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How Billionaires Like the Koch Brothers, Sheldon Adelson and Sam Walton Are Destroying America
George Baer was a railroad and coal mining magnate at the turn of the twentieth century. Amid a violent and protracted strike that shut down much of the country's anthracite coal industry, Baer defied President Teddy Roosevelt's appeal to arbitrate the issues at stake, saying, "The rights and interests of the laboring man will be protected and cared for... not by the labor agitators, but by the Christian men of property to whom God has given control of the property rights of the country." To the Anthracite Coal Commission investigating the uproar, Baer insisted, "These men don't suffer. Why hell, half of them don't even speak English."
We might call that adopting the imperial position. Titans of industry and finance back then often assumed that they had the right to supersede the law and tutor the rest of America on how best to order its affairs. They liked to play God. It's a habit that's returned with a vengeance in our own time.
The Koch brothers are only the most conspicuous among a whole tribe of "self-made" billionaires who imagine themselves architects or master builders of a revamped, rehabilitated America. The resurgence of what might be called dynastic or family capitalism, as opposed to the more impersonal managerial capitalism many of us grew up with, is changing the nation's political chemistry. ... Read more
How to Build a Green Economy Without Sacrificing Jobs
Here is the fundamental challenge we confront with climate change. As of 2010, total annual greenhouse gas emissions were at 45 billion metric tons of mostly carbon dioxide (CO2), along with smaller amounts of methane, nitrous oxide and other gases. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) estimates that to stabilize the global average temperature at its current level of around 60.3° Fahrenheit, which is 3.6° above the pre-industrial average of 56.7°, total emissions will need to fall by 40 percent by 2030, to 27 billion metric tons annually, and by 80 percent in 2050, to about 9 billion metric tons.
We are not on track to meet these goals. As long as global economic growth proceeds along roughly the trajectory it has taken over the past century, and especially the past fifty years, global emissions will not fall at all, but rather will rise over time as more and more fossil fuels -- oil, coal and natural gas -- are burned to meet increasing demands for energy. The greenhouse gas emissions generated by burning fossil fuels account for nearly 80 percent of all emissions. ... Read more
How Hillary Clinton's State Department Sold Fracking to the World
One icy morning in February 2012, Hillary Clinton's plane touched down in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia, which was just digging out from a fierce blizzard. Wrapped in a thick coat, the secretary of state descended the stairs to the snow-covered tarmac, where she and her aides piled into a motorcade bound for the presidential palace. That afternoon, they huddled with Bulgarian leaders, including Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, discussing everything from Syria's bloody civil war to their joint search for loose nukes. But the focus of the talks was fracking. The previous year, Bulgaria had signed a five-year, $68 million deal, granting US oil giant Chevron millions of acres in shale gas concessions. Bulgarians were outraged. Shortly before Clinton arrived, tens of thousands of protesters poured into the streets carrying placards that read "Stop fracking with our water" and "Chevron go home." Bulgaria's parliament responded by voting overwhelmingly for a fracking moratorium. Clinton urged Bulgarian officials to give fracking another chance. ... Read more
Transnational Corporations (TNCs) , capitalist network that runs the world
AS PROTESTS against financial power sweep the world this week, science may have confirmed the protesters' worst fears. An analysis of the relationships between 43,000 transnational corporations has identified a relatively small group of companies, mainly banks, with disproportionate power over the global economy. ...
... The idea that a few bankers control a large chunk of the global economy might not seem like news to New York's Occupy Wall Street movement and protesters elsewhere (see photo). But the study, by a trio of complex systems theorists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, is the first to go beyond ideology to empirically identify such a network of power. It combines the mathematics long used to model natural systems with comprehensive corporate data to map ownership among the world's transnational corporations (TNCs). ... Read more
The top 50 of the 147 superconnected companiesThe network of global corporate control
Ran out of time, will continue Monday.
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, September 12 [11:01]
*DN | "Insanity": CodePink's Medea Benjamin on Obama Plan to Bomb Syria, Expand Iraq Attacks (09/12/14) [8:32]
*DN | James Foley on the Dehumanization of War: Acclaimed Filmmaker Haskell Wexler Shares 2012 Interview (09/12/14) [20:02]
*DN | The Untold Story of the Shejaiya Massacre in Gaza: A Former Israel Soldier Speaks Out (09/12/14) [14:51]
*Bill Moyers | Climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe talks: Climate Change: Faith and Fact. (09/12/14) [25:15]
Environment*Showtime | Years of Living Dangerously Premiere, Ep1 (full) [59:11]
Peter Hadfield : The Real Consequences of Climate Change (05/30/14) [18:53]
Michael Mann: The irreversible impacts from Climate Change (03/25/14) [11:53]
Yale | Scientists Document Terrifying Greenland Ice Loss (09/12/14) [6:56]
John Perkins : Confessions of an Econmic Hitman () [2:07]
*TRNN | U.S. Intelligence Official: No Evidence ISIL Is Planning Imminent Attack on America1 (09/12/14) [6:48]
Obama's plan to support the Shi'a and Kurds in Iraq could worsen sectarianism fighting, and a new report says arms sent to moderate Syrian rebels have ended up in ISIS's hands.*TRNN | The Bennis Plan: Here is a Real Strategy for Dealing with ISIS (09/12/14) [15:36]
TRNN | Michael Ratner Report:: The Barbaric World that the United States has Shaped Since 9-11 (09/11/14) [12:11]
TYT | Obama Rallies America To War & Why ISIS Should Be Thrilled (09/11/14) [15:27]
TYT | GOP Hot Shots Distort, Lie & Spread A Slimy New Anti-Obama Talking Point (09/11/14) [7:58]
TYT | ISIS Is Not A Threat To America (But They Soon Will Be) (09/11/14) [7:21]
InequalityClick to zoom - for Infographics
Now I remember why I don't shop at Walmart.
News ArticlesPresident Obama speech on ISIS ISIL - Barack Obama Address US War strategy fight ISIL (09/10/2014) [9:06]
Obama's Broad Coalition Cracks - UK, Germany Won't Support Airstrikes In Syria
Well that didn't take long. After espousing his strategy last night of leading a broad coalition against ISIS, it appears President Obama's "allies" are backing away from the plan. As The WSJ reports, Germany and the U.K. on Thursday ruled out carrying out air strikes on Islamic State militants in Syria. It appears the Europeans, realizing the ire that these actions will likely cause to Putin, are stepping back - "We haven't been asked, nor will we do it," German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told reporters and his U.K. counterpart Philip Hammond explicitly ruled out air strikes in Syria, after the U.K. parliament struck down such a move last year. So that leaves the French? ... Read more
OH My God, what is the world coming to?
Boyack, 91, left, and Dubes, 90, tied the knot Sept. 6 in Iowa.
How can these women corrupt our children?
Obama's Former Chief Economist Calls For An End To US Dollar Reserve Status
There are few truisms about the world economy, but for decades, one has been the role of the United States dollar as the world's reserve currency. It's a core principle of American economic policy. After all, who wouldn't want their currency to be the one that foreign banks and governments want to hold in reserve? ... Read more
What Petrodollar: Russia, China To Create SWIFT Alternative
According to Itar-Tass, Russia and China are discussing setting up a system of interbank transactions which will become an analogue to International banking transaction system SWIFT, First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov told PRIME on Wednesday after negotiations in Beijing. "Yes, we have discussed and we have approved this idea," he said. ... Read more
Fed's rate guidance on chopping block, new exit plan nears
The U.S. Federal Reserve is facing perhaps its most pivotal meeting of the year next week, as it debates a potential overhaul of its guidance on interest rates and seeks to nail down a plan for exiting its extraordinarily easy monetary policy.
It remains to be seen whether decisions will be taken on either, but it is clear that details on a so-called exit plan are nearly complete, while discomfort is growing internally over a pledge to keep rates near zero for a "considerable time. ... Read moreHow IS Is Organized (09/11/14) [3:19]
Syrian Rebel Vetting Questionaire
Welcome to the United States' Moderate Syrian Rebel Vetting Process. To see if you qualify for $500 million in American weapons, please choose an answer to the following questions:
As a Syrian rebel, I think the word or phrase that best describes me is:
B) Very moderate
C) Crazy moderate
I became a Syrian rebel because I believe in:
C) The American Way
D) Creating an Islamic caliphate
If I were given a highly lethal automatic weapon by the United States, I would:
A) Only kill exactly the people that the United States wanted me to kill
B) Try to kill the right people, with the caveat that I have never used an automatic weapon before
C) Kill people only after submitting them to a rigorous vetting process
D) Immediately let the weapon fall into the wrong hands
I have previously received weapons from:
A) Al Qaeda
B) The Taliban
C) North Korea
D) I did not receive weapons from any of them because after they vetted me I was deemed way too moderate
I consider ISIS:
A) An existential threat to Iraq
B) An existential threat to Syria
C) An existential threat to Iraq and Syria
D) The people who will pick up my American weapon after I drop it and run away
Complete the following sentence. "American weapons are…"
A) Always a good thing to randomly add to any international hot spot
B) Exactly what this raging civil war has been missing for the past three years
C) Best when used moderately
D) Super easy to resell online
Thank you for completing the Moderate Syrian Rebel Application Form. We will process your application in the next one to two business days. Please indicate a current mailing address where you would like your weapons to be sent. If there is no one to sign for them we will leave them outside the front door.
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, September 11 [9:48]
*DN | Obama Vows to Destroy Islamic State, But Expanded Strikes in Syria & Iraq Point to "Endless War" (09/11/14) [10:48]
Environment - Climate Change*Time history of atmospheric carbon dioxide, by CIRES & NOAA (current) [1:31]
*TRNN | Vijay Prashad says: American Bombs Will Not Defeat ISIS (09/10/14) [18:50]
Vijay Prashad says the Saudis and Iran must be part of a regional solution that includes ending support for jihadists in Syria; the solution will not come from the US military.TYT | Media Practically BEGGING For War (09/10/14) [12:03]
TYT | George W. Bush Lives Through Obama's War-Making (09/10/14) [8:58]
TYT | Hillary Clinton Wants War, Lots Of It & That's Why She's Running (09/10/14) [6:08]
TYT | The Terrifying Possibility Of A Saudi Arabia-ISIS Merger (09/06/14) [6:44]
TYT | ISIS Ranks Include 100 Americans Says Secretary Of Defense (09/06/14) [2:52]
TYT | Super Wealthy Spread Money, Politicians Spread Ass Cheeks (09/06/14) [8:22]
TYT | Cantor's Wall Street Bribe Is Hardly Anything, Say Corruption Defenders (09/06/14) [4:32]
Ring of FireTYT | GOP Boys Club Doesn't Understand Women (09/10/14) [6:06]
National Debt (and the interest) con't
What happens to the interest if interest rates go up, double or triple?? Our interest payment will be in the trillions!
CorporatocracyClick to zoom - for bigger image
DOD (Department of Defense)Donald Rumsfeld Admits Day before 911 "2.3 TRillion Dollars Missing from DOD" () [3:57]
*Daily Ticker | Find the $8.5 Trillion the Pentagon Can't Account For Click to zoom - for bigger image
*BraveNewFilms | F35, The jet that ate the Pentagon (older, but good 02/03/14) [8:18]
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Murky Special OPS Have Become Corporate Bonanza
The U.S. government is paying private contractors billions of dollars to support secretive military units with drones, surveillance technology, and “psychological operations,” according to new research. ...
... Researcher Crofton Black, who also works as an investigator for human rights group Reprieve, was able to dig through the troves of data and identify the beneficiaries of almost $13 billion worth of spending by USSOCOM over the five-year period. He found that more than 3,000 companies had provided services that included aiding remotely piloted drone operations in Afghanistan and the Philippines, helping to conduct surveillance of targets, interrogating prisoners, and launching apparent propaganda campaigns. ...
A separate document related to the same contract noted that one purpose of the effort was to conduct “market research” of al-Qaida and its affiliates in Libya, Tunisia, Mali, Northern Nigeria, and Somalia. Four American companies eventually won the $1.5 billion contract: Tennessee-based Jacobs Technology and Virginia-based Booz Allen Hamilton, CACI-WGI, and SRA International.
Notably, while some 3,000 contractors provided service in some capacity to USSOCOM, just eight of the contractors earned more than 50 percent of the $13 billion total identified in Black’s report. Those were: Lockheed Martin, L-3 Communications, Boeing, Harris Corporation, Jacobs Engineering Group, MA Federal, Raytheon, and ITT Corporation.Read more
Iraq's Shi'ite militia, Kurds use U.S. air strikes to further own agendas
... The unlikely coalition of Kurdish peshmerga fighters, Shi'ite militias and the U.S. air force won a major victory when it broke a siege of the Shi’ite Turkman town of Amerli last week and drove Islamic State from 25 nearby Sunni towns and villages.
But the aftermath is far from what the Americans envisioned. Smoke now rises from those Sunni villages, where some houses have been torched by Shi'ite militia. Others are abandoned, the walls daubed with sectarian slogans. ... Read more
Mark Driscoll (pastor)
Mark A. Driscoll (born October 11, 1970) is an evangelical Christian pastor, author, and preaching pastor of Mars Hill Church, a megachurch in Seattle, Washington.
In 2011, Preaching magazine named Driscoll one of the 25 most influential [English-speaking] pastors of the past 25 years. His influence is polarizing; he is described in a profile by Salon as being the center of a cult of personality, and using controversy to increase his visibility. The New York Times Magazine called him "one of the most admired -- and reviled -- figures among evangelicals nationwide.
Mark Driscoll Ideas
The first thing to know about your penis is, that despite the way it may seem, it is not your penis. Ultimately, God created you and it is his penis. You are simply borrowing it for a while.
While His penis is on loan you must admit that it is sort of just hanging out there very lonely as if it needed a home, sort of like a man wandering the streets looking for a house to live in. Knowing that His penis would need a home, God created a woman to be your wife and when you marry her and look down you will notice that your wife is shaped differently than you and makes a very nice home.
Therefore, if you are single you must remember that your penis is homeless and needs a home. But, though you may believe your hand is shaped like a home, it is not. And, though women other than your wife may look like a home, to rest there would be breaking into another man's home. And, if you look at a man it is quite obvious that what a homeless man does not need is another man without a home.
Paul tells us that your penis actually belongs to your wife, and once you are married she will trade you it for her home (I Corinthians 7:4), and every man knows this is a very good trade for him to make.
With his penis, the man is supposed to learn to please his wife and learn how to be patient, self-controlled and be educated on how to keep his home happy and joyous (I Corinthians 7:3). The man should be aroused by his new home, and the wife should rejoice at seeing his penis rise to greet her (Song of Songs 5:14b).
Mark Driscoll proposes some new words
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, September 10 [11:45]
*DN | Internet Slowdown: Online Protest Warns Users of What's to Come if Net Neutrality Rules Redrawn (09/10/14) [7:15]
*TRNN | John a. powell explains: Federal Reserve Data Shows Growing Wealth Gap Based on Race (09/10/14) [17:07]
*TRNN | Professor Sabah Alnasseri: New Iraqi PM to Represent Status Quo as US Readies Fight against ISIS (09/10/14) [15:37]
TYT | War Is GREAT For Business (09/10/14) [7:10]
TYT | Bombing ISIS Has Unintended Consequences & They’re Horrifying (09/10/14) [7:31]
TYT | If Terrorists Were As Dangerous As Climate Change... (09/10/14) [3:24]
TYT | Bloodthirsty Conservatives’ ‘Boom Boom Boom’ Strategy On ISIS (09/10/14) [6:20]
RT*RT | John Pilger [interview 4:00 to 21:00]: Western media has ‘worthy victims and unworthy victims’ (09/02/14) [26:17]
My Quote of the Day
4 Time Bombs in our Economy today: 1) Derivatives, 2) National Debt (and the interst), 3) HFT (High Frequency Trading), 4) Naked Shorts
Photos Capture Amazon Tribe As They Beat And Strip Illegal Loggers
This is not a bad way of solving disputes. Maybe we should give Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld some sticks and let then chase after ISIS.Read more
Noam Chomsky: The Real Reason Israel "Mows the Lawn" in Gaza
Like other states, Israel pleads "security" as justification for its aggressive and violent actions. But knowledgeable Israelis know better.
On August 26th, Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) both accepted a ceasefire agreement after a 50-day Israeli assault on Gaza that left 2,100 Palestinians dead and vast landscapes of destruction behind. The agreement calls for an end to military action by both Israel and Hamas, as well as an easing of the Israeli siege that has strangled Gaza for many years.
This is, however, just the most recent of a series of ceasefire agreements reached after each of Israel's periodic escalations of its unremitting assault on Gaza. Throughout this period, the terms of these agreements remain essentially the same. The regular pattern is for Israel, then, to disregard whatever agreement is in place, while Hamas observes it -- as Israel has officially recognized -- until a sharp increase in Israeli violence elicits a Hamas response, followed by even fiercer brutality. These escalations, which amount to shooting fish in a pond, are called "mowing the lawn" in Israeli parlance. The most recent was more accurately described as "removing the topsoil" by a senior U.S. military officer, appalled by the practices of the self-described "most moral army in the world." ... Read more
Chomsky: U.S. Plunges the Cradle of Civilization into Disaster, While Its Oil-Based Empire Destroys the Earth's Climate.
Hustle and Flow: Here's Who Really Controls California's Water
"Water flows uphill towards money," a source told Marc Reisner in Cadillac Desert, the seminal book on California water politics. Today the complex web of political interests that Reisner detailed some 30 years ago has become even more arcane and intertwined. As California confronts its worst drought in years, these power brokers will largely determine who gets water, and who gets left high and dry:
DIANNE FEINSTEIN: The chair of the powerful energy and water panel of the Senate Appropriations Committee has a history of siding with the state's agricultural interests, which use 80 percent of the state's water. In a March email to two Cabinet secretaries, Feinstein joined Republicans in urging federal water officials to capture "the maximum amount of water" from the Sacramento San Joaquin River Delta for farmers. Two months later, she pushed a drought bill through the Senate by a unanimous vote, over the objections of environmentalists who said it would open the door to permanently increasing water allocations to farmers at the expense of endangered fish. Environmental groups "have never been helpful to me in producing good water policy," she later told the San Francisco Chronicle. She is now hammering out a compromise bill with House Republicans who want to do even more to gut endangered species laws. ... Read more
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, September 09 [7:29]
DN | The Climate Change Defense? Citing Global Warming, DA Drops Charges Against Anti-Coal Activists (09/09/14) [3:06]
John Oliver*HBO | Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Student Debt (09/07/14) [16:16]
BraveNewFilms - http://www.braveNewFilms.org/BraveNewFilms | Bad Paper (05/22/14) [7:26]
Marine Corps veteran Josh Christmon earned a Purple Heart from his service in Iraq, where a close encounter with a roadside explosion nearly killed him. He suffered back problems and leg injuries, along with many of the classic symptoms of PTSD.BraveNewFilms | CIA Director John Brennan Lies His Ass Off (08/19/14) [1:18]
Josh's bad dreams followed him back home. Alcohol seemed as good a way to forget as anything, so one night, he went out for drinks. He was also offered a joint. Josh took two puffs. A week later, he failed a random drug test at work, and days after that, he was less-than-honorably discharged from the Marine Corps, losing all of his veterans benefits, including his medical care.
Fortunately for Josh and other veterans, there are organizations like Swords to Plowshares (http://www.swords-to-plowshares.org/) that are fighting to restore their lost benefits, but it shouldn't be this way in the first place.
*BraveNewFilms | F35, The jet that ate the Pentagon (older, but good 02/03/14) [8:18]
At least $8 billion of the Pentagon's budget for 2015 is devoted to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Already on track to be the most expensive weapon system in history, the F-35 is becoming a black hole in the Pentagon budget.Click to zoom - for Infographics
Promising the sky: Pork Barrel Politics and the F-35 Combat Aircraft.pdf
F35 is a Bad Deal
TRNN | Michael Ratner: Will the Palestinian Authority join the ICC despite intimidation? (09/09/14) [15:17]
TRNN | Bill Black discusses the significance of a new lawsuit against Evans Bancorp that alleges the bank would not give loans to black neighborhoods (09/07/14) [6:26]
TRNN | Bill Black says Ecuador's plan is supposed to provide bank services to rural communities through mobile phones (09/08/14) [10:06]
Ring of FireRoF | Ring of Fire (full) (09/07/14) [57:00]
*RoF | Charter School Fraud Gone Wild (09/08/14) [9:21]
What Larry Summers Told Me
In early April, I got a call from the office of Larry Summers. I didn't know Larry well, but I'd met him a few times while he was president of Harvard in the early 2000s. According to reports, Larry had been Tim Geithner's mentor when they were both in the Treasury Department in the 1990s. Now Larry was the director of the National Economic Council, which meant that, along with Secretary Geithner, he advised President Obama on economic issues. Would I be interested in meeting him for dinner?
Sure, I replied. Larry's office suggested the Bombay Club, an Indian restaurant near the White House. Quiet and softly lit, it served Washington's power elite.
When Larry arrived for our dinner, he ordered a Diet Coke as soon as he sat down. He glanced at the menu, ordered quickly and soon the food started coming.
It was a long dinner, with plenty of intense back-and-forth about everything from the bailout, to deregulation, to the foreclosure crisis. I also talked to Larry about an idea I'd been working on for a new consumer financial agency and he seemed interested. We didn't agree on everything, but I give Larry full credit: I'll take honest conversation and debate any day of the week over the duck-and-cover stuff I so often saw in Washington that spring.
Late in the evening, Larry leaned back in his chair and offered me some advice. By now, I'd lost count of Larry's Diet Cokes, and our table was strewn with bits of food and spilled sauces. Larry's tone was in the friendly-advice category. He teed it up this way: I had a choice. I could be an insider or I could be an outsider. Outsiders can say whatever they want. But people on the inside don't listen to them. Insiders, however, get lots of access and a chance to push their ideas. People -- powerful people -- listen to what they have to say. But insiders also understand one unbreakable rule: They don't criticize other insiders. I had been warned. Read more
America's Wealth Gap 'Unsustainable' According To Harvard Study
The widening gap between America's wealthiest and its middle and lower classes is "unsustainable", but is unlikely to improve any time soon, according to a Harvard Business School study released on Monday.
... "Shortsighted executives may be satisfied with an American economy whose firms win in global markets without lifting U.S. living standards. But any leader with a long view understands that business has a profound stake in the prosperity of the average American," according to the report. ... Read more
The Highest-Paid Female CEO In America Was 'Born Male'. [NYMag, 09/10/14]
Futurist, pharma tycoon, satellite entrepreneur, philosopher. Martine Rothblatt, the highest-paid female executive in America, was born male. But that is far from the thing that defines her. Just ask her wife. Then ask the robot version of her wife.
The Expanding World of Poverty Capitalism
... In terms of food, housing and other essentials, the cost of being poor has always been exorbitant. Landlords, grocery stores and other commercial enterprises have all found ways to profit from those at the bottom of the ladder.
In addition to probation, municipal court systems are also turning collections over to a national network of companies like Sentinel that profit from service charges imposed on the men and women who are under court order to pay fees and fines, including traffic tickets (with the fees being sums tacked on by the court to fund administrative services).
When they cannot pay these assessed fees and fines -- plus collection charges imposed by the private companies -- offenders can be sent to jail. There are many documented cases in which courts have imprisoned those who failed to keep up with their combined fines, fees and service charges. ... Read more
4 Ways Greedy Capitalists Rig the System to Profit Off Our Misery
Self-indulgent capitalists have turned much of America against its own best interests by promoting a winner-take-all philosophy that reaps great rewards for a few people at the expense of everyone else. To the neoliberal, vital human needs like health and education are products to be bought and sold.Poverty Capitalism: The Free Market At Work
Neil Patrick Harris Marries David Burtka In Italy
Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka are married! Harris and Burtka wed in an intimate ceremony in front of family and friends in Italy on Saturday, Sept. 6, E! News confirmed. The couple wore Tom Ford tuxedos for the nuptials, which were officiated by "How I Met Your Mother" producer and director Pam Fryman. Elton John performed at the party. ... Read moreClick to zoom - for bigger image
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, September 08 [11:12]
*DN | "U.S. Militarism Brings Chaos": As Obama Plans a War on ISIS, a Call for a Middle East-Led Response (09/08/14) [17:15]
*DN | Think Tanks as Lobbyists: Exposé Shows U.S. Groups Receive Millions to Push Foreign Nations' Agendas (09/08/14) [13:03]
DN | Big Tobacco's Child Workers: Young Laborers Endure Health Risks, Harsh Conditions on U.S. Farms (09/08/14) [12:11]
*Bill Moyers | Senator Elizabeth Warren talks to Bill about taking on the entrenched political and Wall Street interests that have rigged the game against the rest of us. (08/05/14) [25:28]
Bill Moyers | Elizabeth Warren on Why "I'll Never Be an Insider" (09/05/14) [17:37]
This week, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) joined Bill to talk about the numerous problems plaguing the middle class and what Washington should be doing to help solve them. After taping the broadcast interview, the two kept talking and we kept rolling: as so often is the case, great moments are often captured when we least expect them. Here, Bill starts by asking Sen. Warren about her dinner with Larry Summers, who at the time was one of President Obama's top economic advisors and she was "raising a lot of trouble over how the money in the bailout was being spent." ...Bill Moyers | Elizabeth Warren (Basically) Predicts the Great Recession (interview 2004) (09/04/14) [14:29]
*PBS Frontline | Brookley Born: The Warning, Long before the economic meltdown, one woman tried to warn about the threat to the financial system (older, but good, 10/20/09) [56:07]
Brookley Born: Derivatives still a ticking time bomb! Sept 2011 () [11:42]
*TRNN | Gulf Restoration Network's Steve Murchie says: Better Oversight and Less Drilling Needed to Protect the Gulf (09/08/14) [10:03]
*TRNN | Greg Palast: US corporate media ignoring evidence of BP foreknowledge of problems that led to Gulf disaster (older, 2012) [13:04]
*TRNN | Greg Palast: Romney Made Multi-Millions in Detroit Bailout (older, but good, 2012) [11:19]
Greg Palast: Romney's "blind" trust and his allies made tens of millions in the GM/Chrysler bailout by purchasing a parts manufacturer and threatening to close down GM if not bought out at an inflated price.*TRNN | The Role of Russia and NATO in Ukraine's Civil War (09/08/14) [12:07], Part 2 [10:41]
Mountain Top Removal | Appalachia | Last Mountain
Comment: Mountain Top Removal -- what is it? As usual I have heard of it, but never knew what it ment. Listen to Robert Kennedy, Jr. and look at the documentary "The Last Mountain" to see why people are fighting the COAL companies.DN | Robert Kennedy, Jr & Bill Haney on "The Last Mountain" & Effort to Stop Mountaintop Removal. Part 1 (05/23/11) [12:58], Part 2 [12:58]
*The Last Mountain (2011) [1:35:09]
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.: Blowing the peaks off mountains to remove coal is one of America's hottest environmental flashpoints. (6/16/11) [1:08:29]
Blowing the peaks off mountains to remove coal is one of America's hottest environmental flashpoints. Now Kennedy is shining a light on mountain-top removal in Appalachia nearly four decades after his father campaigned against strip mining there. Kennedy and filmmaker Bill Haney traveled for several years to West Virginia and compiled nearly 500 hours of footage in the heart of coal country. They hope the resulting new documentary, The Last Mountain, will lead Americans to understand how they are connected to the lives and landscapes in the film. The federal government has gradually tightened restrictions on mountain-top removal, and there is essentially a national moratorium on building new coal power plants. But America is still largely a coal-fired nation, and Kennedy contends that there is a cleaner way to power our economy. Join us for an evening with one of America's most passionate environmentalists.
You Can't Understand ISIS If You Don't Know the History of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia
The dramatic arrival of Da'ish (ISIS) on the stage of Iraq has shocked many in the West. Many have been perplexed -- and horrified -- by its violence and its evident magnetism for Sunni youth. But more than this, they find Saudi Arabia's ambivalence in the face of this manifestation both troubling and inexplicable, wondering, "Don't the Saudis understand that ISIS threatens them, too?"
It appears -- even now -- that Saudi Arabia's ruling elite is divided. Some applaud that ISIS is fighting Iranian Shiite "fire" with Sunni "fire"; that a new Sunni state is taking shape at the very heart of what they regard as a historical Sunni patrimony; and they are drawn by Da'ish's strict Salafist ideology.
Other Saudis are more fearful, and recall the history of the revolt against Abd-al Aziz by the Wahhabist Ikhwan (Disclaimer: this Ikhwan has nothing to do with the Muslim Brotherhood Ikhwan -- please note, all further references hereafter are to the Wahhabist Ikhwan, and not to the Muslim Brotherhood Ikhwan), but which nearly imploded Wahhabism and the al-Saud in the late 1920s. ...
How People In The Middle East Are Making Fun Of ISIS [hp | 08/29/14]
In Lebanon, where IS also staged incursions in recent months, one news site published an Onion-style article joking the militants postponed its invasion because of Lebanon's complex political system. "We do not yet understand the Logic of Lebanon," a ISIS spokesman is quoted saying in the NOW News. “I mean... Who the f*** do we overthrow around here?”
Russia's Strategic Nuclear Forces To Hold Major Exercise This Month
The forces responsible for Russia's strategic nuclear arsenal will conduct major exercises this month involving more than 4,000 soldiers, the Defense Ministry said on Wednesday, in the latest sign of rising tension with NATO over the Ukraine crisis.
In an announcement a day before the start of a NATO summit in Wales, RIA news agency quoted the ministry as saying the exercises would take place in Altai in south-central Russia and would also include around 400 technical units and extensive use of air power. ...
This is getting scary when several news sources all talk about nuclear weapons on the same day... If you don't want to watch the whole DemocracyNow (DN) interview/video, jump to 15:30 (about 4/5 on the progressbar).*DN | Ukraine Ceasefire Takes Hold, but an Expanding NATO on Russia's Borders Raises Threat of Nuclear War (09/05/14) [19:20]
Henry Kissinger on the Assembly of a New World Order
The concept that has underpinned the modern geopolitical era is in crisis
Libya is in civil war, fundamentalist armies are building a self-declared caliphate across Syria and Iraq and Afghanistan's young democracy is on the verge of paralysis. To these troubles are added a resurgence of tensions with Russia and a relationship with China divided between pledges of cooperation and public recrimination. The concept of order that has underpinned the modern era is in crisis.
The search for world order has long been defined almost exclusively by the concepts of Western societies. In the decades following World War II, the U.S. -- strengthened in its economy and national confidence -- began to take up the torch of international leadership and ...
This is what Henry Kissinger's brand of Exceptionalism did to Laos, not to mention Cambodia or Veitnam.Watch the US Drop 2.5 Million Tons of Bombs on Laos The Trials of Henry Kissinger (old, but good) [1:19:41]
The Dark Side of Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger: Seymour Hersh Interview (1983) [58:24]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, September 05 [9:41]
*DN | Ukraine Ceasefire Takes Hold, but an Expanding NATO on Russia's Borders Raises Threat of Nuclear War (09/05/14) [19:20]
*DN | Profit over Safety: BP Faces Billions in Fines for "Grossly Negligent" Role in 2010 Gulf Oil Spill (09/05/14) [12:03]
DN | Hundreds Arrested as Growing Fast-Food Workers' Movement Strikes for Living Wage, Unionization (09/05/14) [12:04]
*TRNN | Professor Chris Williams argues: a massive re-structuring of economic activity is required to address the climate change crisis (09/05/14) [13:43]
TYT | Politician Warns Christians About Muslims, ALL Of Them (09/04/14) [11:22]
TYT | Joan Rivers Dead At 81 (09/04/14) [8:12]
TYT | Putin Takes His Nukes Out For A Spin (09/04/14) [3:31]
The forces responsible for Russia's strategic nuclear arsenal will conduct major exercises this month involving more than 4,000 soldiers, the Defense Ministry said on Wednesday, in the latest sign of rising tension with NATO over the Ukraine crisis.
In an announcement a day before the start of a NATO summit in Wales, RIA news agency quoted the ministry as saying the exercises would take place in Altai in south-central Russia and would also include around 400 technical units and extensive use of air power.
The agency quoted Dmitry Andreyev, a major in the strategic rocket forces, as saying troops would practice countering irregular units and high-precision weapons, and "conducting combat missions in conditions of active radio-electronic jamming and intensive enemy actions in areas of troop deployment.
American EmpireAE | American Empire Special Reports (preview) [3:14]
AE | Rage Against the Regime: the CIA, NGOs & Color Revolutions, Part 1 (07/05/14) [28:55]
ISIS | IS | WahhabismAE | The Rise of ISIS / ISIL In Iraq (older, 06/21/14) [18:03]
The Fall of Iraq - What You Aren't Being Told (older, 06/17/14) [13:16]
As The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS/ISIL) descend from Syria into the heart of Iraq, Avi Oren and American Empire take a look at the cause and effect of the once Al-Qaeda affiliated terrorist organization in this special report.
Who is ISIS? What is their ultimate goal and who is supporting the terrorist organization? Did the U.S. invasion of Iraq contribute to the rise of ISIS? How does the Syrian civil war impact the region and how do other Islamic groups view ISIS/ISIL?
EnergyMountain top Removal
Smithsonian | The Land of Mountaintop Removal (2013) [2:57]
"The Last Mountain" (official trailer) [2:28]
*The Last Mountain (2011) [1:35:09]
In the valleys of Appalachia, a battle is being fought over a mountain. It is a battle with severe consequences that affect every American, regardless of their social status, economic background or where they live. It is a battle that has taken many lives and continues to do so the longer it is waged. It is a battle over protecting our health and environment from the destructive power of Big Coal.Ranning late, will post all the articles and videos on Monday.
The mining and burning of coal is at the epicenter of America's struggle to balance its energy needs with environmental concerns. Nowhere is that concern greater than in Coal River Valley, West Virginia, where a small but passionate group of ordinary citizens are trying to stop Big Coal corporations, like Massey Energy, from continuing the devastating practice of Mountain Top Removal.
The citizens argue the practice of dynamiting the mountain's top off to mine the coal within pollutes the air and water, is responsible for the deaths of their neighbors and spreads pollution to other states. Yet, regardless of evidence supporting these claims, Big Coal corporations repeat the process daily in the name of profit. Massive profit allows Big Coal to wield incredible financial influence over lobbyists and government officials in both parties, rewrite environmental protection laws, avoid lawsuits and eliminate more than 40,000 mining jobs, all while claiming to be a miner's best friend. As our energy needs increase, so does Big Coal's control over our future. This fact and a belief that America was founded on the democratic principal that no individual or corporation owns the air and water and we all share the responsibility of protecting it, drives these patriotic citizens and their supporters from outside of Appalachia, like Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., to keep fighting.A passionate and personal tale that honors the extraordinary power of ordinary Americans when they fight for what they believe in, THE LAST MOUNTAIN shines a light on America's energy needs and how those needs are being supplied. It is a fight for our future that affects us all.
As the Obama administration weighs whether it should try to manage the Islamic State, destroy it or follow it to the "gates of Hell," endless news coverage and non-stop cable chatter have focused on the possibility of expanding the fight from Iraq to Syria.
Many have argued that President Barack Obama needs to go beyond air strikes against the Islamic State in Iraq -- there have been 124 strikes so far -- and begin targeting militants inside civil war-torn Syria. The notion that Obama isn't doing enough has been a common theme, regardless of party."I think it's time for him to say more and do more," former Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.) told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Tuesday. The next day, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) told Blitzer he agreed with Harman and expressed support for targeting the Islamic State within Syria. ... Read more
Guess Which One Isn't Allowed At Kroger
ISIS Terror - 44 Stories
EXCLUSIVE: American Extremist Reveals His Quest to Join ISIS
Just a few weeks ago a Catholic-born, American man -- a former military school student, special forces aspirant, law enforcement officer and bodybuilder -- set off on a path far from any he'd envisioned for himself as a kid in North Carolina: on the other side of the world, in Lebanon, he was trying to figure out how to get into Syria and join ISIS, the most radical, bloodthirsty terrorist group of our times. Don Morgan, 44, said he was answering a higher calling. ... Read more
NBC | How a North Carolina Native Ended Up on a Quest to Join ISIS (09/04/14) [4:57]
NBC | Where Did ISIS Come From? (09/03/14) [3:11]
Russia tries to buy some influence. [PublicIntegrity, 09/02]
Alexander Cohen at the Center for Public Integrity reports that "a Russian bank targeted with sanctions by President Obama over the Ukraine crisis, has hired two former U.S. senators to lobby against those sanctions." Gazprombank thinks former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS) and former Sen. John Breaux (D-LA) can sway their former colleagues to go easy on Russia, but given the chilly climate in US-Russian relations, that may be a tall order.
Clueless plutocrats[Bloomberg, 09/02/14]
Countrywide Financial -- and Bank of America, which picked up the pieces after Countrywide went belly up -- racked up more than $70 billion in fines for its subprime lending. But Bloomberg's Max Abelson reports that former Countrywide CEO Angelo Mozilo is "baffled" by the public's outrage. "No, no, no, we didn't do anything wrong," he insisted.
Sold out too low?[NewRepublic, 09/02/14]
TNR's Alec MacGillis thinks Eric Cantor, who took a cushy job at a Wall Street investment house this week, could have held out for a higher bidder given that no one "has made more of an effort over the years to endear himself to big financial employers than has Eric Cantor."
The Future of Guantánamo, or Who's Left??
... Taxpayers are spending about $443 million to operate the Guantánamo prison this year, or nearly $3 million for each of the 149 prisoners. Because many costs are fixed, once the low-level detainees are transferred, the per-inmate cost of housing the remaining ones at the remote naval base would soar even higher. By comparison, the federal Bureau of Prisons -- which imprisons many convicted terrorists -- spent $30,280 a year per maximum-security inmate in 2013. ... Read more
New Segment - What is wrong with these people??Right-Wing Rodeo - White Priviledge to Femi-Nazies & Obama is a Muslim (09/02/14) [2:58]
Rush Limbaugh: Trouble Started When Women Started Voting (07/06/12) [4:04]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, September 04 [10:10]
DN | A Victory over Justice System's Failure: Wrongly Convicted Brothers Freed After 31 Years in Prison (09/04/14) [12:52]
DN | New York Candidates Zephyr Teachout, Randy Credico, Tim Wu on Challenging Cuomo & Money in Politics (09/04/14) [19:07]
*TRNN | David Cay Johnston: Pillaging the Public Treasury, Part 4 (09/04/14) [17:00]
The other interviews segments*TRNN | Subhankar Banerjee: Polar Ice Caps Are Melting at a Much Faster Rate than the IPCC Predicted (09/04/14) [16:41]
TRNN | David Cay Johnston: The Deep State and the Power of Billionaires, Part 3 (09/03/14) [25:33]
TRNN | David Cay Johnston: 60's to 80's the Los Angeles police department made wide use of agents to undermine peaceful and legal opposition groups, Part 2 (09/02/14) [23:21]
TRNN | David Cay Johnston, a renowned investigative journalist, says he used to believe if you worked hard you would prosper, but now, there is a completely different environment, Part 1 (08/31/14) [14:12]
TRNN | Telesur's "The Global African: Climate Change in the Caribbean" (09/04/14) [25:08]
The Caribbean and its 40 million inhabitants face unprecedented vulnerability due to the phenomena that is climate change. This week on "The Global African," host Bill Fletcher, Jr. sits down with climate and development scientist Ramon Bueno and Caribbean climate change activists Stina Herberg and Empress Modupe Olufunmi-Jacobs to talk mitigation and the activism behind the threat.Bill Moyers | Elizabeth Warren on Fighting Back Against Wall St. Giants (preview) [0:34]
The Massachusetts senator talks to Bill about taking on the entrenched political and Wall Street interests that have rigged the game against the rest of us.*TYT | PLEASE Stop Giving Kids Guns (09/03/14) [6:42]
TYT | Duck Dynasty Star Solves ISIS On Hannity With Book (09/03/14) [4:09]
*TYT | Secret Tapes Reveal Koch Bros Master Plan To Minimize Wages & Maximize Profits (09/03/14) [12:46]
TYT | ISIS Provokes Panic, Fear, Anger & Threats But No Solutions (09/03/14) [10:14]
*TYT | Former Politicians's New Job Is Pure Corruption In Action (09/03/14) [7:21]
*TYT | Guantanamo Bay Cost Per Prisoner Is Beyond AMAZING (09/03/14) [4:58]
Eric Cantor To Join Investment Bank Moelis & Co. As Vice Chairman And Managing Director
Former U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor will join investment bank Moelis & Co as vice chairman and managing director, the company said, adding that Cantor will also be elected to its board. ...
... Cantor, the No.2 Republican in the House of Representatives, was beaten by college economics professor David Brat, who accused Cantor of betraying conservative principles on spending, debt and immigration. ... Read more
Thom Hartmann NewsThom Hartmann: The story of the 5 Kings who rule America (older) [9:39]
Thom Hartmann: How the Koch Brothers Rose to Power by Daniel Schulman (older) [9:25]
Thom Hartmann: Why Iraq is a Mess (older) [9:27]
Thom Hartmann debates John Guandolo, former FBI agent-Counterterrorism Division,Washington, DC / Founder- UnderstandingTheThreat.com / Author of 2 books, latest Raising a Jihadi Generation, Website: www.understandingthethreat.com/, over whether taking out Saddam Hussein was the right thing to do.Thom Hartmann | Forbidden Bookshelf with Mark Crispin Miller (older, 06/18/14) [7:07]
Mark Crispin Miller - Forbidden Bookshelf
RT | Chris Hedges: Last thing US wants in the world is democracy (older, 04/28/14) [24:22]
The crisis in Ukraine and the steadily dropping temperature in relations between Moscow and Washington made many talk about a new Cold War; and many others are worried it may turn 'hot'. But there's another war going on right now: the information war. US Secretary of State Kerry has already attacked RT, calling it "Putin's propaganda machine." But Washington itself uses dubious evidence and fake facts. What is the information war? What methods is America using? Sophie talks to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and veteran correspondent Chris Hedges.
Ring of FireRing of Fire (08/31/14) [57:00]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, September 03 [8:50]
DN | Kids For Cash: Inside One of the Nation's Most Shocking Juvenile Justice Scandals (Part 1 of 3) (09/03/14) [17:28] OR
See full length interview here
*TRNN | David Cay Johnston: The Deep State and the Power of Billionaires (09/03/14) [25:33]
Mr. Johnston, a leading investigative journalist, says everybody who gets to make a serious run for president is a Wall Street candidate; weakening the estate tax is one way billionaires defend their power and fortunes.TRNN | Robert Naiman and TRNN's Lia Tarachansky respond: New York Times Runs Ad Equating Isis and Hamas (09/03/14) [14:30]
RIMPacVice | The Future of Amphibious Warfare: War Games (09/03/14) [13:56]
Amphibious warfare is treacherous; moving a military force from sea to land can turn mistakes into disasters. As the US military begins to focus its attention on the Asia-Pacific region, an area of increasing military tension and territorial disputes.2014 August Breaking News New World Order ALERT RIMPAC2014 international Military exercise (06/25/14) [34:06]
Paul Bremer - Iraq - ISIS
Boy, it is really hard to watch the CNN and Aljazeera interviews with Paul Bremer after you have watched and read articles on what really happened. These NeoCons, i.e. Bill Kristol, Richard Perle, Paul Wolfowitz, Douglas Feith, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, etc, are trying desperately to rewrite history.*No End in Sight Iraq's Descent Into Chaos by Charles Fugison (2007) [1:41:53]
CNN | Paul Bremer: Obama is to blame for Iraq (06/16/14) [7:07]
Aljazeera | Bremer attacks ISIS, Maliki and Obama (06/25/14) [47:26]
ISIS - Islamic State (IS) - The Battle for Iraq
The Islamic State, The Battle for Iraq, 8 part seriesThen There is the ISIS Fighters, Where Do ISIS Fighters Come From?
Vice | The Islamic State, Part 1 (08/13/14) [9:08]
Vice | Grooming Children for Jihad, Part 2 [10:45]
Vice | Kurds Fight for Control of Kirkuk, Part 3 [7:06]
Vice | Clashes Continue as Frontline Tension Escalates, Part 4 [10:30]
Vice | Christian City Under Siege, Part 5 [6:38]
Vice | Yazidi Refugees Escape Islamic State Fighters, Part 6 [12:05]
Vice | Peshmerga Fighters Reclaim Ground from Islamic State, Part 7 [6:25]
Vice | Defending New Kurdish Borders with the PKK [6:33]
Click to zoom - ISIS Fighters
Ex-NSA Director, US Intelligence Veterans Write Open Letter To Merkel To Avoid All-Out Ukraine War
Alarmed at the anti-Russian hysteria sweeping Washington, and the specter of a new Cold War, U.S. intelligence veterans one of whom is none other than William Binney, the former senior NSA crypto-mathematician who back in March 2012 blew the whistle on the NSA's spying programs more than a year before Edward Snowden, took the unusual step of sending the following memo dated August 30 to German Chancellor Merkel challenging the reliability of Ukrainian and U.S. media claims about a Russian "invasion."
"We the undersigned are longtime veterans of U.S. intelligence. We take the unusual step of writing this open letter to you to ensure that you have an opportunity to be briefed on our views prior to the NATO summit on September 4-5. You need to know, for example, that accusations of a major Russian "invasion" of Ukraine appear not to be supported by reliable intelligence. Rather, the "intelligence" seems to be of the same dubious, politically "fixed" kind used 12 years ago to "justify" the U.S.-led attack on Iraq. We saw no credible evidence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq then; we see no credible evidence of a Russian invasion now. ... Read more
6 Questions With Sylvia Earle, the Greatest Living Ocean Explorer
Earle, the famed marine biologist, is feted in the new Netflix documentary 'Mission Blue.'
She knows the ocean better than any other person alive. Reverently nicknamed " Her Deepness," Sylvia Earle has spent 7,000 hours underwater over seven decades. And on those dives she has witnessed first hand the havoc we wreak upon the sea--from coral bleaching and shark finning to the disappearance of once-abundant species such as tuna and menhaden. She has received virtually every honor in exploration and conservation science, and has served as chief scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. When Sylvia Earle talks about the ocean, you listen. ...
Read more or A Conversation with 'Her Deepness'
Lights off on Singapore's billionaire row as luxury house prices plunge
There's an eerie silence at night in Sentosa Cove, the man-made island resort billed as Singapore's answer to Monte Carlo and the only place in the country where foreigners can buy landed property. Dozens of houses - complete with their own private yacht berths and multiple swimming pools - sit empty while few lights are on in the apartment blocks overlooking the marina, a few kilometres away from Sentosa's giant casino.
Prices in the gated community, where Australian mining tycoons Gina Rinehart and Nathan Tinkler bought properties, fell around 20 percent in the past year as lending restrictions and taxes on foreign buyers burst a bubble in the Southeast Asian financial hub's luxury real estate market. Investors could see the value of their assets fall even further with developers and investors still struggling to sell even after the recent price falls. Real estate websites list hundreds of flats and bungalows for sale, yet just 12 apartments and one house have changed hands all year on Sentosa, according to data from the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA). ... Read more
Meet the Risky Mortgage Pioneer Trying to Pay His Buddy's Way Into Congress
If New Hampshire Republican Dan Innis wins his congressional race, he knows where to send the fruit basket: to the home of mortgage giant Peter T. Paul.
Before running for Congress, Innis served as dean of the University of New Hampshire's business school, which was renamed for Paul after he donated $25 million. His campaign website touts major building projects he oversaw as dean -- projects financed by Paul's contribution. And Innis' congressional run is getting a big-time boost from a brand-new super PAC founded and financed by Paul. ... Read more
Watson, the supercomputer
Remember IBM's Watson, the supercomputer that beat all comers on the game show "Jeopardy"? Well, Watson hasn't gone away, and its potential in medicine is huge. Watson can read 200 million pages in three seconds. With the exponentially increasing amount of medical knowledge being published every year, it will be necessary to have Watson and its fellow supercomputers keep track of all that knowledge so your physicians can have the most up-to-date information necessary for your medical treatment.
Tongue-Zapping Brain Restorers
Serious brain injuries are long-lasting and difficult to treat. Currently our best bet is long-term rehabilitation. But what if we could just zap the brain back into shape? Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in collaboration with the U.S. Army, are working on a device that delivers targeted stimulation to the brain through the tongue (which has thousands of nerve connections to the brain). The stimulation helps repair damaged brain cells, and has shown brain improvement in as short as a week. In addition to blunt force brain injuries, the device could possibly aid in treatment of brain damage from stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, and even alcoholism.
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, September 02 [10:15]
DN | Women's Health over Politics: Courts Block Laws Threatening Abortion Clinics in Texas, Louisiana (09/02/14) [9:40]
DN | Hong Kong "Occupy Central" Protests Call for Political Freedom after China Rejects Open Elections (09/02/14) [7:58]
DN | Pakistan government considers decisive action against protesters (09/02/14) [1:51]
*TRNN | Bill Black discusses: Sacramento Residents Found Not Guilty of Mortgage Fraud (09/02/14) [7:35]
TRNN | David Cay Johnston: 60's to 80's the Los Angeles police department made wide use of agents to undermine peaceful and legal opposition groups, Part 2 (09/02/14) [23:21]
EnvironmentCalifornia drought expected to cost state $2.2 billion in losses () [1:25]
*Netflix | Mission Blue (trailer) (08/15/14) [2:24]
Official trailer for Mission Blue, a Netflix original documentary. Mission Blue tells the story of world-renowned oceanographer Sylvia Earle as she travels the globe on an urgent mission to shed light on the dire condition of Earth's oceans.*Planet Ocean [UK]- the film by Yann Arthus-Bertrand (2014) [1:28:59]
*HOME - film by Yann Arthus-Bertrand (2009) [1:33:17]
We are living in exceptional times. Scientists tell us that we have 10 years to change the way we live, avert the depletion of natural resources and the catastrophic evolution of the Earth's climate. The stakes are high for us and our children. Everyone should take part in the effort, and HOME has been conceived to take a message of mobilization out to every human being. For this purpose, HOME needs to be free. A patron, the PPR Group, made this possible. EuropaCorp, the distributor, also pledged not to make any profit because Home is a non-profit film.GoodPlanet.info website
TYT | Female Celebrities Attacked In Disgusting Violation Of Privacy - iCloud Hacked (09/01/14) [7:11]
If you take a pic on your iphone it gets saved onto your icloud account. so if you took a pic and sent it to your SO and then deleted it, it would still be in the cloud.?
What about the NSA... they have all this stuff.
John OliverLast Week Tonight with John Oliver: Fan Mail (08/31/14) [4:10]
*Last Week Tonight With John Oliver - Argentina Default (08/08/14) [8:25]
Vulture Paul Singer
Singer grew up in a Jewish family, one of three children of a Manhattan pharmacist and a homemaker. He obtained his B.S. in psychology from the University of Rochester and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. In 1974, Singer accepted a job as an attorney in the real estate division of the investment bank Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. Singer has been divorced since 1996. He lives on New York City's Upper West Side and also has a house in Aspen, Colorado.
Vulture Elliott Management Corporation
In 1977, Singer founded the hedge fund Elliott Associates L.P. with $1.3 million from various friends and family members. Elliott Management Corporation oversees Elliott Associates and Elliott International Limited, which together have more than $21 billion in assets under management. According to The Guardian, "Elliott's principal investment strategy is buying distressed debt cheaply and selling it at a profit or suing for full payment." The firm is currently closed to new investors. As of mid-2008, Elliott counted 175 employees in New York, London, Tokyo and Hong Kong and is one of the oldest hedge funds under continuous management.
More StuffMax Keiser | Greg Palast with Max Keiser on vulture funds (older) [13:11]
The Robotic Takeover of the Military (8/30/14) [5:58]
Do Both Liberals and Conservatives Have Taxing and Spending All Wrong?
What if our endless political fights over taxes and public spending are based on a poor understanding of how government really works in a modern economy?
Edward Kleinbard, a professor of business at the University of Southern California's Gould School of Law, thinks that's largely true. Recently, he published a paper arguing that, contrary to the conventional wisdom, corporate "inversions" aren't motivated by multinationals' desire to establish themselves abroad in low-tax havens. And in his forthcoming book, We Are Better Than This: How Government Should Spend Our Money, he says that both liberals and conservatives get key issues wrong.
BillMoyers.com recently spoke with Kleinbard; below is a transcript of our discussion that's been edited for length and clarity: ... Read more
Stat of the day: 28,000 -- the number of children and teens shot and killed in the US between 2002 and 2012. According to ABC News, that means that 13 kids died at home for every soldier killed on the battlefield in Afghanistan during that period.
Ukraine Defense Minister Warns Of "Worst Conflict Since WWII", Shifts Forces To "Combat Full-Scale Russian Invasion"
Unless they are tilting at windmills, the rhetoric this morning from Ukraine's defense minister is the strongest and most actionable yet. Via his Facebook page, Valeriy Galetey accused Russia of "open aggression," and explained that:
Earlier in the morning, US Senator Bob Menendez said he has "no doubt Russia has invaded Ukraine," and following Ukraine requests for assistance from Europe and US, NATO responded by noting a reaction force or 3-5,000 can be ready in 48 hours. ...
This 11-Year-Old Was Locked Up Trying to Cross the Border. Read the Heartfelt Letter She Sent Obama.
On Tuesday, the nation's top immigration court allowed a Guatemalan woman who fled her abusive husband to petition for asylum in the United States. It's a landmark ruling that immigrant rights advocates hope will protect women who have escaped horrific marital violence in countries besides Guatemala.
One of those women is a Honduran named Rosemary. In June, she entered the US with Daniela, her 11-year-old daughter, and both were detained near the border. Rosemary and Daniela are currently detained in a makeshift facility in Artesia, New Mexico, set up by the Department of Homeland Security. They are seeking asylum after fleeing Daniela's father, who allegedly beat and choked Rosemary for three years before the two escaped. ...
Herbs de Provence
Herb Roasted Chicken Thighs with Potatoes
Here's an idea for an easy, one-dish meal--herb roasted chicken thighs baked on a bed of potatoes. Layer a casserole dish with thinly sliced potatoes, top with thinly sliced shallots, top with chicken thighs, douse with an herby vinaigrette, and roast until the chicken is golden brown.Here's an idea for an easy, one-dish meal--herb roasted chicken thighs baked on a bed of potatoes. Layer a casserole dish with thinly sliced potatoes, top with thinly sliced shallots, top with chicken thighs, douse with an herby vinaigrette, and roast until the chicken is golden brown. ... Read more
DN | As John Kerry Questions Official Story of JFK Killing, Thom Hartmann Discusses "Legacy of Secrecy" (older) [7:17]
DN | Thom Hartmann on: "The Crash of 2016: The Plot to Destroy America -- and What We Can Do to Stop It" (older) [19:31]
*DN | Thom Hartmann on: Secrets the Rich don't Want You to Know (older) [10:25]
*TRNN | Mr. Johnston, a renowned investigative journalist, says he used to believe if you worked hard you would prosper, but now, there is a completely different environment, Part 1 (08/31/14) [14:12]
TRNN | REPLAY | Jeannette Wicks-Lim (in 2009) from PERI said low-wage work was likely to predominate future job creation through 2016, but that unions can act to counter that trend (older) [10:30]
TYT | Does It Matter If You're Black Or White? (Study) (08/31/14) [7:28]
TYT | How Your Income Affects Your Weight (Study) (08/31/14) [5:02]
Untold History of the United States
I ran across episode 10 of "Untold History of United States" by Oliver Stone and decided to watch it again. It is fascinating and well worth the watching.*Oliver Stone | Untold History of United States - Bush & Obama: Age of Terror (2013) [58:39]
Click to zoom - Untold History of the US - Episodes
*No End in Sight Iraq's Descent Into Chaos by Charles Fugison (2007) [1:41:53]
This was not a mistake, it was orchestrated. Looking back from the 50's, the United States of America economy is entirely dependent on wars. People need to stop seeing this as just incompetence. The American people have a duty, a difficult battle ahead of them, and that is to take their government back from the hands of corporations. If you don't do that, the rest of the world will pay with their lives on this game of power and greed played by the ones on charge.
*Inside Job by Charles Furgison Part 1 (2011) [57:07], Part 2 [47:02]
The Biggest Bank Heist Ever! (shorter version) (2011) [49:42]
Ring of FireRing of Fire (full) (08/24/14) [55:29]