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Thursday July 31, 2014
News Articles

*Nomi Prins Author of “All the Presidents Bankers“ on Upcoming Collapse
Greg Hunter | older interview, but good

Best-selling author Nomi Prins warns, “Never before have the Government and the Fed collaborated so extensively by propping up the banking system to the detriment of the population.” Prins lays out a long history of the relationships between U.S. Presidents and bankers that date back to Teddy Roosevelt and JP Morgan. On her new book titled “All the Presidents’ Bankers,” Prins contends, “That connection with Teddy Roosevelt was a very powerful established entity between two people that has allowed all this stuff that has happened in the last hundred years to really happen. The friendships, the social ties, the idea that the bankers could sort themselves out with Treasury Department help if it needed to. ... Read more
*Nomi Prins-Financial Crash-Collapse Coming, It Should Have Happened Already (older, but I like Nomi Prins) [19:40]

Iraq Crisis-$150 to $200 Oil Might Seem Cheap-Chris Martenson
Greg Hunter | older interview, but good

... Martenson, who holds a PhD in pathology and an MBA, contends 2008 was just a warm up to a much bigger calamity. Martenson says, “2008 was the shot across the bow. That’s when our credit experiment broke, and we have been doing everything possible to paper over it since. . . . When you take real stuff out of the ground, you grow food, you take oil out of the ground, you process ore into steel and you manufacture real things–that’s real wealth. The claims (such as stocks, bonds and currencies) have to be in proportion to the real wealth. The claims have been growing and growing and growing for so long that they are way out of balance to the real stuff, and the real stuff isn’t growing like it used to. You can see that in the GDP numbers for the U.S. or the world at large. Growth is slowing, slowing, slowing, and the claims are getting larger and larger. ... Read more

*Chris Martenson-People Will Be Wiped Out In Coming Crash (older, but I like Chris Martenson) [30:09]
*Chris Martenson | This 'Accelerated' Crash Course video condenses over 4.5 hours' worth of detailed material on the trends most likely to shape your future into an easy-to-follow exploration that takes less than an hour to view. () [56:25]
*Albert Bartlett | Sustainability 101: Exponential Growth - Arithmetic, Population and Energy () [1:13:54]
DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, July 31 [9:27]
DN | "Enough Blood Has Been Spilled": Israel Condemned For Striking U.N. Shelter as Death Toll Tops 1300 (07/31/14) [10:01]
DN | U.S. Jewish Leader Henry Siegman to Israel: Stop Killing Palestinians and End the Occupation (07/31/14) [7:40]
DN | Iron Dome or Iron Sieve? Evidence Questions Effectiveness of U.S.-Funded Israeli Missile Shield (07/31/14) [11:39]
TRNN | PERI Co-Director Robert Pollin and Prof. Chris Williams discuss the feasibility of shifting to a green economy (07/30/14) [12:33]
*TRNN | Heiner Flassbeck: Racing to a Dead End (07/30/14) [19:16]
Mr. Flassbeck, former head of UNCTAD, says current economic policy is heading back to the 1930s, a race to the bottom, they have no solution at all, we will end up again in trade wars or other wars, Part 2 (07/31/14) [19:16]
TRNN | Prof. John Weeks and Prof. Trevor Martin discuss British PM David Cameron's call for a referendum vote to decide whether the UK remains a part of EU (07/31/14) [11:51]
TRNN | Human rights activist Omar Barghouti says: the UN has failed its duty to speak out against civilian deaths in Gaza (07/31/14) [6:52]
Thom Hartmann
*Thom Hartmann: shares that the American Legislative Exchange Council is working to craft legislation that would make it illegal for local communities to take action against fossil duel pollution. (07/30/14) [2:52]
Thom Hartmann: exposes the big banks' latest scheme that will crash our economy. (older, but informative) [6:43]
Ring of Fire
Papantonio: Obama Gets Tough Against Immigration Obstruction (07/30/14) [4:35]
*Ring of Fire | Private Equity STILL Screwing Middle Class (07/30/14) [7:16]
*Ring of Fire | What Is Monsanto Hiding This Time? (07/29/14) [2:48]
Ring of Fire | Cliven Bundy Ignited a Hellstorm of Right Wing Hate (07/29/14) [9:27]
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.

07.31.2014. 11:46

Wednesday July 31, 2014
News Articles

GDP Deja Vu Stunner: Over Half Of US Growth In The Past Year Is From Inventory Accumulation
ZeroHedge | author | 07/30/14

As we showed in December of 2013, where the scramble to accumulate inventory in hopes that it will be sold, profitably, sooner or later to buyers either domestic or foreign, is most visible, is in the data from the past 4 quarters, or the trailing year starting in Q2 2013 and ending with the just released revised Q2 2014 number. The result is that of the $675 billion rise in nominal GDP in the past year, a whopping 52%, or over half, is due to nothing else but inventory hoarding. ... Read more

Earth Is In The Early Days Of A New Mass-Extinction Event, Researchers Warn
HP | author | 07/25/14

Scientists have previously classified five large-scale losses of animal life as mass-extinction events, all of which occurred millions of years ago. In recent years, the planet has seen the loss of hundreds of species of animals, and according to a new analysis from an international team, the planet may be in the early days of its sixth mass-extinction event.

As part of the study, researchers analyzed previous studies and scientific data to draw their conclusion that human activities and population surges worldwide -- not a catastrophic event, like an asteroid impact, for example -- are responsible for the drastic decline of animal life. Lead author Rodolfo Dirzo, a biology professor at Stanford University, cites actions like overexploitation of resources and habitat destruction as examples of harmful human activities. ... Read more

The Deadly Spread Of Ebola Mapped
AP & HP | author | 07/30/14

The doctor who lead Sierra Leone's fight against Ebola died of the disease on Tuesday, according to local authorities.

The death of Sheik Umar Khan, who was hailed as a national hero by Sierra Leone's health ministry, comes as more than 670 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have died of Ebola since it broke out in February. Read more
Fears ebola virus could spread to U.S. (07/30/14) [2:43]
Click to zoom - Ebola Map

The Fed's Failure Complicates Its Endgame
ZeroHedge | author | 07/30/14

That the Federal Reserve's policies have failed is now so painfully evident that even the political class is awakening to this truth. Rather than re-ignite broad-based, self-sustaining economic growth, the Fed's loose-money policies (zero-interest rate policy a.k.a. ZIRP, and quantitative easing a.k.a. QE or free money for financiers), have perversely distorted the economy and widened wealth and income inequality.

After six long years of unprecedented monetary expansion and intervention--more than enough time to have succeeded in its stated purpose of restarting the real economy-- political and financial blowback is forcing the Fed to withdraw its monetary heroin. ... Read more

Zoom - US Wealth Income Pyramid
Wealth Inequality in America [6:25]
DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, July 30 [7:16]
*DN | "They Thought They'd Be Safe. They Were Wrong": 20 Gazans Killed in Israeli Bombing of U.N. Shelter (07/30/14) [9:42]
*DN | Rabbi Henry Siegman, Leading Voice of U.S. Jewry, on Gaza: "A Slaughter of Innocents" (07/30/14) [6:11]
*CNN | Jake Tapper Asks Israeli Spokesman About Palestinian Children Killed In Gaza (07/30/14) [8:27]
*TRNN | Shir Hever: Who's Profiting from Israel's Offensive in Gaza? (07/30/14) [6:01]
Shir Hever: Israel continues to reject Hamas's offer of a ten-year ceasefire because it would undermine Israeli arms sales, which reached $7 billion in 2012.
*TRNN | Historian Ilan Pappe argues: Who Bears Responsibility for Civilian Deaths in Gaza? (07/30/14) [14:58]
Israeli scholar and historian Ilan Pappe argues the media's demonization of Hamas provides Israel cover for continuing its siege and occupation of Palestinian territories.
TYT News
*TYT | Tiny Gaza Visualized Shows There’s Nowhere To Run (07/29/14) [12:41]
*TTYT | US Politicians Agree: Israel Is The Real Victim (07/29/14) [10:09]
*TTYT | US Rep Has No Idea He’s Speaking To Americans (07/29/14) [3:36]
TYT | Why Bill O’Reilly Fears ‘The Machines’ - Especially The Evil Ones (07/29/14) [3:53]
TYT | ‘Ghetto Culture’ Gets Black 9-Year-Olds On Pot Says Ghetto Expert Bill O'Reilly (07/29/14) [5:23]
TYT | Turkish Politician Goes Too Far During Eid Speech (07/29/14) [6:05]
TYT | Infants Contract Herpes From Oral Suction During Jewish Circumcision (07/29/14) [3:54]
60 Minutes
60 Minutes | July 2014 Breaking News Wall Street crash even worse than 1987 is coming says Marc Faber (04/02/14) [14:55]
Nomi Prins: Financial Crash-Collapse Coming, It Should Have Happened Already (04/15/14) [19:40]
NASA | Geoengineering and Climate Intervention: What We Need to Know (01/05/14) [1:27:27]
Geoengineering And The Collapse Of Earth () [1:17:19]
Note: I don't agree with all the dialog. What I found interesting were the pictures.
Shocking Before and After Photos of California Mega Drought! (2014) [4:00]
Stephen Colbert
Stephen Cobert | Colbert Mocks Kim Kardashian's New Video Game, Introduces One Of His Own (07/29/14) [4:02]

07.30.2014. 11:29

Tuesday July 29, 2014
News Articles

A Dangerous Idea: The Progressive Vision of American Exceptionalism
Bill Moyers | Harvey J. Kaye | 07/29/14

American exceptionalism sounds like a very conservative idea, right?

But you know what? For more than 200 years, American exceptionalism was a radical idea. It was an idea of liberals and progressives. It was an idea that didn’t say “we are superior” — that we have all the answers. No, it was an idea about what America could be, should be and, if we act on it, would be.

Think back to the words of someone like Thomas Paine — “We have it in our power to begin the world over again” — and to his call for the creation of an unprecedented democratic republic. Think about the Founders and the writing of the US Constitution. We hear about the Constitution’s conservatism. And yet those first words, “We the People.” Those are radical words. Those kinds of words provided American life with democratic imperative. They embedded a democratic impulse in American life. ... Read more

Anti-Poverty Leaders Respond to Paul Ryan
Bill Moyers | author | 07/27/14

TalkPoverty.org believes that if we are to dramatically reduce poverty in the United States we will need a strong and diverse movement that is led by people who know poverty firsthand.

Yesterday, Representative Paul Ryan’s unveiling of his new proposal to address poverty offered the opportunity to gather responses from some of the people who might lead such a movement. Here is what they had to say: ... Read more

Original Paul Ryan Talk:
Yesterday, Representative Paul Ryan’s unveiling of his new proposal to address poverty at American Enterprise Inststute (AEI) (07/26/14) [56:06]
One of the Responses:
Bill Moyers | Kristi Jacobson and Mariana Chilton on How Hunger Hurts Everyone (current) [40:44]
New Documentary: "A Place at the Table"
Documentary Calls for "A Place at the Table" for Hungry (PBS Review) [7:37]

Blacklisted: The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist
firstlook.org/theintercept | Jeremy Scahill | 07/23/14

... The rulebook, which The Intercept is publishing in full, was developed behind closed doors by representatives of the nation’s intelligence, military, and law-enforcement establishment, including the Pentagon, CIA, NSA, and FBI. Emblazoned with the crests of 19 agencies, it offers the most complete and revealing look into the secret history of the government’s terror list policies to date. It reveals a confounding and convoluted system filled with exceptions to its own rules, and it relies on the elastic concept of “reasonable suspicion” as a standard for determining whether someone is a possible threat. ... Read more

166 Page Watchlist RuleBook.pdf
DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, July 29 [6:56]
DN | "Nowhere to Go": Gaza Suffers One of Deadliest Days so Far as Israel Vows "Protracted" Assault (07/29/14) [10:40]
*DN | Jeremy Scahill: Leaked U.S. Terrorist Watchlist Rulebook Reveals "Global Stop and Frisk Program" (07/29/14) [8:04]
*DN | Mass U.S. Surveillance Targeting Journalists and Lawyers Seen As Threat to American Democracy (07/29/14) [7:33]
NYTimes Videos
*NYTimes | Predatory Banks and the New Subprime Bubble: Car Loans (07/29/14) [6:07]
NYTimes | California's Extreme Drought, Effects Felt Nationally With Rising Food Costs (07/24/14) [3:36]
NYTimes | BP and Exxon Mobil Worried Russian Sanctions Will Hurt Their Interests? (07/29/14) [1:24]
California Drought 2014 (05/20/14) [28:01]
Bill Moyers
A Dangerous Idea: The Progressive Vision of American Exceptionalism
Bill Moyers | Harvey J. Kaye, author of The Fight for the Four Freedoms: What Made FDR and the Greatest Generation Truly Great (older) [13:40]
TRNN | Lia Tarachansky and Phyllis Bennis respond to a poll: Despite Growing International Condemnation, No End to Gaza Violence in Sight (07/28/14) [10:02]
As the death toll in Gaza passes 1,000 Lia Tarachansky and Phyllis Bennis respond to a poll which found 86% of Israelis reject a ceasefire, while a growing number of Americans want the Israeli offensive to stop.
TRNN | Heiner Flassbeck: Reaganism and Thatcherism were Intellectually Dishonest (07/29/14) [19:11]
TYT News
TYT | Hypocrites? New York Times Support Marijuana But Drug Tests (07/28/14) [4:38]
TYT | Should Israel Exist? Hamas Leader’s Dumb, Damaging Answer (07/28/14) [11:53]
TYT | Fox News Propaganda Misleads, Confuses & Lies (07/28/14) [4:53]
Humor | Comics
Zoom - Life of a Typical American, Expressed in Blocks
Zoom - Too Big To Fail Banks

07.30.2014. 06:24

Monday July 28, 2014
News Articles

Mapping Africa's "Totally Out Of Control" Ebola Epidemic
ZeroHedge | author | Last month

"The epidemic is totally out of control," warns medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières of the deadly Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. "There is a real risk of it spreading to other areas...Ebola is no longer a public health issue limited to Guinea: it is affecting the whole of West Africa." As of Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention put the number of cases at 362 -- more than any other outbreak on record. Here's everything you need to know about Ebola...

Ebola has a fatality rate of up to 90 percent and there is no vaccine and no known cure. The virus initially causes raging fever, headaches, muscle pain, conjunctivitis and weakness, before moving into more severe phases with vomiting, diarrhoea and haemorrhages. ... Read more
Click to zoom - Ebola's Spread

Ebola Victim On The Run In West Africa Capital
ZeroHedge | author | 07/25/14

It's gone from bad (Mapping Africa's "Totally Out Of Control" Ebola Epidemic) to worse, (Head Doctor Fighting Africa's "Out Of Control" Ebola Epidemic Contracts The Virus), to much worse (Liberian Man Tested For Ebola In World's Fourth Most Populous City), to having run out of comparaitves - although we are leery of using a superlative just yet as we have a feeling Africa's Ebola's epidemic will deteriorate before it gets better. But the latest news is bad enough: as Reuters reported moments ago, Sierra Leone officials appealed for help on Friday to trace the first known resident in the capital with Ebola whose family forcibly removed her from a Freetown hospital after testing positive for the deadly disease. ... Read more

Corporate Welfare
Welfare Spending Nearly Half What U.S. Forked Out In Corporate Subsidies In 2006: Study

Government Spends More on Corporate Welfare Subsidies than Social Welfare Programs
thinkbynumbers.org | author | older, but good

About $59 billion is spent on traditional social welfare programs. $92 billion is spent on corporate subsidies. So, the government spent 50% more on corporate welfare than it did on food stamps and housing assistance in 2006. Before we look at the details, a heartfelt plea from the Save the CEO's Charitable Trust:

There's so much suffering in the world. It can all get pretty overwhelming sometimes. Consider, for a moment the sorrow in the eyes of a CEO who's just found out that his end-of-year bonus is only going to be a paltry $2.3 million. ... Read more

Ten Examples of Welfare for the Rich and Corporations
HP | Bill Quigley | older

Here are the top 10 examples of corporate welfare and welfare for the rich. There are actually thousands of tax breaks and subsidies for the rich and corporations provided by federal, state and local governments, but these 10 will give a taste.

  1. State and local subsidies to corporations: An excellent New York Times study by Louise Story calculated that state and local government provide at least $80 billion in subsidies to corporations. Over 48 big corporations received over $100 million each. GM was the biggest, at a total of $1.7 billion extracted from 16 different states, but Shell, Ford and Chrysler all received over $1 billion each. Amazon, Microsoft, Prudential, Boeing and casino companies in Colorado and New Jersey received well over $200 million each.
  2. Direct federal subsidies to corporations: The Cato Institute estimates that federal subsidies to corporations cost taxpayers almost $100 billion every year.
  3. Federal tax breaks for corporations: The tax code gives corporations special tax breaks that have reduced what is supposed to be a 35-percent tax rate to an actual tax rate of 13 percent, saving these corporations an additional $200 billion annually, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office.
  4. Federal tax breaks for wealthy hedge fund managers: Special tax breaks for hedge fund managers allow them to pay only a 15-percent rate while the people they earned the money for usually pay a 35-percent rate. This is the break where the multimillionaire manager pays less of a percentage in taxes than her secretary. The National Priorities Project estimates this costs taxpayers $83 billion annually, and 68 percent of those who receive this special tax break earn more than $462,500 per year (the top 1 percent of earners).
  5. Subsidies to the fast food industry: Research by the University of Illinois and UC Berkeley documents that taxpayers pay about $243 billion each year in indirect subsidies to the fast food industry because they pay wages so low that taxpayers must put up $243 billion to pay for public benefits for their workers.
  6. Mortgage deduction: The home mortgage deduction, which costs taxpayers $70 billion per year, is a huge subsidy to the real estate, banking and construction industries. The Center of Budget and Policy Priorities estimated that 77 percent of the benefit goes to homeowners with incomes over $100,000 per year.
  7. The billions above do not even count the government bailout of Wall Street, while all parties have done their utmost to tell the public that they did not need it, that they paid it back, or that it was a great investment. The Atlantic Monthly estimates that $7.6 trillion was made available by the Federal Reserve to banks, financial firms and investors. The Cato Institute estimates (using government figures) the final costs at $32 to $68 billion, not including the takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which alone cost more than $180 billion.
  8. Each major piece of legislation contains new welfare for the rich and corporations. The Boston Globe analyzed the emergency tax legislation passed by Congress in early 2013 and found it contained 43 business and energy tax breaks, together worth $67 billion.
  9. Huge corporations that engage in criminal or other wrongful activities protect their leaders from being prosecuted by paying huge fees or fines to the government. You and I would be prosecuted. These corporations protect their bosses by paying off the government. For example, Reuters reported that JPMorgan Chase, which made a preliminary $13-billion mortgage settlement with the U.S. government, is allowed to write off a majority of the deal as tax deductible, saving the corporation $4 billion.
  10. There are thousands of smaller special breaks for corporations and businesses out there. There is a special subsidy for corporate jets, which cost taxpayers $3 billion a year. The tax deduction for second homes costs $8 billion a year. Fifty billionaires received taxpayer-funded farm subsidies in the past 20 years.

If you want to look at the welfare for the rich and corporations, start with the federal Internal Revenue Code. That is the King James Bible of welfare for the rich and corporations. Special breaks in the tax code are the reason that there are thousands of lobbyists in the halls of Congress, hundreds of lobbyists around each state legislature and tens of thousands of tax lawyers all over the country.
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Iraq War Facts, Results & Statistics at January 31, 2012
usliberals.about.com | Deborah White | older 05/19/14

... Lost & Unaccounted for in Iraq - $9 billion of US taxpayers' money and $549.7 milion in spare parts shipped in 2004 to US contractors. Also, per ABC News, 190,000 guns, including 110,000 AK-47 rifles.

Lost and Reported Stolen - $6.6 billion of U.S. taxpayers' money earmarked for Iraq reconstruction, reported on June 14, 2011 by Special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction Stuart Bowen who called it "the largest theft of funds in national history." (Source - CBS News) Last known holder of the $6.6 billion lost: the U.S. government. ... Read more

DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, July 28 [9:16]
DN | During Brief Lull, Gazans Return to Neighborhoods Destroyed & Bodies Beneath the Rubble (07/28/14) [15:17]
*DN | Professor Ilan Pappé: Israel Has Chosen To Be A "Racist Apartheid State" With U.S. Support (07/28/14) [8:05]
*TRNN | Michael Ratner: UN's Investigation of Israel Should Go Beyond War Crimes to Genocide (07/27/14) [8:17]
TRNN | UNICEF's Gaza field chief Pernille Ironside: 15 Killed after Israel Bombs UN School in Gaza (07/27/14) [1:26]
ReasonTV | Author Frank Buckley: Presidential Power and the Rise of American Monarchy (07/28/14) [5:27]
Income Inequality
Zoom - Income Growth by Groups, 1993-2010
Click to zoom - Global Wealth Share
Corporate Welfare
The NYTimes analyzed more than 150,000 awards and created a searchable database of incentive spending.
Michigan spends at least $6.65 billion per year on incentive programs, according to the most recent data available. That is roughly: $672 per capita or 30¢ per dollar of state budget.
Corporate Welfare in the Federal Budget
GAO | Corporate Income Tax: Effective Tax Rates Can Differ Significantly from the Statutory Rate.pdf
2013 Budget of the U.S. Government.pdf
Justice Rising: Grassroots Solutions to Corporate Rule.pdf
The few: A special report on global leaders.pdf (01/22/11)
The 'Rothschild Connection': The House of Rothschild and the Invasion of Iraq.pdf
Zoom - Corporate Welfare
Global Power Elite and World Crisis
Jeremy Scahill
Jeremy Scahill: The One Party State, The War Party (03/02/14) [5:31]
Pirate Television: Inside America's Secret Wars with Jeremy Scahill (01/14/14) [58:03]
David Rothkopf - Superclass - The Global Power Elite and the World They Are Making
Iraq Index: Tracking Variables of Reconstruction & Security in Iraq.pdf
Brookings Institute: Center for Middle Eastern Policy website
Zoom - Corruption Perceptions Index 2013
Transparency website
Humor | Comic Strips
Zoom - Where You Are
Zoom - Wealth Inequality
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.

07.28.2014. 12:01

Friday July 25, 2014
News Articles

Liberian Man Tested For Ebola In World's Fourth Most Populous City
ZeroHedge | author | 07/25/14

Yesterday, when reporting on the latest tragic development in the wost ever Ebola outbreak to sweep through west Africa, namely that the head doctor tasked with containing the virus had himself contracted it, we commented that the "only good news, if any, is that even as the epidemic which has raged for months, and now appears to be out of control, it has not spilled out of Africa into other continents yet." That may not be the case for much longer following an update earlier today by Reuters that a Liberian man in his 40s is being tested for the deadly Ebola virus in Nigeria's commercial capital of Lagos, a megacity of 21 million people, the Lagos State Health Ministry said on Thursday. ... Read more

Bank of America and Other Megabanks Say They Want to Make Nice With Poor People: Don't Buy It
AlterNet | Lynn Stuart Parramore | 07/24/14

How do we hate thee, Bank of America? Let us count the ways. We hate thee for thy mortgage misdeeds, foreclosure frauds and grotesque fees. For unnecessarily kicking people out of their homes, extorting money from military families through predatory loan rates, and treating thy customers like garbage. For basically being too-big-to-fail/too-big-to-jail blight on the economy and society thou hast proven to be, time and again.

Under increasing pressure from regulators and widely despised by the public, Bank of America now wants us to believe hat it will make nice with poor people. In a recent report in the New York Times, we learn that BofA and other giant banks are trying to launder their public images by talking about offering low-fee services to people who have been left out of the banking system. BofA has launched a banking account it claims is intended to prevent troubled customers from running up fees for overdrawing their balances. Read more

Can a University Transform a City?
Politico | Mark Peterson | Photo Essay

What happens when a university begins to transform the city around it? Just look at Powelton Village, Philadelphia. Fashioned as an upscale, Gilded Age suburb for wealthy industrialists looking to cross the Schuylkill River and escape the clamor and the grime of Center City, Powelton is an architectural gem, still packed with the three-story Italianate villas and Victorian twins its prosperous settlers built 150 years ago. Now a national historic district, the neighborhood has survived a rocky evolution—from tycoon stomping ground, though depression-driven decline and 1950s gang violence, to 1960s countercultural hub—only to be rediscovered in the 1980s by upper-middle-class Philadelphians with the money to refurbish Powelton’s stately homes. Now, the area is in transition once again—into the backyard of fast-growing and ambitious Drexel University. ... Read more

No Safe Place in Gaza: How Silence Encouraged a Genocide
TRNN News | Yousef Al-Helou | 07/25/14

As the Israeli military offensive on Gaza entered its third week, there's been more horrific mass killings committed because of indiscriminate Israeli tank shelling and bombardment throughout the besieged Gaza Strip.

After the massacres in Shujaeyyah and Khoza, now the supposedly safe United Nations-run schools have also become targets. A school in the northern Gaza strip town of Beit Hanon, which sheltered hundreds of displaced people who thought they would be safe on United Nations-controlled premise, came under Israeli fire. According to the Gaza Health Ministry, at least thirteen civilians were killed and more than 200 were injured. UNRWA spokesman said that his agency was not warned. ... Read more

DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, July 25 [9:00]
DN | Sharif Abdel Kouddous: In Gaza, Unrelenting Israeli Assault Causes "Grave Humanitarian Crisis" (07/25/14) [9:46]
DN | "No Safe Place": After Deadly Attack on Gaza School, U.N. Warns 150,000 Seeking Shelter Are at Risk (07/25/14) [14:16]
DN | Turning Point? Largest West Bank Protest in Decades Raises Spectre of a 3rd Intifada (07/25/14) [10:22]
Bill Moyers
Bill Moyers | The Conscience of a Compassionate Conservative (07/25/14) [24:29], Part 2 [18:52]
This week on the show, Bill spoke with the president of the conservative American Enterprise Institute, Arthur C. Brooks. Their conversation was so interesting that they kept talking, and we kept our cameras rolling after the broadcast interview ended. In this web extra, the two talk about the failures of capitalism, who is to blame for the 2008 financial crash, food stamps and a whole lot more.
Bill Moyers | Greg Kaufmann on the Truth About American Poverty (06/28/14) [12:01]
TRNN | BDS Movement Founder Omar Barghouti discusses: Israel Boycott Gains Traction As Gaza Assault Continues (07/25/14) [10:13]
TYT News
TYT | 'Modern Family' Star On Anti-Gay Politician Rick Santorum (07/24/14) [3:44]
TYT | Rising HIV Rates Among Gay & Bisexual Men In America (07/24/14) [6:22]
TYT | Two More Planes Down - Is Flying No Longer Safe? (07/24/14) [5:38]
Ring of Fire
Ring of Fire | Papantonio: Rick Scott's Private Prison Cesspool (07/23/14) [3:51]
Chris Hayes - All In
Chris Hayes | Did a third intifada begin tonight? As the death toll continues to mount in Gaza, thousands of protesters marched from the West Bank to Jerusalem, where they clashed with Israeli security forces. (07/24/14) [14:58]
Chris Hayes | With Cruz’s criticism of the FAA’s ban on flights to Israel, he’s seizing the opportunity to show the pro-Israel GOP base that he’s their guy (07/24/14) [5:07]
Where Your Tax Dollars Go
Click to zoom - Where Your Tax Dollars Go

07.25.2014. 08:46

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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 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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