Mapping Africa's "Totally Out Of Control" Ebola Epidemic
"The epidemic is totally out of control," warns medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières of the deadly Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. "There is a real risk of it spreading to other areas...Ebola is no longer a public health issue limited to Guinea: it is affecting the whole of West Africa." As of Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention put the number of cases at 362 -- more than any other outbreak on record. Here's everything you need to know about Ebola...
Ebola has a fatality rate of up to 90 percent and there is no vaccine and no known cure. The virus initially causes raging fever, headaches, muscle pain, conjunctivitis and weakness, before moving into more severe phases with vomiting, diarrhoea and haemorrhages. ...
Ebola Victim On The Run In West Africa Capital
It's gone from bad (Mapping Africa's "Totally Out Of Control" Ebola Epidemic) to worse, (Head Doctor Fighting Africa's "Out Of Control" Ebola Epidemic Contracts The Virus), to much worse (Liberian Man Tested For Ebola In World's Fourth Most Populous City), to having run out of comparaitves - although we are leery of using a superlative just yet as we have a feeling Africa's Ebola's epidemic will deteriorate before it gets better. But the latest news is bad enough: as Reuters reported moments ago, Sierra Leone officials appealed for help on Friday to trace the first known resident in the capital with Ebola whose family forcibly removed her from a Freetown hospital after testing positive for the deadly disease. ... Read more
Welfare Spending Nearly Half What U.S. Forked Out In Corporate Subsidies In 2006: Study
Government Spends More on Corporate Welfare Subsidies than Social Welfare Programs
About $59 billion is spent on traditional social welfare programs. $92 billion is spent on corporate subsidies. So, the government spent 50% more on corporate welfare than it did on food stamps and housing assistance in 2006. Before we look at the details, a heartfelt plea from the Save the CEO's Charitable Trust:
There's so much suffering in the world. It can all get pretty overwhelming sometimes. Consider, for a moment the sorrow in the eyes of a CEO who's just found out that his end-of-year bonus is only going to be a paltry $2.3 million. ... Read more
Ten Examples of Welfare for the Rich and Corporations
Here are the top 10 examples of corporate welfare and welfare for the rich. There are actually thousands of tax breaks and subsidies for the rich and corporations provided by federal, state and local governments, but these 10 will give a taste.Read more
If you want to look at the welfare for the rich and corporations, start with the federal Internal Revenue Code. That is the King James Bible of welfare for the rich and corporations. Special breaks in the tax code are the reason that there are thousands of lobbyists in the halls of Congress, hundreds of lobbyists around each state legislature and tens of thousands of tax lawyers all over the country.
Iraq War Facts, Results & Statistics at January 31, 2012
... Lost & Unaccounted for in Iraq - $9 billion of US taxpayers' money and $549.7 milion in spare parts shipped in 2004 to US contractors. Also, per ABC News, 190,000 guns, including 110,000 AK-47 rifles.
Lost and Reported Stolen - $6.6 billion of U.S. taxpayers' money earmarked for Iraq reconstruction, reported on June 14, 2011 by Special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction Stuart Bowen who called it "the largest theft of funds in national history." (Source - CBS News) Last known holder of the $6.6 billion lost: the U.S. government. ... Read more
DemocracyNow Daily NewsDemocracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, July 28 [9:16] DN | During Brief Lull, Gazans Return to Neighborhoods Destroyed & Bodies Beneath the Rubble (07/28/14) [15:17]
*DN | Professor Ilan Pappé: Israel Has Chosen To Be A "Racist Apartheid State" With U.S. Support (07/28/14) [8:05]
TRNN News*TRNN | Michael Ratner: UN's Investigation of Israel Should Go Beyond War Crimes to Genocide (07/27/14) [8:17]
TRNN | UNICEF's Gaza field chief Pernille Ironside: 15 Killed after Israel Bombs UN School in Gaza (07/27/14) [1:26]
ReasonTV | Author Frank Buckley: Presidential Power and the Rise of American Monarchy (07/28/14) [5:27]
Income InequalityZoom - Income Growth by Groups, 1993-2010
Click to zoom - Global Wealth Share
Corporate WelfareThe NYTimes analyzed more than 150,000 awards and created a searchable database of incentive spending.
Michigan spends at least $6.65 billion per year on incentive programs, according to the most recent data available. That is roughly: $672 per capita or 30¢ per dollar of state budget.Corporate Welfare in the Federal Budget
GAO | Corporate Income Tax: Effective Tax Rates Can Differ Significantly from the Statutory Rate.pdf
2013 Budget of the U.S. Government.pdf
Justice Rising: Grassroots Solutions to Corporate Rule.pdf
The few: A special report on global leaders.pdf (01/22/11)
The 'Rothschild Connection': The House of Rothschild and the Invasion of Iraq.pdf
Zoom - Corporate Welfare
Global Power Elite and World Crisis
Jeremy ScahillJeremy Scahill: The One Party State, The War Party (03/02/14) [5:31]
Pirate Television: Inside America's Secret Wars with Jeremy Scahill (01/14/14) [58:03]
David Rothkopf - Superclass - The Global Power Elite and the World They Are Making
Iraq Index: Tracking Variables of Reconstruction & Security in Iraq.pdf
Brookings Institute: Center for Middle Eastern Policy website
Zoom - Corruption Perceptions Index 2013
Humor | Comic StripsZoom - Where You Are
Zoom - Wealth Inequality
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Liberian Man Tested For Ebola In World's Fourth Most Populous City
Yesterday, when reporting on the latest tragic development in the wost ever Ebola outbreak to sweep through west Africa, namely that the head doctor tasked with containing the virus had himself contracted it, we commented that the "only good news, if any, is that even as the epidemic which has raged for months, and now appears to be out of control, it has not spilled out of Africa into other continents yet." That may not be the case for much longer following an update earlier today by Reuters that a Liberian man in his 40s is being tested for the deadly Ebola virus in Nigeria's commercial capital of Lagos, a megacity of 21 million people, the Lagos State Health Ministry said on Thursday. ... Read more
Bank of America and Other Megabanks Say They Want to Make Nice With Poor People: Don't Buy It
How do we hate thee, Bank of America? Let us count the ways. We hate thee for thy mortgage misdeeds, foreclosure frauds and grotesque fees. For unnecessarily kicking people out of their homes, extorting money from military families through predatory loan rates, and treating thy customers like garbage. For basically being too-big-to-fail/too-big-to-jail blight on the economy and society thou hast proven to be, time and again.
Under increasing pressure from regulators and widely despised by the public, Bank of America now wants us to believe hat it will make nice with poor people. In a recent report in the New York Times, we learn that BofA and other giant banks are trying to launder their public images by talking about offering low-fee services to people who have been left out of the banking system. BofA has launched a banking account it claims is intended to prevent troubled customers from running up fees for overdrawing their balances. Read more
Can a University Transform a City?
What happens when a university begins to transform the city around it? Just look at Powelton Village, Philadelphia. Fashioned as an upscale, Gilded Age suburb for wealthy industrialists looking to cross the Schuylkill River and escape the clamor and the grime of Center City, Powelton is an architectural gem, still packed with the three-story Italianate villas and Victorian twins its prosperous settlers built 150 years ago. Now a national historic district, the neighborhood has survived a rocky evolution—from tycoon stomping ground, though depression-driven decline and 1950s gang violence, to 1960s countercultural hub—only to be rediscovered in the 1980s by upper-middle-class Philadelphians with the money to refurbish Powelton’s stately homes. Now, the area is in transition once again—into the backyard of fast-growing and ambitious Drexel University. ... Read more
No Safe Place in Gaza: How Silence Encouraged a Genocide
As the Israeli military offensive on Gaza entered its third week, there's been more horrific mass killings committed because of indiscriminate Israeli tank shelling and bombardment throughout the besieged Gaza Strip.
After the massacres in Shujaeyyah and Khoza, now the supposedly safe United Nations-run schools have also become targets. A school in the northern Gaza strip town of Beit Hanon, which sheltered hundreds of displaced people who thought they would be safe on United Nations-controlled premise, came under Israeli fire. According to the Gaza Health Ministry, at least thirteen civilians were killed and more than 200 were injured. UNRWA spokesman said that his agency was not warned. ... Read more
DemocracyNow Daily NewsDemocracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, July 25 [9:00] DN | Sharif Abdel Kouddous: In Gaza, Unrelenting Israeli Assault Causes "Grave Humanitarian Crisis" (07/25/14) [9:46]
DN | "No Safe Place": After Deadly Attack on Gaza School, U.N. Warns 150,000 Seeking Shelter Are at Risk (07/25/14) [14:16]
DN | Turning Point? Largest West Bank Protest in Decades Raises Spectre of a 3rd Intifada (07/25/14) [10:22]
Bill MoyersBill Moyers | The Conscience of a Compassionate Conservative (07/25/14) [24:29], Part 2 [18:52]
This week on the show, Bill spoke with the president of the conservative American Enterprise Institute, Arthur C. Brooks. Their conversation was so interesting that they kept talking, and we kept our cameras rolling after the broadcast interview ended. In this web extra, the two talk about the failures of capitalism, who is to blame for the 2008 financial crash, food stamps and a whole lot more.Comments
Bill Moyers | Greg Kaufmann on the Truth About American Poverty (06/28/14) [12:01]
TRNN NewsTRNN | BDS Movement Founder Omar Barghouti discusses: Israel Boycott Gains Traction As Gaza Assault Continues (07/25/14) [10:13]
TYT NewsTYT | 'Modern Family' Star On Anti-Gay Politician Rick Santorum (07/24/14) [3:44]
TYT | Rising HIV Rates Among Gay & Bisexual Men In America (07/24/14) [6:22]
TYT | Two More Planes Down - Is Flying No Longer Safe? (07/24/14) [5:38]
Ring of FireRing of Fire | Papantonio: Rick Scott's Private Prison Cesspool (07/23/14) [3:51]
Chris Hayes - All InChris Hayes | Did a third intifada begin tonight? As the death toll continues to mount in Gaza, thousands of protesters marched from the West Bank to Jerusalem, where they clashed with Israeli security forces. (07/24/14) [14:58]
Chris Hayes | With Cruz’s criticism of the FAA’s ban on flights to Israel, he’s seizing the opportunity to show the pro-Israel GOP base that he’s their guy (07/24/14) [5:07]
Where Your Tax Dollars Go
United States owes a lot of money, with its debt equal to the size of the economy as of 2012. See the Statue of Liberty & WTC being dwarfed by the debt.
Five Banks Account For 96% Of The $250 Trillion In Outstanding US Derivative Exposure; Is Morgan Stanley Sitting On An FX Derivative Time Bomb?
Zero Hedge | Author | 09/24/11
The latest quarterly report from the Office Of the Currency Comptroller is out and as usual it presents in a crisp, clear and very much glaring format the fact that the top 4 banks in the US now account for a massively disproportionate amount of the derivative risk in the financial system. Specifically, of the $250 trillion in gross notional amount of derivative contracts outstanding (consisting of Interest Rate, FX, Equity Contracts, Commodity and CDS) among the Top 25 commercial banks (a number that swells to $333 trillion when looking at the Top 25 Bank Holding Companies), a mere 5 banks (and really 4) account for 95.9% of all derivative exposure (HSBC replaced Wells as the Top 5th bank, which at $3.9 trillion in derivative exposure is a distant place from #4 Goldman with $47.7 trillion). The top 4 banks: JPM with $78.1 trillion in exposure, Citi with $56 trillion, Bank of America with $53 trillion and Goldman with $48 trillion, account for 94.4% of total exposure. As historically has been the case, the bulk of consolidated exposure is in Interest Rate swaps ($204.6 trillion), followed by FX ($26.5TR), CDS ($15.2 trillion), and Equity and Commodity with $1.6 and $1.4 trillion, respectively. Read more