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Friday June 28, 2013
News Articles

NSA collected US email records in bulk for more than two years under Obama
TheGuardian | Glenn Greenwald and Spencer Ackerman | 06/27/13

The Obama administration for more than two years permitted the National Security Agency to continue collecting vast amounts of records detailing the email and internet usage of Americans, according to secret documents obtained by the Guardian.

Comment:This is a complex and convoluted story so you should read the article and make your own conclusion...
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The next Libor? Everything you need to know about the oil price fixing scandal
Reuter | Shane Ferro | 06/19/13

The Wall Street Journal has a painstakingly detailed article out today on how oil prices are benchmarked, and how those benchmarks can be manipulated. The EU has been investigating major oil companies, as well as the industry publication that sets the daily benchmark price, since last month. If the probe turns up damning evidence, this could be the biggest price-fixing scandal since Libor. ... Read more

Edward Snowden: in defence of whistleblowers
TheGuardian | Daniel Ellsberg | 06/25/13

No government or bureaucracy loves a whistleblower. Those who leak official information will often be denounced, prosecuted or smeared. The more serious the leak, the fiercer the pursuit and the greater the punishment.

Comment: Some people think Edward Snowden is a spy, some people think Edward Snowden is a hero. Up to this point I don't think he has exposed much more than information that embarrasses the United States (catches the US in the candy jar). What I worry about if Edward Snowden gets extradited to the US, he will not be treated to a fair trial, but will have a secret trial, hidden from the public, and quickly disappear into a bottomless pit of our prison system (or worse). I think if the government could/would guarantee a fair public trial we (the public) would learn a lot of interesting, unknown, hidden facts that would make our opinion of Edward Snowden less harsh.
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The Best Second Passport For Edward Snowden Is...
ZeroHedge | author | 06/28/13

Ron Paul recently said on his Facebook page:
"My understanding is that espionage means giving secret or classified information to the enemy. Since Snowden shared information with the American people, his indictment for espionage could reveal (or confirm) that the US Government views you and me as the enemy."

Snowden has been demonized by just about every government official on record. US Secretary of State John Kerry called Snowden's actions "despicable and beyond description," while US Senator Lindsey Graham said, "I hope we'll chase him to the ends of the earth…   Words like "hanging" and "treason" are floating around the mainstream media. It's incredible. The issue no longer has anything to do with the criminality of the government spying programs. But whether Snowden should be shot or hung. Read more

*Hyeonseo Lee: My escape from North Korea (04/01/13) [12:16]
Comment: this is probably the reason why Congress doesn't think there is a jobs problem.

DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, June 28 [8:18]
DN | Senate Bill Creates Path for Undocumented Immigrants, But at Cost of Radically Militarized Border (06/28/13) [14:48]
DN | Horace Campbell: Obama Takes "Imperial Tour" of Africa As World Honors Ailing Mandela (06/28/13) [8:19]
*Dirty Wars author Jeremy Scahill: is journalism being criminalised? (06/26/13) [6:19]
In the wake of whistleblower Edward Snowden's leak of NSA files, Jeremy Scahill, author of Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield and featured reporter in the new documentary film of the same name, says under the Obama administration journalists are being intruded upon and whistleblowers are being charged with crimes. Scahill is also a national security correspondent for the Nation.
*This is Google Drive Where I Can Share All My Ideas with NSA [0:31]
All your stuff, in one place. Upload the photos, videos, documents, and other files that you want to share with the NSA. NSA can access everything you have, your word documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and more.
Diane Rehms Show
Diane Rehm Domestic News - Friday 06/28/13 [1hr]
International News - Friday 06/28/13 [1hr]
TYT News
MSNBC Chris Hayes - All In News
Chris Hayes | How Rick Perry is working to turn Texas blue (06/27/13) [14:18]
Chris Hayes | The Twitterverse reacts to Rachel Jeantel at the Zimmerman trail (06/27/13) [7:58]
*Chris Hayes | Unequal responses to leaked information (06/27/13) [5:31]
Chris Hayes | Immigration reforms and DOMA (06/27/13) [7:29], Part 2 [4:33]
John Oliver Blasts Republicans' DOMA Reaction
Fun Recipes
Carrot hotdogs
Burger from last nights dinner
*All Terrorists are Muslims…Except the 94% that Aren't
Terrorist by Extremist - Click to zoom
Terrorist by Class - Click to zoom
Terrorist by Type/Event
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 vidoes, I save the links in this section so I can find them at a later time.
C2CAM | Underground Government Bases (11/01/12) [1:09:05]
"Blade Runner" Actress Mary Sean Young talks about the Elites on Red Ice Radio (05/06/12) [1:08:06]
Lost Walt Disney UFO Documentary [43:24]
DC | Billion Dollar Secret [1:40:05]
American military Groom Lake Base better known as Area 51 is the place for testing most advanced military technologies. It is also keeping secret that is in the very heart of most conspiracy theories. Numerous UFO sightings above the desert represents or some are interconnected with US government black programs while or the others is the proof of the aliens.
Escape From Area 51 J-Rod Full Documentary Watch Now! UFO Sightings [48:18]
Escape From Area 51 J-Rod Incredible Testimony from Michael Schratt, military aerospace historian,In this Open Minds Production, Michael Schratt provides specifics regarding Dr Dan Burisch's alleged interaction with an extraterrestrial known as "J-Rod".

This historically significant account of human/ET contact allegedly took place at the super-secret S4 facility located 12 miles south of Area 51. Also included are details drawings of the flight simulator on level B, along with a very accurate schematic layout of the cafeteria, file department, communications and transportation logistics to the facility.

06.28.2013. 14:32

Thursday June 27, 2013
News Articles

*Heat Wave May Threaten World's Hottest Temp. Record
climatecentral.org | Andrew Freedman | 06/26/13

A brutal and potentially historic heat wave is in store for the West as parts of Nevada, Arizona and California may get dangerously hot temperatures this weekend and into next week. In fact, by the end of the heat wave, we may see a record tied or broken for the hottest temperature ever recorded on Earth. ... Read more
Heat Wave - Click to zoom

*How TV News Gets All the Eye-Gluing (Eye-Candy) Benefits of Climate Change without Having to Deal with It
AlterNet | Tom Engelhardt | 06/24/13

Here's a nifty trick that's been on my mind lately. In case you hadn't noticed, the weather news this season has been pretty grim. Tornados so large and destructive that they would have given Dorothy pause, 500-year European floods, massive rainstorms rolling across the land, record heat in California and Alaska, late snowfalls that boggle the imagination, wildfires that dwarf past ones in the American West. I could go on, but why bother since anyone who has been watching primetime TV news can't but notice that staggering weather has been the lead or second story much of the time all spring and into the summer.

All of this weather has a new, made-for-TV label. It's now regularly called "extreme weather" or "severe weather." .... The trick is that, as a label, "extreme weather" has managed (with rare exceptions) to obviate the need even to mention that any of this could have the slightest thing to do with climate change ... Read more

Sallie Mae Receives Billions in Taxpayer Subsidized Credit, Charges Students 25-40 Times More
http://theeverlastinggopstoppers.com/ | James | 06/24/13

On Monday, a day before a Senate Banking Committee hearing that will examine private student loans, freshman Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren continued her relentless attack on fraud and abuse in our banking system when she sent a letter to Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Acting Director Ed DeMarco, requesting information on Federal Home Loan Bank Financing of banks that then use the money to fund private student loans at a much higher rate.

According to a press release, Sallie Mae has been borrowing from a Federal Home Loan Bank at a rate ranging from 0.23%-0.34% interest. The rate Sallie Mae charges for fixed-rate student loans is 25-40 times higher. ... Read more

Ecuador offers U.S. rights aid, waives trade benefits
Reuters | Alexandra Valencia | 06/27/13

Ecuador's leftist government thumbed its nose at Washington on Thursday by renouncing U.S. trade benefits and offering to pay for human rights training in America in response to pressure over asylum for former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.

"Ecuador will not accept pressures or threats from anyone, and it does not traffic in its values or allow them to be subjugated to mercantile interests," government spokesman Fernando Alvarado said at a news conference.   In a cheeky jab at the U.S. spying program that Snowden unveiled through leaks to the media, the South American nation offered $23 million per year to finance human rights training. ... Read more

*Research Shows that Monsanto's Big Claims for GMO Food Are Probably Wrong
AlterNet | Jill Richardson | 06/25/13

Oops. The World Food Prize committee's got a bit of egg on its face--genetically engineered egg. They just awarded the World Food Prize to three scientists, including one from Syngenta and one from Monsanto, who invented genetic engineering because, they say, the technology increases crop yields and decreases pesticide use. (Perhaps not coincidentally, Monsanto and Syngenta are major sponsors of the World Food Prize, along with a third biotech giant, Dupont Pioneer.)

... But that's not actually the case. A new peer-reviewed study published in the International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability examined those claims and found that conventional plant breeding, not genetic engineering, is responsible for yield increases in major U.S. crops. Additionally, GM crops, also known as genetically engineered (GE) crops, can't even take credit for reductions in pesticide use. ... Read more

DemocracyNow Daily News
The Real News Network (TRNN)
Environmentalist Nafeez Ahmed : I think one has to assess what Obama is saying here against his track record in relation to other issues, such as the NDAA, such as drone strikes, such as the NSA PRISM issue. All of these issues show that Obama is very good at mobilizing very powerful rhetoric which can be quite convincing and in fact effectively diffuses and confuses potential opposition to his decisions, to the Democratic Party, and so on and so forth. But in fact what he actually does in practice can often be very, very different. And whether that's a result of him personally or whether it's because of the inevitable structures of power in which he's operating is, you know, a debate that we can have, but the facts do speak for themselves that Obama often says things that his--and his administration tends to the do the opposite, and that often bears the stamp of his approval. I'm concerned that this could happen again in Keystone.
*TRNN | Nafeez Ahmed: Environmental activists need to redouble efforts to demand Obama reject Keystone XL, abandon hydrofracking, and adopt tougher emission standards (06/27/13) [14:01]
TRNN | Dr. Heiner Flassbeck: The Paradox of the Creditor Debtor Relationship - Germany the Debtor Nation (06/26/13) [8:35]
Distinguished Professor Emeritus Richard Somerville, a world-renowned climate scientist and author of "The Forgiving Air: Understanding Environmental Change," discusses the scientific case for urgent action to limit climate change. Series: "Perspectives on Ocean Science".
Climate Change
*The Scientific Case for Urgent Action to Limit Climate Change (05/20/13) [59:00]
*Evidence Of The Extreme Climate Change (11/16/12) [7:47]
Diane Rehms Show
Diane Rehm Far-Reaching Effects Of Supreme Court Rulings (06/27/13) [1hr]
BBC | The Death of Osama Bin Laden (2012) [29:25]
BBC | Secret Pakistan (11/02/11) [59:03], Part 2 [58:59]
BBC | The Day Clinton Stopped Pakistan from Nuking india (07/04/99) [15:55]
Vice | Pakistan After Bin Laden (08/10/12) [23:11]
More News Articles

*Goodbye, Miami
RollingStone | Jeff Goodell | 06/20/13

By century's end, rising sea levels will turn the nation's urban fantasyland into an American Atlantis. But long before the city is completely underwater, chaos will begin

When the water receded after Hurricane Milo of 2030, there was a foot of sand covering the famous bow-tie floor in the lobby of the Fontaine­bleau hotel in Miami Beach. A dead manatee floated in the pool where Elvis had once swum. Most of the damage occurred not from the hurricane's 175-mph winds, but from the 24-foot storm surge that overwhelmed the low-lying city. In South Beach, the old art-deco­ buildings were swept off their foundations. Mansions on Star Island were flooded up to their cut-glass doorknobs. A 17-mile stretch of Highway A1A that ran along the famous beaches up to Fort Lauderdale disappeared into the Atlantic. ... Read more

Rising Seas: A City-by-City Forecast
RollingStone | author | 06/20/13

Depending on geology, vulnerability, ocean currents and political leadership, some regions will be hit harder than others. Researchers recently discovered that the Atlantic coast between North Carolina and Massachusetts is a particular hot spot, with the sea rising three to four times faster than the global average. Among the U.S. cities most at risk: ... Read more

The 10 Dumbest Things Ever Said About Global Warming
RollingStone | Brooke Jarvis | 06/19/13

5). God buried fossil fuels "because he loves to see us find them."

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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 run across a lot of NEW videos, and since I find YouTube frustrating trying to re-find vidoes I have passed up, I save the links in this section so I can look-up the videos at a later time.
Weather (Climate) Change
Skywatcher: Weather Modification, Cloud Seeding, Chemtrails? [28:28]
The Great Debate: CLIMATE CHANGE - Surviving The Future (02/15/13) [1:31:42], Part 2 [51:43]
Join an exciting panel of scientists and leaders affiliated with NASA, NOAA, The Earth Institute, E3G, and The Global Institute of Sustainability for what is sure to be a lively conversation on the future of the nation and the world in our changing climate. The Origins Project at ASU is proud to host esteemed scientists and intellectuals Prof. Jim Hansen, Prof. Susan Solomon, Prof. Wallace Broecker, Mr. John Ashton CBE, and Prof. Sander Van Der Leeuw as they discuss these controversial issues in the field of climate change.

Interesting Videos
Project Camelot: Michael Schratt Part 1 [56:59], Part 2 [1:11:55]
HC | Greenbrier Underground Bunker [10:00]
Other Videos
Andre The Giant - Larger Than Life [43:55]

06.27.2013. 13:08

Wednesday June 26, 2013
News Articles

*Why I'm More Afraid of "Terrorism" Than Actual Terrorism
Care2.com | Kevin Mathews | 06/24/13

"Terrorism!" Ever since 9/11, it's a word that has come to instill fear in American people, myself included. However, as I watch our civil liberties disappear in the name of "terrorism," I've become significantly more afraid of the word being used for political gain than actual terrorist attacks.

I'm all for keeping American citizens safe, I just question whether so-called "National Security" is actually attempting to do that. Last year, 17 Americans died in terrorist attacks (mainly abroad), whereas 30,000 Americans died from gun violence. If the politicians are so concerned with safety, why are they unwilling to pass even the slightest gun control measures?

It goes deeper than guns, though: 45,000 people die of a lack of affordable health care annually, yet we still debate that issue endlessly. Those are exponentially more lives that could more easily be saved. Statistics also show that you are 8 times more likely to be killed by the police than terrorists, yet the government does little to tackle the growing problem of police brutality. You are six times more likely to die from hot weather than terrorists, yet the government is still minimally addressing global warming. You are 12,571 times more likely to die from cancer than a terrorist incident, yet the National Cancer Institute operates on a budget of about $5 billion annually… an amount that pales in comparison to the $636 billion spent on the "war on terror" in Afghanistan.

Just two days after the Boston marathon bombing, an explosion in West, Texas killed five times as many people. The accident was the result of gross workplace negligence. The fertilizer plant in question not only had over 1,000 times the legal limit of explosives on site, but also failed to implement sprinklers or fire safety precautions. Moreover, the government hadn't performed inspections on the plant for six years; during its last inspection, it slapped it with a laughable $2,300 fine for not having proper safety procedures in place. ... Read more

Quote of the Day
"When YOU do IT, it's WRONG -- when I do IT, it's DIFFERENT."

Evil is always exempt from prosecution.

Stocks gone wild: Why are investors so panicked?
CNBC | John W. Schoen | 06/24/13

Stock markets have been in turmoil since Fed chairman Ben Bernanke last week suggested that if the economy continues to perk up the central bank will remove a least some of the low interest rate punch bowls that banks and businesses have been drinking from for years. And while part of Monday's stock drop could be blamed on worries about China's economy, the world's second largest, it came against a backdrop of fears about what the Fed may do later this year. ... Read more

Nuclear waste clean-up delayed and billions over budget
CBS | Carter Evans | 06/19/13

The new Secretary of Energy has been on the job only four weeks, but he made a beeline Wednesday to see his biggest headache for himself. Ernest Moniz went to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state.

Hanford made the plutonium for American nuclear weapons from the Manhattan Project in World War II until 1987. Now, highly radioactive waste is leaking, and a project to clean it up has stalled.

The clean-up at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation costs U.S. taxpayers $2 billion every year. This winter, engineers discovered six new leaks of radioactive material from underground tanks.   "There's something on the order of 1,000 gallons a year that are leaking now from these six tanks," says Washington Gov. Jay Inslee.

The government's clean-up plan involves pumping 56 million gallons of waste out of 177 tanks, mixing it with liquid glass and sealing it in canisters. ... Read more

Hanford Cleanup Story
ABC & AP | author | 06/24/13
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DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, June 26 [10:52]
*DN | Obama's Climate Plan: A Historic Turning Point or Too Reliant on Oil, Coal, Natural Gas? (06/26/13) [11:04]
MSNBC Chris Hayes - All In
Chris Hayes | Killing off the Voting Rights Act (06/25/13) [13:04], Part 2 [7:13]
*Chris Hayes | How the Supreme Court just kicked off the 2014 election (06/25/13) [3:48]
Chris Hayes | Obama outlines what can be done on Climate Change... without Congress (06/25/13) [7:20], Part 2 [8:34]
Nuclear Issues/Problems
Fukushima - Japan
Fukushima: Strontium now in Groundwater (06/19/13) [9:18]
Seconds From Disaster - S05E01 - Fukushima (02/16/13) [44:58]
Hanford, Washington - USA
*Hanford Nuclear Reservation (06/19/13) [3:06]
Nuclear Waste - Disposal
Nuclear Waste Disposal [52:47]
Steve Wozniak co-founder of Apple Computer
CNN | Piers Morgan talks with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak about the NSA leak (06/21/13) [1:47]
MoxNews | Piers Morgan talks with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak (06/21/13) [13:24]
Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, from 1984 talking about computing, and the Mac (1984) [1:49:42]
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So When will Dick Cheney be charged with Espionage? His Crime was the Same as Snowden's
Informed Comment | Juan Cole | 06/22/13

The US government charged Edward Snowden with theft of government property and espionage on Friday.

Snowden hasn't to our knowledge committed treason in any ordinary sense of the term. He hasn't handed over government secrets to a foreign government.

His leaks are being considered a form of domestic spying. He is the 7th leaker to be so charged by the Obama administration. All previous presidents together only used the charge 3 times.

Charging leakers with espionage is outrageous, but it is par for the course with the Obama administration.

The same theory under which Edward Snowden is guilty of espionage could easily be applied to former vice president Dick Cheney.

Cheney led an effort in 2003 to discredit former acting ambassador in Iraq, Joseph Wilson IV, who had written an op ed for the New York Times detailing his own mission to discover if Iraq was getting uranium from Niger. (The answer? No.)

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Climate Change ??
Muir Glacier Before - late 1800s - Click to zoom
Muir Glacier Now 2005 - Click to zoom
Muir Glacier had retreated more than 31 miles. Although this picture was taken from the same location as the early black-and-white photograph, the glacier is completely out of view. There's an abundance of vegetation looking to the west, and the beach in the foreground is now covered by pebbles, which came from sediment deposited by Muir Glacier and by melting icebergs on the ground.

The Alpse Before 1960 - Click to zoom
The Alps Now 2005 - Click to zoom
The Swiss peak, pictured on August 18, 2005, is eroding as a result of melting glacier water at the summit. The water sinks into cracks and creates even bigger fissures after several cycles of freezing and thawing.
Other Videos and Documentaries I Ran Across
Nuclear Issues/Problems
Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster Video What Happened at Fukushima (06/18/13) [49:23]
Nuclear Power and Bomb Testing and Waste Disposal narrated by Robert Redford (older) [52:35]
The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, or WIPP, is the world's third deep geological repository (after closure of Germany's Repository for radioactive waste Morsleben and the Schacht Asse II Salt Mine) licensed to permanently dispose of transuranic radioactive waste for 10,000 years that is left from the research and production of nuclear weapons. It is located approximately 26 miles (42 km) east of Carlsbad, New Mexico, in eastern Eddy County.
911 Videos
9/11 conspiracy - The 5th Estate, show exposes Holes in official story (rerelease 2012) [44:55]
Many American's don't realize that a high percentage of Canadians (in certain polls greater then American's) don't believe the official story behind 9/11 & that the highly regarded Canadian investigative journalism show "The 5th estate" has produced 2 documentaries looking into some of the more highly suspicious claims and circumstances of the events leading up to, and preceding 9/11.
9/11 In Plane Sight - Directors Cut [1:12:12]
9/11 Video Clips Dan Rather Would Rather Not Show You [5:14]
Pentagon 757 vaporized human flesh did not [10:36]
Inside 9/11 - Who controlled the planes? [6:42]
What Happened to the Planes and Passengers on 9/11 [14:49]
Other Videos
The Osama bin Laden Shooter: Behind the Story [6:08]
The Man Who Killed Osama bin Laden [18:12]
(Interview) Navy SEAL on Obama: "They're Just Saying Things That Will Get Them Reelected But Will Get Us Killed" [4:42]
Dishonorable Disclosures Documentary (08/15/12) [22:01]
Intelligence and Special Operations forces are furious and frustrated at how President Obama and those in positions of authority have exploited their service for political advantage. Countless leaks, interviews and decisions by the Obama Administration and other government officials have undermined the success of our Intelligence and Special Operations forces and put future missions and personnel at risk.

06.26.2013. 12:58

Tuesday June 25, 2013
News Articles

*There's a New Fascism on the Rise, and the NSA Leaks Show Us What It Looks Like
AlterNet | John Pilger | 06/21/13

The power of truth-tellers like Edward Snowden is that they dispel a whole mythology carefully constructed by the corporate cinema, the corporate academy and the corporate media.

In his book, Propaganda, published in 1928, Edward Bernays, nephew of Sigmund Freud, wrote: "The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country."

In 1971, whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg leaked US government files known as The Pentagon Papers, revealing that the invasion of Vietnam was based on systematic lying. Four years later, Frank Church conducted sensational hearings in the US Senate: one of the last flickers of American democracy. These laid bare the full extent of the invisible government: the domestic spying and subversion and warmongering by intelligence and "security" agencies and the backing they received from big business and the media, both conservative and liberal. ... Read more

Financialization = Inequality
ZeroHedge | author | 06/25/13

There are a number of factors behind the widening canyon of economic inequality, but the primary driver is financialization. Financialization has given those with capital and access to financier expertise ways to skim great wealth from the system without creating any value whatsoever.

In other words, financialization isn't a consequence of having capital: it's the consequence of having access to unlimited credit, leverage and low-risk, low-tax skimming operations (for example, tax codes enable hedge funds to declare income as low-tax long-term capital gains). ... Read more

Several years ago England voted vulture capitalism as illegal. But of course in the US vulture capitalism is well and thriving.

Vulture Capitalists Battle Argentina Over Decade-Old Debt Default
HP | Christina Wilkie | 06/20/13

... Investors buy up distressed debt on the secondary market at a deep discount -- often pennies on the dollar -- and then sue the issuer of the debt in an attempt to force full repayment. Referred to as "vulture capitalists" by their detractors, these investors can turn a bond purchased for 10 cents into a repayment of a full dollar, a phenomenal return on investment. ...

... Among the investment funds listed as members of ATFA is Elliott Management, a hedge fund controlled by billionaire and major Republican donor Paul Singer. According to documents filed by Argentina in a New York federal court lawsuit that Elliott Management has brought against the country, an Elliott subsidiary, NML, paid approximately $48.7 million in 2008 for the Argentine debt in question. Now, the company is demanding that Argentina repay it $1.44 billion, including interest. ... Read more

Shadow Banking - $67 Trillion

Why would banks want to keep all these mortgages on their books when they can blow them out to Freddie and Fannie, who in turn sell them to the market in the form of agency MBS (mortgage backed securities). And who are the buyers? The usual suspects of course - insurance firms, mutual funds, etc., and of course the biggest buyer of them all - the Fed. In fact the holdings of MBS on Fed's balance sheet just hit a record. Mortgages are simply making their way from banks' balance sheets onto the Fed's balance sheet in the form of MBS.

The data from Freddie and Fannie confirms this trend, with the first quarter of this year showing the largest MBS issuance volume in two years. As much as people don't like to think about it this way, Freddie and Fannie are the biggest "shadow banks" around. ...

How Did We Get Here - Click to zoom

DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, June 25 [14:04]
*DN | Insider Threat: Government Employees Urged to Tattle On Coworkers In Effort to Stop Classified Leaks (06/25/13) [19:02]
As the media focuses almost exclusively on Edward Snowden's possible whereabouts, more details on the Obama administration's crackdown on whistleblowers have come to light. A new investigative report has revealed the administration's crackdown on leaks extends far beyond high-profile cases like Snowden or the Associated Press, to the vast majority of government agencies and departments -- even those with no connection to intelligence or national security. For nearly two years, the White House has waged a program called "Insider Threat" that forces government employees to remain on the constant lookout for their colleagues' behavior and to report their suspicions.
DN | Eve Ensler on New Memoir & Confronting Gender Violence with Congolese Activist Christine Deschryver (06/25/13) [12:55]
Diane Rehms Show
Diane Rehm Widespread Protests In Brazil (06/25/13) [1hr]
TYT News
TYT | Obama's Youth Base Slipping Away From Him (06/24/13) [6:29]
*TYT | The Vulture Capitalists Plan to Smear Argentina (06/23/13) [6:14]
TYT | What Do You Like More - Congress or Root Canals? (06/23/13) [4:02]
*TYT | Michael Hastings and The War on Journalism (06/23/13) [4:51]
MSNBC | Chris Hayes - All In
Chris Hayes | Where in the world is Edward Snowden (06/24/13) [15:25]
Chris Hayes | Jon Stewart meets his Egyptian counterpart (06/24/13) [4:10]
*Drone Strikes 2004-2013 - Click to zoom

*Future NSA surveillance ??
1.8 gigapixel ARGUS-IS. World's highest resolution video surveillance platform by DARPA [4:41]
Shadow Banking
RT | "Shadow" Banking's Parasites! [2:30]
*Thom Hartmann |What Lurks in the Shadows of Wall Street? [6:15]
Max Keiser | about the Shadow banking System [2:42]
Shadow banking Simplified [9:06]
Other Videos and Documentaries I Ran Across
Continuity of Government
Presidential Emergency Facility Sites
Site Code NameOther NameLocation
CrownThe White HouseWashington, D.C.
CartwheelFort RenoWashington, D.C.
CrystalMt. WeatherBerryville, Virginia
CorkscrewLamb's KnollFrederick County, Maryland
CowpuncherMartinsburgRoundtop Summit, Virginia
CannonballCross MountainMercersburg, Pennsylvania
CactusCamp DavidThurmont, Maryland
CreedSite R (Raven Rock)Waynesboro, Pennsylvania
The Undisclosed Location Disclosed: Continuity of Government Sites as Recent Past Resources
"Back To The Bunker" by William M. Arkin, Sunday, June 4, 2006
Cold War Legacy - Nuclear Warfare - Cost to the US
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06.25.2013. 13:45

Monday June 24, 2013
News Articles

Today's NSA Brought to You By a Decade of Republican Fear-Mongering
HP | Bob Cesca | 06/21/13

On his show recently, while the NSA story was blazing its way through the tubes, Rush Limbaugh said, "So there is clearly -- somewhere, somehow, in some form or another -- a coup taking place, and there is an assault on privacy, and there are assaults on people because of their politics and their ideology. It is taking place; it's undeniable." ... Got to read the article to see/feel the hypocrisy ... Read more

On the Espionage Act charges against Edward Snowden
TheGuardian | Glenn Greenwald | 06/22/13

Who is actually bringing 'injury to America': those who are secretly building a massive surveillance system or those who inform citizens that it's being done?

Prior to Barack Obama's inauguration, there were a grand total of three prosecutions of leakers under the Espionage Act (including the prosecution of Dan Ellsberg by the Nixon DOJ). That's because the statute is so broad that even the US government has largely refrained from using it. But during the Obama presidency, there are now seven such prosecutions: more than double the number under all prior US presidents combined. How can anyone justify that? ... Read more

US warns Moscow not to let Edward Snowden escape Russia
TheGuardian | Spencer Ackerman | 06/24/13

Confusion surrounds Snowden's whereabouts as journalists report NSA whistleblower was not on plane bound for Havana

The Obama administration urged Russia not to allow the surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden to leave the country, as his attempted escape to South America descended into confusion and farce on Monday.   John Kerry, the US secretary of state, said it would be "deeply troubling" if China and Russia had failed to detain Snowden knowing he was a fugitive from American justice.   The White House insisted that the extradition paperwork it had submitted to Hong Kong, where Snowden had been holed up until Sunday, was in order and that he should not have been allowed to leave. Read more

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How Republicans stopped worrying and learned to love big government
WashingtonPost | Ezra Klein | 06/21/13

Here's what I don't understand: How can Republicans who think themselves skeptical of the federal government also believe it capable of predicting the path of the economy 30 years into the future while locking down the border and picking through all electronic communications?

Consider the budget projections of just the past few years. In 2001, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that the government would wipe out its debt in 2006 and be $2.3 trillion in the black by 2011. But after a recession, the Bush tax cuts, 9/11, two wars and the financial crisis, the reality was rather different: We were $10.1 trillion in the red. ... Read more
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*Decline and fall: how American society unravelled
TheGuardian | George Packer | 06/19/13

Thirty years ago, the old deal that held US society together started to unwind, with social cohesion sacrificed to greed. Was it an inevitable process -- or was it engineered by self-interested elites?

In or around 1978, America's character changed. For almost half a century, the United States had been a relatively egalitarian, secure, middle-class democracy, with structures in place that supported the aspirations of ordinary people. You might call it the period of the Roosevelt Republic. Wars, strikes, racial tensions and youth rebellion all roiled national life, but a basic deal among Americans still held, in belief if not always in fact: work hard, follow the rules, educate your children, and you will be rewarded, not just with a decent life and the prospect of a better one for your kids, but with recognition from society, a place at the table.

This unwritten contract came with a series of riders and clauses that left large numbers of Americans -- black people and other minorities, women, gay people -- out, or only halfway in. But the country had the tools to correct its own flaws, and it used them: healthy democratic institutions such as Congress, courts, churches, schools, news organisations, business-labour partnerships. The civil rights movement of the 1960s was a nonviolent mass uprising led by black southerners, but it drew essential support from all of these institutions, which recognised the moral and legal justice of its claims, or, at the very least, the need for social peace. The Roosevelt Republic had plenty of injustice, but it also had the power of self-correction.

Americans were no less greedy, ignorant, selfish and violent then than they are today, and no more generous, fair-minded and idealistic. But the institutions of American democracy, stronger than the excesses of individuals, were usually able to contain and channel them to more useful ends. Human nature does not change, but social structures can, and they did. ... Read more

DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, June 24 [14:05]
*DN | Where is Edward Snowden? Glenn Greenwald on Asylum Request, Espionage Charge; More Leaks to Come Part 1 (06/24/13) [13:17], Part 2 [12:29]
DN | WikiLeaks Attorney Praises Ecuador For Considering Snowden Asylum Request Despite U.S. Pressure (06/24/13) [16:50]
DN | A Debate With Journalist Chris Hedges & Law Scholar Geoffrey Stone on NSA and Edward Snowden (06/12/13) [27:59]
Greenwald Rips David Gregory For Wondering "If Other Journalists Should Be Charged With Felonies" (06/23/13) [1:15]
Meet the Press
Meet the Press [30:23]
*1.8 gigapixel ARGUS-IS. World's highest resolution video surveillance platform by DARPA [4:41]
Climate Change
Climate Change and Global Disasters () [4:11]
Flooding in Alberta takes lives (06/22/13) [1:20]
*Earth Days (2009 older but good) [1:51:09]
*TRNN | Fred Branfman: Former Gov't Officials Say Foreign Policy Making US Less Safe (06/24/13) [12:59]
Diane Rehms Show
Diane Rehm Diplomatic And Legal Twists In NSA Leaker Case (06/24/13) [1hr]
In this June 21, 2013 file photo, a banner supporting Edward Snowden, a former CIA employee who leaked top-secret documents about sweeping U.S. surveillance programs, is displayed at Central, Hong Kong's business district. The Hong Kong government says Snowden, wanted by the U.S. for revealing two highly classified surveillance programs, has left for a "third country." The South China Morning Post reported Sunday, June 23, 2013 that Snowden was on a plane for Moscow, but that Russia was not his final destination. Snowden has talked of seeking asylum in Iceland.
Continuity of Government
Peter Dale Scott 2010 "Continuity of Government" (2010) [58:25]
TRNN | Peter Dale Scott: "I do know for a certainty that there has been a cover-up of 9/11" Part 1 (09/10/10) [7:56]
TRNN | Peter Dale Scott: 9/11 and Continuity of Government Part 2 (09/11/10) [16:39]
*A Time-Lapse Map of Every Nuclear Explosion Since 1945 (hint 2053) - by Isao Hashimoto [14:25]
*Drone Signature Strikes - Brave New Foundation
*BraveNewFoundation | Signature Strike Investigationt (06/19/13) [13:05]
BraveNewFoundation | Robert Greenwald discusses Obama's drone policy on The Ed Showt (06/12/13) [3:25]
*Tavis Smiley | Jeremy Scahill: Dirty Wars (GOOD Interview) (05/14/13) [25:00]
TYT News
*TYT | Our Drone Strikes Terrorize and Kill the Innocent (06/21/13) [8:26]
"Jalal Manzar Khail was at home on March 17, 2011 as dozens of men from two bickering tribal groups met a couple miles away to settle a dispute.

All day long, American drones loomed in the sky above. "It's very normal," Khail said, speaking in Urdu through a translator with the United Kingdom legal charity Reprieve. "You see them during the day, you see them during the night -- they're always hovering."

Most Americans haven't been told the truth about signature strikes - the kind of deadly drone attacks that target almost indiscriminately. Our forces are responsible for killing innocents, then later claiming any adult male struck a "combattant." But that's not what we've been told by John Brennan and our military leaders. The Brave New Foundation sheds some stark perspective in a new documentary.
TYT | Gohmert: Food Stamp Users Are Fat, Not 'Starving' (06/21/13) [4:27]
*TYT | Bill O'Reilly Outrageously Defends Obama's Drone Strikes (06/21/13) [6:53]
"Bill O'Reilly and Kirsten Powers sparred about drones on Wednesday's "O'Reilly Factor," when the Fox News host said he wanted to know why "far-left loons" who oppose drones and Guantanamo are "so crazy."

"Only crazy people don't want drones, Bill?" Powers asked. O'Reilly asked how else, if not by using drones, people should "protect" themselves against terrorists."

Bill O'Reilly is no stranger to stubbornly standing by simple views not supported by actual facts. He got into a heated debate with Kirsten Powers, and by all accounts thought he'd won in supporting Obama's indiscriminate drone program.
TYT | 'Former Terrorist: Slams Obama For War Crimes (06/21/13) [6:47]
MSNBC | Chris Hayes - All In
Chris Hayes | Edward Snowden charged with espioage (06/21/13) [10:12]
Other Videos and Documentaries I Ran Across
Greg Hunter | NSA Spying, Rep. Jeff Duncan Tours DHS - Sees IRS agents Training with AR-15's and More (06/13/13) [8:27]
Continuity of Government
Peter Dale Scott 2010 "Continuity of Government" (2010) [58:25]
TRNN | Peter Dale Scott: "I do know for a certainty that there has been a cover-up of 9/11" Part 1 (09/10/10) [7:56]
TRNN | Peter Dale Scott: 9/11 and Continuity of Government Part 2 (09/11/10) [16:39]
America's Cold War Infrastructure
A Secret Landscape - America's Cold War Infrastructure (website)
More Up To Date Cold War Infrastructure
Camp David - Raven Rock Mountain Complex (website) (06/14/13)
About the Raven Rock Mountain Complex (website)
Dooms Day Plans
Americas Doomsday Plan | Continuity of Government [42:02]
Prophets of Doom [1:30:00]
After the Tribulation [1:53:11]
The Last Days on Earth [1:26:50]
Military Weapons
NatGeo | America's Secret Weapons (DARPA) [45:41]
World Ending Event
NatGeo | Evacuate Earth [1:29:59]
Toronto Hearings on 9/11 (2011)
Full Length
9/11 The Toronto Hearings - 2011 (Full Length) [5:14:33]
Individual Segments
9/11 - The Toronto Hearings - Day 1 [1:08:49]
9/11 - The Toronto Hearings - Day 2 [1:09:01]
9/11 - The Toronto Hearings - 09/11/11 - Peter Dale Scott [1:16:26]
9/11 - The Toronto Hearings - Day 4 [51:31]
there are many more segments
WashingtonPost | Shadow Government Is at Work in Secret (article) (03/01/02)
World War Z
World War Z - Audio Book
Max Brooks - World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War Part 1 [56:57], Part 2 [58:49], Part 3 [1:00:38], Part 4 [1:14:57], Part 5 [59:32], Part 6 [49:40]
Zombie Survival Guide - Audio Book
The Zombie Survival Guide audiobook Part 1 [1:11:33]
Part 2 [1:17:51], Part 3 [1:25:24], Part 4 [1:15:27], Part 5 [1:17:43], Part 6 [], Part 7 [54:19]
Interview with Max Brooks
Max Brooks discusses World War Z, the movie [4:55], Part 2 [27:12]
Max Brooks about writing, the movie based on his book, World War Z, and growing up as the son of Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft.
Other Movies
Final Days Of Planet Earth (2006) Daryl Hannah, Campbell Scott [2:51:57]

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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

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.
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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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