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Monday July 28, 2014
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Mapping Africa's "Totally Out Of Control" Ebola Epidemic
ZeroHedge | author | Last month

"The epidemic is totally out of control," warns medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières of the deadly Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. "There is a real risk of it spreading to other areas...Ebola is no longer a public health issue limited to Guinea: it is affecting the whole of West Africa." As of Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention put the number of cases at 362 -- more than any other outbreak on record. Here's everything you need to know about Ebola...

Ebola has a fatality rate of up to 90 percent and there is no vaccine and no known cure. The virus initially causes raging fever, headaches, muscle pain, conjunctivitis and weakness, before moving into more severe phases with vomiting, diarrhoea and haemorrhages. ... Read more
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Ebola Victim On The Run In West Africa Capital
ZeroHedge | author | 07/25/14

It's gone from bad (Mapping Africa's "Totally Out Of Control" Ebola Epidemic) to worse, (Head Doctor Fighting Africa's "Out Of Control" Ebola Epidemic Contracts The Virus), to much worse (Liberian Man Tested For Ebola In World's Fourth Most Populous City), to having run out of comparaitves - although we are leery of using a superlative just yet as we have a feeling Africa's Ebola's epidemic will deteriorate before it gets better. But the latest news is bad enough: as Reuters reported moments ago, Sierra Leone officials appealed for help on Friday to trace the first known resident in the capital with Ebola whose family forcibly removed her from a Freetown hospital after testing positive for the deadly disease. ... Read more

Corporate Welfare
Welfare Spending Nearly Half What U.S. Forked Out In Corporate Subsidies In 2006: Study

Government Spends More on Corporate Welfare Subsidies than Social Welfare Programs
thinkbynumbers.org | author | older, but good

About $59 billion is spent on traditional social welfare programs. $92 billion is spent on corporate subsidies. So, the government spent 50% more on corporate welfare than it did on food stamps and housing assistance in 2006. Before we look at the details, a heartfelt plea from the Save the CEO's Charitable Trust:

There's so much suffering in the world. It can all get pretty overwhelming sometimes. Consider, for a moment the sorrow in the eyes of a CEO who's just found out that his end-of-year bonus is only going to be a paltry $2.3 million. ... Read more

Ten Examples of Welfare for the Rich and Corporations
HP | Bill Quigley | older

Here are the top 10 examples of corporate welfare and welfare for the rich. There are actually thousands of tax breaks and subsidies for the rich and corporations provided by federal, state and local governments, but these 10 will give a taste.

  1. State and local subsidies to corporations: An excellent New York Times study by Louise Story calculated that state and local government provide at least $80 billion in subsidies to corporations. Over 48 big corporations received over $100 million each. GM was the biggest, at a total of $1.7 billion extracted from 16 different states, but Shell, Ford and Chrysler all received over $1 billion each. Amazon, Microsoft, Prudential, Boeing and casino companies in Colorado and New Jersey received well over $200 million each.
  2. Direct federal subsidies to corporations: The Cato Institute estimates that federal subsidies to corporations cost taxpayers almost $100 billion every year.
  3. Federal tax breaks for corporations: The tax code gives corporations special tax breaks that have reduced what is supposed to be a 35-percent tax rate to an actual tax rate of 13 percent, saving these corporations an additional $200 billion annually, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office.
  4. Federal tax breaks for wealthy hedge fund managers: Special tax breaks for hedge fund managers allow them to pay only a 15-percent rate while the people they earned the money for usually pay a 35-percent rate. This is the break where the multimillionaire manager pays less of a percentage in taxes than her secretary. The National Priorities Project estimates this costs taxpayers $83 billion annually, and 68 percent of those who receive this special tax break earn more than $462,500 per year (the top 1 percent of earners).
  5. Subsidies to the fast food industry: Research by the University of Illinois and UC Berkeley documents that taxpayers pay about $243 billion each year in indirect subsidies to the fast food industry because they pay wages so low that taxpayers must put up $243 billion to pay for public benefits for their workers.
  6. Mortgage deduction: The home mortgage deduction, which costs taxpayers $70 billion per year, is a huge subsidy to the real estate, banking and construction industries. The Center of Budget and Policy Priorities estimated that 77 percent of the benefit goes to homeowners with incomes over $100,000 per year.
  7. The billions above do not even count the government bailout of Wall Street, while all parties have done their utmost to tell the public that they did not need it, that they paid it back, or that it was a great investment. The Atlantic Monthly estimates that $7.6 trillion was made available by the Federal Reserve to banks, financial firms and investors. The Cato Institute estimates (using government figures) the final costs at $32 to $68 billion, not including the takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which alone cost more than $180 billion.
  8. Each major piece of legislation contains new welfare for the rich and corporations. The Boston Globe analyzed the emergency tax legislation passed by Congress in early 2013 and found it contained 43 business and energy tax breaks, together worth $67 billion.
  9. Huge corporations that engage in criminal or other wrongful activities protect their leaders from being prosecuted by paying huge fees or fines to the government. You and I would be prosecuted. These corporations protect their bosses by paying off the government. For example, Reuters reported that JPMorgan Chase, which made a preliminary $13-billion mortgage settlement with the U.S. government, is allowed to write off a majority of the deal as tax deductible, saving the corporation $4 billion.
  10. There are thousands of smaller special breaks for corporations and businesses out there. There is a special subsidy for corporate jets, which cost taxpayers $3 billion a year. The tax deduction for second homes costs $8 billion a year. Fifty billionaires received taxpayer-funded farm subsidies in the past 20 years.

If you want to look at the welfare for the rich and corporations, start with the federal Internal Revenue Code. That is the King James Bible of welfare for the rich and corporations. Special breaks in the tax code are the reason that there are thousands of lobbyists in the halls of Congress, hundreds of lobbyists around each state legislature and tens of thousands of tax lawyers all over the country.
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Iraq War Facts, Results & Statistics at January 31, 2012
usliberals.about.com | Deborah White | older 05/19/14

... Lost & Unaccounted for in Iraq - $9 billion of US taxpayers' money and $549.7 milion in spare parts shipped in 2004 to US contractors. Also, per ABC News, 190,000 guns, including 110,000 AK-47 rifles.

Lost and Reported Stolen - $6.6 billion of U.S. taxpayers' money earmarked for Iraq reconstruction, reported on June 14, 2011 by Special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction Stuart Bowen who called it "the largest theft of funds in national history." (Source - CBS News) Last known holder of the $6.6 billion lost: the U.S. government. ... Read more

DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, July 28 [9:16]
DN | During Brief Lull, Gazans Return to Neighborhoods Destroyed & Bodies Beneath the Rubble (07/28/14) [15:17]
*DN | Professor Ilan Pappé: Israel Has Chosen To Be A "Racist Apartheid State" With U.S. Support (07/28/14) [8:05]
*TRNN | Michael Ratner: UN's Investigation of Israel Should Go Beyond War Crimes to Genocide (07/27/14) [8:17]
TRNN | UNICEF's Gaza field chief Pernille Ironside: 15 Killed after Israel Bombs UN School in Gaza (07/27/14) [1:26]
ReasonTV | Author Frank Buckley: Presidential Power and the Rise of American Monarchy (07/28/14) [5:27]
Income Inequality
Zoom - Income Growth by Groups, 1993-2010
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Corporate Welfare
The NYTimes analyzed more than 150,000 awards and created a searchable database of incentive spending.
Michigan spends at least $6.65 billion per year on incentive programs, according to the most recent data available. That is roughly: $672 per capita or 30¢ per dollar of state budget.
Corporate Welfare in the Federal Budget
GAO | Corporate Income Tax: Effective Tax Rates Can Differ Significantly from the Statutory Rate.pdf
2013 Budget of the U.S. Government.pdf
Justice Rising: Grassroots Solutions to Corporate Rule.pdf
The few: A special report on global leaders.pdf (01/22/11)
The 'Rothschild Connection': The House of Rothschild and the Invasion of Iraq.pdf
Zoom - Corporate Welfare
Global Power Elite and World Crisis
Jeremy Scahill
Jeremy Scahill: The One Party State, The War Party (03/02/14) [5:31]
Pirate Television: Inside America's Secret Wars with Jeremy Scahill (01/14/14) [58:03]
David Rothkopf - Superclass - The Global Power Elite and the World They Are Making
Iraq Index: Tracking Variables of Reconstruction & Security in Iraq.pdf
Brookings Institute: Center for Middle Eastern Policy website
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Friday July 25, 2014
News Articles

Liberian Man Tested For Ebola In World's Fourth Most Populous City
ZeroHedge | author | 07/25/14

Yesterday, when reporting on the latest tragic development in the wost ever Ebola outbreak to sweep through west Africa, namely that the head doctor tasked with containing the virus had himself contracted it, we commented that the "only good news, if any, is that even as the epidemic which has raged for months, and now appears to be out of control, it has not spilled out of Africa into other continents yet." That may not be the case for much longer following an update earlier today by Reuters that a Liberian man in his 40s is being tested for the deadly Ebola virus in Nigeria's commercial capital of Lagos, a megacity of 21 million people, the Lagos State Health Ministry said on Thursday. ... Read more

Bank of America and Other Megabanks Say They Want to Make Nice With Poor People: Don't Buy It
AlterNet | Lynn Stuart Parramore | 07/24/14

How do we hate thee, Bank of America? Let us count the ways. We hate thee for thy mortgage misdeeds, foreclosure frauds and grotesque fees. For unnecessarily kicking people out of their homes, extorting money from military families through predatory loan rates, and treating thy customers like garbage. For basically being too-big-to-fail/too-big-to-jail blight on the economy and society thou hast proven to be, time and again.

Under increasing pressure from regulators and widely despised by the public, Bank of America now wants us to believe hat it will make nice with poor people. In a recent report in the New York Times, we learn that BofA and other giant banks are trying to launder their public images by talking about offering low-fee services to people who have been left out of the banking system. BofA has launched a banking account it claims is intended to prevent troubled customers from running up fees for overdrawing their balances. Read more

Can a University Transform a City?
Politico | Mark Peterson | Photo Essay

What happens when a university begins to transform the city around it? Just look at Powelton Village, Philadelphia. Fashioned as an upscale, Gilded Age suburb for wealthy industrialists looking to cross the Schuylkill River and escape the clamor and the grime of Center City, Powelton is an architectural gem, still packed with the three-story Italianate villas and Victorian twins its prosperous settlers built 150 years ago. Now a national historic district, the neighborhood has survived a rocky evolution—from tycoon stomping ground, though depression-driven decline and 1950s gang violence, to 1960s countercultural hub—only to be rediscovered in the 1980s by upper-middle-class Philadelphians with the money to refurbish Powelton’s stately homes. Now, the area is in transition once again—into the backyard of fast-growing and ambitious Drexel University. ... Read more

No Safe Place in Gaza: How Silence Encouraged a Genocide
TRNN News | Yousef Al-Helou | 07/25/14

As the Israeli military offensive on Gaza entered its third week, there's been more horrific mass killings committed because of indiscriminate Israeli tank shelling and bombardment throughout the besieged Gaza Strip.

After the massacres in Shujaeyyah and Khoza, now the supposedly safe United Nations-run schools have also become targets. A school in the northern Gaza strip town of Beit Hanon, which sheltered hundreds of displaced people who thought they would be safe on United Nations-controlled premise, came under Israeli fire. According to the Gaza Health Ministry, at least thirteen civilians were killed and more than 200 were injured. UNRWA spokesman said that his agency was not warned. ... Read more

DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, July 25 [9:00]
DN | Sharif Abdel Kouddous: In Gaza, Unrelenting Israeli Assault Causes "Grave Humanitarian Crisis" (07/25/14) [9:46]
DN | "No Safe Place": After Deadly Attack on Gaza School, U.N. Warns 150,000 Seeking Shelter Are at Risk (07/25/14) [14:16]
DN | Turning Point? Largest West Bank Protest in Decades Raises Spectre of a 3rd Intifada (07/25/14) [10:22]
Bill Moyers
Bill Moyers | The Conscience of a Compassionate Conservative (07/25/14) [24:29], Part 2 [18:52]
This week on the show, Bill spoke with the president of the conservative American Enterprise Institute, Arthur C. Brooks. Their conversation was so interesting that they kept talking, and we kept our cameras rolling after the broadcast interview ended. In this web extra, the two talk about the failures of capitalism, who is to blame for the 2008 financial crash, food stamps and a whole lot more.
Bill Moyers | Greg Kaufmann on the Truth About American Poverty (06/28/14) [12:01]
TRNN | BDS Movement Founder Omar Barghouti discusses: Israel Boycott Gains Traction As Gaza Assault Continues (07/25/14) [10:13]
TYT News
TYT | 'Modern Family' Star On Anti-Gay Politician Rick Santorum (07/24/14) [3:44]
TYT | Rising HIV Rates Among Gay & Bisexual Men In America (07/24/14) [6:22]
TYT | Two More Planes Down - Is Flying No Longer Safe? (07/24/14) [5:38]
Ring of Fire
Ring of Fire | Papantonio: Rick Scott's Private Prison Cesspool (07/23/14) [3:51]
Chris Hayes - All In
Chris Hayes | Did a third intifada begin tonight? As the death toll continues to mount in Gaza, thousands of protesters marched from the West Bank to Jerusalem, where they clashed with Israeli security forces. (07/24/14) [14:58]
Chris Hayes | With Cruz’s criticism of the FAA’s ban on flights to Israel, he’s seizing the opportunity to show the pro-Israel GOP base that he’s their guy (07/24/14) [5:07]
Where Your Tax Dollars Go
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Thursday July 24, 2014
News Articles

Why The World Is Spinning Into Crisis Everywhere
HP | Howard Fineman | 07/23/14

Israel vs. Hamas. Ukraine vs. Russia. Unaccompanied minors at the Texas border. Syria in flames, with a militant “caliphate” at the door. Iran stalling for time on nukes. A rising China sowing fear throughout the rest of Asia. The world seems dangerously unmanageable these days.

President Barack Obama is paying a political price at home, with 55 percent of Americans polled by Pew now disapproving of his handling of foreign affairs -- a dramatic reversal from 2009, when his approval rating was 56 percent. While experts argue about how much Obama and his policies are really to blame, the truth is that he occupies the Oval Office at a time of historic flux and of diminished clout, not only for the U.S. but also for the idea of a dominant global power.

To understand that, you need to revisit an influential article published in Foreign Affairs in 2008 by Richard Haass. It’s called “The Age of Nonpolarity,” and Haass wrote it as he was advising presidential candidates behind the scenes in both parties.

Haass, the longtime president of the nonpartisan Council on Foreign Relations (and before that a staffer for President Jimmy Carter and the two Bushes), painted a grim picture of an unsettled, chaotic and dangerously diffuse world Familiar methods of diplomacy, statecraft and war had become feeble, if not useless, in the 21st century, he wrote. The ages of “unipolar” power (i.e., a dominant United States) were over; so were the times of “multi-polar” power, such as the first half of the 20th century.

Now the world faced a free-for-all in which “non-state actors” -- terrorists, global corporations, religious and ethnic tribes, sovereign wealth funds and nonprofit charities, to name a few -- were as crucial as countries in shaping the order of a “nonpolar” world. ... Read more
Why The World Is Spinning Into Crisis Everywhere

AIPAC Is the Only Explanation for America's Morally Bankrupt Israel Policy
HP | Stephen M. Walt | 07/22/14

The official name for Israel's latest assault on Gaza is "Operation Protective Edge." A better name would be "Operation Déjà Vu." As it has on several prior occasions, Israel is using weapons provided by U.S. taxpayers to bombard the captive and impoverished Palestinians in Gaza, where the death toll now exceeds 500. As usual, the U.S. government is siding with Israel, even though most American leaders understand Israel instigated the latest round of violence, is not acting with restraint, and that its actions make Washington look callous and hypocritical in the eyes of most of the world. ... Read more

How Politics and Lies Triggered an Unintended War in Gaza
The Jewish Daily 'Forward.com' | J.J. Goldberg | 07/10/14

In the flood of angry words that poured out of Israel and Gaza during a week of spiraling violence, few statements were more blunt, or more telling, than this throwaway line by the chief spokesman of the Israeli military, Brigadier General Moti Almoz, speaking July 8 on Army Radio’s morning show: “We have been instructed by the political echelon to hit Hamas hard.”

That’s unusual language for a military mouthpiece. Typically they spout lines like “We will take all necessary actions” or “The state of Israel will defend its citizens.” You don’t expect to hear: “This is the politicians’ idea. They’re making us do it.”

Admittedly, demurrals on government policy by Israel’s top defense brass, once virtually unthinkable, have become almost routine in the Netanyahu era. Usually, though, there’s some measure of subtlety or discretion. This particular interview was different. Where most disagreements involve policies that might eventually lead to some future unnecessary war, this one was about an unnecessary war they were now stumbling into. ... Read more

Don’t Tell Anybody About This Story on HFT Power Jump Trading
ZeroHedge & Bloomberg | Saijel Kishan | 07/23/14

Far from Wall Street in a Chicago neighborhood once synonymous with urban blight, two futures industry veterans are using secrecy and speed to mint fortunes.

Their firm, Jump Trading LLC, was all but invisible until it was among six companies subpoenaed in April by New York prosecutors. Jump has ascended the ranks of high-frequency traders during the past 15 years to become one of the top firms on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, where $925 trillion of derivatives changed hands last year. Its annual revenue has exceeded half a billion dollars. ... Read more

Is There a Connection Between CEOs’ Narcissism and Corporate Tax-Dodging?
BillMoyers | Sam Pizzigat | 07/23/14

... This new research — out of the University of Southern California and the University of Arizona — examines the impact of CEO narcissism on corporate tax policies. That impact turns out to be fairly robust. The corporations that America’s most narcissistic CEOs run seem to be prone to engaging in highly risky corporate tax-avoidance maneuvers.

How did the authors of this new research, Kari Joseph Olsen and James Stekelberg, identify the narcissists in America’s top CEO suites? They used a variety of yardsticks, everything from the pay gap between CEOs and their fellow execs to the prominence of CEO photos in corporate annual reports. ... Read more

DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, July 24 [9:00]
DN | A Debate on Gaza: Ali Abunimah of Electronic Intifada vs. J.J. Goldberg of the Jewish Daily Forward (07/23/14) [19:18]
*DN | MSNBC's Sole Palestinian Voice Rula Jebreal Takes on Pro-Israeli Gov't Bias at Network & in US Media (07/23/14) [15:23]
*DN | Sharif Abdel Kouddous: Bombed in Their Homes and in the Streets, Where Can Gazans Flee? (07/24/14) [7:44]
*DN | "Brutal Operation Taking Place In Our Name," Israeli Military Reservists Refuse to Serve (07/24/14) [20:44]
DN | Katrina vanden Heuvel: With 100,000+ Displaced, Why is U.S. Ignoring Ukraine's Civil War? (07/24/14) [12:31]
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
*HBO | Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Prison (07/20/14) [17:42]
TRNN | TRNN correspondent Lia Tarachansky reports: Is Israeli Public Opinion Turning after 700 Palestinian Deaths? (07/23/14) [8:11]
TRNN | Middle East correspondent Yousef Al-Helou shares his story of how his home was targeted by an Israeli airstrike (07/23/14) [5:38]
TYT News
TYT | It's Official, Kim Jong-un Is A Crybaby. This Viral Video Is Hilarious! (07/22/14) [4:05]
TYT | Is E.T. In Hell? Creationist Ken Ham Thinks So (07/22/14) [4:38]
TYT | Adam Carolla Against Feeding Kids, Wonders Why Conservatives Get Bad Name (07/22/14) [9:49]
TYT | Obamacare Emergency After GOP Judges Gang Up In Devastating Ruling (07/22/14) [9:25]
TYT | Israeli PM: We Kill Palestinians Because Hamas Wants 'Telegenically Dead' (07/21/14) [11:12]
TYT | Netanyahu Bragged He Has America Wrapped Around His Finger (07/21/14) [5:53]
TYT | Why The Media Loves Conservatives And Hates Liberals (07/21/14) [5:45]
Ring of Fire News
Ring of Fire | Thom Hartmann talks about how nothing has changes in the way banks operate (07/23/14) []
Scottish Deerhound vs Irish Wolfhound
The Scottish Deerhound

Resembling a larger, coated Greyhound, the Scottish Deerhound is a keen and alert sight hound. One of the oldest breeds, the Deerhound possesses a preeminent hunting ability, and is often seen at lure coursing events. The hair on the body and neck is harsh and wiry, while the coat on the head, breast and belly is much softer.

Known centuries ago as the Scotch Greyhound, Rough Greyhound and Highland Deerhound, the Scottish Deerhound became a clearly identified breed in the 16th and 17th centuries. He was the best breed to use for the pursuit and killing of deer, and at the time, could be owned by no one of rank lower than an earl. While he possesses a quiet and dignified personality in the home, the Scottish Deerhound may try to chase any furry animals that run past him. For that reason, the breed should be exercised on leash or in a fenced area. The breed’s crisp, somewhat wiry coat, however, is exceptionally easy-care, requiring only brushing and occasional bathing.

The Irish Wolfhound

An Irish Wolfhound must be of great size and commanding appearance. He has a large, muscular greyhound-like shape, and he is the tallest of dogs, but not the heaviest. A superb athlete and an endurance runner, an old Irish proverb describes him perfectly: “Gentle when stroked, fierce when provoked.”

One of the earliest recorded references to Irish Wolfhounds is in Roman records dating to 391 A.D. Often used as royal gifts, they hunted with their masters, fought beside them in battle, guarded their castles, played with their children, and lay quietly by the fire as family friends. They were fierce hunters of wolves and the oversized Irish elk, so good in fact that their prey disappeared from Ireland and the hounds fell upon hard times. By the 19th Century there were few Irish Wolfhounds left in Ireland. Although now primarily a family companion, the Irish Wolfhound will still instinctively give chase to fleeing prey. His large size commands more room, more exercise, and a bigger car. The breed’s harsh, natural coat requires regular brushing.

Wednesday July 23, 2014
News Articles

A Revolving Door Farce: CFTC Commissioner Bails To Head Regulator's Biggest Opponent
ZeroHedge | author | 07/23/14

There is no better way to describe what the recently departed CFTC commissioner Scott O'Malia just did when he bailed from the commodity watchdog to become the new head of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, aka ISDA, the biggest banking group that has constantly opposed every intervention and attempt to regulate the swaps market by the CFTC since the Lehman crisis, than an epic farce.

For those who are unaware ISDA is a global OTC derivative lobby group, counting the world's largest investment banks among its members, and has frequently fought regulatory efforts to reform the market after the financial crisis. ISDA itself was exposed as a complete joke during the European crisis when due to the overhang of avoiding Europe's insolvent reality, it made CDS protection obsolete as protection from sovereign restructurings and credit events, in the process crushing one of the key ways to hedge for credit event risk. ... Read more

Getting Rid of Cable TV: The Smartest Ways to Cut the Cord
WSJ | author | 07/15/14

Going without cable—or at least with considerably less of it—is easier than you think. Last week, I sliced my bill from $212 to $75 without giving up the stuff I really watch. Yes, cable and satellite companies lock away some content for subscribers. But you don't have to be an online pirate to see what you want.

Broadcasters give away the most popular HD channels free over the air, and Internet video services like Hulu, "smart" TVs and streaming boxes make it possible to remain a full-fledged couch potato. None of this is as simple as clicking channel up and down on your cable remote. But for the app-savvy, Internet streaming wins not just because of price, but because of convenience. ... Read more

State of the Climate in 2013 Report Release
NOAA | author | 07/17/14

In 2013, the vast majority of worldwide climate indicators—greenhouse gases, sea levels, global temperatures, etc.—continued to reflect trends of a warmer planet, according to the indicators assessed in the State of the Climate in 2013 report, released online July 17, 2014, by the American Meteorological Society.

Scientists from NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C., served as the lead editors of the report, which was compiled by 425 scientists from 57 countries around the world (highlights, visuals, full report). It provides a detailed update on global climate indicators, notable weather events, and other data collected by environmental monitoring stations and instruments on air, land, sea, and ice. ... Read more

The 10 Best Small Cities in America
HP |David Jefferys, CNTraveler.com | 07/22/14

These spots, voted among the best in the U.S. by Condé Nast Traveler's readers, have plenty of cultural attractions, stylish hotels, and charm to spare. ... Read more

State of the Climate Change
CBS | Wildfire plows through Washington (07/18/14) [1:41]
NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) website

Click to zoom - Why it matters
NOAA Climate.gov | 2013 State of the climate: Mountain glaciers
DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, July 23 [7:16]
DN | Not In Our Name: Jewish Activists Arrested in Sit-in at Friends of Israel Defense Forces NYC Office (07/23/14) [6:43]
DN | MSNBC's Sole Palestinian Voice Rula Jebreal Takes on Pro-Israeli Gov't Bias at Network & in US Media (07/23/14) [15:23]
DN | A Debate on Gaza: Ali Abunimah of Electronic Intifada vs. J.J. Goldberg of the Jewish Daily Forward (07/23/14) [19:18]
DN | "Growing Humanitarian Crisis": Palestinian Toll Tops 650 as Israel Attacks Gaza's Sole Power Plant (07/23/14) [6:42]
TRNN | Sarit Michaeli says: Israeli Human Rights Spokesperson: Attacks on Civilians Unjustifiable (07/23/14) [10:00]
Chris Hedges Interviews Noam Chomsky (06/27/14) [17:59], Part 2 [17:03], Part 3 [20:56]
Part 1: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges speaks with Professor Noam Chomsky about working-class resistance during the Industrial Revolution, propaganda, and the historical role played by intellectuals in times of war
Part 2: Chomsky: The system we have now is radically anti-capitalist, radically anti-democratic, opposed to markets, and in favor of concentrating wealth and power.
Part 3: Noam Chomsky says Occupy challenges the atomization of society, and also discusses how the media obstructs meaningful action to address climate change.
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren: Big Banks Spend $1 Million a Day to Fight Financial Reform (07/22/14) [33:50]
Jump to 15:00 to see Sen. Elizabeth Warren's inspiring speech.
Robert Reich on 6 Things That Do NOT Go Better With Koch (Brothers) (07/22/14) [3:01]
Koch Brothers Exposed 2014 [55:56]
Thom Hartmann News
Thom Hartmann | What Would Happen if we Wiped out the Debt? (07/21/14) [7:42]
Thom Hartmann: National debt held by the public was approximately $12.6 trillion or about 74% of Q1 2014 GDP Intragovernmental holdings stood at $5.1 trillion (30%), giving a combined total public debt of $17.6 trillion or about 104% of Q1 2014 GDP. As of January 2013, $5 trillion or approximately 47% of the debt held by the public was owned by foreign investors, the largest of which were the People's Republic of China and Japan at just over $1.1 trillion each. (07/30/14)
Jon Steawart - Daily News
Jon Stewart | Jon Stewart Learns What Happens When You Talk About Israel (07/22/14) [2:00]
Jon Stewart |Jon Stewart Blows The Lid Off Reagan's 'Immediate' Response To Russian Crisis (07/22/14) [5:39]

Tuesday July 22, 2014
News Articles

The World Just Had Its Hottest June On Record
AP & HP |Seth Borenstein | 07/22/14

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday that last month's average global temperature was 61.2 degrees, which is 1.3 degrees higher than the 20th century average. It beat 2010's old record by one-twentieth of a degree.

While one-twentieth of a degree doesn't sound like much, in temperature records it's like winning a horse race by several lengths, said NOAA climate monitoring chief Derek Arndt.

And that's only part of it. The world's oceans not only broke a monthly heat record at 62.7 degrees, but it was the hottest the oceans have been on record no matter what the month, Arndt said. "We are living in the steroid era of the climate system," Arndt said. Arndt said both the June and May records were driven by unusually hot oceans, especially the Pacific and Indian oceans. ... Read more
Click to zoom - Hottest June on Record
NOAA - State of the Climate, June 2014

9/11 Commission Report A Decade Later: Threats Have Evolved, U.S. Hasn't
HP | Sam Stein | 07/22/14

The report, released Tuesday, praises some federal actions for making the country "better equipped to prevent and respond to terrorist attacks than in 2001." The commission, led by Chairman Tom Kean and Vice Chairman Lee Hamilton, points to the federalization of airport security, upgraded security at ports of entry, and the devotion of hundreds of billions of dollars to the intelligence community as policy movements in the right direction

Yet the report finds foreboding gaps. The authors argue that the U.S. remains under-resourced on cyber-terrorism and under-appreciative of emerging threats, predominantly in the Middle East. They note that while core al Qaeda "has been damaged in recent years, its affiliates and associated groups … now have a presence in more theaters of operation than they did half a decade ago, operating today in at least 16 countries." ... Read more

The New Scariest Chart In America
ZeroHedge | author | 07/22/14

For the last few years, the 'scariest' chart for Europeans has been the unending surge in youth unemployment. However, amid all the sound and fury of mainstream US media discussions of the 'recovery' in America and the President's employment track record, Constantin Gurdgiev notes another 'scariest chart of the US recovery' that remains in full 'crisis mode'... Read more
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Lots More News
  1. EU Works to Punish Russia as MH17 Bodies Leave Rebel Area (BBG)
  2. Bodies From Malaysia Airlines Flight Begin Long Trip to Netherlands (WSJ)
  3. Israel pounds Gaza as Kerry arrives (Reuters)
  4. U.S. judge dismisses Republican lawsuit over Obamacare subsidy for Congress (Reuters)
  5. Israel Soldier Missing Amid Assault on Hamas in Gaza (WSJ)
  6. Detroit Retirees Vote in Favor of Pension Cuts (WSJ)
  7. Russia Axes 1st Bond Sale in 3 Months as Ukraine Drives Up Yield (BBG)
  8. Wall Street Cut From Guest List for Jackson Hole Fed Meeting (BBG)
  9. Credit Suisse to Exit Commodities, Posts Big Quarter Loss (BBG)
  10. Draghi Cedes Euro Control to Yellen on Fed Rate Wagers (BBG)
DemocracyNow Daily News
DN | Max Blumenthal: With "Hollow Diplomacy," U.S. Created Political Space for Israeli Assault on Gaza (07/21/14) [7:15]
DN | Israeli Peace Demo Violently Disrupted, Dozens Injured as Counterprotesters Yell "Death to Arabs" (07/21/14) [5:46]
DN | Palestinian Human Rights Lawyer Raji Sourani Likens Netanyahu to Bin Laden For Killing Civilians (07/21/14) [5:55]
*TRNN | Vijay Prashad says: Lack of International Pressure Permits Endless Assault On Gaza (07/21/14) [10:47]
*TRNN | "We Are Going Through Hell" - Report from Gaza (07/21/14) [15:23]
On the 14th day of Operation Protective Edge, Gazan blogger Nalan al-Sarraj and TRNN Correspondent Yousef al-Helou discuss how Palestinians are responding to the massacre in Shujaiyeh, as well as the widespread support for the resistance against the siege.
*TRNN | Gerald Epstein says: Dodd-Frank Still Not Fully Implemented Four Years Later (07/22/14) [10:21]

Where Your Tax Dollars Go
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Monday July 21, 2014
News Articles

Israel-Gaza Conflict: Gaza Suffers Its Deadliest Day After 'Heinous Massacre'
AlterNet | Kim Sengupta | 07/20/14

A night and day of ferocious violence has resulted in more than 100 deaths in Gaza, with Palestinian accusations that a bloody assault on the town of Shuja'iya by Israeli forces, leaving bodies on the streets and buildings destroyed, was motivated by revenge for the deaths of 13 soldiers

The Israeli losses were one of the largest in one operation suffered in recent times by the Jewish state. Al Quds Force, the military wing of Hamas, had claimed that it had lured troops into a minefield. But the Israeli military stated that the deaths came in separate incidents overnight involving improvised explosive devices and a firefight. ... Read more

This Is Where You Don't Want Your Tax Dollars Going
HP | Danielle Higgins | 07/19/14

I'll admit, that moment that I received my first paycheck from my first real-world, post-college job, I was stunned that the amount I calculated I would have for rent, loan payments and happy hours was much less than I thought.

However, my instinct was not, and still is not, that there should be no health care, no social security, no public benefits, or any of the number of expenditures that conservatives protest against paying for with their tax dollars.

It is entirely possible to be critical of where your tax money is going without "becoming conservative" and letting go of the liberal notion that higher tax rates -- when allocated effectively -- can create a more even playing field, domestically through welfare programs and abroad through foreign aid. ... Read more

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Where Your Income Tax Money Really Goes.pdf
WarResisters.org website

Women's Rowing Team's Naked Calendar Briefly Banned On Facebook
HP | Nina Bahadur | 07/18/14

Students from the Warwick women's rowing team decided to strip down for charity -- and found themselves held up to a double standard.

This week, Facebook banned the group's page citing "inappropriate content" -- but allowed an identical page for the men's team's naked calendar to remain. ... Read more

DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, July 21 [9:54]
DN | Stephen Cohen: Downed Malaysian Plane Raises Risk of War Between Russia and the West (07/21/14) [2:38]
*TRNN | Phyllis Bennis: "U.S. Complicity Brought Up to Date" in Israel's War against Gaza (07/21/14) [12:10]
*TRNN | Larry Wilkerson: All Parties Involved to Blame for Malaysian Aircraft Disaster in Ukraine (07/21/14) [11:03]
TRNN | Jeff Cohen discusses several freedom of information issues, including a new campaign encouraging whistleblowing, the case of journalist James Risen, and net neutrality (07/21/14) [11:29]

Friday July 18, 2014
News Articles

Cost Of Military Jet Could House Every Homeless Person In U.S. With $600,000 Home
HP | author | date

Just days before its international debut at an airshow in the United Kingdom, the entire fleet of the Pentagon’s next generation fighter plane — known as the F-35 II Lightning, or the Joint Strike Fighter — has been grounded, highlighting just what a boondoggle the project has been. With the vast amounts spent so far on the aircraft, the United States could have worked wonders, including providing every homeless person in the U.S. a $600,000 home. ... Read more

Cheney Never Shoots Straight
HP | Joe Peyronnin | 07/16/14

Former Vice President Dick Cheney is trying hard to salvage his legacy, so he is resorting to spin, distortion and lies. But why is the media paying attention to him? Not even Cheney himself could erase from history the devastating record he has amassed, especially working with President George W. Bush.

A 2012 New York Times report revealed all of the warnings the Bush/Cheney administration received in the spring and summer of 2001 of a terrorist threat against the United States from within. On May 1, 2001, the CIA warned Bush a "group presently in the United States" was planning an attack. In July, the CIA warned that the attacks could be "imminent." On August 6, Bush received a classified document entitled, "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S." None of the dots were connected by the White House, which dismissed criticism by saying they were not told when or where the attacks would occur. The attacks occurred on September 11, with devastating consequences. ... Read more

NBC News Pulls Veteran Reporter from Gaza After Witnessing Israeli Attack on Children
The Intercept | Glenn Greenwald | 07/17/14

Ayman Mohyeldin, the NBC News correspondent who personally witnessed yesterday’s killing by Israel of four Palestinian boys on a Gazan beach and who has received widespread praise for his brave and innovative coverage of the conflict, has been told by NBC executives to leave Gaza immediately. According to an NBC source upset at his treatment, the executives claimed the decision was motivated by “security concerns” as Israel prepares a ground invasion, a claim repeated to me by an NBC executive. But late yesterday, NBC sent another correspondent, Richard Engel, along with an American producer who has never been to Gaza and speaks no Arabic, into Gaza to cover the ongoing Israeli assault (both Mohyeldin and Engel speak Arabic). ... Read more

Ukraine says Malaysian airliner shot down, 295 dead: agency
Reuter | author | 07/17/14

A Malaysian airliner was shot down over eastern Ukraine by militants on Thursday, killing all 295 people aboard, a Ukrainian interior ministry official was quoted as saying by Interfax-Ukraine news agency.

The aircraft, which other sources said was a Boeing 777 flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, came down near the city of Donetsk, stronghold of pro-Russian rebels, Anton Gerashchenko said, adding that it was hit by a ground-to-air missile. ... Read more

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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, July 18 [9:35]
DN | "A Terrifying Night in Gaza": Sharif Abdel Kouddous Reports on Israeli Ground Invasion (07/18/14) [6:41]
Bill Moyers
Bill Moyers | The Crusade Against Reproductive Rights. (07/18/14) [24:26]
Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court’s landmark decision establishing a woman’s right to an abortion, was issued 41 years ago. Despite consistent public opinion to the contrary, conservatives and the religious right have patiently and relentlessly campaigned against it for decades. And recently, their efforts are finding some success. Two major rulings by the Supreme Court this last session limited health insurance coverage for contraception and gave protesters increased rights to demonstrate outside abortion clinics. Several states — especially in the South — in the name, legislators say, of women’s health, have passed regulations that creatively use technicalities to force clinics to close.

Bill Moyers talks about the politics of reproductive freedom with Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. For nearly a century, Planned Parenthood has been the leading advocate for reproductive health care in the United States, with 69 affiliates nationwide, operating more than 700 health centers.

“It’s better to be a corporation today than to be a woman in front of the Supreme Court,” Richards tells Bill. “I think that the Hobby Lobby decision is just the beginning of giving corporations free license to obey those rules and laws that they agree with, and not ones that they don’t.”
TRNN | Blogger Nalan al Sarraj and TRNN's Lia Tarachansky report: "Evacuate to Where?" - Report from Gaza and Israel (07/18/14) [19:06]
TRNN | Michael Hudson and Leo Panitch discuss: Is the New BRICS Bank a Challenge to US Global Financial Power? (07/18/14) [27:27]
Thom Hartmann News
Welcome to the New Bubble.... (07/17/14) [8:24]
Stop Corporate Corruption: Get the Money of of Politics (07/17/14) [7:21]
Crony Capitalism Enabled by the Supreme Court (07/17/14) [8:36]
TYT News
TYT | This 'Controversy' Is Ridiculous! Pearl Jam Singer Criticized For Anti-War Statements (07/17/14) [6:56]
TYT | Following Bombed Kids, NBC Pulls Reporter For Reporting Truth (07/17/14) [9:47]
TYT | Malaysian Airliner Shot Down Over Ukraine - Russia's Doing? (07/17/14) [8:15]
TYT | Bill O'Reilly Wants The Berlin Wall Back, Only MUCH Bigger (07/17/14) [4:38]
Diane Rehms Show
Diane Rehm Domestic News - Friday (07/18/14) [1hr]
International News - Friday (07/18/14) [1hr]
Jon Stewart - Daily News
Jon Stewart | interviews Hillary Clinton, Part 1. (07/16/14) [7:27]
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Thursday July 17, 2014
News Articles

Microsoft To Lay Off Up To 18,000 Workers Over Next Year
AP & HP | author | 07/17/14

Microsoft has announced the biggest layoffs in its history, saying it will cut up to 18,000 jobs or 14 percent of its staff as it works to cut down on management layers and integrate the Nokia cellphone business it bought in April. The news sent Microsoft's stock up 3 percent in morning trading.

Although the job cuts had been expected, the extent of them was a surprise. It's the boldest move by CEO Satya Nadella since he took the reins from Steve Ballmer in February. In a public email to employees Thursday, he said the changes were needed for the company to "become more agile and move faster. ... Read more
Microsoft to cut up to 18,000 jobs in next year, CEO says in message to employees (07/17/14) [1:37]

Capitalism's Deeper Problem
Bill Moyers | Richard Wolff | 07/15/14

Recent press reports refer to troubling price increases for such assets as real estate, government bonds, companies targeted for acquisition and artwork. A New York Times front-page headline read "The Everything Boom, or Maybe the Everything Bubble."

Yet while asset prices soar, the production of goods and services, employment and workers' incomes are not recovering and resuming growth. Instead, Western Europe, North America and Japan are stuck in a longer, deeper crisis than almost anyone expected. Millions have left the labor force. Wages, benefits and job security are declining; the so-called "middle classes" are evaporating. Having promised "recoveries," desperate governments inject massive new quantities of money into their economies. What they accomplish most are fast-rising asset prices. ... Read more

Bill Moyers | Richard Wolff on Curing Capitalism (older) [30:22]
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Grand Designs - "The Cob Castle" (01/30/14) [46:55]
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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, July 17 [7:28]
DN | Horror on Gaza Beach: New York Times Photographer Witnesses Israeli Killing of 4 Palestinian Boys (07/17/14) [7:41]
*DN | U.S. Turns Back on Child Migrants After Its Policies in Guatemala, Honduras Sowed Seeds of Crisis (07/17/14) [17:41]
*DN | Nobel Economist Joseph Stiglitz Hails New BRICS Bank Challenging U.S.-Dominated World Bank & IMF (07/17/14) [7:06]
*TRNN | Hedges and Lessig on Money and Politics, Part 3 (07/17/14) [18:46]
TRNN | Occupation of Palestinian Territories Likely to Intensify in Coming Months (07/17/14) [14:49]
Ring of Fire
Papantonio: Religious Promotion Will Backfire on Republicans (07/17/14) [9:34]
TYT News
*TYT | Kids Playing On Beach Shelled By Israeli Navy (07/16/14) [8:16]
TYT | Jon Stewart Enrages Right Winger, First Over Gaza, Then It Gets Personal (07/16/14) [8:12]
*TYT | Dick Cheney The Living Embodiment Of Eisenhower's Greatest Fear (07/16/14) [4:50]
John Oliver
*HBO | Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Hobby Lobby (06/30/14) [6:09]
HBO | Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Monarchy (06/28/14) [5:54]

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
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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 | 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 | 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]
Hottest Year On Record? (07/15/14) [2:21]
Other Videos and Documentaries I Ran Across
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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.
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
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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 | 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: 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)

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