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Tuesday May 26, 2015
News Articles

Texas Flooding Called The Worst Ever By Governor
NYTimes & Reuters & HP | Jim Forsyth | 05/25/15

Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Monday likened the ferocity of flash flooding that killed at least three people to a tsunami, and authorities said a dam had given way in a state park.

Abbott declared states of disaster in 24 counties and flew over the area south of Austin to assess the damage caused by tornadoes, heavy rainfall, thunderstorms and flooding that forced evacuations and rooftop rescues and left thousands of residents without electricity. ... Read more

Four Words That Imperil Health Care Law Were All a Mistake, Writers Now Say
NYTimes | Robert Pear | 05/25/15

They are only four words in a 900-page law: "established by the state." But it is in the ambiguity of those four words in the Affordable Care Act that opponents found a path to challenge the law, all the way to the Supreme Court.

How those words became the most contentious part of President Obama's signature domestic accomplishment has been a mystery. Who wrote them, and why? Were they really intended, as the plaintiffs in King v. Burwell claim, to make the tax subsidies in the law available only in states that established their own health insurance marketplaces, and not in the three dozen states with federal exchanges? ... Read more

Durable Goods Orders Slide YoY 4th Month In A Row Despite Dramatic Upward Revisions
ZeroHedge | author | 05/26/15

After dramatically upwardly revised data from last month (but following an even more dramatic downward revision to all historical data earlier in the month) - the highly noisy series of Durable Goods Orders printed -0.5% (from +5.1% in March, revised up from +4.0%). Capital Goods Orders (non-defense Ex-Air) beat expectations MoM (printing +1.0% vs 0.3%) and was revised remarkably up from the biggest drop since 2012 to a 1.5% rise in March. Core Capital Goods Orders, however, remains negative YoY for the 4th months in a row. The last time this happened was either a recession, or the Fed unleashed QE3. ... Read more
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Chinese State Paper Warns "War Will Be Inevitable" Unless U.S. Stops Meddling In Territorial Dispute
ZeroHedge | author | 05/26/15

Just to confirm that if the US had hoped it could threaten Beijing into submission and force the Politburo into curbing its expanionist appetit, it was dead wrong, the nationalist Global Times, a paper owned by the ruling Communist Party's official newspaper, the People's Daily, said in a Monday editorial that war was "inevitable" between China and the United States unless Washington stopped demanding Beijing halt the building of artificial islands in the disputed waterway. ... Read more

How The Saudis Wag The Washington Dog
ZeroHedge | author | 05/26/15

In real democracies, governments would do what the citizens who put them in office want them to do. The United States and other Western democracies make a mockery of that ideal. But, even so, there are limits; governments cannot defy public opinion on matters of great moment indefinitely. Enabling the Saudi ruling class, and the rulers of the other Gulf states, to direct American foreign policy to the extent that they do, and to get away with whatever they please, is hardly the least of it; but neither is it the only cause for concern. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, May 26 [13:02]
DN | 137 Shots, No Convictions: Cleveland Cop Acquitted in Killing of Unarmed African-American Pair (05/26/15) [16:45]
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*CNN | Texans scramble to recover after "wall of water... (05/25/15) [1:39]
*James Corden on California's Water Shortage () [4:12]
The Look of Silence by Joshua Oppenheimer (trailer) [2:00]

The Look of Silence is Joshua Oppenheimer's - powerful companion piece to the Oscar®-nominated The Act Of Killing. Through Oppenheimer's footage of perpetrators of the 1965 Indonesian genocide, a family of survivors discovers how their son was murdered, as well as the identities of the killers.
The Look of Silence by Joshua Oppenheimer website
TRNN | Mr. Appy, author of "American Reckoning: "America Does Bad Things for Good Reasons": the Vietnam War and American Exceptionalism, Part 1 (05/26/15) [20:43]
*TRNN | Heidi Garrett-Peltier, assistant research professor at PERI explains: Cost of War and Lost Job Opportunities (05/26/15) [6:47]
Over 350,000 people (more like 1.3 million) have been killed directly from war-related violence (Afghan & Iraq) according to a new study done by Brown University on the cost of war. And of course many more have been killed, directly and indirectly, but the same study states that we have spent almost $4.4 trillion as of 2014 on these wars. But these wars in the long term will likely cost us much more. The question is, to what end? The threats that were stated as the reasons for going to war still exist today.
TRNN | TRNN DEBATE: Should Bernie Sanders Run as an Independent? (05/26/15) [12:39]
TYT | Oil Tycoon Attacks Anti-Fracking Researchers (05/25/15) [8:30]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
*ThomHartmann | TPP Won't Balance the Power of China (05/20/15) [7:23]
*ThomHartmann | End the Bankster's Get Out of Jail Free Card (05/21/15) [5:10]

Monday May 25, 2015
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Five big banks agree to pay more than $5 billion to settle regulatory charges
WashingtonPost | Steven Mufson | 05/20/15

Five of the world's largest banks have agreed to pay more than $5 billion in fines to settle charges made by regulatory agencies and the Justice Department that the banks had acted in concert to manipulate international interest and foreign currency exchange rates.

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch said the banks had engaged in "brazenly illegal behavior .?.?. on a near-daily basis." She added that the deal showed that the government "intends to vigorously prosecute all those who tilt the economic system in their favor [and] who subvert our marketplaces." ... Read more

ISIS Planning US Nuclear Attack In Next 12 Months: Report
ZeroHedge | author | 05/25/15

Three weeks after the first supposed attack by Islamic State supporters in the US, in which two ISIS "soldiers" wounded a security guard before they were killed in Garland, Texas, the time has come to raise the fear stakes. In an article posted in the terrorist group's English-language online magazine Dabiq (which as can be see below seems to have gotten its design cues straight from Madison Avenue and is just missing glossy pages filled with 'scratch and sniff' perfume ads ) ISIS claimed that it has enough money to buy a nuclear weapon from Pakistan and "carry out an attack inside the United States next year." Read more

Islamic State's magazine Dabiq, whose latest issue, #9

The Islamic State's (ISIS, ISIL) Magazine. All of the issues of the Islamic State's glossy propaganda magazine 'Dabiq,' named after a key site in Muslim apocalypse mythology can be found here
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Readers Comment
The Islamic world is more worried about this worsening situation. The main targets of Isis are not Israel or non Muslims but majority of the people who they kill are Muslims, Edword snowden already said that thier leader got Training from isreal. May be this is a new weapon of World Powers to carry on War on Terror and this time Middle East is to destructed.
Readers Comment 2
Maybe the trail will lead to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave?

Bernanke Says "No Large Mispricings In US Securities"; These 5 Charts Say Otherwise
ZeroHedge | author | 05/25/15

Retired central banker, blogger, bond guru and hedge fund consultant Ben Bernanke just uttered the following total rubbish... *BERNANKE: NO LARGE MISPRICINGS IN U.S. SECURITIES, ASSET PRICES ...In an effort to save whoever it is that will pay him $250,000 next for these wise words, we offer five charts. Read more

N.S.A. and Other Matters Leave McConnell's Senate in Disarray
NYTimes | Jennifer Steinhauer | 05/23/15

The sleepy United States senators thought they were done voting. But then, around 1 a.m. on the Saturday before Memorial Day, Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky and presidential candidate, marched spryly to the Senate floor to let it be known that, no, he would not agree to extend the federal government's bulk collection of phone records program. Not even for one day.

With that, Senator Mitch McConnell, a fellow Kentucky Republican who only a few hours before was ebullient with the passage of a major trade package, was reduced to ordering his colleagues back to Washington next Sunday to try again to prevent the act from expiring. ... Read more

Lake Mead Water Level Mysteriously Plunges After Nevada Quake
ZeroHedge | author | 05/25/15

A 4.8 magnitude earthquake (originally reported 5.4) shook Las Vegas and surrounding areas Friday morning causing roads and bridges to be closed. The quake went little-reported outside of local news (since there was at first glance minimum damage caused) but, since the quake's occurrence, something considerably more worrisome has occurred.

In the 36 hours since the quake's occurrence, water levels at Lake Mead have plunged precipitously. While we know correlation is not causation, the 'coincidence' of an extreme loss in water levels occurring in the aftermath of one of the largest quakes in recent Vegas history does raise a suspicious eyebrow - especially when there has been no official word on the precipitous decline. ... Read more

RT | Indian nightmare: GMO killer-cotton (05/24/15) [26:35]
An estimated 290,000 Indian farmers have committed suicide in 20 years. Small farms used to be the country's economic backbone, but now owners struggle to make even a meager profit and drown in debt. For some, the pressure is too much. Many blame GMO cotton for the failing farms, having cornered the market and replaced organic crops; they have failed to live up to expectations.
TRNN | Larry Wilkerson, former Chief of Staff to Colin Powell, says that Syria could turn into another Afghanistan with US and Saudi policies creating significant blowback in the region (05/25/15) [9:32]
TRNN | Dimitri Lascaris discusse: Default Looms in Greece (05/25/15) [10:56]
TYT | Huge Bank Fines Hide A Dirty Truth About American Justice (05/23/15) [7:50]
TYT | Tom Cotton Thinks The Iraq War Was Justified (05/23/15) [8:42]
RT | CrossTalk: ISIS Redrawing Maps (05/20/15) [23:50]
RT | Keiser Report: How much do they steal? (E761) (05/23/15) [24:55]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
Thom Hartmann | Last Hours: The Frightening Reality of Global Climate Change (03/06/15) [12:42]
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Friday May 22, 2015
News Articles

Senate Debate Reveals Absurd Level Of Trade Deal Secrecy
HP | Ryan Grim | 05/21/15

A revealing conversation on the Senate floor Thursday showed precisely how secretive President Barack Obama's pending trade deals are, and the absurdity of arguments to the contrary.

Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sponsored a bill that would have required the administration to post a "scrubbed" copy of the trade deals well before Congress gives the president fast-track authority to jam them easily through Congress. ... Read more

George Soros Warns "No Exaggeration" That China-US On "Threshold Of World War 3"
ZeroHedge | author | 05/22/15

While admitting that reaching agreement between the two countries will be difficult to achieve, George Soros - speaking at The World Bank's Bretton Woods conference this week - warned that unless the U.S. makes 'major concessions' and allows China's currency to join the IMF's basket of currencies, "there is a real danger China will align itself with Russia politically and militarily, and then it is not an exaggeration to say that we are on the threshold of a third world war." ... Read more

The Crash of 2016: The Plot to Destroy America--and What We Can Do to Stop It by Thom Hartmann

The United States is in the midst of an economic implosion that could make the Great Depression look like child's play. In THE CRASH OF 2016, Thom Hartmann argues that the facade of our once-great United States will soon disintegrate to reveal the rotting core where corporate and billionaire power and greed have replaced democratic infrastructure and governance. Our once-enlightened political and economic systems have been manipulated to ensure the success of only a fraction of the population at the expense of the rest of us.

The result is a "for the rich, by the rich" scheme leading to policies that only benefit the highest bidders. Hartmann outlines the destructive forces-planted by Lewis Powell in 1971 and come to fruition with the "Reagan Revolution"-that have looted our nation over the past decade, and how their actions fit into a cycle of American history that lets such forces rise to power every four generations.

However, a backlash is now palpable against the "economic royalists"-a term coined by FDR to describe those hoarding power and wealth-including the banksters, oligarchs, and politicians who have plunged our nation into economic chaos and social instability.

Although we are in the midst of what could become the most catastrophic economic crash in American History, a way forward is emerging, just as it did in the previous great crashes of the 1760s, 1856, and 1929. The choices we make now will redefine American culture. Before us stands a genuine opportunity to embrace the moral motive over the profit motive-and to rebuild the American economic model that once yielded great success.

Thoroughly researched and passionately argued, THE CRASH OF 2016 is not just a roadmap to redemption in post-Crash America, but a critical wake-up call, challenging us to act. Only if the right reforms are enacted and the moral choices are made, can we avert disaster and make our nation whole again.
Audio Book | The Crash of 2016: The Plot to Destroy America by Thom Hartmann () [9:33:50]

This Aging Oil Pipeline Is In Great Lakes' 'Worst Possible Place' For A Spill
HP | Samantha Lachman | 05/22/15

Environmental activists say Michigan's tourism slogan -- "Pure Michigan" -- may no longer be accurate unless the state takes stronger action to prevent a 62-year-old oil pipeline from rupturing in a sensitive waterway.

The pipeline, called Line 5, is owned by the Canadian energy company Enbridge, carrying nearly 23 million gallons of crude oil and natural gas liquids every day. It passes between the state's upper and lower peninsulas, along the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac, which connects Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. East of the pipeline is the iconic Mackinac Bridge, depicted on many of the state's license plates, and Mackinac Island, an historic, no-cars resort area. ... Read more

The NSA Plan To Find Bin Laden By Hiding Tracking Devices In Medical Supplies
firstlook.org/theintercept/ | Cora Currier | 05/21/15

The National Security Agency concocted a plan to find Osama bin Laden by hiding tracking devices in medical supplies, in an attempt to cross what officials called the "non-electronic moat" surrounding the reportedly ailing terrorist leader.

The scheme is laid out in a top-secret NSA presentation dated June 2010 and titled "Medical Pattern of Life: Targeting High Value Individual #1," which was among the files provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. ... Read more
Zero Dark Thirty () [2:36:59]

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, May 22 [10:37]
DN | State of Emergency in California as Santa Barbara Cleans Up from Another Major Oil Spill (05/22/15) [13:43]
TRNN | Kirk Wiebe says: As Senate Debates Patriot Act, Is Privacy Possible with Current U.S. Foreign Policy? (05/22/15) [10:55]
TRNN | Dr. Thierry Vrain and Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam discuss the science behind genetically engineered crops and the significance of GMO restrictions in more than 60 countries (05/22/15) [15:24]
TYT | Governments Lie And The Reality Of Iraq (05/21/15) [2:14]
TYT | Rand Paul Stands Up Against The Patriot Act (05/21/15) [5:54]
TYT | Jeb Bush Backtracks On Climate Change (05/21/15) [9:51]
TYT | School To Prison Pipeline Robs Young People Of Their Future (05/21/15) [6:04]
RT | Keiser Report: (E760) (05/21/15) [29:19]
RofF | Can Bernie Sanders Beat Hillary Clinton? (05/21/15) [5:37]
RofF | Republicans Fiddle While The Planet Burns (05/21/15) [2:54]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
TalkingStickTV | Thom Hartmann: The Crash of 2016 (05/02/14) [1:12:19]
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Thursday May 21, 2015
News Articles

Public Confused Why World's Biggest Banks Admitting Criminal Fraud, Leads To Public Yawns
ZeroHedge | author | 05/21/15

  1. Libor - interest rates
  2. ISDAfix - swaps
  3. Platts - oil prices
  4. WM/Reuters - FX
  5. High-Frequency Trading - equities

It was about two years ago when we summarized all the known and confirmed rigged markets. Since then things have gone from bad to worse for believers in fair and efficient markets, with not only countless more banks now admitting they rigged Libor and FX. It all culminated with yesterday's settlement in which five of the world's biggest banks, including JPM, Citi and Barclays, agreed to plead guilty in a currency-rigging probe. And, to Bloomberg's dismay, the public yawned. ... Read more

Now, by granting waivers allowing lenders (banksters) to keep operating even after a felony plea, the government has managed to punish firms (banksters) while protecting them from fatal consequences.
20 Banks | 650 Fines (over 20yr period) | $246 Billion in Fines... So Who Cares?

How the White House plans to help the humble bee maintain its buzz
WashingtonPost | Juliet Eilperin | 05/19/15

The humble bee -- nuisance, threat, and linchpin of the American food supply -- has won over the leader of the free world. And now President Obama is intervening on the bee's behalf as its habitat dwindles.

On Tuesday, the Obama administration will announce the first National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators, a bureaucratic title for a plan to save the bee, other small winged animals and their breeding grounds. The initiative may feel like the kind of niche interest a second-term president devotes his time to, but scientists say his attention to the busy workforce that sustains many American crops is critical. ... Read more

The Hidden 'Betrayal' In Obama's Trade Agenda
HP | Laura Barron-Lopez | 05/20/15

As Congress prepares to give President Barack Obama expedited powers to "fast-track" trade deals through Congress, many U.S. steel mills and skeptics of Obama's trade agenda are worried about steel dumping, the term commonly used to describe countries selling steel below market price.

A "vibrant steel industry," Brown said, is a "national security issue" that is being toyed with because of the failure to crack down on steel dumping and similar practices.

"China has more steelmaking capacity than the entire rest of the world combined. They can't keep their steel mills busy, because they don't have that much domestic consumption," he said. "So China is always trying to sell steel at below-market prices -- so-called 'dumping steel' is the term the trade lawyers use." ... Read more

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  1. Once-Unthinkable Criminal Pleas by U.S. Banks Get Investor 'Meh' (BBG)
  2. The E-Mail That Helped Catch Barclays: 'ISDAfix Is Manipulated' (BBG)
  3. CFTC Said Preparing ISDAfix Probe Talks in Weeks: Credit Markets (BBG)
  4. Islamic State takes control of Syria's Palmyra in westward advance (Reuters)
  5. Tensions High as Greece Gets Smallest Aid Rise Yet (BBG)
  6. The Rise of the $50,000 Rental (BBG)
  7. U.S. says South China Sea reclamations stoke instability (Reuters)
  8. First Hanergy Now Goldin: Hong Kong Stocks Drop Like Stones (BBG)
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, May 21 [11:55]
*DN | Matt Taibbi: World's Largest Banks Admit to Massive Global Financial Crimes, But Escape Jail (Again) (05/21/15) [14:42]
*DN | Matt Taibbi: on Baltimore, Freddie Gray and How Legal System Covers Up Police Violence (05/21/15) [10:22]
DN | Sgt. James Brown, 26, Survived Two Tours in Iraq Only to Die Begging for His Life in Texas Jail (05/20/15) [17:36]
DN | Say Her Name: Families Seek Justice in Overlooked Police Killings of African-American Women (05/20/15) [4:32]
*TRNN | James S. Henry says: Five Big Banks Plead Guilty to Rigging Currency Markets and No One Goes to Jail (05/21/15) [12:44]
*TRNN | Sen. Elizabeth Warren Pushes Back Against TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) Fast Track (05/21/15) [6:12]
TRNN | Norman Finkelstein: U.S. Might Support UN Resolution That Leaves Palestine with a "Garbage Dump", Part 3 (05/21/15) [13:21]
*TYT | Bernie Sanders: Free College For All (05/20/15) [8:25]
*TYT | White-On-White Crime -- Will White Culture Ever Grow Up? (05/20/15) [6:58]
TYT | NYC School's Novel Lesson On Race (05/20/15) [8:28]
*RT | CrossTalk: China's South Sea? (Ft. Pepe Escobar) (05/20/15) [23:50]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/

Wednesday May 20, 2015
News Articles

Fall of Ramadi reflects failure of Iraq's strategy against Islamic State, analysts say
WashingtonPost | Hugh Naylor | 05/19/15

As Islamic State militants repeatedly attacked ­Ramadi this year, police solicited cash from local families and businessmen to buy weapons, one officer recalled. The Iraqi government didn't pay the police for months, he said. "We begged and begged for more support from the government, but nothing," said Col. Eissa al-Alwani, a senior police officer in the city.

The fall of Ramadi amounts to more than the loss of a major city in Iraq's largest province, analysts say. It could undermine Sunni support for Iraq's broader effort to drive back the Islamic State, vastly complicating the war effort. ... Read more
WP | Fall of Ramadi reflects failure of Iraq's strategy against Islamic State, analysts say

5 Banks To Plead Guilty To Criminal Rigging Charges, Pay $5.6 Billion For Manipulating Markets
ZeroHedge | author | 05/20/15

As the live webcast from US AG Loretta Lynch indicates, moments ago the DOJ announced five global banks including Citi, J.P. Morgan, Barclays, RBS would plead guilty to criminal charges to conspiring to manipulate FX Prices, and would pay some $5.6 billion in combined penalties to resolve a long running U.S. investigation into whether traders at the banks colluded to move foreign currency rates in directions to benefit their own positions. ... Read more

UBS will pay $545 million, plead guilty to one count of wire fraud, and go on DoJ "Probation" For Rigging $5 Trillion-A-Day FX Market.

Do you know what a Trillion dollars looks like?? National Debt - TILLIONS.

The Market's One-Sided Game Of Chicken
ZeroHedge | author | 05/20/15

That the Fed and other central banks have unleashed the speculative furies is an unassailable and baleful reality. What is going on here plain and simple is a one-sided game of chicken. The robo-traders and hedge fund buccaneers on Wall Street press the market higher on virtually no volume or conviction whenever macro-economic weakness presents itself, virtually daring the Fed to maintain is ultra-accommodative stance still longer. The casino gamblers will keep chop, chop choppin' higher until they finally lose confidence that the Eccles building is heaven's door to further riches. Then the machines will sell, sell, sell. There will be no credible Fed speakers to stop them. ... Read more

What A Cashless Society Would Look Like
ZeroHedge | author | 05/20/15

"A depression is coming? Let's put interest rates at zero. The economy is still in trouble? Let's have the central bank print trillions in new securities. The banks are not lending? Let's change the accounting rules and offer government guarantees and funds. People are still not spending? Let's have negative interest rates. The economy is still in the tank? LET'S BAN CASH TRANSACTIONS!" ... Read more

A 2016 theme emerges: Money, money, money, money, money
WashingtonPost | Dan Balz | 05/19/15

Despite the blur of activity by innumerable candidates, the 2016 presidential campaign so far is a mostly shapeless enterprise, save for one dominant factor: the prominence of money in the narrative. More than anything, money has been the defining characteristic of the race, highlighted by the political and private activities of the brand names of Clinton and Bush.

In their own ways, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Jeb Bush have brought unintentional attention to the role of money in politics and public life, to the intersection of money and political and public influence, and to the general absence of restraints, self-imposed or enforced. ... Read more

Every One Should Get a Second Chance
TheDoDo.com | Dying Dog Thrown In Garbage Is Unrecognizable Now
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, May 20 [7:15]
Bust Up The Big Banks
Ten Ideas to Save the Economy #4: Bust Up Wall Street (05/18/15) [2:49]
*TRNN | Robert Scheer & Chris Hedges: They Know Everything About You, Part 7 (of 7) (05/20/15) [20:22]
For the rest of the episodes go here
*TRNN | Norman Finkelstein: Israel's Iron Dome and Palestinian Armed Resistance, Part 2 (05/20/15) [20:52]
TRNN | Ali Abunimah, co-founder of The Electronic Intifada says: Illinois House Passes Bill to Stop BDS Campaign Against Israel (05/20/15) [17:41]
*TYT | Religious Terrorist Plotted To Kill Entire American Town & He's Already Out Of Jail (05/19/15) [8:30]
TYT | Chris Christie Wants 9/11-Style Fear To Rule All Of Our Lives (05/19/15) [8:05]
RT | Keiser Report: Great Apes with Human Rights (E759) (05/19/15) [25:31]
RofF | Ring of Fire on Free Speech TV - 05/19/2015 [29:00]
  1. "Rail Lobby Made Amtrak A Death Trap." David Haynes will explain the activities of the railway lobby, specifically how they managed to get liability caps on disasters and their efforts to make the entire industry a lot less safe. #Amtrak
  2. "The Discussion on Race We Should Be Having." Chauncey DeVega will tell us why the corporate media is ignoring the real discussion on race that needs to be had in America. #Baltimore
  3. "The Backstory." Mike Papantonio and Farron Cousins will discuss some of the top news stories from the past week that corporate media refused to cover.
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | Ralph Nader: What I'd Do as President... (05/19/15) [3:59]
ThomHartmann | Ralph Nader: Return to Sender... (05/19/15) [7:15]
ThomHartmann | How Do We Fix Our Trade Problem? (05/19/15) [5:51]
ThomHartmann | Why President Obama Really Wants TPP... (05/19/15) [6:31]

Tuesday May 19, 2015
News Articles

Original Iraq War Skeptics Find The Rekindled Debate Maddening
HP | Sam Stein | 05/18/15

For those lawmakers who actually voted against the war, and those journalists who reported skeptically before the attack, this is misleading at best and self-serving at worst. Watching the revisionist story take hold 13 years after they opposed the invasion is reviving the frustration and marginalization they felt back then.

"I was amazed, absolutely amazed at how people were supporting going to war on the basis of things that just weren't so," said former Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), one of a handful of members who opposed the invasion. "It was clear as it could be. Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11. None of the intel suggested they had anything to do with 9/11 and the whole rationale for WMD [weapons of mass destruction] was just very, very thin for anybody who read the intelligence reports." As for the 2016 candidates' comments, he said: "It is just a rewriting of history in an attempt for everybody to cover their extraordinary mistake; probably one of the most serious mistakes in the military and diplomatic history of the United States, and they were all complicit." ... Read more

Forbidden Truth: U.S.-Taliban Secret Oil Diplomacy, Saudi Arabia and the Failed Search for bin Laden by Wayne Madsen

An international bestseller, banned in Switzerland by the bin Laden family, Forbidden Truth by Jean-Charles Brisard & Guillaume Dasquie shows how US national security in Afghanistan was disastrously compromised by corporate oil interests & Saudi Arabia. Brisard wrote the 1st intelligence report on the bin Laden financial networks which was used to close down fraudulent Islamic charities funding terrorism, a report that President Jacques Chirac handed to George Bush on his visit to the US in the wake of 9/11. Forbidden Truth reveals that French intelligence gave the FBI unambiguous information that the so-called 20th hijacker, Zacarias Massaoui, was tied to Al Qaeda, a story Brisard broke to Salon magazine before Special Agent Coleen Rowley came out publicly to say the FBI stifled the investigation. John O'Neill the former head of the FBI's antiterrorism division--who perished in the World Trade Center--told Jean-Charles Brisard in 7/01, "All of the answers, all of the clues allowing us to dismantle Osama bin Laden's organization, can be found in Saudi Arabia." The result of three years of investigation by a leading French intelligence expert & investigative journalist, Forbidden Truth is the untold story of the Clinton & Bush attempts to stabilize Afghanistan so that US energy companies could build a pipeline. In particular, it details the secret hazardous diplomacy between the Bush administration & the Taliban from February to August 2001--a story still untold in the US media--talks that ultimately led the US to make threats via Pakistani intermediaries to the Taliban in 7/01 that they were going to bomb Afghanistan if the Taliban didn't comply.

Osama Bin Laden -- The Truth Be Told
HP | Michael Brenner | 05/18/15

Sy Hersh's revelations about the systematic misrepresentation by the Obama administration of how it brought Osama bin-Laden to bay are causing a stir. Justifiably so. For they puncture the carefully constructed myth of how America revenged itself and renewed itself through this act of righteous justice. Moreover, the account of unsavory chicanery in high places once again spotlights the deceit that now is the hallmark of how our government works.

A year or so after the event, I wrote a piece in The Huffington Post about the CIA-sponsored film Zero Dark Thirty which has entrenched a cartoon version of this mythic story in the popular American mind. That commentary lays out some of the logical contradictions and false notes in the official story on which the film is based. I have incorporated a condensed, slightly modified version, in the belief that it could help serve as a primer for following the argument that the Hersh reporting has triggered. ... Read more

Original article (good)-> London Review of Books | The Killing of Osama bin Laden by Seymour M. Hersh

What The Snowden Files Say About The Osama Bin Laden Raid
firstlook.org/theintercept | author | 05/18/15

The U.S. has long maintained that the raid was conducted without the knowledge of the Pakistani government, and that the critical intelligence that led to bin Laden's location came from a years-long effort by U.S. analysts and operatives to trace the path of an Al Qaeda courier.

The Intercept is publishing a number of documents from the Snowden archive related to the Abbottabad raid and the hunt for bin Laden, which neither explicitly prove nor disprove any aspect of Hersh's account. However, the documents reference a number of things that are relevant to the debate, including the tracking of Al Qaeda couriers in Pakistan and the existence of intelligence gathered from the Abbottabad compound, as well as the impact of the raid on U.S.-Pakistani counterterrorism partnerships.... Read more

A New Design for Antarctic Research
The new Halley VI Antarctic Research Station, the first fully-relocatable research station, launched this year and was designed by Hugh Broughton Architects with AECOM for British Antarctic Survey (BAS).
According to information provided by the architects, the modules are supported on giant steel skis and hydraulically driven legs. The legs allow the station to rise up out of the snow to avoid being buried, and as the ice shelf moves out towards the ocean, the modules can be lowered onto the skis and towed to a new, safer location further inland. Interior photos
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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, May 19 [9:29]
*DN | How an 85-Year Old Nun, Activists Infiltrated Top U.S. Nuclear Site, Exposing Dangers & Urging Peace (05/19/15) [18:13]
Three peace activists who infiltrated a nuclear weapons site have been freed from prison after their convictions were overturned. In 2012, the self-described Transform Now Plowshares broke into the Y-12 nuclear facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Known as the "Fort Knox of Uranium," the complex holds enough uranium to make 10,000 nuclear bombs. The activists cut holes in the fence to paint peace slogans and threw blood on the wall, revealing major security flaws at the facility, which processes uranium for hydrogen bombs. The break-in sparked a series of congressional hearings, with The New York Times describing it as "the biggest security breach in the history of the nation's atomic complex." The three were convicted of damaging a national defense site. After two years behind bars, a federal appeals court recently vacated their convictions, saying the prosecution failed to prove the three intended to "injure the national defense." All three were released this weekend until their resentencing on a remaining charge of damaging government property. They have likely already served more time than they are set to receive under their new sentencing. We are joined by two of the activists -- Sister Megan Rice, an 85-year-old Catholic nun, and Michael Walli -- as well as their attorney, Bill Quigley.
DN | With House Passage of Extreme 20-Week Abortion Ban, GOP Continues Assault on Reproductive Rights (05/19/15) [13:03]
Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart | The Poor You Know & Did You Even Try to Research This? (05/14/15) [9:37]
*TRNN | Robert Scheer & Chris Hedges: They Know Everything About You, Part 6 (05/19/15) [25:37]
To get a better sense of the history Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges is talking about watch earlier episode of "The Untold History Of The US" by Oliver Stone.
The Untold History Of The US by Oliver Stone
TRNN | Josh Hoxie & Mayra Guizar examine: 43 million people are carrying $1.3 trillion in student debt. Graduating Class of 2015 Most Debt Burdened in History (05/19/15) [25:37]
TRNN | Norman Finkelstein: Israel's Descent into Barbarism, Part 1 (05/19/15) [22:28]
*TYT | Lindsey Graham To Run As ISIS's Worst Nightmare & He's Not Wrong (05/18/15) [9:26]
TYT | Stunning Number Believes Texas Will Be Invaded By Its Own Country (05/18/15) [8:58]
TYT | Police Have Their Toys Taken Away (05/18/15) [9:01]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | Caller: Why Won't Media ask Jeb Bush About PNAC? (05/15/15) [4:03]
ThomHartmann | A Day in the Life of a Black Man... (05/15/15) [3:01]
Other Videos and Documentaries I Ran Across

Monday May 18, 2015
News Articles

Antarctic Ice Shelf Is A Few Years From Disintegration: NASA
HP & Reuters | Alex Dobuzinskis | 05/15/15

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The last intact section of one of Antarctica's mammoth ice shelves is weakening fast and will likely disintegrate completely in the next few years, contributing further to rising sea levels, according to a NASA study released on Thursday.

The research focused on a remnant of the so-called Larsen B Ice Shelf, which has existed for at least 10,000 years but partially collapsed in 2002. What is left covers about 625 square miles (1,600 square km), about half the size of Rhode Island. ... Read more

Washington's Shadowy Energy Partnership With Azerbaijan Exposed
ZeroHedge | author | 05/18/15

Ten Members of the U.S. Congress -- along with 32 of their staff members -- received secret payments from Azerbaijan's state-owned oil company to travel to Baku in 2013, to cover the cost of travel, including souvenirs of "silk scarves, crystal tea sets and Azerbaijani rugs." ... Read more

GregPalastOffice | BP Blow-out Cover-Up (04/20/12) [6:29]
Vultures' Picnic: In Pursuit of Petroleum Pigs, Power Pirates, and High-Finance Carnivores by Greg Palast

This is the story of the corporate vultures that feed on the weak and ruin our planet in the process-a story that spans the globe and decades.

For Vultures' Picnic, investigative journalist Greg Palast has spent his career uncovering the connection between the world of energy (read: oil) and finance. He's built a team that reads like a casting call for a Hollywood thriller-a Swiss multilingual investigator, a punk journalist, and a gonzo cameraman-to reveal how environmental disasters like the Gulf oil spill, the Exxon Valdez, and lesser-known tragedies such as Tatitlek and Torrey Canyon are caused by corporate corruption, failed legislation, and, most interestingly, veiled connections between the billionaires of financial industry and energy titans. Palast shows how the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, World Trade Organization, and Central Banks act as puppets and bandits for Big Oil.

With Palast at the center of an investigation that takes us from the Arctic to Africa to the Amazon, Vultures' Picnic shows how the big powers in the money and oil game slip the bonds of regulation over and over again, and simply destroy the rules that they themselves can't write-and take advantage of nations and everyday people in the process.

12 Years of Bush Presidencies = 747,000 Net New Private Sector Jobs
HP | Paul Abrams | 05/17/15

As former Governor Jeb Bush (R-FL) flails about trying to use his family name to attract financial and elite support while also desperately trying to distance himself from his brother's disastrous record, there is another problem he cannot run away from: The 12 Bush years were the worst on record for net new private sector job creation. Not just the worst, but no one has even come close to being the second worst.

Not just the worst, but no one has even come close to being the second worst.

That's it. Less than 1 million new private sector jobs in 12 years of Bush presidencies. President Obama creates as many new private sector jobs in 3-4 months as the Bushes did in 12 years.

To understand this more fully, the Bushes averaged 5,190 new jobs per month for 12 years. No, not 51,000 that would be considered terrible, awful and devastating. But one-tenth of that, 5,190. There are no words to describe how abysmal that is. ... Read more

David Stockman: "We Are Entering The Terminal Phase Of The Global Financial System"
ZeroHedge | author | 05/18/15

"What happened in each of those episodes was a short-run break in the system, collapse of confidence and flight to gold. What I think we are facing now is a terminal phase of a monetary system that isn't viable, stable or sustainable. Therefore gold has but one characteristic - massive upside in the years ahead." ... Read more

This Is What A $240/Share AAPL Would Look Like In Context
ZeroHedge | author | 05/18/15

If Carl Icahn, whose $6.8 billion in AAPL holdings makes him nearly a 6x bigger holder of the stock than the Swiss National Bank, is correct and AAPL is truly worth $240/share today, or about $1.4 trillion, roughly equivalent to 9% of US GDP, then this is how AAPL would rank if it were a sovereign nation (and yes, we know comparing market cap to GDP is idiotic, but so is everything else these days).

For the purists, at $240/share, AAPL would be 2.2x larger than the entire market cap of the Italian or Swedish stock market, 1.9x larger than all Spanish public companies combined, it would be almost the same size as the market cap of all Swiss companies, and is just about 70% of the market cap of Germany or France.

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John Oliver
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*TYT | Cuba's Lung Cancer Vaccine Stuns But The Real Surprise Is The Price (05/16/15) [4:07]
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*ThomHartmann | Brunch with Bernie: May 15, 2015 (05/15/15) [44:02]
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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.

Friday May 15, 2015
News Articles

As Chicago Pays Victims of Past Torture, Police Face New Allegations of Abuse at Homan Square
DemocracyNow | author | 05/15/15

More victims have come forward to detail recent abuse inside Homan Square, a secret compound used by Chicago police for incommunicado interrogations and detentions which some have described as the domestic equivalent of a CIA black site overseas. Exclusive video obtained by The Guardian shows a Chicago man named Angel Perez being taken inside a "prisoner entrance." Perez says police handcuffed his right wrist to a metal bar and then sexually assaulted him with a metal object, believed to be a handgun barrel. Perez says the officers also threatened to "go after" his family members, including his father who is battling cancer. Perez is now the 13th person to describe his detainment at the secret police site to The Guardian. Like many detainees, he apparently was never formally arrested -- neither booked, nor permitted access to an attorney, nor charged. Now, Perez and four others have filed a lawsuit against the Chicago Police Department. We are joined by the reporter who broke the Homan Square story, Spencer Ackerman, national security editor at The Guardian.

We Are Seneca Lake: Josh Fox & Fracking Opponents Fight Natural Gas Storage Site in Upstate NY
DemocracyNow | author | 05/15/15

On Wednesday, Josh Fox, director of "Gasland," the documentary which exposed the harms of the fracking industry, was arrested along with 20 other people after forming a human barricade at a natural gas storage facility in upstate New York. The action was part of a long-standing campaign against plans by Crestwood Midstream to expand gas storage in abandoned salt caverns at Seneca Lake, a drinking water source for 100,000 people. We speak to Fox and air his new documentary short, "We Are Seneca Lake.

We never really should have built massive, sprawling cities such as Las Vegas and Phoenix in the middle of the desert. But the 20th century was the wettest century for western North America in about 1,000 years, and we got lulled into a false sense of security.

The Greatest Water Crisis In The History Of The United States
ZeroHedge | author | 05/15/15

What are we going to do once all the water is gone? Thanks to the worst drought in more than 1,000 years, the western third of the country is facing the greatest water crisis that the United States has ever seen. Lake Mead is now the lowest that it has ever been since the Hoover Dam was finished in the 1930s, mandatory water restrictions have already been implemented in the state of California, and there are already widespread reports of people stealing water in some of the worst hit areas. But this is just the beginning.

Right now, in a desperate attempt to maintain somewhat "normal" levels of activity, water is being pumped out of the ground in the western half of the nation at an absolutely staggering pace. Once that irreplaceable groundwater is gone, that is when the real crisis will begin. If this multi-year drought stretches on and becomes the "megadrought" that a lot of scientists are now warning about, life as we know it in much of the country is going to be fundamentally transformed and millions of Americans may be forced to find somewhere else to live. ... Read more
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"We're only at 38 percent full. Lake Mead hasn't been this low since we were filling it in the 1930s," said a spokeswoman for the US Bureau of Reclamation in Las Vegas.
Running Dry: A Journey From Source to Sea Down the Colorado River by Jon Waterman

In 1869, John Wesley Powell led a small party down the Green and Colorado Rivers in a bold attempt to explore the Grand Canyon for the first time. After their monumental expedition, they told of raging rapids, constant danger, and breathtaking natural beauty of the American landscape at its most pristine.

Jon Waterman combines sheer adventure and environmental calamity in this trailblazing cautionary account of his 2008 trip down the overtaxed, drying Colorado. Dammed and tunneled, forced into countless canals, trapped in reservoirs and harnessed for electricity, what once was untamed and free is now humbled, parched, and so yoked to human purposes that in most years it trickles away 100 miles from its oceanic destination.
NatGeo | Running Dry (04/28/10) [1:40]
NatGeo | Chasing Rivers: The Colorado, Part 1 (11/10/14) [24:00], Part 2 [23:30]
Russia and WWII
RT | CrossTalk: Remembering Victory (05/08/15) [24:14]
RT | #Victory70: Largest May 9 parade in Russian and Soviet history since WW2 (05/09/15) [1:31:15]
Deaths by Country during WWII
CountryTotal deaths
Albania30000
Australia40400
Austria(German-controlled)120000
Belgium88000
Brazil2000
Bulgaria25000
Burma(British)272000
Canada45400
China15,000,000 to 20,000,000
Cuba100
Czechoslovakia(Nov 1938 borders)325000
Denmark3200
Dutch East Indies3,000,000 to 4,000,000
Estonia (1939 borders)50000
Ethiopia100000
Finland97000
France550000
French Indochina1,000,000 to 2,200,000
Germany7,000,000 to 9,000,000
Greece320,000 to 807,000
Guam1,000 to 2,000
Hungary580000
Iceland200
India (British)1,587,000 to 2,587,000
Iran200
Iraq500
Ireland200
Italy450000
Japan2,500,000 to 3,000,000
Korea (Japanese Colony)400,000 to 500,000
Latvia (1939 borders)230000
Lithuania (1939 borders)350000
Luxembourg2000
Malaya(British)100000
Malta (British)1500
Mexico100
Mongolia300
Nauru(Australian)500
Nepalincluded with India
Netherlands301000
Newfoundland(British)100
New Zealand11900
Norway9500
Papua and New Guinea(Australian)15000
Philippines(U.S. Territory)500,000 to 1,000,000
Poland (1939 borders)5,000,000 to 6,000,000
Portuguese Timor40,000 to 70,000
Romania (1939 borders)800000
Ruanda-Urundi(Belgian)0 to 300,000
Singapore(British)50000
South Africa11900
South Pacific Mandate(Jap)57000
Soviet Union25,000,000 to 30,000,000
Spainincluded with Germany
Swede600
SwitzerlandBB100
ThailandBC7600
TurkeyBD200
United KingdomBE450900
United States420000
Yugoslavia1,000,000 to 1,700,000
Approx. Totals60,000,000 to 85,000,000
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, May 15 [10:56]
*DN | We Are Seneca Lake: Josh Fox & Fracking Opponents Fight Natural Gas Storage Site in Upstate NY (05/15/15) [15:59]
*DN | As Chicago Pays Victims of Past Torture, Police Face New Allegations of Abuse at Homan Square (05/15/15) [14:51]
Bernie Sanders
How to Solve America's Biggest Problems with Bernie Sanders! (04/11/15) [46:39]
Environment - Fracking
Gasland () [1:42:41]
Gasland 2010 () [1:42:56]
*TRNN | Robert Scheer & Chris Hedges: They Know Everything About You, Part 3 (05/15/15) [19:54]
*TRNN | Seymour Hersh says by going public with a "fairytale" narrative of the murder of Bin Laden, President Obama broke an agreement with top Pakistani generals to hide the U.S. mission and Pakistani military complicity. (05/15/15) [35:47]
Original article (good)-> London Review of Books | The Killing of Osama bin Laden by Seymour M. Hersh
TYT | Fox News Snob To Obama: We've Never Demonized The Poor-- ROLL THE TAPE! (05/14/15) [3:29]
TYT | Iraq War's Latest Victim? Jeb Bush & Yes, It's A Clusterf*ck (05/14/15) [11:31]
TYT | Decline In Religion Frightens Bill O'Reilly (05/14/15) [9:37]
TYT | Christian Persecution? It's Everywhere. Can I Name One Example? No. (05/14/15) [3:30]
RT | CrossTalk: Syrian Nightmare (05/15/15) [24:36]
RT | Keiser Report: Modern Slave Masters (E757) (05/14/15) [24:30]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | What is the Appropriate Role of Government? (05/14/15) [5:50]

Thursday May 14, 2015
News Articles

Thirty Million Gallons Under the Sea
Harpers Magazine | Antonia Juhasz | June 2015

One morning in March of last year, I set out from Gulfport, Mississippi, on a three-week mission aboard the U.S. Navy research vessel Atlantis. The 274-foot ship, painted a crisp white and blue, stood tall in the bright sunlight. On its decks were winches, cranes, seafloor-mapping sonar, a machine shop, and five laboratories. Stowed in an alcove astern was Alvin, the federal government's only manned research submarine. "Research vessel Atlantis outbound," A. D. Colburn, the ship's captain, reported into the ship radio.

The water was calm and the bridge crew quiet as they steered us into open water. For the next fourteen hours, we would sail toward the site of BP's Macondo well, where, in April 2010, a blowout caused the largest offshore-drilling oil spill in history. Once there, Atlantis's crew would launch Alvin and guide it to the bottom of the ocean, reaching depths as great as 7,200 feet below the surface. Over the next twenty-two days they would send the submersible down seventeen times, to gather animal, plant, water, and sediment samples. Their goal was to determine how BP's spill had affected the ocean's ecosystem from the seabed up. I would get the chance to join them in the submarine as they went closer to the Macondo wellhead than anyone had gone since the blowout. ...

Sorry I can't get to the whole article.
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Jeb Bush Confronted By College Student: 'Your Brother Created ISIS'
HP | Marina Fang | 05/13/15

A college student told likely GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush on Wednesday that his brother, former President George W. Bush, was to blame for the rise of the Islamic State.

The heated confrontation took place at a town hall meeting in Reno, Nevada, according to The New York Times. Ivy Ziedrich, 19, a student at the University of Nevada, approached the former Florida governor to question him about comments he had made during the event. Bush had argued that the Obama administration's weak foreign policy was responsible for the rise of the terrorist group, also known as ISIS, in the Middle East. ... Read more

Senate Cuts Deal To Pass Obama's Secretive Trade Bills...

The $60 Billion Question: Can Afghanistan Take The Taliban And ISIS On Its Own?
HP | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | 05/13/15

American taxpayers have spent $62.5 billion on Afghanistan's military and police forces since the U.S. invaded that country in 2001. It could all go to waste -- or, worse, to extremists -- if the Afghan and U.S. governments don't increase their vigilance, according to the top watchdog for U.S. efforts in Afghanistan.

"The evidence strongly suggests that Afghanistan lacks the capacity -- financial, technical, managerial or otherwise -- to maintain, support and execute much of what has been built or established during more than 13 years of international assistance," said John Sopko, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, in an address at the Center for Strategic and International Studies on Wednesday. ... Read more

*Why There Has Been No Recovery (In One Simple Chart): A Harvest Of Corruption
ZeroHedge | author | 05/14/15

The following graph is an older one and has been talked about for a while. But, it does a good job of illustrating that Corporations have been making bigger and bigger profits, while off-shoring jobs and paying lower wages here in the US. And they still complain of high taxes!
"The money was all appropriated for the top in the hopes that it would trickle down to the needy."
Will Rogers, Nov 26, 1932

"Trickle-down theory - the less than elegant metaphor that if one feeds the horse enough oats, some will pass through to the road for the sparrows."
John Kenneth Galbraith

"It is no exaggeration to say that since the 1980s, much of the global financial sector has become criminalised, creating an industry culture that tolerates or even encourages systematic fraud."
Charles H. Ferguson

"It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it."
Upton Sinclair
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Who Is The Biggest Energy Company in the World?
ZeroHedge | author | 05/14/15

PetroChina just surpassed Exxon Mobil to become the largest energy company in the world, on a market cap basis. Now the question becomes: can PetroChina retain its status as the world's largest energy company? ... Read more
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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, May 14 [8:56]
*DN | As Train Crash Death Toll Reaches 7, GOP Votes to Cut Amtrak Budget by $250M & Delay Safety Upgrades (05/14/15) [21:17]
<<- See article in the left column.
*DN | 30 Million Gallons Under the Sea: Five Years After BP Disaster, New Drilling OK'd by Spill Site (05/14/15) [11:17]
AJPlus - COMPLETE Surveillance
*AJPlus | Do Not Track: How Apps Access Your Private Information, Part 1 (05/12/15) [3:26], Part 2 [3:25], Part 3 [2:19], Part 4 [5:03]
*TRNN | Former NSA Senior Intelligence Analyst, J. Kirk Wiebe says the original USA Freedom Act after the Snowden disclosures are much better than what is being considered today (05/14/15) [15:44]
TYT | All The Ways Your Smartphone Is Spying On You 24/7 (05/13/15) [3:16]
AJ+ | Journalist Says Osama bin Laden Raid Is A Lie (05/11/15) [1:11]
TYT | Senate Denies Fast-track For Obama's Trade Deal (Trans-Pacific Partnership = TPP) (05/13/15) [11:19]
TYT | Were Obama's Comments About Elizabeth Warren Sexist? (05/13/15) [9:49]
TYT | President Obama Speaks Truth About Fox News (05/13/15) [8:47]
RT | Keiser Report: Don't Stop 'Banker Bashing'! (E756) (05/12/15) [23:30]
RT | Seymour Hersh: Bin Laden 'raid' - 'Old, sick man, who was going to be murdered' (05/12/15) [13:46]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | Shell Exposes Arctic to 75% Chance of a LARGE Spill... (05/13/15) [5:48]
ThomHartmann | Republicans Care More About Billionaires than America... (05/13/15) [6:44]
ThomHartmann | America's infrastructure continues to fall apart (05/13/15) [7:50]
Jon Stewart - Daily News
Jon Stewart | Jon Stewart Feeds Fox News From Its Own 'Rich Buffet Of Bulls**t' (05/14/15) [9:37]

Wednesday May 13, 2015
News Articles

Amtrak Train Derails In Philadelphia, Killing At Least 6
HP | Andrew Hart | 05/13/15

At least six people were killed -- and eight individuals remain in critical condition -- after an Amtrak train traveling from Washington to New York City derailed in Philadelphia on Tuesday night.

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter described the wreckage and dangerous debris from the six overturned cars as an "absolute disastrous mess." "I have never seen anything like it in my life," Nutter said. ... Read more

Senate Democrats Knock Down Obama's Trade Bill (Trans-Pacific Partnership or TPP)
HP | Laura Barron-Lopez | 05/13/15

Senate Democrats dealt a stinging blow to President Barack Obama Tuesday by blocking legislation that would grant him authority to fast-track international trade deals.

Democrats, including several who favor Obama's trade agenda, banded together to prevent the Senate from considering legislation that grants the president so-called Trade Promotion Authority, which would bar Congress from amending or filibustering trade agreements negotiated by the administration. Fifty-two senators voted to start debate on the bill, short of the 60 needed to overcome a Democratic filibuster. Forty-five senators voted against the plan. ... Read more

The Detail in Seymour Hersh's Bin Laden Story That Rings True
NYTimes | Carlotta Gall | 05/12/15

... But others, including top Pakistani generals, insisted that this was not the case. American officials at first said Bin Laden resisted the SEALs; the Pakistanis promptly leaked that he wasn't armed. Then came differing stories from the SEALs who carried out the raid, followed by a widening stream of new details from government reports -- including the 336-page Abbottabad Commission report requested by the Pakistani Parliament -- and from books and interviews. All of the accounts were incomplete in some way. ... Read more

Brig Usman Khalid informed CIA of Osama's presence in Abbottabad
thenews.com.pk | Amir Mir | 05/12/15

ISLAMABAD: Pulitzer prize winning American journalist Seymour Hersh's most recent claim that a former Pakistani intelligence official had actually informed the Americans about the Abbottabad hideout of al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden (OBL), has given credence to the notion that a former ISI official provided the information about Osama's location in exchange of US$ 25 million bounty as well as the US citizenship with a new identity. ... Read more

The Killing of Osama bin Laden by Seymour M. Hersh
London Review of Books | Seymour M. Hersh | 05/12/15

It's been four years since a group of US Navy Seals assassinated Osama bin Laden in a night raid on a high-walled compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The killing was the high point of Obama's first term, and a major factor in his re-election. The White House still maintains that the mission was an all-American affair, and that the senior generals of Pakistan's army and Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) were not told of the raid in advance. This is false, as are many other elements of the Obama administration's account. The White House's story might have been written by Lewis Carroll: would bin Laden, target of a massive international manhunt, really decide that a resort town forty miles from Islamabad would be the safest place to live and command al-Qaida's operations? He was hiding in the open. So America said. ... Read more

They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy by Robert Scheer

They Know Everything About You is a groundbreaking exposé of how government agencies and tech corporations monitor virtually every aspect of our lives, and a fierce defense of privacy and democracy.

The revelation that the government has access to a vast trove of personal online data demonstrates that we already live in a surveillance society. But the erosion of privacy rights extends far beyond big government. Intelligence agencies such as the NSA and CIA are using Silicon Valley corporate partners as their data spies. Seemingly progressive tech companies are joining forces with snooping government agencies to create a brave new world of wired tyranny.

Life in the digital age poses an unprecedented challenge to our constitutional liberties, which guarantee a wall of privacy between the individual and the government. The basic assumption of democracy requires the ability of the individual to experiment with ideas and associations within a protected zone, as secured by the Constitution. The unobserved moment embodies the most basic of human rights, yet it is being squandered in the name of national security and consumer convenience.

Robert Scheer argues that the information revolution, while a source of public enlightenment, contains the seeds of freedom's destruction in the form of a surveillance state that exceeds the wildest dream of the most ingenious dictator. The technology of surveillance, unless vigorously resisted, represents an existential threat to the liberation of the human spirit.

The US Is In Recession According To These 7 Charts
ZeroHedge | author | 05/13/15

The evidence continues to mount... "Most since Lehman" has become the new meme for macro-economic data in the US as day after day brings another lacklustre superlative to be dismissed with some excuse by the cognoscenti of sell-side economists... Read more
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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, May 13 [7:06]
*DN | Revolt over TPP: Senate Dems Rebuke Obama by Blocking Debate on Secretive Trade Deal (05/13/15) [11:13]
DN | As Internal Docs Show Major Overreach, Why Is FBI Spying on Opponents of Keystone XL Pipeline? (05/13/15) [10:06]
Jon Stewart - Daily News
Jon Stewart | Jeb Bush's Support For George W. Is Like Wearing An 'I F--k Dogs' T-Shirt (05/13/15) [7:01]
*TRNN | Robert Scheer & Chris Hedges: They Know Everything About You, Part 1 (05/13/15) [21:12], Part 2 [18:32]
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TRNN | Verizon Buys AOL, Now Owns HuffPost (05/13/15) [8:27]
TRNN | Union Activist Frank Hammer says: Senate Democrats Block Obama's Fast-track Authority for Trade Pacts (TPP) (05/13/15) [13:16]
*TYT | Osama Bin Laden Raid Details Exposed By Seymour M. Hersh (05/12/15) [16:40]
TYT | Critics Attack Seymour Hersh After Bin Laden Raid Story Goes Public (05/12/15) [9:59]
TYT | Mark Halperin Bloomberg Interview Of Ted Cruz Racist? (05/12/15) [10:14]
*RT | CrossTalk: The Yemen Proxy? (05/13/15) [24:23]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | Who's Writing the TPP? (05/12/15) [6:06]
ThomHartmann | Why are Republicans Sticking it to our Troops? (05/12/15) [3:44]

Tuesday May 12, 2015
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Greece Effectively Defaults To IMF Using SDR Reserves To "Repay" Fund; 1 Month Countdown Begins
ZeroHedge | author | 05/12/15

Greece tapped emergency reserves in its holding account at the IMF in order to make a 750 million euro payment to the Fund on Monday meaning that, as predicted, the IMF is now paying itself. Athens has one month to replenish the account. Meanwhile, the Fund has indicated it wants no part of another Greek bailout. And just to confirm how terminal the situation for Greece is, MarketNews just reported that Greece now has a paltry €90 million in cash reserves left. The end of the world's most drawn out tragicomedy is finally nigh. ... Read more

Central Planning + HFT = Global Bond Crash.

Seymour Hersh's Bin Laden Raid Bombshell Draws White House, Media Pushback
HP | Michael Calderone | 05/11/15

Hersh's 10,000-word article, published in the London Review of Books, prompted pushback from the White House and from journalists, who rebutted his claims online, on cable news, and on Twitter.

Hersh on Monday brushed off the criticism in an interview with The Huffington Post. "If I worried about the reaction to what I write, I'd be frozen," he said. Hersh said that journalists "should be very skeptical of someone who says what goes against what every newspaper and magazine believed." ... Read more

Newsy | White House, Journalists Pan Hersh's New Bin Laden Theory (05/11/15) [2:27]

Seymour Hersh Article Alleges Cover-Up in Bin Laden Hunt
NYTimes | Matthew Rosenberg | 05/11/15

Four years after a Navy SEAL team killed Osama bin Laden in his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, lingering questions remain about the raid and what led up to it. Now, in a 10,000-word article in The London Review of Books, the journalist Seymour M. Hersh challenges nearly every facet of the semiofficial narrative that has emerged over the years, alleging a vast cover-up that involves hundreds, possibly thousands, of people and goes all the way to President Obama himself. ... Read more

Pope Warns "Powerful People Don't Want Peace Because They Live Off War
ZeroHedge | author | 05/12/15

... The Pope has a rather depressing message for the world's children: the world's most powerful people don't want peace:

Many powerful people don't want peace because they live off war," the Pontiff said as he met with pupils from Rome's primary schools in the Nervi Audience Hall.

Talking to children during the audience organized by the Peace Factory Foundation, he explained that every war has the arms industry behind it.

"This is serious. Some powerful people make their living with the production of arms and sell them to one country for them to use against another country," the Pope was cited by AGI news agency as saying.

The head of the Catholic Church labeled the arms trade "the industry of death, the greed that harms us all, the desire to have more money."

"The economic system orbits around money and not men, women," he told 7,000 kids present at the audience.

Despite the fact that wars "lose lives, health, education," they are being waged to defend money and make even more profit, the Pope said.
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Newsy | Texas 'Jade Helm 15' Conspiracy Theory Splits Politicians (05/09/15) [2:39]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, May 12 [12:51]
*DN | Seymour Hersh Details Explosive Story on Bin Laden Killing & Responds to White House, Media Backlash (05/12/15) [21:05]
*DN | Exclusive: CIA Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling Speaks Out Upon Sentencing to 3.5 Years in Prison (05/12/15) [15:19]
DN | "Kill Anything": Israeli Soldiers Say Gaza Atrocities Came from Orders for Indiscriminate Fire (05/06/15) []
CBS | Face the Nation
*CBS News | Face the Nation: Bernie Sanders on CBS Face the Nation (05/10/15) [5:56]
*TRNN | Larry Wilkerson: Jeb Bush's Entourage Filled with Neocons (05/12/15) [6:43]
*TRNN | Investigative reporter Marcy Wheeler: CIA Whistleblower Gets 42 Months In Prison For Talking to Press (05/12/15) [8:33]
TYT | Jeb Bush Promises He'll Be As Stupid About Iraq As His Brother (05/11/15) [6:38]
TYT | Is Obama The Reason Black People Aren't Grateful To The Cops? (05/11/15) [11:51]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | What Happened to the American Middle Class? (05/11/15) [9:17]
Why Aren't the "Job Creators" Creating Jobs? (05/11/15) [1:46]
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