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Friday December 30, 2016
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*Debriefing the President: The Interrogation of Saddam Hussein by John Nixon

In December 2003, after one of the largest, most aggressive manhunts in history, US military forces captured Iraqi president Saddam Hussein near his hometown of Tikrit. Beset by body-double rumors and false alarms during a nine-month search, the Bush administration needed positive identification of the prisoner before it could make the announcement that would rocket around the world.

Barack Obama Sanctions Russia Over Election Meddling
HP | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | 12/29/16

President Barack Obama sanctioned Russian officials and entities on Thursday in response to Moscow's reported hacking during the U.S. presidential election.

In addition to hitting two Russian intelligence agencies, three companies and four individual intelligence officers with sanctions banning them from travel and business with U.S. companies or individuals, Obama ordered 35 Russian operatives posted at diplomatic facilities in Washington and San Francisco to leave. The president asked the State Department to bar Russians from entering two Russian-owned compounds in Maryland and New York that were used to gather intelligence, according to his statement. And Obama's Treasury Department barred U.S. business with two Russians accused of cyber-theft of money and data. ... Read more

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Israel Postponed Vote on New Housing Before Speech by John Kerry
NYTimes | Peter Baker | 12/28/16

Israeli leaders postponed plans on Wednesday to move ahead with new housing in East Jerusalem, just hours before Secretary of State John Kerry delivered a much-anticipated speech outlining an American vision for peace with the Palestinians.

The Jerusalem city planning committee, which was reported to be acting at the behest of the national government, canceled at the last moment a scheduled vote on permits for 618 new housing units in the predominantly Palestinian eastern section of the city. Members of the committee said the delay came at the request of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. ... Read more
TYT | Israel Strikes Back At UN (12/29/16) [8:14]

Donald Trump latest News Today (12/28/16) [33:59]
Note: I ran across this YouTube Account "President Trump News" and took a look to see what material he was pushing. It was mostly snippets from Fox. I don't watch Fox, because it makes my skin craw, but I was amazed on how one-sided the panelist have gotten... than I took a glance at the YouTube commenters (see below).
YouTube Commenters

  1. steven foster - How about the elephant in the room. Obama is a muslim terrorist sympathizer?
  2. Caz - steven foster + Kerry is also a globalist terrorist supporter what makes people turn into traitors is hard to figure out, Kerry served in the military swore allegiance to America, and somewhere along the way he was corrupted.?
  3. Linda Maria de la Rosa - Every time I think I have seen Obama and his liberal mafia hit a new low they sink ever lower. And the biggest disgrace is that half of America still support this insanity. How can my fellow Americans not care about leaders intent on destroying our country??
  4. Joseph Montfleury - How he got two terms and still be loved by so many. Soon, your Caligula president will be revealed?

Noam Chomsky: Israel's Response to the United Nation's Resolution on Palestine Is 'Hysterical'
AlterNet | Ken Klippenstein | 12/28/16

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) passed a resolution 14-0 condemning all Israeli settlements on Palestinian land as having "no legal validity" and amounting to "a flagrant violation under international law." The resolution goes on to note that Israeli settlements pose "a major obstacle to the vision of two States living side-by-side in peace and security."

This represents the first UNSC resolution in almost eight years concerning Israel and Palestine, and the first in over 35 years regarding the issue of Israeli settlements. Typically the U.S. would veto resolutions critical of Israel, but in this case, the Obama administration opted to abstain, in effect allowing the resolution to pass.

For comment, AlterNet contacted Noam Chomsky, famed linguist, dissident and professor emeritus of MIT. Chomsky said of the resolution, "The UNSC resolution is essentially the same as UNSC 446, March 1979, passed 12-0-3. The main difference is that then two countries joined the U.S. in abstaining. Now the U.S. stands against the world; and under Trump, in even more splendid isolation, on much more crucial matters as well." ... Read more

Scientists Scramble to Protect Decades of Climate Research Before Trump Takes Office.

Sarah Palin wants America to be "unshackled" from the UN
Salon | Matthew Rozsa | 12/30/16

"One is, I called for our next president, Donald Trump, to call for the unshackling of the political bands tying us to the UN," Palin said. "By exiting the UN, where injustice is actually rewarded, we then will be able to uphold America's reputation as the leader, and as the kind and compassionate and generous nation that we are -- as the nation sharing values that, when emulated by any other nation, can bring justice and equal rights to any other nation."

Palin continued: the other way to look at this is, is it really going to be one person, one leader's responsibility to do so? Or is this going to be part of the revolution that we have just seen, that did elect Trump? It's we the people needing to step up and do it. It's our government. It's our money funding the lion's share of the globalist circus. It's we the people needing to rise up and make this a part of the revolution that we have just so benefited from. ... Read more

Carrie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, December 30 [9:41]
*DN | Diana Buttu & Gideon Levy on Israeli Settlements, Kerry, Military Aid & End of Two-State Solution (12/30/16) [27:54]
*DN | CIA Interrogator Reveals Saddam Hussein Predicted Rise of ISIS & U.S. Failure in Iraq (12/29/16) [26:46]
Ten years ago this week, on December 30, 2006, former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was executed. Hussein was toppled soon after the U.S. invasion began in 2003. We continue our conversation with former CIA analyst John Nixon, author of the new book, "Debriefing the President: The Interrogation of Saddam Hussein."
*DN | Scientists Scramble to Protect Decades of Climate Research Before Trump Takes Office (12/29/16) [6:20]
DN | Facing Possible Threats Under Trump, Internet Archive to Build Server in Canada (12/29/16) [15:15]
*2008 Financial Crisis
Note: I ran across the following movie/documentary "Hank: Five Years from the Brink by Joe Berlinger (2013)" on Netflix. It is an on-screne interview of Hank Paulson and his recollections on the 2008 financial crash. Years ago I watched the movie "Too Big to Fail" and thought I would compare the two. Interesting the contortions they had to go through to save the World, but it's to bad that no-one steps up to the plate to take credit why it happened and why so little has been changed to prevent another financial crash from happening again.

For why the 2008 Crash happened watch "Inside Job by Charles Furgison", my personal favorite, or "Meltdown: the Men that Crashed the World".
On Netflix | Hank: Five Years from the Brink by Joe Berlinger (2013) [1:26:00]
Too Big to Fail, Part 1 (2011) [1:04:05], Part 2 [34:33]
*Inside Job by Charles Furgison Part 1 (2011) [57:07], Part 2 [47:02]
BBC | Meltdown: the Men that Crashed the World () [2:49:15]
... And of course there are the people who think entitlements are the sole cause of our financial problems, and at the same time totally ignore the 50% of the National Budget (US) that goes to the military and Homeland Security.
United Kingdom Financial Crisis 2017 (full) [59:33]
*TRNN | FBI whistleblower Coleen Rowley says: Russia Sanctions Moves the US Closer to Another Cold War (12/30/16) [11:04]
TYT | Meet The Con Artist Leading Trump's Inauguration Prayer (12/29/16) [9:29]
TYT | Trump's Spokesman Fired Already? (12/29/16) [3:51]
RT | Whistleblower John Kiriakou says: CIA, White House owe US people proof of Russian role in US election (12/30/16) [12:46]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
Diane Rehm will no longer be on the air daily, though she will be doing a weekly podcast. As soon as I get links to the podcast I will post them.
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

12.30.2016. 13:11

Thursday December 29, 2016
News Articles

Debbie Reynolds, Hollywood Icon, Dead At 84
HP | Leigh Blickley | 12/28/16

Just one day after the death of her daughter, actress Carrie Fisher, beloved Hollywood icon Debbie Reynolds died Wednesday. She was 84. ... Read more

The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

When Carrie Fisher recently discovered the journals she kept during the filming of the first Star Wars movie, she was astonished to see what they had preserved--plaintive love poems, unbridled musings with youthful naiveté, and a vulnerability that she barely recognized. Today, her fame as an author, actress, and pop-culture icon is indisputable, but in 1977, Carrie Fisher was just a teenager with an all-consuming crush on her costar, Harrison Ford.

Debriefing the President: The Interrogation of Saddam Hussein by John Nixon

In December 2003, after one of the largest, most aggressive manhunts in history, US military forces captured Iraqi president Saddam Hussein near his hometown of Tikrit. Beset by body-double rumors and false alarms during a nine-month search, the Bush administration needed positive identification of the prisoner before it could make the announcement that would rocket around the world.

At the time, John Nixon was a senior CIA leadership analyst who had spent years studying the Iraqi dictator. Called upon to make the official ID, Nixon looked for telltale scars and tribal tattoos and asked Hussein a list of questions only he could answer. The man was indeed Saddam Hussein, but as Nixon learned in the ensuing weeks, both he and America had greatly misunderstood just who Saddam Hussein really was.

Debriefing the President presents an astounding, candid portrait of one of our era's most notorious strongmen. Nixon, the first man to conduct a prolonged interrogation of Hussein after his capture, offers expert insight into the history and mind of America's most enigmatic enemy. After years of parsing Hussein's leadership from afar, Nixon faithfully recounts his debriefing sessions and subsequently strips away the mythology surrounding an equally brutal and complex man. His account is not an apology, but a sobering examination of how preconceived ideas led Washington policymakers--and the Bush White House--astray. Unflinching and unprecedented, Debriefing the President exposes a fundamental misreading of one of the modern world's most central figures and presents a new narrative that boldly counters the received account.
Chasing The Mouse Paperback by Fr. Nathan Monk

We've all been there. Well, most of us. That childhood dream of the most magical place on earth. We've all dreamed of seeing the sparkling castle in real life and hugging our favorite characters. But what happens when that childhood dream really signifies something much more--an escape, a rising above the ashes? And then it's dashed against the rocks of uncertainty? Of poverty and hopelessness? In this engaging, reflective, emotional true story, Nathan Monk takes you through the real life journey of a hopeful father struggling to hold his family together in an intimidating world of poverty and homelessness. Villains and evil witches lie in wait, ready to prey on their victims, while supportive sidekicks and fairy godmothers save the day in this remarkable tale of a child who rose from living in parking lots to becoming a widely recognized advocate for the homeless. Written partially from his perspective as a child, Nathan ties these stories back to current issues of social justice and the need for reform in the way we address poverty in America. A perfect blend of fairytale and in-depth expose, you're invited on an intimate journey with Nathan and his family as his father attempts to follow through with his mythical promise of unifying his family, righting wrongs of the past, fighting against a clock as it quickly approaches midnight, and Chasing the Mouse. Overflowing with passion, this touching, needed story will inspire you to reach for your own dreams, knowing that no matter the obstacles, no matter the risk, dreams really can come true ... if you just believe.
Capitalism's Crisis Deepens: Essays on the Global Economic Meltdown by Richard D. Wolff

"Richard Wolff's constructive and innovative ideas suggest new and promising foundations for much more authentic democracy and sustainable and equitable development, ideas that can be implemented directly and carried forward. A very valuable contribution in troubled times."--Noam Chomsky

"Richard Wolff is the leading socialist economist in the country. This book is required reading for anyone concerned about a fundamental transformation of the ailing capitalist economy!"--Cornel West

"Bold, thoughtful, transformative-a powerful and challenging vision that takes us beyond both corporate capitalism and state socialism. Richard Wolff at his best!"--Gar Alperovitz

While most mainstream commentators view the crisis that provoked the Great Recession as having passed, these essays from Richard Wolff paint a far less rosy picture. Drawing attention to the extreme downturn in most of capitalism's old centers, the unequal growth in its new centers, and the resurgence of a global speculative bubble, Wolff--in his uniquely accessible style--makes the case that the crisis should be grasped not as a passing moment, but as an evolving stage in capitalism's history.
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, December 29 [11:26]
*DN | CIA Interrogator: At Time of U.S. Invasion, Saddam Hussein Was Focused on Writing Novel, Not WMDs (12/28/16) [11:03]
Ten years ago this week, on December 30, 2006, former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was executed. Hussein was toppled soon after the U.S. invasion began in 2003. U.S. President George W. Bush launched the invasion on the false premise that Hussein had stockpiled weapons of mass destruction and had ties to al-Qaeda. The invasion destabilized Iraq and the region, leaving over a million people dead. And the fighting continues in Iraq and Syria. A stunning new book about the Iraq War has just come out from a perspective we have not yet heard from. It is written by John Nixon, the CIA analyst who interrogated Saddam Hussein after his capture 13 years ago. Nixon reveals that much of what the CIA believed they knew about Saddam Hussein at the time of the invasion was wrong. During his interrogation, Hussein revealed that by 2003 he had largely turned over power to his aides so he could concentrate on writing a novel. There was no program of weapons of mass destruction. Saddam Hussein was also deeply critical of al-Qaeda and other Islamist groups inspired by Wahhabism. During the interrogation, Hussein also had a warning for the United States about Iraq. He said, "You are going to fail. You are going to find that it is not so easy to govern Iraq. You are going to fail in Iraq because you do not know the language, the history, and you do not understand the Arab mind." We speak to former CIA analyst John Nixon, author of the new book, "Debriefing the President: The Interrogation of Saddam Hussein."
*DN | George W. Bush's Ethics Lawyer: Trump Will Be in Violation of Constitution on Day One (12/28/16) [19:20]
*TYT | John Kerry Calls Out Israel (12/28/16) [13:47]
*TYT | Trump On Israel Support (12/28/16) [7:06]
*TYT | Trump Stooge Calls John Kerry A Traitor (12/28/16) [3:17]
RT | Keiser Report: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs! (E1012) (12/29/16) [25:43]
Max and Stacy discuss all the free lunches harming the global economy. In the second half Max interviews Father Nathan Monk, author of 'Chasing the Mouse', about homelessness in America and building tiny houses.
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
*ThomHartmann | How Trump Could Bring on the Crash of 2016 (12/28/16) [27:39]
Diane Rehm will no longer be on the air daily, though she will be doing a weekly podcast. As soon as I get links to the podcast I will post them.
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

12.29.2016. 11:06

Wednesday December 28, 2016
News Articles

Celebrities React To Carrie Fisher's Untimely Death
HP | Carly Ledbetter | 12/27/16

Countless celebrities took to social media to pay tribute to Carrie Fisher after she died on Tuesday. The 60-year-old actress suffered a heart attack on a plane from London to LAX just a few days before her death and had been hospitalized.

Fisher's 24-year-old actress daughter, Billie Lourd, confirmed her "beloved" mother's death in a statement, saying, "She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers." ... Read more

Agora Financial UK | An Evening with Nomi Prins - The Future of the Global Financial System (12/09/16) [56:43]

Trump taps investor Icahn to advise on regulatory reform
Politico | Patrick Temple-West | 12/21/16

Carl Icahn has been picked by President-elect Donald Trump to be a special adviser for overhauling regulations, putting the billionaire investor in a position to shape rules affecting businesses in which he has stakes.

"Carl was with me from the beginning and with his being one of the world's great businessmen, that was something I truly appreciated," Trump said in a statement. "His help on the strangling regulations that our country is faced with will be invaluable."

Icahn -- whose net worth is $21.6 billion, according to Forbes -- endorsed Trump, who repeatedly mentioned him as a potential Treasury secretary, lead negotiator on trade deals with China and Japan, or both. ... Read more
TYT | Meet Trump's Sugar Daddy (12/27/16) [8:52]

Trump rewards big donors with jobs and access
magazine | Isaac Arnsdorf | 12/27/16

Contributors who met with Trump gave about $59 million in support of his campaign and other Republicans, averaging more than $800,000 per donor.

More than a third of the almost 200 people who have met with President-elect Donald Trump since his election last month, including those interviewing for administration jobs, gave large amounts of money to support his campaign and other Republicans this election cycle.

Together the 73 donors contributed $1.7 million to Trump and groups supporting him, according to a POLITICO analysis of Federal Election Commission records, and $57.3 million to the rest of the party, averaging more than $800,000 per donor. Donors also represent 39 percent of the 119 people Trump reportedly considered for high-level government posts, and 38 percent of those he eventually picked, according to the analysis, which counted candidates named by the transition and in news reports. ... Read more
TYT | Trump's Cabinet Poised To Loot The Country (12/27/16) [10:51]

DN | What Will Happen When Donald Trump Takes Over U.S. Drone & Targeted Assassination Program? (12/27/16) [12:23]
TRNN | Smithsonian's James Early Discusses Cubans on Castro (1/2) (12/28/16) [16:53]
Founder of the Real News Network

Donald Trump: The Raw and Naked Face of a System That Showers Speculators with Obscene Riches

Paul Jay says the enablers of Trumpism are the leaders of both major parties and the corporate media

Donald Trump is not an aberration. He's the raw and naked face of an economic system that showers speculators with obscene riches and political power.

"I use emotion for the many and reserve reason for the few." That's a quote attributed to Adolf Hitler. Donald Trump is not the only actor on the political stage who ascribes to such methods. The enablers of this surging far right "populism" are the leaders of both major political parties and the corporate media. Whether it's the charming smile of leading Democrats or the religious fervor and patriotic zeal of establishment Republicans, they both ensure super-profits for the super-rich.

According to an IPS report, the Forbes list of the top 400 American billionaires hold more wealth than the bottom 61% of the nation combined. In the years of the Obama administration, the top 1% of the population captured 95% of the post-recession increase in income. This is the legacy Hillary Clinton promised to continue. For most people living conditions are more insecure and for many desperate. No wonder some turn to a snake oil salesman. The growth of such inequality, managed by the Democratic and Republican Party leadership, has facilitated conditions for the election of this dangerous caricature.

Corporate media focuses on the horse race. A contest they need to feed their treasuries with the more than 6 billion dollars they reap in political advertising. They talk about Trump's temperament and showmanship as he surrounds himself with the dregs of the far political and religious right.

His VP and cabinet choices are war mongers and climate change deniers of the worst sort. He is poised to undo what's left of the New Deal, and in spite of his promises to American workers, he will intensify their exploitation.

The liberal media mostly ignores the complicity of their own political heroes. Instead they feast on a morbid fascination with Trump's outrageous racism and xenophobia. They make a furor about the alleged role of Russia in the release of emails, yet the more important issue here are the revelations about Clinton and her campaign.

The corporate media hide the underlying truth. The rise of such a dangerous farce to the White House is a sign of the deep decay of the system itself.

Capitalism has lost its dynamism. Too few people own far too much. More profits are generated from parasitical speculation than productive investment. The elites who revel on the deck of the Titanic have next to no interest in the well-being of the majority of people.

Trump's major billionaire backer Robert Mercer made his fortune in high frequency stock trading, gaming the stock market using advanced algorithms and data analysis to create unprecedented profits.

Mercer's daughter Rebecca helps run the Trump transition team, and key Trump advisors Kellyanne Conway and Steve Bannon both worked for Mercer.

Another major backer is Sheldon Adelson, who made his billions owning Las Vegas casinos. Adelson, a close ally of Israeli PM Netanyahu, reportedly gave Trump twenty-five million dollars.

From climate disaster to the destructive orgy of unrestrained finance, the billionaire class and their political minions are not even capable of dealing with threats to the very system that made them so wealthy. It's the whole of humanity that will pay the price.

The ruling elites are dysfunctional. Their answer in times like these has always been war. They are not fit to rule.

A critical piece of this rotting politics is the corporate news media that makes the rule of billionaires seem so reasonable, civilized, and inevitable.

TV news, the gatekeeper of mass consciousness, is necessary to the elite's ability to maintain control. If we are to transform this country, we have to break the corporate monopoly on daily video news.

We need to speak to the real concerns of working people and focus on what real effective solutions look like.

We must create a Global Climate Change Bureau.

We need a global platform to discuss and debate what to do next.

In 2016, the movements for the Sanders campaign, to defend black lives and fight to save the planet, have challenged the politics of the powerful at an unprecedented scale.

If a broad front is built that can contest the elites' control of the political process, it could usher in a new phase of struggle of the American people. As this fight develops, TRNN will be there.
TYT | Movie Stars Pulling Their Money Out Of Wells Fargo. (12/27/16) [7:11]
RT | Keiser Report: Risk & Reward (E1011) (12/27/16) [25:44]
Max and Stacy advise the audience to check to see whether their hedge fund manager has bought a Ferrari for Christmas. If they did, it may be time to find a new fund manager. In the second half, Max interviews retired counterintelligence officer 'Eddie Z' about economic espionage and allegedly hacked elections.
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
Diane Rehm will no longer be on the air daily, though she will be doing a weekly podcast. As soon as I get links to the podcast I will post them.
Aljazeera | The abandoned hotel housing hundreds of refugees (12/27/16) [6:44]
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/
Note: Two books that go with the above DemocracyNow Interview(s)
The Drone Memos: Targeted Killing, Secrecy, and the Law by Jameel Jaffer

The Drone Memos collects for the first time the legal and policy documents underlying the U.S. government's deeply controversial practice of "targeted killing"--the extrajudicial killing of suspected terrorists and militants, typically using remotely piloted aircraft or "drones." The documents -- including the Presidential Policy Guidance that provides the framework for drone strikes today, Justice Department white papers addressing the assassination of an American citizen, and a highly classified legal memo that was published only after a landmark legal battle involving the ACLU, the New York Times, and the CIA -- together constitute a remarkable effort to legitimize a practice that most human rights experts consider to be unlawful and that the United States has historically condemned.

In a lucid and provocative introduction, Jameel Jaffer, who led the ACLU legal team that secured the release of many of the documents, evaluates the "drone memos" in light of domestic and international law. He connects the documents' legal abstractions to the real-world violence they allow, and makes the case that we are trading core principles of democracy and human rights for the illusion of security.
The Assassination Complex: Inside the Government's Secret Drone Warfare Program by Jeremy Scahill

Major revelations about the US government's drone program--bestselling author Jeremy Scahill and his colleagues at the investigative website The Intercept expose stunning new details about America's secret assassination policy.

When the US government discusses drone strikes publicly, it offers assurances that such operations are a more precise alternative to troops on the ground and are authorized only when an "imminent" threat is present and there is "near certainty" that the intended target will be killed. The implicit message on drone strikes from the Obama administration has been trust, but don't verify.

The online magazine The Intercept exploded this secrecy when it obtained a cache of secret slides that provide a window into the inner workings of the US military's kill/capture operations in Afghanistan, Yemen, and Somalia. Whether through the use of drones, night raids, or new platforms yet to be employed, these documents show assassination to be central to US counterterrorism policy.

The classified documents reveal that Washington's fourteen-year targeted killing campaign suffers from an overreliance on flawed signals intelligence, an apparently incalculable civilian toll, and an inability to extract potentially valuable intelligence from terror suspects. This campaign, carried out by two presidents through four presidential terms, has been deliberately obscured from the public and insulated from democratic debate. The Assassination Complex allows us to understand at last the circumstances under which the US government grants itself the right to sentence individuals to death without the established checks and balances of arrest, trial, and appeal.

The book will include original contributions from Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden..

12.28.2016. 10:51

Monday & Tuesday December 26 - 27, 2016
News Articles

Trump Releases Letter From Putin Amid Talk Of Nuclear Arms Race
HP | Sam Stein | 12/23/16

... "Serious global and regional challenges, which our countries have to face in recent years, show that the relations between Russia and the U.S. remain an important factor in ensuring stability and security of the modern world," Putin's letter reads. "I hope that after you assume the position of the President of the United States of America we will be able ? by acting in a constructive and pragmatic manner ? to take real steps to restore the framework of bilateral cooperation in different areas as well as bring our level of collaboration on the international scene to a qualitatively new level." ... Read more

Note: if this is an honest exchange between Putin and Trump I'm all for it. I believe we should never stick our head in the sand, but I definitely think everyone should be less confrontational.

Nuke Experts Say Trump's Tweet Is 'A Very Bad Sign'
HP | Matt Ferner | 12/22/16

In a tweet Thursday, Trump raised eyebrows by calling for an expansion of the United States' nuclear capability. "The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes," the president-elect wrote.

It's not clear whether Trump was expressing support for modernizing the nation's aging nuclear arsenal or for stockpiling more nukes in the U.S. But either way, the message left a number of experts on nuclear arms profoundly disturbed, especially as it arrived just hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin called for a similar strengthening of Russian nuclear forces. ... Read more

TRNN | Gar Alperovitz discusses: Nuclear Attack on Japan was Opposed by American Military Leadership, Part 2 (older 01/24/14) [14:27]
First Pictures Inside Bomb Blasted Japan (1945) [9:08]
Peter Jennings - Hiroshima: Why the Bomb was Dropped (1995) [1:08:58]

Taxpayer-funded capitalism: Here are the biggest corporate subsidy deals of 2016
Salon | Angelo Young | 12/27/16

... For better or worse, these deal-sweeteners extended by governors, state legislators or local city councils leads to billions of dollars a year of taxpayer money going from public to private coffers. Defenders of the process argue this is money well spent on creating or retaining local jobs, fighting blight and economic stagnation and, ultimately, leading to a net plus return on the investments. Critics question if lofty promises of future revenue and job growth are always kept, and point to how this system encourages companies to aggressively pursue taxpayer-supported private projects. ...

  1. Sagamore Development - The real-estate developer owned by Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank won a $660 million deal from the Baltimore Development Corporation to upgrade Port Covington
  2. Continental Tire, the Americas, LLC - The Fort Mill, South Carolina-based subsidiary of the German automotive parts manufacturer Continental AG won a $596 million deal from the state of Mississippi to build a tire plant in Hinds County.
  3. Walt Disney - The media and entertainment giant, one of the world's most profitable companies, received a $267 million gift from state taxpayers for a planned luxury hotel in Anaheim, California.
  4. Lockheed Martin - The world's largest defense contractor received a generous $220 million gift from Connecticut taxpayers to keep its Sikorsky Aircraft division in the city of Stratford.
  5. Shan Dong Sun Paper Industry - The Chinese paper company received a $167.5 million subsidy for its first U.S.-based facility, a $1 billion pulp plant in Arkadelphia, in southern Arkansas.
  6. General Electric - While Lockheed Martin received a generous incentive package to keep operations in Connecticut, General Electric accepted a $145 million deal from Massachusetts taxpayers to move its global headquarters 180 miles, from Fairfield, Connecticut, to Boston. Massachusetts.
  7. Novo Nordisk - The Danish leading manufacturer of diabetes treatments won a $110 million package of incentives to build an insulin plant in Clayton, North Carolina.
  8. Marriott International - Like Lockheed Martin and General Electric, the world's largest hotel chain received taxpayer money in 2016 based on the question of whether it would move its corporate headquarters.
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Why Donald Trump won -- and how Hillary Clinton lost: 13 theories explain the stunning election
AlterNet, Salon | Don Hazen ... | date

It's now three weeks since Donald Trump won the presidential election, and people are still reeling. In an election that shocked the world and scrambled people's sense of reality, Trump did what millions thought impossible: he was--sort of--elected president of the United States. True, if the U.S. were like the rest of the world, the person who got the most votes--Hillary Clinton, with in this case over 2.5 million more--would be the next president. And also true, the shenanigans, voter repression, disenfranchisement and perhaps worse that accompanied this election, mean that Donald Trump starts his term having very little legitimacy in the eyes of millions. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, December 27 [11:01]
Best Moments Alec Baldwin as Trump on 'SNL' Cold Open (12/24/16) [14:38]
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Trevor Noah | Trump Fakes a Deal (12/09/16) [7:19]
TRNN | Professor Henry Giroux says: Trump's Cabinet, the Church of Neoliberal Evangelicals (12/26/16) [11:36]
TRNN | Economist James Henry traces: Trump and Putin Share Ties to the Post-USSR Kleptocracy (12/23/16) [13:37]
TRNN | Economist John Weeks discusses: US Fines Deutsche Bank to the Applause of Shareholders (12/26/16) [12:06]
TYT | Obama Hands Surveillance State To Trump (12/26/16) [5:17]
TYT | UK Parliament Approves Expansive New Surveillance Powers (12/26/16) [4:37]
US wasted almost $1.5bn on ridiculous projects in 2016, report claims (12/24/16) [2:04]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | How This Trump Appointment Will Shake Up Trade w/China (12/22/16) [11:23]
Diane Rehm will no longer be on the air daily, though she will be doing a weekly podcast. As soon as I get links to the podcast I will post them.
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/
Other Videos and Documentaries I Ran Across
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As I construct My News Pages I constantly run across a lot of NEW videos, and since I find YouTube frustrating trying to re-find videos, I save the links in this section so I can find them again.
Destination: Titan (11/29/16) [58:53]
It's a voyage of exploration like no other - to Titan, Saturn's largest moon and thought to resemble our own early Earth. For a small team of British scientists this would be the culmination of a lifetime's endeavour - the flight alone, some 2 billion miles, would take a full seven years. This is the story of the space probe they built, the sacrifices they made and their hopes for the landing. Would their ambitions survive the descent into the unknown on Titan's surface?

12.27.2016. 11:49

Friday December 23, 2016
News Articles

Donald Trump Reportedly Goes Nuclear, Says 'Let It Be An Arms Race'
HP | Hayley Miller | 12/23/16

"We will outmatch them at every pass. And outlast them all," the president-elect is quoted as saying.

President-elect Donald Trump offered "Morning Joe" co-host Mika Brzezinski a shocking explanation Friday for his alarming Thursday tweet on nuclear weapons, the journalist reports. Brzezinski said she asked Trump to explain his position on nuclear arms in an off-air conversation earlier that morning. Co-host Joe Scarborough called the president-elect's response "not quite the clarification that we would expect." Read more

Donald Trump rejected Secretary of State candidate John Bolton over his moustache, adviser reveals
The Independent | Philip Rucker | date

Donald Trump passed over a potential candidate for Secretary of State because of bushy moustache, according to insiders close to the incoming US President.

Several of Mr Trump's associates said they thought that John Bolton's brush-like moustache was one of the factors that handicapped the bombastic former United Nations ambassador in the sweepstakes for the role. ... Read more
TYT | Is Trump Picking His Cabinet Based On Looks? (12/22/16) [6:37]

Newt Gingrich Forced To Apologize In Baby Talk Over 'Drain The Swamp' Comments
CrooksAndLiars.com/ | John Amato | 12/22/16

Yesterday Fran ran a post, "Drain The Swamp? Newt Says That's Another Trump 'Never Mind' in which Gingrich said that the slogan Trump used was basically cute, but not relevant anymore.

Anyway, the tweet wasn't good enough for Comrade Trump and he evidently scolded Newt about it, which forced Gingrich to post an apology video on Twitter. ... Read more
TYT | Newt Gingrich To Trump: "I Made A Big Boo-Boo." (12/22/16) [5:42]

30 Movies That Are Going To Blow Everyone Away In 2017 (12/22/16) [18:51]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, December 23 [12:28]
DN | "Absolutely Frightening": Greenpeace on Trump's Call for a New Nuclear Arms Race (12/23/16) [5:49]
TYT | Trump's Doctor Hints Something Might Be VERY Wrong With Him (12/22/16) [4:49]
TYT | For Some Reason Nobody Trusts Corporate Media Anymore (12/22/16) [7:55]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
Note: sometimes I have to post my News Page before all the links are available. This happens most noteably for the Diane Rehm Show. If the pop-up links don't work, just go to The Diane Show website and click the links there.
*DR | Friday News - Domestic (12/23/16) [1hr]
Donald Trump continues selecting his key staff and advisors, naming Sean Spicer press secretary and Kellyanne Conway White House counsel. The president-elect generates more controversy by suggesting in a tweet the U.S. should expand its nuclear capability. President Obama takes new action to ban Arctic drilling and also pardons a record number of federal inmates. Obamacare enrollment surges even as Republicans vow to repeal it. The North Carolina legislature fails to repeal a controversial "bathroom bill." And four more officials are charged with felonies in the Flint Water crisis...Diane and a panel of guests discuss the top domestic stories of the week.
*DR | Diane's Final Show: She Hears From You! (12/23/16) [1hr]
Diane says goodbye after 37 years on the air. She takes your calls and questions, and reflects on her long career.
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

12.23.2016. 13:32

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On September 11, 2001, 19 terrorists attacked the Unites States. They hijacked four airplanes in mid-flight. The terrorists flew two of the planes into two skyscrapers at the World Trade Center in New York City. The impact caused the buildings to catch fire and collapse. Another plane destroyed part of the Pentagon (the U.S. military headquarters) in Arlington, Virginia. The fourth plane crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Officials believe that the terrorists on that plane intended to destroy either the White House or the U.S. Capitol. Passengers on the plane fought the terrorists and prevented them from reaching their goal. In all, nearly 3,000 people were killed in the 9/11 attacks.
Wall Street and Banksters
Wall Street and Banksters

Wall Street is an eight-block-long street running roughly northwest to southeast from Broadway to South Street, at the East River, in the Financial District of Lower Manhattan in New York City. Over time, the term has become a metonym for the financial markets of the United States as a whole, the American financial services industry (even if financial firms are not physically located there), or New York-based financial interests.
The Untold History of the United States by Oliver Stone & Petere Kuznick

The Untold History of the United States by Oliver Stone & Petere Kuznick | 2014 | 10 Episodes

Oliver Stone and American University historian Peter J. Kuznick began working on the project in 2008. Stone, Kuznick and British screenwriter Matt Graham cowrote the script. It covers "the reasons behind the Cold War with the Soviet Union, U.S. President Harry Truman's decision to drop the atomic bomb on Japan, and changes in America's global role since the fall of Communism." Stone is the director and narrator of all ten episodes.
Kuznick Interviews

Kuznick Interviews

Historian Peter Kuznick says Eisenhower called for decreased militarization, then Dulles reversed the policy; the Soviets tried to end the cold war after the death of Stalin; crazy schemes involving nuclear weapons and the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba put the world of the eve of destruction - with host Paul Jay

The Untold History of the United States by Kuznick, Peter.mobi | Book | 6.99 MB
The Vietnam War

The Vietnam War

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's ten-part, 18-hour documentary series, THE VIETNAM WAR, tells the epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history as it has never before been told on film. Visceral and immersive, the series explores the human dimensions of the war through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from all sides--Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as combatants and civilians from North and South Vietnam. Ten years in the making, the series includes rarely seen and digitally re-mastered archival footage from sources around the globe, photographs taken by some of the most celebrated photojournalists of the 20th Century, historic television broadcasts, evocative home movies, and secret audio recordings from inside the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations.
China Valley of Tunnels

China Valley of Tunnels

A report written by a Georgetown University team led by Phillip Karber conducted a three-year study to map out China’s complex tunnel system, which stretches 5,000 km (3,000 miles). The report determined that the stated Chinese nuclear arsenal is understated and as many as 3,000 nuclear warheads may be stored in the underground tunnel network.

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