10 February, 15:16

Blog digest February 10: 'Mass moral march in North Carolina'

Blog digest February 10: 'Mass moral march in North Carolina'

Here is a digest of some interesting reports for you to check out. Somewhere between 80 to 100,000 people from 32 states turned out to protest four years of drastic state Republican initiatives in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Saturday. Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) on Sunday suggested that President Barack Obama’s health care law would make some people so lazy that they didn’t want to work at all. Drug Enforcement Agency training documents reveal how the agency constructs two chains of evidence to hide surveillance programs from defense teams, prosecutors, and a public wary of intelligence gathering methods. President Obama's looming decision to approve or reject the Keystone XL tar sands will be the ultimate indicator of whether his loyalties reside with the health of the planet and future generations or with the desires and financial interests of the fossil fuel industry.

Originally posted on the Voice of Russia’s Global Discussion

15 Photos From The Massive Progressive Protest You Didn’t Hear About This Weekend - Somewhere between 80 to 100,000 people from 32 states turned out to protest four years of drastic state Republican initiatives in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Saturday, Esther Yu-His Lee writes on Think Progress. The “Moral March on Raleigh”, organized by Historic Thousands on Jones Street, marched from Shaw University to the state capitol to push back against the “immoral and unconstitutional policies” of Republican Gov. Pat McCrory during the 2013 NC General Assembly session. Since North Carolina Republicans took over both legislative chambers in 2010, legislators have eliminated a host of programs and raised taxes on the bottom 80 percent, repealed a tax credit for 900,000 working families, enforced voter suppression efforts, blocked Medicaid coverage, cut pre-Kindergarten funding, cut federal unemployment benefits, and gave itself the authority to intervene in abortion lawsuits.

GOP senator to Fox News: Providing access to health care just makes people lazy - Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) on Sunday suggested that President Barack Obama’s health care law would make some people so lazy that they didn’t want to work at all, as a Congressional Budget Office report that said 2.3 million less hours would be worked after the Affordable Care Act was implemented, according to David Edwards writing on The Raw Story. “I think any law you pass that discourages people from working can’t be a good idea,” Mr. Blunt asserted. “Why would we wanna do that? Why would we think that’s a good thing? How does that allow people to prepare for the time when they don’t work?”

A Peek Inside the DEA Manual - The Terrifying Way Law Enforcement is Lying to Us - Drug Enforcement Agency training documents reveal how the agency constructs two chains of evidence to hide surveillance programs from defense teams, prosecutors, and a public wary of intelligence gathering methods, Aaron Cantú writes on AlterNet. The agency uses a deceptive technique called " parallel construction" to obscure the controversial methods by which it gathers data on drug offenders, because such revelations could jeapordize future surveillance efforts if a court ruled them unconstitutional. A secretive unit within the DEA known as the "Special Operations Division" (SOD) specializes in gathering information on defendants through cavalier means (including data-sharing with the NSA), and then helps investigators recreate information trails so evidence appears to have come from "normal investigative techniques."

Bill McKibben: We 'Dont Trust' Obama on Climate Change – According to 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben, a key voice in the climate justice movement, President Obama's looming decision to approve or reject the Keystone XL tar sands will be the ultimate indicator of whether his loyalties reside with the health of the planet and future generations or with the desires and financial interests of the fossil fuel industry, Jon Queally writes on Common Dreams. Mr. McKibben said that the climate movement does not trust Obama to do the right thing on the pipeline, despite the overwhelming scientific evidence and outpouring of opposition to the tar sands project. "He's done some good things, but his record is mixed at best," McKibben tells Moyers. "And he will be remembered at the moment, as the president who produced more carbon than anybody thought possible, unless he begins to act now with real power."

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