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Big money behind war: the military industrial complex

Big money behind war: the military industrial complex

“The new military-industrial complex is fuelled by a conveniently ambiguous and unseen enemy: the terrorist. Former President George W Bush and his aides insisted on calling counter-terrorism efforts a ‘war’. This concerted effort by leaders like former Vice President Dick Cheney (himself the former CEO of defence-contractor Halliburton) was not some empty rhetorical exercise. Not only would a war maximise the inherent powers of the president, but it would maximise the budgets for military and homeland agencies.”

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California May Have To Export 4,000 Inmates If Feds Don’t Postpone Population Cap

CBS Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California will have no choice but to move 4,000 more inmates to private prisons in other states if federal judges refuse to postpone a court-ordered population cap, state Corrections Secretary Jeffrey Beard said Wednesday.

The state faces an April 18 deadline to reduce overcrowding in its 33 adult prisons. The judges have found reducing overcrowding to be the key step in improving inmate medical and mental health care, but Gov. Jerry Brown is seeking a three-year delay.

Beard said such a delay would give the state time to build cells for nearly 3,500 additional inmates. That would bring the state close to meeting the federal population cap while avoiding the need to send more inmates elsewhere.

It also would give time for rehabilitation programs to work, he said. Those programs are designed to reduce the number of convicts who commit new crimes after their release and then…

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Calif. Senate Urges Congress To Revisit Vote On NSA Surveillance

CBS Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A new piece of legislation is seeking to protect Californians from the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA).

KNX 1070’s Margaret Carrero reports the California State Senate has voted overwhelmingly to approve Senate Bill 828. [cbs-audio url=”http://cbsla.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/ca-spying-bill-1-mca.mp3″ size=”” download=”” name=”State Senate Introduces Bill That Would Prevent Calif. From Aiding NSA ” artist=”Margaret Carrero”]

Passed in a bipartisan 31-1 vote on Monday, Senate Bill 828 bans state agencies, officials and corporations from giving any material support, participation or assistance to any federal agency to collect electronic or metadata — including emails and text messages — of any person unless a warrant is issued that specifically describes the person, place and thing to be searched or seized.

Sen. Ted Lieu, who joint-authored SB 828 with Sen. Joel Anderson (R-San Diego), said the legislation comes in response to recent revelations of the NSA’s “massive phone and internet records collection program on Americans.”

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Noam Chomsky: America hates its poor

Noam Chomsky: America hates its poor

“The enormous benefits given to the very wealthy, the privileges for the very wealthy here, are way beyond those of other comparable societies and are part of the ongoing class war. Take a look at CEO salaries. CEOs are no more productive or brilliant here than they are in Europe, but the pay, bonuses, and enormous power they get here are out of sight. They’re probably a drain on the economy, and they become even more powerful when they are able to gain control of policy decisions.”

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“A lot of them kill their wives”: Journalist warns of “post deployment crime waves”

“A lot of them kill their wives”: Journalist warns of “post deployment crime waves”

“There’s another part of the book, the last chapter, that is about what happens when many of the soldiers come home and fall into, shall we say, risky and dangerous and often deadly behavior. Both a lot of family violence – a lot of them kill their wives or their girlfriends or their children. A lot of them, quite surprisingly to me, kill other soldiers. Many of them kill perfect strangers. And of course a great number of them kill themselves. And then there’s the drinking and drugging and all of that that goes on. And I think that the press has been remiss in putting that all together.”

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Obamacare: The biggest insurance scam in history

Obamacare: The biggest insurance scam in history

“Tricks to mistreat those with pre-existing illness: One of the great selling points of the ACA con is that those with pre-existing illnesses will not be denied coverage. This is true, but insurers have many ways to avoid the ill. The ACA waswritten by an insurance company executive from Wellpoint, Liz Fowler, who went on to be hired by Obama’s HHS to implement the law and now works for a pharmaceutical giant. So, all along the way, the insurance companies had someone protecting their interests.

One way to avoid the sick was mentioned above: excluding hospitals where people with serious health problems go, like major medical centers. Another way is by providing poor service to people who have a lot of claims so they change insurers. And a third has to do with the fact that insurance companies are allowed to charge more in geographical areas where health costs are higher. If a plan in a particular area is not making enough profit, the insurance company can simply stop selling in that area.

Insurance companies also can charge three times as much based on age. Because most pre-existing illness comes with age, this greatly undermines the protection of those with pre-existing illness. Insurance companies are excellent at gaming laws and regulations, so we can expect more creative avoidance of people who actually need health care.”

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Noam Chomsky: America’s infrastructure is broken

Noam Chomsky: America’s infrastructure is broken

“They were General Motors, Standard Oil of California and, I think, Firestone Rubber. The origins of suburbia reveal an attempt to take over a fairly efficient mass-transportation system in parts of California—the electric railways in Los Angeles and the like—and destroy them so as to shift energy use to fossil fuels and increase consumer demand for rubber, automobiles and trucks and so on. [29] It was a literal conspiracy. It went to court. The courts fined the corporations $5000, or something like that, probably equivalent to the cost of their victory dinner.[30]

But what happened in California started a process that then expanded—and in many ways. It included the interstate highway system. That was presented as part of the defense against the Russians. It was launched under the Interstate Defense Highway Act of 1956, and was intended to facilitate the movement of people and goods, troops and arms, and, allegedly, to prevent overpopulation in specific areas that could become the focus of nuclear attack. [31] The slogan of defense is the standard way of inducing the taxpayer to pay the cost of the next stage of the hi-tech economy of course.[32] That’s true whether it be computers, the Internet or, as in this case, a car-based transportation system.[33]

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Latina Leaders: On a mission to increase Hispanic presence in our national parks

NBC Latino

Midy Aponte has one mission – ensuring that Latinos are an integral part of America’s national parks and historic sites. She was appointed as the Founding Executive Director of the American Latino Heritage Fund of the National Park Foundation in the Fall of 2011.

Established by former Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, the mission of the American Latino Heritage Fund is to assist the National Park Service, and communities across the country, to ensure that our national parks and historic sites preserve, reflect and engage the diverse stories and communities of American Latinos throughout American History and for future generations.

For the past two years, Aponte has been spearheading the Fund’s strategic direction and overseen management of programs and development to establish the Fund’s national presence.

Speaking about Salazar, Aponte says, “He saw an opportunity to make a change that is going to have a lasting legacy, not only for him…

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Federal judge rules controversial Texas abortion law unconstitutional

NBC Latino

In a move described as ‘stunning‘, a federal judge Monday ruled that strict abortion restrictions authorized by Texas lawmakers in July are unconstitutional, and will not be implemented as scheduled on Tuesday, according to court documents obtained by NBC News.

The decision comes four months after Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis, now a candidate for governor, staged a dramatic 13-hour filibuster against the proposed restrictions.

The filibuster forced Gov. Rick Perry to order a second special legislative session for the Republican-dominated Legislature to pass the controversial law.

“I’m grateful that a Texas court agreed today that House Bill 2 would have had harmful effects on women’s access to care and affirmed that the Republican-controlled Legislature went too far in its attacks on women,” said Texas state senator Leticia Van de Putte, an outspoken critic of the abortion restrictions.

Lawyers for Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers brought the lawsuit, arguing…

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Beyond the spin, some facts about the Affordable Care Act

Beyond the spin, some facts about the Affordable Care Act

“Here are the top three facts that need to be addressed:

  • The rise of health care costs are slowing, but not because of the ACA.
  • More people will have health insurance but that doesn’t mean they will have access to health care.
  • The ACA further privatises our health care system, which is the opposite of single payer.

…And while companies can’t charge more to people with health problems as individuals, they can charge up to three times more based on age and cancharge more in geographic areas where the population has more health problems or the costs of care are higher. It is expected that if a company finds they can’t make enough profit in a particular area, they can just pull their plans from that area. These are some of the most obvious ways that insurers will game the system. The largest insurance companies assisted with writing the law and then with the regulations that accompanied it, so we will see what other tactics they employ as time goes on.”

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