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Inside The Voucher Schools That Teach Scientology Principles — But Claim They Don't


Clearwater Academy International is one of dozens of schools and tutoring centers in the U.S. that use learning materials based on the ideas of L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of the church of Scientology. Five of these schools and tutoring centers, including Clearwater Academy, receive public funding through voucher or tax credit scholarship programs, HuffPost has found.
via Inside The Voucher Schools That Teach Scientology Principles — But Claim They Don’t
Are you sure you want private schools to get public money?

A Canadian City Once Eliminated Poverty And Nearly Everyone Forgot About It

A Canadian City Once Eliminated Poverty And Nearly Everyone Forgot About It:

Between 1974 and 1979, residents of a small Manitoba city were selected to be subjects in a project that ensured basic annual incomes for everyone. For five years, monthly cheques were delivered to the poorest residents of Dauphin, Man. – no strings attached. And for five years, poverty was completely eliminated. The program was dubbed “Mincome” – a neologism of “minimum income” – and it was the first of its kind in North America. It stood out from similar American projects at the time because it didn’t shut out seniors and the disabled from qualification. The project’s original intent was to evaluate if giving cheques to the working poor, enough to top-up their incomes to a living wage, would kill people’s motivation to work. It didn’t. But the Conservative government that took power provincially in 1977 – and federally in 1979 – had no interest in implementing the project more widely. Researchers were told to pack up the project’s records into 1,800 boxes and place them in storage. A final report was never released.

House Intelligence Committee's Benghazi Report Torches Conspiracy Theories

House Intelligence Committee's Benghazi Report Torches Conspiracy Theories:

Among its findings, the report says CIA personnel responded not just well, but heroically; that there was no “stand down” order, as some critics have claimed; there was no intimidation of witnesses by superiors; there was no intelligence failure prior to the attack; and that a “mixed group” of individuals, including some linked to al Qaeda, participated in the attack.

But perhaps the most significant conclusion is its finding that Rice’s talking points — a key focus of the Benghazi Select Committee empaneled by House Speaker John Boehner — were not part of an attempt to conceal the severity of the incident.

In other words, Benghazi was much to do about nothing. But the GOP got to get angry and toss around conspiracy theories.

A Midwest Republican Senator Crusades Against the Corruption of Money in Politics

A Midwest Republican Senator Crusades Against the Corruption of Money in Politics:

"I firmly believe that we are beginning in this country to look like a Russian-style oligarchy where a couple of dozen billionaires have basically bought the government," Sen. Dale Schultz on why he is leaving politics.

He is leaving because of a primary challenge by a Koch brothers sponsored oligarchy friendly candidate.

Rand Paul, You Failed Econ 101. Supply, Demand and the Minimum Wage

Rand Paul, You Failed Econ 101. Supply, Demand and the Minimum Wage:

Two decades ago, both coffee and water were virtually free. Starbucks raised the price of coffee dramatically, leading to every main street and corner in America offering Starbucks coffee at $2 or more per cup. Now you need to go to a government-subsidized McDonald’s or Walmart to get a cup of coffee for a buck. Over the same time period, pricey water in little bottles became ubiquitous.

I see no reason to believe that Senator Paul is actually concerned about unemployment when he opposes increases in the minimum wage. It’s just the best counter argument he has laying around.

House Republicans Skip Obamacare Briefing They Furiously Demanded

House Republicans Skip Obamacare Briefing They Furiously Demanded:

most of the House Republicans who had demanded their own closed-door briefing from the administration on President Barack Obama’s struggling health care rollout were no-shows on Wednesday.

This is what is wrong with congress in one simple headline. There is far more interest in outrage than due diligence. You would think that they would want to actually do their jobs, or simply to sit in the briefing and then attack the parts of Obamacare they hate. But no. They just want to yell and scream and don’t care if they get any facts right.

Eric Holder Says DOJ Will Let Washington, Colorado Marijuana Laws Go Into Effect

Eric Holder Says DOJ Will Let Washington, Colorado Marijuana Laws Go Into Effect

The United States government took a historic step back from its long-running drug war on Thursday, when Attorney General Eric Holder informed the governors of Washington and Colorado that the Department of Justice would allow the states to create a regime that would regulate and implement the ballot initiatives that legalized the use of marijuana for adults.

First domino! I give it three years.

Anthony Bologna, NYPD Cop Who Pepper-Sprayed Occupy Protesters, Will Get No Help From City In Lawsuit

Anthony Bologna, NYPD Cop Who Pepper-Sprayed Occupy Protesters, Will Get No Help From City In Lawsuit

Anthony Bologna— the NYPD Deputy Inspector caught on video pepper-spraying two women Occupy Wall Street protesters in Union Square last fall— could have to dig into his own pockets to pay for the damages in the women’s civil lawsuit against him. New York City has opted not to defend Bologna in court

I predict that some right wing activists will start a defense fund for him.

Seattle Attorney Andrew Basiago Claims U.S. Sent Him On Time Travels

Seattle Attorney Andrew Basiago Claims U.S. Sent Him On Time Travels

Seattle attorney Andrew Basiago has been publicly claiming that from the time he was 7 to when he was 12, he participated in “Project Pegasus,” a secret U.S. government program that he says worked on teleportation and time travel under the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

Whenever I heard about magical technologies they claim came from Tesla’s lost notebooks, I cringe.

Michele Bachmann Repeatedly Sought Stimulus, EPA, Other Government Funds

A Freedom of Information Act request filed by The Huffington Post with three separate federal agencies reveals that on at least 16 separate occasions, Bachmann petitioned the federal government for direct financial help or aid. A large chunk of those requests were for funds set aside through President Obama’s stimulus program, which Bachmann once labeled “fantasy economics.” Bachmann made two more of those requests to the Environmental Protection Agency, an institution that she has suggested she would eliminate if she were in the White House.

From Michele Bachmann Repeatedly Sought Stimulus, EPA, Other Government Funds

She was just asking for some of that common sense spending that helps her and not that evil socialist spending that helps other people.

Paine and Adams may have been alone among the founders for having literary styles adequate to their mutual disregard. "The spissitude [sic!] of the black liquor which is spread in such quantities by this writer," Adams wrote of Paine, "prevents its daubing." Paine: "Some people talk of impeaching John Adams, but I am for softer measures. I would keep him to make fun of.

Paine and Adams may have been alone among the founders for having literary styles adequate to their mutual disregard. “The spissitude [sic!] of the black liquor which is spread in such quantities by this writer,” Adams wrote of Paine, “prevents its daubing.” Paine: “Some people talk of impeaching John Adams, but I am for softer measures. I would keep him to make fun of.
William Hogeland: How John Adams and Thomas Paine Clashed Over Economic Equality

Jonathan Rabb: When "Socialism" Meant Something

The Spanish saw socialism in simple economic terms, as a belief that governments had to oversee large programs of social improvement — such as land reform and the wresting of education from the hands of the church to secular institutions — while leaving small business to the entrepreneurs. Socialists argued that a small minority shouldn’t own the majority of the wealth, and social welfare should be the aim of government. The anarchists were modern ascetics: no booze, no tobacco, no infidelity. Their rallying cry was that no official should be paid or have his power enhanced due to his position. And the fascists — unlike their German and Italian counterparts — were the army of the right fueled by strict loyalty to the church. They defined themselves by their traditional values and strong religious commitments.

From Jonathan Rabb: When “Socialism” Meant Something


Back when political terms meant something.

China's Politburo Ordered Hack of Google

The Chinese government, which has been thought for some time to have been the source of the hacking of Google’s servers, leading to Google’s departure from China, directed attacks on the company’s web servers, according to diplomatic cables disclosed today by WikiLeaks.


From Andy Plesser: China’s Politburo Ordered Hack of Google, WikiLeaks Reveals

Is this an act of war? Can a country launch an attack on a non-state entity without is being an act of war?

Anis Shivani: Bush's 'Decision Points' Is A Terrifying Journey Into the Authoritarian Mind

The beauty of the Bush philosophy of governance is that it creates and accelerates those very conditions of stress (radical economic inequality promoted by tax cuts for the wealthy and concomitant cuts in public services for the less well-off) that then provide fertile ground for popular acceptance of measures intended to further worsen conditions for the subject class. An example would be to purposely inflate the housing bubble and then use the succeeding bailout to further enrich the wealthy elites at the cost of the average worker. Or to execute a reckless Medicare drug expansion plan, catering to pharmaceutical companies and knowing it would lead to insolvency, to set the stage for drastic future cuts in Medicare — and other entitlements, while they’re at it. The same principle applies in foreign policy, such as in retreating from Bill Clinton’s tentative rapprochement with Iran and North Korea as Bush’s first order of business, demonizing these countries as evil, and then setting in motion offensive strategies once those countries predictably react. The principle is evident in attacking and occupying Middle Eastern countries, then justifying the war on terror by pointing to the increased radicalization ensuing from the invasion.

From Anis Shivani: Bush’s ‘Decision Points’ Is A Terrifying Journey Into the Authoritarian Mind

I’m very skeptical of this as it fits the mold of crack-pot conspiracy theory; but, I can’t say that there isn’t a good point in there somewhere. It’s much more likely that W didn’t fully think out the consequences of his actions, sure that his ideology was correct and things would work out in ways consistent with his beliefs.

Chris Kelly: Why You Don't Care About JournoList

The problem with the JournoList scandal is the problem with a lot of right wing news: It’s not happening on Earth I, where you and I live. Like the Black Panthers taking over the Justice Department, or Shirley Sherrod’s night raids on Andrew Breitbart’s small family farm or Glenn Beck’s lonely one-man struggle against the Tides Foundation, it exists in a parallel universe that only superficially resembles our own.

A universe where straight, rich white men are the only victims of anything, ever, and shrieking like an infant is their only defense; where Christianity and capitalism are in constant peril, where black lesbians and the very, very poor run everything and Iran has the Bomb and we don’t.


From Chris Kelly: Why You Don’t Care About JournoList

He forgot Soros. George Soros secretly controls everything.