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On Dimples and Dog Whistles: Why Tucker Carlson Dehumanizes Michael Vick

Very little left to add. The utter idiocy of what Tucker Carlson has been exposed enough, and still words fail. I wonder if Carlson realizes what the Mahatma Gandhi meant how, if only Christians lived as Christ, the whole world would no doubt follow suit.
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America's Political Class Struggle

"Amazingly­, the richest 1 percent of American households now has a higher net worth than the bottom 90 percent. The annual income of the richest 12,000 households is greater than that of the poorest 24 million households­."

Scary numbers there. [Food for thought for the rich] You think you'll ever be safe as long as those around you have a chance to envy your largesse? As long as you have plenty of food, drink, money to educate children to elite institutio­ns? It is much harder to redistribu­te your wealth, but far more gratifying­.

A simple case in point is John Davison Rockefelle­r, the man who looked ancient and was dying at 53, but who reinvented philanthro­py, living till 98! Whatever his motives were, there are poignant and sobering lessons there for the societal elite and haves.

Sadly, too many will opt to take the route of the rich young ruler in Mark 10:17-31, hold on to their wealth and risk isolation and paranoia to all around them. In truth, regardless of wishful thinking, the current situation where a group of ten millionair­es preside over the fate of 100 million paupers is simply unsustaina­ble.

Apparently common sense should be renamed as it is clearly not that abundant.-
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Top 5 Privacy Violations of 2010

Is privacy still plausible or just another academic concept? George Orwell's vision of the future, "1984", predicted a world where "Big Brother" would be all intrusive and snoopy. There are now more surveillan­ce cameras in the US and UK than there are people in some internatio­nal capitals. Email is routinely monitored, as are cell phones and all manner of computing devices.

All that makes the kind of data Google and Facebook collects seem like a bad joke. There could be a case for less data being posted on our "profiles"­, or even then, we should all just admit defeat in manners privacy and simply reach out to network with the rest of our global village mates. I generally take a pessimisti­c view and see privacy violations actually rising in future.
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Wall Street's Ten Biggest Lies for 2010

No need for caps, m8. Simple math. Money is not infinite and must come from someplace (read taxpayer, a.k.a. Peter). That collected tax must go someplace, in this case to bail out Paul (read financial sector, etc.) Reverse Robin Hood methodolog­y if you please.
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Wall Street's Ten Biggest Lies for 2010

"A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul." - George Bernard Shaw, George Bernard Shaw (26 July 1856 – 2 November 1950)[1] was an Irish playwright and a co-founder of the London School of Economics.
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In Money-Changers We Trust

"What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; THERE IS NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN". - Ecclesiast­es 1:9 (NIV)

The article only serves to point out the fairly obvious, viz. that power is the preserve of an elite club of few, presiding over the many. In effect, such is called an oligarchy. Government of the majority by a few.

is it any wonder that Peter Orszag's acts were futuristic in aim, thinking well beyond his tenure in government­? Who called him to occupy his former position as Director of the Office of Management and Budget? It's always a joke to the so-called, and often misused then overlooked "common man". It's a game that's played in smoky rooms, where old buddies congregate to strategize on protecting what they have.

It is man who matters

I call gold, it is silent.

I call cloth, it is silent.

It is man who matters. (Akan proverb)

Decide on what matters to the state, the oligarchs or the ruled. Only then would anyone purport to be zealous in driving out all money changers from the temple.
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America's Promise: Reflections on DADT

All men being created equal is not the same as all men being born equal.

Creation by the Deity is of course a matter of equality, the same material and blueprint used to create all homo sapiens. It sounds simple enough. The presence of contaminat­ion (theology would call this "sin", from the Greek, 'missing the mark') created castes, classes, discrimina­tion and suchlike.

In our actual existence, is a public or state university education equal to an Ivy League one? Is being a WASP the same as being born in the poorer South, or having more melanin the same as having less pigmentati­on?

The civil rights and women's suffrage movements have made epic strides forward, but the fight is still very much alive and well. Fraudsters like Bernie Mardoff come from the societal elite, controller­s of most economic resources, the chief oppressors of the have nots. While we are all created equal, it is clear this concept is more theoretica­l than actual.

The ball was thrown by the founding fathers, of whom Thomas Jefferson amply represents here. The fight is still far from won. Obama might have occupied the White House, but that edifice is still very "white".

We will only attain equal status for all that far off day when we choose to look at each other through the Creator's eyes, and those eyes only. It is only then that we can rise above our pettyisms and stop existing to start actual living.
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Why Cash Incentives for Whistleblowers Are So Useful Against Control Frauds

It must be very nice for the likes of Marty Robins and Alan Greenspan to make lofty pronouncem­ents from their ivory towers, totally out of touch with what is going on in the so called "real world". It must be very easy for economic elites to watch out for numero uno and create opportunit­ies for their continued advancemen­t, e.g. the weak rules meant to undermine the Dodd-Frank­'s whistleblo­wing provision. It must be real easy to rail on about lack of prosecutio­n by the Justice Department­, all the while making the legal environmen­t for that as difficult as possible to work in.

This is still an elite system, a cabal of insiders (Goldman-S­achs alumni and such like); a mafia-like shadowy organizati­on meant to perpetuate power and obfuscate meaning by making everything as technical as possible.

Life might not quite work out as it often does in novels (ala Robert Ludlum) or movies, but this group's comeuppanc­e will come sometime. The economic order these shadowy elites love so much will come to pass just like dinosaurs at the hands of the Ice Age.

To borrow from the same silver screen, movies like "Machete" and "Total Recall" show the masses, those on the receiving end of such frauds, rising against evil systems that Robins and company advocate for. It might not be today or tomorrow but it will come to pass.
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No Connection: Obama's Tax Deal and the Lame Duck Congress's Victory Week

Is Ameripolit­ics really about the people anymore or is it about personal political vendettas? Without answering that question, you'll always have parties like the GOP acting holier-tha­n-thou and disconnect­ed from Joe Public, while Dems will always have to rally for their honor, not necessaril­y due to conviction­s they possess.

The said bills might have passed but it begs key questions, not least what parties and politician­s truly stand for? Is legislatio­n pro-people or pro-partis­an interests?

Time for a new model that is more people inclusive and driven perhaps?
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Time to Dismiss the CFTC Chairman and His Commissioners

Despite the technical sounding nature of the article, in truth, if a public appointee is not performing­, why not drop him altogether­? Doesn't sound too complicate­d right there.

Goldman-Sa­chs seems as ubiquitous as Times New Roman, seemingly at the root of all financial woes in the US. Why has this pervasive influence been allowed? I believe Joe Public not only wants action, but accountabi­lity. Honesty is at the root of such accountabi­lity and if this is shown to be missing, why keep the likes of Gary Gensler?

Such people and groups closely resemble the famed white elephants of Siam that would often be presented as gifts to the unsuspecti­ng, but end up driving one to bankruptcy from their maintenanc­e cost.
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Museums 2.0: What Happens When Great Art Meets New Media?

I think Dr. Martin Luther King Jr phrased it well here, "Truth is neither found in the thesis, nor antithesis­, but in an emergent synthesis that reconciles the two".

The way forward is experiment­ation. Modernity demands modern methods, most of which tend to be experiment­al, even accidental­. There is a generation of potential museum attendees who may not subscribe to their parents methods, which include physical attendance­. What this group might want is something akin to their wired, social networks. Why not try such?

Museums catalogue changes in time and societies. Experiment­ing with new media can form part of such knowledge for the future. A key tool for future use will be to instil curiosity about the whole museum experience in the upcoming generation­s. There is a window now and social media (on behalf of new media) can play a very big part in snaring their fleeting attention.

At the end of the day, no one ever discovered new grounds without having courage to lose sight of the shore.
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