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Tuesday April 08, 2014
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SEC Goldman Lawyer Says Agency Too Timid on Wall Street Misdeeds
Bloomberg | Robert Schmidt | 04/08/14

James Kidney, who joined the SEC in 1986 and retired this month, offered the critique in a speech at his goodbye party. His remarks hit home with many in the crowd of SEC lawyers and alumni thanks to a part of his resume not publicly known: He had campaigned internally to bring charges against more executives in the agency’s 2010 case against Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS)

... Kidney said his superiors were more focused on getting high-paying jobs after their government service than on bringing difficult cases. The agency’s penalties, Kidney said, have become “at most a tollbooth on the bankster turnpike.” ... Read more

Global Rankings Study Depicts an America in Warp Speed Decline
AlterNet | CJ Werleman | 04/08/14

If America needed a reminder that it is fast becoming a second-rate nation, and that every economic policy of the Republican Party is wrongheaded, it got one this week with the release of the Social Progress Index (SPI).

Harvard business professor Michael E. Porter, who earlier developed the Global Competitiveness Report, designed the SPI. A new way to look at the success of countries, the SPI studies 132 nations and evaluates 54 social and environmental indicators for each country that matter to real people. Rather than measuring a country’s success by its per capita GDP, the index is based on an array of data reflecting suicide, ecosystem sustainability, property rights, access to healthcare and education, gender equality, attitudes toward immigrants and minorities, religious freedom, nutrition, infrastructure and more.

While the U.S. enjoys the second highest per capita GDP of $45,336, it ranks in an underperforming 16th place overall. It gets worse. The U.S. ranks 70th in health, 69th in ecosystem sustainability, 39th in basic education, 34th in access to water and sanitation and 31st in personal safety. More surprising is the fact that despite being the home country of global tech heavyweights Microsoft, Cisco, IBM, Oracle, and so on, the U.S. ranks a disappointing 23rd in access to the Internet. ... Read more

ABC News | Extreme Weather: Tornadoes, Flash Flooding Across South (04/08/14) [2:09]
ABC News | Remembering the One and Only Mickey Rooney, died at 93. (04/07/14) [2:04]
ABC News | Anne Hathaway Interview 2014: Actress Is the 'Jewel' of 'Rio 2' (04/08/14) [5:18]
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DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, April 8 [11:27]
*DN | All the President's Bankers: Nomi Prins on Secret History of Washington-Wall Street Collusion (04/08/14) [17:47], Part 2 [4:17]
DN | "We Can't Just Give a Blank Check": Lawmakers Call for Ending Secrecy of U.S. Intel's Black Budget (04/08/14) [10:55] Part 2 [7:47]
TRNN News
*TRNN | Madawi Al-Rasheed: The Multiple Kingdoms of Saudi Arabia, Part 5 (04/08/14) [16:36]
TRNN | Larry Wilkerson: Republican Presidential Hopefuls Pay Homage to Billionaire Casino Tycoon Sheldon Adelson (04/08/14) [6:29]
Interesting Video
*Growth of a Nation is a ten minute movie which depicts the geographic history of the United States from 1789. [10:00]
Dick Cheney | Halliburton | KBR | Private Contractors
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Monday April 07, 2014
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NEW STUDY: 72 Percent of Fox News Climate Segments Are Misleading
MotherJones | Chris Mooney | 04/07/14

According to a Pew study released last year, 38 percent of US adults watch cable news. So if you want to know why so many Americans deny or doubt the established science of climate change, the content they're receiving on cable news may well point the way.

According to a new study by the Union of Concerned Scientists, misinformation about climate science on cable news channels is pretty common. The study found that last year, 30 percent of CNN's climate-related segments were misleading, compared with 72 percent for Fox News and just 8 percent for MSNBC. The study methodology was quite strict: segments that contained "any inaccurate or misleading representations of climate science" were classified as misleading. ... Read more
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Rand Paul Says Dick Cheney Pushed for the Iraq War So Halliburton Would Profit
MotherJones | David Corn | 04/07/14

Last week, continuing the sometimes catty intraparty feud between Republican hawks and GOPers skeptical of foreign intervention, former Vice President Dick Cheney took a shot at Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). But Paul is not likely to be fazed by criticism from Cheney, for several years ago the Kentucky senator was pushing the conspiratorial notion that the former VP exploited the horrific 9/11 attacks to lead the nation into war in Iraq in order to benefit Halliburton, the enormous military contractor where Cheney had once been CEO. ...

... Cheney's remarks were the latest round in the tussle between the Republican Party's hawks and intervention skeptics. A year ago, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) referred to Paul, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), and other Republicans unenthusiastic about drone strikes as "wacko birds." ... Read more

*Rand Paul Says Dick Cheney Pushed for the Iraq War So Halliburton Would Profit (2009) [3:08]
Rand Paul speaks at WKU (full) (2 of 5) [9:36]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, April 7 [9:04]
DN | Sy Hersh Reveals Potential Turkish Role in Syria Chemical Strike That Almost Sparked U.S. Bombing (04/07/14) [19:41]
DN | 20 Years Later, Rwanda Commemorates Genocide the World Ignored (04/07/14) [15:46], Part 2 [11:48]
TRNN News
*TRNN | Why do the Saudis Want the US to Attack Iran? Part 4 (04/07/14) [12:46]
TRNN | Chris Hedges on "Israel's War on American Universities" (04/07/14) [9:57]
Ring of Fire
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Rachel Maddow: Nuclear Base Scandals Raise Concerns Of 'Rot' (04/07/14) [7:30]

Friday April 04, 2014
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The Court’s Decision on ‘McCutcheon’ Will Empower the Oligarchs, Say Reformers
Bill Moyers | John Light | 04/02/14

The Supreme Court further opened the doors of our democracy to big money in its ruling today in McCutcheon v. FEC. In a five-four split along ideological lines, the Court ruled that overall limits on individual campaign contributions were unconstitutional under the First Amendment. The Court left in place the cap on donations to a single candidate that conservative donor Shaun McCutcheon also challenged in the case. In a concurring opinion, Justice Clarence Thomas moved to strike that limit down as well. ...

... Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) denounced the ruling saying it would fundamentally undermine American democracy. “The Supreme Court is paving the way toward an oligarchic form of society in which a handful of billionaires like the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson will control our political process,” he said in a statement. ... Read more
*VIDEO | Bill Moyers | Heather Gerken on Dollars v. Democracy (04/01/14) [24:30]

Watch As HFT Debate Devolves Into Epic Screamfest In Milliseconds
ZeroHedge | author | 04/01/14

The clearly agitated BATS CEO came out swinging, blasting Katsuyama and Lewis "Shame On You," for apparently telling the truth of what occurs in the stock 'market and letting everyone in on it'. The tension grows when he presses Katsuyama on whether he really believes it is rigged... who then erupts "I believe the markets are rigged.. and that you are a part of the rigging." Then the gloves come off "you wanna do this, let's do this!" and then it got worse (or better) ... Read more
VIDEO | I believe the markets are rigged.. and that you are a part of the rigging (short) (04/01/14) [4:11]

Peak Bubble 2.0: The Market Is Now Exactly As Overvalued As It Was At The Last Bubble Peak
ZeroHedge | author | 04/04/14

According to this chart from JPM the market's forward P/E ratio now is precisely 15.2x. What was it at precisely the last bubble peak on October 9, 2007? 15.2x.

Everyone knows what happened next. ... Read more
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35 Countries Where the U.S. Has Supported Fascists, Drug Lords and Terrorists
AlterNet | Nicolas J.S. Davies | 03/04/14

The U.S. is backing Ukraine's extreme right-wing Svoboda party and violent neo-Nazis whose armed uprising paved the way for a Western-backed coup. Events in the Ukraine are giving us another glimpse through the looking-glass of U.S. propaganda wars against fascism, drugs and terrorism. The ugly reality behind the mirror is that the U.S. government has a long and unbroken record of working with fascists, dictators, druglords and state sponsors of terrorism in every region of the world in its elusive but relentless quest for unchallenged global power. ... Read more

DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, April 4 [12:57]
DN | "The War Comes Home": Deadly Fort Hood Shooting Raises Questions About Treatment of Returning Vets (04/04/14) [15:25]
*DN | Drugging America's Veterans: Painkiller Abuse Spreads As VA Becomes Vets' "Drug Dealer of Choice" (04/04/14) [15:22]
TRNN News
TRNN | TRNN talks to workers at Baltimore's internationally renowned Johns Hopkins Hospital as they prepare for a possible strike in order to obtain a $15 hourly wage (04/04/14) [5:27]
The Corporation | Model Citizen??
The Corporation : The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power (trailer) [1:51]
*The Corporation : The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power (full) (2003) [2:25:16]
Bill Moyers
*Bill Moyers | Heather Gerken on Dollars v. Democracy (04/01/14) [24:30]
Bill Moyers | John Nichols and Robert McChesney on Selling out Democracy (11/11/13) [31:39]
Wall Street - HFT - High Frequency Trading
I believe the markets are rigged.. and that you are a part of the rigging (full) (04/01/14) [23:09]
Diane Rehms Show
Diane Rehm Domestic News - Friday (04/04/14) [1hr]
International News - Friday (04/04/14) [1hr]
Jon Stewart - Dialy Show
*Jon Stewart | Donors Unchained - Quid Pro Quo (04/03/14) [5:44], Part 2 [5:09], Part 3 [2:41]
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The Corporation is a 2003 Canadian documentary film written by University of British Columbia law professor Joel Bakan, and directed by Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott. The documentary examines the modern-day corporation. This is explored through specific examples. Bakan wrote the book, The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power, during the filming of the documentary.

The documentary shows the development of the contemporary business corporation, from a legal entity that originated as a government-chartered institution meant to affect specific public functions, to the rise of the modern commercial institution entitled to most of the legal rights of a person. The documentary concentrates mostly upon North American corporations, especially those of the United States. One theme is its assessment as a "personality", as a result of an 1886 case in the United States Supreme Court in which a statement by Chief Justice Morrison R. Waite[nb 1] led to corporations as "persons" having the same rights as human beings, based on the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Topics addressed include the Business Plot, where in 1933, General Smedley Butler exposed an alleged corporate plot against then U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt; the tragedy of the commons; Dwight D. Eisenhower's warning people to beware of the rising military-industrial complex; economic externalities; suppression of an investigative news story about Bovine Growth Hormone on a Fox News Channel affiliate television station at the behest of Monsanto; the invention of the soft drink Fanta by the Coca-Cola Company due to the trade embargo on Nazi Germany; the alleged role of IBM in the Nazi holocaust (see IBM and the Holocaust); the Cochabamba protests of 2000 brought on by the privatization of a municipal water supply in Bolivia; and in general themes of corporate social responsibility, the notion of limited liability, the corporation as a psychopath, and the corporation as a person.

Through vignettes and interviews, The Corporation examines and criticizes corporate business practices. The film's assessment is effected via the diagnostic criteria in the DSM-IV; Robert D. Hare, a University of British Columbia psychology professor and a consultant to the FBI, compares the profile of the contemporary profitable business corporation to that of a clinically diagnosed psychopath (however, Hare has objected to the manner in which his views are portrayed in the film; see "critical reception" below). The Corporation attempts to compare the way corporations are systematically compelled to behave with what it claims are the DSM-IV's symptoms of psychopathy, e.g. callous disregard for the feelings of other people, the incapacity to maintain human relationships, reckless disregard for the safety of others, deceitfulness (continual lying to deceive for profit), the incapacity to experience guilt, and the failure to conform to social norms and respect the law. However, the DSM has never included a psychopathy diagnosis, rather proposing antisocial personality disorder (ASPD) with the DSM-IV. ASPD and psychopathy, while sharing some diagnostic criteria, are not synonymous.

Thursday April 03, 2014
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The Supreme Court Just Gutted Another Campaign Finance Law. Here's What Happened.
MotherJones | Andy Kroll | 04/02/14

The Supreme Court on Wednesday released its decision in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, the blockbuster money-in-politics case of the current term. The court's five conservative justices all agreed that the so-called aggregate limit on the amount of money a donor can give to candidates, political action committees, and political parties is unconstitutional. In a separate opinion, conservative justice Clarence Thomas went even further, calling on the court to overrule Buckley v. Valeo, the 1976 decision that concluded it was constitutional to limit contributions to candidates.

In their dissent, the court's four liberal justices called their colleagues' logic "faulty" and said it "misconstrues the nature of the competing constitutional interests at stake." The dissent continues, "Taken together with Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, today's decision eviscerates our Nation's campaign finance laws, leaving a remnant incapable of dealing with the grave problems of democratic legitimacy that those laws were intended to resolve." ... Read more

The Supreme Court Just Destroyed Our Democracy in Favor of the Plutocrats
AlterNet | Calvin F. Exoo | 04/02/14

That clanging sound you hear is the Supreme Court, hammering the final nails into democracy's casket. With Wednesday's decision in McCutcheon v. FEC, the court has crossed the line protecting the last vestige of campaign finance reform, and making it official: Rule by the rich is now unfettered. Plutocracy's moment has arrived.

How did we get here? The granddaddy of modern Supreme Court campaign finance cases was Buckley v. Valeo, which decided the fate of the post-Watergate reform amendments to the Federal Elections Campaign Act (FECA).

It was Buckley that first struck down limits on campaign expenditures made independently of a candidate's campaign. That kind of spending, the Court said, is speaking, and is protected by the First Amendment. That misguided opinion has sent us down the long, dispiriting path of unlimited contributions: of independent PACs, followed by soft money, and, most recently, Dark Money and super PACs. ... Read more

Suicide Banker's Widow Blasts Alleged "Cover-Up", Asks "Unbecoming Questions"
ZeroHedge | author | 04/03/14

Having changed her Facebook profile picture to a "V...for Vendetta" face mask, the widow of former Zurich Insurance CFO Pierre Wauthier said she and her family cannot accept Zurich's claim that his death wasn't brought on by undue stress. As Bloomberg reports, Switzerland's biggest insurer said in November that no "undue pressure" was put on Wauthier, who said in a suicide note that then-Chairman Josef Ackermann had created an unbearable working environment. But, his wife is demanding to know why her husband's former boss resigned if he had not accepted blame for the death, and why details of tensions at work were not made public. Her anger is clear, as she blasted "I am not worth talking to... or is it that I would raise unbecoming questions????" ... Read more

DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, April 3 [10:28]
*DN | Sen. Bernie Sanders: Supreme Court Undermines Democracy By Allowing Billionaires to "Buy Elections" (04/03/14) [13:58]
DN | "The Next Citizens United": McCutcheon Opens Floodgates For 1 Percent to Spend Millions on Campaigns (04/03/14) [11:02]
TRNN News
*TRNN | Supreme Court Decision Opens Floodgates for More Campaign Cash (04/03/14) [8:58]
TRNN | Bill Black: Charles Keating, the Financier Behind the Savings and Loan Scandal, Dies at 90 (04/03/14) [11:44]
*TRNN | Ms. Madawi Al-Rasheed: Saudi Arabia helped create a network of terrorism to achieve political aims, "Saudi Arabia and the al-Qaeda Monster", Part 3 (04/03/14) [10:52]
Thom Hartmann
President Jimmy Carter Goes on Record: Bush Didn't Win in 2000 (04/03/14) [1:54]
*The Banksters are now Setting up The Crash of 2016 (2014) [6:43]
Diane Rehms Show
Diane Rehm The Supreme Court Strikes Down Overall Limits On Campaign Contributions (04/03/14) [1hr]
The Supreme Court has struck down overall limits on federal campaign contributions for the first time. It's considered, in some ways, a follow up to the Court's Citizens United ruling four years ago. Like Citizens United, the decision is predicted to significantly increase the role of money in politics--an amount advocates for campaign finance reform say is already way too much. The case came down to a question of whether political contributions are protected by the First Amendment, and if capping them prevents corruption or the appearance of corruption. Diane and her guests discuss the new ruling and the role of money in political campaigns.

Wednesday April 02, 2014
News Articles

The Supreme Court Has Struck Down Overall Campaign Contribution Limits
HP |Paul Blumenthal | 04/02/14

The Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down the aggregate campaign contribution limits, thereby opening the door to even more money in the political system.

The 5-4 ruling in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission was penned by Chief Justice John Roberts and joined by justices Anthony Kennedy, Samuel Alito and Antonin Scalia. The decision relies heavily on the assertion in the 2010 Citizens United ruling that influence and access are not a corruption concern.

The victory for the Alabama businessman and major Republican Party donor Shaun McCutcheon, who was joined by the Republican National Committee in his challenge, means that a single donor will soon be able to contribute millions of hard dollars -- in limited contributions -- to political parties, candidates and political action committees. ... Read more

Koch Brothers, Using Wealth Against 'Free' Elections to Turn Democracy into Fascism.

'Too Big To Fail' Is Still Alive And Well
Reuters & HP | Mike Dolan | 04/02/14

Although unwritten government guarantees of big banks have been at the heart of taxpayer outrage over being left on the hook for the missteps of giant corporations, few politicians or voters are keen to embrace another 'Lehman moment' or the global economic implosion that ensued.

Tighter regulation on capital buffers and risk-taking, the insistence that banks have 'living wills' for any future workout procedure, creditor 'bail-in' bonds and even the ring-fencing of certain operations within banks have all been preferred routes to limit the exposure of both society and shareholders.

Yet, as an International Monetary Fund study detailed this week, there's still a running assumption that governments would again rescue the biggest banks in the event of another panic. ... Read more

Jon Stewart On HFT: "It's Not American; It's Not Even Capitalism. It's Cheating"
ZeroHedge | author | 04/02/14

Jon Stewart is stunned by the world of HFT (where "stock exchanges sell the right to advance information to high frequency traders [by locating their computers closest to the exchange]") and the mainstream media's immediate jump to defend it "as good for us", but as Michael Lewis explains "anyone whose livelihood is dependent on Wall Street [from CNBC, FOX and even the SEC] is invested in this... it sounds like a conspiracy."

In this excellent interview, The Daily Show doubter asks "we have set a standard for share buying (you can't but 1/100th of a share) so why not set a standard for frequency of trading?" Lewis stoic response sums up our world perfectly, "in a sane world, we would... but the money is too big," and adds that indeed that is what IEX is doing. The HFTs "function on volume and volatility" alone and "they know the prices before you do... which is illegal if it's a person, but as a computer, meh?" ... Read more

Jon Stewart - Daily Show
*Jon Stewart | What is HFT? "HFT is a middle-man in a transaction they have no business being in.. it is totally unnecessary Wall Street intermediation" (04/02/14) [6:43]

Jon Stewart | "It's Not American; It's Not Even Capitalism. It's Cheating", Part 2 [5:25]
DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, April 2 [12:50]
*DN | U.N. Climate Panel Issues Dire Warning of Threat to Global Food Supply, Calls For Action (04/02/14) [9:43], Part 2 [14:39]
*Dragnet Nation: Do Google, Facebook Know More Private Info Than NSA and Soviet-Era Secret Police? (04/02/14) [19:18]
8.2 Earthquake off of Chile | Deadly Ebola
*Sign of Things to Come?: Massive 8.2 earthquake off Chile coast sparks tsunami (04/02/14) [2:14]
*Deadly Ebola outbreak spreads to Guinea (04/01/14) [1:05]
Deadly Ebola Virus Spreading Across Guinea (03/25/14) [3:43]
*PBS NOVA | Ebola: The Plague Fighters (02/22/14) [54:15]
TRNN News
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TRNN | Ms. Madawi Al-Rasheed: Saudi society appears to be controlled, but beneath the surface, there is widespread disconten, Part 2 (04/02/14) [14:45]
*Krauthammer: Claim of Seven Million Obamacare Enrollees Is 'Phony Number' (04/02/14) [3:39]
"These numbers that they are touting are phony numbers... That's like saying anybody who goes on Amazon, orders a nifty stereo set, puts it in the shopping cart, has purchased the stereo set. I assure you it's not going to show up at your house until you pay for it."

Krauthammer charged that the goal from the beginning was to make health care, "the great liberal objective," a reality by any means necessary. And he found it laughable for Democrats to keep asserting it's the law of the land, because "nothing that's written in the law matters, they decide what the law is every Wednesday morning."
TWA Flight 800
*TRNN | Kristina Borjesson on Why CBS Shut Down Her investigation into Flight 800, Part 2 (03/31/14) [18:35]
Best Evidence: TWA Flight 800 (09/01/11) [42:40]
Seconds From Disaster S02E10 - TWA 800 () [46:07]
Silenced, TWA FLIGHT 800 () [57:06]
Conspiracy Theory: TWA Flight 800 Shot Down? () [44:35]
Diane Rehms Show
Diane Rehm New Questions About GM, Government Regulators And Consumer Safety (04/02/14) [1hr]

Monday March 31, 2014
News Articles

Donald Rumsfeld: Up Close and Creepy
MotherJones | David Corn | 03/27/14

Not too long into Errol Morris' new documentary on Donald Rumsfeld, The Unknown Known, the viewer learns almost all he or she needs to know about the former defense secretary who helped President George W. Bush lead the nation into war in Iraq. After a short recap of the initial US military action in Afghanistan following the horrific September 11 attacks, Morris notes that a "confusion" set in, with many Americans believing Saddam Hussein, the Iraqi dictator, was involved in 9/11. Morris puts this to Rumsfeld during the Q&A that makes up the spine of the film. Rumsfeld, in his familiar know-it-all way, dismisses the premise: "I don't think the American people were confused about that." Morris, who is not on screen, counters by citing a 2003 poll showing that 69 percent of Americans said it was "likely" that Saddam Hussein was personally involved in the assault. Rumsfeld responds, "I don't remember anyone in the Bush administration saying anything like that, nor do I recall anyone believing that."

Really? Rumsfeld is not acknowledging a known known. Within hours of the Al Qaeda attack, according to now-public memos, Rumsfeld was asking if Saddam Hussein could be hit in response, and for weeks afterward, Paul Wolfowitz, the deputy secretary of defense, repeatedly said during administration meetings that the Iraqi leader might have been behind the 9/11 plot. ... Read more

Why the US Turned Vladimir Putin into a Villain
AlterNet | Tariq Ali | 03/30/14

Once again, it seems that Russia and the United States are finding it difficult to agree on how to deal with their respective ambitions. This clash of interests is highlighted by the Ukrainian crisis. The provocation in this particular instance, as the leaked recording of a US diplomat, Victoria Nuland, saying "Fuck the EU" suggests, came from Washington.

Several decades ago, at the height of the cold war, George Kennan, a leading American foreign policy strategist invited to give the Reith Lectures, informed his audience: "There is, let me assure you, nothing in nature more egocentric than embattled democracy. It soon becomes the victim of its own propaganda. It then tends to attach to its own cause an absolute value which distorts its own vision … Its enemy becomes the embodiment of all evil. Its own side is the centre of all virtue."

And so it continues. Washington knows that Ukraine has always been a delicate issue for Moscow. The ultra-nationalists who fought with the Third Reich during the second world war killed 30,000 Russian soldiers and communists. They were still conducting a covert war with CIA backing as late as 1951. Pavel Sudoplatov, a Soviet intelligence chief, wrote in 1994: "The origins of the cold war are closely interwoven with western support for nationalist unrest in the Baltic areas and western Ukraine." ... Read more

DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, March 31 [12:10]
DN | Exclusive: Egyptian Activist Alaa Abdel Fattah on Prison, Regime's "War on a Whole Generation" (03/31/14) [15:37], Part 2 [15:37]
TRNN News
TRNN | Though President Obama attempts to justify Iraq's invasion, Iraqi civilians and Iraq war veterans share their stories on the lasting environmental, social, and health effects of the U.S. occupation still being felt today (03/28/14) [8:54]
Diane Rehms Show
Diane Rehm Jeremy Rifkin: "The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet Of Things, The Collaborative Commons, And The Eclipse Of Capitalism" (03/31/14) [1hr]
Economist Jeremy Rifkin argues capitalism is waning worldwide. How advances in technology and communications are creating a new economic system based on the sharing of goods and services.
One of the Commenters: I Personally am looking forward... ... to the imminent future in which ubiquitous balloons, drones, satellites, and the myriad of other connectivity technologies will tap wirelessly, directly, and seamlessly into our brains, enabling us to overpopulate the planet, living in our own filth, completely unaware of our physical reality; for by then we will all live completely in virtual reality, like the Borg Entity of Star Trek fame -- presuming of course that we do not first microwave our brains, our bodies, and our atmosphere into microwavable dishes for the fishes and for any plants and animals and other creatures that may somehow survive to feed on us. Myself?
Climate Change
BBC | Earth: The Climate Wars (Ep01) () [58:59]
BBC | Earth: The Climate Wars (Ep02) () [59:01]
BBC | Earth: The Climate Wars (Ep03) () [58:49]
Gwynne Dyer on Climate Wars (2008) [56:14]
Author, journalist and historian, Gwynne Dyer, delivers a lecture based on his book Climate Wars.
Other Videos and Documentaries I Ran Across
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As I construct My News Pages I constantly run across a lot of NEW videos, and since I find YouTube frustrating trying to re-find videos, I save the links in this section so I can find them again.
Webster Tarpley
Webster G Tarpley: The Next Decade (02/12/12) [1:01:44]
Webster G Tarpley: 9/11 Synthetic Terror - Made in USA (04/14/12) [1:05:46]
Webster G Tarpley: The Elite's Plan for Global Extermination (06/04/11) [55:09]
Max Keiser
Max Keiser: No Planet for Young People (E581) (12:50) (03/29/14) [25:45]
Max interviews Telegraph journalist, Liam Halligan, about the cost of Russian sanctions to European and American corporations; the lobbying war between the Defense Lobby and the Retail Lobby. The switch from the War on Terror to the New Cold War. Note: starts at 12:50. Click the progressbar about 50% of the way across.
Banksters are in Trouble
Max Keiser: "20 Bankers Have Been Recently Found Dead" (02/20/14) [4:48]
Gerald Celente: Banker Suicides the Prequel to Global Collapse (03/03/14) [22:26]
Steve Quayle: The Banksters Are In Serious Trouble (The Guerrilla Economist) (02/18/14) [33:31]
Other Trends
China Says U.S. Economy Is Fake And Nothing Backs The Dollar (02/17/14) [37:19]
UK home ownership is at a record low. Best Buy, Wells Fargo are laying off more employees. The housing market is plummeting and Wells Fargo along with JPM are laying off mortgage employees. China stood up to the US and said the US economy is fake, the dollar is backed by nothing and the US has no manufacturing to support its economy. According to Edward Snowden trolls do exist and the government pays them to place comments on alternative media sites on the internet. Crimea is discussing to separate from the Ukraine. John Kerry wants a discussion between the US and Russia on Ukraine's future. DHS is now warning that Boston Bombing might be the sign of the future for terrorist attacks.

Friday March 28, 2014
News Articles

Bernie Sanders: Citizens United Is Creating An 'Oligarchic Form Of Society'
HP | Natasha Bach | 03/27/14

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) spoke out against the rise of the wealthy in United States politics from the Senate floor Thursday, saying the rise of the billionaire class leads to a discussion of "whether or not this nation is going to become an oligarchic form of society."

"We have a nation in which the economics and politics are controlled by a handful of billionaire families, [where] it doesn't matter what party is in power because the real power rests with a billionaire class," he said. "Unless we act boldly to reverse that trend, we're seeing this country moving in exactly that direction."

The Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling, Sanders argued, "allows the super wealthy to spend as much as they want on elections," meaning that the "billionaire party is now in fact the major political force in this country ... led by people like the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson." ... Read more
Sen. Bernie Sanders: Citizens United Is Creating An 'Oligarchic Form Of Society' (short version) (03/28/14) [1:45]

Robert Reich: Billionaires are Poisoning American Democracy
AlterNet | Robert Reich | 03/27/14

Charles and David Koch should not be blamed for having more wealth than the bottom 40 percent of Americans put together. Nor should they be condemned for their petrochemical empire. As far as I know, they've played by the rules and obeyed the laws. They're also entitled to their own right-wing political views. It's a free country

But in using their vast wealth to change those rules and laws in order to fit their political views, the Koch brothers are undermining our democracy. That's a betrayal of the most precious thing Americans share. ... Read more

*Watch the US Drop 2.5 Million Tons of Bombs on Laos
MotherJones | H.H. Bhojani | 03/26/14

Between 1964 and 1973, the United States dropped around 2.5 million tons of bombs on Laos. While the American public was focused on the war in neighboring Vietnam, the US military was waging a devastating covert campaign to cut off North Vietnamese supply lines through the small Southeast Asian country.

The nearly 600,000 bombing runs delivered a staggering amount of explosives: The equivalent of a planeload of bombs every eight minutes for nine years, or a ton of bombs for every person in the country--more than what American planes unloaded on Germany and Japan combined during World War II. Laos remains, per capita, the most heavily bombed country on earth. .. Read more
Watch the US Drop 2.5 Million Tons of Bombs on Laos

The map above, created by photographer Jerry Redfern, provides another view of the massive scale of the bombing. Each point on the map corresponds to one US bombing mission starting in October 1965; multiple planes often flew on missions.
Secret War in Laos
DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, March 28 [12:58]
*DN | A Debate on Torture: Legal Architect of CIA Secret Prisons, Rendition vs. Human Rights Attorney (03/28/14) [9:34], Part 2 [24:24], Part 3 [9:41]
US is an Oligarchy not a Democracy
Sen. Bernie Sanders: Citizens United Is Creating An 'Oligarchic Form Of Society' (full version) (03/28/14) [22:11]
Bill Moyers | How the Cradle of Labor Turned Into a Right-to-Work State (2014) [1:58]
TRNN News
TRNN | Though President Obama attempts to justify Iraq's invasion, Iraqi civilians and Iraq war veterans share their stories on the lasting environmental, social, and health effects of the U.S. occupation still being felt today (03/28/14) [8:54]
Diane Rehms Show
Diane Rehm Domestic News - Friday (03/28/14) [1hr]
International News - Friday (03/28/14) [1hr]
TYT News
TYT | Factory Farms Threatened... By The Press - 'Ag Gag' Rules Exposed (03/27/14) [5:18]
TYT | Obama: Don't Compare Ukraine Invasion To Iraq (03/27/14) [5:44]
*TYT | Why Is This MSNBC Host Kissing Ass? (03/27/14) [10:49]
TYT | NSA Spying On Former Presidents? (03/27/14) [6:48]
TYT | 8-Year-Old Girl Disappoints God, Told To Be More Feminine (03/27/14) [4:16]
"The family of an eight-year-old girl in Lynchburg, Va. has withdrawn her from a Christian school after administrators told her she wasn't feminine enough.

Sunnie Kahle enjoys what are traditionally considered "boy hobbies" as well as "girl hobbies", reports CBS affiliate WDBJ. She collects coins, hunting knives and baseballs along with stuffed animals and colorful bracelets."
TYT | Fox News Attacks Obama With March Madness (03/27/14) [3:56]
Thom Hartmann
Thom Hartmann | Did the Banksters write a Foreclosure Fraud How to? (03/28/14) [9:17]
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Thursday March 27, 2014
News Articles

GOP States Are The Most Dependent On Government
HP | Benjamin Hallman | 03/26/14

If we learned nothing else during the 2012 election, it is that some of us are makers, hard-working folk solely responsible for America's prosperity, and others are takers, who want the federal government to pay for luxuries like food and health care.

What may come as some surprise is where these two warring tribes tend to live. The states with elected officials most likely to espouse anti-taker sentiments -- i.e., Republican-dominated states -- are the most dependent on federal spending, while returning the least to Washington in the way of tax dollars. ... Read more

Bank Of America To Pay $9 Billion To Settle Mortgage Securities Suit
AP & HP | author | 03/27/14

Bank of America will spend $9.33 billion to resolve a dispute over mortgage securities with the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the regulator that oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Bank of America said that it will make cash payments of roughly $6.3 billion and also purchase securities from Fannie and Freddie worth more than $3 billion. It is one of several banks to settle with the FHFA, which announced the agreement Wednesday.

Fannie and Freddie don't directly make loans to borrowers. They buy mortgages from lenders, package them as bonds, guarantee them against default and sell them to investors. That helps make loans available and gives Fannie and Freddie a huge role in the housing market. They own or guarantee about half of all U.S. mortgages. ... Read more

*Watch the US Drop 2.5 Million Tons of Bombs on Laos
MotherJones | H.H. Bhojani | 03/26/14

Between 1964 and 1973, the United States dropped around 2.5 million tons of bombs on Laos. While the American public was focused on the war in neighboring Vietnam, the US military was waging a devastating covert campaign to cut off North Vietnamese supply lines through the small Southeast Asian country.

The nearly 600,000 bombing runs delivered a staggering amount of explosives: The equivalent of a planeload of bombs every eight minutes for nine years, or a ton of bombs for every person in the country--more than what American planes unloaded on Germany and Japan combined during World War II. Laos remains, per capita, the most heavily bombed country on earth. .. Read more
Watch the US Drop 2.5 Million Tons of Bombs on Laos

The map above, created by photographer Jerry Redfern, provides another view of the massive scale of the bombing. Each point on the map corresponds to one US bombing mission starting in October 1965; multiple planes often flew on missions.

Russia To Create Own National Payment System In "Bid To Reduce Dependence On The West"
ZeroHedge | author | 03/27/14

The more the West attempts to "isolate" Russia and pushes it away from its "core values" and of course the US Dollar, the more Russia will seek the safety of a non-dollar based system. We have previously described how Putin has been scrambling to enmesh Russia in tight bilateral commodity-based trade with both China and India, and now it is Russia's turn to announce it would seek its own "national payment settlement system" following last week's surprising and unmandated service halts by both Visa and MasterCard, which as Vladimir Putin said earlier today, will be a "bid to reduce economic dependence on the West." ... Read more

DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, March 27 [10:37]
*DN | The Unknown Known: Errol Morris' New Doc Tackles Unrepentant Iraq War Architect Donald Rumsfeld (03/27/14) [9:35], Part 2 [3:37]
TRNN News
TRNN | Juan Parras: Oil Spill Threatens Wildlife and Local Economy (03/27/14) [5:25]
More News
Walmart Owners Make $91 Million a Day But Can't Afford to Pay Workers 25 Thousand a Year?! (03/27/14) [2:58]
Walmart Costs U.S. 1 Billion in Foodstamps for Workers Not to Starve to Death (06/19/13) [1:52]
Ring of Fire
Ring of Fire | Pap and Seder: Where to Find a Missing $2 Trillion (03/24/14) [8:05]
Ring of Fire's Mike Papantonio and Sam Seder discuss an article from Bloomberg News that reports how 307 companies now hold a combined $1.95 trillion off-shore.
Thom Hartmann
Exxon Valdez disaster...25 years later (03/26/14) [7:19]
Hope Dies Last: Thom Hartmann says its time for mankind to envision a world without carbon-based energy. (03/26/14) [6:19]
Shouldn't There be a Separation of Corporations and Religion? (03/26/14) [8:50]
Diane Rehms Show
Diane Rehm Western Powers Weigh Responses To Russia's Next Moves (03/27/14) [1hr]
MSNBC Chris Hayes - All In
Chris Hayes | The unending war on Obamacar (01/26/14) [14:49]
Chris Hayes | Koch-backed group in small town, USA (01/26/14) [3:39]
Chris Hayes | Deconstructing a 'race hustler' (01/26/14) [9:41]
Chris Hayes | Handicapping the 2014 elections' (01/26/14) [5:47]
MSNBC Rachel Maddow
Rachel Maddow | Mudslide tragedy prompts review of past studie (03/26/14) [17:13]
Jon Stewart - Daily Show
Jon Stewart | Jesus Christ Superstore (03/26/14) [2:22]

Wednesday March 26, 2014
News Articles

Qaeda Militants Seek Syria Base, U.S. Officials Say
NYTimes | Eric Schmitt | 03/25/14

Dozens of seasoned militant fighters, including some midlevel planners, have traveled to Syria from Pakistan in recent months in what American intelligence and counterterrorism officials fear is an effort to lay the foundation for future strikes against Europe and the United States.

"We are concerned about the use of Syrian territory by the Al Qaeda organization to recruit individuals and develop the capability to be able not just to carry out attacks inside of Syria, but also to use Syria as a launching pad," John O. Brennan, the C.I.A. director, told a House panel recently. ... Read more

Another Financial Crisis Is Looming--Here's Why and How It Will Play Out
Bloomberg & AlterNet | Bob Ivry | 03/26/14

So are we on the precipice of another financial crisis, and what will it look like? To be sure, danger still lurks in the mortgage market. The latest get-rich-quick scheme, with private equity firms buying up foreclosed properties and renting them out, then selling bonds backed by the rental revenue streams (which look suspiciously like the bonds backed by mortgage payments that were a proximate cause of the last crisis), has the potential to blow up. And continued shenanigans with mortgage documents could lead to major headaches. A new court case against Wells Fargo uncovered a bombshell, a step-by-step manual telling attorneys how they can fake foreclosure papers on demand; the fallout could throw into question the true ownership of millions of homes. Even subprime mortgages are in the midst of a comeback, because what could go wrong? ...

... That's not to say that Wall Street firms have been choir boys. The risk is merely harder to see, and you can't just look at the banks. In fact, banks have reduced their stake in many normal banking activities, leaving things like small business lending to the shadow banking system. This is the broad term given to hedge funds, private equity firms and the labyrinthine deals they initiate to move money around. These less-regulated entities have increased their overall portfolios 60 percent over the past five years, bingeing on subprime loans to businesses that could not otherwise access traditional credit. Nontraditional leveraged loans, issued to companies that end up with large amounts of debt, have fewer protections for lenders and carry much more risk. ... Read more

The Vampire Squid Strikes Again: The Mega Banks' Most Devious Scam Yet
RollingStone | Matt Taibbi | 02/12/14

Call it the loophole that destroyed the world. It's 1999, the tail end of the Clinton years. While the rest of America obsesses over Monica Lewinsky, Columbine and Mark McGwire's biceps, Congress is feverishly crafting what could yet prove to be one of the most transformative laws in the history of our economy -- a law that would make possible a broader concentration of financial and industrial power than we've seen in more than a century. But the crazy thing is, nobody at the time quite knew it. Most observers on the Hill thought the Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999 -- also known as the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act -- was just the latest and boldest in a long line of deregulatory handouts to Wall Street that had begun in the Reagan years. ...

... Wall Street had spent much of that era arguing that America's banks needed to become bigger and badder, in order to compete globally with the German and Japanese-style financial giants, which were supposedly about to swallow up all the world's banking business. So through legislative lackeys like red-faced Republican deregulatory enthusiast Phil Gramm, bank lobbyists were pushing a new law designed to wipe out 60-plus years of bedrock financial regulation. ...

... All of this was big enough news in itself. But it would take half a generation -- till now, basically -- to understand the most explosive part of the bill, which additionally legalized new forms of monopoly, allowing banks to merge with heavy industry. A tiny provision in the bill also permitted commercial banks to delve into any activity that is "complementary to a financial activity and does not pose a substantial risk to the safety or soundness of depository institutions or the financial system generally." ... Read more

The Bigger Dog Whistle Bogeyman: Liberal Government
Salon & Bill Moyers | Ian Haney López | 03/24/14

While attention focuses on Paul Ryan's remarks about inner city culture, another dog-whistle theme continues its slow roil: food stamp abuse. More even than Ryan's twisting narrative, the brouhaha around food stamps helps make clear that conservatives seek to conjure a much bigger bogeyman than "lazy" minorities.

Ostensibly worried that too many people prefer welfare to work, House Republicans this January stripped $8.6 billion from the food stamp program. This threatened to reduce monthly food assistance by an average of $90 per family -- from households that are barely hanging on, with average gross monthly incomes of just $744. Yet far from conceding defeat, states are joining battle by adjusting their programs in ways that evade the cuts, bringing the food stamp debate back.

Just last week, House Speaker John Boehner warned that "states have found ways to cheat, once again, on signing up people for food stamps," and he implored his colleagues "to stop this cheating and this fraud from continuing." Cheating and fraud constitute stock themes in the conservative assault on food stamps -- tropes applied indiscriminately to both recipients and government. And therein lies a clue to the real target. ... Read more

DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, March 26 [14:08]
*DN | Obama to Visit Saudi Arabia, Key Source of Funding for Growing Jihadi Militarism in Middle East (03/26/14) [17:19]
Despite Saudi Arabia's funding and arming of militants in Syria, Iraq and beyond, President Obama is set to visit the kingdom this week to meet with King Abdullah. It's the only Middle Eastern or Gulf nation on Obama's overseas itinerary. Many analysts say the conflict in Syria has grown into a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Saudi Arabia's links to jihadist groups go back decades. Fifteen of the 19 Sept. 11 hijackers were Saudi. The 9/11 Commission report identified Saudi Arabia as the main source of al-Qaeda financing. And in 2010, WikiLeaks published U.S. diplomatic cables which identified Saudi Arabia as the world's largest source of funds for Islamist militant groups. Members of Congress and human rights organizations have also been calling on Obama to address the kingdom's treatment of women, religious minorities and political activists. We are joined by Patrick Cockburn, Middle East correspondent for the Independent. Cockburn wrote the Independent's recent five-part series examining the resurgence of jihadists across the Middle East, "Al-Qa'ida's second act -- Why the global 'war on terror' went wrong."
DN | The Right to Heal: 11 Years After Iraq Invasion, U.S. Urged on Reparations for War's Enduring Wounds (03/26/14) [8:13]
Eleven years ago this month, the U.S. invaded Iraq. Today, a group of Iraq civilians and U.S. veterans of the war are coming together in Washington to demand the U.S. government be held accountable for the lasting effects of war at home and abroad. We are joined by two members of "The Right to Heal" coalition: Joyce Wagner, co-director of Iraq Veterans Against the War, who served two tours in Iraq; and Yanar Mohammed, President of the Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq. She recently gathered thousands of signatures in Baghdad to request a hearing before the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights -- a request that was denied.
TRNN News
*TRNN | Larry Wilkerson: What's Driving Putin & Obama's Posturing on Ukraine? (03/26/14) [7:03]
*TRNN | Dmytri Kleiner: Obama's Proposal To End NSA Bulk Data Collection Won't Protect Privacy Because Corporations Still Retain Data (03/26/14) [6:02]
TRNN | Pando Daily Senior Editor Mark Ames describe: How Google, Apple & the Biggest Tech Companies Colluded to Fix Wages (03/26/14) [9:34]
*Ring of Fire
*Papantonio: Tax Wall Street to Save The Economy (03/25/14) [5:44]
Countries in the European Union are working on implementing a financial transaction tax that would charge a fraction of a cent for every stock trade. Here in the United States, the push for a financial transaction tax has been met with harsh opposition, but the benefits far outweigh the cost.
*Papantonio: The Wall Street Secret Society (02/21/14) [8:51]
Ring of Fire's Mike Papantonio and progressive radio host David Pakman discuss the story of a New York Magazine reporter that crashed a 'Kappa Beta Phi' meeting of Wall Street tycoons.
*Papantonio: The Horrifying New Wall Street Scam (08/14/13) [12:20]
Wall Street bankers have a new scam, where they drive up the price of consumer goods, and rake in billions in additional profits for greedy bankers. Investigative journalist David Dayen joins Ring of Fire host Mike Papantonio to explain how this scam works, and why nobody is doing anything to stop it.
*Papantonio: Dumbing Down America For Political Gain (01/28/14) [10:20]
There's no question that Americans as a whole are getting dumber. And now we're beginning to see that the dumbing down of the population is becoming a huge benefit for the Republican Party.
*Papantonio: The Shadow Government That Runs Washington (03/06/14) [12:12]
As Americans gear up for another round of midterm elections this year, there's another, secret group in Washington that isn't up for re-election, and they are the ones calling the shots. Ring of Fire's Mike Papantonio discusses this shadow government with Mike Lofgren, author of the book The Party is Over.
*Papantonio: The GOP Fear Machine (03/06/14) [10:50]
Mike Papantonio fills in for Thom Hartmann on The Big Picture to discuss the GOP's fear machine with progressive radio host David Pakman.
Cool Ideas
A Disposable Coffee Cup Has Inspired An Indispensable Idea (current) [2:25]
Diane Rehms Show
Diane Rehm President Jimmy Carter: "A Call To Action" (03/26/14) [1hr]
MSNBC Chris Hayes - All In
MSNBC Rachel Maddow Show
Jon Stewart - Daily News
Jon Stewart | A couple of weeks ago, Jon Stewart set the social media world on fire when he created #McConnelling, where you take a recent Mitch McConnell campaign ad featuring the Senate minority leader and add some new music to it. (03/25/14) [3:43]

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