Bill Moyers on the United States of ALEC PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 04 October 2012 20:17

AMY GOODMAN: We begin our show today with a look at the secretive American Legislative Exchange Council. The organization, often known as just ALEC, brings together major corporations and state legislators to craft and vote on "model" bills behind closed doors. It's come under increasing scrutiny for its role in promoting "stand your ground" gun laws, voter suppression bills, union-busting policies and other controversial legislation. The organization's agenda has sparked so much controversy that 40 major U.S. companies, including Wal-Mart, Coca-Cola, Kraft and General Motors, have recently severed ties with ALEC.

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Phone tracking, wiretaps spike under Obama PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 04 October 2012 19:04

The instances of the Justice Department monitoring electronic communications such as phone calls, emails and even social network updates without a warrant has increased by as much as 60 percent in recent years, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.

The surveillance tools – known as either a "pen register" or a "trap and trace" – record such information as phone numbers and the time and length of calls, but not the content.

Orders to track phone calls increased 60 percent -- from 23,535 in 2009 to 37,616 in 2011 -- according to Justice Department documents, including ones recently acquired by the ACLU.

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100 Days Until Taxmageddon PDF Print E-mail
Post by Americans for Tax Reform | Hawaii Free Press   
Thursday, 04 October 2012 18:59

Sunday (Sept 23, 2012) will mark the start of the 100-day countdown to "Taxmageddon" – the date the largest tax hikes in the history of America will take effect. They will hit families and small businesses in three great waves on January 1, 2013:

First Wave: Expiration of 2001 and 2003 Tax Relief

In 2001 and 2003, the GOP Congress enacted several tax cuts for small business owners, families, and investors (later re-upped by President Obama and Democrat Congress in 2010). The following tax hikes will occur on January 1, 2013:

Personal income tax rates will rise on January 1, 2013. The top income tax rate will rise from 35 to 39.6 percent (this is also the rate at which the majority of small business profits are taxed). The lowest rate will rise from 10 to 15 percent. All the rates in between will also rise. Itemized deductions and personal exemptions will again phase out, which has the same mathematical effect as higher marginal tax rates. The full list of marginal rate hikes is below:

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Corporate Megalomania - Making a Profit From Stealing Your Privacy PDF Print E-mail
Post by Crash   
Friday, 21 September 2012 16:00


Your personal and private information is a commodity that is bought and sold creating an endless stream of profit. Do a search on your name and find out what personal information is available to all... for free. On whitepages.com, USSearch, Intelius, People Finders and many other privacy invading sites, you can find out a person's home phone number, home address, map to their house, age, and family members. For a fee, you can buy more personal and private information.

To opt out of some of these privacy invaders click here.

For Info on how to protect your online privacy click here and here and here.

And...let's talk about the fee that phone companies charge to NOT list your phone number.

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TPP - The Corporate Power Tool PDF Print E-mail
Post by Vesta   
Friday, 14 September 2012 00:04


The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) so called 'free trade agreement' is currently in negotiations behind closed doors. The outcome will forever influence our communities and countries. Possible ramifications are the following...
  • offshore millions of American jobs
  • free the banksters from oversight
  • ban Buy America policies needed to create green jobs and rebuild our economy
  • decrease access to medicine
  • flood the U.S. with unsafe food and products
  • empower corporations to challenge our environmental and health safeguards

    Take Action
    Avaaz.org

    Eff.org
    Citizen.org





 
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