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Wednesday August 20, 2014
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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]

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 | 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]

*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

Monday August 18, 2014
News Articles

Federal Authorities Wade Deeper Into Teen's Death
WSJ | Devlin Barrett | 08/17/14

The announcement Sunday came after dozens of Federal Bureau of Investigation agents descended on the St. Louis suburb over the weekend to gather evidence as violent protests resumed following two days of relative peace.

Earlier, more than 3,000 people, including prominent civil rights leaders, gathered at a "unity rally" to call for greater protection for young black men who encounter police and greater federal intervention in the case of Michael Brown, the African-American teen killed Aug. 9 by a white police officer. ... Read more

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Lawmaker To Introduce Bill To Curb Increasing Militarization Of Police Agencies
http://washington.cbslocal.com/ | author | 08/15/14

A police officer keeps watch over demonstrators protesting the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown on Aug. 13, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo (north St. Louis)

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A giant column of Russian aid trucks is headed for Ukraine -- flanked by attack helicopters
vox.com | Max Fisher | 08/15/14

Russia is sending 280 trucks barreling toward eastern Ukraine as part of what it says is an aid convoy to help Ukrainian civilians effected by the worsening fighting there. But Ukrainian officials say they will not allow the trucks to cross into Ukraine because they believe they are a clandestine invasion force. It's not hard to see why: a few months earlier, Russia sent undercover special forces into the Ukrainian region of Crimea as the vanguard of a hostile invasion, which quickly annexed the territory.

Russia, never great at public relations abroad, is giving Ukraine reasons to worry, and not just because it is actively arming and supplying the eastern Ukrainian separatists who are causing the violence there. On Wednesday, for example, the aid convoy made a mysterious and unannounced stop at a Russian military base -- no one is sure why. Russia will not reveal the contents of the trucks. ... Read more

NAFTA Is 20 Years Old -- Here Are 20 Facts That Show How It Is Destroying The Economy
ZeroHedge | author | 08/15/14

Back in the early 1990s, the North American Free Trade Agreement was one of the hottest political issues in the country. When he was running for president in 1992, Bill Clinton promised that NAFTA would result in an increase in the number of high quality jobs for Americans that it would reduce illegal immigration. Ross Perot warned that just the opposite would happen. He warned that if NAFTA was implemented there would be a "giant sucking sound" as thousands of businesses and millions of jobs left this country. Most Americans chose to believe Bill Clinton. Well, it is 20 years later and it turns out that Perot was right and Clinton was dead wrong.

  1. More than 845,000 American workers have been officially certified for Trade Adjustment Assistance because they lost their jobs due to imports from Mexico or Canada or because their factories were relocated to those nations.
  2. Overall, it is estimated that NAFTA has cost us well over a million jobs.
  3. U.S. manufacturers pay Mexican workers just a little over a dollar an hour to do jobs that American workers used to do.
  4. The number of illegal immigrants living in the United States has more than doubled since the implementation of NAFTA.
  5. In the year before NAFTA, the U.S. had a trade surplus with Mexico and the trade deficit with Canada was only 29.6 billion dollars. Last year, the U.S. had a combined trade deficit with Mexico and Canada of 177 billion dollars.
  6. It has been estimated that the U.S. economy loses approximately 9,000 jobs for every 1 billion dollars of goods that are imported from overseas.
  7. One professor has estimated that cutting the total U.S. trade deficit in half would create 5 million more jobs in the United States.
  8. Since the auto industry bailout, approximately 70 percent of all GM vehicles have been built outside the United States. In fact, many of them are now being built in Mexico.
  9. NAFTA hasn't worked out very well for Mexico either. Since 1994, the average yearly rate of economic growth in Mexico has been less than one percent.
  10. The exporting of massive amounts of government-subsidized U.S. corn down into Mexico has destroyed more than a million Mexican jobs and has helped fuel the continual rise in the number of illegal immigrants coming north.
  11. Someone making minimum wage in Mexico today can buy 38 percent fewer consumer goods than the day before NAFTA went into effect.
  12. Overall, the United States has lost a total of more than 56,000 manufacturing facilities since 2001.
  13. Back in the 1980s, more than 20 percent of the jobs in the United States were manufacturing jobs. Today, only about 9 percent of the jobs in the United States are manufacturing jobs.
  14. We have fewer Americans working in manufacturing today than we did in 1950 even though our population has more than doubled since then.
  15. Back in 1950, more than 80 percent of all men in the United States had jobs. Today, only 65 percent of all men in the United States have jobs.
  16. As I wrote about recently, one out of every six men in their prime working years (25 to 54) do not have a job at this point.
  17. Because we have shipped millions of jobs overseas, the competition for the jobs that remain has become extremely intense and this has put downward pressure on wages. Right now, half the country makes $27,520 a year or less from their jobs.
  18. When adults cannot get decent jobs, it is often children that suffer the most. It is hard to believe, but more than one out of every five children in the United States is living in poverty in 2014.
  19. In 1994, only 27 million Americans were on food stamps. Today, more than 46 million Americans are on food stamps.
  20. According to Professor Alan Blinder of Princeton University, 40 million more U.S. jobs could be sent offshore over the next two decades if current trends continue.
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So if NAFTA is so bad for American workers, then why don't our politicians just repeal it? [6:44]
DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, August 18 [13:13]
DN | Missouri Deploys National Guard to Ferguson; Autopsy Shows Police Shot Michael Brown 6 Times (08/18/14) [6:56], Part 2 [12:19], Part 3 [12:11], Part 4 [3:01], Part 5 [7:34]
*TRNN | Nafeez Ahmed and Antonia Juhasz say that the U.S. is using the possibility of Kurdish independence as a threat against the central government in Baghdad (08/18/14) [15:49]
TRNN | IPS's Phyllis Bennis discusses: Will Iraq's New PM Differ from al-Maliki? (08/18/14) [9:33]
TRNN | Richard Falk says: "A Tragic Mistake" To Not Explore Diplomacy With Hamas (08/18/14) [16:12]
*TRNN | Aleksandr Buzgalin says that Western sanctions are fueling a new sense of nationalism and pride, but it serves the oligarchs who want a more powerful state and armed forces to pursue their "Jurassic Capitalism" economic agenda (08/18/14) [10:23]
Stephen Colbert to Replace Letterman, Conservatives Flip Out (04/14/14) [7:18]
TYT News
*TYT | Getting A Military Vehicle Is Shockingly Simple (08/15/14) [10:56] (see left column)
TYT | Russia Sends Hundreds Of Trucks To Ukrainian Border (08/15/14) [2:04]
"Russia is sending 280 trucks barreling toward eastern Ukraine as part of what it says is an aid convoy to help Ukrainian civilians effected by the worsening fighting there. But Ukrainian officials say they will not allow the trucks to cross into Ukraine because they believe they are a clandestine invasion force. It's not hard to see why: a few months earlier, Russia sent undercover special forces into the Ukrainian region of Crimea as the vanguard of a hostile invasion, which quickly annexed the territory.

Russia, never great at public relations abroad, is giving Ukraine reasons to worry, and not just because it is actively arming and supplying the eastern Ukrainian separatists who are causing the violence there. On Wednesday, for example, the aid convoy made a mysterious and unannounced stop at a Russian military base -- no one is sure why. Russia will not reveal the contents of the trucks.
TYT | Ukraine Destroys Russian Military Convoy, Open Warfare Looms (08/15/14) [7:03]
"Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Friday that Ukrainian forces had attacked and destroyed part of a column of Russian military vehicles on Ukrainian territory, a step that, if confirmed, would represent a significant escalation of hostilities between Ukraine and Russia.

Poroshenko told British Prime Minister David Cameron that "the majority" of a column of Russian military vehicles "had been destroyed by the Ukrainian artillery at night," his office said in a statement. The announcement came as NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Friday that the defense alliance had seen an "incursion" into Ukraine the previous night.

The Kremlin denied Friday that there had been a border incursion, and a Russian military spokesman said that no Russian vehicles had been destroyed."
NYTimes | For days after the death of Michael Brown, protesters faced off with the police as racially charged demonstrations gripped the streets of Ferguson, Mo. (08/15/14) [3:09]
Ring of Fire
Ring of Fire | Papantonio: Ferguson Displays New Militarized Police Culture (08/15/14) [7:22]
Shadow Government | COG
TheLipTV | Sean Stone: CIA Secret Terror & the Shadow Government with Juval Aviv (04/11/14) [44:27]
What do the CIA, Hamas, the Mossad and Iran have in common? More than you may believe. CIA secrets of drugs, terror and the Lockerbie bombing, and the web of influence that has made political enemies into brothers in business through the shadow government is shared by retired Mossad agent, Juval Aviv. We also look at what the Russian government are really doing in Ukraine, US and Chinese government interest in Malaysia Flight 370, and more on this Buzzsaw interview hosted by Sean Stone.

Guest Bio:
Juval Aviv is an Israeli-American security consultant and writer. He may be best known for his work with the Mossad, the Israeli intelligence service, and for having conducted the counter-terrorist operation as detailed by George Jonas in his novel, Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team. Since 2003, Aviv has published four books related to security, two of which address notable mysteries. He writes under the nom-de-plume of Sam Green.
Shadow Government - Alex Jones DVDs
I don't normally post Alex Jones Show or his Videos, because he has gotten to extreme in his opinions. I can see how that can happen through frustration. But, since he is on the Right and I'm on the Left I rather stick with DemocracyNow, TRNN, Ring-of-Fire, Thom Hartmann, TYT, etc. However, I do like his videos for the historical information on the NWO and also exposing Secret Societies, i.e. Freemason, Illuminati, CFR, Trilateral Commission, Bilderberg, Bohemian Grove, Skull & Bones, etc.
Invisible Empire: A New World Order Defined () [2:14:00]
Fall of the Republic () [2:24:19]
Police State 4: The Rise of FEMA () [2:20:38]
EndGame () [2:19:30]
The Obama Deception () [1:53:40]
Shadow Government - History
I found this 2hr video one of the best Histories on Secret Societies. If you are short on time, you can skip over the intro to 4:35, and if you are not particularly religious you can probably skip the ending, 2:17:00 to 2:26:14. Otherwise, the history is very well layed out.
*The New World Order- Secret Societies and Biblical Prophecy () [2:26:13]
The following video is part of the Zeitgeist Movement... this is Part 3. I particularly like the whole set of videos and will try to post them later this week. This video again reinforces the Histories on Secret Societies.
The Men Who Own and Run the U S Government (2013) [48:55]
Aaron Russo Told About 9/11 in Advance (2009) [5:12]
Reflections And Warnings - An Interview With Aaron Russo (2009) [1:35:45]

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Jason Hall Organized a Movement.
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It takes heart to live in Detroit. Locals are quick to acknowledge their city's challenges, and Jason Hall was no different. "I was feeling a bit beaten down by this city," he says. But everything changed when a friend suggested he do the simplest thing: Take a bike ride to clear his head. "I got out and started to see Detroit in a different way," he says. "On the ground level, you see the potential that exists. The city's wide open for new ideas."
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Friday August 15, 2014
News Articles

One Nation Under SWAT: The Militarization of America's Police
AlterNet | TomDispatch | 08/14/14

Amidst the outrageous police presence in Ferguson, a look at how local law enforcement is turning communities into war zones.

Think of it as a different kind of blowback. Even when you fight wars in countries thousands of miles distant, they still have an eerie way of making the long trip home. Take the latest news from Bergen County, New Jersey, one of the richest counties in the country. Its sheriff's department is getting two mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles, or MRAPs -- 15 tons of protective equipment -- for a song from the Pentagon. And there's nothing special in that. The Pentagon has handed out 600 of them for nothing since 2013, with plenty more to come. They're surplus equipment, mostly from our recent wars, and perhaps they will indeed prove handy for a sheriff fretting about insurgent IEDs (roadside bombs) in New Jersey or elsewhere in the country. When it comes to the up-armoring and militarization of America's police forces, this is completely run-of-the-mill stuff. ... Read more

Ferguson Is 60 Percent Black. Virtually All Its Cops Are White.
MotherJones | Hannah Levintova | 08/14/14

Black residents of Ferguson, Missouri, the working-class city in northern St. Louis county where an unarmed black teenager was shot dead by police officers on Saturday, say the town has been a "powder keg" of racial imbalance for decades. "They treat us like second class all the way down the line," one black resident told the LA Times. A black city alderman said the ensuing protests are "a boiling over of tensions that had been going on for a long while." Read more

Click to zoom - Ferguson, IL
War Cry of the Conservatives - Lets Cut the Budget
I love this video
Donald Rumsfeld Admits Day before 911 "2.3 TRillion Dollars Missing from DOD" () [3:57]

96 Bodies You Won't See On Billboards -- But Should
HP | Nina Bahadur | 08/13/14

Only 5 percent of women have the type of body we see on billboards and in TV commercials. The "Expose" project wants you to see the remaining 95 percent.

Blogger and activist Jes Baker teamed up with photographer Liora K to showcase women's bodies just as they are -- unfiltered, un-Photoshopped, and totally amazing. ... Read more

I think they have missed another section of the population!
DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, August 15 [8:06]
DN | Facing National Outcry, Ferguson Police Drop Military-Grade Gear as Protests Continue Over Shooting (08/15/14) [10:45]
*DN | Cops or Soldiers? Pentagon, DHS Helped Arm Police in Ferguson with Equipment Used in War (08/15/14) [7:16]
*DN | As WHO Warns Ebola Death Toll Is Underestimated, How Should Global Community Handle Dire Crisis? (08/15/14) [15:58]
*TRNN | Mr. Williams says the global elites plan to protect themselves by adapting to the threat of continuing fossil fuel use, while everyone else will suffer the consequences of climate change disasters (08/15/14) [15:19]
TRNN | Freedom of the Press in Jeopardy as Obama Goes After Times Reporter Risen (08/15/14) [7:01]
TRNN | Award winning journalists James Risen and Phil Donahue discuss the importance of grassroots movements in preserving the basic tenants of democracy at a time of unprecedented attacks on whistle-blowers and journalists. (08/15/14) [7:02]
TYT News
TYT | Over A Billion Raised By Clintons & Guess 'Who' Gave Most (08/14/14) [5:18]
Diane Rehms Show
Diane Rehm Domestic News - Friday (08/15/14) [1hr]
International News - Friday (08/15/14) [1hr]
Continuity of Government (COG) | Shadow Government
HC | Day After Disaster: Washington, D.C. gets NUKED! () [1:30:46]
The Day After (1983) American Nuclear Holocaust (1983) [2:01:47]
Peter Dale Scott 2010 "Continuity of Government" (05/09/13) [58:24]
Day Before 911
Donald Rumsfeld on 9/10/11, 2.3 Trillion Dollars Just Gone Missing from the DOD [1:48]
9/11 - Uncovering Ten Years Of Deception, Part 5 (2011) [57:56]
corbettreport | Who Was Really Behind the 9/11 Attacks? (2013) [1:00:41]
CNN | Jamie Mcintyre, CNN's senior Pentagon correspondent at the time, was at the Pentagon shortly after it was hit. Here's what he reported. () [0:58]
USAF Witness: There was "a strange lack of visible debris…moments after impact" () [4:33]
Karen Kwiatkowski, PhD, U.S. Air Force (retired) wrote that there was a lack of debris moments after impact. Kwiatkowski, who was an Air Force Lieutenant Colonel employed at the Pentagon on 9/11, was a contributor to a book titled 9/11 and American Empire Intellectuals Speak Out, in which she wrote that there was "a strange lack of visible debris on the Pentagon lawn, where I stood only moments after the impact. . . . I saw . . . no airplane metal or cargo debris."
Where was Cheney on 9/11? () [6:49]
Video contains a review of some of the reasons for questioning the official story of Flight 77, Part 1 () [10:13]
WTO Building 7
WTC 7 - BBC The Third Tower () [58:56]
The Men In Building 7 (WTC Documentary 2012) [42:09]
The most taboo subject in corporate media history, 9/11. In the Salomon Brothers Building, also known as WTC Building 7, there was an emergency bunker for the mayor and a bomb proof command center on the 23rd floor. A Case of AWOL or honesty mistakes?
Even More Stuff
9/11 Truth: Hollywood Speaks Out () [2:30:59]

Thursday August 14, 2014
News Articles

There's Another Mammoth Global Trade Agreement You've Never Heard Of
BillMoyers | Cole Stangler | 08/12/14

Most progressives are, by now, familiar with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the proposed trade deal that would link the United States with Pacific Rim powerhouses like Australia and Japan. Wonkier corners of the left are equally conversant in the intrigue of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a pact that would couple the United States and the European Union. Like-minded critics would do well by memorizing yet another trade acronym: TISA, or the Trade in Services Agreement. Judging by the stakes and the ultra-secrecy of the negotiations, it could easily be the worst of the bunch.

Here's what we know: Fifty countries, including the United States, the EU nations, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Switzerland, Taiwan and Turkey, have been in TISA talks since 2012. The resulting agreement will set the terms for almost 70 percent of global trade in "services": everything from banking and construction to telecom and tourism.>/p>

The public got its first glimpse of the treaty on June 19, when WikiLeaks published a draft of the agreement's chapter on financial services. It wasn't pretty. The text included proposals to extend new "market access" guarantees to all participating states and fresh limits on the ability of nations to "discriminate" against foreign financial firms. The section hasn't been finalized, but the leak confirmed what TISA skeptics feared: The United States and EU are leading the charge to block countries from imposing domestic regulations on the multi-trillion-dollar services industries.

"It is astounding that at a time when we are still reeling from the devastating consequences of reckless financial deregulation, our governments are negotiating further deregulation of the financial sector, solely in the interests of large financial corporations," says Daniel Bertossa, senior policy and advocacy officer at Public Services International (PSI), a global public-sector union federation based in France. .... Read more

TPP Trade Agreement
Click to zoom - Global Trade Deals
The TPP, short for Trans Pacific Partnership, is a Free Trade Agreement that is currently being pushed by the US to 10 nations of the Pacific Rim: New Zealand, Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam, Mexico and Canada. Japan has shown interest. The TPP just held it's 13th Round of Negotiations in the US, and will be holding Round 14th on September. The Trans-Pacific Partnership would create a super-treaty which would jeopardize the sovereignty of the nations involved by giving that power to large corporations like Wal-Mart, Monsanto, Goldman Sachs, Pfizer, Halliburton, Philip Morris, GE, GM, Apple.

  1. The economic power of this group is more than 40% larger than the 27- nation European Union.
  2. TPP will offshore millions of good-paying jobs to low-wage nations, undercutting working conditions globally and increasing unemployment.
  3. TPP will expand pharmaceutical monopoly protections and institute longer patents that will decrease access to affordable medications
  4. TPP will limit food GMO labeling and allow the import of goods that do not meet US safe standards.
  5. TPP will institute SOPA, PIPA, and CISPA-like regulations and Internet measures which restrict our right to free speech.
  6. TPP will roll back Wall Street regulations, and prohibit bans on risky financial services.
  7. TPP will give multinational corporations and private investors the right to sue nations in private tribunals. These tribunals have the power to overturn environmental, labor, or any other laws that limit profit, awarding taxpayer funded damages.
  8. TPP will encourage the privatization of lands and natural resources in areas where indigenous people live.
TTIP Trade Agreement
TISA Trade Agreement

Unholy Trinity on America
EcomonyInCrisi.org | Ruth Patterson | 06/27/14

... "Free trade" is uncontrolled, unrestricted access to our economy, tariff- and duty-free, for goods made in foreign lands for $4 per hour or less. We cannot compete with these wages, so our manufacturers are forced to close up, sell out or leave the country. It is the reason we have lost our manufacturing sector and languish in a state where nearly a quarter of the workforce is unemployed or underemployed. No wealthy nation can withstand a "free trade" relationship with a nation of low wages and few regulations. ...

... The first of three gargantuan "free trade" deals is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Many different countries in all kinds of states of development are being bound together with the "free trade". The deal is being negotiated in secret, and get used to that because none of these trade deals has any transparency. Most of this deal isn't even about trade. In addition to forcing open relations between us and low-wage nations, it will tighten controls over the Internet and other areas, all without Congressional involvement. ...

... The second, which started negotiations about a year ago, is the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Its trade implications are perhaps less potentially damaging than the TTP's, because it involves the U.S. and Europe, whose wages are similar to ours, but like the TPP it will principally not be about trade. Again, negotiations are secret and only Wikileaks has allowed us the little bit of knowledge that we have. ...

... Finally, there is TISA. The Trade in Services Agreement. The extent of this agreement could be the entire globe when all is said and done. This scheme is even more secret than the previous two, as it was given a top secret classification that will not expire until five years after the agreement is passed! Our leaders propose to fashion laws for us and we can't even know what they are! ... Read more

DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, August 14 [5:53]
*DN | Armed w/ Military-Grade Weapons, Ferguson, Missouri Police Crack Down on Protests Over Michael Brown Shooting (08/14/14) [7:13]
DN | Worse Than Tiananmen? 1st Anniversary of Egyptian Army Killings of 800+ Anti-Coup Protesters (08/14/14) [15:10]
DN | New Family Detention Centers Hold Immigrant Women and Children Without Bond as Asylum Claims Pend (08/14/14) [8:42]
DN | Atomic Cover-Up: The Hidden Story Behind the U.S. Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Part 1 (08/09/14) [10:18], Part 2 [seems there is a problem]
As radiation readings in Japan reach their highest levels since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant meltdowns, we look at the beginning of the atomic age. Today is the 66th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Nagasaki, which killed some 75,000 people and left another 75,000 seriously wounded. It came just three days after the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, killing around 80,000 people and injuring some 70,000. By official Japanese estimates, nearly 300,000 people died from the bombings, including those who lost their lives in the ensuing months and years from related injuries and illnesses. Other researchers estimate a much higher death toll. Democracy Now! airs an account of the 1945 atomic bombing of Nagasaki by the pilots who flew the B-29 bomber that dropped that bomb, and feature an interview with the son of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist George Weller, who was the first reporter to enter Nagasaki. He later summarized his experience with military censors who ordered his story killed, saying, "They won." Democracy Now! interviews Greg Mitchell, co-author of "Hiroshima in America: A Half Century of Denial," with Robert Jay Lifton. His latest book is "Atomic Cover-Up: Two U.S. Soldiers, Hiroshima & Nagasaki and The Greatest Movie Never Made."
TRNN | PERI Co-Director Gerald Epstein discusses how FED Vice Chair Stanley Fischer's has ignored real solutions to improve the economy, like increasing wages, ... (08/14/14) [7:59]
*TRNN | Lawrence Wilkerson: Cooperation with Iran Necessary to Thwart Islamic State in Iraq (08/14/14) [9:54]
*TRNN | Burt Wides | Systemic Corruption and 40 Years Since Nixon Resigned (08/14/14) [22:11], Part 2 [21:04]
Mr. Wides tells Paul Jay the Watergate scandal exposed a pattern of a White House above the law and paved the way to exposure of CIA assassinations plots and illegal actions.
Ring of Fire
Ring of Fire | The Corporate Death Grip on America (08/13/14) [3:15]
Chris Hayes - All In
Chris Hayes | Protesters and police clash in wake of shooting death of Michael Brow. (08/12/14) [15:34]
Chris Hayes | Chris Hayes examines the racial double-standard that still dominates American society. (08/12/14) [7:48]
Chris Hayes | Chris Hayes asks "Mrs. Doubtfire" screenwriter Randi Mayem Singer about her memories from working with the actor Robin Williams (08/12/14) [4:47]
Tiny House
Tiny house in the city- Boneyard Studios tour -Jay Austin's home [10:40]
ReasonTV | Jay Austin's Beautiful, Illegal Tiny House [10:31]
Colorado portable tiny house + Airstream-ish portable office [12:47]
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.

Wednesday August 13, 2014
News Articles

When She Talks, Banks Shudder
NYTimes | Binyamin Appelbaum | 08/09/14

... But after years of quixotic advocacy, Ms. Admati is reaching some very prominent ears. Last month, President Obama invited her and five other economists to a private lunch to discuss their ideas. She left him with a copy of "The Bankers' New Clothes: What's Wrong With Banking and What to Do About It," a 2013 book she co-authored. A few weeks later, she testified for the first time before the Senate Banking Committee. And, in a recent speech, Stanley Fischer, vice chairman of the Federal Reserve, praised her "vigorous campaign." ... Read more

Bill Moyers | Stanford finance professor Anat R. Admati talks to Bill Moyers about "too-big-to-fail" banks. (06/14) [24:34]

When Did Republicans Start Hating the Environment?
MotherJones | Chris Mooney | 08/13/14

Roughly 1991, according to a new study.

It's one of those facts that sweeps you back into an alien, almost unrecognizable era. On July 9, 1970, Republican President Richard Nixon announced to Congress his plans to create the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. By the end of that year, both agencies were a reality. Nowadays, among their other tasks, they either monitor or seek to mitigate the problem of global warming--actions that make today's Republicans, Nixon's heirs, completely livid.

To give one example of how anti-environment the right today is, just consider this ThinkProgress analysis, finding that "over 58 percent" of congressional Republicans refuse to accept the science of climate change. So what happened to the GOP, from the time of Nixon to the present, to turn an environmental leader into an environmental retrograde? According to a new study in the journal Social Science Research, the key change actually began around the year 1991--when the Soviet Union fell. "The conservative movement replaced the 'Red Scare' with a new 'Green Scare' and became increasingly hostile to environmental protection at that time," argues sociologist Aaron McCright of Michigan State University and two colleagues. ... Read more
Click to zoom - Geoengineering

Paul Singer Will Make Argentina Pay
Bloomberg | Max Abelson | 08/07/14

"He [Paul Singer]finds a country in distress, he buys its debt, he demands full payment, and he doesn't care about the economics, the poverty, the circumstances of the country," says Mark Cymrot, who represented Peru and is head of BakerHostetler's international disputes group. "From his point of view, he would say, 'What's wrong with it?' And you'd have to say he's right. But I wouldn't want to earn money that way myself." ... Read more
*TYT | Real Life Super Villains Hold Entire Country Hostage (08/12/14) [14:56]

Click to Zoom - I Love Sidewalk Art
DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, August 13 [10:19]
DN | The Rise of ISIS: US Invasion of Iraq, Foreign Backing of Syrian Rebels Helped Fuel Jihadis' Advance (08/13/14) [13:05]
*DN | Glenn Greenwald on Iraq: Is U.S. "Humanitarianism" Only Summoned to Control Oil-rich Areas? (08/13/14) [7:25], Part 2 [2:42], Part 3 [7:07]
*TRNN | Christopher Williams: Can Geo-Engineering Save the Planet?, Part 4 (08/13/14) [18:28]
Click to zoom - Geoengineering
TRNN | Meteorologist Jeff Masters discusses: Linking Extreme Weather Events to Climate Change, Part 1 (08/13/14) [6:24]
TRNN | Meteorologist Jeff Masters discusses: How the Jet Stream Affects Weather Patterns, Part 2 (08/13/14) [5:12]
WH | Freezing Weather : Polar Vortex Explained/with 3D Animation Video (6 months ago) [2:12]
John Pilger
John Pilger | The War You Don't See (2010) [1:23:06]
John Pilger | Breaking The Silence - The War On Terror [51:25]
Ring of Fire
Ring of Fire | The Koch Plan to Destroy the Economy (08/12/14) [2:26]
Ring of Fire | Time for Democrats to Fight Back (08/08/14) [5:04]
Ring of Fire | Big Banks Crippling America with Debt (08/08/14) [4:12]
TYT News
TYT | Robin Williams Is A Coward, According To Shep Smith (08/12/14) [8:23]
TYT | Protests in St. Louis After Teen Murdered By Police (08/12/14) [5:39]
TYT | Fox News Anchor Helps The Terrorists (08/12/14) [5:37]
*TYT | Real Life Super Villains Hold Entire Country Hostage (08/12/14) [14:56]
More Interesting Videos
Italian Design - Space Saving Furniture [6:00]
Talented Pianist Performs Beethoven's 'Für Elise' In Multiple Styles At Airport In Prague (08/11/14) [5:46]
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.

Tuesday August 12, 2014
News Articles

We Say Goodbye To Robin Williams at 63
USAToday | author | 08/12/14

"Robin Williams passed away this morning," said Mara Buxbaum, president of his PR firm. "He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time."

His wife, Susan Schneider, issued a brief statement: "This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken," she said. ... Read more

USAToday | Oscar-winning actor/comic Robin Williams was found dead in his California home Monday, a possible suicide, according to investigators. He was 63 (08/12/14) [3:45]

Undeniable Proof That The California Drought Is A Big Deal
HP | author | 08/11/14

With major wildfires burning six at a time, more than half of California now experiencing the most severe category of dryness and experts warning that even an El Niño year won't be enough to redeem the west in 2015, residents of California and beyond must face the terrifying reality that the drought probably isn't done breaking records -- and it's not something just farmers and firefighters have to face.

The Huffington Post asked readers to share photos through the hashtag #OurDroughtIsReal to show how the drought is affecting them in their own backyards, literally. Here are some of the heartbreaking photos and stories you shared. ... See article for a lot more photos

The Rebirth of Stakeholder Capitalism?
BillMoyers | Robert Reich | 08/12/14

... Pantagonia, a large apparel manufacturer based in Ventura, California, has organized itself as a "B-corporation." That's a for-profit company whose articles of incorporation require it to take into account the interests of workers, the community and the environment, as well as shareholders. ...

... In addition, 27 states have passed laws allowing companies to incorporate as "benefit corporations." This gives directors legal protection to consider the interests of all stakeholders rather than just the shareholders who elected them. We may be witnessing the beginning of a return to a form of capitalism that was taken for granted in America 60 years ago. ...

... What changed? In the 1980s, corporate raiders began mounting unfriendly takeovers of companies that could deliver higher returns to their shareholders -- if they abandoned their other stakeholders. The raiders figured profits would be higher if the companies fought unions, cut workers' pay or fired them, automated as many jobs as possible or moved jobs abroad, shuttered factories, abandoned their communities and squeezed their customers. ... Read more

Some pictures I ran across
Sudan is one of the world's poorest countries. It's a country whose poverty levels are lower than those of even a few third-world countries. To say that it's poor isn't even enough to fully describe the state of the country of Sudan.

The picture above shows just that. No, that's not the hand of a dead infant or child. It's the hand of a child, albeit, a thin and heavily malnourished one. The mere state of the child's body and how it's common in the country of Sudan speaks a lot about just how poor the country is.
Zoom - Sudan
Zoom - Family
DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, August 12 [9:27]
DN | History Repeating Itself? U.S. Bombing Iraq While Jockeying to Oust Leader It Once Favored (08/12/14) [11:18]
DN | As U.S. Strikes Continue in Iraq, Yazidis Still Need Safe Passage to Flee ISIS "Cleansing" Attacks (08/12/14) [7:46]
TRNN | Christopher Williams: Fracking Success Shut Down US Climate Change Policy (08/12/14) [16:39]
Mr. Williams tells Paul Jay that the fabulous profits made from fracking oil and gas took climate change off Obama agenda, and while coal emissions may be down in the US, coal exports have grown exponentially.
TRNN | Vijay Prashad: Renewed US air strikes will plunge Iraq into further chaos while the US and its allies refuse to seek a regional solution to the conflic (08/12/14) [14:04]
Banksters | Crony Capitalism | GREED
*THE FLAW takes an in-depth look at how the credit bubble hastened the economic crash that afflicted the world in the first decade of the 21st century. (2011) [1:21:00]
International award winning director David Sington tells the story of the credit bubble which caused the financial crisis and brought suffering to millions. Forsaking easy explanations of greedy bankers and incompetent regulators, this film goes to the roots of the forces which caused America and the UK to be gripped by the crazy belief that everyone could be rich and property prices would rise for ever. With a cast of bankers, borrowers, brokers and some of the best economic brains in the world, the film tells a gripping story of delusion, deceit and destruction.
60 Minutes
60 Minutes archives | The Nixon years () [26:00]
AUGUST 5, 2014, 6:26 PM | This 8/11/74 broadcast featuring Mike Wallace and Morley Safer was devoted to a retrospective of Richard Nixon's political career, his presidency and the Watergate scandal that led to his resignation.
The Dark Side of Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger: Seymour Hersh Interview (1983) [58:24]
Richard Nixon's Secrets Uncovered () [44:59]
*The Fog of War - Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (older, but good) [1:46:42]
The Trials of Henry Kissinger (old, but good) [1:19:41]
For more information on the military-industrial complex go to the following menu: "Why We Fight" by Eugene Jarecki, is a 2006 documentary film about the military-industrial complex. [1:38:41]
Thom Hartmann
Thom Hartmann | The GOP billionaire behind Argentina's crash (08/06/14) [9:22]
Thom Hartmann | The Roots of the New Cold War (08/07/14) [11:35]
*Thom Hartmann | Siberian Crater Mystery Solved. Dr. Michael Mann, Penn State University author of "The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars" (08/08/14) [12:42]
John Oliver
*HBO | Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Predatory Lending. (08/10/14) [16:32]
Payday loans put a staggering amount of Americans in debt. They prey on the elderly and military service members. They're awful, and nearly impossible to regulate. We've recruited Sarah Silverman to help spread the word about how to avoid falling into their clutches.
Diane Rehms Show
Diane Rehm The Latest on U.S. Involvement in Iraq (08/12/14) [1hr]
What's At Stake In The Scottish Independence Referendum (08/12/14) [1hr]

Monday August 11, 2014
News Articles

Lindsey Graham: If Obama Doesn't Go On Offense, Terrorists Are 'Coming Here'
HP | Amanda Terkel | 08/11/14

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) doesn't think the public has been sufficiently frightened about what is going on in the Middle East. On Sunday, he urged President Barack Obama to give a speech warning Americans that the United States faces a possible terrorist attack from Iraq or Syria. ...

... On Thursday, Obama announced that he had authorized limited airstrikes in Iraq in an effort to stop the Islamic State, a militant group currently threatening the Kurdish city of Irbil, where American officials and forces are located. The group has also driven thousands of Iraqis belonging to the minority Yazidi sect onto a barren mountain and terrorized people across the country as it seeks to establish a caliphate in Iraq and Syria. ... Read more
Fox | Sen. Lindsey Graham Says Terrorist Attack From Iraq, Syria Will Set U.S. City on Fire (08/11/14) [4:14]

Trompe l'oeil Artwork
Click to zoom - 3D Murals

3D Mural Art Of Artist Eric Grohhe
arborsci.com | author | 2011

Eric Grohe Murals LLC Working in cooperation with architects, designers, art commissions and community representatives, Eric Grohe creates mural art that transforms the environment and communities as well. He believes that his art should involve, challenge and inspire the viewer; not simply adorn, but integrate with its architectural surroundings. ... Read more
Eric Grohe website

Eye Deceiving Wall Murals by John Pugh
amusingplanet.com | author | 2011

California based artist John Pugh specializes in the art of in 'trompe l'oeil', which means 'to deceive the eye' in French. Pugh uses his skills to create huge 3D scenes on the side of buildings that fools the eye. Take for instance the wall mural painted on a wall in Los Gatos, California. It looks as if an earthquake had shaken away the walls of these buildings to reveal Egyptian architecture hidden inside. And that woman peering into the ruins? She is not real either. ... Read more
John Pugh website
John Pugh - Mana Nalu

Edgar Mueller website
Janet Shearer website
Zoom - Facade of the 39GeorgeV building
In 2007, the people of Paris were able to take in this view of the 39 George V building. While the structure was being renovated, artwork made entirely of photographs of the original building was manipulated, printed and hung on scaffolding to shelter the rehabilitation.
Zoom - René Magritte Building
Back in 2009, a new museum, dedicated to the Belgian surrealist painter René Magritte, opened in Brussels. The building that housed this famous painter's work had its facade recreated in trompe l'oeil, featuring two side of theatre curtains pleated open to reveal a giant reproduction of iconic work of Magritte: The Empire of Light (1954).
BuzzFeed | 33 Brain-Melting Works Of 3-D Sidewalk Chalk Art
DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, August 11 [9:07]
DN | Noam Chomsky on Media's "Shameful Moment" in Gaza & How a U.S. Shift Could End the Occupation (08/11/14) [11:54], Part 2 [15:30], Part 3 [19:22]
TRNN | Medical ethicist Harriet Washington explains why most pharmaceuticals companies decline to produce drugs for the developing world yet use it for clinical testing (08/11/14) [8:39], Part 2 [10:47]
Nuclear Weapons
60 Minutes | Tour a nuclear launch control center (04/27/14) [5:24]
*HBO | Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Nuclear Weapons (07/27/14) [15:21]
Inside the Making of Dr. Strangelove () [46:02]
The Trials of Henry Kissinger (old, but good) [1:19:41]
John Pilger | Year Zero - The Silent Death of Cambodia (1979) [52:13]
DN | 50 Years After U.S. Launched Secret War on Laos, Unexploded Bombs Still Killing Civilians (06/25/14) [5:56]
Watch the US Drop 2.5 Million Tons of Bombs on Laos

Friday August 08, 2014
News Articles

The "Recovery" In One Chart: When Americans Can't Even Afford To Buy McDonalds For 9 Months In A Row
magazine | author | date

It is the latter that is by far the best indicator of how the US economy is progressing when stripped of all the bullshit seasonal adjustments, rhetoric and lies from the administration which focus on what is a glowing recovery, for the 1%. ... Read more
Zoom - Americans Can't Even Afford To Buy McDonalds

Wall Street Analysts: High Inequality Makes Us Vulnerable to Crashes
Bill Moyers | Joshua Holland | 08/07/14

For many years there were some economists who argued that their discipline shouldn't worry about inequality. Economists, they said, should focus on efficiency and growth, and leave the distribution up to the political world. But a research brief released on Tuesday by the Wall Street ratings agency Standard and Poor's concludes that growth versus equality is a false choice. The authors argue that while some inequality may be desirable in a market economy -- it spurs entrepreneurship and innovation -- when those at the top take too large a share of a nation's output, they tend to bank it rather than spend it. This ultimately hurts consumer demand and slows down economic growth. They also note that "higher levels of income inequality increase political pressures, discouraging trade, investment, and hiring."

... After several decades of stagnant wages, most Americans have little or no cushion to get them through a temporary setback. According to a 2013 survey of 1,000 US households by Bankrate.com, 81 percent of American families don't have enough emergency savings to pay the bills for six months. American households compensated for flat wages first by transitioning from one-earner to two-earners -- millions of women joined the workforce. Then we started borrowing. When the recession hit, we were tapped out and deeply in debt. With no economic security -- no cushion -- we stopped spending money on anything but the essentials, and that contributed to the "output-gap" that persists to this day.. ... Read more

Wildfires Cause Nearly a Fifth of Manmade Carbon Emissions
MotherJones | Alex Park | 08/07/14

Wildfires are raging around the western United States: As of yesterday, more than 10,000 firefighters were battling 20 fires in Oregon and California. Another fire in Washington state recently grew to cover more than 8,000 acres. While the immediate consequences of the blazes are obvious -- scorched earth, destroyed homes, millions of dollars in damages -- the longer-term consequences for the climate have, until now, been poorly understood.

In a study published at the end of July in the Journal of Geophysical Research, Mark Jacobson, a Stanford University engineer, says the burning of biomass like trees, plants, and grass -- either by accident or deliberately (often to create room for agriculture) -- creates 18 percent of all human-caused carbon emissions. Worse yet, that pollution kills people: Around the world, Jacobson writes, biomass burning may account for 5-10 percent of all air pollution deaths worldwide, or about 250,000 people annually. Read more

Zoom - China's Ghost Cities
Zoom - China's Ghost Cities [2]
Zoom - China's Ghost Cities [2.5]
Zoom - China's Ghost Cities [3]
Zoom - China's Ghost Cities [4]
Zoom - China's Ghost Cities [5]
Zoom - China's Ghost Cities [6]
DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, August 08 [9:03]
*DN | As U.S. Air Strikes in Iraq Begin, Will Military Intervention Escalate Growing Crisis? (08/08/14) [15:16]
DN | Uri Avnery on Gaza Crisis, His Time in a Zionist "Terrorist" Group & Becoming a Peace Activist (08/08/14) [16:01]
PBS Frontline
*PBS Frontline | Losing Iraq (07/29/14) [1:24:10]
U.S. troops withdrew from Iraq in 2011, ending America's military commitment in the country. Now, chaos is once again engulfing Iraq. The team behind "The Lost Year in Iraq," "The Torture Question" and "Bush's War" takes a look at how we got here, what went wrong, and what happens next.
*PBS Frontline | Battle Zones: Ukraine and Syria (05/26/14) [53:41]
FRONTLINE reports from inside two raging conflicts. In "The Battle for Ukraine," filmmaker James Jones is on the ground with both sides of the conflict, Ukrainian nationalists and Russian separatists. And in "Arming the Rebels," reporter Muhammed Ali uncovers how the U.S. is secretly training Syrian rebels.
60 Minutes
*60 Minutes | Who's minding the nukes? Part 1 (07/10/14) [14:24], Part 2 (07/10/14) [11:44]
John Oliver
*HBO | Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Nuclear Weapons (07/27/14) [15:21]
*60 Minutes | China's real estate bubble (08/03/14) [12:45]
*60 Minutes | The Giving Pledge: A new club for billionaires (07/20/14) [12:35]
TRNN | Journalist Samer Badawi: Aftermath of Assault on Gaza Worse Than Operation Cast Lead (08/08/14) [11:29]
*TRNN | Greg Palast: Argentina Sues U.S. in World Court to Stop Vulture Fund Billionaire (08/08/14) [10:44]
Greg Palast: President Obama has failed to exercise his authority to stop a New York judge from ordering Argentina to pay vulture fund billionaire Paul Singer debt worth pennies on the dollar
Ring of Fire
Ring of Fire | Papantonio: Financial Collapse Right Around The Corner? (08/06/14) [8:46]
TYT News
Diane Rehms Show
Diane Rehm Domestic News - Friday (08/08/14) [1hr]
International News - Friday (08/08/14) [1hr]
Tiny House
TinyHouseBuild.com's: Couple Builds Own Tiny House on Wheels in 4 Months for $22,744.06 (2014) [28:02]
TinyHouseBuild.com's: FREE "How To Install Siding On A Tiny House" (2014) [41:39]
TinyHouseBuild.com website & DVD Course

Thursday August 07, 2014
News Articles

West African Healthcare Systems Swamped As Ebola Death Toll Tops 900
HP & Reuters | Derick Snyder | 08/06/14

Health workers in West Africa appealed on Wednesday for urgent help in controlling the world's worst Ebola outbreak as the death toll climbed to 932 and Liberia shut a major hospital where several staff were infected, including a Spanish priest.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said it would ask medical ethics experts to explore the emergency use of experimental treatments to tackle the highly contagious disease after a trial drug was given to two U.S. charity workers infected in Liberia. With West Africa's rudimentary healthcare systems swamped, 45 new deaths from Ebola were reported in the three days to Aug. 4 ... Read more

Click to zoom - Ebola Map
The situation in Gaza explained with a map by lemondefr
Webster Tarpley - Israel-Palestine-Hamas...

17 Things To Read If You're Trying To See All Sides Of The Israel-Gaza Conflict
HP | Nick Wing | 08/05/14
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7 Things to Consider Before Choosing Sides in the Middle East Conflict
HP | Ali A. Rizvi | 07/28/14
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Never ask me about peace again
al-monitor.com | Asmaa al-Ghoul | 08/04/14
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DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, August 07 [7:32]
DN | Despite Ceasefire, Humanitarian Crisis Continues in Gaza with 500,000 Displaced & 10,000 Injured (08/07/14) [4:48]
DN | "A Hideous Atrocity": Noam Chomsky on Israel's Assault on Gaza & U.S. Support for the Occupation (08/07/14) [7:44]
Arctic Emergency: Scientists Speak (08/01/14) [28:58]
TRNN | Christopher Williams: Wall Street to Planet Earth, We Don't Mind and You Don't Matter, Part 2 (08/07/14) [18:22]
TRNN | Max Blumenthal: Deputy Speaker of Israeli Knesset Calls for Expulsion and Jewish Reoccupation of Gaza (08/07/14) [17:04]
Bill Moyers
Bill Moyers | Gary May on The Long Assault on Our Voting Rights (07/12/14) [27:29]
Acclaimed historian Gary May puts the 2013 Supreme Court decision gutting the Voting Rights Act into historical perspective. "You know, sometimes, we see this story as one of Martin Luther King and Lyndon Johnson -- they get together and we have the Voting Rights Act. But, of course, it's a much larger story," May tells Bill. "It's a perfect example of the value of collective change to bring about progress in this country, people getting together and being committed and willing to risk their very lives to bring something when the country desperately needs it."
The Hollowing-Out of Government with Robert Reich (older, but interesting) [6:11]
Bill Moyers | Robert Reich: Inequality for All (older, but good) [56:46]
*Robert Reich | Inequality For All Official (trailer) (2013) [1:48]
Robert Reich | Inequality for All (full) [1:30:11]
Jon Stewart - Daily Show
Jon Stewart on Israel, Hamas cease fire We cannot be Israel's rehab sponsor and its drug dealer (08/02/14) [1:56]

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