Saturday, April 19, 2014

READING FOR THE EASTER WEEKEND


Cliven Bundy Syndrome: Why Christian conservatives think they're above the law (Salon).

After banks (with their wealth extracting swap deals) and corrupt politicians pushed Detroit into bankruptcy it's the city workers who end up paying the tab (Think Progress).

Feudalism 2.0 ... this is the dystopic Libertarian vision that the Koch brothers want to impose on America (Bernie Sanders).


GENDER ISSUES THAT MAKE YOUR ROLL EYES
Rep. Marsha Black (R-TN) claims, against all evidence, that Republicans have 'Led the fight for women's equality' (Huffington Post).

Huh? ... Phyllis Schlafly claims that if women were paid the same as men that "simple arithmetic suggests that half of women would be unable to find what they regard as a suitable mate" (Christian Post).

Female CEO of a San Francisco based start up (Locket) says man told her that he would take a job if she slept with him (MediumThink Progress).

Female governor of Oklahoma bans minimum wage increases and paid sick leave laws (does that include maternity leave?) in an effort to look pro-business (Think Progress).


OBAMACARE
Obamacare enrollment hits 8 million (Nation of Change).

CBO Report: Obamacare will cost less than projected, while covering uninsured 12 million people by the end of 2014 (Huffington Post).

The "medically uninsured" gap between states that have embraced Obamacare and those who haven't grew by more than 2 points in one year (Think Progress).

This 32-year-old Florida woman died because her state refused to expand Medicaid (Think Progress).


ECONOMIC ISSUES-STORIES
Does the corporate tax rate of 35% really hurt the U.S. economy? No (247 Wall St).

Thanks to women in the workforce, the economy is 11 percent bigger ($1.7 trillion) today than it would have been if we had the same contributions we had in the 1970s (Think Progress).

The Reckoning: All evidence points to the U.S. economy failing in 2014 (SHTF Plan).

Is China already the larger owner as opposed to 'holder' of gold? (Zero Hedge)

What happened to fast-food workers when San Jose raised the minimum wage (Wall Street Journal).


WHAT'S WRONG WITH OUR ECONOMY
Senator Bernie Sanders provides a sweeping overview of what's wrong with our economy and society (Upworthy).

Things that make you go Hmmm ... like rigged markets (all of them) (Zero Hedge).

Antitrust in the new Gilded Age (Nation of Change).

After propping up Europe with billions in currency swaps the U.S. Treasury will pay half of Ukraine's energy bill - owed to Russia's Gazprom - with $1 billion in loan guarantee (Zero Hedge).


MISCELLANEOUS
Pele and Ronaldo meet on a plane ... actually in a commercial (sport.uk.msn).

This Republican plan to win the Latino vote explains why the GOP will continue to lose the Latino vote (San Diego Union-Tribune).

Nine countries that hate the United States the most (247 Wall St).

White House admits that CIA director was in Kiev, Ukraine over the weekend (Huffington Post).

Death spiral? One Harvard professor is suggesting that up to one-half of U.S. universities could fail in 15 years (Zero Hedge).

- Mark 

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