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Washington is Defaming Putin

aa-corporate media Washington long ago learned the dark art of silencing truth with defamation. . . Today Washington’s target is Vladimir Putin. This is the height of folly and hubris. Putin’s public support far exceeds that of any American president in history. Currently, the level of public support for the Obama regime and the U.S. Congress is far too low to be compatible with a functioning democracy. If the U.S. is actually a democracy, it is the most dysfunctional democracy in world history. Practically no one, except the powerful private interest groups who own Washington, supports the US government. Everyone else despises Washington. As the result of 13 years of murderous destruction of life and property in the Middle East and Africa, a dysfunctional and collapsing US economy, and a display of unrivaled arrogance, Washington has destroyed America’s soft power. Abroad only the deluded few and those paid by US-financed NGOs still have a good opinion of the United States. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/10/24/washington-defaming-putin-paul-craig-roberts/


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Why ‘Progressive’ Media is the Path to Riches

aa-liberalism ahead turn back now Haven’t you noticed what’s happening in the media and on the internet? Companies are cashing in on the backs of those with a brainwashed belief system. Sites like Buzzfeed, Upworthy, Policy Mic, Medium, Huffington Post, and Gawker are raking in money hand over fist providing content which either acts as soothing soma for your modern progessive or emotional outrage at something that conflicts with their worldview. Providing content targeted at liberals, social justice warriors, and white knights who believe in mythical fantasies is now a huge profit-generating industry. http://www.rooshv.com/why-progressive-media-is-the-path-to-riches


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Paul Craig Roberts on Capitalism, Snowden, Regulations, Impeachment, Net Neutrality, GMOs

aa-Republicrats - two parties one ideology This is like a gangster state capitalism. Now all capitalism, like all human arrangements, has problems and disadvantages and the purpose of regulation is to make the system work for more people rather than for few people. So when you take the regulation out of the system, which is what the liberals and the conservatives and the republicans and the democrats have done, together, then the system doesn’t work for anybody, but the handful that have got the power and that are rigging it. http://www.opednews.com/articles/Ttranscript-Paul-Craig-Ro-by-Rob-Kall-Capitalism_Gmo_Paul-Craig-Roberts_Regulations-140804-801.html


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The American Gulag of Thought-Control

aa-thought police - sarcastic poster Look at the way American mass media is covering the conflict in Ukraine and the recent downing of the Malaysia civilian airliner. It’s a scary, unthinking, uninformed drumbeat of «Russia did it, Putin did it, sanction Moscow». No-one is allowed to step outside this uniformity of thinking, or raise the questions begging to be asked, under pain of being ostracised and vilified by the virtual army of drumheads. America has its physical gulags alright in the form of Guantanamo Bay prison and countless other jails that house an inmate population of over two million. But what is also just as real is the virtual American gulag of mass media tyranny and public thought control. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article39313.htm#.U9-OTgCQSWQ.email


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Corporatism Stifles Innovation

aa-corporate power in america Corporatism invents methods of greater control and market dominance for select elitist beneficiaries. When government provides seed money to fund research projects, pure science is seldom the objective. As examined in the essay, How Government Did (and Didn’t) Invent the Internet, Harry McCracken writes: (I’m even prepared to believe that if the Internet hadn’t been invented at DARPA, the private sector would have stepped in and done the job. But we’ll never know for sure, since it was invented at DARPA.) Thus, the paradox most people are unable to see beyond the guise of “so called” progress. Is government involvement or outright development of transhumanist futuristic technology a valid form of innovation or is it the terminal scourge of central planning and a controlled economy? http://www.batr.org/corporatocracy/073014.html


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MH17 – Sacrificed Airliner

aa-Malaysian airliner - another shot of piece of shot down plane The Ukrainian rebels handed over the black boxes to international authorities. The investigation can begin. It hopefully will begin, unobstructed by political maneuvering. Will the Empire allow the investigation to follow its course? The Western propaganda machine is in full gear. The twisting of facts, obscuring of evidence, and maneuvering public opinion all over the world: all this is being done with determination and routinely applied precision. So much is at stake! Increasing cooperation between Russia, Latin America and China could mean the end of Western neo-colonial control of the world. The creation of alternatives to the World Bank can free billions of human beings from market feudalism and its slavery. Powerful news organizations broadcasting from Russia (RT), Venezuela (TeleSur) and Iran (Press TV) are consistently breaking the depressing and nihilistic monopoly of Western propaganda and control of people’s brains all over the world. The more liberating these trends and waves are for the world, the more panic there is in Washington, London and Paris, but also on Wall Street and in the City, as well as in the newsrooms of the corporate media. The West is terrified. Its ‘exceptionalism’, tremendous profits from controlling everything that moves on this planet, the kick of being in charge and holding the whip, all this can disappear if these waves of resistance are not reversed! http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/07/25/mh17-sacrificed-airliner/#.U9O1LsKx1Xs.email


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Too many solid points made here to repeat,hopefully this article will be studied and sent far and wide,the writer,Andre Vltchek is a name not to be forgotten!

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Israel’s Crumbling Media War

aa-media - monkeys The U.S. political elite, the elite in Israel and the owners of the corporate media share a set of common economic and political interests that ensures that pro-Israeli propaganda dominates in the establishment media. Should journalists and media organizations break from the script, various pro-Israeli groups, such as CAMERA, generate flack and bring enough pressure to bear on editors and reporters that they are brought back in line. As Glenn Greenwald noted recently, media figures and executives are more “petrified” of covering Israel than any other issue. Jon Stewart comically made the same point in his segment “We Need to Talk about Israel.” The end result is that news coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict follows predictable pro-Israeli patterns that are outlined in an educational video produced by media scholar Sut Jhally called Peace, Propaganda, and the Promised Land: U.S. Media and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. But something new has been happening in the establishment media, particularly since the July 16 tragedy. Ayman Moyheldin, now working for NBC, witnessed and covered Israel’s cold-blooded murder of four young Palestinian boys playing soccer on the beach. Moyheldin’s coverage was gut-wrenching but it was carried by NBC nevertheless. http://www.salon.com/2014/07/23/%E2%80%9Cthe_more_the_dead_the_better%E2%80%9D_israel%E2%80%99s_crumbling_media_war/


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To the extent there's any dissent from the media's Zio-truth, thank the internet.

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Corporate Lobbying Replaced a Free Market

aa-big business pledge of allegiance good one The practice of a pure free market is so rare that a plausible argument can be made that a free market economy never existed. However, as the saying goes, Once Upon A Time, economic commerce did reflect a voluntary basis for business transactions. The fortunes of trade rested upon the mutual benefit of all parties, since repeated satisfaction built sustaining economies. Competition was the norm and the quality of goods and services developed that propelled expanding growth and prosperity for the largest numbers of participating producers and consumers. In the corporatist economic model, the goal is to create and protect monopolies, while stamping out any enterprises that challenge the Plutocrat system. http://www.batr.org/corporatocracy/071614.html


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Pro-Israel Media Bias: It’s As Easy As ABC

aa-media - corporate news Poor Diane Sawyer – recently kicked upstairs by ABC News, she started off her Wednesday report on the Israeli assault on Gaza by giving us the Bizarro World version of the latest news. In a conflict where as of this moment 86 Palestinians have been killed – nearly all civilians, mostly women and children – and as many as 1,000 wounded, with exactly zero casualties in Israel, Sawyer directed our attention to “the rockets raining down on Israel” – while on the screen we saw Israeli jets pounding Gaza. http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2014/07/10/pro-israel-media-bias-its-as-easy-as-abc/#.U7_mbhDRPeY.email


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Fox News and Terrorist Propaganda

aa-media - corporate media pro war Fatal collateral damage, is, as Wikileaks has termed it, “collateral murder.” And therefore, state terrorism is no less culpable than non-state terrorism. Furthermore, warmongering punditry is no less despicable than preaching non-state terrorism, and the latter is no more criminal than the former. Neither are criminal, but both are despicable. In fact, imperial warmongering punditry is actually more deplorable. It is less surprising, although it is absolutely no excuse, when individuals who have seen their people, and even their loved ones, murdered, starved, crushed, and humiliated by a brutal empire to become so desperately vengeful that they endorse retaliatory acts of criminal brutality. Again, this is absolutely no excuse, and does not in the slightest justify what they call for. But when media elites, living in the lap of luxury and security and nowhere near desperation, vindictively call down hellfire upon the heads of innocents abroad, it is gratuitously malicious to an incredible degree. http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/07/dan-sanchez/cable-news-agitprop/


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Land of the Free Watch: Big Brother is Coming to Healthcare – How Hospitals are Entering Your Credit Card Info Into Algorithms

aa-Big Brother - is watching good one The moment you create a national system of healthcare is the moment everybody suddenly has this so-called “health responsibility” to everyone else. Which is fascistic and the opposite of freedom.
Naturally, now that we have Obamacare all sorts of invasive things are going to be justified for the “greater good.” As Bloomberg notes in the important article below, you may soon be getting calls from your doctor about your personal habits thanks to credit card data mining. If people want to opt-in to such a system fine, but if this is imposed upon the population involuntarily, there is only one word to describe it: Tyranny. http://www.silverdoctors.com/big-brother-is-coming-to-healthcare-how-hospitals-are-entering-your-credit-card-info-into-algorithms/


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Fact Rape

aa-corporate media Ever notice that when you read an article on something you know a lot about, they’ve got 50% of the facts wrong? Whether it’s a story about your hometown or your favorite band, it’s always shocking how half-assed the journalists are. Apparently, lots of people have noticed this. Last week, we learned of a Gallup poll that said confidence in the media had plummeted to 22%. In 1979 it was 51%. This is because we’ve gone from investigators hitting the pavement to ideologues pounding their keyboards. A reporter used to go where the story led him. Now he starts with the story and crams in facts until it fits. This may be because the demand for news outpaces the supply, so they blurt out, “Uh, the guy who hit Tracy Morgan was up for 24 hours because Walmart,” since it sounds good. It may be because print ads are dead and income is increasingly based on the number of clicks a web article gets—hence the term “click bait.” Another far more sinister possibility is the vast majority of reporters are basically Marxist liberals and they use the news as a propaganda tool for the “greater good.” I suspect it’s the latter. There are too many fake stories that fit the liberal narrative for it to be an accident. It seems like every time we see evidence of the left’s hateful worldview, we learn it’s a hoax. Remember when KFC demanded a disfigured girl leave their restaurant because she scared the customers? That never happened either. How many times have we found “Faggot” and “Nigger” scrawled on a wall only to discover later it was done by the same non-hetero-normative person of color who claimed to be a victim? Is there anyone in the country who isn’t convinced every journalist outside of Fox is in the tank for Obama? http://takimag.com/article/fact_rape_gavin_mcinnes/print#axzz35xC66z00


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Weapons of Mass Deception, zionist-owned media

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U.S. Business to Run Ads Against Russian Sanctions

aa-Russia and US struggle Two top U.S. business lobbies plan to run newspaper adverts warning that more Russian sanctions risk harming U.S. workers and businesses. The trade associations warn that economic sanctions will translate into huge damages from lost trade with Russia. The adverts will be published in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and National Association of Manufacturers on June 26. http://rt.com/business/168384-us-businesses-russian-sanctions/


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WE ARE ALL RUSSIANS ALL WHITE PEOPLE MUST ADORE & LOVE MOTHER RUSSIA. Firstly, this is great news. This hatred towards Russia is caused by Jewish mental illness. Judaists (who are mostly whites) have a delusion that they are “Jews”, who descended from Avram. Avram was a p*i*m_p who sold his wife Sarai to a negro pharaoh. Avram himself was probably a negro, if he even existed. They worship Moshe (an Egyptian, therefore African and Negro) as their prophet. The fact is that the Torah is a “forgery” (McCabe) and “spurious” (Thomas Paine) fabricated by mentally deranged black criminals. Moshe never existed. His story is copied from the older African myth of Mises/Sargon. Exile and Exodus never happened. See: "Deconstructing the Walls of Jericho" (by Prof. Ze'ev Herzog of the Dept. of Archaeology, Tel Aviv University). Because of this delusional negro-worship of Negroes like Avram and Moshe, Judaists have a delusion that they are descendants of the Negro Abraham and so become negrophiliacs and Afrophiliacs and start hating their own White race and white nations like Russia! So why are most whites Russian and must adore mother Russia? Because whites are "Caucasians" and their origins have been traced to the Caucasus mountains"which are in Russia! These whites (who called themselves "Aryans" but are now called "Indo-europeans" to placate Jewish delusions) went west and settled in a place they named Aryaland (now called Ireland). They went south and settled in a place called Aryaan (Iran). They spoke a language now called PIE (Proto-Indo-European) from which Greek/Latin and thence English are derived. Their gene R1a1 is found in about 50% of the white people to this day. See Mallory: In search of the Indo-Europeans. See the website: “The peopling of Europe” See Wikipedia (run by Judaists themselves): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proto-Indo-Europeans But be careful, the Judaists are trying to promote a fraud named Renfro who claims that the Indo-Europeans came from Turkey to make their Middle East the mother land of all white people!! Most researchers reject this “Anatolia hypothesis”. This Anatolia hypothesis clearly contradicts the oldest texts such of the Indo-Europeans such as as the Vedas which clearly refer to a cold, snowy and pastoral homeland of the Indo-Europeans in the Eurasian steppe. So the Judaists are mentally ill to fight with their own mother Russia. But

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What’s the Source of Soaring Corporate Profits? Stagnant Wages

aa-corporate power in america What if all the low-hanging fruit of outsourcing jobs and financialization have already been plucked by Corporate America? The connection between soaring corporate profits and stagnant wages is both common sense and inflammatory: common sense because less for you, more for me and inflammatory because this harkens back to the core problem with the bad old capitalism Marx critiqued: that capital dominates labor and thus can extract profits even as the purchasing power of wages declines. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-06-09/whats-source-soaring-corporate-profits-stagnant-wages


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Identity Defies the Global Marketplace

aa-automatons I am here today to “celebrate diversity.” I’m all for it. I think the world needs a lot more of it: Ethnic diversity, religious diversity, cultural diversity. Authentic diversity that is alive and thriving in the present. Not stagnant, recycled, sterilized artifacts of the past. Other people say they want to “celebrate diversity,” but too often they’re just repeating slogans that make them feel good, and that ultimately facilitate entities and patterns of thought that can only destroy “diversity.” http://www.amren.com/features/2014/05/identity-defies-the-global-marketplace/#.U4CWUHL7sgw.email


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The Corruption of Wall Street

aa-cattle Technology has been pushed on the masses like a drug by the mega-corporation and mega-media dealers. Just walk down any city street and observe the technologically entranced zombies shuffling along the sidewalks staring blankly at a tiny screen, tapping away on an itsy bitsy keypad as if whatever they are conveying is of vital importance to the future of mankind. # Give me a break. God forbid if we had to go out in public without our iGadget attached to an appendage. We might actually have to use our brain to think. We might be able to look someone in the eye and smile. We might be able to say hello to a stranger. We might have to act like a human being. Being connected electronically 24 hours per day is not progress. The technology being peddled to the masses by mega-corporations is designed to keep people amused, apathetic, distracted and uninterested in thinking critically. Our society has devolved into a technologically narcissistic, ego driven, submissive, trivial culture, asphyxiating in a sea of irrelevance and driven by greed and need to fulfill our every desire, rather than a technologically proficient, selfless, humble, critical thinking, civil minded society of self-reliant human beings who take responsibility for their own lives and refuse to saddle future generations with the financial consequences of living beyond their means. Our willful ignorance, misuse of technology, and inability to control our impulses and desires will be the ruin of our perverted civilization. http://www.theburningplatform.com/2014/05/13/wall-street-has-always-been-corrupt-or-about-to-be-corrupted/


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Technology and the Future of Jobs

aa-middle class - getting poor This reality is all around us, but the full impact yet appreciated, is that the cloud of computing is not increasing business employment for the main street economy. http://www.batr.org/negotium/043014.html


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Vermont Becomes the First State in the U.S. to Require GMO Labeling

aa-genetically engineered food - fish GMO labeling bills have been tried and failed in several states in recent years, most notably in California and Washington state. However, Vermont just made history with the passage of H.112. The bill, which requires all GMO foods sold in Vermont to be labeled by July 1, 2016. Meanwhile, this movement is scaring the living sh*t out of Monsanto, which is why Rep. Mike Pompeo of Kansas just introduced a desperate bill, which activists are referring to as the DARK Act, that would ban states from requiring labeling. That’s Congress for you. Criminals on the Potomac. http://www.silverdoctors.com/vermont-becomes-the-first-state-in-the-u-s-to-require-gmo-labeling-why-this-is-a-very-big-deal/


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Washington’s Corruption and Mendacity Is What Makes America ‘Exceptional’

aa-corporate media Washington and the prostitute media are purveyors of misinformation. Remember, Washington and its media prostitutes told you that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and was a threat to America. Washington and its media prostitutes told you that Syria’s President Assad used chemical weapons against his own people. Washington and its media prostitutes told you that “we are not spying on you.” Remember, the New York Times sat on the first leak from a top NSA official that Americans were being illegally spied upon for one year until George W. Bush was safely reelected. A government that relies on propaganda cannot be believed about anything. Americans misinformed by a prostitute media are in no position to protect the U.S. Constitution and their liberty. Misinformed, they become tyranny’s allies and their own worst enemy. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/04/18/washingtons-corruption-mendacity-makes-america-exceptional-paul-craig-roberts/


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Neo-Liberalism and the Machinery of Disposability

aa-Republicrats - two parties one ideology Under the regime of neoliberalism, especially in the United States, war has become an extension of politics as almost all aspects of society have been transformed into a combat zone. Americans now live in a society in which almost everyone is spied on, considered a potential terrorist, and subject to a mode of state and corporate lawlessness in which the arrogance of power knows no limits. The state of exception has become normalized. Moreover, as society becomes increasingly militarized and political concessions become relics of a long-abandoned welfare state hollowed out to serve the interest of global markets, the collective sense of ethical imagination and social responsibility toward those who are vulnerable or in need of care is now viewed as a scourge or pathology. http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/22958-neoliberalism-and-the-machinery-of-disposability#.U0VC0k1t9BI.email


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How the Corporate Takeover of Society is Leaving Us Feeling Empty Inside

aa-American Empire - mcdonalds at iwo jima How do you engineer a bland, depoliticised world, a consensus built around consumption and endless growth, a dream world of materialism and debt and atomisation, in which all relations can be prefixed with a dollar sign, in which we cease to fight for change? You delegate your powers to companies whose profits depend on this model. Power is shifting: to places in which we have no voice or vote. Domestic policies are forged by special advisers and spin doctors, by panels and advisory committees stuffed with lobbyists. The self-hating state withdraws its own authority to regulate and direct. Simultaneously, the democratic vacuum at the heart of global governance is being filled, without anything resembling consent, by international bureaucrats and corporate executives. The NGOs permitted – often as an afterthought – to join them intelligibly represent neither civil society nor electorates. http://www.alternet.org/corporate-accountability-and-workplace/corporations-have-taken-over-profit-more-way?paging=off&current_page=1#bookmark


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Corporate Profits and Tax Loopholes

aa-corporate control - good one Record U.S. corporate profits are the beneficiary of easy money, near zero interest rates and monopolist aided government tax policies. The upward surge in earnings since the depths of the financial collapse proves one incontrovertible fact; namely, tax regulations, implemented to aid favorite companies, is the operational model of the corporatist economy. http://www.batr.org/corporatocracy/040914.html


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Crony Capitalism – Trillions in Corporate Welfare

aa-Republicrats - two parties one ideology It is crony capitalism, as opposed to free markets, that has led to the gross inequality in American society we have today. Cronyism for the super wealthy starts at the very top with the Federal Reserve System, which consists of topdown economic central planners who manipulate the money supply and hence interest rates for the benefit of the financial oligarch class. It then trickles down through lobbyist money into the halls of Washington D.C., and ultimately filters down to local governments and then the average person on the street gaming welfare or disability. As suspected, the biggest welfare queens in the U.S. are the super wealthy themselves, but they’d rather you focus on some single mother on welfare simply trying to survive. http://www.silverdoctors.com/a-first-look-at-a-new-report-on-crony-capitalism-trillions-in-corporate-welfare/


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Invasion of the Data Snatchers

aa-surveillance - very good one Estimates vary, but by 2020 there could be over 30 billion devices connected to the Internet. Once dumb, they will have smartened up thanks to sensors and other technologies embedded in them and, thanks to your machines, your life will quite literally have gone online. The implications are revolutionary. Your smart refrigerator will keep an inventory of food items, noting when they go bad. Your smart thermostat will learn your habits and adjust the temperature to your liking. Smart lights will illuminate dangerous parking garages, even as they keep an “eye” out for suspicious activity. Techno-evangelists have a nice catchphrase for this future utopia of machines and the never-ending stream of information, known as Big Data, it produces: the Internet of Things. So abstract. So inoffensive. Ultimately, so meaningless. A future Internet of Things does have the potential to offer real benefits, but the dark side of that seemingly shiny coin is this: companies will increasingly know all there is to know about you. http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175822/tomgram%3A_crump_and_harwood%2C_the_net_closes_around_us/


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Google, China, the NSA and the Fourth Turning

The profane alliance between big banks, big corporations, and big government has created the Big Brother surveillance society we are living under today. And 95% of the populace is either willfully ignorant or perfectly happy with a boot stomping on their face forever. We have willingly become hopelessly enslaved while believing we are free. We think we are free to buy whatever clothes, iGadgets, baubles and trinkets we desire, while becoming imprisoned in the chains of credit card debt hawked by Wall Street bankers. We think we are free to pursue higher education, while being saddled with government peddled non-dischargeable student loan debt and few job opportunities. We think we are free to buy/lease whatever new vehicle we choose every three years, while falling into the trap of lifetime monthly payments to the financial elite. We imagine ourselves free to live in a 4,500 sq foot McMansion, 50 feet from another McMansion, while Wall Street creatively lures you into the shackles of an epoch of debt. We believe we live in a country admired for its morality and freedom, while in actuality the world despises us for our hubris, meddling, murdering and hypocrisy. http://www.theburningplatform.com/2014/03/12/google-china-the-nsa-and-the-fourth-turning/


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How the Repo Industry is Collecting Data on Virtually Every Car in America

aa-surveillance - scanner used by repo industry Few notice the “spotter car” from Manny Sousa’s repo company as it scours Massachusetts parking lots, looking for vehicles whose owners have defaulted on their loans. Sousa’s unmarked car is part of a technological revolution that goes well beyond the repossession business, transforming any ­industry that wants to check on the whereabouts of ordinary people. An automated reader attached to the spotter car takes a picture of every license plate it passes and sends it to a company in Texas that already has more than 1.8 billion plate scans from vehicles across the country. These scans mean big money for Sousa — typically $200 to $400 every time the spotter finds a vehicle that’s stolen or in default — so he runs his spotter around the clock, typically adding 8,000 plate scans to the database in Texas each day. “Honestly, we’ve found random apartment complexes and shopping ­plazas that are sweet spots” where the company can impound multiple vehicles, explains Sousa, the president of New England Associates Inc. in Bridgewater. But the most significant impact of Sousa’s business is far bigger than locating cars whose owners have defaulted on loans: It is the growing database of snapshots showing where Americans were at specific times, information that everyone from private detectives to ­insurers are willing to pay for. While public debate about the license reading technology has centered on how police should use it, business has eagerly adopted the $10,000 to $17,000 scanners with remarkably few limits. http://www.silverdoctors.com/how-the-repo-industry-is-collecting-data-on-virtually-every-car-in-america/


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No Jobs, No Economy, No Prospects For Peace or Life

aa-American dream - George Carlin Just as “your” government and “your” prostitute media lie to you about Ukraine, Putin, Saddam Hussein, Gaddafi, Iran, Pakistan, Yemen, Palestine, NSA, spying, torture, 9/11, Obamacare, and literally everything under the sun, “your” government lies to you about the economy and hides from you the perilous state of your economic existence. If you are not among the One Percent, you have no future in America. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/03/07/jobs-economy-prospects-peace-life-paul-craig-roberts/


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U.S. of Gay Watch: List of the Most Homosexual-Oriented Corporations

aa-homosexuality - gay US flag The Human Rights Campaign released its newly updated Corporate Equality Index recently. Here’s the complete list of companies that scored 100% for being LGBT-friendly. Those readers who are pro-family will condemn the following, refuse to purchase from them, and get their friends to do likewise. The Homosexual Lobby’s favorite firms are: http://etherzone.com/2014/boys020414.shtml


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The Diversity Hoax

aa-big business pledge of allegiance good one Corporations like Nestle praise themselves of their diversity. They have even an official diversity policy. They deliberately hire people from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. In their selection process they pay particular attention to the candidate’s likelihood of fitting into the diverse environment. Candidates raised in different cultures, for example as ex-pat child, with parents of different racial background, or who are married to a person from a different race, are more likely to receive a job offer than someone with a less colourful profile. Nestle is not alone. Other multinational corporations, most notably Microsoft, have made diversity part of their corporate identity, to an extent that you are hard pressed to find a White in their staff rooms who is not a Jew or at least married to one. http://therebel.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=745789:the-diversity-hoax&catid=136:editorial&Itemid=2244


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The Rise of Robot Journalists and the World Brain

aa-media propaganda - good one The most important thing in understanding the covert nature of the Orwellian mass media is not the news that they cover; it’s understanding the news they do not cover. In America today the concern about “Freedom of the Press” is quickly becoming irrelevant. While public concern is focused on the Constitutional right of “Freedom of the Press” the greater danger comes from how the media has been covertly controlled through managing the free flow of information. Certainly, “Freedom of the Press” is a key concern, but the real threat to that freedom is about who controls the content and decides what is newsworthy and what is not. http://www.newswithviews.com/McGuire/paul204.htm


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The Wolf of Sesame Street: Revealing the Secret Corruption Inside PBS’s News Division

aa-corporate power in america On December 18th, the Public Broadcasting Service’s flagship station WNET issued a press release announcing the launch of a new two-year news series entitled “Pension Peril.” The series, promoting cuts to public employee pensions, is airing on hundreds of PBS outlets all over the nation. It has been presented as objective news on major PBS programs including the PBS News Hour. However, neither the WNET press release nor the broadcasted segments explicitly disclosed who is financing the series. Pando has exclusively confirmed that “Pension Peril” is secretly funded by former Enron trader John Arnold, a billionaire political powerbroker who is actively trying to shape the very pension policy that the series claims to be dispassionately covering. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article37630.htm#.UvzrpPgODoc.email


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End of the Welfare State?

aa-welfare state What is happening in America is that the vast cohort of working men and women, immigrants, illegal and legal, who have come in recent decades, 30 to 40 million, have displaced, have dispossessed, the native-born. But we may be coming to the end of the line. From Detroit to Greece to Puerto Rico, government’s ability to expand the benefits of the welfare class by taxing the working and middle class is reaching its limit. Taxpayers are rebelling, budgets are falling dangerously out of balance, and the welfare state is beginning to buckle under the load. Perhaps T. S. Eliot was right: “This is how the world ends/Not with a bang but a whimper.” http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/02/patrick-j-buchanan/end-of-the-line-for-the-welfare-state/


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Should the Minimum Wage Be Raised?

aa-American Empire - banana republic From my standpoint, the problem with raising the minimum wage to a survivable level is that it pacifies the millions of Americans who are being oppressed by the greed of the one percent and the public officials who serve them. Making the survival of the oppressed easier keeps them from being in the streets protesting the rising inequality of income and wealth that jobs offshoring, financial deregulation, and cuts in social welfare programs such as food stamps have produced in America. The ladders of upward mobility that made America an opportunity society have been dismantled by the movement abroad of America’s high value-added, high productivity jobs, leaving displaced Americans with only lowly paid domestic service jobs, such as retail clerks, waitresses, bartenders, and hospital orderlies. Making low pay jobs more livable makes the dismantling of the opportunity society more acceptable. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/02/06/minimum-wage-raised-paul-craig-roberts/


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Land of the Free Watch: Newscasters Agree — Don’t Worry, Be Happy

aa-media - corporate news More clips from the Soviet, er, U.S. media. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZ1mA1NeUmU


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NFL: Microcosm of the Corporate Class

aa-NFL logo “The NFL is good at fleecing taxpayers,” ESPN columnist Gregg Easterbrook and the author of The King of Sports: Football’s Impact on America told Garcia. “It’s about a billion dollars a year I’ve calculated in public subsidies to NFL owners and this is a group that consists almost entirely of billionaires and yet receiving significant public subsidies every year.” The organization closely resembles the corporate class sucking the life blood out of America. Like banksters and transnational companies, it depends of corporate socialism. It buys politicians who agree to use tax dollars to subsidize operations and build lavish stadiums. It is owned by billionaires. (See an interactive Muckety map here.)
The NFL does not pay a dime in taxes. The IRS says it is a 501(c)(6) tax-exempt organization. Like the Rockefellers and the elite, the NFL exploits the tax code to avoid paying taxes the rest of us pay at gunpoint. The tea party may have difficulty gaining tax exempt status, but it is not a problem for the billionaire owned NFL. But the NFL is hardly run like a charity on a shoestring with a volunteer staff. Roger Goodell, the current NFL commissioner, for instance pulls down $30 million a year. Former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue received nearly $8.6 million in 2011. Five executive vice presidents received multi-million-dollar compensation, ranging from $1.5 million to $8.8 million, notes Laurie Bennett. http://www.infowars.com/nfl-microcosm-of-the-corporate-class/


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The New Wave of Financial Instability

aa-Republicrats - two parties one ideology So, is this the Big One, the beginning of the next financial crisis? It’s too early to say, but investors and analysts are worried. Fed tightening (via “taper”) will be felt in markets around the world. The trouble in emerging markets will intensify deflationary pressures in the Eurozone and put a damper on China’s growth. Slower global growth, in turn, will create balance sheets problems for undercapitalized and over-leveraged banks and other financial institutions which will increase the probability of another Lehman Brothers-type default. http://www.unz.com/mwhitney/the-new-wave-of-financial-instability/


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How the GOP Lost Middle America

aa-immigration - Uncle Sam i want u to get used to it Since 1990, some 30 to 40 million immigrants, legal and illegal, have entered the country. This huge increase in the labor force, at the same time the U.S. was shipping factories abroad, brought massive downward pressure on wages. The real wages of Middle Americans have stagnated for decades. What was wildly wonderful for Corporate America was hell on Middle America. But the Republican Party had made its choice. It had sold its soul to the multinationals. And as it went along with NAFTA, GATT, fast track and mass immigration, to appease Corporate America, it lost Middle America. The party went with the folks who paid for their campaigns, only to lose the folks who had given them their landslides. When Republicans accede to the demand for amnesty, and immigration without end, it does not take a political genius to see what is going to happen. For it is happening now. http://www.unz.com/pbuchanan/how-the-gop-lost-middle-america/


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To quote Komrade Klinton (Hillary), at this point in time, what difference does it make? Americans will keep on voting for the same people over and over again. Stupidity seems to be in the DNA of Americans! Nothing will change until Americans finally decide to rid themselves of the jewish/bolshevik influenced government.

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‘Free Trade’ Destroying the U.S. Middle Class

aa-smog - chinese city of Linfen Since Y2K, China, which protects its industrial base by keeping its currency artificially cheap, has surged past Italy, Britain, France, Germany and Japan to become the world’s second largest economy. And they are gaining steadily on us. Free trade appears to be the policy of fading nations. Perhaps it is time for a profit and loss statement of its costs and benefits. Undeniably, free trade has been a bonanza for the top 1 percent and many among our top 10 percent. http://takimag.com/article/dr_pangloss_free_trader_patrick_buchanan/print#axzz2rFcLvven


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Do You Really Think McDonald’s Will Be Paying Burger Flippers $15 an Hour?

aa-burger Meet the robot that makes 360 gourmet burgers per hour. http://www.theburningplatform.com/2014/01/12/do-you-really-think-mcdonalds-will-be-paying-burger-flippers-15-per-hour/


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‘Austerity’ Can Lead to Blood on the Streets, Even in America

aa-Republicrats - two parties one ideology Squeeze and push. Punish and strain. Since the global financial crisis of 2008, elites across the world have been on a tear against ordinary citizens, promoting austerity policies that strip hard-working people of their jobs, their security, and their dignity. In many places, people have pushed back — violently. Maybe you’ve been wondering if it could happen here, too. In some corners of America, plutocrats seem to be experimenting to find out. http://www.alternet.org/economy/austerity-and-riots?paging=off&current_page=1#bookmark


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The Saboteurs

Wiebo Ludwig

Oil and natural gas drilling in the province of Alberta has turned Calgary in a boomtown. Glittering skyscrapers, monuments to the obscene profits amassed by a fossil fuel industry that is exploiting the tar sands and the vast oil and natural gas fields in Alberta, have transformed Calgary into a mecca for money, dirty politics, greed and industry jobs. The city is as soulless and sterile as Houston. The death of the planet, for a few, is very good for business. The man who waged North America’s first significant war against hydraulic fracturing was from Alberta, an eccentric, messianic Christian preacher named Wiebo Ludwig who died last year. He, with his small Christian community in the remote north of the province, sabotaged at least one wellhead by pouring cement down its shaft and blew up others. The Canadian authorities, along with the oil and gas barons, demonize Ludwig as an ecoterrorist, an odd charge given that they are the ones responsible for systematically destroying the environment and the planet. And as the ecosystem deteriorates—and the drive by corporations to extract the last remaining natural resources from the earth, even if it kills us all, becomes more and more relentless—the resistance of Wiebo Ludwig is worth remembering. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article37027.htm#.Up87m7FDax4.email


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Courageous Boeing Workers Say No to Corporate Extortion

In a remarkable act of courage and solidarity with the next generation, last week Boeing workers in Seattle soundly rejected corporate extortion, by voting down a contract which traded job guarantees for concessions that would severely erode the pay and benefits of younger workers. In doing so, the members of the Machinists are risking their jobs to save an America built on the middle class. The dramatic fight of fast food workers for a minimal living wage, risking their jobs every time they take a day off to demonstrate, is one end of a corporate economy based on low wages, no benefits and no unions. That corporate strategy, aimed at maximizing profits, is destroying America’s middle class, wrecking the engine that powered the U.S. economy. On the other end of the middle class are workers like Boeing’s, who have fought together through their union for the good pay, pensions, health benefits and job security that characterized the increased prosperity and lowered income inequality of America in much of the second half of the 20th Century. But despite being a hugely profitable corporation, with dominance in the world aerospace market, Boeing is eager to follow the Wal-Mart/fast-food model of the 21st Century economy. http://truth-out.org/news/item/20327-courageous-boeing-workers-say-no-to-corporate-extortion#.UpyVYG5ONZg.email


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There Once Was a Time When the Super-Rich Needed a Middle Class to Be Successful — Not Any More

There was once a time in America when the super-rich needed you, and me, and working-class Americans to be successful. They needed us for their roads, for their businesses, for their communications, for their transportation, as their customers, and for their overall success. The super-rich rode on the same trains as us, and flew in the same planes as us. They went to our hospitals and learned at our schools. Their success directly depended on us, and on the well-being of the nation, and they knew it. But times have changed, and the super-rich of the 21st century no longer think that you and I are needed for their continued success. And in some ways, they have given up on America, period. http://admin.alternet.org/economy/rich-dont-need-us


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Television is an Evil

It may seem paradoxical to claim that entertainment is a serious cause of boredom. But as TV Lobotomie demonstrates, children who grow up with TV as a large part of their mental diet have difficulty concentrating for the rest of their lives, and since the ability to concentrate is essential to finding anything interesting that is not swift-moving and sensational, and since also a large part of life is necessarily not swift-moving and sensational, those brought up on TV are destined for boredom. Degradation relieves their boredom. Better a life of sordid crises than a life like a flat-line encephalograph. http://takimag.com/article/television_is_an_evil_theodore_dalrymple/print#axzz2jhr5laZZ


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America’s Descent Toward Third World Status

The long-term outlook for Americans who work for a living is indeed bleak. Doubtless, there will be some ups and downs, but an unprecedented combination of factors makes it likely that the downward trend will continue for them. For most people, the future promises lower quality jobs, at lower pay rates, with degraded working conditions, and fewer benefits. They can also anticipate reduced retirement income, and less comprehensive medicare. Financial insecurity and unemployment are likely to be regular features of their lives. http://www.opednews.com/articles/Our-Descent-Toward-Third-W-by-Stephen-Unger-American-Civil-Liberties-Union_Civil-Unions_Corporations_Employers-131030-313.html


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Insurance Companies Profit from Obamacare

No one can reasonably deny that the major Insurance Companies were the driving force behind the writing of the Affordable Care Act legislation. http://www.batr.org/negotium/103013.html


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Seymour Hersh on Obama, NSA and the ‘Pathetic’ American Media

Seymour Hersh has got some extreme ideas on how to fix journalism – close down the news bureaus of NBC and ABC, sack 90% of editors in publishing and get back to the fundamental job of journalists which, he says, is to be an outsider. http://www.theguardian.com/media/media-blog/2013/sep/27/seymour-hersh-obama-nsa-american-media


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The Hidden Corporate Cash Behind America’s Out-of-Control National Surveillance State

Democratic leaders are full-fledged players in the national surveillance state, right along with Republicans. http://admin.alternet.org/economy/surveillance-state-and-democrats?paging=off&current_page=1#bookmark


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Looting the Pension Funds: Wall Street is Grabbing Money Meant for Public Workers

This is the third act in an improbable triple-[screwing] of ordinary people that Wall Street is seeking to pull off as a shocker epilogue to the crisis era. Five years ago this fall, an epidemic of fraud and thievery in the financial-services industry triggered the collapse of our economy. The resultant loss of tax revenue plunged states everywhere into spiraling fiscal crises, and local governments suffered huge losses in their retirement portfolios – remember, these public pension funds were some of the most frequently targeted suckers upon whom Wall Street dumped its fraud-riddled mortgage-backed securities in the pre-crash years. Today, the same Wall Street crowd that caused the crash is not merely rolling in money again but aggressively counterattacking on the public-relations front. The battle increasingly centers around public funds like state and municipal pensions. This war isn’t just about money. Crucially, in ways invisible to most Americans, it’s also about blame. In state after state, politicians are following the Rhode Island playbook, using scare tactics and lavishly funded PR campaigns to cast teachers, firefighters and cops – not bankers – as the budget-devouring boogeymen responsible for the mounting fiscal problems of America’s states and cities. http://www.globalresearch.ca/looting-the-pension-funds-wall-street-is-grabbing-money-meant-for-public-workers/5352934


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Fast-Food Giants Make Billions While Their Workers Use Billions in Welfare Benefits

Wages at America’s fast-food chains are so low that millions of employees have been receiving at least $7 billion a year in welfare benefits between 2007 and 2011, according to a new study by University of California and University of Illinois labor economists. http://www.alternet.org/corporate-accountability-and-workplace/fast-food-giants-make-billions-while-workers-welfare?paging=off&current_page=1#bookmark


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The Data Hackers – Mining Your Information for Big Brother

But there is a second kind of data company of which most people are unaware: high-tech outfits that simply help themselves to our information in order to allow U.S. government agencies to dig into our past and present. Some of this is legal, since most of us have signed away the rights to our own information on digital forms that few ever bother to read, but much of it is, to put the matter politely, questionable. This second category is made up of professional surveillance companies. They generally work for or sell their products to the government – in other words, they are paid with our tax dollars – but we have no control over them. Harris Corporation provides technology to the FBI to track, via our mobile phones, where we go; Glimmerglass builds tools that the U.S. intelligence community can use to intercept our overseas calls; and companies like James Bimen Associates design software to hack into our computers. There is also a third category: data brokers like Arkansas-based Acxiom. These companies monitor our Google searches and sell the information to advertisers. They make it possible for Target to offer baby clothes to pregnant teenagers, but also can keep track of your reading habits and the questions you pose to Google on just about anything from pornography to terrorism, presumably to sell you Viagra and assault rifles. http://original.antiwar.com/engelhardt/2013/10/08/the-data-hackers-mining-your-information-for-big-brother/#.UlVRo8Hdfgs.email


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Desperate MSM Moves to Kill Off Article Comments

Desperate to cling onto their ability to dictate reality, the crumbling mainstream media is beginning to kill off article comment sections in a cynical bid to silence dissenting voices. http://www.infowars.com/desperate-msm-moves-to-kill-off-article-comments/


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Michael C. Scott

Their problem is that the scheme has worked. Normal people don't post to MSM websites. We write elsewhere, so the MSM is actually losing influence over public opinion instead of tightening their control over it.

Redbeard

It is not just high level stories that have seen this type of censorship. Pretty much any story involving black crime, banking, or any other subject that makes the power that be uncomfortable quickly has the comments section disabled. I've noticed this one pretty much any mainstream media website. Some sites have removed comment sections all together.

MartinTimothy

Pulling comments is one way of shutting down dissent, murder is another .. witness the untimely demise of Palestinian Christian Riad Hamad, who wrote to newspapers in Austin Tx. criticizing US thence Israeli policy in the Middle East. Whose bound tortured body turned up in the Colorado River April 18, 2008, the APD's finding he suicided then bound himself, does not fit in with the facts! Other material that remained critical of the official 911 story, which had turned up intermittently since the day of the attacks, stopped abruptly at the now defunct Pravda Forum in 2002, giving rise to the suspicion the OP who was an American working man, was killed! By 2005 the only 911 data was at False Flag truth sites Like Architects & Engineers for 911 Truth, which endlessly repeat gee whizz stories like "explosives were used to take down the Twin Towers.." http://s019.radikal.ru/i611/1303/31/b9e844aeb2c4.gif Neglecting hard data re Jew absenteeism, that resulted in one only Israeli confirmed killed at the WTC in New York, despite hundreds of Brazilians, Filipinos, Britons and Swiss confirmed dead, and pooh poohing evidence of missile strikes at the WTC and at the Pentagon! http://img25.imageshack.us/img25/1077/fairbanksmissile.gif Other forums, James Randi Educational Forum and Prison Planet Forum no less, banned all of the real truthers who turned up, so now virtually all political forums world wide, have become relay stations for Fox News, bullsh*t and Greater Zion!

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Corporate Profits and Worker Unemployment

People that work for wages are becoming disposable. Long gone are the prospects of benefits and retirement annuities. A job is being defined as a temporary internship that pays the minimum if at all. http://www.batr.org/negotium/092513.html


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The Obama Regime’s Military Metaphysics Rejects Diplomatic Opportunities

At every opportunity, with precise consistency, the Obama regime rejected fresh overtures from adversaries, choosing instead to rely on a now discredited “double discourse”, of talking peace and engaging in war, of talking trade and increasing sanctions and of talking about ‘greater Asian engagement’ while fomenting economic pacts which exclude the second biggest economy in the world. The Obama regime’s incapacity to take advantage of the favorable political and diplomatic conjuncture can be attributed to several structural causes: (1) His embrace of a “military metaphysic” which identifies violence as the key to empire building, independently of the context, correlation of forces and possibilities of victory. (2) His overweening commitment and submission to Israeli-dictated Middle East policies transmitted and implemented by the domestic Zionist power configuration. (3) His overwhelming commitment to FIRE ­ capital (finance, insurance and real estate) over any long-term, large-scale commitment to rebuilding the US productive sector and the welfare state. (4) His commitment to short-term goals of “regime change” ­ destroying adversaries (and countries) ­ over and against pursuing long-term economic linkages and incremental concessions. http://rense.com/general96/meta.html


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Monsanto’s Harvest of Shame

Independent studies prove it. Monsanto and other agribusiness giants want all animal and vegetable life forms patented. Whatever they want they get. They want worldwide food control. They proliferate stuff unsafe to eat. They want labeling prohibited. They want reliable science buried. They want issues of food safety ignored. They want critics silenced. They want consumers having no say. Profits alone matter. Food safety doesn’t count. Maybe unwitting consumers won’t notice. How can they without legislative protection? Without labeling, how can they know? http://rense.com/general96/monss.html


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Walmart’s Latest Scheme to Replace the Middle Class With an Underclass

Walmart’s planned takeover of urban markets threatens to cut off other viable economic development options. http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/walmarts-latest-scheme-replace-middle-class-underclass-forced-buy-its-shoddy-goods?paging=off


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8 Reasons Young Americans Don’t Fight Back: How the U.S. Crushed Youth Resistance

Traditionally, young people have energized democratic movements. So it is a major coup for the ruling elite to have created societal institutions that have subdued young Americans and broken their spirit of resistance to domination. Young Americans—even more so than older Americans—appear to have acquiesced to the idea that the corporatocracy can completely screw them and that they are helpless to do anything about it. http://www.filmsforaction.org/news/8_reasons_young_americans_dont_fight_back_how_the_us_crushed_youth_resistance/


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Is America Going to Hell in a Handbasket?

For many years people have been saying that “America is going to Hell in a handbasket.” Well, I am here to tell you that it just isn’t true! America already has gone to Hell in a handbasket, and it’s only getting worse by the day. Most Americans are in denial about how totalitarian and self-servingly corporatist this whole society is becoming. http://www.lewrockwell.com/2013/08/scott-lazarowitz/is-america-going-to-hell-in-a-handbasket/


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A Rebel Yell for the Colonel

Recently it was announced that the venerable gentleman in the white suit and string tie would be phased out of our collective consciousness. KFC, formerly Kentucky Fried Chicken, is erasing the Colonel from its advertising and some establishments. http://takimag.com/article/a_rebel_yell_for_the_colonel_guy_somerset/print#axzz2aeoAMmKK


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What Marx Got Right

That Marx’s prescription for a socialist/Communist alternative to capitalism failed does not necessarily negate his critique of capitalism. Marx spent hundreds of pages analyzing capital and capitalism and relatively few sketching out a pie-in-the-sky alternative that was not grounded in historical examples or working models. So it is no surprise that his prescriptive work is an occasionally risible historical curiosity while his critique stands as a systemic analysis. Marx got a number of things right, one of which appears to be playing out on a global scale. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-07-12/guest-post-what-marx-got-right


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Surveillance and the Corporate State

With all of the fear mongering the subject has received in recent decades, Americans have in fact had remarkably little to fear directly from ‘terrorism.’ While actual attacks have been spectacular—they were designed to garner attention, they are both rare and far less dangerous than opportunistic politicians and the dim bureaucrats of the ‘security’ state care to communicate. As comedian Stephen Colbert (correctly) pointed out, including the attacks of September 11, 2001 and more recently in Boston, more Americans have died from furniture falling on them than from terrorist attacks. Depending on which statistics you choose, 10X – 20X more Americans die every year from (preventable) medical errors than have died in the entirety of U.S. history from terrorist attacks. In practical terms, terrorism is among the least probable threats Americans face. http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/06/14/surveillance-and-the-corporate-state/#.UbxhmBSeXQA.email


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America’s Greatest Affliction: The Presstitute Media

When Gerald Celente branded the American media “presstitutes,” he got it right. The U.S. print and TV media (and NPR) whore for Washington and the corporations. Reporting the real news is their last concern. The presstitutes are a Ministry of Propaganda and Coverup. This is true of the entire Western media, a collection of bought-and-paid-for whores. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2013/06/02/americas-greatest-affliction-the-presstitute-media-paul-craig-roberts/


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I wonder how the prostituted media will cover the overthrow of each American state after the warmongers are finished with the rest of the world,will we see cities walled off,white phosphorous used on citizens ala Iraq and Gaza?

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Golden Paradigm Shift

The list of acts steeped in treachery is long. The reactions are impressive. When viewed as the mosaic for actions coming to pass, the global response is indeed formidable. The micro events are important in their own right, as each hilltop must be retaken and restored. The macro events are what will en masse change the world, as a Paradigm Shift is underway. The United States and its fascist allies are not in control. They will not find a path to retain or regain control. They have no solutions. The most powerful element of the shift has been the movement of gold wealth from Western locations (New York, London, Switzerland) to Eastern locations (China, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong). Most residents of the United States, the United Kingdom, and Western Europe are in shock, constantly distracted by the sweeping disruptive events led by a) unstoppable government deficits, b) the powerful crumble of sovereign bonds, c) the ruinous insolvency of the banking systems, d) the relentless reign of tax terror, and e) the tragic decline of the underlying economies. The West is sinking in a sea of fecal soup, stirred with the toxic paper spew, infected by the rot of acidic corrosion, weighed down by absent legitimate solutions, exploited by criminal activity in high offices. The treachery has brought on powerful consequences. The Western lords are being deposed. They can appeal for squire posts to the East, or else they can wreck the globe. The biggest question is whether new trade devices will win out over the chosen Western fascist predilection toward wider war, release of more virulent viruses, more obvious slavery pens, and louder propaganda. http://silverdoctors.com/jim-willie-bank-runs-bullion-bank-runs-to-climax-soon-in-the-us/


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Corporate Media and Sources of Deception

Just what did John King do that got him into so much trouble? Was it any different from what most of his contemporaries in television, print and electronic media do in virtually every report they make? The answer to the first question is simple: He was getting a story poured into his ear by a couple of government officials. This story just happened to be officially declared “wrong” a short time later. The answer to the second question is just as easy: No. What King did was no different from what any of his colleagues do every day. He was acting as a stenographer, or town crier, for the powers that be. In this case, for some reason, he got hung out to dry by his insider buddies. As media critic Robert McChesney has pointed out in numerous venues, the rise of supposedly objective “professional journalism” after 1900 meant three things in actual practice: “One, government officials and powerful individuals are regarded as the primary legitimate sources for news; two, to avoid the controversy associated with providing context, there has to be a news hook or news peg to justify a news story, which further tilts the news toward established institutional actors; and three, journalists internalize how to ‘dig here, not there.” http://blogs.providencejournal.com/ri-talks/this-new-england/2013/04/john-kirby-corporate-media-and-sources-of-deception.html#.UYEcNFUIt58.email


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Why Krugman and the Keynesians Are Lackeys for the Neo-Feudal Debtocracy

Like all cargo cults, Keynesians maintain a magical-thinking belief in the power of wanting more stuff. But in so doing, they embrace and support the mystification that protects the power structure that is dooming the nation and its economy to stagnation and eventual collapse (call it “reset” if you prefer). By focusing on increasing demand and consumption by any means, the Keynesian Cultists miss the key dynamics of sustainable growth and fail utterly and completely to acknowledge the corrupt and exploitive nature of our cartel-state crony-capitalism economy. Has their naivete blinded them to the power structure of the neofeudal-neocolonial debtocracy? It seems unlikely, and so that leaves a less savory motivation: co-option.They’re raking in big bucks as apologists for cartel-state crony-capitalism, and as a result they don’t dare question the power structure, much less hazard a critique of the hands that feed them. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-04-24/guest-post-why-krugman-and-keynesians-are-lackeys-neofeudal-debtocracy


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Why Do People Hate Their Jobs?

Note, not everyone hates their jobs. There are some “entre-ployees” out there that love their jobs. But for the other 98% of the population: Jobs are modern-day slavery. We are paid just enough to live and not more. You are punished if you ask for more. http://www.jamesaltucher.com/2013/04/why-do-people-hate-their-jobs/


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I hate my job.

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Boston Massacre Media Diversion

Only a media masochist can stand watching network and cable TV news. The extent of self-immolation coming out of their broadcasts have seldom been more vivid, with their bizarre reports on the Boston Marathon bombing. If one did not know better the comparison with the Marx Brothers antics would have you believe that you have a ringside seat At the Circus. Silly behavior is the mainstay of the mainstream media. Real news investigation has long ago been relegated to the archives of a half century ago, when there was at least a small measure of a healthy distrust of government sources. Today the clowns that act as ventriloquist dummies have more in common with Karl Marx than Groucho. http://batr.org/view/042113.html


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Propaganda

“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.”—Edward Bernays. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article26193.htm#.UV1t372dnoM.email


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putnamvt

Speaking of which , right now the media machine is really going full-bore, slinging the shinola every which way , working towards their goal of legitimizing the violation of of natural law, and the defilement of man/woman marriage for species reproduction and family. Evil times.

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Failed by the Fourth Estate

The current drumbeat in the media about Iran sounds suspiciously like what we once heard about Iraq. Iraq was depicted wrongly by nearly all the mainstream media as a threat to the United States and as complicit in 9/11, with hardly anyone challenging the assumptions that were being made to justify the war. We now know that much of the bogus information that was being fed to the Bush White House was produced in the Pentagon at Doug Feith’s Office of Special Plans. So what is Feith doing these days? Is he in jail because he lied to get the United States involved in a war, possibly to benefit Israel? No, he is a Senior Fellow at the Center for National Security Strategies at the Hudson Institute and he has just popped up as a co-author of a featured op-ed in the Washington Post called “Obama’s ‘nuclear zero’ rhetoric is dangerous.” The piece is co-authored by interesting bed fellows, even for Feith: Frank Gaffney, noted Islamophobe, and James Woolsey, former CIA Director who should be best known for his appearance on television within hours of 9/11 to claim that Saddam Hussein was behind the attack. Woolsey, Gaffney and Feith are all associated with the usual neocon “think tanks” (was there ever a more misleading expression?) and all check under their beds every night to make sure that Sharia Law has not crept into the room uninvited. So you might well ask why this collection of clowns and false prophets should be turned loose to opine on a featured page of a leading newspaper so long after they have been wrong about everything? One would have to ask the editorial page editor Fred Hiatt for the answer to that one, but scaremongering about Muslims and Islamic radicalism is par for the course at the Washington Post, all part of the “Iran/Radical Islam threat” which as we all know is soon coming to a city near you. http://original.antiwar.com/giraldi/2013/04/03/failed-by-the-fourth-estate/


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putnamvt

Oh yeah, and Doug Feith is Jewish and also a citizen of Israel. (While working in the US Pentagon). Is it kosher to have dual Israeli citizens working in our defense department, or is it a Weapon of Self-Destruction, or both? Trick question.

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Private Prisons and the Enslavement Society

What more time-honored practice in the long history of state sponsored servitude than the institutionalization of prisoners? Incarceration for offenses against government laws is a cornerstone for power and survivability of any regime. Prisons may have been hellholes over the centuries, but seldom has the internment of convicted lawbreakers been a growth industry for private profit. It almost makes one wonder exactly who are the crooks. While most hard-pressed citizens want a safe and secure society, few ever give even a passing thought to the insatiable corporatist criminalization of the criminal justice system. http://www.batr.org/totalitariancollectivism/033113.html


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Hey, they're good for the economy. Jobs. Growth industries in the Kwa = Gambling casinos, old age homes, and prisons.

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Regime Change Begins at Home

Charles Derber’s book by that title says it’s the only way to free America from corporate rule. It transformed America from “we the people” to what CEOs say goes. It put monied interests in charge. Presidents, legislators, and high level bureaucrats serve them. Whatever they want they get. Institutionalized injustice follows. It’s longstanding. Vital change more than ever is needed. America had previous corporate regimes. None match today’s extremism. Bold, creative strategies are needed to change things. Commitment creates possibilities. Nothing worth struggling for is easy. Failure to try assures disaster. America’s on a fast track to full-blown tyranny. It’s a hair’s breath away. Preventing it is top priority. It begins with knowledge. It involves knowing what’s at stake. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34472.htm#.UVl64zSGDyo.email


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An Orwellian America

Huxley, we are discovering, was merely the prelude to Orwell. Now that the corporate coup is over, we stand naked and defenseless. We are beginning to understand, as Karl Marx knew: Unfettered and unregulated capitalism is a brutal and revolutionary force that exploits human beings and the natural world until exhaustion or collapse. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-03-15/orwellian-america


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The average Amerisheep is on camera and being watched and recorded 8-10 different times a day. That is an average - it's much higher in urban areas. Maybe a 'Wear A Skimask To Work Day" would be fun, separate the sheep from the goats anyway. The quote from Ben Franklin may turn out to be his most prophetic.

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No Free Speech At Work

According to a recent AFL-CIO study, 80 percent of American workers believe they retain the right of free speech in the workplace. The plain fact is that they are wrong. The first amendment was intended to shield the right of free speech from the actions of the government, not from the actions of private employers. The article at the link below is an interview with Bruce Barry, a management and sociology professor at Vanderbilt and the author of Speechless: The Erosion of Free Expression in the American Workplace. He criticizes the political consequences of the American tradition of “employment at will” which, he says, is “a legal and economic system under which employers don’t just buy a person’s labor, they also reserve the right to rent an employer’s conscience, ideology and social identity.” In contrast to the United States, “most western-style industrial democracies have built into their system of employment law some sort of just-cause protection and due process reights. There is a convention of the International Labor Organization on discrimination in employment that has, in addition to protection against employment discrimination for race, religion, sex, and national origin, [protection of] political opinion. 160 countries have ratified that convention. The United States is not one of them.” http://whicra.blogspot.com/2007/07/no-free-speech-at-work.html


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Hollywood’s Propaganda

Hollywood helps Americans feel good about being part of an empire that kills other peoples at will. “Movies have become a happy arm of the United States government as they advocate for violence and war crimes.” Tales of torture and wanton killing are blockbusters in the USA. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34123.htm#.UTDTJt_OlBw.email


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The Age of Neo-Feudalism: A Government of the Rich, by the Rich, and for the Corporations

We now live in a two-tiered system of justice and governance. There are two sets of laws: one set for the government and the corporations, and another set for you and me. The laws which apply to the majority of the population allow the government to do things like rectally probe you during a roadside stop, or listen in on your phone calls and read all of your email messages, or indefinitely detain you in a military holding cell. These are the laws which are executed every single day against a population which has up until now been blissfully ignorant of the radical shift taking place in American government. Then there are the laws constructed for the elite, which allow bankers who crash the economy to walk free. They’re the laws which allow police officers to avoid prosecution when they strip search non-violent criminals, or taser pregnant women on the side of the road, or pepper spray peaceful protestors. These are the laws of the new age we are entering, an age of neo-feudalism, in which corporate-state rulers dominate the rest of us, where the elite create the laws which can result in a person being jailed for possessing marijuana while bankers that launder money for drug cartels walk free. Unfortunately, this two-tiered system of justice has been a long time coming. The march toward an imperial presidency, to congressional intransigence and impotence, to a corporate takeover of the mechanisms of government, and the division of America into haves and have nots has been building for years. http://lewrockwell.com/whitehead/whitehead69.1.html


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Nature’s Capital is the Limiting Resource

by Paul Craig Roberts. Only in science fiction can humans escape the consequences of destroying their own habitat. In Robert A. Heinlein’s Time Enough For Love, the “Great Diaspora of the Human Race” began “more than two millennia ago” and has spread to more than “two thousand colonized planets.” The once “lovely green planet” Earth is a slum planet barely able to support life where only the poorest live, Earth’s natural capital having been consumed over two thousand years ago. Humans have found the ability to rejuvenate themselves and to live almost endless lives, but they are unable to rejuvenate the planets whose natural capital they devour. Humans have not encountered “one race as mean, as nasty, as deadly as our own.” As homo sapiens use up the environments of colonized planets, “human intergalactic colony ships are already headed out into the Endless Deeps,” leaving their ruins behind them. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2013/01/24/natures-capital-is-the-limiting-resource-paul-craig-roberts/


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Time Warner Bans Gun Ads, Continues to Produce Movies Full of Gun Violence

Despite the fact that its subsidiary Warner Bros. routinely distributes blockbuster movies that are replete with gratuitous gun violence, Time Warner Cable has issued a company-wide ban on television ads that show “guns pointed at people,” another illustration of how firearms ownership is being made taboo to coincide with the Obama administration’s gun control agenda. “We no longer accept ads showing semiautomatic weapons and guns pointed at people,” Time Warner Cable said in a statement. “We stand by this policy. If it’s essential to a business owner to show this kind of imagery in their commercials, there are other advertising options in the marketplace.” However, this new found conscience on reducing violent gun imagery will not be embraced by movie productions funded by Time Warner itself and distributed by Warner Bros., such as the upcoming Sylvester Stallone film Bullet to the Head, the trailer for which features a plethora of gun violence, with the poster for the movie being riddled with illustrative bullet holes. http://www.infowars.com/time-warner-bans-gun-ads-continues-to-produce-movies-full-of-gun-violence/


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Spooks Incorporated: Does Every Company Need Its Own CIA?

This article from Foreign Policy essentially proves what many of us have already suspected. The ultimate in neo-feudalism is when the corporate sector and the government sector converge, and sadly in these United States this totalitarian marriage is what now dominates the landscape. This is a very worrying trend. From Foreign Policy: Since 9/11, a quiet intelligence revolution has been brewing inside many of America’s leading companies. Hotel chains, cruise lines, airlines, theme parks, banks, chemical companies, consumer products manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, and even tech giants have been developing in-house intelligence units that look and act a lot like the CIA. These offices are staffed with former CIA, FBI, and military professionals who have close ties to the U.S. government and conduct global threat reporting by working through formal channels and informal networks around the globe. This is the privatization of American intelligence that you’ve never heard of. And it’s part of the innovative and growing business of political risk management. http://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2012/12/11/spooks-incorporated-does-every-company-need-its-own-cia/


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Journalism in the Obama Age Shows the Real Media Bias

Ample ink is spilled over debating whether the U.S. media is biased in favor of Republicans or Democrats. It is neither. The overwhelming, driving bias of the U.S. media is subservience to power, whoever happens to be wielding it. That is what explains why the U.S. media has been so obsequious first with George Bush and now with his Democratic successor … The central function, the religion, of the U.S. establishment media is adulation of those who wield power, especially military power. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/oct/26/journalism-vanity-fair-obama


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Counterproductive Minimum Wage Mandates

Working for wages has never been the path for significant wealth. Most people are not equipped nor do they have the inclination to be engaged in business endeavors that will earn them a viable living. The reluctance that most workers bring to their occupation stems from their inability or unwillingness of properly understanding the related components that are essential in creating wealth. While many view work as a curse, the indispensable reconciliation for a practical and tolerable acceptance of universal plight is that no one is owed a living. In a world of Totalitarian Collectivism, the powers that control international economies, seek to pacify the laboring hordes with crumbs from substandard minimum wage mandates. The foolishness that guarantees minimal scale for hourly toil can and will never produce a prosperous society. The entire economic interdependent scheme to destroy the last vestiges of a bona fide “free market” economy is at the heart of minimum wage mandates. http://www.batr.org/negotium/101012.html


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American Middle Class Being Compressed Out of Existence

The end of this road, which is not far off — barring a very dramatic change in political sentiment — will be bankruptcy and social collapse, as has happened in every nation and empire from the beginning of human history that has tried to borrow itself into prosperity. But before the final day of reckoning, the American middle class — the chief source of productivity and vitality in America for centuries — will likely be compressed out of existence, a state of affairs in which every American will come to know what serfs of every age have experienced: life lived as little more than sources of revenue to appease the state’s limitless appetite for power and pelf. http://thenewamerican.com/economy/commentary/item/12651-american-middle-class-being-compressed-out-of-existence


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Goodbye, Liberty! 10 Ways Americans Are No Longer Free

Digital corporations are assaulting our privacy, while banks trap us in indebtedness that approaches indentured servitude. The shrunken ranks of working Americans are being robbed of their essential liberties – including the right to use the bathroom. http://www.alternet.org/civil-liberties/goodbye-liberty-10-ways-americans-are-no-longer-free


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Corporations With Biggest Profits Parked Offshore

Conducting commerce internationally is not a crime. However, the lack of reinvesting domestically provides an inevitable drag on a viable internal economy. Publically traded companies operate under a set of rules that confuse the average investor. Most privately owned businesses are well aware that paying taxes on profits is the price paid to transact trade. Transnational corporations park extraordinary sums of money offshore to avoid a tax rate that most ordinary businesses pay routinely. Such discrepancies act as negative incentives that plague a feeble employment record. http://www.batr.org/negotium/072512.html


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Global Crisis — The Convergence of Marx, Orwell and Kafka

While Marx understood the predatory, parasitic nature of Monopoly Capitalism, he did not anticipate the State’s partnering with Cartel/Crony Capitalism; in effect, the State has appropriated the appropriators, stripmining the citizenry to protect the financial sector from the consequences of their “business model” (leverage, fraud, embezzlement and the misrepresentation of risk). But the State doesn’t merely enable (“regulate”) the predation of financiers; it also stripmines the citizenry to fund its own expansion into every nook and cranny of civil society. This is where Orwell enters the convergence, for the State masks its stripmining and power grab with deliciously Orwellian misdirections such as “the People’s Party,” “democratic socialism,” and so on. Orwell understood the State’s ontological imperative is expansion, to the point where it controls every level of community, markets and society. Once the State escapes the control of the citizenry, it is free to exploit them in a parasitic predation that is the mirror-image of Monopoly capital. For what is the State but a monopoly of force, coercion, data manipulation and the regulation of private monopolies? What is the EU bureaucracy in Brussels but the perfection of a stateless State? http://www.zerohedge.com/news/guest-post-global-crisis-convergence-marx-orwell-and-kafka


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7 Ultra-Rich Companies Rake in Profits While Paying Workers Peanuts

Most low-wage jobs are at giant, profitable corporations. Here are some of the worst offenders. http://www.alternet.org/labor/156390


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The Careerists

The greatest crimes of human history are made possible by the most colorless human beings. They are the careerists. The bureaucrats. The cynics. They do the little chores that make vast, complicated systems of exploitation and death a reality. They collect and read the personal data gathered on tens of millions of us by the security and surveillance state. They keep the accounts of ExxonMobil, BP and Goldman Sachs. They build or pilot aerial drones. They work in corporate advertising and public relations. They issue the forms. They process the papers. They deny food stamps to some and unemployment benefits or medical coverage to others. They enforce the laws and the regulations. And they do not ask questions. Good. Evil. These words do not mean anything to them. They are beyond morality. They are there to make corporate systems function. http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_careerists_20120723//


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The Elites Are Unanimous: Lower Everyone’s Wages and Standard of Living — Except They Don’t Say it Out Loud

America’s 1% are in harmony on the matter that concerns them most — who gets the biggest slice of the pie. http://www.alternet.org/economy/156219


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The New Totalitarianism: How American Corporations Have Made America Like the Soviet Union

The great power struggle of the 20th century was the competition between Soviet-style communism and “free-market” corporatism for domination of the world’s resources. In America, it’s taken for granted that Soviet communism lost (though China’s more capitalist variant seems to be doing well), and the superiority of neo-liberal economics — as epitomized by the great multinational corporations — was thus affirmed for all time and eternity. There’s a small problem with this, though. An old bit of wisdom says: choose your enemies carefully, because over time, you will tend to become the very thing you most strongly resist. One of the most striking things about our victorious corporations now is the degree to which they’ve taken on some of the most noxious and Kafkaesque attributes of the Soviet system — too often leaving their employees, customers, and other stakeholders just as powerless over their own fates as the unhappy citizens of those old centrally planned economies of the USSR were back in the day. http://www.alternet.org/visions/156311


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Fifty Shades of Capitalism: Pain and Bondage in the American Workplace

The symbol of capitalism was lately a vampire. Enter the CEO with nipple clamps. http://www.alternet.org/reproductivejustice/156291


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20 Facts About Wal-Mart That Will Absolutely Shock You

All over the country, independent retailers are going out of business because they cannot compete with Wal-Mart and their super cheap Chinese products. Often communities will give Wal-Mart huge tax breaks just to move in to their areas. But what many communities don’t take into account is that the introduction of a Wal-Mart is often absolutely devastating to small businesses. http://www.blacklistednews.com/Is_Wal-Mart_Destroying_America%3F_20_Facts_About_Wal-Mart_That_Will_Absolutely_Shock_You/20386/0/38/38/Y/M.html


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Trans Pacific Partnership: Corporate Escape From Accountability

Information has been leaked about the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), which is being negotiated in secret by US Trade Representative Ron Kirk. Six hundred corporate “advisors” are in on the know, but not Congress or the media. Ron Wyden, chairman of the Senate trade subcommittee that has jurisdiction over the TPP, has not been permitted to see the text or to know the content. The TPP has been called a “one-percenter” power tool. The agreement essentially abolishes the accountability of foreign corporations to governments of countries with which they trade. Indeed, the agreement makes governments accountable to corporations for costs imposed by regulations, including health, safety and environmental regulations. The agreement gives corporations the right to make governments pay them for the cost of complying with the regulations of government. One wonders how long environmental, labor, and financial regulation can survive when the costs of compliance are imposed on the taxpayers of countries and not on the economic activity that results in spillover effects such as pollution. Many will interpret the TPP as another big step toward the establishment of global government in the New World Order. However, what the TPP actually does is to remove corporations or the spillover effects of their activities from the reach of government. As the TPP does not transfer to corporations the power to govern countries, it is difficult to see how it leads to global government. The real result is global privilege of the corporate class as a class immune to government regulation. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2012/07/02/trans-pacific-partnership-corporate-escape-from-accountability/


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Corporate Profits at All-Time High; Wages at All-Time Low

The middle class is being hollowed out; increasingly, there are the super-super-rich, and there are the rest of us. http://www.alternet.org/news/156042


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The Sharp, Sudden Decline of America’s Middle Class

They had good, stable jobs — until the “recession” hit. Now they’re living out of their cars in parking lots. http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/the-sharp-sudden-decline-of-americas-middle-class-20120622


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putnamvt

I have discovered many quickly shift to another topic when the fact is brought up that Haiti has been an independent nation for over 200 years.

LabMan

"She looks at pictures of the Haiti earthquake and asks,what could I do to help"?,please lady,go there and see for your self how the billions of dollars poured into that hell hole has uplifted the area and will bring it to second world status any day now,you will also open up another parking space in the Santa Barbara parking lot in the country that you and your past family members helped to construct!

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Immigration Hurts American Employment

With a minimum of 15 million illegal aliens in our country, these figures are the tip of the iceberg. You can count on your corporations devouring cheap labor as they send you to the unemployment lines. Additionally, they pay PAC groups to keep senators and congressmen in their back pocket. How do I know? Virtually zero companies in 2011 were taken to court for hiring illegal aliens. None went to jail. However, it’s a $10,000.00 fine per illegal alien hired and up to five years in prison. You would think that would deter corporations. Not when they’ve bought off enforcement. http://www.batr.org/negotium/062012.html


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Extremism Watch: Secret Obama Trade Agreement Would Allow Foreign Corporations to Avoid U.S. Laws

In order to secure a new international trade agreement with Pacific nations, the Obama administration appears willing to grant foreign corporations the power to avoid U.S. laws. This revelation came in the form of a leaked document posted online by Citizens Trade Campaign. The material came from negotiations to establish a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact and its authenticity verified by Public Citizen. According to the Huffington Post, which also reviewed the document, foreign corporations operating within the U.S. could disregard certain domestic requirements and regulations by appealing to an international tribunal—that would have the power to overrule American law. http://www.blacklistednews.com/Globalization%3A_Secret_Obama_Trade_Agreement_Would_Allow_Foreign_Corporations_to_Avoid_U.S._Laws/20032/0/38/38/Y/M.html


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SEC: Taking on Big Firms is ‘Tempting,’ But We Prefer Picking on Little Guys

If you want to see a perfect example of how completely broken our regulatory system is, look no further than a speech that Daniel Gallagher, one of the S.E.C.’s commissioners, recently gave in Denver, Colorado. It’s a speech whose full lunacy is hard to grasp without some background. It’s by now been well-established that the S.E.C.’s performance in policing Wall Street before, after, and during the crash has been comically inept. It would be putting it generously to say that the top cop on the financial services beat has demonstrated particular incompetence with regard to investigations of high-profile targets at powerhouse banks and financial companies. A less generous interpretation would be that the agency is simply too afraid, too unwilling, or too corrupt to take on the really dangerous animals in this particular jungle. The S.E.C.’s failure to make even one case against a high-ranking executive involved in the mass frauds leading to the 2008 crash – compare this to the comparatively much smaller and less serious S&L crisis twenty years earlier, when the government made 1,100 criminal cases and sent 800 bank officials to jail – became so conspicuous that by the end of last year, the “No prosecutions of top figures” idea became an accepted meme in mainstream news media coverage of the economic crisis. http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/blogs/taibblog/sec-taking-on-big-firms-is-tempting-but-we-prefer-whaling-on-little-guys-20120530#ixzz1wPlczJdY


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The Politics of Language and the Language of Political Regression

The problem is that this ‘capitalism of the past’ is gone and a new more virulent and intransigent capitalism has emerged forging a new worldwide framework and a powerful entrenched state apparatus immune to all calls for ‘reform’ and reorientation. The confusion, frustration and misdirection of mass popular opposition is, in part, due to the adoption by leftist writers, journalists and academics of the concepts and language espoused by its capitalist adversaries: language designed to obfuscate the true social relations of brutal exploitation, the central role of the ruling classes in reversing social gains and the profound links between the capitalist class and the state. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31373.htm


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Big vs. Small Bank Loans

If your Main Street business needs capital and seeks a loan, your prospects are slim to none. It is evident that the real economy has never recovered from the collapse of the financial system. TARP was a temporary rescue of the large money center banks. For the local community banks, the massive give away has strings attached and penalties to be paid. Not much consolation for a small business endeavor that is desperate for cash and an improved business environment. http://www.batr.org/negotium/050212.html


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The Illusion of Choice

Just a few mega-corporations make almost all of the choices Americans have at the grocery store. http://www.uniquescoop.com/2012/04/illusion-of-choice.html


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Six Kinds of Pills Big Pharma Tries to Get You Hooked on for Life

Since direct-to-consumer drug advertising debuted in the late 1990s, the number of people on prescription drugs — especially prescription drugs for life — has ballooned. Between 2001 to 2007 the percentage of adults and children on one or more prescriptions for chronic conditions rose by more than 12 million, reports the Associated Press and 25 percent of U.S. children now take a medication for a chronic condition. Seven percent of kids take two or more daily drugs. Who says advertising doesn’t work? http://www.alternet.org/health/155170


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