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Corruption is Legal in America
« on: August 20, 2015, 02:20:32 PM »
Study: Congress literally doesn’t care what you think


Have you ever felt like the government doesn’t really care what you think?

Professors Martin Gilens (Princeton University) and Benjamin I. Page (Northwestern University) looked at more than 20 years worth of data to answer a simple question: Does the government represent the people?

Their study took data from nearly 2000 public opinion surveys and compared it to the policies that ended up becoming law. In other words, they compared what the public wanted to what the government actually did. What they found was extremely unsettling: The opinions of 90% of Americans have essentially no impact at all.

This video gives a quick rundown of their findings — it all boils down to one simple graph:


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Published on Apr 30, 2015

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1. Gilens and Page, “Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens,” Perspective on Politics, 2014. http://scholar.princeton.edu/sites/de...

2. Washington Post, “Rich People Rule!” 2014.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/m...

3. Washington Post, “Once again, U.S. has most expensive, least effective health care system in survey,” 2014.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to...

4. Forbes Opinion, “The tax code is a hopeless complex, economy-suffocating mess,” 2013.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/billfrenz...

5. CNN, “Americans pay more for slower Internet,” 2014.
http://money.cnn.com/2014/10/31/techn...

6. The Hill, “Sanders requests DOD meeting over wasteful spending,” 2015.
http://thehill.com/policy/finance/234...

7. CBS News, “Wastebook 2014: Government’s questionable spending,” 2014.
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/wastebook...

8. The Heritage Foundation, Budget Book, 2015.
http://www.heritage.org/issues/budget...

9. The Atlantic, “American schools vs. the world: expensive, unequal, bad at math,” 2013.
http://www.theatlantic.com/education/...

10. CNN Opinion, “War on drugs a trillion-dollar failure,” 2012.
http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/06/opinion...

11. Feeding America, Child Hunger Fact Sheet, 2014.
http://www.feedingamerica.org/hunger-...

12. New York Times, “Banks’ lobbyists help in drafting financial bills,” 2014.
http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2013/05/2...

13. New York Times, “Wall Street seeks to tuck Dodd-Frank changes in budget bill,” 2014
http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2014/12/0...

14. Sunlight Foundation, “Fixed Fortunes: Biggest corporate political interests spend billions, get trillions,” 2014.
http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/20...

15. Sunlight Foundation, Fixed Fortunes database, 2015.
http://influenceexplorer.com/fixed-fo...


Princeton University study: Public opinion has “near-zero” impact on U.S. law.

Gilens & Page found that the number of Americans for or against any idea has no impact on the likelihood that Congress will make it law.

“The preferences of the average American appear to have only a miniscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.”
One thing that does have an influence? Money. While the opinions of the bottom 90% of income earners in America have a “statistically non-significant impact,” Economic elites, business interests, and people who can afford lobbyists still carry major influence.

Nearly every issue we face as a nation is caught in the grip of corruption.
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Re: Corruption is Legal in America
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2015, 03:30:58 PM »
The title to the post does not match the post itself.

And the post itself seems to ignore the fact that the US government was designed in a 3 part system for several reasons, the House supposedly built to react to popularity through the election cycle running every 2 years, and certainly we have seen this demonstrated with the recent House Republicans. The Senate was supposed to be a safer place where the politicians aren't required to be reactionary to ridiculous popularity items, things that we all know come and go in a week, such as gun control urges after some new wacko utilizes the happy hunting ground provided by schools and school boards and state laws that only allow criminals to carry guns on school property.

And then sitting on top of this one side cares about popular, one side not, there is a single person deciding what he/she wants. Obama and health care for example, when people wanted jobs. Bush ignoring fiscal common sense in favor of the expansion of yet more government spending programs.

So sure, I can see how the overall result of this kind of system doesn't deliver red meat popularity in the form of laws, why should it, it wasn't DESIGNED to do that.

And none of this has anything to do corruption being legal, because most certainly it is not, and no one has changed laws making it so.
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Re: Corruption is Legal in America
« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2015, 02:23:41 AM »
You are wrong, as usual.

But thanks for the pointless rant about some of your favorite whipping post items, none of which have anything to do with the point of the video.

Which is, by the way, on point.

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Officials Secretly Added Cancer-Causing Chemicals to City’s Water Supply
« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2015, 03:01:25 AM »
Officials Secretly Added Cancer-Causing Chemicals to City’s Water Supply

 

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Submitted by Cassius Methyl via TheAnti-Media.org,

In 2013 and 2014, the City of Sacramento performed a water treatment experiment at the expense of residents of the city “to save money,” according to a local news investigation.

Area residents were never informed about the toxic chemical contamination of their water that resulted from the experiment. “Cancer, miscarriages, and birth defects” are the consequences of consuming those chemicals, but the extent to which Sacramento residents are likely to experience these symptoms is not yet known.

City officials allowed the experiment to continue for an entire year  despite knowing early on that very process was creating carcinogens. For how long that contamination will be suspended in the water supply is up in the air.

Officials experimented on the water with a new added chemical to aid in removing sediment, silt, and other impurities in the water supply: aluminum chlorohydrate (ACH). It was due to replace the chemical known as ALUM that was regularly used to take the larger particles out of river water to treat it. Both chemicals weigh down the sediment to make it easily removable.

However, the addition of ACH to the city’s water supply wound up being ineffective as a treatment  so an excessive quantity of chlorine was added to the water, as well.

An astonishing failure, the combination of excess chlorine and aluminum chlorohydrate ended up yielding carcinogenic toxins known as “DBPs” — disinfection byproducts. Specifically, these are in the class of chemicals known as THMs, or Trihalomethanes.

According to Water Research, THMs are in the same chemical class as chloroform; and, although this water experiment ended about a year ago, the THMs remain in Sacramento’s water supply in levels that exceed EPA regulations. Several readings of THM levels provided to ABC10 exceeded 80 parts per billion, the EPA limit.

The ABC10 investigation says “data showing dozens of readings in excess of the EPA standard of 80 parts-per-billion during the year-long trial. In the Westlake neighborhood, near Sleep Train Arena, during a two-month period between August and October 2013, 11 of 13 readings were above EPA limits. Then in March of 2014, readings were way up across the city. Some people were drinking water with DBP levels above 130 parts-per-billion.”

Sacramento’s Utility Director, Bill Busath, told ABC10 the entire issue had to do with saving money: “There was an expectation that we would be able to save quite a bit of money.”

Bob Bowcock grew up working in the water treatment industry. His description, as reported by ABC10, is telling:

“This community was basically looked at as a laboratory guinea pig, in that they were exposed to violation level trihalomethanes for up to one year without any proper notification whatsoever […] Every corner you turn, on this particular project, it’s red flag, red flag, red flag. It’s like peeling back an onion. There is just another layer. The closer you get to the center, the stronger the smell.”

According to an ABC10 news report:

“Pregnant women and unborn babies, Bowcock said, are especially vulnerable to DBPs. In first trimester pregnancies, there’s a significant rise in miscarriages, and in third trimester there’s evidence of low birth weight,” he said, describing how the DBP-tainted water is even more dangerous when its mists are breathed in while showering or washing dishes.”

This isn’t the only  water contamination that affects greater Sacramento — Northside residents need to be aware that McClellan Air Force Base is rumored to be the source of contaminated water, as a “chromium plume” of groundwater contamination radiates from out from the base.

Our water, in other words, is polluted with cancer-causing chromium-6.

According to a June article from the Sacramento Bee:

“Water from six of 11 wells in the Rio Linda-Elverta district tested above the state’s maximum contaminant levels for chromium-6 […] Wells closest to the former McClellan Air Force Base have the highest levels of hexavalent chromium, or chromium-6, a known carcinogen […] Exposure to chromium-6 can lead to skin irritation, occupational asthma, and kidney and liver damage, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.”

A woman from North Sacramento lamented“I know [the water] gave me cancer.”

Rio Linda resident, Anna Marie Tomlinson, hasn’t touched her tap water in years — because she was the fourth person on her block to get cancer. “I drank it every day,”she said.

How do we allow officials to blindly add chemicals to our water supply? Unfortunately, most of us probably weren’t even aware the first chemical, ALUM, had been added to our drinking water — much less the insane chemical soup that resulted as a byproduct of this reckless experiment.

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Re: Officials Secretly Added Cancer-Causing Chemicals to City’s Water Supply
« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2015, 04:24:50 AM »
What a way to start the day Surly.  These despicable pricks that allowed this should be doing hard time.

You can bet your last dollar everyone of these bastards were drinking bottled spring water after this disgrace started.

What low lifes, contaminating the very community they live in and work for. Wonder how much the piggies paid them for this secret experiment.





 

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