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Wednesday July 16, 2014
News Articles

Rupert Murdoch Is Trying To Buy Time Warner For A Huge Pric
HP | Jack Mirkinson | 07/16/14

Rupert Murdoch has made an ambitious play to buy media giant Time Warner, setting in motion a potentially massive merger. The New York Times was the first to break the news about Murdoch's plans. The paper said that 21st Century Fox, one of the two huge media conglomerates owned by Murdoch, offered to purchase Time Warner for $80 billion, but was turned down.

21st Century Fox eventually confirmed that it had made an offer, but said it was not currently in discussions with Time Warner. That could easily change, though. Murdoch is used to such rejection and may have even expected it. After all, others, such as the former owners of the Wall Street Journal, have also pushed away his initial takeover offers. Murdoch now owns the Journal. ... Read more

Hottest March-June On Record Globally, Reports Japan Meteorological Agency
Click to zoom - Hotest June on Record
thinkprogress.org/ | Joe Romm | 07/15/14

You may recall that the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) reported last month that March-May was the hottest in more than 120 years of record-keeping. Well, the JMA reported Monday that last month was the hottest June in more than 120 years of record-keeping. That makes 3 straight record-breaking months for JMA -- the hottest second quarter on record. It also means we had the hottest March-June on record.

And these records occurred despite the fact we're still waiting for the start of El Niño. It is usually the combination of the underlying long-term warming trend and the regional El Niño warming pattern that leads to new global temperature records. ... Read more

California Braces for the Worst: El Niño May Be Too Little, Too Late to Save It From Drought
AlterNet | author | 07/16/14

California has imposed statewide water-use regulations for the first time as its three-year drought worsens. Yesterday, state regulators approved stringent new measures limiting outdoor water, which include $500 fines for using an outdoor hose without a shut-off nozzle.

Meanwhile, hopes that the drought would break by autumn have been tempered. The National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center downplayed the help that El Niño may bring to the drought-plagued West in its monthly report of Pacific Ocean weather patterns. While the Center is still projecting that sea surface temperatures will be warmer than usual--a phenomenon known as El Niño--it is now saying that the effect will be only "weak to moderate." ... Read more

Israeli Arms Company Plans 'Star Wars' Style Laser Defense System
JNS.org. | author | 02/14/14

Israel's Rafael Advanced Defense Systems unveiled its latest missile defense system, called Iron Beam, which uses lasers to destroy incoming rockets and mortars.

According to Rafael, the Iron Beam system is designed to intercept super close-range drones, rockets, and mortars that aren't in the air long enough for the Iron Dome system to pick up. Military experts agree that it will be a potentially effective addition to Israel's battlefield-tested Iron Dome system. ... Read more

DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, July 16 [10:46]
*DN | Live Report From Baghdad: Despite Threat by ISIS, Life in Iraqi Capital Feels "Deceptively Calm" (07/16/14) [12:58]
*DN | "Iraq Has Already Disintegrated": ISIS Expands Stronghold as Leaks Expose US Doubts on Iraqi Forces (07/16/14) [8:17]
DN | Is an Iran Nuclear Deal Within Reach? Dissecting the Latest Talks over a "Manufactured Crisis" (07/16/14) [4:28]
John Oliver
*HBO | Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Wealth Gap (07/13/14) [14:09]
TRNN News
TRNN | Hedges and Lessig on Money and Politics, Part 2 (07/16/14) [18:39]
Larry Lessig is calling a MayDay on our democracy
TRNN | The Real News speaks to Gaza-based blogger Nalan al Sarraj about the Israeli bombardment campaign on the strip and why Hamas rejected a proposed ceasefire (07/16/14) [4:34]
TRNN | East correspondent Lia Tarachansky discusses Operation Protective Edge after Hamas rejected the Egyptian ceasefire proposal (07/16/14) [9:00]
Lia Tarachansky: On The Side Of The Road | Israel/Palestine | Hebrew & Arabic (trailer) (2013) [1:23:00]
Ring of Fire
Papantonio: Obama Fails Miserably on Disclosure (07/16/14) [8:54]
President Obama has tools at his disposal that could pull back the curtain on big money campaign donors. But instead of forcing companies to disclose which candidates they are supporting, Obama has decided to let them continue to operate in the dark.
Papantonio: Eric Holder is Obama's Biggest Failure (07/16/14) [5:47]
Papantonio: Republicans Fight Over Who's The Biggest Idiot (07/16/14) [6:53]
TYT News
TYT | Is It Ever Okay To Criticize Israel? (07/15/14) [6:34]
TYT | Customer Service Rep Recorded Yelling At Customer (07/15/14) [5:34]
"We all know that it takes strength to call a utility or telecom. But the patience of two customers was seriously tested recently when they had the audacity to contact Comcast and make a simple request. Writer Veronica Belmont and her husband Ryan Block, a product manager at AOL (parent company of The Huffington Post), called Comcast last week to disconnect their service. The couple planned to switch to another cable and Internet provider, but the customer service representative who handled their call had no intention of letting them do so."
*TYT | Is It Ever Okay To Criticize Israel? (07/15/14) [6:34]
*TYT | Ceasefire Hopes Dashed As Rockets Fall & Deaths Rise (07/15/14) [6:11]
*TYT | What is Israel Supposed to Do? (07/15/14) [10:57]
*TYT | The Establishment Should Fear Elizabeth Warren (07/15/14) [9:00]
Nuclear Blasts
"1945-1998 Nuclear Blasts" by Isao Hashimoto [14:25]

Tuesday July 15, 2014
News Articles

Environmental Crime: The Prosecution Gap
The Crime Report.org | Graham Kates | 07/14/14

... Although the federal government extolled the win against BP Gulf oil spill as the start of a new era of environmental policing, an analysis by The Crime Report of thousands of records compiled by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), reveals that enforcement of corporate environmental crime remains extremely rare.

More than 64,000 facilities are currently listed in agency databases as being in violation of federal environmental laws, but in most years, fewer than one-half of one percent of violations trigger criminal investigations, according to EPA records. ... Read more

An Exceptional Decline for the Exceptional Country?
Bill Moyers | Tom Engelhardt | 07/14/14

For America's national security state, this is the age of impunity. Nothing it does -- torture, kidnapping, assassination, illegal surveillance, you name it -- will ever be brought to court. For none of its beyond-the-boundaries acts will anyone be held accountable. The only crimes that can now be committed in official Washington are by those foolish enough to believe that a government of the people, by the people, and for the people shall not perish from this earth. I'm speaking of the various whistleblowers and leakers who have had an urge to let Americans know what deeds and misdeeds their government is committing in their name but without their knowledge. They continue to pay a price in accountability for their acts that should, by comparison, stun us all.

As June ended, the New York Times front-paged an account of an act of corporate impunity that may, however, be unique in the post-9/11 era (though potentially a harbinger of things to come). In 2007, as journalist James Risen tells it, Daniel Carroll, the top manager in Iraq for the rent-a-gun company Blackwater, one of the warrior corporations that accompanied the US military to war in the twenty-first century, threatened Jean Richter, a government investigator sent to Baghdad to look into accounts of corporate wrongdoing. ... Read more

What It's Like On The Ground In Gaza
HP | Sophia Jones | 07/15/14

Headless bodies. Screaming children. Entire neighborhoods fleeing on foot. The unmistakable sounds of Hamas rockets and the booms of Israeli strikes. It's been a bloody week here in Gaza, with the death toll now at more than 190 people, the majority of them civilians. While Palestinians here decry the number of deaths, Israel says it doesn't target civilians and that the deaths are unavoidable if Hamas launches rockets from heavily populated areas. There have been no reported deaths in Israel, largely due to the Iron Dome rocket interceptor, although some Israelis have been injured.

On Tuesday, Israel agreed to ceasefire terms brokered by Egypt, but Hamas rejected the proposal on the grounds that it had not been consulted. There remains little hope here that a lasting ceasefire will take effect. ... Read more

DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, July 15 [11:00]
NSA JTRIG Tools-Techniques - Cryptome.pdf
DN | With 192 Dead in Gaza, Is True Ceasefire Possible Under Israeli Occupation, Palestinian Resistance? (07/15/14) [6:18]
DN | After Palestinian Unity Deal, Did Israel Spark Violence to Prevent a New "Peace Offensive"? (07/15/14) [9:21]
DN | Green Scare: Animal Rights Activists Face Terrorism Charges for Freeing Minks From Fur Farm (07/15/14) [3:09]
DN | The Prosecution Gap: Corporate Polluters Rarely Criminally Charged for Violating Environmental Law (07/15/14) [2:52]
A new investigation by The Crime Report published Monday documents how corporations almost never face criminal investigations for violating environmental laws such as the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act. A survey of environmental violations tracked by the Environmental Protection Agency shows just one-half of one percent of them trigger criminal prosecution. Joining us to describe his investigation, The Crime Report's Graham Kates describes how one company, Alpha Natural Resources, faced only civil fines after it racked up more than 6,000 violations between 2007 and 2013. Kates say prosecutions are hampered by limited government resources in pursuing corporate polluters. The EPA has just 200 agents nationwide, and the Environmental Crime section of Department of Justice has just 38 prosecutors.
TRNN News
*TRNN | Bill Black: Who Is the Unsung Hero of the $7 Billion Citigroup Settlement? (07/15/14) [6:53]
WORONCZUK: And, Bill, can you put this $7 billion, this settlement, in context? How does this compare to the profit that Citibank made off of the mortgage-backed security, as well as to the damage they did to the U.S. economy?

BLACK: Well, Citicorp doesn't necessarily make profit out of all of this. As I've tried to explain many times, many of these fraud mechanisms involved looting the corporation, which is, again, another reason why the prosecution should center on the individuals, not on Citicorp. After all, this fine is not going to be paid by the officers who are made wealthy by the fraud; it's going to be payed by the shareholders. And the shareholders frequently already lost money because of the looting.

But if you ask me what was the damage done by these kinds of frauds, the best estimate of economists right now is that we lost $21 trillion--a trillion is a thousand billion--$21 trillion in lost productivity as a result of the Great Recession that is a direct result of this epidemic of these kinds of fraud. And we lost 10 million American jobs. Now, that's just the American story. In Europe, both of those numbers are significantly larger.
*TRNN | Hedges and Lessig on Money and Politics, Part 1 (07/15/14) [18:38]
TYT News
TYT | Strong Words From The Latest Sane Person Run Out Of The Republican Party (07/15/14) [3:32]
Humor
Hottest Year On Record? (07/15/14) [2:21]
Other Videos and Documentaries I Ran Across
Note: I don't endorse any of the videos in this section.
As I construct My News Pages I constantly run across a lot of NEW videos, and since I find YouTube frustrating trying to re-find videos, I save the links in this section so I can find them again.
The Dark Ages (10/17/13) [1:30:44]
The Crusades: Crescent & The Cross (09/06/13) [3:00:27]
Napoleon's Secrets Revealed (07/11/14) [50:30]
Napoleon Bonaparte, born 15 August 1769 in Ajaccio, Corsica, died on 5 May 1821 on the island of Saint Helena, was First Consul, then Emperor of the French. He was a conqueror of Europe. A general of the French Revolution of 24 years, he accumulated spectacular victories in Italy during the campaign in Egypt, then took power by coup d'état in November 1799.

He headed the French from the end of 1799 and was the first consul from November 1799 to May 1804 and then Emperor of the French under the name Napoleon I from May 1804 to April 1814. He reorganized and reformed the state and society. He was also President of the Italian Republic from 1802 to 1805, then king of Italy, from March 1805 to April 1814, as well as the mediator of the Swiss Confederation from 1803 to 1813 and protector of the Confederation of the Rhine from 1806 to 1813. He conquered and ruled most of continental Europe and placed several members of his family on the thrones of several European kingdoms.

Napoleon tried to put an end to the series of wars undertaken by European monarchies against France beginning in 1792. He led the men of the Great Army. Despite many initial victories with various coalitions assembled and financed by Great Britain (now the United Kingdom in 1801), the imperial era ended in 1815 with the defeat of Waterloo.

Napolean played a major role in the history of Europe having been a great general and later in life a monarch. No doubt his existence had played a great role in the evolution of France and it's capital Paris. Many monuments in Paris showcase his accomplishments and highlight his life and history.
HC | World War I: The Necessary War (06/07/14) [58:35]
HC | World War II From Space (06/07/14) [1:28:31]

Monday July 14, 2014
News Articles

Citigroup Will Pay $7 Billion To End DOJ Mortgage Investigation
HP & Reuters | author | 07/14/14

July 14 (Reuters) - Citigroup Inc said it agreed to pay $7 billion to settle a U.S. government investigation into mortgage-backed securities the bank sold in the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis.

The settlement figure was more that twice what many analysts expected earlier this year but less than the $12 billion the government had sought in negotiations with the bank.

Citigroup said on Monday it would pay $4.5 billion in cash and provide $2.5 billion in consumer relief.

The bank said it would take a related pre-tax charge of about $3.8 billion in the second quarter. The bank is scheduled to report results before the market opens on Monday.
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Mission Accomplished: Retail Piles In To Stocks As Pros Pile Out
ZeroHedge | author | 07/14/14

With year-end target after year-end target having been met and raised by the oh-so-ethical sell-side strategists and asset-gatherers, it appears the Fed's grand plan of dragging every bit of cash into the increasingly more risky equity markets is working. After a rally driven more by financial engineering that real sustainable growth, Bloomberg reports, individual investors are plowing money back into the U.S. stock market just as professional strategists say gains for this year are over. As one senior equity manager warned, "if Wall Street, after poring over all known data, comes up with a target and we're already there, and you still see individual investors buying and they're typically the ones that are late to the party, it would seem there is limited upside," but that didn't stop about $100 billion being added to equity mutual funds and exchange-traded funds in the past year, 10 times more than the previous 12 months. We have found this cycle's greater fool and once again it is the retail investor. ... Read more

Still Think First Quarter Earnings Were Strong? Then Look At This Chart
Click to zoom - Chart of the Day
ZeroHedge | author | 07/14/14

Contribution to annualized nominal 1Q GDI growth: Real Gross Domestic Income plunged 2.6% in 1Q, nearly matching the decline in GDP. Looking at the components (only available in nominal terms), the biggest driver of the decline was a collapse in corporate profits, which offset a trend-like increase in wages and salaries. The decline in corporate profits is indicative of weaker aggregate demand and a drop in productivity. ... Read more

Have We Gone From a Post-War to a Pre-War World
HP | Walter Russell Mead | 07/07/14

On June 28, 1914, a chauffeur panicked after a failed bomb attack on his boss, took a wrong turn and came to a complete stop in front of a café in Sarajevo where Gavrilo Princip was sitting. Princip, discouraged at the apparent failure of the planned murder, seized the unexpected opportunity and fired the shots that began the First World War, a cataclysm which claimed over nine million lives, ended four empires and set in motion events from the Communist Revolution in Russia to the rise of Nazi Germany.

One hundred years later, the world is nervously keeping its eyes peeled for misguided chauffeurs and asking itself whether history could repeat. The great powers are at peace, and trade and cultural ties between nations seem closer than ever before, yet the international scene is in many ways surprisingly brittle. In particular, a rising naval power is challenging an established hegemon, and a "powder keg" region replete with ethnic and religious quarrels looks less stable by the day.

In 1914, Germany was the rising power, the U.K. the weary hegemon and the Balkans was the powder keg. In 2014, China is rising, the United States is staggering under the burden of world leadership and the Middle East is the powder keg. ... Read more

DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, July 14 [14:35]
DN | "Israel Targets Civilians, the Casualties Speak Volumes": Int'l Protection Urged for Besieged Gaza (07/14/14) [7:01]
DN | Norwegian Physician Treating Wounded Civilians: Stop the Bombing, End Israeli Impunity in Gaza (07/14/14) [4:04]
TRNN News
*TRNN | Shir Hever: An Occupier's Peace or a Just Peace, Part 4 (07/13/14) [19:21]
TRNN | Haaretz columnist Gideon Levy: A Ground Invasion of Gaza Will Achieve Nothing but More Bloodshed (07/14/14) [7:50]
Haaretz columnist Gideon Levy says the people of Gaza are victims of Israeli domestic politics and treated like hostages by Hamas.
Heist
Heist: A Who Done It On The Economy (shortened version) [27:57]
*Heist: Who Stole the American Dream? (full) (2012) [1:26:21]
TYT News
TYT | ISIS Dominates Iraq Using Sophisticated Social Media Tactics (07/13/14) [6:41]
*TYT | Cyber? Bankers & Gov Officials Steam Up Revolving Door (07/13/14) [6:05]
TYT | Fox News Has Typical Ironic B*tchfest Over Atheist Ad (07/13/14) [7:15]
TYT | Honey Boo Boo, Kardashians, Duck Dynasty - Victims Of A Grim New Reality (07/13/14) [7:15]
Ring of Fire
Ring of Fire | Abby Martin: Blackwater's Criminal History (07/11/14) [10:51]
The private mercenary firm Blackwater is finally on trial for committing some of the worst atrocities during the Iraq War. Reports show that the company knowingly killed innocent, unarmed Iraqi civilians -- women and children -- and so far they haven't been held accountable. And that's just the tip of the iceberg for Blackwater's crimes.
*Ring of Fire | Papantonio: Jesus Was NOT A Republican (07/14/14) [10:04]
FRAUD and GREED (also see Sticky News)

Friday July 11, 2014
News Articles

10 Supreme Court Rulings -- Before 'Hobby Lobby' -- That Turned Corporations Into People
Bill Moyers & MotherJones | author | 07/11/14

Last week's Hobby Lobby ruling charted new legal territory by granting corporations the same religious rights as real people. The rationale behind the decision -- that expanding constitutional rights to businesses is necessary to "protect the rights of people associated with the corporation" -- is far from novel. A line of Supreme Court rulings stretching back 200 years has blurred the distinction between flesh-and-blood citizens and the businesses they own, laying the groundwork for Hobby Lobby and the equally contentious Citizens United ruling. Here's a timeline of the corporation's human evolution:

  1. 1809 (Bank of the United States v. Deveaux): In the early days of the republic, when state and federal courts were still working out their jurisdictions, the Bank of the United States -- a precursor to the US Treasury -- sued a Georgia tax collector named Peter Deveaux for property he had seized when the bank failed to pay state taxes.
  2. 1844 (Louisville, Cincinnati, and Charleston Railroad v. Letson): he Supreme Court shifted course, ruling that corporations were "citizens" of the states where they incorporated. Still, it was difficult for a corporation to sue or be sued in federal court unless all its shareholders lived in the same state.
  3. 1853 (Marshall v. Baltimore and Ohio Railroad): The Supreme Court later upheld the notion that corporations were citizens, but only for the purposes of court jurisdiction; they did not have the same constitutional rights as actual people.
  4. 1886 (County of Santa Clara v. Southern Pacific Railroad): Now that corporations were legally citizens, corporate attorneys worked to expand their rights.
  5. 1898 (Smyth v. Ames): Building on the Santa Clara decision, the court voided a Nebraska railroad tax, ruling that it was akin to the government taking a corporation's property without due process -- a violation of its 14th Amendment rights.
  6. 1906 (Hale v. Henkel): Having blocked unlawful seizures of corporate property, the court went on to shield companies from other kinds of intrusion. Writing for the majority, Justice Henry Billings Brown found that corporations, like people, are protected from unreasonable searches and seizures under the Fourth Amendment.
  7. 1931 (Russian Volunteer Fleet v. United States): A Russian shipbuilder, Russian Volunteer Fleet, sued the US government, claiming that government officials had unlawfully seized property worth more than $4 million.
  8. 1977 (United States v. Martin Linen Supply Co.): After a criminal trial for two linen companies and their owner was dismissed due to jury deadlock, federal prosecutors appealed the decision. The Supreme Court ruled that a second trial violated the companies' rights to be tried only once, expanding the double jeopardy rule to include both humans and corporations.
  9. 2010 (Citizens United v. FEC): In the run up to the 2008 election, the Federal Elections Commission blocked the conservative nonprofit Citizens United from airing a film about Hillary Clinton based on a law barring companies from using their funds for "electioneering communications" within 30 days of a primary or 60 days of a general election.
  10. 2014 (Burwell v. Hobby Lobby): Corporations are legally people with the right to free speech, but do they have religious rights? Apparently, they do.
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CEO Of Europe's Largest Insurer Pops The Utopia Bubble: "Nothing Is Solved And Everybody Knows It"
ZeroHedge | author | 07/11/14

"The fundamental problems are not solved and everybody knows it," Maximilian Zimmerer, CEO of Allianz, said at Bloomberg LP's London office. The "euro crisis is not over," he said. "There is only one country where the debt level last year was lower than 2012 and this is a signal the debt crisis can't be over, only a recognition of the debt crisis has changed," Zimmerer said on July 9. "If the debt levels are not going down in the end we will have a problem, that is for sure." ... Read more

Are "failed U.S. policies" to blame for the rise in unaccompanied Central American migrant children?
borderfactcheck.org | author | 07/10/14

The Facts: It's unlikely that Central American families are paying such close attention to discussions of administrative changes within the U.S. executive branch. Even leaving this aside, there are at least four reasons why the House members' letter's claims are inaccurate.

  1. The administrative changes cited in the letter had not yet occurred when the so-called "surge" of unaccompanied minors began.
  2. It's not just minors. Salvadoran, Guatemalan, and Honduran adults are leaving too. And the exodus is going to other countries.
  3. There is no "surge" of unaccompanied Mexican minors.
  4. While violence and poverty are the main drivers, something did happen in late 2013 and early 2014 to increase still further the rate of unaccompanied minors arriving in the United States.
Read more
BorderFactcheck.org website
Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) website
DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, July 11 [7:16]
*DN | "We Should Be Protecting Children": Rep. Gutiérrez Supports Funds for Humanitarian Crisis at Border (07/11/14) [11:52]
DN | "Worst of the American Spirit": Advocates Decry Anti-Immigrant Protests, Urge Asylum for Children (07/11/14) [7:10]
DN | Gaza Debate: As Palestinian Deaths Top 100, Who's to Blame For Escalating Violence? What Can Done? (07/11/14) [8:48]
Bill Moyers
*Bill Moyers | Bill speaks to NY Times columnist Linda Greenhouse and Slate's Dahlia Lithwick about the agenda of the Roberts court. (07/11/14) [36:38], Part 2 [16:13]
*Bill Moyers | Katrina vanden Heuvel and Jamie Raskin on the Pro-Corporate Supreme Court (older 2012) [37:25]
The Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel and Jamie Raskin, constitutional law professor and Maryland state senator, join Bill to discuss how the uncontested power of the Supreme Court is changing our elections, our country, and our lives. The two joined forces for a special upcoming issue of The Nation entitled "The One Percent Court."

"We wanted to bring attention to how this court has empowered the 1% at the expense of the 99%," says vanden Heuvel. "How it is now working for big business, for corporate power against the interests of ordinary citizens in this country."
Justice for Sale, Bill examines the impact of campaign financing on the judicial election process. (really old, but good) [56:37]
The Powell Memo: A Call-to-Arms for Corporations (2012)
Lewis Powell Memo.pdf
Heist
Heist: A Who Done It On The Economy (shortened version) [27:57]
Heist - Who Stole the American Dream? (full) (2012) [1:26:21]
TRNN News
TRNN | Shir Hever: Israel -- World Capital of Homeland Security Industries, Part 3 (07/11/14) [19:19]
*TRNN | The Strategic Goal of Israeli Offensive against Gaza Is Revenge (07/11/14) [16:38]
TRNN | Todd Miller: Security, Refugees, and Profit at the U.S. Border (07/11/14) [16:38]
Todd Miller: As record numbers of child migrants from Central America arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border, the crisis should be a treated as a refugee issue, not a security issue.
US Senator Bernie Sanders
Government Spending and Demand Side of Economics (07/11/14) [3:22]
Bernie Sanders on the Plutocratic Society (older, but good) [3:39]
TYT News
TYT | Rick Perry Chewed Alive By His Own Words, Oops (07/10/14) [6:16]
TYT | Mistakes Are One Thing But What ABC News Did Is Journalistic Negligence (07/10/14) [4:16]

Thursday July 10, 2014
News Articles

Congress' Leaders Showed Exactly How Broken They Are In Just 10 Minutes
HP | Michael McAuliff | 07/09/14

Like the base ball bawlers, Reid said, the GOP's tirades are just for show, a way to distract from other problems and perhaps give their team a lift.

"It was a gimmick many times, a distraction meant to sidetrack one side and rally the other," Reid said. "In the House of Representatives, the Republican leadership in the House are trying a similar tactic by threatening to bring suit against the president of the United States. They're searching desperately for something --- anything --- to keep the radicals within their own caucus over there, to keep 'em happy. That's hard to do as we've seen. They want to do this to divert the American people's attention from their very own inaction." ... Read more
Congress' Leaders Showed Exactly How Broken They Are In Just 10 Minutes (07/10/14) [2:31]

Salon
Salon & AlterNet | author | 07/02/14

The British government dealt a strong blow to creationists last week when they clarified and extended their laws banning creationism in the classroom to not only free schools, but to academies as well.

Academies, including free schools, are the UK's version of the charter schools in the US, and there were concerns that, since academies are often run by religious organizations who taught and endorsed creationism in the classroom, kids who attend them were not being taught actual science. ... Read more

Futures Tumble, Bunds Soar To Record, Gold Surges As Europe Is Broken Again; Espirito Santo Halted
ZeroHedge | author | 07/10/14

But... but... the VIX said everything is ok, and European rates were the lowest they have been in centuries... How can something possibly go wrong? It just did.

The scandal which we first reported yesterday, after observing the record collapse in the bonds of troubled Portuguese lender Espirito Santo International following the failure to make a bond payment, has quickly escalated and overnight went nuclear. ... Read more
Click to zoom - European Stocks

The Great Barrier Reef Will Be Ravaged By El Niño
MotherJones | Oliver Milman | 07/08/14

The Great Barrier Reef is set to be ravaged by the expected El Niño weather phenomenon and scientists warn that similar warming events have significantly impacted upon the reef's coral.

Research by the University of Queensland studied large Porites coral colonies, a type of coral considered more resistant than others to changes in the environment.

By analysing and dating coral samples, researchers found there was a significant correlation between mass coral mortality events and spikes in sea surface temperature over the past 150 years. ... Read more

The Giant Methane Monster That Can Wipe Out the Human Race
AlterNet | Thom Hartmann | 07/04/14

Underneath the frozen Arctic are 1,000 gigatons of the world's most deadly greenhouse gas.

... Methane is one of the strongest of the natural greenhouse gases, about 80 times more potent than CO2, and while it may not get as much attention as its cousin CO2, it certainly can do as much, if not more, damage to our planet.

That's because methane is a far more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, and there are trillions of tons of it embedded in a kind of ice slurry called methane hydrate or methane clathrate crystals in the Arctic and in the seas around the continental shelves all around the world. ... Read more

Tiny Houses Big With U.S. Owners Seeking Economic Freedom
Bloomberg | Nina Glinski | 07/09/14

"I wanted to have an edge against career vagaries," said Immel, a former real estate appraiser. A dwelling with minimal financial burden "gives you a little attitude." He invests the money he would have spent on a mortgage and related costs in a mutual fund, halving his retirement horizon to 10 years and maybe even as soon as three. "I am infinitely happier."

Dramatic downsizing is gaining interest among Americans, gauging by increased sales of plans and ready-made homes and growing audiences for websites related to the niche. A+E Networks Corp. will air, beginning today, "Tiny House Nation" a series on FYI that "celebrates the exploding movement." ... Read more

DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, July 10 [11:10]
DN | Spied on for Being Muslim? NSA Targets Named in Snowden Leaks Respond to U.S. Gov't Surveillance (07/10/14) [5:37]
A new report by The Intercept has identified five prominent Muslim Americans who were spied on by the National Security Agency. It cites an NSA spreadsheet leaked by Edward Snowden that shows nearly 7,500 email addresses monitored between 2002 and 2008, including addresses that appear to belong to foreigners the government suspects of ties to al-Qaeda, along with Americans accused of terrorist activity. But it also lists the email addresses of a former Republican operative and one-time political candidate, a professor at Rutgers University, and the head of the largest Muslim civil rights group in the country. We speak with Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Glenn Greenwald, who broke the story for The Intercept based on documents leaked by Snowden. "The only thing they really had in common is that they are all politically active Americans Muslims," Greenwald says. "And that seems to be enough in the intelligence community to render these people suspicious." We are also joined by two people Greenwald names in the article: Asim Ghafoor, a prominent civil rights attorney who has represented clients in terrorism-related cases; and Faisal Gill, an attorney and former senior policy director with the Department of Homeland Security. When asked what needs to be done in response to the revelations, Gill argues Congress should step in and exercise its authority over how the FISA courts approve surveillance. "In our cases I don't think there is probable cause ... so the entire system needs to be examined," Gill says. "What happens is you paint somebody with a broad brush and they're tainted for life ... Nobody wants a lawyer that the government suspects of being involved in these type of activities."
DN | "Indonesia is on a Different Path": U.S.-Trained General Defeated After Alleged Plot to Rig Vote (07/10/14) [4:27]
An initial count in Indonesia's hotly contested presidential election shows Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo has a several-point lead over former army general Prabowo Subianto. Prabowo has refused to concede defeat, and official results won't be known until after July 20. The American journalist Allan Nairn recently reported Indonesian forces tied to Prabowo have waged a campaign to rig the election in his favor, including "ballot tampering, street violence and threats" against rivals. Prabowo, who received military training by the United States, has been accused of mass killings when he headed the Indonesian special forces in the 1990s. Nairn's reporting on Prabowo became a major issue in the campaign, and Prabowo has filed criminal charges against him for inciting hatred against the Indonesian military. Joining us from Indonesia, Nairn argues that despite supporters that include "killer generals," Widodo will be more responsive to calls to reform the country's corrupt political system if popular movements pressure him to do so. "It is very unlikely [Widodo] would respond by opening fire as the Indonesian army has in the past, and as Prabowo undoubtedly would," Nairn says. "He would probably respond by sitting down with people and say, 'Let's work something out.'"
Bill Moyers
Bill Moyers | Is the Supreme Court Out of Order? (preview) (07/09/14) [0:29]
The latest session of the US Supreme Court was especially contentious, with important decisions on the separation of church and state, organized labor, campaign finance reform, birth control and women's health, among others, splitting the court along its 5-4 conservative -- liberal divide.

On the other hand, nearly two-thirds of the court's decisions this term were unanimous -- the first time that's happened in more than 60 years. But there's more to that seeming unanimity than meets the eye: in some instances, conservative justices went along but expressed their wish that the court had gone even further to the right, and many believe that some of the decisions might simply be a preliminary step toward a more significant breaking of legal precedent in years to come.
TRNN News
TRNN | Investigation Proves NSA Spies on Americans beyond Metadata Collection (07/10/14) [8:23]
A four month long investigation by The Washington Post has found that nine out of ten (yes, 90 percent) of all NSA-intercepted data are from ordinary citizens. These folks were not the intended surveillance targets, yet the NSA was able to intercept Facebook messages, photos, and more. The information for the report was based on revelations from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
TRNN | Shir Hever: Growing Up Privileged in Apartheid, Colonial Israel, Part 1 (07/09/14) [21:42]
TRNN | Shir Hever: Fear and Loathing in Israel, Part 2 (07/10/14) [21:14]
Truth Out
Greg Hunter: We don't have real markets, we have a massive manipulation scheme (older 2013) [27:29]
Larry Lessig MayDay.us SuperPAC
Will you support the MayDay PAC? (07/03/14) [5:10]
MayDay.us website
MoveOn.org Poll website
Ring of Fire
Ring of Fire | Papantonio: Dark Money Poisoning Politics (07/09/14) [8:02]
Ring of Fire | Pap and Seder: Southern States Are Keeping Children Stupid (07/09/14) [7:28]
TYT News
TYT | Outrageous Claim By Republican To Justify Doing Nothing (07/09/14) [2:40]
TYT | Tens Of Thousands Poisoned & The Fine Is So Small It Insults Human Decency (07/09/14) [5:04]
TYT | Bible-Toting, Gun-Wielding Woman Gets Big Wet Kiss From Fox News (07/09/14) [5:18]
Remarkable Animal Stories
Many years ago I had a dog that developed cancer in one of her front legs. After talking to the vet I thought I had three choices, 1) do nothing and tend to the dogs needs, 2) Chemotherapy which might or might-not work, and 3) cut the limb off. I chose the first option and had three to four more months of loving and careing for the dog. If given the choice today... I would have remove the limb and helped Lacy through recovery!
AP | Cute Dog Story (06/22/14) [1:13]
Amazing Two Legged Dog (2008) [5:41]
Two Legged Boxer Duncan Lou Who - First Trip to the Beach (03/22/14) [2:14]

Wednesday July 09, 2014
News Articles

One Company Finally Admits: It Wasn't The "Harsh Weather" After All
ZeroHedge | author | 07/09/14

Yesterday we heard from the CEO of the world's biggest company that the exuberant jobs data did not reflect any economic reality Wal-Mart was seeing. Overnight, William Arthur Tindell, CEO of The Container Store, further destroyed the myth of a 'recovery' stalled by 'weather' and threw the rest of his 'retailer' brethren under the bus: "We thought our sluggish sales were all because of weather and calendar shift...but now we've come to realize it's more than that, consistent with so many of our fellow retailers, we're experiencing a retail funk." ... Read more

The Psychology of the Sunni-Shia Divide
Politico | David Myers | 07/06/14

Why is there so much animosity between groups that seem so similar?

More than a decade after the Iraq war began, it still boggles our minds: Sunni and Shia--both revering the Quran, following Muhammad and praying to Allah--killing one another. It brings to mind the 3,500-plus dead from the clashes between Northern Ireland's Protestants and Catholics--all, at least nominally, following the same Prince of Peace

One wonders: Why such animosity among those so ethnically and religiously similar? Certainly, Sunni-Shia violence has deep historical-political roots. Ditto the Protestant-Catholic clashes. As the late Ed Cairns, leader of the University of Ulster's Peace and Conflict Research Group, once explained to me, religious labels can sometimes be markers for just those kinds of deep cultural divisions. ... Read more

2,500 Oklahoma Earthquakes Linked To Fracking, Scientists Say
ThinkProgress.org | Emily Atkin | 07/07/14

More than 2,500 small earthquakes have hit Oklahoma in the past five years, and nearly all of them can be linked to the process of drilling for oil and gas, according to a recent study published in the journal Science.

The study, led by Cornell University geophysics professor Katie Keranen, is the latest of many scientific studies showing a probable connection between earthquakes and drilling-related activity across the country. Specifically, the quakes are linked not to the fuel extraction itself, but to a process called "wastewater injection," in which companies take the leftover water used to frack wells and inject it deep into the ground. ... Read more

Federal judge says Supreme Court should "stfu"
Salon | Elias Isquith | 07/07/14

In the wake of the Hobby Lobby ruling, George H.W. Bush appointee Judge Richard George Kopf has some advice for how the Supreme Court can guard against losing even more prestige and legitimacy in the eyes of the public: STFU.

"[T]his term and several past terms has proven that the court is now causing more harm (division) to our democracy than good by deciding hot button cases that the court has the power to avoid," Kopf writes at his personal blog, Hercules and the Umpire. Read more

5 of the Worst Pundits Spreading Propaganda About the Middle East
AlterNet | Alex Kane | 07/08/14

From CNN to Time to ABC , the mainstream media is absolving the U.S. of blame for Iraq, and allowing pro-Israel pundits to get away with falsehoods. Here are five of the worst pundits and hosts talking about Middle East crises.

  1. Bill Kristol. The neoconservative scion and 2003 Iraq war booster--who is editor of the Weekly Standard, and a frequent TV pundit on Fox and ABC--is back at it again. Mainstream television networks are all too happy to hear what Kristol has to say, despite his role in constructing the intellectual scaffolding that led to the U.S. war.
  2. Paul Wolfowitz. Bill Kristol isn't the only neoconservative Iraq war booster to get air time in recent weeks. Wolfowitz, as deputy secretary of defense under Donald Rumsfeld, was a key architect of the war. Wi th Iraq in crisis, news outlets have had Wolfowitz on repeatedly, despite his direct role in the mess.
  3. Michael Crowley. On June 19, Time magazine's cover story, "The End of Iraq," was published. Crowley, a foreign affairs correspondent for the magazine, set out to explain the roots of the fighting in Iraq. But as Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting's Peter Hart pointed out, Crowley's piece obscured more than it explained.
  4. Wolf Blitzer. The bearded, bespectacled CNN host of the "Situation Room" has been on top of the recent crises in the Middle East. But he's had on the people who got Iraq wrong--and has also framed fighting in the country as a blow to the U.S., rather than a byproduct of wrongheaded U.S. policy.
  5. Michael Oren. In January, after Oren stepped down as Israeli ambassador to the U.S., he joined CNN as a Middle East contributor. Since then, he has appeared on CNN to shamelessly spin events in favor of Israel.
Read more

DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, July 09 [8:42]
DN | WikiLeaks' Julian Assange Responds to Hillary Clinton: Fair U.S. Trial for Snowden "Not Possible" (07/09/14) [4:46]
DN | Julian Assange on Aiding Snowden, Tiff w/ The Intercept & Whether He'll Ever Leave Embassy Refuge (07/09/14) [17:16
TRNN News
TRNN | Shir Hever: Growing Up Privileged in Apartheid, Colonial Israel (07/09/14) [21:42]
TRNN | Middle East Correspondents Yousef al-Helou and Lia Tarachansky discuss: Israeli Press Continues to Coordinate with Military (07/09/14) [11:52]
Bill Moyers | Inequality for All
Bill Moyers | Interview with Robert Reich about his documentary film, Inequality for All (older) [56:12]
Robert Reich | Inequality for All (full) [1:30:11]
*Wealth Inequality in America [6:25]
*Wealth Inequality in the World [3:51]
Ring of Fire | Colonizing America
Ring of Fire | Papantonio: Get Angry or Die (07/08/14) [8:36]
Ring of Fire | Papantonio: U.S. Being Colonized by Multinational Corps (07/08/14) [4:58]
TYT News
TYT | Liberal Trolling Gone Wrong (07/08/14) [3:47]
TYT | Koch Bros Hatchet Man Attacks Harry Reid In Politico Chop Job (07/08/14) [13:38]
TYT | Missiles Rain As Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Ignites, More Violence Forecast (07/08/14) [8:27]
Humor
Mark Fiore | Neocon Reunion Tour (07/09/14) [1:56]
Mark Fiore | Create-Your-Own Caliphate (07/05/14) [2:13]

Tuesday July 08, 2014
News Articles

Report Reveals Walmart Cut its Taxes by $104 million by giving Executives Lavish "Performance-Based" Bonuses
Tax Fairness | author | 06/04/14

Americans for Tax Fairness (ATF) and the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) today released a report revealing that Walmart received $104 million in taxpayer subsidies over a six-year period due to tax deductions for "performance-based" executive compensation. During that time, eight top executives pocketed more than $298 million in "performance pay" that was fully tax deductible.

The study shows that Walmart was able to lower its federal tax payments by $40 million because of lavish pay packages awarded to just one executive -- recently retired CEO Michael Duke. Duke pocketed $116 million in stock options and other performance-based compensation between 2009 and 2014. ... Read more

Why Walgreens Shouldn't Be Allowed to Influence Corporate Citizenship if It Becomes Swiss
Bill Moyers |Robert Reich's blog | 07/07/14

Dozens of big American corporations are considering leaving the United States in order to reduce their tax bills.

But they'll be leaving the country only on paper. They'll still do as much business in the US as they were doing before.

The only difference is they'll no longer be "American," and won't have to pay US taxes on the profits they make.

Okay. But if they're no longer American citizens, they should no longer be able to spend a penny influencing American politics.

Some background: We've been hearing for years from CEOs that American corporations are suffering under a larger tax burden than their foreign competitors. This is mostly rubbish.

It's true that the official corporate tax rate of 39.1 percent, including state and local taxes, is the highest among members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

But the effective rate -- what corporations actually pay after all deductions, tax credits and other maneuvers -- is far lower.

Last year, the Government Accountability Office examined corporate tax returns in detail and found that in 2010, profitable corporations headquartered in the United States paid an effective federal tax rate of 13 percent on their worldwide income, 17 percent including state and local taxes. Some pay no taxes at all. ...
Read more

GOP SET TO SPEND MORE ON BENGHAZI THAN VA! -- House Republicans have requested nearly $3.3 million to operate the select committee investigating Benghazi, which gives the GOP-launched committee a bigger budget than that granted to the committee overseeing the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs. ... Read more

Like His Dad, Charles Koch Was a Bircher
Progressive Magazine | Lisa Graves | 07/08/14

Today, as announced on Amy Goodman's DemocracyNow!, the Progressive Inc. and the Center for Media and Democracy are publishing new information and analysis documenting that billionaire oil industrialist Charles Koch was an active member of the controversial right-wing John Birch Society during its active campaigns against the civil rights movement.

Many commentators have noted that the father of the controversial Koch Brothers, Fred Koch, was a leader of the John Birch Society from its founding in 1958 until his death in 1967. But, in fact, Charles Koch followed his father's footsteps into the John Birch Society for years in Wichita, Kansas, a hub city for the organization in that decade of tremendous societal unrest as civil rights activists challenged racial segregation. ... Read more
Koch Exposed website

A Scary Super Typhoon Is Bearing Down on Japan…and Its Nuclear Plants
MotherJones | Chris Mooney | 07/07/14

Japanese forecasters are calling it a "once in decades storm." And at Kadena Air Base, a US military installation on the island of Okinawa, one commander dubbed the storm "the most powerful typhoon forecast to hit the island in 15 years."

Super Typhoon Neoguri, currently sporting maximum sustained winds of nearly 150 miles per hour and just shy of Category 5 strength, is heading straight at Japan's islands, and its outer bands are currently battering the island of Okinawa. Here's the forecast map from the Navy's Joint Typhoon Warning Center. As you can see, the forecast for tomorrow brings the storm up to maximum sustained winds of 140 knots (161 miles per hour), or Category 5 strength: ... Read more

In NSA-intercepted data, those not targeted far outnumber the foreigners who are
WashingtonPost | Barton Gellman | 07/05/14

Ordinary Internet users, American and non-American alike, far outnumber legally targeted foreigners in the communications intercepted by the National Security Agency from U.S. digital networks, according to a four-month investigation by The Washington Post.

Nine of 10 account holders found in a large cache of intercepted conversations, which former NSA contractor Edward Snowden provided in full to The Post, were not the intended surveillance targets but were caught in a net the agency had cast for somebody else. ... Read more

Top American corporate tax avoiders
Fortune Magazine | author | 07/07/14

The S&P 500 stock index supposedly includes the largest public American companies. It turns out that 28 of them are incorporated in places like Ireland and Switzerland to avoid high U.S. tax rates. These companies sure seem American--except when it comes to paying taxes ... Read more

DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, July 08 [8:24]
DN | Report from Gaza: Israel Launches New Offensive on Besieged Palestinian Territory in Crisis (07/08/14) [10:33]
*DN | "The Incitement Starts at the Top": After Teen's Murder, Israeli Gov't Accused of Fueling Hatred (07/08/14) [19:14]
*DN | The Kochs' Anti-Civil Rights Roots: New Docs Expose Charles Koch's Ties to John Birch Society (07/08/14) [6:17]
TRNN News
TRNN | Political economist Shir Hever: IDF Plans to Intensify Military Operations in Gaza (07/07/14) [8:49]
TYT News
TYT | Cop Brutally Punches Woman On The Highway (07/07/14) [5:13]
TYT | Idiot Coal Rollers Are Smoking Out Environmentalists, Literally (07/07/14) [8:15]
TYT | It's Confirmed, NSA Has Your X-Rated Information (07/07/14) [10:53]
TYT | How Do 18-35 Year Olds Consume Media? (07/07/14) [1:56]
TYT | Ridiculous New TSA Regulations. MUST WATCH Before Heading To The Airport (07/07/14) [4:36]
*TYT | Mayday PAC Scores HUGE Win In Fight For Democracy (07/07/14) [5:44]
Ring of Fire
*Ring of Fire | Papantonio: House GOP Votes For Corruption (07/08/14) [7:17]
House GOP Votes For Corruption." David Haynes talks about a recent House bill that destroys Dodd-Frank protections and gives the Koch brothers everything they've ever wished for. Koch, House, GOP, Republican, Boehner, Lawsuit, Dodd Frank.
*Ring of Fire | Papantonio: DOJ Fails Consumers...Again (07/07/14) [10:15]
Jon Stewart - Daily Show
*The Daily Show: Now That's What I Call Being Completely F**king Wrong About Iraq (2014) [8:39]
CORPORATE TAX DODGERS:
10 Companies and their Tax Loopholes for 2013

  1. BANK OF AMERICA: Had $17.2 billion in profits offshore in 2012 on which it paid no U.S. taxes. Reported it would owe $4.3 billion in U.S. taxes if profits are brought home.
  2. CITIGROUP: Had $42.6 billion in profits offshore in 2012 on which it paid no U.S. taxes. Reported it would owe $11.5 billion in U.S. taxes if profits are brought home.
  3. EXXONMOBIL: Paid just a 15% federal income tax rate from 2010-2012, less than half the official 35% corporate tax rate -- a tax subsidy of $6.2 billion. Had $43 billion in profits offshore in 2012 on which it paid no U.S. taxes.
  4. FEDEX: Made $5.7 billion from 2010-2012 and didn't pay a dime in federal income taxes. Got a tax subsidy of $2.1 billion. Received $10.3 billion in federal contracts from 2006-2012.
  5. GENERAL ELECTRIC: Made $88 billion from 2002-2012 and paid just 2.4% in taxes for a tax subsidy of $29 billion. Paid no taxes in 4 years. Had $108 billion in profits offshore in 2012 on which it paid no U.S. taxes. Received $21.8 billion in federal contracts from 2006-2012.
  6. HONEYWELL: Made $5 billion from 2009-2012 and paid just $50 million in federal income taxes -- a tax subsidy of $1.7 billion. Had $11.6 billion in profits offshore in 2012 on which it paid no U.S. taxes. Received $16.7 billion in federal contracts from 2006-2012.
  7. MERCK: Made $13.6 billion and paid $2.5 billion in federal income taxes from 2009- 2012. Paid an 18.4% federal income tax rate, half the official 35% rate -- a tax subsidy of $2.2 billion. Had $53.4 billion in profits offshore in 2012 on which it paid no U.S. taxes. Received $8.7 billion in federal contracts from 2006-2012.
  8. MICROSOFT: Saved $4.5 billion in federal income taxes from 2009-2011 by transferring profits to a subsidiary in the tax haven of Puerto Rico. Had $60.8 billion in profits stashed offshore in 2012 on which it paid no U.S. taxes; reported it would owe $19.4 billion if profits are brought home.
  9. PFIZER: Received $2.2 billion in federal tax refunds from 2010-2012 while earning $43 billion worldwide even though 40% of its sales are in America. Had $73 billion in profits offshore in 2012 on which it paid no U.S. income taxes. Received $3.4 billion in federal contracts from 2010-2012.
  10. VERIZON: Made $19.3 billion in U.S. pretax profits from 2008-2012 but paid no federal income taxes during the period; instead got $535 million in tax rebates. Total tax subsidy: $7.3 billion. Received up to $6 billion in federal contracts from 2011 through 2023.
10 Companies and Their Tax Loopholes, 2013 Report.pdf
Americans for Tax Fairness website

Monday July 07, 2014
News Articles

Congress is* in session
Washington Post | Dana Milbank | 07/01/14

The people’s representatives can’t agree on much of anything these days -- even calling a recess. When senators and members of the House went home for their Independence Day break, they didn’t, or couldn’t, agree on an adjournment resolution. So they did what they usually do: They went into “pro-forma session,” a status when they are technically working but don’t actually do anything. Come to think of it, that’s pretty much how it is when they’re in town, too.

Lawmakers are home. Staffers in the Capitol lounge in open-collar shirts. But make no mistake: Congress is in session. President Obama made this mistake. He made recess appointments during a pro-forma session, claiming it was really a recess, and the Supreme Court unanimously smacked him down last week: “The Senate is in session when it says it is, provided that, under its own rules, it retains the capacity to transact Senate business.” ... Read more

What's A Caliphate?
NPR | Greg Myre | 06/30/14

The Islamic caliphates had a long and glorious run, but in the 21st century, they seemed consigned to history. Simply put, a caliphate is an Islamic state led by a supreme religious and political leader, and it has existed in one form or another for most of the 1,400-year history of Islam.

The collapse of the Ottoman Empire a century ago marked the end of the last caliphate, an extraordinarily powerful one that had survived for more than four centuries. ... Read more

Bill O’Reilly: Laura Ingraham plan dooms GOP
Politico | Kendall Breitman | 07/04/14

Bill O’Reilly is pegging Laura Ingraham’s opinion of using mass deportation to address illegal immigration as a “draconian” idea that would “destroy the Republican Party.” The heated debate arose on Wednesday after O’Reilly asked on his Fox News show, “The O’Reilly Factor,” what Ingraham would do to address the tens of thousands of children and adults that have been apprehended trying to cross the U.S-Mexico border.

“No. 1, first thing you do is start deporting people, not by the hundreds, not by the dozens, by the thousands,” the conservative radio talk show host said. “That means entire families, not just the father or mother, but we keep families unified by deporting all people who are here illegally.” ... Read more

Chicago Shootings Over July 4th Weekend Leave At Least 9 Dead, Dozens Wounded
HP | Jade Walker | 07/07/14

More than 60 people were shot in the Windy City over the long holiday weekend, leaving at least nine people dead, ABC7 Chicago reported.

The bloody weekend began around 2:30 a.m. Friday when a 34-year-old man was fatally shot in a drive-by. From there, the violence intensified.

A teenager was shot in his car.

A woman in her 60s was grazed in the head by a stray bullet while standing on her front porch.

A man was struck by a falling bullet.

A teen was standing on the sidewalk when her ex-boyfriend allegedly walked up and shot her in the legs.

A man sitting in his car was killed when a gunman fired shots into the vehicle. A woman who was also sitting inside was injured by glass.

Two people were killed and another three wounded in police-involved shootings.

The shootings were so numerous this weekend that the Chicago Tribune ended up publishing a roundup of attacks, focusing on just a four-hour period Sunday afternoon.
... Read more

Yet Another 12 Mind-Blowing Documentaries To Watch On Netflix
HP | Lauren Duca | 07/01/14

  1. "Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room"
  2. "The House I Live In"
  3. "Whores' Glory"
  4. "Wal-Mart: The High Cost Of Low Price"
  5. "The Act Of Killing"
  6. "Maxed Out"
  7. "The Institute"
  8. "Bronies"
  9. "Aileen: Life And Death Of A Serial Killer"
  10. "Hoop Dreams"
  11. "For The Bible Tells Me So"
  12. "Solitary Confinement"
... Read more

Whose Security? How Washington Protects Itself and the Corporate Sector
Bill Moyers & TomDispatch | Noam Chomsky | 07/03/14

... There is a “received standard version,” common to academic scholarship, government pronouncements and public discourse. It holds that the prime commitment of governments is to ensure security, and that the primary concern of the US and its allies since 1945 was the Russian threat. ...

Instead, a series of fraudulent pretexts for the invasion were concocted that collapse instantly on examination. The media chimed in enthusiastically, lauding the magnificent achievement of defeating Panama, unconcerned that the pretexts were ludicrous, that the act itself was a radical violation of international law, and that it was bitterly condemned elsewhere, most harshly in Latin America. Also ignored was the US veto of a unanimous Security Council resolution condemning crimes by US troops during the invasion, with Britain alone abstaining. ... Read more

DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, July 07 [8:57]
DN | Exclusive: Inside Embassy Refuge, Julian Assange on WikiLeaks, Snowden & His New Bid for Freedomt (07/07/14) [12:40]
In a Democracy Now! exclusive, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange joins us from Ecuador's embassy in London. It is the first time a U.S. news program has gone inside Assange's place of refuge, where he has entered his third year in political asylum while he faces investigations in both Sweden and the United States. In the United States, a secret grand jury is investigating WikiLeaks for its role in publishing a trove of leaked documents about the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, as well as classified State Department cables. In Sweden, Assange is wanted for questioning on allegations of sexual misconduct though no charges have been filed. Late last week, there was the first break in the latter case in two years, when a Swedish court announced it would hold a hearing on July 16 about a request by his lawyers for prosecutors to hand over new evidence and withdraw the arrest warrant. In the first of a two-part interview, Assange discusses his new legal bid in Sweden, the ongoing grand jury probe in the United States, and WikiLeaks' efforts to assist National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden. Click here for full 45 Minute interview
Bill Moyers
Bill Moyers | Rising Voices for a New Economy. Two successful community organizers join forces to improve the lives of working Americans and make corporations pay their fair share in taxes. (07/02/14) [8:09]
Click to zoom - Tax Dodgers
Click to zoom - Tax Rate as % of GDP
TRNN News
TRNN | Peter Sinclair: Is This the Dawn of a Renewable Energy Revolution? (07/07/14) [7:59]
Peter Sinclair is a videographer, creator of two video series on climate change, Climate Denial Crock of the Week, and This is Not Cool, which is a regular feature of Yale Climate Connections. He is media director of the Dark Snow Project, an international team of scientists and communicators, which has taken him with scientists to research areas such as the North Cascades Glaciers and the Greenland Ice Sheet. He lives and works in Midland, MI.
TRNN | Rashid Sumaila: World's Oceans Face "Irreparable Damage" (07/06/14) [11:06]
Global Ocean Commission gives world leaders a five-year window for intervention before overfishing and climate change negatively impact the world's food supply, clean air, and climate stability.
TRNN | Glen Ford: ISIS Declares Caliphate as US Middle East Policy Continues to Unravel (07/06/14) [7:07]
Glen Ford: After advancing policies that helped birth groups like ISIS, U.S. imperial policy will no longer stand in the region.
TYT News
TYT | Congress is* in session. Congress Does Nothing, Almost Literally & It's Not Just Republicans (07/05/14) [4:00]
TYT | Ancient Caliphates - They're Not What You Think (07/05/14) [6:11]
"The Islamic caliphates had a long and glorious run, but in the 21st century, they seemed consigned to history. Simply put, a caliphate is an Islamic state led by a supreme religious and political leader, and it has existed in one form or another for most of the 1,400-year history of Islam.

The collapse of the Ottoman Empire a century ago marked the end of the last caliphate, an extraordinarily powerful one that had survived for more than four centuries.
TYT | The Best And Worst President Since WW2 Will & Won't Surprise You [POLL] (07/04/14) [3:17]
TYT | Escorts In Santa Hats Just The Beginning Of Goldman Sachs 'Boys Club' (07/04/14) [6:05]
TYT | Bill O'Reilly Downright Sane Next To Laura Ingraham's Vicious Immigration Stance (07/04/14) [6:34]
TYT | Burying Good Job Numbers Isn't Enough For Fox News (07/04/14) [4:06]
Ring of Fire
Ring of Fire | Papantonio: No Outrage Will Kill Democracy (07/03/14) [42:07]
Ring of Fire | Papantonio: Hell on Wheels -- Big Rig Dangers (07/05/14) [9:19]

Friday July 04, 2014
News Articles

Whose Security? How Washington Protects Itself and the Corporate Sector
Bill Moyers & TomDispatch | Noam Chomsky | 07/03/14

... There is a “received standard version,” common to academic scholarship, government pronouncements and public discourse. It holds that the prime commitment of governments is to ensure security, and that the primary concern of the US and its allies since 1945 was the Russian threat. ...

Instead, a series of fraudulent pretexts for the invasion were concocted that collapse instantly on examination. The media chimed in enthusiastically, lauding the magnificent achievement of defeating Panama, unconcerned that the pretexts were ludicrous, that the act itself was a radical violation of international law, and that it was bitterly condemned elsewhere, most harshly in Latin America. Also ignored was the US veto of a unanimous Security Council resolution condemning crimes by US troops during the invasion, with Britain alone abstaining. ... Read more

What’s a caliphate? News puts focus on ancient form of government
McClatchy | Lindsay Wise | 07/03/14

When the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria announced Sunday that it was changing its name and reviving the caliphate, the news lit up the Internet and headlined news reports around the world. But what is a caliphate? And what is the self-described Islamic State hoping to achieve with its declaration?

The answers, experts say, have more to do with the Sunni militant group’s rivalry with al Qaida than with any plan to replicate the last caliphate, which was abolished in 1924 after the fall of the Ottoman Empire. Understanding the history of the caliphate and its powerful symbolism is key to comprehending what the Islamic State’s declaration means. It’s the latest salvo in an inter-Muslim battle for territory and influence in the Middle East and beyond _ a conflict that not only pits Sunnis against Shiites but radical Sunni jihadis against each other. ... Read more
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Nature Is Magical--and These 10 Stunning Photos Prove It. Happy Birthday, Yosemite!
MotherJones | James West | 06/30/14

On this day 150 years ago, Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Grant Act to protect Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove in California. It was the first time the US had set aside wilderness, in this case roughly the size of Rhode Island, especially for preservation. These days, 4 million people enjoy the park every year to marvel at its famous soaring granite peaks and waterfalls, and enjoy a rare serenity. Here are photos of Yosemite's epic landscapes, past and present, to celebrate the its sesquicentennial year. Happy Birthday, Yosemite! ... Read more

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This "Tough-As-Nails" Banking Watchdog Isn't That Tough-As-Nails
MotherJones | Erika Eichelberger | 07/03/14

"Mary Jo is…tough as nails." That's just a sampling of the many compliments paid to former Wall Street defense lawyer Mary Jo White in January 2013, when President Barack Obama nominated her to run the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), a major banking watchdog. But after more than a year in charge, White hasn't lived up to the hype, instead crafting weak regulations, delaying new rules to rein in the industry, and granting special privileges to a bank involved in fraud.

White has made some aggressive moves--she slapped more than 60 penalties on financial firms for violations including insider trading and refusals to cooperate with investigations. Last year, she announced that the SEC will start to force more bad-behaving banks into admissions of wrongdoing instead of allowing firms to just settle without admitting or denying guilt. But overall, White has not been the hard-nosed, take-no-prisoners reformer Obama and his fellow Democrats promised. Here are five reasons why: ... Read more

The Disaster We've Wrought on the World's Oceans May Be Irrevocable
Newsweek | Alex Renton | 07/11/14

By the end of this century, many fish may be history due to man's reckless abuse of the planet. As we keep dumping greenhouse gases into the air, the oceans keep sucking them up, making the waters deadly to their inhabitants.

... The last is the least understood of these phenomena. Along the coasts and out in the deep, huge "dead zones" have been multiplying. They are the emptiest places on the planet, where there's little oxygen and sometimes no life at all, almost entirely restricted to some unicellular organisms like bacteria. Vast blooms of algae--organisms that thrive in more acid (and less alkaline) seawater and are fed by pollution--have already rendered parts of the Baltic Sea pretty much dead. A third of the marine life in that sea, which once fed all of Northern Europe, is gone and may already be beyond hope of recovery. ...

... Carbon dioxide, one of the key perpetrators in the lineup of man-made greenhouse gases, is absorbed by seawater, causing a chemical reaction near the ocean surface that results in lowered pH levels. And about one-third of all the man-made carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere ends up absorbed by the oceans. Carles Pelejero, a scientist working less than a mile from La Boqueria at the Institut de Cienciès del Mar (ICM), on Barcelona's seafront, calls it "climate change's evil twin." ... Read more

Inside the Struggle to Preserve the World's Data
Newsweek | Newsweek | 07/02/14

When masked gunmen smashed their way into the offices of the Crimean Center for Investigative Journalism, the staff knew what was coming. For years, the center had been a lone crusading voice exposing corruption in Ukrainian government circles while defying threats of violence and attempts to close it down ...

... By the time the center's site was finally shut down in March--albeit put back up soon after--everything it contained, including more than 5,000 videos, had been preserved and made accessible online. It was another coup for Internet Archive's founder, Brewster Kahle, who is also behind the hugely popular Wayback Machine, an enormous online museum that enables users to see what a website looked like at any time since 1996, the year Kahle set up his first commercial web crawl company. Kahle's operation now costs around $10 million a year, covered by revenue generated by web crawling services, grants, donations and a foundation established by Kahle and his wife.

Kahle is a history-maker: on the front line with other archivists around the world deciding what digital artifacts should be gleaned from the universe of information and stored for future generations to access. "Websites disappear into the digital equivalent of a black hole all the time.… Their average online life in the U.K. is just 75 days," says Helen Hockx-Yu, who leads the British Library's web archiving operation, rated by experts in the field as among the best in the business. "A lot of material, including sites dealing with the 7/7 bombings in London in 2005 and the 2008 financial crisis, has been lost because we weren't able to capture it in time." ... Read more

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We're Fishing the Oceans Dry. It's Time to Reconsider Fish Farms.
MotherJones | Maddie Oatman | 07/02/14

... For many consumers, aquaculture lost its appeal after unappetizing news spread about commercial fish farms--like fish feed's pressure on wild resources, overflowing waste, toxic buildup in the water, and displacement of natural species. But consider this: Our appetite for seafood continues to rise. Globally, we've hungered for 3.2 percent more seafood every year for the last five decades, double the rate of our population. Yet more than four-fifths of the world's wild fisheries are overexploited or fully exploited (yielding the most fish possible with no expected room for growth). Only 3 percent of stocks are considered underexploited--meaning they have any significant room for expansion. If we continue to fish at the current pace, some scientists predict we'll be facing oceans devoid of edible marine creatures by 2050.

But unlike alot of fishermen, Belov has a stash of treasure in his warehouse, as he soon shows me: a golf-cart-size container of plump trout, their glossy bodies still taut from rigor mortis. The night before, Belov drove north to Humboldt to help "chill kill" the fish by submerging them live into barrels of slushy ice water. Belov can count on shipments of these McFarland Springs trout every week--because he helped grow them himself on a farm. ... Read more
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Forget the Bahamas. Michigan is one of the best places to SCUBA dive
Michigan Radio | author | 2014

When it comes to great places to SCUBA dive, lots of people immediately think of the waters of the Caribbean or Mexico, with lots of amazing underwater life, beautiful coral, gentle warm water.

But there's a hardy group of SCUBA divers who point to Michigan as one of the best places to dive. ... Read more

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