4 Calamities Destroying America's Economy Being Ignored by Elites
The world's current economic and political structures are proving incapable of fixing the global crisis of poverty, unemployment, and dislocation from a viable way of life for the majority of the world's population. Why? Let us begin with one present-day example: Larry Summers, former Secretary of the Treasury and also former chair of the Board of Economic Advisors, recently was the principal guest of the national radio broadcast "On Point." The topic of the hour-long dialogue was growing "inequality."
Summers posited that we are in an oddly slow recovery. He gave some reasons for the slowness but maintained that the measures instigated by the government (the Federal Reserve pumping funds into the economy, and the like) were fundamentally correct, and that with patience and persistence the recovery would solve the problems we have.
This basically is the position of Obama and importantly, by no means only his. Every government in every country subscribes essentially to this same apostolic faith. That faith is pathetic and even grotesquely mistaken. It ignores the four "Tsunami" causes for the globally increasing inequality:
Uzi Death Called ‘Industrial Accident’. Arizona law enforcement officials said no criminal charges would be filed related to the incident where a 9-year-old girl accidentally shot and killed her instructor with an Uzi.
Shocking Picture of What Life Will Look Like When You Can't Afford to Retire
In a must-read article in the current issue of Harper's magazine, journalist Jessica Bruder, adjunct professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, adds a new phrase to America's vocabulary: "Elderly migrant worker." She documents a growing trend of older Americans for whom the reality of unaffordable housing and scarcity of work has driven them from their homes and onto the road in search of seasonal and temporary employment across the country. Packed into RVs, detached from their communities, these "Okies" of the Great Recession put in time at Amazon warehouses, farms and amusement parks, popping free over-the-counter pain reliever to mask the agony of strained muscles and sore backs. And when they can't hold up any longer? The RV sometimes becomes a coffin. ... Read more
UN: Ukraine conflict death toll hits 2,600, civilians ‘trapped inside conflict zones’ (08/29/14). UN Report
Louisiana is drowning, quickly.
Scientists now say one of the greatest environmental and economic disasters in the nation’s history is rushing toward a catastrophic conclusion over the next 50 years, so far unabated and largely unnoticed.
At the current rates that the sea is rising and land is sinking, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists say by 2100 the Gulf of Mexico could rise as much as 4.3 feet across this landscape, which has an average elevation of about 3 feet. If that happens, everything outside the protective levees -- most of Southeast Louisiana -- would be underwater. ...
CNN | P Morgan HACKED. High Tech Way Of Running A Plane Into The WTC. FBI Probes JPMorgan Hack (08/28/14) [2:03]
TRNN | May Boeve from 350.org and Bruce Hamilton of the Amalgamated Transit Union discuss: Global Warming and Economic Crisis Lead to One Solution: Climate Jobs (08/29/14) [14:28]
TRNN | Shir Hever: Israeli Agribusiness Demanding Relief From Government as BDS Intensifies (08/29/14) [9:37]
Climate Change*If There's Global Warming ... Why Is It So Cold? (01/28/14) [6:34]
NatGeo | Six degrees could change the world () [1:36:06]
James CorbettReportJames Corbett | We Are Headed for Global War, Fukushima Update and More! (08/26/14) [25:39]
*James Corbett | Century of Enslavement: The History of The Federal Reserve (07/06/14) [1:30:11]
TruthLoaderJames Corbett | Are perceptions on topics like 'Bilderberg' changing? With James Corbett (older 2013) [4:37]
Keiser ReportKeiser Report: Bitcoin Independence! (E646) (08/28/14) [25:45] Note: Interview on Bitcoin starts at 13:20
*Keiser Report: 'Les Misérables', or is it Ferguson) (E645) (08/28/14) [25:45] Note: Interview with Matt Taibbi on Wall Streets Swindle starts at 12:00
In the second half, Max interviews journalist and author, Matt Taibbi about the injustice that follows the wealth divide and how Ferguson, Missouri plays into that.*TYT | Ebola Outbreak Still Accelerating In West Africa (08/28/14) [4:49]
TYT | Uzi In Hands Of 9-Year-Old Girl Ends Instructor’s Life (08/28/14) [6:40]
TYT | Video Captures EXACTLY How Cops Treat Black People (08/28/14) [6:53]
TYT | Russia Distances Itself From Its Own Invasion Of Ukraine (08/28/14) [4:41]
Diane Rehms ShowDomestic News - Friday (08/29/14) [1hr]
International News - Friday (08/29/14) [1hr]
JPMorgan and Other Banks Struck by Hackers
A number of United States banks, including JPMorgan Chase and at least four others, were struck by hackers in a series of coordinated attacks this month, according to four people briefed on a continuing investigation into the crimes.
The hackers infiltrated the networks of the banks, siphoning off gigabytes of data, including checking and savings account information, in what security experts described as a sophisticated cyberattack.... Read more
For sale: Systems that can secretly track where cellphone users go around the globe
Makers of surveillance systems are offering governments across the world the ability to track the movements of almost anybody who carries a cellphone, whether they are blocks away or on another continent.
The technology works by exploiting an essential fact of all cellular networks: They must keep detailed, up-to-the-minute records on the locations of their customers to deliver calls and other services to them. Surveillance systems are secretly collecting these records to map people's travels over days, weeks or longer, according to company marketing documents and experts in surveillance technology.
The world's most powerful intelligence services, such as the National Security Agency and Britain's GCHQ, long have used cellphone data to track targets around the globe. But experts say these new systems allow less technically advanced governments to track people in any nation -- including the United States -- with relative ease and precision. ... Read more
NSA surveillance programs are identified by "SIGADs," short for "signals intelligence activity designators." Internal NSA support documents reviewed by The Washington Post indicate that location information is collected via at least 10 SIGADs, including: DANCINGOASIS, FAIRVIEW, MYSTIC, OAKSTAR, RAMPART-A, RAMPART-M, RESOLUTETITAN, STORMBREW, TIMBERLINE, and WINDSTOP. Three of the SIGADs are believed to be located in the United States: FAIRVIEW, STORMBREW and TIMBERLINE which is at Sugar Grove Research Station in West Virginia.
Documents show how the NSA infers relationships based on mobile location data
The NSA doesn't just have the technical capabilities to collect location-based data in bulk. A 24-page NSA white paper shows that the agency has a powerful suite of algorithms, or data sorting tools, that allow it to learn a great deal about how people live their lives. ...
... The NSA collects Internet and phone metadata via relationships with corporate partners that allow the agency to intercept traffic at key network routing points. These partnerships take many forms. A company may transfer Call Detail Records to the NSA or allow the agency to install large-scale surveillance equipment to capture this traffic. ... Read more
GOP candidates credit Koch brothers for their success
GOP Senate candidates are facing new scrutiny in the wake of Wednesday reports tying them closely to the conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch. Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Iowa state Sen. Joni Ernst (R) attended a lavish June conference sponsored by the Koch brothers. Cotton and Ernst both credited the brothers' political activities for enabling their campaigns, The Huffington Post reported early Wednesday, citing audio from the event. ... Read more
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, August 28 [11:14]
*DN | As Obama Settles on Nonbinding Treaty, "Only a Big Movement" Can Take on Global Warming (08/27/14) [9:35]
*DN | Tax Dodging Whopper? Burger King Moves to Canada After Merger with Tim Hortons (08/27/14) [7:11], Part 2 [12:00]
*TRNN | Dr. Michael E. Mann discusses: IPCC Synthesis Report Demands Control Over Fossil Fuel Consumption (08/28/14) [10:21]
TRNN | Investigative journalist Patrick Cockburn discusses: Why America Failed To Anticipate the Rise of the Islamic State (08/28/14) [1:25]
TRNN | The Battle for Justice in Ferguson Runs through the Soul of the Democratic Party (08/28/14) [7:53]
Climate ChangeyaleClimateForum | Expecting the Unexpected: Abrupt Climate Change (08/27/14) [7:24]
Senior Scientists discuss the potential for sudden disruptions of human and natural systems as a consequence of climate change.David Suzuki | Climate Change - An Uncertain Future (07/30/13) [45:07]
There are people out there deeply invested in companies and jobs and lifestyles which depend upon using our collective atmosphere as a sewer for their products. 2% of the Earth's population is responsible for putting out 50% of the CO2, and even fewer benefit from the proceeds of companies which do that. Just read Exxon-Mobil's report. *They* say their own scientists tell them climate change is real and dangerous, and they expect a number higher than the mean IPCC number by 2050, 6-7 degrees Fahrenheit increase. But they just don't believe the average American is willing to pay the increased energy costs to avoid that, and, so, they say, their profits are safe, as are their energy reserves.?
TYT | GOP Candidates Thrilled To Be In Koch Bros' Deep Pockets (08/27/14) [8:12]
TYT | 9-Year-Old Accidentally Kills With Automatic Weapon (08/27/14) [4:16]
TYT | Burger King Exploits Corporate Tax Donut Hole In Sweet, Sweet Merger (08/27/14) [9:27]
TYT | Climate Treaty, Koch Meeting, ESPN Apology & "Dead" Man Found Alive (08/27/14) [2:18]
Ring of FirePapantonio: Could Mitt Possibly Save The GOP? (08/27/14) [5:10]
The UN's New Report on Global Warming Is the Most Terrifying Yet
Runaway growth on the emission of greenhouse gases is swamping all political efforts to deal with the problem, raising the risk of "severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts" over the coming decades, according to a draft of a major new United Nations report. ...
... But one of the central points of the IPCC report is that some of what we've wrought is already irreversible, and more of it soon will be. The world's existing power plants are already slated to pump over 300 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere -- a figure that's growing by billions of tons each year, speeding up the changes that are already underway. Governments' efforts to do something are a drop in the bucket compared to what's needed. ... Read moreClick to zoom - NSAs ICReach Search Program
The Nail In The Petrodollar Coffin: Gazprom Begins Accepting Payment For Oil In Ruble, Yuan
According to Russia's RIA Novosti, citing business daily Kommersant, Gazprom Neft has agreed to export 80,000 tons of oil from Novoportovskoye field in the Arctic; it will accept payment in rubles, and will also deliver oil via the Eastern Siberia-Pacific Ocean pipeline (ESPO), accepting payment in Chinese yuan for the transfers. Meaning Russia will export energy to either Europe or China, and receive payment in either Rubles or Yuan, in effect making the two currencies equivalent as far as the Eurasian axis is conerned, but most importantly, transact completely away from the US dollar thus, finally putin'(sic) in action the move for a Petrodollar-free world. ... Read more
Fighting Ebola With Nothing but Hope
Primary health care manager Emmanuel Boyah is at Ebola's frontline in Liberia. If he contracts the disease, there will be no 'secret serum' waiting for him. Yet he keeps fighting.
Black shirt tucked into snug black pants, his role is made transparent by the bright yellow embroidery across his chest: "International Rescue Committee." Stacks of clean brown boxes surrounding him hold bleach, latex gloves, and masks--weapons against Ebola. These supplies will be distributed to medical facilities across Lofa County, one of the hardest hit regions in Liberia, where reports show more than 624 deaths.
According to a report released this week by the World Health Organization, an estimated 240 health-care workers have been infected with Ebola in West Africa. Of that number, at least 50 percent are already dead. For an international relief worker, contracting the virus likely means becoming the focus of headlines about high-tech aircrafts and secret serums. For a West African doctor in the same position, it means simply one less health-care worker on a continent in desperate need of more. ... Read more
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, August 27 [8:43]
DN | "The Damage is Beyond Imagination in Gaza": Journalist Mohammed Omer on Ceasefire Deal & Rebuilding (08/27/14) [7:34]
*DN | NSA Creates Google-Like Search Engine to Help Other Agencies Access Collected Phone, Email Records (08/27/14) [3:44]
DN | Is Ferguson Feeding off the Poor? City Disproportionately Stops, Charges and Fines People of Color (08/27/14) [5:32]
*TRNN | Investigative journalist Patrick Cockburn says: The Islamic State, Assad, and the Contradictions Faced by the US in Syria (08/27/14) [11:25]
TRNN | Max Blumenthal assesses: Israel and Gaza Extends Cease Fire Amid Last Minute Attacks (08/27/14) [8:01]
TYT | Burger King Exploits Corporate Tax Donut Hole In Sweet, Sweet Merger (08/26/14) [9:27]
TYT | Saudi Arabia Beheads At Shocking Rate & Why We Look The Other Way (08/26/14) [11:33]
Rich Hill at SundanceRich Hill Official Trailer (2014) - American Small Town (06/09/14) [2:20]
Rich Hill Documentary (to rent) (2014) [1:32:49]
Filmmakers talk about Rich Hill at Sundance 2014 (02/07/14) [8:59]
Rich Hill Documentary website
Ring of Fire*Pap Attack: Corporate Pigs and Politicians (08/27/14) [4:52]
Papantonio: Big Pharma Gone Wild -- The Xarelto Scam (08/27/14) [6:54]
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.
Executive Vice President and President of Epsilon Bryan J. Kennedy's Salary
As Executive Vice President and President, Epsilon at ALLIANCE DATA SYSTEMS CORP, Bryan J. Kennedy made $2,962,098 in total compensation. Of this total $540,000 was received as a salary, $540,000 was received as a bonus, $0 was received in stock options, $1,812,740 was awarded as stock and $69,358 came from other types of compensation. This information is according to proxy statements filed for the 2013 fiscal. ...
Epsilon (Data Mining company) website*TYT | Tap Water Dries Out In California. Could You Be Next? (08/25/14) [4:19]
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Alliance Data Systems Corporation (Epsilon's parent company) website
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Drinking, showering, cooking…we all rely on tap water everyday as a part of our routine. It is easy to take the endless flowing water from out facets for granted. What would you do if your tap water supply ends?
"California's extreme drought has dried up tap water supplies for hundreds of people living in rural San Joaquin Valley homes.
At least 182 of the 1,400 homes in East Porterville, California have no water or are having "some kind of water issue," the Porterville Recorder reports. The state's drought, which is in its third year, has dried up some of these residents' wells, forcing the county to deliver emergency supplies of water. The wells rely on the Tule River for water, but due to the drought, river flows have plummeted this year.
Tulare County Office of Emergency Services delivered 12-gallon-per person rations of bottled water to affected residents Friday, and the county has also provided a 5,000-gallon, non-potable water tank for people to use for bathing and flushing.
But the bottled water rations are only supposed to last three weeks, Emergency services manager Andrew Lockman told the AP -- after that, low-income residents will need to sign up for a grant program in order to keep receiving water, and the county is asking local companies to make bottled water donations."
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve Is Actually Larger Than Switzerland
When it comes to U.S. national parks, everyone knows about Yellowstone and Yosemite. But we bet you've never heard of the national park that's larger than a major European country.
Meet Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. This vast, gorgeous national park in Alaska is the largest in the country. It clocks in at 13.2 million acres... making it larger than Switzerland. The park stretches from Mount St. Elias, one of the tallest peaks in America, to the Gulf of Alaska and offers glaciers, caves, lakes, mountains and, well, pretty much every natural wonder you could dream up. An array of flora and fauna populate the park, and if you're into snow, well this place has plenty of that. ... Read more
*DN | Vijay Prashad: 2011 NATO Bombing of Libya Led to Rise of Militias Now Fighting for Oil-Rich Land (08/26/14) [18:30]
*TRNN | PERI Co-Director Gerald Epstein discusses how Fed chair Janet Yellen's recent comments on bringing unemployment down could be positive (08/26/14) [6:29]
Global Warming*MSNBC | Climate Deniers Backpedaling (07/25/14) [5:58]
Raw Video: Dark Snow Project (08/22/14) [8:11]
60 Minutes*60 Minutes | The Stock Market Is Rigged (04/08/14, replay 08/17/14) [14:41]
60 Minutes | The end of privacy "The Data Brokers: Selling your personal information" (03/11/14, replay 08/17/14) [15:08]
John OliverHBO | What does John Oliver do for the News? Quite a lot actually (08/25/14) [2:51]
HBO | Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Wage Gap (08/25/14) [7:17]
TYT | Tap Water Dries Out In California. Could You Be Next? (08/25/14) [4:19]
TYT | Does ISIS Really Pose A Threat To The United States? (08/25/14) [12:23
TYT | Why This RNC Official Is Terrified Of "Warrior Children"? (08/25/14) [5:12]
FukushimaCancer Risk UnderEstimated in Japan: Arnie Gundersen & Ian Goddard (01/18/12) [26:49]
Chernobyl Uncensored (2000s) [2:18:11]
2 videos together giving a timely reminder of Chernobyl and how much worse it would have been without the mobilisation of hundreds of thousands of workers - indeed the phrase used was "the front line". Contrast this with the awful response of Japan and Tepco in a desperate attempt to minimise the crisis.
The Battle Of Chernobyl and a horizon documentary about the nuclear disaster.
Hamas official admits group murdered 3 Israeli teens
A Hamas official has admitted for the first time that members of its militant wing kidnapped and killed three Israeli teenagers in June. This fueled increased tensions with Israel and eventually led to the IDF's bombardment of Gaza.
Saleh Al-Arouri said the al-Qassam Brigades were responsible, after Hamas' leader Khaled Meshaal, who is in exile in Qatar, had earlier denied his group was involved. However, Meshaal did praise those who carried out the kidnappings. ...
IBM's new supercomputing chip mimics the human brain with very little power
A lot has changed in the three years since IBM first unveiled a prototype of its human brain-inspired SyNAPSE (Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable Electronics) chip. That single-core prototype has now been significantly scaled up, leading to a new, production-ready SyNAPSE chip that blows past its predecessor with 1 million neurons, 256 million synapses and 4,096 neurosynaptic cores, all the while only requiring 70mW of power.
Traditionally, faster processing has always meant greater power consumption, but IBM's new SyNAPSE chip flips that paradigm on its head. To give you some perspective of just how low-powered this supercomputing chip is, IBM's Chief Scientist Dr. Dharmendra S. Modha says it requires power equivalent to that of a battery from a hearing aid. It's an achievement that's merited IBM the cover of the journal Science; it also has the potential to drastically alter conventional approaches to computing. In fact, the new SyNAPSE chip is so disruptive to the current computing landscape that IBM's created a new programming language to go along with it and an educational outreach program called SyNAPSE University. It's no wonder why the project received $53 million in funding from DARPA. ... Read more
Dramatically different from traditional software, IBM's new programming model breaks the mold of sequential operation underlying today's von Neumann architectures and computers. It is instead tailored for a new class of distributed, highly interconnected, asynchronous, parallel, large-scale cognitive computing architectures.
IBM | Cognitive Computing: The SyNAPSE Project (2012) [5:15]
A New Era of Computing Requires a New Way to Program Computers
Sixty years ago, in the face of tremendous skepticism, IBM engineer John Backus set out to radically change the economics of scientific computing on the IBM 704 by making programming much cheaper, faster, and reliable. The language that he and his colleagues developed--FORTRAN--became the first widely used high-level programming language. It laid the groundwork for the software industry as we know it and the waves of transformation that computing has brought to industry, science, government and society. The importance of FORTRAN is hard to overestimate as demonstrated by O'Reilly's poster on "The History of Programming Languages."
Today, we're at another turning point in the history of information technology. The era that Backus and his contemporaries helped create, the programmable computing era, is being superseded by the era of cognitive computing. Increasingly, computers will gather huge quantities of data, reason over the data, and learn from their interactions with information and people. These new capabilities will help us penetrate complexity and make better decisions about everything from how to manage cities to how to solve confounding business problems. ... Read more
6 Numbers That Show How Out of Whack America's Priorities Are
Americans constantly hear about the threat of "entitlements," which in the case of Social Security and Medicare are more properly defined as "earned benefits." The real threat is the array of entitlements demanded by the very rich.
Note:Read the first part of the article to get the total amount spent on each entitlement, but for another view: Annual Per Capita Numbers see below:
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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, August 25 [7:32]
*DN | Blowback: Vijay Prashad on How Islamic State Grew Out of U.S Invasion of Iraq, Destruction of Nation (08/25/14) [5:49]
DN | "I Can't Breathe": NYC March over Chokehold Death of Eric Garner Protests Police Violence Nationwide (08/25/14) [13:11]
*TRNN | Investigative journalist Nafeez Ahmed: The Powers Behind The Islamic State (08/25/14) [21:18]
Investigative journalist Nafeez Ahmed gives specific examples of how Saudi, Qatari, and American interests have supported the group formerly known as ISIS, and what the global community can do now to reign them in.*TRNN | Despite Renewed Attacks, Israel No Closer to Defeating Palestinian Resistance (08/22/14) [12:47]
+972's Samer Badawi reports that Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza remain steadfast in their resistance of Israeli occupation, and UCLA's Gabriel Piterberg says that despite the escalating levels of violence, Israel is no closer to its goal of defeating Palestinian political and military resistance.TRNN | Is the Control of Gaza's Offshore Gas Reserves a Factor in Israeli Military Operations? (08/17/14) [12:54]
TYT | Washed Up Actor Calls Protestors "Animals" (08/25/14) [8:06]
TYT | Will The NRA Support This Gun Club? (08/25/14) [6:38]
TYT | How America Should Deal With ISIS Terrorists (08/22/14) [18:09]
TYT | ISIS Terrorists Invading America Via Mexican Border According To Rick Perry (08/22/14) [6:28]
TYT | Kajieme Powell Shooting Video Disturbs For So Many Reasons (08/22/14) [10:09]
Why the World is the Way It IS
I found this 2hr video one of the best Histories on Secret Societies. I have shortened it slightly to reduce the religious overtones, but not ny too much. Otherwise, the history is very well layed out and well worth watching.*The New World Order- Secret Societies () [2:18:12]
Or watch the original
*The New World Order- Secret Societies and Biblical Prophecy () [2:26:13]
*The Money Masters - Bill Still Documentary on Central Banks and their secrets () [3:29:19]
An excellent historical account on Central Banks and our Central Bank called the Federal Reserve, produced by award winning documntary pruducer Bill StillThe Secret of Oz by Mr Bill Still () [1:50:48]
It is well known in economics academia that The Wonderful Wizard of Oz written by L. Frank Baum in 1900 is loaded with powerful symbols of monetary reform which were the core of the Populist movement and the 1896 and 1900 president bid of Democrat William Jennings Bryan.
The yellow brick road (gold standard), the emerald city of Oz (greenback money), even Dorothy's silver slippers (changed to ruby slippers for the movie version) were the symbol of Baum's and Bryan's belief that adding silver coinage to gold would provide much needed money to a depression-strapped, 1890s America.
We believe Baum's symbols represent the only solution to relieve the growing economic hardship here in America -- and the rest of the world. Practically speaking, 2009 marks the 70th anniversary of the 1939 MGM release of the The Wizard of Oz movie, so interest will be very high. Even Oz websites put up by kids get millions of hits.
Brain-Like ComputersWSJ | IBM's Brain-Like Microchip (08/07/14) [1:26]
3D PrintingWoman Receives 3D-Printed Skull (03/26/14) [1:09]
Taste Testing 3D-Printed Food! (01/14/14) [5:25]
3D printers print ten houses in 24 hours (04/16/14) [2:30]
Bee Sting... Therapy??NatGeo | Bee Therapy (2007) [3:38]
Newsy | Bee Venom Can Kill HIV, Study Says (2013) [1:30]
AIDsFox23 | Possible AIDs Cure? Part 1 [7:51], Part 2 [9:00]
AIDs cure that was developed in the 1990's and suppressed by US... the doctor who developed the cure Dr. Gary R. Davi was ran out of the United States by death threats and eventually murdered in 2007.
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.