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Fossil Fuels Subsidized By $10 Million a Minute, Says IMF

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  • ‘Shocking’ revelation finds $5.3 Trillion subsidy estimate for 2015 is greater than the total health spending of all the world’s governments.
  • The vast sum is largely due to polluters not paying the costs imposed on governments by the burning of coal, oil and gas. These include the harm caused to local populations by air pollution as well as to people across the globe affected by the floods, droughts and storms being driven by climate change.

Damian Carrington, Information Clearing House

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May 18, 2015 | "Information Clearing House" / "The Guardian" Fossil fuel companies are benefitting from global subsidies of $5.3tn (£3.4tn) a year, equivalent to $10m a minute every day, according to a startling new estimate by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

The IMF calls the revelation “shocking” and says the figure is an “extremely robust” estimate of the true cost of fossil fuels. The $5.3 Trillion subsidy estimated for 2015 is greater than the total health spending of all the world’s governments.

The vast sum is largely due to polluters not paying the costs imposed on governments by the burning of coal, oil and gas. These include the harm caused to local populations by air pollution as well as to people across the globe affected by the floods, droughts and storms being driven by climate change.

 

Damian Carrington is the Head of Environment at the Guardian and the Observer. Previously he has worked at New Scientist, BBC News Online and the Financial Times. He has a PhD in geology from the University of Edinburgh, where he also did post-doctoral research, and a degree in Earth science from the University of Cambridge.

 

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June 5-7: Fighting corporations workshop

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  • Tired of corporations wrecking the world? Join the Community Rights movement and put a stop to it!
  • We the People Are More Powerful Than We Dare to Believe: First Steps in Dismantling Corporate Rule
  • Weekend workshop on Community Rights with organizer
  • Paul Cienfuegos, June 5-7, Twin Cities location to be determined
  • $75 to $300 sliding scale, based on ability to pay

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Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell

Raised%20Fist%20Power%20to%20the%20People.jpgMay 18, 2015: Corporations claiming constitutional rights have been running roughshod over human and ecological health, community integrity, civil and human rights, and local democracy for more than a century. Trying to stop them through regulation has slowed down the damage, but our communities and the earth are still losing ground. 

Community Rights is a revolutionary approach to the critical problems and issues that face all of us in our cities, towns and rural areas. Come and learn the history of corporate constitutional rights and other structures of law that take away local authority to establish just and healthful policies and laws, and how we can take that authority back. Whatever issue concerns you most climate change, bomb trains and pipelines, a liveable minimum wage and other worker rights, access to safe and affordable food, pesticides and industrial pollution, big box stores destroying local businesses, student loan burdens, corporate donations to political campaigns, or anything else  Community Rights shows us the tools to stop the destruction and start turning our society toward just, equitable, safe and healthy systems.

Make%20a%20call.jpgWhat the workshop covers: see http://paulcienfuegos.com/node/3#firststep. To register or ask questions about the workshop or the sliding fee scale, contact Betsy Barnum, twincitiescommunityrights@gmail.com or 701-610-3432. 

Paul Cienfuegos is a regional leader in the Community Rights movement which works to dismantle corporate constitutional so-called “rights” and enshrine We The People’s right to self-governance. He lectures and leads workshops on this topic.

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Why The $5.7 Billion Dollar Fine On Big Banks Is Actually A Joke

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  • While symbolically, the move appears to reprimand evil bankers, the reality is that such fines are miniscule compared to the profits banks reap. $5.7 billion dollars is nothing compared to the $40.24 billion net income that banks earned in the second quarter of 2014 alone. 
  • Further, the fines are nothing compared to the trillions of dollars in bailouts that banks received at the outset of the financial crisis.
  • Inside the Billion-Dollar Brain: 3 Attitudes That Explain Their Selfish Behavior
  • “The buck stops nowhere”: Meet the corrupt new elite running (and ruining) our economy

Carey Wedler, AntiMedia

May 21, 2015 | On Wednesday, the Justice Department announced that 5 major banks will be fined a total of about $5.7 billion. The banks plead guilty to manipulating global currency and interest rates as far back as 2007. Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Barclays the Royal Bank of Scotland, and Swiss bank, UBS, will pay fines that symbolize the government’s desire to reign in the power of the financial elite.

The New York Times painted the fines as a win because while banks have entered guilty pleas before, they have always been from subsidiaries of the parent companies. This time, the parent companies themselves plead guilty.

Carey Wedler: Peace, love, & smashing your mental shackles.

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  • “The buck stops nowhere”: Meet the corrupt new elite running (and ruining) our economy
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“The buck stops nowhere”: Meet the corrupt new elite running (and ruining) our economy, Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

  • Talking about old systems of power and corruption doesn't begin to capture new realities.
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The lyrics of recent No. 1 singles average at a third grade reading level.

  • New study examines lyrics from Beyoncé, Foo Fighters, Adele, Eminem, and others. 
  • The dumbing down of American culture continues.

Alex Young, Consequence of Sound

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screen-shot-2015-05-18-at-3-24-57-pm.png?w=771May 18, 2015 | No one would ever dare to compare the writing prowess of artists like Macklemore, Nicki Minaj, and Katy Perry to Chaucer and Ginsberg, but a new study from Andrew Powell-Morse reveals just how dumbed down the lyrics are for songs currently dominating the Billboard charts.

Powell-Morse analyzed the reading levels for 225 songs that spent three or more weeks atop Billboard’s Pop, Country, Rock, and Hip-Hop song charts.

Whereas chart-toppers in 2005 read between a third and fourth grade level, a decade later that average is declining, and fast. In 2014, the reading level of a Billboard No. 1 single averaged between a second and third grade reading level, with the bar trending downward in five of the last 10 years.

Alex Young, Publisher, founded Consequence of Sound in 2007 and continues to spearhead many of the website's day-to-day activities, including editorial content and business development.

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A mom of 2 (plus 1 on the way) bursts into tears when she's finally paid what she deserves.

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  • This isn't charity, this is basic business sense: Taking care of employees like Tami, builds loyalty, increases productivity, and is really good for business. It's also the right thing to do.
  • The Fight for a Living Wage for Fast Food Workers

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Pie3-e31130da5c24961489c974a9c10b93cf.jpgMay 04, 2015 | Tami Forbes is a hardworking manager at Key West Key Lime Pie Company in Florida but is only paid $300 a week.

Tami manages the store's inventory, staffing, HR, event planning, and more -— but she doesn't make enough to support her family. As a mom of 8-year-old twins plus another baby on the way, that's not her only job. She also bartends twice a week to help her family.

Marcus Lemonishost of CNBC's The Profit

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  • There are several reasons that $15 an hour may not be such a reach.
  • Part 1: Fight for $15: Tens of Thousands Rally as Labor, Civil Rights & Social Justice Movements Join Forces
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Christian America is an invention: Big business, right-wing politics and the religious lie that still divides us

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  • The idea of "one nation under God" is a modern one -- and does not date back to the Founding Fathers
  • Excerpted from "One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America"
  • The GOP’s demonic alliance: How the religious right & big business are dumbing down America
  • Big Bible vs. Big Business

Kevin M. Kruse, Salon

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Sunday, Apr 19, 2015 |  When he ran for the White House, Texas governor George W. Bush took a similarly soft approach, though one that came from the right. A born-again Christian, he shared Bill Clinton’s ability to discuss his faith openly. When Republican primary candidates were asked to name their favorite philosopher in a 1999 debate, for instance, Bush immediately named Christ, “because He changed my heart.” Despite the centrality of faith in his own life, Bush assured voters that he would not implement the rigid agenda of the religious right. Borrowing a phrase from author Marvin Olasky, Bush called himself a “compassionate conservative” and said he would take a lighter approach to social issues including abortion and gay rights than culture warriors such as Pat Buchanan. But many on the right took issue with the phrase. For some, the “compassionate” qualifier implicitly condemned mainstream conservatism as heartless; for others, the phrase seemed an empty marketing gimmick. (As Republican speechwriter David Frum put it, “Love conservatism but hate arguing about abortion? Try our new compassionate conservatism—great ideological taste, now with less controversy.”) But the candidate backed his words with deeds, distancing himself from the ideologues in his party. In a single week in October 1999, for instance, Bush criticized House Republicans for “balancing the budget on the backs of the poor” and lamented that all too often “my party has painted an image of America slouching toward Gomorrah.”

3/9780465049493.jpgIn concrete terms, Bush’s “compassionate conservatism” constituted a promise to empower private religious and community organizations and thereby expand their role in the provision of social services. This “faith­ based initiative” became the centerpiece of his campaign. In his address to the 2000 Republican National Convention, Bush heralded the work of Christian charities and called upon the nation to do what it could to sup­port  them. After  his inauguration, Bush moved swiftly to make the pro­posal a reality. Indeed, the longest  section  of his 2001 inaugural address was an expansive reflection on the idea. “America,  at its best, is compassionate,” he observed. “Church and charity, synagogue and mosque  lend our communities their humanity, and they will have an honored place in our plans and in our laws.” Bush promoted the initiative at his first Na­tional Prayer Breakfast as well. But it was ill-fated. Hamstrung by a lack of clear direction during the administration’s first months, it was quickly overshadowed by a new emphasis on national security after the terrorist attacks of 9/11.


Kevin M. Kruse is a professor of history at Princeton University. He studies the political, social, and urban/suburban history of 20th-century America, with particular interest in the making of modern conservatism.

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The GOP’s demonic alliance: How the religious right & big business are dumbing down America, Conor Lynch, Salon

  • The American writer, Issac Asimov, once said, “Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’” Unfortunately, this thread has continued to this day, and individuals like Ted Cruz and Scott Walker are here to remind us that ignorance can be quite competitive with knowledge, as long as there’s money behind it.
  • Christian America is an invention: Big business, right-wing politics and the religious lie that still divides us.

Big Bible vs. Big Business, Wayne Besen, Truth Wins Out

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  • “This historic week made one thing clear. There is a new American coalition for equality emerging. It crosses party lines. It touches all sectors of society – from businesses to faith leaders, to elected officials. It is fundamentally reshaping our national politics. And no state legislator peddling a two-bit piece of bigoted legislation is going to fly in our country anymore.” --Chad Griffin, The Human Right’s Campaign
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The Business Side of the NFL

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  • As the most popular of the four major American sports leagues, the NFL is an industry unto itself.
  • Part 1: The Real NFL Scandal
  • Part 2: Graphic: The Business of the NFL
  • From the Archives | The Problem with Subsidizing Huge Stadiums for Billionaire Team Owners

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: The Real NFL Scandal

  • Do we want an economy that subsidizes billionaires and private corporations at the expense of the public or do we want an economy that works for all? That’s the question we should all ask ourselves, football fans or not.
  • From the Archives | The Problem with Subsidizing Huge Stadiums for Billionaire Team Owners

Thom Hartmann, Thom Hartmann Program

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Every year, the NFL rakes in around $9.5 billion in revenue. Its commissioner, Roger Goodell, meanwhile, has an annual salary of $44 million. And while those numbers might make sense for any big business, the NFL isn’t a business - not technically, at least.

According to the Public Law 89-800, it’s a 501(c)6 tax-exempt non-profit. That’s right, a non-profit. In other words, the NFL, one of the most lucrative organizations in all of sports, is subsidized by you and me the taxpayers. If that sounds ridiculous and absurd, that’s because it is ridiculous and absurd.

Thom Hartmann is an American radio host, author, former psychotherapist, entrepreneur, and liberal political commentator. He is the #1 progressive radio talk show host in the US and a New York Times bestselling author, including 4 Project Censored awards.

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Part 2: Graphic: The Business of the NFL

As the most popular of the four major American sports leagues, the NFL is an industry unto itself.

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From the Archives | The Problem with Subsidizing Huge Stadiums for Billionaire Team Owners, Week Ending March 28, 2015, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Mark Fiore | Religious Freedom and Gay Commerce / www.markfiore.com

Mark Fiore | Religious Freedom and Gay Commerce / www.markfiore.com

Apr 2, 2015 | What do you do when you sign a law that is perfectly fine and simply safeguards Religious Liberty for All in the great tradition of apple pie and God?  Why, you urge your state legislators to revise it and make it acceptable to all those meddling outsiders who just don’t understand the wisdom of your legislation!  Or at least that’s what you do if you’re Indiana governor Mike Pence.

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