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Tuesday, den 30. October 2012

It’s been a rough year for President Obama at the Fox Nation website, where he’s been pulverized, slayed, shredded, vaporized, roasted, taken to the woodshed, and shattered into a million pieces.

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Sunday, den 12. August 2012

Prime Minister Congratulates Bahamian Athletes on Gold Medals By Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas Aug 11, 2012 – 9:03:32 PM, Email this article · Printer friendly page …

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Saturday, den 11. August 2012

On a tour of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, Coral Harbour Base on Thursday, August 9, 2012, Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie looks at the monument honouring the marines who died during the bombing of the …

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Friday, den 3. August 2012

No one can forget the suffering of Iraqis during the thirteen years because of economic sanctions unfair imposed upon him “and not at the head of the Baath regime’s fascist and Zpanih” with synchronized emergence of the …

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Thursday, den 26. January 2012

If Newt Gingrich were @freepaulcollier sitting in his living room during the first Florida debate, this is how he should have addressed Romney’s onslaught of demonizing, personal attacks- the fight defined- Conservative Republicans versus the progressive, moderate, libertarian coalition in the Republican Party

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Saturday, den 21. January 2012

From endorsing Arlen Specter and Mitt Romney in their Presidential runs, to stopping the Clinton Impeachment, to crushing Right to work legislation, the so-called conservative purist is exposed- Santorum in South Carolina Primary sinking

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Sunday, den 31. July 2011

Bill O’Reilly made the argument to Fox News contributor Laura Ingraham that there are no “shadowy figures … behind the tea party,” unlike with progressive movements, which have “guy[s] like Soros and these MoveOn people” with “so much power behind the scenes.” In fact, the tea party movement has been heavily funded by rich individuals such as the oil magnate Koch brothers. O’Reilly Says There Are No “Shadowy Figures” Behind The Tea Party O’Reilly: “There Aren’t Any Shadowy Figures … Behind The Tea Party.” During a segment on The O’Reilly Factor , Fox News contributor Laura Ingraham explained that “the far left is very active” and “very much funded by people like Soros and others.” O’Reilly agreed, claiming that “[t]here aren’t any shadowy figures, that we know about anyway, behind the tea party pulling those chains.” From the show:   INGRAHAM: As surveys have shown, when you go down the list of — just stick to economic topics, the tea party seems to be much more in line with where most Americans are on a variety of points, whether it’s the growth of government or responsibility and spending. And the far left is very active, and as you pointed out, they’re very much funded by people like Soros and others. And there is targeting, whether it’s Fox News, or other conservative websites, or talk radio. But we have the people, I think, more with us, and people just want more responsibility, personal responsibility, government responsibility, so they can scream and yell as much as they want.   O’REILLY: That’s a good point. There aren’t any shadowy figures, that we know about anyway, behind the tea party pulling those chains. You know, it disturbs me that a guy like Soros and these MoveOn people, and all of that, have so much power behind the scenes. It’s disturbing. [Fox News, The O'Reilly Factor , 7/27/11] The Tea Party Is Heavily Funded By Koch Brothers The New Yorker ‘s Mayer: Koch Brothers Gave Money To ” ‘Educate,’ Fund, And Organize Tea Party Protesters,” Helping “Turn Their Private Agenda Into A Mass Movement.” In an August 30, 2010, New Yorker article, Jane Mayer wrote that Americans for Prosperity , a foundation established by David Koch, “has worked closely with the Tea Party since the movement’s inception” and “helped turn [the Koch brothers'] private agenda into a mass movement.” From Mayer’s article: Americans for Prosperity has worked closely with the Tea Party since the movement’s inception. In the weeks before the first Tax Day protests, in April, 2009, Americans for Prosperity hosted a Web site offering supporters “Tea Party Talking Points.” The Arizona branch urged people to send tea bags to Obama; the Missouri branch urged members to sign up for “Taxpayer Tea Party Registration” and provided directions to nine protests. The group continues to stoke the rebellion. The North Carolina branch recently launched a “Tea Party Finder” Web site, advertised as “a hub for all the Tea Parties in North Carolina.” The anti-government fervor infusing the 2010 elections represents a political triumph for the Kochs. By giving money to “educate,” fund, and organize Tea Party protesters, they have helped turn their private agenda into a mass movement. Bruce Bartlett, a conservative economist and a historian, who once worked at the National Center for Policy Analysis, a Dallas-based think tank that the Kochs fund, said, “The problem with the whole libertarian movement is that it’s been all chiefs and no Indians. There haven’t been any actual people, like voters, who give a crap about it. So the problem for the Kochs has been trying to create a movement.” With the emergence of the Tea Party, he said, “everyone suddenly sees that for the first time there are Indians out there — people who can provide real ideological power.” The Kochs, he said, are “trying to shape and control and channel the populist uprising into their own policies.” A Republican campaign consultant who has done research on behalf of Charles and David Koch said of the Tea Party, “The Koch brothers gave the money that founded it. It’s like they put the seeds in the ground. Then the rainstorm comes, and the frogs come out of the mud — and they’re our candidates!” [ The New Yorker , 4/8/09 ,  4/15/09 ] Fox News Hosts Attended “FNC Tax Day Tea Parties.”  In the days leading up to the “Tax Day” protests, Fox repeatedly aired on-screen text describing protests Fox news hosts would be attending as “FNC Tax Day Tea Parties.” [ Media Matters ,  4/9/09 ] Fox’s Tax Day Coverage Promoted Protesters’ Cause, Urged Viewer Involvement.  As  Media Matters  has previously documented, Fox News and Fox Business also hyped the tea party during its coverage of the “Tax Day” protests on April 15, 2009. Hosts and guests on several shows, including the supposedly objective  Happening Now  and  America’s Newsroom , promoted the protesters’ cause and urged viewers to join the protests and visit tea party websites. [ Media Matters ,  4/16/09 ] Fox News “Hop[ped]” Aboard Tea Party Express With Rampant Promotions, Live Coverage.  On August 28, 2009, Fox News devoted live coverage and publicity to the kickoff of the Tea Party Express. Fox News’ coverage followed numerous promotions of the tour on Fox News, Fox Business, Fox Nation, and [ Media Matters,   4/15/10 ] “Party On!” Fox Relentlessly Promoted October 2010 Tea Party Express Tour IV.   Fox News and Fox Business relentlessly promoted the Tea Party Express fourth bus tour, devoting numerous segments to the launch of its October 2010 tour, as well as hosting its chairman for softball interviews. [ Media Matters,  10/19/10 ] Consultant Proposed The Express, Saying It Would “Give A Boost To Our PAC,” Highlighted Possible Friendly Coverage From “Fox News Commentators.”  Following the April 15, 2009, Tea Parties, Joe Wierzbicki, a senior associate with the GOP consulting firm Russo Marsh, proposed creating the Tea Party Express bus tour in order to “give a boost to our PAC and position us as a growing force/leading force as the 2010 elections come into focus.” Wierzbicki also wrote in the original memo proposing the creation of the Tea Party Express that the effort could get “some mentions and possibly even promotion from conservative/pro-tea party bloggers, talk radio hosts, Fox News commentators, etc…” [ Media Matters , 11/2/10 ]

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Thursday, den 28. July 2011

by Richard Caperton It sure would be nice if members of Congress actually listened to the Congressional Budget Office. If they did, they would learn what we’ve known for quite some time: shifting to cleaner electricity generation is an affordable and effective way to reduce carbon emissions. The CBO just released a summary of seven different types of standards from a variety of sources. The summary uniformly finds that either an RES (renewables alone) or a CES (some combination of renewables, natural gas, nuclear and CCS) will reduce carbon emissions, and that any price impacts to consumers will be minimal. Some consumers may even pay lower utility bills. The report does acknowledge that some regions could see price increases. You can bet that some people will jump all over this and claim that clean energy mandates drive up rates. But let’s put the figures into perspective. Only one out of seven scenarios sees a price increase of more than 5 percent by 2030. At the same time, in five of the seven scenarios, at least one region of the country is projected to see lower electricity prices. Virtually all price impacts are between plus or minus 5 percent, which is extremely small compared to other expected price impacts. For example, a price increase of 1 percent would be overwhelmed by any change in the price of natural gas generation or in a regulated utility’s allowable rate of return. Electric rates for all consumers will change by 2030, and virtually none of that change would be because of a clean energy standard. The CBO report also discusses the best ways to make clean energy standards more cost-effective for consumers. While CBO isn’t in the business of making recommendations, it’s clear that these will be a key part of designing a successful clean energy standard.  In fact, that’s why the Center for American Progress included these cost-effective measures in our clean energy standard proposal. Specifically, CBO’s report validates these aspects of our proposal: Allowing utilities to use energy efficiency to meet part of the standard reduces compliance costs.  Obviously, accounting for energy efficiency can be challenging, and this aspect of a CES needs to be properly designed, but it’s important to include the most cost-effective emission reduction measures possible. A federal CES should complement existing state standards, and utilities should be able to use clean energy credits from state programs to meet a federal standard. Different regions of the country have different clean energy resources, and should be given flexibility to use the least-cost resources available. Clean energy credits should be tradable. The timing of interim targets should be flexible and gradual, so that utilities have sufficient time to develop the most cost-effective resources. CBO’s report points to the need for more modeling of specific clean energy standard proposals. All of the studies in this report differ from serious policy proposals in significant ways. Specifically: A study that doesn’t allow for all clean energy sources (including wind, solar, biomass, geothermal, hydropower, nuclear, and natural gas, to name a few) is unnecessarily imposing false constraints that will only increase the costs of compliance. Studies that have less ambitious targets than 80 percent clean power will project fewer benefits, especially in terms of reduced carbon emissions. CAP’s clean energy standard proposal includes a tiered approach, in which utilities should meet 35 percent of their target with renewables and energy efficiency.  Ignoring energy efficiency will lead to exaggerated costs of compliance, and ignoring specific targets for renewables will underestimate deployment of the most economically beneficial technologies. Non-utility generators – like industrial facilities that use biomass or combined heat and power – need to be included in any modeling.  These facilities are key parts of the electricity system and their actions will lower the costs of compliance by contributing to a liquid trading market, especially in the southeast. Frustratingly, none of the studies CBO includes look at actual policy proposals. Whereas the President has proposed getting 80 percent of the country’s power from a diverse mix of low-carbon sources, the studies in the CBO report are based on meeting much lower targets with much smaller sets of technologies. Inevitably, this means that CBO has underestimated the benefits and overestimated the costs of actual CES proposals. — Richard Caperton, Senior Policy Analyst at the Center for American Progress

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Thursday, den 28. July 2011

The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division is preparing to file a lawsuit against Well Fargo bank for allegedly shunting thousands of African-American borrowers into subprime mortgages when they should have qualified for less expensive loans. News of DOJ’s probe comes just one week after Wells Fargo agreed to pay an $85 million settlement after a similar lawsuit was brought by the Federal Reserve alleging that the bank preyed upon over 10,000 borrowers.

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Thursday, den 28. July 2011

GamePolitics points out this interesting discussion about whether video game designers should unionize, a question prompted by disputes over how the folks who helped develop L.A. Noire were treated during the six years the game was under development. Michael Pachter says they shouldn’t: Tags: , Pach-Attack! – Episode 222 , PC Games , PlayStation 3 , Xbox 360 It’s a thoughtful analysis, but also one that I disagree with. I think Pachter is right that game development is not a punch-in, punch-out kind of job, that gamer developers and designers have more autonomy than people on assembly lines, that their workplaces are not necessarily places where you’re in danger of being maimed, and that if you’re in game development, you are almost certainly paid a solidly middle-class wage, and have the potential for future earnings from profit pools. And I think those facts lead Pachter (who describes himself as a Democrat) to a fairly common conclusion about the proper and limited role of unions: I think unions are in business to protect workers from, I think, dangerous working conditions and unfair and predatory labor practices. So dangerous, yeah, if you work in a factory and you can lose a finger, then the union has to make sure you have steel-toed shoes and the right kind of gloves…if you work in a sweatshop where they’re hiring children and not paying a minimum wage, absolutely you need a union to make sure there are fair labor practices. We’re talking about a games industry where the average compensation is well above $60,000…I just don’t think people who make $100,000 need a lot of protection because they might have to work overtime…I think sports unions like the NBA and the NFL make no sense at all…Once you get up to a certain wage level, you’re charged with being able to take care of yourself, and if you can’t handle it, don’t work there. A couple of thoughts. First, the idea that just because you’re well-paid for doing a job you like means you can’t be abused isn’t really true. The reason that players in the National Football League need a union is that even though average player salaries are higher than the average game developer’s salary, they’re not necessarily high enough to pay for long-term care if you get a traumatic brain injury and leave money behind for your family if you die young. You’re probably not going to get a traumatic brain injury working in game development, but you can get treated badly and pressured by your boss, you can get sick from working too many hours. Taking a good salary doesn’t mean trading in your right to dignity. Second, I actually think issues like being included in credits (one of the issues Team Bondi developers had with the L.A. Noire project) are, for folks working in the artistic industry, worth going to the wall for in the same way wages, benefits, and workplace salaries. Having your name on your work is absolutely critical to your ability to secure future work. The Visual Effects Society has raised similar issues about the crediting (as well as taking on common problems like extended crunch times) of folks who do visual effects work for movies. This is the kind of thing that I think often is treated as if it’s not a core union issue, or that it’s lower-level, the kind of thing that can be dealt with by a guild, or an informal complaint. This is a huge challenge for unions, right? If you’re fighting a rearguard action for your survival, it’s really easy to justify your existence by pointing to the hugely vulnerable people you protect from the most abusive employees. But that can be easily turned against unions to narrow the public’s sense of the appropriate space for unions to operate in: if Don Blankenship isn’t burying you in a collapsed coal mine while laughing maniacally, you don’t really need a union (and maybe not even then). If game developers (and I’d love to hear from those of you in comments who are among that number) don’t want union representation, that’s one thing. But that seems like it’s an issue for them to decide, rather than a category for analysts to suggest they don’t belong in.

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