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Monday, June 27, 2016

Pope Francis said on Sunday that Christians and the Roman Catholic Church should seek forgiveness from gays for the way it had treated them. Speaking to reporters aboard the papal plane, he was asked if he agrees with a German cardinal who said the church should apologize to gays. He replied, "I think that the Church not only should apologize ... to a gay person whom it offended but it must also apologize to the poor as well, to the women who have been exploited, to children who have been exploited by (being forced to) work. It must apologize for having blessed so many weapons."


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) -- State Department staffers wrestled for weeks in December 2010 over a serious technical problem that affected emails from then-Secretary Hillary Clinton's home email server, causing them to temporarily disable security features on the government's own systems, according to emails released Wednesday.

The emails were released under court order Wednesday

The emails, reviewed by The Associated Press, show that State Department technical staff disabled software on their systems intended to block phishing emails that could deliver dangerous viruses. They were trying urgently to resolve delivery problems with emails sent from Clinton's private server. read more


The horrific massacre in Orlando has once again thrust the specter of domestic terrorism into the limelight, and into the media space. Pundits and politicians alike have taken the incident as yet another opportunity to thump their chests about the need for even more counter-terrorism legislation, a further increase in surveillance state activity and, of course, more war abroad.

more critical than retrospective criticism of the erosion of civil liberties after nearly a decade and a half of propaganda and fearmongering, is the need to oppose the further expansion of such legislation and domestic spying programs. Indeed, while what were once considered rights are now seen as passé, the US is staring down the barrel of a presidential election where the leading candidates are calling for even more surveillance, expanded government databases, and more billions of dollars to be poured into the NSA, FBI, CIA, DIA, and the rest of the alphabet soup read more


From the impressive performance of ultra-progressive Sen. Bernie Sanders to businessman/comb-over specialist Donald Trump's bewildering rise to presumptive Republican nominee, the 2016 presidential primary season has been anything but dull. And we may be in for another big surprise going into the general election as third-party candidates stand to have greater opportunity than usual. Will Jill Stein and Hillary Clinton debate?

It's highly unlikely that Stein, the presumptive Green Party nominee, would debate Clinton one-on-one. But Stein could qualify for a presidential debate with both Clinton and Trump. Being on the left of the political spectrum, Stein would primarily, in such a situation, be pitting her policies against Clinton's.

In order to qualify for a presidential debate, Stein would need to garner at least 15 percent support in five recent polls selected by the Commission on Presidential Debates. How likely that is to happen is a bit difficult to gauge read more


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

10 Outrageous Examples of People Who Really Didn't Belong on the Feds' Terror Watch List
Look no further if you were wondering how messed up America's anti-terror program is.

In the wake of the Orlando massacre, even some of the biggest objectors to gun control are opening the door to restrictions.

"I will be meeting with the NRA, who has endorsed me, about not allowing people on the terrorist watch list, or the no-fly list, to buy guns," Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday, surprising both the left and right.

"For Democrats, however, the move amounts to a strong endorsement of a system that civil liberties advocates have called a "Kafkaesque bureaucracy," and which some Democrats have previously criticized for being secretive, unaccountable, and discriminatory," The Intercept reported in response to the controversy. read more


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After 20 Years, NAFTA Leaves Mexico's Economy in Ruins

What in fact happened under NAFTA was that heavily subsidized U.S. corn flooded the Mexican market, putting millions of farmers out of work. Multinational corporations opened up factories creating low-wage jobs at the expense of organized labor and the environment. This, in turn, drove waves of migration north.

Meanwhile, corporate profits soared, and Mexico boasted the richest man in the world, Carlos Slim. Walmart and Krispy Kreme conquered Mexico, and ordinary Mexicans had access to the same consumer goods as their neighbors to the north. The economies of all three nations, measured only by GDP rather than jobs or wages, were pronounced grand successes, even though the U.S. and Canada disproportionately reaped more financial benefits.

Meanwhile, in the U.S., manufacturing jobs fell dramatically and organized labor lost even more clout. The Great Recession of 2008 worsened the downward trend, especially for Mexicans. Mexico's economy, tied intimately to the U.S.' because of NAFTA, suffered more than any other country in Latin America.

News reports on NAFTA's anniversary point out that as a result of the free trade agreement, Mexicans today can buy designer sneakers or iPhones. Manuel Perez-Rocha, an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C., and a Mexican national, told me in an interview, "This is a new spin -- praising the riches of consumerism. All these new analyses about how Mexico is becoming a more middle-class society and able to buy more products from the United States -- it's just baloney. According to official statistics from Mexico, most Mexicans are poor and belong to the lower class, and this is the reason why there has been so much migration to the United States."

Coinciding with NAFTA was one of the biggest waves of migration from Mexico to the U.S., which slowed only in recent years. Perez-Rocha asserted that, "The fact is that most Mexicans are jobless, or have very difficult job conditions, or are underemployed, and so the push for migration continues. Most of the routes by which people would migrate from Central America and Mexico to the United States

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"she also promised more ground troops in the fight against Isis, expressed support for a no-fly zone in Syria (effectively a declaration of war against Assad) and called for more weapons for various rebels in the region.

Just this past weekend, we learned yet another lesson about what constant military intervention in the Middle East has gotten us: one more disaster where untold numbers of US guns and weapons fell into the hands of the people we are fighting. The New York Times reported that the classified CIA program that armed and trained Syrian rebels directly fighting Assad – a policy Clinton pushed for while in the Obama administration and that she has subsequently said we should expand – led to the systematic stealing of millions of dollars of US weapons, which were then sold on the black market and even contributed to the killing of Americans."

You know you just dont understand in politics you got to compromise you see by compromise we mean getting deeper and deeper into wars in the middle east overthrowing Democratic elected government in Honduras free trade taking advice from henry kissinger and going along with Bill clinton on criminal reform that locked up more African Americans then the past 5 elected Republican administrations before him combined and And more spying on the American people plus lots of wall street money lots and lots of wall street money.

in other words totally sell out to wall street and the military industrial complex

Thats what we mean by compromise

hillary suckers

Vote for the greater good not for the lesser evil

Jill Stein
Green Party

I do see him criticizing Clinton and Trump. He is just too close to Trump for me to buy into it. No plan, no real direction. Kumbaya kumbaya.

#2 | Posted by BruceBanner at 20

"We need a president who will vigorously support international cooperation that brings the people of the world closer together, reduces hypernationalism and decreases the possibility of war. We also need a president who respects the democratic rights of the people, and who will fight for an economy that protects the interests of working people, not just Wall Street, the drug companies and other powerful special interests.

We need to fundamentally reject our "free trade" policies and move to fair trade. Americans should not have to compete against workers in low-wage countries who earn pennies an hour. We must defeat the Trans-Pacific Partnership. We must help poor countries develop sustainable economic models.

We need to end the international scandal in which large corporations and the wealthy avoid paying trillions of dollars in taxes to their national governments.

We need to create tens of millions of jobs worldwide by combating global climate change and by transforming the world's energy system away from fossil fuels.

We need international efforts to cut military spending around the globe and address the causes of war: poverty, hatred, hopelessness and ignorance.

In this pivotal moment, the Democratic Party and a new Democratic president need to make clear that we stand with those who are struggling and who have been left behind. We must create national and global economies that work for all, not just a handful of billionaires."

Yeah that sounds just like Trump,what freaking idiotic comment

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