"I just want to note that forty-three million young people in debt is enough to win a three-way Presidential race. So when they tell us that resistance is futile, just remember that is the toxic Kool-Aid, that is the propaganda that they are trying to use to keep people from self-mobilizing. And if ever there was a mobilizing entity, it is the Millennial generation. We have the power to turn out and even win this race. Not just split the vote, but to flip the vote."
-- Jill Stein, Green Party Presidential Candidate
"The number one contributor to the Commission on Presidential Debate is Anheuser Busch, which is partly why every four years there's a debate held in St. Louis where Anheuser Busch is headquartered. And if you go to these debates, you've got Anheuser Busch tents and the journalists are drinking free beer and there's sometimes Anheuser Busch girls passing out pamphlets denouncing beer taxes. It's really a little corporate carnival."
-- George Farah, executive director of "Open Debates" and author of "No Debate: How the Republican and Democratic Parties secretly control the Presidential Debates
"I would love to see a bill of rights for consumers and anybody who is targeted by these algorithms, these (credit) scoring systems. Everybody should know their score. They should be able to check the data going into it. They should be able to object to bad scores and data. And they should be able to be told how it's computed and why it's needed."
-- Cathy O'Neil, author of Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy.
"One of the most important surprises for me was to discover Greg Jaczko's story and to see that nobody knew what was happening to him, that the industry orchestrated the take down of this guy as he was actually becoming the regulator that we all want, that we all need."
-- Ivy Meeropol director of "Indian Point," on the ousting of the former head of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Gregory Jaczko
"Why are we fooling around with cap and trade and taxes and all kind of cockamamie schemes when all we need to do is pass a simple one-sentence law: "Everything new has to be greenhouse gas free and renewable?" Why don't we outlaw any new power plant other than the solar and the wind? And why don't we mandate that the railroads electrify over ten years? Why don't we pass some damn laws that require what the public interest demands?
-- S. David Freeman, author of "All-Electric America"
"In any other profession, if you spent half your time doing something other than what you were hired to do, you'd be fired. It's called cheating. And I believe that members of Congress today are cheating taxpayers. And it is a first rate scandal of this generation."
-- Rep. David Jolly (R-FL), sponsor of the Stop Act, which would prohibit members of Congress from personally soliciting campaign donations.
"Not a single one of the people we prosecuted (felony convictions of over 1000), in the Savings and Loan debacle came back in any material role in the current crisis. Whereas, nowadays we have zero prosecutions of any of the people that led the three fraud epidemics that drove this crisis. And now they are highly skilled and have seen that they can get away with financial murder. And so they are already back in the business, already selling other toxic stuff, and they're going to produce the next crisis."
-- Professor William Black, author of "The Best Way to Rob a Bank is To Own One"
"Loneliness is a very serious problem in a modern industrial society ... it has serious physical consequences, mental health consequences, civic consequences, and at the extreme it may have stability consequences."
-- Ralph Nader, introducing Adam Lippin of Cuddlist.com
"What cuddling offers -- what safe, non-sexual touch with a professional, who knows how to keep boundaries and be there for the client and help them discern what they need and what they're looking for in the context of the rules -- offers an incredibly intimate way to communicate with each other that goes beyond words. And through that form of communication, a lot of healing can take place."
-- Adam Lippin, CEO of cuddlist.com
"Every bit of anthropological evidence suggests that there is no hard wiring for violence and warfare, and that it's our true human nature that we're appealing to just as Gandhi did. This is the inner essence of humans, to be loving and collaborative and sharing and caring."
-- Charles Keil, activist and author of "Waging Peace."
"Obama really had an opportunity in the wake of the financial crisis to take the lead on reforming this practice, but he basically dropped the ball ... And he also appointed a Chief Counsel for the IRS who was a former registered rep for the Swiss Bankers Association."
-- Economist James S. Henry on the practice of American companies hiding money in offshore tax havens.
"Donald (Trump) is one of the biggest welfare kings in the history of America. And whatever his fortune is -- a lot of it derives from that."
-- David Cay Johnston, author of "Perfectly Legal: The Covert Campaign to Rig our Tax System to Benefit the Super Rich -- and Cheat Everybody Else
"The abolition of child labor, limitation of work hours, establishment of minimum wages, graduated income taxes, broadcasting of access to public education, expansion of suffrage to groups that had been excluded, institution of direct election of U.S. Senators ..."
-- Jonathan Martin on some of the reforms wrought by third parties in American history.
On SF 49er Colin Kaepernick's national anthem protest: "I think he's standing up for the Constitution."
On the role of third parties in the 2016 election: "Jill Stein is not Trump's secret weapon. Hillary Clinton is Trump's secret weapon."
On the North Dakota pipeline protest: "It's a great solidarity movement."
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