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Thursday October 24, 2013
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Every Yemen Drone Strike Creates 40 To 60 New Enemies, Former U.S. Official Says
HP | Matt Sledge | 10/23/13

A former State Department official in Yemen says every U.S. drone killing there of an al Qaeda operative creates 40 to 60 new enemies of America.

In an article for the Cairo Review posted Wednesday, Nabeel Khoury, the deputy chief of mission in Yemen from 2004 to 2007, writes, "Drone strikes take out a few bad guys to be sure, but they also kill a large number of innocent civilians. Given Yemen's tribal structure, the U.S. generates roughly forty to sixty new enemies for every AQAP [al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula] operative killed by drones." ... Read more

Secret memos reveal explicit nature of U.S., Pakistan agreement on drones
Washington Post |Greg Miller | 10/24/13

Despite repeatedly denouncing the CIA's drone campaign, top officials in Pakistan's government have for years secretly endorsed the program and routinely received classified briefings on strikes and casualty counts, according to top-secret CIA documents and Pakistani diplomatic memos obtained by The Washington Post.

The files describe dozens of drone attacks in Pakistan's tribal region and include maps as well as before-and-after aerial photos of targeted compounds over a four-year stretch from late 2007 to late 2011 in which the campaign intensified dramatically. ... Read more
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Sales drop, but defense contractors cut costs to keep profits high
Washington Post | Marjorie Censer | 10/23/13

General Dynamics and Northrop Grumman, two of the country's largest defense contractors, reported improved profits in the most recent quarter on Wednesday, despite sales declines that they attributed to slowing government spending.

Still, executives at the large weapons makers expressed concern about the recent government shutdown and automatic spending cuts known as sequestration, warning that they expect a tougher 2014. ... Read more

John Perkins | Confessions of an Economic Hitman
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Thom Hartmann
Thom Hartmann | What Madness Lurks Inside the Tea Party Brain? (10/17/13) [8:03]
Thom Hartmann | Congressman Peter DeFazio: Why Not a Flat Tax for Social Security? (10/23/13) [9:03]
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DN | René González, Lone Cuban 5 Member Freed From U.S. Prison, Speaks Out From Havana (10/24/13) [18:19]
*DN | The Military Industrial Pundits: Conflicts of Interest Exposed for TV Guests Who Urged Syrian War (10/18/13) [10:25]
*TRNN | Bill Black: Justice Department Misrepresents JP Morgan Settlement (10/23/13) [7:47]
TRNN | Jesse Lava's, runs Brave New Foundation's Beyond Bars campaign, Corporations Reap Billions from Mass Incarceration (10/24/13) [6:40], Part 2 [8:05]
TRNN | Robert Pollin (PERI): Austerity in Europe reduces the value of the Euro which helps German exporters (10/24/13) [9:21]
Jon Stewart
After looking at the news for 10/23/13-10/24/13, Jon Stewart Daily Show was the most interesting. A sad comment on todays media.
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Diane Rehm The Latest Research And Treatment Options For Parkinson's Disease (10/24/13) [1hr]
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10.24.2013. 11:54

Wednesday October 23, 2013
News Articles

Swiss Initiative Would Give $2,800 a Month to Everyone--No Strings Attached
Bloomberg | Peter Coy | 10/18/13

A movement to give every person an "unconditional basic income"--no work required--is gathering speed in Europe. In its biggest victory to date, earlier this month supporters in Switzerland garnered more than 100,000 signatures on a petition and managed to get an initiative onto the national ballot. ... Read more

Ex-SEC chief now helps companies navigate post-meltdown reforms
publicintegrity.org | Lauren Kyger | 09/12/13

On March 11, 2008, Christopher Cox, former chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, said he was comfortable with the amount of capital that Bear Stearns and the other publicly traded Wall Street investment banks had on hand.

Days later, Bear was gone, becoming the first investment bank to disappear in 2008 under the watch of Cox's SEC. By the end of the year, all five banks supervised by the SEC were either bankrupt, bought or converted to bank holding companies.

Cox took his Washington expertise to the private sector, helping banks and other companies navigate the new regulatory landscape that the crisis spawned. Other former top regulators -- like Hank Paulson, Timothy Geithner and Sheila Bair -- have written books based on their experience and joined the lecture circuit. ... Read more

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Jon Stewart | Extreme Takeover: Tea Party Edition - The Tea Party vs. Karl Rove (10/22/13) [5:55]
Stephan Colbert
Stephen Cobert | End of the Government Shutdown (10/21/13) [3:58]

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DN | "How Do You Justify Killing a Grandmother?" Amnesty Says U.S. Drone Strikes May Be War Crimes (10/23/13) [30:03]
DN | "Prisoners of Profit": Despite Widespread Juvenile Abuse, Private Juvenile Jail Firm Expands Empire (10/23/13) [3:57]
*DN | "Cash for Kids": Firms Behind Juvenile Prison Bribes Reach $2.5 Million Settlement in Civil Suit (10/23/13) [7:39]
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TRNN | Arjun Makhijani is a nuclear and electrical engineer: Radioactive Rainwater Overwhelms Fukishima Nuclear Plant (10/22/13) [6:39]
TRNN | Global Economist, Yilmaz Akyuz: Federal Reserve in Uncharted Territory (10/21/13) [9:40]
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Diane Rehm *New Reports Allege US Drone Strikes Violate International Law (10/23/13) [1hr]
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Rachel Maddow | Maddow exposes GOP's ex-fugitive 'expert' (10/22/13) [18:04]
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10.23.2013. 12:51

Tuesday October 22, 2013
News Articles

Prisoners Of Profit
HP | Chris Kirkham | 10/22/13

From a glance at his background, one might assume that James F. Slattery would have a difficult time convincing any state in America to entrust him with the supervision of its lawbreaking youth.

Over the past quarter century, Slattery's for-profit prison enterprises have run afoul of the Justice Department and authorities in New York, Florida, Maryland, Nevada and Texas for alleged offenses ranging from condoning abuse of inmates to plying politicians with undisclosed gifts while seeking to secure state contracts.

In 2001, an 18-year-old committed to a Texas boot camp operated by one of Slattery's previous companies, Correctional Services Corp., came down with pneumonia and pleaded to see a doctor as he struggled to breathe. Guards accused the teen of faking it and forced him to do pushups in his own vomit, according to Texas law enforcement reports. After nine days of medical neglect, he died. ... Read more

China Is Now The World's Largest Importer Of Oil - What Next?
ZeroHedge | author | 10/21/13

Last month the world witnessed a paradigm shift: China surpassed the United States as the world's largest consumer of foreign oil, importing 6.3 million barrels per day compared to the United States' 6.24 million. This trend is likely to continue and this gap is likely to grow, according to the EIA's October short-term energy outlook.

... Derek Scissors wrote last week that this shift might usher in a world where oil is priced in RMB as opposed to solely in USD. This transition could only occur, however, if the RMB was made fully convertible and Beijing steps back from its current policy of exchange rate manipulation. Earlier this year, HSBC predicted that the RMB would be fully convertible by 2017, a reality that is surely hastened by its position as the single largest purchaser of foreign oil. A fully convertible RMB would be a "key step in pushing it as a reserve currency and enhancing its use in global trade, said Sacha Tihanyi, a strategist at Scotia Capital. ... Read more

Wall Street Profit May Drop 37% Bitten by Laws, Congress
Bloomberg|Freeman Klopott | 10/22/13

Wall Street's profit may fall 37 percent this year, hurt during the second half by rising interest rates, legal costs and budget turmoil in Washington, New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said. ... Read more

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*TRNN | Prof. Peter Kuznik: Does American Might Prevent Global Chaos? Part 4 (10/20/13) [15:45]
More Oliver Stone's Untold History of the United States & Interviews
TRNN | Garifuna communities: Honduras' Banana Coast: Ripe for Development? (10/21/13) [6:33]
Diane Rehms Show
Diane Rehm Fixing HealthCare.gov (10/22/13) [1hr]
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Jon Stewart
*Jon Stewart | Alan Greenspan: "The Map and the Territory" shares insights into human nature he learned while on Wall Street (10/21/13) [6:47], Part 2 [7:07]
Jon Stewart | Alan Greenspan: "The Map and the Territory" shares insights into human nature he learned while on Wall Street (10/21/13) [6:47], Part 2 [7:07], Part 3 [2:27]
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Stephen Cobert | End of the Government Shutdown (10/21/13) [3:58]

10.22.2013. 10:53

Monday October 21, 2013
News Articles

When a C.I.A. Director Had Scores of Affairs
NYTimes | Stephen Kinzer | 11/10/12

WALKING through the lobby of the Central Intelligence Agency headquarters in Langley, Va., after handing in his resignation on Friday, David H. Petraeus passed a bas-relief sculpture of Allen Dulles, who led the agency in the 1950s and early '60s. Below it is the motto, "His Monument Is Around Us."

But private life for a C.I.A. director today is apparently quite different from what it was in the Dulles era. Mr. Petraeus resigned after admitting to a single affair; Allen Dulles had, as his sister, Eleanor, wrote later, "at least a hundred." ... Read more

NSA France: U.S. Conducted Large-Scale Spying On French Citizens: Report
HP | Lori Hinnant | 10/21/13

The U.S. National Security Agency swept up 70.3 million French telephone records in a 30-day period, according to a newspaper report that offered new details of the massive scope of a surveillance operation that has angered some of the country's closest allies. The French government on Monday summoned the U.S. ambassador for an explanation. ... Read more

PMorgan in tentative $13 billion deal with U.S. Justice Department
Reuter | Aruna Viswanatha | 10/19/13

The tentative deal does not release the bank from criminal liability for some of the mortgages it packaged into bonds and sold to investors, a factor that had been a major sticking point in the discussions, the source said.

... The deal is being hammered out by some of the most senior officials at the Department of Justice and the largest U.S. bank. Attorney General Eric Holder and JPMorgan Chief Executive Jamie Dimon spoke on the phone on Friday night to finalize the broad outlines of the broad deal, the first source said. ... Read more

JPMorgan Chase's $13 Billion Fine Pales Next To Profits From Crisis Deals
HP | Mark Gongloff | 10/21/13

If JPMorgan Chase is a scapegoat, it is an extremely well-paid scapegoat: The crisis-era mergers that are costing the bank a small fortune in fines probably have racked up an even bigger fortune in profits.

Many on Wall Street, including the Wall Street Journal editorial page, are in a fit of rage over the news that JPMorgan has struck a tentative deal to pay $13 billion to settle federal charges that it sold bad mortgage securities to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac ahead of the crisis.

The source of the rage is the fact that most of these securities were sold by Bear Stearns and Washington Mutual, two banks that JPMorgan bought in 2008 to help calm the financial crisis. ... Read more

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10.21.2013. 10:51

Friday October 18, 2013
News Articles

China May Own UK's Nuclear Stations
TruthDig | Paul Brown | 10/18/13

The Chinese are to help finance and build a new generation of nuclear power stations in the United Kingdom, helping out the French giant EDF which can no longer afford the £14 billion cost of the first station on its own.

The agreement, announced in China by George Osborne, the British Chancellor of the Exchequer [Finance Minister] at the end of a visit, is bound to be controversial. Initially the Chinese will take only about a 30% interest in this first station, but in future reactor building programmes they will be allowed to own a majority stake. ... Read more

Canada Spy Agency CSEC Uses "OLYMPIA" Program to Infiltrate Brazil Energy Ministry
LeakSource | author | 10/07/13

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Canada, as well as the US, infiltrated and spied on the Brazilian Energy Ministry, a new leak by Edward Snowden has revealed. The leaked documents show how the data gleaned through espionage was shared with international spy network the 'Five Eyes.'

Newly-released documents handed over to Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald by former CIA employee Edward Snowden describe in detail how Canadian intelligence infiltrated Brazil's Energy and Mines Ministry. ... Read more

America Is Not a Christian Nation and Never Has Been: Why Is the Right Obsessed With Pushing a Revisionist History?
AlterNet | Amanda Marcotte | 10/16/13

It's common to hear conservatives say things like Paul Ryan did during the campaign: "Our rights come from nature and God, not from government." Liberals shrug most of the time when they hear such rhetoric. It sounds like an empty platitude, much like praising the troops or waving the flag, that makes audiences feel good but doesn't actually have any real-world importance. What liberals don't understand, however, is that what sounds like an empty platitude actually signifies an elaborate, paranoid theory on the right about sneaky liberals trying to destroy America, a theory that is being used to justify all manner of incursions against religious freedom and separation of church and state.

The Christian right theory goes something like this: Once upon a time, a bunch of deeply religious Christian men revolted against the king of England and started a new nation with a Constitution based on the Bible. Being deeply religious fundamentalist Christians, they intended for their new society to reflect Christian values and the idea that rights come from God. But then a bunch of evil liberals with a secularist agenda decided to deny that our country is a Christian nation. Insisting that rights come from the government/the social contract/rational thinking, these secularists set out to dismantle our Christian nation and replace it with an unholy secularist democracy with atheists running amok and women getting abortions and gays getting married and civilization collapse. For some reason, the theory always ends with civilization collapse. The moral of the story is that we better get right with God and agree that he totally gave us our rights before the world ends. Insert dramatic music here. ... Read more

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DN | The Military Industrial Pundits: Conflicts of Interest Exposed for TV Guests Who Urged Syrian War (10/18/13) [10:25]
New research shows many so-called experts who appeared on television making the case for U.S. strikes on Syria had undisclosed ties to military contractors. A new report by the Public Accountability Initiative identifies 22 commentators with industry ties. While they appeared on television or were quoted as experts 111 times, their links to military firms were disclosed only 13 of those times.
DN | Super-Sizing Welfare Costs: Low Wages at McDonald's, Burger King Cost Taxpayers Billions (10/18/13) [10:38]
New research shows more than half of low-wage workers at fast-food restaurants rely on public assistance to survive -- a rate double that of the overall workforce. According to researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, low wages in the fast-food industry cost American taxpayers nearly $7 billion every year -- that's more than the entire annual budget of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A companion report by the National Employment Law Project found McDonald's alone costs Americans $1.2 billion annually by paying its workers insufficient wages. Last year the top 10 largest fast-food companies alone made more than $7.4 billion in profits.
CBC News | Glenn Greenwald: U.S, U.K. and Canada Part of Massive Global Spying Program Which Has Nothing to do With National Security or Terrorism (10/17/13) [7:10]
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10.18.2013. 13:25

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