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On a crusade against feds, Yonkers man wants Bush arrested
By : TruthbeFree - Monday September 12, 2005
By BILL HUGHES whughes@thejournalnews.com THE JOURNAL NEWS Related news from the Web Latest headlines by topic: • Second Circuit Court of Appeals • Personal Finance • Social Security • George Bush • US News Powered by Topix.net (Original publication: August 29, 2005) YONKERS - Until last week, all Frank Langella wanted was his day in court, a chance to have a jury hear his case against the U.S. government, with President Bush named as the lead (...)
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Moving Back To America: Health Care
By : Overseas Will - Thursday August 11, 2005
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Moving Back To America: Health Care Overseas Will August 09, 2005 In a few months, I’ll move back to the United States after five years of living abroad. I can’t wait to be home again and to be closer to family and friends. However, there are some annoying administrative details to sort out, the worst of which is researching health care plans for my wife and me. The process is only slightly more enjoyable than a Chlamydia test. In England, we were covered by National (...)
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HEALTH CARE TOWN HALL MEETING
By : Progressive Democrats of Illinois - Friday July 8, 2005
** FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ** 07/07/2005 WHAT: HEALTH CARE TOWN HALL MEETING - Discussion of alternative health care administration methods at all levels of the system. WHEN: 07/17/2005, July 17, Sunday, 2-5pm Central Time WHERE: College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, SRC 1544, directions and additional location details available at the web page below. WEB DETAILS: http://www.illinoisprogressives.org... SPONSORING GROUPS: Progressive Democrats of Illinois, Illinois Progressives United, (...)
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I Hope I Die Before The Next Re-Fill
By : Greg Palast - Saturday July 2, 2005
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Friday, July 1, 2005 A July 4th note from Greg Palast’s journal I was in the drug store today out here in Podunk. Some old guy in front of me was picking up his little paper bag of prescription medicine. The lady behind the counter handed him a credit card slip and said, "I’m sorry." She was sorry because the bill was over $1,200. The old man stared at the charge card receipt and stared at it some more. Hesitating, he signed, then said, "I hope I die before I have to pay for (...)
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Universal Healthcare Vouchers Plan Could Provide Coverage and Choice
By : John Hanchette - Tuesday June 21, 2005
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by John Hanchette Olean, NY - Even casual readers of newspapers and watchers of TV know the nation’s health care system, if you can call it that, is broken. Americans who get sick know they’ll pay plenty for it, even if they’re lucky enough to have insurance. Yet, while President George W. Bush and his sycophants dither about trying to "reform" a Social Security system that isn’t half as dilapidated as health care into a windfall gift for Wall Street fat cats, the (...)
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GM’s Health-Care Shakedown Shows Systemic Flaws In Bush’s America
By : Bill Gallagher - Tuesday June 21, 2005
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GM’s Health-Care Shakedown Shows Systemic Flaws In Bush’s America Bill Gallagher June 21, 2005 Detroit - General Motors and the United Autoworkers are on a collision course over health-care costs and the issue underscores the refusal of George W. Bush and the Republicans in Congress to do anything to fundamentally change our failed system. It also shows how gutless GM executives and the other suits in corporate America are in refusing even to discuss the issue in real terms. (...)
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Rallies on June 14th, Bush in Bryn Mawr, rally 10:30, rally to Impeach in Philly 4-6
By : join-in - Thursday June 9, 2005
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SAVE SOCIAL SECURITY President Bush will be in Bryn Mawr, PA on Tuesday June 14th to raise a cool million for Rick Santorum’s re-election campaign. While they shmooze in an 11.7 million dollar home in the woods.... WE’LL be demonstrating against the Bush/Santorum Plan to Cut Benefits and Privatize Social Security! WHAT Demonstration to Save Social Security from Bush/Santorum Privatization and Benefit Cuts. WHEN: Tuesday, June 14th from 10:30am - 1:30pm WHERE The (...)
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Million Veteran March on Washington DC - 8 June 2005
By : prweb - Sunday June 5, 2005
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This march will inform the lawmakers in Washington DC and the American Public about the lack of adequate VA Funding, VA Performance and Veteran Benefits in General. All military veterans are encouraged to attend. Additionally, this March is opened to the Public and they are all invited. (PRWEB) June 2, 2005 — The purpose of this march is to bring to light the deep concern the veteran’s community has regarding the consistent under funding of the Veterans Affairs Health Care (...)
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Prime Time News Conference good time for press/public to hold Bush accountable for false statements
By : DK - Thursday April 28, 2005
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Kucinich: President Must Be Held Accountable At Prime Time News Conference President Has Made False and Misleading Statements On Iraq and Social Security; The Press And Public Must Hold Him Accountable WASHINGTON — April 28 — Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich (D-OH) issued the following statement on the President’s prime time press conference scheduled for this evening: "Tonight, the President will make a rare prime time appearance before the press and the nation. With our (...)
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May 7 in DC: Defend Social Security! Stop the Budget Cuts - Stop the War!
By : A.N.S.W.E.R. - Saturday March 19, 2005
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Thousands will demonstrate March 19/20. The movement is expanding. The A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition Action Plan includes merging the struggle against endless war with resistance and opposition to Bush’s assault on Social Security, social programs, unions and working people’s rights at home. Please see below for the next step after March 19/20, as well as an update on demonstrations taking place this weekend across the country. Tell Bush & Congress: Hands Off Social Security! Stop (...)
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Let’s Stop the Republican Debt Slavery Act in the House
By : Bob Fertik - Sunday March 13, 2005
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Many progressives are mourning the failure of Senate Democrats to filibuster the Republican Debt Slavery Act of 2005, commonly known as the Bankruptcy Bill. As Mother Jones said, Don’t Mourn, Organize! Let’s stop the Republican Debt Slavery Act dead in the House. What’s that I hear out there? Is someone insisting, "House Democrats can’t stop Tom DeLay’s brutal legislative steamroller!" The hell we can’t. House Republicans are already running for (...)
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What A Rich Nation Should Really Be Doing About Social Security
By : Gar Alperovitz - Tuesday March 1, 2005
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by Gar Alperovitz Listening to the debate between the Administration and even its most adventurous critics one would imagine that only an extremely limited range of Social Security options are even conceivable. One would also imagine that we live in an extremely poor society which is ultimately going to have to find ways to squeeze its seniors financially or somehow we will all perish. The truth is radically different. This is the wealthiest nation in the history of the world. A serious (...)
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Bush Administration using Social Security Administration to scare up support for privatization
By : Rep. Henry Waxman - Tuesday March 1, 2005
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New Report Details the Politicization of the Social Security Administration Under President Bush WASHINGTON - Today Reps. Henry A. Waxman, Rep. Charles B. Rangel, and Rep. Sander M. Levin, along with Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, and Reps. Obey, Miller, and DeLauro, released a new report that shows how the Social Security Administration has modified its communications strategy to undermine public confidence in Social Security. The report, based on a review (...)
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How to Talk to a Conservative About Social Security
By : Alternet - Wednesday February 16, 2005
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The White House and their deep-pocketed allies have launched a $35 million public relations effort to spread misinformation about President Bush’s Social Security privatization scheme. This fact sheet will arm you with all the facts you’ll need to take them on. Fiscal Outlook Claim: “By the year 2042, the entire system would be exhausted and bankrupt.” [President Bush, 2/2/05] Fact: In 2042, enough new money will be coming in to pay between 73-80 percent of (...)
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Bush Broke his Promise on Social Security
By : George W. Bush and Alan W. Smith, PhD - Monday February 14, 2005
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Bush 2001 vs. Bush 2005, when and why did he change his mind? Bush in the 2001 State of the Union: "To make sure the retirement savings of America’s seniors are not diverted to any other program, my budget protects all $2.6 trillion of the Social Security surplus for Social Security, and for Social Security alone." Bush Feb 9, 2005 - "The money-payroll taxes going into the Social Security are spent. They’re spent on benefits and they’re spent on government programs. (...)
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Bush Says Social Security Trust Fund Doesn’t Exist
By : Dan Froomkin, WP - Saturday February 12, 2005
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President Bush slipped something new into his Social Security pitch on Wednesday. And it was there again twice yesterday. He says Social Security’s $1.8 trillion trust fund doesn’t really exist. Even in Washington, that’s a lot of money to go missing. Here is Bush, from the transcript of his talk at the Commerce Department on Wednesday: "Some in our country think that Social Security is a trust fund — in other words, there’s a pile of money being (...)
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Kucinich: Proposed Social Security price indexing would slash benefits
By : Economic Policy Institute - Thursday February 10, 2005
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Social Security’s “Sleeper Issue”: Price Indexing Exposed By Kucinich Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich (D-OH) today brought forth a new case against the Administration’s so-called Social Security reform plan by exposing the precipitous drop in future retiree benefits implicit in the Administration plan to switch from wage indexing to price indexing. In a speech this morning on the House floor, Kucinich said: “Social Security benefits have increased over the (...)
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RNC sends threatening letter to news media about social security ads
By : JAMES WENSITS - Wednesday February 9, 2005
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SOUTH BEND — At least part of the Social Security debate focused on the 2nd Congressional District again Friday, as the Republican National Committee sent letters to local television stations asking them not to air what it calls a "false TV ad" promoted by MoveOn.org. Washington, D.C.-based MoveOn.org immediately issued a statement defending the accuracy of its ad, which began airing on local stations Tuesday and which is critical of the president’s plan to revamp Social (...)
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Social Security Crisis: The Trust Fund is Already Empty
By : Newswire - Saturday February 5, 2005
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WINTER HAVEN, Fla. Economist and author Allen W. Smith, Ph.D., argues that the biggest obstacle to getting clear debate on the Social Security problem is the misinformation that continues to be spread by the AARP and others who argue that the trust fund holds real assets. "It is amazing how many people, including some Social Security experts, still just don’t get it!" Smith said. "Weisbrot and Baker continue to spread the myth that, ’The Social Security trust fund will have (...)
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Don’t use FDR to undermine Social Security
By : James Roosevelt Jr. - Monday January 31, 2005
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IN HIS inaugural address, President George W. Bush invoked the name of my grandfather, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, as part of his campaign to privatize Social Security. Similarly, a political organization supporting that drastic change recently ran a television commercial using a newsreel clip showing President Roosevelt signing the Social Security Act into law. The implication that FDR would support privatization of America’s greatest national program is an attempt to deceive (...)
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I, European citizen, won’t let refugees be rejected in my name
Thursday 10 March
©Olivier Jobard/Myop I, European citizen, won’t let refugees be rejected in my name THE RIGHT TO ASYLUM IS A RIGHT In the phrase « right to asylum », every word matters. Under the law, every person who is persecuted because of his or her political opinions or because of his or her identity, every person that is endangered by violence, war or misery has a RIGHT to seek asylum in another country The aim of this petition is to collect (...)
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Neo-Nazis and far-right protesters in Ukraine 3 live-stream
Friday 24 January
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The far-right in Ukraine are acting as the vanguard of a protest movement that is being reported as pro-democracy. The situation on the ground is not as simple as pro-EU and trade versus pro-Putin and Russian hegemony in the region. When US Senator John McCain dined with Ukraine’s opposition leaders in December, he shared a table and later a stage with the leader of the extreme far-right Svoboda party Oleh Tyahnybok. This is Oleh Tyahnybok, he has claimed a "Moscow-Jewish mafia" (...)
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Hugo Chavez is dead (video live)
Wednesday 6 March
by : Collective BELLACIAO
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President Hugo Chavez companeros venezueliano died after a long battle with cancer.
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International initiative to stop the war in Syria Yes to democracy, no to foreign intervention!
Thursday 13 December
Your support here: http://www.peaceinsyria.org/support.php We, the undersigned, who are part of an international civil society increasingly worried about the awful bloodshed of the Syrian people, are supporting a political initiative based on the results of a fact-finding mission which some of our colleagues undertook to Beirut and Damascus in September 2012. This initiative consists in calling for a delegation of highranking personalities and public figures to go to Syria in order to (...)
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THE KU KLUX KLAN ONCE AGAIN CONTROLS INDIANA
Monday 12 November
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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At first glance, the results of America’s 2012 election appear to be a triumph for social, racial, and economic justice and progress in the United States: California voters passed a proposition requiring the rich to shoulder their fair share of the tax burden; Two states, Colorado and Washington, legalized the recreational use of marijuana, while Massachusetts approved the use of marijuana for medical purposes; Washington and two other states, Maine and Maryland, legalized same-sex (...)
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I’VE DECIDED TO "WASTE" MY VOTE
Sunday 28 October
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
In a 2004 episode of Comedy Central’s animated series South Park, an election was held to determine whether the new mascot for the town’s elementary school would be a “giant douche” or a “turd sandwich.” Confronted with these two equally unpalatable choices, one child, Stan Marsh, refused to vote at all, which resulted in his ostracization and subsequent banishment from the town. Although this satirical vulgarity was intended as a commentary on the two (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART IV
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART II PART III If there is one major inconsistency in life, it is that young people who know little more than family, friends and school are suddenly, at the age of eighteen, supposed to decide what they want to do for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, because of their limited life experiences, the illusions they have about certain occupations do not always comport to the realities. I discovered this the first time I went to college. About a year into my studies, I (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART III
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART II PART IV Disillusioned with the machinations of so-called “traditional” colleges, I became an adjunct instructor at several “for-profit” colleges. Thanks largely to the power and pervasiveness of the Internet, “for-profit” colleges (hereinafter for-profits) have become a growing phenomenon in America. They have also been the subject of much political debate and the focus of a Frontline special entitled College Inc. Unlike traditional (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART II
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART III PART IV Several years ago, a young lady came into the college where I was teaching to inquire about a full-time instructor’s position in the sociology department. She was advised that only adjunct positions were available. Her response was, “No thanks. Once an adjunct, always an adjunct.” Her words still echo in my mind. Even as colleges and universities raise their tuition costs, they are relying more and more on adjunct instructors. Adjuncts are (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART I
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART II PART III PART IV When The Bill of Rights was added to the United States Constitution over two hundred years ago, Americans were blessed with many rights considered to be “fundamental.” One conspicuously missing, however, was the right to an education. This was not surprising given the tenor of the times. America was primarily an agrarian culture, and education, especially higher education, was viewed as a privilege reserved for the children of the rich and (...)
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ONE SOLITARY LIFE, PART TWO
Monday 30 July
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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If there is one universal question that haunts all human beings at some point in their lives, it is, “Why do we die?” Death, after all, is the great illogic. It ultimately claims all, the rich and the poor, the mighty and the small, the good and the evil. Death also has the capability to make most human pursuits—such as the quest for wealth, fame and power—vacuous and fleeting. Given this reality, I have often wondered why so many people are still willing to (...)
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HOW MUCH CORRUPTION CAN DEMOCRACY ENDURE?
Thursday 28 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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How much corruption can a “democracy” endure before it ceases to be a democracy? If five venal, mendacious, duplicitous, amoral, biased and (dare I say it) satanic Supreme Court “justices”—John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Anthony Kennedy—have their way, America will soon find out. In several previous articles for Pravda.Ru, I have consistently warned how the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision is one of the (...)
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DEMOCRACY IN THE HANDS OF IDIOTS, PART TWO
Tuesday 12 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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Imagine, if you will, that the United States government passes a law banning advertisers from sponsoring commercials on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show or Rupert Murdoch’s Fox (Faux) “News” Network. On one hand, there would be two decided advantages to this ban: The National IQ would undoubtedly increase several percentage points, and manipulative pseudo-journalists would no longer be able to appeal to the basest instincts in human nature for ratings and profit while (...)
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DEMOCRACY IN THE HANDS OF IDIOTS
Thursday 7 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Pravda.Ru Legal Editor
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LIVE, from the State that brought you Senator Joseph McCarthy, Wisconsin voters now proudly present, fresh from his recall election victory, Governor Scott Walker! At first glance, it is almost unfathomable that anyone with a modicum of intelligence would have voted to retain Scott Walker as Wisconsin’s governor. This, after all, is a man who openly declared he is trying to destroy the rights of workers through a “divide and conquer” strategy; who received 61% of the (...)
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PEOPLE WITHOUT SOULS
Tuesday 13 March
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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A question I’ve frequently been asked since I began writing for Pravda.Ru in 2003 is, “Why did you become disillusioned with the practice of law?” This question is understandable, particularly since, in most people’s minds, being an attorney is synonymous with wealth and political power. I’ve always been reluctant to answer this question for fear it will discourage conscientious and ethical people from pursuing careers in the legal profession—a (...)
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