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There are only two kinds of power in America: organized money and organized people

Who Stole the American Dream in Broad Daylight?

Mark Karlin, Truthout: ''Opening in New York City on March 3 at the Quad City Cinema, 'Heist: Who Stole the American Dream?' is a feature documentary about the emergence of plutocratic control of the US government. But the film is not meant to raise the white flag to accumulated wealth. In fact, it concludes that, 'There are only two kinds of power in America: organized money and organized people.'''

Treating Sick Rich Folks

Jim Hightower, OtherWords: ''From New York to Los Angeles, hospitals that draw huge subsidies from taxpayers (and often are so overcrowded that regular patients are lucky to get a gurney in the hallway) have set aside entire floors for $2,400-a-day deluxe suites. They come with butlers, 5-star meals, marble baths, imported bed sheets, special kitchens, and other amenities for swells who have both insurance and cash to burn.''

Occupy Takes Aim at ALEC Today in 70 US Cities

Yana Kunichoff, Truthout: ''Today, legislators and companies including Pfizer, Bank of America and Walmart, that benefit from the American Legislative Exchange Council s (ALEC) power in the legislative system will be the target of demonstrations, direct actions and various public shows of anger across the country under the banner of Shut Down the Corporations. 'The public is never informed that a group representing the most privileged people in America are drafting the legislation that disempowers the most vulnerable,' said David Osborn with Occupy Portland.''

C. Wright Mills Would Have Loved Occupy Wall Street

Peter Dreier, Truthout: ''C. Wright Mills, the radical Columbia University sociologist who died 50 years ... would have loved Occupy Wall Street. Mills challenged the widely held belief that American society, having triumphed over the fundamental problems of the 20th century (depression, war and fascism) had become a model of economic success, political democracy and social well-being. At a time when social scientists and journalists were extolling America s post-World War II prosperity, Mills warned about the dangers of the growing concentration of wealth and power.''

WikiLeaks Exposes Department of Homeland Security Spying on Occupy Movement

Allison Kilkenny, In These Times: ''[Department of Homeland Security] document appears to be more concerned with protecting the mechanisms of the financial sector than in ensuring the safety of citizens who are exercising their First Amendment rights. They talk about threats to 'critical infrastructure' and this fear that these protests are going to ... make commerce difficult and people are going to start losing money. There is a kind of bottom line in analysis to what they are talking about.''

Occupy Wall Street Rallies Monitored by Dow Chemical

Lee Fang, Republic Report: ''Wikileaks revealed a massive trove of e-mails from the firm Stratfor. The e-mails show that the company, working on behalf of chemical giant Dow Chemical, closely monitored news coverage of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Stratfor relayed the activities of people seeking redress for the 1984 Dow Chemical/Union Carbide gas disaster in Bhopal, India, which resulted in the death of thousands and lasting environmental damage.''

A Tale of Two Protests: Shut Down the Corporations in Portland and Tucson

Alissa Bohling and Mike Ludwig, Truthout: ''Protesters in Portland, Oregon, and Tucson, Arizona, faced very different weather when they hit the streets yesterday, but they had one thing in common: they were among 70 cities nationwide where Occupy activists and others spoke out against members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), whose decades-long history of authoring and pushing pro-corporate legislation through the nation s statehouses has been criticized for strangling political and economic participation across the country.''


Wikileaks vs. Stratfor: Pursue The Truth, Not Its Messenger

Dangerous Pedagogy in the Age of Casino Capitalism and Religious Fundamentalism

Henry A. Giroux, Truthout: ''If educators and others are to counter global capitalism s increased ability to separate the traditional nation-state-based space of politics from the transnational reach of power, it is crucial to develop educational approaches that reject a collapse of the distinction between market liberties and civil liberties, a market economy and a market society. This suggests developing forms of critical pedagogy capable of challenging neoliberalism and other anti-democratic traditions, such as the emerging religious fundamentalism in the United States, while resurrecting a radical democratic project that provides the basis for imagining a life beyond the 'dream world' of capitalism.''

Cyber-Mobbing kann alle treffen

Frankfurter Rundschau

Auch, weil in Großbritannien das Cyber-Mobbing bereits mehrere Schüler in den Selbstmord getrieben hat. Joe ist eine fiktive Figur, erfunden, um den echten Joes draußen in den Schulen zu helfen. Auch in Deutschland...,1472788,11737414,view,asFirstTeaser.html


Persistent environmental pollutants responsible for obesity epidemic

China to completely shut down GM rice

The One and Only Way You Can Tell if a Food is GMO-Free

From Emf Refugees


US and China caught secretly testing GMO rice on childrens

Activist Post
by Anthony Gucciardi


Instead of putting genetically modified foods through proper trials as consumers have been demanding for years, it appears the United States Department of Agriculture in alliance with the Chinese government have instead chosen to secretly test their latest GMO rice on young Chinese children. What s particularly interesting is the fact that the agencies decided they even needed to test the rice, after claiming that GMO rice and all other GM creations are virtually identical to natural foods...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Big Ag Pumping Millions into CA to Defeat GMO Labeling Law

The truth about the war powers resolution

Campaign For Liberty
by Stephen Gnoza


There is unrest in Syria and the war-drums keep beating to the tune of an attack on Iran. Is some sort of military intervention or war inevitable? If the Constitution is ignored, then more likely so. If the Constitution is respected as the Supreme Law of the Land, war may be avoided, or at least only undertaken with careful consideration, appropriate debate, and the representation of the people...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Republicans Set Stage to Become All-Time Budget Hypocrites

Our Future
by Stan Collender


Congressional Republicans so far have been adamant that reductions in the projected spending assumed in the federal budget baseline for projected continuing military activities in Afghanistan must not be used to offset the cost of anything. They are not wrong in making this line-in-the-sand stand. They are, however, being astounding, perhaps even top-10 all-time, hypocrites in the process...

Our permanent war economy

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger


In an era of unrestrained federal spending and debt, one of the most ludicrous arguments made by statists is that reducing the military budget would be harmful to the economy. Their suggestion is that military spending is beneficial to the economy -- that it creates jobs. Reducing military spending, they say, would result in laying off troops and downsizing of firms that supply uniforms, guns, etc. to the military...

Republican stubbornness on military spending

Downsize DC
by James Wilson


Republicans won the 2010 House elections by pledging deficit reductions and smaller government. Were they serious? After all, they undermine their own argument by refusing to make cuts in Defense Spending. This diminishes their credibility. And if we pretend they are serious about reducing the deficit, we can also see that their hard line on defense weakens their negotiating position...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


How Bush-era corporate welfare ran up the deficit

By Michael Scherer

A classic case study of how the tax code became a slush fund for corporate America.


Death, Taxes, and the Continued Insanity of US Military Spending

The Never-Ending and Never-Prosecuted Humanitarian Disaster in Iraq

Dirk Adriaensens, Truthout: ''To date, no US official has been held accountable for US policies leading to abuse in Iraq, or for the lies that started the war. Despite the decreased US presence in Iraq, the country has been permanently affected and accountability should be high on the agenda of Pillay s office.''

Broken Promises: America s Forgotten Iraqi Allies Face Death and a Long Road Home

Mike Ludwig, Truthout: ''Hope for US-affiliated Iraqis like Ali came in 2008, when a bipartisan effort in Congress created a special visa program to allow interpreters and other professionals who are in danger because they worked for the US, especially those under threat of assassination, to immigrate to America. But last year, the Obama administration added new layers of security clearance to the program, exacerbating a growing backlog of applications and leaving former employees like Ali waiting in refugee limbo.''

400 Pakistani soldiers escape US drone attack

Around 400 Pakistani soldiers and dozens of political administration officials in North Waziristan s Mir Ali subdivision narrowly escaped a drone attack on Saturday night when a missile fired by a spy plane hit the wreckage of the US drone that had crashed in the area on Saturday.

US kills 13 people in Pakistan

A US drone killed at least eight ''militants'' yesterday when it fired two missiles on a vehicle in Pakistan s tribal area near the Afghan border, security officials said.

UK : GCHQ civilian staff face war crimes charge over drone strikes in Pakistan

Human rights lawyers claim in High Court that civilians are 'parties to murders'.

From Information Clearing House


Pakistan: Latest US drone strike kills 15

National Post [Canada]


U.S. drone aircraft struck twice in Pakistan s unruly tribal regions along the border with Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing 15 suspected militants, including two senior commanders of the Pakistan Taliban, security and intelligence officials said...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Just Say No To Corporate Greed: The Case Of Iceland

By Ellen Russell

All of us owe a debt of gratitude to the people of Iceland. They took a stand and held their ground when all of the forces of international capital were allied against them.

Upper Class People are More Likely to Behave Selfishly, Studies Suggest

By Ian Sample

Higher social classes more likely to lie, cheat, cut up other road users and not stop at pedestrian crossings, say researchers.

Greed Is Not Good: Wealth Could Make People Unethical

As an individual's wealth and status rise, so does their tendency to be unethical, concludes a new study of the relationship between socioeconomics and ethics.

Iceland Forgives Mortgage Debt of its Population


The government of Iceland has forgiven the mortgage debt for much of its population. This nation chose a very different way of stopping the crisis from the rest of European countries.

From Information Clearing House


A Story Missing from Our Media: Iceland s On Going Revolution

From Mast Sanity/Mast Network

US ''Democracy'' Up For Grabs by Moneybags Under New Laws

By Christopher Williams

People got rich because of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Now, swords are being sharpened for Iran. How many players in the Middle East and elsewhere are interested in seeing this happen? All they need to do is pick up the phone or write a check, and it gets closer every day.

''Friends of Syria'' Plan War, Regime Change at Washingtons' Behest

By Chris Marsden

This well-rehearsed scenario threatens to end in a conflict far bloodier than Libya and trigger a wider regional or even global war.

How the US Fanned the Flames in Afghanistan


Do Afghan riots spell E-X-I-T?
by Kelley B. Vlahos


It s got to be hard for most Americans looking at the fleeting images of angry Afghans today shouting 'death to America' and not think, 'What the h... are we still doing there?' Certainly it s not a stupid question, in fact it s a pretty relevant one...

Afghanistan: Time to declare victory and come home

Fox News Forum
by KT McFarland


The Koran riots have pulled back the veil on the war in Afghanistan. No matter what our political leaders say, we are losing ground fast, and nothing short of another ten years of American blood and treasure will change that. It s time to declare victory and come home, before we have to shoot our way out. Our military men and women have succeeded in everything we have asked of them. It s our political leaders -- from both parties who have failed us...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Mass Burnings of Korans at Bagram Fuel Anti-Americanism

Michael L. Weinstein, Truthout: ''By adding grist to the mill of escalating regional resentment, America s own religious extremists, racists and anti-Muslim bigots within the military have ensured that they and their comrades in arms will continue to pay the awful price in spilled blood.''

Wall Street Fights Back Against Bid to Curb Oil Speculation


Proteste gegen Krisenpolitik

Für den Mai ist in vielen Ländern eine neue Welle von Aktionen gegen Arbeitslosigkeit, Sparpolitik und unsoziale Kürzungen geplant. In Frankfurt soll das Bankenviertel blockiert werden.


Freie Universität Berliner Forscher sagen Cybermobbing Kampf an

Berliner Morgenpost

Gemeine Kommentare in Sozialen Netzwerken, gefakte Fotos aufs Handy, Cybermobbing ist für viele junge Menschen ein höchst reales Problem. Vorbeugung verspricht nun ein Programm für Schulen, das Berliner Forscher mit Erfolg erprobten.


Banking privacy is dead

For What All These Wars?


A Look At The World s Most Powerful Mercenary Armies

Security giant G4S is the second-largest private employer on earth.

From Information Clearing House

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