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Blankfeinlicensed money changer"I am doing God's work!"
Lloyd Blankfein, CEO Goldman Sachs
 
 
 

cheering for your teamThis is a huge part of our problem as a nation. Rather than having well defined principles and defending them, we tend to pick personalities we like and then cheer them on as uncritically as our favorite sports teams.

Mike Krieger

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FBI- political policeIf you go to the history of the FBI, it has become effectively America's political police.

Julian Assange

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the king can be defeatedThe people have the power, all we have to do is awaken that power in the people. The people are unaware. They're not educated to realize that they have power. The system is so geared that everyone believes the government will fix everything. We are the government.

John Lennon

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protecting the interests of big moneyCan Anthony Weiner please send a dick pick to the Standing Rock protests so our mainstream media can start covering it?

John Fugelsang

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Corporate cancer has taken overMonsanto and Bayer have a long history. They made explosives and lethally poisonous gases using shared technologies and sold them to both sides in both World Wars. The same war chemicals were bought by the Allied Powers and the Axis Powers, from the same manufacturers, with money borrowed from the same federated reserve bank.

Dr. Vandana Shiva

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Corporate cancer has taken overThe shamans teach us—the indigenous people teach us—once you change the mindset, then it’s pretty easy to have the objective reality change around it. So, instead of the kind of economy we have now, a death economy, if we can change the mindset we can very quickly move into a life economy.

John Perkins
(author of "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man")

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Corporate cancer has taken overThe cancer of the corporate empire has metastasized into what I would call a failed global death economy. This is an economy that's based on destroying the very resources upon which it depends, and upon the military. It's become totally global, and it's a failure.

John Perkins
(author of "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man")

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people not the elites are the problemThe Fed and Wall Street concocted a scheme whereby Wall Street used the free money provided by the Fed to buy up millions of foreclosed homes at fire sale prices and rent them back to the poor schlubs who had been recently evicted by the very same Wall Street banks.

James Quinn

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people not the elites are the problemThe elites are not the problem, the people are the problem.

German President Joachim Gauck

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fooled againThe primary source of the rot, insecurity, inequality and alienation of our society is the way we create and distribute money, which is the conduit for creating and distributing political power.

Charles Hugh Smith

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plunderers too big to jailWhen plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.

Frédéric Bastiat

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protesting Wall Street criminalityWall Street is an industry that should have been allowed to go down in flames back in 2008. Bailing out these career criminals and sociopaths was one of the gravest errors in American history. An error that we as a nation continue to suffer from to this day.

Mike Kreiger

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Buckminster FullerYou never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.

Buckminster Fuller

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homeless vetIn 2014, veterans accounted for 18% of all suicides in the United States, but made up only 8.5% of the population. In 2010, veterans accounted for 22% of U.S. suicides and 9.7% of the population.

USAToday

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for profit prisonsYou should not be surprised at all to find out that private prisons are one of the leading lobbyists for continuing and expanding the war on drugs.

Duane Norma

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Aaron Swartz was a gift to humanityThis wonderful mind of Aaron Swartz was gift to humanity. Instead of allowing it free rein to explore new ideas and systems, while sharing the collective heritage of the accumulated knowledge of humanity he was taken down by small minds more interested in their inflated egos, positions of petty power, and more concerned with protecting corporate profits than what was good for humanity.

Rudy Avizius

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the economy will not recover until fraud is prosecutedAnother President who takes a hands off approach to Wall Street while installing Wall Street cronies in the cabinet, will leave this nation terminally financially crippled.

Pam Martens

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corporate capture of governmentThe U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the avatar of this corporate capture of our government. If we can weaken the Chamber's grip on our government, we hope to be able to give democracy some additional breathing space. 

Lisa Gilbert

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Einstein on compund interestCompound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it… he who doesn't… pays it.

Albert Einstein

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toothpaste adIt is important to bear in mind that political campaigns are designed by the same people who sell toothpaste and cars.

Noam Chomsky

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David StockmanThe baby boom generation which started with so much promise when it came of age in the 1960s has ended up a colossal failure. It has turned America into a bloody imperial hegemon aboard and a bankrupt Spy State at home where financialization and the 1% thrive, half the population lives off the state and real main street prosperity has virtually disappeared from the land.

David Stockman

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Police canot solve societal failuresWe’re asking cops to do too much in this country. We are. We’re just asking us to do too much. Every societal failure, we put it off on the cops to solve.

David Brown, Dallas Police Chief

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What Bilderbergers think of youLoan me $10 billion at 0.25% annual interest and I'll assemble some profitable assets, too. Any of us can get obscenely wealthy if we have an unlimited credit line at .25% annual interest (i.e. essentially free money). These people are not smarter, they are simply insiders.

Charles Hugh Smith

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transnational corporate powerIt is impossible to have healthy, equitable, and democratic societies when political and economic power is concentrated in a few gigantic corporations.

David Korten

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Comey swearing to uphold the lawI, James B. Comey, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.

Oath of Office Taken by FBI Director, James B. Comey

FBI Director Comey’s announcement that he doesn’t think Hillary Clinton should be prosecuted for sharing government documents on her private, unsecured email server is very troubling … The FBI Re-Wrote 6 Criminal Laws to Let Clinton Off the Hook

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Conspiracy theory or conspiracy fact?Here are some alternative definitions of "conspiracy theorist":

*Someone who has seen through the bullshit
(David Icke);
*Someone who questions the statement of known liars
(unknown).
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maybe some wealth will trickle down?Coverage of CEO pay usually fails to show that the scale of CEO pay packages—and the way CEOs are paid—comes at a cost. At the most basic level, the company is choosing to pay executives instead of doing other things—distributing revenues to shareholders, raising wages for workers, or reinvesting in the business.

Susan Holmberg

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US policy in SyriaIt is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society

Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Patriots do not question the governmentAll of my life I have confronted the vast bulk of humanity living in a false reality created by self-serving powerful interest groups and the government that they control. There is a stratum of the US population that thinks that it is a criminal act to disbelieve the government or to question its judgment and motives. 'You are with us or against us.'

Paul Craig Roberts
(Assistant Secretary of the Treasury under Ronald Reagan)

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Morpheus describing the systemYou have to understand.... most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inured, so helplessly dependent on the system that they will fight to protect it.

Morpheus from "The Matrix"

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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 accusersWhile lobbyists mill in and out of the homes and offices of Congressmen, the American people are kept at a distance through free speech zones, electronic town hall meetings, and security barriers. And those who dare to breach the gap—even through silent forms of protest—are arrested for making their voices heard.

John Whitehead

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Main stream media are propaganda outletsThe mass media are effective and powerful ideological institutions that carry out a system-supportive propaganda function

Noam Chomsky

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NATO- who do they serveThe US/NATO global empire is primarily in service to the Transnational Capitalist Class (TCC) not the people of the United State or the installed President in Washington. These few thousand people controlling global capital amount to less than 0.0001 percent of the world's population. The TCC, as the capitalist elite of the world, dominate nation states through international treaty agreements and transnational state organizations such as the Work Bank, Bank for International Settlements, and the International Monetary Fund.

Peter Phillips

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fear the indifferentFear not your enemies, for they can only kill you. Fear not your friends, for they can only betray you. Fear only the indifferent, who permit the killers and betrayers to walk safely on the Earth.

Edward Yashinsky

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corporate propaganda outletsThe American public has been lulled into watching the evening news and thinking they are being informed. They aren't. They're being manipulated.

Fred Elliot

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break it, then buy itThats the standard technique of privatization: defund, make sure things don't work, people get angry, you hand it over to private capital.

Noam Chomsky

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phony wealthThe entire system creates phony wealth. This is not capitalism. It's phony, crony capitalism. Its phony money leads to phony investments – short-term speculations… scams… and rent seeking. These do not build real wealth; they extract real wealth from the rest of the economy and shift it to the well-connected sectors.

Bill Bonner

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stop the vulture fundsThe tacitly ruling morality is that everyone must compete harder to survive while economic systems are stripped everywhere to enrich the corporate rich

Prof. John McMurtry

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Albert EinsteinThere are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.

Albert Einstein

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policing for profitRemember that last year the government stole more from its citizens through Civil Asset Forfeiture than thieves in the private sector.

Simon Black

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Banana RepublicWhat a cute little Banana Republic this America has become. Our government can't put a single bank executive in jail for destroying the global economy, but when a mere peasant is caught not paying back his student debt, a team of U.S. Marshals arrive at his door to arrest him at gunpoint.

Mike Krieger

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no enforcement of anti-trust lawsSome of the strongest laws in the Western world were created precisely to prevent such corporate concentration from ever coming into existence, and thus the crime, corruption, and conspiracy which automatically accompanies it. These are our "anti-trust laws", laws which our puppet governments have long since ceased to enforce. The evidence of this crime/corruption/conspiracy is all around us.

Jeff Nielson

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politicians for saleEnough money to feed, shelter and clothe the homeless for years....wasted on billionaires' kabuki theatre of buying politicial candidates.

Unknown

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people have been dupedIf you are more outraged at poor black folks in Missouri looting stores than rich whites on Wall Street looting your future, you have been duped.

Pete Dominick

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Diebolt machines have been hackedIt is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.

Joseph Stalin

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Aaron Swartz, a gift to humanityWhat is the most important thing you could be working on in the world right now? … And if you're not working on that, why aren't you?

Aaron Swartz

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Governor poisons Flint children to save moneyTo poison all the children in an historic American city is no small feat. Even international terrorist organizations haven't figured out yet how to do something on a magnitude like this.

Michael Moore 

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bank bail ins are comingIn the New Normal, first a banker (and bank) is given custody of (someone else’s) financial assets in order to “manage” those assets. Then, a blink of an eye later, the bank/banker proudly proclaims that the bank now owns those assets. The bankers call this method of wealth liberation “a bail-in.”

Jeff Nielson

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political slogans for the rest of usThe GOP and Democrats look a lot alike: slogans for the 99 percent, billions and trillions for the 1 percent.

Mike Krauss

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government spyingOne of the big misconceptions about privacy is the assumption that those employing it must be hiding something. This statement couldn't be more inaccurate. If this was true, then I assume just because you are a law abiding citizen there should be no problem with installing a camera in your shower. Pivacy is an essential human right, one that reinforces our very own humanity through dignity, freedom of speech and freedom of association.

Ben Van Pelt

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Sir Josiah StampIf the American people ever allow banks to issue their currency, first by inflation and then by deflation [by having to maintain a vital circulation by perpetually re-borrowing principal and interest as subsequent sums of debt, increased perpetually so much as periodic interest], the banks and [bank owned] corporations which will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property, until their children wake homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.

Sir Josiah Stamp, Former President of the Bank of England (1880-1941)

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is it right?Cowardice asks the question, 'Is it safe?'

Expediency asks the question, 'Is it politic?'

And Vanity comes along and asks the question, 'Is it popular?'

But Conscience asks the question 'Is it right?'

Martin Luther King

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government for sale to highest bidderCorporations have no desire or need to govern directly - plenty of cooperative politicians or civil servants are prepared to do that.

Susan George

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jounalists under attackTo determine the true rulers of any society, all you must do is ask yourself this question: Who is it that I am not permitted to criticize?

Voltaire
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too big to jailWhen petty nonviolent criminals and minor drug offenders receive long prison sentences and crimes of much greater consequence committed by political and corporate power holders go unpunished, it is evident that the domestic security agenda is more about securing privilege that securing the ruleof law.

David Korten

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deep state Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government, owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people.

Theodore Roosevelt

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TPP reedistributes wealth to the topAs long as the big corporations, Wall Street banks, their top executives and wealthy shareholders have the political power to do so, they'll keep redistributing much of the nation's income upward to themselves.

Robert Reich

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TPP is a global corporate coupThe TPP is a global corporate coup … the most brazen corporate power grab in American history.

Ralph Nader

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lesser evilThe underlying benefit for those who craft these *Best Evil* arguments, is to encourage all Americans to accept that America is best served if one of the two proposed evils are chosen, as though evil government in some form, is in our best interest.

David Korb
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aristocracyThe Power Elite aristocracy isn't dumb; they fully understand once the illusion of their shared purpose and identity with the commoners is shattered, their invulnerability is history.

Charles Hugh-Smith

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no use for visionariesSocieties in decline have no use for visionaries

Anaïs Nin

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Total failure in Libya. Also in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria, Egypt, Ukraine, and SomaliaAre there any non-lobotomized adults left in the USA who can't see straight through the truth that American policy in Syria (plus Iraq, Libya, Ukraine, Somalia, Afghanistan) is an impressive record of failure in terms of the one basic aim that most rational people might agree upon: stabilizing the region in a way that does not leave Islamic jihadi maniacs in charge.

James Kunstler

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who are they protecting?First we had "too big to fail". Then came "too big to jail". Now, finally, the U.S. Department of "Justice" is letting us know what it really thinks: U.S. Big Banks simply have a license to steal.

Jeff Nielson

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Rothchild vision of the world"The few who understand the system will either be so interested in its profits or be so dependent upon its favors that there will be no opposition from that class, while on the other hand, the great body of people, mentally incapable of comprehending the tremendous advantage that capital derives from the system, will bear its burdens without complaint, and perhaps without even suspecting that the system is inimical to their interests."

These words were written by the Rothschild brothers of London in a missive directed to associates in New York, 1863. 

These words, written with unalloyed exuberance and accuracy, are the blueprint being used today to create a "New World Order" ruled by our bankers.

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raising fundsThe so-called government is not governing, just raising $ for the next campaign. No time or interest in actually solving real problems for people and planet.   

Bill Reitter

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tow puppets, same pupeteerThis "Lesser of 2 Evil" debate rages on by design. Evil has always been crafted to insure, as close as possible, that America will be divided equally by only two camps. One camp will argue one evil is best while the other evil rings true for the reverse.

The underlying benefit for those who craft these "Least Evil" arguments, is to encourage all Americans to accept that America is best served if one of the two proposed evils are chosen, as though evil government in some form, is in our best interest.

David Korb

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earth is oursThere are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew.

Marshall McLuhan

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who are they protecting?We will access, disclose and preserve personal data, including your content (such as the content of your emails, other private communications or files in private folders), when we have a good faith belief that doing so is necessary.

From Microsoft's Windows 10 User Agreement

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

John Whitehead

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Jlian Assange guilty of telling the truthThe Americans are pursuing Assange because WikiLeaks exposed their epic crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq: the wholesale killing of tens of thousands of civilians, which they covered up, and their contempt for sovereignty and international law, as demonstrated vividly in their leaked diplomatic cables.

John Pilger

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Truth is treason in an empire of liesThe further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.

George Orwell

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psychopathic control gridWe live in a psychopathic control grid where individual Parties do not make any of the decisions they are mere puppets of the controllers and elections are purely a fake and a fraud to give the public an illusion of choice!
Martin Green
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Banker monopoly on money creationThe Money Power is the "invisible hand" that builds and manipulates all of the other structures of power in capitalist civilization. In the capitalist world, everything is bought and sold for money. The issuance and allocation of money assigns the power to "buy and own" everything.

Derryl Hermanutz

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no user verified paper trailThose who vote decide nothing. Those who count the vote decide everything.

Joseph Stalin

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Too bad we did not heed Eisenhower's warningIn the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Albert Einstein - do somethingThe world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.

Albert Einstein

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realizing realityWhat will happen when a critical mass of the populace realizes that we've been vassals of a parasitic banking system based on a fraud? International bankers and big-money interests may be anticipating this, and countering with legislation to lock the current system in place.

Elllen Brown

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That's why the TPP is so secretIf people knew what was in the TPP, it would be impossible to get it signed.

Ron Kirk
U.S. trade representative, chief TPP negotiator

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corporate media controlThe media-owners want the final contest to be between two candidates who are both owned by the billionaire class, because a billionaire decides which media will receive his corporation's advertising dollars and other favors; and that's what keeps the media going.

Eric Zuesse

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The rich are doing better than everThe West's financial system received trillions in financial support in 2008 to avoid an implosion of the global economy. However, it has since become even bigger and more concentrated, and as such the associated systemic risk might now be larger than ever. The people who designed this financial system are also doing better than ever.

Erico Matias Tavares

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

Ram Dass

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guns, badges and too much testostoroneWhen people who habitually resort to brute force find that it isn't working, they naturally assume that this is because they aren't using enough of it.

Dmitry Orlov

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who are they protecting?The corporate revolution will collapse
if we refuse to buy what they are selling…
their ideas, their version of history, their wars,
their weapons, their notion inevitability.

Remember this: We be Many and they be few.
They need us more than we need them.
Another world is possible, she is on her way.
On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.


Arunhati Roy

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oppressors to no grant freedomNobody in the world, nobody in history, has ever gotten their freedom by appealing to the moral sense of the people who were oppressing them.

Assata Shakur.

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no one ever earned millions on their ownThe elite are a parasite class ruling through manipulation propaganda. They are nonproducers, and they pay nothing for what they get. They create imaginary money (numbers), and use it to make pretend payment for goods and services. They camouflage their fraud with “income taxes” and double speak about national debt and balanced budgets.

Bob Livingston
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focus on excellenceThe system we inhabit now is not based on earning a profit; that's merely the public-relations propaganda used to cloak its real heart: Infinite Greed. Maximizing private gain by any means isn't about earning a profit; it's about strip-mining the planet and the labor and profit of others.

Charles Hugh Smith

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focus on excellenceListening to Goldman Sachs for advice on how to run the economy is like listening to Dracula on how to run a blood bank.

James Meadway

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change happens from withinAs we go, so goes the world, for the world is us. The revolution that will save the world is ultimately a personal one.

Marianne Williamson

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collapseThe implosion of America serves a very particular purpose. It is not a product of blind coincidence, fate, political stupidity or corporate greed. It is an engineered event meant to clear the way for an even more sinister economic environment designed to establish a final economic empire with the purpose of permanently enslaving us all.

Brandon Smith

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divide and conquerThe technique of infamy is to create two lies, and then get people to argue heatedly over which one is true.

Ezra Pound

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banks create money out of thin airThere is no bigger scourge on our economies than commercial banks creating money and then securitizing and selling off the loans they just created the money (credit) with.

Raúl Ilargi Meijer

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Republican-Democrat - No ChoiceThe division between the the left and right side of the poplitical spectrum disappears in the uppermost levels of management. Like a turkey wishbone, the left and right arms merge at the very top.

Don Findlay

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poisoning water is a sinSome one needs to explain to me why wanting clean drinking water makes you an activist, and why proposing to destroy water with chemical warfare doean’t make a corporation a terrorist?

Winona Laduke

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Wall st vulturesThe receptivity of the masses is very limited, their intelligence is small, but their power of forgetting is enormous. In consequence of these facts, all effective propaganda must be limited to a very few points and must harp on these in slogans until the last member of the public understands what you want him to understand by your slogan.

Adolf Hitler
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FBI, very good at breaking up their own plotsWe should all pause for a moment to thank the brave men and women of the FBI for saving us from their own terror plots.

Glenn Greenwald

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class action suit against bankersThe further a society drifts from the truth, the more they will hate those who speak it.

George Orwell

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class action suit against bankersDon't be fooled again! Think NAFTA!. The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is nothing more than leg irons disguised as a Tiffany ankle bracelet.

David Petrovich

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

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

Rudy Avizius

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using fear to destroy freedomsNecessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.

William Pitt, 1783
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Fear as a toolKeeping the masses fearful of phantom enemies and portraying foreign leaders as evil, is essential for the oligarchs to retain their wealth, power and control. Truth, facts, and long-term consequences are of no interest to the sociopaths running the show and pulling the levers. The dissent into darkness has been gradual and unnoticed by a purposefully distracted populace.

James Quinn
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surveillance stateAs nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air – however slight – lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness.

Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas

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protecting the bankersWe're all going to be Greece, that's inevitable. It's not some maybe thing. The only thing that keeps us from realizing that is that the big media outlets have become part of the same industry that Wall Street, and the governments it controls, have full control over. And that in turn says something about the importance of what Yanis Varoufakis and Syriza are trying to accomplish. They're taking the battle to the finance empire. And it should not be a lonely fight. Because if the international Wall Street banks succeed in Greece, some theater eerily uncomfortably near you will be next. That is cast in stone.

Raúl Ilargi Meijer

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class action suit against bankersTechnological progress frequently results in more unemployment rather than in an easing of the burden of work for all . . . The result of these developments is an oligarchy of private capital, the enormous power of which cannot be effectively checked even by a democratically-organized political society.

Albert Einstein

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Since plants cannot be patented unless genetically modified, drug manufacturers will not research and promote as medicinal any natural foods or herbs, even though they generally result in far less harm and are far less toxic than laboratory drugs. There is simply no huge profit markup in natural healing.

Susan E. Schenck
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class action suit against bankersThe West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion … but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence. Westerners often forget this fact; non-Westerners never do.

Samuel P. Huntington

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debt slavery by designThe ultimate realization of the big picture is that humanity has been enslaved by small groups of beings that have sought to enslave and control us. Those that become aware of this gain the tools to free themselves from this prison. 

Michelle Walling
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impunity for powerIf you are part of the status quo, you can get away with anything. Murder, torture, theft of trillions. Until top guys are jailed, it won’t stop.

Michael Krieger

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too much civil obedienceCivil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of the leaders of their government and have gone to war, and millions have been killed because of this obedience…Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty (and) war and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves… (and) the grand thieves are running the country. That's our problem.

Howard Zinn

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tar sands- beore and afterToday, humanity faces a stark choice: save the planet and ditch capitalism, or save capitalism and ditch the planet.

Fawzi Ibrahim

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justice AmericanWhy does the U.S. have prisons in other countries? We don't have any Iraqi prisons in the states, or Sudanese prisons here or Polish prisons….So why does the U.S. get to put their black sites wherever they want?

Dorothy Reilly

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class action suit against bankersThe only condition more profitable to the corporate masters and the powerful elite than a kept slave is a slave who keeps him or herself under the auspices of freedom, liberty and justice for all.

Cognitive Dissonance
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hoardersIf a man has an apartment stacked to the ceiling with newspapers, we call him crazy. If a woman has a trailer house full of cats, we call her nuts. But when people pathologocally hoard so much cash that they impoverish the entire nation, we put them on the cover of Fortune Magazine and pretend that they are role models

B. Lester
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politicians work for the richPoliticians are only middle management, managing the poorer people for their elite rich ruling masters.

Loyad Grove

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kleptocracyThe concentrated power and wealth of self-serving elites – is scale-invariant, meaning that it is equally true of communities, towns, cities, states, nations and empires alike: all fail when they're run for the benefit of a narrow elite. There is a bitter irony in the ease with which American pundits discern this dynamic in developing-world kleptocracies while ignoring the same dynamic in America.

Charles Hugh Smith

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privatization scourgePrivatization of public resources is a world wide scourge. Education, pensions, water, transportation are being taken out of the hands of the public and given to the rich people and corporations.

Margaret Kimberly
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propagandaThe inability to grasp the pathology of our oligarchic rulers is one of our gravest faults. We have been blinded to the depravity of our ruling elite by the relentless propaganda of public relations firms that work on behalf of corporations and the rich.

Chris Hedges

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we are heroesWhile politicians in D.C. appear determined to invade half the countries on earth, while simultaneously arming the other half, from terrorist groups in the Middle East to police departments and school districts domestically, it appears the only group being singled out for disarmament is the citizenry itself. Makes you wonder doesn't it?

Mike Krieger

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looting Main StreetIf you are more outraged at poor black folks in Missouri looting stores than rich white folks on Wall Street looting your future, you've been duped.

Pete Dominick

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Ferguson boys in blueThey must find it difficult ........ those have have taken authority as truth, rather than truth as authority.

Gerald Massey

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we'll send out all our boys in blueYou're free to speak your mind my friend
As long as you agree with me
Don't criticize the fatherland
Or those who shape your destiny
'Cause if you do
You'll lose your job, your mind
And all the friends you knew
We'll send out all our boys in blue
They'll find a way to silence you

Steppenwolf –From "The Ostrich" 1968

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foreign aggression comes homeOne wonders, considering that virtually every provocation in the international arena in 2014 has been premediated and choreographed, usually by the intelligence forces of this superpower or that, whether the same applies to Ferguson, and whether this push to impose an even more active, blanket weaponized police presence in backwater "violent" US towns is all part of a bigger scheme to make already massive government even bigger?

Tyler Durden
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Hitler's right hand manNaturally, the common people don't want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America nor, for that matter, in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship. ... [V]oice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.

Hermann Göring (close confidante of Hitler)

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illusion of choiceThrougout our lives and throughout our culture we are conditioned to rally around concepts of false division. We are let to believe that Democrats and Republicans are separate and opposing parties, yet they are actually two branches of the same political control mechanism.

Brandon Smith

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criminal water shut offsThe official rationale for the water shut-downs -- the Detroit Water Department's need to recoup millions collapses on inspection. Detroit's high-end golf club, the Red Wing's hockey arena, the Ford football stadium, and more than half of the city's commercial and industrial users are also owing -- a sum totalling $30 million. But no contractors have showed up on their doorstep.

Martin Lukacs
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god loves moneyWhen plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in a society, they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it, and a moral code that glorifies it.

Frederick Bastiat
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Wall Street fears Occupy“The corrupt are afraid of us; the honest support us; the heroic join us.”

Occupy Wall Street
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Selections - not electionsWhen Laura Wells attended the Brown-Whitman California gubernatorial debates in San Rafael, California, in 2010 – a race in which she was then the Green Party candidate for governor – she was arrested just for trying to attend and sit in the audience with a ticket. The charge, she said, was perfect: "TRESPASSING AT A PRIVATE PARTY."

Ellen Brown

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financial warfareFinance is the new form of warfare – without the expense of a military overhead and an occupation against unwilling hosts. It is a competition in credit creation to buy foreign resources, real estate, public and privatized infrastructure, bonds and corporate stock ownership. Who needs an army when you can obtain the usual objective (monetary wealth and asset appropriation) simply by financial means?

Dr. Michael Hudson

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StorytellersWe experience the world through stories. Whoever tells the stories of a culture defines the terms, the agenda, and the common issues we face.

It used to be the parent, the school, the church the community. Now its a handful of global conglomerates that have nothing to tell, but a great deal to sell

George Gerbner

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lifeboats for the oligarchsThe entire engineered "recovery" since 2009 has been nothing but a Federal Reserve/U.S. Treasury conceived, debt manufactured scam. These highly educated lackeys for the establishment have been tasked with keeping the U.S. Titanic afloat until the oligarchs can safely depart on the lifeboats with all the ship's jewels safely stowed in their pockets.

James Quinn

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Government fears the lightI have been to the darkest corners of government, and what they fear is light.

Edward Snowden

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bankers over pensionersFunny how the "sanctity of the contract" was paramount in the justification to pay billions in banker bonuses after the bailouts, but not quite so important when it comes to paying Detroit pensioners living off of $19,000 a year.

Rudy Avizius

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big pharma greedAs long as health is a profit center, big pharma will use whatever means it can to produce repeat customers. There is no profit in cures, only in long term, never ending treatment. Once you realize it, you also realize that your modern doctor is just a drug dealer.

afna-mcjny

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mortgage fraudIf you or I pick the lock on a house and try to steal everything in it, we’d probably go to jail. But if I were a bank, and I wrote down on a piece of paper that I simply owned that house, I’d get away with it. That’s the sad legacy of trying to cover up massive fraud instead of dealing with it.

David Dayen
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censorshipIn so-called "first world" countries like the U.S., the illusion of freedom must be maintained even as civil liberties are eroded. Thus censorship must be administered surreptitiously and slowly.

Mike Krieger

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Stasi listening How can we have effective oversight of the NSA surveillance program when the very people implemeting legislative oversight are being spied on and possibly blackmailed by the spies, the officials perjure themselves during the legislative oversight hearings and nothing happenes to them, and the judicial oversight takes place in "secret courts" administered by judges who themselves have also been spied on. Sounds a lot like the old German Stasi to me.

Rudy Avizius

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Truth or lieDon’t worry about the haters, because the truth you speak contradicts the lie they live.

Dr. Steve Maraboli

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family valuesThe $26.7 billion in [banker] bonus money would have been enough to double the wages of every full time employee in the U.S. making the federal minimum.

Chris Neubert
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follow the moneyOur republic is now strong-armed by professional politicians. The two dominant concerns of these careerists are to STAY in power and to do the bidding of those who ENABLE them to stay in power.

Club Orlov Blog
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kindness characterYou can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.
James Miles
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bankers in chargeWhen a government is dependent upon bankers for money, they and not the leaders of the government control the situation, since the hand that gives is above the hand that takes. Money has no motherland; financiers are without patriotism and without decency; their sole object is gain.

Napoleon Bonaparte

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killing the earth is profitable for a fewThe global financial elite will march us to the edge of a 2 degree climate cliff just to squeeze some more profit from the products and systems that are killing us.

Dennis Trainor

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puppet governmentThe real truth … is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the larger centers has owned the Government ever since the days of Andrew Jackson.

Franklin Roosevelt

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Deep State

One key feature of the Deep State everywhere is that it makes decisions behind closed doors and the surface government simply ratifies and implements the decisions.

Charles Hugh Smith

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Court of the Star ChamberWe have erected a secrecy regime backstopped by secret laws, overseen by secret courts, which operate on the basis of secret administrative subpoenas.

Tom Burghardt

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works for the ruling classEconomics is often presented as "too complicated" for regular folks to understand and politics is often presented in a too simplistic style — two ways for the people who benefit from the world as it is to keep the world as it is.

Systemic Disorder

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corporate States of AmericaOur corporate system is structured so that these mighty "persons" will behave like sociopaths, governed by selfishness unrestrained by conscience.

Andrew Schmookler

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income redistributionSpeaking of productivity improvements, I would guess that most people don't know that if the minimum wage had kept up with productivity improvements it would be upwards of $21 per hour. And I'm pretty sure it hasn't occurred to them that $14 of that has been re-distributed upward.

Robert De Filippis

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Ruling eliteWhat the ruling class and its political and media flunkies call the "free enterprise system"—has created a world in which every policy decision is dictated by the need to protect and increase the wealth of an infinitesimal portion of the world's population.

Andre Damon

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Snowden- whistle blowerSnowden didn't take an oath of secrecy. He swore "to support and defend the Constitution of the U.S.", against all enemies, foreign and domestic".

Daniel Ellsberg

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Julian Assange WikileaksYou know you have a transparency problem when citizens of a democracy need to rely on WikiLeaks for details on changes to laws on Internet use, labor, environmental and food-safety standards, and the cost and availability of drugs.

William Pesek

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real money?The primary downfall of the American nation is a fundamental lack of awareness that the USDollar is not money. Try to explain that to the common person, and receive a blank stare. 

Jim Willie CB

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Money mastersThe powers of financial capitalism had (a) far-reaching aim, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole. This system was to be controlled in a feudalist fashion by the central banks of the world acting in concert, by secret agreements arrived at in frequent meetings and conferences.

The apex of the systems was to be the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland; a private bank owned and controlled by the world's central banks which were themselves private corporations. Each central bank... sought to dominate its government by its ability to control Treasury loans, to manipulate foreign exchanges, to influence the level of economic activity in the country, and to influence cooperative politicians by subsequent economic rewards in the business world.

Carroll Quigley, member of the Council on Foreign Relations

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RomeExtreme inequality helped cause the Great Depression, the current financial crisis … and the fall of the Roman Empire. Inequality in America today is twice as bad as in ancient Rome, worse than it was in Tsarist Russia, Gilded Age America, modern Egypt, Tunisia or Yemen, and many banana republics in Latin America.

Washington's Blog

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police protect the money syndicateAn astute ruling class, one aware of the rage rippling across the American landscape, would have released Hammond on Friday and begun to address the crimes he exposed. But our ruling class, while adept at theft, looting, propaganda and repression, is blind to the growing discontent caused by the power imbalance and economic inequality that plague ordinary Americans at a time when half of the country lives in poverty or "near poverty."

Chris Hedges
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FBI secrecy and surveillanceThe FBI considers it a national security threat to make public its reasoning for considering it a national security threat to use federal law to request information about the FBI's deeply problematic understanding of national security threats.

Dustin Slaughter

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licensed money changerGiant financial institutions are now in the extraction business — mining the American people of their wealth, prosperity and future.

Mike Krauss

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wealth destruction gets rewardedThe people who grew wealthiest were often the people must responsible for the largest destruction of wealth in history.

William K.Black
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prisons for profitImagine living in a country where prisons are private corporations that profit from keeping their beds stocked at, or near, capacity and the governing officials scramble to meet contractual "lockup quotas." Imagine that taxpayers would have to pay for any empty beds should crime rates fall below that quota. Surprise! You already live there.

April Short

As if the above was not bad enough, New Study Finds That State Crime Labs Are Paid Per Conviction

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Truth-tellers must be imprisonedEvery president who wants to launch another war can't abide whistleblowers. They might interfere with the careful omissions, distortions and outright lies of war propaganda, which requires that truth be held in a kind of preventative detention.

Norman Solomon

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Federal ReserveSomehow we have come to accept that it is less silly for the central bank to create money out of thin air and lend it at near zero interest to private commercial banks, to be re-lent to the public and the government at market interest rates, than for our government to simply create the money itself, debt-and interest free.

Ellen Brown
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Manning PatriotSomething is seriously wrong with our justice system, when a soldier who shared information with the press and public is punished far more harshly than others who tortured prisoners and killed civilians.

Ben Wizner

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Threat to democracyThe confluence of circumstances enabling mass surveillance has the potential to permanently imperil Americans' civil liberties. How we respond will determine whether we continue to function as a democracy.

Heidi Boghosian

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We will protect youThe people will believe what the media tells them they believe.

George Orwell

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2 puppets, same puppeteerI’ll show you politics in America. Here it is, right here. I think the puppet on my right shares my beliefs. I think the puppet on the left is more to my liking. Hey, wait a minute, there’s one guy holding both puppets.

Bill Hicks

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empire crumblingChina is not about to fall under the authority of any American police state. On the contrary, it sees America draining its wealth on wars and empire and simply bides its time, continuing to build its manufacturing sector and its economy while America does the exact opposite.

Michael Payne

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debt slave who thinks he is freeThe best slave is the one who thinks he is free.

Johann von Goethe

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system designed for failurePeople are realizing that they cannot make it in the current Wall Street dominated corporate capitalist economy.  It is not designed for most people to make it. Rather it is designed for a small percentage to profit while everyone else is exploited and economically insecure.

Kevin Zeeze and Margaret Flowers

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Horseman of famineAs the four horsemen of the apocalypse come galloping in on the world scene in the very near future, you can be sure that the pale horse, which symbolizes famine, was born and bred in the U.S. Yes, the world's most aggressive and malicious purveyor of GMOs and all the horrors that come with their consumption will be the primary driving force behind the complete destruction of the global food supply via the Trojan Horse that is GMOs.

Ethan Huff

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Just because you "haven't done anything wrong" doesn't mean you can't be severely harmed by spying: The problem is, if they think they're not doing anything that's wrong, they don't get to define that. The central government does.

Top NSA whistleblower William Binney

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tools of the next terroristThose who cry "better safe than free" will end up being neither. Those who wanted to bring Snowden to the corrupted justice of the police state are the true "useful idiots" of the next Osama bin Laden.

Andrew McKillop
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spying on youGovernment may try to portray itself as the protector of our privacy, but it is instead the most dangerous enemy of privacy, for it can gather our information without our knowledge and consent – that is the lesson of Snodwen's leaks – and has the power to use it against us.

Jeff Davis

 
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why so secret?The TPP makes corporations more powerful than governments. Say that out loud to yourself and let it sink in: The TPP makes corporations more powerful than governments.

Dennis Trainor
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protectiing the earthNotable is how those who PROTECT the Earth, the viability of ground water, and thus public health are being FRAMED as the Terrorists. While those who violate all of these things are portrayed as "the good guys" in need of police protection.

Sioux Rose

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government powerAmericans generally do not realize that totalitarians like Stalin and Obama use extreme threats to get "confessions of guilt" in open court from their victims to deceive the Dumbos who still trust the totalitarian systems.

Lew Rockwell
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mockery of justiceThe moral order is inverted. The criminal class is in power. We are the prey. Bradley Manning, in a just society, would be a prosecution witness against war criminals. Those who committed these crimes should be facing prison. But we do not live in a just society.

Chris Hedges

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greedy insidersWhat's interesting is that the Gold smackdown occurred just a few weeks before the Fed leaked that it was considering tapering its QE program. We know for a fact that the Fed has a tendency to leak critical information to its cronies and connected insiders.

Graham Summers
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Corporate governmentThe merger of state with the largest of corporations, primarily the big banks, the big defense contractors, the big news media networks, and the big pharmaceuticals, has created a chokehold around the neck of the nation, without 5% recognizing the function of the model during the strangulation in progress.

Jim Willie CB
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Eric Holder"Let me be very clear, there's no bank, there's no institution, there's no individual that cannot be prosecuted by the U.S. Department of Justice."

Eric Holder
Attorney General of the U.S.

More quotable sayings

Well that's great Eric, if you CAN prosecute, then why don't you? The ability to prosecute is not the same as actually prosecuting.

"I am concerned that the size of some of these institutions becomes so large that it does become difficult for us to prosecute them when we are hit with indications that if you do prosecute, if you do bring a criminal charge, it will have a negative impact on the national economy, perhaps even the world economy. And I think that is a function of the fact that some of these institutions have become too large."

Eric Holder at a Senate hearing earlier this year

Can you believe the words that came came for the mouth of the top law enforcement officer in the nation? He just told the Senate panel that that the law does not apply to certain people and corporations in this country. So much for "liberty and justice for all".

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UnAmericanLiberty is lost through complacency and a subservient mindset. When we accept or even welcome automobile checkpoints, random searches, mandatory identification cards, and paramilitary police in our streets, we have lost a vital part of our American heritage. America was born of protest, revolution, and mistrust of government. Subservient societies neither maintain nor deserve freedom for long.


- Ron Paul

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tell epople they are under threat - HitlerIf you want to control people, tell them they are at risk and warn them that their security is under threat.

Adolph Hitler

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Exxon locks down townExxon has the ability to arrest reporters, deny the public any information and shut down any civilian authority. Just in case you thought corporations are people, corporations are the government. If you still think this country is a democracy, it is time to wake up from that dream.

Grant Schreiber

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People before profitsInformation on the Internet is virtually free, but commercial interests are working to make it scarce. To the extent they succeed, the GDP may grow, but society will be poorer.

Robert McChesney

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too big to jailI am concerned that the size of some of these [banking] institutions becomes so large that it does become difficult for us to prosecute them when we are hit with indications that if you do prosecute, if you do bring a criminal charge, it will have a negative impact on the national economy, perhaps even the world economy.

Eric Holder
U.S. Attorney General

Eric holder just confirmed that the big banks are not only too big fail, but also too big to jail. Looks like "liberty and justice for all" is just an illusion.

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Corporations are not peopleSlavery is the Legal Fiction that a Person is Property

Corporate Personhood, is the Legal Fiction that Property is a Person

Author Unknown
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Greedy richI am opposing a social order in which it is possible for one man who does absolutely nothing that is useful to amass a fortune of hundreds of millions, while millions of men and women who work all the days of their lives secure barely enough for a wretched existence.

Eugene Victor Debs
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We do not arrest activistsIn Iceland we arrest banksters, not activists. The opposite of the United States.

Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson
President of Iceland after refusing to cooperate with the FBI on their witch hunt of Julius Assange

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corporate capitalism is not democracyCapitalism is a cult. It is devoted to the ideals of privatization over the common good, profit over social needs, and control by a small group of people who defy the public's will. The tenets of the cult lead to extremes rather than to compromise.

Paul Buchheit

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pAny individual who is able to raise enough money to be considered presidential is not going to be much use to the people at large. He will represent...whatever moneyed entities are paying for him...Hence, the sense of despair throughout the land as incomes fall, businesses fail and there is no redress.

Gore Vidal

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Working for corporate interestsThese documents show that the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are treating protests against the corporate and banking structure of America as potential criminal and terrorist activity.  These documents also show these federal agencies functioning as a de facto intelligence arm of Wall Street and Corporate America.

Partnership for Civil Justice Fund

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derivatives tsunamiThe Derivatives Tsunami is the result of the handful of fools and corrupt public officials who deregulated the US financial system. Today merely four US banks have derivative exposure equal to 3.3 times world Gross Domestic Product. When I was a US Treasury official, such a possibility would have been considered beyond science fiction.

Paul Craig Roberts, Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury under Ronald Reagan

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greedy bankerCompensation at the 32 largest banks is slated to hit an all-time high of $207 billion this year, according to a Wall Street Journal estimate. This reward for ripping off the public is almost three times the amount the federal government spends on education.

Robert Scheer

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true patriotsIn the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce and brave man, hated and scorned.
When his cause succeeds however, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.

Mark Twain
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banker thievesWall Street speculators who rigged markets are simply smart and savvy businessmen, as Obama called Lloyd Blankfein and Jamie Dimon, whereas the millions who fell prey to their predatory lending schemes are irresponsible borrowers.

Matt Stoller

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More important than elections?If billionaires were allowed to influence the results on American Idol instead of American elections, there would be rioting in the streets.

Andy Borowitz

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U.S. heading for its own icebergNeither candidate for President has any intention of changing the course of the U.S. Titanic.

James Quinn
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banker corruptionThe bankers are determined to ruin the entire system in order to retain their power, all while dispensing increasingly nonsensical dogma like from heretical high priests about the effectiveness of their solutions.

Jim Willie CB

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corporate fascismFascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power.

Benito Mussolini

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NAFTA on steroidsIn response to this article on the Trans Pacific Partnership:

It has already happened.
It is like when the Berlin Wall went up.
It was put up in the night, when you were asleep and now,
with each passing day,
it is solidified, as you lay claim to being 'awake'....
And so this it it.
You gotta love those cops, and the troops, and the workers and all the good and happy people.
Just doing their job(s).
Just keep doing your job.
Everyone.
Nighty-night.

Ned Lud

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MF Glbal fraudMFGlobal  is a blueprint. It was a trial balloon designed to see how much outrage would flow over the fact that over a billion dollars in client funds was stolen and not one single arrest has been made.

Andy Sutton
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trickle downThe “trickle down” theory: 
The principle that the poor who must subsist on table scraps dropped by the rich,
can best be served by giving the rich bigger meals!

William Blum
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don't argue with idiotsDon’t argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.

Mark Twain
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Living Large“There's a storm coming, and when it hits, you're all going to wonder how you could live so large and leave so little for the rest of us."

Selina Kyle character talking to a 1%er in the Dark Knight movie.

 

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Fitch Ratings“The unorthodox crisis policy response has succeeded”

Fitch Ratings

.....After Iceland jailed its bankers and helped its underwater homeowner citizens.

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Banker parasitePeople who dismiss the unemployed as “parasites” fail to understand economics and parasitism. A successful parasite is one that is not recognized by its host, one that can make its host work for it without spearing as a burden. Such is the ruling class in a capitalist society.

Jason Read

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war crimesWe are turning into the worst type of nation, promoting and preparing for war on people outside our nation with the biggest military budget in the world, and on people inside our nation with the biggest prison business in the world.

Ethan Indigo Smith

 

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FreedomThe illusion of freedom [in America] will continue as long as it’s profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater.

Frank Zappa

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Holder defends bankersThe last big bank bailout was not in the form of money. The Bank Mortgage Settlement Deal was a bailout where changes in the law were made to retroactively transform banks' illegal behavior into legal behavior.

David Petrovich
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corporate corruption stateFree markets without the rule of law fail, as free market theorists learned with Russia moved from Communism to Capitalism; and as also has been seen here in the United States.

Kevin Zeeze
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only banks create moneyIt does make sense however, when you fully understand that money is the most powerful arbiter of justice in the world and those who administer the creation of money through debt are THE most powerful people in the world.

Thomas Brown
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only banks create moneyNo money gets into circulation without going into debt to a bank.  There is no other source.  The United States issues no sovereign money!  Therefore Americans are not free people.  It is time for us to admit the truth and either do something about it, or stop blowing up stuff on the 4th of July believing a myth.
 
Damon Vrabel,  Harvard Business School
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secret donor?Consider it a blessing that you live in a land of limitless campaigning in which all, even secretive sheiks, are free to contribute unlimited amounts to our elections without being restricted by big government bureaucrats.

Pete Karman
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Henry Ford on monetary systemIt is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.


Henry Ford


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QuantanamoBack in the '50s and '60s, kids used to say, when one of us did something the others didn't approve of, "Hey, it's a free country." I'll bet you haven't heard that expression for many years. Back in the '70s, there used to be a joke: "America will never have concentration camps. We'll call them something else." Guantanamo, and the long rumored FEMA detention centers, are proof that it wasn't a joke after all.

Doug Casey
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War for profitWar is a LIE. Not the "lie" of idealogic or religious causes, but the economic truth of competition between global capitalists for control of resources including minerals, precious metals, oils, cheap labor, and markets. If endless war wasn't profitable ... we wouldn't have it.

David Swanson
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happy gamblersIn this casino (Wall Street) the house represents both sides of any bet. The players play with others money and win or lose they still keep their fees.

Paul Randall

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hear no evilSometimes people don't want to hear the truth because they don't want their illusions destroyed.

Friedrich Nietzsche

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resistance to tyranny“Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God.”

Benjamin Franklin

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Corporate control of politicsIn fairness to the impartiality of the Supreme Court, the poor as well as the rich have the right to spend unlimited amounts of money for political purposes.

Rudy Avizius
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no bailout for Iceland banksIn other words, the people of Iceland have not had their future mortgaged in order to bail out a bunch of greedy bankers.

Peter Krauth

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Wall Street greedCan you think of a better business model than being a Wall Street bank? You hand out 500 million credit cards to 118 million households, even though 60 million of the households make less than $50,000. You then create derivatives where you package billions of subprime credit card debt and convince clueless dupes to buy this toxic debt as if it was AAA credit.

James Quinn

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Banker DebtDebt is backed with debt, based on debt, dependent on debt and leveraged with yet more debt. For example, today it is possible to buy a bond (i.e., lend money) on margin (i.e., with borrowed money).

Keith Weiner
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criminal bankersWall Street and major European banks usurped unprecedented money making power. With complicit politicians, they make it the old fashioned way.

They steal it.

Steve Lendman
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Buying the electionA tiny fraction of our society, a few hundred families, are in the process of purchasing our democracy, and they don’t plan to give it up once they own it. We are in a power struggle right now.  People or donors? 

Eric Byler

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Edward R. MurrowA nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.

— Edward R. Murrow

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Massive Mortgage fraudThere's no doubt that the banks are happy with this deal. You would be, too, if your bill for lying to courts and end-running the law came to less than $2,000 per loan file.

Gretchen Morgenson

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Making money from both sidesThe mortgage debacle was equivalent to all the big car companies manufacturing cars that they knew were going to crash and buying life insurance on the people that they sold the cars to knowing that they would die so they could collect on both ends.

Peter Grandich
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Who was behind the assassination?"Whoever controls the volume of money in our country is absolute master of all industry and commerce...and when you realize that the entire system is very easily controlled, one way or another, by a few powerful men at the top, you will not have to be told how periods of inflation and depression originate."

President James Garfield, 2 weeks before his assassination.
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Fat catWealth inequality is not such a big problem when you are at the top of the income pyramid.

Rudy Avizius

 
 

Fat catFood stamps really are a subsidy to businesses that do not pay their employees enough money to feed their families.

Kevin Zeese

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Federal Reserve CollusionWhoever is in power in a society creates its money. If you want to know who is in power, look for the money-maker.

Bernard Lietar

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poor pay most in taxesIt is true that 50% of American workers pay no Federal income tax. It is also true that 50% of American workers make less than $25,000 per year. If these workers are employed in Philadelphia they pay 4% city income tax, 3% state income tax, 7.65% Social Security and Medicare tax, 6% sales tax on everything they buy, 15% state and federal taxes on gasoline, and they pay city and county property taxes whether they own or rent.

James Quinn
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we are not using itThey keep talking about drafting a Constitution for Iraq ...
Why don't we just give them ours? It was written by a lot of really smart guys. It worked for over 200 years, and we're not using it anymore.

David Petrovich

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Too big to failIf in the face of one medium-sized brokerage firm [MF Global] going under, the regulators will openly allow ordinary people to be ripped off for the sake of protecting the so-called "Systemically Important Financial Institutions"—in this case JPMorgan—what will happen if there is a system-wide run?

Tyler Durden
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gutted our economyI'm left scratching my head trying to understand their animosity towards people drawing attention to the enormous debt based ponzi scheme that is our country, versus their silent acquiescence to the transfer of trillions in taxpayer dollars to the criminal bankers that have destroyed the worldwide financial system.

James Quinn

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private to private bankersIf governments everywhere are in debt, who are they in debt to? The answer is that they are in debt to PRIVATE BANKS. The "cruel hoax" is that governments are in debt for money created on a computer screen, money they could have just created themselves.

Ellen Brown, Author, Web of Debt

 
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fraudHow more plainly can it be said? The US financial system as it now stands cannot be trusted to observe even the most basic property rights as it continues to unravel from a long standing culture of fraud.
Jesse
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Our debt is not sovereignWe are indentured to a Wall Street money machine that creates our money and lends it back to us at interest, money our sovereign government could be creating itself.

Ellen Brown

 
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Immunity from prosecutionThere is not much that the Federal Reserve won't do behind the scenes to keep big banks flourishing. We just found out, 3 years after the fact, that they pumped a whopping $17.7 TRILLION in no interest money into the coffers of financial institutions whose lobbyists and media decry big government intervention and Socialism.

Danny Schechter

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Immune from prosecutionHave you ever bothered to wonder why there have been no real investigations and prosecutions of the bankers and the credit ratings agencies?
And why they have been permitted to continue to operate, largely unimpeded? Some of the banks may have become instruments of state policy, too big and important to prosecute. They and the state are becoming one. Jesse
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1%er telling unemployed to get jobsGet a job..... after you take a bath

Newt Gingrich

 

 

Hey Newt:
If you climbed out of your ivory tower long enough you would be aware that there are over 25 million unemployed people in this country. It's amazing how so many millions of people became so lazy and shiftless after our economy was trashed in 2008 by the 1%ers, (yes people like you and those who bought YOUR influence).

con·science/[känCHəns]
Noun: An inner feeling or voice viewed as acting as a guide to the rightness or wrongness of one's behavior.

Wikipedia-Dictionary.com

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InequalityInequality hardens society into a class system, imprisoning people into the circumstances of their birth -- a rebuke to the very idea of the American Dream

George Packer

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Corporate AmericaElections are supposed to resolve conflicts in a great democracy, but our next one will not. The elites will face off against the elites to a standoff, and the issues animating the class war in both parties won't even be on the table.
Frank Rich
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What is occupy about?'Occupy Wall Street' is about saying "No."

"No" to institutionalized greed of such vast width and breadth that it plunders our country even as it smiles around a mouthful of filet mignon.

"No" to the ocean of corporate cash that drowns our democracy.

"No" to rewarding the failure of frauds who proudly carry the banner of capitalism even as they enjoy the galloping socialism of the government bailout.

William Rivers Pitt

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Obedience = PatriotismSince when have we Americans been expected to bow submissively to authority and speak with awe and reverence to those who represent us?

William O. Douglas
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LincolnThe money powers prey upon the nation in times of peace and conspire against it in times of adversity. It is more despotic than a monarch, more insolent than autocracy, and more selfish than a bureaucracy. It denounces, as public enemies, all who question its methods or throw light upon its crimes. I have two great enemies, the Southern Army in front of me and the bankers in the rear. Of the two, the one at the rear is my greatest foe.

Abraham Lincoln
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Feudal hierarchyIn the Middle Ages, 2% of the people owned 90% of the wealth, now 1% of the people owe 95% of the wealth. We are worse than in the Middle Ages. We are serfs, and it is time for the serfs to revolt.

Kevin Zeeze

 

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Crumbling banking systemWhat is happening in Europe, and particularly in Germany, is beyond belief - a plan to prop up the hopelessly bankrupt financial states through deregulation of the financial sector. If legislation allow all this to happen you could have revolution in Germany and other countries. It is a frightful situation.

Bob Chapman

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6 cops guarding brass bullIn the USA of all countries in the world, the police should have been deployed to PROTECT the protesters - not a giant brass bull that is the ultimate symbol of greed and corruption in America.

Anonymous

The police priority is to protect the biblical golden calf at the foot of the Temple of Greed where the elites worship their gods and Lloyd Blankfein does "God's Work". 2000 people occupy a square in New York to protest Wall Street greed, and there is hardly any mention of it in the corporate controlled media. More on this story...

https://occupywallst.org/

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institutionalized government corruptionWashington politicians must think we're stupid. They take money from powerful corporate interests like Big Oil and Wall Street. They introduce, debate and pass legislation that boosts the bottom lines of these companies. And they expect us to believe that the campaign cash has nothing to do with how they vote.

Robert Weissman
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criminal enterpriseThe public is in the process of realizing that corporate America, the financial sector and government are a criminal enterprise where fraud and criminality goes unprosecuted.

Bob Chapman

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Deregulate even more?Eliminating crucial protections [through deregulation] is not a way to make more jobs, no matter how many times Big Business and its allies in Congress say so. The reason so many millions are out of work now is that a deregulated financial sector destroyed the economy.

Rick Claypool
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Government and lobbyistsAll Senators and Congressmen must wear a listening device with video camera 24/7 and be required to use ONE cellphone only, which is publicly streamed over the Internet. So we can hear what the scheming lying lobbyists say to them.

Todd Boyle
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truth is treasonTruth is treason in the empire of lies.

Ron Paul

 

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Congress for saleMy friends and I have been coddled long enough by a billionaire-friendly Congress. It's time for our government to get serious about shared sacrifice.


Warren Buffett

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level playing field?Go figure that 300 million Americans have not one single suite on K Street. Not even a single kiosk. Nothing.

Andy Sutton

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A minority are parasitesThe human population is composed of two personality types. The masses are the worker bees, and a small minority are human parasites who live off the masses through deception and manipulation.

Bob Livingston

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KIssingerHungry people will do anything for food. Those who control food supply can use it as leverage.

Henry Kissinger

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WE the corporationsWhen there is no check on the steady growth of corporate power, we lose the balance and equality necessary to democracy

Ellen Dannin

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Endless warPerpetual war for perpetual peace will continue and our elderly will starve and go without health care to insure early death, thus relieving government of the burden of having to care for them.

Bob Chapman

 

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Paul KrugmanNine months have passed since the robo-signing scandal broke, yet there still hasn't been a serious investigation of its reach. That's because states, suffering from severe budget troubles, lack the resources for a full investigation — and federal officials, who do have the resources, have chosen not to use them.

Paul Krugman

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International Monetary FundThe IMF is nothing more than the International Mafia Federation, the loan sharks of last resort, and the people know it. They call it privatization. Adults call it stealing valuable public assets, and selling them to your friends really cheaply."

Stephen Lendman
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PlatoThe price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.

Plato

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puppet politicianIf a 'reformer' does not speak to the need to reform the financial system, the huge advantages and subsidies being given to the corporations and the ultra rich who control them, it is a fairly good indication of what sort of a reformer they really are, and who is pulling their strings.

Edward Bernays

 

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Dick Cheney"Deficits don't matter"

Dick Cheney

 

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Healthcare profitsThe next time you boast of making a "killing" trading that health care stock, you are absolutely correct.

Lynn Petrovich

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Warren BuffetThere's class warfare, but it's my class, the rich class, that's making war, and we're winning."



Warren Buffet

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fascist MussoliniFascism should rightly be called corporatism, as it is the merger of corporate and government power.

Benito Mussolini

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M.L. KingAny nation that year after year continues to raise the Defense budget while cutting social programs to the neediest is a nation approaching spiritual death.

Rev. Martin Luther King

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Thomas JeffersonIf the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.

Thomas Jefferson

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Follow the moneyRather than embark on debt restructure and systemic reform, the national leaders dominated by the banker syndicate chose to dole of multi-$trillion welfare for the big US banks, redemption at nearly full value of their toxic bonds, coverage of the endless bills at the black holes in Fannie Mae and AIG, and blind approval of executive bonuses for those largely responsible for the national collapse.
Jim Willie CB
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CorporatocracyOur debt and our inability to revive capitalism and cut the waste in government will be our demise. Sadly, the only glimmer of hope I see is that Corporatocracy will destroy itself. I say sadly because it will destroy the average American citizen like some parasite that kills it's host.

D. Sherman Okst

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Destroying educationA nation that destroys its systems of education, degrades its public information, guts its public libraries and turns its airwaves into vehicles for cheap, mindless amusement becomes deaf, dumb and blind. It prizes test scores above critical thinking and literacy. It celebrates rote vocational training and the singular, amoral skill of making money. It churns out stunted human products, lacking the capacity and vocabulary to challenge the assumptions and structures of the corporate state. It funnels them into a caste system of drones and systems managers. It transforms a democratic state into a feudal system of corporate masters and serfs.

Chris Hedges

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Iraq warThe costs of the Iraq war alone could have kept every foreclosed family in their home, provided health care for every American child, and wiped out the student loans of graduates who cannot find jobs because they have been outsourced to foreigners.

Joseph Stiglitz - Nobel Memorial Prize Winner in Economic Sciences (2001)
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Ron Paul1913 wasn't a very good year. 1913 gave us the income tax, the 16th amendment and the IRS.

Ron Paul

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Wall St gamblingLet's remember that the recession was caused by Wall Street hyper-speculation, not the pay scales of elementary school teachers or public hospital nurses.

Robert Pollin

 

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Poverty among elderlyTheir ploy is to frighten the public with a nightmare of $1 trillion deficit to pay retirement income over the next half century – as if the Treasury and Fed have not just given Wall Street $13 trillion in bailouts without blinking an eye. President Obama’s $750 billion tax giveaway to the wealthiest 2% is mere icing on the cake that the rich will be eating when the bread lines get too long.

Prof. Michael Hudson
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Clueless economistsThe clueless cast of US economists would do well to read basic textbooks on capitalism, capital formation, and the other cycle. It starts with business investment, then hiring, then value added, then worker income, then consumer spending.

Jim Willie CB

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Corporate filtered newsAmericans consistently underestimate the amount of inequality in our nation. And why is that? Could our media have anything to do with it, a media consumed with when it bleeds it leads, but where context and background are missing?

Danny Schechters

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Silver EaglesAsk yourself this: if you were to put ten grand into a savings account and another ten into silver, which asset will have more purchasing power five years from now?

Jeff Clark

 

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Political corruptionWhen you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don't protect you against them, but protect them against you—when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice—you may know that your society is doomed.

Ayn Rand
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bread and circusesThrow in the appeal of the Roman Coliseum in the form of NFL football and the masses have their entertainment. Keep them all busy while you plunder their wealth. Convince them that flipping hamburgers at McDonalds for minimum wage is "employment". Load them down with cheap credit so they feel wealthy while at the same time they sell their soul to the company store. Give them football five nights a week while you slowly take away their rights and their liberty that their forefathers sacrificed so much for.

Anthony J Stills

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Deeper lookWe have spent over $2 trillion to "help" the economy since the fall of Bear Stearns, but still lost 7.3 million jobs. Instead of giving this money to the same people who created this economic mess, this amount would have provided everyone who lost a job with a check for $273,972.

Rudy Avizius

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Rich BankerLloyd Blankfein & Jamie DimonThe average cost of food as a percentage of disposable income for an American is 10%. Averages obscure the truth that the cost is probably .0001% for Lloyd Blankfein, Ben Bernanke and Chuck Grassley, while it is 30% for a poor family in Harlem.

James Quinn

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Senator Dick DurbinAnd the banks -- hard to believe in a time when we're facing a banking crisis that many of the banks created -- are still the most powerful lobby on Capitol Hill. And they frankly own the place.

Senator Dick Durbin
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Economic pyramidThe wealth of the country has been pillaged by an elite group at the very top of the economic food chain, who were able to reap the rewards of globalization (outsourcing American jobs), manipulate the debt based financial system through synthetic fraud products, and avoid taxes by hiring thousands of lawyers, accountants and tax consultants.

James Quinn
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Financial TerroristsThe terrorists are in the banks, on Wall Street, in the City of London and running transnational conglomerates that are destroying our society and that of Europe.

Bob Chapman

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Larry Summers who fought regulation of Credit default SwapsOver the Counter derivatives directly and indirectly support higher investment and growth in living standards in the US and around the world.

Larry Summers
In congressional testimony where he warned of dire consequences if these derivatives were to be regulated.

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David StockmanThese [financial institutions] are pure casinos, they are not capital markets, they are not adding to the productive capacity of our economy, they simply are a bunch of robots trading with each other by the millisecond as a result of the Fed giving them zero cost overnight money, and giving them all kinds of hand signals on what to front-run.

David Stockman, Former Reagan OMB Director, December, 2010
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BachusIn Washington, the view is that the banks are to be regulated, and my view is that Washington and the regulators are there to serve the banks.

Spencer Bachus,
Incoming chairman of the House Financial Services Committee

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Phil GrammThis is a mental recession. ... We have sort of become a nation of whiners. You just hear this constant whining, complaining about a loss of competitiveness, America in decline ...

Former Sen. Phil Gramm (July 2008)

 

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Not a single top shot banker has been charged with bringing the world financial system on the brink of collapse in 2009. They continue to enjoy record bonuses while the unemployment continues to increase and families lose their homes to foreclosure.

Akhil_Khanna

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The corporations harvest public money as subsidies and investment capital, they are protected by the the US armed forces and diplomacy and they are rescued when they get into trouble. This is a one way relationship and the American public knows it.

William Greider
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If our nation can issue a dollar bond, it can issue a dollar bill.

Thomas Edison
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In today's America, the proud claim of "justice for all" is being replaced by the more modest claim of "justice for those who can afford it". And the number of people who can afford it is rapidly diminishing.

Joseph E. Stiglitz
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The worst effects by far will be experienced by the overstretched debt-wracked countries such as Britain and the US, which are parasitic service economies with little manufacturing capacity that nurture the mistaken belief that the rest of the world will continue sending them cheap goods produced by real labor in exchange for electronically created worthless credits and IOU's including junk such as Treasuries in perpetuity.

Clive Maund
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Six corporations now collectively control US media and absolutely dominate news and entertainment. When you control what Americans watch, hear and read you gain a great deal of control over what they think. They don't call it 'programming' for nothing.
Gordon T Long
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Real unemployment is not 9.8%. If you put all of U6 together (the Bureau of Labor Statistics measures six types of unemployment, U1-U6) and removed the birth/death ratio, you're talking about 21.5% unemployment.
Bob Chapman

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It takes a lot of PhDs to convince the public that their systematic looting at the hands of politicians is actually for their own good.
Robert Murphy

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Wall Street bankers have rewarded themselves for their brilliance in destroying the middle class by reaping multi-million dollar bonus packages.
James Quinn
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Since the 1980s, the US has conspired with others to suppress the price of gold as it is an indicator of the failings of the fiat financial system upon which its power is based. This is akin to doctors icing the thermometer to convince others that the patient is not in danger; and while they have been successful in so doing, the patient is now about to expire.
Darryl_R_Schoon
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The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism — ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

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When Wall Street is hurting, money's never a problem.  But when the states are on the brink of default and 14 million workers are scrimping to feed their families, there's not a dime to spare. Explain that to your kids.

Mike Whitney

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Ignorance is dangerous, but knowledge without responsibility is more dangerous.

Bruce B. Clark

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Never have so few, done so little, and made so much, while screwing so many.

James Quinn
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The USGovt and Wall Street have never made any legitimate effort to reform or restructure. Their entire motivation and purpose has been to raid the USTreasury and Congressional till, to grab as much banker aid as possible, and offer nothing in return for bonafide reform.

Jim Willie CB

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If you could get 2% of the American population against a policy, and they acted on their beliefs, and the government cracked down on them for acts of nonviolent civil disobedience, that would clog the courts and, of necessity, change the policy.

Albert Einstein

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Goldman Sachs built the bomb by developing complex mortgage securities and built a bomb shelter by betting against the mortgage market in 2007. The question is, did they light the fuse by lowering the value of mortgage securities.

Phil Angelides , Chairman - Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission

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Is it possible to make hundreds of billion of dollars in profits on securities that are backed by nothing more than cyber-entries into a loan book?

It is not only possible; it has been done. And now those who cashed in on the swindle have lined up outside the Federal Reserve building to trade their garbage paper for billions of dollars of taxpayer-funded loans.

Where is the justice? meanwhile, the credit bust has left the financial system in shambles and driven the economy into the ground like a tent stake.

Mike Whitney

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Whowever controls the volume of money in our country is absolute master of all industry and commerce... and when you realize that the entire system is very easily controlled, one way or another by a few powerful men at the top, you will not have be told how periods of inflation and depression originate.

1881 President Garfield, 2 weeks before he is assassinated
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I have 2 great enemies, the Southern Army in front of me, and the financial institutions in the rear.
Of the two, the one in my rear is the greatest foe.

President Lincoln, 1865 statement to Congress
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The bottom 40 percent of all income earners in the United States now collectively own less than 1 percent of the nation’s wealth. But of course many on Wall Street and in the government would argue that there is nothing wrong with an economy where nearly half the people are dividing up 1 percent of the benefits.

Michael Snyder

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Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.

Eleanor Roosevelt
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Historians will probably conclude that the package of [economic] reforms was surprisingly modest given the depth and severity of the 2008-09 financial crisis. A harsher historical judgment might find that the political and economic power wielded by the financial industry in the late 20th and early 21st centuries was so extensive that it could weather a near total collapse of the system without having to yield its power or privilege.

David Kurtz

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When the smartest guys in the room designed their credit default swaps, they forgot to ask one thing – what if the parties on the other side of the bet don’t have the money to pay up?

Ellen Brown
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It is increasingly becoming clear that the working majority around the world face a common enemy: an unproductive financial oligarchy that, like parasites, suck the economic blood out of the working people, simply by trading and/or betting on claims of ownership.

Ismael Hossein-zade
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The connection with reality has been severed so completely that the market for over-the-counter derivatives has now reached many times the money supply of the world.

John Hoefle
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One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we've been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We're no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It is simply too painful to acknowledge -- even to ourselves -- that we've been so credulous.

Carl Sagan
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Government is no longer the referee that promotes the general welfare. Government is the facilitator for the "opulent minority," ensuring that they can extract every last penny from the people they impoverish.

Vi Ransel

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Today’s economic crisis is actually the mismanagement of nature’s bounty in an age where technology has solved the problem of scarcity if it is properly viewed as the heritage of all mankind, not the cartel of financiers, corporate oligarchs, military strongmen, and politicians who have the world at the throat in order to safeguard their own wealth and power.

Richard C. Cook

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By the end of 2010, about half of all commercial real estate mortgages will be underwater.

Elizabeth Warren, chair TARP Congressional Oversight Paneler

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The chief offense at the Nuremberg war-crimes trials involved the starting of a war; today, such an act is a cause for celebration among patriotic Americans.

Butler Shaffer
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From the point of view of economic analysis – the pursuit of self-interest – secrecy by the FED is required because the FED is the administrator of a cartel of government-protected commercial banks.

Gary North
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Gentlemen, I have had men watching you for a long time and I am convinced that you have used the funds of the bank to speculate in the breadstuffs of the country. When you won, you divided the profits amongst you, and when you lost, you charged it to the bank...You are a den of vipers and thieves. I intend to rout you out, and by the grace of the Eternal God, will rout you out.

President Andrew Jackson (The one on the $20)
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When you add to that a generation of outsourcing of manufacturing jobs abroad, completely irresponsible and out-of-control behavior by the financial industry, and the cancerous growth of the military-intelligence-industrial complex and their pet wars, you have all the signs of an empire in precipitous decline.

Richard C. Cook

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A lot of people think that the president of the New York Fed works for the U.S. government. But in fact you work for the private banks that elected you.”
Representative Marcy Kaptur to Timothy Geithner at a House hearing
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According to a 2007 study, the government pays for more than two-thirds of all Canadian health care costs. The US government, by contrast, pays for less than half of these costs. In 2007, the US spent a staggering 16% of GDP on health care compared to 10% in Canada. Health costs paid for out-of-pocket by Canadians amount to less than $300 per capita annually.
Ellen Brown
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The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men." .
Plato, ancient Greek philosopher
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“We wonder if the public realizes that all the bad debt bought up by the Fed, more than $2 trillion, will in part eventually have to be assumed by the taxpayer. Some realize the problem, and they seem to be in denial, the rest simply don’t understand. In time the gravity of the situation will become reality.
Bob Chapman
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I am not for turning the keys to the Treasury over to the private sector.
Washington Senator Maria Cantwell after voting against the TARP bill
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Unbeknownst to most Europeans, the public money that financed the bank bailouts created a massive public debt problem, to be solved by massively slashing public programs that benefit workers and the poor.  This amounts to a blatant transfer of billions — maybe trillions of dollars — in public wealth, away from the majority of citizens toward a parasitic crust of bankers.
Shamus Cooke
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A whopping 97 percent of all U.S. bank-held derivatives are concentrated in the hands of just FIVE institutions — JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Citibank and Wells Fargo. JPMorgan alone holds $79.9 trillion in derivatives — more than the grand total held by Bank of America and Citibank combined.
Martin D. Weiss
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While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue then they will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader." —Samuel Adams
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Gold Sachs made $27,000 million during the first three quarters of 2009 and is paying out massive bonuses, leaving the busted taxpayers with the debt and interest charges. Little wonder the US can’t afford health care for the uninsured and unemployed. It is far more important to finance multi-million dollar bonuses for investment bankers. I mean, what would we do without capitalism?
Paul Craig Roberts
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The financial system is so fragile that a [Dubai] default on a paltry $60 billion can send the dominoes skittering through world markets. That sounds like a system on its last legs.
Mike Whitney
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Then again, Wall Street in their arrogance tells us they are doing God’s work. That is why they get giant bonuses as the public starves.
Bob Chapman
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The so-called Jobless Recovery is more like a Job-Loss Recovery
Jim Willie CB
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Taxpayers bailed them out. And in turn they paid themselves record bonuses thinking they were putting one over on everyone.
Michael Eachus
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The people at Goldman Sach's are getting zero percent loans from the Federal Reserve. If you got zero percent loans you could make a lot of money too. This doesn't mean they are smart, it means they're insiders.
Robert Weissman - Public Citizen
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The Fed is bailing out unproductive speculators, while tossing the "creators of the nation's wealth", the workers, a few table scraps.
Mike Whitney
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"Monetary policy is too important to be left to politicians," the paid propagandists called economists assure us. The politicians believe this. Until the crisis of 2008, so did voters.
Gary North
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One conclusive hallmark of a failed state is that the crooks are inside the government, using government to protect and to advance their private interests.  
Paul Craig Roberts
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For people living in the United States, in regards to their healthcare exeperience: for most working people under 65, we're Germany or France or Japan; for Native Americans, military personnel and veterans, we're Britain, or Cuba; for those over 65, we're Canada; for the 45 million uninsured Americans, we're Cambodia, or Burkina Faso or rural India.
T.R. Reid, Author "The Healing of America."
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The bailout scheme is an arb on taxpayers in which banks effectively borrow from taxpayers at near zero rates and re-lend to them at higher rates. This is a de facto transfer or wealth from taxpayers to banks.
Bob Chapman
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If lower pay lures some of Wall Street's finest away, so be it. It's not as if the best and brightest were doing a good job to begin with.
Colin Barr
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Cheap money is a stimulant, also an intoxicant.  If the dose is large enough, a substantial temporary effect can be brought about, but headaches follow.
Benjamin Anderson, Chief Economist of Chase National Bank,  April 1930

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Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed.
Luke 12:15
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Around the middle of the 20th century a group of big New York bankers made a conscious and deliberate effort to corrupt the teaching of economics in American colleges. They succeeded in planting a collection of crackpots and phonies into the economics departments of most universities, who in turn turned out several generations of crackpot students. All these crackpots have impressive degrees and titles, and the only way that you can tell them is that almost everything they say turns out wrong.
Howard S. Katz
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There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.
Warren Buffett
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The financial oligarchy is hyping a recovery while American unemployment and home foreclosures are rising. The hype owes its credibility to the high positions from which it comes, to the problems in payroll jobs reporting that overstate employment, and to disposal into the memory hole of any American unemployed for more than one year.
Paul Craig Roberts
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Gold and silver coins are presently valued at market prices in the assessment of taxes, while valued at face value for the collection of taxes. This is a gross injustice of the highest order and must be changed.
Douglas Gnazzo
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We diligently apply the principle of accountability to the poor and powerless, and the principle of forgiveness to the wealthy and powerful.
Christopher Hayes
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It is absurd that the United States has a central bank that is more accountable to the financial industry than it is to the public.
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
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In the absence of the gold standard, there is no way to protect savings from confiscation through inflation
Alan Greenspan
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The elite have it so bad now that they are being forced to sell one of their 7 homes.
Author unknown

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The revolving door between government offices and lobbying firms is so lucrative and so established that it can only be characterized as institutional corruption.
Rudy Avizius
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By no rational calculus can the outstanding debt be expected to be repaid without inflationary or deflationary adventures, even if further increase were stopped dead in its track. The discussion of the present financial crisis by academia and media avoids all reference to this fact.
Antal Fekete
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Eight major American and European banks will pay the 141,000 employees in their investment banking units $77 billion in 2011 — about $543,000 per worker, not far from the 2007 peak — even after minor regulatory changes are adopted.
Kian Abouhossein - analyst at J.P. Morgan
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If measured according to the methodology used when I was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, the unemployment rate today in the US is above 20%. Moreover, there is no obvious way of reducing it. There are no factories, with work forces temporarily laid off by high interest rates, waiting for a lower interest rate policy to call their workforces back into production.
Paul Craig Roberts, former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury during President Reagan’s first term
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And I sincerely believe that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies.
Thomas Jefferson
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Americans are so confident about their future prospects that they can even refuse national health care – in the middle of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression – at the very same time they happily prop up dying US banks and corporations with their own tax dollars. And then they can actually criticize a national healthcare plan as “socialist”! Hello? Yes, the lights are on in America, but is anybody home?
Robert Bridge
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Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
George Santayana
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Truth is treason in an empire of lies.
Ron Paul
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The 'green shoots' that set the pundits alight are nothing more than the direct effects of massive monetary expansion. What we have is nominal growth in the unproductive service and consumption sectors. In short, Bernanke is being praised by the drug addicts for not cutting them off. But the thing about addiction is that the longer you stay hooked, the more deadly the withdrawal.
Peter Schiff
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“The Central Bank is an institution of the most deadly hostility existing against the Principles and form of our Constitution.  I am an enemy to all banks discounting bills or notes for anything but coin.  If the American people allow private banks to control the issuance of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation the banks and corporations that grow up around them will deprive the people of all their property, until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their Fathers conquered.”
Thomas Jefferson.
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"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together."
Dwight D. Eisenhower
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You've heard of mental depression; this is a mental recession, we have sort of become a nation of whiners.
Former Senator Phil Gramm
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During the great depression, at least the bankers had the courtesy to jump out of windows, now these parasites ask for and expect $billions in bailouts.
Rudy Avizius
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The imaginative conceit that lies behind the accounting rule changes is that the toxic assets polluting bank balance sheets are not really toxic at all. They are in fact highly valuable assets that for some irrational reason no one wants to buy.
Author unknown
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When will AIG be on its feet independently again? Never! And Fannie Mae? Never! They are both black holes intended to cover up the evidence, whose price tag is absorbed by the public.
Jim Willie
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The Federal Reserve — the quasi-autonomous body that controls the US’s money supply — is a “Ponzi scheme” that created “bubble after bubble” in the US economy and needs to be held accountable for its actions.
Eliot Spitzer, former governor and attorney-general of New York.
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…If America is circling the drain, Goldman Sachs has found a way to be that drain -- an extremely unfortunate loophole in the system of Western democratic capitalism, which never foresaw that in a society governed passively by free markets and free elections, organized greed always defeats disorganized democracy.
Matt Taibbi, Goldman Sachs
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“Paper money eventually returns to its intrinsic value – ZERO”
Voltaire 1729

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And the banks --- hard to believe in a time when we're facing a banking crisis that many of the banks created --- are still the most powerful lobby on Capitol Hill. And they frankly own the place!
Richard Durbin, Senator Illinois
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Slowly but surely, the greatest manufacturing economy in the world destroyed itself by outsourcing its real source of strength, which was making things others wanted to buy.
Kevin Geary
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The wealth of a nation is fundamentally based on the physical wealth it creates. Physical wealth consists of things that are beneficial to human life such as food, houses, clothes, cars, etc. The foundation of a nation’s wealth is the industries that create physical wealth: raw material extraction, energy, agriculture, and manufacturing. A nation is not made wealthy through banking, finance, litigation, or insurance.
Arian Nevin
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On a side note, if you think this country rewards failure and punishes success, I'd like you to take a field trip to two homes.
1. The home of a retiree who worked hard and faithfully most of his adult life doing grunt work in some company that was mismanaged into the ground over the last ten years. (Think: Line workers for GM, mail room clerks at Enron, whoever.)
2. Now visit the home of a retiree who presided over that mismanagement before leaving the workforce.
Author unknown
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In exchange for more affordable automobiles, America has traded good jobs. In exchange for cheap trinkets from China, America has mortgaged off its future with ballooning debt. In exchange for the hope of oil deals in Iraq, America has traded thousands of lives and up to $3 trillion before it’s over. While money is spent in Iraq to rebuild hospitals, schools, roads and bridges – all destroyed due to the US presence - taxpayers are stuck with the bill to rebuild this demolition.
Mike Stathis

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People say that the government owns the banks and financials, however, it appears that the banks and financials actually own the government. With their lobbying money, the result is: unemployment, foreclosure, and eviction notices for the working class, and TARP $billions and record bonuses for those who got us into this mess.
Rudy Avizius
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We're a country that, for the last decade, acquiesced meekly and quietly as our Government transferred huge amounts of national wealth to a tiny elite; launched a devastating war based on purely false pretenses; tortured, spied on us and literally claimed the right to invalidate law and the Constitution; and turned itself over to the highest bidders.
Glenn Greenwald
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Globally, the Bank of International Settlements (BIS) reports a total of $57.3 trillion in credit default swaps, more than 28 times larger than AIG’s CDS portfolio. Clearly, the money available to the U.S. government is too small for a crisis of these dimensions.
Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D
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