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Scotland Rejects Independence, Votes To Stay In The United Kingdom
Scotland spurned independence in a historic referendum that threatened to rip the United Kingdom apart, sow financial turmoil and diminish Britain's remaining global clout.
A vote for the 307-year union is a relief for millions of Britons including Prime Minister David Cameron, whose job was on the line, as well as allies across the world who were horrified at the prospect of the United Kingdom's separation. Opponents of independence won 55 percent of the vote while separatists won 45 percent with all 3.6 million votes - a record 85 percent turnout - counted. But leaders from across the United Kingdom said the union must change if it is to endure. ... Read more
Voters aged 16-17: YES: 71%; NO: 29%
Voters aged 65+: YES: 27%; NO: 73%
Angry With Washington, 1 In 4 Americans Open To Secession
The failed Scottish vote to pull out from the United Kingdom stirred secessionist hopes for some in the United States, where almost a quarter of people are open to their states leaving the union, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll found.
Some 23.9 percent of Americans polled from Aug. 23 through Sept. 16 said they strongly supported or tended to support the idea of their state breaking away, while 53.3 percent of the 8,952 respondents strongly opposed or tended to oppose the notion. ... Read more
Sierra Leone's Capital At Standstill As 3-Day Ebola Lockdown Begins
Sierra Leone began a three-day lockdown on Friday in an effort to halt the spread of the Ebola virus, as President Ernest Bai Koroma urged residents to comply with the emergency measures.
Streets in the normally bustling seaside capital Freetown were deserted, barring vehicles carrying police officers and health workers. Radio stations played Ebola awareness jingles on repeat and encouraged residents to stay indoors. ... Read more
3 Things Worth Thinking About
While we are not predicting that the proverbial "wheels are about the come off the cart," today, this is another in a long list of indications that value in the stock market is no longer present. Of course, this would also suggest this might be, just maybe, a time to start considering "selling high." Of course, such a suggestion is wildly ludicrous and absolutely illogical since it is widely believed that the markets will never go down...ever. ...
... in a consumption based economy excess debt, structural unemployment and stagnant incomes retard economic prosperity. The simple fact is that when it requires roughly $4 of debt to create $1 of "real" economic growth - the engine of growth is broken. ... Read moreClick to zoom - for bigger image
Do we even need the major 24 hour news casts, when we have Stephen Cobert and Jon Stewart??Stephen Cobert | Stephen Colbert considers our as-yet-unnamed Arab partners in the fight against ISIS -- and tells us it's time to be very afraid... (09/18/14) [8:49]
One-Pot Pasta Recipe
Heat a large, heavy-bottomed pot over high heat. Drizzle in the olive oil. When it's hot, add the garlic and let it get nice and golden (this color adds lots of flavor); it will only take about 30 seconds. Add the onion and cook until the onion is translucent, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the tomatoes, kale, basil, pasta, salt and 4 cups water. Bring the mixture to a boil while stirring, then reduce the heat to a simmer.
Cook the whole thing for the amount of time suggested on the pasta package, giving it an energetic stir every few minutes. If it starts to look too dry, add a slosh more water (about 1/2 cup at a time). Once the pasta is al-dente, fold in the Parmesan. Taste! Does it need some red pepper flakes? A pinch of salt? Top with the fresh basil, maybe a shower of Parmesan. Enjoy!
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, September 19 (full) [58:56]
PBS Documentaries*PBS | Capturing complicated portraits of 'high-voltage' Roosevelts (09/18/14) [7:44]
Theodore, Franklin, Eleanor -- these three American icons from a single family led and shaped the nation during the first half of the 20th century. But behind their public personas, they lived more complex lives. A new documentary series on PBS, "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History," offers an in-depth exploration. Filmmaker Ken Burns joins Margaret Warner to discuss their legacy.*TRNN | Activists Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese discuss the major climate change events taking place this weekend in New york City (09/19/14) [12:10]
See the Episode in yesterdays News Pages (09/18/14).
*TRNN | Deepa Kumar and Peter Hart say the mainstream media is working to manufacture consent for further military action in Syria and Iraq (09/18/14) [21:43]
TRNN | Vijay Prashad: If the West is serious about tackling ISIS it must lessen the chaos within Syria and seek a political solution (09/18/14) [14:24]
TRNN | Lecturer Peter Watt discusses the issues and history surrounding Scottish Independence (09/18/14) [16:48]
PBS NewsHourPBS NewsHour | What role should Mideast countries play in Islamic State fight? (09/18/14) [10:04]
TYT News - http://www.tytnetwork.com/*TYT | When Your Workers Want Rights Just Pay Off A Politician (09/19/14) [8:44]
*TYT | Hillary Clinton 2016 Survey Results, TYT's Progressive Petition Update (09/19/14) [6:42]
TYT | Boots on the Ground? Obama Declares War on Ebola (09/17/14) [4:23]
I know Cenk is poking fun at a very serious problem. But, I agree with his argument, that everything in American Foreign (and possibly Domestic) Policy has to framed as a War, i.e. War on Terror, War on Drugs, War on Poverty, War on... Why can't we just be a nation of humanitarian relief ??TYT | Occupy Movement Buys & Forgives $4 Million In Student Loan Debt (09/19/14) [6:17]
TYT | ISIS "Flames of War" Propaganda Tape Released (09/17/14) [4:40]
TYT | Beheaded Journalists' Family "Bullied" By Obama Administration (09/17/14) [7:09]
I'm not sure I totally agree with Cenk on this one. I think the family should be able to pay the ransom. Should the government be involved... probably not.TYT | ISIS Releases New Hostage Video - British Journalist John Cantlie (09/19/14) [7:40]
TYT | Congress Passes War Funding To Support Obama's ISIS Fight (09/19/14) [7:28]
TYT | Sex Tourist Rush Limbaugh Unclear On Meaning Of Consensual Sex (09/17/14) [6:19]
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Scotland Independence Vote Commences
For Scots, Wednesday was a day of excitement, apprehension, and a flood of final appeals before a big decision. In a matter of hours, they will determine whether Scotland leaves the United Kingdom and becomes an independent state.
A full 97 percent of those eligible have registered to vote -- including, for the first time, 16- and 17-year-olds -- in a referendum that polls suggest is too close to call. ...
Goldman's Q&A On What Yellen Really Said (Or Didn't)
Since it is the NY Fed, headed by an ex-Goldmanite, which will ultimately be tasked with exiting 6 years of "unconventional monetary policy" - at some point during this "recovery" if not now or any time soon for that matter - it is probably best to listen to Goldman for its post-mortem on what the chairwoman did or did not say. Which is why we present a "Q&A" with Goldman's head economist, Jan Hatzius, known to occasionally exchange a sandwich and the occasional policy guidelene, with NY Fed's Bill Dudley at the Pound and Pence, in which he explains how Yellen managed to be both more dovish and more hawkish than the "market" expected. ... Read more
The Trolling Continues: Fed Chairwoman Expresses Her Condolences To America's Poor
Janet Yellen released a speech this morning explaining how sorry she is about 'the poor' and why they need to get rich. In the speech below, she stresses, "how important it is to promote asset-building, including saving for a rainy day, as protection from the ups and downs of the economy," despite falling incomes, rising costs, and extending credit, we assume she means. ...
... For lower-income families, what we find is sobering. The median net worth reported by the bottom fifth of households by income was only $6,400 in 2013. Among this group, representing about 25 million American households, many families had no wealth or had negative net worth. The next fifth of households by income had median net worth of just $27,900. These numbers represent declines from 2010. One reason is that income has continued to fall for these families ... Read moreClick to zoom - for bigger image
Five Signs the Dark-Money Apocalypse Is Upon Us
It's the home stretch of the 2014 election season. No single theme or issue has dominated the midterms, but 2014 is on pace to be the Year of Dark Money.
Nonprofit groups, some well-known (such as the US Chamber of Commerce and Americans for Prosperity, founded by the Koch brothers) and some obscure (America Inc., anyone?), have dumped huge sums of anonymous money into every competitive Senate race and many House contests. Here are five eye-opening indicators showing the rapid spread of dark money in this year's campaign season--and why it's going to get worse as Election Day approaches. ... Read moreClick to zoom - for bigger image
Dirty Secret of $1 Trillion Loans Is When Do You Get Money Back?
Imagine a trillion-dollar market that runs on faxes and phone calls while routinely tying up investors' money for months before they get any return. That's not fiction: It's the unregulated market for leveraged corporate loans. In a financial system that is increasingly automated, the origination and trading of loans is in the relative dark ages while money pours in from mainstream investors such as Kansas and New York pension plans and mutual funds catering to individuals seeking high yields in an era of near-zero interest rates.
The antiquated structure of a market that's ballooned from a mere $35 billion in 1997 poses a growing threat, raising the odds of gridlock in a downturn when investors expect to get their money back with a click of a button. As of yet, no regulators have taken responsibility for fixing the deficiency.
"It's a critical issue," said Beth MacLean, a money manager at Newport Beach, California-based Pacific Investment Management Co., which oversees $1.97 trillion, including the world's biggest bond mutual fund. "Any single retail fund not being able to meet their redemptions would have a ripple effect on the whole market." ...
... Judith Burns, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which has placed a priority on monitoring corporate and municipal bond trading more closely, declined to comment. So did representatives of the Federal Reserve, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. -- which have all raised concern that banks are being too lax in their loan underwriting standards. ... Read more
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, September 18 [11:59]
*DN | Capitalism vs. the Climate: Naomi Klein on Need for New Economic Model to Address Ecological Crisis (09/18/14) [8:00],
Part 2 [13:20]
PoliticsPBS NewsHour | Would America elect a Roosevelt today? (09/17/14) [2:42]
*The RooseveltsPBS | The Roosevelts - Get Action (1858-1901) Part 1 (09/14/14) [1:54:57]
Examine the early lives of Theodore Roosevelt and his younger cousin, Franklin.PBS | The Roosevelts - In the Arena (1901-1910) Part 2 (09/14/14) [1:56:20]
Murder brings Theodore Roosevelt to the presidency, but in the seven years that follow, he transforms the office and makes himself perhaps the best-loved of all presidents, battling corporate greed, preserving American wilderness, carrying the message of American might around the world. FDR weds Eleanor Roosevelt, and jumps at the chance to run for the New York state senate.PBS | The Fire of Life (1910-1919) Part 3 (09/14/14) [1:56:30]
Theodore Roosevelt leads a Progressive crusade that splits his own party, campaigns for American entry into World War I -- and pays a terrible personal price. Franklin masters wartime Washington as Assistant Secretary of the Navy, while Eleanor finds personal salvation in war work. Her discovery of Franklin's romance with another woman transforms their marriage into a largely political partnership.PBS | The Storm (1920-1933) Part 4 (09/14/14) [1:56:40]
Franklin Roosevelt runs for vice president in 1920 and seems assured of a still brighter future until polio devastates him. He spends seven years struggling without success to walk again, while Eleanor builds her own personal and political life of. FDR returns to politics in 1928 and acts with such vigor during the first years of the Great Depression that the Democrats nominate him for president.PBS | The Rising Road (1933-1939) Part 5 (09/14/14) [1:56:40]
FDR brings the same optimism and energy to the White House that his cousin Theodore displayed. Aimed at ending the Depression, his sweeping New Deal restores the people's self-confidence and transforms the relationship between them and their government. Eleanor rejects the traditional role of first lady, becomes her husband's liberal conscience and a sometimes controversial political force.PBS | The Common Cause (1939-1944) Part 6 (09/14/14) [1:55:05]
FDR shatters the third-term tradition, struggles to prepare a reluctant country to enter World War II and, after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, helps set the course toward Allied victory. Meanwhile, Eleanor struggles to keep New Deal reforms alive in wartime and travels the Pacific to comfort wounded servicemen.PBS | A Strong and Active Faith (1944-1962) Part 7 (09/14/14) [1:51:33]
Frail and failing but determined to see the war through to victory, FDR wins re-election and begins planning for a peaceful postwar world, but a cerebral hemorrhage kills him at 63. After her husband's death, Eleanor Roosevelt proves herself a shrewd politician and a skilled negotiator in her own right, as well as a champion of civil rights, civil liberties and the United Nations.
Smart PeoplePBS NewsHour | Malala explains why she risked death for girls' education (09/16/14) [5:58]
EnvironmentPBS NewsHour | GMO debate grows over golden rice in the Philippines (09/17/14) [8:25]
Naomi Klein: Only a Reverse Shock Doctrine Can Save Our Climate
In her new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, Naomi Klein argues that if we had taken action years ago when scientists first established that human activities were changing our climate, we might have been able to deal with the problem of global warming with only minimal disruption to our economic system. But as we approach a tipping point, and the consequences of climate change come into sharper focus, that time has passed, and we now have to acknowledge that preserving humans’ habitat requires a paradigm change.
But Klein doesn’t just offer us a depressing litany of the damage we’ve already done. She calls on us to seriously rethink the way our economy is structured to address not only climate change, but also other longstanding social problems like persistent global poverty and rising inequality. ...
Naomi Klein, author of the international bestseller The Shock Doctrine (Disaster Capitalism), says the tragic destruction of Hurricane Sandy can also be the catalyst for the transformation of politics and our economy. She’s been in New York visiting the devastated areas -- including those where “Occupy Sandy” volunteers are unfolding new models of relief -- as part of her reporting for a new book and film on climate change and the future, and joins Bill to discuss hurricanes, climate change, and democracy.
Facebook for the 1 percent –> An entrepreneur is launching a social media site for rich people “where you could talk about the finer things in life without backlash.” In order to keep out the riffraff, it will cost $9,000 to join and $250 per month for membership. Via: CNN.
Ebola Cases Could Double Every 3 Weeks
The number of Ebola cases could start doubling every three weeks in West Africa, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, warning that the outbreak will cost nearly $1 billion to contain so it does not turn into a "human catastrophe."
Even as President Barack Obama is ordering the deployment of 3,000 U.S. military personnel to help provide aid in the region, Doctors Without Borders said the global response to Ebola has been far short of what is needed. ... Read more
Marriott Skewered For Asking Guests To Help Pay Its Hotel Maids
Hotel behemoth Marriott -- which raked in nearly $13 billion in revenue last year -- wants guests to cough up a little more cash to help pay its hotel maids. Surprising to no one, customers are infuriated.
The company teamed up with TV anchor and activist Maria Shriver to launch a campaign on Monday called “The Envelope Please.” This week, envelopes will be placed in 160,000 Marriott hotel rooms across the U.S. and Canada requesting that guests tip the hotel’s cleaning staff. ... Read more
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, September 17 [11:56]
*DN | U.S. Ground Troops Back in Iraq? General Hints Broader Military Effort May Be Needed to Fight ISIS (09/17/14) [18:07]
DN | As Activists Gear Up for People's Climate March, Rep. Jim McDermott Pushes Carbon Tax (09/17/14) [3:01]
DN | Debate: Should Scotland Vote for Independence? Musician Billy Bragg vs. Historian Sam Wetherell (09/17/14) [9:58]
*TRNN | Prof. Gerald Epstein comments: on the new Fed rules and the appointment of Federal Reserve's Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer to head the Financial Stability Committee (09/17/14) [10:28]
TRNN | Special Report: Scots in Their Own Words on Independence (09/17/14) [4:48]
TRNN | Andrew Levine says: What Drives American Israel Policy? (09/17/14) [16:56]
ISIS | ISIL | IS
The Islamic State/ISIS/ISIL has released its initial 'rebuff' propaganda response to President Obama's declaration of war against the 'non-islamic' terrorist organization. The brief video entitled "Flames of War" is shot like a blockbuster-movie-style trailer and threatens US troops and the White House. As Politico reports, the militant terror group vows that the “fighting has just begun” in the minute-long video, which features clips of American military forces under fire and a wounded U.S. soldier being taken from the battlefield. The video concludes as the words "Flames of War" flash on the screen, followed by "Fighting has just begun" and ends ominously: "Coming Soon." Even more concerning perhaps is al-Qaeda branches calling for all jihadists to unite against the common threat from a US-led coalition.New Film Coming from Al Hayat Media, the English-language media arm of ISIS (09/17/14) 
Environment | Climate ChangeWhat Climate Change Would Actually Look Like (09/15/14) [2:10]
InterestingIt's a new era for Goodyear's iconic blimp. You could call it the Age of the Zeppelin (04/03/14) [3:19]
The Ohio-based tire and rubber company started testing its next-generation airship last month at Goodyear's airfield near Akron. Yes, this is an actual Zeppelin airship, made in partnership with the German company that dates to before the infamous Hindenburg disaster.
A Wealthy Capitalist on Why Money Doesn't Trickle Down
The fundamental law of capitalism is: When workers have more money, businesses have more customers. Which makes middle-class consumers -- not rich businesspeople -- the true job creators. A thriving middle class isn't a consequence of growth -- which is what the trickle-down advocates would tell you. A thriving middle class is the source of growth and prosperity in capitalist economies.
Our economy has changed, lest you think that the minimum wage is for teenagers. The average age of a fast-food worker is 28. And minimum wage jobs aren't confined to a small corner of the economy. By 2040, it is estimated that 48 percent of all American jobs will be low-wage service jobs. We need to reckon with this. What will our economy be like when it's dominated by low paying service jobs? What proportion of the population do we want to live on food stamps? 50 percent? Does this matter? Should we care?
Business people tell me they cannot afford higher wages. Not true. They can adjust to all sorts of higher costs. The minimum wage is much higher here in Seattle than in Alabama, and McDonald's thrives in both places. Businesses adjust to higher costs, even when they say they can't.
Our economy can be safe and effective only if it is governed by rules. Some capitalists actually don't care about other people, their communities or the future. Their behavior, if left unchecked, has a massive effect on everyone else. When Wal-Mart or McDonald's or any other guy like me pays workers the minimum wage, that's our way of saying, "I would pay you less, except then I'd go to prison." ... Read more
Fox News Aired Nearly 1,100 Benghazi Segments Across 5 Programs, Study Finds. Read article here
The Planet Just Had Its Warmest August On Record
This past August was the warmest since records began in 1881, according to new data released by NASA. The latest readings continue a series of record or near-record breaking months. May of this year was also the warmest in recorded history.
Dr. Gavin Schmidt, a climatologist and climate modeler at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, told The Huffington Post that while the agency's data does indicate that this August was the hottest on record, the difference falls within a few hundredths of a degree compared with previous Augusts. ...
Please, people around the world need our humanitarian help... not our bombs!!Monrovia, the Liberian capital, is facing a widespread Ebola epidemic 909/11/14) [3:45]
The Demise of a US Group Backing Moderate Syrian Rebels Is a Bad Sign for Obama's Anti-ISIS Campaign
Last week, President Barack Obama outlined his plan for expanding military action against ISIS, the murderous Islamic extremist group that controls territory in Iraq and Syria. His beefed-up campaign includes increased funding previously announced (up to $500 million) to train and arm supposedly moderate rebels in Syria who are fighting the dictatorial regime of Bashar al-Assad and also at times battling ISIS. For the past few years, Washington has assisted Syrian opposition forces deemed non-extremist--even though they might be fighting alongside Al Qaeda-affiliated rebels. But the effort has not been a great success, with hawks accusing the Obama administration of not doing enough, and administration officials skeptical about the moderate opposition's cohesion and military effectiveness and wary of doling out weapons that could fall into the wrong hands. In February, the leader of the moderate Free Syrian Army--who was the conduit for US aid to the rebels--was removed by his own council, partly because the FSA had been taking a beating from the regime and Islamist forces. Now Obama intends to boost the US effort to support these moderate fighters in Syria. But this move comes just weeks after the collapse of the Syrian Support Group, a US-based nonprofit backed by the State Department that boasted it delivered millions in dollars of nonlethal supplies to the FSA. According to former officials of the group, it shut down because of funding problems and divisions among rebel forces. Read moreHow IS Is Organized (09/11/14) [3:19]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, September 16 [11:44]
DN | A Survivor's Burden: Columbia Student Carries Mattress on Campus Until Alleged Rapist is Expelled (09/16/14) [10:17]
DN | "We Will Not Be Silenced": Students Denounce Rape at Columbia as Schools Face Scrutiny for Inaction (09/16/14) [19:36]
Boy, we should get rid of all the politicians and replace them with comedians. At least we would know what is really happening.*HBO | Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Scottish Independence (09/14/14) [15:18]
Jon StewartJon Stewart | Jon Stewart broke out his Lindsey Graham impression again -- and this might've been his best one yet.. (09/15/14) [5:29]
*TRNN | Economist Patrick Bond: Breakthroughs Unlikely at Upcoming UN Climate Summit (09/16/14) [12:40]
TRNN | Andrew Levine says: ISIS Wants the US Drawn into a Ground War, Part 1 (older 09/11/14) [17:27]
TRNN | Andrew Levine says: What Drives Obama's Foreign Policy? Part 2 (09/16/14) [21:09]
*TYT | Texas Sheriff Threatens To Send ISIS To Hell on Fox News (09/15/14) [4:19]
TYT | Panicky Republican Senator Says The US Must Invade Syria (09/15/14) [7:38]
As the United States begins to deepen ties with moderate Syrian rebels to combat the extremist group ISIS, also known as the Islamic State, a key component of its coalition appears to have struck a non-aggression pact with the group.TYT | Cenk Offers The "Uygur Maneuver" To Handle ISIS Militants (09/15/14) [9:31]
According to Agence France-Presse, ISIS and a number of moderate and hard-line rebel groups have agreed not to fight each other so that they can focus on taking down the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Other sources say the signatories include a major U.S. ally linked to the Free Syrian Army. Moreover, the leader of the Free Syrian Army said Saturday that the group would not take part in U.S. plans for destroying the Islamic State until it got assurances on toppling Assad.
The deal between ISIS and the moderate Syrian groups casts doubt over President Barack Obama's freshly announced strategy to arm and train the groups against ISIS.
TYT | Will Rand Paul's ISIS Policy Help Him Beat Hillary in 2016? (09/15/14) [3:53]
John Oliver*HBO | Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Scottish Independence (09/14/14) [15:18]
Ring of FireRoF | The Next Foreclosure Nightmare is Here (09/05/14) [9:46]
I Love Nomi Prins Interviewsusawatchdog.com | Nomi Prins-Financial Crash-Collapse Coming, It Should Have Happened Already (04/15/14) [19:40]
Finally, Wall Street gets put on trial: We can still hold the 0.1 percent responsible for tanking the economy
The Tea Party regards Barack Obama as a kind of devil figure, but when it comes to hunting down the fraudsters responsible for the economic disaster of the last six years, his administration has stuck pretty close to the Tea Party script. The initial conservative reaction to the disaster, you will recall, was to blame the crisis on the people at the bottom, on minorities and proletarians lost in an orgy of financial misbehavior. Sure enough, when taking on ordinary people who got loans during the real-estate bubble, the president's Department of Justice has shown admirable devotion to duty, filing hundreds of mortgage-fraud cases against small-timers. ...
...This is a difficult thing to understand--indeed, not understanding it is the stated reason Obama Administration officials have made no effort to send financiers to jail--so let us take this slowly. Executives at the mortgage origination companies got huge bonuses in those days for writing lots of loans. OK? They wanted to write more of them, and the only way to really crank out mortgages on a vast scale was by giving one to anyone who wanted one, regardless of their ability to pay, a feat that is only possible by means of the "liar's loan." So: Liar's loans = rich bankers. ... Read more
CQ Roll Call Unveils the 50 Richest Members of Congress
At the top of the list this year and last is Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) with a net worth of more than $350 million. Rounding out the Top 10 is Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), Rep. John Delaney (D-MD), Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA), Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA).
At the bottom of the Top 50 is Rep. Tom Rooney (R-FL) with a net worth of $7.47 million. Roll Call's Top 50 includes 30 Republicans and 20 Democrats, 35 House and 15 Senate members, and 41 men and 9 women. ... Read more50 Richest Members of Congress
Lindsey Graham Worries Islamic State Will Destroy Americans, Wipe Out Mankind
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday slammed President Barack Obama's strategy for combating Islamic State militants and said the president needs to significantly step up military action against the terrorist group before it comes to the United States and "we all get killed."
In an interview on "Fox News Sunday," Graham said the Obama administration is "delusional" for thinking it can counter the Islamic State, a terrorist group in Syria sometimes called ISIS or ISIL, primarily through expanded air strikes and by training Syrians for ground combat.
"There's no way in hell you can form an army on the ground to go into Syria to destroy ISIL without a substantial American component," said Graham, a prominent war hawk on Capitol Hill. "This president needs to rise to the occasion before we all get killed back here at home." ... Read more
Why Scotland Has All The Leverage, In One Chart
As Scotland prepares to vote for or against Independence from the Union on Thursday, it appears everyone has an opinion on what may, what should and what will happen. At the basis of every such opinion is some basis in fact, misguided as it may be in most cases, about who has all the leverage, with the dominant one being that Scotland would make a horrendous mistake if it says goodbye to the UK and puts a border around what is currently a third of UK's landmass.
Some, such as Deutsche Bank, the bank that has the single greatest derivative exposure in the world and is therefore most leveraged to maintaining the status quo, saw its "Chief Economist & Member, Group Executive Committee, Deutsche Bank AG" David Folkerts-Landau personally put pen to paper on Friday and in rambling, demagogic terms, explain why it would be a "Wrong Turn" for Scotland to seek self-determination.
He says that, "A "Yes" vote for Scottish independence on Thursday would go down in history as a political and economic mistake as large as Winston Churchill's decision in 1925 to return the pound to the Gold Standard or the failure of the Federal Reserve to provide sufficient liquidity to the US banking system, which we now know brought on the Great Depression in the US. These decisions -- well-intentioned as they were -- contributed to years of depression and suffering and could have been avoided had alternative decisions been taken." ... Read more
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, September 15 [9:20]
DN | Is There a Diplomatic Solution to ISIS Crisis? U.S. Could Turn to Aid, Arms Embargo & Engaging Foes (09/15/14) [19:59]
DN | Who Pays the Pro-War Pundits? Conflicts of Interest Exposed for TV Guests Backing Military Action (09/15/14) [9:26]
DN | Underestimated and Ignored, Growing Ebola Epidemic Requires Unprecedented Global Mobilization (09/15/14) [15:32]
The Dollar as Petro Dollar, as a Reserve CurrencyThis video examines the history of the dollar, its relation to oil, and the real motives behind the wars of the past two decades. (older) [13:47]
*TRNN | Though Senate Republicans have thwarted a constitutional amendment to rein in campaign contributions, Democrats can pursue alternative strategies to increase transparency without a supermajority (09/14/14) [8:33]
TRNN | The Economic Cost of the Fifty Day War Against Gaza (09/15/14) [16:28]
TRNN | Bill Black says: Attorney General Eric Holder must stop targeting minorities and instead focus on the mortgage fraud of banksters (09/15/14) [6:58]
TYT News - http://www.tytnetwork.com/*TYT | America Ruled By Wealthy Lords (09/13/14) [4:43]
TYT | Michael Moore Puts Obama's Legacy In Sad, Simple Terms (09/13/14) [6:41]
TYT | Wall Street's Lies Brought To Light In Court & The Result Stuns (09/13/14) [7:57]
TYT | Politician Forgets To Lie (09/13/14) [3:00]
Ring of Fire*RoF | Far Right Groups Pose Serious Security Threats (09/12/14) [10:57]
Environment | Climate Change | Better Management!IPCC | Climate Change 2014 Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability (04/04/14) [12:02]
The Billionaires*The rise and role of the new oligarchs and the decline of democracy in the United States (09/13/14) [47:38]
Exponential (hockey stick) growth
Of all the Dooms Day videos I have watched, this one effected me the most. Even though I'm sure he didn't intend his class lecture to be of that gendra, Professor Albert Bartlett has simplified the concept of Exponential Growth (Hockey Stick) down to easy enough terms so we can all be scared out of our wits.Albert Bartlett, professor emeritus of Physics at Univ of Colorado-Boulder, talks about how to view unfettered growth [1:13:54]
Give the above video a chance. Watch the first 10 minutes and see if it doesn't spark an interest. Professor Bartlett has an easy way of explaining exponential (hockey stick) growth that most of us don't understand.
National Debt*Demonocracyinfo | US Debt in Physical $100 bills [2:10]
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FED - Federal ReserveThe Federal Reserve Explained In 7 Minutes [7:06]
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Crash Course - Debt, Chp 13 [14:19]
Banksters | FED | Money | Debt*Mike Maloney | The Biggest Scam In The History Of Mankind - Hidden Secrets of Money 4 [29:34]
Derivatives*Brookley Born: Derivatives still a ticking time bomb! Sept 2011 () [11:42]
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*Derivatives Held by the Different Banks
*DN | All the President's Bankers: Nomi Prins on Secret History of Washington-Wall Street Collusion (04/08/14) [17:47], Part 2 [4:17]
Quarterly Report on Bank Derivatives Activities.pdf
OCC's Quarterly Report on Bank Trading and Derivatives Activities.pdf
How Billionaires Like the Koch Brothers, Sheldon Adelson and Sam Walton Are Destroying America
George Baer was a railroad and coal mining magnate at the turn of the twentieth century. Amid a violent and protracted strike that shut down much of the country's anthracite coal industry, Baer defied President Teddy Roosevelt's appeal to arbitrate the issues at stake, saying, "The rights and interests of the laboring man will be protected and cared for... not by the labor agitators, but by the Christian men of property to whom God has given control of the property rights of the country." To the Anthracite Coal Commission investigating the uproar, Baer insisted, "These men don't suffer. Why hell, half of them don't even speak English."
We might call that adopting the imperial position. Titans of industry and finance back then often assumed that they had the right to supersede the law and tutor the rest of America on how best to order its affairs. They liked to play God. It's a habit that's returned with a vengeance in our own time.
The Koch brothers are only the most conspicuous among a whole tribe of "self-made" billionaires who imagine themselves architects or master builders of a revamped, rehabilitated America. The resurgence of what might be called dynastic or family capitalism, as opposed to the more impersonal managerial capitalism many of us grew up with, is changing the nation's political chemistry. ... Read more
How to Build a Green Economy Without Sacrificing Jobs
Here is the fundamental challenge we confront with climate change. As of 2010, total annual greenhouse gas emissions were at 45 billion metric tons of mostly carbon dioxide (CO2), along with smaller amounts of methane, nitrous oxide and other gases. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) estimates that to stabilize the global average temperature at its current level of around 60.3° Fahrenheit, which is 3.6° above the pre-industrial average of 56.7°, total emissions will need to fall by 40 percent by 2030, to 27 billion metric tons annually, and by 80 percent in 2050, to about 9 billion metric tons.
We are not on track to meet these goals. As long as global economic growth proceeds along roughly the trajectory it has taken over the past century, and especially the past fifty years, global emissions will not fall at all, but rather will rise over time as more and more fossil fuels -- oil, coal and natural gas -- are burned to meet increasing demands for energy. The greenhouse gas emissions generated by burning fossil fuels account for nearly 80 percent of all emissions. ... Read more
How Hillary Clinton's State Department Sold Fracking to the World
One icy morning in February 2012, Hillary Clinton's plane touched down in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia, which was just digging out from a fierce blizzard. Wrapped in a thick coat, the secretary of state descended the stairs to the snow-covered tarmac, where she and her aides piled into a motorcade bound for the presidential palace. That afternoon, they huddled with Bulgarian leaders, including Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, discussing everything from Syria's bloody civil war to their joint search for loose nukes. But the focus of the talks was fracking. The previous year, Bulgaria had signed a five-year, $68 million deal, granting US oil giant Chevron millions of acres in shale gas concessions. Bulgarians were outraged. Shortly before Clinton arrived, tens of thousands of protesters poured into the streets carrying placards that read "Stop fracking with our water" and "Chevron go home." Bulgaria's parliament responded by voting overwhelmingly for a fracking moratorium. Clinton urged Bulgarian officials to give fracking another chance. ... Read more
Transnational Corporations (TNCs) , capitalist network that runs the world
AS PROTESTS against financial power sweep the world this week, science may have confirmed the protesters' worst fears. An analysis of the relationships between 43,000 transnational corporations has identified a relatively small group of companies, mainly banks, with disproportionate power over the global economy. ...
... The idea that a few bankers control a large chunk of the global economy might not seem like news to New York's Occupy Wall Street movement and protesters elsewhere (see photo). But the study, by a trio of complex systems theorists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, is the first to go beyond ideology to empirically identify such a network of power. It combines the mathematics long used to model natural systems with comprehensive corporate data to map ownership among the world's transnational corporations (TNCs). ... Read more
The top 50 of the 147 superconnected companiesThe network of global corporate control
Ran out of time, will continue Monday.
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, September 12 [11:01]
*DN | "Insanity": CodePink's Medea Benjamin on Obama Plan to Bomb Syria, Expand Iraq Attacks (09/12/14) [8:32]
*DN | James Foley on the Dehumanization of War: Acclaimed Filmmaker Haskell Wexler Shares 2012 Interview (09/12/14) [20:02]
*DN | The Untold Story of the Shejaiya Massacre in Gaza: A Former Israel Soldier Speaks Out (09/12/14) [14:51]
Bill Moyers - http://billmoyers.com/*Bill Moyers | Climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe talks: Climate Change: Faith and Fact. (09/12/14) [25:15]
Environment*Showtime | Years of Living Dangerously Premiere, Ep1 (full) [59:11]
Peter Hadfield : The Real Consequences of Climate Change (05/30/14) [18:53]
Michael Mann: The irreversible impacts from Climate Change (03/25/14) [11:53]
Yale | Scientists Document Terrifying Greenland Ice Loss (09/12/14) [6:56]
John Perkins : Confessions of an Econmic Hitman () [2:07]
*TRNN | U.S. Intelligence Official: No Evidence ISIL Is Planning Imminent Attack on America1 (09/12/14) [6:48]
Obama's plan to support the Shi'a and Kurds in Iraq could worsen sectarianism fighting, and a new report says arms sent to moderate Syrian rebels have ended up in ISIS's hands.*TRNN | The Bennis Plan: Here is a Real Strategy for Dealing with ISIS (09/12/14) [15:36]
TRNN | Michael Ratner Report:: The Barbaric World that the United States has Shaped Since 9-11 (09/11/14) [12:11]
TYT | Obama Rallies America To War & Why ISIS Should Be Thrilled (09/11/14) [15:27]
TYT | GOP Hot Shots Distort, Lie & Spread A Slimy New Anti-Obama Talking Point (09/11/14) [7:58]
TYT | ISIS Is Not A Threat To America (But They Soon Will Be) (09/11/14) [7:21]
InequalityClick to zoom - for Infographics
Now I remember why I don't shop at Walmart.
News ArticlesPresident Obama speech on ISIS ISIL - Barack Obama Address US War strategy fight ISIL (09/10/2014) [9:06]
Obama's Broad Coalition Cracks - UK, Germany Won't Support Airstrikes In Syria
Well that didn't take long. After espousing his strategy last night of leading a broad coalition against ISIS, it appears President Obama's "allies" are backing away from the plan. As The WSJ reports, Germany and the U.K. on Thursday ruled out carrying out air strikes on Islamic State militants in Syria. It appears the Europeans, realizing the ire that these actions will likely cause to Putin, are stepping back - "We haven't been asked, nor will we do it," German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told reporters and his U.K. counterpart Philip Hammond explicitly ruled out air strikes in Syria, after the U.K. parliament struck down such a move last year. So that leaves the French? ... Read more
OH My God, what is the world coming to?
Boyack, 91, left, and Dubes, 90, tied the knot Sept. 6 in Iowa.
How can these women corrupt our children?
Obama's Former Chief Economist Calls For An End To US Dollar Reserve Status
There are few truisms about the world economy, but for decades, one has been the role of the United States dollar as the world's reserve currency. It's a core principle of American economic policy. After all, who wouldn't want their currency to be the one that foreign banks and governments want to hold in reserve? ... Read more
What Petrodollar: Russia, China To Create SWIFT Alternative
According to Itar-Tass, Russia and China are discussing setting up a system of interbank transactions which will become an analogue to International banking transaction system SWIFT, First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov told PRIME on Wednesday after negotiations in Beijing. "Yes, we have discussed and we have approved this idea," he said. ... Read more
Fed's rate guidance on chopping block, new exit plan nears
The U.S. Federal Reserve is facing perhaps its most pivotal meeting of the year next week, as it debates a potential overhaul of its guidance on interest rates and seeks to nail down a plan for exiting its extraordinarily easy monetary policy.
It remains to be seen whether decisions will be taken on either, but it is clear that details on a so-called exit plan are nearly complete, while discomfort is growing internally over a pledge to keep rates near zero for a "considerable time. ... Read moreHow IS Is Organized (09/11/14) [3:19]
Syrian Rebel Vetting Questionaire
Welcome to the United States' Moderate Syrian Rebel Vetting Process. To see if you qualify for $500 million in American weapons, please choose an answer to the following questions:
As a Syrian rebel, I think the word or phrase that best describes me is:
B) Very moderate
C) Crazy moderate
I became a Syrian rebel because I believe in:
C) The American Way
D) Creating an Islamic caliphate
If I were given a highly lethal automatic weapon by the United States, I would:
A) Only kill exactly the people that the United States wanted me to kill
B) Try to kill the right people, with the caveat that I have never used an automatic weapon before
C) Kill people only after submitting them to a rigorous vetting process
D) Immediately let the weapon fall into the wrong hands
I have previously received weapons from:
A) Al Qaeda
B) The Taliban
C) North Korea
D) I did not receive weapons from any of them because after they vetted me I was deemed way too moderate
I consider ISIS:
A) An existential threat to Iraq
B) An existential threat to Syria
C) An existential threat to Iraq and Syria
D) The people who will pick up my American weapon after I drop it and run away
Complete the following sentence. "American weapons are…"
A) Always a good thing to randomly add to any international hot spot
B) Exactly what this raging civil war has been missing for the past three years
C) Best when used moderately
D) Super easy to resell online
Thank you for completing the Moderate Syrian Rebel Application Form. We will process your application in the next one to two business days. Please indicate a current mailing address where you would like your weapons to be sent. If there is no one to sign for them we will leave them outside the front door.
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, September 11 [9:48]
*DN | Obama Vows to Destroy Islamic State, But Expanded Strikes in Syria & Iraq Point to "Endless War" (09/11/14) [10:48]
Environment - Climate Change*Time history of atmospheric carbon dioxide, by CIRES & NOAA (current) [1:31]
*TRNN | Vijay Prashad says: American Bombs Will Not Defeat ISIS (09/10/14) [18:50]
Vijay Prashad says the Saudis and Iran must be part of a regional solution that includes ending support for jihadists in Syria; the solution will not come from the US military.TYT | Media Practically BEGGING For War (09/10/14) [12:03]
TYT | George W. Bush Lives Through Obama's War-Making (09/10/14) [8:58]
TYT | Hillary Clinton Wants War, Lots Of It & That's Why She's Running (09/10/14) [6:08]
TYT | The Terrifying Possibility Of A Saudi Arabia-ISIS Merger (09/06/14) [6:44]
TYT | ISIS Ranks Include 100 Americans Says Secretary Of Defense (09/06/14) [2:52]
TYT | Super Wealthy Spread Money, Politicians Spread Ass Cheeks (09/06/14) [8:22]
TYT | Cantor's Wall Street Bribe Is Hardly Anything, Say Corruption Defenders (09/06/14) [4:32]
Ring of FireTYT | GOP Boys Club Doesn't Understand Women (09/10/14) [6:06]
National Debt (and the interest) con't
What happens to the interest if interest rates go up, double or triple?? Our interest payment will be in the trillions!
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DOD (Department of Defense)Donald Rumsfeld Admits Day before 911 "2.3 TRillion Dollars Missing from DOD" () [3:57]
*Daily Ticker | Find the $8.5 Trillion the Pentagon Can't Account For Click to zoom - for bigger image
*BraveNewFilms | F35, The jet that ate the Pentagon (older, but good 02/03/14) [8:18]
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Murky Special OPS Have Become Corporate Bonanza
The U.S. government is paying private contractors billions of dollars to support secretive military units with drones, surveillance technology, and “psychological operations,” according to new research. ...
... Researcher Crofton Black, who also works as an investigator for human rights group Reprieve, was able to dig through the troves of data and identify the beneficiaries of almost $13 billion worth of spending by USSOCOM over the five-year period. He found that more than 3,000 companies had provided services that included aiding remotely piloted drone operations in Afghanistan and the Philippines, helping to conduct surveillance of targets, interrogating prisoners, and launching apparent propaganda campaigns. ...
A separate document related to the same contract noted that one purpose of the effort was to conduct “market research” of al-Qaida and its affiliates in Libya, Tunisia, Mali, Northern Nigeria, and Somalia. Four American companies eventually won the $1.5 billion contract: Tennessee-based Jacobs Technology and Virginia-based Booz Allen Hamilton, CACI-WGI, and SRA International.
Notably, while some 3,000 contractors provided service in some capacity to USSOCOM, just eight of the contractors earned more than 50 percent of the $13 billion total identified in Black’s report. Those were: Lockheed Martin, L-3 Communications, Boeing, Harris Corporation, Jacobs Engineering Group, MA Federal, Raytheon, and ITT Corporation.Read more
Iraq's Shi'ite militia, Kurds use U.S. air strikes to further own agendas
... The unlikely coalition of Kurdish peshmerga fighters, Shi'ite militias and the U.S. air force won a major victory when it broke a siege of the Shi’ite Turkman town of Amerli last week and drove Islamic State from 25 nearby Sunni towns and villages.
But the aftermath is far from what the Americans envisioned. Smoke now rises from those Sunni villages, where some houses have been torched by Shi'ite militia. Others are abandoned, the walls daubed with sectarian slogans. ... Read more
Mark Driscoll (pastor)
Mark A. Driscoll (born October 11, 1970) is an evangelical Christian pastor, author, and preaching pastor of Mars Hill Church, a megachurch in Seattle, Washington.
In 2011, Preaching magazine named Driscoll one of the 25 most influential [English-speaking] pastors of the past 25 years. His influence is polarizing; he is described in a profile by Salon as being the center of a cult of personality, and using controversy to increase his visibility. The New York Times Magazine called him "one of the most admired -- and reviled -- figures among evangelicals nationwide.
Mark Driscoll Ideas
The first thing to know about your penis is, that despite the way it may seem, it is not your penis. Ultimately, God created you and it is his penis. You are simply borrowing it for a while.
While His penis is on loan you must admit that it is sort of just hanging out there very lonely as if it needed a home, sort of like a man wandering the streets looking for a house to live in. Knowing that His penis would need a home, God created a woman to be your wife and when you marry her and look down you will notice that your wife is shaped differently than you and makes a very nice home.
Therefore, if you are single you must remember that your penis is homeless and needs a home. But, though you may believe your hand is shaped like a home, it is not. And, though women other than your wife may look like a home, to rest there would be breaking into another man's home. And, if you look at a man it is quite obvious that what a homeless man does not need is another man without a home.
Paul tells us that your penis actually belongs to your wife, and once you are married she will trade you it for her home (I Corinthians 7:4), and every man knows this is a very good trade for him to make.
With his penis, the man is supposed to learn to please his wife and learn how to be patient, self-controlled and be educated on how to keep his home happy and joyous (I Corinthians 7:3). The man should be aroused by his new home, and the wife should rejoice at seeing his penis rise to greet her (Song of Songs 5:14b).
Mark Driscoll proposes some new words
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, September 10 [11:45]
*DN | Internet Slowdown: Online Protest Warns Users of What's to Come if Net Neutrality Rules Redrawn (09/10/14) [7:15]
*TRNN | John a. powell explains: Federal Reserve Data Shows Growing Wealth Gap Based on Race (09/10/14) [17:07]
*TRNN | Professor Sabah Alnasseri: New Iraqi PM to Represent Status Quo as US Readies Fight against ISIS (09/10/14) [15:37]
TYT | War Is GREAT For Business (09/10/14) [7:10]
TYT | Bombing ISIS Has Unintended Consequences & They’re Horrifying (09/10/14) [7:31]
TYT | If Terrorists Were As Dangerous As Climate Change... (09/10/14) [3:24]
TYT | Bloodthirsty Conservatives’ ‘Boom Boom Boom’ Strategy On ISIS (09/10/14) [6:20]
RT*RT | John Pilger [interview 4:00 to 21:00]: Western media has ‘worthy victims and unworthy victims’ (09/02/14) [26:17]
My Quote of the Day
4 Time Bombs in our Economy today: 1) Derivatives, 2) National Debt (and the interst), 3) HFT (High Frequency Trading), 4) Naked Shorts
Photos Capture Amazon Tribe As They Beat And Strip Illegal Loggers
This is not a bad way of solving disputes. Maybe we should give Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld some sticks and let then chase after ISIS.Read more
Noam Chomsky: The Real Reason Israel "Mows the Lawn" in Gaza
Like other states, Israel pleads "security" as justification for its aggressive and violent actions. But knowledgeable Israelis know better.
On August 26th, Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) both accepted a ceasefire agreement after a 50-day Israeli assault on Gaza that left 2,100 Palestinians dead and vast landscapes of destruction behind. The agreement calls for an end to military action by both Israel and Hamas, as well as an easing of the Israeli siege that has strangled Gaza for many years.
This is, however, just the most recent of a series of ceasefire agreements reached after each of Israel's periodic escalations of its unremitting assault on Gaza. Throughout this period, the terms of these agreements remain essentially the same. The regular pattern is for Israel, then, to disregard whatever agreement is in place, while Hamas observes it -- as Israel has officially recognized -- until a sharp increase in Israeli violence elicits a Hamas response, followed by even fiercer brutality. These escalations, which amount to shooting fish in a pond, are called "mowing the lawn" in Israeli parlance. The most recent was more accurately described as "removing the topsoil" by a senior U.S. military officer, appalled by the practices of the self-described "most moral army in the world." ... Read more
Chomsky: U.S. Plunges the Cradle of Civilization into Disaster, While Its Oil-Based Empire Destroys the Earth's Climate.
Hustle and Flow: Here's Who Really Controls California's Water
"Water flows uphill towards money," a source told Marc Reisner in Cadillac Desert, the seminal book on California water politics. Today the complex web of political interests that Reisner detailed some 30 years ago has become even more arcane and intertwined. As California confronts its worst drought in years, these power brokers will largely determine who gets water, and who gets left high and dry:
DIANNE FEINSTEIN: The chair of the powerful energy and water panel of the Senate Appropriations Committee has a history of siding with the state's agricultural interests, which use 80 percent of the state's water. In a March email to two Cabinet secretaries, Feinstein joined Republicans in urging federal water officials to capture "the maximum amount of water" from the Sacramento San Joaquin River Delta for farmers. Two months later, she pushed a drought bill through the Senate by a unanimous vote, over the objections of environmentalists who said it would open the door to permanently increasing water allocations to farmers at the expense of endangered fish. Environmental groups "have never been helpful to me in producing good water policy," she later told the San Francisco Chronicle. She is now hammering out a compromise bill with House Republicans who want to do even more to gut endangered species laws. ... Read more
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, September 09 [7:29]
DN | The Climate Change Defense? Citing Global Warming, DA Drops Charges Against Anti-Coal Activists (09/09/14) [3:06]
John Oliver*HBO | Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Student Debt (09/07/14) [16:16]
BraveNewFilms - http://www.braveNewFilms.org/BraveNewFilms | Bad Paper (05/22/14) [7:26]
Marine Corps veteran Josh Christmon earned a Purple Heart from his service in Iraq, where a close encounter with a roadside explosion nearly killed him. He suffered back problems and leg injuries, along with many of the classic symptoms of PTSD.BraveNewFilms | CIA Director John Brennan Lies His Ass Off (08/19/14) [1:18]
Josh's bad dreams followed him back home. Alcohol seemed as good a way to forget as anything, so one night, he went out for drinks. He was also offered a joint. Josh took two puffs. A week later, he failed a random drug test at work, and days after that, he was less-than-honorably discharged from the Marine Corps, losing all of his veterans benefits, including his medical care.
Fortunately for Josh and other veterans, there are organizations like Swords to Plowshares (http://www.swords-to-plowshares.org/) that are fighting to restore their lost benefits, but it shouldn't be this way in the first place.
*BraveNewFilms | F35, The jet that ate the Pentagon (older, but good 02/03/14) [8:18]
At least $8 billion of the Pentagon's budget for 2015 is devoted to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Already on track to be the most expensive weapon system in history, the F-35 is becoming a black hole in the Pentagon budget.Click to zoom - for Infographics
Promising the sky: Pork Barrel Politics and the F-35 Combat Aircraft.pdf
F35 is a Bad Deal
TRNN | Michael Ratner: Will the Palestinian Authority join the ICC despite intimidation? (09/09/14) [15:17]
TRNN | Bill Black discusses the significance of a new lawsuit against Evans Bancorp that alleges the bank would not give loans to black neighborhoods (09/07/14) [6:26]
TRNN | Bill Black says Ecuador's plan is supposed to provide bank services to rural communities through mobile phones (09/08/14) [10:06]
Ring of FireRoF | Ring of Fire (full) (09/07/14) [57:00]
*RoF | Charter School Fraud Gone Wild (09/08/14) [9:21]
What Larry Summers Told Me
In early April, I got a call from the office of Larry Summers. I didn't know Larry well, but I'd met him a few times while he was president of Harvard in the early 2000s. According to reports, Larry had been Tim Geithner's mentor when they were both in the Treasury Department in the 1990s. Now Larry was the director of the National Economic Council, which meant that, along with Secretary Geithner, he advised President Obama on economic issues. Would I be interested in meeting him for dinner?
Sure, I replied. Larry's office suggested the Bombay Club, an Indian restaurant near the White House. Quiet and softly lit, it served Washington's power elite.
When Larry arrived for our dinner, he ordered a Diet Coke as soon as he sat down. He glanced at the menu, ordered quickly and soon the food started coming.
It was a long dinner, with plenty of intense back-and-forth about everything from the bailout, to deregulation, to the foreclosure crisis. I also talked to Larry about an idea I'd been working on for a new consumer financial agency and he seemed interested. We didn't agree on everything, but I give Larry full credit: I'll take honest conversation and debate any day of the week over the duck-and-cover stuff I so often saw in Washington that spring.
Late in the evening, Larry leaned back in his chair and offered me some advice. By now, I'd lost count of Larry's Diet Cokes, and our table was strewn with bits of food and spilled sauces. Larry's tone was in the friendly-advice category. He teed it up this way: I had a choice. I could be an insider or I could be an outsider. Outsiders can say whatever they want. But people on the inside don't listen to them. Insiders, however, get lots of access and a chance to push their ideas. People -- powerful people -- listen to what they have to say. But insiders also understand one unbreakable rule: They don't criticize other insiders. I had been warned. Read more
America's Wealth Gap 'Unsustainable' According To Harvard Study
The widening gap between America's wealthiest and its middle and lower classes is "unsustainable", but is unlikely to improve any time soon, according to a Harvard Business School study released on Monday.
... "Shortsighted executives may be satisfied with an American economy whose firms win in global markets without lifting U.S. living standards. But any leader with a long view understands that business has a profound stake in the prosperity of the average American," according to the report. ... Read more
The Highest-Paid Female CEO In America Was 'Born Male'. [NYMag, 09/10/14]
Futurist, pharma tycoon, satellite entrepreneur, philosopher. Martine Rothblatt, the highest-paid female executive in America, was born male. But that is far from the thing that defines her. Just ask her wife. Then ask the robot version of her wife.
The Expanding World of Poverty Capitalism
... In terms of food, housing and other essentials, the cost of being poor has always been exorbitant. Landlords, grocery stores and other commercial enterprises have all found ways to profit from those at the bottom of the ladder.
In addition to probation, municipal court systems are also turning collections over to a national network of companies like Sentinel that profit from service charges imposed on the men and women who are under court order to pay fees and fines, including traffic tickets (with the fees being sums tacked on by the court to fund administrative services).
When they cannot pay these assessed fees and fines -- plus collection charges imposed by the private companies -- offenders can be sent to jail. There are many documented cases in which courts have imprisoned those who failed to keep up with their combined fines, fees and service charges. ... Read more
4 Ways Greedy Capitalists Rig the System to Profit Off Our Misery
Self-indulgent capitalists have turned much of America against its own best interests by promoting a winner-take-all philosophy that reaps great rewards for a few people at the expense of everyone else. To the neoliberal, vital human needs like health and education are products to be bought and sold.Poverty Capitalism: The Free Market At Work
Neil Patrick Harris Marries David Burtka In Italy
Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka are married! Harris and Burtka wed in an intimate ceremony in front of family and friends in Italy on Saturday, Sept. 6, E! News confirmed. The couple wore Tom Ford tuxedos for the nuptials, which were officiated by "How I Met Your Mother" producer and director Pam Fryman. Elton John performed at the party. ... Read moreClick to zoom - for bigger image
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, September 08 [11:12]
*DN | "U.S. Militarism Brings Chaos": As Obama Plans a War on ISIS, a Call for a Middle East-Led Response (09/08/14) [17:15]
*DN | Think Tanks as Lobbyists: Exposé Shows U.S. Groups Receive Millions to Push Foreign Nations' Agendas (09/08/14) [13:03]
DN | Big Tobacco's Child Workers: Young Laborers Endure Health Risks, Harsh Conditions on U.S. Farms (09/08/14) [12:11]
Bill Moyers - http://billmoyers.com/*Bill Moyers | Senator Elizabeth Warren talks to Bill about taking on the entrenched political and Wall Street interests that have rigged the game against the rest of us. (08/05/14) [25:28]
Bill Moyers | Elizabeth Warren on Why "I'll Never Be an Insider" (09/05/14) [17:37]
This week, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) joined Bill to talk about the numerous problems plaguing the middle class and what Washington should be doing to help solve them. After taping the broadcast interview, the two kept talking and we kept rolling: as so often is the case, great moments are often captured when we least expect them. Here, Bill starts by asking Sen. Warren about her dinner with Larry Summers, who at the time was one of President Obama's top economic advisors and she was "raising a lot of trouble over how the money in the bailout was being spent." ...Bill Moyers | Elizabeth Warren (Basically) Predicts the Great Recession (interview 2004) (09/04/14) [14:29]
*PBS Frontline | Brookley Born: The Warning, Long before the economic meltdown, one woman tried to warn about the threat to the financial system (older, but good, 10/20/09) [56:07]
Brookley Born: Derivatives still a ticking time bomb! Sept 2011 () [11:42]
*TRNN | Gulf Restoration Network's Steve Murchie says: Better Oversight and Less Drilling Needed to Protect the Gulf (09/08/14) [10:03]
*TRNN | Greg Palast: US corporate media ignoring evidence of BP foreknowledge of problems that led to Gulf disaster (older, 2012) [13:04]
*TRNN | Greg Palast: Romney Made Multi-Millions in Detroit Bailout (older, but good, 2012) [11:19]
Greg Palast: Romney's "blind" trust and his allies made tens of millions in the GM/Chrysler bailout by purchasing a parts manufacturer and threatening to close down GM if not bought out at an inflated price.*TRNN | The Role of Russia and NATO in Ukraine's Civil War (09/08/14) [12:07], Part 2 [10:41]
Mountain Top Removal | Appalachia | Last Mountain
Comment: Mountain Top Removal -- what is it? As usual I have heard of it, but never knew what it ment. Listen to Robert Kennedy, Jr. and look at the documentary "The Last Mountain" to see why people are fighting the COAL companies.DN | Robert Kennedy, Jr & Bill Haney on "The Last Mountain" & Effort to Stop Mountaintop Removal. Part 1 (05/23/11) [12:58], Part 2 [12:58]
*The Last Mountain (2011) [1:35:09]
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.: Blowing the peaks off mountains to remove coal is one of America's hottest environmental flashpoints. (6/16/11) [1:08:29]
Blowing the peaks off mountains to remove coal is one of America's hottest environmental flashpoints. Now Kennedy is shining a light on mountain-top removal in Appalachia nearly four decades after his father campaigned against strip mining there. Kennedy and filmmaker Bill Haney traveled for several years to West Virginia and compiled nearly 500 hours of footage in the heart of coal country. They hope the resulting new documentary, The Last Mountain, will lead Americans to understand how they are connected to the lives and landscapes in the film. The federal government has gradually tightened restrictions on mountain-top removal, and there is essentially a national moratorium on building new coal power plants. But America is still largely a coal-fired nation, and Kennedy contends that there is a cleaner way to power our economy. Join us for an evening with one of America's most passionate environmentalists.