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Normalcy Bias: Reflections on a Western Epidemic by Don Quijones RagingBS.com

According to scientific research, people caught up in disasters such as earthquakes or plane crashes tend to fall into three broad ategories: About 1 in 10 remain calm and act quickly and efficiently; around 15 percent completely panic, making it more difficult for others around them to react appropriately and in a timely manner; while the overwhelming majority of people do surprisingly little. Stunned and confused, they are simply unable to react to events. The reason for this is that they are suffering from what the experts call “normalcy bias.”

America Feeds The Rich: Equal Opportunity is Dead by Leo Gerad, Posted at Huffington Post

The Farm Bill that is expected to pass the U.S. House this week explains income inequality in America.

The Republican-sponsored proposal slashes food stamps for poor children and pads farm subsidies for wealthy agri-businessmen.

Goddamn The Pusherman Don Quijone, Raging BS Blog

Released at the height of the 60′s counter-culture movement, Steppenwolf’s The Pusher was chosen as the opening song of Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper’s explosive cult classic Easy Rider (to listen to the song, click here). As its title suggests, the song is about drug dealers who aggressively “push” their often tainted wares on unsuspecting users.
Put simply, the pusherman “don’t care if you live or if you die.”

Sword Drops On Food Stamps The Nation Alert!!!!

http://www.thenation.com/blog/174753/sword-drops-food-stamps#axzz2WHcC3KJ6

THIS IS LIKELY TO PUT PEOPLE INTO THE STREETS WHICH MAY BE EXACTLY WHAT IS INTENDED.

IF NOT, IT IS MASSIVELY STUPID AND MEAN. SNAP aka in the US "Food Stamps" is not dependent upon taxes, it is a form of fiat currency.

If You See Something, Say Something! The “Light-Skinned” Men Threat to America by TIMOTHY KOECHLIN

After the explosion in West, Texas, witnesses across the country report having seen groups of “light skinned” men plotting to endanger innocent Americans.

Washington 'Spends' More on Tax Breaks Than on Medicare, Defense, or Social Security::Taxation spending is the $1 trillion nudge

Tax expenditures are funny, They're not taxes, exactly, because they save us money. They're not spending, exactly, because the dollars are never actually spent. They're somewhere in between. So think of it as tax spending.

Or just think of it as the ultimate nudge. The carrot hiding behind the tax code's big stick, tax spending guides us by making certain behaviors and actions cheaper. We encourage employers to provide health care by taxing wages and not taxing health benefits. We encourage investing by making a dollar earned from dividends cheaper than a dollar earned from a salary.

Federal cuts put women and children last In forcing the sequester bySusan Feiner, NEP , Maine Sunday Telegram

The congressional GOP, like the captain of the Titanic, put women and children first.
The Titanic's captain was trying to save people's lives. In contrast, House Republicans, having contrived the sequester -- $85 billion in federal budget cuts -- are steering straight for that iceberg. And when the economy hits it, when the sequester cuts are fully implemented, women and children will go down first.

Sure, the sequester cuts are bad for pretty much everyone. But they're especially harmful to women and their children.

Why Reinhart and Rogoff Results are Crap by L. Randall Wray, Great Leap Forward, UMKC, April 20th, 2013

Kudos to UMass economists for exposing the flaws in R&R’s empirical work. The conclusion that there is some magic debt ratio beyond which growth slows was never substantiated by R&R’s data–they fudged and flubbed the empirical work. True enough.

Modern Money & Public Purpose 6: Fiscal vs. Monetary Policy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=soVyyyXrcwo

The feedback of the first speaker is remedied about 4 minutes into the video.
This is a relatively long video seminar, and it is a strong piece of educational material. It is not at an introductory level, but more toward an intermediate level. It covers a number of topics which are important relative to managing our way out of the neo-liberal nonsense under which most domestic populations are living under currently.

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