have put their money to increase profits and further drain money out of the middle class - due to higher costs related to the products they manipulate with their speculation.

              Thanks also for the kudos...glad to be appreciated and the research acknowledged!

              "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled"

              by Bob Sloan on Sun Jul 10, 2011 at 07:10:18 PM PDT

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    •  I think the reason for this investigation (8+ / 0-)

      expanding the way it has is because for several years now I have used the axiom of "Follow the Money" and once that trail widened out and found ALEC and Koch's money, that thread split into several directions with each one leading to something as bad or worse than what has already been found - such as this World Magazine connection.

      It has been my finding that eventually all of these roads wind up at the doorstep of a handful of families and their foundations.  ALEC is simply the way they promote legislation to increase the cash flow and to deflect all but the most serious investigators.

      ALEC's legislators are more beholden to them than anyone else - including employees.  Without these families and connections to them, campaign funding dries up and others take their place.  With the money they're being paid by such as Koch, they can't afford to let that happen, this is why they fight so staunchly on their behalf.  To do otherwise would subject them to being replaced as old baggage.

      "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled"

      by Bob Sloan on Sun Jul 10, 2011 at 02:22:25 PM PDT

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      •  I have been waiting 30 years (5+ / 0-)

        For the breakup of the Grand Republican Coalition of the uber rich and the fundamentalist.  Even though it's so unnatural, the coalition continues to endure.  This breakup ain't gonna happen.  Thanks for the research so we can understand why.

        "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, now we know that it is bad economics." Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jan. 20, 1937

        by Navy Vet Terp on Sun Jul 10, 2011 at 03:39:59 PM PDT

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  •  I'm hoping for a day when Democrats can run (4+ / 0-)

    against the Koch brothers.  We couldn't present their tentacles in almost every aspect of conservatism, but their hiding behind shell think tank could be exposed.

    People could be ased if they want this 'democrary' run by the Koch brothers or by the people.

    I hope this can bring news about what the Koch brothers are doing.  However, they must have BIG ties to Faux News, so it will be hard to get the word out to many average Americans

    HylasBrook @62 - fiesty, fiery, and fierce

    by HylasBrook on Sun Jul 10, 2011 at 12:42:53 PM PDT

    •  I have to agree...knowing after this research (7+ / 0-)

      just how well they have all angles covered and are able to present their initiatives across the board..  Those who watch "Fixed" News never hear or learn the truth...those who attend universities and colleges are introduced to then indoctrinated by the RWer's and form the foundation for the next - and larger - generation of RW's...we can no longer turn to many Christian groups or news put out by them as this diary demonstrates.

      We really do have to cut off their funding to begin to get enough breathing room to gather ourselves and wrest democracy back from their firm grip.  We're trying to do this, but ALEC's alumni in the form of Boehner and Cantor fight all attempts to even decrease their income by as much as 1%.  This is why it is so important for the President and Dem's to push hard and do away with the tax loopholes and breaks for the rich - for they're the ones using that money to fund this shit.

      "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled"

      by Bob Sloan on Sun Jul 10, 2011 at 01:19:43 PM PDT

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      •  You know, I just realized the irony. The rich (1+ / 0-)
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        get to keep more money with a low tax rate & then use the money they save to bamboozle voters to continue voting for conservatives who'll continue to keep the tax rate low.

        (We'll have to work hard to get Progressive Democrats in the house and Senate to turn things around.  But it will take several cycles of commanding margins of victory before congressional Dems will feel comfortable moving back to left of center.

        HylasBrook @62 - fiesty, fiery, and fierce

        by HylasBrook on Sun Jul 10, 2011 at 05:27:51 PM PDT

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  •  Wow... (8+ / 0-)

    ...just wow....the rabbit hole goes very, very deep indeed.

    Health care should not be a privilege for the few, but a human right for all.

    by Pris from LA on Sun Jul 10, 2011 at 12:55:03 PM PDT

  •  replacing unions with slave labor... (5+ / 0-) how (words fail)   ... Republican

    Scientific Materialism debunked here

    by wilderness voice on Sun Jul 10, 2011 at 02:32:26 PM PDT

  •  For all that research, you missed (1+ / 0-)
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    the real question - who's PROFITING from all of this?

    As Deep Throat said, "Follow the money."

    •  Companies that pay little for labor using (1+ / 0-)
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      convicts, that is who benefits.

    •  Mostly the top 350 corporations in the U.S. that (4+ / 0-)
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      have become multinational - such as Koch, AT&T, GlaxoSmithKline, ExxonMobil and the list goes on.  The profit off of prison labor is a situation where under the federal Prison Industries Enhancement Certification Program (PIECP) the companies partnered with the prison industries are profiting through reduced wages, no benefits, no unemployment or health insurance, etc.

      Recent investigative reports found that federal prisoners are now being used to manufacture guidance systems for the Patriot Missile system, the F-15, F-16 and F-18 aircraft for McDonnell Douglas and Lockheed as well as wiring components for Boeing - Military and commercial aircraft.  Top wages for these workers is $1.35 per hour.

      With public sector jobs, there is no real profit earned, what is happening is it decreases the labor costs to the governments using these inmates.  Their budgets have all been slashed and they use inmates to offset that loss by replacing civilian workers with the inmate labor that costs them virtually $0 (only the cost of the DOC guard supervising the prisoners).  They don't have to pay into retirement savings accounts, pay unemployment insurance or health or work comp premiums.

      Most of this is driven by privatization.  The companies used to take over these privatized state operations have to earn a profit to continue, and thus the costs to the taxpayers are higher, resulting in the shifting of money from other operations to pay for state prison operations.  I know the legislators all like to claim privatization saves the taxpayers money because it is more efficient, but that has not been proven - in fact a recent AZ. DOC study (pg. 5) found it actually costs them $1,600.00+ more per year to house an inmate in a private facility than it does to house them in a state operated one.

      So in effect, public sector workers are replaced with prison labor, to pay for the housing of prisoners in private facilities.  Sounds convoluted, but that's because we're not supposed to figure that out.

      "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled"

      by Bob Sloan on Sun Jul 10, 2011 at 07:30:11 PM PDT

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  •  And the insidious logic that probably prevails in (0+ / 0-)

    The Right Wing Evangelical mindset, and justifies their support for this, is the fact that not one verse in either the Old or New Testament of the Bible condemns slavery. Yes...Jesus was pro slavery.  Ephesians 6:5 and Titus 2:9-10 to be exact.

    •  Sadly true...and we know just how picky they (0+ / 0-)

      are about sticking to the script provided in the Bible, don't we?  Darn shame they don't pay attention to what he said about the "money changers", huh?!

      "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled"

      by Bob Sloan on Sun Jul 10, 2011 at 07:32:05 PM PDT

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  •  So Kochroaches Are Doing GOD's Work?! (1+ / 0-)
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    Not in my wildest dreams or nightmares.

    Right-wing ultraconservative Ku Klux Kristians are NOT Christians, they are NeoNazi political ideologues indoctrinated/brainwashed by Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell to vote against their own interests.

    The right-wing NeoNazi ultraconservative Ku Klux Kristians are uniting with the John Birch Society Kochroach-financed Teabagger Programmable Idiots to produce a Super Stupid voting block of racist assholes, rabid morons, and delusional bigots.

    Kochroaches are dirty bugs that spread their filth and disease under the cover of darkness because they can't operate safely in the light of day.  Their GOD is Money!

    Kochroaches worship at the Altar of GREED & Selfishness.
    Tens of Billions of Dollars in income is NOT enough and NEVER will be for them.

  •  It may dawn on them eventually (2+ / 0-)
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    That if this war on jobs continues, there won't be anyone to buy their stinkin' oil and Chinese trinkets.  In my hometown, which is very small but a county seat, it used to be that the teachers, sheriff's deputies, and other county workers could afford to trade cars, improve their homes, etc. Moreso than the general population, anyway. Those days are gone for now - maybe forever.  Everyone is hunkering down, waiting for the next shoe to drop.  And we're beginning to think the Republicans are centipedes.

    •  I'm sure it has dawned on them (0+ / 0-)

      and when they've finished looting America, they'll hop in their private jets to a new host like any other parasite that's managed to kill its host.

      Or at least that's what they're planning. The problem is that this looting is going on around the world, and the places which are not being looted are going to tax the shit out of wealthy expats. But they'll have plenty of money they've extracted from us to pay them with.

      Peak Oil is NOW! Looking for intelligent energy policy alternatives? Try here.

      by alizard on Sun Jul 10, 2011 at 07:55:40 PM PDT

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      •  Transferring our wealth to themselves then they (1+ / 0-)
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        will have to transfer much of that wealth to those governments where they move themselves and their assets to?  I'm sure that sounds logical to them - as long as they live like monarchy until they die.

        You know many of these folks are believers in the "Rapture" and really believe it and that they'll fly away and go and sit with it possible with all this opposition to the scientific info on climate change and other damage being done to our planet by the day, that they are actually working on trying to bring on the "end of the world" just to give legitimacy to that belief?  I mean they are going gung ho to use up resources, destroy ozone and inflict other global environmental damage - all the while predicting that the "end is near"...

        Sorry for the off topic rant, it's just that trying to figure these nutso's out is driving me crazy!

        "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled"

        by Bob Sloan on Sun Jul 10, 2011 at 08:32:20 PM PDT

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  •  thanks for the info Bob Sloan (3+ / 0-)
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    this Free prison labor stuff really worries me.

    It's a bad trend starting, against public workers.

    I suspect those "corralling" the Free-Labor

    are going to make a bundle though.

    Where are the Regulators?

    What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
    -- Maslow ...... my list.

    by jamess on Sun Jul 10, 2011 at 07:07:39 PM PDT

    •  Regulation of the PIECP program was outsourced (5+ / 0-)

      in 1995 - like much of our government regulations - to the National Correctional Industries Association (NCIA), which is made up entirely of those participating in the program (prison industries partnered with private manufacturers and companies) as industry operators, suppliers of raw materials or actually using the inmate's labor.  The program is run by the DOJ through the Bureau of Justice Assistance, which is the agency that outsourced all oversight and policy determinations to this private non-profit corporation (sound familiar?) and pays them through a substantial taxpayer grant to "oversee" themselves.

      This is how the corporations managed to gain access to and use of prison labor and have been allowed to do as they wish without government interference.

      "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled"

      by Bob Sloan on Sun Jul 10, 2011 at 07:40:06 PM PDT

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      •  thanks again for the info (2+ / 0-)
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        I'm going to have to research this some.

        What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
        -- Maslow ...... my list.

        by jamess on Sun Jul 10, 2011 at 08:28:30 PM PDT

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        •  Thanks back and please do research it. I have (0+ / 0-)

          developed a research style that works and you should do the same.  Look back through my diaries and you'll find plenty of links to where I get my information and the basis for my opinions and interpretation(s).  Anyone fact checking and looking for more date is always appreciated.

          "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled"

          by Bob Sloan on Sun Jul 10, 2011 at 08:34:48 PM PDT

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  •  Brief summary of diary? (1+ / 0-)
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    I'll go cross-eyed trying to read more tonight, but in theory this sounds worth knowing about. Thanks.

  •  Republished to (2+ / 0-)
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    Badger State Progressive.

    Another excellent piece by Bob Sloan.  Kudos.

    There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

    by Puddytat on Sun Jul 10, 2011 at 11:22:01 PM PDT

    •  Thanks for the kudos and republishing and (1+ / 0-)
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      helping to keep these issues in front of the most readers possible.  We really do have to get a handle on this if we're to stop this usurpation of our right to vote, hold good jobs with fair wages and the U.S. not run by corporatism.

      "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled"

      by Bob Sloan on Mon Jul 11, 2011 at 07:18:17 AM PDT

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