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Wednesday April 30, 2014
News Articles

Severe Storms In South, Midwest Leave 35 Dead
AP & HP | Melissa Nelson-Gabriel | 04/30/14

... As much as 15 to 20 inches had fallen in Pensacola in a 24-hour period, National Weather Service meteorologist Phil Grigsby in New Orleans said Wednesday morning, with a few more inches expected. Grigsby said aerial rescues were planned, and the county moved boats and jet skis from the beaches to the streets to help. A portion of Interstate 10 north of Pensacola and other roads were closed, and Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for 26 counties. ... Read more

Drought Now Covers Every Last Inch Of California
thinkprogress.org/ | Jeff Spross | 04/26/14

... California's crops and agriculture are also taking a pounding. Mike Wade, the California Farm Water Coalition's executive director, told USA Today that the direct and indirect economic costs of the drought are already estimated at $7.48 billion, including 800,000 acres of farmland left idle and 20,000 job losses. ...

... On top of all this, a recent study out of Utah State University has linked both the drought in the western U.S. and the frigid winter that just hit the eastern U.S. to climate change. The author of the work, climate scientist Simon Wang, looked at a twin set of pressure systems -- one of unusually high pressure off America's Pacific coast, and one of unusually low pressure over the Great Lakes -- called a "dipole." The combined effect is to drive warm and severely dry weather across the southwest, and unusually cold and snowy weather across the northeastern United States. ... Read more

Deja Vu All Over Again: Fannie, Freddie Would Need Another $190 Billion Bailout When Things Go South
ZeroHedge | author | 04/30/14

While it will come as a surprise to exactly nobody, certainly nobody who understand that the US financial system is no better financial shape than just before the Lehman crash as nothing has been fixed and everything that is broken has been merely swept under the rug (for details see Paul Singer's explanation posted last night) of epic-er leverage, the news that when (not if) the US economy succumbs to a severe economic downturn Fannie and Freddie would require another taxpayer funded bailout, one of $190 billion or even more than the first $187.5 billion-funded nationalization of the GSEs, can only bring a smile to one's face. ... Read more

Elliott's Paul Singer On How It All Will End: "Badly, We Guess"
ZeroHedge | author | 04/29/14

... There is something missing in investors' reasoning that leads to their current complacency, and that is an understanding of the circularity of confidence in a fragile system. Since the system is fundamentally unsound, all it would take is a loss of confidence to set off a collapse in the purchasing power of money, a major currency or the global stock and/or bond markets. ...

... In fact, the global financial system is arguably less safe than it was in 2008. The unquestioned creditworthiness of the Developed World governments ended the most intense phase of the 2008 crisis, as the financial system was ultimately all but guaranteed by governments. ... Read more

Two Giant Banks, Seen as Immune, Become Targets
NYTimes | author | 04/30/14

Federal prosecutors are nearing criminal charges against some of the world's biggest banks, according to lawyers briefed on the matter, a development that could produce the first guilty plea from a major bank in more than two decades.

In doing so, prosecutors are confronting the popular belief that Wall Street institutions have grown so important to the economy that they cannot be charged. A lack of criminal prosecutions of banks and their leaders fueled a public outcry over the perception that Wall Street giants are "too big to jail." ... Read more

An "Army of Lobbyists" Is Quietly Fighting for Budget-Busting Corporate Tax Breaks
Bill Moyers | Joshua Holland | 04/03/14

... The 55 cuts, known on Capitol Hill as "extenders," expired at the end of 2013 but in the past have been renewed retroactively on a bipartisan basis with little fanfare. Altogether, according to the Congressional Budget Office, they could cost the federal government $46 billion in revenues in 2014 and as much as $700 billion over the next 10 years. While some of the breaks would help working people, 90 percent of them would benefit the bottom lines of large, US-based multinationals.

A report released on Monday by Americans for Tax Fairness and Public Campaign calculates that, "1,359 individual lobbyists swarmed Capitol Hill to press members of Congress on the issue between January 2011 and September 2013." Lobbyists appeared "12,378 times in quarterly lobbying reports in the period studied -- each report representing from one to dozens of contacts with members of Congress and their staffs during the quarter it was filed." ... Read more
Corporate Lobbying On Tax Extenders And The "GE Loophole.pdf"



DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, April 30 [13:24]
*DN | ALEC in the News: Oklahoma Punishes Solar Power Users; Wisconsin Voter ID Law Overturned (04/30/14) [6:08]
DN | "Silenced" Film Explores the Human Toll of Obama's Crackdown on National Security Whistleblowers (04/24/14) [5:28]
*Enemy Of The State (1998) (full movie) [2:12:12]
TRNN News
*TRNN | Mr. Robock: No CO2 Eureka Moment, Just Years of Statistical Analysis (2/5) (04/30/14) [21:18]
TRNN | Robert McChesney: Will New FCC Internet Regulations Strengthen Monopoly Control? (04/30/14) [15:26]
During the Bush years, people all over the world were horrified by America's aggression, human rights abuses and militarism. By 2008, only one in three people around the world approved of the job performance of U.S. leaders. The election of President Obama broadcast his message of hope and change far beyond U.S. shores, and Gallup's 2009 U.S.-Global Leadership Project (USGLP) recorded a sharp rise in global public approval of U.S. leadership to 49 percent. 93 countries have changed their minds about Obama.
TYT News
TYT | Donald Trump HAPPY to Defend Racist Donald Sterling (04/29/14) [6:28]
*TYT | Boehner's Bad Comedy Was Right, But Now He's Sorry (04/29/14) [6:03]
TYT | Ted Cruz Goes For The Kill On John Kerry 'Israel Apartheid State' Dustup (04/29/14) [11:11]
TYT | Torture And Manhood - Does Obama Lack Both? (04/29/14) [8:20]
Ring of Fire
Ring of Fire | Ring of Fire (full) (04/27/14) [57:00]
*Ring of Fire | Papantonio: Forced Arbitration -- The Breakfast of Corporate Champions (04/30/14) [10:25]
Ring of Fire | More Abysmal SCOTUS (Supreme Court) Decisions (04/29/14) [3:25]
RT News
*RT CrossTalk | Containment 2.0? with Stephen Cohen & John Mearsheimer (04/28/14) [27:42]
What does Washington's "containment" policy mean? What threats does it pose? Will it work against today's Russia? And does this mean Washington has declared a new Cold War? CrossTalking with Stephen Cohen and John Mearsheimer.
RT | Word Apartheid: 'Why can't John Kerry stand behind his statement on Israel?' () [5:54]
RT | Iraq Campaign Carnage: 900 die in a month as key election nears (04/29/14) [3:32]
Jon Stewart - Daily News
Jon Stewart | Jon Stewart Skewers Crazy Talk at the Annual NRA Convention (04/30/14) [6:20]
Max Keiser Show
Keiser Report (E594) Behind the CNN Curtain! (04/29/14) [25:41]
In the second half, Max interviews Chris Cook about a gas coin, tally sticks, compound interest, national debt versus national credit.
Keiser Report (E593) Hot Tips from Losers (04/26/14) [25:45]
Max interviews international businessman and RBS claimant, Neil Mitchell, about the latest in his high-profile battle against GRG and RBS. He suggests the public move their funds from RBS.
Keiser Report (E592) Zombie Banks, Debt Schools (04/24/14) [25:45]
In the second half, Max interviews Jan Skoyles about China's gold, international payment systems, bail-ins and Getting REAL.
Other Videos and Documentaries I Ran Across
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04.30.2014. 11:52

Tuesday April 29, 2014
News Articles

Tornadoes In Mississippi, Alabama Flatten Homes As Massive Storm Sweeps South
HP & AP | Adrian Sainz | 04/28/14

A dangerous storm system that spawned a chain of deadly tornadoes over three days flattened homes and businesses, forced frightened residents in more than half a dozen states to take cover and left tens of thousands in the dark Tuesday morning.

As the storm hopscotched across a large swath of the U.S., the overall death toll was at least 28, with 11 killed Monday and 17 Sunday in a band stretching from Oklahoma to Alabama. Forecasts showed the storm continuing to move east early Tuesday, with Georgia and Alabama residents waking to sirens, howling wind and pounding rain. ... Read more

VILONIA, ARKANSAS - APRIL 28: New Vilonia Intermediate School that was set to open in August is left to ruins after a strong tornado went through the area on April 27 for the second time in three years on April 28, 2014 in Vilonia, Arkansas.

Bank of America Lost $2.7 Billion in a Maze of Accounting
Bloomberg | Matt Levine | 04/28/14

Last month, Citigroup failed the Fed's stress test because, even though it would meet minimum capital requirements in a severely adverse scenario, the Fed wasn't comfortable with Citi's capital planning process. Meanwhile, Bank of America passed the stress test and was authorized to increase its capital return by about $6.5 billion, because the Fed concluded that (1) Bank of America would meet minimum capital requirements in a severely adverse scenario, even after returning the extra $6.5 billion, and (2) its capital planning process was, you know, adequate.

Wrong and wrong! Bank of America delightfully announced today that it's suspending its capital plan for mathematical ineptitude, and the Fed, um, concurred. BofA can resubmit its plan within 30 days, and will do so; it "expects the requested capital actions to be contained in the revised CCAR submission will be less than the company's previously announced 2014 capital actions." ... Read more

The financial industry is citing modest public pension shortfalls to justify pushing those pensions to invest more money in riskier and riskier high-fee investments--and to do so in secret.

Wall Street's Pension Gamble
Bill Moyers | David Sirota | 04/28/14

In the national debate over what to do about public pension shortfalls, here's something you may not know: The texts of the agreements signed between those pension funds and financial firms are almost always secret. Yes, that's right. Although they are public pensions that taxpayers contribute to and that public officials oversee, the exact terms of the financial deals being engineered in the public's name and with public money are typically not available to you, the taxpayer.

To understand why that should be cause for concern, ponder some possibilities as they relate to pension deals with hedge funds, private equity partnerships and other so-called "alternative investments." For example, it is possible that the secret terms of such agreements could allow other private individuals in the same investments to negotiate preferential terms for themselves, meaning public employees' pension money enriches those private investors. It is also possible that the secret terms of the agreements create the heads-Wall-Street-wins, tails-pensions-lose effect -- the one whereby retirees' money is subjected to huge risks, yet financial firms' profits are guaranteed regardless of returns. ... Read more

*Handful of very large, very dirty plants are responsible for a huge share of America's CO2 Emissions!
magazine | author | date

Our energy comes from 6,000 power plants which together produce about 40 percent of the country's carbon dioxide emissions, the main greenhouse gas driving climate change. But a handful of very large, very dirty plants are responsible for a disproportionate share of the problem.

A new report from two think tanks -- the Frontier Group and the Environment America Research & Policy Center -- takes a look at this small group of heavy polluters. The researchers found that the 50 dirtiest power plants in the U.S. are responsible for 30 percent of the energy industry's CO2 emissions, and a full two percent of all emissions worldwide -- these 50 plants were responsible for more climate change than all but six countries in the world. ... Read more
America's Dirtiest Power Plants.pdf

DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, April 29 [12:02]
*DN | As Unrest Grows, Is Ukraine Paying the Price of U.S.-Russian Ties Stuck in Cold War Era? (04/29/14) [21:48]
DN | "As Consumers, We Are Guinea Pigs": Vermont Set to Become First State to Require GMO Food Labeling (04/29/14) [3:37]
TRNN News
TRNN | Mr. Robock tells Paul Jay, he's really a skeptic who tries to be critical and then makes conclusions based on the evidence (Part 1 of 5) (04/29/14) [16:34]
*TRNN | Economist Michael Hudson discusses the popularity of French economist Thomas Picketty's recent book and says his work fails to link the financialization of the economy to the ascent of the 1% (04/29/14) [10:15]
Bill Moyers
Forget about the Machiavellian drama that plays out in the hit series The House of Cards, if you really want to be educated (or frightened) about what goes on in the nation's capital, just let everything you read in Mike Lofgren's essay sink in.

We don't need fictional Frank Underwoods to tell us that Washington is rotten at its core. That's because, as is often the case, the truth is much scarier than fiction.
Danielle Brian on Legalized Corruption
why we should all be paying attention to McCutcheon v. Federal Elections Commission, a Supreme Court case that many are calling Citizens United 2.0.
Money in Politics - Click to zoom
PBS Frontline
*PBS Frontline | To Catch a Trader (01/07/14) [53:41]
FRONTLINE correspondent Martin Smith goes inside the government's ongoing, seven-year crackdown on insider trading, drawing on exclusively obtained video of hedge fund titan Steven A. Cohen, incriminating FBI wiretaps of other traders, and interviews with both Wall Street and Justice Department insiders.
PBS NOVA | Inside Animal Minds: Who's the Smartest? () [53:07]
TYT News
TYT | Why Is Ex-Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens Pissed Off? (04/26/14) [4:49]
TYT | Tapes Reveal Clippers Owner Donald Sterling Not Just Racist - He's Also Dumb! (04/28/14) [8:16]
TYT | A**hole CEO Fired for Beating his Girlfriend (04/28/14) [3:43]
TYT | Woman Suing Parents of Boy She Killed Over HER Emotional Distress (04/28/14) [4:59]
TYT | Corrupt Politician Actually Arrested & Charged, Michael Grimm Surrenders (04/28/14) [6:08]
TYT | NRA's Wayne LaPierre Lists All The Fears You Should Have, Except... (04/28/14) [12:02]
Other Interesting Information
Click to zoom - Opiums' Golden Route
Other Videos and Documentaries I Ran Across
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04.29.2014. 11:11

Monday April 28, 2014
News Articles

Tornadoes Kill At Least 17 People In Arkansas, Oklahoma
HP & AP | Andrew Demillo | 04/27/14

Emergency officials were searching for survivors Monday in the debris left by a powerful tornado that carved an 80-mile path of destruction through suburban Little Rock, killing at least 16 people.

The tornado that slammed into Vilonia, about 10 miles west of the state capital, on Sunday evening grew to about half a mile wide and was among a rash of tornadoes and heavy storms that rumbled across the center and south of the country overnight. The National Weather Service warned that more tornadoes, damaging winds and very large hail would strike in parts of Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and Louisiana on Monday. ... Read more

The Power of Piketty's Capital
Bill Moyers | Eric Alterman | 04/25/14

No less remarkable is the fact one can, for once, believe the hype. Beautifully translated by Arthur Goldhammer, Piketty's Capital is simultaneously intellectually rigorous, historically grounded, culturally nuanced and, in important respects, politically visionary. Even nitpicky economists who take issue with some of his interpretations of the mountains of data he and his colleagues assembled feel compelled to shower the book with praise beforehand -- and frequently after as well. Paul Krugman credits Piketty with inspiring "a revolution in our understanding of long-term trends in inequality."

Piketty's central thesis presents a profound challenge to our political system and its response to the economic crisis of the past decade. As he puts it, an "apparently small gap between the return on capital and the rate of growth can in the long run have powerful and destabilizing effects on the structure and dynamics of social inequality." Moreover, "there is absolutely no doubt that the increase of inequality in the United States contributed to the nation's financial instability. ... Read more
Bill Moyers | Paul Krugman: What the 1% Don't Want You to Know () [24:30]

Rand Paul Says Jimmy Carter Was Better on the Budget Than Ronald Reagan
MotherJones | David Corn | 04/24/14

Rand Paul Says Jimmy Carter Was Better on the Budget Than Ronald Reagan (04/23/14) [2:18]
Read more

Who's Responsible for National Debt - Click to zoom
DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, April 28 [9:49]
*DN | Ralph Nader on TPP, GM Recall, Nuclear Power & the "Unstoppable" Left-Right Anti-Corporate Movement (04/28/14) [4:22]
DN | Cowboy Indian Alliance Protests Keystone XL Pipeline in D.C. After Latest Obama Admin Delay (04/28/14) [5:53], Part 2 [5:33]
TRNN News
*TRNN | President Obama returns from East Asia empty-handed after Japan rejects bilateral agreement - but if the TPP moves forward, will it be in the interest of most Americans? (04/27/14) [10:56]
TRNN | Costas Lapavitsas: The crisis triggered by Germany now targets France, as elites debate leaving the Euro (04/27/14) [13:09]
Diane Rehms Show
Diane Rehm A Conversation with Congressman Henry Waxman (04/28/14) [1hr]
Jon Stewart - Daily Show
Jon Stewart | Elizabeth Warren (04/24/14) [6:16], Part 2 [9:48]
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver: General Keith Alexander Extended Interview (04/27/14) [9:25]
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (full) (04/27/14) [29:58]
Top Corporate Tax Rate - Click to zoom
*Wealth and Income Ineqality
Click to zoom - Income Inequality
Michigan CEO Pay Rate
Executive Pay Watch (website)
CEO Pay by State (website)

04.28.2014. 15:22

Friday April 25, 2014
News Articles

Everything You Need To Know About The End Of Net Neutrality
HP | Gerry Smith | 04/24/14

It may be the end of the Internet as we know it. That was the reaction from consumer advocates and some websites after the Federal Communications Commission announced new rules governing Internet service on Thursday. The rules effectively put an end to net neutrality, or the idea that all web traffic should be treated equally.

... The FCC insists, however, that the new rules would not harm Internet users. In a blog post Thursday, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said there had been “a great deal of misinformation” about the proposal, which he said would not permit “behavior harmful to consumers or competition by limiting the openness of the Internet.” ... Read more

52 Year-Old French Banker Jumps To Her Death In Paris
ZeroHedge | author | 04/24/14

There have been 13 senior financial services executives deaths around the world this year, but the most notable thing about the sad suicide of the 14th, a 52-year-old banker at France's Bred-Banque-Populaire, is she is the first female. As Le Parisien reports, Lydia (no surname given) jumped from the bank's Paris headquarter's 14th floor shortly before 10am. FranceTV added that sources said "she questioned her superiors before jumping out the window," but the bank denies it noting that she had been in therpapy for several years. ... Read more

Meet AISight - The "Pre-Crime"-Detecting Software Being Installed On Global CCTVs
ZeroHedge | author | 04/24/14

If you thought that CCTV cameras tracking your every move in public was bad enough, you’re going to just love AISight (pronounced “eyesight” of course). The invention of a Houston, Texas based company called BRS Labs (which stands for Behavioral Recognition Systems) is headed by former secret service special agent John Frazzini, and this Orwellian surveillance platform brings artificial intelligence to all of those creepy cameras that have been installed everywhere around you. Apparently, this system is currently being installed in Boston, and has already been implemented in Chicago and Washington. The most disturbing part about this platform is that this artificial intelligence defines what is “normal” behavior and anything that falls outside of that narrow band can be flagged for “pre crime” potential. ... Read more
BRSLabs' AISight - The World's Only Behavioral Recognition System for Video Surveillance () [15:44]

An Indictment of the Invisible Hand
Bill Moyers | Jeffrey Madrick | 04/18/14

Thomas Piketty’s 700-page book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, has stunned both the economic profession and most political observers. But the economic mainstream is not truly dealing with its most serious implications even as they widely praise his work.

Here in a nutshell is what he argues: Current rates of inequality are closer to historical norms than aberrations. Inequality is likely to stay high and perhaps increase. The normal workings of the free market won’t change this. The only way to rectify the imbalance is more aggressive taxes on property and high incomes to reduce inequality.

All this from an economist with strong mainstream credentials, and whose work in tandem with Emanuel Saez, Tony Atkinson and a few others has profoundly changed how we think about inequality. It was Piketty et al. who showed that a huge amount of income goes to the top 1 percent, and most of that to the top 0.1 percent. We don’t really have an inequality problem. We have stagnating incomes for the bottom 90 percent and a runaway of incomes at the very top. ... Read more

The American Middle Class Is No Longer the World's Richest
NYTimes | author | 04/22/14

The American middle class, long the most affluent in the world, has lost that distinction. While the wealthiest Americans are outpacing many of their global peers, a New York Times analysis shows that across the lower- and middle-income tiers, citizens of other advanced countries have received considerably larger raises over the last three decades.

After-tax middle-class incomes in Canada -- substantially behind in 2000 -- now appear to be higher than in the United States. The poor in much of Europe earn more than poor Americans. ... Read more

DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, April 25 [53:00]
"Utopian Potential of the Internet": Astra Taylor on How to Take Back Power & Culture in Digital Age (04/25/14) [4:22]
TRNN News
TRNN | Bill Black: New Law Requires Swiss Banks to Report Customers Evading Tax (04/25/14) [4:00]
TRNN | Plaintiff Lisa Parr describes how her family suffered mentally and physically after her home became surrounded with fracking wells (04/25/14) [9:02]
Bill Moyers
*Bill Moyers | Ellen Dorsey & Thomas Van Dyck: Putting The Freeze On Global Warming (04/23/14) [24:34]
This week, Bill talks with two leaders who helped inspire the new fossil fuel divestment movement that Tutu is encouraging. Ellen Dorsey is executive director of the Wallace Global Fund and a catalyst in the coalition of 17 foundations known as Divest-Invest Philanthropy. Thomas Van Dyck is Senior Vice President – Financial Advisor at RBC Wealth Management, and founder of the shareholder advocacy foundation, As You Sow.

They are urging foundations, faith groups, pension funds, municipalities and universities to sell their shares in polluting industries and reinvest in companies committed to climate change solutions.
Wealth and Income Inequality
HP | Thomas Piketty Discusses, "Capital In The 21st Century" with Ryan Grim and Alexis Goldstein (04/18/14) [42:49]
CUNY | Capital in the Twenty-First Century (04/23/14) [1:30:02]
The French economist Thomas Piketty (Paris School of Economics) discussed his new book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century at the Graduate Center. In this landmark work, Piketty argues that the main driver of inequality -- the tendency of returns on capital to exceed the rate of economic growth -- threatens to generate extreme inequalities that stir discontent and undermine democratic values. He calls for political action and policy intervention. Joseph Stiglitz (Columbia University), Paul Krugman (Princeton University), and Steven Durlauf (University of Wisconsin--Madison) participated in a panel moderated by LIS Senior Scholar Branko Milanovic.
*Bill Moyers | Robert Reich: Inequality for All (interview) (2013) [56:46]
Robert Reich | Inequality for All (full) [1:30:11]
TYT News
TYT | U.S. Government Killed OUR Internet Today (04/24/14) [7:48]
TYT | Obama Makes Shocking Keystone XL Pipeline Decision (04/24/14) [10:07]
TYT | Pentagon Using Man-Sized Robots For "Humanitarian" Work AND... (04/24/14) [4:55]
TYT | Reagan or Carter? Who Does Rand Paul Think Was The Better President? (04/23/14) [6:11]
*TYT | American? You Might Move To Canada After Watching This (04/23/14) [13:03]
Diane Rehms Show
Diane Rehm Domestic News - Friday (04/25/14) [1hr]
International News - Friday (04/25/14) [1hr]
Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart | Jon Stewart Rips 'Professor Of Negro Studies' Cliven Bundy (04/24/14) [3:53]
Other Videos and Documentaries I Ran Across
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04.25.2014. 13:00

Thursday April 24, 2014
News Articles

The American Middle Class Is No Longer the World's Richest
NYTimes | author | 04/22/14

The American middle class, long the most affluent in the world, has lost that distinction. While the wealthiest Americans are outpacing many of their global peers, a New York Times analysis shows that across the lower- and middle-income tiers, citizens of other advanced countries have received considerably larger raises over the last three decades.

After-tax middle-class incomes in Canada -- substantially behind in 2000 -- now appear to be higher than in the United States. The poor in much of Europe earn more than poor Americans. ... Read more

60% Of China's Water "Too Polluted To Drink"

Koch-Linked Firm Devoted to Grooming "Electable" Candidates Signs Up Arkansas GOP Leader
MotherJones | Andy Kroll | 04/24/14

In January, Mother Jones broke the story of one of the newest affiliates of Charles and David Koch's sprawling political machine, a consulting firm named Aegis Strategic created to identify, recruit, and groom free-market-minded candidates for elected office. Aegis bills itself as a one-stop shop for aspiring politicians, able to handle general consulting, fundraising, direct mail, social media, and more. ... Read more

The IPCC and ExxonMobil Have Very Different Thoughts About Our Future
Bill Moyers | author | 04/23/14

Earlier this month, we noted that shareholders were attempting to push ExxonMobil to recognize the importance of climate change and take into account the risks posed by a warming climate and possible regulations to it's future business. But instead, the oil giant released a report saying that neither climate change nor a government response to it will affect the way the company does business -- in part, because, according to Exxon's assessment, it doesn't seem likely that governments will take action to combat climate change during the next quarter century.

Look at Exxon report page 1 where they state, "we are confident that none of our hydrocarbon reserves are now or will become 'stranded.' We believe producing these assets is essential to meeting growing energy demand worldwide, and in preventing consumers -- especially those in the least developed and most vulnerable economies -- from themselves becoming stranded in the global pursuit of higher living standards and greater economic opportunity." On page 2 you see pictures showing how fossil fuels bring improved living standards to the poor around the world. This is their core premise, that demand will increase as they power the world to a brighter future.

The very people Exxon plans to lift out of poverty are in fact at the highest risk of becoming climate refugees. Two very different visions of the future that need to be reconciled. ... Read more

This Is What Winning Looks Like
Vice.com | Ben Anderson | 05/06/13

I didn't plan on spending six years covering the war in Afghanistan. I went there in 2007 to make a film about the vicious fighting between undermanned, underequipped British forces and the Taliban in Helmand, Afghanistan's most violent province. But I became obsessed with what I witnessed there--how different it was from the conflict's portrayal in the media and in official government statements.

All I had to do was trek out to one of the many tiny, isolated patrol bases that dot the barren, sunbaked landscape and hang out with British infantry troops to see the chaotic reality of the war firsthand: firefights that lasted entire days, suicide bombers who leaped onto unarmored jeeps from behind market stalls, IEDs buried everywhere, and bombs dropped onto Afghans' homes, sometimes with whole families of innocent civilians inside. ... Read more
VICE | This Is What Winning Looks Like (05/16/13) [1:29:11]

DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, April 24 [13:18]
*DN | In Landmark Ruling, U.S. Ordered to Release Memo Behind Targeted Killings of U.S. Citizens (04/24/14) [4:31]
*DN | "Silenced" Film Explores the Human Toll of Obama's Crackdown on National Security Whistleblowers (04/24/14) [5:28]
TRNN News
TRNN | Robert Parry: Evidence For Russian Involvement In East Ukraine Based On Shoddy Journalism (04/24/14) [7:44]
Bill Moyers
Putting the Freeze on Global Warming (preview) (04/23/14) [0:28]
Max Keiser News
I like Max Keiser and his commentary. It is a little cheeky, but the information is great. If you only want to hear the guest interview with Ross Ashcroft, about the housing super bubble in London, please move the progressbat half way. Then view Ross Ashcroft documentary FOUR HORSEMEN.
*Keiser Report (E520) Debtonomics of Suicide(11/07/13) [25:46]
In the second half, Max interviews Ross Ashcroft about the housing super bubble in London and what it means to the rest of the economy to have a rentier class in charge.
*FOUR HORSEMEN is an independent feature documentary which lifts the lid on how the world really works. [1:38:54]
Diane Rehms Show
Diane Rehm Sexual Assaults On College Campuses And How Colleges And Universities Are Responding (04/24/14) [1hr]
ENRON
*Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005) (trailer) [2:00]
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005) (full) [58:33], Part 2 [56:00]
*The Crooked E - The Unshredded Truth About Enron (2003) [1:21:16]
Other News
Journeyman | China's Empty Cities House 64 Million Empty Apartments (2011) [14:02]
"There are around 64 million empty apartments in China," claims analyst Gillem Tulloch. It's all part of the Chinese government's efforts to keep its economy booming and there are plenty of people who would love to move in, but the properties are priced out of the market. It's after 2pm and in the new city of Dongguan shop owner Tian Yu Gao is yet to serve a single customer. "It's a bit boring," he sighs. His open shop is a rare sight in the Great Mall: once heralded by the New York Times as proof of China's astonishing consumer culture, today it is an eerie vista of emptiness. "It can't stay this way," insists Tulloch, "when the bubble bursts, it will impoverish vast numbers of people".
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.
VICE | This Is What Winning Looks Like (05/16/13) [1:29:11]
"This Is What Winning Looks Like" is a disturbing new documentary about the ineptitude, drug abuse, sexual misconduct, and corruption of the Afghan security forces as well as the reduced role of US Marines due to the troop withdrawal. We see on-the-ground footage of fighting between the Afghan forces and the Taliban as well as insightful commentary from the documentary's producer, Ben Anderson. There are also exclusive interviews with the US Ambassador and the British Deputy Ambassador to Afghanistan about the prospect of peace in the region.

04.24.2014. 13:11

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