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Saturday, May 28, 2016

For Profit SUCKS!


Never mind the FACTS....just think about it.

Why would a For Profit Corporation spend gazillions to promote exclusive education that they can profit from?

For Profit Anything SUCKS!
We've seen their failures. Let's not sacrifice CHILDREN.



There's going to be a question on the ballot this year about charters.
A lot of money will be spent by some very, very rich people to try to convince you that more charters is a good idea.
If it was such a hot idea, why don't states with vastly more charters than MA have vastly better results?
Here's the facts: A deal was offered to the pro-charter forces that would have significantly increased the number of charters and seats for charter students... if charters agreed to take in ANY student from the district by changing the admissions process from opt-in to opt-out (so every student would get the chance to go to a charter who wants to), and could meet or exceed the attrition rates of the other public schools in their district.
The pro-charter groups balked, because they know they can't compete if they don't get to screen who they let in, and can't force out under-performing students.
And we're not going to improve the quality of our state's educational system with a policy of increasing the number of "public" schools that screen out students coming in, and boot under-performing students out.
This will help you to decide to vote against lifting the Charter school cap in November.
Every year, the report grades each state on its overall education performance.
BOSTON.COM
https://www.boston.com/news/education/2016/01/07/a-new-report-says-massachusetts-schools-are-the-best-in-the-nation









We've seen the abuse and neglect caused by FOR PROFIT PRISONS.....










We've seen the failures of Bogus FOR PROFIT COLLEGES that exaggerate their success....before filing for bankruptcy like CORINTHIAN....



and there's Donald Trump's fraudulent university.... 




...and there's that legal matter his supporters have ignored.....




We've seen the failure of HEALTH CARE caused by FOR PROFIT companies ordering expensive and unnecessary tests, providing poor care yet raking in PROFITS...... 








Boston: See the Award-Winning Film 'Gods in Shackles'!


THE BLACKFISH OF ASIAN ELEPHANTS!!! BE THE CHANGE WE NEED TO SEE FOR THEM!!!


The Truth Behind the Pomp and Pageantry of India’s Temple Elephants 

Special Screening, Luncheon, Cocktails, Live Soundtrack music with artist Donald Quan, Silent Auction, Raffle and Q&A with Laurie Kirby WBZ radio, and Filmmaker Sangita Iyer
*Proceeds fund our outreach program to save these majestic creatures. Their future welfare lies in our hands.





Captive elephants are exploited for profit in the name of culture and religion. Kerala's captive elephants have declined substantially, with only 360 of them left. India's heritage animal, and the embodiment Lord Ganesh needs to be treated with so much more reverence. You can find out more details and join our legacy movement by clicking on this link here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/go...




We're surging in California. Help push us over the top.




Bernie Sanders for President


Thanks in no small part to your efforts on the phones last weekend, voter registration numbers in California saw a big surge right before the May 23rd deadline.

We also learned this week that – according to a poll from the Public Policy Institute of California – we're now within striking distance of a victory in California on June 7th.

Our in-state staff and volunteers are working incredibly hard for the win, but they need your help. This is the most critical weekend for us to get on the phones and identify Bernie supporters, so that next week our ground teams know which doors to knock and which voters to persuade. Can you pitch in an hour or two of your time this weekend to help Bernie win California?

If you've never called voters for Bernie before, don't worry – it's not hard. You just need a computer or a tablet, and a phone. We provide a simple script for you to follow, and dedicated volunteers are standing by on livechat to assist if you run into any problems.

Thanks to your support, we've won 21 primaries and caucuses so far this year – a result that no one would have predicted when we launched this campaign just over a year ago. California represents the biggest prize of all, with 475 pledged delegates at stake, and a victory there would send a gigantic signal to the political establishment that our movement has real staying power.

With your help, we'll keep this political revolution going all the way to the convention in Philadelphia. So we hope you can help out this weekend and sign up to call for an hour or two.

In solidarity,
Team Bernie



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CounterCurrents: First Deposition Released On Clinton Email Case, Extremely Cautionary Catastrophes: Fukushima And Chernobyl,




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Obama Visits Hiroshima; Offers No Apology, An Insult To The Dead
By Dr. Vivek Kumar Srivastava

http://www.countercurrents.org/srivastava280516.htm

US President has visited Hiroshima the place where US committed the worst crime against the humanity by dropping the atom bomb on 6th August 1945 just to press Japan more in the drench after the end of the second world war. He is nobel peace prize winner so he tried to show that he is really sad about the drooping of the bombs. His speech was full of empty words as he did not address the main issue. In fact Obama has lost his place in history because he did not offer any apology. In fact he should have accepted the faults but he comes from a country whose ego led to the dropping of the bombs


The Speech Obama Should Have Given In Hiroshima 
By Matt Peppe

http://www.countercurrents.org/peppe280516.htm

Barack Obama became the first U.S. President to visit Hiroshima on Friday, more than seven decades after the U.S. B-29 bomber Enola Gay dropped a 10,000-pound atomic bomb nicknamed "Little Boy" on the city whose military value was far less than that of Tampa to the United States. Obama stood at a podium with the epicenter of the blast, the Genbaku Domu, in the background and said that he had "come to mourn the dead." While Obama mourned, there was one thing he did not do: apologize. He said that "death came from the sky." No mention of why. Or who was responsible, as if it were a natural disaster rather than a crime perpetrated by actual people. Obama was either unwilling or unable to confront the truth and make amends. Here's what he could have said to try to do so


Extremely Cautionary Catastrophes: Fukushima And Chernobyl 
By Robert Snefjella

http://www.countercurrents.org/snefjella280516.htm

This article is an incomplete overview of our situation, intended to boost general understanding of these subjects. Some reflections on essential reforms close out the piece


First Deposition Released On Clinton Email Case 
By Eric Zuesse

http://www.countercurrents.org/zuesse280516.htm

U.S. Ambassador Lewis Lukens’s sworn testimony in the case of Hillary Clinton’s privatization of the U.S. Secretary of State’s email is the first evidence to be released in the Clinton email cases, and it was published on May 26th at the website of Judicial Watch, the organization that originally brought the suit



Amid Strikes, French President Hollande Pledges To Impose Labor Law 
By Alex Lantier

http://www.countercurrents.org/lantier280516.htm

Speaking yesterday from the G7 summit in Japan, French President François Hollande pledged to maintain the Socialist Party’s (PS) unpopular labor law in the face of mass protests and an escalating wave of strikes against the law. Yesterday, new blockades emerged at La Rochelle, where dock workers blocked the port and were preparing to extend the blockade last night for another 24 hours


Unity Of Islamists And Practitioners Of Hindutva On Wife Beating 
By Shamsul Islam

http://www.countercurrents.org/islam280516.htm

The Hindutva fraternity in largest democracy on this earth, thus, is far ahead in propagating wife beating in comparison to Islamists in Pakistan. Islamists and practitioners of Hindutva may seem to be indulging all kinds of rhetoric against each other but fact is that they together remain committed to similar ideology so far their own women are concerned. Both seem to have studied the same anti-woman syllabi. But the most deplorable aspect is that India still committed to an egalitarian polity allows such demeaning ideology against women a free run


Remembering Trupti Shah
By Sahiyar (Stree Sangathan) & Paryavaran Suraksha Samiti (PSS)

http://www.countercurrents.org/sahiyar280516.htm

The women’s movement, the environmental cause, the struggle for justice has lost a voice that never flinched from standing up for victims of exploitation, injustice and violence. Trupti Shah (54) left us on May 26, 2016 in Vadodara after a valiant battle against lung cancer. 


RSN: Donald Trump Backs Out of Debate With Bernie Sanders




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FOCUS: Donald Trump Backs Out of Debate With Bernie Sanders 
Donald Trump. (photo: Bill Clark/Roll Call) 
Hadas Gold, Politico 
Gold writes: "Donald Trump will not participate in a debate with Sen. Bernie Sanders, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee said Friday." 
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MASSterList: Bernie’s jumping the shark | Tougher nursing home regs | Tarentino funeral



Retailers Association of Massachusetts HYSTERIA!

Massachusetts Corporate Media PROPAGANDA Machines can be counted on to fuel the HYSTERIA, particularly the Boston Herald tabloid! 

Plastic Bag Bans address a greater issue of OUR place on the planet and our right to pollute. 
We've filled the OCEANS with our PLASTIC TRASH that will never breakdown, killed marine creatures and much else. Besides, not having to dispose of PLASTIC BAGS reduces municipal costs. 

It is possible to manufacture plastic bags that breakdown.....industry hasn't taken action. 

According to  Retailers Association of Massachusetts.....


SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE, FOLKS! 

If you don't take PLASTIC BAGS home from stores, you don't need to dispose of or recycle PLASTIC BAGS! 













Retail group: Senate bag ban vote the latest mandate


By Andy Metzger/State House News Service

Posted May. 26, 2016 at 10:05 AM 


BOSTON - A ban on single-use plastic bags from large stores and chains around the state, approved by the Massachusetts Senate on Wednesday, will feed the anger of store owners upset with recent government actions, according to their chief spokesman.
On Wednesday, the Senate added a rider to its budget on a 29-to-9 vote banning single-use plastic bags at many checkouts throughout the state. Under the legislation, checkout bags at certain stores would need to be reusable or made of recycled paper and sold for at least 10 cents apiece.
"It's becoming a bit frightening this big government I-know-better-than-you attitude," Retailers Association of Massachusetts President Jon Hurst told the News Service after the vote. He said, "This is what small business owners are angry about - all the red tape and everything that is occurring as they try to stay in the black."
Sponsored by Sen. Jamie Eldridge and four other Democrats, the measure would ban giving away single-use bags at points of sale at stores with gross square footage of 3,000 or more or chains with three or more locations.
Eldridge, an Acton Democrat, said plastic bags are used for only an average of 12 minutes, and wind up as litter stuck in trees or as harmful micro-plastic. According to Eldridge's office the U.S. annually uses 100 billion plastic shopping bags made from the equivalent of 12 million barrels of oil.
Hurst said the mandated 10-cent price on checkout bags would be subject to the state's 6.25 percent sales tax, calling it a "tax on a tax," and he said shoppers re-use plastic bags from stores for a variety of purposes.
"Don't they realize that these consumers are going to have to go out and buy plastic bags?" Hurst asked. He said, "I think small businesses are better equipped to make these decisions on their own."
While plastic shopping bags are ubiquitous at many pharmacies and grocery stores, many customers prefer to shop with an environmentally friendly reusable bag.
A statewide plastic bag ban would add to small business grievances that include mandated sick leave, a hike in the minimum wage and legislation increasing the statewide smoking age, Hurst said.
"The consumer should be blaming the elected officials," Hurst said. Asked whether the bag ban would relieve businesses from the cost of providing free bags to customers, Hurst said the stores would have to "take the grief from the consumer," and they don't want to make money by "making the customers unhappy."
Hurst said it would also give a leg-up to the online retailer Amazon.
According to Eldridge's office, 32 municipalities have approved plastic bag bans: Aquinnah, Barnstable, Bridgewater, Brookline, Cambridge, Chatham, Chilmark, Concord, Edgartown, Falmouth, Framingham, Great Barrington, Hamilton, Harwich, Ipswich, Lee, Manchester, Marblehead, Nantucket, Natick, Newburyport, Newton, Northampton, Provincetown, Shrewsbury, Somerville, Tisbury, Truro, Wellesley, Wellfleet, West Tisbury and Williamstown.
Hurst said the business community would be more amenable to statewide mandates if lawmakers also took steps to pre-empt local mandates. The legislation adopted by the Senate specifically allows municipalities and the state to establish any "further limitation of single-use carryout bags."
In addition to larger retail locations, the bag ban would be imposed on stores with "at least 3 locations under the same ownership or brand name" within the state and would go into effect Aug. 1, 2018.

http://www.wickedlocal.com/article/20160526/NEWS/160527144/0/breaking_ajax


Editorial: Bag this Senate idea

Boston Herald editorial staff Friday, May 27, 2016

The war on business continues unabated in the Massachusetts Senate. Not satisfied with having enacted a huge increase in the minimum wage (one that many senators would dearly love to raise even higher) and a mandatory paid leave law the upper branch has now approved a ban on the distribution of single-use plastic bags at certain retailers.

Now, the bag ban will win senators praise among their more ecologically-minded constituents. 
It will make them feel terrific about themselves.

But it will do precious little to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which is the far-reaching argument of some supporters in favor of the ban.

And it could be just the thing that convinces a small company struggling with the increasing burden of running a business in Massachusetts that it’s just not worth it to go on.

Cooler heads in the House ought to prevail and the mandate, which was added to the Senate version of the budget, shouldn’t survive final budget negotiations.

Among other things, it isn’t necessary. The bags are recyclable (look for the “plastic bag” bin at your municipal recycling facility) and reusable. As one critic told the State House News Service, forbidding distribution of single-use bags by retailers will lead many people to go out and buy plastic bags to line the wastebasket, pick up after their dogs and carry their lunches to work.

PLASTIC BAGS ARE NOT RECYCLED! That's the problem! 



Paper bags are no less environmentally harmful to produce than plastic bags.
Meanwhile the Senate measure would require retailers to charge customers who don’t bring their own reusable bags a fee for a paper one, but blackmailing consumers with a bag fee (a “purchase” that would also be subject to the state sales tax) is just terrible public policy.

Many cities and towns in Massachusetts have already adopted their own bag-ban ordinances and bylaws — but of course those local measures don’t give the Senate the opportunity to claim credit for saving Mother Earth. We suspect the push for a statewide ban is more about making sure Massachusetts doesn’t lose its national edge with the progressive set. This amendment should not become law.






By Jay Fitzgerald and Keith Regan
05/27/2016

Bernie’s jumping the shark | Tougher nursing home regs | Tarentino funeral




Happening Today


Fallen Heroes Memorial
Gov. Charlie Baker and Mayor Marty Walsh attend the dedication ceremony marking the opening of a permanent memorial "created for the sons and daughters of the Commonwealth who gave their lives since September 11, 2001 in service to the United States in the Global War on Terrorism," 85 Northern Ave., Boston, 10:45 a.m.


Moulton at UMass Boston
U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton will give the address at the University of Massachusetts Boston's undergraduate commencement; the university will also present an honorary degree to Suzanne Lee, a former Boston Public Schools principal and teacher, along with a posthumous honorary degree to the late Congressman Louis Stokes of Ohio, TD Garden, Boston, 9:30 a.m.
Shaheen at BC Law
U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire will be the commencement speaker at Boston College Law School, Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill, 10:30 a.m.

Happening Today
Fallen Heroes Memorial
Gov. Charlie Baker and Mayor Marty Walsh attend the dedication ceremony marking the opening of a permanent memorial "created for the sons and daughters of the Commonwealth who gave their lives since September 11, 2001 in service to the United States in the Global War on Terrorism," 85 Northern Ave., Boston, 10:45 a.m.
Moulton at UMass Boston
U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton will give the address at the University of Massachusetts Boston's undergraduate commencement; the university will also present an honorary degree to Suzanne Lee, a former Boston Public Schools principal and teacher, along with a posthumous honorary degree to the late Congressman Louis Stokes of Ohio, TD Garden, Boston, 9:30 a.m.
Shaheen at BC Law
U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire will be the commencement speaker at Boston College Law School, Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill, 10:30 a.m.
Sponsored
The Quality Jobs for Quality Care campaign is an effort to increase wages for frontline nursing home caregivers who provide around-the-clock, compassionate care to individuals who can no longer live safely at home. More than 70% of nursing home residents have their care paid for by MassHealth, making a facility’s ability to invest in staff wages dependent upon state funding. The Nursing Home Quality Jobs Initiative would directly invest in these hardworking and dedicated caregivers by providing an immediate and accountable wage pass-through.
Today's News
Memorial Day motoring and muttering
In case you’re a little annoyed about rising gas prices heading into the Memorial Day weekend, consider this: Sure, prices are up 14 cents a gallon over the past month alone, but they’re still 38 cents below last year’s prices heading into the holiday weekend, according the AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report. So don’t fret too much. Motorists are still getting a bargain.
AAA Fuel Gauge


How is this inflammatory crap considered 'journalism'
Sanders is poised to jump the shark
At first, we thought it was a joke: The guaranteed GOP presidential nominee winner, Donald Trump, squaring off in a debate against the nearly guaranteed Democratic presidential loser, Bernie Sanders. It probably won’t happen. But the two sides are definitely talking about it.
We get why Trump wants this: It would humiliate and isolate Hillary Clinton and prolong the Democratic Party’s infighting. Classic divide and conquer. We’re tempted to say that we don’t get why Sanders wants this. But we all know why he’s doing it: He’s a purist, an ideologue who has lived and breathed his cause all his adult life, a man who feels surrendering is a form of betraying that cause.
Then again, the Globe's Renée Graham has a better description: “Senator Bernie Sanders has become the irascible child who flips the board and stomps the checkers to dust after realizing he can’t win.” The Herald’s Kimberly Atkins says its time for U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren to intervene on Hillary’s behalf, before Sanders does irrevocable harm: “Several Dems point to Sanders’ feud with National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and his public banter about debating Trump for charity as evidence that Bernie has jumped the shark.”
Speaking of jumping the shark, the Globe’s Scot Lehigh says former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld’s quixotic run for vice president as a libertarian isn’t crazy as many think. Hint: He’s indirectly doing what Warren should be directly doing.
But is Bill Weld Libertarian enough?
Speaking of Bill Weld: With the Libertarian Party 2016 convention taking place over the long weekend, Adam Vaccaro of Boston.com poses the question of whether former Massachusetts governor is enough of a libertarian to win the party’s nod as its vice presidential candidate. Weld’s past positions on gun control and other issues have raised eyebrows, but he goes in as the VP favorite. “The bar is high,” said Dan Fishman of the Massachusetts Libertarian Party. “I believe he can meet that bar. But we’re not going to bend our standards.”
Boston.com

Thousands expected at funeral for slain Auburn police officer
Thousands of people – including police officers from far and wide and Gov. Charlie Baker and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren – attended yesterday’s sad wake for Auburn Police Officer Ronald Tarentino, who was murdered on Sunday by an ex-con during a traffic stop, reports Samantha Allen at the Telegram. And thousands more are expected at this morning’s funeral for the fallen officer.
The Telegram
Tighter restrictions coming for state nursing homes?
State lawmakers are pushing a measure that would tighten oversight of the state’s nursing homes, with senators voting to raise maximum fines on problem-plagued facilities from $50 a day to $10,000 and to require regulators to scour the homes’ finances, the Globe’s Kay Lazar reports. Though Gov. Charlie Baker’s office is signaling it can go along with tougher regulations, House Speaker Robert DeLeo is mum about the provision. Called “Preventing patient abuse in nursing homes,” the measure comes amid revelations of substandard care and short-staffing by an out-of-state nursing home chain, Synergy Health Centers, Lazar reports.
Boston Globe

Lucrative sick-time payouts would still be the norm at many state agencies
Even if Gov. Charlie Baker’s proposed crackdown on sick-time payouts is enacted, the measure still wouldn’t apply to thousands of state workers at various independent and quasi-public state agencies, such as, oh, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, reports Greg Ryan of the Boston Business Journal. From Ryan: “In fact, even though the Gaming Commission has only existed for a short number of years, some of its current employees are in line for unused sick-time payouts that total in the tens-of-thousands-of-dollars. And the value of those cashouts will continue to expand unless more reforms — in addition to those proposed by Baker — are adopted.”
BBJ
Face it: Plastic bag bans are a reality, so come up with a workable idea
The Retailers Association of Massachusetts, as reported by SHNS’s Andy Metzger at Wicked Local, and Boston Herald editorial writers are right to be miffed about a Senate measure, tucked in as a rider to the state budget, that effectively micro-manages what type of shopping bags, plastic or paper, can be used in certain stores under certain circumstances, etc. Banning plastic bags has most definitely become the local PC issue of the season. But here’s the thing: Plastic bag bans are spreading, democratically approved by voters at the local town and city levels. The latest town to approve a plastic-bag ban: Amherst, now the 24th community to do so, as reported at MassLive. More will undoubtedly follow. So the long-term issue isn’t that the state has a “big government I-know-better-than-you attitude,” in the words of the retail association’s Jon Hurst. The issue is whether a more pragmatic approach can be forged that deals with the reality that plastic bag bans are already here.
Time to spike New Balance’s ‘corporate welfare’ provision
Somehow, U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas’s provision that all but mandates that the Pentagon buy running shoes from Boston-based New Balance has survived the byzantine legislative process in Washington, D.C. The measure, buried deep within the huge defense authorization act, requires enlisted personnel to wear only made-in-America footwear. And who is the only made-in-America footwear maker in the US? New Balance. The footwear company deserves enormous credit for keeping manufacturing jobs here. But as a Globe editorial notes, it doesn’t deserve special procurement treatment: “The New Balance provision is the kind of special-interest earmark that fuels Americans’ distaste for Congress. Corporate welfare has no place in a spending bill — certainly not in one that provides for the national defense.”
Boston Globe

A New Hampshire-Massachusetts primary two-fer?
With the Republican Party pondering changes to its primary calendar in the 2020 election cycle, Steve Koczela of MassINC Polling Group says a proposal to combine the New Hampshire and Massachusetts presidential primaries “makes a good deal of sense.” Koczela writing at WBUR: “Putting the natural pair together on the same day would give a moderate candidate a shot at two friendly states early in the calendar, and make it more worthwhile to camp out in New England early in the process.”
WBUR
Watchdog calls Walsh budget ‘thoughtful’
In the Dorchester Reporter, Samuel Tyler, the president of the Boston Municipal Research Bureau, combs through Boston Mayor Marty Walsh’s latest budget proposal and finds it “more thoughtful” than earlier spending plans, with an emphasis on new initiatives and service consolidations designed to improve the efficiency of city government.  
Dorchester Reporter
Does Massachusetts need a state climatologist?
The Senate budget finalized last night includes funding for a state climatologist, a position that has been vacant for several years and one that Gov. Charlie Baker has opposed filling, Christian Wade of the Eagle-Tribune reports. Massachusetts and Tennessee are the only states without a climatologist on the payroll and some environmental groups want the position restored or even elevated to a cabinet-level post.
Eagle-Tribune

Waltham’s Raytheon plans to ‘hot-rod’ old M60 Patton battle tanks
For military history buffs on this Memorial Day weekend eve, here’s a cool item: Even though the U.S. military adopted the M1A1 Abrams battle tank a couple of decades ago, there’s still thousands of the previous Raytheon M60 Patton tanks in service around the globe in places like Israel, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, but spare parts for the aging wonders are getting pretty hard to find. So now the Waltham defense company is offering a “M60A3 Service Life Extension Program (SLEP)” that allows countries to “hot-rod” the Patton via kits supplied by Raytheon and its partners, Popular Mechanics reports.
We’re talking more horsepower, upgraded turrets, a new 120mm M256 smooth bore cannon – the works!
Popular Mechanics
Have a glorious Memorial Day weekend – and see you on Tuesday
MASSterList will be taking Monday’s Memorial Day holiday off like most everyone else, so we’ll see you first thing Tuesday morning. Have a wonderful holiday weekend, everyone.

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