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Populist, Anti Fed Movement Up 23% in less than 1 month - "If you want to change something ... you have to go on the streets"

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Luke Rudkowki of WeAreChange.org interviews Lars Maehrholz, whose populist, anti-Fed movement is still growing rapidly. See Game Changing Major End The Fed Rally Planned in Europe Read below the fold...

Since no pessimist would predicted victory, I have no pretext to gloat

Nevertheless:

The Powerlessness of Positive Thinking

According to a great deal of research, positive fantasies may lessen your chances of succeeding. In one experiment, the social psychologists Gabriele Oettingen and Doris Mayer asked eighty-three German students to rate the extent to which they “experienced positive thoughts, images, or fantasies on the subject of transition into work life, graduating from university, looking for and finding a job.” Two years later, they approached the same students and asked about their post-college job experiences. Those who harbored positive fantasies put in fewer job applications, received fewer job offers, and ultimately earned lower salaries. The same was true in other contexts, too. Students who fantasized were less likely to ask their romantic crushes on a date and more likely to struggle academically. Hip-surgery patients also recovered more slowly when they dwelled on positive fantasies of walking without pain. ...

In a provocative new analysis, Oettingen and her colleagues have suggested that public displays of positive thinking may even predict downturns in major macroeconomic outcomes. They used a text-analysis program to measure the tone of articles in USA Today between 2007 and 2009, and found that especially positive articles predicted a downturn in the Dow Jones Industrial Average between a week and a month later. The researchers also analyzed all twenty-one U.S. Presidential inaugural addresses between 1933 and 2009, and found that Presidents who waxed optimistic about the future saw a rise in unemployment and a slowdown in economic growth during their terms in office.

Well, I might gloat just a little. Read below the fold...

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On The Stop And Frisk Front

NYCLU Applauds New York City’s Commitment to Start Stop-and-Frisk Reform Process and Drop Appeal Read below the fold...

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A Peek At "First Look"

Glenn Greenwald writes a long e-mail, revealing a few details about First Look, the new news venture he is a part of, and then discusses the Snowden NSA documents. Read below the fold...

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Emergent Party victory in Ohio

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Ohioans Elect Two Dozen City Councilors on Independent Labor Ticket

Union-dense Lorain County, Ohio, is now home to an independent labor slate of two dozen newly elected city councilors—recruited and run by the central labor council there. All labor’s candidates had strong showings last month, and all but two were elected.

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ObamaCare Clusterfuck: "ObamaCare Clusterfuck" propagates...

Arkansas Times:

Obamacare delay a political disaster
.... It is, in short, a cluster**** politically and will only encourage more resistance and foot-dragging.

BWA-HA-HA-HA-HA!!!! Read below the fold...

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Kinda made my eyes well up with joy

New Zealand MPs Sing Maori Love Song After Approving Gay Marriage (via HuffPost)

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Now THIS is a Big Deal!

On Nov 6, California voters put a stake through the heart of the Republican Party. Really! Not to take away from the landmark victories in the rest of the country, which are momentous and deserve every bit of attention they're getting, but, in the words of Robert Cruikshank at Calitics:

...the California Republican Party, and the California conservative movement, are as dead as Monty Python's parrot.

[YES!] emphasis and editorial comment added] Read below the fold...

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And it couldn't have happened to a nicer scumbag

Get fucked, Il Cavaliere.

The Milan court sentenced him to four years but later cut it to one year because of an amnesty law.

Mr Berlusconi condemned the sentence as "intolerable judicial harassment". He will remain free pending appeals.

He and others were accused of buying US film rights at inflated prices via two offshore companies under his control.

It is the first time Mr Berlusconi - who has faced a number of trials - has been convicted of any crime concerning his business activities.

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Mars rover Curiosity landed safely

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Cross-posted from Real Economics.

The Mars rover Curiosity landed safely on Mars early this morning. The rover weighs over one ton and is larger than a full-size American automobile (notice the two people standing at the left side of the photo, below). Congratulations are due to the people at NASA, JPL, and elsewhere who conceived, designed and executed this impressive mission. Read below the fold...

Green Party's Prez Candidate Jill Stein On Her Way Running!

Friday’s New York Times has a substantial story on the Green Party’s presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein. FINALLY corporate mainstream media is giving some serious print attention if not air time to the Green Party candidate for President of the United States as a viable alternative. Read below the fold...

Young and Holtful - Young Holt Unlimited

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We can still be holtful, if not hopeful. Just sayin'... Read below the fold...

Green Party candidate spreads the 12 word platform

HereAlthough the "s" was left off of "wars", and my order was changed, but still :-) Read below the fold...

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