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Tuesday February 21, 2017
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Trump Administration Tells World Leaders to Just Ignore What the President Says: Report
AlterNet | Erin Corbett / Raw Story | 02/20/27

"The dirty little secret of the 'Never-Mind-What-Trump-Said' approach to foreign policy is that it's not a sustainable foreign policy at all."

One month into President Donald Trump's administration, the divide in his team's approach to national security and foreign policy issues couldn't be more clear. The Rachel Maddow blog laid out the ways in which the Trump team has adopted a "Never-Mind-What-Trump-Said" approach to both matters. ... Read more
Or
'Never-Mind-What-Trump-Said' foreign policy

English Parliament, and PM, debted over Donald Trump's phrase "Grab them by the Pussy" constituted 'bragging about sexual assalt'.

Mar-a-Lago: Trump's Winter White House takes over Palm Beach
CNN | Dan Merica | 02/20/17

President Donald Trump, a newcomer to the White House, is still developing his relationship with the people of Washington. But that's far from the case with the people of Palm Beach -- now the location of his so-called Winter White House -- the long spit of land off Florida's East Coast that the real estate mogul has been frequenting for decades.

Since he purchased the Mar-a-Lago property in 1985 for $5 million, Trump's relationship with the tony city and its residents has ebbed and flowed. He's sued the city, fought with the town leadership and turned local issues into nattional controversies. Traffic caused by Trump's motorcade is the most recent sore spot for the people of Palm Beach and the surrounding area. ... Read more

Trump basically takes a vacation every week.

Friends describe Trump "ultimately accessible" in Mar-a-Lago, but that doesn't come without ethical pitfalls.

Democrats and ethics watchdogs questioned how the membership fee doubled to $200,000 after Trump's election. The club could turn into a way for Trump to sell access, watchdogs say, allowing members to pay for the luxury of sharing everything from a terrace to a lobby with the President of the United States, access that most lobbyists would salivate over.
Black Edge: Inside Information, Dirty Money, and the Quest to Bring Down the Most Wanted Man on Wall Street by Sheelah Kolhatkar (2017)

The rise over the last two decades of a powerful new class of billionaire financiers marks a singular shift in the American economic and political landscape. Their vast reserves of concentrated wealth have allowed a small group of big winners to write their own rules of capitalism and public policy. How did we get here? Through meticulous reporting and powerful storytelling, New Yorker staff writer Sheelah Kolhatkar shows how Steve Cohen became one of the richest and most influential figures in finance--and what happened when the Justice Department put him in its crosshairs.

Cohen and his fellow pioneers of the hedge fund industry didn't lay railroads, build factories, or invent new technologies. Rather, they made their billions through speculation, by placing bets in the market that turned out to be right more often than wrong--and for this they have gained not only extreme personal wealth but formidable influence throughout society. Hedge funds now manage nearly $3 trillion in assets, and competition between them is so fierce that traders will do whatever they can to get an edge.

Cohen was one of the industry's greatest success stories. He mastered poker in high school, went off to Wharton, and in 1992 launched SAC Capital, which he built into a $15 billion empire, almost entirely on the basis of his wizardlike stock trading. He cultivated an air of mystery, reclusiveness, and extreme excess, building a 35,000 square foot mansion in Greenwich, Connecticut, and amassing one of the largest private art collections in the world. On Wall Street, Cohen was revered as a genius.

That image was shattered when SAC became the target of a sprawling, seven-year government investigation. Labeled by prosecutors as a "magnet for market cheaters" whose culture encouraged the relentless hunt for "edge"--and even "black edge," or inside information--SAC was ultimately indicted in connection with a vast insider trading scheme, even as Cohen himself was never charged.

Black Edge offers a revelatory look at the gray zone in which so much of Wall Street functions, and a window into the transformation of the U.S. economy. It's a riveting, true-life legal thriller that takes readers inside the government's pursuit of Cohen and his employees, and raises urgent questions about the power and wealth of those who sit at the pinnacle of modern Wall Street.

Here's What People Really Thought About That Trump Press Conference
HP | Ariel Edwards-Levy | 02/20/17

Note: what I found interest about this article was the analysis of how the polling was done. Apparently there is a lot of variables that have to be weighted to make the polling accurate. Hopefully those variables are honest and consistent and aren't easily manipulated to make the oppinion in the polls easily skew(able).
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Nothing Seemed To Stop Milo Yiannopoulos -- Until This
HP | Chris D'Angelo | 02/20/17

Racism, bigotry and sexism weren't enough to silence the far-right troll.

A platform of hatred. A plethora of racist, misogynistic and transphobic remarks. But through it all, many stood by far-right troll Milo Yiannopoulos, often defending his right to free speech.

Over the weekend, however, the Breitbart editor finally crossed what may have seemed a non-existent line, sending the American Conservative Union, publishing house Simon & Schuster and others who once supported him running. The breaking point: defending pedophilia. ... Read more

Captured: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy by Sheldon Whitehouse (Author), Melanie Wachtell Stinnett (2017)

In Captured, U.S. Senator and former federal prosecutor Sheldon Whitehouse offers an eye-opening take on what corporate influence looks like today from the Senate Floor, adding a first-hand perspective to Jane Mayer's Dark Money.

Americans know something is wrong in their government. Senator Whitehouse combines history, legal scholarship, and personal experiences to provide the first hands-on, comprehensive explanation of what's gone wrong, exposing multiple avenues through which our government has been infiltrated and disabled by corporate powers. Captured reveals an original oversight by the Founders, and shows how and why corporate power has exploited that vulnerability: to strike fear in elected representatives who don't "get right" by threatening million-dollar "dark money" election attacks (a threat more effective and less expensive than the actual attack); to stack the judiciary--even the Supreme Court--in "business-friendly" ways; to "capture" the administrative agencies meant to regulate corporate behavior; to undermine the civil jury, the Constitution's last bastion for ordinary citizens; and to create a corporate "alternate reality" on public health and safety issues like climate change.

Captured shows that in this centuries-long struggle between corporate power and individual liberty, we can and must take our American government back into our own hands.
**CNN | Manafort, Flynn communicated regularly with Russians (02/14/17) [1:43]
Also see Racheal Maddow in the right column ->

Who is Paul Manafort?
CNN | Laura Smith-Spark | 02/15/17

So who is Manafort and why is he under scrutiny? He was originally brought in to save Trump from a defeat at the Republican convention, should Trump have failed to win enough delegates to clinch a first-ballot nomination.

But his role grew to serve as Trump's connection to the GOP establishment, telling Republican elders that their presidential nominee would run a traditional campaign that would not imperil down-ballot candidates. ... Read more

Secret Ledger in Ukraine Lists Cash ($12.7 million) for Donald Trump's Campaign Chief
NYTimes | author | older 08/14/16

KIEV, Ukraine -- On a leafy side street off Independence Square in Kiev is an office used for years by Donald J. Trump's campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, when he consulted for Ukraine's ruling political party. His furniture and personal items were still there as recently as May.

And Mr. Manafort's presence remains elsewhere here in the capital, where government investigators examining secret records have found his name, as well as companies he sought business with, as they try to untangle a corrupt network they say was used to loot Ukrainian assets and influence elections during the administration of Mr. Manafort's main client, former President Viktor F. Yanukovych. ... Read more

Paul Manafort
Wikipedia | author | date

Paul John Manafort Jr.[1] (born April 1, 1949)[2] is an American lobbyist and political consultant.[3] Manafort is best known for his lobbying efforts on behalf of Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovych as well as world leaders such as Ferdinand Marcos and Mobutu Sese Seko and guerrilla leader Jonas Savimbi.[3][4][5] He was an adviser to the U.S. presidential campaigns of Republicans Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bob Dole, and was the national chairman of the presidential campaign of Donald Trump, as well as being a senior partner in the firm Davis, Manafort, and Freedman. It was confirmed in The New York Times on the eve of the 2017 Presidential Inauguration that Manafort is under active investigation by the CIA, NSA, FBI, ODNI and FinCEN.[6] Read more

**Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, February 21 [13:21]
**DN | A Message to Trump from a Swede: My Real Concern is Rise of Militant Anti-Muslim Neo-Nazis, Fascists (02/21/17) [13:33]
**DN | Black Edge: New Yorker's Sheelah Kolhatkar on Wall Street's Biggest Insider Trading Story in History (Hedge Funds) (02/21/17) [7:51]
**DN | A Champion of the People or Wall Street? Trump Pushes to End Dodd-Frank & Consumer Protection Agency (02/21/17) [10:52]
As the Trump administration enters its second month, Republican lawmakers have begun a legislative attack on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which was created in response to the economic crisis a decade ago. The bureau was created under the Dodd-Frank legislation, which is also coming under attack by Republican lawmakers and the White House. Last week, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to repeal a Dodd-Frank anti-corruption measure requiring oil and mining companies to disclose payments to governments. He has also vowed to chip away at other parts of the legislation. We speak to Sheelah Kolhatkar, a former hedge fund analyst who is now a staff writer at The New Yorker. She is the author of the new book "Black Edge: Inside Information, Dirty Money, and the Quest to Bring Down the Most Wanted Man on Wall Street."
A Little-Bit-of-Humor
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert | Sorry ISIS, You Lost The Title Of 'Enemy Of The American People' (02/21/17) [7:52]
LastWeekTonight with John Oliver
*John Oliver | Vladimir Putin is known as a ruthless leader and master manipulator. John Oliver enlists a group of singing dancers to explain that to Donald Trump. (02/19/17) [20:05]
TRNN | TRNN Shir Hever Explained -> Trump's Turn from Two-State Solution Sows Crisis for Fatah, Hamas (02/21/17) [14:38]
TYT | Trump's Constant Mar-A-Lago Vacations Annoying Locals (02/20/17) [7:42]
TYT | LEAKED: Trump Talks To His "Special People" (02/20/17) [6:05]
TYT | Trump Cites Fake Terror Attack In Sweden (02/20/17) [15:40]
TYT | The NEW Red Scare (02/20/17) [4:35]
RT | Keiser Report: Ingredients for a New Global Crisis (E1035) (02/21/17) [25:47]
Max and Stacy discuss an EU blinded by hate and a currency unpegging from the dollar . . . watch what happens. In the second half Max continues his interview with Nomi Prins, author of 'All the Presidents' Bankers', about Trump's cabinet and advisers of the Goldman Sachs swamp.
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
*ThomHartmann | At What Point Do Trump Supporters Feel Betrayed? (02/20/17) [11:09]
Click to zoom in
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/
**MSNBC Rachel Maddow | Shady Oligarch's Case A Test Of President Trump's Department Of Justice (02/21/17) [21:11]
*MSNBC Morning Joe | Senator Argues For Getting Corporate Forces Out Of Politics (o2/21/17) [8:02]
MSNBC Morning Joe | What New NSA Pick H.R. McMaster Says About President Trump (02/21/17) [15:58]
Note: I'm not sure I totally agree with the above discussion of Cabinet picks, but I always think it is important to hear all sides. I did notice that Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster never called Trump by name.

Monday February 20, 2017
News Articles
*NBC Meet The Press | Bernie Sanders Full Interview: President Trump Is A 'Pathological Liar'. (02/12/17) [6:44]
Sorry, I missed this last week. I like Bernie Sanders and think he is the only one who cares for the little guy (anyone in the 90% category).

*Tulsi Gabbard Versus "Regime Change" Wars
ZeroHedge | author | 02/20/17

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is a rare member of Congress willing to take heat for challenging U.S. "regime change" projects, in part, because as an Iraq War vet she saw the damage these schemes do, as retired Col. Ann Wright explains to ConsortiumNews.com.

I support Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, going to Syria and meeting with President Bashar al-Assad because the congresswoman is a brave person willing to take criticism for challenging U.S. policies that she believes are wrong.

It is important that we have representatives in our government who will go to countries where the United States is either killing citizens directly by U.S. intervention or indirectly by support of militia groups or by sanctions.

We need representatives to sift through what the U.S. government says and what the media reports to find out for themselves the truth, the shades of truth and the untruths. ... Read more

NBC Meet the Press | Reince Priebus: Michael Flynn 'Wasn't Straight Or Honest' (02/19/17) [6:14]
New World Order?? - Order for the Elites or the Common Man?? Who Benefits??
NBC Meet the Press | John McCain: 'I Worry About The President's Understanding' Some Issues (02/19/17) [11:54]

Trump Says There's Been No Russia Contact -- Of Course, Much Of What He Says Is Untrue
HP | S.V. Date | 02/19/17

The Republican leader of the United States Senate was asked last week if he believed the Republican president's denial that his campaign colluded with the foreign power that was trying to help him win.

Mitch McConnell's answer: "I have no idea."

His office later said that McConnell misunderstood the question ? that he thought he was being asked if he personally knew whether Trump's campaign had colluded with Russia. Regardless, McConnell's four words represent the new president's problem in a nutshell. Having made falsehoods a staple of his public discourse, Donald Trump now faces enormous hurdles in getting even his erstwhile allies to put their names behind his credibility.

Trump has made untrue statements about the size of his inauguration crowd, the "standing ovation" he received at CIA headquarters, the "millions" of "illegal" votes cast in the November election, the murder rate, the news coverage given to terror attacks, and, just Saturday at his Florida "campaign" rally, about the amount of vetting refugees trying to enter the country must undergo and about a nonexistent terror incident in Sweden. That's just a partial list, and he's only been in office a month.... Read more

Anatomy Of The Deep State: An Open Conspiracy (02/11/16) [23:03]
The Deep State: The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow Government by Mike Lofgren (2016)

Every Four years, tempers are tested and marriages fray as Americans head to the polls to cast their votes. But does anyone really care what we think? Has our vaunted political system become one big, expensive, painfully scriped reality TV show? In this cringe-inducing expose of the sins and excesses of Beltwayland, a longtime Republican party insider argues that we have become an oligarchy in form if not in name. Hooked on war, genuflecting to big donors, in thrall to discredited economic theories and utterly bereft of a moral compass, America's governing classes are selling their souls to entrenched interest while our bridges collapse, wages, stagnate, and our water is increasingly undrinkable.

Drawing on sinsights gleaned over three decades on Capitol Hill, much of it on the Budget Committee, Lofgren paints a gripping portrait of the dismal swamp on the Potomac and the revolution it will take to reclaim our government and set us back on course.
*Peter Dale Scott - Deep State: Secret Government CIA FEMA & The Doomsday Network (01/25/15) [2:04:17]
*The American Deep State: Wall Street, Big Oil, and the Attack on U.S. Democracy by Peter Dale Scott (2015)

This provocative book makes a compelling case for a hidden "deep state" that influences and often opposes official U.S. policies. Prominent political analyst Peter Dale Scott begins by tracing America's increasing militarization, restrictions on constitutional rights, and income disparity since the Vietnam War. He argues that a significant role in this historic reversal was the intervention of a series of structural deep events, ranging from the assassination of President Kennedy to 9/11. He does not attempt to resolve the controversies surrounding these events, but he shows their significant points in common, ranging from overlapping personnel and modes of operation to shared sources of funding. Behind all of these commonalities is what Scott calls the deep state: a second order of government, behind the public or constitutional state, that has grown considerably stronger since World War II. He marshals convincing evidence that the deep state is partly institutionalized in non-accountable intelligence agencies like the CIA and NSA, but it also includes private corporations like Booz Allen Hamilton and SAIC, to which 70 percent of intelligence budgets are outsourced. Behind these public and private institutions is the traditional influence of Wall Street bankers and lawyers, allied with international oil companies beyond the reach of domestic law. With the increasing importance of Gulf states like Saudi Arabia to oil markets, American defense companies, and Wall Street itself, this essential book shows that there is now a supranational deep state, sometimes demonstrably opposed to official American policies and public interest.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis "We're Not In Iraq To Seize Anybody's Oil"
ZeroHedge | author | 02/20/17

In the latest distancing by Trump administration advisors from recent statements by the President, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrived in Baghdad on an unannounced visit on Monday to discuss the war effort against ISIS, and said that the US military is not in Iraq "to seize anybody's oil." ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, February 20 [15:18]
**DN | "For-Profit President": A Look at How Trump Is Pushing Wholesale Corporate Takeover of the Gov't (02/20/17) [8:09]
DN | Did Jeff Sessions Foreshadow New Immigration Crackdown in a Memo Before Becoming Attorney General? (02/20/17) [5:25]
*DN | DHS Memos: Speed Up Mass Deportations & Prosecute Parents Who Help Undocumented Children Enter U.S. (02/20/17) [4:15]
Humor
LastWeekTonight with John Oliver
*John Oliver | Vladimir Putin is known as a ruthless leader and master manipulator. John Oliver enlists a group of singing dancers to explain that to Donald Trump. (02/19/17) [20:05]
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Samantha Bee | We're Still Not There: A Practical Guide to Resistance. (02/15/17) [5:42]
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert | This week our guests said it best. Bless you Christine Baranski, Laverne Cox, Maggie Siff, Sally Field and Bob Odenkirk. (02/18/17) [2:38]
Stephen Colbert | Moby Isn't A Credible Source, But Neither Is Kellyanne Conway. (02/18/17) [3:59]
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Trevor Noah | President Trump's Bats**t Press Conference (02/17/17) [5:37]
**TRNN | Matthew Fox and Paul Jay discuss -> Pope Francis Calls for Broad Front Against Tyranny and Savage Capitalism (1/2) (02/19/17) [15:17]
TRNN | Matthew Fox and Paul Jay discuss -> Steve Bannon Allies with Catholic Theo-Fascism Against Pope Francis (2/2) (02/20/17) [16:07]
*TRNN | PERI's Gerald Epstein says -> Trumponomics: Empowering Proto-Fascists (02/20/17) [8:25]
*TYT | EPA-Hating Scott Pruitt Confirmed Head Of EPA (02/18/17) [8:02]
*TYT | Trump Considering National Guard For Deportations? (02/18/17) [8:10]
TYT | You Won't Believe Who The Telecom Industry Is Bribing Now (02/19/17) [6:27]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
*Inside Story | What does Michael Flynn's resignation mean for Trump? (02/14/17) [24:45]
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/
MSNBC Morning Joe | President Donald Trump, Sweden And Why We're 'Way Past Lines' (02/20/17) [10:47]
MSNBC Rachel Maddow | Kellyanne Conway Interview (02/xx/17 older) [13:37]

Friday February 17, 2017
News Articles

Trump Attacks 'Out Of Control' Media In Chaotic Press Conference
HP (and everyone else) | Christina Wilkie | 02/16/17

President Donald Trump launched a barrage of attacks on the press and leakers in an unsteady, unwieldy 77-minute press conference in the East Room of the White House on Thursday.

With his administration in crisis, Trump also defended the chaotic first month of his presidency, claiming that he had "inherited a mess" from President Barack Obama and that his administration "is running like a fine-tuned machine."

"I'm making this presentation directly to the American people with the media present ... because many of our nation's reporters and folks will not tell you the truth and will not treat the wonderful people of our country with the respect they deserve," Trump said.... Read more

TheGuardian | Donald Trump's press conference (full) (02/17/17) [1:26:54]
C-SPAN | CLIPS: Donald Trump Press Conference (02/16/17) [15:10]
*TYT | Trump's Press Conference MELTDOWN (02/16/17) [11:32]

President Trump implodes in unhinged 77-minute press conference
Salon | Taylor Link | 02/16/17

The president held a press conference to introduce the new labor secretary pick but mostly used his time to attack the press ... Read more

TYT | Is Trump Lying About Roger Stone And Russia? (02/16/17) [7:16]

Former Trump adviser Roger Stone: I had no contact with Russian officials
Today | Kyung Kim | 02/16/17

Former Donald Trump adviser Roger Stone rejected claims he had any involvement with Russian intelligence officials during or after the 2016 presidential campaign and said he welcomed a "fair, unbiased investigation" to clear his name. "Categorically, positively not," he said when asked Thursday on TODAY whether he had any regular dealings with Russians officials.

... Read more

Dow Dragged Lower By UnitedHealth After Government Sues Largest US Health Insurer
ZeroHedge | author | 02/17/17

The Dow Jones "Industrial" Average is suffering one of its worst intraday declines in weeks as a result of a 3.6% drop in UnitedHealth shares, which are sinking on news that the DOJ joined a whistleblower lawsuit against the insurer filed by a former executive claiming the country's largest health insurer overcharged Medicare hundreds of millions of dollars. ... Read more

What Is the 'Deep State' -- And Why Is It After Trump?
AlterNet | Jefferson Morley | 02/16/17

The firing of Gen. Michael Flynn has popularized the concept of the "Deep State" across the political spectrum.

Breitbart's Joel Pollak attacks the disloyal "Deep State #Resistance" to President Trump, while conservative pundit Bill Kristol defends it.

"Obviously [I] strongly prefer normal democratic and constitutional politics," Kristol tweeted Tuesday. "But if it comes to it, [I] prefer the deep state to the Trump state." ... Read more

Aljazeera | Inside Story -> What happens to global support for two-state solution? (02/16/10) [25:30]
*Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, February 17 [12:42]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, February 17 (Full) [59:02]
Some Humor
*TRNN | Economist Michael Hudson says -> IMF Lent to Greece Knowing It Could Never Pay Back Debt (02/17/17) [13:05]
TRNN | FBI whistleblower Coleen Rowley says -> Did the Deep State Facilitate Flynn's Resignation? (02/17/17) [11:15]
TYT | How Many Insane Things Can Trump Say In One Press Conference? (02/16/17) [4:09]
Note: As always, I don't necessary support all the sources I include in these New Pages, but I always think it is important to listen to all (coherent) sides.
RT | CrossTalk: Flynn, Palace Coup? (02/17/17) [24:33]
RT | Trump on Russia: Getting along is great, sinking their ship is not (02/17/17) [4:53]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | Trump...YUGE Gift to America's Big Oil Lobby (02/15/17) [27:47]
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
The Truth About the Useless F-35 (08/18/15) [37:15]
Media News - I Do watch Some MSNBC
CNN
CNN | 'I got nothing': Panel flabbergasted by Trump's 'hour & 15 min episode' Trump reality show (02/16/17) [10:00]
CNN | Jeffrey Lord is a complete and total idiot (02/16/17) [10:00]
Some YouTube Commenter
Commenter #1: Trump is a stunningly clever media player but ultimately an extremely emotionally weak and insecure man. He is not suited at all to being president.

Commenter #2: how can these people say that he had a good news conference? I watched the whole thing and I didn't hear a complete sentence in it. I don't think he was able to keep a coherent thought at any point of his speaking.?

Commenter #3: trump accomplished two things today, distraction and vent session. Articles are surfacing US European allies' intelligence agencies intercepted information between trump's cronies and Russia starting from the summer. Europe shared their Intel with US.?
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/
MSNBC Morning Joe | Joe: President Trump Is The First Sore Winner We've Ever Seen (02/17/17) [10:53]
*MSNBC Rachel Maddow | What It Looks Like When A President Fails (02/17/17) [20:24]
*MSNBC Rachel Maddow | WSJ: Intel Officials Withholding Intelligence From President Donald Trump (02/16/17) [7:41]
Right Wing News - Makes My Skin Crawl
Rush Limbaugh Radio News
RUSH | We're Not That Far From A CIVIL WAR! (02/10/17) [5:08]
InfoWars
InfoWars | Breaking: Army Admits Plan To Take Over The United States (02/15/17) [19:14]
InfoWars | Roger Stone Panicked Left Launching Civil War (02/15/17) [15:54]
InfoWars | Dr. Steve Pieczenik - Trump vs The Deep State (02/15/17) [15:24]
American News | "The Illuminati controls Trump" Alex Jones goes CRAZY and EXPOSES globalist agenda (02/12/17) [20:33]
X22Report | The 'Deep State' Soft Coup Is Now In Progress To Take Full Control Of The Country (02/14/17) [26:20]
Other Videos and Documentaries I Ran Across
Note: I don't endorse any of the videos in this section.
As I construct My News Pages I constantly run across a lot of NEW videos, and since I find YouTube frustrating trying to re-find videos, I save the links in this section so I can find them again.

Thursday February 16, 2017
News Articles

Donald Trump declares war on his intelligence agencies over 'illegal' and 'un-American' leaks
telegraph.co.uk | David Lawler | 02/16/17

President Donald Trump has declared war on his own intelligence agencies over "un-American" and scandalous leaks, that his aides had been in "constant communication" with Russian intelligence officials during the presidential campaign.

... Hours after Michael Flynn, Mr Trump's national security adviser, resigned after misleading the White House over conversations with the Russian ambassador to the US, reports emerged that key campaign aides had also been communicating with Russian officials. ... Read more

But...the F35 fighter uses more than 900lbs of Chinese Rare Earth Elements!

According to reports, under Obama, the Pentagon repeatedly waived laws banning Chinese-built components on U.S. weapons in order to keep the $392 billion Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter program on track.
*A Bit of Humor
Vox | Kellyanne Conway's interview tricks, explained (02/13/17) [6:31]
Watching Conway do backflips to avoid answering simple questions is fascinating and occasionally entertaining, but it doesn't provide viewers with useful information about what the Trump administration is doing or intends to do. And it should raise questions about what the purpose of interviewing an administration official actually is.

Meet The Man Behind The Market's Relentless Ramp
ZeroHedge | author | 02/16/17

In an ironic twist of fate, it appears the catalyst for many of the biggest and most incomprehensible market ramps of the last few years is a fund called "Catalyst." With around $4 billion under management (before the latest collapse), the levered options fund is run by Edward Walczak who "uses options to create a better risk/return profile." ... Read more

J Is for Junk Economics: A Guide to Reality in an Age of Deception by Michael Hudson (02/21/17)

J IS FOR JUNK ECONOMICS is an A-to-Z guide that explains how the world economy really works - and who the winners and losers are. The book includes more than 400 concise and acerbic entries, several essays, and a full topic index. Expanding on KILLING THE HOST: HOW FINANCIAL PARASITES AND DEBT DESTROY THE GLOBAL ECONOMY, Prof. Hudson's new book covers contemporary terms that are misleading or poorly understood as well as many important concepts that have been abandoned - many on purpose - from the long history of political economy.

Two key concepts are RENT THEORY and DEBT, which explain how Unearned Income and the Financial Sector impoverish governments and populations the world over as power and riches flow upward into the hands of the few. Several additional essays provide background for key points and explore today's uncertain political and economic environment.

To understand what's really going on, it's not necessary to re-invent the wheel; the major issues that guide healthy economies were known to the Ancients and were expanded upon by the classical economists of the 18th and 19th centuries, including Adam Smith, David Ricardo, John Stuart Mill, E. Peshine Smith, Simon Patten, Karl Marx, Thorstein Veblen, and others of many political stripes whose aim was to leave the brutal legacy of feudalism behind. Their ideas and principles are brought back into the spotlight here. It is hoped that this book will deconstruct today's "value-free," watered-down and deceptive economics that favor the wealthy, allowing the next generation to create a successful economy with proper checks and balances that will benefit everyone. This is a book you will want to refer to again and again.
The Race To The Bottom: Why A Worldwide Worker Surplus And Uncontrolled Free Trade Are Sinking American Living Standards by Alan Tonelson

A leading economic journalist explains why Washington's responses to globalization have created a global worker surplus that undermines both American workers and those in developing nations.







Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, February 16 [14:17]
*DN | Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, February 16 (full) [59:02]
*TRNN | Whistleblower Coleen Rowley says -> Did the Deep State Facilitate Flynn's Resignation? (02/16/17) [11:15]
TRNN | CEPR's Dean Baker says -> Upward Distribution of Wage Income Behind Social Security's Shortfall (02/16/17) [12:16]
TRNN | In the Trump Era, Is Canada's Trade Relationship with the U.S. a Blessing or a Curse? (02/16/17) [16:41]
*TYT | Trump Furious At Leakers For Exposing Russia Ties (02/15/17) [8:36]
TYT | Sinking Trump Ship Plagued By Leaks, Possibly Moles... (02/15/17) [10:58]
TYT | Trump Filibusters When Asked About Rising Anti-Semitism (02/15/17) [4:64]
TYT | Netanyahu Laughs At Trump's Peace Plan (02/15/17) [13:11]
*RT | Keiser Report: Trump's First Hundred Hours (E1033) (02/16/17) [25:45]
Max and Stacy discuss fast trains and high-speed rail presidents. In the second half, Max interviews Dr Michael Hudson, author of J is for Junk Economics, about the fake economy, the binned TPP trade deal and Trump: the first hundred hours.
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
*ThomHartmann | What The Flynn Disaster Reveals... (02/14/17) [11:12]
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/
MSNBC Morning Joe | Massive Purge Of Intel Community, Leakers Possible After Mike Flynn Situation (02/16/17) [14:32]
MSNBC Rachel Maddow | Physical Abuse A Sensitive White House Theme (02/16/17) [21:50]

Wednesday February 15, 2017
News Articles

Trump Ties to Infrastructure Advisers Roth and LeFrak Run Deep
Bloomberg | Satah Mulholland | 02/15/17

Donald Trump didn't look very far when searching for infrastructure advisers. He turned to two Manhattan real estate developers he has known for decades, Richard LeFrak and Steven Roth.

LeFrak, a billionaire whose New York roots mirror Trump's own, and Roth, chairman of Vornado Realty Trust, one of the city's largest landlords, will spearhead a committee dedicated to one of the new administration's signature campaign pledges. Trump's relationships with the two men, who will lead a council of builders and engineers to monitor spending, crisscross New York in a web of personal and professional ties. ... Read more

Goldman Sachs Stock Hits Record on Bet Trump Will Unleash Wall Street

Goldman Warns of China Economy Risks During Year of the Rooster
Bloomberg | Enda Curran | 02/14/17

China's economy may have slipped down the global worry list, but significant risks remain, including an abrupt end to a massive credit boom or an overly aggressive policy response if inflation should speed up, according to Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

While a hard landing isn't the New York-based bank's base case for 2017 -- it expects only a modest slowdown -- economists warn that a push to rein in cheap loans will weigh on key sectors such as housing. Officials are trying to keep a lid on frothy house prices without harming the wider economy, where growth remains heavily reliant on government spending. ... Read more

RT | Toxic uranium admission: Pentagon confirms to RT use of depleted uranium in Syria (02/14/17) [2:46]
Note: I don't particularly like, or watch, Fox News, but I do think there are really tough questions that need to be discussed out in the open, supported by real facts, not ALTERNATIVE FACTS. Then with real facts a well informed decission/policy can be made.
Fox News | Retired Marine's message about travel ban goes viral (02/10/17) [6:00]
Note: I don't particularly like, or watch, Fox News, but I do think there are really tough questions that need to be discussed out in the open, supported by real facts, not ALTERNATIVE FACTS. Then with real facts a well informed decission/policy can be made.
Fox News | Retired Marine's message about travel ban goes viral (02/10/17) [6:00]

Biggest EU Banks Embark on the Mother of All Debt Binges
wolfstreet.com | Don Quijones | 02/14/17

Spain's three biggest banks, Banco Santander, BBVA and Caixa Bank, have got off to a flying start this year having issued €8.6 billion in new debt, seven times the amount they sold during the same period of last year. The last time they rolled out so much debt so quickly was in 2007, the year that Spain's spectacular real estate bubble reached its climactic peak. ...

... This newfangled class of bail-in-able debt was cooked up last year by French-based financial engineers in order to help France's four global systemically important banks (BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole, Groupe BPCE and Société Générale) out of a serious quandary: how to satisfy pending European and global regulations demanding much larger capital and debt buffers without having to pay investors costly returns on the billions of euros of funds they lend them to do so. ... Read more

Ocean Pollution: 'Extraordinary' Levels Of Contamination Found At Deepest Parts Of Ocean Inside Fish, Shrimp
ibtimes.com | Juliana Rose Pignataro | 02/13/17

Manmade pollution has made its way to the furthest reaches of the planet, according to scientists. Researchers found 'extraordinary' amounts of the banned chemicals polychlorinated biphenyls, known as PCBs, more than 36,000 feet down in the ocean.

Scientists from the University of Aberdeen in the United Kingdom studied shrimp-like creatures called amphipods residing in the depths of the Mariana Trench, almost seven miles down, during two expeditions in 2014. The team found concentrations of PCBs 50 times greater than those found in animals living in surface waters, according to a study published Monday in Nature, Ecology and Evolution. ... Read more

China Just Created A Record $540 Billion In Debt In One Month
ZeroHedge | author | 02/14/17

One week ago, Deutsche Bank analysts warned that the global economic boom is about to end for one reason that has nothing to do with Trump, and everything to do with China's relentless debt injections. As DB's Oliver Harvey said, "attention has focused on President Trump, but developments on the other side of the world may prove more important. At the beginning of 2016, China embarked on its latest fiscal stimulus funded from local government land sales and a booming property market. The Chinese business cycle troughed shortly thereafter and has accelerated rapidly since." ... Read more

*Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, February 15 [13:59]
DN | Criminalization & Trump's ICE Raids: Two Immigrant Rights Organizers Facing Deportation Speak Out (02/14/17) [14:22]
DN | The Predatory Mindset of Donald Trump: An Interview With Eve Ensler & Christine Schuler Deschryver (02/14/17) [25:30]
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert | Michael Flynn's White House Tenure: It's Funny 'Cause It's Treason' (02/15/17) [8:15]
Stephen Colbert | Cartoon Donald Trump Gets Tucked Into Bed By Steve Bannon (02/11/17) [1:10]
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Trevor Noah/Daily Show | General Flynn Gets The Boot (02/15/17) [4:44]
Trevor Noah/Daily Show | Profiles in Tremendousness - Senior Adviser Stephen Miller (0214/17) [6:12]
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah http://therealnews.com/
TRNN | AlterNet Ben Norton says -> Flynn's Resignation Won't Stop Trump Admin. From Targeting Iran. (02/14/17) [9:44]
TYT | Kellyanne Conway Can't Take Much More Of This... (02/14/17) [9:52]
TYT | Michael Flynn Resigns Amid Russia Scandal (02/14/17) [4:35]
TYT | Russia Still Has Plenty Of Friends In Trump Administration (02/14/17) [6:53]
TYT | Russia Violates Missile Treaty, Trump Silent... (02/14/17) [5:34]
Note: As always, I don't necessary support all the sources I include in these New Pages, but I always think it is important to listen to all (coherent) sides.
RT | CrossTalk: Steve Bannon (02/15/17) [26:41]
RT | Keiser Report: Banks appeased, crocodiles feasting (E1032) (02/14/17) [25:45]
Max and Stacy discuss how Deutsche Bank made $462 million disappear through the magic of derivatives. In the second half, Max interviews Trond Andresen, who campaigned long ago to keep Norway out of the euro, to discuss the anti-EU mood across Europe and how the rancor could save the euro... should anyone want to save it.
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
Aljazeera | Inside Story -> What does Michael Flynn's resignation mean for Trump? (02/14/10) [24:45]
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/
MSNBC Morning Joe | Mika: Michael Flynn Fallout 'Looks Like The Steps Leading To A Total Meltdown' (02/15/10) [17:33]

Tuesday February 14, 2017
News Articles

Donald Trump's white nationalist "genius bar": Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller, Michael "Decius" Anton and beyond
Salon | Chauncey Devega | 02/14/17

Donald Trump's administration is built around a brain trust of white nationalists. To deny that fact is to ignore a crucial element of this national crisis: America's "greatest generation" defeated Nazism during World War II, and 70 or so years later one of the country's two leading political parties has injected a more polite version of that poison into its veins and rode to power in Washington on a wave of bigotry and racism.

Among the men who have President Trump's ear, we find White House strategist Steve Bannon, senior adviser Stephen Miller, deputy assistant to the president Sebastian Gorka and newly installed Attorney General Jeff Sessions. ... Read more

Banksters | Robo-Signing
DEFINITION of 'Robo-Signer' An employee of a mortgage servicing company that signs foreclosure documents without reviewing them. Rather than actually reviewing the individual details of each case, robo-signers assume the paperwork to be correct and sign it automatically, like robots.
WSJ | This week, mortgage-servicing giant GMAC Mortgage Co. halted | Robbie Whelan | 09/22/10 (article)
*60Minutes | The next housing shock, Bank Fraud Robo Signing for Forclosure (06/13/11) [14:06]

Income share for the bottom 50% of Americans is 'collapsing,' new Piketty research finds
Click to zoom in marketwatch.com | Steve Goldstein | 02/07/17

A new research paper from economists including Thomas Piketty finds that the bottom 50%'s share of income in the United States is "collapsing."

In the U.S., between 1978 and 2015, the income share of the bottom 50% fell to 12% from 20%. Total real income for that group fell 1% during that time period. ... Read more

*Jim Rickards Explains the Global Elite's 'Ice-9' Plan to Freeze The Entire Financial System (02/07/17) [40:52]
The Road to Ruin: The Global Elites' Secret Plan for the Next Financial Crisis by James Rickards (2016)

A drumbeat is sounding among the global elites. The signs of a worldwide financial meltdown are unmistakable. This time, the elites have an audacious plan to protect themselves from the fallout: hoarding cash now and locking down the global financial system when a crisis hits.

Since 2014, international monetary agencies have been issuing warnings to a small group of finance ministers, banks, and private equity funds: the U.S. government's cowardly choices not to prosecute J.P. Morgan and its ilk, and to bloat the economy with a $4 trillion injection of easy credit, are driving us headlong toward a cliff.

As Rickards shows in this frightening, meticulously researched book, governments around the world have no compunction about conspiring against their citizens. They will have stockpiled hard assets when stock exchanges are closed, ATMs shut down, money market funds frozen, asset managers instructed not to sell securities, negative interest rates imposed, and cash withdrawals denied.

If you want to plan for the risks ahead, you will need Rickards's cutting-edge synthesis of behavioral economics, history, and complexity theory. It's a guidebook to thinking smarter, acting faster, and living with the comfort­ing knowledge that your wealth is secure.

The global elites don't want this book to exist. Their plan to herd us like sheep to the slaughter when a global crisis erupts -- and, of course, to maintain their wealth -- works only if we remain complacent and unaware. Thanks to The Road to Ruin, we don't need to be.
The Road to Ruin: Global Elite's 'Ice-9' Plan to Freeze (Google sample)

Jim Rogers: "We're About To Have The Worst Economic Problems Of A Lifetime, A Lot Of People Will Disappear"
ZeroHedge | author | 02/12/17

"Get prepared," warns billionaire commodity guru Jim Rogers, "because we're going to have the worst economic problems in your lifetime and a lot of people are going to disappear." In this wide-ranging interview with MacroVoices' Erik Townsend, the investing legend discusses everything from whether Russia is being scapegoated ("yes, ask Victoria Nuland"), the war against cash ("governments love it... they want to control everything"), to his views on gold and the demise of freedom. ... Read more
*MacroVoices | Erik Townsend & Patrick Ceresna -> Jim Rogers - Macro Outlook in the Trump Era (02/09/15) [1:08:00]

*Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, February 14 [13:24]
*DN | Pipeline Partners: Trudeau & Trump Meet as They Push for Keystone XL & Other Big Oil Projects (02/14/17) [12:50]
*DN | FCC Under Trump: Net Neutrality & Internet Freedom Faces New Attack (02/14/17) [8:35]
*Keith Olbermann | Michael Flynn Must Now Be Arrested (#32 ) (02/13/15) [5:52]
*TRNN | Bill Black says -> Steve Mnuchin, Who Played Key Role in Foreclosure Crisis, Confirmed As Treasury Secretary (02/14/17) [12:03]
*TRNN | Col. Larry Wilkerson says -> How Trump Could Widen Divisions Within the Republican Party (02/14/17) [9:14]
TYT | America's Child Marriage Problem (02/13/17) [7:18]
TYT | LEAKED: "Being President Is Harder Than Trump Thought" (02/13/17) [11:07]
TYT | Why Is Everyone But Trump Freaking Out In This Picture? (02/13/17) [10:02]
RT | Keiser Report: China's 'Debt Trap Diplomacy' (E1031) (02/11/17) [25:45]
Max and Stacy discuss China's 'debt trap diplomacy' and Goldman Sachs conspiracies. In the second half, Max continues his interview with Jim Rickards, author of The Road to Ruin, about Donald Trump's economic policies so far.
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
*MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/
MSNBC Morning Joe | 'Free Agent' Kellyanne Conway Has 'Been Out Of The Loop For Months' (02/14/17) [10:56]
MSNBC Rachel Maddow | Michael Flynn Resignation 'Almost Unbelievably Dramatic' (02/13/17) [5:34]
CNN
CNN Anderson Cooper | Trump Was Warned Flynn Could Be Blackmailed By Russia, Ignored Warnings (02/13/17) [14:14]

Monday February 13, 2017
News Articles
TOP STORIES
  1. HOW THE GRAMMYS GOT POLITICAL The 59th annual Grammys had a political undertone, from host James Corden's jokes and Katy Perry's "Persist" armband to Busta Rhymes' commentary. The highlight of the night was Beyoncé killing her epic performance, which showcased her growing pregnancy. Twitter lost its mind after she brought the house down. Adele even gave her half of her award for Album of the Year, saying the queen should have won for "Lemonade." Check out the full list of winners, as well as a breakdown of the pretty insane fashion rocked last night. [HuffPost]
  2. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP YET TO DEFEND MIKE FLYNN The National Security Adviser's tenure is increasingly "tenuous" as the White House has yet to make a statement following reports of Flynn's contact with Russia. And here's where this leaves the National Security Council. [NYT]
  3. RESIDENTS ORDERED TO EVACUATE AREA BELOW DAMAGED CALIFORNIA DAM At least 188,000 have been evacuated from Northern California as the Lake Oroville Dam, which is the tallest in the U.S., is in danger of "imminent collapse." [Reuters]
  4. NORTH KOREA SAYS IT SUCCESSFULLY TESTED MISSILE The country announced Monday that it had successfully launched a new type of medium-to-long-range ballistic missile. Here are the options Trump has for responding. [HuffPost]
  5. NOR'EASTER TO PUMMEL NORTHEAST Thousands of flights are expected to be canceled at the storm barrels through New England. [Reuters]
  6. REPORT: RUSSIA MAY 'RETURN' SNOWDEN AS A 'GIFT' Intelligence officials believe the handover would be to "curry favor" with Trump. Edward Snowden's response? "Finally: irrefutable evidence that I never cooperated with Russian intel. No country trades away spies, as the rest would fear they're next." [HuffPost]

National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's job security in jeopardy
CBS | Major Garrett | 02/12/17

National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's job security is in jeopardy, CBS News has learned, and White House policy adviser Stephen Miller's studied non-defense of Flynn illustrates a new level of isolation from Trump and his inner circle.

Flynn's deception about conversations with the Russian ambassador about Obama administration sanctions have deeply soured his relationship with Vice President Mike Pence. Two sources with direct knowledge of the situation describe Pence as aggravated by Flynn's decision to deceive Pence -- forcing him to say things on Flynn's behalf on "Face The Nation" and other shows that have proven to be untrue. Pence relied on Flynn's representations and feels burned, the sources said.? ... Read more

TYT | Cenk Uygur's Rousing Speech On Getting Money Out of Politics (02/12/17) [45:13]
Syria
*RT | Syria Special: Is Assad winning, Amnesty Intl Allegations & MSM myth-busting (02/11/15) [28:25]
We speak to Charles Glass, award winning foreign correspondent who spent his career on the ground in the Middle East about the turning tide in Syria. We talk to Amnesty International about the timing of their new report containing allegations against President Assad's government.
*Yahoo News | Bashar al-Assad Interview (full) (02/09/17) [33:37]
Stolen childhood: Syrian children growing up with war (promo) (02/11/17) [2:24]
*Growing up with War: Children of Syria. The tragedy of kids who have never known peace. (full) (02/13/17) [26:46]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, February 13 [13:10]
*DN | Saru Jayaraman: Trump Labor Nominee Andrew Puzder Does Not Respect Women At All (02/13/17) [10:39]
DN | Secretary of Labor Violations? Opposition Grows to the Nomination of Fast-Food CEO Andy Puzder (02/13/17) [7:36]
*DN | California vs. Trump: Lawmakers Push to Become "Sanctuary State" Despite Threats from Washington (02/13/17) [8:40]
HBO Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
*John Oliver | Trump vs. Truth (02/12/17) [23:49]
*TRNN | Public Citizen Lobbyist Craig Holman says -> Kellyanne Conway Broke the Law (02/12/17) [15:58]
*TRNN Empire Files | Abby Martin interviews Mark Ames -> Post-Soviet Russia, Made in the U.S.A. (02/13/17) [27:13]
*TYT | Report: Trump Advisor Lied About Russia (02/10/17) [8:24]
*TYT | CNN Host To Kellyanne Conway: Why Does Trump Lie So Much? (02/11/17) [7:08]
TYT | THOUSANDS Killed In Mass Executions (02/12/17) [7:38]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | Fukushima Is Still Melting Down... (02/10/17) [11:07]

Fukushima
BeyondNuclear.org | "Nearly 700,000 tons of radioactive water stored at Fukushima plant" (2015) (article)

As reported by the Asahi Shimbun, 700,000 tons of highly contaminated radioactive water has accumulated in temporary storage tanks at the devastated Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The figure grows by several hundred tons per day.

This means an additional 1,000-ton, 30-foot tall storage tank must be added every few days. More than a thousand such tanks now exist at the site.

700,000 tons of contaminated water is equal to more than 188 million U.S. gallons.

As the article reports, Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) claims that most of the stored wastewater has already been processed by its ALPS (Advanced Liquid Processing System), as of May 2015.

However, the ALPS had suffered numerous breakdowns, and even leaks into the environment, over the past several years. Also, ALPS only filters out 60-some of the radioactive substances in the wastewater. There are a couple hundred radioactive substances contaminating the water.

One of the hazardous radioactive substances that cannot be filtered out is tritium, a radioactive form of hydrogen. Tepco wants to simply dump the massive amount of tritium into the Pacific, but Japanese fishermen have resisted the plan for years.

Another unresolved question is where the 60-odd radioactive substances filtered out of the wastewater by ALPS will be stored or dumped.
BeyondNuclear.org | Contaminated Ground Water Flows into the Pacific Ocean Every Day

80-100 thousand gallons of contaminated ground water flows into the Pacific Ocean every day
BeyondNuclear.org | Cost of Fukushima disaster expected to soar to ¥20 trillion (11/30/16)

¥20 trillion equates to about $180 billion in U.S. currency. Please note, however, the full cost accounting to increase the expenses for dealing with the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe's ongoing aftermath to more than $500 billion, by some estimates.
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Friday February 10, 2017
News Articles

CNN and sticking to your guns: A lamentation by Bill Moyers
Salon | Bill Moyers | 02/10/17

I thought CNN was taking a courageous stand against White House lies. I was mistaken

Well, I certainly got that one wrong. Based on news reports, and after two phone calls to check them out, on Tuesday I wrote a column saluting Jake Tapper and CNN for saying, "No!" to Kellyanne Conway when the White House offered her up as a guest for Tapper's Sunday program. Except for Fox and Breitbart, I said, no news organization had been more useful to Donald Trump's presidential candidacy than CNN, but now it appeared they were fed up with serving as a springboard for the lies tossed around like grenades by Trump's propaganda minions -- most notably Ms. Conway, the president's senior adviser who doubles, I pointed out (with apologies to my late Baptist deacon father for the language) as the administration's official Queen of Bullshit. ... Read more

Saudi Arabia has twice as many UK-made warplanes than the Royal Air Force.
*MSNBC Morning Joe | Kellyanne Conway 'Doesn't Respect The Lines' (02/10/17) [12:13]
MSNBC Rachel Maddow | Court Hands President Donald Trump A Loss And A Lesson On Ban (02/10/17) [9:45]

*A winter of blazing discontent continues in the arctic
Salon | Brian Kahn, Climate Central | 02/10/17

The Arctic is in crisis and is the most dramatic example of how carbon pollution is reshaping the planet

Weird. Strange. Extreme. Unprecedented. These are some of the words that describe what's been happening in the Arctic over the past year as surge after surge of warm air have stalled, and at times reversed, sea ice pack growth. And the unfortunate string of superlatives is set to continue this week.

Arctic sea ice is already sitting at a record low for this time of year and a powerful North Atlantic storm is expected to open the flood gates and send more warmth pouring into the region from the lower latitudes. By Thursday, it could reach up to 50°F above normal. In absolute temperature, that's near the freezing point and could further spur a decline in sea ice. ... Read more

Keith Olbermann | Life in Trump's America Just Got Worse for Your Pet (#31) (02/09/17) [5:47]

Trump's imaginary America is a realm of crime and depravity -- but he can find that stuff closer to home
Salon | Gary Legum | 02/10/17

The president's new orders on crime and law enforcement offer only empty symbolism -- but real people will get hurt/p>

On Thursday, President Trump signed three executive orders related to law enforcement. As with some of his past orders, this latest round seemed partly like a publicity stunt, designed more to make him look busy while having little practical effect in reality. Since he signed them during a ceremony to swear in Jeff Sessions as the nation's new attorney general, one could say they are the equivalent of giving a new employee his marching orders just before showing him to his desk on his first day of work.

On the surface, these orders would not seem to do much. One order directs Sessions to appoint someone to run the generically named Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety. A second directs federal agencies to review ongoing efforts pursuing international drug cartels and criminal syndicates to make sure they are sufficiently effective, and to report back to Trump in a few months on the results. The third order could be called the "Blue Lives Matter" EO, and it mostly tells Sessions to make extra-double-sure that federal and local laws against harming law enforcement personnel are adequate, and to recommend whether penalties for violence against authorities should be made more harsh. ... Read more

Fukushima nuclear reactor radiation at highest level since 2011 meltdown
theguardian.com | author | 02/03/17

Extremely high radiation levels have been recorded inside a damaged reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station, almost six years after the plant suffered a triple meltdown.

The extraordinary radiation readings highlight the scale of the task confronting thousands of workers, as pressure builds on Tepco to begin decommissioning the plant -- a process that is expected to take about four decades. ... Read more

*Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, February 10 [14:37]
*DN | See the Signs of Terror: Journalists Call on Trump to Condemn White Supremacist-Led Attacks & Plots (02/10/17) [19:03]
*DN | Court Refuses to Reinstate Trump's Muslim Ban, Says "No Evidence" of Attacks from 7 Listed Countries (02/10/17) [16:34]
Humor in the News
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Trevor Noah/Daily Show | Senator Elizabeth Warren Reacts to Being Silenced (02/09/17) [5:51]
TYT | Kellyanne Conway Turns News Into Ivanka Commercial (02/09/17) [8:18]
*TYT | Trump Gets Tough On Crime (02/09/17) [16:03]
TYT | Bronx School Lead Levels SIXTEEN TIMES Higher Than FLINT (02/09/17) [7:03
TYT | Will Judge Block DAPL Construction? (02/09/17) [7:31]
TYT | John McCain: Trump's Raid Was A Failure (02/09/17) [9:34]
TYT | Trump At Odds With Supreme Court Nominee? (02/09/17) [13:17]
RT | Keiser Report: Trump/Abe Golf Diplomacy (E1030) (02/09/17) [25:43]
Max and Stacy discuss Trump's bilateral deals with Japan as he and Shinzo Abe hit the golf course. In the second half, Max interviews Jim Rickards, author of The Road to Ruin, about Donald Trump's political shock and awe - are we on the road to ruin?
Note: I don't necessarily believe in everything RT pumps out, but I always think it is valuable to see what other people are saying around the world. Everything seems to be all over the board.
RT | CrossTalk: Trump's Battles (02/09/17) [24:33]
It was an unusual campaign and now Donald Trump's style as president is equally unusual. Will he eventually be forced to govern through executive orders? Will the GOP get in line? And will he be allowed to recast American foreign policy?
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | The Witch Hunt For Climate Scientists (02/09/17) [12:27]
Noam Chomsky
*TRNN | Chris Hedges: Interview with Noam Chomsky (01/20/17) [55:08]
TRNN | Noam Chomsky - Changing Contours of Global Order (01/17/17) [1:17:37]
Search for Noam Chomsky name:
  1. Google Search Results: About 10,600,000 results
  2. YouTube Search Results: About 482,000 results
  3. YouTube Search Results over 20 minutes... meaning significant lectures: About 482,000 filtered results
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/
Other Videos and Documentaries I Ran Across

Thursday February 09, 2017
News Articles
CNN Debate | Ted Cruz vs Bernie Sanders Debate the Future of Obamacare (02/07/17) [1:59:07]

Leaks Suggest Trump's Own Team Is Alarmed By His Conduct
Reuters & HP | S.V. Date | 02/07/17

President Donald Trump was confused about the dollar: Was it a strong one that's good for the economy? Or a weak one? So he made a call ? except not to any of the business leaders Trump brought into his administration or even to an old friend from his days in real estate. Instead, he called his national security adviser, retired Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, according to two sources familiar with Flynn's accounts of the incident.

Flynn has a long record in counterintelligence but not in macroeconomics. And he told Trump he didn't know, that it wasn't his area of expertise, that, perhaps, Trump should ask an economist instead.

Trump was not thrilled with that response, but that may have been a function of the time of day. Trump had placed the call at 3 a.m., according to one of Flynn's retellings, although neither the White House nor Flynn's office responded to requests for confirmation about that detail. ... Read more

MSNBC Today | ornadoes Rip Across South; Louisiana Governor Declares State Of Emergency (02/08/17) [2:29]

Wall Street's Best Friend Trump Aims to Dismantle Dodd-Frank, Which Protects Millions of Americans from Fraud
AlterNet | David Dayen / The American Prospect | 02/08/17

History teaches us that financial regulations die from a thousand cuts rather than a signifying event. As Cornell University law professor Saule Omarova puts it, "Financial reform is like a big onion. The more layers you peel off, the harder you cry."

For example, by the time the Gramm-Leach-Bliley law removed the Glass-Steagall firewall between commercial and investment banks in 1999, that separation was already effectively wiped out--by administrative waivers granted by regulators. The 1994 Riegle-Neal Act that formally allowed banks to open branches across state lines came after a decade of states altering rules to undermine local control of finance. Deregulation of mortgage rules that led to the housing bubble rolled out over a 20-year period, spanning Carter, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton. And even then, it took the George W. Bush administration's laissez-faire supervision to really supercharge predatory lending. ... Read more

Keith Olbermann | The Travesties Done in Your Name and Mine (#30) (02/08/17) [3:43]

Five Charts That Say All Is Not Well in Markets
Bloomberg | Tracy Alloway | 02/06/17/span>

A former TV star as U.S. president doesn't seem to have injected markets with much of a ''fear factor.'' But digging beneath the surface of an eight-year bull run exposes subtle signs that hint at an uneasy optimism.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average has sailed past 20,000 and the S&P 500 is nearing its life-time high set in January, indicating that investors have so far shrugged off the uncertainty brought by the new administration. But, here are five charts that suggest all is not well in markets. ... Read more

Harry Dent: Stocks Will Fall 70-90% Within 3 Years
peakprosperity.com | author | 01/30/17

All four of the cycles I track point down now. One after the next has peaked in the last several years. All four point down into early 2020 or so. That's only happened in the early to mid-'70s when we had the worst stock crashes back then, the OPEC embargo, etc -- the worst set of crises since the 1930s.

The next three years are likely to be the worst we see in our lifetimes. It will be more like the early 1930s when stocks hit a debt bubble and financial asset bubbles crashed, which they only do once in a lifetime such as the early 1930s. Stocks will be down 70, 80, 90% -- that's to be as expected in this stage of the cycle after such a bubble. ... Read more
Harry Dent: Stocks Will Fall 70-90% Within 3 Years (01/30/17) [44:31]

*Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, February 09 [13:27]
*DN | "These Are Not Normal Times": Hundreds of NYC Students Walk Out to Protest Trump & DeVos (02/09/17) [3:53]
DN | Human Slaughterhouse: Amnesty International Says Up to 13,000 Hanged at Syrian Prison (02/09/17) [15:19]
Amnesty International has released a shocking report claiming as many as 13,000 people--mostly civilians--have been hanged in a Syrian government military prison in recent years. Amnesty accuses the Assad government of running a human slaughterhouse and engaging in a deliberate policy of extermination by hanging thousands of civilians at a prison near Damascus. Amnesty says the killings amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity. We speak to the co-author of the report, Nicolette Waldman, an Amnesty International researcher specializing in detention issues.
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert | President Trump Is Using His Office To Protect His Family's Businesses (02/09/17) [10:55]
Stephen Colbert | Jake Tapper's Job Isn't To Be Liked (02/09/17) [8:03]
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Samantha Bee | Donald and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Sanctuary Cities (02/08/17) [8:12]
Samantha Bee | CNN Had It In Them the Whole Time (02/08/17) [4:47]
*TRNN | Dr. Stephen Cohen tells host Abby Martin -> US-Russia Relations in "Most Dangerous Moment" (02/09/17) [22:15]
TRNN | Billions Divested from Banks Backing Dakota Access Pipeline (02/09/17) [6:34]
*TYT | Trump: Nobody's Complaining About DAPL (02/08/17) [5:46]
TYT | Trump Throws Tantrum After Nordstrom Drops (02/08/17) [12:21]
TYT | Trump's Lawyers Unprepared For Muslim Ban (02/08/17) [9:11]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/
Other Videos and Documentaries I Ran Across

Wednesday February 08, 2017
News Articles

WATCH: Jake Tapper Hammers Kellyanne Conway in Heated New Interview
Salon & AlterNet | Taylor Link / Salon | 02/08/17

On Monday, legendary news anchor Dan Rather singled out CNN's Jake Tapper as today's journalistic standard. On Tuesday, Tapper showed off his talent in a 25-minute, wide-ranging showdown with White House senior counselor Kellyanne Conway

After Conway fabricated a terror attack -- the so-called Bowling Green massacre -- to justify a constitutionally-questionable travel ban, Tapper confidently held the high ground in the interview. "You cited a massacre that didn't happen. You said the media didn't cover it," Tapper said. ... Read more

MNN NYC | Jake Tapper Confronts Kellyanne Conway for WH Claims on Media Terror Coverage: Facts harmful (02/07/17) [11:44]
Stephan Colbert | John Oliver: Trump's Election Was the Exactly the Trainwreck 'I Thought It Was Going to Be' () [6:32]
Note: I read this YouTube comment several days ago and decided to copy it here... it seemed so appropriate.

Indeed, the Middle East conflicts were originated by the British and were taken over by the US. Evidently, you don't even know what the "old Middle East" is, for if you did, you'd know that Middle East in its current format was curved out of the Ottoman empire by the British after the WWI. Britain carved small countries based on oil reserves and ethnicity out of what was left of Ottoman empire and it pitted different ethnicities against each other, so they would have to rely on the British to be protected against each other. In some cases they put minorities in charge of majorities (e.g. Sunnis in Iraq and Bahrain, and Alawites in Syria...) to be able to control their respective societies! After the WWII the Americans made a pact with the Saudis to maintain the "petrodollar" for US protection of their regime against both internal dissent, and external threat. That is why the US ignores Saudi involvement in most terrorist activities such as 9-11 and support for ISIS! FWI, the old "Middle East" primarily consisted of Ottoman empire before the British took it apart.?

Elizabeth Warren Silenced on Senate Floor for Reading Words of Coretta Scott King
AlterNet | Alexandra Rosenmann | 02/08/17

Elizabeth Warren was silenced on the Senate floor Tuesday night in an unprecedented act of Republican censure. She had been reading a letter from Coretta Scott King criticizing the civil rights record of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Trump's cabinet appointee for attorney general.

"Mr. Sessions has used the awesome power of his office to chill the free exercise of the vote by black citizens in the district he now seeks to serve as a federal judge," Warren said, citing the widow of Martin Luther King Jr. ... Read more

*Fukushima, Japan
BeyondNuclear.org | 'Fukushima catastrophe ongoing: Leakage on a daily basis' (02/06/17)

RT interviews Beyond Nuclear on recent measurements showing 53,000 Rem per hour (deadly to humans within a minute or less, at close range, in the absence of radiation shielding), or higher, radiation dose rates in the melted down Unit 2 reactor at Fukushima Daiichi, Japan. (The interview includes a section about the chronic, and acute, leaks of radioactive wastewater into the Pacific Ocean from the site.
BeyondNuclear.org | Fate of Fukushima No. 2 nuclear plant remains unknown (01/03/17)
BeyondNuclear.org | "Nearly 700,000 tons of radioactive water stored at Fukushima plant" (2015) (article)

As reported by the Asahi Shimbun, 700,000 tons of highly contaminated radioactive water has accumulated in temporary storage tanks at the devastated Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The figure grows by several hundred tons per day.

This means an additional 1,000-ton, 30-foot tall storage tank must be added every few days. More than a thousand such tanks now exist at the site.

700,000 tons of contaminated water is equal to more than 188 million U.S. gallons.

As the article reports, Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) claims that most of the stored wastewater has already been processed by its ALPS (Advanced Liquid Processing System), as of May 2015.

However, the ALPS had suffered numerous breakdowns, and even leaks into the environment, over the past several years. Also, ALPS only filters out 60-some of the radioactive substances in the wastewater. There are a couple hundred radioactive substances contaminating the water.

One of the hazardous radioactive substances that cannot be filtered out is tritium, a radioactive form of hydrogen. Tepco wants to simply dump the massive amount of tritium into the Pacific, but Japanese fishermen have resisted the plan for years.

Another unresolved question is where the 60-odd radioactive substances filtered out of the wastewater by ALPS will be stored or dumped.
BeyondNuclear.org | Contaminated Ground Water Flows into the Pacific Ocean Every Day

80-100 thousand gallons of contaminated ground water flows into the Pacific Ocean every day
BeyondNuclear.org | Cost of Fukushima disaster expected to soar to ¥20 trillion (11/30/16)

¥20 trillion equates to about $180 billion in U.S. currency. Please note, however, the full cost accounting to increase the expenses for dealing with the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe's ongoing aftermath to more than $500 billion, by some estimates.

Alex Jones' Former Editor Trashes Him as a Trump Sellout and Snake Oil Salesman
Media Matters & AlterNet | Eric Hananoki / Media Matters | 02/08/17

Kurt Nimmo, a longtime former editor for Alex Jones' Infowars.com, has been publicly trashing his ex-boss as a "snake oil salesman" who sold out to support President Donald Trump.

Alex Jones and his Infowars.com are known for pushing conspiracy theories, including claiming the government perpetrated the 9/11 attacks and the tragedies at Columbine, Oklahoma City, Sandy Hook, and the Boston Marathon, among others.

The site's editor, Paul Joseph Watson, apparently has no editorial standards and has repeatedly posted fraudulent information. Jones recently announced that the purported news organization would be attending White House press briefings and that it had hired widely discredited reporter Jerome Corsi as its D.C. correspondent. ... Read more
Truth Seeker | Alex Jones (InfoWars) Talkes: Fake News, George Soros, Megyn Kelly Exposed (02/03/17) [22:19]

*Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, February 08 [13:00]
Keith Olbermann
Keith Olbermann | The 50 Craziest Things Trump Has Done As President (#29) (02/07/17) [9:37]
*TRNN | Sierra Club's Jack Darin and PEER's Jeff Ruch say: EPA Employees Speak Out Against Pruitt and Trump's Anti-Science Agenda (02/08/17) [13:09]
*TRNN | Karen Dolan says: Betsy Devos is likely to seek the rollback of protections for children in public schools and pursue pro-charter policy without adequate accountability standards (02/07/17) [13:08]
*TYT | CNN Host BLASTS Kellyanne Conway On Terrorism Hypocrisy (02/07/17) [7:06]
TYT | Dollar ALREADY Going Down Under Trump (02/04/17) [3:50]
TYT | Historic Vote Confirms Betsy DeVos (02/07/17) [12:40]
TYT | Big Problems Brewing Between Trump And California... (02/07/17) [12:40]
*RT | Kevin Kamps from BeyondNuclear.org -> Radiation at Fukushima at highest level since meltdown (02/06/17) [5:26]
Radiation levels at one of Fukushima's power stations is at its highest level since the tsunami-triggered meltdown almost six years ago, TEPCO reports. Safely dismantling the plant will prove an enormous challenge and is made even more difficult by this discovery.
Kevin Kamps Beyond Nuclear website
RT | Keiser Report: Topsy--Turvy World (E1029) (02/07/17) [25:44]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | Please Welcome President Steve Bannon (02/07/17) [12:16]
*Aljazeera | Inside Story -> Is Russia testing Donald Trump in eastern Ukraine? (02/05/10) [25:00]
Aljazeera | What's changing the Antarctic sea ice conditions? (02/08/10) [3:07]
Aljazeera | Canada's Dark Secret - The story of Canada's residential school system and the indigenous survivors who bear witness to its abuses. (02/07/10) [47:30]
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/
Economist Richard Wolff
MNN NYC | Richard Wolff: Economic Update With Richard Wolff: Trump, Wall Street, Goldman Sachs (01/25/17) [58:00]
MNN NYC | Richard Wolff: Donald Trump and Mexico (01/31/17) [58:00]

Tuesday February 07, 2017
News Articles

Mike Pence Breaks Senate Tie to Confirm Betsy DeVos
AlterNet | Laura Clawson / DailyKos | 02/07/17

For the first time in American history, a vice president had to vote in the Senate to break a tie on a Cabinet nominee, and Betsy DeVos was confirmed as Donald Trump's education secretary. DeVos has no experience as an educator, or even as a public school student or parent of public school students, but she sure does donate a lot of money to Republicans.

Republican Sens. Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski could have stopped DeVos in committee, but instead they voted for her there, waited to ensure she would have enough votes, then took the opportunity to grandstand about how they couldn't vote for her. Democrats were united against DeVos, and senators were flooded with calls opposing her nomination, but in the end, there weren't three Republicans to vote against an unqualified, unpopular nominee. Republicans whose offices were getting so many calls against DeVos that voters couldn't get through or even leave voicemails nonetheless voted for her. ... Read more

Trump defends Putin: 'You think our country's so innocent?'
CNN | Sophie Tatum | 02/06/17

President Donald Trump appeared to equate US actions with the authoritarian regime of Russian President Vladimir Putin in an interview released Saturday, saying, "There are a lot of killers. You think our country's so innocent?"

Trump made the remark during an interview with Fox News' Bill O'Reilly, saying he respected his Russian counterpart.

"But he's a killer," O'Reilly said to Trump.

"There are a lot of killers. You think our country's so innocent?" Trump replied. ... Read more

Refugee Screening Process for US
The CIA as Organized Crime: How Illegal Operations Corrupt America and the World by Douglas Valentine (2017)

Author of three books on CIA operations, Valentine's research into CIA activities began when CIA Director William Colby gave him free access to interview CIA officials who had been involved in various aspects of the Phoenix program in South Vietnam. It was a permission Colby was to regret. The CIA would rescind it, making every effort to impede publication of The Phoenix Program, which documented the CIA's elaborate system of population surveillance, control, entrapment, imprisonment, torture and assassination in Vietnam.While researching Phoenix, Valentine learned that the CIA allowed opium and heroin to flow from its secret bases in Laos, to generals and politicians on its payroll in South Vietnam. His investigations into this illegal activity focused on the CIA's relationship with the federal drugs agencies mandated by Congress to stop illegal drugs from entering the United States. Based on interviews with senior officials, Valentine wrote two subsequent books, The Strength of the Wolf and The Strength of the Pack, showing how the CIA infiltrated federal drug law enforcement agencies and commandeered their executive management, intelligence and foreign operations staffs in order to ensure that the flow of drugs continues unimpeded to traffickers and foreign officials in its employ.Ultimately, portions of his research materials would be archived at the National Security Archive, Texas Tech University's Vietnam Center, and John Jay College.This book includes excerpts from the above titles along with subsequent articles and transcripts of interviews on a range of current topics, with a view to shedding light on the systemic dimensions of the CIA's ongoing illegal and extra-legal activities. These terrorism and drug law enforcement articles and interviews illustrate how the CIA's activities impact social and political movements abroad and in the United States.A common theme is the CIA's ability to deceive and propagandize the American public through its impenetrable government-sanctioned shield of official secrecy and plausible deniability.Though investigated by the Church Committee in 1975, CIA praxis then continues to inform CIA praxis now. Valentine tracks its steady infiltration into practices targeting the last population to be subjected to the exigencies of the American empire: the American people.
*Guess what this Image is [1:03]

Republicans Happy To Have Trump Distract The Press As They Move Their Agenda
HP | Matt Fuller | 02/07/17

President Donald Trump's first two whirlwind weeks in office have left congressional Republicans gasping over questions of crowd size, "alternative facts," even baseless claims about massive voter fraud ? and that was really just the initial few days. But Trump's antics have also handed members a gift: distraction.

The often-unhinged tweets, aggressive executive orders and erratic behavior have all provided Republicans some cover as they attempt to repeal a health care law that is becoming more popular. "There is some merit to the argument that would suggest that much of the focus is on what President Trump is doing and not as much on what Congress is doing," ... Read more

Aljazeera | Inside Story - John Galtung - The American Empire Will Fall by 2020 (03/26/10) [22:45]
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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, February 07 [12:24]
*TRNN | The Bizarre Far-Right Billionaire Behind Bannon and Trump's Presidency (mini-doc) [24:59]
*TRNN | Lies Promote Trump's Economic War Against Iran (02/03/17) [13:04]
*TYT | Trump Muslim Ban STOPPED (02/06/17) [10:45]
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Jan 29, 2017 - Syrian applicants must undergo these two additional steps. Each is reviewed by a United States Citizenship and Immigration Services refugee specialist. Cases with "national security indicators" are given to the Homeland Security Department's fraud detection unit. 14.

How the Refugee Vetting Process Works | The Heritage Foundation
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How does the US screen refugees? Very carefully - CNNPolitics.com
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Jan 31, 2017 - The UN screens them: Refugees are people who are forced to flee their ... The US does its own vetting: This process involves eight federal ...
*TYT | Trump: Negative Polls Are Fake News (02/06/17) [12:56]
*TYT | A Brutal Reality Of The U.S. Healthcare System (02/06/17) [6:04]
*TYT | Republican Calls For "Another Kent State" (02/06/17) [12:12]
*TYT | Trump: America's Not So Innocent (02/06/17) [9:09]
*TYT | Democrats Close To Stopping Trump's Education Pick, Betsy DeVos? (02/06/17) [6:12]
RT | Interview with William D. Cohan: Wall St Power: Are financial elites a good fit for Trump's cabinet? (02/06/17) [25:26]
Note: I included this video because it is always nice to hear the other side. Contrary to his beliefs I don't think you can always look to peoples poor beginnings, I do think people get jaded by their surrounding (Wall Street's wealth). I do think their are probably people just as good fron non-Wall Street sources (that would serve the PEOPLE better).

I noticed in the second half he agreed that the actual picks by Trump, weren't probably the best picks.
RT | CrossTalk: It is still early, but many of Trump's foreign policy decisions appear to reflect those of Obama. Hostility toward Russia remains and harsh rhetoric is directed towards Iran. Is Trump appeasing the neocons? (02/06/17) [24:05]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | Has Trump Set the Table for the Reichstag Fire? (02/06/17) [27:32]
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/
Other Videos and Documentaries I Ran Across

Monday February 06, 2017
News Articles

Mitch McConnell Distances Himself From Donald Trump's Latest Controversial Statements
HP | Ariel Edwards-Levy | 02/05/17

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) denounced Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday, distancing himself from President Donald Trump's more equivocal view of the foreign leader.

"Putin is a former KGB agent, he's a thug, he was not elected in a way that most people would consider a credible election," McConnell said in an interview on CNN's "State Of The Union." "No, I don't think there is any equivalency between the way the Russians conduct themselves and the way the United States does." ... Read more

C-Span | Another Heated White House Daily Briefing For Sean Spicer (02/03/17) [29:31]
SNL | Sean Spicer Press Conference (02/05/17) [8:06]

Trump Attacks 'Out Of Control' California In Sanctuary Fight
HP | Mary Papenfuss | 02/06/17

Donald Trump turned up the heat on the most populous state in the union in the sanctuary battle, calling California out of control and soft on immigrants. He vowed to cut funding to California if officials vote to declare it a sanctuary state for undocumented immigrants, and warned that California and his administration are on a "collision course."

California "is, as you know, out of control in many ways," Trump told Fox News host Bill O'Reilly in an interview aired Sunday before the Super Bowl. ... Read more

CNN | Don Lemon asks can Steve Bannon manipulate the President of the United States Donald Trump? (02/01/17) [10:53]
CNN | Steve Bannon's ex-business partner Julia Jones speaks to (02/02/17) [6:12]

Wall Street Is Even More Craven Than We Thought
HP | Zach Carter | 02/05/17

... But there was Dimon on Friday, sitting at a table surrounded by other wealthy corporate executives, being praised by President Donald Trump ? a man who publicly supports war crimes and is already flirting with a constitutional crisis as he implements a campaign promise to impose "a complete and total shutdown of Muslims entering the United States."

"There's nobody better to tell me about Dodd-Frank than Jamie," Trump said, smiling and pointing his finger at Dimon. Within hours, the president had signed an executive order calling for federal agencies to scour a 2010 Wall Street reform law for regulations that could be nullified. ... Read more

Which Assets Are Most Likely To Survive The "System Reset"?
Click to zoom in ZeroHedge | author | 02/06/17

Longtime correspondent C.A. recently asked a question every American household should be asking: which assets are most likely to survive the "system re-set" that is now inevitable? It's a question of great import because not all assets are equal in terms of survivability in crisis, when the rules change without advance notice. ...

... The charts below describe the key dynamics driving a system re-set. Earned income (wages) as a share of GDP has been falling for decades: this means labor is receiving a diminishing share of economic growth. Since costs and debt continue rising while incomes are declining or stagnating, this asymmetry eventually leads to insolvency.

The "fix" for insolvency has been higher debt and debt-based spending--in essence, borrowing from future income to fund more consumption today. But each unit of new debt is generating less economic activity/growth. This is called diminishing returns: eventually the costs of servicing the additional debt exceed the increasingly trivial gains. ... Read more
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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, February 30 [13:13
More News Sources
Fox | Bill O'Reilly interviews President Donald Trump before Super Bowl (02/05/17) [9:50]
ABC | George Stephanopoulos Tries To Keep His Cool While Listening To Alternative Facts Conway (01/31/17) [6:07]
CNN | Alternative Facts Are Lies, Kellyanne Conway (01/22/17) [4:28]
Trump: The Resistance Report with Robert Reich (02/07/17) [27:05]
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Daily Show | Hasan the Record - President Trump's De Facto Muslim Travel Ban (02/05/17) [4:48]
Saturday Night Live
SNL | Oval Office Cold Open (02/05/17) [6:32]
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert | Sean Spicer Will Now Take Your Pre-Approved Question (02/04/17) [6:22]
*TRNN | Professor Chris Williams discusses: New Republican Strategy: Acknowledge Climate Change, Obscure Human Role (02/06/17) [13:34]
TRNN | Professor Chris Williams discusses: Trump Attacks Climate Science to Defend Interests of U.S. Capital (02/06/17) [15:07]
TYT | Bank Loses BILLIONS For Funding Dakota Pipeline (02/05/17) [5:56]
RT | 'You think our country is so innocent?' - Trump asks after O'Reilly calls Putin 'a killer' (02/06/17) [4:25]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | The Trump Administration Embraces the "Big Lie" (02/03/17) [12:26]
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/
MSNBC Morning Joe | President Donald Trump 'Brought Wall Street Right Into The White House' (02/06/17) [6:07]

Friday February 03, 2017
News Articles

Senate Votes To Kill Dodd Frank Anti-Corruption Rule
HP | Lisa Lambert | 02/03/17

The rule was aimed at curbing corruption at big oil, gas and mining companies

The Republican-led Congress killed a controversial U.S. securities disclosure rule early on Friday aimed at curbing corruption at big oil, gas and mining companies.

In a 52 to 47 vote, the Senate approved a resolution already passed by the House of Representatives that wipes from the books a rule requiring companies such as Exxon Mobil and Chevron Corp to publicly state the taxes and other fees they pay to foreign governments.

Republican President Donald Trump is expected to sign it shortly.

Exxon and other major energy corporations have fought for years to prevent the rule, required by the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law, from seeing the light of day. ... Read more

Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus (2017)
by Matt Taibbi

In twenty-five pieces from Rolling Stone--plus two original essays--Matt Taibbi tells the story of Western civilization's very own train wreck, from its tragicomic beginnings to its apocalyptic conclusion. Years before the clown car of candidates was fully loaded, Taibbi grasped the essential themes of the story: the power of spectacle over substance, or even truth; the absence of a shared reality; the nihilistic rebellion of the white working class; the death of the political establishment; and the emergence of a new, explicit form of white nationalism that would destroy what was left of the Kingian dream of a successful pluralistic society.

Taibbi captures, with dead-on, real-time analysis, the failures of the right and the left, from the thwarted Bernie Sanders insurgency to the flawed and aimless Hillary Clinton campaign; the rise of the "dangerously bright" alt-right with its wall-loving identity politics and its rapturous view of the "Racial Holy War" to come; and the giant fail of a flailing, reactive political media that fed a ravenous news cycle not with reporting on political ideology, but with undigested propaganda served straight from the campaign bubble. At the center of it all stands Donald J. Trump, leading a historic revolt against his own party, "bloviating and farting his way" through the campaign, "saying outrageous things, acting like Hitler one minute and Andrew Dice Clay the next." For Taibbi, the stunning rise of Trump marks the apotheosis of the new postfactual movement.

Taibbi frames the reporting with original essays that explore the seismic shift in how we perceive our national institutions, the democratic process, and the future of the country. Insane Clown President is not just a postmortem on the collapse and failure of American democracy. It offers the riveting, surreal, unique, and essential experience of seeing the future in hindsight.
Secret Service Is Dealing With Over 12,000 Tweets Calling For Trump's Assassination.

The Central Banks Pull Back: Now It's Up to Fiscal Policy to "Save the World"
charleshughsmith.blogspot.jp | 02/02/17

Have you noticed that the breathless anticipation of the next central bank "save" has diminished? Remember when the financial media was in a tizzy of excitement, speculating on what new central bank expansion would send the global markets higher in paroxysms of risk-on joy?

Those days are gone. Nowadays, central banks cautiously continue the bond buying programs they've had in place for years, but their policy initiatives are tepid at best: they talk about expanding asset-buying programs to include more stocks, or discuss notching interest rates higher in some cases; but the talk is subdued, as expectations are being consciously lowered.

The reason central bankers are pulling back from their previous "we can do no wrong, we're saving the world" expansion is those policies have failed to bolster the real economy. Even conventional economists who never met a central bank expansion they didn't love are grudgingly conceding that quantitative easing and all the other monetary expansions did little but make the rich richer and everyone else poorer. (see wealth chart below for data confirming this.)

Even the Davos crowd who benefited so mightily from central bank largesse is looking anxiously over their shoulders, fearing a sharpened pitchfork wielded by an enraged debt-serf might be plunged into their backs.
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*The Chinese Credit Bubble
dailyreckoning.com | James Rickards | 01/31/17

The problem is that the rail transportation infrastructure I found so impressive, and most of the other infrastructure in China, was built with debt. The debt was financed by the mega-Chinese banks on government orders.

Since the ghost city buildings don't have tenants and the train tickets are heavily subsidized, there's no way that debt can be repaid. Instead new loans are made to pay interest on the old, or the debt is refinanced or rolled-over in a never-ending stream of zombie lending.

The banks finance their lending with customer deposits or sales of wealth management products (WMPs, something like the CDOs that brought down Lehman Brothers). WMP's have been described by the former Chairman of the Bank of China as the greatest Ponzi scheme in history. Banks rely on sales of new WMPs to redeem the old ones at maturity. The projects financed by the original WMPs cannot repay them.

How big is this mountain of debt? Total Chinese debt at all levels (household, corporate, bank and government) is now more than 250% of GDP as shown in the chart below
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New Yorker & Der Spiegel, Two Well Known Magazines. Do They Know Something We Don't? Click to zoom in
CNBC | The Real Scoop On Tiny House Living (02/02/17) [1:56]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, February 03 [10:43]
*DN | Yemen: Jeremy Scahill & Advocates Question "Success" of Trump Raid That Killed 24 Civilians (02/03/17) [24:41]
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert | Cartoon Donald Trump Has A Few Thoughts For Australia (02/03/17) [8:48]
*TRNN | Lies Promote Trump's Economic War Against Iran (02/03/17) [13:04]
*TRNN | Dr. David Barber discusses: Greenland Ice Sheet Melting 600 Percent Faster Than Predicted by Current Models (02/03/17) [13:16]
TYT | Matt Taibbi Interview: Insane Clown President And The 2016 Circus. (02/02/17) [31:42]



TYT | Trump Press Secretary: Iran Attacked US Navy Ship! (02/02/17) [4:56]
TYT | Trump Administration Putting Iran "On Notice" (02/02/17) [7:48]
TYT | Trump's Call With Australia: Total Disaster (02/02/17) [8:07]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Thursday January 02, 2017
News Articles

*First Strike: Military Officials Trash Trump
Reuters & HP | Ayesha Rascoe | 02/02/17

Trump approved his first covert counterterrorism operation without sufficient intelligence, ground support or adequate backup preparations, officials said.

U.S. Navy SEAL William "Ryan" Owens was killed in the raid on a branch of al Qaeda, also known as AQAP, in al Bayda province, which the Pentagon said also killed 14 militants. However, medics at the scene said about 30 people, including 10 women and children, were killed. ...

... U.S. military officials told Reuters that Trump approved his first covert counterterrorism operation without sufficient intelligence, ground support or adequate backup preparations. As a result, three officials said, the attacking SEAL team found itself dropping onto a reinforced al Qaeda base defended by landmines, snipers, and a larger than expected contingent of heavily armed Islamist extremists. ... Read more

President Trump's Mexico ultimatum: Take care of "bad hombres" or U.S. might

Stability Is Good for Business. Trump's Whims Threaten It
Bloomberg & HP | Matt Leviner | 02/02/17

"If there's no rule of law for some people, there's no rule of law for anyone,"
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Steve Bannon: 'We're Going to War in the South China Sea ... No Doubt'
AlterNet | Benjamin Haas / The Guardian | 02/02/17

The United States and China will fight a war within the next 5 to 10 years over islands in the South China Sea, and "there's no doubt about that." At the same time, the US will be in another "major" war in the Middle East.

Those are the views -- nine months ago at least -- of one of the most powerful men in Donald Trump's administration, Steve Bannon, the former head of far-right news website Breitbart who is now chief strategist at the White House. ... Read more

The FBI Has Quietly Investigated White Supremacist Infiltration Of Law Enforcement
TheIntercept | Alice Speri | 01/31/17

White Supremacists and other domestic extremists maintain an active presence in U.S. police departments and other law enforcement agencies. A striking reference to that conclusion, notable for its confidence and the policy prescriptions that accompany it, appears in a classified FBI Counterterrorism Policy Guide from April 2015, obtained by The Intercept. The guide, which details the process by which the FBI enters individuals on a terrorism watchlist, the Known or Suspected Terrorist File, notes that "domestic terrorism investigations focused on militia extremists, white supremacist extremists, and sovereign citizen extremists often have identified active links to law enforcement officers," and explains in some detail how bureau policies have been crafted to take this infiltration into account. ... Read more
TYT | White Supremacists Are Taking Over Police Departments Across America (02/01/17) [12:01]

Keith Olbermann: Donald Trump's Travel Ban Is The 'Greatest Possible Gift To ISIS' (#28) (02/01/17) [7:09]
*Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, February 02 [12:09]
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
*Samantha Bee | The Not-A-Muslim-Ban Muslim Ban (02/01/17) [7:12]
*Samantha Bee | When you run the government, you can replace qualified staffers with whoever will hump your leg the hardest. (02/01/17) [5:39]
*Samantha Bee | Refugees come here with the audacity to take the Statue of Liberty literally. (02/01/17) [5:23]
*TRNN | Bill Black Discusses: Private Sector Will Make a Killing Off of Infrastructure Bank (02/02/17) [11:33]
*TRNN | Michael Wood, a leader of Veterans for Standing Rock says: Dozens Arrested at Standing Rock as Veterans Vow to Block Completion of Dakota Access Pipeline (02/02/17) [9:42]
*TYT | State Department Now Controlled By Big Oil (02/01/17) [5:44]
*TYT | Republicans Cross Party Lines On Trump's Education Pick (02/01/17) [8:32]
*TYT | Republicans STEAMROLL Past Democrats (02/01/17) [7:36]
*RT | Keiser Report: Post-Obama Era (E1027) (02/02/17) [25:44]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
*ThomHartmann | GOP Is "Freaking Out" About ObamaCare (02/01/17) [11:12]
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MSNBC Rachel Maddow | Neil Gorsuch Not A Typical Nihilist Donald Trump Nominee (02/01/17) [11:19]
MSNBC Rachel Maddow | Anti-Donald Trump Backlash Outpacing Tea Party (02/02/17) [11:40]

Tuesday January 31, 2017 | Wednesday February 01, 2017
News Articles

How Steve Bannon Rose To The Top Of Trump's Power Structure
ZeroHedge | author | 01/30/17

On Saturday night, President Trump signed an executive order promoting Chief Strategist Steve Bannon to the "principals committee" of the National Security Council -- while, according to the New York Times, downgrading the roles of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the director of national intelligence, who will now attend only when the council is considering issues in their direct areas of responsibilities. The move puts Bannon, a former Navy surface warfare officer, admiral's aide, investment banker and media executive, on the same level as Trump's national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

"The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while ... I want you to quote this ... The media here is the opposition party. They don't understand this country. They still do not understand why Donald Trump is the president of the United States. ... The elite media got it dead wrong, 100 percent dead wrong ... The mainstream media has not fired or terminated anyone associated with following our campaign ... Look at the Twitter feeds of those people: They were outright activists of the Clinton campaign ... That's why you have no power ... You were humiliated." ...
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Trump's 'Two-for-One' Regulation Executive Order
TheAtlantic | Bourree Lam | 01/30/17

On Monday morning, President Donald Trump signed yet another executive order, following the 17 wide-ranging executive actions enacted during his first week in office. This latest order tackles yet another one of Trump's campaign talking points and will require federal agencies to cut two existing regulations for every new regulation they implement.

"If there's a new regulation, they have to knock out two. But it goes far beyond that, we're cutting regulations massively for small business and for large business," Trump said during the signing of the order, while surrounded by small-business leaders. He stressed that the new measure is meant to ease the opening and expansion of small businesses, and said that America's small businesses "have been treated very badly" and that it was "virtually impossible to expand your existing business because of regulations." ... Read more
*TYT | Deregulation Nation: Welcome To Trump's Wild West (01/31/17) [12:13]

South Dakota lawmakers declare state of 'emergency' to force repeal of voter-imposed ethics law
RawStory | David Edwards | 01/23/17

Lawmakers in South Dakota are invoking emergency powers to overturn an anti-corruption law that was passed by a ballot measure during the 2016 election.

The South Dakota Government Accountability and Anti-Corruption Act makes it illegal for lawmakers to receive more than a total of $100 annually from lobbyists in the form of "any compensation, reward, employment, gift, honorarium, beverage, meal, food, or other thing of value made or given directly or indirectly." ... Read more
*TYT | Meet the Politicians Who Voted FOR Corruption! (01/30/17) [13:25]

Why Trump's Week of Chaos May Suit Steve Bannon's Bigger Plans
AlterNet | Heather Digby Parton / Salon | 01/30/17

The alt-right guru turned Trump adviser is using both the "Muslim ban" and bogus voter-fraud charges to spread disorder.

There was so much going on in President Donald Trump's first week of presidential decrees that it was hard to keep track of it all. The most acute problem, in that it immediately affected people's lives, was the executive order issued on Friday that banned entry to the United States for immigrants, refugees or visitors arriving from a list of certain Muslim-majority countries designated as having terrorist activity. On Saturday when it became clear that the ban was taking effect immediately and people were being denied entry or told at their point of origin that they could not board U.S.-bound planes, all hell broke loose.

Nobody understood the rules. Passengers were being held and interrogated. Chaos ensued at international airports all over the country. Protesters gathered en masse at terminals to show their solidarity. Immigration lawyers arrived to help detainees and their families navigate a system that nobody understood -- because it was arbitrary and constitutionally dubious. The world reacted with disbelief. ... Read more

"It will not get better": Former Bush administration official has a warning about President Trump's administration
Salon | Matthew Rozsa | 02/01/17

Yet another former official for President George W. Bush has gone on the record criticizing President Donald Trump -- this time it's Eliot A. Cohen, who served as a counselor to former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice from 2007 to 2009.

Trump's first week as president has already been marred by a "dark and divisive inaugural speech, extraordinary attacks on a free press, a visit to the CIA that dishonored a monument to anonymous heroes who paid the ultimate price, and now an attempt to ban selected groups of Muslims," Cohen wrote in The Atlantic. He pointed out that "because the problem is one of temperament and character, it will not get better."

Cohen predicted that Trump's poor character and choice of advisers will "probably end in calamity -- substantial domestic protest and violence, a breakdown of international economic relationships, the collapse of major alliances, or perhaps one or more new wars (even with China) on top of the ones we already have." Cohen continued, "It will not be surprising in the slightest if his term ends not in four or in eight years, but sooner, with impeachment or removal under the 25th Amendment. The sooner Americans get used to these likelihoods, the better." ... Read more

Ex-Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev: 'World Is Preparing for War'
NBC News | Alexander Smith | 01/27/17

... "More troops, tanks and armored personnel carriers are being brought to Europe," the 85-year-old wrote. "NATO and Russian forces and weapons that used to be deployed at a distance are now placed closer to each other, as if to shoot point-blank."

The 1990 Nobel Peace Prize-winner added: "Politicians and military leaders sound increasingly belligerent and defense doctrines more dangerous. Commentators and TV personalities are joining the bellicose chorus. It all looks as if the world is preparing for war." ... Read more or TimeMagazine

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, February 01 [12:40]
DN | President Bannon?: Racist, Islamophobic Breitbart Leader Consolidates Power in Trump White House (02/01/17) [13:12]
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert | Jon Stewart Reads Trump's Next Batch Of Executive Orders (01/31/17) [9:56]
*TRNN | Lawrence Wilkerson Discusses: Trump Builds NSC of Yes-Men (01/31/17) [11:49]
*TRNN | Regulator Bill Black Says: Trump Set to Rollback Financial Regulation Passed After the 2008 Crisis (02/01/17) [6:47]
*TRNN | Regulator Bill Black Says: Executive Order on Regulations Will Benefit Large Corporations, Not Small Businesses (01/31/17) [11:49]
*TYT | Democrats Block Votes Because These Two Couldn't Stop Lying (01/31/17) [8:08]
*TYT | Trump Tells Drug Companies To Get Prices Down (01/31/17) [5:51]
*TYT | Trump Fires Attorney General For Defiance On Muslim Ban (01/31/17) [10:38]
RT | Keiser Report: Trump's Divide & Conquer Strategy (E1026) (01/31/17) [25:45]
Max and Stacy discuss Trump's divide and conquer strategy as Canada says "you're on your own" to Mexico for Nafta renegotiations and Hillary supporting union leaders say their meetings with Trump were "nothing short of incredible." In the second half, Max interviews former head of the North Carolina Democratic Party to discuss the post-Trump strategy and what the party is doing right... and wrong.
*RT | CrossTalk: Trumpology (02/01/17) [23:39]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
*ThomHartmann | Keya Chatterjee, US Climate Action Network discusses: Is It Now Game Over For the Planet? (01/31/17) [9:25]
ThomHartmann | The "Shock & Awe" Strategy (01/31/17) [11:18]
ThomHartmann | When Do We Say No! (01/31/17) [12:22]
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Monday January 30, 2017
News Articles
Some of HP's Headlines
CHAOS REIGNS... AMERICA ON THE BRINK... White House Defies Court Order... Detentions Continue Despite Emergency Stay... Booker: 'The Executive Branch Is Not Abiding By The Law'... Democrats Call For Investigation... Massive Rallies Around The Country... Airports Swarmed By Protesters... And It's Only Week 2 Of His Presidency...

The Chaos Candidate Becomes The Chaos President
HP | S.V. Date | 0/30/17

Perhaps most revealing about the 10-day-old Donald Trump presidency: The announcement of White House aide Stephen Bannon's elevation was nowhere near the most controversial thing that has happened thus far. Trump has insisted, despite obvious evidence to the contrary, that as many as 1.5 million people attended his inauguration. He has claimed, with no evidence at all, that as many as 5 million people voted illegally in his election -- every single one of them for his opponent. He issued a statement on Holocaust Remembrance Day that omitted any mention of Jews.

And at the close of business marking his first week in office Friday, he signed an executive order banning people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S., without running it past the departments that would implement it. The ensuing disarray brought swift rebuke from several federal judges, blocking parts of the order at least temporarily. ... Read more

Trevor Noah/Daily Show | Welcome to President Trump's Reality (01/27/17) [8:20]

Trump struggles to shake his erratic campaign habits
Politico | Josh Dawsey | 01/22/17

... "The president has a modus operandi: He hits back, he strikes back, he's very impulsive at times. He likes to be authentic. It's worked for him for decades, his reputation, his brand, his candidacy," Ruddy said. "The problem is he's moved into a different position and that hasn't fully sank in yet. He's not speaking for Donald Trump and his company. He's speaking as the leader of the free world."

Among his more conservative backers, they said Trump still had done plenty of good things. Ruddy said he was heartened by the tone of the speech, which he called "a terrific start and a very high bar." Reed, the New York congressman, said he was pleased with the early executive orders, freezing regulations and beginning the reversal of the Affordable Care Act.

Tim Phillips, president of Americans for Prosperity, the Koch brothers-backed group, said he was pleased with the administration's alignment on corporate tax reform and health care -- and he expects them to make drastic changes soon. "There just isn't much daylight between us," he said. ... Read more
TYT | Trump Surrounded By Manipulators (01/28/17) [8:24]

700 years of Western inequality, in one chart
Vox.com | Zack Beauchamp | 01/23/17

We tend to think of rising income inequality as a 21st-century problem. A more equal distribution of wealth is normal, and the growing clout of the 1 percent is an anomaly. ... Read more
TYT | New Data Tracks Inequality Over Centuries (01/29/17) [9:25]

TYT | Jordan Returns To Standing Rock (01/29/17) [20:16]
TYT | Drone Pilot Myron Dewey Flies Over #DAPL Drill Pad Near Missouri River (01/29/17) [14:31]

The US 'debt bomb is going to explode,' strategist Peter Schiff says
CNBC | Berkeley Lovelace Jr. | 01/26/17

Low interest rates have helped defuse the United States' debt problems so far, but that won't last for long, strategist Peter Schiff told CNBC.

Schiff, president and CEO of Euro Pacific Capital, said on Thursday "the debt bomb is going to explode." ... Read more

Trump Signs Executive Order On Regulation: "For Every New Regulation, Two Regulations Must Be Revoked"
ZeroHedge | author | 01/30/17

President Trump has signed an executive action to revoke two regulations for every one enacted, or as officials told AP, that they are naming the new directive a "one in, two out" plan. Federal agencies will need to revoke two regulations for every new regulation they request, and the White House will review the proposal, according to administration officials. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, January 30 [13:22]
DN | Reps. Jerrold Nadler, Pramila Jayapal Join Airport Protests to Free People Detained Under Muslim Ban (01/30/17) [9:23]
DN | Protests Shut Down San Francisco Int'l Terminal Demanding Release of Detained Passengers (01/30/17) [2:09]
DN | "Let Them In": Thousands Descend on Nation's Airports to Protest Trump's Refugee & Muslim Ban (01/30/17) [8:03]
Stop Spending TRILLIONS Regime Change Wars!
CNN | Tulsi Gabbard Destroys CNN on Syria (01/27/17) [7:08]
Investigative Reporting
*On Contact with Chris Hedges | The American Empire with Allan Nairn (01/28/17) [28:44]
CNN | Fact-Slams Congressman Live On-Air (01/28/17) [7:17]
The president, as you well know by now, has imposed a ban on Muslims entering the United States. Such an outlandish policy has prompted Trump's backers to resort to even more outlandish methods of defending why they've placed themselves in Trump's camp.

On that note, CNN's Poppy Harlow hosted on her show this Saturday Trump adviser and former U.S. Representative Jack Kingston, who supports Trump -- and his Muslim ban. Harlow asked Kingston, basically, to defend to her, and to the audience watching at home, the immigration ban that amounts to a likely illegal religious test over who's allowed into the United States and who's not.
*TRNN | Lawrence Wilkerson discuss: Will Trump Ally with Russia and Target Iran? (01/30/17) [11:32]
*TRNN | Dr. Michael E. Mann says: Doomsday Clock Ticking on Climate Change (01/30/17) [10:47]
TRNN | Paul Jay of TRNN is Being Interviewed: How Corporate Media Made Trump President (01/30/17) [19:27]
TYT | Democrats Take Stand Against Trump Nominee (01/29/17) [16:25]
GoingUndergroundRT | Insane Clown President Fear and Loathing on Trumps Campaign Trail (01/30/17) [10:40]
RT | Keiser Report: US Hgemony Facing New Challenges (E 1025) (01/28/17) [25:46]
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Friday January 27, 2017
News Articles

Congress gone wild! While Trump grabs headlines, the House has been hard at work pushing GOP agenda
Salon | Gary Legum | 01/27/17

Congressional Republicans are drafting their own radical agenda for the future of America

Donald Trump is not the only game in Washington when it comes to pushing for dangerous and destructive policies. The House of Representatives of the 115th Congress has been hard at work since its swearing-in three weeks ago. In that time, the chamber has set the stage for a frenzy of revanchist policy prescriptions that, should they pass the Senate and be signed into law by the president, will radically alter the nation's regulatory landscape, hurt women and their health, and ransom off our national parks to mining and other corporate interests.

While the House was writing the rules package that will govern this session of Congress, the chairman of the chamber's natural resources committee slipped in a provision that will make it easier for the government to transfer federal lands to states. This could be the prelude to states then selling off much of this land to whichever industry is looking to strip-mine it: timber companies, oil and gas interests, cattlemen like Cliven Bundy, you name it. ... Read more

ABC News David Muir | Donald Trump Full Interview (01/25/17) [23:15]
CNN | Senator Chuck Schumer Full Explosive Interview With Jake Tapper (01/22/17) [13:47]
CNN | Michael Moore Full Explosive Interview With Jake Tapper (01/22/17) [7:59]
CNN | Jake Tapper Frustrated; "Please Don't Say Things That Are Not True, DON'T DO THAT " (01/22/17) [6:47]
Fox Hannity | Donald Trump (full interview) (01/25/17) [27:29]
Fox10 | President Donald Trump at GOP Retreat in Philadelphia (full) (01/26/17) [29:29]
President Trump's voters seem to be fine with him using a private email server:

Another Bogus Obamacare Argument From Donald Trump And Paul Ryan
HP | Jonathan Cohn | 01/26/17

If you've heard a Republican talk about the Affordable Care Act lately, then you've almost certainly heard that the law is imploding, collapsing, in a death spiral or a combination of the three.

Here, for example, was House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) in a Wednesday evening interview with Greta Van Susteren on MSNBC: "Obamacare is collapsing under its own weight.... It's already going away. Obamacare is leaving."

President Donald Trump made similar remarks at a Republican Party retreat in Philadelphia on Thursday, when he boasted that acting quickly to repeal the law would do the Democrats a favor because the program was bound to fall apart on its own. ... Read more

Donald Trump, You Are Being Set Up By These Suckas In Washington
HP | Russell Simmons | 01/26/17

I am convinced you are the Trojan horse. The extremists in the Republican Party and religious right have been praying for a long time to put a candidate in the position to turn back the tide of our forward push for justice and equality, which is in effect the American dream. The pendulum of consciousness always swings towards compassion and justice. There are moments that it swings back but once given a taste of freedom the people will thirst for it and will not let anyone take that away. African-Americans will never again be slaves, women will never again lose their right to vote or go quietly back into the coat hanger days, the LGBTQ community will not go back into the closet, the right to worship as we see fit will not be taken from one -- you will have to strip it from everyone.

No American president has ever entered the Oval Office with an agenda so set on trying to undo the civil, social and political gains for equality that have been so long fought. And now we are bracing to have all of our victories overturned. Those lowest common denominator radicals of the Republican party have you locked in a role to do their bidding. ... Read more

Democrats' risky new Trump strategy: Pry him away from his own party and win back his voters
Salon | Matthew Sheffield | 01/27/17

Aware of the fact that Donald Trump's Electoral College victory was made possible by at least a modest number of Democratic-leaning voters crossing party lines, congressional Democrats appear to be pursuing an intriguing strategy: They're trying to force the president to choose between the people who elected him and the political party he nominally leads.

Trump is the highest-ranking Republican in Washington. But the new president's lack of interest in the details of policymaking mean that he's outsourcing a lot of it to the congressional GOP. That's dangerous for Trump's public approval ratings because conservative elites generally favor economic policies that are likely to be unpopular with the blue-collar workers who got him elected. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, January 27 [15:07]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, January 26 [10:26]
DN | In First TV Interview, President Trump Says Torture "Absolutely" Works (01/26/17) [10:08]
*DN | Trump Adviser Steve Bannon Tells Press to "Keep Its Mouth Shut" (01/27/17) [13:47]
DN | Hundreds of Thousands Sign Petition to Impeach Trump for Violating Constitution over Biz Interests (01/27/17) [4:11]
*DN | Are Trump & Mexican President Provoking Conflict to Distract from Low Approval Ratings at Home? (01/27/17) [11:40]
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Trevor Noah/Daily Show | President Trump Takes (Executive) Action. (01/26/17) [6:32]
Trevor Noah/Daily Show | What the Actual Fact? - The Trump Administration's "Alternative Facts" (01/24/17) [6:30]
*TRNN | Professor John Ackerman says: Nieto Faces Deepening Crisis of Legitimacy Following Trump Feud (01/27/17) [10:15]
*TRNN | Executive Order on Pipelines Will Benefit Billionaire, Harold Hamm, Trump Donor (01/26/17) [11:05]
*TYT | Trump REALLY Wants You To Know About His "Sea Of Love" (01/26/17) [10:05]
*TYT | Mass Exodus From Trump Administration Begins (01/26/17) [7:35]
*TYT | Trump Casually Hints At Next War In Iraq (01/26/17) [9:44]
RT | CrossTalk: Politically Incorrect? (01/27/17) [24:33]
Is Donald Trump a modern day anti-hero? What is the state of liberalism and what is referred to as political correctness? How did we get to a place where politics is hyper-prejudice against prejudice? Is liberalism caving in on itself?
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | The First Shocks Of Trump's Disaster Capitalism (01/26/17) [10:40]
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MSNBC Morning Joe | WaPo Writer, Eugene Robinson discusses: 'I Don't Need Steve Bannon's Permission To Do My Job' (01/26/17) [6:51]
MSNBC Rachel Maddow | Senator Al Franken On Resisting: 'We Have A Strategy' (01/27/17) [7:24]

Thursday January 25, 2017
News Articles

Donald Trump, Republicans plan enormous tax cuts, even though it's going to balloon the deficit
Salon | Matthew Rozsa | 01/25/17

... "A number of Trump advisers in recent weeks have privately questioned whether tax reform needs to be 'revenue neutral,'" Politico reported on Wednesday, citing people involved in the early discussions. What the Trump administration has not yet done, Politico noted, is figure out how to avoid ballooning the deficit while following through on its campaign promises to increase military spending, construct a border wall, and finance infrastructure development. This dilemma, along with the fact that it will be difficult for Republicans to bring Democrats on board for a tax cut plan that increases the deficit (the one from Trump's campaign would cost $10 trillion over a decade), could prove very difficult for the Trump team to overcome. ... Read more

The Republican Party may throw away its fiscal responsibility mantra with its planned massive tax cuts.

Trump administration purges all information about climate change from the EPA website
Salon |Matthew Rozsa | 01/25/17

President Donald Trump has ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to eliminate the climate change page from its official website.

Two EPA employees told Reuters on Wednesday that, one day prior, EPA officials told them that the Trump White House wanted the agency's communications team to delete the page describing climate change by as early as Wednesday. This will include detailed data on emissions and links to scientific research on the climatology behind man-made global warming. Some employees are working furiously to save as much of the website's information as possible. ... "If the website goes dark, years of work we have done on climate change will disappear," one staffer told Reuters. ... Read more
EPA | Climate Change Basics (04/03/15) [2:47]

https://www.epa.gov/ | EPA website

The president's denial about climate change is about to have some very big consequences.

Border Residents Wish Money For Trump's Wall Would Pay For Something Useful Instead
HP | Roque Planas | 01/25/17

María Cordero passes a border fence twice to get to her home in La Posada, one mile north of the Rio Grande, which divides Mexico from the United States. Customs and Border Protection erected the steel beam barrier that cuts through her neighborhood nine years ago, slashing through private property and an ecological reserve.

The Texas resident didn't like it then, and she's not happy that President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday mandating the construction of "a physical wall on the Southern border." "The wall is completely illogical," Cordero, a Mexican-born community organizer for the ACLU, told The Huffington Post. "We need those billions of dollars for schools and clinics." ... Read more

Trump Attacks 'Groveling' Author Of Study Showing No Voter Fraud
HP | Marina Fang | 01/25/17

President Donald Trump, furthering his lie Wednesday that he lost the election's popular vote because millions cast ballots illegally, attacked the author of a study that failed to support fraud claims as "groveling."

Trump and his administration frequently cite a 2012 Pew study in support of his unfounded claims of widespread voter fraud. But the author, David Becker, has said that Trump's team misconstrued his paper and that researchers found no cases of voter fraud. ... Read more

Fox | Media press Spicer on Trump's voter-fraud claim (01/24/17) [3:59]
CNN | 'How Do You Square Those Two?': Spicer Grilled on Trump Lawyers Claiming No Evidence of Voter Fraud (01/25/17) [5:24]
Orwellian doublespeak? '1984' bestseller again in wake of 'alternative facts' frenzy

The Entire Senior Management Team At The State Department Just Resigned
ZeroHedge | author | 01/26/17

"It's the single biggest simultaneous departure of institutional memory that anyone can remember, and that's incredibly difficult to replicate," said David Wade, who served as State Department chief of staff under Secretary of State John Kerry. ... Read more

A $90 Billion Debt Wave Shows Cracks in U.S. Property Boom
Bloomberg | Sarah Mulholland | 01/24/17

A $90 billion wave of maturing commercial mortgages, leftover debt from the 2007 lending boom, is laying bare the weak links in the U.S. real estate market.

It's getting harder for landlords who rely on borrowed cash to find new loans to pay off the old ones, leading to forecasts for higher delinquencies. Lenders have gotten choosier about which buildings they'll fund, ... Read more

Alex Jones' InfoWars Offered White House Credentials
ZeroHedge | author | 01/26/17

"Here's the deal, I know I get White House credentials, we've already been offered them, we're going to get them, but I've just got to spend the money to send somebody there. I want to make sure it's even worth it. I don't want to just sit there up there like 'm in the media, look our people are there.'" Read more

The coming unhappiness with Trump and his team will not arise because of the actions they take. They will clearly do everything in their might to make America great again. But the probabilities are totally against them to achieve this goal. They are taking over power at a time when debt has grown exponentially since the 1970s. They are also assuming power of a country that has not achieved a proper budget surplus for well over half a century. Even worse, the US has not had a positive trade balance since the early 1970s. So here we have a country that has been living above its means for decades and has no real chance of changing this vicious cycle.

"The Federal debt is at $20 trillion and has been growing at the rate of 9% per year for the last 40 odd years. The forecast for the next four years is that the growth of the debt will accelerate. Total US debt is over $70 trillion or over 3.5x GDP. But that is just a fraction of the US liabilities. Unfunded liabilities are over $200 trillion. And you can add to that to the real gross derivative positions of US banks, which most likely more than $500 trillion.

Corporate borrowings have also surged since the Great Financial Crisis started. In 2006 US corporate debt was just over $2 trillion. Today it is more than 3x higher at $7 trillion! At the same time, cash as a percentage of corporate debt is declining and is now down to 27%. Within this massive increase in debt, there are major defaults looming in many areas like car loans, student loans and the fracking sector where potential write offs could be in the trillions of dollars..
*DN | Jeremy Scahill on Trump Team: A Cabal of Religious Extremists, Privatization Advocates & Racists (01/25/17) [32:41]
DN | Outright Lies, Constant Tweets & "Alternative Facts": Inside Trump's Orwellian War with the Media (01/25/17) [9:51]
DN | Shailene Woodley on Malia Obama's Presence at Sundance Standing Rock Solidarity Event Against DAPL (01/25/17) [17:23]
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Coronation Street (01/25/17) [7:30]
Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Trevor Noah | Trump's Executive Orders Prove He Should've Seen 'Hamilton' (01/25/17) [6:22]
*TRNN | Regulator Bill Black: How the Small Business Administration Will Be Used to Destroy Regulations. (01/26/17) [11:05]
TRNN | Yale professor Kenneth Gillingham discusses: Declining Cost of Renewables Will Challenge Trump's Promise to Bring Back Jobs Through Coal (01/26/17) [7:44]
*TYT | Trump Signs Government Scientist Gag Order (01/25/17) [7:17]
*TYT | Voter Fraud FOUND In Trump's White House (01/25/17) [8:42]
*TYT | Trump's Ethics Team Not Very Ethical (01/25/17) [8:05
*TYT | Trump Orders Construction Of Border Wall (01/25/17) [11:28]
Putin Left Out Key Fact When Hyping Russian Prostitutes... (01/25/17) [6:57]
*Trump Might Invade Chicago Because O'Reilly Told Him To (01/25/17) [7:32]
RT | Keiser Report: 'Healthcare' Debate (E1024) (01/26/17) [25:45]
Max and Stacy discuss the elephants in the room of the so-called 'healthcare' debate. Obamacare should be called 'bankcare', they suggest. In the second half Max interviews crypto entrepreneur Charlie Shrem about bitcoin, blockchain, crypto and... buying up Michigan's waste industry.
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Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
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PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/
*MSNBC Rachel Maddow | PPP Poll: President Donald Trump's Base Deluded By False Facts (01/26/17) [11:49]
*MSNBC Rachel Maddow | President Donald Trump Actions Affirm Fears For Environment (01/25/17) [20:55]
*MSNBC Rachel Maddow | President Donald Trump's Oil Grab Policy Puts US Troops At Risk (01/24/17) [20:55]
*MSNBC Chris Hayes All In | Rep. Elijah Cummings wants to talk to the President (01/25/17) [5:39]

Wednesday January 25, 2017
News Articles

Though Promised for Domestic Use, Dakota Access Pipeline May Fuel Oil Exports
TheIntercept | Lee Fang | older, but good 09/01/16

Access Pipeline, which will connect fracked crude oil from the Bakken fields in North Dakota to markets across the country -- claim the controversial project will enhance energy independence. But at least a portion of the oil may well end up as exports to foreign markets, either as crude or as a refined product.

Energy Transfer Partners, the company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline, has built public support and pressured regulators to approve the project by asserting that the oil will enhance energy independence, because it will be used exclusively by U.S. consumers. ... Read more
TYT | Crooked Donald Authorizes Controversial Pipelines (01/24/17) [8:34]

GOP Rep To Women: Less Marching, More Cooking.

South Dakota lawmakers declare state of 'emergency' to force repeal of voter-imposed ethics law
RawStory | David Edwards | 01/23/17

Lawmakers in South Dakota are invoking emergency powers to overturn an anti-corruption law that was passed by a ballot measure during the 2016 election.

The South Dakota Government Accountability and Anti-Corruption Act makes it illegal for lawmakers to receive more than a total of $100 annually from lobbyists in the form of "any compensation, reward, employment, gift, honorarium, beverage, meal, food, or other thing of value made or given directly or indirectly." ... Read more
TYT | Corrupt Politicians Scramble To Protect Their Bribes (01/24/17) [10:52]

12 million pages of declassified CIA files are now available online for everyone to view
news.com.au | author | 01/20/17

The CIA posted a vast cache of close to 12 million pages of declassified documents online, which include information on UFO sightings, Nazi War Crimes, Project Stargate and other once-secret files.

The information was first released in 1995 when then-President Bill Clinton ordered all documents with "historical value" that were at least 25 years old to be declassified.

However, the documents were only physically accessible from four computer terminals at the National Archives in Washington DC.

In 2000, the CIA released the documents on its electronic records search tool CREST, but the files were still only available by physically attending the Archives.

Following a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit in 2014, the CIA said it would post the 930,000 documents online in entirety, but claimed it would take six years to scan every page.

CIA information management director said the agency was able to complete the project quicker than expected, with the official giving assurances that nothing had omitted and the half-century of data was published in entirety.

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CREST: 25-Year Program Archive - CIA website
RawStory EdSchultz | Ed is joined by Scott Paul, President of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, to discuss Donald Trump withdrawing the U.S. out of the TPP. Ed also gives commentary on White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer's first press briefing. ()01/23/17) [14:58]

Six maps that show the anatomy of America's vast infrastructure
WashingtonPost | Tim Meko | older, 12/01/16

President-elect Donald Trump's plan to invest about $550 billion in new infrastructure projects across the country was a central theme in his campaign. "We're going to rebuild our infrastructure, which will become, by the way, second to none. And we will put millions of our people to work as we rebuild it," Trump said. Details are still murky, but it appears that the plan will rely on tax credits to spur private investment.

The maps you are about to see show the massive scope of America's infrastructure using data from OpenStreetMap and various government sources. They provide a glimpse into where that half-trillion dollars may be invested. ... Read more
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Clinton's plans might add billions to the national debt. Trump's could add trillions.
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, January 25 [11:43]
DN | Breaking: Trump Signs Executive Orders Reviving Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines (01/24/17) [4:06]
*TRNN | Former CIA analyst Melvin Goodman and whistleblower Coleen Rowley have few kind words for Trump's picks to head intelligence and national security. (01/25/17) [26:05]
*TRNN | Economist Douglass Cliggott says: The Only Clear Priority in Mnuchin's Record is Wealth Maximization (01/25/17) [19:21]
*TRNN | Ben Lilliston: Trump Signals Major Shift from 30 Years of Free Trade Policy (01/25/17) [9:52]
TYT | Trump Fuming Over Women's March (01/24/17) [11:50]
RT | In hot water? Beijing warns Trump to stay out of South China sea dispute (01/25/17) [6:35]
RT | US exit from TPP may open door to China (01/25/17) [1:55]
RT | UFOs, telekinesis & spies: 12 million pages of CIA secrets online for 1st time (01/25/17) [2:28]
Note: Max and Stacy do a lot of bantering in the first half of their empisodes, which can be a little off-putting to some people, but remember they usually reveal a great nugget of truth during their bantering. The interview in the second half is usually pretty informative.
RT | Keiser Report: ... it shows central banks were forced into enabling the destruction of the global economy and financial system. In the second half, Max interviews venture capitalist, Brock Pierce of Blockchain Capital about crypto in the age of Trump. (E1023) (01/24/17) [25:45]
Note: I try to watch different news sources, minus the obvious propaganda sources, so I can put the pieces together and make up my own mind. A lot of times I don't agree with the discussions and interviewees, but I find it propels me to do additional research to help me understand confusing issues.
RT | CrossTalk: Welcome to the media war of a new kind. The choice is easy -- you can pick Donald Trump or the liberal mainstream media. (01/25/17) [24:44]
Sorry if I offend anyone, but I don't like Pamala Geller
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
*ThomHartmann | Where The Kochs Are Influencing Trump The Most (01/24/17) [11:18]
*Aljazeera | Inside Story - Is the new US President against free trade? (01/24/17) [24:15]
Note: Yet another interesting discussion... that most Americans won't see because they won't look at alternative media.
Aljazeera | The Stream - Children for sale (01/24/17) [27:42]
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Tuesday January 24, 2017
News Articles

Donald Trump Will Not Release Tax Returns, White House Adviser Says
NBC News | Alexandra Jaffe | 01/22/17

Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Donald Trump, said Sunday that the president would not be releasing his tax returns, reversing months of repeated campaign-trail promises to do so after an audit is completed.

Conway's comments came in response to a Whitehouse.gov petition with more than 200,000 signatures calling on Trump to release his tax returns. Any petition on the site that receives 100,000 signatures in 30 days receives a response from the White House; this petition reached twice that in two days. "The White House response is that he's not going to release his tax returns," Conway said in an interview on ABC's "This Week." ... Read more

White House | The Inauguration of the 45th President of the United States (01/21/17) [5:02:08]
@1:36:22 Swearing in of Mike Pence
@1:42:50 Swearing in of Donald Trump
The White House website
Fox10 | Sean Spicer SLAMS Media For Being Very Negative Towards President Donald Trump (01/23/17) [7:50]
Fox10 | Donald Trump CIA Headquarters Statement (01/21/17) [15:50]
New Investigation Names Wall Street Banks Behind $3.8 Billion Dakota Access Pipeline
TYT | BREAKING: Pres. Trump Signs Executive Order On Dakota Accesst (01/24/17) [18:57]
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The Ghost Writer on NetFlix
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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, January 24 [12:57]
*DN | Naomi Klein, Alicia Garza, Ralph Nader & Others Respond to Trump's "America First" Inaugural Address (01/23/17) [17:07]
*TRNN | Outright Lies, Constant Tweets & "Alternative Facts": Inside Trump's Orwellian War with the Media (01/24/17) [10:00]
*DN | "An Inconvenient Sequel": Al Gore on New Film, Trump, Climate Change & His Opposition to DAPL (01/24/17) [7:00]
DN | "Women Will Die Because of This": Planned Parenthood on Trump Signing Anti-Abortion Global Gag Rule (01/24/17) [11:05]
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Trevor Noah | The Inauguration of Donald Trump (01/21/17) [8:52]
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert | So Here We Are: Donald Trump Is Officially The President (01/21/17) [13:27]
*TRNN | Col. Lawrence Wilkerson discuss: Invoking God, Trump Calls for International War Against ISIS - Is Iraq Next? (01/24/17) [14:58]
*TRNN | The Bizarre Far-Right Billionaire Behind Trump's Presidency (01/12/17) [24:58]
TYT | Kellyanne Conway Introduces "Alternative Facts" (01/23/17) [3:48]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
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PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Monday January 23, 2017
News Articles

Sunday Show Hosts Hit Back On Trump Administration's Lies
HP | Amanda Terkel | 01/22/17

"Alternative facts are not facts, they're falsehoods."

President Donald Trump's administration has spent its first days in office aggressively attacking the media for what it calls attempts to "delegitimize" the country's new leader. On Sunday, the hosts of the network public affairs shows hit right back and essentially called out the administration for lying.

Both Trump and Press Secretary Sean Spicer insisted on Saturday that the crowd that watched the inauguration this year was the biggest ever. Trump claimed that TV networks showed a picture of an "empty field" and that from where he stood, "it looked like a million, a million and a half people" had attended. He also falsely stated that the crowds "went all the way back to the Washington Monument."

"This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration -- period -- both in person and around the globe," Spicer said at his first press briefing.

None of those statements are true. But on Sunday, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and Kellyanne Conway, a counselor to the president, continued to attack the media for being dishonest and focusing on crowd size ? an issue Trump loved to talk about during his campaign. The Sunday show hosts, however, aggressively went after the Trump administration for its lies. ... Read more

*NBC Meet The Press | Kellyanne Conway: Press Secretary Sean Spicer Gave 'Alternative Facts' (01/22/17) [3:53]
NBC Meet The Press | Kellyanne Conway: Presidents 'Aren't Judged by Crowd Size' (Full) (01/22/17) [13:51]

Women's March on Washington: Historic Protest Three Times Larger Than Trump's Inaugural Crowd
DemocracyNow | author | 01/23/17

In one of the largest days of protest in U.S. history, millions took to the streets Saturday one day after the inauguration of Donald Trump. The largest protest was the Women's March on Washington, where more than 500,000 packed the streets. According to crowd scientists at Manchester Metropolitan University in Britain, the crowd was roughly three times the size of the audience at President Trump's inauguration a day earlier. Women-led marches took place in over 600 locations spread across seven continents--including Antarctica. In addition to Washington, massive protests took place in Boston; Chicago; Denver; Los Angeles; Madison, Wisconsin; New York; Oakland; Portland, Oregon; St. Paul; San Francisco and Seattle. According to one count, as many as 4.6 million people took part in the global day of action. ... Read more

Despite boasts, Trump's administration riddled with staffing holes
Politico | Matthew Nussbaum | 01/19/17

Mike Pence, usually one for modesty, stepped to the podium Thursday morning for a transition victory lap, crowing that 27 Senate-confirmable positions had been named, 536 beachhead team members were set to land at federal agencies ("bright and early -- on Monday morning"), and that incoming President Donald Trump's transition team had accomplished it all with time and money to spare.

"We're wrapping up this transition on schedule and under budget," Pence said, echoing one of Trump's favorite lines to describe his real estate projects. But the sunny picture Pence painted is an incomplete and misleading one. ... Read more

By 2015, there were 426 billion cashless transactions worldwide -- a 50% increase from five years before.

Visualizing The Global War On Cash
ZeroHedge | author | 01/23/17

There is a global push by lawmakers to eliminate the use of physical cash around the world. This movement is often referred to as "The War on Cash", and there are three major players involved: ... Read more
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Nomi Prins-Financial Crash possible in Last Quarter of 2017 (01/17/17) [27:45]
*Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, January 23 [13:22]
DN | Naomi Klein on Trump Election: "This is a Corporate Coup d'État" (01/20/17) [16:24]
*DN | Michael Moore to 25,000 NYC Protesters: "There's More of Us Than There are of Them!" (01/20/17) [13:18]
*TRNN | Leading Ocean Researcher, Dr. Peter Wadhams, Says We Could See An Iceless Arctic in 2017 (01/23/17) [21:59]
TRNN | Millions Around the World March in Solidarity with Women's March on Washington (01/23/17) [2:42]
TRNN | Students Plan National Day of Action Against Trump's Climate Denial (01/23/17) [22:23]
TRNN | Journalist Reese Erlich says: Iran in Crosshairs of New Administration (01/23/17) [13:23]
*TYT | John McCain's Insane New Military Budget (01/21/17) [10:28]
*TYT | Trump Will Get Intelligence When He Feels Like It (01/22/17) [7:25]
*TYT | Why Has Trump Left Hundreds Of Government Positions Empty? (01/22/17) [6:52]
*TYT | Meet Trump's Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos (01/22/17) [4:20]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
*ThomHartmann | How Trump Could Cause the Economic Meltdown (full) (01/21/17) [26:08]
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MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Friday January 20, 2017
News Articles
HP Headlines Aren't Very Kind To Trump Today
WINTER COMES... TODAY: Trump Gets The Nuclear Codes... From Degenerate 'Con Man' To President... Numerous Executive Actions Ready To Go On Day One... National Security Handover 'Bumpy,' U.S. Allies 'Rattled'... Washington A 'Virtual Fortress' As It Braces For Massive Protests... 25,000 Rally In NYC... Riot Police Outside 'DeploraBall'...
TYT | The Young Turks - Live Inauguration Coverage!! (01/20/17) [LIVE]

Donald Trump's Journey From 'Con Man' To President
HP | S.V. Date | 01/19/17

... Mo Elleithee, director of the Institute of Politics and Public Service at Georgetown University and previously a longtime Democratic Party staffer, said voters angry at the system were key to Trump's success. "They wanted someone who just wanted to roll a grenade into the room," he said. "They didn't know what the room was going to look like after it was done. They just wanted it blown up."

Weaver is far less charitable ? toward his own party ? arguing that years of pandering to voters upset about President Barack Obama for less than honorable reasons created the climate for someone like Trump to win. "We preyed on people's fears," he said. "And all of that caught up with us. And we have no one to blame but ourselves."

Matt Mackowiak, a Texas GOP consultant, "Donald Trump is a 100-year-old flood, politically," he said. "Elections are about a choice. You had two unlikeable candidates. One embodied change, the other embodied the status quo."

"If you had a half football stadium worth of voters in three states change their votes, Hillary Clinton would be president, narrowly," he added. ... Read more
JPMorgan Chase & Co. approved Mr. James Dimon's total compensation for 2016, in the amount of $28,000,000.

Trump asks key Obama counterterrorism officials to stay on
politico.com | Gregory Hellman | 01/19/17

President-elect Donald Trump's transition team Thursday announced that a handful of top Obama administration counterterrorism officials will remain in their posts after the inauguration. The decision comes amid rising concerns that personnel gaps in key national security agencies could leave the incoming administration ill-prepared to deal with a crisis.

Trump spokesman Sean Spicer said among those staying on after Friday will be Nick Rasmussen, director of the National Counterterrorism Center; Brett McGurk, special presidential envoy for the global coalition to counter ISIL; Tom Shannon, undersecretary of state for political affairs; and Adam Szubin, the Treasury Department's acting undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence. ... Read more
TYT | Trump's Transition Process: Total Mess (01/19/17) [10:19]

China Censors Trump Inauguration: "It's Forbidden For Websites To Carry Reports Of The Inauguration".
Demand the Impossible!: A Radical Manifesto by Bill Ayers

In an era defined by mass incarceration, endless war, economic crisis, catastrophic environmental destruction, and a political system offering more of the same, radical social transformation has never been more urgent--or seemed more remote.

A manifesto for movement-makers in extraordinary times, Demand the Impossible! urges us to imagine a world beyond what this rotten system would have us believe is possible.

In critiquing the world around us, insurgent educator and activist Bill Ayers uncovers cracks in that system, raising the horizons for radical change, and envisioning strategies for building the movement we need to make a world worth living in.
DN | Government Sachs: Protesters Decry Financial Giant Swamping Incoming Trump Administration (01/19/17) [3:31]
TRNN | Scott Pruitt Acknowledges Climate Change While Denying Scientific Consensus of Human Responsibility (01/19/17) [11:30]
TYT | Clueless Rick Perry Will Soon Be In Charge Of Nukes (01/20/17) [7:06]
TYT | Rick Perry: Sorry I Tried To Eliminate The Department I Now Want To Run (01/19/17) [4:38]
TYT | Senator: Who Cares If Trump's Treasury Pick Dodges Taxes? Take A Chill Pill! (01/19/17) [5:31]
TYT | Bernie Has Some Questions For Trump's Education Pick... (01/19/17) [10:16]
Alibaba (China's Amazon) founder Jack Ma to US | Nobody 'stealing' your jobs, you spend too much on wars (01/20/17) [1:48]
Chinese billionaire and Alibaba founder Jack Ma believes that improper distribution of funds and hyper inflated US military spending, not globalization or other countries "stealing" US jobs, is behind the economic decline in America.
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | Thom talks to activist and educator Bill Ayers about protests, social movements and the American dream in today's society. They also discuss policies of the incoming Trump administration, and Ayers' book "Demand the Impossible!" (01/19/17) [27:05]
Aljazeera | UpFront special: Welcome to the Trump era (01/20/17) [25:09]
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Thursday January 19, 2017
News Articles

Notorious Mercenary Erik Prince Is Advising Trump From The Shadows
TheIntercept | Jeremy Scahill | 01/17/17

ERIK PRINCE, AMERICA'S most notorious mercenary, is lurking in the shadows of the incoming Trump administration. A former senior U.S. official who has advised the Trump transition told The Intercept that Prince has been advising the team on matters related to intelligence and defense, including weighing in on candidates for the Defense and State departments. The official asked not to be identified because of a transition policy prohibiting discussion of confidential deliberations. ... Read more

For CEOs, globalization's thrill fades
USAToday| Kim Hjelmgaard | 01/17/17

Globalization took another knock Monday with the publication of a report that showed corporate titans around the world have become more skeptical about the benefits of integrating people, companies and governments.

... Forty-four percent of business leaders firmly believe globalization has done virtually nothing, for example, to help close the gap between the rich and poor. ...

... The report, based on interviews with nearly 1,400 CEOs from 79 countries, revealed that just 13% of corporate leaders feel globalization has "to a large extent" helped solve the problem of income inequality. ... Read more

REPORT: Rick Perry Thought His New Job Involved Promoting Oil & Gas. He's Actually Going To Control U.S. Nuke Supply.

'Learning Curve' as Rick Perry Pursues a Job He Initially Misunderstood
NYTimes | Coral Davenport | 01/18/17

When President-elect Donald J. Trump offered Rick Perry the job of energy secretary five weeks ago, Mr. Perry gladly accepted, believing he was taking on a role as a global ambassador for the American oil and gas industry that he had long championed in his home state.

In the days after, Mr. Perry, the former Texas governor, discovered that he would be no such thing -- that in fact, if confirmed by the Senate, he would become the steward of a vast national security complex he knew almost nothing about, caring for the most fearsome weapons on the planet, the United States' nuclear arsenal. ... Read more

US Government Caught Massively Fabricating Student Loan Default Data
ZeroHedge & WSJ | author | 01/19/17

Ever since 2012 we have warned that one of the biggest threats arising from the US student loan bubble - which is no longer disputed by anyone except perhaps members of the outgoing administration - is not that it is soaring at an unprecedented pace, that's obvious for anyone with the latest loan total number over $1.4 trillion, rising at a pace of nearly $100 billion per year, but that the government - either on purpose or due to honest miscalculation - was not correctly accounting for the true extent of delinquencies and defaults. Today, we finally got confirmation that, as speculated, the US government was indeed fabricating student loan default data, making it appear far lower than it was in reality.

... According to an analysis of the revised data, at more than 1,000 colleges and trade schools, or about a quarter of the total, at least half the students had defaulted or failed to pay down at least $1 on their debt within seven years. This is a stunning number and suggests that the student loan crisis is far greater than anyone had anticipated previously. ... Read more or at WSJ

Davos Elites Call For a Ban on Physical Cash... in the US.
ZeroHedge | author | 01/19/17

... Again... the War on Cash is not slowing down. India effectively removed 86% of the physical cash in circulation and no one was forced to resign.

Put simply, India signaled to the global elites that you can implement a near complete ban on physical cash, and there are no real consequences as far as political aspirations.

We believe that the Elites will be pushing for this policy to hit the US. If you think this is impossible consider that Stiglitz openly called for the US to ban cash in the article above. ... Read more

Overheard At Davos: "So Many People Feel That This Is One Of The Most Dangerous Times"
ZeroHedge | author | 01/19/17

One of the speakers at Devos: "There's never been a better time to be alive, and yet we feel so glum," Mr. Goldin said. "So many people feel anxious. So many people feel that this is one of the most dangerous times."

He denounced the frightened retreat from globalization manifest in Mr. Trump's threats of a trade war with China, and in Britain's abandonment of Europe, commonly known as Brexit.>/p>

"You can't stop managing an entangled environment by disconnecting," he said. "This is the fundamental mistake of Brexit, of Trump, and of so many others. We are not simply connected. We are entangled. Our lives, our destinies are intertwined. What happens in China, what happens in Indonesia, what happens in India, what happens across Europe, and what happens in North America, across Africa and Latin America will affect all of us in dramatic new ways. The idea that somehow we can forge our future in an insular way, even for the biggest countries like the U.S., is a fantasy." ... Read more

The Race To The Bottom: Why A Worldwide Worker Surplus And Uncontrolled Free Trade Are Sinking American Living Standards by Alan Tonelson

A leading economic journalist explains why Washington's responses to globalization have created a global worker surplus that undermines both American workers and those in developing nations






Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, January 19 [13:17]
DN | Jeremy Scahill: Blackwater Founder Erik Prince, the Brother of Betsy DeVos, Is Secretly Advising Trump (01/19/17) [3:26]
DN | Dr. Sidney Wolfe on HHS Nominee Tom Price's "Cruel" Plans to Repeal the Affordable Care Act (01/19/17) [7:59]
DN | Climate Denier Scott Pruitt Faces Protests at Senate Hearing as 2016 Is Declared Hottest Year Ever (01/19/17) [6:56]
DN | Trump Picks Agribusiness & Chemical Industry Darling Sonny Perdue as Secretary of Agriculture (01/19/17) [3:38]
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Trevor Noah | Eviscerates Betsy DeVos Over Her Confirmation Hearing (01/18/17) [8:13]
"She's going to get confirmed even though she failed everything. Every subject she got at the hearing. Failed. Failed. Failed. Failed ? except Donations 101," he said on Wednesday's "The Daily Show."
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Samantha Bee | The Great Feminists in Feminism Herstory Hall of Lady Fame (01/18/17) [7:20]
Samantha Bee | Swamp Dwellers (01/18/17) [6:42]
TRNN | Adam Gaffney discusses: Bernie Sanders Hammers Tom Price Over Right to Healthcare in Senate Hearing (01/18/17) [15:44]
TRNN | Bill Black says: Wilbur Ross's Economic Expertise: Exploiting Tax Law (01/18/17) [14:30]
TRNN | Erika Wozniak says: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is a 'Horrifying Prospect' for Public Schools (01/18/17) [8:41]
TYT | Tim Kaine Exposes Betsy DeVos's Charter School Scam (01/18/17) [8:22]
RT | Keiser Report: Max and Stacy discuss the soaring small business optimism which looks all euphoria, no action. In the second half Max interviews Reggie Middleton of BoomBustBlog.com about the T'rash to follow Trumphoria. They also discuss Trump's tweeting industrial policy. (E1021) (01/19/17) [25:46]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | Is Neoliberalism Incompatible With Democracy? (01/18/17) [27:35]
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MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Wednesday January 18, 2017
News Articles
Some of Today's Headlines
Trump Education Pick, Betsy DeVos, Grilled In Brutal Confirmation Hearing... Waffles On Privatization... And On Guns In Schools... Cites Protection From 'Potential Grizzlies'... Admits 'Access Hollywood' Tape Described Sexual Assault... Bernie Asks: Would You Be Here 'If You Were Not A Multibillionaire'?... Warren: 'I Don't See How You Can Be Secretary Of Education'...

Brave New Films Video: Protect Public Education by Stopping Betsy DeVos From Becoming Next U.S. Secretary of Education
AlterNet | Robert Greenwald / Brave New Films | 01/17/17

Trump's nomination of Betsy DeVos for education secretary is a threat to public education. DeVos has spent millions funding the privatization of education in Michigan. The result? A failing school system where almost 80 percent of schools are run by private, for-profit companies.

The charter schools in Michigan, influenced by DeVos's agenda, perform lower than national averages, have been criticized for misuse of taxpayer funding, and frequently shut down doors without warning or community input. Adding to the alarm is the fact that DeVos has never held a professional position in education in her life, but plans to lead the Department of Education, where she would be in charge of overseeing and providing equal access to quality education for all Americans. ... Read more
Brave New Films | Protect Public Education - Stop Betsy DeVos! (01/14/17) [8:15]

Aljazeera | Obama commutes Chelsea Manning's prison sentence (01/17/17) [2:54]
Betting Website Gives Trump 4-1 Odds of Being Impeached Within Six Months.
Meet Donald Trump's emissary to the superrich: Anthony Scaramucci tells the Davos elite his boss is on their side
Loose-talking zillionaire known as "the Mooch" has a message for Davos: Only Trump can save global capitalism.

Meet Donald Trump's emissary to the superrich: Anthony Scaramucci tells the Davos elite his boss is on their side
Salon | Heather Digby Parton | 01/18/17

A long time ago in an alternate universe far, far away, I wrote a Salon column about how the Republican Party was in trouble because rich gadflies had decided to get personally involved in electoral strategy and that could only spell their doom. These were foolish wealthy donors for the most part, people who believed the size of their bank accounts meant they were renaissance geniuses who can do anything.

... His name is Anthony "the Mooch" Scaramucci, and he could be a character out of an Elmore Leonard novel. In fact, in my 2014 article I wrote, "the man's hijinks make Donald Trump look like a prince by comparison." (I didn't know the extent of Trump's high jinks at the time.) Scaramucci has a big mouth and a big wallet and he has been ostentatiously rubbing elbows with the political elite for quite some time. ... Read more

*FOUR HORSEMEN is an independent feature documentary which lifts the lid on how the world really works. [1:38:54]
Four Horsemen is a 2012 British documentary directed by Ross Ashcroft. The documentary points out the faults and consequences of our fractional reserve banking system, debt-based economy and political lobbying by banks, which shows this system to be a serious threat to Western civilization. It also points out concerns about the War on Terror, which claims is not fought to spread democracy, but to create larger debts to the banks.

Among those interviewed are Joseph Stiglitz, former chief economist at the World Bank, Noam Chomsky, linguistics professor, John Perkins, author and former economic hitman, Herman Daly, economy professor and Max Keiser, TV host and former trader
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, January 18 [13:38]
DN | Jeremy Scahill on Obama's Commutation of Chelsea Manning & Continued Demonization of Edward Snowden (01/18/17) [10:11]
DN | Jeremy Scahill: Did Education Nominee Betsy DeVos Lie to Senate About Ties to Anti-LGBT Foundation? (01/18/17) [12:54]
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Trevor Noah | Barack Obama Spending Last Days Baby-Proofing America (01/18/17) [5:25]
TRNN | Nationwide Protests to Oppose Trump and Disrupt his Inauguration (01/17/17) [4:22]
TRNN | President Obama Commutes Sentences of Chelsea Manning and Oscar Lopez River (01/17/17) [17:52]
TYT | Proof Millennials Have It Worse Than Their Parents (01/17/17) [7:52]
TYT | Trump To End Net Neutrality? (01/17/17) [6:26]
TYT | Trump Still Making Personal Business Deals Despite Conflict Of Interest (01/17/17) [12:02]
TYT | Why Trump Wants To Lift Sanctions On Russia (01/17/17) [5:14]
TYT | Scalpers Losing Money On Trump Inauguration (01/17/17) [5:31]
RT | CrossTalk: Trump appears to be determined to recast key pillars of American foreign policy. It won't be easy and certainly not without a fight. (01/18/17) [24:30]
RT | Keiser Report: Health Care Plan for Trump Voters (E1020) (01/17/17) [25:44]
Max and Stacy discuss the health care plan that Trump voters really want... and it's not the one the Republicans in Congress plan on delivering. In the second half, Max interviews Obi Egbuna, the first US Correspondent to the Herald - Zimbabwe's National Newspaper - and Co- Executive Producer of the BattleCry For Cuba and Zimbabwe. They discuss the embargo on Cuba and the sanctions on Zimbabwe and why he's calling for a complete end to them.
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/
Real Stories | Pakistan's Hidden Shame (01/10/17) [46:55]
Other Videos and Documentaries I Ran Across
HC | How Nuclear Weapon can Destroy the world in a moment () [44:31]
Most people in India and in Pakistan (and in the U.S.) probably do not know that as many as 9 out of 10 people -- or more -- who die from a nuclear blast, do not die in the explosion itself. Most people probably think that if they die from a nuclear blast, they will simply see a flash and get quickly cooked.

Those within approximately a six square mile area (for a 1 megaton blast) will indeed be close enough to "ground zero" to be killed by the gamma rays emitting from the blast itself. Ghostly shadows of these people will be formed on any concrete or stone that lies behind them, and they will be no more. They literally won't know what hit them, since they will be vaporized before the electrical signals from their sense organs can reach their brains.

Of the many victims of a nuclear war, these are the luckiest ones, of course. Outside the circle where people will be instantly vaporized from the initial gamma radiation blast, the light from the explosion (which is many times hotter than the sun) is so bright that it will immediately and permanently blind every living thing, including farm animals (including cows, sacred or otherwise), pets, birds while in flight and not to mention peasants, Maharajah's, and Government officials -- and soldiers, of course. Whether their eyes are opened or closed. This will happen for perhaps 10 miles around in every direction (for a 1 megaton bomb) -- further for those who happen to be looking towards the blast at the moment of detonation. Even from fifty miles away, a 1 megaton blast will be many times brighter than the noonday sun. Those looking directly at the blast will have a large spot permanently burned into their retinas, where the light receptor cells will have been destroyed. The huge bright cloud being nearly instantly formed in front of them (made in part from those closer to the blast, who have already "become death"), will be the last clear image these people will see.

Most people who will die from the nuclear explosion will not die in the initial gamma ray burst, nor in the multi-spectral heat blast (mostly X-ray and ultraviolet wavelengths) which will come about a tenth of a second after the gamma burst. Nor will the pressure wave which follows over the next few seconds do most of them in, though it will cause bleeding from every orifice. Nor even will most people be killed by the momentary high winds which accompany the pressure wave. These winds will reach velocities of hundreds of miles an hour near the epicenter of the blast, and will reach velocities of 70 miles per hour as far as 6 miles from the blast (for a 1 megaton bomb). The high winds and flying debris will cause shrapnel-type wounds and blunt-trauma injuries.

Together, the pressure wave and the accompanying winds will do in quite a few, and damage most of the rest of the people (and animals, and structures) in a huge circle -- perhaps hundreds of square miles in area.

Later, these people will begin to suffer from vomiting, skin rashes, and an intense unquenchable thirst as their hair falls out in clumps. Their skin will begin to peel off. This is because the internal molecular structure of the living cells within their bodies is breaking down, a result of the disruptive effects of the high radiation dose they received. All the animals will be similarly suffering. Since they have already received the dose, these effects will show up even if the people are immediately evacuated from the area hardly likely, since everything around will be destroyed and the country would be at war.

But this will not concern them at this time: Their immediate threat after the gamma blast, heat blast, pressure wave and sudden fierce wind (first going in the direction of the pressure wave -- outwardly from the blast -- then a moment later, a somewhat weaker wind in the opposite direction), will be the firestorm which will quickly follow, with its intense heat and hurricane-force winds, all driving towards the center where the radioactive mushroom-shaped cloud will be rising, feeding it, enlarging it, and pushing it miles up into the sky.
MF | Nuclear War : What It Would Look Like () [36:16]
Nuclear warfare (sometimes atomic warfare or thermonuclear warfare) is a military conflict or political strategy in which nuclear weaponry is used to inflict damage on the enemy. Compared to conventional warfare, nuclear warfare can be vastly more destructive in range and extent of damage, and in a much shorter time. A major nuclear exchange would have long-term effects, primarily from the fallout released, and could also lead to a "nuclear winter" that could last for decades, centuries, or even millennia after the initial attack. Some analysts claim that with this potential nuclear winter side-effect of a nuclear war almost every human on Earth could starve to death. Other analysts, who dismiss the nuclear winter hypothesis, calculate that with nuclear weapon stockpiles at Cold War highs, in a surprise countervalue global nuclear war, billions of casualties would have resulted but billions of people would nevertheless have survived.
The Road to World War 3 () [1:04:26]
It's 1-minute until midnight. Thermonuclear war with Russia has never been closer. But, how did we get here? This documentary highlights the geopolitical game of chess that's been happening over the past 24 months between, primarily, the United States & Russia.

@00:00 - Part 1 - September 2014 - The Geopolitics of World War III
@19:52 - Part 2 - December 2014 - The Calm Before The Storm
@22:55 - Part 3 - September 2015 - Who Will Be Blamed?
@39:32 - Part 4 - October 2015 - Syria, Russia & Iran
@44:54 - Part 5 - Janurary 2016 - The New Axis of Evil
@54:44 - Part 6 - October 2016 - Drums of War Intensify
Note: The Middle East is such a complex issue, I don't pretent to know what all the factors are behind the termoil. I only try to look-at [present] videos [documentaries] that show a logical progression [timeline] of what has happened in the area since 2003.
We Have Been FOOLED, There Is No Civil War In Syria. The Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction () [54:21]

Tuesday January 17, 2017
News Articles

Matt Taibbi's New Book: 'Insane Clown President'
RollingStone | Matt Taibbi | 01/17/17

Insane Clown President, my new book about the 2016 presidential campaign, comes out today, January 17th. I talked about the book with longtime friends Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez of Democracy Now! this morning; you can watch that above.

Covering the presidential election for Rolling Stone is one of the unique jobs in the world, a peculiar responsibility passed from generation to generation -- like being the Dread Pirate Roberts. Throughout my time at the magazine, I've never not been conscious of the tradition. ... Read more

Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus by Matt Taibbi (2017)

The 2016 presidential contest as told by Matt Taibbi, from its tragicomic beginnings to its apocalyptic conclusion, is in fact the story of Western civilization's very own train wreck. Years before the clown car of candidates was fully loaded, Taibbi grasped the essential themes of the story: the power of spectacle over substance, or even truth; the absence of a shared reality; the nihilistic rebellion of the white working class; the death of the political establishment; and the emergence of a new, explicit form of white nationalism that would destroy what was left of the Kingian dream of a successful pluralistic society.

Taibbi captures, with dead-on, real-time analysis, the failures of the right and the left, from the thwarted Bernie Sanders insurgency to the flawed and aimless Hillary Clinton campaign; the rise of the "dangerously bright" alt-right with its wall-loving identity politics and its rapturous view of the "Racial Holy War" to come; and the giant fail of a flailing, reactive political media that fed a ravenous news cycle not with reporting on political ideology, but with undigested propaganda served straight from the campaign bubble. At the center of it all stands Donald J. Trump, leading a historic revolt against his own party, "bloviating and farting his way" through the campaign, "saying outrageous things, acting like Hitler one minute and Andrew Dice Clay the next." For Taibbi, the stunning rise of Trump marks the apotheosis of the new postfactual movement.

Taibbi frames the reporting with original essays that explore the seismic shift in how we perceive our national institutions, the democratic process, and the future of the country. Insane Clown President is not just a postmortem on the collapse and failure of American democracy. It offers the riveting, surreal, unique, and essential experience of seeing the future in hindsight.

*Banks Are Getting Battered
ZeroHedge | author | 01/17/17

US financials stocks are down 3% from Friday's exuberant post-earnings opening highs. That is the biggest drawdown since the election with BofA, JPMorgan, and Goldman leading the downturn (down almost 5% from Friday's opening highs)... Read more

GILDED AGE: These 8 Men Are As Rich As Half The World

Trump Takes On The Deep State
ZeroHedge | author | 01/17/17

  1. Donald Trump engages in war of words with outgoing CIA head
  2. Trump policies on trade, foreign policy depart from longstanding norms
  3. Past events point to policymaking powers beyond elected officials
  4. Russian relations a major sticking point between Trump, much of gov't
  5. Aggressive stance towards China could result in enormous market volatility
    1. Last Sunday, US president-elect Donald Trump launched one of his now-trademark series of broadsides against the CIA, claiming that the latest series of leaks concerning his alleged misuse of a Moscow hotel suite previously occupied by president Barack Obama was a "complete fraud".

      Trump then compared the US intelligence regime to Nazi Germany in a tweet that called the leak, which alleged various colourful activities involving prostitutes, "fake news [...] one last shot at me".
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Democratic Lawmakers To Boycott Donald Trump's Inauguration
HP | Jennifer Bendery | 01/12/17

"I will not be celebrating or honoring an incoming president who rode racism, sexism, xenophobia and bigotry to the White House."

Dozens of Democratic members of Congress are planning to boycott President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration on Jan. 20, saying they can't bring themselves to welcome a man to the White House who ran such a divisive and prejudiced campaign ? and insulted their colleague, Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.). ... Read more

Busted: Trump HHS pick introduced legislation benefiting medical company 2 weeks after buying their stock
rawstory.com | Elizabeth Preza | 01/16/17

Rep. Tom Price, Donald Trump's pick for Health and Human Services Secretary bought thousands of dollars worth of shares in a medical device manufacturer days before introducing legislation to delay an industry regulation that would directly hurt the manufacturer, CNN reports.

Price bought between $1,001 to $15,000 worth of stock in Zimmer Biomet, an Indiana based firm that produces orthopedics products, in March 2016. According to CNN, the following week, Price introduced the HIP Act, a bill designed to delay a new regulation that would harm Zimmer Biomet's bottom line. ... Read more
TYT | Stunningly Corrupt Tom Price Perfect For Trump Administration (01/16/17) [6:42]

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, January 17 [13:20]
*DN | Insane Clown President: Matt Taibbi Chronicles Election of "Billionaire Hedonist" Donald Trump (01/17/17) [21:59]
DN | Trump Attacks Civil Rights Icon John Lewis on MLK Weekend; Watch Lewis Recall Bloody Sunday 1965 (01/17/17) [8:23]
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert | The WERD: Repeal and Erase (01/17/17) [6:37]
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Trevor Noah | Processing Trump's Press Conference (01/13/17) [8:11]
Matt Taibbi
*National | Matt Taibbi on Trump, mainstream media and America (01/15/17) [13:17]
*TRNN | Shir Hever says: Trump's Biggest Donor Firm Bankrolls Israeli Right Extremism (01/15/17) [17:07]
TYT | Why Trump Assumes John Lewis's District Is "Crime-Infested" (01/16/17) [11:45]
RT | John Pilger: Ultimate ambition of hawks in Washington was regime change in Russia (01/16/17) [19:24]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | What Trump Means w/"Insurance for Everybody" (01/16/17) [12:10]
Aljazeera | Inside Story - Is a 'hard Brexit' the best way for Britain to leave the EU? (01/17/17) [25:20]
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Monday January 16, 2017
News Articles

Mad As Hell - Why the electorate is so pissed off
peakprosperity.com | Chris Martenson | 01/13/17

Making a killing under Obamacare: The ACA gets blamed for rising premiums, while insurance companies are reaping massive profits

While Americans continue to be hammered by rising health care costs, and while congressional lawmakers (with their taxpayer-subsidized health care) do nothing to lower the cost of pharmaceuticals and medical care, one group is reaping a windfall in profit: health insurance companies and their investors.

On Thursday, Aetna reported $734 million in profit on $15.8 billion in revenue for the three months that ended Sept. 30. The nation's third-largest health insurer by revenue handily beat Wall Street estimates for the quarter.

Aetna's earnings report came a week after UnitedHealth reported a 12 percent jump in revenue to $46.3 billion for the three months that ended Sept. 30 compared with the same period the previous year. The company collected $36.1 billion in insurance premiums, a sum 11 percent higher than for the year-ago quarter, while profits increased 29 percent to $1.98 billion

A Salon analysis of regulatory filings found that the top five health insurers -- UnitedHealth, Anthem, Aetna, Humana and Cigna -- have doled out nearly $30 billion in stock buybacks and dividends from 2013 to 2015.

Similar strong results were noted for Humana in their last earnings release. So how can it be that all these companies are both reporting the need for massively higher premiums while also booking higher and higher profits?

Well, when you live in a country that routinely subjects its citizens to racketeering, this is exactly the sort of disconnect you have to live with. They say one thing; but you see with your own eyes, or experience with your own wallet, something completely different. ...

... If the elites don't manage to figure out how to contain their greed, then an angry electorate is just the beginning of their troubles. Anybody seeking to understand the political landscape really just needs to spend a little time on the eroding prosperity of the bottom 99% over the past 20 years. ... Read more

Chris Martenson | Peak Prosperity News Update (01/13/17) [9:56]
Click to zoom in
Fun fact: during the first 26 years of its existence, the US income tax code grew by 104 pages. Over the past 30 years, it has grown by 50,000 pages.
TRUMP: NATO 'OBSOLETE'

Trump Wants To Cut Russia Sanctions In Return For Nuclear Arms Deal
Reuters & HP | Guy Faulconbridge | 01/15/17

LONDON, Jan 15 (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump will propose offering to end sanctions imposed on Russia for its annexation of Crimea in return for a nuclear arms reduction deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin, he told The Times of London.

Trump, in an interview with the newspaper published online on Sunday, was deeply critical of previous U.S. foreign policy, describing the invasion of Iraq as possibly the gravest error in the history of the United States and akin to "throwing rocks into a beehive."

But ahead of his inauguration on Friday as the 45th U.S. president, Trump raised the prospect of the first major step towards nuclear arms control since President Barack Obama struck a new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with Russia in 2010. ... Read more

Trump Makes America Goldman's Again! #MAGA
The Intercept | Jon Schwarz | 12/09/16

IT'S NOW TIME for us, as a nation, to come together and congratulate the winner of the 2016 presidential election: Goldman Sachs.

Many Donald Trump voters likely believed his victory would be a loss for Goldman. At the Republican convention, a man who seemed to take Trump's twitter attacks on Goldman seriously screamed "Goldman Sachs!" at Ted Cruz's banker wife as she fled the convention floor. Trump's own final campaign video declared that he would do battle against the "global power structure that is responsible for the economic decisions that have robbed our working class, stripped our country of its wealth and put that money into the pockets of a handful of large corporations" -- as personified on screen by Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein. ... Read more

A Russian Journalist writes "A message to my doomed colleagues in the American media"
skepchick.org | Alexey Kovalev | 01/12/17

Congratulations, US media! You've just covered your first press conference of an authoritarian leader with a massive ego and a deep disdain for your trade and everything you hold dear. We in Russia have been doing it for 12 years now--with a short hiatus when our leader wasn't technically our leader -- so quite a few things during Donald Trump's press conference rang my bells. Not just mine, in fact? -- ?read this excellent round-up in The Moscow Times. ... Read more or Original article here

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, January 16 [59:02]
Saturday Night Live
SNL | Alec Baldwin: Donald Trump Press Conference Cold Open (01/15/17) [7:56]
Bloomberg Politics
Bloomberg | Warren: Trump Should Follow Mnuchin on Blind Trust (01/11/17) [9:35]
TRNN | Economist Bill Black: Investors Bet Big on Trump for Big Pharma (01/15/17) [12:58]
TRNN | The Bizarre Far-Right Billionaire Behind Trump's Presidency (01/12/17) [24:58]
TRNN | Dr. Steffi Woolhandler: Republican Healthcare Plan: Skimpier, Meaner Obamacare (01/15/17) [18:02]
TYT | The REAL Winner Of The 2016 Election...Goldman Sachs (01/15/17) [5:25]
TYT | Trump Owes BIG Money To MANY People (01/15/17) [5:37]
TYT | Russian Reporter: Get Ready For Trump's Authoritarian Press Conferences (01/15/17) [10:42]
TYT | Newt Gingrich: Trump Should Send The Media A Message (01/15/17) [11:56]
TYT | Congress Votes On Obamacare Repeal (01/15/17) [9:03]
TYT | Cancer Survivor To Paul Ryan: Obamacare Saved My Life (01/15/17) [8:41]
RT | Keiser Report: Trumptopia (E1019) (01/14/17) [25:45]
Max and Stacy discuss whether or not the Democratic party could ever become again the party of freedom. In the second half, Max interviews James Howard Kunstler of Kunstler.com about the wheels coming off Trumptopia.
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/
Capitalism Needs Constant Growth Which Isn't Sustainable -- So What Do We Do Next??
Surviving the Future: Culture, Carnival and Capital in the Aftermath of the Market Economy by David Fleming (2016)

Surviving the Future lays out a compelling and powerfully different new economics for a post-growth world. One that relies not on taut competitiveness and eternally increasing productivity?"putting the grim into reality"?but on the play, humor, conversation, and reciprocal obligations of a rich culture. Building on a remarkable breadth of intellectual and cultural heritage?from Keynes to Kumar, Homer to Huxley, Mumford to MacIntyre, Scruton to Shiva, Shakespeare to Schumacher?Fleming describes a world in which, as he says, "there will be time for music."

This is the world that many of us want to live in, yet we are told it is idealistic and unrealistic. With an evident mastery of both economic theory and historical precedent, Fleming shows that it is not only desirable, but actually the only system with a realistic claim to longevity. With friendliness, humor, and charm, Surviving the Future plucks this vision out of our daydreams and shows us how to make it real.
Chris Martenson | Shaun Chamberlin: Surviving The Aftermath Of The Market Economy (01/08/17) [46:54]
Lean Logic: A Dictionary for the Future and How to Survive It by David Fleming (2016)

... Fleming acknowledges, with honesty, the challenges ahead, but rather than inducing despair, Lean Logic is rare in its ability to inspire optimism in the creativity and intelligence of humans to nurse our ecology back to health; to rediscover the importance of place and play, of reciprocity and resilience, and of community and culture.




Chris Martenson | Peak Prosperity News Update (01/06/17) [5:48]
Other Videos and Documentaries I Ran Across
Note: I don't endorse any of the videos in this section.
As I construct My News Pages I constantly run across a lot of NEW videos, and since I find YouTube frustrating trying to re-find videos, I save the links in this section so I can find them again.

Friday January 13, 2017
News Articles
*TYT | Bernie Sanders Tells Trump To Keep His Promises (01/12/17) [5:44]

*Financial Crash Analysis: $22.6 Billion in Homeowner Relief; $7.8 Trillion to Four Wall Street Banks
Click to zoom in WallstreetOnParade.com/ | Pam Martens | 01/11/17

As Goldman Sachs guys prepare to take the reins of power in Washington under the Trump administration, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) provided a tragic reminder on Monday regarding the power of the U.S. citizen versus their Wall Street overlords. The GAO released a study showing that as of October 31, 2016, the government "had disbursed $22.6 billion (60 percent) of the $37.51 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) funds" that were directed at helping distressed homeowners as a result of the 2008 Wall Street financial crash and the resulting housing bust.

Those paltry billions stand in stark contrast to the $7.8 trillion in near-zero interest loans that the Federal Reserve secretly funneled to just four Wall Street banks from 2007 to 2010. The Fed funneled $2.5 trillion to Citigroup; $2 trillion to Morgan Stanley; $1.9 trillion to Merrill Lynch; and $1.3 trillion to Bank of America. The total amount that the Fed secretly loaned to both U.S. and foreign banks came to $16.1 trillion. ... Read more

Trump Tells Congress to Repeal and Replace Health Care Law 'Very Quickly'
NYTimes | Maggie Haberman | 01/10/17

President-elect Donald J. Trump demanded on Tuesday that Congress immediately repeal the Affordable Care Act and pass another health law quickly. His remarks put Republicans in the nearly impossible position of having only weeks to replace a health law that took nearly two years to pass.

"We have to get to business," Mr. Trump told The New York Times in a telephone interview. "Obamacare has been a catastrophic event." ... Read more

Bernie Sanders Supporters Launch Glass-Steagall Drive
WallstreetOnParade.com/ | Pam Martens | 01/06/17

Northwest Ohio supporters of Senator Bernie Sanders in his run for President have launched a nationwide push to enlist other organizations to send it letters and take to social media to endorse a demand that President-elect Donald Trump fulfill a campaign pledge. Trump made the pledge on October 26 of this year in a speech he delivered in Charlotte, North Carolina, promising to enact a 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act to reform Wall Street. Such legislation has been sitting dormant in both the House and Senate for years. If enacted, it would separate the deposit-taking, taxpayer-insured commercial banks from the globe-trotting, high-risk trading casinos known as investment banks on Wall Street. ... Read more

Trump Moves Closer To Gutting Elizabeth Warren's Consumer Protection Watchdog
HP | Ben Walsh | 01/12/17

NEW YORK ? Big business and congressional Republicans salivate at the idea of gutting the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the brainchild of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). Now, President-elect Donald Trump is moving toward what they've long wanted: a weak agency that sides with financial predators over consumers.

... A source close to the transition team told HuffPost that Neugebauer has yet to be offered the job, but that no other candidates are being looked at yet. HuffPost previously reported that Neugebauer's name was being floated as agency chief if Trump decides to fire the current director, Richard Cordray. ... Read more

14 Fake News Stories Created or Publicized by Donald Trump
AlterNet | Kali Holloway | 01/12/17

Trump has put thousands of fake news stories out there, some enormous and others so small you wonder why he bothers. Here are 14 fake news stories from the recent and distant past that Trump has created or promoted.

  1. Obama is a Kenyan Muslim who never attended Columbia University.
  2. Hillary Clinton was too ill to serve as president.
  3. Ted Cruz's father was involved in a plot to kill President Kennedy.
  4. The Central Park 5 are guilty and deserve the death penalty (1989).
  5. The Central Park 5 are still guilty, against all evidence (2013 to present) - Exonerated by DNA evidence, the Central Park 5 were released after serving years in prison for a crime they didn't commit.
  6. 'Thousands and thousands of [Muslims] were cheering' on 9/11.
  7. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was murdered.
  8. Black people kill all the white people.
  9. The members of this one random blackfamily are Trump supporters.
  10. Millions of people in the U.S. voted illegally on November 8.
  11. Climate change is a trick pulled on us by the Chinese.
  12. Vaccines cause autism.
  13. Marco Rubio is ineligible to be president.
  14. Paid rabble-rousers protested the election results.
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A Well-Kept Open Secret: Washington Is Behind India's Brutal Experiment of Abolishing Most Cash
washingtonsblog.com | Norbert Haering | 01/11/17

In early November, without warning, the Indian government declared the two largest denomination bills invalid, abolishing over 80 percent of circulating cash by value. Amidst all the commotion and outrage this caused, nobody seems to have taken note of the decisive role that Washington played in this. That is surprising, as Washington's role has been disguised only very superficially.

... On November 8, Indian prime minster Narendra Modi announced that the two largest denominations of banknotes could not be used for payments any more with almost immediate effect. Owners could only recoup their value by putting them into a bank account before the short grace period expired at year end, which many people and businesses did not manage to do, due to long lines in front of banks. The amount of cash that banks were allowed to pay out to individual customers was severely restricted. Almost half of Indians have no bank account and many do not even have a bank nearby. The economy is largely cash based. Thus, a severe shortage of cash ensued. Those who suffered the most were the poorest and most vulnerable. They had additional difficulty earning their meager living in the informal sector or paying for essential goods and services like food, medicine or hospitals. Chaos and fraud reigned well into December. ... Read more and/or original here

The Biggest Commodity Story Of The Year?
Oilprice.com | James Burgess | 01/11/17

Lithium saw its price triple in 2016, and cobalt--another massively important element in the lithium-ion battery--rose almost 50 percent in the same year, and is poised to become the next critical metal as the world sits on the edge of an energy revolution driven by mainstream electric vehicles, battery gigafactories and power walls. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, January 13 [13:29]
*DN | James Mattis Calls for U.S. Military to Be More Lethal at Defense Sec. Confirmation Hearing, Part 1 (01/13/17) [4:09], Part 2 [11:10]
*DN | Defense Secretary Nominee James Mattis Pledges to Enforce Iran Nuclear Deal Criticized by Trump (01/13/17) [8:29]
*DN | Trump's Pick for Defense Sec. Made Millions in Defense Industry After His 2013 Retirement (01/13/17) [10:10]
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Samantha Bee | Here's what happens when white Americans taste (what it's like to be part of) the rainbow. (01/11/17) [7:50]
Samantha Bee | A Session On Sessions (01/11/17) [8:24]
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert | Details Continue To Leak Out About Trump's Russia Story (01/13/17) [10:22]
*TRNN | The Bizarre Far-Right Billionaire Behind Trump's Presidency (01/12/17) [24:58]
*TRNN | Trump Far More Interested in Business Deals than the Business of the Nation (01/12/17) [21:04]
TRNN | Economist Richard Wolff Says: Obama's Economic Legacy: Recovery for the Architects of Financial Crisis, Part 2 (01/08/17) [19:40]
*TRNN | Tillerson Would Conduct U.S. Foreign Policy in the Interest of Oil and Natural Gas (01/12/17) [21:34]
*TYT | Obamacare Repeal Underway (01/12/17) [12:50]
TYT | Bernie Sanders Gets Apology From Clinton Backer (01/12/17) [10:09]
RT | CrossTalk: Trumpism - He has spoken disparagingly of Obama's foreign policy. How will Trump approach the world? (01/13/17) [24:58]
'Preparation for war, not defense against Russia' -- German peace activist on NATO op in Europe (01/13/17) [5:12]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/
It Can't End Well
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The Last Days Of Lehman Brothers Moral Hazard (2008) [59:04]
The heads of Wall Street's biggest investment banks were summoned to an evening meeting by the US Treasury Secretary, Hank Paulson, to discuss the plight of another - Lehman Brothers. After six months' turmoil in the world's financial markets, Lehman Brothers was on life support and the government was about to pull the plug. Lehman CEO, Dick Fuld, recently sidelined in a boardroom coup, spends the weekend desperately trying to resuscitate his beloved company through a merger with Bank of America or UK-based Barclays. But without the financial support of Paulson and Lehman's fiercest competitors, Fuld's empire - and with it, the stability of the world economy - teeters on the verge of extinction.
PBS Frontline 2009 The Warning () [54:41]

Thursday January 12, 2017
News Articles
TYT | Bernie Sanders Schools Trump-Backing Business Owner (01/11/17) [4:56]

ACA (Obama Care) Repeal Would Lavish Medicare Tax Cuts on 400 Highest-Income Households
Center on Budget and Policies | Brandon Debot | 01/12/17

Republicans' planned bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which is expected to be similar to the repeal bill that President Obama vetoed in January 2016, would provide an immediate windfall tax cut to the highest-income Americans while raising taxes significantly on about 7 million low- and moderate-income families.

First, the top 400 highest-income taxpayers -- whose annual incomes average more than $300 million apiece -- each would receive an average annual tax cut of about $7 million, we estimate from Internal Revenue Service (IRS) data. This group's tax cut would total about $2.8 billion a year.

Second, ACA repeal would significantly raise taxes on about 7 million low- and moderate-income families due to the loss of their premium tax credits -- worth an average of $4,800 in 2017 -- that help them buy health coverage through the health insurance marketplaces and afford to go to the doctor when needed ... Read more
*TYT | Trump On Obamacare Repeal (01/11/17) [8:46]

Trump Blasts Publication Of Unverified Russia Claims As 'Fake News'
HP | Michael Calderone | 01/11/17

Trump thanked news organizations that didn't publish the allegations, which were raised in a dossier commissioned by his opponents and which haven't been corroborated. But he took aim at BuzzFeed, called it a "failing pile of garbage," and refused to call on reporter Jim Acosta from CNN, which he labeled "fake news."

... On Tuesday afternoon, CNN reported that top intelligence officials briefed Trump last week about a dossier containing unsubstantiated claims that Russia has "compromising personal and financial information" about him. An hour later, BuzzFeed published the 35-page document, which had been circulating among news organizations for months but had not previously been published because the claims remain unverified. ... Read more
*TYT | Trump Pissed At Buzzfeed 'Golden Shower' Leaks (01/11/17) [13:28]
*TYT | Should BuzzFeed Have Published Golden Shower Trump Story? (01/11/17) [15:16]

Donald Trump's lawyer says he is 'completely isolating' himself from his business without being required to
independent.co.uk | Rachael Revesz | 01/12/17

Donald Trump has outlined how he will aim to avoid any conflicts of interest when he steps into the White House. His lawyer, Sheri Dillon of Morgan Lewis, told reporters that he will resign from the Trump Organisation and hand over management to his sons, Don Jr and Eric.

His daughter, Ivanka Trump, will also resign from the family company and move with her husband, Jared Kushner, and her children to Washington DC. ... Read more
TYT | Trump Refuses To Give Up Business Ties (01/11/17) [11:24]

Just One GOP Senator Voted To Block Legislation Cutting Social Security, Medicare And Medicaid
HP | Daniel Marans | 01/11/17

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) was the only Republican to vote for a defeated amendment on Tuesday that would have prevented the Senate from adopting legislation cutting Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid. The amendment, which Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) introduced as an attachment to a budget resolution laying out rules for repealing Obamacare, failed to clear a 60-vote threshold needed for adoption.

Had it passed, Sanders' amendment would have created a technical hurdle, or "point of order," blocking legislation that reduces the benefits that the three programs provide. Also on Tuesday, Sanders released a list outlining 13 times President-elect Donald Trump "promised not to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid." ... Read more

*Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, January 12 [12:35]
*DN | Do Exxon's Climate Denial & "Trail of Carnage" on Human Rights Make Tillerson Unfit for State Dept? (01/12/17) [16:58]
*DN | Trump Ignores Ethics Experts Urging Him to Divest from His Businesses & Puts Sons In Charge Instead (01/12/17) [11:08]
DN | Investigation: Did Trump's Defense Secretary Nominee James Mattis Commit War Crimes in Iraq? (01/12/17) [4:38]
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert | Trump's Nuclear Plan: It's Funny Because Nothing Matters Anymore (01/11/17) [11:37]
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Samantha Bee | People Are Saying: Trump Likes Pee (01/11/17) [6:17]
Samantha Bee | A Session On Sessions (01/11/17) [8:24]
*TRNN | Medea Benjamin: The Planet is Burning Up Because of Corporations Like Those Formerly Led by Rex Tillerson (01/11/17) [19:06]
*TRNN | Kamau Franklin: Jeff Sessions Embodies the Old South (01/11/17) [18:36]
RT | Keiser Report: Bull Market in Corruption (E 1018) (01/12/17) [25:47]
Max and Stacy discuss the bull market in corruption. In the second half Max continues his interview with Tyson Slocum, Director of Public Citizen's Energy Program, about Rex Tillerson, Trump's pick for Secretary of State and what Trump's domestic and foreign policy might look like.
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | Trump's Recipe for Kleptocracy (full) (01/11/17) [27:55]
ThomHartmann | The Latest Trump Scandal Is Getting Very Weird, Very Fast... (01/11/17) [8:42]
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Wednesday January 11, 2017
News Articles
Bernie Sanders Gives a Fiery Speech Against Republican Efforts to Dismantle Healthcare (01/04/17) [20:12]

Here's How To Understand The Bombshell New Report On Trump And Russia
HP | Nick Baumann | 01/10/17

Top intelligence officials have briefed President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump on claims that Russian spies have "compromising personal and financial information about Trump," CNN reported Tuesday evening.

The allegations were contained in memos written by a former British spy hired to conduct opposition research on Trump. The claims in the documents -- which BuzzFeed News published in full on Tuesday night -- came from Russian sources, the ex-spy told reporters for multiple outlets. But these claims have been reported before, they aren't independently verified, and even the man who originally broke the story has warned readers to treat them cautiously. Read more

Senate Questions Trump Secretary of State Pick Rex Tillerson at Confirmation Hearing
Bloomberg Politics & HP | author | 01/11/17

Heading into his confirmation hearing Wednesday, former Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson faces questions about his business links to Russian President Vladimir Putin, and will be pressed to answer for -- or disavow -- President-elect Donald Trump's own call for warmer relations with the Russian leader. ... Read more
Senate Questions Trump Secretary of State Pick Rex Tillerson at Confirmation Hearing (01/11/17) [xx:xx]

Sessions Finally Admits Grabbing A Woman By The Genitals Is Sexual Assault.
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert | Donald Trump Live Tweets Obama's Farewell Speech (01/11/17) [54:27]
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Trevor Noah | "It's the most powerful press in the world going up against the most powerful question-dodger of all time." (01/10/17) [6:24]

Is Europe Gearing Up For World War III? Biggest Shipment Of US Armaments Since End Of Cold War Arrives In Germany Ahead Of NATO Exercises
ibtimes.com | Marcy Kreiter | 01/08/17

U.S. troops began offloading some 2,800 pieces of equipment, including 87 tanks and 144 Bradley fighting vehicles, Sunday in the German port city of Bremerhaven ahead of planned NATO exercises at the end of January in Eastern Europe, just days after U.S. intelligence officials unveiled a report on Russian attempts to influence the U.S. presidential election.

Some military equipment arrived in the German port city of Bremerhaven Friday in the biggest shipment of U.S. military equipment to Europe since the end of the Cold War. The equipment next goes to training sites in Poland for NATO exercises. ... Read more

Pentagon Vows More European Wargames to 'Deter Russia'
antiwar.com | Jason Ditz | 01/08/17

Despite the incoming president-elect making a normalization of diplomatic ties with Russia a top priority, the Pentagon continues to move forward with bigger and more complicated wargames, vowing to continue coming up with ever more such operations to "deter Russian aggression."

Lt. Gen. Tim Ray, the deputy commander of Eurocom, insisted that the ongoing wargames, which involve the US deploying large numbers of tanks into Germany to practice massing large numbers of tanks in a single place, was vital to "ensure the territorial integrity of our allies and maintain a Europe that is whole, free, prosperous, and at peace." ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, January 11 [15:08]
*DN | New Intercept Exposé Uncovers SEAL Team 6's Ghastly Trail of Atrocities, Mutilations, Killings (01/10/17) [18:07]
DN | ACLU & NAACP LDF: Sessions Unfit for Post Defending Civil Rights & Enforcing Laws on Discrimination (01/10/17) [15:16]
TRNN | Democrats Go Soft on Jeff Sessions and Why That Should Concern Us All (01/10/17) [17:09]
TYT | Republican Senator Admits Amazing Double Standard (01/10/17) [5:25]
TYT | Trump's Attorney General Denies KKK Sympathies (01/10/17) [10:31]
TYT | Bill O'Reilly's Sexual Harassment Settlement Paid For By Fox News (01/10/17) [7:51]
WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange: 'Not an intelligence report'... slams ODNI (01/09/17) [2:42]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | How Will Tillerson Be With The Rapid Sea Level Rise Crisis? (01/10/17) [10:32]
ThomHartmann | We Just Passed a Dangerous New Climate Tipping Point (full) (01/10/17) [27:44]

Thom talks with Red State Contributor Bryan Pruitt and Progressive Organizer Kai Newkirk about Jeff Session's Attorney General confirmation hearings, whether Republicans will replace Obamacare, Bernie Sanders' continuing progressive push. Then, Naomi Ages, Climate Liability Project Lead at Greenpeace USA, discusses what to expect under a potential Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
Diane Rehm will no longer be on the air daily, though she will be doing a weekly podcast. As soon as I get links to the podcast I will post them.
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/
It Can't End Well
Other Videos and Documentaries I Ran Across
Note: I don't endorse any of the videos in this section.
As I construct My News Pages I constantly run across a lot of NEW videos, and since I find YouTube frustrating trying to re-find videos, I save the links in this section so I can find them again.

Tuesday January 10, 2017
News Articles
MSNBC Rachel Maddow | Rachel Maddow Interviews Bernie Sanders! (01/04/17) [13:13]

The Most Loathsome Republican: Mitch McConnell Does the GOP's Dirty Work While All Eyes Follow Trump
AlterNet | Steven Rosenfeld | 01/09/17/span>

As Senate Republicans make a mockery of Trump cabinet confirmation hearings this week by ramming as many appointees through as quickly as possible to avoid scrutiny, Americans are going to discover there are many shades of darkness in GOP-led Washington.

Trump, needless to say, is not merely the headline grabber-in-chief, as evidenced by his 3:27am tweet Monday smearing Meryl Streep, who had the guts while receiving a Golden Globe lifetime achievement award Sunday to remind viewers that not all U.S. citizens agree with Trump's boundless bullying. Read more

5 Best Moments of Bernie Sanders' Town Hall on CNN
AlterNet | Alexandra Rosenmann | 01/10/17

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) held a town hall on CNN at 9pm on January 9. Sanders voiced his concerns regarding Trump's cabinet, the Democrats' future and the repeal of Obamacare. Here were 5 of his best moments. (VIDEOS)...

  1. Sanders said he has "very, very strong concerns" about the President-elect's nominees, but vowed to listen carefully during the confirmation hearings taking place this week.
  2. He touted his free college education plan and new collaboration with New York Gov. Cuomo, and threw in a free lesson about democracy.
  3. He put an Obama-bashing Trump voter to shame.
  4. He vowed to protect the undocumented
  5. He called Donald Trump a pathological liar.
Read more

Trump said he had $315 million in debt. He left out $1.5 billion.
ThinkProgress.org | Judd Legum | 01/06/17

A new report reveals the breathtaking scope of Trump's conflicts of interest.

Trump filed documents with the FEC over the summer that revealed he owed at least $315 million to ten entities. This debt, some of which is personally guaranteed by him, was a clear conflict. As president, Trump will be responsible for regulating entities that he also owes money to. Worse, these debts are frequently renegotiated, giving these companies leverage over Trump in the regulatory process.

A report this afternoon from the Wall Street Journal, however, revealed that Trump's disclosure was the tip of the iceberg. The FEC required Trump only to report debt from entities he fully controls. The disclosure left out "more than $1.5 billion lent to partnerships that are 30%-owned by him." That debt has been securitized and is owed to at least 150 financial entities. ... Read more
TYT | Trump's Debts Are An Ethical Timebomb Of Epic Proportions (01/09/17) [8:21]

TYT | Trump Presidency = No Ethics Administration (01/09/17) [8:23]
TYT | Republican Leader: Rules Only Apply When We're Not In Power (01/09/17) [6:12]
It Can't End Well
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, January 10 [8:35]
TRNN | Climate Scientist Zeke Hausfather Details: No 'Pause' in Global Warming: Oceans Heating Up and Sea Levels Rising at Alarming Pace (01/10/17) [15:52]
TYT | Meryl Streep Golden Globes Speech Calls Out Trump (01/09/17) [6:46]
TYT | Trump Reacts To Meryl Streep's Golden Globe Speech (01/09/17) [7:12]
TYT | Trump Makes Ivanka's Husband Top Adviser (01/09/17) [4:47]
TYT | Twitter Suspends "Pharma Bro" Martin Shkreli (01/09/17) [5:04]
RT | Keiser Report: Trump Tweetstorm (E1017) (01/10/17) [25:45]
Max and Stacy discuss the latest in the ongoing Trump tweetstorm driving corporations to announce new jobs and billions of dollars in investments - anything to stop Trump from tweeting about them. In the second half Max interviews Tyson Slocum, Director of Public Citizen's Energy Program, about Rex Tillerson, Trump's pick for Secretary of State.
RT | Ed Show: John McAfee: Russia DID NOT Hack The DNC (01/05/17) [5:00]
Note: I don't put much stock in James Crapper's honesty. I think he will say anything his handlers want him to say. We spend 100s of billions of dollars spying on, not only other countries, but our own population. So what he saya is like the kettle calling the pot black. The amount of effort Crapper's handlers are putting into saying Russia hacked the elections smells a lot like laying the groundwork for another war with the enemy... take your pick Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, etc.
Intel Chiefs Russia Hack Testify: Senator Ted Cruz Questions DNI James Clapper (01/05/17) [5:27]
Confident Russia Hacked US: Full Senate Intelligence Hearing (01/05/17) [2:39:54]
"I don't think we've ever encountered a more aggressive or direct campaign to interfere in our election process than we've seen in this case," Mr. Clapper said. He added that his confidence about Russian involvement in the attacks was even higher than when the intelligence community issued a joint statement in October saying that senior-most officials of the Russian government had ordered the hacks to "interfere" with the election.
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
Diane Rehm will no longer be on the air daily, though she will be doing a weekly podcast. As soon as I get links to the podcast I will post them.
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

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