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Tuesday July 28, 2015
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House, Senate On Collision Course Just Days Before Crucial Highway Bill Deadline
AP | Erica Werner | 07/27/15

Hours later, in a hectic late-night session, the Senate voted 64-29 to include the provision reviving the Export-Import Bank as an amendment to its version of the highway bill. The bank, a federal agency that underwrites loans to help foreign customers buy U.S. goods, expired June 30 amid conservative opposition. Supporters in the business community say the bank is necessary for U.S. competitiveness, but conservatives say it amounts to corporate welfare, and their objections pushed the vote Monday well past 10 p.m. ... Read more

5 things to know about the fight over the Export-Import Bank
AP & HP | Erica Werner | 07/28/15

The federal Export-Import Bank expired June 30 when Congress failed to renew its charter. The bank is a small federal agency that helps U.S. companies sell their products overseas, by underwriting loans to foreign customers. Conservatives oppose it as corporate welfare and are pushing for it to stay dead. But late Monday the Senate voted 64-29 to add legislation reviving the bank to a sweeping highway bill being considered on the floor. Five things to know about the Export-Import Bank and its future:

... Read more

TYT | Ted Cruz Can't Believe Mitch McConnell Would Lie (07/27/15) [8:47]

How A Chinese Farmer Lost More Than Everything Trading Stocks
ZeroHedge | author | 07/28/15

Last night, just six weeks after one Chinese farmer Liu Jianguo invested his life savings in the Chinese market, proclaiming "it's a lot easier making money from stocks than farm work," we wondered if it was time for a sequel.

A few hours later we find out that it was because as CNBC reported in its sequel, another farmer has lost it all... and more. As CNBC's Eunice Yoon reports, just a few weeks after his glorious gamble in China's manipulated market, the farmer "trader "now owes - thanks to wonders of margin calls and leverage - as much as he originally invested.

From the hope-filled exuberance of early June to Yang Cheng's utter hopelessness, "I have lost everything," after he followed the government's 'grand plan' to open the economy and encourage stock market speculation. ... Read more

China's "Manipulated" Market To Plunge Another 14%, DeMark Predicts
ZeroHedge | author | 07/28/15

Anyone tempted to gamble on buying the proverbial dip in Chinese equities after Monday's dramatic 8.5% sell-off probably shouldn't, says Tom DeMark, who called a top and shortly thereafter, a bottom in the SHCOMP back in 2013.

Even after Monday's rout, the index could fall another 14% DeMark figures, noting that "you just cannot manipulate the market."

Actually, you certainly can manipulate the market, as the Fed and the HFT crowd have vividly demonstrated, although the Chinese experience is admittedly a bit different. As we've argued repeatedly, the retail investors who have at times accounted for over three quarters of daily volume in China have now adopted a "sell the rip" mentality after watching their life savings vaporized in the space of three short weeks, which means that Beijing's plunge protection efforts are met everywhere and always with immediate selling pressure .... Read more

German Economic Council Backs Exit For "Uncooperative" Eurozone Members (07/28/15)

According To One Veteran FX Trader, "Greece Is Playing It Correctly"
ZeroHedge | author | 07/28/15

"Greece is playing it correctly. Agree to everything. Give Germany no excuse to do what they want. Get the money. This is why France, among others, want this all agreed as quickly as possible, because they know this deal is not how it will end, but an end that keeps the EUR together must be found. The Germans know it too. They also know that they have been had and it is their own fault." ... Read more

Tiny homes

Tiny Homes: Inexpensive and Cute, but Livable?
AlterNet | Katie Hyslop | 07/27/15

A small sign affixed beneath the window of Isabella Mori's tiny 186 square foot home speaks to its popularity in her Metro Vancouver trailer park. It reads: "Taking photos is fine but only from the sidewalk please."

You can understand Mori's shyness. When your living room moonlights as your front hall, kitchen, bedroom and office, having looky-loos peeking in the windows can be disconcerting. ... Read more

Micro homes on wheels marketed to young families in Terrace, B.C.
cbc.ca | author | date

Construction is underway on a project to bring micro-homes on wheels to Terrace, in Northwestern B.C. Hummingbird Micro Homes is building on a plot of land it owns just outside of the city, and hopes the development will attract small families struggling to buy or rent a home in the current market. "We're not selling the plots of land, but they are basically for families to live in their homes at a very attainable price range," said Hummingbird's Ally Blake. ... Read more

City of Terrance, BC, Canada - Housing Action Plan 2012.pdf
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, July 28 [8:12]
DN | Clinton & the Coup: Amid Protests in Honduras, Ex-President on Hillary's Role in His 2009 Ouster (07/28/15) [15:00]
DN | In Ethiopia, Obama Hails Democracy Despite Recent Election Where Ruling Party Won 100% of Seats (07/28/15) [13:04]
GOD Particle
BBC | Particle Fever: The Hunt for the Higgs Boson (05/29/15) [1:33:00]
*TRNN | Meteorologist Bob Henson discusses: Crazy Weather or Climate Change? (07/28/15) [10:40]
*TRNN | PERI Economist Bob Pollin says: Economists Join the Fight For $15! (07/28/15) [9:03]
*TRNN | PERI Economist Gerald Epstein discusses: Dodd-Frank's 5th Anniversary Passes, But Should We Celebrate? (07/28/15) [6:46]
*TYT | Your Parents Had It Better Than You (07/27/15) [6:37]
AJ+ | Cost Of Living In America Today Vs. 1980 (07/20/15) [1:25]
TYT | Meet The FOUR People Funding The Ted Cruz Campaign (07/27/15) [9:34]
TYT | Ted Cruz Can't Believe Mitch McConnell Would Lie (07/27/15) [8:47]
TYT | Man Takes Huckabee To Bible School (07/27/15) [5:40]
TYT | How Bill Cosby Rationalizes Raping Women (07/27/15) [5:26]
*RT | CrossTalk: Neocon Retreat? (07/27/15) [23:58]
RT | Keiser Report: Bankers Lives Matter (E787) (07/23/15) [25:45]
RoF | The GOP Never Should Have Let The Trump Cockroach In Their Home (07/24/15) [5:21]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/

Monday July 27, 2015
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Latest National Poll Shows Bernie Sanders Beating Scott Walker, Donald Trump, Jeb Bush
AlterNet | Zaid Jilani | 07/27/15

Of all of the arguments the Democratic establishment has thrown out against the Bernie Sanders candidacy, perhaps the most reoccurring one revolves around electability. "Sure, you agree with him," they argue, "but he can't win."

A just released CNN poll finds Sanders out-polling all of the GOP's major candidates, though pretty much tied with Jeb Bush. Here's how Sanders stacks up:

SANDERS: 48% BUSH: 47%
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Disastrous Sea Level Rise Is an Issue for Today's Public -- Not Next Millennium's
HP | Dr. James Hansen | 07/26/15

In 2005, I argued that ice sheets may be more vulnerable than the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) estimated, mainly because of effects of a warming ocean in speeding ice melt. In 2007, I wrote "Scientific Reticence and Sea Level Rise," describing and documenting a phenomenon that pressures scientists to minimize the danger of imminent sea level rise.

About then I became acquainted with remarkable studies of geologist Paul Hearty. Hearty found strong evidence for sea level rise late in the Eemian to +6-9 m (20-30 feet) relative to today. The Eemian is the prior interglacial period (~120,000 years ago), which was slightly warmer than the present interglacial period (the Holocene) in which civilization developed. Hearty also found evidence for powerful storms in the North Atlantic near the end of the Eemian period.

It seemed that an understanding of the late Eemian climate events might be helpful in assessing the climate effects of human-made global warming, as Earth is now approaching the warmth that existed then. Thus several colleagues and I initiated global climate simulations aimed at trying to understand what happened at the end of the Eemian and its relevance to climate change today. .... Read more

What Trump's Surging Popularity Says About the GOP Base
AlterNet | Conor Lynch | 07/26/15

... In a recent article by Jeffrey Tucker, however, it is argued, quite justly in my opinion, that Donald Trump, whether he knows it or not, is a fascist (or is at least acting like one). Much like Mussolini and Hitler, Trump is a demagogue dedicated to riling up the people (particularly conservatives) with race baiting, traditionalism and strongman tough talk -- and, according to polls, it's working -- for now. Tucker writes:

"Trump has tapped into it, absorbing unto his own political ambitions every conceivable resentment (race, class, sex, religion, economic) and promising a new order of things under his mighty hand." .... Read more

Bill Cosby Accusers Detail Trauma and Betrayal in Magazine
AlterNet | Jessica Glenza | 07/27/15

Thirty-five women who have accused Bill Cosby of raping them have spoken out in an explosive photo essay for New York magazine. More than 40 women have so far accused the comedian of sexual assault, but the cover story represents a sea change in how the comedian's alleged victims have been publicly perceived.

On Sunday, the magazine published excerpts of interviews with each woman for a 13-page photo essay, covering accusations they have made against the comedianand the backlash they have faced. Listen, he was America's favorite dad," said Barbara Bowman, who says she was raped as a 17-year-old actor. She made her case public in 2004, when testifying on behalf of Andrea Constand, who said she was also one of Cosby's victims. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, July 27 [10:40]
DN | Sandra Bland Laid to Rest; First Black Judge in Waller County Demands Sheriff Resign over Her Death (07/27/15) [18:50]
John Oliver
*HBO | John Oliver: Mandatory Minimums (07/26/15) [15:24]
*TRNN | James Henry says: How the Greek Shipping Industry Schemed to Win Big in the Debt Crisis , Part 1 (07/26/15) [6:57], Part 2 (07/27/15) [7:21]
TRNN | The Human Face of Greece's 'Unprecedented' Refugee Crisis. On a visit to a park in Athens that hundreds of refugees have made their home. (07/26/15) [11:14]
TRNN | Robert McChesney: Trump Cast as Perfect Ringleader of Corporate Media Circus (07/26/15) [8:13]
*TYT | Jeb Bush Claims He Wants To End Energy Subsidies (07/25/15) [5:45]
TYT | Look How Cool Tax Cuts For Billionaires Are! (07/25/15) [2:53]
TYT | Louisiana Theater Shooter Hated Liberals, Loved Hitler (07/25/15) [5:11]
*RT | CrossTalk: Watching Media (07/24/15) [24:42]
RoF | Worse Than TPP: Secret Economic Trade Deal Could Ruin Global Economy. (07/24/15) [8:43]
RoF | Ring of Fire on Free Speech TV (07/23/15 ) [28:59]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/

Thursday & Friday, July 23, 24, 2015
News Articles
TYT | Yes, Hackers Can Take Over Your Car (07/22/15) [9:24]
TYT | Fox President "Trumps" Fox Owner (07/22/15) [7:54]
TYT | Same Old Warmongering, Pretty New Face (07/22/15) [9:10]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
Netflix by Genres
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, July 23 [6:56]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, July 24 [8:25]
TRNN | Max Blumenthal talks about his new film "Je Ne Suis Pas Charlie" on Islamophobia & anti-Semitism in France (07/23/15) [28:49]
The Movie "Je ne suis pas Charlie" (full) (new) [53:53]
TRNN | Leo Panitch: GREECE, SYRIZA's Stability Rocked by New Memorandum, Part 3 (07/23/15) [11:06]
Whistleblower Reveals Keystone Pipeline Company TransCanada's Corrupt Practises (07/22/15) [8:16]
Evan Vokes, a former materials engineer at TransCanada Corporation and a pipeline safety advocate, blew the whistle on TransCanada's poor safety record and practices. He is warning Canadians about the danger posed by the Energy East pipeline proposal which includes re-purposing an antiquated gas pipeline for shipping raw bitumen from the Alberta tar sands to Quebec were it will connect with another pipeline to the Bay of Fundy. Energy Easy is another export pipeline designed to export raw diluted bitumen to foreign markets. The Council of Canadians opposes this new 1.1 million barrel/day pipeline.

Wednesday July 22, 2015
News Articles

Former Top NASA Scientist Predicts Catastrophic Rise In Sea Levels
HP | Kate Sheppard | 07/21/15

One of the nation's most recognizable names in climate science, Dr. James Hansen, released a new paper this week warning that even 2 degrees Celsius of global warming may be "highly dangerous" for humanity. The paper, which will be published online in the European Geosciences Union journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussion later this week, projects sea levels rising as much as 10 feet in the next 50 years.

Hansen and 16 co-authors drafted the paper as a message to policymakers that current greenhouse-gas reduction goals are not strong enough. World leaders have committed to limiting average warming to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), a goal articulated in the Copenhagen Accord in 2009 and reiterated by G7 leaders in June. ... Read more

Elizabeth Warren Nails GOP Financial Exec
HP | Zach Carter | 07/21/15

When a financial executive refuses to answer basic questions about personal finance, you know he's in trouble. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Tuesday embarrassed Primerica President Peter Schneider, who Senate Republicans had invited to testify against a new regulation designed to protect retirement savings from dodgy investment managers. The Obama administration estimates that Americans lose $17 billion a year from investment professionals who manage retirement accounts by prioritizing their own financial interests over those of their clients. It has proposed a simple solution: making that illegal. ... Read more
VIDEO | Elizabeth Warren Nails GOP Financial Exec (07/21/15) [5:40]

President Obama Says "Goodbye" to Jon Stewart in Final Daily Show Apperance
AlterNet | Adam Johnson | 07/22/15

Two titans of the establishment left facing their twilight, President Obama and Daily Show Host Jon Stewart, sat down on Tuesday night for an extended interview on topics ranging from ISIS to the media to Iran to the crumbling VA system.

It was a relatively friendly interview, with Stewart asking open-ended questions and more or less letting the President take the floor. The one exception would be when Stewart addressed the failures of veteran care in recent years. ... Read more

China, Coal. Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid.
AlterNet | James West | 07/05/15

Our Climate Desk partners at The Guardian have published a beautiful -- and terrifying -- multimedia story from deep inside China's coal belt. It's the third installment in the paper's ongoing "carbon bombs" series: investigations into giant fossil fuel projects from around the world that are super-charging global warming, or that have the potential to do so. Today's deep-dive into China's ravenous use of coal is eye-opening not only because it explores the long-lasting impact of burning coal on the nation's health, but also because it illustrates the country's outsized impact on global climate change through coal-related emissions. Here are some highlights from the Guardian story (which you should also check out for the gorgeous video and graphics): ... Read more
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Cheese Fries Recipes For The Ages
HP | author | 07/21/15

Okay, in all fairness, these are not so much recipes as serving suggestions. They all include fries of varying shape and composition, topped with melty cheese of various type and consistency. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, July 22 [11:59]
Jon Stewart
*Jon Stewart | The Daily Show: Barack Obama Extended Interview (07/21/15) [19:23]
*TRNN | Five Years Later, Dodd-Frank is on the Chopping Block (07/22/15) [3:19]
TRNN | The Laura Flanders Show: Andrew Cockburn: Modern War (07/22/15) [25:56]
TRNN | CEPR Economist Mark Weisbrot discusses: What's the U.S. Role In the Greek Crisis? (07/22/15) [8:28]
*TYT | Donald Trump's Poll Numbers DOUBLE Jeb Bush's (07/21/15) [11:42]
TYT | Trump Gives Out Lindsey Graham's Cell Number (07/21/15) [7:07]
TYT | Rush Limbaugh: Donald Trump Should Never Apologize (07/21/15) [3:20]
TYT | U.S. Gives Missiles To Israel After Iran Deal (07/21/15) [1:58]
RoF | Worse Than TPP: Secret Economic Trade Deal Could Ruin Global Economy (07/21/15) [8:42]
If you think the TPP will be a disaster for the American economy, just wait until you hear about the Trade in Services Agreement. This so-called economic free trade agreement has been negotiated for the last few years in complete secrecy, but thanks to Wikileaks, we've finally seen what our government has been hiding from us.
RoF | Iran Deal Exposes GOP Foreign Policy Idiocy (07/21/15) [3:41]
RoF | Ring of Fire (full) (07/21/15) [29:00]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/

Tuesday July 21, 2015
News Articles

Economists Troll Germany, Telling It To Leave The Euro First
HP | Daniel Marans| 07/20/15

The possibility of a "Grexit" -- or Greek exit from the eurozone -- has dominated headlines in recent months, as round-the-clock negotiations between Greece and its international creditors over a new bailout deal shed doubt on Greece's future in the monetary union. Many eurozone leaders, particularly in Germany, welcomed the prospect.

But some economists say proponents of a "Grexit" have it all wrong: If one country should leave the eurozone, they argue, it is Germany. These economists' basic premise is that Europe's depressed economies, which include not just Greece, but Spain, Portugal, Ireland and Italy, would benefit tremendously from a cheaper currency. ... Read more

First Half Of 2015 Was Hottest Ever Recorded
AP & HP | Seth Borenstein | 07/20/15

Earth dialed the heat up in June, smashing warm temperature records for both the month and the first half of the year. Off-the-charts heat is "getting to be a monthly thing," said Jessica Blunden, a climate scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. June was the fourth month of 2015 that set a record, she said. "There is almost no way that 2015 isn't going to be the warmest on record," she added.

NOAA calculated that the world's average temperature in June hit 61.48 degrees Fahrenheit (16.33 Celsius), breaking the old record set last year by 0.22 degrees (.12 degrees Celsius). Usually temperature records are broken by one or two one-hundredths of a degree, not nearly a quarter of a degree, Blunden said. ... Read more
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'Black Lives Matter' protesters flummox O'Malley, Sanders
politico.com | Daniel Strauss | 07/19/15

When Martin O'Malley and Bernie Sanders took the stage at Saturday's Netroots Nation forum here in Arizona, things didn't go exactly as planned. Both Democratic presidential candidates were supposed to sit down with activist and journalist Jose Antonio Vargas to talk about immigration. Instead, they got shouted down. ... Read more

Warren Buffett & Johnny Depp Snap Up "Cheap" Greek Islands
ZeroHedge | author | 07/21/15

On Monday, we brought you a day in the life of a Greek realtor. Courtesy of Bloomberg, we got a first-hand account of what it's like in the Athens real estate market now that the Greek economy has collapsed. "For the last 15 days," the Athenian realtor featured in the video says, "the market has been really dead." ... Read more

5 delicious slow-cooker dishes under 500 calories (even sticky buns!)
today.com | Tracy Saelinger | current

5-ingredient chicken recipes for your slow cooker

For all the convenience of slow-cooker meals, we often pay for them with fat and calories--the recipes always seem to be loaded with cheese and starch. But slow-cooker dishes under 500 calories do exist. We even found a dessert (that could double as breakfast) to boot. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, July 21 [6:57]
DN | Danny Glover and Medea Benjamin on Assata, Guantanamo and Trade as Cuban Flag Rises in Washington (07/20/15) [17:39]
Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart | Jon Stewart Wonders 'What The F**k Is Wrong' With Donald Trump. (07/21/15) [9:57]
TRNN | Lawrence Wilkerson: discusses what he sees as positives and potential negatives in the new Cuban/North American relations (07/21/15) [8:30]
TRNN | Author and analyst Phyllis Bennis says: Victory of Diplomacy Over War in Iran Deal? (07/21/15) [7:28]
TRNN | Leo Panitch: GREECE, SYRIZA's Stability Rocked by New Memorandum, Part 2 (07/21/15) [16:26]
TYT | Are All Muslims Responsible For Terrorism? (07/20/15) [5:09]
TYT | Protestors Disrupt Bernie Sanders Netroots Nation Speech (07/20/15) [12:45]
TYT | Donald Trump Mocks John McCain AGAIN! (07/20/15) [14:33]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/

Monday July 20, 2015
News Articles

Europe Backs Iran Deal, Hopes To Send A Signal To U.S. Congress
Reuters & HP | author | 07/20/15

The European Union approved the Iran nuclear deal with world powers on Monday, a first step towards lifting Europe's economic sanctions against Tehran that the bloc hopes will send a signal that the U.S. Congress will follow.

In a message mainly aimed at skeptical voices in the U.S. Congress and strong resistance from Israel, EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels stressed that there was no better option available. "It is a balanced deal that means Iran won't get an atomic bomb," said French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius. "It is a major political deal." ... Read more

Bernie Sanders Takes His Populism to the Red States and Draws Huge Crowd
AlterNet | Zaid Jilani | 07/19/15

Today, Sanders took his Southwestern tour to Dallas and Houston. In Dallas, he spoke to nearly 10,000 people. The senator condemned the Democratic Party's political strategy in the South, saying that it has "conceded half of the states in the national level." He said that when "childhood poverty in Texas is 27 percent, we've gotta take it on. When 34 percent of people living in Texas have no health insurance, we've gotta take it on." ... Read more

California Drinking Water: Not Just Vanishing, But Also Widely Contaminated
MotherJones | Tom Philpott | 07/20/15

In normal years, California residents get about 30 percent of their drinking water from underground aquifers. And in droughts like the current one -- with sources like snowmelt from the Sierra Nevada mountains virtually non-existent -- groundwater supplies two-thirds of our most populous state's water needs. So it's sobering news that about 20 percent of the groundwater that Californians rely on to keep their taps flowing carries high concentrations of contaminants like arsenic, uranium, and nitrate.

That's the conclusion of a ten-year US Geological Survey study of 11,000 public-water wells across the state. The researchers tested the wells for a variety of contaminants, looking for levels above thresholds set by the Environmental Protection Agency and/or the California State Water Resources Board. ... Read more

More News
  1. IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL, REVIEWED Congress officially received the deal today, marking the start of a 60-day review period. Secretary of State John Kerry said there was no viable alternative to the deal, as the pitch process begins around the world for the historic agreement. [Reuters]
  2. GREEK BANKS REOPEN "Greeks woke up Monday morning to a new era: banks were finally open after being closed down for three weeks but new taxes meant coffee, tea and even condoms all cost more." [AP]
  3. TRUMP REFUSES TO APOLOGIZE TO MCCAIN After criticizing Sen. John McCain's time as a prisoner of war, Republican 2016 candidate Donald Trump has refused to back down amid mass outcry. Here's a reminder of what Trump was doing while McCain was a POW. [Paul Blumenthal, HuffPost]
  4. DODD-FRANK, FIVE YEARS LATER Christopher Dodd and Barney Frank take a look back at the banking regulatory reform five years on. [WSJ]
  5. UBER AND DE BLASIO GO HEAD TO HEAD New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to put a cap on the number of drivers Uber has in the Big Apple. To sell his controversial decision, he's trying to turn Uber into the next NRA. [BuzzFeed]
  6. U.S.-CUBA RESTORE FULL DIPLOMATIC TIES The new era in Cuba relations began at midnight. [AP]
  7. ON THE HIGH SEAS, FOOTAGE OF A MURDER DOESN'T HOLD WATER "Despite dozens of witnesses on at least four ships, those killings remain a mystery. No one even reported the incident -- there is no requirement to do so under maritime law nor any clear method for mariners, who move from port to port, to volunteer what they know." [NYT]
  8. RANKING THE GOP FIELD, WITHOUT YOU-KNOW-WHO Evaluating where the rest of the GOP crop of candidates stand minus He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. [HuffPost]
  9. RUSSIAN TOWN NEAR UKRAINE BORDER ALIVE WITH MILITARY ACTIVITY "A year after the war started in southeastern Ukraine, the Russian military has largely abandoned efforts to disguise its activities along the border with Ukraine. The tiny village of Golovinka, an hour or so's drive off the main highway on rutted dirt roads, has been transformed lately into a hive of military activity. The once-quiet military base nearby, Kuzminka, is teeming with soldiers and heavy weapons." [NYT]
Daniel Hopsicker - MadCowProd.com website
Daniel Hopsicker is an American television producer , investigative journalist , author and documentary maker .

Hopsicker concerned in recent years with the involvement of American intelligence agencies and government officials in the drug trafficking . His book Barry & 'the Boys': The CIA , the Mob and America's Secret History is considered the best funded investigation into during the Iran-Contra affair became known and shortly afterwards murdered drug dealer Barry Seal .

After the attacks of 11 September 2001 he began research on the previous stays the assassin in Venice , Florida . His findings about the background of the terrorist-flight school Huffman Aviation , owned by Rudy Dekkers and the amazing lives of the assassins in Florida he worked in 2003 in his documentary Mohammed Atta and the Venice Flying Circus and in the book Welcome to terrorist country. Mohammed Atta and his American assistant.
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Daniel Hopsicker Documentaries
  1. Mohamed Atta & the Venice Flying Circus
  2. The Big Fix 2000 - Who own America's elections?
  3. In Search of the American Drug Lords - The CIA and The Mob
  4. Secret Heartbeat of America - The CIA and Drugs

MC | Welcome To Terrorland: 9/11, Mohamed Atta and the Venice Flying Circus () [1:02:13]
Three of the four terrorist pilots connected with the 9/11 tragedy learned to fly airplanes in the tiny town of Venice, Florida, a sleepy retirement community with the second oldest population of any city in the entire United States. They attended flight schools owned by two Dutch nationals, one of whom has Mob ties.
Mohammed Atta's Girlfriend Amanda Keller () [9:58]
You heard the official story that the so-called ringleader of 9/11, Mohammed Atta, was a devout Muslim fanatic. Well, the truth could not be further from that story. Daniel Hopsicker found out about Mohammed Atta's girlfriend, Amanda Keller, and interviewed her. The story that she tells is completely different than what the US media has been telling us. The more we learn about Atta, the more we realize that he was a CIA assett that was set up as the patsy for the 9/11 operations.
Secret Heartbeat of America (1997) [1:46:55]
This is an amazing documentary about the railroad deaths of two boys which leads a crusading mother to discover the largest cocaine drug ring in American history. And guess what? The ring is owned and maintained by the CIA!
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, July 20 [10:04]
DN | Special Broadcast from Opening of Cuban Embassy in Washington as U.S.-Cuban Diplomatic Ties Restored (07/20/15) [27:24]
John Oliver
HBO | John Oliver: Food Waste (07/19/15) [17:49]
*TRNN | Leo Panitch interviewed: SYRIZA's Stability Rocked by New Memorandum, Part 1 (07/20/15) [8:37]
TRNN | Dimitri Lascaris, Minister of Education Aristides Baltas of Greece explains: SYRIZA Forced to Choose Disorderly Grexit or Terrible Deal (07/20/15) [30:44]
*TRNN | China Bails Out Stock Market with $209 Billion Stimulus, But Who's Getting Saved? (07/20/15) [6:22]
TYT | Whataburger Bans Open Carry (07/19/15) [9:15]
TYT | The Real Reason Critics Hate The Iran Nuclear Deal (07/18/15) [4:06]
TYT | Trump: John McCain Is A Dummy & Rick Perry Needs IQ Test (07/18/15) [4:07]
RT | CrossTalk: Iran - Game Changer? (07/20/15) [24:45]
RT | Keiser Report: 'Lazy, Crazy' Days of Summer (E785) (07/18/15) [24:41]
RoF | Ring of Fire (full) (07/16/15) [29:00]
RoF | To Win 2016, Democrats MUST Listen To The People (07/18/15) [2:55]
RoF | Democratic Primary: Big Money VS The People (07/18/15) [5:27]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/

Friday July 17, 2015
News Articles

America's stock market is shrinking
money.cnn.com | author | 07/09/15

The number of publicly listed U.S. stocks peaked at a record 7,562 during McGwire's record-setting summer of 1998, according to the Wilshire 5000 Total Market Index. Today, there are just 3,812.

This isn't a trivial problem that only matters to bankers on Wall Street. Not only do investors have fewer options to invest in, but it directly impacts American jobs. "We're shrinking the stock market. Unless we figure out how to create a lot more startups and a lot more IPOs, the economy is going to continue to generate jobs at lower rates than it should," said David Weild, former vice chairman at Nasdaq who has testified in Congress about capital markets. ... Read more
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The Climate Deception Dossiers
ucsusa.org | author | 07/09/15

For nearly three decades, many of the world's largest fossil fuel companies have knowingly worked to deceive the public about the realities and risks of climate change.

Their deceptive tactics are now highlighted in this set of seven "deception dossiers" -- collections of internal company and trade association documents that have either been leaked to the public, come to light through lawsuits, or been disclosed through Freedom of Information (FOIA) requests. ... Read more

The Climate Deception Dossiers: Internal Fossil Fuel Industry Memos Reveal Decades of Corporate Disinformation.pdf

As early as 1977, representatives from major fossil fuel companies attended dozens of congressional hearings in which the contribution of carbon emissions to the greenhouse effect was discussed. By 1981 at least one company (Exxon) was already considering the climate implications of a large fossil fuel extraction project.

In 1988, the issue moved beyond the scientific community and onto the national stage. James Hansen, a leading NASA climate scientist, testified before Congress that scientific data had confirmed that industrial activities were causing climate change. It was also in 1988 that the United Nations formed the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the U.S. Congress introduced the National Energy Policy Act in an effort to reduce emissions of heat-trapping gases.

UMich Consumer Sentiment Drops, Misses By Most Since 2006
ZeroHedge | author | 07/17/15

Since January's exuberant peak, UMich consumer sentiment has drifted lower. Expectations for July's preliminary data was 96.0 but the 93.3 print is the biggest miss since 2006. Both current and future "hope" conditions dropped markedlywith details showing American sless certain about retirement, less confident about income growth outpacing inflation, and businesses considerably less confident. ... Read more

Trump's Racist Attacks Fire Up the Base and Push Him to Top of GOP 2016 Field
AlterNet | Steven Rosenfeld | 07/15/15

National and regional polls -- by the Washington Post/ABC, USA Today/ Suffolk University, Monmouth University and Public Policy Polling -- find Trump's rise has followed his attacks on undocumented immigrants, especially from Mexico, as he's called for tigher border controls.

“Mexico—they’re taking our jobs. They’re taking our manufacturing. They’re taking our money. They’re killing us at the border,” he said at a rally in Pheonix, Arizona, last weekend to a nearly all-white audience. “We’ll take our country back.” ... Read more

*Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, July 17 [6:14]
DN | Mass Graves of Immigrants Found in Texas, But State Says No Laws Were Broken (07/16/15) [14:17]
DN | Mass Shootings on the Rise: 4 Marines Killed in Tennessee While Aurora Theater Gunman Found Guilty (07/17/15) [7:51]
ALEC - American Legislative Exchange Council
*ALEC - The American Legislative Exchange Council () [5:00]
*TRNN | Nancy Cole discusses: The "Real" Climate Hoax Is Not The One Claimed By Big Business (07/16/15) [7:29]
The industrial revolution may have been initiated more than 250 years ago, but more than 50 percent of all industrial carbon emissions have been released into the atmosphere just since 1988. And according to a new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists, for nearly three decades many of the world's largest fossil fuel companies have knowingly worked to deceive the public about the realities and risks of climate change.
*TYT | Banksters Light Greek Powder Keg (07/16/15) [5:25]
TYT | Terrorist Murders Unarmed Marines At Their Desk Jobs (07/16/15) [10:35]
RT | CrossTalk: Remembering MH17 (07/17/15) [25:00]
*RT | America's Shrinking Stock Market (E784) (07/16/15) [25:45]
In this episode of the Keiser Report Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss when the last ear and the last eye accessible to the sound of the closing bell and the last printing of the ticker will mean the US empire ceases to be as the stock market shrinks along with political, moral and cultural space. In the second half Max interviews Peter Kirby of Factom.org about scalable data layers on the blockchain keeping data honest. They also discuss securing that data with a single hash and crowdfunding with factoids.
ROF | The Simple Solution to Stop Bloodsucking Bankers (07/16/15) [4:34]
The Fight for the Future of Democrats Is Just Getting Started (07/16/15) [9:58]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/

Thursday July 16, 2015
News Articles

Greece Lawmakers Approve Bailout Proposal
AP & HP | author | 07/15/15

Parliament agrees that while more austerity is bad, leaving the euro would be even worse.

Greek lawmakers voted overwhelmingly early Thursday to approve a harsh austerity bill demanded by bailout creditors, despite significant dissent from members of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' own left-wing party.

The bill, which imposes sweeping tax hikes and spending cuts, fueled anger in the governing Syriza party and led to a revolt against Tsipras, who has insisted the deal forged after a marathon weekend eurozone summit was the best he could do to prevent Greece from catastrophically crashing out of the euro, Europe's joint currency. ... Read more

How The ECB Took Over Greek Banks, In One Chart
ZeroHedge | author | 07/16/15

Earlier this week, when we reported that as part of the just passed latest Greek austerity package which open the way for the third Greek bailout, "one of the preconditions imposed on Greece for a deal is that it signs into law European rules that would put euro zone authorities at the ECB and in Brussels, rather than Athens, in charge of identifying and closing or breaking up sick banks."

As Reuters added, "this in turn could lead to a shake-up of the sector that could see some banks close, with losses pushed onto bondholders and possibly even large depositors. In such circumstances, there would be little that Athens could do to prevent this." ... Read more

I Attended an ALEC Conference -- and Found an Alternative Universe
BillMoyers | Chris Taylor | older

ALEC's guiding principle -- supporting big business -- turns the small-c conservative ideal of individual liberty and local control on its head. As Utah Sen. Howard Stephenson stated to an Education subcommittee, "We need to stomp out local control." School boards and city councils take away liberties quicker than the federal government, he insisted. Local governing entities can be a roadblock to the ALEC agenda, so their power needs to be preempted and removed.

And, there are the economics of the ALEC otherworld. I chuckled at the scorn directed at Minnesota, where, Rep. Garafalo remarked, "the inmates are running the asylum." Minnesota raised taxes on the rich and invested the resulting revenue in public schools, including all-day kindergarten. In "Rich States, Poor States" -- an ALEC publication that ranks states in terms of a 2013 State Economic Outlook -- Minnesota ranks 46th, Wisconsin 15th and Mississippi 10th. Yet in 2012 Minnesota had one of the fastest growing economies in the nation, and currently has higher median incomes and lower unemployment and poverty rates than both Wisconsin and Mississippi (where a whopping 17.5 percent of families have incomes below the poverty level). The Bureau of Labor Statistics puts Minnesota near the top of private sector job growth in the Midwest, while Wisconsin lags near the bottom. In the ALEC otherworld, actual economics do not count. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, July 16 [11:37]
*DN | Former Iran Ambassador: Nuclear Deal is Model for Closing Path to Militarization and Weaponization (07/16/15) [22:54]
*DN | Protests Erupt Outside of Greek Parliament as It Approves Harsh Austerity Measures in Bailout Deal (07/16/15) [6:01]
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The 2 Euro T-Shirt - A Social Experiment (went viral) (04/23/15) [1:44]
John Oliver | Bill Moyers | & ALEC
HBO | John Oliver: State Legislatures and ALEC (older, but good 11/04/14) [17:17]
Bill Moyers | United States of ALEC () [31:54]
TRNN | Protests Erupt in Athens As Greece Approves Eurozone Bailout (07/15/15) [6:27]
*TRNN | A Fury Rising as Greek Parliament Votes to Accept Eurozone Agreement (07/16/15) [14:22]
TRNN | Hillary Clinton's economic plan sounds tough on Wall Street, but PERI economist Gerald Epstein says it's nothing more than political theater (07/16/15) [2:26] *TYT | Jeb Bush On Donald Trump's Fear Mongering (07/15/15) [7:19]
TYT | Will Obama Be Remembered As A Great President? (07/15/15) [3:51]
RT | Keiser Report: Lethal Bloodlettings for Greece (E783) (07/14/15) [25:03]
It's Time to Start Singling Out The Worst GOP Warhawks (04/15/15) [2:40]
Exxon Pays Big Bucks To Cover Up Climate Change (07/15/15) [2:59]
Republican Governors Fulfill Billionaire Wishlist (ALEC=American Legislative Exchange Council) (07/15/15) [8:28]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
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Wednesday July 15, 2015
News Articles

Why the Iran Deal Makes Obama's Critics So Angry
TheAtlantic | Peter Beinart | 07/14/15

"Mankind faces a crossroads," declared Woody Allen. "One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly." The point is simple: In life, what matters most isn't how a decision compares to your ideal outcome. It's how it compares to the alternative at hand.

The same is true for the Iran deal, announced Tuesday between Iran and six world powers. As Congress begins debating the agreement, its opponents have three real alternatives. The first is to kill the deal, and the interim agreement that preceded it, and do nothing else, which means few restraints on Iran's nuclear program. The second is war. But top American and Israeli officials have warned that military action against Iranian nuclear facilities could ignite a catastrophic regional conflict and would be ineffective, if not counterproductive, in delaying Iran's path to the bomb. ... Read more

Benjamin Netanyahu Doesn't Need To Read The Iran Deal To Know He Hates It
HP | Jessica Schulberg | 07/14/15

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared the historic nuclear agreement reached between Iran, the U.S., and five other world powers on Tuesday to be a catastrophe. Netanyahu's judgment of the 159-page agreement came before the public release of the text of the deal. He blamed the nuclear agreement on the willingness of the negotiators to reach a deal "at any cost," a thinly veiled criticism of President Barack Obama, whom the Israeli premier has long sparred with on the topic of Iran's nuclear program. ... Read more

Atticus Tops Popular Baby Names List of 2015

Italy -- Non-Performing Loans Hit A New Record High
ZeroHedge | author | 07/15/15

The real danger to the euro area probably doesn't emanate from Greece, but from two of its heavyweights, namely France and Italy. If one thinks things properly through, Greece is really a side-show. The euro zone remains full of accidents waiting to happen and some of them have the potential to become truly gigantic accidents. ... Read more

Recession Watch - Industrial Output Growth Plunges To 5 Year Lows
ZeroHedge | author | 07/15/15

Industrial Production rose just 1.54% YoY, the weakest growth since Feb 2010 and flashing a major recessionary red light. Utilities were the biggest contributor, as Manufacturing output ended June unchanged (against expectations of a modest 0.1% rise), missing for the 2nd month in a row. Notably vehicle production tumbled 5.5% MoM. Not exactly the end to Q2 that GDP hockey-stick'rs will be wanting. ... Read more
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William Rivers Pitt | What I Think of George W. Bush
Truth-Out.org | William Rivers Pitt | 07/14/15

I ran accross this article, and with it this video... I don't know if I should laugh or cry. ... Read more

FNN | Interview with George W. Bush & Bill Clinton at the Presidential Leadership Scholars Graduation (07/09/15) [35:39]

The Truth About Extended Auto Warranties
Car Guru | author | 07/15/15

Most of us know the feeling. Your car is no longer under factory warranty and you hear or feel something unusual in your car. The first thought that races through your head is your bank account balance going down. The second is finding a reputable repair shop and how long you'll be without a car. ... Read more
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Car Guru Carchex - Extended Vehicle Protection QUOTE

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, July 15 [7:08]
*DN | Strange Bedfellows: Why Are the Koch Brothers & Van Jones Teaming Up to End Mass Incarceration? (07/15/15) [11:41]
This week President Obama has launched a major push to reform the country's criminal justice system. On Monday, he granted clemency to 46 men and women facing extreme sentences -- in some cases life in prison -- for nonviolent drug offenses. Tomorrow he is set to become the first sitting president to visit a federal prison. On Tuesday, Obama described what he called a "broken system" in an address at the NAACP's annual convention. "US is home to 5% of the worlds population, but 25% of the worlds prisioners". "We keep more people behind bars than 35 European countries combined". During his speech, Obama praised the "unlikely bedfellows" campaigning together for criminal justice reform from the left and right, including the Koch Brothers and Van Jones.
DN | PETA: SeaWorld Employee Infiltrated Animal Rights Group, Called for Grabbing "Pitchforks & Torches" (07/15/15) [12:29]
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has accused the popular animal theme park SeaWorld of infiltrating its organization by sending an employee on an undercover mission posing as an animal rights activist. According to PETA, the SeaWorld employee took part in numerous PETA protests against SeaWorld, including one at the 2014 Rose Parade in Pasadena when he was arrested along with other activists. One photo posted on Twitter showed him inside a police van along with other arrested activists. PETA activists knew the man as Thomas Jones, but his real name was Paul McComb. Unlike the other activists arrested that day, he was released without charge. His name never appeared on an arrest sheet. According to PETA, McComb also repeatedly used social media in an effort to incite other activists, stating that it's time to "grab pitchforks and torches" and time to burn SeaWorld to the ground.
*TRNN | Larry Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell, says the nuclear accord will lead to greater U.S.-Iranian cooperation over Mideast policy (07/14/15) [9:55]
*TRNN | Former IAEA Inspector Robert Kelley: Agreement Effectively Ends Iranian Breakout Capacity (07/14/15) [13:22]
*TRNN | How Tax Dodging Put Puerto Rico on the Road to Debt (07/14/15) [6:44]
*TRNN | Iran Signs Historic Nuke Deal (07/14/15) [15:30]
*TYT | Right Wing Politicians Furious Over Iran Nuke Deal (07/14/15) [17:00]
TYT | Counter Jade Helm 15 Operation Proves Existence Of White Privilege (07/14/15) [3:33]
TYT | Geraldo To Eric Bowling: I'd Knock You Out Right Now! (07/14/15) [4:42]
*RT | CrossTalk: Kiev's Contradictions (07/15/15) [23:54]
*Bernie Sanders Brings Honesty and Compassion To Campaign Trail (07/14/15) [9:52]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
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Tuesday July 14, 2015
News Articles

Here's How the Iran Nuclear Deal Is Supposed to Work
MotherJones | Kevin Drum | 07/14/15

Apparently this is Let's Make a Deal week. First the Greeks, now the Iranians. The deal with Iran restricts their supply of uranium, cuts down the number of centrifuges they can run, forces them to account for past activity, and puts in place strict verification measures. So when does it take effect: Here's the Washington Post:

The agreement will not take effect until Iran is certified to have met its terms -- something Iran says will happen in a matter of weeks but that Western diplomats have said could take at least until the end of the year. Hmmm. That's not necessarily a good start. So when will sanctions be lifted? ... Read more

Walker: Iran Deal One Of America's 'Worst Diplomatic Failures'
The New Pearl Harbor Revisited: 9/11, the Cover-Up, and the Expose by David Ray Griffin

In 2004, David Ray Griffin published The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions about the Bush Administration and 9/11. Translated into several languages, it helped spark a worldwide movement demanding "9/11 truth." Even as it became increasingly outdated, it continued to be widely cited as the best introduction to the issues.

Griffin has now written The New Pearl Harbor Revisited, which provides a chapter-by-chapter updating of the information provided in that earlier book. It shows that the case against the official account constructed by independent researchers---who now include architects, engineers, physicists, pilots, politicians, and former military officers---is far stronger than it was in 2004, leaving no doubt that 9/11 was a false-flag operation, designed to give the Bush-Cheney administration a pretext to attack oil-rich Muslim nations.

Taken together, these two books provide everything one needs to make an informed decision about 9/11---whether one is a journalist, a political leader, a religious leader, or an ordinary citizen concerned about truth, democracy, and the rule of law.

SEC: Government Destroyed Documents Regarding Pre-9/11 Put Options
washingtonsblog.com | author | 06/15/10

Sources tell CBS News that the afternoon before the attack, alarm bells were sounding over unusual trading in the U.S. stock options market. An extraordinary number of trades were betting that American Airlines stock price would fall.

The trades are called "puts" and they involved at least 450,000 shares of American. But what raised the red flag is more than 80 percent of the orders were "puts", far outnumbering "call" options, those betting the stock would rise. ... Read more

The 9/11 Tapes: The Story in the Air
NYTimes | author | 09/07/11

A selection of audio recordings from the Federal Aviation Administration (F.A.A.), North American Aerospace Defense Command (Norad) and American Airlines from the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. The recordings, some of which have been published previously, are being released in a multimedia report originally intended to be part of the Sept. 11 Commission's 2004 report. Read Related Article ... Read more

Congress Moves To Stop States From Requiring GMO Labeling

That Time Ronald Reagan Opened Iran and Illegally Sold Weapons to Khomeini
TruthDig | Juan Cole | 07/14/15

he Reagan administration in the 1980s was buffeted by two policy drives toward Iran. On the one hand, Reagan ally Saudi Arabia supported Iraq, which illegally launched a war on the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1980 in order to steal its oil-rich Khuzistan Province. Reagan in 1983 sent Donald Rumsfeld, then CEO of Searle pharmaceuticals, to make friends with Saddam Hussein in Iraq.

From the other side, a section of the Israeli security establishment wanted Reagan to side with Iran against Iraq and to provide Iran weaponry. Before the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Iran had been a major supplier of petroleum to Israel, which was boycotted by the Arab League (Iran is not an Arab country). ... Read more
RT | "Iran-Contra: America's biggest political scandal?" (07/14/15) [3:51]

It may seem odd that a fish's name was changed to make it sound better, however it is actually more common than you may think. Monkfish was originally called Goosefish, Sea Urchin used to be called Whore's Eggs and Orange Roughy was Slimehead.
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, July 14 [7:30]
*DN | Could Historic Iran Nuclear Deal Transform the Middle East? (07/14/15) [13:38]
*DN | #ThisIsACoup: Greeks Denounce Bailout Deal That Calls for New Round of Austerity (07/14/15) [16:17]
*DN | "Something Big Is Happening": John Nichols on Bernie Sanders' Surge and Rising Power of Movements (07/14/15) [2:19]
Who Are the Real Terrorist?
*"September 11 - The New Pearl Harbor" (all) (09/07/13) [4:53:49]
*TRNN | University of Athens' Creston Davis argues: Is Greece's New Debt Deal Worse Than Plan Rejected By Referendum? (07/14/15) [15:54]
TRNN | Greek PM Tsipras Agrees to Key Demands of Eurozone Leaders (07/14/15) [1:50]
*TRNN | Greek Deal Will Erode Sovereignty and Deepen Recession (07/14/15) [18:47]
*TRNN | Nantina Vgontzas says: A Soft Coup in Greece, Part 1 (07/14/15) [8:43], Part 2 [35:03]
*TYT | Greece's Deal With The Devil (07/13/15) [15:16]
TYT | How Many Lies Can Scott Walker Cram Into One Ad? (07/13/15) [12:28]
TYT | Jeb Tries To One-Up Hillary's Tech Speech, Fails (07/13/15) [6:58]
Ring of Fire (07/13/15) [29:00]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | Are Muslims the New Blacks? (07/13/15) [10:15]
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Monday July 13, 2015
News Articles

*The Big Unchill
TheBostonGlobe | David Abel | date

BARROW, Alaska -- A mile off the coast of the continent's northernmost city, Josh Jones gunned his four-wheeler over ridges of buckling ice and through pools of turquoise water, where normally there would be a vast sheen of ice and snow.

Here, as close to the top of the world as you can get in America, the signs are serious indeed: The Arctic Ocean is melting faster than at any time on record. This February, the sea ice that stretches from North America to Russia reached its lowest-known winter extent and began melting 15 days earlier than usual. That continued a three-decade trend that has seen the ocean's ice lose about 65 percent of its mass and about half of its reach during the summer. In 20 or 30 more years, the Arctic Ocean could be nearly devoid of ice in the summer, climate scientists believe. ... Read more

The jet stream abuts the irregular pattern formed by the warming Arctic region and radical weather ridges and troughs developed
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Greg Palast: Greece Is a Crime Scene, and Vulture Funds Are to Blame
Truth-out.org | Michael Nevradakis | 01/09/15

Investigative reporter and bestselling author Greg Palast discusses with Truthout the results of his investigation into the actions of so-called vulture funds and their role in the destruction of the Greek economy. He also examines the eurozone and alternative examples of economic development available.

... Well, as my fellow economists Paul Krugman and Joe Stiglitz have noted, the austerity programs are like medieval bloodletting. If you're sick, they would drain the blood from you, and if you didn't get better, they would say "oh, the problem is that we didn't drain enough blood" and they would bleed you some more. That's how austerity works. ... Read more

Vultures' Picnic: In Pursuit of Petroleum Pigs, Power Pirates, and High-Finance Carnivores by Greg Palast

This is the story of the corporate vultures that feed on the weak and ruin our planet in the process-a story that spans the globe and decades.

For Vultures' Picnic, investigative journalist Greg Palast has spent his career uncovering the connection between the world of energy (read: oil) and finance. He's built a team that reads like a casting call for a Hollywood thriller-a Swiss multilingual investigator, a punk journalist, and a gonzo cameraman-to reveal how environmental disasters like the Gulf oil spill, the Exxon Valdez, and lesser-known tragedies such as Tatitlek and Torrey Canyon are caused by corporate corruption, failed legislation, and, most interestingly, veiled connections between the billionaires of financial industry and energy titans. Palast shows how the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, World Trade Organization, and Central Banks act as puppets and bandits for Big Oil.

With Palast at the center of an investigation that takes us from the Arctic to Africa to the Amazon, Vultures' Picnic shows how the big powers in the money and oil game slip the bonds of regulation over and over again, and simply destroy the rules that they themselves can't write-and take advantage of nations and everyday people in the process.

What Assets Did Greece Just Hand Over To Europe: "Airports, Airplanes, Infrastructure And Most Certainly Banks"
ZeroHedge | author | 07/13/15

The Simpsons had it right all along:

With the provocative and dramatic Greek "time out" language pulled from the final finmin and summit draft language, the two most humiliating aspects of the latest extend and pretend "deal" for the Greek people will be the return of the Troika's (surely we can call it the Troika again as part of the Greek capitulation) IMF mission to Athens, and the escrowing of some €50 billion in Greek assets in a liquidation fund. ... Read more

"The Eurozone As We Know It Is Destroyed"
ZeroHedge | author | 07/13/15

Despite the euphoria in global equity markets, The FT's Wolfgang Munchau - once one of the keenest euro enthusiasts - warns regime change is coming in Europe. The actions of the creditors has "destroyed the eurozone as we know it and demolished the idea of a monetary union as a step towards a democratic political union," Munchau exclaims, fearing they have "demoted the eurozone into a toxic fixed exchange-rate system, with a shared single currency, run in the interests of Germany, held together by the threat of absolute destitution for those who challenge the prevailing order." He concludes rather ominously, "we will soon be asking ourselves whether this new eurozone, in which the strong push around the weak, can be sustainable." ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, July 13 [13:25]
DN | Psychologists Collaborated with CIA & Pentagon on Post-9/11 Torture Program, May Face Ethics Charges (07/13/15) [10:10]
John Oliver
*HBO | John Oliver: Stadiums (07/12/15) [19:07]
TRNN | Greek PM Tsipras Agrees to Key Demands of Eurozone Leaders (07/13/15) [1:50]
*TRNN | Greece, #ThisIsACoup, discussed by Dimitri Lascaris and Michalis Spourdalakis, (07/13/15) [33:37]
*TRNN | Michael Ratner discusses: Wikileaks Revelations Expose US NSA Tentacles Reaching into Allied Governments Around the World (07/13/15) [10:03]
*TRNN | Vijay Prashad: BRICS Challenges the "Double Standard" of the West (07/13/15) [11:42]
*TRNN | Patrick Bond, Co-Author of BRICS: An Anti-Capitalism Critique, finds BRICS to be largely neoliberal and unequal, evident by the appointees to the bank board (07/13/15) [10:42]
*TRNN | PERI's Gerald Epstein says: Yellen Signals Interest Rate Hike, Will It Increase Inequality? (07/13/15) [7:58]
*TYT | Email Proves Exxon Knew About Climate Change YEARS Before Everyone Else (07/12/15) [5:17]
TYT | Ted Cruz Owned During MSNBC Interview (07/12/15) [4:41]
TYT | How To Prevent The Next Dylann Roof Massacre (07/12/15) [12:05]
TYT | Racists Furious Over Confederate Flag Removal (07/12/15) [7:40]
*RT | CrossTalk: Shifting Borders - ISIS redrawing Mideast map (07/13/15) [24:40]
*RT | Keiser Report: Confuctitious Loans (E782) (07/12/15) [22:13]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/

Friday July 10, 2015
News Articles

A Photo Essay On Yemen's Victims Of Saudi Airstrikes
firstlook.org/theintercept | Alex Potter | 07/10/15

"We were sitting in the mosque, reading Quran. A while after the afternoon prayer we heard a plane circling, and a huge explosion," says a boy surveying the damage to a mosque in the village of Al Joob, in Yemen. "People were running and there were pieces of bodies everywhere." ... Read more

Europe is blowing itself apart over Greece - and nobody seems able to stop it
TRNN | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard | 07/08/15

Like a tragedy from Euripides, the long struggle between Greece and Europe's creditor powers is reaching a cataclysmic end that nobody planned, nobody seems able to escape, and that threatens to shatter the greater European order in the process. Greek premier Alexis Tsipras never expected to win Sunday's referendum on EMU bail-out terms, let alone to preside over a blazing national revolt against foreign control.

He called the snap vote with the expectation - and intention - of losing it. The plan was to put up a good fight, accept honourable defeat, and hand over the keys of the Maximos Mansion, leaving it to others to implement the June 25 "ultimatum" and suffer the opprobrium. ... Read more

Dune, 50 Years On: How a Science Fiction Novel Changed the World
AlterNet | Hari Kunzru | 07/05/15

In 1959, if you were walking the sand dunes near Florence, Oregon, you might have encountered a burly, bearded extrovert, striding about in Ray-Ban Aviators and practical army surplus clothing. Frank Herbert, a freelance writer with a feeling for ecology, was researching a magazine story about a US Department of Agriculture programme to stabilise the shifting sands by introducing European beach grass. ... Read more

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Losing Control
ZeroHedge | author | 07/10/15

Markets are beginning to signal that policy makers are losing control. Many second-order-effects of the unprecedented and experimental global actions taken since the 2008 crisis are beginning to manifest. There are always causes and effects that develop; but they do so at different speeds. Many actions in recent years have prioritized 'benefits today' over 'consequences tomorrow'. 'Tomorrow' is approaching ever more quickly. There is no 'free lunch'. ... Read more

More News
  1. Fed Chair Yellen To Speak As Global Tensions Rise (WSJ)
  2. Greek PM Tsipras seeks party backing after abrupt concessions (Reuters)
  3. France Hails Greek Aid Proposals as Germany Reserves Judgment (BBG)
  4. Greek PM says does not have mandate to exit eurozone (Reuters)
  5. France Intercedes on Greece's Behalf to Try to Hold Eurozone Together (WSJ)
  6. Frozen Funds, Fleeing Tourists: Greek Startups Feel the Pinch (BBG)
  7. Doubts Simmer Despite China's Gain (WSJ)
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, July 10 [12:03]
*DN | Did BP Get Off Cheaply? Antonia Juhasz on $18.7B Gulf Oil Spill Settlement (07/09/15) [6:32]
DN | Chomsky: Greece Faces "Savage Response" for Taking on Austerity "Class War" (07/10/15) []
*TRNN | Robert Johnson of INET says: Deadline Sunday for Greece (07/10/15) [13:07]
TRNN | Michael Hudson says: Capitalism and Government Debt at Odds in Greece, Part 1 (07/10/15) [10:50], Part 2 [9:00]
TYT | Democrats Say Trump Isn't The Only Racist Republican Candidate (07/09/15) [4:08]
TYT | Jeb Bush Thinks You Don't Work Hard Enough (07/09/15) [8:40]
*RT | CrossTalk: EU Fiasco? (07/10/15) [24:12]
Quagmire and fiasco are only two words to describe the condition of the European Union and the eurozone after the democratic choice of the Greek people. In the end the IMF's crisis-mongering strategy failed and the Brussels leadership completely miscalculated. So-called Western values are lying in tatters.
RT | Keiser Report: Yanis Varoufakis 'Shane' of Greece (E780) (07/07/15) [25:32]
In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss the Greek referendum results, financial terrorism and bail-in fears induced velocity of money. In the second half, Max interviews Professor Steve Keen about the Greek 'OXI' (No) vote and the dictatorship of the ECB.
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | Bernie Sanders: Break up the Big Banks! (07/09/15) [1:54]
ThomHartmann | Isn't It Time to Make Banking Boring Again? (07/09/15) [6:15]
MSNBC Rachel Maddow
Rachel Maddow | Hole in Shell vessel threatens drilling plan (07/08/15) [8:33]
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Thursday July 09, 2015
News Articles

Quantum leap taken in measuring greenhouse effect
climatenewsnetwork.net | Tim Radford | 07/08/15

LONDON, 8 July, 2015 -- British scientists have devised a new way to observe the greenhouse world, enabling researchers to measure with exquisite accuracy how atmospheric carbon dioxide builds up, migrates, evolves and absorbs radiation.

The technique will allow more accurate predictions about how much the Earth is likely to warm over the next few decades as a result of the inexorable rise in atmospheric CO2 -- from car exhausts, power station chimneys and burning forests -- that drives global warming and climate change. ... Read more
Exxon-Mobile started climate change denial 1981 (07/09/15) [0:58]

The orbiting satellite has become the climate scientist's most prolific data delivery machine. There are satellites measuring the shrinking of the ice caps and the rate at which the ice is melting. Besides an arsenal of weather monitors, satellites are using sophisticated sensors to monitor sea level rise, changes in ocean acidity and soil moisture, agricultural success in India, and even the energy spent in lighting up the world's cities at night.

Exxon Knew of Climate Change in 1981, Email Says -- But It Funded Deniers for 27 More Years
AlterNet | Suzanne Goldenberg | 07/09/15

ExxonMobil, the world's biggest oil company, knew as early as 1981 of climate change -- seven years before it became a public issue, according to a newly discovered email from one of the firm's own scientists. Despite this the firm spent millions over the next 27 years to promote climate denial.

... "Exxon first got interested in climate change in 1981 because it was seeking to develop the Natuna gas field off Indonesia," Lenny Bernstein, a 30-year industry veteran and Exxon's former in-house climate expert, wrote in the email. "This is an immense reserve of natural gas, but it is 70% CO2," or carbon dioxide, the main driver of climate change. ... Read more

China Soars Most Since 2009 After Government Threatens Short Sellers With Arrest, Global Stocks Surge
ZeroHedge | author | 07/09/15

The Shanghai Composite Index had dropped as much as 3.8% to a 4 month low before the news that the cops were going to arrest anyone who was caught "maliciously shorting stocks", when everything suddenly took off, and the SHCOMP closed a "Dramamine required" 5.8% higher, the biggest daily increase since March 2009! Stocks around the globe followed, with US equity futures wiping out much of yesterday's losses and up 1% at last check. ... Read more

Nigel Farage Destroys EU Group-Think: "There's A New Berlin Wall... And It's Called The Euro"
ZeroHedge | author | 07/09/15

Standing before the European Parliament yesterday, it took Nigel Farage just four minutes to completely destroy every argument supporting the Eurozone. As Nigel explains in the video below, right from the start, the system was never intended to help the Greek people. Greece entering the euro was great for Goldman Sachs. But terrible for Greeks. It chained the country to a system in which it didn't belong. ... Read more
*UKIP leader Nigel Farage: Your moment has come, Mr Tsipras, take back control of your country (07/08/15) [4:25]

ZeroHedge Commenter
And that right there is why all the other psycho-sociopath evil bankster filth in that room surrounding Farage hate him so fucking much. He's been the only one with the balls to call those fuckers out all these years. I'm surprised he's still alive.
More News
  1. Only update software on down days: NYSE, SEC Suspect Software Update Triggered Trading Halt (BBG)
  2. Trade halts add to China's Potemkin market problem (Reuters)
  3. Why Beijing's Efforts Have Failed to Tame China's Stock Market (WSJ)
  4. Irrational Exuberance Triggers Chaos as China Watchdog Sidelined (BBG)
  5. China bounce ends five-day losing streak for stocks (Reuters)
  6. Fear Grows in Greece as Decisive Hour Nears (WSJ)
  7. Once Swarming with Greek Visitors, a Bulgarian Town Reels as Business Languishes (WSJ)
  8. Greece Shuts Markets Through July 13 as Officials Debate Bailout (BBG)
  9. Germany calls for European defence sector consolidation (Reuters)
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, July 09 [9:44]
*DN | A Mounting Humanitarian Catastrophe in Yemen: War Death Toll Tops 3,000, Fear of Famine Grows (07/09/15) [24:00]
*Exxon-Mobile started climate change denial 1981 (07/09/15) [0:58]
Cyber War
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*TRNN | Rob Johnson, of the Institute for New Economic thinkiing says: Chinese Economy Running Off the Cliff and There is Nothing Beneath It (07/09/15) [7:31]
TRNN | Chris Hedges: Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt, Part 3 (07/09/15) [23:24]
TYT | Millennials Creatively Fight Back Against The Bad Economy (07/08/15) [3:28]
TYT | China's Economic Boom Is Busting (07/08/15) [6:24]
TYT | Fox News Fears Bernie Sanders (07/08/15) [7:46]
TYT | Donald Trump Insists He'll Win The Latino Vote (07/08/15) [5:15]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | Massive De-regulation... Trade Imbalance... Change in Corporate Culture... Free Trade vs Fair Trade... (07/08/15) [12:00]
ThomHartmann | How the TPP Will Turn Us Into Greece (07/08/15) [6:15]
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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 July 08, 2015
News Articles

FREEFALL: Chinese Stocks Plummet
HP & AP | author | 07/08/15

China announced a flurry of new moves Wednesday to halt a stock market slide. The result? Another big dive in share prices. The government told state companies and executives to buy shares, raised the amount of equities insurance companies can hold and promised more credit to finance trading.

Hundreds of companies have halted trading in their stock after emergency measures announced last weekend failed to stop a rout that has dragged down the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index by more than 30 percent since early June. ... Read more

China Makes Selling For Big Investors Illegal
ZeroHedge | author | 07/08/15

Having corralled selling by the National Social Security fund earlier this week and after discouraging local reporters from mentioning selling in the press, China has now made it illegal for major shareholders to dump stock over the next six months. ... Read more

Greece Proves Again Why Democracy is the Criminal Classes' Great Fear
neweconomicperspectives.org | William K. Black | 07/05/15

The people of Greece have just shown great courage, and even greater common sense, in voting "No" in overwhelming numbers against the troika's war on the Greek people and labor throughout the EU. In recent days we have seen the spectacle of the major media shamelessly lying globally about the referendum and the Greek government -- cheered on by the troika. The troika openly sought to depose a second Greek head of state for the high crime of favoring a democratic vote on the troika's economic malpractice and effort to extort the Greek people by threatening to destroy their economy. The tone and content of the propaganda were extraordinary -- and reversed reality.

Greece's debt crisis has unsettled Asian stock markets but the losses in China are driven entirely by internal factors. Beijing fostered a market boom over the past year ... Read more

Germany Crushes All Hope Of Greece Getting Debt Relief

A Detailed Look At Hacking Team's Emails About Its Repressive Clients
firstlook.org/theintercept | Cora Currier | 07/07/15

Internal emails and financial records show that in the past five years, Hacking Team's Remote Control System software -- which can infect a target's computer or phone from afar and steal files, read emails, take photos and record conversations -- has been sold to government agencies in Ethiopia, Bahrain, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Sudan, Azerbaijan and Turkey. An in-depth analysis of those documents by The Intercept shows Hacking Team's leadership was, at turns, dismissive of concerns over human rights and privacy; exasperated at the bumbling and technical deficiency of some of its more controversial clients; and explicitly concerned about losing revenue if cut off from such clients. ... Read more

New Swat Documents Give Snapshot Of Ugly Militarization Of U.S. Police
firstlook.org/theintercept | George Joseph | 07/07/15

Extensive records from SWAT team raids in northeastern Massachusetts released today by the American Civil Liberties Union corroborate what police reform advocates have long insisted: that "Special Weapons And Tactics" units spend a majority of their time responding to low-risk situations that do not require SWAT's quasi-military approach.

The documents include after-action reports from 79 SWAT operations between August 2012 and June 2014 by the Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council, or NEMLEC, a consortium of police departments covering 925 square miles in Middlesex and Essex Counties outside Boston. According to NEMLEC, its SWAT team exists to respond to "critical incidents," mainly "active shooters, armed barricaded subjects, hostage takers, and terrorists. ... Read more

More News
  1. Greece and China expose limits of 'whatever it takes' (Reuters)
  2. China no longer has a market: China Stock Sellers Frozen Out of 71% of Market (BBG)
  3. China's Market Rescue Makes Matters Worse as Prices Lose Meaning (BBG)
  4. China Stocks Plunge as State Support Fails to Revive Confidence (BBG)
  5. China Market Rout Spreads From Stocks to Price of Pig Food (BBG)
  6. China's State-Owned Firms Ordered Not to Cut Share Holdings (BBG)
  7. Greece Requests Three-Year Bailout in First Step Toward Meeting Creditors' Demand (WSJ)
  8. Greece Faces Euro Exit Unless Demands Accepted by Sunday (BBG)
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, July 08 [12:19]
*DN | Eric Holder Returns to Wall Street-Tied Law Firm After Years of Refusing to Jail Bankers (07/08/15) [16:47]
See Matt Taibbi's great articles from yesterday
*DN | The End of Encryption? NSA & FBI Seek New Backdoors Against Advice from Leading Security Experts (07/08/15) [14:14]
*DN | Has the World Abandoned Gaza? Region Remains in Ruins a Year After Deadly Israeli Assault (07/08/15) [12:42]
Jon Stewart
The Daily Show - Recap (6/29/15) [4:08]
*Jon Stewart | Major companies severe ties with Donald Trump after his derogatory comments about Mexican immigrants, but the Republican presidential hopeful is sticking by his words. (07/02/15) [9:21]
*Jon Stewart | Democalypse 2016 - 10 Pounds of S**t in a Five-Pound Bag, Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz battles for the limelight with a bizarre "Simpsons" audition tape, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie kicks off his own campaign. (07/01/15) [10:11]
TRNN | Syriza MP Costas Lapavitsas: It's Time to Take Over the Banks, Part 1 (07/06/15) [14:27]
TRNN | Syriza MP Costas Lapavitsas: It's Time to Take Over the Banks, Part 2 (07/07/15) [11:51]
TYT | America's Racist History Whitewashed Out Of Texas Textbooks (07/07/15) [3:11]
TYT | Sarah Palin Quits AGAIN! Closes Subscription Channel (07/07/15) [4:02]
*RT | CrossTalk: Tehran Pivot? w/ Pepe Escobar & Gareth Porter (07/08/15) [24:03]
RT | Keiser Report: Greece pivoting from debt slavery (E779) (07/04/15) [25:33]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | The Father of Reaganomics and the Euro... (07/07/15) [5:14]
Jeb Bush's South Korean Sugar Daddy... (07/07/15) [8:28]
More Good News/Videos
Naomi Klein, David Suzuki, and Jane Fonda at March for Jobs, Justice, and the Climate (07/06/15) [5:36]
The March for Jobs, Justice, and the Climate in Toronto on July 5 2015 that I covered as part of my National Observer story. For this film we interviewed notables including Naomi Klein, David Suzuki, and Jane Fonda. The demonstrations, spearheaded by 350.org, brought over 10,000 people onto the streets of Toronto, calling on political leaders to roll out an agenda focused on providing decent jobs, social justice, and action on climate change and fossil fuel exploitation. Video by The National Observer
Laura Flanders | Our cities are being defined by invisible systems () [25:45]
Other Videos and Documentaries I Ran Across
Greg Palast - Investigative Reporter
*Greg Palast | Jim Crow Returns: Interstate "Crosscheck" Program threatens Millions of Voters (11/12/14) [27:15]
*TRNN & Vice | Greg Palast: The Confidential Memo at the Heart of the Global Financial Crisis (01/23/14) [12:26]
*The Confidential Memo at the Heart of the Global Financial Crisis | AthenianVoice | Greg Palast | 01/13/14 |
*BP Blow-out Cover-Up (04/20/12) [6:29]
EcoWatch reveals shocking information of a BP cover-up of a blow-out prior to the deadly Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf. Special report from the Caspian sea. for Ecowatch.org by investigative reporter Greg Palast.
InfoWars | Greg Palast: Greece's Planned Implosion IMF (02/20/12) [13:00]
TYT | Greg Palast on Vultures' Picnic (11/16/11) [18:17]
InfoWars | Greg Palast: Ukraine A Lynch Pin to Global War (03/25/14) [19:43]
*Greg Palast | Bush Family Fortunes () [1:01:09]
Secret History of the War Over Oil in Iraq.pdf
BP Deepwater Horizon
*The Big Fix - BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Cover up () [1:30:20]
*BBC | Profit Pollution and Deception BP and the Oil Spill () [45:02]
The Deepwater Horizon oil spill (also referred to as the BP oil spill, the BP oil disaster, the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and the Macondo blowout) began on 20 April 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico on the BP-operated .
Oil Disaster (Deepwater Horizon): The Rig That Blew Up () [44:45]
Seconds From Disaster The Deepwater Horizon (05/18/15) [44:58]

Tuesday July 07, 2015
News Articles

Greece Called the Bluff of Europe's Biggest Bankers -- A Big No to Austerity
AlterNet | Michael Hudson | 07/06/15

Just after 7 PM Greek time on Sunday, I was told that the "No" vote (Gk. Oxi) was winning approximately 60/40. The "opinion polls" showing a dead heat evidently were wrong. Bookies across Europe are reported to be losing their shirts for betting that the financial right wing could fool most Greeks into voting against their self-interest. The margin of victory shows that Greek voters were immune to the mainstream media's misrepresentation during the week-long run-up as to whether to accept the troika's demand for austerity to be conducted on anti-labor lines. (James Galbraith summarizes the misrepresentation in "9 Myths About the Greek Crisis," Politico.) ... Read more

Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt by Chris Hedges

Revolutions come in waves and cycles. We are again riding the crest of a revolutionary epic, much like 1848 or 1917, from the Arab Spring to movements against austerity in Greece to the Occupy movement. In Wages of Rebellion, Chris Hedges--who has chronicled the malaise and sickness of a society in terminal moral decline in his books Empire of Illusion and Death of the Liberal Class--investigates what social and psychological factors cause revolution, rebellion, and resistance. Drawing on an ambitious overview of prominent philosophers, historians, and literary figures he shows not only the harbingers of a coming crisis but also the nascent seeds of rebellion. Hedges' message is clear: popular uprisings in the United States and around the world are inevitable in the face of environmental destruction and wealth polarization.

Focusing on the stories of rebels from around the world and throughout history, Hedges investigates what it takes to be a rebel in modern times. Utilizing the work of Reinhold Niebuhr, Hedges describes the motivation that guides the actions of rebels as "sublime madness" -- the state of passion that causes the rebel to engage in an unavailing fight against overwhelmingly powerful and oppressive forces. For Hedges, resistance is carried out not for its success, but as a moral imperative that affirms life. Those who rise up against the odds will be those endowed with this "sublime madness."

Everything Is Rigged: The Biggest Price-Fixing Scandal Ever
RollingStone | Matt Taibbi | older, but good

The Illuminati were amateurs. The second huge financial scandal of the year reveals the real international conspiracy: There's no price the big banks can't fix

Conspiracy theorists of the world, believers in the hidden hands of the Rothschilds and the Masons and the Illuminati, we skeptics owe you an apology. You were right. The players may be a little different, but your basic premise is correct: The world is a rigged game. We found this out in recent months, when a series of related corruption stories spilled out of the financial sector, suggesting the world's largest banks may be fixing the prices of, well, just about everything. ... Read more

The Biggest Winner From The Greek Tragedy
ZeroHedge | author | 07/07/15

In reality, nobody had put a gun to Greece's head and told it to lever up, enriching local oligarchs and corrupt politicians, taking advantage of credit that was artificially cheap only due to the common currency and an implicit monetary, if not fiscal, union.

Germany, whose exports account for nearly 50% of GDP, on the other hand experienced an unprecedented exporting golden age, made possible only due to an artificial currency, the Euro, that was by definition created to be weaker than the Deutsche Mark and benefitted from any bout of weakness in Europe's periphery, such as the past 5 years.

The truth is, when things were good nobody second-guessed any decisions for a second, and since the rising economic tide lifted all boats, nobody cared.

And then the tide rolled out, displaced by trillions in bad loans and gargantuan mountains of sovereign and financial debt, which ultimately would lead to the first, then second, then third and then an all-out cascade of sovereign defaults.

Sadly, the losers - regardless of the propaganda and jingoist rhetoric - are the ordinary, common, taxpaying people of Germany and Greece (and every other European nation), who enjoyed a few brief years of artificial prosperity, which in retrospect was entirely due to debt, masked well by the "currency swaps" and other financial engineering concocted by banks such as Goldman Sachs, in clear violation of the Maastricht treaty which is now a long-forgotten memory of the founding ideals behind the Eurozone. ... Read more

Colorado's Teen Birth Rate Fell 40 Percent Thanks To A Free Contraception Program
HP | Anna Almendrala | 07/06/15

Rates of teen pregnancies and abortions have plunged in Colorado thanks to a six-year program that distributed free LARCs -- long-acting reversible contraceptives -- to teens and young women.

The initiative provided women with free IUDs (intrauterine devices) or hormonal implants that can prevent pregnancy for up to 10 years, resulting in a 40 percent decline in birthrates among teen moms and a 42 percent decline in teen abortions from 2009 to 2013, reported The New York Times. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, July 07 [11:07]
*DN | "A Europe of Equals": Report from Athens as Greek Voters Seek Alternatives to Austerity (07/07/15) [12:50]
*DN | Economist Richard Wolff on Roots of Greek Crisis, Debt Relief & Rise of Anti-Capitalism in Europe (07/07/15) [17:54]
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has arrived in Brussels for an emergency eurozone summit two days after Greek voters overwhelmingly turned down the terms of an international bailout in a historic rejection of austerity. On Sunday, Greeks, by a 61-to-39-percent margin, voted against further budget cuts and tax hikes in exchange for a rescue package from European creditors. Tsipras is scrambling to present a new bailout proposal as Greek banks remain shut down. If Greek banks run out of money and the country has to print its own currency, it could mean a state leaving the euro for the first time since it was launched in 1999. Euclid Tsakalotos was sworn in Monday as Greece's new finance minister, replacing Yanis Varoufakis, who resigned following Sunday's referendum. Tsakalotos, who has called for a "Europe of equals," had served as Greece's main bailout negotiator and has been a member of Syriza for nearly a decade. Like Varoufakis, Tsakalotos has been a vocal opponent of fiscal austerity imposed by the core of the eurozone, saying it has unnecessarily impoverished Greece. We go to Athens to speak with Paul Mason, economics editor at Channel 4 News, and economics professor Richard Wolff.
DN | A Socialist Surge in the U.S.? Bernie Sanders Draws Record Crowds, Praises Greek Anti-Austerity Vote (07/07/15) [9:40]
*TRNN | Heiner Flassbeck, former director of UNCTAD, says: Germany Caused the Crisis, Germany Must Solve It (07/07/15) [16:08]
TRNN | Chris Hedges: Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt, Part 2 (07/07/15) [20:40]
TRNN | Thomas Drake, a former senior executive at the NSA turned whistleblower: An NSA Whistleblower's Guide to Encryption (07/07/15) [4:47]
*TYT | Greeks Loudly Reject Austerity Cuts (07/06/15) [12:52]
TYT | Ted Cruz: I Like Donald Trump, I Salute Donald Trump (07/06/15) [5:28]
TYT | Donald Trump Tries To Backpedal But Can't Stop Saying Racist Things (07/06/15) [6:03]
RT | Keiser Report: On the Verge of Despotism (E778) (07/02/15) [25:45]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | How and Why TPP Will Make US Like Greece... (07/06/15) [8:59]
Other Videos and Documentaries I Ran Across
*15 Great Articles by Matt Taibbi

On Wall St.
Why Isn't Wall Street in Jail?
"Financial crooks brought down the world's economy -- but the feds are doing more to protect them than to prosecute them."

The Great American Bubble Machine
"The world's most powerful investment bank is a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money..."

How Wall St. Copies the Mob
"How America's biggest banks took part in a nationwide bid-rigging conspiracy - until they were caught on tape."

How Wall Street Killed Financial Reform
"How the banks strangled the Dodd-Frank law -- with a big assist from Congress and the White House."

The Big Takeover
"How Wall Street insiders are using the bailout to stage a revolution"

The Real Housewives of Wall Street
"Why is the Federal Reserve forking over $220 million in bailout money to the wives of two Morgan Stanley bigwigs?"

Wall Street's Bailout Hustle
"Goldman Sachs and other big banks aren't just pocketing the trillions we gave them to rescue the economy -- they're re-creating the conditions for another crash."

Looting Main Street
"How the nation's biggest banks are ripping off American cities with the same predatory deals that brought down Greece."

Secrets and Lies of the Bailout
The federal rescue of Wall Street didn't fix the economy -- it created a permanent bailout state based on a Ponzi-like confidence scheme. And the worst may be yet to come...

The Biggest Price-Fixing Scandal Ever
How and why there's no price the big banks can't fix

Gangster Bankers: Too Big to Jail
How HSBC hooked up with drug traffickers and terrorists. And got away with it

Is the SEC Covering Up Wall Street Crimes? by Matt Taibbi
A whistle blower says the agency has illegally destroyed thousands of documents, letting financial crooks off the hook

Invasion of the Home Snatchers
"How foreclosure courts are helping big banks screw over homeowners."

The $9 Billion Witness by Matt Taibbi
Meet the woman JPMorgan Chase paid one of the largest fines in American history to keep from talking

The Rip-Off in Iraq
"How do you screw the taxpayer for millions, get away with it and then ride off into the sunset with one middle finger extended, the other wrapped around a chilled martini?"

How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the OWS Protests
"Much more than a movement against big banks, they're a rejection of what our society has become."

China is Killing U.S.
"Let's just lock up our high school dropouts in toy factories, get those little bastards making radioactive Lego sets six days a week for a buck a shift. Imagine the profits!"

Beasts on the Bus
"The original Boys on the Bus raised a few eyebrows, sure, but no one anywhere is threatened by a "Boys on the Bus thing" now."

The Truth About the Tea Party by Matt Taibbi
Taking down the far-right monster and the corporate insiders who created it

Cruel and Unusual Punishment by Matt Taibbi
The Shame of Three Strikes Laws

"A Story of Bankers, Politicians, and the Most Audacious Power Grab in American History"

The Great Derangement
A highly critical look at the Bush administration in the post 9/11 era.

Note: for more news, and archived news go to:
http://occupybanksters.com/news/ menu.

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