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The Walmartization of America Redux: How the Relentless Drive for Cheap Stuff Undermines Our Economy, Bankrupts Our Soul, and Pillages the Planet

December 16th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Economic

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/12/16-4

If you want to know why the middle class disappeared and where they went, look no further than your local Walmart. People walked in for the low prices, and walked out with a pile of cheap stuff, but in a figurative sense, they left their wages, jobs, and dignity on the cutting room floor of the House of Cheap.

Financial Panic Sweeps Europe As The Head Of The IMF Warns Of A “1930s Depression”

December 16th, 2011
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/financial-panic-sweeps-europe-as-the-head-of-the-imf-warns-of-a-1930s-depression

Are we on the verge of another Great Depression? Christian Lagarde, the head of the IMF, said this week that if dramatic action is not taken immediately we could actually see conditions "reminiscent of the 1930s depression" and that no country on earth "will be immune to the crisis". Right now, financial panic is sweeping across Europe, but most Americans are not too concerned about it because they simply don't understand how important the EU is.

From America to Amerika: The End Game

December 16th, 2011
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://www.voltairenet.org/From-America-to-Amerika-The-End

According to James Fetzer, the progressive erosion of civil rights in the United States started with "Operation Paperclip" and the recruitment of criminal Nazi scientists for employment by U.S. intelligence. The further trashing of the Bill of Rights under the Patriot Act, in the wake of 9/11, has now been surpassed by a Gestapo-like bill that legalizes arrest, indefinite detention, torture and interrogation of U.S. citizens without any charge or trial. On the back of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012, the U.S. government may be taking its citizens down the road to tyranny.

Internet architects oppose US online piracy bills

December 15th, 2011
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5i36McNefDA3pLUPuOT4qBUWaOI3g?docId=CNG.1c73b71a8b1e330524e29ceb1114fc5e.811

WASHINGTON — A group of prominent architects of the Internet added their voices Thursday to those opposing legislation in the US Congress intended to crack down on online piracy. In an open letter to Congress, more than 80 engineers, inventors and software developers expressed concerns about the bills introduced in the Senate and the House of Representatives. Their letter came a day after the founders of Google, Twitter, Yahoo! and other Internet giants voiced opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act being considered in the House and the Senate version known as the Protect IP Act.

8 Stories Buried By the Corporate Media That You Need to Know About

December 15th, 2011
Categories: News

Link: http://www.alternet.org/news/153455/8_Stories_Buried_By_the_Corporate_Media_That_You_Need_to_Know_About/

As 2011 comes to a close, we will see lists of the year’s most memorable events and most important people, as is the pattern every year. But not all stories are created equal. When the corporate media bury significant developments in the back pages of the paper or the second to last paragraph of an article, it’s easy for stories to go unnoticed.

Congressional Tyranny, White House Surrender

December 15th, 2011
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/12/15-0

Here is how two retired 4 star marine generals, Charles C. Krulak and Joseph P. Hoar, described in the New York Times the stripmining of your freedom to resist tyranny in urging a veto by President Obama: “One provision would authorize the military to indefinitely detain without charge people suspected of involvement with terrorism, including United States citizens apprehended on American soil. Due process would be a thing of the past…. “A second provision would mandate military custody for most terrorism suspects. It would force on the military responsibilities it hasn’t sought”…. "for domestic law enforcement….” “A third provision would further extend a ban on transfers from Guantanamo, ensuring that this morally and financially expensive symbol of detainee abuse will remain open well into the future.”

How Ayn Rand Seduced Generations of Young Men and Helped Make the U.S. Into a Selfish, Greedy Nation

December 15th, 2011
Categories: News

Link: http://www.alternet.org/reproductivejustice/153454/how_ayn_rand_seduced_generations_of_young_men_and_helped_make_the_u.s._into_a_selfish%2C_greedy_nation/

Thanks in part to Rand, the United States is one of the most uncaring nations in the industrialized world. Ayn Rand’s “philosophy” is nearly perfect in its immorality, which makes the size of her audience all the more ominous and symptomatic as we enter a curious new phase in our society....To justify and extol human greed and egotism is to my mind not only immoral, but evil.— Gore Vidal, 1961

Grab a Pen Mr. Gingrich, it’s Time for your History Lesson

December 15th, 2011
Categories: News, Palestine, Zionism, Middle East, Politics

Link: http://ashraf62.wordpress.com/2011/12/15/mr-gingrich-grab-a-pen-its-time-for-your-history-lesson/

“How did America end up in that humiliating situation, where its presidential frontrunners are but a bunch of clowns who are always willing to dance to Israel’s favorite tune?”
“The Israelite history is invented and therefore the Zionists could have settled somewhere else than Palestine, Uganda for example, as Herzl had proposed at the Sixth Zionist Congress”

The Poor Man’s Guide To Survival Gear

December 15th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Economic

Link: http://www.alt-market.com/articles/414-the-poor-mans-guide-to-survival-gear

Some knives deserve the amount of attention and the high price tag they have garnered, but many are just….well….regular knives with a fancy name engraved in the blade. You are buying a knife for its functionality, not its sex appeal. Gerber, SOG, and Kershaw make plenty of knives which work just as well for $80 or less than any $400 cord wrapped Strider knife. Being able to prioritize gear and understand what is truly useful versus what is a waste of space is as important a skill as being able to shoot or navigate a map. It does not take a lot of money to build a solid base kit for emergencies….unless you buy one that somebody made for you .Guns and survival go hand in hand, especially during an economic or social collapse. To bring up guns in a prepping article almost always draws criticism of militancy and extremism from suburban basted over-privileged adolescent hippies who have read “Into The Wild” way too many times and think survival is about “communing with nature”. Sorry kids, but as much as I love nature, as soon as you turn your back on it, you end up a pre-digested meal spread like almond butter across 30 acres of grizzly valley.

An Alert On All Of These Alerts!

December 14th, 2011
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://dont-tread-on.me/?p=11420#more-11420

“If you can describe a problem better than your audience, they will assume you know the answer and follow you anywhere.” Master Media Guru. The internet is full of people who accurately describe the problem with the dollar, exploding debt, the rigged paper markets, the benefits of gold and silver. They create slick videos, write compelling articles, and insightful interviews describing what is wrong with the world to get this message across. What I find most intellectually dishonest is that nearly all of them offer a paper asset as a way out.

Markets of Shame Before the Collapse: Crisis, Crisis, Everywhere

December 14th, 2011
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/12/14-4

Earlier this week, Stephen Colbert announced dramatically that there were important developments underway in Europe that we should know about. True to form, Colbert’s Repor didn’t talk about the big problem. His story, ha ha ha, was about a butter shortage in Norway. Talk about going from the obscure to the ridiculous. We all know that European countries have been wrestling with what to do about saving the Euro.

Who We Are and Why We Fight: "People Who Do Drugs, and People Who Don't, Will End the War on Drugs"

December 14th, 2011
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://www.alternet.org/drugs/153444/who_we_are_and_why_we_fight%3A_%22people_who_do_drugs%2C_and_people_who_don%27t%2C_will_end_the_war_on_drugs%22_/

The foremost U.S. authority on the harm of the drug war paints a clear and brilliant picture of the path to a better future. Ethan Nadelmann electrified the audience with this comprehensive and provocative address at the 2011 International Drug Policy Reform Conference in November in downtown Los Angeles. At the conference, anti-drug war activists from all over the world, and all walks of life, converged to plan and discuss the movement to end the drug war.

Veronica Keen interviews Gilad Atzmon

December 13th, 2011
Categories: News

Link: http://www.gilad.co.uk/writings/veronica-keen-interviews-gilad-atzmon.html

We discussed The Wandering Who, we spoke about Jewish Identity, Israeli Lobby, Zionism anti Zionism. A very interesting interview.

European workers face austerity and dictatorship

December 13th, 2011
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2011/dec2011/pers-d13.shtml

Little has been said about the implications of the measures agreed at last week’s European Union (EU) summit for the working class. The media focused almost exclusively on Prime Minister David Cameron’s wielding of Britain’s veto. This virtual silence on the implications of the inter-governmental treaty now being drawn up underscores the contempt of Europe’s media and ruling elite for working people. The treaty measures presage a massive destruction of jobs, living standards and social services on which millions depend, as all of Europe is transformed into one giant austerity zone.

Cheney calls for air strike on Iran over captured drone

December 13th, 2011
Categories: News, War, Politics, Police State, Iran

Link: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/12/13/cheney-calls-for-air-strike-on-iran-over-captured-drone/

Former Vice President Dick Cheney said on Monday that President Barack Obama should have ordered an “air strike” on Iran after they recently captured a U.S. drone. Earlier on Monday, President Barack Obama had explained that U.S. officials asked Iran to return the RQ-170 Sentinel surveillance drone.

Capitalism Is the Enemy of Democracy

December 13th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.truthout.com/capitalism-enemy-democracy/1323789051

The most significant accomplishment for Occupy Wall Street (OWS) to date is that the Occupiers have managed to poke a hole in the legitimacy of neoliberal capitalism and its central claim that unregulated markets provide opportunity and freedom.

Resisting the school-closing agenda

December 13th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://socialistworker.org/2011/12/13/resisting-the-school-closing-agenda

UNELECTED SCHOOL boards in Chicago and New York will get an earful--and more-- from teachers, parents and community activists December 14 in protests against planned school closures and charter school expansion.

Russian Protests: This Time it’s Different

December 13th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.geopoliticalmonitor.com/russian-protests-this-time-its-different-4557/

The protests against widely perceived fraud in Russia’s parliamentary elections were broadcast throughout the world and went viral on the internet. The role of social networks in spreading discontent and organising the demonstrations in Russian cities is a crucial development, but with the leadership of the opposition in disarray, profound change is not an inevitable consequence.

x-Salt Lake Mayor Rocky Anderson, Former Democrat, Launches Third Party Presidential Bid Against Obama, GOP

December 13th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.democracynow.org/2011/12/13/ex_salt_lake_mayor_rocky_anderson

A new political party has entered the fray as an alternative to Democrats and Republicans ahead of the 2012 elections. On Monday, former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson announced he will run for president with the newly formed Justice Party.

ACLU Sues Scott Walker Over Wisconsin’s Voter ID Law

December 13th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/12/13-7

Wisconsin’s voter ID law imposes the equivalent of a poll tax on individuals with out-of-state drivers licenses and discriminates against the poor, students and the elderly, according to a federal lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday.

Influence Peddler for President

December 13th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/12/13-1

Gingrich, his lawyers, and his staff adamantly insist that it's rude and crude to call him a lobbyist. Mea culpa, I misspoke, my bad. I stand corrected. I have called Newt Gingrich a lobbyist. Apparently, he hates that tag, even though he has indeed gotten very wealthy by taking big bucks from such special interest outfits as IBM, Astra Zeneca, Microsoft, and Siemens in exchange for helping them get favors from federal and state governments.

Wikipedia Co-Founder Threatens Blackout Over Anti-Piracy Law

December 13th, 2011
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/12/13-5

Jimmy Wales proposed the blackout, saying a “public uprising” was required to halt the progress of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) through Congress. Jimmy Wales called for a 'public uprising' against SOPA. (Photo: Terry Foote) “Right now, what I'm thinking is that if there is a credible threat that this might happen, this could have a positive impact on the thinking of some legislators,” he said in a posting to his personal page.

Obama And The Failure Of Capitalism

December 13th, 2011
Categories: News, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.personalliberty.com/conservative-politics/government/obama-and-the-failure-of-capitalism/?eiid=

Barack Obama would do well to listen to a once starry-eyed collectivist named Bill Clinton. Oops! The Presidential pretender went and did it again. A lot of red ink has passed over the socialist dam since he unthinkingly told Joe the Plumber that he wants to “spread the wealth around.”

Euro Weakens to 11-Month Low Versus Dollar

December 13th, 2011
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-12-13/euro-weakens-to-lowest-level-since-january.html

The euro fell to an 11-month low against the dollar on concern European leaders won’t agree on ways to expand the region’s rescue capacities as debt-strapped nations struggle to fund their deficits.

SOPA Is “Unconstitutional”, Would “Criminalize” the Internet … Modeled On China

December 13th, 2011
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/12/sopa-is-unconstitutional-would-criminalize-the-internet-china-is-the-model.html

Harvard Law School professor Laurence Tribe is one of the top constitutional experts in the country, and wrote one of the main treatises on the subject. Tribe wrote a letter to Congress last week stating that SOPA (the Stop Online Piracy Act) is unconstitutional.

Internet piracy bill: A free speech 'kill switch'

December 12th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics, Police State

Link: http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/technology/198687-internet-piracy-bill-a-free-speech-kill-switch

What began as an attempt to restrain foreign piracy on the Internet has morphed into a domestic “kill switch” on First Amendment freedom in the fastest-growing corner of the marketplace of ideas.

Keith labels GOP audience ‘worst persons’ for cheering child labor

December 12th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/12/12/keith-labels-gop-audience-worst-persons-for-cheering-child-labor/

On the “Worst Persons” segment of his show Monday night, Current TV host Keith Olbermann labelled the audience at Saturday night’s Republican presidential debate the “worst persons in the world.”

Newt Gingrich's 'mind boggling' tax plan

December 12th, 2011
Categories: News, Economic, Politics

Link: http://money.cnn.com/2011/12/12/news/economy/newt_gingrich_taxes/index.htm?iid=Popular

Every Republican presidential hopeful has a plan to cut taxes. But one candidate's plan has been described as so aggressive that it would blow a hole in the federal budget, lead to huge deficits and give the richest Americans a gigantic tax break. That candidate is current frontrunner Newt Gingrich.

Republicans in the U.S. Go All the Way: Nuke Iran

December 12th, 2011
Categories: News, War, Politics, Iran

Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/fariba-amini/republicans-in-the-us-go-_b_1144115.html

When it comes to Republican candidates and their ideas about foreign policy, the recent contenders have reached the peak of shrillness and stupidity. Gingrich, Romney and Perry share one word constantly: Iran. In an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Gingrich has gone as far as saying that if he is elected he would side with Israel in a joint operation attacking Iran's nuclear facilities.

Indefinite Detention of American Citizens: Coming Soon to Battlefield U.S.A.

December 12th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article29955.htm

There’s some disturbing rhetoric flying around in the debate over the National Defense Authorization Act, which among other things contains passages that a) officially codify the already-accepted practice of indefinite detention of "terrorist" suspects, and b) transfer the responsibility for such detentions exclusively to the military.

Who Killed Che? How The CIA Got Away With Murder

December 12th, 2011
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article29959.htm

The latest documents surrounding Che Guevara's death exposes the US government's track record of assassinations since the 1950s, and demonstrates how the War on Terror is also a war on the rule of law.

Spinning The Conquest Of Iraq Into A Win For Democracy And War With Iran

December 12th, 2011
Categories: News, War, Iraq

Link: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article29958.htm

As a Nobel Prize recipient, Barack Obama faced the oxymoronic reality of having to accept prizes for peace while waging global war. Were global consciousness at an enhanced level, observers would have equated such a contradiction as akin to a reversal of the Nuremburg principles against aggressive war; a radical pardon of Hitler’s underlings recognizing that at the heart fo such military expansion was the intention of peace and liberation.

Newt Gingrich Condemned for Calling Palestinians 'Terrorists'

December 12th, 2011
Categories: News, Palestine, Zionism, Politics

Link: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article29954.htm

Palestinian officials say Republican frontrunner's claim children are taught to kill in textbooks is based on Israeli propaganda.

Occupy the Food System The world can feed itself, without corporate America's science-experiment crops and expensive chemicals

December 12th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/12/12-0

Farmers have been through this before — our lives and livelihoods falling under corporate control. It has been an ongoing process: consolidation of markets; consolidation of seed companies; an ever-widening gap between our costs of production and the prices we receive. Some of us are catching on, getting the picture of the real enemy.

Occupy Activists Try to Shut Down West Coast Ports

December 12th, 2011
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://www.alternet.org/occupywallst/153413/occupy_activists_try_to_shut_down_west_coast_ports/

Around the country, Occupy activists moved to block ports, halting shipping and making their power felt among the 1%. On Monday morning, about 500 activists with Occupy Oakland braved a predawn chill to blockade the Port of Oakland, the fifth busiest container port in the United States. The protesters broke up into 3 which which blocked the entrances to several shipyards in the sprawling complex, leaving dozens of trucks idling in line. Police eventually moved in to force open the gates; Oakland Police interim Chief Howard Jordan said that two occupiers were arrested.

Secretive Millionaires Funding Online Primary For 'Independent' White House Run

December 12th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.alternet.org/news/153412/secretive_millionaires_funding_online_primary_for_%27independent%27_white_house_run/

They won't tell us who they are, but they are spending tens of millions as part of 'Americans Elect' to nominate and to field an 'Independent' presidential candidate in 2012. Here’s what the group is not so upfront about: It’s fueled by millions of dollars of secret money, there is a group of wealthy, well-connected board members who have control over Americans Elect’s nominating process, and the group has myriad links to Wall Street.

Why is Facebook Protecting Pro Rape Language and Abuse of Women?

December 12th, 2011
Categories: News

Link: http://www.alternet.org/sex/153406/why_is_facebook_protecting_pro_rape_language_and_abuse_of_women__/

Despite a campaign that included 180,000 signatures, Facebook continues to post pro-rape pages, showing, yet again, that they care about users so long as they're profitable.

The Health of Children and Consumers is Threatened by Conservative Push for Corporate Speech Rights

December 12th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics, Police State, Health

Link: http://www.alternet.org/story/153408/the_health_of_children_and_consumers_is_threatened_by_conservative_push_for_corporate_speech_rights/

Some pro-business federal judges have shockingly approved a constitutional right for big companies to avoid revealing product dangers on labels. In recent years, corporate lawyers representing industries whose products touch millions of American lives have stopped numerous government efforts to better inform the public about possible health risks with an eyebrow-raising legal strategy. They have asserted a constitutional right not to speak, or say more than they want on labels and advertising, and pro-business federal judges have agreed, rejecting the public’s right to know.

'Cleansed' Libyan town spills its terrible secrets

December 12th, 2011
Categories: News, War

Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-16051349

The 30,000 people living in a town in northern Libya have been driven out of their homes, in what appears to have been an act of revenge for their role in the three-month siege of the city of Misrata. So what really happened in the town of Tawergha, are the accusations of brutality against the town's residents fair and what does it say about hopes for national unity?

Newt, the Jews, and an “Invented” People

December 11th, 2011
Categories: News, Palestine, Zionism, Politics

Link: http://money.cnn.com/2011/12/12/news/economy/newt_gingrich_taxes/index.htm?iid=Popular

Late last week, as part of a Republican pander-fest for the Jewish vote—what Jon Stewart aptly called a “tuchus kiss-off”—Newt Gingrich, the frontrunner in Iowa and South Carolina, turned on the spigot of his pedantry and called the Palestinians an “invented” people.

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