January 22, 2017 – Most-Viewed Bills | Congress.gov

January 22, 2017

1. S.Con.Res.3 [115th] A concurrent resolution setting forth the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2017 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2018 through 2026
2. H.R.367 [115th] To provide that silencers be treated the same as long guns
3. H.R.193 [115th] American Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2017
4. H.R.392 [115th] To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate the per-country numerical limitation for employment-based immigrants, to increase the per-country numerical limitation for family-sponsored immigrants, and for other purposes
5. H.R.3799 [114th] Hearing Protection Act of 2015
6. H.R.4956 [113th] American Energy Opportunity Act of 2014
7. S.Amdt.178 [115th] S.Amdt.178 to S.Con.Res.3
8. H.R.12628 [93rd] An Act to amend title 38, United States Code…
9. H.R.38 [115th] Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017
10. S.2943 [114th] National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017

Source: Most-Viewed Bills – Congress.gov Resources –

How Your Brain Makes You Hold Contradictory Beliefs | Fast Company


In other words, if you learn some new fact that turns out to be inconsistent with something else you know, there are no automatic mechanisms in your brain that point out the inconsistency and force you to resolve it.

Instead, you simply end up with two different beliefs that are not consistent.

Source: How Your Brain Makes You Hold Contradictory Beliefs | Fast Company | Business + Innovation

Why Google, Twitter, And LinkedIn Employees Are Kicking These Seven Work Habits | Fast Company


We asked insiders at some of the top tech companies which bad habits they’re trying to cut out of their workdays. Here’s what they said.

  1. Taking Phones Into Meetings
  2. Eating Lunch Alone
  3. Opting For Email Over Face Time
  4. Staying Subscribed To Pointless Newsletters
  5. Relying On Paper, Post-Its, And Short-Term Memory
  6. Sleeping Too Little
  7. Perfectionism

Source: Why Google, Twitter, And LinkedIn Employees Are Kicking These Seven Work Habits | Fast Company | Business + Innovation

A New Deal to Save Europe by Yanis Varoufakis | Project Syndicate


Simply put, progressives need to ask a straightforward question: Why is the European idea dying? The answers are clear: involuntary unemployment and involuntary intra-EU migration.

Involuntary unemployment is the price of inadequate investment across Europe, owing to austerity, and of the oligopolistic forces that have concentrated jobs in Europe’s surplus economies during the resulting deflationary era. Involuntary migration is the price of economic necessity in Europe’s periphery.

The vast majority of Greeks, Bulgarians, and Spaniards do not move to Britain or Germany for the climate; they move because they must.

Source: A New Deal to Save Europe by Yanis Varoufakis – Project Syndicate

Blockchain Gets a Special Place in the Fintech Prediction for 2017 | NEWSBTC


The fintech companies that are responsible for some of the leading technology solutions may soon find themselves in the position to offer services to investors directly.

These fintech companies are expected to receive banking charters, enabling them to provide B2C asset management services.

The creation of commodity and asset-backed crypto-tokens is a start. These tokens along with proprietary blockchain platforms will soon become the best places for easy and quick investments and trading.

Source: Blockchain Gets a Special Place in the Fintech Prediction for 2017 – NEWSBTC

Filtering out the fintech hype | The Adviser

It is easy to get swept up in the hype of the industry and forget what the point of all this innovation is.

What defines innovation that changes the shape of an industry and, more importantly, makes a difference to real peoples’ lives?

Technology should make peoples’ lives easier, much easier. It should cut out the friction in the way we interact with financial services.

By reducing wait times, cutting out painful steps in a process, eliminating repeated identity verifications, eliminating paper, printing and postage, offering services when the client is free, not when you are.

Source: Filtering out the fintech hype – The Adviser

Donald Trump’s War With the Media Has Begun and We’ve Seen Nothing Yet | Alternet


“There’s been a lot of talk in the media about the responsibility to hold Donald Trump accountable,” Sean Spicer said. “And I’m here to tell you that it goes two ways. We’re going to hold the press accountable, as well.”

The first war under Trump’s presidency is with the press and it’s escalating. It’s not just floating the idea that the White House pressroom may move. It’s not just last week’s pre-inaugural press conference where Trump labeled Buzzfeed and CNN “fake media.”

It’s not just his latest tweets criticizing celebrities who don’t like him, or dismissing the millions of women (and men) who marched to protest his presidency on Saturday (Jan 21).

These incidents all raise a serious question: what’s going to happen to the First Amendment with a bully in the pulpit?

Source: Donald Trump’s War With the Media Has Begun and We’ve Seen Nothing Yet | Alternet

The Trump Cabinet: Strangest Show on Earth


Mr. Trump certainly has assembled a formidable crew for his cabinet and top advisory posts that seem well-suited to follow through on the ethical standards to which he himself adheres.

There is an old saying that a fish rots from the head. Trump seems intent on proving this true, even if he gets nothing else done in his administration.

Source: The Trump Cabinet: Strangest Show on Earth

Sustaining the Momentum of the Women’s March: Where We Go From Here


For those of us who are committed social justice activists or organizers, the sheer scale of this march was awe-inspiring. It gives us hope, a necessary antidote to despair. And this is no time for despair.

As organizers, it is our job to engage new people, to grow our numbers and build people power for social justice.

The millions of people who took action on Saturday (Jan 21) — in every corner of our country — are an important part of the future of our social movements. It is our critical task as organizers to inspire them, grow movements with our bare hands, and sustain them.

We have to create opportunities for people to engage in resistance, open our doors to people who have never been part of an organization, and create space for them to bring their ideas, skills and creativity.

Paid organizers will never be enough. That’s why we must find ways to unleash the potential of millions of activated people to act on a wide variety of fronts: to talk to one another, to knock on doors, to self-organize actions and lobby days, to pass legislation, to register voters and to run for office.

Source: Sustaining the Momentum of the Women’s March: Where We Go From Here

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State-Sanctioned Torture in the Age of Trump


During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump declared he would “immediately” resume waterboarding and would “bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding” because the United States is facing a “barbaric” enemy. He labeled waterboarding a “minor form” of interrogation.

Waterboarding, which involves pouring water into the nose and mouth to make victims feel like they’re drowning, has long been considered torture, which is a war crime under US and international law. Indeed, the United States hung Japanese military leaders for waterboarding as a war crime after World War II.

Gen. James Mattis, Trump’s new Secretary of Defense, opposes torture because it doesn’t work.

Trump told The New York Times that when he asked Mattis what the general thought of waterboarding, Mattis replied, “I’ve never found it to be useful. I’ve always found, give me a pack of cigarettes and a couple of beers and I do better with that than I do with torture.”

Source: State-Sanctioned Torture in the Age of Trump