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U.S. government officially shuts down

Tue October 1, 2013

Washington (CNN) -- The game of chicken failed. Neither side blinked. Now millions will pay the price.

Americans watched a colossal failure by Congress overnight -- and the shut down of their government.

For weeks, the House and the Senate blamed and bickered, each claiming they're standing up for what the public wants.

In the end, it led to the one outcome nobody wanted -- one that will stop 800,000 Americans from getting paid and could cost the economy about $1 billion a week.

"Agencies should now execute plans for an orderly shutdown due to the absence of appropriations," the Office of Management & Budget said in a note it sent to federal employees.

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my e-mail from Barack Obama


... or more precisely, from


Friend --

Right now, the hard work we've put in to get our economy back on track is at risk. And there's only one reason for it: A group of far-right Republicans in Congress is obsessed with making an ideological point.

They refuse to pass a budget unless I let them sabotage Obamacare, something they know is not going to happen. Now, we're left with only four days before a government shutdown.


MAWO PUBLIC FORUM - Free Bradley Manning!

Aug 6, 2013 to Aug 7, 2013
Gordon Neighbourhood House
1019 Broughton Street - Vancouver
Vancouver , BC
49° 17' 8.07" N, 123° 8' 0.5316" W
British Columbia CA
Free Bradley Manning! Why Did This Soldier Become a Whistle Blower?
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American Democrats Will Know: Who The NDP Are & What Our History Is

I have written a new article on American Democratic & Canadian NDP relations:

American Democrats Will Know: Who The NDP Are & What Our History Is


It highlights the changing American political context, Thomas Mulcair's intentions during his current trip to Washington, and the NDP's value to the American Democratic Party.


I am a virtual recluse, so if you find its content worthy...I hope you will share it with any other interested readers.



Dan Tan

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Stop the Drone War! Speaking Tour

Stop the Drone War !
An eyewitness report by U.S. anti-war leader Joe Lombardo on the recent American anti-drone delegation to Pakistan

You are invited to 3 upcoming meetings in the Toronto area:

Thursday, November 29   7 p.m. Central Library Building, Room 3, at 301 Burnhamthorpe Road West , Mississauga

Friday, November 30   1 p.m. Ryerson University, Oakham House, 63 Gould Street, at Church St.

Friday, November 30   7 p.m. OISE U of Toronto, Room 2-214, 252 Bloor Street West (above the St. George Subway station)

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I came to this website specifically due to this quote:


"The first time I met Malala, a couple of years ago, I asked
her what her name signified. She answered: 'Probably, a hero like the Afghan heroine Malalai [of Maiwand] or Malalai Joya. I want to be a social activist and an honest politician like her,' she said, smiling. Ms. Joya, a 30-something activist, politician, and writer who was bitterly critical of both the Taliban and the Karzai regime, was at one point dubbed the bravest woman of Afghanistan."


I do want to learn more about this quote, as well as each of these
women & girls.


I also know this quote:


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What if the black bloc have the right idea?

The more I see the failure of the left to change our society and the more I see the destruction caused by conservatives the more I really start to wonder when (and if) the left will ever take control.

At what point do we force our hand?

This is a serious post, despite lots of talk from the left, we arent effecting much change, sure we have official opposition but harper went from a minority to a majority.

Do we have to wait till feudalism sets in completely before we do something? Its doubtful we would have the brains or nerve to stand up even then.

Im not a member of the black bloc but increasingly my thinking is becoming more radical then theirs.

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Paul Ryan is bad for women

Paul Ryan's radical plans for U.S. women

Ryan is considered by many a champion of small government. For women, though, the federal government that Paul Ryan envisions is big, intrusive and controlling. Paul Ryan would ban all abortions, with no exceptions, even in cases of rape, incest or the health of the mother. In other words, the mother could die as a result of complications from the pregnancy.

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Jon Stewart and the U.S. media, part 2

Previous thread.

Steve Almond: The Joke’s on You

Over the past decade, political humor has proliferated not as a daring form of social commentary, but a reliable profit source. Our high-tech jesters serve as smirking adjuncts to the dysfunctional institutions of modern media and politics, from which all their routines derive. Their net effect is almost entirely therapeutic: they congratulate viewers for their fine habits of thought and feeling while remaining careful never to question the corrupt precepts of the status quo too vigorously.

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*Please forward widely*

Join us for 2 Lower Mainland events to send off the Pastors for Peace
Caravan to Cuba!

Part of the 6-stop B.C. tour to End the U.S. Blockade on Cuba!

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BILL HACKWELL - Bill Hackwell has worked on the Pastors for Peace
Caravans to Cuba since the beginning in 1992. He also participated in
many of the caravans to Mexico when Pastors for Peace delivered
critical humanitarian aid to the indigenous highland communities in
Chiapas. Hackwell is a known social documentary photographer and an
organizer with the International Committee for the Freedom of the
Cuban Five in the U.S.
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Netroots Nation starts today

Netroots Nation is a convention in the USA for online Democratic and democratic politcal activists.  It's been going on for a few years and started as YearlyKos, a convention for

It looks like they are doing live online broadcasts of all their sessions.  I'm not sure if it's just today, or all days.  It looks like there is a lot of interesting content.

All times given are in Eastern, as it takes place in Rhode Island.  So I guess the day is pretty much over, but maybe this will tempt people into tuning in for whatever they have tomorrow.


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NY Republicans want to use public funds to fund busing for after-hours religious programs

ALBANY - Taxpayers would be forced to pay for busing kids from yeshivas that have after-hours academic programs under a plan quietly floated by Senate Republicans.

The state and city already split the cost of busing kids to private schools during the regular school day.

But over the objections of Mayor Bloomberg, the Senate GOP wants to go further by requiring bus service for schools that offer classes until at least 5 p.m.

According to Bloomberg aides, 25 yeshivas and three charter schools would qualify at a cost of $3 million to the city and state under the GOP plan.


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