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Monday March 31, 2014
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Donald Rumsfeld: Up Close and Creepy
MotherJones | David Corn | 03/27/14

Not too long into Errol Morris' new documentary on Donald Rumsfeld, The Unknown Known, the viewer learns almost all he or she needs to know about the former defense secretary who helped President George W. Bush lead the nation into war in Iraq. After a short recap of the initial US military action in Afghanistan following the horrific September 11 attacks, Morris notes that a "confusion" set in, with many Americans believing Saddam Hussein, the Iraqi dictator, was involved in 9/11. Morris puts this to Rumsfeld during the Q&A that makes up the spine of the film. Rumsfeld, in his familiar know-it-all way, dismisses the premise: "I don't think the American people were confused about that." Morris, who is not on screen, counters by citing a 2003 poll showing that 69 percent of Americans said it was "likely" that Saddam Hussein was personally involved in the assault. Rumsfeld responds, "I don't remember anyone in the Bush administration saying anything like that, nor do I recall anyone believing that."

Really? Rumsfeld is not acknowledging a known known. Within hours of the Al Qaeda attack, according to now-public memos, Rumsfeld was asking if Saddam Hussein could be hit in response, and for weeks afterward, Paul Wolfowitz, the deputy secretary of defense, repeatedly said during administration meetings that the Iraqi leader might have been behind the 9/11 plot. ... Read more

Why the US Turned Vladimir Putin into a Villain
AlterNet | Tariq Ali | 03/30/14

Once again, it seems that Russia and the United States are finding it difficult to agree on how to deal with their respective ambitions. This clash of interests is highlighted by the Ukrainian crisis. The provocation in this particular instance, as the leaked recording of a US diplomat, Victoria Nuland, saying "Fuck the EU" suggests, came from Washington.

Several decades ago, at the height of the cold war, George Kennan, a leading American foreign policy strategist invited to give the Reith Lectures, informed his audience: "There is, let me assure you, nothing in nature more egocentric than embattled democracy. It soon becomes the victim of its own propaganda. It then tends to attach to its own cause an absolute value which distorts its own vision … Its enemy becomes the embodiment of all evil. Its own side is the centre of all virtue."

And so it continues. Washington knows that Ukraine has always been a delicate issue for Moscow. The ultra-nationalists who fought with the Third Reich during the second world war killed 30,000 Russian soldiers and communists. They were still conducting a covert war with CIA backing as late as 1951. Pavel Sudoplatov, a Soviet intelligence chief, wrote in 1994: "The origins of the cold war are closely interwoven with western support for nationalist unrest in the Baltic areas and western Ukraine." ... Read more

DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, March 31 [12:10]
DN | Exclusive: Egyptian Activist Alaa Abdel Fattah on Prison, Regime's "War on a Whole Generation" (03/31/14) [15:37], Part 2 [15:37]
TRNN News
TRNN | Though President Obama attempts to justify Iraq's invasion, Iraqi civilians and Iraq war veterans share their stories on the lasting environmental, social, and health effects of the U.S. occupation still being felt today (03/28/14) [8:54]
Diane Rehms Show
Diane Rehm Jeremy Rifkin: "The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet Of Things, The Collaborative Commons, And The Eclipse Of Capitalism" (03/31/14) [1hr]
Economist Jeremy Rifkin argues capitalism is waning worldwide. How advances in technology and communications are creating a new economic system based on the sharing of goods and services.
One of the Commenters: I Personally am looking forward... ... to the imminent future in which ubiquitous balloons, drones, satellites, and the myriad of other connectivity technologies will tap wirelessly, directly, and seamlessly into our brains, enabling us to overpopulate the planet, living in our own filth, completely unaware of our physical reality; for by then we will all live completely in virtual reality, like the Borg Entity of Star Trek fame -- presuming of course that we do not first microwave our brains, our bodies, and our atmosphere into microwavable dishes for the fishes and for any plants and animals and other creatures that may somehow survive to feed on us. Myself?
Climate Change
BBC | Earth: The Climate Wars (Ep01) () [58:59]
BBC | Earth: The Climate Wars (Ep02) () [59:01]
BBC | Earth: The Climate Wars (Ep03) () [58:49]
Gwynne Dyer on Climate Wars (2008) [56:14]
Author, journalist and historian, Gwynne Dyer, delivers a lecture based on his book Climate Wars.
Other Videos and Documentaries I Ran Across
Note: I don't endorse any of the videos in this section.
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Webster Tarpley
*Webster G Tarpley: The Next Decade (02/12/12) [1:01:44]
Webster G Tarpley: 9/11 Synthetic Terror - Made in USA (04/14/12) [1:05:46]
Webster G Tarpley: The Elite's Plan for Global Extermination (06/04/11) [55:09]
Max Keiser
Max Keiser: No Planet for Young People (E581) (12:50) (03/29/14) [25:45]
Max interviews Telegraph journalist, Liam Halligan, about the cost of Russian sanctions to European and American corporations; the lobbying war between the Defense Lobby and the Retail Lobby. The switch from the War on Terror to the New Cold War. Note: starts at 12:50. Click the progressbar about 50% of the way across.
Banksters are in Trouble
Max Keiser: "20 Bankers Have Been Recently Found Dead" (02/20/14) [4:48]
Gerald Celente: Banker Suicides the Prequel to Global Collapse (03/03/14) [22:26]
Steve Quayle: The Banksters Are In Serious Trouble (The Guerrilla Economist) (02/18/14) [33:31]
Other Trends
China Says U.S. Economy Is Fake And Nothing Backs The Dollar (02/17/14) [37:19]
UK home ownership is at a record low. Best Buy, Wells Fargo are laying off more employees. The housing market is plummeting and Wells Fargo along with JPM are laying off mortgage employees. China stood up to the US and said the US economy is fake, the dollar is backed by nothing and the US has no manufacturing to support its economy. According to Edward Snowden trolls do exist and the government pays them to place comments on alternative media sites on the internet. Crimea is discussing to separate from the Ukraine. John Kerry wants a discussion between the US and Russia on Ukraine's future. DHS is now warning that Boston Bombing might be the sign of the future for terrorist attacks.

03.31.2014. 19:48

Friday March 28, 2014
News Articles

Bernie Sanders: Citizens United Is Creating An 'Oligarchic Form Of Society'
HP | Natasha Bach | 03/27/14

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) spoke out against the rise of the wealthy in United States politics from the Senate floor Thursday, saying the rise of the billionaire class leads to a discussion of "whether or not this nation is going to become an oligarchic form of society."

"We have a nation in which the economics and politics are controlled by a handful of billionaire families, [where] it doesn't matter what party is in power because the real power rests with a billionaire class," he said. "Unless we act boldly to reverse that trend, we're seeing this country moving in exactly that direction."

The Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling, Sanders argued, "allows the super wealthy to spend as much as they want on elections," meaning that the "billionaire party is now in fact the major political force in this country ... led by people like the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson." ... Read more
Sen. Bernie Sanders: Citizens United Is Creating An 'Oligarchic Form Of Society' (short version) (03/28/14) [1:45]

Robert Reich: Billionaires are Poisoning American Democracy
AlterNet | Robert Reich | 03/27/14

Charles and David Koch should not be blamed for having more wealth than the bottom 40 percent of Americans put together. Nor should they be condemned for their petrochemical empire. As far as I know, they've played by the rules and obeyed the laws. They're also entitled to their own right-wing political views. It's a free country

But in using their vast wealth to change those rules and laws in order to fit their political views, the Koch brothers are undermining our democracy. That's a betrayal of the most precious thing Americans share. ... Read more

*Watch the US Drop 2.5 Million Tons of Bombs on Laos
MotherJones | H.H. Bhojani | 03/26/14

Between 1964 and 1973, the United States dropped around 2.5 million tons of bombs on Laos. While the American public was focused on the war in neighboring Vietnam, the US military was waging a devastating covert campaign to cut off North Vietnamese supply lines through the small Southeast Asian country.

The nearly 600,000 bombing runs delivered a staggering amount of explosives: The equivalent of a planeload of bombs every eight minutes for nine years, or a ton of bombs for every person in the country--more than what American planes unloaded on Germany and Japan combined during World War II. Laos remains, per capita, the most heavily bombed country on earth. .. Read more
Watch the US Drop 2.5 Million Tons of Bombs on Laos

The map above, created by photographer Jerry Redfern, provides another view of the massive scale of the bombing. Each point on the map corresponds to one US bombing mission starting in October 1965; multiple planes often flew on missions.
Secret War in Laos
DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, March 28 [12:58]
*DN | A Debate on Torture: Legal Architect of CIA Secret Prisons, Rendition vs. Human Rights Attorney (03/28/14) [9:34], Part 2 [24:24], Part 3 [9:41]
US is an Oligarchy not a Democracy
Sen. Bernie Sanders: Citizens United Is Creating An 'Oligarchic Form Of Society' (full version) (03/28/14) [22:11]
Bill Moyers | How the Cradle of Labor Turned Into a Right-to-Work State (2014) [1:58]
TRNN News
TRNN | Though President Obama attempts to justify Iraq's invasion, Iraqi civilians and Iraq war veterans share their stories on the lasting environmental, social, and health effects of the U.S. occupation still being felt today (03/28/14) [8:54]
Diane Rehms Show
Diane Rehm Domestic News - Friday (03/28/14) [1hr]
International News - Friday (03/28/14) [1hr]
TYT News
TYT | Factory Farms Threatened... By The Press - 'Ag Gag' Rules Exposed (03/27/14) [5:18]
TYT | Obama: Don't Compare Ukraine Invasion To Iraq (03/27/14) [5:44]
*TYT | Why Is This MSNBC Host Kissing Ass? (03/27/14) [10:49]
TYT | NSA Spying On Former Presidents? (03/27/14) [6:48]
TYT | 8-Year-Old Girl Disappoints God, Told To Be More Feminine (03/27/14) [4:16]
"The family of an eight-year-old girl in Lynchburg, Va. has withdrawn her from a Christian school after administrators told her she wasn't feminine enough.

Sunnie Kahle enjoys what are traditionally considered "boy hobbies" as well as "girl hobbies", reports CBS affiliate WDBJ. She collects coins, hunting knives and baseballs along with stuffed animals and colorful bracelets."
TYT | Fox News Attacks Obama With March Madness (03/27/14) [3:56]
Thom Hartmann
Thom Hartmann | Did the Banksters write a Foreclosure Fraud How to? (03/28/14) [9:17]
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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 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.

03.28.2014. 13:27

Thursday March 27, 2014
News Articles

GOP States Are The Most Dependent On Government
HP | Benjamin Hallman | 03/26/14

If we learned nothing else during the 2012 election, it is that some of us are makers, hard-working folk solely responsible for America's prosperity, and others are takers, who want the federal government to pay for luxuries like food and health care.

What may come as some surprise is where these two warring tribes tend to live. The states with elected officials most likely to espouse anti-taker sentiments -- i.e., Republican-dominated states -- are the most dependent on federal spending, while returning the least to Washington in the way of tax dollars. ... Read more

Bank Of America To Pay $9 Billion To Settle Mortgage Securities Suit
AP & HP | author | 03/27/14

Bank of America will spend $9.33 billion to resolve a dispute over mortgage securities with the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the regulator that oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Bank of America said that it will make cash payments of roughly $6.3 billion and also purchase securities from Fannie and Freddie worth more than $3 billion. It is one of several banks to settle with the FHFA, which announced the agreement Wednesday.

Fannie and Freddie don't directly make loans to borrowers. They buy mortgages from lenders, package them as bonds, guarantee them against default and sell them to investors. That helps make loans available and gives Fannie and Freddie a huge role in the housing market. They own or guarantee about half of all U.S. mortgages. ... Read more

*Watch the US Drop 2.5 Million Tons of Bombs on Laos
MotherJones | H.H. Bhojani | 03/26/14

Between 1964 and 1973, the United States dropped around 2.5 million tons of bombs on Laos. While the American public was focused on the war in neighboring Vietnam, the US military was waging a devastating covert campaign to cut off North Vietnamese supply lines through the small Southeast Asian country.

The nearly 600,000 bombing runs delivered a staggering amount of explosives: The equivalent of a planeload of bombs every eight minutes for nine years, or a ton of bombs for every person in the country--more than what American planes unloaded on Germany and Japan combined during World War II. Laos remains, per capita, the most heavily bombed country on earth. .. Read more
Watch the US Drop 2.5 Million Tons of Bombs on Laos

The map above, created by photographer Jerry Redfern, provides another view of the massive scale of the bombing. Each point on the map corresponds to one US bombing mission starting in October 1965; multiple planes often flew on missions.

Russia To Create Own National Payment System In "Bid To Reduce Dependence On The West"
ZeroHedge | author | 03/27/14

The more the West attempts to "isolate" Russia and pushes it away from its "core values" and of course the US Dollar, the more Russia will seek the safety of a non-dollar based system. We have previously described how Putin has been scrambling to enmesh Russia in tight bilateral commodity-based trade with both China and India, and now it is Russia's turn to announce it would seek its own "national payment settlement system" following last week's surprising and unmandated service halts by both Visa and MasterCard, which as Vladimir Putin said earlier today, will be a "bid to reduce economic dependence on the West." ... Read more



DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, March 27 [10:37]
*DN | The Unknown Known: Errol Morris' New Doc Tackles Unrepentant Iraq War Architect Donald Rumsfeld (03/27/14) [9:35], Part 2 [3:37]
TRNN News
TRNN | Juan Parras: Oil Spill Threatens Wildlife and Local Economy (03/27/14) [5:25]
More News
Walmart Owners Make $91 Million a Day But Can't Afford to Pay Workers 25 Thousand a Year?! (03/27/14) [2:58]
Walmart Costs U.S. 1 Billion in Foodstamps for Workers Not to Starve to Death (06/19/13) [1:52]
Ring of Fire
*Ring of Fire | Pap and Seder: Where to Find a Missing $2 Trillion (03/24/14) [8:05]
Ring of Fire's Mike Papantonio and Sam Seder discuss an article from Bloomberg News that reports how 307 companies now hold a combined $1.95 trillion off-shore.
Thom Hartmann
Exxon Valdez disaster...25 years later (03/26/14) [7:19]
Hope Dies Last: Thom Hartmann says its time for mankind to envision a world without carbon-based energy. (03/26/14) [6:19]
Shouldn't There be a Separation of Corporations and Religion? (03/26/14) [8:50]
Diane Rehms Show
Diane Rehm Western Powers Weigh Responses To Russia's Next Moves (03/27/14) [1hr]
MSNBC Chris Hayes - All In
Chris Hayes | The unending war on Obamacar (01/26/14) [14:49]
Chris Hayes | Koch-backed group in small town, USA (01/26/14) [3:39]
Chris Hayes | Deconstructing a 'race hustler' (01/26/14) [9:41]
Chris Hayes | Handicapping the 2014 elections' (01/26/14) [5:47]
MSNBC Rachel Maddow
Rachel Maddow | Mudslide tragedy prompts review of past studie (03/26/14) [17:13]
Jon Stewart - Daily Show
Jon Stewart | Jesus Christ Superstore (03/26/14) [2:22]

03.27.2014. 12:44

Wednesday March 26, 2014
News Articles

Qaeda Militants Seek Syria Base, U.S. Officials Say
NYTimes | Eric Schmitt | 03/25/14

Dozens of seasoned militant fighters, including some midlevel planners, have traveled to Syria from Pakistan in recent months in what American intelligence and counterterrorism officials fear is an effort to lay the foundation for future strikes against Europe and the United States.

"We are concerned about the use of Syrian territory by the Al Qaeda organization to recruit individuals and develop the capability to be able not just to carry out attacks inside of Syria, but also to use Syria as a launching pad," John O. Brennan, the C.I.A. director, told a House panel recently. ... Read more

Another Financial Crisis Is Looming--Here's Why and How It Will Play Out
Bloomberg & AlterNet | Bob Ivry | 03/26/14

So are we on the precipice of another financial crisis, and what will it look like? To be sure, danger still lurks in the mortgage market. The latest get-rich-quick scheme, with private equity firms buying up foreclosed properties and renting them out, then selling bonds backed by the rental revenue streams (which look suspiciously like the bonds backed by mortgage payments that were a proximate cause of the last crisis), has the potential to blow up. And continued shenanigans with mortgage documents could lead to major headaches. A new court case against Wells Fargo uncovered a bombshell, a step-by-step manual telling attorneys how they can fake foreclosure papers on demand; the fallout could throw into question the true ownership of millions of homes. Even subprime mortgages are in the midst of a comeback, because what could go wrong? ...

... That's not to say that Wall Street firms have been choir boys. The risk is merely harder to see, and you can't just look at the banks. In fact, banks have reduced their stake in many normal banking activities, leaving things like small business lending to the shadow banking system. This is the broad term given to hedge funds, private equity firms and the labyrinthine deals they initiate to move money around. These less-regulated entities have increased their overall portfolios 60 percent over the past five years, bingeing on subprime loans to businesses that could not otherwise access traditional credit. Nontraditional leveraged loans, issued to companies that end up with large amounts of debt, have fewer protections for lenders and carry much more risk. ... Read more

The Vampire Squid Strikes Again: The Mega Banks' Most Devious Scam Yet
RollingStone | Matt Taibbi | 02/12/14

Call it the loophole that destroyed the world. It's 1999, the tail end of the Clinton years. While the rest of America obsesses over Monica Lewinsky, Columbine and Mark McGwire's biceps, Congress is feverishly crafting what could yet prove to be one of the most transformative laws in the history of our economy -- a law that would make possible a broader concentration of financial and industrial power than we've seen in more than a century. But the crazy thing is, nobody at the time quite knew it. Most observers on the Hill thought the Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999 -- also known as the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act -- was just the latest and boldest in a long line of deregulatory handouts to Wall Street that had begun in the Reagan years. ...

... Wall Street had spent much of that era arguing that America's banks needed to become bigger and badder, in order to compete globally with the German and Japanese-style financial giants, which were supposedly about to swallow up all the world's banking business. So through legislative lackeys like red-faced Republican deregulatory enthusiast Phil Gramm, bank lobbyists were pushing a new law designed to wipe out 60-plus years of bedrock financial regulation. ...

... All of this was big enough news in itself. But it would take half a generation -- till now, basically -- to understand the most explosive part of the bill, which additionally legalized new forms of monopoly, allowing banks to merge with heavy industry. A tiny provision in the bill also permitted commercial banks to delve into any activity that is "complementary to a financial activity and does not pose a substantial risk to the safety or soundness of depository institutions or the financial system generally." ... Read more

The Bigger Dog Whistle Bogeyman: Liberal Government
Salon & Bill Moyers | Ian Haney López | 03/24/14

While attention focuses on Paul Ryan's remarks about inner city culture, another dog-whistle theme continues its slow roil: food stamp abuse. More even than Ryan's twisting narrative, the brouhaha around food stamps helps make clear that conservatives seek to conjure a much bigger bogeyman than "lazy" minorities.

Ostensibly worried that too many people prefer welfare to work, House Republicans this January stripped $8.6 billion from the food stamp program. This threatened to reduce monthly food assistance by an average of $90 per family -- from households that are barely hanging on, with average gross monthly incomes of just $744. Yet far from conceding defeat, states are joining battle by adjusting their programs in ways that evade the cuts, bringing the food stamp debate back.

Just last week, House Speaker John Boehner warned that "states have found ways to cheat, once again, on signing up people for food stamps," and he implored his colleagues "to stop this cheating and this fraud from continuing." Cheating and fraud constitute stock themes in the conservative assault on food stamps -- tropes applied indiscriminately to both recipients and government. And therein lies a clue to the real target. ... Read more

DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, March 26 [14:08]
*DN | Obama to Visit Saudi Arabia, Key Source of Funding for Growing Jihadi Militarism in Middle East (03/26/14) [17:19]
Despite Saudi Arabia's funding and arming of militants in Syria, Iraq and beyond, President Obama is set to visit the kingdom this week to meet with King Abdullah. It's the only Middle Eastern or Gulf nation on Obama's overseas itinerary. Many analysts say the conflict in Syria has grown into a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Saudi Arabia's links to jihadist groups go back decades. Fifteen of the 19 Sept. 11 hijackers were Saudi. The 9/11 Commission report identified Saudi Arabia as the main source of al-Qaeda financing. And in 2010, WikiLeaks published U.S. diplomatic cables which identified Saudi Arabia as the world's largest source of funds for Islamist militant groups. Members of Congress and human rights organizations have also been calling on Obama to address the kingdom's treatment of women, religious minorities and political activists. We are joined by Patrick Cockburn, Middle East correspondent for the Independent. Cockburn wrote the Independent's recent five-part series examining the resurgence of jihadists across the Middle East, "Al-Qa'ida's second act -- Why the global 'war on terror' went wrong."
DN | The Right to Heal: 11 Years After Iraq Invasion, U.S. Urged on Reparations for War's Enduring Wounds (03/26/14) [8:13]
Eleven years ago this month, the U.S. invaded Iraq. Today, a group of Iraq civilians and U.S. veterans of the war are coming together in Washington to demand the U.S. government be held accountable for the lasting effects of war at home and abroad. We are joined by two members of "The Right to Heal" coalition: Joyce Wagner, co-director of Iraq Veterans Against the War, who served two tours in Iraq; and Yanar Mohammed, President of the Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq. She recently gathered thousands of signatures in Baghdad to request a hearing before the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights -- a request that was denied.
TRNN News
*TRNN | Larry Wilkerson: What's Driving Putin & Obama's Posturing on Ukraine? (03/26/14) [7:03]
*TRNN | Dmytri Kleiner: Obama's Proposal To End NSA Bulk Data Collection Won't Protect Privacy Because Corporations Still Retain Data (03/26/14) [6:02]
TRNN | Pando Daily Senior Editor Mark Ames describe: How Google, Apple & the Biggest Tech Companies Colluded to Fix Wages (03/26/14) [9:34]
*Ring of Fire
*Papantonio: Tax Wall Street to Save The Economy (03/25/14) [5:44]
Countries in the European Union are working on implementing a financial transaction tax that would charge a fraction of a cent for every stock trade. Here in the United States, the push for a financial transaction tax has been met with harsh opposition, but the benefits far outweigh the cost.
*Papantonio: The Wall Street Secret Society (02/21/14) [8:51]
Ring of Fire's Mike Papantonio and progressive radio host David Pakman discuss the story of a New York Magazine reporter that crashed a 'Kappa Beta Phi' meeting of Wall Street tycoons.
*Papantonio: The Horrifying New Wall Street Scam (08/14/13) [12:20]
Wall Street bankers have a new scam, where they drive up the price of consumer goods, and rake in billions in additional profits for greedy bankers. Investigative journalist David Dayen joins Ring of Fire host Mike Papantonio to explain how this scam works, and why nobody is doing anything to stop it.
*Papantonio: Dumbing Down America For Political Gain (01/28/14) [10:20]
There's no question that Americans as a whole are getting dumber. And now we're beginning to see that the dumbing down of the population is becoming a huge benefit for the Republican Party.
*Papantonio: The Shadow Government That Runs Washington (03/06/14) [12:12]
As Americans gear up for another round of midterm elections this year, there's another, secret group in Washington that isn't up for re-election, and they are the ones calling the shots. Ring of Fire's Mike Papantonio discusses this shadow government with Mike Lofgren, author of the book The Party is Over.
*Papantonio: The GOP Fear Machine (03/06/14) [10:50]
Mike Papantonio fills in for Thom Hartmann on The Big Picture to discuss the GOP's fear machine with progressive radio host David Pakman.
Cool Ideas
A Disposable Coffee Cup Has Inspired An Indispensable Idea (current) [2:25]
Diane Rehms Show
Diane Rehm President Jimmy Carter: "A Call To Action" (03/26/14) [1hr]
MSNBC Chris Hayes - All In
MSNBC Rachel Maddow Show
Jon Stewart - Daily News
Jon Stewart | A couple of weeks ago, Jon Stewart set the social media world on fire when he created #McConnelling, where you take a recent Mitch McConnell campaign ad featuring the Senate minority leader and add some new music to it. (03/25/14) [3:43]

03.26.2014. 14:57

Tuesday March 25, 2014
News Articles

What's The Primary Cause of Wealth Inequality? Financialization
ZeroHedge | author | 03/24/14

What is the primary driver of this era's widening wealth inequality? Thomas Piketty's new book Capital in the Twenty-First Century provides an answer: financialization. Financialization is the mass commodification of debt and debt-based financial instruments collaterized by previously low-risk assets, a pyramiding of risk and speculative gains that is only possible in a massive expansion of low-cost credit and leverage.

... When the profits from financializing collateral and leveraging those bets to the hilt far exceed generating wealth by creating products and services, the economy is soon hollowed out as the perverse incentives of financialization start driving every business decision and strategy. ... Read more

Monster Storm Expected to Miss Most Major Eastern Cities
Bloomberg | Brian K. Sullivan | 03/25/14

One to 2 inches (2.5 to 5 centimeters) of snow may fall starting today from Philadelphia to New York, with eastern Long Island, Boston and coastal Massachusetts getting more, the National Weather Service said. A blizzard watch was posted for Cape Cod and the Massachusetts Islands. Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia may get more than 10 inches, Environment Canada said in a special weather statement. ...

... A warning for hurricane-force wind has been issued in the Atlantic off Massachusetts and Maine, the weather service said. Mariners could encounter waves as much as 37 feet high. .... Read more

Who Controls the Kochs’ Political Network? ASMI, SLAH and TOHE
ProPublica & Bill Moyer | Kim Barker | 03/19/14

Libertarian billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch were among the first to grasp the political potential of social welfare groups and trade associations -- nonprofits that can spend money to influence elections but don’t have to name their donors. The Kochs and their allies have built up a complex network of such organizations, which spent more than $383 million in the run-up to the 2012 election alone.

Documents released in recent months show the Kochs have added wrinkles to their network that even experts well versed in tax law and campaign finance say they’ve never seen before -- wrinkles that could make it harder to discern who controls each nonprofit in the web and how it disperses its money. ... Read more

Koch Brothers: Using Wealth Against 'Free' Elections to Turn Democracy into Fascism
cps-news.com | author | 03/00/14

Tom Perkins, a very wealthy venture capitalist, proposed the following: "You pay a million dollars in taxes, you get a million votes"; suggesting, in essences, that only the wealthy should elect our officials. What Perkins isn't saying is that's basically already happening --- his alternative simply allows the rich to keep the money they're currently using to buy elections. And nobody buys elections better than David and Charles Koch.

During the 2012 elections, the Koch's pledged $200 million to get the 'black Democrat' voted out of office. Because of current laws - mainly Citizens United vs. the FEC - no one really knows how much they actually spent. However, we do know that political networks linked to the Koch's spent more on the 2012 election ($407 million) than all the candidates spent on the entire 2000 Presidential Election. ... Read more

DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, March 24 [13:09]
TRNN News
*TRNN | George Irvin: Has Anglo-America Capitalism Run Out of Strategies? (03/25/14) [9:42]
TRNN | University of Southern Maine student Meagan LaSala and professor Rachel Bouvier explain how cuts disproportionately target faculty and will trigger a decline in quality public eduction (03/25/14) [6:59]
Climate Change News
Bloomberg | Monster Storm Expected to Miss Most Major Eastern Cities (03/25/14) [4:04]
AP | Huge Flood Insurance Premiums Hitting Americans (03/25/14) [1:42]
Diane Rehms Show
Diane Rehm The Global Rise In Drug-Resistant Strains Of Tuberculosis (03/25/14) [1hr]
*Kock Brothers - Kochtopus Network

How Dark Money Flows Through the Koch Network
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Interactive: "How Dark Money Flows Through the Koch Network" at ProPublica website

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ABC News | Koch Brothers Flout Law Getting Richer With Secret Iran Sales () [2:40]
Bloomberg | Koch Brothers Flout Law Getting Richer With Secret Iran Sales.pdf
Jon Stewart - Daily News
Jon Stewart | America Stands Its Ground (03/24/14) [5:05]
Jon Stewart | Arianna Huffington (03/24/14) [6:27]

03.25.2014. 12:02

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