NEW PALTZ — Students trying to protest during Gov. Andrew Cuomo's visit to SUNY New Paltz Tuesday were threatened with pepper spray and forced to back away from the building where the governor was speaking.
And college President Donald Christian is OK with that. Cuomo's office ordered the move, he said.
Cuomo's office said they were looking into the matter but had not responded with a statement as of early Thursday evening.
Nadia Alirahi, 21, a student senator and member of the student association, said about 15 to 20 students from NYPIRG and Democracy Matters wanted to protest outside the Student Union Building where Cuomo was to make an announcement of a $10 million state grant to the school. The students were opposed to fracking among other grievances.
Wait, I thought Cuomo was opposed to fracking? Read below the fold...
We know this. But it's good to have it re-stated. Froomkin in The Intercept:
Clapper flat-out lied to Sen. Ron Wyden during a Senate hearing in March when he said the NSA does not wittingly “collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans.”
Clapper has previously said he “responded in what I thought was the most truthful, or least untruthful manner by saying no.”
Clapper also complained about his limited budget. Read below the fold...
This very lucid explanation of how Federal taxes work comes from Rexburg, Idaho (!):
When the federal government spends, it simply credits business and household bank accounts to pay for goods and services the government needs such as obtaining military hardware, paying troops, caring for national parks, obtaining military hardware or to pay out social security benefits.
Take someone who receives a direct deposit of their monthly social security payment, for example. The federal government simply credits the recipient's bank account so that the balance increases. But in effect, all that really happens is the digits in the account change like the score on a scoreboard so that there is more money in the account.
Did the federal government need to go find the money to make that social security payment? No. They just adjusted the digits at the bank.
When the federal government spends, it creates money that did not previously exist. The side of the federal government that spends (the right hand) operates independently from the side of government that issues debt and collects taxes (the left hand). ....
This brings us to why the federal government collects taxes. It does so in order to reduce the amount of money flowing through the economy. Paying federal income taxes destroys money. Read below the fold...
In honor of 9/11 Truthers and dogged conspiracy theoristsbeverywhere, I created this fun Bingo game.
Feel free to add your favorite conspiracy buzzword!
h/t WeHuntedTheMammoth whose blog I just found regarding this disgusting episode, as part of which they had made a "GamerGate" bingo game. And for finding that blog, a huge hat tip to RationalWiki. Read below the fold...
Jim Hightower in Salon, November 28, 2000, before the Democrats had begun the blame-shifting that's the best thing they do:
308,000 Democrats voted for Bush. Hello. If Gore had taken even 1 percent of these Democrats from Bush, Nader’s votes wouldn’t have mattered.
(Here.) First, we agree -- confirmation bias alert -- on the nature of the state:
The Saudi state, like all states, isn’t a coherent whole, but a set* of elites that interact with each other. There are thousands of ‘princes’ who basically just get oil income, but any of them can act independently and many of them do.Read below the fold...