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Monday March 30, 2015
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REPEAT - But I think is important!
*Demonocracyinfo | US Debt in Physical $100 bills [2:10]
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*DailyTicker | Pentagon Can't Find 8.3 Trillion Dollars [5:30]
Mike Maloney | Hidden Secrets of Money (How Money is Made) (10/15/13) [29:34]
WEALTH Is Being Extracted From Our Economy, Under Our Noses!

Why on Earth Did the Feds Approve a High-Pressure Gas Pipeline Near a Nuke Plant?
AlterNet | author | 03/27/15

... The primary pipeline safety risk is ruptures. When a gas pipeline ruptured in San Bruno, California in 2010, it leveled a Bay Area neighborhood and killed eight people, incurring $1.4 billion in damages. The San Bruno pipeline was much smaller and carried less gas at a lower pressure than the proposed Spectra pipeline in Westchester County. ...

... At Indian Point, NY, neither the Nuclear Regulatory Commission nor FERC will require electronic safety features to automatically shut down the pipeline in the event of leaks, ruptures or explosions. Instead, Spectra, the pipeline company, will monitor the pipeline from Houston, with the promise that "upon viewing a drop in pressure within the distant pipeline, the Houston employees could close safety valves within three minutes." ...

... How near would a rupture-triggered fire be to nuclear plan structures? Paul Blanch, the nuclear safety expert, explained, "we have the gas turbine fuel oil tanks that are located in a very close proximity to the pipeline. They hold hundreds, maybe millions of gallons of burning jet fuel oil which would ignite and flow downhill into safety-related structures, including the switchyard, transformers, as well as vital tanks that are used for cooling which are in the high-heat flux and blast radius." ... Read more

7 Laws of Personal Power That Exponentially Elevate Quality of Life
HP | Sherrie Campbell, PhD | 03/30/15

To exponentially elevate the quality of your life commit to removing your fearful thoughts, acts of timidity, and the need to be the same as everyone else to feel a sense of belonging. Have the courage to live by higher standards and never apologize for them. Trust that the people who want to be in your life will rise to meet you at your highest expectations. ...

  1. Healthy relationship choices: At is core, a happy and fulfilling life is centered in your relationships.
  2. Never neglect yourself: Personal power and complacency cannot co-exist in the making of a high quality life. Dedicate time and energy wherever necessary to ensure that no important areas of your life are neglected.
  3. Focus on possibilities not problems: With personal power you possess the deep belief there are available solutions for all your problems.
  4. Self-development: To grow in personal power consistently monitor, evaluate and adjust your own life, your relationships, your self-care, your attitude and personal beliefs to stay clear of complacency so you may continue meeting your higher standards.
  5. Manage time wisely: To uphold your personal power examine where you spend most of your time. Do you get the most important tasks out of the way first or do you typically get through the small, tedious things which seem more urgent? Getting caught in small, urgent tasks pull you from the more important goals requiring your attention. Focus on what is most important and work from there.
  6. Take responsibility: Whatever happens in your life and relationships the best path to the development of your personal power is to accept responsibility for the outcomes, both positive and negative.
  7. Be kind: There is no greater a value to offer as a human being than the simple power of kindness.
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The Patriot Act
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, March 30 [8:26]
*DN | Attorney for Bowe Bergdahl: Army Report Shows Ex-POW Left Base to Report Wrongdoing, Not Desert Unit (03/30/15) [15:40], Part 2 [16:24]
DN | Iran Nuclear Talks Near Deadline Amid "Air of Inevitability Combined with Tremendous Uncertainty" (03/30/15) [5:52]
The Trillion-Dollar Conspiracy: 9/11 Explosive Evidence () [1:20:05]
Jeremy Scahill
*Jeremy Scahill: Inside America's New Covert Wars: Navy SEALs, Delta Force, Blackwater, Security Contractors (05/21/13) [1:09:42]
Jeremy Scahill: How Do You Surrender To A Drone? () [1:03:23]
TRNN | TRNN's Jessica Desvarieux interviews: The Republican Budget vs. The People's Budget (03/30/15) [10:55]
TRNN | Walid Al-Saqaf discusses: How Yemen Became the Latest Iranian-Saudi Arabian Proxy War (03/30/15) [8:38]
*TRNN | Phyllis Bennis speaks: at the Conference on the George W. Bush Presidency about why the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan violated international law (03/30/15) [14:48]
TRNN | Participants at the George W. Bush Conference at Hofstra University respond to Elliott Abrams' comment that the Iraq war was not illegal under international law (03/27/15) [4:29]
TYT | Who Is ISIS Trying To Recruit Now? (03/29/15) [4:06]
TYT | Education Doesn't Matter: Republicans Still Don't Believe In Climate Change (03/29/15) [5:25]
TYT | Lawmaker/Veteran Tells Story Of Her Own Rape And GOP Laughs At Her (03/29/15) [8:01]
RT | NGO Warfare (03/30/15) [23:43]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
John Oliver
HBO | John Oliver: April Fools' Day (03/29/15) [4:27]
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As I construct My News Pages I constantly run across a lot of NEW videos, and since I find YouTube frustrating trying to re-find videos, I save the links in this section so I can find them again.

Friday March 27, 2015
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*Demonocracyinfo | US Debt in Physical $100 bills [2:10]

How the American War Machine Is Sucking Up Vast Amounts of Cash to Screw Up the World
AlterNet | William Hartung | 03/26/15

President Obama and Senator John McCain, who have clashed on almost every conceivable issue, do agree on one thing: the Pentagon needs more money. Obama wants to raise the Pentagon's budget for fiscal year 2016 by $35 billion more than the caps that exist under current law allow. McCain wants to see Obama his $35 billion and raise him $17 billion more. Last week, the House and Senate Budget Committees attempted to meet Obama's demands by pressing to pour tens of billions of additional dollars into the uncapped supplemental war budget. Read more
Daily Ticker | Find the $8.5 Trillion the Pentagon Can't Account For (2014) [5:32]

Senator Harry Reid Announces Retirement
HP | author | 03/27/15

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will not seek re-election, he said in an interview with The New York Times published Friday. Reid has led the Senate Democrats since 2005. In a video posted Friday morning, Reid thanked his constituents for allowing him to serve the state of Nevada. My life's work has been to make Nevada and our nation better. Thank you for giving me that wonderful opportunity ... Read more

Senate Passes GOP Budget After Late-Night Debate
HP | author | 03/27/15

The Senate early Friday passed a Republican budget plan that would cut spending by $5.1 trillion over 10 years, raise military funding and repeal Obamacare. The non-binding budget, debated all week and passed 52-46 during a 15-hour marathon session before the Easter recess, gives Republicans another crack at repealing the Affordable Care Act, probably through a process known as reconciliation, and increases defense spending while slashing funds in other areas, including education and health care ... Read more

Turkey Devolves Into A Full Police State: Law Grants Unlimited Powers To Weaponized Police Force.

It's Official: Americans Spent All Their "Gas Savings" On Obamacare
ZeroHedge | author | 03/27/15

Unmasked the two great mysteries of the US economy in recent history: the first being why there is no wage growth, which is because all the wage growth was going to the 20% of the workforce that is supervisors and bosses. For everyone else: sorry... ... and now we have solved the mystery of why US households did not spend all those billions in "dropping gas price" windfalls - the answer is that they did spend all this money. Read more
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Another Oligarch Preaches To The Peasants: Charlie Munger Says "Prepare For Harder World"
"If you're unhappy with what you've had over the last 50 years, you have an unfortunate misappraisal of life... should all be prepared for adjusting to a world that is harder... "Read more
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, March 27 [11:49]
*DN | African Economist Samir Amin on the World Social Forum, Globalization & the Barbarism of Capitalism (03/27/15) [15:41]
*DN | Yemen Does Not Need Another War: Report from Sana'a as Saudi Attack Enters Second Day (03/27/15) [9:10], Part 2 [11:19]
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TRNN | Participants at the George W. Bush Conference at Hofstra University respond to Elliott Abrams' comment that the Iraq war was not illegal under international law (03/27/15) [4:29]
TRNN | Yemeni Houthi movement has more to do internal conflict within Yemen and less to do with the projected Shia-Sunni rivalry in the region (03/27/15) [11:16]
TRNN | Dimitri Lascaris says: Greek Public Coffers Expected to Run Dry Next Month (03/27/15) [10:42]
TYT | Germanwings Flight 9525 Crashed Under Dubious Circumstances (03/26/15) [4:47]
*TYT | Brutality Epidemic : Police Assault Unarmed Black Man At Traffic Stop (03/26/15) [6:00]
TYT | University of Phoenix Is Hemorrhaging Students (03/26/15) [7:49]
RT | West vs RT? (03/27/15) [24:12]
RT | Keiser Report: Capitalism Without Capital?! (E735) (03/24/15) [23:59]
In the second half, Max interviews Aleksandar Vidovic of Salviol about the size of the financial fraud market and what his company is doing to shrink it.
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | Capital Gains Tax... The Next Great Treasury Raid (03/26/15) [17:13]

Thursday March 26, 2015
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US CEO-Worker Pay Gap Is Widest In Developed World
ZeroHedge | author | 03/26/15

The CEOs of 350 Standard & Poor's 500 companies made 331 times more than their employees in 2013, up from a ratio of 46-to-1 in 1983, according to the AFL-CIO. That's more than twice the gap in Switzerland and Germany, and about 10 times bigger than in Austria. In Japan, CEOs make about 67 times more than workers (although the country's highest-paid woman earns only 25 times more). ... Read more

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Why Martin O'Malley and Elizabeth Warren Can Beat Any Republican, Including Walker, Bush, Paul and Cruz
HP | H. A. Goodman | 03/26/15

Rising stars in the Democratic Party like Tim Kaine, Jim Webb and especially Martin O'Malley and Elizabeth Warren are all formidable candidates, despite the fact that one liberal icon has amassed $328,755,858 and owns her own server. If Republicans can be proud of the fact that Ted Cruz would "most likely" be able to serve as president, Democrats should trumpet the plethora of talent within their ranks. The truth is that presidential elections are decided by electoral votes, not the soap opera we'll all witness for the next 593 days. To win the White House a candidate needs 270 electoral votes; far fewer than the 332 votes Obama won in 2012 to beat Romney. Martin O'Malley and Elizabeth Warren can defeat anyone Republicans have to offer in 2016, primarily because they possess ideas and attributes that resonate with the majority of Americans. ... Read more

Overwhelmingly the terrorist attacks in United States and Europe have been committed by non-Muslims.

Amani Al-Khatahtbeh Explains How Muslim Women Are 'Spoken Over By The Public' And Their Voices 'Ignored'
HP | Rahel Gebreyes | 03/25/15

When it comes to discussions of how Islam affects the lives of the women who practice it, Western media often insists on speaking for them. But Muslim women are perfectly willing and able to lend their own voices to the issues that affect their lives.

From conversations about headscarves to how religious teachings regard women, we are rarely given the chance to hear the perspectives of Muslim women themselves. And as Muslim.Girl.net CEO Amani Al-Khatahtbeh explains in a HuffPost Live interview on Tuesday, Muslim women have long fought the exclusion. ... Read more

PHOTOS: 'Trash Mountain' Rises Up In Mumbai As City Runs Out Of Space For Its Own Waste
HP | Nick Visser | 03/26/15

We have a waste problem. The world throws a lot of things away -- measured to be about 3.5 million tons of solid waste a day in 2013, a number expected to climb to 6 million tons a day by 2025. ... Read more

Surprise! Another Christian Terrorist
Daily Beast | Dean Obeidallah | 03/24/15

Well, last Friday night, this exact event took place at the New Orleans airport--that is, except for one factual difference: The attacker was not Muslim. Consequently, you might be reading about this brazen assault for the first time here, although this incident did receive a smattering of media coverage over the weekend.

The man who commited this attack was Richard White, a 63-year-old former Army serviceman who has long been retired and living on Social Security and disability checks. He was reportedly a devout Jehovah's Witness. ... Read more

Middle East Proxy War: Presenting The Massive "Decisive Storm" Coalition
ZeroHEdge | author | 03/26/15

The biggest news of the day is the start of the second proxy war in the past year (the first one of course being the Ukraine civil war which is just a chess game between the west, mostly the US with Europe as a reluctant second fiddle, and the Kremlin) overnight in Yemen, where as we reported yesterday a coalition led by Saudi Arabia and backed by the US has launched an airborne assault on Yemen's Houthi rebels at the request of the self-exiled government (at last check Yemen's president was in Oman), which confronts the Suuni states led by Saudi Arabia, against the mostly Shiite militia, which has the broad support of Iran. ... Read more
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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, March 26 [7:24]
*DN | Endless War: As U.S. Strikes Tikrit & Delays Afghan Pullout, "War on Terror" Toll Tops 1.3 Million (03/26/15) [25:57]
*DN | Seymour Hersh Recalls Reporting on My Lai Massacre in Vietnam (03/26/15) [6:23]
DN | Why Is Climate Denier David Koch on the Board of Top Science Museums? Letter Urges Cutting of Ties (03/26/15) [9:23]
*TRNN | Col. Larry Wilkerson: Hofstra University Conference Considers Legacy of Second Bush Presidency (03/26/15) [7:12]
TRNN | Ray McGovern and Jason Leopold: The intelligence agencies had the information on 9/11, the question is why didn't they use it (older) [24:00]
Who is Rich Blee? The 9/11 official cover up and CIA malfeasance. (05/27/13) [46:57]
Alfreda Frances Bikowsky: CIA Criminal (11/07/14) [10:17]
Wikipedia | Alfreda Frances Bikowsky | CIA | Film: Zero Dark Thirty
Sony | Zero Dark Thirty (trailer) (2012) [$2.99 for full 2:37:01]
For a decade, an elite team of intelligence and military operatives, working in secret across the globe, devoted themselves to a single goal: to find and eliminate Osama bin Laden. Zero Dark Thirty reunites the Oscar winning team of director-producer Kathryn Bigelow and writer-producer Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker) for the story of history's greatest manhunt for the world's most dangerous man.
*TYT | Behind The Scenes Police Training Video: When To Use Lethal Force (03/25/15) [6:33]
TYT | Duck Dynasty Patriarch Paints Bizarre Rape & Murder Scenario Against Atheism (03/25/15) [6:29]
TYT | Televangelist Creflo Dollar NEEDS A Private Jet For Missionary Work (03/25/15) [6:52]
TYT | What Exactly Has Ted Cruz Accomplished? (03/25/15) [5:11]
RT | Keiser Report: Debtism vs Capitalsm (E736) (03/26/15) [24:12]
In the second half, Max interviews Daniel Hassan of the Robin Hood Minor Asset Management hedge fund which rides the wave of trading whales with the best performance record. Having outperformed the S&P index since its inception, all profits have gone to groups expanding the commons and the public domain.
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
The way it works nowadays, the CEO selects the board of directors and they, in turn, decides the CEO's pay....simple....
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.
Who needs the CIA? () [51:09]
Mesopotamia | The Sumerians
Mesopotamia - The Sumerians () [51:57]
Michael Tellinger - Stone Circles & Ancient Gold Mines in South Africa - Megalithomania (2010) [9:56]
2014 Ancient Hidden Technology of the Annunaki () [2:02:34]
Megalithomania.co.uk website
Göbekli Tepe - 12,000 to 14,000 years old
Göbekli Tepe: Ancient Technology 10,000 BC or Older? Graham Hancock, Andrew Collins & Hugh Newman (06/27/15) [12:11]
In this video Graham Hancock, Andrew Collins and Hugh Newman explore Göbekli Tepe - the oldest megalithic temple on Earth. Filmed on Megalithomania's 'Origins of Civlization Tour', they discuss this 12,000 year old site, its implications, as well as giving the viewer a guided tour around Enclosures A, B, C and D, where most of the complex is situated.
NatGeo | Gobekli Tepe () [44:59]
Göbeklitepe Belgeseli The Worlds First Temple () [1:20:10]
More Bible Books
The Epic of Gilgamesh Full Book () [2:11:32]

Wednesday March 25, 2015
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Armed With US Weapons, Yemen Rebels Advance On President As Saudi Arabia Prepares For War
ZeroHedge | author | 03/25/15

Previously we reported that in the latest "coup" for US foreign policy, the US had "lost" over $500 million in weapons in Yemen, until recently an Obama administration foreign policy "success story", following the abrupt evacuation of the US embassy there, all of which ended up in local rebel and al-Qaeda hands. ... Read more
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From almost 2.5% GDP growth expectations in February, The Atlanta Fed's GDPNow model has now collapsed its estimates of Q1 GDP growth to just 0.2% - plunging from +1.4% just 2 weeks ago.

Jon Stewart's 'Daily Show' Segment Leads To Huge Change For Veterans
HP | Ed Mazza | 03/25/15

"The Daily Show" has just made a huge difference in the lives of veterans, helping many gain access to a program they were unfairly kept from using.

The Choice Program, which was put in place to speed access to medical care after it was revealed that some patients had been waiting months for treatment, allows veterans who live far from VA facilities to get out-of-network care closer to home. ... Read more
*Jon Stewart |The Department of Veteran Affairs launches an initiative to better provide health care to veterans, but the results are mixed at best. (03/23/15) [7:38]

Exposing America's Billionaire Welfare Ranchers
AlterNet | Vickery Eckhoff | 03/24/15

Americans love ranchers: Gritty ranchers, mom-and-pop ranchers, renegade ranchers -- especially those who raise livestock on the vast open prairies of the West through a mixture of hard work and rugged independence. But there's another side to the ever-popular rancher mythology-- a side the media doesn't cover and the public never sees. The Koch brothers, Ted Turner, the Hilton family and nine other powerful ranchers share an uncommon privilege: giant public subsidies, unknown to U.S. taxpayers.

The .01 percenters. They are the nation's biggest welfare ranchers, according to numerous environmental and policy groups; and it's time they brought some attention to themselves, and the federal grazing program they're exploiting to waste as much as $1 billion a year of taxpayer money while causing long-term damage to one of the public's most treasured assets. ...

  1. David and Charles Koch (Koch Industries) - The brothers hold a half-dozen grazing permits on public land in Montana to go with its 300,000-acre Matador Ranch there. The brothers are tied for fourth place on Forbes 2014 400 Richest People in America list (net worth: $ 42 billion each). The Koch family ($ 89 billion) is #2 on Forbes Richest Families list; Koch Industries is #2 on Forbes America's Largest Private Companies list, ($ 115 billion in sales).
  2. J.R. Simplot Corp. - The largest U.S. public lands ranching entity (with an estimated 2 to 3 million acres of allotments in CA, ID, NV, OR and UT) is #63 on Forbes 2014 list of America's Largest Private Companies ($ 5.8 billion in sales). In 2014, the family was #29 on Forbes list of America's Richest Families (net worth: $ 8 billion).
  3. Bruce McCaw (McCaw Cellular) - McCaw was #382 on Forbes 400 list of America's Richest People in 2005 (net worth: $ 925 million). Through his 9 sprawling ranches, he controls a significant number of public grazing leases in ID and possibly NV. One of them (Camas Creek ranch) includes 272,000 acres of Federal grazing allotments in Idaho's Camas Prairie. Grazing permitted to his other ranches could easily double or triple that to a million acres or more.
  4. Barrick Gold - The Canadian mining company is one of the two largest public lands ranchers in NV, ranking 771st on Forbes Global 2000 list of the World's Biggest Public Companies in 2014, (sales: $ 12.56 billion). Like many other large public lands ranchers, Barrick buys ranches to secure water rights.
  5. Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) - The supplier of drinking water to Las Vegas is a large NV public lands rancher with an estimated 1 million acres of public grazing allotments. Like Barrick Gold, it, buys up private ranches to gain their water rights.
  6. W. Barron Hilton (Hilton Hotels) - The hotel heir dropped off Forbes Billionaires list (ranked #459 in 2011) as well as its list of the 400 Richest Americans (#144 in 2010), with a net worth of $ 2.5 billion. He died in 2013. Though records are hard to pin down, Hilton's heirs inherited a ranching operation in the CA-NV border area, which has been known to have vast public lands grazing allotments permitted to it.
  7. Mary Hewlett-Jaffe (Hewlett-Packard) - Jaffe holds the largest BLM public lands grazing permit in central ID and is among the top 15 public lands ranchers in the state (estimated at under 200,000 acres that are said to be in extremely degraded condition, according to sources).
  8. James Barta (Sav-Rx.com) - Barta is not on any Forbes rich lists, but owns one of the largest cattle ranching operations in the U.S., according to his attorneys. Barta holds grazing permits to nearly 900,000 acres of public grazing allotments in connection with two properties: White Horse Ranch (in OR) and Soldier Meadows (in NV). Barta may have additional NV grazing leases through two other ranches in NV, according to Jon Marvel, founder of Western Watersheds Project.
  9. T. Wright Dickinson - Though not on any Forbes list, the Dickinson family is a large public lands rancher, with grazing permits estimated at more than a half million acres of CO, UT and WY public lands under its LLC, Vermillion Ranches. Dickinson is a former County commissioner and proponent of county efforts to gain control of federal lands, according to the Denver Post.
  10. Stan Kroenke (Kroenke Group) & Ann Walton Kroenke (Walmart) - With just two of his ranches (in MT and WY) totaling 664,000 acres (not including public grazing allotments), Kroenke is one of the ten top land owners in the U.S. In 2014, he ranked #89 on Forbes list of the 400 Richest Americans, #247 on its Billionaires list, and #5 on its list of Richest American Sports Team Owners (net worth: $ 5.8 billion). His wife, Ann Walton Kroenke (net worth: $ 5.6 billion), was #261 on Forbes Billionaires list and #11 on its list of America's Richest Women.
  11. Family of Robert Earl Holding (Sinclair Oil and hotels) - Forbes ranks the family #87 on its 2014 list of America's Richest Families (net worth: $ 2.7 billion). With 400,000 acres of land, the family is the 19th largest private land owner in the US, according to the 2014 Land Report 100. This includes land that Forbes reported "may be the largest ranching operation in the Rocky Mountains." Public grazing leases are associated with some of the family's WY and possibly MT holdings, according to Jon Marvel, founder of Western Watersheds.
  12. Ted Turner - He's the second largest U.S. land owner (2 million acres in 6 states), is estimated to hold grazing leases in MT and NM (estimated at as much as 300,000 acres), and owns the world's largest bison herd. Forbes ranked him #296 on its 2014 list of the 400 Richest Americans and #818 on its global Billionaires list (net worth: $ 2.2 billion).
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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, March 25 [7:57]
*DN | My Lai Revisited: 47 Years Later, Seymour Hersh Travels to Vietnam Site of U.S. Massacre He Exposed (03/25/15) [11:47]
Fifty years after the U.S. ground invasion of Vietnam began, we look back at the 1968 My Lai massacre, when American troops killed hundreds of civilians. Journalist Seymour Hersh broke the story of the massacre and cover-up, winning a Pulitzer Prize for his work. But Hersh never actually went there -- he interviewed soldiers stateside. Forty-seven years later, he recently traveled to My Lai for the first time, which he documents in a new article for The New Yorker, "The Scene of the Crime: A Reporter's Journey to My Lai and the Secrets of the Past." Hersh joins us to discuss how he exposed the massacre nearly five decades ago and what it was like to visit My Lai for the first time.
DN | Private Prisons for Immigrant Families Grow Despite Court Ruling Against "Detention as Deterrence" (03/25/15) [15:06]
TRNN | Representatives and the pharmaceutical industry say 21st Century Cures will foster innovation, while critics argue that the legislative effort is a ploy to dismantle safeguards for short-term financial gain (03/25/15) [8:02]
TRNN | Mark Weisbrot says: What is Behind the Collapse of the Centre Left Parties in Europe? (03/25/15) [10:09]
TYT | Traitor Senators Used Israeli Spies Against Their Own Country (03/24/15) [12:00]
TYT | George Zimmerman Whines He Was Victim, Blames Obama (03/24/15) [6:47]
TYT | Religion In The Military. (03/24/15) [3:42]
*RT | CrossTalk: China Banks It (03/25/15) [24:20]
Ring of Fire | Ring of Fire on Free Speech TV (03/22/15) [57:00]
  1. 00:51 - "Republican Treason and Endless War." Howard Nations will tell us about the letter that 47 Republicans sent to Iranian officials trying to undermine president Obama, and the push for ground troops to fight ISIS. #RepublicanTreason
  2. 10:56 - "The Arbitration Trap -- Your Rights Are Gone." David TeSelle will discuss the new CFPB report that explains why mandatory arbitration is destroying the rights of consumers. #ReadTheFinePrint
  3. 22:23 - "Big Oil's Bomb Trains." DeSmogBlog contributor Justin Mikulka will tell us about the continuing dangers of big oil's "bomb trains" and why so little is being done about the growing threat. #BombTrains
  4. 31:42 - "Has The Tort Reform Fight Been Won?" Will Atkinson will explain how tort reform efforts have destroyed state economies, as well as the lives of consumers living in tort reform states. #TortReformFail
  5. 39:52 - "The Republican Super PAC Super Scam." Pap with Amanda Marcotte.
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | What the Hell is Wrong with our Media? (03/19/15) [8:55]
Chris Hayes - All In
Chris Hayes | Ted Cruz is in! The first-term Texas senator is the first major candidate to formally enter the presidential race -- and potentially a big headache for the Republican Party. (03/24/15) [11:11]
Chris Hayes | It's true: Ted Cruz is going on Obamacare (03/24/15) [6:51]
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7 More Netflix Hacks Every Binge-Watcher Needs To Know
HP | Bill Bradley | 03/21/15

Netflix is well on its way to turning everybody in the world into binge-watching homebodies. But really, who cares? Life is just all that inconvenient stuff that happens in between "Breaking Bad" marathons. With the announcement of the premiere dates for "Orange is the New Black" and "Wet Hot American Summer," it's clear the indent you're making in the couch is about to get a little more permanent. ... Read more

What's Expiring On Netflix In April 2015?
**Netflix by Genres
Other Videos and Documentaries I Ran Across
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As I construct My News Pages I constantly run across a lot of NEW videos, and since I find YouTube frustrating trying to re-find videos, I save the links in this section so I can find them again.

Tuesday March 24, 2015
News Articles

Meet Ted Cruz's Karl Rove: "He Leaves a Path of Destruction"
MotherJones | Pema Levy | 03/24/15

It was no surprise on Monday when Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) formally announced his presidential bid. By last summer, he was making key hires for his campaign crew. And this included recruiting a controversial Missouri-based political operative named Jeff Roe, who is known for his ruthless, bare-knuckled style and who has recently been in the news due to a tragic death. ... Read more

Utah Reinstates Firing Squad As Execution Method.

George Soros Warns Greece "Is Going Down The Drain"
ZeroHedge | author | 03/24/15

"Right now we are at the cusp," billionaire George Soros tells Bloomberg TV in this brief clip, the chances of Greece leaving the euro area are now 50-50 and the country could go "down the drain." The 84-year-old fears that talks between Greece and 'the institutions' could "break down," adding that "Greece is a long-festering problem that was mishandled from the beginning by all parties," concluding that the chances of Greece leaving the euro area are now 50-50 and the country could go "down the drain." Finally, Soros notes, what worries him the most is Ukraine. ... Read more
Bloomberg | Soros: Greece Is Going Down the Drain (03/24/15) [2:20]

Scientists: Ted Cruz's Climate Theories Are a "Load of Claptrap"
MotherJones | Tim McDonnell | 03/18/15

... There's also a big underlying flaw with Cruz's cherry-picked timespan of 17 years, which almost any climate scientist would agree is far too short to observe any meaningful trend. 1998, the year Cruz starts with, was itself exceptionally warm thanks to the biggest El Nino event of the 20th century. If that's your starting place, the warming trend does indeed look weak. But look over a longer time period, and it's obvious that very warm years are more common now than before. ... Read more
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PHOTOS : Hypnotic Northern Lights Time-Lapse Captured Over 2 Magical Nights in Alaska
HP | DL Cade | 03/23/15

The Northern Lights -- or Aurora Borealis, or Polar Spirits, or whatever you'd like to call it -- is far up my bucket list. Like really far up. So far up I often have dreams of standing in the middle of a frozen landscape, completely alone, looking up at this celestial display, awestruck. ... Read more
Hypnotic Northern Lights Time-Lapse Captured Over 2 Magical Nights in Alaska (03/23/15) [3:06]

Short-Term Gains & Long-Term Disaster
ZeroHedge | author | 03/24/15

It's time for the Japanese to get seriously scared now. Like many other countries, Japan -- and its political class -- creates a false image of enduring prosperity by letting its central bank increasingly buy up ever more of its sovereign bonds. It's a total sleight of hand, there is nothing left that's real. There's no there there. This is of course the same as what happens in Europe. And it's precisely because central banks buy up all these bonds, that their yields scrape the gutter. It's a blueprint for killing off the last bit of actual functionality in an economy. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, March 24 [11:42]
*DN | After Liberation Came Destruction: Iraqi Shiite Militias Accused of Looting, Burning Sunni Villages (03/24/15) [9:38], Part 2 [10:13]
DN | An Angry White House Vows to Confront Netanyahu, But Will It End Key U.S. Support for Occupation? (03/24/15) [17:21]
Jon Stewart - Daily News
Jon Stewart | Fox News fails to provide coverage of the Department of Justice report that revealed widespread systemic racism in the Ferguson police department. (03/19/15) [9:12]
Jon Stewart |Democalypse 2016 - Ted Cruz Is In (03/23/15) [5:59]
*Jon Stewart |The Department of Veteran Affairs launches an initiative to better provide health care to veterans, but the results are mixed at best. (03/23/15) [7:38]
*TRNN | Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson says: Ted Cruz Running for President as Defender of Wealth (03/24/15) [6:01]
*TYT | Will Ted Cruz Be President In 2016? (03/23/15) [7:18]
TYT | Sen. Ted Cruz : George W. Bush Levels Of Hilarious And Crazy Quotes (03/23/15) [6:54]
TYT | Insane Conspiracy Theories Ted Cruz Actually Believes (03/23/15) [7:03]
TYT | Frank Underwood & Josiah Bartlet & TV Presidents More Popular Than Obama? (03/23/15) [3:04]
RT | Keiser Report: Oppa Ponzi Style! (E734) (03/21/15) [25:44]
*In the second half, Max interviews former Goldman Sachs banker, Nomi Prins, author of All the Presidents' Bankers about the Cold War - Wall Street nexus of World Bank and NATO style institutions designed to enforce US hegemony.
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | Thom Hartmann on Science & Green News (03/24/15) [7:16]

Monday March 23, 2015
News Articles
Pretty good article... I read it from top-to-bottom.

Many Fears Stalk the Aging As Safety Nets Shrink; Media Stereotypes Miss the Full Story
AlterNet | Steven Rosenfeld | 03/19/15

This week, I told one verbose middle-aged friend who called that his college roommate has been taking care of his wife's 91-year-old mother at his home, which silenced him. His ex-roommate, an accountant, was stunned when told by a local nursing home "to bring her in and we'll figure out the finances later." They charge $10,000 a month. ... Read more

Ted Cruz Announces He's Running For President In 2016
HP | Samantha Lachman | 03/23/15

Cruz will make a formal announcement Monday at Liberty University in Virginia. Cruz is the first high profile candidate to officially declare that he is running for president and will forego an exploratory committee. ... Read more
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Who Left the Crash Window Open?
ZeroHedge | author | 03/23/15

Given that we live in a world where a modest 3% decline in the stock market triggers panicky demands for more quantitative easing (QE 4), few observers expect much a correction, regardless of the souring fundamentals such as sales and profits. Interesting article, lots of Graphs ... Read more

France Decrees New Rooftops Must Be Covered in Plants or Solar Panels.

Companies Profiting the Most From War
247wallst.com/ | Thomas C. Frohlich | 03/18/15

Worldwide military expenditure shrunk in 2013 for the second consecutive year, falling by 1.9% to $1.75 trillion. The 100 largest arms-producers sold a combined $402 billion worth of arms and military services in 2013, also down -- for the third consecutive year.

However, not all countries are spending less. Military spending in North America and in Western and Central European countries has continued to decline, while other countries such as Brazil and Russia have increased their arms investments. ...

CompanyArm SalesTotal SalesProfits# Empl
Lockheed Martin$35.5 b$45.5 b$3.0 b115,000
Boeing $30.7$86.6$4.6168,400
BAE Systems$26.8$28.4$28.484,600
Raytheon$21.9$23.7 $2.063,000
General Dynamics$18.7$31.2$2.496,000
Airbus Group$15.7$78.7$2.0144,060
United Tech$11.9$62.6$5.7212,000
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7 More Netflix Hacks Every Binge-Watcher Needs To Know
HP | Bill Bradley | 03/21/15

Netflix is well on its way to turning everybody in the world into binge-watching homebodies. But really, who cares? Life is just all that inconvenient stuff that happens in between "Breaking Bad" marathons. With the announcement of the premiere dates for "Orange is the New Black" and "Wet Hot American Summer," it's clear the indent you're making in the couch is about to get a little more permanent. ... Read more

What's Expiring On Netflix In April 2015?
**Netflix by Genres

Rapacious Companies Go After Defenseless People in Debt
AlterNet | Jim Hightower | 03/14/15

Debt firms routinely file thousands of lawsuits a day against financially devastated Americans. They know that most debtors can't understand the legal gibberish filed against them, can't afford a lawyer, can't take time off to go to a court hearing and can't mount an effective defense against the corporate lawyers. So, some 95 percent of these lawsuits produce default judgments against hapless borrowers -- meaning debt buyers can then confiscate the wages of borrowers or freeze their bank accounts. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, March 23 [12:08]
*DN | Yemen in Crisis: U.S. Closes Key Drone Base & Withdraws Forces as U.N. Warns of Civil War (03/23/15) [17:56]
DN | RIP Danny Schechter: Media Pioneer Who Covered Apartheid South Africa, Occupy & Kissinger (03/23/15) [15:53]
John Oliver
*HBO | John Oliver: Municipal Violations (03/22/15) [17:54]
TRNN | Economist Michael Hudson says: Europe Tilts East Towards China, Part 2 (03/23/15) [7:23]
TRNN | Professor Vincent Navarro maps the conditions that led to the rise of Podemos in Spain, Part 1 (03/23/15) [13:40]
TRNN | The Rise of Podemos, Part 2 (03/23/15) [15:58]
TYT | What John Boehner's Nuclear Netanyahu Visit Means (03/22/15) [4:33]
TYT | Dave Ramsey And His Big Ass House And Money From Jesus (03/22/15) [8:11]
TYT | "Whites Only" Stickers Posted In Front Of Austin Businesses (03/22/15) [5:48]
*RT | CrossTalk: Viva Venezuela! (03/23/15) [24:32]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | Bernie Sanders: Republicans Work for the Rich! (03/20/15) [3:38]
ThomHartmann | Republican Disrespect for Obama has no End... (03/20/15) [4:59]
Chris Hayes - All In
Chris Hayes | Where do right-wing conspiracies come from? (03/20/15) [8:33]
Other Videos and Documentaries I Ran Across
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Jordan Maxwell - Matrix of Power () [1:05:09]
Was Jesus a Copy of Horus, Mithras, Krishna, Dionysus and Other Pagan Gods?
Zeitgeist: The Movie () [1:50:52]
Jordan Maxwell The Naked Truth () [1:50:23]
Was Jesus a Copy of Horus, Mithras, Krishna, Dionysus and Other Pagan Gods? (article) (03/07/12)
Similarities Between Jesus and Pagan Deities (webpage)
Zeitgeist Refuted (02/19/10) [1:59:19]
  1. Krishna
  2. Buddha
  3. Horus
  4. Zoroaster
  5. Mithras
  6. Attis
  7. Dionysus-Bacchus
  8. Alleged Crucified Deities
Zecharia Sitchin
Zecharia Sitchin was raised in Palestine, where he acquired a profound knowledge of modern and ancient Hebrew, other Semitic and European languages, the Old Testament, and the history and archaeology of the Near East.

He attended the London School of Economics and Political Science and graduated from the University of London, majoring in economic history. A leading journalist and editor in Israel for many years, he now lives and writes in New York.

One of the few scholars able to read and understand Sumerian, Sitchin has based The Earth Chronicles, his recent series of books dealing with Earth's and man's histories and pre-histories, on the information and texts written down on clay tablets by the ancient civilizations of the Near East.
Books of Zecharia Sitchin (books/articles)
  1. The 12th Planet - 1976
  2. The Stairway to Heaven - 1980
  3. The Wars of Gods and Men - 1985
  4. The Lost Realms - 1990
  5. Genesis Revisited - 1990
  6. When Time Began - 1993
  7. Divine Encounters - 1995
  8. The Cosmic Code - 1998
Parts of the 'original' Bible have been modified since then, and so were born the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha books. This is in spite of the real historical facts of these books. Proof of these facts came out when the 'Dead Sea Scrolls' were found in the year 1947 and a small part of the scrolls were translated and published.
The Books of Adam and Eve (articles/books)

The Book of Enoch - Entire Book, R. H. Charles Version (03/28/12) [3:27:24]
First Book of Adam & Eve - Entire Book () [2:39:19]
Book of Jasher Audio Version () [3:24:08]
Unterstanding Western Politics
The Newpolitik: A Four-Establishment Model to Understand Western Politics (article) (11/09/13)
The Pilgrims Society: A Study of the Anglo- American Establishment and its Historical Support for Fascism
The Supranational Suspects Behind 9/11: White House, CIA, Saudis, Pakistanis, a Russian GRU Firm, and the Israelis (article) (01/13/13)
Cult of National Security Trolls: Art Bell and Coast To Coast AM (article) (12/28/14)
The World's Sixteen Crucified SSaviors.pdf () (book)
Meet the World Money Power (12//04) (article)

Friday March 20, 2015
News Articles

The Central Banks Will Not Be Able to Control This
ZeroHedge | author | 03/19/15

The biggest issue facing the finacial system today is the US Dollar rally. The Fed and other Central Banks are trying to maintain the illusion that they have everything in control by talking about interest rates, but the reality is that the US Dollar carry trade is ABOVE $9 trillion in size. That is almost as big as ALL of the money printing that occurred between 2009 and 2013.

Globally, the world is awash in borrowed money... most of it in US Dollars. The US Dollar carry trade is north of $9 trillion... literally than the economies of Germany and Japan COMBINED. When you BORROW in US Dollars you are effectively SHORTING the US Dollar. So when the US Dollar rallies... you have to cover your SHORT or you blow up. ... Read more
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US "Isolated" As Key Ally Japan Considers Joining China-Led Bank.
And then there were none. Like dominoes, US allies have fallen in line on the heels of the UK's decision to join the China-sponsored Asian Infrastructure Investment bank and now, the stanuchest supporter of Washington's position on the venture looks set to defect as well.

When The World's Reserve Currency Flash Crashed: "I Haven't Seen Anything Like It Since The Financial Crisis'
ZeroHedge | author | 03/20/15

On Wednesday afternoon, just after the close of the market, the US Dollar, the world's reserve currency flash crashed. "I haven't seen anything like it since the financial crisis," said Paul Lambert, head of currency at Insight Investment, which manages $480 billion of assets. For a few minutes on Wednesday, the lack of dollar buyers caused a short-term freeze in electronic trading platforms, according to a New York-based trader at a major currency-dealing bank. "There was a lot of shouting on the desk, a lot of nervousness," the trader said. ... Read more

Regulations brought in after the financial crisis have dried up the liquidity in markets, by crimping banks' ability to carry risky bets on their balance sheets. YEA RIGHT!

Petraeus: The Islamic State isn't our biggest problem in Iraq
Washington Post | Liz Sly | 03/20/15

General David Petraeus, who commanded U.S. troops during the 2007-2008 surge, was back in Iraq last week for the first time in more than three years. He was attending the annual Sulaimani Forum, a get-together of Iraqi leaders, thinkers and academics, at the American University of Sulaimaniya in northern Iraq's Kurdistan region.

In his most expansive comments yet on the latest crisis in Iraq and Syria, he answered written questions from The Post's Liz Sly, offering insights into the mistakes, the prosecution and the prospects of the war against the Islamic State, which he refers to by its Arabic acronym, Daesh. ... Read more

McConnell Urges States to Help Thwart Obama's 'War on Coal'
NYTimes | Coral Davenport | 03/19/15

Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has begun an aggressive campaign to block President Obama's climate change agenda in statehouses and courtrooms across the country, arenas far beyond Mr. McConnell's official reach and authority.

The campaign of Mr. McConnell, the Senate majority leader, is aimed at stopping a set of Environmental Protection Agency regulations requiring states to reduce carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants, the nation's largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. ... Read more

The poorest households in the debt-ridden country of Greece lost nearly 86% of their income, while the richest lost only 17-20%. The tax burden on the poor increased by 337% while the burden on upper-income classes increased by only 9%!!!

Arctic Sea Ice Hits Record Low Winter Maximum, Points To Evidence Of Long-Term Climate Change
Reuters & HP | author | 03/19/15

Arctic sea ice this year is the smallest in winter since satellite records began in 1979, in a new sign of long-term climate change, U.S. data showed on Thursday. The ice floating on the Arctic Ocean around the North Pole reached its maximum annual extent of just 14.54 million square kms (5.61 million sq miles) on Feb. 25 - slightly bigger than Canada - and is now expected to shrink with a spring thaw.

"This year's maximum ice extent was the lowest in the satellite record, with below-average ice conditions everywhere except in the Labrador Sea and Davis Strait," the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) said in a statement. A late season surge in ice was still possible, it said. The ice was 1.1 million sq kms smaller than the 1981-2010 average, and below the previous lowest maximum in 2011. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, March 20 [12:36]
DN | Ecuadorean Foreign Minister: The United States is the Real Threat in the Americas, Not Venezuela (03/20/15) [9:42]
DN | Ecuador: Why Did It Take Sweden 1,000 Days to Agree to Question Julian Assange in Our U.K. Embassy? (03/20/15) [7:09]
Climate Change
*ClimateState | Earth Under Water (08/08/13) [45:07]
*TRNN | Michael Hudson Report: Britain, German, France and Italy are among those who joined Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank in an expression of their discontent over World Bank polices that force developing countries to depend on the US. (03/20/15) [14:07]
TRNN | Professor Robin Hahnel of E3 Network says Yellen is acting in the public interest and does not want to derail slow and tepid recovery. (03/20/15) [11:48]
TRNN | Silicon Valley Democrats Pursuing High-Skill Immigration Reform. Republicans along with many progressive groups oppose the reform, arguing that it's a front for keeping wages low in the Information Technology sector by bringing in cheap labor from abroad. (03/20/15) [4:55]
TYT | Dick Cheney Claims Obama Is Using Race Card To Avoid Criticism (03/19/15) [4:48]
TYT | Netanyahu Changes Mind On Palestinian Statehood... Again. (03/19/15) [8:37]
RT | CrossTalk: Bibi's Back /w Norman Finkelstein (03/20/15) [24:39]
*RT | Keiser Report: Let the Rage Out! (E733) (03/19/15) [25:45]
Ring of Fire | The Only Thing That "Trickles Down" Is Bullshit (03/18/15) [8:33]
Ring of Fire | Inside The Secret Campaign To Destroy Workers' Rights (03/18/15) [9:46]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | The Ron Reagan Ad CBS Doesn't want you to See... (03/19/15) [1:42]
ThomHartmann | The Right-Wingification of the World... (03/19/15) [1:47]
ThomHartmann | What Happens When California runs out of Water? (03/19/15) [2:14]
Other Videos and Documentaries I Ran Across
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Thursday March 19, 2015
News Articles

Battle Between House GOP Factions Prompts Budget Vote Delay
AP & HP | author | date

The failure of the GOP-led committee to approve its budget blueprint as scheduled was unprecedented in recent memory and could delay floor debate into April. Republicans, in charge in both the House and Senate now, are determined to prove they could govern after the humiliating defeat over homeland security funds and immigration.

Several conservatives on the budget panel appeared out of synch with GOP leaders seeking to mollify defense hawks. Several conservative hard-liners had opposed the election of John Boehner, R-Ohio, as Speaker.

In the Senate, two Republican defense hawks were joining House rebels in trying to rewrite the party's budget plans to add tens of billions of dollars to ease deficit-driven cuts to the military. ... Read more

Note: The above graph doesn't really represent all Defense spending. It doesn't include nuclear weapons, which come under the auspices of the Department of Energy, some DHS, and all the black projects. Most people in the know believe the true number is closer to 1.2 Trillion dollars.

De-Dollarization Accelerates As More Of Washington's "Allies" Defect To China-Led Bank
ZeroHedge | author | 03/19/15

"Ignoring direct pleas from the Obama administration, Europe's biggest economies have declared their desire to become founding members of a new Chinese-led Asian investment bank that the United States views as a rival to the World Bank and other institutions set up at the height of American power after World War II," The Times notes, in yet another indication of declining US influence. ... Read more

You Think You're An Investor? I Think Not
ZeroHedge | author | 03/19/15

Having a rigged, distorted system that fakes being a market and makes a bunch of grifters a lot of money, is not how you build a functioning society. One might conclude, when looking at the excessive attention 'everyone' paid yet again today to Janet Yellen and the Fed, waiting breathlessly to see if she utters the word 'patience', that those people who call themselves 'investors' are not even grifters, they're nothing but yet another group of lazy bums waiting for government -- and/or central bank -- hand-outs. Read more

Heartbreaking Photos and Tragic Tales of San Francisco's Homeless (PHOTOS)
MotherJones | Gabrielle Canon | older, 02/17/15

Psychiatrist Robert Okin spent years getting to know the city's street people. Now he's sharing their stories.

Jeff's is one of the many stories of homelessness chronicled in Robert Okin's new book Silent Voices. As a psychiatrist who has served as the Commissioner at the Department of Mental Health in both Massachusetts and Vermont, a professor emeritus at the University of California-San Francisco School of Medicine, and former Chief of Service in the San Francisco General Hospital's Department of Psychiatry, Okin has worked with homeless patients throughout his career. ... Read more

Here's What Will Happen If Antarctica Melts
MotherJones | Tim McDonnell | older, 03/06/15

When we talk about global warming at the poles, the Arctic tends to get more press than the Antarctic, because it's happening faster there than anywhere else on Earth. But Antarctica is still a juggernaut. As ice sheets there collapse--a process some scientists now see as irreversible--global sea level could rise 10 feet.

Tonight, our friends at VICE will kick off their third season of documentaries on HBO, and they're headed to Antarctica to get a close-up look at the potentially catastrophic changes underway there. ... Read more
HBO | Vice: Our Rising Oceans S03, E01 (03/11/15) [1:01]
***HBO Vice | Our Rising Oceans S03,E01 (full) (03/11/15) [42:09]

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, March 19 [9:57]
*DN | Obama Seeks Fast Track for TPP, Trade Deal that Could Thwart "Almost Any Progressive Policy or Goal" (03/19/15) [13:14]
*DN | Blockupy: Thousands Protest in Frankfurt Calling on Eurozone to Dismantle "Laboratory for Austerity" (03/19/15) [7:54]
Jon Stewart - Daily Show
Jon Stewart |Jon Stewart To Benjamin Netanyahu: 'How Dare You!'. (03/18/15) [5:59]
TRNN | Mohamed-Salah Omri analyses the attacks in Tunis and why an estimated 3,000 young people flee Tunisia to join the IS. (03/19/15) [10:54]
TRNN | Analyst Shir Hever: Despite Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing, neoliberal, and racist policies, his reelection thwarted a potentially more aggressive and violent regime from taking power. (03/19/15) [14:43]
TYT | Netanyahu Wins Reelection In Israel At Last Minute (03/18/15) [5:56]
TYT | Israel Says No to Peace. What Happens Next? (03/18/15) [8:29]
TYT | Who Are Netanyahu's GOP Supporters? (03/18/15) [6:21]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
Environment - Climate Change
2013 National Emmy Award Nominee: Melting Point Greenland (12/21/12) [41:55]
*Documentary | Greenland is the Melting Point (2014) [41:55]
*PBS NOVA | Antarctica Meltdown - Secrets Beneath the Ice (2014) [49:35]
What Scientists Are Seeing Over Antarctica (older, 2012) [8:33]

Wednesday March 18, 2015
News Articles

Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party Wins Israeli Election
HP | Jade Walker | 03/18/15

The Likud Party, led by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has defied expectations and emerged as the winner in Tuesday's parliamentary elections, the Jerusalem Post reported.

Isaac Herzog, Israel's opposition leader, contacted Netanyahu on Wednesday to concede, Reuters reported. The final results, as reported by Haaretz, showed Likud won 30 seats while the Zionist Union came in second with 24 seats. ... Read more

ECB (Europe Central Bank) Prepares For Grexit, Anticipates 95% Loss On Greek Debt.

*House Republican budget: There's a mysterious $1.1 trillion in spending cuts in the House GOP's budget
Washington Post | Max Ehrenfreund | 03/17/15

"They have a magic asterisk," Hoyer said. ... ... Hoyer was apparently not referring to an actual asterisk, but to a row of figures with the innocuous label "Other Mandatory" in one of several tables at the back of the document. The numbers show that Republicans are planning to save $1.1 trillion over 10 years by reducing outlays for mandatory spending other than on health care and Social Security, a drastic reduction for that category as compared to current policy.

It was not immediately clear where the savings would come from, but they're necessary in order for the budget to balance within a decade, as Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), the chairman of the House Budget Committee, said it would. The large reduction in this category is crucial for attaining the budget's $5.5 trillion of overall savings, which the document stated could be achieved "without gimmicks or creative accounting tricks" or "sudden and arbitrary cuts to current services." House Republicans hope to reach those goals while increasing spending on the military and without raising taxes. ... Read more

CBS | Donald Rumsfeld Admits Day before 911 "2.3 TRillion Dollars Missing from DOD" () [2:54]
Daily Ticker | Find the $8.5 Trillion the Pentagon Can't Account For (2014) [5:32]
This earthquake, however, was different. At magnitude 9.0, what became known as the Tohoku earthquake was the world's fifth largest since modern records began around 1900. In Tokyo, less than 200 miles from the epicenter, the trembling lasted a full six minutes. When it finally stopped, parts of the main island of Honshu had moved eight meters, or 26 feet, to the east.

Here's What Will Happen If Antarctica Melts
MotherJones | Tim McDonnell | older, 03/06/15

When we talk about global warming at the poles, the Arctic tends to get more press than the Antarctic, because it's happening faster there than anywhere else on Earth. But Antarctica is still a juggernaut. As ice sheets there collapse--a process some scientists now see as irreversible--global sea level could rise 10 feet.

Tonight, our friends at VICE will kick off their third season of documentaries on HBO, and they're headed to Antarctica to get a close-up look at the potentially catastrophic changes underway there. ... Read more
HBO | Vice: Our Rising Oceans S03, E01 (03/11/15) [1:01]

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, March 18 [11:25]
DN | Hedge Fund-Backed Castellan Real Estate Group Intimidates NYC Tenants to Vacate Rent-Stabilized Apts (03/18/15) [4:00]
*DN | After Netanyahu Wins Israel Vote with Racism & Vow of Permanent Occupation, How Will World Respond? (03/18/15) [8:14]
*DN | "Arabs Voting in Droves": Netanyahu's Fear Materializes as Joint List Wins 3rd in Israeli Election (03/18/15) [19:51]
Jon Stewart - Daily Show
Jon Stewart | Hatewatch with Jon Stewart: A bipartisan human trafficking bill gets stuck in the Senate because Republicans slip in some anti-abortion language that Democrats failed to notice right away. (03/17/15) [8:07]
NASA | How The Sahara Keeps The Amazon Rainforest Going (03/05/15) [2:13]
*TRNN | Phyllis Bennis: Netanyahu or Herzog, Little Will Change in Israeli Policy (03/18/15) [13:01]
*TRNN | Ali Abunimah: Palestinians Better Off with Netanyahu (03/18/15) [14:00]
*TYT | The GOP Balanced Budget Plan - What's The Catch? (03/17/15) [7:43]
TYT | Senator Ted Cruz Scares Little Girl (03/17/15) [8:55]
TYT | Israeli Elections 2015. Will Netanyahu Win? (03/17/15) [2:56]
*RT | CrossTalk: Ukraine's delicate balance (03/18/15) [24:12]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
Other Videos and Documentaries I Ran Across

Tuesday March 17, 2015
News Articles

GAO: U.S. Government Gave Away $125 Billion In Questionable Benefits Last Year
AP & HP | Stephen Ohlemacher | 03/17/15

While the errors were spread among 22 federal agencies, three programs stood out: Medicare, Medicaid and the Earned Income Tax Credit. Together, the three programs accounted for more than $93 billion in improper payments.

  1. The Earned Income Tax Credit provides payments to low-income families accounted for $18 billion.
  2. Medicare's payments to doctors and hospitals had the most improper payments, at $46 billion.
  3. Medicaid, the health insurance program for the poor: $17.5 billion.
  4. Medicare Advantage, which allows older Americans to get their Medicare benefits through private health plans: $12.2 billion.
  5. Unemployment insurance: $5.6 billion.
  6. Supplemental Security Income, a disability program for the poor: $5 billion.
  7. Social Security: $3 billion.
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Federal Spending - Budget
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Defense Spending

Plan B? Major European "Allies" Desert Obama, Join China-led Infrastructure Bank
ZeroHedge | author | 03/17/15

It appears the sea of de-dollarization has reached the shores of Europe. With Australia and UK having already moved in the direction of joining the China-led AIIB, The FT reports that France, Germany, and Italy have now all agreed to join the development bank as 'pivot to Asia' appears to be Plan B for Europe. ...

... De-dollarization continues... As Simon Black recently concluded, now we can see words are turning into action. Our Allies might be too polite to tell the US straight up - "Look, you have $18.1 trillion in official debt, you have $42 trillion in unfunded liabilities, and you're kind of a dick. I'm dumping you." ... Read more

Treasury Secretary Lew Admits US "International Credibility & Influence Is Being Threatened"
ZeroHedge | author | 03/17/15

While we try to our patriotic duty every day, Jack Lew's comment that: U.S. ECONOMIC RECOVERY WELL ESTABLISHED, LEW SAYS was too much to bear... so we provide the following 3 charts for guidance in comprehending the propaganda. Why would he blatantly lie in the face of unequivocally bad data? Simple, they are desparate to spin US economic strength as the world comes to realize it no longer needs to rely on a unipolar US-based model... Read more

Immediately After Launching Effort to Scuttle Iran Deal, Senator Tom Cotton to Meet with Defense Contractors
firstlook.org/theintercept | Lee Fang | 03/09/15

Immediately After Launching Effort to Scuttle Iran Deal, Senator Tom Cotton to Meet with Defense Contractors. The NDIA is composed of executives from major military businesses such as Northrop Grumman, L-3 Communications, ManTech International, Boeing, Oshkosh Defense and Booz Allen Hamilton, among other firms.

Cotton strongly advocates higher defense spending and a more aggressive foreign policy. As The New Republic's David Ramsey noted, "Pick a topic -- Syria, Iran, Russia, ISIS, drones, NSA snooping -- and Cotton can be found at the hawkish outer edge of the debate ... During his senate campaign, he told a tele-townhall that ISIS and Mexican drug cartels joining forces to attack Arkansas was an 'urgent problem.'" ... Read more

10 Things Black People Fear That White People Don't
AlterNet | Terrell Jermaine Starr | 03/16/15

The following is the latest in a new series of articles on AlterNet called Fear in America that launched this March.

  1. Getting fired because we don't fit into white cultural norms. Rhonda Lee, an African American meteorologist who worked at a Louisiana TV station wore her hair in a natural hairstyle one viewer found offensive.
  2. Encountering a police officer who may kill us. ProPublica reports that black males stand a 21 times greater chance of being killed by cops than their white counterparts.
  3. Not being able to get a job. The black unemployment rate has been twice the rate of unemployment for whites, basically forever.
  4. Our daughters being expelled from school because of "zero tolerance policies." New York City and Boston school districts, 12 percent of black girls were subjected to exclusionary suspensions compared to just 2 percent of white girls.
  5. We are much more likely to be harassed by police than by white residents in NYC. Between 2001 and 2013, roughly 81 percent of the summonses issued have been to African Americans and Latinos.
  6. Being bullied at work. Fifty-four percent of African Americans claim to be victims of workplace bullying compared to 44 percent of white respondents, according to the 2014 Workplace Bullying Survey.
  7. Being pulled over by the police. Black drivers are 31 percent more likely to be pulled over than white drivers.
  8. Being accused of shoplifting when we're shopping. Shopping while black can be pretty stressful.
  9. Getting sick and not having access to health care.
  10. Having white people say we're exaggerating these issues.
Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, March 17 [12:57]
*DN | A Double Standard on Leaks? As Whistleblowers Jailed, Petraeus Escapes Prison & Advises White House (03/17/15) [10:55]
DN | A Deadly U-Turn: Did Miriam Carey Need to Die After Wrong Car Move at White House Checkpoint? (03/17/15) [13:40]
60 Minutes
60 Minutes | Controversial conservationist Damian Aspinall wants to close all zoos, including his own, and free the animals to the wild. But is it a good idea? (03/15/15) [13:19]
60 Minutes | Back to the Wild website (03/15/15) (article)
John Oliver
This is an older piece by John Oliver but is good, especially toward the end when he talks about ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council).
*HBO | State Legislatures and ALEC (older, but good) [17:17]
*TRNN | Larry Wilkerson says: Kerry Opens a Door to Negotiating with Assad in Syria (03/17/15) [8:38]
TRNN | Max Blumenthal says: Zionist Union Leader Herzog Willing to Form a Coalition with Netanyahu's Likud. (03/17/15) [12:25]
TRNN | The Jewish Voice for Peace 2015 National Meeting: Jewish-American Leadership Rising in Opposition to Israeli Occupation. (03/17/15) [9:17]
TRNN | Michael Ratner says: Swedish Prosecutor in Julian Assange's Case Retreats; US Continues Espionage Investigation (03/17/15) [13:34]
TYT | Defense Industry Whores Release Nuclear Iran Ad To Scare America (03/16/15) [6:20]
TYT | Shocking Video Of Cruelty To Milk Cows Released (Warning! Disturbing Content!) (03/16/15) [7:29]
TYT | Gay Students Ordered To Take Christian Sensitivity Training (03/16/15) [5:47]
*RT | CrossTalk: 2015 is turning into a difficult year for the Russian economy. (03/16/15) [24:38]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
Chris Hayes - All In
Chris Hayes | Robert Durst charged with first-degree murder. (03/16/15) [13:54]
The Judge who presided over Robert Durst's LAST murder trial tells Chris Hayes what she thinks about his apparent admission of guilt in HBO's documentary series "The Jinx", and what she thinks about the LA County District Attorney charging him with...
Portland considering tiny homes for city's homeless () [2:09]

Monday March 16, 2015
News Articles

Biggest corporate political interests spend billions, get trillions
sunlightfoundation.com |Bill Allison | older, 11/17/14

Between 2007 and 2012, 200 of America's most politically active corporations spent a combined $5.8 billion on federal lobbying and campaign contributions. A year-long analysis by the Sunlight Foundation suggests, however, that what they gave pales compared to what those same corporations got: $4.4 trillion in federal business and support. ... Read more
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China now owns 1 in 4 pigs raised in the U.S. as food becomes "the oil of the 21st century".

The Hidden Money Buying Condos at the Time Warner Center
NYTimes | author | older, 02/07/15

For more than a year, The New York Times examined the influx of global cash fueling the city's high-end real estate boom. The investigation pierced the secrecy of more than 200 shell companies that have owned condominiums at one complex, the Time Warner Center:

  1. Nearly half of the most expensive residential properties in the United States are now purchased anonymously through shell companies.
  2. The real estate industry does little examination of buyers' identities or backgrounds, and there is no legal requirement for it to do so.
  3. At the Time Warner Center, 37 percent of the condominiums are owned by foreigners. At least 16 foreigners who have owned in the building have been the subject of government inquiries, either personally or as heads of companies.
Read more
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In Program to Spur Affordable Housing, $100 Million Penthouse Gets 95% Tax Cut
NYTimes | Charles V. Bagli | older, 02/01/15

The penthouse at One57, which offers panoramic views from 1,000 feet above 57th Street, recently sold for a record-setting $100.5 million.

But it is not the price that has grabbed the attention of housing advocates, policy analysts, developers and city officials. Rather, it is one of peculiarities of New York real estate: a billionaire's lair that comes with an incentive that cuts this year's property tax bill by 95 percent, or an estimated $360,000. ... Read more

Governments operate on the premise that propaganda and threats will always be enough to cow their populaces into compliance and bribes will induce complicity.When lies, bribes and threats no long work, the state unleashes its full pathological powers on dissent.

When It Becomes Serious, First They Lie - When That Fails, They Arrest You
ZeroHedge | author | 03/16/15

"When it becomes serious, you have to lie." Jean-Claude Juncker simply gave voice to what the world's leaders practice on a daily basis, because now it's always serious.

And why is it now serious? Persuading tax donkeys and debt serfs (middle class) that everything is going their way is now impossible without lies. Persuading the populace that the leadership is working on their behalf was jettisoned in the wake of the 2008 bailout of bankers and parasites.

Stripped of the artifice that they care about anything other than preserving the wealth of their cronies, global political leaders now rely on propaganda: narratives designed to manage expectations and perceptions, bolstered by carefully tailored official statistics.

When 20% of the populace no longer believe the lies and begins questioning the state's enforcement of the status quo, the government devotes its resources to punishing dissenters, resisters and whistleblowers ... Read more

The New GOP Senator Tom Cotton
AlterNet | Medea Benjamin | 03/12/15

Hailing from Arkansas, 37-year-old Senator Cotton boasts the title of being the youngest member of the Senate, but he spouts the old warmongering rhetoric of 78-year-old Senator John McCain. From Guantanamo to Iran, food stamps to women's rights, here are ten reasons why Tom Cotton is a dangerous dude.

  1. He penned an underhanded letter to the leaders of Iran that borders on traitorous.
  2. Senator Cotton said the only problem he has with Guantanamo Bay prison is that "there are too many empty beds."
  3. He has compared the negotiations of the UN Security Council (P5+1) with Iran to the "appeasement of Nazi Germany."
  4. He thinks the use of killer drones should be expanded. Note: only 2% of all people killed by drone strikes have been confirmed "high-value" targets.
  5. He claims that "bombing makes us safer." While in some masochistic, twisted logic that might make sense in the short term, historically speaking US military intervention has led to more extremism.
  6. He uses fear-mongering to call for a crackdown on immigrants and a clampdown on the Mexican border. Senator Cotton says drug cartels in Mexico are ready to expand into human trafficking and even terrorism, and could infiltrate our southern border and "attack it right here in places like Arkansas."
  7. He received $700,000 for his senate campaign from the Emergency Committee for Israel. During the 2014 Israeli invasion of Gaza, when over 500 Palestinian were killed, Cotton called the Israeli defense force "the most moral, humanitarian fighting force in the world."
  8. As an Army Lieutenant in 2006, Cotton called for the prosecution of two New York Times journalists for espionage. When the New York Times published an article about how the government was tracking terrorist financing, Cotton called for the journalists to be imprisoned.
  9. He thinks food-stamp recipients are "addicts."
  10. He has opposed legislation to expand women's rights. Senator Cotton voted against equal pay legislation and the Violence Against Women Act.
Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, March 16 [13:30]
*DN | Johann Hari & Naomi Klein: Does Capitalism Drive Drug Addiction? (03/16/15) [53:22]
*DN | As U.N. Backs Fossil Fuel Divestment, Bill McKibben on Vanuatu, Oxford Vote, California Water Crisis (03/16/15) [11:29]
DN | After Swedish Prosecutors Back Down, Is WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Close to Freedom? (03/16/15) [10:39]
PBS NewsHour
PBS NewsHour | How did CIA money end up in al-Qaeda coffers? (03/15/15) [3"43]
More Contaminated water may have seeped into ground at Fukushima nuclear plant (03/13/15) [0:33]
Fox News - ISIS
Fox | Growing Expansion of ISIS Beyond the Boarders of Syria and Iraq (03/14/15) [5:53]
TRNN | Author Joshua Reubner: Iran Nuclear Program a Distraction from Israel's Nuclear Weapons (03/16/15) [5:31]
TRNN | TRNN reports from the Jewish Voice for Peace National Meeting: Israelis and Palestinians See Little Hope For Change In Upcoming Election (03/16/15) [6:25]
TRNN | Bill Black says: The Juncker Plan for Economic Recovery in Europe (03/16/15) [9:52]
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TYT | College Graduation Rates Indicate Growing Wealth Gap (03/15/15) [6:07]
*TYT | Iceland Does The Unimaginable To Its Criminal Bankers (03/15/15) [4:01]
TYT | What It's Like To Live As A Women Under ISIS Rule (03/15/15) [6:42]
TYT | Lesbian Couple Custody Battle With Sperm Donors (03/15/15) [4:35]
RT | CrossTalk: GOP's Act of Treason? (03/11/15) [23:49]
RT | Keiser Report: Destroying the Middle Class (E730) (03/12/15) [25:31]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
John Oliver
HBO | The NCAA doesn't pay athletes because they consider them amateurs. (03/15/16) [20:53]
Counter Intelligence, Shining a Light on Black Operations | Five Part Program
This 5-part documentary is a great expose on the national surveillance state that has arisen over the last 50-100 years. Manipulating elections, overthrowing foreign governments, and secret assassinations are just a few of the heinous acts committed in the name of national security. Now that Edward Snowden has blown the lid off of the NSA's Prism snooping program, this film series is even more important and relevant. "Admit nothing, deny everything, make counter accusations"-- that's plausible deniability and that's how govt runs our country!
Counter Intelligence | The Company, Part 1 () [1:18:34]
Part 1: The Company
This film takes a very informative and provocative look into the illegal and covert operations of the Central Intelligence Agency (C.I.A.). It lays out the historical foundations of the modern surveillance state.
Counter Intelligence | The Deep State, Part 2 () [1:25:25]
Part 2: The Deep State
For the first time during the Iran-Contra scandal, Americans get a look at the secret programs and operations of their government. Other topics include Watergate and the War on Drugs. The War on Drugs is essentially a massive coverup that allows criminal syndicates to generate massive profits and commit acts of murder and bribery with impunity throughout the United States and South America.
Counter Intelligence | The Strategy of Tension, Part 3 () [55:09]
Part 3: The Strategy of Tension
The Strategy of Tension examines the history of false flag operations used for war, propaganda and psychological operations--or 'psy-ops.' Operation Northwoods and Operation Gladio are examples used to illustrate the nature of clandestine operation planning and execution; as well as shedding light on the intent and extent to which the National Security apparatus manipulates events and manufactures outcomes to suit its goals. This programme also looks at the issues that spin off from the history of false flag operations--such as how conspiracy theories are used to discredit inquiry and investigative journalism; and also how the cultural preconditions around dismissing false flag operations serve to protect their continuation and 'plausible deniability.'
Counter Intelligence | Necrophilous, Part 4 () [1:56:03]
Part 4: Necrophilous
An examination of torture, war crimes, and abuse of authority during protests and war. Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay Cuba shed light on the US security state's attitudes towards those who resist (or are accused of resisting) the American Empire's attempt at global hegemony. Islamophobia -- largely a construct of media propaganda -- is the driving force behind American's lust for war in the middle east and Americans' tolerance for crimes against humanity and "collateral damage".
Counter Intelligence | Drone Nation, Part 5 () [50:04]
Part 5: Drone Nation
After President Obama signed the 2011 NDAA, the US government is allowed to kidnap and detain its own citizens without any warning or notification. A simple accusation of "terrorism" is all that is needed to murder innocents with drones from command centers thousands of miles away. Whatever your opinion of Anwar al Awlaki, his 2011 murder by drone strike, and subsequent lack of outrage, sets a dangerous precedent for Americans' liberty and security from its own government.
Dark Journalist
Dark Journalist | Defense Minister Paul Hellyer: Money Mafia And The UFO Cabal: Major Revelations! (11/05/14) [54:56]
Dark Journalist | Peter Dale Scott: American Deep State: Secret Government, CIA, FEMA (01/25/15) [2:04:17]

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