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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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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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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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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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Social

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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
<<<
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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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
<<<
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

<<<
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
<<<
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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Wall street criminalsThe idea of price discovery in the stock market is an ideological illusion. The market has been taken over by white collar hoodlums who need a trading fix every day.

David Stockman

More quotable sayings

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class action suit against bankersYou would think that some sharp lawyers would get together and take up a class action suit against the banks for all the fraudulent foreclosures and illegal robo-signing.

They could make a fortune! And the victims would not have to pay any money until there is a settlement.

Rudy Avizius

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

We wouldn't be in this economic mess in the first place
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"I'd Like to Change the World, but I Don't Know How So I'll Leave it Up to You"
by Thad Beversdorf
Posted January 31, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

by Michael Krieger
Posted January 25, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Awakened Warriors Arise
by Zen Gardner
Posted December 22, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pigmen Win Again
By James Quinn
Posted December 18, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Defeat Is Victory
by Dmitry Orlov
Posted December 11, 2014

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

war is peaceWAR IS PEACE

FREEDOM IS SLAVERY

IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dividing the Spoils
by Bill Moyers
Posted November 23, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A Kept Culture
by Cognitive Dissonance
Posted November 4, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hollywood Can Make You Believe Anything
Posted October 23, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Snowden Film "Citizen Four" Reveals How He Did It; Second Leaker Involved; Files on 1.2 Million People; Snowden Vindicated
by Mish Shedlock
Posted October 16, 2014

citizen four revealedCitizen Four is the shocking doc about Edward Snowden made by Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras. Just screened tonight was the two hour film which will be released by the Weinstein Company this month. It doesn't paint the Obama administration in a very good light as Snowden explains how the government has violated privacy rights on a massive scale.

Also the filmmakers clearly indicate that all roads lead to POTUS, a fairly serious accusation. There may be serious repercussions. Nevertheless as the details of the NSA's programs are revealed Snowden says, "This isn't science fiction. It's really happening." More...

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Beyond Orwellian Nightmares and Neoliberal Authoritarianism
By Henry A. Giroux
Posted October 16, 2014

we will protect youCentral to George Orwell's nightmarish vision of a totalitarian society was a government so powerful that it not only dominated all of the major institutions in a society, but it also was quite adept at making invisible its inner workings of power. This is what some have called a shadow government, deep state, dual state or corporate state.

In the deep state, politics becomes the domain of the ultra-wealthy, the powerful few who run powerful financial services, big corporations and the imperious elite of the defense industries and other components of the military-industrial complex. Corporate interests such as ExxonMobil and other fossil fuel companies, megabanks such as Bank of America, and defense industries such as Boeing, General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin are powerful lobbying groups and as such have control of the major seats of political power and the commanding institutions necessary to insure that the deeply anti-democratic state rules in the interests of the few while exploiting and repressing the many. More...

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Computerized Election Theft and the New American Century
By Jonathan D. Simon
Posted October 15, 2014

voting machine fraudMany despairing observers of The New American Century have asked me whether - given the recent revelations about NSA surveillance, along with other signs that American democracy is deteriorating irrespective of which party governs - an honest vote counting system would even matter anymore. A fair question to which I believe the ultimate, if uneasy, answer is "Yes."

There was a brief glimpse during the Occupy movement of what public anger at American Systemic Injustice might come to if it found a way to assemble, to come out of its isolated private homes and apartments and shelters and cubicles into the public squares of the nation. It was a powerful image, one that so shook US rulers in their corporate and governmental corridors of power that they soon resorted to a federally-coordinated blitzkrieg to empty those squares and kill Occupy before it multiplied any further and before the Bastille was in any real danger. More...

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Snowden Documentary Confirms Existence of New National Security Whistleblower
by Jon Queally
Posted October 14, 2014

whistleblowers increase'Citizenfour,' the documentary film about global surveillance by filmmaker Laura Poitras, receives standing ovation at film fest and contains scene in which fellow journalist Glenn Greenwald tells Edward Snowden of new source. Though suspicions that a new source within the U.S. government's national security apparatus has been leaking classified and sensitive documents to some of the same journalists that have been reporting on the documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, not until the premiere of Laura Poitras' new documentary film on the subject this weekend have those suspicions been confirmed by any of the journalists with direct knowledge of the facts.

However, in a dramatic revelation for those who have now seen 'Citizenfour'—which debuted at the New York Film Festival on Friday night where it received a standing ovation—a scene captured by Poitras shows award-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald quietly confirming to Snowden the existence of a secord source within the intelligence community who has been sharing highly-secretive information. More...

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Building an Ark: How to Protect Public Revenues from the Next Meltdown
by Ellen Brown
Posted October 13, 2014

protecting public moneyConcerns are growing that we are heading for another banking crisis, one that could be far worse than in 2008. But this time, there will be no government bailouts. Instead, per the Dodd-Frank Act, bankrupt banks will be confiscating (or "bailing in") their customers' deposits.That includes local government deposits. The fact that public funds are secured with collateral may not protect them, as explained earlier here. Derivative claims now get paid first in a bank bankruptcy; and derivative losses could be huge, wiping out the collateral for other claims.

Besides their reckless derivatives gambling, these monster-sized banks have earned our distrust by being caught in a litany of frauds. In an article in Forbes titled "Big Banks and Derivatives: Why Another Financial Crisis Is Inevitable," Steve Denning lists rigging municipal bond interest rates, LIBOR price-fixing, foreclosure abuses, money laundering, tax evasion, and misleading clients with worthless securities. Particularly harmful to local governments have been interest rate swaps misrepresented as protecting government agencies from higher rates. More...

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An Ebola Outbreak Would Be Advantageous For Globalists
by Brandon Smith
Posted October 12, 2014

ebola good for globalistsIt's sad to say with such finality, but a universal fact of existence is that most of the people you meet in this life are fundamentally and functionally ignorant. Not necessarily stupid, but certainly ignorant. Ignorance comes not from a lack of intelligence, but from a denial of knowledge and truth. That is to say, ignorance takes hold when people decide to act as though they know and understand a thing, even if they do not. Ignorance prevails when a society or nation chooses to value the appearance of expertise, to value the theater of overconfidence, and to cheer for the bluster of morons rather than admit that they have unanswered questions on subjects they do not yet grasp. For nothing is worse for the self absorbed than to acknowledge that they do not know.

Entire nations have fallen throughout history because of this terrible weakness...

By extension, such ignorance is not just an inherent disease but also an easily exploitable disease. When we refuse to think critically and examine our surroundings thoroughly, we become like grazing gazelles oblivious to the predators encircling us in the tall grass. And, just as there are predatory individuals that hide amongst us, there are are also predatory oligarchs that camouflage themselves as benevolent politicos and financial professionals standing above us. Normal predators we fear, establishment predators we invite into our homes as protectors, saviors, and partners. More...

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Argentina and Wall Street's Vulture Funds: "Economic Terrorism" and the Western Financial System
By Peter Koenig
Posted October 11, 2014

vulture funds force Argentina default"Today you pretend making a coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), but in fact you're their allies," Those are the frank words by Cristina Fernandez Kirchner, the Argentinian President, spoken in a calm and secure voice at the UN General Assembly last Friday, 3 October 2014.

Similarly, she referred to the western financial system as economic terrorism, as in vultures – the vulture funds that thanks to New York judge Griesa have put Argentina – a solvent country, willing and capable of paying their debt, in default. He ruled that the vulture funds, Griesa's clients and paymasters, needed to be paid in full, i.e. 100%, equal to US$ 1.5 billion, when close to 93% of all creditors agreed on a restructured reimbursement rate of about 20%. More...

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Four Other Lawyer Whistleblowers are Essential at the Carmen Segarra Senate Witness Table
By Pam Martens and Russ Martens
Posted October 10, 2014

Carmen Segarra whistletblowerWall Street's crime spree has been coming at the public for the past six years like a geyser spewing from a broken water main. It's been tough for the public to keep tract of the twists and turns, and equally so for Congress.

What has been lost in all the media frenzy over the tapes released by Carmen Segarra, an attorney and bank examiner at the New York Fed who was fired for wanting to hold Goldman Sachs accountable, according to her lawsuit, is that four other regulatory lawyers have stepped forward from 2006 to earlier this year to report that their Wall Street regulator has been captured. In the case of those four, the captured regulator is the Securities and Exchange Commission.

When you have five Wall Street insiders with law degrees telling you that Wall Street regulators are not upholding the laws they are mandated to enforce while the nation is still struggling to recover from an epic financial crash this corrupt cronyism produced just six years ago, it's time to allow the public to hear directly from all of these voices at one Senate witness table. More...

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GMOs are Everywhere and Should be Labeled, Study Finds
by Deirdre Fulton
Posted October 9, 2014

GMOs are everywhereGenetically modified organisms, or GMOs, are present in many common products including breakfast cereals, chips, and infant formula—including some that carry misleading labels like "natural," according to a study released Tuesday by the nonprofit Consumer Reports.

Based on its findings, combined with the results of a survey (pdf) by the Consumer Reports National Research Center showing nearly three-quarters of all Americans seek to avoid GMOs when they shop, Consumer Reports is calling for mandatory labeling of GMOs in food and a ban on the meaningless "natural" label. "Natural" label is virtually meaningless and should be banned, Consumer Reports declares. More...

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How America's Richest 14 Made More Money Than the Entire Food Stamp Budget
by Paul Buchheit
Posted October 8, 2014

never rich enoughFor the second year in a row, America's richest 14 individuals made more from their annual investments than the $80 billion provided for people in need of food. Nearly half of the food-deprived are children. Perversely, the food stamp program was CUT because of a lack of federal funding.

In a testament to the inability — or unwillingness — of Congress to do anything about the incessant upward re-distribution of America's wealth, the richest 14 Americans increased their wealth from $507 billion to $589 billion in ONE YEAR from their investment earnings. As stated by Forbes, "All together the 400 wealthiest Americans are worth a staggering $2.29 trillion, up $270 billion from a year ago."

The America's Richest 14 Made Enough Money to Hire Two Million Pre-School Teachers or Emergency Medical Technicians. More...

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The Surprising Reason that Crushing Economic Inequality Isn't More of Election Issue
By David Sirota
Posted October 6, 2014

greedy workersIf critics of income inequality are wondering why the growing gap between rich and poor hasn't been a more potent political issue in the upcoming elections, a new study offers some answers: Americans grossly underestimate this inequality. That's one of the key findings of a survey showing the gap between CEO and average worker pay in America is more than 10 times larger than the typical American perceives.

In the report, Harvard University and Chulalongkorn University researchers analyzed survey data from 40 countries about perceptions of pay gaps between rich and poor. In every country, respondents underestimated the size of the gap between CEO and average worker pay. In the United States, for example, the researchers found the median American respondent estimated that the ratio of CEO to worker income is about 30-to-1. In reality, the gap is more than 350-to-1. More...

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During An Ebola Pandemic in America All Of Your Rights Would Essentially Be Meaningless
By Michael Snyder
Posted October 5, 2014

"camps" for suspected infections?If there is a major Ebola pandemic in America, all of the liberties and the freedoms that you currently enjoy would be gone. If government officials believe that you have the virus, federal law allows them to round you up and detain you "for such time and in such manner as may be reasonably necessary." In addition, the CDC already has the authority to quarantine healthy Americans if they reasonably believe that they may become sick.

During an outbreak, the government can force you to remain isolated in your own home, or the government may forcibly take you to a treatment facility, a tent city, a sports stadium, an old military base or a camp. You would not have any choice in the matter. And you would be forced to endure any medical procedure mandated by the government. That includes shots, vaccines and the drawing of blood. During such a scenario, you can scream about your "rights" all that you want, but it won't do any good. More...

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Super PAC(ked) With Out-of-State Money
by Lalita Clozel
Posted October 4, 2014

bidding for governanceThey may be called super PACs, but they can't be everywhere at once. It's become fashionable for these committees, which can spend unlimited amounts on ads backing or attacking candidates anywhere in the country, to tout their allegiance to a state. But as often as not, an OpenSecrets Blog analysis found, they run mainly on out-of-state money.

We tallied up all the super PACs with a state or regional reference in their name that have spent money on ads this election cycle. Out of 34 of these supposedly home-grown super PACs, only 17 had received at least half of their contributions of more than $200 from within the state. More...

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America: The Grim Truth
by Lance Freeman
Posted October 3, 2014

grim truthAmericans, I have some bad news for you: You have the worst quality of life in the developed world – by a wide margin.

If you had any idea of how people really lived in Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and many parts of Asia, you'd be rioting in the streets calling for a better life. In fact, the average Australian or Singaporean taxi driver has a much better standard of living than the typical American white-collar worker.

I know this because I am an American, and I escaped from the prison you call home. I have lived all around the world, in wealthy countries and poor ones, and there is only one country I would never consider living in again: The United States of America. The mere thought of it fills me with dread. More...

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With The People's Climate March Behind Us, What Do We Do Now?
By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers
Posted October 1, 2014

NY climate march 2014The climate action weekend built around the People's Climate March proved that the climate movement has broad popular support and millions are ready to mobilize. These are two ingredients necessary to achieve climate justice, but also needed is a strategy that is widely understood so people recognize their work is connected to a larger movement and their actions are more effective.

Governments are sold out to big corporate interests who profit from dirty energy and false market-based climate change "solutions." Climate justice advocates must stop the government from doing more damage while creating new systems that allow us to stop participating in the dirty energy economy. A great power of social justice movements is noncompliance, but to not comply we need to be able to live in ways that are consistent with climate justice. More...

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How Much Control Does Goldman Sachs Have Over the Federal Reserve?
By Jake Bernstein
Posted September 30, 2014

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

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

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

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The Failure to Prosecute Leading US Banks. The Abuse of Power by Government and Big Business
By Kevin Zeese
Posted September 29, 2014

Holder's failed legacyEric Holder's tenure as attorney general will be remembered for the failure to prosecute any leading bankers who were responsible for the collapse of the economy. While the SEC negotiated large fines, the DOJ prosecuted none of those who were guilty of crimes that robbed the wealth of tens of millions of Americans. The failure to prosecute bankers was one example of many where corporate power dominated the DOJ on finance, environmental, labor and other issues. This should have been an era of aggressive enforcement of corporate crime, instead corporate criminals were rarely investigated.

It will also be remembered for the mistaken lack of enforcement against war crimes; in particular torture committed by US officials during the Bush administration as well as failing to take any action against lawyers in the Department of Justice and CIA who provided legal cover to torture. Instead of putting up a red light to unauthorized wars and military action, the Holder DOJ provided legal cover the massive drone killings by President Obama (that primarily killed civilians and non-combatants) and the military attack against Libya as well as the current war on ISIS resulting in massive bombings in Syria and Iraq. More...

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What the Global Status Quo Optimizes
by Charles Hugh Smith
Posted September 28, 2014

protecting elite privilegeThe incestuous embrace of privilege and power by entrenched, socially isolated Elites characterizes failed states and brittle, doomed regimes throughout history. Every system is optimized to serve a specific purpose. As noted in my recent essay What Metric Are We Optimizing For?, what the system optimizes is rarely explicitly stated.

Sometimes this results from not understanding the metric that the system is designed to optimize; but in other cases, explicitly describing what the system optimizes would trigger social instability. The Status Quo around the world--from France to China to the U.S.--is optimized to protect its Elites and the sprawling Upper-Caste of academics, managers, think-tank toadies, technocrats, apparatchiks, functionaries, factotums, lackeys and apologists who serve the Elites, and are well-paid for enforcing the Status Quo on the disenfranchized castes below. More...

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5 U.S. Banks Each Have More Than 40 Trillion Dollars In Exposure To Derivatives
by Michael Snyder
Posted September 27, 2014

banker casinoWhen is the U.S. banking system going to crash? I can sum it up in three words. Watch the derivatives. It used to be only four, but now there are five "too big to fail" banks in the United States that each have more than 40 trillion dollars in exposure to derivatives. Today, the U.S. national debt is sitting at a grand total of about 17.7 trillion dollars, so when we are talking about 40 trillion dollars we are talking about an amount of money that is almost unimaginable.

And unlike stocks and bonds, these derivatives do not represent "investments" in anything. They can be incredibly complex, but essentially they are just paper wagers about what will happen in the future. The truth is that derivatives trading is not too different from betting on baseball or football games. Trading in derivatives is basically just a form of legalized gambling, and the "too big to fail" banks have transformed Wall Street into the largest casino in the history of the planet. When this derivatives bubble bursts (and as surely as I am writing this it will), the pain that it will cause the global economy will be greater than words can describe. More...

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Bread, Circuses and Bombs - Decline of The American Empire
By James Quinn
Posted September 26, 2014

decline of american empireA century of central banking and heavy taxation of the people by bought off politician puppets has coincided with a century of war, depressions, currency debasement, overconsumption, obscene levels of consumer debt, trillions of excessive debt financed government spending, hundreds of trillions in unfunded entitlement liabilities, and a persistent decline in standard of living for the masses due to Federal Reserve manufactured inflation. We have failed to heed the lessons of history. We have repeated the blunders committed by the Romans.

The American Empire will not be murdered by an external force because it is too busy committing suicide. The moneyed interests, corporate oligarchs and their hand-picked politician front men see themselves as conquering heroes. Their colossal hubris and arrogance is only matched by the ignorance, gullibility, quivering fear of bogeymen, and susceptibility to propaganda of the general populace. The Wall Street bankers and feckless politicians are not gods, they are only men. Death is the great equalizer for emperors and peasants alike. The only thing that remains is your legacy and whether you positively impacted the world. It can be unequivocally stated that those in power today are leaving a legacy of despair, destruction, and debt. More...

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Eric Holder Says Justice Department Has Moles on Wall Street
By Pam Martens and Russ Martens
Posted September 25, 2014

Wall St moles in Justice Dept.In addition to hundreds of Federal bank examiners permanently stationed at Wall Street's biggest banks by the Federal Reserve and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency in an effort to eradicate a serial crime spree, an unknown number of Justice Department moles are now roaming about the mahogany corridors of power, chatting up potential criminals around the water cooler and hoping to make it out alive before being detected.

Avoiding detection as a mole becomes so much more challenging when the highest law enforcement officer in the land, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, comes to New York to address Wall Street's lawyers and tells them, flat out, that he's got moles stationed inside his Wall Street targets. (There were likely 100,000 text messages flying about Wall Street before Holder got to the next paragraph of his speech.) More...

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Barbarism Versus Stupidism
by Howard Kunstler
Posted September 24, 2014

stupidity or barbarismIn my lifetime, the USA has not blundered into a more incoherent, feckless, and unfavorable foreign policy quandary than we see today.

The US-led campaign to tilt Ukraine to Euroland and NATO — and away from the Russian-led Eurasian Customs Union — turned an "intelligence" fiasco into a strategic humiliation for the Obama White House. Notice that the story has vamoosed utterly from the American media headlines, even when the Russian Engineers' Union issued a report last week asserting that the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 was most likely shot down by 30mm cannon fire from Ukrainian military aircraft. The USA State Department didn't deign to refute it because doing so would have drawn attention to the fact that it was the only plausible explanation for what happened. More...

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The Coming Climate Revolt
by Chris Hedges
Posted September 23, 2014

NYC climate rally 2014We have undergone a transformation during the last few decades—what John Ralston Saul calls a corporate coup d'état in slow motion. We are no longer a capitalist democracy endowed with a functioning liberal class that once made piecemeal and incremental reform possible. Liberals in the old Democratic Party no longer exist within the Democratic Party, as Nader has been lamenting for several years. They were pushed out as corporate donors began to transform the political landscape with the election of Ronald Reagan. And this is why the Democrats have not, as Bill Curry points out, enacted any major social or economic reforms since the historic environmental laws of the early '70s.

We are governed, rather, by a species of corporate totalitarianism, or what the political philosopher Sheldon Wolin describes as "inverted totalitarianism." By this Wolin means a system where corporate power, while it purports to pay fealty to electoral politics, the Constitution, the three branches of government and a free press, along with the iconography and language of American patriotism, has in fact seized all the important levers of power to render the citizen impotent. More...

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The Myth That Sold the Financial Bailout
By Dean Baker
Posted September 21, 2014

bailout was not neededMonday marked the sixth anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers. The investment bank's bankruptcy accelerated the financial meltdown that began with the near collapse of the investment bank Bear Stearns in March 2008 (saved by the Federal Reserve and JPMorgan) and picked up steam with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac going under the week before Lehman's demise. The day after Lehman failed, the giant insurer AIG was set to collapse, only to be rescued by the Fed.

With the other Wall Street behemoths also on shaky ground, then–Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson ran to Capitol Hill, accompanied by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and New York Fed President Timothy Geithner. Their message was clear: The apocalypse was nigh. They demanded Congress make an open-ended commitment to bail out the banks. In a message repeated endlessly by the punditocracy ever since, the failure to cough up the money would have led to a second Great Depression. More...

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America's Rotting Empire: Billionaires Galore & A Crumbling Infrastructure
By CJ Werleman
Posted September 20, 2014

billionaires starve the rest of usAmerica has the most billionaires in the world, but not a single U.S. city ranks among the world’s most livable cities. Not a single U.S. airport is among the top 100 airports in the world. Our bridges, road and rail are falling apart, and our middle class is being guttered out thanks to three decades of stagnant wages, while the top 1 percent enjoys 95 percent of all economic gains.

A rigged tax code and a bloated military budget are starving the federal and state governments of the revenue it needs to invest in infrastructure, which means today America looks increasingly like a second rate nation, and now new data shows America’s intellectual resources are also in decline. More...

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The Koch Brothers' 3-Step Plan to Conquer the Next Generation
by Carl Gibson
Posted September 19, 2014

greed across generationsRight-wing oligarchs dominating our political process, like the Koch Brothers, are wealthy beyond measure. Combined, Charles and David Koch are worth over $100 billion, and make $6 million per hour. That translates to over $1600 per second, which is enough to feed someone on food stamps for an entire year. Compare that figure to the $13 million that former Kroger CEO David Dillon earned in his last year with the company, which he called "ludicrous." Their only problem is their age -- David Koch is 74, Charles Koch is 78. For their class to maintain power over American politics and government, they have to make investments in future generations to ensure their ideology will live on beyond them.

It's been well-documented by now how the Koch Brothers are sponsoring economic programs at colleges and universities around the country. By itself, this could be interpreted as philanthropy. There's nothing inherently wrong with a billionaire donating some of his wealth to education. But the greater strategy in the Kochs' chess game isn't just to make themselves wealthier, but a far more sinister one. More...

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A Public Bank Option for Scotland
By Ellen Brown
Posted September 18, 2014

public bank for Scotland?The People of Scotland have an opportunity to extricate themselves from the socio-psychopathic global corporatists and the temple of outrageous and excessive abject materialism. However, it is not going to be an easy ride . . . .

If Alex Salmond and the SNP [Scottish National Party] are serious about keeping the Pound Stirling as the Currency of Scotland, there will be no independence. Likewise if Scotland embraces the Euro, Scotland will rapidly become a vassel state of the Euro-Federalists, who will asset strip the nation in the same way that, Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Spain have been stripped of their entire national wealth and much of their national identity. More...

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Bogus Trading, Speculation in the Silver Market
By Bill Holter
Posted September 17, 2014

silver manipulationI wrote an article titled "Kill Switch" a couple of weeks back where I hypothesized the Chinese are the ones behind the very high (and very curious) open interest in COMEX silver, I want to revisit this. I want to revisit this because of the action this past week and this past Thursday in particular.

Silver dropped almost 50 cents on Thursday and broke through the $19 level to the downside. Please remember that silver has a global "all in cost" of production somewhere near $25 per ounce so these prices will only augur for much less supply. "Supply" in this case is REAL supply of raw silver to be used for electronics, solar panels, jewelry, investment etc.. Common sense tells you if you must sell your product for a loss you will either sell less of it, not sell any of it, or sell all that you can for cash flow and go bankrupt …supply will dry up. More...

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Lifting The Fog Of Pretense
by James H. Kunstler
Posted Sept 16, 2014

There are times when events are in charge, not personalities. The unseen forces that hold the affairs of nations and economies in equilibrium dissolve, particles fly out of the many centers, and things heat up toward criticality.

The lies, frauds, and cons run between the axis of Wall Street and Washington had two fatal consequences with still-lagging effects. 1) They destroyed the capacity for markets to establish the real price of anything - rendering markets useless. 2). They disabled capital formation to the degree that we might not have the money to rebuild an economy to replace the "financialized" matrix of rackets that currently pretends to function. A lot of observers like myself have been waiting for the moment when the fog of pretense lifts and exposes all the broken machinery within. We may be so close now that you can smell it. More...

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Economic Hitmen Robbing Public Resources Across Detroit, Argentina and Greece
by Carl Gibson
Posted September 15, 2014

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

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

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Federal Prosecutors Continue to Defy Holder
By Barry Sussman
Posted September 13, 2014

prosecutors want more prisonersProsecuting individuals in federal court has long been seen as a game by government prosecutors. The current 99% rate of conviction in federal courts makes it something akin to shooting fish in a barrel, but with significantly greater rewards. Those who can successfully, and without compunction, convict at any cost are fast tracked up the judicial corporate ladder. Success is measured in years and regardless of guilt, innocence or the level of relative culpability, a longer sentence always looks better on one's resume than a shorter one.

The game of federal justice has nothing to do with public protection; it is merely a pretense bandied about to allow the self-serving abuse to continue unabated. More...

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Preparing To Asset-strip Local Government? The Fed's Bizarre New Rules
by Ellen Brown
Posted September 12, 2014

cash strapped citiesIn an inscrutable move that has alarmed state treasurers, the Federal Reserve, along with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, just changed the liquidity requirements for the nation's largest banks. Municipal bonds, long considered safe liquid investments, have been eliminated from the list of high-quality liquid collateral. assets (HQLA). That means banks that are the largest holders of munis are liable to start dumping them in favor of the Treasuries and corporate bonds that do satisfy the requirement.

Muni bonds fund the nation's critical infrastructure, and they are subject to the whims of the market: as demand goes down, interest rates must be raised to attract buyers. State and local governments could find themselves in the position of cash-strapped Eurozone states, subject to crippling interest rates. More...

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Suckering the Public on a War of Terror
by SARTRE
Posted September 11, 2014

war propagandaThe gullibility of the American public only exceeded by the ease that the fascist establishment is able to conduct their criminal government without any meaningful protest - just keeps rolling along. The mainstream media is still able to practice their black art of painting their masterpiece, entitled discovering a new cell of terrorists in every news report. Making up a scripted narrative to fix all seasons, take the creative ability of a screenwriter and the guidance of the intelligence community to shepherd the story to fix the immediate political objective. In a world where truth is the rarest of all commodities, you can be assured that the simpletons, who believe the psychological warfare accounts reported as fact, will invariably remain docile fools.

The news machine has become pure government propaganda. If the fantasy spin was merely benign diversion or trivia, one might be able to simply ignore or dismiss the poppycock as the price of driving broadcasts for ratings. However, when national survival as a free society, systematically being dismantled to rationalize some phony made up terrorist threat, the luxury of pampering an imbecilic public attitude that accept lies as reality, can no longer be tolerated. More...

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Profits Soar As Pentagon Leans on Private Corporations for Special Ops
by Jon Queally
Posted September 10, 2014

private military contractsPrivate military contractors are reaping billions of dollars in profitable rewards from the U.S. government's global network of clandestine counter-terrorism and other overseas operations, according to a new report that examines the high-levels of integration between for-profit corporations and the Pentagon's global military and surveillance apparatus.

The new report—titled US Special Operations Command Contracting: Data-Mining the Public Record—written by researcher Crofton Black and commissioned by the U.K.-based Remote Control Project, shows that "corporations are integrated into some of the most sensitive aspects" of operations conducted by the U.S. Special Operations Command (or USSOCOM). Those activities, according to the report include: flying drones and overseeing target acquisition, facilitating communications between forward operating locations and central command hubs, interrogating prisoners, translating captured material, and managing the flow of information between regional populations and the US military. More...

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No Economy For Americans
By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (Asst. Sec. of the Treasury in the Reagan Administration)
Posted September 9, 2014

low paying jobsAs I have reported for many years, the US economy no longer is capable of creating goods producing jobs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics August payroll jobs report shows zero manufacturing jobs. I read the other day that the US now has four or five times more people on food stamps than in manufacturing jobs.

The jobs of the New Economy are in lowly paid, nontradable domestic services–the jobs that characterize a Third World Economy. Deregulated free-market America has created an economy that serves only the few, which explains the extraordinary concentration in the 21st century of income and wealth in fewer and fewer hands–another defining characteristic of a Third World country.

American capitalism has failed. It can no longer produce jobs for the work force, and its profits come from its political ability to impose costs on the American population. More...

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Profiting from America's Misery
by Paul Bucheit
Posted September 8, 2014

for profit prisonsThe profit motive fogs the thinking of free-market advocates. The Economist gushes, "Take a bow, capitalism...the biggest poverty-reduction measure of all is liberalizing markets to let poor people get richer." Forbes proclaims its belief in "the unmatched power of capitalism to improve human life."

Self-indulgent capitalists have turned much of America against its own best interests by promoting a winner-take-all philosophy that reaps great rewards for a few people at the expense of everyone else. To the neoliberal, vital human needs like health and education are products to be bought and sold.

Here are some other examples of greed and the pain it causes. More...

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Toll roads: 'Surveillance state' purveyors and enforcers
By Teri Webster
Posted September 7, 2014

surveillance stateImpounded cars. Blocked vehicle registrations. Fines and penalties. Jail time. Unpaid highway tolls can have heavy consequences. And the punishments hardly fit the crime.

For years, privacy advocates across the nation have warned about the surveillance powers of toll roads and toll tag systems. Now, their warnings have evolved into a disturbing new trend. Toll road systems are becoming purveyors and enforcers of an invasive and punitive surveillance grid that has the ability to track us everywhere we go. More...

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NATO Dead, King Dollar Wrecked
By Jim Willie
Posted September 6, 2014

dollar and NATO collapseA climax is fast approaching. The USDollar is stuck in the implosion stage. Its many supporting structures are in simultaneous collapse. The paradox worth repeating is that the USDollar will rise and rise and rise, then vanish, as the United States must take its rightful place in the Third World. The USDollar will be rejected, the climax of its dismissal to come from the pain it causes. No nation can compete with the USDollar, as it is printed off the Weimar press by the US Federal Reserve, the oil burning, the screech audible from afar.

The USGovt is left with no more options than war, since the financial front has been lost to insolvency, market interference, bond fraud, and leveraged corruption. The King Dollar has been wrecked, knocked off its throne, never to return to prestige. Emerging is the new Eastern Alliance based upon the three centers of Russia, China, and Germany. The Eurasian Trade Zone is coming into view. The difficult decisions must be made by Germany. More...

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The Perverse Roots of the Mentality of More
By Derryl Hermanutz
Posted September 5, 2014

sickness of moreA combination of deification of enormous personal wealth (plutocratic Mammon-worship), and Puritan worship of endless toil to keep idle hands out of the devil's playground, has prevented reasonable public discourse on the topic of structural industrial era unemployment and systematic supplements to the earned income system.

These prejudices run very deep in the US. Many Americans are morally outraged at the very idea of people getting something for nothing, even if there is plenty of extra stuff to go around, nobody with money to buy it, and there is literally nothing "productive" for tens of millions of Americans to do. Even though machines have freed most people from lives of physical labor, people's minds have not been freed from the belief that humanity was born to work, not play. More...

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Wall Street Declares Victory Against the American People: The Banking Elites are Now Waging War against One Another
By Eric Zuesse
Posted September 4, 2014

rich have declared victoryOn August 31st, the Republican political site Politico bannered "Wall Street Republicans' Dark Secret: Hillary Clinton 2016," and Ben White and Maggie Haberman delivered a blockbuster report about the big-money Republican donors they had talked to, who confided (not for specific attribution, though) that they might finance Hillary Clinton to become President, if Jeb Bush announces after November's mid-terms that he won't run for the Republican Presidential nomination. Ms. Clinton is so appealing to Republican aristocrats, many of them will back her if Republicans won't nominate Bush.

Of course, virtually all Democratic aristocrats are already pouring money into the place-holding fundraising campaign for Clinton's expected entrance into the Democratic Presidential contest.

This means that virtually the entire aristocracy will be flooding Clinton's Presidential war-chest, unless Jeb Bush seeks the Republican nomination. More...

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Dispatches from Occupied Territory – Fear is the Mind Killer
by Cognitive Dissonance
Posted September3, 2014

head in sandYou speak about the horrific realization that everything around us appears to be a bald faced lie with a macabre facade painted on the surface for the benefit of our denial. In particular you mention those private, public and governmental institutions you formerly trusted, even if only up to a certain point. Often what we describe as 'trust' is in reality a debilitating dependency hidden by deep denial. None the less it still feels terrible when it has been violated, particularly when we enabled the violation.

So when we begin our awakening, in many respects we are doing just the opposite. To discover those we have blindly trusted have repeatedly violated us in a most personal and intimate way is so far beyond disturbing that at times it escapes accurate description. Suddenly we see very clearly how for decades there were dozens of warning signs we deliberately ignored or flat out denied. This ugly realization alone is the primary reason so many abandon their journey before they have even begun and rush headlong back into the warm embrace of blackout living and willful denial. More...

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Philadelphia Earns Millions By Seizing Cash And Homes From People Never Charged With A Crime
by Nick Sibilla
Posted September 2, 2014

no conviction requiredChris Sourovelis has never had any trouble with the law or been accused of any crime. But that hasn't stopped the City of Philadelphia from trying to take his home.

The Sourouvelis family, along with thousands of others in Philadelphia, is living a Kafkaesque nightmare: Their property is considered guilty; they must prove their innocence and the very prosecutors they're fighting can profit from their misery. Now the Institute for Justice has filed a major class-action lawsuit to end these abuses of power.

Back in March, Chris's son was caught selling $40 worth of drugs outside of the home. With no previous arrests or a prior record, a court ordered him to attend rehab. But the very day Sourovelis was driving his son to begin treatment, he got a frantic call from his wife. Without any prior notice, police evicted the Sourovelises and seized the house, using a little-known law known as "civil forfeiture." More...

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Breaking Up [the Banks] May Not Be Quite So Hard To Do
Bartlett Naylor
Posted September 1, 2014

Break up the big banksAs America approaches the sixth anniversary of the 2008 financial crash, here's an encouraging thought: The mega-banks can be broken up. It's already in the law. Forty-one words of the 2,000-page Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform Act empower the regulators to take this step. To exercise this momentous power, the regulators must take some initial steps in preparation. And on August 5, 2014, the regulators did just that.

These banks were simply too big to fail (TBTF). What's more, the government's crisis managers actually made the TBTF problem worse by consolidating some of the smaller, failing firms, with the largest failing firms. To JP Morgan's sprawling empire, for example, the government added Bear Stearns and Washington Mutual. More...

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The Time Is Ripe For A False-Flag Attack On American Soil
by Brandon Smith
Posted August 31, 2014

scapegoat for next false flag?I believe the time is in fact ripe for a large scale false-flag on American soil. It may be a singular attack limited to a city or region, or, numerous smaller attacks executed in concert. I see the media overload of ISIS fever as a means to condition the public to believe in the ISIS myth – the myth that they are a sophisticated international super-terrorist conglomerate; a real life Legion of Doom. If Americans are conned into buying this myth, they may also be fooled into abandoning their Constitutional liberties and natural freedoms in the face of a well planned attack blamed on ISIS elements. I believe there will likely come a day when the mere act of exposing the lie or standing against government overreach will be called "treason", and people like myself will be labeled "no better than ISIS".

With all this hype circling ISIS, I have to suggest that maybe, just maybe, we are being given the ultimate scapegoat for the ultimate false flag attack. When building the narrative of a traditional story, the hero is really a secondary character, because the hero is only as impressive as the villain he must eventually defeat. If you look at mainstream media and geopolitics as a theater script, rather than a series of random events, it appears as though ISIS is being built up as a villain so pervasive and devious the group could accomplish ANYTHING. More...

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4 Calamities Destroying America's Economy Being Ignored by Elites
by Frithjof Bergmann
Posted August 30, 2014

clueless elitesThe world's current economic and political structures are proving incapable of fixing the global crisis of poverty, unemployment, and dislocation from a viable way of life for the majority of the world's population. Why? Let us begin with one present-day example: Larry Summers, former Secretary of the Treasury and also former chair of the Board of Economic Advisors, recently was the principal guest of the national radio broadcast "On Point." The topic of the hour-long dialogue was growing "inequality."

Summers posited that we are in an oddly slow recovery. He gave some reasons for the slowness but maintained that the measures instigated by the government (the Federal Reserve pumping funds into the economy, and the like) were fundamentally correct, and that with patience and persistence the recovery would solve the problems we have.

This basically is the position of Obama and importantly, by no means only his. Every government in every country subscribes essentially to this same apostolic faith. That faith is pathetic and even grotesquely mistaken. It ignores the four "Tsunami" causes for the globally increasing inequality: More...

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Chris Hedges: "Our Liberty Has Been Sacrificed On The Altar Of National Security"
by Mike Krieger
Posted August 29, 2014

pulling the stringsThe two greatest visions of a future dystopia were George Orwell's "1984" and Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World." The debate, between those who watched our descent towards corporate totalitarianism, was who was right. Would we be, as Orwell wrote, dominated by a repressive surveillance and security state that used crude and violent forms of control? Or would we be, as Huxley envisioned, entranced by entertainment and spectacle, captivated by technology and seduced by profligate consumption to embrace our own oppression? It turns out Orwell and Huxley were both right. Huxley saw the first stage of our enslavement. Orwell saw the second.

We have been gradually disempowered by a corporate state that, as Huxley foresaw, seduced and manipulated us through sensual gratification, cheap mass-produced goods, boundless credit, political theater and amusement. While we were entertained, the regulations that once kept predatory corporate power in check were dismantled, the laws that once protected us were rewritten and we were impoverished. Now that credit is drying up, good jobs for the working class are gone forever and mass-produced goods are unaffordable, we find ourselves transported from "Brave New World" to "1984." The state, crippled by massive deficits, endless war and corporate malfeasance, is sliding toward bankruptcy. It is time for Big Brother to take over from Huxley's feelies, the orgy-porgy and the centrifugal bumble-puppy. We are moving from a society where we are skillfully manipulated by lies and illusions to one where we are overtly controlled. More...

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How The Coming Silver Price Bubble Will Develop
by Ted Butler
Posted August 28, 2014

silver price manipulatedThe stage is set for something the world has never experienced previously – an asset bubble accompanied with an industrial shortage. The two greatest upward price forces known to man, an asset bubble and a genuine commodity shortage, appear set to combine in silver. Either one, alone, would have a profound impact on the price, but the combination seems both inevitable and almost impossible to contemplate in terms of how high the price of silver could be driven. And it's hard to see how intense investment buying wouldn't trip off industrial user attempted inventory stockpiling or vice versa; it doesn't matter which comes first.

Tying everything together, there is one and only one explanation for why silver is so undervalued and the asset bubble/industrial shortage hasn't occurred yet – the ongoing price manipulation on the COMEX. Massive amounts of paper contracts traded between two groups of large speculators (technical funds and commercials), measuring in the hundreds of millions of ounces and completely unrelated to the supply/demand fundamentals have set the price of silver. This COMEX price control is both the curse and the promise in that it not only explains the undervaluation, it will explain why it seems inevitable for an asset bubble/user shortage to develop. More...

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Plundering the Planet: Rigged Corporate "Free Trade Partnerships" and "Climate Change Agreements"
By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers
Posted August 27, 2014

plundering the planetWhat do rigged corporate trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Paris Treaty, an international climate agreement to be signed in 2015, have in common? They are both tools being pushed by the power elite to rip away our hopes for democracy and to commodify all things to monetize them for profit.

It is this drive by multinational corporations to patent and control even living beings such as plants and animals and to privatize even elements that are essential to life such as water which connects all human beings on the planet. We are in a global battle of the people versus the plutocrats and this battle has a ticking timer called the climate crisis. More...

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On Behalf of Monsanto: GMO Food Crops for Ukraine's Bread Basket
By Joyce Nelson
Posted August 26, 2014

GMO = GREEDFinally, a little-known aspect of the crisis in Ukraine is receiving some international attention. On July 28, the California-based Oakland Institute released a report revealing that the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), under terms of their $17 billion loan to Ukraine, would open that country to genetically-modified (GM) crops and genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) in agriculture. The report is entitled "Walking on the West Side: the World Bank and the IMF in the Ukraine Conflict." [1]

In late 2013, the then president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, rejected a European Union association agreement tied to the $17 billion IMF loan, whose terms are only now being revealed. Instead, Yanukovych chose a Russian aid package worth $15 billion plus a discount on Russian natural gas. His decision was a major factor in the ensuing deadly protests that led to his ouster from office in February 2014 and the ongoing crisis.

Ukrainian law bars farmers from growing GM crops. Long considered "the bread basket of Europe," Ukraine's rich black soil is ideal for growing grains, and in 2012 Ukrainian farmers harvested more than 20 million tonnes of corn. More...

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Gold And Silver Low Prices Are NOT The Reason To Own Precious Metals
by Michael Noonan
Posted August 25, 2014

DHS ordered 3 billion hollow point bullets"ISIS poses a greater threat than 9/11. This is way beyond anything we have ever seen. We must prepare for everything. Get ready!" US Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel.

Whoa, Chuckie...back off a bit, here. Just who do you think it was that helped create the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, aka ISIS, fund them, train them, and provide the best weapons for them? Can you spell U S, as in a part of your title description as Secretary of Defense? Are you really telling America, and the world, that you are actually that clueless?

Nobel Peace Prize recipient and primary world warmonger, Barack Obama, has been itching to start a war in Syria. Why? To stop Russia from achieving its flow of LNG from East to West, a fact to which Obama will not openly admit. Turns out, bloggers on the internet can accept some credit for exposing Obama's false flag excuses for attempting to overthrow Assad. How did Obama's war machine, [mostly CIA-led], plan to oust Assad? By backing ISIS in every way possible: funds, training and weapons. ISIS is as much of an outgrowth of Western [US] meddling in that part of the Middle East as anything else. More...

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Tear Gas, Stun Grenades, Sound Cannons: Companies Profiting From Police Crackdowns Like Ferguson
by Alex Kane
Posted August 24, 2014

Money to be made on conflictSales of all those military grade weapons are making people rich.he tear-gas, rubber bullets and smoke bombs fired in Ferguson, Missouri have fed outrage over police militarization in the U.S. In response to the shocking images, Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill said, "We need to de-militarize this situation." Journalists reporting live on the demonstrations sparked by the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown expressed befuddlement as to why the police needed high-caliber weapons better suited for war zones than protests in an American city.

But one group of people is decidedly happy about the militarized response in Ferguson: those who work in the weapons industry. The array of police forces--the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the St. Louis county and city police and local Ferguson officers--that descended on the largely black Missouri city have used the products these corporations are selling in abundance. Tear gas, rubber bullets, smoke bombs, stun grenades, armored personnel carriers, sound cannons and high-caliber rifles have all been deployed to quell the unrest, though they have contributed to anger over police tactics. More...

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A Former Marine Explains All the Weapons of War Being Used by Police in Ferguson
by Lyle Jeremy Rubin
Posted August 23, 2014

who are they protecting?There's at least one line every Marine knows: "Never point a weapon at anything you do not intend to shoot." The St. Louis County Police Department apparently never received that memo.

As smoke hangs over the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, it's important to understand its source. Some of this understanding will require us to reassess the history of police militarization in the United States. This will mean acknowledging its origins in the aftermath of the Watts Riots (1965) and the birth of the SWAT team shortly thereafter. It will mean noting the conservative reaction to the Warren Court's civil libertarian protections in the 1950s and 60s to President Nixon's launching of the drug war at the end of that same tumultuous decade.

It will mean harping on President Reagan's wholehearted embrace of racial policing and mass incarceration in the 1980s. It will mean interrogating the devastating effects of the 1208 Program (1990), which became the 1033 Program (1996), both of which authorized the transfer of military hardware to domestic precincts, a practice that has only accelerated in the wake of the Battle of Seattle (1999) and the attacks of September 11, 2001. More...

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Supremacy: A Social Order of Division, Control and Enslavement
by Kali Ma
Posted August 22, 2014

power- you are hereTo varying degrees, most socio-economic systems in the world today are hierarchical. [1] In a system of hierarchy, individuals occupy social ranks based on their levels of income and wealth, which significantly affect their access to vital resources such as food, shelter, healthcare, and education. In all hierarchies there is a ruling class on top that holds significant social, political, and economic power and whose interests are in direct opposition to those of the masses.

A hierarchical structure is, in essence, about power - the ability to control and shape outcomes that further the interests of the ruling class. Since money is the way to greater freedom, most people intend to move up the hierarchy and buy their way into a new reality. After all, those at the top have the freedom to act in ways most people cannot: they make the rules and break them with impunity; they have access to resources, people and capital that allows them to easily perpetuate their wealth; and their occupations often include those of "socialite," "philanthropist," and some even get paid to party. More...

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Ferguson arrests include at least 10 journalists
By Hillel Italie
Posted August 21, 2014

10 journalists arrested in FergusonA photographer for the Getty agency and two German reporters were among the latest journalists arrested while covering protests in Ferguson, Missouri, over the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown.

At least 10 journalists have been arrested or detained since Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old, was killed Aug. 9 by officer Darren Wilson. Reporters for CNN, Al Jazeera America and other outlets say they have been harassed or physically threatened.

The arrests and detainments, which have ranged from several minutes to several hours, have been widely criticized: President Obama said last week that police "should not be bullying or arresting" reporters for merely doing their jobs. Last Friday, 48 American media organizations, including The Associated Press, sent a letter to law enforcement officials in Ferguson, criticizing the treatment of reporters. More...

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Senator Elizabeth Warren Versus Paul Krugman on Too Big to Fail
By Pam Martens and Russ Martens
Posted August 20, 2014

Elizabeth Warren takes on KrugmanYesterday, Krugman's Dodd-Frank fantasy lost further credibility when Senator Elizabeth Warren released a letter that she and eleven of her Congressional colleagues had sent to the Federal Reserve, warning that one of its Dodd-Frank proposed rules "invites the same sort of backdoor bailout we witnessed five years ago."

Senator Warren and her colleagues clearly smell the possibility of another Citigroup-type situation occurring again. In the letter, they request that the Fed adopt a broader definition of insolvent "so that the Board could not use its emergency lending program to save an institution that is on the verge of bankruptcy." More...

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Control the Language and You Control the Mind
by Cognitive Dissonace
Posted August 19, 2014

control the mindThis brings us to the subject of propaganda, or the deliberate conflation and distortion of information and knowledge to control and direct thought while confirming prior conditioning. Unlike the purveyors of 'information', who most often are themselves unaware of their own corruption and, absent critical introspection and self examination, will impart this existing corruption upon any information they produce or acquire, thereby spreading the corrupting virus far and wide, the propagandist consciously, deliberately and with malicious intent preys upon the inattentive and indoctrinated to manipulate and feed upon their fears, prejudices and predilections.

While the ultimate goal of propaganda may be to control and direct the herd, the actual technique used is to divide and conquer the population while promoting illusionary goals and aspirations to keep the wage slave crew rowing while they bicker amongst themselves. The carrot and stick approach is particularly effective when we are conditioned to use it upon ourselves and others like us. The only condition more profitable to the corporate masters and the powerful elite than a kept slave is a slave who keeps him or herself under the auspices of freedom, liberty and justice for all. More...

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NAFTA Is 20 Years Old – Here Are 20 Facts That Show How It Is Destroying The Economy
by Michael Snyder
Posted August 18, 2014

TPP why so secretBack in the early 1990s, the North American Free Trade Agreement was one of the hottest political issues in the country. When he was running for president in 1992, Bill Clinton promised that NAFTA would result in an increase in the number of high quality jobs for Americans that it would reduce illegal immigration. Ross Perot warned that just the opposite would happen. He warned that if NAFTA was implemented there would be a "giant sucking sound" as thousands of businesses and millions of jobs left this country. Most Americans chose to believe Bill Clinton. Well, it is 20 years later and it turns out that Perot was right and Clinton was dead wrong. But now history is repeating itself, and most Americans don't even realize that it is happening. As you will read about at the end of this article, Barack Obama has been negotiating a secret trade treaty that is being called "NAFTA on steroids", and if Congress adopts it we could lose millions more good paying jobs.

It amazes me how the American people can fall for the same lies over and over again. The lies that serial liar Barack Obama is telling about "free trade" and the globalization of the economy are the same lies that Bill Clinton was telling back in the early 1990s. More...

The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement represents one of the greatest threats to our sovereignty as nations will come under the juristiction of corporate run tribunals.

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Order Out Of Chaos: The Doctrine That Runs The World
by Brandon Smith
Posted August 17, 2014

Order out of chaosIf you don't understand the concept of "order out of chaos," then you'll never understand a thing.

Engineered chaos serves several purposes. It provides distraction and cover for the elites to implement other plans that they would rather not have noticed.

The U.S. has now entered into military operations against ISIS insurgents moving rapidly through Iraq's northern regions toward Baghdad. However, if ISIS is the enemy, why did the U.S. and our ally, Saudi Arabia, support and train ISIS agents in Syria as well as Iraq? Is it just irony that our government helped birth ISIS and now the White House is at war with the group? Or is it possible that maybe, just maybe, a greater plan is afoot?

If a crisis of opportunity does not present itself in the time frame you need, why not ENGINEER a crisis to fit your goals? This is a tactic that has been used by elites for generations, and it is called the Hegelian dialectic. More...

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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
by Washington's Blog
Posted August 16, 2014

class action suit against bankersAs you may have heard, police and Swat teams in Ferguson, Missouri have fired tear gas and rubber bullets at peaceful protesters, and outlawed peaceful assembly. Police are also using stun grenades and ear-damaging military sound cannons against peaceful protesters. Reporters are among those shot at with rubber bullets and tear gas, assaulted and arrested. Glenn Greenwald notes:

Reilly, [reporter for the Huffington Post], on Facebook, recounted how he was arrested by "a Saint Louis County police officer in full riot gear, who refused to identify himself despite my repeated requests, purposefully banged my head against the window on the way out and sarcastically apologized." He wrote: "I'm fine. But if this is the way these officers treat a white reporter working on a laptop who moved a little too slowly for their liking, I can't imagine how horribly they treat others."

Reporters have been [teargassed and fired uopn with rubber bullets], told to turn off their cameras. And a no-fly zone was established above Ferguson in order to keep news helicopters away. A state senator was teargassed along with protesters. More...

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The Bank for International Settlements' Backdoor Betrayals
by Bruno de Landevoisin
Posted August 15, 2014

BIS laundered Nazi goldThe Bank for International Settlements, otherwise known as the BIS, should more aptly be named the Bank for International division and domination. It's clearly an institution with global reach, whose hidden covert purpose is to impose the financial globalist's agenda on all sovereign nation states. The above luminous photo is of their luxurious Headquarters.

Ten times a year, once a month except in August and October, a small group of well dressed men arrives in Basel, Switzerland. Carrying elegant overnight bags and stylish brief cases, they discreetly check into the Euler Hotel, across from the railroad station. They come to this quiet city from places as disparate as Tokyo, Paris, Brasília, London, and Washington, D.C., for the regular meeting of the most exclusive, secretive, and powerful supranational club in the world. More...

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Critical Moment To Stop The TPP & Other Rigged Trade Agreements
By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers
Posted August 14, 2014

TPP is a NAFTA on steroidsThe TPP and TAFTA represent a new era of deception and back-room dealing to pass laws that have nothing to do with trade, but that hand even greater power to multinational corporations to profit from everything no matter the consequences for the health of people and the planet. For the first time, the text of the agreements has been classified and they are being negotiated in secret with hundreds of corporate advisers and minimal involvement by Congress. In order to complete the agreements without transparency and public input, the President has asked Congress to grant him the authority to sign them, 'Fast Track,' a form of Trade Promotion Authority.

As elections get closer, Democratic Party leaders in Congress are getting the message out to inside-the-beltway activists groups that they are unifying to support giving President Obama some form of Fast Track. Congress be warned: The people are watching and are onto the rigged trade corruption scheme. Members of Congress will pay a political price, with the end of their careers, if they continue to force their failed trade strategy on the nation and the world. More...

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The De-industrialization of America
by Paul Craig Roberts, Dave Kranzler, and John Titus
Posted August 13, 2014

closed factoryAlthough you would never know it from the reports from the US financial press, the poor job prospects that Americans face now rival those of India 30 years ago. American university graduates are employed, if they are employed, not as software engineers and managers but as waitresses and bartenders. They do not make enough to have an independent existence and live at home with their parents. Half of those with student loans cannot service them. Eighteen percent are either in collection or behind in their payments. Another 34% have student loans in deferment or forbearance. Clearly, education was not the answer.

Jobs off-shoring, by lowering labor costs and increasing corporate profits, has enriched corporate executives and large shareholders, but the loss of millions of well-paying jobs has made millions of Americans downwardly mobile. In addition, jobs off-shoring has destroyed the growth in consumer demand on which the US economy depends with the result that the economy cannot create enough jobs to keep up with the growth of the labor force. More...

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Engineering Failed States: The Strategy of Global Corporate Imperialism
By Gilbert Mercier
Posted August 12, 2014

corporate imperialismOpponents of the TPP have rightly called the agreement NAFTA on steroids, but they rarely talk of its Atlantic counterpart, the TTIP. If the agreements ever see the light of day, most people would end up working for slave wages. Like the wealth of ancient empires that was built on slavery, the fortunes of today's masters of transnational corporations are being made principally by breaking the backs of people who work for slave wages. The princes of Qatar are building their world cup stadiums with slave labor from Nepal. Global corporate imperialism does not only aim to dismantle the few sovereign nations left, but also to cripple regions and towns. A microcosm of this is Detroit, Michigan.

The Motor City is in ruins, a failed town, and a symbol of what corporatism can do. With the TPP and the TTIP in place, we will have hundreds of Detroits. Large sections of Detroit have become ghost towns. In 1984, the independent non-aligned nation of Yugoslavia was able to organize Olympic games in Sarajevo. Thirty years later, and after the dismantlement of Yugoslavia by Clinton and his Western vassals in the mid 1990s, Bosnia has more than 40 percent of its people unemployed. More...

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10 Big Fat Lies and the Liars Who Told Them
by Chuck Lewis
Posted August 11, 2014

big fat liesInvestigative journalist Chuck Lewis joined Bill recently to discuss his new book, 935 Lies: The Future of Truth and the Decline of America's Moral Integrity, that looks at the history of government officials and media pundits speaking and repeating (and repeating and repeating) untruths to shape public opinion and policy.

The title of the book refers to the number of times President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and other top administration officials made false statements in the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq. But the book has a far greater scope, looking at how lies have shaped American policy over several decades. Here are 10 notable whoppers that affected hundreds, thousands, and in some cases, millions of lives. More...

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The Secret Government Rulebook for Lableing You a Terrorist
By Jeremy Scahill and Ryan Devereaux
Posted August 10, 2014

are YOU being watched?The Obama administration has quietly approved a substantial expansion of the terrorist watchlist system, authorizing a secret process that requires neither "concrete facts" nor "irrefutable evidence" to designate an American or foreigner as a terrorist, according to a key government document obtained by The Intercept.

The "March 2013 Watchlisting Guidance," a 166-page document issued last year by the National Counterterrorism Center, spells out the government's secret rules for putting individuals on its main terrorist database, as well as the no fly list and the selectee list, which triggers enhanced screening at airports and border crossings. The new guidelines allow individuals to be designated as representatives of terror organizations without any evidence they are actually connected to such organizations, and it gives a single White House official the unilateral authority to place entire "categories" of people the government is tracking onto the no fly and selectee lists. It broadens the authority of government officials to "nominate" people to the watchlists based on what is vaguely described as "fragmentary information." It also allows for dead people to be watchlisted. More...

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Why Germany is Backing Away from a Trade Deal that Lets Corporations Sue the Government
by Alexis Goldstein
Posted August 9, 2014

rejecting corporate tribunals in TPPThe deal is called the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, or CETA. It's part of a new wave of large, aggressive trade deals that also includes the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the United States and the European Union, and the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) between 12 countries of the Pacific Rim.

Corporations have used the NAFTA tribunals to win big-ticket monetary settlements from the taxpayers of nations whose domestic laws interfere with corporate profits. According to a report by the consumer-rights advocacy group Public Citizen, there are 17 pending claims in which corporations are seeking a total of $38 billion through NAFTA and other deals. More...

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Too Big To Fail Is Alive And More Dangerous Than Ever
by David Stockman
Posted August 8, 2014

Too bog to fail even biggerPractically since the day Lehman went down in September 2008 Washington has been conducting a monumental farce. It has been pretending to up-root the causes of the thundering financial crisis which struck that month and to enact measures insuring that it would never happen again. In fact, however, official policy has done just the opposite.

At the same time, the giant regulatory diversion known as Dodd-Frank has actually permitted the TBTF banks to get even bigger and more dangerous. Indeed, JPM and BAC were taken to their present unmanageable size by regulators—ostensibly fighting the last outbreak of TBTF—who imposed or acquiesced to the shotgun mergers of late 2008. So now these same regulators, who have spent four years stumbling around in the Dodd-Frank puzzle palace confecting thousands of pages of indecipherable regulations, slam their wards for not having sufficiently robust "living wills". C'mon! This is just another Washington double-shuffle. More...

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The Worldwide Destruction of the Family Farm. Wall Street's Unprecedented Land Grab
By Colin Todhunter
Posted August 7, 2014

Wall St threatens food supplyA recent review carried out by the organization GRAIN revealed that small farms produce most of the world's food and are more productively efficient than large farms [1].

Facilitated by an appropriate policy framework, small farmers could easily feed the global population. However, small farmers are currently squeezed onto less than a quarter of the world's farmland. The world is fast losing farms and farmers through the concentration of land into the hands of the rich and powerful. The report concluded that if nothing is done to reverse this trend, the world will lose its capacity to feed itself. More...

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Don't Be Fooled: Banks Still Too Big to Fail
by Michael Winship
Posted August 6, 2014

banks still too big to failAnalyzing a government report is like eating and digesting a meal — better to take it slowly than gobble quickly and suffer the possible consequences.

Example: last Thursday's report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on whether or not large financial institutions were still perceived as "too big to fail."

The immediate takeaway by many in the media, government and investment community was that the need for a taxpayer subsidy like the bailouts of 2008 "may have declined or reversed in recent years" and, in the words of Mary J. Miller, the Treasury Department's under secretary for domestic finance, "We believe these results reflect increased market recognition of what should now be evident – Dodd-Frank ended 'too big to fail' as a matter of law." But with just a little time to digest the GAO's findings, much of the response has shifted to, "Not so fast." More...

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America's Massive National Security State Is the 4th Branch of Government
by Tom Engelhardt
Posted August 5, 2014

where are the chacks and balances?As every schoolchild knows, there are three check-and-balance branches of the U.S. government: the executive, Congress, and the judiciary. That's bedrock Americanism and the most basic high school civics material. Only one problem: it's just not so.

During the Cold War years and far more strikingly in the twenty-first century, the U.S. government has evolved. It sprouted a fourth branch: the national security state, whose main characteristic may be an unquenchable urge to expand its power and reach. Admittedly, it still lacks certain formal prerogatives of governmental power. Nonetheless, at a time when Congress and the presidency are in a check-and-balance ballet of inactivity that would have been unimaginable to Americans of earlier eras, the Fourth Branch is an ever more unchecked and unbalanced power center in Washington. Curtained off from accountability by a penumbra of secrecy, its leaders increasingly are making nitty-gritty policy decisions and largely doing what they want, a situation illuminated by a recent controversy over the possible release of a Senate report on CIA rendition and torture practices. More...

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Utility Trade Group Funds ALEC Attack on Americans Using Solar
by Nick Surgey
Posted August 4, 2014

war against solar panel ownersAs the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) prepares to meet in Dallas this week, the Center for Media and Democracy has uncovered new evidence that Edison Electric Institute (EEI) -- the trade association for the U.S. utility industry -- has been funding ALEC's legislative assault on solar energy.

Although ALEC recently proclaimed that it was being falsely portrayed as "anti-clean energy," these latest revelations confirm that ALEC continues to pursue a polluters' wish list, despite its PR pronouncements.

"Solar Is Dumb," says ALEC Legislator. More...

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Internationalists Are Pushing The World Towards Globally Engineered Economic Warfare
by Brandon Smith
Posted August 3, 2014

Bank for International Settlements - Tower of BabelWe are all aware of the prevalence of the false Left/Right paradigm in American politics. Hopefully most people in the Liberty Movement understand, for example, that any impeachment or lawsuit proceedings against Barack Obama will be nothing more than a crafted circus designed to accomplish nothing – a con game to placate conservatives with useless top-down solutions while the country burns around their ears.

It is all about false paradigms; dividing the masses into numerous conflicting sides and pitting them against each other when they should be fighting against the elites.

The false East/West paradigm is perhaps the most dangerous lie facing free men today. It is a lie that may very well define our generation if not our century. I have outlined in multiple articles the substantial evidence that proves beyond a doubt that Russia and China are members of the globalist agenda, and that the tensions between our two hemispheres are completely fabricated. More...

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Will the Global Financial System Survive? What are the Triggers for a Crash?
By Lars Schall
Posted August 2, 2014

financial behemothsThe financial sector is so powerful vis-à-vis politics because a very unhealthy one-sided relationship exists between the political system and the financial industry. Let's take a closer look: How does a government fund itself? It collects taxes, and it sells government bonds. Who buys these government bonds for the most part? Banks and insurance companies! So who holds the reins here? It's the creditor, of course, who gives the commands and who says which laws can and cannot be passed against him. This is also the reason why nothing has changed since the crisis in 2008. The hand that gives is always above the hand that takes.

Moreover, the financial industry has succeeded in establishing structures outside of the law and saturating itself with cheap money from the central banks. This has made them even bigger, more powerful and, most importantly, more systemically important, which has only increased their ability to coerce governments and citizens when the next crisis comes. More...

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The Emperor's Rage: Let Chaos Envelop the World!
By Prof. James Petras
Posted August 1, 2014

Obama militaryAt the center of chaos, the wild-eyed President Obama strikes blindly, oblivious of the consequences, willing to risk a financial debacle or a nuclear war. He enforces sanctions against Iran; imposes sanctions on Russia; sets up missile bases five launch minutes from Moscow; sends killer drones against Pakistan, Yemen and Afghanistan; arms mercenaries in Syria; trains and equips Kurds in Iraq and pays for Israel's savagery against Gaza.

Nothing works.

The Chaos President is blind to the fact that starving one's adversaries does not secure submission: it unites them to resist. Regime change, imposing proxies by force and subterfuge, can destroy the social fabric of complex societies: Million of peasants and workers become uprooted refugees. Popular social movements are replaced by organized criminal gangs and bandit armies. More...

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You Can't Taper a Ponzi Scheme: Time to Reboot
By Ellen Brown
Posted July 31, 2014

Federal Reserve ChairAt one time, manipulating interest rates was the Fed's stock in trade for managing the money supply; but that tool too has lost its cutting edge. Rates are now at zero, as low as they can go – unless they go negative, meaning the bank charges the depositor interest rather than the reverse. That desperate idea is actually being discussed. Meanwhile, rates are unlikely to be raised any time soon. On July 23rd, Bloomberg reported that the Fed could keep rates at zero through 2015.

One reason rates are unlikely to be raised is that they would make the interest tab on the burgeoning federal debt something taxpayers could not support. According to the Treasury's website, taxpayers pay about $400 billion a year in interest on the federal debt, just as they did in 2006 — although the debt has nearly doubled, from $9 trillion to over $16 trillion. The total interest is kept low by extremely low interest rates. More...

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Forget What They Say And Watch What They Do
by Mark St. Cyr
Posted July 30, 2014

bail in = confiscationOne of the (and I do mean the) most ominous signs I have seen over the last few years where if something were to go wrong the very place that is supposedly the safest in most people's eyes and where a great bulk of ordinary people's money is parked; was just quietly approved permission that in the event they deem as "a panic" (my word not theirs) they will put up gates. i.e., Separate you from your money.

This seemingly inconsequential event as is being portrayed by the under reporting of it through out all the media is absolutely breath-taking. The vast majority of people have absolutely no clue, and for all intents and purposes appear to not want too either. This is where things can go bad very, very, quickly in my opinion.

The troubling fact that gives this issue credence as the one you should pay close attention to, is when you also hear in concert heads of state from not only other countries but right here at home where the tenor and tone starts to ring tones of "bail in" i.e., Bail out was how the banks got your money via you tax dollars. Bail in will be how the banks are going to get your money via your deposits. That's what surely is being proposed or considered should another crisis occur and the banks need to be bailed out – again. More...

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Comcast's Worst Nightmare: How Tennessee Could Save America's Internet
By David Sirota
Posted July 29, 2014

threat to the cabke companiesThe business lobby often demands that government get out of the way of private corporations, so that competition can flourish and high-quality services can be efficiently delivered to as many consumers as possible. Yet, in an epic fight over telecommunications policy, the paradigm is now being flipped on its head, with corporate forces demanding the government squelch competition and halt the expansion of those high-quality services. Whether and how federal officials act may ultimately shape the future of America's information economy.

The front line in this fight is Chattanooga, Tennessee, where officials at the city's public electric utility, EPB, realized that smart-grid energy infrastructure could also provide consumers super-fast Internet speeds at competitive prices.The result is a system that now provides the nation's fastest broadband speeds at prices often cheaper than the private competition. As the Chattanooga Times Free Press noted a few years back, "EPB offers faster Internet speeds for the money, and shows equal pep in both uploading and downloading content, with Comcast and AT&T trailing on quickness." More...

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How All of Us Are Paying a Heavy Price for Corporate Greed
by Thom Hartman
Posted July 28, 2014

corporate greedThere's a new epidemic spreading across America.It's an epidemic of corporations turning to a business model that helps them get the maximum amount of indirect support from the federal government - by having We the People - the taxpayers - subsidize their workforces.

Basically – they get rich – while the rest of us pay.On October 1st – United Airlines – the third largest airline in North America – is reported to be planing to outsource 630 of its gate agent jobs at 12 airports to private companies.

According to United - the decision to outsource these jobs is a strictly financial one. And boy - will the airline benefit from it. By outsourcing these jobs to the lowest bidder - United will be, by proxy, hiring workers at a wage point that is so low - that these replacement workers are eligible for assistance from programs like food stamps and Medicaid - programs that you and I - American taxpayers - pay for. More...

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Outrage! FCC Official Says a million people commenting will not make much difference
By Kevin Zeese
Posted July 27, 2014

don't break the InternetMore than a million people have spoken out in favor of real Net Neutrality. More than 3.4 million took some kind of action before the rulemaking began urging Net Neutrality. This has been the biggest public response the FCC has ever gotten on a policy matter " but is the FCC listening? Will the voices of millions of people make a difference?

Sadly, a top official at the FCC, Gigi Sohn, told NPR: "A lot of these comments are one paragraph, two paragraphs, they don't have much substance beyond, 'we want strong Net Neutrality." So, 1,067,779 people commenting will not make much difference. It is a very sad commentary on democracy in the United States. More...

Make it clear to the FCC, the only thing that will protect "the people" instead of the "the corporations" is to make the Internet a public utility. Nothing less!

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Stopping Foreclosure - New Lamps For Old
by David Petrovich
Posted July 25, 2014

another Wall St foreclosure scamFor millions, the manufactured American Dream of homeownership has metastasized into the nightmare reality of Zombie Foreclosures.

The sorcerer returns and is able to get his hands on the lamp by tricking Aladdin's wife, who is unaware of the lamp's importance, by offering to exchange "new lamps for old."

The entire mortgage retirement or mortgage loan replacement program, which utilizes Eminent Domain, can best be accomplished by local non-profit agencies using public money without Wall Street bed partners and their private agenda. Instead of embracing schemes by the very foxes who guard the henhouse while munching on a steady diet of chicken legs, we'll need to create and task 100's of independent community agencies who will be responsible to their own community. More...

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Israel Grants First Golan Heights Oil Drilling License To Dick Cheney-Linked Company
by Michael B. Kelley
Posted July 24, 2014

Dick Cheney crony capitalistIsrael has granted a U.S. company the first license to explore for oil and gas in the occupied Golan Heights, John Reed of the Financial Times reports.

A local subsidiary of the New York-listed company Genie Energy — which is advised by former vice president Dick Cheney and whose shareholders include Jacob Rothschild and Rupert Murdoch — will now have exclusive rights to a 153-square mile radius in the southern part of the Golan Heights.

That geographic location will likely prove controversial. Israel seized the Golan Heights in the Six-Day War in 1967 and annexed the territory in 1981. Its administration of the area — which is not recognized by international law — has been mostly peaceful until the Syrian civil war broke out 23 months ago. More...

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The Stealing of America by the Cops, the Courts, the Corporations and Congress
By John Whitehead
Posted July 23, 2014

stealing of AmericaCall it what you will--taxes, penalties, fees or fines--but the only word that truly describes the constant bilking of the American taxpayer by the government and its corporate partners is theft.

We're operating in a topsy-turvy Sherwood Forest where instead of Robin Hood and his merry band of thieves stealing from the rich to feed the poor, you've got the government and its merry band of corporate thieves stealing from the poor to fatten the wallets of the rich. In this way, the poor get poorer and the rich get richer. All the while, the American Dream of peace, prosperity, and liberty has turned into a nightmare of endless wars, debilitating debt, and outright tyranny. More...

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Whoa! Big Banks Hit with Monster $250 Billion Lawsuit for Fraud in Housing Crisis
by Ellen Brown
Posted July 22, 2014

mortgage fraudDid the banksters just meet their match? For years, homeowners have been battling Wall Street in an attempt to recover some portion of their massive losses from the housing Ponzi scheme. But progress has been slow, as they have been outgunned and out-spent by the banking titans.

In June, however, the banks may have met their match, as some equally powerful titans strode onto the stage. Investors led by BlackRock, the world's largest asset manager, and PIMCO, the world's largest bond-fund manager, have sued some of the world's largest banks for breach of fiduciary duty as trustees of their investment funds. The investors are seeking damages for losses surpassing $250 billion. That is the equivalent of one million homeowners with $250,000 in damages suing at one time. More...

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The Town That Turned Poverty Into a Prison Sentence
by Hannah Rappleye and Lisa Riordan Seville
Posted July 21, 2014

debtor prison townMost states shut down their debtors' prisons more than 100 years ago; in 2005, Harpersville, Alabama, opened one back up.Harpersville's experiment with private probation began nearly ten years ago. In Alabama, people know Harpersville best as a speed trap, a stretch of country highway where the speed limit changes six times in roughly as many miles. Indeed, traffic fines are by far the biggest business in the town of 1,600, where there is little more than Big Man's BBQ, the Sudden Impact Collision Center and a dollar store. In 2005, the court's revenue was nearly three times the amount that the town received from a sales tax, Harpersville's second-largest source of income. The fines had become key to Harpersville's development, but it proved difficult to chase down those who did not pay. So, that year, Harpersville decided to follow in the footsteps of other Alabama cities and hire JCS to help collect.

JCS is considered a significant player in the private probation universe. And while recent revenue statements for the privately held company aren't available, what is known is that JCS operates in some 480 courts across the country. In larger courts, JCS can net as much as $1 million in probationers' fees each year, according to an estimate by Human Rights Watch. More...

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You Know a Politician or Talking Head Is Clueless When...
by Rudy Avizius
Posted July 20, 2014

Often you watch TV and some politician or talking head starts spouting on some subject as if they are an expert in that field. It is easy to be taken in unless you are knowledgeable in that subject. This video is on a subject that affects everyone (money) and after watching it, you will be able to spot a clueless politician or talking head.

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Standing Up to Disaster Capitalism in Detroit
by John Nichols
Posted July 19, 2014

the sanctity of the contractAs Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and his appointed "emergency manager" were steering Detroit into bankruptcy last fall, the public-policy think tank Demos released a groundbreaking report on the city's financial circumstance—and how to address it.

Demos recognized that deindustrialization, high unemployment and an exodus of residents had left Detroit uniquely vulnerable: "the current bankruptcy filing is the result of a severe decline in revenue, caused by the 2008 financial crisis, and cuts in annual state revenue sharing starting in 2011. Risky Wall Street deals further jeopardized the city's public finances by threatening immediate payments that the city could not afford."

Now, as the Detroit Water and Sewage Department is drawing international criticism for shutting off water service for low-income families, activists are asking why the people are being forced to pay while the Wall Street banks live large. On Friday, members of the National Nurses United union and local, state and national groups will march and rally in downtown Detroit to say the priorities are out of whack. Their message is direct: "Let's Tax Wall Street, Get Our Money Back, and Turn on the Water!" More...

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Capitalism's Deeper Problem
By Richard D Wolff
Posted July 18, 2014

deep problems in capitalismRecent press reports refer to troubling price increases for such assets as real estate, government bonds, companies targeted for acquisition and artwork. A New York Times front-page headline read "The Everything Boom, or Maybe the Everything Bubble."

Yet while asset prices soar, the production of goods and services, employment and workers' incomes are not recovering and resuming growth. Instead, Western Europe, North America and Japan are stuck in a longer, deeper crisis than almost anyone expected. Millions have left the labor force. Wages, benefits and job security are declining; the so-called "middle classes" are evaporating. Having promised "recoveries," desperate governments inject massive new quantities of money into their economies. What they accomplish most are fast-rising asset prices. More...

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The Rise of the Non-Working Rich
by Robert Reich
Posted July 17, 2014

non working richThe "self-made" man or woman, which was the symbol of American meritocracy, has disappeared. Since when was our meritocracy replaced by a permanent aristocracy and democracy undermined by wealth? In a new Pew poll, more than three quarters of self-described conservatives believe "poor people have it easy because they can get government benefits without doing anything."

In reality, most of America's poor work hard, often in two or more jobs. The real non-workers are the wealthy who inherit their fortunes. And their ranks are growing. In fact, we're on the cusp of the largest inter-generational wealth transfer in history. More...

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The Real Purpose Of The IMF
by Luke Eastwood
Posted July 16, 2014

IMF = Debt slaveryTo much trumpeting the IMF have kindly agreed to help out desperate and war torn Ukraine. How wonderful they are we are all meant to think, but the truth couldn't be more opposite.

The International Monetary Fund was set up in 1945, describing itself as an "organization of 188 countries, working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world."

This all sounds very laudable, but in reality the IMF has a very different purpose from that which is stated. If you look at the history of the IMF's intervention in countries around the world you will see a trail of disaster and looting that repeats time and time again wherever they go. More...

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N.J. gives $260 million tax break to energy company with political ties
By Salvador Rizzo
Posted July 15, 2014

crony capitalismNew Jersey officials today approved a $260 million package of tax credits — the third-largest economic subsidy in state history — for a nuclear-energy company planning to build reactors on the Camden waterfront.
It was the largest tax subsidy awarded in recent years by the state Economic Development Authority, and it went to Holtec International, a Marlton-based company whose board includes one of the state's most influential Democrats, George Norcross.

Under the terms of the award, Holtec will create 235 new full-time positions and relocate 160 existing jobs from other parts of the state to Camden. Once those workers are in place, the firm will reap subsidies of $26 million a year for 10 years. In exchange, New Jersey will realize $155,520 in net economic benefits over 35 years, the authority estimated. Under the terms of the agreement, however, the company is required to stay at the Camden location for only 15 years. More...

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Against Austerity in Detroit: "Water Is a Human Right"
By John Nichols
Posted July 14, 2014

water is a human rightWater is a human right.The United Nations formally "recognizes the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights."

A new European Citizens Initiative declares, "Water is a public good, not a commodity."

Former President Jimmy Carter writes, "Clean water is a basic human right. Without it, the other rights may not even matter. Human societies cannot be healthy, prosperous and just without adequate supplies of clean water. What could be a more basic right than clean water?"

So why are children in Detroit marching through that battered city's downtown with signs reminding officials that "Kids Need Water to be Healthy" and "Kids Without Water Can't Brush Their Teeth"? Why are religious leaders being arrested when they seek to prevent the shutoff of water services to families who cannot afford to pay bloated bills? More...

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Senator Elizabeth Warren: High Frequency Trading Is Like the Skimming Scam in the Movie, 'Office Space'
By Pam Martens and Russ Martens
Posted July 12, 2014

Elizabeth WarrenOutside of the Washington Times, there was a virtual corporate media blackout on the high frequency trading hearing held yesterday by the Senate Banking Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance and Investment – which came one day after Senator Carl Levin's hearing on the same topic.

The media blackout did a deep disservice to the brilliant perspectives brought to the table by Senators Elizabeth Warren and Mark Warner and two witnesses who deal every day of their lives with the corrupted and disfigured trading venues the SEC has allowed to evolve in what used to be the most trusted stock market in the world. More...

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U.S. Government Ties El Salvador USD 277 M Aid Package to Monsanto's GMO Seeds
by John and Ocean Robins
Posted July 11, 2014

Monsanto harmful corporationIt has come to light that the U.S. government is withholding $277 million in aid money from El Salvador in order to pressure it to accept Monsanto's GM seeds.

The President of the El Salvadoran Center for Appropriate Technologies (CESTA), Ricardo Navarro, has demanded that the U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador, Mari Carmen Aponte, stops pressurizing the Government of El Salvador to buy Monsanto's GM seeds rather than non-GMO seeds from domestic suppliers. "There is a harmful corporation on the planet called Monsanto … it is truly disturbing that the U.S. is trying to promote them …" concluded Navarro, who hopes that the Members of the El Salvadoran Legislative Assembly do not accept any manipulation by the U.S. More...

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Servants of Power: Higher Education in an Era of Corporate Control
By Peter Seybold
Posted July 10, 2014

Justice Powell wanted business control of law and politicsOver the last 40 years, we have witnessed a dramatic change in the structure of power in the United States. Since the mid-1970s, a one-sided class war has taken place and the ruling class has been winning. It has altered the relationship between capitalism and democracy, and in turn has subjugated a variety of institutions to the logic of capitalism.

The most insidious effect which hegemony has had on American society is that it has shifted the range of debate to the right and redefined the acceptable policy options available to the major political parties.

Academia has really been slow to assess the changing dynamics of capitalism and the erosion of democracy in the United States. Those who have written about this tidal wave of change have been marginalized by being labeled conspiracy theorists or radicals with an axe to grind - or professors who have not been able to climb the ladder to academic stardom. More...

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Snowden Should Refuse to Play "Alice in Wonderland"
By Kevin Zeese
Posted July 9, 2014

Alice In Wonderland justice systemEdward Snowden submitting to prosecution in the United States, would be like Alice going into the courtroom in Wonderland.

Alice stood before the King and Queen of Hearts who served as the judges. Knaves were chained on the ground before them. The jurors, Alice realizes are 'stupid things' The first witness against her was the Mad Hatter who is as mad as the culture he represents. The guinea pigs who protest are immediately "suppressed" by having the mouths tied up and being put into a bag and sat on by the King so their protests cannot be heard. The most important evidence in the trial was secret.

Alice realized the court room; with the icons of a justice system -- a judge, jury, witnesses -- was really a sham that mocks a legitimate legal process. To confirm her realization the King said after the meaningless secret poetry evidence, that it was "the most important piece of evidence" and "Let the jury consider their verdict." The Queen retorts "No, no! Sentence first; verdict afterwards."

Last week former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton joined with the current Secretary of State John Kerry in urging Edward Snowden to come home and face prosecution. More...

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SWAT Teams Claim 'Corporate' Exemption From Public Scrutiny
by Sarah Lazare
Posted July 8, 2014

SWAT teams are hnot corporationsOperators of Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams comprised of tax payer-funded police and sheriffs in Massachusetts claim they are immune to public records requests about deadly force, incident reports, and more because they are private "corporations."

In addition to SWAT teams run by individual towns, many of these military-style domestic policing units in Massachusetts are operated by regional "law enforcement councils," which are bankrolled by tax-payer money and comprised of publicly-funded police and sheriffs. According to the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, approximately 240 of the 351 police departments in Massachusetts belong to these LECs.

Some of these LECs have become incorporated with 501(c)(3) status—a classification they say makes them exempt from public records requests. More...

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America's Real Foreign Policy: Global Corporatization by Force
by Noam Chomsky
Posted July 7, 2014

who is the military really protecting?Whose security is the U.S. military and foreign service protecting?

The question of how foreign policy is determined is a crucial one in world affairs. In these comments, I can only provide a few hints as to how I think the subject can be productively explored, keeping to the United States for several reasons. First, the U.S. is unmatched in its global significance and impact.

Second, it is an unusually open society, possibly uniquely so, which means we know more about it. Finally, it is plainly the most important case for Americans, who are able to influence policy choices in the U.S. -- and indeed for others, insofar as their actions can influence such choices. The general principles, however, extend to the other major powers, and well beyond. More...

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Was the Department of Defense Behind Facebook's Controversial Manipulation Study?
by Michael Krieger
Posted July 5, 2014

facebook spyingSo it seems that Facebook and the U.S. military are likely working together to study civil unrest and work on ways to manipulate the masses into apathy or misguided feelings of contentment in the face of continued banker and oligarch theft. This is extremely disturbing, but this whole affair is highly troubling in spite of this.

What we basically need to do as a society is completely update our laws. For starters, if a private corporation is going to lets say totally violate your most basic civil liberties as defined under the Bill of Rights, a simple terms of service agreement should not be sufficient. For more invasive violations of such rights, perhaps a one page simple-to-read document explaining clearly which of your basic civil liberties you are giving away should be mandatory. More...

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18 Signs That The Global Economic Crisis Is Accelerating As We Enter H2 2014
by Michael Snyder
Posted July 4, 2014

economic crisis accelaeratingA lot of people that I talk to these days want to know "when things are going to start happening". Well, there are certainly some perilous times on the horizon, but all you have to do is open up your eyes and look to see the global economic crisis unfolding. As you will see below, even central bankers are issuing frightening warnings about "dangerous new asset bubbles" and even the World Bank is declaring that "now is the time to prepare" for the next crisis.

Most Americans tend to only care about what is happening in the United States, but the truth is that serious economic trouble is erupting in South America, all across Europe and in Asian powerhouses such as China and Japan. And the endless conflicts in the Middle East could erupt into a major regional war at just about any time. We live in a world that is becoming increasingly unstable, and people need to understand that the period of relative stability that we are enjoying right now is extremely vulnerable and will not last long. More...

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US War Against Russia Is Already Underway
by Paul Craig Roberts, (Asst. Sec. of the Treasury during Reagan Administration)
Posted July 3, 2014

Putin shows restraintIn the real sense, there is no longer an American national interest. There is the interest of these powerful interest groups. And we've had these recent studies from scholars who have found that the American public has no input whatsoever into government decisions or into policy decisions. The conclusion of the recent study, which looked at thousands of government decisions, was that the American people have zero input into the formation of policy.

So, in that sense, the US is sort of making itself vulnerable in many ways. For example, look at the economic policy. For years now, in order to support a handful of large banks the Federal Reserve is creating trillions of dollars, new dollars. More...

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