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POLITICS 101

Great story on why we need to remove ALL of our elected government representatives

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Highly Recommended:
Money Is Not Safe In
The Big Banks
If you value your hard earned savings, you need to know this!
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Public Banking Institute
See how this is a solution

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The Economy Will Not Recover Until The Fraud
Is Prosecuted!
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The Web of DebtThe Web of Debt


The Shocking Truth about Our Money System and How We Can Break Free

This is not a paid advertisement but a strongly suggested reading that explains the debt problem and provides solutions that can help solve our economic and other problems.
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You Know a Politician or Talking Head Is Clueless When...
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Prosperity for Main Street, not Wall Street
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Money Is Not Safe In The Big Banks
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How Many Warnings Do You Need?
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The Trillion Dollar Coin: What You Need To Know
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If you Like NAFTA, You'll Love TPP
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A Better Way To Finance Public Projects
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New World Order Blueprint Leaked
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The DISEASE is our Monetary System
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Occupy: Why are they protesting? Video
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The Money Masters Live in Fear
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Occupy Evictions: Did the Money Masters Win?
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A Tale of 3 Cities
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My Night With Occupy Wall Street
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More, is never enough!
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The Corporate States of America
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Symptoms of a Police State?
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Student Debt Burden Solution Part 1
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Student Debt Burden Solution Part 2
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Student Debt Burden Solution Part 3
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A Better Solution Than TARP
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How To Make a $Million Dollars
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Campaign of Misinformation
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Supreme Court Hands Nation Over to Corporations
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Are we really getting at the ROOT CAUSE of our economic problems?
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The Big Picture
Part 1 - How did we get here?
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The Big Picture
Part 2 - The government response
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The Big Picture
Part 3 - What can we do?
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Sucessful parasites do not kill their hosts
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Too big to fail?
A Mortal Threat to America
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Economic

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The New "Water Barons": Wall Street Mega-Banks are Buying up the World's Water
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War Threat Rises As Economy Declines
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Don't Be Afraid of a Municipal Bank
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Free Trade is Plutocratic Propaganda
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Celebrating the Flash Crash With a Wall Street Sales Tax
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The Political Roots of Widening Inequality
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Iceland's Economic Revolution
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Fast track to corporate hegemony
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Our Financial Future: Infinite Greed Meets a Funny Thing Called Karma
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The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). Promoting Global Tyranny Run By Corporations
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How Wall St Has Quietly Bilked Billions from Cities Across the US
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Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): Job Loss, Lower Wages and Higher Drug Prices
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One Last Look At The Real Economy Before It Implodes - Part 5
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Wall Street's Wealth Transfer System Is Imperiling the U.S. Economy
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How Wall Street Used Swaps to Get Rich at the Expense of Cities
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The Six Too Big to Fail Banks in the U.S. Have 278 Trillion Dollars of Exposure to Derivatives
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Today's Money Regimes Are Doomed To Failure
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How Big Business Is Helping Expand NSA Surveillance
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Warren Buffett the Slumlord – Predatory Loans, Kickbacks and Preying on the Poor at Clayton Homes
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Is Dodd-Frank Killing Community Banks? The More Important Question is How to Save Them
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TPP Power Grab: World Bank, Goldman Sachs, CFR
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Iceland To Take Back The Power To Create Money
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The Bail-In: How You and Your Money Will Be Parted During the Next Banking Crisis
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Life for Rent
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Debt-damned economics: either learn monetary reform, or kiss your assets goodbye
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The New "Water Barons": Wall Street Mega-Banks are Buying up the World's Water
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The "Official" Unemployment Rate Has Become Meaningless – Here's Why
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The ECB's Noose Around Greece: How Central Banks Harness Governments
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Former SEC Director Admits The Truth: The Market Is Rigged
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Turning the European Debt Myth Upside-Down
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Financial Collapse Leads To War
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Swimming with the Sharks: Goldman Sachs, School Districts, and Capital Appreciation Bonds
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Rothschild vs. Rothschild
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Benefits Of a Public Bank For Cities and Municipalities
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Why Public Banks Outperform Private Banks: Unfair Competition or a Better Mousetrap?
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Gallup CEO Fears He Might "Suddenly Disappear" for Questioning U.S. Jobs Data
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World Bank Whistleblower Reveals How The Global Elite Rules The World
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The Face of the Oligarch Recovery – Luxury Skyscrapers Stay Empty as NYC Homeless Population Hits Record High
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Rigging the Rules: The Next Corporate Sting
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Naomi Prins: The Sinister Evolution Of Our Modern Banking System
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Acceleration Of Events With Rising Chaos – US Dollar Death Foretold
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Teachers' Retirement Funds are Piling into Manhattan Real Estate at Record High Prices
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Evidence Grows Showing Wall Street as a Negative Economic Force
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The Trans-Pacific Partnership Will Sink the Middle Class
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What is TTIP? And six reasons why the answer should scare you
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The 1% Dine in Davos as Latin America Pulls People Out of Poverty
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A Billionaire Lectures Serfs in Davos – Claims "America's Lifestyle Expectations are Far Too High"
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The Coming War on Pensions
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If It's Not A Hard Asset, It's No Asset
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Vermonters Lobby for Public Bank—And Win Millions for Local Investment Instead
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The crash of 2016: Wall Street gets ready
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The Coming War on Pensions
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Bail-In Normalization
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The American People Are Utterly Clueless About What Is Going To Happen As We Enter 2015
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How a Hedge Fund Made $100 Million From New Jersey's Desperation
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It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas – of 2008
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Hedge Funds cannibalize public-teacher pension funds
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Going off the reservation: investing in the Free Lakota Bank
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The Morality and Legality of Debt Jubilee, Part III
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Russian Roulette: Taxpayers Could Be on the Hook for Trillions in Oil Derivatives
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IMF Now Ready To Slam The Door On The U.S. And The Dollar
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Elizabeth Warren Offers 9 Damned Good Reasons to Split Citibank into Pieces
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Bail-In and the Financial Stability Board: The Global Bankers' Coup
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The Mother of all Bank Runs!
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Gambling Banksters - How Many Warnings Do You Need?
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New Banking Rules: Cyprus-style Bail-ins to Take Deposits and Pensions
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The scheme to seize depositors' money
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Senate Report: Scale of Wall Street Holdings Are "Unprecedented in U.S. History"
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The Fraud in Fractional Reserve Banking
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Prosperity Amidst the Ruins
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Treasury Nominee Eligible for "Revolving Door" Rewards
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Wall Street Journal Reports: Bank of North Dakota Outperforms Wall Street
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Enough Is Enough: The President's Latest Wall Street Nominee
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The Economic End Game Explained
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Despite Outcry of Opposition, Obama Pushes "Horrific" Trade Deal in Asia
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The Unequal State of America:Redistributing Up
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Members of the world's richest club make half-a-million bucks per minute
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Inflation 101 - Why Prices Always Go Up
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Τhe Transnational Elite and the New World Order (NWO)
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Battle for Control of the Monetary System: The Public Good vs. Private Banks
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The Road To Serfdom: Connecting Detroit, Argentina and Greece
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Building an Ark: How to Protect Public Revenues from the Next Meltdown
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Argentina and Wall Street's Vulture Funds: "Economic Terrorism" and the Western Financial System
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5 U.S. Banks Each Have More Than 40 Trillion Dollars In Exposure To Derivatives
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America's Rotting Empire: Billionaires Galore & A Crumbling Infrastructure
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A Public Bank Option for Scotland
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Bogus Trading, Speculation in the Silver Market
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Economic Hitmen Robbing Public Resources Across Detroit, Argentina and Greece
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Preparing To Asset-strip Local Government? The Fed's Bizarre New Rules
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Profits Soar As Pentagon Leans on Private Corporations for Special Ops
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No Economy For Americans
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NATO Dead, King Dollar Wrecked
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Breaking Up [the Banks] May Not Be Quite So Hard To Do
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How The Coming Silver Price Bubble Will Develop
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Plundering the Planet: Rigged Corporate "Free Trade Partnerships" and "Climate Change Agreements
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Gold And Silver Low Prices Are NOT The Reason To Own Precious Metals
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Senator Elizabeth Warren Versus Paul Krugman on Too Big to Fail
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NAFTA Is 20 Years Old – Here Are 20 Facts That Show How It Is Destroying The Economy
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The Bank for International Settlements' Backdoor Betrayals
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Critical Moment To Stop The TPP & Other Rigged Trade Agreements
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The De-industrialization of America
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Engineering Failed States: The Strategy of Global Corporate Imperialism
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Why Germany is Backing Away from a Trade Deal that Lets Corporations Sue the Government
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Too Big To Fail Is Alive And More Dangerous Than Ever
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Don't Be Fooled: Banks Still Too Big to Fail
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Internationalists Are Pushing The World Towards Globally Engineered Economic Warfare
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Will the Global Financial System Survive? What are the Triggers for a Crash?
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You Can't Taper a Ponzi Scheme: Time to Reboot
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Forget What They Say And Watch What They Do
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Israel Grants First Golan Heights Oil Drilling License To Dick Cheney-Linked Company
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Capitalism's Deeper Problem
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The Real Purpose Of The IMF
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U.S. Government Ties El Salvador USD 277 M Aid Package to Monsanto's GMO Seeds
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Detroit and Iraq: Plundered by the Same Bandits
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Another Secret Trade Agreement - TISA
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Buying Up the Planet: Out-of-control Central Banks on a Corporate Buying Spree
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The Death Of The Rust Belt
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Extreme Acts of Greed Against the American People
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The New World Order And The Rise Of The East
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Infrastructure Sticker Shock: Financing Costs More Than Construction
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Bilderberg 2014: War Criminals, Big Oil and "Too Big to Jail" Banksters Meet in Secrecy
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U.S. Retail Economic Death Rattle Grows Louder
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The (Other) Truth About The Financial Crisis: 10 "Geithner-Sized" Myths Exposed
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Detroit Statement
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The Privatization Scam: 5 Horror Stories of Gov't Outsourcing to Greedy Private Companies
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Hoenig: Wall Street Banks "Excessively Leveraged" at 22 to 1 Ratios
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Time to Act: Pension Funds are Drying Up
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The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP): When Foreign Investors Sue the State
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World Bank Whistleblower Reveals How The Global Elite Rules The World
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The Global Money Matrix: The Forces behind America's Economic Destruction
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What's the Difference Between Fascism, Communism and Crony-Capitalism? Nothing
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The Hedge Fund Managers Tax Break: Because Wall Streeters Want Your Money
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How to Liberate America from Wall Street Rule
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Fault Runs Deep in Ultrafast Trading
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Is the US or the World Coming to an End?
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Money, Money, Everywhere
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All The Presidents' Bankers: The Hidden Alliances That Drive American Power
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Tax Dodging Companies Hoarding Nearly One Trillion Overseas
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How Wall Street Is Sucking Huge Amounts of Money from Los Angeles
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"Fairy Tale" Economics: "Sovereign Debt Default is Impossible"
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The Fourteen Year Economic Recession
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25 Fast Facts About The Federal Reserve: "Biggest Ponzi Scheme in World History"
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Today We're All Irish: Debt Serfdom Comes to America
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Why commercial banks should support a publicly-owned SuperBank in Florida
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Vermonters Want To Try a New Way of Banking
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Cloudy With a Chance of Radicalism. Or... Turning the Tables on the Big Banks?
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The Real Story Behind the Detroit Pension Fight and What it Means to America's Future
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The Powers and Abuses of America's Mega-Corporations
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The National Debt Cannot Be Paid Off
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State banks would mean jobs, credit and investment: Why don't we?
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How the Credit Card Gravy Train Is Running Over You
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JPMorgan Vice President's Death in London Shines a Light on the Bank's Close Ties to the CIA
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Wall Street Mega Banks Own Tankers, Pipelines, Utilities, Mines, Metal Warehouses – And That's Not the Worst of It
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Who Owns The Federal Reserve?
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The Final Swindle Of Private American Wealth Has Begun
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American Factory Workers Getting $33,029 Yearly Bonuses May Sound Insane, But It's True
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Studies Reveal Consensus: Trade Flows during "Free Trade" Era Have Exacerbated U.S. Income Inequality
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Enough Is Enough: Fraud-ridden Banks Are Not California's Only Option
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The Stealth Privatization of Pennsylvania's Bridges
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How the True Parasites from the Private Sector Suck the System Dry
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Will Digital Currency Replace the US Dollar? Wall Street Strategy to Make Bitcoin the Global Currency?
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Parasitic Derivatives - One Quadrillion Dollars: Too Big to Understand
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For Financial Speculators, Profit Means Plunging the Masses into Crippling forms of Debt
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U.S. Economy 2013 Dense Fog Turns Into Toxic Smog
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Trans Pacific Partnership Is A "Corporatist Power Grab", Shrouded In "Big Brother-Like Secrecy"
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100 Years Is Enough: Time to Make the Fed a Public Utility
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Detroit Bankruptcy Starts Nationwide Public Banking Debate.
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On The 100th Anniversary Of The Federal Reserve Here Are 100 Reasons To Shut It Down Forever
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Dollar Hegemony,"Monetary Geopolitics" and the IMF: The Symbiosis between Global Finance and Power Politics
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Federal Reserve: 100 Years of Failure
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Think Globally, Bank Locally
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83 Numbers From 2013 That Are Almost Too Crazy To Believe
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They're Planning the First Legal "Bank Robbery" in U.S. History
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What the World Could Be: 4 Short Videos to See Economic Solutions
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NSA Inks Landmark Deal to Share Information With Central Banks
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A Hard Lesson from Detroit: They Will Steal Your Pension
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Alaska could walk away from Wall Street with a public bank of its own
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Public Banking Is the Answer
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Bank Deposits Confiscation: The "Cyprus Experiment" and the Launch of a Global Trend
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How Wall Street's New Empire of Rental Homes Could Blow Up the Economy
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The Money Changers Serenade: A New Bankers' Plot to Steal Your Deposits
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The Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty is the complete opposite of 'free trade'
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Wikileaks publishes draft of secretive TPP trade pact
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The Entire Fiat Money System is Bankrupt: Demise of the Global US Fiat Dollar Reserve Currency
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The bank guarantee that bankrupted Ireland, and the solution staring everyone in the face
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Huge Cracks In US Financial Fortress, Petro-Dollar Final Death Throes Stock-Markets
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Debt No More! How Obama can defeat Austerity Thugs by Using the Constitution and Debt-Free Money
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Corporations Ask to Write their Own Regulations via "Trade" Deal
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The Nightmare Scenario: A Repo Implosion
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Enron billionaire expands craven plot to abuse workers
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Report Exposes the Right-Wing Tag Team Plotting Against Pensions
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Protest against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Secret Negotiations behind Closed Doors
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Wall Street Predators Wage Secret War on American Retirements
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Financial Armageddon Looting Machine: Looming Mass Destruction from Derivatives
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Looting the Pension Funds
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Cyprus-Style Wealth Confiscation Is Now Happening All Over The Globe
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The Average American Family Pays $6,000 a Year in Subsidies to Big Business
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How Interest Rate Swaps Are Crushing America's Cities
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Verizon's Plan to Break the Internet
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The Armageddon Looting Machine: The Looming Mass Destruction From Derivatives
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NSA Spying Seen Risking Billions in U.S. Technology Sales
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International Criticism Escalates Against TPP as Negotiations Go Further Underground
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Making the World Safe for Bankers: Syria in the Crosshairs
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Canadian Deposits As Safe As Cypriot Deposits
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Greg Palast: Potential Fed Chair Summers at Heart of Global Economic Crisis
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MFGlobal Reveals You Are A Bank Counter-Party
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The Leveraged Buyout of America
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Public Banking Institute Calls Largest Wall Street Banks "Unsafe," and Backs It Up
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Avaricious Brilliance for Economic Disaster
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Pinching Pensions to Keep Wall Street Fat and Happy
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Truthdigger of the Week: Ellen Brown
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Ripping Off Young America: The College-Loan Scandal
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New Monetary Systems for a Sustainable Democracy and "The Great Turning"
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The Cult Of Economic Propaganda
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U.S. threatens to curtail lending in cities that resort to eminent domain
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The "Part Time-ification" of America: How We've Been Conned Again
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The "New Economy" Is The No Jobs Economy
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Detroit is Not Broke!
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he Detroit Bail-In Template: Fleecing Pensioners to Save the Banks
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Green Light for City-Owned San Francisco Bank
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Trash The TPP: Why It's Time to Revolt Against the Worst "Trade Agreement: in History
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19 Reasons To Be Deeply Concerned About The Global Economy
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Meet the Elites Inside the $4 Trillion Global Powerhouse Bank of JP Morgan Chase
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40 Statistics About The Fall Of The U.S. Economy That Are Almost Too Crazy To Believe
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Think Your Money is Safe in an Insured Bank Account? Think Again
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Oligarchs of the New Feudal Order Have Big Plans for You
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The Privatization of War: Mercenaries, Private Military and Security Companies (PMSC)
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How Many Warnings Do You Need?
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The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Global Corporate Coup, Assault on Democracy and National Sovereignty
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Americans! Where's the Outrage Regarding Your Financial Situation?
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Corporations are Colonizing Us with Trade Deals, and Wall Street Wants In
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Transcend Conditioned Consciousness None But Ourselves Can Free Our Minds
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Setting the Record Straight: Did Monsanto Really Buy Blackwater (Xe)?
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The End of Capitalism As We Know It
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Upcoming Trans-Pacific Partnership Looks Like Corporate Takeover
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The True Story of the Bilderberg Group and What They May Be Planning Now
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Are We On The Verge Of Witnessing The Death Of The Paper Gold Scam?
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A Look Back at the Flash Crash of 2010: When Will it Happen Again?
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Financial Experts with Great Prediction Records Are Saying Another Economic Meltdown is Imminent
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Stunning Facts About How the Banking System Really Works … And How It Is Destroying America
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No Bank Deposits Will Be Spared from Confiscation
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Remaking the Federal Reserve, Building Public Banks and Opting Out of Wall Street
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Gold Price Plummet Is Latest AMSCAM Fraud
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Gold Market Price Crash
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Secret Files Expose Offshore's Global Impact
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Winner Takes All: The Super-priority Status of Derivatives
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The Confiscation of Bank Savings to "Save the Banks": The Diabolical Bank "Bail-In" Proposal
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Think Your Bank Deposits Will Always Be 100 Percent Guaranteed by the FDIC? Think Again
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"Be afraid": Pirates in pinstripes
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TransPacific Partnership Will Undermine Democracy, Empower Transnational Corporations
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Yes, We Can Have Banks That Work for the People
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Stunning Facts About How the Banking System Really Works … And How It Is Destroying America
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Do We Really Need the Federal Reserve?
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How the True Parasites from the Private Sector Suck the System Dry
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The Battle of Cyprus: The Long-planned Deposit Confiscation Scheme
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Corporate-Backed Trans-Pacific Partnership Shrouded in Secrecy
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Jim Rogers: Major Crash Ahead For U.S. Investors
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How Deregulation Resurrected American Economic Insecurity
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Lords of Disorder: Billions for Wall Street, Sacrifice for Everyone Else
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How Congress Could Fix Its Budget Woes, Permanently
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Who Controls The Money? An Unelected, Unaccountable Central Bank Of The World Secretly Does
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The "Fiscal Cliff" Is A Diversion: The Derivatives Tsunami and the Dollar Bubble
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UK prepares new law to break up errant banks
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Trillion Dollar Coin: Joke or Game Changer
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Federal Reserve May Pause Quantitative Easing
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Secrets and Lies of the Bailout
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The Financial Elite's War Against the US Economy
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Fix the Debt's New Email: Too Cruel to Laugh, Too Ridiculous to Cry
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Fiscal Cliff: Let's Call Their Bluff!
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The Fiscal Cliff Is A Diversion: The Derivatives Tsunami and the Dollar Bubble
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The Coming Derivatives Panic That Will Destroy Global Financial Markets
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Our Collapsing Economy and Currency
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Goldman Sachs Spreads Its Wings
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CEOs Who Collect Billions In Govt. Money Demand Cuts To Poor, Elderly
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The Trans-Pacific Partnership As A Corporate Coup
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The Fiscal Cliff is a Mole Hill Compared to This
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Why Occupy's Plan To Cancel Consumer Debts Is Brilliant
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Why Bankers Rule the World, It's the Interest Stupid!
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What If We Adopted A System Where The Banks Did Not Create Our Money?
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Central Banks Gold War Begins!
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The Global Banking 'Super-Entity' Drug Cartel: The "Free Market" of Finance Capital
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Voluntary Servitude Begins With Debt
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5 Huge Myths About Social Security
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How Wall Street Hijacked America and Became Master of the Tradable Universe
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Big Bank Derivative Bets Nearly Double In Six Years
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Death Knell For the U.S. Dollar
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Enlightened Economics: There is an Alternative
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Banks Are Setting Us Up for Another Fall
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The Short, Miserable Life of American Prosperity
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TPP - Why So Secret?
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Currency Twisters and Firestorms on Central Banks Obvious Failure
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Greed and Debt: The True Story of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital
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Are Preparations Being Made For Worldwide Financial Collapse?
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What to Do When Every Market Is Manipulated
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America is Not Broke!
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Why The Government Is Destroying The U.S. Dollar
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Goldman Sachs Secretly Believes That An Economic Collapse Is Coming
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Yellow Brick Road: The Fed and A New Path to Debt Freedom
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Are High Frequency Traders Rigging the Stock Market?
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How to Start Your Own Private Currency
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The Gilded Age of Bankers or Banksters
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Titanic Banks Hit LIBOR Iceberg
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The Woes of Regulation
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Extreme Danger Signs
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America the Beautiful: A Fire Sale for Foreign Corporations
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The Trans-Pacific Partnership: A Global Attack by the One Percent
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Trans Pacific Partnership: A Trade Deal From Hell
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The Tiny Tax That Terrifies Wall St
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Ending of Extend and Pretend Means Capital Flight, Capital Controls and Capital Fear
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State Budget Shell Game
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Priceless: How The Federal Reserve Bought The Economics Profession
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The Instant solution to the new Depression: debt-free money
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Recovery or Economic Collapse? Bet on Collapse
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Video: The Debt Trap -- So Easy, Even a 12 year old Understands!
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"Corporate Socialism" alive and well in America
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How States Can Protect Themselves From Financial Collapse
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A Doomsday View of 2012
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The Golden Eye of the Debt Hurricane
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The Who, How, and Why Behind Silver Price Manipulation
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The Banks Win, Again
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Explaining Central Banking to the Publicly Educated
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The Dallas Fed Weighs In With Report on Size of the Big Banks
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The Parasites of Big Finance
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Bernanke Seen Not Knowing Jobless Rate Less Than Fed Predictions
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The Relationships Between Wall Street, the Fed, and Politicians Are Crumbling
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U.S. Economy Extend and Pretend is Coming To An End
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How Greece Could Take Down Wall Street
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Banking on Failure
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Goldman's Blankfein Awarded $7 Million in Stock for '11
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Lessons From MF Global - Is Your Money at Risk?
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Our Next "Lehman Moment" Is Coming Fast
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Wall Street's Ratings Agencies Undermine Europe's Attempt at Economic Recovery Acting Like Financial Terrorists
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The Mystery and Magic of Money
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Plan to Keep Your Assets Safe From an Out-of-control Government
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The Fed Grants $7.77 Trillion in Secret Bank Loans
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Lessons for Europe From Argentina:Testing Ground for Engineering Financial Collapse
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Pathogenesis of Central Bank Ruin
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The Bankers' New Gold
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Pulling Back the Curtain on the Wall Street Money Machine
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Bank's leaked email admits "Occupy movement could impact our industry"
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One Bank to Rule Them All
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The Fed's 16 Trillion Dollar Bailout of the Too Big To Fail Banks
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Bailout Bandits: The Biggest Borrowers From the U.S. Federal Reserve
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Bankers have seized Europe: Goldman Sachs Has Taken Over
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The Hallmark of the Fed is Duplicity, or, What's Risky is Safe
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The Goldman Rule: Don't Let This Puppet Master Pull Your Strings
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Whirlwind Debt Crisis Ensures Gold $2000 Assured
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The 1% are the very best destroyers of wealth
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The Continuing Zombification of the US Economy
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Time to turn outrage over bank fees toward entire financial industry
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The Pentagon's Planet of Bases
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Gold-Buying Restrictions Increase in Europe
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The Need For Monetary Reform
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US Corporations Moving to Offshore Tax Havens
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When using cash is better than credit
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Full-Blown Civil War Erupts On Wall Street
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9 Trillion Dollars Missing from Federal Reserve
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Big Banks Bonus Bonanza
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The Next Financial Crisis Will Be Hellish, And It's On Its Way
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How Deep is the Global Economic Rabbit Hole?
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Debt Debate Shows Need to Re-make Control of Money Supply
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What An American Bank Run Would Look Lik
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Imperial Decline: Multi-Billion-Dollar Terrorists and the Disappearing Middle Class
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Armada of Black Swans Hitting U.S. Economy and Financial Markets
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Global Economic Crisis: Finance Is the New Mode of Warfare
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A Financial Permanent Crisis
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The Great Misdiagnosis of the U.S. Economy, Problem is Insolvency Not Liquidity
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Seven reasons to avoid Wall Street 'protection rackets'
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The American Empire Hangs in the Balance as the ghosts of Roman Emperors Whisper
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Why jobs keep vanishing
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Hyperinflation Special Report (2011)
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A Beginners Guide to Shadow Banking, Financial Crisis and Repo
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The Rich Are Destroying the Economy
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Gold, The Real Reason for the Fall of Dominique Strauss-Kahn
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U.S. Hurtles Toward System Failure
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Nearly Half Of America Says U.S. Nearing Great Depression
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Why Washington Isn't Doing Squat About Jobs and Wages
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Offshoring Has Destroyed the Economy
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The American Manufacturing Crisis and Why it Matters
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The Federal Reserve Destroying the U.S. Empire, A Fistful of Dollars
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Money and The Truth about America
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10 Doomsday trends America can't survive
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Big U.S. Firms Shift Hiring Abroad
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Extend and Pretend is Wall Street Banks Friend
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Globalists Target 100% State Owned Central Bank of Libya
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Secretive Plan For a Global Currency
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Surf Warning: Tsunami to Lift Gold
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US may soon hit several debt walls
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Crank Up the Casino! Wall Street's Newest Ploy to Gorge on America's Economic Suffering
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Why Another Financial Crash is Certain
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More Than Gold and Silver Prices Are Being Manipulated
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Financial Crisis Was Avoidable, Inquiry Finds
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12 Economic Collapse Scenarios That We Could Potentially See In 2011
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Full Spectrum Dominance, The Pathology of U.S. and Global Monetary Policy
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An Open Letter to Washington: How to Slash the Federal Budget Deficit and Save the U.S. Economy
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Geithner Says the US Government Is Bankrupt
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Wall Street's Pentagon Papers: Biggest Financial Scam In World History
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Day of Reckoning Is at Hand!
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Big Risk: $1.2 Quadrillion Derivatives Market Dwarfs World GDP
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America's Second Great Depression 2010 Year-End Update
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Chinese Take-Out Of The U.S. Economy
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Fed Names Recipients of $3.3 Trillion in Crisis Aid
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Destructive Neoliberal Economic Austerity
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QE2 & The Great Misdiagnosis
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Global Financial System Crisis, Collapse in Consumer Spending, Unemployment, Rising Prices
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Gold and Silver Correct From Extremely Overbought Levels, But Too Early for a New Upleg
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The Largest Heist in History Building the Great Pyramid, The Global Financial Crisis Explained
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The Deep Cause Of The Great Financial Crisis: The Peace Diktat Of Versailles
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Gold and the Currency Markets
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Ultimate Bailout: The $100 Trillion Cram Down
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The Credit Meltdown and Wall Street's Shadow Banking System
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The Tax-Cut Racket
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Who Owns the American Dollar?
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Filtering Through the Noise
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Successful Government Economic Policies? For Whom?
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Global Collapse of the Fiat Money System
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Gold and Silver Protection From Economic Cancer and Desperation of QE2
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A Wealthy Economic Stimulus Needed
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Four Deformations of the Apocalypse
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Cut Wall Street Out! How States Can Finance Their Own Economic Recovery
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BP Collapse Potentially More Devastating than Lehman!
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Four Shocking Bombshells Bernanke Did NOT Tell Congress About Last Week
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It’s the End of the World As We Know It
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Stop The Parasites
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The End Game for Wall Street
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Call To Act, Save And Strengthen Financial Reform
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The Big Short - How Wall St Destroyed Main St
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Gold Correction Factors, Hidden Dollar Swap Hammer
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America's Ten Most Corrupt Capitalists
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Take Action! How We Can Save OUR Economy
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The Darkside of the Looking Glass: The Corruption of our Capital Markets
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Crisis expert says derivatives market still 'grave threat'
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Bowing To China: What It Means To Our Future
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Is It Time for Law Abiding American Citizens to Stop Paying Their Taxes and Start a New Government?
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Sultans Of Swap: Fearing the Gearing!
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Will the US Devalue the Dollar?
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Armageddon
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Avoid These Cash Machines
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Obama, Now Fire Geithner and Summers
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Goldman Sachs Front Runs Executive Orders
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Investment Opportunity or Economic Catasrophe? Coming Soon
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The recession is over but the depression has just begun
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A Practical Way to End "Too Big to Fail"
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Taxing the Speculators
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The Economic Crisis and What Must be Done
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Red Alert: The Second Wave of The Financial Tsunami
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Confiscation Through Inflation
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Obama's China Junket: "We're Opening Doors for Wall Street and Nothing More"
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It's Time to End 'Too Big to Fail'
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Goldman Sach’s Undisclosed Role in AIG’s Distress
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U.S. Budget Deficit Debt Crisis, Austrian, East European or Glide Option Solution?
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Cut Wall St Out! How State Can Finance Their Own Recovery
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U.S. Dollar Fiat Reserve Currency Root of the Global Financial Crisis
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Is Your Bank Sitting In the Trillion Dollar Derivative Minefield?
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Fall of the Dollar on G-20 Finance Ministers Agenda
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5 evil things credit card companies can (still) do
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The big picture
Part 3 - What can we do?
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The big picture
Part 2 - The government response
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The big picture
Part 1 - How did we get here?
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Too big to fail? A mortal threat to the nation's economy and national security
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Politics

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Chris Christie's signature law called unconstitutional in court ... by Christie administration
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Politicians & The Manipulated Crowd
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Princeton makes it official — USA Has Become Oligarchy, No Democracy
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Pilot explains his mission before Capitol landing
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"Manufacturing Dissent": The Anti-globalization Movement is Funded by the Corporate Elites
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White House Blog Reveals A Profound Lack Of Support For TPP
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False Flag Terror: Presidents, Prime Ministers, Congressmen, Generals, Spooks, Soldiers and Police Admit to it
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Lawmakers Say TPP Meetings Classified To Keep Americans in the Dark
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25 statist propaganda phrases and how to rebut them
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Do Corporations Really Need More Rights? Why Fast Track for the TPP Is a Bad Idea
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End Big Money's Chokehold on Democracy. Amend the Constitution.
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Yanis Varoufakis: The Straw That Breaks the Ponzi's Back?
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Behind The Global Game Of Thrones
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How American Oligarchs Are Pushing America to the Brink of Fascism
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Repealing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): Fast Track Not A Done Deal, The People Will Stop It
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The First Question to Ask After Any Terror Attack: Was It a False Flag?
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'Incomprehensible' Secrecy: Sanders Demands Release of Trade Agreement Text
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The Consequences of TPP
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Memo To WSJ: The CRomnibus Abomination Was Not 'A Rare Bipartisan Success'
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Pigmen Win Again
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If This is the Kind of 'Bipartisanship' Coming in 2015, the Country Is In Dire Straits
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"The Most Egregious Sections Of Law I've Encountered During My Time As A Representative"
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Reckless Congress 'Declares War' on Russia
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With Election Over, First Order of Business Is $450 Billion Corporate Tax Break
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Dividing the Spoils
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Dozens of Communities Vote to Boot Big Money from Politics
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We are losing badly to the corporate state. Here's what we need to do.
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The District of Corruption – America's Glittering Capital
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Beyond Orwellian Nightmares and Neoliberal Authoritarianism
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Computerized Election Theft and the New American Century
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An Ebola Outbreak Would Be Advantageous For Globalists
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The Surprising Reason that Crushing Economic Inequality Isn't More of Election Issue
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Super PAC(ked) With Out-of-State Money
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Barbarism Versus Stupidism
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The Coming Climate Revolt
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Wall Street Declares Victory Against the American People: The Banking Elites are Now Waging War against One Another
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The Time Is Ripe For A False-Flag Attack On American Soil
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10 Big Fat Lies and the Liars Who Told Them
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America's Massive National Security State Is the 4th Branch of Government
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Utility Trade Group Funds ALEC Attack on Americans Using Solar
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The Emperor's Rage: Let Chaos Envelop the World!
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Comcast's Worst Nightmare: How Tennessee Could Save America's Internet
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N.J. gives $260 million tax break to energy company with political ties
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America's Real Foreign Policy: Global Corporatization by Force
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US War Against Russia Is Already Underway
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How Did the Clintons Become So Rich?
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Western World Is Upside Down
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Mystery Surrounding The Bilderberg Group Conclave
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Let "Dollar" Collapse Or Choose War. Elites Will Opt For War
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The Purchase Of Our Republic
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The Detroit Model: Permanent Rule by the Banks
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False East/West Paradigm Hides The Rise Of Global Currency
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Please Stop Me Before I Vote for a Bought-&-Paid-For Demopublican Again
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Polls: Americans Are Sick of the War On Terror, War On Drugs … And All of the Other Failed U.S. Wars
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Senate Agrees: US People Can't Know Overseas Drone Death Toll
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How the Obscenely Wealthy Are Strangling Our Democracy
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Beware Anything Called Corporate Tax "Reform"
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Banks Have Become the Permanent Government of Europe
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The State, the Deep State, and the Wall Street Overworld
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The "Deep State" - How Much Does It Explain?
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Why the First Issue Is Money in Politics
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Study: Polarization and Gridlock Work Well for Rich Americans
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Divided We Fall: Stop the Corporate Takeover of Our Democracy
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John Kerry vs. Hillary Clinton on the Keystone XL Report
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What a Paul Craig Roberts Administration Would Look Like
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Bipartisan New World Order: Fast Tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
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TPP Toxicity Grows, We Can Stop It
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After 20 Years of NAFTA Poverty, Lawmakers Move to Fast-Track TPP
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Capitalism in Crisis: Who Are the Real "Takers"?
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Why Political Protests Ultimately Always Fail
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World Bank Whistleblower Reveals How The Global Elite Rule The World
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Americans Are Finally Learning About False Flag Terror
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Hillary Clinton Rakes in Big Money from Two Goldman Sachs Speeches in One Week
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Money Corrupting Politics Could Get Even Worse
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Americans Are Being Treated to Political Theater: Forget the Government Shutdown – It's About Shutting YOU Down
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A Corporate Coup in Disguise
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Obama's Friends in Low Places
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Draghi's Termination Of Berlusconi Explained: Sylvio Threatened To Leave Euro
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How a Koch Brothers "Business League" Spent $236 Million to Frame the Debate
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Not Too Big to Jail: Why Eliot Spitzer Is Wall Street's Worst Nightmare
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Democratic Establishment Unmasked: Prime Defenders Of NSA Bulk Spying
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Prometheus Among the Cannibals
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Has Washington's Arrogance Undone Its Empire?
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The Court, the Corporate Coup, and the Call to Struggle
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Verified Warnings From Former U.S. Presidents About the "Invisible Government"
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What Must Be Done About the Monsanto Corporation, and Why
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LEAK: U.S. Using Taxpayer Dollars to Promote Monsanto Overseas
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Billionaires Unchained: America is a Democracy of the Wealthy
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Obama in Plunderland: Down the Corporate Rabbit Hole
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Why Does Exxon Control the No-Fly Zone Over Arkansas Tar Sands Spill?
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Senate Passes Monsanto Protection Act
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Riddled With Corruption: Two More Public Officials "Cash In"
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Whiny Billionaires in Need of Sequestration
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Meet 6 Politicians Getting Rich from America's Endless Wars
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Billionaire Burglar Breaks into Obama's Cabinet
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Rumored Treasury No. 2, Lobbied Regulators For Morgan Stanley, A Lot
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The Fiscal Cliff, A Self-Created Bi-Partisan Drama
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Why Billionaire Political Investors Will Keep Pouring Money Into Politics - Until They're Stopped
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Susan Rice, Top Candidate for Secretary of State, Has Millions Tied to Canadian Tar Sands
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Elite Intrigues and Military Purges: It's Not About Sex, Stupid!
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Americans Proudly Voting for Evil
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Why I'm Voting Green
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Before the Election was Over, Wall Street Won
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Mitt Romney's Bailout Bonanza: How He Made Millions from the Rescue of Detroit
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How Do You Take Your Poison?
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Feast of Fools
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Where Is the Outrage over Money in Politics?
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Leaked Trade Doc Shows Obama Wants to Help Corporations Avoid Regulations
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Senators Suck Up to Jamie Dimon, Get Paid for It
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State Politicians and the Public Pension Cookie Jar
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The 14 characteristics of Fascism
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Harnessing People Power
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Why Obama's JOBS Act Couldn't Suck Worse
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Partisan Confusion: Outside the Supreme Court While the Health Insurance Mandate is Debated
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A Tangled Web: Who's Making Money From All This Campaign Spending?
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Our Politicians Are Money Launderers in the Trafficking of Power and Policy
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How Super PACs Are Choosing Your Next President
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Obama Nominates Carlyle Group Partner to The Federal Reserve Board of Governors
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Occupy Rigged Elections: A Call for the Second American Revolution in 2012
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The Remarkable Political Stupidity of Wall Street
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Corporate Taxpayers & Corporate Tax Dodgers 2008-10
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Congress is Getting Richer – With Help From Legal Insider Trading
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As Zuccotti Park Is Cleared, Congress Moves to Gut Financial Reform
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To Get Really Rich, Get Elected
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"We the People," Not "We the Corporations"
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The Election March of the Trolls
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Congressional Representatives Charge Constituents for Access
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Ruling on Behalf of Wall Street's "Super Rich": The Financial End Time has Arrived
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The President Surrenders
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Obama's Bad Bargain
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Who Rules America?
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Is the United States a representative democracy or a mirage democracy
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In Two Steps Obama Can Reduce the Influence of Secret Donations in 2012
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It Was the Banks
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The Secret Big-Money Takeover of America
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Do Not Pity the Democrats
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Misreading the Iranian Situation
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Understanding Money and War--Part I
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The Big Picture
Part 3 - What can we do?
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The Big Picture
Part 2 - The government response
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The Big Picture
Part 1 - How did we get here?

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Justice

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Judge uses baseball analogy to explain why a cop who shot 15 times at an unarmed couple wasn't found guilty
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A Hundred Years' Failure
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Nonviolence as Compliance
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American Justice? FBI Lab Overstated 95% Of Forensic Hair Matches (Including 32 Death Sentences)
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Follow the Money: Invisible Investors Seek Big Bucks in Mass Incarceration
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The Root of Support For the Drug War
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A Weird, Crazy Idea: Make Extreme Wealth an International Crime
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Bankers Avoid Jail Time in Tax-Evasion Case
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U.S. Government Secrecy At All-Time High
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Despite DOJ Reforms and Weak Oversight, Local Policing for Profit Continues with Feds
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Wikipedia Founder Sues NSA, Demands "End To NSA's Dragnet Surveillance Of Internet Traffic"
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A Political Economy Premised on Exploitation and Social Repression
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FBI Tracking Of Keystone XL Activists Worse Than You Thought
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Scorecard: How Many Rights Have Americans REALLY Lost?
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Exporting Torture: Meet the Chicago Cop Who Brought American Brutality to Gitmo
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The disappeared: Chicago police detain Americans at abuse-laden 'black site'
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Fast-Track Treason and the Coming Corporate Coup
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How Did America's Police Forces Get So Scary and Omnipresent?
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HSBC Bank: Secret Origins To Laundering The World's Drug Money
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U.S. Government Buys "Truly Orwellian" Surveillance Technology To Track Drivers in Real Time
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NY Judge Slams Wells Fargo For Forging Documents... And Why Nothing Will Change
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Unless You Want to Go to Prison, Read This Before Taking Money Out of Your Bank
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What's Luck Got to Do With It? Everything, if You Are a Banking Whistleblower
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Civil Asset Forfeiture: The Final Stage Of Collapse Of Empire
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Auditioning for Wall Street
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Killer Cops in America
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The Siege of Julian Assange is a Farce - A Special Investigation
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JPMorgan's $9 Billion Witness Puts Government Testimony by Her Boss into Question
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The Devil's Bargain: The Illusion of a Trouble-Free Existence in the American Police State
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The Mystery of Ray McGovern's Arrest
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The $9 Billion Witness: Meet JPMorgan Chase's Worst Nightmare
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Warning: Avoid This Corrupt, Third-World Country At All Costs
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Reading the Road Map to a Police State
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Snowden Documentary Confirms Existence of New National Security Whistleblower
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Four Other Lawyer Whistleblowers are Essential at the Carmen Segarra Senate Witness Table
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GMOs are Everywhere and Should be Labeled, Study Finds
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During An Ebola Pandemic in America All Of Your Rights Would Essentially Be Meaningless
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Stop Medical Price Gouging Now!
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The Failure to Prosecute Leading US Banks. The Abuse of Power by Government and Big Business
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Eric Holder Says Justice Department Has Moles on Wall Street
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Federal Prosecutors Continue to Defy Holder
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Philadelphia Earns Millions By Seizing Cash And Homes From People Never Charged With A Crime
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U.S. and Israeli Military Tactics Used Against American Citizens … Gazans Tweet Tips to Help AMERICANS On How to Handle Tear Gas
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The Secret Government Rulebook for Lableing You a Terrorist
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Whoa! Big Banks Hit with Monster $250 Billion Lawsuit for Fraud in Housing Crisis
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Senator Elizabeth Warren: High Frequency Trading Is Like the Skimming Scam in the Movie, 'Office Space'
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Snowden Should Refuse to Play "Alice in Wonderland"
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Bank Bailout: Bankster Says Only Gun to Head Will Oblige TARP Repayment
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NSA Whistleblower: Snowden Never Had Access to the JUICIEST Documents
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Eric Holder Announces Task Force To Focus On "Domestic Terrorists"
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Mr Kerry: Here's Why Snowden Cannot 'Make His Case' in 'Our System of Justice'
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Congress Guts Anti-NSA Spying Bill Beyond Recognition; Original Cosponsor Justin Amash Votes No
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They Can't Outlaw The Revolution
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What the 1% Don't Want You to Know
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US Politicians Line Pockets With Funds From Ecuador's Billionaire Bankers on the Lam in US
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Massive new fraud coverup: How banks are pillaging homes — while the government watches
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Los Angeles Municipal Fraud, The Next Battle Against Wall Street?
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We're Losing the Last Shreds of Legal Rights to Protect Ourselves from Oligarchy
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Financial Criminality: Wall Street Manipulates Energy Prices, Gold … and Every Other Market
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Corporate CEOs Demand that they be Tipped Off When a Whistleblower Reports their Crimes
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Wall Street Greed: Not Too Big for a California Jury
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The Global Banking Game Is Rigged, and the FDIC Is Suing
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With McCutcheon Ruling, An Activist Court Opts for Full-On Plutocracy
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Diego Garcia Military Base: Islanders Forcibly Deported
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How (& Why) JPMorgan & COMEX Should Be Sued For Precious Metals Manipulation
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Lights, Camera, Arrested: Americans Are Being Thrown in Jail for Filming Police
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The Stone That Brings Down Goliath? Richmond and Eminent Domain
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The Criminalization of Journalism: Who is Barrett Brown?
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Exxon CEO Profits Huge As America's Largest Natural Gas Producer-But Frack In His Own Backyard And He Sues!
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G-20 Protester's Amazing Statement To Court Before Sentencing
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Company Responsible for West Virginia Chemical Spill Skips Congressional Hearing
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On Death and Derivatives
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Supreme Court denies Family Farmers the Right to Self Defense From Monsanto Lawsuits
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"No, You Cannot Opt Out": 10 NSA Myths Debunked
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Eric Holder Criticized On Anniversary Of Aaron Swartz Death
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In Jail For Being In Debt
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The Detroit "Bankruptcy" Distracts from Attack on Constitution: The Unelected "Czar of Detroit"
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Banker Jail Sentences: Another Lesson For The World From Iceland
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Legal Framework for Big Banks Puts Depositors at Risk
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A Brave Hacker Willing to Spend a Decade in Prison for Exposing the Workings of the Corporate State
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Why Has Nobody Gone To Jail For The Financial Crisis? Judge Rakoff Says: "Blame The Government"
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Jury Nullification Last Refuge for Justice
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Despite Eight Ongoing Criminal/Civil Investigations of JPMorgan, the Bank's a Law Enforcement Partner With the NYPD
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Supreme Court's Choice: Plutocracy or Democracy
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As F.B.I. Pursued Snowden, an E-Mail Service Stood Firm
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New Study Finds That State Crime Labs Are Paid Per Conviction
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When Posting a Website Link is a Crime
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The Sentinel Case – Another Nail in the Coffin of 'Market Confidence'
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The Last Chance to Stop the NDAA
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The Sentinel Case – Another Nail in the Coffin of 'Market Confidence'
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The 11 Most Bizarre SWAT Team Raids
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Why the JPMorgan Criminal Case Matters to You
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NSA broke privacy rules thousands of times per year: Report
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Seven Things You Wanted to Know About Prosecuting Wall Street
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Shot to Death by Police for Betting on a Football Game? The Rise of Paramilitary Force in America
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Philadelphia Sues Big Banks Over Swaps Losses
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The Business of Mass Incarceration
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NSA Says It Can't Read Its Own Emails
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Feds put heat on Web firms for master encryption keys
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NSA Phone Snooping Cannot Be Challenged in Court, Feds Say
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NSA warned to rein in surveillance as agency reveals even greater scope
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Surveillance Blowback
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In 'Chilling' Ruling, Chevron Granted Access to Activists' Private Internet Data
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How Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages
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Encroachment upon Basic Freedoms, Militarized Police State in America
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Snowden asylum in Ecuador dead - the intrigue
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Is NSA Blackmail Inc. for the U.S. Military Industrial Complex?
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This Really is Big Brother: The Leak Nobody's Noticed
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Take A Break From The Snowden Drama For A Reminder Of What He's Revealed So Far
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The Supreme Court Just Made It Easier for Big Business to Screw the Little Guy
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Revealed: the top secret rules that allow NSA to use US data without a warrant
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The Whistleblower's Guide to the Orwellian Galaxy: How to Leak to the Press
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What is the Real Reason the Government is Spying on Americans?
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The Shocking Story Behind "News Feed Trading"
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Government Says Secret Court Opinion on Law Underlying PRISM Program Needs to Stay Secret
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The Essence of DNA Identity
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The Judicial Lynching of Bradley Manning
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'Beyond Orwellian': Outrage Follows Revelations of Vast Domestic Spying Program
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We're Being Watched: How Corporations and Law Enforcement Are Spying on Environmentalists
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Here's Why The World's First Central Banker Got The Death Penalty
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The Real Numbers: Half of America in Poverty -- and It's Creeping toward 75%
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Argentina's General Videla and the "War on Terror"
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Why Are Homeowners Being Jailed for Demanding Wall Street Prosecutions?
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The Vicious New Bank Shakedown That Could Seriously Ruin Your Life
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It's Enough to Make Your Blood Boil
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How the US Turned Three Pacifists into Violent Terrorists
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Justice Department's Pursuit Of AP's Phone Records Is Both Extreme And Dangerous
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An Easy, 4-Step Method to End Corporate Personhood
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Why Such Secrecy About private Military Contractor at the Boston Marathon?
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Boston Bombing: MSM Creates New Official Story – Video of Dzhokhar Planting Bomb is Forgotten
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Italian Supreme Court President Blames Bilderberg For Terrorist Attacks
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As economy flails, debtors' prisons thrive
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Secret FDIC Plan to Loot Bank Accounts
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Bradley Manning & The Deepwater Horizon
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Private Prisons and the Enslavement Society
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Obama's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network Protects Bank Fraud and Insider Trading
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That's why they call it a Police State
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Eric Holder Enables Dishonesty, Fraud and Likely Criminal Activity on Wall Street
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Eric Holder Exposes A Nation of Law, Going Lawless
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US 'Corporate Tax Dodgers' Keeping More Money Overseas
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Big Bank Immunity: When Do We Crack Down on Wall Street?
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The Premise of Digital Surveillance Precludes Scholarship
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We Are Bradley Manning
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Monsanto's Patents on Life
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Bank of America Bombshell: Whistleblowers Reveal Coverup and Massive Borrower Harm
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The Execution of Christopher Dorner
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The LAPD Got their Man How They Wanted Him: Dead
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The NDAA and the Death of the Democratic State
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The Real History of US CIA 60 Year Aggression Against Iran
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Big Banks Get Tax Break On Foreclosure Abuse Deal
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Carmen Ortiz And Stephen Heymann: Accountability For Prosecutorial Abuse
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Aaron Swartz's Thought Crime Was Tragically Treated Like Real Crime
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Two New Fraud Deals Show Wall Street's Washington Insiders At Work
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Washington's jaw drops at possibility of AIG lawsuit
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The Lie that Prosecuting Bank Fraud Will Destabilize the Economy Is What Is REALLY Destroying the Economy
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Occupy Heavily Monitored for Potential Criminal Activity, HSBC Slapped on the Wrist for Actual Criminal Activity
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The Final Battle
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Long History of HSBC Money Laundering
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CIA 'tortured and sodomized' terror suspect, human rights court rules
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SWAT Teams Arrest Peaceful People Resisting Eviction in Idaho Springs, CO
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In Washington, Fear the Silence, Not the Noise
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Spain Police Beating Everyone: A Warning To America
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Woman Arrested for Trespassing on Her Own Land
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The NDAA Decision and the Unknown Power of Obama
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The Real Drug Kingpins are on Wall Street
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9 Frightening Things About America's Biggest Police Force
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The Federal Reserve, a Privately Owned Banking Cartel, Has Been Given Police Powers, with Glock 22s and Patrol Cars
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Unlike Afghan Leaders, Obama Fights for Power of Indefinite Military Detention
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Why There's No Jail Time for Wall Streeters
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House Approves Sweeping, Warrantless Electronic Spy Powers
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Bankruptcy for Billionaires
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The Sentinel Case – Another Nail in the Coffin of 'Market Confidence'
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Corporate Crime Does Pay
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The Pursuit of Julian Assange is an Assault on Freedom and a Mockery of Journalism
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Classified Life: Sibel Edmonds' Story
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Economic Collapse, We Still Don't Get It
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It's Game Over, Goldman Sachs Has Won
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The Ascendancy of a Criminal Financial Elite
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Eric Holder to US: Nothing To See On Wall St, Just Move Along
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The LIBOR Scandal Explained
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Freedom of Assembly in Charlotte NC?
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Occupy Wall Street Protests Need Outside Review On NYPD Abuses: Lawyers' Group
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Iceland Has Jailed Bankers. Why Can't We?
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This Global Financial Fraud and its Gatekeepers
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The Wall Street Scandal of All Scandals
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The Spreading Scourge of Corporate Corruption
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Assange's Last Stand
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LIBOR Exposure Of Banker Corruption, Bank Of England And U.S. Fed Both Implicated
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The Scam Wall Street Learned From the Mafia
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Members of Senate Banking Committee Will Question Their Top Donor: JP Morgan Chase
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35,948 Arrested Yesterday
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Know Your Rights When Recording Police
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American Arrested Using Predator Drone, Had Rights Violated, Lawyer Says
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Washington Leads The World Into Lawlessness
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Citizens United 2.0, Expected to Hit the Supreme Court in Early 2013
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As Occupy Arrestees Arraigned, Iris Scans Affect Bail
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How Does a 'Common Citizen' Know If They Can Be Target of NDAA?
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The Polite Conference Rooms Where Liberties Are Saved and Lost
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Four Whistleblowers Who Sounded the Alarm on Banks' Mortgage Shenanigans
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Former NSA Official's Advice to Fellow Whistleblowers: "You Better Lawyer Up"
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Obama Executive Order: Peacetime Martial Law!
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Evolving Global Financial Crisis: Selling "Foreclosed Homes"
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Politicians Won't Return Ponzi Payoffs
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Will Wall Street Ever Face Justice?
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The NDAA: A Clear and Present Danger to American Liberty
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Goodbye, First Amendment: 'Trespass Bill' will make protest illegal
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The 50-State Foreclosure Settlement, Why Hasn't Anyone Gone to Jail?
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After MF Global, Are your funds safe?
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Mortgage settlement is great — for politicians and banks
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Why the Foreclosure Deal May Not Be So Hot After All
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U.S. Home Foreclosures and Shadow Banking: Why All the "Robo-signing"?
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SOPA, PIPA, The State of US Surveillance
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Obama Orders Military-Police Department Joint Exercises in Los Angeles, Other Cities
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A Web of Financial Fraud and Criminality: America's Shadow Banking System
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Occupy The Justice System: Jury Nullification
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A Rare Look Inside Our "Humane" Immigration Jails
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MF Global & Government-Sponsored Theft
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Three myths about the detention bill
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Cities that broke up Occupy camps now face lawsuits over free speech, use of force
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The NDAA Repeals More Rights
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CIA won't disclose possible involvement in Occupy crackdowns
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America Just Says No to the Rule of Law
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Senators Who Love the Government But Hate America
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Busted for tweeting
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The Money Masters: Behind the Global Debt Crisis
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The US National Security Smokescreen
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Senators Demand the Military Lock Up American Citizens in a "Battlefield" They Define as Being Right Outside Your Window
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Investors lost $700M in Citigroup deal, SEC says
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Did You Hear the One About the Bankers?
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Occupy Oakland Police Brutality YouTube videos stay after police demands to delete
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NYPD fabricated drug charges against innocent people to meet arrest quotas
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NYPD Reportedly Targeting Photographers At Occupation Of Wall Street
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Welcome to Boston, Mr. Rumsfeld. You Are Under Arrest
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NYC arrests people for wearing masks
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Obama Goes All Out For Dirty Banker Deal
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Secret Libyan files claim MI6 and the CIA aided human rights violations
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Letter from Prison: Tim DeChristopher Speaks
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Obama administration pressures NY Attorney General to let banks off easy
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Evidence Banks Bought Off Washington
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Is the SEC Covering Up Wall Street Crimes?
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Banks still robo-signing, filing doubtful foreclosure documents
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15 Years in Prison For Taping the Cops?
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The Sentencing of Tim DeChristopher Highlights the Conflict Between the People and Corporate-Government
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Tim DeChristopher's courageous bid to save our world
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Letting Bankers Walk
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Mounting Evidence that Dominique Strauss Kahn was Framed
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The Corrupt Corporate Incarceration Complex
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The People vs. Goldman Sachs
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IMF Chief Strauss-Kahn Caught in "Honey Trap"
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Beyond ForeclosureGate – It Gets Uglier
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Private Corporate Court System
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Throw Out the Money Changers
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Silver Shocker
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The Ten Reasons The Banksters Get Away With It
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Wells Fargo Meeting Today With Philly Homeowner Who "Foreclosed" On Them (Here's How He Did It)
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Probe of Mortgage Official Is Said to Be Dropped
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Why Isn't Wall Street in Jail?
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Failing to Prosecute Wall Street Fraud is Extending Our Economic Problems
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Ex-Swiss Banker Gives Data to WikiLeaks
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Wikileaks: Bradley Manning and the Rule of Law
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Rough Justice in America
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A Secretive Banking Elite Rules Trading in Derivatives
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The Gulf of Mexico is Dying
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Towards Martial Law in America: Authority to Deploy Troops Domestically during 'National Emergencies'
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Financial Fraud in Germany, Deutsche Bank and the US Mortgage Scam
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Sooner or later, marijuana will be legal
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Is Justice for Sale?
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CFTC Gets Facts of Bullion Manipulation
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High Frequency Financial Terrorism, Wall Street Bankster's Maintain Death Grip on United States
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Gold and Silver Price
Manipulation
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Why Is the Whistleblower Who Exposed the Massive UBS Tax Evasion Scheme the Only One Heading to Prison?
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It Is Now Official: The U.S. Is A Police State
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AIG Secret Deals Conspiracy Starting to Unravel
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Pirates of the COMEX
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Wall Street's Naked Swindle
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WaMu: One Year Later and Still No Indictments
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Massive Relief for U.S. Homeowners and Trouble for the Banks
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The Big Takeover
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Criminal Banks and Brokers Continue To Ply Their Trade
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FEMA CONCENTRATION CAMPS: Locations and Executive Orders
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Greatest Threat To Free Speech Comes Not From Terrorism, But From Those Claiming To Fight It
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How the U.S. Military is Paying NFL Teams Millions to "Honor the Troops" at Sporting Events
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The Cancer Industry is Too Prosperous to Allow a Cure
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The Computers Are Listening
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One Man's Message To Americans - "Start Giving A Damn!"
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A Letter of Apology to My Grandson
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Why the Founders Would Decry What America has Become
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A Practical Utopian's Guide to the Coming Collapse
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US Agribusiness, GMOs and The Plundering Of The Planet
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How America Became an Oligarchy
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What Is In Your Food?
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The Death of Hope and Belief
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Compassionate Community Policing is Helping the Homeless
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The New American Order
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In Our Horrifying Future, Very Few People Will Have Work or Make Money
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When It Becomes Serious, First They Lie--When That Fails, They Arrest You
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Why They Spy – IT-Powered Feudalism
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Facilitating a Disruptive Emergence To Replace the Existing Elite System Running the Planet
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The Impacts of Genetic Engineering: Not Science, Just Lies and Propaganda: The Massive Fraud Behind GMOs Exposed
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Most Americans Are Slaves And They Don't Even Know It
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When Centralization Scales Beyond Our Control
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Creepy, Calculating and Controlling: All the Ways Big Brother Is Watching You
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NSA Trojan Firmware Widespread, U.S. International Tech Reputation May Suffer: Tech Privacy Has Been a Myth
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The Shadow of Crisis Has Not Passed – Part 3
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Credit Card Metadata Identifies YOU
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The 6 Grand Illusions That Keep Us Enslaved to the Matrix
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"I'd Like to Change the World, but I Don't Know How So I'll Leave it Up to You"
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New Oxfam report says half of global wealth held by the 1%
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The Robots Are Coming! Let's Make Them Work for the Workers
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The Value of Wealth
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The Battle Of Our Time: Breaking The Spell Of The Corporate State
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We Are Entering An Era Of Shattered Illusions
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12 Days of Christmas Apologies
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Awakened Warriors Arise
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The Game Is Rigged: Why Americans Keep Losing to the Police State
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Defeat Is Victory
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With Negotiators in DC, Opponents Vow to 'Mobilize Like Never Before' to Kill Corporate-Friendly Trade Deals
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Copyright Law as a Tool for State Censorship of the Internet
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Forget Orwell and Rand, We've Gone to Full On Plato
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Are "We The People" Useful Idiots In The Digital Age?
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War-Making And Class-Conflict
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Bread, Circuses & Bombs – Decline Of The American Empire – Part Two
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America's Secret War in 134 Countries
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A Kept Culture
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The True History of Blowback in One Sentence
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Degradation of Our Educational System is Canary in the Mineshaft
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Wealth Inequality Is Not A Problem, It's A Symptom
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How America's Richest 14 Made More Money Than the Entire Food Stamp Budget
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America: The Grim Truth
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What the Global Status Quo Optimizes
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Bread, Circuses and Bombs - Decline of The American Empire
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The Koch Brothers' 3-Step Plan to Conquer the Next Generation
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Lifting The Fog Of Pretense
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Profiting from America's Misery
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The Perverse Roots of the Mentality of More
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Dispatches from Occupied Territory – Fear is the Mind Killer
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Chris Hedges: "Our Liberty Has Been Sacrificed On The Altar Of National Security"
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On Behalf of Monsanto: GMO Food Crops for Ukraine's Bread Basket
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Supremacy: A Social Order of Division, Control and Enslavement
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Control the Language and You Control the Mind
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Order Out Of Chaos: The Doctrine That Runs The World
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The Worldwide Destruction of the Family Farm. Wall Street's Unprecedented Land Grab
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How All of Us Are Paying a Heavy Price for Corporate Greed
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The Stealing of America by the Cops, the Courts, the Corporations and Congress
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The Rise of the Non-Working Rich
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Servants of Power: Higher Education in an Era of Corporate Control
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Was the Department of Defense Behind Facebook's Controversial Manipulation Study?
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The Pitchforks Are Coming… For Us Plutocrats
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Sarajevo Is The Fulcrum Of Modern History: The Great War And Its Terrible Aftermath
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The open source revolution is coming and it will conquer the 1% - ex CIA spy
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The Surveillance/Police State - Assisting the Dismantling of Inalienable Rights
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$1 Million A Month - What Ex-NSA Chief Alexander Charges Wall Street For "Advice"
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Debt, Civic Decay, Global Disorder - Fourth Turning Accelerating
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5,000 Years of History Shows that Mass Spying Is Always Aimed at Crushing Dissent
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10 Disgustingly Rich Companies That Will Do Anything To Avoid Paying Taxes
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Florida Couple Fined $746 For Crime Of Feeding Homeless People
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The Social Cost of GMOs
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Why Propaganda About Generational Warfare Is Dangerous and Wrong
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How the Middle Class Lifestyle Became Unaffordable
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Technology and the Future of Jobs
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Five Stunning Facts About America's Prison System You Haven't Heard
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Suspicious Deaths of Bankers Are Now Classified as "Trade Secrets" by Federal Regulator
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An Open Letter to Sam Zell: Why Your Statements are Delusional and Dangerous
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Global Rankings Study Depicts an America in Warp Speed Decline
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Neoliberalism and the Machinery of Disposability
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Recipie For Revolt: America is Wealthier But Americans Are Poorer
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'Just Salute and Follow Orders': When Secrecy and Surveillance Trump the Rule of Law
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More Americans Killed By Police Than By Terrorists: With Crime Down, Why Is Police Aggression Up?
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The Poisons of Extreme Wealth and Inequality
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How the NSA Plans to Infect 'Millions' of Computers with Malware
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The World's Coming Trillionaires
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Meet the Company That Can Track Everywhere You've Been and Tell Police About It
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The Conspiracy Theory Is True: Agents Infiltrate Websites Intending To "Manipulate, Deceive, And Destroy Reputations"
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LAPD Goes to Israel, Falls in Love With Drones and Mass Surveillance
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Inequality worse now than on 'Downton Abbey
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Privatized Government Services Lead to Millions for Corporate CEOs
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The Spoils of War: Afghanistan's Multibillion Dollar Heroin Trade
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The Devil's 2014 Missive To His Minions
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Feeding the World - or feeding the Corporations?
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It Doesn't Have To Be This Way
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The 20 Richest Americans: Takers, Not Makers
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Report:State of Power, Exposing the Davos Class
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Davos' Elite Message Deserves 'Fierce Resistance' Not Applause
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The Global Plutocracy
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Popular Manifesto: Solutions For Restoring The United States
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Five Economic Reforms Millennials Should Be Fighting For
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Burning Down The House
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Your USB cable, the spy: Inside the NSA's catalog of surveillance magic
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A New Way Of Defining Wealth
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The NSA is Building the Foundation for a Global Police State
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2014 Will Bring More Social Collapse
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NSA intercepts computer deliveries to plant spyware
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Hope and Defiance - A Lot of Hope is Dangerous
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The Reaping of Wealth, Bread, Circuses & Reality TV
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Pension Theft: Class War Goes to the Next Stage
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Chomsky: It Is All Working Quite Well for the Rich, Powerful
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The Tribal Mentality Indoctrinating Individuals into the Tribe's Beliefs Politics
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6 Signs Our Culture Is Sick With Greed
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Decline of the American Empire? Global Configurations of Power, The Swindle Economy and the Criminal State
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A Corporate Coup in Disguise
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End the 1 Percent's Free Ride: Taxing Land Would Solve America's Biggest Problems
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The Dark Heart Of Centralized Power
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The Internet Is Now Weaponized, And You Are The Target
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9 Out Of 10 Americans Are Completely Wrong About This Mind-Blowing Fact
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The Shamelessness of Bankers
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The Illusion of Freedom - Democracy, Religion, Science and Propaganda
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The Hegelian Dialectic and its use in Controlling Modern Society
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America's Culture of Ignorance Politics
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Global Wealth and Inequality: Towards a World of Super Rich "Trillionaires" Amidst Mounting Poverty
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There Is a Vast Oligarch Conspiracy Afoot to Destroy the Retirement Plans of Millions of Workers
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Martial Law and the Economy: Is Homeland Security Preparing for the Next Wall Street Collapse?
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30 Mindblowing Statistics About Americans Under The Age Of 30
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The "Hyper-meritocracy" – an Oxymoron Led by Criminal Morons
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Understanding the Cancer Stage of Capitalism
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Government Standards Agency "Strongly" Suggests Dropping its Own Encryption Standard
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At World's End - The Five Stages of Collapse
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Why Worry About Total Surveillance When You're Just An Ordinary Joe?
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From Spying on "Terrorists Abroad" to Suppressing Domestic Dissent: When We Become the Hunted
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Monsanto's GMO Feed Creates Horrific Physical Ailments in Animals
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Midway: A Short Film
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Shocking 'Extermination' Fantasies By the People Running America's Empire on Full Display at Aspen Summit
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Count Yourself Among The Poor!
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How Giant Tech Firms Help the Government to Spy on Americans
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Where the Hell Is The Outrage?
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Genetically-modified Rice Trials in U.S. Contaminate World's Rice Supply
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12 Real Patriots Brave Enough to Fight for Truth and Justice
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There's a New Fascism on the Rise, and the NSA Leaks Show Us What It Looks Like
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Big Lie: America Doesn't Have #1 Richest Middle-Class in the World...We're Ranked 27th!
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The $385 Billion Military-Industrial Boondoggle You've Never Heard Of
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Transcend Conditioned Consciousness None But Ourselves Can Free Our Minds
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10 Signs That You're Fully Awake
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How Can Wal-Mart REALLY Help Improve Our Schools?
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The End of the Beginning of the End
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Get Apocalyptic: Why Radical is the New Normal
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The New Crime of Eating While Homeless
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Military Quietly Grants Itself the Power to Police the Streets Without Local or State Consent
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Round the Clock Surveillance: Is This the Price of Living in a "Free, Safe" Society?
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'Police State' Registry System Being Set Up to Track Your Vaccination Status
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Bringing Young and Old to the Climate Fight
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Fearlessness Grows From the Grass Roots: US Protest Movement against the Banksters
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The United States Is Fighting How Many Wars?
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How Class Works
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Resource Shock: How Resource Scarcity and Climate Change Could Produce a Global Explosion
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Lockdown, USA: Lessons From the Boston Marathon Manhunt
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Economic and Social Abnormality Reigns, American's Loving Their Servitude
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America's New Math: 1 Wall Street Hour = 21 Years of Hard Work For the Rest of Us
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The Corporate Betrayal of America -- Ripping off the Public, Running off with the Profits to Avoid Taxes
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"American Dream": Food loaded into Dumpsters while Hundreds of Hungry Americans Restrained by Police
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Ten Ways That Each of Us Can Take Back Control From Wall Street
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Only Wall Street Wins in Detroit Crisis Reaping $474 Million Fee
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16 Giant Corpoporations Stopped Paying Taxes While Also Cutting Jobs!
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Researchers Find German-Made Spyware Across Globe
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A Better Plan Than 'Endless Growth': Enough Is Enough
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No Sanctuary in the Ivory Tower
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Scorecard: How Many Rights Have Americans REALLY Lost?
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Why The Banking Elite Want Riots in America
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Watch Out -- The Drones Are Coming Home To Roost
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How to Spot -- and Defeat -- Disruption on the Internet
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"I want my fair share--and that's ALL OF IT": The Kochs & the XL Pipeline
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The Extremist Cult of Capitalism
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The Institutionalization of Tyranny
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A loss to the World: The Death of Aaron Swartz
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The Digital Disruption: Technology and Economics for the 99%
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Obedience To Authority, Should We Trust The Government?
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Genetic Engineering and the GMO Industry: Corporate Hijacking of Food and Agriculture
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Profiting from Your Thirst as Global Elite Rush to Control Water Worldwide
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The Cashless Society is Almost Here – And With Some Very Sinister Implications
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The US Is Now a Police State
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Stand Still for the Apocolypse
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DHS to Double US Drone Fleet
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Wall Street Uses the Third Way to Lead Its Assault on Social Security
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Yes, the FBI and CIA can read your email. Here's how
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From KXL Pipeline-Lies, Cover-up,Corruption Equal.... Environmental DISASTER!
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10 Filthy-Rich, Tax-Dodging Hypocrites Pushing Disastrous Austerity on America
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American Empire: A Disaster on Autopilot
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The Great American Empire - Decline, Decay, Denial, Delusion & Despair
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Wall Street's War Against the Cities
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Arctic Ice Melt, Psychopathic Capitalism and the Corporate Media
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DHS 'fusion centers' portrayed as pools of ineptitude, civil liberties intrusions
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Occupy My Foreclosure
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WikiLeaks: US Ambassador Planned "Retaliation" Against France Over Ban on Monsanto Corn
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Seven Examples of a "Police State," and How They Are Appearing in the US
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Revolt of the Rich: Have Our Financial Elites Already Seceded from America?
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Craving for More and More Wealth. Refusing Capitalism
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Five Looming Curses of Privatization
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Civil Disobedience Actions Blockade Entrance to Site of TPP Negotiations in VA
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Re-Defining the First Amendment....with COPS!
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Bill Gross: "Normal" Economic Growth Impossible Now
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How Your Movements Are Being Tracked, Probably Without Your Knowledge
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The RNC Arrives in Tampa and With It, Martial Law
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Mega-Million CEOs: Our Tax Dollars at Work
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WIKILEAKS: Surveillance Cameras Around The Country Are Being Used In A Huge Spy Network
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America's Descent Into Darkness
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The Impending Collapse of American Medicine
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Goldman Sachs's New York Prison Deal Saves All the Risk for the Taxpayer
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The CEO Plan to Steal Your Social Security and Medicare
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Privatization: The Big Joke That Isn't Funny
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Betrayal of the American Dream
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The Careerists
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CIA Outsources Assasination Squad to Blackwater
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America's Drones Are Homeward Bound
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Here is Why Our Elites are Not Fixing the Economy
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Pensions Under Attack in America
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Profit Driven Prison Industrial Complex: The Economics of Incarceration in the USA
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A Wall Street Gambling Tax: The Remedy to Inequality
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New World Order Blueprint Leaked
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America's Student Loan Racket
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Five Facts That Put America to Shame
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The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Quiet Drama in Philadelphia
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America's Downward Social and Economic Spiral
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Colonized by Corporations
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How to Destroy Education While Making a Trillion Dollars
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U.S. Gov't Making Preperations for Expected Major Social Unrest Next Year
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The Inequity of Private-Equity Hustlers
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Five Reasons Why The Very Rich Have NOT Earned Their Money
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National Security Agency Whistleblower William Binney on Growing State Surveillance
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The Prison Labor Complex
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Wall Street's Massive Freak Out When Asked to Pay Their Fair Share
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The United States is Run by Sociopaths, Economics and Evil
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How the US Uses Sexual Humiliation as a Political Tool to Control the Masses
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Cracks in the Pillars of Power
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Wells Fargo's prison cash cow
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Thirteen Ways Government Tracks Us
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The "Cashless Society" and Total Monetary Surveillance
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Have You Posted Your Pictures on the Internet? Invasive Surveillance Technology Awaits
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The Ascendence of Sociopaths in US Governance, How to Surive What's to Come
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How To Bring Down the System, Any System, Non-violently
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Occupy Miami Raided, SWAT Team Draws Weapons on Children
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Why Greg Smith Is 'Dead Right' About Goldman Sachs
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Why I Am Leaving Goldman Sachs
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Don't Tell Us It's Not a Class War
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Our Depraved Future of Debt Slavery
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Drones Come to the US
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How to Radicalize a Moderate
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Central Banks Financial Terrorism
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Economist: NATO/G8 Summits Could Be A Disaster
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How the Swedes and Norwegians Broke the Power of the "1 Percent"
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The Middle Class Disappears, Rise of the Praetorian Class
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2012 – The Year Of Living Dangerously
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Report: Big Bank Bonuses in 2011
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The Outlook for the New Year, Tyranny in the Forecast
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Are You Being Tracked? 8 Ways Your Privacy Is Being Eroded Online and Off
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America's Best Kept Secret: Rising Suburban Poverty
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Local police stockpile high-tech, combat-ready gear
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Bankers Rule the World: "The Network of Global Corporate Control"
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Legislating Tyranny in America, Orwell and Beyond
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E-Voting System "Remotely Accessed" on "Multiple Occasions" by Unknown Computer
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Occupy is Not Just About Occupying
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How to Survive and Prosper in the Coming Financial Meltdown
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The Zero Point of Systemic Collapse
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American's Comfortably Numb on the Highway to Economic Collapse
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This Changes Everything: How the 99% Woke Up
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The Shocking Truth About the Crackdown on Occupy
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More on Police Departments' Collusion in Defense of 1%: Who's the Organization Coordinating Those Crackdown Calls?
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Occupy Seattle - Message From Minister Who Was Pepper Sprayed
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With People in the Streets, 1 Percent Congress Continues to Push Austerity
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U.S. Millennial Generation Battles Against Wall Street Modeled on Egypt and Tunisia Protests
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Communicating via People Pedal Power
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Wall Street Firms Spy on Protesters in Tax-Funded Center
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Under pressure to make arrests, police and troopers push back
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How Can We Rouse Police and Other Protectors of the Corporatocracy -- "Guards" of the Status Quo -- to Join the OWS Rebellion?
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The Natural Course of the US Empire
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My Night With Occupy Wall St
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German officials admit using spyware on citizens, as Big Brother scandal grows
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Occupy Movement Has No Message?
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The US Empire: A Tragic Comedy in Three Acts
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Wall Street Protests Get Specific: Could "Bank Transfer Day" Pit Americans Against Their Big Banks?
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Why the Elites Are in Trouble
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The Big Banks Lose Control of the Optics
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The Best Among Us
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National Security Lab Hacks Diebold Touch-Screen Voting Machine
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Attica's 40th Anniversary: Still on the Wrong Road
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#OccupyWallStreet Is More Than a Hashtag - It's Revolution in Formation
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A Huge Housing Bargain — but Not for You
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Capital gains tax rates benefiting wealthy feed growing gap between rich and poor
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Tax the super-rich or riots will rage in 2012
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The Cost of 9/11 — in Dollars
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Labor's Demise As A Countervailing Power
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Can the Middle Class Be Saved?
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As America's Economy Collapses, "New Normal" Police State Takes Shape
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British Riots: Elites "Shocked" The Poor Are Rising Up Against Brutal Austerity Measures
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Stop Coddling the Super-Rich
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Food stamp use rises to record 45.8 million
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The Food Crisis War Endgame
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The Legislation That Could Kill Internet Privacy for Good
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The War on You
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Debt Ceiling Crisis Objective is to Scrap Social Security and Medicare
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The Debt Ceiling, Imposing a Radical Pro-Rich Agenda
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21st-Century Slaves: How Corporations Exploit Prison Labor
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Austerity and Deficit Hawks Say, "Let Them Eat Cake,"
The People Will Say, "Off With Their Heads"
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What Happened to the $2.6 Trillion Social Security Trust Fund?
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Is the Debt Crisis Just Another Trumped Up Scam to Steal Social Security?
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Tax Rates of the Super-Rich: Not as High as Those Making Much Less
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Executive Pay Up 23 Percent Over Last Year
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One Small Town in America Quietly Enjoys the Health Care Most Americans Only Dream of
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Get Ready to be Financially Conscripted into Financial Repression
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State of New Jersey throws pensioners under the bus
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Will The Banksters And The Corporatocracy Eventually Own It All?
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Congress gets richer in bad economy
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Third World America 2011, We've Arrived
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The Earth Is Full
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The $2.5 Trillion Tragedy
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Our Fantasy Nation?
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Hospital Accounting: It's Complicated
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US army of fakes tracks Facebook users
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Europe Replacing Economic Democracy with Financial Oligarchy
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Welcome to the Soviet States of America 2011
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The Corporate States of America
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United States on the Road to Ruin, Your Trigger Points
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Why you should move your money
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10 Steps to Defeat the Corporatocracy
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Tax Rates of the Super-Rich: Not as High as Those Making Much Les
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How the McEconomy Bombed the American Worker
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The Xtremes: Subversive Recipes for Catastrophic Times
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Only Little People Pay Taxes
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The Real Housewives of Wall Street
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U.S. Downward Debt Spiral Into the Abyss
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This Is What Resistance Looks Like
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Class Warfare Scoreboard : Guess Who's Winning?
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American Workers Got What They Deserved
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The Collapse of Globalization
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HOURLY RATES - A Modest Essay about Extraordinary Paychecks
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U.S. Super-Rich the Greatest Living Parasites Flourish as Inequalities Deepen
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The Gathering Political and Economic Storm
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Stealing from Social Security to Pay for Wars and Bailouts
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America is NOT broke!
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Amnesty for the Banksters, Debtor's Prison for the Serfs
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Genetic Engineering: Scientists warn of link between dangerous new pathogen and Monsanto's Roundup
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Social Security is not an "entitlement" program
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Student loans leave crushing debt burden
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Ruling on Behalf of Wall Street's "Super Rich": The Financial End Time has Arrived
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American Eulogy
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Goldman CEO gets salary boost, $12.6 million shares
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Welcome To 1984: Your Papers, Please
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Ruling on Behalf of Wall Street's "Super Rich"
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American's Live in Mental Ghettos, People Who Lie to Themselves
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The Larry Summers Hall of Shame
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There Will Be Blood
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As things fell apart, nobody paid much attention
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Senators Welcome Lobbyists, Shun Citizens
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Economists: The Unholy Priests of the Banksters
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Democracy Going Dark: The Electronic Police State
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We Need to Break Up the Mega Corporations
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How to Thwart the Assassins of the American Dream
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How BP Gulf disaster may have triggered a 'world-killing' event
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BP Gulf Oil Gusher: Methane, Climate & Dead Zones
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The Economic Elite Vs. The People of the United States of America - Part I
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Two Decades of Greed - The Unraveling
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Open Letter to President Obama Re: BP Gulf Oil Spill Solution
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Gulf Oil Spill "Could Go on Years and Years"
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Debt Can Never Be Repaid (By Bankster Design)
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The Wall Street Economic Death Squad
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The Old Enemies
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The Declining Value of Work
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The Vicious Circle of Debt and Economic Depression, It's Class War
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The Financial Oligarchy Reigns: Democracy’s Death Spiral From Greece to the United States
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Western Civilization and the Economic Crisis, The Impoverishment of the Middle Class
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The American Dream is Over, It Was A Wonderful Life
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World’s Billionaires Grew 50 Percent Richer in 2009
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Goldman Sachs CEO says he’s ‘doing God’s work’
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Financial System Designed Almost Exclusively to Benefit the Rich
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Media

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Major Monsanto Lawsuit Completely Blacked out by Media
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TPP and TTIP "Free Market" "Trade" Deals Approved by US Senate: How America's "News" Media Killed America's Democracy:
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What Are the Biggest Lies and Delusions That Keep People Voting Against Their Own Best Interests?
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Inside the Major Political Fight for Broadband Internet That's Brewing Across America
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How to break the corporate media blockade
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Truth? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Truth
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Franc-ly Speaking: What If It Were All A Set Up?
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"Net Neutrality", Save the Internet Campaign: A Common Carrier Free from Corporate Encroachment
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The Myth of the Free Press
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Snowden Film "Citizen Four" Reveals How He Did It; Second Leaker Involved; Files on 1.2 Million People; Snowden Vindicated
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Suckering the Public on a War of Terror
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Who Killed Michael Hastings?
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Unless Defeated, New FCC Rules Will Put 'Stake in Internet's Heart'
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The U.S. Mainstream Media Black Hole and the Danger of False Narrative
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Yes, There Are Paid Government Trolls On Social Media, Blogs, Forums And Websites
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U.S. Plummets in Global Press Freedom Rankings
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People Powered Media Mobilizes Masses, While Mass Media Remains Silent
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An Open Letter to the Makers of The Wolf of Wall Street, and the Wolf Himself
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State "Stink Tanks" Exposed
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Is America Being Deliberately Pushed Toward Civil War?
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NSA files: why the Guardian in London destroyed hard drives of leaked files
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Media Supression of the Marches Against Monsanto
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Journalistic Malpractice at the Post and the Times
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Spain's Rebellion Moves to Print
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Minister: Iceland refused to help FBI on WikiLeaks
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New press freedom group is launched to block US government attacks
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Why Is the Obama FCC Plotting a Massive Giveaway to Murdoch?
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Using War as Cover to Target Journalists
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Press Freedom Index 2011/2012
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Paychecks, Perception, Propaganda & Power
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Call It Tyranny
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Billionaire Media Moguls vs. Occupy Wall Street
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Journalists Funded By "Vulture Capitalist" Paul Singer Campaign To Smear Wall Street Protests
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Conservative journalist says he infiltrated, escalated D.C. museum protest
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US media blackout of protest is shameful
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What's behind the scorn for the Wall Street protests?
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The Dark Heart of Corporatism
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The Corporate Media Complex: Drawing Back the Veil on the U.S. Propaganda Machine
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Twenty-Five Rules of Disinformation
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Prepping Minds for War Against China
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Homeland Security shuts down dozens of Web sites without court order
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Another Warning about the Media
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A War On The Truth
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A Media Failure Compounds the Financial Failure
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Mainstream Zombie Media, Top 25 Censored Stories of 2008-2009
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Community

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10 Quotes From a Oglala Lakota Chief That Will Make You Question Everything About Our Society
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Baltimore as a Microcosm of America
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Food Power and Human Connection - Edesia Rising
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How To Sell Off a City
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Release the Ego—Transform the World
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The Only Road Out Of Davos
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Deep Questions Arise Over Portland's Corporate Water Takeover
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Our Daily Poison: How Chemicals Have Contaminated the Food Chain
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Skyrocketing Water Bills in the US: Is Water The New Enron Scam? – Fake Crises, Fake Bills, And Fake Solutions
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Want to feed the homeless? Be prepared to pay the government for the privilege
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A City for Sale: Detroit Auctions City Assets for Pennies on the Dollar
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The Public Bank Option: Building an Ark
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Walton Family Undermining Rooftop Solar, ILSR Report Finds
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With The People's Climate March Behind Us, What Do We Do Now?
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Toll roads: 'Surveillance state' purveyors and enforcers
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A Former Marine Explains All the Weapons of War Being Used by Police in Ferguson
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Ferguson arrests include at least 10 journalists
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Outrage! FCC Official Says a million people commenting will not make much difference
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Stopping Foreclosure - New Lamps For Old
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The Town That Turned Poverty Into a Prison Sentence
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Standing Up to Disaster Capitalism in Detroit
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Against Austerity in Detroit: "Water Is a Human Right"
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SWAT Teams Claim 'Corporate' Exemption From Public Scrutiny
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Corporate Bee Killers Sponsor National Pollinator Week
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"Buying Up America": The Individual Wealth of US Billionaires
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6 Things That Should Never Be Privatized
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The Essential Role of Volatility, Stress and Dissent
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Food, Energy, Finance: A Solutions Movement Takes Root In Northern California
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Leaked Documents Show How Blackstone Fleeces Taxpayers via Public Pension Funds
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The State of the Deep State - The Monster in America's Closet
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Take These Steps Today To Survive An International Crisis
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55 Things About America You May Not Know
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The Mess on Our 'Information Superhighway'
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Wave of US Municipal Bankruptcies Caused by Wall Street Predatory Interest Rates, not Pensions
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Restoring the Sacred Land: An Inquiry Into the Origins and Implications of Land-Ownership
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Hundreds Of U.S. Cities Are Turning Into Rotting, Decaying Hellholes
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The Death of Irony, Or, University Of Penn's Secret Meetings On Secret Laws
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(Un)Paving Our Way To The Future
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Letter to an Unknown Whistleblower
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GOP Appointed Officials Black Out Detroit During Heatwave To "Send Them A Strong Message"
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Revealed: how US and UK spy agencies defeat internet privacy and security
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Building the Commons as an Antidote to the Predatory Market Economy
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We're Hooked on 'Growth,' But It Doesn't Have to Be This Way
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Safety Group Blows Lid on "Secrect Virus" Hidden in GMO Crops
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Buried Truth: Uncovering The Keystone XL Pipeline, The Plot Thickens
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Limits to Economic Growth, Humanity Is Still on the Way to Destroying Itself
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Walmart: 50 Years of Gutting America's Middle Class
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A Better Way To Finance Public Projects
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Why Is the Government Collecting Your Biometric Data?
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Wall Street's Mutant Gene Marches On
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First Super Weeds, Now Super Insects - Thanks to Monsanto
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How Corporations and Local Governments Rob the Poor Blind
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NATO Heads for Chicago
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What the U.S. can't learn from Finland about ed reform
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Arizona's Private Prisons: A Bad Bargain
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Financiers and Sex Trafficking
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Cut Wall Street Out! How States Can Finance Their Own Economic Recovery
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Breaking Up with the Sierra Club
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Dow and Monsanto Join Forces to Poison America's Heartland
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How "Occupy Our Homes" Can Win
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How Counties Can Use Land Banks and Eminent Domain
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Occupy Oakland and the Militarization of America's Police
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Quake risk to reactors greater than thought
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Financial Meltdown: The Case Against the Ratings Agencies
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Why one good teacher decided to quit
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The Politics of Education: The Assault on Teachers
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The Strange and Dangerous Militarization of the US Police Force
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We Need Policy Not Plates
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Our current path is not sustainable

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Ram DassIf you think you're free, there's no escape possible.

Ram Dass

More quotable sayings

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who are they protecting?What if the authorities had enforced bank regulations as vigorously as they enforced park rules and curfews?

We wouldn't be in this economic mess in the first place
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Major Monsanto Lawsuit Completely Blacked out by Media
By Christina Sarich
Posted May 27, 2015

corporate media censors newsEfforts to publicize a class action lawsuit against Monsanto for false advertising it's best-selling herbicide Roundup filed in Los Angeles County Court on April 20, 2015 have been rejected by almost every mainstream media outlet.

It's no different than Fox, NBC, CNN, or ABC refusing to cover the DARK ACT which would give Monsanto legal immunity and disallow states to demand GMO labeling.

You would think that coverage of something the whole world wants to see – the first step toward the successful downfall of Monsanto –would be a hot news item; a newsworthy tidbit that every paper, radio station, and blog would want to spread across their pages with double bold headlines. But wait. . . just six corporations own ALL of the media in America, so there isn't much luck there. More...

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The New "Water Barons": Wall Street Mega-Banks are Buying up the World's Water
By Jo-Shing Yang
Posted May 26, 2015

water barons cornering marketA disturbing trend in the water sector is accelerating worldwide. The new "water barons" — the Wall Street banks and elitist multibillionaires — are buying up water all over the world at unprecedented pace.

Familiar mega-banks and investing powerhouses such as Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, UBS, Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse, Macquarie Bank, Barclays Bank, the Blackstone Group, Allianz, and HSBC Bank, among others, are consolidating their control over water. Wealthy tycoons such as T. Boone Pickens, former President George H.W. Bush and his family, Hong Kong's Li Ka-shing, Philippines' Manuel V. Pangilinan and other Filipino billionaires, and others are also buying thousands of acres of land with aquifers, lakes, water rights, water utilities, and shares in water engineering and technology companies all over the world.

The second disturbing trend is that while the new water barons are buying up water all over the world, governments are moving fast to limit citizens' ability to become water self-sufficient (as evidenced by the well-publicized Gary Harrington's case in Oregon, in which the state criminalized the collection of rainwater in three ponds located on his private land, by convicting him on nine counts and sentencing him for 30 days in jail). More...

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Judge uses baseball analogy to explain why a cop who shot 15 times at an unarmed couple wasn't found guilty
by Peter Jacobs
Posted May 25, 2015

Judge John P. O'Donnell trvesty of justiceCleveland police officer Michael Brelo was acquitted of manslaughter charges stemming from the 2012 deaths of an unarmed black couple on Saturday, and the judge cited an unusual baseball analogy to explain his ruling.

Brelo fired 49 rounds at Timothy Russell and his passenger, Malissa Williams, who were killed after a car chase through the city, according to The New York Times. Notably, The Times reports, Brelo fired at least 15 shots after reloading and climbing onto the hood of the couple's car — after the other officers had stopped firing. More...

The real story here is not the cop who murdered these people, but the judge who provides impunity from even the most outrageous actions by police officers. Rulings such as these by Judge John P. O'Donnell, will only serve to empower even more police behaviour such as this.

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Greatest Threat To Free Speech Comes Not From Terrorism, But From Those Claiming To Fight It
By Glenn Greenwald
Posted May 19, 2015

greatest threat to free speech is those claiming to fight "terrorism"In essence, advocating any ideas or working for any political outcomes regarded by British politicians as "extremist" will not only be a crime, but can be physically banned in advance. Basking in his election victory, Prime Minister David Cameron unleashed this Orwellian decree to explain why new Thought Police powers are needed: "For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens 'as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone.'" It's not enough for British subjects merely to "obey the law"; they must refrain from believing in or expressing ideas which Her Majesty's Government dislikes.

Threats to free speech can come from lots of places. But right now, the greatest threat by far in the West to ideals of free expression is coming not from radical Muslims, but from the very Western governments claiming to fight them. The increasingly unhinged, Cheney-sounding governments of the U.K., Australia, France, New Zealand and Canada — joining the U.S. — have a seemingly insatiable desire to curb freedoms in the name of protecting them: prosecuting people for Facebook postings critical of Western militarism or selling "radical" cable channels, imprisoning people for "radical" tweets, banning websites containing ideas they dislike, seeking (and obtaining) new powers of surveillance and detention for those people (usually though not exclusively Muslim citizens) who hold and espouse views deemed by these governments to be "radical." More...

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War Threat Rises As Economy Declines
by Paul Craig Roberts
(Assistant Secretary of the Treasury under Ronald Reagan)
Posted May 18, 2015

economic decline for the middle classJust as the Soviet collapse unleashed US hegemony, it gave rise to jobs offshoring. The Soviet collapse convinced China and India to open their massive underutilized labor markets to US capital. US corporations, with any reluctant ones pushed by large retailers and Wall Street's threat of financing takeovers, moved manufacturing, industrial, and tradable professional service jobs, such as software engineering, abroad.

This decimated the American middle class and removed ladders of upward mobility. US GDP and tax base moved with the jobs to China and India. US real median family incomes ceased to grow and declined. Without income growth to drive the economy, Alan Greenspan resorted to an expansion of consumer debt, which has run its course. Currently there is nothing to drive the economy. More...

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Chris Christie's signature law called unconstitutional in court ... by Christie administration
by Laura Clawson
Posted May 17, 2015

indicators of Christie's characterNew Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's administration is in court arguing that Christie should be able to violate the public employee pension law he pushed for and signed in his first term in office. According to the law, "members of the public-pension systems shall have a contractual right to the annual required contribution amount." That shouldn't have been groundbreaking, but it would have been—had Christie followed it—since the previous nine governors, Democrats included, had shorted the state's contribution to the pension fund even as workers put in their share every year.

Christie's signature pension law required workers to pay still more toward pensions and eliminated cost of living adjustments, but the claim was that in exchange for that, the state would start making its full contribution. Instead, it didn't take long for Christie to start shorting the pension fund. More...

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TPP and TTIP "Free Market" "Trade" Deals Approved by US Senate: How America's "News" Media Killed America's Democracy:
By Eric Zuesse
Posted May 16, 2015

bad deal for working peopleTPP and TTIP have been represented in America's press as 'trade' deals, but instead they're actually about sovereignty. They're about America and the other participating countries handing their democratic sovereignty — on regulation of the environment, consumer protection, worker protection, and finance — over to panels, all of whose members will be selected by the large international corporations that for years have been working with U.S. President Obama's Trade Representative to draft these "trade" treaties.

If some corporation "C" under these 'trade deals' then brings a case to one of those panels and says that country "X" has any regulations regarding the environment, consumer protection, worker protection, or finance, that are stricter than the ones that are set forth in TPP and TTIP, then country X will be assessed to pay a fine to corporation C, for "unfair trade practices" against that corporation. More...

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What Are the Biggest Lies and Delusions That Keep People Voting Against Their Own Best Interests?
By Rob Kall
Posted May 15, 2015

people vote against their best interestsThis world is being handed over to a few hundred billionaires and transnational predatory corporations gorging themselves in an economic bloodfeast that leaves hundreds of millions, no billions dead or damaged. Yet many of those people-- people who go bankrupt because of health care expenses, people who will live their lives burdened by student debt, who face no realistic hopes for a decent job, whose children face even bleaker futures, who are living shallow, meaningless lives focused on consumption of crass, worthless things with brand names, who are eating foods that are beyond unhealthy, to the extent that they reduce lifespan, increase risks of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and inability to resist infections-- continue to vote for corporatist politicians in both major parties in the US, or abroad who vote against their best interests. The question is "why?"

I believe it's because people are living in a story narrative that has them convinced that it's the best thing for them and their families. So my question is, "What are the lies, the deceptions and illusions that keep these billions of people complacent, accepting this unjust situation, even supporting and advocating for it." More...

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Don't Be Afraid of a Municipal Bank
By Otis Bullock
Posted May 14, 2015

Public bank for Philadelphia would help local economyA municipal bank can work and can grow Philadelphia's economy. A prime example of a successful public bank is the public Bank of North Dakota (BND). BND earned $94 million last year in profits for North Dakota's 740,000 residents. BND deposits roughly half its profits into the State's general budget and uses the other half to increase its capitalization in order to make more loans. In the past decade, BND has returned over $300 million to the general fund. In addition to lending based on a formula that includes both its public deposits and its capitalization, BND also has access to low-cost Federal Home Loan Bank capital.

BND is not required to contribute to FDIC insurance because it is not a retail bank and it is backed instead by the full faith and credit of the State of North Dakota. This and its partnership arrangements with local banks lower its operating costs considerably. The BND has averaged more than 25 percent return on equity over the past 16 years. Since 2008, BND's annual return on investment has been between 17 percent and 26 percent. More...

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How the U.S. Military is Paying NFL Teams Millions to "Honor the Troops" at Sporting Events
by Michael Krieger
Posted May 13, 2015

faux patriotism at the gladiator gamesWhen the Jets paused to honor soldiers of the New Jersey Army National Guard at home games during the past four years, it was more than a heartfelt salute to the military — it was also worth a good stack of taxpayer money, records show.

The Department of Defense and the Jersey Guard paid the Jets a total of $377,000 from 2011 to 2014 for the salutes and other advertising, according to federal contracts. Overall, the Defense Department has paid 14 NFL teams $5.4 million during that time, of which $5.3 million was paid by the National Guard to 11 teams under similar contracts.

Like everything else in America, faux patriotism is also for sale. More...

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Free Trade is Plutocratic Propaganda
by Daniel Drew
Posted May 12, 2015

plutocrat propagandaLike The Ministry of Truth in George Orwell's 1984, sometimes, the most effective way to lie is to use the most innocent words. No word is more susceptible to propaganda-leveraging than "freedom." Attach that word to any concept, and all of a sudden, it's unassailable. That's exactly what happened with "free trade."

Proponents of free trade will often use the simplest analogies to convey their point, as if you were retarded. The reason they have to resort to such caveman illustrations is because free trade does not exist in the real world. There is no such thing as equality of bargaining power. If someone has ten million dollars and you have zero dollars, anything above zero is an "improvement" in your situation. The free trade economists will say this person with zero dollars is "free" to work for $1 per hour, and they will do so because it improves their situation. This is what "freedom" means to free trade economists.

If you doubt the free trade economists, they will call you a "protectionist," as if protecting your country's economy were some kind of grievous transgression. In fact, nothing is more American than shunning free trade nonsense. More...

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10 Quotes From a Oglala Lakota Chief That Will Make You Question Everything About Our Society
By Wisdom Pills
Posted May 11, 2015

question everythingLuther Standing Bear was an Oglala Lakota Sioux Chief who, among a few rare others such as Charles Eastman, Black Elk and Gertrude Bonnin occupied the rift between the way of life of the Indigenous people of the Great Plains before, and during, the arrival and subsequent spread of the European pioneers. Raised in the traditions of his people until the age of eleven, he was then educated at the Carlisle Indian Industrial Boarding School of Pennsylvania, where he learned the english language and way of life.

Like his above mentioned contemporaries, however, his native roots were deep, leaving him in the unique position of being a conduit between cultures. Though his movement through the white man's world was not without "success" — he had numerous movie roles in Hollywood — his enduring legacy was the protection of the way of life of his people. More...

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A Hundred Years' Failure
By Eric Schneider
Posted May 10, 2015

war on drugs failureHow did a law to regulate heroin traffic turn into the costly, futile War on Drugs?

Twenty-five years ago, the stated goal of the United States' anti-narcotic efforts according to the Department of Justice was to "disrupt, destroy and dismantle drug trafficking enterprises." That same year, the U.S. government pumped almost $8 billion into anti-drug efforts, including $600 million in prison construction alone. It was just a typical fiscal year during the height of the drug war. But two and a half decades later, despite this dizzying spending, we don't need a drug czar to tell us—even though one of them has—the war on drugs, by its own measures, has been a century-long failure.

It's worth taking a look at how it all went wrong from the very beginning. More...

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The Cancer Industry is Too Prosperous to Allow a Cure
by John P. Thomas
Posted May 9, 2015

cancer cure not profitableWe have lost the war on cancer. At the beginning of the last century, one person in twenty would get cancer. In the 1940s it was one out of every sixteen people. In the 1970s it was one person out of ten. Today one person out of three gets cancer in the course of their life.

The belief in a genetic cause for cancer serves the drug companies very well. They want us to believe that the cure for cancer will need to be based on genetics, and individualized drugs will need to be developed to match each person's genetic profile and their specific type of cancer. The vast excitement about genetics on the part of drug companies and the conventional medical system is based on the fact that conventional medical treatments are unable to cure most cancers. This is a fact they will not admit.

They want us to stop asking the question, "Why has the 40 year war on cancer failed to produce any results?" They want us to stop asking why there are only three approved treatments for cancer (surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy) and why no new cancer therapies have been approved by the US FDA in the last one hundred years. They want us to have hope for a brighter day in cancer treatment while our friends and family die by the thousands every day. More...

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The Computers Are Listening
by Dan Froomkin
Posted May 8, 2015

massive surveillanceMost people realize that emails and other digital communications they once considered private can now become part of their permanent record. But even as they increasingly use apps that understand what they say, most people don't realize that the words they speak are not so private anymore, either.

Top-secret documents from the archive of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden show the National Security Agency can now automatically recognize the content within phone calls by creating rough transcripts and phonetic representations that can be easily searched and stored. The documents show NSA analysts celebrating the development of what they called "Google for Voice" nearly a decade ago. More...

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Celebrating the Flash Crash With a Wall Street Sales Tax
By Dean Baker
Posted May 7, 2015

Wall St Tax for the parasitesIf a trader has designed a mathematical algorithm that allows them to jump in and buy large blocks of Apple stock just as a pension fund is looking to make a major purchase of shares, then the trader will get a portion of the gains that otherwise would have gone to the pension fund. This story applies to all areas of the market. Farmers that sell futures on their crops, airlines that buy futures on jet fuel, mutual funds buying government bonds, all can expect to see a part of their gains siphoned off by short-term traders that manage to beat them on market timing.

The traders now siphon off more than $200 billion (1.3 percent of GDP) a year from the productive economy. Much of this money is the income of super-rich bankers and hedge fund partners.

There is a simple and easy way to reduce the amount of money being drained away by short-term traders. A financial transactions tax, effectively a modest sales tax applied to trades, would drastically reduce the amount of short-term trading while raising a huge amount of revenue. More...

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One Man's Message To Americans - "Start Giving A Damn!"
by Thad Beversdorf
Posted May 6, 2015

what is your government doing?I find it shocking how often I have people tell me the Constitution is out of date and is no longer relevant or necessary. Then there are the vast majority of people that think about the Constitution the same way they think about religion; it makes us feel good to believe in it and we'll even worship it on a holiday or two The reality is that those who seem to get very worked up to the point that they are willing to act in defense of the Constitution even against the highest levels of government make up a very small minority of Americans. This is a real problem.

Let me give a couple examples for which our apathy just boggles my mind. We know they took us into wars on false pretenses resulting in the wrongful deaths of thousands of American soldiers and hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians and yet we've prosecuted no one. Hell they've admitted to hacking into millions of our home webcams and downloading videos and pictures of us in our most private moments and maintaining those downloads on government servers and then sharing these files with foreign governments. More...

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The Political Roots of Widening Inequality
By Robert Reich
Posted May 6, 2015

government- master or servant?The standard explanation has allowed some to argue, for example, that the median wage of the bottom 90 percent -- which for the first 30 years after World War II rose in tandem with productivity -- has stagnated for the last 30 years, even as productivity has continued to rise, because middle-income workers are worth less than they were before new software technologies and globalization made many of their old jobs redundant. They therefore have to settle for lower wages and less security. If they want better jobs, they need more education and better skills. So hath the market decreed.

Yet this market view cannot be the whole story because it fails to account for much of what we have experienced. For one thing, it doesn't clarify why the transformation occurred so suddenly. The divergence between productivity gains and the median wage began in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and then took off. Yet globalization and technological change did not suddenly arrive at America's doorstep in those years. What else began happening then? More...

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Iceland's Economic Revolution
by F. William Engdahl
Posted May 4, 2015

Iceland jailed its bankersWhen the dust settled, relative to the size of its economy, Iceland's systemic banking collapse ranked as the largest experienced by any country in economic history. By the October 2008 the country's three major banks–Glitnir bank, Landsbanki and Iceland's largest bank, Kaupþing were placed into state receivership, nationalized. That was the same time US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, bailed out AIG, Goldman Sachs and his old buddies on Wall Street with "socialized" losses dumped on American taxpayers.

Unlike Greece or Ireland or other EU countries or the USA, the Iceland Parliament and government refused to give unlimited state guarantee to save the private banks.Iceland decided to go it alone and focus on rebuilding her devastated real economy.

The results are quite opposite the results in the EU where the brutal IMF and ECB and EU austerity policies have turned a banking crisis into a major economic crisis across the EU. More...

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Baltimore as a Microcosm of America
by Michael Krieger
Posted May 3, 2015

microcosm of AmericaBaltimore, Maryland is in many ways the perfect microcosm for these United States of America. If you still don't get that, you'll be in for a rude awakening in the years ahead.

A gradual erosion of the Constitution and the civl rights of the citizenry, the abuse of power by people in authority, perverse financial incentives that lead to horrible outcomes, zero accountability, and a ubiquitous surveillance state apparatus; Baltimore has it all. Yet all of these troubling traits have also come to characterize early 21st century America.

David Simon, creator of the excellent hit HBO series "The Wire," recently sat down for an interview with former New York Times reporter Bill Keller to explain the situation in Baltimore as he sees it; its origins and what is needed to fix it. As you read, think about the many parallels to the U.S. economy in general; the endless criminal maneuverings within the centers of power in Washington D.C. and Wall Street, the forever spinning revolving door of corruption, the marauding gangs of cronies making impossibly large piles of money based on connections, fraud and rigged markets as opposed to adding value, the idiocy of the war on drugs, the fraudulent accounting, and the overbearing surveillance state. Increasingly, when America looks in the mirror Baltimore and Ferguson are staring right back. We just haven't admitted it yet. More...

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Fast track to corporate hegemony
By Mike Krauss
Posted May 2, 2015

corporate coupThirty years ago I had my first experience of marketing for a corporation. I learned that the most often used word in marketing and advertising is "free." I recall this lesson as I follow the debate on the "Trans Pacific Partnership" (TPP), which is being sold as a "free" trade agreement. "Free" sells.

What exactly is being sold in the TPP ? To answer that question, you need to read the fine print. But you can't. TPP has been negotiated in almost total secrecy by a team of about 600 lawyers, working for the major trans-national corporations.

The text of the treaty has been classified as "Secret" by U.S. negotiators. Even members of Congress are not permitted access. The deal will be presented to Congress on a "fast track" -- no opportunity for Congress to modify the details. One vote, yes or no on the entire treaty as presented -- a done deal. More...

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Our Financial Future: Infinite Greed Meets a Funny Thing Called Karma
by Charles Hugh Smith
Posted May 1, 2015

who are they protecting?Somewhere along the line, we lost the ability to distinguish between earning a profit and maximizing private gain by any means, i.e. Infinite Greed. If you insist on making this distinction now, you anger a lot of people, as it blows the capitalist cover of Infinite Greed.

The distinction between earning a profit and maximizing private gain by any means angers not just the few benefiting from the useful delusion that Infinite Greed is simply profit on overdrive; it seems to anger everyone who believes the Status Quo of burning mountains of coal to power towel warmers, sitting in traffic burning petrol two hours a day and central banks enriching the already wealthy is not just sustainable but gol-darned good. More...

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Nonviolence as Compliance
by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Posted April 30, 2015

provocation or protection?I turn on the news and I see politicians calling for young people in Baltimore to remain peaceful and "nonviolent." These well-intended pleas strike me as the right answer to the wrong question. To understand the question, it's worth remembering what, specifically, happened to Freddie Gray. An officer made eye contact with Gray. Gray, for unknown reasons, ran. The officer and his colleagues then detained Gray. They found him in possession of a switchblade. They arrested him while he yelled in pain. And then, within an hour, his spine was mostly severed. A week later, he was dead. What specifically was the crime here? What particular threat did Freddie Gray pose? Why is mere eye contact and then running worthy of detention at the hands of the state? Why is Freddie Gray dead?

When nonviolence is preached as an attempt to evade the repercussions of political brutality, it betrays itself. When nonviolence begins halfway through the war with the aggressor calling time out, it exposes itself as a ruse. When nonviolence is preached by the representatives of the state, while the state doles out heaps of violence to its citizens, it reveals itself to be a con. And none of this can mean that rioting or violence is "correct" or "wise," any more than a forest fire can be "correct" or "wise." Wisdom isn't the point tonight. Disrespect is. In this case, disrespect for the hollow law and failed order that so regularly disrespects the community. More...

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A Letter of Apology to My Grandson
by Tom Engelhardt
Posted April 29, 2015

Iraq destructionBack in 2001, before I even imagined a grandson in my life, I had one of those moments (and wish I hadn't). It was sometime just after the 9/11 attacks when, nationwide, Americans were still engaged in endless rites in which we repeatedly elevated ourselves to the status of the foremost victims on the planet, the only ones that mattered. In those months, you might say, we made ourselves into Earth's indispensible or exceptional victims.

In that extended moment of national mourning (combined with fear bordering on hysteria), the Bush administration geared up to launch its revenge-fueled global wars, while money started pouring into the national security state in a historically unprecedented way. It was a time when the previously un-American word "homeland" was being attached to what would become a second defense department, secrecy was descending like a blanket on the government, torture was morphing into the enhancement of the week in the White House, assassination was about to become a focus (later an obsession) of the executive branch -- and surveillance? Don't even get me started on the massively redundant domestic and global surveillance state that would soon be built on outright illegalities and rubber-stamp legalities of every sort. More...

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Why the Founders Would Decry What America has Become
by Michael Payne
Posted April 28, 2015

founding fathers would not be happyThe Founding Fathers warned against standing armies and the dangers of imperialism. Modern-day U.S. governments and presidents have taken a completely opposite view. For decades they have followed an agenda of endless war and maintained a massive military empire, one that stretches across the world to protect America's "vital interests", with oil being the greatest. They would be dismayed by the Bush Doctrine, a policy this current government still continues to follow, which states that it has the right to launch a pre-emptive attack against any nation or faction within it that it even suspects of being a threat to America.

The latest version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) signed by President Obama on January 2, 2013 authorizes the indefinite detention, without trial or indictment, of any US citizen designated as an enemy by the chief executive. This Act violates the 6th Amendment which states that U.S. citizens must be formally charged and must receive jury trials to defend themselves against any charges placed against them. It guards against indefinite detentions of citizens not charged with a specific violation of law. More...

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The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). Promoting Global Tyranny Run By Corporations
By Washington's Blog
Posted April 27, 2015

are you ready for corporate rule?The powers-that-be are pushing this week to fast track a horrible treaty which would destroy America. The treaty is called the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).

The U.S. Trade Representative – the federal agency responsible for negotiating trade treaties – has said that the details of the TPP are classified due to "national security".

Parts of the TPP won't be declassified for four years … even if it's passed. Why's the deal being kept secret? Because it would be impossible to pass if the public knew what was really in it. Ron Kirk, until recently Mr. Obama's top trade official, was remarkably candid about why he opposed making the text public: doing so, he suggested to Reuters, would raise such opposition that it could make the deal impossible to sign. But it's not only being hidden from the American people … it's being hidden even from most U.S.Congress members. More...

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Politicians & The Manipulated Crowd
by Bob Livingston
Posted April 26, 2015

illusion of freedomLife and happiness in this life under any political system directly depend upon how much our individuality (versus the crowd) is retained and to what extent we throw off manipulated illusions.

The more we are immersed into the mass mind (the crowd), the more we are manipulated and the more dependent on authority (government) we become. Every thrust of this nebulous thing called society is calculated to drive us into the dependent, mindless herd with automatic response to authority.

Not one American in a million discovers that he lives under deception and illusion and that he is victimized by the power of repeated words and phrases. Our lives and property are plundered simply because we don't know that we don't know. Our thought system enslaves us far more than would a conquering army. More...

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Princeton makes it official — USA Has Become Oligarchy, No Democracy
by F. William Engdahl
Posted April 25, 2015

who are they protecting?Martin Gilens is Professor of Politics at Princeton University together with Benjamin I. Page Professor at Northwestern University have published results of a unique analysis "using a unique data set that includes measures of the key variables for 1,779 policy issues." The study concludes that, "Multivariate analysis indicates that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on US government policy, while average citizens and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent influence. The results provide substantial support for theories of Economic-Elite Domination…"

Their study further concluded, "When the preferences of economic elites and the stands of organized interest groups are controlled for, the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy." Finally they conclude, "…Our analyses suggest that majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts. More...

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A Practical Utopian's Guide to the Coming Collapse
by David Graeber
Posted April 24, 2015

working for othersWhat would happen if we stopped acting as if the primordial form of work is laboring at a production line, or wheat field, or iron foundry, or even in an office cubicle, and instead started from a mother, a teacher, or a caregiver? We might be forced to conclude that the real business of human life is not contributing toward something called "the economy" (a concept that didn't even exist three hundred years ago), but the fact that we are all, and have always been, projects of mutual creation.Labor, similarly, should be renegotiated.

Submitting oneself to labor discipline—supervision, control, even the self-control of the ambitious self-employed—does not make one a better person. In most really important ways, it probably makes one worse. To undergo it is a misfortune that at best is sometimes necessary. Yet it's only when we reject the idea that such labor is virtuous in itself that we can start to ask what is virtuous about labor. To which the answer is obvious. Labor is virtuous if it helps others. A renegotiated definition of productivity should make it easier to reimagine the very nature of what work is, since, among other things, it will mean that technological development will be redirected less toward creating ever more consumer products and ever more disciplined labor, and more toward eliminating those forms of labor entirely. More...

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How Wall St Has Quietly Bilked Billions from Cities Across the US
By Ed Walker
Posted April 23, 2015

water shgutoffs to pay bankersThe impact of these transactions on cities is horrifying. For example, the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) paid $547 million in termination fees to banks on its interest rate swaps in FY 2012. It has been estimated that more than 40 percent of Detroiters' water bills now go toward paying down these termination fees. Fn. omitted.

In fiscal year 2013, Los Angeles paid $290 million in publicly-disclosed financial fees, while it cut services, including road repairs, by 19%. Other cities have similar horror stories.

The Obama Administration has completely ignored the plight of the citizens of these towns. From the outset Obama decided to help banks and creditors, the people who caused the Great Crash, and to ignore the staggering problems facing debtors. This became certain when the administration refused to support bankruptcy cramdown, one of the few steps that would have actually helped debtors, while inflicting losses on the lenders who made bad loans. More...

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Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): Job Loss, Lower Wages and Higher Drug Prices
by Public Citizen
Posted April 22, 2015

ready for corporate personhoodHave you heard? The TPP is a massive, controversial "free trade" agreement currently being pushed by big corporations and negotiated behind closed doors by officials from the United States and 11 other countries – Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam. Although it is called a "free trade" agreement, the TPP is not mainly about trade. Of TPP's 29 draft chapters, only five deal with traditional trade issues. One chapter would provide incentives to offshore jobs to low-wage countries. Many would impose limits on government policies that we rely on in our daily lives for safe food, a clean environment, and more. Our domestic federal, state and local policies would be required to comply with TPP rules.

The TPP would even elevate individual foreign firms to equal status with sovereign nations, empowering them to privately enforce new rights and privileges, provided by the pact, by dragging governments to foreign tribunals to challenge public interest policies that they claim frustrate their expectations. The tribunals would be authorized to order taxpayer compensation to the foreign corporations for the "expected future profits" they surmise would be inhibited by the challenged policies. More...

This deal has been called "NAFTA On Steroids". If you thought corporate personhood was bad, just wait until we have corporate nationhood.

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American Justice? FBI Lab Overstated 95% Of Forensic Hair Matches (Including 32 Death Sentences)
by Mike Krieger
Posted April 21, 2015

Broken justiceIf you are poor, disenfranchised, or a dissident, the full force of the law will rain down on your skull like a thousand tons of bricks. We have seen this repeatedly in cases such as the South Carolina man who was fined $525 and fired from his job when he failed to pay for a $0.89 soda refill. We saw it in the case of Aaron Swartz, the child prodigy was driven to suicide by overly aggressive and ambitious feds. Finally, we saw it in the case of Barrett Brown, who was threatened with over a century in jail for essentially exposing the criminality of certain very rich and/or powerful individuals.

On the other side of the fence, we see that anyone associated with the power structure can do whatever they want with zero repercussions. We saw this in the case of General David Petraeus, who received a slap on the wrist for passing on highly classified information to his mistress and biographer Paula Broadwell. We saw it in how DEA agents were't even fired from their jobs despite participating in sex parties filled with prostitutes that were paid for by drug cartels, and sometimes taxpayer funds. Most despicably, we have seen it in the explosive use of deferred prosecution agreements when it comes to all the bailed out Wall Street banks, thus ensuring that no senior bankers went to prison and that their bonuses would be forever protected. More...

It is so sad to see that so many people within the justice system will sell their souls in order to advance their "careers". The very fact that these people feel the need to victimize innocent people indicates that this problem is not only a mmater of personal morality, but that it is systemic.

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Food Power and Human Connection - Edesia Rising
By Zhiwa Woodbury
Posted April 20, 2015

Edisia, Roman Goddess of FoodThe Orwellian oligarchy has done a masterful job of convincing us that we are powerless, reducing us to despair and symbolic political actions in pursuit of wholly inadequate, piecemeal changes where science and nature demand radical, systemic reforms. The result is a cultural malaise in which we "medicate" our natural depression with OCDD: obsessive compulsive distraction disorder. And, of course, the plutocrats are more than happy to supply us with a seductive cornucopia of distractive electronic suppressants and copious amounts of antidepressants and opioids to numb our spiritual pain.

The reason we are losing this autocratic game, and losing the world in the process, is that we are playing by their rules. We've been conditioned to believe that our power is limited to voting for the lesser of corporate-sponsored evils, marching in the streets and feebly petitioning our broken political institutions for crumbs of incremental change. Which is to say, no power at all - trickle-down politics. To pull the curtain back and reveal our naked emperors, we must stop thinking within the dark political box by which they've disenfranchised us. We must recognize our most effective powers. More...

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One Last Look At The Real Economy Before It Implodes - Part 5
by Brandon Smith
Posted April 19, 2015

economic collapse comingAt the level of international banking and monetary policy, there is absolutely NO indication of any legitimate conflict between the East and the West. Again, such battles are only theater for the masses. But what purpose does this theater serve?

The fake economic war between East and West provides cover and rationale for the true goal of the internationalists: the destruction of the dollar as the world reserve currency and the ascendency of the Special Drawinf Rights (SDR) global monetary system. The endgame of the bankers is, of course, global government. It has been the longtime dream of the Fabian socialists permeating the central banking universe. A global currency system and centralized economic management are first-step psychological weapons against the public. If the world operates on a singular currency mechanism and a singular economic authority, why not have a singular governmental system as well?

The elites are preparing for this event, and they are not content only to trigger it then sit back and watch it happen. They also hope to construct a new image for themselves as the prophets who tried to warn the world — the financial “sages” who would be our rescuers. More...

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Wall Street's Wealth Transfer System Is Imperiling the U.S. Economy
By Pam Martens
Posted April 18, 2015

Wall Street greedFor nine years now we have written about Wall Street's institutionalized system of transferring wealth from decent, hardworking Americans to the denizens of Wall Street and those it selectively chooses to favor in the one percent class. The methods of wealth transfer are as diverse as they are diabolical, thus even well intentioned members of Congress cannot stem the havoc on the financial well being of the average American and the overall economy.

One facet that all of these wealth transfer systems have in common is that they all masquerade under a benign sounding name. The 401(k) plan is viewed by most Americans as a way to save for retirement. That's a good thing – right? It is not a good thing when two-thirds of your savings over a working lifetime end up in Wall Street's pocket, as carefully demonstrated by Frontline and math-checked by us. More...

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Pilot explains his mission before Capitol landing
Posted April 17, 2015

 

Before flying to Washington, pilot Doug Hughes made a video explaining why he planned to land his gyrocopter on U.S. Capitol grounds.

"I'm demanding reform and declaring a voter's rebellion in a manner consistent with Jefferson's description of rights in the Declaration of Independence," he wrote in his letters. "As a member of Congress, you have three options.
1. You may pretend corruption does not exist.
2. You may pretend to oppose corruption while you sabotage reform.
3. You may actively participate in real reform."

Doug Hughes is a true American patriot and is doing what he can to take back our government from the greedy hands of the money class, who have totally corrupted our political system with their legal bribes (donations) to futher their own self-serving interests. It is interesting how the main stream media fails the public by reporting the sensationalism of the act, but not the motivation behind it. .

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How Wall Street Used Swaps to Get Rich at the Expense of Cities
by Ed Walker
Posted April 16, 2015

Wall Street comes before waterThe Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) paid $547 million in termination fees to banks on its interest rate swaps in FY 2012. It has been estimated that more than 40 percent of Detroiters' water bills now go toward paying down these termination fees.

In fiscal year 2013, Los Angeles paid $290 million in publicly-disclosed financial fees, while it cut services, including road repairs, by 19%. Other cities have similar horror stories.

The Obama Administration has completely ignored the plight of the citizens of these towns. From the outset Obama decided to help banks and creditors, the people who caused the Great Crash, and to ignore the staggering problems facing debtors. This became certain when the administration refused to support bankruptcy cramdown, one of the few steps that would have actually helped debtors, while inflicting losses on the lenders who made bad loans. More...

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The Six Too Big to Fail Banks in the U.S. Have 278 Trillion Dollars of Exposure to Derivatives
By Michael Snyder
Posted April 15, 2015

another too big to failThe very same people that caused the last economic crisis have created a 278 TRILLION dollar derivatives time bomb that could go off at any moment. When this absolutely colossal bubble does implode, we are going to be faced with the worst economic crash in the history of the United States. During the last financial crisis, our politicians promised us that they would make sure that "too big to fail" would never be a problem again. Instead, as you will see below, those banks have actually gotten far larger since then. So now we really can't afford for them to fail.

The six banks that I am talking about are JPMorgan Chase, Citibank, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo. When you add up all of their exposure to derivatives, it comes to a grand total of more than 278 trillion dollars. But when you add up all of the assets of all six banks combined, it only comes to a grand total of about 9.8 trillion dollars. In other words, these "too big to fail" banks have exposure to derivatives that is more than 28 times greater than their total assets. This is complete and utter insanity, and yet nobody seems too alarmed about it. For the moment, those banks are still making lots of money and funding the campaigns of our most prominent politicians. Right now there is no incentive for them to stop their incredibly reckless gambling so they are just going to keep on doing it. More...

To wrap your mind around the figure of $278 Trillion, it is the same thing as 278 Million Billion dollars. The GDP of the entire planet is $70 Trillion.

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Follow the Money: Invisible Investors Seek Big Bucks in Mass Incarceration
By James Kilgore and Brian Dolinar
Posted April 14, 2015

prisons for profitCalifornia Forensic Medical Group (CFMG) is the brainchild of Dr. Taylor Fithian, president and medical director, who started the company in 1983 with partners Elaine Hustedt, vice president of operations and personnel, and Dan Hustedt, vice president of finance. For many years, they occupied an office in Monterey nestled among high-end boutiques, fitness centers and spas. They signed their first contract with the Monterey County Jail just months after opening.

Since then, they have come to dominate California's carceral health-care landscape. According to the company's website, it has 87 percent of all the private medical contracts with county jails in the state and 92 percent of juvenile facilities. Indeed, the California Sheriff's Association has named CFMG one of the "Corporate 100" with whom it wishes to form a "very exclusive partnership."

"HIG is in it for the big bucks. They're thinking we're going to make a killing. The way they make money is less drugs, less doctors, less hospital visits." Shortly after getting the financial backing of HIG, CFMG moved its headquarters to a much larger office park on the outskirts of town. The company also closed several new multimillion-dollar deals. In 2014, the company signed with Sonoma County for $32 million over five years. In Monterey, CFMG's three-year agreement is worth around $4.8 million annually. More...

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"Manufacturing Dissent": The Anti-globalization Movement is Funded by the Corporate Elites
By Professor Michel Chossudovsky
Posted April 13, 2015

corporate media propaganda"Manufacturing consent" describes a propaganda model used by the corporate media to sway public opinion and "inculcate individuals with values and beliefs…":

The mass media serve as a system for communicating messages and symbols to the general populace. It is their function to amuse, entertain, and inform, and to inculcate individuals with the values, beliefs, and codes of behavior that will integrate them into the institutional structures of the larger society. In a world of concentrated wealth and major conflicts of class interest, to fulfill this role requires systematic propaganda. (Manufacturing Consent by Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky)

"Manufacturing consent" implies manipulating and shaping public opinion. It establishes conformity and acceptance to authority and social hierarchy. It seeks compliance to an established social order. "Manufacturing consent" describes the submission of public opinion to the mainstream media narrative, to its lies and fabrications. In this article, we focus on a related concept, namely the subtle process of "manufacturing dissent" (rather than "consent"), which plays a decisive role in serving the interests of the ruling class. More...

This does a pretty good job of explaining why the ruling class felt so threatened by the Occupy protests. They were challenging the very core of the power structure.

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Today's Money Regimes Are Doomed To Failure
by Charles Hugh Smith
Posted April 12, 2015

fiat money is dommedLet's imagine that we have a $1 billion line of credit with our central bank at an interest rate of .25%--one-quarter of 1%. We don't need to post any collateral, and the central bank has given us whispered assurances that should we lose the money in risky gambles, the losses will be made good by the taxpayers.

This is called moral hazard: the risks have been disconnected from the consequences.If we make a profit with the borrowed money, it's ours to keep. If we lose the borrowed money, the taxpayers will foot the bill. It's difficult to imagine a better deal: near-zero interest rate, no collateral, and no risk of having to suffer the consequences of losing the borrowed money. More...

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US Agribusiness, GMOs and The Plundering Of The Planet
By Colin Todhunter
Posted April 11, 2015

small farmer - endangered speciesSmall family/peasant farms produce most of the world's food. They form the bedrock of global food production. Yet they are being squeezed onto less than a quarter of the planet's farmland. The world is fast losing farms and farmers through the concentration of land into the hands of rich and powerful land speculators and agribusiness corporations.

By definition, peasant agriculture prioritises food production for local and national markets as well as for farmers' own families. Big agritech corporations on the other hand take over scarce fertile land and prioritise commodities or export crops for profit and foreign markets that tend to cater for the needs of the urban affluent. This process displaces farmers from their land and brings about food insecurity, poverty and hunger. More...

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White House Blog Reveals A Profound Lack Of Support For TPP
By Kevin Zeese & Margaret Flowers
Posted April 10, 2015

TPP lacks supportWidespread environmental opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership prompts an embarrassing White House statement claiming environmental support from some of the country's most conservative, corporate-funded environmental organizations. The White House has published a handful of comments from "environmental groups" implying widespread support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership and other corporate trade agreements. Yet these cherry-picked comments from some of the most conservative, corporate-funded environmental groups actually reveal the administration's desperation to find any support for such deals.

Indeed, the reality is that scores of major environmental organizations including Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council, League of Conservation Voters, Defenders of Wildlife, Union of Concerned Scientists, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, 350.org, and many others oppose the TPP and have spoken out against fast-track trade authority. They recognize the TPP as a backward step for environmental protection that will help push the world over the tipping point for climate change. More...

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How Big Business Is Helping Expand NSA Surveillance
by Lee Fang
Posted April 9, 2015

corporate complicity in NSA spyingSince November 11, 2011, with the introduction of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, American spy agencies have been pushing laws to encourage corporations to share more customer information. They repeatedly failed, thanks in part to NSA contractor Edward Snowden's revelations of mass government surveillance. Then came Republican victories in last year's midterm Congressional elections and a major push by corporate interests in favor of the legislation.

Today, the bill is back, largely unchanged, and if congressional insiders and the bill's sponsors are to believed, the legislation could end up on President Obama's desk as soon as this month. In another boon to the legislation, Obama is expected to reverse his past opposition and sign it, albeit in an amended and renamed form (CISPA is now CISA, the "Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act"). The reversal comes in the wake of high-profile hacks on JPMorgan Chase and Sony Pictures Entertainment. The bill has also benefitted greatly from lobbying by big business, which sees it as a way to cut costs and to shift some anti-hacking defenses onto the government. More...

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Warren Buffett the Slumlord – Predatory Loans, Kickbacks and Preying on the Poor at Clayton Homes
by Michael Krieger
Posted April 8, 2015

Warren Buffet - preying on the poorThe disastrous deal ruined their finances and nearly their marriage. But until informed recently by a reporter, they didn't realize that the homebuilder (Golden West), the dealer (Oakwood Homes) and the lender (21st Mortgage) were all part of a single company: Clayton Homes, the nation's biggest homebuilder, which is controlled by its second-richest man — Warren Buffett.

Buffett's mobile-home empire promises low-income Americans the dream of homeownership. But Clayton relies on predatory sales practices, exorbitant fees, and interest rates that can exceed 15 percent, trapping many buyers in loans they can't afford and in homes that are almost impossible to sell or refinance, an investigation by The Seattle Times and Center for Public Integrity has found. More...

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How America Became an Oligarchy
By Ellen Brown
Posted April 7, 2015

no longer a republicAccording to a new study from Princeton University, American democracy no longer exists. Using data from over 1,800 policy initiatives from 1981 to 2002, researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin Page concluded that rich, well-connected individuals on the political scene now steer the direction of the country, regardless of – or even against – the will of the majority of voters. America's political system has transformed from a democracy into an oligarchy, where power is wielded by wealthy elites.

"Making the world safe for democracy" was President Woodrow Wilson's rationale for World War I, and it has been used to justify American military intervention ever since. Can we justify sending troops into other countries to spread a political system we cannot maintain at home? More...

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The Root of Support For the Drug War
by Laurence M. Vance
Posted April 6, 2015

who are they protecting?Although many states have legalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes, some states have decriminalized the possession of certain amounts of marijuana, and four states (Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington) have legalized the recreational use of marijuana, bipartisan support for the drug war throughout the United States continues unabated and unquestioned.

Why?

Why do so many Americans think that the property of other Americans should be confiscated, and that some of their fellow Americans should be fined, arrested, put on probation, subject to no-knock SWAT team raids, be treated as criminals, or locked in a cage for growing, manufacturing, processing, buying, selling, distributing, "trafficking in," using, or possessing some substance the government doesn't approve of? More...

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Is Dodd-Frank Killing Community Banks? The More Important Question is How to Save Them
by Matt Stannard
Posted April 5, 2015

Too bif to fail is getting even biggerArguments have emerged from all sections of the banking spectrum concerning the causes of community banks' decline. Many observers argue that Dodd Frank's regulations disproportionately impact community banks. But there is no consensus on this. In this morning's American Banker, banking industry consultant and investor J.V. Rizzi takes the opposite view. "There are many things to dislike about the Dodd-Frank Act," he writes. "Causing the demise of community banks, however, is not one of them." Rizzi correctly points out that "the number of community banks with assets under $100 million dropped from 13,000 in 1995 to 2,625 in 2010--before Dodd-Frank was enacted. The number of small community banks had dropped under 1,900 by 2014."

Why is this important? Here are seven reasons: More...

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A Weird, Crazy Idea: Make Extreme Wealth an International Crime
By Rob Kall
Posted April 4, 2015

who are they protecting?It's time to start aiming to create international laws that make extreme wealth not only as despicable as war crimes and the worst heinous abuses, but to also make it illegal. It might be a far off vision that some call crazy, but the big solutions this planet and the 99% of humanity need are going to be labeled crazy. At one time the wealthy owned slaves. Now it is a crime. We can do the same for extreme possession of wealth. It won't happen overnight, but neither did abolishment of slavery. This is a cause that Jesus would have supported. Didn't he say it is easier to put a camel through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to get into heaven?

Extreme wealth is a bizarre, freak of economics that malignant capitalism has allowed to develop. It is a profoundly pathological top-down phenomenon that should addressed by the UN and all nations so that any person in any nation will be subject to laws that make excessive wealth a crime. More...

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TPP Power Grab: World Bank, Goldman Sachs, Coucil on Foreign Relations
by William F. Jasper
Posted April 3, 2015

TPP protestThe recently leaked Chapter 2 of the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), as we reported here on March 31, proposes transferring enormous judicial powers to the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), a branch of the corrupt, world-government-promoting World Bank.

The TPP draft text proposes creating tribunals (courts) that could overrule the decisions of our state and federal courts, as well as our local, state and federal laws — and our state and national constitutions. This is already occurring under similar tribunals established by the NAFTA and WTO agreements. More...

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What Is In Your Food?
Video by End The Illusion
Posted April 2, 2015

According to the USDA, 89% of corn is genetically modified, 94% of soy is genetically modified, and 90% of canola is genetically modified. Try finding a breakfast cereal or salad dressing that does not contain genetically modified ingredients. It is very difficult. If your food is genetically modified, what is in your food?

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Iceland To Take Back The Power To Create Money
by Raúl Ilargi Meijer
Posted April 1, 2015

Iceland taking back its powerWho knew that the revolution would start with those radical Icelanders? It does, though. One Frosti Sigurjonsson, a lawmaker from the ruling Progress Party, issued a report today that suggests taking the power to create money away from commercial banks, and hand it to the central bank and, ultimately, Parliament.

Can't see commercial banks in the western world be too happy with this. They must be contemplating wiping the island nation off the map. If accepted in the Iceland parliament , the plan would change the game in a very radical way. It would be successful too, because there is no bigger scourge on our economies than commercial banks creating money and then securitizing and selling off the loans they just created the money (credit) with. More...

Because so many in the public are so illiterate about our monetary system, they may not realize just what an earth shaking event this actually is.

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The Death of Hope and Belief
by Cognitive Dissonance
Posted March 31, 2015

death of hopeTry as we might to convince ourselves otherwise, hope is just the ugly stepchild of belief, interchangeable and indistinguishable, especially during periods of high emotional stress and cognitive fight or flight. Naval gazing, pretty much all we see when engaging in hope and belief, is the ultimate human blinder and the chains that bind.

Once we accept something as 'true', essentially a non specific condition arrived at with minimal critical thinking and even less logical reasoning, rarely if ever do we revisit the subject to check our premises. And why would we since we 'believe' what we want and not what is actually there. Since the only unchanging 'truth' throughout the universe is that change is constant, 'We the People' often hope our beliefs still hold true………assuming we honestly question our beliefs in order to discover if they ever rang true. More...

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Bankers Avoid Jail Time in Tax-Evasion Case
by Bill Black
Posted March 30, 2015

too big to jailSo two guys that were former bankers for Credit Suisse were told today that they're not going to go to jail. This comes out of the big scandal that Credit Suisse helped American taxpayers avoid billions of dollars in taxes. The two guys were told – one pays $100,000 fine, another $125,000, five years parole, and the headlines suggest this is, bankers get away with something. What do you think of it all?

This is business as usual. These are folks who were indicted as part of a broader group of Credit Suisse executives, none of them terribly high level, back in 2011. These are the only two that agreed to cooperate with the prosecutors, come to the United States, and have been cooperating for some time with the prosecutors. It was expected that the prosecutors would recommend to the judge that they do no jail time, and the judges agreed with the prosecutors. More...

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U.S. Government Secrecy At All-Time High
by Washington's Blog
Posted March 29, 2015

secret laws, courts, evidence, witnessesPublicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman. But there's no longer much sunlight to disinfect the corruption of the government or the powers-that-be.

More and more commonly, the government prosecutes cases based upon "secret evidence" that they don't show to the defendant … or sometimes even the judge hearing the case.

As just one example, government is "laundering" information gained through mass surveillance through other agencies, with an agreement that the agencies will "recreate" the evidence in a "parallel construction" … so the original source of the evidence is kept secret from the defendant, defense attorneys and the judge. A former top NSA official says that this is the opposite of following the Fourth Amendment, but is a "totalitarian process" which shows that we're in a "police state". More...

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The Bail-In: How You and Your Money Will Be Parted During the Next Banking Crisis
By John Lawrence
Posted March 28, 2015

money is not safe in the big banksThere will be no more taxpayer bailouts for the Big Wall Street banks. That much has been established by the lobbied to death Dodd-Frank banking reform (yeah, right) bill. However, instead of taking money from the government (taxpayers), the principal has been established that the next source of money for profligate banks will be your deposit accounts. Yeah, that's right, the money to stabilize the banking sector during the next crisis will come out of your savings and checking accounts.

To add insult to injury – since the banks pay you zero percent on your savings account in the first place – the banks have the right to confiscate your funds if they crash the economy again as they did in 2008. Remember the Great Recession? It's coming again to a bank near you.

How can they do this, you ask? Simple. When you deposit money in a checking or savings account, that money no longer belongs to you. Technically and legally, it becomes the property of the bank, and the bank just issues you what amounts to an IOU. As far as the bank is concerned, it's an unsecured debt. More...

This video also explains how public and private funds are no longer safe in the big banks.

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Life for Rent
by Don Findlay
Posted March 27, 2015

game is riggedWe are born, in this world, into a game that's already started. We arrive late..... really late, for the game is nearly completed. As in Monopoly, all of the properties are owned and everywhere we land, rents must be paid. We have no choice... these are the rules of the game. The game is not an option. There is no other way to survive. Thenland and resources necessary for alternatives are gone and laws protect us from hunting, fishing, and cultivating sustaoable socities. To survive we need money and money is the key to winning to winning the game.

All talk of freedom is absurd. We are only "free" to get into their game. The rules are set, quitting is illegal, so get started "earning a living". We have no inherent human right to be alive. We must earn our right to exist by submitting to the authority of those in charge of the game. More...

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Despite DOJ Reforms and Weak Oversight, Local Policing for Profit Continues with Feds
by Dustin Slaughter
Posted March 26, 2015

civil asset forforfeiture - road piracyThe series also detailed how the program, which was established in 1984 by the Comprehensive Crime Control Act as a tool to cripple large drug trafficking organizations as the Reagan administration's so-called War on Drugs gained traction, has seemingly transformed into "a routine source of funding for law enforcement at every level."

Critics of the program – including some Reagan-era officials – contend that the practice has become too widespread and abusive. Brad Cates, who once headed the DOJ's forfeiture division, calls the program in its current state "a free-floating slush fund." Asset forfeiture has more than doubled during the Obama administration. More...

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Compassionate Community Policing is Helping the Homeless
by Sophie McAdam
Posted March 25, 2015

this is what community policing looks likeIn Houston, police sergeant Steve Wick is busy at work, riding his bicycle around the city and stopping to talk to the homeless people he meets along the way. But rather than arresting them, Wicks has a very special role: supporting people on the streets to re-build their lives.

In the past, only the penal code was used to deal with homeless people, who are often considered a problem by local residents. Anyone drunk on a sidewalk would be taken into custody and released just a few hours later to do the same thing over and over again. It was a huge waste of time and resources, and a policy which did absolutely nothing to help homeless people in the long term. Now, compassionate policing policies aim to give homeless people a helping hand, rather than a criminal record. Houston Police Department's outreach team partners with hundreds of outreach programs to provide housing, healthcare, jobs, food and ID cards to homeless people. More...

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Debt-damned economics: either learn monetary reform, or kiss your assets goodbye
by Carl Herman
Posted March 24, 2015

Monetary reform for real prosperityThe American Monetary Institute has a proposal called the American Monetary Act (49) to do this. This proposal was also endorsed by America's best-known economist, Milton Friedman, as the single most important action possible for US economic improvement (see footnote 14 on this monetary reform proposal [50]).

The benefits are astounding: the American public would no longer pay over $400 billion every year for national debt interest payments (because almost 50% of the debt is intra-governmental transfers, this is a savings of over $200 billion/year). If lending is run at a non-profit rate or at nominal interest returned to the American public (for infrastructure, schools, fire and police protection, etc.) rather than profiting the banks, the savings to the US public is conservatively $2 trillion (51). If the US Federal government increased the money supply by 3% a year to keep up with population increase and economic growth, we could spend an additional $500 billion yearly into public programs, or refund it as a public dividend (52). More...

Too many people think that the current monetary system is the only way because that is all they have known. This proposal has the potential to transform our society.

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The New "Water Barons": Wall Street Mega-Banks are Buying up the World's Water
By Jo-Shing Yang
Posted March 23, 2015

oligarchs buying up water resourcesA disturbing trend in the water sector is accelerating worldwide. The new "water barons" — the Wall Street banks and elitist multibillionaires — are buying up water all over the world at unprecedented pace.

Familiar mega-banks and investing powerhouses such as Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, UBS, Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse, Macquarie Bank, Barclays Bank, the Blackstone Group, Allianz, and HSBC Bank, among others, are consolidating their control over water. Wealthy tycoons such as T. Boone Pickens, former President George H.W. Bush and his family, Hong Kong's Li Ka-shing, Philippines' Manuel V. Pangilinan and other Filipino billionaires, and others are also buying thousands of acres of land with aquifers, lakes, water rights, water utilities, and shares in water engineering and technology companies all over the world.

The second disturbing trend is that while the new water barons are buying up water all over the world, governments are moving fast to limit citizens' ability to become water self-sufficient (as evidenced by the well-publicized Gary Harrington's case in Oregon, in which the state criminalized the collection of rainwater in three ponds located on his private land, by convicting him on nine counts and sentencing him for 30 days in jail). More...

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The New American Order
by Tom Engelhardt
Posted March 22, 2015

New American orderA new kind of governance is being born right before our eyes. Let's stop pretending it's not happening. Have you ever undertaken some task you felt less than qualified for, but knew that someone needed to do? Consider this piece my version of that, and let me put what I do understand about it in a nutshell: based on developments in our post-9/11 world, we could be watching the birth of a new American political system and way of governing for which, as yet, we have no name.

And here's what I find strange: the evidence of this, however inchoate, is all around us and yet it's as if we can't bear to take it in or make sense of it or even say that it might be so. Let me make my case, however minimally, based on five areas in which at least the faint outlines of that new system seem to be emerging: political campaigns and elections; the privatization of Washington through the marriage of the corporation and the state; the de-legitimization of our traditional system of governance; the empowerment of the national security state as an untouchable fourth branch of government; and the demobilization of "we the people." More...

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False Flag Terror: Presidents, Prime Ministers, Congressmen, Generals, Spooks, Soldiers and Police Admit to it
By Washington's Blog
Posted March 21, 2015

who are they protecting?Not Theory … Admitted Fact. There are many documented false flag attacks, where a government carries out a terror attack … and then falsely blames its enemy for political purposes.

In the following instances, officials in the government which carried out the attack (or seriously proposed an attack) admit to it, either orally or in writing:

(43) High-level American sources admitted that the Turkish government – a fellow NATO country – carried out the chemical weapons attacks blamed on the Syrian government; and high-ranking Turkish government admitted on tape plans to carry out attacks and blame it on the Syrian government.

(44) The Ukrainian security chief admits that the sniper attacks which started the Ukrainian coup were carried out in order to frame others. Ukrainian officials admit that the Ukrainian snipers fired on both sides, to create maximum chaos.

(45) Britain's spy agency has admitted (and see this) that it carries out "digital false flag" attacks on targets, framing people by writing offensive or unlawful material … and blaming it on the target. More...

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In Our Horrifying Future, Very Few People Will Have Work or Make Money
by Robert Reich
Posted March 20, 2015

unemployed skilled workerThink you're safe because you're a professional? Think again.It's now possible to sell a new product to hundreds of millions of people without needing many, if any, workers to produce or distribute it.

At its prime in 1988, Kodak, the iconic American photography company, had 145,000 employees. In 2012, Kodak filed for bankruptcy. The same year Kodak went under, Instagram, the world's newest photo company, had 13 employees serving 30 million customers.

The ratio of producers to customers continues to plummet. When Facebook purchased "WhatsApp" (the messaging app) for $19 billion last year, WhatsApp had 55 employees serving 450 million customers. A friend, operating from his home in Tucson, recently invented a machine that can find particles of certain elements in the air. He's already sold hundreds of these machines over the Internet to customers all over the world. He's manufacturing them in his garage with a 3D printer. So far, his entire business depends on just one person — himself. New technologies aren't just labor-replacing. They're also knowledge-replacing. More...

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Lawmakers Say TPP Meetings Classified To Keep Americans in the Dark
by Jon Queally
Posted March 19, 2015

TPP is classified?Lawmakers in Congress who remain wary of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement are raising further objections this week to the degree of secrecy surrounding briefings on the deal, with some arguing that the main reason at least one meeting has been registered "classified" is to help keep the American public ignorant about giveaways to corporate interests and its long-term implications.

"I'm not happy about it," Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) told the Huffington Post, referring to the briefing with Froman and Labor Secretary Thomas Perez on Wednesday. The meeting—focused on the section of the TPP that deals with the controversial 'Investor-State Dispute Settlement' (ISDS) mechanism—has been labeled "classified," so that lawmakers and any of their staff who attend will be barred, under threat of punishment, of revealing what they learn with constituents or outside experts. More...

So " the controversial 'Investor-State Dispute Settlement' (ISDS) mechanism—has been labeled classified?" So how many of the industry lobbyists negotiating this corporate coup have security clearances?

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The "Official" Unemployment Rate Has Become Meaningless – Here's Why
by Michael Snyder
Posted March 18, 2015

propagandaEarlier this month we learned that the official "unemployment rate" has [supposedly] fallen to 5.5%. Since an unemployment rate of 5% is considered to be "full employment" by many economists, many in the mainstream media took this as a sign that the U.S. economy has almost fully "recovered" since the last recession. In fact, according to the Wall Street Journal, some Federal Reserve officials believe that "the U.S. economy is already at full employment".

It is my contention that the official "unemployment rate" has become so politicized and so manipulated that it is essentially meaningless at this point.Since February 2008, the size of the U.S. population has grown by 16.8 million people, but the number of full-time jobs has actually decreased by 140,000. More...

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When It Becomes Serious, First They Lie--When That Fails, They Arrest You
by Charles Hugh Smith
Posted March 17, 2015

when lies don;t work, they arrest youWhen lying is no longer enough to gain compliance, then the organs of security are unleashed on dissent and resistance. And why is it now serious? Persuading tax donkeys and debt serfs that everything is going their way is now impossible without lies. Persuading the populace that the leadership is working on their behalf was jettisoned in the wake of the 2008 bailout of bankers and parasites.

Stripped of the artifice that they care about anything other than preserving the wealth of their cronies, global political leaders now rely on propaganda: narratives designed to manage expectations and perceptions, bolstered by carefully tailored official statistics.

Reliance on lies erodes legitimacy. As the rich get richer and the burdens on tax donkeys and debt serfs increase, the gulf between the official happy-story narrative and reality widens to the breaking point, and faith in the narrative and the leadership espousing it declines. More...

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25 statist propaganda phrases and how to rebut them
By Matthew Reece
Posted March 16, 2015

In the discourse of statists, there is a group of phrases of which one or more tend to be present in nearly every argument. While this is not an exhaustive listing of that group, it does contain twenty-five of the most common phrases that statists use in their arguments. As propaganda has a tendency to be repetitive, some of these phrases contain the same logical fallacies, and will therefore have similar refutations. As such, the phrases are ordered so that earlier rebuttals also apply to some later phrases.

You don't have to like our leaders, but you should respect them"
Respect should be a response to virtue. Ordering the use of initiatory force against people to control them is not virtuous behavior, therefore it is unworthy of respect. More...

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Do Corporations Really Need More Rights? Why Fast Track for the TPP Is a Bad Idea
by David Korten
Posted March 15, 2015

TPP is NAFTA on steroidsWe can have democracy and a prosperous, just, and sustainable human future. Or we can have corporate rule. We cannot have both.President Obama is currently pressing members of Congress to pass Fast-Track authority for a trade and investment agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). If Fast Track passes, it means that Congress must approve or deny the TPP with minimal debate and no amendments. Astonishingly, our lawmakers have not seen the agreement they are being asked to expedite.

The secret gatherings of unelected government officials and corporate representatives in which agreements like the TPP are negotiated have become de facto transnational legislative bodies, drafting international laws the democratically elected legislative bodies of signatory countries then rubber stamp. More...

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Why They Spy – IT-Powered Feudalism
by Michael Krieger
Posted March 14, 2015

surveillancs has nothing to do with terrorismThe amount a state needs to expend on guard labour is a function of how much legitimacy the state holds in its population's reckoning. A state whose population mainly views the system as fair needs to do less coercion to attain stability. People who believe that they are well-served by the status quo will not work to upset it. States whose populations view the system as illegitimate need to spend more on guard labour.

Why spy? Because it's cheaper than playing fair. Our networks have given the edge to the elites, and unless we seize the means of information, we are headed for a long age of IT-powered feudalism, where property is the exclusive domain of the super-rich, where your surveillance-supercharged Internet of Things treats you as a tenant-farmer of your life, subject to a licence agreement instead of a constitution. At this point, only the most clueless and gullible amongst us thinks that government surveillance has anything to do with stopping terrorism .More...

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The ECB's Noose Around Greece: How Central Banks Harness Governments
by Ellen Brown
Posted March 13, 2015

Greeks being robbedThe noose around Greece's neck is this: the European Central Bank (ECB) will not accept Greek bonds as collateral for the central bank liquidity all banks need, until the new Syriza government accepts the very stringent austerity program imposed by the troika (the EU Commission, ECB and IMF). That means selling off public assets (including ports, airports, electric and petroleum companies), slashing salaries and pensions, drastically increasing taxes and dismantling social services, while creating special funds to save the banking system.

These are the mafia-like extortion tactics by which entire economies are yoked into paying off debts to foreign banks – debts that must be paid with the labor, assets and patrimony of people who had nothing to do with incurring them. National central banks are no longer tools of governments for the benefit of the people. Governments have become tools of a global central banking system serving the interests of giant international financial institutions. These "too big to fail" behemoths must be saved at the expense of local banks, their depositors, and local economies generally. More...

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Former SEC Director Admits The Truth: The Market Is Rigged
by Tyler Durden
Posted March 12, 2015

John Ramsay, former SEC DirectorThe current market ecosystem is not sustainable, and significant changes are coming one way or another," Ramsay said in a speech delivered at a New York technology conference in September. Ramsay said his opinions grew more critical in recent years as he watched the market fragment into 11 public exchanges and more than 40 less-regulated private venues such as dark pools.

Trading became more complex and prone to technological malfunctions in the face of rules that were supposed to boost competition and create new choices for investors, he said. He outlined how the market lost its way: conflicts of interest among brokers, a two-tier system favoring the speediest and a general sense that today's rules have been crafted to the benefit of insiders.

Is "crafted for the benefit of insiders" not the very definition of a rigged game? More...

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Turning the European Debt Myth Upside-Down
by Conn Hallinan
Posted March 12, 2015

irish protestsMyths are dangerous because they rely more on cultural memory and prejudice than facts.

And behind the current crisis between Greece and the European Union (EU) lies a fable that bears little relationship to why Athens and a number of other countries in the 28-member organization find themselves in deep distress.The tale is a variation of Aesop's allegory of the industrious ant and the lazy, fun-loving grasshopper. The "northern countries" - especially Germany, the Netherlands, Britain, and Finland - play the role of the ant, and Greece, Spain, Portugal, and Ireland the part of the grasshopper.

The ants are sober and virtuous, while the grasshoppers are spendthrift, corrupt lay-abouts who have spent themselves into trouble and now must pay the piper. The problem is that this myth bears almost no relationship to the actual roots of the crisis or what the solutions might be. And it perpetuates a fable that the debt is the fault of individual countries rather than a serious crisis at the very heart of the EU. More...

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Wikipedia Founder Sues NSA, Demands "End To NSA's Dragnet Surveillance Of Internet Traffic"
By Jimmy Wales (Founder of Wikipedia)
Posted March 11, 2015

surveillance is freedomTODAY, we're filing a lawsuit against the National Security Agency to protect the rights of the 500 million people who use Wikipedia every month. We're doing so because a fundamental pillar of democracy is at stake: the free exchange of knowledge and ideas.

The notion that the N.S.A. is monitoring Wikipedia's users is not, unfortunately, a stretch of the imagination. One of the documents revealed by the whistle-blower Edward J. Snowden specifically identified Wikipedia as a target for surveillance, alongside several other major websites like CNN.com, Gmail and Facebook. The leaked slide from a classified PowerPoint presentation declared that monitoring these sites could allow N.S.A. analysts to learn "nearly everything a typical user does on the Internet."

The harm to Wikimedia and the hundreds of millions of people who visit our websites is clear: Pervasive surveillance has a chilling effect. It stifles freedom of expression and the free exchange of knowledge that Wikimedia was designed to enable. More...

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Inside the Major Political Fight for Broadband Internet That's Brewing Across America
By David Morris
Posted March 10, 2015

cable dominanceOn February 28th the Federal Communications Commission issued two decisions.  One concerned net neutrality, the other municipal broadband.  The first garnered by far the most attention, as it should.  Net neutrality affects everyone and establishes a fundamental new principle for Internet access.

But as another presidential campaign looms the FCC decision on municipally owned broadband may offer more fertile ground for a vigorous political debate on the role of government and the scale of governance.  

The decision arose from a petition to the FCC by Chattanooga, Tennessee and Wilson, North Carolina asking it to overturn state laws that prevent them from extending their highly successful publicly owned networks to surrounding communities eager to connect. The FCC’s decision affects just those two states’ laws but will undoubtedly become a precedent to evaluate most of the other 17 states’ restrictions on municipal broadband.  More...

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A Political Economy Premised on Exploitation and Social Repression
by Rob Urie
Posted March 9, 2015

police as oppresorsAs political theory might have it, if all of the citizens of Ferguson were intended to benefit from city resources while poor and middle class Blacks were disproportionately forced to pay for them that represents economic taking by some citizens for the benefit of others. The racial character of this taking places it in history. The history of Western colonialism, neo-colonialism and imperialism places it in broader internal and external context. And this history is evidence that distinct realms of the economic and the political never described existing circumstance. The practical relevance is that it places the actions of the police in Ferguson, past and pending 'trade' agreements and global economic relations in the space where economic and political power act in an integrated social dimension.

The effect is to reframe 'the law' in terms of who is committing particular acts rather than the acts being committed. The police in Ferguson can murder with impunity and shake down citizens at their discretion to fund the city budget (and their paychecks) while poor and middle class Blacks are disproportionately murdered and sent to prison for similar acts. What is legal and what isn't is determined by who has social power, not by the acts themselves. In a racist and classist society the law is codification of class and race interests. If a black citizen of Ferguson puts a gun to someone's head and demands their valuables they are a criminal but if the same act is committed by a cop it is within the law. Here events in Ferguson are fact and metaphor— overwhelming evidence (links above) suggests that similar social relations exist across much of the country. More...

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Facilitating a Disruptive Emergence To Replace the Existing Elite System Running the Planet
By Rob Kall
Posted March 8, 2015

time to replace the elites running the planetWe need to deal with the narcissistic sociopaths and psychopaths who have slithered into power positions in church, state and industry and take back the high ground of bottom-up values that embrace the consciousness that we are all connected to each other and to the ecosystem-- that forgetting this, losing connection consciousness is a dangerous pathology which manifests in selfishness, Ayn Randism, Libertarianism and which masquerades as advocacy of freedom.

We cannot directly fight the power and wealth of the elite's system. The only way we can get rid of it is to facilitate the emergence of a new way, as Buckminster Fuller described-- a way that undermines and replaces the existing system. I don't think that's a system re-design or a revolution. It's more of a disruptive emergence that comes out of the immense power and energy of a bottom-up grass-roots coming together. I was tempted to use the word up-rising, but as my old friend Swami Beyondananda has set, perhaps we need more of an upWISING. The elites are weak, fragile (as compared to antifragile) and vulnerable, compared to the full power of all of "us"-- the rest of the souls on this planet. We need to explore new, creative ways of connecting that big "we" together to energize the emergence of a new social, ecosystem force that disrupts and replaces the existing power system. More...

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FBI Tracking Of Keystone XL Activists Worse Than You Thought
by Adam Federman
Posted May 7, 2015

fbi infiltration of XL protestsIn August 2010, the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Domestic Terrorism Analysis Unit distributed an intelligence bulletin to all field offices warning that environmental extremism would likely become an increasing threat to the energy industry. The eight-page document argued that, even though the industry had encountered only low-level vandalism and trespassing, recent "criminal incidents" suggested that environmental extremism was on the rise. The FBI concluded: "Environmental extremism will become a greater threat to the energy industry owing to our historical understanding that some environmental extremists have progressed from committing low-level crimes against targets to more significant crimes over time in an effort to further the environmental extremism cause."

Not long after the bulletin was distributed, a private security firm providing intelligence reports to the Pennsylvania Department of Homeland Security cited the FBI document in order to justify the surveillance of anti-fracking groups. The same security firm concluded that the "escalating conflict over natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania" could lead to an increase in "environmentalist activity or eco-terrorism." More...

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The Impacts of Genetic Engineering: Not Science, Just Lies and Propaganda: The Massive Fraud Behind GMOs Exposed
by Colin Todhunter
Posted March 6, 2015

controlling food supplyThis is not what the GMO industry wanted to see: banner headlines today in major newspapers and across the internet exposing the fraud behind GMOs. But this constitutes much more than a PR nightmare. The story behind the headlines shakes the very foundations upon which the industry is built.

'Altered Genes, Twisted Truth' is a new book by the US public interest lawyer Steve Druker. The book is the result of more than 15 years of intensive research and investigation by Druker, who initiated a lawsuit against the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that forced it to divulge its files on GM foods. Those files revealed that GM foods first achieved commercialisation in 1992 but only because the FDA covered up the extensive warnings of its own scientists about their dangers, lied about the facts and then violated federal food safety law by permitting these foods to be marketed without having been proven safe through standard testing. More...

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Financial Collapse Leads To War
by Dmitry Orlov
Posted March 5, 2015

war to divert attentionThe US has surrendered its sovereignty to a clique of financial oligarchs. Having nobody at all to answer to, this American (and to some extent international) oligarchy has been ruining the financial condition of the country, running up staggering levels of debt, destroying savings and retirements, debasing the currency and so on. The inevitable end-game is that the Federal Reserve (along with the central banks of other "developed economies") will end up buying up all the sovereign debt issuance with money they print for that purpose, and in the end this inevitably leads to hyperinflation and national bankruptcy. A very special set of conditions has prevented these two events from taking place thus far, but that doesn't mean that they won't, because that's what always happens, sooner or later.

Now, let's suppose a financial oligarchy has seized control of the country, and, since it can't control its own appetites, is running it into the ground. Then it would make sense for it to have some sort of back-up plan for when the whole financial house of cards falls apart. Ideally, this plan would effectively put down any chance of revolt of the downtrodden masses, and allow the oligarchy to maintain security and hold onto its wealth. Peacetime is fine for as long as it can placate the populace with bread and circuses, but when a financial calamity causes the economy to crater and bread and circuses turn scarce, a handy fallback is war. More...

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End Big Money's Chokehold on Democracy. Amend the Constitution.
by Robert Weissman
Posted March 4, 2015

get money out of politicsThe American political system is facing an existential crisis. Do we aim to be a democracy – meaning a system of rule by the people – or do Americans stand down and permit a very narrow elite class to operate a functioning oligarchy?

Our Constitution begins with the powerful words "We the People" and elaborates a political system in which the people are sovereign. Yet in a series of decisions, of which Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission is the most notorious, the US Supreme Court has interpreted the First Amendment of that document so as to erode our democracy. Now it's time to amend the great document to re-establish democratic principles. More...

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Most Americans Are Slaves And They Don't Even Know It
By Michael Snyder
Posted March 3, 2015

we are debt slaves and most do not know itMost Americans spend their lives working for others, paying off debts to others and performing tasks that others tell them that they "must" do. These days, we don't like to think of ourselves as "servants" or "slaves", but that is what the vast majority of us are. It is just that the mechanisms of our enslavement have become much more sophisticated over time. It has been said that the borrower is the servant of the lender, and most of us start going into debt very early into our adult years.

Today, when you add up all mortgage debt, all credit card debt and all student loan debt, the average American household is carrying a grand total of 203,163 dollars of debt. Overall, American households are more than 11 trillion dollars in debt at this point. And even though most Americans don't realize this, over the course of our lifetimes the amount of money that we will repay on our debts is far greater than the amount that we originally borrowed. In fact, when it comes to credit card debt you can easily end up repaying several times the amount of money that you originally borrowed. So we work our fingers to the bone to pay off these debts, and the vast majority of us are not even working for ourselves. Instead, our work makes the businesses that other people own more profitable. So if we spend the best years of our lives building businesses for others, servicing debts that we owe to others and making others wealthier, what does that make us? More...

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When Centralization Scales Beyond Our Control
By Raul I Meijer
Posted March 2, 2015

Who controls NATO, IMF, World Bank and EURussian military plane over international waters 25 miles from the UK coast is "real and present danger" to NATO. Yet… Yet yesterday US combat vehicles conducted a military parade and show of military force in Estonia just 300 yards – yards! – from the Russian border. That is just over 60 miles from downtown St. Petersburg. This is not a provocation, we are to believe. This is not a "real and present danger" to Russia. NATO is exempt from the rules it imposes on its enemies. In the Guardian's review of a new book by Politics professor George Sakwa, the current fallout from a near quarter century of post-Cold War NATO policies is perfectly captured:

The hawks in the Clinton administration ignored all this, Bush abandoned the anti-ballistic missile treaty and put rockets close to Russia's borders, and now a decade later, after Russia's angry reaction to provocations in Georgia in 2008 and Ukraine today, we have what Sakwa rightly calls a "fateful geographical paradox: that NATO exists to manage the risks created by its existence".

That line bears repeating: "NATO exists to manage the risks created by its existence." More...

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Scorecard: How Many Rights Have Americans REALLY Lost?
by Washington's Blog
Posted March 1, 2015

Loss of Constitutional rightsWhile a lot of people talk about the loss of our Constitutional liberties, people usually speak in a vague, generalized manner … or focus on only one issue and ignore the rest. This post explains the liberties guaranteed in the Bill of Rights – the first 10 amendments to the United States Constitution – and provides a scorecard on the extent of the loss of each right.

Today, most Americans believe that the government is threatening – rather than protecting – freedom … and that it is no longer acting with the "consent of the governed". And the federal government is trampling the separation of powers by stepping on the toes of the states and the people. Indeed, the federal government is doing everything it can to stick its nose into every aspect of our lives … and act like Big Brother. More...

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Exporting Torture: Meet the Chicago Cop Who Brought American Brutality to Gitmo
By Spencer Ackerman
Posted February 28, 2015

corrupt cop and torturerRichard Zuley oversaw a shocking military interrogation that has become a permanent stain on America. When the Chicago detective Richard Zuley arrived at Guantánamo Bay late in 2002, US military commanders touted him as the hero they had been looking for.

Here was a Navy reserve lieutenant who had spent the last 25 years as a distinguished detective on the mean streets of Chicago, closing case after case – often due to his knack for getting confessions.

But while Zuley's brutal interrogation techniques – prolonged shackling, family threats, demands on suspects to implicate themselves and others – would get supercharged at Guantánamo for the war on terrorism, a Guardian investigation has uncovered that Zuley used similar tactics for years, behind closed police-station doors, on Chicago's poor and non-white citizens. Multiple people in prison in Illinois insist they have been wrongly convicted on the basis of coerced confessions extracted by Zuley and his colleagues. More...

Evidence shows that the Chicago Police Department is totally out of control. Maybe Mayor Rahm Emannuel should take some time off from cozying up with the bankers and clean up the city. Zuley will have much to answer for in the afterlife.

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How to break the corporate media blockade
By Rick Staggenborg, MD
Posted February 27, 2015

propaganda masquerading as newsComprehending how we are being lied into supporting chaotic global violence requires understanding how certain powerful interests control information. Few people realize that one of the CIA's duties is influencing media for propaganda purposes. Various sources have documented a network of media corporations that are CIA fronts, both in the US and overseas. A prominent German media figure admitted to being a CIA employee for years, stating that this was common practice in both Europe and the US.

We now know that claims of Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq were false, as were similar claims in Syria. Seymour Hersh, who uncovered much of the hidden truth of the Vietnam War, revealed the lies about Syrian chemical weapons. Robert Parry, who gave us the facts about Iran-Contra, is now trying to wake up up to the fact that the US is supporting a fascist government in Ukraine. It is not a coincidence that both are no longer New York Times reporters. The Times has set the standard for a media that parrots government lies without question. More...

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The disappeared: Chicago police detain Americans at abuse-laden 'black site'
by Spencer Ackerman
Posted February 26, 2015

who are they protecting?The Chicago police department operates an off-the-books interrogation compound, rendering Americans unable to be found by family or attorneys while locked inside what lawyers say is the domestic equivalent of a CIA black site. The facility, a nondescript warehouse on Chicago's west side known as Homan Square, has long been the scene of secretive work by special police units. Interviews with local attorneys and one protester who spent the better part of a day shackled in Homan Square describe operations that deny access to basic constitutional rights.

The secretive warehouse is the latest example of Chicago police practices that echo the much-criticized detention abuses of the US war on terrorism. While those abuses impacted people overseas, Homan Square – said to house military-style vehicles, interrogation cells and even a cage – trains its focus on Americans, most often poor, black and brown. More...

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How To Sell Off a City
By Rick Perlstein
Posted February 25, 2015

bankers profit from privatizationFor over a decade now, Chicago has been the epicenter of the fashionable trend of "privatization"—the transfer of the ownership or operation of resources that belong to all of us, like schools, roads and government services, to companies that use them to turn a profit. Chicago's privatization mania began during Mayor Richard M. Daley's administration, which ran from 1989 to 2011. Under his successor, Rahm Emanuel, the trend has continued apace. For Rahm's investment banker buddies, the trend has been a boon. For citizens? Not so much.

And as mayor, Emanuel has proven himself practically an addict when it comes to brokering deals with his former investment banker comrades and the other business interests he keeps on speed dial. As the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky and Mick Dumke discovered when they filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the mayor's private schedule, Emanuel almost never met with community leaders during his first year in office, but he met constantly with rich bankers like Rauner, BMO CEO William Downe and Larry Fink, chairman and CEO of BlackRock, the world's biggest money management firm. These are his people. More...

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Fast-Track Treason and the Coming Corporate Coup
By Rivera Sun
Posted February 24, 2015

TPP is a corporate coupCorporations aren't people - otherwise, we'd be trying them for treason. If it were known that a handful of powerful men and women were meeting in secret to overthrow the authority of the US government and make this nation submissive to external domination, the NSA, CIA, FBI, US president, Congress and the military-industrial complex would declare them "terrorists of the year" and bomb them back into the Stone Age.

But corporations aren't people. They enjoy superhuman status, and are awarded privileges and protections well beyond what ordinary citizens of the United States can expect. (The last time a corporation was shot dead in the streets by a police officer was - well, never.) Corporations are given preferential treatment by judges, laws, politicians, investigators, tax agencies, financial institutions and much of our consumer-capitalist society. More...

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Swimming with the Sharks: Goldman Sachs, School Districts, and Capital Appreciation Bonds
by Ellen Brown
Posted February 23, 2015

vampire squidRemember when Goldman Sachs – dubbed by Matt Taibbi the Vampire Squid – sold derivatives to Greece so the government could conceal its debt, then bet against that debt, driving it up? It seems that the ubiquitous investment bank has also put the squeeze on California and its school districts. Not that Goldman was alone in this; but the unscrupulous practices of the bank once called the undisputed king of the municipal bond business epitomize the culture of greed that has ensnared students and future generations in unrepayable debt.

In 2008, after collecting millions of dollars in fees to help California sell its bonds, Goldman urged its bigger clients to place investment bets against those bonds, in order to profit from a financial crisis that was sparked in the first place by irresponsible Wall Street speculation. Alarmed California officials warned that these short sales would jeopardize the state's bond rating and drive up interest rates. But that result also served Goldman, which had sold credit default swaps on the bonds, since the price of the swaps rose along with the risk of default. More...

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Rothschild vs. Rothschild
by Jeff Nielson
Posted January 22, 2015

we are the foodHaving plundered all our wealth; what we now have, effectively, is a massive, bloated, 300-lb parasite (the Rothschild clan) attempting to "feed" off of a 100-lb host – the emaciated West. It's impossible, and we see this reflected in our economic reality, once we look past the saturation lies of the Corporate media.

Despite six years of permanent zero/near-zero interest rates (the most-extreme form of quasi-legitimate, monetary stimulus which is even theoretically possible); all of these Western economies (with the partial exception of Germany) remain totally lifeless. The only "growth" which has taken place in the West since the Crash of '08 is the (exponential) growth in the size of the economic lies being told to us about our economies, by our own governments. More...

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How Did America's Police Forces Get So Scary and Omnipresent?
By Gaius Publius
Posted February 21, 2015

who are they protecting and serving?You can't have a society owned and harvested by men like David Koch and Jamie Dimon without an enforcement mechanism. The underlying assumption is that the police exists to protect "us," an idea frequently promoted by the police themselves, whose slogan is usually some variant of this one: "To protect and serve".

"To protect and serve" — but whom? There was a never a time when the big city police neutrally enforced "the law" — nor, for that matter, a time when the law itself was neutral. Throughout the 19th century in the North, the police mostly arrested people for the vaguely defined "crimes" of disorderly conduct and vagrancy, which meant that they could target anyone they saw as a threat to "order." In the post-bellum South, they enforced white supremacy and largely arrested black people on trumped-up charges in order to feed them into convict labor systems.

The violence the police carried out and their moral separation from those they patrolled were not the consequences of the brutality of individual officers, but of policies carefully designed to mold the police into a force that could use violence to deal with the social problems that accompanied the development of a wage-labor economy. Though some patrolmen tried to be kind and others were openly brutal, police violence in the 1880s was not a case of a few bad apples — and neither is it today. More...

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Creepy, Calculating and Controlling: All the Ways Big Brother Is Watching You
By John W. Whitehead
Posted February 20, 2015

big brother is watchingToday, there's little room for indiscretions, imperfections, or acts of independence—especially not when the government can listen in on your phone calls, monitor your driving habits, track your movements, scrutinize your purchases and peer through the walls of your home. That's because technology—specifically the technology employed by the government against the American citizenry—has upped the stakes dramatically so that there's little we do that is not known by the government.

In such an environment, you're either a paragon of virtue, or you're a criminal.If you haven't figured it out yet, we're all criminals. This is the creepy, calculating yet diabolical genius of the American police state: the very technology we hailed as revolutionary and liberating has become our prison, jailer, probation officer, Big Brother and Father Knows Best all rolled into one. More...

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Yanis Varoufakis: The Straw That Breaks the Ponzi's Back?
By Cognitive Dissonance
Posted February 19, 2015

house of cards collapseAs individual pawns cavalierly exchanged back and forth, one for one, in the same manner high ground is taken, only to be conceded, then taken again in a bloody game of war only those at the top could possibly win, you and I must step back and ask ourselves the only two sane questions left. How did we get here and where do we go from here?

I can't count the number of times I have heard, read or seen one commenter after another declare with the highest piety their belief that capitalism has been tragically subverted, perverted and co-opted into what it is today. Often the unspoken, but clearly implied, thought is that aside from a few bad apples stinking up the joint, capitalism would be humming along just fine thank you, providing full employment, the proper allocation of capital and apple pie justice for all.

While clearly the above description is an exaggeration, though not by much, when will "We the People" begin to question the basis for our most fundamental and indoctrinated premise, one that declares 'Capitalism' is the greatest thing since sliced bread and clearly superior to any other socioeconomic system out there? More...

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NSA Trojan Firmware Widespread, U.S. International Tech Reputation May Suffer: Tech Privacy Has Been a Myth
Posted February 18, 2015
By GoldCore

NSA sees allNew NSA spying scandal emerges, highlighting the scale of cyber wars:

  • Agency can access hard-drives made by major U.S. producers
  • Computers in over 30 countries, including NATO allies, were hacked
  • Iran and Russia were main targets
  • Revelations may impact technology sector in the U.S. as institutions around the world seek alternatives

Kaspersky Lab, the Moscow-based cyber security firm whose report into international hacking was previewed by the New York Times Yesterday, has exposed that the NSA has had the capacity to snoop on most U.S.-made computers since 2001. The report claims that the NSA attained access to "firmware" code from all the major Western computer manufacturers - which runs every time a computer is switched on - and figured out how to lodge malicious software in the code. More...

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HSBC Bank: Secret Origins To Laundering The World's Drug Money
by the Drug Trafficking & Narco-Terrorism Department of GreatGameIndia
Posted February 17, 2015

US soldiers guarding Afghan poppy fieldsContrary to popular opinion, it is not "demand" from the world's population which creates the mind destroying drug trade. Rather, it is the world financial oligarchy, looking for massive profits and the destruction of the minds of the population it is determined to dominate, which organized the drug trade. The case of HSBC underscores that point. Serving as the central bank of this global apparatus, is HSBC.

For years, when banks have been caught laundering drug money, they have claimed that they did not know, that they were but victims of sneaky drug dealers and a few corrupt employees. Nothing could be further from the truth. The truth is that a considerable portion of the global banking system is explicitly dedicated to handling the enormous volume of cash produced daily by dope traffickers. More...

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Benefits Of a Public Bank For Cities and Municipalities
by Mike Krauss, Steve Snyder & Nancy Goldner
Posted February 16, 2015

Key Questions and Answers for Elected Officials and Policy Makers, Treasury Staff, Bankers, Taxpayers and Voters

keep the money localIn cites large and small – Boston, Philadelphia, Allentown, Pittsburgh, New Brunswick, Chattanooga, Houston, Chicago, Santa Fe, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles – mayors, council members, candidates and community leaders are stepping up to free their communities from the ruinous banking of the Too-Big-To-Fail banks – that failed and will in all likelihood fail once again.

Public banks partner with our existing community banks, credit unions, financial institutions and development agencies to provide affordable and sustainable credit for locally-directed economic development and jobs creation. The partnership supports sound municipal finance, lowers public debt, contributes substantial non-tax revenue to the general funds of our local governments and creates solid economic opportunity.

We invite you to learn about Public "Partnership" Banking and join the campaign to create the urgently needed alternative to a dangerously concentrated and failed banking industry. More...

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The Shadow of Crisis Has Not Passed – Part 3
by James Quinn
Posted February 15, 2015

Orwell's 1984 has comeAs trust in the political, economic and financial systems implodes, the existing social order will crumble and be swept away in a torrent of chaos and upheaval. Severe misery will settle on our land and tear the fabric of our society. Internal strife will be compounded by external threats, with citizens fighting each other and nations going to war on a large scale. It has happened before and it will happen again. The realization this Crisis would be driven by the conflict between government and the people occurred to me in 2013 when Edward Snowden revealed the depth and depravity of a government which believes it to not be bound by the constraints of the Constitution, laws, regulations, or human decency.

The political class, along with the government apparatchiks, protected by their propaganda mouthpieces in the media, used the 9/11 attack as the basis to implement command, control and surveillance measures which make Orwell's Big Brother seem like amateur hour. The hyperbolic level of propaganda in support of the vested interests is actually a sign of weakness, as their grip on the masses is weakening rapidly. More...

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Why Public Banks Outperform Private Banks: Unfair Competition or a Better Mousetrap?
by Ellen Brown
Posted February 14, 2015

Bank of North DakotaPublic banks in North Dakota, Germany and Switzerland have been shown to outperform their private counterparts. Under the TPP and TTIP, however, publicly-owned banks on both sides of the oceans might wind up getting sued for unfair competition because they have advantages not available to private banks.

Then what does explain it? The Bank of North Dakota (BND)turns a tidy profit year after year because it has substantially lower costs and risks then private commercial banks. It has no exorbitantly-paid executives; pays no bonuses, fees, or commissions; has no private shareholders; and has low borrowing costs. It does not need to advertise for depositors (it has a captive deposit base in the state itself) or for borrowers (it is a wholesome wholesale bank that partners with local banks that have located borrowers). The BND also has no losses from derivative trades gone wrong. It engages in old-fashioned conservative banking and does not speculate in derivatives. More...

There are more small banks per capita in North Dakota than any other state. The partnerships between the small banks and the BND has worked to the benefit of the people in North Dakota, not Wall Street.

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U.S. Government Buys "Truly Orwellian" Surveillance Technology To Track Drivers in Real Time
By Pratap Chatterjee
Posted February 13, 2015

you are being watched and recordedLocal government officials have the ability to track individual drivers in the U.S. in real time and take pictures of the occupants of their vehicles, with new "truly Orwellian" technology purchased from companies like Vigilant Solutions, according to new documents uncovered by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

One of the documents is a ten page U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) memo stating that the technology behind the National License Plate Reading Initiative that was launched in December 2008 allows it to capture "vehicle license plate numbers (front and/or rear), photos of visible vehicle occupants [redacted] and a front and rear overall view of the vehicle." Another May 2011 memo notes that this system has the ability to store "up to 10 photos per vehicle transaction including 4 occupant photos."

These details complement findings by the Wall Street Journal that the U.S. Department of Justice has built a secret national database to track vehicle license plates around the country that now holds "hundreds of millions of records about motorists." More...

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Behind The Global Game Of Thrones
by Raúl Ilargi Meijer
Posted February 12, 2015

power behind the throneGreek PM Alexis Tsipras yesterday laid out Syriza's stance, and from what I saw he didn't pull even one punch. Despite all the suggestions from the financial press throughout the past week that Tsipras and Varoufakis reneged on campaign promises to seek debt write-downs, they didn't, and never have – other than perhaps in semantics. We need a much deeper and more comprehensive change to how we've organized our societies. Syriza understand this, and they're acting on it, but they can't do it alone, and besides their priority must be the Greek population, not the systems that are strangling the world, because that's what they were voted into office for. We need to support them much more than we have so far, or both their fight and ours will end in defeat.

We have put the sociopaths in charge, in an international and largely anonymous dictatorship. Who really pulls the levers in the IMF, or NATO etc? We have no way of knowing. And that's the problem. And that is what Syriza, and precious few besides them, are set to fight. And why they deserve – and need – our support. Because if they don't win, we don't. More...

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Truth? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Truth
by Paul Craig Roberts (Asst. Sec.of the US Treasury in the Reagan Administration)
Posted February 11, 2015

we don;t need the truthConsider the "war on terror." According to a Nobel economist and a Harvard University budget expert, Washington's 14 years of war on terror has cost Americans a minimum of $6 trillion. That's 6,000 billion dollars. This sum, together with the current PayRoll tax revenues is enough to keep Social Security and Medicare in the black for years to come. Without the vast sum wasted on the war on terror, Republicans would not have an excuse to be trying to cut Social Security and Medicare for budget reasons and to privatize the old age pensions and health care of people, thus turning Medicare and Social Security pensions into fee income for Wall Street.

Combating terrorism is the excuse for squandering a minimum of $6,000 billion dollars. What were the terrorist events that serve as a basis for this expenditure? More...

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Metadata Identifies YOU
by Ben Hunt
Posted February 10, 2015

MetaData identifies youLast Thursday the journal Science published an article by four MIT-affiliated data scientists (Sandy Pentland is in the group, and he's a big name in these circles), titled "Unique in the shopping mall: On the reidentifiability of credit card metadata". Sounds innocuous enough, but here's the summary from the front page WSJ article describing the findings:

"Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, writing Thursday in the journal Science, analyzed anonymous credit-card transactions by 1.1 million people. Using a new analytic formula, they needed only four bits of secondary information—metadata such as location or timing—to identify the unique individual purchasing patterns of 90% of the people involved, even when the data were scrubbed of any names, account numbers or other obvious identifiers."

Still not sure what this means? It means that I don't need your name and address, much less your social security number, to know who you ARE. More...

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Gallup CEO Fears He Might "Suddenly Disappear" for Questioning U.S. Jobs Data
By Pam Martens and Russ Martens
Posted February 9, 2015

Gallup-CEO-Jim-Clifton worries about being "disappeared"Years of unending news stories on U.S. government programs of surveillance, rendition and torture have apparently chilled the speech of even top business executives in the United States. Yesterday, Jim Clifton, the Chairman and CEO of Gallup, an iconic U.S. company dating back to 1935, told CNBC that he was worried he might "suddenly disappear" and not make it home that evening if he disputed the accuracy of what the U.S. government is reporting as unemployed Americans.

The CNBC interview came one day after Clifton had penned a gutsy opinion piece on Gallup's web site, defiantly calling the government's 5.6 percent unemployment figure "The Big Lie" in the article's headline. His appearance on CNBC was apparently to walk back the "lie" part of the title and reframe the jobs data as just hopelessly deceptive. More...

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How American Oligarchs Are Pushing America to the Brink of Fascism
By Thom Hartmann
Posted February 8, 2015

Drift towards fascismIt used to be more difficult for the ultra wealthy to buy American democracy.

As the American Heritage Dictionary noted, fascism is: "A system of government that exercises a dictatorship of the extreme right, typically through the merging of state and business leadership, together with belligerent nationalism."

Well, it it may well on our doorstep. And the oligarchs are plotting their final takeover by using their economic dominance to capture governmental power - specifically, the governmental power which sets the rules for the very marketplace that provides the oligarchs with such massive wealth. Once the American corporate barons own the institutions that are meant to regulate them, it's game-over for both rational capitalism (including competition) and for democracy. More...

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World Bank Whistleblower Reveals How The Global Elite Rules The World
By Michael Snyder
Posted February 7, 2015

Karen Hudes - whistleblowerKaren Hudes is a graduate of Yale Law School and she worked in the legal department of the World Bank for more than 20 years. In fact, when she was fired for blowing the whistle on corruption inside the World Bank, she held the position of Senior Counsel. She was in a unique position to see exactly how the global elite rules the world, and the information that she is now revealing to the public is absolutely stunning. According to Hudes, the elite uses a very tight core of financial institutions and mega-corporations to dominate the planet.

The goal is control. They want all of us enslaved to debt, they want all of our governments enslaved to debt, and they want all of our politicians addicted to the huge financial contributions that they funnel into their campaigns. Since the elite also own all of the big media companies, the mainstream media never lets us in on the secret that there is something fundamentally wrong with the way that our system works.

Remember, this is not some "conspiracy theorist" that is saying these things. This is a Yale-educated attorney that worked inside the World Bank for more than two decades. More...

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The Face of the Oligarch Recovery – Luxury Skyscrapers Stay Empty as NYC Homeless Population Hits Record High
by Michael Krieger
Posted February 6, 2015

most people are one paychack away from thisNowhere is the fraudulent and criminal "oligarch recovery" more on display than in my hometown of New York City. Despite benefitting more than any other community from an enormous taxpayer bailout of the industry that destroyed the economy, financial services, the vast majority of the wealth has been allocated to a handful of oligarchs.

To make matters even worse, American public policy, if you can even call it that, has been to encourage overseas oligarchs to park billions of dollars in U.S. real estate that largely sits uninhabited. Manhattan is a perfect example of this unproductive behavior and misallocation of capital. The Census Bureau estimates that 30 percent of all apartments in the quadrant from 49th to 70th Streets between Fifth and Park are vacant at least ten months a year. More...

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The 6 Grand Illusions That Keep Us Enslaved to the Matrix
by Sigmund Fraud - Waking Times
Posted February 5, 2015

Reality or illusionsWe live in a world of illusion. So many of the concerns that occupy the mind and the tasks that fill the calendar arise from planted impulses to become someone or something that we are not. This is no accident. As we are indoctrinated into this authoritarian-corporate-consumer culture that now dominates the human race, we are trained that certain aspects of our society are untouchable truths, and that particular ways of being and behaving are preferred.

Psychopaths disempower people in this way. They blind us with never ceasing barrages of suggestions and absolutes that are aimed at shattering self-confidence and confidence in the future. The grandest of the illusions which keep us enslaved to the matrix, the ones that have so many of us still entranced, are outlined below for your consideration. More...

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NY Judge Slams Wells Fargo For Forging Documents... And Why Nothing Will Change
by Tyler Durden
Posted February 4, 2015

why are the bankers not in jail?By way of background, the case involves a debtor, New York speech pathologist for autistic children, Cynthia Carrsow Franklin, whose Westchester Country house Wells Fargo is trying to prove it has a right to foreclose on. The proceedings had been going on since 2010, and it took five years of endless Wells Fargo lies for the presiding judge to finally snap and, as the Post reported, "shred Wells Fargo's arguments regarding two crucial documents needed to prove ownership of a loan: an indorsement (another term for endorsement) on a note and an assignment of mortgage."

It goes without saying that a whole lot of robosigning and rubberstamping are involved. What followed was an epic litany of incendiary allegations that Wells Fargo, which for its sake is not being prosecuted, is nothing but a petty criminal engaging in forgery and fabrication. More...

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Rigging the Rules: The Next Corporate Sting
by Robert Borosage
Posted February 3, 2015

Corporate Statets Of AmericaGlobal corporations have managed to create a perverse tax dodge in the U.S. tax code. Any profits they make or report abroad can be squirreled away – deferred – tax-free until they are "repatriated" – brought back for use in the U.S. Large global corporations find creative ways to report billions of profits in tax havens like the Cayman Islands. Then they lobby fiercely for a one-time tax "holiday" to bring the money back home, promising it will produce jobs and investment.

The last time they pulled this scam, they got a huge tax break and the money was largely used for mergers and stock buybacks, hiking the bonuses of the executive suite and doing virtually nothing for jobs. Worse, more corporations decided they could benefit from the scam, and started reporting more of their profits abroad. Only small business and patriotic corporations face the nominal corporate tax rate of 35 percent. Now some $2 trillion dollars resides sheltered from US taxes, and the lobbying for another holiday has grown fierce. More...

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Naomi Prins: The Sinister Evolution Of Our Modern Banking System
By Adam Taggart
Posted Febriary 2, 2015

Naomi PrinsIt began with the period before the 1970s when different people were rising to leadership in banks, and worsened in the 80s when we started seeing people who had more sociopathic tendencies or less ability to appreciate the idea of the public's economic stability being beneficial to growing their institutions. They no longer viewed it as necessary.

And with the advent of the larger futures market, the options market, the derivatives market, and all the off-shore elements of banking that were able to be developed, so much capital was now available and off of the books that the idea of maintaining some sort of a connection to stability policy -- or even to whatever the Presidency might want -- dissolved. At the same time, all the Presidents that were involved in running the country around that time didn't ask or require accountability towards financial stability from them. More...

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Acceleration Of Events With Rising Chaos – US Dollar Death Foretold
by Jim Willie CB
Posted February 1, 2015

death of the dollarIn the closing months of 2014, on numerous occasions the position was put forth that as the days of January stacked up, toward the end of the month and going into February, that the global financial structures would show severe strain, widespread disruptions, and possible signs of cracks in breakdown. The forecasts were clearly stated and repeated. Even the present flow of events has been shocking, despite the expectation. The forecast certainly has proved correct. The disruptive events and pace of systemic breakdown are surely going to continue.

The year will go down in history as extremely messy, extremely chaotic, and extremely important in the demise of the USDollar. Check the 7-year cycle for an amazing sequence that goes back to the 1973 Arab Oil Embargo, the 1980 Gold & Silver Hunt Brothers peak, the 1987 Black Monday, the 1994 Irrational Exuberance with ensuing Asian Meltdown, the 2001 Inside 9/11 Job, and the 2008 Lehman failure. The year 2015 will be known for the USDollar demise with full fireworks, set up with Ukraine and the European repeat of Waterloo. A quickening pace of events is highly indicative in two natural types in nature, namely the lead up to a natural earthquake, and the lead up to a human childbirth. More...

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"I'd Like to Change the World, but I Don't Know How So I'll Leave it Up to You"
by Thad Beversdorf
Posted January 31, 2015

I'd Like To Change The WorldWhat a great lyric that is from the late 60's, early 70's English band '10 Years After'. I believe this describes that uneasy feeling of discontent that sits deep in the stomach, beneath the day to day exteriors, of so many people today. The world is like a black hole in that it seems to be getting smaller and smaller as the years go by but also heavier and heavier with each passing day.

We accept the good with the bad and acknowledge that everything is a trade off. We believe that if we go to college we stand a better chance in life and so we borrow our first 10 years of post college wages to get an edge over the next guy who is doing the same. When we get out of school we know that it is time to buckle down and get serious. We put our 'lives' on hold in order to focus on the future with the idea that one day we will be sitting on the porch with the person we love, the one we put on hold for all those years and we will then enjoy our life's work then. More...

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Teachers' Retirement Funds are Piling into Manhattan Real Estate at Record High Prices
by Michael Krieger
Posted January 30, 2015

Pension funds setup as suckersRather than buying equity interests in buildings, TIAA-CREF and KTCU are seeking to invest in mortgages backed by office towers, retail properties, warehouses and apartments in major U.S. cities. The venture between the two companies, which manage teachers' savings in their respective countries, is 51 percent owned by TIAA-CREF and 49 percent held by Seoul-based KTCU.

This is a classic case of groupthink amongst asset managers. Everyone thinks these assets are safe and untouchable, so they are all piling into the same trade. It appears clear that pension funds are being set up as the ultimate bag holders when the latest Central Bank bubble pops, and in the meantime, they are a perfect source of illegal fee gouging. A win-win for financial oligarchs. More...

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Evidence Grows Showing Wall Street as a Negative Economic Force
By Pam Martens and Russ Martens
Posted January 29, 2015

Wall street hurts Main StreetWall Street's overarching function today is that of an institutionalized wealth transfer mechanism, propped up by compromised regulators and a dysfunctional Congress. As the PBS program Frontline reported in 2013, if your work career spans 50 years and you receive the historic return of 7 percent on stocks in your 401(k) plan, the 2 percent typical fee charged by Wall Street mutual funds will gobble up almost two-thirds of your account.

The Frontline program was called "The Retirement Gamble." Wall Street On Parade checked the math and found this was not a gamble but a certainty: "under a 2 percent 401(k) fee structure, almost two-thirds of your working life will go toward paying obscene compensation to Wall Street; a little over one-third will benefit your family – and that's before paying taxes on withdrawals to Uncle Sam." More...

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership Will Sink the Middle Class
By Thom Hartmann
Posted January 28, 2015

TPP great deal for the 1%Six years into his presidency, President Obama is now taking heat from a surprising place: congressional Democrats, who are lining up against his plan to force the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) through Congress without any debate whatsoever.If approved, the TPP, or as I like to call it, the Southern Hemisphere Asian Free Trade Agreement -- SHAFTA -- would create a whole new set of rules regulating the economies of 12 countries on four different continents bordering the Pacific Ocean.

Unfortunately, because the TPP is being negotiated almost entirely in secret, we don't know a lot about it. What we do know about it, though, comes almost entirely from leaks, and those leaks paint a pretty scary picture. More...

The TPP has been referred to as "NAFTA on Steroids". Remember when presidential candidate Ross Perot warned about about that sucking sound of jobs disappearing if NAFTA was passed? Well, it turns out he was right. Now "our leaders" want even more powerful version of NAFTA.

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What is TTIP? And six reasons why the answer should scare you
by Lee Williams
Posted January 27, 2015

corporate coup taking placeHave you heard about TTIP? If your answer is no, don't get too worried; you're not meant to have.
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is a series of trade negotiations being carried out mostly in secret between the EU and US. As a bi-lateral trade agreement, TTIP is about reducing the regulatory barriers to trade for big business, things like food safety law, environmental legislation, banking regulations and the sovereign powers of individual nations. It is, as John Hilary, Executive Director of campaign group War on Want, said: "An assault on European and US societies by transnational corporations."

Since before TTIP negotiations began last February, the process has been secretive and undemocratic. This secrecy is on-going, with nearly all information on negotiations coming from leaked documents and Freedom of Information requests. But worryingly, the covert nature of the talks may well be the least of our problems. Here are six other reasons why we should be scared of TTIP, very scared indeed: More...

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Release the Ego—Transform the World
by Nanice Ellis
Posted January 26, 2015

Abundant Earth provides for needs of allThere is enough for everyone. Our magnificent earth provides an abundance of food, energy, natural medicine, and building supplies that could easily meet the needs of everyone on this planet. Mother Earth does not charge money for any of these things, but our artificial economic system creates lack, scarcity and a slave civilization. We are killing our world and ourselves with poison food, toxic water, and polluted air, not to mention depression, anxiety, poverty and a host of other socio-economic issues – all caused or related to the global economic system.

It appears very easy to blame corrupt world leaders, governments, corporations and a host of other problematic sources — but the system continues because we agree to it. Perhaps, our agreement is complacent, but nonetheless, our lack of non-agreement perpetuates the dysfunction. So the question is, "What is it about each of us that makes us comply and go along – enabling the corrupt and moral-less?" More...

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The Anatomy of a Bail-In
By Andy Sutton
Posted January 25, 2015

MF Global model for bail insWhen it all crumbles and everyone starts scrambling, bear in mind that the law has now made your bank deposits available to do a bail-in and make good on that bad bet. And since you're now an unsecured creditor rather than a depositor, you
a) have no FDIC protection
b) have no recourse.

Congratulations. You woke up on a Friday morning having $25,000 in bank deposits and literally by the time the bank opens Monday you have x shares in a busted bank. And yes it can happen that fast. Anyone who doesn't think it can, should remember Lehman in 2008. While it wasn't a bail-in at that point, look at the velocity with which that outfit hit the mat, never to get up. Look at Cyprus. Friday afternoon there are tremors and by Monday morning, the banks are locked up like Fort Knox and the ATMs are out of money.

The US has already crafted its resolution mechanisms along with most of the G20. The EU has just ordered its member nations to the do the same. In my opinion, anyone who stores more than a trivial amount of cash in a commercial bank should be sentenced to spend the next month in Massachusetts figuring out how many of Tom Brady's precious pigskins were improperly inflated. More...

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The 1% Dine in Davos as Latin America Pulls People Out of Poverty
By Cyril Mychalejko
Posted January 26, 2015

class warfareThe world's billionaires and political elites have swooped into the Swiss resort town of Davos in about 1,700 private jets this week to rub elbows at cocktail parties and glad-hand at the annual World Economic Forum. Some time after paying at least $71,000 to get there, and in between networking and sealing business deals, these world leaders are also expected to solve some of the globe's most pressing problems as outlined in the World Economic Forum Global Risks 2015 report.

However, the biggest risk the world faces may be the Forum's continued neoliberal economic policies its members advocate that have created the crises it supposedly seeks to redress. These crises include climate change, resource scarcity, high structural underemployment, violent interstate conflicts, and the failure of national governance. Davos is all about casting the super rich as being the good guys, the heroes. It's about perpetuating the myth that the rich can save the world with their kindness and philanthropy. More...

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A Billionaire Lectures Serfs in Davos –
Claims "America's Lifestyle Expectations are Far Too High"

by Michael Krieger
Posted January 25, 2015

billionaires lecture to serfsJust when you thought it couldn't get any worse, it has. Enter billionaire Jeff Greene, who's comments at Davos make Sam Zell look enlightened.

Billionaire Jeff Greene, who amassed a multibillion dollar fortune betting against subprime mortgage securities, says the U.S. faces a jobs crisis that will cause social unrest and radical politics.

"America's lifestyle expectations are far too high and need to be adjusted so we have less things and a smaller, better existence," Greene said in an interview today at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. "We need to reinvent our whole system of life."

Wait a minute, "we" need to reinvent our whole system of life? I'm curious, Mr. Greene, how specifically will YOU be adjusting your lifestyle expectations? I didn't think so. More...

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The Only Road Out Of Davos
by Raúl Ilargi Meijer
Posted January 23, 2015

1700 private jets decending on DavosThe Davos crowd are not the important people, it's just propaganda that makes you see them in that light. There's no glory in wealth. The important people are your neighbors, your families, and most of all your children. And the answer to their insidious schemes is really simple; its that very simplicity which may well be the reason you never saw it.

You see, a dollar spent on locally made products goes much further than one spent on products that are shipped in. About 4 times further. Because if you buy local products, you support local jobs, which in turn support the community you live in through taxes that pay for strengthening the community, and so forth. Ergo: if something produced locally costs twice as much as what's available from 1000 miles away, you'd still be better off. Even if it's three times more expensive, you'll still end up richer. More...

1700 PRIVATE jets ferrying the billionaire class decended on the Davos Economic Forum. So many that it caused air traffic control problems. You just know these people have the best interests of working people and the planet in their hearts.

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The Coming War on Pensions
by Michael Hudson
Posted January 22, 2015

who are they protecting?Few people realize how radical the new U.S. budget law was. Budget laws are supposed to decide simply what to fund and what to cut. A budget is not supposed to make new law, or to rewrite the law. But that is what happened, and it was radical.

Critics have focused on how there must be a loser for every winner in a derivatives contract. The problem is that if banks lose, the government will bail them out just as it did in 2008. Less attention has been paid to what happens if banks win. They will win largely in making bets against pension funds. Indeed, pension funds have not been treated well by Wall Street in recent years. More...

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Repealing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): Fast Track Not A Done Deal, The People Will Stop It
By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers
Posted January 21, 2015

TPP - NAFTA on steroidsThere is bi-partisan opposition in Congress to Fast Track and a large movement of movements mobilized to stop it. The corporate media is reporting that since the Republican leadership and President Obama support Fast Track trade authority, it is a done deal. And that message, also heard by countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), is driving the race to finalize that agreement.

The truth is: Fast Track is not a done deal. There is bi-partisan opposition in Congress and a large movement of movements organized to stop it. Across the political spectrum there is mass opposition to fast tracking the secretly negotiated TPP, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP, aka TAFTA) and the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA). People remember the impact of NAFTA on job loss, destruction of Mexican agriculture, expansion of inequality, environmental degradation and increased immigration. The most recent South Korean trade pact, which Obama touts as a success, is leading to similar results of lost jobs and an expanding US trade deficits. More...

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New Oxfam report says half of global wealth held by the 1%
by Larry Elliott
Posted January 20, 2015

uber rich deciding your futureOxfam warns of widening inequality gap, days ahead of Davos economic summit in Switzerland. Billionaires and politicians gathering in Switzerland this week will come under pressure to tackle rising inequality after a study found that – on current trends – by next year, 1% of the world's population will own more wealth than the other 99%.

Ahead of this week's annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in the ski resort of Davos, the anti-poverty charity Oxfam said it would use its high-profile role at the gathering to demand urgent action to narrow the gap between rich and poor. More...

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Franc-ly Speaking: What If It Were All A Set Up?
by Mark St. Cyr
Posted January 19, 2015

setup?Back in early 2011 then head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Dominique Strauss-Kahn (DSK) suddenly was charged with rape, sexual abuse, and unlawful imprisonment. DSK at the time was considered the rising star in the world of European monetary policy and politics. So much so that he was also considered a credible challenge to Nicolas Sarkozy for the French presidency. In a blink of an eye all that was wiped from the ledgers. And none seemed more surprised than DSK himself. In retrospect – all with good reason.

With little fanfare (for it doesn't make as delectable a story for the main stream media as the original accusation) DSK was cleared. The case against him? Dropped. His name, career, political aspirations? Gone. As we now know he was replaced with a far more "banker" friendly head Christine Lagarde. Conspiracy? Who knows. However let me put two illustrations of statements for context. One is from 2010 when DSK was in a position of banking power when crisis and words from a "banker" meant far more than just words. More...

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The First Question to Ask After Any Terror Attack: Was It a False Flag?
By Washington's Blog
Posted January 18, 2014

was it a false flag?Governments from around the world admit they've used the bully's trick … attack first, and then blame the victim. False flag terrorism" is defined as a government attacking its own people, then blaming others in order to justify going to war against the people it blames.

Or as Wikipedia defines it: False flag operations are covert operations conducted by governments, corporations, or other organizations, which are designed to appear as if they are being carried out by other entities. The name is derived from the military concept of flying false colors; that is, flying the flag of a country other than one's own. False flag operations are not limited to war and counter-insurgency operations, and have been used in peace-time. More...

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If It's Not A Hard Asset, It's No Asset
by Tom Chatham
Posted January 17, 2014

stock certificateIn normal times, little pieces of paper or plastic make everyday life possible but when normal times end you need something in hand you can actually use. Keep in mind that any wealth you have invested or in the bank or retirement account is potential wealth. It only becomes actual wealth when you trade it in for something you actually need or want. It only becomes wealth when you trade it for hard assets.

There is a reason people give lists of physical goods to deal with a crisis. You cannot use potential wealth to provide everyday needs, it takes physical goods. Many people like to say you cannot eat gold, well a paper certificate does not make a very good meal either. The primary difference is that gold has a store of value because it takes work to produce it just like copper, nickel or any other metal, it just happens to be worth more because it is harder to produce than others due to lower quantities in the ground. More...

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The Robots Are Coming! Let's Make Them Work for the Workers
By Thomas Matt
Posted January 16, 2015

will automation make unemployment or leisure timeIn a capitalist economy with privately owned means of production, technological advancements often result in unemployment and inequality. In a cooperative political economic system, however, these advancements would mean less work and higher living standards. This painful paradox of progress has been recognized by the left for a long time. In his 1949 essay, "Why Socialism," Albert Einstein wrote, "Technological progress frequently results in more unemployment rather than in an easing of the burden of work for all . . . The result of these developments is an oligarchy of private capital, the enormous power of which cannot be effectively checked even by a democratically-organized political society." Thus, our technological progress can even harm our democracy in a competitive and exploitative economic system.

The media are exploding with discussion about robots and unemployment, but few are addressing the underlying problem. This is not a problem with technology. Just as climate change is not a problem with carbon - as Naomi Klein argues - and police brutality is not a problem resulting from a lack of body cameras. These and many other problems stem from capitalism and private ownership of the means of production. More...

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Exploring the Roots of Top-Down Power-- Necessary to Understand What To Do Next?
By Rob Kall
Posted January 15, 2015

top down powerThe first civilizations appeared, it's estimated, about 10-12,000 years ago, in the fertile crescent. People started to farm and to domesticate animals. This attached them to land. They began to claim ownership to land, where, before, people were nomadic and roamed. Apparently land that was shared as part of the commons was taken either patrilineally or by "royalty. That would suggest that civilization came about by the theft of the commons. Or we might surmise that it came about because the people with the rights to the commons allowed others to take what was theirs away from them. Sometimes, such acts were done in the name of religion, since early rulers often claimed that they were gods themselves or chosen by god or the gods.

To protect the land and the assets produced by farming and domestication of animals, work specialization was developed and surely, among the earliest specializations was the creation of soldiers and or police. I don't think it took too long after people starting taking ownership (control, domination, restriction) of land before they started treating people as things to be owned-- slaves. More...

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The Value of Wealth
Raul Ilargi Meijer
Posted January 14, 2015

divide and conquerOur governments play 'divide and rule' both domestically and abroad. They play nations against each other in far away parts of the globe, and poor vs rich and generation vs generation at home. If you want a better world, don't look at your leaders to make that happen. They like the world the way it is; it got them where they are. Moreover, they're all beholden to numerous supra-national organizations that are the real power behind the throne across the globe; NATO, IMF, EU, World Bank et al.

If you want a better world, and one in which the risk of attacks like the one this week goes down, you'll have to look at yourself first, and take it from there. Marching in a mostly self-righteous parade in which the wrong people form the first line is not going to do it. You're not going to solve this sitting on your couch. Our world is not just financially bankrupt, and in deep debt to boot, it's also about as morally broke as can be. More...

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Vermonters Lobby for Public Bank—And Win Millions for Local Investment Instead
by Alexis Goldstein
Posted January 13, 2015

Vermont almost gets public bankAdvocates didn't get the public bank they wanted. But the compromise they reached in the end was still a rare and significant win over Wall Street banks. Right before 2014 came to a close, Wall Street won an enormous victory in the year-end spending bill. The so-called "CRomnibus" bill, which included language written by Citigroup lobbyists, gutted a key piece of Wall Street reform meant to prevent future bailouts of big banks with taxpayer money.

This win came after the financial industry spent years chipping away at the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which passed in 2010. Wall Street lobbyists gained little victories along the way, but never stopped asking for more. By making bold and ongoing asks, Wall Street was able to win, even when lawmakers sought a compromise.

There's another group of Americans, however, with a different agenda for the future of banking—people who are also pushing hard for policy change. They're advocates of public banking, and they want to see new banks created that would be owned and operated by the government, usually at the state or city level. (This would greatly increase the amount of investment capital available for small business development, local infrastructure, and affordable public transportation, none of which are much favored by private banks seeking a high return on investment.) More...

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The Battle Of Our Time: Breaking The Spell Of The Corporate State
By Nozomi Hayase
Posted January 12, 2015

breaking the speel of the corporate stateHumans as social beings generally develop identity in relationship with others. In what many consider healthy development, individuals cultivate a sense of self that grows organically out of a communal ground. Individual thoughts are informed by social emotions that precede them. Upon such empathic foundations, one naturally develops a capacity for self regulation; the ability to restrain impulses and primal urges and make decisions for their actions in a manner that considers the rights and needs of others.

On the other hand, those among us who quietly harbor psychopathic tendencies follow a different line of development. Whether it is by nature or nurture or other factors within, early in life these people fail to secure the attachment to a caregiver that is needed to develop a cohesive sense of self rooted in concrete reality. Through this delinking from interconnected existence, they develop extreme egocentricity and experience the world in isolation, perceiving themselves as intrinsically independent from others. More...

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Unless You Want to Go to Prison, Read This Before Taking Money Out of Your Bank
by Dave Hodges
Posted January 11, 2015

land of the free?George Soros won't go to prison for taking his money out of the bank, but you could, if you are not very careful.

The courts have ruled that once you deposit your money in the bank, the bank owns your money. You virtually are paid no interest for the hard earned money that you place in the bank. And if inflation is only at a modest 5% rate, your hundred thousand dollars is worth only $95,000 after one year. In a decade, your real buying power is reduced by about 50%. And where did the other 50% go? Because of fractional reserve banking, the biggest money scam in history, the banks can take $10,000 and turn it into at least $90,000 by doing absolutely nothing but adding some zeroes after your name, on a computer scree, and then loaning out the money, at interest, while you are paid a minuscule interest rate. This practice adds to the inflation rate and further erodes your savings.

All of the above, dictates that we should all take our money out of the bank. Why do I risk starting a run on my former and biggest holder of my money, Bank of America, by withdrawing my money and presuming that many fellow depositors will read this and rush to withdraw their money too? The very biggest reason to is because they pay me near zero interest. Also, even if there is an infinitesimal chance Bank of America will not repay me in full, whenever I ask, switches the cost-benefit conclusion from stay to flee. More...

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The crash of 2016: Wall Street gets ready
By Mike Krauss
Posted January 10, 2015

your money will be stolenIn the more than six years since the 2008 Wall Street crash, nothing has been done to rein in the abuses of the parasites in pin stripes that were its cause. Another crash is inevitable.

My guess is, it will come in late 2016, when the banksters have selected the candidate for president that will be as dependable an ally as the incumbent he or she will replace, as they did in 2008, to insure maximum political protection.

But it could come sooner, unscripted, set off perhaps by a bad bet in the almost $300 TRILLION (yes with a T) derivatives casino. But whenever it comes, what happens next? Another panic on Wall Street, the banksters desperate to call in their bets and not be the one left standing when the music stops, forced into bankruptcy? More...

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Deep Questions Arise Over Portland's Corporate Water Takeover
By Victoria Collier
Posted January 9, 2015

coporate takeover of public waterA simmering water war is about to come to a boil over the fate of historic, well-loved public reservoirs in Portland, Oregon. At the heart of the controversy is a breakdown in public trust that reflects the dangers of corporate-led water privatization schemes in the United States and around the world.

In an emotionally charged public meeting on November 18, 2014, Portland residents bombarded two of their city commissioners with questions about what they believe is a cronyism-driven plan to kill the elegant, gravity-fed, open water reservoir system that has reliably served their city safe, clean drinking water for more than 100 years.

Most troubling are charges of decades of revolving-door cronyism surrounding Joe Glicker, a vice president of CH2M Hill, the company awarded the contracts to build the new covered reservoirs for Portland. Not only was Glicker a former chief engineer of the Portland Water Bureau (PWB), he also worked as a core consultant with the EPA to write the very LT2 rules that now require these massive "emergency" water infrastructure projects. It's a conflict of interest that has local water rights advocates' heads spinning and steaming all at once. More...

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We Are Entering An Era Of Shattered Illusions
by Brandon Smith
Posted January 8, 2015

living an illusionThe structure of history is held together by two essential and distinct kinds of links, two moments in time to which no one is immune: moments of epiphany, and moments of catastrophe. Sometimes, both elements intermingle at the birth of a singular epoch. Men often awaken to understanding in the midst of great crisis; and, invariably, great crises can erupt when men awaken. These are the moments when social gravity vanishes, when the kinetic glue of normalcy melts away, and we begin to see the true foundations of our world, if a foundation exists at all.

Catastrophe occurs when too many people refuse to accept that around us always are two universes at work. There is the cold, hard reality that underlies everything. And on the surface is a veil of deceit and compromise. The more humanity compromises vital truths in order to enjoy the comfort of illusions, the more mind-shattering it will be when those illusions fall away. These two worlds can coexist only for short periods of time, and they will always and eventually collide. There is no other possible outcome. More...

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The Coming War on Pensions
by Michael Hudson
Posted January 7, 2015

Wall St after your pensionOn the Senate's last day in session in December, it approved the government's $1.1 trillion budget for coming fiscal year. Few people realize how radical the new U.S. budget law was. Budget laws are supposed to decide simply what to fund and what to cut. A budget is not supposed to make new law, or to rewrite the law. But that is what happened, and it was radical.

Most of the attention has been paid to Elizabeth Warren's eloquent attack on the government guaranteeing bank trades in derivatives. Written by Citigroup lobbyists, this puts taxpayer funds behind future bank bailouts if banks make more bad bets on complex financial derivatives, such as packaged junk mortgage loans.

Critics have focused on how there must be a loser for every winner in a derivatives contract. The problem is that if banks lose, the government will bail them out just as it did in 2008. Less attention has been paid to what happens if banks win. They will win largely in making bets against pension funds. Indeed, pension funds have not been treated well by Wall Street in recent years. More...

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'Incomprehensible' Secrecy: Sanders Demands Release of TPP Agreement Text
by Deirdre Fulton
Posted January 6, 2015

TPP, why so secret'It is incomprehensible to me that the leaders of major corporate interests are actively involved in the writing of the TPP, while the elected officials of this country have little or no knowledge as to what is in it,' says senator Bernie Sanders.

Proponents of the pact, which would encompass 12 nations that represent 40 percent of the global economy, are pushing for a fast-track process that would hand over negotiating authority to President Barack Obama, who supports the deal. Critics claim the TPP poses threats to civil liberties, workers rights, public health, food safety, and global financial stability. More...

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The Consequences of TPP
by Michael T. Hertz
Posted January 5, 2015

NAFTA on steroidsSo – watch out for the TPP, all you who want to protect American sovereign rights. Because once it is enacted, our entire legal system is up for grabs. If you know anything about the checkered history of the Trans Pacific Partnership, you know that this is coming.

What is wrong with the TPP? It is NAFTA on steroids. Here's how it works. As in NAFTA, there will be whole sections in the TPP that override important national law regarding labor, environment regulations, and the like. Under the U.S. Constitution, a treaty overrides both state and federal law. So the TPP will be the superior law. If a foreign company believes that the TPP is in conflict with an American law, it can bring a lawsuit. But the lawsuit isn't brought in a court, but before a TPP arbitration panel – comprised of private lawyers, some of whom were probably responsible for drafting the TPP in the first place. And whatever the panel decides goes! More...

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Bail-In Normalization
by Andy Sutton
Posted January 4, 2015

We are next for bail-insThe G20 recently adopted the FDIC/BOE bail-in resolution mechanism at its last meeting. What this means is that all member nations are now urged to codify the bail-in into their laws. Many, including the United States, have already done so. Nothing has been taken yet. This is just another step towards the normalization of stealing depositor money to cover bank losses.

There is a lot of psychology at work here. At first, the idea of stealing bank deposits to cover losses seems like theft – which it is. But the public is so against using taxpayer money after 2008 because it saw how crooked that was that anything, ANYTHING, is better than taxpayer funded bailouts. So let's introduce the idea of a bail-in. After all, if you deposit your money in an institution and it fails, shouldn't you share the risk? It never was supposed to be that way, but ok. So then we'll write up a bunch of whitepapers, try it all out on some poor people on an island nobody has ever heard of (meanwhile warning the big money that the ax is about to fall), then cause absolute chaos over the course of a two week period. The sad thing is that test was a success. The sheep took their shearing with little in the way of resistance – what could they do really – and even more importantly, the rest of the sheep around the world were too busy wrapped up in Snapchat and Twitter to even notice what had just taken place. But ignorance is bliss, right? More...

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The American People Are Utterly Clueless About What Is Going To Happen As We Enter 2015
by Michael Snyder
Posted January 3, 2015

clueless about 2015The American people are feeling really good right about now. For example, Gallup's economic confidence index has hit the highest level that we have seen since the last recession. In addition, nearly half of all Americans believe that 2015 will be a better year than 2014 was, and only about 10 percent believe that it will be a worse year. And a lot of people are generally feeling quite good about the people that have been leading our nation. According to Gallup, once again this year Hillary Clinton is the most admired woman in America and Barack Obama is the most admired man in America. I don't know what that says about our nation, but it can't be good. Unfortunately, when things seem to be going well common sense tends to go out the window.

Sadly, what we are experiencing right now is so similar to what we witnessed in 2007 and early 2008. The stock market had been on a great run, people were flipping houses like crazy and most people were convinced that the party would never end. But then it did end – very painfully. The signs of trouble were there, but most people chose to ignore them. More...

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What's Luck Got to Do With It? Everything, if You Are a Banking Whistleblower
By Kate Kenny
Posted January 2, 2015

jp morgan whistleblowerThink whistleblowing is a matter of telling the truth? Think again. "Successful" whistleblowing, where the protagonist actually manages to make themselves heard in the media and get the support of the public, is a matter of luck.

Last week a new whistleblower emerged to tell us about the goings-on in a well-known bank, JP Morgan. Alayne Fleischmann gave her description of how the firm handled the approaching car crash in the market for packaging and reselling mortgage debt. She joins the small but important number of fellow banking whistleblowers. From Ireland's Jonathan Sugarman and Olivia Greene to the UK's Paul Moore, some people did try to speak up about the misdeeds that lead to the global financial crash. More...

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How a Hedge Fund Made $100 Million From New Jersey's Desperation
By Cezary Podkul
Posted January 1, 2015

hedge fund vulturesWhen state Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff briefed lawmakers on New Jersey's ailing budget in April, he brought good news. His office had just raised a welcome $92 million thanks to a deal that bailed out two bond issues headed for default.

New Jersey had no legal obligation to make good on the debts, which were backed by payments from a national settlement with the nation's leading tobacco companies. But Sidamon-Eristoff said the bailout was a "no brainer" because it protected the state's reputation with lenders and raised badly needed cash.

An examination of this transaction by ProPublica shows that the argument for the deal was far from clear cut. As it bailed out bond investors, New Jersey traded away an estimated $400 million in future tobacco revenues that would have flowed into state coffers starting in 2017. More...

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It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas – of 2008
By Pam Martens
Posted December 31, 2014

Fed is looking like Wizard of OzWe are watching a collapse in industrial commodity prices, including crude oil. Yields on junk bonds (high yield debt) have risen dramatically. Investors have sought out the safe haven of U.S. Treasury notes, driving the yield lower as junk bond yields rise from an exit flight out of higher risk securities.

The above paragraph could just as well be describing December of 2008. Unfortunately, it's also an apt description of where we find ourselves on December 30, 2014. Aside from the irrationally exuberant U.S. stock market, there are two other serious mismatches that don't compute between December of 2008, in the midst of the greatest financial collapse on Wall Street since the Great Depression, and December 2014. First, the publicly traded stocks of the largest Wall Street banks were in precipitous decline in late 2008, as they should have been, since rising levels of distressed debt and crashing industrial commodity prices mean the economy is weakening and banks will take a hit to earnings. Bizarrely, today, the share prices of Citigroup, Bank of America, and JPMorgan Chase are actually higher than where they started the year. More...

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Hedge Funds cannibalize public-teacher pension funds
By Danny Weil
Posted December 30, 2014

srealing public pensionsIf you are a public-school teacher in the state of Kentucky, you should be aware that the state has a memorandum in place for you: You have no right to know the details of the investments being made with your retirement savings, how they are being managed, by whom and why. Your investments and contributions to your pension funds for your retirement are now controlled by the same Wall Street financial gang-bangers and cabal that brought down the US economy. This is one of the biggest enigmas as to why the 'stock market' is so high; the privatization of public-pension funds.

The lack of transparency, accountability and the denial of information about teacher-retirement funds was the latest case of public officials obstructing the release of data about how they are managing billions of dollars of public employees' retirement 'nest eggs' in the interest of Wall Street predators. Although some of the fine print of the public-pension investments has occasionally oozed through to pensioners, the agreements are tightly retained in the majority of states and cities where teachers work, live and breathe. More...

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Civil Asset Forfeiture: The Final Stage Of Collapse Of Empire
by Martin Armstrong
Posted December 29, 2014

who are they protecting?Philadelphia prosecutors agreed Thursday to halt efforts to seize the homes of two of the lead plaintiffs in a widely publicized federal suit challenging the city's use of civil forfeiture laws in drug cases.

Philadelphia drops a Civil Asset Forfeiture case to prevent any court from ruling just seizing people's property is unconstitutional. Phily.COM has reported the case of Christos Sourovelis and Doila Welch,who were both caught up in having their homes seized to pay police pensions when the police arrested a relative they claimed was dealing drugs on their properties. Today, you basically have to shun relatives and never pick up a hick-hiker in trouble for if they have any drugs, even marijuana, there goes your assets.

The prosecutors, only after these people had money for lawyers and the press got involved, moved for dismissal in Common Pleas Court. The prosecutor agreed to drop the cases against properties as long as both owners took "reasonable measures" to ensure no further drug crimes occurred there. Here is the entire problem. Only the rich can win for it is your burden to fork-over huge legal fees. If you do not have the money for lawyers, there goes your property. This is what is desperately wrong in America. Any law passed becomes your burden to prove it is unconstitutional. More...

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Going off the reservation: investing in the Free Lakota Bank
By Scott Baker
Posted December 26, 2014

Free lakota Bank coinsMany people are looking to escape the traditional commercial banking system. Nearly 3,000 S&L banks went under during the S&L crisis of the early 1990s, and over 500 commercial banks (S&Ls were essentially extinguished as a class of banks after the S&L crisis) have joined them since the 2008 crisis. Today, the 6 largest banks control over 2/3 of all bank assets. And these huge banks don't make many loans, and even less to small businesses. JP Morgan, one of the largest banks, has just a 31% loan-to-asset ratio. The rest goes towards derivatives, wealth management, mergers and proprietary trading.

As for the bankruptcies of the cascade of failing small banks Too Small to Survive (TSTS), the FDIC has, so far, been able to handle such bank defaults by combining failing banks with stronger ones, or offering up its own money (the FDIC fund is currently set at $25B, though they have access to Treasury money at low rates), typically over a weekend, so that depositors seamlessly, albeit surprisingly, discover the bank they had deposited into on Friday is different from the one they have deposits in on Monday. However, a recent American Banker article claimed the small banking model was "not sustainable." More...

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12 Days of Christmas Apologies
by Paul Buchheit
Posted December 24, 2014

who are they protecting?By the time the Koch brothers wake up on Christmas morning, the wealth the two men will have accumulated throughout the night could get a room for the night for every one of the 633,000 homeless Americans.

To Americans without a place to live, we apologize for a society that allows almost all of its new wealth to be redistributed to people who are already rich.

To the "Broken Windows" victims, the rationale is that punishment for trivial offenses will discourage more serious crimes. In New York City in 2012, the most common offense was drinking alcohol in public, and 85 percent of the citations were given to Blacks and Latinos.

Bank executives don't break windows. Their crimes are a billion times worse. Yet not a single banker was prosecuted for contributing to the mortgage collapse. More...

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The Morality and Legality of Debt Jubilee, Part III
by Jeff Nielson
Posted December 23, 2014

debt jubileeIn Parts I and II (click Sprott News), readers saw how all of the public debts of our nations (past and present) were the direct result of fraud, and thus legally unenforceable – on two bases. Firstly; the bankers of these Big Banks proclaimed themselves the world's foremost financial experts. On that basis; they not only received privileged treatment for these Big Banks, they were recipients of confidential financial and economic information from our governments, as fiduciaries who were claiming to be acting in our best interests.

In reality, these Con Men never had anything on their minds other than burying our nations in debt, in their own best interests. However, based upon the well-established legal doctrine of "fraudulent misrepresentation"; these fiduciary financial "experts" owed us a duty of honesty. Having violated that duty (incessantly); the multi-trillion dollar IOU's that the One Bank is holding (in the form of our national debts) are illegal and unenforceable. But there is also a second basis for legally repudiating these debts, in full. More...

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Awakened Warriors Arise
by Zen Gardner
Posted December 22, 2014

wolves in sheeps clotingLife is a struggle. How much more then is the spiritual life, the fight to remain conscious in an illusory world where deviant forces vie for control more than caring, battering your very body and soul day in and day out on top of your struggle to survive . Oh, we're going peacefully downstream in the conscious dimensions. There we learn to let go and follow the flow of the Universe and synchronicity. But in this physical, lower density world, we're fighting directly upstream.

In addition, we're living in a time of increasingly turbulent waters. Our kayaks hit all kinds of eddies and crosscurrents, never mind the rocks and rapids we have to navigate–all while idiots, enemies and doubters, prodded on by the propaganda whores, are screaming obscenities from the shore and trying to hit us with anything they can get their hands on! But alas, grasshoppers—we have powers they know not of! More...

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Russian Roulette: Taxpayers Could Be on the Hook for Trillions in Oil Derivatives
by Ellen Brown
Posted December 21, 2014

no more bailoutsThe sudden dramatic collapse in the price of oil appears to be an act of geopolitical warfare against Russia. The result could be trillions of dollars in oil derivative losses; and the FDIC could be liable, following repeal of key portions of the Dodd-Frank Act last weekend.

Senator Elizabeth Warren charged Citigroup last week with "holding government funding hostage to ram through its government bailout provision." At issue was a section in the omnibus budget bill repealing the Lincoln Amendment to the Dodd-Frank Act, which protected depositor funds by requiring the largest banks to push out a portion of their derivatives business into non-FDIC-insured subsidiaries. More...

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Memo To WSJ: The CRomnibus Abomination Was Not 'A Rare Bipartisan Success'
by David Stockman
Posted December 20, 2014

class action suit against bankersThe rank economic cheerleading in the guise of "news" printed by the Wall Street Journal, Reuters and the rest of the financial press never ceases to amaze. But on the heels of Congress' pathetic capitulation to Wall Street over the weekend you have to wonder if even the robo-writers who compose the headlines are on the take.

Not only did Citigroup and the rest of the big Wall Street banks succeed in gutting the "push-out" requirements of Dodd-Frank, thereby extending their lease to gamble in the derivatives market with FDIC (i.e. taxpayer) guaranteed money. Crony Capitalism also got a huge bonanza in the form of a 10X increase in the contribution limit to party committees. Now the heavy hitters can actually give $230,000 annually to the GOP and Dem campaign committees. And this is supposed to merit praise? More...

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IMF Now Ready To Slam The Door On The U.S. And The Dollar
by Brandon Smith
Posted December 19, 2014

this is the end gameThis is it, folks; this is the endgame right in front of our faces. The year of 2014 is the new 2007, with all the negative potential but 100 times more explosive going into 2015. Our nation has wallowed in slowly degrading financial conditions for years, hidden by fake economic statistics and manipulated stock prices. All of it has been a prelude to a much more frenetic and shocking event.

The delusion perpetuated in the mainstream media is that the IMF is a U.S.-dominated institution. I have outlined on many occasions why this is false. The IMF like all central banks is dominated by the international corporate banking cartel. Central banks are merely front organizations for globalists.

We expect a hailstorm of geopolitical crises over the next year to provide cover for the shift away from the dollar. Ultimately, the death of the dollar will be hailed in the mainstream as a "good and necessary thing." They will call it "karma." They will call it "progress." They will even call it "decentralization" and a success for the free market. But it will not feel like a positive development for the American public, who will suffer greatly as the dollar crumblesThe long-term goal of globalists has been to consolidate all currency systems and central banks under the outward control of the International Monetary Fund and the Bank Of International Settlements, as I outlined in "The Economic Endgame Explained." More...

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Pigmen Win Again
By James Quinn
Posted December 18, 2014

congress at the troughAfter the disgusting example of politicians of both spineless parties bowing down before Wall Street, the military industrial complex and corporate interests this weekend with the passage of a bloated pig of a spending bill totaling $1.1 trillion, how can anyone not on the payroll of the vested interests not admit there is only one party – and it serves only the needs of the wealthy business interests. Obama, champion of the common folk, signed this putrid example of political corruption and corporate capture of the American political system. For all the believers who voted for the red team in the November mid-terms, this is what you got – a bipartisanship screwing of the American people.

What this entire debacle has proven is that voting doesn't matter. Your vote is meaningless. Political parties are nothing more than a front for the vested interests. The corrupt politicians are bought and sold by Wall Street and corporate interests. The bills are written by lobbyists for the vested interests. When a spending bill is over 1,700 pages, the purpose is to obscure, hide and insert provisions that will benefit those with money to influence the process at the expense of average Americans. None of the perpetrators in Congress actually read this bill. The public had no say regarding this bill. If this is what bipartisan cooperation looks like, I'll take gridlock. The system has been so completely captured by those pulling the wires, they no longer even pretend to care what we think. They keep winning and care not about the consequences of their ruthless despicable pillaging. More...

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Elizabeth Warren Offers 9 Damned Good Reasons to Split Citibank into Pieces
by Steven Rosenfeld
Posted December 17, 2014

Titanic was also Too Big To FailThe Massachusetts senator says enough is enough: it's time to end too-big-to-fail. The banking giant Citigroup is a puppetmaster pulling the strings behind many key economic policy decisions being made in Washington, according to Massachusetts' Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren. She called the corporation's unbridled power and influence "unprecedented," and said it is hurting the country.

Warren singled out Citigroup in the last of a series of speeches that she gave in recent days to oppose a provision in the just-passed 2015 federal budget that made taxpayers again responsible for losses from extremely risky trades by investment banks—the same activity that ignited the financial crisis and worldwide recession in 2008. After that meltdown, Congress passed the so-called Dodd-Frank law to reform excessive, greed-fueled Wall Street behavior, including ending taxpayer bailouts for those banks. More...

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If This is the Kind of 'Bipartisanship' Coming in 2015, the Country Is In Dire Straits
By Robert Weissman
Posted December 16, 201
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corporate puppets in WashingtonWe’ve just seen the worst that Washington has to offer with the “cromnibus” government spending bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last night.

Instead of Congress passing a clean funding bill along lines that were previously agreed to and had bipartisan acceptance, Big Business exercised its insider influence and took advantage of an artificially rushed and secretive process to cut deals to enhance the political influence of the super-rich, put taxpayers on the hook – again – for Wall Street recklessness and make our roads less safe.

Moneyed interests maneuvered to eviscerate campaign spending rules, so that a super-rich couple may now contribute up to $3 million to a national political party in a single (two-year) election cycle. It’s a certainty that this move will be followed up by calls to “level the playing field” and permit the same monstrous contributions to candidates and political committees. More...

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Remarks by Senator Warren on Citigroup and its bailout provision
Posted December 15, 2014



Looks like the money that the big banks "invested" in our government for the 2014 campaigns is already paying off.
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Bail-In and the Financial Stability Board: The Global Bankers' Coup
by Ellen Brown
Posted December 15, 2014

Wall street coupOn December 11, 2014, the US House passed a bill repealing the Dodd-Frank requirement that risky derivatives be pushed into big-bank subsidiaries, leaving our deposits and pensions exposed to massive derivatives losses. The bill was vigorously challenged by Senator Elizabeth Warren; but the tide turned when Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorganChase, stepped into the ring. Perhaps what prompted his intervention was the unanticipated $40 drop in the price of oil. As financial blogger Michael Snyder points out, that drop could trigger a derivatives payout that could bankrupt the biggest banks. And if the G20's new "bail-in" rules are formalized, depositors and pensioners could be on the hook.

The new bail-in rules were discussed in my last post here. They are edicts of the Financial Stability Board (FSB), an unelected body of central bankers and finance ministers headquartered in the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland. Where did the FSB get these sweeping powers, and is its mandate legally enforceable? More...

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"The Most Egregious Sections Of Law I've Encountered During My Time As A Representative"
by Mike Krieger
Posted Cecember 14, 2014

corruptionWhile most Americans are busy Christmas shopping and making preparations for trips to see family, Congress remains hard at work doing what it does best. Giving gifts to Wall Street and trampling on citizens' civil liberties.

I knew the plebs were about to be royally screwed a week ago when I published the post: Wall Street Moves to Put Taxpayers on the Hook for Derivatives Trades. The piece concluded with the following:

Remember what Wall Street wants, Wall Street gets. Have a great weekend chumps.

Naturally, Wall Street got what it wanted. In fact, this provision was so important to the financial oligarchs that Jaime Dimon called around to encourage our (Wall Street's) representatives to support it. More...

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Graphic Representation of Surveillance State
Video by End The Illusion
Posted December 13, 2014

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The Game Is Rigged: Why Americans Keep Losing to the Police State
By John W. Whitehead
Posted December 12, 2014

Government of WolvesThe people dealing the cards—the politicians, the corporations, the judges, the prosecutors, the police, the bureaucrats, the military, the media, etc.—have only one prevailing concern, and that is to maintain their power and control over the country and us.

It really doesn't matter what you call them—the 1%, the elite, the controllers, the masterminds, the shadow government, the police state, the surveillance state, the military industrial complex—so long as you understand that while they are dealing the cards, the deck will always be stacked in their favor.

Incredibly, no matter how many times we see this played out, Americans continue to naively buy into the idea that it's our politics that divide us as a nation. As if there were really a difference between the Democrats and Republicans. As if the policies of George W. Bush were any different from those of Barack Obama. As if we weren't a nation of sheep being fattened for the kill by a ravenous government of wolves. More...

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Defeat Is Victory
by Dmitry Orlov
Posted December 11, 2014

On the wall of George Orwell's Ministry of Truth from his novel 1984 there were three slogans:

war is peaceWAR IS PEACE

FREEDOM IS SLAVERY

IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH

It occurred to me that these apply just a little bit too well to the way the Washington, DC establishment operates.

War certainly is peace: just look at how peaceful Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Libya, Syria and the Ukraine have become thanks to their peacemaking efforts. The only departures from absolute peacefulness which might be taking place there have to do with the fact that there are some people still alive there. This should resolve itself on its own, especially in the Ukraine, where the people now face the prospect of surviving a cold winter without heat or electricity. More...

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The Mother of all Bank Runs!
By Bill Holter
Posted December 10, 2014

bank runDo you remember seeing old pictures of the Great Depression which depicted "lines"? There were two types, bread lines and also lines to the front doors of banks. While we don't see any bread lines today, trust me, there are bread lines in every single state, and long ones at that. Nearly 50 million people in the U.S. survive on SNAP, EBT cards or whatever they are called in your state. Can you imagine the "confidence" it would instill if each day on your way to work you saw massive lines of people waiting for breakfast? Or, when you came home from work you turn on your television only to see long lines again, this time for supper?

I can see it now, some reporter out on the street giving us the "good" unemployment, inflation or GDP news with a line of people in the background waiting for food. My point? False economic news would be harder to "sell" and even harder to "stomach" (pun intended). Back during the Great Depression there were also the other type of lines, these formed in front of banks. Many banks either "ran out of money" or had poor investments which led to their demise. We also had this type of activity in the U.S. in 2008-09 …but again, we just didn't see them. More...

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With Negotiators in DC, Opponents Vow to 'Mobilize Like Never Before' to Kill Corporate-Friendly Trade Deals
by Nadia Prupis
Posted December 9, 2014

secret deals are bad to peopleHundreds of activists chanted and waved signs outside of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative in Washington, D.C. on Monday to protest the government's secretive negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) taking place inside, which they say place corporate interests ahead of environmental, labor, and human rights concerns.

The protest comes less than a week after President Barack Obama's comments in support of the controversial talks. Critics have repeatedly slammed the influence of representatives from the banking, tobacco, and pharmaceutical industries of a dozen countries on the deal.

Opponents of the TPP say the controversial deal would send countless American manufacturing jobs overseas to developing countries; allow for drastic increases of U.S. natural gas exports, which would further incentivize fracking; undermine food safety standards; loosen financial regulations; and require Internet to police and restrict user activity. More...

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Auditioning for Wall Street
By Pam Martens and Russ Martens
Posted December 8, 2014

rigging electric marketsYesterday, Wall Street on Parade reported on how the corrupt tentacles of Wall Street have engulfed the mindset of our newly minted law school graduates.

Getting one's resume noticed from those of a stack of competitors previously meant using a good grade ivory linen stock instead of cheap white copy paper. Today, the word is apparently out that getting one's resume noticed at a major Wall Street bank requires advertising one's special knack, inside track, or secret sauce for ripping off society for the profit advantage of the big dogs on Wall Street.

On November 20, Senator Carl Levin and the Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations released a 396-page report and 8-inch stack of exhibits exposing more shocking Wall Street secrets that have been heretofore protected from daylight by timid or captured regulators. Among the exhibits was a resume submitted to JPMorgan Chase by a young, recent graduate of George Washington University Law School – a man that society might rightfully expect to conduct himself in an honorable and professional manner in the business world. More...

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Reckless Congress 'Declares War' on Russia
by Ron Paul
Posted December 7, 2014

Ron Paul warns about warThe US House recently passed what I consider to be one of the worst pieces of legislation ever. H. Res. 758 was billed as a resolution "strongly condemning the actions of the Russian Federation, under President Vladimir Putin, which has carried out a policy of aggression against neighboring countries aimed at political and economic domination."

In fact, the bill was 16 pages of war propaganda that should have made even neocons blush, if they were capable of such a thing.

If anyone thinks I am exaggerating about how bad this resolution really is, let me just offer a few examples from the legislation itself: More...

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Copyright Law as a Tool for State Censorship of the Internet
by Electronic Frontier Foundation
Posted December 6, 2014

copyright law used for censorshipWhen state officials seek to censor online speech, they're going to use the quickest and easiest method available. For many, copyright takedown notices do the trick. After years of lobbying and increasing pressure from content industries on policymakers and tech companies, sending copyright notices to take media offline is easier than ever.

The DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) has become a global tool for censorship, precisely because it was designed to facilitate the removal of online media. The law carries provisions on intermediary liability, among many other strict copyright enforcement rules, which induce websites, Internet service providers, and other such "intermediaries" to remove content that is alleged to be a copyright infringement. More...

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Killer Cops in America
By Stephen Lendman
Posted December 5, 2014

No justice for GarnerCops in America kill with impunity. On average over once a day. FBI data showed 461 so-called "justifiable homicides" last year. A euphemism most often for cold-blooded murder. A likely way undercount. Based on voluntary police reports.

No separate federal database exists. No interest in compiling one. No way to check local reports for accuracy. Including how often white cops kill people of color. Usually unarmed/nonthreatening Black or Latino youths.

Protests against Ferguson, MO injustice still echo. Justifiable anger resonates. In late November, Cleveland police killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice.In a park. With his sister and friend. Playing with a harmless toy pistol. What kids often do. Including this writer as a young boy. Expect no indictment to follow. Let alone conviction of murder. Big Lies justify police killings. Claims about being threatened ring hollow. More...

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Gambling Banksters - How Many Warnings Do You Need?
By Rudy Avizius
Posted December 4, 2014

derivatives implosionSo you think your money is safe? Let's examine why that assumption could cost you all or part of your savings. Would you be surprised to learn that money sitting in everyday peoples' savings accounts in Cyprus was confiscated in order to "stabilize" the banks? If you are surprised by this news, hopefully this article will provide you with an incentive to do some research. This article is filled with links to more information, and I encourage you to follow them. If you are aware of this bank confiscation, do not make the mistake of believing that it is an isolated event that "cannot happen here".

So you still think that this "cannot happen here" because the FDIC will protect your money? Consider that our largest banks have derivative contracts with a notional value of more than $700 trillion (think $700,000 BILLION!). The entire world GDP is only $70 trillion, therefore the liabilities of the big banks could not be covered by the entire GDP of the United States. Does this sound similar to what happened in Cyprus? Does this sound similar to the gambler at the beginning of this article? What is very important to keep in mind is that Cyprus is a small country and that much larger outside forces came in to "stabilize" the banks. If one (or more) of the large U.S. banks experiences a derivative failure, there is not enough money on the planet to "stabilize" them. More...

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New Banking Rules: Cyprus-style Bail-ins to Take Deposits and Pensions
by Ellen Brown
Posted December 3, 2014

Cyprus deposit confiscationsOn the weekend of November 16th, the G20 leaders whisked into Brisbane, posed for their photo ops, approved some proposals, made a show of roundly disapproving of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and whisked out again. It was all so fast, they may not have known what they were endorsing when they rubber-stamped the Financial Stability Board's "Adequacy of Loss-Absorbing Capacity of Global Systemically Important Banks in Resolution," which completely changes the rules of banking.

Rather than reining in the massive and risky derivatives casino, the new rules prioritize the payment of banks' derivatives obligations to each other, ahead of everyone else. That includes not only depositors, public and private, but the pension funds that are the target market for the latest bail-in play, called "bail-inable" bonds.

"Bail in" has been sold as avoiding future government bailouts and eliminating Too Big To Fail (TBTF). But it actually institutionalizes TBTF, since the big banks are kept in business by expropriating the funds of their creditors. More...

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The scheme to seize depositors' money
by Mike Krauss
Posted December 2, 2014

Cyprus banks seized depositsRecently, the heads of state of the G20, the developed nations, met in Brisbane, Australia. One piece of business was the advancement of new banking rules that will allow what were called the Too Big to Fail Banks, and are now called Global Systemically Important Banks (G-SIBs) to seize depositors money to save themselves in the next crash. Worried that the politicians they have bought won't stay bought, that their nerve may fail them when confronted with a demand for trillion dollar bail outs in the next crash and that democratic government might assert itself, the banksters have a Plan B: an automatic "bail in."

This is what the FSB calls "robust arrangements for dealing with stress in the financial system." In this soon to be global paradigm, as one commentator explained, "banks [will] no longer recognize your deposits as money, but as liabilities and securitized capital owned and controlled by the bank or institution, just part of a commercial bank's capital structure." More...

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With Election Over, First Order of Business Is $450 Billion Corporate Tax Break
By Dave Johnson
Posted December 1, 2014

who are they protecting?The election is over. Congress is back in Washington. The first order of business after the election is to give big tax breaks to the corporations – $450 billion worth.

Every year Congress renews a package of "temporary" corporate tax breaks. The renewal process is called "tax extenders" because they extend the term of these temporary breaks. So now the Congress is working on this year's extenders package, except this time it wants to just make many of them (the ones that mostly give handouts to giant corporations and campaign donors) permanent. The Washington Post calls this process "a periodic bonanza for lobbyists." More...

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Our Daily Poison: How Chemicals Have Contaminated the Food Chain
By Marie-Monique Robin
Posted November 30, 2014

food contaminationA few of the topics discussed include the origins of the chemical industry in chemical warfare; its history of "strategizing how to control and manipulate research on the toxicity of its products, while waging a merciless war on all the scientists wishing to maintain their independence in the name of the defense of public health"; the modern epidemic of cancers and other diseases that exploded at the end of the 19th century; the weaknesses of epidemiological studies; the idea of acceptable daily intake; case studies of specific chemicals; and the "cocktail effect."

There are several painful stories of poisoning victims' struggles for recognition and compensation, which serve to break up and humanize the flood of technical information. In her conclusion, Robin calls for a new precautionary approach to approving chemicals that errs on the side of protecting people rather than industry. More...

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Senate Report: Scale of Wall Street Holdings Are "Unprecedented in U.S. History"
By Pam Martens
Posted November 29, 2014

Senator LevinLast Thursday, the U.S. Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, chaired by Senator Carl Levin, released an alarming 396-page report that details how Wall Street's too-big-to-fail banks have quietly, and often stealthily through shell companies, gained ownership of a stunning amount of the nation's critical industrial commodities like oil, aluminum, copper, natural gas, and even uranium. The report said the scale of these bank holdings "appears to be unprecedented in U.S. history."

Adding to the hubris of the situation, the Wall Street banks' own regulator, the Federal Reserve, gave its blessing to this unprecedented and dangerous encroachment by banking interests into industrial commodity ownership and has effectively looked the other way as the banks moved into industrial commerce activities like owning pipelines and power plants. More...

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The Fraud in Fractional Reserve Banking
By Frank Hollenbeck
Posted November 28, 2014

fractional reserve banking is fraudSuppose you bring a fur coat to a dry cleaner, and discover that the owner allowed his wife to wear it before cleaning it (which is also the subject of an episode from Seinfeld). Or, suppose you gave your car keys to a hotel valet and, when attempting to pick up the car later, were told your automobile was lent to teenagers who took it for a joy ride while you slept at the hotel. You would not be too happy, and for good reason. When you surrendered your clothes or your car keys it was a bailment. You retained ownership and gave the clothes or car keys for safekeeping. In no shape or form, did you surrender ownership of the items or lend out your property.

Suppose you lived in the 18th century and had 100 ounces of gold. It's heavy and you do not live in a safe neighborhood, so you decide to bring it to a goldsmith for safekeeping. In exchange for this gold, the goldsmith gives you ten tickets where each is clearly marked as claims against 10 ounces. Now, gold is heavy and burdensome to carry, so in a short period of time, those claims will start circulating in place of gold. This is the creation of near monies. This doesn't mean you have given up your ownership claims on gold, but have used a simpler way of transferring ownership of this gold. More...

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Prosperity Amidst the Ruins
by Charles Hugh-Smith
Posted November 27, 2014

prosperity for the fewAll the blather about "growth" and GDP is just propaganda to misdirect our attention from the real problem: the total domination of governance and finance by a class of vested interests and mega-wealthy cartels/oligarchies.

It's striking: as economies stagnate, the top tier is living even larger while the low-income masses sink further into marginalized poverty. I call this widening divide between the vested interests/wealthy and the rest of society prosperity amidst the ruins. How can the top slice prosper while the rest of the populace suffers from higher taxes, stagnant wages and a collapse of employment/enterprise opportunities? More...

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Skyrocketing Water Bills in the US: Is Water The New Enron Scam? – Fake Crises, Fake Bills, And Fake Solutions
By David Simon
Posted November 26, 2014

water is the new Enron scamReaders may remember my past article dealing with the apparent corruption regarding water rates in places like Dekalb County, Georgia. Electricity, Gas, Water. It's crucial that people be aware that they are not safe from those providing these services and necessities. They should know that their "government" can even move to take water from them.

But Dekalb County is not the only place in the United States where water rates and the restriction of access to water has become a significant issue. As the quotes above demonstrate, Benton Harbor, Michigan appears to be ground zero in the battle for access to water. But "emergency managers" are not the only way to take water from people or charge them fortunes they can't pay.

In Georgia, the technique is somewhat more subtle. There, water providers do not jack up the rates since doing so would cause a public outcry and protest. Instead, they send out water wills that are fictitious and that have no basis in actual water usage – bills as high or higher than 10 times more than the normal rate, often reaching the amount of three to six thousand dollars. When customers call to complain, the water board's phone system conveniently doesn't work and they end up reaching no one. And when they call the office of the CEO of the county, as people have been doing at the rate of nearly 50 calls per day for months, nothing happens. Letters of complaint go unanswered. More...

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Forget Orwell and Rand, We've Gone to Full On Plato
by Thad Beversdorf
Posted November 25, 2014

PlatoThe facts are we will never know the facts. We will know but a shadow of truth as ascribed to us by the philosopher kings as described by Plato's Cave Parable. This is how a handful of men and women control billions of people, the same way 20 cowboys control 30K head of cattle. We are provided food, shelter, safety and fear and in return we are provided a certain reality from which we must live. So long as we remain within our respective realities we will be granted comfort. However, if we attempt to break through a level of truth or worse bring others with us, the heavy hand of the philosopher king will find us by way of the guardian class. In our world we become a threat to national security and once we adorn that scarlet letter all rights that were once guaranteed by the Constitution disappear.

So for those inclined to not only reflect on the prophetic worlds of Orwell and Rand but to understand the arguments for such a world by the philosopher kings themselves, refresh yourself with a read of Plato's Republic. For wars are won not by force of might but by force of knowledge. Plato was correct in understanding that freedom is found in knowledge. If we accept a shadow of truth we will enjoy a shadow of freedom. But if we fight for absolute truth we will win absolute freedom. More...

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Dividing the Spoils
by Bill Moyers
Posted November 23, 2014

who are they protecting?Consider the new report from the watchdog Sunlight Foundation: From 2007 to 2012, the two hundred most politically active corporations in the United States spent almost $6 billion for lobbying and campaign contributions. And they received more than $4 trillion in US government contracts and other forms of assistance. That's $760 for every dollar spent on influence, a stunning return on investment.

Our government has become a clearing house for corporations and plutocrats whose dollars grease the wheels for lucrative contracts and easy regulation. It's all pay for play, and look the other way. Partisans of the system say, hey, it's just business as usual, but that, of course, is the problem. We were struck by this headline in The Washington Post after the November elections: "Parties head back to Capitol to begin carving up spoils, remains from midterms." Right: Not only leadership posts and committee chairmanships, but carving, dividing up the spoils also means divvying up the loot. And those contributions were not made for the sake of charity. More..

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Treasury Nominee Eligible for "Revolving Door" Rewards
By Michael Smallberg
Posted November 23, 2014

another Wall St executive at TreasuryPresident Obama's nominee for a senior post at the Treasury Department could receive a variety of financial benefits from his current Wall Street employer if he's confirmed for the position, according to newly posted ethics records. The nominee's financial disclosure shows how a Wall Street firm can reward an executive who moves into a powerful government position where he can help shape regulatory policy and affect the fortunes of the financial industry.

Antonio Weiss is currently the Global Head of Investment Banking at Lazard, which describes itself as the "world's leading independent financial advisory and asset management firm." Last week, President Obama nominated Weiss to serve as Treasury's Under Secretary for Domestic Finance. In certain circumstances, when the government hires Wall Street veterans, it allows them to receive accelerated financial rewards from their long-term pay plans that would normally mature (or "vest") over time. Weiss is eligible for several of these rewards, according to documents posted online this week by the Office of Government Ethics. According to Weiss's financial disclosure form, his retirement agreement with Lazard provides for the "acceleration of vesting of restricted stock units, restricted stock, deferred compensation, and restricted LAM interests." More...

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Wall Street Journal Reports: Bank of North Dakota Outperforms Wall Street
By Ellen Brown
Posted November 22, 2014

Ellen BrownWhile 49 state treasuries were submerged in red ink after the 2008 financial crash, one state's bank outperformed all others and actually launched an economy-shifting new industry. So reports the Wall Street Journal this week, discussing the Bank of North Dakota (BND) and its striking success in the midst of a national financial collapse led by the major banks.

The reason for its success? As the sole repository of the state of North Dakota's revenue, the bank has been one of the biggest beneficiaries of the boom in Bakken shale-oil production from hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. In fact, the bank played a crucial part in kick-starting the oil frenzy in the state in 2008 amid the financial crisis.
That is how the Wall Street-owned media routinely write off the exceptional record of this lone publicly-owned bank, crediting it to the success of the private oil industry. But the boom did not make the fortunes of the bank. It would be more accurate to say that the bank made the boom. More...

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Enough Is Enough: The President's Latest Wall Street Nominee
by Elizabeth Warren
Posted Novemebr 21, 2014

Elizabeth WarrenLast Wednesday, President Obama announced his nomination of Antonio Weiss to serve as Under Secretary for Domestic Finance at the Treasury Department. This is a position that oversees Dodd-Frank implementation and a wide range of banking and economic policymaking issues, including consumer protection.

So who is Antonio Weiss? He's the head of global investment banking for the financial giant Lazard. He has spent the last 20 years of his career at Lazard -- most of it advising on international mergers and acquisitions.

The over-representation of Wall Street banks in senior government positions sends a bad message. It tells people that one -- and only one -- point of view will dominate economic policymaking. It tells people that whatever goes wrong in this economy, the Wall Street banks will be protected first. That's yet another advantage that Wall Street just doesn't need. More...

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Are "We The People" Useful Idiots In The Digital Age?
by John Whitehead
Posted November 20, 2014

does patriotism = support for military?"Who needs direct repression," asked philosopher Slavoj Zizek, "when one can convince the chicken to walk freely into the slaughterhouse?"

In an Orwellian age where war equals peace, surveillance equals safety, and tolerance equals intolerance of uncomfortable truths and politically incorrect ideas, "we the people" have gotten very good at walking freely into the slaughterhouse, all the while convincing ourselves that the prison walls enclosing us within the American police state are there for our protection. Call it doublespeak, call it hypocrisy, call it delusion, call it whatever you like, but the fact remains that while we claim to value freedom, privacy, individuality, equality, diversity, accountability, and government transparency, our actions and those of our government overseers contradict these much-vaunted principles at every turn.

For instance, we disdain the jaded mindset of the Washington elite, and yet we continue to re-elect politicians who lie, cheat and steal. We disapprove of the endless wars that drain our resources and spread thin our military, and yet we repeatedly buy into the idea that patriotism equals supporting the military. More...

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The Siege of Julian Assange is a Farce - A Special Investigation
by John Pilger
Posted November 19, 2014

Assange, guilty of telling the truthThe siege of Knightsbridge is a farce. For two years, an exaggerated, costly police presence around the Ecuadorean embassy in London has served no purpose other than to flaunt the power of the state. Their quarry is an Australian charged with no crime, a refugee from gross injustice whose only security is the room given him by a brave South American country. His true crime is to have initiated a wave of truth-telling in an era of lies, cynicism and war.

The Swedish prosecutor, Marianne Ny, has refused to come to London to question Assange about allegations of sexual misconduct in Stockholm in 2010 - even though Swedish law allows for it and the procedure is routine for Sweden and the UK. The documentary evidence of a threat to Assange's life and freedom from the United States - should he leave the embassy - is overwhelming. On May 14 this year, US court files revealed that a "multi subject investigation" against Assange was "active and ongoing". More...

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Want to feed the homeless? Be prepared to pay the government for the privilege
by Michelle Chen
Posted November 18, 2014

90 year old arrested for feeding homelessCities are enacting politics to keep homeless people out of sight and uphold a social order driven by racial and economic inequality. Homeless people, by definition, have nowhere to go – but now in many cities, they have even fewer options. While real estate developers tout "green space" and the economic "revitalisation" of urban landscapes, it's the sidewalks, parks and plazas that have become hostile territory for the poor. City lawmakers are trying to "clean up" the streets by barring homeless people from parks, shunting families into overcrowded shelters and, in some places, making it a crime even to help the homeless.

Last week, when a 90 year-old activist got arrested for feeding local homeless people at the beach in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, his outrage pointed to a nationwide trend of criminalising compassion in the United States. According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, since the start of 2013, 21 cities have imposed measures to restrict people from sharing food with the needy in public. More...

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"Net Neutrality", Save the Internet Campaign: A Common Carrier Free from Corporate Encroachment
By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers
Posted November 17, 2014

Tom Wheeler, former cable lobbyistThis week has been a turning point in a seven month campaign to Save the Internet. The campaign began when FCC Chair, Tom Wheeler, told the media in May that he was considering creating a tiered Internet where wealthy corporations could pay for faster service giving them an advantage over start-ups, small businesses, entrepreneurs and citizen activists.

At the meeting, Wheeler used rhetoric that sounded like he supported real net neutrality but proposed a rule that would have created a tiered Internet. But, the pressure had became so intense that Chairman Wheeler included the movement's proposal: reclassifying the Internet as a common carrier under Title II and restoring net neutrality rules; along with his tiered Internet proposal. The FCC wanted comments on both options. The comments started to pour in. Thousands of people were commenting every day. The numbers grew rapidly. More...

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War-Making And Class-Conflict
by Joseph Salerno
Posted November 16, 2014

Eisenhower warned usAll governments past and present, regardless of their formal organization, involve the rule of the many by the few. In other words, all governments are fundamentally oligarchic. The reasons are twofold.

First, governments are nonproductive organizations and can only subsist by extracting goods and services from the productive class in their territorial domain. Thus the ruling class must remain a minority of the population if they are to continually extract resources from their subjects or citizens. Genuine "majority rule" on a permanent basis is impossible because it would result in an economic collapse as the tribute or taxes expropriated by the more numerous rulers deprived the minority engaged in peaceful productive activities of the resources needed to sustain and reproduce itself. Majority rule would therefore eventually bring about a violent conflict between factions of the previous ruling class, which would terminate with one group establishing oligarchic rule and economically exploiting its former confederates.

The second factor that renders oligarchic rule practically inevitable is related to the law of comparative advantage. The tendency toward division of labor and specialization based on the unequal endowment of skills pervades all sectors of human endeavor. Just as a small segment of the population is adept at playing professional football or dispensing financial advice, so a tiny fraction of the population tends to excel at wielding coercive power. As one writer summed up this Iron Law of Oligarchy: "[In] all human groups at all times there are the few who rule and the many who are ruled." More...

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JPMorgan's $9 Billion Witness Puts Government Testimony by Her Boss into Question
By Pam Martens
Posted November 15, 2014

Alayne Fleischmann whistleblowerTwo years after attorney Alayne Fleischmann was downsized out of her job as a Transaction Manager at JPMorgan Chase, her boss, William Buell, was hauled before the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (FCIC) for interrogation on just how culpable the bank was in packaging and selling toxic mortgage backed securities.

Buell is the same man that Fleischmann exposed in a Rolling Stone feature article by Matt Taibbi last week as the recipient of her detailed, internal letter in early 2007, warning him that the mortgage pools her group was reviewing contained poor quality mortgage loans unfit for purchase or securitization. Despite the written warning, Fleischmann would later learn that JPMorgan, in a drive to boost market share and profits, went forward and purchased the pool, securitized many of the loans, then sold them to unsuspecting investors.

But when Buell was asked directly during his questioning on September 15, 2010 by a Federal investigator for the FCIC if anybody had asked him to apply the brakes and stop pushing out questionable mortgage loans, Buell did not mention the formal warning letter he received from Fleischmann. More...

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The Economic End Game Explained
by Brandon Smith
Posted November 14, 2014

move towards centralized currencyThroughout history, in most cases of economic collapse the societies in question believed they were financially invincible just before their disastrous fall. Rarely does anyone see the edge of the cliff or even the bottom of the abyss before it has swallowed a nation whole. This lack of foresight, however, is not entirely the fault of the public. It is, rather, a consequence caused by the manipulation of the fundamental information available to the public by governments and social gatekeepers.

What the past proves, time and time again, is that establishment trained and educated economists are perhaps the most useless of all analysts. They are perpetually wrong. Only independent analysts have ever been able to predict anything of value as far as our economic future — not because they are psychic, but because they have the advantage of standing outside the foggy propaganda of brainwashed financial academia. More...

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The Devil's Bargain: The Illusion of a Trouble-Free Existence in the American Police State
By John Whitehead
Posted November 13, 2014

Who are they protecting?It's no coincidence that during the same week in which the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in Yates v. United States, a case in which a Florida fisherman is being threatened with 20 years' jail time for throwing fish that were too small back into the water, Florida police arrested a 90-year-old man twice for violating an ordinance that prohibits feeding the homeless in public.

That both of these incidents occurred in Florida is no coincidence. Remember, this is the state that arrested Nicole Gainey for letting her 7-year-old son walk to the park alone. This is also the state that authorized police SWAT raids on barber shops, purportedly to make sure that the barbers were licensed. More...

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Bread, Circuses & Bombs – Decline Of The American Empire – Part Two
by James Quinn
Posted November 12, 2014

NFL gladiators and celebrity worshipThe concept of voluntary servitude has been a constant theme across the ages as most people want to be led, told what to do, and will not question or contest those in authority. Liberty and freedom require effort, sacrifice, honor and a people with a strong moral character. The Roman people succumbed to tyranny by abandoning their liberty to despots for a full belly and grand spectacles. The American people have succumbed to modern day banker, billionaire and politician oligarchs for a belly full of toxic corporate processed food, cable HDTV with 600 stations, iGadgets, a never ending supply of cheap Chinese produced crap at big box retail stores, Facebook, Twitter, 24 hour drive thru Dunkin Donuts joints, and an endless array of professional sporting events, all paid for with an infinite supply of cheap consumer debt from the Wall Street fraud machine. We live in a warfare/welfare surveillance state built on a foundation of debt, consumerism, and delusion, with no tears. We've learned to love our servitude.

French philosopher Etienne de La Boetie captured the degradation of the once noble Roman people five centuries ago, and his words ring true today as the American people have foolishly relinquished their liberty to a corporate aristocracy that has bankrupted the nation, debased the currency, pillaged the middle class and set in motion an irreversible decline of the empire. More...

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Despite Outcry of Opposition, Obama Pushes "Horrific" Trade Deal in Asia
by Jon Queally
Posted November 11, 2014

TPP, deal for the 1%Though president once railed against so-called "free trade" agreements, he has now become outspoken champion of secretive deals that critics call attack on democracy, workers, and the planet. Despite consistent and vocal opposition from organized labor, environmentalists, progressive economy experts and others warning against the damaging impacts of a trans-Pacific trade agreement that remains under negotiations by the U.S. and twelve other nations, President Obama on Monday once again voiced his support for what he said would be a "historic" agreement.

In Beijing for talks with his Chinese counterpart and to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, Obama championed the so-called "free trade" deal, known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), even though critics have described the agreement as a "horrific" corporate giveaway that would further codify the undemocratic mechanisms of global trade, breaking down protections for workers, consumers, and the planet's natural systems. More...

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The Mystery of Ray McGovern's Arrest
by Ray McGovern
Posted November 10, 2014

Why was Ray McGovern arrested?Exclusive: On Oct. 30, ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern was arrested for trying to attend a public speech by retired Gen. David Petraeus. McGovern had hoped to ask Petraeus a critical question during Q-and-A but was instead trundled off to jail, another sign of a growing hostility toward dissent, McGovern says.

Why, I asked myself, would the New York City police arrest me and put me in The Tombs overnight, simply because a security officer at the 92nd Street Y told them I was "not welcome" and should be denied entry to a talk by retired General David Petraeus? In my hand was a ticket for which I had reluctantly shelled out $50. I had hoped to hear the photogenic but inept Petraeus explain why the Iraqi troops, which he claimed to have trained so well, had fled northern Iraq leaving their weapons behind at the first whiff of Islamic State militants earlier this year. I even harbored some slight hope that the advertised Q & A might afford hoi polloi like me the chance to ask him a real question. More...

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Dozens of Communities Vote to Boot Big Money from Politics
by Deirdre Fulton
Posted November 9, 2014

government by the highest bidderCitizens in dozens of communities voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday for their legislators to pass a constitutional amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision, which opened the door for the super-rich and corporations to trample democracy.

As they headed to the polls to vote in what turned out to be the most expensive midterm election in history—one in which outside money from undisclosed sources played an outsized role and the number of small individual donors shrank—voters across the country made clear their desire to end corporate personhood and get big money out of politics.

The local measures, which were all similarly worded, gained anywhere from 70 percent of the vote in Milwaukee County to 83 percent support in the village of Park Ridge. There are now 54 jurisdictions in Wisconsin that have called for such an amendment, in addition to 16 state legislatures and well over 500 municipalities nationwide. More...

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The $9 Billion Witness: Meet JPMorgan Chase's Worst Nightmare
by Matt Taibbi
Posted November 8, 2014

Chase whistle-blower Alayne Fleischmann risked it all.Meet the woman JPMorgan Chase paid one of the largest fines in American history to keep from talking

She tried to stay quiet, she really did. But after eight years of keeping a heavy secret, the day came when Alayne Fleischmann couldn't take it anymore. "It was like watching an old lady get mugged on the street," she says. "I thought, 'I can't sit by any longer.'"

Fleischmann is a tall, thin, quick-witted securities lawyer in her late thirties, with long blond hair, pale-blue eyes and an infectious sense of humor that has survived some very tough times. She's had to struggle to find work despite some striking skills and qualifications, a common symptom of a not-so-common condition called being a whistle-blower. More...

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A City for Sale: Detroit Auctions City Assets for Pennies on the Dollar
By Seraphine Collins and Andre Damon
Posted November 7, 2014

Selling of a city to the richJugurtha looked back at Rome and said, "A city for sale, if it can find a purchaser!" - Sallust

On the side of the Lodge Freeway, a few blocks from Detroit's historic Boston-Edison neighborhood, stand, row upon row, acre upon acre, hundreds of city maintenance vehicles—backhoes, snow plows, and lighting and utility trucks—all newly-painted and cleaned.

It looks as though these vehicles have been lined up for some great task; perhaps, at any moment, thousands of workers will arrive at the lot, man the cabins, and stream into America's poorest large city to repair its thousands of broken street and traffic lights, fill the potholes that mar nearly every street, prepare its antiquated drainage system for the harsh Michigan winter, and remove the trash piled up in neighborhoods and parks. More...

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The Unequal State of America:Redistributing Up
By Deborah Nelson & Himanshu Ojha
Posted November 6, 2014

wealth redistributed upThe federal government has emerged as one of the most potent factors driving income inequality in the United States - especially in the nation's capital. In the town that launched the War on Poverty 48 years ago, the poor are getting poorer despite the government's help. And the rich are getting richer because of it.

The top 5 percent of households in Washington, D.C., made more than $500,000 on average last year, while the bottom 20 percent earned less than $9,500 - a ratio of 54 to 1. That gap is up from 39 to 1 two decades ago. It's wider than in any of the 50 states and all but two major cities. This at a time when income inequality in the United States as a whole has risen to levels last seen in the years before the Great Depression. More...

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America's Secret War in 134 Countries
by Nick Turse
Posted November 5, 2014

secret wars in 134 countriesThey operate in the green glow of night vision in Southwest Asia and stalk through the jungles of South America. They snatch men from their homes in the Maghreb and shoot it out with heavily armed militants in the Horn of Africa. They feel the salty spray while skimming over the tops of waves from the turquoise Caribbean to the deep blue Pacific. They conduct missions in the oppressive heat of Middle Eastern deserts and the deep freeze of Scandinavia. All over the planet, the Obama administration is waging a secret war whose full extent has never been fully revealed -- until now.

Since September 11, 2001, U.S. Special Operations forces have grown in every conceivable way, from their numbers to their budget. Most telling, however, has been the exponential rise in special ops deployments globally. This presence -- now, in nearly 70% of the world's nations -- provides new evidence of the size and scope of a secret war being waged from Latin America to the backlands of Afghanistan, from training missions with African allies to information operations launched in cyberspace. More...

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A Kept Culture
by Cognitive Dissonance
Posted November 4, 2014

John F Kennedy funeralI suspect using the term 'loss' is inaccurate or incomplete, at least in the literal sense of the word. While a Lion captured in the wild and then confined to a cage at the zoo 'knows' what it has lost, a lion born into captivity never really is aware of a 'loss'. But both lions may still suffer from the same neurosis which springs from the sense, the knowing, that something not quite definable (and more importantly unchangeable) is wrong.

It is my supposition that "We the People" also suffer from the same loss, the same trauma, as the captive born lion does, an inner ache and a growing awareness that something is very wrong with the world and our life within it. Because the reality we live within is the only reality we know, most of what is wrong is not readily apparent to the majority of us since this is just the way things are and everyone else lives more or less the same life as we do. A failure of our imagination is partially to blame for the sense we all have of being trapped with nowhere to go and no way to change. More...

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Warning: Avoid This Corrupt, Third-World Country At All Costs
by Simon Black
Posted November 2, 2014

third world corrupt courtsJohn Anderson, an American tourist from San Clemente, California, was driving down a poorly-maintained highway when he saw flashing lights in his rearview mirror.After a brief exchange with the local police officer, Anderson was shocked when the cop started searching his vehicle.
Anderson had $25,180 in US dollar cash in the car, which by the way was not a crime according to the local laws.When the cop saw it, he told Anderson that we would take it and threatened him with arrest if he protested.

Anderson couldn't believe it. This is the sort of stuff you always hear about in these third world countries—corrupt cops and state robbery.Ultimately Anderson gave in; the cop let him go and did not charge him with a crime, but took every last penny in the vehicle.

And for the last two years, Anderson has been trying to unsuccessfully fight it in the country's Kangaroo court system. Clearly we should all avoid going to such dangerously corrupt third world countries. More...

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Members of the world's richest club make half-a-million bucks per minute
by Barbara Kollmeyer
Posted November 1, 2014

extreme wealth Indeed, the rich are getting richer. And as the notorious financier, Gordon Gekko says, in the 1980s film "Wall Street:" "Rich enough to not waste time."

The wealthiest 85 people on the planet saw their collective net worth grow a whopping $668 million every day, between March of this year and March 2013, said Oxfam, in a report released Wednesday.Put another way, the ultra-rich generated the equivalent of nearly a half-a-million dollars—every minute of every day, for a year.That's wealth even Gordon Gekko might envy.

But those ballooning riches only serve to highlight the sort of troubling income inequality illustrated by economists like Thomas Piketty, in his "Capital in the Twenty-First Century." More...

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Inflation 101 - Why Prices Always Go Up
by W. P. Miller
Posted October 31, 2014

inflationDo you ever stop to wonder why prices for the great range of consumer goods and services relentlessly increase over time? (I like the "TP Index": toilet paper - something we all use, doesn't require much explaining, demand stays consistent. Price has roughly doubled in the past decade.) Most of us are struggling these days to maintain an adequate lifestyle in the face of stagnant or declining (or absent) wages, and this is made more difficult by the fact that the cost of living seems to go up year after year after year.

We commonly think of this as inevitable as the laws of physics, yet money is a human-created institution. How does it come to be that money buys less each year? Why should prices routinely increase? An apple in the year 1914 is still an apple in year 2014, but why does it now cost 10 or 20 times more? More...

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Τhe Transnational Elite and the New World Order (NWO)
By Takis Fotopoulos
Posted October 30, 2014

transnational elitesThis article attempts a brief historical description of the emergence of the New World Order (NWO) based on neoliberal globalization, in the last thirty or so years ago. The Transnational Elite is defined in this context as a network of interconnected elites controlling each major field of social life (economic, social, ideological and so on) and its function is similar to that of the national elite in the pre-globalization era of nation-states.

Last weekend thousands of European citizens across Europe took part in demonstrations against the New World Order (NWO) of neoliberal globalization and the Transnational Elite (TE) ― mainly the transnational elites' network based in the G7 countries ― which runs it. The reason was the latest TE plan for a transatlantic trade deal called "Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership" (TTIP). More...

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The Myth of the Free Press
By Chris Hedges
Posted October 29, 2014

Gary Webb, whistleblowerThere is more truth about American journalism in the film "Kill the Messenger," which chronicles the mainstream media's discrediting of the work of the investigative journalist Gary Webb, than there is in the movie "All the President's Men," which celebrates the exploits of the reporters who uncovered the Watergate scandal.

The mass media blindly support the ideology of corporate capitalism. They laud and promote the myth of American democracy—even as we are stripped of civil liberties and money replaces the vote. They pay deference to the leaders on Wall Street and in Washington, no matter how perfidious their crimes. They slavishly venerate the military and law enforcement in the name of patriotism. They select the specialists and experts, almost always drawn from the centers of power, to interpret reality and explain policy. They usually rely on press releases, written by corporations, for their news. And they fill most of their news holes with celebrity gossip, lifestyle stories, sports and trivia.

The role of the mass media is to entertain or to parrot official propaganda to the masses. The corporations, which own the press, hire journalists willing to be courtiers to the elites, and they promote them as celebrities. These journalistic courtiers, who can earn millions of dollars, are invited into the inner circles of power. They are, as John Ralston Saul writes, hedonists of power. More...

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The Public Bank Option: Building an Ark
By Mike Krauss
Posted October 28, 2014

an ark for the peopleEllen H Brown is an attorney, researcher, author and daughter of U.S. diplomats. And observant.

In the aftermath of the Wall Street collapse and the catastrophe it let loose, she noticed that while forty-nine of the fifty states and thousands of municipal governments were drowning in red ink and deficits, one state was not: North Dakota.

She investigated and discovered that unlike the other states, the people of North Dakota owned their own central bank, a mini Federal Reserve, the Bank of North Dakota (BND), and as one North Dakota banker put it, "When the crash hit, the BND never blinked, and the credit kept flowing." More...

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We are losing badly to the corporate state. Here's what we need to do.
by Don Hazen
Posted October 27, 2014

corporate governance As the Editor of AlterNet for 20 years, I have read and seen the entire range of horrendous and growing problems we face as a society and globe virtually every day. It is not just climate change, or ISIL, or Ferguson, or poverty and homelessness, or more misogynistic murdering of women, or the Democrats about to lose the Senate as Obama gets more unpopular. It is much, much more. Every day. It passes by before my eyes. At AlterNet, there are no issue silos—there is just the open faucet of depressing political information coming and going every hour of every day (with the occasional story of success and inspiration).

So I am sorry to share my deep-seated opinion, which should jibe with anyone who is paying attention. After decades of engagement in progressive politics and media, it is very clear to me: we progressives, liberals, common sense people, are losing badly to the conservative business state, the tyranny of massively expanding tech companies, theocratic right-wing forces and pervasive militarism, home and abroad. By virtually every measure, things are getting worse. And are trending much, much worse in ways we can easily measure, like inequality, climate, militarization of police forces, etc., and in ways that are more psychological and emotional. More...

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The District of Corruption – America's Glittering Capital
by Thomas Magstadt
Posted October 26, 2014

District of CorruptionWashington, DC, is not like other cities in America. Money is no object. Don't believe it? Pay a visit there and have a look around, you'll see your tax dollars at work…

Ever wonder about the "DC" in Washington, DC? When I went to graduate school and later worked in that glittering city, I never gave it much thought. Having returned from a recent visit to the nation's capital, however, I can't help but think that some avenging angel tricked the founding fathers into putting these two odd initials – DC – in the name of the place.

Other cities scratch and scramble for monies necessary to maintain decent schools, roads, water and sewer lines, fire and police departments, and the like. But, to repeat, Washington is different. It's different for one simple reason: Washington is where a lot of your tax dollars – billions, if not trillions – go to die. More...

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Walton Family Undermining Rooftop Solar, ILSR Report Finds
by Stacy Mitchell
Posted October 25, 2014

Waltons fight solar energyThe Walton family — majority owners of Walmart — are impeding America's transition to a clean energy future, a new study by ILSR finds. At a time when more than 500,000 households and businesses are generating their own solar electricity, and the U.S. solar industry is employing 143,000 people, the Waltons are funding nearly two dozen organizations working to roll back renewable energy policies, while a Walton-owned company is pushing for regulations aimed at hindering the growth of rooftop solar power.

Rooftop solar — which is spreading rapidly thanks to favorable economics and strong state policies — offers a tremendous opportunity to accelerate the transition to renewable power, save money for households, and create tens of thousands of new jobs. More...

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The True History of Blowback in One Sentence
By William Rivers Pitt
Posted October 24, 2014

blowback from previous actionsSince you're probably wondering why the Canadian Parliament was shot up and your friendly neighborhood police officer is driving a tank and your savings account is a sad joke and your road is littered with potholes and you can't find a job and three of your friends who joined the Army to pay for college died in Iraq and Afghanistan and two others have brain trauma from IED explosions and won't ever be the same and your tap water is flammable and the ocean is coming for your home, well...

...let me introduce you to the concept of "blowback," which author Chalmers Johnson explained as "another way of saying that a nation reaps what it sows," which basically means that when you punch someone in the face, odds are very good that you're going to get punched back, and maybe they land that counterpunch, or maybe they don't, but that fist is going to come whistling at your face, count on it, and if it misses, there is always another fist, curled and hard and ready to fly. More...

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Hollywood Can Make You Believe Anything
Posted October 23, 2014

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Degradation of Our Educational System is Canary in the Mineshaft
By Robert De Filippis
Posted October 22, 2014

Wall St bailed , students sold outFrederick Douglass wrote, "It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men." But no one's ever accused Americans of thinking about how our actions today may affect something or someone down the road. This explains our past, present and make a bull's eye prediction of our future.

Our graduates carry a debt load of $1.2 trillion dollars while the cost of a college degree in the United States has increased "12 fold" over the past 30 years, far outpacing the price inflation of consumer goods, medical expenses and food.

Interestingly, full time professors have lost ground because universities are employing more adjuncts and fewer tenured track professionals. "A professor with tenure can earn a salary of $80,000 per year, while an adjunct professor receives between $2,000 and $5,000 per course," averaging around $22,000 per year. More...

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Battle for Control of the Monetary System: The Public Good vs. Private Banks
by Jim Tarbell
Posted October 21, 2014

"Let us control the money of a nation, and we care not who makes its laws" –Maxim of the House of Rothschilds

Main St prosperityMoney's invention 2300 years ago provided humans with a powerful tool to carry on an economic system. But maximum benefit from the monetary system depends on the monetary system serving the common good. We all rely on a well-functioning monetary supply for our daily bread. For the first two thousand years, maximum benefit from the monetary system was ensured by keeping the
money supply under public control.

As capitalism developed, and wealthy merchants increasingly exercised the private power that money gave them, a pitched public vs. private battle grew over control of monetary systems. More...

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Reading the Road Map to a Police State
by Aaron Tao
Posted October 19, 2014

rise of the police stateIf there was any silver lining to the horrifying events that took place in Ferguson, Missouri which riled the month of August, it has finally brought the issue of police militarization to the forefront. As outrageous as the police shooting death of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown was, the brutal law enforcement response in the form of running roughshod over the First Amendment and resorting to quasi-martial law to mostly peaceful protests by local residents and activists was worse. To many observers, what took place in a Midwest suburb was indistinguishable from scenes out of occupied Iraq.

How did this happen? For an answer, the writings of investigative journalist Radley Balko are an invaluable resource. Perhaps more than any other person, Balko has reported substantially on police militarization and injustice across the country for years. More...

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Wealth Inequality Is Not A Problem, It's A Symptom
by Raúl Ilargi Meijer
Posted October 18, 2014

rich vs poorAfter WWII, though before that already as well, the western world woke up to the need for international co-operation. Dozens of organizations were established to structure that co-operation. But then, in yet another fountain of unintended consequences, something man is better at than just about anything else, we let those organizations loose upon the world without ever asking what happened to what they were intended for, or whether the original grounds for founding them still existed, and whether they should perhaps be abolished or put on a tight leash.

These are questions that should be asked about any large-scale organization. Be they multinational corporations, global banks, Google or indeed the United States of America. We can't just assume these powers, which gather more power as time goes by, share and serve the purposes of the people. What if they gradually come to serve only their own purpose, and it contradicts that of the people? Should we not get that leash out? More...

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The Road To Serfdom: Connecting Detroit, Argentina and Greece
by Carl Gibson
Posted October 17, 2014

privatizing public assetsIf you want to fully understand the game at play in the bankruptcies and privatization of public assets in Detroit, Argentina, and Europe, play Monopoly.

The game of Monopoly was originally known as "The Landlord Game," which was meant to show players the perils of unregulated capitalism. In the game, wealthy investors buy up property, including utilities like electricity and water, along with the railroad systems, with the end goal of owning everything. Monopoly inevitably ends with all the wealth accumulating to one player while the other is forced to sell off everything they own to pay off their debt. And if one plays the right card, they can even get out of jail free. The global game of Monopoly has now opened a board in one of America's largest cities.

Detroit may have just made a deal to sell off enough public assets to satisfy Syncora, one of its top creditors. The bond insurer lays claim to some $400 million of insurance on Detroit's bonds, and is demanding a bailout from the city's taxpayers and pensioners as a result of its gambling loss. More...

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