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  • Today's comic by Ruben Bolling is Cartoon: Lucky Ducky makes a billionaire fear genocidal apocalypse:
    Comic teaser.
  • Initial claims for unemployment comp rise sharply: For the week ending Jan. 25, seasonally adjusted initial claims for unemployment compensation were 348,000, up 19,000 from the previous week's revision 329,000. The four-week running average that analysts generally prefer because it flattens volatility in the weekly was 333,000, up 750 from the previous week. For the comparable week in 2013, the running average was 360,000. The total number of people collecting checks in all compensation programs for the week ending Jan. 11 was 3,583,501. That's down 122,586 from the previous week. For the comparable week of 2013, there were 5,916,993 receiving compensation. But 1.5 million of the long-term unemployed have fallen off the rolls since the federal emergency compensation program expired Dec.28.
  • GDP up 3.2% in 4th quarter, 1.9% for all of 2013: A few months ago, economists had predicted annualized growth in real—inflation-adjusted—GDP for the fourth quarter of 2013 would come in around 2.0 percent, but, largely driven by robust consumer spending, it rose 3.2 percent, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. Growth in the second half of 2013 was up 3.7 percent, compared with 1.8 percent in the first half. That's the best second-half showing since 2003, when the economy expanded 5.8 percent. One problem is that consumer spending is powered in part by a reduced rate of saving, not income growth. Forecasters are calling for a 2.8 to 3.2 percent GDP rise for all of 2014, but most GDP predictions over the past five years have been well off the mark. If that higher but still slow level of growth were to continue, it wouldn't be enough to return us to full employment until 2019.
  • These Daily Kos community posts were the most shared on Facebook Jan. 29:
    BP Deepwater Supervisors Must Face Manslaughter Rap, by Pakalolo

    GOP Congressman has Benghazi Meltdown on Maddow (Video), by Billionaires for Wealthcare

    These 89 Democrats Voted to Cut $8.7 Billion from Food Stamps, by Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees

  • Corey Robin has written an excellent piece on Pete Seeger and the blacklist:
    While Seeger’s [House Committee on Un-American Activities] appearance, and its legal aftermath, is making the rounds of his eulogists, it’s important to remember that HUAC was probably not the most difficult of his tribulations during the McCarthy era. Far more toxic for most leftists was the blacklist itself. From the early 1950s to the mid-1960s (the dates are fuzzy, and it depends on which particular medium we’re talking about), Seeger was prevented from performing on a great many stages and venues. First with The Weavers, and then on his own.

    The blacklist did not work independently of the state. It was the transmission belt of the state, both a feeder to, and an enforcement mechanism of, the government. Men and women who didn’t cooperate with the government were subject to the blacklist, so it was a useful means of securing cooperation and providing information. The secret enforcers of the blacklist were often ex-FBI men or ex-HUAC staffers, and the FBI and HUAC supplied critical information to industry executives and their underlings. Who then used it for either political or narrower self-interested purposes.

  • Industry is flaring a fourth of North Dakota's natural gas.
  • Holder authorizes federal prosecutors to seek death penalty for Tsarnaev in Boston bombing: Dzhokar Tsarnaev and his brother Tamerlan are alleged to have planted two homemade bombs near the finish line of the April 15, 2013 Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring more than 250. Tamerlan was killed during a shootout with police. The wounded Tsarnaev, now 20, was forced to surrender and has been charged with 30 federal counts related to the bombing and aftermath. He has pleaded not guilty to all of them.
    Since the federal death penalty was reinstated in 1988, 70 death penalty sentences have been imposed, but only three people have been executed, including Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh in 2001. Eight people have been taken off death row by a judicial or executive action, while 59 people remain on death row, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.
    The last federal execution was in 2003.
  • Carpooling photos from Monterrey, Mexico.
  • Alex Pareene on why billionaires keep whining about non-existent persecution:
    What makes the wealthy persecution fantasy so risible is that  our political class is responsive almost solely to the priorities and views of the rich, but the fantasy serves a purpose: It prevents Congress from actually acting to address economic inequity.
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, it's the Great American Rich People's Freak-Out! The WSJ says Kristallnacht Perkins was right. Greg Dworkin brought us one of his trademark flu updates and told us Christie is still toast, Hillary's way out front, Avik Roy tipped the Gop hand on "repeal & replace," and relatively strong economic growth shows the US is a socialist hellholle. "Politics is predation, organized crime by a prettier name," says Scott Raab at Esquire. (Story illustrated by DonkeyHotey!) Outrage of the day: school lunches confiscated from students who owed money & dumped! And Politico explains "Why the rich are freaking out."

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  •  Billionaire tantrums (9+ / 0-)

    "If you don't like our whining now just wait until you actually threaten out cushy lives!"

    Food processed to be nothing more than simple starches with two dozen flavorings and stabilizers added to make it appear to be food isn't "food". It's "feed" -- what you give to livestock to fatten them up for slaughter.

    by ontheleftcoast on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 12:06:58 PM PST

  •  i would love to spit on or shin-kick a billionaire (1+ / 0-)
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    but i lack access

  •  I caught a study on labor force participation that (2+ / 0-)
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    Just Bob, LinSea

    suggests the current rate is not only normal but was predicted.  I'm still digesting it and it's interesting stuff.  It was summed up in Motley Fool thus:

    But our falling labor force participation rate isn't all about the economy being weak. It's mainly about demographics. We know this because demographers predicted the participation rate would drop to exactly where it is today nearly a decade ago, years before anyone mumbled the words "financial crisis."

    As baby boomers age, a shrinking share of the population wants to work. They hit their late 50s and early 60s and retire. Eight years ago, economist Stephanie Aaronson and colleagues predicted demographics and other structural factors would cause the labor force participation rate to fall to 62.9% in 2014, nearly identical to the 62.8% registered last month. In November, economist Shigeru Fujita showed that "the decline in the participation rate since the first quarter of 2012 is entirely accounted for by increases in nonparticipation due to retirement."

    And more young Americans are attending college, holding them back from the labor force. Among Americans ages 16 to 24, the entire decline in the labor force participation rate from 2002 to 2012 could be explained by the rise in the educational enrollment rate.

    A direct link to the study is at that article.

    I'm not liberal. I'm actually just anti-evil, OK? - Elon James White

    by Satya1 on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 12:17:19 PM PST

    •  While it's obvious that the aging of the baby... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...boomers is already a big factor in bringing down the participation rate, participation rates within the older cohorts are all higher than they have been in the past.

      Of course, the participation rates for these groups were lower than younger cohorts to begin. See BLS stats here.

      For example:

      65 and older: 1992—11.5%; 2002—13.2%; 2012—18.5%; 2022 prediction—23%

      65-74: 1992—16.3%; 2002—20.4%; 2012—26.8%; 2022 prediction—31.9%

      75-79: 1992—6.3%; 2002—7.4%; 2012—11.4%; 2022 prediction—10.5%

      Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

      by Meteor Blades on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 01:42:35 PM PST

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  •  Outrage over fake news... again (1+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat

    I saw angry posts about this from people in my extended facebook connections.  Scroll to the bottom of the page for the fb comments to laugh or cry, depending on your tastes.

    Obama angers EMS workers by calling them “Ambulance Drivers” in State of the Union Address

  •  like (2+ / 0-)
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    Stude Dude, LinSea

    I'm liking deBlasio--would like to see us discuss his future.  I supported Hillary in 2008, this time around, methinks tall Bill is the best available Dem (except for St. Bernie Sanders).

    Actions speak louder than petitions.

    by melvynny on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 12:20:59 PM PST

  •  Sessions speech gassing the Senate, again. (0+ / 0-)

    I keep C-SPAN1 & 2 going most of the day and it is astonishing how much time Sessions spends speaking from the well.
    His current ground hugging gassing is on Immigration.

    Nuclear Reactor = Dirty Bomb

    by olo on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 12:20:59 PM PST

  •  :) Very Cute Commerical (2+ / 0-)
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    MTmofo, LinSea

    Budweiser Super Bowl XLVIII Commercial -- "Puppy Love"

  •  Great photos from Monterray... (2+ / 0-)
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    Meteor Blades, LinSea

    And informative commentary too.

  •  Henry Waxman to retire at end of this term (2+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock, Mr Robert

    Not sure if it's been mentioned here already. To me this signals that he has little hope of Dems retaking the house this year, and since he's a smart guy, this signals to me that in fact they do have little chance of retaking the house this year. The disaster of 2010 reverberates on.

    "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

    by kovie on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 12:23:05 PM PST

    •  Strategist on Ed Schultz Radio Today Said Dem Big (4+ / 0-)
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      Mr Robert, kovie, Gentle Giant, LinSea

      money is now shifting away from trying to regain the House in order to better protect the Senate.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 12:27:53 PM PST

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      •  Always playing defense (0+ / 0-)

        I can't recall a time in my life when that wasn't the case. The New Deal version of the party died in 1968 and hasn't recovered since. Most of its members are looking out for themselves and unwilling to take risks for the common good.

        "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

        by kovie on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 12:37:29 PM PST

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        •  Unpack that for just a minute (1+ / 0-)
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          The big money on "our side of the fence" ALWAYS wants a solid bet when it comes to campaign expenditures, especially this early in the process.

          No one knows what dynamics might alter the probability of the election cycle, but I perceive that we could pick up a handful of seats. Narrowing Boehner's majority probably doesn't seem very much of an accomplishment, but I think it puts him and them in very uncomfortable situation for the next Congress. The retirements that Leader Pelosi has to deal with are largely manageable from a voting discipline perspective. Boehner is losing solid Boehner loyalists among the retirements in his caucus to date. And I expect more in the next month, just before nomination season gets really hot and heavy.

          Maybe "our" big money sees a different landscape in April or May than they do at the moment.

          Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. --Martin Luther King Jr.

          by Egalitare on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 03:27:38 PM PST

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      •  That is good strategy (1+ / 0-)
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        Mr MadAsHell

        Even though there is some very good spin and some very good commentary about how so many republicans are in tough races all across the country because of the rift between the teaparty and the establishment republicans I think that is more wishful thinking than reality.  

        It is good strategy to make sure that democrats keep the majority in the U.S. Senate because if that body were to fall into republican hands Obama would truly be a lame duck president and would be forced into doing far more executive order legislating himself as well as using his veto pen so much damaging his left hand severely affecting his golf game.  Just a joke everyone so don't jump on the "troll train".

      •  Why? (0+ / 0-)

        I know that more Democratic Senators are running than Republicans, but can they really be that vulnerable to the current crew of dipshits?

        If the economy "keeps improving" -- assuming that it's really getting better -- I see no way for Democrats to lose the Senate.

        More than that, taking the House seems like a reach, but not a miracle.  At any rate, getting rid of some idiots might make the remaining Republicans a little more inclined to consider doing some good for the country.

        LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

        by dinotrac on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 12:56:18 PM PST

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    •  Don't read too much into that (2+ / 0-)
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      Stude Dude, LinSea

      The man is 74 years old and has served in Congress for 40 years. He served 3 terms in the California Assembly before that. I'd say he deserves a few years to unwind before he dies.

      If anyone deserves a "Thank you for your service" it's Henry Waxman.

      I'm a Vietnam Era vet. I'm also an Erma Bombeck Era vet. When cussing me out and calling me names please indicate which vet you would like to respond to your world changing thoughts.

      by Just Bob on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 12:55:01 PM PST

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      •  If he thought Dems had a chance (0+ / 0-)

        at retaking the house, he'd stay, guaranteed. He doesn't, so he's leaving. Which I respect him for given his years in office. But still, it's a clear signs that Dems have given up on the house. And Repubs know it.

        "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

        by kovie on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 01:24:18 PM PST

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    •  Then there's this (2+ / 0-)
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      kovie, LinSea

      NRCC Chairman Rep. Greg Walden told reporters he thought Waxman's retirement meant Democrats had given up on re-taking the House.
         Walden says waxmans retirement shows that Dems don't think they're winning back the house.

          — Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) January 30, 2014

      Waxman anticipated this line in his statement: “And I am not leaving because I think House Democrats have no chance to retake the House. House Republicans have no compelling vision for the future. The public understands this, and I am confident that the Democrats can regain control of the House.

      I'm a Vietnam Era vet. I'm also an Erma Bombeck Era vet. When cussing me out and calling me names please indicate which vet you would like to respond to your world changing thoughts.

      by Just Bob on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 01:12:31 PM PST

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      •  Yep, what I meant in my response to you above (0+ / 0-)

        And whatever Waxman says, which he has to say, he's knows it's hopeless.

        Of course, they said that in 2006 at this point.

        "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

        by kovie on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 01:25:27 PM PST

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        •  It's not like you to accept Republican talking (0+ / 0-)

          points at face value.

          Speaking for myself, I think a defeatist attitude guarantees defeat. It's much too early to be talking that way 10 months before the election. I'm old but I'm not ready to roll over and play dead.

          I'm a Vietnam Era vet. I'm also an Erma Bombeck Era vet. When cussing me out and calling me names please indicate which vet you would like to respond to your world changing thoughts.

          by Just Bob on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 01:54:36 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  I'm not (0+ / 0-)

            I'm just looking at the reality of what gerrymandering and unaggressive Dem politics are likely to yield. I'd love for them to retake it but I don't see it happening at this point. I think that Waxman just telegraphed this.

            "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

            by kovie on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 01:58:31 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

            •  I do hope you're not around when I'm 74. (0+ / 0-)

              You're scaring me now.

              I think people are getting tired of Benghazi, death panels, and obstructionism.

              I'm a Vietnam Era vet. I'm also an Erma Bombeck Era vet. When cussing me out and calling me names please indicate which vet you would like to respond to your world changing thoughts.

              by Just Bob on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 02:07:06 PM PST

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  •  Thank you for that Corey piece. I've added it (2+ / 0-)
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    Meteor Blades, LinSea

    in a comment to my own write-up on Seeger's importance.

    Few venture there, but it is an outlet for me when I want to get something off my chest.

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 12:33:20 PM PST

  •  GDP report broke my brain. (0+ / 0-)

    Maybe it's because I've been doing taxes this morning, but I can't figure out how a 1.8% first half and a 3.7% second half equals  an annual rate of 1.9%. I get nearly 2.8%.

    Federal math. Ouch.

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 12:34:57 PM PST

  •  the Corey Robin piece is very good (1+ / 0-)
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    Meteor Blades

    but "the blacklist only worked because so many people like President Obama... worked together to make it work" seems over the top IMO.

    i know what is meant by the statement--it is an indictment of centrism and collaborationism and those who were too timid to stand up against the blacklist as Seeger and others did.  It is the same argument that is made about people who stand by now while legal but immoral acts are committed by agents of the state, and in that sense I agree with it.

    Corey Robin also blames liberals who did not stand up to the blacklist but I do not see him mentioning any prominent liberals by name who were alive then and are still alive now

    meanwhile PBO is blamed for and inserted into so many historical events that occurred before he was born

    Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D.
    Drop by The Grieving Room on Monday nights to talk about grief.

    by TrueBlueMajority on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 12:36:09 PM PST

  •  Tony Blair gives his full support to (1+ / 0-)
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    the Egyptian military rulers, the coup that brought them to power, and the Al-Sisi.  And calls on the international community to do the same.

    "When dealing with terrorism, civil and human rights are not applicable." Egyptian military spokesman.

    by Paleo on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 12:36:28 PM PST

  •  Scotto, the reporter threatened by Rep Grimm, (1+ / 0-)
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    Gentle Giant

    is related to Anthony Scotto, who was (is?) allegedly a former boss in the Gambino crime family.

    Or at least so says the New York Post ....

    "Specialization is for insects." -- Heinlein

    by BachFan on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 12:36:34 PM PST

    •  Hmm. Considering it was The Post... (3+ / 0-)
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      Stude Dude, tb mare, LinSea

      But one can enjoy the vision of a knock on Grimm's door, loud and insistent. Upon opening, the doorway filled by an immense human being, a veritable wall of meat, with three more of the same out of view behind him.

      In a gruff voice, deep as the Grand Canyon, the immense well-dressed man says, "Grimm. We need ta tawk."

      A golden puddle appears on the floor at Grimm's feet...

      "Non-violence is a powerful and just weapon which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

      by Gentle Giant on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 12:51:14 PM PST

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  •  Sarah Palin in 2016! (3+ / 0-)
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    New poll shows her more popular among the GOP faithful than any other of their possible presidential contenders:

    Sarah, if you are reading this... 70% approval!!  People love you. You can do it, you can get the nomination!  And you are the person to beat Hillary in 2016!  Pray over it, prey over it, you know you want it!  

    “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

    by ivorybill on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 12:42:15 PM PST

  •  Nice piece on Seeger and the blacklist. (1+ / 0-)
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    Gentle Giant

    And a reminder that bullies and thugs need not be so strong if everyone looks the other way.

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 12:46:20 PM PST

  •  That's a very ugly employment report. (0+ / 0-)

    Is this the new Republican strategy: Kick off long-term unemployed people to make room for new layoffs?

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 12:49:28 PM PST

  •  Environmental Justice | A Reason to Attend the (1+ / 0-)
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    February 8th Moral March on Raleigh, NC - YouTube

    "Video 4 of 10: On February 8th, 2014, North Carolina will see the largest, most diverse and visionary cross-issue mass mobilization ever in the state. This assembly is happening in response to regressive legislation that has poured of the North Carolina General Assembly that is adversely affecting North Carolinians. During the two weeks leading up to the march, there will be 10 short educational videos released - one per day - highlighting the issues that our drastically affecting our state. This is the fourth."

    Just 8 more days until the February 8th Moral March on Raleigh, NC.

  •  HUGE victory for ‪NC‬'s ‪‎LGBT families (1+ / 0-)
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    "Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina has reversed course and will now offer family coverage to same-sex couples under the Affordable Care Act."

  •  Oh noes! I'm not politically correct.... =:o (0+ / 0-)

    I had Growl up pop a message on one of the Macs. "You won on eBay! You pay now!" What's worse is that I read that message in a voice of a pushy Asian grocer....

    "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

    by Stude Dude on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 12:53:01 PM PST

  •  Burning off gas???!!!! (5+ / 0-)

    Wait --

    They poison millions on millions of gallons of water to force it up -- just so they can burn it?

    Without even getting any energy for it?

    Just spew CO2 for no damned reason at all?

    And what does that do for gas's clean reputation?

    It's footprint is the same as oil, or about half of coal.

    But --- sounds like it's really become about 1.25 X oil, and .625 of coal.

    Not counting all the poisoned water.
    And earthquakes.

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 12:53:49 PM PST

  •  We at dkos are not the only ones... (4+ / 0-)
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    ... under the influence of the Giant Orange Orb.

    Listen to The After Show & The Justice Department on Netroots Radio. Join us on The Porch Tue & Fri at Black Kos, all are welcome!

    by justiceputnam on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 01:24:04 PM PST

  •  GDP Growth (1+ / 0-)
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    a number of comments in the report about how lower government spending hurt overall GDP Growth.  Amazing that republicans get to constantly demand lower and lower govt spending and then STILL complain about GDP growth.  

  •  Thanks for highlighting the blacklist (1+ / 0-)
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    My father was blacklisted (from university jobs), as were many of the families we knew including Pete Seeger. It was devastating for many. (Pete survived, and kept his wonderful spirit, better than many others did.) And you did not need to refuse to cooperate with Congress to get blacklisted; I believe my father lost his job and was blacklisted before his appearance before HUAC. (I was too young to know at the time; I just remember moving in with my grandparents for a while.) We had at least one friend who spent time in federal prison for contempt of Congress.

    In my father's case, the blacklist was for being involved in leftie and union organizing 15-20 years earlier.

    People who didn't live through those years may have trouble understanding what's at stake in the NSA data-vacuuming. Imagine that in the year 2025 or 2030, the government (FBI Homeland Security, whatever they call it then) decrees that anyone who had any connection with the Occupy movement, or friended an Occupy wherever on Facebook, or wrote on this site sympathetic to Occupy, is now a tainted person who should be fired and never rehired in any significant job, and has to testify before Darrel Issa's committee where the main question calls for them to name all the other people they know/knew from Occupy.

    That's what the 50s were.

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    to check formatting.

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