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Tea Party created by... Koch Brothers


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From the "D'uh files":

A new academic study confirms that front groups with longstanding ties to the tobacco industry and the billionaire Koch brothers planned the formation of the Tea Party movement more than a decade before it exploded onto the U.S. political scene.
Far from a genuine grassroots uprising, this astroturf effort was curated by wealthy industrialists years in advance. Many of the anti-science operatives who defended cigarettes are currently deploying their tobacco-inspired playbook internationally to evade accountability for the fossil fuel industry's role in driving climate disruption.
Brendan DeMelle: Study Confirms Tea Party Was Created by Big Tobacco and Billionaire Koch Brothers
 

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Obvious really, all those ideas and aims were straight out of a billionaires wishlist; it is profoundly depressing how easily people were/are fooled into supporting a movement that is mostly counter to their own interests.
Really makes you doubt the future of democracy and wonder how long before blatant plutocracy or corporate theocracy takes over there or anywhere.
 

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Obvious really, all those ideas and aims were straight out of a billionaires wishlist; it is profoundly depressing how easily people were/are fooled into supporting a movement that is mostly counter to their own interests.
Really makes you doubt the future of democracy and wonder how long before blatant plutocracy or corporate theocracy takes over there or anywhere.
I'm sure the liberal media will run this story into the ground. Riiiiiiight?

Oh wait.
 

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I'm sure the liberal media will run this story into the ground. Riiiiiiight?

Oh wait.
No but even if they did the majority of proponents would rather deny the truth of the story or twist it in their own mind so that the Kochs and big tobacco are the only true patriots, certainly they would not have a Damascene conversion and review their own actions and views.

Education; liberal and deep with a strong primary focus on critical thinking is the only hope for democracy, I believe this is why there is a mass movement to avoid education of the sort above in favour of bible led and science denying BS.
 

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No but even if they did the majority of proponents would rather deny the truth of the story or twist it in their own mind so that the Kochs and big tobacco are the only true patriots, certainly they would not have a Damascene conversion and review their own actions and views.

Education; liberal and deep with a strong primary focus on critical thinking is the only hope for democracy, I believe this is why there is a mass movement to avoid education of the sort above in favour of bible led and science denying BS.
Sadly, the only thing more messed up than the healthcare and political system in the US, is the education system.
 

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You can get some people to believe the most absurd things, like Christianity, Willie O'Dea is a top TD, the Titanic was unsinkable. What other mad beliefs can you add to my sad little list.
 

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No but even if they did the majority of proponents would rather deny the truth of the story or twist it in their own mind so that the Kochs and big tobacco are the only true patriots, certainly they would not have a Damascene conversion and review their own actions and views.

Education; liberal and deep with a strong primary focus on critical thinking is the only hope for democracy, I believe this is why there is a mass movement to avoid education of the sort above in favour of bible led and science denying BS.
Which is why we get stuff like this....
Texas GOP rejects ‘critical thinking’ skills. Really. - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post

I think the average Republican in places like Texas are de-evolving. Another few years and their knuckles will be scraping the ground. Well the knuckles that are'nt grasping a rifle or a bible, anyway!
 
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Which is why we get stuff like this....
Texas GOP rejects ‘critical thinking’ skills. Really. - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post

I think the average Republican in places like Texas are de-evolving. Another few years and their knuckles will be scraping the ground.
The truly scary thing is that many if not most of the rich seem to see themselves as different from the rest of us; a recent article by a journalist who followed the very wealthy about for years and wrote a book about it says that they (the rich) feel they have massively more in common with each other and see the rest of us as being failed human beings; being or becoming rich is something everyone normal could do and should do and those that don't are mildly contemptible.
They don't consider themselves Irish or American as much as part of an extra-national nation of the rich.
This view allows them a leeway to manipulate and treat lesser mortals as they wish and put the guilt onto them for their own "self-inflicted" problems.
Profit and accruing more wealth is all that matters, the lesser citizens are chattel, their wants and desires irrelevant.
This is very damaging in the long term but the rich are as shortsighted as anyone else, they will be as flabberghasted as Marie Antoinette when the backlash begins.


http://dianeravitch.net/2012/09/05/6897/
 

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some one should try setting up a Marlbora and coffee party over their. After all, tea ain't really that big in the US.
On a more serious note, I cant ever see any party like this taking on the big two. Not for a long time any how. pretty much the same every where, two big main players and the rest feeding on the crumbs.
swk
 

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The truly scary thing is that many if not most of the rich seem to see themselves as different from the rest of us; a recent article by a journalist who followed the very wealthy about for years and wrote a book about it says that they (the rich) feel they have massively more in common with each other and see the rest of us as being failed human beings; being or becoming rich is something everyone normal could do and should do and those that don't are mildly contemptible.
They don't consider themselves Irish or American as much as part of an extra-national nation of the rich.
This view allows them a leeway to manipulate and treat lesser mortals as they wish and put the guilt onto them for their own "self-inflicted" problems.
Profit and accruing more wealth is all that matters, the lesser citizens are chattel, their wants and desires irrelevant.
This is very damaging in the long term but the rich are as shortsighted as anyone else, they will be as flabberghasted as Marie Antoinette when the backlash begins.


The Super-Rich Are Different from Us « Diane Ravitch's blog
Unsurprising really. It's the default mode of all people who gain power and has been since time began. You can read it in here where those who are wealthy turn their noses up at anyone poor or not 'wealth creating'. Its KPMG girl syndrome and it's just a continuation of the landed gentry and caste systems of the past.
The pathetic thing about the tea party was that many of its supporters are precisely the 'sub humans' that those pulling the strings despise.
 

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The study, funded by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institute of Health, traces the roots of the Tea Party's anti-tax movement back to the early 1980s when tobacco companies began to invest in third party groups to fight excise taxes on cigarettes, as well as health studies finding a link between cancer and secondhand cigarette smoke.
Huh? The Tea Party was about government spending and concerns of higher taxation, it made that pretty clear from the start. Higher taxes on cigarette companies was never at the forefront of their agenda - hell, I don't remember it ever being part of their agenda and the article doesn't give examples to the contrary.


The implications of the UCSF Quarterback report are widespread. The main concern expressed by the authors lies in what they see happening overseas as the Tea Party movement expands internationally, training activists in 30 countries including Israel, Georgia, Japan and Serbia.
Is this actually the case? The Tea Party is very much an American movement, to the point of outsiders finding it baffling - hard to imagine much support for it in places as diverse as Israel and Serbia.

Unless the article is referring (the writing style isn't the best) to US activists going to these places to be trained, in which case, why bother? What can they learn there that they can't learn in their own backyards?

Overall, a very silly (and scaremongering) article.
 

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The truly scary thing is that many if not most of the rich seem to see themselves as different from the rest of us; a recent article by a journalist who followed the very wealthy about for years and wrote a book about it says that they (the rich) feel they have massively more in common with each other and see the rest of us as being failed human beings; being or becoming rich is something everyone normal could do and should do and those that don't are mildly contemptible.
They don't consider themselves Irish or American as much as part of an extra-national nation of the rich.
This view allows them a leeway to manipulate and treat lesser mortals as they wish and put the guilt onto them for their own "self-inflicted" problems.
Profit and accruing more wealth is all that matters, the lesser citizens are chattel, their wants and desires irrelevant.
This is very damaging in the long term but the rich are as shortsighted as anyone else, they will be as flabberghasted as Marie Antoinette when the backlash begins.


The Super-Rich Are Different from Us « Diane Ravitch's blog
Kurt Vonnegut wrote about this in his book Hocus Pocus twenty years ago, but Jeff Goldblum's character in the movie Deep Cover nailed it:

I think you know that there's no such thing as an American anymore. No Hispanics, no Japanese, no blacks, no whites, no nothing. It's just rich people and poor people. The three of us are all rich, so we're on the same side
 

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The military industrial corporatocracy control right and left in US politics.

A little known fact about Obama is that his first job was for a CIA front company
 

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Praise be to the Anglo Bondholders that the EU is not too accomodating to vested interests...

In G Sucks we trust.
 

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The military industrial corporatocracy control right and left in US politics.

A little known fact about Obama is that his first job was for a CIA front company
Doing what?
 

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The military industrial corporatocracy control right and left in US politics.

A little known fact about Obama is that his first job was for a CIA front company
ShowBama.
 
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