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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
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The Economy Will Not Recover Until The Fraud
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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
by Rudy Avizius
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Occupy: Why are they protesting? Video
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The Money Masters Live in Fear
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Occupy Evictions: Did the Money Masters Win?
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A Tale of 3 Cities
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My Night With Occupy Wall Street
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More, is never enough!
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The Corporate States of America
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Symptoms of a Police State?
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Student Debt Burden Solution Part 1
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Student Debt Burden Solution Part 2
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Student Debt Burden Solution Part 3
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A Better Solution Than TARP
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How To Make a $Million Dollars
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Campaign of Misinformation
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Supreme Court Hands Nation Over to Corporations
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Are we really getting at the ROOT CAUSE of our economic problems?
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The Big Picture
Part 1 - How did we get here?
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The Big Picture
Part 2 - The government response
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The Big Picture
Part 3 - What can we do?
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Sucessful parasites do not kill their hosts
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Too big to fail?
A Mortal Threat to America
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Economic

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The U.S. Government Is Quietly Paying Billions to Wall Street Banks
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Rogue Wave
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The New "Water Barons": Wall Street Mega-Banks are Buying up the World's Water
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Why the Economy Should Stop Growing—And Just Grow Up
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Blaming Hackers Coming to a Bank Account Near You to Steal Your Life Savings
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Proof That the Top 0.1% Create Crashes
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The Proper Purpose of Money
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"Not true and they knew it": What Rahm Emanuel's Wall Street craze cost Chicago
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Bank of North Dakota Soars Despite Oil Bust: A Public Banking Blueprint for California?
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How Capitalism and Racism Support Each Other
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How Systems Break: First They Slow Down
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New Report Finds Many Large, Profitable U.S. Corporations Pay No Federal Income Taxes
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Wall Street Should Pay a Sales Tax, Too
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Regulators Reject 'Living Wills' of Five Financial Giants
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The Lies of Neoliberal Economics (or How America Became a Nation of Sharecroppers)
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Land Worth = GDP and enough to replace all taxes with Land Rent
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"Don't Owe. Won't Pay." Everything You've Been Told About Debt Is Wrong
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National Banks – Ending the Stranglehold of Usury and the Private Money System
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Research for Transition
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Rebooting Work: Programming the Economy for People
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Rahm Emanuel Is Trying To Pay Wall Street Banks Even More for Chicago's Bad Financial Deals
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Is Wall Street Making a Killing off Cities' Debt?
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Ten Common Sense Economic Truths
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When Cash Is Outlawed… Only Outlaws Will Have Cash
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Central Banks Are Trojan Horses, Looting Their Host Nations
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Financial Oligarchy vs. Feudal Aristocracy
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How State Banks Bring the Money Home
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What Wall Street Costs America
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'Too Big to Fail' Banks Thriving a Few Years After Financial Crisis
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Cashless Society War Intensifies During Global Epocalypse
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Davos 2016: robots will steal 5 million jobs by 2020
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China Flexes Muscles At Shanghai Gold Exchange
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Shipping Said to Have Ceased.... Is the Worldwide Economy Grinding to a Halt?
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The Catastrophic Threat of Bail-Ins
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Larry Summers Lectures Bernie Sanders on Financial and Monetary Policy
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January 1, 2016: The New Bank Bail-In System Goes Into Effect In Europe
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A Crisis Worse than ISIS? Bank "Bail-Ins" Begin…"Your Life Savings Could be Wiped out in a Massive Derivatives Collapse"
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Meanwhile, Over At The "New York" Stock Exchange: Even More Lasers
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Exposing BlackRock: Who's Afraid of Laurence Fink and His Overpowering Institution?
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If We Don't Change the Way Money Is Created and Distributed, We Change Nothing
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Big Banks Caught Using Credit Default Swaps To Destroy Nations
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America's Forgotten War Against the Central Banks
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Reinventing Banking: From Russia to Iceland to Ecuador
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The One Bank, Revisited
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Benefits For Cities and Municipalities Of a Public Bank
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Anatomy of an Oligopoly: the Beer Industry
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Why Does America Need a New Monetary System?
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America's 20 richest people have more money than these 152 million people
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The Global Financial System: Can You Handle the Ugly Truth? Fraud in the Gold Market
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Public Banks Stop Wall Street From Gambling With Our Money
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Astonishing report from the Fed says US banks are not "sound"
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Hang Onto Your Wallets: Negative Interest Rates, the War on Cash, and the $10 Trillion Bail-in
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They're coming for your cash
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How Did the Taxpayer Make Out on the Wall Street Bailout?
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The clock is ticking on a time bomb that could blow up a free internet: the TPP
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If This Doesn't Convince You to Exit the Global Banking System, Then Absolutely Nothing Will
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The Calm Before The Storm
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The Rigging of the American Market
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"Running Out of Money". The US Government On the Brink of Default. How Obama Could Beat the Debt Ceiling
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First They Jailed the Bankers, Now Every Icelander to Get Paid in Bank Sale
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Killing Off Community Banks — Intended Consequence of Dodd-Frank?
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Finance Is to Blame for Rise in Inequality
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The Wonderland Matrix
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The Derivatives Market: Bets, Bookies, and Fraud
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How Local Governments Got Burned by Private Prison Investments
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The Blip
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Why Americans Don't Understand Money and Debt And Why It's Important That We Do
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Currency Wars, Battles, And Hostile Actions
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Capitalism Run Amok: Hungry Kids, Falling Wages and Empty Houses
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The Greek Coup: Liquidity as a Weapon of Coercion
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Why We Need a Guaranteed Income. Soon.
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Local Production Means Jobs and Prosperity
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At Jackson Hole: Be Very Afraid, Bankers are Channeling their Inner Rothschild
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Wall Street Parasites Have Devoured Their Hosts — Your Retirement Plan and the U.S. Economy
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A Layman's Explanation Of The Wall Street Rigged Casino Analogy
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The Crash of 2016: Wall Street Gets Ready
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The Financial Times Calls for Ending Cash, Calls it a "Barbarous Relic"
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An Unexplored Side of the Greek Financial Crisis: Two Economies, One Currency
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Fixing Our Broken Economy: A Simple Guide for the Rest of Us
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Life For Rent
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"Don't Owe. Won't Pay." Everything You've Been Told About Debt Is Wrong
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Trumping the Federal Debt Without Playing the Default Card
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Essential Reading on What Wall Street Costs America
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An economic earthquake is rumbling
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The Only Way The Rich Get Richer Is If The Rest Of Us Get Poorer
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The Quadrillion Dollar Derivative Debt and the "Bail-in": When you Deposit Funds in a Bank, it Becomes "Their Money"
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Yes, there is an alternative to capitalism: Mondragon shows the way
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Debt Slaves: 7 Out Of 10 Americans Believe That Debt 'Is A Necessity In Their Lives'
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The War On Cash: Why Now?
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Introducing "Trickle-Out Oligarch Economics" – How at Least $21 Trillion in Wealth Fled Offshore
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$900 Million Payday Is Billionaires' Reward For Crushing Twinkie-Maker's Labor Unions
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The Confiscation of Bank Savings to "Save the Banks": The Diabolical Bank "Bail-In" Proposal
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Soulless Economics
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Greece: Sound and Fury Signifying Much
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The 75 Trillion Dollar Shadow Banking System Is In Danger Of Collapsing
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"Guerrilla Warfare Against a Hegemonic Power": The Challenge and Promise of Greece
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Job Losses and Obama's TPP: The Deadly Impacts of Trade Agreements on Employment
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The Care and Feeding of a Financial Black Hole
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An Inadvertent Warning From BlackRock - Get Your Money Out Of Mutual Funds ASAP
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US Conference of Mayors to Consider Wall Street Bank Fees & Public Banking
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Pop Goes The Bubble
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If You Have Money in a US Bank Account Be Aware!
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Fast-Track Hands the Money Monopoly to Private Banks — Permanently
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How Obama's "Trade" Deals Are Designed To End Democracy
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The One Bank, Revisited
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Three charts that show Iceland's economy recovered after it imprisoned bankers and let banks go bust - instead of bailing them out
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Why the TPP Is a Terrible Deal for Most Americans
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Ukrainians Dispossessed, Americans Are Next
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The Secret Trade in Services Agreement (TISA)
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Literally, Your ATM Won't Work…
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The "Better Than Cash Alliance" Has An Orwellian Plan
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Global Capitalist Crisis and the North American Free Trade Agreement: Reflections 21 Years On
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Bernanke & Greenspan Have Destroyed America, People Don't Realize What Is Coming
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JPMorgan Tech Workers Have New Conspiracy Theories
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The New "Water Barons": Wall Street Mega-Banks are Buying up the World's Water
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War Threat Rises As Economy Declines
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Don't Be Afraid of a Municipal Bank
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Free Trade is Plutocratic Propaganda
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Celebrating the Flash Crash With a Wall Street Sales Tax
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The Political Roots of Widening Inequality
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Iceland's Economic Revolution
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Fast track to corporate hegemony
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Our Financial Future: Infinite Greed Meets a Funny Thing Called Karma
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The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). Promoting Global Tyranny Run By Corporations
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How Wall St Has Quietly Bilked Billions from Cities Across the US
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Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): Job Loss, Lower Wages and Higher Drug Prices
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One Last Look At The Real Economy Before It Implodes - Part 5
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Wall Street's Wealth Transfer System Is Imperiling the U.S. Economy
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How Wall Street Used Swaps to Get Rich at the Expense of Cities
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The Six Too Big to Fail Banks in the U.S. Have 278 Trillion Dollars of Exposure to Derivatives
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Today's Money Regimes Are Doomed To Failure
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How Big Business Is Helping Expand NSA Surveillance
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Warren Buffett the Slumlord – Predatory Loans, Kickbacks and Preying on the Poor at Clayton Homes
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Is Dodd-Frank Killing Community Banks? The More Important Question is How to Save Them
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TPP Power Grab: World Bank, Goldman Sachs, CFR
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Iceland To Take Back The Power To Create Money
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The Bail-In: How You and Your Money Will Be Parted During the Next Banking Crisis
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Life for Rent
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Debt-damned economics: either learn monetary reform, or kiss your assets goodbye
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The New "Water Barons": Wall Street Mega-Banks are Buying up the World's Water
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The "Official" Unemployment Rate Has Become Meaningless – Here's Why
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The ECB's Noose Around Greece: How Central Banks Harness Governments
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Former SEC Director Admits The Truth: The Market Is Rigged
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Turning the European Debt Myth Upside-Down
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Financial Collapse Leads To War
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Swimming with the Sharks: Goldman Sachs, School Districts, and Capital Appreciation Bonds
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Rothschild vs. Rothschild
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Benefits Of a Public Bank For Cities and Municipalities
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Why Public Banks Outperform Private Banks: Unfair Competition or a Better Mousetrap?
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Gallup CEO Fears He Might "Suddenly Disappear" for Questioning U.S. Jobs Data
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World Bank Whistleblower Reveals How The Global Elite Rules The World
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The Face of the Oligarch Recovery – Luxury Skyscrapers Stay Empty as NYC Homeless Population Hits Record High
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Rigging the Rules: The Next Corporate Sting
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Naomi Prins: The Sinister Evolution Of Our Modern Banking System
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Acceleration Of Events With Rising Chaos – US Dollar Death Foretold
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Teachers' Retirement Funds are Piling into Manhattan Real Estate at Record High Prices
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Evidence Grows Showing Wall Street as a Negative Economic Force
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The Trans-Pacific Partnership Will Sink the Middle Class
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What is TTIP? And six reasons why the answer should scare you
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The 1% Dine in Davos as Latin America Pulls People Out of Poverty
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A Billionaire Lectures Serfs in Davos – Claims "America's Lifestyle Expectations are Far Too High"
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The Coming War on Pensions
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If It's Not A Hard Asset, It's No Asset
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Vermonters Lobby for Public Bank—And Win Millions for Local Investment Instead
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The crash of 2016: Wall Street gets ready
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The Coming War on Pensions
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Bail-In Normalization
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The American People Are Utterly Clueless About What Is Going To Happen As We Enter 2015
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How a Hedge Fund Made $100 Million From New Jersey's Desperation
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It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas – of 2008
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Hedge Funds cannibalize public-teacher pension funds
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Going off the reservation: investing in the Free Lakota Bank
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The Morality and Legality of Debt Jubilee, Part III
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Russian Roulette: Taxpayers Could Be on the Hook for Trillions in Oil Derivatives
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IMF Now Ready To Slam The Door On The U.S. And The Dollar
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Elizabeth Warren Offers 9 Damned Good Reasons to Split Citibank into Pieces
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Bail-In and the Financial Stability Board: The Global Bankers' Coup
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The Mother of all Bank Runs!
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Gambling Banksters - How Many Warnings Do You Need?
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New Banking Rules: Cyprus-style Bail-ins to Take Deposits and Pensions
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The scheme to seize depositors' money
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Senate Report: Scale of Wall Street Holdings Are "Unprecedented in U.S. History"
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The Fraud in Fractional Reserve Banking
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Prosperity Amidst the Ruins
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Treasury Nominee Eligible for "Revolving Door" Rewards
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Wall Street Journal Reports: Bank of North Dakota Outperforms Wall Street
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Enough Is Enough: The President's Latest Wall Street Nominee
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The Economic End Game Explained
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Despite Outcry of Opposition, Obama Pushes "Horrific" Trade Deal in Asia
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The Unequal State of America:Redistributing Up
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Members of the world's richest club make half-a-million bucks per minute
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Inflation 101 - Why Prices Always Go Up
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Τhe Transnational Elite and the New World Order (NWO)
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Battle for Control of the Monetary System: The Public Good vs. Private Banks
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The Road To Serfdom: Connecting Detroit, Argentina and Greece
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Building an Ark: How to Protect Public Revenues from the Next Meltdown
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Argentina and Wall Street's Vulture Funds: "Economic Terrorism" and the Western Financial System
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5 U.S. Banks Each Have More Than 40 Trillion Dollars In Exposure To Derivatives
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America's Rotting Empire: Billionaires Galore & A Crumbling Infrastructure
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A Public Bank Option for Scotland
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Bogus Trading, Speculation in the Silver Market
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Economic Hitmen Robbing Public Resources Across Detroit, Argentina and Greece
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Preparing To Asset-strip Local Government? The Fed's Bizarre New Rules
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Profits Soar As Pentagon Leans on Private Corporations for Special Ops
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No Economy For Americans
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NATO Dead, King Dollar Wrecked
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Breaking Up [the Banks] May Not Be Quite So Hard To Do
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How The Coming Silver Price Bubble Will Develop
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Plundering the Planet: Rigged Corporate "Free Trade Partnerships" and "Climate Change Agreements
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Gold And Silver Low Prices Are NOT The Reason To Own Precious Metals
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Senator Elizabeth Warren Versus Paul Krugman on Too Big to Fail
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NAFTA Is 20 Years Old – Here Are 20 Facts That Show How It Is Destroying The Economy
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The Bank for International Settlements' Backdoor Betrayals
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Critical Moment To Stop The TPP & Other Rigged Trade Agreements
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The De-industrialization of America
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Engineering Failed States: The Strategy of Global Corporate Imperialism
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Why Germany is Backing Away from a Trade Deal that Lets Corporations Sue the Government
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Too Big To Fail Is Alive And More Dangerous Than Ever
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Don't Be Fooled: Banks Still Too Big to Fail
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Internationalists Are Pushing The World Towards Globally Engineered Economic Warfare
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Will the Global Financial System Survive? What are the Triggers for a Crash?
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You Can't Taper a Ponzi Scheme: Time to Reboot
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Forget What They Say And Watch What They Do
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Israel Grants First Golan Heights Oil Drilling License To Dick Cheney-Linked Company
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Capitalism's Deeper Problem
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The Real Purpose Of The IMF
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U.S. Government Ties El Salvador USD 277 M Aid Package to Monsanto's GMO Seeds
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Detroit and Iraq: Plundered by the Same Bandits
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Another Secret Trade Agreement - TISA
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Buying Up the Planet: Out-of-control Central Banks on a Corporate Buying Spree
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The Death Of The Rust Belt
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Extreme Acts of Greed Against the American People
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The New World Order And The Rise Of The East
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Infrastructure Sticker Shock: Financing Costs More Than Construction
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Bilderberg 2014: War Criminals, Big Oil and "Too Big to Jail" Banksters Meet in Secrecy
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U.S. Retail Economic Death Rattle Grows Louder
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The (Other) Truth About The Financial Crisis: 10 "Geithner-Sized" Myths Exposed
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Detroit Statement
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The Privatization Scam: 5 Horror Stories of Gov't Outsourcing to Greedy Private Companies
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Hoenig: Wall Street Banks "Excessively Leveraged" at 22 to 1 Ratios
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Time to Act: Pension Funds are Drying Up
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The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP): When Foreign Investors Sue the State
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World Bank Whistleblower Reveals How The Global Elite Rules The World
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The Global Money Matrix: The Forces behind America's Economic Destruction
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What's the Difference Between Fascism, Communism and Crony-Capitalism? Nothing
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The Hedge Fund Managers Tax Break: Because Wall Streeters Want Your Money
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How to Liberate America from Wall Street Rule
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Fault Runs Deep in Ultrafast Trading
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Is the US or the World Coming to an End?
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Money, Money, Everywhere
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All The Presidents' Bankers: The Hidden Alliances That Drive American Power
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Tax Dodging Companies Hoarding Nearly One Trillion Overseas
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How Wall Street Is Sucking Huge Amounts of Money from Los Angeles
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"Fairy Tale" Economics: "Sovereign Debt Default is Impossible"
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The Fourteen Year Economic Recession
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25 Fast Facts About The Federal Reserve: "Biggest Ponzi Scheme in World History"
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Today We're All Irish: Debt Serfdom Comes to America
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Why commercial banks should support a publicly-owned SuperBank in Florida
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Vermonters Want To Try a New Way of Banking
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Cloudy With a Chance of Radicalism. Or... Turning the Tables on the Big Banks?
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The Real Story Behind the Detroit Pension Fight and What it Means to America's Future
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The Powers and Abuses of America's Mega-Corporations
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The National Debt Cannot Be Paid Off
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State banks would mean jobs, credit and investment: Why don't we?
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How the Credit Card Gravy Train Is Running Over You
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JPMorgan Vice President's Death in London Shines a Light on the Bank's Close Ties to the CIA
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Wall Street Mega Banks Own Tankers, Pipelines, Utilities, Mines, Metal Warehouses – And That's Not the Worst of It
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Who Owns The Federal Reserve?
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The Final Swindle Of Private American Wealth Has Begun
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American Factory Workers Getting $33,029 Yearly Bonuses May Sound Insane, But It's True
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Studies Reveal Consensus: Trade Flows during "Free Trade" Era Have Exacerbated U.S. Income Inequality
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Enough Is Enough: Fraud-ridden Banks Are Not California's Only Option
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The Stealth Privatization of Pennsylvania's Bridges
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How the True Parasites from the Private Sector Suck the System Dry
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Will Digital Currency Replace the US Dollar? Wall Street Strategy to Make Bitcoin the Global Currency?
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Parasitic Derivatives - One Quadrillion Dollars: Too Big to Understand
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For Financial Speculators, Profit Means Plunging the Masses into Crippling forms of Debt
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U.S. Economy 2013 Dense Fog Turns Into Toxic Smog
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Trans Pacific Partnership Is A "Corporatist Power Grab", Shrouded In "Big Brother-Like Secrecy"
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100 Years Is Enough: Time to Make the Fed a Public Utility
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Detroit Bankruptcy Starts Nationwide Public Banking Debate.
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On The 100th Anniversary Of The Federal Reserve Here Are 100 Reasons To Shut It Down Forever
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Dollar Hegemony,"Monetary Geopolitics" and the IMF: The Symbiosis between Global Finance and Power Politics
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Federal Reserve: 100 Years of Failure
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Think Globally, Bank Locally
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83 Numbers From 2013 That Are Almost Too Crazy To Believe
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They're Planning the First Legal "Bank Robbery" in U.S. History
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What the World Could Be: 4 Short Videos to See Economic Solutions
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NSA Inks Landmark Deal to Share Information With Central Banks
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A Hard Lesson from Detroit: They Will Steal Your Pension
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Alaska could walk away from Wall Street with a public bank of its own
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Public Banking Is the Answer
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Bank Deposits Confiscation: The "Cyprus Experiment" and the Launch of a Global Trend
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How Wall Street's New Empire of Rental Homes Could Blow Up the Economy
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The Money Changers Serenade: A New Bankers' Plot to Steal Your Deposits
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The Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty is the complete opposite of 'free trade'
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Wikileaks publishes draft of secretive TPP trade pact
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The Entire Fiat Money System is Bankrupt: Demise of the Global US Fiat Dollar Reserve Currency
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The bank guarantee that bankrupted Ireland, and the solution staring everyone in the face
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Huge Cracks In US Financial Fortress, Petro-Dollar Final Death Throes Stock-Markets
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Debt No More! How Obama can defeat Austerity Thugs by Using the Constitution and Debt-Free Money
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Corporations Ask to Write their Own Regulations via "Trade" Deal
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The Nightmare Scenario: A Repo Implosion
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Enron billionaire expands craven plot to abuse workers
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Report Exposes the Right-Wing Tag Team Plotting Against Pensions
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Protest against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Secret Negotiations behind Closed Doors
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Wall Street Predators Wage Secret War on American Retirements
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Financial Armageddon Looting Machine: Looming Mass Destruction from Derivatives
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Looting the Pension Funds
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Cyprus-Style Wealth Confiscation Is Now Happening All Over The Globe
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The Average American Family Pays $6,000 a Year in Subsidies to Big Business
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How Interest Rate Swaps Are Crushing America's Cities
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Verizon's Plan to Break the Internet
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The Armageddon Looting Machine: The Looming Mass Destruction From Derivatives
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NSA Spying Seen Risking Billions in U.S. Technology Sales
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International Criticism Escalates Against TPP as Negotiations Go Further Underground
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Making the World Safe for Bankers: Syria in the Crosshairs
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Canadian Deposits As Safe As Cypriot Deposits
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Greg Palast: Potential Fed Chair Summers at Heart of Global Economic Crisis
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MFGlobal Reveals You Are A Bank Counter-Party
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The Leveraged Buyout of America
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Public Banking Institute Calls Largest Wall Street Banks "Unsafe," and Backs It Up
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Avaricious Brilliance for Economic Disaster
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Pinching Pensions to Keep Wall Street Fat and Happy
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Truthdigger of the Week: Ellen Brown
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Ripping Off Young America: The College-Loan Scandal
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New Monetary Systems for a Sustainable Democracy and "The Great Turning"
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The Cult Of Economic Propaganda
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U.S. threatens to curtail lending in cities that resort to eminent domain
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The "Part Time-ification" of America: How We've Been Conned Again
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The "New Economy" Is The No Jobs Economy
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Detroit is Not Broke!
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he Detroit Bail-In Template: Fleecing Pensioners to Save the Banks
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Green Light for City-Owned San Francisco Bank
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Trash The TPP: Why It's Time to Revolt Against the Worst "Trade Agreement: in History
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19 Reasons To Be Deeply Concerned About The Global Economy
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Meet the Elites Inside the $4 Trillion Global Powerhouse Bank of JP Morgan Chase
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40 Statistics About The Fall Of The U.S. Economy That Are Almost Too Crazy To Believe
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Think Your Money is Safe in an Insured Bank Account? Think Again
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Oligarchs of the New Feudal Order Have Big Plans for You
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The Privatization of War: Mercenaries, Private Military and Security Companies (PMSC)
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How Many Warnings Do You Need?
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The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Global Corporate Coup, Assault on Democracy and National Sovereignty
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Americans! Where's the Outrage Regarding Your Financial Situation?
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Corporations are Colonizing Us with Trade Deals, and Wall Street Wants In
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Transcend Conditioned Consciousness None But Ourselves Can Free Our Minds
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Setting the Record Straight: Did Monsanto Really Buy Blackwater (Xe)?
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The End of Capitalism As We Know It
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Upcoming Trans-Pacific Partnership Looks Like Corporate Takeover
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The True Story of the Bilderberg Group and What They May Be Planning Now
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Are We On The Verge Of Witnessing The Death Of The Paper Gold Scam?
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A Look Back at the Flash Crash of 2010: When Will it Happen Again?
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Financial Experts with Great Prediction Records Are Saying Another Economic Meltdown is Imminent
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Stunning Facts About How the Banking System Really Works … And How It Is Destroying America
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No Bank Deposits Will Be Spared from Confiscation
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Remaking the Federal Reserve, Building Public Banks and Opting Out of Wall Street
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Gold Price Plummet Is Latest AMSCAM Fraud
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Gold Market Price Crash
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Secret Files Expose Offshore's Global Impact
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Winner Takes All: The Super-priority Status of Derivatives
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The Confiscation of Bank Savings to "Save the Banks": The Diabolical Bank "Bail-In" Proposal
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Think Your Bank Deposits Will Always Be 100 Percent Guaranteed by the FDIC? Think Again
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"Be afraid": Pirates in pinstripes
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TransPacific Partnership Will Undermine Democracy, Empower Transnational Corporations
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Yes, We Can Have Banks That Work for the People
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Stunning Facts About How the Banking System Really Works … And How It Is Destroying America
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Do We Really Need the Federal Reserve?
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How the True Parasites from the Private Sector Suck the System Dry
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The Battle of Cyprus: The Long-planned Deposit Confiscation Scheme
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Corporate-Backed Trans-Pacific Partnership Shrouded in Secrecy
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Jim Rogers: Major Crash Ahead For U.S. Investors
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How Deregulation Resurrected American Economic Insecurity
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Lords of Disorder: Billions for Wall Street, Sacrifice for Everyone Else
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How Congress Could Fix Its Budget Woes, Permanently
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Who Controls The Money? An Unelected, Unaccountable Central Bank Of The World Secretly Does
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The "Fiscal Cliff" Is A Diversion: The Derivatives Tsunami and the Dollar Bubble
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UK prepares new law to break up errant banks
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Trillion Dollar Coin: Joke or Game Changer
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Federal Reserve May Pause Quantitative Easing
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Secrets and Lies of the Bailout
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The Financial Elite's War Against the US Economy
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Fix the Debt's New Email: Too Cruel to Laugh, Too Ridiculous to Cry
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Fiscal Cliff: Let's Call Their Bluff!
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The Fiscal Cliff Is A Diversion: The Derivatives Tsunami and the Dollar Bubble
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The Coming Derivatives Panic That Will Destroy Global Financial Markets
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Our Collapsing Economy and Currency
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Goldman Sachs Spreads Its Wings
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CEOs Who Collect Billions In Govt. Money Demand Cuts To Poor, Elderly
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The Trans-Pacific Partnership As A Corporate Coup
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The Fiscal Cliff is a Mole Hill Compared to This
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Why Occupy's Plan To Cancel Consumer Debts Is Brilliant
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Why Bankers Rule the World, It's the Interest Stupid!
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What If We Adopted A System Where The Banks Did Not Create Our Money?
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Central Banks Gold War Begins!
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The Global Banking 'Super-Entity' Drug Cartel: The "Free Market" of Finance Capital
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Voluntary Servitude Begins With Debt
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5 Huge Myths About Social Security
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How Wall Street Hijacked America and Became Master of the Tradable Universe
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Big Bank Derivative Bets Nearly Double In Six Years
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Death Knell For the U.S. Dollar
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Enlightened Economics: There is an Alternative
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Banks Are Setting Us Up for Another Fall
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The Short, Miserable Life of American Prosperity
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TPP - Why So Secret?
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Currency Twisters and Firestorms on Central Banks Obvious Failure
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Greed and Debt: The True Story of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital
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Are Preparations Being Made For Worldwide Financial Collapse?
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What to Do When Every Market Is Manipulated
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America is Not Broke!
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Why The Government Is Destroying The U.S. Dollar
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Goldman Sachs Secretly Believes That An Economic Collapse Is Coming
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Yellow Brick Road: The Fed and A New Path to Debt Freedom
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Are High Frequency Traders Rigging the Stock Market?
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How to Start Your Own Private Currency
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The Gilded Age of Bankers or Banksters
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Titanic Banks Hit LIBOR Iceberg
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The Woes of Regulation
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Extreme Danger Signs
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America the Beautiful: A Fire Sale for Foreign Corporations
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The Trans-Pacific Partnership: A Global Attack by the One Percent
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Trans Pacific Partnership: A Trade Deal From Hell
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The Tiny Tax That Terrifies Wall St
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Ending of Extend and Pretend Means Capital Flight, Capital Controls and Capital Fear
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State Budget Shell Game
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Priceless: How The Federal Reserve Bought The Economics Profession
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The Instant solution to the new Depression: debt-free money
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Recovery or Economic Collapse? Bet on Collapse
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Video: The Debt Trap -- So Easy, Even a 12 year old Understands!
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"Corporate Socialism" alive and well in America
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How States Can Protect Themselves From Financial Collapse
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A Doomsday View of 2012
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The Golden Eye of the Debt Hurricane
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The Who, How, and Why Behind Silver Price Manipulation
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The Banks Win, Again
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Explaining Central Banking to the Publicly Educated
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The Dallas Fed Weighs In With Report on Size of the Big Banks
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The Parasites of Big Finance
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Bernanke Seen Not Knowing Jobless Rate Less Than Fed Predictions
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The Relationships Between Wall Street, the Fed, and Politicians Are Crumbling
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U.S. Economy Extend and Pretend is Coming To An End
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How Greece Could Take Down Wall Street
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Banking on Failure
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Goldman's Blankfein Awarded $7 Million in Stock for '11
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Lessons From MF Global - Is Your Money at Risk?
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Our Next "Lehman Moment" Is Coming Fast
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Wall Street's Ratings Agencies Undermine Europe's Attempt at Economic Recovery Acting Like Financial Terrorists
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The Mystery and Magic of Money
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Plan to Keep Your Assets Safe From an Out-of-control Government
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The Fed Grants $7.77 Trillion in Secret Bank Loans
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Lessons for Europe From Argentina:Testing Ground for Engineering Financial Collapse
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Pathogenesis of Central Bank Ruin
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The Bankers' New Gold
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Pulling Back the Curtain on the Wall Street Money Machine
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Bank's leaked email admits "Occupy movement could impact our industry"
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One Bank to Rule Them All
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The Fed's 16 Trillion Dollar Bailout of the Too Big To Fail Banks
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Bailout Bandits: The Biggest Borrowers From the U.S. Federal Reserve
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Bankers have seized Europe: Goldman Sachs Has Taken Over
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The Hallmark of the Fed is Duplicity, or, What's Risky is Safe
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The Goldman Rule: Don't Let This Puppet Master Pull Your Strings
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Whirlwind Debt Crisis Ensures Gold $2000 Assured
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The 1% are the very best destroyers of wealth
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The Continuing Zombification of the US Economy
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Time to turn outrage over bank fees toward entire financial industry
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The Pentagon's Planet of Bases
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Gold-Buying Restrictions Increase in Europe
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The Need For Monetary Reform
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US Corporations Moving to Offshore Tax Havens
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When using cash is better than credit
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Full-Blown Civil War Erupts On Wall Street
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9 Trillion Dollars Missing from Federal Reserve
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Big Banks Bonus Bonanza
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The Next Financial Crisis Will Be Hellish, And It's On Its Way
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How Deep is the Global Economic Rabbit Hole?
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Debt Debate Shows Need to Re-make Control of Money Supply
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What An American Bank Run Would Look Lik
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Imperial Decline: Multi-Billion-Dollar Terrorists and the Disappearing Middle Class
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Armada of Black Swans Hitting U.S. Economy and Financial Markets
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Global Economic Crisis: Finance Is the New Mode of Warfare
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A Financial Permanent Crisis
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The Great Misdiagnosis of the U.S. Economy, Problem is Insolvency Not Liquidity
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Seven reasons to avoid Wall Street 'protection rackets'
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The American Empire Hangs in the Balance as the ghosts of Roman Emperors Whisper
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Why jobs keep vanishing
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Hyperinflation Special Report (2011)
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A Beginners Guide to Shadow Banking, Financial Crisis and Repo
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The Rich Are Destroying the Economy
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Gold, The Real Reason for the Fall of Dominique Strauss-Kahn
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U.S. Hurtles Toward System Failure
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Nearly Half Of America Says U.S. Nearing Great Depression
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Why Washington Isn't Doing Squat About Jobs and Wages
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Offshoring Has Destroyed the Economy
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The American Manufacturing Crisis and Why it Matters
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The Federal Reserve Destroying the U.S. Empire, A Fistful of Dollars
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Money and The Truth about America
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10 Doomsday trends America can't survive
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Big U.S. Firms Shift Hiring Abroad
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Extend and Pretend is Wall Street Banks Friend
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Globalists Target 100% State Owned Central Bank of Libya
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Secretive Plan For a Global Currency
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Surf Warning: Tsunami to Lift Gold
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US may soon hit several debt walls
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Crank Up the Casino! Wall Street's Newest Ploy to Gorge on America's Economic Suffering
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Why Another Financial Crash is Certain
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More Than Gold and Silver Prices Are Being Manipulated
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Financial Crisis Was Avoidable, Inquiry Finds
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12 Economic Collapse Scenarios That We Could Potentially See In 2011
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Full Spectrum Dominance, The Pathology of U.S. and Global Monetary Policy
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An Open Letter to Washington: How to Slash the Federal Budget Deficit and Save the U.S. Economy
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Geithner Says the US Government Is Bankrupt
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Wall Street's Pentagon Papers: Biggest Financial Scam In World History
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Day of Reckoning Is at Hand!
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Big Risk: $1.2 Quadrillion Derivatives Market Dwarfs World GDP
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America's Second Great Depression 2010 Year-End Update
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Chinese Take-Out Of The U.S. Economy
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Fed Names Recipients of $3.3 Trillion in Crisis Aid
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Destructive Neoliberal Economic Austerity
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QE2 & The Great Misdiagnosis
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Global Financial System Crisis, Collapse in Consumer Spending, Unemployment, Rising Prices
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Gold and Silver Correct From Extremely Overbought Levels, But Too Early for a New Upleg
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The Largest Heist in History Building the Great Pyramid, The Global Financial Crisis Explained
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The Deep Cause Of The Great Financial Crisis: The Peace Diktat Of Versailles
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Gold and the Currency Markets
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Ultimate Bailout: The $100 Trillion Cram Down
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The Credit Meltdown and Wall Street's Shadow Banking System
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The Tax-Cut Racket
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Who Owns the American Dollar?
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Filtering Through the Noise
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Successful Government Economic Policies? For Whom?
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Global Collapse of the Fiat Money System
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Gold and Silver Protection From Economic Cancer and Desperation of QE2
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A Wealthy Economic Stimulus Needed
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Four Deformations of the Apocalypse
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Cut Wall Street Out! How States Can Finance Their Own Economic Recovery
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BP Collapse Potentially More Devastating than Lehman!
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Four Shocking Bombshells Bernanke Did NOT Tell Congress About Last Week
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It’s the End of the World As We Know It
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Stop The Parasites
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The End Game for Wall Street
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Call To Act, Save And Strengthen Financial Reform
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The Big Short - How Wall St Destroyed Main St
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Gold Correction Factors, Hidden Dollar Swap Hammer
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America's Ten Most Corrupt Capitalists
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Take Action! How We Can Save OUR Economy
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The Darkside of the Looking Glass: The Corruption of our Capital Markets
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Crisis expert says derivatives market still 'grave threat'
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Bowing To China: What It Means To Our Future
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Is It Time for Law Abiding American Citizens to Stop Paying Their Taxes and Start a New Government?
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Sultans Of Swap: Fearing the Gearing!
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Will the US Devalue the Dollar?
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Armageddon
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Avoid These Cash Machines
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Obama, Now Fire Geithner and Summers
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Goldman Sachs Front Runs Executive Orders
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Investment Opportunity or Economic Catasrophe? Coming Soon
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The recession is over but the depression has just begun
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A Practical Way to End "Too Big to Fail"
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Taxing the Speculators
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The Economic Crisis and What Must be Done
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Red Alert: The Second Wave of The Financial Tsunami
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Confiscation Through Inflation
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Obama's China Junket: "We're Opening Doors for Wall Street and Nothing More"
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It's Time to End 'Too Big to Fail'
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Goldman Sach’s Undisclosed Role in AIG’s Distress
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U.S. Budget Deficit Debt Crisis, Austrian, East European or Glide Option Solution?
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Cut Wall St Out! How State Can Finance Their Own Recovery
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U.S. Dollar Fiat Reserve Currency Root of the Global Financial Crisis
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Is Your Bank Sitting In the Trillion Dollar Derivative Minefield?
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Fall of the Dollar on G-20 Finance Ministers Agenda
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5 evil things credit card companies can (still) do
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The big picture
Part 3 - What can we do?
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The big picture
Part 2 - The government response
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The big picture
Part 1 - How did we get here?
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Too big to fail? A mortal threat to the nation's economy and national security
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Politics

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Hillary Approved Sending Libya's Sarin to Syrian Rebels
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Trump and Hillary Refuse to Explain Why They Both Share the Same Address in Delaware
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Suckers on April Fools' Day
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United Technologies: Boss Gets $192 Million, 110-Foot Yacht as 2100 Jobs Move to Mexico at $3 an Hour
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Here's what Americans don't understand about Nordic countries
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Exposing the Libyan Agenda: A Closer Look at Hillary's Emails
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Down the Trump Rabbit Hole: Manufacturing Consent
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Only One Presidential Candidate Supports Edward Snowden, and It's Not Bernie Sanders
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Why the Next President Must Reform Wall Street
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US Mayors Fed Up With Paying Wall Street Interest and Fees
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As Markets Gyrate Wildly, Senator Shelby's Banking Committee Will Look at Market Structure
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Revealed: The Hidden Agenda of Davos 2016
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Billionaires Behind the 2016 Presidential Elections. "Money Behind Major Candidates": Rubio, Cruz, Trump, Bush, Clinton
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Scourge of US elections: Electoral College, hackable voting machines & obscure rules
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The Big Money and What It Means in Election 2016
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Will the 2016 Primaries Be Electronically Rigged?
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The establishment left out
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Revealed: Environmental officials warned Snyder administration not to use water that poisoned Flint
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Anatomy of the Deep State
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Calls for Michigan Gov. Snyder's Arrest as Flint Poisoning Scandal Implicates Top Staffers
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How Corrupt Is the American Government?
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Christmas 2015—–Why There Is No Peace On Earth
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Marco Rubio Pushes to Block Low-Cost, High-Speed Broadband
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In Rahm Emanuel's Chicago Surveillance State, Controlling the Data is Key
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Distrust Fuels Outrage at House Financial Services Committee
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The Real Issues You Won't Hear From the 2016 Presidential Candidates This Election Year
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Paris and the Soldiers of the Caliphate: More War, More Blowback
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5 Myths Regarding the Paris Terror Attacks
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Time Is Running Out For Pax Americana's Apologists
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The Deep State: The Unelected Shadow Government Is Here To Stay
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How the U.S. Government is Raiding a Citizen Victim Relief Fund to Pay for General Expenses
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TPP Is Toxic Political Poison That Politicians Should Avoid
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The Drone Papers: The Assasination Complex
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Syrian Crisis: What Will Happen Next?
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You Can't Separate Empire, the State, Financialization and Crony Capitalism: It's One Indivisible System
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Forget the New World Order, Here's Who Really Runs the World
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Deep State America
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A Refugee Crisis Made in America
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One Presidential Debate You Won't Hear
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The Story of Mouseland: As told by Tommy Douglas in 1944
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Don't Be Fooled by the Political Game: The Illusion of Freedom in America
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Jimmy Carter: The U.S. Is an "Oligarchy With Unlimited Political Bribery"
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64 Nations Say No to GMO, Yet US Government Nears Illegal GMO Labeling
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The Kagans: Seeking War to the End of the World
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Lobbyists Fundraising for Clinton, Bush, Rubio and Kasich Are Coworkers
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The Movement to Fight Big Money Politics Now Has a Gold Standard
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Santa Cruz County Votes to Cease Doing Business with Five TBTF Mega Banks
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Hillary Clinton Outlines Right-wing Economic Policies in New York City Speech
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Maryland, Illinois Voting Machines May be Rigged for Democrats
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Jeb! The Money! Dynasty!
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"Sentence First, Verdict Afterwards": The Alice in Wonderland World of Fast-tracked Secret Trade Agreements
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If Elizabeth Warren Is Already Angry at Mary Jo White, Wait Until She Hears About This
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Billionaires Fear Revolt As People Power Grows
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It Cost Corporations Less Than $18,000 per Vote to Get ''Fast Track'' Passed, and More
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Emails Reveal Diary Lobbyist Crafted "Ag-Gag" Legilsation Outlawing Pictures Of Farms
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Chris Christie's signature law called unconstitutional in court ... by Christie administration
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Politicians & The Manipulated Crowd
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Princeton makes it official — USA Has Become Oligarchy, No Democracy
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Pilot explains his mission before Capitol landing
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"Manufacturing Dissent": The Anti-globalization Movement is Funded by the Corporate Elites
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White House Blog Reveals A Profound Lack Of Support For TPP
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False Flag Terror: Presidents, Prime Ministers, Congressmen, Generals, Spooks, Soldiers and Police Admit to it
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Lawmakers Say TPP Meetings Classified To Keep Americans in the Dark
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25 statist propaganda phrases and how to rebut them
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Do Corporations Really Need More Rights? Why Fast Track for the TPP Is a Bad Idea
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End Big Money's Chokehold on Democracy. Amend the Constitution.
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Yanis Varoufakis: The Straw That Breaks the Ponzi's Back?
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Behind The Global Game Of Thrones
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How American Oligarchs Are Pushing America to the Brink of Fascism
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Repealing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): Fast Track Not A Done Deal, The People Will Stop It
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The First Question to Ask After Any Terror Attack: Was It a False Flag?
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'Incomprehensible' Secrecy: Sanders Demands Release of Trade Agreement Text
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The Consequences of TPP
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Memo To WSJ: The CRomnibus Abomination Was Not 'A Rare Bipartisan Success'
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Pigmen Win Again
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If This is the Kind of 'Bipartisanship' Coming in 2015, the Country Is In Dire Straits
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"The Most Egregious Sections Of Law I've Encountered During My Time As A Representative"
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Reckless Congress 'Declares War' on Russia
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With Election Over, First Order of Business Is $450 Billion Corporate Tax Break
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Dividing the Spoils
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Dozens of Communities Vote to Boot Big Money from Politics
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We are losing badly to the corporate state. Here's what we need to do.
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The District of Corruption – America's Glittering Capital
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Beyond Orwellian Nightmares and Neoliberal Authoritarianism
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Computerized Election Theft and the New American Century
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An Ebola Outbreak Would Be Advantageous For Globalists
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The Surprising Reason that Crushing Economic Inequality Isn't More of Election Issue
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Super PAC(ked) With Out-of-State Money
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Barbarism Versus Stupidism
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The Coming Climate Revolt
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Wall Street Declares Victory Against the American People: The Banking Elites are Now Waging War against One Another
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The Time Is Ripe For A False-Flag Attack On American Soil
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10 Big Fat Lies and the Liars Who Told Them
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America's Massive National Security State Is the 4th Branch of Government
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Utility Trade Group Funds ALEC Attack on Americans Using Solar
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The Emperor's Rage: Let Chaos Envelop the World!
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Comcast's Worst Nightmare: How Tennessee Could Save America's Internet
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N.J. gives $260 million tax break to energy company with political ties
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America's Real Foreign Policy: Global Corporatization by Force
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US War Against Russia Is Already Underway
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How Did the Clintons Become So Rich?
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Western World Is Upside Down
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Mystery Surrounding The Bilderberg Group Conclave
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Let "Dollar" Collapse Or Choose War. Elites Will Opt For War
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The Purchase Of Our Republic
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The Detroit Model: Permanent Rule by the Banks
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False East/West Paradigm Hides The Rise Of Global Currency
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Please Stop Me Before I Vote for a Bought-&-Paid-For Demopublican Again
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Polls: Americans Are Sick of the War On Terror, War On Drugs … And All of the Other Failed U.S. Wars
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Senate Agrees: US People Can't Know Overseas Drone Death Toll
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How the Obscenely Wealthy Are Strangling Our Democracy
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Beware Anything Called Corporate Tax "Reform"
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Banks Have Become the Permanent Government of Europe
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The State, the Deep State, and the Wall Street Overworld
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The "Deep State" - How Much Does It Explain?
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Why the First Issue Is Money in Politics
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Study: Polarization and Gridlock Work Well for Rich Americans
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Divided We Fall: Stop the Corporate Takeover of Our Democracy
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John Kerry vs. Hillary Clinton on the Keystone XL Report
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What a Paul Craig Roberts Administration Would Look Like
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Bipartisan New World Order: Fast Tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
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TPP Toxicity Grows, We Can Stop It
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After 20 Years of NAFTA Poverty, Lawmakers Move to Fast-Track TPP
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Capitalism in Crisis: Who Are the Real "Takers"?
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Why Political Protests Ultimately Always Fail
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World Bank Whistleblower Reveals How The Global Elite Rule The World
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Americans Are Finally Learning About False Flag Terror
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Hillary Clinton Rakes in Big Money from Two Goldman Sachs Speeches in One Week
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Money Corrupting Politics Could Get Even Worse
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Americans Are Being Treated to Political Theater: Forget the Government Shutdown – It's About Shutting YOU Down
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A Corporate Coup in Disguise
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Obama's Friends in Low Places
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Draghi's Termination Of Berlusconi Explained: Sylvio Threatened To Leave Euro
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How a Koch Brothers "Business League" Spent $236 Million to Frame the Debate
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Not Too Big to Jail: Why Eliot Spitzer Is Wall Street's Worst Nightmare
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Democratic Establishment Unmasked: Prime Defenders Of NSA Bulk Spying
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Prometheus Among the Cannibals
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Has Washington's Arrogance Undone Its Empire?
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The Court, the Corporate Coup, and the Call to Struggle
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Verified Warnings From Former U.S. Presidents About the "Invisible Government"
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What Must Be Done About the Monsanto Corporation, and Why
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LEAK: U.S. Using Taxpayer Dollars to Promote Monsanto Overseas
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Billionaires Unchained: America is a Democracy of the Wealthy
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Obama in Plunderland: Down the Corporate Rabbit Hole
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Why Does Exxon Control the No-Fly Zone Over Arkansas Tar Sands Spill?
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Senate Passes Monsanto Protection Act
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Riddled With Corruption: Two More Public Officials "Cash In"
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Whiny Billionaires in Need of Sequestration
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Meet 6 Politicians Getting Rich from America's Endless Wars
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Billionaire Burglar Breaks into Obama's Cabinet
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Rumored Treasury No. 2, Lobbied Regulators For Morgan Stanley, A Lot
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The Fiscal Cliff, A Self-Created Bi-Partisan Drama
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Why Billionaire Political Investors Will Keep Pouring Money Into Politics - Until They're Stopped
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Susan Rice, Top Candidate for Secretary of State, Has Millions Tied to Canadian Tar Sands
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Elite Intrigues and Military Purges: It's Not About Sex, Stupid!
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Americans Proudly Voting for Evil
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Why I'm Voting Green
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Before the Election was Over, Wall Street Won
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Mitt Romney's Bailout Bonanza: How He Made Millions from the Rescue of Detroit
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How Do You Take Your Poison?
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Feast of Fools
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Where Is the Outrage over Money in Politics?
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Leaked Trade Doc Shows Obama Wants to Help Corporations Avoid Regulations
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Senators Suck Up to Jamie Dimon, Get Paid for It
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State Politicians and the Public Pension Cookie Jar
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The 14 characteristics of Fascism
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Harnessing People Power
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Why Obama's JOBS Act Couldn't Suck Worse
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Partisan Confusion: Outside the Supreme Court While the Health Insurance Mandate is Debated
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A Tangled Web: Who's Making Money From All This Campaign Spending?
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Our Politicians Are Money Launderers in the Trafficking of Power and Policy
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How Super PACs Are Choosing Your Next President
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Obama Nominates Carlyle Group Partner to The Federal Reserve Board of Governors
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Occupy Rigged Elections: A Call for the Second American Revolution in 2012
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The Remarkable Political Stupidity of Wall Street
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Corporate Taxpayers & Corporate Tax Dodgers 2008-10
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Congress is Getting Richer – With Help From Legal Insider Trading
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As Zuccotti Park Is Cleared, Congress Moves to Gut Financial Reform
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To Get Really Rich, Get Elected
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"We the People," Not "We the Corporations"
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The Election March of the Trolls
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Congressional Representatives Charge Constituents for Access
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Ruling on Behalf of Wall Street's "Super Rich": The Financial End Time has Arrived
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The President Surrenders
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Obama's Bad Bargain
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Who Rules America?
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Is the United States a representative democracy or a mirage democracy
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In Two Steps Obama Can Reduce the Influence of Secret Donations in 2012
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It Was the Banks
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The Secret Big-Money Takeover of America
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Do Not Pity the Democrats
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Misreading the Iranian Situation
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Understanding Money and War--Part I
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The Big Picture
Part 3 - What can we do?
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The Big Picture
Part 2 - The government response
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The Big Picture
Part 1 - How did we get here?

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Justice

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FBI Told Cops to Recreate Evidence From Secret Cell-Phone Trackers
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Hacker Arrested And Jailed After Exposing Flaws In Election Website
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CFPB issues proposed rule on forced arbitration clauses that ban class actions
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'Seriously Sinister': Foremost Bank Whistleblower Says CIA Behind Panama Papers
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State-Sanctioned Theft - The Failed War On Drugs And Cops' Abuse Of Civil Forfeiture
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LuxLeaks Whistleblowers on Trial For Revealing Tax Avoidance Schemes
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Days After Wells Fargo Admits Defrauding The Government, NY Fed Rewards It With Primary Dealer Status
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US Government Declaring All Out War on Tiny House Living
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Bankers Above The Law; The Veneer Of Justice In A Kingdom Of Crime
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JPM Announces $1.9 Billion Buyback One Month After CEO Jamie Dimon Buys 500,000 Shares In The Open Market
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Ireland to Prosecute Top Banker Who Destroyed Their Economy — Guess Where He Was Hiding
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A New Wave of Climate Insurgents Defines Itself as Law-Enforcers
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Using Courts To Build The Movement
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TPP Threatens Security and Safety by Locking Down U.S. Policy on Source Code Audit
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How the TPP Will Affect You and Your Digital Rights
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Private Corporation Giving Cops "Free" License Plate Scanners In Exchange For All Data They Collect
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Bank of Canada Lawsuit
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The EPA's Hush-Hush Response to the Flint Water Crisis
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$5M Jury Award for One Foreclosure Fraud Makes U.S. Punishment Look Trivial
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Court Ruling Against Chicago Sheriff Proves Thuggish Anti-WikiLeaks Blockade Was Unconstitutional
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Facebook Caught Secretly Lobbying for Privacy Destroying "Cyber Security" Bill
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Whistle-blower intimidation: U.S. freezes bank accounts and credit cards of former Air Force drone operators
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Police Civil Asset Forfeitures Exceed All Burglaries in 2014
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Supreme Court gives police using deadly force in pursuits more immunity
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When will America Jail their Banksters?
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'Untouchables': Obama Cronies "Protected Wall Street's Most Criminal From Prosecution"
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Icelandic Bankers Are Not Too Big To Jail: Face 74 Years In Prison As US Bankers Bask In Bailouts
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'Neutralizing' John Lennon: One Man Against the 'Monster'
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Edward Snowden: "They've said they won't torture me…"
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Goldman Sachs Beats Another Fraud Rap: Can the Public Ever Get Justice in New York Courts?
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Citigroup Was Using Taxpayer Bailout Funds While Committing Its Foreign Currency Felony
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Federal Court Lifts National Security Letter Gag Order; First Time in 14 Years
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How the Department of Justice is Actively Trying to Prevent Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform
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Obama's Heroin Strategy: Treating Addiction or Arming the Drug War?
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Denver Police Arrest "Jury Nullification" Activist for Passing Out Informational Pamphlets
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Why is Rev. Edward Pinkney in Prison? Another Case of Political Persecution
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Implicated in Torture by State Prison Officials
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11 People Dead in Police Custody This Month
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Obama Administration Finds New Way to Let Criminal Banks Avoid Consequences
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The American Nightmare: The Tyranny of the Criminal Justice System
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The End of Freedom of Speech in Spain
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Eric Holder, Wall Street Double Agent, Comes in From the Cold
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Next-generation Crowd Control: "Calmative Agents" Will Put Entire Protests Under Sedation
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The Gangbanksters of Grab-it-All Street
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Calvert County Sheriffs Act As Dominion's Private Police
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Land of the Unfree – Police and Prosecutors Fight Aggressively to Retain Barbaric Right of "Civil Asset Forfeiture"
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Boulder Cops Declare 'Rock Stacking' a Jailable Offense to Stop Local Artist Who Spent 7 Years Creating Sculptures
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The shocking truth about the two Chicago Police officers posing in this horrendous photo
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Judge uses baseball analogy to explain why a cop who shot 15 times at an unarmed couple wasn't found guilty
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A Hundred Years' Failure
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Nonviolence as Compliance
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American Justice? FBI Lab Overstated 95% Of Forensic Hair Matches (Including 32 Death Sentences)
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Follow the Money: Invisible Investors Seek Big Bucks in Mass Incarceration
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Bankers Avoid Jail Time in Tax-Evasion Case
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U.S. Government Secrecy At All-Time High
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Despite DOJ Reforms and Weak Oversight, Local Policing for Profit Continues with Feds
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Wikipedia Founder Sues NSA, Demands "End To NSA's Dragnet Surveillance Of Internet Traffic"
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A Political Economy Premised on Exploitation and Social Repression
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FBI Tracking Of Keystone XL Activists Worse Than You Thought
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Scorecard: How Many Rights Have Americans REALLY Lost?
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The disappeared: Chicago police detain Americans at abuse-laden 'black site'
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Fast-Track Treason and the Coming Corporate Coup
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How Did America's Police Forces Get So Scary and Omnipresent?
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HSBC Bank: Secret Origins To Laundering The World's Drug Money
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U.S. Government Buys "Truly Orwellian" Surveillance Technology To Track Drivers in Real Time
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NY Judge Slams Wells Fargo For Forging Documents... And Why Nothing Will Change
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Unless You Want to Go to Prison, Read This Before Taking Money Out of Your Bank
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Civil Asset Forfeiture: The Final Stage Of Collapse Of Empire
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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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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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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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US Politicians Line Pockets With Funds From Ecuador's Billionaire Bankers on the Lam in US
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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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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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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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NSA broke privacy rules thousands of times per year: Report
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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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The Whistleblower's Guide to the Orwellian Galaxy: How to Leak to the Press
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Government Says Secret Court Opinion on Law Underlying PRISM Program Needs to Stay Secret
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The Judicial Lynching of Bradley Manning
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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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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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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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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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The Premise of Digital Surveillance Precludes Scholarship
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We Are Bradley Manning
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Bank of America Bombshell: Whistleblowers Reveal Coverup and Massive Borrower Harm
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Aaron Swartz's Thought Crime Was Tragically Treated Like Real Crime
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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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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 Federal Reserve, a Privately Owned Banking Cartel, Has Been Given Police Powers, with Glock 22s and Patrol Cars
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House Approves Sweeping, Warrantless Electronic Spy Powers
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Classified Life: Sibel Edmonds' Story
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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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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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Members of Senate Banking Committee Will Question Their Top Donor: JP Morgan Chase
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Citizens United 2.0, Expected to Hit the Supreme Court in Early 2013
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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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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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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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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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The Ten Reasons The Banksters Get Away With 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
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It Is Now Official: The U.S. Is A Police State
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WaMu: One Year Later and Still No Indictments
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With Negotiators in DC, Opponents Vow to 'Mobilize Like Never Before' to Kill Corporate-Friendly Trade Deals
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Copyright Law as a Tool for State Censorship of the Internet
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Forget Orwell and Rand, We've Gone to Full On Plato
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Are "We The People" Useful Idiots In The Digital Age?
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War-Making And Class-Conflict
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Bread, Circuses & Bombs – Decline Of The American Empire – Part Two
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America's Secret War in 134 Countries
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A Kept Culture
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The True History of Blowback in One Sentence
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Degradation of Our Educational System is Canary in the Mineshaft
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Wealth Inequality Is Not A Problem, It's A Symptom
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How America's Richest 14 Made More Money Than the Entire Food Stamp Budget
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America: The Grim Truth
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What the Global Status Quo Optimizes
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Bread, Circuses and Bombs - Decline of The American Empire
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The Koch Brothers' 3-Step Plan to Conquer the Next Generation
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Lifting The Fog Of Pretense
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Profiting from America's Misery
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The Perverse Roots of the Mentality of More
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Dispatches from Occupied Territory – Fear is the Mind Killer
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Chris Hedges: "Our Liberty Has Been Sacrificed On The Altar Of National Security"
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On Behalf of Monsanto: GMO Food Crops for Ukraine's Bread Basket
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Supremacy: A Social Order of Division, Control and Enslavement
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Control the Language and You Control the Mind
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Order Out Of Chaos: The Doctrine That Runs The World
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The Worldwide Destruction of the Family Farm. Wall Street's Unprecedented Land Grab
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How All of Us Are Paying a Heavy Price for Corporate Greed
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The Stealing of America by the Cops, the Courts, the Corporations and Congress
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The Rise of the Non-Working Rich
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Servants of Power: Higher Education in an Era of Corporate Control
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Was the Department of Defense Behind Facebook's Controversial Manipulation Study?
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The Pitchforks Are Coming… For Us Plutocrats
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Sarajevo Is The Fulcrum Of Modern History: The Great War And Its Terrible Aftermath
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The open source revolution is coming and it will conquer the 1% - ex CIA spy
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The Surveillance/Police State - Assisting the Dismantling of Inalienable Rights
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$1 Million A Month - What Ex-NSA Chief Alexander Charges Wall Street For "Advice"
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Debt, Civic Decay, Global Disorder - Fourth Turning Accelerating
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5,000 Years of History Shows that Mass Spying Is Always Aimed at Crushing Dissent
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10 Disgustingly Rich Companies That Will Do Anything To Avoid Paying Taxes
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Florida Couple Fined $746 For Crime Of Feeding Homeless People
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The Social Cost of GMOs
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Why Propaganda About Generational Warfare Is Dangerous and Wrong
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How the Middle Class Lifestyle Became Unaffordable
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Technology and the Future of Jobs
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Five Stunning Facts About America's Prison System You Haven't Heard
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Suspicious Deaths of Bankers Are Now Classified as "Trade Secrets" by Federal Regulator
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An Open Letter to Sam Zell: Why Your Statements are Delusional and Dangerous
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Global Rankings Study Depicts an America in Warp Speed Decline
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Neoliberalism and the Machinery of Disposability
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Recipie For Revolt: America is Wealthier But Americans Are Poorer
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'Just Salute and Follow Orders': When Secrecy and Surveillance Trump the Rule of Law
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More Americans Killed By Police Than By Terrorists: With Crime Down, Why Is Police Aggression Up?
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The Poisons of Extreme Wealth and Inequality
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How the NSA Plans to Infect 'Millions' of Computers with Malware
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The World's Coming Trillionaires
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Meet the Company That Can Track Everywhere You've Been and Tell Police About It
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The Conspiracy Theory Is True: Agents Infiltrate Websites Intending To "Manipulate, Deceive, And Destroy Reputations"
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LAPD Goes to Israel, Falls in Love With Drones and Mass Surveillance
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Inequality worse now than on 'Downton Abbey
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Privatized Government Services Lead to Millions for Corporate CEOs
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The Spoils of War: Afghanistan's Multibillion Dollar Heroin Trade
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The Devil's 2014 Missive To His Minions
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Feeding the World - or feeding the Corporations?
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It Doesn't Have To Be This Way
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The 20 Richest Americans: Takers, Not Makers
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Report:State of Power, Exposing the Davos Class
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Davos' Elite Message Deserves 'Fierce Resistance' Not Applause
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The Global Plutocracy
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Popular Manifesto: Solutions For Restoring The United States
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Five Economic Reforms Millennials Should Be Fighting For
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Burning Down The House
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Your USB cable, the spy: Inside the NSA's catalog of surveillance magic
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A New Way Of Defining Wealth
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The NSA is Building the Foundation for a Global Police State
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2014 Will Bring More Social Collapse
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NSA intercepts computer deliveries to plant spyware
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Hope and Defiance - A Lot of Hope is Dangerous
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The Reaping of Wealth, Bread, Circuses & Reality TV
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Pension Theft: Class War Goes to the Next Stage
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Chomsky: It Is All Working Quite Well for the Rich, Powerful
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The Tribal Mentality Indoctrinating Individuals into the Tribe's Beliefs Politics
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6 Signs Our Culture Is Sick With Greed
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Decline of the American Empire? Global Configurations of Power, The Swindle Economy and the Criminal State
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A Corporate Coup in Disguise
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End the 1 Percent's Free Ride: Taxing Land Would Solve America's Biggest Problems
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The Dark Heart Of Centralized Power
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The Internet Is Now Weaponized, And You Are The Target
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9 Out Of 10 Americans Are Completely Wrong About This Mind-Blowing Fact
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The Shamelessness of Bankers
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The Illusion of Freedom - Democracy, Religion, Science and Propaganda
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The Hegelian Dialectic and its use in Controlling Modern Society
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America's Culture of Ignorance Politics
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Global Wealth and Inequality: Towards a World of Super Rich "Trillionaires" Amidst Mounting Poverty
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There Is a Vast Oligarch Conspiracy Afoot to Destroy the Retirement Plans of Millions of Workers
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Martial Law and the Economy: Is Homeland Security Preparing for the Next Wall Street Collapse?
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30 Mindblowing Statistics About Americans Under The Age Of 30
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The "Hyper-meritocracy" – an Oxymoron Led by Criminal Morons
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Understanding the Cancer Stage of Capitalism
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Government Standards Agency "Strongly" Suggests Dropping its Own Encryption Standard
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At World's End - The Five Stages of Collapse
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Why Worry About Total Surveillance When You're Just An Ordinary Joe?
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From Spying on "Terrorists Abroad" to Suppressing Domestic Dissent: When We Become the Hunted
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Monsanto's GMO Feed Creates Horrific Physical Ailments in Animals
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Midway: A Short Film
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Shocking 'Extermination' Fantasies By the People Running America's Empire on Full Display at Aspen Summit
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Count Yourself Among The Poor!
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How Giant Tech Firms Help the Government to Spy on Americans
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Where the Hell Is The Outrage?
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Genetically-modified Rice Trials in U.S. Contaminate World's Rice Supply
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12 Real Patriots Brave Enough to Fight for Truth and Justice
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There's a New Fascism on the Rise, and the NSA Leaks Show Us What It Looks Like
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Big Lie: America Doesn't Have #1 Richest Middle-Class in the World...We're Ranked 27th!
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The $385 Billion Military-Industrial Boondoggle You've Never Heard Of
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Transcend Conditioned Consciousness None But Ourselves Can Free Our Minds
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10 Signs That You're Fully Awake
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How Can Wal-Mart REALLY Help Improve Our Schools?
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The End of the Beginning of the End
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Get Apocalyptic: Why Radical is the New Normal
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The New Crime of Eating While Homeless
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Military Quietly Grants Itself the Power to Police the Streets Without Local or State Consent
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Round the Clock Surveillance: Is This the Price of Living in a "Free, Safe" Society?
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'Police State' Registry System Being Set Up to Track Your Vaccination Status
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Bringing Young and Old to the Climate Fight
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Fearlessness Grows From the Grass Roots: US Protest Movement against the Banksters
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The United States Is Fighting How Many Wars?
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How Class Works
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Resource Shock: How Resource Scarcity and Climate Change Could Produce a Global Explosion
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Lockdown, USA: Lessons From the Boston Marathon Manhunt
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Economic and Social Abnormality Reigns, American's Loving Their Servitude
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America's New Math: 1 Wall Street Hour = 21 Years of Hard Work For the Rest of Us
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The Corporate Betrayal of America -- Ripping off the Public, Running off with the Profits to Avoid Taxes
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"American Dream": Food loaded into Dumpsters while Hundreds of Hungry Americans Restrained by Police
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Ten Ways That Each of Us Can Take Back Control From Wall Street
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Only Wall Street Wins in Detroit Crisis Reaping $474 Million Fee
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16 Giant Corpoporations Stopped Paying Taxes While Also Cutting Jobs!
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Researchers Find German-Made Spyware Across Globe
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A Better Plan Than 'Endless Growth': Enough Is Enough
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No Sanctuary in the Ivory Tower
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Scorecard: How Many Rights Have Americans REALLY Lost?
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Why The Banking Elite Want Riots in America
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Watch Out -- The Drones Are Coming Home To Roost
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How to Spot -- and Defeat -- Disruption on the Internet
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"I want my fair share--and that's ALL OF IT": The Kochs & the XL Pipeline
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The Extremist Cult of Capitalism
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The Institutionalization of Tyranny
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A loss to the World: The Death of Aaron Swartz
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The Digital Disruption: Technology and Economics for the 99%
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Obedience To Authority, Should We Trust The Government?
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Genetic Engineering and the GMO Industry: Corporate Hijacking of Food and Agriculture
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Profiting from Your Thirst as Global Elite Rush to Control Water Worldwide
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The Cashless Society is Almost Here – And With Some Very Sinister Implications
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The US Is Now a Police State
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Stand Still for the Apocolypse
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DHS to Double US Drone Fleet
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Wall Street Uses the Third Way to Lead Its Assault on Social Security
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Yes, the FBI and CIA can read your email. Here's how
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From KXL Pipeline-Lies, Cover-up,Corruption Equal.... Environmental DISASTER!
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10 Filthy-Rich, Tax-Dodging Hypocrites Pushing Disastrous Austerity on America
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American Empire: A Disaster on Autopilot
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The Great American Empire - Decline, Decay, Denial, Delusion & Despair
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Wall Street's War Against the Cities
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Arctic Ice Melt, Psychopathic Capitalism and the Corporate Media
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DHS 'fusion centers' portrayed as pools of ineptitude, civil liberties intrusions
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Occupy My Foreclosure
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WikiLeaks: US Ambassador Planned "Retaliation" Against France Over Ban on Monsanto Corn
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Seven Examples of a "Police State," and How They Are Appearing in the US
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Revolt of the Rich: Have Our Financial Elites Already Seceded from America?
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Craving for More and More Wealth. Refusing Capitalism
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Five Looming Curses of Privatization
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Civil Disobedience Actions Blockade Entrance to Site of TPP Negotiations in VA
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Re-Defining the First Amendment....with COPS!
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Bill Gross: "Normal" Economic Growth Impossible Now
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How Your Movements Are Being Tracked, Probably Without Your Knowledge
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The RNC Arrives in Tampa and With It, Martial Law
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Mega-Million CEOs: Our Tax Dollars at Work
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WIKILEAKS: Surveillance Cameras Around The Country Are Being Used In A Huge Spy Network
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America's Descent Into Darkness
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The Impending Collapse of American Medicine
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Goldman Sachs's New York Prison Deal Saves All the Risk for the Taxpayer
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The CEO Plan to Steal Your Social Security and Medicare
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Privatization: The Big Joke That Isn't Funny
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Betrayal of the American Dream
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The Careerists
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CIA Outsources Assasination Squad to Blackwater
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America's Drones Are Homeward Bound
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Here is Why Our Elites are Not Fixing the Economy
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Pensions Under Attack in America
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Profit Driven Prison Industrial Complex: The Economics of Incarceration in the USA
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A Wall Street Gambling Tax: The Remedy to Inequality
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New World Order Blueprint Leaked
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America's Student Loan Racket
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Five Facts That Put America to Shame
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The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Quiet Drama in Philadelphia
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America's Downward Social and Economic Spiral
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Colonized by Corporations
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How to Destroy Education While Making a Trillion Dollars
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U.S. Gov't Making Preperations for Expected Major Social Unrest Next Year
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The Inequity of Private-Equity Hustlers
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Five Reasons Why The Very Rich Have NOT Earned Their Money
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National Security Agency Whistleblower William Binney on Growing State Surveillance
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The Prison Labor Complex
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Wall Street's Massive Freak Out When Asked to Pay Their Fair Share
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The United States is Run by Sociopaths, Economics and Evil
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How the US Uses Sexual Humiliation as a Political Tool to Control the Masses
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Cracks in the Pillars of Power
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Wells Fargo's prison cash cow
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Thirteen Ways Government Tracks Us
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The "Cashless Society" and Total Monetary Surveillance
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Have You Posted Your Pictures on the Internet? Invasive Surveillance Technology Awaits
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The Ascendence of Sociopaths in US Governance, How to Surive What's to Come
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How To Bring Down the System, Any System, Non-violently
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Occupy Miami Raided, SWAT Team Draws Weapons on Children
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Why Greg Smith Is 'Dead Right' About Goldman Sachs
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Why I Am Leaving Goldman Sachs
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Don't Tell Us It's Not a Class War
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Our Depraved Future of Debt Slavery
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Drones Come to the US
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How to Radicalize a Moderate
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Central Banks Financial Terrorism
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Economist: NATO/G8 Summits Could Be A Disaster
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How the Swedes and Norwegians Broke the Power of the "1 Percent"
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The Middle Class Disappears, Rise of the Praetorian Class
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2012 – The Year Of Living Dangerously
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Report: Big Bank Bonuses in 2011
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The Outlook for the New Year, Tyranny in the Forecast
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Are You Being Tracked? 8 Ways Your Privacy Is Being Eroded Online and Off
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America's Best Kept Secret: Rising Suburban Poverty
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Local police stockpile high-tech, combat-ready gear
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Bankers Rule the World: "The Network of Global Corporate Control"
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Legislating Tyranny in America, Orwell and Beyond
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E-Voting System "Remotely Accessed" on "Multiple Occasions" by Unknown Computer
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Occupy is Not Just About Occupying
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How to Survive and Prosper in the Coming Financial Meltdown
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The Zero Point of Systemic Collapse
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American's Comfortably Numb on the Highway to Economic Collapse
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This Changes Everything: How the 99% Woke Up
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The Shocking Truth About the Crackdown on Occupy
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More on Police Departments' Collusion in Defense of 1%: Who's the Organization Coordinating Those Crackdown Calls?
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Occupy Seattle - Message From Minister Who Was Pepper Sprayed
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With People in the Streets, 1 Percent Congress Continues to Push Austerity
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U.S. Millennial Generation Battles Against Wall Street Modeled on Egypt and Tunisia Protests
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Communicating via People Pedal Power
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Wall Street Firms Spy on Protesters in Tax-Funded Center
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Under pressure to make arrests, police and troopers push back
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How Can We Rouse Police and Other Protectors of the Corporatocracy -- "Guards" of the Status Quo -- to Join the OWS Rebellion?
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The Natural Course of the US Empire
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My Night With Occupy Wall St
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German officials admit using spyware on citizens, as Big Brother scandal grows
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Occupy Movement Has No Message?
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The US Empire: A Tragic Comedy in Three Acts
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Wall Street Protests Get Specific: Could "Bank Transfer Day" Pit Americans Against Their Big Banks?
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Why the Elites Are in Trouble
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The Big Banks Lose Control of the Optics
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The Best Among Us
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National Security Lab Hacks Diebold Touch-Screen Voting Machine
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Attica's 40th Anniversary: Still on the Wrong Road
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#OccupyWallStreet Is More Than a Hashtag - It's Revolution in Formation
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A Huge Housing Bargain — but Not for You
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Capital gains tax rates benefiting wealthy feed growing gap between rich and poor
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Tax the super-rich or riots will rage in 2012
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The Cost of 9/11 — in Dollars
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Labor's Demise As A Countervailing Power
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Can the Middle Class Be Saved?
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As America's Economy Collapses, "New Normal" Police State Takes Shape
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British Riots: Elites "Shocked" The Poor Are Rising Up Against Brutal Austerity Measures
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Stop Coddling the Super-Rich
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Food stamp use rises to record 45.8 million
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The Food Crisis War Endgame
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The Legislation That Could Kill Internet Privacy for Good
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The War on You
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Debt Ceiling Crisis Objective is to Scrap Social Security and Medicare
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The Debt Ceiling, Imposing a Radical Pro-Rich Agenda
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21st-Century Slaves: How Corporations Exploit Prison Labor
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Austerity and Deficit Hawks Say, "Let Them Eat Cake,"
The People Will Say, "Off With Their Heads"
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What Happened to the $2.6 Trillion Social Security Trust Fund?
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Is the Debt Crisis Just Another Trumped Up Scam to Steal Social Security?
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Tax Rates of the Super-Rich: Not as High as Those Making Much Less
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Executive Pay Up 23 Percent Over Last Year
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One Small Town in America Quietly Enjoys the Health Care Most Americans Only Dream of
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Get Ready to be Financially Conscripted into Financial Repression
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State of New Jersey throws pensioners under the bus
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Will The Banksters And The Corporatocracy Eventually Own It All?
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Congress gets richer in bad economy
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Third World America 2011, We've Arrived
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The Earth Is Full
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The $2.5 Trillion Tragedy
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Our Fantasy Nation?
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Hospital Accounting: It's Complicated
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US army of fakes tracks Facebook users
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Europe Replacing Economic Democracy with Financial Oligarchy
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Welcome to the Soviet States of America 2011
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The Corporate States of America
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United States on the Road to Ruin, Your Trigger Points
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Why you should move your money
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10 Steps to Defeat the Corporatocracy
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Tax Rates of the Super-Rich: Not as High as Those Making Much Les
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How the McEconomy Bombed the American Worker
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The Xtremes: Subversive Recipes for Catastrophic Times
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Only Little People Pay Taxes
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The Real Housewives of Wall Street
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U.S. Downward Debt Spiral Into the Abyss
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This Is What Resistance Looks Like
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Class Warfare Scoreboard : Guess Who's Winning?
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American Workers Got What They Deserved
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The Collapse of Globalization
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HOURLY RATES - A Modest Essay about Extraordinary Paychecks
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U.S. Super-Rich the Greatest Living Parasites Flourish as Inequalities Deepen
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The Gathering Political and Economic Storm
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Stealing from Social Security to Pay for Wars and Bailouts
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America is NOT broke!
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Amnesty for the Banksters, Debtor's Prison for the Serfs
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Genetic Engineering: Scientists warn of link between dangerous new pathogen and Monsanto's Roundup
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Social Security is not an "entitlement" program
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Student loans leave crushing debt burden
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Ruling on Behalf of Wall Street's "Super Rich": The Financial End Time has Arrived
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American Eulogy
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Goldman CEO gets salary boost, $12.6 million shares
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Welcome To 1984: Your Papers, Please
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Ruling on Behalf of Wall Street's "Super Rich"
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American's Live in Mental Ghettos, People Who Lie to Themselves
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The Larry Summers Hall of Shame
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There Will Be Blood
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As things fell apart, nobody paid much attention
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Senators Welcome Lobbyists, Shun Citizens
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Economists: The Unholy Priests of the Banksters
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Democracy Going Dark: The Electronic Police State
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We Need to Break Up the Mega Corporations
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How to Thwart the Assassins of the American Dream
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How BP Gulf disaster may have triggered a 'world-killing' event
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BP Gulf Oil Gusher: Methane, Climate & Dead Zones
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The Economic Elite Vs. The People of the United States of America - Part I
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Two Decades of Greed - The Unraveling
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Open Letter to President Obama Re: BP Gulf Oil Spill Solution
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Gulf Oil Spill "Could Go on Years and Years"
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Debt Can Never Be Repaid (By Bankster Design)
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The Wall Street Economic Death Squad
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The Old Enemies
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The Declining Value of Work
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The Vicious Circle of Debt and Economic Depression, It's Class War
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The Financial Oligarchy Reigns: Democracy’s Death Spiral From Greece to the United States
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Western Civilization and the Economic Crisis, The Impoverishment of the Middle Class
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The American Dream is Over, It Was A Wonderful Life
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World’s Billionaires Grew 50 Percent Richer in 2009
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Goldman Sachs CEO says he’s ‘doing God’s work’
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Financial System Designed Almost Exclusively to Benefit the Rich
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Media

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Mad About Rigged Elections? Mainstream Media Says "You" Are The Problem
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Media Censorship: The News That Didn't Make the News
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Thousands of Enraged Americans Storm Washington. Media Yawns
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The War on Savings: The Panama Papers, Bail-Ins, and the Push to Go Cashless
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Corporate Media Gatekeepers Protect Western 1% From Panama Leak
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Do Americans Live In A False Reality Created By Orchestrated Events?
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Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange Reveals Real Intentions Behind The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
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Media Disinformation and the US Heroin Epidemic
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Six Huge Stories The Mainstream Media Doesn't Want You To Know About
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15 News Stories from 2015 You Should Have Heard About But Probably Didn't
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4 Examples of Mainstream Media Fabricating News to Push for War
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NY Times Editorial Slams "Disgraceful" CIA Exploitation of Paris Attacks, But Submissive Media Role Is Key
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Exclusive Federal Reserve Videos and the Glass-Steagall Media Conspiracy
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A Useful Prep-Sheet on Syria for Media Propagandists
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The 9/11 Attacks on the World Trade Center (WTC): Unspoken Financial Bonanza
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The CIA and the Media: 50 Facts the World Needs to Know
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Insouciance Rules The West
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Subverting Illusions: Julian Assange and the Value of WikiLeaks
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Wall Street Front Group Pleads for Government Help in New York Times OpEd
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Major Monsanto Lawsuit Completely Blacked out by Media
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TPP and TTIP "Free Market" "Trade" Deals Approved by US Senate: How America's "News" Media Killed America's Democracy:
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What Are the Biggest Lies and Delusions That Keep People Voting Against Their Own Best Interests?
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Inside the Major Political Fight for Broadband Internet That's Brewing Across America
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How to break the corporate media blockade
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Truth? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Truth
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Franc-ly Speaking: What If It Were All A Set Up?
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"Net Neutrality", Save the Internet Campaign: A Common Carrier Free from Corporate Encroachment
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The Myth of the Free Press
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Snowden Film "Citizen Four" Reveals How He Did It; Second Leaker Involved; Files on 1.2 Million People; Snowden Vindicated
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Suckering the Public on a War of Terror
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Who Killed Michael Hastings?
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Unless Defeated, New FCC Rules Will Put 'Stake in Internet's Heart'
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The U.S. Mainstream Media Black Hole and the Danger of False Narrative
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Yes, There Are Paid Government Trolls On Social Media, Blogs, Forums And Websites
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U.S. Plummets in Global Press Freedom Rankings
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People Powered Media Mobilizes Masses, While Mass Media Remains Silent
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An Open Letter to the Makers of The Wolf of Wall Street, and the Wolf Himself
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State "Stink Tanks" Exposed
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Is America Being Deliberately Pushed Toward Civil War?
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NSA files: why the Guardian in London destroyed hard drives of leaked files
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Media Supression of the Marches Against Monsanto
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Journalistic Malpractice at the Post and the Times
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Spain's Rebellion Moves to Print
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Minister: Iceland refused to help FBI on WikiLeaks
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New press freedom group is launched to block US government attacks
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Why Is the Obama FCC Plotting a Massive Giveaway to Murdoch?
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Using War as Cover to Target Journalists
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Press Freedom Index 2011/2012
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Paychecks, Perception, Propaganda & Power
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Call It Tyranny
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Billionaire Media Moguls vs. Occupy Wall Street
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Journalists Funded By "Vulture Capitalist" Paul Singer Campaign To Smear Wall Street Protests
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Conservative journalist says he infiltrated, escalated D.C. museum protest
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US media blackout of protest is shameful
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What's behind the scorn for the Wall Street protests?
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The Dark Heart of Corporatism
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The Corporate Media Complex: Drawing Back the Veil on the U.S. Propaganda Machine
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Twenty-Five Rules of Disinformation
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Prepping Minds for War Against China
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Homeland Security shuts down dozens of Web sites without court order
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Another Warning about the Media
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A War On The Truth
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A Media Failure Compounds the Financial Failure
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Mainstream Zombie Media, Top 25 Censored Stories of 2008-2009
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Community

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Wake Up and Smell the Poison
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The Beauty—and Power—of Small Business
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All Eyes Are On the Control Matrix
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Privatizing the Clearing of Homeless Encampments
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Recognizing TRUTH...In 5 Steps
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A New Pact With The Planet
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Food Sovereignty and the Commons
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A Model for Self-Governance
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The Crisis in Education Is That the Super Wealthy Corporate Education System Wants to Destroy Public Schools
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One man in Tennessee isn't waiting for his corrupted officials—he built his own broadband network
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Flint's decline, Grand Rapids' success predicted in 70-year-old study
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Buying Local Is the Key to Strong Regional Economies
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What Wall Street Cost Denver's Schools
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Fresh Water Supply - The Greatest Climate Change Issue
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Building a Local Peace Economy: We Have the Power
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What Is the Common Good?
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How Finland broke every rule — and created a top school system
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A Public Bank in Philadelphia
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Time is Money: Building Local Solidarity Through Time Banking
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This is how toxic Flint's water really is
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The Elephant in the Room: Capitalism and Sustainable Development
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A City Where Everyone Works, There Is No Police, And The Salary Is 1200 Euros
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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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The Public Bank Option: Building an Ark
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Dow and Monsanto Join Forces to Poison America's Heartland
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Occupy Oakland and the Militarization of America's Police
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privikege is leveraged into powerPrivilege serves the same purpose--benefiting the few at the expense of the many--regardless of the system's ideological labels. Socialist, Communist and free-market elites loot their populaces and national wealth with equal gusto. Those who came to do good and stayed to do well first accumulate privileges, which they then leverage into wealth and power.

Charles Hugh Smith

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NYPD protecting thos stealing their pensions from their accusersWhat if the authorities had enforced bank regulations as vigorously as they enforced park rules and curfews?

We wouldn't be in this economic mess in the first place
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Wake Up and Smell the Poison
by Katherine Paul
Posted May 30, 2016

glyphosate in your systemIf you participated in the glyphosate test project launched last year by The Detox Project (formerly Feed The World) and Organic Consumers Association, you probably failed. A staggering 93 percent of Americans tested positive for glyphosate, according to the test results, announced yesterday (May 25, 2016).

What makes that figure even more alarming is that many of you who sent in urine samples for testing probably eat more organic than non-organic food. Which suggests that either your organic food has been contaminated and/or you're being exposed to glyphosate via unknown sources. Worse yet? Children had the highest levels. More...

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The Dark Side of Digital Finance: On Financial Machines, Financial Robots, and Financial Artificial Intelligence
by Brett Scott
Posted May 28, 2016

financial AIFast-forward to 2016 and we've entered into a world no longer dominated by tools, but by machines. The crucial difference between a tool and a machine is that the former relies on human energy, while and the latter relies on non-human energy channelled via a system that replicates – and accentuates – the action of a human using a tool.

The carpenter is now a furniture corporation using computer-programmed CNC cutters. Likewise, the bank that keeps score of that company's money runs humming datacentres with vast account databases. These are digital equivalents of the old ledger books, drawing upon fossil-fuel generated electricity to write and hold information as magnetised atoms on hard-drives. More...

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The Beauty—and Power—of Small Business
By Judy Wicks
Posted May 27, 2016

small business strengthens communitesEnvisioning a whole regional food system that incorporated the values I upheld, I began helping local stores and other restaurants, even my competitors, to buy from an expanding network of local farmers. Rather than focusing only on the short-term interests of my own business, I turned my attention to the long-term economic sustainability of my region by working to build a local economy that benefited everyone—family farmers, farm animals, local businesses, rural and urban citizens, and the quality of our soil, air and water.

At the turn of the century, my attention shifted from my local work to the need for a national localization movement. It was then I realized that the freedom I ultimately valued was being threatened by an overpowering force. It was not the communist threat I had been taught to fear as a child in the '50s, but rather American capitalism gone amok. More...

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FBI Told Cops to Recreate Evidence From Secret Cell-Phone Trackers
by Jenna McLaughlin
Posted May 26, 2016

Stingray device for illegal surveillanceA recently disclosed document shows the FBI telling a local police department that the bureau's covert cell-phone tracking equipment is so secret that any evidence acquired through its use needs to be recreated in some other way before being introduced at trial.

"Information obtained through the use of the equipment is FOR LEAD PURPOSES ONLY," FBI special agent James E. Finch wrote to Chief Bill Citty of the Oklahoma City Police Department. The official notice, dated September 2014, said such information "may not be used as primary evidence in any affidavits, hearings or trials. This equipment provides general location information about a cellular device, and your agency understands it is required to use additional and independent investigative means and methods, such as historical cellular analysis, that would be admissible at trial to corroborate information concerning the location of the target obtained through the use of this equipment." More...

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Mad About Rigged Elections? Mainstream Media Says "You" Are The Problem
by Claire Bernish
Posted May 25, 2016

voters are the problemPerhaps corporate, mainstream media — instead of targeting the symptom — should attempt to report its root cause.

Perhaps enormous swaths of voters being dropped from the rolls in New York; Clinton's inexplicably astronomical luck in coin tosses in Iowa; inexcusably untrained elections volunteers and their equally inexcusable tendency allowing Clinton supporters to participate in caucuses without first being registered; or any number of other examples from the mountain of ever-growing evidence the elections are, indeed, rigged, are infinitely more deserving of headlines than hit pieces against those protesting such affronts to the American electoral process. More...

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The U.S. Government Is Quietly Paying Billions to Wall Street Banks
By Pam Martens and Russ Martens
Posted May 24, 2016

Wall Street - how corrupt is it?Wall Street On Parade has learned, by piecing together the SEC filings of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae and previous Federal Reserve studies, that these two companies that have been in U.S. government conservatorship since the 2008 financial crisis, continue to pay out billions of dollars to the biggest Wall Street banks on their derivatives contracts.

This raises multiple red flags, not the least of which is how much does the U.S. public really understand about the 2008 financial crisis and what appears to be a continuing taxpayer bailout. It is well known at this point that AIG had to be bailed out because it owed over $90 billion on its derivative and security loan contracts to Wall Street and foreign banks. Now, it's looking like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were also Wall Street's derivatives patsies – or "dumb tourists" as author Michael Lewis might say. More...

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All Eyes Are On the Control Matrix
By Phillip J. Watt
Posted May 23, 2016

wake upNo matter if you're asleep at the wheel of life or have awoken to not just the consciousness of reality, but also the corporatocracy that has hijacked our world, most of us are paying attention to our shrinking wallets, as well as the political circus. The system is in the limelight, but not how the power structure would like it to be.

The social engineering agenda of dumbing the masses into good little minions of the system has been highly successful, however too many people are now suffering and looking for answers why. Sometimes it feels that the alternative media gives them too much credit too, because it's also been highly successful at exposing itself and therefore waking up people to their enslavement, as well as the lies, deception, toxicity and control matrix itself. More...

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Rogue Wave
By Cognitive Dissonance
Posted May 18, 2016

economic tsnuamiUltimately the destructive capacity of any rogue wave is based upon its volume and velocity. In nearly all the examples shown on the reserve currency chart except present day, the 'known world', meaning those currencies that controlled commerce and people's minds within a geographic location, did not encompass the globe or its entire population. Far from it in fact.

Those within the influence of previous reserve currency collapses definitely suffered each time the rogue passed. But there were always nations, resources and people outside the reserve currency system which acted as a buffer when the rogue wave roared through. Such is not the case this time, at least not to the same extent previously. And the proof is perfectly clear when carefully examined. When the Federal Reserve sneezes, emerging nations and their economies suffer massive convulsions.

It truly is different this time because the volume of the coming rogue wave will encircle the globe. Like a massive tsunami, the ripples and reverberations will be massively destructive and circle the globe many times until its energy is finally dissipated. More...

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The New "Water Barons": Wall Street Mega-Banks are Buying up the World's Water
By Jo-Shing Yang
Posted May 17, 2016

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

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

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Hacker Arrested And Jailed After Exposing Flaws In Election Website
by Claire Bernish
Posted May 16, 2016

electronic voting machines contain insecure flawsA hacker in Florida exposed security vulnerabilities in one county's elections web domains so officials could fix the problem — but, instead, he ended up behind bars. Hacker David Michael Levin, owner of Vanguard Cybersecurity, was arrested on Wednesday after the Florida Department of Law Enforcement received a referral from the Lee County Sheriff's Office after his apparently misguided attempt to help prevent election fraud by pointing out online vulnerabilities.

After spending six hours in jail, where he was held on $15,000 bond, Levin now faces three counts of gaining unauthorized access to a computer, network, or electronic instrument — despite the fact he had not only been doing his job, but also alerted the county to a potentially serious security concern. More...

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Why the Economy Should Stop Growing—And Just Grow Up
by David Korten
Posted May 15, 2016

local economyListen to the political candidates as they put forward their economic solutions. You will hear a well-established and rarely challenged narrative. "We must grow the economy to produce jobs so people will have the money to grow their consumption, which will grow more jobs…" Grow. Grow. Grow.

But children and adolescents grow. Adults mature. It is time to reframe the debate to recognize that we have pushed growth in material consumption beyond Earth's environmental limits. We must now shift our economic priority from growth to maturity—meeting the needs of all within the limits of what Earth can provide. More...

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Blaming Hackers Coming to a Bank Account Near You to Steal Your Life Savings
By Joachim Hagopian
Posted May 14, 2016

blaming "hackers" fro theftAdd one more way to lose all your life savings. Many of us have heard about the covert "bail-in laws" that already went into effect this year in Europe making theft of private bank account assets "legal" in this topsy-turvy world where chaos and high crimes rule the day. The precedent was set a couple years ago in Cyprus where private citizens woke up one day and found the money they believed was secure in their banks suddenly stolen by the banks.

Despite the Treasury Department and MSM propaganda that the bailout cost taxpayers only $21 billion, it actually cost Americans trillions in lost housing wealth, 9.3 million citizens lost their homes from 2005-2014 through foreclosure or short sale along with plenty of lost retirement funds and lots of lost jobs. More...

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Proof That the Top 0.1% Create Crashes
by Jeff Nielson
Posted May 13, 2016

top .1% create crashesOur markets and economies are marched up and down in "bubbles" and "crashes", with the duration of these cycles of financial crime now seeming to be fixed at about once every eight years. As the dust settles after each of these eight-year operations, the Fat Cats at the very, very top are found to have gotten much, much wealthier, while almost everyone else ends up significantly poorer.

With this pattern of crime now being obvious, and the pattern of "winners" and "losers" being equally obvious, it doesn't require a rocket scientist to suspect that the Winners have been orchestrating these bubbles and crashes. It is obviously considerably easier to be on the winning side of your (supposed) gambling, when you know in advance what will transpire in the Game. More...

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Privatizing the Clearing of Homeless Encampments
by Ansel Herz
Posted May 12, 2016

privatizing destroying homeless peopleThe fast-growing, progressive city of Seattle is privatizing some of the work involved in evicting its many homeless people from unauthorized camping sites to a new company—a firm specially created to clear out the places where the homeless sleep.

The company is called Cascadia Cleaning and Removal, and its website advertises "Homeless Encampment Abatement and Removal" services. On a recent morning, I encountered two of their workers manning a trash bin next to a homeless encampment—where an elderly man was still sleeping—on a sidewalk beneath I-5, a few blocks away from City Hall. One worker told me they "toss everything" if no one is around to claim their belongings. He said they would come back again later because the camp was still occupied.

The city is paying the company $240 per hour for "encampment cleanup in designated locations as needed," according to a copy of its contract, $80 per hour per worker in a three-person crew. More...

This company and its employees sell their souls for profit and money. Perhaps they should remember and internalize these words: "Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."

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Media Censorship: The News That Didn't Make the News
By Peter Phillips
Posted May 11, 2016

protecting you from realityThe presidential primaries offer a single choice for both Democrats and Republicans to vote for empire and permanent war. This year's entertainment spectacle, what we call democratic elections, is a particularly gross circus of meaninglessness, misinformation, sound bites, and lies. Both parties are in support in the continuation of the US/NATO global empire of permanent war and the protection of the capital of the global 1%. Even Bernie Sanders calls for drone strikes and continued war on Isis and other evil terrorists.

The mobilization of millions of young people in support of Sanders offers them a hope of real change, similar to the false hope millions expressed eight years ago. None of the candidates above offer any solutions for the permanent war on terror, US/NATO presence in 130 countries, massive wasteful spending on arms, neo-liberal economic policies, governmental austerity, global refugees, and human rights for the three billion people living on less than $3 a day. None of the above suggests reinstatement of Habeas Corpus, an expanded Bill of Rights, complete electronic privacy, full governmental transparency, or the bail out of the $1 trillion student loan debt. More...

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CFPB issues proposed rule on forced arbitration clauses that ban class actions
by Deepak Gupta
Posted May 9, 2016

Forced arbitration clausesThe CFPB has just released its much-awaited proposed rule on forced arbitration clauses -- arguably the single biggest step the Bureau can take to level the playing field for American consumers.

If adopted after notice-and-comment, the CFPB's new rule would prohibit forced arbitration clauses that prevent consumers from banding together to hold companies accountable in court, effectively nullifying the impact of the Supreme Court's AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion decision in the market for consumer financial services. The proposed rule would also require companies with arbitration clauses to send the CFPB the claims, awards, and other information filed in arbitration cases, to allow the Bureau to monitor what until now has largely been a secret system of corporate tribunals. More...

If this proposed rule is adopted, it will be a HUGE step in restoring consumer rights in a legal environment that has been almost completely co-opted by the trans-national corporations.

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The Proper Purpose of Money
by David Korten
Posted May 8, 2016

David KortenLet's start with a simple truth. The efforts of economists to justify them notwithstanding, speculation, usury, and accounting manipulation serve no beneficial economic or social purpose. There is no legitimate reason to allow them and certainly no justification for supporting them with public subsidies from the Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve.

Money is only a claim on wealth, so making money without producing anything of value is creating claims on the wealth created by others and is an invisible form of theft. More...

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"Not true and they knew it": What Rahm Emanuel's Wall Street craze cost Chicago
by David Dayen
Posted May 7, 2016

Rahm Emmanuel pleases Wall StChicago's struggling public school system had a golden chance to reap billions. Here's where it went wrong. The city of Chicago and its public school system could recoup potentially billions of dollars in overpayments from complicated, unjust deals inked with Wall Street banks, if they pursued legal action or demanded enforcement from federal regulators. But Rahm Emanuel, the current mayor, has refused to chase this opportunity, despite the city's drastic fiscal outlook and the effect on citizens. By contrast, his opponent in the April 7 mayoral run-off election, Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, appears far more likely to take action against a powerful financial sector Emanuel has relied on for campaign contributions.

Beginning over a decade ago, Wall Street banks sold municipalities, school districts, water systems and public hospitals across the country on obscure financial instruments, pitching them as a way to borrow more cheaply than plain-vanilla municipal bonds. But just as homeowners were swindled into loans they couldn't afford during the housing bubble, local governments suffered a similar fate. More...

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Bank of North Dakota Soars Despite Oil Bust: A Public Banking Blueprint for California?
By Ellen Brown
Posted May 6, 2016

Ellen BrownIn November 2014, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Bank of North Dakota (BND), the nation's only state-owned depository bank, was more profitable even than J.P. Morgan Chase and Goldman Sachs. The author attributed this remarkable performance to the state's oil boom; but the boom has now become an oil bust, yet the BND's profits continue to climb. Its 2015 Annual Report, published on April 20th, boasted its most profitable year ever.

The BND has had record profits for the last 12 years, each year outperforming the last. In 2015 it reported $130.7 million in earnings, total assets of $7.4 billion, capital of $749 million, and a return on investment of a whopping 18.1 percent. Its lending portfolio grew by $486 million, a 12.7 percent increase, with growth in all four of its areas of concentration: agriculture, business, residential, and student loans. More...

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Don't Sleep Through the Revolution: A Graduation Message for a Dark Age
By John W. Whitehead
Posted May 5, 2016

military empireThose coming of age today will face some of the greatest obstacles ever encountered by young people. They will find themselves overtaxed and struggling to find worthwhile employment in a debt-ridden economy on the brink of implosion. Their privacy will be eviscerated by the surveillance state.

They will be the subjects of a military empire constantly waging war against shadowy enemies and on guard against domestic acts of terrorism, blowback against military occupations in foreign lands. And they will find government agents armed to the teeth ready and able to lock down the country at a moment's notice. As such, they will find themselves forced to march in lockstep with a government that no longer exists to serve the people but which demands they be obedient slaves or suffer the consequences. More...

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Hillary Approved Sending Libya's Sarin to Syrian Rebels
by Eric Zuezze
Posted May 4, 2016

HIllary approved sarin The great investigative journalist Seymour Hersh has reported that the Obama Administration falsely blamed the government of Syria's Bashar al-Assad for the sarin gas attack that Obama was trying to use as an excuse to invade Syria; and Hersh pointed to a report from British intelligence saying that the sarin that was used didn't come from Assad's stockpiles.

Hersh also said that a secret agreement in 2012 was reached between the Obama Administration and the leaders of Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar, to set up a sarin gas attack and blame it on Assad so that the US could invade and overthrow Assad. By the terms of the agreement, funding came from Turkey, as well as Saudi Arabia and Qatar; the CIA, with the support of MI6, was responsible for getting arms from Gaddafi's arsenals into Syria

However, now, for the first time, Hersh has implicated Hillary Clinton directly in this «rat line». In an interview with Alternet.org, Hersh was asked about the then-US-Secretary-of-State's role in the Benghazi Libya US consulate's operation to collect weapons from Libyan stockpiles and send them through Turkey into Syria for a set-up sarin-gas attack, to be blamed on Assad in order to 'justify' the US invading Syria, as the US had invaded Libya to eliminate Gaddafi. More...

Interesting how this has not been picked up by the lame stream media.

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'Seriously Sinister': Foremost Bank Whistleblower Says CIA Behind Panama Papers
by Lauren McCauley
Posted May 3, 2016

Panama papers were CIA leakWhile many observers have questioned why the Panama Papers leak has largely focused on the economic corruption of obstensible U.S. adversaries, such as associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin and relatives of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a notable tax evasion whistleblower has come forward with what he believes is a plausible answer.

"The CIA I'm sure is behind this, in my opinion," said former UBS banker Bradley Birkenfeld, who in 2005 blew the whistle on the Swiss banking giant, which lead to a U.S. government investigation into massive fraud and bank-enabled tax evasion. More...

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State-Sanctioned Theft - The Failed War On Drugs And Cops' Abuse Of Civil Forfeiture
by Lorelei McFly
Posted May 2, 2016

Hillary and Trump share same Delaware tax haven addressOne of the biggest lies our government tells us is that it wages the War on Drugs to keep us safe. More than 40 years after it was started, we know that it has been a colossally-expensive epic failure on its stated goals, was intentionally designed to further disenfranchise marginalized groups, and has become a full-fledged assault on our civil liberties.

Even with all the billions of tax dollars it spends each year, and all the flashy photo ops of seized drugs stacked on tables, the Drug Enforcement Agency only stops 1% of the illegal drug supply from being distributed in America, according to the video below. Not only is law enforcement pathetically inept at stemming the flow of drugs, they are active participants in the illicit drug trade at both the federal and local level: .... More...

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Trump and Hillary Refuse to Explain Why They Both Share the Same Address in Delaware
by Claire Bernish
Posted May 1, 2016

Hillary and Trump share same Delaware tax haven addressAs it turns out, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump share something pertinent in common, after all — a tax haven cozily nested inside the United States.

This brick-and-mortar, nondescript two-story building in Wilmington, Delaware would be awfully crowded if its registered occupants — 285,000 companies — actually resided there. What's come to be known as the "Delaware loophole" — the unassuming building at 1209 North Orange Street — has become, as the Guardian described, "famous for helping tens of thousands of companies avoid hundreds of millions of dollars in tax." More...

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Thousands of Enraged Americans Storm Washington. Media Yawns
by Jon Hecht
Posted April 30, 2016

lady liberty arrestedIn a show of civil disobedience designed to raise awareness of the devastating influence of money in politics, more than 1,400 people got themselves arrested outside the Capitol.

Notwithstanding the timeliness of the event — and its direct relevance to the presidential race  — coverage has been miniscule.  An analysis by the advocacy group Media Matters has found that the major news networks between April 11 and April 18 devoted to the protests a grand total of  … 29 seconds, and only on PBS. More...

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How Capitalism and Racism Support Each Other
By Richard D. Wolff
Posted April 29, 2016

capitalism and racismThe burdens of capitalism's instability falls much harder on employees than employers, and much harder upon some employees than others. Capitalism thus always faced a basic legitimation problem. How could it justify its unequal distributions of income, wealth and the burdens of its systemic instability among the people whose condition of being "free and equal" capitalism was supposed to guarantee?

One of the major means of managing this legitimation problem has been an ideology of race (alongside other ideologies centered around concepts such as "productivity" and "meritocracy"). Capitalism repurposed race and racism. By dividing human beings, conceptually and practically, into intrinsically different subgroups, capitalism's defenders could explain and justify why its economic benefits (e.g. the status of employer rather than employee) and burdens (unemployment, poverty etc.) were so unequally distributed (both within countries and globally). More...

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Using the Word "SACKS" as a Verb
Posted April 28, 2016

Sacking and pillaging the world

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LuxLeaks Whistleblowers on Trial For Revealing Tax Avoidance Schemes
By Andrew Emett
Posted April 27, 2016

Luxembourg leaksInfamous for exposing the multi-billion dollar tax avoidance scandal known as the Luxembourg Leaks, or LuxLeaks, two whistleblowers and a journalist began trial on Tuesday for allegedly violating trade secrets and other theft charges. Although Transparency International has called for a dismissal of their case, Luxembourg does not consider the defendants to be whistleblowers.

Despite the fact that the LuxLeaks scandal was the largest exposure of corporate tax evasion documents prior to the Panama Papers, the government of Luxembourg does not recognize Deltour and Halet as whistleblowers, nor does it recognize Perrin's journalistic freedom. In a recent statement, Transparency International wrote, "Under the Luxembourg law, Deltour is not considered a whistleblower because the legislation is limited to corruption offenses. In addition, it only protects whistleblowers against dismissal, not against prosecution. More...

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Accountability 102
by David Watkinson
Posted April 26, 2016

experiment in inhumanityThe Stanford Experiment was quite remarkable. In my opinion, it clearly demonstrated the ease with which anyone can go from normal to Nazi in just under a week. The Professor in charge went from amiable to Goerbles in the same time frame.

So, under similar circumstances, the human race goes from whatever you wish to call it now to George Orwells 1984, fairly quickly.

The experiment isn't a mainstream topic, the results haven't been endlessly discussed. The clever Facebook person summed up the problem far more concisely than I would ever bother with. Accountability. No one was accountable to anyone. Which is sufficient to go from normal American man in his twenties to something far darker, in a week. More...

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Beyond the Empire of Chaos: the Life Capital Solution
by John McMurtry
Posted April 25, 2016

John McMurtryLife capital is an objective and quantifiable process whose criterion is life wealth / capacity that produces more life wealth / capacity without loss and with cumulative gain through generational time (e.g., a society's public hydro infrastructure, its literacy development, or an individual's organic fitness through age stages).

Yet it is crucial to emphasize that life capital does not presuppose a private possessor of it. Nor does it require a private profit. But both these false presuppositions have become instituted as akin to physical laws in the reigning 'economic' paradigm. More...

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Neoliberalism: The Ideology at the Root of All Our Problems
By George Monbiot
Posted April 24, 2016

neoliberalism-distorts social structuresSo pervasive has neoliberalism become that we seldom even recognise it as an ideology. We appear to accept the proposition that this utopian, millenarian faith describes a neutral force; a kind of biological law, like Darwin's theory of evolution. But the philosophy arose as a conscious attempt to reshape human life and shift the locus of power.

Neoliberalism sees competition as the defining characteristic of human relations. It redefines citizens as consumers, whose democratic choices are best exercised by buying and selling, a process that rewards merit and punishes inefficiency. It maintains that "the market" delivers benefits that could never be achieved by planning. More...

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Days After Wells Fargo Admits Defrauding The Government, NY Fed Rewards It With Primary Dealer Status
by Zero Hedge
Posted April 23, 2016

no justice in the U.S.Back on April 9 we described the latest example of how criminal Wall Street behavior leads to zero prison time and just more slaps on the wrist, when Warren Buffett's favorite bank, Wells Fargo, admitted to "deceiving" the U.S. government into insuring thousands of risky mortgages. According to the settlement, Wells Fargo "admits, acknowledges, and accepts responsibility" for having from 2001 to 2008 falsely certified that many of its home loans qualified for Federal Housing Administration insurance.

In short: it admitted that is deceived and defrauded the government. Its "punishment" - a $1.2 billion settlement of a U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit, the highest ever levied in a housing-related matter.

And now, having suffered so much trauma which led to precisely nobody going to prison, less than two weeks later it's time for Wells to get its reward: as Bloomberg reported earlier, the "bond market's most exclusive clubs got a new member" when the NY Fed granted the criminal Wells Fargo Primary Dealer status. More...

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How Systems Break: First They Slow Down
by Charles Hugh Smith
Posted April 22, 2016

complex natural systems mirror financial systemsComplex systems like ecological food webs, the brain, and the climate all give off a characteristic signal when disaster is around the corner. The key insight here is that financial systems and indeed economies function as natural systems.

The signal, a phenomenon called 'critical slowing down,' is a lengthening of the time that a system takes to recover from small disturbances, such as a disease that reduces the minnow population, in the vicinity of a critical transition. It occurs because a system's internal stabilizing forces—whatever they might be—become weaker near the point at which they suddenly propel the system toward a different state. More...

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Humanity Needs Universal Basic Income in Order to Stop Impeding Progress
by Scott Santens
Posted April 21, 2016

human progress impededWhat an interesting place and an interesting time it is for a visit. Earth's most intelligent primates are busy creating technologies that allow them all to do less work, freeing themselves from millennia of senseless toil and drudgery.

Strangely, however, they are using such technologies to force each other to work longer and harder. In one area called the United States, responsible for so much of the world's technological innovation, at a time when productivity has never been higher, the number of hours spent working for others in exchange for the means to live is now just shy of 50 hours per week, where it was once 40 and soon supposed to be 20 on its way to eventually approaching zero. More...

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Recognizing TRUTH...In 5 Steps
By Lisa Young
Posted April 20, 2016

recognizing truthHow do you recognize and trust what is Truth? With so much conflicting information available to us on every imaginable topic, how do you discern what is Truth, what is fabricated, or just confused half truths?

Truth is actually an energy, a formula and a principle of Source. Before it is articulated into specific information or "fact", it is an energy and a specific frequency. Because it is an energy, it can bypass the human mind and organically be registered by the body and spirit for confirmation. Many times we "feel" the Truth of something and cannot even explain it. We just "know" it is right. More...

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New Report Finds Many Large, Profitable U.S. Corporations Pay No Federal Income Taxes
By Andrew Emett
Posted April 19, 2016

corporate tax dodgersBetween 2008 and 2013, General Electric, Boeing, and Verizon paid no federal income taxes. During that period, these three companies amassed more than $102 billion in combined profits, yet they ended up receiving over $4.1 billion in income tax rebates from the IRS.

According to a report last year from U.S. PIRG (Public Interest Research Group) Education Fund and Citizens for Tax Justice, nearly 75% of Fortune 500 companies tucked away $2.1 trillion in accumulated profits offshore to avoid paying U.S. income taxes. In 2014, at least 358 of these massive corporations maintained 7,622 tax haven subsidiaries throughout Panama, Bermuda, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and other havens. More...

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Wall Street Should Pay a Sales Tax, Too
By Sarah Anderson
Posted April 18, 2016

tax the bankersIn case there was any doubt, the presidential election fight has confirmed that blasting Wall Street, even eight years after the financial crisis, is still a vote-getter. Hillary Clinton has said she'd like to jail more bankers. Donald Trump has skewered the hedge fund managers who are "getting away with murder." And Bernie Sanders has made Wall Street accountability a centerpiece of his campaign.

Of course, financial industry lobbyists aren't about to take this lying down. In recent weeks, they've turned up the heat on lawmakers to block one particular measure that Sanders has mentioned in nearly every stump speech: taxing Wall Street speculation. More...

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Regulators Reject 'Living Wills' of Five Financial Giants
by Lisa Lambert
Posted April 17, 2016

bank living wills rejectsU.S. regulators gave a failing grade to five big banks on Wednesday, including JP Morgan and Wells Fargo, on their plans for a bankruptcy that would not rely on taxpayer money, giving them until Oct. 1 to make amends or risk sanctions.

The move officially starts a long regulatory chain that could end with breaking up the banks. Nearly a decade after the financial crisis, it underscored how the debate about banks being "too big to fail" continues to rage in Washington and exasperate on Wall Street. Wednesday's announcement was the first time the two major banking regulators, the Federal Reserve and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, issued joint determinations flunking banks' plans, commonly called "living wills. More...

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A New Pact With The Planet
by Vandana Shiva
Posted April 16, 2016

new pact with EarthHuman survival demands that we make a new pact with the Earth and between diverse peoples, based on a new vision of planetary citizenship. A pact based on reciprocity, caring and respect, on taking and giving back, on sharing the resources of the world equitably among all living species. It begins by seeing and cherishing the soil as a living entity, a Terra Viva, whose survival is essential to our own.

The future will be cultivated from the soil, and no longer from the skewed global market of fictitious finance, corporate personhood and consumerism. We need to move from this corporate-centred worldview to one centred on the Earth family. Wherever we are on this planet, the soil is our bedrock. The Earth is our home. We must reclaim it from corporate manipulation and greed, and care for it, together, in recognition of our common humanity and common responsibility. More...

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Wages of Sin
by Chris Hedges
Posted April 15, 2016

consequences of sinWe are no more immune to the forces of decay and death than were ancient Athens, ancient Egypt, ancient Rome, the Mayans, the Aztecs, Easter Island, Europe's feudal society of lords and serfs, and the monarchal empires in early 20th-century Europe. Human nature has not changed. We will react as those before us reacted when they faced collapse. We will be increasingly consumed by illusion. We will seek to stop time, to prevent change, to embrace magical thinking in a desperate effort to return to an idealized past. Many will suffer.

This time, collapse will be planetwide. There will be no new lands to conquer, no new peoples to subjugate, no new natural resources to plunder and exploit. Climate change will teach us a brutal lessen about hubris. More...

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Food Sovereignty and the Commons
by Adrianna Natsoulas
Posted April 14, 2016

food sovereigntyFood sovereignty is a holistic approach to a global need. The seven principles of food sovereignty are as follows: Food: A Basic Human Right, Agrarian Reform, Protecting Natural Resources, Reorganizing Food Trade, Ending the Globalization of Hunger, and Social Peace and Democratic Control. Farmers are at the heart of the dialogue to actualize food sovereignty, yet its essence is inclusive, bringing together many sectors of society to protect a common good.

The commons is also a holistic approach to actively ensure the health and well being for all that society shares. The commons approach is broader than food sovereignty by incorporating aspects of life that relate to the natural; social and institutional; political; and, intellectual and cultural. Food sovereignty covers those same themes, but within the umbrella of food. More...

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The War on Savings: The Panama Papers, Bail-Ins, and the Push to Go Cashless
By Ellen Brown
Posted April 13, 2016

war on cashExposing tax dodgers is a worthy endeavor, but the "limited hangout" of the Panama Papers may have less noble ends, dovetailing with the War on Cash and the imminent threat of massive bail-ins of depositor funds.

The bombshell publication of the "Panama Papers," leaked from a Panama law firm specializing in shell companies, has triggered both outrage and skepticism. In an April 3 article titled "Corporate Media Gatekeepers Protect Western 1% From Panama Leak," UK blogger Craig Murray writes that the whistleblower no doubt had good intentions; but he made the mistake of leaking his 11.5 million documents to the corporate-controlled Western media, which released only those few documents incriminating opponents of Western financial interests. Murray writes:

Do not expect a genuine expose of western capitalism. The dirty secrets of western corporations will remain unpublished. More...

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A Beautiful World of Abundance
by Charles Eisenstein
Posted April 12, 2016

abundance in a world of scarcityScarcity is one of the defining features of modern life. Around the world, one in five children suffers from hunger. We fight wars over scarce resources such as oil. We have depleted the oceans of fish, and the ground of clean water. Worldwide, people and governments are cutting back, making do with less, because of a scarcity of money. Few would deny that we live in an era of scarce resources; many would say it is dangerous to imagine otherwise.

Yet it is not hard to see that most of this scarcity is artificial. Consider food scarcity: huge amounts, as much as 50% of production by some estimates, are wasted in the Western world. Vast areas of land are devoted to producing ethanol; vaster areas still are devoted to America's number one irrigated crop: lawn grass. Meanwhile, land that is devoted to food production is typically farmed by chemical-intensive, machine-dependent methods that may actually be less productive (per hectare, not per unit of labour) than labour-intensive organic agriculture and permaculture. More...

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US Government Declaring All Out War on Tiny House Living
by Isaac Davis,
Posted April 11, 2016

government bans tiny houses Freedom in the United States today is a moving target, and when the government catches wind of an innovation that makes life easier and more affordable for ordinary people, it always steps in to take control. Take, for example, the growing effort to outlaw offgrid living in the U.S., as well as moves by local governments around the country to criminalize private rainwater collection.

Now, the federal government is making a major move against the tiny house movement, seeking to give the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) authority to require tiny houses to conform to the standards of recreational vehicles (RV's), of which one of the rules is that the vehicles may not be used or marketed for permanent living. HUD is seeking to regulate tiny house living out of existence or to turn it into a regulated industry by requiring that tiny homes be manufactured in factories, conforming to codified standards. More...

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A Model for Self-Governance
by Cindy Kay
Posted April 10, 2016

self governanceThe most exciting thing about transitioning to a self-governing society is that we are limited only by our imagination. That said, we have to begin somewhere. And so I will make suggestions here with the understanding that they will likely serve mostly as launching pads for creativity.

Conventional wisdom says it is easier to begin anew than to retool a structure that is already in place. I would like to suggest a combination of "old" and "new."

It is possible, even likely, that some will feel uncomfortable being part of a band or tribe at first. That's okay. Everyone transitions at their own pace and is to be respected for where they are in the process. Those living in proximity who are building free energy devices, planting permaculture gardens, or developing healing modalities will likely spend time together, learning from each other and having fun. The others may eventually be attracted to the lifestyle and want to join in. More...

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Why Is Glyphosate Sprayed on Crops Right Before Harvest?
By Ken Roseboro
Posted April 9, 2016

preharvest glyphosate sprayingAccording to a wheat farmer in Saskatchewan, desiccating wheat with glyphosate is commonplace in his region. "I think every non-organic farmer in Saskatchewan uses glyphosate on most of their wheat acres every year," the farmer speaking on condition of anonymity said.

He has concerns about the practice. "I think farmers need to realize that all of the chemicals we use are 'bad' to some extent," he said. "Monsanto has done such an effective job marketing glyphosate as 'safe' and 'biodegradable' that farmers here still believe this even though such claims are false." More...

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The Crisis in Education Is That the Super Wealthy Corporate Education System Wants to Destroy Public Schools
By Diane Ravitch
Posted April 8, 2016

wealthy want to own schoolsIt has become conventional wisdom that "education is in crisis." I have been asked about this question by many interviewers. They say something like: "Do you think American education is in crisis? What is the cause of the crisis?" And I answer, "Yes, there is a crisis, but it is not the one you have read about. The crisis in education today is an existential threat to the survival of public education. The threat comes from those who unfairly blame the school for social conditions, and then create a false narrative of failure. The real threat is privatization and the loss of a fundamental democratic institution."

As we have seen again and again, the corporate education industry is eager to break into U.S. public education and turn it into a free marketplace, where they can monetize the schools and be assured of government subsidization. On the whole, these privatized institutions do not produce higher test scores than regular public schools, except for those that cherry-pick their students and exclude the neediest and lowest performing students. More...

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Corporate Media Gatekeepers Protect Western 1% From Panama Leak
by Craig Murray
Posted April 7, 2016

gatekeepers hide full storyWhoever leaked the Mossack Fonseca papers appears motivated by a genuine desire to expose the system that enables the ultra wealthy to hide their massive stashes, often corruptly obtained and all involved in tax avoidance. These Panamanian lawyers hide the wealth of a significant proportion of the 1%, and the massive leak of their documents ought to be a wonderful thing.

Unfortunately the leaker has made the dreadful mistake of turning to the western corporate media to publicise the results. In consequence the first major story, published today by the Guardian, is all about Vladimir Putin and a cellist on the fiddle. As it happens I believe the story and have no doubt Putin is bent. More...

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One man in Tennessee isn't waiting for his corrupted officials—he built his own broadband network
By Walter Einenkel
Posted April 6, 2016

broadband without big mediaJohn "Thunder" Thornton is a Chattanooga developer who needed broadband, high-speed internet access to his residential development in the Jasper Mountain area of Marion County. Chattanooga, Tennessee, had some great success bringing the fastest internet to its municipality by creating its own broadband service.

They were subsequently sued by Comcast because Comcast is a monopoly and not unlike this guy, feels that squeezing out resources is best done for a profit and with no regard towards the betterment of humanity. They lost all of their lawsuits because all of their lawsuits were lies based in bigger lies, on top of a corporate lawyer sitting on Pinocchio's nose.

Unfortunately, Comcast isn't the only telecom with monopoly greeds needs and so AT&T launched their corporate hyena squad—and threw around some big money—at and into Chattanooga. Their claims also used the airtight logic of a madman living inside of a Terry Gilliam film. All of this leads us back to land developer John "Thunder" Thornton: More...

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Flint's decline, Grand Rapids' success predicted in 70-year-old study
By Jim Harger
Posted April 5, 2016

Flint dependence on large employers was its downfallIn 1946, sociologist C. Wright Mills and economist Melville Ulmer concluded the fortunes of two of Michigan's largest cities, Flint and Grand Rapids, were headed in opposite directions. Seventy years later, their predictions are getting new notice from academics.

The researchers warned Flint was overly dependent on its big employers even though its workers made 37 percent more than the national average at the time. The warning seemed out of place. By 1950, Flint was labeled "the happiest city in Michigan" and the "epicenter of the American Dream," thanks to its thriving auto industry. More...

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The Lies of Neoliberal Economics (or How America Became a Nation of Sharecroppers)
by Michael Hudson and Chris Hedges
Posted April 4, 2016

sharecroppers So, we spoke in previously about the parasitic quality of the banks, hedge funds and the speculative class that has in essence cannibalized the country – including, interestingly, industry itself, and forced down the throats of the American public an unsustainable debt peonage, whether that's through student loans, predatory credit card interest rates where it's that bait and switch – where you get zero percent interest and next thing you know, you're paying as high as 26 percent, 23 percent.

If you miss a payment. Mortgages, with many houses now underwater because of 2008. I want to look first at the self-identified liberal class within the Democratic Party, including Barack Obama. It often uses the language of economic justice, and will even chastise Wall Street rhetorically, but has been as committed to this neoliberal project as the Republicans. More...

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Suckers on April Fools' Day
by Robert Weismann
Posted April 3, 2016

dark moneyDo they take us for fools?

American Action Network. Patriot Majority U.S.A. American Future Fund. Americans for Responsible Leadership. Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow. Those are the names of top electioneering nonprofit organizations — the key Dark Money conduits into our elections.

These innocuous names are virtually impossible to distinguish. By any reasonable standard, the groups exist for the purpose of influencing elections. They are among the leading purveyors of the attack ads blanketing TV airwaves during ever-expanding election seasons. Unfortunately, whether or not we are fooled by the interchangeable names of these groups, they are able to make suckers of us all. More...

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Does the United States Still Exist?
by Paul Craig Roberts
Posted April 2, 2016

does the United State still exist?An address delivered to the Libertarian Party of Florida on March 23, 2016 in Destin, Florida

To answer the question that is the title, we have to know of what the US consists. Is it an ethnic group, a collection of buildings and resources, a land mass with boundaries, or is it the Constitution. Clearly what differentiates the US from other countries is the US Constitution. The Constitution defines us as a people. Without the Constitution we would be a different country. Therefore, to lose the Constitution is to lose the country.

Does the Constitution still exist? Let us examine the document and come to a conclusion. More...

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Buying Local Is the Key to Strong Regional Economies
By Susan Witt
Posted April 1, 2016

local businessIn the leaky bucket analogy for local economies, money flows into a region to circulate through local businesses like water into a bucket. Water that leaks out is money that escapes the local economy to pay for imports. The more watertight the bucket, the more wealth retained.

Spurred by a growing appreciation for local food, citizens, businesses, non-profits, and governmental organizations have begun to work together to build regional food systems. But what else might be sourced locally? What can citizens do to thwart the leaky bucket syndrome of their own local economies? More...

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Land Worth = GDP and enough to replace all taxes with Land Rent
By Scott Baker
Posted March 31, 2016

time to tax landThe idea of using Land Value to pay for society's needs goes back to biblical times in the old testament, what author John Kelly called "The Other Law of Moses" in his book by the same name. But a more formalized attempt at applying such a land value tax, or, more accurately, site value collection, only came in more modern times.

For reasons explained in detail in Progress and Poverty (1879) by Henry George, we would get far better use of the land if taxes were only collected on that (mostly location), and not on the buildings built on the land. We would get more buildings, with just a Land Value Tax, and more efficient use of the land too. And, as Henry George wrote, "There is enough, and to Spare." More...

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What Wall Street Cost Denver's Schools
by Matt Stannard
Posted March 30, 2016

Wall Street costs Denver schoolsColorado's diverse economy, recently given a boost by revenue from legal marijuana distribution, is generally in good shape. But as of early 2016. Denver Public Schools, the largest school district in the state, was hobbling economically, cutting as many as 170 faculty and staff positions.

Wall Street had devastated DPS by collecting hundreds of millions of dollars in termination fees on swap deals—as much as $215.6 million "unwind" interest rate swaps the district had hoped would cut pension costs back in 2008. That figure was equivalent to two-thirds of the district's annual teaching expenses. More...

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7 Massive Misconceptions Many Never Question
by Makia Freeman
Posted March 29, 2016

misconceptions never never questionedMisconceptions take root in our minds very easily. It takes a determined spirit to weed out all the brainwashing and programming we have taken on. Many people never question certain ideas or conceptions they have. They stop at the phrase itself without any further investigation, almost as though the phrase itself has some kind of magic that stops them from examining it. People need to be careful of confusing what is true with what they want to be true. Just because we all want to live in a just world doesn’t mean we actually do live in a just world. Great problems arise when we take our misconceptions and assert them as fact.

Remember what Mohandas Gandhi said, when he was asked what he thought of Western civilization: “I think it would be a very good idea.” More... 

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Fresh Water Supply - The Greatest Climate Change Issue
By Richard Mills
Posted March 28, 2016

water resources depletingWater is a commodity whose scarcity will have a profound effect on the world within the next decade - water scarcity makes the reevaluation of our values mandatory. We will have to drastically change the way in which we view our freshwater as a resource.

The greatest issue facing us in the 21st century is how we will use and share the planets less than half a per cent of usable freshwater. Climate change is causing the Earth to warm, precipitation is shifting from the mid-latitudes to the low and high latitudes - wet areas are becoming wetter and dry areas drier. Less rainfall in the mid-latitudes means less new water to refill the aquifers that are being depleted the fastest. More...

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United Technologies: Boss Gets $192 Million, 110-Foot Yacht as 2100 Jobs Move to Mexico at $3 an Hour
by Pam and Russ Martens
Posted March 27, 2016

United Technologies CEO Louis Chenevert golden parachuteA young black girl got a civics lesson in dystopian society sitting in the front row of the Senate Banking hearing this past Tuesday. Her expression was that of someone watching a Halloween horror film. The young girl was the daughter of Lisa Fairfax, a George Washington University law professor who brought her family members along to share her confirmation hearing to potentially become a Commissioner at the Securities and Exchange Commission. Hopefully, what the young girl observed will be enough to head her off in a career direction of white collar criminal law.

Senator Joe Donnelly delivered a heartfelt review of what is going on in his home state of Indiana, asking the two SEC nominees, Hester Peirce and Fairfax, what role the SEC should play in the matter. More...

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Bankers Above The Law; The Veneer Of Justice In A Kingdom Of Crime
by John Titus
Posted March 26, 2016

veneer of justiceThe criminal global banking cartel has effected a coup d'etat in the U.S. This is why the same criminal financial elite that saw 1000 of its members go to prison 20 years ago (after the S&L crisis) is now above the law.''

To date, the question of why the U.S. Department of Justice has failed to prosecute even one too-big-to-fail bank for the pervasive criminal frauds that drove the multi-trillion-dollar economic meltdown of 2008 has been answered pretty much with shrugs. The DOJ never truly investigated Wall Street crime due largely to the so-called collateral consequences doctrine—really explains how rather than why prosecutions have been scuttled. More...

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"Don't Owe. Won't Pay." Everything You've Been Told About Debt Is Wrong
by Charles Eisenstein
Posted March 25, 2016

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

The moral associations of making good on one's debts are still with us today, informing the logic of austerity as well as the legal code. A good country, or a good person, is supposed to make every effort to repay debts. Accordingly, if a country like Jamaica or Greece, or a municipality like Baltimore or Detroit, has insufficient revenue to make its debt payments, it is morally compelled to privatize public assets, slash pensions and salaries, liquidate natural resources, and cut public services so it can use the savings to pay creditors. Such a prescription takes for granted the legitimacy of its debts. More...

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Is There a Unifying Alternative to the Empire of Chaos? A World Philosophy Synopsis
By Prof. John McMurtry
Posted March 24, 2016

life capital needs to be consideredMoney becoming more money for private possessors has become the ultimate ruling value on Earth by corporate market indoctrination, treaty commands and armed force. The transnational money-sequence system selects only for more priced commodities without life standards, multiplies more money to the richest, and depredates life capital at all levels. The ruling value system here would be laughably absurd if not so eco-genocidal in effects.

Wall Street has now modeled control of all the water and land in the world for future profit to its 'investors', and anything else that can be bought and sold to spike private money sequences. These are called 'sophisticated financial instruments' of 'development' and invade everywhere with state protection by myriad-article treaties in corporate lawyer code contrived behind closed doors. More...

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National Banks – Ending the Stranglehold of Usury and the Private Money System
by John Reid
Posted March 23, 2016

usury We in the industrialised world, with large concentrations of people simply cannot exist without money. Even those unfortunate enough to be homeless and penniless still require charitable help, where money is also involved. Without money we basically cease to exist. The entire system, our entire being relies upon money.

Monetizing money isn't much different from monetizing the air we breathe. And how ridiculous does that sound? However, this is how we are living, paying for something that should not be a commodity or 'money maker' for someone else.

'Interest' is the cost we unnecessarily pay to have access to that which is vital for our survival and when interest compounds (as it does) we may find ourselves in great financial distress. More...

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Here's what Americans don't understand about Nordic countries
by Anu Partanen
Posted March 22, 2016

Norway, misunderstood by AmericansA Nordic person myself, I left my native Finland seven years ago and moved to the U.S. Although I'm now a U.S. citizen, I hear these kinds of comments from Americans all the time—at cocktail parties and at panel discussions, in town hall meetings and on the opinion pages. Nordic countries are the way they are, I'm told, because they are small, homogeneous "nanny states" where everyone looks alike, thinks alike, and belongs to a big extended family.

This, in turn, makes Nordic citizens willing to sacrifice their own interests to help their neighbors. Americans don't feel a similar kinship with other Americans, I'm told, and thus will never sacrifice their own interests for the common good. What this is mostly taken to mean is that Americans will never, ever agree to pay higher taxes to provide universal social services, as the Nordics do. Thus Bernie Sanders, and anyone else in the U.S. who brings up Nordic countries as an example for America, is living in la-la land. More...

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Building a Local Peace Economy: We Have the Power
By Judy Wicks
Posted March 21, 2016

building a peace economyMost economic transactions we make in our daily lives ultimately contribute toward building a peace economy or a war economy, a world of compassion and well being, or a world of indifference and violence. Have you ever imagined that we consumers have such power? Likely not.

Materialism teaches us simply to spend without thinking. But there are consequences to our everyday economic decisions that cumulatively build an economic system that has tremendous impact on other people, and our entire planet.

Materialism and militarism are closely related. Along with racism they form the giant triple evils that Dr. King called upon us to defeat. Each of the three leads us toward cruelty and war, and each depends on a complacent citizenry. By becoming informed about the impact of our decisions and learning to use our economic power mindfully we have the ability to co-create an economy that works for all and bring into being the world we want to live in—one that is healthy, just and peaceful. More...

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JPM Announces $1.9 Billion Buyback One Month After CEO Jamie Dimon Buys 500,000 Shares In The Open Market
by Zero Hedge
Posted Match 20, 2016

Jamie Dimon to Congress: "I own you"On February 12, Jamie Dimon made headlines when he bought 500,000 shares, or some $26 million worth of JPM stock which coming one day after the market hit its lowest point in the recent selloff, has become known as the "Dimon Bottom." Was it just good timing or was there something more to the purchase some wondered. As it turns out the purchase may have been nothing more than Jamie frontrunning his own company's multi-billion buyback, because as JPM announced moments ago, the company of which he is a CEO, just authorized the repurchase of an additional $1.9 billion in stock over the next three months, thereby assuring CEO Jamie of an even great profits on his recent acquisition.

And now the legal question: did Dimon have knowledge that JPMorgan would conduct this buyback just one month ago when he purchased JPM stock in the open market to make a "statement." We doubt any regulators will ask this obvious question as even if he did, it will surely be chalked up to merely just another "tempest in a teacup." More...

We are certain that he knew nothing about the buyback until he read it in the news. What a meritocracy we live in.

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Ireland to Prosecute Top Banker Who Destroyed Their Economy — Guess Where He Was Hiding
by Claire Bernish
Posted March 19, 2016

jail the bankersA former head of a major Irish bank has been extradited from the U.S. and brought before Dublin District Court to face several charges stemming from the bank's role in the 2008 financial crisis.

David Drumm, former chief executive of Irish Anglo Bank from 2005 until 2008, had been arrested in Boston in October 2015, and originally attempted to fight extradition — but he recently withdrew the objection and was returned to Ireland early on Monday.

Drumm faces 33 charges in Ireland, which echoes Iceland's unprecedented move to hold its bankers criminally accountable for their role in that country's economic meltdown. More...

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Voter Privacy: What You Need to Know About Your Digital Trail During the 2016 Election
by Dave Maass
Posted March 18, 2016

voter privacyThe right to an anonymous vote is a cornerstone of the U.S. democratic process. Yet from the time until you walk into the voting booth until long, long after you cast your ballot, your personal information is a highly sought-after commodity. Often your name, contact details, and political leanings are frighteningly easy for political campaigns to access, collect, share, trade, and sell.

There's a theory that the more candidates reach potential voters, the better informed and engaged the voting public might become. That's a double-edge sword: candidates aren't just gathering information on their potential supporters; they are also investigating their opponents' supporters. More...

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10 Signs You've Bought 'Spin'
by Christina Lavers
Posted March 17, 2016

have you bounght into "spin"?The more we look into it, the clearer it becomes that mainstream wisdom is not as benign, logical, sound or reasonable as it initially appears. Propaganda today is so highly sophisticated, outrageously pervasive, and incredibly subtle and cunning, that it can be difficult not to fall prey to its influences.

But, when we make a conscious decision to stop relinquishing our power to those who want to use it against us, we cease being pawns in the old paradigm game and step into autonomous, self-directed, empowering roles. The key is being aware of where we place our attention and focus. Do we place it on the many low frequency distractions that dance hypnotically around us, or do we consciously focus on raising our frequency and nurturing that which we want to see flourish? More...

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Exposing the Libyan Agenda: A Closer Look at Hillary's Emails
by Ellen Brown
Posted March 16, 2016

We came, we saw, he diedAfter 1944, the US dollar traded interchangeably with gold as global reserve currency. When the US was no longer able to maintain the dollar's gold backing, in the 1970s it made a deal with OPEC to "back" the dollar with oil, creating the "petro-dollar." Oil would be sold only in US dollars, which would be deposited in Wall Street and other international banks.

In 2001, dissatisfied with the shrinking value of the dollars that OPEC was getting for its oil, Iraq's Saddam Hussein broke the pact and sold oil in euros. Regime change swiftly followed, accompanied by widespread destruction of the country. In Libya, Qaddafi also broke the pact; but he did more than just sell his oil in another currency.

For decades, Libya and other African countries had been attempting to create a pan-African gold standard. Libya's al-Qadhafi and other heads of African States had wanted an independent, pan-African, "hard currency." More...

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Down the Trump Rabbit Hole: Manufacturing Consent
by Cognitive Dissonance
March 15, 2016

the commonsThe myth of the presidential 'elected' office is far too important to the Empire to allow just anybody to serve in that position. All candidates for the office are carefully screened by the Empire's court before being allowed a 'serious' run for office. This doesn't mean mainstream outsiders are prevented from pursuing the office, since allowing the oddballs to run helps support the presidential and democratic myth.

Any 'rouge' candidate who doesn't fit the desired parameters is eventually marginalized and pushed aside by the inability to raise significant campaign funds from court members, by the use of the state's controlled mass media to discredit the individual (and groups supporting the candidate) and, if need be, by more direct persuasion such as blackmail, threats and financial sabotage. More...

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Research for Transition
by David Charles
Posted March 14, 2016

the commonsThe reality is that, rather than cooperatives, the value of the commons is predominantly extracted by "for profit" companies. Facebook is Michel's most extreme example of this. The value of the company comes almost entirely from volunteer contributors: its users. But Facebook Inc. extracts 100% of the value.

Hypothetically, if Facebook had been happy with "only" the five billion dollars they asked for when they floated on the New York Stock Exchange instead of the sixteen billion they got, they could have paid over a hundred thousand contributors a hundred thousand dollars each. An extraordinary thought, especially when you consider that Facebook is now worth ten times that initial public offering. The problem with this current economic model is that most of the value created is not put back into the commons. More...

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Only One Presidential Candidate Supports Edward Snowden, and It's Not Bernie Sanders
by Kit O'Connell
Posted March 13, 2016

Edward SnowdenNo matter who wins the 2016 election, the United States will likely continue its efforts to capture and prosecute National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Despite the important revelations that Snowden shared with the world about the NSA's illegal surveillance of every U.S. citizen as well as world leaders and foreign nationals, not one major presidential candidate has been willing to voice his or her support for Snowden's actions or express any willingness to allow him to return to the U.S. as a free man. More...

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A New Wave of Climate Insurgents Defines Itself as Law-Enforcers
By Jeremy Brecher
Posted March 12, 2016

civil disobedience as law enforcesOne in six Americans say they would personally engage in nonviolent civil disobedience against corporate or government activities that make global warming worse. That's about 40 million adults. The fate of the earth may depend on them - and others around the world - doing so.

Such actions are about to take a quantum leap both in numbers and in global coordination. From May 4-15, 350.org, Greenpeace and many other organizations - notably grassroots movement organizations from every continent - will hold a global week of action called Break Free From Fossil Fuels. They envision tens of thousands of people mobilizing worldwide to demand a rapid transition to renewable energy. Events will include nonviolent direct actions targeting extraction sites or infrastructure; pressure on political targets to shift policies around fossil fuel development; and support for clean energy alternatives. More...

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The Spiritual Meaning of Debt
By Jenny Griffin
Posted March 11, 2016

policing for profitAnyone who has been faced with debt knows what a never-ending struggle it can be. Every spare bit of income seems to go towards paying down the towering debt. It's too easy to get caught up in the worry of meeting your responsibilities and appeasing your creditors. Once they're paid, does it end there? Sometimes, but very often it leads to further indebtedness, to 'catch up' to what you might feel you missed out on while you were so busy paying your other debts.

Where does this cycle spring from? What's lacking in our inner Selves that crave to be filled by external possessions or gains? The spiritual meaning of debt is a desire to be closer to our perfect, abundant, authentic Self, but as we become disconnected from what exactly that means to each of us individually, we cast around for examples outside of ourselves. We see our neighbors with a new car and think, 'they seem happy, perhaps it's the car.' We see our friends moving into new jobs because they upgraded their education, and we think, 'maybe that's the answer.' We desire equivalence with the people and situations around us, believing ourselves to be starting at some point other than where they are. More...

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Mapping the Emerging Post-Capitalist Paradigm and Its Main Thinkers
by Blaq/Celine Trefle
Posted March 10, 2016

post-cpaitalist thinkers"We do not live in an era of change, but in a change of eras" is the way Jan Rotmans from the University Rotterdam describes the structural changes impacting our societies. This is also the phrase Michel Bauwens chose to open his latest book yet to be published in English which title is likely to be close to "Towards a post-capitalist society with the Peer-to-Peer".

For thinkers like Jan Rotmans and Michel Bauwens this change of eras is akin to the Industrial Revolution in the second half of the 19th century, and characterized by transitions in various fields. In a nutshell, our societies face 3 major tipping points. More...

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What Is the Common Good?
By Noam Chomsky
Posted March 9, 2016

common goodHumans are social beings, and the kind of creature that a person becomes depends crucially on the social, cultural and institutional circumstances of his life. We are therefore led to inquire into the social arrangements that are conducive to people's rights and welfare, and to fulfilling their just aspirations - in brief, the common good.

For perspective I'd like to invoke what seem to me virtual truisms. They relate to an interesting category of ethical principles: those that are not only universal, in that they are virtually always professed, but also doubly universal, in that at the same time they are almost universally rejected in practice. More...

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Using Courts To Build The Movement
by Kevin Zeeze and Margaret Flowers
Posted March 8, 2016

building the movementThe US Constitution is a property rights constitution, with human rights a secondary thought. Laws have followed the lead of the Constitution and have strengthened property rights. The worst crimes of US history have been protected by law – slavery, taking of Indigenous lands, attacks on unions, denying women the vote and money as speech in elections. As a result, when politicians say we are a nation of laws, it often means the courts will be used to protect corporate interests in making a profit even if doing so destroys communities, people and the environment.

But, courts do not always side with the corporations and government. There are times when an enlightenment comes to the judiciary and some begin to rule for the people or their communities. This happens because even courts reflect the political moment – or zeitgeist – when the culture takes a turn thanks to people organizing to express their interests wherever they can.

We may be at the beginning of such a moment, perhaps too soon to say and perhaps we are being optimistic. It shows the importance of the movement building national consensus because such consensus impacts everything. More...

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Rebooting Work: Programming the Economy for People
by Douglas Rushkoff
Posted March 7, 2016

robot productionDigital and robotic technologies offer us both a bounty of productivity as well as welcome relief from myriad repeatable tasks. Unfortunately, as our economy is currently configured, both of these seeming miracles are also big problems. How do we maintain market prices in a world with surplus productivity? And, even more to the point, how do we employ people when robots are taking all the jobs?

Back in the 1940's, when computers were completing their very first cycles, the father of "cybernetics," Norbert Wiener, began to worry about what these thinking technologies might mean for the human employees who would someday have to compete with them. His concern for "the dignity and rights of the worker" in a technologized marketplace were decried as communist sympathizing, and he was shunned from most science and policy circles. More...

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Rahm Emanuel Is Trying To Pay Wall Street Banks Even More for Chicago's Bad Financial Deals
By Saqib Bhatti
Posted march 6, 2016

Rahm Emmanuel wants to help bank profitsIn an unprecedented move on Wednesday, the Chicago City Council rebuked Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to voluntarily pay banks $106 million in penalties to terminate the city’s remaining interest rate swap agreements. In another unprecedented move, I attempted to explain to my mother what had happened.

I told her, in a mix of English and our native Urdu, that the city had entered into these bad deals that had cost taxpayers millions of dollars, and that a group of us have been calling on the mayor to sue the banks to get the money back. I also told her that, instead of suing the banks, the mayor was trying to pay them all of the future payments for the next 15 years right now in order to get out of the deals.

My mother was shocked. “So instead of paying what he would over the next 15 years, he’s just paying them now?” she asked. I nodded. “That’s just more money for the banks,” she replied. “Why would he do that?” More...

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What are we greedy for?
by Charles Eisenstein
Posted March 5, 2016

whay are we greedy forThe lender is fundamentally someone who has more money than he needs right now (that's why he has the funds to lend), but instead of saying, "I don't need it right now, you use it," he says, "I'll only let you use it if I end up with even more." It fits right in with the mentality of scarcity and control. It fits in with a life experience that has taught, "There isn't fundamentally enough. You have to grasp for it, ensure it, control those outside of you so that they will continue to meet your needs. Because if you don't, your needs will not be met." Because, most of us have not had enough of the experience of our needs being effortlessly met.

This psychology of interest, writ large, forms the playing field upon which the bankers and CEO's and pension fund managers and politicians and even the small savers operate. Certainly, some of these take the greed to appalling extremes, but even without the shenanigans of JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs, the financial imperative to convert all natural and social capital into money would continue. The megabanks and hedge funds are the cleverest and most ruthless game-players, but the result – ecocide and impoverishment – is written into the rules of the game. More...

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Why the Next President Must Reform Wall Street
By Deena Zaidi
Posted March 4, 2016

Wall street must be reformedMany economists believed that the integration of commercial banking with investment banking, which was allowed under the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act, deepened the 2008 crisis. The repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act was called the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act. The Glass-Steagall Act was passed in 1933 in response to a number of bank failures that happened after the Great Depression. It separated commercial banking activities from risky investment banking activities.

But the act was repealed in 1999 under President Bill Clinton after $300 million worth of lobbying efforts. He believed that the act was "no longer appropriate to the economy in which we live. It worked pretty well for the industrial economy ... But the world is very different." Some of the biggest banks, like JPMorgan Chase, are already 80 percent bigger than they were since they were last bailed out.
After the repeal, the investment banks resorted to risky trading, since such activities remained largely unregulated. More...

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Is Wall Street Making a Killing off Cities' Debt?
by Susie Cagle
Posted March 3, 2016

NYPD protecting thos stealing their pensions from their accusersPassions often run high at city council meetings in Oakland, California. But July 3, 2012 was something special. One after another, people stepped up to the microphone to plead with the council to stop paying its bills — and, for the most part, the council agreed. Those bills were from Goldman Sachs.

The meeting came after months of public discussion about how to exit a 1998 deal — a fixed-rate swap agreement tied to debt issued to finance pensions — that wasn't working out the way the city had envisioned.

The 5.6 percent fixed rate would be a good deal, the city figured, if interest rates rose to 8 or 9 percent in good fiscal times. But they didn't. The market crashed. Interest rates hit the floor. The swap deal soured. Oakland was stuck paying $4 million in annual interest to Goldman Sachs. By that year, the swap had a negative market value of approximately $15.5 million, the city treasurer informed the council in the lead-up to the July hearing. More...

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US Mayors Fed Up With Paying Wall Street Interest and Fees
By John Lawrence
Posted March 2, 2016

Wall Street fees killing our citiesAt their meeting on June 19-22, the US Conference of Mayors considered the possibility of establishing public banks as an alternative to Wall Street. Instead of spending a fortune in Wall Street fees and interest, a public bank would keep the money right in each Mayor's jurisdiction. Finally, Mayors are wising up. The Mayors Resolution on Strengthening Municipal Finances addresses the millions of dollars in fees that Wall Street banks charge cities and challenges mayors to negotiate with bankers to reduce these fees or to consider the possibility of a public bank.

Public banking is distinguished from private banking in that its mandate begins with the public's interest. Privately-owned banks, by contrast, have shareholders who generally seek short-term profits as their highest priority. Public banks are able to reduce taxes within their jurisdictions, because their profits are returned to the general fund of the public entity. The costs of public projects undertaken by governmental bodies are also greatly reduced, because public banks do not need to charge interest to themselves. Eliminating interest has been shown to reduce the cost of such projects, on average, by 50%. More...

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As Markets Gyrate Wildly, Senator Shelby's Banking Committee Will Look at Market Structure
By Pam Martens and Russ Martens
Posted March 1, 2016

Senator ShelbySenator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama), the Chair of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee, has announced a hearing on March 3 at 10:00 a.m. to examine "Regulatory Reforms to Improve Equity Market Structure." To appropriately conduct that hearing, all the lights should be turned out in the hearing room and the senators and witnesses should have to fumble and stumble their way to their seats in the dark, since that's what American investors have been forced to do since the 2008 crash – a tortuously long seven years of make-believe financial reform.

Following the 1929 crash, whose economic impact was also swift and devastating, the Senate Banking Committee spent the years of 1932 through 1934 holding comprehensive hearings and investigations on the structure of the stock market. The hearings unraveled, day by day, the frauds that the Wall Street titans of that era were inflicting on a gullible public. More...

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How Finland broke every rule — and created a top school system
by William Doyle
Posted February 29, 2016

Finland offers model for real educational reformIt's not just a "Nordic thing" Spend five minutes in Jussi Hietava's fourth-grade math class in remote, rural Finland, and you may learn all you need to know about education reform – if you want results, try doing the opposite of what American "education reformers" think we should do in classrooms.

Instead of control, competition, stress, standardized testing, screen-based schools and loosened teacher qualifications, try warmth, collaboration, and highly professionalized, teacher-led encouragement and assessment.

Here, as in any other Finnish school, teachers are not strait-jacketed by bureaucrats, scripts or excessive regulations, but have the freedom to innovate and experiment as teams of trusted professionals. Here, in contrast to the atmosphere in American public schools, Hietava and his colleagues are encouraged to constantly experiment with new approaches to improve learning. More...

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A Public Bank in Philadelphia
By Mike Krauss
Posted February 28, 2016

Wall Street or Main StreetA new idea, a big idea was set in motion on Monday for the City of Philadelphia. Following a unanimous vote by City Council on a resolution introduced by Council members Curtis Jones, Jr., Derek Green and Helen Gym, a hearing was held to begin the process of forming a public bank for the city, modeled on the hugely successful Bank of North Dakota (BND).

The City Council resolution said in part: "The creation of a public bank offers the possibility of achieving multiple policy objectives, including stimulating economic development, spurring job creation, reducing municipal debt service, and expanding the tax base, through direct, long-term local lending at below-market rates."

Similar proposals are now being discussed in more than three dozen city councils, county commissions and state legislatures across the nation. Only weeks before, the city of Santa Fe, NM and an independent citizens committee each released a study affirming the benefits of such a bank and supporting its creation for that city. More...

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Do Americans Live In A False Reality Created By Orchestrated Events?
by Paul Craig Roberts
Posted February 27, 2016

false mediaMost people who are aware and capable of thought have given up on what is called the "mainstream media." The presstitutes have destroyed their credibility by helping Washington to lie—"Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction," "Iranian nukes," "Assad's use of chemical weapons," "Russian invasion of Ukraine," and so forth. The "mainstream media" has also destroyed its credibility by its complete acceptance of whatever government authorities say about alleged "terrorist events," such as 9/11 and Boston Marathon Bombing, or alleged mass shootings such as Sandy Hook and San Bernardino. Despite glaring inconsistencies, contradictions, and security failures that seem too unlikely to be believable, the "mainstream media" never asks questions or investigates. It merely reports as fact whatever authorities say.

The sign of a totalitarian or authoritarian state is a media that feels no responsibility to investigate and to find the truth, accepting the role of propagandist instead. The entire Western media has been in the propaganda mode for a long time. In the US the transformation of journalists into propagandists was completed with the concentration of a diverse and independent media in six mega-corporations that are no longer run by journalists. More...

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Revealed: The Hidden Agenda of Davos 2016
by Nick Giambruno
Posted February 26, 2016

Davos - the reason for much of the world's poverty"It's a big club and you ain't in it!" I'm often reminded of these words, spoken by the great comedian George Carlin, when I read about the annual World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

That's where the global power elite gather to discuss the big issues of the day. The most important world leaders attend. As do the CEOs of the largest companies, leaders in the mainstream media and top academics. Central bankers attend, too, along with a wide assortment of celebrities.

The biggest and most important deals take shape in these secret meetings. And this year, I think there was one secret meeting with huge historical significance. I think world leaders decided to dramatically escalate the War on Cash, making it easier for them to impose negative interest rates. Negative interest rates mean the lender pays the borrower for the privilege of lending him money. It's a bizarre, upside-down concept. Negative rates could not exist in a free market. They can only exist in an Alice in Wonderland economy created by central bankers. More...

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Billionaires Behind the 2016 Presidential Elections. "Money Behind Major Candidates": Rubio, Cruz, Trump, Bush, Clinton
By Jack Rasmus
Posted February 25, 2016

no enforcement of anti-trust lawsPoll after public opinion poll in the US today consistently show that US voters overwhelmingly share the opinion that big money billionaires and their corporations were increasingly dominating US elections.

As the United States election cycle began to ramp up last summer, for example, the New York Times/NBC News poll showed no less than 84 percent of U.S. voters – Democrats, Republicans, and Independents alike – shared the common view that there was simply "too much money" flooding into U.S. elections today. While 85 percent of those in the poll further indicated that either major changes or a "complete rebuild" of the U.S. election system was needed to take money out of politics.

Forget minor tweaking reforms of campaign financing. The people of the U.S. now believe the entire process is rigged in favor of rich contributors and corporations who fill to over-flowing the campaign coffers of their chosen politicians. More...

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TPP Threatens Security and Safety by Locking Down U.S. Policy on Source Code Audit
By Jeremy Malcolm
Posted February 23, 2016

TPP threatens computer securityMultiple recent reports on serious security vulnerabilities in cable modems and routers paint a dire picture of the state of security of the devices that millions of users depend upon to connect to the Internet. Such vulnerabilities can be exploited to disable our access, snoop on our personal information, or launch malicious attacks on third parties. Other devices that are equally important for our security, or even to our physical health and safety—such as home alarm systems and, terrifyingly, a cardio server used in hospitals—have also been the subject of recent vulnerability disclosures.

One tool that security researchers can use to more quickly uncover and eliminate such vulnerabilities is having access to the source code of the software embedded in these devices. Of course, that can usually only be done if the source code is made available to them by the supplier. More...

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Ten Common Sense Economic Truths
by David Korten
Posted February 22, 2016

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

A proper money system roots the power to create and allocate money in people and communities in order to facilitate the creation of livelihoods and ecologically balanced community wealth. Money properly serves life, not the reverse. Wall Street uses money to consolidate its power to expropriate the real wealth of the rest of the society. Main Street uses money to connect underutilized resources with unmet needs. Public policy properly favors Main Street. More...

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Time is Money: Building Local Solidarity Through Time Banking
By Derek Royden
Posted February 21, 2016

time banks workWe hear a lot about the "sharing economy" these days, with many mainstream political and economic thinkers touting it as a solution to the chronic under employment faced by workers in this ongoing Great Recession. Certain things that have been lumped into this new economic model, like open source software and crowd-sourced sites like Wikipedia, are indeed revolutionary, but these are treated as secondary to the somewhat more traditional businesses that get most of the hype.

The idea of time as currency is an easy one for most people to accept, considering that most of us are already paid an hourly wage for our labor. In North America this has been one of the keys to the success of time banking. It is both easy to understand in terms of the way we already work and, with a little enthusiasm, these programs are relatively uncomplicated to set up and manage. More...

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When Cash Is Outlawed… Only Outlaws Will Have Cash
by Bill Bonner
Posted February 20, 2016

Lawrence Summers, why would anyone listen to him?Harvard economist Larry Summers is a reliable source of claptrap. And a frequent spokesman for the Deep State. "It's time to kill the $100 bill," he wrote in the Washington Post.

And now, Mr. Summers wants us to bring our cash to the town square. Instead of $100 bills, he wants to force us to use electronic notations faithfully recorded in a federally regulated bank. Have you ever seen one of these "electronic dollars," dear reader?

The Deep State wants you to use money it can easily control, tax, and confiscate. And paper currency is getting in its way. More...

Why would ANYONE listen to a man who was a key proponent for the deregulating of financial institutions and risky derivatives, who did not forsee the 2008 crash that was the inevitable result even after whistle blowers (whom he ridiculed) provided warnings, and who then went on to micro-manage and lose $1.8 BILLION of Harvard University's endownment funds to a risky mix of stocks, bonds, hedge funds, and private equity?

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An Idiot's Guide to Prosecuting Corporate Fraud
by David Dayden
Posted February 19, 2016

too big to jail, is too bigA new group called Bank Whistleblowers United have just pushed out a comprehensive plan they think would put the executive branch back in the business of enthusiastically identifying, indicting, and convicting financial fraudsters — restoring accountability while protecting the public.

The cumulative credibility of the group's four founders is extremely strong. Richard Bowen is the Citigroup whistleblower who unsuccessfully warned top management about the rotten condition of loans inside mortgage-backed securities. Michael Winston spoke out about similarly corrupt practices at non-bank mortgage originator Countrywide. Gary Aguirre, a Securities and Exchange Commission attorney, was fired for refusing to let a Wall Street banker out of an insider trading investigation.

And their ringleader is William Black, an outspoken fraud-fighter and longtime white-collar criminologist who was a two-fisted bank regulator during the savings and loan crisis and now teaches at the University of Missouri–Kansas City (UMKC). More...

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How the TPP Will Affect You and Your Digital Rights
By Maira Sutton
Posted February 18, 2016

TPP=Corporate CoupThe Internet is a diverse ecosystem of private and public stakeholders. By excluding a large sector of communities—like security researchers, artists, libraries, and user rights groups—trade negotiators skewed the priorities of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) towards major tech companies and copyright industries that have a strong interest in maintaining and expanding their monopolies of digital services and content. Negotiated in secret for several years with overwhelming influence from powerful multinational corporate interests, it's no wonder that its provisions do little to nothing to protect our rights online or our autonomy over our own devices.

For example, everything in the TPP that increases corporate rights and interests is binding, whereas every provision that is meant to protect the public interest is non-binding and is susceptible to get bulldozed by efforts to protect corporations. Below is a list of communities who were excluded from the TPP deliberation process, and some of the main ways that the TPP's copyright and digital policy provisions will negatively impact them. More...

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Scourge of US elections: Electoral College, hackable voting machines & obscure rules
by Cynthia McKinney
Posted February 17, 2016

electronic voting fraudThe US Congress and the election authorities in the 50 states have authorized and encouraged the use of hackable electronic voting machines that are used for vote casting and vote tabulation. Bev Harris and her company, Black Box Voting, has accumulated horror stories surrounding the non-transparency of US elections. I have worked closely with Harris because the danger of these machines is self-evident to everyone except the officials who continue to purchase them for millions of dollars, putting millions of voters' most precious political asset at risk.

Such a scenario is what led former President Jimmy Carter to comment he "absolutely" could not be elected today under such conditions, going so far as to characterize the United States as an oligarchy, not a democracy. More...

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Don't Keep Your Personal or Financial data on a Windows 10 Machine!
By Paul Behan
Posted February 16, 2016

Windows 10 reports your data to MicrosoftWell not if you want to keep it private. Like many people I was surprised at the Edward Snowden revelations a few years ago. Nothing has seemed to change and in many cases things have got worse. Some corporations are in partnership with government agencies in regard to collection of data. Whilst the government has the right to collect data to try and protect is citizens from harm, in my opinion this data collections has gone way too far and is now breaching personal liberties.

That brings me to the new version of Windows, version 10. I recently installed it on my daughter's computer and was surprised at how many privacy and tracking settings were on it. After a bit of investigating all these settings online, I have gone down the rabbit hole. According to this an article, (1) even after turning off all the tracking options on a computer, the researcher left the computer on overnight and tracked the traffic. He was surprised to find that Windows 10 had attempted to contact 51 Microsoft IP addresses 5,508 times. More...

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Central Banks Are Trojan Horses, Looting Their Host Nations
By Washington's Blog
Posted February 15, 2016

central banks are trojan horsesEconomics professor Richard Werner – who created the concept of quantitative easing – has documented that central banks intentionally impoverish their host countries to justify economic and legal changes which allow looting by foreign interests.

The Fed's main program for dealing with the financial crisis – quantitative easing – benefits the rich and hurts the little guy, as confirmed by former high-level Fed officials, the architect of Japan's quantitative easing program and several academic economists. Indeed, a high-level Federal Reserve official says quantitative easing is "the greatest backdoor Wall Street bailout of all time". Some economists called the bank bailouts which the Fed helped engineer the greatest redistribution of wealth in history. More...

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Financial Oligarchy vs. Feudal Aristocracy
by Ismael Hossein-Zadeh – Anthony A. Gabb
Posted February 14, 2016

NYPD protecting thos stealing their pensions from their accusersUnder the feudal mode of production, peasants were often allowed to cultivate plots of land for themselves on a rental basis. However, those tenant farmers rarely succeeded in becoming landowners in their own rights because a major share of what they harvested was taken away by landlords as rent, often leaving them with a bare subsistence amount of what they produced. When the harvest was poor, they incurred debt. If peasants were unable to pay off their debts, they could find themselves reduced to the condition of serfs or slaves.

Today, under conditions of market dominance by parasitic finance capital, a similar relationship can be detected between the powerful financial oligarchs (as feudal lords of our time), on the one hand, and the public at large (as peasant population of today), on the other. In the same manner as the landed aristocracy of times past extracted rent by virtue of monopolistic ownership of land, so today the financial oligarchy extracts interest and other financial charges by virtue of having concentrated the major bulk of national resources in their hands in the form of finance capital. More...

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Decoding the US Empire of Chaos: The Global Reversal of the Social Evolution of Humanity
By Prof. John McMurtry and Biljana Đorović
Posted February 13, 2016

empire of chaosIn a nutshell, social evolution itself has been reversed by a US-led war on social and ecological life organisation driven by one corrupt master value – to free transnational corporations and their shareholders from social responsibility to multiply private fortunes without limit. It is a counter-revolution against the long development of democratic government and the welfare state that once crossed across the divisions of the Cold War.

The ultimate driver of the disorder can be explained in one underlying principle. The sole and absolute organising principle of the world's reproduction and growth is turning private money into maximally more money for private money controllers. The 'empire of chaos' is the result. More...

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Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange Reveals Real Intentions Behind The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
by Jeffrey Phillips
Posted February 12, 2016

assange will not be muzzledWikiLeaks has also published leaked chapters of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which is a secretive trade agreement among twelve Pacific Rim countries, including the United States. It would allow them to cover 40 percent of the global economy. The agreement was reached just this past October, after seven years of negotiations.

But as these matters of economic concern continue to be negotiated amongst the countries, details continue to be hidden from the public while WikiLeaks discloses information, like the "Investment Chapter," which discusses the US negotiators' motive to allow corporations to sue governments if their laws disrupt future profits a company has declared. Assange says the plan could "chill" the approval of health and environmental administrations. More...

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Back Then I Was A True Believer - How A Military Officer's Life Changed Forever 13 Years Ago
by Simon Black
Posted February 11, 2016

war based on liesThirteen years ago my life changed forever. Colin Powell, then US Secretary of State and the most credible person in George W. Bush's cabinet, made the case for war in Iraq on February 5, 2003. As a young military intelligence officer at the time, watching from a makeshift army base in Kuwait not far from the Iraq border. Back then I was a true believer, trusting that the government was a force for good "making the world safe for democracy. . ." But that night it all changed.

Powell told the world unequivocally that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, an assertion that history has proven categorically wrong. But within the intelligence community, many people knew the appalling truth immediately. That night it became clear to me that the government was lying and that the whole case for war was being fabricated. It was crushing, like finding out everything I'd been told throughout my life was total bullshit. So for the first time, I broke out of the spell and began questioning. Everything. More...

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Mapping the Emerging Post-Capitalist Paradigm and its Main Thinkers
by Celine Trefle
Posted February 10, 2016

new paradigm ahead"We do not live in an era of change, but in a change of eras" is the way Jan Rotmans from the University Rotterdam describes the structural changes impacting our societies. This is also the phrase Michel Bauwens chose to open his latest book yet to be published in English which title is likely to be close to "Towards a post-capitalist society with the Peer-to-Peer".

For thinkers like Jan Rotmans and Michel Bauwens this change of eras is akin to the Industrial Revolution in the second half of the 19th century, and characterized by transitions in various fields. In a nutshell, our societies face 3 major tipping points: More...

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How State Banks Bring the Money Home
by Stacy Mitchell
Posted February 9, 2016

community banks help communitesOne of the most significant, but least noticed, consequences of the rapid and dramatic consolidation of the banking industry over the last decade is how much it has hindered the U.S. economy's ability to create jobs.

To begin to understand this, take a look at each end of the banking spectrum. On one end are the nation's 6,900 small, locally owned, community banks. These institutions control $1.4 trillion in assets. That's 11 percent of all bank assets. They currently have $257 billion in loans to small businesses and farms on their books.

On the other end, four giant banks—JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, Citibank, and Wells Fargo—now command $5.4 trillion in assets, or 40 percent of the total. Given that they are nearly four times as large as all local banks combined, one might expect that they would have made four times the small-business loans, or about $1 trillion. In fact, these banks have a mere $85 billion in small-business and farm loans on their balance sheets. More...

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Simple Digital Privacy in a Complex Digital Age
By Martin Matuszewski
Posted February 8, 2016

basic privacyIn an age where a Google search can reveal horrible or embarrassing content about anyone, the global Justice-Intelligence Complex stores everything it can on all individuals at all times, and private companies deploy secretive aggressive tracking technologies hiding public knowledge in the depths of discombobulating Terms of Service agreements, one can indeed feel less free and fearful, even if no one actually took away one's freedoms.

The state of fear, caused by the more baleful possibilities this passive data storage enables and worsened by the inherent weakness in so many 'secure' technologies, can inhibit one's ability to perform normal tasks involving online technologies. This, for some, is equally as crippling to freedom as physical bullies, ex-girlfriends and ex-boyfriends, or municipal bureaucrats are. Fortunately, there are a few actions one can take to reduce visibility in the digital realm in case that is a concern (which for me, it personally is a concern). More...

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Wall Street Billionaire Appears to Be Genuinely Puzzled by Bernie Sanders' Populist Crusade Against the Richest 1%
By William Boardman
Posted February 7, 2016

billionaire puzzled by angerMulti-billionaire Stephen A. Schwarzman says he's puzzled by the amount of discontent apparently felt by other Americans these days. "How is that happening, why is that happening?"

Steve Schwarzman is a bland-looking, somewhat paunchy, not unattractive, balding man of benign demeanor who will be 69 on Valentine's Day 2016. He's worth $12 billion, give or take a few hundred million. He is a poster boy for Wall Street success and self-esteem and cluelessness. He's the co-founder, chairman, and CEO of the Blackstone Group, one of the world's largest financial firms, specializing in private equity, hedge funds, and mergers. He's a Republican, and his life has been going pretty well for him lately, as it has for decades.

But he freely admits (or pretends to admit) that he doesn't understand why the rest of America isn't just as content as he is. More...

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Ten Common Sense Economic Truths
by David Korten
Posted February 6, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

corruption of our governmentGovernment corruption has become rampant:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Voluntary Enslavement
by Jeff Thomas
Posted December 31, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

municiapl bondThis article contains key questions and answers for elected officials, policy makers, treasury staff, bankers, taxpayers and oters. The American people in cities and communities throughout our nation need a strong l