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Friday February 28, 2014
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The Town Los Angeles Drank
MotherJones | Alexis Madrigal | 02/26/14

.. This little patch of land is the key location in Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed $25 billion plan to fix California's troubled water transport system. Hood sits at the northern tip of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a network of manmade islands and channels constructed on the ruins of the largest estuary from Patagonia to Alaska. Since the 1950s, the Delta has served as the great hydraulic tie between Northern and Southern California: a network of rivers, tributaries, and canals deliver runoff from the Sierra Mountain Range's snowpack to massive pumps at the southern end of the Delta. From there, the water travels through aqueducts to the great farms of the San Joaquin Valley and to the massive coastal cities. The Delta, then, is not only a 700,000-acre place where people live and work, but some of the most important plumbing in the world. Without this crucial nexus point, the current level of agricultural production in the southern San Joaquin Valley could not be sustained, and many cities, including the three largest on the West Coast -- Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Jose -- would have to come up with radical new water-supply solutions. ... Read more

January Was Chock-Full of Extreme Weather Events, All Over the Globe
MotherJones | John Vidal | 02/27/14

There have been heat waves in Slovenia and Australia, snow in Vietnam, and the return of the polar vortex to North America. Great Britain has had its wettest winter in 250 years, but temperatures in parts of Russia and the Arctic have been 18 degrees above normal. Meanwhile, the Southern Hemisphere has had the warmest start to a year ever recorded, with millions of people sweltering in Brazilian and southern African cities.

According to the United Nations' World Meteorological Organization (WMO), which monitors global weather, the first six weeks of 2014 have seen an unusual number of extremes of heat, cold, and rain--not just in a few regions as might be expected in any winter, but right the way around the world at the same time, with costly disruptions to transport, power systems, and food production. ... Read more

Climategate: What Really Happened?
MotherJones | Kate Sheppard | 04/21/11 older

IT'S DIFFICULT TO IMAGINE how a guy who spends most of his time looking at endless columns of temperature records became a "fucking terrorist," "killer," or "one-world-government socialist." It's even harder when you meet Michael Mann, a balding 45-year-old climate scientist who speaks haltingly and has a habit of nervously clearing his throat. And when you realize that the reason for all the hostility is a 12-year-old chart, it seems more than a little surreal.

Back in 1999, Mann -- then a newly minted Ph.D. -- and a pair of colleagues constructed a chart that plotted historical climate data, spanning from 1000 to 1980. Because recorded temperatures only begin in the late 19th century, Mann and his team largely relied on so-called proxy records -- measurements of tree rings, coral, and ice cores whose variations illustrate temperature changes over the years. The graph showed that after nearly 900 years of relatively stable temperatures, there was a sharp uptick starting in the 20th century. You may have seen a version of the graph, known as the "hockey stick," in the film An Inconvenient Truth. ... Mann Geophysical Research Paper.pdf
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*The "Largest Corporate Power Grab You've Never Heard Of", (TPP)
TRNS | author | 11/12/13 older

Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison describes the TPP as the "largest corporate power grab you've never heard of." Despite 19 rounds of negotiations that started all the way back in 2005, many of the details of the TPP still remain secret, even to members of Congress.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a massive trade agreement among 12 nations, including the US. And it's being negotiated by government trade officials and corporate lobbyists. Representative Alan Grayson said that the TPP is "a punch in the face to the middle class of America," and added, "but I'm not even allowed to tell you why." The deal would give multinational corporations the right to challenge our laws and regulations if firms believe those laws limit their "expected future profits." ... Read more

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): a guide to the most contentious issues
The Guardian | Gabrielle Chan | 12/09/13 older

... There have been many contentious issues around the TPP: critics are particularly concerned about the secrecy around the agreement given it has the capacity to change many local laws and regulations affecting Australian people.

Essentially, in order to receive access to other markets, Australia is in the process of trading off regulations that stop access by other countries and particularly multinational companies to the Australian market. ...

... So far, the majority of public criticism has centred on arguments relating to intellectual property and the cost of medicines, though many have concerns about environmental issues including climate change, investment, e-commerce and labour laws. ... Read more

We Are Living in Boom Times for Debt Collectors
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NY FED Household Debt and Credit.pdf (02/2014)

One of these lines is not like the others. In general, delinquencies rose throughout the recession, and then began dropping as the economy began to improve around 2010-11. But not student loans. Delinquencies on student loans have been rising steadily for a decade, and when the economy began its recovery, they just went right on rising. Welcome to life as a college graduate.
DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, February 28 [11:45]
*DN | Peeping Webcam? With NSA Help, British Spy Agency Intercepted Millions of Yahoo Chat Images (02/28/14) [16:25]
The latest top-secret documents leaked by Edward Snowden reveal the National Security Agency and its British counterpart, the the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) may have peered into the lives of millions of internet users who were not suspected of wrongdoing. The surveillance program codenamed "Optic Nerve" compiled still images of Yahoo webcam chats in bulk and stored them in the GCHQ's databases with help from the NSA. In one six-month period in 2008 alone, the agency reportedly amassed webcam images from more than 1.8 million Yahoo user accounts worldwide. According to the documents, between 3 and 11 percent of the Yahoo webcam images contained what the GCHQ called "undesirable nudity." The program was reportedly also used for experiments in "automated facial recognition" as well as to monitor terrorism suspects.
DN | George Takei on Life Inside a Japanese Internment Camp During WWII (02/28/14) [7:36]
Legendary actor, author and activist, George Takei, best known for playing Hikaru Sulu on Star Trek, appears on Democracy Now! for an extended interview. In this excerpt, he talks about his role as World War II veteran Sam Kimura in "Allegiance: A New American Musical." The musical tells the story of a Japanese-American family who is relocated from their farm after the attack on Pearl Harbor and placed in an internment camp in Wyoming. This parallels part of Takei's own family history. At the age of five, his family was shipped to a Japanese-American internment camp in Rohwer, Arkansas.
TRNN News
TRNN | Nuclear expert David Lochbaum and award-winning journalist Susan Stranahan discuss the weaknesses in nuclear regulation and whether the United States has the proper safeguards to protect its citizens from a Fukushima disaster (02/28/14) [8:29]
Climate Change|Global Warming|Extreme Weather
Weather and Climate Summit - Day 3, Dr. Jennifer Francis (01/21/13) [1:51:37]
*Climategate: What Really Happened?
Original Climategate
Climategate "Hide the Decline" explained by Berkeley professor [4:58]
Hockey stick controversy (Wikipedia)
Recent Update
*Fact-Checking the Infamous Hockey-Stick Graph [4:32]
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Hockey stick graph (Wikipedia)
Diane Rehms Show
Diane Rehm Domestic News - Friday (02/28/14) [1hr]
International News - Friday (0228/14) [1hr]
TPP - Trans Pacific Partnership
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Federal Budget - Visualized
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Tiny House
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02.28.2014. 15:21

Thursday February 07, 2014
News Articles
Fracking
*Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson Sues To Keep 'Fracking' Away From His Backyard (02/25/14) [4:52], Part 2 [7:43]

*Fracking the Eagle Ford Shale
Weather.com | Jim Morris | current

The Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas is the site of one of the biggest energy booms in America, with oil and gas wells sprouting at an unprecedented rate. But local residents fear for their health - not from the water, but from the air they breathe. Our eight-month investigation reveals the dangers that come with releasing a toxic soup of chemicals into the air and just how little the government of Texas knows - or wants to know - about it.

When Lynn Buehring leaves her doctor's office in San Antonio she makes sure her inhaler is on the seat beside her, then steers her red GMC pickup truck southeast on U.S. 181, toward her home on the South Texas prairie.

About 40 miles down the road, between Poth and Falls City, drilling rigs, crude oil storage tanks and flares trailing black smoke appear amid the mesquite, live oak and pecan trees. Depending on the speed and direction of the wind, a yellow-brown haze might stretch across the horizon, filling the car with pungent odors. Sometimes Buehring's eyes burn, her chest tightens and pain stabs at her temples. On those days, she touches her inhaler for reassurance. ... Read more
*Fracking the Eagle Ford Shale (current) [14:56]

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The Pentagon

How more than $8 billion in US taxpayers' money went to waste in Iraq
Christian Science Monitor | Tom A. Peter | 03/06/13 older

The report, entitled Learning From Iraq: A Final Report From the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, offered a detailed assessment how $60 billion in American taxpayer money was spent in Iraq during the war. Of that sum, about $25 billion went to training and equipping the Iraqi security forces, while the remainder went an array of development projects ranging from infrastructure construction to governance improvement programs.

The report offers several case studies demonstrating waste, including a project to reconstruct a bridge and oil and gas pipeline in northern Iraq. Geologists advised against drilling in the Tigris River to do the repair work because the soil was too sandy. Engineers ignored the report and spent tens of millions of dollars before the drilling plan was aborted.

The Iraqi reconstruction program was the second-largest nation building effort ever undertaken by the US, superseded only by Afghanistan, where appropriations for reconstruction spending are nearing $100 billion. ... Read more

Setting the Record Straight: Did Monsanto Really Buy Blackwater (Xe)?
activistpost.com | Anthony Gucciardi | 2012

There has been a great deal of publicity over the potential purchase of Blackwater (now known as Academi, and Xe before that) by mega corporation Monsanto.

While the two seem to be a great match, as they both fail to consider the morality and consequence of their actions, it seems that Monsanto is only involved with Blackwater in infiltrating activist groups who are opposed to the biotech giant -- an operation quite sinister enough.

The truth of the matter is that Academi (Blackwater) was purchased by private investors, and the heavily sourced article written by Jeremy Scahill in The Nation actually says nothing about Monsanto buying Blackwater. ... Read more



DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, February 27 [12:55]
*DN | Big Oil and Bad Air: Report Exposes Link Between Fracking and Toxic Air Emissions in Texas (02/27/14) [6:55]
TRNN News
TRNN | Bill Black: Although Credit Suisse helped ultra-wealthy Americans evade taxes, the bank will face no prosecution due to Swiss bank secrecy laws and a heedless U.S. Justice department (02/27/14) [5:50]
TYT News
TYT | Blatantly Selfish Reason a CEO is Suing to Stop Fracking (02/25/14) [2:59]
TYT | Rush Limbaugh says Homosexual Lobby Bullied Arizona Governor To Veto Bill (02/26/14) [1:53]
*TYT | Dick Cheney says Obama Should Cut Food Stamps, Not Defense (02/25/14) [4:35]
TYT | Most Gruesome Terrorist Group In The World? (02/25/14) [3:53]
Listen to More Sane Minds
Naomi Klein Interview at Occupy Wall St. (older) [4:43]
Naomi Klein on Global Neoliberalism (04/23/12) [14:27]
Shock Doctrine, Disaster Capitalism


Big Think Interview With Noam Chomsky (04/23/12) [23:06]





Pentagon
Dispatches | Iraq's Missing $20 Billions (trailer) [2:09]
*Dispatches | Iraq's Missing $20 Billions [47:52]
The coalition was given trusteeship of nearly 20 billion dollars of Iraq's money, nearly all of it was spent with no accountability and records. Fraud and corruption rampantly consumed much of these funds. Paul Bremer who headed the Coalition Provisional Authority made certain that as much of the money was spent as possible. Has some heartbreaking stories of actual Iraqi citizens and their children. Shows that the infrastructure, especially water and hospitals, which supposedly had billions spent on it though is still in shambles. Where did the money go!?
Greenwald | Iraq For Sale: The War Profiteers (2006) (trailer) [2:06]
*Greenwald | Iraq For Sale: The War Profiteers (2006) [1:15:40]
Robert Greenwald's documentaries are like sledgehammers of rage against everything he finds wrong with America, including Wal-Mart, Fox News and the Bush administration. He wants to rile us up, and he's not subtle. But then, neither are his targets. In "Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers," Mr. Greenwald compiles a horrifying catalog of greed, corruption and incompetence among private contractors in Iraq, focusing primarily on Halliburton, Blackwater Security Consulting and CACI International.
Iraq For Sale: The War Profiteers website
TPP - Trans Pacific Partnership
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TRNN | Kevin Zeese: Leaked TPP Document Reveals No Regard for Environment in Trade Agreement (01/16/14) [12:31]
Interesting Stuff
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02.27.2014. 11:51

Wednesday February 26, 2014
News Articles

How Govt. Hides the Poor: Formula for Measuring Poverty Dates to When a Loaf of Bread Cost 22 Cents
AlterNet | Steven Rosenfeld | 02/24/14

To determine who is officially poor in America, the federal government compares a family's annual cash income to a figure produced by an arcane formula that's based on the price of food in 1963, when a loaf of bread was 22 cents and a burger less than a quarter. Starting under President Lyndon Johnson, the government's official way of defining who is poor comes from calculating a minimum food budget for a family of four, tripling that figure to cover other living costs, and then indexing it annually for inflation.

The result is the federal poverty level. For 2014, that threshold was $23,850 for a family of four. Smaller families can subtract $4,060 per person. Individuals making $11,670 or less in 2014 were officially poor. Many government programs, from School Lunch to the Earned Income Tax Credit to Obamacare's subsidies, decide eligibility by comparing one's annual cash income to the official poverty level. ... Read more

*The Surrender of America's Liberals
Bill Moyers | Adolph Reed Jr. | 02/25/14

In a Web-exclusive interview, political scientist Adolph Reed Jr. talks with Bill Moyers about his new article in the March issue of Harper's Magazine -- a challenge to America's progressives provocatively titled, "Nothing Left: The Long, Slow Surrender of American Liberals."

In the piece, Reed writes that Democrats and liberals have become too fixated on election results rather than aiming for long term goals that address the issues of economic inequality, and that the administrations of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama too often acquiesced to the demands of Wall Street and the right.

As a result, Reed tells Moyers, the left is no longer a significant force in American politics. "If we understand the left to be anchored to our convictions that society can be made better than it actually is, and a commitment to combating economic inequality as a primary one, the left is just gone." ... Read more
Bill Moyers | The Surrender of America's Liberals (02/25/14) [18:50]

Stewart Mocks Conservative Chorus on Ukraine -- 'What Would Reagan Do?'
AlterNet | Janet Allon | 02/26/14

Jon Stewart made merciless fun of the recent outpouring of conservative pundits calling for President Obama to be more Ronald Reagan-like when it comes to dealing with the unrest in Ukraine. "What would Reagan do?" has been the common hue and cry on Fox news and other news outlets. Especially rich was having Reagan lackey Oliver North commenting that Reagan, unlike Obama, did not draw "red lines," he simply acted. Yes, Stewart pointed out, that's Oliver North, the one illegally sold arms to Iran, and illegally funded the Nicaraguan contras. That's the one we should be listening to all right.

Stewart then gave several examples of how well Reagan's action-oriented policies yielded such fantastic results. Funding the Mujahadeen in Afghanistan to fight the Russians. Of course, it was the the extreme elements of the Mujahadeen that became the Taliban, but, we didn't have to fight them for another "12 years," said Stewart, long after Reagan had left office. And, of course, Reagan selling arms to Saddam Hussein, whom we did not have to fight for another "two years . . . and then another 12 years after that." ... Read more

DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, February 26 [9:21]
*DN | Japan, U.S. Move to Expand Nuclear Power Programs Despite Contamination at Fukushima & New Mexico (02/26/14) [8:46]
TRNN News
*TRNN | Jeff Cohen: Public Broadcasters Relying More and More On Corporate Funding (02/26/14) [11:13]
TRNN | Robert Pollin: Incremental Raises to Minimum Wage Will Not Increase Unemployment (02/26/14) [8:53]
Bill Moyers
*Bill Moyers | The Surrender of America's Liberals (02/25/14) [18:50]
Charles Ferguson
No End in Sight (2008) (trailer) [2:42]
*No End in Sight: Iraq's Descent Into Chaos by Charles Ferguson (2008) [1:41:53]
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Inside Job (2009) (trailer) [2:20]
*Inside Job by Charles Ferguson (2009) [1:48:39]
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War on Terror
Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear & American Empire (preview/trailer) [6:29]
*Hijacking Catastrophe: Fear & the Selling of American Empire (2007 older) [1:10:38]
Hijacking Catastrophe website
Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear & the Selling of American Empire examines how a radical fringe of the Republican Party has used the trauma of the 9/11 terror attacks to advance a pre-existing agenda to radically transform American foreign policy while rolling back civil liberties and social programs at home.

The documentary places the Bush Administration's false justifications for war in Iraq within the larger context of a two-decade struggle by neoconservatives to dramatically increase military spending in the wake of the Cold War, and to expand American power globally by means of military force.
For additional financial documentaries go to the Sticky Page
Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart | WATCH: Stewart Mocks Conservative Chorus on Ukraine -- 'What Would Reagan Do?' (02/25/14) [4:45]

02.26.2014. 11:38

Tuesday February 25, 2014
News Articles

*Anatomy of the Deep State
Bill Moyers | Mike Lofgren | 02/21/14

There is the visible government situated around the Mall in Washington, and then there is another, more shadowy, more indefinable government that is not explained in Civics 101 or observable to tourists at the White House or the Capitol. The former is traditional Washington partisan politics: the tip of the iceberg that a public watching C-SPAN sees daily and which is theoretically controllable via elections. The subsurface part of the iceberg I shall call the Deep State, which operates according to its own compass heading regardless of who is formally in power.

Yes, there is another government concealed behind the one that is visible at either end of Pennsylvania Avenue, a hybrid entity of public and private institutions ruling the country according to consistent patterns in season and out, connected to, but only intermittently controlled by, the visible state whose leaders we choose. My analysis of this phenomenon is not an exposé of a secret, conspiratorial cabal; the state within a state is hiding mostly in plain sight, and its operators mainly act in the light of day. Nor can this other government be accurately termed an "establishment." All complex societies have an establishment, a social network committed to its own enrichment and perpetuation. In terms of its scope, financial resources and sheer global reach, the American hybrid state, the Deep State, is in a class by itself. That said, it is neither omniscient nor invincible. The institution is not so much sinister (although it has highly sinister aspects) as it is relentlessly well entrenched. Far from being invincible, its failures, such as those in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, are routine enough that it is only the Deep State's protectiveness towards its higher-ranking personnel that allows them to escape the consequences of their frequent ineptitude. ... Read more or read article at HuffintonPost
Bill Moyers | Mike Lofgren on the Deep State Hiding in Plain Sight (02/22/14) [26:48]

*Danielle Brian on Legalized Corruption
Bill Moyers | author | 02/21/14

Forget about the Machiavellian drama that plays out in the hit series The House of Cards, if you really want to be educated (or frightened) about what goes on in the nation's capital, just let everything you read in Mike Lofgren's essay sink in.

The ideological gridlock that grips Congress might make you angry. But as Lofgren points in his professorial manner, what should really get your blood pumping are the strings being pulled by the real decision makers: the executives on Wall Street, in Silicon Valley and in the military-intelligence industrial complex surrounding the Beltway. ... Read more
Bill Moyers | Sheila Krumholz and Danielle Brian on How Money Rules Washington (02/21/14) [26:46]

*Where Have All the Lobbyists Gone?
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Nation Magazine | Lee Fang | 02/20/14

It was 4 o'clock in the afternoon, and I found myself hanging around the House-side entrance to the Capitol building, hoping to interview lawmakers during the protracted government shutdown in October. The members had been called by the Republican leadership to open just one slice of the government without authorizing funds for the Affordable Care Act, a partial solution that had rallied Democrats in opposition. As dusk settled in, I lingered to interview the representatives as they walked in and out of what everyone considered at this point to be a scene of political theater.

While I waited, a small crowd gathered, composed of men and women in business attire, creating something of a receiving line where they could exchange pleasantries with members of Congress as the latter made their way from their offices across Independence Avenue to cast a perfunctory vote. The city, with hundreds of thousands of federal workers sent home from the job, was far from dead. On Capitol Hill, the real financial engine of Washington, the selling of access and policy hummed along at full speed, and I was in the midst of it.

Many of the people assembled around me, I noticed, were former lawmakers and their associates. Former Senate majority leader Tom Daschle was there, along with officials from his firm DLA Piper, to escort a group of international attorneys into a meeting with lawmakers. Men who said they were with Alston & Bird, another law firm heavily involved in lobbying, convened a few feet away. A cluster of businessmen with the credit-rating firm Experian prepped their own series of meetings with congressional staff.

Behind me, I heard the distinctive croak of Zach Wamp, a former congressman who was busy talking up his new job to current members of Congress. He boasted that he is now working for Palantir, the controversial intelligence contractor. "I'm kind of overseeing their operations up here," Wamp said when I asked what he does for Palantir. He ended the conversation abruptly .
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DN | The Shadow Lobbying Complex: How Corporations Are Hiding Vast Influence, Peddling Efforts (02/25/14) [8:50]

Virginia Republican Says A Pregnant Woman Is Just A 'Host,' Though 'Some Refer To Them As Mothers'
HP | Laura Bassett | 02/24/14

A pregnant woman is just a "host" that should not have the right to end her pregnancy, Virginia State Sen. Steve Martin (R) wrote in a Facebook rant defending his anti-abortion views.

Martin, the former chairman of the Senate Education and Health Committee, wrote a lengthy post about his opinions on women's bodies on his Facebook wall last week in response to a critical Valentine's Day card he received from reproductive rights advocates. ... Read more

Some Embarrassing Details From the Pentagon's Latest Stealth Fighter Report
The F-35 is a Bad Deal | author | 02/03/14

  1. Rolling out the F-35 originally was expected to cost $233 billion, but now it's expected to cost nearly $400 billion. I have heard development costs closer to 1 trillion. The time needed to develop the plane has gone from 10 years to 18.
  2. Lockheed says the final cost per plane will be about $75 million. However, according to the Government Accountability Office, the actual cost has jumped to $137 million.
  3. It was initially estimated that it could cost another $1 trillion or more to keep the new F-35s flying for 30 years. Pentagon officials called this "unaffordable" -- and now say it will cost only $857 million. "This is no longer the trillion-dollar [aircraft]," boasts a Lockheed Martin executive.
  4. Planes started rolling off the assembly line before development and testing were finished, which could result in $8 billion worth of retrofits.
  5. A 2013 report by the Pentagon inspector general identified 719 problems with the F-35 program. Some of the issues with the first batch of planes delivered to the Marines:
  6. The F-35 program has 1,400 suppliers in 46 states. Lockheed Martin gave money to 425 members of Congress in 2012 and has spent $159 million on lobbying since 2000.
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DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, February 25 [11:07]
DN | Greenwald: Spy Agencies Manipulate Information, Attack Reputations of Targets Online (02/25/14) [1:19]
DN | Inside the Army Spy Ring & Attempted Entrapment of Peace Activists, Iraq Vets, Anarchists (02/25/14) [25:00]
*DN | The Shadow Lobbying Complex: How Corporations Are Hiding Vast Influence, Peddling Efforts (02/25/14) [8:50]
TRNN News
*TRNN | William Hartung: Pentagon Will Cut Services and Benefits To Soldiers While Protecting Profits of Defense Industry (02/25/14) [7:32]
TRNN | Dina Rasor: US Military Contractors Celebrate Record High Profits and Stock Prices (2013) [11:40]
Bill Moyers
Bill Moyers | On How the Deep State is Sucking Money (preview version) (02/24/14) [2:51]
The following two videos are also listed in the left column, accompanying their respective articles.
*Bill Moyers | Mike Lofgren on the Deep State Hiding in Plain Sight (02/22/14) [26:48]
*Bill Moyers | Sheila Krumholz and Danielle Brian on How Money Rules Washington (02/21/14) [26:46]
Financial Crisis
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Pentagon Follies
60 Minutes | Seven years behind schedule and $163 billion over budget, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter the most expensive weapons system in history. (02/16/14) [13:45]
*The Jet that Ate the Pentagon: The F-35 is the most expensive weapons program in history, with a total cost of $1.5 trillion. (02/05/14) [8:18]
The Office of the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E)
Dr. J. Michael Gilmore was sworn in as Director, Operational Test and Evaluation on September 23, 2009. A Presidential appointee confirmed by the United States Senate, he serves as the senior advisor to the Secretary of Defense on operational and live fire test and evaluation of Department of Defense weapon systems.

Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Gilmore was the Assistant Director for National Security at the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). In this position, he was responsible for CBO's National Security Division, which performs analyses of major policy and program issues in national defense, international affairs, and veterans' affairs. Specific areas of investigation included the long-term implications of current defense policies and programs, the implications of transformation for equipping and operating U.S. military forces, the effectiveness and costs of alternative approaches to modernizing U.S. military forces, and the resource demands associated with operating and supporting U.S. military forces.
DOT&E FY2013 Annual Report: F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF).pdf
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Diane Rehms Show
Diane Rehm Retail Health Clinics (02/25/14) [1hr]
Jon Stewart - Daily Show
Jon Stewart | Jason Jones files his final report from Sochi-ish, and learns the most important Russian lesson of all (02/24/14) [6:06]
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.

02.25.2014. 11:44

Monday February 24, 2014
News Articles

*5 Hypocritical Justifications the 1% Use to Justify the America's Staggering Inequality
AlterNet | Paul Buchheit | 02/23/14

  1. Poor People Just Need to Get a Job. But there are No Jobs. This may be the greatest hypocrisy of them all, because it directly impacts so many Americans.
  2. Government is the Problem. Unless the Rich Need a Subsidy.
  3. "The Free Market System Distributes the Fruits of Economic Progress Among All People" Milton Friedman said that in 1990. More recently John Boehner remarked, "President Kennedy in 1960 said, 'a rising tide lifts all boats,' and I think that is in fact correct."
  4. Entitlements Must Be Cut. Except for the Entitlements Owned by the Rich. Paul Ryan makes the Republican case for cutting Social Security and Medicare: "The 2011 Budget Control Act largely ignored entitlement spending. But that is the nation's biggest challenge...There's a better way to cut spending...structural reforms to entitlement programs."
  5. The Super-Rich are the Most Productive Americans - They Earn Everything They Make It's confounding to hear the claim that America's highest earners deserve all they get when billion-dollar incomes are made by betting on mortgages to fail, or by betting on global food prices to rise.

John Paulson conspired with Goldman Sachs to create packages of risky subprime mortgages and then short-sell (bet against) the sure-to-fail financial instruments. The ploy paid him $3.7 billion.

Goldman Sachs' commodities index, notes Chris Hedges, "is the most heavily traded in the world. Goldman Sachs hoards rice, wheat, corn, sugar and livestock and jacks up commodity prices around the globe so that poor families can no longer afford basic staples and literally starve." Numerous sources agree that speculation drives up commodity prices. Wheat, for example, rose in price from $105 to $481 in just eight years. ... Read more

Economics Has a Surprising Mental Disorder
AlterNet | Lynn Stuart Parramore | 02/18/14

The typical mainstream economist is about as good at making predictions as a monkey reading tea leaves. Exhibit A: The financial crisis, which only a few economists outside the mainstream saw coming.

Researcher Vinca Bigo decided to investigate, and found a surprising explanation: the profession of economics is suffering from a collective mental disorder, causing practitioners to project their pathologies onto the rest of us. Which is very costly for you and me. ... Read more

Transcripts show FED grappling with 2008 crisis
AP & MSN | Martin Crutsinger | 02/22/14

The Federal Reserve agonized in 2008 over how far to go to stop a financial crisis that threatened to cause a recession and at times struggled to recognize its speed and magnitude.

"We're crossing certain lines. We're doing things we haven't done before," Chairman Ben Bernanke said as Fed officials met in an emergency session March 10 and launched never-before-taken steps to lend to teetering Wall Street firms, among a series of unorthodox moves that year to calm investors and aid the economy. ... Read more

*Water leak in Fukushima may be due to workers' mistake
NHKWorld | author | 02/22/14

... About 100 tons of contaminated water spilled from a tank at the No. 4 reactor from Wednesday to Thursday. The escaped water flowed to the ground around the tank.

Tokyo Electric Power Company found the water contained 240 million becquerels per liter of beta-ray emitting substance, including strontium. That's the highest level ever detected in tainted water which leaked at the plant. ... Read more
Water leak may be due to workers' mistake (02/22/14) [1:06]

Truth Loader | 300,000 litres of radioactive water leaking into the Pacific - Fukushima (08/08/13 older) [5:10]

Longest-serving Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) to retire
Washington Post | Sean Sullivan | 02/24/14

Rep. John D. Dingell (D-Mich.) will retire at the end of his current term, capping a historic career as the longest-serving member of Congress in history.

Dingell, 87, has served in the House for nearly 60 years. He became the longest-serving member of Congress last summer. He said his health was good enough for him to make another run, but he decried the hostile tone that has come to define business on Capitol Hill these days. ... Read more



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ClimateState | Extreme Weather (July 2013) [18:28]
This video was pretty interesting explaining Climate Change.
BBC | Global Dimming Documentary About Geoengineering & Global Warming (12/31/11) [49:04]
The Gulf Stream and the Next Ice Age - Future Focus Episode 2013 [51:29]
The Gulf Stream and the Next Ice Age is a one-hour documentary which explores the results of a recent American government report that believes the collapse of thermohaline circulation will take place around the year 2010 and impose a minor ice age on Europe. Could Dublin acquire a climate like Spitzberg, and London like that of Siberia?

The Gulf Stream is a powerful surface current, driven by the Trade Winds. Its origins lie in the Gulf of Mexico and it carries the tropical waters from the Florida Strait to the great banks of the United States, where it heads eastward, carrying its warm waters to the borders of the North Atlantic. As soon as the tropical waters hit the Arctic Ocean, they cool abruptly and plunge towards the abyssal zone to form a loop, known as "thermohaline circulation." Then, like an immense conveyor belt that slows down in the ocean depths, it sets out again southward to rejoin the beginning of the Gulf Stream.
Why in the World are They Spraying (2013) [55:08]
PBS Journey to Planet Earth | narrator Matt Damon | Lester Brown: Saving Civilization Plan B 3.0 (2011) [1:24:10]
Wind Map
Financial Crisis | National Debt
Click picture to zoom in - National Debt
$1 Trillion & US Debt in Physical $100 bills [2:10]
Diane Rehms Show
Diane Rehm Toxic Chemical Spills In West Virginia And North Carolina (02/24/14) [1hr]
Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart | Learn more about Malala Yousafzai, who speaks out agains the Talaban () [6:13]
Malalafund.org website
Jon Stewart | Jason Jones Live From Sochi-ish - Better Off Red (02/19/14) [05:17]
Jon Stewart | Subway removes a controversial chemical from its bread, Kraft introduces a "natural mold inhibitor," and Hot Pockets warns of recalled beef (02/20/14) [05:34]
Other Videos and Documentaries I Ran Across
Note: I don't endorse any of the videos in this section.
As I construct My News Pages I constantly run across a lot of NEW videos, and since I find YouTube frustrating trying to re-find videos, I save the links in this section so I can find them again.
Financial Crisis
*PBS Frontline | To Catch a Trader, SAC Trading (01/07/14) [53:41]
PBS FRONTLINE correspondent Martin Smith goes inside the government's ongoing, seven-year crackdown on insider trading, drawing on exclusively obtained video of hedge fund titan Steven A. Cohen, incriminating FBI wiretaps of other traders, and interviews with both Wall Street and Justice Department insiders.
Climate Change | GeoEngineering
BBC | Global Dimming Documentary About Geoengineering & Global Warming (12/31/11) [49:04]
Home (05/12/09) [1:33:17]
We are living in exceptional times. Scientists tell us that we have 10 years to change the way we live, avert the depletion of natural resources and the catastrophic evolution of the Earth's climate.

The stakes are high for us and our children. Everyone should take part in the effort, and HOME has been conceived to take a message of mobilization out to every human being.
PBS | Strange Days on Planet Earth (2005) [53:33], Part 2 [54:13], Part 3 [53:33], Part 4 [54:11]
PBS NOVA | Extreme Ice (12/28/11) [52:51]
Above the Earth, documentary on climate change [1:29:29]
Fukushima
Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster Video What Happened at Fukushima (03/11/13) [49:22]
On Fukushima Beach 2: The Lights of Fukushima () [1:13:19]
Hanford, WA
Five Decades of Plutonium Production at Hanford () [24:47]
The Hanford Story: Overview [16:43]
Hanford - Lethal and Leaking Part 1 (12/09/07) [7:00], Part 2 [7:00]
Terrorism - Boston Bombing
PBS NOVA | Manhunt--Boston Bombers (05/29/13) [53:07]
Other
PBS NOVA | Ancient Computer (04/03/13) [52:54]
PBS NOVA | Megastorm Aftermath (10/09/13) [52:52]
In October 2012, Megastorm Sandy cut a path of devastation across the Caribbean and the East Coast, killing hundreds and doing tens of billions of dollars in damage. To many, it was a wake-up call. Now, one year after Sandy's deadly strike, NOVA follows up on the 2012 film "Inside the Megastorm" with a fresh investigation of the critical questions raised by this historic storm.

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