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As many of you know, the Omnibus Spending bill is being "fast-tracked" through Congress. Buried in the 1,600 page bill, (which allowed the public only hours to review), are many destructive "mini-bills". Among these are: the removal of the paltry Dodd-Frank regulations on Big Banks & Wall Street. Also: Federal Pension reductions, (presaging the coming moves to reduce Social Security). Also: FDIC insurance on exorbitant derivatives, which will bilk taxpayers and private bank accounts for many $trillions, once that market bubble crashes - not if - when. There is also a 10x increase in gift allowances for members of Congress. And, there is the global faux-treaty, the TPP, (Trans-Pacific {trade} Partnership), has been cloistered in this bill. All of this is a monumental outrage.

After downed airplanes, Russia, ISIS, Ebola, & race polarisation - there comes the release of the CIA Torture Report. I have been studying the latter, and it is clear to me that this issue was expertly planned to divert attention - into partisan blame-placing, while the Omnibus Spending Bill was being sneaked through, behind the smoke and mirrors. I HAVE to write more on this diversion soon. Please stay tuned.

If any of you can post now about either of these issues - the Spending Bill, (and/or the TPP), and the release of the provocative CIA Torture Report, I urge you to do so.

In the mean time, please follow this selective link to my journal, where I have written about some important issues, with you in mind. 1 - The immanent DERIVATIVES catastrophe. 2 - The suspicious deaths of between 36 and 55 bank CEOs and managers this year. 3 - The TPP - (contains a wealth of links).

- http://madman101.livejournal.com/tag/-posted%20to%20o_c_c_u_p_y -

I am working on writing additional relevant posts, now that my living situation has improved a little. So feel free to check in on my jnl every now and then. If you have been interested in the current subject of Police Abuse, (& militarisation), you may find several posts via this mm101 link: http://madman101.livejournal.com/tag/police%20%2F%20abuse - I have, in the hopper, a mega-post on this subject, which I hope to get back to finishing soon.

These are dreadful times.

Hopefully, some of you will get active and contact your Congress persons over this Spending Bill, at least!!!
[identity profile] madman101.livejournal.com
What do Occupy and the Tea Party have in Common? More than you Might Think:
Six points of agreement between “Occupy” leftists and the “Tea Party” right - by Haystack | Disinformation | October 20, 2014

In an article entitled “The Six Principles of the New Populism (and the Establishment’s Nightmare)” Robert Reich outlines six points of agreement between “Occupy” leftists and the “Tea Party” right: [Follow the link to read the entire article.]

1. Cut the biggest Wall Street banks down to a size where they’re no longer too big to fail. Left populists have been advocating this since the Street’s bailout now they’re being joined by populists on the right.

2. Resurrect the Glass-Steagall Act, separating investment from commercial banking and thereby preventing companies from gambling with their depositors’ money. Elizabeth Warren has introduced such legislation, and John McCain co-sponsored it. Tea Partiers are strongly supportive, and critical of establishment Republicans for not getting behind it.

3. End corporate welfare – including subsidies to big oil, big agribusiness, big pharma, Wall Street, and the Ex-Im Bank. Populists on the left have long been urging this; right-wing populists are joining in.

4. Stop the National Security Agency from spying on Americans. Bernie Sanders and other populists on the left have led this charge but right-wing populists are close behind. House Republican Justin Amash’s amendment, that would have defunded NSA programs engaging in bulk-data collection, garnered 111 Democrats and 94 Republicans last year, highlighting the new populist divide in both parties.

5. Scale back American interventions overseas. Populists on the left have long been uncomfortable with American forays overseas. Rand Paul is leaning in the same direction. Paul also tends toward conspiratorial views about American interventionism.

6. Oppose trade agreements crafted by big corporations. Two decades ago Democrats and Republicans enacted the North American Free Trade Agreement. Since then populists in both parties have mounted increasing opposition to such agreements. The Trans-Pacific Partnership, drafted in secret by a handful of major corporations, is facing so strong a backlash from both Democrats and tea party Republicans that it’s nearly dead.

[Read entire piece at http://robertreich.org/post/84984296635]

You can also see madman's post about a possible LEFT-RIGHT ALLIANCE at http://madman101.livejournal.com/tag/-posted%20to%20o_c_c_u_p_y

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