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Friday April 23, 2015
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100 Years Ago, 1.5 Million Christian Armenians Were Systematically Killed. Today, It's Still Not A 'Genocide'
HP | author | 04/24/15

On April 24, 1915, Ottoman Turkish authorities hauled off Daniel Varoujan, a leading Armenian poet of the time, along with over 200 other intellectuals in the capital Constantinople. To the crumbling Ottoman Empire, the poets, painters, writers, booksellers and politicians at the beating heart of the Armenian community posed too much of a threat.

Soon, much of the empire's Christian Armenian population would be targeted and nearly wiped out, accused of conspiring against the empire with the Russians. Many Armenians say the genocide was collective punishment for the actions of a few. ... Read more

Rubio Favorite in $heldon $weep$take$
HP | Alex Isenstadt | 04/23/15

Before Iowa and New Hampshire, GOP candidates are competing in the Sheldon Adelson primary, and some will travel to his posh Venetian hotel in Las Vegas this weekend in hopes of winning it. But one candidate -- Marco Rubio -- has emerged as the clear front-runner, according to nearly a half-dozen sources close to the multibillionaire casino mogul.

In recent weeks, Adelson, who spent $100 million on the 2012 campaign and could easily match that figure in 2016, has told friends that he views the Florida senator, whose hawkish defense views and unwavering support for Israel align with his own, as a fresh face who is "the future of the Republican Party." He has also said that Rubio's Cuban heritage and youth would give the party a strong opportunity to expand its brand and win the White House. ... Read more or Politico

Reluctant Spy: My Secret Life in the CIA's War on Terror
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Long before the waterboarding controversy exploded in the media, one CIA agent had already gone public. In a groundbreaking 2007 interview with ABC News, John Kiriakou defined waterboarding as torture--but still admitted that it probably was effective. This book, at once a confessional, an adventure story, and a chronicle of Kiriakou's life in the CIA, stands as an important, eloquent piece of testimony from a committed American patriot. Kiriakou takes us into the fight against an enemy fueled by fanaticism, chillingly recounting what it was like inside the CIA headquarters on the morning of 9/11, the agency leaders who stepped up and those who protected their careers, and, in what may be the book's most shocking revelation, how the White House made plans to invade Iraq a full year before the CIA knew about it--or could attempt to stop it. Kindle $10:99 ... Read more

Why Nav Sarao Had To Be Destroyed: He Found A Way To Beat The HFTs At Their Own Game
ZeroHedge | author | 04/24/15

Today, we find precisely how and why Sarao was singled out: he not only ratted out the parasitic trading strategies of the real culprits behind the broken market, the massive HFT firms (such as Virtu which just went public just a day before the Sarao charges were filed) which gave the "regulators" no choice: one of them had to be put away for good, but found a way to capitalize on the algos' stupidity, and actually make money by beating them at their own game. As such, regulators and exchanges such as the CFTC and CME had no choice but arrest him and prevent him from trading ever again! ... Read more

"I'm Not Crazy, I'm Scared" - Why For One Trader, This Time It Is Different
ZeroHedge | author | 04/24/15

Over the course of this week we have heard Larry Fink of Blackrock talking about the severe risks of investing in Europe; Bill Gross of Janus saying German bonds are the short trader's dream; Pimco warning that markets have not addressed the potential of a Fed tightening; the incoming CEO of Allianz, that TWO trillion dollar asset manager, saying, "We see generally meager growth prospects, political dangers and risks of a stock market crash." Even Abby Cohen thinks it is a stock pickers world, not a buy anything and kick back world. And yet, the market didn't even blink.

Over the last three days, we have reported that some of the most important investment voices in the world are more than a little scared about the ravenous appetite for risk playing out in the market, and the fact that they have been ignored is beyond unnerving. Central banks are driving all investment decisions, and what this implies is that they are in this trade so deeply that there is no obvious or practical exit. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, April 24 [7:28]
*DN | A People Expunged: Marking the 100th Anniversary of Armenian Genocide amid Ongoing Turkish Denials (01/24/15) [19:38]
*DN | How Many More? 116 Environmental Defenders Were Murdered Last Year, Mostly in Latin America (04/23/15) [9:38]
"The Lone Gladio" Reviewed
"The Lone Gladio" Reviewed (09/19/24) [23:16]
TRNN | How a Protest Against Money in Politics was Spun as a Story on Terrorism (04/24/15) [2:55]
TRNN | Larry Wilkerson: 2016 Presidential Candidates Test the Waters in New Hampshire (04/24/15) [9:45]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
*ThomHartmann | Time for the Sheldon Adelson Primary... (04/23/15) [2:39]
ThomHartmann | Jail for Educators, Only Fines for Banksters! (04/23/15) [3:23]
*ThomHartmann | Brunch With Bernie (04/23/15) [44:47]
RT | CrossTalk: The Kiev Regime (04/24/15) [24:46]
RT | Keiser Report: Power of alternative media (E748) (04/23/15) [23:34]
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Thursday April 23, 2015
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Sex, Drugs, and Dead Soldiers: What U.S. Africa Command Doesn't Want You to Know
AlterNet | Nick Turse / TomDispatch | 04/21/15

Six people lay lifeless in the filthy brown water. It was 5:09 a.m. when their Toyota Land Cruiser plunged off a bridge in the West African country of Mali. For about two seconds, the SUV sailed through the air, pirouetting 180 degrees as it plunged 70 feet, crashing into the Niger River.

Three of the dead were American commandos. The driver, a captain nicknamed "Whiskey Dan," was the leader of a shadowy team of operatives never profiled in the media and rarely mentioned even in government publications. One of the passengers was from an even more secretive unit whose work is often integral to Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), which conducts clandestine kill-and-capture missions overseas. Three of the others weren't military personnel at all or even Americans. They were Moroccan women alternately described as barmaids or "prostitutes." ... Read more

Forget "Grexit", "Grimbo" Has Arrived
ZeroHedge | author | 04/23/15

If you didn't know any better you might think "Grimbo" was a new Sesame Street character. Far from being the name of something that brings smiles to the faces of young children however, it's actually the latest one-word take on the likely outcome of Greece's protracted, painful negotiations with creditors, which will continue tomorrow in Riga where progress is, according to pretty much everyone that will be involved, unlikely. The new term follows in the footsteps of the classic (but now tired) "Grexit" and its underrated predecessor "Graccident," and refers to two of the four outcomes Citi imagines are possible in the unfolding Greek drama. Here, via Citi, are the scenarios that would constitute Grimbo: ... Read more
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World Bank & IMF - Structural Adjustment Programmes (SAPs)
World Health Org - who.int | author | policy

See next column: TRNN | Alnoor Ladha: Investigative Report Finds World Bank Displaced 3.4 Million People, Part 1 (04/23/15) [9:50]

Structural Adjustment Programmes (SAPs) are economic policies for developing countries that have been promoted by the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) since the early 1980s by the provision of loans conditional on the adoption of such policies. Structural adjustment loans are loans made by the World Bank. They are designed to encourage the structural adjustment of an economy by, for example, removing "excess" government controls and promoting market competition as part of the neo-liberal agenda followed by the Bank. The Enhanced Structural Adjustment Facility is an IMF financing mechanism to support of macroeconomic policies and SAPs in low-income countries through loans or low interest subsidies. ... Read more

World Bank & IMF - Structural adjustment programs (SAPs) Wikipedia
Beyond Borders: Thinking Critically About Global Issues By Paula S. Rothenberg (Google books)
IMF and World Bank Structural Adjustment Programs and Poverty.pdf
    More News
  1. Clinton charities will refile tax returns, audit for other errors (Reuters)
  2. China Warns North Korean Nuclear Threat Is Rising (WSJ), or another country realizes war is the only "exit"
  3. Shares, euro sag after euro zone PMIs disappoint (Reuters))
  4. China Manufacturing Gauge Drops to Lowest Level in 12 Months (BBG))
  5. Deutsche Bank Said to Pay $2.14 Billion in Libor Case (BBG), or roughly a €20,000 per banker "get out of jail" fee
  6. Brazil's Petrobras Reports Nearly $17 Billion in Asset and Corruption Charges (WSJ))
  7. Can This Oil Baron's Company Withstand Another Quake? (BBG))
  8. Bad for Q1 GDP: Raytheon sales fall amid weak U.S. defense spending (Reuters))
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, April 23 [12:42]
*DN | U.S.-Backed Saudi War in Yemen Continues as Aid Groups Describe "Catastrophic" Humanitarian Crisis (01/23/15) [11:24]
DN | "Running While Black": Protests Swell over Death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore Police Custody (01/23/15) [15:25]
Jon Stewart - Daily Show
Jon Stewart | The Difference Between Atlanta Cheating and Wall Street Scandals Is Who Got Punished (04/23/15) [7:28]
*TRNN | John Kiriakou: Why Didn't Bush/Cheney Prevent 9/11? Part 5 (04/23/15) [20:59]
*TRNN | Alnoor Ladha: Investigative Report Finds World Bank Displaced 3.4 Million People, Part 1 (04/23/15) [9:50]
TRNN | Janet Redman of the Institute for Policy Studies and Steve Horn of DeSmogblog.org unpack: President Obama Makes Earth Day Proclamation in the Everglades (04/23/15) [19:17]
TYT | Nestlé Caught Stealing Water From California's National Forests (04/22/15) [7:07]
TYT | Oklahoma Officially Blames Fracking For Earthquakes (04/22/15) [5:06]
TYT | Boat Full Of Migrants Capsizes In Mediterranean Sea Killing Hundreds (04/22/15) [8:44]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/

Wednesday April 22, 2015
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Homeless | Tent Cities | Welfare?
RT | Tent City: Making a career out of homelessness (07/08/14) [52:18]

Behold The Patsy: First Photograph Emerges Of The "Criminal Mastermind" Reponsible For The Flash Crash
ZeroHedge | author | 04/22/15

... The reason, of course, is that according to the "regulator" the gullible investing public is expected to believe that one single person, operating out of a non-collocated, latency fortress in Hounslow (despite allegedly making $40 million over 5 years from spoofing) is responsible for the May 2010 flash crash. ...

... So with the Sarao "flash crash" mystery solved, we eagerly look forward to the CFTC exposing the daytrading teenager operating out of a hut in Thailand who was responsible for the October 15, 2014 Treasury flash crash, followed promptly by the Russian grandma in Vladivostok whose trigger happy FXat finger resulted to the US Dollar flash crash from March 18.

Because clearly without "confidence" that the market is fixed, no self-respecting retail investor will buy everything that hedge funds, prop desks, and ultimately central banks are so desperate to sell at these all time high prices. ... Read more
60 Minutes | Wall Street: The Speed Traders (older, but good) [13:35]

The Richest 0.01 Percent of Americans Gave 42 Percent of Political Donations in 2012.

What Does Gun Violence in America Really Cost?
MotherJones | Mark Follman | May/June Issue

... The air bag against her was stifling, the inside of the cab hot. She managed to call 911. "Where are you shot on your body?" the dispatcher asked. "I don't know, I cannot move. I can't breathe anymore. Somebody help me," she pleaded. "I'm dying." ... Read more
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What Does Gun Violence in America Really Cost? (04/15/15) [1:59]

The Chamber Of Commerce Is Fighting Fiercely To Stop The Scourge Of Corporate Transparency
HP | Paul Blumenthal | 04/22/15

This spring, shareholders in more than 100 companies will introduce resolutions calling for greater disclosure of corporations' political and lobbying activity. Six major companies -- Dean Foods, Eastman Chemical, H&R Block, Marathon Oil, U.S. Steel and Valero Energy -- have already reached agreement with New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, who oversees the third largest pension fund in the nation, to adopt political spending disclosure policies in exchange for the comptroller's office withdrawing its resolutions.

But don't consider that a sign that corporate America is learning to live with transparency. Over the past two years, three of the usual suspects -- the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Business Roundtable and the National Association of Manufacturers -- have joined together to try to discredit the purpose of disclosure policies and the advocates calling for them. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, April 22 [11:55]
*DN | "It Was Worth Risking My Life, My Freedom": Campaign Reform Activist on Flying Gyrocopter to Capitol (01/22/15) [16:49]
DN | Kenyan Mother Wins Goldman Prize for Anti-Lead Protest After Her Own Breast Milk Made Baby Sick (01/22/15) [10:25]
Middle East
*CBS | Breaking down conflicts between Sunnis and Shiites (04/05/15) [4:39]
RT | Crimea For Dummies (03/22/15) [26:11]
John Oliver
HBO | John Oliver: Patent Trolls (04/19/15) [11:03]
HBO | John Oliver: Doomsday Video (04/19/15) [6:29]
TRNN | Petra Tschakert: UN Target of 2 Degree Limit for Temperature Rise 'Utterly Inadequate' (04/22/15) [17:25]
TYT | Ted Cruz Attacks John McCain, Then Apologizes (04/21/15) [4:46]
TRNN | Paul Paz y Mino: Chevron Paying Damages for Dumping Toxic Waste in the Amazon Waterways (04/22/15) [14:47]
*RT | CrossTalk: Destroying Yemen (04/22/15) [23:53]
RT | Keiser Report: Gyrocopters & Glitter Bombs (E746) (04/21/15) [23:54]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
How FDR Warned us Against Corporate Fascism... (04/21/15) [9:03], Part 2 [6:26], Part 3 [4:52]

Tuesday April 21, 2015
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6 Surprising Ways Progressives Are Actually Kicking Butt in Congress
AlterNet | Eric Laursen | 04/17/15

But the mounting blizzard of presidential gossip is masking a shift in the emerging agenda Democrats are presenting to the public. Less than six months after a disastrous federal election for Democrats, the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), astonishingly has reemerged as a potent force.

  1. Social Security: Progressives have been arguing for several years that the country's primary program for the elderly, disabled and survivors needs to be expanded, not cut back.
  2. Financial reform: In January, the House Democrartic leadership took a swipe at Wall Street with a proposal for a financial transactions tax, a step progressives have long advocated to rein in the financial sector's manic trading culture.
  3. Jobs and wages: For the last five years, the CPC has introduced a People's Budget as an ideological counterweight to the draconian budget cuts and tax giveaways in the Republican leadership's proposals.
  4. Immigration: When House Republicans tied a repeal of President Obama's executive order shielding some 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation to refunding of the Department of Homeland Security, Democrats killed a motion to open debate on the measure in the Senate with four consecutive filibusters.
  5. Climate change: In January, Senate Democrats filibustered a measure to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, forcing an indefinite delay in Republicans' plans to facilitate transport of tar sands oil to the Gulf Coast.
  6. Unions: Obama himself got into the act earlier this month, when he vetoed a bill blocking the National Labor Relations Board's new rules speeding up union elections. Not a single Democrat had voted for the bill.
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Iowa Reports Worst Case Of Bird Flu In National Outbreak
Reuters & HP | Tom Polansek | 04/20/15

Iowa, the top U.S. egg-producing state, found a lethal strain of bird flu in a flock of millions of hens at an egg-laying facility on Monday, the worst case so far in a national outbreak that has now prompted Wisconsin to declare a state of emergency.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said the Iowa flock numbered 5.3 million birds while the company that operates the farm said it was 3.8 million. It was unclear why there was a discrepancy. ... Read more

The infections have hurt trade in the $5.7 billion U.S. export market for poultry and eggs.

Ten Things We're Grateful For (Irony Alert)
Submitted by Charles Hugh-Smith of OfTwoMinds blog

Being grateful boosts your happiness. Ten wonderful things I'm grateful for.

  1. I'm grateful that our choice of president has been reduced to two equally detestable dynasties or their proxies. This greatly simplifies the process of selecting a warmongering figurehead for the Empire and its bankers.
  2. I'm grateful that I can watch a full spectrum of entertainment, ranging from depraved to dreadfully unfunny on any device at anytime.
  3. I'm grateful that there are so many opportunities to borrow money, because if I couldn't borrow more, I might miss an astounding opportunity to consume more of something I don't really need.
  4. I'm grateful that every food item in the store now contains sugar in one form or another, or a sugar substitute.
  5. I'm grateful I live in a country where the government can trample on the rights of its citizens behind a thin veil of legitimacy. After all, what terrible thing might happen if the government couldn't arrest those horrible people tearing up their front yard lawn to plant a vegetable garden?
  6. I'm grateful for our national obsession with fostering phony self-esteem that has no basis in accomplishment, dedication or sacrifice for others, as the self-absorbed, entitled populace will still feel good about themselves as the bloated, dysfunctional status quo implodes.
  7. I'm grateful that we have institutionalized moral hazard as the unspoken law of the land, so financiers can gamble billions of dollars without worrying about the potential losses, as they know the taxpayers will foot the bill while they get to keep any gains.
  8. I'm grateful our financial markets are now dominated by Federal Reserve manipulation, high frequency trading and dark pool shadow banking. This guarantees that all we commoners need to do to make a lot of money playing the stock market is to buy the dips.
  9. I'm grateful that money can buy political influence so transparently, as this informal auction is open to anyone with tens of millions of dollars who wants to protect and expand their wealth and power.
  10. I'm grateful that our mainstream media is owned by a handful of corporations, as the homogenized message they broadcast is reassuringly uniform.
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  1. The Fed Still Wants Easy Money (BBG)
  2. ECB Is Studying Curbs on Greek Bank Support (BBG)
  3. Banks Paid to Borrow as Three-Month Euribor Drops Below Zero (BBG)
  4. Baoding Tianwei is first state-owned Chinese enterprise to default (Reuters)
  5. Major Chinese Developer Says It Can't Pay Dollar Debts (BBG)
  6. Wall Street Has No Idea How Much Money Venezuela Has (BBG)
  7. Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley Find Different Paths to Profits (WSJ)
  8. Does the Collapse of a Chinese Developer Signal the Start of More Defaults? (BBG)
  9. Retail Traders Wield Social Media for Investing Fame (WSJ)
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, April 21 [5:57]
*DN | War Against All Puerto Ricans: Inside the U.S. Crackdown on Pedro Albizu Campos & Nationalist Party (01/21/15) [26:11]
*DN | Greece's Yanis Varoufakis: The Medicine of Austerity Is Not Working, We Need a New Treatment (01/21/15) [14:28]
Jon Stewart - Daily Show
*Jon Stewart | Mysteries Presents: The Case of the Iranian Agent! (04/17/15) [10:36]
Jurassic World - The Park is Open June 12 (Trailer) [2:40]
Jurassic World website
*TRNN | John Kiriakou: The Iraqi War was a Pissing Match Between Saddam Hussein and American Presidents, Part 4 (04/21/15) [17:25]
TRNN | Dimitri Lascaris says: Syriza's Choice: Bail on the People or the Troika (04/21/15) [12:06]
Global Action Day against Free Trade Agreement - TPP & TTIP
TYT | Cop Takes Down Murder Suspect Without Deadly Force (04/20/15) [3:57]
Veteran Stopped From Saving Flag From Protest (04/20/15) [7:47]
Generic Drugs Just Got More Dangerous (04/17/15) [12:14]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
Billionaires Creating Their own Super PACs... (04/20/15) [8:45]

Monday April 20, 2015
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US Navy Sends Aircraft Carrier, Warships To Intercept Iranian Weapons Shipments In Yemeni Waters
ZeroHedge | author | 04/20/15

Update: Because the report from AP does not play well with "Everyday Americans", US CentCom is denying: U.S. DENIES REPORT SHIP SENT TO INTERCEPT IRAN VESSEL, SAYS SHIP SENT TO KEEP SHIPPING LANES IN REGION OPEN

The 'proxy' war is escalating very rapidly. As AP reports, Navy officials confirm that the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt is headed to Yemeni waters to intercept an Iranian weapons shipments. Just as we warned 10 days ago, the probability of a major escalation over the latest proxy Middle Eastern civil war escalated substantially when Iran parked two warships off the Yemeni coast. ... Read more

Monsanto Furious At World Health Organization For Claiming Weedkiller Causes Cancer
ZeroHedge | author | 04/20/15

Following Monsanto lobbyist comments recently that he's "not stupid" enough to drink the weedkiller that he also proclaimed was safe enough that "you can drink a whole quart of it and it won't hurt you;" Reuters reports that the maker of the world's most widely used herbicide, Roundup, wants an international health organization to retract a report linking the chief ingredient in the weedkiller to cancer. The company said on Tuesday that a report, issued on Friday by the WHO, was biased: "The WHO has something to explain." However, as one scientist noted, "there are a number of independent, published manuscripts that clearly indicate that glyphosate...can promote cancer and tumor growth." ... Read more

Here's what would really happen if the US bombed Iran
Vox.com | Zack Beauchamp | 04/14/15

Last week, Republican Senator Tom Cotton criticized President Obama's nuclear deal framework with Iran, saying Obama was refusing to admit that airstrikes against Iran's nuclear facilities would only take "several days" and wouldn't require any longer-term military commitment to be effective. Obama, he said, was offering a "false choice" between the deal and war. ...

... But attacking Iran would end in disaster. Surgical strikes would only set Iran's nuclear program back temporarily; destroying the country's nuclear capacity entirely would require outright war. That would kill thousands of people, destroy whatever vestiges of political stability remain in the Middle East, potentially wreak havoc on the global economy, and -- barring a total, Iraq-style military occupation of the country -- fail to permanently end Iran's nuclear program. ... Read more

Lyme Disease Is Wracking New England. Why Isn't More Being Done?
HP | Beth Daley | 04/19/15

The predawn rumble of pesticide-spraying trucks is a rite of spring in almost 200 Massachusetts communities. Some $11 million is spent in the state each year controlling and counting the pests and educating residents about how to avoid contracting mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile virus.

... Ticks and Lyme have spread across Massachusetts in the past 40 years to become one of the region's most commonly reported infectious diseases, yet the state's public health priorities have not kept pace. Two years ago, a special state Lyme commission suggested a modest investment of less than $300,000 for a public education program, yet no money has been set aside, and the commission's other specific recommendations --- from promoting more awareness in the medical community to better disease surveillance --- have not been adopted. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, April 20 [13:30]
DN | FBI Informant Exposes Sting Operation Targeting Innocent Americans in New "(T)ERROR" Documentary (01/20/15) [10:46]
Interesting News
Doug Hughes: 61 Yr Old Man Lands Gyrocopter on Lawn of U.S. Capitol w/ Letters to Congress (04/15/15) [4:06]
Inside America's Top Secret Weapons Lab DARPA () [44:44]
*TRNN | Greg Palast: BP Coverup, Coverup (older, but good 10/03/14) [13:04]
*TRNN | John Kiriakou: My Reports on 1995 Human Rights Abuses in Bahrain Ignored by State Department (04/19/15) [13:31]
TRNN | Journalist Reese Erlich says: Iraqi Prime Minister Seeking More Funding to Fight ISIS (04/20/15) [12:44]
TYT | If U.S. Bombed Iran What Would Actually Happen? (04/19/15) [9:54]
RT | CrossTalk: New Militarism (04/20/15) [23:46]
RT | Keiser Report: Private Finance or Public Swindle? (E746) (04/18/15) [23:52]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
THINK PEOPLE!! Your Money is Being Extracted by the Military, Industrial, Finacial Complex
National Debt - TILLIONS
*Demonocracyinfo | US Debt in Physical $100 bills [2:10]
Defense Budget
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ALL of the Military Budget
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Military Contractors
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Top 100 Contractors of the U.S. federal government (Wikipedia)
Military Projects
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Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II (Wikipedia)
The Most Expensive Fighter Jet Ever Built, by the Numbers (ProPublica)
Financial Industry Bailout
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US Federal Budget
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How Your Taxes are Being Spent
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Every Year... Woops
*DailyTicker | Pentagon Can't Find 8.3 Trillion Dollars [5:30]
Who Makes Our Money? The FED
Who Owns the FED? Cabal of Too Big To Fail Banks

Mike Maloney | Hidden Secrets of Money (How Money is Made) (10/15/13) [29:34]
WEALTH Is Being Extracted From Our Economy. We need to get money out of our Elections and take back our Government! Get rid of the crooked Politicians!

Friday April 17, 2015
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The FBI Informant Who Mounted a Sting Operation Against The FBI
firstlook.org/theintercept | Trevor Aaronson | 04/15/15

... Torres isn't an all-American guy. He's an FBI informant, one of more than 15,000 domestic spies who make up the largest surveillance network ever created in the United States. During J. Edgar Hoover's COINTELPRO operations, the bureau had just 1,500 informants. The drug war brought that number up to about 6,000. After 9/11, the bureau recruited so many new informants -- many of them crooks and convicts, desperate for money or leniency on previous crimes -- that the government had to develop software to help agents track their spies. ... Read more
MSNBC | (T)ERROR Documentary Is Real-Life 'Homeland' (02/14/15) [7:18]

"We're All Frogs In Boiling Water" Santelli Says After Lacy Hunt Warns "This Is Far From Over"
ZeroHedge | author | 04/17/15

Global debt has expanded by $35 trillion since the credit crisis and as Lacy Hunt exclaims, "that's a net negative, debt is an increase in current consumption in exchange for a decline in future spending and we are not going to solve this problem by taking on more and more debt." "This process is far from over," Hunt concludes, "rates will move irregularly lower and will remain depressed for several years." Santelli sums up perfectly, "we're all frogs in boiling water," as we await the consequences of central planning. ... Read more

Operation Gladio
Operation Gladio on Wikipedia
CorbettRepport | Sibel Edmonds on Gladio B - Part 1 (current) [1:07:50], Part 2 [53:20] , Part 3 [1:06:13] , Part 4 [1:14:53]
House of Saud
House of Saud & Geriatric Porn - Saudi Royal Family () [1:56:15]
Bin Laden Family on Vacation 1974
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CBS Dan Rather | Osama bin Laden Near Death in 2002 (2002) [3:30]
David Frost | Benazir Bhutto said: Osama Bin Laden Dead Since 2001 (11/03/07) {3:01]
David Frost speaks to former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto about her controversial return to Pakistan, who she thinks is behind the deadly bombing of her convoy in Karachi last month, and whether she and Musharraf can forge a power sharing agreement. She frankly tells David Frost in this clip when Osama Bin Laden was killed and by who.
BBC | NEVER HAPPENED - Abbottabad Pakistan Villagers, Osama Bin Laden Video Was Faked (11/18/11) [1:54]
Osama Bin Laden Wikipedia
Osama Bin Laden's Early Life

When Osama Bin Ladin Was 'Tim Osman'
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When Osama Bin Ladin Was 'Tim Osman'
Michael Riconosciuto & Ted Gunderson's 1986 Meeting with 'Tim Osman' (Osama bin Laden)
The Laissez Faire City Times | J. Orlin Grabbe | Nov. 8, 2001


The two men headed to the Hilton Hotel in Sherman Oaks, California in the late Spring of 1986 were on their way to meet representatives of the mujahadeen, the Afghan fighters resisting the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

One of the two, Ted Gunderson, had had a distinguished career in the FBI, serving as some sort of supervisor over Special Agents in the early 60s, as head of the Dallas field office from 1973-75, and as head of the Los Angeles field office from 1977-1979. He retired to become an investigator for, among others, well-known attorney F. Lee Bailey. And all along the way, Gunderson, whether or not actually a CIA contract agent, had been around to provide services to various CIA and National Security Council operations, as he was doing now.

In more recent years Gunderson was to become controversial for his investigations into child prostitution rings, after he became convinced of the innocence of an Army medical doctor named Jeffrey McDonald, who had been convicted of the murder of his wife and three young children in the 1970s. This has led to various attempts by the patrons and operators of the child prostitution industry to smear Gunderson's reputation.

Michael Riconosciuto was there to discuss assisting the mujahadeen with MANPADs,-Man Portable Air Defense Systems. Stinger missiles were one possibility. If the U.S. would permit their export, Riconosciuto could modify the Stinger's electronics, so the guided missile would still be effective against Soviet aircraft, but would not be a threattto U.S. or NATO forces.

But Riconosciuto had another idea. Through his connections with the Chinese industrial and military group, Norinco (http://www.norinco.com.cn/), he could obtain the basic components for the unassembled Chinese 107 MM rocket system. These could be reconfigured into a man-portable, shoulder-fired, anti-aircraft guided missile sytem, and produced in Pakistan at a facility called the Pakistan Ordinance Works. The mujahadeen would then have a lethal weapon against Soviet helicopter, observation, and transport aircraft.

Riconosciuto was more than just an expert on missile electronics; he was also an expert on electronic computers and associated subjects such as cryptology (see my " Michael Riconosciuto on Encryption" )

Riconosciuto was a prodigy who had grown up in the spook community. The Riconosciuto family had once run Hercules, California, as a company town. In the early days (1861) a company called California Powder Works had been established in Santa Cruz, CA. It later purchased land on San Pablo Bay, and in 1881 started producing dynamite, locating buildings in gullies and ravines for safety purposes. A particularly potent type of black powder was named "Hercules Powder", which gave the name to the town of Hercules, formally incorporated in 1900. In World War I, Hercules became the largest producer of TNT in the U.S. Hercules, however, had gotten out of the explosives business by 1940 when an anhydrous ammonia plant was constructed. In 1959 Hercules began a new manufacturing facility to produce methanol, formaldehyde, and urea formaldehyde. In 1966 the plant was sold to Valley Nitrogen Producers. Labor problems led to a plant closure in 1977. In 1979 the plant and site was purchased by a group of investors calling themselves Hercules Properties, Ltd.

However, Michael and his father Marshall Riconosciuto, a friend of Richard Nixon, continued to run the Hercules Research Corporation. In the early 1980s Michael also served as the Director of Research for a joint venture between the Wackenhut Corporation of Coral Gables, Florida, and the Cabazon Band of Indians in Indio, California (http://orlingrabbe.com/part12.htm).

Riconosciuto's talents were much in demand. He had created the a-neutronic bomb (or "Electro-Hydrodynamic Gaseous Fuel Device"), which sank the ground level of the Nevada test site by 30 feet when a prototype was tested. Samuel Cohen, the inventor of the neutron bomb, said of Riconosciuto: "I've spoken to Michael Riconosciuto (the inventor of the a-neutronic bomb) and he's an extraordinarily bright guy. I also have a hunch, which I can't prove, that they both (Riconosciuto and Lavos, his partner) indirectly work for the CIA."

Riconosciuto's bomb made suitcase nukes obsolete, because it achieved near-atomic explosive yields, but could be more easily minaturized. You could have a suitcase a-neutronic bomb, or a briefcase a-neutronic bomb, or simply a lady's purse a-neutronic bomb. Or just pull out your wallet for identification and... The Meridian Arms Corporation, as well as the Universities of California and Chicago owned a piece of the technology.

But there was more than explosives in the portfolios of the CIA agents who surrounded Riconosciuto like moths around a candle. Both Robert Booth Nichols, the shady head of Meridian Arms Corporation (with both CIA and organized crime conections), and Dr. John Phillip Nichols, the manager of the Cabazon reservation, were involved in bio-warfare work-the first in trying to sell bio-warfare products to the army through Wackenhut, the second in giving tribal permission for research to take place at Cabazon. According to Riconosciuto, the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) was in charge of the classified contracts for biological warfare research. Riconosciuto would later testify under oath that Stormont Laboratories ( http://www.stormont-labs.com/ ) was involved in the DARPA-Wackenhut-Cabazon project. Jonathan Littman, a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle would relate: "Cabazons and Wackenhut appeared to be acting as middlemen between the Pentagon's DARPA and Stormont Laboratories, a small facility in Woodland near Sacramento."

The Race Weapon

Riconosciuto would make additional claims about Bio-Rad corporation (http://www.bio-rad.com ) medical supplier which had gradually taken over Hercules, California. They were also, Riconosciuto would say, covertly engaged in bio-warfare research - producing some of the deadliest toxins known to man. The focus of Bio-Rad's research was said to be bio-active elements that could be tailored to attack those with certain types of DNA. Weapons could thus be produced that were specifically designed to wipe out specific races or genetic classes of human beings. (Alternatively, particular DNA types could be immunized against a deadly biological agent; the agent could then be released, and everyone else would die.)

A couple of years later, Meridian International Logistics, the parent company of Meridian Arms, was to farm similar research out to the Japanese. This included (according to minutes of a corporate meeting dated Aug. 26, 1988) methods for "induction and activation of cytotoxic T-lymphocytes". Associated with Meridian's Robert Booth Nichols in a Middle Eastern operation called FIDCO, a company that ran arms into and heroin out of Lebanon's Beqaa (Bekaa) Valley, was Harold Okimoto, a high-ranking member of the Yakuza. Okimoto had long worked under Frank Carlucci (who served as Secretary of Defense and Deputy Director of the CIA before becoming Chairman of The Carlyle Group ( http://www.thecarlylegroup.com/). Okimoto owned food concessions in casinos around the world - Las Vega, Reno, Macao, and the Middle East. (Free drinks and anthrax while you play blackjack, anyone?)

Meeting Riconosciuto and Gunderson at the hotel were two representatives of the mujahadeen, waiting to discuss their armament needs. One of the two was named "Ralph Olberg." The other one was called Tim Osman (or Ossman).

"Ralph Olberg" was an American businesman who was leading the procurement of American weapons and technology on behalf of the Afghan rebels. He worked through the Afghan desk at the U.S. State Department, as well as through Senator Hubert Humphrey's office. Olberg looked after the Afghanis through a curious front called MSH - Management Sciences for Health.

The other man, dressed in Docker's clothing, was not a native Afghan any more than Olberg was. He was a 28-year-old Saudi. Tim Osman (Ossman) has recently become better known as Osama Bin Ladin. "Tim Osman" was the name assigned to him by the CIA for his tour of the U.S. and U.S. military bases, in search of political support and armaments.

Gunderson and Riconosciuto were not on an altruistic mission. They had some conditions for their help. And they had some bad news to deliver. The mujahadeen needed to be willing to test new weapons in the field and to return a research report, complete with photos. The bad news was that some factions of the CIA didn't feel that Oldberg and Osman's group were the real representatives of the Afghans. Upon hearing this both Tim and Ralph were indignant. They wanted to mount a full-court press. Round up other members of their group and do a congressional and White House lobbying effort in Washington, D.C.

"Pleased to meet you. Hope you guess my name." -The Rolling Stones, Sympathy for the Devil

Did the lobbying effort take place? I don't know. There is some evidence that Tim Osman and Ralph Oldberg visited the While House. There is certainty that Tim Osman toured some U.S. military bases, even receiving special demonstrations of the latest equipment. Why hasn't this been reported in the major media?

One week after giving an affidavit to Inslaw regarding the PROMIS software in 1991, Riconosciuto was arrested on trumped-up drug charges. The Assistant U.S. Attorney prosecuting the case attempted to cover up Riconosciuto's intelligence background by claiming to the jury he was "delusional." A TV station came and pointed a camera out at the desert at Cabazon and said, "Riconosciuto says he modified the PROMIS software here." Of course Riconosciuto didn't modify the software out between the cacti and yucca. Sand isn't good for computers. He did the modifications in offices in nearby Indio, California. The AUSA [assistant U.S. attorney] told reporters Riconosciuto had been diagnosed with a mental condition, the implication being "he's making all this stuff up".

Yes, there had been a mental evaluation of Riconosciuto. I have a copy of the report. The diagnosis? Here it is: NO MENTAL DISORDER. The Department of Justice consistently and maliciously lied to the jury, just as had been threatened by Justice Department official Peter Viednicks if Riconosciuto cooperated with the congressional investigation of PROMIS.

If the war against Osama Bin Ladin (Tim Osman) is not a total fraud, then what is Michael Riconosciuto doing in prison? Why doesn't he have an office next to Colin Powell so he can give realistic advice on Bin Ladin's thinking? And where is Ralph Olberg?

Thirty-four days before the East African embassy bombings of August 7, 1998, Riconosciuto notified the FBI in Miami that the bombings were going to take place. Two days prior to the bombings he requested of BOP (Bureau of Prisons) officials at the Federal Corrections Institution (FCI) in Coleman, FL., that he be allowed to call ECOMOG security headquarters to warn African officials. The BOP denied the request. Riconosciuto was mystified at being ignored by the relevant government authorities. I'm not mystified. I suspect the reason Riconosciuto was ignored was that the relevant parties, including especially the Miami FBI office, knew all along the bombings would take place. And they wanted them to happen.

The same is true with respect to the recent plane bombings of the WTC. It wasn't an intelligence "failure". The terrorist acts were deliberately allowed to happen. The actors may have been foreign. But the stage directors appear to have been all along here in the U.S. Cui bono?

Isn't it time to let Michael Riconosciuto out of prison, and wipe the slate clean of the trumped-up drug charges, and let him be a national security advisor - at least with respect to the government's pursuit of Osama Bin Ladin? Isn't it time to quit pretending Osama Bin Ladin came out of nowhere?

This is not an academic argument. Sources say three dozen MANPADs have been imported into Quebec, Canada, from Colombia (where they arrived from Eastern Europe). The missile shipments followed the "northern" drug route - from Colombia into Canada. The missiles involved are

Russian Strellas and Iglas. These will serve just fine to take down commercial airline flights. Just like TWA 800. Which group of terrorists has the missiles? Meanwhile, how many biological warfare agents are in the hands of organized crime? Maybe you should ask Riconosciuto about all this. Michael Riconosciuto is now incarcerated at the FCI Allenwood, PA. You know where to find him.

J. Orlin Grabbe's homepage is located at http://orlingrabbe.com.
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DN | Did NBC Cover Up Role of U.S.-Backed Free Syrian Army in 2012 Kidnapping of Richard Engel? (01/17/15) [11:06]
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Stuff They Don't Want You To Know | 3 Whistleblowers Who Aren't Snowden (03/25/15) [6:40]
Stuff They Don't Want You To Know | 4 Scary Things About Big Data And You (04/08/15) [8:21]
*TRNN | John Kiriakou: How I Joined the CIA, Part 2 (04/17/15) [22:00]
TRNN | Kevin Zeese, co-director of Popular Resistance, Obama to Get "Fast Track" for Trade Pacts (04/17/15) [11:50]
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TYT Interview | Man Lands Gyrocopter On Capitol Lawn In Protest Of Big Money In Politics (04/16/15) [8:23]
TYT Interview | Aasif Mandvi on The Daily Show, Anti-Muslim Bias and "Halal in the Family" (04/16/15) [4:50]
TYT Interview | Is Help For Student Loan Debt On The Way? (04/16/15) [6:15]
TYT Interview | Who Is The Burka Avenger? (04/16/15) [7:30]
RT | CrossTalk: Obama Doctrine (04/17/15) [24:50]
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Thursday April 16, 2015
News Articles

Operation Paperclip

In the chaos following World War II, the U.S. government faced many difficult decisions, including what to do with the Third Reich's scientific minds. These were the brains behind the Nazis' once-indomitable war machine. So began Operation Paperclip, a decades-long, covert project to bring Hitler's scientists and their families to the United States.

Many of these men were accused of war crimes, and others had stood trial at Nuremberg; one was convicted of mass murder and slavery. They were also directly responsible for major advances in rocketry, medical treatments, and the U.S. space program. Was Operation Paperclip a moral outrage, or did it help America win the Cold War? ...

Annie Jacobsen "Operation Paperclip" (03/15/14) [57:02]

The Lone Gladio

Assassinations. Drug running. False flag ops. A shadow paramilitary global network. Synthetic wars. CIA-NATO: A darker truth. Operation Gladio Plan B: Murder.

OG 68--a k a Greg McPhearson--no longer works for the company. The hunter has now become prey. He knows this beast: what created him and shattered his soul. Until Mai. When he opened the door to her three years ago, he opened what soul he had left. Yet no amount of pride or power, he discovers--too late--can ever replace one precious breath ...

CorbettRepport | Sibel Edmonds on Gladio B - Part 1 () [1:07:50], Part 2 () [53:20] , Part 3 () [1:06:13] , Part 4 () [1:14:53]
The Lone Gladio website

C for capitalism
Economist | author | 06/06/03

ON the day Osama bin Laden's men attacked America, Shafiq bin Laden, described as an estranged brother of the terrorist, was at an investment conference in Washington, DC, along with two people who are close to President George Bush: his father, the first President Bush, and James Baker, the former secretary of state who masterminded the legal campaign that secured Dubya's move to the White House. The conference was hosted by the Carlyle Group, a private equity firm that manages billions of dollars, including, at the time, some bin Laden family wealth. It also employs Messrs Bush and Baker. In the immediate aftermath of the attacks, when no one was being allowed in or out of the United States, many members of the bin Laden family in America were spirited home to Saudi Arabia. The revival of defence spending that followed greatly increased the value of the Carlyle Group's investments in defence companies. ... Read more

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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, April 16 [11:28]
*DN | "A Corporate Trojan Horse": Critics Decry Secretive TPP Trade Deal as a Threat to Democracy (01/16/15) [17:06]
DN | Grayson on Money & Politics: "If We Do Nothing, We Can Kiss This Country Goodbye. Well, Pucker Up" (01/16/15) [2:57]
Operation Gladio
Stuff They Don't Want You To Know | Operation Gladio: The Secret War (03/27/15) [4:07]
NATO's Secret Armies - Operation GLADIO () [47:30]
BBC | Operation Gladio (1992) [2:25:31]
*TRNN | Former CIA, John Kiriakou: I Believed America Could Do No Wrong, Part 1 of 8) (04/16/15) [16:38]
*TRNN | Bill Black: The Rich Get Richer If House Republicans Repeal the Estate Tax (04/16/15) [7:45]
TRNN | Journalist Reese Erlich says: Why Did Russia Sell S-300 Missiles to Iran? (04/16/15) [8:11]
TYT | Is Hillary Clinton Speech About Money Hypocritical? (04/15/15) [6:51]
TYT | Obama To Allow Congress To Vote On Iran Deal (04/15/15) [9:32]
TYT | Hannity & Guest Blames Gang Rape On Jon Stewart (04/15/15) [4:46]
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Counter Intelligence, Shining a Light on Black Operations | Five Part Program
This 5-part documentary is a great expose on the national surveillance state that has arisen over the last 50-100 years. Manipulating elections, overthrowing foreign governments, and secret assassinations are just a few of the heinous acts committed in the name of national security. Now that Edward Snowden has blown the lid off of the NSA's Prism snooping program, this film series is even more important and relevant. "Admit nothing, deny everything, make counter accusations"-- that's plausible deniability and that's how govt runs our country!
Counter Intelligence | The Company, Part 1 () [1:18:34]
Part 1: The Company
This film takes a very informative and provocative look into the illegal and covert operations of the Central Intelligence Agency (C.I.A.). It lays out the historical foundations of the modern surveillance state.
Counter Intelligence | The Deep State, Part 2 () [1:25:25]
Part 2: The Deep State
For the first time during the Iran-Contra scandal, Americans get a look at the secret programs and operations of their government. Other topics include Watergate and the War on Drugs. The War on Drugs is essentially a massive coverup that allows criminal syndicates to generate massive profits and commit acts of murder and bribery with impunity throughout the United States and South America.
Counter Intelligence | The Strategy of Tension, Part 3 () [55:09]
Part 3: The Strategy of Tension
The Strategy of Tension examines the history of false flag operations used for war, propaganda and psychological operations--or 'psy-ops.' Operation Northwoods and Operation Gladio are examples used to illustrate the nature of clandestine operation planning and execution; as well as shedding light on the intent and extent to which the National Security apparatus manipulates events and manufactures outcomes to suit its goals. This programme also looks at the issues that spin off from the history of false flag operations--such as how conspiracy theories are used to discredit inquiry and investigative journalism; and also how the cultural preconditions around dismissing false flag operations serve to protect their continuation and 'plausible deniability.'
Counter Intelligence | Necrophilous, Part 4 () [1:56:03]
Part 4: Necrophilous
An examination of torture, war crimes, and abuse of authority during protests and war. Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay Cuba shed light on the US security state's attitudes towards those who resist (or are accused of resisting) the American Empire's attempt at global hegemony. Islamophobia -- largely a construct of media propaganda -- is the driving force behind American's lust for war in the middle east and Americans' tolerance for crimes against humanity and "collateral damage".
Counter Intelligence | Drone Nation, Part 5 () [50:04]
Part 5: Drone Nation
After President Obama signed the 2011 NDAA, the US government is allowed to kidnap and detain its own citizens without any warning or notification. A simple accusation of "terrorism" is all that is needed to murder innocents with drones from command centers thousands of miles away. Whatever your opinion of Anwar al Awlaki, his 2011 murder by drone strike, and subsequent lack of outrage, sets a dangerous precedent for Americans' liberty and security from its own government.

Wednesday April 15, 2015
News Articles

April Empire Fed Manufacturing Plunges, New Orders Crash To Jan 2013 Lows
ZeroHedge | author | 04/15/15

But it's April... the weather-bounce is supposed to be here. Empire Fed Manufacturing tumbled to -1.2 in April (missing expectations of a post-weather-bounce to 7.17) from 6.9 in March. Across the board the report was painful as Prices Paid surged, employment plunged, and work hours tumbled. Hope rermains as the business outlook improved (but even there capex and new orders were weak) New Orders stood out as it crashed to its lowest since Jan 2013. It appears there is more afoot than just weather... ... Read more
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The Next Subprime Crisis Is Here: Over $120 Billion In Federal Student Loans In Default.

"Staggering" Student Loan Defaults On Deck: 27% Of Students Are A Month Behind On Their Payments
ZeroHedge | author | 04/15/15

A new St. Louis Fed study finds that the delinquency rate for student borrowers in repayment is 27.3%, meaning nearly one in three of the Americans laboring under a debt load that has now swelled to $1.3 trillion are more than a month behind on their payments. Ackman says there's "no way they are going to pay it back." We can hear the "cancel the debt" cries now. ... Read more

For-Profit College Slapped With $29.7 Million Fine For Misleading Students.

These Photos From America's Public Lands Will Make You Want To Go On An Adventure
HP | Nick Visser | 04/15/15

The Department of the Interior's rapidly growing Instagram account has been featuring stellar shots of sunrises and sunsets that showcase America's natural beauty. The National Park Service, a division of the DOI, oversees more than 400 sites and the DOI manages 500 million acres of public lands.

The National Park Service is celebrating National Park Week starting Saturday, April 18. All national parks -- including heavyweights like Yosemite, Glacier and Acadia -- are waiving entrance fees for the weekend to encourage everyone to get out there and find their park. ... Read more

Musk's Cousins Battle Utilities to Make Solar Rooftops Cheap
Bloomberg | John Lippert | 04/15/15

In September 2013, Hawaiian Electric Co. told thousands of customers they couldn't connect their new solar panels to its distribution grid. In some neighborhoods, HECO said, its system couldn't absorb any more unused energy from home solar arrays. The moratorium, which lasted 13 months, made Hawaii a central battleground in the effort by utilities to control the rapid growth of independent solar companies across the U.S. And it was a big deal to people such as Robert Gould, a retired Northwest Airlines pilot living near Honolulu. He'd just paid $53,000 to have solar panels installed. ... Read more
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*DN | Obama to Remove Cuba from Terror List After Latin American Outcry, Will the Embargo Follow? (01/15/15) [10:03]
DN | Khalil Muhammad: To Stop Police Killings, Transform the Political Culture That Threatens Black Lives (01/15/15) [11:08]
TRNN | Aviva Chomsky: Obama To Remove Cuba from "Terror" List (04/15/15) [10:20]
*TRNN | PERI co-director Robert Pollin says: Fast Food Workers Gear Up for Nationwide Strike for $15 (04/15/15) [11:02]
TRNN | Can Rand Paul Stay Libertarian? (04/15/15) [4:22]
TYT | Hillary Clinton Wants Money Out Of Politics? Seems Dubious (04/14/15) [5:35]
*TYT | Will The Iran Nuclear Deal Be Killed In Congress? (04/14/15) [5:24]
TYT | Study : What Are Most & Least Religious Countries? (04/14/15) [6:53]
TYT | Atlanta Teachers Sentenced Up To Seven Years Prison Time (04/14/15) [6:49]
Origins of ISIS -- Special Coverage (older, 03/05/15) [27:15]
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ThomHartmann | The Secret War on 'We the People'? (04/14/15) [9:18]

Tuesday April 14, 2015
News Articles

Iranians are Much Talked About on Sunday Morning TV, But Never Heard From
firstlook.org/theintercept | Glenn Greenwald | 04/11/15

Sunday morning news television is where Washington sets its media agenda for the week and, more importantly, defines its narrow range of conventional, acceptable viewpoints. It's where the Serious People go to spout their orthodoxies and, through the illusion of "tough questioning," disseminate DC-approved bipartisan narratives. Other than the New York Times front page, Sunday morning TV was the favorite tool of choice for Bush officials and neocon media stars to propagandize the public about Iraq; Dick Cheney's media aide, Catherine Martin, noted in a memo that the Tim Russert-hosted Meet the Press lets Cheney "control message," and she testified at the Lewis Libby trial that, as a result, "I suggested we put the vice president on Meet the Press, which was a tactic we often used. It's our best format." ... Read more

Seven Things You Didn't Know The U.S. and Its Allies Did To Iran
firstlook.org/theintercept | Jon Schwarz | 04/07/15

It's hard for some Americans to understand why the Obama administration is so determined to come to an agreement with Iran on its nuclear capability, given that huge Iranian rallies are constantly chanting "Death to America!" I know the chanting makes me unhappy, since I'm part of America, and I strongly oppose me dying.

But if you know our actual history with Iran, you can kind of see where they're coming from. They have understandable reasons to be angry at and frightened of us -- things we've done that if, say, Norway had done them to us, would have us out in the streets shouting "Death to Norway!" Unfortunately, not only have the U.S. and our allies done horrendous things to Iran, we're not even polite enough to remember it. ...

  1. The founder of Reuters purchased Iran in 1872 - Nasir al-Din Shah, Shah of Iran from 1848-1896, sold Baron Julius de Reuter the right to operate all of Iran's railroads and canals, most of the mines, all of the government's forests, and all future industries. The famous British statesman Lord Curzon called it "the most complete and extraordinary surrender of the entire industrial resources of a kingdom into foreign hands that has probably ever been dreamed of." Iranians were so infuriated that the Shah had to rescind the sale the next year.
  2. The BBC lent a hand to the CIA's 1953 overthrow of Iran's Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh - If the Reuters thing weren't enough to give Iranians a grudge against the Western media, the BBC transmitted a secret code to help Kermit Roosevelt (Teddy's grandson) lay the groundwork for an American and British coup against Mosaddegh.
  3. We had extensive plans to use nuclear weapons in Iran - In 1980 the U.S. military was terrified the Soviet Union would take advantage of the Iranian Revolution to invade Iran and seize the Straits of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf. So the Pentagon came up with a plan: If the Soviets began massing their troops, we would use small nuclear weapons to destroy the mountain passes in northern Iran the Soviets needed to move their troops into the country.
  4. We were cool with Saudi Arabia giving Saddam $5 billion to build nukes during the Iran-Iraq war - You probably know that, after Saddam Hussein invaded Iran in 1980, Iraq went all out (with our help) trying to make biological, chemical and nuclear weapons, and actually used chemical weapons on Iranian soldiers. What you probably don't know is that Saudi Arabia was funding Saddam's nuclear program with billions of dollars, and the Reagan administration knew all about it and didn't care.
  5. U.S. leaders have repeatedly threatened to outright destroy Iran - It's not just John McCain singing "bomb bomb bomb Iran." Admiral William Fallon, who retired as head of CENTCOM in 2008, said about Iran: "These guys are ants. When the time comes, you crush them." Admiral James Lyons Jr., commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet in the 1980s, has said we were prepared to "drill them back to the fourth century." Richard Armitage, then assistant secretary of defense, explained that we considered whether to "completely obliterate Iran." Billionaire and GOP kingmaker Sheldon Adelson advocates an unprovoked nuclear attack on Iran -- "in the middle of the desert" at first, then possibly moving on to places with more people.
  6. We shot down a civilian Iranian airliner - killing 290 people, including 66 children - On July 3, 1988, the USS Vincennes, patrolling in the Persian Gulf, blew Iran Air Flight 655 out of the sky.
  7. We worry about Iranian nukes because they would deter our own military strikes - Our rhetoric on Iran seems nonsensical: Do U.S. leaders actually believe Iran would engage in a first nuclear strike on Israel or the U.S., given that would lead to a quick and devastating retaliation from those well-armed nuclear powers?
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The FBI Is Using "Aggressive Deception" To Cover Up Saudi Links To 9/11 Attack
ZeroHedge | author | 04/14/15

Former Democratic Sen. Bob Graham, who in 2002 chaired the congressional Joint Inquiry into 9/11, maintains the FBI is covering up a Saudi support cell in Sarasota for the hijackers. He says the al-Hijjis' "urgent" pre-9/11 exit suggests "someone may have tipped them off" about the coming attacks.

Graham has been working with a 14-member group in Congress to urge President Obama to declassify 28 pages of the final report of his inquiry which were originally redacted, wholesale, by President George W. Bush. "The 28 pages primarily relate to who financed 9/11, and they point a very strong finger at Saudi Arabia as being the principal financier," he said, adding, "I am speaking of the kingdom," or government, of Saudi Arabia, not just wealthy individual Saudi donors.

Sources who have read the censored Saudi section say it cites CIA and FBI case files that directly implicate officials of the Saudi Embassy in Washington and its consulate in Los Angeles in the attacks -- which, if true, would make 9/11 not just an act of terrorism, but an act of war by a foreign government. ... Read more and How the FBI is whitewashing the Saudi connection to 9/11

Small Business Optimism Plunges To 9-Month Lows As Hiring Plans Tumble.

Exclusive: New Ted Cruz Super-PACs Take in Record Haul
Bloomberg | Mark Halperin | 04/12/15

Ted Cruz's presidential effort is getting into the shock-and-awe fundraising business. An associate of the Texas senator, a recently announced presidential candidate, tells Bloomberg that a cluster of affiliated super-political action committees was formed only this week, and among them they are expected to have $31 million in the bank by Friday.

Even in the context of a presidential campaign cycle in which the major party nominees are expected to raise more than $1.5 billion, Cruz's haul is eye-popping, one that instantly raises the stakes in the Republican fundraising contest. ... Read more

Marco Rubio Pitches Donors as the 'Moneyball' Candidate
Bloomberg | Julie Bykowicz | 04/14/15

Marco Rubio's presidential campaign slogan, a "New American Century," also serves as his message to donors as he makes the pitch that he's a fresh face in a crowded and expensive Republican primary contest.

The 43-year-old Florida senator, son of Cuban immigrants, is making his presidential case to younger money-raisers who are unencumbered by relationships with the Bush family. He'll also try to woo new economy business leaders in technology and the service sector, two industries that have previously supported him. And his advisers hope he'll get a boost from self-made billionaire donors who admire his boot-strapping life story as detailed in his biography, American Dreams. ... Read more

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*DN | Remembering Eduardo Galeano, Champion of Social Justice & Chronicler of Latin America's Open Veins (01/14/15) [12:38]
Open Veins of Latin America, Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent by Eduardo Galeano

Since its U.S. debut a quarter-century ago, this brilliant text has set a new standard for historical scholarship of Latin America. It is also an outstanding political economy, a social and cultural narrative of the highest quality, and perhaps the finest description of primitive capital accumulation since Marx. Rather than chronology, geography, or political successions, Eduardo Galeano has organized the various facets of Latin American history according to the patterns of five centuries of exploitation. Thus he is concerned with gold and silver, cacao and cotton, rubber and coffee, fruit, hides and wool, petroleum, iron, nickel, manganese, copper, aluminum ore, nitrates, and tin. These are the veins which he traces through the body of the entire continent, up to the Rio Grande and throughout the Caribbean, and all the way to their open ends where they empty into the coffers of wealth in the United States and Europe. Weaving fact and imagery into a rich tapestry, Galeano fuses scientific analysis with the passions of a plundered and suffering people. An immense gathering of materials is framed with a vigorous style that never falters in its command of themes. All readers interested in great historical, economic, political, and social writing will find a singular analytical achievement, and an overwhelming narrative that makes history speak, unforgettably.

Open Veins of Latin America, Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent by Eduardo Galeano.pdf
*TRNN | Larry Wilkerson says: Sen. Marco Rubio Unveils His Candidacy and Platform for "A New American Century" (04/14/15) [8:49]
TRNN | Mark Weisbrot, Co-Founder of CEPR, says: Lessons from The Summit of the Americas (04/14/15) [12:36]
TYT | What Does Ted Cruz Actually Want To Be President For? (04/12/15) [6:46]
TYT | Why Couldn't Ted Cruz Join Military? (04/12/15) [2:37]
TYT | Discussion About Sniper Chris Kyle By Someone Who Knew Him (04/12/15) [5:18]
TYT | Why Does The GOP Hate The Poor? (04/12/15) [7:51]
TYT | Poll : Most Want Homosexuality Socially Accepted (04/12/15) [2:48]
RT | CrossTalk: Purging Kiev (04/10/15) [24:31]
*RT | Keiser Report: Greek Ugly Scenario (E742) (04/10/15) [23:05]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | How will the Democratic Nominee Save the Middle Class? (04/13/15) [9:28]

Monday April 13, 2015
News Articles

Lawmakers Who Seem To Have Forgotten Iraq Insist They're Right About Iran
HP | Michael McAuliff | 04/13/15

... "I think the president would mislead the American people," McDermott said, sparking a firestorm of criticism back home, where he was labeled "disgraceful" and accused of "slander" by war-supporting pundits.

Of course, in one of history's more humbling lessons, McDermott turned out to be right -- not just about the quality of the case being made for war, but also about the potentially destabilizing impact of a poorly considered military intervention. ... Read more

"If liquidity is as bad as it is now, what's going to happen when things really get adverse?" said Richard Schlanger, who co-manages about $30 billion in bonds as vice president at Pioneer Investments in Boston.

What Happens When The World's Most 'Liquid' Bond Market Is Taken Hostage By "Malfunctioning Algos"
ZeroHedge | author | 04/13/15

... It took several years, but slowly and surely everyone caught on from the mainstream media, to Jamie Dimon and even the IMF, realizing also that the reason why liquidity in what was formerly the world's deepest and most liquid bond market, that of US Treasurys, has completely collapsed is due to not only central banks "soaking up" collateral from private holders but also algorithmic traders who - as it turns out - not only do not provide liquidity, but consume every last trace of it. ... Read more

Marco Rubio Is Running for President. Read These 7 Stories About Him Now.
MotherJones | Sam Brodey | 04/13/15

... The first-term Florida senator was considered one of his party's brightest rising stars until a doomed immigration reform push in 2013 eroded his support among conservatives. Rubio has since worked his way back to prominence, casting himself as a leading foreign policy hawk. ... Read more, also MJ | 10 Things You Need to Know About Marco Rubio (older, 04/27/12) (article)
Marco Rubio Used to Believe in Climate Science. Now He's Running For President. (current) [2:56]

Ted Cruz Is Tired of the Media Making Him Look Bad by Accurately Quoting His Remarks
mediaite.com | Tina Nguyen | 04/09/15

In an interview with CNBC, GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz expressed anger towards the "left-wing editorial writers" who liked to call him out for making "non-factual statements."

Cruz, speaking to John Harwood during a ten-question interview, dismissed the tendency of people to do things like fact-check his claims supporting his argument that the IRS should be abolished: ... Read more
CNBS | Ted Cruz Is Tired of the Media Making Him Look Bad by Accurately Quoting His Remarks (current) [4:14]

Foodstamp Financiers: Wells Fargo Workers Protest Re-Emergence Of Predatory Practices
ZeroHedge | author | 04/13/15

One of America's biggest banks is going to be protested by an unlikely group today: its employees. As The Guardian reports, Wells Fargo bankers are protesting the bank's alleged predatory practices -- mainly the sales quotas imposed on some of its workers (which have led to at least 30 employees opening duplicate accounts, sometimes without customers' knowledge, in order to inflate their sales numbers). One worker warns, "it is not in Wells Fargo's best interest for customers to purchase products and services they don't use or need." Now where have we seen this kind of activity before? Wells Fargo bank workers are not the only ones struggling to make ends meet without breaking ethical standards as bank tellers have collected as much as $105m in food stamps. ... Read more

The Answer to Homelessness? Reliable Employment.
Catharine Fletcher suns herself in front of one of over a hundred brilliant pink tents set up as a shelter for homeless people in September 2008, in Seattle
BillMoyers | Suzanne Kenney | older, 02/28/15

This week, the city of Boston conducted its annual Homeless Census, during which teams of volunteers spanned the city and counted the number of people living on the streets, in shelters, or transitional housing. Data from the annual count is used to make decisions about where to spend scarce resources to reduce and prevent homelessness among individuals and families. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, April 13 [10:38]
DN | Robert Scheer: Why I Will Never Support Hillary Clinton for President (01/13/15) [3:03]
John Oliver
*HBO | John Oliver & Michael Bolton Serenade The IRS (04/13/15) [18:26]
Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart | Figures Out What's Really Going On In Sarah Palin's Bizarre Iowa Speech (older, but revealing 2015) [8:14]
*TRNN | Daniel Martin Varisco: Proxy Morons: The Demolition of Yemen, Part 1 (04/13/15) [11:44], Part 2 [11:45], Part 3 [11:58]
TRNN | Michael Ratner say: Bringing the U.S. Torture Team Justice (04/13/15) [15:56]
RT | CrossTalk: War of Failure (04/13/15) [23:48]
RT | Keiser Report: Warren Buffett's Interest Rate Apartheid (E743) (04/11/15) [24:08]
In the second half, Max interviews internet and tech pioneer Halsey Minor about his latest venture, Bitreserve.org, a next-generation money service built on top of bitcoin.
Ayn Rand | Atlas Shrugged - Part 3
I don't believe in a lot of Ayn Rand's ideas, but I think they could have done a much better job on the movies.
Ayn Rand | Atlas Shrugged - Part III (2015) [1:39:05]

Ayn Rand | Atlas Shrugged Off Taxes by Paul Buchheit
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Published on Monday, May 13, 2013 by Common Dreams
Atlas Shrugged Off Taxes
by Paul Buchheit

Ayn Rand's novel "Atlas Shrugged" fantasizes a world in which anti-government citizens reject taxes and regulations, and "stop the motor" by withdrawing themselves from the system of production. In a perverse twist on the writer's theme the prediction is coming true. But instead of productive people rejecting taxes, rejected taxes are shutting down productive people.

Perhaps Ayn Rand never anticipated the impact of unregulated greed on a productive middle class. Perhaps she never understood the fairness of tax money for public research and infrastructure and security, all of which have contributed to the success of big business. She must have known about the inequality of the pre-Depression years. But she couldn't have foreseen the concurrent rise in technology and globalization that allowed inequality to surge again, more quickly, in a manner that threatens to put the greediest offenders out of our reach.

Ayn Rand's philosophy suggests that average working people are 'takers.' In reality, those in the best position to make money take all they can get, with no scruples about their working class victims, because taking, in the minds of the rich, serves as a model for success. The strategy involves tax avoidance, in numerous forms.

Corporations Stopped Paying

In the past twenty years, corporate profits have quadrupled while the corporate tax percent has dropped by half. The payroll tax, paid by workers, has doubled.

In effect, corporations have decided to let middle-class workers pay for national investments that have largely benefited businesses over the years. The greater part of basic research, especially for technology and health care, has been conducted with government money. Even today 60% of university research is government-supported. Corporations use highways and shipping lanes and airports to ship their products, the FAA and TSA and Coast Guard and Department of Transportation to safeguard them, a nationwide energy grid to power their factories, and communications towers and satellites to conduct online business.

Yet as corporate profits surge and taxes plummet, our infrastructure is deteriorating. The American Society of Civil Engineers estimates that $3.63 trillion is needed over the next seven years to make the necessary repairs. Turning Taxes Into Thin Air

Corporations have used numerous and creative means to avoid their tax responsibilities. They have about a year's worth of profits stashed untaxed overseas. According to the Wall Street Journal, about 60% of their cash is offshore. Yet these corporate 'persons' enjoy a foreign earned income exclusion that real U.S. persons don't get.

Corporate tax haven ploys are legendary, with almost 19,000 companies claiming home office space in one building in the low-tax Cayman Islands. But they don't want to give up their U.S. benefits. Tech companies in 19 tax haven jurisdictions received $18.7 billion in 2011 federal contracts. A lot of smaller companies are legally exempt from taxes. As of 2008, according to IRS data, fully 69% of U.S. corporations were organized as nontaxable businesses.

There's much more. Companies call their CEO bonuses "performance pay" to get a lower rate. Private equity firms call fees "capital gains" to get a lower rate. Fast food companies call their lunch menus "intellectual property" to get a lower rate.

Prisons and casinos have stooped to the level of calling themselves "real estate investment trusts" (REITs) to gain tax exemptions. Stooping lower yet, Disney and others have added cows and sheep to their greenspace to get a farmland exemption.

The Richest Individuals Stopped Paying

The IRS estimated that 17 percent of taxes owed were not paid in 2006, leaving an underpayment of $450 billion. The revenue loss from tax havens approaches $450 billion. Subsidies from special deductions, exemptions, exclusions, credits, capital gains, and loopholes are estimated at over $1 trillion. Expenditures overwhelmingly benefit the richest taxpayers.

In keeping with Ayn Rand's assurance that "Money is the barometer of a society's virtue," the super-rich are relentless in their quest to make more money by eliminating taxes. Instead of calling their income 'income,' they call it "carried interest" or "performance-based earnings" or "deferred pay." And when they cash in their stock options, they might look up last year's lowest price, write that in as a purchase date, cash in the concocted profits, and take advantage of the lower capital gains tax rate.

So Who Has To Pay?

Middle-class families. The $2 trillion in tax losses from underpayments, expenditures, and tax havens costs every middle-class family about $20,000 in community benefits, including health care and education and food and housing.

Schoolkids, too. A study of 265 large companies by Citizens for Tax Justice (CTJ) determined that about $14 billion per year in state income taxes was unpaid over three years. That's approximately equal to the loss of 2012-13 education funding due to budget cuts.

And the lowest-income taxpayers make up the difference, based on new data that shows that the Earned Income Tax Credit is the single biggest compliance problem cited by the IRS. The average sentence for cheating with secret offshore financial accounts, according to the Wall Street Journal, is about half as long as in some other types of tax cases.

Atlas Can't Be Found Among the Rich

Only 3 percent of the CEOs, upper management, and financial professionals were entrepreneurs in 2005, even though they made up about 60 percent of the richest .1% of Americans. A recent study found that less than 1 percent of all entrepreneurs came from very rich or very poor backgrounds. Job creators come from the middle class.

So if the super-rich are not holding the world on their shoulders, what do they do with their money? According to both Marketwatch and economist Edward Wolff, over 90 percent of the assets owned by millionaires are held in a combination of low-risk investments (bonds and cash), personal business accounts, the stock market, and real estate.

Ayn Rand's hero John Galt said, "We are on strike against those who believe that one man must exist for the sake of another." In his world, Atlas has it easy, with only himself to think about. Paul Buchheit

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Friday April 10, 2015
News Articles

California's New Era of Heat Destroys All Previous Records
Bloomberg | author | 04/10/15

The California heat of the past 12 months is like nothing ever seen in records going back to 1895. The 12 months before that were similarly without precedent. And the 12 months before that? A freakishly hot year, too.

What's happening in California right now is shattering modern temperature measurements--as well as tree-ring records that stretch back more than 1,000 years. It's no longer just a record-hot month or a record-hot year that California faces. It's a stack of broken records leading to the worst drought that's ever beset the Golden State. ... Read more
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Tornadoes in Illinois: Crews search town for missing residents
AP | author | 04/10/15

Emergency crews say they're conducting detailed searches of homes and other structures in a northern Illinois town to ensure nobody is trapped in rubble left by a deadly tornado.

Authorities say 67-year-old Geraldine M. Schultz was killed and roughly a dozen people were injured Thursday after the tornado swept through tiny Fairdale, an unincorporated town of about 150, about 80 miles northwest of Chicago. Read more

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 Signs That American Families Are Being Economically Destroyed
ZeroHedge | author | 04/10/15

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. We worked hard, we played hard, and our seemingly boundless prosperity was the envy of the entire planet. But over the past several decades things have completely changed. We consumed far more wealth than we produced, we shipped millions of good paying jobs overseas, we piled up the biggest mountain of debt in the history of the world, and we kept electing politicians that had absolutely no concern for the long-term future of this nation whatsoever. ...

  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

GE Announces One Of Largest Buybacks In History, Will Repuchase $50 Bn In Shares After Selling Most Of GE Capital
ZeroHedge | author | 04/10/15

Moments ago, General Electric showed why April is much more likley to be a rerun of February than January or March when it announceed that it would go ahead and repurchase half of the total record stock buybacks announced in February, or some $50 billion in what may be the largest stock buyback announcement in history! How will GE fund this massive distribution to its shareholders, of which the most concentrated one will once again be the biggest winners? Simple: by dumping the division that nearly caused its insolvency during the financial crisis, the hedge fund known as GE Capital. As part of the just announced mega transaction, GE announced an agreement to sell the bulk of the assets of GE Capital Real Estate to funds managed by Blackstone. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, April 10 [13:34]
*DN | Obama Faces Latin American Opposition to Venezuela Sanctions as Cuba Joins Summit of the Americas (01/10/15) [17:00]
Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart | Jon Stewart: Kansas Is America's 'Welfare Queen' (04/10/15) [8:19]
*TRNN | Activist Gerald Horne: The Summit of the Americas in the Context of US Imperialism (04/10/15) [12:59]
*TRNN | Miguel Tinker Salas say: Summit of the Americas: U.S. Agenda is to Push TPP to Split Latin American Integration (04/10/15) [7:36]
TRNN | Glen Ford: Summit of the Americas, All Eyes on Cuba (04/10/15) [6:30]
TYT | Boston Marathon Bomber Verdict - Guilty Or Not Guilty?Boston Marathon Bomber Verdict - Guilty Or Not Guilty? (04/09/15) [5:14]
TYT | Congress To Obama: War, Have At It! Peace, We DEMAND Oversight! (04/09/15) [2:51]
TYT | Head Of Scientology REALLY Didn't Trust His Father (04/09/15) [7:33]
*Can They See My Dick - CanTheySeeMyDick.com/

John Oliver Just Inadvertently Inspired DickPics4Freedom
AlterNet | Kali Holloway | 04/09/15

It turns out the late night host was right -- dick pics really were the best way to get people talking about NSA spying.

When, on this Sunday's "Last Week Tonight," John Oliver put NSA spying into terms most Americans might care about -- that is, by describing how "dick pics" get passed around by federal employees -- he inadvertently started a freedom movement. ... Read more
*HBO | John Oliver: Ed Snowden tells John Oliver: 'They are still collecting everybody's information, including your dick pics' (04/05/15) [33:14]

Edward Snowden - Whistleblower
*Citizen Four (2014) [2:14:00] be patient, Sound does't start until 45 sec, and the Progressbar doesn't work very well.
If the above link doesn't work try the following:
Citizen Four (2014) [2:14:00]
Stable multi target tracking in real time surveillance video (03/22/15) [1:10]
Pentagon Papers | Daniel Ellsberg - Whistleblower
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/

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