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Tuesday September 30, 2014
News Articles

The Fake Terror Threat Used To Justify Bombing Syria
firstlook.org/theintercept | Glenn Greenwald | 09/29/14

As the Obama Administration prepared to bomb Syria without congressional or U.N. authorization, it faced two problems. The first was the difficulty of sustaining public support for a new years-long war against ISIS, a group that clearly posed no imminent threat to the "homeland." A second was the lack of legal justification for launching a new bombing campaign with no viable claim of self-defense or U.N. approval.

The solution to both problems was found in the wholesale concoction of a brand new terror threat that was branded "The Khorasan Group." After spending weeks depicting ISIS as an unprecedented threat -- too radical even for Al Qaeda! -- administration officials suddenly began spoon-feeding their favorite media organizations and national security journalists tales of a secret group that was even scarier and more threatening than ISIS, one that posed a direct and immediate threat to the American Homeland. Seemingly out of nowhere, a new terror group was created in media lore. ... Read more

Climate Change Is Driving Heat Waves Around The World: Report
HP | Kate Sheppard | 09/29/14

The record-setting heat wave in Australia last year was "largely attributable" to human-caused climate change, according to a synthesis report released Monday. Heat waves in Japan, Korea, China and Europe were also "substantially influenced" by global warming, the report found.

For the synthesis report, published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 22 groups of scientists looked at 16 extreme weather events that took place in 2013. The paper concludes that at this time, it is more difficult to discern the human impact on other extreme events, such as the drought in California, extreme rainfall in Colorado, and an early-season blizzard in South Dakota.

This is the third annual report on the connections between individual extreme weather events and climate change, led by scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. ... Read more

Europe & China Start Direct Trading In Euros & Yuan As De-Dollarization Expands.
Artist's Impression Of The Difference Between ISIS & America's Strategy In The Middle East
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Another Conspiracy Theory Becomes Fact: The Fed's "Stealth Bailout" Of Foreign Banks Goes Mainstream
ZeroHedge | author | 09/30/14

Back in June 2011, Zero Hedge first posted:

  1. "Exclusive: The Fed's $600 Billion Stealth Bailout Of Foreign Banks Continues At The Expense Of The Domestic Economy, Or Explaining Where All The QE2 Money Went"

which we followed up on various occasions, most notably with
  1. "How The Fed's Latest QE Is Just Another European Bailout" and
  2. "The Fed's Bailout Of Europe Continues With Record $237 Billion Injected Into Foreign Banks In Past Month."
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Senate Sponsor Exposes The Real Reason For The Fed (1913)
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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, September 30 [8:23]
DN | Umbrella Revolution: Hong Kong's Biggest Protests in Decades Challenge China on Political Freedom (09/30/14) [16:23]
*DN | As U.S.-Afghanistan Sign Troop Deal, CIA-Backed Warlord Behind Massacre of 2,000 POWs Sworn-In as VP (09/30/14) [16:12]
*DN | How the U.S. Concocted a Terror Threat to Justify Syria Strikes, and the Corporate Media Went Along (09/30/14) [9:39]
TRNN | Shayana Kadidal of CCR: Eric Holder Continued Bush Legal Policies (09/30/14) [12:54]
*TRNN | Phil Donahue says he believed he was blessed, living in the greatest country on earth, Part 1 (09/30/14) [21:37]
*TRNN | Larry Wilkerson: Underestimating ISIS: An Indictment of Decades of Failed US Policy in the Middle East (09/30/14) [21:37]
TYT | Khorasan Doesn't Exist, They Never Did, You've Been Lied To (09/29/14) [16:45]
YouTube Commenter
BBC's killer documentary called "The Power of Nightmares". Top CIA officials openly admit, Al-qaeda is a total and complete fabrication, never having existed at any time. The Bush administration needed a reason that complied with the Laws so they could go after "the bad guy of their choice" namely laws that had been set in place to protect us from mobs and "criminal organizations" such as the Mafia. They paid Jamal al Fadl, hundreds of thousands of dollars to back the U.S. Government's story of Al-qaeda, a "group" or criminal organization they could "legally" go after.
TYT | Hong Kong Protesters Fight Police Attacks With Umbrellas (09/29/14) [7:34]
TYT | US Commits To More Devastating Failure In Afghanistan (09/29/14) [6:48]
TYT | Obama Underestimated ISIS But He's Got It Now So Don't Worry (09/29/14) [7:54]
TYT | Top Official Explains War Authorization… Except He Doesn't (09/29/14) [4:55]
TYT | Oklahoma Beheading Is NOT Isolated, Insist Frothing Right Wingers (09/29/14) [9:58]

09.30.2014. 09:59

Monday September 29, 2014
News Articles

Stunning Drone Clip Reveals Massive Size Of Hong Kong Protest
ZeroHedge | author | 09/29/14

Ferguson was for amateurs. For those curious why the Hong Kong protests over the weekend have sent shivers across the world's capital markets, pushed the Hang Seng 2% lower, and impacted both European and US futures, not to mention leading to worries that China may get involved any second and result in another Tiananmen square event, the following clip from HK's Apple Daily, taken by a drone, shows just how massive the demonstrations, which according to some estimates involved just why of 100,000 people, taking place in Hong Kong are. ... Read more
Massive Size Of Hong Kong Protest (09/28/14) [1:31]

Why the Showdown with Islamic Extremists Is the War the Pentagon Was Hoping For
AlterNet | Nicholas JS Davies | 09/28/14

As the U.S. escalates its bombing campaign against ISIS (or IS or ISIL), U.S. officials seem to have found an enemy we can all love to hate and fear. ISIS beheads hostages, conducts brutal ethnic cleansing and has links to Al-Qaeda. DC power players have eagerly embraced a small war made to order to restore America's wounded military pride after the first Iraq debacle.

The contrived nature of the narrative presented by U.S. officials was evident from the outset if one cared to look behind the propaganda screen. As the U.S. bombing campaign began, German Left Party MP Ulla Jelpke told a press conference in Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan) on August 11th that the Yazidis on Mount Sinjar were rescued by the Kurdish PKK, who the U.S. government classifies as "terrorists." Refugees told Jelpke that they were saved by "Allah and the PKK," not by U.S. bombing. ... Read more

The War Without End
AP & HP | author | 09/29/14

Afghanistan To Sign U.S. Security Agreement, Adviser Says

A senior adviser to U.S. President Barack Obama said Monday that Afghanistan will sign a deal Tuesday to allow American soldiers to remain in the country past the end of the year. John Podesta, speaking to a news conference at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, said he didn't know if newly inaugurated President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai would be the official signing the deal for Afghanistan.

The deal will allow about 10,000 American troops to stay in the country after the international combat mission ends on Dec. 31. ... Read more

Dead kids and accidental shootouts: A September snapshot of gun violence in America
Salon | Joanna Rothkopf| 09/29/14

How's this for a bleak assessment? "For essentially the last 20 years, there has been almost no federal support for research on a health problem that kills upwards of 30,000 people a year," said Garen Wintemute, director of the Violence Prevention Research Program at UC Davis, in an interview yesterday with NPR.

The health problem he's talking about is, of course, gun violence. Between 2000 and 2010, the rate of gun-related deaths in the United States was 10.21 per 100,000 people, according to a recent study in the journal BMJ Open. Over the 11 years covered by the study, at least 335,609 people were killed by guns in this country, and the researchers conclude that if trends continue, around 336,778 lives will be lost due to gun violence between 2011 and 2020. ... Read more

Naomi Klein: Fossil Fuels Threaten Our Ability to Have Healthy Children
MotherJones | author | 09/29/14

It's self-evident that embryos, fetuses, and babies are vulnerable. We have strict laws protecting children because they cannot fend for themselves. And yet, too often, we ignore the impact that environmental disasters have on the very earliest stages of life. In her new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, Naomi Klein examines the effect that our reliance on fossil fuels has on the most helpless members of the animal kingdom--as well as on our own children.

"In species after species, climate change is creating pressures that are depriving life-forms of their most essential survival tool: the ability to create new life and carry on their genetic lines," Klein writes. "Instead, the spark of life is being extinguished, snuffed out in its earliest, most fragile days: in the egg, in the embryo, in the nest, in the den." ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, September 29 [10:34]
DN | Ferguson Unrest Continues as Police Accused of Incitement & Michael Brown's Killer Remains Free (09/29/14) [9:50]
DN | Soldier's Heart: Remembering Jacob George, Afghan War Vet Turned Peace Activist Who Took Own Life (09/29/14) [4:56]
More News
Japan's Mt Ontake volcano erupts, kills one and over 32 seriously injured (09/28/14) [4:17]
Economist | Quantitative easing (older, but scary 2012) [2:31]
Economist | Why eating insects makes sense (09/25/14) [2:09]
Bill Moyers | America's New War in the Middle East: Two experts on American foreign policy talk to Bill about our deepening engagement in the fight against jihadists in Iraq and Syria. (09/26/14) [25:20]
As Congress skipped town and avoided a vote on war, President Obama announced this week that the US was taking the lead in bombing jihadists in Iraq and Syria, opening what is being widely interpreted as another long and costly American military campaign in the Middle East.

This week, Bill discusses the latest on the conflict with Jonathan Landay, a veteran national security reporter for McClatchy Newspapers and Matthew Hoh, a former Marine and foreign service officer in Afghanistan.

"As much as President Obama wishes we weren't the world's policemen, perhaps we are," Landay tells Moyers. "And there's no escaping that curse."

Hoh, who resigned in protest from his post in Afghanistan over US strategic policy there, adds: "Is this really our model for the Middle East that we are going to bomb countries, continuously, take part in civil wars, sometimes supporting one side, maybe supporting the other, with no means or no real desire or effort to achieve a peace?"
John Oliver
HBO | John Oliver notes that we launched drone strikes against targets in two sovereign states over the weekend and the only report of the attacks his staff could find anywhere was on Iranian television, "buried deep in your cable package…" (09/28/14) [12:56]
Jon Stewart - Daily Show
Jon Stewart | Some Folks Asked 'The Daily Show' To Not Air The Clip. They Aired It Anyway. (09/28/14) [7:19]
TYT | US Bombing ISIS-Controlled Oil Refineries In Syria (09/29/14) [4:53]
TYT | "Liberal" Professor Murdered In Pakistan (09/28/14) [6:09]
TYT | Do Americans Think Justice Is Fair To Blacks? POLL (09/28/14) [6:09]
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TYT | Rand Paul Spent His College Years Hating Food Stamps (09/28/14) [6:45]
TYT | Pat Robertson Defends Separation Of Church And Taxes (09/28/14) [4:35]
TYT | Michele Bachmann's Frenzied Bloodlust Delights Values Voters (09/28/14) [17:58]
TYT | The Koch Bros Are Destroying Democracy, This Time Using The Mail (09/28/14) [8:33]
Ring of Fire
Pap and Seder: The World Is Ending and Corporate Media Doesn't Care (09/26/14) [7:24]
Other Videos and Documentaries I Ran Across

09.29.2014. 12:23

Friday September 26, 2014
News Articles

Inside the New York Fed: Secret Recordings and a Culture Clash
ProPublica | Jake Bernstein | 09/26/14

Barely a year removed from the devastation of the 2008 financial crisis, the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York faced a crossroads. Congress had set its sights on reform. The biggest banks in the nation had shown that their failure could threaten the entire financial system. Lawmakers wanted new safeguards.

The Federal Reserve, and, by dint of its location off Wall Street, the New York Fed, was the logical choice to head the effort. Except it had failed miserably in catching the meltdown.

New York Fed President William Dudley had to answer two questions quickly: Why had his institution blown it, and how could it do better? So he called in an outsider, a Columbia University finance professor named David Beim, and granted him unlimited access to investigate. In exchange, the results would remain secret.

After interviews with dozens of New York Fed employees, Beim learned something that surprised even him. The most daunting obstacle the New York Fed faced in overseeing the nation's biggest financial institutions was its own culture. The New York Fed had become too risk-averse and deferential to the banks it supervised. Its examiners feared contradicting bosses, who too often forced their findings into an institutional consensus that watered down much of what they did. ... Read more
*NPR | This American Life: 536: The Secret Recordings of Carmen Segarra (09/26/14) [68:55]

How Goldman Controls The New York Fed: 47.5 Hours Of "The Secret Goldman Sachs Tapes" Explain
ZeroHedge | author | 09/26/14

You sort of knew that the regulators were more or less controlled by the banks. Now you know.

The only reason you know is that one woman, Carmen Segarra, has been brave enough to fight the system. She has paid a great price to inform us all of the obvious. She has lost her job, undermined her career, and will no doubt also endure a lifetime of lawsuits and slander.

So what are they going to do about it? At this moment the Fed is probably telling itself that, like the financial crisis, this, too, will blow over. It shouldn't. ... Read more

Commenter from the above article
The Federal Reserve should be renamed the Department of Welfare for Wall Street and the Wealthy. The trillions in excess reserves that the Federal Reserve has supplied to banks by buying their mortgaged backed securities that they can't sell to anybody else mostly sits idle on bank balance sheets at the Federal Reserve so that banks can collect billions in risk free interest that they can use to make the Stock Market into an overinflated ponzi scheme. That is why the Stock Market Continues to rise - the Federal Reserve is handing the Wall Street Banks free money to buy stocks.

The Secret Goldman Sachs Tapes
Bloomberg | Michael Lewis | 09/26/14

... Our financial regulatory system is obviously dysfunctional. But because the subject is so tedious, and the details so complicated, the public doesn't pay it much attention.

That may very well change today, for today -- Friday, Sept. 26 --- the radio program "This American Life" will air a jaw-dropping story about Wall Street regulation, and the public will have no trouble at all understanding it. ... Read more



Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, September 26 [11:32]
*DN | Eric Holder's Complex Legacy: Voting Rights Advocate, Enemy of Press Freedom, Friend of Wall Street (09/26/14) [11:51]
DN | "We Deserve To Do More Than Just Survive": Marshall Islands Poet's Plea to the UN Climate Summit (09/26/14) [3:52]
On Tuesday, Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner from the Marshall Islands read a poem to world leaders, written as a letter to her child. "Even though there are those hidden behind platinum titles who like to pretend that we don't exist," she writes, "that the Marshall Islands, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Maldives and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and floods of Pakistan, Algeria, and Colombia and all the hurricanes, earthquakes, and tidalwaves didn't exist. Still there are those who see us hands reaching out." ...
Information We All Know, But Is Worth Repeating
*KMC | How The Federal Reserve Is Turning Money Into Debt (07/16/14) [4:58]
*KMC | What does OIL have to do with the rise of IS in Iraq (09/15/14) [9:19]
KMC | Wikileaks: 'Weaponised malware' hacking software spying on us (09/24/14) [3:23]
Jon Stewart
*Jon Stewart Schools Congress On Climate Change With A Simple Demonstration (09/24/14) [10:37]
*TRNN | Eric Holder's Record at the Department of Justice. Former prosecutor Bill Black says Holder's legacy on "too big to fail" is "too big to jail" (09/26/14) [12:00]
TYT | Eric Holder Resigns, Obama Loses Long-Serving Ally (09/25/14) [11:30]
TYT | Fox News Leads GOP Bullsh*t Parade Against Eric Holder (09/25/14) [7:23]
TYT | 'Boobs On The Ground?' - Fox Host Sinks To New Low (09/25/14) [6:33]
TYT | Did The NSA Force A School District To Spy On Students? (09/25/14) [8:37]
TYT | Ferguson Police Chief Apologizes To Michael Brown's Family (09/25/14) [7:46]

09.26.2014. 10:21

Thursday September 25, 2014
News Articles

A Look Inside The Secret Deal With Saudi Arabia That Unleashed The Syrian Bombing
ZeroHedge | author | 09/25/14

For those to whom the recent US campaign against Syria seems a deja vu of last summer's "near-war" attempt to ouster its president Bashar al-Assad, which was stopped in the last minute due to some very forceful Russian intervention and the near breakout of war in the Mediterranean between US and Russian navies, it is because they are. And as a reminder, just like last year, the biggest wildcard in this, and that, direct intervention into sovereign Syrian territory, or as some would call it invasion or even war, was not the US but Saudi Arabia - recall from August of 2013 - "Meet Saudi Arabia's Bandar bin Sultan: The Puppetmaster Behind The Syrian War." Bin Sultan was officially let go shortly after the 2013 campaign to replace Syria's leadership with a more "amenable" regime failed if not unofficially (see below), but Saudi ambitions over Syria remained. That much is revealed by the WSJ today in a piece exposing the backdoor dealings that the US conducted with Saudi Arabia to get the "green light" to launch its airstrikes against ISIS, or rather, parts of Iraq and Syria."The process gave the Saudis leverage to extract a fresh U.S. commitment to beef up training for rebels fighting Mr. Assad, whose demise the Saudis still see as a top priority." Read more

The Right's Newest Obama Conspiracy: He Made Up a "New" Terrorist Group to Defeat
MotherJones | Jenna McLaughlin | 09/25/14

... "From what I understand, the [Obama] regime has given this group a new name in order for Obama to be able to continue to say he wiped Al Qaeda out," Rush Limbaugh said on Wednesday. "So you come up with a new name for Al Qaeda, the Kardashians, or Khorasans, or whatever they are, and either way it's defeating…So this new group is essentially just Al Qaeda renamed."

Glenn Beck came to a similar conclusion: "What is Khorasan? [Director of National Intelligence] James Clapper mentioned Khorasan for the first time last week. What is it? It's an Al Qaeda splinter group. Notice they're not saying 'Al Qaeda Khorasan.' They're just calling it Khorasan. Why? The Pentagon claimed they have been watching Khorasan for a very long time, but it wasn't too long ago that this administration said Al Qaeda was decimated and on the run. But now they're an imminent threat? It doesn't add up, does it?"... Read more

FBI: U.S. mass shootings more than doubled in past five years

486 people were killed in 160 shootings in the past 14 years

$26 Billion in US Aid Later, the Iraqi Military Is a Total Disaster
MotherJones | Alex Park | 09/25/14

As US bombs rain down on ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria, analysts agree that this war will ultimately be won on the ground. Too bad the Iraqi defense forces are a shambles. The New York Times reports that the United States still has to train the country's 26 "intact and loyal" brigades. And the Iraqi government has yet to recruit and set up national guard units. "It is not going to be soon," says a State Department official.

Here's where that money went:
  1. Training the Iraqi military: $1.32 billion. SIGIR says: "As with the police force, the number of troops reporting for duty continually fell below desired levels, with AWOL rates exceeding 3% per month."
  2. Providing military, logistical, and maintenance support for the Iraqi military: $2.6 billion
  3. Renovating and building Iraqi military bases: $4.1 billion
  4. Supplying the Iraqi military with aircraft, boats, tanks, armored personnel carriers, and other gear: $3.4 billion
  5. Developing an elite counterterrorism force: $237 million* . Maybe: Since the US government did not keep track of this specific expenditure, SIGIR says "the total costs of the program remained unknown."
  6. Training, staffing, and supplying Iraqi police: $9.4 billion
  7. Developing the "Sons of Iraq" program to train to provide jobs for about 100,000 mostly Sunni insurgents: $370 million. SIGIR says: "Financial controls were weak, program managers could not tell whether SOI members received their US-funded salaries, and [the Pentagon] was unable to provide evaluations of the program's outcomes."
  8. Developing other infrastructure security programs: $300 million
  9. Shoring-up Iraq's courts: $681 million. SIGIR says: "The court system contends with human rights issues, including reported acts of torture and retaliatory prosecutions by police and military authorities."
  10. Building prisons, including the never-completed Khan Bani S'ad prison: $165 million
Total cost of rebuilding, training, supplying the Iraqi military, police, and justice system: Around $26 billion
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Obama Expands Pacific Ocean Preserve, Making It Largest In The World
AP & HP | Josh Lederman | 09/24/14

President Barack Obama is carving out a wide swath the Pacific Ocean for an expanded marine preserve, putting the waters off-limits to drilling and most fishing in a bid to protect fragile underwater life.

The revamped expanded Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument will cover 490,000 square miles - an area roughly three times the size of California - and will become the largest marine preserve in the world. Millions of seabirds, sea turtles and marine mammals live in the bio-rich expanse included by the new monument, which will also add new protections for more than 130 "seamounts" - underwater mountains where rare or undiscovered species are frequently found. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, September 25 [6:42]
DN | Exclusive: Freed After Hunger Strike, Egyptian Journalist in U.S. to Campaign for Jailed Colleagues (09/25/14) [16:43]
*DN | Listen to the People, Not the Polluters: Kumi Naidoo of Greenpeace on the Global Climate Uprising (09/25/14) [11:54]
How Honest Are Our News Agencies?
Viggo Mortensen Calls Fox News "A Brazen Form Of Lying" (09/18/14) [2:59]
Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart | Jon Stewart asks: Is Wall Street's favorite new company, Alibaba, just Craigslist with better graphics? (09/24/14) [4:15]
How ISIS | ISIL | IS Is Organized
How IS Is Organized (09/11/14) [3:19] *TRNN | Turkish-Syrian Border "A Great Hole" in Obama's UN Speech (09/25/14) [15:11]
TRNN | US Bombs Syria without Congressional Approval (09/25/14) [8:01]
*TYT | Hidden Camera Reveals Chilling Life Under ISIS Control (09/24/14) [8:17]
*TYT | Students Bravely Fight Back Against 1984-Loving Conservative School Board (09/24/14) [6:26]
"Hundreds of students walked out of classrooms around suburban Denver on Tuesday in protest over a conservative-led school board proposal to focus history education on topics that promote citizenship, patriotism and respect for authority, in a show of civil disobedience that the new standards would aim to downplay.
TYT | Obama Salutes With Coffee Cup - Cue Conservative Freak Out (09/24/14) [9:15]
TYT | Obama Pitches ISIS War To The UN - Will The World Say Yes? (09/24/14) [11:39]
TYT | Permanent War In Middle East? Hell Yes Says GOP Hot Shot (09/24/14) [6:20]
???
The militant Islamic State group has released a new video in which a man identifying himself as a British journalist, John Cantlie, says that he will "show you the truth" about ISIS and how western media is manipulating the public. (09/18/14) [2:59]
The militant Islamic State group has released a new video in which a man identifying himself as a British journalist says that he will "show you the truth" about ISIS and how western media is manipulating the public. The chilling video shows a man who says he is John Cantlie. Cantlie, a former reporter for the Sunday Times, the Sun and the Sunday Telegraph, went missing in Syria in 2012, but was later freed by the Free Syrian Army. Cantlie reportedly then returned to Syria in 2012, along with US journalist James Foley. Foley was beheaded by ISIS in August, a horrific killing that was also recorded and released on video.

09.25.2014. 11:00

Wednesday September 24, 2014
News Articles

What Is Khorasan and Why Did the US Just Bomb It?
MotherJones | Jenna McLaughlin | 09/23/14

On Monday night, a US-led coalition launched air strikes in Syria against members of ISIS, the extremist Islamic group occupying territory in Iraq and Syria. As a "last-minute add-on," NBC reports, the United States also targeted a different terrorist group: a little-known outfit called Khorasan. This Al Qaeda affiliate gained some public attention earlier this month after US officials reported that the extremists were plotting to sneak bombs on to US airplanes. Last week, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper noted that the group "perhaps" posed as great a threat to the United States as ISIS. On Tuesday morning, Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby maintained that strikes on ISIS and Khorasan were "very successful." The US targeted Khorasan's "training camps, an explosives and munitions production facility, a communications building and command and control facilities," the Pentagon told the Washington Post. ... Read more

America Has More Low-Paying Jobs Than Any Other Developed Country
HP | Kevin Short | 09/23/14

America may be exceptional in many ways, but it also tops the charts of a new, troubling ranking. The U.S. has more low-paying jobs than any other country in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, an economic group of 34 developed countries, according to a research note released by Morgan Stanley on Monday.

... The OECD defines "low-paying" as jobs that earn less than two-thirds of a country's median income. On average, around 16 percent of jobs in OECD countries are considered low-paying. In the U.S., over 25 percent of all jobs qualify as such. ... Read more

1 Tomahawk missile = $1.4 million.
47 Tomahawk missiles = $66 million.?
US military Budget, Priceless..

Top Liberian Official Warns Ebola Crisis May Plunge The Country Back Into Conflict
HP | author | date

A top official in Liberia's government warned on Wednesday that the Ebola outbreak ravaging through West Africa may have disastrous consequences for the peace and stability of the region. Liberia's Information Minister Lewis Brown told the Agence France Presse that the slow response to the Ebola outbreak could cause the region to "slip back into conflict."

"Hospitals are struggling, but so too are hotels," Brown said. "Businesses are struggling. If this continues the cost of living will go to the roof. You have an agitated population." ... Read more

How Playing Good Christian Housewife Almost Killed Me
AlterNet | Vyckie Garrison | 09/18/14

Vyckie Garrison was once a minor celebrity in the Quiverfull Movement, made famous by TV's Duggar family. As a devout, Bible-believing Christian and the mother of seven homeschooled children, Garrison spent 16 years, with her husband, publishing a newspaper for families on a similar path. Today, via a website called No Longer Quivering, she publishes resources for women leaving the movement. Recently she addressed American Atheists about her experience. This article is an abridged version of her remarks.

Whenever I talk about my escape from the Quiverfull movement, Christians immediately dismiss my experience by saying, "Your problem was not with Jesus or Christianity. Your problem was that you were following an extreme, legalistic cult. Let me tell you about my personal relationship with Jesus." It can be extremely frustrating. I was in a close, personal relationship with Jesus for over 25 years. But rather than telling you about the beginning of my relationship with this man, I am going to spare you the long story and skip straight to the break up. ... Read more
Salon | All God's children (older) (article)

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, September 24 [9:20]
*DN | Without a Truce in Syrian Civil War, U.S.-Led Strikes Threaten More Chaos for World's Worst Crisis (09/24/14) [11:23]
DN | "We Can't Rely on Our Leaders": Inaction at Climate Summit Fuels Call for Movements to Take the Helm (09/24/14) [12:21]
Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart | "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart described the U.S. military action on terrorist groups operating in Syria as "the iPhone 6 of wars." (09/23/14) [8:10]
*Jon Stewart | General Tony Zinni new book - Before the First Shots Were Fired, Part 1 (09/23/14) [4:44], Part 2 [4:54]
*TRNN | Body of War, a film by Ellen Spiro and Phil Donahue (09/24/14) [1:27:38]
The above video by Phil Donahue is provided to us by The Real News Network (TRNN). I have added the two videos below, No End in Sight by Charles Ferguson, and Iraq War Documentary - Rachel Maddow because I think it is important to know how we left the country of Iraq, after we didn't win the war.
No End in Sight by Charles Ferguson (2006) [1:41:53]
"Hubris": Iraq War Documentary - Rachel Maddow (02/18/13) [44:11]
TRNN | Lecturer Baris Kaaragaac says: What Role Is Turkey Playing in the War against ISIS? (09/24/14) [18:15]
*TYT | United States Destroys ISIS Targets Throughout Syria (09/23/14) [10:16]
Some interesting YouTube Comments
Commenter 1: We've always been good at killing, but building democratic institutions to replace them, not so much.?

Comment back: You weren't really trying, since those institutions have an unfortunate habit of doing things you don't like - such as nationalizing oil.
Commenter 2: If you were building a Theocracy, a Religious State, would you deluge the world's Super Powers with threats and beheading videos and super slick trailers and warning footage of filming the White House?

This is what I don't get. They went out of their way to invite American intervention in Syria.

Obama went above Congress to launch American intervention with Syria.

Does any of this feel a little bit... contrived??
TYT | Bill O'Reilly Has The Secret To Defeating ISIS & It's Maximum O'Reilly (09/23/14) [9:51]
TYT | "F*ck It, I Quit" Says News Anchor Who Owns Alaska Cannabis Club (09/23/14) [6:17]
If nothing else, watch the News Caster's Internet video on why she quit that starts at 1:37 .
TYT | Is This Blowjob Selfie Child Porn? (09/23/14) [5:41]
Self publishing on the Internet has created a whole new set of problems... I like the way TYT discusses the issues (here and in other videos).

09.24.2014. 11:46

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