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FULL MSNBC Democratic Debate: Hillary Clinton VS Bernie Sanders - New Hampshire Feb. 4, 2016 (02/05/16) [2:03:12]
TYT | MSNBC | Democratic Debate: The Young Turks Summary (02/04/16) [9:18]
TYT | MSNBC | Democratic Debate: The Biggest Winner Was... (02/04/16) [7:56]
Historic Meeting Of Christian Leaders Aims To Heal 1,000-Year-Old Rift
Pope Francis To Hold Historic Meeting In Cuba With Russian Orthodox Church Leader
Pope Francis and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church will meet in Cuba next week in what could be a historic step towards healing the 1,000-year-old rift between the Western and Eastern branches of Christianity. The Vatican and the Moscow Patriarchate announced on Friday that Francis will stop in Cuba on Feb. 12 his way to Mexico to hold talks with Patriarch Kirill, the first in history between a Roman Catholic pope and a Russian Orthodox patriarch. ... Read moreOh, By the Way
Sakurajima volcano erupts 50km from nuclear plant in Japan (02/05/16) [1:18]
TPP deal sparks protests, central Auckland shutdown in New Zealand (02/05/16) [4:20]
Islamophobia is real. And it's not going anywhere.
After last year's terror attacks in Paris and mass shooting in San Bernardino, California -- and amidst a surge in anti-Muslim rhetoric from U.S. politicians -- reports about Muslims in America facing violence, harassment, intimidation and bigotry have become omnipresent. Many Muslims say Islamophobia is worse now than it's ever been -- even worse than it was after 9/11.
A comprehensive list of discriminatory acts against American Muslims might be impossible, but The Huffington Post will document this deplorable wave of hate for all of 2016 using news reports and firsthand accounts.The breadth and severity of Islamophobia in America can no longer go unnoticed. Enough is enough. ... Read more
70% Of Jobs Added In January Were Minimum Wage Waiters And Retail Workers
When Private Credit Stops Expanding...
Once private credit rolls over in China and the U.S., the global recession will start its rapid slide down the Seneca Cliff.
Few question the importance of private credit in the global economy. When households and businesses are borrowing to expand production and buy homes, vehicles, etc., the economy expands smartly.
When private credit shrinks--that is, as businesses and households stop borrowing more and start paying down existing debt--the result is at best stagnation and at worst recession or depression. Read moreClick picture to zoom in
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, February 05 [10:21]
DN | Sanders & Clinton Spar on 2002 Iraq Vote; Clinton Praises Henry Kissinger (02/05/16) [7:42]*DR | Friday News -- Domestic (02/05/16) [1hr]
DN | Hillary Clinton Refuses to Say If She Will Release Copies of Her Paid Speeches to Goldman Sachs (02/05/16) [11:59]
DN | Clinton Accuses Sanders of "Artful Smear" for Questioning Why Wall Street Gives Her Millions (02/05/16) [9:56]
DN | "A Significant Victory": Julian Assange Hails U.N. Panel Calling for His Freedom (02/05/16) [13:55]
Note: starts at 5m30s on the Progressbar*DR | Friday News -- International (02/05/16) [1hr]
As the New Hampshire primary looms, Republicans brawl over tactics used in the Iowa caucuses. The F.B.I. joins the Flint drinking water investigation. And President Obama calls for religious tolerance at his first mosque visit. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.
The U.N. suspends Syrian peace talks until late this month. The U.S. plans to quadruple military spending in Europe as a signal to Russia. And American officials express concern about ISIS in Libya. A panel of journalists joins guest host Tom Gjelten for analysis of the week's top international news stories.TRNN | Media critic Jeff Cohen says: Is Clinton "A Progressive Who Gets Stuff Done"? (02/04/16) [12:06]
TRNN | Stephen Zunes Discusses: Did Hillary Lie About Her Iraq War Vote? (02/04/16) [13:28]
TRNN | Can a socialist choose Hillary over Bernie? Playwright and screenwriter Tony Kushner discusses Socialism, Zionism, Hollywood, and the 2016 elections. (02/04/16) [29:05]
RT | Keiser Report: Stupid people & stupid policies (E871) (02/04/16) [25:45]
In this episode of the Keiser Report back in London, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert get the popcorn and the potato chips out to discuss the symbolism of negative interest rates, yield curves and intraday oil price swings. In the second half, Max interviews Brenda Kelly, head analyst at London Capital Group, about negative interest rates, US durable goods orders and fraud booms.RoF | Lunatic Bachmann Says Obama Is About To Reveal Himself As Anti-Christ (02/04/16) [2:54]
ThomHartmann | What Today's TPP Signing Means (02/05/16) [9:49] ThomHartmann | You Say You Want A (Political) Revolution (full) (02/05/16) [57:19]
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News ArticlesFeb 3 CNN Democratic Presidential Town Hall
CNN Democratic Presidential Town Hall: Bernie Sanders (full) (02/03/16) [33:25]
CNN Democratic Presidential Town Hall: Hillary Clinton (full) (02/03/16) [35:13]
TYT | CNN Democratic Presidential Town Hall: The Young Turks Summary (02/03/16) [9:18]
TYT | CNN Democratic Presidential Town Hall: Biggest Winner (02/03/16) [5:02]
TYT | CNN Democratic Presidential Town Hall: Money In Politics (02/03/16) [9:44]
S&P Downgrades Glencore To Lowest Investment Grade Rating
Overnight, one of the two rating agencies, Standard and Poors, came one step closer to that fateful moment of junking Glencore when it downgraded Glencore, however it decided to throw the company one last lifeline by keeping it at the very lowest investment grade rating, and instead of cutting it from BBB to single B or CCC where its CDS and bond yield implies the company should be trading, it kept it a BBB-. ... Read moreStephen Colbert | Hungry For Power Games: Iowa Cornucopia Bloodbath (02/03/16) [7:30]
'Jesus' Reads Quotes From Republican Candidates (02/02/16) [1:32]
Interest in New Noam Chomsky Documentary Has Grown So Large That Even the NY Times Ran a Review -- and Praised It!
AlterNet | Alexandra Rosenmann | 02/04/16 Noam Chomsky - 'Requiem For The American Dream' (trailer) (new) [2:20]
The Atlantic Ocean Is Acidifying at a Rapid Rate
The paper, published Saturday in the journal Global Biogeochemical Cycles, "shows the large impact all of us are having on the environment," Ryan Woosley of the University of Miami said in a statement. "Our use of fossil fuels isn't only causing the climate to change but also affects the oceans by decreasing the pH."
The burning of oil, coal, and natural gas for energy and the destruction of forests are the leading causes of the carbon dioxide emissions driving climate change. The amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has risen from 355 parts per million in 1989 to just over 400 ppm in 2015.
Decreasing pH in seawater can harm the ability of shelled organisms, from microscopic coccolithophores to the oysters and clams that show up on our dinner plates, to build and maintain their bony exteriors. ... Read more
Is The Fed "Seriously Considering" Negative Interest Rates?
The Fed may "seriously consider" negative rates after moving rates back to zero, reintroducing forward guidance and making "stronger pleas" to Congress for fiscal policy action as there are complications for money markets, according to BofAML strategist Mark Cabana. ... Read more
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, February 04 [7:18]
DN | Lori Wallach: Signing of TPP Marks Only Beginning of the Fight, Trade Deal Could Still Be Stopped (02/04/16) [11:49]*TRNN | Bill Black & Mike Konczal Talk About: Sanders vs. Clinton on Wall St. Reform (02/04/16) [19:12]
DN | Will Julian Assange of WikiLeaks Go Free After U.N. Finds He Is Being Arbitrarily Detained? (02/04/16) [6:31]
DN | Zika Virus: Are Climate & Ecological Factors Driving Spread of Viral Diseases in the Americas? (02/04/16) [6:20]
DN | Exclusive Report: How Long Did Flint's County Jail Inmates Drink Poisoned Water? (02/04/16) [5:02]
DN | "There's a Jim Jones in Michigan": Lawmaker Likens Flint Crisis to Cult Leader Who Poisoned Members (02/04/16) [9:40]
TYT | Drone Footage Shows Devastation Of Syrian City (02/03/16) [1:44]
*TYT | Poll: Most Americans Want Redistribution Of Wealth (02/03/16) [11:01]
*DR | Update On The Zika Virus (02/04/16) [1hr]
Florida declares a health emergency in counties with the Zika virus; a case is sexually-transmitted in Texas. We get an update on the spread and risks of the Zika virus.SGT | This Is It! (01/17/16) [27:48]
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*What Donald Rumsfeld Knew We Didn't Know About Iraq
On September 9, 2002, as the George W. Bush administration was launching its campaign to invade Iraq, a classified report landed on the desk of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. It came from Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and it carried an ominous note. "Please take a look at this material as to what we don't know about WMD," Rumsfeld wrote to Air Force General Richard Myers. "It is big."
The report was an inventory of what U.S. intelligence knew -- or more importantly didn't know -- about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. Its assessment was blunt: "We've struggled to estimate the unknowns. ... We range from 0% to about 75% knowledge on various aspects of their program." ...
Note - That was then, this is now:
Then-Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, whose military assistant was on the short list of people copied on the JCS report, is one of Jeb Bush's foreign policy experts. Other supporters of the war, though they do not appear to have been aware of the JCS report, are involved in the various advisory roles in the 2016 campaign. John Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, is advising Ted Cruz; and Elliott Abrams and William Kristol are supporting Marco Rubio, whom Reuters reported is also briefed regularly by former Cheney adviser Eric Edelman.
Miscellaneous:Stephan Colbert | Everyone Was A Winner In Iowa, Except The Losers (02/02/16) [8:28]
National Military Strategy Report 2015
Trump Documentary Exposes Scandalous Truth Behind Billionaire's Real Estate Empire
Donald Trump's entire career has been about creating and projecting an image that suits his needs. That has never been truer than during his current presidential bid. But what lies behind the image? Is Trump the genius and unremitting success he would have us believe? Is he the master of knowing how to pull all things off, how to win big while intimidating the bad guys and be loved by everyone else? Watch the movie and find out. ...
Here's Aaron Swartz, 19, Describing How Noam Chomsky Blew His Mind
The following is an excerpt from the new book The Boy Who Could Change The World by Aaron Swartz (The New Press, 2016): In his too-short life, Aaron Swartz reshaped the Internet, questioned our assumptions about intellectual property, and touched all of us in ways that we may not even realize. His tragic suicide in 2013 at the age of twenty-six after being aggressively prosecuted for copyright infringement shocked the nation and the world.
Two years ago this summer I read a book that changed the entire way I see the world. I had been researching various topics -- law, politics, the media -- and become more and more convinced that something was seriously wrong. Politicians, I was shocked to discover, weren't actually doing what the people wanted. And the media, my research found, didn't really care much about that, preferring to focus on such things as posters and polls.
As I thought about this more, its implications struck me as larger and larger. But I still had no bigger picture to fit them in. The media was simply doing a bad job, leading people to be confused. We just had to pressure them to do better and democracy would be restored.
Then, one night, I watched the film Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media (I think it had come up in my Netflix queue). First off, it's simply an amazingly good film. I've watched it several times now and each time I'm utterly entranced. It's undoubtedly the best documentary I've seen, weaving together all sorts of clever tricks to enlighten and entertain.... Read more
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, February 03 [9:12]
DN | Michael Eric Dyson on "The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America" (02/03/16) [17:27]*DR | Environmental Outlook: The Growth Of Large-Scale Indoor Urban Farming (02/03/16) [1hr]
DN | Jewish Peace Groups Reveal Role in Spoof New York Times That Criticized Paper's Stance on Israel (02/03/16) [11:10]
DN | Privatization on Steroids: Emergency Manager Who Switched Flint Water Resigns From Detroit Schools (02/03/16) [16:10]
From Newark to Tokyo, large-scale indoor farms are being built in and around cities worldwide. Proponents argue they provide fresher crops to local consumers, while cutting transportation costs, carbon emissions and water use. But skeptics say they are not cost effective and consume too much energy. The pros and cons of indoor urban agriculture.*TRNN | Steve LeVine says: Speculators Misunderstood the Oil Wars and Market Meltdown (02/03/16) [11:09]
TRNN | Terry O'Neil debates Elaine Zuckerman on: Sanders and Clinton Tie in Iowa - What does it Mean for Women? (02/03/16) [27:43]
*TYT | The LMDs (Lies of Mass Destruction) That Took Us To War Revealed (02/02/16) [11:32]
A report has just been released that shows how much the Bush administration lied about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Cenk Uygur delivers his Final Judgment on LMD (Lies of Mass Destruction).TYT | Iowa Caucus, Republican Bashing (02/02/16) [42:01]
*RT | CrossTalk: Syrian Quagmire (02/03/16) [24:06]
RoF | Former Sec. Of Defense Robert Gates Says A Trump Win Would Be A Threat to National Security. (02/02/16) [2:02]
*ThomHartmann | Richard Wolff - Socialism For Dummies (02/02/16) [7:24]
*ThomHartmann | Why Americans Are Turning Their Backs On Corporate Media… (02/03/16) [4:51]
MSNBC | Rachel Maddow discusses Sarah Palin's Trump endorsement and Palin (older, 01/20/16) [16:15]
RawStory | Sarah Palin: God is giving Bristol '3rd, 4th and 5th chances' not to get pregnant (2015) [5:51]
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TRUMP BUYS THE FARM ... DRAMA: BERNIE HILLARY DEAD HEAT ... RUBIO NEARLY PASSES TRUMP! ... IOWANS CHOOSE CRUZ... Donald Goes Down... 'Just Another Loser'... 'The Emperor Has No Clothes'... 2016's First Loser... Trouble Ahead?... THE FIELD THINS: Carson Heads Home... O'Malley Out... Huck Too... PHOTOS... HIGHLIGHTS...
Clinton Appears To Narrowly Beat Sanders In Iowa
Hillary Clinton appeared to narrowly overtake Democratic rival Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in Iowa, with all but one precinct reporting results by early Tuesday morning.
According to the Iowa Democratic Party (IDP), the former secretary of state received 699.57 state delegate equivalents, while Sanders was awarded 695.49. Results from Des Moines, the remaining precinct, were still trickling in on Tuesday, but it's not worth enough votes for Sanders to move to first place. There is no mechanism for a recount. Still, the outcome was so close that IDP Chair Andy McGuire called the results a "virtual tie." ...
TRNN | Hillary Clinton Post Iowa Speech (02/02/16) [6:27] TRNN | Ted Cruz Post Iowa Speech (02/02/16) [32:26]
TRNN | Donald Trump Post Iowa Speech (02/02/16) [3:19]
Make No Mistake: Clinton and Cruz Are Goldman Sachs' Candidates
As bizarre as the 2016 campaign has been so far, there's one thing different from past elections that Americans should agree is a good thing: if a candidate is associated too closely with Wall Street, they look bad. This has been a growing trend over the last few elections -- Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) was chastised in 2008 for owning multiple homes and former governor Mitt Romney was deemed "unrelatable" in 2012 for being a multi-millionaire. But now we have a go-to name that symbolizes voters' distrust of Wall Street and the filthy rich: Goldman Sachs. Yes, while the race tightens between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on the left and businessman Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on the right, Clinton and Cruz have both been criticized for their ties to Goldman. This is because the hardships endured by the middle class during the first sixteen years of the 21st century have rightfully made them Wall Street leery. It's an idea that's time has come -- because of Goldman Sachs' documented involvement with the 2008 financial crisis and multiple crises before it, they are at the forefront of this animosity and their involvement with the political process is finally being scrutinized. ... Read more
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, February 02 [13:09]
DN | After Dead Heat in Iowa, Will Clinton Move Further Left to Stop the Sanders Surge? (02/02/16) [20:08]*DR | Analysis Of The Iowa Caucus Results (02/02/16) [1hr]
DN | The Road to the White House Begins in Iowa, But Is It Already Sold to Wealthy Donors? (02/02/16) [3:26]
DN | Clinton Laughs Off Question on Goldman Sachs, But Can Millions in Special Interest Cash Be Ignored? (02/02/16) [3:49]
DN | VIDEO: Pink Floyd's Roger Waters Performs "We Shall Overcome" in Democracy Now! Studio (02/02/16) [5:09]
*TYT | The Biggest Winner And Biggest Loser Of The 2016 Democratic Iowa Caucus (02/02/16) [8:21]
TYT | The Biggest Winner And Biggest Loser Of The 2016 Republican Iowa Caucus (02/02/16) [9:09]
*TYT |Elizabeth Warren's Secret Endorsement of Bernie Sanders (02/01/16) [4:18]
TYT | CNN Tries To Convince Susan Sarandon To Change Her Vote (02/01/16) [9:41]
TYT | Who Is Really "The Establishment" (02/01/16) [6:28]
RofF | Generational War: Baby Boomers Underestimate The Passion Of Young Voters (01/31/16) [4:05]
ThomHartmann | How the Koch Brothers Radicalized the Right (full) (01/27/16) [57:14]
ThomHartmann | Why Ted Cruz Is Unfit to Be President (02/02/16) [7:28]
... Perhaps 300,000 Iowans will gather in school gyms, libraries and other public places on Monday night at 7 p.m. Central Time to kick off the 2016 presidential campaign by voting in front of each other (Republicans by using a ballot box in the room; Democrats by gathering in groups).
What matters is not the final delegate count -- which will take many months of maneuvering to determine -- but the raw popular vote winners as announced Monday night on TV and online. ... Read more
Three Financial Crimes that Show How the DOJ "Went Easy" on Wall Street
Massachusetts Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren has just released a report slamming federal regulators and the Department of Justice. It's titled Rigged Justice 2016: How Weak Enforcement Lets Corporate Offenders Off Easy. The title says it all. Senator Warren goes after how the government fails to adequately punish corporations when they break the law. She says, quote, when government regulators and prosecutors fail to pursue big corporations or their executives who violate the law, corporate criminals have free rein to operate outside the law.
One of the top cases that is brought up in this report is the Standard & Poor settlement back in 2015, where the ratings agency agreed to pay about $1.4 billion in a civil settlement to the DOJ, 19 states, and DC. Just give our viewers a refresher. Why did S&P have to pay that fine, and why does Senator Warren argue that the fine does not go far enough? ... Read more
*Rigged Justice: 2016 by Senator Elizabeth WarrenBloomberg | Davos 2016 - Where Is the Chinese Economy Heading? (01/21/16) [1:11:16]
Laws are effective only to the extent they are enforced. A law on the books has little impact if prosecution is highly unlikely.
This country devotes substantial resources to the prosecution of crimes such as murder, assault, kidnapping, burglary and theft, both in an effort to deter future criminal activity and to provide victims with some degree of justice.
When government regulators and prosecutors fail to pursue big corporations or their executives who violate the law, or when the government lets them off with a slap on the wrist, corporate criminals have free rein to operate outside the law. They can game the system, cheat families, rip off taxpayers, and even take actions that result in the death of innocent victims -- all with no serious consequences. ...
Democracy of the Billionaires
Democracy of the Billionaires, The Most Expensive Election Ever Is A Billionaire's Playground (Except for Bernie Sanders) by Nomi Prins
Speaking of the need for citizen participation in our national politics in his final State of the Union address, President Obama said, "Our brand of democracy is hard." A more accurate characterization might have been: "Our brand of democracy is cold hard cash." ... Read more
Paul Craig Roberts: The West Is Being Reduced To Looting Itself
I, Michael Hudson, John Perkins, and a few others have reported the multi-pronged looting of peoples by Western economic institutions, principally the big New York Banks with the aid of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Third World countries were and are looted by being inticed into development plans for electrification or some such purpose. The gullible and trusting governments are told that they can make their countries rich by taking out foreign loans to implement a Western-presented development plan, with the result being sufficient tax revenues from economic development to service the foreign loan.
Seldom, if ever, does this happen. What happens is that the plan results in the country becoming indebted to the limit and beyond of its foreign currency earnings. When the country is unable to service the development loan, the creditors send the IMF to tell the indebted government that the IMF will protect the government's credit rating by lending it the money to pay its bank creditors. However, the conditions are that the government take necessary austerity measures so that the government can repay the IMF. These measures are to curtail public services and the government sector, reduce public pensions, and sell national resources to foreigners. The money saved by reduced social benefits and raised by selling off the country's assets to foreigners serves to repay the IMF. ... Read more
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, February 01 [12:09]
DN | Pt 1: Iowa Progressives Weigh Clinton, Sanders as One of Whitest States Kicks Off Presidential Race (02/01/16) [9:12]*DR | Shortages Of Children's Cancer Drugs And How To Allocate Them (02/01/16) [1hr]
DN | Pt 2: Iowa Progressives Weigh Clinton, Sanders as One of Whitest States Kicks Off Presidential Race (02/01/16) [15:29]
DN | From Taverns to Grain Elevators: How Iowa's Complex Caucus System Works (02/01/16) [8:48]
DN | Bernie Sanders Says No to Fracked Oil Pipeline in Iowa, Will It Help Him in Today's Caucus? (02/01/16) [8:18]
*TRNN | Ellen Brown breaks down Senator Warren's report: Three Financial Crimes that Show How the DOJ "Went Easy" on Wall Street (02/01/16) [10:48]
TRNN | Paul Jay talks to a group of Bernie Sanders supporters: The Movement Goes Beyond the Man, Say Sanders Supporters (02/01/16) [40:12]
TRNN | Along the southern border of the United States is a graveyard, where hundreds upon hundreds of human remains are waiting to be found in the sand. They are teenagers, mothers and spouses walking the only path available to them - away from poverty and violence: towards their families, the only place safer and easier to eat. (02/01/16) [24:37]
*TYT | PHONY Christian Ted Cruz Doesn't Follow Important Biblical Rule (01/31/16) [6:28]
RT | Keiser Report: Tumbling, Fumbling Ruble (special Moscow series) (E869) (01/30/16) [25:42]
In the second half, Max interviews Vladimir Rojanovsky, head of research at OK Broker Investment Company, about the ruble's tumble and what that means for the Russian economy going forward.RT | Secular State? Spread of Islam puts tough question of what is main UK religion (01/31/16) [3:20]
RT | 'West can't live without enemies': Swedish general warns of 'upcoming war' (01/29/16) [5:44]
AlJazeeraAlJazeera | UpFront - Hans Blix on the threat of nuclear war (01/29/16) [25:02]
AlJazeera | Geneva Peace Talks: What stands between Syria and peace? (01/31/16) [34:17]
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.
The Republican Party Can't Rid Itself Of Trump, Even When He's Not There
The Republican presidential race entered an alternate universe on Thursday evening, transporting viewers to a moment in time in which Donald Trump never ran for president. Despite the best efforts of his rivals, however, the front-runner's shadow loomed large -- even though he wasn't actually present at the Fox News Republican presidential debate.
Trump's decision to stage a dramatic, last-minute boycott of the event, which was hosted by the news network and Google in Des Moines, allowed candidates to engage in a more meaty -- yet decidedly less entertaining -- affair. ... Read moreFox News/Google Republican Presidential Iowa Debate (01/28/16) [1:11:39]
*TYT | Fox News-Google GOP Presidential Debate: SUMMARY (01/28/16) [4:05]
TYT | Fox News-Google GOP Presidential Debate: Biggest Winner (01/28/16) [6:37]
TYT | Fox News-Google GOP Presidential Debate: Biggest Loser (01/28/16) [5:20]
"The BoJ's (Bank of Japan) NIRP Will Result In More Currency Wars And Global Growth Slowdown"
"The BoJ actions should lead to further intensification of global currency wars with central banks around the world trying to engineer sustained competitive devaluation against the background of slowing global trade and growth as well as persistent commodity price disinflation. With its latest measures the BoJ will allow Japan to borrow more growth from its trading partners and limit the severity of the imported disinflation." ... Read moreOil Prices: What's going on? Oil Prices: What's going on? - An Animation (12/07/15) [5:00]
6 Cities In Michigan Have Even Higher Levels Of Lead Than Flint
As the nation rightly focuses on Flint’s ongoing water crisis, other cities in the state of Michigan face even higher levels of lead contamination. The alarming pervasiveness of potentially toxic drinking water extends across the United States.
The Detroit News reports that "Elevated blood-lead levels are seen in a higher percentage of children in parts of Grand Rapids, Jackson, Detroit, Saginaw, Muskegon, Holland and several other cities, proof that the scourge of lead has not been eradicated despite decades of public health campaigns and hundreds of millions of dollars spent to find and eliminate it." ... Read more
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, January 29 [6:06]
*DN | Trump Absent, GOP Presidential Candidates Face Off on Syria, Planned Parenthood & Islamophobia (01/29/16) [16:28]*DR | Friday News -- Domestic (01/29/16) [1hr]
DN | "Audrie & Daisy": Mother of Audrie Pott, Teen Who Committed Suicide After Assault, Tells Her Story (01/29/16) [16:25]
DN | Maryville Rape Survivor Daisy Coleman Meets Mom of Teen Who Killed Herself After Similar Ordeal (01/29/16) [15:58]
Presidential candidates make final campaign sprints through Iowa. Republicans debate without Donald Trump. And Michigan's governor appoints a committee to fix Flint's water crisis. A panel of journalists joins guest host Indira Lakshmanan for analysis of the week's top national news stories.*DR | Friday News -- International (01/29/16) (01/07/16) [1hr]
Denmark faces a backlash over a new law to seize the valuables of asylum-seekers. Syrian peace talks hit a snag. And the World Health Organization warns the Zika virus is "spreading explosively." A panel of journalists joins guest host Indira Lakshmanan for analysis of the week's top international news stories.*TRNN | Vijay Prashad says: UN Peace Talks in Syria Remain Stalled (01/29/16) [10:24]
*TYT | Trump Fans Viciously Swarm Megyn Kelly (01/28/16) [5:22]
TYT | Fox News-Google GOP Presidential Debate: Biggest Fail (01/28/16) [1:16]
*RT | Keiser Report: Sanctions (special Moscow series) (E868) (01/28/16) [26:01]
??RT | CrossTalk: Waves of Refugees (01/29/16) [24:36]
*RofF | How The One Percent Reshaped Democracy In Their Image (01/28/16) [10:45]
RofF | When Did "Hope and Change" Turn Into "Settle and Aim Low"? (01/28/16) [4:25]
Donald Trump Tells Bill O'Reilly It's 'An Eye For An Eye' In War With Fox News
The "O'Reilly Factor" host was trying to convince the GOP frontrunner to join Thursday night's debate in Iowa despite his dislike for Megyn Kelly, the Fox News host who will be one of the event's moderators. O'Reilly even tried appealing to Trump's Christian faith, something the candidate has spoken of frequently in an effort to woo evangelical voters.
"I think you should be the bigger man," O'Reilly added. "Don't you think that's the right thing to do?"
"It probably is," Trump agreed. "But y'know it's called an eye for an eye. I guess also you can look at it that way."
"No, no, no," O'Reilly countered. "That's Old Testament. If you're the Christian, the eye-for-the-eye rule goes out. Here's what it is: Turning the other cheek." ...
Ammon Bundy Urges Remaining Militants To Stand Down, Go Home. What????? No-one going to jail?????
"Nobody Really Knows Anything Right Now"
"We learned one thing yesterday: the U.S. Federal Reserve is in the same position as the rest of us when it comes to forecasting the future path of economic growth. Nobody really "Knows" anything right now. Now, there's enough doubt for everyone: markets, central banks, consumers, governments. Everyone. The best thing we can say about that: if markets accept that the Fed is no better informed than they are, maybe investors will devote more time to stock fundamentals and intrinsic value analysis." ... Read moreIs the global economy headed for another crash? *AlJazeera | Inside Story - Is the global economy headed for another crash? (01/21/16) [24:33]
AlJazeera | Inside Story - What's behind the falling price of oil? (01/15/16) [25:30]
11 Secrets To Eating Healthy On A Budget
Eating healthy is great in concept, but is always much more challenging to put into practice. There's the whole will power thing -- how many times can we be expected to resist the call of pizza? There's the fact that it just takes a little more time and effort than walking over to the vending machine. And then there's the real snag, money. ...
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, January 28 [10:05]
DN | Part 1: Covering War to End War: New Film Recounts Legacy of James Foley, Journalist Killed by ISIS (01/28/16) [14:08],
Part 2 [16:38]
*DN | "The Settlers": New Film Reveals History & Consequences of Israeli Settlements on Palestinian Land (01/28/16) [14:08]
Stephen ColbertStephen Colbert | Stephen Gets A Straight Answer Out Of Donald Rumsfeld (01/26/16) [9:42]
*DR | Who's Likely To Vote In Upcoming Presidential Primaries And Why It Matters (01/28/16) [1hr]
Voter turnout in primaries and caucuses is typically low -- but this time may be different. Several candidates are counting on the motivation of nontraditional primary voters. We discuss who's likely to vote in the early contests and why it matters.*DR | David Kaczynski: "Every Last Tie: The Story Of The Unabomber And His Family" (01/28/16) [1hr]
It has been nearly twenty years since the FBI arrested Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, ending his trail of terror that left three dead and dozens injured. The man who tipped off authorities was his own brother. He'll join us to tell his family's story.TRNN | James Henry, former chief economist at McKinsey & Co. says: LIBOR Traders Get Off Scot Free in rate-rigging scandal (01/28/16) [6:57]
*TYT | Trump Refuses To Debate Because Megyn Kelly (01/27/16) [10:45]
TYT | What Oregon Militia Standoff Says About American Culture (01/27/16) [4:37]
TYT | How Oregon Militia Member Died (01/27/16) [10:52]
RT | CrossTalk: on Syria: US - Russia standoff (01/27/16) [23:59]
In The Clinton-Sanders Spat Over Getting S**t Done, The Party Sides With Clinton
In 2008, then-Senator Barack Obama promised to unite Washington and the nation behind progressive change. Then-Sen. Hillary Clinton mocked him.
"The skies will open, the light will come down, celestial choirs will be singing and everyone will know we should do the right thing and the world will be perfect," she said. "I have no illusions about how hard this is going to be."
Now, as Clinton runs for president again, many of her allies believe her cynicism was vindicated and are feeling deja vu.
The former secretary of state is trying to convince voters once more that her opponent -- this time, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) -- is promising a unicorns-and-rainbows vision of governance. She's hopeful that seven years of partisan warfare will help her make the case. And she has Capitol Hill veterans and even some Obama veterans echoing her larger points. ... Read more
Buyer's Remorse: How Obama Let Progressives Down by Bill Press
The prominent liberal syndicated radio and television host concisely explains the many ways President Obama has failed to live up to either his promises or his progressive potential, leaving Democrats disillusioned on the issues that matter most.
Bill Press -- a progressive champion and former chair of the California Democratic Party, a one-time co-host of CNN's Crossfire, and the popular nationally syndicated radio and television host of The Bill Press Show--reflects back on what for many progressives has been a disappointing presidency and comes to a depressing conclusion: Obama grossly misunderstood the mandate of the enthusiastic crowds that swarmed him on the campaign trail. Instead of recognizing their burning desire for strong progressive leadership, Obama tried to be a "post-partisan" president. The tragedy of Barack Obama is that, in trying to become the great uniter, he has instead become a grave disappointment.
From climate change to gun safety to, yes, even health care, Obama's legacy on important issues falls far short of what could have been. Time and again, he let down his most impassioned supporters--the ones who used their powerful voices to vote for change--neglecting their priorities and wasting his potential by either not doing enough or, worse, repeating the errors of his predecessor.
President Obama rode into office on a celebratory tide of liberal jubilation, but as his typically centrist presidency comes to a close, he leaves his supporters haunted by what might have been.
Manufacturing Depression Enters Uncharted Territory: Caterpillar Retail Sales Have Never Been Worse
Moments ago Caterpillar reported its latest monthly retail sales statistics and the numbers have never been worse. ...
How Trump and Palin Are a Match Made in Heaven
... "Everybody was trying to get Sarah. Everybody wanted that endorsement," Trump later said on the Today Show. But was there ever any doubt that her vote belonged to Trump, and Trump alone? Those two go together like peanut butter and elk meat. Poor Ted Cruz never stood a chance. ...
They both love books - Both Palin and Trump are best-selling authors. Trump has more than two dozen titles to his name, and his most popular book, The Art of the Deal, led the New York Times' best-sellers list for 51 weeks.
Palin's 2009 book Going Rogue sold two million copies and spent six weeks atop the Times' best-sellers list."
They share a passion for TV - Trump has 14 seasons of The Apprentice, and seven of Celebrity Apprentice, under his belt.
Palin, meanwhile, spent five years as a Fox News contributor, and did one season each of the reality shows Sarah Palin's Alaska (on TLC) and Amazing America With Sarah Palin (on the Sportsman Network).
Both have big, traditional American families - If they both decided to leave their respective spouses tomorrow, Trump and Palin's superfamily would be a fearsome answer to The Brady Bunch. Instead of three children each, both have five. Trump's brood range in age from 9 to 38: Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric, whom he had with his first wife, Ivana; Tiffany, whose mother is the actress Marla Maples; and Barron, his son of his current wife, Melania.
Sarah and Todd Palin have five kids together -- Track, 26; Bristol, 25; Willow, 21; Piper 14; and Trig, 7.
Both have only the shakiest, most fragile grip on foreign policy - During an interview with CNN in September, Trump said, "Let Syria and ISIS fight. Why do we care? Let ISIS and Syria fight. And let Russia, they're in Syria already, let them fight ISIS. Look, I don't want ISIS. ISIS is bad. They are evil. When they start doing with a head chopping... these are really bad dudes.... Let Russia take care of ISIS.... Let them worry about ISIS. Let them fight it out."
Palin echoed Trump's sentiments during her endorsement speech, saying the U.S. needs to "quit footing the bill for these nations who are oil-rich ...
They share an ardent admiration for Vladmir Putin - Trump has complimented the Russian president on several occasions, calling him "highly respected within his own country and beyond." Palin has spoken favorably of his masculinity as compared to President Obama's.
Each has penchant for nonsensical rhetoric - To wit, a sampling from speeches both recently gave in Iowa:
Trump: "How stupid are the people of Iowa? How stupid are the people of the country? ....
Palin: "They stomp on our neck, and then they tell us, 'Just chill, OK, just relax.' Well, look, we are mad, and we've been had. ...
They share the same views on cultural assimilation - Namely: they think immigrants should do it, or get out.
They agree on important issues -- for example, that Muslims should be banned from te U.S. - Trump has advocated for banning all Muslims from entering the United States "until we can figure out what's going on." Palin believes Trump's proposed Muslim ban is "common sense."
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, January 27 [9:04]
*DN | Part 1: Life, Animated: How a Family Reached Their Autistic Son Through Disney Movies (01/27/16) [10:42],
Part 2 [23:59]
*DN | Part 1: Dark Money: Jane Mayer on How Koch Bros. & Billionaire Allies Funded Rise of the Far Right (01/20/16) [3:17], Part 2 [16:28]
Brave New Films | Koch Brothers EXPOSED (2015) [55:54]
TRNN | How Organizing and Social Movements Drove Changes to Federal Policy on Solitary Confinement (01/27/16) [9:03]
*TYT | CNN: Clinton News Network (01/26/16) [13:49]
TYT | Planned Parenthood Cleared, Two Indicted Over Doctored Tapes (01/26/16) [6:35]
*RT | Keiser Report: Deflating oil market (E867) (01/26/16) [25:43]
In the second half Max interviews author and former investment banker Nomi Prins of the Strategic Intelligence Newsletter about the global economic depression, as central banks attempt to taper a ponzi.RT | Oregon standoff deadly outcome: Ammon Bundy arrested, 1 killed in shootout (01/27/16) [4:23]
RoF | Why Congress Allows Big Pharma to Rip Us Off (01/26/16) [8:37]
RoF | Terrified Republicans Try One Final Time To Derail Trump's Insane Campaign (01/27/16) [4:11]
*ThomHartmann | Buyer's Remorse by Bill Press - How Obama Let Progressives Down... , Part 1 (01/27/16) [12:42], Part 2 [12:46]
News ArticlesIowa CNN Democratic Presidential Town Hall *Iowa CNN Democratic Presidential Town Hall, Bernie Sanders (01/25/15) [40:02]
*Iowa CNN Democratic Presidential Town Hall, Hillary Clinton (01/25/15) [39:35]
*TYT | CNN Iowa Democratic Town Hall: The Young Turks Summary (01/25/16) [11:21] TYT | CNN Iowa Democratic Town Hall: Why Bernie Sanders Beat Hillary Clinton In This Debate (01/25/16) [8:46]
*Wealth Inequality in America [6:25]
The "Real" Donald Trump - A Fascinating Interview From 1990
A President Trump is far more likely to occur in our lifetimes than many want to admit. His chances ride on the fact that the current system is terminally corrupt, as well as socially and economically bankrupt. It will crash and burn, whether in slow motion like the past eight years, or very rapidly over the next several. Someone will likely step in to fill this void. In 1990, Donald Trump conducted a lengthy interview with Playboy Magazine. It provides an absolutely fascinating window into the man's mind... Read moreSNL | Sarah Palin endorses Donald Trump for president at an Iowa campaign stop (01/25/16) [5:09]
Or CBS | Sarah Palin endorses Donald Trump (full) [21:10]
Donald Trump full interview on CNN with Wolf Blitzer (01/25/16) [21:07]
China Crashes To 13 Month Low After Last Hour Panic Selling; Crude, Futures Tumble Then Surge
It has been another volatile, illiquid, whipsawed session, driven by the only two things that have mattered so far in 2016, China and oil.... and stop-hunting algos of course. ... Read more
There Will Be Chaos: Big Oil's Collapse and the Birth of a New World Order
The longer such price levels persist, the more devastating the consequences are likely to be.
As 2015 drew to a close, many in the global energy industry were praying that the price of oil would bounce back from the abyss, restoring the petroleum-centric world of the past half-century. All evidence, however, points to a continuing depression in oil prices in 2016 -- one that may, in fact, stretch into the 2020s and beyond. Given the centrality of oil (and oil revenues) in the global power equation, this is bound to translate into a profound shakeup in the political order, with petroleum-producing states from Saudi Arabia to Russia losing both prominence and geopolitical clout. ... Read more
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, January 26 [10:49]
*DN | Act Now, Cry Later: Tim DeChristopher, Aria Doe & Josh Fox on Civil Disobedience & Climate Activism (01/26/16) [17:24]TYT & FoxNews | Josh Fox Calls Fox Host A Liar, His Reaction Is Pure Fracking Fun (older) [11:50]
*DN | Josh Fox on His New Doc "How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change" (01/26/16) [10:25]
*DN | Legendary Actor Robert Redford on Climate Change and #OscarsSoWhite (01/26/16) [5:45]
*DN | 40 Years After "All the President's Men," Redford Plays Another Journo Challenging Power in "Truth" (01/26/16) [8:01]
Real Time with Bill Maher - AffluenzaHBO Bill Maher: Affluenza and the Culture of Dependency (older) [5:01]
AJ - Dark Money*AJ | Dark Money: How Billionaires Are Buying Elections (01/25/16) [3:05]
*DR | Growing Concerns About The Spread Of The Zika Virus (01/26/16) [1hr]
Cases of the Zika virus have been reported in at least twenty-one countries in the Caribbean and North and South America. The mosquito-borne virus is suspected of causing brain damage in infants and paralysis in adults. Guest host Indira Lakshmanan and a panel of guests discuss efforts to control the spread and prospects for a vaccine.TYT | Who Will Win The Iowa Primary Elections? (01/25/16) [8:20]
TYT | Ted Should Be Worried, Trump Is Coming (01/25/16) [9:32]
RT | China claims successful monkey head transplantation, op on human scheduled for 2017 (01/25/16) [2:57]
This New Yorker Cover Perfectly Explains the Problem With Donald Trump
That's Teddy Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, George Washington, John F. Kennedy, and Abraham Lincoln looking on in disbelief at the mess Trump is making of the American presidential election. It's pretty funny, at first glance, but the problem with this cover is that the only thing many of those ex-presidents would find confusing about Trump is the television he's on. ... Read more
Donald Trump got lucky: He's only winning because he's competing against clowns and losers
Trump's ascendency says more about the boring slate of candidates the GOP has to offer than about his own talents
"They see themselves as heroes. Instead people are saying they're manipulating American politics": Jane Mayer on the method behind the Koch brothers' brilliant madness
Interview of Jane Mayer by Salon:
Markets Are In The "Eye Of The Storm", Trader Warns
Traders on the NYSE clapped and cheered when the closing bell sounded on Friday as though a couple of green closes somehow made up for the outright chaos that's reigned throughout the month. Oil may technically have entered a new "bull" market and the yuan may have momentarily stabilized, but a quick look at the fundamentals for crude and the backdrop for the global economy suggests any respite will be fleeting. ...
20 Dead, 200 Hospitalized After Reports US Lab "Leaks" Deadly Virus In Ukraine
Amid the so-called "ceasefire" in Ukraine, yet ongoing shelling in many regions, the Donbass news agency reports that more than 20 Ukrainian solders have died and over 200 soldiers are hospitalized after an apparent leak of a deadly virus called "California Flu" from a US lab near the city of Kharkov. ... Read more
3 Addictive Snacks That Are Actually Good for You
World's Fastest Rubik's Cube Solving Robot, explained [3:39]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, January 25 [8:33]
DN | 43 Years After Roe v. Wade, Supreme Court to Hear Case Threatening Women's Right to Choose (01/25/16) [9:07]*DR | 2015: The Hottest Year In Recorded History (01/25/16) [1hr]
DN | "Trapped": New Film Follows the Providers Who Are Fighting to Keep Abortion Accessible in the South (01/25/16) [19:17]
DN | Wicked Jezebel Feminist! Users Witness Anti-Choice Abuse in Virtual Reality Film "Across the Line" (01/25/16) [8:43]
DN | #OscarsSoWhite: Black Filmmakers Call Out Hollywood Racism, Exclusion as Calls for Boycott Grow (01/25/16) [7:34]
Scientists say global temperatures in 2015 were the hottest on record, smashing the 2014 record by a wide margin. What the warming of the planet could mean for weather patterns, climate policy, and hitting global temperature targets.*DR | Afghanistan's Romeo And Juliet And How They Escaped An Honor Killing (01/25/16) [1hr]
A young Afghan woman defied her parents and chose her own husband. Her family wants to kill her to restore their honor. How this Romeo and Juliet story highlights the struggle for women's rights in the Muslim world.*TRNN | Abby Martin interviews Vijay Prashad: Examining the Syrian War Chessboard (01/25/16) [23:32]
TRNN | "Institutional Amnesia": Pentagon Agency Skewered for Waste and Fraud (01/22/16) [3:56]
*Daily Ticker | Find the $8.5 Trillion the Pentagon Can't Account For (2014) [5:32]
*TYT | Nate Silver: Republicans Screwed If They Nominate Trump (01/23/16) [5:49]
*TYT | The REAL Reason Hillary Has More Endorsements Than Bernie (01/23/16) [2:27]
TYT | Trump And Cruz Trade Blows On Amnesty (01/23/16) [6:54]
RT | CrossTalk: Ukraine's dead ends (01/25/16) [23:06]
*ThomHartmann | Economists For Bernie Speak Up (01/22/16) [11:08]
ThomHartmann | Is Humanity On the Eve Of Extinction? (01/22/16) [5:51]
The Pentagon Has No Clue How Many Weapons It Has Lost to ISIS
For more than a decade, the United States has supplied huge quantities of weapons and military hardware to the Iraqi government--and a large chunk of that equipment has disappeared and landed in the hands of ISIS fighters and members of Iranian-backed Shiite militias responsible for massacring civilians. Everything from M-16s and bullets to Humvees and tanks have been lost. But neither the US nor Iraqi governments can say how much US-supplied materiel has been diverted to militant groups or how it's ending up there. ... Read more
Major Winter Storm Could Cripple Parts Of Mid-Atlantic
The forecast for a historic blizzard has been there for days, looming over the nation's capital like the UFO from "Independence Day." Projected snowfall totals have ticked steadily upward, to the point where the National Weather Service -- known for its conservative predictions -- says more than 2 feet of snow could land on Washington.
States of emergency have been declared in five states and the District of Columbia. Schools and government offices are being closed pre-emptively. Thousands of flights have been canceled. Food and supplies are disappearing from grocery and hardware stores. College basketball games and concerts will have to wait. ... Read more
Yes, you read that right. 62 people own more than 3.5 billion of the earth's inhabitants. Nothing to see here, move along serfs.
Billionaire Blackstone CEO Trolls American Public -- Doesn't Get Why People Are Angry
I've written several posts examining the dangerous cluelessness inherent throughout the ranks of the oligarch class over the past several years. One of my earliest and most viral pieces was published two years ago and titled, An Open Letter to Sam Zell: Why Your Statements are Delusional and Dangerous. That article was a response to the billionaire's appearance of CNBC during which he instructed the less financially fortunate to "emulate the 1%," as if their destitution was a result of personal shortcomings as opposed to egregious structural flaws inherent in the rigged, crony, oligarch-controlled Banana Republic economy billionaires such as himself helped mold. ...
... In that article, I outlined many of the reasons people are angry and why they should be angry. In fact, I've published hundreds of articles every year since early 2012 detailing exactly why the country is in such dire straights. It's not just me of course, tens of thousands of people across the globe have been doing it for far longer and to much larger audiences. The reason billionaires are incapable of comprehending what's going on is because doing so would contradict the life-stories they tell themselves about themselves. Make no mistake about it, billionaires think of themselves as truly exceptional people. Privately, they likely muse that their mere presence on earth is nothing short of a glorious gift to humanity from the heavens. These people are deluded, secluded and emotionally stunted in more ways than you could possibly imagine. They have zero capacity for self-reflection. ... Read more
Global Stocks Surge, Oil Soars As Hopes For Central Bank Stimulus Return
"There is hope of more stimulus in March and potential for even more stimulus in Japan and China, so if we get concrete positive economic news the rebound could last into next week," said John Plassard, senior equity- sales trader at Mirabaud Securities. "I told my clients to fasten their seatbelts and wait for better news, and this is finally happening."... "The turnaround in sentiment came amid signs central banks may be prepared to act after $7.8 trillion was erased from the value of global equities this year on China's slowdown and oil's crash." ... Read more
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, January 22 [7:13]
DN | Revered Poet Martín Espada Reflects on Struggles Past & Present in "Vivas to Those Who Have Failed" (01/22/16) [14:36]*DR | Friday News -- Domestic (01/22/16) [1hr]
DN | Exclusive: Sickened by Gangrene in Utah Immigration Jail, Guatemalan Father Now Faces Deportation (01/22/16) [15:39]
DN | Pink Floyd's Roger Waters Launches "Campaign to Close Guantánamo" for Obama's Last Year in Office (01/22/16) [15:05]
The Supreme Court will review President Obama's executive actions on immigration. The Senate blocks a bill on tougher refugee screening. And Sarah Palin endorses Donald Trump as the battle for conservative voters heats up. A panel of journalists joins guest host Susan Page for analysis of the week's top national news stories.*DR | Friday News -- International (01/22/16) [1hr]
Taliban attacks kill journalists in Afghanistan and students in Pakistan. In Iran sanctions are lifted and American prisoners are released. And the U.K. implicates Vladimir Putin in the poisoning death of a former Russian spy. A panel of journalists joins guest host Susan Page for analysis of the week's top international news stories.*TRNN | Former regulator Bill Black and Public Banking Institute founder Ellen Brown say: Can Clinton Be Trusted to Regulate the Industry That Made Her Wealthy? (01/21/16) [18:38]
*TRNN | Bilal Ahmed of Souciant.com says: Who is Really Ruling Saudi Arabia? (01/21/16) [10:53]
*TYT | 2015 Was The Hottest Year In Recorded History (01/21/16) [8:01]
RT | CrossTalk: Syria's Moment (01/22/16) [24:23]
RT | Keiser Report: Whiny Ragequitting (E865) (01/22/16) [25:32]
RoF | Ignore The Naysayers -- Single Payer Healthcare Is A Great Idea (01/22/16) [3:42]
Major Winter Storm Could Cripple Parts Of Mid-Atlantic
As people in the South and East readied themselves for a nor'easter that might bring heavy snowfall by week's end, snow fell on much of Kentucky and Tennessee and contributed to at least one traffic-related death Wednesday.
The National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center warns of heavy, "perhaps crippling" snow across the northern mid-Atlantic region, including Baltimore, Washington and Philadelphia, probably beginning Friday. ... Read more
This global wealth study will make you weep: The most disturbing findings from Oxfam's latest report
You may have seen the headlines from Davos, Switzerland, where Oxfam's latest global inequality report found the world's richest 62 billionaires have as much wealth as the poorest 3.6 billion people. But what's most shocking is not what is happening at the top of the economic ladder, but at the bottom.
“The gap between rich and poor is reaching new extremes," Oxfam said."The richest 1 percent have now accumulated more wealth than the rest of the world put together... Meanwhile, the wealth owned by the bottom half of humanity has fallen by a trillion dollars in the past five years."
“The wealth of the richest 62 people has risen by 44 percent in the five years since 2010 -- that's an increase of more than half a trillion dollars ($542 billion), to $1.76 trillion," Oxfam noted."Meanwhile, the wealth of the bottom half fell by just over a trillion dollars in the same period -- a drop of 41 percent. Since the turn of the century, the poorest half of the world's population has received just 1 percent of the total increase in global wealth, while half of that increase has gone to the top 1 percent." ... Read more
Elected officials should serve the public interest, not private interests.
6 Years of Citizens United
Six years ago today, the Supreme Court issued its ruling in Citizens United vs. FEC. It is not a happy anniversary. I remember waiting for the ruling and opening it up on my computer: when I finally read it, I didn't want to believe that the Court had gone as far as it had and been so careless with our democracy.
Citizens United was bad history, bad logic, bad law. It was a major overreach on the part of the Court (the issue hadn't even been raised initially). In his majority decision that day, Justice Kennedy allowed billionaires and big corporations to spend limitless amounts of money to influence politicians. His description of politics was pretty out of touch. Basically, the Court held that unless there is an explicit, open deal -- "here's $5 million for a vote against banking reform" -- there's no corruption. Nobody with any common sense thinks that huge corporate expenditures don't corrupt politics, but the Court left common sense behind that day. ... Read more
Corporations aren't people and SuperPAC money isn't protected speech.
Russian Ruble Crashes To Record Lows In "Panic": "Some Investors Are Selling At Any Price"
“It's falling faster than any other currency as we see panic selling in the ruble after it breached the 80 per USD level. Some investors are selling at any price," ... Read more
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, January 21 [9:17]
*DN | The 1% Economy: The World's Richest 62 People Now Have as Much as Poorest 3.6 Billion (01/21/16) [6:36]
DN | British Lawmakers Debate Banning "Fool," "Buffoon" Donald Trump over Anti-Muslim Views (01/21/16) [1:18]
DN | Detroit Rocked by Teachers' "Sickout" Protesting Dire Conditions Under Emergency Management (01/21/16) [9:23]
DN | Detroit Student: "I Want to Be Able to Go to School Without Worrying About Being Bitten by Mice" (01/21/16) [8:46]
DN | Pakistan Mourns New Taliban School Massacre in Latest Blowback from Internal Conflict, Afghan War (01/21/16) [19:37 ]
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert*Stephen Cobert | The Original Material Girl Is Back (01/21/16) [7:11]
Stephen Cobert | It Was A May-To-December Bromance, but Ted Cruz is a MasterDebater! (01/16/16) [1:58]
*DR | New Efforts To Address America's Growing Addiction Crisis (01/21/16) [1hr]
Tens of thousands of Americans are dying each year from overdoses from prescription pain killers and heroin. We discuss new local, state and federal efforts to stem the epidemic.TYT | Anti-Muslim Stalker Pleads Fox News (01/20/16) [8:22]
*RT | Ruins & Rubble: Hazy prospects for rebuilding Homs, Syria (01/21/16) [3:52]
RT | On the brink: Decision-makers flock to Davos to save global economy (01/20/16) [2:33]
RoF | The Underhanded Way Corporations Steal From You (01/20/16) [9:45]
ThomHartmann | Hillary's Most Disingenuous Attack On Bernie Yet (full) (01/20/16) [57:27]
*Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right by Jane Mayer
Why is America living in an age of profound economic inequality? Why, despite the desperate need to address climate change, have even modest environmental efforts been defeated again and again? Why have protections for employees been decimated? Why do hedge-fund billionaires pay a far lower tax rate than middle-class workers?
The conventional answer is that a popular uprising against "big government" led to the ascendancy of a broad-based conservative movement. But as Jane Mayer shows in this powerful, meticulously reported history, a network of exceedingly wealthy people with extreme libertarian views bankrolled a systematic, step-by-step plan to fundamentally alter the American political system.
The network has brought together some of the richest people on the planet. Their core beliefs--that taxes are a form of tyranny; that government oversight of business is an assault on freedom--are sincerely held. But these beliefs also advance their personal and corporate interests: Many of their companies have run afoul of federal pollution, worker safety, securities, and tax laws.
The chief figures in the network are Charles and David Koch, whose father made his fortune in part by building oil refineries in Stalin's Russia and Hitler's Germany. The patriarch later was a founding member of the John Birch Society, whose politics were so radical it believed Dwight Eisenhower was a communist. The brothers were schooled in a political philosophy that asserted the only role of government is to provide security and to enforce property rights.
When libertarian ideas proved decidedly unpopular with voters, the Koch brothers and their allies chose another path. If they pooled their vast resources, they could fund an interlocking array of organizations that could work in tandem to influence and ultimately control academic institutions, think tanks, the courts, statehouses, Congress, and, they hoped, the presidency. Richard Mellon Scaife, the mercurial heir to banking and oil fortunes, had the brilliant insight that most of their political activities could be written off as tax-deductible "philanthropy."
These organizations were given innocuous names such as Americans for Prosperity. Funding sources were hidden whenever possible. This process reached its apotheosis with the allegedly populist Tea Party movement, abetted mightily by the Citizens United decision--a case conceived of by legal advocates funded by the network.
The political operatives the network employs are disciplined, smart, and at times ruthless. Mayer documents instances in which people affiliated with these groups hired private detectives to impugn whistle-blowers, journalists, and even government investigators. And their efforts have been remarkably successful. Libertarian views on taxes and regulation, once far outside the mainstream and still rejected by most Americans, are ascendant in the majority of state governments, the Supreme Court, and Congress. Meaningful environmental, labor, finance, and tax reforms have been stymied.
Jane Mayer spent five years conducting hundreds of interviews-including with several sources within the network-and scoured public records, private papers, and court proceedings in reporting this book. In a taut and utterly convincing narrative, she traces the byzantine trail of the billions of dollars spent by the network and provides vivid portraits of the colorful figures behind the new American oligarchy. Dark Money is a book that must be read by anyone who cares about the future of American democracy.
Of Course Sarah Palin Endorsed Donald Trump
Former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin endorsed Donald Trump for president while in Iowa on Tuesday.
"You are ready to make America great again!" she told a beaming Trump.
Palin rallied supporters, telling them that he would "kick ISIS' ass" and not "apologize" for America.
"He's going rogue left and right," she said. "That's why he's doing so well." ... Read moreSarah Palin Endorses Donald Trump (01/19/16) [20:44]
How Sarah Palin paved the way for Donald Trump's noxious populism
These two political hucksters have managed to combine celebrity and xenophobia into a new breed of conservativism
... The only other candidate who got any airtime yesterday was poor Ted Cruz who was obviously personally devastated by Palin's defection, apparently never having noticed before that she is a political celebrity not a serious person devoted to the conservative cause. After all the time they spent together campaigning during his Senate run in 2012, you'd think he'd have some sense of her true character. After all, what does Cruz have to offer Palin? Trump has billions of dollars and major media mojo. Of course she would jump at the chance to guest on his hit show. ... Read more
12 Things Sarah Palin Just Said, In What We Can Only Assume Is Real Life
We keep pinching ourselves and it's not working.
Former Alaska governor and onetime GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin appeared alongside Donald Trump on Tuesday at an Iowa campaign event, just hours after officially endorsing the billionaire real estate mogul for president. She had a lot to say, so we'll just go ahead and let it speak for itself. ... Read more
Oceans Will Contain More Plastic Than Fish By 2050.
The 21st Century: An Era Of Fraud
In "freedom and democracy" America, the government and the economy serve interests totally removed from the interests of the American people. The sellout of the American people is protected by a huge canopy of propaganda provided by free market economists and financial presstitutes paid to lie for their living. It is unclear that the US economy can be revived. When America fails, so will Washington's vassal states in Europe, Canada, Australia, and Japan. ... Read more
Russian airstrikes are working in Syria -- enough to put peace talks in doubt
Russia's military intervention in Syria is finally generating gains on the ground for Syrian government forces, tilting the battlefield in favor of President Bashar al-Assad to such an extent that the Obama administration's quest for a negotiated settlement to the war suddenly looks a lot less likely to succeed.
But after 3½ months of relentless airstrikes that have mostly targeted the Western-backed opposition to Assad's rule, they have proved sufficient to push beyond doubt any likelihood that Assad will be removed from power by the nearly five-year-old revolt against his rule. The gains on the ground are also calling into question whether there can be meaningful negotiations to end a conflict Assad and his allies now seem convinced they can win. ... Read more
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, January 20 [10:41]
*DN | How the Kochs Tried (and Failed) to Discredit Reporter Jane Mayer After She Exposed their Empire (01/20/16) [5:41]
*DN | The Kochs & the Nazis: Book Reveals Billionaires' Father Built Key Oil Refinery for the Third Reich (01/20/16) [9:31] *DN | Part 1: Dark Money: Jane Mayer on How Koch Bros. & Billionaire Allies Funded Rise of the Far Right (01/20/16) [3:18], Part 2 [16:29], Part 3 [9:37]*DR | The Latest On The Flint, Michigan, Water Crisis (01/20/16) [1hr]
DR | The Evolution and Future of American Conservatism (01/20/16) [1hr]
*TRNN | Phyllis Bennis says lifting of sanctions will be significant for the Iranian people and will mean a reintegration of Iran into the world economy (01/20/16) [11:22]
*TRNN | Truthout's Dahr Jamail reveals: Navy Schedules War Games in Washington State With No Public Disclosure (01/20/16) [7:11]
TRNN | Gareth Porter says: Democratic Primary Candidates Define Their Foreign Policy (01/20/16) [10:19]
TYT | What Country Gets Nearly Half Of Its Electricity From Wind? (01/19/16) [1:55]
*TYT | The Rich Took All The Money. Only Taxes Can Take It Back. (01/19/16) [8:42]
TYT | Sarah Palin Endorses Donald Trump (01/19/16) [6:43]
*RT | Keiser Report: Pathogenic Finance (E864) (01/20/16) [25:36]
*RT | CrossTalk: Neocon revenge? (01/20/16) [24:11]
The "Bayghazi" bust: Michael Bay's new movie is a crass exploitation of Benghazi politics
"13 Hours," Michael Bay's near-unwatchable Benghazi film, is a gross sop to right-wing conspiracy theorism
Making a movie about Benghazi is a difficult task. There's a phenomenally interesting story to be told about the deadly 2012 assault on the diplomatic outpost that captures the drama of the attack itself alongside the complicated politics of post-revolution Libya, the idealistic motivations of the diplomatic personnel who got caught up in the tragedy, and the clandestine machinations of American intelligence services on the ground. Telling that story would be a monumental challenge, requiring a filmmaker with a gift for subtlety, a talent for weaving complex stories together, and a sophisticated understanding of the raw politics that still envelop Benghazi like so much concertina wire. But we didn't get any of that. Instead, we get Bayhem. ...
The Fog Of War Collides With The Fog Of Michael Bay In '13 Hours'
Study: Man-Made Heat In Oceans Is Surging, Has Doubled Since 1997
Scientists have long known that more than 90 percent of the heat energy from man-made global warming goes into the world's oceans instead of the ground. And they've seen ocean heat content rise in recent years. But the new study, using ocean-observing data that goes back to the British research ship Challenger in the 1870s and including high-tech modern underwater monitors and computer models, tracked how much man-made heat has been buried in the oceans in the past 150 years.
The world's oceans absorbed approximately 150 zettajoules of energy from 1865 to 1997, and then absorbed about another 150 in the next 18 years, according to a study published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change.
To put that in perspective, if you exploded one atomic bomb the size of the one that dropped on Hiroshima every second for a year, the total energy released would be 2 zettajoules. So since 1997, Earth's oceans have absorbed man-made heat energy equivalent to a Hiroshima-style bomb being exploded every second for 75 straight years. ... Read moreWhat the world would look like if countries were the size of their stock markets
So here's a pretty awesome map from Bank of America Merrill Lynch's Chief Investment Strategist Michael Hartnett that shows the world according to free-float equity market capitalization in billions of dollars measured by the MSCI.
The US, with a market cap of $19.8 trillion, is the biggest and represents 52% of the world's market cap. Japan is in second place at $3 trillion, followed by the UK at $2.7 trillion, and then France at $1.3 trillion.
Notably, Hong Kong's market cap is nearly the same size of China (both of which are significantly smaller than countries like the US and Japan).
Meanwhile, Russia, which has a bigger surface area than Pluto, is about the same size as Finland in terms of market cap.
How Corporations and Politicians Use Numbers to Lie -- and How Not to Be Fooled
The pharmaceutical business, no surprise, is a big numbers abuser. How many advertisements have we seen touting the wonders of a particular drug? "Lowers risk of heart attack by 50 percent!" ...
... Politicians and their marketers have learned their business lessons well when it comes to using numbers to strike fear in the populace and sway opinion. ...
Examples:Center for Media Studies in 2013 came to the conclusion that Republicans lie three times more than Democrats. And a favorite method of political lying is the misstatement of numbers. Politicians and industry and charlatans get away with it because numbers sound impressive to people who don't understand them, and this includes the mainstream media that reports the numbers without challenge, as if they were fact. Read more
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, January 19 [9:32]
DN | Former U.S. Captive in Iran Hails Prisoner Exchange Just as Nuclear Deal Eases Crippling Sanctions (01/19/16) [6:17]
DN | Shane Bauer, Former US Prisoner in Iran, Spars with Hillary Clinton over Her Call for New Sanctions (01/19/16) [10:46]
DN | Clinton vs. Sanders, Who Do Progressives Choose? As Race Heats Up, 2 Socialist Feminists Debate (01/19/16) [12:40]
DN | Is It Fair to Raise Rape & Harassment Allegations Against Bill Clinton in Hillary's 2016 Campaign? (01/19/16) [6:31]
DN | Photographing Drone War Protest Lands Peace Activist, Grandmother 6 Months in Prison (01/19/16) [5:05 ]
CBS 60 Minutes60 Minutes | Road to Syria, Life After Death Row, Hamilton (01/10/16) [43:34] *DR | Analysis Of The Last Democratic Presidential Debate Before Iowa And New Hampshire (01/19/16) [1hr]
Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley face off in another Democratic presidential debate. It's the last one before the Iowa Caucuses and New Hampshire primary. Debate analysis and commentary.*DR | Former Senators Trent Lott and Tom Daschle: "Crisis Point" (01/19/16) [1:00:18]
Former Senate leaders Republican Trent Lott and Democrat Tom Daschle say political polarization has become a national crisis. The former senators on how to change Washington's political culture.TRNN | The Empire Files: The Tyranny of Big Oil (01/18/16) [28:25]
Note: the show starts at 1inch on the progressbar (9 minutes).
Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley face off in another Democratic presidential debate. It's the last one before the Iowa Caucuses and New Hampshire primary. Debate analysis and commentary.TRNN | PERI's Economics Chair Michael Ash breaks down which companies ranked as top emitters of greenhouse gases and what this means for the future of climate change policy (01/18/16) [7:04]
Former Senate leaders Republican Trent Lott and Democrat Tom Daschle say political polarization has become a national crisis. The former senators on how to change Washington's political culture.TYT | Trump Blames Ted Cruz For Obamacare (01/18/16) [7:15]
ThomHartmann | Would Anyone Steal An Election? (01/18/16) [10:03]
HILLARY: IT'S ME OR THE GOP
With two weeks to go before Iowa's caucuses, the former secretary of state offered several closing arguments:
*TYT | Democratic Debate | NBC News & YouTube: The Young Turks Summary (01/17/16) [16:57]
TYT | Democratic Debate | NBC News & YouTube: Biggest Winner (01/17/16) [4:57]
TYT | Democratic Debate | NBC News & YouTube: Biggest Loser (01/17/16) [4:52]
And then there is this guy!
Cruz Commander (current) [0:56]
The World's Richest 62 People Have As Much Wealth As The Poorest 3.5 Billion.
'The Big Short': A Tale of Stupidity, Greed, and Corruption
I saw the movie last night. It's a great flick. If anyone doubted that it was possible to make a humorous entertaining film about credit default swaps and collaterized debt obligations, The Big Short is the definitive answer to the question. But now let's get to the substance.
Not surprisingly, the movie is prompting another round of revisionist accounts of the housing bubble. If you had not already guessed, the movie's account is one in which the Wall Street boys ran wild and ended up drowning the country and themselves in their own greed. Fortunately for the bankers, they could turn to the government for help. The rest of the country wasn't quite as lucky. ...
... What ultimately convinced me there was a bubble was testimony from Alan Greenspan in which he explained why there was not a bubble. None of what he said made any sense. Therefore I became convinced there was in fact a bubble since the Chair of the Fed could find no remotely plausible explanation in the fundamentals to justify the run-up in house prices. ...
Stock Prices Plunge In Unprecedented Two-Week Slide
Stock prices plunged again Friday and are down more than 8 percent in just two weeks, an unprecedented slide for a start of a year.
The vicious drops feel even more unsettling because they're such a departure from the placid and strong returns that investors had been enjoying for years. Like vacationers returning from a warm beach to a slushy commute to work, the shock of change is making something already painful even more so. ... Read more
Who's coming to Davos 2016?
Over 40 heads of state and government, as well as 2,500 leaders from business and society will convene at the 46th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, from 20 to 23 January in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, under the theme, Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Critical current challenges, such as security, climate change and "new normal" global growth and commodity prices, are among the issues on the agenda.
DN | Newly Discovered 1964 MLK Speech on Civil Rights, Segregation, Apartheid South Africa, Part 1 (01/18/16) [18:48],
Part 2 [14:20],
Part 3 [22:16]
Noam ChomskyNoam Chomsky: Media, NATO, ISIS, Free Trade Agreements & Humanity (2015) [22:13]
Bernie Sanders30 Years of Speeches by #BernieSanders () [8:58]
Amazing Bernie Sanders ROCKS The Stage - Iowa 2016 Brown & Black Democratic Presidential Forum (01/11/16) [32:28]
Bernie Sanders Speech at SCDP Charleston (01/16/16) [31:03]
*DR | Joseph Stiglitz: "The Great Divide" (Redo) (01/18/16) [1hr]
In his recent book, the Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz describes why he sees America as becoming the most unequal advanced country in the world.*TRNN | Economist Heiner Flassbeck discusses: Wage Pressures, Falling Commodity Prices Spell Trouble for the Global Economy (01/15/16) [14:36]
TRNN | California Methane Leak One of the Worst Climate Disasters in US History, Part 2 (01/18/16) [11:23]
TYT | Democratic Debate | Police Take Surveillance To A WHOLE New Level (01/17/16) [5:51]
*TYT | Hitler Kickstarted The Koch Empire. Also Stalin. (01/16/16) [14:21]
*TYT | Billionaires Puzzled Super-PACs Underperforming. (01/16/16) [9:41]
RT | Keiser Report:Class, Financial Warfare (E863) (01/16/16) [24:56]
RT | CrossTalk: Offensive propaganda (01/18/16) [24:04]
Economists Agree: Bernie Is Right, Break Up The Banks! (01/15/16) [3:33]
Trump More than Doubles National Lead (full) (01/15/16) [57:18]
*MSNBC | Bernie Sanders Responds To Chelsea Clinton (01/13/16) [10:55]