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Money madness

Much has already been written about the Koch brothers, über-wealthy Americans, who have "invested" heavily in seeking to defeat Obama at the upcoming presidential election and in causes which might fairly be described as being on the far-right.

Having pots of money doesn't bring with it intelligence or nous.    The latest "caper" of the almost now infamous brothers, as reported on CommonDreams:

"Friday is Global Wind Day. Kids are invited to celebrate by flying kites. And because the Koch Brothers' Americans for Prosperity know a deadly threat when they see one, they will be "going toe to toe with the environmental extremists to combat their radical agenda" with a counter-protest at New Jersey beaches against "their crazy offshore wind pipe dreams!"


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