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But the Bundy situation carries with it a number of additional ironies. First of all, there is the fact that Bundy is refusing to acknowledge the existence (not even just the authority, but the very existence!) of the Federal government while grazing his cattle on Federal land. Then there is the fact that Bundy and his allies rallied scores of armed right wing extremists to their cause by publicizing the use of non-lethal tasers by the Bureau of Land Management agents seeking to enforce a court order requiring Bundy to pay the $1 million he owes the government in fees (it’s worth noting, by the way, that he refuses to acknowledge the existence of the very government whose money he refuses to pay them; it’s not the legal tender of Nevada that he refuses to part with, but American dollars, backed by the full faith and credit of, not Nevada, but the United States of America).

But the greatest irony of all has been the way in which Bundy and his allies, armed to the teeth as they are, have invoked the legacy of the Indian independence movement and the American Civil Rights movement in their confrontation. They have repeatedly made appeals to the traditions of civil disobedience pioneered by Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, despite the fact that these movements were always, self-consciously and explicitly, nonviolent. Yet the rhetoric of Bundy and his followers have made quite clear that they have no interest in remaining nonviolent in the face of the possibility of arrest, or other attempts by the BLM to enforce their court order.

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Tennessee Republican Gov. Bill Haslam proposed the “Tennessee Promise,” a program that would fully cover the cost at two-year in-state colleges for any high school graduate. The plan is part of his campaign to raise the state’s graduation rates from 32% today to 55% by 2025, in hopes of increasing job eligibility and overall employment. The Tennessee House approved it on April 15 and sent the bill to Haslam for signing. Oregon and Mississippi are also considering similar programs.

The Tennessee Promise is estimated to cost $34 million each year. Instead of taxes, the funds will come from lottery sales, and the state has about $300 million to spare.

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oinonio:

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oinonio:

Think of Bus Rapid Transit as mass transportation done cyberpunk. Can’t afford shiny new high-speed rail technology? Carve out a dedicated lane, roll out a ticketing app, and watch the bus beat the traffic. It’s a high-tech idea executed with low-tech parts, at lower cost. If a bullet train is the $1,500 Google Glass, BRT is the $300 DIY version. It’s the best kind of city hack. So it’s too bad a pair of billionaires just helped shut down one of the most promising BRT startups in the nation.

This Affordable, Efficient Mass Transit Technology Is Now Illegal in Tennessee.