“..Why So Many Americans Feel So Powerless..”

‘As I travel around America – I’m struck by how utterly powerless most people feel’.

Source: Why So Many Americans Feel So Powerless:   Information Clearing House – ICH

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   “..How the Rich Get Richer – in the USA..”

‘Since the official end of the last recession in June 2009 – the wealthiest 1% households in the USA have captured 91% of all the net income gains.

How has this extreme inequality come about?’

Source:    How the Rich Get Richer in the USA, by Dr. Jack Rasmus  :   Information Clearing House – ICH

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  “..The Curse Of Col. Gadhafi..”

‘Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton cackled barbarically when she learned of the demise of Col. Gadhafi –

– but the colonel is having the last laugh’.

Source:   The Curse Of Col. Gadhafi   :   Information Clearing House – ICH

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john oliver does john key doing pony-tails..

ed:..as expected – john oliver has some fun…

Source: 11162319_818196698268483_572026723_n.mp4

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“..The Skin I’m In..”

A black Canadian man reflects on a lifetime of police interrogations.

Source: The Skin I’m In: I’ve been interrogated by police more than 50 times—all because I’m black

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“..Under Your Skin..” 

What happens above – within – and under your skin – is a maelstrom of fascinating biological processes.

Source: Under Your Skin – Mind and Body – Utne Reader

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“..Number of billionaires in Britain doubles in five years..”

There are more than twice as many billionaires in Britain as there were than when the Coalition came to power – according to the Sunday Times rich list.

The richest 1,000 people are now worth a staggering £547.126 billion.

Source: Sunday Times rich list: Number of billionaires in Britain doubles in five years – Home News – UK – The Independent

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“..We are no longer in thrall to very rich people..” 

Today we know better than to believe in the fantasy that money give you better relationships – or makes you happy

Source: Sunday Times Rich List: We are no longer in thrall to very rich people – Comment – Voices – The Independent

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“..Company breaks open Apple Watch – to discover what it says is ‘planned obsolescence’..” 

Tech repair and upgrade website iFixit – has claimed that the Apple Watch won’t be a long term option for those hoping to continually upgrade their device.

Source: Company breaks open Apple Watch to discover what it says is ‘planned obsolescence’ – Gadgets and Tech – Life and Style – The Independent

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“..10 Questions Answered About Fathers and Daughters..” 

‘Traditionally – fathers and daughters have struggled to regain the connection they shared when the girl was very young:

– the time of shoulder rides and tickle attacks.’

Source: 10 Questions Answered About Fathers and Daughters | Dr. Peggy Drexler

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“..Obama’s Next Action: Empowering Low Wage Federal Workers..” 

‘The sad reality is that the United States government remains the country’s largest low wage job creator’

Source: Obama’s Next Action: Empowering Low Wage Federal Workers | Robert L. Borosage

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“..Why Lucille Ball Was More Revolutionary Than You Think..”

‘..some of the ways Ball revolutionized American entertainment..’

Source: Why Lucille Ball Was More Revolutionary Than You Think

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“..The Simple Progressive Economic Agenda for Hillary Clinton – (or Anyone Else)..”

While many policies will be needed to improve the situation of the poor and middle class – there are three simple ones that could make a big difference:

– a more competitive dollar – a Federal Reserve Board committed to full employment – and a financial transactions tax to rein in Wall Street.

Source: The Simple Progressive Economic Agenda for Hillary Clinton (or Anyone Else) | Dean Baker

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“..Watch A Video Of Obama’s Speech From The 2015 White House Correspondents’ Dinner..”

obama as comedian..

Source: Watch A Video Of Obama’s Speech From The 2015 White House Correspondents’ Dinner

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comment @ whoar:..tvone breakfast show – a review..

tvone breakfast – where language goes to die..

..i hadn’t seen it for awhile – and it really is nerve-wracking/fingernail-biting television..

..as you watch the male co-hosts’ ongoing battle/wrestling with the (seemingly ever-elusive) english language..

..and suffice to say – christie usually loses..(despite the other characters in this sorry mess doing all they can to help/prompt him…)

..and you have to keep your distance – as watching him serially um!/ah!-ing/searching for the bleeding obvious – can – if you let yrslf get too involved – have you suppressing urges to voice expletives at the screen – ( never a healthy-sign..)

..and ya hafta say – if henrys’ effort is like a chipmunk on a meth-bender – turning up on yr doorstep @ 6.00 am..- the pace of the whole tv one show is funereal – at best..

..it plods along..it just plods along..

..and you have old-pete there – representing the buttoned-up-cardigan crew out there –

..push his buttons/let him loose – and you get a reactionary talkback-rant..guaranteed ‘harrumph!’s thrown in for good measure..

..the female co-host does the best she can – with christie – almost like a seeing-eye-dog for the blind..trying but mainly failing to stop him from bumping into the furniture/getting lost..all of the time..

..there’s the rictus-grinning/far-right business-person – with her cheery ayn randian prescriptions for what ails society..

.and the weather – so so much weather – i haven’t added up the percentage of time they spend/waste on this..

..information that could be imparted in seconds – takes on lord of the rings proportions/faux-gravitas..

..will that weather-guy ever get to mordor..?..no..no he won’t…

..and i think christie may be a virus – the sports person was stricken with word/concept-loss – and the words she was grasping for..?..’try of the year’..(!)

..now with the tvone breakfast show you can sometimes strike gold – that is when the female co-host is away – and christie and the ayn rand acolyte work/run the show..

..now that truly is trainwreck television of the highest order..

..i swear you’ll be biting yr knuckles..it’s like having to watch two people drowning..

..and being unable to do anything to help them..

..and for fans of the trainwreck-genre – it rarely gets better than this..

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“..Innocent Man Convicted After FBI Confused His Hair With a Dog’s..” 

Santae Tribble served 28 years in prison – as a result of the mistake.

Source: Innocent Man Convicted After FBI Confused His Hair With a Dog’s | Alternet

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“..How the Trans Pacific Partnership – Signals the Death of the Republic..” 

The deal’s proponents cannot see they are selling out U.S. sovereignty to foreign and multinational corporations.

Source: How the Trans Pacific Partnership Signals the Death of the Republic | Alternet

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“..5 Most Insane Right-Wing Moments This Week: Calling on Jesus to Save Women from ‘Lesbianism’..” 

(ed:..heh..!..)

Source: 5 Most Insane Right-Wing Moments This Week: Calling on Jesus to Save Women from “Lesbianism” | Alternet

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“..Greek finance minister hints at strained EU relations: ‘I welcome their hatred’..” 

Yanis Varoufakis quotes Franklin D Roosevelt – in a statement that seems to confirm he received a dressing-down from eurozone ministers on Friday.

Source: Greek finance minister hints at strained EU relations: ‘I welcome their hatred’ | World news | The Guardian

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“..Armenian genocide survivor’s vivid memories – of day the soldiers came..”  

Movses Haneshyan was five years old in 1915 when the mass deportations began. Now he wants Turkey to recognise the genocide before he dies.

Source: Armenian genocide survivor’s vivid memories of day the soldiers came | World news | The Guardian

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“..Your first grey hair shocks. Your first grey pubic hair makes you feel close to death..” 

What you do with the hair ‘down there’ is subject to so much political weight – even as ageism extends further south

Source: Your first grey hair shocks. Your first grey pubic hair makes you feel close to death | Comment is free | The Guardian

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 “..the truth about polyamory..” 

At 19 – Emer O’Toole had a boyfriend and a girlfriend – but no word for the arrangement. Now – like a growing number of people – she does:

polyamory. She and her friends reveal what life is like with more than one lover.

Source: A tale of two lovers (or three, or four): the truth about polyamory | Life and style | The Guardian

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“..Monty Python: ‘We hate the Daily Mail slightly more than we hate each other’..” 

The five surviving members of the British comedy troupe joined host John Oliver for a panel discussion and screening of The Holy Grail during Tribeca film festival.

Source: Monty Python: ‘We hate the Daily Mail slightly more than we hate each other’ | Culture | The Guardian

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“..Spies – artificial insemination – and the pope: how Cuba came in from the cold..” 

The restoration of US relations with the Castro regime is seen by many as a triumph for Barack Obama.

The story of how it happened is extraordinary.

Source: Spies, artificial insemination and the pope: how Cuba came in from the cold | World news | The Guardian

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“..Predators circle – with BP still in deep water..” 

The energy firm is expected to report a 60% drop in profits – as takeover speculation grows

Source: Predators circle with BP still in deep water | Business | The Guardian

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“..Bali Nine pair given 72 hours’ notice of execution..” 

During a meeting on Nusakambangan Island on Saturday – Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan say were told of Indonesia’s intention to execute them

Source: Bali Nine pair given 72 hours’ notice of execution | World news | The Guardian

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“..Green contenders talk on four key issues..” 

The four Green Party candidates who are in a contest to replace Russel Norman as the party’s male co-leader presented their credentials to Wellington members –

– ahead of the vote at the end of May.

Source: Green contenders talk on four key issues – Politics – NZ Herald News

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“..Council vetoes living wage plan..”

Auckland Council staff have told a local board that it cannot pay the living wage to its swimming pool attendants – because it would set a precedent for other council workers.

Source: Council vetoes living wage plan – National – NZ Herald News

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“..Crisis – what crisis? Britain’s richest double their wealth in 10 years..” 

The 1,000 wealthiest people in the UK are now worth £547bn – not counting what’s in their bank accounts – according to the Sunday Times Rich List

Source: Crisis, what crisis? Britain’s richest double their wealth in 10 years | Business | The Guardian

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a song for john key..

ed:..it’s got a very catchy chorus..

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“..Hermann Goering’s daughter fails to reclaim items looted by Nazi deputy during WWII..” 

Hermann Goering’s daughter has failed in another petition to the Bavarian state – to return some of her father’s possessions – confiscated after the Second World War.

Source: Hermann Goering’s daughter fails to reclaim items looted by Nazi deputy during WWII – Europe – World – The Independent

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“..The Anti-Surveillance State: Clothes and Gadgets Block Face Recognition Technology – Confuse Drones – and Make You (Digitally) Invisible..”

An entire industry is dedicated to getting your privacy back.

Source: The Anti-Surveillance State: Clothes and Gadgets Block Face Recognition Technology, Confuse Drones and Make You (Digitally) Invisible | Alternet

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“..The Simple ‘Secret’ to Making a Woman Orgasm – That Way Too Many People Still Don’t Get..” 

Of the following three methods: women have their strongest orgasms by their own hand – second strongest by someone else’s hand –

– and weakest via a thrusting dude – and the frustratingly indirect stimulation of his penis rubbing-near-but-not-quite-exactly-where-you-need-it.

Source: The Simple “Secret” to Making a Woman Orgasm That Way Too Many People Still Don’t Get | Alternet

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“..The 20 photographs of the week..” 

the best photography in news – culture – and sport – from around the world this week

Source: The 20 photographs of the week | Art and design | The Guardian

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“..Going without make-up isn’t a radical act – It’s just being yourself..” 

ed:..i must confess to being long puzzled by the wholr make-up thing..why..?

Source: Going without make-up isn’t a radical act. It’s just being yourself | Comment is free | The Guardian

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“..Tesla’s $13,000 battery could keep your home online in a blackout..” 

Elon Musk has hinted at device to be unveiled this week.

Source: Tesla’s $13,000 battery could keep your home online in a blackout | Technology | The Guardian

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“..Sydney hit by hail – flash floods..” 

Parts of Sydney experienced a fresh deluge on Saturday – as the central coast and Hunter braced for more wild weather

Source: Sydney hit by hail, flash floods, as storm-affected areas warned to expect more | Australia news | The Guardian

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“..Nepal earthquake: death toll exceeds 1,000 people – live updates..” 

Rolling coverage of developments in Himalayan nation following 7.9 magnitude quake near Kathmandu

Source: Nepal earthquake: death toll exceeds 1,000 people – live updates | World news | The Guardian

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“..Alex and Hannahs flatbed house truck..”

cool old-school flatbed housetruck.

Source: Alex and Hannahs flatbed house truck – Property – NZ Herald Pictures

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“..Great white shark attacks film crew..”

Footage has emerged of the terrifying moment a 6m great white shark lunged at a dinghy carrying an international film crew off Stewart Island.

Two people were on the inflatable craft filming for documentary…

Source: Great white shark attacks film crew – National – NZ Herald News

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