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Friday July 31, 2015
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Bernie Sanders Draws Army of 100,000 Volunteers to First Nationwide Organizing Event
AlterNet | Zaid Jilani | 07/30/15

Over 100,000 people came together for Bernie Sanders' first nationwide organizing event on Wednesday. Sanders spoke to this army of volunteers via a video livestream, telling them they are needed if he is to overcome the power of what he calls the "billionaire class" -- the tight group of the wealthy and corporations that own both the economy and political system.

Sanders, unlike his opponents, is not cultivating a super PAC. He's not taking corporate PAC money, and he is relying on small donors; 81 percent of his donations in the first quarter were from people giving less than $200.

This puts him at a huge monetary disadvantage. Two billionaire brothers in Texas gave a pro-Ted Cruz super PAC $15 million, as much money as Sanders has raised in his whole campaign. But Sanders has a plan to make up the difference: people power. ... Read more

West Coast Heat Wave Threatens All-Time Records
Weather Channel | Chris Dolce | 07/31/15

Summer heat is gripping opposite sides of the country into this weekend, including parts of the West and the Northeast. The heat will help clinch one of the hottest Julys on record for some Northwest cities, and a few locations may challenge their all-time or monthly record highs on Friday. It's also helped set a record for the most 90-degree days in a year in Seattle and has given Portland its hottest temperatures since 2009. Read more
West Coast Heat Wave Threatens All-Time Records (07/31/15) [0:39]

Debt Slaves: 7 Out Of 10 Americans Believe That Debt "Is A Necessity In Their Lives"
ZeroHedge | author | 07/31/15

Could you live without debt? Most Americans say that they cannot. According to a brand new Pew survey, approximately 7 out of every 10 Americans believe that "debt is a necessity in their lives", and approximately 8 out of every 10 Americans actually have debt right now. Most of us like to think that "someday" we will get out of the hole and quit being debt slaves, but very few of us ever actually accomplish this. That is because the entire system is designed to trap us in debt before we even get out into the "real world" and keep us in debt until we die. Sadly, most Americans don't even realize what is being done to them. ... Read more

Secret Memo Reveals US Was Aware Of Americans Killing Zimbabwe Lions; Only Concern Was Getting Caught.

Italy Youth Unemployment Hits Record High 44.2%, Concerns Rising "Recession Exit May Be Unsustainable"
ZeroHedge | author | 07/31/15

While the overall unemployment rate for the Eurozone also unchanged at 11.1%, it was renewed concern about what is going on in Italy, where unemployment rose from 12.5% to 12.7%, while Italy's youth unemployment rate, which surprisingly jumped by nearly 2% to 44.2%, a record level. As Bloomberg put it, "Italy's jobless rate unexpectedly rose in June as businesses continue to dismiss workers amid concerns that the country's exit from recession may not be sustainable." ... Read more

How To Solve A Problem Like The GOP Debate
magazine | author | date

Seventeen candidates. Two debates. One Donald Trump. What's it going to take to survive and move on?

So, that happened. On this week's podcast, we game out the survival strategy for the 17 GOP candidates who hope to succeed in August's debate, check in on the progress Congress has made on the highway funding bill, and note the irony of Phil Gramm returning to Washington to testify against Dodd-Frank. ... Read more

"So That Happened" podcast
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, July 31 [59:00]
DN | Are Undercover Attacks on Planned Parenthood Part of a Broader Effort to Outlaw Abortion? (07/31/15) [8:28]
*DN | Exposed: The Faces and Fake Names of the People Behind Planned Parenthood Attack Videos (07/31/15) [14:42]
Climate Change
*VICE | Crippling Drought in the Golden State: California Soul (older, 01/26/15) [17:19]
Jon Stewart
*Jon Stewart | Democalypse 2016 - Trumping the Republican Field. (07/30/15) [9:03]
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Who gets to ride in the GOP Clown Card
TYT | This Time Trump Talks Sh*t About ... Himself (07/30/15) [3:05]
TYT | Bill O'Reilly Vs. Black Activists (07/30/15) [6:12]
*TYT | Palin: Planned Parenthood Wants To Kill Black Babies (07/30/15) [7:29]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | Hillary Clinton's New Video on Climate Change... (07/27/15) [9:25]

Thursday July 30, 2015
News Articles

El Niño vs. the Blob: Here's Why California's Drought Probably Won't End Anytime Soon
MotherJones | Tim McDonnell | 07/30/15

California could be in for a wetter-than-normal winter, thanks to the mysterious meteorological phenomenon known as El Niño. Weather scientists have been watching El Niño get stronger throughout this year and think it could match or surpass the strongest on record, back in 1997. What does this mean for long-suffering California and its interminable drought? Let us explain. ...

... What happens then? These changes in water temperature cause changes in air temperature, and as a result the whole planet's weather system gets a bit screwy. In some places, the end product is massive downpours -- Peru is already anticipating devastating floods -- while elsewhere, like India and Australia, El Niño means severe drought. ...

... Will it save California from drought? Here's the short answer: Probably not. "You creep into a drought slowly, and you creep out of it. There's no quick fix," Patzert said. ... Read more
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Washington Is Finally Getting What It Deserves As It Sinks Into The Sea
HP | Kate Sheppard | 07/29/15

The research, from the University of Vermont, the U.S. Geological Survey and several other institutions, projects the land beneath the Washington area will drop 6 or more inches in the next 100 years. That's in addition to rising sea levels due to climate change, which is melting ice sheets and causing thermal expansion of the oceans. Climate change has already caused 8 inches of sea level rise since 1880, and is expected to raise average global sea levels another 1 to 4 feet by the end of this century.

Relative sea level rise in the Chesapeake Bay region is happening faster than any other part of the Atlantic coast, according to tidal records, and twice as fast as global averages. ... Read more
The report was published in the journal Geological Society of America Today this week.

Killer of Cecil the Lion Finds Out That He Is a Target Now, of Internet Vigilantism
NYTimes | Christina Capecchi | 07/29/15

Two signs posted on the door of a nondescript dental office here asked passers-by to mourn the death of Cecil, a lion who was lured off his sanctuary and killed during a game hunt this month in Zimbabwe.

In the hours since Dr. Walter J. Palmer apologized for killing the lion, he has gone from a dentist and longtime hunting enthusiast to a villain at the center of a firestorm over the ethics of big-game trophy hunting. ... Read more

US Economy Grew Less Than Expected In Q2: Worst Economic Recovery Since WWII Revised Even Weaker
ZeroHedge | author | 07/30/15

And the culprit: the capex recovery is officially dead - fixed investment as a % of GDP dropped to the lowest since Q2 2012. ... Read more
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Blankfein Warns Of "Jarring" Jolt From Fed Rate Hike

70% Of Americans See Economy Worsening, Consumer Comfort Collapses By Most In 10 Month
ZeroHedge | author | 07/30/15

With stocks just 1-2% from record highs, because China is fixed, oil is recovering, Europe is awesome, and gas prices are low? it appears the talking heads forgot to tell the 'people' how great things are. Bloomberg's Consumer Comfort index plunged (by the most since Sept 2014) to hover at 18 month lows... ... Read more
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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, July 30 [8:47]
DN | Rappel Shell? Activists in Oregon Suspend Themselves from Bridge to Block Arctic-Bound Oil Ship (07/29/15) [3:10]
Dick Cheney
Ex-Bush Official Col. Lawrence Wilkerson: "I am Willing to Testify" If Dick Cheney is Put on Trial (old, 08/30/11) [11:35]
TRNN | Former Chief of Staff to Colin Powell Larry Wilkerson says: Will Congress Unravel the Iran Nuclear Deal? (07/30/15) [5:47]
TRNN | Patrick Cockburn, author of "The Rise of the Islamic State" discusses: A New War is Unfolding on Turkey's Eastern Border (07/30/15) [8:35]
TRNN | Director of Friends of the Congo Maurice Carney: What Obama Didn't Say in His African Union Address (07/30/15) [11:48]
TYT | Tech Visionaries Warn Against Autonomous Weapons (07/29/15) [6:02]
TYT | Turkish Government Caught Helping ISIS (07/29/15) [5:45]
TYT | Donald Trump: Sarah Palin Is "Special" (07/29/15) [3:51]
TYT | Beloved Lion Killed By American Dentist (07/29/15) [7:06]
Cecil the lion -- the most famous creature in one of Zimbabwe's national parks -- was killed by an American hunter who has boasted about shooting a menagerie of animals with his bow and arrow, The Telegraph can reveal.

Walter James Palmer, a dentist from Minnesota, is believed to have paid £35,000 to shoot and kill the much-loved lion with a bow and arrow. The animal was shot on July 1 in Hwange National Park. Two independent sources have confirmed the hunter's identity to the paper, which has also seen a copy of the relevant hunting permit.
RT | CrossTalk: When China Rules (07/29/15) [24:30]
RoF | Jeb Bush Goes After Elderly, Forgets Elderly Is His Voting Base (07/29/15) [3:38]
Even Conservative Voters Can't Stand The Republican Party (07/29/15) [4:06]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
Thom Hartmann | Tonight's People for Bernie Meet Up... (07/28/15) [2:39]

Wednesday July 29, 2015
News Articles

Latest National Poll Shows Bernie Sanders Beating Scott Walker, Donald Trump, Jeb Bush
AlterNet | Zaid Jilani | 07/27/15

Of all of the arguments the Democratic establishment has thrown out against the Bernie Sanders candidacy, perhaps the most reoccurring one revolves around electability. "Sure, you agree with him," they argue, "but he can't win."

A just released CNN poll finds Sanders out-polling all of the GOP's major candidates, though pretty much tied with Jeb Bush. Here's how Sanders stacks up:

SANDERS: 48% BUSH: 47%
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The Republican Party Tried To Kill Its Demons In 2013. They're Still Alive.
HP | Sam Stein | 07/28/15

After the Republican Party took a drubbing at the polls on Election Day 2012, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus ordered an autopsy. The party, the coroner's report found a few months later, had alienated women and minorities and came off as plutocratic.

But with another presidential election now quickly approaching, the zombie appears to be rising from the table, as the party's discourse has not exactly been focused on the priorities that the 2013 report identified.

Over the past few weeks, the GOP presidential campaign has been fixated on comments Donald Trump made, in which the candidate called Mexican immigrants coming illegally across the border "rapists." On Capitol Hill, Republicans have turned their attention towards defunding Planned Parenthood after controversial, edited videos emerged on the group's practices of donating fetal tissue. Elsewhere, GOP lawmakers are pushing to roll back Wall Street reform and, for the fourth straight national election, repeal Obamacare.

And that's all to say nothing of the current Topic A in the national Republican discourse: whether it was appropriate for former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) to invoke Hitler and the Holocaust in characterizing President Barack Obama's nuclear deal with Iran. ... Read more

Who will get to ride in the GOP Clown Car?
TRNN | Donald Trump and Liberal Media: The Joke's On You (07/29/15) [3:14]

Russell Napier: What Happens When Markets Realize China Is A Forced Seller Of Treasuries
ZeroHedge | author | 07/29/15

"How would US Treasury bulls in the private sector react if they knew in advance that the second largest owner of Treasuries, the PBOC, was a forced seller of Treasuries. Such compelled selling would be obvious before US markets opened each morning as downward pressure on the RMB exchange rate in Asia forced the PBOC to liquidate foreign currency assets to defend the fixed exchange rate. Would even Treasury bulls stand in the way of such a large and predictable liquidation? If they didn't then the second phase of The Great Reset would come to pass and the decline of EM external deficits would force tighter monetary policy in both EM and DM." ... Read more

Haunting Nude Photos Bring 1970s Hippie Community Back To Life
HP | Carla Herreria | 07/28/15

The camp/commune was essentially a clothing-optional village where hippies, families, war veterans and runaways could live peacefully together. Freedom and love reigned supreme. But suddenly, Taylor Camp was burning.

And once the skeleton of its towering tree houses were dusted away, it would be transformed into a government-owned state park at the end of a road on the Hawaiian island of Kauai's north shore. ... Read more
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More News
  1. Fed expected to push ahead with rate hike plan (Reuters)
  2. Upbeat earnings lift European stocks ahead of Fed (Reuters)
  3. Chevron to Cut 1,500 Jobs (Rigzone)
  4. Can Windows 10 Revive PC Sales? (WSJ)
  5. U.S. Junk-Bond Buyers Left in Dark as Private Deals Become Norm (BBG)
  6. Jeb Bush Drawing Big Bucks From GOP Establishment (WSJ)
  7. Myriad of Greek Risks Means Money Managers in No Hurry to Return (BBG)
  8. Gas production at Gazprom set to hit post-Soviet low (FT)
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, July 29 [13:41]
*DN | Fighting Both Sides of the Same War: Is Turkey Using Attacks On ISIL As Cover for Assault on Kurds? (07/29/15) [15:21]
DN | "Deplorable": Federal Judge Condemns For-Profit Texas Detention Centers For Immigrant Families (07/29/15) [12:13]
Offensive Autonomous Weapons
The Third Revolution in Warfare?: Science, Tech Leaders Warn Of Worldwide AI Arms Race (07/29/15) [1:42]
*TRNN | Col. Larry Wilkerson discusses: Turkey Enters Fight Against ISIS, But Target is Still Assad (07/29/15) [7:01]
*TYT | Jon Stewart Secretly Met With White House (07/28/15) [6:38]
TYT | "Who's Doing The Raping?"... Possibly Donald Trump (07/28/15) [14:17]
DailyBeast | Ex-Wife: Donald Trump Made Me Feel 'Violated' During Sex (article) (07/27/15)
TYT | Libertarian Leader In Favor Of Stripping Away Women's Rights (07/28/15) [3:56]
RoF | Ring of Fire on Free Speech TV (07/27/15) [28:59]
RoF | Is the Planet Headed Towards Irreversible Water Shortages? (07/28/15) [9:01]
RoF | Right Wing Conspiracy Freakout Over Jade Helm — Did We Invade Texas Today? (07/29/15) [9:39]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
*ThomHartmann | Signs of the Crash of 2016! (07/27/15) [9:18]
ThomHartmann | A Full Life: President Jimmy Carter at Ninety... (07/28/15) [7:24]
Thom Hartmann talks with President Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the United States (1977 to 1981) / Humanitarian / Awarded Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 / Author of many books, including his latest, A Full Life...Reflections at Ninety, Website: http://books.simonandschuster.com, about the Iran Hostage release, telling the truth and the United States becoming an oligarchy.
ThomHartmann | Bernie Sanders is a Man of Substance... (07/29/15) [10:54]
Thom Hartmann talks with Steve Cobble, Political Director-Progressive Democrats of America, Website: www.pdamerica.org, about the group's efforts to convince U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) to run as a Democrat for President of the United States in 2016.
MSNBC | Bernie Sanders On Jeb Bush's 'Work Longer Hours' Comments (older, 07/10/15) [9:16]
MSNBC Rachel Maddow | Sanders, Trump campaigns defy conventional wisdom (07/28/15) [19:52]

Tuesday July 28, 2015
News Articles

House, Senate On Collision Course Just Days Before Crucial Highway Bill Deadline
AP | Erica Werner | 07/27/15

Hours later, in a hectic late-night session, the Senate voted 64-29 to include the provision reviving the Export-Import Bank as an amendment to its version of the highway bill. The bank, a federal agency that underwrites loans to help foreign customers buy U.S. goods, expired June 30 amid conservative opposition. Supporters in the business community say the bank is necessary for U.S. competitiveness, but conservatives say it amounts to corporate welfare, and their objections pushed the vote Monday well past 10 p.m. ... Read more

5 things to know about the fight over the Export-Import Bank
AP & HP | Erica Werner | 07/28/15

The federal Export-Import Bank expired June 30 when Congress failed to renew its charter. The bank is a small federal agency that helps U.S. companies sell their products overseas, by underwriting loans to foreign customers. Conservatives oppose it as corporate welfare and are pushing for it to stay dead. But late Monday the Senate voted 64-29 to add legislation reviving the bank to a sweeping highway bill being considered on the floor. Five things to know about the Export-Import Bank and its future:

... Read more

TYT | Ted Cruz Can't Believe Mitch McConnell Would Lie (07/27/15) [8:47]

How A Chinese Farmer Lost More Than Everything Trading Stocks
ZeroHedge | author | 07/28/15

Last night, just six weeks after one Chinese farmer Liu Jianguo invested his life savings in the Chinese market, proclaiming "it's a lot easier making money from stocks than farm work," we wondered if it was time for a sequel.

A few hours later we find out that it was because as CNBC reported in its sequel, another farmer has lost it all... and more. As CNBC's Eunice Yoon reports, just a few weeks after his glorious gamble in China's manipulated market, the farmer "trader "now owes - thanks to wonders of margin calls and leverage - as much as he originally invested.

From the hope-filled exuberance of early June to Yang Cheng's utter hopelessness, "I have lost everything," after he followed the government's 'grand plan' to open the economy and encourage stock market speculation. ... Read more

China's "Manipulated" Market To Plunge Another 14%, DeMark Predicts
ZeroHedge | author | 07/28/15

Anyone tempted to gamble on buying the proverbial dip in Chinese equities after Monday's dramatic 8.5% sell-off probably shouldn't, says Tom DeMark, who called a top and shortly thereafter, a bottom in the SHCOMP back in 2013.

Even after Monday's rout, the index could fall another 14% DeMark figures, noting that "you just cannot manipulate the market."

Actually, you certainly can manipulate the market, as the Fed and the HFT crowd have vividly demonstrated, although the Chinese experience is admittedly a bit different. As we've argued repeatedly, the retail investors who have at times accounted for over three quarters of daily volume in China have now adopted a "sell the rip" mentality after watching their life savings vaporized in the space of three short weeks, which means that Beijing's plunge protection efforts are met everywhere and always with immediate selling pressure .... Read more

German Economic Council Backs Exit For "Uncooperative" Eurozone Members (07/28/15)

According To One Veteran FX Trader, "Greece Is Playing It Correctly"
ZeroHedge | author | 07/28/15

"Greece is playing it correctly. Agree to everything. Give Germany no excuse to do what they want. Get the money. This is why France, among others, want this all agreed as quickly as possible, because they know this deal is not how it will end, but an end that keeps the EUR together must be found. The Germans know it too. They also know that they have been had and it is their own fault." ... Read more

Tiny homes

Tiny Homes: Inexpensive and Cute, but Livable?
AlterNet | Katie Hyslop | 07/27/15

A small sign affixed beneath the window of Isabella Mori's tiny 186 square foot home speaks to its popularity in her Metro Vancouver trailer park. It reads: "Taking photos is fine but only from the sidewalk please."

You can understand Mori's shyness. When your living room moonlights as your front hall, kitchen, bedroom and office, having looky-loos peeking in the windows can be disconcerting. ... Read more

Micro homes on wheels marketed to young families in Terrace, B.C.
cbc.ca | author | date

Construction is underway on a project to bring micro-homes on wheels to Terrace, in Northwestern B.C. Hummingbird Micro Homes is building on a plot of land it owns just outside of the city, and hopes the development will attract small families struggling to buy or rent a home in the current market. "We're not selling the plots of land, but they are basically for families to live in their homes at a very attainable price range," said Hummingbird's Ally Blake. ... Read more

City of Terrance, BC, Canada - Housing Action Plan 2012.pdf
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, July 28 [8:12]
DN | Clinton & the Coup: Amid Protests in Honduras, Ex-President on Hillary's Role in His 2009 Ouster (07/28/15) [15:00]
DN | In Ethiopia, Obama Hails Democracy Despite Recent Election Where Ruling Party Won 100% of Seats (07/28/15) [13:04]
GOD Particle
BBC | Particle Fever: The Hunt for the Higgs Boson (05/29/15) [1:33:00]
*TRNN | Meteorologist Bob Henson discusses: Crazy Weather or Climate Change? (07/28/15) [10:40]
*TRNN | PERI Economist Bob Pollin says: Economists Join the Fight For $15! (07/28/15) [9:03]
*TRNN | PERI Economist Gerald Epstein discusses: Dodd-Frank's 5th Anniversary Passes, But Should We Celebrate? (07/28/15) [6:46]
*TYT | Your Parents Had It Better Than You (07/27/15) [6:37]
AJ+ | Cost Of Living In America Today Vs. 1980 (07/20/15) [1:25]
TYT | Meet The FOUR People Funding The Ted Cruz Campaign (07/27/15) [9:34]
TYT | Ted Cruz Can't Believe Mitch McConnell Would Lie (07/27/15) [8:47]
TYT | Man Takes Huckabee To Bible School (07/27/15) [5:40]
TYT | How Bill Cosby Rationalizes Raping Women (07/27/15) [5:26]
*RT | CrossTalk: Neocon Retreat? (07/27/15) [23:58]
RT | Keiser Report: Bankers Lives Matter (E787) (07/23/15) [25:45]
RoF | The GOP Never Should Have Let The Trump Cockroach In Their Home (07/24/15) [5:21]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/

Monday July 27, 2015
News Articles

Latest National Poll Shows Bernie Sanders Beating Scott Walker, Donald Trump, Jeb Bush
AlterNet | Zaid Jilani | 07/27/15

Of all of the arguments the Democratic establishment has thrown out against the Bernie Sanders candidacy, perhaps the most reoccurring one revolves around electability. "Sure, you agree with him," they argue, "but he can't win."

A just released CNN poll finds Sanders out-polling all of the GOP's major candidates, though pretty much tied with Jeb Bush. Here's how Sanders stacks up:

SANDERS: 48% BUSH: 47%
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Disastrous Sea Level Rise Is an Issue for Today's Public -- Not Next Millennium's
HP | Dr. James Hansen | 07/26/15

In 2005, I argued that ice sheets may be more vulnerable than the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) estimated, mainly because of effects of a warming ocean in speeding ice melt. In 2007, I wrote "Scientific Reticence and Sea Level Rise," describing and documenting a phenomenon that pressures scientists to minimize the danger of imminent sea level rise.

About then I became acquainted with remarkable studies of geologist Paul Hearty. Hearty found strong evidence for sea level rise late in the Eemian to +6-9 m (20-30 feet) relative to today. The Eemian is the prior interglacial period (~120,000 years ago), which was slightly warmer than the present interglacial period (the Holocene) in which civilization developed. Hearty also found evidence for powerful storms in the North Atlantic near the end of the Eemian period.

It seemed that an understanding of the late Eemian climate events might be helpful in assessing the climate effects of human-made global warming, as Earth is now approaching the warmth that existed then. Thus several colleagues and I initiated global climate simulations aimed at trying to understand what happened at the end of the Eemian and its relevance to climate change today. .... Read more

What Trump's Surging Popularity Says About the GOP Base
AlterNet | Conor Lynch | 07/26/15

... In a recent article by Jeffrey Tucker, however, it is argued, quite justly in my opinion, that Donald Trump, whether he knows it or not, is a fascist (or is at least acting like one). Much like Mussolini and Hitler, Trump is a demagogue dedicated to riling up the people (particularly conservatives) with race baiting, traditionalism and strongman tough talk -- and, according to polls, it's working -- for now. Tucker writes:

"Trump has tapped into it, absorbing unto his own political ambitions every conceivable resentment (race, class, sex, religion, economic) and promising a new order of things under his mighty hand." .... Read more

Bill Cosby Accusers Detail Trauma and Betrayal in Magazine
AlterNet | Jessica Glenza | 07/27/15

Thirty-five women who have accused Bill Cosby of raping them have spoken out in an explosive photo essay for New York magazine. More than 40 women have so far accused the comedian of sexual assault, but the cover story represents a sea change in how the comedian's alleged victims have been publicly perceived.

On Sunday, the magazine published excerpts of interviews with each woman for a 13-page photo essay, covering accusations they have made against the comedianand the backlash they have faced. Listen, he was America's favorite dad," said Barbara Bowman, who says she was raped as a 17-year-old actor. She made her case public in 2004, when testifying on behalf of Andrea Constand, who said she was also one of Cosby's victims. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, July 27 [10:40]
DN | Sandra Bland Laid to Rest; First Black Judge in Waller County Demands Sheriff Resign over Her Death (07/27/15) [18:50]
John Oliver
*HBO | John Oliver: Mandatory Minimums (07/26/15) [15:24]
*TRNN | James Henry says: How the Greek Shipping Industry Schemed to Win Big in the Debt Crisis , Part 1 (07/26/15) [6:57], Part 2 (07/27/15) [7:21]
TRNN | The Human Face of Greece's 'Unprecedented' Refugee Crisis. On a visit to a park in Athens that hundreds of refugees have made their home. (07/26/15) [11:14]
TRNN | Robert McChesney: Trump Cast as Perfect Ringleader of Corporate Media Circus (07/26/15) [8:13]
*TYT | Jeb Bush Claims He Wants To End Energy Subsidies (07/25/15) [5:45]
TYT | Look How Cool Tax Cuts For Billionaires Are! (07/25/15) [2:53]
TYT | Louisiana Theater Shooter Hated Liberals, Loved Hitler (07/25/15) [5:11]
*RT | CrossTalk: Watching Media (07/24/15) [24:42]
RoF | Worse Than TPP: Secret Economic Trade Deal Could Ruin Global Economy. (07/24/15) [8:43]
RoF | Ring of Fire on Free Speech TV (07/23/15 ) [28:59]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/

Thursday & Friday, July 23, 24, 2015
News Articles
TYT | Yes, Hackers Can Take Over Your Car (07/22/15) [9:24]
TYT | Fox President "Trumps" Fox Owner (07/22/15) [7:54]
TYT | Same Old Warmongering, Pretty New Face (07/22/15) [9:10]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
Netflix by Genres
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, July 23 [6:56]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, July 24 [8:25]
TRNN | Max Blumenthal talks about his new film "Je Ne Suis Pas Charlie" on Islamophobia & anti-Semitism in France (07/23/15) [28:49]
The Movie "Je ne suis pas Charlie" (full) (new) [53:53]
TRNN | Leo Panitch: GREECE, SYRIZA's Stability Rocked by New Memorandum, Part 3 (07/23/15) [11:06]
Whistleblower Reveals Keystone Pipeline Company TransCanada's Corrupt Practises (07/22/15) [8:16]
Evan Vokes, a former materials engineer at TransCanada Corporation and a pipeline safety advocate, blew the whistle on TransCanada's poor safety record and practices. He is warning Canadians about the danger posed by the Energy East pipeline proposal which includes re-purposing an antiquated gas pipeline for shipping raw bitumen from the Alberta tar sands to Quebec were it will connect with another pipeline to the Bay of Fundy. Energy Easy is another export pipeline designed to export raw diluted bitumen to foreign markets. The Council of Canadians opposes this new 1.1 million barrel/day pipeline.

Wednesday July 22, 2015
News Articles

Former Top NASA Scientist Predicts Catastrophic Rise In Sea Levels
HP | Kate Sheppard | 07/21/15

One of the nation's most recognizable names in climate science, Dr. James Hansen, released a new paper this week warning that even 2 degrees Celsius of global warming may be "highly dangerous" for humanity. The paper, which will be published online in the European Geosciences Union journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussion later this week, projects sea levels rising as much as 10 feet in the next 50 years.

Hansen and 16 co-authors drafted the paper as a message to policymakers that current greenhouse-gas reduction goals are not strong enough. World leaders have committed to limiting average warming to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), a goal articulated in the Copenhagen Accord in 2009 and reiterated by G7 leaders in June. ... Read more

Elizabeth Warren Nails GOP Financial Exec
HP | Zach Carter | 07/21/15

When a financial executive refuses to answer basic questions about personal finance, you know he's in trouble. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Tuesday embarrassed Primerica President Peter Schneider, who Senate Republicans had invited to testify against a new regulation designed to protect retirement savings from dodgy investment managers. The Obama administration estimates that Americans lose $17 billion a year from investment professionals who manage retirement accounts by prioritizing their own financial interests over those of their clients. It has proposed a simple solution: making that illegal. ... Read more
VIDEO | Elizabeth Warren Nails GOP Financial Exec (07/21/15) [5:40]

President Obama Says "Goodbye" to Jon Stewart in Final Daily Show Apperance
AlterNet | Adam Johnson | 07/22/15

Two titans of the establishment left facing their twilight, President Obama and Daily Show Host Jon Stewart, sat down on Tuesday night for an extended interview on topics ranging from ISIS to the media to Iran to the crumbling VA system.

It was a relatively friendly interview, with Stewart asking open-ended questions and more or less letting the President take the floor. The one exception would be when Stewart addressed the failures of veteran care in recent years. ... Read more

China, Coal. Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid.
AlterNet | James West | 07/05/15

Our Climate Desk partners at The Guardian have published a beautiful -- and terrifying -- multimedia story from deep inside China's coal belt. It's the third installment in the paper's ongoing "carbon bombs" series: investigations into giant fossil fuel projects from around the world that are super-charging global warming, or that have the potential to do so. Today's deep-dive into China's ravenous use of coal is eye-opening not only because it explores the long-lasting impact of burning coal on the nation's health, but also because it illustrates the country's outsized impact on global climate change through coal-related emissions. Here are some highlights from the Guardian story (which you should also check out for the gorgeous video and graphics): ... Read more
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Cheese Fries Recipes For The Ages
HP | author | 07/21/15

Okay, in all fairness, these are not so much recipes as serving suggestions. They all include fries of varying shape and composition, topped with melty cheese of various type and consistency. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, July 22 [11:59]
Jon Stewart
*Jon Stewart | The Daily Show: Barack Obama Extended Interview (07/21/15) [19:23]
*TRNN | Five Years Later, Dodd-Frank is on the Chopping Block (07/22/15) [3:19]
TRNN | The Laura Flanders Show: Andrew Cockburn: Modern War (07/22/15) [25:56]
TRNN | CEPR Economist Mark Weisbrot discusses: What's the U.S. Role In the Greek Crisis? (07/22/15) [8:28]
*TYT | Donald Trump's Poll Numbers DOUBLE Jeb Bush's (07/21/15) [11:42]
TYT | Trump Gives Out Lindsey Graham's Cell Number (07/21/15) [7:07]
TYT | Rush Limbaugh: Donald Trump Should Never Apologize (07/21/15) [3:20]
TYT | U.S. Gives Missiles To Israel After Iran Deal (07/21/15) [1:58]
RoF | Worse Than TPP: Secret Economic Trade Deal Could Ruin Global Economy (07/21/15) [8:42]
If you think the TPP will be a disaster for the American economy, just wait until you hear about the Trade in Services Agreement. This so-called economic free trade agreement has been negotiated for the last few years in complete secrecy, but thanks to Wikileaks, we've finally seen what our government has been hiding from us.
RoF | Iran Deal Exposes GOP Foreign Policy Idiocy (07/21/15) [3:41]
RoF | Ring of Fire (full) (07/21/15) [29:00]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/

Tuesday July 21, 2015
News Articles

Economists Troll Germany, Telling It To Leave The Euro First
HP | Daniel Marans| 07/20/15

The possibility of a "Grexit" -- or Greek exit from the eurozone -- has dominated headlines in recent months, as round-the-clock negotiations between Greece and its international creditors over a new bailout deal shed doubt on Greece's future in the monetary union. Many eurozone leaders, particularly in Germany, welcomed the prospect.

But some economists say proponents of a "Grexit" have it all wrong: If one country should leave the eurozone, they argue, it is Germany. These economists' basic premise is that Europe's depressed economies, which include not just Greece, but Spain, Portugal, Ireland and Italy, would benefit tremendously from a cheaper currency. ... Read more

First Half Of 2015 Was Hottest Ever Recorded
AP & HP | Seth Borenstein | 07/20/15

Earth dialed the heat up in June, smashing warm temperature records for both the month and the first half of the year. Off-the-charts heat is "getting to be a monthly thing," said Jessica Blunden, a climate scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. June was the fourth month of 2015 that set a record, she said. "There is almost no way that 2015 isn't going to be the warmest on record," she added.

NOAA calculated that the world's average temperature in June hit 61.48 degrees Fahrenheit (16.33 Celsius), breaking the old record set last year by 0.22 degrees (.12 degrees Celsius). Usually temperature records are broken by one or two one-hundredths of a degree, not nearly a quarter of a degree, Blunden said. ... Read more
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'Black Lives Matter' protesters flummox O'Malley, Sanders
politico.com | Daniel Strauss | 07/19/15

When Martin O'Malley and Bernie Sanders took the stage at Saturday's Netroots Nation forum here in Arizona, things didn't go exactly as planned. Both Democratic presidential candidates were supposed to sit down with activist and journalist Jose Antonio Vargas to talk about immigration. Instead, they got shouted down. ... Read more

Warren Buffett & Johnny Depp Snap Up "Cheap" Greek Islands
ZeroHedge | author | 07/21/15

On Monday, we brought you a day in the life of a Greek realtor. Courtesy of Bloomberg, we got a first-hand account of what it's like in the Athens real estate market now that the Greek economy has collapsed. "For the last 15 days," the Athenian realtor featured in the video says, "the market has been really dead." ... Read more

5 delicious slow-cooker dishes under 500 calories (even sticky buns!)
today.com | Tracy Saelinger | current

5-ingredient chicken recipes for your slow cooker

For all the convenience of slow-cooker meals, we often pay for them with fat and calories--the recipes always seem to be loaded with cheese and starch. But slow-cooker dishes under 500 calories do exist. We even found a dessert (that could double as breakfast) to boot. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, July 21 [6:57]
DN | Danny Glover and Medea Benjamin on Assata, Guantanamo and Trade as Cuban Flag Rises in Washington (07/20/15) [17:39]
Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart | Jon Stewart Wonders 'What The F**k Is Wrong' With Donald Trump. (07/21/15) [9:57]
TRNN | Lawrence Wilkerson: discusses what he sees as positives and potential negatives in the new Cuban/North American relations (07/21/15) [8:30]
TRNN | Author and analyst Phyllis Bennis says: Victory of Diplomacy Over War in Iran Deal? (07/21/15) [7:28]
TRNN | Leo Panitch: GREECE, SYRIZA's Stability Rocked by New Memorandum, Part 2 (07/21/15) [16:26]
TYT | Are All Muslims Responsible For Terrorism? (07/20/15) [5:09]
TYT | Protestors Disrupt Bernie Sanders Netroots Nation Speech (07/20/15) [12:45]
TYT | Donald Trump Mocks John McCain AGAIN! (07/20/15) [14:33]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/

Monday July 20, 2015
News Articles

Europe Backs Iran Deal, Hopes To Send A Signal To U.S. Congress
Reuters & HP | author | 07/20/15

The European Union approved the Iran nuclear deal with world powers on Monday, a first step towards lifting Europe's economic sanctions against Tehran that the bloc hopes will send a signal that the U.S. Congress will follow.

In a message mainly aimed at skeptical voices in the U.S. Congress and strong resistance from Israel, EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels stressed that there was no better option available. "It is a balanced deal that means Iran won't get an atomic bomb," said French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius. "It is a major political deal." ... Read more

Bernie Sanders Takes His Populism to the Red States and Draws Huge Crowd
AlterNet | Zaid Jilani | 07/19/15

Today, Sanders took his Southwestern tour to Dallas and Houston. In Dallas, he spoke to nearly 10,000 people. The senator condemned the Democratic Party's political strategy in the South, saying that it has "conceded half of the states in the national level." He said that when "childhood poverty in Texas is 27 percent, we've gotta take it on. When 34 percent of people living in Texas have no health insurance, we've gotta take it on." ... Read more

California Drinking Water: Not Just Vanishing, But Also Widely Contaminated
MotherJones | Tom Philpott | 07/20/15

In normal years, California residents get about 30 percent of their drinking water from underground aquifers. And in droughts like the current one -- with sources like snowmelt from the Sierra Nevada mountains virtually non-existent -- groundwater supplies two-thirds of our most populous state's water needs. So it's sobering news that about 20 percent of the groundwater that Californians rely on to keep their taps flowing carries high concentrations of contaminants like arsenic, uranium, and nitrate.

That's the conclusion of a ten-year US Geological Survey study of 11,000 public-water wells across the state. The researchers tested the wells for a variety of contaminants, looking for levels above thresholds set by the Environmental Protection Agency and/or the California State Water Resources Board. ... Read more

More News
  1. IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL, REVIEWED Congress officially received the deal today, marking the start of a 60-day review period. Secretary of State John Kerry said there was no viable alternative to the deal, as the pitch process begins around the world for the historic agreement. [Reuters]
  2. GREEK BANKS REOPEN "Greeks woke up Monday morning to a new era: banks were finally open after being closed down for three weeks but new taxes meant coffee, tea and even condoms all cost more." [AP]
  3. TRUMP REFUSES TO APOLOGIZE TO MCCAIN After criticizing Sen. John McCain's time as a prisoner of war, Republican 2016 candidate Donald Trump has refused to back down amid mass outcry. Here's a reminder of what Trump was doing while McCain was a POW. [Paul Blumenthal, HuffPost]
  4. DODD-FRANK, FIVE YEARS LATER Christopher Dodd and Barney Frank take a look back at the banking regulatory reform five years on. [WSJ]
  5. UBER AND DE BLASIO GO HEAD TO HEAD New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to put a cap on the number of drivers Uber has in the Big Apple. To sell his controversial decision, he's trying to turn Uber into the next NRA. [BuzzFeed]
  6. U.S.-CUBA RESTORE FULL DIPLOMATIC TIES The new era in Cuba relations began at midnight. [AP]
  7. ON THE HIGH SEAS, FOOTAGE OF A MURDER DOESN'T HOLD WATER "Despite dozens of witnesses on at least four ships, those killings remain a mystery. No one even reported the incident -- there is no requirement to do so under maritime law nor any clear method for mariners, who move from port to port, to volunteer what they know." [NYT]
  8. RANKING THE GOP FIELD, WITHOUT YOU-KNOW-WHO Evaluating where the rest of the GOP crop of candidates stand minus He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. [HuffPost]
  9. RUSSIAN TOWN NEAR UKRAINE BORDER ALIVE WITH MILITARY ACTIVITY "A year after the war started in southeastern Ukraine, the Russian military has largely abandoned efforts to disguise its activities along the border with Ukraine. The tiny village of Golovinka, an hour or so's drive off the main highway on rutted dirt roads, has been transformed lately into a hive of military activity. The once-quiet military base nearby, Kuzminka, is teeming with soldiers and heavy weapons." [NYT]
Daniel Hopsicker - MadCowProd.com website
Daniel Hopsicker is an American television producer , investigative journalist , author and documentary maker .

Hopsicker concerned in recent years with the involvement of American intelligence agencies and government officials in the drug trafficking . His book Barry & 'the Boys': The CIA , the Mob and America's Secret History is considered the best funded investigation into during the Iran-Contra affair became known and shortly afterwards murdered drug dealer Barry Seal .

After the attacks of 11 September 2001 he began research on the previous stays the assassin in Venice , Florida . His findings about the background of the terrorist-flight school Huffman Aviation , owned by Rudy Dekkers and the amazing lives of the assassins in Florida he worked in 2003 in his documentary Mohammed Atta and the Venice Flying Circus and in the book Welcome to terrorist country. Mohammed Atta and his American assistant.
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Daniel Hopsicker Documentaries
  1. Mohamed Atta & the Venice Flying Circus
  2. The Big Fix 2000 - Who own America's elections?
  3. In Search of the American Drug Lords - The CIA and The Mob
  4. Secret Heartbeat of America - The CIA and Drugs

MC | Welcome To Terrorland: 9/11, Mohamed Atta and the Venice Flying Circus () [1:02:13]
Three of the four terrorist pilots connected with the 9/11 tragedy learned to fly airplanes in the tiny town of Venice, Florida, a sleepy retirement community with the second oldest population of any city in the entire United States. They attended flight schools owned by two Dutch nationals, one of whom has Mob ties.
Mohammed Atta's Girlfriend Amanda Keller () [9:58]
You heard the official story that the so-called ringleader of 9/11, Mohammed Atta, was a devout Muslim fanatic. Well, the truth could not be further from that story. Daniel Hopsicker found out about Mohammed Atta's girlfriend, Amanda Keller, and interviewed her. The story that she tells is completely different than what the US media has been telling us. The more we learn about Atta, the more we realize that he was a CIA assett that was set up as the patsy for the 9/11 operations.
Secret Heartbeat of America (1997) [1:46:55]
This is an amazing documentary about the railroad deaths of two boys which leads a crusading mother to discover the largest cocaine drug ring in American history. And guess what? The ring is owned and maintained by the CIA!
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, July 20 [10:04]
DN | Special Broadcast from Opening of Cuban Embassy in Washington as U.S.-Cuban Diplomatic Ties Restored (07/20/15) [27:24]
John Oliver
HBO | John Oliver: Food Waste (07/19/15) [17:49]
*TRNN | Leo Panitch interviewed: SYRIZA's Stability Rocked by New Memorandum, Part 1 (07/20/15) [8:37]
TRNN | Dimitri Lascaris, Minister of Education Aristides Baltas of Greece explains: SYRIZA Forced to Choose Disorderly Grexit or Terrible Deal (07/20/15) [30:44]
*TRNN | China Bails Out Stock Market with $209 Billion Stimulus, But Who's Getting Saved? (07/20/15) [6:22]
TYT | Whataburger Bans Open Carry (07/19/15) [9:15]
TYT | The Real Reason Critics Hate The Iran Nuclear Deal (07/18/15) [4:06]
TYT | Trump: John McCain Is A Dummy & Rick Perry Needs IQ Test (07/18/15) [4:07]
RT | CrossTalk: Iran - Game Changer? (07/20/15) [24:45]
RT | Keiser Report: 'Lazy, Crazy' Days of Summer (E785) (07/18/15) [24:41]
RoF | Ring of Fire (full) (07/16/15) [29:00]
RoF | To Win 2016, Democrats MUST Listen To The People (07/18/15) [2:55]
RoF | Democratic Primary: Big Money VS The People (07/18/15) [5:27]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/

Friday July 17, 2015
News Articles

America's stock market is shrinking
money.cnn.com | author | 07/09/15

The number of publicly listed U.S. stocks peaked at a record 7,562 during McGwire's record-setting summer of 1998, according to the Wilshire 5000 Total Market Index. Today, there are just 3,812.

This isn't a trivial problem that only matters to bankers on Wall Street. Not only do investors have fewer options to invest in, but it directly impacts American jobs. "We're shrinking the stock market. Unless we figure out how to create a lot more startups and a lot more IPOs, the economy is going to continue to generate jobs at lower rates than it should," said David Weild, former vice chairman at Nasdaq who has testified in Congress about capital markets. ... Read more
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The Climate Deception Dossiers
ucsusa.org | author | 07/09/15

For nearly three decades, many of the world's largest fossil fuel companies have knowingly worked to deceive the public about the realities and risks of climate change.

Their deceptive tactics are now highlighted in this set of seven "deception dossiers" -- collections of internal company and trade association documents that have either been leaked to the public, come to light through lawsuits, or been disclosed through Freedom of Information (FOIA) requests. ... Read more

The Climate Deception Dossiers: Internal Fossil Fuel Industry Memos Reveal Decades of Corporate Disinformation.pdf

As early as 1977, representatives from major fossil fuel companies attended dozens of congressional hearings in which the contribution of carbon emissions to the greenhouse effect was discussed. By 1981 at least one company (Exxon) was already considering the climate implications of a large fossil fuel extraction project.

In 1988, the issue moved beyond the scientific community and onto the national stage. James Hansen, a leading NASA climate scientist, testified before Congress that scientific data had confirmed that industrial activities were causing climate change. It was also in 1988 that the United Nations formed the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the U.S. Congress introduced the National Energy Policy Act in an effort to reduce emissions of heat-trapping gases.

UMich Consumer Sentiment Drops, Misses By Most Since 2006
ZeroHedge | author | 07/17/15

Since January's exuberant peak, UMich consumer sentiment has drifted lower. Expectations for July's preliminary data was 96.0 but the 93.3 print is the biggest miss since 2006. Both current and future "hope" conditions dropped markedlywith details showing American sless certain about retirement, less confident about income growth outpacing inflation, and businesses considerably less confident. ... Read more

Trump's Racist Attacks Fire Up the Base and Push Him to Top of GOP 2016 Field
AlterNet | Steven Rosenfeld | 07/15/15

National and regional polls -- by the Washington Post/ABC, USA Today/ Suffolk University, Monmouth University and Public Policy Polling -- find Trump's rise has followed his attacks on undocumented immigrants, especially from Mexico, as he's called for tigher border controls.

“Mexico—they’re taking our jobs. They’re taking our manufacturing. They’re taking our money. They’re killing us at the border,” he said at a rally in Pheonix, Arizona, last weekend to a nearly all-white audience. “We’ll take our country back.” ... Read more

*Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, July 17 [6:14]
DN | Mass Graves of Immigrants Found in Texas, But State Says No Laws Were Broken (07/16/15) [14:17]
DN | Mass Shootings on the Rise: 4 Marines Killed in Tennessee While Aurora Theater Gunman Found Guilty (07/17/15) [7:51]
ALEC - American Legislative Exchange Council
*ALEC - The American Legislative Exchange Council () [5:00]
*TRNN | Nancy Cole discusses: The "Real" Climate Hoax Is Not The One Claimed By Big Business (07/16/15) [7:29]
The industrial revolution may have been initiated more than 250 years ago, but more than 50 percent of all industrial carbon emissions have been released into the atmosphere just since 1988. And according to a new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists, for nearly three decades many of the world's largest fossil fuel companies have knowingly worked to deceive the public about the realities and risks of climate change.
*TYT | Banksters Light Greek Powder Keg (07/16/15) [5:25]
TYT | Terrorist Murders Unarmed Marines At Their Desk Jobs (07/16/15) [10:35]
RT | CrossTalk: Remembering MH17 (07/17/15) [25:00]
*RT | America's Shrinking Stock Market (E784) (07/16/15) [25:45]
In this episode of the Keiser Report Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss when the last ear and the last eye accessible to the sound of the closing bell and the last printing of the ticker will mean the US empire ceases to be as the stock market shrinks along with political, moral and cultural space. In the second half Max interviews Peter Kirby of Factom.org about scalable data layers on the blockchain keeping data honest. They also discuss securing that data with a single hash and crowdfunding with factoids.
ROF | The Simple Solution to Stop Bloodsucking Bankers (07/16/15) [4:34]
The Fight for the Future of Democrats Is Just Getting Started (07/16/15) [9:58]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/

Thursday July 16, 2015
News Articles

Greece Lawmakers Approve Bailout Proposal
AP & HP | author | 07/15/15

Parliament agrees that while more austerity is bad, leaving the euro would be even worse.

Greek lawmakers voted overwhelmingly early Thursday to approve a harsh austerity bill demanded by bailout creditors, despite significant dissent from members of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' own left-wing party.

The bill, which imposes sweeping tax hikes and spending cuts, fueled anger in the governing Syriza party and led to a revolt against Tsipras, who has insisted the deal forged after a marathon weekend eurozone summit was the best he could do to prevent Greece from catastrophically crashing out of the euro, Europe's joint currency. ... Read more

How The ECB Took Over Greek Banks, In One Chart
ZeroHedge | author | 07/16/15

Earlier this week, when we reported that as part of the just passed latest Greek austerity package which open the way for the third Greek bailout, "one of the preconditions imposed on Greece for a deal is that it signs into law European rules that would put euro zone authorities at the ECB and in Brussels, rather than Athens, in charge of identifying and closing or breaking up sick banks."

As Reuters added, "this in turn could lead to a shake-up of the sector that could see some banks close, with losses pushed onto bondholders and possibly even large depositors. In such circumstances, there would be little that Athens could do to prevent this." ... Read more

I Attended an ALEC Conference -- and Found an Alternative Universe
BillMoyers | Chris Taylor | older

ALEC's guiding principle -- supporting big business -- turns the small-c conservative ideal of individual liberty and local control on its head. As Utah Sen. Howard Stephenson stated to an Education subcommittee, "We need to stomp out local control." School boards and city councils take away liberties quicker than the federal government, he insisted. Local governing entities can be a roadblock to the ALEC agenda, so their power needs to be preempted and removed.

And, there are the economics of the ALEC otherworld. I chuckled at the scorn directed at Minnesota, where, Rep. Garafalo remarked, "the inmates are running the asylum." Minnesota raised taxes on the rich and invested the resulting revenue in public schools, including all-day kindergarten. In "Rich States, Poor States" -- an ALEC publication that ranks states in terms of a 2013 State Economic Outlook -- Minnesota ranks 46th, Wisconsin 15th and Mississippi 10th. Yet in 2012 Minnesota had one of the fastest growing economies in the nation, and currently has higher median incomes and lower unemployment and poverty rates than both Wisconsin and Mississippi (where a whopping 17.5 percent of families have incomes below the poverty level). The Bureau of Labor Statistics puts Minnesota near the top of private sector job growth in the Midwest, while Wisconsin lags near the bottom. In the ALEC otherworld, actual economics do not count. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, July 16 [11:37]
*DN | Former Iran Ambassador: Nuclear Deal is Model for Closing Path to Militarization and Weaponization (07/16/15) [22:54]
*DN | Protests Erupt Outside of Greek Parliament as It Approves Harsh Austerity Measures in Bailout Deal (07/16/15) [6:01]
Other Videos
The 2 Euro T-Shirt - A Social Experiment (went viral) (04/23/15) [1:44]
John Oliver | Bill Moyers | & ALEC
HBO | John Oliver: State Legislatures and ALEC (older, but good 11/04/14) [17:17]
Bill Moyers | United States of ALEC () [31:54]
TRNN | Protests Erupt in Athens As Greece Approves Eurozone Bailout (07/15/15) [6:27]
*TRNN | A Fury Rising as Greek Parliament Votes to Accept Eurozone Agreement (07/16/15) [14:22]
TRNN | Hillary Clinton's economic plan sounds tough on Wall Street, but PERI economist Gerald Epstein says it's nothing more than political theater (07/16/15) [2:26] *TYT | Jeb Bush On Donald Trump's Fear Mongering (07/15/15) [7:19]
TYT | Will Obama Be Remembered As A Great President? (07/15/15) [3:51]
RT | Keiser Report: Lethal Bloodlettings for Greece (E783) (07/14/15) [25:03]
It's Time to Start Singling Out The Worst GOP Warhawks (04/15/15) [2:40]
Exxon Pays Big Bucks To Cover Up Climate Change (07/15/15) [2:59]
Republican Governors Fulfill Billionaire Wishlist (ALEC=American Legislative Exchange Council) (07/15/15) [8:28]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
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Wednesday July 15, 2015
News Articles

Why the Iran Deal Makes Obama's Critics So Angry
TheAtlantic | Peter Beinart | 07/14/15

"Mankind faces a crossroads," declared Woody Allen. "One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly." The point is simple: In life, what matters most isn't how a decision compares to your ideal outcome. It's how it compares to the alternative at hand.

The same is true for the Iran deal, announced Tuesday between Iran and six world powers. As Congress begins debating the agreement, its opponents have three real alternatives. The first is to kill the deal, and the interim agreement that preceded it, and do nothing else, which means few restraints on Iran's nuclear program. The second is war. But top American and Israeli officials have warned that military action against Iranian nuclear facilities could ignite a catastrophic regional conflict and would be ineffective, if not counterproductive, in delaying Iran's path to the bomb. ... Read more

Benjamin Netanyahu Doesn't Need To Read The Iran Deal To Know He Hates It
HP | Jessica Schulberg | 07/14/15

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared the historic nuclear agreement reached between Iran, the U.S., and five other world powers on Tuesday to be a catastrophe. Netanyahu's judgment of the 159-page agreement came before the public release of the text of the deal. He blamed the nuclear agreement on the willingness of the negotiators to reach a deal "at any cost," a thinly veiled criticism of President Barack Obama, whom the Israeli premier has long sparred with on the topic of Iran's nuclear program. ... Read more

Atticus Tops Popular Baby Names List of 2015

Italy -- Non-Performing Loans Hit A New Record High
ZeroHedge | author | 07/15/15

The real danger to the euro area probably doesn't emanate from Greece, but from two of its heavyweights, namely France and Italy. If one thinks things properly through, Greece is really a side-show. The euro zone remains full of accidents waiting to happen and some of them have the potential to become truly gigantic accidents. ... Read more

Recession Watch - Industrial Output Growth Plunges To 5 Year Lows
ZeroHedge | author | 07/15/15

Industrial Production rose just 1.54% YoY, the weakest growth since Feb 2010 and flashing a major recessionary red light. Utilities were the biggest contributor, as Manufacturing output ended June unchanged (against expectations of a modest 0.1% rise), missing for the 2nd month in a row. Notably vehicle production tumbled 5.5% MoM. Not exactly the end to Q2 that GDP hockey-stick'rs will be wanting. ... Read more
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William Rivers Pitt | What I Think of George W. Bush
Truth-Out.org | William Rivers Pitt | 07/14/15

I ran accross this article, and with it this video... I don't know if I should laugh or cry. ... Read more

FNN | Interview with George W. Bush & Bill Clinton at the Presidential Leadership Scholars Graduation (07/09/15) [35:39]

The Truth About Extended Auto Warranties
Car Guru | author | 07/15/15

Most of us know the feeling. Your car is no longer under factory warranty and you hear or feel something unusual in your car. The first thought that races through your head is your bank account balance going down. The second is finding a reputable repair shop and how long you'll be without a car. ... Read more
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Car Guru Carchex - Extended Vehicle Protection QUOTE

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, July 15 [7:08]
*DN | Strange Bedfellows: Why Are the Koch Brothers & Van Jones Teaming Up to End Mass Incarceration? (07/15/15) [11:41]
This week President Obama has launched a major push to reform the country's criminal justice system. On Monday, he granted clemency to 46 men and women facing extreme sentences -- in some cases life in prison -- for nonviolent drug offenses. Tomorrow he is set to become the first sitting president to visit a federal prison. On Tuesday, Obama described what he called a "broken system" in an address at the NAACP's annual convention. "US is home to 5% of the worlds population, but 25% of the worlds prisioners". "We keep more people behind bars than 35 European countries combined". During his speech, Obama praised the "unlikely bedfellows" campaigning together for criminal justice reform from the left and right, including the Koch Brothers and Van Jones.
DN | PETA: SeaWorld Employee Infiltrated Animal Rights Group, Called for Grabbing "Pitchforks & Torches" (07/15/15) [12:29]
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has accused the popular animal theme park SeaWorld of infiltrating its organization by sending an employee on an undercover mission posing as an animal rights activist. According to PETA, the SeaWorld employee took part in numerous PETA protests against SeaWorld, including one at the 2014 Rose Parade in Pasadena when he was arrested along with other activists. One photo posted on Twitter showed him inside a police van along with other arrested activists. PETA activists knew the man as Thomas Jones, but his real name was Paul McComb. Unlike the other activists arrested that day, he was released without charge. His name never appeared on an arrest sheet. According to PETA, McComb also repeatedly used social media in an effort to incite other activists, stating that it's time to "grab pitchforks and torches" and time to burn SeaWorld to the ground.
*TRNN | Larry Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell, says the nuclear accord will lead to greater U.S.-Iranian cooperation over Mideast policy (07/14/15) [9:55]
*TRNN | Former IAEA Inspector Robert Kelley: Agreement Effectively Ends Iranian Breakout Capacity (07/14/15) [13:22]
*TRNN | How Tax Dodging Put Puerto Rico on the Road to Debt (07/14/15) [6:44]
*TRNN | Iran Signs Historic Nuke Deal (07/14/15) [15:30]
*TYT | Right Wing Politicians Furious Over Iran Nuke Deal (07/14/15) [17:00]
TYT | Counter Jade Helm 15 Operation Proves Existence Of White Privilege (07/14/15) [3:33]
TYT | Geraldo To Eric Bowling: I'd Knock You Out Right Now! (07/14/15) [4:42]
*RT | CrossTalk: Kiev's Contradictions (07/15/15) [23:54]
*Bernie Sanders Brings Honesty and Compassion To Campaign Trail (07/14/15) [9:52]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
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Tuesday July 14, 2015
News Articles

Here's How the Iran Nuclear Deal Is Supposed to Work
MotherJones | Kevin Drum | 07/14/15

Apparently this is Let's Make a Deal week. First the Greeks, now the Iranians. The deal with Iran restricts their supply of uranium, cuts down the number of centrifuges they can run, forces them to account for past activity, and puts in place strict verification measures. So when does it take effect: Here's the Washington Post:

The agreement will not take effect until Iran is certified to have met its terms -- something Iran says will happen in a matter of weeks but that Western diplomats have said could take at least until the end of the year. Hmmm. That's not necessarily a good start. So when will sanctions be lifted? ... Read more

Walker: Iran Deal One Of America's 'Worst Diplomatic Failures'
The New Pearl Harbor Revisited: 9/11, the Cover-Up, and the Expose by David Ray Griffin

In 2004, David Ray Griffin published The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions about the Bush Administration and 9/11. Translated into several languages, it helped spark a worldwide movement demanding "9/11 truth." Even as it became increasingly outdated, it continued to be widely cited as the best introduction to the issues.

Griffin has now written The New Pearl Harbor Revisited, which provides a chapter-by-chapter updating of the information provided in that earlier book. It shows that the case against the official account constructed by independent researchers---who now include architects, engineers, physicists, pilots, politicians, and former military officers---is far stronger than it was in 2004, leaving no doubt that 9/11 was a false-flag operation, designed to give the Bush-Cheney administration a pretext to attack oil-rich Muslim nations.

Taken together, these two books provide everything one needs to make an informed decision about 9/11---whether one is a journalist, a political leader, a religious leader, or an ordinary citizen concerned about truth, democracy, and the rule of law.

SEC: Government Destroyed Documents Regarding Pre-9/11 Put Options
washingtonsblog.com | author | 06/15/10

Sources tell CBS News that the afternoon before the attack, alarm bells were sounding over unusual trading in the U.S. stock options market. An extraordinary number of trades were betting that American Airlines stock price would fall.

The trades are called "puts" and they involved at least 450,000 shares of American. But what raised the red flag is more than 80 percent of the orders were "puts", far outnumbering "call" options, those betting the stock would rise. ... Read more

The 9/11 Tapes: The Story in the Air
NYTimes | author | 09/07/11

A selection of audio recordings from the Federal Aviation Administration (F.A.A.), North American Aerospace Defense Command (Norad) and American Airlines from the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. The recordings, some of which have been published previously, are being released in a multimedia report originally intended to be part of the Sept. 11 Commission's 2004 report. Read Related Article ... Read more

Congress Moves To Stop States From Requiring GMO Labeling

That Time Ronald Reagan Opened Iran and Illegally Sold Weapons to Khomeini
TruthDig | Juan Cole | 07/14/15

he Reagan administration in the 1980s was buffeted by two policy drives toward Iran. On the one hand, Reagan ally Saudi Arabia supported Iraq, which illegally launched a war on the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1980 in order to steal its oil-rich Khuzistan Province. Reagan in 1983 sent Donald Rumsfeld, then CEO of Searle pharmaceuticals, to make friends with Saddam Hussein in Iraq.

From the other side, a section of the Israeli security establishment wanted Reagan to side with Iran against Iraq and to provide Iran weaponry. Before the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Iran had been a major supplier of petroleum to Israel, which was boycotted by the Arab League (Iran is not an Arab country). ... Read more
RT | "Iran-Contra: America's biggest political scandal?" (07/14/15) [3:51]

It may seem odd that a fish's name was changed to make it sound better, however it is actually more common than you may think. Monkfish was originally called Goosefish, Sea Urchin used to be called Whore's Eggs and Orange Roughy was Slimehead.
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, July 14 [7:30]
*DN | Could Historic Iran Nuclear Deal Transform the Middle East? (07/14/15) [13:38]
*DN | #ThisIsACoup: Greeks Denounce Bailout Deal That Calls for New Round of Austerity (07/14/15) [16:17]
*DN | "Something Big Is Happening": John Nichols on Bernie Sanders' Surge and Rising Power of Movements (07/14/15) [2:19]
Who Are the Real Terrorist?
*"September 11 - The New Pearl Harbor" (all) (09/07/13) [4:53:49]
*TRNN | University of Athens' Creston Davis argues: Is Greece's New Debt Deal Worse Than Plan Rejected By Referendum? (07/14/15) [15:54]
TRNN | Greek PM Tsipras Agrees to Key Demands of Eurozone Leaders (07/14/15) [1:50]
*TRNN | Greek Deal Will Erode Sovereignty and Deepen Recession (07/14/15) [18:47]
*TRNN | Nantina Vgontzas says: A Soft Coup in Greece, Part 1 (07/14/15) [8:43], Part 2 [35:03]
*TYT | Greece's Deal With The Devil (07/13/15) [15:16]
TYT | How Many Lies Can Scott Walker Cram Into One Ad? (07/13/15) [12:28]
TYT | Jeb Tries To One-Up Hillary's Tech Speech, Fails (07/13/15) [6:58]
Ring of Fire (07/13/15) [29:00]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | Are Muslims the New Blacks? (07/13/15) [10:15]
Other Videos and Documentaries I Ran Across

Monday July 13, 2015
News Articles

*The Big Unchill
TheBostonGlobe | David Abel | date

BARROW, Alaska -- A mile off the coast of the continent's northernmost city, Josh Jones gunned his four-wheeler over ridges of buckling ice and through pools of turquoise water, where normally there would be a vast sheen of ice and snow.

Here, as close to the top of the world as you can get in America, the signs are serious indeed: The Arctic Ocean is melting faster than at any time on record. This February, the sea ice that stretches from North America to Russia reached its lowest-known winter extent and began melting 15 days earlier than usual. That continued a three-decade trend that has seen the ocean's ice lose about 65 percent of its mass and about half of its reach during the summer. In 20 or 30 more years, the Arctic Ocean could be nearly devoid of ice in the summer, climate scientists believe. ... Read more

The jet stream abuts the irregular pattern formed by the warming Arctic region and radical weather ridges and troughs developed
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Greg Palast: Greece Is a Crime Scene, and Vulture Funds Are to Blame
Truth-out.org | Michael Nevradakis | 01/09/15

Investigative reporter and bestselling author Greg Palast discusses with Truthout the results of his investigation into the actions of so-called vulture funds and their role in the destruction of the Greek economy. He also examines the eurozone and alternative examples of economic development available.

... Well, as my fellow economists Paul Krugman and Joe Stiglitz have noted, the austerity programs are like medieval bloodletting. If you're sick, they would drain the blood from you, and if you didn't get better, they would say "oh, the problem is that we didn't drain enough blood" and they would bleed you some more. That's how austerity works. ... Read more

Vultures' Picnic: In Pursuit of Petroleum Pigs, Power Pirates, and High-Finance Carnivores by Greg Palast

This is the story of the corporate vultures that feed on the weak and ruin our planet in the process-a story that spans the globe and decades.

For Vultures' Picnic, investigative journalist Greg Palast has spent his career uncovering the connection between the world of energy (read: oil) and finance. He's built a team that reads like a casting call for a Hollywood thriller-a Swiss multilingual investigator, a punk journalist, and a gonzo cameraman-to reveal how environmental disasters like the Gulf oil spill, the Exxon Valdez, and lesser-known tragedies such as Tatitlek and Torrey Canyon are caused by corporate corruption, failed legislation, and, most interestingly, veiled connections between the billionaires of financial industry and energy titans. Palast shows how the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, World Trade Organization, and Central Banks act as puppets and bandits for Big Oil.

With Palast at the center of an investigation that takes us from the Arctic to Africa to the Amazon, Vultures' Picnic shows how the big powers in the money and oil game slip the bonds of regulation over and over again, and simply destroy the rules that they themselves can't write-and take advantage of nations and everyday people in the process.

What Assets Did Greece Just Hand Over To Europe: "Airports, Airplanes, Infrastructure And Most Certainly Banks"
ZeroHedge | author | 07/13/15

The Simpsons had it right all along:

With the provocative and dramatic Greek "time out" language pulled from the final finmin and summit draft language, the two most humiliating aspects of the latest extend and pretend "deal" for the Greek people will be the return of the Troika's (surely we can call it the Troika again as part of the Greek capitulation) IMF mission to Athens, and the escrowing of some €50 billion in Greek assets in a liquidation fund. ... Read more

"The Eurozone As We Know It Is Destroyed"
ZeroHedge | author | 07/13/15

Despite the euphoria in global equity markets, The FT's Wolfgang Munchau - once one of the keenest euro enthusiasts - warns regime change is coming in Europe. The actions of the creditors has "destroyed the eurozone as we know it and demolished the idea of a monetary union as a step towards a democratic political union," Munchau exclaims, fearing they have "demoted the eurozone into a toxic fixed exchange-rate system, with a shared single currency, run in the interests of Germany, held together by the threat of absolute destitution for those who challenge the prevailing order." He concludes rather ominously, "we will soon be asking ourselves whether this new eurozone, in which the strong push around the weak, can be sustainable." ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, July 13 [13:25]
DN | Psychologists Collaborated with CIA & Pentagon on Post-9/11 Torture Program, May Face Ethics Charges (07/13/15) [10:10]
John Oliver
*HBO | John Oliver: Stadiums (07/12/15) [19:07]
TRNN | Greek PM Tsipras Agrees to Key Demands of Eurozone Leaders (07/13/15) [1:50]
*TRNN | Greece, #ThisIsACoup, discussed by Dimitri Lascaris and Michalis Spourdalakis, (07/13/15) [33:37]
*TRNN | Michael Ratner discusses: Wikileaks Revelations Expose US NSA Tentacles Reaching into Allied Governments Around the World (07/13/15) [10:03]
*TRNN | Vijay Prashad: BRICS Challenges the "Double Standard" of the West (07/13/15) [11:42]
*TRNN | Patrick Bond, Co-Author of BRICS: An Anti-Capitalism Critique, finds BRICS to be largely neoliberal and unequal, evident by the appointees to the bank board (07/13/15) [10:42]
*TRNN | PERI's Gerald Epstein says: Yellen Signals Interest Rate Hike, Will It Increase Inequality? (07/13/15) [7:58]
*TYT | Email Proves Exxon Knew About Climate Change YEARS Before Everyone Else (07/12/15) [5:17]
TYT | Ted Cruz Owned During MSNBC Interview (07/12/15) [4:41]
TYT | How To Prevent The Next Dylann Roof Massacre (07/12/15) [12:05]
TYT | Racists Furious Over Confederate Flag Removal (07/12/15) [7:40]
*RT | CrossTalk: Shifting Borders - ISIS redrawing Mideast map (07/13/15) [24:40]
*RT | Keiser Report: Confuctitious Loans (E782) (07/12/15) [22:13]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/

Friday July 10, 2015
News Articles

A Photo Essay On Yemen's Victims Of Saudi Airstrikes
firstlook.org/theintercept | Alex Potter | 07/10/15

"We were sitting in the mosque, reading Quran. A while after the afternoon prayer we heard a plane circling, and a huge explosion," says a boy surveying the damage to a mosque in the village of Al Joob, in Yemen. "People were running and there were pieces of bodies everywhere." ... Read more

Europe is blowing itself apart over Greece - and nobody seems able to stop it
TRNN | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard | 07/08/15

Like a tragedy from Euripides, the long struggle between Greece and Europe's creditor powers is reaching a cataclysmic end that nobody planned, nobody seems able to escape, and that threatens to shatter the greater European order in the process. Greek premier Alexis Tsipras never expected to win Sunday's referendum on EMU bail-out terms, let alone to preside over a blazing national revolt against foreign control.

He called the snap vote with the expectation - and intention - of losing it. The plan was to put up a good fight, accept honourable defeat, and hand over the keys of the Maximos Mansion, leaving it to others to implement the June 25 "ultimatum" and suffer the opprobrium. ... Read more

Dune, 50 Years On: How a Science Fiction Novel Changed the World
AlterNet | Hari Kunzru | 07/05/15

In 1959, if you were walking the sand dunes near Florence, Oregon, you might have encountered a burly, bearded extrovert, striding about in Ray-Ban Aviators and practical army surplus clothing. Frank Herbert, a freelance writer with a feeling for ecology, was researching a magazine story about a US Department of Agriculture programme to stabilise the shifting sands by introducing European beach grass. ... Read more

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Losing Control
ZeroHedge | author | 07/10/15

Markets are beginning to signal that policy makers are losing control. Many second-order-effects of the unprecedented and experimental global actions taken since the 2008 crisis are beginning to manifest. There are always causes and effects that develop; but they do so at different speeds. Many actions in recent years have prioritized 'benefits today' over 'consequences tomorrow'. 'Tomorrow' is approaching ever more quickly. There is no 'free lunch'. ... Read more

More News
  1. Fed Chair Yellen To Speak As Global Tensions Rise (WSJ)
  2. Greek PM Tsipras seeks party backing after abrupt concessions (Reuters)
  3. France Hails Greek Aid Proposals as Germany Reserves Judgment (BBG)
  4. Greek PM says does not have mandate to exit eurozone (Reuters)
  5. France Intercedes on Greece's Behalf to Try to Hold Eurozone Together (WSJ)
  6. Frozen Funds, Fleeing Tourists: Greek Startups Feel the Pinch (BBG)
  7. Doubts Simmer Despite China's Gain (WSJ)
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, July 10 [12:03]
*DN | Did BP Get Off Cheaply? Antonia Juhasz on $18.7B Gulf Oil Spill Settlement (07/09/15) [6:32]
DN | Chomsky: Greece Faces "Savage Response" for Taking on Austerity "Class War" (07/10/15) []
*TRNN | Robert Johnson of INET says: Deadline Sunday for Greece (07/10/15) [13:07]
TRNN | Michael Hudson says: Capitalism and Government Debt at Odds in Greece, Part 1 (07/10/15) [10:50], Part 2 [9:00]
TYT | Democrats Say Trump Isn't The Only Racist Republican Candidate (07/09/15) [4:08]
TYT | Jeb Bush Thinks You Don't Work Hard Enough (07/09/15) [8:40]
*RT | CrossTalk: EU Fiasco? (07/10/15) [24:12]
Quagmire and fiasco are only two words to describe the condition of the European Union and the eurozone after the democratic choice of the Greek people. In the end the IMF's crisis-mongering strategy failed and the Brussels leadership completely miscalculated. So-called Western values are lying in tatters.
RT | Keiser Report: Yanis Varoufakis 'Shane' of Greece (E780) (07/07/15) [25:32]
In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss the Greek referendum results, financial terrorism and bail-in fears induced velocity of money. In the second half, Max interviews Professor Steve Keen about the Greek 'OXI' (No) vote and the dictatorship of the ECB.
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | Bernie Sanders: Break up the Big Banks! (07/09/15) [1:54]
ThomHartmann | Isn't It Time to Make Banking Boring Again? (07/09/15) [6:15]
MSNBC Rachel Maddow
Rachel Maddow | Hole in Shell vessel threatens drilling plan (07/08/15) [8:33]
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