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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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What Wall Street Costs America
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'Too Big to Fail' Banks Thriving a Few Years After Financial Crisis
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Cashless Society War Intensifies During Global Epocalypse
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Davos 2016: robots will steal 5 million jobs by 2020
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China Flexes Muscles At Shanghai Gold Exchange
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Shipping Said to Have Ceased.... Is the Worldwide Economy Grinding to a Halt?
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The Catastrophic Threat of Bail-Ins
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Larry Summers Lectures Bernie Sanders on Financial and Monetary Policy
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January 1, 2016: The New Bank Bail-In System Goes Into Effect In Europe
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A Crisis Worse than ISIS? Bank "Bail-Ins" Begin…"Your Life Savings Could be Wiped out in a Massive Derivatives Collapse"
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Meanwhile, Over At The "New York" Stock Exchange: Even More Lasers
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Exposing BlackRock: Who's Afraid of Laurence Fink and His Overpowering Institution?
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If We Don't Change the Way Money Is Created and Distributed, We Change Nothing
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Big Banks Caught Using Credit Default Swaps To Destroy Nations
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America's Forgotten War Against the Central Banks
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Reinventing Banking: From Russia to Iceland to Ecuador
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The One Bank, Revisited
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Benefits For Cities and Municipalities Of a Public Bank
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Anatomy of an Oligopoly: the Beer Industry
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Why Does America Need a New Monetary System?
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America's 20 richest people have more money than these 152 million people
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The Global Financial System: Can You Handle the Ugly Truth? Fraud in the Gold Market
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Public Banks Stop Wall Street From Gambling With Our Money
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Astonishing report from the Fed says US banks are not "sound"
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Hang Onto Your Wallets: Negative Interest Rates, the War on Cash, and the $10 Trillion Bail-in
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They're coming for your cash
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How Did the Taxpayer Make Out on the Wall Street Bailout?
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The clock is ticking on a time bomb that could blow up a free internet: the TPP
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If This Doesn't Convince You to Exit the Global Banking System, Then Absolutely Nothing Will
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The Calm Before The Storm
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The Rigging of the American Market
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"Running Out of Money". The US Government On the Brink of Default. How Obama Could Beat the Debt Ceiling
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First They Jailed the Bankers, Now Every Icelander to Get Paid in Bank Sale
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Killing Off Community Banks — Intended Consequence of Dodd-Frank?
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Finance Is to Blame for Rise in Inequality
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The Wonderland Matrix
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The Derivatives Market: Bets, Bookies, and Fraud
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How Local Governments Got Burned by Private Prison Investments
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The Blip
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Why Americans Don't Understand Money and Debt And Why It's Important That We Do
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Currency Wars, Battles, And Hostile Actions
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Capitalism Run Amok: Hungry Kids, Falling Wages and Empty Houses
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The Greek Coup: Liquidity as a Weapon of Coercion
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Why We Need a Guaranteed Income. Soon.
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Local Production Means Jobs and Prosperity
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At Jackson Hole: Be Very Afraid, Bankers are Channeling their Inner Rothschild
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Wall Street Parasites Have Devoured Their Hosts — Your Retirement Plan and the U.S. Economy
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A Layman's Explanation Of The Wall Street Rigged Casino Analogy
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The Crash of 2016: Wall Street Gets Ready
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The Financial Times Calls for Ending Cash, Calls it a "Barbarous Relic"
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An Unexplored Side of the Greek Financial Crisis: Two Economies, One Currency
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Fixing Our Broken Economy: A Simple Guide for the Rest of Us
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Life For Rent
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"Don't Owe. Won't Pay." Everything You've Been Told About Debt Is Wrong
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Trumping the Federal Debt Without Playing the Default Card
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Essential Reading on What Wall Street Costs America
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An economic earthquake is rumbling
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The Only Way The Rich Get Richer Is If The Rest Of Us Get Poorer
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The Quadrillion Dollar Derivative Debt and the "Bail-in": When you Deposit Funds in a Bank, it Becomes "Their Money"
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Yes, there is an alternative to capitalism: Mondragon shows the way
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Debt Slaves: 7 Out Of 10 Americans Believe That Debt 'Is A Necessity In Their Lives'
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The War On Cash: Why Now?
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Introducing "Trickle-Out Oligarch Economics" – How at Least $21 Trillion in Wealth Fled Offshore
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$900 Million Payday Is Billionaires' Reward For Crushing Twinkie-Maker's Labor Unions
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The Confiscation of Bank Savings to "Save the Banks": The Diabolical Bank "Bail-In" Proposal
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Soulless Economics
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Greece: Sound and Fury Signifying Much
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The 75 Trillion Dollar Shadow Banking System Is In Danger Of Collapsing
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"Guerrilla Warfare Against a Hegemonic Power": The Challenge and Promise of Greece
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Job Losses and Obama's TPP: The Deadly Impacts of Trade Agreements on Employment
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The Care and Feeding of a Financial Black Hole
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An Inadvertent Warning From BlackRock - Get Your Money Out Of Mutual Funds ASAP
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US Conference of Mayors to Consider Wall Street Bank Fees & Public Banking
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Pop Goes The Bubble
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If You Have Money in a US Bank Account Be Aware!
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Fast-Track Hands the Money Monopoly to Private Banks — Permanently
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How Obama's "Trade" Deals Are Designed To End Democracy
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The One Bank, Revisited
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Three charts that show Iceland's economy recovered after it imprisoned bankers and let banks go bust - instead of bailing them out
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Why the TPP Is a Terrible Deal for Most Americans
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Ukrainians Dispossessed, Americans Are Next
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The Secret Trade in Services Agreement (TISA)
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Literally, Your ATM Won't Work…
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The "Better Than Cash Alliance" Has An Orwellian Plan
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Global Capitalist Crisis and the North American Free Trade Agreement: Reflections 21 Years On
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Bernanke & Greenspan Have Destroyed America, People Don't Realize What Is Coming
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JPMorgan Tech Workers Have New Conspiracy Theories
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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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The Big Money and What It Means in Election 2016
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Will the 2016 Primaries Be Electronically Rigged?
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The establishment left out
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Revealed: Environmental officials warned Snyder administration not to use water that poisoned Flint
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Anatomy of the Deep State
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Calls for Michigan Gov. Snyder's Arrest as Flint Poisoning Scandal Implicates Top Staffers
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How Corrupt Is the American Government?
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Christmas 2015—–Why There Is No Peace On Earth
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Marco Rubio Pushes to Block Low-Cost, High-Speed Broadband
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In Rahm Emanuel's Chicago Surveillance State, Controlling the Data is Key
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Distrust Fuels Outrage at House Financial Services Committee
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The Real Issues You Won't Hear From the 2016 Presidential Candidates This Election Year
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Paris and the Soldiers of the Caliphate: More War, More Blowback
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5 Myths Regarding the Paris Terror Attacks
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Time Is Running Out For Pax Americana's Apologists
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The Deep State: The Unelected Shadow Government Is Here To Stay
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How the U.S. Government is Raiding a Citizen Victim Relief Fund to Pay for General Expenses
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TPP Is Toxic Political Poison That Politicians Should Avoid
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The Drone Papers: The Assasination Complex
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Syrian Crisis: What Will Happen Next?
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You Can't Separate Empire, the State, Financialization and Crony Capitalism: It's One Indivisible System
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Forget the New World Order, Here's Who Really Runs the World
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Deep State America
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A Refugee Crisis Made in America
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One Presidential Debate You Won't Hear
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The Story of Mouseland: As told by Tommy Douglas in 1944
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Don't Be Fooled by the Political Game: The Illusion of Freedom in America
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Jimmy Carter: The U.S. Is an "Oligarchy With Unlimited Political Bribery"
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64 Nations Say No to GMO, Yet US Government Nears Illegal GMO Labeling
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The Kagans: Seeking War to the End of the World
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Lobbyists Fundraising for Clinton, Bush, Rubio and Kasich Are Coworkers
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The Movement to Fight Big Money Politics Now Has a Gold Standard
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Santa Cruz County Votes to Cease Doing Business with Five TBTF Mega Banks
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Hillary Clinton Outlines Right-wing Economic Policies in New York City Speech
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Maryland, Illinois Voting Machines May be Rigged for Democrats
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Jeb! The Money! Dynasty!
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"Sentence First, Verdict Afterwards": The Alice in Wonderland World of Fast-tracked Secret Trade Agreements
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If Elizabeth Warren Is Already Angry at Mary Jo White, Wait Until She Hears About This
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Billionaires Fear Revolt As People Power Grows
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It Cost Corporations Less Than $18,000 per Vote to Get ''Fast Track'' Passed, and More
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Emails Reveal Diary Lobbyist Crafted "Ag-Gag" Legilsation Outlawing Pictures Of Farms
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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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Private Corporation Giving Cops "Free" License Plate Scanners In Exchange For All Data They Collect
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Bank of Canada Lawsuit
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The EPA's Hush-Hush Response to the Flint Water Crisis
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$5M Jury Award for One Foreclosure Fraud Makes U.S. Punishment Look Trivial
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Court Ruling Against Chicago Sheriff Proves Thuggish Anti-WikiLeaks Blockade Was Unconstitutional
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Facebook Caught Secretly Lobbying for Privacy Destroying "Cyber Security" Bill
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Whistle-blower intimidation: U.S. freezes bank accounts and credit cards of former Air Force drone operators
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Fractional-Reserve Banking is Pure Fraud, Part I
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Arbitration Everywhere, Stacking the Deck of Justice
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Police Civil Asset Forfeitures Exceed All Burglaries in 2014
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Supreme Court gives police using deadly force in pursuits more immunity
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When will America Jail their Banksters?
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'Untouchables': Obama Cronies "Protected Wall Street's Most Criminal From Prosecution"
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7 Simple Steps on How to Fight Speeding Tickets and Win — From an Ex-Cop
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Icelandic Bankers Are Not Too Big To Jail: Face 74 Years In Prison As US Bankers Bask In Bailouts
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'Neutralizing' John Lennon: One Man Against the 'Monster'
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Edward Snowden: "They've said they won't torture me…"
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Goldman Sachs Beats Another Fraud Rap: Can the Public Ever Get Justice in New York Courts?
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Citigroup Was Using Taxpayer Bailout Funds While Committing Its Foreign Currency Felony
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Federal Court Lifts National Security Letter Gag Order; First Time in 14 Years
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How the Department of Justice is Actively Trying to Prevent Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform
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Obama's Heroin Strategy: Treating Addiction or Arming the Drug War?
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Denver Police Arrest "Jury Nullification" Activist for Passing Out Informational Pamphlets
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Why is Rev. Edward Pinkney in Prison? Another Case of Political Persecution
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Implicated in Torture by State Prison Officials
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11 People Dead in Police Custody This Month
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Obama Administration Finds New Way to Let Criminal Banks Avoid Consequences
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The American Nightmare: The Tyranny of the Criminal Justice System
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The End of Freedom of Speech in Spain
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Eric Holder, Wall Street Double Agent, Comes in From the Cold
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Next-generation Crowd Control: "Calmative Agents" Will Put Entire Protests Under Sedation
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The Gangbanksters of Grab-it-All Street
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Calvert County Sheriffs Act As Dominion's Private Police
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Land of the Unfree – Police and Prosecutors Fight Aggressively to Retain Barbaric Right of "Civil Asset Forfeiture"
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Boulder Cops Declare 'Rock Stacking' a Jailable Offense to Stop Local Artist Who Spent 7 Years Creating Sculptures
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The shocking truth about the two Chicago Police officers posing in this horrendous photo
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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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Ten Common Sense Economic Truths
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The West Is Reduced To Looting Itself
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The US Government Has an Internet Killswitch — and It's None of Your Business
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Let's make attending Davos as shameful as running a sweatshop
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What's Eroding the Middle Class?
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How Debt Conquered America
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10 companies profiting the most from war
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For the Wealthiest, a Private Tax System That Saves Them Billions
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Voluntary Enslavement
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Tricked By Hermes
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Addiction to Power and Radical Therapy for the 1%
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The TPP: An Attack on the Internet
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'Celebrating' 14 Years Since America Kissed Its Freedoms Goodbye
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As Bad as You Think Inequality Is, It's Worse!
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Twenty-First-Century Fascism: Private Military Companies in Service to the Transnational Capitalist Class
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Three Years Ago, These Chicago Workers Took Over a Window Factory. Today, They're Thriving
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Privatized NSA Army is Attacking YOU!
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Effects of Overpopulation
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Synchronicity, Myth, and the New World Order
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A Secret War in 135 Countries
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Land Degradation, Desertification Might Create 50 Million Climate Refugees Within A Decade
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Monsanto's Tobacco Files: University Scientists Caught Conspiring With Biotech Industry to Manipulate Public Opinion on GMOs
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Nine Liberties Lost Since 9/11
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Peak Obedience
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The Metaphysics of Computer Consciousness
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Meet the Hedge Funders and Billionaires Who Pillage Under the Shield of Philanthropy
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If Spending Is Our Military Strategy, Our Strategy Is Bankrupt
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Concentrated Wealth + Widespread Stupidity = End Of Democracy
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Education: the Next Corporate Frontier
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What's Good About Guaranteed Basic Income
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The System Is Broken: Americans No Longer Believe In Its Institutions
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Financial Predators and Parasites Want to Live, Regardless of the Cost
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Systemic Corruption Has Destroyed America
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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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Media Disinformation and the US Heroin Epidemic
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Six Huge Stories The Mainstream Media Doesn't Want You To Know About
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15 News Stories from 2015 You Should Have Heard About But Probably Didn't
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4 Examples of Mainstream Media Fabricating News to Push for War
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NY Times Editorial Slams "Disgraceful" CIA Exploitation of Paris Attacks, But Submissive Media Role Is Key
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Exclusive Federal Reserve Videos and the Glass-Steagall Media Conspiracy
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A Useful Prep-Sheet on Syria for Media Propagandists
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The 9/11 Attacks on the World Trade Center (WTC): Unspoken Financial Bonanza
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The CIA and the Media: 50 Facts the World Needs to Know
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Insouciance Rules The West
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Subverting Illusions: Julian Assange and the Value of WikiLeaks
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Wall Street Front Group Pleads for Government Help in New York Times OpEd
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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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This is how toxic Flint's water really is
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Aaron Swartz Died 3 Years Ago Today – In Remembrance of This Special Soul
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Beyond Corporations-A Process Oriented Approach to Feeding, Educating and Providing for Ourselves and Our Neighbors
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Recently Bought a Windows Computer? Microsoft Probably Has Your Encyption Key
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When the Workers Become the Owners: Taking the Co-op Movement to the Next Level
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High Fructose Corn Syrup Now Hidden Under a New Name
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What Really Matters?
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Rising debt service costs: Public banks for tax relief
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Time to Stop Worshipping Economic Growth
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New Economy 2.0
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What Makes Finland's Teachers So Much Better Than Everyone Else's?
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What If We Owned the Internet Together? It's Time to Bring the Co-op Revolution to the Web
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Fracking Goes on Trial for Human Rights Violations
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The Post-Wall Street Era Will be Local
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10 Things Business Schools Must Teach About Sustainable Development
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TPP signed: the 'biggest global threat to the internet' agreed, as campaigners warn that secret pact could bring huge new restrictions to the Internet
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The Elephant in the Room: Capitalism and Sustainable Development
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Feeding a New Economy: Local Food Systems in the South
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War is the Health of the State
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Self-Governing Association in El Salvador Offers Local Solutions to Global Problems
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The High Cost of Private Prisons
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Escape from New Orleans: As waters rose, a white suburb across the Mississippi closed a key bridge to fleeing residents
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What We Know About the NSA and AT&T's Spying Pact
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Acoustic Cannon Sales to Police Surge After Black Lives Matter Protests
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Schools as Punishing Factories: The Handcuffing of Public Education
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A Day of Tears: Report from the "sHell No!" Action in Portland
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Creating New Systems to Replace Dysfunctional Systems
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Banksters vs Humanity: Round 14
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Economic Democracy vs Bankster Plutocracy
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America's Slave Empire
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A City Where Everyone Works, There Is No Police, And The Salary Is 1200 Euros
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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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people have been dupedIf you are more outraged at poor black folks in Missouri looting stores than rich whites on Wall Street looting your future, you have been duped.

Pete Dominick

More quotable sayings

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NYPD protecting thos stealing their pensions from their accusersWhat 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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Ten Common Sense Economic Truths
by David Korten
Posted February 6, 2016

economic truthsThe more closely I look, the more obvious it is that the Old Economy fails because it is based on false values, assumptions, and logic. Those who are working to create a New Economy from the bottom-up intuitively recognize and act on 10 common sense truths foundational to a sound economy.

The proper purpose of an economy is to secure just, sustainable, and joyful livelihoods for all. This may come as something of a shock to Wall Street financiers who profit from financial bubbles, securities fraud, low wages, unemployment, foreign sweatshops, tax evasion, public subsidies, and monopoly pricing. More...

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Private Corporation Giving Cops "Free" License Plate Scanners In Exchange For All Data They Collect
by Justin Gardner
Posted February 5, 2016

corporations get cops to work for themTexas police departments are conspiring with a private company called Vigilant Solutions in an outrageous scheme to maximize the extortion of citizens, while collecting reams of personal information to use for commercial profit.

In the deal—dubbed "warrant redemption"—Texas law enforcement agencies get free automated license plate readers (ALPRs) as well as access to Vigilant's massive database and analytical tools. In exchange for this, police departments give Vigilant all of the data they collect on drivers, along with access to information about all outstanding court fees. The cops don't pay a dime, and Vigilant uses this information for nearly unlimited commercial purposes. More...

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The Big Money and What It Means in Election 2016
by Nomi Prins
Posted February 4, 2016

money in politicsHonestly, you couldn't make this stuff up. How do you respond to a rampaging bull of a billionaire in the political arena? In America in 2016, the answer is obvious. You send in not the clowns, but the matador: another billionaire, of course. So Michael Bloomberg is now threatening to enter the race as a third-party candidate. According to the New York Times, he's considering spending at least $1 billion of his $36 billion (or is it almost $49 billion?) fortune if it looks like Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders (just about the only candidate in the race not backed by billionaires and so an obvious threat to any billionaire around) might truly be nominated for president.

In the post-Citizens United era, after the Supreme Court let a flood of plutocratic money pour through a super PAC darkly, the billionaires began to run rampant. Soon enough, new informal "primaries" were set up in which potential candidates on bended knee toured the resorts and luxury locales those billionaires preferred, auditioning for their support. More...

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The West Is Reduced To Looting Itself
by Paul Craig Roberts (former Asst. Sec. of the Treasury under President Reagan)
Posted February 3, 2016

looting the nationWith the entire Third World now exploited to the limits possible, the West has turned to looting its own. Ireland has been looted, and the looting of Greece and Portugal is so severe that it has forced large numbers of young women into prostitution. But this doesn't bother the Western conscience.

The new rule is that the people of a country, even a country whose top officials accepted bribes in order to indebt the country to foreigners, must have their pensions, employment, and social services slashed and valuable national resources such as municipal water systems, ports, the national lottery, and protected national lands, such as the protected Greek islands, sold to foreigners, who have the freedom to raise water prices, deny the Greek government the revenues from the national lottery, and sell the protected national heritage of Greece to real estate developers.

What has happened to Greece and Portugal is underway in Spain and Italy. The peoples are powerless because their governments do not represent them. More...

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Media Disinformation and the US Heroin Epidemic
By Dr. Meryl Nass
Posted February 2, 2016

NY Times gets it wrongThe New York Times gets it all wrong. The solutions being touted by politicians and the media include "working together:" police, citizens, and health-care facilities–though to what end is unclear; educating; reducing the stigma of heroin use (now that users are predominantly white and middle class we can relabel addiction a disease, not a crime); adding treatment facilities; and adding more police.

I call this salutary–but almost entirely missing the mark.

Overdose deaths and heroin users are at an all time high in the United States. Between 2 and 9 of every thousand Americans (0.2-0.9% of the population) is currently using heroin. In Maine, 8% of babies are born "drug-affected"–a stratospheric rise from 178 babies in 2006 to 995 babies in fiscal 2015. Despite what you have heard, the cause of our current heroin epidemic is not as simple as doctors overprescribing narcotics. More...

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What Wall Street Costs America
by Matt Stannard
Posted February 1, 2016

worhippint the golden calfThe financialization of the United States economy has distorted our social, economic, and political priorities. Cities and states across the country are forced to cut essential community services because they are trapped in predatory municipal finance deals that cost them millions of dollars every year. Wall Street and other big corporations engaged in a systematic effort to suppress taxes, making it difficult for cities and states to advance progressive revenue solutions to properly fund public services.

Banks take advantage of this crisis that they helped create by targeting state and local governments with predatory municipal finance deals, just like they targeted cash-strapped homeowners with predatory mortgages during the housing boom. Predatory financing deals prey upon the weaknesses of borrowers, are characterized by high costs and high risks, are typically overly complex, and are often designed to fail. More...

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Will the 2016 Primaries Be Electronically Rigged?
By Victoria Collier and Ben Ptashnik
Posted January 31, 2016

Ciebolt machines have been hackedPrimary election rigging in the coming weeks and months is all but assured if American voters and candidates don't take steps to prevent it now. Evidence that US voting systems are wide open to fraud and manipulation should be taken seriously in light of the unprecedented high-stakes elections we're facing.

Not in recent history have American voters been presented with such radically polarized candidates, forcing a crucial choice for the direction of our future, and possibly upending long-established centers of power.

Local fixers, insider operatives, rogue hackers and even foreign countries could all rig US elections electronically. More...

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The establishment left out
By Mike Krauss
Posted January 30, 2016

outsiders from establishmentWashington just got clobbered by a gigantic winter storm. There is another one on the way. It’s going to hit Iowa and New Hampshire first. Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are taking American politics by storm.

The GOP conservative establishment has emergency services out, trying desperately to clear out Trump after completely misreading the first storm warnings. The GOP moderate establishment likes the guy in second place, Ted Cruz, even less than Trump, and are going after him. Cruz looks to them like some kind of suicide bomber, throwing hand grenades in the Senate any chance he gets. More...

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'Too Big to Fail' Banks Thriving a Few Years After Financial Crisis
By William D. Cohan
Posted January 29, 2016

too big to fail is just too bigNearly eight years after the onset of the financial crisis, its unintended consequences continue to startle and amaze.

Who would have thought that the big banks would pay nearly $200 billion in fines and other considerations to various branches of federal and state governments and that not a single top Wall Street executive would be held responsible for perpetrating the wrongdoing represented by those huge fines?

And who would have thought that nearly a decade after the start of the crisis some of those big banks, in particular JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo, would have year after year of record, or near-record, profits? More...

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The US Government Has an Internet Killswitch — and It's None of Your Business
by Derrick Broze
Posted January 28, 2016

Internet kill switchOn Monday the Supreme Court declined to hear a petition from the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) that sought to force the Department of Homeland Security to release details of a secret "killswitch" protocol to shut down cellphone and internet service during emergencies.

With the Supreme Court's refusal to address EPIC's petition, the issue seems to have reached a dead-end. The American people are (once again) left in the dark regarding the inner-workings of another dangerous and intrusive government program. It is only through the hard work of activists and groups like EPIC that we are at least aware of the existence of this program — but knowing bits and pieces about the protocol is not enough. In order to combat such heavy-handed measures, we need to have access to the government's own documents. Hopefully, there is already a whistleblower preparing to release these details. More...

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Revealed: Environmental officials warned Snyder administration not to use water that poisoned Flint
by David Ferguson
Posted January 27, 2016

Governor Snyder knew of poison in waterThe plan to use the Flint River as Flint, Michigan's primary water source was initially rejected by a commission appointed by the state's Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, but the governor's office overruled officials and carried the plan forward anyway.

According to The Daily Beast, Flint's emergency manager rejected the plan to go off of Detroit city water and use water from the Flint in 2012. However, Snyder's office overruled that objection and used water from the Flint anyway, setting in motion a chain of events that has led to a lead contamination crisis. Snyder has also been less-than-forthcoming regarding the final decision to cut off the flow of water from Detroit. The city of Detroit offered to continue to work with Flint, but Snyder has publicly maintained that Detroit refused to continue to provide water for Flint. More...

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Bank of Canada Lawsuit
By Joyce Nelson
Posted January 26, 2016

greedy bankersOne of the most important legal cases in Canadian history is slowly inching its way towards trial. Launched in 2011 by the Toronto-based Committee on Monetary and Economic Reform (COMER), the lawsuit would require the publicly-owned Bank of Canada to return to its pre-1974 mandate and practice of lending interest-free money to federal, provincial, and municipal governments for infrastructure and healthcare spending.

Created during the Great Depression, the Bank of Canada funded a wide range of public infrastructure projects from 1938 to 1974, without our governments incurring private debt. Projects like the Trans-Canada highway system, the St. Lawrence Seaway, universities, and hospitals were all funded by interest-free loans from the Bank of Canada. More...

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Cashless Society War Intensifies During Global Epocalypse
by David Haggith
Posted January 25, 2016

banning cash is central planners dreamCharging people to keep their money in the bank is hard to do so long as cash is available, as people may just withdraw all of their money from those banks in the form of the national cash and squirrel the cash away. In order to penetrate the twilight zone of economics, central banks need to abolish cash to terminate this escape route. Then they can force savers to spend, thereby increasing the flow of money through the economy, by raising the cost of holding money in a bank account as high as it takes to get people to spend their money. No sense letting perfectly good money waste away in an expensive bank account.

Transitioning into a cashless society is the ultimate central planner's dream as it gives central banks total control over money, and money is their proprietary product. More...

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Let's make attending Davos as shameful as running a sweatshop
by Steve Hilton
Posted January 24, 2016

Davos guards protecting the ruling classDavos has just finished. You know, the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum. What, didn't you get your invitation? Oh dear, looks like you don't really matter. Sorry about that.

It's easy to mock Davos – so I will. It's the annual schmooze fest where rich white men debate inequality and diversity. Where fleets of carbon-gushing private jets fly in philanthropists to pontificate about climate change. Where the world's biggest corporations earnestly set out footling "strategies" and "action plans" to give the impression they're addressing the social and environmental problems that they caused in the first place. More...

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Davos 2016: robots will steal 5 million jobs by 2020
by Jena McGregor
Posted January 23, 2016

Davos The World Economic Forum kicked off on Tuesday, and the theme of this year's gathering of the world's leaders, celebrities, billionaires and the merely wealthy will be what it calls the "Fourth Industrial Revolution".

That's its term for the accelerating pace of technological changes, especially those that are "blurring the lines between the physical, digital and biological spheres" — the combination of things such as artificial intelligence, robotics, nanotechnology and 3D printing. To go with that theme, the WEF has released research looking at the effect all that change will have on jobs. It projects that by 2020, 7.1 million jobs are expected to be lost, versus just 2 million gained. More...

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The Citadel is Breached: Congress Taps the Fed for Infrastructure Funding
by Ellen Brown
Posted January 22, 2016

Federal ReserveFor at least a decade, think tanks, commissions and other stakeholders have fought to get Congress to address the staggering backlog of maintenance, upkeep and improvements required to bring the nation’s infrastructure into the 21st century. Countries with less in the way of assets have overtaken the US in innovation and efficiency, while our dysfunctional Congress has battled endlessly over the fiscal cliff, tax reform, entitlement reform, and deficit reduction.

Both houses and both political parties agree that something must be done, but they have been unable to agree on where to find the funds. Republicans aren’t willing to raise taxes on the rich, and Democrats aren’t willing to cut social services for the poor. More...

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China Flexes Muscles At Shanghai Gold Exchange
by Jeff Nielson
Posted January 21, 2016

China goldThe New Cold War between West and East has already become a Luke-Warm War , and it threatens to become a full-fledged "hot" war. After years of passively reacting to Western crime and aggression; both China and Russia have shown an increasing tendency to adopt a more proactive stance. On the economic front, China has leaped into the international gold market, suddenly and decisively .

After having purchased no gold on the open market for at least six years; China's government has now made large, open market purchases of gold every month , for six, consecutive months. This has already totaled roughly 100 tonnes. Ultimately, this is gold which comes out of the warehouses of the Big Bank crime syndicate. More...

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What's Eroding the Middle Class?
by Charles Hugh Smith
Posted January 19, 2016

French revolutionThis erosion of a self-employed, independent middle class was an important pre-condition for the collapse of Rome and the French Revolution. I have devoted many blog posts to the erosion of the middle class, for the specific reason that when the middle class--the layers of the economy between the Power Elites and landless laborers/state dependents--erodes away, the nation/empire is destabilized and descends into crisis.

A society without a functioning middle layer of economic and social activity is not stable, though repression can mask this for a time. Economies constructed of a supremely wealthy elite, a thin layer of independent artisans and small farmers, and a great mass of laborers with no assets has no shared sense of identity or purpose; those at the bottom have little in common with those at the top, and the thin middle that is scraping by has little affinity with either the elite above or the poverty-stricken below. More...

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This is how toxic Flint's water really is
By Christopher Ingraham
Posted January 17, 2016

Unelected manager poisons Flint waterThe city of Flint, Mich., is in the midst of a water crisis several years in the making.

With lead at 27 parts per billion, it's five times as high as the level of concern, and nearly twice as high as the EPA's already-generous guidelines. According to the researchers who ran these tests, the health effects of lead levels this high "can include high blood pressure and other cardiovascular problems, kidney damage and memory and neurological problems."

Virginia Tech researchers took 30 different readings at various flow levels. What they found shocked them: The lowest reading they obtained was around 200 ppb, already ridiculously high. But more than half of the readings came in at more than 1,000 ppb. Some came in above 5,000 -- the level at which EPA considers the water to be "toxic waste." The highest reading registered at 13,000 ppb. More...

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The EPA's Hush-Hush Response to the Flint Water Crisis
by Lauren McCauley
Posted January 16, 2016

NYPD protecting thos stealing their pensions from their accusersOfficials with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for months knew about the poisoning of the Flint water supply and, rather than raise alarm and stop residents from drinking the lead-tainted water, took a backseat on the matter.

The Detroit News reported late Tuesday that federal officials began making inquiries in February and the region's top EPA official, Susan Hedman, confirmed to the newspaper this week that as early as April the agency knew about the lack of corrosion controls in the water system. All the while, residents of the poor, largely African American community blindly continued to drink the poisoned water. In September, researchers at nearby Hurley Children's Hospital discovered that children living in two Flint zip codes had elevated levels of lead in their blood. More...

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How Debt Conquered America
by Jada Thacker
Posted January 15, 2016

Chrisropher Columbus expropriates land America presents itself to the world as "the land of the free" but – for the vast majority – it is a place of enslaving indebtedness, a reality for much of "the 99%" that has deep historical roots hidden or "lost" from our history. To view the conquest of North America as the triumphant flowering of democratic liberty and affluence over bestial savagery and abject poverty is so factually vacant, so morally and economically perverse, as to be considered hallucinatory.

Native people literally had no words to describe the cataclysm that had destroyed them. It was left to follow-on generations of "necessitous men" to learn the vocabulary of servitude needed to describe their economic lives.

Here is only a part of the terminology “necessitous men” needed to learn: poverty level, payday loans, food stamps, interest rate, surcharges, eviction, unemployment rates, lock-outs, foreclosure, bankruptcy, credit scores, down payment, damage deposits, credit limit, collection agency, mortgages, user fees, closing costs, title loans, bail outs, insolvency, title insurance, origination fee, installment plans, tax levy, deed restrictions, market crashes, illiquidity, non-sufficient funds, minimum payment due, late fees, lay-offs, property lien, pawn tickets, collateral, tax withholding, service fees, forfeiture, inflation, deflation, stagflation…

Is this the vocabulary of free people? More...

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Aaron Swartz Died 3 Years Ago Today – In Remembrance of This Special Soul
by Michael Krieger
Posted January 14, 2016

Arron Swartz - a gift to humanityThree years ago humanity lost a brave, brilliant and kindhearted individual named Aaron Swartz. On that day, I composed a post expressing my outrage and sadness. Once again, I have decided to repost that piece on the anniversary of his death.

I would like to add that if you haven't seen the Aaron Swartz documentary, The Internet's Own Boy, I highly recommend you do. It takes a person like Aaron Swartz to remind you how little you are actually doing to bring forth social, political and economic justice in this increasingly insane and sick world. I'm not exaggerating when I say his life was an inspiration. More...

Aaron Swartz was a gift to humanity who was unfortunately brought down by a system dominated by immoral people with small minds who were willing to sacrifice him for their own self-serving craving for power.

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Shipping Said to Have Ceased.... Is the Worldwide Economy Grinding to a Halt?
by Jeff Berwick
Posted January 13, 2015

empty container shipLast week, I received news from a contact who is friends with one of the biggest billionaire shipping families in the world. He told me they had no ships at sea right now, because operating them meant running at a loss. This weekend, reports are circulating saying much the same thing: The North Atlantic has little or no cargo ships traveling in its waters. Instead, they are anchored. Unmoving. Empty.

Commerce between Europe and North America has literally come to a halt. For the first time in known history, not one cargo ship is in-transit in the North Atlantic between Europe and North America. All of them (hundreds) are either anchored offshore or in-port. NOTHING is moving.

This has never happened before. It is a horrific economic sign; proof that commerce is literally stopped. More...

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Anatomy of the Deep State
by Mike Lofgren
Posted January 12, 2016

deep state puppetmastersThere is the visible government situated around the Mall in Washington, and then there is another, more shadowy, more indefinable government that is not explained in Civics 101 or observable to tourists at the White House or the Capitol. The former is traditional Washington partisan politics: the tip of the iceberg that a public watching C-SPAN sees daily and which is theoretically controllable via elections. The subsurface part of the iceberg I shall call the Deep State, which operates according to its own compass heading regardless of who is formally in power.

During the last five years, the news media has been flooded with pundits decrying the broken politics of Washington. The conventional wisdom has it that partisan gridlock and dysfunction have become the new normal. That is certainly the case, and I have been among the harshest critics of this development. But it is also imperative to acknowledge the limits of this critique as it applies to the American governmental system. More...

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Six Huge Stories The Mainstream Media Doesn't Want You To Know About
By Sophie McAdam
Posted January 11, 2016

media non reprtingYou might have heard about a few of them, but not as much as you should. Here's our pick of the last 12 month's top news stories, all pretty much ignored by the corporate press.

Whistleblowers, Ecocide, top secret trade deals, and shady ties between the Islamic State and the West's closest allies…here are a few hot topics the mainstream media barely covered in 2015.

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Calls for Michigan Gov. Snyder's Arrest as Flint Poisoning Scandal Implicates Top Staffers
by Sarah Lazare
Posted January 10, 2016

Gov Snyder poisoned all children in a major U.S. city'To poison all the children in an historic American city is no small feat'. Calls for Michigan Governor Rick Snyder's ouster—and arrest—are growing after internal emails showed that his high-level staffers were aware of lead poisoning in Flint's public water supply six months before the administration declared a state of emergency.

According to the newly-released emails, which were obtained by NBC News, Snyder's chief of staff at the time, Dennis Muchmore, wrote to an unnamed high-level health department staffer: "I'm frustrated by the water issue in Flint." More...

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Beyond Corporations-A Process Oriented Approach to Feeding, Educating and Providing for Ourselves and Our Neighbors
By Burl Hall
Posted January 9, 2016

moving beyond corporationsLocal businesses care for you and the land they are upon. This is because they know you personally and the well being of their land means they produce a better product that makes you are happy. They are not like Wal-Mart. Corporations don't care about you, your health, or the health of the planet and the land upon which you breathe and live your life. What they do care about is making money for stockholders, especially the 1% at the apex of the pyramid. Do you want these people running and ruining yours and your children's lives? Currently, they are. They control everything from food to education.

What you do matters, including breathing. Likewise, Permaculture not only lessens oil consumption; it also provides you with healthier food. Furthermore, if you partake in growing that food, you get exercise. With proper exercise and diet, the universe is your limit. And this doesn't even tap into the environmental consequences to your actions! Healthier air and water! Healthier people! A deeper sense of community! More...

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How Corrupt Is the American Government?
by Washington's Blog
Posted January 8, 2016

corruption of our governmentGovernment corruption has become rampant:

Senior SEC employees spent up to 8 hours a day surfing porn sites instead of cracking down on financial crimes

Investigators from the Treasury's Office of the Inspector General found that some of the regulator's employees surfed erotic websites, hired prostitutes and accepted gifts from bank executives … instead of actually working to help the economy

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has conspired with big banks to manipulate commodities prices for decades

The government-sponsored rating agencies committed massive fraud (and see this)

The Treasury department allowed banks to "cook their books" More...

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10 companies profiting the most from war
by Samuel Weigley
Posted January 7, 2016

money to be madeThe business of war is profitable. In 2011, the 100 largest contractors sold $410 billion in arms and military services. Just 10 of those companies sold over $208 billion. Based on a list of the top 100 arms-producing and military services companies in 2011 compiled by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the 10 companies with the most military sales worldwide.

These companies have benefited tremendously from the growth in military spending in the U.S., which by far has the largest military budget in the world. In 2000, the U.S. defense budget was approximately $312 billion. By 2011, the figure had grown to $712 billion. Arm sales grew alongside general defense spending growth. SIPRI noted that between 2002 and 2011, arms sales among the top 100 companies grew by 51%. More...

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Recently Bought a Windows Computer? Microsoft Probably Has Your Encyption Key
by Micah Lee
Posted January 6, 2016

Microsoft has your encryption keysOne of the excellent features of new Windows devices is that disk encryption is built-in and turned on by default, protecting your data in case your device is lost or stolen. But what is less well-known is that, if you are like most users and login to Windows 10 using your Microsoft account, your computer automatically uploaded a copy of your recovery key — which can be used to unlock your encrypted disk — to Microsoft's servers, probably without your knowledge and without an option to opt out.

If you're using a recent version of Windows, and your computer has the encryption chip, and if you have a Microsoft account, your disk will automatically get encrypted, and your recovery key will get sent to Microsoft. If you login to Windows using your company's or university's Windows domain, then your recovery key will get sent to a server controlled by your company or university instead of Microsoft — but still, you can't prevent device encryption from sending your recovery key. More...

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The Catastrophic Threat of Bail-Ins
by Jeff Nielson
Posted January 5, 2016

banks will be protectedIt has now been more than two and a half years since the Cyprus Steal , the first "bail-in" perpetrated in the Western world, occurred. Before reviewing the history of this newest financial atrocity, it is necessary to define the terms.

The term "bail-in" describes a scenario in which a bank confiscates private property to indemnify itself for losses it has suffered. A bail-in is a totally lawless theft of assets, as there is no principle of law (of any kind) that could authorize such a seizure of private property. And in fact, there are many principles of law that demonstrate the lawlessness at work here. As with much of the financial crime jargon, "bail-in" is simply another gibberish euphemism like "quantitative easing" or "derivatives." More...

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For the Wealthiest, a Private Tax System That Saves Them Billions
By Noam Scheiber and Patricia Cohen
Posted December 4, 2015

Daniel Loeb, shield billions from taxesThe very richest are able to quietly shape tax policy that will allow them to shield billions in income. With inequality at its highest levels in nearly a century and public debate rising over whether the government should respond to it through higher taxes on the wealthy, the very richest Americans have financed a sophisticated and astonishingly effective apparatus for shielding their fortunes. Some call it the "income defense industry," consisting of a high-priced phalanx of lawyers, estate planners, lobbyists and anti-tax activists who exploit and defend a dizzying array of tax maneuvers, virtually none of them available to taxpayers of more modest means.

In recent years, this apparatus has become one of the most powerful avenues of influence for wealthy Americans of all political stripes, including Mr. Loeb and Mr. Cohen, who give heavily to Republicans, and the liberal billionaire George Soros, who has called for higher levies on the rich while at the same time using tax loopholes to bolster his own fortune. More...

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Larry Summers Lectures Bernie Sanders on Financial and Monetary Policy
By Pam Martens and Russ Martens
Posted January 3, 2015

Larry Summers, key architect of economic collapseRecently Larry Summers penned an opinion piece for the Washington Post, lecturing Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, a Presidential candidate, on what Sanders should actually be saying in his own op-eds about reforming the Federal Reserve.

No one will ever accuse Larry Summers of being short on arrogance. After promising the American people in 1999, as Treasury Secretary in the Bill Clinton administration, that pushing through the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act would be "the right framework for America's future financial system," then watching that system collapse as a result of that repeal just nine years later in the worst economic upheaval since the Great Depression, one would think Summers would find some obscure hole in academia and crawl into it. More...

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January 1, 2016: The New Bank Bail-In System Goes Into Effect In Europe
by Michael Snyder
Posted January 2, 2016

bank bail ins are comingMany Americans assume that when they put money in the bank that they have a right to go back and get "their money" whenever they want. But if we all went to the bank at the same time, there wouldn't be nearly enough money for all of us. The reason for this is that the banks only keep a small fraction of our money on hand to satisfy the demands of those that conduct withdrawals on a day-to-day basis. The banks take the rest of the money that we have deposited and use it however they think is best.

If you have money at a bank that goes under, that bank will still be obligated to pay you back, but it may not be able to do so. This is where the FDIC comes in. The FDIC supposedly guarantees the safety of deposits in member banks, but at any given time it only has a very, very small amount of money on hand. More...

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15 News Stories from 2015 You Should Have Heard About But Probably Didn't
by Carey Wedler
Posted January 1, 2016

truth missing in corporate mediaIn 2015, the iron fist of power clamped down on humanity, from warfare to terrorism (I repeat myself) to surveillance, police brutality, and corporate hegemony. The environment was repeatedly decimated, the health of citizens was constantly put at risk, and the justice system and media alike were perverted to serve the interests of the powers that be.

However, while 2015 was discouraging for more reasons than most of us can count, many of the year's most underreported stories evidence not only a widespread pattern that explicitly reveals the nature of power, but pushback from human beings worldwide on a path toward a better world. More...

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Voluntary Enslavement
by Jeff Thomas
Posted December 31, 2015

voluntary enslavementIn recent years, I've been predicting that the governments, particularly those of the EU and US, will seek to eliminate paper currency. The objective will be to make monetary transactions between private parties as difficult as they can, by requiring that all transactions take place through financial institutions. If they can do this, they will effectively make a run on banks impossible in the future as the banks will simply shut off the money tap, as the Greek banks did. This power will additionally make negative interest rates and confiscations more possible.

A few years ago, this forecast was seen by most as poppycock, but the prelude has now begun, with most of the world's banks disallowing large transfers and some lowering these amounts over time. Many governments are aiding the effort, requiring reporting on some transfers. More...

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A Crisis Worse than ISIS? Bank "Bail-Ins" Begin…"Your Life Savings Could be Wiped out in a Massive Derivatives Collapse"
By Ellen Brown
Posted December 30, 2015

Cyprus, Greece, Portugal came first, you are nextWhile the mainstream media focus on ISIS extremists, a threat that has gone virtually unreported is that your life savings could be wiped out in a massive derivatives collapse. Bank bail-ins have begun in Europe, and the infrastructure is in place in the US. Poverty also kills.

At the end of November, an Italian pensioner hanged himself after his entire €100,000 savings were confiscated in a bank "rescue" scheme. He left a suicide note blaming the bank, where he had been a customer for 50 years and had invested in bank-issued bonds. But he might better have blamed the EU and the G20's Financial Stability Board, which have imposed an "Orderly Resolution" regime that keeps insolvent banks afloat by confiscating the savings of investors and depositors. Some 130,000 shareholders and junior bond holders suffered losses in the "rescue." More...

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Meanwhile, Over At The "New York" Stock Exchange: Even More Lasers
by Zero Hedge
Posted December 29, 2015

high speed traders, making money out of nothingHigh-frequency trading — the practice of making thousands of algorithmic stock trades per minute — is about to get a big boost in the USA. Anova, a company that specializes in deploying low-latency networks for stock trading, is completing an ultra-high-speed laser network between the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and the NASDAQ. The link will be just a few nanoseconds faster than the current microwave and fiber-optic links — but in the world of high-frequency trading (HFT), those nanoseconds could result in millions of dollars in profits for the trading companies. Such is the insanity of the stock markets; such is the unbelievable capacity of HFT to create money out of almost nothing.

Because this, ladies and gentlemen, is what "trading" has become. More...

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Christmas 2015—–Why There Is No Peace On Earth
by David Stockman
Posted December 28, 2015

WW1 Christmas truceThere is no peace on earth today for reasons mainly rooted in Imperial Washington—— not Moscow, Beijing, Tehran, Damascus, Mosul or Raqqah. The former has become a global menace owing to what didn't happen in 1991.

What should have happened is that Bush the elder should have declared "mission accomplished" and slashed the Pentagon budget from $600 billion to $200 billion; demobilized the military-industrial complex by putting a moratorium on all new weapons development, procurement and export sales; dissolved NATO and dismantled the far-flung network of US military bases; slashed the US standing armed forces from 1.5 million to a few hundred thousand; and organized and led a world disarmement and peace campaign, as did his Republican predecessors during the 1920s. More...

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Exposing BlackRock: Who's Afraid of Laurence Fink and His Overpowering Institution?
By Andrew Gavin Marshall
Posted December 27, 2015

Lawrence Fink of BlackRockIt's not a bank, nor an insurance company, central bank, finance ministry or sovereign wealth fund. But it advises or owns such institutions. It operates virtually unregulated, often in the background, yet there is scarcely a company, country or region of the planet that this, the world's largest asset management firm, does not touch or influence.

At a mere 27 years of age, BlackRock manages $4.5 trillion in assets, making it the single largest investor on Earth. It manages more wealth than Japan and Germany have in GDP. In fact, only China and the United States have a larger GDP than BlackRock has assets under management. Yet when one includes assets that the company not only manages, but advises upon, the number soars to around $15 trillion, roughly equal to US GDP. More...

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If We Don't Change the Way Money Is Created and Distributed, We Change Nothing
by Charles Hugh Smith
Posted December 26, 2015

private cartel benefits from private money creationMany well-intended people want to reform the status quo for all sorts of worthy reasons: to reduce wealth inequality, restore democracy, create good-paying jobs, and so on. All these goals are laudable, but if we don't change the way money is created and distributed, nothing really changes: wealth inequality will keep rising, governance will remain a bidding process of the wealthy, wages will continue stagnating, etc.

If the money creation/distribution system isn't transformed, "reform" is nothing more than ineffectual policy tweaks that offer do-gooders the illusion of progress.

Few are willing to admit that the way we create and distribute money at the top of the wealth pyramid necessarily generates increasing wealth inequality because once we admit this, we realize 1) the money system itself is the source of inequality and 2) we have to change the money system if we want to stave off the inevitable rise of wealth inequality to the point that it generates social disorder. More...

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When the Workers Become the Owners: Taking the Co-op Movement to the Next Level
By Brian Van Slyke
Posted December 24, 2015

worker owned cooperativesThere's a revolution taking place in the US workforce - but you may not have heard about it. Around the country, workers are starting businesses that they democratically control and that financially benefit them. These businesses, called worker cooperatives, are owned and governed by the employees. Every worker is a member of the co-op, which gives them one share and one vote in the company's operations.

Worker co-ops are ending structural extraction of wealth by anchoring money and resources in low-income communities. Worker co-ops are a great strategy for low-income workers to plug into economic opportunities. Workers are gaining access to owning business, not just waiting for a paycheck from one. Those wages feed into community needs and resilience, from educational opportunities and child care for kids or elderly care for older people, to remittances abroad and financial literacy for people who might not have access to those skills. More...

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Marco Rubio Pushes to Block Low-Cost, High-Speed Broadband
by Lee Fang
Posted December 23, 2015

Rubio blocking cheaper and faster InternetIn a rare senatorial act, full-time Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio joined with a handful of fellow legislators on Friday in an attempt to block local municipalities from undercutting big telecom companies by providing cheap, fast internet service.

Rubio, who is raising campaign cash from the telecom industry for his presidential campaign, fired off a letter to the Federal Communications Commission asking the agency to allow states to block municipal broadband services.

The letter was the latest salvo in a long-running effort by the major telecom companies to outlaw municipal broadband programs that have taken off in cities such as Lafayette, Louisiana, and Chattanooga, Tennessee, because they pose a threat to a business model that calls for slow, expensive internet access without competition. More...

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Big Banks Caught Using Credit Default Swaps To Destroy Nations
by Jeff Nielson
Posted December 22, 2015

police protecting the big bankersAt the beginning of 2010, readers were presented with what was (at the time) merely a theory. The Big Bank crime syndicate was engaged in the serial manipulation of credit default swaps, in order to (among other things) destroy the economies of entire nations. It's one of the reasons these "financial weapons of mass destruction" (Warren Buffett) were illegal in the U.S. for roughly 100 years, banned under anti-gambling statutes.

The theory was supported by a combination of compelling empirical evidence and logical deduction (i.e. "circumstantial evidence") – roughly the same evidentiary basis by which we obtain most of our criminal convictions in our courts of law. The difference here is that with our governments having abandoned the Rule of Law, there was no one ready or willing to adjudicate over such evidence.

Before moving to the new evidence of an open conspiracy by the Big Banks to manipulate this market, it is necessary to review this older evidence. The chronology begins after the Crash of '08, and takes the form of a comparison of two nations and their economies: Greece and the U.S. More...

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America's Forgotten War Against the Central Banks
by Mike Hewitt
Posted December 21, 2015

debt free moneyA note issued by a central bank, such as the Federal Reserve Note, is bank currency. These notes are given to the government in exchange for an interest-bearing government bond. The primary means to pay for the interest on these bonds is to borrow more bank notes, thus beginning a vicious cycle that ultimately ends with the complete destruction of the currency and bankruptcy of the nation. History is replete with such occurrences. (For a list of countries that have experienced hyperinflation click here ).

This begs the question as to why such a doomed system would exist? The reason is that during the course of the arrangement, which can last for centuries, the central bankers who issue the money amass great fortunes from the large sums of interest collected. In essence it is a transfer of wealth from the many to the elite few. Government leaders prefer such a system because it does not require budgets to be balanced. It is far more politically expedient to borrow, then to directly tax the citizens. More...

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$5M Jury Award for One Foreclosure Fraud Makes U.S. Punishment Look Trivial
by David Dayen
Posted December 20, 2015

protecting banks with fraudulent foreclosuresA Texas jury's recent decision to award over $5 million in damages and fees for the fraudulent foreclosure of a single home suggests that the big banks could have been on the hook for as much as $32 trillion — before the Justice Department and state attorneys general settled for $25 billion, or less than one-tenth of a penny on the dollar.

With the jury award in the Wolf family case, we can now assess the true financial exposure on these banks and mortgage companies. There have been roughly 6 million foreclosures since the beginning of the financial crisis in 2008, and virtually all of them were completed with robo-signed, fabricated or fraudulent documents in one form or another. If we apply the $5.38 million jury award to all of those loans, you have a potential cost from the foreclosure fraud scandal of $32.28 trillion. More...

We can all thank Eric Holder, who as Attorney General of the United States decided to protect the big banks from lawsuits for mortgage fraud, while millions of families were thrown into the streets.

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High Fructose Corn Syrup Now Hidden Under a New Name
by Anna Hunt
Posted December 19, 2015

high fructose corn syrupFood producers have many tactics for hiding food ingredients which have become unpopular with consumers, and such has happened to high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) following numerous scientific studies that have linked it to obesity, Type 2 diabetes and autism. In order to stop using the HFCS name in the ingredients list, food makers have taken to calling a sub-category of HFCS as "fructose syrup" or, plainly, "fructose".

HFCS is a highly-processed chemical sweetener used in many processed foods, including breads, cookies, candy, condiments, and soft drinks. HFCS extends the shelf life of products, and it is often cheaper than sugar, which are the main reasons why manufacturers like it. But HFCS has gotten a bad rep, considering the circumstantial evidence that links it to various metabolic diseases, so Big Food and the Corn Refiners Association (CRA) decided to get creative. More...

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Court Ruling Against Chicago Sheriff Proves Thuggish Anti-WikiLeaks Blockade Was Unconstitutional
by Glenn Greenwald
Posted December 18, 2015

Lieberman censored WikiLeaksThe most notorious, most dangerous case was in late 2010, when Joe Lieberman blatantly abused his power as chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee to implicitly threaten and coerce companies like Amazon to terminate website hosting and payment processing services to WikiLeaks, which had just published the Afghanistan and Iraq war logs and diplomatic cables.

That quickly led other companies, including Visa, MasterCard, Bank of America and PayPal, to terminate credit card processing for the group, driving them close to bankruptcy. In other words, Joe Lieberman almost completely destroyed a media and political organization group he disliked not through prosecution but with nothing more than thuggish threats to the companies that serviced it. More...

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Reinventing Banking: From Russia to Iceland to Ecuador
By Ellen Brown
Posted December 17, 2015

reinventing bankingIceland's government is considering a revolutionary monetary proposal - removing the power of commercial banks to create money and handing it to the central bank. The proposal, which would be a turnaround in the history of modern finance, was part of a report written by a lawmaker from the ruling centrist Progress Party, Frosti Sigurjonsson, entitled "A better monetary system for Iceland.

The findings will be an important contribution to the upcoming discussion, here and elsewhere, on money creation and monetary policy," Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson said. The report, commissioned by the premier, is aimed at putting an end to a monetary system in place through a slew of financial crises, including the latest one in 2008. More...

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The One Bank, Revisited
by Jeff Nielson
Posted December 16, 2015

the one bankApproximately two years ago; a commentary was published entitled "The One Bank". The empirical foundation for the article (and the paradigm) was an extensive computer model, produced by a trio of academics at a university in Switzerland, and originally reviewed in an article from Forbes.

The gist of the computer modeling was that a single "super-entity", by itself, controlled roughly 40% of the global economy. The term "super-entity" is simply a synonym for monopoly. The research further stipulated that ¾ of the 140+ (gigantic) corporate fronts which comprised this mega-monopoly were financial intermediaries (i.e. banks), hence the title, The One Bank. More...

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In Rahm Emanuel's Chicago Surveillance State, Controlling the Data is Key
by Bernard E. Harcourt
Posted December 15, 2015

controlling digital coverupsPOWER CIRCULATES DIFFERENTLY in the digital age. It's all about controlling the digital traces — collecting, mining, sharing, exposing, delaying, or erasing the data. Inevitably, some handling will occur in ordinary politics. But when the data are manipulated in order to obstruct criminal justice or steal an election, then it's no longer ordinary politics; it becomes a cover-up. With each new day, there is growing evidence of a cover-up in Chicago.

In our digital age, seeing, monitoring, and recording the digital footprints is quite different from sharing, releasing, revealing, or publicizing the data. We are all exposed today, most of us out of our own desires and passions. The political struggle, though, is over who controls those digital traces. It's not a question of privacy anymore, since we so often crave publicity; it is a question of controlling the data flows. More...

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What Really Matters?
by Zen Gardner
Posted December 14, 2015

what really mattersIt's amazing how the big questions in life are pushed to the end of the line. Sure everyone wonders about the "big stuff" on and off, but their lives are too preoccupied with other issues that they've been told are more pressing and important – when it's nothing of the sort.

This applies directly to the on-going awakening and how to put our best foot forward in times like these. How best can we be used to effect change? What is the most productive and effective course of action in our personal lives?

With everything at stake at this crucial juncture in history these questions become profoundly important. And the answers just may surprise each of us. More...

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Benefits For Cities and Municipalities Of a Public Bank
by Mike Krauss, Steve Snyder and Nancy Goldner
Posted December 13, 2015

municiapl bondThis article contains key questions and answers for elected officials, policy makers, treasury staff, bankers, taxpayers and oters. The American people in cities and communities throughout our nation need a strong local banking industry, free of the destructive practices of Wall Street. Local Banks distribute the sustainable and affordable credit our local economies need. Local banks working in partnership with public banks are able to lend additional funds and, in contrast to Wall Street, their profits
do not depend on reckless risk taking.

The result is a more democratic and prosperous local economy in which the benefits are shared by all. And it is within reach. Across the nation, in more than twenty states and a growing list of municipalities, support is growing for the creation of public, "partnership" banks, based, in part, on the model of the hugely effective Bank of North Dakota. More...

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Facebook Caught Secretly Lobbying for Privacy Destroying "Cyber Security" Bill
by Michael Krieger
Posted December 12, 2015

corporate spyingThere's a privacy destroying bill moving through Congress called the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, or CISA, and it's imperative that the American public stop it in its tracks. Here are a few bullet points on the bill from Fight for the Future:

  • All privacy policies effectively null and void. Companies can share any private user data with the government, without a warrant, as long as the government says it is being used for a "cybersecurity" purpose.
  • In exchange, companies are given blanket immunity from civil and criminal laws, like fraud, money laundering, or illegal wiretapping (if a violation was committed or exposed in the process of sharing data).
  • Data is shared with a wide array of government agencies, from the FBI and NSA, to the IRS and local law enforcement. Many of these agencies have been breached within the last year and have outdated security systems, opening up the doors to even more cyber attacks.
  • Companies that play along can get otherwise classified intelligence data from the government, including private information about their competitors. More...
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Distrust Fuels Outrage at House Financial Services Committee
By Pam Martens and Russ Martens
Posted December 11, 2015

beaureucrats testifiying

Just take a look at the photo above. The panel of witnesses that testified yesterday represent just eight of the ten voting members of the Financial Stability Oversight Council.

Behind each of the regulators on the panel (see list and testimony below), with the exception of S. Roy Woodall, the independent member of FSOC with insurance expertise, there is a regulatory agency eating up more and more taxpayers' dollars while the financial system itself continues to exhibit dangerous and erratic behavior; books continue to be published showing the stock market is rigged and Wall Street is a parasitic wealth transfer operation; commodity prices plummet; junk bond defaults double year over year; derivative exposures remain in the dark; community banks continue to go out of business or are gobbled up; and the holdings of the mega Wall Street banks become ever more concentrated, with just six banks now controlling over 90 percent of derivatives (still housed on the books of their insured, taxpayer-backstopped commercial bank) and 40 percent of deposits. More...

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Rising debt service costs: Public banks for tax relief
By Mike Krauss
Posted December 11, 2015

interest payments strangling our citiesAcross the United States, states and municipal governments struggle to provide essential public services, such as schools, public safety, courts and prisons, public health, transportation infrastructure and parks, while also trying to keep taxes down for a middle class burdened with taxes of every kind.

Some of those taxes are easily identified, like those on income, wages, property, sales and gas. Some are almost invisible. One of these is the tax on the money raised by the bonds that governments issue to pay for capital projects.It's called interest, and this tax shows up in our public budgets and financial reports as "debt service," which adds to the burden on taxpayers.

In California for example, construction of the new Bay Bridge in San Francisco was projected to cost $6 billion. But California taxpayers are also on the hook for more than $6 billion more in interest, which will be paid to investors who purchased the bonds used to raise the first $6 billion. More...

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Anatomy of an Oligopoly: the Beer Industry
by Jeff Nielson
Posted December 10, 2015

beer controlled by oligopolyWhy has the standard of living across most of the Western world fallen by more than half over the past 40+ years? Why is Western unemployment at an all-time high, with more than 100 million permanently unemployed people who are not allowed to work? Why does most brand-name beer taste like swill?

Most readers will see no connection between these questions. Some will see a connection between the first and second, and very few will see a common link between all three. In fact, we can answer all of these questions (at least in part) the same way, and the answer is spelled O-L-I-G-O-P-O-L-Y.

Let's take a moment for the definition of terms. An oligopoly is where a handful of corporations (or corporate fronts) have total control over a particular industry or sector. Once they have such control, these corporations inevitably engage in predatory behavior, such as price-gouging consumers and bribing public officials in order to obtain preferential treatment. More...

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The Real Issues You Won't Hear From the 2016 Presidential Candidates This Election Year
By John W. Whitehead
Posted December 9, 2015

campaigns are now a circusThe countdown has begun. We now have less than one year until the 2016 presidential election, and you can expect to be treated to an earful of carefully crafted, expensive sound bites and political spin about climate change, education, immigration, taxes and war.

Despite the dire state of our nation, however, you can rest assured that none of the problems that continue to undermine our freedoms will be addressed in any credible, helpful way by any of the so-called viable presidential candidates and certainly not if doing so might jeopardize their standing with the unions, corporations or the moneyed elite bankrolling their campaigns.

The following are just a few of the issues that should be front and center in every presidential debate. That they are not is a reflection of our willingness as citizens to have our political elections reduced to little more than popularity contests that are, in the words of Shakespeare, "full of sound and fury, signifying nothing." More...

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Why Does America Need a New Monetary System?
by Byron Dale
Posted December 8, 2015

America needs a new monetary systemOur founding fathers declared that governments are instituted to secure certain unalienable Rights. Among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. Certainly in modern America, our monetary system and the principles under which it functions are fundamental to our liberty, our capacity to take care of ourselves, our families and our ability to pursue and realize our dreams and ambitions.

The question we must ask ourselves is: What are the principles under which our monetary system functions? When we think about our present money system and monetary principles, we need to ask ourselves a few questions. Would you agree with me that there is a huge governmental debt? Do you also understand that the private sector debt is over 5 times greater than the public debt? Very few have ever thought about how much debt there is in the private sector. Most people are shocked to learn there is well over 60 trillion 'dollars' of private and public debts (2011 year end figures). More...

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Time to Stop Worshipping Economic Growth
by Brent Blackwelder
Posted December 7, 2015

there is no economy on a dead planetThere are physical limits to growth on a finite planet. In 1972, the Club of Rome issued their groundbreaking report—Limits to Growth (twelve million copies in thirty-seven languages). The authors predicted that by about 2030, our planet would feel a serious squeeze on natural resources, and they were right on target.

In 2009, the Stockholm Resilience Center introduced the concept of planetary boundaries to help the public envision the nature of the challenges posed by limits to growth and physical/biological boundaries. They defined nine boundaries critical to human existence that, if crossed, could generate abrupt or irreversible environmental changes. The global economy must be viewed from a macro-perspective to realize that infringement of the planetary boundaries puts many life support ecosystems in jeopardy. Without functional ecosystems, the very survival of life forms, as well as human institutions, is put in doubt, including any economy. There is no economy on a dead planet! More...

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Whistle-blower intimidation: U.S. freezes bank accounts and credit cards of former Air Force drone operators
by William N. Grigg
Posted December 6, 2015

drone whistle blowersFor having the courage to come forward and expose the drone program for the indiscriminate murder that it is, 4 vets are under attack from the government they once served.

The U.S. Government failed to deter them through threats of criminal prosecution, and clumsy attempts to intimidate their families. Now four former Air Force drone operators-turned-whistleblowers have had their credit cards and bank accounts frozen, according to human rights attorney Jesselyn Radack.

"My drone operators went public this week and now their credit cards and bank accounts are frozen," Radack lamented on her Twitter feed (the spelling of her post has been conventionalized). This was done despite the fact that none of them has been charged with a criminal offense - but this is a trivial formality in the increasingly Sovietesque American National Security State. More...

This entire drone whistle blower story is a poignant example of the total failure of the main stream media to provide the public with news because it is not the narrative the government wants the masses to hear. This story should also serve as a warning about the dangers of the cashless society where the government has the ability to make one "disappear" economically.

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4 Examples of Mainstream Media Fabricating News to Push for War
by Dylan Charles
Posted December 5, 2015

Orwellian media propagandaAs we inch further into the future and evermore closer to the next, and certainly last, world war, it seems proper to give pause and consider the significance of the fact that much of the information provided on world events is dreadfully compromised by corporate and political propagandists.

Mainstream media, with its exceptional reach, is able to mold the public's first impression of any global event thereby establishing the 'official story,' the one that is repeated again and again during the first moments of a crisis. They capitalize on the immediate shock value of an act of extraordinary violence or unrest to mold public perception into conformity with a narrative that will become the abiding fiction by which any further substantive investigation of the event must be measured against.

9/11 is perhaps the best example of this, as nearly 15 years afterwards, an incredible amount of information and research has become available the public, at least enough to unseat the official version of events and inspire a deeper investigation, yet contrary reporting is still not taken seriously at all by mainline media outlets. More...

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Tricked By Greek God Hermes
by David Korten
Posted December 4, 2015

tricked by Greek god HermesWhen I step back and look at the incredible mismatch between the economic system we have and the economic system we need, I find myself wondering whether we humans are victims of a dangerous spell induced by a mischievous Greek God. Here is the story as I imagine it.

The Greek Gods are meeting in council on Mount Olympus to discuss what to do about those silly humans down on that little planet called Earth who no longer pay proper respect and even presume to be taking Godly powers unto themselves.

Zeus, the ruler of the sky says, "I propose that I wipe them out with a bolt of lightening." The Gods debate his idea at length.

Hermes, the god of commerce and cunning, sits quietly through most of the discussion. Then he intervenes. More...

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America's 20 richest people have more money than these 152 million people
By Quentin Fottrell
Posted December 3, 2015

extreme wealthThis statistic might even make the 1% feel humbled.

America's 20 wealthiest people — a group that could fit in one Gulfstream G650 jet — are now worth $732 billion, which means they have more wealth than the 152 million people who make up the least wealthy 50% of U.S. households, according to a report released Wednesday by the Institute for Policy Studies. What's more, the "Forbes 400" wealthiest individuals in the U.S. now have a net worth of $2.34 trillion.

"There is a growing concentration of wealth in fewer and fewer hands," says Josh Hoxie, who heads up the Project on Opportunity and Taxation at the institute. More...

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New Economy 2.0
by David Korten
Posted December 2, 2015

dying Earth, dying economyThe old economy of greed and dominion is dying. A new economy of life and partnership is struggling to be born. The outcome is ours to choose. Imagine an economy in which life is valued more than money and power resides with ordinary people who care about one another, their community, and their natural environment. It is possible. It is happening. Millions of people are living it into being. Our common future hangs in the balance.

There is broad agreement about the need for a New Economy, but strikingly different versions of what that means. The New Economy 1.0 version envisions a magical high-tech fantasy world of limitless growth in mindless consumption.

New Economy 1.0 leaves unchallenged the implicit assumption of the old economy that life exists to serve the economy. It poses no challenge to a money-driven economic system designed and managed by Wall Street corporations to maximize financial returns to their major players. It leaves in place indicators that count the conversion of the real living-wealth of the many to the phantom financial-wealth of the few as a net gain for society. It has no plan for dealing with the internal dynamics of a system that by its design drives toward financial instability, wealth concentration, environmental stress, and political corruption. More...

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The Global Financial System: Can You Handle the Ugly Truth? Fraud in the Gold Market
By Bill Holter
Posted December 1, 2015

COMEX fraudIt has been said "truth" is a funny concept. What is truth to one may not be to another because opinions vary from one person to another. "Truth" in this context consists of one's opinion or point of view. By this definition truth can be altered, changed or even "made". For example, the truth believed and espoused by MSNBC is far different than that of FOX News, both by the reporters themselves and by viewers. Real truth however cannot be "made", massaged or opined as it is mathematical in origin and more an issue of black and white.

The global financial system has gone awry where economic truth must be masked and hidden to cover the reality. Somehow our central planners think if the people "believe" something …then it "is". I am here to tell you, no it is not. A perfect example of something completely out of whack but melded into the new "normal" are negative interest rates throughout much of Europe. These negative interest rates are no longer for only short dated maturities. Rates are negative in some cases out past 7-10 years! More...

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What Makes Finland's Teachers So Much Better Than Everyone Else's?
by Vic Bishop
Posted November 30, 2015

Finland gets education rightFinland's school system is swiftly becoming the envy of the world, primarily because of their willingness to experiment with alternatives to formal education to discover if different methods and approaches work better than the strict government controlled academic model. Teaching is a highly valued profession in this Northern European nation, and all over the world teachers come to Finland to tour Finnish schools in order to improve their work at home.

Simply put, Finland's teachers are better than everyone else's because the government and the people of the nation have developed a strong revere for this most important of professions and consider teacher training to be of utmost importance.

Can you imagine a world where teachers and educators are more influential and important to society than investment bankers and politicians? More...

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Public Banks Stop Wall Street From Gambling With Our Money
by Matt Stannard
Posted November 29, 2015

Wall Street can be stoppedWould you gamble away your rent money? How about your kids' college fund, or the money you put aside for food and clothing? If that seems like a terrible idea, then why do cities, counties, and states gamble away our money by giving it to big Wall Street bankers, who throw it into risky derivatives and interest rate swaps? There's a better way--and it's one of our nation's best-kept secrets.

Typically, public banks hold city, county, or state monetary deposits (such as taxes, pension funds, fees, etc.) and may also offer individual savings accounts. Public banks provide credit to businesses, government enterprises, students, farmers and others at low- or no-interest. Because they are run without shareholders or a profit motive, public banks do not need to charge high interest rates or gamble depositors' money in risky Wall Street ventures. More...

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Astonishing report from the Fed says US banks are not "sound"
by Simon Black
Posted November 27, 2015

U.S. banks are not soundLate last week, a consortium of financial regulators in the United States, including the Federal Reserve and the FDIC, issued an astonishing condemnation of the US banking system. Most notably, they highlighted "continuing gaps between industry practices and the expectations for safe and sound banking."

This is part of an annual report they publish called the Shared National Credit (SNC) Review. And in this year's report, they identified a huge jump in risky loans due to overexposure to weakening oil and gas industries. Make no mistake; this is not chump change. More...

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Paris and the Soldiers of the Caliphate: More War, More Blowback
by Jason Hirthler
Posted November 26, 2015

middle east devastation breeds radicalismEvery major terror attack is leveraged by the West to occupy greater segments of the Middle East and to suppress free speech, organization, and protest at home. Our oligarchic elite must never concede their own role in fomenting terror by terrorizing vulnerable populations. They are duty bound by the oligarchs that elected them to observe an elite omerta about empire.

They must never concede that seven Muslim countries invaded, one million Muslims killed, and tens of millions of Muslims turned into refugees has anything to do with terrorism visited on Western capitals, from New York to London to Madrid and finally, again, to Paris. But of course, those figures had everything to do with November 13th. The entire planet would be a better place if we merely had the capacity for self-critique. We don't. More...

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Fractional-Reserve Banking is Pure Fraud, Part I
by Jeff Nielson
Posted November 25, 2015

banking is a ponzi scheme fraudThis is a commentary which should never have needed to be written. What is euphemistically called "fractional-reserve banking" is obvious fraud, and obvious crime. By its very definition; it transforms the banking sector of an economy into a leveraged Ponzi-scheme, and as with all Ponzi-schemes, there is no possible "happy ending" here.

In the original form of our "fractional-reserve" monetary system, for every $1 which our central banks officially printed, the banking system created an additional $9 out of thin air, via fractional-reserve fraud. Simply put; 90% of all the actual "money" in our monetary system, and our economies, was conjured out of thin air , by private banks, via fractional-reserve fraud.

This is fractional-reserve banking, presented as the naked fraud that it is: bankers "lending" not only more than what they possess, but lending out "money" which grossly exceeds the amount of capital in existence. Conjuring oceans of paper out of thin air. It is inherently criminal. It is inherently fraudulent. More...

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The US Corporate Media are Essentially Propaganda Organs of the US Government
by Dave Lindorff
Posted November 24, 2015

corporate media propagandaCan the US corporate media, particularly when it comes to foreign affairs, but also when it comes to matters like intelligence and domestic spying, be trusted to present the truth? Are the American corporate media largely propaganda organs, or news organizations?

Here are a few points to consider, and then you the reader can decide. Check out how one should objectively answer these questions below, and then check how the US corporate media generally answer them:

1. If ISIS or Al Qaeda deliberately attacks a civilian venue as in Paris, killing dozens of civilians indiscriminately, is it terrorism?

Objective answer: Yes-- US media answer: Yes

2. If the US deliberately attacks a a civilian venue as in the case of the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, killing dozens of civilians indiscriminately, is it terrorism?

Objective answer: Yes -- US media answer: No
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What If We Owned the Internet Together? It's Time to Bring the Co-op Revolution to the Web
by Nathan Schneider and Trebor Scholz
Posted November 23, 2015

Internet is a community resourceOver and over, this is what happens with the most promising new technologies. From the telegraph to radio and television, early adopters imagine a coming reign of freedom and democracy. But then investors buy in and monopolies rise up, extracting profits above all and suppressing the next generations of innovators, at least until the next "disruption."

A different online economy is possible. Especially since the onset of the Great Recession, we're living through a renaissance of solidarity economies in the United States and around the world. The flourishing of farmers markets, benefit corporations, credit unions, and fair trade demonstrates the longing for enterprise that serves the common good, rather than merely rolling in profits for the few. A bedrock of any solidarity economy is the old idea of cooperativism—sharing ownership among those affected by an enterprise and governing it democratically. More...

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5 Myths Regarding the Paris Terror Attacks
by Washington's Blog
Posted November 22, 2015

surveillance does not make you saferThe NSA and other spy agencies are pretending that the Paris attacks show that we need more mass surveillance. But the New York Times correctly points out in a scathing editorial that mass surveillance won't help to prevent terrorism:

As one French counterterrorism expert and former defense official said, this shows that "our intelligence is actually pretty good, but our ability to act on it is limited by the sheer numbers." In other words, the problem in this case was not a lack of data, but a failure to act on information authorities already had.

In fact, indiscriminate bulk data sweeps have not been useful. In the more than two years since the N.S.A.'s data collection programs became known to the public, the intelligence community has failed to show that the phone program has thwarted a terrorist attack. Yet for years intelligence officials and members of Congress repeatedly misled the public by claiming that it was effective. In reality, top security experts agree that mass surveillance makes us MORE vulnerable to terrorists. Indeed, even the NSA has previously admitted that it's collecting too MUCH information to stop terror attacks. More...

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Hang Onto Your Wallets: Negative Interest Rates, the War on Cash, and the $10 Trillion Bail-in
By Ellen Brown
Posted November 21, 2015

no cash acceptedIn uncertain times, "cash is king," but central bankers are systematically moving to eliminate that option. Is it really about stimulating the economy? Or is there some deeper, darker threat afoot?

Remember those old ads showing a senior couple lounging on a warm beach, captioned "Let your money work for you"? Or the scene in Mary Poppins where young Michael is being advised to put his tuppence in the bank, so that it can compound into "all manner of private enterprise," including "bonds, chattels, dividends, shares, shipyards, amalgamations . . . ."?

That may still work if you're a Wall Street banker, but if you're an ordinary saver with your money in the bank, you may soon be paying the bank to hold your funds rather than the reverse. More...

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NY Times Editorial Slams "Disgraceful" CIA Exploitation of Paris Attacks, But Submissive Media Role Is Key
by Glenn Greenwald
Posted November 20, 2015

blaming others for their own failureA truly superb New York Times editorial this morning mercilessly shames the despicable effort by U.S. government officials to shamelessly exploit the Paris attacks to advance long-standing agendas. Focused on the public campaign of the CIA to manipulate post-Paris public emotions to demonize transparency and privacy and to demand still-greater surveillance powers for themselves, the NYT editors begin:

It's a wretched yet predictable ritual after each new terrorist attack: Certain politicians and government officials waste no time exploiting the tragedy for their own ends. The remarks on Monday by John Brennan, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, took that to a new and disgraceful low. More...

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Arbitration Everywhere, Stacking the Deck of Justice
By Jessica Silver-Grennberg and Robert Gebeloff
Posted November 19, 2015

private corporate court systemOn Page 5 of a credit card contract used by American Express, beneath an explainer on interest rates and late fees, past the details about annual membership, is a clause that most customers probably miss. If cardholders have a problem with their account, American Express explains, the company "may elect to resolve any claim by individual arbitration."

Those nine words are at the center of a far-reaching power play orchestrated by American corporations, an investigation by The New York Times has found.

By inserting individual arbitration clauses into a soaring number of consumer and employment contracts, companies like American Express devised a way to circumvent the courts and bar people from joining together in class-action lawsuits, realistically the only tool citizens have to fight illegal or deceitful business practices. More...

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Police Civil Asset Forfeitures Exceed All Burglaries in 2014
by Martin Armstrong
Posted November 18, 2015

police steal more than the criminalsBetween 1989 and 2010, U.S. attorneys seized an estimated $12.6 billion in asset forfeiture cases. The growth rate during that time averaged +19.4% annually. In 2010 alone, the value of assets seized grew by +52.8% from 2009 and was six times greater than the total for 1989. Then by 2014, that number had ballooned to roughly $4.5 billion for the year, making this 35% of the entire number of assets collected from 1989 to 2010 in a single year. According to the FBI, the total amount of goods stolen by criminals in 2014 burglary offenses suffered an estimated $3.9 billion in property losses. This means that the police are now taking more assets than the criminals.

The police have been violating the laws to confiscate assets all over the country. A scathing report on California warns of pervasive abuse by police to rob the people without proving that any crime occurred. Even Eric Holder came out in January suggesting reform because of the widespread abuse of the civil asset forfeiture laws by police. More...

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They're coming for your cash
By Mark Nestmann
Posted November 17, 2015

they are coming for your cashIt might sound like a conspiracy theory spun by right-wing crazies. But judging by the increasing desperation of governments to reboot the world economy, it just might happen. "It" is the recall or confiscation of cash, i.e., dollars, euros, pounds, etc., in physical form. And a key justification that those calling for this radical measure cite is that it reinforces the ability of central banks to impose negative interest rates.

Citicorp's chief economist, a technocrat named Willem Buiter, thinks the US needs much lower interest rates to push the economy out of the doldrums. He thinks negative interest rates around -6% would do the job. But there's one condition: For his plan to work, he says, the government must abolish cash. More...

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Time Is Running Out For Pax Americana's Apologists
by Rostislav Ischenko
Posted November 16, 2015

empire in declineThe paradox of the current global crisis is that for the last five years, all relatively responsible and independent nations have made tremendous efforts to save the United States from the financial, economic, military, and political disaster that looms ahead. And this is all despite Washington's equally systematic moves to destabilize the world order, rightly known as the Pax Americana.

Since policy is not a zero-sum game, i.e., one participant's loss does not necessarily entail a gain for another, this paradox has a logical explanation. A crisis erupts within any system when there is a discrepancy between its internal structure and the sum total of available resources (that is, those resources will eventually prove inadequate for the system to function normally and in the usual way). More...

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Fracking Goes on Trial for Human Rights Violations
By Kathleen Dean Moore
Posted November 15, 2015

poisoning our water and lying about itWhen industry and governments persist in longstanding practices of silence and deception, it is important to uncover the factual and moral truths about their crimes. Kathleen Dean Moore asserts that the Permanent Peoples' Tribunal on the human rights impact of fracking intends to do just that, and also explains why it matters.

As convoys of heavy trucks carry fracking equipment into new oil fields in neighborhoods and wildlands around the world, an alliance of human rights organizations is making plans to put the entire practice of hydraulic fracturing on trial. The court is the Permanent People's Tribunal, a descendant of the Vietnam War-era International War Crimes Tribunal. The Peoples' Tribunal is a branch of no government on Earth. It has no power of enforcement. It has no army, no prison, no sheriff. So what's the point? More...

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Supreme Court gives police using deadly force in pursuits more immunity
By David G. Savage
Posted November 14, 2015

US Supreme CourtThe Supreme Court made it harder Monday to sue police for using deadly force against fleeing suspects, ruling that officers are immune from lawsuits unless it is "beyond debate" that a shooting was unjustified and clearly unreasonable. By an 8-1 vote, the justices tossed out an excessive force suit against a Texas police officer who ignored his supervisor's warning and took a high-powered rifle to a highway overpass to shoot at an approaching car. The officer said he hoped to stop the car but instead shot and killed the driver.

In dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor faulted the majority for "sanctioning a 'shoot first, think later' approach to policing." The court's decision comes at a time of growing concern over police shootings, including the killing last week of a 6-year-old Louisiana boy who was in the back seat of his father's car. More...

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How Did the Taxpayer Make Out on the Wall Street Bailout?
By Pam Martens and Russ Martens
Posted November 13, 2015

bnakers love the bailoutsFor starters, forget all those headlines that reassured you that TARP produced a big windfall for taxpayers. There's the fact that TARP was just the part of the iceberg visible above the water. The trillions in bailout loans that were invisible throughout the years of the crash, until court orders and Congressional legislation forced the data into the sunshine, was coming from the Federal Reserve.

As Senator Elizabeth Warren stated to a Senate Committee hearing on March 3 of this year:

"During the financial crisis, Congress bailed out the big banks with hundreds of billions of dollars in taxpayer money; and that's a lot of money. But the biggest money for the biggest banks was never voted on by Congress. Instead, between 2007 and 2009, the Fed provided over $13 trillion in emergency lending to just a handful of large financial institutions. That's nearly 20 times the amount authorized in the TARP bailout." More...

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The Deep State: The Unelected Shadow Government Is Here To Stay
by John W. Whitehead
Posted November 12, 2015

deep stateAmerica's next president will inherit more than a bitterly divided nation teetering on the brink of financial catastrophe when he or she assumes office. He will also inherit a shadow government, one that is fully operational and staffed by unelected officials who are, in essence, running the country. To be precise, however, the future president will actually inherit not one but two shadow governments.

The first shadow government, referred to as COG or continuity of government, is made up of unelected individuals who have been appointed to run the government in the event of a "catastrophe." The second shadow government, referred to as the Deep State, is comprised of unelected government bureaucrats, corporations, contractors, paper-pushers, and button-pushers who are actually calling the shots behind the scenes right now. More...

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The Post-Wall Street Era Will be Local
by Raphaël Souchier
Posted November 11, 2015

local is the futureChanging our actions requires understanding what generates them. "There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root," observed Thoreau. It is indeed at the root where wisdom wishes we would intervene. That is where we are acted upon, manipulated by our own fears. We fear being isolated, threatened by others and by a natural environment that we imagine to be inert, strange and hostile.

However, there is at least one other way to see things, just as realistic but more fecund: We are part of an ecosystem to which we are profoundly related and that permanently generates life. Instead of destroying it through ignorance and arrogance, it would be reasonable to honor it while observing it, respecting it and allowing it to inspire our action. David Korten mentioned this when we met: "This system is extraordinary in its ability to organize itself to capture and use local nutrients, water and energy in each area of the planet. It is extremely local. Seize the resources, use them, and trade them to preserve life through cooperative sharing. All these microsystems are interconnected, and in the end they constitute a global interdependent biosphere." More...

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When will America Jail their Banksters?
by James Hall
Posted November 10, 2015

protecting the those who are stealing their pensionsThe most dramatic contrast in the rule of law against the architects of financial theft can be seen in the way America protects their banksters and the accountability that Iceland imposed on their financial crooks. The fact that the orthodox financial press refuses to cover the incarceration of Iceland's Bankers Face 74 Years in Prison While US Banks Profit After Your Bailout, is clear proof who really controls the political and economic institutions in the United States. As for the courts, America has long ago shredded the rule of law in this country.

Pray tell, when will the public wake up from their systematic induced lobotomy from a culture designed to purge even a fundamental understanding of money, finance and economics? A society based upon psychosurgery has produced the densest population on the planet. Stuck on Stupid does not say enough about the fools that keep obeying the dictates of the financial elites. More...

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Addiction to Power and Radical Therapy for the 1%
by Nozomi Hayase
Posted November 9, 2015

just too big, periodIn the last few years, the world has experienced a rash of devastating financial tragedies. From the 2008 financial meltdown to the recent Greek debt crisis, one can find the footprints of too-big-to-fail megabanks and investment firms. Corruption of the 1% global elite continues, as the super rich get richer and the poor get poorer.

Public outrage toward bankers is growing and many are seeking a way to account for this systemic fraud. Some wish to follow the lead of Iceland, a small island nation that successfully put such thieves in jail. On one hand, those who have bilked the public should face severe consequences. But at the same time, this alone will not get to the root of the problem. In order to truly tackle systemic issues of widening wealth inequality, we need to look more deeply at this destructive behavior and recognize it as a symptom of a larger social illness. More...

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The clock is ticking on a time bomb that could blow up a free internet: the TPP
by Evan Greer
Posted November 8, 2015

TPP - Obama's legacy?After years of secrecy, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement has finally been released to the public. The shadowy process and overreaching scope of the deal have sparked an international outcry; it's been roundly condemned as an attack on worker's rights, the environment, public health, small businesses and startups. But perhaps the biggest concern is over the impact that it will have on the internet.

The final version of TPP confirms advocates' worst fears. Thanks to, among other things, its dramatic expansion of copyright enforcement, the agreement poses a grave threat to our basic right to access information and express ourselves on the web, and could easily be abused to criminalize common online activities and enforce widespread internet censorship. More...

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If This Doesn't Convince You to Exit the Global Banking System, Then Absolutely Nothing Will
by J.S. Kim
Posted November 7, 2015

who are they protecting?Today, bankers all around the world are making it more and more difficult to withdraw more than $3000 or €3000 per day, and simultaneously making it impossible to pay for, in cash, any item with a price tag in excess of these levels. Though most people are not questioning why this is, this global banker movement to ban all cash transactions should be interpreted as a clear and present danger to the purchasing power of everyone's lifetime of accumulated savings. If you're still not convinced, then think about what the Carbanak theft of $1 billion from global banks truly means.

If we investigated how this hacking group accomplished their theft, we would discover that, at times, they even hacked into bank servers to create currencies out of thin air before transferring this newly created currency to themselves. The fact that these hackers could create currency that did not even exist on the bank's books and then steal it should compel all of us to ask ourselves, "Do we really want to hold the earnings of our cumulative lifetime of labor in digital currencies that have intrinsic values of nearly nothing?" If we realize that bankers can store tens of millions of currency literally on just a few bits on a hard drive on their bank server, and if we understand that we can purchase a 5 Terabyte Western Digital hard drive that can hold 40,000,000,000,000 bits on Amazon for just US$179, then we really should question why we believe that digital bits will ever preserve our lifetime of savings for the next 10 years, or even for just the next 2 years. More...

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How the U.S. Government is Raiding a Citizen Victim Relief Fund to Pay for General Expenses
by Michael Krieger
Posted November 6, 2015

government theftOne of the primary "talking points" used by the Department of Justice to defend its practice of systematically deeming corporate criminals above the law via its used of deferred prosecution agreements, has been an emphasis on how much money it has earned in fines from criminal corporations. These fines were supposed to be distributed to help victimized American citizens. Not any more.

The government's just-approved budget deal takes $1.5 billion from a fund for crime victims and uses it instead to help pay for federal spending, drawing on a growing reserve collected from settlements with banks and major corporations. More...

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The Calm Before The Storm
By Michael Snyder
Posted November 5, 2015

calm before the stormHave you noticed that things have gotten eerily quiet in the month of October? After the chaos of late August and early September, many had anticipated that we would be dealing with a full-blown financial collapse by now, but instead we have entered a period of "dead calm" in which things have become exceedingly quiet in almost every way that you can possibly imagine. Other "watchmen" that I highly respect have made the exact same observation.

Even though the economic numbers are screaming that we have entered a global recession, they aren't really make any headline news. A whole host of major financial institutions around the planet are currently in danger of collapsing and creating the next "Lehman Brothers moment", but none of them has imploded just yet. More...

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The Rigging of the American Market
by Robert Reich
Posted November 4, 2015

the rich are getting richerMuch of the national debate about widening inequality focuses on whether and how much to tax the rich and redistribute their income downward.

But this debate ignores the upward redistributions going on every day, from the rest of us to the rich. These redistributions are hidden inside the market.

The only way to stop them is to prevent big corporations and Wall Street banks from rigging the market. More...

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10 Things Business Schools Must Teach About Sustainable Development
by Terry F. Yosie
Posted November 3, 2015

sustainable communitiesThe acceleration of sustainable development initiatives across the global marketplace has stimulated a variety of responses from both global companies and business schools as they race to adapt to increasingly powerful demographic, economic and technological changes.

Yet the direct relationship between companies and business schools remains uneven, both in actions and in results. This is reflected in the often ad hoc nature of their collaboration, the differing approaches to teaching sustainable development, and the burgeoning need for new skill sets among graduates. More...

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'Untouchables': Obama Cronies "Protected Wall Street's Most Criminal From Prosecution"
by Mac Slavo
Posted November 2, 2015

Banks always collectThe slow motion financial holocaust has been underway for some time now. Goldman Sach recently commented that we are in the third wave of the great crisis. What happened in 2008 remains directly relevant to the personal financial risk that most Americans face at the brink of the next phase of the collapse.

It's almost like they're looking for a sacrificial lamb… the banks have gotten away with murder too many times to count. Those who might be tried under a truly fair system instead stand firm with their understanding of impunity, an arrangement befitting their position and stature in society, that they will never be seriously investigated, much less prosecuted, for their role in the manipulation that caused the biggest problems. More...

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"Running Out of Money". The US Government On the Brink of Default. How Obama Could Beat the Debt Ceiling
By Ellen Brown
Posted Novemeber1, 2015

Obama debt deiling"Until the control of the issue of currency and credit is restored to government and recognized as its most conspicuous and sacred responsibility, all talk of the sovereignty of Parliament and of democracy is idle and futile" — Canadian Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King, 1935

On November 3rd, the US government will again run out of money due to a debt ceiling artificially imposed by Congress. This is the third time in four years that a radical faction has taken the country to the brink of default to extort concessions that are at best only marginally related to the budget.

The debt ceiling is an unconstitutional gimmick that violates the 14th amendment, which says the validity of the government's debt shall not be questioned. The debt was incurred by Congress when it passed the budget, and the money has been borrowed and spent. Congress cannot now refuse to pay. More...

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First They Jailed the Bankers, Now Every Icelander to Get Paid in Bank Sale
by Claire Bernish
Posted October 31, 2015

Icelanders will get a chack after selling off the banksFirst, Iceland jailed its crooked bankers for their direct involvement in the financial crisis of 2008. Now, every Icelander will receive a payout for the sale of one of its three largest banks, Íslandsbanki.If Finance Minister Bjarni Benediktsson has his way — and he likely will — Icelanders will be paid kr 30,000 after the government takes over ownership of the bank. Íslandsbanki would be second of the three largest banks under State proprietorship.

Because Icelanders took control of their government, they effectively own the banks. Benediktsson believes this will bring foreign capital into the country and ultimately fuel the economy — which, incidentally, remains the only European nation to recover fully from the 2008 crisis. Iceland even managed to pay its outstanding debt to the IMF in full — in advance of the due date. More...

This is the exact opposite of what the rest of the world did, and they are all in economic distress.

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The TPP: An Attack on the Internet
by Alfredo Lopez
Posted October 30, 2015

Danger ahead, TPP comingThe Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, initialed by the delegations of the 12 participating countries in early October, is one of the most talked-about mysteries of our time. The moment the treaty was announced, there was a tidal wave of commentary and criticism: most of it based on previous versions, speculation and a few leaks. Because it won't be published for months (even years perhaps), nobody really knew what the document actually said.

Then Wikileaks, the on-line bible of revealed secrets, published several leaked sections of what its editors believe is the final edition and the collective groan morphed into an outcry. It was, as the Electronic Frontier Foundation puts it, "all that we feared." The TPP internationalizes some of the worst inequities and abuses specific signing governments are currently committing and nowhere is that more true than with surveillance and communications repression. More...

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'Celebrating' 14 Years Since America Kissed Its Freedoms Goodbye
by Simon Black
Posted October 29, 2015

gutting the ConstitutionIf you haven't already, now's the time to get out your party hats to celebrate the 14th anniversary of the USA PATRIOT Act.

You know about the law, I'm sure; passed barely six weeks after the 9/11 attacks, the USA PATRIOT Act is one of the most sweeping, liberty-destroying pieces of legislation in American history. Remember the rule of thumb: the more high-sounding the name of a law, the more disastrous its effects. And the USA PATRIOT Act absolutely conformed. It stands for Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Interdict and Obstruct Terrorism.

And this name is truly disingenuous when you think about it.Seriously, how was America to become more 'united' by allowing warrantless searches, vastly expanding the powers of secret courts, and completely doing away with entire sections of the Constitution?? That's just absurd. More...

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As Bad as You Think Inequality Is, It's Worse!
By Les Leopold
Posted October 28, 2015

super richIn 1970, for every dollar earned by the average worker, the top 100 CEOs earned on average $45. By 2013 the ratio had jumped to $829 to $1, which is 20 times greater that what the typical American in the survey guessed.

More amazing still is that on average Americans think CEOs of large companies receive about $900,000 per year in compensation, when in reality they receive nearly $30,000,000. It's as if our perception of the income gap was frozen in 1970. We just have not caught up with the realities of runaway inequality. More...

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7 Simple Steps on How to Fight Speeding Tickets and Win — From an Ex-Cop
By Free Thought Project
Posted October 27, 2015

fighting speeding ticketIt is estimated that in 2014 there were over 41,000,000 speeding tickets issued in the USA and that over 25% of these were issued in error. The most common errors include shadowing, RFI inference, cosine angle error, mechanical interference and devices that are out of calibration.

Before, during and right after the stop are the most critical times to prepare your defense if you plan on fighting your speeding ticket. Because of this, it's CRITICAL that you remember EVERYTHING that is happening around you and document it. So if you're planning on fighting your ticket in court, we put together this guide to help disqualify the officer's testimony and his/her equipment, so you have a better chance of winning your case. More...

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Icelandic Bankers Are Not Too Big To Jail: Face 74 Years In Prison As US Bankers Bask In Bailouts
by Claire Bernish
Posted October 26, 2015

Iceland jailed its criminal bankersIn the aftermath of the bubble, GDP collapsed -7.6%, unemployment exploded above 8%, and inflation surged to above 12%. Banking liabilities, mainly denominated in foreign currencies, ballooned to 20x the budget of the State.

Iceland did not re-leverage their financial system, bail out their banks, print money, or use public assets to support the stock market. Iceland refused to promote private risk with public money. They did the exact opposite and let the private banks crash and prosecuted officials for negligence.

Today the Icelandic economy is rapidly expanding with low unemployment, high growth, and declining debt even when Europe is printing money to avoid falling back into deflation. It is hard to believe that just 7 years ago Iceland faced arguably the direst conditions in the region. The banking system held assets at 10x the size of GDP after a decade of de-regulation in the lead up to the crash. More...

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TPP Is Toxic Political Poison That Politicians Should Avoid
By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers
Posted October 25, 2015

TPP is NAFTA on steroidsIf you care about corporate power versus democracy, and about jobs, the environment, health care, food, water, energy, climate, regulation of banks and more, then stopping the TPP needs to be a top priority. The agreement comes after six years of secret negotiations — secret to the public, media and elected representatives but not to hundreds of transnational corporations, their lobbyists and lawyers.

The deal is fragile. Negotiators had been near agreement for more than a year and the final two meetings were a struggle. The controversy around this the agreement will come out when it is made public and goes through national legislatures. More...

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Twenty-First-Century Fascism: Private Military Companies in Service to the Transnational Capitalist Class
By Peter Phillips
Posted October 24, 2015

private corporate armiesGlobalization of trade and central banking has propelled private corporations to positions of power and control never before seen in human history. Under advanced capitalism, the structural demands for a return on investment require an unending expansion of centralized capital in the hands of fewer and fewer people. The financial center of global capitalism is so highly concentrated that less than a few thousand people dominate and control $100 trillion of wealth.

The few thousand people controlling global capital amounts to less than 0.0001 percent of the world's population. They are the transnational capitalist class (TCC), who, as the capitalist elite of the world, dominate nation-states through international trade agreements and transnational state organizations such as the World Bank, the Bank for International Settlements, and the International Monetary Fund. More...

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Killing Off Community Banks — Intended Consequence of Dodd-Frank?
by Ellen Brown
Posted October 22, 2015

small banks are dying along with Main StreetThe Dodd-Frank regulations are so lethal to community banks that some say the intent was to force them to sell out to the megabanks. Community banks are rapidly disappearing — except in North Dakota, where they are thriving.

The rapid demise of community banking is blamed largely on Dodd-Frank's massively complex rules and onerous capitalization requirements. Just doing the paperwork requires an army of compliance officers, and increased capital and loan requirements are eliminating the smaller banks' profit margins. They have little recourse but to sell to the larger banks, which have large staffs capable of dealing with the regulations, and which skirt the capital requirements by parking assets in off-balance-sheet vehicles.

According to Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, the disappearance of community banks was not an unintended consequence of Dodd-Frank. More...

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TPP signed: the 'biggest global threat to the internet' agreed, as campaigners warn that secret pact could bring huge new restrictions to the Internet
by Andrew Griffin
Posted October 22, 2015

TPP is NAFTA on steroidsAn agreement that some campaigners have called the "biggest global threat to the internet" has just been signed, potentially bringing huge new restrictions on what people can do with their computers.

One particularly controversial part of the provisions make it a crime to reveal corporate wrongdoing "through a computer system". Experts have pointed out that the wording is very vague, and could lead to whistleblowers being penalised for sharing important information, and lead to journalists stopping reporting on them. More...

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Finance Is to Blame for Rise in Inequality
by Wallace Turbeville
Posted October 21, 2015

finance is the cause of inequalityEconomists, policy wonks, and politicians of both persuasions agree that middle class income stagnation, and the inequality that it causes, is the principal economic challenge for the nation. U.S. inequality has been on the rise for more than 30 years, and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development estimates that it has reduced U.S. economic growth more than even the financial crash. This cost is still accruing.

There are vast differences in views of inequality's causes. At one end of the spectrum, conservatives believe that the "makers" create a "rising tide" that lifts all boats. Mainstream progressives take a middle view, believing that individuals fail to take advantage of capitalism's opportunities because they are insufficiently educated or suffer from debilitating disadvantages. More...

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Exclusive Federal Reserve Videos and the Glass-Steagall Media Conspiracy
By Pam Martens
Posted October 20, 2015

NY Times false reportingA funny thing happened in 2012 after Andrew Ross Sorkin, a financial writer at the New York Times, wrote his spectacularly false narrative telling readers that the repeal of Glass-Steagall Act had nothing to do with the crash because problem firms like Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch and AIG didn't own insured commercial banks — which would have been prohibited under the Glass Steagall Act, had it not been repealed in 1999. In fact, all three of the firms did, indeed, own banks insured by the FDIC at the time of the crash.

We figured that Sorkin had just made an error, or, well, three monster errors, so we wrote to his editor. We heard nothing. We wrote to the New York Times public editor who is supposed to uphold the integrity of the paper. Nothing. We wrote to the publisher. Nothing. To this very day, the errors remain in the Sorkin article. When the so-called paper of record allows three outrageously wrong errors to persist as fact, it doesn't look like sloppy journalism, it looks like a conspiracy to deny the public an honest narrative. More...

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The Elephant in the Room: Capitalism and Sustainable Development
by Garry Leech
Posted October 19, 2015

we must cut our consumptionThe term "sustainable" has been used by so many people in so many different contexts that it has lost much of its meaning. It has become a buzzword in political, economic and development circles. But it is not the excessive use of the word that has ultimately rendered it largely meaningless but the fact that too many efforts to achieve sustainable development do not seriously attempt to actually achieve sustainable development.

It is too often suggested that we can simply incorporate more environmentally-friendly practices into our daily lives while only tinkering with our consumption habits in order to achieve sustainability. But this simply is not true. Each of us living in wealthy nations must massively, and I mean MASSIVELY, reduce our levels of material consumption if we are to achieve a sustainable ecological footprint. And this reality is the elephant that is too often ignored in discussions about sustainable development. More...

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The Drone Papers: The Assasination Complex
by Jeremy Scahill
Posted October 18, 2015

drone victimsDrones are a tool, not a policy. The policy is assassination. While every president since Gerald Ford has upheld an executive order banning assassinations by executive order banning assassinations by U.S. personnel, Congress has avoided legislating the issue or even defining the word "assassination." This has allowed proponents of the drone wars to rebrand assassinations with more palatable characterizations, such as the term du jour, "targeted killings."

From his first days as commander in chief, the drone has been President Barack Obama's weapon of choice, used by the military and the CIA to hunt down and kill the people his administration has deemed — through secretive processes, without indictment or trial — worthy of execution. There has been intense focus on the technology of remote killing, but that often serves as a surrogate for what should be a broader examination of the state's power over life and death. More...

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Three Years Ago, These Chicago Workers Took Over a Window Factory. Today, They're Thriving
by Sarah van Gelder
Posted October 17, 2015

who are they protecting?Back in the day, factory workers at the Chicago-based Republic Windows and Doors were simply told what to do. That wasn't unusual. Workers might have seen ways to improve the production process, but at Republic their supervisor wasn't interested, said former employee Armando Robles.Things are very different today. Employees of what is now called New Era Windows and Doors are also the owners. And their ideas matter. Any of them can propose improvements, and if they can convince a majority of their co-workers, things can change quickly.

It was a long journey to becoming a worker cooperative, and it was not a journey anyone had planned. In 2008, Republic's owners closed the factory and laid off the work force without the required 60-days notice. Workers occupied the factory and refused to leave the premises until they were paid what they were owed. More...

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The Wonderland Matrix
by Jeff Nielson
Posted October 16, 2015

who are they protecting?One of the principal traits of sound analysis is that it begins with "definition of terms". It is only minimally productive (if not totally pointless) to attempt to analyze a particular subject matter without first explaining/defining that subject matter. Thus one of the Cardinal Sins of sound analysis is the failure of an analyst to start at the beginning.

In this respect; my own work has been lacking. Numerous recent commentaries have referred to "the Wonderland Matrix", and some previous efforts have even been made in tangentially defining this label. However, nowhere has a full definition/description been provided of what is now one of the most important analytical concepts of the current Western paradigm of fraud and corruption. More...

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Privatized NSA Army is Attacking YOU!
By George Eliason
Posted October 14, 2015

privatized surveillance"Our view is that cyber is another operational domain, much as the seas are, much as the land is, much as space is." -- Admiral Mike Rogers, Commander US Cyber Command, Director of the NSA, Chief of CSS.

Cyber in this context goes way beyond hacker attacks aimed at taking down a website. It is meant to cause damage and even death as a military tool. Because this new frontier is so new, the laws governing "Cyber-war" have yet to drawn up. What has been done so far are a set of guidelines that define who and what can and can't be targeted.

If we no longer question who gets to spy, then who gets to decide who is a sanctionable enemy of the state? Who gets to run counter-terror operations against whom? What punishment can they mete out? More...

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Effects of Overpopulation
by Institute for Population Studies
Posted October 13, 2015

over population affects environmentHuman population is growing like never before. We are now adding one billion people to the planet every 12 years. That's about 220,000 per day.

The list of problems this is causing, or at least complicating, is a long one. It includes shortages of all our resources, war and social conflict, limits on personal freedom, overcrowding and the health and survival of other species.
This page summarizes many of these problems, and more could easily be added. While overpopulation is not the sole cause of these, it is certainly a root cause. We hope to see more media coverage of this link in the future. We can do something about population, and we can solve all these problems more easily if we do. More...

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Feeding a New Economy: Local Food Systems in the South
By Susanna Hegner
Posted October 12, 2015

locally grown movementThe local foods movement has become much more than a short-lived dietary or environmental trend. Can it actually fuel the new Southern economy?

The term "locavore" has become ubiquitous since appearing in the American vernacular about ten years ago. It represents a rapidly growing movement of people choosing locally produced food rather than packaged goods that traveled hundreds of miles to market. Last year, the local-food economy was valued at nearly $12 billion. According to the Department of Agriculture, the number of farmers markets rose 76 percent from 2008 to 2014. Direct-to-consumer food sales increased threefold between 1992 and 2007, twice as fast as overall agricultural sales. More...

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'Neutralizing' John Lennon: One Man Against the 'Monster'
By John W. Whitehead
Posted October 11, 2015

John Lennon was FBI targetLong before Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden were being castigated for blowing the whistle on the government's war crimes and the National Security Agency's abuse of its surveillance powers, it was John Lennon who was being singled out for daring to speak truth to power about the government's warmongering, his phone calls monitored and data files collected on his activities and associations.

For a little while, at least, Lennon became enemy number one in the eyes of the U.S. government.

Years after Lennon's assassination it would be revealed that the FBI had collected 281 pages of files on him, including song lyrics, a letter from J. Edgar Hoover directing the agency to spy on the musician, and various written orders calling on government agents to set the stage to set Lennon up for a drug bust. More...

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Edward Snowden: "They've said they won't torture me…"
by Simon Black
Posted October 10, 2105

Government promised Snowden not to torture himJust in case anyone still foolishly believes that there's a shred of decency left in the 'justice' system in the Land of the Free, I would humbly present exhibit A: Edward Snowden. In a recent interview with the BBC, Edward Snowden disclosed that he has offered numerous times to the US government to return to the United States, face trial, and if necessary, spend time in prison.

As he told the BBC, "So far they've said they won't torture me. Which is a start, I think. But we haven't gotten further than that." The fact that torture even has to be mentioned is utterly pathetic. And it pretty much tells you everything you need to know about justice in America… and what happens if you dare cross the government. More...

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Syrian Crisis: What Will Happen Next?
by Brandon Smith
Posted October 9, 2015

Syrian destructionThe Syrian crisis and the confluence of clashing interests there was entirely predictable. In fact, I wrote an article on my former website in 2010 outlining the potential for Syria as a high value catalyst for global conflict titled "Will Globalists Trigger Yet Another World War?"

In it, I summarized the dubious history of wars initiated over the past century, including the nature of false flags and false paradigms created by globalists designed to divide nations and peoples and turn them against each other. This strategy of engineered war (along with engineered economic collapse) has been used time and time again by the elites to artificially generate chaos and then consolidate and centralize power while the masses are blinded by confusion. More...

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The Derivatives Market: Bets, Bookies, and Fraud
by Jeff Nielson
Posted October 8, 2015

casino that does not pay when the house losesHow corrupt, illegal, and utterly irredeemable is the fraudulent casino which the banksters call "the derivatives market"? When these criminals actually manage to lose on their own gambling (despite rigging these markets, themselves), they simply refuse to pay.

In the real world, any casino (legal or otherwise) which refused to pay when the "house" lost would quickly be driven out of business – one way or another. But we don't live in the real world. Almost all of us live in the Wonderland Matrix: a magical realm where "bookies" are allowed to place bets in their own book-making operations, there are no laws, and nothing ever has to make sense. More...

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A Useful Prep-Sheet on Syria for Media Propagandists
by Gary Leupp
Posted October 7, 2015

ISIS under CIA?State Department talking points on Syria for cable news anchors:

Do NOT explain that the pro-democracy student activists and their allies fear most is the radical Islamists who have burgeoned in large part due to foreign intervention since 2011.

* Keep mentioning the "Free Syrian Army" and the "moderate opposition" to give the impression that they actually exist in the real world.

Do NOT point out that the FSA organization is actually a joke; that its leaders live in Turkey; that its remaining units are headed by CIA officers; that U.S. efforts to train over 5000 FSA troops have been an utter failure; that the tiny group of 54 recently sent to the front were immediately captured by the al-Nusra Front and another 70 dispatched from Turkey immediately turned over their arms to that al-Qaeda-linked group; that their chief of staff has resigned protesting U.S. incompetence; that Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, the top American commander in the Middle East, told Congress last month that only "four or five" Syrians had been trained by the U.S. to fight ISIL; and that the U.S.-trained forces have been accused of multiple human rights abuses. More...

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How Local Governments Got Burned by Private Prison Investments
by Lauren Etter and Margaret Newkirk
Posted October 6, 2015

prisoner quotasJames Parkey spent more than a decade crisscrossing the U.S. selling poor counties on a way to get rich quick. He'd help local governments issue tax-free bonds to build private prisons that would rent beds to the federal government, mainly to hold undocumented immigrants. Parkey's model for financing lockups, which he promoted with help from a team of bond dealers, consultants, and lawyers, led to a boom in prison construction.

They provided local officials with feasibility studies suggesting the facilities would pay for themselves with rental revenue from the U.S. Marshals Service and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Counties were urged to build jails with two to three times more capacity than they'd need for local inmates. They also were advised to act fast to nail down that business, lest they "allow other counties or private developers to capture the market," according to a report given to prospects by Parkey's team. Local development authorities, some created specifically for the detention deals, owned the projects and issued bonds for them whose interest was exempt from federal taxes. More...

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The Blip
By Benjamin Wallace-Wells
Posted October 5, 2015

peasants working someone else's landWhat if everything we've come to think of as American is predicated on a freak coincidence of economic history? And what if that coincidence has run its course? Picture this, arranged along a time line.

For all of measurable human history up until the year 1750, nothing happened that mattered. This isn't to say history was stagnant, or that life was only grim and blank, but the well-being of average people did not perceptibly improve. All of the wars, literature, love affairs, and religious schisms, the schemes for empire-making and ocean-crossing and simple profit and freedom, the entire human theater of ambition and deceit and redemption took place on a scale too small to register, too minor to much improve the lot of ordinary human beings.

In England before the middle of the eighteenth century, where industrialization first began, the pace of progress was so slow that it took 350 years for a family to double its standard of living. In Sweden, during a similar 200-year period, there was essentially no improvement at all. By the middle of the eighteenth century, the state of technology and the luxury and quality of life afforded the average individual were little better than they had been two millennia earlier, in ancient Rome. More...

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Goldman Sachs Beats Another Fraud Rap: Can the Public Ever Get Justice in New York Courts?
By Pam Martens and Russ Martens
Posted October 4, 2015

no justice for the peopleJudge Victor MarreroYesterday, in a stunning decision packed with Orwellian reverse speak, Judge Victor Marrero of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (where cases against Wall Street firms are thrown out like penny candy by a carnival barker) dismissed claims against Goldman Sachs in a case so fraught with the appearance of corruption that it had commanded an investigation by the U.S. Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.

In writing his decision to dismiss the claims by plaintiffs, the Judge actually acknowledged that employees of Goldman Sachs had called what they were selling to their customers "crap" and "junk" in internal emails that were introduced into evidence. Judge Marrero further conceded that Goldman Sachs was aware of deteriorating fundamentals in the subprime mortgage market and needed to "flip" its risk onto the shoulders of its customers. But none of this convinced the Federal Judge – a so-called steward of the public trust – that he had an obligation to let the case proceed to trial and allow citizen jurors make their own determinations in the matter. More...

Another fine example of how our system is run by big money for big money and how even our judicary is hopelessly corrupted. So much for "liberty and justice for all".

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You Can't Separate Empire, the State, Financialization and Crony Capitalism: It's One Indivisible System
by Charles Hugh Smith
Posted October 3, 2015

empire and crony capitalismIf you think you can surgically extract Empire from the American System, force the State to serve the working/middle classes, end the stripmining of financialization, limit crony capitalism/regulatory capture and get Big Money out of politics--go ahead and do so. I'm not standing in your way--go for it.

But while you pursue your good governance, populist, Left/ Right /Socialist/ Libertarian, etc. reforms, please understand the system is indivisible: the Deep State, the Imperial Project (hegemony and power projection), the State, finance in all its tenacled control mechanisms (greetings, debt-serfs and student-loan-serfs), crony capitalism /regulatory capture, money buying political influence, media propaganda passing as "news", and the evisceration of democracy (something untoward could happen if the serfs could overthrow the Power Elite at the ballot box--can't let that happen)--it's all one system. More...

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Citigroup Was Using Taxpayer Bailout Funds While Committing Its Foreign Currency Felony
By Pam Martens and Russ Martens
Posted October 2, 2015

Eric Holder protected big bankersWhile the U.S. taxpayer was involuntarily shoveling over $2 trillion in bailout funds and loans into Citigroup from 2008 to 2010, the bank was committing at least one admitted felony on its foreign currency trading desk. And if ongoing testimony in a London court is to be believed, the U.S. Justice Department could have brought charges against individuals instead of settling its case for one single felony charge against the banking unit only.

Citigroup's banking unit, Citicorp, along with three other global banks (JPMorgan Chase, Barclays and RBS) admitted to a felony charge of rigging the foreign currency market brought by the U.S. Justice Department on May 20. Approximately $5 trillion in foreign currency trades are made globally each day, with billions of dollars to be made through advance knowledge of where prices will be fixed. More...

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Synchronicity, Myth, and the New World Order
by Charles Eisenstein
Posted October 1, 2015

all seeing eyeLooking out upon the horrid ruin we seem to have made of the planet, in spite of the kind hearts and good intentions of the vast majority of human beings, it is hard to avoid the conclusion that some nefarious force has hijacked civilization, driving it towards ends that serve almost no one.

If we are headed for a future that no one would consciously choose, it stands to reason, some say, that we are not choosing; that something else, unfriendly to human welfare, is choosing for us.

Are there really ultra-intelligent, ultra-competent people on top whose plans actually work and whose technologies actually succeed in molding the world to their plans? Or are the elites of our civilization as confused and scared as the rest of us, responding to events that, at every turn, take on a life of their own? More...

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Why Americans Don't Understand Money and Debt And Why It's Important That We Do
by John E. Hemington, Jr.
Posted September 30, 2015

time to learn about money and debtWe need to come to grips with the reality that our nation's debt is largely a fiction which is being used to bludgeon the American populace into submission to the tiny ruling minority who seek to impose austerity and privatize all of the public assets and programs worth stealing and drive the great majority into low wage slavery and helpless poverty.

This is the neoliberal plan and so far it has been executed to perfection through deceit and deception. The nation carries a national debt because Congress elected to require that it do so. Anything Congress can do by legislation it can also undo – if it can escape the clutches of the neoliberal Wall Street cabal that now runs much of the world from the cloistered corridors of central banks. This can only occur if people come to understand just how they are being swindled by the financial lords and rise up and demand that changes be made. More...

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A Secret War in 135 Countries
by Nick Turse
Posted September 29, 2015

do they answer to?While SEAL Team 6 has received extensive coverage, what could be considered the military story of the twenty-first century, the massive, ongoing expansion of a secret force (functionally the president's private army) cocooned inside the U.S. military -- now at almost 70,000 personnel and growing -- has gotten next to none. Keep in mind that such a force is already larger than the active-duty militaries of Australia, Chile, Cuba, Hungary, the Netherlands, Nigeria, and South Africa, among a bevy of other countries.

If those 70,000 personnel engaging in operations across the planet -- even their most mundane acts enveloped in a blanket of secrecy -- have created, as the Times suggests, a new way of war in and out of Washington's war zones, it has gone largely unreported in the American media. More...

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Forget the New World Order, Here's Who Really Runs the World
by Jake Anderson
Posted September 28, 2015

Eisenhower warnings were ignoredFor decades, extreme ideologies on both the left and the right have clashed over the conspiratorial concept of a shadowy secret government pulling the strings on the world's heads of state and captains of industry.

The phrase New World Order is largely derided as a sophomoric conspiracy theory entertained by minds that lack the sophistication necessary to understand the nuances of geopolitics. But it turns out the core idea — one of deep and overarching collusion between Wall Street and government with a globalist agenda — is operational in what a number of insiders call the "Deep State." More...

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Land Degradation, Desertification Might Create 50 Million Climate Refugees Within A Decade
By Avaneesh Pandey
Posted Septemeber 25, 2015

climate change desertificationDesertification -- climate change-triggered degradation of land ecosystems -- might, in a decade, create 50 million refugees, the Economics of Land Degradation (ELD), a global initiative led by 30 different research groups, warned in a new study published Tuesday. The study, backed by the United Nations, also found that $6.3 trillion to $10.6 trillion worth of resources -- equivalent to up to 17 percent of the world's GDP -- were lost annually due to land degradation.

"Our lands are no longer able to keep up with the pressures placed on its limited resources. Increasing misuse and demands for its goods are resulting in rapidly intensifying desertification and land degradation globally -- an issue of growing importance for all people and at all scales," the report, titled "The Value of Land," said. More...

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Federal Court Lifts National Security Letter Gag Order; First Time in 14 Years
by Jenna McLaughlin
Posted September 24, 2015

big brother is watchingA federal district court judge in New York has fully lifted an 11-year-old gag order that the FBI imposed on Nicholas Merrill, the founder of a small Internet service provider, to prevent him from speaking about a national security letter served on him in 2004.

It marked the first time such a gag order has been fully lifted since the USA Patriot Act in 2001 expanded the FBI's authority to unilaterally demand that certain businesses turn over records simply by writing a letter saying the information is needed for national security purposes. Like other NSL recipients, Merrill was also instructed that he could not mention the order to anyone.

Merrill said the court ruling allowing him to discuss the details of the sealed request in full will allow him to ignite a debate among Americans about the unchecked surveillance powers of the U.S. government. More...

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Currency Wars, Battles, And Hostile Actions
By Raymond Matison
Posted September 23, 2015

silver half dollarsIn 1964, our government led a hostile currency action against its people by eliminating silver coins from circulation. As 1965 and subsequent coins did not include silver, the more valuable silver coins quickly disappeared from use with some hoarded by citizens, but most simply were acquired by the Treasury. The reason this had to be done was due to continued inflation, and the subsequent increase in the price of silver in terms of paper currency.

It was a time when gasoline could be purchased for under $0.20 per gallon. While today's gasoline costs between $2-$3 per gallon, you can still purchase that gasoline at the $0.20 price per gallon – if you convert two silver dimes (coin of the realm at that time) to today's fiat currency. Another indication of the loss in the purchasing power of the dollar is shown by the fact that many houses purchased in 1960 for $20,000 could fetch $200,000 before the 2008 real estate meltdown. In some communities the annual real estate taxes due in 2008 and subsequent years were larger than the actual price of the house paid in 1960. More...

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Deep State America
By Philip Giraldi
Posted Septemeber 22, 2015

deep state in the U.S.Democracy is often subverted by special interests operating behind the scenes. Consider for a moment how Washington operates. There is gridlock in Congress and the legislature opposes nearly everything that the White House supports. Nevertheless, certain things happen seemingly without any discussion: Banks are bailed out and corporate interests are protected by law. Huge multi-year defense contracts are approved. Citizens are assassinated by drones, the public is routinely surveilled, people are imprisoned without be charged, military action against "rogue" regimes is authorized, and whistleblowers are punished with prison. The war crimes committed by U.S. troops and contractors on far-flung battlefields, as well as torture and rendition, are rarely investigated and punishment of any kind is rare. America, the warlike predatory capitalist, might be considered a virtual definition of deep state.

One critic describes deep state as driven by the "Washington Consensus," a subset of the "American exceptionalism" meme. More...

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Monsanto's Tobacco Files: University Scientists Caught Conspiring With Biotech Industry to Manipulate Public Opinion on GMOs
by Dave Murphy
Posted September 21, 2015

congress protects MonsantoWhat happens when a private company with a long history of producing some of the most toxic chemicals on the planet and now produces our food starts facing public pressure from a growing national grassroots movement to label their products to conform with basic principles of democracy and transparency?

Well, if the company in question is Monsanto, then you take a page out of Big Tobacco's playbook and hatch a secret plan to enlist public university scientists to bury the potential harm of your genetically engineered crops by whitewashing negative studies and systematically demonizing your opponents in the media to mislead elected officials and the American public about the safety of GMOs (genetically modified organisms) and their accompanying toxic pesticides. More...

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Capitalism Run Amok: Hungry Kids, Falling Wages and Empty Houses
by Rob Urie
Posted September 20, 2015

banks did more damage than armiesThe fever that gripped the U.S. following the attacks of September, 11, 2001 demonstrated that manufacturing a shared enemy did little to create a deeper commonality of interests amongst nominal citizens. Whatever one may think about the specifics of the attacks— the motives of the attackers, their choice of targets or the veracity of official explanations, it would have required a full scale assault by an established military to destroy as many lives and communities as American born and bred bankers did through predatory mortgage lending in the housing boom and bust. And as much as official apologists would like to deny it, this destruction is wholly in keeping with the market outcomes that now constitute the base credo of the market-state.

The paper-thin bravado that sent heavily armored children and young adults to slaughter innocents in Afghanistan and Iraq for the benefit of Bechtel, Northrup Grumman and Exxon Mobil found its domestic truth in the quivering puddles that had supported the wars suddenly wondering how they were going to feed themselves and their children with their jobs outsourced and their homes in foreclosure. A fortunate few saw their fealty to the system of economic and social dispossession rewarded through the spectacle of social dissolution, through their neighbor's bounty of cheaply-made goods strewn across suburban and ex-urban lawns as sheriffs and their agents made room for fresher members of the tenuous classes. More...

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War is the Health of the State
by Claudio Grass
Posted September 19, 2015

it is the state that exerts powerIn an essay titled "The State", Randolph Bourne, an American writer, made a distinction between a country and a state that I find crucial. He described one's country as "an inescapable group into which we are born". In his view, a country is "a concept of peace, tolerance, of living and letting live. But the State is essentially a concept of power, of competition; it signifies a group in its aggressive aspects. And we have the misfortune of being born not only into a country but into a State, and as we grow up we learn to mingle the two feelings into a hopeless confusion".

Most people don't question what their government does, especially when it comes to foreign policy. This gives power-hungry politicians the opportunity to lie to the public, so that people willingly accept a war in a foreign country. A recent example is the Iraq war, where the public was led to believe that Saddam was hiding weapons of mass destruction and was an imminent threat to the United States. After the invasion, however, it turned out that Iraq had no WMDs and the threat was exaggerated to gain public support for the war. More...

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How the Department of Justice is Actively Trying to Prevent Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform
by Michael Krieger
Posted September 18, 2015

government sanctioned theftCivil asset forfeiture is one of the most unethical and barbaric practices routinely performed by law enforcement in these United States today. Naturally, the Department of Justice is doing everything it can to protect the practice.

When I say that the rule of law is dead in America, I am not exaggerating. In fact, with each passing day it becomes increasingly obvious that the Justice Department not only has no interest in justice, it appears to view its primary role as coddling and protecting lawlessness amongst the so-called "elite" and their minions. More...

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The Greek Coup: Liquidity as a Weapon of Coercion
By Ellen Brown
Posted September 17, 2015

coup has taken place in GreeceIn the taped conference call for which Yanis Varoufakis is currently facing treason charges, he exposed the trap that eurozone countries are now in. It seems there is virtually no legal way to break free of the euro and the domination of the troika. The government has no access to the critical data files of its own banks, which are controlled by the ECB.

Varoufakis said this should alarm every EU government. As Canadian Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King warned in 1935:
"Once a nation parts with the control of its currency and credit, it matters not who makes the nation's laws. Usury, once in control, will wreck any nation."

For a nation to regain control of its currency and credit, it needs a central bank with a mandate to serve the interests of the nation. Banking should be a public utility, serving the economy and the people. More...

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A Refugee Crisis Made in America
By Philip Giraldi
Posted September 16, 2015

syrian refugeesWill the U.S. accept responsibility for the humanitarian consequences of Washington-manufactured wars?

Significantly, the countries that have generated most of the refugees are all places where the United States has invaded, overthrown governments, supported insurgencies, or intervened in a civil war. The invasion of Iraq created a power vacuum that has empowered terrorism in the Arab heartland. Supporting rebels in Syria has piled Pelion on Ossa. Afghanistan continues to bleed 14 years after the United States arrived and decided to create a democracy. Libya, which was relatively stable when the U.S. and its allies intervened, is now in chaos, with its disorder spilling over into sub-Saharan Africa.

Everywhere people are fleeing the violence, which, among other benefits, has virtually obliterated the ancient Christian presence in the Middle East. Though I recognize that the refugee problem cannot be completely blamed on only one party, many of those millions would be alive and the refugees would for the most part be in their homes if it had not been for the catastrophic interventionist policies pursued by both Democratic and Republican administrations in the United States. More...

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Nine Liberties Lost Since 9/11
by Carey Wilder
Posted September 15, 2015

loss of our libertiesWhile the events that transpired on 9/11 should never be forgotten — and should be commemorated — often, the nationalistic grandstanding that comes along with mourning the dead removes any possibility to mourn the freedoms lost — or the very literal lost and tortured lives of individuals around the world subjected to the aggressive foreign policy enabled by 9/11. While the government is categorically to blame for these violations, it is an unfortunate fact that Americans are guilty of creating an environment where crimes against humanity go unchecked and nearly every element of American life is regulated and surveilled. By allowing themselves to be manipulated by constant fear-mongering, Americans have allowed — if not applauded — this confiscation of their freedoms.

Every year, "NEVER FORGET" echoes through the neighborhoods, cities, and Facebook statuses of America. 14 years after 9/11, Americans still bear the cross of a nation victimized and scorned after the brutal attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001. While Americans — and politicians who are still intent on capitalizing on the tragedy — vow never to forget the fateful day, far too many citizens forget the liberties they have relinquished as a result. Lest yesterday's valiantly waving flags, government ceremonies, and TV news specials replaying the plane crashes coax you into forgetting, these nine essential freedoms have been usurped since 9/11: More...

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Self-Governing Association in El Salvador Offers Local Solutions to Global Problems
By Jeff Haas
Posted September 14, 2015

model for solutionsWhile many fret over escalating violence, and others in Washington pay lip service to Central America's dire social situation, local communities are doing something to address the root causes of poverty and violence, from the lack of educational and economic opportunities to environmental degradation. Indeed, local actors are taking the reins and are tackling climate change as they live it. There is a growing grassroots movement that is working toward finding solutions to the problem of rural development and environmental conservation and promoting democracy and youth leadership.

Communities in the global South have already organized movements and implemented practices to save their environment and confront the impact of climate change. One such movement, headed by a network of communities in coastal El Salvador, shows what can be done. More...

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Why We Need a Guaranteed Income. Soon.
by Paul Buchheit
Posted September 12, 2015

Thomas Paine supported basic incomeOur jobs are disappearing. And while large corporations and the super-rich have little care for the average people, it's time we consider the dangerously divided world we've created for generations to come. In the not-too-distant future we might wait around for a package delivery, hurry off to class, grab a taxi downtown, meet the family for dinner, and then take the train home. All without being served by a single human being. No delivery person, no teacher, no cab driver, no food server, no train conductor.

Our jobs are disappearing. The benefits of a half-century of productivity, in which we and our parents all played a role, have largely accrued to the relatively few people who know how to make money by coordinating all the technological components, or by managing the money themselves. And despite the relentless optimism of starry-eyed pundits and tech leaders, the great majority of Americans will NOT be prepared to turn new technologies into life-sustaining employment. More...

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The High Cost of Private Prisons
by Beryl Lipton
Posted September 11, 2015

for profit prisonsWe do know that millions of dollars have been poured into elections and lobbying to in order to make private operators an integral part of many state Departments of Correction and the immigrant detention machine. It's difficult to quantify the effect that private interest can have on the systems for the public good, like criminal justice. But, in Louisiana, for example, where Winn shares the honor of being one of just two major state private prisons, dozens of locally-incentivized lock-ups have created so many mini-economies and a monstrous prison population – the highest per capita of any state in the country with the highest per capita in the world.

Which is why an eyebrow might be raised at the fact that a place like Correction Corp's Winn Correctional averages about one grievance per prisoner a year. The majority of those, about 60 percent, are regarding issues of time computation, according to an LA DOC representative — implying it would be worse if they involved assaults or medical care. But concerns about time computation become more curious when there's an incentive to keeping low maintenance prisoners for as long as possible. More...

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Local Production Means Jobs and Prosperity
by Tom Chatham
Posted September 10, 2015

local productionWith over 93 million unemployed working age adults in America and the economy beginning to go negative again, if you are fortunate enough to have a job it may not last much longer. It is easy to keep a positive attitude about the economy when you get a paycheck every week but life after the paychecks stop will change your outlook a great deal. That is the reality that is about to overtake the working class in the coming months.

The primary mechanism that has tipped the economy onto a downhill trajectory is the route that circulating money has taken in the past few decades. In the past much of the money was kept in circulation in the local economy resulting in the creation of many local jobs. With the new corporate model, most of the profit is siphoned out of the local economy and goes to wall street profiteers. This has resulted in the destruction of many local jobs while the few at the top of the wealth pyramid get richer much faster as time goes on. More...

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At Jackson Hole: Be Very Afraid, Bankers are Channeling their Inner Rothschild
By David Hague
Posted September 9, 2015

bankers rule the worldFirst, let me capture your undivided attention. This will strike fear into your heart. To accomplish this, I will quote the sacred words of the primogenitor of all bankers, Mayer Amschel Rothschild, founder of the House of Rothschild. It was he who, famously opined, "Let me issue and control a nation's money and I care not who writes the laws". If one casts a discerning eye around the world these words are even more chilling.

One realizes that our bankers are channeling their inner Rothschild. They are in the process of, simply put, world domination. Click away from this commentary now if you dare, but before you do, let me declaim to you a passage from the letter that set the wheels in motion in 1863. The letter is from the "Book of Rothschild, Chapter 11, verses 3-12″. The letter ingenuously explains how simple it is for bankers to rule the world. These words, written with unalloyed exuberance and accuracy, are the blueprint being used today to create a "New World Order" ruled by our bankers. More...

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Peak Obedience
by Paul Rosenberg
Posted September 8, 2015

peak obedience In our typical "scary cult" stories, we find people who have given up their own functions of choice and who then do crazy things because they are told to by some authority. While inside their cult, however, it all makes sense; it's all self-reinforcing.

So, inside a cult of obedience, obedience would seem proper; it would seem righteous; and more than anything else, it would seem normal. And I think that very well describes the Western status quo.

Obedience, however, should not seem normal to us. Obedience holds our minds in a "child" state, and that is not fitting for any healthy person past their first few years of life. It also presupposes that the people we obey have complete and final knowledge; and in fact, they do not: politicians, central bankers, and the other lords of the age have been wrong – obviously and publicly wrong – over and over. More...

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Bread and Circuses – The Shady, Slimy and Corrupt World of Taxpayer Funded Sports Stadiums
by Michael Krieger
Posted September 7, 2015

bread and circusesLike pretty much everything in the modern U.S. economy, wealthy and connected people fleecing taxpayers in order to earn even greater piles of money is also the business model when it comes to sports stadiums. Many cities have tried to make voter approval mandatory before these building boondoggles get started, but in almost all cases these efforts are thwarted by a powerful coalition of businessmen and corrupt politicians. Sound familiar? Yep, it a microcosm for pretty much everything else in America these days.

Sharing revenues with the taxpayers funding the stadium: Illegal.

Blatantly corrupt private-public partnership cartels: Perfectly legal.

Two words: Banana Republic. More...

Click here for a rundown of how football stadiums have been publicly financed.

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The 9/11 Attacks on the World Trade Center (WTC): Unspoken Financial Bonanza
By Professor Michel Chossudovsky
Posted September 6, 2015

WTC 7 reported collapsing 20 minutes BEFORE collapseOn October 17, 2000, eleven months before 9/11,Blackstone Real Estate Advisors, of The Blackstone Group, L.P, purchased, from Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association, the participating mortgage secured by World Trade Center, Building Seven.1

The Blackstone Group is a private investment bank with offices in New York and London; It was founded in 1985 by its Chairman, Peter G. Peterson, and its President and CEO, Stephen A. Schwarzman. Blackstone purchased, from Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association, the participating mortgage secured by World Trade Center, Building Seven.

As we recall WTC building 7 (The Salomon Brothers Building) which was not hit by the planes, collapsed mysteriously in the afternoon of September 11. The announcement of its collapse by the media (CNN and BBC) occurred more than 2o minutes prior the actual collapse. More...

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One Presidential Debate You Won't Hear
by Frankin Spinney
Posted September 5, 2015

sham debatesThe time is ripe for a substantive political debate on a real issue.

The Presidential campaign will move into high gear on the day after Labor Day. But as it now stands, the American people are about to inundated with speeches and debating points over why it is time to rebuild America's defenses, with most of the candidates beating their breasts in an effort to out-tough each other.

Wouldn't it be refreshing if at least one candidate stopped beating his or her breasts and spoke thoughtfully to the importance of moving our country onto a pathway away from blind militarism toward a more sensible grand strategy. More...

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Wall Street Parasites Have Devoured Their Hosts — Your Retirement Plan and the U.S. Economy
By Pam Martens
Posted September 4, 2015

Wall Street stealing pensions and retirementIn his new book, "Killing the Host," Hudson hones an exquisitely gripping journey from Wall Street's original role as capital allocator to its present-day parasitism that has replaced U.S. capitalism as an entrenched, politically-enforced economic model across America. Millions of American have long suspected that their inability to get financially ahead is an intentional construct of Wall Street’s central planners. 

This book is a must-read for anyone hoping to escape the most corrupt era in American history with a shirt still on his parasite-riddled back. Now Hudson, in an elegant but lethal indictment of the system, confirms that your ongoing struggle to make ends meet is not a reflection of your lack of talent or drive but the only possible outcome of having a blood-sucking financial leech affixed to your body, your retirement plan, and your economic future. More...

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A Layman's Explanation Of The Wall Street Rigged Casino Analogy
by Mark St.Cyr
Posted September 3, 2015

Wall Street casinoYou hear on the television, radio, or print that there's been big gains with some never before seen larger "jackpot" happening down at the casino. (i.e., stock market) Now, curiosity has got the best of you. So, you decide to go see for yourself. Maybe, you've also decided to take along a good portion of any savings you might have "just in case" there is money to be made. For you've now caught that little scratch in the back of your mind "Hey, who knows, maybe things have changed, but I'm going to have to play to win so…." And off you go.

Let's assume for simplicity sake that casinos are nothing new to you. You've been in a few and dabbled let's say a decade ago. You know how they work where all the beautiful lights, and giveaway buffets are all paid with losers money. You remember these places almost always being full to capacity. People were laughing, eating, drinking, and all the trappings. So there you are eager to see what all the buzz is about for surely – if the jackpots have never been higher, then surely the place must be hopping. More...

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The Crash of 2016: Wall Street Gets Ready
By Mike Krauss
Posted September 2, 2015

run with your moneyIn 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.

Give the devil his due. Understanding that in the next crash, the American people would crucify any president or member of Congress that approves another bail out, the banksters have set up an automatic bail out, which will be called by other names. More...

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Escape from New Orleans: As waters rose, a white suburb across the Mississippi closed a key bridge to fleeing residents
By Gary Rivlin
Posted September 1, 2015

racism in AmericaHurricane Katrina made landfall in Louisiana at 6:10 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 29, 2005. Within hours, the catastrophic collapse of levees would cause water to pour into New Orleans. Within days, New Orleans would be 80 percent covered in water.

A group of around 300 were trapped by the rising water in the headquarters of the city's Regional Transit Authority. Their numbers included around 100 RTA workers who had volunteered to remain in New Orleans — the bus drivers needed to transport people to the Superdome on the Sunday before Katrina struck the New Orleans area, and the staff they would need to resume transit service once the winds died. The remainder were family members and friends who had hunkered down in the "Canal Street barn," a seemingly secure brick edifice in a part of town that never flooded. More...

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The CIA and the Media: 50 Facts the World Needs to Know
By Professor James F. Tracy
Posted August 31, 2015

Shadow governmentSince the end of World War Two the Central Intelligence Agency has been a major force in US and foreign news media, exerting considerable influence over what the public sees, hears and reads on a regular basis. CIA publicists and journalists alike will assert they have few, if any, relationships, yet the seldom acknowledged history of their intimate collaboration indicates a far different story–indeed, one that media historians are reluctant to examine.

Consider the coverups of election fraud in 2000 and 2004, the events of September 11, 2001, the invasions Afghanistan and Iraq, the destabilization of Syria, and the creation of "ISIS." These are among the most significant events in recent world history, and yet they are also those much of the American public is wholly ignorant of. In an era where information and communication technologies are ubiquitous, prompting many to harbor the illusion of being well-informed, one must ask why this condition persists. More...

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Obama's Heroin Strategy: Treating Addiction or Arming the Drug War?
By Mike Ludwig
Posted August 30, 2015

war on drugsCritics say the Obama administration should put its money where its mouth is. The federal drug control budget has continued to grow since the war on drugs began 40 years ago and totaled roughly $25 billion in 2015, according to the DPA. A majority of the funding - about 55 percent - still goes to law enforcement efforts aimed at stopping the flow of drugs by cracking down on trafficking, while less than 45 percent is devoted to education, prevention and treatment.

The 2016 budget is not much different, and local and state governments spend an additional $25 billion on drug control every year. Most police departments in the United States have not switched to treating drug users as patients instead of criminals. "We haven't changed the reward mechanisms for any of our bureaucracies," Tree said. "They should be measured on outcomes rather than a body count. How many people have you helped, how many drug overdoses have you stopped, not how many people you can round up and prosecute, which of course is the low-hanging fruit of low-level offenders." More...

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The Financial Times Calls for Ending Cash, Calls it a "Barbarous Relic"
by Michael Krieger
Posted August 29, 2015

no cash acceptedSo what about the reasoning for ending people's ability to physically hold on to their own money? Wait, you'll never guess, yes, it's apparently necessary in order to give the least democratic, most destructive entities on planet earth, Central Banks, more power.

In the mind of an economic tyrant, banning cash represents the holy grail. Forcing the plebs onto a system of digital fiat currency transactions offers total control via a seamless tracking of all transactions in the economy, and the ability to block payments if an uppity citizen dares get out of line. More...

In case you think this can not happen here in the "land of the free", the state of Louisiana has banned cash transactions for any used goods.

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An Unexplored Side of the Greek Financial Crisis: Two Economies, One Currency
By Bill Miller
Posted August 28, 2015

greek austeritySome will argue that investments put money to work, also creating social good - and yes, this is often the case. However, even in the best of such cases, the ability of money to circulate freely is constricted. If it were not, the rich could not remain rich. To remain wealthy, there must be an ability to recall dollars at some point; thus "spending" is turned into a "loan." Moreover, the loan is offered at "interest," thereby recalling even more dollars than were initially offered.

When stated so simply, it becomes clear that such an unbalanced flow of money makes a crisis inevitable at some point. The only way to delay (not avoid, but delay) it is through continual expansion of the economy - and the money supply in particular. This is euphemistically referred to as "growth." Yet the above dynamics ensure that each expansion will eventually be absorbed, recreating the crisis at an ever-greater level of inequity. More...

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Denver Police Arrest "Jury Nullification" Activist for Passing Out Informational Pamphlets
by Michael Krieger
Posted August 27, 2015

jury nulllification is your rightMost of you will be familiar with the concept of jury nullification. Unfortunately, the vast majority of Americans are not. This is precisely why Mark Iannicelli set up a "Jury Info" booth outside the Lindsay-Flanigan Courthouse in Denver. In a nutshell, jury nullification is the idea that jurors can "can ignore the law and follow their conscience when they believe the law would dictate a miscarriage of justice." In other words, jurors have the right to judge the law as well as the facts. As you will see in the video at the end, this concept has centuries of precedence in these United States behind it.

When you recognize the vast power that such a concept holds, you recognize why it would be so hated by statists and authoritarians across the land. That is precisely why Mr. Iannicelli was arrested and charged with handing out information. More...

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Fixing Our Broken Economy: A Simple Guide for the Rest of Us
by Positive Money
Posted August 26, 2015

system is not brokenWe see all around that the economy is broken. We have an unemployed labour force and we have empty factories, offices and shops – everything we need in fact to produce the goods and services we need. Yet the economy seems to be unable to produce enough real wealth, for lack of money. What is going wrong? The root of the problem is the privatisation of the creation of money.

Money is not the same as wealth. Real wealth comes from people using their skills to produce goods and services that other people want. Money is a claim on that real wealth, a tally of how much wealth we are entitled to. Money is the life-blood of the real economy.

Money and debt are created when banks make loans. If someone takes out a mortgage and buys a house, then the borrower ends up with debt, and the person who sold the house ends up with money. Neither the debt nor the money existed before the mortgage was taken out. More...

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Life For Rent
by Don Findlay
Posted August 25,2015

the game is riggedWe are born, in this world into a game that has 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 not other way to survive. The land and the resources necessary for alternatives are gone and laws prevent us from hunting, fishing, and cultivating independent socities. To survive we need money and money is the key 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 who are winning at the game. More...

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"Don't Owe. Won't Pay." Everything You've Been Told About Debt Is Wrong
by Charles Eisenstein
Posted August 23, 2015

debt slaveryThe legitimacy of a given social order rests on the legitimacy of its debts. Even in ancient times this was so. In traditional cultures, debt in a broad sense—gifts to be reciprocated, memories of help rendered, obligations not yet fulfilled—was a glue that held society together. Everybody at one time or another owed something to someone else. Repayment of debt was inseparable from the meeting of social obligations; it resonated with the principles of fairness and gratitude.

Today a burgeoning debt resistance movement draws from the realization that many of these debts are not fair. Most obviously unfair are loans involving illegal or deceptive practices—the kind that were rampant in the lead-up to the 2008 financial crisis. From sneaky balloon interest hikes on mortgages, to loans deliberately made to unqualified borrowers, to incomprehensible financial products peddled to local governments that were kept ignorant about their risks, these practices resulted in billions of dollars of extra costs for citizens and public institutions alike. More...

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The Metaphysics of Computer Consciousness
by Steven Harp
Posted August 22, 2015

Ex MachinaIt seems unquestioned in the world today that science is on the verge of creating consciousness with computers. In a Promethean rapture inspired by its enormous technological success, science aspires now to seize control of fundamental powers at the very heart of the universe.

How can something with neither mass nor dimension arise from that which has mass and dimension? How can that which has subjectivity and intentionality arise from that which has objectivity and has no intentionality? This is the magisterial conundrum and is recognized as the greatest mystery in science. For materialists the arrival of artificial intelligence and machine consciousness is inevitable and only a matter of time. We have two main schools of thought developing on how to meet the coming technological tsunami – those who fear it and those who embrace it. More...

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Insouciance Rules The West
by Paul Craig Roberts (Assistant Secretary of the Treasury under Reagan)
Posted August 22, 2015

notes from the dark side of the earthEurope is being overrun by refugees from Washington's, and Israel's, hegemonic policies in the Middle East and North Africa that are resulting in the slaughter of massive numbers of civilians. The inflows are so heavy that European governments are squabbling among themselves about who is to take the refugees. Hungary is considering constructing a fence, like the US and Israel, to keep out the undesirables. Everywhere in the Western media there are reports deploring the influx of migrants; yet nowhere is there any reference to the cause of the problem.

The European governments and their insouciant populations are themselves responsible for their immigrant problems. For 14 years Europe has supported Washington's aggressive militarism that has murdered and dislocated millions of peoples who never lifted a finger against Washington. The destruction of entire countries such as Iraq, Libya, and Afghanistan, and now Syria and Yemen, and the continuing US slaughter of Pakistani civilians with the full complicity of the corrupt and traitorous Pakistani government, produced a refugee problem that the moronic Europeans brought upon themselves. More...

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Trumping the Federal Debt Without Playing the Default Card
by Ellen Brown
Posted August 21, 2015

not a federal reserve noteHow can the country remain strong with very little debt, without defaulting on Social Security, Medicare, or the federal debt itself?

There is a way. The government can reduce the debt by buying it – and ripping it up. The debt can be bought either with debt-free US Notes of the sort issued during the Civil War, or with US dollars issued by the Federal Reserve in the form of "quantitative easing."

The vast majority of the money supply today is created by banks when they make loans, as the Bank of England recently acknowledged. Banks create money by "monetizing" debt, turning loans into the digital deposits that make up most of the circulating money supply. The government could push the reset button by monetizing its own debt, turning it into what it should have been all along – debt-free, interest-free dollars. More...

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Subverting Illusions: Julian Assange and the Value of WikiLeaks
by Norman Soloman
Posted August 20, 2015

Free Assange protestThe Obama administration wants Assange in a U.S. prison, so that the only mouse he might ever see would be scurrying across the floor of a solitary-confinement cell. Above and beyond Assange's personal freedom, what's at stake includes the impunity of the United States and its allies to relegate transparency to a mythical concept, with democracy more rhetoric than reality. From the Vietnam War era to today — from aerial bombing and torture to ecological disasters and financial scams moving billions of dollars into private pockets — the high-up secrecy hiding key realities from the public has done vast damage. No wonder economic and political elites despise WikiLeaks for its disclosures.

During the last five years, since the release of the infamous "Collateral Murder" video, the world has changed in major ways for democratic possibilities, with WikiLeaks as a catalyst. It's sadly appropriate that Assange is so deplored and reviled by so many in the upper reaches of governments, huge corporations and mass media. For such powerful entities, truly informative leaks to the public are plagues that should be eradicated as much as possible. More...

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Essential Reading on What Wall Street Costs America
by Matt Stannard
Posted August 19, 2015

police protecting theivesThe financialization of the United States economy has distorted our social, economic, and political priorities. Cities and states across the country are forced to cut essential community services because they are trapped in predatory municipal finance deals that cost them millions of dollars every year. Wall Street and other big corporations engaged in a systematic effort to suppress taxes, making it difficult for cities and states to advance progressive revenue solutions to properly fund public services.

Banks take advantage of this crisis that they helped create by targeting state and local governments with predatory municipal finance deals, just like they targeted cash-strapped homeowners with predatory mortgages during the housing boom. Predatory financing deals prey upon the weaknesses of borrowers, are characterized by high costs and high risks, are typically overly complex, and are often designed to fail. More...

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What We Know About the NSA and AT&T's Spying Pact
by Kim Zetter
Posted August 18, 2015

AT&T spying on customers for NSANEW EDWARD SNOWDEN documents revealed on Saturday in the New York Times detail a decade-long secret partnership between the NSA and AT&T, which provided the spy agency with metadata on billions of emails. Although the Times story has garnered a lot of attention, it offers few details about how the telecom conducted the siphoning and spying for the NSA.

AT&T isn't identified by name in the Snowden documents, but the Times notes that "a constellation of evidence" points to AT&T as the primary company mentioned in them, which several intelligence officials have confirmed to the paper. According to the Times piece, the siphoning of internet data from AT&T began in 2003 and continued for a decade in a relationship that the NSA called "highly collaborative." The telecom giant, according to one Snowden document, was extremely willing to help out the spy agency, and its engineers "were the first to try out new surveillance technologies invented by the eavesdropping agency." More...

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Acoustic Cannon Sales to Police Surge After Black Lives Matter Protests
by Lee Fang
Posted August 16, 2015

acoustic cannon policeDuring a company conference call with financial analysts last week, Tom Brown, the chief executive of LRAD, a military contractor, informed investors that sales were rolling in, not just from Chinese government agencies and the U.S. Navy, but also from American law enforcement. LRAD manufactures an acoustic cannon that can be used either as a mounted loudspeaker or as a weapon to fire deafening noises at crowds of people.

Over the last year, following a wave of protests over officer-involved killings of black Americans, LRAD has seen an uptick in inquiries from police departments around the country. The LRAD device can reach 152 decibels, a level that can cause permanent hearing damage. In December, Vice reported on the potential dangers of the LRAD cannon, noting, "Permanent hearing loss begins with a sustained sound that's louder than 90 dB SPL — for example, a subway train 200 feet away — but you won't start to feel immediate pain until 120 decibels, about the loudness of a shotgun blast. At 160 dB — a little less loud than a rocket launch — your eardrum will burst." More...

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Why is Rev. Edward Pinkney in Prison? Another Case of Political Persecution
by Jackie Miller
Posted August 15, 2015

corrupt judiciaryWhy is Rev. Edward Pinkney in prison?

One answer comes to mind from my very first meeting with Pinkney in 2003. I drove from Lansing to Benton Harbor in southwest Michigan to witness a Berrien County Commissioners meeting soon after the Benton Harbor uprising. At that eye-opening introduction, white commissioners literally laughed at Black community members' desperate appeals for justice for their young Black men, incarcerated or killed with impunity at a sickening rate. Standing outside City Hall, Pinkney said to me, "You know, they offered me a Cadillac. I said, no, thank you." The power elite in the county tried to buy him off to shut him up. It didn't work. This is one reason he sits in Lakeland state prison today.

He did not shut up then, and he has not shut up ever since. From prison, he puts pen to paper and writes pages of condemnation of the corrupt, racist corporate-political-media establishment destroying his home community, the same one forcing him to eat prison food unfit for humans. More...

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Implicated in Torture by State Prison Officials
By Eric London
Posted August 14, 2015

Cumo implicated in prisoner tortureAn investigation published Tuesday in the New York Times revealed that prison guards at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York systematically beat and tortured dozens of prisoners in June of this year. The Times report also notes that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo questioned a prisoner only hours before he was tortured. According to letters from prisoners obtained by the Times, guards rammed inmates' heads against walls, hanged one from a pipe with a plastic bag, and threatened to waterboard and kill another.

Cuomo's visit, his threats, and the beatings that followed point to his direct involvement in orchestrating the criminal violence. The fact that he would make such threats on video underscores the degree to which the forces of the American state—from police officers and prison guards up to the governor and the president—carry out the violent repression of the population brazenly and with self-assumed impunity. More...

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Don't Be Fooled by the Political Game: The Illusion of Freedom in America
By John W. Whitehead
Posted August 13, 2015

illusion of choiceBeing a citizen in the American corporate state is much like playing against a stacked deck: you're always going to lose. The game is rigged, and "we the people" keep getting dealt the same losing hand. Even so, most stay in the game, against all odds, trusting that their luck will change. The problem, of course, is that luck will not save us.

The 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 citizenry, while milking us of our money and possessions. It really doesn't matter what you call them—Republicans, Democrats, 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. More...

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The Story of Mouseland: As told by Tommy Douglas in 1944
Introduced by Kiefer Sutherland
Posted August 12, 2015

This short 6 minute animated video explains clearly why our elections seem to not make any difference. While this impressive speech was made in 1944, it is obvious that it applies to the present time. Excellent!!

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An economic earthquake is rumbling
by Bob Livingston
Posted August 11, 2015

wake up AmericaWhile the people sleep, an economic earthquake rumbles underneath. The day that they begin to feel the quake draws near. History will record that in this decade more people will lose more money (forget about the trillions of dollars already lost) than at any time in our history, including during the Great Depression.

At the same time, a very small group has made and will make huge sums of money. Many people have been in hard times since 2008, thanks to bursting housing and derivatives bubbles — both fueled by the Federal Reserve's money printing and both predicted by me in my Letter and by many other writers. For those of us who are not well-connected (those of us who are not in the 1 percent), there has been no relief. While the banksters got bailouts and Wall Street and the banksters benefited from the money printers, the middle class was impoverished. Savings were wiped out. More...

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The Only Way The Rich Get Richer Is If The Rest Of Us Get Poorer
by Raul Ilargi Meijer
Posted August 9, 2015

rich get richer, we get poorerThe whole system of bailouts, be it in Greece or in the US, was never anything else than a transfer of public money to private interests, with the express aim of making good on the lost wagers of that private sector. With impunity, no less.

And no, the losses have not disappeared. Nor have they been written down. They have instead been transferred to fester in dark vaults, hidden behind swaps and other derivatives, and on central bank balance sheets. But that won't last either. If we wake up in time to this new reality, we may, and that's still only may, be able to prevent the worst, prevent something akin to the same punitive measures the Troika has unleashed upon Greek society, fully wrecking it in the process, its healthcare system, the safety nets for its most needy. More...

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Schools as Punishing Factories: The Handcuffing of Public Education
By Henry A. Giroux
Posted August 8, 2015

school to prison pipelineIf one important measure of a democracy is how a society treats its children - especially children of color, poor and working-class youth, and those with disabilities - there can be little doubt that the United States is failing. Half of all public school children live in near poverty, 16 million children receive food stamps and 90 percent of Black children will be on food stamps at some point during childhood. Moreover, too many children are either incarcerated or homeless.

As we move into the second Gilded Age, young people are viewed more as a threat than as a social investment. Instead of being viewed as at-risk in a society that has defaulted on its obligations to young people, youth today are viewed as the risk itself. One consequence is that their behaviors are increasingly criminalized in the streets, malls, schools and many other places once considered safe spaces for them. As compassion and social responsibility give way to punishment and fear as the most important modalities mediating the relationship of youth to the larger social order, schools resort more and more to zero-tolerance policies and other punitive practices. Such practices often result in the handing over of disciplinary problems to the police rather than to educational personnel. More...

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Meet the Hedge Funders and Billionaires Who Pillage Under the Shield of Philanthropy
By Lynn Parramore
Posted August 7, 2015

Steven Chen - Vulture capitalist guilty of insider tradingAmerica's parasitical oligarchs are masters of public relations. One of their favorite tactics is to masquerade as defenders of the common folk while neatly arranging things behind the scenes so that they can continue to plunder unimpeded. Perhaps nowhere is this sleight of hand displayed so artfully as it is at a particular high-profile charity with the nerve to bill itself as itself as "New York's largest poverty-fighting organization."

Meet the benevolent patrons of the Robin Hood Foundation. By occupation (the more useless and parasitical the better), it comes as no surprise that 12 of the 19 men in leadership positions at the Robin Hood Foundation happen to be hedge fund managers. A group called Hedge Clippers, supported by a coalition of labor unions and community groups and devoted to exposing how billionaires scheme to inflate their wealth and influence, has pointed out in a scathing report that the Robin Hood Foundation has close ties to an organization called the Managed Funds Association (MFA) that — shocker! —lobbies tirelessly for unjustified tax breaks for hedgies. More...

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Jimmy Carter: The U.S. Is an "Oligarchy With Unlimited Political Bribery"
by Jon Schwarz
Posted August 6, 2015

President Carter: U.S. is an oligarchyFormer president Jimmy Carter said Tuesday on the nationally syndicated radio show the Thom Hartmann Program that the United States is now an "oligarchy" in which "unlimited political bribery" has created "a complete subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors." Both Democrats and Republicans, Carter said, "look upon this unlimited money as a great benefit to themselves."

Carter was responding to a question from Hartmann about recent Supreme Court decisions on campaign financing like Citizens United. I've added Carter's statement to this list of politicians acknowledging that money controls politics. More...

Princeton University study concluding that the U.S. is an oligarchy.

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The Quadrillion Dollar Derivative Debt and the "Bail-in": When you Deposit Funds in a Bank, it Becomes "Their Money"
By Bill Holter
Posted August 5, 2015

Bail in plans have been developedThe world is awash with "promises". Nearly everything we think of as having "value" is because of a promise behind it. A few examples; your bank accounts, retirement funds, bonds and even the dollar bills in your pocket. Your bank account for example, once you deposit the money it is no longer yours. You can argue this if you wish but we now know this is true for sure after recent "bail in" legislations passed throughout the west. When you deposit funds into a bank, it then becomes "their money" held for you …they "owe" it to you.

All in all, there are over $1 quadrillion worth of derivatives (Quadrillion = 1 Million Billion!) outstanding. The problem with this is the "tail" is bigger than the dog. In other words, the amount of derivatives outstanding dwarfs the total amount of money outstanding and thus the ability to "pay" and make good on the contracts. The other side of this coin are contracts promising to deliver something. Here I am thinking both gold and silver. There are far more (100-1 or more) obligations outstanding than there are ounces or kilos available to deliver. This is a default just waiting to happen. More...

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Yes, there is an alternative to capitalism: Mondragon shows the way
by Richard Wolff
Posted August 4, 2015

alternative to capitalismWe are to believe, with Margaret Thatcher, that an economic system with endlessly repeated cycles, costly bailouts for financiers and now austerity for most people is the best human beings can do? Capitalism's recurring tendencies toward extreme and deepening inequalities of income, wealth, and political and cultural power require resignation and acceptance – because there is no alternative?

Of course, alternatives exist; they always do. Every society chooses – consciously or not, democratically or not – among alternative ways to organize the production and distribution of the goods and services that make individual and social life possible. More...

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A Day of Tears: Report from the "sHell No!" Action in Portland
by Kollibri Terre Sonnenblume
Posted August 3, 2015

fighting for mother earthAs has been well-documented, Royal Dutch Shell has plans to drill for oil in the Arctic, despite their knowledge that such extraction will exacerbate Climate Change (see here, here or here). President Obama has given these plans his blessing, as could be expected of a politician beholden to the extraction industries. In order to commit such an ecocidal act, Shell has to transport many different resources to the area by ship, and activists have attempted to slow the process by blocking, if only temporarily, a couple of these key transports. In Seattle, kayakers delayed the departure of a Shell oil rig in June.

In Portland, the Fennica, a Shell ship carrying a key piece of equipment that is needed on site before drilling can legally begin, docked for repairs about ten days ago, giving local activists some time to put together a response. Another kayak blockade was quickly planned, and to the surprise of most locals, Greenpeace pulled a surprise action a little after 3:00 a.m., early on the morning of July 29th. Thirteen people with climbing equipment lowered themselves off the St. John's Bridge, downriver from the Fennica, and positioned themselves in harnesses about a third of the way down, with ropes strung between themselves. This simple, even elegant, set-up made passage of the Fennica impossible without injuring the climbers. They were provisioned with enough food and water to stay there for days. More...

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If Spending Is Our Military Strategy, Our Strategy Is Bankrupt
by Dr. Mark Mateski
Posted August 2, 2015

military spendingEven today, few deny the long arm of US military might. After all, the US military exhausted the Soviet Union, crushed Saddam Hussein, and drove Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda into hiding.

To what should we attribute these triumphs? Some would say US planning and foresight. Others would mention the hard work and dedication of US soldiers, sailors, and airmen. Still others would point to the application of superior technology. All would be correct to some degree, but each of these explanations disregards the fact that for more than a lifetime, the United States has wildly outspent its military competitors.

US global superiority in military affairs is actually the superiority of a rich kid who thinks he's really smart but in reality is merely just rich. When the seemingly endless flow of money slows (as it inevitably will), the mask of cleverness will fall. Everyone who resented the kid will be waiting at the edge of the playground for this day of reckoning, and because no one else will have been so dependent on spending-as-strategy, the erstwhile rich kid will find it tough going. More...

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Debt Slaves: 7 Out Of 10 Americans Believe That Debt 'Is A Necessity In Their Lives'
By Michael Snyder
Posted August 1, 2015