Last month marked six years since the official end of the 2007-2009 recession, and, if official commentators are to be believed, six years since the beginning of the economic “recovery.” Yet by many indicators, American households are actually far worse off than they were during the depths of the 2008 crisis.
President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare, the national health insurance program for Americans 65 years of age and older, into law on July 30, 1965. Medicare and the accompanying Medicaid health program for the poor were the last major social reforms enacted in the US and came at a time of intense crisis for American capitalism.
Western sanctions may result in the resurrection of a food super-power which competes with the EU on global export markets. It is now more than a year that Russia imposed its food embargo on the EU and other states which had applied sanctions to it over its absorption of Crimea and intervention in southeastern Ukraine. The results of the change-over in overseas suppliers and rising import substitution through the efforts of domestic producers have now become fairly clear.
Israeli forces have been accused of carrying out war crimes during a day of “carnage” in the Gaza Strip that has been called Black Friday. A report by Amnesty International on alleged atrocities in Rafah during last year’s conflict with Hamas claims Israeli forces killed at least 135 Palestinian civilians, including 75 children, following the capture of a soldier.
WASHINGTON (AP) — After billions of dollars spent and more than 10,000 extremist fighters killed, the Islamic State group is fundamentally no weaker than it was when the U.S.-led bombing campaign began a year ago, American intelligence agencies have concluded.
US President Barack Obama has called on his Democratic allies to support his nuclear agreement with Iran, saying opponents are spending millions of dollars in order to sabotage the deal and try to make another war.
A massive fireball soared through the sky over Argentina, triggering a wave of social media posts. The mesmerizing show, which lasted just a few seconds, colored the sky green. The bright object could be clearly seen from Argentina’s capital of Buenos Aires. Other reports of the dazzling display came in from Brazil’s southern state of Rio Grande do Sul, as well as neighboring Uruguay.
A suspected “price tag,” or retaliation, arson attack by right-wing Jewish settlers killed an 18-month-old Palestinian child in a house in the occupied West Bank and injured several other people, according to Israeli police.
Central America, a place of abundant wind and sunshine, is still chained to thermal power and large-scale hydroelectricity and has failed to include local communities in clean, environmentally-friendly and less invasive projects.
The West accuses Russia and the Donbass separatists of having brought down the plane with a Buk missile. IT’S A LIE. The evidence available in September 2014 –including a BBC report which the BBC decided to suppress– refutes the official story. The alleged role of Russia in bringing down the plane was used as a justification to implement the economic sanctions regime against Moscow.
We are about to enter August. And that’s a special month in India. Each year, on the 15th, the country commemorates the anniversary of independence from Britain. To mark the occasion, official public celebrations take place in Delhi with flag waving and fly-pasts, and the corporate media is awash with patriotic sentiments. Behind the scenes, however, agriculture, the very heart and soul of the nation, will continue to be restructured for the benefit of foreign interests, raising the question: just where does the notion independence sit with such a policy?
After centuries of oppression, a few indigenous voices of dissent in Chiapas, Mexico, rose up to became a force of thousands - the Zapatistas. Hilary Klein's Compañeras relays the stories of the Zapatista women who have overcome hardship to strengthen their communities and build a movement with global influence. Click here to order your copy of this inspiring book today!
I have maintained since the so-called Greek Debt “crisis” began back in 2010, I believe it was, that the imposition of austerity on Greece could not possibly work and that the only solution was to write down the debt to a level that Greece could service and introduce reforms that loosen the hold the oligarchs have on the Greek economy. The current Greek government has taken the same position, and now the IMF has joined us.
The WHO has already declared that five of the major chemical herbicides used to grow GMO crops are either likely or definitely cancerous, yet the USA still makes secret trade deals that would allow biotech to push their genetically modified ‘food’ on Americans who don’t want to eat it.
The Obama administration’s central strategy against strong encryption seems to be waging war on the companies that are providing and popularizing it: most notably Apple and Google. The intimidation campaign got a boost Thursday when a blog that frequently promotes the interests of the national security establishment raised the prospect of Apple being found liable for providing material support to a terrorist.
The Super PAC supporting the presidential campaign of Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., raised $2.9 million through the end of June, a significant portion of which came from defense contractors that stand to gain from Graham’s advocacy for greater military intervention around the world and increased defense spending.
“93 million: the number of people who don’t work, and don’t want work. To put some context around that last number, it is 30% of the entire U.S. population.”
Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz a big “Star Trek” fan claimed in an interview Kirk is a Republican, Picard is a Democrat.” “Kirk is working class; Picard an aristocrat. Kirk a passionate fighter for justice; Picard a cerebral philosopher.” Shatner claims “Star Trek” was not political, such labels on interstellar characters is “silly.”
Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz: Second Amendment is an “absurd thing” in our constitution, our legal framework needs to be adjusted “to create a presumption against gun ownership instead of in favor of gun ownership.”Guns should not be available to people generally;if you want a gun you should have to go to the police or other authorities, borrow a gun for self-defense or hunting, be required to return it when finished using it.
Amy’s Restaurant completely packed with long lines in the dining area and drive-thru, reported wait times of 15-20 minutes, can barely keep up with demand. Pays workers a living wage with health benefits; believed to be the first vegetarian fast food restaurant.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro accused United States of looking to "implode" the South American nation and instill "a sea of chaos" in the region, called for support of governments of Latin America and the Caribbean to "neutralize" what he called a "new stage" of aggression against Venezuela and the region.
Price of gold and silver in futures markets inconsistent with conditions of supply and demand in actual physical market. Supply of bullion in futures markets is increased by printing uncovered contracts representing claims to gold. This artificial increase in supply of paper bullion contracts drives down price in futures market despite high demand and constrained supply.
US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter again threatened Iran with war despite recent conclusion of nuclear talks between Iran the P5+1 group of countries; said the agreement would not limit Washington’s ability to respond with military force against Iran if needed.
1915 to 1934, first U.S. invasion of Haiti. President Woodrow Wilson reasoned U.S. financial interests and citizens needed protection. Despite some positives, modern roads, infrastructure, stable economy, many say occupation failed to bring about sustainable development or improve lives of the rural poor.
NATO gave President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan unanimous support for Turkey joining the US-led military offensive against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which is being used as a cover to escalate Washington’s intervention against the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
3,000 people, largely from Ethiopia, Sudan and Afghanistan, camped in Calais in the hope of reaching Britain. One migrant died last night after at least 1,500 migrants desperate to reach Britain tried to storm the Channel Tunnel in Calais, operator Eurotunnel has said.
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro: “(We propose) to nationalize the distribution of food and essential items, build a transportation company that prevents hoarding, rerouting of products, smuggling outside of our country;” implemented medicine-rationing system to ease shortages. Food shortages; basic items, oil and flour, scarce.
GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush calling for an end to all energy subsidies, including for wind, solar, all renewables and oil and gas. "I think we should phase out, through tax reform, tax credits for wind, for solar, for the oil and gas sector, for all that stuff."
Cincinnati, Ohio police officer Ray Tensing accused of killing an unarmed black man during a traffic stop for not having a front license plate indicted by a grand jury, charged with murder. Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters:"I have been doing this 30 years, this is the most asinine act by a police officer I have ever seen," "This is without question a murder."
A special transmitter releases high-frequency oscillations converted into sound in the brain without any acoustic signals travelling through the ear. U.S. patent 5,159,703 for “silent subliminal presentation system; nonaural carriers, very low or very high audio frequency range or amplitude or frequency modulated with the desired intelligence and propagated acoustically or vibrationally, for inducement into the brain.
34 hedge funds hired former International Monetary Fund (IMF) economists to come up with a solution to Puerto Rico’s debt crisis called for Puerto Rico to avoid financial default, repay its debts by collecting more taxes, selling $4bn worth of public buildings, cut public spending, particularly education.
The UK government's plans to deploy troops on Britain’s streets in the event of a major terrorist attack is an overreaction, could lead to dangerous trend of replacing civilian with military personnel; Baroness Jenny Jones, London Assembly member and deputy chair of the Police and Crime Committee.
Due to improved techniqueshuman work will no longer be necessary; the masses will be superfluous, a useless burden on the system. If the elite is ruthless they may decide to exterminate the mass of humanity. If they are humane they may use propaganda or other psychological or biological techniques to reduce birth rate until the mass of humanity becomes extinct, leaving world to the elite.”
Chief Constable Sara Thornton, head of National Police Chiefs' Council: officers' priorities are changing in response to budget cuts, changing face of crime; sexual offences, terrorism, cyber crime where we really need to focus.
Statistics from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: 10,642 people died as result of police chases 1982 to 2013. 1,994; 27%, were innocent bystanders. Eighty-seven percent of innocent bystanders were in automobiles. Pedestrians 8.5% of the total, motorcyclists 4%, bicyclists less than 1%. Police officers killed in such crashes; 25% had blood-alcohol counts higher than allowed.
Children 18 months old having multiple rotten teeth pulled out, parents feed toddlers soft drinks. Dentist Rob Beaglehole:" pulled several teeth from 18-month-old, treated 2-year-old, had been drinking Coke from baby bottle, child's teeth dissolved down to gum line and bleeding. Extracted 11 teeth from 3-year-old, parents let him drink Coke to "keep him happy".
Dean Wharmby daily chugged 7-8 energy drinks, gorged on fatty foods, burgers, pizza, bacon sandwiches; took steroids to bulk up. Died of liver cancer; age 39. Fatty foods can cause a condition: non-alcoholic steotohepatitis, can lead to liver failure, cancer. Energy drinks linked to 184,000 deaths globally since 2010.
While the Western Press salutes the authorisation given by Turkey to the United States, allowing the US to use its military bases in order to fight Daesh, Thierry Meyssan looks at the nation’s internal tensions. In his view, maintaining Mr. Erdoğan in power, as well as the lack of a new majority during the next general elections, will rapidly lead to civil war.
Debt Slave Debt Slavery Debt Bondage Debt Chains - Public DomainCould you live without debt? Most Americans say that they cannot. According to a brand new Pew survey, approximately 7 out of every 10 Americans believe that “debt is a necessity in their lives”, and approximately 8 out of every 10 Americans actually have debt right now. Most of us like to think that “someday” we will get out of the hole and quit being debt slaves, but very few of us ever actually accomplish this. That is because the entire system is designed to trap us in debt before we even get out into the “real world” and keep us in debt until we die. Sadly, most Americans don’t even realize what is being done to them.
Arizona: The University of Arizona issued another warning about mass layoffs saying the new state budget is forcing them to cut $25-million USD in operating costs! (this is actually less than the $43-million they were warning about earlier this year)
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