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Government Shutdown: Did Private Charity Make Up the Difference?

One libertarian response to the cry “heartless!” is to reassure a sentimental critic that they need not worry. Government spending, they say, has “crowded out” private charity. Once government spending on behalf of the poor and suffering is cut back, private charitable contributions will surge to take its place.

Gorfias:

I think public spending crowds [...]

Protests Against Working Conditions At WalMart set to Erupt on Black Friday, Nov. 29

How bad is it working at WalMart? It’s so bad that you can work there full-time and still need food stamps to feed your family.

You don’t have to participate in the WalMart system. You don’t have to support it. You don’t have to just complain about it. You can oppose it.

On Black Friday [...]

Transcript: Speech of David Segal at the October 26 Stop Watching Us Rally in Washington DC

The following is my transcription of a speech given by David Segal of Demand Progress at the Stop Watching Us demonstration held in Washington DC on October 26 2013 in opposition to massive government surveillance.

We all know why we’re here today. We’re here because 4 months ago, Americans and the rest of the world [...]

Video from the October 26 Anti-Surveillance Rally in Washington DC

It wasn’t the largest DC protest I’ve ever been to, but it was easily the most diverse: anti-authoritarian, pro-constitution civil liberties people and groups from all corners of the political tetrahedron were in evidence at today’s Stop Watching Us march and demonstration against the massive, unconstitutional government surveillance of our communications, whereabouts, associations and activities.

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It’s been a Big Gay Year. Where are the Hurricanes of Doom?

Motivational speaker Ken Crow is the latest right-wing Christian to declare that God will use natural disaster as an instrument of judgment against communities that allow same-sex marriage. Crow posted to Twitter yesterday: “Will gay marriage destroy America?”

Crow links to his own article in that Tweet. Crow’s article supplies the answer to the [...]

The Cipher March on Washington

Something odd is going on in Washington, DC today. The Chicago Defender lists a “March for Jobs and Justice” in DC as part of the commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of a larger civil rights March on Washington (it is the only commemorative event listed by the Chicago Defender that includes any reference to current [...]

After a Big Gay Fall, How has the Vengeful God been Dealing out Hurricanes?

A number of prominent fundamentalist religious preachers in America…

Stephen Bennett Harold Camping Graham Dow John Hagee Yehuda Levin John Piper Pat Robertson

… have repeatedly insisted that God uses weather disasters to punish communities for allowing gay people to hold hands, kiss, speak to each other or live with each other — the [...]

The Most Honest Summer Festival in America

Obama vs. Obama on the "Choice" Between Security and Freedom

Remarks of Senator Barack Obama on December 15, 2005, proposing reforms to the Patriot Act:

“A few years before I even arrived in the Senate, I began hearing concerns from people of every background and political leaning that this law, the very purpose of which was to protect us, was also threatening to violate [...]

While Congress Dithers, Minimum Wage Drops 8 Cents in Two Months

The Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013 (H.R. 1010 in the House and S. 460 in the Senate) is a bill that would increase the minimum wage from its current $7.25/hour to $10.10/hour over the next two years. After that point, the minimum wage would automatically increase to keep pace with inflation — the tendency [...]

The Language of Conspiracy: Twisted Twitter Titters on the Obama Microchip

It’s a hoax, you know.

There is no provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) that will force Americans to have government-tracked rfid microchips implanted under their skin. Just read the law for yourself to verify this.

For those who don’t like to verify anything, there’s the right-wing social media echo chamber. [...]