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Friday April 29, 2016
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U.S. Corporate Profits on Pace for Third Straight Decline
WSJ | Theo Francis | 04/29/16

Slow global growth, energy slump weigh on earnings of S&P 500 companies

Weakness was felt across the board, with executives from Apple Inc. to railroad Norfolk Southern Corp. and snack giant Mondelez International Inc. saying the current quarter remains tough. 3M Co., which makes tapes, filters and insulation for consumer electronics, forecast continued weak demand for that industry. Procter & Gamble Co. reported sales declines in its five business categories despite price increases. ... Read more

TYT | Republicans And Billionaires Plot Evil At Island Getaway (older, but good | 03/13/16) [8:34]
Billionaires, tech CEOs and top members of the Republican establishment flew to a private island resort off the coast of Georgia this weekend for the American Enterprise Institute's annual World Forum, according to sources familiar with the secretive gathering. The main topic at the closed-to-the-press confab? How to stop Republican front-runner Donald Trump. ...

The House Just Voted To Give Wall Street Billions From Americans' Retirement Savings
HP | Ben Walsh | 04/28/16

Investment advisers are allowed to give you bad advice. The House wants to keep it that way.

The House voted 234 to 188 Thursday to undo a rule proposed by the Labor Department earlier this month that would require anyone getting paid to provide retirement investment advice to act in the best interest of retirees. Many people think that's already how things work, but it isn't.

The way things work right now is that brokers who oversee retirement savings accounts can be paid extra to steer their clients into unnecessarily expensive funds or excessively risky investments, without disclosing that fact to their clients. That sort of conflicted investment advice costs Americans saving for retirement $17 billion a year, according to the White House Council of Economic Advisers. ... Read more

Paul Krugman and Holman Jenkins Shill for the Giant Banks
TRNN | Bill Black | 04/28/16

What Caused the Financial Crisis?

There can be no sure answer to the question of when a massive crisis "begin[s]." Attempting to answer the question implicitly requires understanding the causes of the crisis. The global financial crisis required three elements to come together. We needed huge losses on assets, a hyper-inflated bubble, and the failure of a systemically dangerous financial institution. These three elements may not "begin" at the same time.

In the United States, the losses came from the two great epidemics of loan origination fraud -- appraisal fraud and "liar's" loans. Those losses were then reallocated through the third great epidemic of fraud, sales of the fraudulently originated loans through fraudulent "reps and warranties" to the secondary market and investors. These three fraud epidemics, each an example of "accounting control fraud," also caused the financial bubble to hyper-inflate. The bubble, in turn, increases losses. Lehman's failure triggered the global crisis, but if it had not been Lehman it could have been the losses caused by these three fraud epidemics at any of roughly a dozen large financial firms that would have been trigger. ... Read more

Children of Chernobyl () [52:11]
Chernobyl Heart and Children of Chernobyl () [41:10]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, April 29 [8:46]
*DR | Friday News - Domestic (04/29/16) [1hr]
Ted Cruz tries to reboot his campaign by announcing a running mate. Bernie Sanders begins cutting staff but vows to stay in the race until the final primary in June. And former House Speaker Dennis Hastert is sentenced to prison after admitting he sexually abused teenage boys. A panel of journalists joins guest host Susan Page for analysis of the week's top national news stories.
*DR | Friday News - International (04/29/16) [1hr]
An airstrike on a hospital in Syria kills dozens. A report condemns Mexico's investigation into the massacre of college students. And Donald Trump's "America First" speech concerns U.S. allies. A panel of journalists joins guest host Susan Page for analysis of the week's top international news stories.
TRNN | Col. Larry Wilkerson discusses: The All-Volunteer Military and American National Security (04/28/16) [8:51]
TYT | ANOTHER Doctors Without Borders Hospital Bombed (04/28/16) [7:34]
TYT | Cruz Appoints Fiorina Vice President Of Imagination Land (04/28/16) [3:42]
TYT | Rhode Island Democratic Establishment Cheats For Hillary (04/28/16) [7:57]
RT | CrossTalk: State Dept Follies (04/29/16) [24:31]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | The Chernobyl Disaster...What Have We Learned? (04/28/16) [5:23]
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Thursday April 28, 2016
News Articles
*TRNN | Phyllis Bennis says: Trump Embraces Israel and Promotes "Western Civilization" (04/28/16) [10:48]
RT | 'America First': Trump lays out foreign policy vision in Washington speech (04/27/16) [10:22]

John Boehner Calls Ted Cruz "A Miserable Son Of A Bitch, Lucifer In The Flesh"
ZeroHedge | author | 04/28/16

Is the establishment's fervent hatred of Donald Trump starting a U-turn? It's still too early to know, however at least one core Republican, former house speaker John Boehner, has made it very clear he is not a fan of Ted Cruz. At all. So much so that according to NBC the former Republican House Speaker told an audience at Stanford University Wednesday that the Texas senator is "Lucifer in the flesh" and a "miserable son of a bitch... I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life." ... Read more

US Economy Grew At Just 0.5% In Q1, Missing Expectations, Lowest Growth Rate In Two Years

Stockman: Anything Trumps Hillary
ZeroHedge | author | 04/28/16

So is there any chance at all that Trump will make America Great Again by erecting trade barriers, a Trump Wall on the Rio Grande and an end to America's imperial beneficence and meddling abroad? Stayed tuned. There may be more to The Donald than meets the eye. And whatever it is, it certainly trumps Hillary's deplorable purpose to make Imperial Washington an even greater menace both abroad and at home. ... Read more

Luxembourg Puts Journalist and Whistleblowers On Trial for Ruining Its "Magical Fairyland" of Tax Avoidance
TheIntercept | jon Schwarz | 04/27/16

LUXEMBOURG IS TRYING to throw two French whistleblowers and a journalist in prison for their role in the "LuxLeaks" exposé that revealed the tiny country's outsized role in enabling corporate tax avoidance.

The trial of Antoine Deltour and Raphael Halet, two former employees of the international accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, and journalist Edouard Perrin began Tuesday. ... Read more

The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore (04/27/16) [2:27]
Former Tax Lobbyists Are Writing the Rules on Tax Dodging

Debt Is Growing Faster Than Cash Flow By The Most On Record
ZeroHedge | author | 04/28/16

Net debt growth skyrocketing nearly 30% y/y, while EBITDA has been contracting for the past year. In fact, as SocGen shows below, the difference in the growth rate between these two most critical data series is now over 35% - the biggest deficit in over 20 years. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, April 28 [8:03]
*DN | Noam Chomsky: Bernie Sanders Not a Radical, He Has Mass Support for Positions on Healthcare & Taxes (04/28/16) [3:55]
Oliver Stone
*SNOWDEN by Oliver Stone (official trailer) (04/27/16) [2:38]
TYT | Trump Accuses Hillary Of "Playing The Woman's Card" (04/27/16) [4:38]
TYT | Andrew Napolitano: There Is Evidence To Convict Hillary Clinton (04/27/16) [9:19]
RT | Keiser Report: Sinkholes of Big-Oil Debt (E907) (04/28/16) [25:45]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
*DR | Ted Cruz Names Carly Fiorina As His Running Mate (04/28/16) [1hr]
In an unusual move, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz yesterday named Carly Fiorina as his running mate if he wins the Republican nomination. We get analysis of the announcement and its implications from CNN's Manu Raju.
Aljazeera | Britain's Modern Slave Trade - Al Jazeera Investigates (04/24/16) [47:20]
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Wednesday April 27, 2016
News Articles
TRUMP 5-STATE SWEEP... DEL TRACKER: 110 Trump, 5 Kasich, 3 Cruz...
Donald Trump Speaks on Foreign Policy in Washington, DC (full) 904/27/16) [46:20]
Donald Trump starts at 6:30min on the Progressbar
Wednesday, April 27, 2016: Full replay of Donald Trump's speech on foreign policy at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC.
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TYT | Donald Trump Destroys Ted Cruz In The Northeast GOP Primary (04/26/16) [5:44]
TYT | The Movement Bernie Started Is Just Beginning (04/26/16) [7:49]
TYT | 2016 Will Be A Terrible Election, BUT There Is Hope (04/26/16) [2:25]

A Major Warning From Tom McClellan : "Can This Possibly End Well?"
ZeroHedge | author | 04/27/16

In one of his tweets yesterday, Tom McClellan, creator of the famous McClellan Oscillator and Summation index used by thousands of traders everywhere as a market timing tool, pointed out something disturbing: the number of shares outstanding of the VXX, the VIX tracking ETN, has soared exponentialy in recent weeks. As McClellan cautions: "VIX futures ETF extremely popular now. Can this possibly end well?" ... Read more

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30 Years After the Chernobyl Disaster, a Nuclear Menace Still Hides in Plain Sight
Hp | Ioana Moldovan | 04/25/16

CHERNOBYL, Ukraine -- It was a fine spring night, people peacefully sleeping as weekday passed into weekend, until Chernobyl's fourth nuclear reactor blew up. Oleksandr Galuh recalls that night well. "My mother woke up as the windows shattered," Galuh, then a fourth-grader in Pripyat, a town not too far from Chernobyl, remembers. "She thought it was a thunderstorm."

But no thunder rocked the still of night -- an explosion did. It was April 26, 1986 at 1:23 a.m. when reactor no. 4 of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant went up in flames. The worst nuclear accident in history had just taken place. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, April 27 [8:56]
DN | How Trump Became the GOP's "Presumptive Nominee" with Hate-Fueled Rhetoric & Attacks on Immigrants (04/27/16) [25:55]
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert | Cartoon Trump Admits It's All An Act (04/27/16) [3:14]
*DR | Results From Tuesday's Republican and Democratic Primaries In Five States (04/27/16) [1hr]
Results from Tuesday's Republican and Democratic primaries in five states. Join us for a discussion on the latest delegate count, Republican efforts to coordinate against Donald Trump, and the outlook for the ongoing nominating race in both parties.
TYT | Hillary's Paid Trolls Take Down Bernie Facebook Pages (04/26/16) [13:41]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
Seymour Hersh's interview starts at 30min on the Progressbar
In Conversations with Great Minds Thom discusses Obama's war on terror with award-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh, author of the new book "The Killing of Osama bin Laden."
ThomHartmann | Seymour Hersh Exposes the Truth About Obama's War on Terror (04/26/16) [57:44]
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MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Tuesday April 26, 2016
News Articles
MSNBC Democratic Town Hall
*TYT | MSNBC Democratic Town Hall | The Young Turks Summary (04/25/16) [3:15]
TYT | MSNBC Democratic Town Hall | The Biggest Winner Was... (04/25/16) [1:51]
TYT | MSNBC Democratic Town Hall | The Biggest Loser Was... (04/25/16) [4:24]

CIA Employees 'Terrified,' Fear 'Exodus'...
HP | Andy Kroll | 04/26/16

When Donald Trump launched his bid for the White House, one of his earliest initiatives was a promise to help Americans who had gone to war for their country. Or, as his campaign put it, to take care of "all Veteran complaints very quickly and efficiently like a world-class business man can do, but a politician has no clue." Last summer, about a month after declaring his candidacy, Trump unveiled a hotline for veterans to share ideas about how to overhaul the bureaucracy that served them.

Many of the veterans who called the hotline--855-VETS-352--say they were sent to an automated voicemail message telling them to email the campaign. Those who reached a live human were similarly instructed to send an email, or to mail their medical records to campaign headquarters at Trump Tower. It soon became evident that Trump had no actual plan in place to help anyone who contacted him through the hotline. ... Read more

Time Does Not Heal All Wounds
HP | Victoria Strong | 04/24/16

Time does not heal. Not in and of itself. True healing requires a consciousness and constant work. Every day. For the rest of your life without your child.

I don't say this because I have now managed to live eight months without my Gwendolyn, an eternity and a blink all at once. I say this from watching friends over the last 8 years lose their children, the ways they've healed and the ways they never will. ... Read more

Obama in Germany to Push TTIP
TRNN | author | 04/26/16

Obama?s arrival in Germany on Sunday was met by 90,000 protesters who are opposing the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership or TTIP. Obama came to Germany to support the government in its effort to ratify the free trade agreement despite opposition to the deal by majority of the population in both countries. Many Germans see the deal as an effort to undermine German health and safety regulations for the benefit of corporate profits. Only 17 percent of Germans support the TTIP according to a recent poll.

The other item on Obama's agenda with Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel was a deal to increase patrols off of the Libyan coast in order to prevent smugglers from risking more lives of refugees who are trying to reach Europe. Last week it was suspected that up to 500 refugees drowned when their ship sank near Libya. ...

Trump Reaches 50% National Support For First Time

China Commodity Bubble Bursts As Exchanges Curb Goldman's "Biggest Concern"
ZeroHedge | author | 04/26/16

During the last week we have highlighted the frightening similarity between the speculative spike in China commodity trading (which has sent industrial metals prices soaring in yet another 'error' signal for real supply and demand) and the pump-n-dump in Chinese stocks. Specifically, as Goldman warns the factor that "concerns us the most is the increased speculation in the Chinese iron ore futures market," and now, as Bloomberg reports, it appears that bubble is bursting as Steel and Iron Ore prices tumble most in 21 months after Chinese exchanges raise margins in an attempt to curb speculation. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, April 26 [9:56]
*DR | President Obama Ups The Number Of U.S. Special Operations Forces In Syria (0426/16) [1hr]
President Obama has approved the deployment of an additional 250 Special Operations forces to Syria to advise and assist in the fight against ISIS. Join us to discuss the status of the conflict and new efforts to undermine the Islamic State's power in the region and its influence beyond.
TYT | Cruz And Kasich Now Tag Teaming Trump (04/25/16) [13:01]
TYT | Trump Sounds Off On John Kasich's Eating Habits (04/25/16) [5:32]
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*RT | Chernobyl timeline: World's worst nuclear disaster 30 years on (04/26/16) [5:07]
RT | McAfee: If FBI gets backdoor to people's phones, US society will collapse (04/25/16) [24:32]
RT | Keiser Report: Debt Slavery (E906) (04/26/16) [25:33]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | Plunging Support for TPP & TTIP in US & Europe? (04/26/16) [6:21]
Curtis Ellis, Obamatrade.com/American Jobs Alliance join Thom Hartmann. Why does President Obama really want the UK to stay in the EU? Is it because he's concerned about British power? Or is it because he's worried about what could happen to the TTIP - the so-called free trade agreement that's Europe's version of the TPP?
Aljazeera | UpFront: Ex-CIA director: Trump a recruiting sergeant for ISIL (04/26/16) [3:08]
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MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Monday April 25, 2016
News Articles
Bernie Sander, over the Weekend
*TRNN | Six Thousand Attend Sanders Rally In Baltimore (full) (04/24/16) [59:59]
*TRNN | Bernie Sanders and Danny Glover Exclusive on The Real News (04/24/16) [11:54]
TRNN | Sanders Supporters Explain Their Commitment to the "Political Revolution" (04/24/16) [7:36]
TRNN | Kendrick Sampson Speaks at Bernie Sanders Rally (04/24/16) [8:05]

Obama Brexit Blowback - Majority Of Brits Think Comments "Inappropriate"
ZeroHedge | author | 04/25/16

Who could have seen that coming? It appears President Obama's ill-advised Op-Ed and visit to The United Kingdom, exhorting his "friends" to 'just say no' to Brexit and vote democratically to stay part of an undemocratic superstate, has backfired for the establishment. A poll by YouGov suggests that Obama's high profile intervention in the UK's EU Referendum failed with 65% of Brits seeing his comments were not "appropriate." ... Read more

*WikiLeaks - The US strategy to create a new global legal and economic system: TPP, TTIP, TISA (08/18/15) [8:22]
VPRO Backlight | TTIP: Might is Right (10/19/15) [49:16]
The proposed free trade agreement between the US and Europe (TTIP) causes concern about the European right to self-determination. The most controversial part of TTIP is ISDS: investor-state dispute settlement. ISDS will make it possible for companies to sue governments that damage their investments. But is this arbitrage system where a few investment lawyers decide over billions of taxpayers money a protection of our business interests, or a threat to our democracy?
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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, April 25 [10:51]
HBO | John Oliver: Puerto Rico (04/24/16) [21:21]
TYT | Big Oil Is WAY More Evil Than We Thought (04/24/16) [2:27]
*TYT | Obama Reveals Why Terror Victims Can't Sue Saudi Arabia (04/24/16) [14:17]
TYT | China's "Leftover Women" Choose to #ChangeDestiny (04/22/16) [8:29]
*RT | Keiser Report: Secrets of TTIP & TPP (E905) (04/23/16) [25:45]
RT | River on fire! Aussies literally set water ablaze near fracking site (04/23/16) [1:42]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
Thom Hartmann | The Sanders' Fundraising Revolution Continues (full) (04/21/16) [56:26]
*DR | Suicide In America (04/25/16) [1hr]
The suicide rate in the U.S. has risen sharply -- to the highest level in nearly 30 years. It jumped 63 percent among middle-aged women. What's behind the alarming statistics and what can be done to reduce the number of suicides in America.
Aljazeera | Head to Head - Is Zionism compatible with democracy? (04/22/16) [47:33]
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Friday April 22, 2016
News Articles

Music Icon Prince Dead At 57
HP | Julia Brucculieri | 04/22/16

Prince, the legendary musician who brought us countless hits, such as "Purple Rain" and "When Doves Cry," has died. He was 57.

"It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer, Prince Rogers Nelson, has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning at the age of 57," the rep said in a statement. "There are no further details as to the cause of death at this time." ... Read more

Prince Online
In honor of the icon, several radio stations also went wall-to-wall Prince upon news of his death, including Minnesota Public Radio's The Current, Seattle's KEXP and UPenn's WXPNFM.
93 Percent Of The Great Barrier Reef Suffers From Bleaching
*People Get Ready: The Fight Against a Jobless Economy and a Citizenless Democracy by Robert W McChesney & John Nichols

The consequences of the technological revolution are about to hit hard: unemployment will spike as new technologies replace labor in the manufacturing, service, and professional sectors of an economy that is already struggling. The end of work as we know it will hit at the worst moment imaginable: as capitalism fosters permanent stagnation, when the labor market is in decrepit shape, with declining wages, expanding poverty, and scorching inequality. Only the dramatic democratization of our economy can address the existential challenges we now face. Yet, the US political process is so dominated by billionaires and corporate special interests, by corruption and monopoly, that it stymies not just democracy but progress.

The great challenge of these times is to ensure that the tremendous benefits of technological progress are employed to serve the whole of humanity, rather than to enrich the wealthy few. Robert W. McChesney and John Nichols argue that the United States needs a new economy in which revolutionary technologies are applied to effectively address environmental and social problems and used to rejuvenate and extend democratic institutions. Based on intense reporting, rich historical analysis, and deep understanding of the technological and social changes that are unfolding, they propose a bold strategy for democratizing our digital destiny -- before it's too late -- and unleashing the real power of the Internet, and of humanity.
47% Of Americans Can't Even Come Up With $400 To Cover An Emergency Room Visit

ALBERT EDWARDS: Central bankers will destroy the 'enfeebled' global economy and plunge the world into chaos
businessinsider.com/ | Will Martin | date

Central bankers are going to destroy the "enfeebled" global economy and cause chaos across the world, according to notorious perma-bear Albert Edwards, strategist with Societe Generale.

So far this year he has predicted that the US stock market will fall by 75%, argued that we might be heading for another massive global recession, said China will be forced to float the renminbi, and predicted a "tidal wave" of corporate defaults in the US. Read more

Albert Edwards Finally Blows Up: "I'm Not Really Sure How Much More Of This I Can Take"
ZeroHedge | author |04/22/16

"I'm not really sure how much more of this I can take. So here we are 5, 6 or is it now 7 years into this economic recovery and it still remains pathetically weak. And so it should in the wake of one of the biggest private sector credit bubbles in history. The de-leveraging hangover was always going to be massive and so it is. Quick-fix monetary QE nonsense has made virtually no difference to the economic recoveries other than to inflate asset prices, make the rich richer, inequality worse and make Joe and Joanna Sixpack want to scream in rage." ... Read more

Seymour Hersh The Killing of Osama Bin Laden
The Killing of Osama Bin Laden by Seymour M. Hersh

In 2011, an elite group of US Navy SEALS stormed an enclosure in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad and killed Osama bin Laden, the man the United States had begun chasing before the devastating attacks of 9/11. The news did much to boost President Obama's first term and played a major part in his reelection victory of the following year. But much of the story of that night, as presented to the world, was incomplete, or a lie. The evidence of what actually went on remains hidden.

At the same time, the full story of the United States' involvement in the Syrian civil war has been kept behind a diplomatic curtain, concealed by doublespeak. It is a policy of obfuscation that has compelled the White House to turn a blind eye to Turkey's involvement in supporting ISIS and its predecessors in Syria.

This investigation, which began as a series of essays in the London Review of Books, has ignited a firestorm of controversy in the world media. In his introduction, Hersh asks what will be the legacy of Obama's time in office. Was it an era of "change we can believe in" or a season of lies and compromises that continued George W. Bush's misconceived War on Terror?
Seymour Hersh Details Explosive Story on Bin Laden Killing & Responds to White House, Media Backlash (05/12/15) [21:05]
Why Did the Iraq War Start? The Untold Story - Seymour Hersh - Reasons, Justification (2005) [1:22:50]
Leading To War - The Complete Film () [1:12:16]
Leading To War website
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, April 22 [6:12]
*DR | Friday News - Domestic (04/22/16) [1hr]
Presidential front-runners win big in the New York primary. Michigan's attorney general files criminal charges against officials in Flint. And Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.
*DR | Friday News - International (04/22/16) [1hr]
President Obama meets with leaders in Britain and Saudi Arabia. Five-hundred migrants are feared drowned off the Libyan coast. And Brazil's president turns to the UN for support against her impeachment. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.
*TRNN | Robert McChesney and John Nichols discusses: Jobless Economy and Citizenless Democracy (04/20/16) [21:57]
*TYT | How States Screw You Out Of Voting (04/21/16) [7:03]
TYT | Democracy Spring Arrests Continue, Including Ben & Jerry (04/21/16) [7:52]
TYT | Why Are Democrats "With" Hillary Clinton (04/21/16) [7:46]
TYT | CNN To Sanders Campaign: Can You Prove Hillary Clinton Is Corrupt? (04/21/16) [9:11]
*RT | CrossTalk: Brazilian Coup? (04/22/16) [24:13]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | Does Citizen's United Assure A Hillary Win? (04/19/16) [12:17]
Aljazeera | Colin Powell regrets Iraq war intelligence (2011) [21:37]
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Thursday April 21, 2016
News Articles
TYT | The Many Reasons People Love Bernie Sanders (04/20/16) [4:08]
TYT | Bernie Sanders | The Young Turks Interview (full) (older, but good 03/23/16) [33:04]

Exclusive Interview: Seymour Hersh Dishes on Saudi Oil Money Bribes and the Killing of Osama Bin Laden
AlterNet | Ken Klippenstein | 04/20/16

A wide-ranging interview tied to his new book, "The Killing of Osama Bin Laden."

Seymour Hersh is an American investigative journalist who is the recipient of many awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for his article exposing the My Lai massacre by the U.S. military in Vietnam. More recently, he exposed the U.S. government's abuse of detainees in the Abu Ghraib prison facility.

Hersh's new book, The Killing of Osama Bin Laden, is a corrective to the official account of the war on terror. Drawing from accounts of a number of high-level military officials, Hersh challenges a number of commonly accepted narratives: that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad was responsible for the Sarin gas attack in Ghouta; that the Pakistani government didn't know Bin Laden was in the country; that the late ambassador J. Christopher Stevens was at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi in a solely diplomatic capacity; and that Assad did not want to give up his chemical weapons until the U.S. called on him to do so. ... Read more

The Killing of Osama Bin Laden by Seymour M. Hersh

In 2011, an elite group of US Navy SEALS stormed an enclosure in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad and killed Osama bin Laden, the man the United States had begun chasing before the devastating attacks of 9/11. The news did much to boost President Obama's first term and played a major part in his reelection victory of the following year. But much of the story of that night, as presented to the world, was incomplete, or a lie. The evidence of what actually went on remains hidden.

At the same time, the full story of the United States' involvement in the Syrian civil war has been kept behind a diplomatic curtain, concealed by doublespeak. It is a policy of obfuscation that has compelled the White House to turn a blind eye to Turkey's involvement in supporting ISIS and its predecessors in Syria.

This investigation, which began as a series of essays in the London Review of Books, has ignited a firestorm of controversy in the world media. In his introduction, Hersh asks what will be the legacy of Obama's time in office. Was it an era of "change we can believe in" or a season of lies and compromises that continued George W. Bush's misconceived War on Terror?

One Commodity Trader Writes: "What Is Happening Has Absolutely No "Reasonable" Explanation"
ZeroHedge | author | 04/21/16

Call me crazy, and I am not a "conspiracy theorist" -- but what is happening has absolutely no "reasonable" explanation. So I have to think outside the box... Read more

In "Unprecedented Snub", Saudi Arabia Demands "Recalibration Of Relationship" With U.S.
ZeroHedge | author | 04/21/16

There is going to have to be "a recalibration of our relationship with America," former Saudi Intelligence Chief Prince Turki Al-Faisal told CNN's Christiane Amanpour. "How far we can go with our dependence on America, how much can we rely on steadfastness from American leadership, what is it that makes for our joint benefits to come together," Turki said in a significant departure from usual Saudi rhetoric. "These are things that we have to recalibrate." ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, April 21 [9:04]
DN | As Officer Who Killed Akai Gurley Gets No Jail Time, Asian Americans Debate Role of White Supremacy (04/21/16) [25:10]
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
ColbertReport | Cartoon Trump Is Emperor of New York (04/21/16) [5:05]
ColbertReport | Stephen recaps the results of New York's primary elections (04/21/16) [3:39]
*DR | New Promise For Immunotherapy Cancer Drugs (04/21/16) [1hr]
New studies show immunotherapy drugs are effective against a range of cancers, and could become a more standard course of treatment. How medications that use the body's own immune system can fight some of the most difficult-to-treat cancers.
TRNN | Sanders Constituency Will Shape U.S. Politics for the Next Decade (04/20/16) [10:29]
TRNN | Why BP's $20 Billion Settlement is Business as Usual in the Gulf of Mexico (04/20/16) [17:17]
RT | Obama: If we let Americans sue Saudis for 9/11, foreigners will begin suing US non-stop (04/20/16) [6:18]
RT | Keiser Report: Marquis de Sade & Modern Bankers (E904) (04/21/16) [25:45]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
Aljazeera | Al Jazeera World - Yemen: Pulling the Strings (04/21/16) [46:28]
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/
Other Videos and Documentaries I Ran Across

Wednesday April 20, 2016
News Articles
Some Headlines
New York Knockouts ... Trump: 90 Dels, Cruz: 0 ... Cruz Crushed... HRC Soars... Bernie Flies Home... New Plan: Win With Superdelegates!... Nate Silver: Trump Trounces Last Month's Forecast... Only District He Loses Is The One He Lives In... GOP Nom. Far From Certain...
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Hillary Clinton Won Among Wall Street-Friendly Voters In New York
HP | Willa Frej |04/20/16

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton performed well among New York primary voters who believe that Wall Street is a boon for the economy, according to exit polling data.

... The former secretary of state earned more than $11 million delivering 51 speeches in 2014 and the first three months of 2015, according to The Washington Post. Her three speeches (3 hours) to employees of investment bank Goldman Sachs earned her a total of $675,000, and are causing a particular uproar. Sanders has accused Clinton of being influenced by special interest groups. ... Read more

*Why Isn't Everyone in Favor of Taxing Financial Speculation?
HP | Robert Reich | 04/19/16

Buying and selling stocks and bonds in order to beat others who are buying and selling stocks and bonds is a giant zero-sum game that wastes countless resources, uses up the talents of some of the nation's best and brightest, and subjects financial markets to unnecessary risk.

High-speed traders who employ advanced technologies in order to get information a millisecond before other traders get it don't make financial markets more efficient. They make them more vulnerable to debacles like the "Flash Crash" of May 2010.

Wall Street Insiders who trade on confidential information unavailable to small investors don't improve the productivity of financial markets. They just rig the game for themselves. Bankers who trade in ever more complex derivatives -- making bets on bets -- don't add real value. They only make the system more vulnerable to big losses, as occurred in the financial crisis of 2008. ... Read more

More than 6 in 10 New York Democratic voters said that Wall Street does more to hurt the economy than help, according to preliminary exit polling reported by CNN and The New York Times.
RollingStone From the Good Old Days

Everything Is Rigged: The Biggest Price-Fixing Scandal Ever
Rolling Stone | Matt Taibbi | 04/25/13

The Illuminati were amateurs. The second huge financial scandal of the year reveals the real international conspiracy: There's no price the big banks can't fix

Conspiracy theorists of the world, believers in the hidden hands of the Rothschilds and the Masons and the Illuminati, we skeptics owe you an apology. You were right. The players may be a little different, but your basic premise is correct: The world is a rigged game. We found this out in recent months, when a series of related corruption stories spilled out of the financial sector, suggesting the world's largest banks may be fixing the prices of, well, just about everything. ... Read more

TYT From the Good Old Days
*TYT | The Biggest, Most Corrupt Bank Scheme That's Not Being Stopped (05/12/13) [9:53]
Originally published in 1885, What I Believe is part of series of books by novelist Leo Tolstoy that outline his personal interpretation of Christian theology. After a midlife crisis at age 50, he began to believe in the moral teachings of Christianity, while rejecting mysticism and organized religion. He believed that pacifism and poverty were the paths to enlightenment. His precepts of nonviolence even influenced Mohandas Gandhi. Students of religion, political science, and literature alike will gain new understanding from the ideas presented in this book. Students of literature will get to understand more deeply one of the greatest novelist in history, while those interested in religion and politics can see how Tolstoy's philosophy came to influence the world at large.

Audio Book
What I Believe by Leo Tolstoy, Part 1 (1828-1910) [1:13:10], Part 2 [1:00:29], Part 3 [1:21:42], Part 4 [37:55]
WHAT I BELIEVE by Leo Tolstoy (full) [7:59:19]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, April 20 [11:20]
DN | Battle for New York: Clinton & Trump Win as NYC Voters Report Chaos & "Irregularities" at the Polls (04/20/16) [13:18]
DN | New York Primary: Chaos at Polling Sites, Broken Scanners & Whole Blocks Purged from Voter Rolls (04/20/16) [13:25]
DN | Is the U.S. Backing Rousseff's Ouster in Brazil? Opposition Holds Talks in D.C. as Obama Stays Quiet (04/20/16) [16:26]
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
ColbertReport | Everyone's Angry About Campaign Finance (04/20/16) [3:03]
ColbertReport | Paul Ryan Is Probably Open To Being President (04/20/16) [5:43]
TYT | How To Debate Hillary Clinton Supporters (04/19/16) [12:37]
TYT | How To Destroy The Corrupt Political Establishment (04/19/16) [1:32]
TYT | Is Bernie Sanders' Campaign Over? (04/19/16) [11:14]
RT | CrossTalk: Those 28 Pages (04/20/16) [24:43]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | The Gospel By Jefferson, Tolstoy & Dickens... (04/19/16) [6:47]
Thomas Jefferson - Leo Tolstoy - and Charles Dickens all walk into a room in the afterlife. No - that's not the first line of a hyper-literary joke. It's the plot of a new play by "Real Time With Bill Maher" executive producer and playwrite Scott Carter.
*DR | New York Primary Results And The Ongoing Battle For Delegates (04/20/16) [1hr]
*Aljazeera | Counting the Cost - The global steel industry: What's behind the downturn? (04/16/16) [25:45]
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Tuesday April 19, 2016
News Articles

Trump orders new campaign hierarchy, spending plan
Politico | Kenneth P. Vogel | 04/18/16

In a shakeup that's roiling Donald Trump's presidential campaign, the GOP front-runner told senior staffers at a Saturday meeting that he wants his recent hires Paul Manafort and Rick Wiley to take the reins in upcoming states, giving them a $20-million budget for key contests in May and June, according to three sources with knowledge of the meeting. ...

... But sources inside the Trump campaign said the moves are increasingly alienating staff loyal to the original team headed by campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, which had guided Trump from the political fringe to the precipice of the GOP presidential nomination with relatively little campaign infrastructure or spending.

One key Lewandowski loyalist, national field director Stuart Jolly, on Monday submitted a letter of resignation, according to the sources, who characterized Jolly as displeased with the reorganization. Under the new structure, Jolly would have reported to Wiley, who was hired last week by Manafort as political director. In turn, Wiley, who previously ran Scott Walker's disappointing presidential campaign, will report to Manafort, who was hired late last month and quickly boasted "I work directly for the boss." ... Read more

Wealth Inequality
*Wealth Inequality in America [6:25]
Robert Reich | Inequality for All (full) [1:30:11]

China Launches Yuan Gold Fix To "Exert More Control Over Price Of Gold"
ZeroHedge | author | 04/19/16

Overnight a historic event took place when China, the world's top gold consumer, launched a yuan-denominated gold benchmark on Tuesday as had been previewed here previously in what Reuters dubbed "an ambitious step to exert more control over the pricing of the metal and boost its influence in the global bullion market." ... Read more

The Chinese Start Buying Silver: BofA Says "Momentum Breaks Out To Highest In Years"
ZeroHedge | author | 04/19/16

Overnight a historic event took place when China, the world's top gold consumer, launched a yuan-denominated gold benchmark on Tuesday as had been previewed here previously in what Reuters dubbed "an ambitious step to exert more control over the pricing of the metal and boost its influence in the global bullion market." ... Read more

Goldman Earnings Plunge 55% In Worst Quarter Since 2011; Average Compensation Crashes

Institutionalized Lying - Why Central Bankers Never See Bubbles
ZeroHedge | author | 04/19/16

Every day there is more confirmation that the casino is an exceedingly dangerous place and that exposure to the stock, bond and related markets is to be avoided at all hazards. In essence the whole shebang is based on institutionalized lying, meaning that prouncements of central bankers, Wall Street brokers and big company executives are a tissue of misdirection, obfuscation and outright deceit. And they are self-reinforcing, too. ... Read more

Obama Responds To Saudi Threat To Dump Treasuries If Its Role In Sept 11 Is Probed

Obama Succumbs To Saudi Pressure, Will Veto Sept 11 Lawsuit Bill
ZeroHedge | author | 04/19/16

Following strong Saudi pressure to scuttle the Sept 11 Bipartisan Bill, the president made it clear on what side he stands when the White House threatened to veto the bipartisan bill to let families victimized by the 9/11 terrorist attacks sue Saudi Arabia while a GOP senator privately sought to block the measure. The White House and State Department are bluntly warning lawmakers not to proceed with the legislation due to "fears" it could have dramatic ramifications for the United States and citizens living abroad to retaliatory lawsuits. ... Read more

*Aljazeera | Inside Story - Is it game over for Brazil's first woman president? (04/19/16) [24:50]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, April 19 [9:57]
TRNN | Historian Gerald Horne Discusses: Black Voters and the New York Primary (04/17/16) [24:04]
TRNN | The Empire Files: Abby Martin Exposes What Hillary Clinton Really Represents (04/17/16) [27:07]
TYT | George Clooney Trolled By Bernie Sanders Campaign (04/18/16) [7:18]
TYT | What Do Bernie Sanders' Tax Returns Reveal? (04/18/16) [8:03]
TYT | POLL: Americans Want To Tax The Rich (04/18/16) [8:19]
TYT | Trust In Corporate Media Is Historically Low (04/18/16) [8:33]
*RT | Keiser Report: Systemic Nature of Corruption (E903) (04/19/16) [24:46]
In this episode of the Keiser Report Max and Stacy discuss royal scum threatening to dump US Treasuries and the evaporation of 315 billion petrodollars without much impact on credit markets. In the second half Max and Stacy continue their interview with Steve Topple about what two weeks of #PanamaPapers leaks have told us about the systemic nature of corruption.
RoF | GOP Doing Everything Possible to Dismantle Democracy (04/18/16) [12:46]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
Note: normally I don't like shows where everyone is talking over each other. And normally I think Thom Hartmann tackles good topics, and the dissenters are really shown to be out in left field. However, there are topics that are so complex, with so many nuances, that both sides of the arguements are important to listen to. What counts is to have politicians that are willing to compromise to reach a reasonable solutions.
ThomHartmann | Full Show (04/15/16): Bernie Beats ALL GOP Candidates in New Poll [57:62]
*DR | How Georgetown University Once Relied On The Slave Trade And New Efforts To Reconcile With Its Past (04/19/16) [1hr]
In 1838, Jesuit priests at Georgetown University sold 272 slaves to keep the school afloat. Now the search is on to find the descendants. How Georgetown once relied on the slave trade -- and efforts to reconcile with its past.
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Monday April 18, 2016
News Articles

Hardly Anyone Trusts The Media Anymore
HP | Nick Visser | 04/18/16

Only 6 percent of people say they have a great deal of confidence in the press, about the same level of trust Americans have in Congress, according to a new survey released on Sunday.

The study mirrors past reports that found the public's trust in mass media has reached historic lows, according to data gathered by the Media Insight Project, a partnership between The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and the American Press Institute. The report found faith in the press was just slightly higher than the 4 percent of people who said they trusted Congress. ... Read more

*WikiLeaks - The US strategy to create a new global legal and economic system: TPP, TTIP, TISA (08/18/15) [8:22]
I really like John Pilger and his Investigative Journalism. Check out some of his other videos
*JohnPilger | The War You Don't See (11/24/14) [1:36:41]
*JohnPilger | Breaking The Silence - Truth And Lies In The War On Terror (10/05/12) [51:05]
*BBC | The Spies Who Fooled The World Iraq War Documentary () [59:11]

The Elephant's Not Even In The Room Yet
ZeroHedge | author | 04/18/16

The elephant outside the room is named Discontinuity. That's perhaps an intimidating word, but it is exactly what the USA is in for. It means that a lot of familiar things come to an end, stop, don't work the way they are supposed to - beginning, manifestly, with the election process now underway in all its unprecedented bizarreness. One reason it's difficult to comprehend discontinuity is because so many operations and institutions of daily life in America have insidiously become rackets, meaning that they are kept going only by dishonest means. If we didn't lie to ourselves about them, they couldn't continue. ... Read more

Young Iraqis Overwhelmingly Consider U.S. Their Enemy, Poll Says | TheIntercept | Murtaza Hussain | 04/13/16

Why World Leaders Are Terrified of Water Shortages
MotherJones | Nathan Halverson | 04/14/16

Secret conversations between American diplomats show how a growing water crisis in the Middle East destabilized the region, helping spark civil wars in Syria and Yemen, and how those water shortages are spreading to the United States.

Classified US cables reviewed by Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting show a mounting concern by global political and business leaders that water shortages could spark unrest across the world, with dire consequences. Many of the cables read like diary entries from an apocalyptic sci-fi novel. ...

... Almarai, which is Saudi Arabia's largest dairy company and has publicly said it's following the king's directive, began pumping up billions of gallons of water in the Arizona desert in 2014 to grow hay that it exports back to the Middle East. Analysts refer to this as exporting "virtual water." It is more cost effective to use the Arizona water to irrigate land in America and ship the hay to Saudi Arabia than it is to fill a fleet of oil tankers with the water.

Arizonans living near Almarai's hay operation say their groundwater is dropping fast as the Saudis and other foreign companies increase production. They are now worried their domestic wells might suffer the same fate as those in Syria and Yemen. ... Read more

Aljazeera | Inside Story - What are the risks of not capping oil production? (04/17/16) [25:10]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, April 18 [9:36]
*DN | Is the Seafood You Eat Caught by Slaves? Part 1 (04/18/16) [16:54], Part 2 [15:38]
John Oliver
HBO John Oliver: Lead in Flint (04/17/16) [18:32]
TRNN | Clinton Vs. Sanders on Big Banks, Part 1 (04/15/16) [25:33], Part 2 [30:41]
*TYT | Too Big To Fail Banks Shrug Off Dodd-Frank Regulations (04/17/16) [4:44]
*TYT | Nearly Half Of All Super-PAC Money Comes From Fifty People (04/16/16) [11:48]
RT | CrossTalk: Bullhorns Untouchable (04/18/16) [24:26]
RT | Keiser Report: Spy vs. spy (E902) (04/16/16) [25:35]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | Size Matters! Elizabeth Warren vs. Paul Krugman (04/15/16) [12:38]
*DR | What Britain's Potential Exit From The EU Could Mean For Global Markets, The Migrant Crisis And Fighting Terrorism (04/18/16) [1hr]
As President Obama prepares to travel to London, the campaign to persuade British voters to stay in the EU is underway. What the 'Brexit' could mean for global markets and European efforts on the migrant crisis and terrorism.
DR | Michael VanRooyen: "The World's Emergency Room" (04/18/16) [1hr]
The most common cause of death for medical humanitarians and other aid workers overseas today is violent attacks. The director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative on why the field of humanitarian aid has become so dangerous and politicized, and how it needs to evolve for the future.
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/
Other Videos and Documentaries I Ran Across
Note: I don't endorse any of the videos in this section.
As I construct My News Pages I constantly run across a lot of NEW videos, and since I find YouTube frustrating trying to re-find videos, I save the links in this section so I can find them again.
Saudi Arabia's Obsession
SouthFront | Saudi Air Force Deploys to Support Turkey's Military Intervention in Syria (03/03/16) [3:58]
RT | Senator Richard Black: Turkey and Saudi Arabia biggest threats to world peace (01/11/16) [6:13]
Virginia state Senator Senator Richard Black says that Saudi Arabia and Turkey are the two biggest threats to world. "It's not Iran, it's not Syria, it's not any other country.
RT | Saudi Arabia's obsession with Iran exposed by WikiLeaks (07/16/15) [2:16]
WikiLeaks: The Forgotten Man ... Private Bradley Manning (07/08/13) [45:00]
While WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange battles to avoid extradition from the United Kingdom to Sweden, on the other side of the Atlantic Bradley Manning is facing a court martial. If found guilty Manning could spend the rest of his life in prison.

It's a case that has all the hallmarks of a spy thriller. Bradley Manning was an American soldier serving in Iraq, when he allegedly downloaded classified military files onto a disk storing Lady Gaga songs. A short time later the authorities arrested Manning and he's been in a military jail ever since.

Early last year reporter Quentin McDermott told the story of Bradley Manning and the people who'd helped the United States government build a case against him. This film uncovers crucial new elements describing the ferocious battle between hackers and the U.S. government as they pursue Julian Assange and WikiLeaks.

WikiLeaks - The US strategy to create a new global legal and economic system: TPP, TTIP, TISA (08/18/15) [8:22]
BBC WikiLeaks The Secret Life of a Superpower, Part 1 (02/16/14) [59:28], Part 2 [59:34]
Iraq War
JohnPilger | Breaking The Silence - Truth And Lies In The War On Terror (10/05/12) [51:05]
JohnPilger | The War You Don't See (11/24/14) [1:36:41]
BillMoyer | Buying The War () [1:23:07]
BBC | The Secret Government: Bill Moyers (1987) [1:26:42]
Hubris : Selling the Iraq War - Rachel Maddow () [44:11]
The Spies Who Fooled The World Iraq War Documentary () [59:11]

Friday April 15, 2016
News Articles
Some News Headlines
BRUTAL IN BROOKLYN... Sanders And Clinton Clash In NYC... Bernie Questions Hillary's Judgment... Hits Clinton For 'Racist' Term... Disastrous Answer On Guns And Sandy Hook... Clinton Calls Out Moderators For Ignoring Women's Health...
*CNN Democratic Debate - Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders (full) (04/14/16) [1:25:22]
TYT | CNN New York Democratic Debate | The Biggest Winner Was... (04/14/16) [6:16]
TYT | CNN New York Democratic Debate | The Biggest Loser Was... (04/14/16) [2:59]
FaceTheNation | Full interview: Bernie Sanders 04/10/16) [8:32]

The Fed Sends A Frightening Letter To JPMorgan, Corporate Media Yawns
ZeroHedge | author | 04/15/16

Yesterday the Federal Reserve released a 19-page letter that it and the FDIC had issued to Jamie Dimon, the Chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase, on April 12 as a result of its failure to present a credible plan for winding itself down if the bank failed. The letter carried frightening passages and large blocks of redacted material in critical areas, instilling in any careful reader a sense of panic about the U.S. financial system. The Federal regulators didn't say JPMorgan could pose a threat to its shareholders or Wall Street or the markets. It said the potential threat was to "the financial stability of the United States." ... Read more

The NY Fed Just Cut Its First Half GDP Forecast To 1.0%

Default Cycle Now In Full Swing As Goodrich Petroleum Is Latest To File Chapter 11
ZeroHedge | author | 04/15/16

This morning another troubled energy producer, Goodrich Petroleum announced a prepackaged Chapter filing meant to implement a financial reorganization after struggling to restructure its debt amid declining energy prices. This follows the filing of Energy XXI just 24 hours ago. Since the start of 2015, about 50 oil and gas producers have gone bankrupt, owing more than $17 billion, according to law firm Haynes & Boone LLP. ... Read more

Noam Chomsky: This Is the Propaganda System That Corporate Media Uses to Dominate Society
AlterNet | Andrew Smolski | 04/14/16

... Take a look at the structure of the media system. The major media institutions are great corporations, some of them parts of megacorporations. Like other businesses, they sell a product to a market. The product that they sell is audiences. The market is other corporations, because they survive pretty much on advertising in the modern period. It wasn't always like this. There are other external influences, primarily state power, which itself is very heavily under corporate control, and which has its own propaganda institutions, called public diplomacy or something like that. ... Read more

Manufacturing Consent - Noam Chomsky and the Media (relevant) [2:47:37]
Aljazeera | Inside Story - How powerful are protest movements? (04/13/16) [24:00]
Every evening for the last 12 days, crowds of young people have gathered in downtown Paris under the banner of a new movement called 'Nuit Debout'. It loosely translates to Up All Night.

The movement began as a protest against labour reforms. Expanding to include other grievances like inequality and the environment. And the nightly sit-ins and debates have now spread to dozens of other cities across France, even spilling over borders into Belgium, Germany and Spain.
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, April 15 [9:12]
*DR | Friday News - Domestic (04/15/16) [1hr]
Note: Starts at 3:00 on Progressbar
Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton debate in Brooklyn. Paul Ryan insists he won't accept the Republican presidential nomination. And a task force says the Chicago police department is plagued by racism. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.
*DR | Friday News - International (04/15/16) [1hr]
Peace talks resume on Syria. Macedonian police use rubber bullets and tear gas against migrants trying to leave Greece. And the U.N. says Boko Haram is using more children as suicide bombers. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.
TRNN | Sanders Holds Massive Rally in NYC, Narrows in on Clinton's Lead (04/14/16) [2:44]
TRNN | Mark Paul: Sanders' Climate Change Plan Endorsed by Economists Studying Carbon Tax Initiatives (04/14/16) [14:26]
TYT | University Spent A Lot Of Money So You Wouldn't See This (04/14/16) [5:19]
RT | Japan shaking: Dozens injured after 6.4-strong earthquake hits east of Kumamoto (04/14/16) [1:15]
*RT | Top 50 US firms stash $1.4 trn in offshore tax havens - Oxfam (04/15/16) [2:43]
RT | Keiser Report: Most Destructive Force in the Universe (E901) (04/14/16) [25:45]
RT | CrossTalk: Syria plan B? (04/15/16) [23:35]
*RoF & ThomHartmann | Criminal Oil Cronies Knew They Were Poisoning the Earth And Did NOTHING (04/15/16) [11:18]
RoF | Bernie Is Still Scaring The Hell Out of the Establishment (04/14/16) [5:48]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Thursday April 14, 2016
News Articles
*Bernie Sanders "The View" - Full Interview!
TYT | Bernie Sanders "The View" - Watch Full Interview! (04/08/16) [15:55]
*Dr. Jane Sanders - Interview With Cenk Uygur
TYT | Dr. Jane Sanders - Full Interview With Cenk Uygur (04/13/16) [36:29]
'The Trump Effect': Hatred, Fear And Bullying On The Rise In Schools

New Documents Show Oil Industry Even More Evil Than We Thought
HP | Chris D'Angelo | 04/14/16

In 1968, a pair of scientists from Stanford Research Institute wrote a report for the American Petroleum Institute, a trade association for America's oil and natural gas industry. They warned that "man is now engaged in a vast geophysical experiment with his environment, the earth" -- one that "may be the cause of serious world-wide environmental changes."

The scientists went on: "If the Earth's temperature increases significantly, a number of events might be expected to occur including the melting of the Antarctic ice cap, a rise in sea levels, warming of the oceans and an increase in photosynthesis."

That 48-year-old report, which accurately foreshadowed what's now happening, is among a trove of public documents uncovered and released Wednesday by the Washington-based Center for International Environmental Law. Taken together, documents that the organization has assembled show that oil executives were well aware of the serious climate risks associated with carbon dioxide emissions decades earlier than previously documented -- and they covered it up. ... Read more
Smoke & Fumes (current) [3:49]

Elizabeth Warren Has Basically Had It With Paul Krugman's Big Bank Nonsense
HP | Zach Carter | 04/13/16

... The Federal Reserve and the FDIC said Wednesday that five of the biggest banks in the country cannot credibly be unwound safely without bailout money from taxpayers

"This announcement is a very big deal. It's scary," Warren said in a written statement. "After an extensive, multi-year review process, federal regulators concluded that five of the country's biggest banks are still -- literally -- too big to fail. They officially determined that five U.S. banks are large enough that any one of them could crash the economy again if they started to fail and were not bailed out." ... Read more

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IMF Warns of Possible New Financial Crisis in Europe
TRNN | author | 04/14/16

Another global financial crisis could unfold at any moment. That's according to a new report from the International Monetary Fund. The semi-annual Global Financial Stability Report says a third of Eurozone banks face major problems with their financial viability. A trillion dollars worth of outstanding loans in these banks are unprofitable and could face default. Most of the banks holding these loans are in Greece, Italy, and Portugal, though a few critical banks are also located in Germany. José Viñals, the IMF Director who presented the report, explained that there are three main reasons for the increased risk.

"Risks to global financial stability have increased over the last six months and this is due to three main factors. First, higher macro-economic risks, in the context of weaker growth and inflation. Second, falling commodity prices and increasing concerns about China, which have put pressure on emergening markets and credit markets in advanced economies. And third, lower confidence in policies and in policy traction, in an environment of higher financial and economic and political and geopolitical risks." ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, April 14 [10:16]
*DN | "She's Baldly Lying": Dana Frank Responds to Hillary Clinton's Defense of Her Role in Honduras Coup (04/14/16) [17:05 ]
DN | Hear Hillary Clinton Defend Her Role in Honduras Coup When Questioned by Juan González (04/14/16) [6:12]
The Brainwashing of My Dad Documentary
*The Brainwashing of My Dad Trailer (current) [4:59]
The Brainwashing of My Dad.com ... where to watch!
The Brainwashing of My Dad.com website
Tony Trupiano's interview with Jen Senko Brainwashing of my Dad (08/15/15) [51:08]
60 Minutes

28 Pages; Former Sen. Bob Graham and others urge the Obama administration to declassify redacted pages of a report that holds 9/11 secrets (04/10/16) [14:55]
*TRNN | Closing Panama Tax Haven Will Require Fighting the Most Powerful Lobby In the World (04/14/16) [17:00]
TRNN | Senator Bob Graham: What CBS's 60 Minutes Didn't Tell You About the 9/11 Redacted 28 Pages (REPLAY) [22:51]
TYT | O'Reilly Tries To Help Trump Win Black Voters. It Doesn't Go Well. (04/13/16) [10:02]
Max Keiser on Panama Papers: 'This is global insider trading ring, CIA is playing the game' (04/13/16) [3:49]
*RoF | Fox News Has Ruined An Entire Generation with Their Hate and Ignorance (04/13/16) [15:45]
RoF | Has The Vatican Pretty Much Endorsed Bernie Sanders? (04/13/16) [3:16]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
*DR | The Presidential Candidates Intensify The Fight For Convention Delegates (04/14/16) [1hr]
The race for president in the U.S. in in many ways a contest for delegates. It starts with the state primaries and caucuses but it doesn't end there. There's also the delegate selection process -- who actually goes to the conventions -- and this year, that question could be key. On the Republican side, an open or contested convention looks like a real possibility for the first time in decades. That means those delegates have an outsize importance. For Democrats, there's the question of superdelegates and which candidate they will back.
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Wednesday April 13, 2016
News Articles

Donald Trump Slams RNC, Calls Delegate Process A 'Scam' And 'Disgrace'
HP | Igor Bobic | 04/13/16

"These are dirty tricksters! This is a dirty trick."

Still peeved at being out-organized by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in Colorado, GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump is crying foul and blaming the system for his campaign's failures.

"These are dirty tricksters! This is a dirty trick," he said at a campaign stop in Rome, New York, on Tuesday evening, blasting the GOP after all 34 of Colorado's delegates went to Cruz. "The RNC, the Republican National Committee, they should be ashamed of themselves for allowing this kind of crap to happen!" ... Read more

Leaked Poll for Chambers of Commerce Shows Business Execs Overwhelmingly Support Raising the Minimum Wage

16 Homemade Salad Dressings That Will Actually Make You Want To Eat Salad
HP | author | 04/12/16

For a long time, we considered salad to be a necessary evil. Yes, it's nutritious, but it's also basically just leaves. That is, until we discovered some of these meal-changing homemade dressings. Pass the arugula, please. ... Read more

Cold Noodle Salads | article | HP |
*The Political System is all Theater
September 11 - The New Pearl Harbor (trailer) [3:11]
DVD Topic by topic


0.01:02 - 12 parallels between Pearl
Harbor and September 11
0.14:10 - The debate: main issues


0.14:55 - Where are the interceptors?
0.16:12 - The "incompetence theory"
(radars, transponders)
0.22:00 - The military drills
0.29:40 - Specific warnings
0.33:08 - The chain of command
0.38:10 - Promotions, not punishments
0.39:50 - The Mineta case
0.47:38 - Debunkers: "Mineta was mistaken"
0.53:18 - The Mineta case - A summary


0.57:15 - "Piss-poor student pilots"
0.59:38 - Marwan al-Sheikki (UA175)
1.01:52 - Ziad Jarrah (UA93)
1.03:06 - Hani Hanjour (AA77)
1.04:00 - The debunkers' positions
1.06:00 - 2 simulations of the Pentagon attack
1.13:10 - Someone knew?
1.16:40 - Airport security cameras
1.20.15 - The missing black boxes


1.26:50 - Passenger planes or military drones?
1.28:20 - Impossible speeds
1.37:30 - What happened to the passengers?
1.38:35 - The cellphone calls
1.48:30 - The debunkers' position
1.50:38 - If not from the planes, from where?


0.02:35 - Downed light poles
0.03:30 - The missing plane
0.04:30 - The official version
0.05:24 - Problems with the official version
(wing, ailerons, tail, engines)
0.13:09 - The mystery hole
0.14:10 - The debunkers' explanations
0.16:20 - Conclusions on damage analysis
0.17:00 - The missing tapes
0.18:30 - Security video analysis
0.23.40 - Pentagon summary


0.24.15 - The empty hole
0.28.00 - The debunkers' explanations
0.33:00 - Plane crash or bomb explosion?
0.34:50 - The debris field
0.37.20 - The shootdown hypothesis
0.38:50 - The small white plane
0.41:40 - "Let's roll"
0.44:25 - Summary of Flight 93


0.45:10 - Introduction
0.47:45 - The Towers' small dirty secret
0.53:10 - Larry Silverstein
0.56:15 - NIST vs. Architects & Engineers
0.58:00 - Robust or fragile buildings?
1.04:45 - The initial collapse - Explanation #1
1.05:45 - The initial collapse - Explanation #2
1.07:35 - Problems with the official explanation
1.18:00 - The full collapse - No official explanation
1.18:50 - Law of physics violated
1.20:50 - The Twin Towers and freefall
1.27:50 - Debunkers' response to A&E

(Twin Towers continued)

0.00:20 - The hypothesis of controlled demolitions
0.01:08 - Debunkers: "Impossible to place explosives"
0.07:34 - Explosions in the Twin Towers (witnesses)
0.15:00 - "Fuel in elevators shafts" theory
0.23:25 - Debunkers: "Explosions not recorded by tv cameras"
0.30:26 - Squibs
0.33:00 - Explosive force (montage)
0.35:00 - Ejecta
0.38:00 - Diagonal cuts
0.40:15 - What happened to the hat trusses?
0.42:20 - Extreme temperatures
0.45:30 - Debunkers' explanations
0.46:45 - Twisted and mangled beams
0.47:40 - Molten steel
0.51:05 - Molten concrete
0.53:50 - Pulverization
0.57:40 - Victims vaporized
1.02:20 - Conclusion on the Twin Towers


1.05:10 - Introduction
1.06:35 - Official version by NIST
1.09:36 - Collapse computer simulation
1.11:00 - Fire computer simulation
1.12:20 - Debunkers: "Building 7 weaker"
1.14:25 - Preknowledge
1.19:00 - Symmetry
1.20:00 - Freefall


1.22:30 - John McCain
1.24:35 - The last word

September 11 - The New Pearl Harbor (Part 1 of 3) [1:55:06]
September 11 - The New Pearl Harbor (Part 2 of 3) [1:30:23]
September 11 - The New Pearl Harbor (Part 3 of 3) [1:28:09]
*Tragedy and Hope 101 interview with author Joe Plummer (02/28/16) [1:35:18]
Tragedyandhope.com website
Corbett Report - http://corbettreport.com/
CorbettReport | Joe Plummer Teaches Tragedy and Hope 101 (04/11/16) [31:55]
Clocking in at 1300 pages of small print text, Carroll Quigley's seminal work, Tragedy and Hope, is an intimidating and weighty tome. Today we talk to Joe Plummer of JoePlummer.com about his guide to Quigley's massive book. Available as a free e-book or as a paperback or kindle purchase and dubbed Tragedy and Hope 101, Plummer's guide condenses, summarizes, explains and footnotes the highlights and lowlights of the text so you can understand the nature of the conspiratorial network that Quigley exposed and why this information is so important.
Tragedy & Hope 101.pdf
Tragedy and Hope by Carroll Quigley(abridged).pdf
Tragedy and Hope - Birungueta.pdf
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, April 13 [7:39]
DN | Death by Gentrification in SF Part 2 with Rebecca Solnit & Adriana Camarena (04/13/16) [28:39 ]
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
ColbertReport | The Do-Nothing GOP Congress Does Something... Magical (04/08/16) [3:26]
TRNN | Senator Bob Graham: What CBS's 60 Minutes Didn't Tell You About the 9/11 Redacted 28 Pages (REPLAY) [22:51]
TYT | March To The U.S. Capitol: Democracy Spring (04/12/16) [1:56]
TYT | Capitol Police Arrest Marchers: Democracy Spring (04/12/16) [3:30]
*TYT | Democracy Spring Cable News Blackout (04/12/16) [10:52]
RT | Bikini clad skiing in 360, fun video from Sochi, Russia (04/13/16) [3:01]
RT | CrossTalk: Run, Yats, Run! (04/13/16) [24:38]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | The Continuing Fight Against Factions (04/12/16) [5:15]
On Sunday, thousands of activists from around the country arrived right here in Washington, D.C. after a 10-day-long, 140 mile march from Philadelphia. The marchers are part of a movement called Democracy Spring and Democracy Awakening, and today they staged a sit-in at the Capitol Building. They plan on camping out there through the end of the week. All of this is part of a massive, non-violent campaign to save our democracy from oligarchy. Democracy Spring activists are calling on Congress to take action right now on a group of different bills that would take money out of politics once-and-for-all. This fight, the fight against corporate control over our democracy, is, of course, the same fight that Bernie Sanders is fighting right now in his presidential campaign. But it's also the same fight that the Founders fought more than 200 years ago when they rebelled against the British Empire and created our constitutional republic. They just called it something different -- they called it the fight against "faction."
*DR | Why Many U.S. Health Officials Are Calling For Urgent Action Against Zika (04/13/16) [1hr]
President Obama has called for nearly $2 billion in emergency funding for Zika preparedness. The mosquito that can carry the virus is present in about thirty U.S. states. Join us to discuss the threat of Zika and what can be done to reduce the risks.
*Aljazeera | Italian coastguard saves 2,000 refugees in a single day (04/12/16) [4:27]
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/
Other Videos and Documentaries I Ran Across

Tuesday April 12, 2016
News Articles

19 Signs That American Families Are Being Economically Destroyed
ZeroHedge| author | 04/12/16

The systematic destruction of the American way of life is happening all around us, and yet most people have no idea what is happening.

Once upon a time in America, if you were responsible and hard working you could get a good paying job that could support a middle class lifestyle for an entire family even if you only had a high school education. Things weren't perfect, but generally almost everyone in the entire country was able to take care of themselves without government assistance. ...

  1. The poorest 40 percent of all Americans now spend more than 50 percent of their incomes just on food and housing.
  2. For those Americans that don't own a home, 50 percent of them spend more than a third of their incomes just on rent.
  3. The price of school lunches has risen to the 3 dollar mark at many public schools across the nation.
  4. McDonald's "Dollar Menu & More" now includes items that cost as much as 5 dollars.
  5. The price of ground beef has doubled since 2009.
  6. In 1986, child care expenses for families with employed mothers used up 6.3 percent of all income. Today, that figure is up to 7.2 percent.
  7. Incomes fell for the bottom 80 percent of all income earners in the United States during the 12 months leading up to June 2014.
  8. At this point, more than 50 percent of all American workers bring home less than $30,000 a year in wages.
  9. After adjusting for inflation, median household income has fallen by nearly $5,000 since 2007.
  10. According to the New York Times, the "typical American household" is now worth 36 percent less than it was worth a decade ago.
  11. 47 percent of all Americans do not put a single penny out of their paychecks into savings.
  12. One survey found that 62 percent of all Americans are currently living paycheck to paycheck.
  13. According to the U.S. Department of Education, 33 percent of all Americans with student loans are currently behind on their student loan debt repayments.
  14. According to one recent report, 43 million Americans currently have unpaid medical debt on their credit reports.
  15. The rate of homeownership in the U.S. has been declining for seven years in a row, and it is now the lowest that it has been in 20 years.
  16. For each of the past six years, more businesses have closed in the United States than have opened. Prior to 2008, this had never happened before in all of U.S. history.
  17. According to the Census Bureau, 65 percent of all children in the United States are living in a home that receives some form of aid from the federal government.
  18. If you have no debt at all, and you also have 10 dollars in your wallet, that you are wealthier than 25 percent of all Americans.
  19. On top of everything else, the average American must work from January 1st to April 24th just to pay all federal, state and local taxes.
Read more

'Trust, but protect' FBI director covers his personal laptop webcam with tape.
"Investors" Panic Buy Stocks After IMF Downgrades The World | article | ZeroHedge | 04/12/16
IMF Again Cuts Global Growth Forecast As It Warns Of "Secular Stagnation" | article | ZeroHedge | 04/12/16
*9/11 Exposed 2nd Edition (2015) [1:50:00]
1-Hour Guide to 911 by Joe Plummerl.pdf

Bernanke's Former Advisor: "People Would Be Stunned To Know The Extent To Which The Fed Is Privately Owned"
ZeroHedge| author | 04/12/16

Earlier today, former central bank staffer and Dartmouth College economics professor Andrew Levin, special adviser to then Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke between 2010 to 2012, said something shocking. "A lot of people would be stunned to know" the extent to which the Federal Reserve is privately owned." Is the truth finally starting to come out? ... Read more

Tragedy & Hope: A History of the World in Our Time by Carroll Quigley

Tragedy & Hope: A History of the World in Our Time by Carroll Quigley is the ultimate insider admission of a secret global elite that has impacted nearly every modern historical event. Learn how the Anglo-American banking elite were able to secretly establish and maintain their global power. This massive hardcover book of 1348 pages provides a detailed world history beginning with the industrial revolution and imperialism through two world wars, a global depression and the rise of communism. Tragedy & Hope is the definitive work on the world's power structure and an essential source material for understanding the history, goals and actions of the New World Order.

Reading the full 1300 page Tragedy & Hope is hard to do, so here are some abridged versions that you might find interesting.

Tragedy & Hope 101.pdf
Tragedy and Hope by Carroll Quigley(abridged).pdf
Tragedy and Hope - Birungueta.pdf
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, April 12 [10:38]
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
ColbertReport | The Road To The White House Has Gotten Lumpy (04/08/16) [4:21]
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee | NRA Eddie Eagle (04/12/16) [6:42]
*DR |What Income And Geography Mean For Life Expectancy (04/12/16) [1hr]
New research shows location is a key factor in determining life expectancy for poor Americans, and confirms the disparity in health outcomes between the rich and poor. How health and lifespan are linked to factors like income, geography and gender.
*TRNN |Col. Larry Wilkerson: The Problem of International "Terrorism" Is Here To Stay (04/12/16) [8:57]
*TRNN | The Empire Files: Empires Feed on Congo's Treasure (04/12/16) [27:50]
TYT | Joe Scarborough: Democratic Primary Is Rigged (04/11/16) [14:34]
RT | 'Trust, but protect' FBI director covers his personal laptop webcam with tape (04/11/16) [1:53]
RT | First Man in Space: 55th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's flight (04/12/16) [9:48]
RT | Keiser Report: Pork Barrel Politics (E900) (04/12/16) [25:45]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
Aljazeera | Inside Story - Is Ukraine in crisis? (04/12/16) [24:57]
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/
Other Videos and Documentaries I Ran Across
Note: This book is by William Hartung. I was going to post it yesterday with his article "How Not to Audit the Pentagon".

Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military-Industrial Complex by William D. Hartung

When President Dwight D. Eisenhower gave his famous warning about the dangers of the military-industrial complex, he never would have dreamed that a single company could accumulate the kind of power and influence that is now wielded by Lockheed Martin. As a full-service weapons maker, Lockheed Martin receives over $29 billion a year in Pentagon contracts, or roughly one out of every ten dollars the Department of Defense doles out to private contractors. Prophets of War recounts the fascinating and often-frightening history of America's largest military contractor as well as its role in the formation of foreign policy.

The company has produced spy satellites; helped the Pentagon collect personal data on U.S. citizens; provided interrogators for employment at Guantanamo Bay; manufactured our highest-tech aircraft; and more. It has also been embroiled in numerous scandals — from bribing officials in the Netherlands, Italy, and Japan in exchange for the purchase of Lockheed airplanes in the 1970s, to the provision of $600 toilet covers and $7,000 coffee makers to the Pentagon in the 1980s.

William D. Hartung's enthralling exposé chronicles the growth of Lockheed Martin into one of the most influential corporations in the world, and examines the pivotal role the company has had in America's metastasizing military industrial complex. It asks: How has one company become the recipient of such a large portion of America's tax dollars through contracts with the Pentagon, NASA, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Energy, the NSA, and even the U.S. Census and the IRS? Hartung's meticulous, hard-hitting history follows Lockheed Martin's meteoric growth and unravels how this arms industry giant has helped shape U.S. foreign policy for decades.

Monday April 11, 2016
News Articles

How Not to Audit the Pentagon
HP | William Hartung | 04/10/16

Five Decades Later, the Military Waste Machine Is Running Full Speed Ahead

From spending $150 million on private villas for a handful of personnel in Afghanistan to blowing $2.7 billion on an air surveillance balloon that doesn't work, the latest revelations of waste at the Pentagon are just the most recent howlers in a long line of similar stories stretching back at least five decades. Other hot-off-the-presses examples would include the Army's purchase of helicopter gears worth $500 each for $8,000 each and the accumulation of billions of dollars' worth of weapons components that will never be used. And then there's the one that would have to be everyone's favorite Pentagon waste story: the spending of $50,000 to investigate the bomb-detecting capabilities of African elephants. (And here's a shock: they didn't turn out to be that great!) The elephant research, of course, represents chump change in the Pentagon's wastage sweepstakes and in the context of its $600-billion-plus budget, but think of it as indicative of the absurd lengths the Department of Defense will go to when what's at stake is throwing away taxpayer dollars.

Keep in mind that the above examples are just the tip of the tip of a titanic iceberg of military waste. In a recent report I did for the Center for International Policy, I identified 27 recent examples of such wasteful spending totaling over $33 billion. And that was no more than a sampling of everyday life in the twenty-first-century world of the Pentagon. ... Read more
**Daily Ticker | Find the $8.5 Trillion the Pentagon Can't Account For (2014) [5:32]

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Bernie and the Big Banks
HP | Robert Reich | 04/10/16

The recent kerfluffle about Bernie Sanders purportedly not knowing how to bust up the big banks says far more about the threat Sanders poses to the Democratic establishment and its Wall Street wing than it does about the candidate himself. Of course Sanders knows how to bust up the big banks. He's already introduced legislation to do just that. And even without new legislation a president has the power under the Dodd-Frank reform act to initiate such a breakup.

The biggest are far larger today than they were in 2008 when they were deemed "too big to fail." Then, the five largest held around 30 percent of all U.S. banking assets. Today they have 44 percent. Read more

ROBERT B. REICH's new book, "Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few," [1:47]
"Eighty-four percent of Americans think money has too much influence in U.S. politics.

Supply Chain Slump "Worse Than The Great Recession"
ZeroHedge | author | 04/11/16

Not to continue beating a dead horse, but I have a stick and the carcass is right in front of me. The entire supply chain inside the US economy is full agreement both on where the economy is right now and, perhaps more importantly, how it came to be that way. Such harmony is not atypical, as synchronicity usually defines the hard edges of any cycle. This, however, is something else entirely, especially as it stretches back years and confirms we are witnessing nothing like the usual. ... Read more

Goldman Slammed With $5.1 Billion Fine For "Serious Misconduct" In Mortgage Selling
ZeroHedge | author | 04/11/16

Hot on the heels of Wells Fargo's $1.2 billion settlement, Bloomberg reports that Goldman Sachs will pay $5.1 billion to settle a U.S. probe into its handling of mortgage-backed securities involving allegations that loans weren't properly vetted before being sold to investors as high-quality bonds. "This resolution holds Goldman Sachs accountable for its serious misconduct in falsely assuring investors that securities it sold were backed by sound mortgages, when it knew that they were full of mortgages that were likely to fail," said Acting Associate Attorney General Stuart Delery. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, April 11 [10:31]
John Oliver
HBO John Oliver: Credit Reports (04/10/16) [18:45]
*DR | Debate Over Controversial Religious Freedom Laws In Southern States (04/11/16) [1hr]
Tennessee is the latest southern state to pass a controversial religious freedom law that allows businesses to refuse services to LGBT people. Debate over the constitutionality of the laws and backlash from corporations doing business in those states.
TRNN | Economists Bill Black and Michael Hudson respond: Why Krugman's Latest Attack on Sanders' Economic Plans Are Wrong (04/09/16) [15:08]
TRNN | Clinton vs. Sanders: A New York Proxy Debate (04/09/16) [1:50:34]
TYT | Real-Life Gordon Gekko Is Feeling The Bern (04/08/16) [7:25]
TYT | Bruce Springsteen Takes Stand Canceling North Carolina Show (04/08/16) [7:06]
RT | Keiser Report: Thames Creature (E899) (04/09/16) [25:41]
RT | CrossTalk: Bullhorns Incorruptible (04/11/16) [24:25]
RoF | Has Corporate America Already Won the 2016 Election? (04/08/16) [3:14]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | Does Bernie Sanders Submit to The Power Structure? (04/08/16) [5:56]
ThomHartmann | What the Panama Papers Tells Us About Global Capitalism (04/08/16) [12:41]
Aljazeera | Counting the Cost: Panama Papers: Inside the shady world of tax havens (04/10/16) [26:00]
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Friday April 08, 2016
News Articles

Shocking Photo: Nearly 30 Oil Tankers in Traffic Jam Off Iraqi Coast
ZeroHedge | author | 04/08/16

Oil tankers are caught in a traffic jam near the Iraqi port of Basra, causing delays in loading. According to Reuters, around 30 very large crude carriers (VLCCs) are sitting in the Persian Gulf, and the backlog could cost ship owners more than $75,000 per day. Some could be waiting for weeks to reach the port. Check out this shocking satellite photo of the tanker traffic jam just off the coast of Iraq. ... Read more

America's War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History Hardcover by Andrew J. Bacevich

During the 1980s, Bacevich argues, a great transition occurred. As the Cold War wound down, the United States initiated a new conflict--a War for the Greater Middle East--that continues to the present day. The long twilight struggle with the Soviet Union had involved only occasional and sporadic fighting. But as this new war unfolded, hostilities became persistent. From the Balkans and East Africa to the Persian Gulf and Central Asia, U.S. forces embarked upon a seemingly endless series of campaigns across the Islamic world. Few achieved anything remotely like conclusive success. Instead, actions undertaken with expectations of promoting peace and stability produced just the opposite. As a consequence, phrases like "permanent war" and "open-ended war" have become part of everyday discourse.

Connecting the dots in a way no other historian has done before, Bacevich weaves a compelling narrative out of episodes as varied as the Beirut bombing of 1983, the Mogadishu firefight of 1993, the invasion of Iraq in 2003, and the rise of ISIS in the present decade. Understanding what America's costly military exertions have wrought requires seeing these seemingly discrete events as parts of a single war. It also requires identifying the errors of judgment made by political leaders in both parties and by senior military officers who share responsibility for what has become a monumental march to folly. This Bacevich unflinchingly does.

A twenty-year army veteran who served in Vietnam, Andrew J. Bacevich brings the full weight of his expertise to this vitally important subject. America's War for the Greater Middle East is a bracing after-action report from the front lines of history. It will fundamentally change the way we view America's engagement in the world's most volatile region.
One-Third Of Iraqis Believe America Supports Terrorism

"Let Me Tell You About The Very Rich"
ZeroHedge | author | 04/08/16

As the Panama Papers appear to show, the very wealthy play by an entirely different set of rules than the average person when it comes to paying taxes. The role of global banks has been a prominent feature of early reporting on the Panama files, reinforcing the impression of the entire sector as one big, risky rip-off machine, preying on consumers and governments to maximize profit. The scandal is only the latest in a series of almost countless ones, most of which were settled with fines and no admission of guilt. There is hardly a global financial market that has not been systematically manipulated by major Wall Street firms: interest rates, foreign exchange, metals, electricity -- the list goes on. ... Read more

Obama's Nuclear Security Summit Neglects 98 Percent of the World's Bomb-Ready Uranium
TheIntercept | Alex Emmons | 04/01/16

fourth and final nuclear security summit taking place this week, world leaders are confronting the danger posed by nuclear terrorism -- specifically, by reducing the ways that terrorists could get their hands on the uranium they would need to build a nuclear bomb.

But critics have pointed out that the summits have only focused on highly enriched uranium in civilian possession, which, according to the Department of Energy, only accounts for 2 to 3 percent of the world's supply. That small percentage is used mostly by academics for research and medical isotope production.

The remaining 97 to 98 percent is held in military stockpiles, which the security summits have largely ignored. Countries keep the safeguards on these stockpiles secret, and military material falls outside the scope of international security agreements. ... Read more

Octopus Brains Are So Much Cooler Than You Think
MotherJones | Tim McDonnell | 04/08/16

... This week's episode of the Inquiring Minds podcast is all about octopuses, specifically how these amazing cephalopods--the group of marine invertebrates that also includes squid and cuttlefish--are vastly more intelligent than they get credit for. That's right: Octopuses lead a life of the mind. Not that they have a brain like you're probably picturing, exactly.

"Their brain is so unlike ours, it's almost difficult to describe it as a brain," explains Sy Montgomery, a naturalist and author whose most recent book, The Soul of an Octopus, is a fascinating dive into cephalopod psychology. "Ours is like a walnut in a shell; their brain wraps around the throat." ... Read more

Most intelligent Mimic Octopus in the world () [1:48]

Montgomery was interviewed by Inquiring Minds co-host Indre Viskontas; you can listen to the entire conversation here () [38:47]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, April 08 [11:23]
*DN | "We Will Prevail": Three Words, Three American Presidents & An Endless War in Iraq (04/08/16) [12:57]
*DN | Andrew Bacevich: America's War for the Greater Middle East Cannot Be Won (04/08/16) [8:58]
*DR | Friday News -- Domestic (04/08/16) [1hr]
After big upsets in Wisconsin, presidential candidates look to the New York primary. President Obama returns to Chicago to stump for his Supreme Court nominee. And Bernie Sanders accepts an invitation from the Vatican. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.
*DR | Friday News -- International (04/08/16) [1hr]
The Panama Papers cause political turmoil in Iceland and put leaders of other nations on the defensive. Greece begins deporting migrants to Turkey. And the latest on impeachment hearings in Brazil. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.
TRNN | Tim Johnson of McClatchy Newspapers: Americans Named in Panama Papers Leak (04/08/16) [9:24]
*TRNN | Bob Kincaid says: "It's a Felony to Rip Off Shareholders but Violating Safety Regulations is a Misdemeanor." Part 1 (04/08/16) [6:35], Part 2 [5:39]
TRNN | Hazel Healy of The New Internationalist discusses: EU Deports Refugees from Greece to Turkey (04/08/16) [11:55]
*TYT | Why Corporate Media Owners HATE Bernie Sanders (04/07/16) [8:06]
TYT | Bernie Sanders And Hillary Clinton Spar On Qualifications (04/07/16) [13:19]
RoF | Pap and Kennedy: Whistle-blowers Are Our Best Chance to Save Democracy (04/07/16) [37:51]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
Aljazeera | The Stream: The Panama papers (04/07/16) [24:47]
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Thursday April 07, 2016
News Articles

Money in Politics Is a Crisis. Three Bills That Would Solve the Crisis of Money in Politics
HP | Nick Penniman | 04/04/16

Let's stop giving members of Congress a pass. Here's what I mean: While the media, and even the presidential candidates themselves, rail against super PACs, our democracy is being hollowed out by a problem that existed long before Citizens United -- "hard money" fundraising by Congress.

"Hard money" refers to contributions given directly to a candidate's campaign, rather than outside political groups such as super PACs or dark money nonprofits. While direct campaign contributions are capped at $2,700 per election, these donations still comprised bulk of political giving in the 2014 midterms. ... Read more
HBO John Oliver: Congressional Fundraising (04/03/16) [21:24]

The U.S. Has More Tigers In Captivity Than There Are In The Wild

Syrian Refugees Across The U.S. Are Condemning ISIS
HP | David Bier | 04/06/16

After the Paris terrorist attack, 31 governors said that they wanted no more Syrians admitted to their states. In the months since, Syrian refugees across the country had the opportunity to respond. Their message is simple: get to know us.

Nidal Alhayak was resettled outside of Detroit last year after he was tortured by the Assad regime. "I totally understand their fear," he told NPR last year. "We're not like that. We went through terror ourselves." Hasni, a Syrian refugee in Raleigh, still fears for his life. "If [ISIS militants] catch me," he told his local station, "absolutely, they kill me."

Linda, a Syrian who is living in Maryland, responded to her governor's decision to oppose Syrians in the Washington Post. "We, too, were appalled by the Islamic State's terrorist attacks in Paris and condemn them wholeheartedly. My family and I lived through horrific acts like these," she wrote after describing her own son's killing. ... Read more

"It's Probably Nothing": Truck Orders Plunge 37% As Unsold Inventories Soar Most Since 2007
ZeroHedge | author | 04/07/16

orders for new big rigs plunged and inventories of unsold trucks soared to their highest levels since just before the financial crisis, as uncertainty about future demand and a weak market for freight transportation weighed on truck manufacturers.About 67,000 Class 8 trucks are sitting unsold on dealer lots, after sales in March dropped 37% from a year earlier to 16,000 vehicles. ... Read more

Hijacking Catastrophe [1:11:04]
1-Hour Guide to 911 (article | short ebook)
TalkingStickTV | Chalmers Johnson - The Sorrows of Empire (older, 11/22/10) [58:37]
The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic by Chalmers Johnson

In the years after the Soviet Union imploded, the United States was described first as the globe's "lone superpower," then as a "reluctant sheriff," next as the "indispensable nation," and in the wake of 9/11, as a "New Rome." In this important national bestseller, Chalmers Johnson thoroughly explores the new militarism that is transforming America and compelling us to pick up the burden of empire.

Recalling the classic warnings against militarism-from George Washington's Farewell Address to Dwight Eisenhower's denunciation of the military-industrial complex-Johnson uncovers its roots deep in our past. Turning to the present, he maps America's expanding empire of military bases and the vast web of services that support them. He offers a vivid look at the new caste of professional militarists who have infiltrated multiple branches of government, who classify as "secret" everything they do, and for whom the manipulation of the military budget is of vital interest.

Among Johnson's provocative conclusions is that American militarism is already putting an end to the age of globalization and bankrupting the United States, even as it creates the conditions for a new century of virulent blowback. The Sorrows of Empire suggests that the former American republic has already crossed its Rubicon-with the Pentagon in the lead.
Syria, What is there to go back to?
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, April 07 [9:08]
*DR | New Rules To Discourage Corporate Inversions (04/07/16) [1hr]
Two major drug companies scrap a multibillion-dollar merger after the Treasury Department announces new federal tax rules. New efforts to discourage U.S. companies from moving their headquarters overseas for lower tax rates.
*TRNN | Economist James Henry describes: Global Tax Haven Network Means Americans Can Hide Wealth At Home (04/07/16) [7:39]
*TRNN | Investigative journalist Barbara Koeppel examines: U.S. Radioactive Weapons Fueling Birth Defects in Iraq (04/07/16) [16:11]
TYT | New York Daily News Tries Hatchet Job On Bernie, Fails (04/06/16) [14:42]
TYT | Carrier Employees React To Layoff, Jobs Moving To Mexico (older, 02/15/16) [13:25]
TYT | Politico's Hillary Clinton Puff Piece (04/06/16) [5:52]
RT | Berlin Journalist and author Ernst Wolf: 'Panama is new Switzerland of this world, US preparing for big financial crisis' (04/07/16) [2:59]
RT | Keiser Report: Planning is everything (E898) (04/07/16) [25:30]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
Aljazeera | People & Power: Poles Apart (04/06/16) [25:00]
As this film for People & Power explains, throw in rising xenophobia exacerbated by Europe's refugee emergency, the PiS's increasingly strident Euroscepticism, tense relations with the country's neighbours and another recent highly controversial law introducing tough state control over media - and you have a crisis that looks set to boil over at the heart of Europe.
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Wednesday April 06, 2016
News Articles
Some Headlines
CRUZ WINS WISC... Odds Of Contested Convention Hit 74%... GOP Begins Planning For Cleveland Chaos... Trump In Tailspin...
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*Elizabeth Warren Lambasts Former Colleague In War Over Financial Rules
HP | Shahien Nasiripour | 04/05/16

There is a well-worn Washington playbook that the financial industry and Republicans use when they want to kill a proposal meant to protect households from dodgy financial practices: They claim the costs of the proposal exceed its benefits.

On Tuesday that strategy appeared to blow up in their faces when Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) spent seven minutes skewering a former senior regulator at the Federal Reserve who she claimed played a "key role in blowing up the economy." Warren accused Leonard Chanin, a financial industry lawyer critical of post-crisis rules, of failing to police suspect subprime mortgage lending in the runup to the 2007-2009 financial crisis. ... Read more
Senator Elizabeth Warren at Banking Hearing on Consumer Finance Regulations (04/05/16) [7:18]

Rothschild Humiliates Obama, Reveals That "America Is The Biggest Tax Haven In The World"
ZeroHedge | author | 04/06/16

"In a draft of his San Francisco presentation, Rothschild's Penney wrote that the U.S. "is effectively the biggest tax haven in the world." The U.S., he added in language later excised from his prepared remarks, lacks "the resources to enforce foreign tax laws and has little appetite to do so." ... Read more

China's Latest Problem: Surging Subprime-Housing Loans

*The Panama Papers: This Is The Consequence Of Centralized Money And Power
ZeroHedge | author | 04/06/16

Increasing concentrations of wealth and power that are free of any constraint (such as taxes) is not just the consequence of centralized money and state power--this inequality is the only possible output of centralized money and state power. The Panama Papers offer damning proof of this. Here is a graphic portrayal of just how concentrated global wealth really is: the top .7% (less than 1%) own 45% of all global wealth, and the top 8% own 85%. ... Read more
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*Wealth Inequality in America [6:25]

Aljazeera | Inside Story - Does offshore banking encourage corruption? (04/06/16) [25:00]
*DR | Results From The Wisconsin GOP And Democratic Presidential Primaries (04/06/16) [1hr]
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) speaks during a rally on April 5 in Laramie, Wyoming. Sanders spoke to a large crowd on the University of Wyoming campus after winning the primary in Wisconsin.
TRNN | Underdogs Sanders and Cruz Win the Wisconsin Primaries (04/06/16) [1:50]
*TYT | Ted Cruz Wins Wisconsin GOP Primary (04/05/16) [1:21]
*TYT | How Did Bernie Sanders Make It This Far? (04/05/16) [7:45]
*TYT | The Difference Between The Young Turks And Corporate Media (04/05/16) [7:26]
RT | Keiser Report: Curious Case of Putin's Pic in Panama Leak (E897) (04/05/16) [25:15]
RT | CrossTalk: Ukraine's Destinies (04/06/16) [24:15]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Tuesday April 05, 2016
News Articles

What You Need To Know About The Panama Papers Leak
HP | Nick Robins-Early | 04/04/16

The revelations are based on the "Panama Papers," 11.5 million leaked documents tied to the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca.

Among the prominent figures listed in the documents are Iceland's Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson and Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko. British Prime Minister David Cameron, Pakistan's President Nawaz Sharif and Russian President Vladimir Putin are also connected to the leak through associates or family members. Putin's friends, the documents show, have amassed over $2 billion in offshore holdings. Read more

What are the Panama Papers? A guide to history's biggest data leak | Guardian | 04/05/16
TYT | Panama Papers Expose Massive Global Corruption Scandal (04/04/16) [7:26]

"The Cat Is Out Of The Bag" - In Interview Mossack Fonseca Founders Admit It's Over... To Rothschild's Delight
ZeroHedge | author | 04/05/16

"The cat's out of the bag," Mossack said. "So now we have to deal with the aftermath"... an aftermath that will make the provider of the biggest new tax haven service in the world, Rothschild, extremely happy. ... Read more

Deutsche Bank Dead-Cat-Bounce Dies As Bund Yields Collapse Near Record Lows
ZeroHedge | author | 04/05/16

Just when you thought it was safe to catch a falling knife and that all the systemic fears in the world had been washed away by coordinated central bank manipulation, this happens...

Deutsche Bank stock price is retesting record lows as - just like Lehman - all the soothing words merely enabled a dead-cat-bounce to let some 'insiders' out with less pain. ... Read more
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More News

  1. Panama Papers: Biggest Banks Are Top Users of Offshore Services (WSJ)
  2. Panama Papers probes opened, China limits access to news on leaks (Reuters)
  3. Credit Suisse CEO Distances Bank From 'Panama Papers' (WSJ)
  4. Fed's Evans says market more pessimistic on U.S. rate hikes (Reuters)
  5. IMF's Lagarde Says Risks to Weak Global Recovery Are Increasing (BBG)
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, April 04 [12:58]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, April 05 [9:21]
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
ColbertReport | Cartoon Donald Trump Has The Biggest Numbers (04/04/16) [5:25]
TRNN | Investigative Journalist James Henry describes: Panama Papers Expose Kleptocracy in Action (04/04/16) [11:38]
TRNN | Chris Hedges and two US veterans discuss: Why the Brutalized Become Brutal (04/05/16) [25:34]
TYT | Why Sarah Palin Makes No Sense (04/04/16) [3:00]
RT | Panama Papers: Massive leak shows how rich hide wealth, MSM focus on Putin (04/04/16) [8:35]
RT | Corporate media show only what they want from Panama Leak (04/04/16) [6:19]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | This Leak Shows Oligarchy Is A Worldwide Problem - Progressive Roundtable (04/05/16) [3:09]
Aljazeera | People & Power: Voters' Rights: What's Happening to American Democracy? Part 2 (04/05/16) [25:03]
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Monday April 04, 2016
News Articles

Donald Trump Has An Ace To Play Against Fox News
hp | Christina Wilkie | 04/03/16

When Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump launched a crusade against Fox News and its star anchor, Megyn Kelly, last summer, many political insiders saw the move as the beginning of the end of Trump's upstart campaign.

Why would anyone seeking the Republican presidential nomination attack a network that reaches huge swaths of the Republican primary electorate?

But in a newly published article Sunday in New York Magazine, author and journalist Gabriel Sherman reveals how Trump came to possess ultra-insider information about Fox News and its founder, Roger Ailes, that could be damaging if it were ever to be made public. ... Read more

*Panama Papers
The Panama Papers: Victims of Offshore (04/03/16) [4:18]
Based on a trove of more than 11 million leaked files, the investigation exposes a cast of characters who use offshore companies to facilitate bribery, arms deals, tax evasion, financial fraud and drug trafficking. Behind the email chains, invoices and documents that make up the Panama Papers are often unseen victims of wrongdoing enabled by this shadowy industry.
Panama Papers (website)
PANAMA PAPERS, The secrets of dirty money (article) (current)
About the Panama Papers (website)
REVEALED: Putin's $2 Billion Panamanian Piggybank

Lawyer At Center Of Panama Papers Data Leak Says Firm Suffered 'Limited Hack'
HP | Reuters | 04/04/16

The head of Mossack Fonseca said his firm had fallen victim to "an international campaign against privacy." ... RIGHT!!

The head of a Panama-based law firm at the center of a massive leak of offshore financial data on Sunday denied any wrongdoing, and said his firm has fallen victim to "an international campaign against privacy." ... Read more
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Mossack Fonseca (Panama Papers): The Nazi, CIA And Nevada Connections... And Why It's Now Rothschild's Turn
ZeroHedge | author | 04/04/16

"Jurgen Mossack's family landed here in the 1960s. During World War II, his father had served in the Nazi Party's Waffen-SS, according to U.S. Army intelligence files obtained by the ICIJ. Once in Panama, the elder Mossack offered to spy on communists in Cuba for the CIA." And yes, Mossack Fonseca may now be history, and its countless uberwealthy clients exposed, but none other than Rothschild is now delighted to be able to fill its rather large shoes. ... Read more

Manufacturing Recession Deepens: Factory Orders Drop To Five Year Low; 16 Consecutive Declines
ZeroHedge | author | 04/04/16

In 60 years, the US economy has not suffered a 16-month continuous YoY drop in Factory orders without being in recession. Moments ago the Department of Commerce confirmed that this is precisely what the US economy did, when factory orders not only dropped for the 16th consecutive month Y/Y, after declining 1.7% from last month but at $454 billion for the headline number, this was the lowest print since the summer of 2011. ... Read more

More News

  1. Ties between Germany and Russia enter new chill (Reuters)
  2. Tax authorities begin probes into some people named in Panama Papers leak (Reuters)
  3. SEC investigates ex-JPMorgan debt traders (FT)
  4. Who Will Win Wisconsin? Here Are Six Credible Predictions (BBG)
  5. Victim in Wall St. Scheme Was a Classmate of Its Accused Architect (NYT)
John Oliver
*HBO | John Oliver: Congressional Fundraising (04/03/16) [21:24]
HBO John Oliver | Nuclear Security Summit (04/04/16) [2:46]
*TRNN | "We Need to Electrify As Much Transportation As We Can" (04/01/16) [5:47]
TRNN | Abby Martin with Dr. Jill Stein - A Sick Society (04/04/16) [24:00]
TRNN | Robert Pollin of PERI: Growth is Useless Without Equal Economic Distribution (04/02/16) [9:08]
*TYT | How Big Oil Corrupted The World (04/01/16) [11:51]
*TYT | Dick Cheney Going To Jail? (04/01/16) [4:07]
RT | CrossTalk: Bullhorns Indomitable (04/04/16) [24:45]
*RT | Keiser Report: Economics of Crime & Stupidity (E896) (04/03/16) [25:31]
RoF | Enough Is Enough -- Time To Rein In Wall Street Thugs (04/01/16) [11:13]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | Trump Exposes the Inconvenient Truth On Trade (04/01/16) [2:59]
Aljazeera | Al Jazeera World: I am a Syrian Child (04/02/16) [47:19]
Aljazeera | UpFront: Ex-CIA director Michael Hayden on torture and drones (04/02/16) [15:45]
When the executive summary of a 6,700-page US Senate Intelligence report on CIA interrogation techniques was released last year, many in the US and around the world expressed outrage.

The 500-page summary highlighted how CIA interrogation practices under the George W. Bush administration were "brutal and far worse than the CIA represented to policymakers and others". Now, as federal judges decide whether to declassify the full report, did the CIA break the law in terms of torture?
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Friday April 01, 2016
News Articles

Donald Trump's Ratings Are Historically Awful
HP | Ariel Edwards-Levy | 03/31/16

Give Donald Trump credit: his candidacy may be unifying the country over dislike for him.

At this point, it might be easier to run down the list of demographic blocs Trump hasn't alienated. He's disliked by Democrats and independents, by young voters, and by minorities, not to mention even the female voters in his own party.

If he wins the GOP nomination, Trump wouldn't be the first nominee to enter a general election with negative ratings. He would, however, be the least popular major party nominee in modern times. The only recent candidate with comparably low ratings is former KKK leader David Duke, who unsuccessfully sought the GOP nomination in 1992. ... Read more

One chart that proves Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders's voters aren't the same
Vox | Dara Lind | 03/31/16

A new survey from the Pew Research Center asked supporters of the five remaining presidential candidates where they fall on various major issues. And on pretty much every issue tested, as the below chart shows, Sanders and Trump supporters have more in common with the other people in their party than they do with each other. ... Click picture to zoom in
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TYT | How Similar Are Bernie And Trump Supporters? (03/31/16) [7:28]

*Foreign Money Is Flowing Into U.S. Elections, Alito's Lying Lips Notwithstanding
TheIntercept.com | Jon Schwarz | 03/31/16

IN HIS 2010 State of the Union address, Barack Obama attacked the then-new Citizens United Supreme Court decision for making it possible for U.S. elections to be bankrolled by "foreign entities."

Justice Samuel Alito, part of the Citizens United majority, was in the audience, and shook his head and seemed to mouth "not true."

But a member of the Federal Election Commission sounded the alarm Wednesday, explaining that it is indeed true -- and quixotically calling on her chronically deadlocked colleagues to make it stop. ... Read more

Where The March Jobs Were: The Minimum Wage Deluge Continues
ZeroHedge | author | 04/01/16

In March the US economy added a healthy 215K jobs, beating expectations and more importantly, pushing the average hourly earnings up by 0.3% on the month. Which, however, is curious because a cursory look at the job additions in the month reveals that nearly two-third of all jobs, and the three top categories of all job additions, were once again all minimum wages jobs. ... Read more
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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, April 01 [11:17]
DN | Exclusive: Cherelle Baldwin on Being Found Not Guilty for Defending Self Against Abusive Ex, Part 1 (04/01/16) [8:56], Part 2 [13:19]
DN | Largest Pay Raise for American Workers in History? NY & CA Approve $15 Minimum Wage Hike (04/01/16) [1:12]
Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert Roasts Bush at 2006 White House Correspondents Dinner (old, 04/28/06) [24:10]
*DR | Friday News -- Domestic (04/01/16) [1hr]
Donald Trump faces sharp criticism over comments about abortion. The Supreme Court deadlocks over union dues. And the FBI unlocks the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.
*DR | Friday News -- International (04/01/16) [1hr]
World leaders meet in Washington for a nuclear security summit. France says a suspected ISIS operative arrested near Paris was planning an imminent attack. And Myanmar swears in its first democratically elected president. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.
*TRNN | ExxonMobil Investigation Reminiscent of Tobacco Wars of 1990s (04/01/16) [9:30]
TYT | Trump's Abortion Response Baffles Fox News (03/31/16) [8:13]
RT | Keiser Report: Fools in Charge (E895) (03/31/16) [25:44]
RT | CrossTalk: Syrian Narratives (04/01/16) [24:51]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | Bernie's Political Revolution Is Here To Stay (04/01/16) [2:53]
ThomHartmann | These Corporations Have Raped the Land & Robbed the People (04/01/16) [6:26]
*Aljazeera | Head to Head - Europe: Is the Union over? (03/31/16) [47:29]
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Thursday March 31, 2016
News Articles
Note:I tried to find a full video of the 03/30/16 MSNBC Town Hall, but couldn't find a clean copy. Everyone is doing squirrelly advertising gimmicks with their campaign Debate/Town Hall videos.
TYT | MSNBC Town Hall: The Young Turks Summary (03/30/16) [10:13]
TYT | MSNBC Town Hall: The BEST Line Was... (03/30/16) [5:09]
TYT | MSNBC Town Hall: The WORST Line Was... (03/30/16) [3:53]

Donald Trump Made Up Stuff 71 Times In An Hour
HP | Dana Liebelson | 03/30/16

Critics of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign often complain about the way the media has reported on his candidacy. It is not just the incessant coverage that riles them. It’s the perceived lack of fact-checking.

Trump is known for making outlandish and dubious claims with little connection to the truth. The press corps, these critics argue, allows him to float along in a perpetual state of unreality.

The truth is, Trump is routinely fact-checked. It’s just that he makes so many statements in such a rapid and continuous fashion that it becomes virtually impossible to keep up.

On Wednesday, The Huffington Post assigned five and a half reporters to look into a roughly 12,000-word transcript of Trump’s town hall event on CNN the night before. It took us hours, but in all, we found 71 separate instances in which Trump made a claim that was either inaccurate, misleading or deeply questionable. That’s basically one falsehood every 169 words (counting the words uttered by moderator Anderson Cooper), or 1.16 falsehoods every minute (the town hall lasted an hour, including commercial breaks). ... Read more

The Battle To Keep The Establishment In Power
ZeroHedge | author | 03/31/16

It looks as if it will be much more difficult for Trump to nail down enough delegates to beat the Republicans at their own corrupt rules. We are likely heading toward a rigged convention and this is playing into the hands of the precise thing the Republicans better not do. They are sacrificing the nation for personal perks. It is not that Trump is the savior, hardly, but at least he would be a check against these people. ... Read more

Impatient Banks: A Real Red Flag For The Oil Patch
ZeroHedge | author | 03/31/16

Lenders to the oil and gas industry have been extraordinarily lenient amid the worst downturn in decades, allowing indebted companies to survive a little while longer in hopes of a rebound in oil prices. But the screws are set to tighten just a bit more as the periodic credit redetermination period finishes up.

Banks reassess their credit lines to oil and gas firms twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. While the lending arrangements vary from bank to bank and from borrower to borrower, lenders largely punted on both redetermination periods last year, providing a grace period for drillers to wait out the bust in prices. But oil prices have not rebounded much since the original crash in late 2014. ... Read more

*Aljazeera | People & Power: The Fix is in: What's Happening to American Democracy? (03/31/16) [25:00]
In the second episode of this People & Power special report into the increasing polarisation of the US electoral process, Bob Abeshouse finds out how demographic changes are dramatically changing the American political landscape and investigates claims that parties - the Republicans in particular - have been actively seeking to make it more difficult for opposing supporters to vote.
Aljazeera | Inside Story - Can Iraq make headway against corruption? (03/31/16) [25:15]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, March 31 [9:15]
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
*ColbertReport | Cartoon Donald Trump Tells Stephen Who Started It (03/31/16) [8:05]
*ColbertReport | Elizabeth Warren Goes Off On 'Loser' Trump (03/31/16) [7:17]
TRNN | Ari Berman Discusses: Is Arizona Voting Chaos a Warning for Upcoming Elections? (03/31/16) [8:00]
TRNN | Pakistani Military Flexes Its Muscles In Wake of Lahore Bombing (03/31/16) [9:10]
RoF | They Should Totally Allow Guns At the Republican Convention. (03/30/16) [2:23]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
*ThomHartmann | Is The DC Nuclear Summit A Sham? (03/31/16) [7:06]
ThomHartmann | We're Koched-Out On Freebees for Billionaire Polluters (03/31/16) [4:27]
*DR | Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx On The Legacy Of The U.S. Highway System (03/31/16) [1hr]
Addressing the unanticipated consequences of the U-S highway system and urban renewal: Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on helping isolated, poor and minority communities get access to reliable and safe transportation.
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

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