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Friday September 28, 2012
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Here Is The White House Spin On Today's Disappointing Economic Data
ZeroHedge | Author | 09/27/12

A massive 13% collapse in durable goods, the biggest since January 2009; a $20 billion miss to annualized Q2 GDP estimates, and well below the lowest estimate, 60+ weeks of constant upward BLS revisions to initial claims "data" and not to mention assorted atrocious economic (note: not to be confused with market - the two are now completely unlinked) data from around the globe. And what does the White House say: the data shows that the "US is making progress." We sure wouldn't want to know what it would look like if after 3 episodes of easing, trillions injected into the economy via the Fed, and of course $6 trillion in extra debt the US was not making progress. Oh and yes, everything else is Bush's fault. ... Read more

ALEC: The Scheme to Remake America, One State House at a Time
HuffingtonPost | Bill Moyers | 09/26/12

This week, we report on the most influential corporate-funded political force most Americans have never heard of -- ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council. A national consortium of state politicians and powerful corporations, ALEC presents itself as a "nonpartisan public-private partnership". But behind that mantra lies a vast network of corporate lobbying and political action aimed to increase corporate profits at public expense without public knowledge. ... Read more

Comment: "Now Matt, say what you really mean"

This Presidential Race Should Never Have Been This Close
RollingStone| Matt Taibbi | 09/25/12

... All of these points of view have merit, I guess, but to me they're mostly irrelevant. The mere fact that Mitt Romney is even within striking distance of winning this election is an incredible testament to two things: a) the rank incompetence of the Democratic Party, which would have this and every other election for the next half century sewn up if they were a little less money-hungry and tried just a little harder to represent their ostensible constituents, and b) the power of our propaganda machine, which has conditioned all of us to accept the idea that the American population, ideologically speaking, is naturally split down the middle, whereas the real fault lines are a lot closer to the 99-1 ratio the Occupy movement has been talking about since last year.

Think about it. Four years ago, we had an economic crash that wiped out somewhere between a quarter to 40% of the world's wealth, depending on whom you believe. The crash was caused by an utterly disgusting and irresponsible class of Wall Street paper-pushers who loaded the world up with deadly leverage in pursuit of their own bonuses, then ran screaming to the government for a handout (and got it) the instant it all went south. ... Read more

Comment: This is an old article. I knew about what happened in Jefferson County before, but just re-read the article again by Matt Taibbi.

Looting Main Street
RollingStone| Matt Taibbi | 03/31/10

... What happened here in Jefferson County would turn out to be the perfect metaphor for the peculiar alchemy of modern oligarchical capitalism: A mob of corrupt local officials and morally absent financiers got together to build a giant device that converted human shit into billions of dollars of profit for Wall Street -- and misery for people like Lisa Pack. ... Read more

Israel Tells the White House What to Do on Iran; Palestinians See Last Chance for Two-State Solution
HuffingtonPost | Evelyn Leopold | 09/28/12

In a polished presentation, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu drew a "red line" on a primitive diagram of a bomb -- arguing that Iran by next spring or early summer would be close to producing a nuclear weapon.   No doubt Netanyahu's drawing will go viral on the Internet but at least one Israeli columnist believes his aim was to reach a war-weary American public by simplifying a complex subject of centrifuges and enriched uranium. A photo of him drawing a red line on his sketch of a bomb is a sure front-pager. ... Read more

Investment Banking Fee Income Falls To Financial Crisis Levels On Europe Woes
Reuters | Author | 09/27/12

Global investment banking fees in the third quarter fell to their lowest since early 2009, according to data from Thomson Reuters and Freeman Consulting, as the euro zone debt crisis continued to unsettle markets and disrupt deal activity. ... Read more

DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! National and Global News Headlines for Friday, September 28 [16:17]
"The United States of ALEC"
DN | The United States of ALEC: Bill Moyers on the Corporate-Legislative Body Writing Our Laws, Part 1 (09/28/12) [11:39], Part 2 [11:39]
Diane Rehms Show
Diane Rehm Domestic News - Friday 09/28/12
International News - Friday 09/28/12
Yet Another War?
Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu Draw The Red Line For Iran [2:57]
Meet the Press | Israeli PM Netanyahu Calls on U.S. Voters to Make Iran an Election Issue [13:52]
Full Speech | 'Nuclear Iran same as nuclear-armed al-Qaeda': Netanyahu [31:52]
TRNN | Bill Black: London and Wall St. in a dangerous competition to create a more unregulated environment for finance (09/28/12) [8:46]
TRNN | Chris Hedges: Judges to Review Constitutionality of NDAA Military Detention Legislation (09/28/12) [11:33]
Monsanto. Are GMO Foods Safe??
Comment: How can we let a Corporation, such as Monsanto, have such a strangle hold over the earth??
*TYT | Is Monsanto GMO Evil? (09/22/12) [9:39]
*The GMO Threat (06/16/11) [59:49]
David vs. Monsanto () [1:05:43]
Imagine that a storm blows across your garden and that now, without your knowledge and without your consent, foreign and genetically-manipulated seeds are in your vegetable patch which you have nourished and maintained for many years. A few days later, representatives of a multi-national corporate group pay you a visit at home, demand that you surrender your vegetables - and simultaneously file a criminal complaint against you, resulting in a fine of 20.000,00 euros for the illegal use of patented and genetically-manipulated seeds. What's more: The court finds for the corporate group! Yet you fight back...

This short story is no utopia rather, around the world, the bitter truth. It is also the true experience of the family of Percy und Louise Schmeiser in Canada, also winners of the Alternative Nobel Prize, who meanwhile have been fighting the chemicals and seed manufacturer Monsanto since 1996. Nowadays, nearly three-fourths of genetically-manipulated plants harvested worldwide originate from Monsanto labs. Monsanto is a U.S.-based corporate group which calls dismal inventions such as DDT, PCB and Agent Orange its own. In its effort to gain absolute hegemony over plants - from the field all the way to the consumer's plate - Monsanto knows no qualms. The farmers Troy Rush, David Runyon and Marc Loisell also learned the hard way what it means to be confronted with Monsanto's methods of doing business, as did thousands of other farmers worldwide.

They and the Schmeisers are not just fighting against Monsanto and with that, for the continuation of their livelihood as farmers but also for the right to freedom of speech and the right to their property.
The World According to MONSANTO () [1:49:03]
French filmmaker Marie-Monique Robin spent some 20 years hearing about Monsanto before she set out to understand just what Monsanto was all about. Robin posits that perhaps the company s past can shed some light on what the company is all about today. Monsanto started out as one of the world s largest chemical companies and is responsible for the creation of Agent Orange (used during the Vietnam War), Aspartame, Bovine Growth Hormone, Polystyrene, PCBs and GE crops (genetically-engineered). ...
Wake the F**K Up [3:40]
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Thursday September 27, 2012
International News

Anti-Austerity Protests Break Out In Athens And Madrid
Reuters | Renee Maltezou | 09/26/12

Demonstrators clashed with police on the streets of Athens and Madrid on Wednesday in an upsurge of popular anger at new austerity measures being imposed on two of the euro zone's most vulnerable economies.

In some of the most violent confrontations, Greek police fired tear gas at hooded rioters hurling petrol bombs as thousands joined the country's biggest protest in more than a year.   The unrest erupted after nearly 70,000 people marched to the Greek parliament chanting "EU, IMF Out!" on the day of a general strike against further cuts demanded by foreign lenders. ... Read more

Domestic News

Does Monsanto Man Mitt Romney Secretly Eat Organic?
MotherJones | Tom Philpott | 09/26/12

Mitt Romney hasn't divulged many details about what kind of agriculture policy he'd pursue as president. (Sound familiar?) But all signs suggest that he'd follow the agribiz party line. As Wayne Barrett showed in a recent Nation piece (my comment here), Romney has ties to agribusiness giant Monsanto that date to the '70s, when GMO seeds were an R&D project, not a business model. According to Barrett, Romney, then a young Bain consultant, helped nudge Monsanto on its path away from disgraced industrial chemical concern toward its current status as world-beating agribiz player. Then there's the agribiz execs and shills the GOP nominee tapped for his campaign's Agriculture Advisory Committee.   But guess what? In the privacy of his campaign jet, the beleaguered presidential contender apparently eats organic, reports the Today show's Peter Alexander. ... Read more

ALEC: The Scheme to Remake America, One State House at a Time
HuffingtonPost | Bill Moyers | 09/26/12

This week, we report on the most influential corporate-funded political force most Americans have never heard of -- ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council. A national consortium of state politicians and powerful corporations, ALEC presents itself as a "nonpartisan public-private partnership". But behind that mantra lies a vast network of corporate lobbying and political action aimed to increase corporate profits at public expense without public knowledge. ... Read more

Albert Edwards Lowers Equity Allocation To Minimum On Fears "Fed Will Destroy The World"
ZeroHedge | Author | 09/27/12

From Albert Edwards: "In 2005 when Alan Greenspan was being hailed as a "maestro" I wrote that his policies would ruin the world and history would judge him to be "an economic war criminal". I now think Ben Bernanke's policies will prove even more ruinous than Sir Alan's (yes unbelievably he still retains his honorary knighthood). Hence we are lowering our equity weighting to 30%, the minimum possible. The last time I did this was 8 May 2008.... I'm reading some insanely stupid stuff at the moment. Okay, I know some of my writing is pretty insane, but when I read direct quotes and commentary about Bernanke's policy of driving up asset prices in general and equity prices in particular, I almost want to cry over the ludicrousness of this position. The Fed is pursuing the same road to ruin as it did between 2003-2007. I'm becoming more and more convinced that, Gloom, Boom, & Doom's Marc Faber is right when he says that "the Fed will destroy the world." ... Read more

DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! National and Global News Headlines for Thursday, September 27 [11:56]
U.S. May Have Designated Julian Assange and WikiLeaks An "Enemy of the State" (09/27/12) [5:22]
Matt Taibbi: The Secret to Mitt Romney's Fortune? Greed, Debt and Forcing Others to Pay Bill (08/30/12) [21:38]
Bill Moyers
Bill Moyers | "We are the rich. We own America. We got it, God knows how, but we intend to keep it." -- Frederick Townsend Martin (09/21/12) [6:58]
Comment: These are older interviews, but are insightful.
Bill Moyers on Plutonomy (05/02/10) [3:56]
Rachel Maddow
Note: the National Debt went up under: Carter 41%, Reagan 186%, Bush Sr. 53%, Clinton 40%, Bush W. 77%
How Reaganomics Destroyed The Middle Class...And Maybe America (12/04/10) [8:26]
Reaganomics Debunked: Tax Cuts For Top 2% "Job Creators" DONT = Jobs (08/14/10) [6:56]
Reaganomics FAILED us ALL () [7:26]
TRNN | Reaganomics Sucked Wealth Up, Did Not Trickle It Down (02/06/11) [8:32]
TRNN | Spanish Police Crack Down on Protesters Surrounding the Parliament (09/26/12) [8:11]
TRNN | UK's Poorest Families hit Hardest by Recession and Austerityt (09/26/12) [11:51]
TYT News
TYT | Report on U.S. Drone Strikes Exposes Humanitarian and Psychological Harm to Pakistani Civilians (09/26/12) [3:05]
Living Under Drones (09/24/12) [6:59]
TYT | Who Are Mitt Romney's Top Donors? (09/26/12) [3:34]
Note: I don't always read viewers comments, but I thought this was a good one.

The Teachers Unions were at their strongest in the US in the 1940s. As a result teacher pay was so good it ATTRACTED other would-be professionals to become teachers, which raises the standard of education tremendously. Those teachers taught the kids that sent man to the moon.

Today, teacher pay is 60% of their professional counterparts, so the US has slipped to 27th in the world. Denmark is 1st in public education as their teachers salaries are comparatively? the highest. IT'S NOT ROCKET SCIENCE!
Woman Ridiculed For Using Food Stamps At Kroger (09/25/12) [4:41]
On Fukushima Beach, Part 1 (09/22/12) [15:00], Part 2 [15:00], Part 3 [15:00], Part 4 [15:00]
NatureChannel | A year at Fukushima... propaganda?? (03/08/12) [3:18]
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Wednesday September 26, 2012
International News
Domestic News

Romney Negativity Muddies Message as Obama Leads in Poll
Bloomberg | Julie Hirschfeld Davis | 09/25/12

Republican Mitt Romney's negative ratings are preventing him from capitalizing on President Barack Obama's vulnerabilities in the race for the White House, according to a new poll that gives the incumbent a lead heading into the first of three presidential debates.   Half of Americans hold an unfavorable view of Romney -- a September high for a presidential challenger in the last three decades -- and 49 percent of likely voters consider the former Massachusetts governor out-of-touch compared with 40 percent who say that of Obama in the latest Bloomberg National Poll conducted Sept. 21-24. ... Read more

Goldman Executive: 'I'm Glad Romney Is From Bain Capital And Not Goldman Sachs'
HuffingtonPost | Author | 09/25/12

... "I'm glad Romney is from Bain Capital and not Goldman Sachs," Richard Friedman, Goldman's head of merchant banking recently joked at the Dow Jones Private Equity Analyst Conference, according to the Wall Street Journal. ... Read more

Comment This article is in a chat format, maybe a little hard to follow, but I found it interesting. Especially since the stressed mortgage holders didn't get much of the relief. Additional older articles follow with more facts and figures.

Eye on the Bailout
ProPublica | Author | 09/07/12

Your Bailout Questions Answered: A Reddit Chat with Paul Kiel.   The bailout has become a prominent talking point during the Democratic National Convention this week, with former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland praising President Obama for having "saved the American auto industry" and Vice President Joe Biden boiling Obama's record down to nine words: "Bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive." ... Read more

The Bailout: By The Actual Numbers
ProPublica | Paul Kiel | 09/06/12

... You can effortlessly discover that it's $27 billion for GM, $23 billion for AIG, $91 billion for Fannie, $51 billion for Freddie, and yes, the bank investments have so far returned a profit of $19 billion.

We also make it easy for you to see which investments have resulted in losses (39 so far in total) and to sort bailout recipients by how far in the red or black they are. As always, our scorecard page adds it all up and shows where both bailouts -- the Troubled Asset Relief Program, better known as TARP ($55 billion in the red) and Fannie and Freddie (negative $142 billion) -- stand right now.

Ultimately, the bailout of GM seems likely to result in the TARP's single biggest loss. But since the government still holds about a third of the company's stock (currently worth about $10 billion), we don't include it on our list of losers yet. It's possible the government will sell the stock for more than it's currently worth, recouping more of its investment.

For now, the reigning bust is the $2.3 billion investment in the bank CIT, which landed in bankruptcy less than a year after its bailout. Second on the list is Chrysler, which resulted in a $1.3 billion loss. ...
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Why Do the Craziest Religious People Get the Most Attention?
AlterNet | Valerie Tarico | 09/26/12

There's no question that religion can have some ugly moral and social consequences. The homophobic and misogynist attitudes of many American Evangelicals come straight out their sacred texts . So do the Islamic concepts of " dhimmitude" and jihad. So does the Jewish notion of favored bloodlines. So do Mormon and Scientologist recruiting practices. The Bible prescribes the death penalty for thirty six infractions , ranging from childhood disobedience to marital infidelity to witchcraft. The Quran contains over a hundred verses sanctifying the slaughter of infidels in one context or another. I've argued in the past that religion disinhibits violence rather than causing it, but in a world of complex causation, one where straws sometimes break the backs of camels, that may be a distinction without a difference. The fact is, putting God's name on Iron Age morality contributes to Iron Age behavior. ... Read more

DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! National and Global News Headlines for Wednesday, September 26 [11:15]
DN | Study Finds U.S. Drone Strikes in Pakistan Miss Militant Targets and "Terrorize" Civilians (09/26/12) [22:03]
DN | Thousands Surround Spanish Parliament in Bid to "Occupy Congress" & Stop Austerity. Part 1 (09/26/12) [5:30], Part 2 [10:31]
Aljazeera | Inside Story Americas - What happened to Occupy? (09/17/12) [25:20],    [article]
Jon Steward
Jon Stewart Jabs Romney For 'Getting Dumber' As Election Approaches (09/26/12) [7:39]
NPR 4 Minute News
NPR-hourly-newsNPR: 7AM ET News Summary
Diane Rehms Show
Diane Rehm President Obama, The UN And The US Role In The World. (09/26/12)
Sheila Bair: "Bull by the Horns". (09/26/12)
Mitt Romney - Serial Flip Flopper! (12/26/11) [3:53]
TYT News
Romney Flip Flops On Health Care, Tax Cuts (09/24/12) [6:59]
Which Countries Have Nuclear Weapons? (03/30/12) [3:41]
Senate Votes 90-1 On Iran Resolution (09/25/12) [3:11],    [article in Digital Journal]
TRNN | Quadrillion Dollar Derivatives Market 20 Times Global GDP (09/25/12) [15:03]
TRNN | The Crisis and Who Has Power (09/25/12) [15:03]
Globalization | Free trade | Fair trade
"Globalization" - The Greatest Criminal Heist In History (08/04/12) [3:31]
Stiglitz: The Advocates of Globalization Never Were Honest (05/13/12) [2:23]
Wolff | The Economic Crisis and Globalization - Part 1: The Economic Crisis, An Overview (06/19/12) [1:32:41]
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Tuesday September 25, 2012
International News

One Third Of Athens Businesses Shuttered
ZeroHedge | Author | 09/25/12

Two weeks ago we showed the human aspect of the absolute economic collapse in Greece (because depression is too light a word to describe what is happening in this globalist vassal collony) when charting Greek unemployment surging by 1% in one month to 24.4%, and which as of September is likely nearly 30%. What this means in practical tax revenue terms (if the tax collectors were actually doing their job collecting taxes, instead of striking) is that there is nobody generating any economic products and services, and thus no state revenues. Today, Kathimerini confirms this, in a report that almost a third of all business in Athens have now shuttered: "The number of shuttered shops on the capital's busiest commercial streets, Panepistimiou and Stadiou, also hit a record high in August, reaching 34.7 percent on Panepistimiou and 42 percent on Akadimias, up 14 percent in the last six months." And so the close loop continues as fewer businesses are around to hire less people, generating less state revenue, encouraging less businesses to open and so on, until the entire country collapses in a heap of worthless debt. ... Read more
Domestic News

What Mitt Romney Got Wrong About the 47 Percent
Bloomberg | Joshua Green | 09/20/12

Mitt Romney's videotaped remark to wealthy supporters that 47 percent of Americans "believe they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name it" and that "my job is not to worry about" people who won't "take personal responsibility and care for their lives" was pretty stunning any way you look at it.

It cements the impression of Romney as someone who cares only for the rich. It shows a contempt for others that had previously existed only in Democratic attack ads. It writes off half the nation. And it diminishes and undermines the substantial tradition of conservatives who do care about helping the less-fortunate. In this way, Romney's self-revelation illuminates a troubling shift within the Republican Party that he has now come to embody. ... Read more

Pakistan Drone Study Finds 'Damaging And Counterproductive' Consequences From U.S. Policy
HuffingtonPost | Joshua Hersh | 09/25/12

Relying on data compiled by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, the study's authors say that between 2,562 and 3,325 people have been killed in Pakistan since June 2004, and between 474 and 881 of them were civilians. ... Read more

Can America Be Great Again?
HuffingtonPost | Alec Baldwin | 09/24/12

... Reedy's general concern is quite simple. He believed darkness was falling on the office of the president because the modern presidency had become an institution that, by its nature, kept a president out of touch with the country he must lead and the real problems he must solve. The modern president, Reedy explained, is cut off from those who will tell him the truth, and surrounded instead by "yes men" who tell him only what he wants to hear. .... Read more

Terry O'Neill - 4 Part Series

The Romney-Ryan Budget: Who Are the Real Moochers in Their Medicaid Scheme?
HP | This is Part 4 in a series. | September 25, 2012

The more I read about the projected impact of the Romney-Ryan budget proposal, and the more the GOP candidates talk about their plans for the economic future of this country and its people, the more anxious. ... Read more

The Romney-Ryan Budget: Turning Medicare Into a Boon for the Insurance Industry and a Bust for Seniors
HP | This is Part 3 in a series | August 31, 2012

At a July 11 press conference announcing NOW's endorsement of President Barack Obama, a reporter asked about Mitt Romney's message on the economy, and I suggested that the GOP candidate "bring it" -- that feminists are ready ... Read more

The Romney-Ryan Budget: Taking Aim at Women's Health Care
HP | This is Part 2 in a series | August 6, 2012

The leaders of the Republican Party claim to be on a mission to reduce this nation's "crushing burden of debt." The centerpiece of this effort is Rep. Paul Ryan's 99-page 2013 budget proposal. Because GOP presidential. ... Read more

The Romney-Ryan Budget: Why Women Should Care
HP | This is Part 1 in a series | July 19, 2012

I can think of many reasons why a Mitt Romney presidency would be bad news for women. It's no surprise that I find his contempt for Roe v. Wade, his stated intention to "get rid of" Planned Parenthood, and his promise to champion a Federal Marriage Amendment to ... Read more
DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! National and Global News Headlines for Tuesday, September 25 [13:25]
DN | "Harvest of Empire": New Doc Tells How US Intervention Caused Mass Latin American (09/25/12) [6:03]
Bill Moyers
Bill Moyers | More Money, Less Democracy (09/24/12) [6:59]
*Bill Moyers | Trevor Potter on Fighting Big Money in the 2012 Election. The former FEC chairman joins Bill to discuss how American elections are bought and sold, who covers the cost, and how the rest of us pay the price. (09/21/12) [46:40]
*John Perkins on Globalization [52:00]
*Maude Barlow On Her Fight Against Globalization (2001) [26:51]
Maude Barlow on the world water crisis (2002) [25:54]
Maude Barlow on the world's water crisis (2008) [26:33]
Maude Barlow's book "Blue Gold" highlights the global water crisis and Barlow's concerns over the privatization and export of water. water.org
TYT News
Comment: watch Cenk Uygur explain the new study on Monsanto's GMO foods. Then watch Jeffrey Smith's video "The GMO Threat" it is really informative.
*TYT | Is Monsanto GMO Evil? (09/22/12) [9:39]
*The GMO Threat (06/16/11) [59:49]
TYT | Forbes 400 Richest Americans List (09/22/12) [4:30]
TYT | Republicans Want Wealth Redistribution (09/24/12) [4:30]
TYT | War Between China And Japan? (09/22/12) [3:11]
TYT | Americans Want Money Out Of Politics - Poll (09/23/12) [1:25]
*TRNN | Will Obama, the Fed's QE3 or Romney's "Smaller Government" Create Jobs? (09/24/12) [15:36]
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Monday September 24, 2012
International News

There's No Engine for Global Growth in Europe
ZeroHedge | Author | 09/24/12

The world continues to believe that Europe is somehow savable. The reality is Europe is in worse shape than most people can imagine. Case in point, Spaniards took 75 billion euros out of Spanish banks in July. Why is this a big deal? The entire Spanish banking system's market cap is just 114 billion euros!!!! ... Read more

Head Of Iran's Revolutionary Guards: "A War With Israel Will Occur"
ZeroHedge | Author | 09/22/12

... In other words, if for some reason the US needs a big diversion in the days just before the election, it is sure to get it. ... Read more

Domestic News

QE For the People - What Else Could We Buy With $29 Trillion?
ZeroHedge | Author | 09/24/12

In a system that depends on lies and the credulity of the citizenry, the greatest lie is that the Federal Reserve's "quantitative easing" bailouts of the banks somehow help our citizens and communities. To clarify this, ask yourself this question: what else could we have bought with the $29 trillion the Fed loaned or backstopped to the banks? If you enjoy quibbling about the total sum of Fed support, be my guest; the Levy Institute came up with $29 trillion after poring over all the data, while the Government Accountability Office's (GAO) tally topped $16 trillion. That's 100% of the nation's GDP and roughly 100% of the $16 trillion national debt. While we're asking about opportunity costs, let's ask what else we could have bought with the $10 trillion that the Federal government has borrowed and blown in the past 11.7 years. The national debt was $5.727 trillion when G.W. Bush was sworn into office on January 20, 2001. It had risen to $10.626 trillion when President Obama was sworn into office in January, 2009. It is now $16.016 trillion, an increase of $5 trillion in less than four years in "debt held by the public" (i.e. the Chinese central bank, the Japanese central bank, the Federal Reserve, etc.) ... Read more

"What's Next?": Simon Johnson Explains The Doomsday Cycle
ZeroHedge | Author | 09/22/12

There is a common problem underlying the economic troubles of Europe, Japan, and the US: the symbiotic relationship between politicians who heed narrow interests and the growth of a financial sector that has become increasingly opaque (Igan and Mishra 2011). Bailouts have encouraged reckless behaviour in the financial sector, which builds up further risks -- and will lead to another round of shocks, collapses, and bailouts. This is what Simon Johnson and Peter Boone have called the 'doomsday cycle'. The continuing crisis in the Eurozone merely buys time for Japan and the US. Investors are seeking refuge in these two countries only because the dangers are most imminent in the Eurozone. Will these countries take this time to fix their underlying fiscal and financial problems? That seems unlikely. The nature of 'irresponsible growth' is different in each country and region -- but it is similarly unsustainable and it is still growing. There are more crises to come and they are likely to be worse than the last one. ... Read more

DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! National and Global News Headlines for Monday, September 24 [9:17]
*Senator Sanders Unfiltered: Return to the Gilded Age [4:21]
TRNN | QE3 Another Fed Give Away to the Banks (09/23/12) [9:45]
TRNN | Taking Stock of the Occupy Movement (09/23/12) [9:19]
Robert Reich
Robert Reich: How Did Mitt Romney Get So Obscenely Rich? [2:51]
Robert Reich: Military Industrial Congressional Complex [2:09]
  • UCtv | Robert Reich 2012: A Turning Point? If So Which Way? (03/15/12) [59:00]
  • 60 Minutes
    60 Minutes | In separate interviews, President Barack Obama and his challenger, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, discuss the election year's hot button issues. Steve Kroft interviews Obama. Scott Pelley interviews Romney. (09/23/12) [54:00]
    60 Minutes | Mitt Romney: the country's problem isn't that we're not taxing enough, but that "we're spending too much and we have too little growth." (09/23/12) [1:00]
    60 Minutes | Mitt Romney: Bank regulations have had a "chilling effect". We need "extensive regulation" of Wall Street, but President Obama's approach has made small and regional banks reluctant to lend.." (09/23/12) [1:00]
    60 Minutes | Romney on "Obamacare". He supports some elements of the Affordable Care Act, but considers it a "federal takeover of health care" -- and would repeal it if elected. (09/23/12) [1:00]
    60 Minutes | Romney on "Too many job training programs". He would like to eliminate some federal training programs and provide the funding to states instead. (09/23/12) [1:00]
    60 Minutes | Romney "I care about 100% of the American people". (09/23/12) [1:13]
    60 Minutes | Obama: He sees Iran's nuclear ambitions as a security risk, but he's also determined not to "jump the gun" on another war. (09/23/12) [1:00]
    60 Minutes | Obama: He and Mitt Romney have a "fundamentally different vision" about how to create jobs. Obama says he wants to return to Clinton-era policies that boosted growth.. (09/23/12) [1:00]
    60 Minutes | Obama: Green jobs' false promise? He won't cede "the jobs of the future" to countries like China or Germany. (09/23/12) [1:00]
    60 Minutes | Obama: Did President Obama fall short? (09/23/12) [1:00]
    *PBS Frontline | The Battle for Syria (09/18/12) [27:00], Part 2 [22:54]
    *PBS Frontline | House of Saud () [1:53:51]
    Roots of Terrorism [articles]
    PBS Frontline | 9/11 Bin Laden New York Times Special With Bill Moyers September 15, 2001 Part 1 (09/15/01) [15:01], Part 2 [15:07], Part 3 [15:02], Part 4 [14:50]
    Chris Hedges
    BookTV.org | Chris Hedges "Brace Yourself! The American Empire Is Over & The Descent Is Going To Be (01/02/12) [2:54:26]
    Bill Maher
    Real time With Bill Maher (E260) (09/21/12) [54:53]
    Other Videos and Documentaries

    Friday September 21, 2012
    International News
    Domestic News

    'We're Running Out Of Time'... 'I Am Sh*t Scared'
    HuffingtonPost | James Gerken | 09/19/12

    Arctic Sea Ice Levels Hit Record Low, Scientists Say We're 'Running Out Of Time' ... Read more

    John Boehner Says Mitt Romney Campaign Not Dead Yet, Jokes 'I Just Hope I Survive'
    HuffingtonPost | Michael McAuliff | 09/20/12

    WASHINGTON -- Even as he joked "I just hope I survive," House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) declined to defend Mitt Romney's now-infamous 47 percent remarks Thursday, and insisted the Republican ticket can still win. ... Read more

    To Match Walton Heirs' Fortune, You'd Need to Work at Walmart for 7 Million Years
    MotherJones | Josh Harkinson | 09/20/12

    Just how rich are the Waltons? According to the latest edition of the Forbes 400, released yesterday, the six wealthiest heirs to the Walmart empire are together worth a staggering $115 billion. This marks the first time in American history that one family has controlled a 12-figure fortune. While the nation's richest person is still Bill Gates, the sixth-, seventh-, eighth-, and ninth-richest Americans are all Waltons. ... Read more

    26 Corporations That Paid Their CEOs More Than Uncle Sam
    MotherJones | Josh Harkinson | 08/16/12

    In recent months corporate America has been lobbying the heck out of Washington to lower tax rates on businesses. As it should, defenders say, because corporations have a duty to maximize their return to investors. But if boosting profits were the goal, then you'd think more big companies would stop complaining about taxes, and look instead at an even greater expense: the bloated salaries of their chief executives.

    In a just-released report, the Institute for Policy Studies details 26 megacorporations that paid one guy (their CEO) more than they spent on their entire federal tax bills last year. (See our interactive graph below--whoa! Halliburton!) These same companies averaged $1.4 billion in profits--which were announced, in some cases, around the same time they were announcing massive layoffs. ... Read more

    The Next Panic
    TheAtlantic | Simon Johnson | 09/21/12

    Europe's crisis will be followed by a more devastating one, likely beginning in Japan.

    This summer, many government officials and private investors finally seemed to realize that the crisis in the euro zone was not some passing aberration, but rather a result of deep -- seated political, economic, and financial problems that will take many years to resolve. The on-again, off-again euro turmoil has already proved immensely damaging to nearly all Europeans, and its negative impact is now being felt around the world. Most likely there is worse to come--and soon. ... Read more

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    Grumbles over maps as Apple's iPhone 5 hits stores
    Reuters | Jane Wardell | 09/21/12

    IPhone aficionados queued around city blocks on Friday to get their hands on Apple Inc's new iPhone 5 - but complaints about inaccurate maps and the lack of a mobile wallet feature were voiced amid the excitement.   The new phone went on sale across Asia and Australia with mobile carriers reporting record demand that looked likely to stretch Apple's supply capacity. ... Read more

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    Thursday September 20, 2012
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    Richest Americans' net worth jumps to $1.7 trillion: Forbes
    Reuters | Dan Burns | 09/19/12

    The net worth of the richest Americans grew by 13 percent in the past year to $1.7 trillion, Forbes magazine said on Wednesday, and a familiar cast populated the top of the annual list, including Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Larry Ellison and the Koch brothers. ... Read more
    Forbes.com article

    Romney's Most Glaring Omission on Middle East Peace
    Bloomberg | Jeffrey Goldberg | 09/19/12

    ... In the speech, a video of which was just released by Mother Jones magazine, Romney argued that 47 percent of Americans are "victims" dependent on the government. In addition to implying that roughly 150 million of his fellow citizens are moochers and leeches, Romney, answering a question from the audience, said, "The Palestinians have no interest whatsoever in establishing peace and that the pathway to peace is almost unthinkable to accomplish." ... Read more

    The Ethical Opportunity of a Video
    HuffingtonPost | Jim Wallis | 09/19/12

    The recently revealed video of Governor Mitt Romney at a fundraising event last May is changing the election conversation. I hope it does, but at an even deeper level than the responses so far. There is certainly politics here, some necessary factual corrections, and some very deep ironies. But underneath it all is a fundamental question of what our spiritual obligations to one another and, for me, what Jesus' ethic of how to treat our neighbors means for the common good. ... Read more

    Poll Finds Obama in Better Shape Than Any Nominee Since Clinton
    Bloomberg | Jonathan D. Salant | 09/19/12

    President Barack Obama is in a better position to win November's election than any presidential candidate since Bill Clinton in 1996, according to a nationwide poll released today that shows him with an eight-percentage- point lead among likely voters.   In the survey by the Pew Research Center, Obama is ahead of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney 51 percent to 43 percent, the largest advantage in September the survey has shown for any presidential nominee among likely voters since 1996, when Clinton -- then seeking re-election -- led Republican challenger Bob Dole, 50 percent to 38 percent. ... Read more

    Bank Of America To Fire 16,000 By Year End
    ZeroHedge | Author | 09/20/2012

    ... by January 1, 2013 is that BofA will no longer be America's largest employer, with the total headcount of 260,000 at year end being the lowest since 2008, and smaller than JPM, Citi and Wells. ... Read more

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    Comment: This is an article I need to do more research on!

    Antarctic Sea Ice Sets Another Record
    Forbes | James Taylor | 9/19/2012

    Antarctic sea ice set another record this past week, with the most amount of ice ever recorded on day 256 of the calendar year (September 12 of this leap year). Please, nobody tell the mainstream media or they might have to retract some stories and admit they are misrepresenting scientific data. ... Read more
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    Wednesday September 19, 2012
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    Study finds tumors in rats fed on Monsanto's GM corn
    Reuters | Ben Hirschler | 09/19/12

    In a study that prompted criticism from other experts, French scientists said on Wednesday that rats fed on Monsanto's genetically modified (GM) corn or exposed to its top-selling weedkiller suffered tumors and multiple organ damage. ... Read more

    French article

    What the Secret Romney Video Tells Us About His People Skills
    MotherJones | Kevin Drum | 09/18/12

    ... But he can't. Outside the business world, his people skills are apparently so poor that even when he's faced with truly harebrained ideas, his only defense is to simply agree. He seems to have no idea how to handle strong-minded people whose support he needs. This is, needless to say, not an especially good character reference for someone who's running for president of the United States. ... Read more

    SECRET VIDEO: On Israel, Romney Trashes Two-State Solution
    MotherJones | David Corn | 09/18/12

    At the private fundraiser held May 17 where Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney candidly spoke about political strategy -- noting that he saw half of the American electorate as freeloaders and "victims" who do not believe in personal responsibility -- he discussed various foreign policy positions, sharing views that he does not express in public, including his belief that peace in the Middle East is not possible and a Palestinian state is not feasible. ... Read more

    Charts: You Might Be the 47 Percent If...
    MotherJones | Tasneem Raja | 09/18/12

    By now you've no doubt heard Mitt Romney's thoughts about the "47 percent" of Americans "who pay no income tax." But are you one of them? You might be if you are... ...SUPERWEALTHY Read more

    Mitt Romney Week From Hell Prompts Republican Freak-Out
    HuffingtonPost | Jon Ward | 09/19/12

    Now it's Republicans who are frightened. Mitt Romney's recent troubles have created a sense of gloom, and a good dose of doom, in the Grand Old Party.   "I think there is a broad and growing feeling now, among Republicans, that this thing is slipping out of Romney's hands," wrote the Wall Street Journal's Peggy Noonan, in a "come to Jesus," in-your-face column posted on Tuesday night. ... Read more

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    Tuesday September 18, 2012
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    SECRET VIDEO: Romney Tells Millionaire Donors What He REALLY Thinks of Obama Voters
    MotherJones | David Corn | 09/17/12

    During a private fundraiser earlier this year, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney told a small group of wealthy contributors what he truly thinks of all the voters who support President Barack Obama. He dismissed these Americans as freeloaders who pay no taxes, who don't assume responsibility for their lives, and who think government should take care of them. Fielding a question from a donor about how he could triumph in November, Romney replied:

    There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that's an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what... These are people who pay no income tax.

    Romney went on: "[M]y job is is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives." Read more

    Today, Mitt Romney Lost the Election
    Bloomberg | Josh Barro | 09/17/12

    ... Romney already has trouble relating to the public and convincing people he cares about them. Now, he's been caught on video saying that nearly half the country consists of hopeless losers. ... Read more

    Romney Dooms His Candidacy by Doing the Full Murray
    HuffingtonPost | Bill Black | 09/18/12

    Charles Murray's newest book, Coming Apart: The State of White America, proves two classic truths. First, it is impossible to compete with self-parody. Second, be careful what you ask for; for you may receive it. Charles Murray asked right-wing plutocrats (he dismissed left-wing plutocrats as disloyal to their class and to capitalism) to drop what he derided as "political correctness" and denounce Americans who received governmental support as immoral failures. ... Read more

    U.S. Slams BP for "Gross Negligence" in Gulf Oil Spill
    PBS Frontline | Jason M. Breslow | 09/05.12

    The U.S. will argue that BP was guilty of "gross negligence" and "willful misconduct" when the civil trial over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico begins in January, according to a court brief filed by the Department of Justice.   In a scathing memo [PDF] submitted last week to the New Orleans court that will hear the case, government attorneys write that their investigation unmasked a "culture of corporate recklessness" at the British oil giant that led to the largest oil spill in U.S. history. ... Read more

    Comment: Now I know what the Black Plague looks like. We should all be thankful for antibiotics.

    Oregon Plague: Woman Contracted Disease From Cat
    HuffingtonPost | Steven Dubois | 09/14/12

    PORTLAND, Ore. -- A woman who tried to help her friend save the life of a choking cat also contracted the plague from the disease-stricken feline over the summer, health officials said Friday. ... Read more

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    Comment: Exactly 100 years ago, the world of the British manor house was at its height. It was a life of luxury and indolence for a wealthy few supported by the labor of hundreds of servants toiling ceaselessly "below stairs" to make the lives of their lords and ladies run as smoothly as possible.
    PBS | Secrets of the Manor House. () [55:11]
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    Monday September 17, 2012
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    US media angrily marvels at the lack of Muslim gratitude
    TheGuardian | Glenn Greenwald | 09/14/12

    NBC News, along with a leading US newspaper, insist that Egyptians should be grateful to the US for having 'freed' them. One prominent strain shaping American reaction to the protests in the Muslim world is bafflement, and even anger, that those Muslims are not more grateful to the US. After all, goes this thinking, the US bestowed them with the gifts of freedom and democracy -- the very rights they are now exercising -- so how could they possibly be anything other than thankful? Under this worldview, it is especially confounding that the US, their savior and freedom-provider, would be the target of their rage. ... Read more

    Rage Across the Middle East
    The Daily Beast | Sherif Mansour | 09/12/12

    ... Since the start of the Arab Spring, I've been sounding the alarm about America's weak-willed approach to Arab Spring countries. America's passive policy toward the Arab Spring as a whole has missed the entire point of the Arab Spring. By lacking guts, vision, and real action to change Arab people's perspectives toward America and toward freedom generally, we focused only on direct security interests, making America even more threatened and hated in the region than before. ... Read more

    Israel PM demands US set 'red line' over Iran nuclear programme
    TheGuardian | Harriet Sherwood | 09/16/12

    Binyamin Netanyahu uses American network TV interviews to repeat call for US to clarify point of military intervention over Iran

    The Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, has renewed his demand that the US set out clear "red lines" for Iran over its nuclear programme, in remarks likely to put further strain on his relationship with Barack Obama in the runup to the presidential election. ... Read more

    he Spymaster: Meir Dagan on Iran's threat. Says Attack On Iran 'Stupidest Idea' He's Ever Heard
    60Minutes | Author | 09/16/12

    Meir Dagan has been described as "hard-charging" and "stops at nothing." For more than eight years, Dagan made full use of those qualities as chief of Mossad, Israel's intelligence agency, where he focused on keeping Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. When that job ended, Dagan did something unheard of for an ex-Mossad chief: he spoke out publicly, voicing opposition to Israel launching preemptive airstrikes against Iran's nuclear facilities anytime soon. Dagan believes the Iranian regime is a rational one and even its president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad -- who has called for Israel to be annihilated -- acts in a somewhat rational way when it comes to Iran's nuclear ambitions. Lesley Stahl reports. ... Read more (60 Minutes)
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    Mitt Romney's Disastrous Energy Plan
    RollingStone | Jeff Goodell | 09/14/12

    The smirk appeared on Mitt Romney's face near the end of his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention. President Obama, he said, had "promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans" and to "heal the planet." Here Romney paused, giving the crowd in Tampa a moment to savor the fact that he was about to turn climate change -- arguably the greatest challenge civilization has ever faced -- into a joke. "My promise," he said, "is to help you and your family." ... Read more

    Essay: The One Percent Court
    NationMagazine & Bill Moyers | Bill Moyers | 09/13/12

    Why a special issue of The Nation devoted to the Supreme Court? Because with partisan gridlock paralyzing both the president and Congress, the Court has more than ever become "the decider" -- the most powerful branch of government, and one at the center of a controversy whose outcome may shape the course of democracy for generations to come. ... Read more

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    DN | Occupy Wall Street Activists Swarm NY Financial District to Mark Anniversary of 99% Struggle (09/17/12) [8:52]
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    The attacks on the American consulate in Libya which left four people dead have raised questions about US foreign policy in the Middle East and sparked discussions on freedom of speech and expression. So how will the incident impact the presidential election and the future of US politics? Guests: Hillary Mann Leverett, Jonathan Brown, Glenn Greenwald.
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    Anti-Islam Film Protests Spread To Sudan, Tunisia, Across Middle East
    HuffingtonPost | Aya Batrawy | 09/14/12

    CAIRO -- Witnesses say Sudanese police have opened fire on protesters trying to climb the walls of the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum.   The witnesses say several thousands of Sudanese were protesting outside the embassy, trying to storm it in anger over an obscure file produced in the United States that denigrated the Prophet Muhammad. ... Read more

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    To be neoconservative is to bear almost daily witness to the resurrection of Adolf Hitler.
    NYTimes | Timothy Noah | 01/13/08

    ... Just about the only place the neoconservative movement can't locate Hitler is Nazi Germany. In 1943, the founding-neocon-to-be, Irving Kristol, publicly dismissed the "near hysterical insistence upon the pressing military danger," Jacob Heilbrunn reports in his new book, "They Knew They Were Right: The Rise of the Neocons." While the Nazis herded Jews into the gas chambers, Kristol, then a 23-year-old Trotskyist, held fast to his conviction that the Allies were no different from the Axis in their imperialism. .... Read more

    If You Really Want Action Now, Stand with Teachers on the Picket Line
    99getsmart Blog | Leslie Russell | 09/14/12

    I literally almost had a stroke on Sunday night when Rahm Emmanuel got on television and said that as a result of the longer school day, Chicago Public School students were getting an hour of reading and an hour of writing each day. Well, I am the reading and writing teacher for most of the sixth, seventh, and eighth graders at my school, and based on what is happening where I teach, that is plainly a lie. ... Read more

    How Mitt Romney Helped Monsanto Take Over the World
    MotherJones | Tom Philpott | 09/14/12

    Today, Monsanto looms over the global ag landscape like a colossus. It is the globe's largest seed purveyor--and its dominant vendor of genetically modified traits. How dominant? Here's NPR on the company's mastery over the US GMO market: "More than 9 out of 10 soybean seeds carry [Monsanto's] Roundup Ready trait. It's about the same for cotton and just a little lower for corn." It also sells nearly $1 billion worth of herbicides every three months.   But for all its clout, Monsanto is a relatively new player in the Big Ag game. While fellow ag giants like ADM, Cargill, Bunge, and BASF have been in the game for a century or more ... Read more

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    Thursday September 13, 2012
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    Yemen Protests: Demonstrators Angered By Anti-Islam Film Storm U.S. Embassy In Sanaa
    HuffingtonPost | Ahmed Al-Haj | 09/13/12

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Chanting "death to America," hundreds of protesters angered by an anti-Islam film stormed the U.S. Embassy compound in Yemen's capital and burned the American flag on Thursday, the latest in a series of attacks on American diplomatic missions in the Middle East. ... Read more

    And For Today's Most Shocking Headline We Have...
    ZeroHedge | Author | 09/13/12

    Fresh out of the flashing red headline-a-tron:

    Nobody, NOBODY, could have anticipated that fighting record debt with recorder debt, could possibly fail. And cue Germany telling Greece the party is now over, which, is what (a sliding EURUSD for those confused) it has wanted all along.
    Read more

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    Special Report: Well-to-do get mortgage help from Uncle Sam
    Reuter | Jason Lange | 09/13/12

    Silicon Valley, the birthplace of the microprocessor, the personal computer and the iPhone, is a model of private enterprise at work. But not when it comes to getting a mortgage.

    In Santa Clara County, the center of the global tech industry and one of the wealthiest places in the United States, most home buyers get help from the government, an analysis of government lending data shows. The same is true in other wealthy enclaves such as Nassau County, outside New York, and Arlington County, outside Washington, the analysis of more than 50 million loans finds.   It is no secret that the U.S. government propped up the housing market after the financial crisis. What the analysis by Reuters makes clear is the extent to which government programs have helped some of the nation's most well-to-do communities. ... Read more

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    Wednesday September 12, 2012
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    White Elephants Land in Berlin as Jumbo-Jet Sales Dwindle
    Bloomberg | Robert Wall | 09/12/12

    Berlin, building an airport that is underappreciated and over budget, is hosting two aircraft to match. Airbus SAS and Boeing Co. (BA) put their flagship jumbo jets on display this week at the Berlin air show adjacent to the yet-to- be opened airfield. While the gleaming white aircraft are crowd pleasers at any event, they're getting less affection from the audience that matters most: airlines.

    ... List Pricce The A380 has a list price of $390 million and typically seats about 525 passengers in a three-class configuration. The 747-8 lists for $351 million and seats about 467 travelers in three classes. ... Read more

    Domestic News

    Comment: I guess when our dark rich chocolate is being threatened the corporations start to worry about Climate Change... and the rest of us.

    Bayer, Nestle Lead Carbon-Cutting Effort as Climate Risk Grows
    Bloomberg | Alex Morales | 09/12/12

    Bayer AG (BAYN) and Nestle SA (NESN) are leading efforts to measure and cut emissions as companies increasingly view extreme weather events caused by climate change as a threat to their business, the Carbon Disclosure Project said.

    About 37 percent of respondents in a survey of the 500 biggest companies reported an immediate danger to their operations from disruptions ranging from floods that shut factories in Thailand to drought that's decimated crops in the U.S., the London-based non-profit said today in a report. That's up from 30 percent last year and 10 percent in 2010. ... Read more

    Analysis: Obama, Netanyahu both find themselves in a tight spot
    Reuters | Author | 09/12/12

    Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu appear to have landed in a place neither wanted to be: squabbling about Iran, in public, ahead of a U.S. presidential election. ... Read more

    Solar Explosion: Earth, Sun Shown To Scale In Amazing PHOTO
    HuffingtonPost | Meredith Bennett-Smith | 09/11/12

    On Aug. 31, a massive filament of super-heated plasma exploding out from the sun and into outer space was captured in photos and film collected by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.

    Now, the space agency has released a new photo of the eye-popping event, which shows the filament's size in comparison to planet Earth. The picture is a good reminder of how comparably insignificant the Blue Planet really is when measured up against the solar system's central star. ... Read more

    DemocracyNow Daily News
    Democracy Now! National and Global News Headlines for Wedesday, September 12 [12:22]
    *DN | "500 Days": Author Kurt Eichenwald's New Book on How Bush Admin Ignored Warnings Before 9/11 (09/12/12) [18:52]
    *SimonSchusterVideos | Kurt Eichenwald's 500 DAYS (09/10/12) [2:22]
    SimonSchusterVideos | Kurt Eichenwald book 500 Days: Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars (08/15/12) [3:37]
    DN | Vijay Prashad on Death of US Ambassador in Protest of Anti-Islam Film in Post-Gaddafi Libya (09/12/12) [9:13]
    TYT News
    TYT | 9/11: Devastating Book On Bush Admin, Bin Laden Warnings (09/11/12) [8:05]
    TYT | Chicago Teachers Strike (09/10/12) [8:15]
    TYT | Paul Ryan Loves Crony Capitalism (08/19/12) [4:17],   Paul Ryan's Fundraising Evolution: From Corporate PACs To Small Donors (08/17/12) [article]
    Rachel Maddow | Romney running with Paul Ryan, minus the 'Paul Ryan' (08/18/12) [15:00]
    BookTV C-Span
    Book TV | Hedges: It's Insane to Attack Iran, Devastating Consequences (05/31/08) [3:08]
    Book TV | After Words: Chris Hedges, "Empire of Illusion" (10/06/09) [10:09]
    Book TV | Bernie Sander interviews Nomi Prins, "It Takes a Pillage" (11/30/09) [9:13]

    Tuesday September 11, 2012
    International News
    Domestic News

    September 11 Responders Still Waiting For Relief Promised In 2010
    HuffingtonPost | Michael McAuliff | 09/11/12

    It's been 11 years since terrorists destroyed the World Trade Center towers, and more than a year-and-a-half since President Barack Obama signed into law a bill meant to compensate responders and survivors sickened from exposure to the hazardous debris and toxins of Ground Zero.   But they're going to have to wait a while longer -- perhaps more than a year -- before most of them start to see any of the money authorized in the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. ... Read more

    The Deafness Before the Storm
    NYTimes | Kurt Eichenwald | 09/10/12

    On Aug. 6, 2001, President George W. Bush received a classified review of the threats posed by Osama bin Laden and his terrorist network, Al Qaeda. That morning's "presidential daily brief" -- the top-secret document prepared by America's intelligence agencies -- featured the now-infamous heading: "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S." A few weeks later, on 9/11, Al Qaeda accomplished that goal.

    That is, unless it was read in conjunction with the daily briefs preceding Aug. 6, the ones the Bush administration would not release. While those documents are still not public, I have read excerpts from many of them, along with other recently declassified records, and come to an inescapable conclusion: the administration's reaction to what Mr. Bush was told in the weeks before that infamous briefing reflected significantly more negligence than has been disclosed. In other words, the Aug. 6 document, for all of the controversy it provoked, is not nearly as shocking as the briefs that came before it. ... Read more

    $648 Trillion Derivatives Market Faces New Collateral Concentration Risks
    ZeroHedge | Author | 09/11/12

    In a sad case of deja vu all over again, the over-reliance on 'shaky' collateral and concentration of risk is building once more - this time in the $648 trillion derivatives market. ... Read more

    U.S. has no right to block Israel on Iran: Netanyahu
    Reuters | Jeffrey Heller | 09/11/12

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday said the United States had forfeited its moral right to stop Israel taking action against Iran's nuclear program because it had refused to be firm with Tehran itself. ... Read more

    Bernanke Proves Like No Other Fed Chairman on Joblessness
    Bloomberg | Caroline Salas Gage | 09/11/12

    When it comes to achieving his mandate for full employment, Ben S. Bernanke's willingness to undertake more bond buying shows yet again that he's the most aggressive and experimental Federal Reserve chairman in history. ... Read more

    White supremacy: The new national security threat
    Aljazeera | Khaled A Beydoun | 09/10/12

    The white supremist ideology is a terrorist threat that needs greater attention ... Read more

    Aljazeera | The Stream: American terror (08/21/12) [34:46]
    DemocracyNow Daily News
    Democracy Now! National and Global News Headlines for Tuesday, September 11 [12:00]
    DN | Ex-Alabama Gov Don Siegelman Speaks on Karl Rove, Witch Hunt Hours Before Returning to Jail (09/11/12) [14:19]
    DN | Chris Hedges: Dems Owe Chicago Teachers Support in "Most Important Labor Action in Decades" (09/11/12) [8:05]
    HBO Newsroom
    *The Newsroom - Why America is NOT the greatest country in the world, anymore. (current) [4:48]
    *The Newsroom - Tea Party is the American Taliban (current) [6:12]
    *The Newsroom - Hiring the intern (current) [1:20]
    Diane Rehms Show
    Diane Rehm Voting Laws And The 2012 Presidential Race (09/11/12)
    TYT News
    TYT | Cenk's RNC Roundup (09/09/12) [4:00]
    TYT | Spending More On Prisons Than Colleges - Report (09/08/12) [4:44]
    TYT | Obnoxious Advice From World's Richest Woman (09/09/12) [6:40]
    Stephen Cobert & Jon Steward
    Stephen Cobert | Democrats remove God and Jerusalem from the party platform but eventually do the right thing: humiliate themselves on national television. (09/06/12) [4:43]
    Jon Stewart | Bill Clinton's Democratic National Convention speech ran long, but used more specific numbers than the Republican leadership did during an entire week in Tampa. (09/06/12) [5:54]
    Economist Austan Goolsbee unfondly remembers his time in government, and critiques Republican economic policy proposals. Part 1 (09/06/12) [4:47], Part 2 [2:35], Part 3 [5:35]
    Jon Stewart | Interview with Tom Brokaw weighs in on the media's fact checking, analytical role in regards to political campaign and convention coverage. Part 1 (09/04/12) [6:12], Part 2 [9:03]
    Other Videos and Documentaries

    Monday September 10, 2012
    International News
    Domestic News

    *Who Gets To Decide The American Future?
    HuffingtonPost | Peter S. Goodman | 09/10/12

    ... In Tampa, the Republicans looked like what they have become: a men's group for angry middle-aged white guys enraged by demographic change and inclined toward the politics of blame. Here was a besieged slice of America desperately seeking to maintain the privileges of a bygone era.

    In Charlotte, the Democrats looked like what America has become: an often-disorganized, internally contradictory and above all racially diverse collection of people grappling with common troubles, like not enough paychecks, too many worries about bills to pay, and no reliable hold on middle-class basics like housing, health care, education and retirement. We saw military veterans in uniforms and professionals in suits; white, black, Hispanic and Asian Americans; gays and straights; Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus. ... Read more

    9/11 Anniversary Marked Under Cloud Of Health Problems, Funding Fights
    Reuters | Chris Francescani | 09/09/12

    NEW YORK, Sept 9 (Reuters) - Eleven years after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, New Yorkers will mark the anniversary on Tuesday against a backdrop of health concerns for emergency workers and a feud over financing that has stopped construction of the $1 billion Ground Zero museum. ... Read more

    Why Some CEOs Survive Wall Street Scandals
    Bloomberg | William D. Cohan | 09/09/12

    Bob Diamond, the chief executive officer of Barclays Plc (BARC), was fired a few days after his bank paid $453 million to settle charges with U.S. and U.K. regulators about its role in the Libor scandal. Yet Jamie Dimon, the chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM), seems to have plenty of job security after traders at his bank unexpectedly lost $6 billion (and counting)?   Why did no one come looking for Lloyd Blankfein's head after Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) paid $550 million to settle civil charges brought against the firm by the Securities and Exchange Commission in April 2010? At the time, it was the largest settlement ever paid by a Wall Street firm to the SEC. ...

    ... Throughout the financial crisis and its aftermath, regulators in the U.K. have taken a much harder line than their U.S. counterparts on accountability, overcompensation, incentives and capital requirements. Why? It isn't entirely clear. But it is very hard for me to imagine either Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke or Mary Schapiro, the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, demanding the resignations of Dimon or Blankfein in the same way that Turner and King insisted on Diamond's. ... Read more

    NYSE Reports 50% Drop In August Stock Trading Volume
    ZeroHedge | Author | 09/10/12

    Last August, a 400 point move in the DJIA was the norm. This August, a 50+ point drop in the second coming of the "Balls to the Wall" DJIA was the green light for sheer market panic. While unknown if it is the cause, or effect, of this collapse in volatility, the NYSE just reported that August cash volumes imploded by exactly 50% from last year ... Read more

    The Political Awakening of Republican: 'I Had Viewed Whole Swaths of the Country and the World as Second-Class People'
    AlterNet | Tom Dispatch / By Jeremiah Goulka | 09/10/12

    I used to be a serious Republican, moderate and business-oriented, who planned for a public-service career in Republican politics. But I am a Republican no longer.   There's an old joke we Republicans used to tell that goes something like this: "If you're young and not a Democrat, you're heartless. If you grow up and you're not a Republican, you're stupid." These days, my old friends and associates no doubt consider me the butt of that joke. But I look on my "stupidity" somewhat differently. After all, my real education only began when I was 30 years old. ... Read more

    DemocracyNow Daily News
    Democracy Now! National and Global News Headlines for Monday, September 10 [10:44]
    DN | Striking Teachers, Parents Join Forces to Oppose "Corporate" Education Model in Chicago (09/10/12) [7:48]
    DN | Chicago Teachers Strike Could Portend Referendum on Obama Admin's Education Reform Approach (09/10/12) [10:23]
    DN | Infiltrating Occupy: Austin Activists Face Charges for Equipment Given by Undercover Police (09/10/12) [17:51]
    60 Minutes: A former member of SEAL Team 6, known by the pseudonym Mark Owen, recounts the raid that killed the world's most wanted man: Osama bin Laden. Scott Pelley reports. 60 Minutes | Killing bin Laden, part 1 (09/09/12) [14:04], Part 2 [11:19], Part 3 [12:25], Part 4 [4:43]
    Diane Rehms Show
    Diane Rehm The U.S. Economy Since 2008: Who's Better Off And Who Isn't (09/10/12)
    Israeli Perspectives On Iran (09/10/12)
    Some in Israel, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, have been speaking out about the need to act aggressively against Iran, with or without the support of the U.S. But many Israelis, including some in the military, do not share this view
    First Lady Michelle Obama at the 2012 Democratic National Convention (09/05/12) [24:30]
    Matt Taibbi: Mitt Romney Has 'Casual Relationship With The Truth And Reality' (09/07/12) [4:43]
    60 Minutes | The Pledge: Grover Norquist's hold on the GOP (08/26/12) [13:14]
    60 Minutes | The case against Lehman Brothers: Steve Kroft investigates the collapse of Lehman Brothers, which triggered a chain reaction that produced the worst financial crisis and economic downturn in 70 years. (08/19/12) [13:34]

    Friday September 07, 2012
    International News

    U.S. congressman confirms high-level U.S.-Israel spat over Iran
    Reuters | Tabassum Zakaria | 09/07/12

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blew up at the U.S. ambassador last month because he was "at wits' end" over what he sees as the Obama administration's lack of clarity on Iran's nuclear program, a U.S. congressman who was at the meeting said.

    House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, a Republican, made his first public comments about the late August meeting in Israel in an interview with Michigan's WJR radio on Tuesday. ... Read more

    Domestic News

    Matt Taibbi: "Private Equity Companies Do Not Exist To Turn Around Companies"
    HuffingtonPost | Bonnie Kavoussi | 09/07/12

    ... "When you take over these companies, you have all these tools at your disposal that allow you to extract value from the company without the company succeeding," Taibbi said, expanding on his recent Rolling Stone article bashing Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his roots in private equity. "You can force them to take out a bank loan and pay you a dividend. There's all these different things you can do. You can succeed in a private equity deal without turning a company around." ... Read more

    BB | Obama Says Path to Recovery Isn't `Quick or Easy' (09/07/12) [39:27]
    BB | Joe Biden on Obama's Performance, Economic Outlook (09/07/12) [39:00]
    *BB | Elizabeth Warren, in a high-profile speech at the Democratic National Convention (09/06/12) [14:53]

    Money in Politics: From Bad to Worse
    HuffingtonPost | Nick Penniman | 09/06/12

    Quote of the day about money in Washington

    "The volume of money raised is so high that the job has changed from public service to begging for dollars."

    I really wish I wasn't writing this. Especially in the wake of Bill Clinton's formidable speech last night. But it needs to be said.

    Back in 2000, I worked with Arianna at the Shadow Conventions. She and I had met the previous year because of our shared passion for ending the corrupting influence of money in politics. We thought the problem was bad then; it's rotten now. ... Read more

    DemocracyNow Daily News
    Democracy Now! National and Global News Headlines for Thursday, September 07 [8:04]
    DN | Debate on Obama's Presidency: Glen Ford vs. Michael Eric Dyson. Part 1 of 3 (09/07/12) [7:52]
    *BillMoyers | Bernie Sanders on the Independent in Politics
    Matt Taibbi: Private Equity Companies Do Not Exist To Turn Around Companies (09/07/12) [4:43]
    Diane Rehms Show
    Diane Rehm Domestic News - Friday 09/07/12
    International News - Friday 09/07/12
    TRNN News
    TRNN | Porter Report: After Dempsey Warning, Israel May Curb War Threat (09/07/12) [11:14]
    TRNN | Porter Report: Israel, the Bulgaria Bombings and Iran (09/01/12) [11:51]
    TRNN | Bill Black: Race to the Regulatory Bottom (09/07/12) [7:54]
    TYT News
    *TYT | Bill Clinton Convention Speech - Analysis (09/06/12) [7:35]
    *TYT | Elizabeth Warren: Corporations Are Not People (Sorry Romney) (09/06/12) [5:17]
    TYT | Awkward: Democrats, God, & Jerusalem (09/06/12) [6:26]
    TYT | FBI Tracking iPhones And iPads (09/05/12) [4:25]
    TYT | Torture Widespread Based On New U.S. Waterboarding Evidence (09/06/12) [7:55]
    WTC Building 7
    PBS: 9/11: Explosive Evidence - Experts Speak Out
    Interesting Graphs (click to enlarge)
    Other Videos and Documentaries

    Thursday September 06, 2012
    International News
    Quote of the day
    In Greece, It's The Police Vs The Riot Police

    Domestic News

    Wall Street CEOs Strut Amid Suffering, Warren Says
    Bloomberg | Richard Rubin | 09/06/12

    U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, in a high-profile speech at the Democratic National Convention, intensified her criticism of Wall Street, saying CEOs who wrecked the U.S. economy with risky bets "still strut around Congress" and demand favors from lawmakers. ... Read more

    Elizabeth Warren, in a high-profile speech at the Democratic National Convention (09/06/12) [14:53]

    Clinton Nominates Obama, Rebuts Romney Criticism On Jobs
    Bloomberg | Margaret Talev | 09/06/12

    Bill Clinton said President Barack Obama deserves re-election because he contained the economic crisis and put the nation on a path to recovery, casting the 2012 election as a choice between "shared opportunities and shared responsibility" and a "winner-take-all, you're-on-your- own society." ... Read more

    Clinton Nominates Obama, Rebuts Romney Criticism On Jobs (09/06/12) [48:21]
    DNC 2012 - Sandra Fluke Address the DNC (09/06/12) [6:36]
    Note: Cenk is a little over the top in this video, but what he says about the contraception issue and Rush Limbaugh is right on.
    TYT | Rush Limbaugh 'Slut' Attack On Georgetown Student Sandra Fluke (03/01/12) [5:40]

    New Police Car? Whatever happen to the Crown Vic?
    DemocracyNow Daily News
    Democracy Now! National and Global News Headlines for Thursday, September 06 [10:18]
    DN | Sandra Fluke Takes Fight for Women's Health to DNC After Insulted for Contraception Advocacy (09/06/12) [25:19]
    DN | As DNC Pushes Through Jerusalem Vote, Critics Ask Why GOP is Dictating Democrats' Platform (09/06/12) [21:18]
    DN | NAACP's Ben Jealous on the Voting Rights Battles That Could Decide 2012 Election (09/06/12) [5:11]
    WTC Building 7 Update (from yesterday)
    PBS | 9/11: Explosive Evidence - Experts Speak Out
    Richard Gage: www.ae911truth.org [website]
    ABC Radio's Christine Craft talks to Richard Gage about the controlled demolition of the 3 WTC buildings (1, 2 and 7)
    Democratic National Convention
    ABC News Democratic National Convention (09/04/12) [2:13:17]
    Diane Rehms Show
    Diane Rehm An Update From The Democratic National Convention (09/06/12)
    Kofi Annan: "Interventions: A Life in War and Peace" (09/06/12)
    Not new but I found the series interesting
    America: The Story of US
    AMERICA The Story Of Us (E01) Rebels [43:51]
    AMERICA The Story Of Us (E02) Revolution [43:54]
    AMERICA The Story Of Us (E03) Westward [45:55]
    AMERICA The Story Of Us (E04) Division [45:48]
    AMERICA The Story Of Us (E05) Civil War [45:55]
    AMERICA The Story Of Us (E06) Heartland [45:46]
    AMERICA The Story Of Us (E07) Cities [46:05]
    AMERICA The Story Of Us (E08) BOOM [46:04]
    AMERICA The Story Of Us (E09) BUST [45:54]
    AMERICA The Story Of Us (E10) WWII [45:54]
    AMERICA The Story Of Us (E11) Superpower [43:58]
    AMERICA The Story Of Us (E12) Millenium [44:02]
    Japan Finds Radioactivity in More Foods From California, The California Radiation Report, By Andrew Kishner, www.NuclearCrimes.org, August 23, 2012
    Other Videos and Documentaries
    Alex Jones | Jim Tucker: Revolution Against Bilderberg Accelerating (06/10/11) [7:47]
    The True Story of the Bilderberg Group
    Delving into a world once shrouded in complete mystery and impenetrable security, this investigative report provides a fascinating account of the annual meetings of the world's most powerful people -- the Bilderberg Group. Since its inception in 1954 at the Bilderberg Hotel in the small Dutch town of Oosterbeek, the Bilderberg Group has been comprised of European prime ministers, American presidents, and the wealthiest CEOs of the world, all coming together to discuss the economic and political future of humanity. The working press has never been allowed to attend, nor have statements ever been released on the attendees' conclusions or discussions, which have ramifications on the citizens of the world. Using methods that resemble the spy tactics of the Cold War -- and in several instances putting his own life on the line -- the author did what no one else has managed to achieve: he learned what was being said behind the closed doors of the opulent hotels and has made it available to the public. This second edition includes an entirely new chapter and updated information on topics such as an earlier attempt to break up Canada and the portents of a North American union.
    31 US NAVY SEALS KILLED (SEAL TEAM SIX) August 2011 [1:09]
    Alex Jones: Seal Team 6 Crash In Afghanistan Was An Inside Job (08/06/11) [6:49]
    SEAL TEAM 6 Assassinated-WhistleBlower Talks! (08/09/11) [27:58]
    Burning Man 2012 in pictures -- Rough Cuts (09/05/12) [2:08]

    Wednesday September 05, 2012
    International News

    *Noam Chomsky: Why America and Israel Are the Greatest Threats to Peace
    AlterNet | Noam Chomsky | 09/03/12

    Imagine if Iran -- or any other country -- did a fraction of what American and Israel do at will. ... Read more

    Domestic News

    Wall Street Regulator (Tim Geithner) Was Warned Of Libor Manipulation In 1996
    HuffingtonPost | Mark Gongloff | 09/04/12

    And yet, somehow, we are supposed to believe Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner's claim that he was clueless about Libor manipulation until the financial crisis of 2008. At the time, Geithner was in charge of the New York Fed, the financial regulator that sits right smack dab in the middle of the financial system, watching interest-rate markets all day, every day. ... Read more

    Bloomberg FOIA Documents How Wall Street Made A Muppet Of The SEC, Mary Schapiro And Dodd Frank
    ZeroHedge | Author | 09/05/12

    That the SEC is the most incompetent, corrupt, irrelevant and captured organization "serving" the US public is known by everyone. And while the details of the SEC's glaring lack of capacity to do anything to restore investor confidence in the capital markets, which has become a casino used exclusively by Wall Street to defraud any retail investor still stupid enough to play (which lately a moot point as there have been no material retail inflows into mutual funds in over three years), are scattered, courtesy of Bloomberg we now have the best summary of just how the utterly clueless SEC is a muppet plaything of Wall Street, and together with it, the "grand regulation" that was supposed to keep Wall Street in check, is nothing but what Wall Street demand it to be, and forced the SEC, way over its head on regulation, to accept every change, that the very banks that are supposed to be regulated, demands as part of Dodd-Frank reforms. In short: everything we know about Wall Street 'regulation' has been a farce, and a lie, exclusively thanks to corruption rampant at the now documentedly incompetent Securities And Exchange Commission. ... Read more

    Top Bank Lawyer'S E-Mails Show Washington'S Inside Game
    Bloomberg | Author | 09/05/12

    Mary Schapiro, chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, testifies during a House Financial Services Committee hearing in Washington, on April 25, 2012. ... Read more

    DemocracyNow Daily News
    Democracy Now! National and Global News Headlines for Wednesday, September 05 [9:11]
    DN | Political Party Time: Corporations, Donors With Billions at Stake Fund Lavish Events at DNC (09/05/12) [14:19]
    DN | At GOP Fundraiser With Billionaires Karl Rove Maps 2012 Strategy, Jokes of Todd Akin Murder (09/05/12) [18:26]
    WTC Building 7 Update
    Architects & Engineers - Solving the Mystery of WTC 7 - AE911Truth.org (08/16/11) [15:00]
    *Remember Building 7 10th Anniversary TV Ad
    Remember Building 7 [website]
    BuildingWhat? on Geraldo Nov 13 2010 [8:11]
    Days after Remember Building 7's appearance on Geraldo At Large, Judge Andrew Napolitano invited Geraldo on his show to discuss the Remember Building 7 campaign and Geraldo's opinions regarding 9/11. [4:12]
    Fukushima Update
    STRONGest Quake since April 2011 Rocks Japan off Fukushima & update (08/29/12) [11:13]
    *Fukushima plant "to keep contaminating the Pacific Ocean for the rest of time" if fuel can't be removed -- No good solution, must constantly pump out water from under buildings Part 1 (09/03/12) [14:21], Part 2 [14:15], Part 3 [14:15], Part 4 [14:15]
    Note: I missed this video until now, but I found it interesting, informative, and easy to understand.
    *The Fukushima Nuclear Accident - Part 1 (05/17/11) [14:18], Part 2 [14:55], Part 3 [14:20]
    3 Mile Island
    Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Station Meltdown (09/17/11) [44:24]
    NUCLEAR MELTDOWN: Three Mile Island Aftermath - 'We Almost Lost Detroit' too... (1982) [1:00:06]
    Meltdown At Three Mile Island ( Nothing Compared to Fukushima ) [53:16]
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    Tuesday September 04, 2012
    International News
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    Since When Did Paul Ryan Become a Liar?
    NYMagazine | Jonathan Chait | 09/04/12

    ... The thing about Ryan is that he has always resided in a counter-factual universe. He is a product of the hermetically sealed right-wing subculture. Many of the facts taken for granted by mainstream economists have never penetrated his brain. Ryan burst onto the national scene with a dense, fact-laden attack on the financing of Obama's health-care bill that was essentially a series of hallucinations, pseudo-facts cooked up and recirculated by conservative apparatchiks who didn't know what they were talking about or didn't care. His big-think speeches reflect the influence of fact-free conservatives and collapse under scrutiny. ... Read more

    Interesting Graphs (click to enlarge)
    DemocracyNow Daily News
    Democracy Now! National and Global News Headlines for Monday, September 04 [9:36]
    DN | Diverse Causes Join Forces in Charlotte to Kick Off Week of Protests at DNC (09/04/12) [7:38]
    DN | Why Did the Dems Choose Charlotte? Examining Obama's Close Ties to Utility Giant Duke Energy (09/04/12) [13:34]
    HBO Newsroom
    Great | This is part of the 1st and 11th episode of HBO's Newsroom staring Jane Fonda and Jeff Daniels. *The Newsroom - Why America is NOT the greatest country in the world, anymore. (current) [4:48]
    *The Newsroom - Tea Party is the American Taliban (current) [6:12]
    Bill Moyers
    *Bill Moyers | The Resurrection of Ralph Reed (08/31/12) [56:46]
    While Romney, Ryan, Rubio, and Eastwood got the lion's share of attention during the Republican Convention this week, three one-time college Republicans who are now the party's real power-brokers -- Karl Rove, Ralph Reed, and Grover Norquist -- were busy doing what they do best: leveraging their political, religious, and financial resources to back pro-corporate, anti-government objectives at the core of the conservative agenda.
    *Bill Moyers | Nuns, Faith and Politics (08/24/12) [56:46]
    Weeks before Republican Paul Ryan was selected to run for vice president, Sister Simone Campbell -- who heads NETWORK, a Catholic policy and lobbying group -- hit the road to protest the so-called "Ryan budget" recently passed by the House of Representatives. She and some of her sister nuns rolled across the heartland on a bus trip designed to arouse public concern over what the Ryan plan would mean for social services in America, especially its slashing of programs for the poor. Sister Simone says his budget is inconsistent with Catholic social teaching. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops agrees.
    Diane Rehms Show
    Diane Rehm Preview Of The Democratic Party Platform And National Convention (09/04/12)
    TRNN News
    TRNN | The Real Hunger Games - Big Commodity Traders Control World Grain Market (09/04/12) [12:22]
    TRNN | In Southern Spain, Juan Manuel Sanchez Gordillo, mayor of the small town of Marinaleda, is helping organize a growing protest movement against the austerity measures imposed by the Spanish government (09/04/12) [12:31]
    TRNN | Will Military Budget Cuts Weaken Defence and Lose Jobs? (06/12/12) [10:23]

    Monday September 03, 2012
    International News
    Domestic News

    Greed and Debt: The True Story of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital
    RollingStone | Matt Taibbi | 08/29/12

    ... His (Romney's) legendary flip-flops aren't the lies of a bumbling opportunist -- they're the confident prevarications of a man untroubled by misleading the nonbeliever in pursuit of a single, all-consuming goal. Romney has a vision, and he's trying for something big: We've just been too slow to sort out what it is, just as we've been slow to grasp the roots of the radical economic changes that have swept the country in the last generation. ... Read more

    Mitt Romney's | Bain Capital's Federal (FDIC) Bailout
    RollingStone | Author | 08/31/12
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    Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan Speeches Make Me Miss George Bush
    RollingStone | Matt Taibbi | 08/31/12

    ... The Republican convention in general has been a strange affair. The vibe around Republican politics in general was much happier in the days before the Bush presidency cratered. Republican politics before Bush imploded was a confident brew of guns, Jesus, and Freedom. ... Read more

    Republican Convention Delegates Spurred By Fear Will Fight For Man They Don't Like
    HuffingtonPost | Michael McAuliff | 09/01/12

    The conservative faithful who make up the base of the Republican Party still don't like Mitt Romney very much, but Democrats are kidding themselves if they think that will matter at all in November. ... Read more

    "The problem is Governor Romney never offered a plausible alternative," said Axelrod. "He spoke 45 minutes and never offered ideas of how to move the economy forward and lift the middle class. His convention was a terrible failure."

    Axelrod continued, "He never talked about the principal planks of his own plan. He never talked about the $5 trillion tax cut skewed to the wealthy and ... about putting Medicare in a voucher program."

    At Jackson Hole, a growing fear for Fed independence
    Reuters | Pedro Nicolaci da Costa | 09/02/12

    JACKSON HOLE -- Increasing political encroachment on the Federal Reserve, particularly from the Republican Party, could threaten the central bank's hard-won independence and undermine confidence in the nearly 100-year old institution. My comment... GOOD. Read more

    Great discussion on austerity and how it is being used against the American people. Watch in sequence. *TRNN | Austerity Hawks Want a Return to 1920's Capitalism Part 1 (older) [10:01], Part 2 [15:05]
    TRNN | Is Obama Still on the Austerity Train? (older) [11:47]
    TRNN | Austerity and the GOP in Power (older) [8:40]
    *DN | Matt Taibbi: The Secret to Mitt Romney's Fortune? Greed, Debt and Forcing Others to Pay Bill (08/30/12) [21:39]
    Eliot Spitzer
    *Eliot Spitzer | Lyin' Ryan: Al Gore and the Current team discuss the implications of Paul Ryan's speech (08/30.12) [3:01]
    Eliot Spitzer | Al Gore: Mitt Romney's policies would increase income inequality (08/30/12) [2:09]
    Eliot Spitzer | Al Gore calls for popular vote (08/30/12) [2:54]
    *Eliot Spitzer | Matt Taibbi: If an individual on Wall Street was punished (08/22/12) [2:50]
    TYT News
    *TYT | Paul Ryan RNC Speech - The Good And Bad (08/30/12) [6:14]
    TYT | Rich Pay Too Little In Taxes - Pew Poll (08/31/12) [6:53]
    *TYT | Rich, Corporations Have Too Much Power - Poll (older) [3:21]
    TYT | Strong Conflict Between Rich And Poor - Pew Survey (older) [5:50]
    Jon Stewart
    *Jon Stewart | Vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan electrifies the Republican National Convention with his deep blue eyes and lack of specific policy proposal details. (08/30/12) [4:04]
    *Jon Stewart | We Can Change That: John Oliver utilizes the Republican National Convention theme of "We Can Change It" to change facts, reality and the meaning of words in order to make a much larger point. (08/30/12) [4:47]
    *Jon Stewart | Michael Steele Extended Interview: In this exclusive, unedited interview, former RNC chairman Michael Steele explains why straight-shooter Paul Ryan played fast and loose with facts in his convention speech. Part 1 (08/30/12) [5:32], Part 2 [6:38]

    09.01.2012. 12:33

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