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Stephen Lee is a graduate of Yale University and UC Berkeley. He has served as an admissions staff member for the University of California, Berkeley, a UC Irvine Medical Center Research Associate, and a Yale Admissions Interviewer. Mr. Lee is Elite Educational Institute’s Corporate Advisor.

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July 25 2015 -  Haiti marked the 100th anniversary of the first U.S. invasion of the country with protests in Port-au-Prince under the slogans of “Enough” and “No More Occupations”. 

One hundred years ago, U.S. corporations turned Haiti into a source of cheap labor and 400,000 workers were forced to go to other parts of the Caribbean and work in U.S. enterprises. The anti-imperialist protesters demanded the withdrawal of U.N. forces and reparations for historical losses inflicted on Haiti. 

As one protester said “The goal of this march is to say: Death to the dictatorship. Death to the occupation. Long live Haiti and the Haitian people. The USA are terrorists”. [video]

Cardfight!! Online Launches Steam Greenlight Campaign

Two hours ago Bushiroad set up an application to get Cardfight!! Online approved for Steam, Valve Corporation’s software distribution platform. The campaign requires fan support in order for the game to become available through Steam; readers with Steam accounts are encouraged to log in and demonstrate their support for the game in order to get it greenlit. Distribution through Steam would dramatically increase public exposure to both the online game and to the Cardfight!! Vanguard trading card game as a whole.

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CISA: the dirty deal between Google and the NSA that no one is talking about
CISA is an out and out surveillance bill masquerading as a cybersecurity bill.
By Evan Greer and Donny Shaw

One of the things that civil liberties activists like to lament about is that the general public seems to care more about Google and Facebook using their personal data to target advertising than the government using it to target drone strikes.

The reality is that both types of abuse are dangerous, and they work hand in hand.

It’s hard to find a more perfect example of this collusion than in a bill that’s headed for a vote soon in the U.S. Senate: the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, or CISA.

CISA is an out and out surveillance bill masquerading as a cybersecurity bill. It won’t stop hackers. Instead, it essentially legalizes all forms of government and corporate spying.

Here’s how it works. Companies would be given new authority to monitor their users – on their own systems as well as those of any other entity – and then, in order to get immunity from virtually all existing surveillance laws, they would be encouraged to share vaguely defined “cyber threat indicators” with the government. This could be anything from email content, to passwords, IP addresses, or personal information associated with an account. The language of the bill is written to encourage companies to share liberally and include as many personal details as possible.

That information could then be used to further exploit a loophole in surveillance laws that gives the government legal authority for their holy grail – “upstream” collection of domestic data directly from the cables and switches that make up the Internet.

Thanks to Edwards Snowden, we know that the NSA, FBI, and CIA have already been conducting this type of upstream surveillance on suspected hackers. CISA would give the government tons of new domestic cyber threat indicators to use for their upstream collection of information that passes over the Internet. This means they will be gathering not just data on the alleged threat, but also all of the sensitive data that may have been hacked as part of the threat. So if someone hacks all of Gmail, the hacker doesn’t just get those emails, so does the U.S. government.

The information they gather, including all the hacked data and any incidental information that happens to get swept up in the process, would be added to massive databases on people in the U.S. and all over the world that the FBI, CIA, and NSA are free to query at their leisure. This is how CISA would create a huge expansion of the “backdoor” search capabilities that the government uses to skirt the 4th Amendment and spy on Internet users without warrants and with virtually no oversight.  

All of this information can be passed around the government and handed down to local law enforcement to be used in investigations that have nothing to do with cyber crime, without requiring them to ever pull a warrant. So CISA would give law enforcement a ton of new data with which to prosecute you for virtually any crime while simultaneously protecting the corporations that share the data from prosecution for any crimes possibly related to it.

There’s little hope for ever challenging this system in court because you’ll never know if your private information has been shared under CISA or hoovered up under a related upstream collection. In a particularly stunning display of shadyness, the bill specifically exempts all of this information from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act or any state, local, or tribal law.

The members of Congress who are pushing hardest for the bill, unsurprisingly, have taken more than twice as much money from the defense industry than those who are opposing it. These politicians claim that CISA is intended to beef up U.S. cybersecurity and stop foreign hackers from ruining everything, but, as their funders in the defense industry know well, it will really just give the government more data and create new opportunities for contractors to sell their data analysis services.

The world’s cybersecurity experts say that CISA won’t stop cyber attacks, but it will create a gaping loophole for law enforcement agencies from the NSA right down to your local police departmentto access people’s private information without a warrant. Systems like this have chilling effects on our willingness to be ourselves and speak openly on the Internet, which threatens our most basic rights.

The Internet makes a lot of good things possible, but it also makes it possible for corporations and governments to exploit us in ways they never could before. The debate over CISA is not about hackers, or China, or cybersecurity – it’s about whether we want to further normalize ubiquitous monitoring, warrantless surveillance, and unfettered manipulation of our vulnerabilities, or if we want to protect the Internet as a promising platform for freedom and self expression.

Bullshit

I am getting a bit sick of these posts I keep seeing which paint Cosima as some sort of heartless and hysterical person who rejected Delphine, who has been sainted posthumously. 

The facts:

Delphine started their relationship as Cosima’s monitor. She invaded Cosima’s privacy, seduced her and ultimately betrayed her. 

Cosima knew Beth well. Beth loved Paul. Paul manipulated and deceived Beth into believing he loved her, but he never did. She committed suicide, partly because that fucking sucked. 

After Cosima forgave Delphine for her first betrayal, Cosima made it very clear that she wanted autonomy. She wanted control of her own life. Delphine still withheld information about Kira’s tooth and attempted to control things for Cosima’s own good. Cosima still forgave her. This all happened at roughly the same time as finding out that she was technically a corporation’s property.

Delphine broke up with Cosima. There is no doubt in my mind that Cosima was heartbroken.

Delphine then decided to control as much of the clone club’s lives as possible and never until the very end did she allow Cosima to make her own moves.

Cosima, as always, forgave Delphine. Because Delphine never told her what was going on, she had no reason to believe Delphine was in danger. 

Conclusion

Cosima never treated Delphine like shit. Delphine repeatedly ignored Cosima’s spoken and obvious need for autonomy and freedom, manipulating events to make things happen that she thought was for the best. 

If one more person fails to realise that Delphine made her own choices and was entirely responsible for her own loneliness, I will scream. 

12 Discontinued Products From Coca-Cola and Pepsi

In 1993, Coca-Cola wanted to capitalize on the growing counterculture movement associated with the cynical members of “Generation X.” Marketing executive Sergio Zyman came up with OK Soda, which was a soft drink intended to appeal to the movement’s anti-corporate sensibilities. (Although to this day, some conspiracy theorists believe OK Soda was a plot by the CIA to endear corporate America to Gen Xers, thereby making them more conservative.) OK Soda had its own manifesto and “unconventional” marketing campaign that revolved around the idea that “Things are going to be OK.” The soda company even hired alternative cartoonists Daniel Clowes (Ghost World) and Charles Burns (Black Hole) to design soda cans and commercials for the brand. Sadly, Coca-Cola pulled the plug after sales fell short of expectations in most of its test markets in 1995. Today, OK Soda cans and box art can be found on eBay for about $50 a can.

How Big Corporations Are Starving Public Schools of Billions of Dollars

Corporations have reaped trillion-dollar benefits from 60 years of public education in the U.S., but they’re skipping out on the taxes meant to sustain the educational system. Children suffer from repeated school cutbacks. And parents subsidize the deadbeat corporations through increases in property taxes and sales taxes.

Big Companies Pay about a Third of their Required State Taxes

An earlier report noted that 25 of our nation’s largest corporations paid combined 2013 state taxes at a rate of 2.4%, a little over a third of the average required tax. Many of these companies play one state against another, holding their home states hostage for tax breaks under the threat of bolting to other states.

Without Corporate Taxes, K-12 Public Education Keeps Getting Cut

Overall spending on K-12 public school students fell in 2011 for the first time since the Census Bureau began keeping records over three decades ago. The cuts have continued to the present day, with the majority of states spending less per student than before the 2008 recession.

It’s Getting Worse

Total corporate profits were about $1.8 trillion in 2013 (with other estimates somewhat higher or lower). The $46 billion in total corporate state income tax in 2013, as reported by both Ernst & Young (Table 3-A) and the Census Bureau, amounts to just 2.55% of the $1.8 trillion in corporate profits, a drop from the 3% paid in the five years ending in 2012.

The Worst Offenders

The most recent Pay Up Now analysis for 2014 shows some of the biggest and the worst offenders among U.S. corporations in 2014. Twenty companies with total U.S. profits of over $150 billion paid just 1.4% in state taxes. Some of the lowlights:

  • Three of the largest California companies (Google, Intel, Wells Fargo) paid just 1.4% of their profits in state taxes. That’s less than 1/6 of the required California rate. Apple, which paid about half of its required state taxes in 2014, shamed itself by claiming residency in tax-free Nevada to avoid California’s high rate.
  • Texas has a modest franchise tax instead of a state tax, but two giant firms (Exxon and AT&T) still managed to claim sizable state tax credits. Exxon, which has almost 80% of its productive oil and gas wells in the U.S., declared only 17% of its income here, while using a theoretical tax to account for 83% of its smallish federal income tax bill. On the state side, the company received hundreds of millions in subsidies for its refineries in Louisiana.
  • In Illinois, a state beleaguered by pension woes and the nation’s worst per-student spending cuts in 2011-12, lost nearly a billion dollars in tax revenue to just six companies (Boeing, Archer Daniels, Walgreen’s, Caterpillar, Exelon, Abbott Labs), which paid just 1.9% of their profits in state taxes, about a quarter of the required amount.
  • New York’s most notorious tax avoider is Pfizer, which had nearly half of its sales in the U.S. over the past three years, yet claimed $50 billion in foreign profits and losses in the U.S.

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Rand Paul’s Fair and Flat Tax Plan Stands Out in the GOP Field

Rand Paul’s Fair and Flat Tax plan - the largest tax cut in American history - will revive the economy and create millions of new jobs.

Written by Lloyd Sloan for The Hill:

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) released his tax plan to voters earlier this summer. Voters looked at this as another generic Republican tax plan that was used by many different candidates in the past.

But when you look more closely at Paul’s tax plan, there’s an argument that can be made that he has the boldest tax plan by any GOP presidential candidate in the past quarter century.

Senator Paul’s plan calls for a 14.5 percent flat rate on income. It will replace today’s corporate taxes with a new 14.5 percent value-added tax. It eliminates all estate and gift taxes, (most) tax credits, deductions, and loopholes that favor big business.

Americans who identify as poor or in the lower middle class will benefit greatly from this plan. A family of four under a President Paul tax plan would pay no income taxes on the first $50,000 in earned income.

Along with the first $50,000 in earned income being exempt under this tax plan, the payroll tax will also be eliminated. The payroll tax is the largest tax that most Americans pay.

When conservative talk-host Glenn Beck first saw this plan he said, “I’m telling you, this is erotic, it is so good.”

Paul’s tax plan isn’t a flat tax. His plan is a slightly progressive tax system that liberals and conservatives should get on board with. This plan brings a ‘bottom-up’ approach to cutting taxes which many voters haven’t seen before.

Let me ask you a question. How do you build a house? Do you build a house from the top-down? Do you build a house from the middle-out? No. The answer is simple. You build a house from the bottom-up.

This tax plan presented by Paul is simple, fair, reduces income inequality, and promotes more growth for our economy.

anonymous asked:

Why is Trump leading the polls????

I think it’s the controversy on his recent statements. It’s that crowd that rallies around abrasive statements. They see them as “bold” when they’re usually just shock value and borderline (if not completely) racist.
If you look at him vs a Democrat, even Sanders, the general public will pick the Democrat in a landslide.
He’s got immigration completely wrong, he’s supported gun control and corporate welfare. He’s too hot headed for a general election and would be killed in a debate.

We need a candidate who will grab the silent majority of Americans, isn’t abrasive or biting, someone who’s cool headed; perhaps even… curly headed.

#GamerGate Coverage Doesn't Need Balanced Reporting, Says CBC Radio Director

We’ve come to a point where the CBC will do anything to sink their heels in and defend their stance, even despicably standing by falsehoods. After running more than 10 biased hit-pieces on #GamerGate, they’ve yet to offer an honest view of the hashtag. The CBC Radio Director for Network Talk, Lynda Shorten, has defended the broadcasting corporation’s stance on only focusing on the “negative”…

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How Big Corporations Cheat Public Education

Corporations have reaped trillion-dollar benefits from 60 years of public education in the U.S., but they’re skipping out on the taxes meant to sustain the educational system. Children suffer from repeated school cutbacks. And parents subsidize the deadbeat corporations through increases in property taxes and sales taxes.

Big Companies Pay about a Third of their Required State Taxes

An earlier report noted that 25 of our nation’s largest corporations paid combined 2013 state taxes at a rate of 2.4%, a little over a third of the average required tax. Many of these companies play one state against another, holding their home states hostage for tax breaks under the threat of bolting to other states.

Without Corporate Taxes, K-12 Public Education Keeps Getting Cut

Overall spending on K-12 public school students fell in 2011 for the first time since theCensus Bureau began keeping records over three decades ago. The cuts have continued to the present day, with the majority of states spending less per student than before the 2008 recession.

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Video is in two parts: Part 1 (above), Part 2

John Hargrove elaborates on aspects of his book. He discusses the indoctrination culture of Seaworld, how his views changed, water quality/treatment issues, among other things.

Be advised that part 2 contains a somewhat graphic description of the aftermath of Keto’s attack (Hargrove is describing the contrast between the situation as reported by fellow trainers vs. corporate.)

(bonus: Dr. Visser’s ongoing efforts to un-train Hargrove from using ‘Seaworld words’, like pool instead of tank. rofl.)

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Michigan Citizens Strike Back At Rick Snyder’s Corporate Wealth Transfer
Of course the mainstream media has not reported on events in Michigan because the last thing corporate media wants is to give Americans across the country the idea that they have power to put a stop to Republicans transferring wealth to corporations and the rich at the expense of the poor, elderly, students, middle class, and infrastructure.

It is hardly a secret that Republicans exist solely for the benefit of the rich, corporations, and the religious. It is particularly evident in Republican-controlled states where Republican governors and legislatures are stealing everything from the people, and state governments, and giving the booty to corporations and the rich. Now, it appears that finally one state’s population has had enough of Republicans’ ‘reverse Robin Hood‘ economic policies and are sidestepping the Republican governor and legislature by appealing directly to the people for redress, and much-needed funding for infrastructure repairs. Of course the mainstream media has not reported on events in Michigan because the last thing corporate media wants is to give Americans across the country the idea that they have power to put a stop to Republicans transferring wealth to corporations and the rich at the expense of the poor, elderly, students, middle class, and infrastructure.

I don’t quite understand the fandom’s alarm at the dreamself revelation. It’s not as if the dreamself is a completely new person. In fact, the dreamself is essentially the same person as the original self, because the dreamself literally has the same mind as the self that died. How’s dreamself revival any different from one simply waking up healed and wearing new clothes? It’s a Theseus’ Ship paradox, I guess. How important is one’s corporeal form to one’s identity and selfhood?

We’re only two days away from the final IWA Mid-South show of the Summer! On Saturday, July 25th, IWA Mid-South presents Charlestown Freakshow live at the American Legion Post! This show is going to be an all-day event, with festivities kicking off at 3pm, including carnival games, a dunking booth (featuring yours truly), and a live performance by Shawna The Dead.

Once 7:00 hits, the pro wrestling action kicks off with one of the most stacked cards of the year, including the following:

Intergender Midget Match:
Pinky Shortcake Vs. Casey James

Intergender Deathmatch:
Randi West Vs. Bryant Woods

Coffin Of Thumbtacks Deathmatch:
#Horrorshow’s Zodiak (w/ Jason Saint) Vs. “The Devil Son” JC Rotten

Bed Of Nails Match:
Reed “By God” Bentley Vs. “Mean” Mitch Page

No Rope Flaming Barbed Wire Match:
“The Duke Of Hardcore” John Wayne Murdoch Vs. Corporal Robinson

All of these, plus 2 more matches to be announced soon. This show will be spectacular as a throwback to the roots of professional wrestling. Come out and enjoy the last IWA Mid-South show of the year!

Mathematics never reveals man to the degree, never expresses him in the way, that any other field of human endeavor does: the extent of the negation of man’s corporeal self that mathematics achieves cannot be compared with anything. Whoever is interested in this subject I refer to my articles. Here I will say only that the world injected its patterns into human language at the very inception of that language; mathematics sleeps in every utterance, and can only be discovered, never invented.
—  Stanislaw Lem, His Master’s Voice
Beauty + brains, Venus in Virgo, Retrogade love

Beauty + brains, Venus in Virgo, Retrogade love

Venus enters Virgo July 18th turning Retrograde in a week, July 25. Any planet standing virtually motionless in the sky is very powerful.  I feel this image of Venus in a still balanced yoga pose,or like a blue heron.

Uh Oh, Love goes backwards. Don’t shoot the Goddess! 

also money, values and work reviews, relocations, Love rests, and health renewals.

Venus Retrogrades into the Underworld which…

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