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Tuesday September 02, 2014
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Ex-NSA Director, US Intelligence Veterans Write Open Letter To Merkel To Avoid All-Out Ukraine War
ZeroHedge | author | 09/01/14

Alarmed at the anti-Russian hysteria sweeping Washington, and the specter of a new Cold War, U.S. intelligence veterans one of whom is none other than William Binney, the former senior NSA crypto-mathematician who back in March 2012 blew the whistle on the NSA's spying programs more than a year before Edward Snowden, took the unusual step of sending the following memo dated August 30 to German Chancellor Merkel challenging the reliability of Ukrainian and U.S. media claims about a Russian "invasion."

"We the undersigned are longtime veterans of U.S. intelligence. We take the unusual step of writing this open letter to you to ensure that you have an opportunity to be briefed on our views prior to the NATO summit on September 4-5. You need to know, for example, that accusations of a major Russian "invasion" of Ukraine appear not to be supported by reliable intelligence. Rather, the "intelligence" seems to be of the same dubious, politically "fixed" kind used 12 years ago to "justify" the U.S.-led attack on Iraq. We saw no credible evidence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq then; we see no credible evidence of a Russian invasion now. ... Read more

6 Questions With Sylvia Earle, the Greatest Living Ocean Explorer
AlterNet | Brian Palmer | 08/19/14

Earle, the famed marine biologist, is feted in the new Netflix documentary 'Mission Blue.'

She knows the ocean better than any other person alive. Reverently nicknamed " Her Deepness," Sylvia Earle has spent 7,000 hours underwater over seven decades. And on those dives she has witnessed first hand the havoc we wreak upon the sea--from coral bleaching and shark finning to the disappearance of once-abundant species such as tuna and menhaden. She has received virtually every honor in exploration and conservation science, and has served as chief scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. When Sylvia Earle talks about the ocean, you listen. ... Read more or A Conversation with 'Her Deepness'
*Netflix | Mission Blue (trailer) (08/15/14) [2:24]

Lights off on Singapore's billionaire row as luxury house prices plunge
Reuters | Caroline Ng | 08/28/14

There's an eerie silence at night in Sentosa Cove, the man-made island resort billed as Singapore's answer to Monte Carlo and the only place in the country where foreigners can buy landed property. Dozens of houses - complete with their own private yacht berths and multiple swimming pools - sit empty while few lights are on in the apartment blocks overlooking the marina, a few kilometres away from Sentosa's giant casino.

Prices in the gated community, where Australian mining tycoons Gina Rinehart and Nathan Tinkler bought properties, fell around 20 percent in the past year as lending restrictions and taxes on foreign buyers burst a bubble in the Southeast Asian financial hub's luxury real estate market. Investors could see the value of their assets fall even further with developers and investors still struggling to sell even after the recent price falls. Real estate websites list hundreds of flats and bungalows for sale, yet just 12 apartments and one house have changed hands all year on Sentosa, according to data from the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA). ... Read more

Where Do ISIS Fighters Come From?
Everywhere...
Click to zoom - ISIS Fighters

Meet the Risky Mortgage Pioneer Trying to Pay His Buddy's Way Into Congress
MotherJones | Molly Redden | 09/02/14

If New Hampshire Republican Dan Innis wins his congressional race, he knows where to send the fruit basket: to the home of mortgage giant Peter T. Paul.

Before running for Congress, Innis served as dean of the University of New Hampshire's business school, which was renamed for Paul after he donated $25 million. His campaign website touts major building projects he oversaw as dean -- projects financed by Paul's contribution. And Innis' congressional run is getting a big-time boost from a brand-new super PAC founded and financed by Paul. ... Read more

Watson, the supercomputer
Remember IBM's Watson, the supercomputer that beat all comers on the game show "Jeopardy"? Well, Watson hasn't gone away, and its potential in medicine is huge. Watson can read 200 million pages in three seconds. With the exponentially increasing amount of medical knowledge being published every year, it will be necessary to have Watson and its fellow supercomputers keep track of all that knowledge so your physicians can have the most up-to-date information necessary for your medical treatment.
Tongue-Zapping Brain Restorers
Serious brain injuries are long-lasting and difficult to treat. Currently our best bet is long-term rehabilitation. But what if we could just zap the brain back into shape? Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in collaboration with the U.S. Army, are working on a device that delivers targeted stimulation to the brain through the tongue (which has thousands of nerve connections to the brain). The stimulation helps repair damaged brain cells, and has shown brain improvement in as short as a week. In addition to blunt force brain injuries, the device could possibly aid in treatment of brain damage from stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, and even alcoholism.
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, September 02 [10:15]
DN | Women's Health over Politics: Courts Block Laws Threatening Abortion Clinics in Texas, Louisiana (09/02/14) [9:40]
DN | Hong Kong "Occupy Central" Protests Call for Political Freedom after China Rejects Open Elections (09/02/14) [7:58]
DN | Pakistan government considers decisive action against protesters (09/02/14) [1:51]
*TRNN | Bill Black discusses: Sacramento Residents Found Not Guilty of Mortgage Fraud (09/02/14) [7:35]
TRNN | David Cay Johnston: 60's to 80's the Los Angeles police department made wide use of agents to undermine peaceful and legal opposition groups, Part 2 (09/02/14) [23:21]
Environment
California drought expected to cost state $2.2 billion in losses () [1:25]
*Netflix | Mission Blue (trailer) (08/15/14) [2:24]
Official trailer for Mission Blue, a Netflix original documentary. Mission Blue tells the story of world-renowned oceanographer Sylvia Earle as she travels the globe on an urgent mission to shed light on the dire condition of Earth's oceans.
*Planet Ocean [UK]- the film by Yann Arthus-Bertrand (2014) [1:28:59]
*HOME - film by Yann Arthus-Bertrand (2009) [1:33:17]
We are living in exceptional times. Scientists tell us that we have 10 years to change the way we live, avert the depletion of natural resources and the catastrophic evolution of the Earth's climate. The stakes are high for us and our children. Everyone should take part in the effort, and HOME has been conceived to take a message of mobilization out to every human being. For this purpose, HOME needs to be free. A patron, the PPR Group, made this possible. EuropaCorp, the distributor, also pledged not to make any profit because Home is a non-profit film.
GoodPlanet.info website
TYT | Female Celebrities Attacked In Disgusting Violation Of Privacy - iCloud Hacked (09/01/14) [7:11]
YouTube Commenter
If you take a pic on your iphone it gets saved onto your icloud account. so if you took a pic and sent it to your SO and then deleted it, it would still be in the cloud.?

What about the NSA... they have all this stuff.
John Oliver
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Fan Mail (08/31/14) [4:10]
*Last Week Tonight With John Oliver - Argentina Default (08/08/14) [8:25]
Vulture Paul Singer
Singer grew up in a Jewish family, one of three children of a Manhattan pharmacist and a homemaker. He obtained his B.S. in psychology from the University of Rochester and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. In 1974, Singer accepted a job as an attorney in the real estate division of the investment bank Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. Singer has been divorced since 1996. He lives on New York City's Upper West Side and also has a house in Aspen, Colorado.

Vulture Elliott Management Corporation
In 1977, Singer founded the hedge fund Elliott Associates L.P. with $1.3 million from various friends and family members. Elliott Management Corporation oversees Elliott Associates and Elliott International Limited, which together have more than $21 billion in assets under management. According to The Guardian, "Elliott's principal investment strategy is buying distressed debt cheaply and selling it at a profit or suing for full payment." The firm is currently closed to new investors. As of mid-2008, Elliott counted 175 employees in New York, London, Tokyo and Hong Kong and is one of the oldest hedge funds under continuous management.
More Stuff
Max Keiser | Greg Palast with Max Keiser on vulture funds (older) [13:11]
The Robotic Takeover of the Military (8/30/14) [5:58]

Monday September 01, 2014
News Articles

Do Both Liberals and Conservatives Have Taxing and Spending All Wrong?
BillMoyers | Joshua Holland | 08/29/14

What if our endless political fights over taxes and public spending are based on a poor understanding of how government really works in a modern economy?

Edward Kleinbard, a professor of business at the University of Southern California's Gould School of Law, thinks that's largely true. Recently, he published a paper arguing that, contrary to the conventional wisdom, corporate "inversions" aren't motivated by multinationals' desire to establish themselves abroad in low-tax havens. And in his forthcoming book, We Are Better Than This: How Government Should Spend Our Money, he says that both liberals and conservatives get key issues wrong.

BillMoyers.com recently spoke with Kleinbard; below is a transcript of our discussion that's been edited for length and clarity: ... Read more

Stat of the day: 28,000 -- the number of children and teens shot and killed in the US between 2002 and 2012. According to ABC News, that means that 13 kids died at home for every soldier killed on the battlefield in Afghanistan during that period.

Ukraine Defense Minister Warns Of "Worst Conflict Since WWII", Shifts Forces To "Combat Full-Scale Russian Invasion"
ZeroHedge | author | 09/01/14

Unless they are tilting at windmills, the rhetoric this morning from Ukraine's defense minister is the strongest and most actionable yet. Via his Facebook page, Valeriy Galetey accused Russia of "open aggression," and explained that:

Earlier in the morning, US Senator Bob Menendez said he has "no doubt Russia has invaded Ukraine," and following Ukraine requests for assistance from Europe and US, NATO responded by noting a reaction force or 3-5,000 can be ready in 48 hours. ... Read more
Click to zoom - Then NATO responds

This 11-Year-Old Was Locked Up Trying to Cross the Border. Read the Heartfelt Letter She Sent Obama.
MotherJones | Molly Redden | 08/29/14

On Tuesday, the nation's top immigration court allowed a Guatemalan woman who fled her abusive husband to petition for asylum in the United States. It's a landmark ruling that immigrant rights advocates hope will protect women who have escaped horrific marital violence in countries besides Guatemala.

One of those women is a Honduran named Rosemary. In June, she entered the US with Daniela, her 11-year-old daughter, and both were detained near the border. Rosemary and Daniela are currently detained in a makeshift facility in Artesia, New Mexico, set up by the Department of Homeland Security. They are seeking asylum after fleeing Daniela's father, who allegedly beat and choked Rosemary for three years before the two escaped. ... Read more
Click to zoom - Letter from Daniela to Obama

Herbs de Provence

Herb Roasted Chicken Thighs with Potatoes
simplyrecipes.com | author | date

Here's an idea for an easy, one-dish meal--herb roasted chicken thighs baked on a bed of potatoes. Layer a casserole dish with thinly sliced potatoes, top with thinly sliced shallots, top with chicken thighs, douse with an herby vinaigrette, and roast until the chicken is golden brown.Here's an idea for an easy, one-dish meal--herb roasted chicken thighs baked on a bed of potatoes. Layer a casserole dish with thinly sliced potatoes, top with thinly sliced shallots, top with chicken thighs, douse with an herby vinaigrette, and roast until the chicken is golden brown. ... Read more

DN | As John Kerry Questions Official Story of JFK Killing, Thom Hartmann Discusses "Legacy of Secrecy" (older) [7:17]
DN | Thom Hartmann on: "The Crash of 2016: The Plot to Destroy America -- and What We Can Do to Stop It" (older) [19:31]
*DN | Thom Hartmann on: Secrets the Rich don't Want You to Know (older) [10:25]
*TRNN | Mr. Johnston, a renowned investigative journalist, says he used to believe if you worked hard you would prosper, but now, there is a completely different environment, Part 1 (08/31/14) [14:12]
TRNN | REPLAY | Jeannette Wicks-Lim (in 2009) from PERI said low-wage work was likely to predominate future job creation through 2016, but that unions can act to counter that trend (older) [10:30]
TYT | Does It Matter If You're Black Or White? (Study) (08/31/14) [7:28]
TYT | How Your Income Affects Your Weight (Study) (08/31/14) [5:02]
Untold History of the United States
I ran across episode 10 of "Untold History of United States" by Oliver Stone and decided to watch it again. It is fascinating and well worth the watching.
*Oliver Stone | Untold History of United States - Bush & Obama: Age of Terror (2013) [58:39]
Click to zoom - Untold History of the US - Episodes
You can see additional episodes here or here.
*No End in Sight Iraq's Descent Into Chaos by Charles Fugison (2007) [1:41:53]
YouTube Commenter
This was not a mistake, it was orchestrated. Looking back from the 50's, the United States of America economy is entirely dependent on wars. People need to stop seeing this as just incompetence. The American people have a duty, a difficult battle ahead of them, and that is to take their government back from the hands of corporations. If you don't do that, the rest of the world will pay with their lives on this game of power and greed played by the ones on charge.
IraqBodyCount.org
*Inside Job by Charles Furgison Part 1 (2011) [57:07], Part 2 [47:02]
The Biggest Bank Heist Ever! (shorter version) (2011) [49:42]
Ring of Fire
Ring of Fire (full) (08/24/14) [55:29]
  1. 00:35 - "Rick Perry's Legal Woes." Ian Millhiser, editor of Think Progress Justice, explains Rick Perry's legal troubles following his indictment for corruption and abuse of power. #RickPerryIndictment
  2. 08:25 - "The Low T Cash Bonanza." Dr. Tom Schneider explains the pharmaceutical industry's latest cash cow -- low testosterone. #Manopause
  3. 17:26 - "Is Wall Street Intentionally Destroying The Economy?" Michael Burg tells us how Wall Street bankers are actually keeping our economy down to benefit their own interests. #EconomicRecovery
  4. 26:18 - "The Militarization of the Police." Chauncey DeVega will give us the latest on the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, and he'll explain how our police forces have become to militarized. #Ferguson
  5. 35:10 - "Koch's New Target -- State Supreme Courts." Howard Nations tells us how the Koch brothers are trying to buy state Supreme Court justices in this year's midterm elections. #KochMoney
  6. 44:16 - "Big Pharma Gone Wild -- The Xarelto Scam." Ned McWilliams will discuss the dangers of the drug Xarelto. #XareltoDangers
*Ring of Fire | Is Wall Street Intentionally Destroying The Economy? (08/29/14) [8:51]
Other Videos and Documentaries I Ran Across

Friday August 29, 2014
News Articles

4 Calamities Destroying America's Economy Being Ignored by Elites
AlterNet | Frithjof Bergmann | 08/27/14

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

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

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

  1. Automation: The number of jobs that have been automated out of existence in the last 30 years is astronomical.
  2. A second colossal cause is globalization. Despite the nonstop discussion of that topic its basic significance is still largely misunderstood.
  3. Environmental degradation is growing... or in-ther-words depletion of natural resources
  4. The fourth mega-force that escalates inequality everywhere is the industrialization of farming. Throughout the millennia of the Agricultural epoch approximately 75% of the population lived and worked on farms. Now, in some contries it is 4%.
Read more

Uzi Death Called 'Industrial Accident'. Arizona law enforcement officials said no criminal charges would be filed related to the incident where a 9-year-old girl accidentally shot and killed her instructor with an Uzi.

Shocking Picture of What Life Will Look Like When You Can't Afford to Retire
AlterNet | Lynn Stuart Parramore | 08/25/14

In a must-read article in the current issue of Harper's magazine, journalist Jessica Bruder, adjunct professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, adds a new phrase to America's vocabulary: "Elderly migrant worker." She documents a growing trend of older Americans for whom the reality of unaffordable housing and scarcity of work has driven them from their homes and onto the road in search of seasonal and temporary employment across the country. Packed into RVs, detached from their communities, these "Okies" of the Great Recession put in time at Amazon warehouses, farms and amusement parks, popping free over-the-counter pain reliever to mask the agony of strained muscles and sore backs. And when they can't hold up any longer? The RV sometimes becomes a coffin. ... Read more

UN: Ukraine conflict death toll hits 2,600, civilians 'trapped inside conflict zones' (08/29/14). UN Report

Louisiana is drowning, quickly.
magazine | author | date

Scientists now say one of the greatest environmental and economic disasters in the nation's history is rushing toward a catastrophic conclusion over the next 50 years, so far unabated and largely unnoticed.

At the current rates that the sea is rising and land is sinking, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists say by 2100 the Gulf of Mexico could rise as much as 4.3 feet across this landscape, which has an average elevation of about 3 feet. If that happens, everything outside the protective levees -- most of Southeast Louisiana -- would be underwater. ... Read more
Gulf's Delacroix Islanders Watch As Their World Disappears (older) [11:02]
Click to zoom - Loosing Ground

CNN | P Morgan HACKED. High Tech Way Of Running A Plane Into The WTC. FBI Probes JPMorgan Hack (08/28/14) [2:03]
TRNN | May Boeve from 350.org and Bruce Hamilton of the Amalgamated Transit Union discuss: Global Warming and Economic Crisis Lead to One Solution: Climate Jobs (08/29/14) [14:28]
TRNN | Shir Hever: Israeli Agribusiness Demanding Relief From Government as BDS Intensifies (08/29/14) [9:37]
Climate Change
*If There's Global Warming ... Why Is It So Cold? (01/28/14) [6:34]
NatGeo | Six degrees could change the world () [1:36:06]
James CorbettReport
James Corbett | We Are Headed for Global War, Fukushima Update and More! (08/26/14) [25:39]
*James Corbett | Century of Enslavement: The History of The Federal Reserve (07/06/14) [1:30:11]
TruthLoader
James Corbett | Are perceptions on topics like 'Bilderberg' changing? With James Corbett (older 2013) [4:37]
Keiser Report
Keiser Report: Bitcoin Independence! (E646) (08/28/14) [25:45] Note: Interview on Bitcoin starts at 13:20
*Keiser Report: 'Les Misérables', or is it Ferguson) (E645) (08/28/14) [25:45] Note: Interview with Matt Taibbi on Wall Streets Swindle starts at 12:00
In the second half, Max interviews journalist and author, Matt Taibbi about the injustice that follows the wealth divide and how Ferguson, Missouri plays into that.
*TYT | Ebola Outbreak Still Accelerating In West Africa (08/28/14) [4:49]
TYT | Uzi In Hands Of 9-Year-Old Girl Ends Instructor's Life (08/28/14) [6:40]
TYT | Video Captures EXACTLY How Cops Treat Black People (08/28/14) [6:53]
TYT | Russia Distances Itself From Its Own Invasion Of Ukraine (08/28/14) [4:41]
Diane Rehms Show
Diane Rehm Domestic News - Friday (08/29/14) [1hr]
International News - Friday (08/29/14) [1hr]
Other Videos and Documentaries I Ran Across

Thursday August 28, 2014
News Articles

JPMorgan and Other Banks Struck by Hackers
NYT | Nicole Perlroth | 08/27/14

A number of United States banks, including JPMorgan Chase and at least four others, were struck by hackers in a series of coordinated attacks this month, according to four people briefed on a continuing investigation into the crimes.

The hackers infiltrated the networks of the banks, siphoning off gigabytes of data, including checking and savings account information, in what security experts described as a sophisticated cyberattack.... Read more

For sale: Systems that can secretly track where cellphone users go around the globe
WashingtonPost | Craig Timberg | 08/24/14

Makers of surveillance systems are offering governments across the world the ability to track the movements of almost anybody who carries a cellphone, whether they are blocks away or on another continent.

The technology works by exploiting an essential fact of all cellular networks: They must keep detailed, up-to-the-minute records on the locations of their customers to deliver calls and other services to them. Surveillance systems are secretly collecting these records to map people's travels over days, weeks or longer, according to company marketing documents and experts in surveillance technology.

The world's most powerful intelligence services, such as the National Security Agency and Britain's GCHQ, long have used cellphone data to track targets around the globe. But experts say these new systems allow less technically advanced governments to track people in any nation -- including the United States -- with relative ease and precision. ... Read more

NSA surveillance programs are identified by "SIGADs," short for "signals intelligence activity designators." Internal NSA support documents reviewed by The Washington Post indicate that location information is collected via at least 10 SIGADs, including: DANCINGOASIS, FAIRVIEW, MYSTIC, OAKSTAR, RAMPART-A, RAMPART-M, RESOLUTETITAN, STORMBREW, TIMBERLINE, and WINDSTOP. Three of the SIGADs are believed to be located in the United States: FAIRVIEW, STORMBREW and TIMBERLINE which is at Sugar Grove Research Station in West Virginia.

Documents show how the NSA infers relationships based on mobile location data
WashingtonPost | Ashkan Soltani | older, but good

The NSA doesn't just have the technical capabilities to collect location-based data in bulk. A 24-page NSA white paper shows that the agency has a powerful suite of algorithms, or data sorting tools, that allow it to learn a great deal about how people live their lives. ...

... The NSA collects Internet and phone metadata via relationships with corporate partners that allow the agency to intercept traffic at key network routing points. These partnerships take many forms. A company may transfer Call Detail Records to the NSA or allow the agency to install large-scale surveillance equipment to capture this traffic. ... Read more

GOP candidates credit Koch brothers for their success
ThHill.com | Mike Lillis | 08/27/14

GOP Senate candidates are facing new scrutiny in the wake of Wednesday reports tying them closely to the conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch. Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Iowa state Sen. Joni Ernst (R) attended a lavish June conference sponsored by the Koch brothers. Cotton and Ernst both credited the brothers' political activities for enabling their campaigns, The Huffington Post reported early Wednesday, citing audio from the event. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, August 28 [11:14]
*DN | As Obama Settles on Nonbinding Treaty, "Only a Big Movement" Can Take on Global Warming (08/27/14) [9:35]
*DN | Tax Dodging Whopper? Burger King Moves to Canada After Merger with Tim Hortons (08/27/14) [7:11], Part 2 [12:00]
*TRNN | Dr. Michael E. Mann discusses: IPCC Synthesis Report Demands Control Over Fossil Fuel Consumption (08/28/14) [10:21]
TRNN | Investigative journalist Patrick Cockburn discusses: Why America Failed To Anticipate the Rise of the Islamic State (08/28/14) [1:25]
TRNN | The Battle for Justice in Ferguson Runs through the Soul of the Democratic Party (08/28/14) [7:53]
Climate Change
yaleClimateForum | Expecting the Unexpected: Abrupt Climate Change (08/27/14) [7:24]
Senior Scientists discuss the potential for sudden disruptions of human and natural systems as a consequence of climate change.

YouTube Commenter
There are people out there deeply invested in companies and jobs and lifestyles which depend upon using our collective atmosphere as a sewer for their products. 2% of the Earth's population is responsible for putting out 50% of the CO2, and even fewer benefit from the proceeds of companies which do that. Just read Exxon-Mobil's report. *They* say their own scientists tell them climate change is real and dangerous, and they expect a number higher than the mean IPCC number by 2050, 6-7 degrees Fahrenheit increase. But they just don't believe the average American is willing to pay the increased energy costs to avoid that, and, so, they say, their profits are safe, as are their energy reserves.?
David Suzuki | Climate Change - An Uncertain Future (07/30/13) [45:07]
TYT | GOP Candidates Thrilled To Be In Koch Bros' Deep Pockets (08/27/14) [8:12]
TYT | 9-Year-Old Accidentally Kills With Automatic Weapon (08/27/14) [4:16]
TYT | Burger King Exploits Corporate Tax Donut Hole In Sweet, Sweet Merger (08/27/14) [9:27]
TYT | Climate Treaty, Koch Meeting, ESPN Apology & "Dead" Man Found Alive (08/27/14) [2:18]
Ring of Fire
Papantonio: Could Mitt Possibly Save The GOP? (08/27/14) [5:10]

Wednesday August 27, 2014
News Articles

The UN's New Report on Global Warming Is the Most Terrifying Yet
Bill Moyers | John Light | 08/27/14

The New York Times and Bloomberg News got a look at a draft of a new UN report on climate change. It's bleak, to say the least.

Runaway growth on the emission of greenhouse gases is swamping all political efforts to deal with the problem, raising the risk of "severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts" over the coming decades, according to a draft of a major new United Nations report. ...

... But one of the central points of the IPCC report is that some of what we've wrought is already irreversible, and more of it soon will be. The world's existing power plants are already slated to pump over 300 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere -- a figure that's growing by billions of tons each year, speeding up the changes that are already underway. Governments' efforts to do something are a drop in the bucket compared to what's needed. ... Read more

Click to zoom - NSAs ICReach Search Program

The Nail In The Petrodollar Coffin: Gazprom Begins Accepting Payment For Oil In Ruble, Yuan
ZeroHedge | author | 08.27.14

According to Russia's RIA Novosti, citing business daily Kommersant, Gazprom Neft has agreed to export 80,000 tons of oil from Novoportovskoye field in the Arctic; it will accept payment in rubles, and will also deliver oil via the Eastern Siberia-Pacific Ocean pipeline (ESPO), accepting payment in Chinese yuan for the transfers. Meaning Russia will export energy to either Europe or China, and receive payment in either Rubles or Yuan, in effect making the two currencies equivalent as far as the Eurasian axis is conerned, but most importantly, transact completely away from the US dollar thus, finally putin'(sic) in action the move for a Petrodollar-free world. ... Read more

Fighting Ebola With Nothing but Hope
TheDailyBeast.com | Abby Haglage | 08/27/14

Primary health care manager Emmanuel Boyah is at Ebola's frontline in Liberia. If he contracts the disease, there will be no 'secret serum' waiting for him. Yet he keeps fighting.

Black shirt tucked into snug black pants, his role is made transparent by the bright yellow embroidery across his chest: "International Rescue Committee." Stacks of clean brown boxes surrounding him hold bleach, latex gloves, and masks--weapons against Ebola. These supplies will be distributed to medical facilities across Lofa County, one of the hardest hit regions in Liberia, where reports show more than 624 deaths.

According to a report released this week by the World Health Organization, an estimated 240 health-care workers have been infected with Ebola in West Africa. Of that number, at least 50 percent are already dead. For an international relief worker, contracting the virus likely means becoming the focus of headlines about high-tech aircrafts and secret serums. For a West African doctor in the same position, it means simply one less health-care worker on a continent in desperate need of more. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, August 27 [8:43]
DN | "The Damage is Beyond Imagination in Gaza": Journalist Mohammed Omer on Ceasefire Deal & Rebuilding (08/27/14) [7:34]
*DN | NSA Creates Google-Like Search Engine to Help Other Agencies Access Collected Phone, Email Records (08/27/14) [3:44]
DN | Is Ferguson Feeding off the Poor? City Disproportionately Stops, Charges and Fines People of Color (08/27/14) [5:32]
*TRNN | Investigative journalist Patrick Cockburn says: The Islamic State, Assad, and the Contradictions Faced by the US in Syria (08/27/14) [11:25]
TRNN | Max Blumenthal assesses: Israel and Gaza Extends Cease Fire Amid Last Minute Attacks (08/27/14) [8:01]
TYT | Burger King Exploits Corporate Tax Donut Hole In Sweet, Sweet Merger (08/26/14) [9:27]
TYT | Saudi Arabia Beheads At Shocking Rate & Why We Look The Other Way (08/26/14) [11:33]
Rich Hill at Sundance
Rich Hill Official Trailer (2014) - American Small Town (06/09/14) [2:20]
Rich Hill Documentary (to rent) (2014) [1:32:49]
Filmmakers talk about Rich Hill at Sundance 2014 (02/07/14) [8:59]
Rich Hill Documentary website
Ring of Fire
*Pap Attack: Corporate Pigs and Politicians (08/27/14) [4:52]
Papantonio: Big Pharma Gone Wild -- The Xarelto Scam (08/27/14) [6:54]
Other Videos and Documentaries I Ran Across
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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.

Tuesday August 26, 2014
News Articles

Executive Vice President and President of Epsilon Bryan J. Kennedy's Salary
www1.salary.com | author | 08/26/14

As Executive Vice President and President, Epsilon at ALLIANCE DATA SYSTEMS CORP, Bryan J. Kennedy made $2,962,098 in total compensation. Of this total $540,000 was received as a salary, $540,000 was received as a bonus, $0 was received in stock options, $1,812,740 was awarded as stock and $69,358 came from other types of compensation. This information is according to proxy statements filed for the 2013 fiscal. ... Read more

*TYT | Tap Water Dries Out In California. Could You Be Next? (08/25/14) [4:19]
Drinking, showering, cooking…we all rely on tap water everyday as a part of our routine. It is easy to take the endless flowing water from out facets for granted. What would you do if your tap water supply ends?

"California's extreme drought has dried up tap water supplies for hundreds of people living in rural San Joaquin Valley homes.

At least 182 of the 1,400 homes in East Porterville, California have no water or are having "some kind of water issue," the Porterville Recorder reports. The state's drought, which is in its third year, has dried up some of these residents' wells, forcing the county to deliver emergency supplies of water. The wells rely on the Tule River for water, but due to the drought, river flows have plummeted this year.

Tulare County Office of Emergency Services delivered 12-gallon-per person rations of bottled water to affected residents Friday, and the county has also provided a 5,000-gallon, non-potable water tank for people to use for bathing and flushing.

But the bottled water rations are only supposed to last three weeks, Emergency services manager Andrew Lockman told the AP -- after that, low-income residents will need to sign up for a grant program in order to keep receiving water, and the county is asking local companies to make bottled water donations."

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve Is Actually Larger Than Switzerland
HP | Lisa_Miller | 08/26/14

When it comes to U.S. national parks, everyone knows about Yellowstone and Yosemite. But we bet you've never heard of the national park that's larger than a major European country.

Meet Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. This vast, gorgeous national park in Alaska is the largest in the country. It clocks in at 13.2 million acres... making it larger than Switzerland. The park stretches from Mount St. Elias, one of the tallest peaks in America, to the Gulf of Alaska and offers glaciers, caves, lakes, mountains and, well, pretty much every natural wonder you could dream up. An array of flora and fauna populate the park, and if you're into snow, well this place has plenty of that. ... Read more

*DN | Vijay Prashad: 2011 NATO Bombing of Libya Led to Rise of Militias Now Fighting for Oil-Rich Land (08/26/14) [18:30]
*TRNN | PERI Co-Director Gerald Epstein discusses how Fed chair Janet Yellen's recent comments on bringing unemployment down could be positive (08/26/14) [6:29]
Global Warming
*MSNBC | Climate Deniers Backpedaling (07/25/14) [5:58]
ClimateCrocks.com website
Raw Video: Dark Snow Project (08/22/14) [8:11]
DarkSnowProject.org website
60 Minutes
*60 Minutes | The Stock Market Is Rigged (04/08/14, replay 08/17/14) [14:41]
60 Minutes | The end of privacy "The Data Brokers: Selling your personal information" (03/11/14, replay 08/17/14) [15:08]
John Oliver
HBO | What does John Oliver do for the News? Quite a lot actually (08/25/14) [2:51]
HBO | Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Wage Gap (08/25/14) [7:17]
TYT | Tap Water Dries Out In California. Could You Be Next? (08/25/14) [4:19]
TYT | Does ISIS Really Pose A Threat To The United States? (08/25/14) [12:23
TYT | Why This RNC Official Is Terrified Of "Warrior Children"? (08/25/14) [5:12]
Fukushima
Cancer Risk UnderEstimated in Japan: Arnie Gundersen & Ian Goddard (01/18/12) [26:49]
Chernobyl Uncensored (2000s) [2:18:11]
2 videos together giving a timely reminder of Chernobyl and how much worse it would have been without the mobilisation of hundreds of thousands of workers - indeed the phrase used was "the front line". Contrast this with the awful response of Japan and Tepco in a desperate attempt to minimise the crisis.

The Battle Of Chernobyl and a horizon documentary about the nuclear disaster.

Monday August 25, 2014
News Articles

Hamas official admits group murdered 3 Israeli teens
RT | author | 08/21/14

A Hamas official has admitted for the first time that members of its militant wing kidnapped and killed three Israeli teenagers in June. This fueled increased tensions with Israel and eventually led to the IDF's bombardment of Gaza.

Saleh Al-Arouri said the al-Qassam Brigades were responsible, after Hamas' leader Khaled Meshaal, who is in exile in Qatar, had earlier denied his group was involved. However, Meshaal did praise those who carried out the kidnappings. ... Read more
*TYT | Hamas Kidnapped & Killed Israeli Teens, Proving Devastating Stupidity (08/22/14) [15:39]

IBM's new supercomputing chip mimics the human brain with very little power
engadget.com | Joseph Volpe | 08/10/14

A lot has changed in the three years since IBM first unveiled a prototype of its human brain-inspired SyNAPSE (Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable Electronics) chip. That single-core prototype has now been significantly scaled up, leading to a new, production-ready SyNAPSE chip that blows past its predecessor with 1 million neurons, 256 million synapses and 4,096 neurosynaptic cores, all the while only requiring 70mW of power.

Traditionally, faster processing has always meant greater power consumption, but IBM's new SyNAPSE chip flips that paradigm on its head. To give you some perspective of just how low-powered this supercomputing chip is, IBM's Chief Scientist Dr. Dharmendra S. Modha says it requires power equivalent to that of a battery from a hearing aid. It's an achievement that's merited IBM the cover of the journal Science; it also has the potential to drastically alter conventional approaches to computing. In fact, the new SyNAPSE chip is so disruptive to the current computing landscape that IBM's created a new programming language to go along with it and an educational outreach program called SyNAPSE University. It's no wonder why the project received $53 million in funding from DARPA. ... Read more

Dramatically different from traditional software, IBM's new programming model breaks the mold of sequential operation underlying today's von Neumann architectures and computers. It is instead tailored for a new class of distributed, highly interconnected, asynchronous, parallel, large-scale cognitive computing architectures.

IBM | Cognitive Computing: The SyNAPSE Project (2012) [5:15]

A New Era of Computing Requires a New Way to Program Computers
asmarterplanet.com | Dharmendra S. Modha | 08/08/13

Sixty years ago, in the face of tremendous skepticism, IBM engineer John Backus set out to radically change the economics of scientific computing on the IBM 704 by making programming much cheaper, faster, and reliable. The language that he and his colleagues developed--FORTRAN--became the first widely used high-level programming language. It laid the groundwork for the software industry as we know it and the waves of transformation that computing has brought to industry, science, government and society. The importance of FORTRAN is hard to overestimate as demonstrated by O'Reilly's poster on "The History of Programming Languages."

Today, we're at another turning point in the history of information technology. The era that Backus and his contemporaries helped create, the programmable computing era, is being superseded by the era of cognitive computing. Increasingly, computers will gather huge quantities of data, reason over the data, and learn from their interactions with information and people. These new capabilities will help us penetrate complexity and make better decisions about everything from how to manage cities to how to solve confounding business problems. ... Read more

6 Numbers That Show How Out of Whack America's Priorities Are
AlterNet | Paul Buchheit | 08/24/14

Americans constantly hear about the threat of "entitlements," which in the case of Social Security and Medicare are more properly defined as "earned benefits." The real threat is the array of entitlements demanded by the very rich.

Note:Read the first part of the article to get the total amount spent on each entitlement, but for another view: Annual Per Capita Numbers see below:

  1. $8,600 for each of the Safety Net recipients
  2. $14,600 for each of the Social Security recipients
  3. $27,333 for each of the Pension recipients
  4. $54,740 for each of the Teachers
  5. $200,000 for each of the Tax Break recipients among the richest 1%
  6. $500,000 for each of the Investment Income recipients among the richest 1%
Read more

Sexiest Body Paint of Sports Illustrated
TodaysGrid | Steve Marshall | 01/29/14

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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, August 25 [7:32]
*DN | Blowback: Vijay Prashad on How Islamic State Grew Out of U.S Invasion of Iraq, Destruction of Nation (08/25/14) [5:49]
DN | "I Can't Breathe": NYC March over Chokehold Death of Eric Garner Protests Police Violence Nationwide (08/25/14) [13:11]
*TRNN | Investigative journalist Nafeez Ahmed: The Powers Behind The Islamic State (08/25/14) [21:18]
Investigative journalist Nafeez Ahmed gives specific examples of how Saudi, Qatari, and American interests have supported the group formerly known as ISIS, and what the global community can do now to reign them in.
*TRNN | Despite Renewed Attacks, Israel No Closer to Defeating Palestinian Resistance (08/22/14) [12:47]
+972's Samer Badawi reports that Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza remain steadfast in their resistance of Israeli occupation, and UCLA's Gabriel Piterberg says that despite the escalating levels of violence, Israel is no closer to its goal of defeating Palestinian political and military resistance.
TRNN | Is the Control of Gaza's Offshore Gas Reserves a Factor in Israeli Military Operations? (08/17/14) [12:54]
TYT | Washed Up Actor Calls Protestors "Animals" (08/25/14) [8:06]
TYT | Will The NRA Support This Gun Club? (08/25/14) [6:38]
TYT | How America Should Deal With ISIS Terrorists (08/22/14) [18:09]
TYT | ISIS Terrorists Invading America Via Mexican Border According To Rick Perry (08/22/14) [6:28]
TYT | Kajieme Powell Shooting Video Disturbs For So Many Reasons (08/22/14) [10:09]
Why the World is the Way It IS
I found this 2hr video one of the best Histories on Secret Societies. I have shortened it slightly to reduce the religious overtones, but not ny too much. Otherwise, the history is very well layed out and well worth watching.
*The New World Order- Secret Societies () [2:18:12]
Or watch the original
*The New World Order- Secret Societies and Biblical Prophecy () [2:26:13]
*The Money Masters - Bill Still Documentary on Central Banks and their secrets () [3:29:19]
An excellent historical account on Central Banks and our Central Bank called the Federal Reserve, produced by award winning documntary pruducer Bill Still
The Secret of Oz by Mr Bill Still () [1:50:48]
It is well known in economics academia that The Wonderful Wizard of Oz written by L. Frank Baum in 1900 is loaded with powerful symbols of monetary reform which were the core of the Populist movement and the 1896 and 1900 president bid of Democrat William Jennings Bryan.

The yellow brick road (gold standard), the emerald city of Oz (greenback money), even Dorothy's silver slippers (changed to ruby slippers for the movie version) were the symbol of Baum's and Bryan's belief that adding silver coinage to gold would provide much needed money to a depression-strapped, 1890s America.

We believe Baum's symbols represent the only solution to relieve the growing economic hardship here in America -- and the rest of the world. Practically speaking, 2009 marks the 70th anniversary of the 1939 MGM release of the The Wizard of Oz movie, so interest will be very high. Even Oz websites put up by kids get millions of hits.
Brain-Like Computers
WSJ | IBM's Brain-Like Microchip (08/07/14) [1:26]
3D Printing
Woman Receives 3D-Printed Skull (03/26/14) [1:09]
Taste Testing 3D-Printed Food! (01/14/14) [5:25]
3D printers print ten houses in 24 hours (04/16/14) [2:30]
Bee Sting... Therapy??
NatGeo | Bee Therapy (2007) [3:38]
Newsy | Bee Venom Can Kill HIV, Study Says (2013) [1:30]
AIDs
Fox23 | Possible AIDs Cure? Part 1 [7:51], Part 2 [9:00]
AIDs cure that was developed in the 1990's and suppressed by US... the doctor who developed the cure Dr. Gary R. Davi was ran out of the United States by death threats and eventually murdered in 2007.
Other Videos and Documentaries I Ran Across
Note: I don't endorse any of the videos in this section.
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.
Empire of Dreams - The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy (2004) [2:28:27]
Star Wars: Threads of Destiny (2014) (full) [1:48:32]
Star Wars: Threads of Destiny website
Star Wars is the sole copyright of Lucasfilm Ltd. The purpose of this film is to showcase the talents of its participants. It is illegal to sell, purchase or make money from this work. This movie may be copied and freely distributed but not sold.

Plot Outline
Set 100 years after "Return of the Jedi," the Jedi Order and the Republic are once again active. The planet Coreign produces a special ore that can power an entire city, but the Skenvi empire is interested in its potential for supreme spaceship armor.

Threads of Destiny is a fan-made feature film created by fans of George Lucas's Star Wars saga and directed by Rasmus Tirzitis.

This extraordinary film took 9 years to complete with the help of more than a hundred people working on it from all over the world.

Friday August 22, 2014
News Articles

Seven Key Takeaways From Joseph E. Stiglitz's Tax Plan for Growth and Equality
BillMoyers | author | 05/30/14

But taxes also shape our incentives. We tax things that we deem to be harmful -- like tobacco and alcohol -- and hand out tax breaks to encourage things we find beneficial, like research.

According to a new white paper by Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz, our labyrinthine tax system is skewing those incentives. We're encouraging corporations to invest in creating jobs overseas, when unemployment remains doggedly high here at home. We're giving US-based multinationals good reason t0 deprive our treasury of revenues when we should be investing in infrastructure and the American people.

The full recommendations are available in Stiglitz's report, Reforming Taxation to Promote Growth and Equity(PDF).

  1. Raise Corporate Income Tax Rates While Providing Incentives for Investments and Job Creation in the US
  2. Reduce Spending on Corporate Welfare
  3. Tax the Financial Sector
  4. Tax on Monopolies and Other Rent-Based Enterprises
  5. Ensure that Multinationals Pay Their Fair Share of Taxes and Have Incentives to Invest in America
  6. Increase Taxes on Industries That Produce Negative Externalities
  7. Make Dividend Payments Tax Deductible, But Impose a Withholding Tax
Read more
*Bill Moyers | Joseph E. Stiglitz Calls for Fair Taxes for All (08/21/14) [25:25]

SWAT Lobby to Congress: Hands Off Our Mine-Resistant Vehicles!
TheDailyBeast.com | Tim Mak | 08/21/14

In an attempt to counter widespread concern over "militarized" local police departments, law enforcement groups are pressing Capitol Hill to not cut off the supply of armored vehicles, body armor and other military equipment to the nation's cops.

This week, the National Tactical Officers Association, the lobbying group for 1,600 SWAT teams across the country, emailed all legislative staffers in the House and Senate to express that they shared in "our nation's grief" over the events in Ferguson, Missouri. ... Read more

Neil deGrasse Tyson Hit by Creationist Backlash for Explaining Universe Is Billions of Years Old
AlterNet | Dan Arel | 08/20/14

In the wake of the success of the "Cosmos" television series, which picked up four Emmy Awards earlier this week, Neil deGrasse Tyson discussed politics, religion and science in a recent interview with AlterNet.

When I asked if the success of "Cosmos" had surprised him, Tyson said he had not anticipated the kind of coverage the show would get by entertainment sites and blogs. Because of the show's major network backing and primetime slot, he said, it was covered like any other television show. He said this forced many entertainment writers to write about all sorts of science topics not often covered in these publications, exposing the show to a new and possibly unintended audience.

... Tyson was not as shocked by the backlash the show garnered from certain religious and political groups, mainly creationists who took issue with Tyson's insistence on discussing evolution, the Big Bang theory and the history of scientific discovery. Their criticism of the show did not bother Tyson at all. "You have to ask yourself, what are the numbers behind the people making these claims? Someone like Ken Ham [owner of the Creation Museum] has beliefs that are even crazy to many Christians." ... Read more

Ruling on Nuclear Waste Storage Could Create a "Catastrophic Risk"
MotherJones | Josh Harkinson | 08/22/14

Strict safety controls sought by environmental groups for the storage of radioactive waste at dozens of nuclear power plants may fall to the wayside under a rule that's expected be approved by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission next week. According to a congressional source who does not wish to be identified, the NRC is rushing to vote on the rule before the September retirement of Commissioner William Magwood, an ally of the nuclear power industry.

The rule would establish that the environmental risks of storing spent fuel in pools of water at reactor sites for extended periods are negligible and for the most part don't need to be studied as part of the licensing requirements for nuclear power plants. But critics of the rule say that the NRC is blatantly ignoring its own research, which shows that the practice could lead to serious disasters: "You will have all the waste sitting, basically, in a giant swimming pool," the source says, "and the potential of the swimming pool draining or being breached by an accident or an attack or a power loss that causes the water to boil off--all of those things would have impacts that the NRC's own analysis says would equal that of a meltdown of the reactor core." ... Read more

DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, August 22 [full 57:00]
TRNN News
*TRNN | Peter Sinclair discusses | Greenland's Glaciers Rapid Melting Will Have Global Effects (08/22/14) [8:07]
Fukushima
I ran across a recent Fukushima video "The Fukushima Hoax", and while I know the situation there is dire, I thought I should look for more current videos of Fukusima to substantiated the authors claims. The videos I found from CBS, PBS, Vice I organized in order from "sugar coated" to "Alarming". It is very interesting how news organizations (corporations, and governments) can distort the truth.
CBS | Fukushima: A rare look inside the nuclear plant three years after quake (01/23/14) [2:49]
*PBS News Hour | Return to Fukushima with Miles O'Brien (08/06/14) [33:15]
Three years after the disaster at Fukushima, science correspondent Miles O'Brien returned to the Daiichi nuclear plant for an exclusive look at the site. Follow Miles on a never-before-seen tour of Daiichi's sister site, Fukushima Daini, which narrowly avoided a meltdown during the Tohoku earthquake. As the country debates turning its reactors back on, Miles asks: will Japan have a nuclear future?
Vice | Shocking Report From Fukushima (06/10/14) [13:33]
*Fairewinds.org | New TEPCO Report Shows Damage to Unit 3 Fuel Pool MUCH Worse Than That at Unit 4 (03/01/14) [7:36]
The Fukushima Hoax (06/12/14) [7:26]
Fukushima Building MORE Tanks & More Aftershocks Expected (07/15/14) [6:26]
Thom Hartmann
Thom Hartmann | Politically Corrected: Karl Rove & The Fact Free Zone of Fox News (08/21/14) [1:56]
Technology | National Security | NSA
I was talking to a friend last weekend about the NSA and National Security and about how much we really don't know about their capabilities. I ran across some more videos on this topic, so I thought I would list them here, along with my all time favorite "Jacob Applebaum: To Protect And Infect (12/30/13) [1:02:42]".
*Next Future Terrifying Technology (03/04/14) [1:04:52]
*Jacob Applebaum: To Protect And Infect (12/30/13) [1:02:42]
Hackers (full documentary) () [1:26:34]
Wall Street
*Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005)(trailer) [2:00]
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005) (full) [58:33], Part 2 [56:00]
*The Crooked E - The Unshredded Truth About Enron (2003) [1:21:16]
Diane Rehms Show
Diane Rehm Domestic News - Friday (08/22/14) [1hr]
International News - Friday (08/22/14) [1hr]
Comedy
Your children will have a blast discovering what happens when we destroy the planet with Earth Ball (08/19/14) [2:04]

Thursday August 21, 2014
News Articles

Another Police Shooting in St. Louis: St. Louis Police Release Video Of Kajieme Powell Killing
HP | Ryan Grim | 08/20/14

... St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said Tuesday that both of the officers opened fire on Powell when he came within a three or four feet of them holding a knife "in an overhand grip." But the newly released cell phone footage undermines the statement, showing Powell approaching the cops, but not coming as close as was reported, with his hands at his side. The officers began shooting within 15 seconds of their arrival, hitting Powell with a barrage of bullets. ...

CNN's Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo pushed Dotson on the officers' decision to use lethal force, rather than opting for an alternate form of defense like a Taser. "Certainly a Taser is an option that's available to the officers, but Tasers aren't 100 percent," Dotson said. "So you've got an individual with a knife who's moving towards you, not listening to any verbal commands, continues, says, 'shoot me now, kill me now.' Tasers aren't 100 percent. if that Taser misses, that [individual] continues on and hurts an officer." ... Read more

*Kajieme Powell Shooting. (Police arrive at 1:20 into the video) (08/20/14) [6:30]

Robert Reich: American Democracy Is Diseased
AlterNet | Robert Reich | 08/20/14

Americans are sick of politics. Only 13 percent approve of the job Congress is doing, a near record low. The President's approval ratings are also in the basement. A large portion of the public doesn't even bother voting. Only 57.5 percent of eligible voters cast their ballots in the 2012 presidential election.

Gilens and Page analyzed 1,799 policy issues in detail, determining the relative influence on them of economic elites, business groups, mass-based interest groups, and average citizens. Their conclusion: "The preferences of the average American appear to have only a miniscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy." ... Read more

Also see Sticky News - Income Inequality

Bank Of America Reaches Record $17 Billion Settlement With U.S.
HP & AP | Jeff Horwitz | 08/20/14

Bank of America has reached a record settlement of nearly $17 billion to resolve an investigation into its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities before the 2008 financial crisis, officials directly familiar with the matter said Wednesday. One of the officials, who spoke with The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the announcement isn't scheduled until Thursday at the earliest, said the bank will pay $9.65 billion in cash and provide consumer relief valued at $7 billion.

The deal is the largest settlement arising from the economic meltdown in which millions of Americans lost their homes to foreclosure. It follows agreements in the last year with Citigroup for $7 billion and with JPMorgan Chase & Co. for $13 billion. ... Read more

DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, August 21 [full 57:00]
Bill Moyers
*Bill Moyers | Joseph E. Stiglitz Calls for Fair Taxes for All (08/21/14) [25:25]
A recent report by Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz for the Roosevelt Institute suggests that paying our fair share of taxes and cracking down on corporate tax dodgers could be a cure for inequality and a faltering economy.

This week on Moyers & Company, Stiglitz tells Bill Moyers that Apple, Google, GE and a host of other Fortune 500 companies are creating what amounts to "an unlimited IRA for corporations." The result? Vast amounts of lost revenue for our treasury and the exporting of much-needed jobs to other countries.

"I think we can use our tax system to create a better society, to be an expression of our true values," Stiglitz says. "But if people don't think that their tax system is fair, they're not going to want to contribute. It's going to be difficult to get them to pay. And, unfortunately, right now, our tax system is neither fair nor efficient."
TRNN News
TRNN | TRNN's Jessica Desvarieux pays tribute: What My Friend Jim Foley Taught Me to Question (08/21/14) [6:47]
TRNN | Police Continue to Violate Press Freedom In Ferguson: With 11 journalists arrested thus far, Truthout.org investigative reporter Mike Ludwig describes how Ferguson police are using intimidation tactics against journalists (08/21/14) [9:15]
Ring of Fire
Ring of Fire | Papantonio: Ferguson's Prosecutor Trojan Horse? (08/20/14) [6:29]
Ring of Fire | Papantonio: V.A. Horror Stories Mounting (08/20/14) [8:54]
Ring of Fire | Obama Makes Wrong Turn On Immigration (08/20/14) [1:53]
TYT News
*TYT | Father Of Affluenza Teen Arrested For Impersonating Police Officer (08/20/14) [6:00]
*TYT | Officer 'Go F*ck Yourself' Threatens To Kill Ferguson Protestor (08/20/14) [6:17]
TYT | Missouri Lt Governor's Not-So-Subtle Color Choice For Justice (08/20/14) [4:56]
Tiny House News
All of California is in a state of emergency because of the prolonged drought, now in its third year. And it's more than just Californians who are feeling the impact -- the state uses its scarce water to provide the nation with more food than any other state.
Tiny Houses in California | Salvaged tiny homestudio: tin can siding, paper bag wallpaper (12/13/14) [8:43]
Micro Living in Japan (12/11/14) [11:49]
(More) Rich People Gone GREED
'Girls Gone Wild' Files for Bankruptcy (03/04/13) [6:04]

Wednesday August 20, 2014
News Articles

The Disease in American Democracy
Bill Moyers | Robert Reich | 08/19/14

A new study scheduled to be published in this fall by Princeton's Martin Gilens and Northwestern University's Benjamin Page confirms our worst suspicions.

Gilens and Page analyzed 1,799 policy issues in detail, determining the relative influence on them of economic elites, business groups, mass-based interest groups and average citizens.

Their conclusion: "The preferences of the average American appear to have only a miniscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy." Read more

Payday Loans
*HBO | Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Predatory Lending. (08/10/14) [16:32]
*TYT | Big Banks Behind Payday Loan Scams (older, but good) [4:01]
Key Facts on Payday Lending:

  1. An estimated 120 million payday loans are issued annually in the US worth a total value of $42 Billion.

  2. The average effective interest rate on a payday loan is 455% (APR). For a loan of $300, a typical borrower pays on average $775, with $475 going to pay interest and fees over an average borrowing cycle.

  3. Watch the video of Mitzi Rivers-Singleton of Kansas who ended up paying $30,000 in fees for a $3,000 loan over a seven year period.

  4. There are some 17 major payday lending companies (both public and privately-held) that operate approximately half of the nation's total of 22,000 payday lending outlets.

  5. Major banks provide over $1.5 Billion in credit available to fund major payday lending companies.

  6. The major banks funding payday lending include Wells Fargo, Bank of America, US Bank, JP Morgan Bank, and National City (PNC Financial Services Group).

  7. All together, the major banks directly finance the loans and operations of (at minimum) 38% of the entire payday lending industry, based on store locations.

  8. The major banks indirectly fund approximately 450,000 payday loans per year totaling $16.4 Billion in short-term payday loans.

  9. Wells Fargo is a major financier of payday lending and is involved with financing companies that operate one third (32%) of the entire payday lending industry, based on store locations.

  10. All of these above mentioned banks received TARP bailout funds in 2008-09 and have benefited from accessing capital at exceptionally low interest rates from the Federal Reserve.

  11. Major banks access credit from the Federal Reserve (Discount Window) at 0.5% or less, these banks extend an estimated $1.5 Billion annually to eight major payday lending companies, who in turn use this credit to issue millions of payday loans to consumers every year at average rates of 400% APR.

BBC | The Truth about Payday Loans :Young, British and Broke (older) [57:17]
GMO Foods | Monsanto | Agent Orange, etc.
*Jeffrey M. Smith: The GMO Threat (2011) [59:48]
*Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) - Myths and Truths (09/20/12) [6:38]
The World According to Monsanto (full) () [1:49:02]
There's nothing they are leaving untouched: the mustard, the okra, the bringe oil, the rice, the cauliflower. Once they have established the norm: that seed can be owned as their property, royalties can be collected. We will depend on them for every seed we grow of every crop we grow. If they control seed, they control food, they know it -- it's strategic. It's more powerful than bombs. It's more powerful than guns. This is the best way to control the populations of the world. The story starts in the White House, where Monsanto often got its way by exerting disproportionate influence over policymakers via the "revolving door". One example is Michael Taylor, who worked for Monsanto as an attorney before being appointed as deputy commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1991. While at the FDA, the authority that deals with all US food approvals, Taylor made crucial decisions that led to the approval of GE foods and crops. Then he returned to Monsanto, becoming the company's vice president for public policy.

Thanks to these intimate links between Monsanto and government agencies, the US adopted GE foods and crops without proper testing, without consumer labeling and in spite of serious questions hanging over their safety. Not coincidentally, Monsanto supplies 90 percent of the GE seeds used by the US market. Monsanto's long arm stretched so far that, in the early nineties, the US Food and Drugs Agency even ignored warnings of their own scientists, who were cautioning that GE crops could cause negative health effects. Other tactics the company uses to stifle concerns about their products include misleading advertising, bribery and concealing scientific evidence.
DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, August 20 [9:09]
Bill Moyers
Bill Moyers | Joseph E. Stiglitz: Let's Stop Subsidizing Tax Dodgers (preview) (08/19/14) [0:29]
*Wealth Inequality in America [6:25]
Ring of Fire
*Ring of Fire 08/17/2014 (Full Episode) [57:00]
Published on Aug 18, 2014

  1. 00:44 - "The Tea Party's Charity Swindle." David TeSelle explains how pro-troop charities are being used to fund Tea Party candidates. #TeaPartyCheats
  2. 10:10 - "Scalia's Son Sabotaging Wall Street Reform." Howard Nations tells us how Antonin Scalia's son is working to undermine meaningful finance reform. #FinanceReform
  3. 19:44 - "BP Still Won't Pay Up." Newspaper publisher Rick Outzen talks about BP's ongoing fight to avoid their full liability for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster. #PayUpBP
  4. 29:23 - "McDonnell Trial Highlights GOP's Corrupt Nature." David Haynes explains why the Bob McDonnell trial is a prime example of the GOP culture of corruption. #McDonnellTrial
  5. 38:11 - "V.A. Horror Stories Mounting." Christopher Lavorato gives us the latest developments in the VA care scandal that is leaving our troops with subpar care. #VADisaster
  6. 47:13 - "The Backstory." Progressive host David Pakman joins us for a discussion of the news that the corporate media refused to talk about.
Ring of Fire | Hillary Clinton - The Perfect Republican Candidate (08/14/14) [1:51]
TYT News
TYT | Is Monsanto Evil? (older, but good) [9:38]
TYT | Bill Banning Nukes To Police, Fails For Sickening Reason (08/19/14) [7:16]
TYT | Ferguson Police Inflame Tensions While GOP 'Disgusted' By Democracy (08/19/14) [14:09]
TYT | Obama Fulfills Demand For Weakness In A Time Of Crisis (08/19/14) [11:15]
More Interesting News
2014 August Breaking News New World Order ALERT RIMPAC2014 international Military exercise (06/25/14) [34:06]

Friday August 22, 2014
News Articles

Seven Key Takeaways From Joseph E. Stiglitz's Tax Plan for Growth and Equality
BillMoyers | author | 05/30/14

But taxes also shape our incentives. We tax things that we deem to be harmful -- like tobacco and alcohol -- and hand out tax breaks to encourage things we find beneficial, like research.

According to a new white paper by Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz, our labyrinthine tax system is skewing those incentives. We're encouraging corporations to invest in creating jobs overseas, when unemployment remains doggedly high here at home. We're giving US-based multinationals good reason t0 deprive our treasury of revenues when we should be investing in infrastructure and the American people.

The full recommendations are available in Stiglitz's report, Reforming Taxation to Promote Growth and Equity(PDF).

  1. Raise Corporate Income Tax Rates While Providing Incentives for Investments and Job Creation in the US
  2. Reduce Spending on Corporate Welfare
  3. Tax the Financial Sector
  4. Tax on Monopolies and Other Rent-Based Enterprises
  5. Ensure that Multinationals Pay Their Fair Share of Taxes and Have Incentives to Invest in America
  6. Increase Taxes on Industries That Produce Negative Externalities
  7. Make Dividend Payments Tax Deductible, But Impose a Withholding Tax
Read more
*Bill Moyers | Joseph E. Stiglitz Calls for Fair Taxes for All (08/21/14) [25:25]

SWAT Lobby to Congress: Hands Off Our Mine-Resistant Vehicles!
TheDailyBeast.com | Tim Mak | 08/21/14

In an attempt to counter widespread concern over "militarized" local police departments, law enforcement groups are pressing Capitol Hill to not cut off the supply of armored vehicles, body armor and other military equipment to the nation's cops.

This week, the National Tactical Officers Association, the lobbying group for 1,600 SWAT teams across the country, emailed all legislative staffers in the House and Senate to express that they shared in "our nation's grief" over the events in Ferguson, Missouri. ... Read more

Neil deGrasse Tyson Hit by Creationist Backlash for Explaining Universe Is Billions of Years Old
AlterNet | Dan Arel | 08/20/14

In the wake of the success of the "Cosmos" television series, which picked up four Emmy Awards earlier this week, Neil deGrasse Tyson discussed politics, religion and science in a recent interview with AlterNet.

When I asked if the success of "Cosmos" had surprised him, Tyson said he had not anticipated the kind of coverage the show would get by entertainment sites and blogs. Because of the show's major network backing and primetime slot, he said, it was covered like any other television show. He said this forced many entertainment writers to write about all sorts of science topics not often covered in these publications, exposing the show to a new and possibly unintended audience.

... Tyson was not as shocked by the backlash the show garnered from certain religious and political groups, mainly creationists who took issue with Tyson's insistence on discussing evolution, the Big Bang theory and the history of scientific discovery. Their criticism of the show did not bother Tyson at all. "You have to ask yourself, what are the numbers behind the people making these claims? Someone like Ken Ham [owner of the Creation Museum] has beliefs that are even crazy to many Christians." ... Read more

Ruling on Nuclear Waste Storage Could Create a "Catastrophic Risk"
MotherJones | Josh Harkinson | 08/22/14

Strict safety controls sought by environmental groups for the storage of radioactive waste at dozens of nuclear power plants may fall to the wayside under a rule that's expected be approved by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission next week. According to a congressional source who does not wish to be identified, the NRC is rushing to vote on the rule before the September retirement of Commissioner William Magwood, an ally of the nuclear power industry.

The rule would establish that the environmental risks of storing spent fuel in pools of water at reactor sites for extended periods are negligible and for the most part don't need to be studied as part of the licensing requirements for nuclear power plants. But critics of the rule say that the NRC is blatantly ignoring its own research, which shows that the practice could lead to serious disasters: "You will have all the waste sitting, basically, in a giant swimming pool," the source says, "and the potential of the swimming pool draining or being breached by an accident or an attack or a power loss that causes the water to boil off--all of those things would have impacts that the NRC's own analysis says would equal that of a meltdown of the reactor core." ... Read more

DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, August 22 [full 57:00]
TRNN News
*TRNN | Peter Sinclair discusses | Greenland's Glaciers Rapid Melting Will Have Global Effects (08/22/14) [8:07]
Fukushima
I ran across a recent Fukushima video "The Fukushima Hoax", and while I know the situation there is dire, I thought I should look for more current videos of Fukusima to substantiated the authors claims. The videos I found from CBS, PBS, Vice I organized in order from "sugar coated" to "Alarming". It is very interesting how news organizations (corporations, and governments) can distort the truth.
CBS | Fukushima: A rare look inside the nuclear plant three years after quake (01/23/14) [2:49]
*PBS News Hour | Return to Fukushima with Miles O'Brien (08/06/14) [33:15]
Three years after the disaster at Fukushima, science correspondent Miles O'Brien returned to the Daiichi nuclear plant for an exclusive look at the site. Follow Miles on a never-before-seen tour of Daiichi's sister site, Fukushima Daini, which narrowly avoided a meltdown during the Tohoku earthquake. As the country debates turning its reactors back on, Miles asks: will Japan have a nuclear future?
Vice | Shocking Report From Fukushima (06/10/14) [13:33]
*Fairewinds.org | New TEPCO Report Shows Damage to Unit 3 Fuel Pool MUCH Worse Than That at Unit 4 (03/01/14) [7:36]
The Fukushima Hoax (06/12/14) [7:26]
Fukushima Building MORE Tanks & More Aftershocks Expected (07/15/14) [6:26]
Thom Hartmann
Thom Hartmann | Politically Corrected: Karl Rove & The Fact Free Zone of Fox News (08/21/14) [1:56]
Technology | National Security | NSA
I was talking to a friend last weekend about the NSA and National Security and about how much we really don't know about their capabilities. I ran across some more videos on this topic, so I thought I would list them here, along with my all time favorite "Jacob Applebaum: To Protect And Infect (12/30/13) [1:02:42]".
*Next Future Terrifying Technology (03/04/14) [1:04:52]
*Jacob Applebaum: To Protect And Infect (12/30/13) [1:02:42]
Hackers (full documentary) () [1:26:34]
Wall Street
*Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005)(trailer) [2:00]
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005) (full) [58:33], Part 2 [56:00]
*The Crooked E - The Unshredded Truth About Enron (2003) [1:21:16]
Diane Rehms Show
Diane Rehm Domestic News - Friday (08/22/14) [1hr]
International News - Friday (08/22/14) [1hr]
Comedy
Your children will have a blast discovering what happens when we destroy the planet with Earth Ball (08/19/14) [2:04]

Tuesday August 19, 2014
News Articles

Two California youths accused of plotting high school shooting spree
Reuters | Steve Gorman | 08/18/14

Police in the Los Angeles suburb of South Pasadena said on Monday they had thwarted a mass shooting plot with the arrest of two teenagers who were conspiring to kill several staffers and as many fellow students as possible at their high school.

"Enough evidence was discovered, and based on that evidence the two students were arrested," the statement said, though it did not identify the pair or make clear when they were taken into custody. ... Read more

Iraq Vet: Small-Town Cops Have Better Armor and Weaponry Than We Carried in a Combat
Bill Moyers | Rafael Noboa y Rivera | 08/15/14

In my year in Iraq, I lost track of how many times my guys asked me why so many Iraqis viewed us with distrust when we were trying to help them. The question would arise while we were walking the beat with Iraqi police officers, manning checkpoints, or in our forward operating base after we went off-duty.

Invariably, my response went something like this: "Imagine that you're back home, OK? Suddenly, you got a whole mess of Iraqi soldiers in your town. They're all over the place, doing the same things we're doing right now. How do you think you'd react? You'd probably get pretty hot, right?" ... Read more
"Civil Disturbances (ATP 3-39.33)", the Army's crowd control manual (PDF)

How America's Largest Worker Owned Co-Op Lifts People Out of Poverty
Bill Moyers | Laura Flanders | 08/15/14

Before Zaida Ramos joined Cooperative Home Care Associates, she was raising her daughter on public assistance, shuttling between dead-end office jobs, and not making ends meet. "I earned in a week what my family spent in a day," she recalled.

After 17 years as a home health aide at Cooperative Home Care Associates (CHCA), the largest worker-owned co-op in the United States, Ramos recently celebrated her daughter's college graduation. She's paying half of her son's tuition at a Catholic school, and she's a worker-owner in a business where she enjoys flexible hours, steady earnings, health and dental insurance, plus an annual share in the profits. She's not rich, she says, "but I'm financially independent. I belong to a union, and I have a chance to make a difference." ... Read more
A Co-op Story: Green Worker Co-op Academy (08/08/14) [8:02]

Liberia fights Ebola in capital, West Africa toll tops 1,200
Reuters | Stephanie Nebehay | 08/19/14

Liberia battled on Tuesday to halt the spread of the Ebola disease in its crowded, run-down oceanside capital Monrovia, recording the most new deaths as fatalities from the world's worst outbreak of the deadly virus rose above 1,200.

The epidemic of the hemorrhagic disease, which can kill up to 90 percent of those it infects, is ravaging the three small West African states of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, and also has a toehold in Nigeria, Africa's biggest economy.

As the Geneva-based World Health Organization rushed to ramp up the global response to the outbreak first detected in March, including emergency food deliveries to quarantined zones, it announced that deaths from it had risen to 1,299 as of Aug. 16, out of 2,240 cases. ... Read more

DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, August 19 [9:46]
DN | Pastor: In Ferguson Police Crackdown, I Need a Gas Mask More Than My Clerical Collar (08/19/14) [13:56]
DN | Activist: For a New Generation, Ferguson Marks Historic Nonviolent Resistance to Police Repression (08/19/14) [5:40], Part 2 [9:41]
*DN | "Overpoliced & Underprotected": In Michael Brown Killing, Neglect of Black Communities Laid Bare (08/19/14) [12:39]
TRNN News
TRNN | Activist Kevin Alexander Gray talks about the need for radical structural change to address the demands of the Ferguson uprising and the killing of unarmed African Americans across the United States (08/18/14) [12:48]
John Oliver
*John Oliver: Ferguson, MO and Police Militarization (08/17/14) [15:09]
TYT News
TYT | Fox Guest's Ignorant 'Explanation' Of Michael Brown's Head Wounds (08/18/14) [4:04]
TYT | Are White People Thug Gangsters, Just Look At Their Hands! (08/18/14) [4:37]

WhitePeopleThrowingGangSigns.tumblr.com/
*TYT | 'Raid & Detain' Is Now The Standard Procedure For Internet Trash-Talk? (08/18/14) [7:58]
*TYT | President Obama (R) Destroys Lobbyist Regulations (08/18/14) [3:48]
TYT | Congress Gets A Raise, But No Raise For You. (08/18/14) [3:12]
Thom Hartmann
Thom Hartmann: Why Fox News has the Right to Lie to Us (older) [6:55]
Fox News Caught Lying/Knowing Nothing on Solar Power (older) [5:15]
What is going on with these people?
ANOTHER Republican Says Disabled Children God's Punishment for Abortion (04/14/14) [2:17]
Some Other Infamous Quotes

  1. "When I see a 9/11 victim family on television, or whatever, I'm just like, 'Oh shut up' I'm so sick of them because they're always complaining." -- Glenn Beck
  2. "Facts are stupid things." -- Ronald Reagan
  3. "Trees cause more pollution than automobiles." -- Ronald Reagan
  4. "If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down." -- Todd Akin
  5. "I think it would be a good idea if perhaps we had the kids work for their lunches: trash to be taken out, hallways to be swept, lawns to be mowed, make them earn it, If they miss a lunch or they miss a meal they might not, in that class that afternoon, learn to add, they may not learn to diagram a sentence, but they'll learn a more important lesson."- Del. Ray Canterbury (R-Greenbrier)
  6. "Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women access to the mainstream of society."- Rush Limbaugh
  7. "What a terrible thing to have lost one's mind. Or not to have a mind at all. How true that is." -- Vice President Dan Quayle, on "A Mind is a Terrible Thing To Waste"
  8. And I couldn't get over the fact that there was no difference between Sylvia's restaurant and any other restaurant in New York City. I mean, it was exactly the same, even though it's run by blacks, primarily black patronship… There wasn't one person in Sylvia's who was screaming, "M-Fer, I want more iced tea."-- Bill O'Reilly on going to a restaurant in Harlem
  9. "But we also know that the very founders that wrote those documents worked tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States. … I think it is high time that we recognize the contribution of our forbearers who worked tirelessly -- men like John Quincy Adams, who would not rest until slavery was extinguished in the country." -Rep. Michele Bachmann
  10. "I think [women] should be armed but should not vote…women have no capacity to understand how money is earned. They have a lot of ideas on how to spend it…it's always more money on education, more money on child care, more money on day care."-- Ann Coulter

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