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Thursday October 31, 2013
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Is There a Revolution Coming? Americans Finally Realize Global Capitalism Is a Murderous Sham
AlterNet | Chris Hedges | 10/30/13

Popular revulsion for the ruling elite is nearly universal. Are we going to see an uprising?

"Did you ever ask yourself how it happens that government and capitalism continue to exist in spite of all the evil and trouble they are causing in the world?"

Berkman was right. As long as most citizens believe in the ideas that justify global capitalism, the private and state institutions that serve our corporate masters are unassailable. When these ideas are shattered, the institutions that buttress the ruling class deflate and collapse. The battle of ideas is percolating below the surface. It is a battle the corporate state is steadily losing. An increasing number of Americans are getting it. They know that we have been stripped of political power. They recognize that we have been shorn of our most basic and cherished civil liberties, and live under the gaze of the most intrusive security and surveillance apparatus in human history. ... Read more

Report: NSA Is Intercepting Traffic From Yahoo, Google Data Centers
Wired Magazine | Kim Zetter | 10/30/13

Not satisfied with the bulk data it collects through court orders from internet giants Google and Yahoo, the National Security Agency reportedly vacuumed up traffic from communication links between the companies' data centers, according to documents leaked by Edward Snowden.

The taps of the data links allow the spy agency to collect data on millions of users, including Americans, without cooperation from the two companies and without oversight from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, according to the Washington Post, which broke the story. An NSA slide obtained by the Post even shows where the NSA has presumably exploited a weakness in Google's encryption to siphon the data.

The NSA project, codenamed MUSCULAR, is operated jointly with the UK spy agency GCHQ. Both agencies copy entire data flows that pass through fiber-optic cables linking one Google data center to another. It does the same with Yahoo, at times sucking down so much information that analysts complained about the quantity. ... Read more

The Lies That Will Kill America
AlterNet | Bill Moyers | 10/25/13

Ideology and self-interest trump the facts or even caring about the facts, whether it's banking, Obamacare or global warming.

Here in Manhattan the other day, you couldn't miss it -- the big bold headline across the front page of the tabloid New York Post, screaming one of those sick, slick lies that are a trademark of Rupert Murdoch's right-wing media empire. There was Uncle Sam, brandishing a revolver and wearing a burglar's mask. "UNCLE SCAM," the headline shouted. "US robs bank of $13 billion."

Say what? Pure whitewash, and Murdoch's minions know it. That $13 billion dollars is the settlement JPMorgan Chase, the country's biggest bank, is negotiating with the government to settle its own rip-off of American homeowners and investors -- those shady practices that five years ago helped trigger the financial meltdown, including manipulating mortgages and sending millions of Americans into bankruptcy or foreclosure. ... Read more

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Nobody Should Shed a Tear for JP Morgan Chase
RollingStone | Matt Taibbi |10/25/13

The general consensus from most observers in the finance sector is that this superficially high-dollar settlement -- worth about half a year's profits for Chase -- is an unconscionable Marxist appropriation. It's been called a "robbery" and a "shakedown," in which red Obama and his evil henchman Eric Holder confiscated cash from a successful bank, as The Wall Street Journal wrote, "for no other reason than because they can and because they want to appease their left-wing populist allies."

So let's not forget that -- that even this $13 billion settlement, which is actually a $9 billion settlement (see below), came very close to never happening. But now it is happening, and the business press is going nuts about how unfair it all is.   In fact, this deal is actually quite a gift to Chase. It sounds like a lot of money, but there are myriad deceptions behind the sensational headline. ... Read more

The Fed's Choice: A Balance Sheet That Is $4.5 Trillion Or $5 Trillion... Or Much More
ZeroHedge | author | 10/31/13

Now that an October taper is out of the question, bored investors, in a world in which fundamentals no longer matter, are looking forward to the next possible FOMC meetings and potential taper announcement dates, with three specific dates sticking out: December/January, which are really one cluster, and June, as possible announcement dates. ... Read more

Dick Cheney is a One-man Zombie Apocalypse
AlterNet | The Guardian | 10/31/13

The former VP has returned from the shadows -- weirdly, to court the Tea Party for daughter Liz's Senate run. Happy Halloween!

... He is a survivor, it's true -- but to turn to Cheney for advice about longevity is like interviewing the lone recovered castaway for tips on sea travel: you can ask him for his recipes but don't look too closely at the bones on the bottom of the boat. Put it another way: Cheney is approximately 1,000 years old and made up of spare parts; he thinks the GOP needs new blood. Be careful, guys, Cheney usually means that literally. ... Read more



DemocracyNow Daily News
*Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, October 31 [13:41]
**DN | "These Drones Attack Us and the Whole World is Silent": New Film Exposes Secret U.S. War (10/31/13) [12:12], Part 2 [15:38], Part 3 [15:41]
UNMANNED: America's Drone Wars
UNMANNED: America's Drone Wars (trailer) [1:18]
*UNMANNED: America's Drone Wars by Robert Greenwald (full) (10/28/13) [1:03:55]
*Dirty Wars by Jeremy Scahill
*Dirty Wars by Jeremy Scahill
Bill Moyers
*Bill Moyers | Saving Democracy is Up to Citizen Activists (10/25/13) [56:46]
It's the largest corporate fine in American history -- $13 billion. That's the amount JPMorgan Chase will reportedly pay to settle civil charges around its alleged manipulation of mortgage securities -- a series of shady business deals that five years ago crippled homeowners and helped trigger the meltdown that threatened the world's economy. And that's just the tip of a REALLY big iceberg. What does the settlement tell us about the corruption of American capitalism?
*Bill Moyers | America's Political Breakdown: Economics commentator Martin Wolf views the debt ceiling as the legislative equivalent of a nuclear bomb the US has aimed at itself (10/18/13) [56:46]
After a 16-day shutdown, there's finally a deal to raise the debt limit and reopen the government. But the can's just been kicked down the road -- another Congressional confrontation over spending cuts, entitlement programs and possible default will take place within a few months. Nonetheless, Martin Wolf, chief economics commentator of the Financial Times, believes that no matter the rhetoric and flamethrowing, the debt ceiling has to be raised because the alternatives are "simply, unimaginably horrible."
Bill Moyers | Citizens United - The Sequel: What's the potential fallout from McCutcheon v. FEC, the campaign finance case currently before the Supreme Court (10/11/13) [56:46]
While much of the government continued in shutdown mode this week, the Supreme Court was back in business starting off its new term with a controversial campaign finance case. This week, the court heard arguments in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, a case that could have a huge impact on the way money influences our democracy.

McCutcheon challenges aggregate caps on how much individual donors can give to candidates and political parties. The current overall cap stands at $123,200 per donor for a two-year election cycle, but McCutcheon could raise that amount to more than $3.5 million.
TRNN News
*TRNN | Robin Hood tax supporters National Nurses United, economist Jeffrey Sachs, and European Parliament VP tell Congress to support "no brainer" tax on Wall Street (10/31/13) [5:27]
TRNN | Michael J. Wilson is the director of Maryland Hunger Solutions: Food Stamp Program Faces Unprecedented Cuts (10/31/13) [5:07]
Diane Rehms Show
Diane Rehm The Moral And Economic Costs Of Slaveryt (10/31/13) [1hr]
Thom Hartmann News
Thom Hartmann | Time For America To Be A Level Playing Field Again (10/30/13) [7:24]
Thom Hartmann | Who Killed Michael Hastings? (10/29/13) [9:14]
Thom Hartmann | Fukushima is 1,000x's worse than we thought! [7:34]
Thom Hartmann | fukushima out of control October 2013 [10:01]
MSNBC Chris Hayes - All In
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10.31.2013. 12:24

Wednesday October 30, 2013
News Articles

The NSA's Secret Spy Hub in Berlin
spiegel.de | Marc Pitzke | 10/xx/13

Jon Stewart knows how to twist the knife. "So you guys are all upset we're spying on you," America's most popular TV satirist told an imaginary European audience. "But I just have one question: Have you met us? Meddling in your affairs for our national self-interest is kind of our thing." ... Read more
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NSA chief says NATO allies shared phone records with the U.S. spy agency
Washington Post | Ellen Nakashima | 10/29/13

The director of the National Security Agency on Tuesday dismissed as "completely false" reports that his agency swept up millions of phone records of European citizens, and he revealed that data collected by NATO allies were shared with the United States.

Gen. Keith Alexander said foreign intelligence services collected phone records in war zones and other areas outside their borders and provided them to the spy agency -- an operation that was misunderstood by French and Spanish newspapers that reported that the NSA was conducting surveillance in their countries. ... Read more

Waste Lands America's forgotten nuclear legacy
WSJ | Jeremy Singer-Vine | 10/30/13/span>

During the build-up to the Cold War, the U.S. government called upon hundreds of factories and research centers to help develop nuclear weapons and other forms of atomic energy. At many sites, this work left behind residual radioactive contamination requiring government cleanups, some of which are still going on. ... Read more
Waste Lands - America's forgotten Nuclear Sites - Zoom

What to Watch for From the Fed
WSJ | Victoria McGrane | 10/29/13

The Federal Reserve concludes its two-day policy meeting Wednesday, and while no policy changes are expected, officials are likely to debate what to do next and when to do it. The official Fed statement, to be released at 2 p.m. EDT, may contain elements that bear close watching: ... Read more

More Video News
*Face the Nation | Bob Woodward talkes about the "secret government." (10/27/13) [2:22]
Piers Morgan | Maher opined about the military industrial complex, American exceptionalism, and how the country is driven by "greed" and "paranoia." (10/30/13) [1:17]
*Ring of Fire | Papantonio: U.S. Chamber Hosts Annual Tort Reform Conference with Intent to Strip Away Rights of American Consumers (10/30/13) [7:05]
Bill Maher Minimum Wage "New Rules" (10/28/13) [4:17]
Sharpton and Michael Moore: Radical Christianity just as bad as Radical Islam (10/28/13) [7:05]
Thom Hartmann on the News: October 30, 2013 [6:54]
Thom Hartmann on the News: October 25, 2013 [6:54]


DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, October 30 [12:52] CalvinCollege | Traces of the Trade - U.S. Slavery in the North (04/07/12) [26:46]
When Katrina Browne was 28 years old and in seminary, she learned that her ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. And, they were not from the South; they had lived in Rhode Island. Katrina wrote to 200 family members, inviting them to explore their family's past. The result: an award-winning documentary, Traces of the Trade, made with co-producer Juanita Brown, who helped plan a journey to Africa for the group and facilitate painful conversations about their discoveries. Karen Saupe hosts.
*DN | Glenn Greenwald: Media Venture Will Empower Adversarial Journalism to Hold the Powerful Accountable (10/29/13) [6:44]
*DN | Glenn Greenwald: U.S. Spying on Allies Shows "Institutional Obsession" With Surveillance (10/28/13) [26:06]
TRNN News
TRNN | Gareth Porter: CIA's Wash Post Leaks Aimed At Silencing Drone Critics (10/30/13) [8:33]
TRNN | Obama's Insider Threat Program Turns "Colleagues Against Each Other" (10/30/13) [12:33]
TRNN | Obama's Insider Threat Program Turns "Colleagues Against Each Other" (10/30/13) [12:33]
TYT News
*TYT | Drone Victims To Congress: Why Did Our Grandma Die? (10/29/13) [11:19]
Drone Strikes 2004-2013 - Click to zoom
TYT | Spying On Allies Opposed By Diane Feinstein, NRA, Many Others (10/29/13) [7:36]
TYT | Naked Capitalism's Yves Smith on Mis-reporting of JPMorgan Chase's $13 Billion Banking Settlement "Screaming Bargain" (10/29/13) [4:32]
Diane Rehms Show
Diane Rehm Questions About HealthCare.gov and the Affordable Care Act (10/30/13) [1hr]
Jon Stewart - Daily Show
MSNBC Chris Hayes - All In
Other Videos and Documentaries I Ran Across
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10.30.2013. 13:38

Tuesday October 29, 2013
News Articles

The NSA's Secret Spy Hub in Berlin
spiegel.de | Spiegel Staff | 10/27/13

Among the politically decisive questions is whether the spying was authorized from the top: from the US president. If the data is accurate, the operation was authorized under former President George W. Bush and his NSA chief, Michael Hayden. But it would have had to be repeatedly approved, including after Obama took office and up to the present time. Is it conceivable that the NSA made the German chancellor a surveillance target without the president's knowledge?

The White House and the US intelligence agencies periodically put together a list of priorities. Listed by country and theme, the result is a matrix of global surveillance: What are the intelligence targets in various countries? How important is this reconnaissance? The list is called the "National Intelligence Priorities Framework" and is "presidentially approved."

One category in this list is "Leadership Intentions," the goals and objectives of a country's political leadership. The intentions of China's leadership are of high interest to the US government. They are marked with a "1" on a scale of 1 to 5. Mexico and Brazil each receive a "3" in this category. ... Read more

The Lies That Will Kill America
AlterNet | Bill Moyers | 10/25/13

Ideology and self-interest trump the facts or even caring about the facts, whether it's banking, Obamacare or global warming.

Here in Manhattan the other day, you couldn't miss it -- the big bold headline across the front page of the tabloid New York Post, screaming one of those sick, slick lies that are a trademark of Rupert Murdoch's right-wing media empire. There was Uncle Sam, brandishing a revolver and wearing a burglar's mask. "UNCLE SCAM," the headline shouted. "US robs bank of $13 billion."

Say what? Pure whitewash, and Murdoch's minions know it. That $13 billion dollars is the settlement JPMorgan Chase, the country's biggest bank, is negotiating with the government to settle its own rip-off of American homeowners and investors -- those shady practices that five years ago helped trigger the financial meltdown, including manipulating mortgages and sending millions of Americans into bankruptcy or foreclosure. ... Read more

Spain summons US ambassador over claim NSA tracked 60m calls a month
TheGuardian | Paul Hamilos | 10/28/13

The Spanish prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, has summoned the US ambassador to explain the latest revelations to emerge from the files leaked by Edward Snowden, which suggest the National Security Agency tracked more than 60m phone calls in Spain in the space of a month. ... Read more

Santelli Stunned As Nobel Winner Fama Explains Fed Unwind "Is No Big Deal"
ZeroHedge | author | 10/29/13

If ever there was a few minutes of television to confirm the deep-seated disconnect between reality and the ivory-tower academics pulling the levers behind the curtain, CNBC's Rick Santelli just exposed it. For once, simple questions were enough to allow none other than Nobel-Prize-winning economist Eugene Fama to show Santelli (who did his best not to explode in incredulity) that the "smartest people in the room" just don't get it (just as they didn't get it in 2007). Santelli was gracious and polite as he asked what the great professor's thoughts were on QE... (and the entire brief clip is worth watching in its entirety) but his conclusion is perhaps the most stunning (and left Santelli almost silent)... when asked the impact of the Fed 'Tapering' or even selling down its $4 trillion in assets, Fama calmly says "it's basically a neutral event... It's No Big Deal!" ... "What the Fed is doing now... is kind of a nothing activity." [4:29]


DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, October 29 [11:21]
*DN | Former Irish President, Climate Justice Advocate Mary Robinson Urges Divestment of Fossil Fuel Firms (10/29/13) [15:25]
DN | 1 Year Later, Superstorm Sandy Strengthens Resolve for Community Solutions in Recovery, Rebuilding (10/29/13) [21:45]
DN | Stranded by Sandy: A Year After Hurricane, 22,000 Households Remain Displaced in New York Region (10/29/13) [8:00]
*Enemy Of The State (1998) (full movie) [2:12:12]
*FOUR HORSEMEN is an independent feature documentary which lifts the lid on how the world really works. [1:38:54]
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TRNN | Kimber Heinz: The Companies Profiting from Police Militarization (10/29/13) [5:59]
TRNN | Max Blumenthal: Ethnic Cleansing and the Israeli "Center", Part 2 (10/29/13) [16:17]
Diane Rehms Show
Diane Rehm Debate Over Prescription Painkiller Regulations (10/29/13) [1hr]
TYT News
TYT | Pro-Surveillance Language Dominates "Liberal" Newspapers (10/28/13) [5:14]
TYT | Fast Food Chains Cost Taxpayers Big (10/28/13) [4:17]
TYT | Spain Joins France, Germany As Targets Of NSA Spying (10/28/13) [6:35]
Jon Stewart - Daily Show
Jon Stewart | Wait Wait... Don't Tell Him! Jessica Williams explains how President Obama can be kept out of the loop regarding spying and health care (10/28/13) [4:28]
Jon Stewart | Site Flub - Monkey Court: Who better to fix the Affordable Care Act web site issues than Congress? (10/28/13) [7:03]
Stephen Colbert
Stephen Cobert | Germany's NSA Outrage: German officials fume over revelations that the NSA listened to Chancellor Merkel's phone conversations (10/28/13) [3:57]
Stephen Cobert | Healthcare.gov's: Stephen laments the loss of the vaguely ethnic smiling woman on the home page of Healthcare.gov (10/28/13) [3:03]
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10.29.2013. 13:37

Monday October 28, 2013
News Articles

Jury Finds Bank of America Liable in Mortgage Case
NYTimes | Landon Thomas | 10/23/13

Bank of America, one of the nation’s largest banks, was found liable on Wednesday of having sold defective mortgages, a jury decision that will be seen as a victory for the government in its aggressive effort to hold banks accountable for their role in the housing crisis.

Moreover, the jury also found a top manager at Bank of America’s Countrywide Financial unit liable, pinning some -- if not all -- of the responsibility for the bad acts on an individual. ... Read more

Meet 3 Master Manipulators of America’s Oligarchy
AlterNet | author | date

Financiers Stanley Druckenmiller, Pete Peterson and John Arnold form a trifecta of treachery.

Ideas are costly, especially bogus ones. And a growing class of billionaires is more than willing to pay.  Whether they’re ginning up deficit hysteria to cut Social Security or blaming teachers and firefighters for state budget crises, these 1 percenters pose as defenders of your interests while arranging things so that they can plunder America and leave hard-working people with scraps. They fully understand mechanisms of manipulating public opinion, and they can pay off pundits and politicians to subscribe to whatever ideas best justify their greed and abuse.

It’s not enough that we now have the widest divide between rich and poor in living memory. These men are determined to crack open that gulf even wider. ...

  1. Stanley Druckenmiller. His stash: $2.9 billion, made from hedge funds. His con: Turn young people against seniors by scapegoating Social Security and Medicare.
  2. Peter G. Peterson. His stash: $1.5 billion, made from private equity. His con: Stoke deficit hysteria in order to shrink the government and let the wild horses of capitalism trample the masses.
  3. John Arnold. His stash: $2.8 billion, courtesy of Enron. His con: Enrich Wall Street by blaming state budget crises on teachers, firefighters and other public workers.
Read more

U.S. charges Briton with hacking into military, other networks
Reuters | author | 10/28/13

U.S. authorities have charged a hacker in England with breaching thousands of computer systems, including U.S. military networks, to steal massive amounts of confidential data.

Lauri Love, 28, was charged with one count of accessing a U.S. department or agency computer without permission, and one count of conspiracy, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman in New Jersey said.

U.S. prosecutors said that between October 2012 and October 2013, Love and co-conspirators placed hidden "shells" or "back doors" within the hacked networks, allowing them to return later to steal data. ... Read more

Worst Storm of Decade Hits London Commute, Severs Power
Bloomberg | Kari Lundgren | 10/28/13

Millions of U.K. commuters were told to stay at home and more than 220,000 properties lost power as southern England’s worst storm since 2008 blocked rail tracks, severed electricity cables and closed a nuclear power plant.

Winds peaked at 99 miles per hour at 6 a.m. today on the Isle of Wight, according to the Met Office, which issued amber weather warnings, the second-highest level, for regions spanning Wales to the North Sea. London’s Heathrow airport scrapped 130 flights and the Environment Agency posted 190 flood alerts. ... Read more

DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, October 28 [10:51]
DN | Glenn Greenwald: U.S. Spying on Allies Shows "Institutional Obsession" With Surveillance (10/28/13) [26:06]
DN | "Stop Watching Us": As Diplomatic Fallout Grows, Thousands Protest NSA Surveillance in D.C. (10/28/13) [8:23]
DN | While Defenders Cry Foul, JPMorgan Chase's $13 Billion Banking Settlement a "Screaming Bargain" (10/28/13) [4:32]
TRNN News
Diane Rehms Show
Diane Rehm Challenges For Saudi Arabia At Home And Abroad (10/28/13) [1hr]
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MSNBC Chris Hayes - All In News
Jon Stewart - Daily News
Jon Stewart | Everybody Hates U.S. - Pakistan criticizes the United States' drone program, and France and Germany take issue with America's global surveillance apparatus (10/24/13) [6:14]

Abandoned Dog Named Shrek Gets A Fairytale Ending
HP | author | 1028/13

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10.28.2013. 09:15

Friday October 25, 2013
News Articles

GOP Precinct Captain Gives Shockingly Racist 'Daily Show' Interview About Voter ID Laws
HP | Ross Luippold | 10/25/13

If you're being interviewed on camera by a national TV show, it's probably a good idea to keep your racist thoughts inside.   Especially if that show is "The Daily Show." And especially if you're a Republican spokesman in North Carolina talking about your state's voter ID laws.

Aasif Mandvi sat down with Don Yelton, a North Carolinian precinct captain who apparently missed the "don't be racist" memo. In the interview, he copped to loving portrayals of President Obama as a witch doctor, claimed that one of his best friends is black, and even used both the phrase "lazy blacks" and the N-word while defending the state's voter ID laws. ... Read more
*Jon Stewart | Suppressing the Vote - Aasif Mandvi investigates non-racist fallout from the Supreme Court's destruction of the Voting Rights Act (10/23/13) [5:32]

Contractors describe scant pre-launch testing of U.S. healthcare site
Reuter | David Morgan | 10/24/13

The Obama administration launched its troubled healthcare insurance website after only a minimum of crucial system-wide testing, despite contractors warning officials repeatedly about performance risks, a congressional panel heard on Thursday.

Witnesses said the administration did not conduct end-to-end testing of the system's technology backbone until just the two weeks before one of the lynchpins of President Barack Obama's landmark healthcare policy opened to consumers on October 1.   At a U.S. House of Representatives oversight committee hearing, contractors also blamed the administration for a last-minute design change that has been identified as a flaw responsible for leading millions of visitors into system bottlenecks.   Julie Bataille, a spokeswoman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the agency implementing the online marketplace, acknowledged the contractors' testimony. Read more

Inside former NSA chief Michael Hayden's 'interview' with an Amtrak live-tweeter
Washington Post | Brian Fung | 10/24/13

Instead, the former NSA director nestled into a regular train coach seat and soon began what for many travelers is an Amtrak ritual: talking, often nonstop, on a cellphone as the train rolled on.

A passenger a few seats away couldn't help but be intrigued by the conversation, which included chatter about President Obama's 2008 BlackBerry, specially modified to block foreign eavesdropping.

Could it be James Clapper? Tom Matzzie wondered, referring to the director of national intelligence. But why would a sitting official be talking so openly about CIA black sites and rendition?

It took nearly half an hour, but then it clicked for Matzzie, a former Washington director of the political group MoveOn.org. He whipped out his phone and began tweeting.

"Former NSA spy boss Michael Hayden on Acela behind me blabbing 'on background as a former senior admin official,'?" Matzzie wrote. "Sounds defensive."

Read more

Here's What Would Happen if the US Listened to Sheldon Adelson and Bombed the Iranian Desert
MotherJones | Molly Redden | 10/25/13

GOP megadonor and casino tycoon Sheldon Adelson announced on Tuesday that he's hit upon a foolproof idea for deterring Iran's nuclear weapons program: nuke the Iranian desert.

"You pick up your cell phone, and you call somewhere in Nebraska and you say, 'OK, let it go,'" he said to a group of Yeshiva University students. "So there's an atomic weapon, goes over, ballistic missiles, the middle of the desert, that doesn't hurt a soul. Maybe a couple of rattlesnakes, and scorpions, or whatever. And then you say, 'See! The next one is in the middle of Tehran.'" ... Read more
TYT | Use Nuclear Weapon Against Iran, Says Top GOP Donor Sheldon Adelson (10/24/13) [4:05]
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Here's What Happens When Wall Street Builds A Rental Empire
HP | Ben Hallman | 10/25/13

There's no escaping the stench of raw sewage in Mindy Culpepper's Atlanta-area rental home. The odor greets her before she turns into her driveway each evening as she returns from work. It's there when she prepares dinner, and only diminishes when she and her husband hunker down in their bedroom, where they now eat their meals.

For the $1,225 a month she pays for the three-bedroom house in the quiet suburb of Lilburn, Culpepper thinks it isn't too much to expect that her landlord, Colony American Homes, make the necessary plumbing repairs to eliminate the smell. But her complaints have gone unanswered, she said. Short of buying a plane ticket to visit the company's office in Scottsdale, Ariz., she is out of ideas.   "You can not get in touch with them, you can't get them on the phone, you can't get them to respond to an email," said Culpepper, whose family has lived with the problem since the day they moved in five months ago. "My certified letters, they don't get answered." ... Read more

DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, October 25 [11:57]
*DN | As U.S Faces New Security on Drones, U.N. Report Finds Hundreds of Civilian Deaths in Pakistan (10/25/13) [19:26]
*DN | A Drone Warrior's Torment: Ex-Air Force Pilot Brandon Bryant on His Trauma From Remote Killing (10/25/13) [16:20]
*DN | Diagnosing the Online Health Exchange Debacle: "Proprietary" Software Needs a Dose of Open Source (10/25/13) [8:31]
*Dirty Wars by Jeremy Scahill
Greg Palast
WeAreChange | Greg Palast being interviewed on a memo why Larry Summers shouldn't be Chairman of the FED (09/13/13) [9:12]
TRNN News
TRNN | Michael Ratner: US Spies on Its Allies For Business Intel, Not For National Security (10/25/13) [8:57]
TRNN | Michael Ratner: US Drone Strikes Are War Crimes, Despite Human Groups Reluctancy to Blast Obama (10/25/13) [8:57]
TRNN | Mike Papantonio and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr on Corporate Corruption and Fraud (10/18/13) [37:43]
TYT News
Diane Rehms Show
Diane Rehm Domestic News - Friday (10/25/13) [1hr]
International News - Friday (10/25/13) [1hr]
MSNBC Chris Hayes - All In
MSNBC Rachel Maddow
Rachel Maddow | The problem with GOP outreach? Republicans (10/24/13) [20:46]
Further segment of the show
Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart | Everybody Hates U.S. - Pakistan criticizes the United States' drone program, and France and Germany take issue with America's global surveillance apparatus (10/24/13) [6:14], Part 2 [3:32]
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10.25.2013. 13:23

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