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Tuesday September 27, 2016
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CHUMP... FINEMAN: Worst Debate Performance Ever... Trump 'Punches Himself Out'... 'Loses His Cool'... Fell For Clinton's Trap... LUNTZ PANEL: 17-3 For Hillary, 'Birther Question Destroyed Him'... CNN: 18-2 Hillary... Undecideds React Coolly To Trump... Even White Supremacists Agree!... Trump Held It Together For 10 Minutes -- Then Unraveled... 'Improvised His Way To Infamy'... Contrast 'As Stark As Any Presidential Debate In American History'... D E B A C L E... Trump Interrupts Hillary Dozens Of Times!... Boasts Of Taking Advantage Of U.S. Laws And Workers... Hillary's Strategy: Expose Trump As Fraud And Scam Artist...
PBS News | Presidential Debate 9/26/16 Donald Trump vs Hillary Clinton (full) (09/26/16) [1:33:21]
TYT | Presidential Debate | Who Won? (09/26/16) [12:41]
TYT | Why This Election Is SO Important. Wes Clark Jr. Vs. Jimmy Dore Debate (09/26/16) [13:01]

Trump Is Only Kind Of A Global Warming Truther, Campaign Manager Says
HP | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | 09/27/16

She offered fresh denials and explanations about the Republican nominee's science-denying tweets.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump believes climate change is a natural phenomenon, his campaign manager told CNN Tuesday morning. That's a fresh story ? and a fresh lie. During the presidential debate Monday night, Trump himself lied by denying that he had previously called global warming a man-made hoax. ... Read more

Biographer Reveals There's Zero Evidence That Trump Is a Billionaire--He 'Just Makes It Up'
AlterNet | David Ferguson / Raw Story | 09/26/16

David Cay Johnston said that if Trump wasn't a presidential candidate, but just someone sitting next to you on a bar stool, "you'd quickly conclude, 'That's nuts.'"

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and The Making of Donald Trump author David Cay Johnston said in a new video that there is no evidence whatsoever that Donald Trump is actually the billionaire he claims to be.

In 2015, Johnston said, Trump variously claimed his net worth to be $8.7 billion, $10 billion, $11 billion and higher, "even though there was nothing going on in the economy that would suggest that kind of gyrations of net worth." ... Read more
There's Zero Evidence That Trump Is a Billionaire -- He 'Just Makes It Up' (09/27/16) [2:10]

Hillary vs Donald: So Who Won?
ZeroHedge | author | 09/27/16
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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, September 27 [10:04]
DN | WATCH: Clinton-Trump Debate & Democracy Now! Roundtable (full last night) (09/26/16) [2:59:04]
DN | Expanding the Debate: Jill Stein Spars with Clinton & Trump in Democracy Now! Part 1 (09/27/16) [51:00], Part 2 [52:00]
The Daily Show
Trevor Noah | Trevor reacts to the first presidential debate! (09/27/16) [8:27]
Trevor Noah | 44% users get their news from Facebook! Part 1 (09/27/16) [8:27], Part 2 [6:46]
Trevor is awed by the raw fury of TheBlaze commentator Tomi Lahren, whose right-wing rants have made her an internet sensation.
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert | The First Presidential Debate Lives Up To the Hype (09/26/16) [9:44]
TRNN | Glen Ford and Jeff Cohen discuss: Clinton vs Trump Debate: Is One Section of the Oligarchy More Dangerous? (09/27/16) [25:54]
TRNN | 24 Arrested For Demanding An Open Debate (09/27/16) [3:58]
TRNN | Col. Larry Wilkerson discusses: Trump's Position on Jerusalem Puts Him on the Side of the Settler Movement (09/27/16) [12:44]
TYT | We Should Ask Donald Trump Tough Question About Money (09/26/16) [3:22]
TYT | Presidential Debate | Was Hillary Clinton's Strategy Effective? (09/26/16) [4:47]
RT | Keiser Report: Houdini's Magic Tricks in Modern Economy & Politics (E972) (09/27/16) [25:45]
Max and Stacy discuss what Houdini could teach us about the modern economy and politics, from the totally fake vanishing acts like the Libor charity funds in the UK to the very real entertaining extravaganzas like the Trump campaign. In the second half, Max and Stacy talk to Karl Gray (@paradimeshift) about his investments in Aid:Tech and how the blockchain is actually being deployed in the real world to solve transparency issues.
RT | Third party candidate Jill Stein responds to Clinton-Trump duel in real time (09/27/16) [6:24]
RT | 'Wings for Love': Mountain freestyle World Cup 2016 kicks off in China (09/27/16) [1:11]
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*DR | Analysis Of The First Clinton-Trump Debate (09/27/16) [1hr]
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump went head-to-head last night in their first debate as presidential candidates. They sparred on jobs, trade deals, policing practices and race, as well as tax returns and combating terrorism. The debate was contentious, with Trump repeatedly interrupting Clinton, and Clinton calling out for fact checkers more than once. Going into the debate, the candidates were virtually tied in the polls. Whether their performance on the stage tipped that balance is not yet clear. Diane and her guests talk about the first debate between the two major-party presidential candidates -- and whether either candidate won over undecided voters.
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Monday September 26, 2016
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What It Will Take for Hillary to Win the Debate
AlterNet | Steven Rosenfeld | 09/25/16

... Despite the hype, the stakes are enormous. Unless Clinton finds a way to connect with voters, especially the nearly one in three millennials now flocking to libertarian Gary Johnson, she may end losing in November because she's hovering in polls in the low 40s. If she tries to present herself in ways not yet seen by most Americans, she will likely fuel critics who say she cannot be trusted. Clinton can only be herself: prepared, concerned, wonkly, formidable, and maybe a bit wry.

Trump, in contrast, benefits from the biggest double-standard in recent American history. The public has grown used to his boasts, smears, over-promises, outright lies, and flailing antics. While the public expects Clinton to know everything about every topic and not be offputting, Trump will be let off the hook for an array of sloppy behaviors. Worse, if he doesn't loose his cool, his composure will likely be described by the GOP and pundits as a new sobriety, seriousness and debate victory. ... Read more

Debate Battle Plan: Show Up, No Dick Jokes

Here's Everything Donald Trump Has Promised to Do on His First Day as President
MotherJones | Tim Murphy | 09/23/16

  1. "Repeal every single Obama executive order." (He has also pledged more specifically to "eliminate every unconstitutional executive order.")
  2. "Repeal Obamacare." (On Trump's campaign website, he's less bullish, promising only to "ask Congress" on day one to repeal Obamacare immediately.)
  3. "End the war on coal."
  4. "Begin swiftly removing criminal illegal immigrants from this country." (More specifically, Trump has promised to do this in his "first hour" in office, "day one, before the wall, before anything.")
  5. "Begin working on an impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful, southern border wall."
  6. Meet with Homeland Security officials and generals to begin securing the southern border.
  7. "Notify all countries that refuse to take back dangerous illegal immigrants who have committed crimes in this country that they will lose access to our visa programs if they continue to do so."
  8. Convene his top generals and inform them they have 30 days to come up with a plan to stop ISIS.
  9. Fix the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  10. Call the heads of major companies who are moving operations oversea to inform them that they'll face 35 percent tariffs.
  11. "Contact countries and say...'Folks, we love protecting you, we want to continue to protect you but you're not living up to the bargain'...They're not paying what they're supposed to be paying -- which is very little, by the way."
  12. "Defend the unborn."
  13. "Withdraw from TPP."
  14. "Start taking care of our...military."
  15. Suspend Syrian refugee resettlement.
  16. "Notify our NAFTA partners of my intention to renegotiate the deal."
  17. "Designate China as a currency manipulator."
  18. "Direct every agency in government to begin identifying all wasteful job-killing regulations, and they are going to be removed."
  19. "Get rid of gun-free zones [in] schools" and "military bases" -- which would require repealing a 25-year-old federal law. ("My first day, it gets signed, okay? My first day. There's no more gun-free zones.")
  20. "Ask Congress to pass 'Kate's Law' -- named for Kate Steinle -- to ensure that criminal aliens convicted of illegal reentry receive strong mandatory minimum sentences."
  21. Learn the difference between Hezbollah and Hamas.
  22. It's shaping up to be a busy day! Hillary Clinton, by contrast, has made only a few day-one promises, none of which is as concrete as shaking down European heads of state:
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  24. "Tackle the gun lobby to try to reduce the outrageous number of people who are dying from gun violence in our country."
  25. "Reach out to Republicans and say, 'This is your chance to help millions of families and show that your party, the party of Lincoln, is better than Donald Trump.'"
  26. "Work with both parties to pass the biggest investment in new, good-paying jobs since World War II."
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The Movie that Sparked Citizen United
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Playing by different rules: The media lets Trump "get out of jail free" but won't let Clinton "pass go"
Salon | Bob Cesca | 09/19/16

The press slams Clinton based on pre-2016 political standards, while Trump is judged on a much lower bar

The only explanation for the lopsided coverage of the election by the political press so far is that, for some mysterious reason-defying logic, there's a "false equivalence" at work. It's become an almost throw-away phrase, bearing little weight these days. The political press certainly doesn't take it too seriously, that's for sure. We're just gaming the refs, they say. Someone's always bitching about the media, they say. Whatever helps them sleep at night, I suppose.

Nevertheless, according to what we're observing online and via cable news, Hillary Clinton's negatives appear eons more grievous than Donald Trump's missteps, even though they're not -- and this disparity unfairly elevates Trump and his poll numbers. This is how elections are tilted toward despots and undisciplined strongmen. They're legitimized and humanized despite their long menu of unprecedented gaffes, lies and treachery. ... Read more
TYT | Harvard Study: Media Ignores Policy Substance, Facts (09/24/16) [10:33]

The Avalon Village, Highland Park, MI
It Takes a Village In the middle of one of Detroit's most blighted and abandoned neighborhoods, Shamayim 'SHU' Harris and her team of engineers, futurists, artists, urban farmers and their nationwide allies are reimagining public and private space. This is an invitation to step into the village (current) [4:49]
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26 Incredible Facts About The Economy That Every American Should Know Before The Trump-Clinton Debate
ZeroHedge | author | 09/26/16

Are you ready for the most anticipated presidential debate in decades? There will likely be quite a few questions about the economy, and without a doubt this is an area where Trump and Clinton have some very sharp differences. The mainstream media would have us believe that the U.S. economy is in pretty good shape, and if that was true that would seem to favor Clinton. But is it actually true? ... Read more

Will Deutsche Bank's Collapse Be Worse Than Lehman Brothers?
ZeroHedge | author | 09/26/16

DB is the proverbial "canary in the coalmine" for Europe. Perched atop one of the largest derivatives books in Europe, DB has ties to most major financial institutions in the region. ... Read more

BofA Fined $12.5 Million For Creating At Least 15 Mini "Flash Crashes"
ZeroHedge | author | 09/26/16

The SEC announced that BofA/Merrill Lynch agreed to pay a $12.5 million penalty for "maintaining ineffective trading controls" that failed to prevent erroneous orders from being sent to the markets and causing at least 15 mini-flash crashes between 2012 and 2014. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, September 26 [13:51]
DN | Keith Lamont Scott's Wife is Latest Black Woman Forced to Film State Violence Against a Partner (09/26/16) [7:45]
DN | Marc Lamont: Activism Works: Charlotte Police Release Dashboard & Body Camera Video in Keith Lamont Scott Killing (09/26/16) [8:27]
DN | Marc Lamont Hill Responds to Trump: "We Can't Arrest Our Way Out of a Problem of State Violence" (09/26/16) [4:40]
John Oliver
John Oliver | The 2016 presidential race is teeming with scandals. (09/25/16) [21:15]
John Oliver | Refugee Crisis: inappropriate analogy for the refugee crisis. (09/20/16) [10:31]
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert | Hillary Clinton Preps for Two Trumps at the Debate (09/22/16) [7:23]
Stephen Colbert | Did Trump End The Birther Controversy, Or Is That His Biggest Lie Yet? (09/20/16) [11:04]
TRNN | PERI co-director Gerald Epstein discusses: Why the Federal Reserve Needs To Go Beyond Interest Rate Policy (09/26/16) [13:21]
TRNN | Ecuador's foreign minister Guillaume Long: Proposes Worldwide Elimination of Tax Havens (09/26/16) [25:13]
TRNN | The Rich Hide an Estimated 21 Trillion in Offshore Accounts (older) [14:18]
James Henry, author of "Pirate Bankers," says Swiss Banks like HSBC, Credit Suisse, and UBS facilitate offshore accounts and buy millions of dollars worth of influence in Washington.
TYT | How The Debates Were Corrupted By The Democrats AND Republicans (09/25/16) [5:02]
TYT | The Real Solution To America's Healthcare Problems (09/25/16) [3:56]
TYT | Big Pharma Always Gets Their Way -- Quick Profits, Dead Patients (09/24/16) [4:57]
The FDA's decision to approve a useless drug this week sent pharma stocks soaring and caused the resignation of a high-ranking FDA official who is sick of his agency acting as an arm of the pharmaceutical industry.
RT | Keiser Report: Earthquakes & Economy (E971) (09/24/16) [25:46]
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*DR | Shooting Video Released: The Latest From Charlotte (09/26/16) [1hr]
Charlotte police release video of the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott -- but questions and doubts remain. The Washington Post's Wesley Lowery brings us the latest from Charlotte, North Carolina.
*DR | Protecting Our Data In An Era Of Increasing State-Sponsored Cyberattacks (09/26/16) [1hr]
500 million: that's the number of Yahoo users whose account information was stolen by hackers. The company recently revealed that it had discovered the 2014 hack -- said to be the largest to date of a single company's network. This comes as reports of state-sponsored hackings are on the rise in the U.S., and concerns are growing over intrusions by countries like Russia into one of our own country's most sacred systems: our elections. We'll get the latest on risks to our personal data and to the integrity of U.S. voting.
Aljazeera | She is My Son: Afghanistan's Bacha Posh, when Girls Become Boys (09/25/16) [26:49]
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Friday September 23, 2016
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The Infuriating Reason Wells Fargo Got Away With Its Massive Scam For So Long
HP | Emily Peck | 09/22/16

How did Wells Fargo get away with ripping off its banking customers for so long? The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the City of Los Angeles recently fined Wells Fargo $185 million for five years of misbehavior, but now congressional Republicans are asking why this didn't happen faster.

Their bewilderment, however, is in itself rather bewildering, if not downright disingenuous. Not only has the GOP consistently opposed the very existence of the CFPB, but Republicans have more recently registered strong opposition to specific new rules proposed by the agency that would have helped bring Wells Fargo's misconduct into the open sooner. Read more

Trump Tax Plan Turns the Donald into Trickle-Down King
ZeroHedge | author | 09/23/16

If George Bush Senior thought Reaganomics was "voodoo economics," he'd think the Trump tax plan was its kachina doll, and if GB Minor had been smoking weed while popping magic mushrooms when he made his eponymous tax cuts, the Bush Tax Cuts might have come out looking like the Wall-Street tax Fantasia that Trump's peeps have brewed up -- a plan that will make Donald Trump and the guests in his gold-plated penthouse much wealthier if enacted but will barely nudge the middle class. ... Read more

Your Air Conditioner and Refrigerator Are Killing the Climate: What Are the Alternatives?
AlterNet | Reynard Loki | 09/22/16

Global temperatures are on pace to make 2016 another record-breaking year. It is feeding into a classic deadly environmental cycle: The hotter it gets, the more people want to buy air conditioners. And the more we use A/C, the more we emit greenhouse gases that, in turn, increase global warming.

But the planet may get some help soon, if world leaders can come to an agreement on how to handle the greenhouse gas emissions of coolants found in air conditioners and refrigerators. The agreement they're currently working on is actually an attempt to close a loophole in a landmark, three-decade-old treaty that was originally meant to help the environment. ... Read more

"It May Be Over For The BOJ" - Wall Street Throws Up On Kuroda's "Disastrous" New Policy
ZeroHedge | author | 09/23/16

Two days day after the BOJ unveiled its "QQE with Yield Curve Control" (but no fries), the sellside has had time to digest the central bank's latest proposal and the assessment, unlike that of Dan Loeb, is anything but glowing. In fact, it's downright "deplorable."

We start with Goldman, which as we reported two days ago, admitted not only that what the BOJ is launching is tantamount to a "stealth taper", but more disturbingly, has no idea just how the central bank will effectively control the yield curve: Read more

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*DR | Friday News - Domestic (09/23/16) [1hr]
Ongoing protests in North Carolina over the police shooting of a black man. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump clash on national security policy after the New York bombing. And lawmakers sharply question Wells Fargo's CEO over scam accounts. A panel of journalists joins guest host Amy Walter for analysis of the week's top national news stories.
*DR | Friday News - International (09/23/16) [1hr]
Secretary of State Kerry accuses Russia of bombing an aid convoy in Syria. Hundreds are feared dead after a migrant boat capsizes off the Egyptian coast. And the U.S. allows Boeing to sell passenger planes to Iran. A panel of journalists joins guest host Amy Walter for analysis of the week's top international news stories.
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, September 23 [10:21]
*DN | Sen. Warren Calls for Wells Fargo CEO to Resign & Face Investigation Amid Growing Scandal (09/23/16) [13:20]
DN | Protests over Tulsa & Charlotte Police Killings Stem from Economic Policies That Perpetuate Racism (09/23/16) [17:46]
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert | Reacts to the State of Emergency in Charlotte (09/23/16) [4:49]
TRNN | Nick Buxton Discusses US National Security Policy for Climate Change Seeks Security for Corporate-Controlled Assets (09/23/16) [13:08]
*TYT | Trump Campaign Chair Resigns After Racist Comments (09/22/16) [12:59]

TYT | USA Columnist On Protesters: Run Them Down (09/22/16) [6:17]
TYT | Donald Trump's Budget Would EXPLODE The Deficit (09/22/16) [5:32]
TYT | Clintons Want Lower Corporate Tax Rates... And TPP (09/22/16) [9:31]
RT | CrossTalk: Conflicting narratives and competing agendas - this is the tragedy of the Syrian conflict. Western media coverage is focused on forcing political outcomes. (08/23/16) [24:46]
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ThomHartmann | Who Has Benefited From So-Called "Free Trade?" (09/23/16) [9:20]
ThomHartmann | Why Hillary Clinton Is In Serious Danger Of Losing To Trump (09/23/16) [5:44]
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Thursday September 22, 2016
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N.C. Governor Declares State Of Emergency Amid Violent Protests
HP & Reuters | Greg Lacour | 09/21/16

Residents of Charlotte, North Carolina, woke up to a state of emergency and the National Guard and State Highway Patrol deployed to their city on Thursday after a second night of unrest sparked by the fatal police shooting of a black man.

According to police, Keith Scott, 43, was shot and killed by officers on Tuesday after he refused to drop a handgun. His family and a witness to the shooting said Scott was holding a book, not a firearm.

A peaceful rally in response to the shooting turned violent on Wednesday as protesters threw rocks and bottles at police in riot gear, smashed windows and doors and looted stores in downtown Charlotte. Officers fired rubber bullets, tear gas, flash-bang grenades and used pepper spray to disperse the crowd. ... Read more

Donald Trump's Tax Cuts Would Cause Deficit To Explode, Report Says
HP | Jonathan Cohn | 09/22/16

REPORT: Trump's Agenda Would Add $5.3 Trillion To Federal Debt

Donald Trump's policies would make the federal deficit much bigger. Hillary Clinton's wouldn't. That's the most important takeaway of a new report, one that maybe should get a little attention this campaign season.

The report comes from Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, a nonpartisan think tank that, as the name suggests, focuses heavily on whether the government has enough resources to meet its financial obligations.

Earlier this year, the committee published a thorough review of the Clinton and Trump agendas ? with a particular focus on how each would affect the deficit (the difference between what the government spends and takes in) and the debt (the total amount of money that the government owes). ... Read more

Trump Voters Reveal Their Wildest Clinton Conspiracy Theories to 'The Daily Show'
AlterNet | Sophia Tesfaye / Salon | 09/21/16

Jordan Klepper of "The Daily Show" has done yeoman's work surveying Donald Trump supporters this election season, and his latest dispatch may provide the most hilarious (or depressing) insight into the base of the modern-day Republican Party yet.

Klepper attended a rally for the Republican presidential nominee to ask some of his most ardent supporters about their crazy conspiracy theories surrounding Hillary Clinton's health. ... Read more
Trump Voters Reveal Their Wildest Clinton Conspiracy Theories to 'The Daily Show' (09/22/16) [5:07]

In Dramatic Twist, Wells Fargo Said To Retaliate, Fire Whistleblowers Who Exposed Bank's Illegal Practices
ZeroHedge | author | 09/22/16

While the recent congressional hearing targeting John Stumpf, in which Elizabeth Warren suggested he should resign and be criminally charged, was nothing more than a "kangaroo court" meant to refocus public anger on banks, with good reason, the reason why we concluded that nothing would actually change is that ultimately there was no evidence the bank's executive management was aware of the bank's illegal, fraudulent tactics involving the creation of some 2 million fake customer accounts to "sandbag" retail banking fees. That assumption, however, may need revision now that CNN reports that it has heard from former Wells Fargo workers - some of whom were named - around the country, who tried to put a stop to the bank's illegal tactics only to be met with harsh, prompt and severe retaliation by the bank.

"Almost half a dozen workers who spoke with us say they paid dearly for trying to do the right thing: they were fired" ... Read more

Just Plain Pathetic
ZeroHedge | author | 09/22/16

We are speaking, of course, of the Fed's decision to punt yet again, and for a reason that is not mysterious at all. To wit, our financial rulers are petrified of a stock market hissy fit, and will go to any length of dissimulation and double-talk to avoid triggering a crash of the very bubbles their policies have inflated. ... Read more

Aljazeera | Inside Story - Rise of the 'superbugs': Is resistance futile? (09/22/16) [24:50]
Hanjin shipping company goes under (09/22/16) [1:58]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, September 22 [7:38]
DN | State of Emergency: Charlotte NAACP & Protesters Demand Police Release Video of Keith Scott Shooting (09/22/16) [17:03]
DN | Rashad Robinson: Let's Implement Stop-and-Frisk on White Billionaires Like Trump (09/22/16) [4:33]
TRNN | Bill Black: SEC Accusations Against US Billionaire Highlights Centrality of Insider Trading to Hedge Fund Profits (09/22/16) [10:49]
TRNN | Heidi Chow discusses: Dangers of the Proposed Bayer-Monsanto Merger (09/22/16) [10:49]
TYT | Wells Fargo: Banker Fired For Doing The Right Thing (09/20/16) [6:07]
TYT | Staggering Number Of Jail Deaths Occur Within 3 Days Of Arrest (09/21/16) [5:44]
TYT | Protests And Riots In Charlotte After Police Kill Black Man (09/21/16) [11:01]
RT | Keiser Report: Hippies vs Hipsters (E970) (09/22/16) [25:47]
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ThomHartmann | How To Take On the Banksters (09/22/16) [6:31]
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*DR | Debate Over How Police Departments Are Addressing Deadly Force (09/22/16) [1hr]
The governor has declared a state of emergency in North Carolina, after police and residents clashed and another person was shot in a second night of protests over the fatal shooting of Keith Lamont Smith in Charlotte. His death came days after another black man, Terence Crutcher, was shot and killed by police in Tulsa, Oklahoma. They were the latest in a deadly string of encounters between citizens and police across the country this summer. In 2016, at least 702 people have been shot by police, according to a database by the Washington Post -- 163 of them were African-American men. Two years after Ferguson, some say we need a reset on policing in America. Guest Host Amy Walter and a panel discuss what departments are doing -- and whether it's working.
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Wednesday September 21, 2016
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U2's Bono Says Trump 'Potentially the Worst Idea that Ever Happened to America'
AlterNet | Kali Holloway | 09/21/16

U2 lead singer Bono appeared on "CBS This Morning" to discuss a bunch of topics with co-host Charlie Rose, and inevitably, Donald Trump came up. Bono, who's never shied away from sharing his thoughts on politics suggested that the GOP contender for president, if elected, could devastate the country.

"America is like the best idea the world ever came up with," the vocalist said. "But Donald Trump is potentially the worst idea that ever happened to America. Potentially. Could destroy it." ... Read more

*On "The Daily Show" Trevor Noah Harnesses the Power of Skittles Metaphors Against Trump (09/21/16) [8:01]
*Jimmy Kimmel Live | Lie Witness News - Trump's Tax Returns Edition (09/21/16) [3:32]

The Economists Who Didn't See the Big Crash of 2008 Coming Still Don't Understand What Happened or How to Fix It
AlterNet | Dean Baker / Truthout | 09/20/16

Last week marked the eighth anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the huge Wall Street investment bank. This bankruptcy sent financial markets into a panic with the remaining investment banks, like Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, set to soon topple. The largest commercial banks, like Citigroup and Bank of America, were not far behind on the death watch.

The cascade of collapses was halted when the Fed and Treasury went into full-scale bailout mode. They lent trillions of dollars to failing banks at below market interest rates. They also promised the markets that there would be "no more Lehmans" to use former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner's term.

This promise was incredibly valuable in a time of crisis. It meant that investors could lend freely to Goldman and Citigroup without fear that their loans would not be repaid -- they had the Treasury and the Fed standing behind them.

The public has every right to be furious about this set of events eight years ago, as well what has happened subsequently. First, everything about the crisis caught the country's leading economists by surprise. Somehow, the country's leading economists both could not see an $8 trillion housing bubble, nor could they understand how its collapse would seriously damage the economy. This bubble was clearly driving the economy prior to the crash, it is difficult to envision what these economists thought would replace the demand lost when the bubble burst. ... Read more

Trump's Giant Conflict of Interest Just Got Bigger
MotherJones | Russ Choma | 09/21/16

The US government is cracking down on Trump's largest financial backer. What will he do if elected president?

Donald Trump came under fire last week for his financial ties to overseas investors, including controversial financiers and corporations, whose interests might not align with US foreign policy. But if elected president, Trump would face a tremendous conflict of interest regarding the hundreds of millions of dollars he owes Deutsche Bank, which is now in the crosshairs of US regulators.

The US government has charged that the German banking giant misled investors into buying bad mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the financial crisis of 2007 and 2008, and it is demanding that Deutsche Bank pay $14 billion to settle legal claims. The bank is reported to have planned for a settlement of $2 billion to $3 billion, and negotiations between it and the Department of Justice are likely to be contentious and last for months--possibly well into the next administration. Should Trump take the White House, what Deutsche Bank ends up paying for its alleged misdeeds might depend on how tough Trump's Justice Department will be with the bank to which he owes so much money. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, September 21 [13:00]
DN | U.N. Summit for Refugees & Migrants Creates New Urgency for Global Crisis of 65 Million Displaced (09/21/16) [7:22]
*DN | Holocaust Survivor: Trump Jr.'s Skittles Comment Brings Back Dark Images of Children Being Murdered (09/21/16) [7:04]
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
*Stephen Colbert | Donald Trump's eldest son may have attended top-flight schools, but his Skittles meme heavily implies that he failed English and Math. (09/21/16) [3:38]
*Stephen Colbert | You Should Definitely Take the Donald Trump Debate Prep Survey (09/21/16) [6:10]
*TRNN | Bill Black: Does a Golden Parachute Await Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf? (09/21/16) [18:35]
TYT | Trump Jr: Syrian Refugees Are Just Like Skittles... (0920/16) [3:50]
*TYT | Elizabeth Warren To Wells Fargo CEO: You Should Resign (09/20/16) [9:01]
TYT | Trump Denies He Ever Wanted A Muslim Ban (09/20/16) [6:25]
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ThomHartmann | Secret meeting between Joe Scarborough and Trump? (09/20/16) [6:08]
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*DR | The U.N. Takes Up The Threat Of The Growing Resistance To Antibiotics Worldwide (09/21/16) [1hr]
Antibiotic resistance kills 700,000 people a year worldwide. For the first time, the U.N. General Assembly is considering taking action. The rise of superbugs and what to do about it.
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Tuesday September 20, 2016
News Articles

Stop Whining About 'False Balance'
RollingStone | Matt Taibbi | 09/16/16

Everyone wants to blame reporters for the rise of Donald Trump. How about the media consumer?

News media outlets are increasingly coming under fire for the sin of "false balance" or "false equivalency." The New York Times, one of the outlets most often accused of this offense, recently defined the term:

"The practice of journalists who, in their zeal to be fair, present each side of a debate as equally credible, even when the factual evidence is stacked heavily on one side."

The crime of The Times, according to some of its readers, has been its coverage of the Clinton email and Clinton Foundation stories. As one Times reader put it, "There's too much at stake in this election for the media to stoke the belief that Hillary's mistakes (which she has definitely made) are even close to par with Trump's." ... Read more

Elizabeth Warren Slams Wells Fargo CEO Stumpf: "You Should Resign, You Should Be Criminally Investigated"
ZeroHedge | author | 09/20/16

As was widely expected, the main event during today's John Stumpf hearing before the Senate Banking Committee was the moments when anti-bank crusader, Elizabeth Warren would get to the mic. She did not hold back, and immediately launched into a full-blown attack on the one topic Americans find most disturbing: the utter lack of accountability, despite Stumpf's repeaeted protestations to the contrary.

"Since this massive year's long scam came to light you have said 'I am accountable', but what have you done to hold yourself accountable? Have you resigned? Have you returned one nickel of the money you earned while this scandal was going on?" After Stumpf failed to respond, Warren replied in his stead: "I will take that as a no."

When Stumpf confirmed that he has not fired a single senior executives, Warren slammed what he called "gutless leadership." ... Read more

C-SPAN | Sen. Warren to Wells Fargo CEO: "You should resign." (09/20/16) [8:56]
Fox News | Senate to grill Wells Fargo CEO over accounts scandal (09/19/16) [3:48]
Syria Burning: A Short History of a Catastrophe by Charles Glass

Since the upsurge of the Arab Spring in 2011, the Syrian civil war has claimed in excess of 200,000 lives, with an estimated 8 million Syrians, more than a third of the country's population, forced to flee their homes. Militant Sunni groups, such as ISIS, have taken control of large swathes of the nation. The impact of this catastrophe is now being felt on the streets of Europe and the United States.

Veteran Middle East expert Charles Glass combines reportage, analysis, and history to provide an accessible overview of the origins and permutations defining the conflict. He also gives a powerful argument for why the West has failed to get to grips with the consequences of the crisis.

These Are The Faces Of European Regions Facing Depopulation Today
HP | Gaia Mellone | 09/20/16

A demographic crisis is unfolding across Europe, with birth rates plummeting at alarming rates. For a photo project titled "Negative Zero," English-Swedish artist and journalist Anastasia Taylor-Lind grabbed her camera and embarked on a road trip to photograph some of the communities hardest hit by the disaster. Driving from London to the country of Georgia, Taylor-Lind visited a number of cities with declining populations in Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Russia, and the Caucasus. Read more

Former 'Star Wars' Star Moved to Psychiatric FacilityFormer 'Star Wars' Star Moved to Psychiatric Facility
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Jake Lloyd, who played Anakin Skywalker in 'Star Wars: The Phantom Menace,' has been moved from a jail cell to a psychiatric facility. Jake's been behind bars since June for taking cops on a chase that exceeded speeds of 100 mph. The actor's mom, Lisa, tells us authorities reached the conclusion he needed help more than punishment, because he suffers from schizophrenia ... thus the move. Read more

Matthew Perry says past substance abuse has caused him to forget 'three years' of 'Friends'
AOL | Alex Ungerman | 09/20/16

During a recent interview on BBC Radio 2 in Britain, the 46-year-old actor found himself unable to recall his least favorite episode of Friends due to his admitted substance abuse at the time. "I think the answer is I don't remember three years of it," he candidly admitted. "So none of those... somewhere between season three and six."

"You can't have a drug problem for 30 years and then expect to have it be solved in 28 days," adding, "Getting sober is a really hard thing to do." Read more

'The Case of: JonBenet Ramsey': Everything We Learned From Part Two
RollingStone | Rachel Brodsky | 090/20/16

In conclusion of docuseries, CBS team suggests that Burke Ramsey is the killer -- but stop short of formally accusing him

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CBS | The Case Of: JonBenét Ramsey - Preview (08/17/16) [3:09]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, September 20 [15:57]
*DN | A Debate on Empire: Is Donald Trump One Terrorist Attack Away from the Presidency? (09/19/16) [7:22]
Ralph Nader, former presidential candidate, discusses what expanding the presidential debate to include third-party candidates would mean for the discussion of this weekend's attacks in New Jersey and New York. Nader says, "Brute force doesn't work. ... State terrorism kills far more people than stateless terrorism." He says Clinton is "more systemically hawkish" and Trump is "unpredictably belligerent." website
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Samantha Bee slammed NBC for propping up Donald Trump's celebrity and normalizing him to the point where voters aren't turned off by his rhetoric, Part 1 (09/20/16) [5:13], Part 2 [4:57]
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Stephen Colbert | Did Trump End The Birther Controversy, Or Is That His Biggest Lie Yet? (09/20/16) [11:04]
*TRNN | Chris Hedges: To Stop Terrorism, End U.S. Occupation of the Middle East (09/19/16) [8:54]
TRNN | Col. Lawrence Wilkerson Discusses: Record US Aid to Israel Reflects Growing Influence of Military-Industrial Complex (09/20/16) [12:08]
*TRNN | Can a Lebanon-Style Solution End the Syrian War? (09/20/16) [11:27]
The conflict will not come to an end until the US and Russia make their respective clients agree to an imposed settlement or else face an immediate arms embargo, says journalist Charles Glass
TYT | NYC / Jersey Bomb Suspect Captured After Shootout (09/19/16) [3:26]
TYT | Why Did CNN Edit Hillary's Bombing Comments? (09/19/16) [5:29]
*RT | Keiser Report: Privilege of Unfairness for Bankers (E969) (09/20/16) [25:45]
In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max and Stacy discuss the lessons from Calvin of Calvin & Hobbes fame on the exorbitant privilege of unfairness for bankers. They look at the game theory behind Deutsche Bank's too big to fail, too broke to punish sweet spot as it attempts to 'negotiate' with the U.S. Department of Justice. In the second half, Max interviews precious metals expert, Ned Naylor-Leyland of Old Mutual Global Investors about gold - the original denominator - and about return-free risk in the negative yielding bond markets.
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*DR | Update On The Investigations Into NY/NJ Bombings And The Stabbing Attack In Minnesota (09/20/16) [1hr]
Yesterday after a gunfight in Linden, N.J., 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami, a U.S. citizen born in Afghanistan, was taken into custody in connection with a bomb blast in lower Manhattan this weekend and the discovery of several other devices in the region. It's not yet clear if others may have been involved or what the motive may have been. And in Minnesota the man accused of stabbing several people at a mall was reported to be a Somali American, prompting members of that community to speak out. Join us to discuss the latest on the investigations and the anxieties these attacks have provoked.
*DR | Why Maureen Dowd Calls 2016 "The Year Of Voting Dangerously" (09/20/16) [1hr]
Maureen Dowd has been writing about politics for The New York Times for the past 30 years. Dowd is known for her acerbic style and seeming delight in mocking political foibles and hubris whenever she can. The 2016 race for president has offered up a mother lode of material for Dowd's weekly column. She skewers both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, but is perceived by some to be harder on the latter. Many of her recent columns appear in a new book, along with essays from two of Dowd's conservative siblings and some fresh material of her own. Guest host Michel Martin sits down for a conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Maureen Dowd.
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Monday September 19, 2016
News Articles

Sanitizing the 21st Century's Worst War Crime
AlterNet | Rev. William Alberts / CounterPunch | 09/16/16

... "What are 'shock and awe'? " Those are the feelings the Iraqi people experienced when then President George W. Bush gave the order for 21,000-pound "mother of all bombs" and hundreds of cruise missiles to rain down on Baghdad and other cities. A Pentagon official, with knowledge of the first strike plan was quoted as saying, "There will not be a safe place in Baghdad. . . . The sheer size of this has never been seen before, never been contemplated before." The pre-emptive battle plan was to launch "airstrikes so devastating they would leave Saddam's soldiers unable or unwilling to fight." ("Iraq Faces Massive U.S. Missile Barrage," by Sue Chan, CBS News, Jan. 24, 2003)

"What are 'shock and awe'?" Ask the families and friends of the estimated one million Iraqi civilians killed in a war that UN Secretary General Kobe Annan said was "illegal." Ask over one million widows in Iraq what "shock and awe" means to them. Ask some of the five million orphaned Iraqi children. Ask any of the over four million dislocated Iraqi people, fleeing for their lives when the bombs fell because "there was not a safe place in Baghdad." Their plight made worse by the American aggression triggering severe sectarian violence between Shia and Sunni citizens. Who, as reported, had lived in relative peace in Iraq, where, under Saddam Hussein, women enjoyed equal rights, and the country's education system flourished until the US-controlled UN economic sanctions had their deteriorating effect. (See "Was life for Iraqi Women Better Under Saddam?" By Rania Khalek,, March 19, 2913) ... Read more

A Trump Presidency Would Likley Be Even Worse Than You Think: 11 Ways He Would Destroy the America We Know
AlterNet | Steven Rosenfeld | 09/18/16

... Keith Olbermann's recent video reels off hundreds of Trump's vicious attacks, lies, boasts, ego and dark fantasies. "The Republican Party has actually nominated for president an irresponsible, unrealistic, naive, petulant, childish, vindictive, prejudiced, bigoted, racist, Islamophobic, anti-Semitic, misogynistic, fascistic, authoritarian, insensitive, erratic, disturbed, irrational, inhuman individual named Donald John Trump," he sums up. "This is madness!" ...

  1. Will there be a revival of American racism against non-whites? There has not been as openly bigoted, racist and pro-white major party presidential candidate in decades. ...
  2. Will police reform, criminal justice reform, gun control, be totally lost? Copying Richard Nixon's late 1960s 'dog whistle' bid for southern states, Trump has claimed that he represents the "silent majority" who want a "law and order" president, meaning more police, more aggressive policing and tougher courts. ...
  3. Will the use of force abroad grow like the embrace of force at home? The question is when and where would the White House send troops into action overseas, and what other weapons would be used. ...
  4. Will gains made by women be set back decades? Clearly, if Clinton wins, that would be a barrier-breaking milestone leading to many federal policies heeding gender differences. ...
  5. Will the economy be trashed by a debt-fed bubble? Trump has boasted that he would create more jobs than anyone, but apart from promising to vastly increase military spending, revive carbon producers (coal mining, offshore drilling, finishing the Keystone XL pipeline) renegotiate trade treaties (which has not been done), and cut business taxes, he's offered few specifics. ...
  6. Will climate change be ignored? Trump has infamously said that climate change was a hoax pushed by the Chinese government to get an marketplace advantage because the U.S. would have to tax and reel in industries making them less competitive. ...
  7. Will student debt and high tuition remain sky high? Trump has no plan for reducing higher education costs and it is not among his website's issues and positions. ...
  8. Will health care be recaptured by free-market predators? Trump wants to shrink the government's role, which he said would increase access to health care and lower consumer costs. That starts with repealing Obamacare, allowing insurers to sell policies across state lines and ending government health benefits for undocumented migrants, his website says. ...
  9. Will the rich keep getting richer? Trump has modified his tax proposals several times in the campaign, each time shrinking how much he'd cut federal revenues--but the bottom line is still a giant giveaway to the wealthiest Americans. Trump's proposals would consolidate the current system of seven income tax brackets, throw out the Obamacare surcharge on the wealthiest Americans, and sharply cut corporate tax rates. ...
  10. How far will civil rights be rolled back? Trump's pledge to round up and deport 11 million migrants lacking visas--and several million of their children born here--would unleash an unprecedented police state that would challenge American civil liberties to the core. But he also opposes same-sex marriage, and his running mate, Indiana Gov. Pence, has pushed some of the most oppressive "religious liberty" laws allowing anti-LGBT discrimination in the nation. ...
  11. Will right wingers control the Supreme Court for decades? The Supreme Court is one of the biggest issues in the election not getting the coverage it deserves. Whether there is progress or backtracking on every major issue depends on the ideological makeup of the justices ...
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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, September 17 [14:57]
DN | Two-Party Tyranny: Ralph Nader on Exclusion of Third-Party Candidates from First Presidential Debate (09/19/16) [7:07]
DN | Nader: Trump is a Freeloading, Pontificating Empty Suit Who Has Cheated on Everything He's Done (09/19/16) [7:02]
TRNN | New Brazilian Government Introducing 'Shock Doctrine' Against Social Programs (09/16/16) [12:02]
TYT | Elizabeth Warren Grills FBI Director On Banksters (09/17/16) [7:44]
TYT | War On Terror Is Costing You A Fortune (09/17/16) [11:44]
TYT | FBI Director Puts Tape Over His Laptop's Webcams (09/17/16) [6:49] RoF | August Breaks Another Heat Record, Still No Climate Change Action From USA (09/19/16) [3:57]
The Corporate Media Is A Complete and Unmitigated Disaster (09/18/16) [7:34]
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*DR | The Latest On Possible Acts Of Terrorism in New York City, New Jersey And Minnesota (09/19/16) [1hr]
The latest on the bomb investigation in New York City and New Jersey and the stabbings at a Minnesota mall as possible acts of terrorism.
*DR | Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Turn Their Attention to the Upcoming Presidential Debates (09/19/16) [1hr]
Most political scientists say presidential debates don't matter as much as we think they do in terms of their ability to change the outcome of the race. But history is rife with face-offs that allegedly decided elections: The debate between John Kennedy and Richard Nixon in 1960. And Ronald Reagan's famous 'there you go again' line in his clash with President Jimmy Carter in 1980. And one week from today, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will take the stage in what many are predicting will be the most-watched debate ever. Guest host Michel Martin and a panel of guests discuss the first presidential debate, the issues likely to be discussed and what it could mean for the dynamics of the race for the White House. And we'll also hear from Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson and Green Party nominee Jill Stein on being left out of the upcoming debate.
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Friday September 16, 2016
News Articles

Newsweek Bombshell: Trump's 'Pay To Play' Presidency
HP/Newsweek | Kurt Eichenwald | 09/14/16

How the trump organization's foreign business ties could upend u.s. national security

If Donald Trump is elected president, will he and his family permanently sever all connections to the Trump Organization, a sprawling business empire that has spread a secretive financial web across the world? Or will Trump instead choose to be the most conflicted president in American history, one whose business interests will constantly jeopardize the security of the United States?

Throughout this campaign, the Trump Organization, which pumps potentially hundreds of millions of dollars into the Trump family's bank accounts each year, has been largely ignored. As a private enterprise, its businesses, partners and investors are hidden from public view, even though they are the very people who could be enriched by -- or will further enrich -- Trump and his family if he wins the presidency. ... Read more

Hillary Clinton On Donald Trump's Latest Birther Remarks: 'This Is Who He Is'
HP | Elise Foley | 09/15/16

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton criticized her Republican opponent Donald Trump on Thursday for declining ? again ? to say President Barack Obama was born in the United States.

Trump made the comments to The Washington Post in an article that came out just 20 minutes before Obama, the first black president, took the stage at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Gala, so Obama may not have seen them. Read more

Elizabeth Warren Just Trolled Wells Fargo's CEO So Hard
HP | Zach Carter | 09/16/16

John Stumpf is the chairman of the Wells Fargo board of directors. This prestigious body is tasked with holding company executives accountable for misdeeds, and the chairmanship is its premier position. So it makes sense that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) would ask Stumpf what punishments the board is considering levying against company executives in the wake of a major scandal.

Late last week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau levied a $185 million penalty against Wells Fargo for creating literally millions of fake accounts for its own customers ? replete with bogus fees ? in an effort to meet aggressive internal sales targets. On Friday, Warren sent a letter to Stumpf asking if the board is considering clawing back pay to top executives as a result of the mess. ... Read more

Pentagon's $1.1 Trillion Flying Money Pit, Is (Sort of) Ready for Duty
AlterNet | Angelo Young / Salon | 09/15/16

The lemon has liftoff! After 20 years, the most expensive weapon in history is being put into service.

Twenty years since the Pentagon began taking bids from defense contractors, the F-35 fighter jet -- the most expensive weapon ever made -- is finally ready to see active duty over the Pacific Ocean. The U.S. Marine Corps expects to deploy 16 of the stealthy high-tech warplanes early next year at Iwakuni Air Station in Japan. From there, U.S. pilots will begin testing the jets in regular noncombat operations from the Navy's USS Wasp amphibious assault vessel in what one commanding general has described as the "school of hard knocks." ... Read more

Harvard Crushes The "Obama Recovery" Farce With 9 Simple Charts
ZeroHedge | author | 09/16/16

A couple of months back we posted 9 charts that, at least in our minds, debunked the myth of the "Obama Recovery" despite suggestions from the administration that any such efforts were just a futile attempt at "peddling fiction"

In a recent study entitled "Problems Unsolved and a Nation Divided" (study can be viewed in its entirety at the end of this post), Harvard University points out that, despite claims of an "Obama Recovery," in fact, the U.S. economy has continued to deteriorate in the aftermath of the "great recession." Among other things, Harvard attributes the economic deterioration to a "lack of economic strategy, especially at the federal level" and a "political system was once the envy of many nations" but has now "become our greatest liability." ... Read more
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Deutsche Bonds "Dropping Like A Stone" As 'Most Dangerous Bank In The World' Plummets
ZeroHedge | author | 09/16/16

"They are dropping like a stone," warns one European credit strategist as signals from the bottom of Deutsche Bank's capital structure signal a "huge increase in the potential for a coupon skip." With DB stock tumbling towards record lows again (EUR 11 handle), Bloomberg reports, the bank's 1.75 billion euros ($2 billion) of 6% additional Tier 1 bonds, the first notes to take losses in a crisis, are crashing... as the world's most systemically dangerous bank faces existential problems once again. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, September 16 [12:04]
DN | U.S. Foreign Policy for Sale? Behind the Trump Organization's Vast Financial Network (09/16/16) [13:00]
A sweeping new investigation has raised questions about the little-known Trump Organization and potential conflicts of interest should Trump become president. The investigation published in Newsweek magazine reveals the Trump Organization is a vast financial network that stretches from New York City to India, Ukraine, China, Brazil, Argentina, Turkey and Russia. It's connected to Russian mining, banking and real estate billionaire Vladimir Potanin, who himself is closely tied to the Russian government. Trump's frequent praise of Russian President Vladimir Putin has already sparked concern among national security experts about U.S. foreign policy under a possible Trump presidency. The report concludes, "If Donald Trump wins this election and his company is not immediately shut down or forever severed from the Trump family, the foreign policy of the United States of America could well be for sale." We speak with Newsweek senior writer Kurt Eichenwald, author of the new article, "How the Trump Organization's Foreign Business Ties Could Upend U.S. National Security."
DN | What Would Happen to NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden If He Is Tried Under the Espionage Act? (09/16/16) [16:51]
DN | Debate: Should Obama Pardon NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden? (09/16/16) [12:36]
TRNN | The Guardian Leaks Reveal $12 Million in Corporate Money Behind Gov. Scott Walker's 2011 Fight Against Unions (09/16/16) [9:32]
TYT | Colin Powell Leaked Emails Reveal Harsh Truths (09/15/16) [11:58]
TYT | Trump's Supreme Court Choice: Women Voting Was A Mistake (09/15/16) [9:14]
TYT | Trump Takes Lead In Crucial States (09/15/16) [9:52]
RT | Keiser Report: Lunatics & Economy (E967) (09/15/16) [25:46]
Max and Stacy discuss negative interest rates, bans on cash and the one-percenters destroying dollar stores. In the second half, Max interviews James Turk of about the basket of deplorables that is the US economy. They also discuss gold standards and Special Drawing Rights.
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*DR | Friday News - Domestic (09/16/16) [1hr]
New polling of likely voters shows Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump nearly tied in the presidential race -- and indicates many voters believe electing either candidate would be risky for the country. Hillary Clinton gets back on the campaign trail after taking several days to recover from pneumonia, and both candidates release a doctor's letter about their health. The Justice Department investigates Wells Fargo, after revelations the bank's employees opened millions of fake bank accounts. And new Census Bureau data show middle class incomes saw the biggest jump in decades last year.
*DR | Friday News - International (09/16/16) [1hr]
Accusations of fighting by both sides threaten Syria's fragile ceasefire brokered by the U.S. and Russia. UN officials say Syria is delaying aid deliveries to civilians in violation of the agreement. Israel and the U.S. sign an unprecedented $38 billion military aid package. A former militiaman testifies the president of the Philippines presided over the killings of criminals and political opponents while he was mayor. And Obama pledges to lift all remaining sanctions against Myanmar.
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Thursday September 15, 2016
News Articles

Oliver Stone Dives into the "Horrible Experience" of Making Snowden
VanityFair | Yohana Desta | 08/30/16

If you want to make a movie about one of the most famous whistle-blowers of all time, just know it's not going to be easy. Just ask Oliver Stone, director of Snowden--the upcoming biopic about N.S.A. whistle-blower Edward Snowden, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Assembling the production was a gargantuan task from start to finish, meticulously covered in a new report from The New York Times.

The director jumped through innumerable hoops to get the movie made; it included an extra layer of difficulty because he wanted the actual Snowden to appear in the film. Stone managed this particular feat by meeting with Anatoly Kucherena, Snowden's lawyer in Russia--who had also, curiously, written a novel based on his client's life, titled Time of the Octopus. Stone bought the rights to the book for a reported $1 million in exchange for regular access to the whistle-blower. ... Read more
Snowden by Oliver Stone (trailer) (04/27/16) [2:38]

Director Oliver Stone, who brought Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, Wall Street and JFK to the big screen, tackles the most important and fascinating true story of the 21st century. Snowden, the politically-charged, pulse-pounding thriller starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley, reveals the incredible untold personal story of Edward Snowden, the polarizing figure who exposed shocking illegal surveillance activities by the NSA and became one of the most wanted men in the world. He is considered a hero by some, and a traitor by others. No matter which you believe, the epic story of why he did it, who he left behind, and how he pulled it off makes for one of the most compelling films of the year.

Senator Dick Durbin Skewers GOP's Irrational Fear Of Refugees
HP | Michael McAuliff | 09/14/16

"For the record, 800,000 refugees have been accepted in the United States since 9/11," Durbin said. "Not one has been engaged in domestic terrorism. All right?"

The senator appeared to be overlooking a handful of cases that could be tied to terrorism, but his larger point still stands: The number of refugees linked to terror activities in the United States is minuscule, according to an extensive analysis by the Cato Institute that found 20 examples of refugees linked to terrorism out of more than 3.2 million refugees admitted since 1975.

Durbin said Republicans would be much better off focusing on the nation's massive flow of visitors who receive no background checks.

"We have 20 million visa waiver visitors to the United States each year," he said. "If you want to talk about security and foreigners in this country, for goodness sakes, if we did a fingerprint, biometric investigation or evidence accumulation before they got on board the plane, [it's] not too much to ask, and it would make us safer." ... Read more

He's Back: Keith Olbermann's Premiere Episode Absolutely Eviscerates 'Demonic Messiah' Donald Trump

The Average American Consumes a Shocking Amount of Raw Materials
AlterNet | Mary Hoff / Ensia | 09/14/16

How much raw material does it take to support you? If you're an average African, about 3 metric tons (3.3 tons) -- the equivalent of an elephant's worth of biomass, fossil fuels, metal ores and nonmetallic minerals -- per year. But if you're an average North American, make that a whopping eight elephants. ...

... The report reveals some startling patterns in the use of materials around the world. Total materials use tripled between 1970 and 2010, from 22 billion metric tons (24 billion tons) to more than 70 billion metric tons (77 billion tons). Even more unsettling, per capita materials use grew from 7 metric tons (7.7 tons) to 10 (11) in 2010. And overall material efficiency -- the amount of raw material needed per unit of GDP -- has actually decreased worldwide since 2000. ... Read more

Apple Says Initial Quantities Of iPhone 7 Plus Sold Out Globally
HP & Reuters | author | 09/15/16

... Supplies of the larger size of Apple's new phone have been exhausted in all shades, and the smaller iPhone 7 has also sold out in the new jet black color, the company said.

Customers who enter Apple Stores Friday, when the gadgets hit shelves, will not be able to purchase the sold-out phones on site, but they can continue to place orders for their desired models online, Apple said. ... Read more

Frontrunning: September 15
  1. Global stocks struggle for footing after bond slip (Reuters)
  2. Mobileye says Tesla was 'pushing the envelope in terms of safety' (Reuters)
  3. Donald Trump is a problem for the whole world, EU's Schulz says (Reuters)
  4. Stuck on Ship, One Gloomy Hanjin Crew Waits to Learn Its Fate (WSJ)
  5. U.K. Approves EDF's £18 Billion Hinkley Point Nuclear Project (BBG)
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, September 15 [11:52]
TRNN | Can Renewables Contain Extreme Weather Conditions Seen? (09/15/16) [14:33]
TRNN | Snowden: Spy or Whistleblower (09/15/16) [9:47]
TRNN | Phyllis Bennis and Rania Khalek say: Record US Military Aid to Israel Not About Security, But Prolonging the Occupation (09/15/16) [14:47]
TYT | Bernie Sanders Joins Dakota Access Pipeline Protest (09/15/16) [7:27]
TYT | Colin Powell Leaked Emails: TYT Supreme Court (09/15/16) [10:26]
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ThomHartmann | Professor Vincent Hendricks, Center for Information and Bubble Studies (09/15/16) [7:54]
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*DR | Middle-class Income Is Up And The Poverty Rate Is Down: Implications For American Families And Economic Policy (09/15/16) [1hr]
U.S. household incomes soared last year. The gains were the largest in decades and were felt across racial and ethnic groups, and by women as well as men. The official poverty rate fell more sharply than it has since 1968. Most economists and labor experts welcomed the news -- contained in a Census Bureau report released yesterday. But many stressed that income growth has been too slow. And there are still far too many Americans living in poverty -- more than 43 million. Guest host A Martinez talks with a panel of experts about what the new data mean for American families and economic policy prescriptions.
*DR | The Story Behind The Rise Of ADHD In The United States (09/15/16) [1hr]
About 15 percent of children in the U.S. receive a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD. That is about three times the rate most experts agree is appropriate. This over-diagnosis means millions of kids may be taking powerful medications for a psychiatric disorder they do not have, or are not getting the support needed for the real challenges they do face. Investigative reporter Alan Schwarz tells the story of how we got here in a new book, "ADHD Nation: Children, Doctors, Big Pharma and the Making of an American Epidemic."
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Wednesday September 14, 2016
News Articles

Newsweek Bombshell: Trump's 'Pay To Play' Presidency
HP/Newsweek | Kurt Eichenwald | 09/14/16

How the trump organization's foreign business ties could upend u.s. national security

If Donald Trump is elected president, will he and his family permanently sever all connections to the Trump Organization, a sprawling business empire that has spread a secretive financial web across the world? Or will Trump instead choose to be the most conflicted president in American history, one whose business interests will constantly jeopardize the security of the United States?

Throughout this campaign, the Trump Organization, which pumps potentially hundreds of millions of dollars into the Trump family's bank accounts each year, has been largely ignored. As a private enterprise, its businesses, partners and investors are hidden from public view, even though they are the very people who could be enriched by -- or will further enrich -- Trump and his family if he wins the presidency. ... Read more

*Monsanto May Soon Cease to Exist
MotherJones | Tom Philpott | 09/13/16

In what would be the year's biggest deal so far, German pharma giant Bayer is poised to buy Monsanto.

On Tuesday, marriage negotiations between seed/pesticide giant Monsanto and its suitor, German behemoth Bayer, got hotter than a corn field at high noon in late summer. Bayer sweetened its offer to $56.5 billion Tuesday afternoon, just as Monsanto's Board of Directors was scheduled to meet to consider the offer, according to Bloomberg News. The companies could agree to terms as early as Wednesday--but the merger could "still fall apart," the news service reported, adding that "if successful, it would lead to the biggest deal this year and the largest ever by a German company."

In its current incarnation, Bayer is mainly a pharmaceutical company, with interests in prescription drugs, over-the-counter staples like aspirin, and animal medicines. But it also has a large division devoted to selling seeds and pesticides--and it has been itching for months to expand those business lines by taking over Monsanto. ... Read more

Monsanto Is Selling Itself For $66 Billion In Pesticide Megamerger
TYT | Who Will Win The 2016 Election? (09/14/16) [8:51]
TYT | Kellyann Conway To CNN: Are You Calling Trump A Liar? (09/14/16) [3:33]

White Privilege Has Enormous Implications for Policy -- But Whites Don't Think It Exists
AlterNet | Natalia Khosla/Salon | 09/13/16

Barack Obama's presidency has been defined by a new understanding by Americans that the country has yet to truly confront racism. His nomination was greeted with optimism which quickly turned sour, with 69 percent of Americans saying race relations are generally bad, levels equal to those following the Rodney King acquittal. Police violence and structural inequities have led to the Black Lives Matter movement, while on the right, racism propelled Trump to the GOP nomination. It's clear that solving America's many problems, from rampant levels of inequality to unemployment to lagging education systems to rising health care costs, will require us to understand how racism and privilege plays out in our society.

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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, September 14 [11:06]
*DN | Lawyer for Imprisoned Whistleblower Chelsea Manning: Ongoing Pattern of Abuse Led to Hunger Strike (09/13/16) [5:44]
*DN | Obama's War on Whistleblowers Forced Edward Snowden to Release Documents, Says Wikileaks Editor (09/14/16) [7:25]
*DN | Is Hillary Clinton's Criticism of Edward Snowden a Distraction from Real Issue of Surveillance? (09/14/16) [7:58]
DN | "Pardon Snowden" Campaign Launches, Led by ACLU, Amnesty & Human Rights Watch (09/14/16) [3:24]
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*Stephen Colbert | As The Lunghazi Scandal Rages, A Healthy Cartoon Hillary Speaks Out (09/14/16) [7:54]
Stephen Colbert | 'Snowden' star Joseph Gordon-Levitt discusses Oliver Stone's love of war movies (09/14/16) [4:00]
Stephen Colbert | The star of 'Stranger Things' confesses her fears, and then gives Stephen a test to see if he's worthy to hang with her squad. (09/14/16) [8:20]
TRNN | Historian Gerald Horne: How Bipartisan Economic Policy Fuels White Working Class Support for Trump (09/14/16) [6:14]
TYT | How Fracking Is Destroying Our Environment (09/14/16) [3:50]
*RT | Keiser Report: US Elections Toxic Soap Opera (E966) (09/13/16) [25:44]
Discuss the basket of deplorables and the fistful of dollars that is the toxic soap opera called US Elections 2016 in which the "basket of deplorables" is not the bankers with the fistful of campaign dollars, but the schmuck voter. They look at one deplorable bank, Wells Fargo, which has had to fire 5,300 of their employees for engaging in yet another bout of systemic fraud.
RT | CrossTalk: Is Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton physically fit to be president of the United States? (08/14/16) [23:54]
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*ThomHartmann | Has the Fed Created a "False Economy?" (09/13/16) [11:47]
Economist Dr. Richard Wolff, Author of "Capitalism's Crisis Deepens" Discusses: Donald Trump is accusing Janet Yellen of playing politics with interest rates and creating a "false economy." (09/13/16) [11:47]
ThomHartmann | Why Won't the Media Push Back On Liar Think Tanks & Experts? (09/13/16) [6:15]
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*DR | What's Next For The Dakota Access Pipeline And The Fight For Tribal Rights (09/14/16) [1hr]
At the Sacred Stone Camp, near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation In North Dakota, thousands of people from more than 200 Native American tribes have joined the protest against a pipeline that would carry crude oil from the Dakotas through Iowa to Illinois. And more demonstrations have emerged across the country this week. They say the project would damage drinking water and sacred ground. The Texas company behind the pipeline says it poses no risk, and a judge ruled last week that the stakeholders went beyond their legal obligations to get approval for it. Meanwhile, an order from the Obama administration has halted construction of the pipeline around certain waterways near the reservation. The controversy has sparked a renewed conversation over how energy projects are approved -- and who is involved in the process. What's next for the Dakota Access Pipeline and how infrastructure decisions are made in the U.S.
*DR | What's Gone Wrong With The Language of Politics? (09/14/16) [1hr]
Public anger against conventional politicians and their parties is on the rise across the Western world. In Europe, right-wing, populist candidates are winning state-wide elections. And here in the U.S., it's the rise of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, whose backers praise him for "telling it like it is." In a new book, New York Times CEO Mark Thompson warns that underneath this growing support for populist candidates is a breakdown of our public language, which he says is being misused and misunderstood. Guest host A. Martinez talks with Thompson about what's gone wrong with the language of politics and what to do about it.
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Tuesday September 13, 2016
News Articles

Paul Singer Warns It Is A "Very Dangerous Time" For Stocks, Prefers Gold
ZeroHedge | author | 09/13/16

Having previously warned that "the ultimate breakdown from this environment is likely to be surprising, sudden, intense, and large," Elliott Management's Paul Singer slammed the "amazing arrogance" of policy-makers who have "created a tremendous increase in hidden risk, risk that investors don't exactly know." As CNBC notes, Singer issued cautionary words for the path ahead, "it's a very dangerous time in the global economy and global financial markets," adding that gold was "under-represented" in investors' portfolios. ... Read more

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Samantha Bee | If shooting yourself in the foot qualifies you to be president, then we have the most qualified candidates in years. (09/12/16) [5:25]
Samantha Bee | Here's what's going on in Matt Lauer's neck of the woods...nothing. Part 1 (09/12/16) [3:47], Part 2 [5:19]
Samantha Bee | We met the taco-truck guy before he was the taco-truck guy. (09/12/16) [6:02]

Turkey Formally Asks U.S. To Arrest Cleric Gulen Over Coup Plot, Turkish Media Reports
HP & Reuters | author | 09/13/16

Turkey has made a formal request to the United States for the arrest of U.S.-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen on charges of orchestrating an attempted military coup on July 15, Turkish broadcaster NTV said on Tuesday.

Turkey blames members of Gulen’s religious movement for the failed putsch two months ago, in which rogue soldiers commandeered tanks and fighters jets, bombing parliament and seizing bridges in a bid to take over power. ... Read more

120 American Charter Schools and One Secretive Turkish Cleric - The Man Accused of Inspiring Turkey's Coup
TheAtlantic | Scott Beauchamp | older, 08/12/14

120 American Charter Schools and One Secretive Turkish Cleric - The FBI is investigating a group of educators who are followers of a mysterious Islamic movement. But the problems seem less related to faith than to the oversight of charter schools.

It reads like something out of a John Le Carre novel: The charismatic Sunni imam Fethullah Gülen, leader of a politically powerful Turkish religious movement likened by The Guardian to an “Islamic Opus Dei,” occasionally webcasts sermons from self-imposed exile in the Poconos while his organization quickly grows to head the largest chain of charter schools in America. It might sound quite foreboding -- and it should, but not for the reasons you might think. ... Read more

? The Man Accused of Inspiring Turkey’s Coup Is Behind the Largest Charter-School Chain in America
TheNation | George Joseph | 07/19/16

Until last Friday, most Americans had probably never heard of Fethullah Gülen—the controversial Sunni cleric now accused of fomenting a coup attempt in Turkey. But the aged cleric, currently exiled in the Poconos, Pennsylvania, has far greater influence on US society than most realize.

Since 2002, Gülen-affiliated foundations have quietly built up the largest charter-school network in America, with over 130 schools in 26 different states nationwide. This rapid buildup is troubling, however, since financial records suggest the cleric’s charter-school network has routinely funneled public-education dollars to its own members, often with unclear benefit to students. ... Read more

*Gülen movement schools - Wikipedia
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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, September 13 [11:59]
*DN | Rep. Barbara Lee: Repeal 9/11 Authorization for Use of Force to Cancel Blank Check for Endless War (09/13/16) [10:42]
TRNN | Col. Lawrence Wilkerson says: The Israel Factor in the Syrian Ceasefire, but does the Israeli leadership thinks that an endless war serves its interests (09/13/16) [13:56]
*TRNN | The Empire Files: Rejecting Neoliberalism, an Interview with Ecuador's Foreign Minister Guillaume Long (09/13/16) [26:14]
*TYT | Clinton Calls Trump Supporters ‘Basket Of Deplorables’ (09/12/16) [10:32]
TYT | Why Media Loves ‘Basket Of Deplorables’ Comment? (09/12/16) [8:26]
RT | CrossTalk: A new deal: a ray of hope for Syria? And, is Russia really trying to manipulate American elections? Also, Ukraine’s dark present and Gfuture. Finally, the optics of G20. (08/12/16) [24:08]
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ThomHartmann | Bernie Joins Pipeline Fight. Hillary Still Silent. ... (08/12/16) [1:00:07]
Media’s obsession with Hillary having pneumonia, Hillary calling Trump supporters deplorable, and the latest on the fight to protect Native land from a pipeline in North Dakota. Thom discusses the importance of the ceasefire in Syria with The Nation’s Katrina vanden Heuvel and in tonight’ Daily Take Thom details why voting for Donald Trump because you want to get money out of politics is like smoking cigarettes to cure cancer.
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*DR | Prospects For A Ceasefire In Syria And The Delivery Of Humanitarian Aid (09/12/16) [1hr]
The U.S. -- Russian brokered ceasefire in Syria which went into effect at sundown on Monday is said to be, so far, mostly holding. Despite long odds for success Washington and Moscow hope their joint efforts can target the Islamic State and an Al Qaeda terrorist group while allowing for the delivery of humanitarian aid to thousands of increasingly desperate Syrian civilians: Join us for an update on the ongoing brutal conflict in Syria and prospects for this latest ceasefire agreement to hold.
*DR | Scholar Akhil Reed Amar On Turning To The Constitution To Confront The Issue Of Our Time (09/13/16) [1hr]
September 17th is Constitution Day. That’s not exactly Thanksgiving or the 4th of July in most people’s calendars, but for Akhil Reed Amar the day is a moment to celebrate and reflect on how the Constitution informs the most important issues of our day. Amar is a law professor at Yale University and he thinks of himself as constitutional journalist — someone who can quickly distill and explain news events for the public while also offering a set of enduring ideas. Guest host A Martinez talks to Amar about what the Constitution says about the issues of our era.
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Monday September 12, 2016
News Articles

Clinton Leaves 9/11 Ceremony Early After Feeling ‘Overheated’
HP | author | 09/11/16

Her doctor later said the nominee had pneumonia and became overheated at the event.

Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton abruptly left a memorial event in New York City on Sunday morning. The Clinton campaign later said that she felt overheated and went to recuperate at her daughter’s apartment.

“Secretary Clinton attended the September 11th Commemoration Ceremony for just an hour and thirty minutes this morning to pay her respects and greet some of the families of the fallen,” a statement from the campaign read. “During the ceremony, she felt overheated so departed to go to her daughter’s apartment, and is feeling much better.” ... Read more

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The Oceans Can’t Protect Us Anymore -- Here’s Why
NationalGeographics | Christine Dell'Amore | 09/05/16

The oceans, which have borne the brunt of most of global warming, have finally hit their limit as dying corals and plummeting fish stocks signal that the seas are at a dangerous tipping point, according to the broadest ever look at the issue. And people are already experiencing direct consequences, such as more extreme weather events, including hurricanes, says the report, released by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. ... Read more

Tent Cities Full Of Homeless People Are Booming In Cities All Over America As Poverty Spikes
ZeroHedge | author | 09/12/16

Tonight, countless numbers of homeless people will try to make it through another chilly night in large tent cities that have been established in the heart of major cities such as Seattle, Washington, D.C. and St. Louis. Homelessness has gotten so bad in California that the L.A. City Council has formally asked Governor Jerry Brown to officially declare a state of emergency. And in Portland the city has extended their “homeless emergency” for yet another year, and city officials are really struggling with how to deal with the booming tent cities that have sprung up… Read more

Trump Slams Fed's "False Stock Market", Says Yellen Should Be "Ashamed"
ZeroHedge | author | 09/12/16

Even The New York Times admits that Trump is right... but suggests the politically-correct (and economically most effective) policy has been not to admit it publically...

  1. Trump is correct that the Fed is not independent. It's an arm of government. It is insulated from politics, but far from impervious.
  2. Moreover, the framework of a nation's monetary policy, like all policy, is appropriately and necessarily a subject for political debate.
  3. But history teaches clearly that central banks achieve the best results, economically speaking, when left to their technocratic devices.
  4. Since the Carter administration, presidents (and candidates) have generally avoided the kind of critique Trump is now making repeatedly.
  5. It came to be accepted that any short-term political benefits of attacking the Fed were outweighed by the long-term economic costs.
  6. It would be interesting to hear Trump explain why he disagrees.
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*DR | Concerns About Presidential Candidates’ Health (09/12/16) [1hr]
Hillary Clinton canceled a scheduled trip Monday to California. This came after Clinton left a Sept.11 ceremony Sunday in New York and then stumbled getting into her vehicle. Shortly afterward, her campaign said she has been diagnosed with pneumonia. And Donald Trump pledged to release his own medical records. Guest host A Martinez and a panel discuss the growing pressure for the presidential candidates to disclose their medical records and the possible impact the information, or lack thereof, could have on the 2016 race.
*DR | Why Murder Rates Are Rising In Some Cities And Decreasing In Others (09/12/16) [1hr]
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has said that crime is out of control across the nation. Yet many studies indicate homicide rates across the nation are much lower than they were in the 1990s. Several new studies of crime data show, however, indicate that murder rates are rising in dozens of cities. A new analysis compiled from police departments by the New York Times indicates that murder rates rose in 25 of the nation’s 100 largest cities, including Chicago, Cleveland and Baltimore. Guest host A Martinez and a panel of guests discuss why murder rates are rising in some cities and decreasing in others.
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, September 12 [13:36]
DN | In Dramatic Reversal, White House Halts Dakota Access Pipeline Construction Under Missouri River (09/12/16) [17:58]
To discuss Friday’s district court ruling in the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s lawsuit against the U.S. government to stop the Dakota Access pipeline, and the White House’s dramatic intervention less than an hour later, we go to Standing Rock to speak with Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault. We are also joined by attorney Jan Hasselman, who brought the tribe’s case to federal court.
DN | Water Protectors at Standing Rock React to Obama's Intervention in Dakota Access Pipeline Battle (09/12/16) [5:59]
TRNN | Former FBI agent Coleen Rowley discusses still unanswered questions about the lead up to 9/11 (older 10/23/09 [12:39]
TRNN | Sen. Bob Graham: FBI Covered Up Role of Bandar and Saudis in 9/11 Attacks, Part 1 (09/11/16) [38:11], Part 2 [13:27]
TYT | Chris Wallace: I’ll Let Candidates Lie To You (09/11/16) [6:52]
TYT | College Republicans Make Surprise Endorsement (09/11/16) [9:10]
TYT | Oceans Have Been Slowing Global Warming… Until Now (09/10/16) [11:05]
TYT | Louie Gohmert: Hillary Clinton Has Special Needs (09/11/16) [14:42]
RT | The Peace We Lost (documentary) (09/11/16) [27:34]
RT | Keiser Report: Leprechaun Economics (E965) (09/10/16) [25:45]
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Friday September 09, 2016
News Articles

Trump's shot at top brass rankles military circles
Politico | Bryan Bender | 09/08/16

Donald Trump's broadside against the top military brass is drawing warnings of a crisis in civilian-military relations should he become commander in chief and begin bypassing generals and admirals now serving under President Barack Obama.

"It would be unprecedented," said Mackubin Thomas Owens, a retired Marine colonel and former instructor at the Naval War College. "This would be making the military into a partisan prize. The idea you are going to come in and fire all the generals and admirals would be nearly impossible for a variety of reasons, but would also be stupid." ... Read more

TYT | Media Turns On Matt Lauer After Trump Interview (09/08/16) [6:17]
TYT | Trump's Very Repeated Words Add Up Very Very Much (09/08/16) [6:54]
TYT | Was Matt Lauer Sexist Against Hillary Clinton? (09/08/16) [7:28]
TYT | Trump Still Defending Putin (09/08/16) [3:59]

Former intelligence officers alarmed by Trump's briefing readout
Politico | Sarah Wheaton | 09/08/16

Donald Trump's decision to offer up a politicized readout of his confidential national security briefings has set off alarm bells in the intelligence community, with some high-profile former officials warning the Republican nominee crossed a "red line."

During the NBC's Commander-in-Chief forum on Wednesday night, Trump said "there was one thing that shocked me" from the briefings he received, going on to say that he could tell that government officials were unhappy with President Barack Obama for not following expert advice. ... Read more

Clinton And Trump Are The Byproduct Of Crony Capitalism Run Amok
HP | Senior writer, | 09/09/16

Greasing The Outstretched Palms Of The Candidates

The recipe could not be simpler. Mix cynicism with greed, quickly stir and voila! American politics and government served up on a platter to the highest bidder.

Call it low cuisine. And it doesn't get any lower than what we've seen during this wretched campaign season -- a presidential contest that, as one friend in Washington recently said, pits "the unethical versus the unhinged." ... Read more

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13 Academics Who Have Become Shills for Corporate Giants in the Food, Agrochemical and Fossil Fuel Industries
AlterNet | Lorraine Chow | 09/08/16

Mounting evidence reveals that corporations are buying science and support from university professors.

There's nothing new or unusual about corporate and academic collaboration. IBM, for instance, has partnered with universities around the country since the 1940s to support computer science education. This relationship is mutually beneficial both for the tech giant and the institutions sponsored. IBM's grant dollars provide welcome funding for research and equipment for students, all while fostering a new class of computer scientists and engineers.

University-business partnerships, however, require a careful balance. Take the tobacco industry. According to a 2012 study by Harvard professor Allan Brandt, cigarette makers all but invented the concept of industry-academic conflicts of interest. ... Read more

DN | Leading Economists Oppose TPP Provision Giving Corporations Upper Hand in Investor-State Disputes (09/08/16) [12:05]
DN | Dakota Access Company Attack Comes on Anniversary of Whitestone Massacre (09/08/16) [17:48]
TRNN | Professor Andrew Bacevich says: Trump vs. Clinton Commander-In-Chief Forum: A Missed Opportunity (09/09/16) [12:32]
TRNN | The Powerful Interests Backing the Dakota Access Pipeline (09/09/16) [4:49]
TRNN | Bolivian President Clamps Down on Cooperative Mining Sector Following Conflict (09/09/16) [10:40]
RT | Keiser Report: Brexit Sea of Consequences (E964) (09/08/16) [25:44]
In this episode of the Keiser Report, as the clod called Britain is washed away by the "Brexit means Brexit" vote, Max and Stacy ask if Europe will be worse off, or will the trading bloc hardly notice? In the second half, Max interviews Liam Halligan on what "Brexit means Brexit" actually means and about the rise of protectionism.
RT | CrossTalk: The Trump Doctrine (08/09/16) [24:29]
Donald Trump is one of the most unorthodox presidential nominees in American electoral history. He is unpolished and very brash. But some of his foreign policy ideas are intriguing -- even commonsensical. This terrifies and enrages the establishment.
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*DR | Friday News -- Domestic (09/09/16) [1hr]
The Friday News Roundup: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump square off on national security in their first joint appearance of the election season. The Senate fails once again to pass Zika funding. And a wave of shootings in Chicago pushes the city's homicide count to more than five hundred this year. A panel of journalists joins guest host John Donvan for analysis of the week's top national news stories.
*DR | Friday News -- International (09/09/16) [1hr]
North Korea carries out its fifth nuclear test provoking condemnation around the world. Obama's final trip to Asia as president was to focus on climate change and maritime security, but is over-shadowed by a dust-up with the Philippine president and confrontations with Chinese officials. While in China, Obama meets with Vladimir Putin over a Syrian ceasefire, but the countries fail to reach an agreement. Complicating negotiations, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter warns Russia not to interfere with U.S. elections amid accusations they are hacking into American political institutions. And the Mexican finance minister resigns after a controversial visit from Donald Trump. Guest host John Donvan and a panel of journalists discuss the international week in news.
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Thursday September 08, 2016
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NBC Commander-In-Chief Forum: Donald Trump VS Hillary Clinton (full) (09/07/16)
TYT | NBC Presidential Forum: The Young Turks Summary (09/07/16) [6:17]
TYT | NBC Presidential Forum: The Young Turks Biggest Winner (09/07/16) [13:12]
TYT | NBC Presidential Forum: The Young Turks Biggest Fail (09/07/16) [10:33]

Fact-checking the NBC 'commander-in-chief' forum | Linda Qui | 09/07/16

Clinton defended her handling of highly sensitive information as secretary of state, claiming that none of the emails sent and received on her private server had a header marking them as classified. She acknowledged her use of the server as well as her support for invading Iraq were "mistakes."

"Now, my opponent was for the war in Iraq. He says he wasn't. You can go back and look at the record. He supported it," Clinton added. "I have taken responsibility for my decision. He refuses to take responsibility for his support. That is a judgment issue." ... Read more

Matt Lauer Failed The Moderator Test
HP | Michael Calderone | 09/07/16

Wednesday night's "Commander-in-Chief Forum" on NBC should have gone down as the first time the two 2016 presidential candidate shared a stage. But it will be remembered largely for the shortcomings of the man who was tasked with moderating.

Matt Lauer, the "Today" show host, flunked in primetime. And his failure was even more remarkable because he had the very information he needed to succeed.

During the first half of an hourlong event, Hillary Clinton pointed out to Lauer that Republican nominee Donald Trump had expressed support for the Iraq War prior to the 2003 U.S. invasion, even though he's falsely claimed throughout his entire candidacy to have been staunchly opposed to it. Read more

The Shell Game Behind a $43 Billion Market
Bloomberg | Carolina Wilson | 09/08/16

It's the hot new address for an old Wall Street machine: 1209 North Orange Street. There, in Wilmington, Delaware, several giants of American finance have established powerful outposts. Inside 1209 North Orange are little more than drop boxes. But the likes of Citigroup Inc., Goldman Sachs Group Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Morgan Stanley have all gone there lately for the same reason: to work around guidelines involving byzantine investments known as structured notes.

And so it is that in this lucrative -- and sometimes controversial -- corner of Wall Street, banks and regulators have together embraced something of a charade. ... Read more

"It's Bordering Chaos": $14 Billion In Cargo Stranded At Sea, Crews "Go Crazy" On Hanjin Ghost Ships
ZeroHedge | author | 09/08/16

The fallout from last week's historic bankruptcy of one of the world's biggest shipping lines, Hanjin Shipping, has found little resolution with as much as $14 billion worth of cargo stranded at sea: conditions are "bordering chaos," said the CEO of SeaIntelligence Consulting in Copenhagen, while the Hanjing shipping labor union added that "our ships can become ghost ships." ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, September 08 [10:55]
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
ColbertReport | Does This Trump-Shaped Cloud Predict a Republican Win in November? (09/08/16) [5:02]
ColbertReport | Trump's Campaign Goes Off Script (09/07/16) [5:09]
TRNN | Fred Branfman: America's Murderous Legacy in Laos (09/07/16) [6:37]
RT | Meanwhile in Yemen: All-female brigade of Houthi fighters brandishing rocket launchers during parade (09/06/16) [1:02]
RT | UK to build €2.3mn concrete wall around Calais camp to keep migrants out (09/07/16) [12:07]
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ThomHartmann | Don't Buy the Hype -- The TPP Won't Secure America (09/08/16) [4:05]
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*DR | What Turmoil At Fox News May Mean For Journalism, Television News And The Conservative Agenda (09/08/16) [1hr]
Fox News has been making its own news this week: a $20 million dollar payout and an unusual public apology to former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson who filed sexual harassment charges earlier this year against now former CEO Roger Ailes. Then the announcement that long time Fox evening anchor Greta Van Susteren was stepping down effective immediately. Many question whether recent events point to a few bumps for the top rated cable news organization or the start of a wholesale shift in organizations culture and direction: Join us to discuss what's going at Fox News and why it matters.
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Wednesday September 07, 2016
News Articles

Thanks To Fracking, Earthquake Hazards In Parts Of Oklahoma Now Comparable To California
Forbes | James Conca | 09/07/16

A magnitude 5.6 earthquake shook Oklahoma on Saturday, tied for the strongest quake ever recorded in the state. Odds are it was triggered by fracking operations, specifically the subsurface injection of fracking wastewater.

There is a direct connection between fracking and earthquakes in the central and eastern United States (Figure 1). But the earthquakes are not a result of fracking itself. They mostly result from the injection of fracking wastewater at depths well-below the fracking horizon. The larger the volumes of wastewater injected into the subsurface, the larger the earthquakes can be.

The United States Geological Survey just produced a seismic hazard forecast for 2016 for the central and eastern United States that includes both induced and natural earthquakes. While almost all of the fracking-induced or triggered earthquakes are small -- less than magnitude 3, which can’t be felt by most people -- enough are above 3 that the USGS predicted a 5% to 17% chance of significant damage to homes and structures in just the year 2016 for areas of north-central Oklahoma and southern Kansas where fracking occurs.... Read more

Secret War
From 1964 to 1973 United States dropped on an average of 8 bombs/minute on Laos. 270 million of those bombs were cluster bombs, where 1/3 of the bombs didn't explode. We dropped more bombs on Laos than Germany and Japan combined in WWII!
TYT | Obama Moves To Solve Ugly Vietnam War Legacy (09/06/16) [5:15]
The United States is still making and sell cluster bombs, for and example to Saudi Arabia, so they can use them to bomb Yemen. Will Yemen have to suffer the same fate as Laos. Will the world have to crean up Yemen in the next 40 years??

NOAA Removes Most Humpback Whales From Endangered Species List
HP | Carla Herreria | 09/07/16

Humpback whales have made an epic return after being hunted to the brink of extinction in several areas.

Most of world’s humpback populations have finally been removed from the endangered species list, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Tuesday.

NOAA Fisheries said of the 14 different population segments, nine have returned to healthy numbers. These include whales that breed in Hawaiian waters and whose population numbers have expanded to some 11,000 individuals, the agency said. ... Read more

Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security by Todd Miller

"In his scathing and deeply reported examination of the U.S. Border Patrol, Todd Miller argues that the agency has gone rogue since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, trampling on the dignity and rights of the undocumented with military-style tactics. . . . Miller's book arrives at a moment when it appears that part of the Homeland Security apparatus is backpedaling by promising to tone down its tactics, maybe prodded by investigative journalism, maybe by the revelations of NSA leaker Edward Snowden. . . . Border Patrol is quite possibly the right book at the right time . . . "--Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times

“At the start of his unsettling and important new book, Border Patrol Nation, Miller observes that these days 'it is common to see the Border Patrol in places--such as Erie, Pennsylvania; Rochester, New York; or Forks, Washington--where only fifteen years ago it would have seemed far-fetched, if not unfathomable.'”--Barbara Spindel, Christian Science Monitor

"Miller’s approach in Border Patrol Nation is to offer a glimpse into the secretive operations of the Border Patrol, reporting with a journalist’s objectivity and nose for a good story. Miller’s book is full of facts, and it’s clear he’s outraged, but he gives voices to people on every side of the issue. . . . Miller’s book is a fascinating read.. . . and bring the work of Susan Orlean to mind."--Amanda Eyre Ward Kirkus Reviews

"Todd Miller's invaluable and gripping book, Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security is the story of how this country’s borders are being transformed into up-armored, heavily militarized zones run by a border-industrial complex. It's an achievement and an eye opener."--Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch

"What Jeremy Scahill was to Blackwater, Todd Miller is to the U.S. Border Patrol!"--Tom Miller, author, On the Border: Portraits of America's Southwestern Frontier

"Todd Miller has entered a secret world, and he has gone deep. . . . Powerful."--Luis Alberto Urrea, author of The Devil's Highway: A True Story

"Journalist Miller tells an alarming story of U.S. Border Patrol and Homeland Security's ever-widening reach into the lives of American citizens and legal immigrants as well as the undocumented. In addition to readers interested in immigration issues, those concerned about the NSA’s privacy violations will likely be even more shocked by the actions of Homeland Security."--Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

Armed authorities watch from a military-grade surveillance tower as lines of people stream toward the security checkpoint, tickets in hand, anxious and excited to get through the gate. Few seem to notice or care that the US Border Patrol is monitoring the Super Bowl, as they have for years, one of the many ways that forces created to police the borders are now being used, in an increasingly militarized fashion, to survey and monitor the whole of American society.

In fast-paced prose, Todd Miller sounds an alarm as he chronicles the changing landscape. Traveling the country—and beyond—to speak with the people most involved with and impacted by the Border Patrol, he combines these first-hand encounters with careful research to expose a vast and booming industry for high-end technology, weapons, surveillance, and prisons. While politicians and corporations reap substantial profits, the experiences of millions of men, women, and children point to staggering humanitarian consequences. Border Patrol Nation shows us in stark relief how the entire country has become a militarized border zone, with consequences that affect us all.

Assange: New Clinton Revelations Coming As Soon As Next Week, Says Clinton Knew Meaning Of "C"
ZeroHedge | author |09/07/16

In an interview on Fox News show Hannity, Wikileaks' Julian Assange finally gave a more definitive timeline to long awaited further "significant" information they will be releasing on Hillary Clinton before the November election. The information will be released in "batches," and Assange says he is "confident" that the first batch will be released reasonably soon, perhaps as early as next week. ... Read more

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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, September 07 [11:32]
*DN | New Investigation Names Wall Street Banks Behind $3.8 Billion Dakota Access Pipeline (09/06/16) [3:17]
*DN | Who's Investing in the Dakota Access Pipeline? Meet the Banks Financing Attacks on Protesters (09/07/16) [9:55]
*DN | Iowa Landowners Sue to Stop Dakota Access Construction, Say Pipeline Provides No Public Service (09/07/16) [8:19]
*TRNN | Todd Miller: Trump's Wall Is Already Here (09/07/16) [11:39]
*TRNN | Oil Companies Seek to Exempt California's Underground Aquifers from Clean Water Act (09/07/16) [12:16]
TRNN | Alex Main: Tens of Thousands of Protesters Demand New Elections in Brazil (09/07/16) [15:12]
TRNN | Vijay Prashad discusses: 150 Million Indian Workers Take Part In Largest Strike in Centuries (09/07/16) [11:53]
TYT | Rich Kid College Jet Tours Cost More Than Your Ph.D. (09/06/16) [13:28]
RT | Inside Menwith Hill: NSA spy base in UK used for ‘kill or capture’ missions - Snowden leaks (09/06/16) [4:09]
*RT | Keiser Report: Will the dollar live to die another day? (E963) (09/06/16) [25:44]
In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max and Stacy discuss the new m-SDR and ask will the dollar live to die another day? And are SDRs forever? As the G20 in China concludes they ask whether the new Special Drawing Right is the first step toward one world currency. In the second half, Max interviews Dan Collins of about yuan internationalization and China’s quantum satellite.
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*DR | The Rise Of Populism And Anti-Immigrant Sentiment In Europe (09/07/16) [1hr]
Where there are earthquakes, there are often aftershocks -- in geology as in politics. And if Britain’s vote early this summer to break away from Europe was an earthquake, a much smaller scale election in Germany this week represents a clear aftershock. For the first time in post-war history, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party finished behind a populist challenger espousing strong anti-immigrant views in German state elections. The defeat comes a year after Merkel argued for compassion as she opened Germany’s borders to more than a million refugees from the Syrian civil war and North Africa. A panel joins guest host John Donvan to talk about what’s happened since then to tip populist anger, and why nationalism is gaining ground across Europe -- from France to Denmark to Poland and the Netherlands -- as other countries prepare for elections of their own.
*DR | The Environmental Outlook: The Global Seed Vault (09/07/16) [1hr]
North of the Arctic Circle, deep inside a mountain in Norway, there’s a tunnel carved into the rock. It leads to a big room with subzero temperatures, filled with shelf upon shelf of boxes that hold hundreds of seeds from all over the planet. It’s called the Global Seed Vault, founded by conservationist Cary Fowler in 2008 to collect and protect seed samples from all over the world. Today, the vault holds more than 800,000 samples. For this month’s Environmental Outlook: Guest host John Donvan talks with the “father” of The Global Seed Vault about its role in protecting the world’s food supply from political upheaval and climate change.
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Tuesday September 06, 2016
News Articles

Art Of The Steal - Trump Living Large On Donors' Dime
HP | S.V. Date | 09/06/16

The GOP nominee's campaign is spending lavishly on Trump businesses instead of cheaper alternatives.

On the night of this spring's Florida primary, the pastor giving the invocation at Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago victory party prayed: "Lord, give Mr. Trump the power to rise above the GOP establishment." Turns out the prayer worked. Not only did Trump win the Republican presidential nomination, but two months later, on May 18, Trump signed a deal with the Republican National Committee giving him access to a top-notch fundraising operation after not having had one at all through the primaries. .. Read more

Around 10-11% of the earth is covered in glaciers and ice caps, yet they contain nearly 70% of the world's supply of fresh water.
The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial Is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy by Michael E. Mann

The award winning climate scientist Michael E. Mann and the Pulitzer Prize--winning political cartoonist Tom Toles have fought at the frontlines of climate denialism for most of their careers. They have witnessed the manipulation of the media by business and political interests and the unconscionable play to partisanship on issues that affect the well-being of millions. The lessons they have learned have been invaluable, inspiring this brilliant, colorful escape hatch from the madhouse of the climate wars.

Through satire, The Madhouse Effect portrays the intellectual pretzels into which denialists must twist logic to explain away the clear evidence that man-made activity has changed our climate. Toles's cartoons collapse counter-scientific strategies into their biased components, helping readers see how to best strike at these fallacies. Mann's expert skills at science communication aim to restore sanity to a debate that continues to rage against widely acknowledged scientific consensus. The synergy of these two commonsense crusaders enlivens the gloom and doom of so many climate-themed books -- and may even convert a few of the faithful to the right side of science.
Facing the Anthropocene: Fossil Capitalism and the Crisis of the Earth System by Ian Angus

Science tells us that a new and dangerous stage in planetary evolution has begun--the Anthropocene, a time of rising temperatures, extreme weather, rising oceans, and mass species extinctions. Humanity faces not just more pollution or warmer weather, but a crisis of the Earth System. If business as usual continues, this century will be marked by rapid deterioration of our physical, social, and economic environment. Large parts of Earth will become uninhabitable, and civilization itself will be threatened. Facing the Anthropocene shows what has caused this planetary emergency, and what we must do to meet the challenge.

Bridging the gap between Earth System science and ecological Marxism, Ian Angus examines not only the latest scientific findings about the physical causes and consequences of the Anthropocene transition, but also the social and economic trends that underlie the crisis. Cogent and compellingly written, Facing the Anthropocene offers a unique synthesis of natural and social science that illustrates how capitalism's inexorable drive for growth, powered by the rapid burning of fossil fuels that took millions of years to form, has driven our world to the brink of disaster. Survival in the Anthropocene, Angus argues, requires radical social change, replacing fossil capitalism with a new, ecosocialist civilization.
Anthropocene or Capitalocene?: Nature, History, and the Crisis of Capitalism by Elmar Altvater

The Earth has reached a tipping point. Runaway climate change, the sixth great extinction of planetary life, the acidification of the oceans -- all point toward an era of unprecedented turbulence in humanity's relationship within the web of life. But just what is that relationship, and how do we make sense of this extraordinary transition? Anthropocene or Capitalocene? offers answers to these questions from a dynamic group of leading critical scholars who challenge the conventional practice of dividing historical change and contemporary reality into "Nature" and "Society," demonstrating the possibilities offered by a more nuanced and connective view of human environment-making, joined at every step with and within the biosphere. In distinct registers, the authors frame their discussions within a politics of hope that signal the possibilities for transcending capitalism, broadly understood as a "world-ecology" that joins nature, capital, and power as a historically evolving whole.

EpiPen Price Hike Can Only Happen in a Hijacked Democracy
AlterNet | Michael Winship | 09/06/16

Cash and carry has become nothing more than standard operating procedure in politics and government, and it's wrecking the republic. The whole system is rotten to the core, corrupted by big business and special interests.

Or daughter, as we learned these past few days when the news introduced us to Heather Bresch, CEO of a drug company called Mylan and daughter of Democratic US Sen. Joe Manchin III, who's also the former governor of West Virginia. ... Read more

"26 million people have already been displaced due to climate change, and 150 million more will join those numbers by as soon as 2050."

Remember the Syrian conflict started over dought conditions that caused the farmers to rebel

FX Trading By Hedge Funds And Prop Traders Tumbles 30% Over Past Three Years
ZeroHedge | author | 09/06/16

What was most striking in the latest Triennial BIS survey, was the shrinkage in FX trading by hedge funds and proprietary trading firms which fell by more than 30% over the past three years. The shrinkage in the share of FX trading by these investors is likely the result of regulatory pressures and FX rigging investigations which caused significant retrenchment by FX prop desks. ... Read more

DN | Dakota Access Pipeline Company Attacks Native American Protesters with Dogs & Pepper Spray (09/03/16) [7:46]
TRNN | Not Seen For 1000 Years: Rise in Global Temperatures Ushering In New Epoch (09/04/16) [18:43]
TRNN | Facing the Anthropocene: The Earth's New Geological Era (09/04/16) [12:30]
*TYT | The Next Middle East Disaster? (09/04/16) [3:40]
TYT | AGGRESSIVE PROGRESSIVES Episode 2: Voting For Jill Stein = White Privilege? (09/05/16) [9:27]
I believe this is a new segment. I will have to investigate it further. What I watched I found interesting and insightful.
TYT | RoF | Climate Deniers Are Just As Dangerous As The Most Criminal Corporations (09/03/16) [8:59]
TYT | RoF | How Much Can We Reduce Military Spending Before It's a Risk? (09/04/16) [3:20]
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*DR | The Other Elections: Key Senate And House Races And The Fight For Congress (09/06/16) [1hr]
With the nation's eyes glued to the presidential election, congressional races have stayed largely out of the spotlight. But their outcomes are significant. The Republican-controlled congress may be headed for a shake-up; in states like Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and Ohio, Republican incumbents elected in 2010 are looking for second terms. But latest polls for states with key contests signal a possible Democratic majority in the Senate next year. As we close in on the final weeks of campaigning, a look at Senate and House elections: the GOP fight to keep control of Congress, how the presidential election affects down-ballot races and what the results could mean for America in 2017.
*DR | Kati Marton: "True Believer: Stalin's Last American Spy" (09/06/16) [1hr]
The true story of a privileged young American who becomes a spy for Joseph Stalin.
*Aljazeera | H2wOe: India's Water Crisis - Warning to the World (09/04/16) [25:20]
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Friday September 02, 2016
News Articles

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto And Donald Trump Are Now In A Twitter Fight
HP | Elise Foley | 09/01/16

So did you guys discuss who's paying for the wall or not?

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto took to Twitter Thursday afternoon to once again insist that his country won't pay for a border wall, no matter how many times GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump promises it will. "I repeat what I told him in person: Mr. Trump, Mexico will never pay for the wall," he wrote in Spanish. ... Read more

Donald Trump's Immigration Speech in Phoenix
BB | Watch Donald Trump's Immigration Policy Speech in Phoenix (08/31/16) [1:14:04]
TYT | Racist Right Rallies Around Trump (09/01/16) [5:57]
On Wednesday night in Phoenix, Ariz., Donald Trump sought to answer any doubts his staunch supporters had about the "softening" of his immigration policy, and one of the most outspoken supporters, Ann Coulter, told Yahoo News Guest Anchor Stephanie Sy that she was pleased with what she heard. Coulter, author of the new book "In Trump we Trust: E Pluribus Awesome!" told Sy, "I can't stop smiling. Technically, I thought his speech was better than Churchill," referencing a tweet she made about Trump's speech and Winston Churchill.

On whether or not every undocumented immigrant will get deported in a Trump administration, Coulter said, "Any law does not have 100 percent enforcement. Maybe you won't catch all of them, but wow, we are talking about a pretty rapid deportation for, I don't know, 60 to 80 percent of these."

On getting funding from Congress to back Trump's immigration plan, which includes building a wall on the southern United States border and tripling the number of ICE deportation officers, Coulter didn't seem to think that would be an issue. She said, "A lot of what he plans to do doesn't require very much from Congress. We already have a lot of money for the military and for the immigration enforcement service."

When pressed on using military funding for Trump's immigration plan, Coulter said, "You can use the military to build the wall. That's a big part of it, and guarding the wall and making sure people are not coming into the country illegally is absolutely a military function; it's been used before to construct things along our border. That is absolutely a military function, and that's a huge chunk of the money needed to enforce our immigration laws for the first time." She continued, "ICE already has a lot of money."

Coulter also described Trump as having a mandate to put his plan in place if he's elected. She told Sy, "If Trump is elected president, as I think he will be, I think it will send a pretty strong message for what the American people want on this, and yes, I do think Congress will go along with him for this whole program or face losing their reelection.
Since 2014 The US Has Added 520,000 Waiters And Bartenders And Lost 13,000 Manufacturing Workers
Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection by Medea Benjamin (09/13/16)

The diminutive co-founder of Code Pink has become famous for fearlessly tackling head-on subjects the left and right studiously avoid. Sometimes, she does so in person--as at President Obama's speech at the National Defense College, or in Egypt, where she was assaulted by police. Here, she's researching the sinister nature of the relationship between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia.

In seven succinct chapters followed by a meditation on prospects for change, Benjamin--cited by the L.A. Times as "one of the high profile members of the peace movement"--shines a light on one of the weirder, and most important, elements of our foreign policy. What is the origin of this strange alliance between two countries that have very little in common? Why does it persist, and what are its consequences? Why, over a period of decades and across various presidential administrations, has the United States consistently supported a regime shown time and again to be one of the most powerful forces working against American interests? Saudi Arabia is perhaps the single most important source of funds for terrorists worldwide, promoting an extreme interpretation of Islam along with anti-Western sentiment, while brutally repressing non-violent dissidents at home.

Mylan Didn't Lower EpiPen Prices After All; They Just Appeared To
AlterNet | Gaius Publius | 09/01/16

Just another Big Pharma scam

These days have seen a number of stories about the Mylan EpiPen scandal, the essence of which is captured in the graphic at the top (note, though, that the graphic understates the EpiPen price; it's now around $640). Heather Bresch, Mylan's CEO, decided to increase corporate profit by increasing the price of a mature product, EpiPen, a device that delivers life-saving epinephrine to people who suffer life-threatening anaphylactic shock from allergic exposure to, for example, bee stings and peanuts. In the view of most observers, she did it simply because she could.

There's no economic reason for the price increases, any of them. Epinephrine (basically adrenalin) is not proprietary. As Dr. Lee Rogers notes in the first link below, "As a hormone, it's a product of nature and cannot be patented." And the delivery mechanism (the "pen") has been around since 1977. All of the R&D is done, and the medicine is cheap. All told, each EpiPen contains just one dollar worth of medicine. (And it seems the original EpiPen was at least partly developed with taxpayer money.) ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, September 01 [10:17]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, September 02 [11:05]
*DN | Is an Arkansas Town Town Operating a "Hot Check" Court as an Illegal Debtors' Prison? (09/02/16) [6:56]
DN | The Criminalization of Poverty: Woman Describes Fines & Arrests After $1.07 Check Bounces (09/02/16) [7:56]
DN | Dilma Rousseff on Ouster: This is a Coup That Will Impact Every Democratic Organization in Brazil (09/01/16) [11:52]
TRNN | Economist James Henry explains: Uproar Over Apple-Iceland Tax Deal Ruling Could Put Multinationals Under the Gun During G20 (09/01/16) [7:29]
TRNN | Trump Would Intensify Bipartisan Immigration Policy Already in Place (09/01/16) [10:40]
*TYT | Donald Trump Trying To Lose The Election With His Immigration Speech? (09/01/16) [16:16]
RT | CrossTalk: Universal Bogeyman (08/02/16) [24:35]
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*ThomHartmann | Medea Benjamin - Why Is Saudi Arabia A Key US Ally? Paart 1 (09/01/16) [12:43], Part 2 [11:38]
Medea Benjamin, Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection/CODEPINK/Global Exchange joins Thom. The United States is supposedly the world's last great hope for democracy. So why does it work so closely with Saudi Arabia - one of the world's most brutal theocracies? The answer in tonight's Conversations with Great Minds with Medea Benjamin.
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*DR | Friday News - Domestic (09/02/16) [1hr]
or DR | Friday News Roundup (09/02/16) [1hr]
Donald Trump talks tough in a speech on immigration. Senators McCain and Rubio win in state primaries. And the Supreme Court blocks a restrictive North Carolina voting law. A panel of journalists joins guest host Frank Sesno for analysis of the week's top national news stories.
*DR | Friday News - International (09/02/16) [1hr]
Donald Trump meets with Mexico's president. The Brazilian president is impeached. And the FBI says Russian hackers targeted U.S. election systems. A panel of journalists joins guest host Frank Sesno for analysis of the week's top international news stories.
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Thursday September 01, 2016
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Donald Trump Just Cranked Up The Volume On Immigration
HP | Elise Foley | 09/01/16

Anyone hoping for a kinder, gentler GOP nominee can forget it. He's getting worse.

The Republican presidential nominee firmly shot down speculation on Wednesday that he may be open to legal status for undocumented immigrants, vowing that "no one will be immune or exempt from enforcement."

"Anyone who has entered the United States illegally is subject to deportation," Trump said during what he billed as a major policy speech in Phoenix. "That is what it means to have laws and to have a country. Otherwise we don't have a country." ... Read more

Immigration in the United States: New Economic, Social, Political Landscapes with Legislative Reform on the Horizon
Faye Hipsman Migration Policy Institute | older 2013

... In the 1970s and 1980s, refugee and humanitarian emergencies led to annual admissions of more than 200,000 during some years. During the last decade and half, and especially since 9/11, both the size of the refugee program and annual asylum grants have decreased (see Figure 3). FY 2011 saw 56,384 refugee arrivals, down from 73,293 in FY 2010. Burma (16,972) Iraq (9,388) Bhutan (14,999), Somalia (3,161), and Cuba (2,920) were the top five refugee-sending countries of FY 2011. That year, 24,988 individuals were granted asylum (defensive and affirmative), a slight uptick from FY 2010 after about ten years of steady decline. There is no cap on asylum approvals.

Noncitizens who enter the United States for tourism, work, or study reasons are admitted with a temporary nonimmigrant status. There are over 70 categories of visas for nonimmigrants, including tourists, business visitors, foreign students, H-1B workers, religious workers, intracompany transferees, diplomats, and representatives of international organizations. Nonimmigrant visas typically have strict terms and conditions, and allow for periods of stay ranging from a few weeks or months to six or more years. A small number of nonimmigrant visas allow for eventual permanent residency.

In 2011, 7.5 million nonimmigrant visas were granted. Temporary tourism and business visitors represent the vast majority of nonimmigrant visa holders. Nonimmigrant visas issued to foreign students have increased significantly during the last decade. The 447,410 student visas issued in 2011 is more than 50 percent greater than the number issued in 2001. Much of this growth has been driven by the exponential rise in students from China, who now represent 35 percent of all foreign students. South Korea, Saudi Arabia, and India also send students to the United States in high numbers. ... Read more

Trump's Revolting All-Out Attack on Immigrants Bears the Fingerprints of New Adviser Roger Ailes
AlterNet | Adele M. Stan | 08/31/16

In a speech designed to smear undocumented immigrants, Trump looked to the GOP's winning 1988 strategy.

... In the late summer of 2016, Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump was down in the polls, compared with his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton. So the Trump campaign came up with what its operatives hope will be a winning theme: tying the former secretary of state to crimes committed by undocumented immigrants. In a speech delivered to an Arizona rally of mostly white cheering Trump supporters, the GOP standard bearer repeatedly referred to American citizens who had lost their lives at the hands of undocumented criminals, and then brought to the stage the loved ones of some who had been killed. After each of the family members -- mostly mothers -- of the deceased testified for Trump, he kissed her and brought the next one to the podium. ... Read more

Hillary Clinton Disliked By A Record Number Of Americans, Survey Finds
HP | Matt Ferner | 08/31/16

While bombastic Republican nominee Donald Trump remains the most unpopular major-party presidential nominee in modern U.S. history, Hillary Clinton is not faring much better ? a new poll found that she is currently the most disliked she has ever been in 25 years of public life.

Just 41 percent of Americans have a favorable view of the Democratic presidential nominee, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll released Wednesday. It also found that 56 percent have an unfavorable view of her, a record high for the poll. ... Read more

TRNN | Ending of TTIP Talks May Be Tactical But Should be Celebrated Nevertheless' (09/01/16) [13:48]
TRNN | Harvard Professor Sidney Chalhoub: President Dilma Rousseff Impeached, New Government to Pursue Right-Wing Agenda [11:42]
TRNN | Professor John Ackerman on Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto: 'He's Our Trump' [12:39]
TYT | How Mexico Visit Is Big Win For Trump (08/31/16) [12:27]
TYT | Tea Party Trump Supporter's Explains Why He's Not Racist (08/31/16) [4:24]
RT | Keiser Report: Simple Sleight of Monetary Hand (E961) (09/01/16) [25:45]
Max and Stacy discuss all that was won by simple sleight of monetary hand. They also discuss Scotland's collapsing North Sea oil revenues and whether or not China can help them. In the second half, Max interviews David Low about Scotcoin and asks David, 'why not just use bitcoin?' They also discuss how it is that the Scottish independence referendum drove David to cryptocurrencies.
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*DR | Donald Trump's Immigration Plan And His Visit To Mexico (09/01/16) [1hr]
Under a Donald Trump presidency, there would be only one route to legal status for immigrants in the United States: to return home and apply for re-entry. In a speech last night in Phoenix, the Republican nominee for president took a hardline conservative position on immigration: zero tolerance for immigrants who commit crimes, an end to sanctuary cities and certain visas, and a new ideological test for entry. Still, he was short on specifics. He renewed his promise to build an "impenetrable, physical wall"--paid for by Mexico. But hours earlier, during a visit to Mexico, the country's president pledged to work with the U.S., but not subsidize a barrier. An update on the Republican presidential nominee's proposals on immigration, illegal drugs and trade.
*DR | Jesmyn Ward On Race In America: "The Fire This Time" (09/01/16) [1hr]
National Book Award-winning author Jesmyn Ward on the new edited volume, "The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race.
Aljazeera | Inside Story - Has Ireland given illegal tax incentives to Apple? (09/01/16) [25:00]
Aljazeera | People & Power: India's Nuclear Riddle (09/01/16) [25:00]
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Wednesday August 31, 2016
News Articles

Obama Administration Meets Goal Of 10,000 Syrian Refugees | Justin Salhani | current

Last September, the President Obama promised that the United States would resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees in the 2016 financial year, and 85,000 refugees in total from around the globe. But the plan to resettle Syrians in particular hit a hiccup after right wing politicians used the ISIS attacks in Paris and Brussels to ramp up anti-Muslim sentiment.

One of the main criticisms of refugee resettlement from the right concerned the screening process. Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump played on the nation's anxieties by saying there is "no system to vet" Syrian refugees and a "better, bigger, more horrible version of the legendary Trojan horse." Politifact checked Trump's statement and labelled it 'false'. ... Read more
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TYT | Obama Welcomes 10,000th Syrian Refugee To America (08/30/16) [6:23]

Nasa: Earth is warming at a pace 'unprecedented in 1,000 years' | Oliver Milman | 08/30/16

This year has already seen scorching heat around the world, with the average global temperature peaking at 1.38C above levels experienced in the 19th century, perilously close to the 1.5C limit agreed in the landmark Paris climate accord. July was the warmest month since modern record keeping began in 1880, with each month since October 2015 setting a new high mark for heat.

But Nasa said that records of temperature that go back far further, taken via analysis of ice cores and sediments, suggest that the warming of recent decades is out of step with any period over the past millennium. ... Read more
TYT | NASA Warns Climate Change Could Cause Mass Extinction Event (08/30/16) [8:18]

Michele Bachmann: God 'Raised Up' Donald Trump
HP | Ed Mazza | 08/31/16

It's a question political pundits will be attempting to answer for generations: How did real estate magnate and reality TV star Donald Trump win the Republican presidential nomination?

Former Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), a Trump advisor, claims to know the answer: God did it. Bachmann told "The Brody File" of CBN News that "the most high God lifts up who He will and takes down who He will." ... Read more

An Establishment Conservative's Guide To The Alt-Right | Allum Bokhari | older 03/29/16

A specter is haunting the dinner parties, fundraisers and think-tanks of the Establishment: the specter of the "alternative right." Young, creative and eager to commit secular heresies, they have become public enemy number one to beltway conservatives -- more hated, even, than Democrats or loopy progressives.

The alternative right, more commonly known as the alt-right, is an amorphous movement. Some -- mostly Establishment types -- insist it's little more than a vehicle for the worst dregs of human society: anti-Semites, white supremacists, and other members of the Stormfront set. They're wrong. ... Read more

Diane Rehm Show
*DR | The Rise Of The "Alt-Right" Movement In The 2016 Campaign (erlier this week) [1hr]
Last Thursday, Hillary Clinton gave a speech in Reno, Nevada in which she sought to tie Donald Trump to a movement many Americans probably had never heard of -- the "alt-right", a group that holds white supremacist views. It was part of a larger speech accusing her Republican opponent of racism, a barb that was traded back and forth between the two candidates last week. When Clinton mentioned the alt-right, it gave the movement a spotlight it has never had, leading to many questions about who they are, and what kind of association they have with the trump campaign. Diane and her guests discuss the rise of the "alt-right" and its place in this year's presidential campaign.
TYT | PRISON: Norway vs. United States (08/30/16) [5:31]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, August 31 [10:58]
DN | Glenn Greenwald: Clinton Believes Obama Has Not Been Militaristic Enough, Part 1 (08/31/16) [4:36], Part 2 [12:12]
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
ColbertReport | Donald Trump's Extraordinary Health Report (08/30/16) [4:36]
ColbertReport | Sarah Palin Crashes & Burns (08/31/16) [4:56]
TYT | Rush Limbaugh Admits Something Shocking About Donald Trump (08/30/16) [3:30]
RT | Keiser Report: Coddled Banking Class (E960) (08/30/16) [25:37]
RT | Lionrock typhoon slams into Japanese areas still recovering from 2011 tsunami (08/31/16) [1:26]
Typhoon Lionrock reached northern Japan slamming into the areas still recovering from destructive tsunami of 2011. It's the first time a typhoon has made landfall in the northern region since 1951.
Max and Stacy discuss complacency and the "mother of all shorts," as those who sicken of the calm, know the storm. In the second half, Max interviews Mark O'Byrne of about the arrival of Nirp in Ireland and the return of high rental costs.
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ThomHartmann | Exposing the Koch's Environment Corruption (08/30/16) [10:55]
ThomHartmann | Fracking Could Destroy Your Health (08/30/16) [6:49]
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*DR | Results From Congressional Primary Races And New Concerns About Hacks Into State Voting Systems (08/31/16) [1hr]
We have results from one of the last big primary nights of the year Florida and Arizona voted -- and projections show that big-name incumbents held their ground. Republican senators John McCain of Arizona, Marco Rubio of Florida and Democratic representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, also of Florida, have been declared winners. Incumbent wins normally would not be news... but this election season, all bets seem to be off. We'll talk about what the primary votes in states around the country may signal about results in November, plus take a look at a big general election story -- security concerns in state election systems.
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Tuesday August 30, 2016
News Articles

Republican Voters Wish They'd Picked A Different Nominee
HP | Ariel Edwards-Levy | 08/29/16

Seventeen candidates ran for the Republican presidential nomination this year. A majority of GOP voters now say that they wish they'd picked one of the 16 who weren't Donald Trump, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov survey. The public as a whole is less than impressed with either party's nominee. Just 20 percent of all voters say that Trump was Republicans' best choice, while 30 percent think Hillary Clinton was Democrats' best option. Read more

FBI says foreign hackers penetrated state election systems
Yahoo News | Michael Isikoff | 08/29/16

The FBI has uncovered evidence that foreign hackers penetrated two state election databases in recent weeks, prompting the bureau to warn election officials across the country to take new steps to enhance the security of their computer systems, according to federal and state law enforcement officials.

The FBI warning, contained in a "flash" alert from the FBI's Cyber Division, a copy of which was obtained by Yahoo News, comes amid heightened concerns among U.S. intelligence officials about the possibility of cyberintrusions, potentially by Russian state-sponsored hackers, aimed at disrupting the November elections. ... Read more
TYT | FBI Confirms Scary Election Hacking Concerns (08/29/16) [11:08]

The Evidence Of Fracking's Health Effects Keeps Mounting | Alejandro Dávila Fragoso | current

Hydraulic fracturing has over the past few years been associated with ground water pollution, spills, and earthquakes in various states. Now, a study led by John Hopkins University researchers found that fracking in Pennsylvania may be associated with migraines, fatigue, and sinusitis.

The study, published Thursday, adds to a growing body of scientific work that on regular basis links the controversial extraction process with adverse effects on the environment and people. ... Read more
TYT | Evidence Of The Fracking Dangers Are Mounting (08/29/16) [6:20]

Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt by Sarah Jaffe (2016)

We are witnessing a moment of unprecedented political engagement and social activism. Pundits once fretted about Americans' apathy, but in the last few years we've seen uprisings and protests across the country: the growth of the Tea Party, the successful fight for a $15 minimum wage, BlackLivesMatter, Occupy Wall Street, and the grassroots networks supporting presidential candidates like Bernie Sanders.

In Necessary Trouble, journalist Sarah Jaffe leads readers into the heart of these movements, explaining what has made ordinary Americans from Seattle to St. Louis to Atlanta become activists. As Jaffe shows, Americans, regardless of political alignment, are boldly challenging who wields power in this country. They are poised to permanently remake politics as we know it--and in many cases, they already have.
Every bearded man is not a terrorist

Wake Up America - It's Time To Eliminate The 'Pusher'
ZeroHedge | author | 08/30/16

Central banks can only do one thing, and that's provide monetary welfare for the wealthy. Wake up, America. The only way to stop widening wealth and income inequality and kick your smack addiction is to eliminate the pusher. ... Read more
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EU hits Apple with 13 billion euro Irish tax demand
Reuters | Foo Yun Chee | 08/30/16

The European Commission ordered Apple Inc. to pay Ireland unpaid taxes of up to 13 billion euros ($14.5 billion) on Tuesday as it ruled the firm had received illegal state aid.

Apple and Dublin said the U.S. company's tax treatment was in line with Irish and European Union law and they would appeal the ruling, which is part of a drive against what the EU says are sweetheart tax deals that usually smaller states in the bloc offer multinational companies to lure jobs and investment.

The U.S. feels its firms are being targeted by the EU and a U.S. Treasury spokesperson warned the move threatens to undermine U.S. investment in Europe and "the important spirit of economic partnership between the U.S. and the EU". ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, August 30 [12:39]
DN | A Mother's Plea to CEO After EpiPen Price Jumped 400% (08/30/16) [9:30]
DN | Why Are We Paying $300 for an EpiPen That Holds Only $1 Worth of Medicine? (08/30/16) [6:58]
DN | Could the Presidential Election Be Hacked? FBI "Flash" Alert Urges States to Bolster Security (08/30/16) [6:30]
TYT | Photo Of Crying Old Couple Being Separated Goes Viral (08/29/16) [6:09]
TYT | Obama's Lesbian Farmer Invasion Thwarted By Rush Limbaugh (08/29/16) [6:49]
TYT | Hundreds Of Reindeer Killed By Lightning Strike (08/29/16) [3:21]
RT | Keiser Report: Lesser Evil Voting (E959) (08/27/16) [25:44]
Max and Stacy discuss the door opened to lesser evil as journalism collapses and neoliberalism dies. In the second half, Max interviews economist, Sandeep Jaitly, about negative rates, private placements and Trump's gold standard plans.
German economy minister: TTIP talks between EU & US have de facto failed (08/29/16) [6:14]
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ThomHartmann | Big Pharma Bro Has Put America In Crisis (08/29/16) [12:28]
ThomHartmann | Sarah Jaffe Interview: What Makes Today's Protests Different?, Part 1 (08/29/16) [12:52], Part 2 [12:27]
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Aljazeera | 101 East: Inside Fukushima's Time Bomb (08/25/16) [25:10]
Five years after the twin catastrophes of the Japan tsunami and Fukushima nuclear meltdown, villages sit silent and empty. Thousands of workers still toil to clean up the radioactive material but it could be decades before their work is finished. As Japan continues to suffer the toxic aftermath of one of its worst ever disasters, 101 East reveals that the countryside may never again be safe.
Aljazeera | Counting the Cost: Inside the murky world of negative interest rates (08/27/16) [26:00]
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Monday August 29, 2016
News Articles

Lawmakers Overseeing Wall Street Given Bigger, More Favorable Loans Than Others: Study | David Sirota | 08/19/16

It is good to be king, as the old saying goes -- and apparently it's also good to get a seat on a congressional committee that oversees the finance industry. According to a new study, those lawmakers tend to get larger loans and at more favorable interest rates right when they get appointed to those powerful panels. Researchers suggest the evidence is no random coincidence: They say the trend may in fact expose a conduit of influence peddling in which powerful lawmakers are using their position to extract favors -- and whereby Wall Street firms may be using stealth perks to increase their legislative power. ... Read more

Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire by Deepa Kumar

In response to the events of 9/11, the Bush administration launched a "war on terror," ushering in an era of anti-Muslim racism, or Islamophobia. However, 9/11 did not create the image of the "Muslim enemy." This book examines the historic relationship between anti-Muslim racism and the agenda of empire building.

Beginning in the eleventh century and the context of the Crusades, Deepa Kumar offers a sweeping historical analysis of the changing views of Islam and Muslims in the West, examining the ways that ruling elites throughout history have used the specter of a "Muslim enemy" to justify their imperial projects.

The language of Islamophobia that was developed in the context of the European colonization of the Middle East continues to thrive today in the United States. Kumar expertly exposes and debunks various myths about Muslims and Islam that have become widely accepted in the US.

She goes on to analyze the US's checkered attitude towards the parties of political Islam, outlining how it has treated Islamists as both allies and enemies. By examining local conditions that have allowed for the growth of Islamists, Kumar shows that these parties are not inevitable in Muslim-majority countries but are rather a contemporary phenomenon similar to the rise of Christian, Jewish, and Hindu fundamentalisms.

The final section of the book sheds light on how the use of Islamophobia in justifying foreign policy necessitates and facilitates political repression at home. Attacks on Muslim Americans have spread to attacks on dissent in general. Kumar concludes by making a powerful case for a grassroots movement that challenges anti-Muslim racism and the projects of empire.

Why Can't Our Economy Promote Equality and Shared Prosperity?
AlterNet | Jim Hightower | 08/28/16

Meet "Take On Wall Street," a grassroots movement preventing America's plunge into plutocracy.

Instead of griping about the greedheads of Wall Street and the rip-off financial system they've hung around our necks--why don't we "Take On Wall Street"?

You don't have to be in "Who's Who" to know what's what. For example, if tiny groups of Wall Street bankers, billionaires and their political puppets are allowed to write the rules that govern our economy and elections, guess what? Only bankers, billionaires and puppets will profit from those rules. ... Read more

The Scandal of EpiPens Runs Deeper Than Most of Us Realize
AlterNet | Martha Rosenberg | 08/26/16

It has been two years since Gilead Sciences Inc. rolled out its $1,000-a-pill hepatitis C drug Sovaldi, priced at $84,000 for a course of treatment and met with disbelief from patients, insurers and health care professionals. After an 18-month investigation the Senate Finance Committee concluded prices did not reflect Gilead's development costs and that the drug maker cared about "revenue" not "affordability and accessibility." The committee also found that Sovaldi and a related pill, Harvoni, cost taxpayers $5 billion in 2014.

It's been one year since Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. hiked the price of a once-daily form of Wellbutrin, a 30-year-old antidepressant, to $1,400 a month despite the existence of a $30 generic and refused to lower prices on the millions hospitals pay for its life-saving heart medicines.

And it has been only a few months since a smirking Martin Shkreli, former Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO, gave a figurative finger to Congress by refusing questions about why his company raised the price of the life-saving drug Daraprim, crucial for AIDS patients, from $13.50 a tablet to $750 per tablet. ... Read more

Dallas Fed Dead-Cat-Bounce Dies - Economy Contracts For 20th Month In A Row

Will The Pentagon's Effort To Whip Up War Fever Work in This Internet Era?
ZeroHEdge | author | 08/29/16

We are in the midst of a huge propaganda blitz by the Pentagon and its affiliated military-industrial complex. We've seen the results before and hopefully they will not reoccur with such worldwide viciousness again. Is it possible that this time the Pentagon's lurid lies will fail to awake public terror and instead incite indignation at military-industrial manipulations. That would be an outcome dearly to be desired in this awakening Internet era. ... Read more

Bush, Cheney, PNAC, & The Criminal Conspiracy To Invade Iraq (older, but good) [10:45]

'Go Topless Go' Is The Equal Rights Anthem We Didn't Know We Needed
HP |David Moye | 08/26/16

Every important political movement has its theme song. The Civil Rights movement had "We Shall Overcome," the 1970s feminist movement had "I Am Woman," and now there's a ditty for those who are fighting the good fight to allow women to go topless in public. The song is called, appropriately enough, "Go Topless Go" and performed by singer Gabriela Dolanska (her Facebook page states she is located in Slovakia). ... Read more
Go Topless Go (08/24/16) [2:34]

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, August 29 [14:53]
DN | Glenn Greenwald: Rousseff Impeachment Trial Marks Complete Reversal of Democracy (08/29/16) [17:14]
DN | Glenn Greenwald: Why Are Saudis Donating Millions to Clinton Foundation? (08/29/16) [10:00]
DN | Greenwald: Journalists Should Not Stop Scrutinizing Clinton Just Because Trump is Unfit for Office (08/29/16) [5:01]
DN | Vijay Prashad: Turkey's Offensive Against ISIS & Press Crackdown is Really Just War on Kurds, Part 1 (08/26/16) [8:05], DN | Part 2 [9:57]
DN | Actress Emma Thompson: Donald Trump is a White Nationalist Like Brexit Politician Nigel Farage (08/26/16) [2:53]
TRNN | Is 'Our Revolution' the Way To Build Transformative Politics? (08/29/16) [22:26]
TRNN | Deepa Kumar discusses: Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire (Rerun) [20:21]
TRNN | Economist Heiner Flassbeck discusses: No nations in the European Union are experiencing a recovery (08/29/16) [7:34]
TYT | EpiPen Gouges Sick People For CEO Bonuses (08/27/16) [15:22]
EpiPen manufacturer Mylan is facing scrutiny and criticism for its recent business practices. Cenk Uygur and John Iadarola,hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.

Mylan has drawn the ire of patients, consumer groups and now Congress for raising the price of the device 400% since it acquired EpiPen in 2007. The implement, which delivers life-saving medicine for severe allergy sufferers, can now cost more than $300 per pen. It's only sold in pairs and must be purchased every year because the drug, epinephrine, loses potency over time. Sales of EpiPen are now in excess of $1 billion annually.

Asked for comment, Myan referred to a statement on its website explaining the problem with the EpiPen isn't its cost, but the high deductible of many people's health insurance plans. The company also provides coupons that reduce the cost by $100.
TYT | Senate Banking Committee Gets "VIP Loans" (08/27/16) [7:31]
TYT | Why Is Obama Shoving The TPP Down Our Throats? (08/28/16) [2:33]
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*DR | The Rise Of The "Alt-Right" Movement In The 2016 Campaign (08/29/16) [1hr]
Last Thursday, Hillary Clinton gave a speech in Reno, Nevada in which she sought to tie Donald Trump to a movement many Americans probably had never heard of -- the "alt-right", a group that holds white supremacist views. It was part of a larger speech accusing her Republican opponent of racism, a barb that was traded back and forth between the two candidates last week. When Clinton mentioned the alt-right, it gave the movement a spotlight it has never had, leading to many questions about who they are, and what kind of association they have with the trump campaign. Diane and her guests discuss the rise of the "alt-right" and its place in this year's presidential campaign.
*DR | "Doonesbury" Cartoonist Garry Trudeau On 30 Years Of Drawing Donald Trump (08/29/16) [1hr]
It was 1987 when the "Doonesbury" comic strip first imagined a Donald Trump presidential run. Since then, Trump has been a recurring character in cartoonist Garry Trudeau's Pulitzer Prize-winning strip. Over the years "Doonesbury" has taken on Trump's rhetoric, his beliefs about women, Trump University... well before any of this was making front-page campaign news. And the candidate has been less than pleased with Trudeau's satirical depictions, calling Trudeau a "sleazeball" and a "third-rate talent." Now the author has compiled all his Trump clips into a new book. Cartoonist Garry Trudeau on satire, politics and thirty years of drawing Donald Trump.
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Charlevoix, Michigan - St. Marys Cement Plant
Approximately 1.3 million tons of cement is produced annually in Charlevoix, but the expansion and modernization would allow for the production of nearly 2 million tons of cement, Fallon said. In the end it depends on the numbers and our return on the $130 million investment. If the Charlevoix plant is improved and modernized, it would set us up for another 40 to 50 years of production." Read more
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Friday August 26, 2016
News Articles

Vets Lose When Big Pharma and Defense Corporations Rake in the Big War Bucks
AlterNet | Ann Jones / TomDispatch | 08/25/16

A friend of mine, a Vietnam vet, told me about a veteran of the Iraq War who, when some civilian said, “Thank you for your service,” replied: “I didn’t serve, I was used.” That got me thinking about the many ways today’s veterans are used, conned, and exploited by big gamers right here at home.

Andrew Bacevich is certainly right about war profiteers, but I believe we haven’t yet fully wrapped our minds around what that truly means. This is what we have yet to take in: today, the U.S. is the most unequal country in the developed world, and the wealth of the plutocrats on top is now so great that, when they invest it in politics, it’s likely that no elected government can stop them or the lucrative wars and “free markets” they exploit. ... Read more

"Our Revolution"? Bernie Sanders Launches New Organization, But Key Staffers Quit in Protest
DemocracyNow | author | 08/25/16

Bernie Sanders and his supporters have launched a new political organization called Our Revolution. It seeks to support the next generation of progressive leaders, empower millions to fight for progressive change and elevate the nation’s overall political consciousness. More than 2,600 watch parties were held across the country last night to witness Sanders launch the new organization. But reports have emerged of political tumult within Bernie Sanders’s own team. Over the weekend, eight key staffers abruptly resigned in a dispute over the group’s leadership and legal structure. ... Read more

TRNN | Our Revolution Launch Event (08/24/16) [1:07:30]
At this meeting, Bernie Sanders and others from Our Revolution will lay out some of the next steps we can take as a movement to empower a wave of progressive candidates this November and win the major upcoming fights for the values we share. We'll also talk about how you can be a key movement builder in your community for Our Revolution. website
TYT | Bernie Sanders Launches "Our Revolution" (08/25/16) [8:49]

Iraq War Surveillance Technology Being Used In Baltimore Without Public Debate
ZeroHedge | author | 08/26/16

Yesterday, Bloomberg published a lengthy expose on a company called Persistent Surveillance Systems, which has been secretly surveilling the people of Baltimore on behalf of the police since January. The article is titled, Secret Cameras Record Baltimore’s Every Move From Above, and here are some choice excerpts:

Pritchett had no idea that as he spoke, a small Cessna airplane equipped with a sophisticated array of cameras was circling Baltimore at roughly the same altitude as the massing clouds. The plane’s wide-angle cameras captured an area of roughly 30 square miles and continuously transmitted real-time images to analysts on the ground. The footage from the plane was instantly archived and stored on massive hard drives, allowing analysts to review it weeks later if necessary. .... Read more

TRNN | Chris Hedges Interviews Noam Chomsky () [56:00]
Manufacturing Consent - Noam Chomsky and the Media - Documentary by Mark Achbar and Peter Wintonick (1992) [2:40:24]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, August 26 [11:29]
DN | "Our Revolution"? Bernie Sanders Launches New Organization, But Key Staffers Quit in Protest (08/25/16) [15:16]
TRNN | Sanders Launch of "Our Revolution" a Step Forward and a Step Backwards (08/26/16) [20:08]
TYT | Trump Loves Crazy Alex Jones (08/25/16) [6:11]
TYT | Libertarianism Debunked. (08/25/16) [5:26]
TYT | CNN Panel Laughs At Katrina Pierson’s Trump Defense (08/25/16) [2:28]
RT | Keiser Report: Banks in Safe Harbors (E958) (08/25/16) [25:45]
Max and Stacy discuss the ‘ships in safe harbors’ – i.e., the banks and major corporations - that now no longer do what capitalism is meant to do. In the second half they continue their interview with Simon Dixon of about the Bitfinex and The Dao ‘hacks’ and what lessons the respective responses hold for the legacy banking sector. They also discuss central banks turning crypto.
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ThomHartmann | Proof Bailing Out Nuclear Plants Is Bad! (08/25/16) [6:52]
ThomHartmann | Tribal Rights & the Dakota Access Pipeline (08/25/16) [6:41]
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*DR | Friday News - Domestic (08/26/16) [1hr]
The presidential campaign takes a particularly nasty turn this week as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump take turns calling each other racists. Trump, meantime, seems to be going in a new direction on immigration. But exactly where he’s headed has been tough to pin down. The Republican nominee continues to trail Clinton in several battleground states. But in others, like North Carolina, voters remain divided. President Barack Obama surveys flood damage in Louisiana. And lawmakers demand answers after outcry over the skyrocketing cost of life-saving EpiPens. A panel of journalists joins Derek McGinty for analysis of the week’s top national news stories.
*DR | Friday News - International (08/26/16) [1hr]
Italy continues a desperate search for survivors of an earthquake that has claimed nearly 270 lives. Turkey blames PKK militants for a deadly car bomb targeting the police. Tensions rise between Washington and Tehran after Iran harasses a U.S. warship near the Persian Gulf. In France, what’s being called the “burkini wars” draws strong commentary from around the world. Insurgents in Afghanistan attack a university in the capital, killing more than a dozen students and staff. And the government of Colombia signs a peace deal with Marxist rebels to end a 52-year guerrilla war. A panel of journalists joins guest host Derek McGinty for analysis of the week’s top international news stories.
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Thursday August 25, 2016
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Black Tide: The Devastating Impact of the Gulf Oil Spill by Antonia Juhasz

It is the largest oil disaster in American history, and it could happen again. It is more than a story of ruined beaches, dead wildlife, corporate spin, political machinations, and financial fallout. It is a riveting human drama filled with people whose lives will forever be defined as ""before"" and ""after the gulf oil disaster."" Black Tide is the only book to tell this story through the perspective of people on all sides of the catastrophe, from those who lost their lives, loved ones, and livelihoods to those who made the policies that set the devastating event in motion, those who cut the corners that put corporate profits over people and the environment, and those who have committed their lives to ensuring that such an event is never repeated.

Dramatic and compelling, Black Tide exposes the human failings and human cost of the largest oil disaster in American history and how it could easily happen again.

"We cannot allow the BP disaster to be pushed from public view the way BP used chemical dispersants to hide the oil. These remarkable stories-of loss, heroism and culpability-are a vivid reminder that this catastrophe will be with us for decades, and that we have not yet made the changes necessary to prevent destruction in the future."
-Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism.
Just a reminder... the U.S. Military is the single largest user of oil in the world.
TYT | US Weapons To Bahrain Spiked After Paying Clinton Foundation $32 Million (08/24/16) [12:07]
What the Bush Family Knew, Before they Bought Land in Paraguay

Green Going Gone: The Tragic Deforestation of the Chaco
RollingStone | Christine MacDonald | o7/28/14

A converted garage in Asuncion, Paraguay, seems an unlikely headquarters for the crusade to save one of Earth's last great wilderness expanses. But in a cluttered and fluorescent-lit room, three geographic information systems (GIS) analysts are hunched over their computer screens searching satellite maps for signs of fresh deforestation in South America's Gran Chaco forest, doing the best they can. "The Chaco is one of the most unknown remaining wildernesses on our planet," says Alberto Yanosky, the activist in charge of those analysts. The problem though, is that "we're losing the Chaco faster than scientists can study it." ... Read more
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*DN | Day After Obama Tours Louisiana Flood Damage, Gov't Holds Massive Gulf Oil & Gas Lease Auction (08/24/16) [12:16]
TRNN | Trent University professor Baris Karaagac: Turkey's Incursion into Syria Will Escalate Conflict with the Kurds (08/24/16) [12:52]
*TRNN | EpiPen Prices Soar Because Our Current System Can't Restrain Profit-Seeking Corporations (08/24/16) [9:35]
TYT | Lebanese Man Gunned Down By Racist Neighbor (08/24/16) [5:13]
TYT | French Police Force Muslim Woman To Strip At Beach (08/24/16) [6:42]
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*DR | A Cyber-Psychologist Explains How Human Behavior Changes Online (08/25/16) [1hr]
Dr. Mary Aiken, a pioneering cyber-psychologist, work inspired the CBS television series “CSI: Cyber”. She explains how going online changes our behavior in small and dramatic ways, and what that means for how we think about our relationship with technology.
*DR | The Big Business Of Looted Antiquities (08/24/16) [1hr]
Last year, the world watched in horror as ISIS destroyed key historical sites in Palmyra, Syria. But experts warn it’s not only these high profile acts of destruction that pose the biggest threat to the world’s cultural heritage. Instead, it’s a practice that dates back millennia – tomb raiding. The trade in looted antiquities is big business – and some fear it’s growing due to instability in the Middle East and North Africa. While the U.S. has passed laws restricting imports from Syria and Iraq, many argue little will change until the market for these stolen antiquities is eliminated. New efforts to curb the plunder of the world’s cultural heritage.
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Wednesday August 24, 2016
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Todays Headlines at HP
QUAKE ROCKS CENTRAL ITALY... 'THE TOWN IS NOT THERE ANY MORE' ... Dozens Dead... Thousands Left Homeless... Hospital Badly Damaged, Patients Moved Into The Street... 60 Aftershocks, Tremors Felt As Far Away As Rome... 'This Is A Catastrophe'...
Earthquake strikes central Italy, shocks felt in Rome and Venice (08/24/16) [4:29]

*Donald Trump Jacked Up His Campaign's Trump Tower Rent Once Somebody Else Was Paying It
HP | S.V. Date | 08/22/16

Trump nearly quintupled the monthly rent his presidential campaign pays for its headquarters at Trump Tower to $169,758 in July, when he was raising funds from donors, compared with March, when he was self-funding his campaign, according to a Huffington Post review of Federal Election Commission filings. The rent jumped even though he was paying fewer staff in July than he did in March.

The Trump campaign paid Trump Tower Commercial LLC $35,458 in March ? the same amount it had been paying since last summer ? and had 197 paid employees and consultants. In July, it paid 172 employees and consultants. ... Read more
TYT | How Donald Trump Funnels Campaign Donations Into His Pocket (08/23/16) [8:18]

AP: More Than Half Of Clinton's Non-Government Visitors At State Gave To Foundation
AP | author | 08/24/16

More than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money -- either personally or through companies or groups -- to the Clinton Foundation. It's an extraordinary proportion indicating her possible ethics challenges if elected president.

At least 85 of 154 people from private interests who met or had phone conversations scheduled with Clinton while she led the State Department donated to her family charity or pledged commitments to its international programs, according to a review of State Department calendars released so far to The Associated Press. Combined, the 85 donors contributed as much as $156 million. At least 40 donated more than $100,000 each, and 20 gave more than $1 million. ... Read more

*Global Empire - The World According to Seymour Hersh, Part 1 (08/10/16) [30:31]
What the Bush Family Knew, Before they Bought Land in Paraguay
What the Bush Family Knew, Before they Bought Land in South America above the World's Largest Aquifer. | | L.J. Devon | 07/19/14
The Ogallala aquifer, in the center of the U.S., has been used up at an unsustainable pace since the early 1980s when big agriculture began using automated center pivot irrigation devices. Once farmers started putting these devices into widespread use, the Ogallala became a center for abuse, precipitously drained year after year. The Ogallala is unique; it cannot be replenished by surface water or precipitation. When it's used up, there's no more water to go around.
Why Did George Bush Buy Nearly 300,000 acres in Paraguay? | | Brian Maher | 04/24/15
Bush Family Buy Up Guarani Aquifer | | Jenny Westwell | 06/18/15
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
Global Economics Explained: The Secret World of Economic Hit Men and Corruption (2012) [1:13:54]
Audio Book | Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins (02/24/16) [11:04:30]

According to Perkins, he began writing Confessions of an Economic Hit Man in the 1980s, but "threats or bribes always convinced [him] to stop."

According to his book, Perkins' function was to convince the political and financial leadership of underdeveloped countries to accept enormous development loans from institutions like the World Bank and USAID. Saddled with debts they could not hope to pay, those countries were forced to acquiesce to political pressure from the United States on a variety of issues. Perkins argues in his book that developing nations were effectively neutralized politically, had their wealth gaps driven wider and economies crippled in the long run. In this capacity Perkins recounts his meetings with some prominent individuals, including Graham Greene and Omar Torrijos. Perkins describes the role of an EHM as follows:

Economic hit men (EHMs) are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. They funnel money from the World Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and other foreign "aid" organizations into the coffers of huge corporations and the pockets of a few wealthy families who control the planet's natural resources. Their tools included fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion, sex, and murder. They play a game as old as empire, but one that has taken on new and terrifying dimensions during this time of globalization.

The epilogue to the 2006 edition provides a rebuttal to the current move by the G8 nations to forgive Third World debt. Perkins charges that the proposed conditions for this debt forgiveness require countries to privatise their health, education, electric, water and other public services. Those countries would also have to discontinue subsidies and trade restrictions that support local business, but accept the continued subsidization of certain G8 businesses by the US and other G8 countries, and the erection of trade barriers on imports that threaten G8 industries.

In the book, Perkins repeatedly denies the existence of a "conspiracy." Instead, Perkins carefully discusses the role of corporatocracy. -- November 4, 2004 interview

I was initially recruited while I was in business school back in the late sixties by the National Security Agency, the nation's largest and least understood spy organization; but ultimately I worked for private corporations. The first real economic hit man was back in the early 1950s, Kermit Roosevelt, Jr., the grandson of Teddy, who overthrew the government of Iran, a democratically elected government, Mossadegh's government who was Time's magazine person of the year; and he was so successful at doing this without any bloodshed -- well, there was a little bloodshed, but no military intervention, just spending millions of dollars and replaced Mossadegh with the Shah of Iran. At that point, we understood that this idea of economic hit man was an extremely good one. We didn't have to worry about the threat of war with Russia when we did it this way. The problem with that was that Roosevelt was a C.I.A. agent. He was a government employee. Had he been caught, we would have been in a lot of trouble. It would have been very embarrassing. So, at that point, the decision was made to use organizations like the C.I.A. and the N.S.A. to recruit potential economic hit men like me and then send us to work for private consulting companies, engineering firms, construction companies, so that if we were caught, there would be no connection with the government.

Columnist Sebastian Mallaby of The Washington Post reacted sharply to Perkins' book: "This man is a frothing conspiracy theorist, a vainglorious peddler of nonsense, and yet his book, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, is a runaway bestseller." Mallaby, who spent 13 years writing for the London Economist and wrote a critically well-received biography of World Bank chief James Wolfensohn, holds that Perkins' conception of international finance is "largely a dream" and that his "basic contentions are flat wrong". For instance he points out that Indonesia reduced its infant mortality and illiteracy rates by two-thirds after economists persuaded its leaders to borrow money in 1970. He also disputes Perkins' claim that 51 of the top 100 world economies belong to companies. A value-added comparison done by the UN, he says, shows the number to be 29. (The 51 of 100 data comes from an Institute for Policy Studies Dec 2000 Report on the Top 200 corporations; using 2010 data from the CIA's World Factbook and Fortune Global 500 the current ratio is 114 corporations in the top 200 global economies.)
Great Chinese Crash
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DN | Inaction on Climate Change Could Cost Millennials $8.8 Trillion in Lifetime Income (08/24/16) [6:18]
A new study has found that without action on climate change, the millennial generation as a whole will lose nearly $8.8 trillion in lifetime income dealing with the economic, health and environmental impacts of climate change. The study, "The Price Tag of Being Young: Climate Change and Millennials' Economic Future," was produced by NextGen Climate and Demos.
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DN | Embracing the Alt-Right: New Trump Campaign Chief "Created an Online Haven for White Nationalists" (08/24/16) [12:19]
*TRNN | Bill Curry says: The Real Scandal of Clinton's Emails: Conducting Foreign Policy In Secret (08/24/16) [18:35]
TRNN | Political economist Aleksandr BuzgalinHow: Ukrainian and Russian Elite Benefit From New Flare-ups at the Border (08/24/16) [10:00]
*TYT | MORE Leaked Hillary Emails Show Troubling Pattern With Clinton Foundation (08/23/16) [16:43]
TYT | Eric Trump Blames Stagnant Wages On Refugees (08/23/16) [3:04]
TYT | Donald Trump And Morning Joe Call Each Other Drunks (08/23/16) [7:33]
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*DR | Questions About Hillary Clinton's Newly Uncovered Emails (08/24/16) [1hr]
Last October Bernie Sanders said the American people were sick and tired of hearing about Hillary Clinton's emails, but like it or not the story is far from over. The FBI found nearly fifteen thousand Clinton emails beyond the ones turned over to the State Department previously. The Department is now going through these emails, and a federal judge has ordered it to speed up their release. A conservative watchdog group this week separately released some emails that show big donors to the Clinton Foundation seeking access to Clinton when she was Secretary of State. Join us to talk about what we know and don't know about Clinton's emails.
*DR | Update On The Italy Earthquake (08/24/16) [1hr]
Deborah Ball, the Italy bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal, gives us the latest on Tuesday night's deadly 6.2 magnitude earthquake north of Rome.
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Tuesday Aug 23, 2016
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Yemen Civil War (2011-201?) | author | date

By early 2015, Yemen was pretty much a failed state, beset by a circular firing squad of factions. Besides a local struggle for power, the Yemen conflict is widely viewed as a proxy war between Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shia Iran. Yemen was wracked by internal divisions as the Houthi movement spread beyond its traditional rebellion in the north, separatists continue to press their cause in the south, and al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula claims attacks both at home and abroad, including on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris earlier in January 2015.

... On February 25, the European Parliament adopted a resolution calling for an arms embargo against Saudi Arabia due to its operation in Yemen, passing by 359 to 212 votes. However, the European Parliament vote doesn't compel every member state to act. The European Parliament resolution of February 25, 2016 on the humanitarian crisis in Yemen refers to "grave concerns" over the deterioration of the situation on the ground. ... Read more

In January 2016 the Syrian Center for Policy Research (SCPR) reported that 470,000 deaths had been caused by the conflict in Syria, either directly or indirectly. This represents a dramatic increase from the total of 250,000 fatalities attributed to the UN in news reports in recent years. But the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights stopped updating the death toll from Syria's civil war in January 2014.
TYT | Gary Johnson Interview With Cenk Uygur Of The Young Turks (08/22/16) [15:37]
TYT | Jill Stein On Why Trump AND Clinton Are Dangerous (08/18/16) [10:11]

U.S. Army fudged its accounts by trillions of dollars, auditor finds
Reuters | author | 08/19/16

The United States Army's finances are so jumbled it had to make trillions of dollars of improper accounting adjustments to create an illusion that its books are balanced.

The Defense Department's Inspector General, in a June report, said the Army made $2.8 trillion in wrongful adjustments to accounting entries in one quarter alone in 2015, and $6.5 trillion for the year. Yet the Army lacked receipts and invoices to support those numbers or simply made them up. ... Read more
TYT | Army Accounting Off By TRILLIONS Audit Reveals (08/22/16) [9:10]

An audit shows that the US Army accounting books are a little a couple trillion dollars. Cenk Uygur, John Iadarola, Jimmy Dore, and Ryan Clayton, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.

"It's Gone" - Why Foreign Demand For US Treasuries Has Disappeared
ZeroHedge | author | 08/23/16

Something significant has happened in recent months: buying 10-yr US treasuries is no longer profitable. It is not only Europeans or Japanese, there now isn't any global fixed income investor that can make decent money by buying hedged USTs. ... Read more

Ecology and Socialism: Solutions to Capitalist Ecological Crisis by Chris Williams

Around the world, consciousness of the threat to our environment is growing. The majority of solutions on offer, from using efficient light bulbs to biking to work, focus on individual lifestyle changes, yet the scale of the crisis requires far deeper adjustments. Ecology and Socialism argues that time still remains to save humanity and the planet, but only by building social movements for environmental justice that can demand qualitative changes in our economy, workplaces, and infrastructure.

"Williams adds a new and vigorous voice to the growing awareness that, yes, it is our capitalist system that is ruining the natural foundation of our civilization and threatening the very idea of a future. I am particularly impressed by the way he develops a clear and powerful argument for an ecological socialism directly from the actual ground of struggle, whether against climate change, systematic poisoning from pollution, or the choking stream of garbage. Ecology and Socialism is a notable addition to the growing movement to save our planet from death-dealing capitalism."

Germany Warns People To 'Stockpile' Cash In Case Of 'War'
ZeroHedge | author | 08/23/16

The German government is warning its people to 'stockpile' food, water and cash in case of 'war'. For the first time since the end of the Cold War, the German government is set to tell citizens to stockpile food, water, medicine, fuel and cash in case of war, an attack, catastrophe or "national emergency", the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung newspaper reported on Sunday. ... Read more

Central Banks Are Terrified... But of What?
ZeroHedge | author | 08/23/16

If the recovery is real and as strong as the "data" suggests... why are Central Banks engaged in the most aggressive stimulus in history?

According to the official data, the EU's Services and Manufacturing PMI's were 53.1 and 51.8 in August. Both were significantly above 50 (which represents contraction)... Moreover, the EU's inflation rate has risen over 0.4% in four months, rising from -0.2% in April to 0.2% today. And yet, despite this data, the ECB continues to hold interest rates at -0.4% while also spending €80 billion per month in QE (the equivalent of $90 billion). At this pace, the ECB will spend nearly €1 TRILLION IN QE PER YEAR. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, August 23 [12:43]
*DN | "This is Our War & It is Shameful:" Journalist Andrew Cockburn on the U.S. Role in the War in Yemen (08/22/16) [20:30]
*DN | As Kerry Plans to Visit Saudi Arabia, Activists & NGOs Demand U.S. Stop Funding War Crimes in Yemen (08/22/16) [11:04]
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TRNN | Time is Running Out - Help Us Expose the Koch Brothers' War on Climate Science (08/03/16) [4:41]
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TRNN | Professor Chris Williams and actress Emma Thompson discuss the threats of seismic testing and drilling for oil in the Arctic (08/23/16) [17:18]
*TRNN | Saudi Arabia Bombing Yemen To Quell Demonstrations for Democracy (08/23/16) [18:31]
TYT | Donald Trump Wants To Film "The Apprentice" From White House (08/22/16) [9:09]
RT | Keiser Report: Why politicians should follow Mozart's lead? (E956) (08/20/16) [25:45]
Max and Stacy ask why politicians don't take a cue from Mozart and start composing policy for everybody rather than just for the elite. In the second half they continue their conversation with fracking advocate, Nick Grealy of London Local Energy about his belief that natural gas, even of the fracked variety, is a more environmentally friendly source of energy than most others.
RT | Keiser Report: Cryptocurrency Drama (E957) (08/23/16) [24:41]
Max and Stacy discuss the Venezuela in the capital markets. In the second half they talk to Simon Dixon of about the crypto-novela playing out with much drama in the crypto-currency space.
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ThomHartmann | Libertarians: Pro-Corporate & Pro-Billionaire Ideology… (08/23/16) [12:06]
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*DR | As Zika Spreads, Tough Choices For Pregnant Women And The Search For A Vaccine (08/23/16) [1hr]
The Centers for Disease Control's travel warning for the Zika virus expanded four days ago -- to another neighborhood of Miami. And experts say the virus likely isn't done spreading. Most at risk: Gulf coast areas like Louisiana, still overrun by standing water after historic flooding, and Texas, vulnerable to infected mosquitoes because of its hot climate. Zika's threat has ignited conversations for families who are pregnant and those who hope to become pregnant, including a new debate around reproductive healthcare and abortion. Meanwhile, new vaccines are moving through early-stage trials at a rapid pace, but how quickly they come to market could hinge on funding woes in congress. Where Zika is headed -- and how we're treating it.
*DR | Why We Open Our Hearts And Wallets For Some Disasters -- But Not Others (08/23/16) [1hr]
President Obama visits Baton Rouge today. Flooding there killed 13 people and hit tens of thousands of homes. Clean-up is underway, but the challenge is profound: dozens of state highways remain closed, vast acres of crops are a 100% loss and thousands of people still can't return to their homes. Those who can confront mountains of mud and debris, but some say news of the devastation was slow to reach the rest of the country and there are concerns that the national response may fall far short of the true need. Join us to talk about the crisis in Baton Rouge, the disasters we pay attention to, those we don't and why.
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Monday Aug 22, 2016
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The Gilded Rage: A Conversation With a Trump Supporter That Will Surprise You
AlterNet | Alexander Zaitchik | 08/18/16

The following is an adapted excerpt from Alexander Zaitchik's new book, The Gilded Rage: A Wild Ride Through Donald Trump's America, published here with permission from Skyhorse/Hot Books. The Gilded Rage is the chronicle of Zaitchik's listening tour, inspired by Studs Terkel, through the Rust Belt, Appalachia, and along the Mexican Border. The result is an often surprising collection of voices of Trump supporters that Zaitchik met as he followed the 2016 primary calendar. The below section profiles a West Virginia Trump supporter named Ed Wiley, a former miner who in recent years has emerged as one of the state's leading (and most unlikely) anti-coal activists. ... Read more

Michele Bachmann Says She's Advising Trump On Foreign Policy, Because Why Not
HP | Marina Fang | 08/21/16

Former Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), who has claimed President Barack Obama's foreign policy would lead to the rapture, says she is advising Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on foreign policy.

Speaking to reporters outside a private fundraiser that Trump held in Minneapolis on Friday evening, the 2012 GOP presidential hopeful and tea party stalwart said she has known Trump for several years and supports his proposals to crack down on immigration and terrorism. ... Read more

Climate Change
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NASA | Dramatic Changes in Polar Ice: Waleed Abdalati (06/10/16) [58:51]

German Government Urges Citizens To Stockpile Food, Water "In Case Of Attack Or Catastrophe"
ZeroHedge | author | 08/22/16

For the first time since the end of the Cold War, the German government plans to tell citizens to stockpile food and water in case of an attack or catastrophe, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung newspaper reported on Sunday.

Following Angela Merkel's proclamation that Islamic terrorism is not a function of the massive influx of muslim immigrants into Germany thanks to he immigration policy, we could not help but be a little surprised that, as TagesSchau reports, the federal government, according to a newspaper report wants to encourage the population to begin stockpiling food and water again, so that they temporarily can take care of themself in the case of a disaster or an armed attack. As Reuters details, ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, August 22 [13:25]
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HBO John Oliver | John Oliver Asks Donald Trump To "DROP OUT" (08/21/16) [11:35]
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TRNN | The Empire Files: Chevron vs. the Amazon - The Environmental Trial of the Century (08/22/16) [23:22]
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*DR | The Justice Department's Plan To Phase Out Privately Run Federal Prisons (08/22/16) [1hr]
The Justice Department will phase out its use of for-profit prisons to house federal inmates. This follows a government report indicating private prisons are not as secure or safe as those federally run, and don't offer significant cost savings. Prison rights advocates hailed the move. Supporters of the private system criticized it, saying it was partly based on faulty data. The majority of incarcerated Americans are in state prisons, not federal. Some rights groups hope the Justice Department move will set the stage for state prisons to follow suit. We weigh the pros and cons of government and private prisons.
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Friday August 19, 2016
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ELECTION 2016 11 Dangerous Right-Wing Kooks, Cranks and Operatives Surrounding Donald Trump
AlterNet | Adele M. Stan | 08/18/16

It used to be that people like this only got backstage passes to the GOP's big doings. Now they're part of the show.

  1. Stephen K. Bannon. The CEO of Breitbart News LLC is many things. In 2015, Bloomberg Businessweek headlined its profile of Bannon: "This Man Is the Most Dangerous Political Operative in America." ...
  2. Roger Stone. This operative, message-maker and dirty trickster has a long history in the GOP, going back to the small part he played in the Watergate scandal. ...
  3. Alex Jones. During the RNC, Jones hired planes to fly over Cleveland trailing a banner reading, "Hillary for Prison." ...
  4. Phyllis Schlafly. While it might seem surprising at first for an old Cold Warrior like Schlafly to support a candidate so cozy with a former KGB chief, it's important to remember that what Schlafly opposed was communism, not authoritarianism. Trump surely fits the latter bill, as does Vladimir Putin, who is no longer a communist, having seen the light to become an oligarchist. ...
  5. Ann Coulter. Much like Donald Trump, right-wing author Ann Coulter will say anything to get attention. She has said she opposes women's suffrage, that women who claim to have been raped are mostly "girls trying to get attention," and once described abortion clinic workers gunned down by right-wing zealots as having "had a procedure performed on them with a rifle." ...
  6. Pamela Geller. Best known for her opposition to the opening of a mosque near the site in lower Manhattan where the 9/11 terrorist attacks took place, Geller boarded the Trump train once the candidate jumped aboard her anti-Islam caravan. ...
  7. Milo Yiannopoulos. Yiannapoulos, who works for Breitbart, is Donald Trump's LGBT champion. At a rally in Cleveland sponsored by Roger Stone and Alex Jones during the RNC, Yiannapoulos offered this outpouring, according to Montgomery's report: "I might be a dick-sucking faggot, but I f**king hate the left." ...
  8. Pat Buchanan. A longtime ally of Phyllis Schlafly, the former Reagan White House communications director has made no secret of his contempt for non-white people. His essay, "A Brief for Whitey," asserts that slavery was good for African Americans and they should be grateful that it brought them Christian salvation. ...
  9. Rev. Pat Robertson. The founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network and the now-defunct Christian Coalition is having a major bromance with Donald Trump, promoting the GOP presidential candidate on his television program, "The 700 Club," and elsewhere. ...
  10. Ralph Reed. Reed's reputation as a Christian choirboy took a beating in the 1990s, when it was revealed that he took part in the scandal that brought down lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Essentially, Reed was paid to organize evangelicals opposed to gambling to block gaming operations that would have gotten in the way of the casino interests who were paying him. ...
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This Is What Donald Trump's "Orbit" Looks Like Following Manafort's Resignation
Bloomberg | Elizabeth Titus | 08/19/16

Now that Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort is officially out of the campaign which - until three days ago - he was managing, at which point he was upstaged by Breitbart's Steve Bannon and Kellyanne Conway, here is what Trump's presidential "orbit" tentatively looks like by way of Bloomberg ... Read more
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*TYT | Syrian Boy Rescued From Bombed Building (VIDEO) (08/18/16) [10:14]
*TYT | Jill Stein On Why Trump AND Clinton Are Dangerous (08/18/16) [10:11]
*TYT | Democrats Signal Surrender On Sanders' Public Option (08/18/16) [11:22]
"Sen. Bernie Sanders's (I-Vt.) renewed push for a government-run healthcare plan is getting a tepid reception from Democrats, with some saying he is waging a losing battle.

Long-time "public option" supporters like Sanders believe Aetna's decision to flee the ObamaCare marketplaces this week proves what they've been saying all along: that the time has come for a new government-run healthcare plan in the United States.

But on Capitol Hill, Democrats think a fight over a public option is nearly impossible to win, regardless of how the November election shakes out. "The public option was a good idea in 2009, and it's a still a good idea today. [But] I don't know that the politics have changed at all on it," Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a top ObamaCare advocate, said by phone Wednesday."
TYT | "Says Who?" Trump Lawyer Self-Destructs On CNN (08/18/16) [2:15]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, August 19 [57:14]
*TRNN | Climate scientist Michael Mann: Devastating Floods in Louisiana Are the Sign of Things to Come (08/19/16) [10:00]
*TRNN | Dr. Alyson Kenward from Climate Central: Deadly Wildfires to Grow More Intense, Burn Longer Due to Global Warming (08/19/16) [6:40]
TRNN | Truthout's Maya Schenwar says: DOJ Ending Use of Private Prisons: Will Decarceration Follow? (08/18/16) [8:23]
TYT | Obama Pushing TPP So Hillary Won't Have To (08/18/16) [8:51]
TYT | U.S. To Phase Out Federal Private Prisons (08/18/16) [5:50]
TYT | Anti-Gay Pastor's Home Destroyed By God's Wrath (08/18/16) [6:00]
RT | Keiser Report: To Frack or Not To Frack? (E955) (08/18/16) [23:34]
Max and Stacy ask why only ? of the British population supports fracking despite big cash payments allegedly on offer from the government. In the second half, they talk to fracking advocate, Nick Grealy of London Local Energy about his belief that natural gas, even of the fracked variety, is a more environmentally friendly source of energy than most others - despite the arguments (he says are false) that fracking pollutes groundwater and causes earthquakes.
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ThomHartmann | How to Change Our Pathetic Green Infrastructure (08/18/16) [4:11]
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*DR | Friday News - Domestic (08/19/16) [1hr]
The Friday News Roundup: Donald Trump shakes up his staff after another campaign controversy. Major health insurer Aetna is the latest to pull back from Obamacare. And a group calling itself the shadow brokers say they hacked the NSA. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.
*DR | Friday News - International (08/19/16) [1hr]
The State Department concedes a $400 million payment to Iran was delayed to add "leverage" for the release of three U.S. prisoners. Russia launches airstrikes on the Islamic State in Syria from a base in Iran. Officials investigate Donald Trump's campaign chairman for financial ties to a pro-Russia party. The UN says it played a role in Haiti's cholera epidemic. And Brazilian police accuse U.S. Olympic swimmers of fabricating a story about being robbed at gunpoint during the Rio games. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.
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Thursday August 18, 2016
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Louisiana flooding is the country's 'worst natural disaster' since Hurricane Sandy, Red Cross says
WashingtonPost | Emma Brown | 08/17/16

BATON ROUGE -- Five days into this disaster, adrenaline is giving way to exhaustion and -- for many of those who left their homes amid rising water -- a constant, churning anxiety about the future.

Thousands are still holed up in shelters or at friends' houses on high ground, relying on Facebook videos and word-of-mouth for an answer to the question on everyone's tongues: How bad is the damage? ... Read more

'There Will Be A Lot Of Families That Come Home To Nothing'

Southern California Blue Cut Fire Rages Unchecked After Mass Evacuations
HP & Reuters | author | 08/17/16

A Southern California wildfire raged unchecked in thick brush on Wednesday after destroying an unknown number of houses near a highway corridor between Los Angeles and Las Vegas and forcing as many as 80,000 residents to flee their homes, officials said.

The so-called Blue Cut Fire ignited on Tuesday in the mountainous Cajon Pass and quickly ballooned to 30,000 acres (12,140 hectares), putting firefighters on the defensive as they made a stand in front of homes and businesses. ... Read more

*July 2016 Was The Hottest Month Ever Recorded
HP | Chris D'Angelo | 08/17/16

NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ? two leading global authorities on climate ? both say July 2016 was not only the hottest July on record, but the most sizzling month in the history of record-keeping.

NOAA on Wednesday said July's global average temperature was 62.01 degrees, 1.57 degrees above the 20th-century average. NASA, which uses a slightly different methodology, said Monday the average global temperature in July was 1.51 degrees above average. Both agencies pegged July as the hottest month since monitoring began in 1880. ... Read more

ge·o·en·gi·neer·ing - the deliberate large-scale manipulation of an environmental process that affects the earth's climate, in an attempt to counteract the effects of global warming.

What's the Deal With Geoengineering?
Slate | Jacob Brogan | older, 01/06/16

Your 101 guide to the maybe-crazy, maybe-sane attempt fix climate change by tinkering with Earth's atmosphere.

At its simplest, "geoengineering" is the active transformation of our planet's climate through human intervention. The field emerged in earnest in the last two-and-a-half decades as a response to global warming and other forms of environmental degradation. It's about using technology to solve crises created by other technologies, everything from filters that pull carbon dioxide out of the air to spraying chemicals that would lower the global temperature. ... Read more

Your Geoengineering Cheat Sheet
Slate | Jacob Brogan | older, 01/06/16

Geoengineering describes the active transformation of our planet's climate through human intervention. Here are some of the key players, major debates, and pop cultural landmarks shaping the ways that we understand this emerging field. ... Read more

The Most Important Topic of Our Time - GeoEngineering (older) [46:02]
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A Case for Climate Engineering by David Keith

Climate engineering -- which could slow the pace of global warming by injecting reflective particles into the upper atmosphere -- has emerged in recent years as an extremely controversial technology. And for good reason: it carries unknown risks and it may undermine commitments to conserving energy. Some critics also view it as an immoral human breach of the natural world. The latter objection, David Keith argues in A Scientist's Case for Climate Engineering, is groundless; we have been using technology to alter our environment for years. But he agrees that there are large issues at stake.
A leading scientist long concerned about climate change, Keith offers no naïve proposal for an easy fix to what is perhaps the most challenging question of our time; climate engineering is no silver bullet. But he argues that after decades during which very little progress has been made in reducing carbon emissions we must put this technology on the table and consider it responsibly. That doesn't mean we will deploy it, and it doesn't mean that we can abandon efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But we must understand fully what research needs to be done and how the technology might be designed and used. This book provides a clear and accessible overview of what the costs and risks might be, and how climate engineering might fit into a larger program for managing climate change.
**Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, August 18[11:14] *TRNN | Mark Weisbrot: 'FAILED: What the "Experts" Got Wrong on the Global Economy', Part 3 (08/18/16) [19:39]
TRNN | Climate Change Will Prolong U.S. Mosquito Season, Lead to Spread of Zika Virus (08/18/16) [9:50]
TRNN | Bill Black explains: Few (If Any) Progressives on Clinton's Transition Team (08/18/16) [16:03]
TRNN | Henry Giroux discusses: Neofascism of the Law and Order Candidate (08/18/16) [21:20]
TYT | Hillary's New Hire Reveals Her Pro-Corporate Priorities (08/17/16) [13:07]
TYT | Donald Trump: I Don't Trust US Intelligence (08/17/16) [8:00]
TYT | Bernie Sanders Renews Fight For Public Option (08/17/16) [9:47]
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*DR | Major Insurers Pull Back From Obamacare: Who's Affected And What It Could Mean For The Future Of The ACA (08/18/16) [1hr]
Aetna this week joined other health insurers in withdrawing from many states where it offers plans through the Affordable Care Act. The company cited an unsustainable financial situation. But that motive is being questioned: We learned this week that Aetna warned it would reduce its presence in the exchanges if the Justice Department sued to block its deal to acquire Humana, which it did last month. Regardless, this latest pullback from Obamacare leaves a lot of questions about competitive options in the exchanges, how consumers will be affected, and the future of the law. We'll get some answers, and look at how this might affect the presidential campaign.
*DR | What Concealed-Carry Gun Laws Mean for Individual Freedom and Public Safety (08/18/16) [1hr]
Twenty years ago, carrying a concealed weapon in public was strictly controlled or illegal in nearly half of U.S. states. Fewer than five million Americans had a concealed-carry permit. Today, carrying a concealed firearm is legal in all fifty states. And the number of permit holders has risen to nearly 13 million Americans. Most of these cite self-defense as the primary reason for carrying a gun outside the home. But critics of these laws say the latest research shows no clear connection between carrying a gun and preventing violence. Diane and guests discuss the rise of concealed-carry gun laws in the states and what it means for individual freedom and public safety.
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Wednesday August 17, 2016
News Articles
Some of Today's Headlines
TRUMP IMPLODES AGAIN FRESH CREW OF CRAZIES... Manafort Demoted... Breitbart News Chairman Named Campaign CEO... ‘Following Weeks Of Gnawing Agitation Over His Advisers’ Attempts To Temper His Style’... Second Shakeup In Two Months... 82 Days Until Election...

In Major Shake-Up, Trump Hires Breitbart Exec and Citizens United Propagandist Bannon to Lead Campaign
AlterNet | Adele M. Stan| 08/17/16

In what is being billed as a major campaign shake-up, Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump has hired Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon as his campaign's chief executive, according to The New York Times.

The writer/director of a number of films produced by Citizens United, Bannon is a curious choice to lead a campaign in turmoil. His expertise is as a propagandist, not a politico. Citizens United is best known as the plaintiff in the lawsuit that yielded the Supreme Court decision that allowed for the flooding of U.S. political campaigns with cash from unnamed donors. ... Read more

Conservative Radio Host Admits Right-Wing Media Created a 'Monster' That Doesn't Believe Facts
AlterNet | Kali Holloway | 08/16/16

While a fair number of GOPers have either outright stated their opposition to Donald Trump or evaded the question with enough skill to avoid providing an on-the-record endorsement, they’ve steered clear of admitting the role the right-wing media machine has played in paving the way for Trump’s rise. In fact, blowhards like Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh keep pushing the right-wing lies that have made their party into a group that believes in everything but the truth.

Charlie Sykes, a conservative radio host, may be the first of his ilk to take responsibility for turning the right—those who pushed Trump to the top of the bill—into a crowd of fact-denying, media-mistrusting, Trump lie-swallowing, angry “monsters” who cannot be swayed by reality. He goes on record saying as much in an upcoming interview with Business Insider’s Oliver Darcy, who tweeted an excerpt ahead of the full text being published. ... Read more

TYT | Conservative Talk Show Host Admits Trump Is Their Fault (08/16/16) [4:52]

Rudy Giuliani is getting eviscerated for ‘forgetting’ 9/11. But he didn’t really.
WashingtonPost | Aaron Blake | 08/16/16

There was a time in his political career when Rudy Giuliani talked about 9/11 so much that Joe Biden famously said of him that there were "only three things he mentions in a sentence: A noun, a verb and 9/11."

But on Monday, while introducing Donald Trump and Mike Pence at a speech in Ohio, Giuliani almost seemed to forget the event that so defined his time as New York mayor. "Under those eight years before Obama came along, we didn't have any successful radical Islamic terrorist attack in the United States," he said. "They all started when Clinton and Obama got into office." ... Read more
TYT | How Could Rudy Giuliani Forget About 9/11? (08/16/16) [5:43]

We often criticize the federal government for being 19.4 trillion dollars in debt, and rightly so, but let us not forget that U.S. households are 12.2 trillion dollars in debt.

Overwhelmed By Debt, Nearly 1 In 5 Young Adults Live With Their Parents Or Grandparents
ZeroHedge | author | 08/17/16

... Millions of our young people cannot find decent jobs once they leave school, and millions of them are absolutely overwhelmed by debt. Of course some of them are just lazy, but whatever the reason it is undeniable that multi-generational households are on the rise. According to the Pew Research Center, 12 percent of the U.S. population was living in multi-generational households back in 1980. Today, that number is up to 19 percent. That means nearly one out of every five U.S. adults now live with their parents or their grandparents. One of the big culprits, of course, is student loan debt. ... Read more

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These Artists Are Living Out Their Dreams In A Handmade Floating House (08/17/16) [2:33]
Floating off the coast of Vancouver Island, a 45-minute boat ride to the nearest town, is a sustainable island fortress complete with a dance floor, art gallery and garden. For artists Catherine King and Wayne Adams, this is home: a labor of love 24 years in the making.
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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, August 17 [10:57]
*DN | Why Did Clinton Just Tap a Pro-TPP, Pro-KXL, Pro-Fracking Politician to Head Her Transition Team? (08/17/16) [10:49]
DN | Danny Glover & Larry Hamm on Black Lives Matter, Police Killings & How to Stop Donald Trump (08/17/16) [15:06]
TYT | Michael Moore: Donald Trump Trying To Throw Election (08/16/16) [5:31]
*TYT | Trump Proposes “Extreme Vetting” To Keep Muslims Out (08/16/16) [10:10]
TYT | US Covering Up Saudi War Crimes? (08/16/16) [5:29]
*RT | Going Underground | Graham Hancock’s Magicians of the Gods & Elitist Academia (08/16/16) [11:55]
*RT | Soros hacked, thousands of Open Society Foundations files released online (08/16/16) [3:38]
Soros hacked, thousands of Open Society Foundations files released online (08/16/16) [3:38]
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ThomHartmann | Right Wing Radio - We Created A Monster! (08/17/16) [11:36]
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*DR | Debate Over Armchair Psychological Assessments Of Donald Trump (08/17/16) [1hr]
Many psychiatrists have offered armchair assessments of Donald Trump’s mental health. We discuss the history of diagnosing mental fitness for high office, when personality disorders can be strengths and the pitfalls of long distance psychological analysis.
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Tuesday Aug 16, 2016
News Articles

Hillary Clinton has an 88% chance of winning the presidency.
NYTimes | Josh Katz | 08/15/16

The Upshot's elections model suggests that Hillary Clinton is favored to win the presidency, based on the latest state and national polls. A victory by Mr. Trump remains quite possible: Mrs. Clinton's chance of losing is about the same as the probability that an N.F.L. kicker misses a field goal from the 20-yard line. ... Read more

Secret Ledger in Ukraine Lists Cash for Donald Trump's Campaign Chief
NYTimes | Andrew E. Kramer | 08/14/16

KIEV, Ukraine -- On a leafy side street off Independence Square in Kiev is an office used for years by Donald J. Trump's campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, when he consulted for Ukraine's ruling political party. His furniture and personal items were still there as recently as May.

And Mr. Manafort's presence remains elsewhere here in the capital, where government investigators examining secret records have found his name, as well as companies he sought business with, as they try to untangle a corrupt network they say was used to loot Ukrainian assets and influence elections during the administration of Mr. Manafort's main client, former President Viktor F. Yanukovych. ... Read more

*The True Story Of How War Broke Out In Syria
ZeroHedge | author | 08/16/16
Submitted by Steven Sahiounie via American Herald Tribune

...The CIA agents running the Deraa operation from their office in Jordan had already provided the weapons and cash needed to fuel the flames of revolution in Syria. With enough money and weapons, you can start a revolution anywhere in the world. In reality, the uprising in Deraa in March 2011 was not fueled by graffiti written by teenagers, and there were no disgruntled parents demanding their children to be freed. This was part of the Hollywood style script written by skilled CIA agents, who had been given a mission: to destroy Syria for the purpose of regime change. Deraa was only Act 1: Scene 1. ... Read more

Failed: What the "Experts" Got Wrong about the Global Economy by Mark Weisbrot

Why has the Eurozone ended up with an unemployment rate more than twice that of the United States more than six years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers? Why did the vast majority of low- and middle-income countries suffer a prolonged economic slowdown in the last two decades of the 20th century? What was the role of the International Monetary Fund in these economic failures? Why was Latin America able to achieve substantial poverty reduction in the 21st century after more than two decades without any progress?

Failed analyzes these questions, explaining why these important economic developments of recent years have been widely misunderstood and in some cases almost completely ignored. First, in the Eurozone, Mark Weisbrot argues that the European authorities' political agenda, which included shrinking the welfare state, reducing health care, pension, and other social spending, and reducing the bargaining power of labor played a very important role in prolonging the Eurozone's financial crisis and pushing it into years of recession and mass unemployment. This conclusion is based not only on public statements of European officials, but also on thousands of pages of documentation from consultations between the IMF and European governments after 2008.

The second central theme of Failed is that there are always practical alternatives to prolonged economic failure. Drawing on the history of other financial crises, recessions, and recoveries, Weisbrot argues that regardless of initial conditions, there have been and remain economically feasible choices for governments of the Eurozone to greatly reduce unemployment-including the hardest hit, crisis-ridden country of Greece.

The long-term economic failure of developing countries, its social consequences, as well as the subsequent recovery in the first decade of the 21st century, constitute the third part of the book's narrative, one that has previously gotten too little attention. We see why the International Monetary Fund has lost influence in middle income countries. Failed also examines the economic causes and consequences of Latin America's "second independence" and rebound in the twenty-first century, as well as the challenges that lie ahead.

This Is Not A Love Story: Examining A Month Of Deadly Domestic Violence In America
HP | Melissa Jeltsen | current

  1. In January, 112 people were killed in suspected intimate partner homicides, including children and bystanders.
  2. Men committed 89 percent of the alleged fatal attacks, and 77 percent of the victims were women.
  3. at least half of the women killed had left their partner or were in the process of leaving before the fatal incident.
  4. A woman who has been strangled by an intimate partner is seven times more likely to become a homicide victim down the line.
  5. Firearms were responsible for 57 percent of suspected intimate partner homicides in January, according to our analysis. Experts say that if an abuser has access to a gun, victims are five times more likely to be killed.
  6. States requiring background checks for private handgun sales saw 46 percent fewer women shot to death by their intimate partners.
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*TRNN | Mark Weisbrot: 'FAILED: What the "Experts" Got Wrong on the Global Economy', Part 2 (08/16/16) [19:34]
TRNN | Professor Chris Williams says: The Dangers of Climate Change Aren't Coming: They're Already Here (08/15/16) [11:38]
TRNN | Vijay Prashad: Turkey suggests it's no longer willing to play the role of NATO's Islamists for the United States (08/15/16) [10:56]
*TYT | 5 Reasons Why Finland Is A Global Education Leader (08/15/16) [5:05]
RT | Keiser Report: Schrödinger's Brexit (E954) (08/16/16) [25:45]
Max and Stacy ask whether, as Schrödinger's cat rules monetary and fiscal policy, could a collateralised Embassy Cat bond deliver the asset value the Bank of England needs? And, is the ECB financing M&A activity in the donut sector in order to prepare for the civil unrest they expect when their policies fail? In a real Schrödinger's cat moment, Stacy appears in the second half, too! They discuss low rates starting to wipe out pension funds and insurance funds and how the absence of capital expenditure (capex) in favour of share buybacks has, in turn, wiped out the real economy - as evidenced in the collapsing productivity numbers out of the United States.
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*DR | Student Debt And Rethinking The Value Of A College Degree (08/16/16) [1hr]
Americans have accumulated $1.3 trillion in student debt. College graduates can earn more over time compared to high school graduates, but many now question the net benefit of a college degree: The student debt crisis and plans from the presidential candidates.
*DR | A Conversation With Khizr And Ghazala Khan (08/16/16) [1hr]
Khizr Khan's speech at the Democratic National Convention, with this wife Ghazala standing by his side, pointedly challenged Donald Trump on his American values and became one of the biggest stories from the DNC. Diane talks with Khizr and Ghazala Khan about their family story, the son they lost in Iraq, and how they came to be the center of a presidential election season.
Aljazeera | The Stream - Japan at a crossroads (08/15/16) [25:00]
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Monday Aug 15, 2016
News Articles

Trump and the Exploitation of Right Rage: It's Not the Economy, Stupid, That's Attracting Angry White Men to Him
AlterNet & Salon | Bob Cesca / Salon | 08/14/16

... While the lack of a college diploma binds most Trump supporters together, there are more obvious tells -- ones that we can plainly see but that can't be fully measured by pollsters. Specifically, it's not easy to quantify the growing resentment of white males who believe they're slowly losing their millennia-long grip on societal power. Likewise, it's difficult to measure the brainwashing of Trump's loyalists by the Fox News and talk radio echo-chamber. Yet we see it on display every day.

Last week, a video of a Pence rally showed an Air Force Mom asking Trump's running mate about the Khizr Khan story and whether Pence will ever tell Trump that "enough is enough." The mom was interrupted by boos, along with a gray-haired older man who attempted to shout her down, only to be escorted from the venue by security. The man who was dragged away, as well as the crowd itself, all fit nicely into the demographic profile of Trump's base: older white male retirees with massive chips on their shoulders. ... Read more

Milwaukee Mayhem
HP & Reuters | author | 08/14/16

Violent Protests Erupt In Milwaukee After Police Kill Suspect At Traffic Stop

The National Guard was activated on Sunday to help authorities should further rioting erupt in a predominantly black Milwaukee neighborhood where a policeman killed a suspect who officials said had turned toward the officer with a gun.

Police Chief Edward Flynn said a silent video of the incident appeared to show the officer acting within lawful bounds in the shooting of Sylville K. Smith, 23, on Saturday after Smith fled a traffic stop. Flynn said the video from the officer's body camera showed Smith turning toward the officer with a gun in his hand. ... Read more

Voters Say Economy, Supreme Court Are Top Campaign Issues

FBI Mutiny? Feds Said To Launch Clinton Foundation Corruption Probe Despite DoJ Objections
ZeroHedge | author | 08/13/16

Multiple FBI investigations are reportedly underway involving potential corruption charges against the Clinton Foundation, according to a former senior law enforcement official... The actions are "seen by agents as a positive development as prosecutors there are generally thought to be more aggressive than the career lawyers within the DOJ." ... Read more

"Russian" Hacker Guccifer 2.0 Publishes Complete Personal Information Of All Congressional Democrats
ZeroHedge | author | 08/13/16

The "Russian" hacker Guccifer 2.0 has made it possible for millions of American to contact their Democratic representative instantly, after he released an excel spreadsheet on his blog - obtained from hacking the DNCC - which includes the personal cell phone number, physical and email address as well as full personal information for some 200 congressional Democrats. ...

Note: it is ineresting that it took less than 24 hrs for the information to disappear of his site... "Some content on this page was disabled on August 13, 2016 upon receipt of a valid complaint regarding the publication of private information."
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WikiLeaks - Search the DNC email database | author | date

Today, Friday 22 July 2016 at 10:30am EDT, WikiLeaks releases 19,252 emails and 8,034 attachments from the top of the US Democratic National Committee -- part one of our new Hillary Leaks series. The leaks come from the accounts of seven key figures in the DNC. The emails cover the period from January last year until 25 May this year Read more

Fun Fact
The main ingredient that gives most Worcestershire sauce its umami flavor is anchovies. Actually, fermented anchovies. Worcestershire gets its intense taste from anchovies that have been left to ferment in vinegar for a duration of 18 months. The other ingredients that make up this savory sauce usually include onions, molasses, sugar, salt, garlic, tamarind, cloves, chili pepper extract, water and natural flavorings.

Clayton Fire devastates Lake County town; thousands flee | Evan Sernoffsky | 08/14/16/span>

LOWER LAKE, Lake County -- A fast-moving wildfire that has ripped through rural Lake County, destroying homes and forcing thousands to flee, accelerated Sunday, burning into historic downtown Lower Lake.

While fire officials confirmed Sunday that 10 homes had been consumed by the Clayton Fire, many properties were visibly ablaze by Sunday afternoon, and commercial structures in Lower Lake were in flames before dusk. This fire is going to have a very long-term, devastating impact on this community," said Lt. Doug Pittman, a Marin County sheriff's spokesman working on behalf of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. ... Read more

President Obama Issues Disaster Declaration For Flood-Ravaged Louisiana
HP & Rueters | Byrn Stole | 08/15/16

BATON ROUGE, La., Aug 14 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama issued a disaster declaration on Sunday for flood-ravaged Louisiana, where at least five people have died and emergency crews have rescued more than 20,000 people stranded by unprecedented flooding.

Governor John Bel Edwards said residents had been pulled from swamped cars, flooded homes and threatened hospitals across the southern part of the state. The already soaked region is expected to get more rain from a storm system stretching from the Gulf Coast to the Ohio Valley. ... Read more

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*DN | "Fractured Lands: How the Arab World Came Apart": NYT Mag Examines Region Since 2003 U.S. Invasion (08/15/16) [10:48]
As conflicts from Iraq to Syria have forced a record 60 million people around the world to flee their homes and become refugees, we speak with Scott Anderson about his in-depth new report, "Fractured Lands: How the Arab World Came Apart." Occupying the entire print edition of this week's New York Times Magazine, it examines what has happened in the region in the past 13 years since the the U.S. invaded Iraq through the eyes of six characters in Egypt, Libya, Syria, Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan. Anderson is also author of the book, "Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East."
*DN | Did Companies & Countries Buy State Dept. Access by Donating to Clinton Foundation? (08/15/16) [22:55]
*DN | Donald Trump Claims Obama & Clinton Founded ISIS, But Bush Negotiated U.S. Withdrawal from Iraq (08/15/16) [11:12]
HBO | John Oliver : Auto Lending (08/14/16) [17:55]
*TRNN | Mark Weisbrot: 'FAILED: What the "Experts" Got Wrong on the Global Economy' (1/3) [23:38]
TYT & RoF | Art Imitates Life: Pap and Sam Discuss Pap's New Novel "Law and Disorder" (08/13/16) [6:33]
Mike Papantonio's new novel, Law and Disorder, will be out next month. Recently, Sam Seder and Pap discussed the book and how Pap's career as one of the most formidable trial lawyers in the country inspired his work.
*RT | Max and Stacy discuss 'crexit' and the dark heart of Italy's banking crisis as central bank intervention increases financial risk. (08/13/16) [25:47]
*RT | Keiser Report: Phantom Pension Funding (E952) (08/11/16) [25:44]
Max and Stacy discuss the reckless gamble that Governor John Kasich of Ohio - one of the 'legitimate' and 'respectable' candidates (as per the media) in the Republican primaries - chose to take with the state's pension funds. In the second half they interview Francine McKenna of about what Donald Trump's tax returns might show. Francine suggests that they would show 'yuge' business losses but that ordinary people wouldn't understand investing for the specific purpose of such losses. They also discuss what the IRS audit of the Clinton Foundation might show and what the transcripts of Hillary's talks to Goldman Sachs would show.
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*ThomHartmann | Zachary Roth - When did the Republican war on democracy begin?, Part 1 (08/12/16) [12:41], Part 2 [12:35]
*DR | Hillary Clinton's Economic Plan And New Questions About The Clinton Foundation (08/15/16) [1hr]
Last week, Hillary Clinton laid out her economic plan for the nation, calling for major investment in infrastructure while opposing deals--like the Trans-Pacific Partnership--that she said aren't fair to American workers. She also attacked Donald Trump, saying his plan would put the country into a recession. Her speech in Michigan was an attempt to earn trust among voters, as her newly-released tax returns showed large amounts of income from speeches to Wall Street and other businesses, and another batch of emails raised questions about the relationship between the State Department and The Clinton Foundation. A look at Hillary Clinton's plan for the economy and new questions about her wealth.
Aljazeera | Counting the Cost: Turkey and Russia: The billion dollar handshake (08/13/16) [25:11]
When Turkey shot down a Russian military jet last November, business ties between the two countries hit rocky terrain, with Russia slapping trade sanctions on Turkey.

However, it seems all is now forgiven as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin meet in St Petersburg to revive business relations - something both countries are keen to do as they both face unique sets of economic challenges and slowdowns.

Sanctions on Turkey's tourism, construction and food export industries are now set to be gradually phased out, Russian package tours will no longer face suspension and two major join energy projects will be unfrozen as part of the renewed relationship.

Where Turkey is concerned, a 41% drop in international arrivals - prior to the attempted coup - has proven detrimental to the tourism industry. Assurances were made to foreign investors post-attempted coup, legislation to create a sovereign wealth fund has been proposed and younger Turks are now being forced to pay into a private pension to improve on their savings, all in a bid to rescue Turkey's troubled economy.

Many, like CEO of Limak Holdings Ebru Ozdemir, are positive about the future.

"Last year Turkey broke its own record in foreign direct investments," says Ozdemir. "We hit $16 billion and this year we want to break this again - we want to go even higher."

But the general consensus is very much in favour of Turkish and Russian relations being back on track, especially where mutual benefits are concerned.

"Turkey needs Russian gas and Russia needs Turkish produce, beaches and warmer weather," says Bulent Gultekin, professor of finance at Pennsylvania University. "There's a perfect complimentarity between the two countries."

Aljazeera | Inside Story - Is Turkey undergoing a shift in foreign policy? (08/14/16) [26:22]
The Turkish government has been hosting Iran's top diplomat, in a move seen as a shift in foreign policy after last month's failed coup.

Turkey has been unhappy with the West's muted response to the coup and frustrated with continued criticism of its human rights record.

The Iranian foreign Minister's visit comes just days after Turkey's President historic trip to Russia, during which he very publicly made up with Vladimir Putin after the shooting down of a Russian fighter plane on the Turkish-Syria border last year.

So many are asking whether these moves mark a shift in Turkey's global alliances and what impact will they have on the war in neighbouring Syria?

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Friday Aug 12, 2016
News Articles

Wall Street Can't Agree on When to Halt the U.S. Stock Market
Bloomberg | Annie Massa | 08/11/16

  1. Market-wide circuit breakers cause rift in trading industry
  2. Stock exchanges announced rare truce on other improvements

The trading industry can't find consensus on when to apply the U.S. stock market's brakes during times of turmoil.

On Thursday, the nation's three major exchange operators upgraded their rules to help prevent a repeat of the chaos seen on Aug. 24, 2015, when many securities suddenly sank. But a major sticking point remains, according to an official who spoke at an event hours after NYSE Group, Nasdaq Inc. and Bats Global Markets Inc. announced their changes. ... Read more

Not to be a downer, but I keep thinking of the 1.3 Quadrillion Dollars of the Unregulated Derivatives Market
#walkBackDonald: A Reminder That Donald Trump Did Not Oppose The Iraq War (08/12/16) [10:04]
"Politicians are like sperm. One in a million turns out to be an actual human being."

"World Out Of Whack"
ZeroHedge | author | 08/12/16

Talking with old people is a "helluva" lot of fun. I mean really old people - those closer to having a lid over their heads. People who grew up watching the advent of cars, TVs, and who still marvel that we have shaving cream in a can and chicken in packaging.

You realise how damn lucky we are today on so many fronts. Women very rarely die in childbirth, we can reasonably expect that our kids won't die from some horrific disease before making it to adulthood, and we take for granted food and wine from the other side of the world and sundry other goods which we find in our local supermarkets and shopping malls. Foods and goods that a generation ago either simply didn't exist or were available only to people with bow ties and butlers.

Most people living in advanced economies used to take for granted the idea that tomorrow would likely be better than today. Real positive incomes have been the norm since World War II. Sure, there have been very brief periods, one notably during the 70's where inflation was high and this wasn't the case, but the trend has been positive and steady. Up until around 1993 when it all ended. ...

"Between 65 and 70 percent of households in 25 advanced economies, the equivalent of 540 million to 580 million people, were in segments of the income distribution whose real market incomes--their wages and income from capital--were at or had fallen in 2014 compared with 2005. This compared with less than 2 percent, or fewer than ten million people, who experienced this phenomenon between 1993 and 2005."
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Koch Brothers' Toadies Ryan and Pence Clean Up and Cover for Trump's Violent Rhetoric
AlterNet | Adele M. Stan | 08/10/16

The Koch brothers are said to loathe Donald J. Trump, the Republican presidential candidate. But you wouldn't know it from the actions of two of their favorite toadies. House Speaker Paul Ryan and vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence are working overtime to make excuses for Trump's incendiary comments, most recently Trump's suggestion at a rally in North Carolina Tuesday that "Second Amendment people" could take matters into their own hands should Hillary Clinton become president and start appointing Supreme Court justices.

Charles and David Koch, the neo-libertarian billionaires who own a good chunk of the apparatus of the Republican Party, have been very good to Ryan, whose career really took off when Americans for Prosperity, the brothers' political astroturf organization, embraced him with awards and accolades, beginning, as AlterNet reported, in 2008. And Pence has appeared as a featured speaker at numerous events sponsored by the Koch network, including many Americans for Prosperity gatherings. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, August 12 [10:04]
Full Economic Plan Speech in Detroit, Michigan
Donald Trump Full Economic Plan Speech in Detroit, Michigan (08/08/16) [54:48]
Hillary Clinton Full Economic Plan Speech in Warren, Michigan (08/11/16) [48:54]
*TRNN | Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies says both Trump and Clinton would pursue militaristic foreign policy with nuanced differences (08/11/16) [17:17]
*TYT | Donald Trump: Obama LITERALLY Founded ISIS (08/11/16) [16:51]
TYT | No Prison For Convicted Rapist Who Called Victim "F*cking B*tch" (08/11/16) [8:09]
RT | 'Am I not speaking English?' Reporters grill State Dept over Clinton emails (08/11/16) [3:00]
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ThomHartmann | Mike Papantonio: Guess Where the Kochs Are? (08/11/16) [11:29]
*DR | Friday News - Domestic (08/12/16) [1hr]
Note: video starts at 8:00 on the Progressbar
Hillary Clinton unveils her economic agenda at a speech in Detroit, Michigan. The Democratic nominee promises to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership and to stamp out what she calls the "trump tax loophole." Donald Trump walks back his assertion that President Obama founded the Islamic State, saying he was being "sarcastic." A batch of new emails raises questions about the relationship between the State Department and the Clinton Foundation. A Department of Justice report finds systemic, racial bias at the Baltimore police department. And the courts weigh in on voter ID laws in two states. Guest host Susan Page and a panel of journalists discuss the top domestic stories of the week.
*DR | Friday News - International (08/12/16) [1hr]
A top UN diplomat says the alleged use of chlorine gas against civilians in Syria should be investigated as a war crime. Tensions rise between Russia and Ukraine over Crimea. Fifty Republican national security experts sign an open letter declaring Donald Trump puts the U.S. at risk.

In Australia, leaked documents offer new details on alleged abuses of asylum seekers housed on the remote Pacific island of Nauru. Japanese Emperor Akihito indicates he wants to abdicate because of health issues. And the geopolitics of the Rio Olympics. A panel of journalists joins guest host Susan Page for analysis of the week's top international news stories.
Aljazeera | Inside Story - Is the conflict in Ukraine about to escalate? (08/11/16) [24:20]
Aljazeera | People and Power - Ukraine: The Odessa File (08/11/16) [25:00]
Some YouTube Comments
  1. BayanTheOne - it's not an economic crisis, it's colossal corruption and plunder and appropriation of public resources. one cannot have an economic crisis in a shithole with no economy.
  2. Bfh - what is this a joke? in my country royals steal around 260B USD per year and you're makeing a big deal out of 12B??
  3. Richard Bright - I appears the Elite control; the Politicians and Corruption abounds. Look at Nonprofits in general and the percentage of Donations that reach the PEOPLE IN NEED!
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As I construct My News Pages I constantly run across a lot of NEW videos, and since I find YouTube frustrating trying to re-find videos, I save the links in this section so I can find them again.

Thursday Aug 11, 2016
News Articles

Trump Accuses Obama Of Being The "Founder Of ISIS; Crooked Hillary Clinton Is The Co-Founder"
ZeroHedge | author | 08/11/16

"ISIS is honoring President Obama," Trump said during a rally in Fort Lauderdale, adding that "He is the founder of ISIS. He founded ISIS." He did not spare Hillary either: "I would say the co-founder would be 'Crooked' Hillary Clinton," Trump added of his Democratic rival. .... Read more
Donald Trump says ISIS was Founded by Obama (08/11/16) [0:34]

  1. Nearly 7 in 10 voters backing Donald Trump in North Carolina believe the presidential election will have been rigged against him if he loses, according to a new poll.
  2. Sixty-nine percent said the race will have been fixed should Democratic presidential nomineeHillary Clinton win in the Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey released Tuesday.
  3. Sixteen percent said if Clinton wins it will be because she legitimately earned more votes than Trump, the GOP's presidential nominee.
  4. Forty percent, meanwhile, said the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) will tilt the election in Clinton's favor despite the fact the organization no longer exists.
  5. Pollsters next found that 41 percent agreed with Trump's statement last week that Clinton is "the devil," contrasted with 42 percent who disagreed and 17 percent who were unsure.
  6. Tuesday's results also showed that 47 percent believed they witnessed footage of Iran collecting $400 million from the U.S.
  7. Forty-six percent said they had not seen the video, which Trump seemingly admitted he had not actually viewed last Friday.
  8. Forty-eight percent of Trump's supporters in North Carolina additionally blamed Clinton and President Obama for Capt. Humayun Khan's death in 2004, even though Obama was an Illinois legislator and Clinton was a senator at the time.

App Lets You Buy Leftover Food From Restaurants And It's Really Cheap
HP | Sarah Grossman | 08/10/16

"Food waste just seems like one of the dumbest problems we have in this world," co-founder James Crummie told Business Green.

Here's a situation where takeout is more cost efficient than cooking at home. Too Good To Go, an app operating in the UK, allows users to order leftover food at a discount from restaurants, according to the website. The goal is to help curb waste from establishments that typically toss out perfectly edible food at the end of the day.

Users simply log in, pick a restaurant, and pay through the app. Then they pick up their food at designated times ? usually around closing or after peak meal times, according to the Telegraph. ... Read more

Fractured Lands: How the Arab World Came Apart
NYTimesMag | Scott Anderson | current

Before driving into northern Iraq, Dr. Azar Mirkhan changed from his Western clothes into the traditional dress of a Kurdish pesh merga warrior: a tightfitting short woolen jacket over his shirt, baggy pantaloons and a wide cummerbund. He also thought to bring along certain accessories. These included a combat knife, tucked neatly into the waist of his cummerbund, as well as sniper binoculars and a loaded .45 semiautomatic. Should matters turn particularly ticklish, an M-4 assault rifle lay within easy reach on the back seat, with extra clips in the foot well. The doctor shrugged. "It's a bad neighborhood." ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, August 11 [11:27]
*DN | Crisis Engulfs Fox News as Roger Ailes Sexual Harrassment & Spying Scandal Grows (08/11/16) [14:10]
DN | How Did Susan Estrich Go from Feminist Icon & Roger Ailes Foe to His Attorney in Harassment Case? (08/11/16) [7:55]
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
ColbertReport | Remember the Democratic Convention? Yeah, we barely do too. Here's our best moments. (08/08/16) [4:16]
TRNN | Financial regulator Bill Black describes some of Hillary Clinton's statements on economic policy as 'incredible nonsense' (08/11/16) [11:49]
TYT | Donald Trump's Campaign Scrambling To Defend 2nd Amendment Comment (08/10/16) [11:26]
*RT | Keiser Report: Phantom Pension Funding (E952) (08/11/16) [25:44]
Max and Stacy discuss the reckless gamble that Governor John Kasich of Ohio - one of the 'legitimate' and 'respectable' candidates (as per the media) in the Republican primaries - chose to take with the state's pension funds. In the second half they interview Francine McKenna of about what Donald Trump's tax returns might show. Francine suggests that they would show 'yuge' business losses but that ordinary people wouldn't understand investing for the specific purpose of such losses. They also discuss what the IRS audit of the Clinton Foundation might show and what the transcripts of Hillary's talks to Goldman Sachs would show.

HSBC wasn't prosecuted because it was 'too big to fail': House committee | Francine McKenna | older 07/11/16

HSBC avoided criminal prosecution for anti-money-laundering violations because of the bank's "systemic importance" to the global financial system, according to a report from the House Financial Services Committee on Monday.

The report said top Justice Department officials, led by then-Attorney General Eric Holder, ignored an internal recommendation to criminally prosecute HSBC four years ago because they worried that criminal penalties might send shock waves throughout the global financial system. ... Read more
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ThomHartmann | Karen Shragg - The Ticking Time Bomb - Population, Part 1 (08/10/16) [12:47], Part 2 [11:56]
*DR | Challenges For The Media In Covering Donald Trump (08/11/16) [1hr]
Reporters and editors across America are grappling with how to cover Donald Trump. His unorthodox presidential campaign and what some call dangerous rhetoric have led journalists to debate the value of objectivity. Join our discussion of the media's challenges in covering Donald Trump.
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Wednesday Aug 10, 2016
News Articles

The GOP must dump Trump
TheWashingtonPost | Joe Scarborough | 08/09/16

The Muslim ban, the David Duke denial, the "Mexican" judge flap, the draft dodger denigrating John McCain's military service, the son of privilege attacking an immigrant Gold Star mother and the constant revisionism and lying about past political positions taken are but a few of the lowlights that have punctuated Donald Trump's chaotic chase for the presidency.

Any one of these offenses would have disqualified any other candidate for president. But the Republican nominee remained competitive against a historically weak Democratic nominee on the promise of bringing radical change and dramatic disruption to Washington. ... Read more

Poll: One In Five Republicans Want Trump To Drop Out
*TYT | National Security Establishment Lines Up Against Donald Trump (08/09/16) [3:49]

How Much Damage Could Donald Trump Really Do, After All?
HP | Mark Kleiman | 08/09/16

Some of the people planning to cast protest votes in November have a bedtime story they love to tell themselves. In the story, Donald Trump's election wouldn't be such a bad thing because the diffusion of power in the American political system would prevent him from carrying out the worst of his lunatic schemes.

Now, there is a germ of an idea there: political and institutional constraints greatly limit the power of a President. But it's worth noting that the political constraints generally act through the perceptions of the President and those around him about what he can, and can't, get away with: that is, precisely the sort of thing that would have kept Trump-the-candidate from, e.g., hurling ethnic insults at a federal judge. A President unfazed by criticism, and willing to ignore advice about the limits of his lawful authority from the Office of Legal Counsel, actually can get quite a lot done. No President in the modern era -- even Nixon -- has dared to say what President Jackson said about a Supreme Court ruling: "Mr. Justice Marshall has made his decision. Now let him enforce it." But what if we had a President who was willing to behave that way, surrounded by advisers egging him on to do so? Trump's power for evil might be substantially greater than (e.g.) Obama's power for good. ... Read more

State Department Releases New Batch Of Emails Clinton Failed To Turn Over

Emails Renew Questions About Clinton Foundation and State Dept. Overlap
NYTimes | Eric Lichtblau | 08/09/16

A new batch of State Department emails released Tuesday showed the close and sometimes overlapping interests between the Clinton Foundation and the State Department when Hillary Clinton served as secretary of state.

The documents raised new questions about whether the charitable foundation worked to reward its donors with access and influence at the State Department, a charge that Mrs. Clinton has faced in the past and has always denied.

In one email exchange, for instance, an executive at the Clinton Foundation in 2009 sought to put a billionaire donor in touch with the United States ambassador to Lebanon because of the donor's interests there. ... Read more

*TYT | Newly Released Emails Don't Look Great For Hillary Campaign... (08/09/16) [8:19]
The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial Is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy by Michael E. Mann

The award-winning climate scientist Michael E. Mann and the Pulitzer Prize--winning political cartoonist Tom Toles have been on the front lines of the fight against climate denialism for most of their careers. They have witnessed the manipulation of the media by business and political interests and the unconscionable play to partisanship on issues that affect the well-being of billions. The lessons they have learned have been invaluable, inspiring this brilliant, colorful escape hatch from the madhouse of the climate wars.

The Madhouse Effect portrays the intellectual pretzels into which denialists must twist logic to explain away the clear evidence that human activity has changed Earth's climate. Toles's cartoons collapse counter-scientific strategies into their biased components, helping readers see how to best strike at these fallacies. Mann's expert skills at science communication aim to restore sanity to a debate that continues to rage against widely acknowledged scientific consensus. The synergy of these two climate science crusaders enlivens the gloom and doom of so many climate-themed books?and may even convert die-hard doubters to the side of sound science.
Trump's Newest Adviser Once Compared Syrian Refugees To Rattlesnakes
Proxy War in Syria: US vs Russia by Natalia V. Osipova and Mark Mazzetti
Proxy War in Syria: US vs Russia by Natalia V. Osipova and Mark Mazzetti (08/08/16) [2:52]
30 Years After The Disaster: Ukraine Plans Huge Solar Farm In Chernobyl

Vietnam Secretly Moves israeli Rocket Launchers To Disputed Islands To Counter China
ZeroHedge | author | 08/10/16

While over the last several months, tensions over the South China Sea territorial dispute have mostly focused on the diplomatic war of words between China and the US, Reuters reports that in a move that is likely to substantially "raise tensions with Beijing", Vietnam has secretly fortified several of its islands in the disputed territory with Israeli-made EXTRA mobile rocket launchers 'capable of striking China's runways and military installations across the vital trade route." ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, August 10 [10:31]
*DN | David Cay Johnston: author of "The Making of Donald Trump", discusses Trump's Ties to the Mob & Drug Traffickers (08/10/16) [18:50]
DN | Donald Trump Under Fire After Hinting Gun Owners Could Assassinate Hillary Clinton (08/10/16) [2:45]
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
ColbertReport | Future Former President Obama and the 'Ransom' Scandal (08/04/16) [5:53]
TRNN | EPI Senior Analyst David Cooper says raising minimum wage hike has historically not led to job losses, but higher local demand and decreased turnover. (08/09/16) [11:57]
TYT | Donald Trump Threatens Hillary Clinton With Gun Violence (08/09/16) [7:51]
TYT | Howard Kurtz Accuses Media Of Bias... Works At Fox News. (08/09/16) [9:17]
TYT | Study: Millions Of Americans May Be Drinking TOXIC Water (08/09/16) [7:40]
RT | Assange hints murdered DNC staffer could've been Wikileaks source, offers $20k reward for info (09/10/16) [4:00]
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*ThomHartmann | Dr. Michael Mann: Climate Change...The Madhouse Effect (08/10/16) [11:29]
*ThomHartmann | Stop Being Dumb & Partisan on So-Called 'Free Trade' (08/10/16) [7:29]
*DR | 15 Years After 9/11, Are We Safer From Terrorist Attacks? (08/10/16) [1hr]
After the 9/11 attacks, the government re-organized dozens of federal agencies and spent almost a trillion dollars to protect the country from terrorism. In the last fifteen years, the overall FBI budget nearly tripled to fund counter-terrorism efforts. Intelligence sharing among federal agencies improved. And airport security was strengthened. But are we safer? With emerging threats of lone-wolf killers inspired by the Islamic State, national security and intelligence experts warn we will never be completely safe. A look at the strengths and weaknesses of homeland security and counter-terrorism today.
*DR | Two Views On The Jim Crow South And Its Legacy Today (08/10/16) [1hr]
Historian Charles Dew was born in 1937 and grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida. His parents, along with every white person he knew, believed without question in the inherent inferiority of black Americans and in the need for segregation. In a new memoir, "The Making of a Racist," he describes what he learned as a child and how he gradually overthrew those beliefs. Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Isabel Wilkerson details the crushing realities of the Jim Crow South from the other side of the color line. In her 2010 book, "The Warmth of Other Suns," she documents the migration of black families in the 1930s, 40s and 50s in search of better lives in the North and in the West. Charles Dew and Isabel Wilkerson join us to talk about racism in American, then and now.
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Tuesday Aug 09, 2016
News Articles
Some of Today's Headlines
Collins Can't Stomach Cruel Trump... GOP Senator Pens Brutal Indictment Of Donald's 'Inability And Unwillingness To Honor' Republican Legacy'... 'Unworthy Of Being Our President'... 'Incapable Of Change'... 50 GOP Heavyweights: Stop 'Reckless' Trump... Republicans Sound Alarm: Trump Could Endanger Senate!... Poll Plummet Continues... Monmouth: Clinton Takes Double-Digit Lead...

GOP Senator Won't Back Donald Trump Because He's 'Unworthy Of Being Our President'
HP | Marina Fang | 08/08/16

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) on Monday said she won't back GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, joining a handful of Republican senators who say they cannot support him because of his rhetoric and temperament.

"Donald Trump does not reflect historical Republican values, nor the inclusive approach to governing that is critical to healing the divisions in our country," Collins wrote in a Washington Post op-ed. ... Read more

*Trump Offers Huge Favors to Billionaires, and Calls It a Big Economic Speech
AlterNet | Adele M. Stan | 08/09/16

If it came out of the mouth of any other politician, the speech delivered on Monday by the Republican presidential candidate at the Detroit Economic Club would have been stunning in its mendacity. But issuing forth from Donald J. Trump, it was, sadly, to be expected. ...

... He claimed that "the terrible Obama-Clinton judgment" destroyed Detroit's manufacturing sector, when the Obama administration twisted Republican arms to get the funding to save the American auto industry. ... Read more

Donald Trump Full Economic Plan Speech in Detroit, Michigan (08/08/16) [54:48]
TYT | Donald Trump's Economic Plan: More Money For The Rich (08/08/16) [8:14]

Trump's economic advisers are also his biggest donors
Politico | Shane Goldmacher | 08/07/16

After spending months scolding his rivals for being beholden to their financial backers, Donald Trump unveiled an economic advisory council last week -- and filled it with some of his biggest donors.

Of the 13 men -- and they are all men -- that Trump touted as economic advisers for their "unparalleled experience and success," five are major donors whose families combined to give Trump's campaign and his joint fundraising account with the Republican Party more than $2 million. ... Read more

A Crisis Of Intervention
ZeroHedge| author | 08/09/16

"Dishonest money has created a culture of speculation out of ordinary producers and savers. As a result, we confuse financial markets for the source of our wealth." Perhaps at some point our central bankers will come to appreciate that wealth is not created by the printing of money. It is created by honest entrepreneurial endeavour, which is itself jeopardised by constant monetary intervention. ... Read more

Roger Ailes Had a 'Black Room' at Fox and Used Company Funds to Spy on Journalists | Peter Wade | 08/07/16

Sherman reported in New York Magazine that Ailes used Fox News money to fund public relations and surveillance campaigns against his enemies, including Sherman and other journalists. He also used company dollars to settle allegations of sexual harassment against him.

These shady dealings have been uncovered as Fox News executives pour through the network's financial records following Ailes's resignation. According to Sherman's sources at Fox, Ailes spent millions on these endeavors, but because Fox was bringing in more than a billion dollars in yearly profits, the amounts used personally by Ailes were almost negligible. ... Read more

Could The Deep State Be Sabotaging Hillary?
ZeroHedge | author | 08/09/16

Few would dispute that Hillary Clinton is the Establishment's candidate. It's widely accepted that the Establishment hews to a neoconservative (neo-con) foreign policy that is fully supported by America's Deep State, i.e. the centers of state power that don't change as a result of elections. As a result, it's widely accepted that the Deep State fully supports Hillary Clinton's bid for the presidency and will move heaven and earth to get her elected. While this is a logical premise, I suspect it's overly simplistic. I suspect major power centers in the Deep State are actively sabotaging Hillary because they've concluded she is a poisoned chalice who would severely damage the interests of the Deep State and the U.S.A. Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, August 09 [10:17]
DN | Meet Jacqui Maxwell, the UAW Autoworker Who Interrupted Trump's Economic Speech in Detroit (08/09/16) [7:36]
DN | Matt Taibbi: Trump's All White Male Economic Team Includes "Financial Crisis Villain" John Paulson, Part 1 (08/09/16) [9:21], Part 2 [4:30] *TRNN | Investigative reporter Greg Palast tells Paul Jay that John Paulson made billions in the mortgage market collapse and by holding the auto industry hostage for taxpayer money (08/09/16) [10:56]
TRNN | Economist Robert Pollin and journalist Doug Henwood discuss: Trump Adopts Reaganomics (08/09/16) [16:57]
*TYT | HISTORIANS Can't Remember A Leader Who Lied More (08/08/16) [8:33]
TYT | WTF Is The Fox News "Black Room"??? (08/08/16) [10:52]
*TYT | Meet Evan McMullin: The CIA's Republican Anti-Trump (08/08/16) [11:34]
We have a new Republican candidate in the race. Some big money is backing Evan McMullin, a former CIA Goldman Sachs employee. Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, breaks it down.
RT | Max Keiser: They observe that the political world has collapsed because of the bailouts and now we have the most disliked candidates in modern history and the most insane conspiracy theories masquerading as political analysis. (E951) (08/09/16) [25:43]
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*DR | Analysis Of Donald Trump's New Economic Plan (08/09/16) [1hr]
With a speech yesterday in Detroit, Donald Trump attempted to recover from a rough week on the campaign trail. The topic was the economy, and while many of the ideas were ones he has already discussed, Trump laid out some new ideas, such as a proposal to allow families to deduct child care spending from their income taxes. He also updated his tax plan bringing him more in line with Congressional Republicans. Trump took plenty of jabs at Hillary Clinton, blaming her for Detroit's economic troubles, and casted himself as the candidate of the future and of change. Diane and her panel discuss Trump's proposals on taxes, trade and financial regulation.
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