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Blogger Profile: Carl Gibson

Carl Gibson, 24, of Lexington, Kentucky, is a spokesman and organizer for US Uncut, a nonviolent, creative direct action movement to stop budget cuts by getting corporations to pay their fair share of taxes. He graduated from Morehead State University in 2009 with a B.A. in Journalism before starting the first US Uncut group in Jackson, Mississippi in February of 2011. Since then, over 20,000 US Uncut activists have carried out more than 300 actions in over 100 cities nationwide.

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May 6th, 2013

Join Operation Green Jobs, from May 18 to May 24

An upcoming action this month is simultaneously taking on the unemployment crisis, the climate crisis, and the corporate corruption of Congress crisis all at once. And it needs your support.We all know by now that almost every member of Congress doesn’t take votes based on what’s best for their people, ... continue reading

Carl Gibson

USUncut

May 4th, 2013

What Do the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Al-Qaeda Have in Common?

Crossposted from Reader Supported News Answer: Both aren't above killing people to attain their goals. In 2009, Congress considered a bill that would have strengthened safety standards at fertilizer plants like the one that recently exploded in West, Texas, killing dozens of first responders and leveling a nearby middle school ... continue reading

Carl Gibson

USUncut

April 26th, 2013

Austerity: Planned Poverty

If a math textbook that never underwent an official academic review and was proven to contain basic factual inaccuracies were nonetheless used by an entire school to teach math, wouldn't it be fair to say that all of that school's graduates were incapable of doing math? Wouldn't it make more ... continue reading

Carl Gibson

USUncut

April 16th, 2013

Carlos Arredondo, Boston and the World's Hero

As men, we're taught not to cry. But the story of Carlos Arredondo made me cry. Carlos, a Costa Rican immigrant, became a naturalized American citizen not long after hearing of his son's death in Iraq. But after his heroic actions in the chaos of the deadly explosions at the ... continue reading

Carl Gibson

USUncut

April 15th, 2013

President Obama: One Corporate Puppet Among Many

This year, the New Deal turned 80. And those same New Deal programs championed by FDR, a Democrat, defined the bedrock of the American left political achievements for all others who would seek the presidency. Now, the corporate takeover of our government has proven that those New Deal programs can ... continue reading

Carl Gibson

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April 4th, 2013

How the Government Killed Martin Luther King, Jr.

Before scoffing at this headline, you should know that in 1999, in Memphis, Tennessee, more than three decades after MLK's death, a jury found local, state, and federal government agencies guilty of conspiring to assassinate the Nobel Peace Prize winner and civil rights leader. The same media you would expect ... continue reading

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USUncut

January 7th, 2013

Cut Corporate Welfare, Not the Safety Net

f your boat is sinking, do you blame the bird sitting on the railing, or on the gallons of water spewing from a gaping hole in the floor? In Congress' latest "fiscal cliff" deal that supposedly had to be passed in order to avoid economic calamity, we spent $30 billion ... continue reading

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January 2nd, 2013

FBI Should Investigate Bankers, Not Protesters

ecember 16th of 2012 marked the 239th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party, when activists clad in Native American costumes protested a tax code that benefited a multinational corporation at the cost of taxpayers, and committed one of the biggest acts of property destruction in history by dumping the East ... continue reading

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November 30th, 2012

Why Democrats Should Embrace "Entitlement Reform"

(originally published on Reader Supported News) f a baseball player was on a hot home-run streak, and faced a pitcher who threw nothing but fastballs straight down the plate, wouldn't you be upset if the slugger let two perfectly good pitches go without swinging for the fences? If the batter ... continue reading

Carl Gibson

USUncut

October 26th, 2012

We Pay More

Since I pinned a dollar bill on my jacket lapel with "I PAY MORE" written on it in black marker, I've had countless conversations during my travels across the United States that went something like this: Them: "I pay more? What does that mean?" Me: "This dollar bill right here ... continue reading

Carl Gibson

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October 23rd, 2012

America: Land of Shady Elections

If a country proclaimed itself as the standard-bearer for Democracy around the world, while a son of one of that country's presidential candidates owned voting machines in a state known for swinging elections, would you take that country's claims seriously? Would you believe that nation's claims of love for Democracy ... continue reading

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October 14th, 2012

Free Education and More Jobs in 400 Words

t Hofstra University on Tuesday night, you won't hear either presidential candidate or any of their pre-approved debate moderators talk about why the richest nation in the world ranks #2 in child poverty, why our schools leave so many kids unprepared for the world, or why Afghanistan is falling apart ... continue reading

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October 5th, 2012

The Illegitimate 2012 Debates

Imagine going out to dinner in a restaurant that only served Coke and Pepsi to drink. What if the establishment had strict rules against the serving of coffee, tea, juice, water, milk, or any other beverage, and were the only restaurant in town? Wouldn’t it be better to just find ... continue reading

Carl Gibson

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September 27th, 2012

Scab Refs Gone, What About the Scab Congress?

n Monday, September 24, we saw what happens when under-qualified, bottom-dollar replacements are in charge of an NFL football game. And every day in Washington, we see what happens when they're in charge of providing education for our children, protection for our neighborhoods, and health care for the sick and ... continue reading

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USUncut

September 4th, 2012

Why Gas and Groceries Are So Damn Expensive

amie Denson is a single mother in Jackson, Mississippi. She has two daughters, ages 13 and 11, who love theatre and music, respectively (Jamie's youngest invited me and other musicians over for her jam band-themed 11th birthday party), whom Jamie lives for and would die for if necessary. Jamie is ... continue reading

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USUncut

September 2nd, 2012

How Legal Marijuana Could Save $72 Billion Each Year

f there was something readily available that had proven to successfully grow brain cells, kill cancer cells, treat glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain, PTSD, insomnia, loss of appetite and other ailments, how infuriating would it be to know that both state and federal governments were spending in excess of $26 ... continue reading

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August 7th, 2012

A Victim of Teapublican Policies

Even a "yes" from someone in the Party of "No" means no. Tea Party Republicans have made it clear their agenda isn't to help America, but obstruct all progress during the Obama presidency and blame the tough economy on their political opponents. One victim of Teapublican policies is Jack Cochrane ... continue reading

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July 26th, 2012

Regulate Guns Like Cars

I like driving cars. And as a driver, I have no problem registering my car in each new state I move to, keeping my insurance up-to-date, having regular required inspections and submitting to a driver's test to get my driver's license. Driving a big piece of metal and glass at ... continue reading

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July 15th, 2012

Time For a Maximum Wage

uring a February 1934 radio address, when unemployment and economic inequality were both rampant, Louisiana Senator Huey Long said, "We do not propose to say that there shall be no rich men. We do not ask to divide the wealth. We only propose that, when one man gets more than ... continue reading

Carl Gibson

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June 11th, 2012

Get Left or Be Left

Dear Democratic Party leaders, Your lackluster 2012 recall performance in Wisconsin reminded me of another lackluster performance I saw in Mississippi in 2010. At a local bar's karaoke night in downtown Jackson, a dopey-looking middle-aged man in a jet-black toupee sang "Gimme All Your Lovin" by ZZ Top, drunkenly and ... continue reading

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May 30th, 2012

What Does Wisconsin See in Scott Walker?

ne consistent set of characters on the Tim and Eric Awesome Show are the characters Carol and Mr. Henderson. Carol is an office secretary, and Mr. Henderson is her abusive boss. Carol always finds herself somehow stimulated by Mr. Henderson's constant verbal abuse and berating her for everything from her ... continue reading

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May 23rd, 2012

Cut it Out

like to compare those using Black Bloc tactics at a nonviolent protest to taking a six-year-old kid to the symphony. You'll likely find yourself constantly apologizing to those sitting in your row when the child makes fart jokes every time he hears the tympani. No matter what you do, how ... continue reading

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May 23rd, 2012

This is What Tyranny Looks Like

Remember when police beat Tea Party activists with batons, raided homes without warrants, unjustly arrested and strip-searched Tea Party protesters, or attacked and intimidated journalists covering Tea Party rallies? Me neither. But then again, the Tea Party took to the streets in favor of higher profits and less regulations for ... continue reading

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May 13th, 2012

Plutocrats Deserve Public Scorn

While sipping on an iced coffee and getting some work done in a Starbucks in the white, conservative, wealthy part of Connecticut, I kept hearing three old, white, conservative, wealthy Connecticut men carrying on about how the Senate doesn't work anymore because the Democrats haven't been able to pass a ... continue reading

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January 28th, 2012

The Oppressive Nature of "Small Government"

Rand Paul isn’t a libertarian, he just plays one on TV.The spat Kentucky’s junior US senator had with the TSA this week ignited a flurry of <a href="http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0112/71818.html" target="_hplink">news coverage</a> on his supposed refusal of a full pat-down and subsequent confrontation with law enforcement. Paul’s spokesperson said he was “detained.” ... continue reading

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Please take a moment today to think of Casey Austin Sheehan, son of Cindy and Patrick, who was murdered by U.S. foreign policy in Sadr City, Baghdad ten years...

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ICYMI - I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence...

Apr 3rd
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I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention...

Apr 2nd
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I am opposed to the death penalty, but to every rule there is usually an exception, and in this case I hope the criminals at General Motors will be arrested...

Apr 1st
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How Long Some in the US Will Survive Under New Health Law ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com Those who must access care to live and can afford it are not...

Mar 31st
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Last night, The Good Wife on the East Coast started 40 minutes late due to the overrun of the NCAA basketball game. If you had your DVR set for the show, you...

Mar 24th
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Watching films today, looking for the ones I'm going to pick for my film festival this summer. I (and a whole bunch of others!) have this thing we put on...

Mar 23rd
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When the U.S. Health Care System Keeps Killing, Who Cares Enough to Fight? ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com We have largely forgotten that people are at...

Mar 21st
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Tell the White House not to give up on Dr. Vivek Murthy's nomination as Surgeon General despite the ferocious opposition from the NRA: Don't give...

Mar 21st
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This criminal would never see a jail cell, nor would his cronies. In fact, they'd later be rewarded with re-election: Presidential Address on War with...

Mar 19th
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The crime of the century -- our invasion & slaughter in Iraq -- started 11 years ago tonite in this 7pm (ET) hour, March 19th, 2003: CNN Coverage of...

Mar 19th
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Washington’s Back-to-the-Future Military Policies in Africa ...by Nick Turse www.michaelmoore.com Nick Turse is an award-winning journalist, historian,...

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RIP Tony Benn, one of the UK's greatest leaders: Tony Benn, veteran Labour politician, dies aged 88 www.theguardian.com Former cabinet minister died at...

Mar 14th
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Please read this important story from K. Ford K.: Am I the Face of the New American Middle Class? www.huffingtonpost.com I began to feel I had slipped so low...

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Yesterday Dianne Feinstein revealed that the CIA has been spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee. This is all about the report the committee has produced...

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Mar 10th
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Enron billionaire John Arnold thinks everyone should believe him when he says we've got to cut pensions because he's so incredibly rich: John...

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Latest from David Sirota on Enron billionaire John Arnold smuggling anti-pension propaganda into "neutral" institutions like PBS and now, the...

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  • April 26th, 2013

    Austerity: Planned Poverty

    If a math textbook that never underwent an official academic review and was proven to contain basic factual inaccuracies were nonetheless used by an entire ...

  • April 15th, 2013

    President Obama: One Corporate Puppet Among Many

    This year, the New Deal turned 80. And those same New Deal programs championed by FDR, a Democrat, defined the bedrock of the American left ...

  • January 9th, 2012

    Grow Up, Ron Paul

    ike most other little kids, all I wanted to do was eat junk food, play video games, and goof around with my friends. I didn't ...

  • October 5th, 2011

    We Are the 99 Percent

    In Les Confessions, Rousseau wrote, "Finally I recalled the stopgap solution of a great princess who was told that the peasants had no bread, and ...

  • August 10th, 2011

    Austerity: The Wrong Prescription

    If you were a patient in intensive care, sick and in pain, what would you say to a doctor whose only recommendation was cutting off ...

  • April 4th, 2013

    How the Government Killed Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Before scoffing at this headline, you should know that in 1999, in Memphis, Tennessee, more than three decades after MLK's death, a jury found local, ...

  • May 4th, 2013

    What Do the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Al-Qaeda Have in Common?

    Crossposted from Reader Supported News Answer: Both aren't above killing people to attain their goals. In 2009, Congress considered a bill that would have strengthened ...

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