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Politics / Tea Party Funders up to their old tricks!
« on: October 03, 2011, 07:54:25 PM »
http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/envoy/bloomberg-investigation-alleges-koch-subsidiaries-paid-bribes-sold-190408559.html

For those of you who still don't know the connection, Tea Party was created and is funded by Americans for Prosperity, which itself is a group that was created and funded by the Koch brothers, who happen to own Koch Industries.  Here's the short short version.

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Subsidiaries of the global business empire headed by the Koch Brothers, who have helped bankroll an array of conservative, anti-regulatory causes, made illegal payments to win foreign contracts,

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In September 2008, a team of researchers sent by Koch Industries to its subsidiary in Arles, France, "found evidence of improper payments to secure contracts in six countries dating back to 2002, authorized by the business director of the company's Koch-Glitsch affiliate in France," ... the ethics compliance officer who first brought the alleged bribes from the French subsidiary to the company's attention--the company took Egorova-Farines off the case. Koch management then fired her a year later,

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"Internal company records show that Koch Industries used its foreign subsidiary to sidestep a U.S. trade ban barring American companies from selling materials to Iran," Loder and Evans write. "Koch-Glitsch offices in Germany and Italy continued selling to Iran until as recently as 2007, the records show. The company's products helped build a methanol plant for Zagros Petrochemical Co., a unit of Iran's state-owned National Iranian Petrochemical Co., the documents show."

Could it be possible that they stopped selling in 2007 because they wouldn't have a republican in the white house to cover for them anymore?  Do they want to help elect another "conservative" so they can resume selling technology and energy to Iran?

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Politics / Interesting old speech
« on: October 01, 2011, 08:33:28 PM »
So we've all heard that history tends to repeat itself.  Its a shame we don't look to the past to find solutions for our current problems.  Enjoy.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nuElu-ipTQ[/youtube]

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Politics / Are we missing a thread?
« on: September 02, 2011, 12:21:56 PM »
Did a thread get deleted for some reason?

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Politics / Where are the jobs?
« on: August 19, 2011, 01:55:31 PM »
http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/foreign-students-walk-off-hershey-factory-job-protest-214310205.html

Just a part of the problem.  Government program that allows corporations to bring in cheap labor from other countries.  These Eastern Europeans are here only because they can be exploited for cheaper labor.

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Politics / Big Surprise
« on: May 16, 2011, 01:56:05 PM »
http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_theticket/20110516/ts_yblog_theticket/trump-announces-he-will-not-run-for-president


I'm pretty sure a number of us knew this was going to happen.  He does the same thing every 4 years.  Why do people still fall for this BS?

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Politics / Interesting statement from Patriot
« on: April 21, 2011, 11:36:41 PM »
In the coffee shop, Patriot has started a number of threads with regards to local politics.  I'm happy to see people getting involved at the local level, but I feel like there's some kind of strange disconnect between whats going on at the local level, and the national level.

For example, I saw this

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.  Government should (even at the local level) set about to protect (not provide) the ability of private citizens to enjoy life & pursue individual aspirations. 

This is pretty much the democrat view on regulation.  I happen to agree with it.  The government should be protecting the people, not just from foreign threats, but large corporations, who do a whole lot more to infringe on private citizens than some guys in some caves around the world ever did.  So why is it that the far right is so eager to embrace the big corporations, billionaires, and to work in their favor?  And lets face it,  the left does to, but more covertly. 

Also, how does a weak puny, and poor federal government fight multinational corporations?

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. My problem is with any private group that uses such programs to befriend the public while also advancing a political agenda of the few. 

Tea Party?

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When a select few elitists both influence the government and are the government, there is a conflict.

Both parties flagrantly are guilty of this one.  but you attack one and support the other,  interesting.

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Politics / The Holy Land
« on: September 04, 2010, 02:05:19 AM »
We always hear the right wing extremists spinning their tales of the untruths in the palestinian-israeli conflict.  This video shows the reality of the situation, and expresses the common viewpoints on both sides.  The biggest problem is that situations in both sides have allowed extremist elements to have too much political power.


http://www.hulu.com/watch/175761/the-shape-of-the-future-the-shape-of-the-future-part-1

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Politics / RIP Senator Robert C Byrd
« on: August 03, 2010, 10:33:35 PM »
I know its been a few weeks, but I just wanted to post a tribute to someone whom I admired as a dying breed of honorable men dedicated to public service.  Whether you agreed with his viewpoints or not, he always had the public interest in mind and was an honest man.  Most importantly, he was a man who knew that he wasn't perfect, and he could stand up in front of the world and admit it.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTL4lec5H50

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