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Wednesday July 31, 2013
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BP CEO: Gulf Oil Spill Settlement Benefits Lawyers More Than Victims
HP | author | 07/30/13

BP CEO Bob Dudley says the "biggest beneficiaries" of an agreement related to the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill disaster aren't the victims, but their lawyers.

In an interview with CNBC Tuesday, Dudley said the U.S. class-action system has become an "industry" ripe with financial incentives that make plaintiffs' lawyers eager to bring claims. "This is not right, it's not good for American business," Dudley said. "It happens all the time in the US with this class action plaintiff system, which is an industry and a business model." ... Read more

*Who Will Stand Up to Wall Street?
Bill Moyers | Leo Gerard | 07/24/13

Wall Street held itself a big fat profit party last week. The nation's six largest banks reported $23 billion in profits. That's for one quarter -- three months. Pop the champagne. Buy another Lamborghini.

Well, if you're a Wall Street banker, that is. Not if you're a college student looking for a loan. Because bankers and Congress don't intend to give you a break today. ... Read more

*Bombshell: Plutocrats Brazenly Collude to Hurt State Economies and Screw Working People
AlterNet | Lynn Stuart Parramore | 07/29/13

These days, many Americans walk around feeling like no matter how hard they work, how much they manage to save or how carefully they plan for the future, the game is rigged against them. They suspect that behind closed doors, CEOs and Wall Street honchos are eagerly scheming to rip them off.

Their worst fears of corruption and collusion just came true in Illinois, where corporate titans were caught red-handed in the act of Rigging the Game.   Let's step inside a recent gathering of the corporate-backed Union League Club of Chicago, where former Illinois Attorney General Ty Fahner, who now leads a band of plutocrats known as the "Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago," recently launched into an hour-long diatribe on the evils of state pensions.

Fahner, a top GOP fundraiser, can't abide the notion that teachers, firefighters, nurses and other public workers in the state of Illinois can still expect a decent retirement. Not a luxurious retirement, mind you -- the average pension is $32,000 a year, and most state employees will not receive Social Security. But even a modest retirement for hard-working people is too much for today's fatcats. ... Read more

How the Execs Who Brought Down Bear Stearns Bounced Back
MotherJones | Alison Fitzgerald | 07/31/13

Five years after their firm crashed and kicked off the financial crisis, these subprime mortgage managers hold top jobs at the most powerful banks on Wall Street.

Bear Stearns, once the nation's fifth-largest investment bank, had been a fixture on Wall Street since 1923 and had survived the crash of 1929 without laying off any employees.

But in 2008, its customers and creditors didn't much care about its storied history. They were worried that the billions of dollars of mortgage-backed securities on its books weren't worth what the company claimed. En masse, they stopped doing business with Bear.

Within a few days, on Monday, March 17, Bear was gone -- subsumed into JPMorgan Chase & Co. with the help of the Federal Reserve for a price that was approximately the value of its shiny new Madison Avenue office tower alone. ... Read more

The Mystery of Bee Colony Collapse
Mother Jones | Tom Philpott | 07/31/13

What's tipping honeybee populations into huge annual die-offs? For years, a growing body of evidence has pointed to a group of insecticides called neonicotinoids, widely used on corn, soy, and other US crops, as a possible cause of what has become known as colony collapse disorder (CCD). ...

... But according to a new peer-reviewed paper, neonicotinoids aren't the only pesticides that might be undermining bee health. The study, published in PLOS One and co-authored by a team including US Department of Agriculture bee scientist Jeff Pettis and University of Maryland entomologist Dennis vanEngelsdorp, found that a pair of widely used fungicides are showing up prominently in bee pollen--and appear to be making bees significantly more likely to succumb to a fungal pathogen, called Nosema ceranae, that has been closely linked to CCD. The finding is notable, the authors state, because fungicides have so far been "typically seen as fairly safe for honey bees." ... Read more

NSA News | Nationial Security State
Enemy Of The State (1998) (full movie) [2:12:12]
1.8 gigapixel ARGUS-IS. World's highest resolution video surveillance platform by DARPA [4:41]
DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, July 31 [13:54]
DN | "Bradley Manning Has Become a Martyr" - WikiLeaks' Julian Assange on Guilty Verdict (07/31/13) [8:37], Part 2 [18:56]
DN | Facing Rest of Life Behind Bars, Will Bradley Manning's Sentencing Weigh Lack of Harm to U.S.? (07/31/13) [15:46]
The Act of Killing
The Act of Killing (07/31/13) [5:14]
*The Act Of Killing 2013 (full movie) [2:39:42]
MSNBC Chris Hayes - All In
Bill Moyers | and Rep. John Lewis revisit the 1963 March on Washington. How did it transform America? (06/26/13) [56:54]
*Inspiring Speech By War Veteran [5:23]
Our real enemies are not those living in a distant land whose names or policies we don't understand; The real enemy is a system that wages war when it's profitable, the CEOs who lay us off our jobs when it's profitable, the Insurance Companies who deny us Health care when it's profitable, the Banks who take away our homes when it's profitable. Our enemies are not several hundred thousands away. They are right here in front of us.
- Mike Prysner
Diane Rehms Show
Diane Rehm Debate Over What Constitutes A Living Wage (07/31/13) [1hr]
Hundreds of fast food workers in cities around the country are walking off the job to push for higher pay: Debate over what constitutes a living wage.
Comedy News
Jon Stewart | Oliver weighed in on Halliburton's role in covering up the BP oil spill -- as well as the company's immunity from punishment. (07/30/13) [4:46]
Other Videos and Documentaries I Ran Across
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07.31.2013. 11:42

Tuesday July 30, 2013
News Articles

Bradley Manning Verdict Coming On Tuesday: Military Judge
HP | David Dishneau | 07/29/13

A military judge says she expects to announce a verdict Tuesday in the court-martial of an Army private charged with aiding the enemy for giving U.S. secrets to WikiLeaks.

Col. Denise Lind gave the heads-up notice Monday, her third day of deliberations in the trial of Pfc. Bradley Manning at Fort Meade. Manning faces a possible life sentence if convicted of the charge. ... Read more

Financial Stocks Are On Their Way To Being The Biggest Sector In The S&P 500 Again
HP | Mark Gongloff | 07/29/13

Here's yet another thing banks are taking over: the stock market.   Financial stocks are the second-biggest sector in the Standard & Poor's 500-stock index and are well on the way to overtaking technology as the biggest industry in the broad stock index, Bloomberg reports. Finance's share of the stock market has nearly doubled from a low of about 8.6 percent in March 2009, just after the financial crisis, to 16.8 percent as of Friday. Tech makes up 17.6 percent of the index.

This is great news for the financial sector, which includes banks and insurance companies. But it is not necessarily great news for the rest of humanity. The financialization of everything in the past 30 years has fostered income inequality and financial crises. ... Read more

Heart Surgery in India for $1,583 Costs $106,385 in U.S.
Bloomberg | Ketaki Gokhale | 07/28/13

Devi Shetty is obsessed with making heart surgery affordable for millions of Indians. On his office desk are photographs of two of his heroes: Mother Teresa and Mahatma Gandhi.

Shetty is not a public health official motivated by charity. He's a heart surgeon turned businessman who has started a chain of 21 medical centers around India. By trimming costs with such measures as buying cheaper scrubs and spurning air-conditioning, he has cut the price of artery-clearing coronary bypass surgery to 95,000 rupees ($1,583), half of what it was 20 years ago, and wants to get the price down to $800 within a decade. The same procedure costs $106,385 at Ohio's Cleveland Clinic, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ... Read more

Alan Grayson On Trans-Pacific Partnership: Obama Secrecy Hides 'Assault On Democratic Government'
HP | Zach Carter | 06/18/13

Progressive Democrats in Congress are ramping up pressure on the Obama administration to release the text of Trans-Pacific Partnership, a secretive free trade agreement with 10 other nations, amid intensifying controversy over the administration's transparency record and its treatment of classified information.

The only publicly available information on the terms of the deal has come from leaks, some of which have alarmed public health experts, environmentalist groups and consumer advocates. According to a document leaked in the summer of 2012, the deal would allow corporations to directly challenge government laws and regulations in international courts. ... Read more

Fukushima 2013: "Remaining Radioactive Mass", "Dangerous Leaking Radioactive Water", All Four Reactors are "Getting Worse"
Global Research | William Boardman | 07/11/13

The first thing to know about the danger from the radioactive mass remaining on site in the three reactors that melted down at Fukushima is that nobody knows how much radioactive material there is, nobody knows how much uranium and plutonium it contains, and nobody knows how to make it safe -- so no one knows how great the continuing danger is. ... Read more

"Worrisome" spike in deadly birth defects around leaking U.S. nuclear site -- Officials claim "it could be a complete coincidence" -- No news reports mention it's by the most contaminated area in Western Hemisphere #Hanford
Enenews.com | Gillian Mohney | 07/18/13

A report released Tuesday by the Washington State Department of Health said that, since 2010, the neighboring counties of Yakima, Benton and Franklin have an unusually high number pregnancies affected by the [neural tube] birth defect anencephaly, which results in a newborns' brains being severely underdeveloped.

In the U.S., there are approximately one or two expected cases of anencephaly for every 10,000 annual births [...] the health department found that there was an abnormally high number of cases reported from January 2010 to January 2013 with approximately eight cases of anencephaly for every 10,000 births. [...] ... Read more

NSA News | Nationial Security State
Enemy Of The State (1998) (full movie) [2:12:12]
1.8 gigapixel ARGUS-IS. World's highest resolution video surveillance platform by DARPA [4:41]
DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, July 30 [14:46]
DN | New Mideast Talks Hang on Old Question: Will U.S. Drop Support for Israeli Annexation of West Bank? (07/30/13) [24:42]
DN | As EU Envoy Meets With Morsi, Bloody Crackdown on Anti-Coup Protesters Deepens Egyptian Crisis (07/30/13) [9:51]
*TRNN | Israel is an Example of an Economy Hijacked by Military-security Interests (07/28/13) [7:00]
Weiner Heated Exchange with Voter Who Doesn't Vote for Him (07/30/13) [2:08]
Alan Grayson - NSA Spying
*Glenn Greenwald Explains What Capability LOW LEVEL NSA Analyst Have To Spy On YOU! (07/28/13) [4:29]
Glenn Greenwald: Growing Backlash Against NSA Spying Shows Why U.S. Wants to Silence Edward Snowden (07/18/13) [21:19]
Lauren Steiner | A Conversation with Congressman Alan Grayson (07/28/13) [27:35]
LA activist Lauren Steiner interviews Congressman Alan Grayson (D-FL) about the influence of money in politics, the NSA spying scandal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership and how he manages to get support from members of the GOP for his amendments. Slate Magazine recently dubbed Grayson "the most effective member of the House."
Alan Grayson: On NSA Surveillance: American As Apple Spy (06/14/13) [24:56]
Alan Grayson - Trade Agreements
Alan Grayson: No more trade deal sellouts! (05/15/13) [10:21]
Alan Grayson: TransPacific Partnership (07/01/13) [4:35]
*TAFTA & TPP...Corporate Power Tools of the 1% (07/12/13) [5:15]
More steam rising from Fukushima reactor (07/24/13) [1:28]
Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster Video What Happened at Fukushima (07/24/13) [49:29]
Withdraw from Afghanistan
Logistical headache as US exits Afghanistan (06/18/13) [49:23]
Diane Rehms Show
Diane Rehm *Controversy Over The Scope And Oversight Of Domestic Surveillance (07/30/13) [1hr]
A recent House bill to block the NSA from collecting millions of phone records was narrowly defeated. Diane and her guests discuss growing concerns over the scope and oversight of domestic surveillance programs.
New OMB Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell (07/30/13) [1hr]
The Office of Management and Budget was established in 1921 to assist the president in preparing a budget for Congress. OMB's new director is Sylvia Mathews Burwell. Born and raised in a small West Virginia town, Burwell is just the second woman to hold the high-level cabinet position. She faces an uphill battle with House Republicans: they've drafted several bills slashing discretionary programs and are demanding that sequester cuts continue.
Comedy News
John Oliver Marvels At Anthony Weiner's Refusal To Drop Out Of The Mayoral Race (07/30/13) [5:16]

*Inspiring Speech By War Veteran [5:23]

I find the graph below an eye openner. We have 3x the likelihood to die of a lightening strike then terrorism, yet we spend way over a trillion dollars between the military and Homeland Security.
*Major Causes of Death - Click to zoom

07.30.2013. 13:37

Monday July 29, 2013
News Articles

There Are Good Alternatives to US Capitalism, But No Way to Get There
AlterNet | Jerry Mander | 07/24/13

U.S.-style laissez-faire capitalists (also crony capitalism), who now dominate the politics and economy in this country, continue to argue that all solutions must be determined by the "free market." But the free market does not focus on the needs of democracy, or the implications of rampant inequity, or the catastrophic problems of the natural world. The free market is interested in one thing: expanding wealth. That is its only agenda. Nothing else matters, at least until the system collapses.

So, the change will be up to us. And yet the puzzle persists: How do we get from here to there? How do we bridge the chasm from corporate, oligarchic, global dominance of governments, economies, media, and, not least important, military, all driven by the ideologies of consumerism, growth, and "progress," toward some new set of values and structures?

Read more

Siberia Heat: Did The Arctic Region Break A Heat Record?
HP | author | 07/26/13

According to English-language outlet The Siberian Times, temperatures of 32 degrees Celsius, or 89.6 degrees Fahrenheit, were recorded in the Siberian city of Norilsk on July 21. The average temperature in July in the region is 13.6 C, or 56.48 F.

Weather historian Christopher C. Burt explains on the website Weather Underground that the entire Russian Arctic region has seen warm weather as of late. Burt adds that Norilsk has seen its warmest nights in recent days -- some 20.2 C, or 68.26 F -- and that wildfires have erupted in the region. ... Read more

North Pole Melting Leaves Small Lake At The Top Of The World
HP | author | 07/25/13

The time-lapse video below comes from a webcam set up by the North Pole Environmental Observatory that has monitored the state of Arctic sea ice since the spring of 2000. Surprisingly, the pole has been melting since at least 2002, according to photos on the project's website.

July is usually the warmest month in the area, but temperatures were 1 to 3 degrees Celsius above average this year. The shallow lake you see at the pole is made of meltwater sitting on top of a layer of ice, according to the observatory.

Arctic sea ice has become a noticeable victim of climate change. The area of ice cover expands and contracts every year with the change in seasons, but last summer's minimum extent was the lowest on record and this year's maximum winter coverage was the sixth-lowest since satellite observations began in the 1970s. ... Read more

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North Pole Environmental Observatory (website)
Actual webcams

6 Ways Rabid Republicans Are Declaring War On America
AlterNet | Steven Rosenfeld | 07/26/13

The GOP, the party led by angry white men and libertarian corporatists, is ratcheting up its political warfare against everyday Americans with unmatched brazenness.

In Congress, Republicans in both chambers have launched sweeping attacks on long-held centrist priorities and have renewed threats to block Obamacare. These attacks are seen in House bills slashing spending in almost every federal program except for the military and domestic policing for the federal fiscal year starting October 1. Anti-poverty, education, human services, environmental protection, energy, labor, Wall St. oversight--all face cuts averaging 20 percent, although some areas face cuts by a third or more. ... Read more

2014 budget process: Worst is yet to come
Politico | author | date

The 2014 budget and appropriations process has been described as a "slow-motion train wreck," but this is far too generous. For a collision to occur, locomotives must actually meet.

Having failed to avert automatic, across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration for 2013, Congress forced federal departments and agencies, states and grantees to do more with less, resulting in lost jobs, furloughs, diminished access to vital programs like Head Start and Meals on Wheels, and a failure to make investments we know are critical to the future. ... Read more

Glenn Greenwald: NSA Analysts Have Access To 'Powerful and Invasive' Search Tools
HP | Sabrina Siddiqui | 07/28/13

Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian reporter who broke the news of the National Security Agency's mass surveillance programs, said Sunday he will soon disclose new information about the access low-level contractors have to Americans' phone and email communications.

"The NSA has trillions of telephone calls and emails in their databases that they've collected over the last several years," Greenwald said on ABC News' "This Week with George Stephanopoulos." "What these programs are, are very simple screens, like the ones that supermarket clerks or shipping and receiving clerks use, where all an analyst has to do is enter an email address or an IP address, and it does two things ... It searches that database and lets them listen to the calls or read the emails of everything that the NSA has stored, or look at the browsing histories or Google search terms that you've entered, and it also alerts them to any further activity that people connected to that email address or that IP address do in the future." ... Read more

NSA News | Nationial Security State
Enemy Of The State (1998) (full movie) [2:12:12]
1.8 gigapixel ARGUS-IS. World's highest resolution video surveillance platform by DARPA [4:41]
DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, July 29 [16:31]
*DN | Holder Tells Russia Snowden Won't Face Torture or Death, But Does U.S. Record Undermine Its Pledge? (07/29/13) [9:11]
Doesn't anyone else see how ludicrous this is. We are telling Russia "please return Edward Snowden, we promise we won't kill him". This is someone that 46% of Americans think is a hero! When will we stop listening to the people in power who are constantly trying to cover their asses. The same people who are making millions/billions on the National Security State.
DN | Bradley Manning Awaits Verdict After Trial Ends With Prosecution "Smears" & Harsh Gov't Secrecy (07/29/13) [18:02], Part 2 [13:02]
Collateral Murder - Iraq [39:29]
When you view the above video, you have to realize the helicopter is a mile away lobbing in 50 caliber shells at unsuspecting people... possibly civilians. How would we feel if Mexico was targeting some of our border towns, shooting at anything they suspected were drug smugglers? (Note: you can skip around using the progressbar).
Banking News
*Banking Subcommittee Hearing on Financial Holding Companies (07/23/13) [6:55]
long version [20:36]
Senator Elizabeth Warren's Q&A at the July 23, 2013 Senate Banking Subcommittee Hearing on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection, titled "Examining Financial Holding Companies: Should Banks Control Power Plants, Warehouses, and Oil Refineries?" The witnesses included: Ms. Saule Omarova, Associate Professor of Law, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law; Mr. Joshua Rosner, Managing Director, Graham Fisher & Company; Mr. Timothy Weiner, Global Risk Manager, Commodities/Metals, MillerCoors LLC; and Mr. Randall D. Guynn, Head of Financial Institutions Group, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP.
Elizabeth Warren Brings News Anchors To Knees (07/22/13) [8:28]
Elizabeth Warren: Banks "Tricks and Traps" (02/11/10 older but good) [8:41]
Listen to Elizabeth Warren doscuss banks and credit card trapping. She is clear headed with a point... slim down the bureaucracy, trim down the regulations, so they are understandable, clear and protect the people.
What the drone saw - Dones in America
*What the drone saw (07/25/13) [1:55]
FBI uses drones in the US, senators told [2:31]
*PBS Nova | 2013 Manhunt Boston Bombers (06/21/13) [56:23]
PBS Digital Studios | Online Privacy: How Did We Get Here? [8:08]
Diane Rehms Show
Diane Rehm The Latest On Increasing Violence In Egypt (07/29/13) [1hr]
John Hunter: "World Peace And Other 4th-Grade Achievements" (07/29/13) [1hr]
*TED | John Hunter: Teaching with the World Peace Game (04/26/11) [20:28]
World Peace and other 4th-Grade Achievements Extended Trailer [8:31]
Who are they working for?
Chomsky explains who U.S. leaders work for and what they have done. [3:01]
The Truth about the Wall Street Bailout: How "Free Market Capitalism" Really Works. Nader and Chomsky Explain the Game, a Nanny State to Take Care of the Rich [4:04]
Nixon Tapes - Click to zoom
*Nixon Tape
Nixon comments, "But it's not just the ratty part of town. The upper class in San Francisco is that way. The Bohemian Grove, which I attend from time to time . . . It is the most faggy goddamned thing you could ever imagine with that San Francisco crowd. I can't shake hands with anybody from San Francisco."
Other Videos and Documentaries I Ran Across
Note: I don't endorse any of the videos in this section.
As I construct My News Pages I constantly run across a lot of NEW videos, and since I find YouTube frustrating trying to re-find videos, I save the links in this section so I can find them again at a later time.
Elizabeth Warren: A Matter of Trust: Connecting Consumer Protections and Financial Reform (2010) [1:04:58]
BookTV | Jeremy Scahill on the Blackwater Security Scandal (2007) [56:23]
Air Force Bugbot Nano Drone Technology (04/11/13) [4:27]
BBC Videos
BBC | The Magical Forest (2012) [58:56]
BBC Bible | The Book of Revelation - New Evidence Revealed [48:59]
BBC | Ancient Egyptian Glass From Outer Space [48:59]
Skull and Bones
Skull & Bones: Secret Society Documentary () [42:56]
Skull and Bones: The Secret Order at Yale () [58:10]
Antony Sutton - The Order of Skull and Bones () [31:58]
ASkull and Bones Headquarters Broken Into at Yale University () [10:59]
Bohemian Grove
The Annals of Bohemian Grove "Yearbook" () [4:13]
1981 News report about Bohemian grove () [5:09]
Nixon Tapes - Click to zoom
Nixon Tapes
Nixon comments, "But it's not just the ratty part of town. The upper class in San Francisco is that way. The Bohemian Grove, which I attend from time to time . . . It is the most faggy goddamned thing you could ever imagine with that San Francisco crowd. I can't shake hands with anybody from San Francisco."
Bohemian Grove (information)
Stuff They Don't Want You To Know - Bohemian Grove () [4:16]
Secret Societies
Charlotte Iserbyt: Societies Secrets () [59:23]
Project Camelot
Project Camelot: A Rothschild Speaks Out () [1:08:48]
This interview was conducted at the Super Soldier Summit in May 2013. Erin Green Hicks aka Erin Rothschild tells her story from the perspective of time travel and her experience growing up as a Rothschild being tortured and put through illuminati mind control and satanic rituals.
UFO Disclosure (compilations) (10/09/11) [10:48]
Ancient Astronauts
Ajanta Caves - 2,000 year old unexplained sophisticated technology [8:26]
Vimana - Ancient aircraft [2:26]
Tank Restoration
Tank Overhaul - Episode 2 - The Panthert [50:09]
Tank Overhaul - Episode 3 - M4 Sherman [50:09]
World War 2 Tanks!: Into Battle [46:32]

07.29.2013. 11:39

Friday July 26, 2013
News Articles

Arctic Methane Release Due To Climate Change Could Cost Global Economy $60 Trillion, Study Reports
Reuters | Nina Chestney | 07/24/13

A release of methane in the Arctic could speed the melting of sea ice and climate change with a cost to the global economy of up to $60 trillion over coming decades, according to a paper published in the journal Nature.

Researchers at the University of Cambridge and Erasmus University in the Netherlands used economic modelling to calculate the consequences of a release of a 50-gigatonne reservoir of methane from thawing permafrost under the East Siberian Sea.   They examined a scenario in which there is a release of methane over a decade as global temperatures rise at their current pace.   They also looked at lower and slower releases, yet all produced "steep" economic costs stemming from physical changes to the Arctic. ... Read more

Janet Yellen For Federal Reserve Chairman? Dems Reportedly Send Letter Urging Obama To Pick Her
HP | Ashley Alman | 07/25/13

A group of Democratic senators have reportedly signed a letter encouraging President Barack Obama to appoint Federal Reserve Board of Governors Vice Chairman Janet Yellen as the next chairman.   According to the Wall Street Journal, the endorsement letter does not mention Larry Summers, who has also been floated as a possibility. One Democratic senator who signed the letter voiced his apprehension to the paper.

"There's a lot of concern among a lot of Democrats about an appointment of Larry Summers to that long-term position as Fed chairman," said Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa). "He was one of the architects of getting rid of Glass-Steagall, of getting rid of other regulations." ... Read more

*Roberts's Picks Reshaping Secret Surveillance Court
NYTimes | Charlie Savage | 07/25/13

The recent leaks about government spying programs have focused attention on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and its role in deciding how intrusive the government can be in the name of national security. Less mentioned has been the person who has been quietly reshaping the secret court: Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.

In making assignments to the court, Chief Justice Roberts, more than his predecessors, has chosen judges with conservative and executive branch backgrounds that critics say make the court more likely to defer to government arguments that domestic spying programs are necessary.

Ten of the court's 11 judges -- all assigned by Chief Justice Roberts -- were appointed to the bench by Republican presidents; six once worked for the federal government. Since the chief justice began making assignments in 2005, 86 percent of his choices have been Republican appointees, and 50 percent have been former executive branch officials. ... Read more

Detroit By The Numbers

  1. $18 billion Detroit's estimated debt obligations.

  2. $11.9 billion City's unsecured obligations to lenders and retirees.
  3. $6.4 billion City's obligations backed by enterprise revenues (Revenue Bonds).

  4. 38 cents Of every tax dollar that the city collects goes to service legacy debt and other obligations rather than providing services for the city's residents and businesses.
  5. $115.5 million Detroit's negative cash flows in fiscal year 2012.
  6. 8% Interest accrued on Detroit's deferred payment of pension fund contributions.
  7. Over 100,000 Estimated number of Detroit creditors.
  8. 22% Reduction in city employees since fiscal year 2010.
  9. 1.85 million Detroit's population in 1952, its highest point.
  10. 62% Decline in Detroit's population from 1950 to 2012.
  11. 150,000 Number of manufacturing jobs Detroit lost between 1947 and 1963 as smaller auto makers disappeared and Big Three auto makers move operations to suburbs and out of state.
  12. 47% Detroit's share of US auto sales in 2008.
  13. 80% Of Detroit's manufacturing was lost between 1972 and 2007.
  14. 78% Of Detroit's retail establishments were lost between 1972 and 2007.
  15. 735,104 Number of jobs in Detroit for residents and non residents in 1970.
  16. 346,545 Number of jobs in Detroit for residents and non residents in 2012.
  17. 9.4% Jobless rate in Detroit as of June 2013.
  18. 30% Decline in Detroit's municipal income tax receipts since 2002.
  19. 36% Of Detroit's population lives below the poverty level.
  20. 54% Of Detroiters own a home.
  21. 16% Of Michigan's population lives below poverty level.
  22. 28% Decline in Detroit's receipts from utility user's tax over the last decade.
  23. $1.6 billion Decline in city's assessed property values over the last five years.
  24. $134.9 million Property tax revenues for city's 2013 fiscal year.
  25. 139 square miles Detroit's city footprint.
  26. 40% Of city's street lights do not work.
  27. 78,000 Number of abandoned structures in Detroit, representing 20% of the city's housing stock.
  28. 210 City parks were closed during fiscal year 2009, reducing its total by 66%.
    1. Source: Alexander Rozens, Bloomberg Brief
NSA News | Nationial Security State
Enemy Of The State (1998) (full movie) [2:12:12]
1.8 gigapixel ARGUS-IS. World's highest resolution video surveillance platform by DARPA [4:41]
DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, July 26 [15:50]
*DN | Juror B29 Says Zimmerman "Got Away With Murder," Renewing Scrutiny of Prosecution & Florida Laws (07/26/13) [22:06], Part 2 [6:17]
DN | Egypt Tensions Escalate as Morsi Detained and Supporters of Army, Brotherhood Hold Rival Protests (07/26/13) [12:36]
*John Pilger: The New Rulers of the World (older, but I like John Pilger) [53:56]
PBS Nova
*PBS Nova | Nova Russian meteor strike 2013 [52:07]
What Scientists Are Seeing Over Antarctica (12/01/12) [8:34]
NSA News
*PBS Nova | The Spy Factory [56:02]
Diane Rehms Show
Diane Rehm Domestic News - Friday(07/26/13) [1hr]
International News - Friday(07/26/13) [1hr]
Why WTC Towers Fell (one version)
PBS Nova | "9/11 Why the Towers Fell" [54:14]

MSNBCChris Hayes - All In
Chris Hayes | Eric Holder to go after Texas on voting rights (07/25/13) [10:29]
Chris Hayes | Juror says Zimmerman got away with murder (07/25/13) [6:22]
Chris Hayes | Boehner's Steve King problems (07/25/13) [7:04]
Chris Hayes | Anthony Weiner: sex scandals and second chances (07/25/13) [7:04], Part 2 [6:51]
Comedy News
The Colbert Report | Stephen Henderson: Detroit's Bankruptcy (07/25/13) [7:55]
Carlos Danger
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07.26.2013. 12:54

Thursday July 25, 2013
News Articles

The B-Team Tries to Save Capitalism. Is it worth saving?
Truth-out | Dennis Trainor Jr | 07/23/13

A group of hyper-capitalists, including Sir Richard Branson and Arian Huffington recently launched the "B-Team." As Huffington describes it, the global business leaders come together to form the B-Team in order to "introduce a Plan B that will prioritize people and planet alongside profit and to move beyond our obsession with quarterly earnings and short-term growth." ... Read more

Dust Bowl Blues
Nation | Sasha Abramsky | 07/17/13

A severe drought in the Southwest is devastating crops and farm communities—and sending a warning about climate change.

In a typical year, the winds ease up in mid-spring, and the dust tamps down. In the past three years, however, as the rains have failed and the land has dried up, the winds have continued into the searingly hot summers. As they blow, the soil disintegrates, and what little moisture there is in the earth evaporates. The soil quality is now so poor that on the few occasions when it does rain, the next day’s wind simply blows the newly moistened topsoil away. Across the area you can see rows of cotton, black and dead in the orange earth—entire fields burned by the static electricity generated by the sandstorms. ... Read more

Conservatives and Libertarians should Support the Return of Glass Steagall
TRNN | William Black | 07/22/13

Glass-Steagall prevented a classic conflict of interest that we know frequently arises in the real world. Commercial banks are subsidized through federal deposit insurance. Most economists support providing deposit insurance to commercial banks for relatively smaller depositors. I am not aware of any economists who support federal “deposit” insurance for the customers of investment banks or the creditors of non-financial businesses. ... Read more

Dick Durbin
Richard Joseph "Dick" Durbin is the senior United States Senator from Illinois

Observation by Dick Durban:

Guantanamo Bay Budget
2012 $448 million
2013 $454 million

$454 million/166 prisoners = 2.7 million/yr/prisoner
The Financial Industry
The global financial crisis of 2008, at a cost of more than $20 trillion, caused millions of people to lose their jobs and homes in the worst recession since the Great Depression. The financial crisis became a human crisis. The World Bank estimated that 53 million people worldwide were thrown into poverty and that between 200,000 and 400,000 babies died annually as a result. Millions of children in sub-Saharan Africa have suffered severe malnutrition and long-term brain damage as fallout from the financial disaster.

Suicide rates rise and fall with the state of the economy. Unemployment and foreclosure are the largest triggers in increased suicide risk. About 35,000 Americans die every year from suicides, up about 28 percent since 1999. Suicide rates in Europe, where the recession has been even more severe, are even higher. Ervin Lupoe from Wilmington, California, shot his five children and wife to death before turning the gun on himself. Lupoe was deep in debt, behind on his mortgage and had been fired from his hospital job. Anxiety, fear, crime, domestic abuse, murder and suicide all increased worldwide because of the financial crisis.

It was an "avoidable" disaster caused by widespread failures in government regulation, corporate mismanagement and heedless risk-taking by Wall Street, according to the conclusions of a federal inquiry. It was the private market, not government programs, that made, packaged and sold most of these wretched loans without regard to their quality. The packaging, combined with credit default swaps and other esoteric derivatives, spread the contagion throughout the world. That's why what initially seemed to be a large but containable US mortgage problem touched off a worldwide financial crisis.

The speculative binge was abetted by a giant "shadow banking system" in which the banks relied heavily on short-term debt, snake oil mortgage hucksters and credit rating agencies that essentially prostituted themselves for cash from the investment banks. Regulators "lacked the political will" to scrutinize and hold accountable the institutions they were supposed to oversee. The financial industry spent $2.7 billion on lobbying from 1999 to 2008, while individuals and committees affiliated with it made more than $1 billion of campaign contributions.

The banking industry is completely unchastened. It is now pressing a full-frontal assault on repealing Dodd-Frank - a small, inadequate attempt to prevent it from destroying our economy again.

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Albert Bartlett, professor emeritus of Physics at Univ of Colorado-Boulder, talks about how to view unfettered growth [1:13:54]
Give the above video a chance. Watch the first 10 minutes and see if it doesn't spark an interest. Professor Bartlett has an easy way of explaining exponential (hockey stick) growth that most of us don't understand.
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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

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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 Chinas 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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