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Monday September 30, 2013
News Articles

A Slow-Motion Disaster: One Community's Fight To Save Itself From Climate Change
ThinkProgress.org | Kiley Kroh | 09/25/13

"We are here to ask for your help," said Paul Fraim, Mayor of Norfolk, Virginia. "It is a threat we can no longer ignore."   Fraim was speaking to a group of elected officials and emergency planners earlier this month. The focus of their discussion: the state's lack of action on climate change, particularly as it pertains to sea level rise.

Sea level rise is a slow-moving threat that presents a tremendous risk to some of the world's most heavily-populated regions. For Fraim and his fellow residents of the Tidewater area, sea level rise isn't a problem for the distant future -- it's impacting their everyday lives right now. ... Read more

BP Oil Spill Damaged Sea-Floor Life for Miles in Gulf of Mexico
wunderground.com | Janet McConnaughey | 09/26/13

The vast 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill damaged the tiny animals that live on the sea floor for about 57 square miles around the blown-out BP oil well, with severe damage in about nine square miles of that area, says a researcher from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.   Pollution and damage to animal life was severe nearly two miles from the wellhead and identifiable more than 10 miles away, Paul Montagna wrote in a report published Tuesday in the online journal PLOS One. ... Read more

Tracking the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf
NYTimes | author | 08/02/10 older
Interactive BP Oil Spill - Read more

Oil spill growing in the Gulf
USA Today | author | 05/19/10 older
Interactive BP Oil Spill - Read more

Nine Stories The Press Is Underreporting -- Fraud, Fraud And More Fraud
HP | Dan Froomkin | 10/20/10, updated 05/25/11

Bill Black articles, older but lots of facts!

... What we are seeing all around us are the continued effects of a vast criminal enterprise that has never been brought to account, employing a process that, as University of Texas economist James Galbraith explains, involved the equivalent of counterfeiting, laundering and fencing.

So the person with the right expertise to lead us here is a criminologist -- in particular William K. Black, one of the few effective regulators in recent history (during the savings and loan crisis of the late 1980s), a notorious knocker of heads and currently professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and author of the book, "The Best Way to Rob a Bank Is to Own One". ... Read more

HP | Bill Black: Foreclose on the Foreclosure Fraudsters, Part 1: Put Bank of America in Receivership (10/22/10) (article)
HP | Bill Black: Foreclose on the Foreclosure Fraudsters, Part 2: Spurious Arguments Against Holding the Fraudsters Accountable (10/24/10) (article)
Wealth Inequality - Click to zoom
Corporate Tax Rates - Click to zoom
DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, September 30 [11:24]
Max Keiser
The culture of Goldman Sachs explained by Max Keiser [5:05]
Face the Nation | Breshninki: interview on Iran [22:06]
MSNBC Dylan Ratigan
TRNN | Environmental expert Subhankar Banerjee breaks down the latest UN climate change report & Greenland ice melting six times faster than previous decades (09/27/13) [7:02]
TRNN | Deadly Mall Attack Linked to Kenya's Role in US-led Global War on Terror (09/26/13) [10:07]
Newsy | IPCC Climate Change Report Expresses Extreme Confidence In Human Cause Of Global Warming 09/27/13) [1:30]
ABC News
ABC News | Scientists: IPCC Report Should Serve as 'Wake-Up Call' (09/28/13) [2:24]
ABC News | Submarine Dive Finds Oil, Dead Sea Life at Bottom of Gulf of Mexico (12/03/10) [3:11]
Charley Rose
Diane Rehms Show
Diane Rehm The Rollout of Obamacare (09/30/13) [1hr]
Tax Rates
Jeff Thompson, Assistant Research Professor in Economics at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, explains that his study shows that while states need revenue, most tax wealthy at lower rates.
TRNN | Raising Taxes on Rich does not Slow Jobs Growth (09/27/13) [12:16], Part 2 [9:26], Part 3 [10:33]
MSNBC Chris Hayes - All In
MSNBC Rachel Maddow
Movie Reviews
Robert Reich | Inequality For All (trailer) (2013) [1:48]
Other Videos and Documentaries I Ran Across
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Climate Change
A Slow-Motion Disaster: One Community's Fight To Save Itself From Climate Change (09/25/13) [7:06]
OilPrice.com | Gulf of Mexico Oil Platform Still Leaking after 9 Years (article) (07/02/13)
The British Banking Conspiracy Part 1 - Lockerbie & Libya [21:51]
The British Banking Conspiracy Part 2 - America, Israel and The Federal Reserve [56:58]
The British Banking Conspiracy Part 3 - Lybia, Africa, China [1:23:29]

The Radiological Bomb Conspiracy [50:10]

Tribulation Part 1 - Financial and Food Crisis [1:09:49]
Movie Reviews
Robert Reich | Inequality For All (trailer) (2013) [1:48]
Robert Reich:

But this is Barack Obama, whose idea of negotiating is to give away half the house before he's even asked the other side for the bathroom sink.

Apparently Obama will propose that people earning more than $1 million a year pay at least the same tax rate as middle-class earners. That's aiming mighty low.

America's median income is about $50,000. The typical taxpayer at that level pays approximately 20 percent in taxes.

Granted, that's a higher rate than most of today's super rich pay because of countless deductions, credits, and loopholes -- including, especially, their ability to take their incomes in the form of capital gains, taxed at 15 percent. That's a big reason Buffett's hundreds of millions a year are taxed at just over 17 percent -- a lower rate than his secretary faces, as Buffett often says.

But a 20 percent rate is still ridiculously low compared to what millionaires and billionaires ought to be paying. Officially, income over $379,150 is supposed to be taxed at 35%.

And even 35 percent is a pittance compared to the first three decades after World War II. Before Ronald Reagan slashed taxes on the rich in 1981, the highest marginal tax rate was over 70 percent. Under Dwight Eisenhower it was 91 percent. Even if you include deductions and credits, the rich are now paying a far lower share of their incomes in taxes than at any time since World War II.

09.30.2013. 09:02

Friday September 27, 2013
News Articles

"A Scam Of Unmatchable Balls And Cruelty" - Matt Taibbi On Wall Street's "Triple-Fucking Of Ordinary People"
ZeroHedge | author | 09/27/13

"This is the third act in an improbable triple-fucking of ordinary people that Wall Street is seeking to pull off as a shocker epilogue to the crisis era. Five years ago this fall, an epidemic of fraud and thievery in the financial-services industry triggered the collapse of our economy. The resultant loss of tax revenue plunged states everywhere into spiraling fiscal crises, and local governments suffered huge losses in their retirement portfolios -- remember, these public pension funds were some of the most frequently targeted suckers upon whom Wall Street dumped its fraud-riddled mortgage-backed securities in the pre-crash years.... It's a scam of almost unmatchable balls and cruelty, accomplished with the aid of some singularly spineless politicians. And it hasn't happened overnight. This has been in the works for decades, and the fighting has been dirty all the way." ... Read more
Matt Taibbi's article "Looting the Pension Funds"

Shutdown Would Shave U.S. Growth as Much as 1.4 Percentage Points in Q4
Bloomberg | Jeanna Smialek | 09/27/13

A shutdown of the U.S. government would reduce fourth-quarter economic growth by as much as 1.4 percentage points depending on its length, economists say, as government workers from park rangers to telephone receptionists are furloughed.

Mark Zandi of Moody's Analytics Inc. estimates a three-to-four week shutdown would cut growth by 1.4 points. Zandi projects a 2.5 percent annualized pace of fourth-quarter growth without a shutdown. A two-week shutdown starting Oct. 1 could cut growth by 0.3 percentage point to a 2.3 percent rate, according to St. Louis-based Macroeconomic Advisers LLC. ... Read more

Soros Adviser Turned Lawmaker Sees Crisis by 2020: Japan Credit
Bloomberg | Mariko Ishikawa | 09/27/13

Takeshi Fujimaki, a former adviser to billionaire George Soros and now a member of Japan's upper house of parliament, said a fiscal crisis in Asia's second-biggest economy is inevitable and neither a higher sales tax nor the 2020 Olympics will be able to stop it.

"I decided to become a politician because I think financial crisis will come sooner or later," Fujimaki said in a Sept. 24 interview in Tokyo. "This total debt will continue to increase. I don't think Japan can survive until 2020." Read more

Wealth Inequality - Click to zoom
Wealth Inequality, visualization
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Anxiety Disorders
DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, September 27 [16:07] *DN | Matt Taibbi on How Wall Street Hedge Funds Are Looting the Pension Funds of Public Workers (09/26/13) [7:05]
*DN | Decoding Obamacare: A Guide to New Healthcare Marketplaces Designed to Help 48 Million Uninsured (09/27/13) [13:10], Part 2 [13:40]
DN | Narcoland: Journalist Braves Death Threats to Reveal Ties Between Mexican Government & Drug Cartels (09/27/13) [13:14]
CNN | Pfeiffer: White House is not 'negotiating with people (GOP) with a bomb strapped to their chest'. [1:36]
*Bernie Sanders in a Fiery Speech: Do Not Cut Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid [8:11]
*TRNN | Climate scientists were muzzled from speaking to the press, causing an 80 percent decrease in the coverage of environmental stories (09/27/13) [6:55]
TRNN | Ajamu Baraka: The term American exceptionalism is a pass for the US to bypass international law and continue with its global ambitions (09/27/13) [8:07]
Diane Rehms Show
Diane Rehm Domestic News - Friday (09/27/13) [1hr]
International News - Friday (09/27/13) [1hr]
MSNBC Chris Hayes - All In
MSNBC Rachel Maddow
Selling of our Democracy
America For Sale: Outsourcing of America (09/26/13) [2:29]
Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart | Texas Senator Ted Cruz casts himself as Churchill to Obama's Chamberlain in the great fight against Hitler's healthcare exchanges (09/25/13) [6:21], Part 2 [5:53]

09.27.2013. 12:50

Thursday September 26, 2013
News Articles

Looting the Pension Funds of Public Workers
Rolling Stone | Matt Taibbi | 09/26/13

In the final months of 2011, almost two years before the city of Detroit would shock America by declaring bankruptcy in the face of what it claimed were insurmountable pension costs, the state of Rhode Island took bold action to avert what it called its own looming pension crisis. Led by its newly elected treasurer, Gina Raimondo – an ostentatiously ambitious 42-year-old Rhodes scholar and former venture capitalist – the state declared war on public pensions, ramming through an ingenious new law slashing benefits of state employees with a speed and ferocity seldom before seen by any local government.

Called the Rhode Island Retirement Security Act of 2011, her plan would later be hailed as the most comprehensive pension reform ever implemented. The rap was so convincing at first that the overwhelmed local burghers of her little petri-dish state didn't even know how to react. "She's Yale, Harvard, Oxford – she worked on Wall Street," says Paul Doughty, the current president of the Providence firefighters union. "Nobody wanted to be the first to raise his hand and admit he didn't know what the fuck she was talking about." ... Read more

Obamacare: The Most Polarizing Legislation In The History Of Congress?
ZeroHedge | author | 09/26/13

While everyone knows that there is a profound ideological schism when it comes to those for and against the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, what may not be appreciated is that Obamacare was, and still is, the most contentious and polarizing legislation in the history of Congress. At least, it is according to JPMorgan. ... Read more
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Bank Of England Experiencing Technical Difficulties
ZeroHedge | author | 09/26/13

When markets break, nobody cares: after all central banks are there to protect everyone and remove all risk. But... what happens when a central bank fail? Just relesed by the BOE: News Release – Statement from the Bank of England

The Bank has been experiencing some technical IT problems today. There is no impact on critical payment and settlement services. Alternative procedures are in place where necessary. The Bank is acting to resolve these problems as soon as possible. Read more

5 Enemies of Diplomacy Hell-Bent On Sabotaging Peace Between America and Iran
AlterNet | Alex Kane | 09/25/13

Will the new Iranian president's diplomatic opening survive the onslaught from detractors like Israel, Saudi Arabia and members of the U.S. Congress?

The new Iranian leader’s diplomatic moves have brought hope to those searching for an end to hostility between Iran and the U.S. In the days leading up to the annual gathering of world leaders in New York, Iranian president Hassan Rouhani proclaimed to NBC News that Iran would not seek nuclear weapons under any circumstances and penned a Washington Post op-ed in which he declared, “I’m committed to fulfilling my promises to my people, including my pledge to engage in constructive interaction with the world.” ... Read more

DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, September 26 [15:08]
*DN | Matt Taibbi on How Wall Street Hedge Funds Are Looting the Pension Funds of Public Workers (09/26/13) [7:05]
*DN | As IPCC Warns of Climate Disaster, Will Scientific Consensus Spark Action on Global Warming? (09/26/13) [23:04]
DN | Protest or Piracy? Greenpeace Activists Remain Jailed in Russia After Boarding Arctic Oil Rig (09/26/13) [11:08]
Bernie Sanders | Crossfire on Obamacare (09/24/13) [23:47]
Ongoing Financial Crisis
Meltdown - The men who crashed the world
This is old, but after viewing it again it seems so relevant.
*Meltdown - The Secret History of the Global Financial Collapse [42:31], Part 2 [ 44:55], Part 3 [45:00], Part 4 [44:59]
All Wars Are Bankers' Wars (02/04/13) [43:34]
Four Horseman of the Banking Cartel. They rule the World [51:05]
This is old, and I don't normally post PressTV (from Iran), but this is a good summary from a lot of different sources.
*TRNN : Federal Contractors Employ More Low-Wage Workers Than Walmart and McDonald's Combined, While Paying Top Execs. $24 billion (09/26/13) [4:50]
One of the Commenters: I love it when the Republicans say privitizing is cheaper. It appears to me that only one person reaps the bonus while the majority of the workers suffer. I say go back to having them as government workers. I would rather see 100 people making good money rather than only one person making the big bucks. Those 100 will spend it, that one will hid it in his offshore accounts.
TRNN : Author Saru Jayaraman exposes exploitative restaurant industry Minimum wage for tipped workers has been kept at $2.13 for 21 years (09/26/13) [12:57]
MSNBC The Ed Show
The Ed Show | The Republican Reality (09/25/13) [3:21]
MSNBC Chris Hayes - All In
MSNBC Rachel Maddow
Other Videos and Documentaries I Ran Across
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Meltdown - The men who crashed the world
Meltdown - The Secret History of the Global Financial Collapse [42:31], Part 2 [ 44:55], Part 3 [45:00], Part 4 [44:59]
The first of a four-part investigation into a world of greed and recklessness that led to financial collapse.

In the first episode of Meltdown, we hear about four men who brought down the global economy: a billionaire mortgage-seller who fooled millions; a high-rolling banker with a fatal weakness; a ferocious Wall Street predator; and the power behind the throne.

The crash of September 2008 brought the largest bankruptcies in world history, pushing more than 30 million people into unemployment and bringing many countries to the edge of insolvency. Wall Street turned back the clock to 1929.   But how did it all go so wrong?

Lack of government regulation; easy lending in the US housing market meant anyone could qualify for a home loan with no government regulations in place.

Also, London was competing with New York as the banking capital of the world. Gordon Brown, the British finance minister at the time, introduced 'light touch regulation' - giving bankers a free hand in the marketplace.

More 9/11 Stuff
9-11 Ripple Effect (full) [1:36:16]
911 and War by Deception (April 2013) [2:15:13]
911 [1:18:04]
911 In Plane Site (Directors Cut) [1:12:12]

CorbettReport | Who Was Really Behind the 9/11 Attacks? (09/06/13) [1:00:42]
9/11 Conspiracy Solved: Names, Connections, & Details Exposed! (10/31/12) [43:29]
Bonnie Faulkner Guns & Butter | Kevin Ryan author of "Another 19" Investigating Legitimate 9/11 suspects (08/21/13) [1:44:45]
Another 19 by Kevin Ryan (Amazon website)

9/11: The Biggest Lie (updated 05/27/13) [1:12:12]

CNN 09/11/2001 Live Unedited CNN News Coverage Of WTC Attacks From 8:50am To 11:30am 911 [2:43:28]
NBC News Coverage of the September 11, 2001, Terrorist Attacks [1:36:55], Part 2 [1:31:36]

09.26.2013. 12:53

Wednesday September 25, 2013
News Articles

Truthdigger of the Week: Greg Palast
TruthDigger | Alexander Reed Kelly | 09/22/13

... Summers is undeniably right. More direction from the man whose performance in Clinton's Treasury department helped create the 2008 economic crisis and the ongoing horrors that followed runs directly against the interests of all Americans, including those in the ruling and owning class. But I and many others were looking forward to a hearing to confirm Summers. Why? Because as the Indian news service Niti Central may have been the first to point out, Summers could have been asked to publicly explain the meaning of a secret 1997 Treasury memo (viewable here) reminding him to pick up a phone and reassure the most powerful CEOs in the world that plans to tear apart laws protecting the economies of 156 nations from predatory bankers were going ahead as scheduled. ... Read more

Larry Summers and the 'End-Game' Memo
The year was 1997. US Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin was pushing hard to de-regulate banks. That required, first, repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act to dismantle the barrier between commercial banks and investment banks. It was like replacing bank vaults with roulette wheels.

Second, the banks wanted the right to play a new high-risk game: "derivatives trading." JP Morgan alone would soon carry $88 trillion of these pseudo-securities on its books as "assets."

AIG CEO Compares Anger At Wall Street Bonuses To The Lynching Of Black People In The South
ZeroHedge | Michael Krieger | 09/24/13

The uproar over bonuses was intended to stir public anger, to get everybody out there with their pitch forks and their hangman nooses, and all that--sort of like what we did in the Deep South. And I think it was just as bad and just as wrong.

- AIG CEO Robert Benmosche in a Wall Street Journal Interview this past weekend
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Over 360,000 Gun Deaths Since 9/11 -- From the Outside It Looks Like America Is a Country Gripped by Civil War
AlterNet | Henry Porter | 09/24/13

... The annual toll from firearms in the US is running at 32,000 deaths and climbing, even though the general crime rate is on a downward path (it is 40% lower than in 1980). If this perennial slaughter doesn't qualify for intercession by the UN and all relevant NGOs, it is hard to know what does. ...

... That's America, we say, as news of the latest massacre breaks -- last week it was the slaughter of 12 people by Aaron Alexis at Washington DC's navy yard -- and move on. But what if we no longer thought of this as just a problem for America and, instead, viewed it as an international humanitarian crisis -- a quasi civil war, if you like, that calls for outside intervention? As citizens of the world, perhaps we should demand an end to the unimaginable suffering of victims and their families -- the maiming and killing of children -- just as America does in every new civil conflict around the globe. ... Read more

The government is watching you

  1. 91% of adults in the U.S. have cell phones, most of which are smartphones.
  2. In 2011, the government made 1.3 million requests for subscriber phone data.
  3. The FISA court has rejected just 11 out of 33,900 government applications for surveillance.
  4. Email
  5. The government can access your email with either a warrant or subpoena depending on how old messages are.
  6. Google granted about 90% of government requests for user data in 2012.
  7. Microsoft granted about 65% of government requests.
  8. Internet
  9. Government agencies can gain access to online behavior through warrants, subpoena, court order.
  10. Even a deleted Facebook account remains in backup logs for up to 90 days.
  11. Most search engines use cookies to keep user data for 180 days.
  12. IRS
  13. Total number of individual tax returns for fiscal year 2012: 146 million.
  14. Total number examined or audited: 1.5 million (1%).
  15. Credit Cards
  16. In 2009, there were 21.6 billion credit card transactions.
  17. The government can monitor when and where a credit card was used and how much was charged.
  18. Cameras
  19. 30 million surveillance cameras are watching Americans.
  20. There are 4,000 cameras in part of Lower Manhattan alone.
  21. Cameras on toll roads and at intersections record car data that can be shared with insurance companies.
  22. Drones
  23. The FAA expects 30,000 drones to patrol U.S. skies within 20 years.
  24. 81 agencies have been approved to use drones in the U.S.
  25. The FBI has acknowledged that the bureau used aerial drones for surveillance in the United States.
  26. Travel
  27. 742,713 people traveled by plane in the U.S. during 2012.
  28. TSA shares information with 6 airlines to make expedited pre-screening of passengers available.
  29. The TSA keeps information on frequent travelers for up to two years as part of the Known Travelers list.

The Shadow Commander
NewYorker | Dexter Filkins | 09/30/13

Qassem Suleimani is the Iranian operative who has been reshaping the Middle East. Now he's directing Assad's war in Syria.

Last February, some of Iran's most influential leaders gathered at the Amir al-Momenin Mosque, in northeast Tehran, inside a gated community reserved for officers of the Revolutionary Guard. They had come to pay their last respects to a fallen comrade. Hassan Shateri, a veteran of Iran's covert wars throughout the Middle East and South Asia, was a senior commander in a powerful, élite branch of the Revolutionary Guard called the Quds Force. The force is the sharp instrument of Iranian foreign policy, roughly analogous to a combined C.I.A. and Special Forces; its name comes from the Persian word for Jerusalem, which its fighters have promised to liberate. Since 1979, its goal has been to subvert Iran's enemies and extend the country's influence across the Middle East. Shateri had spent much of his career abroad, first in Afghanistan and then in Iraq, where the Quds Force helped Shiite militias kill American soldiers. ... Read more

DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, September 25 [14:25]
DN | Obama and Rouhani Welcome New Talks, Offering Hope to US, Iranians relations (09/25/13) [18:51]
*DN | Jeremy Scahill: Al-Shabab's Nairobi Mall Rampage Tied to "Disastrous" U.S. Meddling in Somalia (09/25/13) [17:04]
Disaster Capitalism
*Author Lewis Says Wall Street Is `Making America Worse' (03/16/10) [42:18]
Michael Lewis, author of "Liars' Poker," talks with Bloomberg's Erik Schatzker about the subprime mortgage crisis and his new book "The Big Short." The book is a chronicle of four sets of players in the subprime mortgage market who had the foresight and gumption to short the riskiest mortgage deals: Steve Eisman of FrontPoint, Greg Lippmann at Deutsche Bank, three partners at Cornwall Capital, and Michael Burry of Scion Capital. (Source Bloomberg)
The Iron Triangle - The Carlyle Group Exposed (2009) [46:43]
Guess who George H W Bush was meeting with the morning of 9/11 in Washington? The Carlyle Group and Osama bin Laden's brother.
*The Biggest Bank Heist Ever! (shorter version of Charles Ferguson's "Inside Job") [49:43]
The award winning documentary 'Inside Job' [2011 | US] by the veteran crusader, Charles Ferguson is the most insightful and illuminating amongst a number of such attempts that deal with the global financial crisis, which is wrecking lives and economies across the world to this day.

The reason is that it successfully challenges the myths and lies surrounding the root causes of the crisis and tells us exactly how and why it happened, in a simple and straightforward way that anyone can understand.
Inside Job (full movie) [1:48:39]
TRNN News | Islamophobia in America
TRNN | Simran Jeet Singh: Columbia Professor Latest Sikh Hate Crime Victim (09/24/13) [11:54]
Diane Rehms Show
Diane Rehm The US And Iran At The UN (09/25/13) [1hr]
MSNBC Chris Hayes - All In
*Chris Hayes | Ted Cruz: Munich on the Potomac: Cruz's 'filibuster' (09/24/13) [14:26]
Chris Hayes | The US, Iran, and a historic opportunity (09/24/13) [7:09]
*Chris Hayes | Climate denial 2.0 (09/24/13) [8:04], Part 2 [4:37]
MSNBC Rachel Maddow
Rachel Maddow | Cruz a spectacle with faux filibuster (09/24/13) [18:07]
Rachel Maddow | Common sense UN gun treaty not liked by the NRA (09/24/13) [4:44]
*Rachel Maddow | Leaker, Navy Yard gunman cleared by same firm (09/24/13) [14:51]
So who is the REAL terrorist??
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Other Videos and Documentaries I Ran Across
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09.25.2013. 12:30

Tuesday September 24, 2013
News Articles

Majority of Americans say banks, large corporations benefitted most from U.S. economic policies
Pew Reasearch Center | Bruce Drake | 09/20/13

The public sees clear winners and losers as a result of the government's economic policies following the recession that began in 2008.

In the public's view, the beneficiaries of these policies are large banks and financial institutions, large corporations and wealthy people, according to a survey conducted earlier this month. Sizable majorities say government policies have helped all three at least a fair amount -- 69% say that about large banks and financial institutions, 67% large corporations and 59% wealthy people. ... Read more

The Five Craziest Arguments At Wednesday's Climate Hearing
ThinkProgress.org | Ryan Koronowski | 09/19/13

On Wednesday, EPA administrator Gina McCarthy and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz testified before a subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee about the impact of President Obama's Climate Action Plan. The Republican side of the dais argued against doing anything about carbon pollution, but they also spent much of their time focused on inaccuracies and misconceptions about climate change.

McCarthy and Moniz, central to the president's climate plan, did their best to explain it to the assembled members. Ranking member Henry Waxman (D-CA) said this was the "first time in a long time that this committee is holding a hearing on climate change" and instead of addressing the urgency of action, GOP members wasted time complaining about how many cabinet-level officials showed up, for example. ...

  1. Humans Are So Small And The World's So Big
  2. The Earth Isn't Warming
  3. Coal Can't Be Clean, So Let's Burn More
  4. They Received A 'Red Badge of Courage'
  5. 'Is Anything You Are Doing Any Good?'
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Climate Change Devastating Ocean Fisherman: 'Sometimes We'll Catch 5,000 Pounds Of Jellyfish'
ThinkProgress.org | Katie Valentine | 09/24/13

For many U.S. fisherman, there's no debate about climate change. It's here, and already majorly impacting their industries.

In New Jersey, Rutgers scientists have documented for 24 years how climate change is affecting the state's oceans through weekly fish surveys. The researchers are finding fewer and fewer northern species and more and more southern species -- fish like the Atlantic croaker, which historically have rarely ventured into the cool waters surrounding New Jersey. Mackerel and clams, which were once common, are now moving north, forcing fisherman to reevaluate what they fish for.   "As far as fishermen are concerned, climate change is here. ... Read more

Extreme Energy Extraction Roadtrip -- The Scary Ways We're Ruining the Country to Get Fossil Fuels
AlterNet | Tara Lohan | 09/11/13

The view from a Cessna reveals some dirty secrets. Flying at 2,000 feet above the forests of Appalachia I can see what the steep, tree-fringed roads fail to show: unnatural flat tops, seams of coal exposed like black-topped runways, impoundments of foul water perched above homes and schools. A naked honesty is revealed. This is what we have done, what we continue to do. We deface the mountains, denature ecosystems.

This is probably not news to you. Appalachia has long been one of the centers of American energy extraction, a place whose history is almost synonymous with coal. Since the 1830s the region has shoveled 35 billion tons of coal into the furnace of our economy. This is often called "cheap" energy and, at $100/megawatt-hour, it is -- as long as you don't look too closely. ... Read more

DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, September 24 [11:23]
DN | Ecuador Takes on Chevron, Global Indifference in Controversial Fights to Protect Rainforest (09/24/13) [10:18], Part 2 [6:34]
*DN | Corroding Our Democracy: Canada Silences Scientists, Targets Environmentalists in Tar Sands Push (09/24/13) [14:48]
Tar Sands is a messy job
TRNN : Bill Black: Wall Street's Latest Scheme Will Cost You More at the Gas Pump (09/24/13) [4:27]
*TRNN : Bill Black: In contrast to workers and homeowners, banks fully recover from the financial crisis (09/15/13) [5:44], Part 2 [7:11]
Diane Rehms Show
Diane Rehm Al-Qaida In Africa And Implications For Security At Home (09/24/13) [1hr]
MSNBC Chris Hayes - All In
MSNBC Rachel Maddow
Other Videos and Documentaries I Ran Across
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As I construct My News Pages I constantly run across a lot of NEW videos, and since I find YouTube frustrating trying to re-find videos, I save the links in this section so I can find them again.

09.24.2013. 10:28

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

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

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

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

Kuznick Interviews

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

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

The Vietnam War

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

China Valley of Tunnels

A report written by a Georgetown University team led by Phillip Karber conducted a three-year study to map out 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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