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Charter Schools Are Cheating Your Kids

  • New Report Reveals Massive Fraud, Mismanagement, Abuse
  • Millions of dollars are being vacuumed out of public schools and into the corporate pockets -- or fraudulent execs.
  • The Dumbing Down of America's Schools

Paul Rosenberg, Salon

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014 | Just in time for National Charter School Week, there’s a new report highlighting the predictable perils of turning education into a poorly regulated business. Titled “Charter School Vulnerabilities to Waste, Fraud and Abuse,” the report focused on 15 states representing large charter markets, out of the 42 states that have charter schools. Drawing on news reports, criminal complaints, regulatory findings, audits and other sources, it “found fraud, waste and abuse cases totaling over $100 million in losses to taxpayers,” but warned that due to inadequate oversight, “the fraud and mismanagement that has been uncovered thus far might be just the tip of the iceberg.”

While there are plenty of other troubling issues surrounding charter schools — from high rates of racial segregation, to their lackluster overall performance records, to questionable admission and expulsion practices — this report sets all those admittedly important issues aside to focus squarely on activity that appears it could be criminal, and arguably totally out of control. It does not even mention questions raised by sky-high salaries paid to some charter CEOs, such as 16 New York City charter school CEOs who earned more than the head of the city’s public school system in 2011-12. Crime, not greed, is the focus here.

Paul Rosenberg is Senior Editor at Random Lengths News, an alternative bi-weekly newspaper in the Los Angeles Harbour Area. Prior to that, he freelanced primarily as a book reviewer, specialising in serious non-fiction - history, science, culture, politics, public policy, etc. 

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The Dumbing Down of America's Schools, Scott Baker, opednews.com

One thing has been glaringly clear for a generation now, whatever the cause, America's children are trailing the world

 

Special Project | America's Economic Crisis: Week Ending June 1, 2014

 

  • “…it seems that our remedies are instinctively those which aggravate the sickness: the remedies are expressions of the sickness itself“. --Thomas Merton
  • 8 New Items including:
    • The Piketty Panic
    • America’s rotting empire
    • The Shocking Numbers Behind Corporate Welfare
    • America is Falling Behind, Way Behind
    • Why the Minimum Wage Should Really Be Raised to $15 an Hour
    • Who Controls our Government? The Psychopathic Corporate Elites of America
    • Welcome to Satan’s Ball
    • Series | Are Polluting Mining Corporations like PolyMet Sociopathic? Part II

David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

 

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The Piketty Panic, Paul Krugman, New York (NY) Times

It has been amazing to watch conservatives, one after another, denounce Mr. Piketty as a Marxist. Even Mr. Pethokoukis, who is more sophisticated than the rest, calls “Capital” a work of “soft Marxism,” which only makes sense if the mere mention of unequal wealth makes you a Marxist.

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America’s rotting empire, CJ Werleman, AlterNet  

  • Billionaires galore and a crumbling infrastructure
  • More proof we're in rapid decline: Not a single U.S. city currently ranks among the world's most livable
  • We're NOT Number 1: Guess Which Country Now Has a More Affluent Middle Class Than America?
  • 5 Ways American Policies and Attitudes Make Us Lonely, Anxious, and Antisocial

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The Shocking Numbers Behind Corporate Welfare, David Cay Johnston, Al-Jazeera America

  • In fact, the numbers significantly understate the true value of taxpayer subsidies made by state and local government agencies to businesses, , including cash giveaways, building and land transfers, tax abatements and steep discounts on electric and water bills, for reasons explained here.
  • 10 Corporate Behemoths Stifling Competition and Delivering Awful Service to You

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America is Falling Behind, Way Behind, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • The poor in much of Europe earn more than poor Americans.
  • Part 1: We're NOT Number 1: Guess Which Country Now Has a More Affluent Middle Class Than America? 
  • Part 2: 5 Ways American Policies and Attitudes Make Us Lonely, Anxious, and Antisocial

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Why the Minimum Wage Should Really Be Raised to $15 an Hour, Robert Reich, TruthDig

  • We should be raising the federal minimum to $15 an hour.
  • Here are seven reasons why.
  • Series | Minimum Wage: Part 1, How taxpayers subsidize low-wage workers

 

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Who Controls our Government? The Psychopathic Corporate Elites of America, Richard Gale and Dr. Gary Null, Global Research

  • Is it only me or is there something fundamentally flawed with the people who are running our government, including the autocrats, technocrats and bureaucrats who number in the hundreds of thousands? Does it bother you that the Wall Street banks and major corporations, many of our academia and religious institutions and our medical, military and intelligence gathering complexes, Big Pharma and Big Insurance have their needs met at the expense of everyone else? They control our government. We don’t. Instead we fear our government.
  • Welcome to Satan’s Ball
  • Series | Are Polluting Mining Corporations like PolyMet Sociopathic?

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Welcome to Satan’s Ball, Chris Hedges, Truthdig

Our elites have established the most efficient system of mass surveillance in history. They have abolished most of our civil liberties. They have trashed our economy for their own personal gain. They have looted state treasuries and thrown working men and women aside. Satan is again holding a great ball. You are not invited. I am not invited. Only the gangsters will be there. Putin will be an honored guest. So will Obama.

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Series | Are Polluting Mining Corporations like PolyMet Sociopathic? Part II, Gary G. Kohls, Duty to Warn

  • "Slavery is the legal fiction that a person is property. Corporate personhood is the legal fiction that property is a person." -- Anonymous
  • Series | Are Polluting Mining Corporations like PolyMet Sociopathic?, Part I 
  • Duluth doctors: PolyMet study skips health impacts

 

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US Workers Among the Least Protected

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The U.S., embarrassingly, scored a 4, indicating "systematic violations" and "serious efforts to crush the collective voice of workers."

 

Liberty Underground  

 

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original.jpg May 29, 2014 | "Where are the worst places on the planet to be a worker?  A new report by the International Trade Union Confederation, an umbrella organization of unions around the world, sheds light on the state of workers' rights across 139 countries. For its 2014 Global Rights Index, the ITUC evaluated 97 different workers' rights metrics like the ability to join unions, access to legal protections and due process, and freedom from violent conditions. The group ranks each country on a scale of 1 (the best protections) to 5 (the worst protections)," begins a piece by Kevin Short this morning, with a graphic to display rankings. 

Through the magic of corporate media control, this may as well be top secret here in the Land of the Free, where the mainstream press restrict conversations to "Should we consider (or not) raising the minimum wage to something approaching 1968 levels" even as average wages for all workers have fallen since 1973. 

 

Liberty Underground: We are not a talk group but post a daily progressive news/opinion piece promoting compassion, sharing and understanding, or opposing their opposites-- hatred, greed and delusion. 

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Special Report | The US Gun Culture: Week Ending June 1, 2014

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  • America is living under the gun. 
  • America has lost its mind.
  • 10 New Items including:
    • Elliot Rodger and the NRA myth: How the gun lobby scapegoats mental illness
    • How the NRA Enables Massacres
    • Spitting, Stalking, Rape Threats: How Gun Extremists Target Women
    • The Simple Truth About Gun Control
    • Packing More Heat Will Result in More Killings
    • Special Report | The Tragedy of 'Stand Your Ground': Week Ending February 23, 2014
    • At Least 26 Children Or Teens Died In Florida Stand Your Ground Cases
    • Four Ways Some States Can’t Keep Guns From Those With A History Of Violence
    • There Has Been An Average Of One School Shooting Every Other School Day So Far This Year
    • The Year of the Gun

David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

 

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Elliot Rodger and the NRA myth: How the gun lobby scapegoats mental illness, Christian Exoo and Calvin F. Exoo, Salon

  • After a tragedy, gun companies want us discussing anything but guns. Here's how both parties, and the media, comply
  • How the NRA Enables Massacres

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How the NRA Enables Massacres, Cliff Schecter, Daily Beast

As a shooting spree leaves seven dead in California, the gun lobby is trying to thwart attempts to study gun deaths and officials who see gun violence as a public health crisis.

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Spitting, Stalking, Rape Threats: How Gun Extremists Target Women, Mark Follman, Mother Jones

  • Callers told her she was a "stupid bitch" and "motherfucking whore." One threatened to come after her with a gun.
  • Welcome to the dark side of America's war over guns.

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The Simple Truth About Gun Control, Adam Gopnik, New Yorker Magazine

  • On gun violence and how to end it, the facts are all in, the evidence is clear, the truth there for all who care to know it—indeed, a global consensus is in place, which, in disbelief and now in disgust, the planet waits for us to us to join. 
  • Those who fight against gun control, actively or passively, with a shrug of helplessness, are dooming more kids to horrible deaths and more parents to unspeakable grief just as surely as are those who fight against pediatric medicine or childhood vaccination. It’s really, and inarguably, just as simple as that.
  • Packing More Heat Will Result in More Killings

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Packing More Heat Will Result in More Killings, Allen Frances, Huffington Post

  • The recurrent shootings at Fort Hood have been met with the same 'the-best-defence-is-a-good-offense' NRA strategy. According to the Alice In Wonderland NRA logic, we need to repeal existing laws that restrict guns on military bases and make sure every soldier is armed at all times.
  • 'The Things They Carried' is a Vietnam-era soldier's somber look at war.

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  • Special Report | The Tragedy of 'Stand Your Ground': Week Ending February 23, 2014, David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest
  • Why ‘Stand Your Ground’ Must Go!
  • 8 New items including:
  • White rage and white lies: How the right’s language about race created Michael Dunn and George Zimmerman
  • Jordan Davis Killing Part of Disturbing National Trend of Concealed Carry Killers
  • At Least 26 Children Or Teens Died In Florida Stand Your Ground Cases
  • Bill Maher Talks Republican Racism
  • The World is Aghast Over Trayvon Martin
  • The Zimmerman Verdict And Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)
  • Why ‘Stand Your Ground’ Must Go!
  • A Desired Eulogy: For Emmett, Virgil, Trayvon, and Jordan

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At Least 26 Children Or Teens Died In Florida Stand Your Ground Cases, Nicole Flatow, Think Progress

  • Here are some of the young Florida victims.
  • Despite safety emphasis, school shootings continue.

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Four Ways Some States Can’t Keep Guns From Those With A History Of Violence, Nicole Flatow, Think Progress

December 22, 2013 | A New York Times report that analyzed more than a thousand police and court records in cases involving mental illness exposes several gaps in state gun violence prevention law. The reporters portray the investigation as underscoring “how easy it is for people with serious mental health problems to have guns.” But what the investigation actually reveals is how lax state gun laws allow those with a known history of violent propensities — who have also interacted with the mental health system — to retain access to guns. Here are four of the ways some states remain vulnerable from gun possession by those who have exhibited dangerous behavior.

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There Has Been An Average Of One School Shooting Every Other School Day So Far This Year, Adam PeckThink Progress

Just about the only discernible impact of adding security officials into schools is a dramatic increase in the number of students arrested, sometimes for transgressions such as forgetting to wear a belt. More alarmingly, there have been instances of officers forgetting their guns inside bathrooms used by students or accidentally firing their guns inside of crowded high schools.

Four Ways Some States Can’t Keep Guns From Those With A History Of Violence

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The Year of the Gun, William Rivers Pitt, Truthout

  • If nothing else of any value happens in 2014 ... let us resolve individually and as a nation to try as best we can to get some semblance of a grip on the deranged slaughter caused by guns.
  • It was times like these when I thought my father, who hated guns and had never been to any wars, was the bravest man who ever lived. - Harper Lee, "To Kill a Mockingbird"
  • How Our Society Breeds Anxiety, Depression and Dysfunction

 

Special Project | The Dumbing Down of American Politics, Week of June 1, 2014

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  • Fighting the Culture of Political Bullshit OR Karl Rove, the architect of Bush's career, privately said 'Fuck the truth; all that matters is the reality that we make people swallow.'
  • 8 New Items including:
    • America dumbs down
    • Age of Ignorance
    • #BringBackOurCriticalThinking
    • How Republicans became the “stupid” party
    • Has the Left Surrendered?
    • Libertarian Writings that Read Like Comic Books
    • Conservatives Oppose Minimum Wage Increase. Wow. Really?
    • William Rivers Pitt | Supply-Side Jesus and the Death of Shame

David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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America dumbs down, Jonathon Gatehouse, Macleans

  • The U.S. is being overrun by a wave of anti-science, anti-intellectual thinking. Has the most powerful nation on Earth lost its mind?
  • #BringBackOurCriticalThinking

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Age of Ignorance, Charles Simic, New York Review of Books

  • What we have in this country is the rebellion of dull minds against the intellect. That’s why they love politicians who rail against teachers indoctrinating children against their parents’ values and resent the ones who show ability to think seriously and independently. Despite their bravado, these fools can always be counted on to vote against their self-interest. 
  • Human Stupidity Is Destroying the World
  • George Monbiot | Right's Stupidity Spreads, Enabled by Too-Polite Left

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#BringBackOurCriticalThinking, Mickey Z, World News Trust

  • For now, please remember: The U.S. government doesn’t give a damn about kidnapped African girls but it cares a whole lot about control, domination, resources, and keeping its own population thoroughly pacified via spin.
  • “The propagandist’s purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human.” -- Aldous Huxley
  • Age of Ignorance

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How Republicans became the “stupid” party, Edmund Fawcett, Salon <> 

  • Turning right, refusing to recognize facts and change
  • We once had two centrist liberal parties. Here's the story of how the GOP fringes took over the mainstream.
  • Excerpted from "Liberalism: The Life of an Idea"
  • George Monbiot | Right's Stupidity Spreads, Enabled by Too-Polite Left

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Has the Left Surrendered? Richard Eskow, LA Progressive

  • An independent left must never plead with Democratic leaders to be heard, as too many liberals have been wont to do. That way lies continued irrelevance – and continued contempt. The future left must be willing to say “no” to … Democrats, with all that the word “no” implies.
  • Chris Hedges | The Left Has Lost Its Nerve and Its Direction

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Libertarian Writings that Read Like Comic Books, Paul Buchheit, Common Dreams

  • Robert Reich recently noted that people without arguments often resort to personal attacks. They also resort to pleasant-sounding nonsense.
  • Conservatives Oppose Minimum Wage Increase. Wow. Really?

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Conservatives Oppose Minimum Wage Increase. Wow. Really? John Van Hecke, Minnesota2020

  • If you’re looking for a summary of conservative, no-new-taxes policy opposition to minimum wage increases and workers rights, well, you’ve come to the right place. The Freedom Foundation of Minnesota's (FFM’s) report has bombastic ideology to spare.
  • The reign of morons is here.

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William Rivers Pitt | Supply-Side Jesus and the Death of Shame, William Rivers Pitt, Truthout

  • "These are the kind of people who get eaten by bears." --Text from a White House official about the GOP Default Deniers in Congress
  • The Reign of Morons Is Here
  • The Surreal Logic Of The Debt Ceiling Deniers

 

America dumbs down

  • The U.S. is being overrun by a wave of anti-science, anti-intellectual thinking. Has the most powerful nation on Earth lost its mind?
  • #BringBackOurCriticalThinking

Jonathon Gatehouse, Macleans

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May 15, 2014 | South Carolina’s state beverage is milk. Its insect is the praying mantis. There’s a designated dance—the shag—as well a sanctioned tartan, game bird, dog, flower, gem and snack food (boiled peanuts). But what Olivia McConnell noticed was missing from among her home’s 50 official symbols was a fossil. So last year, the eight-year-old science enthusiast wrote to the governor and her representatives to nominate the Columbian mammoth. Teeth from the woolly proboscidean, dug up by slaves on a local plantation in 1725, were among the first remains of an ancient species ever discovered in North America. Forty-three other states had already laid claim to various dinosaurs, trilobites, primitive whales and even petrified wood. It seemed like a no-brainer. “Fossils tell us about our past,” the Grade 2 student wrote.

And, as it turns out, the present, too. The bill that Olivia inspired has become the subject of considerable angst at the legislature in the state capital of Columbia. First, an objecting state senator attached three verses from Genesis to the act, outlining God’s creation of all living creatures. Then, after other lawmakers spiked the amendment as out of order for its introduction of the divinity, he took another crack, specifying that the Columbian mammoth “was created on the sixth day with the other beasts of the field.” That version passed in the senate in early April. But now the bill is back in committee as the lower house squabbles over the new language, and it’s seemingly destined for the same fate as its honouree—extinction.

Senior correspondent Jonathon Gatehouse has covered wars, natural disasters, politics, sports, entertainment, business and everything in-between for Maclean's. He is also the author of The Instigator: How Gary Bettman Remade the League and Changed the Game Forever.

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#BringBackOurCriticalThinking, Mickey Z, World News Trust

  • For now, please remember: The U.S. government doesn’t give a damn about kidnapped African girls but it cares a whole lot about control, domination, resources, and keeping its own population thoroughly pacified via spin.
  • “The propagandist’s purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human.” -- Aldous Huxley
  • Age of Ignorance

How the NRA Enables Massacres

As a shooting spree leaves seven dead in California, the gun lobby is trying to thwart attempts to study gun deaths and officials who see gun violence as a public health crisis.

Cliff Schecter, Daily Beast

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5.24.14 | Yet another massacre occurred last night at an institution of learning, this time the University of California, Santa Barbara. The price we paid for the National Rifle Association’s “freedom” was seven people murdered and seven injured at nine different crime scenes.

A young man who Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown called “severely mentally disturbed” drove by various student hangouts to commit an act of “premeditated mass murder” apparently—according to videos posted to YouTube and threats made to women on campus—due to his anger at being “rejected” by women on campus.

Cliff Schecter is a bestselling author, syndicated columnist, and political strategist. He consults for the gun-safety group the National Gun Victims Action Council.

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Who is to blame for the crisis at the VA?

The truth is the VA was not equipped to deal with the aftermath of two multi-trillion dollar land wars. To deal with the aftermath properly the agency has to be modernized and beefed up and given far more, not fewer resources.

People's World

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May 22 2014 | Once again the American people are being treated to a disgusting display of hypocrisy. This time health care for our veterans is the political football that is being used by the right-wing politicians and the right-wing media.

Fox News, Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell and others are suddenly concerned about alleged cooking of the books at Veterans Administration hospitals - trying to make it look like wait times for vets in need of care are shorter than they actually are

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