Unlike early Americans, who were obsessed with the decline and fall of republics, the justices seem to suppose that, once established, democracy cannot fail. This view flies in the face of history. It also suggests why the justices seem so complacent about the danger that their own rulings will erode democracy.

Many Canadians aren’t voting. Have they stopped caring about democracy?

Michael Adams is president of the Environics Institute for Survey Research. Maryantonett Flumian is president of the Institute on Governance.

It wasn’t long ago that Canadians voted in large numbers. Just a few decades ago it was normal to see turnout rates for federal elections in the mid 70s. In some contests nearly 80 per cent of eligible voters cast a ballot. Since 2000, however, turnout rates have hovered around 60 per cent.

Six in ten may still sound fairly respectable, but the generational trends are striking. While about three-quarters of those aged 65 to 74 voted in the 2011 federal election, the turnout rate for the 18 to 24 cohort was fewer than four in 10. According to Elections Canada, this pattern has been evident in every election since 2004, the year they started performing generational comparisons.

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Party Political Broadcast by Dean Atta

We are the Apathy Party
For those who dare not to care

For those too busy or too blasé
For those who are happy without a say

Give us your vote, it’s the easiest to cast
You don’t even need to get off your backside

Take a seat to make a stand
Maybe you think it’s too difficult to understand

The hyperbole and hypocrisy
Involved with this democracy

Maybe you think all the parties one and the same?
Maybe you think those who voted Lib Dem are to blame?

Maybe you think the Con-Dems conned them all?
Maybe you don’t think about it at all?

Then we are the perfect party for you
Vote for us, all you have to do is nothing.

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Mass Surveillance Threatens Digital Security And Human Rights.

"A 32-page report into mass surveillance by a top European rights body has warned that digital dragnets set up by U.S. government intelligence agencies, and some of the U.S. allies in Europe and elsewhere, are endangering fundamental human rights — such as the right to privacy, to freedom of information and expression, to freedom of religion, and to the right to a fair trial.”

Via Techcrunch

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Greece: Who is Syriza’s leader Alexis Tsipras?

Were the Soviet Union to sink tomorrow under the waters of the ocean, the American military–industrial complex would have to remain, substantially unchanged, until some other adversary could be invented. Anything else would be an unacceptable shock to the American economy
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George F Kennan in his preface to Norman Cousin’s ‘The Pathology Of Power’

Well guess what happened?

Thanks to John Oliver, Washington just introduced a bill no other state has 

He’s warned us about the tyranny of pumpkin spice, demolished the myth of class mobility and spoke the truth about New Years’ Eve. But if all that wasn’t enough, you can now thank John Oliver for changing our politics for the better.

The Stranger reports that Washington State Senator Cyrus Habib has authored a bill directly inspired by the comedian.

As of July 2011, of all the Native children that were placed in foster care, 87 percent were in non-Native foster homes, while anywhere from 13 - 28, out of the 65 available, licensed Native foster care homes sat empty.

The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) expressly states that each state is to undertake all reasonable efforts to reunite Native children with their family, unless that state actively proved to an independent judicial magistrate that there was a good cause to refrain from doing so. If children cannot be reunited, ICWA also mandates that they be placed first, with family members, and if that is not available, within Native foster homes. Only when neither of these options is available, is the state allowed to place Native American children in non-Native foster care.

South Dakota has blatantly violated federal law by placing 87 percent of Native foster children in non-Native homes.

Please help put a stop to this injustice. Sign the petition and Re-blog!!

Petition: lakotalaw.org/action