whitehouse:

“If you’re mad at me for helping people on my own, let’s team up. Let’s pass some bills. Let’s help America together.” —President Obama in Austin on GOP obstruction in Congress.

Yes. Please do reach across those aisles and DO something for We The People. Surprise us. Perhaps start with immigration?

 

BREAK THE KOCH MACHINE

A number of billionaires are flooding our democracy with their money, drowning out the voices of the rest of us. But Charles and David Koch are in a class by themselves. They’re using their fortune – they’re the fifth and sixth richest people in the world — to create their own political machine designed to protect and advance their financial interests. The Koch machine includes:

1. Political front groups pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into elections at every level of our democracy, while disguising the sources of the money.

2. Giant advertising campaigns to convince Americans climate change is a myth, the Affordable Care Act will harm them, unions are bad, and wealthy people deserve tax cuts.

3. A network of think tanks designed to come up with findings the Kochs want. For example, over $23 million for studies arguing we should abolish the minimum wage or keep it where it is forever.

4. A campaign to suppress the votes of minorities. In the last presidential election, funding white “poll-watchers” where minorities vote, leading to complaints of voter intimidation. And peddling a Voter ID bill to state legislators across the country, designed to make it harder for many to vote.

5. A nationwide effort to bust unions.  Funding anti-union campaigns in states like Wisconsin, and pushing an anti-union law that’s been used in dozens of states to undermine workers’ collective bargaining rights.

And 6. A long-term strategy to unravel America’s campaign finance laws, even organizing secret meetings with sympathetic Supreme Court justices. 

The Koch political machine would be troubling in any circumstance. But it’s especially dangerous in present-day America, where wealth is more concentrated than it’s been in over a century and the Supreme Court has opened the floodgates to big money.

The problem isn’t that the Kochs are so rich, or their political views are so regressive. The problem is they’re using their exorbitant wealth to impose those views on the rest of us, undermining our democracy.

More than 200,000 of you have already signed my MoveOn petition denouncing the Koch brothers for undermining our democracy.

The Kochs won’t care what we say, but when a half a million of us stand up to them, politicians will have to think twice before taking their money. When a million of us stand up to them, their money will be a political liability.

Standing up to bullies is the hallmark of a civilized society. Please join our petition — and stand up for our democracy. The link to the petition is at the end of the video.

Or go to http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/we-denounce-the-koch

Our democracy is not for sale.

(thanks/via: R

 

Earlier this month, digital rights activist and Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig launched Mayday PAC, a super political action committee aimed at reforming U.S. campaign finance laws.
To date, the Super PAC has raised more than $1.2 million in pledges from 17,500 people. Through Mayday, Lessig hopes to turn the mechanism of corporate influence in politics against itself. “If we are effective,” he says, “we will reduce the power of money.”
The goal, according to Lessig, is to raise a total of $12 million by the 2014 midterm elections. Several Silicon Valley billionaires have lined up to match all donations to the Super PAC.
That money, Lessig hopes, will be used to elect five candidates as a sort of proof of concept—showing lawmakers and voters alike that the issue of money in politics does matter and can be influenced by everyday citizens.
If successful, Lessig and his supporters plan to launch during the 2016 election a much larger campaign aimed at reversing recent laws that have granted corporations unprecedented political influence.
Mayday PAC: The Super PAC Built to Destroy Super PACs

(thanks/via: newsweek)

 

Earlier this month, digital rights activist and Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig launched Mayday PAC, a super political action committee aimed at reforming U.S. campaign finance laws.

To date, the Super PAC has raised more than $1.2 million in pledges from 17,500 people. Through Mayday, Lessig hopes to turn the mechanism of corporate influence in politics against itself. “If we are effective,” he says, “we will reduce the power of money.”

The goal, according to Lessig, is to raise a total of $12 million by the 2014 midterm elections. Several Silicon Valley billionaires have lined up to match all donations to the Super PAC.

That money, Lessig hopes, will be used to elect five candidates as a sort of proof of concept—showing lawmakers and voters alike that the issue of money in politics does matter and can be influenced by everyday citizens.

If successful, Lessig and his supporters plan to launch during the 2016 election a much larger campaign aimed at reversing recent laws that have granted corporations unprecedented political influence.

Mayday PAC: The Super PAC Built to Destroy Super PACs

(thanks/via: newsweek)

Home - Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros Acoustic Cover (Jorge, Alexa & Eliana Narvaez) (by realitychangers)

(thanks/via: K)

Climate Name Change (by Climate Name Change)

This is great. Stop what you are doing and watch this right now!

(thanks/via: Fast Company)

From the Daily Show:

A Magnificent, Wonderful Story http://on.cc.com/1hyTBYJ

Did Conservatives expect to leave Bowe in Afghanistan indefinitely?  Isn’t 5 years enough time served??????
A few more questions that should be asked based on criticism being voiced by conservative politicians and talk show hosts:
Should those in the military take into consideration that the GOP do not support negotiating for the release of POW’s when they vote?
Should someone who enlists in the military assume, once captured, their government will forget them or make no compromises in order to relieve their suffering? (background)
Does the GOP intransigent philosophy of never ever ever talking to an adversary create adversaries who are more extreme and brutal? 
For Conservatives who are Christian is there a chance of forgiveness when a young soldier makes an error in judgment in the stress of war then serves 5 years imprisoned?  Or, do Conservative Christians believe that an error in judgment deserves a lifetime as a POW?  (Note: we do not yet know how Sgt. Bergdahl was captured nor do we know if Sgt. Bergdahl made an error in judgment but there is an ugly Rush to Demonize Sgt. Bergdahl.  He is still an American citizen entitled to protection and due process).
(thanks/via: thedailyshow)

From the Daily Show:

A Magnificent, Wonderful Story http://on.cc.com/1hyTBYJ

Did Conservatives expect to leave Bowe in Afghanistan indefinitely?  Isn’t 5 years enough time served??????

A few more questions that should be asked based on criticism being voiced by conservative politicians and talk show hosts:

Should those in the military take into consideration that the GOP do not support negotiating for the release of POW’s when they vote?

Should someone who enlists in the military assume, once captured, their government will forget them or make no compromises in order to relieve their suffering? (background)

Does the GOP intransigent philosophy of never ever ever talking to an adversary create adversaries who are more extreme and brutal? 

For Conservatives who are Christian is there a chance of forgiveness when a young soldier makes an error in judgment in the stress of war then serves 5 years imprisoned?  Or, do Conservative Christians believe that an error in judgment deserves a lifetime as a POW?  (Note: we do not yet know how Sgt. Bergdahl was captured nor do we know if Sgt. Bergdahl made an error in judgment but there is an ugly Rush to Demonize Sgt. Bergdahl.  He is still an American citizen entitled to protection and due process).

(thanks/via: thedailyshow)

God, would you meet me at Camera 3, please?

Jon Stewart literally prays for Herman Cain to run for president

Super funny Daily Show sequence about prayer, god, and the American election.

(thanks/via: theweekmagazine)

The problem with Cruz is not only that he’s right-wing. Cruz is a real-life Frank Underwood, the ruthlessly ambitious politician at the center of Netflix’s blockbuster TV series House of Cards. Like the fictional Underwood, Cruz is brilliant, cunning, and audacious. He is usually several steps ahead of his rivals, and indifferent to policy except as a vehicle to fuel his own rise to power. In a town filled with overconfident would-be Masters of the Universe, Cruz stands out as the most shamelessly Machiavellian man in Washington. And that should worry anyone who cares about the future of American politics.

Why Ted Cruz is the real-life Frank Underwood - The Week

Goes with: Kevin Spacey on the Today Show talking about reality politics in Washington ( maybe that description is incorrect because a lot of politicians don’t appear to dwell in reality).

A Greek Treasure Pulled From The Sea Disappears Again In Gaza
Unbelievably beautiful!!!!!! (even in the photos of it laying on a Smurf bedsheet).  This does not look like it was found at sea though so this story is super interesting!  Hoping Apollo will find his way very quickly to proper care and conservation since this stunning and exceedingly rare sculpture has already lost several fingers since its encounter with the modern world.  Can’t wait to see this.
(thanks/via: NPR)

A Greek Treasure Pulled From The Sea Disappears Again In Gaza

Unbelievably beautiful!!!!!! (even in the photos of it laying on a Smurf bedsheet).  This does not look like it was found at sea though so this story is super interesting!  Hoping Apollo will find his way very quickly to proper care and conservation since this stunning and exceedingly rare sculpture has already lost several fingers since its encounter with the modern world.  Can’t wait to see this.

(thanks/via: NPR)