John Maenpaa

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Scots voting no to independence would be an astonishing act of self-harm

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/sep/02/scots-independence-england-scotland

England is dysfunctional, corrupt and vastly unequal. Who on earth would want to be tied to such a country?

Imagine the question posed the other way round. An independent nation is asked to decide whether to surrender its sovereignty to a larger union. It would be allowed a measure of autonomy, but key aspects of its governance would be handed to another nation. It would be used as a military base by the dominant power and yoked to an economy over which it had no control...

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Scottish referendum: World’s first vote on economic inequality

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/scottish-referendum-the-worlds-first-vote-on-economic-inequality/article20489038/

When the Scots vote in their historic independence referendum next Thursday, Canadians, especially the Québécois, will be watching closely. Having held two sovereignty referenda, the Québécois may feel that they are the masters in such enterprises and that the Scots are their apprentices. In 1980, the Québécois voted No to sovereignty by a 60-40 margin, and in 1995, the No side prevailed by a mere one percentage point of the votes cast.

In fact, the Scots are not replicating the earlier exercises in Quebec. Dressed in national garb, the people of Scotland are voting in the world’s first referendum on economic and political inequality...

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[VIDEO] Groundskeeper Willie Has Come Out In Favour Of Scottish Independence

http://www.buzzfeed.com/floperry/aye-or-die#3eoh5bp

The long serving groundskeeper of Springfield elementary school has spoken out in favour of Scottish independence.

At first he was hesitant to support either side (“The right one or the obviously wrong one”). And he does say that both sides of the argument have valid points, “the freedom loving heirs of the highland tradition, and those that enjoy crawling like worms beneath British boots.”...

http://www.veooz.com/news/pHUT9u2.html

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[REPRISE] The Lunatics Who Made a Religion Out of Greed and Wrecked the Economy

http://www.smirkingchimp.com/thread/matt-taibbi/28281/the-lunatics-who-made-a-religion-out-of-greed-and-wrecked-the-economy

So Goldman Sachs, the world's greatest and smuggest investment bank, has been sued for fraud by the American Securities and Exchange Commission. Legally, the case hangs on a technicality.

Morally, however, the Goldman Sachs case may turn into a final referendum on the greed-is-good ethos that conquered America sometime in the 80s – and in the years since has aped other horrifying American trends such as boybands and reality shows in spreading across the western world like a venereal disease...

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Why Scotland Should Vote Yes

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2014/09/why-scotland-should-vote-yes/

A non-nationalist argument for Scottish independence.

On the evening of May 16, 1973, around halfway through the Aladdin Sane tour, I watched David Bowie play his second sold-out show at the Aberdeen Music Hall. I could not have imagined that one day I would be listening to him — or, rather, listening to Kate Moss speaking on his behalf — intervene in the debate over a Scottish independence referendum. Mind you, I cannot pretend that the national question was a high priority for my 15-year-old self; nor could I have imagined that there would ever be a Scottish independence referendum...

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[VIDEO] Here’s How Easily Someone Can Steal Your ATM Pin Code Without You Noticing And How To Prevent This From Happening

http://www.trueactivist.com/heres-how-easily-someone-can-steal-your-atm-pin-code-without-you-noticing-and-how-to-prevent-this-from-happening/

Mark Rober demonstrates this new simple way for ‘bad guys’ to steal your ATM pin code without you noticing. Fortunately, the way to prevent this from happening is also very simple. This information is so important to SHARE — help your family and friends protect themselves...

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Is Bill Clinton Really More Popular than Barack Obama?

http://www.citywatchla.com/8br-hidden/7362-is-bill-clinton-really-more-popular-than-barack-obama

Bill Clinton and Barack Obama’s approval numbers are moving in opposite directions. Democratic Senate candidates like Kentucky’s Alison Lundergan Grimes are campaigning with Clinton while keeping distance from Obama, leading many to recall Clinton’s support in “red” states.

Dowd’s column above recycles many of the common explanations for Clinton’s allegedly greater popularity: he’s “warm” while Obama is cold, loves politics while Obama “doesn’t care much” for his chosen field, and never stopped “reaching out” to Republicans...

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Inside The Next Chapter Of "Veronica Mars"

http://www.buzzfeed.com/jarettwieselman/inside-the-next-chapter-of-veronica-mars#3eoh5bp

Exclusive: On the set of Play It Again, Dick, the latest installment in Veronica Mars’ ever-expanding universe. But it’s far being from the last, if Kristen Bell has her say.

A half-dozen lights, just as many cameras, and 20-plus crew were members stuffed into the living room of an unassuming home in an equally unassuming south Los Angeles neighborhood. Between the equipment and the bodies, it was basically impossible to move an inch as the camera focused on Kristen Bell and Ryan Hansen. Just then, the director called action and Hansen launched into an explanation of how — and why — a heinous crime was committed, the kind of speech Veronica Mars fans have come to expect Bell’s Veronica to deliver...

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Iraq Welcomes Obama New Strategy Against IS Militants

http://basnews.com/en/News/Details/Iraq-Welcomes-Obama-New-Strategy-Against-IS-Militants/33792

The new Prime Minister of Iraq Haidar al-Abadi welcomed the new strategy of US President Barack Obama against the Islamic State (IS) insurgents that Obama officially announced on 11 September.

On his official Facebook account, Abadi pointed out that the federal government of Iraq welcomes such strategy and thanks US and its allies for supporting tbe Iraqi government in battling with IS militants...

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Syrian Rebels: We’ll Use U.S. Weapons to Fight Assad, Whether Obama Likes It or Not

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/09/11/syrian-rebels-we-ll-use-u-s-weapons-to-fight-assad-whether-obama-likes-it-or-not.html

If the U.S. arms the Free Syrian Army to fight ISIS, they are going to battle the Syrian regime at the same time—no matter what the White House says.

President Obama has reversed course, and is finally promising to openly arm the moderate Syrian opposition. But he wants the rebels to use those weapons to fight only ISIS, not the Bashar al-Assad regime. The Syrian rebels plan to use them to fight both at the same time...

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Obama Needs the Free Syrian Army to Defeat the Islamic Wisconsin State AFL-CIO

http://online.wsj.com/articles/oubai-shahbander-and-michael-pregent-obama-needs-the-free-syrian-army-to-defeat-the-islamic-state-1410562186

U.S. airstrikes without partners on the ground will not lead to victory.

As U.S. military planners prepare to, as President Obama said in his speech on Wednesday, "degrade and ultimately destroy" the terrorists of the Islamic State, efforts are already under way to identify possible ISIS targets in Syria. The president also made clear that in the fight against ISIS in Syria "we cannot rely on an Assad regime that terrorizes its own people" but instead must give more support to Syrian opposition forces...

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When, if not now!

http://www.bodo-ramelow.de/tagebuch/post/2014/09/12/wann-wenn-nicht-jetzt-1/

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It's getting serious. Not long now and the polling stations open their doors. The election campaign statements today at the Erfurt Anger has again really fun. This morning I sat in my office parliament,'ve made ​​a few things on the desk and considered when looking out the window, how many people are probably considering this crap weather to our campaign event. When I came to the Anger, all doubts were wiped away all of a sudden. There were really many people who wanted to inform you of our policies. I want to thank all supporters and volunteers who have helped to ensure that this afternoon was so successful. Many have built up since the morning information booths, stage and technology, everything all the time in the rain. It's easy to feel like all fight together for success on Sunday evening. The Left is ready. We have been working for months on this Sunday out, all are highly motivated and it is simply a pleasure working with this team prepare for the policy change.

That the CDU tried to the end to work with absurd accusations against us, our motivation strengthened even more. And it remains the case even at the last election day of struggle that we do not let ourselves to this level. We fight for our policy goals: Consistently invest in education for our children, Thuringia no longer sell as cheap labor, combat right-wing extremism consistently and develop direct democracy so that people can really co-decide. So it goes on Sunday.

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The CDU and the Finance

http://www.dielinke-brandenburg.de/landtagswahl_2014/kampagne/aktuelle_argumente/finanzen/

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The CDU discovered problems it has caused itself and overlooks the fact that red-red she tackles. Today: Finance

The Lusatian Rundschau was found that the leading candidate of the CDU have railed at an election rally against debt. The state of Brandenburg has 18 billion euros of debt, accumulated by all governments until 2009 Alone in the time of the government of the CDU from 1999 to 2004, the debt of the country increased by several billion euros.

The red-red state government with the LEFT finance Helmuth Markov and Christian Görke is the first in the history of Brandenburg, which is coming over the election period without new debt. For the first time, it is even able to generate surpluses in the year 2013 and 250 million euros of debt to pay back. And, although for the education and science sector significantly more money was made available as below black-red.

If Mr. Schierack now rails against borrowing, we can only say as LEFT: Social and sound fiscal policy has been skillfully only red-red. The CDU shows the contrary with their campaign promises of more than 1.6 billion euros, for it shows no coverage source, that they sacrificed to the short-term success of a sound fiscal policy. According roared and nothing behind it, Mr. Schierack...

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The CDU and the Finance

http://www.dielinke-brandenburg.de/landtagswahl_2014/kampagne/aktuelle_argumente/finanzen/

The CDU discovered problems it has caused itself and overlooks the fact that red-red she tackles. Today: Finance

The Lusatian Rundschau was found that the leading candidate of the CDU have railed at an election rally against debt. The state of Brandenburg has 18 billion euros of debt, accumulated by all governments until 2009 Alone in the time of the government of the CDU from 1999 to 2004, the debt of the country increased by several billion euros...

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Reconceiving Change in the Age of Parasitic Capitalism

http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/25974-reconceiving-change-in-the-age-of-parasitic-capitalism

We live in critical times. That much is admitted by almost everyone - economic analysts, political commentators and investors alike. But we also live in dangerous times, and this is something that far fewer members of the chattering classes are willing to admit. Aside from the increasing number of potentially explosive hotspots across the world (Ukraine, Syria, Libya, Gaza, Iraq, Nigeria, the China Sea), the Western neoliberal order of the past 35 years is pushing advanced liberal societies to a breaking point, with the global financial crisis of 2008 representing so far the deadliest twist in the evolution of an otherwise highly irrational and ultimately predatory socioeconomic order in which the main objective is to make the rich even richer at the expense of the rest of the members of society. If governments continue to be proxies of finance capital and aspiring political leaders, cheerleaders for their financial backers, another catastrophic economic scenario is not really as farfetched as some might like to think. Many governments, industries and households are under debt bondage, with the result that societies are being drained of valuable resources to support and sustain the financialization of the economy.

Sure, there was a mood prevailing not long ago - especially in the United States - that everyone could strike it rich simply by borrowing or making highly speculative investments, but this in itself becomes a serious problem when financial scams and economic policy making join hands to dictate the rules of the game and the structure and operation of any given economic environment. In the 17th century, people used their life savings to purchase tulip bulbs in the belief that they would become rich overnight; more recently, individuals, households, industries, localities and even governments, took part in various mysterious financial schemes and instruments with the aim of a better future, but instead wound up bankrupt simply because the financial system had been structured to operate in this manner. Wealth creation through heavy borrowing (by consumers and homeowners urged to take on more debt in order to maintain their living standards in an age of stagnant wages) and excessive debt leverage (which ended up destroying even great companies) was the way to go - even though the officials involved knew the game was rigged. But in a way, the financial institutions themselves were vulnerable to the very system they had created. Greece, for example, was able to borrow over $500 billion prior to being shut out of international markets in early 2010, and private lenders ended up with a substantial haircut on the Greek sovereign debt they held. German, French, Swiss and American banks would have lost billions, and some of them would have definitely collapsed, if Greece hadn't been bailed out in 2010, and then again in 2012, by the European Union (EU) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) - the twin monsters of global neoliberalism. By putting the country and its people under a state of peonage, the EU and IMF ensured that the banks would get back the money they had so imprudently lent to Greece in the years leading to the explosion of the Greek debt crisis...

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Habitat for Humanity welcomes new AmeriCorps members, celebrates 20 years of partnership

http://www.habitat.org/2014archive/9_12_14_AmeriCorps20th_Anniversary

Habitat for Humanity joined the Corporation for National and Community Service today in welcoming the newest class of AmeriCorps members during a special swearing-in ceremony honoring AmeriCorps’ 20th anniversary. This year, 75,000 new members will be inducted into the national service program, including more than 500 members who will join Habitat affiliates across the U.S. to serve families in need of affordable housing.

“For 20 years, AmeriCorps members have made major contributions to our work,” said Peter Rumsey, Habitat for Humanity International’s director of national service. “We thank our AmeriCorps members, both past and present, for their service to our communities and partner families, as well as their continued commitment to Habitat’s mission.”...

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Hundreds Of Organizations Ask For Change In Trade Policies

http://seeingtheforest.com/hundreds-of-organizations-ask-for-change-in-trade-policies/

Approximately 600 organizations have sent a formal, public letter to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) opposing “fast-track” trade promotion authority and calling for a new system for negotiating and implementing trade agreements. The letter asks for trade pacts that “deliver benefits for most Americans, promote broadly shared prosperity, and safeguard the environment and public health.” Read the letter here.

Campaign for America’s Future is one of the organizations that signed this letter. The letter was led by the Sierra Club, AFL-CIO, the Communications Workers of America, the Citizens Trade Campaign, and Public Citizen. The letter was written because new fast-track trade promotion authority is being drafted by Wyden’s committee. An earlier bill introduced by then-Senator Max Baucus and Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.) would keep Congress from debating or altering trade pacts like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and other upcoming agreements, even though they are considered one-sided in favor of giant multinational corporations over working people and the environment...

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Review: The Last Internationale at Velvet Jones

http://www.independent.com/news/2014/sep/11/review-last-internationale-velvet-jones/

Smoke permeated Velvet Jones, staining the opulence of flannel shirts standing in Tuesday night’s crowd. Onstage, a girl with equally smoldering eyes prompted a riot from the throngs of people, reminding those in attendance that “rock ‘n’ roll will never die.”

Hey, hey, my, my. When a band promises to revive rock, you know they mean business...

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What Piketty Forgot: The Ecological Inequality That Threatens Us With Extinction

http://www.occupy.com/article/what-piketty-forgot-ecological-inequality-threatens-us-extinction

By now, it’s no secret that French economist Thomas Piketty is one of the world’s leading experts on inequality. His exhaustive, improbably popular opus of economic history — the 700-page "Capital in the Twenty-First Century" — sat atop the New York Times bestseller list for weeks. Some have called it the most important study of inequality in over 50 years.

Piketty is hardly the first scholar to tackle the linkage of capitalism with inequality. What sets him apart is his relentlessly empirical approach to the subject and his access to never before used data — tax and estate records — that elegantly demonstrates the growing trends of income and wealth inequality. The database he has compiled spans 300 years in 20 different countries...

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