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Friday January 30, 2015
News Articles

Poverty Is Rising Much Faster in Suburbs Than in Cities
BillMoyers | Katie Rose Quandt | 01/29/15

Years into an economic recovery, millions of Americans continue to struggle to make ends meet. In 2013, 48.7 million people -- 15.5 percent of the population -- lived in poverty, according to a report from the US Census Bureau. And a Brookings Institute analysis of 68 large US metro areas found the poor population increased significantly from 2007-2013 in all but one of them.

But the location of the struggling households within these metro areas goes against our ingrained notions about poverty and the inner-city. So far this century, more than two-thirds of the poverty increase occurred in households located in the suburbs, not the cities proper. In fact, in 2013, suburban poverty levels exceeded those of urban areas: 56 percent of people living in poverty in major metro areas lived in the suburbs. ... Read more or Read more
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Netanyahu Is Talking to Leading Democrats to Little Effect So Far
NYTimes | Carl Hulse | 01/29/15

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel has been reaching out to leading Capitol Hill Democrats to try to ease criticism over his coming address to Congress, but has made little progress.

Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the Democratic leader, said Thursday that Mr. Netanyahu had called him the previous afternoon to explain why the White House had been circumvented before he was invited to speak before Congress. The prime minister has also called Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the House Democratic leader, and Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York, the Senate's No. 3 Democrat. ... Read more

It Begins: Energy Giant Chevron Suspends Stock Buyback, Blames "Cash Flow Squeeze"
ZeroHedge | author | 01/30/15

It was less than 24 hours after we posted that either oil will double from here allowing energy companies to grow into a normal P/E multiple, or energy stocks will have to crash by over 40% for the ridiculous 23x to return to its normal, long-term average of 13.6x. Moments ago energy giant Chevron admitted that not only does it not see oil doubling any time soon, but that energy prices are almost certain to go far lower from here, and as a result the company decided that after buying back $5 billion of its shares in 2014, i.e., buying high and higher before the stock crashes may not be the best use of dwindling cash flow, and as a result has just suspended its stock buyback program of the rest of 2015. Yes, energy giant Chevron just ended its buyback! ... Read more

Mitt Romney Announces He Is Not Running For President: "Best To Give Other Leaders The Opportunity"

Why Does Washington Still Romanticize Kissinger, Scowcroft, and Brzezinksi?
MotherJones & TomDispatch | Andrew Bacevich | 01/30/15

... Writing at the Daily Beast, Gelb urges the president to fire his entire national security team and replace them with "strong and strategic people of proven foreign policy experience." Translation: the sort of people who sip sherry and nibble on brie in the august precincts of the Council of Foreign Relations. In addition to offering his own slate of nominees, including several veterans of the storied George W. Bush administration, Gelb suggests that Obama consult regularly with Henry Kissinger, Brent Scowcroft, Zbigniew Brzezinski, and James Baker. These distinguished war-horses range in age from 84 to 91. By implication, only white males born prior to World War II are eligible for induction into the ranks of the Truly Wise Men. ... Read more

What if Six Years Ago the GOP had Won the Presidency?
What if six years ago the GOP had won the Presidency, and then John McCain had a heart attack... this is what we would have been left with.

Palin TV - Just As Stupid As You'd Expect (older, 09/11/14) [1:46]

Ring of Fire | Sarah Palin's Back And Dumber Than Ever (01/30/15) [9:12]
Iowa Freedom Summit
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), Governor Scott Walker (R-WI), Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ), Governor Rick Perry (R-TX), former Governor Mike Huckabee (R-AR), Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), and others spoke at the 2015 Iowa Freedom Summit. The summit took place on January 24 at Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines, Iowa.
Iowa Freedom Summit (01/24/15) [9:18:52] (Note: Scroll down about 3/4" to video window. Start the video. Then use the Progressbar to scroll, back and forth, between speeches. Sarah Palin is at 07:18:00)
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, January 30 [7:10]
*DN | CodePink Attempts to "Arrest" Henry Kissinger for War Crimes in Vietnam, Laos, Chile and East Timor (01/30/15) [2:40]
PBS Frontline
PBS Frontline |The Trouble with Antibiotics: investigates the widespread use of antibiotics in food animals and whether it is fueling the growing crisis of antibiotic resistance in people. (10/14/14) [53:41]
60 Minutes
*60 Minutes | The marijuana effect: It's been a year since Colorado became the first state to legalize recreational pot (01/11/15) [14:01]
*60 Minutes | New day for Cuban-American relations. (12/21/14) [13:27]
TRNN | Daphne Wysham says: Dirty Link Between Senators and Keystone XL Pipeline Vote (01/30/15) [9:12]
TRNN | Sen. Sanders Presents $1 Trillion Infrastructure Bill as Job Creator (01/30/15) [4:19]
TRNN | Professor William Black says: SYRIZA Victory in Greece In Spite of the NYT and WSJ Coverage (01/30/15) [9:54]
TYT | Kissinger Gets Code Pinked & Wait Till You See How McCain Reacts (01/29/15) [6:31]
TYT | More Fur Flies In Sarah Palin, Bill O'Reilly War - Meow! (01/29/15) [3:05]
TYT | Comcast Renames Disgruntled Customer "Asshole Brown" (01/29/15) [5:53]
Ring of Fire | U.S. Ambassador to Israel Pushes Hard For War with Iran (01/30/15) [3:58]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
Thom Hartmann | How the Oiligarchy Devastated Iraq & Afghanistan (01/29/15) [3:44]
Thom Hartmann | What's Wrong with the GOP Plot to Return to the Roaring 20s? (01/29/15) [7:19]

01.30.2015. 11:09

Thursday January 29, 2015
News Articles

White House Drops The Hammer
NYTimes | Julie Hirschfeld Davis | 01/28/15/span>

The Obama administration, after days of mounting tension, signaled on Wednesday how angry it is with Israel that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accepted Republican leaders' invitation to address Congress on Iran without consulting the White House.

The outrage the episode has incited within President Obama's inner circle became clear in unusually sharp criticism by a senior administration official who said that the Israeli ambassador, Ron Dermer, who helped orchestrate the invitation, had repeatedly placed Mr. Netanyahu's political fortunes above the relationship between Israel and the United States. ... Read more

Who Doubts Yellen's Policies? Summers for One
Bloomberg | Rich Miller | 01/29/15

Janet Yellen is betting she has the formula for fending off deflationary forces. Investors and some of her fellow economists aren't so sure.

The Fed chair says history and theory suggest wages will pick up as the job market tightens, and prices will rise in line with the Federal Reserve's 2 percent target. Former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers argues policy makers can't count on this, while Richard Clarida of Columbia University in New York says it hasn't happened in the last few economic expansions. ... Read more

Bill Gross Slams Broken Capitalism: "Policymakers Must Promote A Future Which Offers Hope As Opposed To Despair"
ZeroHedge | author | 01/29/15

... It appears however, that since 2008 the rules of the finance-based economy have been substantially changed. Perhaps Parker Brothers will have to come with a new version of Monopoly which incorporates the modern day methodology of central banks using Quantitative Easing and the outright purchase and occasional guarantee of private securities and public stocks to keep the game going. It's as if Monopoly's bank, which has a limited amount of 1, 5, 10 ... dollar bills in each game box had "virtually" added trillions of dollars more in order to keep players solvent, in the hopes that some of it would trickle out to the real economy. With interest rates near zero and banks and other financial intermediaries sitting on trillions of Dollars, Euros, and Yen, why wouldn't they lend it out to the private economy in hopes that they could obtain a higher return on their money? Sounds commonsensical, doesn't it? Not in reality. ... Read more

All Major US Equity Indices Are In The Red Post-QE3
ZeroHedge | author | 01/29/15

It appears the Central Bank control is failing... Read more
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Iowa Freedom Summit
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), Governor Scott Walker (R-WI), Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ), Governor Rick Perry (R-TX), former Governor Mike Huckabee (R-AR), Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), and others spoke at the 2015 Iowa Freedom Summit. The summit took place on January 24 at Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines, Iowa.
Iowa Freedom Summit (01/24/15) [9:18:52] (Note: use the Progressbar to scroll between speeches)
Chris Hayes MSNBC | All-In
MSNBC Chris Hayes | John Boehner & Netanyahu's favor to Obama / Israel (01/29/15) [13:17]
MSNBC Chris Hayes | The far left rises in Greece / Syriza party, Economy (01/29/15) [7:29]
MSNBC Chris Hayes | Loretta Lynch is unflappable at Senate hearing / Democrats (01/29/15) [6:46]
MSNBC Chris Hayes | Using tax credits to solve college affordability / Taxes, Education (01/29/15) [5:45]
MSNBC Chris Hayes | 'Red State Slam Poetry' / Sarah Palin, Iowa, Republicans (01/29/15) [3:28]
Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart | The Koch brothers bring campaign financing to the next level when they pledge close to $1 billion to Republican causes in the 2016 presidential election. (01/28/15) [8:04]
John Oliver
HBO | John Oliver: Fifty Shades #NotMyChristian Apology (01/25/15) [4:05]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, January 29 [13:11]
DN | Robert Redford on Climate Deniers, Stopping Keystone XL, Keeping Oil in the Ground (01/29/15) [8:03]
60 Minutes
*60 Minutes | Falling apart: America's neglected infrastructure: why our roads, bridges, airports and rail are outdated and need to be fixed. (11/23/14) [14:07]
*60 Minutes | Depleting the water: Disturbing new evidence that our planet's groundwater is being pumped out much faster than it can be replenished. (11/16/14) [13:55]
*TRNN | Marine ecologist Douglas McCauley argues that President Obama's move to expand offshore drilling is a part of a worrisome trend threatening the health of the oceans and raising the specter of mass extinction (01/29/15) [9:35]
TRNN | Serhiy Kudelia of Baylor University: Death Toll in Ukraine Over 5000 as the Ceasefire Breaks Down (01/29/15) [11:51]
TYT | War Against ISIS Bill Proposed - Disaster Or The Right Move? (01/28/15) [9:23]
*TYT | Michelle Obama Wears Outrageous Western Outfit At Saudi King's Funeral (01/28/15) [4:50]
*TYT | 'Are You Eric Holder?' | 'What's Up With Polygamy?' - AG Nominee Faces WEIRD Questions (01/28/15) [9:56]
TYT | Sarah Palin Teleprompts Herself Into A Reality War With Fox News (01/28/15) [10:36]
TYT | Howard Dean Puts His Tail Between His Legs Over American Sniper Comments (01/28/15) [5:59]
RT | Keiser report: Open Sources & Open Cesspools (E712) (01/29/15) [25:41]
In the second half, (move Progressbar to 12minutes, i.e. half way) Max interviews big bank whistleblower and bitcoin entrepreneur, Jose Rodriguez, about cryptocurrency in Mexico.
Ring of Fire | Breaking News on Billionaire Epstein Child Sex Scandal (01/22/15) [6:23]
Ring of Fire | The Plot Thickens in the Dershowitz-Epstein Story (01/23/15) [9:44]
The Jeffrey Epstein / Alan Dershowitz child sex scandal has mainly fallen through the cracks of mainstream media's attention, but the story has the potential to become the Bill Cosby scandal on steroids. America's Lawyer, Mike Papantonio, discusses the case with Thom Hartmann.
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
Thom Hartmann | Why Is DC Suddenly So Wealthy? (01/28/15) [2:59]
Other Videos and Documentaries I Ran Across
Note: I don't endorse any of the videos in this section.
As I construct My News Pages I constantly run across a lot of NEW videos, and since I find YouTube frustrating trying to re-find videos, I save the links in this section so I can find them again.
The Dirty Secrets of George Bush (1988) [53:53]
A number of allegations have been written about and several local, state, and federal investigations have taken place related to the notion of the Mena Intermountain Municipal Airport as a CIA drop point in large scale cocaine trafficking beginning in the latter part of the 1980s. The topic has received some press coverage that has included allegations of awareness, participation and/or coverup involvement of figures such as future presidents Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush, and George W. Bush, as well future Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Saline County prosecutor Dan Harmon (who was convicted of numerous felonies including drug and racketeering charges in 1997). The Mena airport was also associated with Adler Berriman (Barry) Seal, an American drug smuggler and aircraft pilot who flew covert flights for the CIA and the Medellín Cartel.

A criminal investigator from the Arkansas State Police, Russell Welch, who was assigned to investigate Mena airport claimed that he opened a letter which released electrostatically charged Anthrax spores in his face, and that he had his life saved after a prompt diagnosis by a doctor. He also claimed that later, his doctor's office was vandalized, robbed, and test results and correspondence with the CDC in Atlanta were stolen,

An investigation by the CIA's inspector general concluded that the CIA had no involvement in or knowledge of any illegal activities that may have occurred in Mena. The report said that the agency had conducted a training exercise at the airport in partnership with another Federal agency and that companies located at the airport had performed "routine aviation-related services on equipment owned by the CIA".

01.29.2015. 12:50

Wednesday January 28, 2015
News Articles

Syria's President Speaks | A Conversation With Bashar al-Assad
magazine | author | date

The civil war in Syria will soon enter its fifth year, with no end in sight. On January 20, Foreign Affairs managing editor Jonathan Tepperman met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus to discuss the conflict in an exclusive interview.

I would like to start by asking you about the war. It has now been going on for almost four years, and you know the statistics: more than 200,000 people have been killed, a million wounded, and more than three million Syrians have fled the country, according to the UN. Your forces have also suffered heavy casualties. The war cannot go on forever. How do you see the war ending? All wars anywhere in the world have ended with a political solution, because war itself is not the solution; war is one of the instruments of politics. ... Read more

Greek Stocks Crash, Bonds Plummet, Banks Have Worst Day Ever
ZeoHedge | author | 01/28/15

In the two days after Syriza's dramatic victory in the local Greek election, global investors assumed this loud cry against European policies would mean... more of the same, and as a result not much changed in the risk assessment of Greek assets. Then, overnight, following the previous report that not only does Syriza mean business but it is actively pivoting away from Europe (and toward Russia?), and everyone started paying attention, with a waterfall of selling engulfing not only the Greek stock market but also its bonds, which are crashing in the process sending the 3 Year yield to 16.4%, the highest since the restructuring, and the 10 Year either below or above 10%, depending on which data source is used ... Read more

The Kochs put a price on 2016: $889 million
Politico | Kenneth Vogel | 01/26/15

The Koch brothers' operation intends to spend $889 million in the run-up to the 2016 elections -- a historic sum that in many ways would mark Charles and David Koch and their fellow conservative megadonors as more powerful than the official Republican Party. ... Read more
The Kochs put a price on 2016: $889 million (current) [3:13]

The Netanyahu Disaster
TheAtlantic | Jeffrey Goldberg | 01/27/15

Benjamin Netanyahu believes he has just one job, and that is to stop Iran from getting hold of nuclear weapons. He might argue that this description of his mission as Israel's prime minister is too limiting, though such an argument would not be particularly credible. Israel's very existence, he has argued, consistently, and at times convincingly, is predicated on stopping Iran, a country ruled by a regime that seeks both Israel's annihilation and the means to carry it out.

Netanyahu's options are limited. A country possessing scientific knowledge, material resources, and the will to cross the nuclear threshold is very difficult to stop. One way for Netanyahu to stop Iran, or to slow down its progress toward a bomb, would be to launch a preventative attack on its nuclear facilities. He has threatened to do so (credibly, according to officials of the Obama administration) but he has not yet done it, perhaps because American warnings against such a strike have been dire; perhaps because he understands that such an attack might not work; or perhaps because he is by nature cautious, despite his rhetoric. ... Read more

Trans Pacific Partnership - TPP
WikiLeaks Leaks Controversial Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership [4:54]
What is the Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership? [4:08]
"A Corporate Trojan Horse": Obama Pushes Secretive TPP Trade Pact, Would Rewrite Swath of U.S. Laws [12:20]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, January 28 [8:57]
DN | "The Hunting Ground": Film Exposes How Colleges Cover Up Sexual Assault and Fail to Protect Students (01/28/15) [14:06]
*DN | Protesters Interrupt U.S. Trade Rep at TPP Hearing (01/28/15) [2:01]
DN | As 18 Die on Anniversary of Revolution, Egypt Intensifies Crackdown on Activists, Journalists (01/28/15) [10:58]
60 Minutes
*60 Minutes | House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sit down for their first joint interview since the new Republican majority Congress convened. (01/25/15) [13:37]
60 Minutes | An interview with the chief of the embattled Cleveland PD and some of its officers for a story on the hot-button issue of policing in America. (01/25/15) [14:09]
PBS Frontline
*PBS Frontline | Putin's Way (01/13/15) [54:10]
PBS Frontline | Gunned Down: the politics and power of the NRA. (01/06/15) [54:10]
TRNN | Dimitri Lascaris: New Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras Sworn In to Office (01/28/15) [12:29]
*TRNN | Leo Panitch says: Marxist Economists, Academics and Philosophers Sworn In to the Greek Cabinet (01/28/15) [13:00]
Auschwitz 70th Anniversary: Survivors who were 'freed but never free' (01/27/15) [3:59]
*TYT | Koch Bros To Spend Nearly A Billion Buying The 2016 Elections (01/27/15) [9:03]
*TYT | Billionaire Teets Sucked By Power-Thirsty Media At Lavish Weekend Retreat (01/27/15) [13:48]
*TYT | Gay Alabama Rep. Threatens To Expose Hypocritical Cheating Colleagues (01/27/15) [7:16]
TYT | Leftist Masterminds Behind East Coast Blizzard Says Rightist Mastermind (01/27/15) [10:08]
RT | Keiser report: If It Bleeds, It Leads (E711) (01/27/15) [25:40]
RingOfFire | Don't Let Corporate America Steal Your Pension (01/27/15) [10:38]
Fewer and fewer US citizens are able to retire with dignity today, and instead find themselves having to work menial jobs just to be able to stay alive. And if Wall Street gets its way, the situation for America's seniors is about to become much, much worse. David TeSelle talk about the latest Wall Street scheme to steal your pension money.
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
Thom Hartmann | What Happens When The Kochs Hold Their Own Primaries? (01/27/15) [9:14]
Jon Stewert
Jon Stewart | Cable TV's Freakout Over the Snowpocalypse That Wasn't (01/27/15) [10:34]

01.28.2015. 13:00

Tuesday January 27, 2015
News Articles

East Coast Snow Storm Shuts Down New York City, Snarls Travel Plans
AP & HP | author | 01/27/15

A storm packing blizzard conditions spun up the East Coast early Tuesday, pounding coastal eastern Long Island into Maine with high winds and heavy snow, but it failed to live up to the hype in big cities like Philadelphia and New York, which canceled its travel ban amid better-than-expected weather conditions.

Massachusetts was pounded by snow and lashed by strong winds early Tuesday as bands of heavy snow left some towns including Sandwich on Cape Cod and Oxford in central Massachusetts reporting more than 18 inches of snow. Total accumulation was expected to reach or exceed two feet in most of Massachusetts, potentially making it one of the top snowstorms of all time. ... Read more
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The richest 80 people on Earth are now as wealthy as the world's 3.5 billion poorest people (1/2 the world's population).

Greece's New FinMin Explains "This Is What Happens When You Humiliate A Nation & Give It No Hope"
ZeroHedge | author | 01/27/15

"This is not blackmail," explains new Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, "we simply want to end this seemingly never-ending Greek Crisis." In what must be worryingly calm and simple to comprehend words for Brussels, Varoufakis tells CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, "this is what happens when you humilate a nation and don't give it any hope." Carefully noting that membership in the Euro is not imperative, Varoufakis concludes "bankruptcy cannot be dealt with by borrowing more," asking rhetorically, "how can I look the German and Finnish taxpayer in the eye and tell them you know I can't really pay you the money I have already borrowed from you..." but lend me more so I can pay back the ECB? ... Read more

Greece At The Crossroads: The Oligarchs Blew It
ZeroHedge | author | 01/27/15

A great many narratives invoking Greece are being tossed around, but only one really encapsulates the unvarnished truth: the Oligarchs blew it. The oligarchs in both Greece and the European Union/ECB had the opportunity a few years ago to trade some of their outsized wealth and political power for stability and sustainable expansion.

Instead, they chose to not just cling to every shred of their outsized wealth and power but to actively increase it. Their greed and hubris has now put their entire system of parasitic wealth extraction at risk of collapse. Their political stranglehold on power has been weakened, and there's no going back: they blew it, and now it's too late. The debt-serfs have finally had enough. ... Read more

In the run-up to the 2016 elections, the Koch brothers plan for their political network to spend $889 million. Politico's Kenneth Vogel calls it "a historic sum that in many ways would mark Charles and David Koch and their fellow conservative megadonors as more powerful than the official Republican Party."
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, January 27 [14:42]
DN | Selma Director Ava DuVernay on Hollywood's Lack of Diversity, Oscar Snub and #OscarsSoWhite Hashtag (01/27/15) [8:26], Part 2 [3:40], Part 3 [12:02]
*DN | On 5th Anniversary of Citizens United, GOP Taps Koch Brothers-Backed Senator to Give SOTU Response (recent) [7:45]
*TRNN | Toby Jones says King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia built an oppressive regime that violated human rights and cozied up to terrorism (01/27/15) [7:25]
TRNN | Investigative journalist Marcy Wheeler says Sterling faces decades in prison for leaking details of a botched CIA operation against Iran's nuclear program (01/27/15) [10:20]
*TYT | Rich Got Richer Under Obama & The GOP Won't Let You Forget It (01/26/15) [7:56]
*TYT | Sarah Palin Out-Palins Herself In Weird, Wild, 'Tragic' Speech (01/26/15) [10:03]
*TYT | American Sniper Chris Kyle Was Full Of Lies, Just Like The Movie (01/26/15) [14:17]
TYT | Snipers Like Chris Kyle Saved The Planet Says Raging Fox Host (01/26/15) [3:12]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
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.

01.27.2015. 13:49

Monday January 26, 2015
News Articles

Brace Yourselves 2 to 3 Feet
HP | Verena Dobnik | date

Officials cautioned Northeast residents to not be misled by a relatively smooth Monday morning commute, and pressed their cautions to prepare for a "crippling and potentially historic" storm that could bury communities from northern New Jersey to southern Maine in up to 2 feet of snow starting later in the day.

The National Weather Service said the nor'easter would bring heavy snow, powerful winds and widespread coastal flooding through Tuesday. A blizzard warning was issued for a 250-mile stretch of the Northeast, including New York and Boston. ... Read more and here
"We are facing, most likely, one of the largest snowstorms in the history of this city," Mayor de Blasio told reporters Sunday.(01/25/15) [1:00] (Note: slow to load)

How Is 'Citizens United' Ruining Democracy and How Can We Stop It?
BillMoyers | Katie Rose Quandt | 01/22/15

The Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United v. FEC decision changed our political landscape, allowing outside spending groups (and their often undisclosed donors) more influence than ever before. How bad is it?

  1. Spending is totally out of control
  2. A bunch of (undisclosed) millionaires can swing elections - In fact, 60 percent of super PAC money spent on all federal elections since 2010 -- $600 million of $1 billion -- came from just 195 individuals and their spouses.
  3. Independent? No way. Almost half are not
  4. Donor-related conflicts of interest are not unique to congress members -- They're increasingly common among judges as well
  5. Special interest groups and the American public want very different things
  6. Big donations mean more power for rich whites
  7. Outside spending keeps qualified -- but unconnected -- candidates out of office
  8. Clean elections can work
Read more

Which Cut of Meat Is Least Likely to Make You Sick?
MotherJones | Kiera Butler |01/26/15

Every time you eat, you're rolling the germ dice. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 6 Americans contracts a foodborne illness annually; 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die. Pathogens from meat kill more people than those from any other food group. A CDC study found that between 1998 and 2008, contaminated meat was responsible for 29 percent of all deaths from foodborne illness (23 percent of deaths were from produce, 15 percent from dairy and eggs, and 6.4 percent from fish and shellfish).

Most carnivores don't let the risk of sickness stop them from eating meat--and a lot of it. The average American eats nearly 271 pounds of meat a year. ... Read more

60 Minutes - Syria and ISIS
*60 Minutes | Inside Syria Homs: video from inside the besieged city of Homs offer a rare and disturbing window into the cruel realities of the Syrian civil war. (12/13/14) [13:27]
60 Minutes | War and hunger in Syria: The men and women of the World Food Programme who are risking their lives to save Syrians from starvation. (11/30/14) [13:51]
60 Minutes | Campaigning for ISIS in the West: Islamic radicals in London about accusations they recruit British citizens for battlefields in Syria and Iraq. (11/02/14) [14:01]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, January 26 [13:50]
DN | Anti-Austerity Syriza Party Sweeps to Power in Greece (01/26/15) [2:36]
DN | Black Lives Matter: New Film on Jordan Davis Captures Family's Struggle to Convict White Vigilante (01/26/15) [3:21]
PBS Frontline
*PBS Frontline | The Rise of ISIS: Correspondent Martin Smith, who made "Truth, War & Consequences," "Beyond Baghdad," "Private Warriors" and "Gangs of Iraq, investigates the miscalculations and mistakes behind the brutal rise of ISIS. (10/28/14) [53:41]
PBS Frontline | Firestone and the Warlord: based on the inside accounts of Americans who ran the company's Liberia rubber plantation. (11/18/14) [1:23:40]
*TRNN | American Sniper: Honoring a Fallen Hero or Whitewashing a Murderous Occupation? (01/26/15) [12:58]
Journalist Max Blumenthal says the film American Sniper promotes lies falsehoods about Navy SEAL Chris Kyle along with the US invasion and occupation of Iraq.
*TRNN | McCain Calls 'Cold Warriors' to School Senate on National Security (01/26/15) [7:25]
*TRNN | John Boehner, & GOP Leadership's Invitation to Netanyahu a Provocation Aimed at War with Iran (01/26/15) [11:35]
Madawi al-Rasheed: Saudi Arabia and the al-Qaeda Monster (recent) [10:53]
TYT | Should We Tape The Supreme Court? (01/25/15) [4:34]
TYT | Mitt Romney Vs. Jeb Bush. Who Will Be On The Republican Ticket In 2016? (01/25/15) [8:12]
TYT | Justice For Sale? Supreme Court Ruling Coming Soon (01/25/15) [5:45]
TYT | NY Times: The Sky Is Blue, And Torture Didn't Work (01/25/15) [2:44]
*RT | CrossTalk: Wealth Abyss (01/26/15) [24:29]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
The Last 100 Years of Middle Eastern & Muslim History
I use to to believe the old Christian story about Abraham and Sarah, and how Abraham had an offspring with Sarah's handmaiden, and that is why we have all this trouble/chaos in the Middle East. It hasn't been until recently that Americans knew what the religion Islam is and the followers, Muslems are. It hasn't been until recently that Americans knew that there are two main denomination in the Muslim's faith, Sunni and Shia and they sometimes don't get along (i.e. Protestants and Catholics in Ireland). It hasn't been until recently that Americans realized that there are a lot of people in this world that are Muslims, and all Muslims aren't Arab.

I have always been amazed that the modern Middle East history is only about 80 years old! Please take a moment and read some of the history below. I tried to be short and concise, but there are a lot of references back to Wikipedia.
Ottoman Empire (Muslim lands), Ottoman Caliphate
Wikipedia website

Ottoman Empire - Caliphate (1453 - 1918)
The Ottoman Caliphate, under the Ottoman dynasty of the Ottoman Empire, was the last Sunni Islamic caliphate of the late medieval and the early modern era. During the period of Ottoman growth, Ottoman rulers claimed caliphal authority since Mehmed II's conquest of Constantinople in 1453. His grandson Selim I, through conquering and unification of Muslim lands, became the defender of the Holy Cities of Mecca and Medina which further strengthened the Ottoman claim to caliphate in the Muslim world. The demise of the Ottoman Caliphate took place in part because of a slow erosion of power in relation to Europe and because of the end of the state in consequence of partitioning of the Ottoman Empire.
Ottoman Empire - Middle Eastern theatre of World War I (10/29/1914 and 10/30/1918)
The Middle Eastern theatre of World War I saw action between 29 October 1914 and 30 October 1918. The combatants were on the one hand, the Ottoman Empire (including Kurds, Persians and some Arab tribes), with some assistance from the other Central Powers, and on the other hand, the British (with the help of Jews and the majority of the Arabs), the Russians (with the aid of the Armenians and some Assyrian tribes) and the French from the Allies of World War I. There were five main campaigns: the Sinai and Palestine Campaign, the Mesopotamian Campaign, the Caucasus Campaign, the Persian Campaign, and the Gallipoli Campaign. There were also several minor campaigns: the North African Campaign, Arab Campaign, and South Arabia Campaign.
Partitioning of the Ottoman Empire (10/30/1918 - 11/01/1922)
Partitioning of the Ottoman Empire (1918 - 1922) was a political event that occurred after World War I. The huge conglomeration of territories and peoples that formerly comprised the Ottoman Empire was divided into several new states. The partitioning brought the creation of the modern Arab world and the Republic of Turkey. The League of Nations granted France mandates over Syria and Lebanon and granted the United Kingdom mandates over Mesopotamia (later Iraq,) and Palestine, (later divided into Palestine and Transjordan). The Ottoman Empire's possessions on the Arabian Peninsula became the Kingdom of Hejaz and the Sultanate of Nejd (today Saudi Arabia), the Mutawakkilite Kingdom of Yemen, and the Arab States of the Persian Gulf.

After the occupation of Constantinople by British and French troops in November 1918, the Ottoman government collapsed completely and signed the Treaty of Sèvres in 1920. However, the Turkish War of Independence forced the former Allies to return to the negotiating table before the treaty could be ratified. The Allies and the Grand National Assembly of Turkey signed and ratified the new Treaty of Lausanne in 1923, superseding the Treaty of Sèvres and solidifying most of the territorial issues. One unresolved issue, the dispute between the Kingdom of Iraq and the Republic of Turkey over the former province of Mosul was later negotiated under the League of Nations in 1926. The British and French partitioned the eastern part of the Middle East (also called "Greater Syria") between them with the Sykes--Picot Agreement. Other secret agreements were concluded with Italy and Russia (see map). The Balfour Declaration encouraged the international Zionist movement to push for a Jewish homeland in Palestine. The Tsarist regime had also had wartime agreements with the Triple Entente on the partitioning of the Ottoman Empire but after the Russian Revolutions, Russia did not participate in the actual partitioning. The Treaty of Sèvres formally acknowledged the new League of Nations mandates in the region, the independence of Yemen, and British sovereignty over Cyprus.


The Ottoman Empire had been the leading Islamic state in geopolitical, cultural and ideological terms. The partitioning of the Ottoman Empire led to the rise in the "Middle East" of Western powers, such as Britain and France. Resistance to the influence of these powers came from the Turkish national movement and became more widespread in the post-Ottoman states after World War II.
Map of the "current/Modern" Arab world - Arab State - Arab League (1945 - current)
The Arab League was formed in 1945 to represent the interests of the Arabs, and especially to pursue the political unification of the Arab world, a project known as Pan-Arabism. There were some short-lived attempts at such unification in the mid-20th century, notably the United Arab Republic of 1958 to 1961. The Arab League's main goal is to unify politically the Arab populations so defined. Its permanent headquarters are located in Cairo. However, it was moved temporarily to Tunis during the 1980s, after Egypt was expelled for signing the Camp David Accords (1978).
Islam in the Ottoman Empire
Islam was the official religion of the Ottoman Empire and became more important after two seminal events: the conquest of Constantinople and the conquest of Arab regions of the Middle East. The highest position in Islam, caliphate, was claimed by the sultan, after the defeat of the Mamluks which was established as Ottoman Caliphate. The Sultan was to be a devout Muslim and was given the literal authority of the Caliph. Additionally, Sunni clerics had tremendous influence over government and their authority was central to the regulation of the economy.
Islam
Islam is a monotheistic and Abrahamic religion articulated by the Qur'an, an Islamic holy book considered by its adherents to be the verbatim word of God (Allah), and for the vast majority of adherents, also by the teachings, normative example and way of life (or sunnah); it also is composed of prophetic traditions (or hadith) of Muhammad (c. 570--8 June 632 CE), considered by most of them to be the last prophet of God. An adherent of Islam is called a Muslim (or Moslem)

Muslims believe that God is one and incomparable and that the purpose of existence is to worship God. Muslims also believe that Islam is the complete and universal version of a primordial faith that was revealed many times before through prophets including Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and Jesus. They maintain that the previous messages and revelations have been partially misinterpreted or altered over time, but consider the Arabic Qur'an to be both the unaltered and the final revelation of God. Religious concepts and practices include the five pillars of Islam, which are basic concepts and obligatory acts of worship, and following Islamic law, which touches on virtually every aspect of life and society, providing guidance on multifarious topics from banking and welfare, to family life and the environment.

Most Muslims are of two denominations: Sunni (75--90%) or Shia (10--20%). About 13% of Muslims live in Indonesia, the largest Muslim-majority country, 25% in South Asia, 20% in the Middle East, and 15% in Sub-Saharan Africa. The country with the highest proportion of self-described Muslims as a proportion of its total population is Morocco. Sizable minorities are also found in Europe, China, Russia, and the Americas. Converts and immigrant communities are found in almost every part of the world (see Islam by country). With about 1.6 billion followers or 23% of world population, Islam is the second-largest religion and one of the fastest-growing major religions in the world.

Five Pillars of Islam that make up Muslim life, prayer, concern for the needy, self purification and the pilgrimage. They are:
  1. Shahadah: declaring there is no god except God, and Muhammad is God's Messenger
  2. Salat: ritual prayer five times a day
  3. Zakat: giving 2.5% of one's savings to the poor and needy
  4. Sawm: fasting and self-control during the holy month of Ramadan
  5. Hajj: pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in a lifetime if one is able
Muslim
A Muslim, sometimes spelled Moslem, relates to a person who follows the religion of Islam, a monotheistic Abrahamic religion based on the Quran. Muslims consider the Quran to be the verbatim word of God as revealed to the Islamic prophet Muhammad. They also follow the teachings and practices of Muhammad as recorded in traditional accounts called hadith. "Muslim" is an Arabic word meaning "one who submits (to God (Allah))".
Sunni
Sunni Islam is the largest branch of Islam; its adherents are referred to in Arabic as ahl as-sunnah wa l-jama'ah, "people of the tradition of Muhammad and the consensus of the Ummah" or ahl as-sunnah for short. In English, its theological study or doctrine is called Sunnism, while adherents are known as Sunni Muslims, Sunnis, and Sunnites. Sunni Islam is the world's second largest religious body (after Christianity) and the largest religious denomination for any religion in the world. Sunni Islam is sometimes referred to as the orthodox version of the religion. The word "Sunni" is believed to come from the term Sunnah, which refers to the sayings and actions of the Islamic prophet Muhammad as recorded in hadiths.

After the death of Muhammad, Muslims who accepted Abu Bakr as the first Caliph became known as Ahl al-Sunnah wa al-Jama'ah or "the people of tradition and unification" in order to differentiate them from the Shia, who rejected Abu Bakr's authority in favor of Ali, whom Sunnis accepted as the fourth Caliph rather than the first.
Shia
The Shia, or the Shiites, represent the second largest denomination of Islam. Adherents of Shia Islam are called Shias or the Shi'a as a collective or Shi'i individually. Shi'a is the short form of the historic phrase Shi?atu 'Ali meaning "followers", "faction" or "party" of Muhammad's son-in-law and cousin Ali, whom the Shia believe to be Muhammad's successor in the Caliphate. Twelver Shia (Ithna'ashariyyah) is the largest branch of Shia Islam, and the term Shia Muslim is often taken to refer to Twelvers by default. As of 2009 Shia Muslims constituted 10-13% of the world's Muslim population and 39% of the Middle East's entire population.

Shia consider Ali to have been divinely appointed as the successor to Muhammad, and as the first Imam. Shia Muslims believe that just as a prophet is appointed by God alone, only God has the prerogative to appoint the successor to his prophet. They believe God chose Ali to be Muhammad's (Sallallahu alaihi wassallam - Peace be upon him) successor, infallible, the first caliph (khalifa, head of state) of Islam. Muhammad, before his death, designated Ali as his successor.




Mapping the Global Muslim Population (pdf)
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