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Bain Capital Takes Center Stage At Republican Convention
HP | Amanda Terkel | 08/31/12

But Bain has faded fast. The company's name was barely mentioned throughout the convention, referred to obliquely as "a company" or "a great success story." Bain's relegation to anonymity was the result of attacks on the firm not just by Democrats, but by Romney's GOP primary opponents. Its reputation was further eroded by independent media reports of the private equity firm taking over companies, saddling them with debt, laying off workers, harvesting profits, and then putting them through bankruptcy, employing a business practice perhaps best explained by Tony Soprano. ... Read more

Bain Capital Explained By Tony Soprano
HuffingtonPost | Ryan Grim | 05/24/12

The national debate over private equity so far has hinged on the question of whether experience in the field qualifies Mitt Romney, the former Bain Capital executive, for the presidency. But a more vexing, and largely unanswered, question lies just beneath the surface: How is it, exactly, that an investment company can make millions even as the company it's ostensibly trying to turn around goes bust?

For that answer, we turned to what may seem like a less-than-reliable source: Tony Soprano.   The investors profit, it turns out, not despite the failure of the company, but in fact because of it. Read more

On Bernanke's Legacy In His Own Words
ZeroHedge | Author | 08/31/12

Overnight the WSJ's Jon Hilsenrath did his best to entirely redirect the discussion of Bernanke's legacy by setting up so many strawmen even TS Eliot would be totally lost. Instead of focusing on the person who was, together with his predecessor, was directly responsible for a crisis, which over the course of 30 years of "great moderation" pulled over $30 trillion in future demand to the present (benefiting almost exclusively the banker class), and which will guarantee pain and suffering for generations of Joe Sixpacks, he portrayed Bernanke in the light of St. Ben, or the person who may or may not have done enough to save Capitalism. We fail to fall for the bait. We hope nobody else will either. Which is why we present the following compilation of documented Chairsatan greatest hits from the public record. It speaks more than any planted article ever could. Read more

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TRNN News
*TRNN | The GOP Goes Hard Right: Jeff Faux: Romney will try to mitigate the message (08/31/12) [14:43]
TRNN | Investors Seek To Profit From Privatizing Public Schools (08/31/12) [9:45]
CNN Calls Out Romney Adviser Over Inaccuracy In Ryan RNC Speech (08/30/12) [1:37]
All Ron Paul's October 2011 GOP Debate answers [27:15]


DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! National and Global News Headlines for Friday, August 31 [8:19]
*Backed By Record Campaign War Chest, Romney Accepts GOP Presidential Nomination in Tampa Part 1 (08/31/12) [16:24], Part 2 [14:55]
BB | Inside Karl Rove's Billionaire Fundraiser (08/31/12) [2:34]
*Romney's Death Squad Ties: Bain Launched With Funds From Oligarchs Behind Salvadoran Murders [19:28]
Bain Capital Explained By Tony Soprano [2:54]
On Bernanke's Legacy In His Own Words
Bernanke telling us not to worry about housing, mortgages, or car companies in the years before the recession, like denying a train wreck that is coming down the tracks. Bernanke was chairman of President Bush's Council of Economic Advisers, and now as chairman of the Federal Reserve, he's the fourth most powerful person in the world according to Newsweek.
Diane Rehms Show
Diane Rehm Domestic News - Friday 08/31/12
International News - Friday 08/31/12
Clint Eastwood Speech: Movie Star Talks To An Empty Chair (08/30/12) [1:33]

Thursday August 30, 2012
International News

*U.S. sets record arms sales in 2011
Center for Public Integrity | Aaron Mehta | 08/28/12

2011 was a very good year for U.S. arms sales, with more than triple the business from the year before.   According to a new report to Congress, worldwide sales of U.S. weapons last year added up to $66.3 billion. That accounts for more than three-quarters of 2011 arms sales worldwide, which is "the highest single year agreements total in the history of the U.S. arms export program."

In 2010, the U.S. authorized $21.4 billion in sales, which led CRS to describe the jump as "extraordinary." In terms of overall sales, Russia was distant second to the United States, having moved $4.8 billion. The previous record was in 2009, when the U.S. did almost $31 billion in sales.

Since the start of 2008, 81.4 percent of U.S. arms sales agreements have gone to the Middle East while 16.04 percent have gone to Asian countries. ... Read more

Domestic News

*Greed and Debt: The True Story of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital
Rolling Stones | Matt Taibbi | 08/29/12

Last May, in a much-touted speech in Iowa, Romney used language that was literally inflammatory to describe America's federal borrowing. "A prairie fire of debt is sweeping across Iowa and our nation," he declared. "Every day we fail to act, that fire gets closer to the homes and children we love." Our collective debt is no ordinary problem: According to Mitt, it's going to burn our children alive.

And this is where we get to the hypocrisy at the heart of Mitt Romney. Everyone knows that he is fantastically rich, having scored great success, the legend goes, as a "turnaround specialist," a shrewd financial operator who revived moribund companies as a high-priced consultant for a storied Wall Street private equity firm. But what most voters don't know is the way Mitt Romney actually made his fortune: by borrowing vast sums of money that other people were forced to pay back. This is the plain, stark reality that has somehow eluded America's top political journalists for two consecutive presidential campaigns: Mitt Romney is one of the greatest and most irresponsible debt creators of all time. In the past few decades, in fact, Romney has piled more debt onto more unsuspecting companies, written more gigantic checks that other people have to cover, than perhaps all but a handful of people on planet Earth. ...

... If Romney pulls off this whopper, you'll have to tip your hat to him: No one in history has ever successfully run for president riding this big of a lie. It's almost enough to make you think he really is qualified for the White House. ... Read more

*John Boehner Backs Mitt Romney's False Welfare Claim
HuffingtonPost | Ryan Grim | 08/27/12/span>

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Monday backed Mitt Romney's false charge that President Barack Obama has ended welfare work requirements. ...

... Boehner's support of Romney's false charge plays into a larger strategy. The New York Times reported recently that the former governor's aides believe that the welfare attack "resonates with working-class voters who see government as doing nothing for them." ... Read more

*Paul Ryan Address: Convention Speech Built On Demonstrably Misleading Assertions
HuffingtonPost | Ryan Grim | 08/30/12

Paul Ryan pledged Wednesday that if he and his running mate Mitt Romney were elected president, they would usher in an ethic of responsibility. The Wisconsin congressman and GOP vice presidential candidate repeatedly chided President Barack Obama for blaming the jobs and housing crises on his predecessor, saying that his habit of "forever shifting blame to the last administration, is getting old. The man assumed office almost four years ago --- isn't it about time he assumed responsibility?" ...

... "We're not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers." ...

... After the speech, CNN's political commentators focused mostly on Ryan's misstatements, demonstrating the degree to which they were evident. ...

... Ryan, however, appears to have made the calculation that the misleading won't hurt him with voters. He might be right. CNN's David Gergen, while acknowledging some "misstatements" in Ryan's address, suggested that pundits focus elsewhere. "But let's not forget that this was a speech about big ideas," he told his audience.
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What If Jesus Had Been A Republican?
AlterNet | James Martin | 08/26/12

This is a pretty interesting read. Go to the article on AlterNet and start reading about half way down the page at: "The Lazy Paralytic" .

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The 5 Weirdest Bits in the 2012 GOP Platform
MotherJones | Adam Serwer | 08/29/12

The Republican Party platform for 2012 proclaims itself "a statement of who we are and what we believe as a Party and our vision for a stronger and freer America." It's also got some pretty strange things in it. Here are five of the weirdest: ... Read more

*Koch brothers have Paul Ryan's back
Politico | Bob King | 08/11/12

Critics of the Koch brothers should have a field day with Rep. Paul Ryan on the GOP ticket: They've been one of his biggest campaign contributors.   Koch Industries ranks as the Wisconsin Republican's sixth-largest source of campaign money throughout his career, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, which says the company's PAC and affiliated individuals have given him a total of $65,500 in donations. ... Read more

Even 'The Rich' Aren't Buying This Rally
ZeroHedge | Author | 08/30/12

Despite the near multi-year record highs in stock indices, which have typically correlated tick-for-tick with the-wealthy-people's view of the world, today's Bloomberg Consumer Comfort index sub-data has a rather nasty surprise in its tail. Those earning over $100k, the highest bracket interviewed in their survey, saw their 'comfort' plunge to its lowest of the year - massively diverging from the incessant rise in equity markets (and its supposed 'wealth effect' transmission channel). Read more



DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! National and Global News Headlines for Thursday, August 30 [7:44]
*DN | Matt Taibbi: The Secret to Mitt Romney's Fortune? Greed, Debt and Forcing Others to Pay Bill (08/30/12) [21:39]
Paul Ryan Speech at the Republican National Convention RNC (08/29/12) [14:37]
TYT | Trillion-Dollar Jet Wasting Your Tax $ (03/25/12) [2:47]  |   Wired Magazine Pentagon: Trillion-Dollar Jet on Brink of Budgetary Disaster (article)
Note: the terrorist don't have any airplanes... except the ones we sell them (see article in left column "U.S. sets record arms sales in 2011")
ABC News Republican National Convention (08/28/12) [4:38:09]

Todd Atkins, Rush Limbaugh and the rest of the gang who think there is a "legitimate" rape
TYT | Rapists Get Custody, Visitation Rights (08/23/12) [6:30]
Koch Brothers
TYT | Koch Brothers Paid To Get Paul Ryan On Romney Ticket? (08/24/12) [2:21]
Koch Brothers against Social Security
Greed Agenda | Don't let the Koch Brothers use their billions to buy this election. Protect your family and your future. Learn how at www.stopthegreedagenda.com [1:00]
TYT | Will Ferrell/Zach Galifianakis movie "The Campaign." Zach Galifianakis Slams Koch Brothers.[]
The Campaign - Official Trailer - Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis [2:56]
Batman takes down Bain (Capital)
The Dark Knight Rises New Trailer [2:20]
MSLawdotedu | David Cay Johnston, former investigative reporter for The New York Times, about his book,   "Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expense", Part 1 (06/23/09) [1:00:00]
Diane Rehm Show | Battling Superbugs In Hospitals (08/28/12) [1hr]
Toyota | "This isn't the car your father owned" Ad


Wednesday August 29, 2012
International News
Domestic News

Greed and Debt: The True Story of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital
Rolling Stones | Matt Taibbi | 08/29/12

Last May, in a much-touted speech in Iowa, Romney used language that was literally inflammatory to describe America's federal borrowing. "A prairie fire of debt is sweeping across Iowa and our nation," he declared. "Every day we fail to act, that fire gets closer to the homes and children we love." Our collective debt is no ordinary problem: According to Mitt, it's going to burn our children alive.

And this is where we get to the hypocrisy at the heart of Mitt Romney. Everyone knows that he is fantastically rich, having scored great success, the legend goes, as a "turnaround specialist," a shrewd financial operator who revived moribund companies as a high-priced consultant for a storied Wall Street private equity firm. But what most voters don't know is the way Mitt Romney actually made his fortune: by borrowing vast sums of money that other people were forced to pay back. This is the plain, stark reality that has somehow eluded America's top political journalists for two consecutive presidential campaigns: Mitt Romney is one of the greatest and most irresponsible debt creators of all time. In the past few decades, in fact, Romney has piled more debt onto more unsuspecting companies, written more gigantic checks that other people have to cover, than perhaps all but a handful of people on planet Earth. ...

... If Romney pulls off this whopper, you'll have to tip your hat to him: No one in history has ever successfully run for president riding this big of a lie. It's almost enough to make you think he really is qualified for the White House. ... Read more

'No Easy Day,' Bin Laden Raid Book: Osama Was Unarmed
HuffingtonPost | Marcus Baram | 08/28/12

The much-anticipated firsthand account of the Navy SEALs raid that killed Osama bin Laden reveals the terrorist leader was unarmed and was already dead with a bullet to the brain when the SEALs entered his bedroom in the compound at Abbottabad, Pakistan. ... Read more

TPP - The Pacific free trade deal that's anything but free
TheGuardian | Dean Baker | 08/27/12

... At this point, it's not really possible to discuss the merits of the TPP since the governments are keeping the proposed text a secret from the public. Only the negotiators themselves and a select group of corporate partners have access to the actual document. The top executives at General Electric, Goldman Sachs, and Pfizer probably all have drafts of the relevant sections of the TPP. However, the members of the relevant congressional committees have not yet been told what is being negotiated. ... Read more

The Hard Truth About Romney's Republican Party
HP | Robert L. Borosage | 08/29/12

But in fact, Mitt Romney's Republican Party isn't passionate about reducing deficits. A candidate that promises to hand out another $900 billion in tax breaks a year by 2015, mostly to the already wealthy, isn't focused on deficits. And telling "hard truths" is not a trait of a candidate who promises to pay for those tax cuts by closing loopholes he won't identify, and pledges deep cuts in spending but refuses to reveal what he would cut. While Tea Party and Christian Coalition activists may be the base of the party, Romney already has walked away from the extreme position on abortion. And a Romney administration won't waste much time or political capital trying to carry out the platform's draconian immigration posture or its anti-abortion promises, knowing Democrats will mobilize to stymie such efforts.

What this Romney-Ryan ticket represents in fact is clear: a preferential option for the rich and a punitive imposition on the poor. ... Read more

Ron Paul Delegates Cause Mayhem At Republican Convention
HuffingtonPost | Amanda Terkel | 08/28/12

A divided Republican Party was on full display Tuesday when Rep. Ron Paul's (R-Texas) supporters and other grassroots activists loudly booed House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on the first full day of the Republican National Convention. ... Read more

George W. Bush: The President Who Must Not Be Named At Republican Convention
HP | Sam Stein | 08/29/12

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright turned heads last week by saying that Democrats could very well blame George W. Bush's presidency forever for the nation's problems.   Republicans cried foul, arguing that it was well past time to move on from the former president. After all, they've basically expunged him from their memories. ... Read more



DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! National and Global News Headlines for Wednesday, August 29 [9:56]
DN | Chaos on the Convention Floor as RNC Blocks Ron Paul Delegates, Alters Seating Rules (08/29/12) [7:50]
DN | RNC Launches With Tea Party's Ted Cruz, Ann Romney & "We Built It" Theme Shaped By Karl Rove (08/29/12) [25:54]
DN | Mitt & Ann Romney Cast Aside "Moderate" Record on Social Issues in Appeal to Extremist GOP (08/29/12) [16:31]
more interviews to come.
DN | Top GOP Leaders Tout Fundamentalist Views in Bid to Drum Up Massive Religious Voter Turnout (08/27/12) [13:18]
TRNN | Lawrence Wilkerson: Failures of Obama administration opened door to far right revival (08/29/12) [10:23]
Rachel Maddow | Is the Republican Party's future in its list of RNC speakers? (08/23/12) [20:44]
Diane Rehms Show
Diane Rehm Update From The Republican Convention 08/29/12
TYT | Koch Brothers Paid To Get Paul Ryan On Romney Ticket? (08/24/12) [2:21]
TYT | TPP - Worse Than ACTA? (08/28/12) [6:35]
"The Trans-Pacific Partnership is the son of ACTA, a secretive copyright and trade treaty being negotiated by the Pacific Rim nations, including the USA and Canada. As with ACTA, the secretive negotiation process means that the treaty's provisions represent an extremist corporate agenda where due process, privacy and free expression are tossed out the window in favor of streamlined copyright enforcement. If this passes, America will have a trade obligation to implement all the worst stuff in SOPA, and then some...".* Ana Kasparian and John Iadarola (host of TYT University, and Common Room) break it down.

Donors Invest Millions In Romney For Billions In Returns
Bloomberg | Alison Fitzgerald | 08/29/12

Wealthy donors and corporations are more heavily invested in this presidential election than at any time since the 1972 Watergate scandal led to stricter campaign- finance laws.   A series of court decisions and regulatory changes in 2010 unraveled federal limits on donations, paving the way for a return of the big players. They are pooling their money in nonprofits, which keep contributor names secret, and super- political action committees, which amassed $350 million through the end of July.

One-quarter of that money comes from just 10 donors, led by Las Vegas casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics, a Washington-based group that tracks such spending.   Top Republican contributors say they back the party's presidential candidate Mitt Romney because they agree with his small-government philosophy or oppose President Barack Obama's new regulations on banks and the health-care industry.   Yet Romney is more than just a political kindred spirit; he's a sound investment. Here's how a Romney presidency might pay off -- literally -- for some of these super-donors. ... Read more

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Tuesday August 28, 2012
International News

Arctic Sea Ice Melted To Record Low Levels This Summer, National Snow and Ice Data Center Reports
HuffingtonPost | Seth Borenstein | 08/27/12

... Wagner and Scambos said in 2007 some people thought it was just an odd year that caused the dramatic melt, but years like this one show something bigger is happening.   This milestone is a "substantial step" to the day when there will be no significant sea ice in the Arctic in the summer, said NASA chief scientist Waleed Abdalati.

"Why do we care?," Abdalati, an ice scientist, asked. "This ice has been an important factor in determining the climate and weather conditions under which modern civilization has evolved."   Scientists sometimes call the Arctic the world's refrigerator and this is like leaving the fridge door open, Scambos said. ... Read more

Domestic News

One Man Against The Wall Street Lobby
HuffingtonPost | Simon Johnson | 08/25/12

On the other hand, there is a new powerful voice who knows how big banks really work and who is willing to tell the truth in great and convincing detail. Jeff Connaughton -- a former senior political adviser who has worked both for and against powerful Wall Street interests over the years -- has just published a page-turning memoir that is also a damning critique of how Wall Street operates, the political capture of Washington, and our collective failure to reform finance in the past four years. The Payoff: Why Wall Street Always Wins, is the perfect antidote to disinformation put about by global megabanks and their friends. ... Read more

Libor Scandal's Potential Costs Exploding To $88 Billion Or More
HuffingtonPost | Mark Gongloff | 08/27/12

The latest estimates are found in a Wall Street Journal piece published Monday on all the lawyers piling up like brains-hungry zombies to file lawsuits against banks accused of manipulating Libor. The plaintiffs include small banks, like Berkshire Bank of New York, that claim they missed out on some sweet lending cash because rates were manipulated too low. They include state and local governments and other municipalities that say they lost money on interest-rate swaps because of Libor rigging. They include hedge funds and other investors who claim they were duped in trades with Libor manipulators.

The high-end estimate of the potential cost to the 16 banks being investigated in the Libor probe has risen to $176 billion, the WSJ writes, citing a July report by Australian firm Macquarie Research. Actually, the report (via zerohedge) suggested the banks might end up paying $88 billion in fines and settlements as a result of $176 billion in investor losses, but who's counting? ... Read more

Top Companies Paid 9% U.S. Tax Rate
NerdWallet | Author | 07/24/12

Below are the ten most profitable U.S. companies with their taxes for last year, both total provision and payments to the U.S. government. NerdWallet has also created a corporate tax rate tool with this information for 500 American companies. ... Read more

Documents Show Details on Romney Family Trusts
NYTimes | Nicholas Confessore, Floyd Norris and Julie Creswell | 08/24/12

Hundreds of pages of confidential internal documents from the private equity firm Bain Capital published online Thursday provided new details on investments held by the Romney family's trusts, as well as aggressive strategies that Bain appears to have used to minimize its investors' and partners' tax liabilities. ... Read more



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TYT | Confidential Documents Expose Romney On Taxes (08/25/12) [7:13]
TYT | Rapists Get Custody, Visitation Rights (08/23/12) [6:30]
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Bankers Told to Watch What They Say at Bars
CNBC | Reuters | 08/27/12

... "Everyone is more paranoid, that's for sure," said one department head at a European investment bank, where the trading floor is festooned with posters reminding staff to report any suspicious behavior.   At his bank and at least one other European firm, executives said they were being asked to take part in an increasing number of behavioral coaching sessions, including simulations of pub outings. ... Read more

Americans Say Rich Are Greedy, Dishonest, Don't Pay Enough In Taxes: Pew Report
HuffingtonPost | Hope Yen | 08/27/12

As the income gap between rich and poor widens, a majority of Americans say the growing divide is bad for the country and believe that wealthy people are paying too little in taxes, according to a new survey.   The poll released Monday by the Pew Research Center points to a particular challenge for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, whose party's policies are viewed by a wide majority as favoring the rich over the middle class and poor.

The poll found that many Americans believe rich people to be intelligent and hardworking but also greedy and less honest than the average American. Nearly six in 10, or 58 percent, say the rich don't pay enough in taxes, while 26 percent believe the rich pay their fair share and 8 percent say they pay too much.

Even among those who describe themselves as "upper class" or "upper middle class," more than half -- or 52 percent -- said upper-income Americans don't pay enough in taxes; only 10 percent said they paid too much. This upper tier was more likely to say they are more financially secure now than 10 years ago -- 62 percent, compared to 44 percent for those who identified themselves as middle class and 29 percent for the lower class. They are less likely to report problems in paying rent or mortgage, losing a job, paying for medical care or other bills and cutting back on household expenses. ... Read more

Consumer Confidence In U.S. Declines By Most Since October
Bloomberg | Alex Kowalski | 08/28/12

Confidence among U.S. consumers fell in August by the most in 10 months as households grew more pessimistic about their employment prospects and the economic outlook.   The Conference Board's index decreased to 60.6 from a revised 65.4 in July, figures from the New York-based private research group showed today. The 4.8-point decrease was the biggest since October. Economists projected a reading of 66, according to the median estimate in a Bloomberg survey. ... Read more


Monday August 27, 2012
International News

PUTIN'S GEO-POLITICAL CHESS GAME
Blog | F. William Engdahl | 07/25/12

Since reassuming his post as Russia's President, Vladimir Putin has lost no minute in addressing the most urgent geopolitical threats to Russia internationally. Not surprisingly, at the center of his agenda is the explosive situation in the Middle East, above all Syria. Here Putin is engaging every imaginable means of preventing a further deterioration of the situation into what easily could become another "world war by miscalculation." ... Read more

Domestic News

Disdain For The Poor Is Embraced By GOP As A Virtue
HuffingtonPost | Peter Goodman | 08/27/12

... People who depend upon the aid of the government via food stamps, unemployment checks and mortgage relief are typically written off as parasites and losers. Meanwhile, corporations that depend upon government largess for bailouts and subsidies and Tax write-offs are celebrated as paragons of free enterprise ... Read more

Lou Gerstner, Ex-IBM CEO: 'A Lot Of People In The Business Community Are Totally Fed Up' With Wall Street
HuffingtonPost | William D. Cohan | 08/27/12

... ... I am starting to get convinced. Even though there has been no accountability whatsoever for the Wall Street bankers, traders and executives who brought the American economy to its knees, the situation is so dire and the time to deal with it so short that the best option available is the one that Dimon, Welch, Gerstner and Wright agree on: Put aside the partisan bickering immediately and get the nation's true business and political leaders together to begin to solve our fiscal problems.

The former CEOs in that Nantucket gym agreed that a good place to start would be to raise taxes on the wealthy as part of a comprehensive tax and spending plan to achieve a modicum of fiscal responsibility. "Some of these problems can be fixed in a half an hour," Wright told the audience. The clock is ticking. ... Read more

*Be Careful What You Vote For! Be Very Careful
HuffingtonPost | Sherman Yellen | 08/26/12

but what I cannot so easily accept is the inevitability of the Romney/Ryan election. I find that this is the scariest, most dangerous election that America has faced in my lifetime, and I've been around long enough to experience quite a few frightening ones. ... Read more



DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! National and Global News Headlines for Monday, August 27 [6:48]
DN | Isaac Spares Tampa Ahead of GOP Convention, But Massive Security Operation Locks Down City (08/27/12) [17:06]
DN | Ron Paul Supporters Seek to Assert Presence at RNC and Influence Long Term Direction of GOP (08/27/12) [6:57]
Chris Matthews Explodes At Reince Priebus Over 'Race Card': 'Awful,' 'Embarrassment,' 'Garbage' (08/27/12) [5:14]
Diane Rehms Show
Diane Rehm Preview Of The Republican National Convention 08/27/12
The Republican National Convention gets underway in Tampa, Fla. Mitt Romney will use the national spotlight as an opportunity to define his candidacy for the American public. Diane and her guests discuss what to expect at the RNC.
Manufacturing And Regulations 08/27/12
An industry report says manufacturers are overburdened with rules. But health, safety and environmental watchdogs argue regulations are not strict enough. The role of regulations in the U.S. economy.
NeoCons
Bush, Cheney, PNAC, & The Criminal Conspiracy To Invade Iraq (2005) [10:46]
Emergency Committee for Israel William Kristol [10:02]
Jon Steward
Jon Stewart | Democalypse 2012 - Cockblock the Vote: A Pennsylvania court upholds a controversial voter I.D. law that affect 9% of the entire state electorate, but that's the price you pay to prevent something that doesn't happen. (08/16/12) [5:15], Part 2 [3:28]
Jon Stewart | A Few Very Specific Men: John Oliver and reality show casting agent Vinnie Potestivo hold a Democratic National Convention casting call to find and exploit the right Americans. (08/15/12) [5:15]
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Friday August 24, 2012
International News
Domestic News

*Mitt Romney After Bain Capital: Leaked Documents Connect Candidate To Adelson, Casinos, Cigarettes
HuffingtonPost | Jillian Berman | 08/23/12

... Though they are not nearly as revealing as the years of tax returns he refuses to release might be, they still have enough information and detail to make Romney uncomfortable. They show he has money indirectly invested in companies on which the Mormon church might frown and also highlight the lengths to which his complicated investments are shielded from taxes. ... Read more

*The Bain Files: Inside Mitt Romney's Tax-Dodging Cayman Schemes
Gawker | John Cook | 08/23/12

Mitt Romney's $250 million fortune is largely a black hole: Aside from the meager and vague disclosures he has filed under federal and Massachusetts laws, and the two years of partial tax returns (one filed and another provisional) he has released, there is almost no data on precisely what his vast holdings consist of, or what vehicles he has used to escape taxes on his income. Gawker has obtained a massive cache of confidential financial documents that shed a great deal of light on those finances, and on the tax-dodging tricks available to the hyper-rich that he has used to keep his effective tax rate at roughly 13% over the last decade. ... Read more

Romney: I'll Share My Pro-Oil Energy Plan With My Donors, But Not the Press
campaignmoney.org | Kurt Walters | 08/22/12

"Mitt Romney returned to Texas oil country Tuesday to fuel his campaign coffers with nearly $7 million raised in just one day, largely with money from top energy industry executives," according to a report from NBC news yesterday. ... Read more

Several People Shot Near Empire State Building, NYPD Says
Bloomberg | David McLaughlin | 08/24/12

As many as 10 people were injured, four of them shot, after a gunman opened fire near the Empire State Building in Manhattan, said Detective Martin Speechley. One of the man's victims died, the New York Times reported, citing an unidentified official.   Police killed the gunman, Speechley said.

Emergency personnel arrived soon after a call about the shooting came in about 9 a.m., prompting police to close Fifth Avenue near 34th Street and diverting traffic in busy Midtown, according to television reports on WABC 7. ... Read more

U.S. West Coast expecting major quake following Japan disaster
Magazine | Author | date

Japan's devastating earthquake has raised concerns among geoscientists that the West Coast of the United States is likely to be next. From southern California to Alaska, the coastline shares its geography with the San Andreas fault and the Cascadia subduction zone, both of which scientists say, are primed for a major quake. ...
Video Reuters | U.S. West Coast expecting major quake following Japan disaster [3:54]



DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! National and Global News Headlines for Friday, August 24 [11:36]
DN | "Be Honest About the History of Our Country": Remembering the Historian Howard Zinn at 90 (08/24/12) [5:46]
Rachel Maddow | Presidents Who Increased the National Debt [1:34]
CNN | Rep. Paul Ryan up close [8:17]
Romney Picks Ryan, Goes For The 1% Vote [1:27]
RT | Ryan Budget, War Trumps Diplomacy (03/21/12) [4:45]
*Paul Ryan: The Path to Prosperity... Saving Medicare, Visualized Part 1 [3:15], Part 2 [3:15]
Diane Rehms Show
Diane Rehm Domestic News - Friday 08/24/12
International News - Friday 08/24/12
Rachel Maddow Show
Rachel Maddow | Craig Gilbert, Milwaukee Journal, about Paul Ryan's extreme anti-abortion policy (08/22/12) [5:14]
Rachel Maddow | "New back alley" emerges as US abortion restrictions (08/22/12) [13:20]
Rachel Maddow | discusses the extent to which extreme anti-abortion position has been embraced by mainstream Republicans. (08/21/12) [18:02]
Rachel Maddow | Mitt Romney was caught in 2002 lying about his tax return when running for Governor of Massachusetts. (08/17/12) [7:07]
Rachel Maddow | What Mitt Romney does to avoid paying taxes . (08/16/12) [6:35]
Rachel Maddow | Michael Dukakis, former Governor of Massachusetts, on Romney's pathetic record as Governor of Massachusetts. (08/15/12) [6:25]
Rachel Maddow | Reviews old and new oil spills in the US, and weights the true cost of energy. (07/30/12) [6:18]
Rachel Maddow | Climate Change Skeptic Richard Muller, Professor at UC Berkeley, partially funded by Koch Brothers, believe humans main cause effecting global warming. (07/30/12) [9:45]
Rise of the New Right

Thursday August 23, 2012
International News
Domestic News

US drone strikes target rescuers in Pakistan -- and the west stays silent
TheGuardian | Glenn Greenwald | 08/20/12

Attacking rescuers -- a tactic long deemed by the US a hallmark of terrorism -- is now routinely used by the Obama administration ... Read more

Matt Taibbi, Eliot Spitzer Discuss Eric Holder's Failure
RollingStone | Matt Taibbi | 08/22/12

Got a chance to talk with Eliot Spitzer last night about Eric Holder's decision not to prosecute Goldman Sachs for the offenses laid out in the Levin report. ... Read more

HAZMAT in USA on Wednesday, 22 August, 2012 at 03:18 (03:18 AM) UTC
RSOE Report | Author | 08/22/12

As part of the biggest, costliest environmental cleanup project in the nation's history - disposing of 53 million gallons of radioactive waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state - one thing was supposed to be sure: Waste stored in the sturdy, double-wall steel tanks that hold part of the toxic ooze wasn't going anywhere. But that reassurance has been thrown into question with the discovery of a 3-foot-long piece of radioactive material between the inner and outer steel walls of one of the storage tanks, prompting new worries at the troubled cleanup site. "We're taking it seriously, and we're doing an investigation so we can better understand what it is," Department of Energy spokeswoman Lori Gamache said. The discovery marks the first time material has been found outside the inner wall of one of the site's 28 double-shell tanks, thought to be relatively secure interim storage for the radioactive material generated when Hanford was one of the nation's major atomic production facilities. It opened in 1943 and began a gradual shutdown in 1964. Cleanup started in 1989. The $12.2-billion cleanup project eventually aims to turn most of the waste stored at Hanford into glass rods at a high-tech vitrification plant scheduled to be operational in 2019, assuming the formidable design and engineering hurdles can be overcome. In the meantime, plant engineers have been gathering waste stored in the facility's 149 aging, leaky single-wall storage tanks and redepositing them in the double0-shell tanks for safekeeping. Over the years, more than 1 million gallons of waste has leaked out of 67 single-wall tanks into the surrounding soil. ... Read more

Wall Street Lobbies to Prevent SEC Changes to High Frequency Trading and Stock Market Structure
HuffingtonPost | Jeff Connaughton | 08/23/12

In August 2009, then Senator Ted Kaufman wrote SEC Chairman Mary Schapiro to urge her to study quickly how dramatic changes in our stock markets had in only a few years time led to an explosive growth in computerized trading. THE PAYOFF: Why Wall Street Always Wins, written by Jeff Connaughton (Kaufman's chief of staff), tells how the letter triggered an "air wing" of Wall Street executives to fly to Washington and lobby Congress and the SEC Read more

How Scientists Stopped Klebsiella Pneumoniae: Deadly Superbug Killed 6 At NIH Clinical Center
HuffingtonPost | Lauran Neergaard | 08/22/12

Over six frightening months, a deadly germ untreatable by most antibiotics spread in the nation's leading research hospital. Pretty soon, a patient a week was catching the bug. Scientists at the National Institutes of Health locked down patients, cleaned with bleach, even ripped out plumbing -- and still the germ persisted. ... Read more

Boeing Loses Qantas Order For 35 Dreamliners After Delays
Bloomberg | David Fickling | 08/23/12

Qantas Airways Ltd. (QAN) canceled an order for 35 Boeing Co. (BA) 787-9s after posting its first annual loss in at least 17 years because of higher fuel costs, labor disputes and rising competition on international routes. ... Read more

Target Cheaper Than Wal-Mart As Gap Widest In Two Years
Bloomberg | Author | 08/23/12

Target Corp. (TGT) is living up to the second half of its "Expect more. Pay less." slogan by winning the latest round in its pricing battle with Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) ... Read more



DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! National and Global News Headlines for Thursday, August 23 [12:01]
Matt Taibbi, Eliot Spitzer Discuss Eric Holder's Failure
Arnie Gundersen: little hope for Fukushima Part 1 (08/15/12) [14:59], Part 2 [14:58]
HAZMAT Alert -- Hanford, Washington
Nuclear Power Plants Around the Country
Hanford, Washington, USA
(Part of) Hanford Site
The Hanford Story: Overview [16:43]
*Hanford - Lethal and Leaking Part 1 (12/09/07) [7:00], Part 2 [7:00]
Rachel Maddow | US Nuclear Crisis "Office Space Style" (Hanford) (12/23/11) [14:40]
Note: ignore the additions added by a third party
Fukushima on ClimateViewer.com

Wednesday August 22, 2012
International News
Domestic News

5 Reasons Why the Ryan-Romney Economic Plan Would Be A Disaster for America
HuffingtonPost | Robert Reich | 08/20/12

Mitt Romney hasn't provided details so we should be grateful he's selected as vice president a man with a detailed plan Romney says is "marvelous," "bold and exciting," "excellent," "much needed," and "consistent with" what he's put out.   So let's look at the five basic features of this "marvelous" Ryan plan. ... Read more

Food riots predicted over US crop failure
Aljazeera | Robert Kennedy | 08/21/12

The world is on the brink of a food "catastrophe" caused by the worst US drought in 50 years, and misguided government biofuel policy will exacerbate the perilous situation, scientists and activists warn.

When food prices spike and people go hungry, violence soon follows, they say. Riots caused by food shortages - similar to those of 2007-08 in countries like Bangladesh, Haiti, the Philippines and Burkina Faso among others - may be on the horizon, threatening social stability in impoverished nations that rely on US corn imports. ... Read more

Tilling the Ground for the Seeds of Terrorism
HuffingtonPost | Rep. Dennis Kucinich | 08/22/12

After more than 10 years of war against al Qaeda and the accompanying global "war on terrorism," we have failed to learn that our actions create reactions. Our presence creates destabilization, then radicalization. Occupations create insurgencies. In Afghanistan, we have fueled the very insurgency we struggle to fight. ... Read more

How the US army protects its trucks -- by paying the Taliban
TheGuardian | Aram Roston | 11/12/09

Insurance, security or extortion? The US is spending millions of dollars in Afghanistan to ensure its supply convoys get through -- and it's the Taliban who profit. ... Read more

'Dirty Dancing': 25 Things You Didn't Know About The Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey Classic
MoviePhone | Gary Susman | 08/21/12

Admit it: You've seen "Dirty Dancing" more times than you'd care to admit. You're drawn in by its blend of music, dance, nostalgia, and romance between macho-yet-tender Johnny (Patrick Swayze) and awkward-yet-brave Baby (Jennifer Grey) every time it's on TV. Which is often: it seems to have been running on endless loop since its release 25 years ago, on August 21, 1987. ... Read more



DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! National and Global News Headlines for Tuesday, August 22 [12:13]
DN | Craig Unger on New Book, "Boss Rove: Inside Karl Rove's Secret Kingdom of Power." Part 1 (08/22/12) [24:43], Part 2 [24:43]
TRNN | Black Report: No Criminal Prosecution of Wall St. and Who is the European, Romney or Obama? (08/20/12) [16:49]
TRNN | Civilian Deaths from US Drone Attacks Much Higher than Reported (08/22/12) [11:20]
Robert Reich | Romney-Ryan Economic Plan [2:55]
Koch Brothers: These guys must have LOVED Monopoly as kids (08/21/12) [1:04]
http://www.kochbrothersexposed.com
Rachel Maddow | Koch Bros secret meetings GOP attendee vanishing acts (07/06/11) [12:54]
Aljazeera | Inside Story - Are we heading for a global food crisis? (07/25/12) [25:23]
Dirty Dancing - Time of my Life (Final Dance) [4:29]
Dirty Dancing- Hungry Eyes [4:06]
Comparisons -
Graphs, Videos & Facts
Allocation of US 2008 taxes
Military Bases
Note: Al Qaeda and Talaban don't have any airplanes.


Progressives


GOP



Tuesday August 21, 2012
International News
Domestic News

Why have no banking executives been prosecuted?
CBS News | Author | 2007

In the summer of 2007, Steve Kroft and his producer Frank Devine began reporting on something called "subprime lending." Little did they know, they'd be following that story through five years of global economic tumult. ... Read more

Understanding derivatives: The deadliest weapon on Wall Street
CBS News | Author | 08/05/08

... "Nobody really knew what could happen next," Steve Kroft recalls. "And after a while, you began to realize that it was because there was no regulation of derivatives. And no regulation of credit default swaps period. Nobody knew how many there were. Nobody knew who owned them. And it was incredibly scary." ... Read more

How Nonprofits Spend Millions on Elections and Call it Public Welfare
ProPublica | Author | 08/19/12

Matt Brooks describes the mission of the Republican Jewish Coalition as educating the Jewish community about critical domestic and foreign policy issues.   But the well-dressed crowd that gathered in May for a luncheon on the 24th floor of a New York law firm easily could have figured that the group had a different purpose: Helping Mitt Romney win the presidency. ... Read more

Peter Thiel, Early Facebook Investor, Sells Even More Shares, Donates To Tea Party PAC
HuffingtonPost | Barbara Ortutay | 08/20/12

Peter Thiel, one of Facebook's earliest investors and a member of its board, was among the insiders selling stock in the social network after a lockup expired last week.   A regulatory filing on Monday said that Thiel, a former CEO at PayPal sold about 20 million shares of Facebook through affiliates such as his Founders Fund and other entities last week. The shares were sold on Thursday and Friday for between $19.27 and $20.69, for a total of about $396 million.

Though Facebook's stock has lost nearly half of its value since its initial public offering, Thiel made out well. As one of Facebook's initial investors, he first invested $500,000 in the company in 2004. He sold 16.8 million shares in the company's May initial public offering for about $640 million. With last week's sale, Thiel has now sold most of his stake in the company. ... Read more



DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! National and Global News Headlines for Tuesday, August 21 [13:01]
DN | The Invisible Wounds of War: Number of Soldiers Committing Suicide Reaches Record High (08/21/12) [12:58]
Diane Rehms Show
Diane Rehm Diane Rehm Show: New Concerns Over Credit Card Debt Collection (08/21/12)
Older but good How The West Went Bust Part 1 () [59:14], Part 2 [59:20]
Crash - How the banks went bust Part 1 () [59:14]
Crash - How the banks never lose Part 2 [59:14]
Crash - How long will it last Part 3 [59:14]
Crash - How the banks won 2010 Part 4 [59:14]
How Nonprofits Spend Millions on Elections and Call it Public Welfare (08/17/12) [3:17]
<=== See article on left
60 Minutes Overtime - Follow Steve Kroft reporting from 2008 to 2012
60Minutes | Overview | Kroft: Why have no banking executives been prosecuted? (08/19/12) [6:12]
60Minutes | "House of Cards", Before the storm: Tackling subprime lending (01/27/08) [15:38]
In January of 2008, months before the storm hit on Wall Street, 60 Minutes aired "House of Cards," a story about a little-known phenomenon called "subprime lending," which was causing severe distress in the U.S. housing market.

To understand what was then just a mortgage crisis, Kroft's team went to the foreclosure capital of the country: Stockton, California.

"The situation in Stockton was bad then and getting much worse," Kroft remembers. There were so many foreclosed properties in the area, real estate agents sold tickets to bargain hunters for a weekly bus tour of foreclosed homes.

Kroft's producer on this story, Frank Devine, remembers an ominous feeling during the reporting process: "Nobody really knew where that story was going, but by the time we rode the 'repo bus,' you just knew that that the economy was going to hell in a handbasket."
60Minutes | "Financial Weapons of Mass Destruction," Explaining credit default swaps (11/26/08) [12:15]
By the fall of 2008, just weeks after Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy, the public was struggling to understand the forces behind what had become a full-scale economic collapse.

Steve Kroft, who called it "the scariest time in my lifetime" followed up his first report on subprime lending with this story, entitled "Wall Street's Shadow Market." It's an examination of something very few people understood at the time: credit default swaps.

"Credit default swaps turned out to be easier to explain than I thought, because they were really like insurance policies, says Steve Kroft, "except there was no collateral."
60Minutes | "Wall Street's Shadow Market," Understanding derivatives: The deadliest weapon on Wall Street (10/05/08) [12:19]
By late October 2008, it was clear that the global economic markets were in full-fledged crisis.

"Nobody really knew what could happen next," Steve Kroft recalls. "And after a while, you began to realize that it was because there was no regulation of derivatives. And no regulation of credit default swaps period. Nobody knew how many there were. Nobody knew who owned them. And it was incredibly scary."

Weeks after his October 2008 report on credit default swaps, Kroft's team followed up with "Financial Weapons of Mass Destruction," an effort to understand derivatives and the history of deregulation that lay the groundwork for Wall Street's collapse.
60Minutes | "Inside the Collapse," Autopsy report on the economic collapse (03/10/10) [15:45]
60Minutes | Lewis told Kroft, "I think it's a story of mass delusion." [15:45]
How did it happen?   That was the question many of us were asking by 2010, when the country was examining the debris of the 2008 financial collapse. In what Steve Kroft calls an autopsy report on the crisis, this story is a sit-down with Michael Lewis, Wall Street wonderboy-turned-writer, who had published his analysis of the meltdown in "The Big Short."

"I'm afraid that our culture will come to the conclusion, because it's always the easy conclusion, that everybody was just a bunch of criminals," Lewis told Kroft. "I think the story is much more interesting than that. I think it's a story of mass delusion."
60Minutes | "Prosecuting Wall Street," Wall Street wrongdoing: Why no prosecutions? (12/04/11) [14:12]
60Minutes | Yet another story [14:12]
By 2011, Steve Kroft and his producers began to shift their reporting focus on the Wall Street collapse to accountability.

"Everybody believed that a lot of heads roll, that some people were probably going to go to jail. That certainly hasn't happened."

Four years down the road, why haven't U.S. enforcement agencies tried to prosecute any high-level Wall Street executives?

Kroft and producer James Jacoby began their search for answers last year with this two-part story looking at Countrywide Financial (part 1) and Citigroup (part 2).

"Prosecuting Wall Street" aired in December 2011. As of April, no charges have been filed.
60Minutes | The case against Lehman Brothers (04/22/12 & 08/19/12) [13:34]
This week, Steve Kroft investigates the collapse of Lehman Brothers, which triggered a chain reaction that produced the worst financial crisis and economic downturn in 70 years.

It's his latest report in five years of coverage that began in the summer of 2007, more than a year before the U.S. financial collapse.
Other Videos and Documentaries







C2CAM | Mysterious Lore & Disappearances (08/19/12) [2:37:01]
C2CAM | Middle East & China (08/18/12) [2:33:44]
C2CAM | Creating a Ghost/ Open Lines (08/17/12) [2:28:59]
C2CAM | Mind Programming/ UFOs/ Sci-Fi Shows (08/16/12) [2:31:35]
C2CAM | Govt. & Ancient Relics (08/15/12) [2:32:19]
C2CAM | Channeled Messages (08/14/12) [2:32:50]
C2CAM | Phone & Smart Meter Dangers (08/13/12) [2:26:08]
C2CAM | Evolutionary Mysteries (08/12/12) [2:37:23]
C2CAM | Threats to Health & Liberty (08/11/12) [2:34:23]
C2CAM | Haunted LA & Open Lines (08/10/12) [2:31:06]
C2CAM | Animals & Health/ Corn & Fuel (08/09/12) [2:32:12]
C2CAM | Nibiru & Ancient Cycles (08/08/12) [2:32:09]
C2CAM | Nephilim & Archeology (08/07/12) [2:32:20]
C2CAM | Global Warming/ FBI Secrets (08/06/12) [2:31:41]
C2CAM | Mars Curiosity Rover Mission (08/05/12) [2:34:49]
C2CAM | Dire Future (08/04/12) [2:36:53]
C2CAM | Angelic Encounters & Open Lines (08/03/12) [2:361:28]
C2CAM | Personality & Genetics (08/02/12) [2:32:53]
C2CAM | 2012 & Nostradamus (08/01/12) [2:33:14]
C2CAM | Disease & Prevention/ Angels & Psychic Reading (07/31/12) [2:32:45]

Monday August 20, 2012
International News
Domestic News

ATP Oil And Gas Files For Bankruptcy, CEO Blames Obama
ZeroHedge | Author | 08/18/12

Now that the "alternative energy" industry is in shambles following one after another solar company bankruptcy, as the realization that at current prices, alternative energy business models are still just too unsustainable, no matter how much public equity is pumped into them, more "traditional" companies have resumed circling the drain. First, it was Patriot Coal, which finally succumbed to reality a month ago. Now it is the turn of ATP Oil and Gas, which filed Chapter 11 in Texas last night. ... Read more

Paul Ryan Defended Stimulus -- When George W. Bush Wanted It In 2002
HuffingtonPost | Ryan Grim | 08/18/12

When Congressman Paul Ryan has been asked the past few years about the value of stimulus to the sagging economy and the nation's jobless, the Wisconsin Republican has dismissed it as meaningless, and dubbed it "sugar-high economics."

But that's when President Obama is pushing for the spending. When it was President George W. Bush arguing for more stimulus to boost a slow economy in the early 2000s, Ryan's economic analysis was entirely different. ... Read more

Top Companies Paid 9% U.S. Tax Rate
Financial Markets Tools & Research | Joanna | 07/24/12

A recent NerdWallet study found that the top ten most profitable American companies paid an average of 9% of their pre-tax earnings in taxes to the U.S. federal government last year. These same companies reported an average tax provision of 32%.   This information is available for 500 of America's largest companies in the NerdWallet Tax Rate Transparency Tool. ... Read more

Rich Companies that Pay Executives, but not much Tax
Financial Markets Tools & Research | Joanna | 07/26/12

The following U.S. companies each earned over $1 billion in pre-tax profits in the most fiscal year and paid their top executive over $25 million dollars. Yet all of these American companies paid less of their income to the U.S. federal government than the average American taxpayer. ... Read more

Goldman Non-Prosecution: AG Eric Holder Has No Balls
RollingStone | Matt Taibbi | 08/15/12

... In the notorious Hudson transaction, for instance, Goldman claimed, in writing, that it was fully "aligned" with the interests of its client, Morgan Stanley, because it owned a $6 million slice of the deal. What Goldman left out is that it had a $2 billion short position against the same deal.   If that isn't fraud, Mr. Holder, just what exactly is fraud? ... Read more

Krugman: Ryanomics Is And Always Has Been A Con Game
NYTimes | Paul Krugman | 08/19/12

... Let's talk about what's actually in the Ryan plan, and let's distinguish in particular between actual, specific policy proposals and unsupported assertions. To focus things a bit more, let's talk -- as most budget discussions do -- about what's supposed to happen over the next 10 years.

On the tax side, Mr. Ryan proposes big cuts in tax rates on top income brackets and corporations. He has tried to dodge the normal process in which tax proposals are "scored" by independent auditors, but the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center has done the math, and the revenue loss from these cuts comes to $4.3 trillion over the next decade.

On the spending side, Mr. Ryan proposes huge cuts in Medicaid, turning it over to the states while sharply reducing funding relative to projections under current policy. That saves around $800 billion. He proposes similar harsh cuts in food stamps, saving a further $130 billion or so, plus a grab-bag of other cuts, such as reduced aid to college students. Let's be generous and say that all these cuts would save $1 trillion. ... Read more



DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! National and Global News Headlines for Monday, August 20 [12:05]
DN | Daniel Ellsberg: I Congratulate Ecuador For Standing Up To British Empire To Protect Assange (08/17/12) [12:35],   See more on Daniel Ellsberg below.
msnbc: Paul Ryan Defended Stimulus -- When George W. Bush Wanted It In 2002 (08/19/12) [7:00]
<== See Paul Ryan article on the left
Diane Rehms Show
Diane Rehm Diane Rehm Show: Understanding Hezbollah (08/20/12)
Diane Rehm Show: Ayn Rand And The 2012 Presidential Campaign (08/20/12)
See more on Ayn Rand below.
TYT News
TYT | Crazy: Stealing Pizza Is Worse Than Stealing $1B Dollars (08/18/12) [5:26]
TYT | Busted: Paul Ryan Asked For Stimulus Funds (08/17/12) [7:21]
TYT | Top Companies Paid 9% U.S. Tax Rate On Average (08/09/12) [5:32]
TYT | Creationism Vs Evolution - Poll (08/09/12) [4:44]
Michael Moore
Aljazeera | Empire : Hollywood and the war machine
Michael Moore | Farenheit 911 [1:58:29]
Michael Moore | Sicko 2007 [2:03:01]
Michael Moore | Capitalism, a Love Story Part 1 [63:09], Part 2 [64:09]
Other Videos and Documentaries
Whistle Blowers -- Julian Assange, Daniel Ellsberg, Bradley Manning
Comment: To see more information go here.
Pentagon Papers:
http://www.archives.gov/research/pentagon-papers/
http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB48/nixon.html
http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB48/supreme.html
Woody Harrelson discusses "The Most Dangerous Man in America" [4:17]
The Most Dangerous Man In America, Part 1 [43:25], Part 2 [43:25]
Daniel Ellsberg, "The Most Dangerous Man in America" [59:05]
Daniel Ellsberg: We Need Whistleblowers to Stop Murder (01/04/11) [18:36]

Ayn Rand
Ayn Rand First Interview 1959 [27:07]
Atlas Shrugged (trailer) [4:52]
Atlas Shrugged Part 1 (2011) [53:23], Part 2 [43:28]
The Fountainhead (Full movie) [1:52:32]
Israel
Aljazeera | The Cafe : The enemy within? (08/11/12) [47:13]
Israel has always felt under siege, but its internal problems could be more damaging than any external threat. The rift is between the secular and the ultra-Orthodox, who believe any compromise with Arabs is unacceptable. Zealous immigrants are boosting the extreme right and militant settlers are pushing further into Palestinian territory. Last summer, a new social movement was born demanding an end to corruption, lower inflation and cuts to public services. Almost half a million Israelis took to the streets to protest. It was the biggest wave of demonstrations in the country's history. Meanwhile, the occupation of the Palestinian territories and the apartheid system inflicted on Palestinians living in Israel continues. Israel proclaims itself to be a secular, democratic and Jewish state - but can it credibly live up to such claims?
PBS - The 50 Years War - Israel and the Arabs Part 1 () [2:25:59], Part 2 [2:26:29]

Weekender August 18-19, 2012
International News

HMS Hood Bell Recovery: Royal Navy Enlists 'Octopus,' Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen's Megayacht
HuffingtonPost | Ryan Grenoble | 08/15/12

Their mission, according to CNN: recover the bell from the HMS Hood, a British battle cruiser sunk by the German battleship Bismarck in 1941.

Their vessel: Octopus, a 414-foot yacht loaned to the British Navy by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. The Octopus comes equipped with a 10-man submarine and remote-controlled submersible that should aid in finding and bringing the bell to the surface. Less critical, (but still likely to see some use), are Octopus' basketball court, spa, small fleet of jet skis, and multiple helicopter pads. ... Read more
Octopus Yacht Video

Domestic News

Mr. Romney's 'garbage'
WashingtonPost | Author |08/18/12

FORMER GOVERNOR Mitt Romney, the presumed Republican nominee for president, promises to lower everyone's income tax rate without reducing revenue. This sounds terrific. Why didn't we think of it sooner? ... Read more

Romney advisers confirm it: We're running a 'just trust me' campaign
WashingtonPost | Greg Sargent | 08/17/12

... The Romney strategy is simple: Hammer away at Obama for proposing cuts to Medicare and promise, in vague, aspirational ways, to protect the program for future retirees -- but don't get pulled into a public discussion of the most unpopular parts of the Ryan plan. ... Read more

A presidential campaign that's not serving the country
WashingtonPost | Author | 08/17/12

THE WEEK STARTED with hope that the presidential campaign would take an overdue turn to substance, and it has -- sort of. Perhaps it shouldn't surprise anyone, but the past few days have shown that modern politics can transform any serious issue into a demagogic slugfest. ... Read more



Videos
The Last Word | Rewriting Ryan and the GOP on Ayn Rand (08/15/12) [7:13]
Rachel Maddow | Romney tax avoidance emblematic of new ruling class norms (08/11/12) [6:00]
Rachel Maddow | Romney's record illustrates tax avoidance hobby (08/11/12) [15:00]
Rachel Maddow | Mitt Romney's Long History Of Being A Tax Disclosure Dodger & Weasel (08/04/12) [21:05]
Rachel Maddow | GOP torchbearer likelier to light self on fire (07/30/12) [15:00]
Rachel Maddow | Destroys Republican Myth That Tax Cuts Pay For Themselves (07/19/12) [6:55]
Rachel Maddow | Exposes the Republicans Extreme Marxist Origins! (01/27/11) [13:42]
*Rachel Maddow | How Reaganomics Destroyed The Middle Class...And Maybe America (12/04/10) [8:26]
*Rachel Maddow | Recent Presidents Who Increased the National Debt (01/28/10) [1:33]
Other Videos and Documentaries
Ronald Reagan ... Very Interesting
Thom Hartmann | Reagan WORST President EVER? (02/22/11) [7:35]
*BBC Storyville: American Idol - Ronald Reagan Documentary (02/20/12) [1:36:46]
Reagan Part 1 (2011) [1:36:46], Part 2 [2:22:34]
Ike - Dwight D. Eisenhower
Ike Part 1 () [1:11:31], Part 2 [1:08:13]
Great Depression
The Great Depression- Top Be Somebody () [54:58]
The Great Depression- The Road to Rock Bottom () [59:51]
The Great Depression- Boom to Bust in America () [36:05]
The Great Depression- Mean Things Happening () [57:31]
The Great Depression- Job at Fords () [36:05]
Stories from the Great Depression () [27:47]
Israel
HC | Israel - Birth Of A Nation (1996) [1:31:20]
The Zionist Story: The Zionist Story, an independent film by Ronen Berelovich,is the story of ethnic cleansing, colonialism and apartheid to produce a demographically Jewish State. [1:15:02]
History
HC | The Exodus Decoded 2006 [1:33:10]
Alien Invasion
when aliens attack [1:31:39]
Mission to Mars (1996) [1:48:56]
Armageddon [2:24:41]
Apollo 18 [2:24:41]
The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy [1:48:46]

Friday August 17, 2012
International News

South Africa Mine Shooting: More Than 30 Striking Workers Killed
HuffingtonPost | Author | 08/17/12

South African police officers killed more than 30 miners who charged them at a Lonmin PLC platinum mine, authorities said Friday, as a national newspaper warned that a time bomb ticking over poor South Africans has exploded. ... Read more

Domestic News

Get Ready for a Catastrophic War: Israel Likely to Strike Iran Before November Elections
AlterNet | Ray McGovern | 08/13/12

More Washington insiders are coming to the conclusion that Israel's leaders are planning to attack Iran before the U.S. election in November in the expectation that American forces will be drawn in. There is widespread recognition that, without U.S. military involvement, an Israeli attack would be highly risky and, at best, only marginally successful. ... Read more

Bush Tax Cuts Saved 57 CEOs More Than $1 Million Each Last Year
AlterNet | Author | date

The Bush tax cuts, again, are set to expire at the end of the year, and President Obama haspromised to veto any extension of the cuts on income in excess of $250,000. Of course, Republicans are opposed to anything but a complete extension.   In a new report, the Institute for Policy Studies shows just how unnecessary the tax breaks on high income are, noting that last year, 57 of the top 100 CEOs in the country saved more than $1 million due to the Bush tax cuts alone: ... Read more

Trapwire: It's Not the Surveillance, It's the Sleaze
WireMagazine | Noah Shachtman | 08/14/12

... The documents show Stratfor being less than straight with its clients, using temporary jobs in government to set up Trapwire contracts, and calling it all a "wet dream." In their e-mails, executives at Stratfor may have been hyping up a surveillance technology. But what they really did was provide reconnaissance on the $25 billion world of intelligence-for-hire that's ordinarily hidden from public view. In this case, the sunlight isn't particularly flattering. ... Read more

Romney Tax Math Gets Easier With More Breaks On Table

Bloomberg | Author | 08/17/12

Mitt Romney's tax plan is more arithmetically feasible than previously estimated and more politically difficult, according to an updated analysis from the authors of a nonpartisan tax study.   The Tax Policy Center had initially calculated that Romney would need to shift $86 billion of the federal tax burden in 2015 from top earners to everyone else to meet other goals in his fiscal plan, because there aren't enough tax breaks for high earners to offset rate cuts for that group. ... Read more



DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! National and Global News Headlines for Thursday, August 17 [11:39]
DN | Embassy Raid To Arrest Assange Would Be Unprecedented Breach of Diplomatic Immunity (08/17/12) [11:30]
DN | Daniel Ellsberg: I Congratulate Ecuador For Standing Up To British Empire To Protect Assange (08/17/12) [12:35]
RT | TrapWire: American cities under total surveillance? (08/13/12) [9:37]
TrapWire.net
TYT | Anonymous and Wikileaks Reveal Stratfor Emails Shows Spying (03/03/12) [9:50]
DN | WikiLeaks: Emails Leak Exposes Inner Workings of Private Intel Firm Stratfor, a "Shadow CIA" (02/28/12) [8:10]
TYT | Wikileaks Stratfor Emails Devastating (02/29/12) [9:49]
Wes Clark - America's Foreign Policy (10/03/07) [7:36]
POGO - Project of Government Oversight
Project On Government Oversight Exposes Corruption, Explores Solutions. (05/09/11) [12:12]
http://www.pogo.org
Other News

Finland prepares for expected euro zone break up
Reuters | Author | 08/16/12

European leaders must prepare for the looming break up of the euro zone, Finland's foreign minister, Erkki Tuomioja, said in the Daily Telegraph on Friday. ... Read more

The West Has Just Become A Giant Banana Republic
ZeroHedge | Author | 08/16/12

Legal precedent means nothing. Rule of law means nothing. Free speech means nothing. Their own treaties mean nothing. It's unbelievable. Anyone in the west who honestly thinks he's still living in a free society is either a fool or completely out of touch. If that seems too radical an idea, consider that ECUADOR is now the only nation which stands to defend freedom and human rights against an assault from the United States, the United Kingdom, and their spineless allies. The west has just become a giant banana republic. Have you hit your breaking point yet? If not now, when? ... Read more

Other Videos and Documentaries
Found some older interviews, i.e. Revolving Door, war profiteering
Cenk on MSNBC | Why Isn't Wall Street In Jail? Matt Taibbi (02/16/11) [9:15]
Cenk on MSNBC | Proof That Lies Led To Iraq War w/ Colonel Wilkerson (02/17/11) [6:38]
Cenk on MSNBC | Iraq War Over? (Discussion) (08/30/10) [7:56]
Cenk on MSNBC | Reich - Middle Class & Wages (09/03/10) [8:14]
Cenk on MSNBC | On US Education Failure & Potential (09/07/10) [7:43]
Cenk on MSNBC | War Profiteers & US-Saudi Weapons Deal (09/14/10) [4:25]
Cenk on MSNBC | Is Fox News Owned By A Saudi Oil Prince? (05/06/10) [2:53]
Cenk on MSNBC |BP & AZ Debate (09/03/10) [7:58]
I ran across some interesting videos on Middle East. I especially liked the 1968 video
A Day Into The Life Of A Muslim Wife In Saudi Arabia Part 1 (03/16/09) [9:56], Part 2 [9:47]
Muslim Women and UK Life (06/27/08) [9:53]
Saudi Arabia the heartland of Islam, Part 1 (11/15/10) [10:45], Part 2 [10:00], Part 3 [10:00], Part 4 [10:12], Part 5 [7:19]
Oil Discovery and Distribution of Wealth in Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates (1968) [52:06]

Thursday August 16, 2012
International News
Domestic News

Media: This race is a disgrace
Politico | Kevin Cirilli | 08/15/12

Even the media's had enough.   The race for the White House has grown so toxic that it's become a top topic among reporters and analysts covering the contest - and some are even calling on President Barack Obama and presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney to call a truce.

"You thought last week was bad? Just when you thought last week's third grade insults were as low as the campaign could go here, here we go again, the campaign has gotten even uglier," MSNBC's Chuck Todd said Wednesday. "It's not faux outrage, it's real outrage. Over the last 24 hours, the attacks from both sides have reached a new level of vitriol." ... Read more

Paul Krugman: Paul Ryan Budget Proposal 'Just A Fantasy, Not A Serious Policy Proposal'
HuffingtonPost | Paul Krugman | 08/13/12
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What Paul Ryan's budget actually cuts -- and by how much
WashingtonPost | Brad Plumber | 08/13/12
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The Worst Part of Paul Ryan's Budget
TheAtlantic |Derek Thompson | 03/21/12
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Americans' Views On Economy Are Most Pessimistic Since November
Bloomberg | Author | 08/16/12

... "The American public appears to have tired of running harder to stand still, expressing their displeasure with the current state of economic affairs in the country and their own personal finances," said Joseph Brusuelas, a senior economist at Bloomberg LP in New York. ... Read more

HSBC, Credit Suisse Sacrifice Employees To U.S., Lawyers Say
Bloomberg | Giles Broom | 08/16/12

Swiss banks are turning over thousands of employee names to U.S. authorities as they seek leniency for their alleged role in helping American clients evade taxes, according to lawyers representing banking staff. At least five banks supplied e-mails and telephone records containing as many as 10,000 names to the U.S. Department of Justice, according to estimates by Douglas Hornung, a Geneva- based lawyer representing 40 current and former employees of HSBC Holdings Plc's Swiss unit, Credit Suisse Group AG (CSGN) and Julius Baer Group Ltd. (BAER) The data handover is illegal, said Alec Reymond, a former president of the Geneva Bar Association, who is representing two Credit Suisse staff members. ... Read more



DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! National and Global News Headlines for Thursday, August 16 [13:16]
DN | Ecuador Grants Assange Asylum; U.S. Seen as "Hidden Hand" Behind U.K. Threat To Raid Embassy (08/16/12) [14:26]
Jon Stewart | Jon Stewart Blasts Republicans For Divisive Hypocrisy (08/16/12) [5:31]
TYT News
TYT | Paul Ryan Pretends Ayn Rand Not His Idol (08/15/12) [3:43]
TYT | Ryan Budget Raises Taxes For Poor, Cuts Taxes For Rich (04/15/12) [1:44]
TYT | Game Of Thrones' Author Slams Republicans For 'Voter Suppression' (08/14/12) [3:15]
Diane Rehms Show
Diane Rehm The Politics And Potential Of Wind Power (08/16/12)
Aljazeera
Aljazeera | Inside Story Americas - Goldman Sachs: Off the hook? (08/11/12) [25:53]
Aljazeera | Inside Story Americas - Is Wall Street beyond reform? (03/16/12) [25:02]
More News -- Matt Taibbi at RollingStone

Goldman Non-Prosecution: AG Eric Holder Has No Balls
RollingStone | Matt Taibbi | 08/15/12

... Last year I spent a lot of time and energy jabbering and gesticulating in public about what seemed to me the most obviously prosecutable offenses detailed in the report -- the seemingly blatant perjury before congress of Lloyd Blankfein and other Goldman executives, and the almost comically long list of frauds committed by the company in its desperate effort to unload its crappy "cats and dogs" mortgage-backed inventory. ... Read more

Other Videos and Documentaries
Aljazeera | The Cafe : The enemy within? (08/11/12) [47:13]
Israel has always felt under siege, but its internal problems could be more damaging than any external threat. The rift is between the secular and the ultra-Orthodox, who believe any compromise with Arabs is unacceptable. Zealous immigrants are boosting the extreme right and militant settlers are pushing further into Palestinian territory. Last summer, a new social movement was born demanding an end to corruption, lower inflation and cuts to public services. Almost half a million Israelis took to the streets to protest. It was the biggest wave of demonstrations in the country's history. Meanwhile, the occupation of the Palestinian territories and the apartheid system inflicted on Palestinians living in Israel continues. Israel proclaims itself to be a secular, democratic and Jewish state - but can it credibly live up to such claims?
Thom Hartmann News
Thom Hartmann on the News (08/14/12) [6:53]
Thom Hartmann on the News (08/13/12) [6:53]
Thom Hartmann on the News (08/10/12) [6:53]
Max Keiser Report
Typically, The Max Keiser Report has two sections. The first 13 minutes is where Max and Stacy Herbert banter back-and-forth on current issues in the news. It sometimes gets kind of corney and might turn you off. However, the second half of the show is usually a great interview with good explainations on what is happening in the Financial Markets. You can jump directly to the interviews by clicking about 1/2 way down the progress bar.
Keiser Report (E327) Jamieville, Crookland (08/14/12) [25:45]
Keiser Report (E326) Wall Street vs City of London (08/11/12) [25:45]
Keiser Report (E325) Semaphore of Fraud (08/09/12) [25:45]
Keiser Report (E324) Crooks, Crime, Chaos (08/07/12) [25:21]
Keiser Report (E323) Superstition Trading (08/04/12) [25:45]

Wednesday August 15, 2012
International News

Israel Plans For Iran Strike As Citizens Say Government Serious
Bloomberg | Calev Ben-David | 08/14/12

Dozens of Israelis crowded in front of a storefront at a Jerusalem shopping mall yesterday to pick up new gas masks, part of civil defense preparations in case the military strikes Iran and the Islamic Republic or its allies retaliate. ... Read more

Domestic News

Charting Morgan Stanley's $60 Billion Crushing Of IPO Animal Spirits
ZeroHedge | Author | 08/14/12

Since November of 2011, Morgan Stanley has 'successfully' brought three of the biggest disasters of Silicon Valley to market - GRPN, ZNGA, and of course, most recently, FB (Facebook). ... Read more

Western Wildfires 2012: Blaze Destroys 60 Homes In Washington
Reuters | Jonathan Kaminsky | 08/14/12

Firefighters battled wildfires across the U.S. West on Tuesday, including a massive out-of-control blaze that has destroyed at least 60 homes and burned more than 28,000 acres between two national forests in Washington state. ... Read more



DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! National and Global News Headlines for Wednesday, August 15 [12:18]
DN | On 77th Anniversary of Social Security, Paul Ryan Pushes Dismantling the Social Safety Net (08/15/12) [17:07]
DN | Israeli Journalist Gideon Levy on the Escalating Talk of A Military Attack on Iran (08/15/12) [10:15]
DN | From Military Threats to Crippling Sanctions, U.S.-Israel Posturing on Iran Stokes War Fears (08/15/12) [11:58]
DN | Iranian Americans Warn Harsh U.S. Sanctions Could Restrict Aid to Iran's Earthquake Victims (08/15/12) [4:12]
TYT News
TYT | Paul Ryan And Ayn Rand (08/14/12) [6:28]
TYT | Paul Ryan - What You Need To Know (08/13/12) [9:02]
TYT | Paul Ryan Budget Plan Explained (08/13/12) [7:09]
TYT | Too Big To Jail: Goldman Sachs Avoids Criminal Charges (08/10/12) [5:41]
Atlas Shrugged (trailer) [4:52]
Atlas Shrugged Part 1 (2011) [53:23], Part 2 [43:28]
The Fountainhead (Full movie) [1:52:32]
Ayn Rand First Interview 1959 [27:07]
Diane Rehms Show
Diane Rehm Understanding Paul Ryan's Budget Plan (08/15/12)
Bill Moyers
Bill Moyers | Suppressing the Vote | also Anthony Baxter: Donald Trump's Callous Capitalism (08/03/12) [56:54]
     You've Been Trumped - trailer (07/11/12) [2:26]
Bill Moyers | Between Two Worlds -- Life on the Border btween US and Mexico (08/08/12) [52:23]
Bill Moyers | What It's Like to Go to War (07/27/12) [56:55]
Other videos
Max Keiser: Financial Terrorism Caught On Tape! (08/13/10) [6:33]
Fukushima update (7/27/12) [14:59]
Other Videos and Documentaries

Tuesday August 14, 2012
International News
Domestic News

Defense Hawks, Rejoice--Paul Ryan's Your Man!
DailyBeast | Eli Lake | 08/11/12

With the Republican Party's foreign-policy establishment at odds over central questions on national security, the selection of Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney's choice for vice president tilts the ticket closer to the neoconservatives on key questions about America's role in the world and the size of the military. ... Read more

Paul Ryan: 7 Great Reads on Romney's Running Mate
DailyBeast | Andrew Carter | 08/11/12

Who is this guy, anyway? Read up on the Wisconsin congressman, from last week's definitive New Yorker profile to a revealing interview with Ezra Klein. ... Read more

What Paul Ryan Brings to the Romney Ticket
DailyBeast | Peter J. Boyer | 08/11/12

Tapping Paul Ryan gives Romney a ticket mate who believes the problems facing the country are too serious to demagogue. Good luck with that. ... Read more

Reflections on Paul Ryan's Transactions in Individual Bank Stocks in 2008
HuffingtonPost | Brad DeLong | 08/13/12

The Richmonder's "Paul Ryan traded on insider information to avoid 2008 crash" says:

Ryan attended a closed meeting with congressional leaders, Bush's Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on September 18, 2008 [...] to beg Congress to pass legislation to help collapsing banks [...] Ryan left the meeting and [...] sold shares of stock he owned in several troubled banks and reinvested the proceeds in Goldman Sachs, a bank that the meeting had disclosed was not in trouble...
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In Paul Ryan, The Right at Last Has Their Man
HuffingtonPost | Bill Moyers | 08/13/12

Bill Moyers:
... Mitt Romney hasn't won their hearts either. He has shed so many of his previous positions in order to appease the Tea Party that he sounds as if he is reciting by rote Conscience of a Conservative -- Goldwater's declaration of principles -- and just might forget it all the morning after his inauguration.

This was never Romney's party, and without Karl Rove's shadowy money behind him, he would not have survived the primaries. So shape-shifting a figure was unlikely ever to inspire the front line troops in an election the Right sees as a showdown with the Anti-Christ at Armageddon. In this campaign, Romney is now the "the man who isn't there" -- the dispensable one.

But in Paul Ryan, the Golden Boy from Janesville who schooled himself in the ideology of right-wing think tanks inside the Beltway, they finally have one of their own -- a true believer for the new Gilded Age.
Read more

Eliot Spitzer: A Climate Change Fix Conservatives Can Love
MotherJones | Eliot Spitzer | 08/14/12

So let me get this straight. We just found out that July was the hottest month on record.

This past week, James Hansen, the director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies and father of climate change science, wrote of the peer-reviewed research he just completed: "for the extreme hot weather of the recent past, there is virtually no explanation other than climate change."

And last month, Richard Muller, a University of California-Berkeley physics professor, MacArthur Fellow, and former climate change skeptic--whose research was funded by the Koch brothers--concluded that "global warming was real and that prior estimates of the rate of warming were correct. I'm now going a step further: Humans are almost entirely the cause."

The pace of global warming is accelerating and the scale of the impact is devastating. The time for action is limited--we are approaching a tipping point beyond which the opportunity to reverse the damage of CO2 emissions will disappear.

And what are we talking about in our presidential campaign? Obamaloney and Romney Hood. Silliness has taken over, and the capacity to raise tough issues has dissipated if not gone entirely. Climate change appears to have fallen off the political agenda. ...

Read more | NASA Study Article



DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! National and Global News Headlines for Tuesday, August 14 [13:59]
DN | Paul Ryan's Hometown of Janesville Recovers With Federal Aid VP Candidate Claims to Oppose (08/14/12) [12:20]
DN | "An Extreme Choice": Touting Ayn Rand, GOP Pick Paul Ryan Backs Dismantling New Deal. Part 2 (08/13/12) [20:28]
Ayn Rand, alleged mistress to Philippe Rothschild, was Alan Greenspan's and Paul Ryan's hero
Atlas Shrugged (trailer) [4:52]
Atlas Shrugged Part 1 (2011) [53:23], Part 2 [43:28]
The Fountainhead (Full movie) [1:52:32]
Ayn Rand First Interview 1959 [27:07]
In 1957, a 1,168 page book by Ayn Rand, called Atlas Shrugged, was published. According to one source, Rand was alleged to be a mistress to Philippe Rothschild, who instructed her to write the book in order to show that through the raising of oil prices, then destroying the oil fields and shutting down the coal mines, the Illuminati would take over the world. It also related how they would blow up grain mills, derail trains, bankrupt and destroy their own companies, till they had destroyed the economy of the entire world; and yet, they would be so wealthy, that it would not substantially affect their vast holdings. The novel is about a man who stops the motor of the world, of what happens when "the men of the mind, the intellectuals of the world, the originators and innovators in every line of industry go on strike; when the men of creative ability in every profession, in protest against regulation, quit and disappear."   If we are to believe that the book represents the Illuminati's plans for the future, then the following excerpts may provide some insight to the mentality of the elitists who are preparing us for one-world government.

Just How Libertarian Is Paul Ryan?
MotherJones | Dave Gilson | 08/13/12
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Diane Rehms Show
Diane Rehm New Consensus On Climate Change (08/14/12)
Eliot Spitzer
Eliot Spitzer warns Mitt Romney: 'Voters are nowhere near as radical as Paul Ryan' (08/13/12) [2:48]
Eliot Spitzer Extra: 'The worst election that money can buy': How 30 billionaires might choose our president (07/24/12) [1:04]
Jon Steward | Stephen Colbert
Jon Stewart | Mitt Romney & Wife Cancer: In response to an incendiary Super PAC ad, Romney aide Andrea Saul highlights his Massachusetts health care law, sparking conservative outrage from Ann Coulter and Karl Rove. (08/09/12) [6:45]
While CEO of Bain Capital, Mitt Romney bought and resold a telephone directory company for 25 times as much, earning the enmity of Italian shareholders. (08/07/12) [3:40]
Other Videos and Documentaries
Jon Steward | Stephen Colbert
Stephen Cobert | The VP of Save the Children's U.S. Programs, Mark Shriver, talks about his father's civic contributions, the War on Poverty, and the importance of investing in kids. (08/07/12) [5:31]
Stephen Cobert | Stephen asks Congressman Robert Wexler to say some things about his constituents since they're asleep. (07/26/12) [5:36]
Stephen Cobert | The host of MSNBC's "Up with Chris Hayes" explains America's housing bubble, elitism and the difference between educational opportunities and outcomes.. (08/02/12) [6:01]
Jon Stewart | "The Book of Mormon Girl," author Joanna Brooks discusses life as a liberal at Brigham Young University, and how the Mormon religion is changing as it ages. (08/09/12) [5:12]
Bernie Madoff... why did he do it? His lawyers said GREED.
Madoff Billionaire Friend Found Dead (10/26/09) [2:24]
Inside the Properties of Bernie Madoff (09/01/09) [2:32]
Bernie Madoff From Behind Bars (07/29/09) [2:23]
Jeremy Scahill
TheNation | Jeremy Scahill | 05/23/11
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Monday August 13, 2012
International News
Domestic News

The Ryan Choice
HuffingtonPost | Robert Reich | 08/12/12

Paul Ryan is the reverse of Sarah Palin. She was all right-wing flash without much substance. He's all right-wing substance without much flash.   Ryan is not a firebrand. He's not smarmy. He doesn't ooze contempt for opponents or ridicule those who disagree with him. In style and tone, he doesn't even sound like an ideologue -- until you listen to what he has to say.

It's here -- in Ryan's views and policy judgments -- we find the true ideologue. More than any other politician today, Paul Ryan exemplifies the social Darwinism at the core of today's Republican Party: Reward the rich, penalize the poor, let everyone else fend for themselves. Dog eat dog. ... Read more

View On High Frequency Trading
ZeroHedge | Author | 08/12/12

In our last letter, we made some comments on high-frequency trading. Why is this important? Because more than half of the trading volume in equities in the main world exchanges is driven high-frequency trades today (More than 70% of volume in the US exchanges alone). ... Read more

Glass-Steagall Act (1933)
NYTimes | Author | 1933

The Glass-Steagall Act, also known as the Banking Act of 1933 (48 Stat. 162), was passed by Congress in 1933 and prohibits commercial banks from engaging in the investment business.

It was enacted as an emergency response to the failure of nearly 5,000 banks during the Great Depression. The act was originally part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal program and became a permanent measure in 1945. It gave tighter regulation of national banks to the Federal Reserve System; prohibited bank sales of securities; and created the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), which insures bank deposits with a pool of money appropriated from banks. ... Read more

Comment: I wonder if this is true?? Yet another reson for the oil companies to resist renewables!

The coming glut in oil -- and its impact
Reuters | Chrystia Freeland | 08/09/12

Until very recently, our collective assumption was that oil was running out. That was partly a matter of what seemed like geological common sense. It took millions of years for the earth to crush plankton into fossil fuels; it is logical to think that it would take millions of years to create more. The rise of the emerging markets, with their energy-hungry billions, was a further reason it seemed obvious we would have less oil and gas in 2020 than we do today.

Obvious -- but wrong. Thanks in part to technologies like horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracking, we are entering a new age of abundant oil. ... Read more



DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! National and Global News Headlines for Monday, August 13 [12:13]
DN | "An Extreme Choice": Touting Ayn Rand, GOP Pick Paul Ryan Backs Dismantling New Deal. Part 1 (08/13/12) [13:29], Parrt 2 [20:28]
DN | The Paul Ryan Vision: Ban Abortion, Defund Contraception, Outlaw In Vitro Fertilization (08/13/12) [9:57]
Dark Pools and High-Frequency Drone Wars w/Scott Patterson! (08/08/12) [28:02]
TYT | U.S. 'Pretty Fucked' - Former TARP Inspector (08/12/12) [2:24]
Older but good
Dennis Kucinich (D-OH): The Fed Grants $7.77 Trillion in Secret Bank Loan (11/29/11) [3:11]
Dennis Kucinich (D-OH): We Need to Restore Democracy; Private Contributions to Federal Elections Must End (12/01/11) [1:18]
Dennis Kucinich (D-OH): Workers' Rights are Human Rights (11/30/11) [2:02]
TRNN (The Real News Network) News
TRNN | James Henry: The Media and Politics of Offshore Tax Havens (08/12/12) [10:46]
TRNN | Tim Wise: The Drought and the Coming Food Price Bubble (08/13/12) [16:16]
TRNN | Bill Black: The Fraud-lympics and Kansas GOP Moves Way Right (08/13/12) [16:20]
TRNN | LIBOR Rate-Fixing Scandal Sets Off Investigations, Lawsuits Against Big Banks (08/10/12) [8:36]
TRNN | The Dangerous Global Consequences of a Syria Intervention (08/08/12) [17:34]
Diane Rehms Show
Diane Rehm Mitt Romney Chooses A Running Mate, Paul Ryan (08/13/12)
Dan Ariely: "The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie To Everyone (08/13/12)
Other Videos and Documentaries

Weekender August 11-12, 2012
International News
Domestic News

We May Be in for a Movie-like Apocalyptic Event: Hunger Games for Real
AlterNet | Tom Dispatch | 08/07/12

The Great Drought of 2012 has yet to come to an end, but we already know that its consequences will be severe. With more than one-half of America's counties designated as drought disaster areas, the 2012 harvest of corn, soybeans, and other food staples is guaranteed to fall far short of predictions. This, in turn, will boost food prices domestically and abroad, causing increased misery for farmers and low-income Americans and far greater hardship for poor people in countries that rely on imported U.S. grains. ... Read more

10 Most Obscene Lifestyles Choices of America's 1% Elite
AlterNet | David Sirota | 03/21/12

... The same cannot be said of some of these candidates' cronies in the 1 percent. Whether complaining about having to do their own dishes, or bragging about their car garages costing more than the average American makes in a lifetime, the 1 percenters are all but screaming "let them eat cake" from the ramparts. Here are 10 particularly egregious examples from the last few months. ... Read more

Municipal bankruptcy: The lessons of California
LATimes | Thomas Ferguson | 07/30/12

... Simply put, in the aftermath of the financial crisis emanating from Wall Street, the federal financial mess is bleeding over into state budgets in profound ways, adding enormous costs to already overburdened state coffers. That spillover, in conjunction with broader national crises in finance and healthcare, is overwhelming state and federal finances. ... Read more

Neil Barofsky on the "Broken Promises" of the Bank Bailouts
PBSFontline | Jason M. Breslow | 08/01/12

"By any objective standards, the Trouble Asset Relief Program [TARP] has worked," the Treasury Department wrote in a July progress report (PDF) on the $700 billion program that Congress authorized in 2008. "It helped stop widespread financial panic, it helped prevent what could have been a devastating collapse of our financial system, and it did so at a cost that is far less than what most people expected at the time the law was passed."

Neil Barofsky sees it much differently. From December 2008 to March 2011, Barofsky, a formal federal prosecutor and lifelong Democrat, served as special inspector general of TARP, charged with protecting against abuse and fraud in the program. In his new book about that experience, Bailout, he writes that the American people "should be enraged by the broken promises to Main Street and the unending protection of Wall Street." ... Read more

Flame and Stuxnet Cousin Targets Lebanese Bank Customers, Carries Mysterious Payload
WiredMagazine | Kim Zetter | 08/09/12

... According to Kaspersky, Gauss appears to have been created sometime in mid-2011 and was first deployed in September or October of last year, around the same time that DuQu was uncovered by researchers in Hungary. DuQu was an espionage tool discovered on machines in Iran, Sudan, and other countries around August 2011 and was designed to steal documents and other data from machines. Stuxnet and DuQu appeared to have been built on the same framework, using identical parts and using similar techniques. Flame and Stuxnet also shared a component, and now Flame and Gauss have been found to be using similar code as well. ... Read more



High Frequency Trading
Author Joe Saluzzi Discusses High Frequency Trading (06/22/12) [3:45]
hft60Minutes | Wall Street: The Speed Traders (10/10/10) [13:36]
GREED
Enron The Smartest Guys In The Room (09/01/11) [1:49:19]
Enron dives from the seventh largest US company to bankruptcy in less than a year in this tale told chronologically. The emphasis is on human drama, from suicide to 20,000 people sacked: the personalities of Ken Lay (with Falwellesque rectitude), Jeff Skilling (he of big ideas), Lou Pai (gone with $250 M), and Andy Fastow (the dark prince) dominate. Along the way, we watch Enron game California's deregulated electricity market, get a free pass from Arthur Andersen (which okays the dubious mark-to-market accounting), use greed to manipulate banks and brokerages (Merrill Lynch fires the analyst who questions Enron's rise), and hear from both Presidents Bush what great guys these are.
Floored: Into The Pit [1:18:52]
Rogue Trader 1999 [1:37:16]
60 Minutes
60Minutes | Your Bank Has Failed (03/08/09) [13:20]
60Minutes | The Man Who Knew: Harry Markopolos blew the whistle to the Securities and Exchange Commission about Bernard Madoff as early as 2000. (03/01/09) [13:51]
Newsroom 2012-S01E01 Part 1 [40:10], Part 2 [32:36]


More Weekend News
Comment: Goldman Sachs can't be tried for any of their financial crimes that nearly, and might still, sink the world. But, Sergey Aleynikov is tried for copying the same "High Frequency Trading" code that will sink us all.

Goldman Sachs Programmer Back in Court on New Charges
WiredMagazine | Kim Zetter | 08/09/12

Just when he thought his troubles were over, a former programmer for Goldman Sachs who downloaded source code for the investment firm's high-speed trading system from the company's computers is back in New York state court on new charges that he unlawfully duplicated and used the company's proprietary code.

Sergey Aleynikov was re-arrested last week, according to his attorney, and is being arraigned in Manhattan criminal court Thursday afternoon on state charges of "unlawful use of secret scientific material" and "unlawful duplication of computer related material." ...

... Aleynikov, 42, was convicted in 2010 under the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 (EEA), in a high-profile case that was held up by federal prosecutors as an example of the Justice Department's serious intent to prosecute the theft of intellectual property and trade secrets. ... Read more

Other Videos and Documentaries

Friday August 10, 2012
International News
Domestic News

Goldman Gets Off Scott Free
HuffingtonPost | Reuters | 08/09/12

WASHINGTON, Aug 9 (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department said it will not pursue criminal charges against Goldman Sachs Group Inc or its employees related to accusations that the firm bet against the same subprime mortgage securities it was selling to clients.   The decision not to prosecute Goldman, a firm held up by critics as a symbol of Wall Street greed during the 2007-2009 financial crisis, highlights the difficulty in prosecuting crisis-related cases. ... Read more

Exclusive: U.S. banks told to make plans for preventing collapse
Reuters | Rick Rothacker | 08/10/12

U.S. regulators directed five of the country's biggest banks, including Bank of America Corp and Goldman Sachs Group Inc, to develop plans for staving off collapse if they faced serious problems, emphasizing that the banks could not count on government help.

The two-year-old program, which has been largely secret until now, is in addition to the "living wills" the banks crafted to help regulators dismantle them if they actually do fail. It shows how hard regulators are working to ensure that banks have plans for worst-case scenarios and can act rationally in times of distress. ... Read more

JPMorgan Chase Libor Subpoenas Coming From Everybody In The World
HuffingtonPost | Mark Gongloff | 08/09/12

Pretty much everybody in the world with subpoena power has hit JPMorgan Chase with requests for information in the Libor-rigging scandal.   The biggest U.S. bank revealed the extent of its involvement in the probe in a filing Thursday morning with the Securities and Exchange Commission, saying regulators in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Switzerland and more had asked it for information. ... Read more

Mitt Romney Started Bain Capital With Money From Families Tied To Death Squads
HuffingtonPost | Ryan Grim | Cole Stangler | 08/09/12

In 1983, Bill Bain asked Mitt Romney to launch Bain Capital, a private equity offshoot of the successful consulting firm Bain & Company. After some initial reluctance, Romney agreed. The new job came with a stipulation: Romney couldn't raise money from any current clients, Bain said, because if the private equity venture failed, he didn't want it taking the consulting firm down with it.

When Romney struggled to raise funds from other traditional sources, he and his partners started thinking outside the box. Bain executive Harry Strachan suggested that Romney meet with a group of Central American oligarchs who were looking for new investment vehicles as turmoil engulfed their region.

Romney was worried that the oligarchs might be tied to "illegal drug money, right-wing death squads, or left-wing terrorism," Strachan later told a Boston Globe reporter, as quoted in the 2012 book "The Real Romney." But, pressed for capital, Romney pushed his concerns aside and flew to Miami in mid-1984 to meet with the Salvadorans at a local bank. ... Read more

Mitt Romney's $12 Million Mystery Man
MotherJones | Andy Kroll | 08//12

Meet Carl Forti, the super-PAC whiz helping the GOP front-runner and conservative groups rake in piles of dark money. ... Read more

Ranchers Send Cows To Slaughter As U.S. Drought Sears Pasture
Bloomberg | Alan Bjerga | 08/10/12

The grass in Melvin Korte's 280 acres of pasture in northern Missouri is dead, burnt away in the worst drought in the Corn Belt in more than a half-century. Now he's doing all he can to keep his herd of 63 cattle alive. ... Read more



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Democracy Now! National and Global News Headlines for Friday, August 10 [11:32]
death-squadsDN | Romney's Death Squad Ties: Bain Launched With Funds From Oligarchs Behind Salvadoran Murders (08/10/12) [19:29]
Diane Rehms Show
Diane Rehm Domestic News - Friday 08/10/12
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Mountain Top Removal | Appalachia | Last Mountain
Comment: Mountain Top Removal -- what is it? As usual I have heard of it, but never knew what it ment. Listen to Robert Kennedy, Jr. and look at the documentary "The Last Mountain" to see why people are fighting the COAL companies.

DN | Robert Kennedy, Jr & Bill Haney on "The Last Mountain" & Effort to Stop Mountaintop Removal. Part 1 (05/23/11) [12:58], Part 2 [12:58]
mountain-top-removal3The Last Mountain Part 1 [51:48], Part 2 [43:19]
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.: Blowing the peaks off mountains to remove coal is one of America's hottest environmental flashpoints. (6/16/11) [1:08:29]
Blowing the peaks off mountains to remove coal is one of America's hottest environmental flashpoints. Now Kennedy is shining a light on mountain-top removal in Appalachia nearly four decades after his father campaigned against strip mining there. Kennedy and filmmaker Bill Haney traveled for several years to West Virginia and compiled nearly 500 hours of footage in the heart of coal country. They hope the resulting new documentary, The Last Mountain, will lead Americans to understand how they are connected to the lives and landscapes in the film. The federal government has gradually tightened restrictions on mountain-top removal, and there is essentially a national moratorium on building new coal power plants. But America is still largely a coal-fired nation, and Kennedy contends that there is a cleaner way to power our economy. Join us for an evening with one of America's most passionate environmentalists.
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Thursday August 09, 2012
International News

Aral Sea Reborn
Aljazeera | Author | 07/21/12

The Aral Sea was once the world's fourth largest lake. The World Bank and the Kazakh government spend millions of dollars to re-fill the sea and help revive its ecosystems. ... Read more

Domestic News

Global Warming's Terrifying New Math
RollingStone | Bill McKibben | 07/19/12

If the pictures of those towering wildfires in Colorado haven't convinced you, or the size of your AC bill this summer, here are some hard numbers about climate change: June broke or tied 3,215 high-temperature records across the United States. That followed the warmest May on record for the Northern Hemisphere -- the 327th consecutive month in which the temperature of the entire globe exceeded the 20th-century average, the odds of which occurring by simple chance were 3.7 x 10-99, a number considerably larger than the number of stars in the universe. ... Read more

Mitt Romney Sure Does Lie a Lot, Doesn't He?
MotherJones | Kevin Drum | 08/09/12

Paul Waldman has done a lot of academic research on political ads. In fact, he says, he has personally watched "every single presidential general election campaign ad ever aired since the first ones in 1952." So what does he think of Mitt Romney's new ad that claims President Obama has a plan for "dropping work requirements" for welfare? "Under Obama's plan," says the narrator, "you wouldn't have to work and wouldn't have to train for a job. They just send you your welfare check."

I've seen ads that were more inflammatory than this one, and ads that were in various ways more reprehensible than this one (not many, but some). But I cannot recall a single presidential campaign ad in the history of American politics that lied more blatantly than this one. ... Read more

There are multiple comments to this article, but this one stuck out:
I think the author meant to say that as untruthful or misleading as ads in the past have been, at least you could reconstruct how they came up with them. In this particular ad it's just completely made up and not related in any way to what's happening. Even the Presidents campaign has stretched the truth farther than before but to be honest, Romney will simply state a lie, repeat it and only stops when he starts the next lie.

Charts: Just How Small Is the Super-PAC Gazillionaire Club?
MotherJones | Andy Kroll | 08/05/12

The 2012 elections are on track to be the nastiest in recent memory. By the tail end of primary season, in May, 70 percent of all presidential campaign ads were negative, up from a mere 9 percent at the same point in 2008. The culprits for this spike in attack ads were super-PACs and shadowy nonprofits, which together dominate the growing universe of outside political groups poised to spend billions of dollars this election season.

Now a new report from the liberal think tank Demos and the nonpartisan US Public Interest Research Group has revealed how what has been called a "tsunami of slime" is funded by a tiny cadre of wealthy donors. ... Read more

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DN | Former DHS Analyst Daryl Johnson on How He Was Silenced for Warning of Far-Right Militants (08/09/12) [13:55]
Aral Sea Reborn
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Born of Nuclear Blast: Russia's Lakes of Mystery [23:53]
Climate Change | 350.org
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"350 Earth"--about the global climate art project photographed from space [2:09]





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Wednesday August 08, 2012
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Domestic News
Is Wall Street Crime Profitable?

When it comes to Wall Street's returns, the 8% market return benchmark that every first year analyst finds in Ibbotson's is for naive amateurs. With corporate lobbying returning anywhere between 5,900% and 77,500%, the real money is to be made in the buying and selling of politicians. Yet in our day and age, when information propagates rapidly and when political muppets can be exposed for the Wall Street purchased frauds they are, lobbying is getting increasingly more complicated. Which leaves one other high returning "investment", which unlike lobbying is completely riskless when one is a Wall Street firm: crime. But not just any crime, the type of crime where a firm settles "without admitting or denying guilt" and in the process is slapped with a fine that barely covers the government's legal fees.

Case in point: U.S. v. Morgan Stanley, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York Case #11-6875, where MS was punished with the epic disgorgement penalty of $4.8 million. Of course, the fact that Morgan Stanley, who did not admit wrongdoing, generated profits of $21.6 million, is merely a triviality. But a useful one: it allows to calculate that on Wall Street crime does pay, and the IRR is in give or take 350%.

Neil Barofsky on the "Broken Promises" of the Bank Bailouts
PBSFontline | Jason M. Breslow | 08/01/12

"By any objective standards, the Trouble Asset Relief Program [TARP] has worked," the Treasury Department wrote in a July progress report (PDF) on the $700 billion program that Congress authorized in 2008. "It helped stop widespread financial panic, it helped prevent what could have been a devastating collapse of our financial system, and it did so at a cost that is far less than what most people expected at the time the law was passed."

Neil Barofsky sees it much differently. From December 2008 to March 2011, Barofsky, a formal federal prosecutor and lifelong Democrat, served as special inspector general of TARP, charged with protecting against abuse and fraud in the program. In his new book about that experience, Bailout, he writes that the American people "should be enraged by the broken promises to Main Street and the unending protection of Wall Street." ... Read more

The State of Reform: Dodd-Frank at Two Years Old
PBSFontline | Jason M. Breslow | 07/26/12

It was two years ago this Saturday that President Obama signed the Dodd-Frank financial reform into law. The landmark legislation -- which clocks in at more than 2,000 pages -- was meant to rein in a financial system that brought the economy to the brink of collapse in 2008. But push-back from industry lobbyists and Republicans in Congress has kept key aspects of the law from taking effect. ... Read more

The Pentagon's Shocking Cover-Up Of The Afghan National Military Hospital Scandal
BuzzFedd | Michael Hastings | 08/07/12

Top U.S. commanders in Afghanistan waged a sophisticated public relations campaign to obscure horrific conditions at the Afghan National Military Hospital, according to former U.S. military officials, Congressional investigators, and new photographic evidence obtained by BuzzFeed. ... Read more

Guest Post: US Government Proposes Law Making It Illegal For Them To Kill You
ZeroHedge | Author | 08/07/12

Last Friday, US Congressman Dennis Kucinich introduced HR 6357, a bill which aims to 'prohibit the extrajudicial killing of United States citizens' by the federal government. In other words, in the Land of the Free, they need to pass a law to prevent the government from indiscriminately murdering its own citizens. Now if this doesn't give one reason to pause and consider the distortions of liberty that have taken place in western civilization, I don't know what will. Ask yourself, are you really living in a free society? Are you free? If not, why not? What else could possibly be more important? ... Read more

Libor, Naked and Exposed
NYTimes | Gary Gensler | 08/06/12

AMERICANS who save for the future, use credit cards or borrow money for tuition, cars and homes deserve assurance that the interest rates on their savings and loans are set in a reliable and honest way. ... Read more

CNBC | Putting A Face To Einstein's Definition Of Insanity (08/08/12) [8:39]


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Democracy Now! National and Global News Headlines for Wednesday, August 8 [13:59]
DN | Chevron Oil Refinery Fire in Richmond, California Forces Over 900 Residents to Hospitals (08/08/12) [18:57]
Jon Stewart | Jabs Fox News' Judith Miller Over Hypocritical National Security Leak Stance (08/07/12) [3:43]
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TYT | Zach Galifianakis Slams Koch Brothers (08/07/12) [3:00]
TYT | NRA Fundraising Letter After Aurora Shooting (08/07/12) [7:03]
TYT | Second Amendment History (08/07/12) [4:48]
TYT | Mass Shootings in America (08/07/12) [5:20]
Why Things Aren't Getting Any Better - Banksters
PBS Frontline: The Warning, The Financial Collapse - Brooksley Born [56:17]

A Matter Of Trust - Part 1
BuringPlatform | Jim Quinn | 08/05/12

Who do you trust? Do you trust the President? Do you trust Congress? Do you trust the Treasury Secretary? Do you trust the Federal Reserve? Do you trust the Supreme Court? Do you trust the Military Industrial Complex? Do you trust Wall Street bankers? Do you trust the SEC? Do you trust any government agency or regulator? Do you trust the corporate mainstream media? Do you trust Washington think tanks? Do you trust Madison Avenue PR maggots? Do you trust PACs? Do you trust lobbyists? Do you trust government unions? Do you trust the National Association of Realtors? Do you trust mega-corporation CEOs? Do you trust economists? Do you trust billionaires? Do you trust some anonymous blogger? You can't even trust your parish priest or college football coach anymore. A civilized society cannot function without trust. The downward spiral of trust enveloping the world is destroying our global economy and will lead to collapse, chaos and bloodshed. The major blame for this crisis sits squarely on the shoulders of crony capitalists that rule our country, but the willful ignorance and lack of civic accountability from the general population has contributed to this impending calamity. Those in control won't reveal the truth and the populace don't want to know the truth -- a match made in heaven -- or hell. ... Read more

A Matter Of Trust - Part 2
ZeroHedge | Jim Quinn | date

Putting our trust and faith in a few unelected bureaucrats and bankers, who use their obscene wealth to buy off politicians in writing the laws and regulations to favor them has proven to be a death knell for our country. The captured main stream media proclaims these men to be heroes and saviors of the world, when they are truly the villains in this episode. These are the men who unleashed the frenzy of Wall Street greed and pillaging by repealing Glass Steagall, blocking Brooksley Born's efforts to regulate derivatives, encouraging mortgage fraud, not enforcing existing regulations, and creating speculative bubbles through excessively low interest rates and making it known they would bailout recklessness. They have created an overly complex tangled financial system so they could peddle propaganda to the math challenged American public without fear of being caught in their web of lies. Big government, big banks and big legislation like Dodd/Frank and Obamacare are designed to benefit the few at the expense of the many. The system has been captured by a plutocracy of self-serving men. They don't care about you or your children. We are only given 80 years, or so, on this earth and our purpose should be to sustain our economic and political system in a balanced way, so our children and their children have a chance at a decent life. Do you trust that is the purpose of those in power today? Should we trust the jackals and grifters who got us into this mess, to get us out? ... Read more

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Tuesday August 07, 2012
International News

Standard Chartered (Bank) Falls Most In 24 Years On Iran Probe
Bloomberg | Gavin Finch | 08/07/12

Standard Chartered Plc (STAN) fell the most in almost 24 years as an analyst estimated it may face costs of $5.5 billion after being accused of violating U.S. money laundering laws over its dealings with Iranian banks.   The shares fell 23 percent to 1,132 pence by 10:42 a.m. in London trading, their biggest decline since 1988, the earliest date for which data are available.

Standard Chartered may lose its license to operate in New York after the state's Department of Financial Services found the bank conducted $250 billion of deals with Iranian banks over seven years and earned hundreds of millions of dollars in fees for handling transactions for institutions subject to U.S. ... Read more

Iran accusations wipe $17 billion off StanChart shares
Reuters | Lawrence White | 08/07/12
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Domestic News

Romneys, caught in housing bust, got tax cut in La Jolla
LATimes | Robin Abcarian | 08/05/12

Reassessment of their $12-million home, one of many reductions in San Diego County, has saved $109,000 over four years. ... Read more

Fed must do more, its Boston chief says
BostonGlobe | Steven Syre | 08/07/12
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When Did Sandy Weill Change His Mind About Too Big To Fail? And Why?
RollingStone | Matt Taibbi | 08/03/12

former Citigroup chairman Sandy Weill, in which the creator of the Too-Big-To-Fail model told an astonished Andrew Ross Sorkin that it was time to break up the Too-Big-To-Fail banks. But one moment in particular flew under the radar: ... Read more

Ludicrous Times Op-Ed Forgets Entire Year of Wall Street History
RollingStone | Matt Taibbi | 03/01/12

Why this was funny: Through his ambitious (and at the time not yet legal) decision to merge Citibank, Travelers, and Salomon Brothers into one giant wrecking ball of greed, self-dealing and global irresponsibility called Citigroup, Weill more or less single-handedly created the Too-Big-To-Fail problem. You know, the one currently casting that thick, black doomlike shadow over all humanity which, if you look out your window, you can see floating over all our heads this very minute. ... Read more

The World's NEWEST, Fastest Computer will be used to Simulate Nuclear Attacks
military-expenditure

California Nuke Simulator Is World's Most Powerful Computer
WiredMagazine | Robert McMillan | date

With 1.5 million processing cores, Livermore's Sequoia supercomputer weighs about the same as 30 elephants, and it can do more calculations per second than any machine ever built. How many? 16.3 quadrillion a second, according to benchmark numbers researchers at the national lab submitted for international supercomputing benchmarking contest called the Top500 list. In benchmarking terms, that translates to 16.3 petaflops per second.

... Sequoia will simulate nuclear explosions to a degree that was previously impossible, but it will also give researchers insight into what's happening to weapons in the country's weapons stockpile without actually testing nuclear bombs. ... Read more

  1. I couldn't find a price tag, but definitely over billion dollars.
  2. The BBC reports that today's fastest computer is 273,930 times faster than the fastest computer of 1993.
  3. They also cost a lot of money to operate. Estimates are that Sequoia's electric bill will be close to $8 million this year.

Model: The F-35
Manufacturer: Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
Seats: 1
Purpose: air-to-air combat
Development: >$1,000,000,000,000.00
Procurement: $400,000,000.00
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DN | Neo-Nazi Rampage: Army Psy-Ops Vet, White Power Musician ID'd As Gunman in Sikh Shooting (08/07/12) [22:45]
TYT | "A Chicago clothing store is out about $2,000 worth of merchandise after being hit by a "flash mob"-styled robbery (08/06/12) [1:47]
Knight SurvivalBB | Joyce Puts Knight Survival Over Shares In Rescue Deal (08/06/12) [14:40]
cnbc | In Defining Hypocrisy, Weill, Who Led Repeal Of Glass Steagall, Now Says Big Banks Should Be Broken Up (07/25/12) [15:55]
Charles Ferguson | Inside Job | "Predatory Nation"
DN | "Inside Job" Director Charles Ferguson: Wall Street Has Turned US Into a "Predatory Nation" (06/12) [21:51]
The Biggest Bank Heist Ever! () [49:41]
inside-jobInside Job [1:48:39]






Fear Mongering Over Defense Budget Cuts
*TYT | Fear Mongering Over Defense Budget Cuts (08/06/12) [6:46]
*PBSNewsHour | Political Firestorm Flares As Sequestration Looms (08/03/12) [6:45]
military-expenditureUS Military Expenses
military-expenditureTYT | Congress Fights Automatic Defense Spending Cuts [4:23],   Politico article
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Interesting
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BP Gulf Oil Spill
Jean-Michel Cousteau: Use of Oil Dispersants in Gulf 'A Mistake' (06/01/12) [5:00]
Philippe Cousteau diving in gulf "This is a nightmare!" [6:45]
WHOI | Scientists Report Underwater Oil Plume From BP Spill (08/19/10) [2:02]
WHOI | 22 Mile Oil Plume in Gulf (08/20/10) [10:39]
Gulf Oil Photo Essay (05/26/10) [4:32]
*TRNN | Greg Palast: US corporate media ignoring evidence of BP foreknowledge of problems that led to Gulf disaster (05/22/12) [13:05]
60Minutes | Extended Interview: Deepwater Horizon Survivor (09/20/10) [31:19]
*A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash (04/13/12) [1:22:52]
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Monday August 06, 2012
International News
Domestic News

Great Lakes Water Temperatures At Record Levels
ClimatCentral | Andrew Freedman | 07/25/12

Looking to escape to the beach this summer? Well, before you book that trip to Cape Cod or the Outer Banks of North Carolina, you might want to consider an unorthodox option -- the shores of Lake Superior. The lake, which is the northernmost, coldest, and deepest of the five Great Lakes, is the warmest it has been at this time of year in at least a century, thanks to the mild winter, warm spring, and hot, dry summer. ... Read more

Mars rover Curiosity lands on Red Planet

Mars Rover Landing: Curiosity Lands Early Monday Morning
HuffingtonPost | Author | 08/06/12

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has touched down on the surface of the Red Planet, completing a 154-million-mile journey, and marking the beginning of a new era in planetary exploration. ... Read more

Wade Michael Page Identified As Sikh Temple Shooting Suspect
HuffingtonPost | Author | 08/06/12

The suspect in the Sikh temple shooting who killed six in Wisconsin on Sunday has been identified as 40-year-old Wade Michael Page.   Authorities told CBS News this morning that Page -- who was also killed in a shootout with cops -- opened fire at a suburban Milwaukee temple, critically wounding three and killing six worshipers during Sunday services. ... Read more

Sikhism: 5 Things To Know About The Sikh Religion
HuffingtonPost | Author | 08/06/12

In light of the tragic shooting at the Wisconsin Sikh Temple, HuffPost Religion offers this brief introduction to Sikhism in hopes of increasing understanding and appreciations for this great world religion.   Sikhism is the fifth largest religion in the world with a population of upwards of 30 million worldwide. There are an estimated 250,000 Sikhs in the United States having first arrived in the late 19th century. ... Read more

Stop rigging system against small business
Politico | Elizabeth Warren | 08/05/12

... Washington politicians line up 10-deep to claim they support small businesses, but they avoid talking about a harsh reality: The system is rigged against small business. These owners can't afford armies of lobbyists in D.C., but the big corporations can. It's those armies of lobbyists that create the loopholes and special breaks that let big corporations off the hook for paying taxes. While small businesses are left to pay the bills. ... Read more

Does Cybercrime Really Cost $1 Trillion?
ProPublica | Peter Maass | 08/01/12

... Alexander warned that cyberattacks are causing "the greatest transfer of wealth in history," and he cited statistics from, among other sources, Symantec Corp. and McAfee Inc., which both sell software to protect computers from hackers. Crediting Symantec, he said the theft of intellectual property costs American companies $250 billion a year. He also mentioned a McAfee estimate that the global cost of cybercrime is $1 trillion. "That's our future disappearing in front of us," he said, urging Congress to enact legislation to improve America's cyberdefenses.

These estimates have been cited on many occasions by government officials, who portray them as evidence of the threat against America. They are hardly the only cyberstatistics used by officials, but they are recurring ones that get a lot of attention. In his first major cybersecurity speech in 2009, President Obama prominently referred to McAfee's $1 trillion estimate. Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., and Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, the main sponsors of the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 that is expected to be voted on this week, have also mentioned $1 trillion in cybercrime costs. Last week, arguing on the Senate floor in favor of putting their bill up for a vote, they both referenced the $250 billion estimate and repeated Alexander's warning about the greatest transfer of wealth in history. ... Read more



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VN | Jeremy Scahill: Obama's Foreign Policy Deception (07/03/12) [3:13]
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Ayn Rand, alleged mistress to Philippe Rothschild, was Alan Greenspan's hero
In 1957, a 1,168 page book by Ayn Rand, called Atlas Shrugged, was published. According to one source, Rand was alleged to be a mistress to Philippe Rothschild, who instructed her to write the book in order to show that through the raising of oil prices, then destroying the oil fields and shutting down the coal mines, the Illuminati would take over the world. It also related how they would blow up grain mills, derail trains, bankrupt and destroy their own companies, till they had destroyed the economy of the entire world; and yet, they would be so wealthy, that it would not substantially affect their vast holdings. The novel is about a man who stops the motor of the world, of what happens when "the men of the mind, the intellectuals of the world, the originators and innovators in every line of industry go on strike; when the men of creative ability in every profession, in protest against regulation, quit and disappear."   If we are to believe that the book represents the Illuminati's plans for the future, then the following excerpts may provide some insight to the mentality of the elitists who are preparing us for one-world government.

Atlas Shrugged (trailer) [4:52]
Atlas Shrugged Part 1 (2011) [53:23], Part 2 [43:28]
The Fountainhead (Full movie) [1:52:32]
Ayn Rand First Interview 1959 [27:07]
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Friday August 03, 2012
International News

Draghi Heads Toward Fed-Style QE Bond-Purchase Plan: Euro Credit
Bloomberg | Mark Gilbert | 08/03/12

The European Central Bank is edging toward a bond-buying program that investors say could end up printing money, echoing efforts by the Federal Reserve and other central banks to fix a credit crisis nearing its sixth year. ...

... "I sense from Draghi's comments he is inching toward QE and now trying to get other ECB members to sign that off. It seems to me inevitable."   The Fed bought $2.3 trillion of mortgage and Treasury debt from 2008 to 2011 in two rounds of so-called quantitative easing to cap borrowing costs. ... Read more

Domestic News

Why Washington Accepts Mass Unemployment
NYTimes | Jonathan Chait | 08/03/12

Good news! The economy added 163,000 jobs last month, just a bit over the level required to keep up with population growth. A return to a free fall now seems less likely. On the other hand, there is the small footnote that the return to full employment is nowhere in sight. The recovery looks safe for those of us who are not already screwed. That, sadly, has come to be the primary focus of our economic policy. ... Read more

*Mandatory Budget Cuts From Sequestration Slammed By Republicans As 'Dumb,' 'Terrible'
HuffingtonPost | Michael McAuliff | 08/02/12

Republicans are sounding increasingly angry with the deficit-cutting deal, which was pushed through by their own leadership in the House, passing Congress last summer, and requires deep cuts to the military budget starting at the end of 2012. ... Read more

Knight Capital Shares Rally After Report Of Credit Line
Bloomberg | Michael P. Regan | 08/03/12

Knight shares jumped 23 percent to $3.17 at 9:47 a.m. after the Wall Street Journal said the credit line will allow the company to operate for the day and Knight asked firms to resume routing trades as usual. The newspaper cited people familiar with the matter. Knight spokeswoman Kara Fitzsimmons didn't immediately respond to requests for comment. The shares had plunged 75 percent in the previous two sessions.

Jersey City, New Jersey-based Knight, one of the biggest American market makers, is exploring strategic and financial alternatives as a software malfunction cost the company almost four times what it earned last year. ... Read more

*John Tamny and the Problem with Fractional Reserve Banking
ZeroHedge | Author | 08/03/12

John Tamny of Forbes is one of the more informed contributors in the increasingly dismal state of economic commentating. Tamny readily admits he is on the libertarian side of things and doesn't give into the money-making game of carrying the flag for a favored political party under the guise of a neutral observer. He condemns the whole of the Washington establishment for our current economic woes and realizes that government spending is wasteful in the sense that it is outside the sphere of profit and loss consideration. In short, Tamny's column for both Forbes and RealClearMarkets.com are a breath of fresh air in the stale rottenness of mainstream economic analysis. ... Read more

Interactive: US, Yemen lead the world in guns
Aljazeera | Mohammed Haddad | 07/26/12

On July 20, 2012, a lone gunman killed 12 and injured dozens more in a Colorado movie theatre, during a screening of Batman: The Dark Knight Rises. The tragedy has drawn renewed attention to the United States' unique relationship with firearms. Civilians in the US own an estimated 270 million guns, a higher number than any other country. ... Read more



DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! National and Global News Headlines for Friday, August 3 [8:50]
DN | Gore Vidal Remembered: 2003 Interview With Late Writer and Longtime Critic of U.S. Empire (08/03/12) [7:17],   Full interview
TRNN | Major Banks Help Clients Hide Trillions in Offshore Tax Havens (08/02/12) [14:13]
Michael Moore on Piers Morgan (07/24/12)
Michael Moore | 'What Is It About Us as Americans?' Part 1 (07/24/12) [7:04]
Michael Moore | ''Even in Aurora, It's Happened Before' Part 2 [10:01]
Michael Moore | 'We're a Bunch of Scaredy-Cats' Part 3 [7:04]
Michael Moore | 'We Have to Take Care of Each Other' Part 4 [8:44]
Michael Moore | 'We Have to Take Care of Each Other' Part 5 [3:36]
Michael Moore | 'No Going Back': Michael Moore on the Last Word With Lawrence O'Donnell, 6/28/12
Rachel Maddow (older but good)
Rachel Maddow - Democracy Begins Its Death In Michigan Part 1 (04/06/12) [15:00], Part 2 [1:30]
Rachel Maddow Watching the top 1% widen the gap (10/26/11) [10:40]
Rachel Maddow | Michael Moore on Occupy Denver Part 1 (11/3/11) [8:22], Part 2 [6:18]
Koch Brothers Threaten Rachel Maddow, Maddow Backhands The Brothers (11/20/11) [7:17]
Diane Rehms Show
Diane Rehm Domestic News - Friday 07/21/12
International News - Friday 07/21/12
TYT News
TYT | Mitt Romney wants the middle class to pay $500 more in taxes so the rich can get richer (08/01/12) [2:19]
TYT | Fox News & Romney's Latest Attack on Obama (07/30/12) [9:36]
TYT | Mitt Romney Tax Rate A Mystery (07/30/12) [4:24]
TYT | Romney Angers Palestinians, Says Jewish Culture Puts Israel Ahead (07/30/12) [5:17]
TYT | President Obama Worse Than Carter, Says Dick Cheney (07/30/12) [3:11]
TYT | Romney Supports Israeli Military Strike Against Iran (07/30/12) [8:14]
TYT | Outrageous Example Of Corporate Greed From Caterpillar (07/30/12) [4:53]
Jon Steward... older but funny
Jon Stewart Rips Fox News' Hypocritical Outrage Over Fast And Furious (06/28/12) [10:32]
Jon Stewart Exposes Bill O'Reilly's Stupidity on Bill-O's Own Show (12/24/11) [14:24]
Colbert makes bill O'Reilly mad on his own Show (07/31/11) [6:58]
Bill O'Reilly gets his ass kicked by Phil Donahue (12/21/08) [8:13]
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Michael Moore | Farenheit 911 [1:58:29]
Ayn Rand, alleged mistress to Philippe Rothschild, was Alan Greenspan's hero
In 1957, a 1,168 page book by Ayn Rand, called Atlas Shrugged, was published. According to one source, Rand was alleged to be a mistress to Philippe Rothschild, who instructed her to write the book in order to show that through the raising of oil prices, then destroying the oil fields and shutting down the coal mines, the Illuminati would take over the world. It also related how they would blow up grain mills, derail trains, bankrupt and destroy their own companies, till they had destroyed the economy of the entire world; and yet, they would be so wealthy, that it would not substantially affect their vast holdings. The novel is about a man who stops the motor of the world, of what happens when "the men of the mind, the intellectuals of the world, the originators and innovators in every line of industry go on strike; when the men of creative ability in every profession, in protest against regulation, quit and disappear."   If we are to believe that the book represents the Illuminati's plans for the future, then the following excerpts may provide some insight to the mentality of the elitists who are preparing us for one-world government.

Ayn Rand First Interview 1959 [27:07]
The Fountainhead (Full movie) [1:52:32]
John Galt Speech - Atlas Shrugged [3:18:47]
The Philosophy of Ayn Rand Refuted (03/02/11) [1:28:04]
Here is Ayn Rand-Philip Rothschilds girlfriend- part 1 [5:14]
Ayn Rand on Israel and the Middle East [2:38]
Ayn Rand on Feminism [1:25]
Economic Clock is Ticking | Death of the Middle Class
Economic Clock is Ticking: Jim Kramer and Steven Pearlstein weigh in (09/23/08) [8:14]
StanfordUniv | Covering the Economic Crisis (06/17/09) [1:55:10]
UCTelevision | Elizabeth Warren: The Coming Collapse of the Middle Class (06/17/09) [57:37]
Elizabeth Warren: Fixing the Banks, Lifting the Middle Class (02/27/11) [1:03:25]
UCTelevision | Robert Reich: How Unequal Can America Get ? (01/10/08) [59:46]
NCState | Robert Reich: Supercapitalism (03/21/08) [1:17:05]
Understanding The Financial Crisis--For Kids and Grownups (09/30/08) [4:08]
Banking Cartels and the Federal Reserve
*The true history of the Banking Cartels and the Federal Reserve (11/29/11) [1:27:39]
http://www.youtube.com/user/urokomovie
  1. 'Bank Wars', the history of the establishment of the Federal Reserve system, starting with the American Revolution, the war of 1812 and the rise of the Rothschild banking dynasty.
  2. 'Bank Wars' continues as we learn about stockholders of the 2nd National Bank of the US such as John Jacob Astor, how Andrew Jackson killed the bank, the rise of National City Bank and the power of the bankers culminating in the assassination of Lincoln. The story continues with 'The Robber Barons', touching on the roots of the Morgan banking dynasty.
  3. Delves into alliances between European bankers and the American industrialists they supported such as J.D. Rockefeller and E. H. Harriman, ending with a brief history of the Spanish American war.
  4. Deals with the events leading up to passage of the Federal Reserve Act in 1913 including Roosevelt's trust-busting, the panic of 1907 and the meeting of banking house representatives at Jeckyll Island.
  5. Looks at WWI and its true causes.
  6. Presents excerpts from G. Edward Griffin's interview with Norman Dodd, where Dodd reveals the true nature of the tax-exempt foundations.
  7. Deals firstly with the Council on Foreign Relations and its part in the forming of the Central Intelligence Agency, and secondly with the money trust's role in the Bolshevik Revolution and the militarization of Japan.
  8. In the story of the Bolsheviks concludes with the fall of Czarist Russia, followed by a foray into the true roots of the ruling elite. Topics addressed include the Dutch and British East India Companies, Freemasonry and the Templar Knights.
  9. Continues to explore the significance of the Templar Knights and their relationship to the modern ruling elite, as well as the partnership between the hiers and descendants of the Templars and Jewish financiers in Spain and Portugal up until the Spanish Inquisition and a mirror of that relationship in Holland and England beginning in the 17th century.
  10. Briefly addresses the Khazarian roots which connect the Jewish financiers of Europe to various ruling houses, including the Stewarts, the Hohens and the Drummond clan of Scotland. This section ends by tying the Templars to the Russells and the Skull and Bones fraternity at Yale University.
  11. Picks up with the Skull and Bones fraternity, the Bush-Harriman-Rockefeller connection and the Brown Brothers Harriman merger. From there Brown Brothers Harriman and the Dulles Brothers' involvement in Nazi funding is touched on and the 3rd architect of the Defense Act of 1947 is named. Finally, the CIA's true reason d'etre is explained and a brief history of its involvement in coups and interventions around the world is told.
Uroko is the Japanese word for 'scale', as in the scale of a fish or serpent. The Japanese expression "uroko ga me kara ochiru", or, "scales fall from one's eyes" is the English equivalent of "waking up to the truth". Uroko is an attempt to strip away the fairy tales we have been told since birth, exposing the true nature of the world we live in.
Rothschild Family
The House of Rothschild 1934, entertaining, history. [1:26:43]
The House of Rothschild - the Money's prophets [55:51]
Rothschilds Richest Family in World [5:30]

Thursday August 02, 2012
International News
Domestic News

global warming, physicist Richard Muller now says "global warming is real"
Democracy Now | Author | 08/02/12

After years of denying global warming, physicist Richard Muller now says "global warming is real and humans are almost entirely the cause." The admission by Muller, a professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley and founder of the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project, has gained additional attention because some of his research has been funded by Charles Koch of the Koch Brothers, the right-wing billionaire known for funding climate skeptic groups like the Heartland Institute. "We can make the scientific case more solidly than had been made in the past," Muller claims. "I think this does say we do need to take action, we do need to do something about it." Read more

Christian Leaders Blast GOP Tax Bill
HuffingtonPost | Chris Lisee | 08/02/12

A coalition of liberal Christian leaders blasted a GOP budget plan that would extend Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy while slashing key provisions for the poor. ... Read more

Knight Has 'All Hands On Deck' After $440 Million Bug
Bloomberg | Whitney Kisling | 08/02/12

Knight Capital Group Inc. (KCG) has "all hands on deck" and is in close contact with creditors, clients and counterparties as it tries to weather trading errors that cost it $440 million, Chief Executive Officer Thomas Joyce said.

Joyce said it's "hard to comment" on discussions with creditors as Knight stock extended a two-day plunge to 77 percent and the firm explored strategic and financial alternatives following a loss almost four times its annual profit. The problems were triggered by what Joyce called "a large bug" in software as the company, one of the largest U.S. market makers, prepared to trade with a New York Stock Exchange program catering to individual investors. Some clients refrained from doing business with the firm today. ... Read more

U.S. Stocks Fall For 4th Day As ECB'S Draghi Disappoints
Bloomberg | Rita Nazareth | Brian Womack

U.S. stocks fell, sending the Standard & Poor's 500 Index down for a fourth straight day, after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi failed to reassure investors on immediate efforts to bolster the economy.   Alcoa Inc. (AA), JPMorgan (JPM) Chase & Co. and General Electric Co. (GE) dropped at least 1.7 percent to pace losses in the biggest companies. Knight Capital (KCG) Group Inc. plunged 64 percent after saying losses from a trading breakdown are $440 million, more than some analysts had estimated, as it explores strategic and financial alternatives. General Motors Co. (GM) slid 2.2 percent as the automaker said second-quarter profit slumped 38 percent. ... Read more

Facebook Slump Continues After Two Senior Executives Exit
Bloomberg | Brian Womack| Brian Womack

... The most populous U.S. state's $91.3 billion budget, signed by Governor Jerry Brown in June, counted on $1.9 billion in income-tax revenue when company insiders such as Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg exercise options, assuming a per-share price of $35. Read more











DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! National and Global News Headlines for Thursday, August 2 [10:20]
DN | Climate Skeptic Richard Muller Admits Global Warming is Real and Humans are the Cause (08/02/12) [23:04]
DN | Bill McKibben: Even Industry-Funded Climate Change Deniers Can't Ignore Planet's Warming (08/02/12) [4:00]
DN | Obama Admin Helps Undermine U.N. Arms Treaty While Touting Record-High Weapons Sales Abroad (08/02/12) [18:51]
Thom Hartmann News
Remember, you can skip around inside a video. The following video has a lot of good information, but Fukushima report starts at about 1/2 way down the progress bar for about 6 minutes.
Thom Hartmann | AlterNet's Adele Stan on whether Obama has a chance against the GOP's billions. Also discussed: Whether unions are funding their own demise. (08/01/12) [57:42]
Capital Account News
Remember, you can skip around inside a video. The following videos are long, but the following two are good and explain what is going on in the Financial Markets. In the future I will try to identify key time slices to watch/click-on.
RT Lauren Lyster | Mike Maloney tells Fed chair Ben Bernanke to 'close up shop' and go home. (08/01/12) [26:54]
RT Lauren Lyster | The US Federal Reserve announced a decision on interest rates today: Extremely low rates until late 2014. Also, the ECB council meets tomorrow to discuss possible bond purchases, and how to navigate the financial turmoil gripping Europe (08/02/12) [26:54]
Max Keiser Report
Typically, The Max Keiser Report has two sections. The first 13 minutes is where Max and Stacy Herbert banter back-and-forth on current issues in the news. It sometimes gets kind of corney and might turn you off. However, the second half of the show is usually a great interviews with good explainations on what is happening in the Financial Markets. You can jump directly to the interviews by clicking down the progress bar about 1/2 way.
Max Keiser (E322) Max interviews Birgitta Jonsdottir about the need to form Pirate Parties around the world to protect privacy, democracy and stop financial blockades of certain groups for their beliefs and campaigns. (08/02/12) [13:00]
Max Keiser (E321) In the second half, Max interviews Teri Buhl about the possibility of San Bernardino county using eminent domain to seize mortgages from one set of rich private investors to give them to another set of rich private investors. (08/01/12) [13:00]
Max Keiser (E319) Max talks to Mark O'Byrne of Goldcore.com about silver, gold, manipulation and the crooks put in charge of cleaning up Ireland. (07//12) [13:00]
Max Keiser (E318) Max talks to comedian, actress, candidate Roseanne Barr about the mainstreaming of calls to 'hang bankers' and ridding our democracies of politicians owned by bankers. (07/24/12) [13:00]
Max Keiser (E317) talks to Wolf Richter of the Testosteronepit.com about the wine bubbles and where money goes to die. (07/21/12) [13:00]
Max Keiser (E316) talks to Jim Rickards, author of Currency Wars, about 'Singapore on the Mediterranean' and how the US Congress will intervene in the Libor case to avoid the Son of TARP. (07/19/12) [13:00]
TRNN News
What a Single Payer Health Insurance Plan Looks Like Part 1 (07/31/12)[13:17], Part 2 (08/02/12) [13:17]
TYT News
TYT | Fox News & Romney's Latest Attack on Obama (07/30/12) [9:36]
TYT | Mitt Romney Tax Rate A Mystery (07/30/12) [4:24]
TYT | Romney Angers Palestinians, Says Jewish Culture Puts Israel Ahead (07/30/12) [5:17]
TYT | President Obama Worse Than Carter, Says Dick Cheney (07/30/12) [3:11]
TYT | Romney Supports Israeli Military Strike Against Iran (07/30/12) [8:14]
TYT | Outrageous Example Of Corporate Greed From Caterpillar (07/30/12) [4:53]
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Note: Why We Fight is a 2006 prize winning documentary film about the US military-industrial complex.
*Why We Fight 2006 by Eugene Jarecki [1:39:06]

Wednesday August 01, 2012
International News
Domestic News

Mitt Romney's Pork Barrel Olympics

The GOP candidate pried $1.5 billion out of the federal government to bankroll his Olympic turnaround. Millions went to questionable projects that benefited well-connected Utahns.
MotherJones | Tim Murphy | 07/26/12

The Romney campaign will run television ads during the games touting the candidate's experience as CEO of the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, where he was widely credited with turning around the scandal-plagued organizing effort.

What Romney doesn't talk about is how he succeeded in Utah with government help -- lots of it -- and how millions in assistance that he pried out of the feds ended up bankrolling subsidies, sweetheart deals, and giveaways for land developers and other well-connected Utahns. ... Read more

America Has the World's Luckiest Billionaires
MotherJones | Josh Harkinson | 07/30/12
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David Siegel, Florida Real Estate Mogul, Claims To Be 'Personally Responsible' For George W. Bush's 2000 Victory
HuffingtonPost | Adam Goldberg | 07/31/12

David Siegel, the Florida real estate mogul behind timeshare company Westgate Resorts, claims that he was "personally responsible" for George W. Bush's 2000 presidential victory. When the subject comes up in a newly released documentary, Siegel declines to elaborate, stating, "it may not necessarily have been legal." ... Read more

Jim Rogers, Commodities Trader, Profits From Drought-Driven High Corn Prices
HuffingtonPost | D.M. Levine | 07/31/12

Across the Midwest, one of the worst droughts in decades is ravaging crops and driving the price of corn and other basics to record heights. It's bad news for consumers, who will pay more at the supermarket as crops whither in the punishing heat.   But famed commodities trader and finance author Jim Rogers is making money.   Since the beginning of June, the index he owns -- the Rogers International Commodities Index for Agriculture, or RICIA, has jumped 18 percent. The index, which tracks the price of crops globally, is up roughly 10 percent for the year. Read more

U.S. Military Presence in Africa

The Increasing US Shadow Wars in Africa
MotherJones | Nick Turse | 07/12/12

They call it the New Spice Route, an homage to the medieval trade network that connected Europe, Africa, and Asia, even if today's "spice road" has nothing to do with cinnamon, cloves, or silks. Instead, it's a superpower's superhighway, on which trucks and ships shuttle fuel, food, and military equipment through a growing maritime and ground transportation infrastructure to a network of supply depots, tiny camps, and airfields meant to service a fast-growing US military presence in Africa. ... Read more
Original story ay TomDispatch.com
Nick Turse, The Changing Face of Empire

The Nature of the U.S. Military Presence in Africa
Colonel Tom Davis response back to Nick Turse
MotherJones | Author | 07/27/12

We read the recent article "Secret Wars, Secret Bases, and the Pentagon's 'New Spice Route' in Africa" with great interest. It is clear the author, Nick Turse, conducted a great deal of research, including reaching out to us, and we welcomed the opportunity to highlight US Africa Command's mission and activities. However, there were several inaccuracies and misrepresentations that we would like to address. ... Read more

The Nature of the U.S. Military Presence in Africa page 2
Nick Turse respaose back to Colonel Tom Davis
MotherJones | Author | date

Thank you very much for your note. It's flattering that you and your colleagues read my article, "Obama's Scramble for Africa: Secret Wars, Secret Bases, and the Pentagon's 'New Spice Route' in Africa," with such interest. It's always gratifying to know that a piece has had an impact on readers. ... Read more

As U.S. Postal Service Faces Default, Critics See Manufactured Crisis to Speed Up Privatization
DemocracyNow.org | Author | 08/01/12

For months, Americans have heard dire warnings about the impending collapse of the United States Postal Service due to fiscal insolvency. As Republicans push to privatize the post office, the agency is now bracing for its first-ever default today. Unlike every other governmental agency, the postal service is required to fund 75 years of retiree health benefits over just a 10-year span. ... Read more



DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! National and Global News Headlines for Wednesday, August 1 [13:56]
Rep. Dennis Kucinich Unveils "Kucinich Action" Group to Continue Advocacy Post-Congress (08/01/12) [2:08]   Website: KucinichAction.com
David Siegel, Florida Real Estate Mogul, personal house
The Queen of Versailles [2:32]
Tom Engelhardt argues that the U.S. government successfully used the threat of terrorism to scare the public into supporting increased spending on war, the military, and homeland security, leading the country down the same path.
Video at C-Span,   Website: http://www.tomdispatch.com/
Chris Hedges Interviews and Talks
Chris Hedges | "Brace Yourself! The American Empire Is Over & The Descent Is Going To Be Horrifying. (01/02/12) [2:54:28]
Chris Hedges | How Corporations Destroyed American Democracy by Chris Hedges () [1:05:16]
Chris Hedges | Fighting GOP Fascism () [1:18:36]
Chris Hedges | Empire of Illusion, the New School. () [1:22:23]
National Debt
I was looking for the current National Debt ($15,856,367,000,000.00) when I happened across the Interest Expense on the Debt (June - $103,886,876,062.52). Curiously it more than trippled in the month of June.
Interest Expense on the Debt Outstanding
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