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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 1, 2011
Class Warfare Scoreboard -- Guess Who's Winning? Corporate USA and big finance have joined together to drive up stocks by buying up their own shares, mergers and acquisitions, debt-pyramiding, and even borrowing money to issue dividends; whatever it takes to pluck the goose one more time before the economy takes another nose dive.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 23, 2012
Newt's Victory: Was it a "Surge" of popularity or faulty voting machines? By Sunday, the philandering ex-Speaker's triumphant grin can be seen plastered in headlines across the country while political pundits from both sides of the aisle scratch their heads and ponder the shocking upset that's turned the campaign into a two-man, no-holds-barred, steelcage smackdown.
(15 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 20, 2012
Is Fukushima's Doomsday Machine About to Blow? There is no way to overstate the media's complicity in concealing critical information about the tragedy that is presently unfolding at Fukushima. If there is another earthquake, the media will certainly be every bit as responsible as the government officials who saw the danger, but chose to do nothing.
'The reality is that after two decades of Nato expansion, this crisis was triggered by the west's attempt to pull Ukraine decisively into its orbit', From ImagesAttr
(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 10, 2014
Troublemaking Washington: Pushing Ukraine to the Brink Afghanistan, which is central to Washington's pivot strategy, is going to be used for military bases, resource extraction and transportation. That's it. There's not going to be any reconstruction or nation building. The US doesn't do that anymore. This is the stripped-down, no-frills, 21st century imperialism. "No nation for you, buddy. Just give us your gas and off we'll go."
President Trump Meets with Henry Kissinger, From WikimediaPhotos
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 6, 2020
Henry Kissinger calls for a New Post-Covid World Order Henry Kissinger thinks the Coronavirus is a threat to his precious New World Order, so he wants President Trump to do whatever he can to protect the system. In an opinion piece that was published in the Wall Street Journal on Friday, the former Secretary of State urged Trump to launch a grand project, like the Marshall Plan, to unify the allies and convince them that Uncle Sam can still rally the troops in a time of crisis.
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 25, 2016
The Broken Chessboard: Brzezinski Gives Up on Empire Unfortunately, Brzezinski's more cautious approach is not likely to be followed by presidential-favorite Hillary Clinton who is a firm believer in imperial expansion through force of arms. It was Clinton who first introduced "pivot" to the strategic lexicon in a speech she gave in 2010 titled "America's Pacific Century."
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 19, 2011
Dominique Strauss-Kahn was trying to torpedo the dollar DSK actually poses a much greater threat to the dollar than either Saddam or Gaddafi because he's in the perfect position to shape policy and to persuade foreign heads of state that replacing the dollar is in their best interests. And that is precisely what he was doing; badmouthing the buck.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 20, 2005
Who's Blowing up Iraq? New evidence surfaces that bombs are being planted by British commandos
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(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 3, 2012
Unraveling the Welfare Safety Net - Europe Moves Closer to Banktatorship The present crisis, which is largely the result of excessive credit expansion and poor risk management by EU banks, is being used by the European Commission and the ECB to establish a euro-wide "banking union" and to impose savage cuts to social programs, health care, and pensions.
US defense chief Ashton Carter warns Russia, From GoogleImages
(31 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 7, 2016
Pentagon Begins Low-Intensity, Stealth War in Syria Call it stealth warfare, call it poking the bear, call it whatever you'd like. The fact is, the Syrian war has entered a new and more dangerous phase increasing the chances of a catastrophic confrontation between the US and Russia. This is the brainchild of Pentagon warlord, Ash Carter, whose attack on a Syrian outpost killed 62 Syrian regulars putting a swift end to the fragile ceasefire agreement.
Vladimir Putin, From ImagesAttr
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 13, 2014
The Latest in the New Cold War -- My Money's on Putin It's clear that Washington's aggression in Ukraine has focused Moscow's attention on retaliation. But rather than confront the US militarily, as Obama and Co. would prefer, Putin is taking aim at the vulnerabilities within the monetary system.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 23, 2006
Iran’s Oil Exchange threatens the Greenback The opening of the Iranian oil-bourse coincides with Israel's plan for bombing alleged nuclear sites. Is it just coincidence or is something else going on here?
President Bashar al-Assad, From WikimediaPhotos
(15 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 15, 2016
Assad's Death Warrant There is no difference between Bush's invasion of Iraq and Obama's invasion of Syria. The moral, ethical and legal issues are the same, the only difference is that Obama has been more successful in confusing the American people about what is really going on. And what's going on is regime change: "Assad must go."
Bashar al-Assad under pressure, From ImagesAttr
(21 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 12, 2014
Obama Declares War on Syria: Why the Real Target is Assad Not ISIS Invoking the same ominous language as his predecessor, Barack Obama used a prime time presidential address on Wednesday to announce the beginning of a war on Syria. And while there's no doubt that many Americans will be confused by Obama's misleading focus on the terrorist organization named ISIL, the real purpose of the speech was to garner support for another decade of homicidal conflicts in the Middle East.
Number of people dying daily in Sweden with confirmed Covid-19, From Uploaded
(26 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 25, 2020
Sweden: the One Chart That Matters The secret of Sweden's success is that its experts settled on a strategy that was realistic, sustainable and science-based. The intention was never to "fight" the virus, which is among the most contagious infections in the last century, but to protect the old and vulnerable,,,
Vladimir Putin, From ImagesAttr
(15 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Showdown in Ukraine: Putin vs. Comrade Wolf Putin doesn't want this war and neither do most Ukrainians. The whole thing was conjured up by Uncle Sam and his minions to stop the flow of Russian gas to Europe, to push NATO further eastward, and to break the Russian Federation into little pieces. That's what it's really all about. And these madmen are willing to raze Ukraine to the ground and kill every living organism within a 3,000 mile radius of Kiev to get their way.
Vladimir Putin, From ImagesAttr
(33 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 6, 2015
Get Vlad! ... How Putin Blocked the U.S. Pivot to Asia Putin appears to be a decent person who has made great strides in restoring Russia's economy after it was looted by agents of the US following the dissolution of the Soviet Union. He has lifted living standards, increased pensions, reduced poverty, and improved education and health care which is why his public approval ratings are currently hovering at an eye-watering 86 percent.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 26, 2011
Fukushima's "Chernobyl moment" could be fast approaching The prospect of a meltdown, a fire, or another apocalyptic explosion grows more likely by the day. Fukushima's Chernobyl moment could be fast approaching, putting tens of thousands at risk of thyroid cancer, childhood leukemia and other potentially life-threatening ailments. Don't believe the media's lies.
Malaysian Airliner Shot Down Over Ukraine, From ImagesAttr
(44 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 2, 2014
Something Sinister Going On? The Unanswered Questions of MH17 If Washington is unable to achieve its objectives in Ukraine--create a chokepoint for resources flowing from Russia to the EU, establish NATO bases in the heart of Eurasia, and drive a wedge between Moscow and Brussels--then the plan to maintain US global hegemony for the next century will fail. Then China will become the world's biggest and most powerful economy and the US will slide into irreversible decline.
Alleged ISIS executions in Iraq, From ImagesAttr
(30 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 18, 2014
The ISIS Fiasco: It's Really an Attack on Iran What's important as far as Obama is concerned, is that the strategic objectives of Isis and those of the United States coincide. Both entities seek greater political representation for Sunnis, both want to minimize Iranian influence in Iraq, and both support a soft partition plan. The US benefits from these developments.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Bernanke Strikes Again: QE2 sends margin debt soaring to new highs When investors start borrowing boatloads of money to buy stocks, then the "big crash" cannot be too far off. A sudden decline in stock prices can quickly turn into a full-blown rout as margin calls send investors racing for cover and debt deflation dynamics pull the economy back into another slump. When the markets implode, it's Bernanke who should be held responsible.
(27 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 4, 2017
What the Media isn't Telling You About North Korea's Missile Tests The North wants negotiations. They want to end the war. They want to put this whole nightmare behind them and get on with their lives. But Washington won't let them because Washington likes the status quo. Washington wants to be a permanent feature in South Korea so it can encircle Russia and China with lethal missile systems and expand its geopolitical grip bringing the world closer to nuclear Armageddon.
From flickr.com/photos/21002762@N07/7557184848/: Vladimir Putin, From Images
(26 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Is Putin Creating a New World Order? ... Oil Price Blowback Washington's plan to push down oil prices (to hurt the Russian economy) might have made sense on a short-term basis (to shock Putin into submission) but as a long-term strategy, it's nuts. And what's even crazier, is that Obama has decided to double-down on the same wacky plan even though Putin hasn't given an inch.
Ukraine: Out of control and straight into chaos, From ImagesAttr
(23 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 3, 2014
Obama's New Ukraine: A Russophobic, Failed State Ruled by Fascists Putin didn't topple the Ukrainian government. The US State Department did. Nor did Putin deploy the military to surround cities, cut off their water supplies and deploy helicopter gunships to fire missiles at civilian infrastructure and terrorize the local population. That was the work of Obama's fascist junta in Kiev. It's all part of the US plan to control Central Asia and rule the world.
Vladimir Putin, From WikimediaPhotos
(44 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Putin's Revenge? The Fight for the Border The downing of the Su-24 has not triggered the knee-jerk reaction from Moscow that many had expected. Instead, it has focused Putin's attention on his ultimate goal of defeating terrorism in Syria and maintaining the sovereign integrity of the state. This is clearly not the reaction Washington was hoping for.
Barack Obama and Vladmir Putin, From WikimediaPhotos
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 29, 2015
Putin Makes Obama an Offer He Can't Refuse The Russian intervention is forcing Washington to rethink its Syria policy. While Kerry is bending over backwards to end the fighting, Obama is busy tweaking the policy in a way that appeases his critics on the right without provoking a confrontation with Moscow. It's a real tight-wire act, but the White House PR team thinks they can pull it off.
Russia, From ImagesAttr
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 29, 2014
Obama's "Catastrophic Defeat" in Ukraine here is no Russian invasion any more than there were WMD, mobile weapons labs, aluminum tubes, Sarin gas, etc. It's all BS concocted by a servile media pursuing the agenda of a warmongering political establishment that wants to escalate the conflagration in east Ukraine at all cost. Even if it leads to a Third World War.
From commons.wikimedia.org: Vladimir Putin, From Images
(81 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 17, 2017
Blood in the Water: the Trump Revolution Ends in a Whimper The inexperienced Trump -- who naively believed that the president sets his own foreign policy -- has now learned that that's not the case. The Flynn slap-down, followed by blistering attacks in the media and threats of impeachment, have left Trump shaken to the core.
The difference between Putin and Obama, From ImagesAttr
(26 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Why is Putin in Washington's Crosshairs? Washington sees Russia as a growing threat to its plans for regional dominance. The problem is, Moscow has only gotten stronger as it has expanded its network of oil and gas pipelines across Central Asia into Europe. Washington wants a weak Russia that won't challenge US presence in Central Asia or its plan to control vital energy resources.
Federal Reserve, From ImagesAttr
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 14, 2015
"Margin Call from Hell" -- Why a Stronger Dollar will Lead to Deflation, Recession and Crisis Seven years and $11 trillion in central bank bond purchases has increased financial instability to the point that any attempt to normalize rates threatens to vaporize emerging markets, send stocks crashing, and intensify deflationary pressures. If that isn't an argument for "ending the Fed," then I don't know what is.
Vladmir Putin calls for peace., From ImagesAttr
(27 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 5, 2014
Obama Begs for More War -- Did Putin Just Bring Peace to Ukraine? while Obama is busy trying to ramp up the violence by rallying NATO to expand the wars around the world, international peacekeepers will begin the thorny task of implementing a seven-point peace plan put forward by none-other-than Vladimir Putin. The difference between the peacemakers and the warmongers has rarely been as stark as it is today.
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, From ImagesAttr
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 6, 2015
How Putin will Win in Syria The reason Putin will succeed where the US failed in its war on ISIS, is because the Russian air-strikes are going to be accompanied by a formidable mop-up operation that will overpower the jihadi groups on the ground. This is already happening as we speak. The Russian Air Force has been pounding terrorist targets across the Idlib Governorate for the last few days as well as ISIS strongholds.
Turkey soldiers, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 6, 2015
Turkey Goes to War Erdogan wants to use the referendum to consolidate his power, establish one-man rule and terminate representative government in Turkey. He is a committed Islamist who wants to repeal democracy and create a Islamic regime that extends beyond Turkey's present borders into Iraq and Syria. This is why he has been such an enthusiastic supporter of the jihadi groups fighting in Syria.
Prescription and non-prescription drugs, From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 25, 2015
Picked Out a Coffin Yet? Take Ibuprofen and Die The FDA knows that these anti inflammatories are killing people and they're going to "ask" the drug companies if they'll change the labels? Is this how regulation works in the US nowadays; the agencies basically have to grovel before these cut-throat industries just to get them to do the right thing?
Central banks keep struggling economies afloat?, From YouTubeVideos
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 15, 2016
The Chart That Explains Everything It's madness, and yet this is what Obama and the Congress have been doing for the last six years. They've kept their hands wrapped firmly around the economy's neck trying to make sure the patient stays in a permanent state of narcosis. That's the goal, to suffocate the economy in order to reward the thieving vipers on Wall Street. And Obama and the Congress are every bit as guilty as the Fed.
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(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 11, 2015
US-Turkey Invasion Derailed by Syrian Army Triumph at Kuweires Russian warplanes will now be within striking distance of the border while troops and artillery will be positioned in a way that makes crossing into Syria as difficult as possible. The window for Turkish troops to enter Syria unopposed has closed. Any attempt to invade the country now will result in stiff resistance and heavy casualties.
The Incredible Shrinking President, From ImagesAttr
(32 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 20, 2013
The Incredible, Shrinking Presidency of Barack Obama The country is in a terrible state and yet Obama continues to approve bills that throw millions of people off unemployment benefits, sharply cut government spending, or undermine vital safety-net programs that keep the sick and the elderly from dying on the streets. It's like he's trying to reduce 300 million Americans to grinding third-world poverty in his short eight-year term.
Presidents Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin come from different backgrounds and each has his own way of unwinding., From ImagesAttr
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 15, 2014
The Obama Game: Is Putin Being Lured Into a Trap? Russia is not responsible for the crisis in Ukraine. Hacked phone calls reveal the critical role that Washington played in orchestrating the putsch and selecting the coup's leaders. Moscow was not involved in any of these activities. Putin, whatever one may think of him, has not done anything to fuel the violence and chaos that has spread across the country.
Double Standards, From GoogleImages
(20 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 26, 2017
Double Standards: Where Were the Liberal Protesters During Obama's Wars? The United States has been at war for eight straight years under Obama, and during that time, there hasn't been one sizable antiwar march, demonstration or protest. Nothing. No one seems to care when an articulate bi-racial mandarin kills mostly people of color, but when a brash and outspoken real estate magnate takes over the reigns of power, then "watch out" because here come the protesters, all three million of them!
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Putin Ups the Ante: Ceasefire Sabotage Triggers Major Offensive in Aleppo Samantha Power dispelled any doubt that either she or anyone else in the Obama administration cared at all about the people who lost their lives in the bombing raid. She also made it clear that she didn't care if the US had violated the terms of the ceasefire just two days before critical parts of the agreement were scheduled to be implemented.
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(42 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 1, 2016
How Putin Derailed the West The assumption is that eventually, and with enough pressure, Putin will throw in the towel. But this is another miscalculation. Putin is not in Syria because he wants to be nor is he there because he values his friendship with Syrian President Bashar al Assad. That's not it at all. Putin is in Syria because he has no choice. Russia's national security is at stake.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Battle Plans for Iran The Bush administration’s plans for Iran will not be limited to aerial bombardment alone. The oil-rich province of Khuzestan will undoubtedly be invaded; putting 90% of Iran’s oil under United States control and strengthening the anemic dollar.
Fans React: Colin Kaepernick Refuses To Stand For National Anthem, From GoogleImages
(63 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Three Cheers for Kaepernick: Is Sitting During the National Anthem an Acceptable Form of Protest? Does Kaepernick really deserve this outpouring of hated and vitriol? Isn't he just asking whether the values espoused in the National Anthem actually apply to African Americans or not? That's a fair question, isn't it? Think of it this way: Maybe this IS the "land of the free and the home of the brave" if you're white, but if you're black, not so much.
Michele Obama, From YouTubeVideos
(23 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 2, 2017
Why the Democrats Will Run Michele Obama in 2020 Michelle already knows the drill, that's what makes her the perfect candidate. She knows the president is a meaningless figurehead. She knows the whole thing is a charade. She knows that the rich will get richer while working people get stomped on. She's been there, she's done that.
From commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Vladimir_Putin_Defense.gov-080317-F-6655M-188.jpg: Vladimir Putin, From Images
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Kerry's Debacle in Vienna Don't presume for a minute that because Washington wants a ceasefire, they also want a "political solution" or "negotiated settlement" or peace, because they don't. Peace isn't even on the agenda and it never has been. The US wants to make sure that peace is avoided at all cost, because peace would be an obstacle for the real objective, which is regime change.
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 4, 2011
Policymakers have made another Depression Unavoidable If you take steps to shrink the economy, then the economy will shrink. This is why the economy has lost momentum, because congress and the White House have cut the blood flow of stimulus to the patient, so now we are headed back into ICU.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 23, 2006
Whose Bombs were They Was the bombing of the al-Askariya Mosque the work of Sunnis fighters or foreign provocateurs? No one knows. But there’s a paper-trail a mile long suggesting that civil war was always part of the Bush administration’s overall strategy.
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(57 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 28, 2017
Game Over for Democrats? Ever since the election, the Dems have made no effort at course correction, no effort to reconnect with the millions of working people in the red states who used to vote Democrat but switched because they wanted change. No. The Democratic party doesn't have to be a place where progressive ideas go to die. But they'd better get it together fast or it's going to be Game over.
Doctor or Nurse Wearing Medical Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Against The Flag Of Sweden, From FlickrPhotos
(22 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 18, 2020
Is Sweden Right? Should the Economy be Left Open? Sweden has kept its primary schools, restaurants, shops and gyms open for business even though fewer people are out in public or carrying on as they normally would. The government has kept the Swedish people well-informed so they understand the risks the virus poses to their health and the health of others. The Swedish experiment demonstrates, is that there's a way to navigate these unprecedented public health challenges
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(17 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 23, 2012
The Sinking Economy: "We're going to be up the creek for the next 100 years or so" As it turns out, Krugman, Reich, Stiglitz, Thoma, Baker, Galbraith and others were right, and Obama's economic advisors were wrong. The costs to the country in terms of high unemployment, soaring food stamp usage, declining standards of living and outright destitution are likely to be considerable due to Obama's poor judgement.
Is The American Dream Dead?, From ImagesAttr
(16 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 7, 2014
The American Dream is Dead -- Obama Killed It The American people aren't whiners. They're just tired of the lies, that's all. Look; the country was in the throes of the biggest economic downturn since the Great Depression, but the American people rallied, right? They came out by the millions to vote for the dazzling young senator from Chicago who was going to change everything and restore America to its formal glory.
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(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 8, 2014
Grand Puppetmaster Brzezinski: Directing War Strategies from the Shadows The military escalation occurs in an atmosphere of heightened tension between the two nuclear-armed powers and will certainly add to their mutual distrust. Hagel's deployment is consistent with a plan for antagonizing Moscow that was proposed just days earlier in the Washington Post by the Obama administration's ideological godfather, Zbigniew Brzezinski.
President Obama's Complete 2013 Year End Press Conference President Obama discusses Edward Snowden, the NSA, Iran, Syria, the Sochi Winter Olympics and health care at his final press conference of 2013. The Daily ..., From ImagesAttr
(19 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 10, 2014
Deregulation, Privatization, and Cheap Labor: Obama's Corporate Plantations Obama's promise zones provide a way for big business to slip the chains of "onerous" regulations and restore, what many CEO's believe to be the Natural Order; that is, a Darwinian, dog-eat-dog world where only the strongest and most cunning survive. This is a world in which Obama has done quite well. Obama calls these promise zones. We think corporate plantations is a more fitting moniker.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, From YouTubeVideos
(61 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Putin Forces Obama to Capitulate on Syria Putin worked tirelessly throughout the summer months to try to bring the warring parties together (including Assad's political opposition) to see if a deal could be worked out to stabilize Syria and fight ISIS. But Washington wanted no part of any Russian-led coalition. Putin is going to see this thing through to the bitter end. He's not going to stop for anyone or anything.
NFL Star Colin Kaepernick After National Anthem ..., From GoogleImages
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 23, 2016
America's Racist Killer Cops: Why Stand for a Country That Can Gun You Down in Cold Blood? There's a large group of people living in this country whose rights have always been provisional and who've never gotten a fair shake, and that sure as heck hasn't changed since Obama got took office, in fact, the situation is worse than ever. When living under the American flag means that everyone is protected equally from killer cops, then I'll gladly stand for the national anthem. Until then, forget about it.
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 20, 2008
The Point of No Return Paulson's emergency session of Congress last night was characterized by lawmakers who attended as "chilling". The situation is much worse than government officials have let on so far. Ironically, the very people who created this mess, are the ones who will decide how to resolve it; the Federal Reserve and the US Treasury. Where else, but Washington would such massive failure be rewarded with more power and authority.
With talk of impending war against Syria, all eyes are on the British government and how they, along with their allies, will act next., From ImagesAttr
(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 30, 2014
US plans massive military escalation in Syria and Iraq The drumbeat for war has been carefully worked out to prepare public opinion in the United States and internationally for a dramatic escalation in military operations in the region, including the direct and open targeting of the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin, From ImagesAttr
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 5, 2014
Talking Turkey: Putin Gobsmacks Obama and Euro-Leaders with Surprise Gas Deal Let's face it, Putin has really knocked it out of the park this time. Team Obama is clearly out of its league and has no idea of what's going on. If Turkey turns eastward and joins the growing Russian bloc, US policymakers are going to have to scrap the better part of their strategic plans for the coming century and go back to Square 1. What a headache.
(38 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Liberals Beware: Lie Down With Dogs, Get Up With Fleas Leftists should avoid the temptation of aligning themselves with groups and agencies that might help them achieve their short-term goal of removing Trump, but ultimately move them closer to a de facto 1984 lock-down police state. Misplaced support for the deep state Russophobes will only strengthen the national security state's stranglehold on power. That's not a path to victory, it's a path to annihilation.
US-EU threats against Russia will backfire on them, From ImagesAttr
(17 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Sour Grapes: Big Oil's "Sore Losers" Lead the Drive to War Big Oil still rules the roost. For some unknown reason, America's behemoth oil corporations think the resources that lie beneath Russian soil belong to them. The question is whether their agents will push Obama to put American troops at risk to assert that claim. If they do, there's going to be a war.
Vladimir Putin, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 15, 2015
Is Putin Planning to Sell-Out Assad? Washington doesn't want a deal. Washington wants war. Washington cannot achieve its goal of breaking up Syria and redrawing the map of the Middle East if peacemaker Putin prevails. If Putin wants to prevent Washington from splitting up Syria and transforming it into a terrorist breeding ground, he's going to have to move fast.
MH17 crash puts international pressure on Vladimir Putin, From ImagesAttr
(16 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Putin Knows What Happened to MH17, But He's Not Saying -- Yet ... The reason Putin hasn't deployed Russian troops to stop the violence in east Ukraine is because the EU is his biggest trading partner and he doesn't want to do anything that will put the kibosh on their business dealings. Russia needs Europe just like Europe needs Russia.
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(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 2, 2016
The Biggest Heist in Human History Not only do the plutocrats own half of everything on planet earth -- their share of the booty is actually increasing every year. Nice, eh? The point is, none of this is accidental. These outcomes are the direct result of policy, the Fed's policies. And the Fed is not alone either. This greatly-accelerated class war is a now global phenom.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 14, 2008
Putin Walks into a Trap Did US military advisers set up a trap for Putin?
(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 17, 2010
25,000 Jews live in Iran "We Iranian Jews condemn claims of the US State Department on Iranian religious minorities, announced that we are fully free to perform our religious duties and we feel no restriction on performing our religious rituals." Who should we believe; the Jews who actually live Iran or the troublemaking US State Department?
Americans Revolt Against Obama's War Cry, From ImagesAttr
(26 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 16, 2014
Obama: The Willing Executioner Obama represents everything people profess to hate-war, drone attacks, Gitmo, indefinite detention, executive privilege to assassinate--yet they put him on a pedestal. Which is why we think that Obama is the greatest public relations invention of all-time; a beaming, exuberant,paragon who embodies the laudatory characteristics of leadership, able to carry out the most despicable, inhuman acts without hesitation or remorse.
U.S. Led Attack on Syria, From GoogleImages
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Rogue Mission: Did the Pentagon Bomb Syrian Army to Kill Ceasefire Deal? Warhawk Supremo, Ash Carter, and his Russophobe colleagues want to intensify the conflict, expand America's military footprint in Syria, and confront Russia directly. They don't approve of the President's policy, so they're doing everything they can to torpedo the ceasefire deal. But why now, after all, the ceasefire began five days ago?
Turkey failed military coup, From YouTubeVideos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 20, 2016
The Coup in Turkey has Thrown a Wrench in Uncle Sam's "Pivot" Plan Putin and Erdogan have settled their differences and scheduled a meeting for the beginning of August. In other words, the first world leader Erdogan plans to meet after the coup is his new friend, Vladimir Putin. Is it starting to sound like Turkey may have slipped out of Washington's orbit and moved on to more reliable friends that will respect their interests?
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 23, 2014
The Sergei Glaziev Interview -- Understanding Ukraine in 15 Minutes We are now moving from the American cycle of capital accumulation to an Asian cycle. This is another crisis that is challenging US hegemony. To maintain their leading position in the face of competition with a rising China and other Asian countries, Americans are starting a war in Europe. They want to weaken Europe, break up Russia, and subjugate the entire Eurasian continent.
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Washington's War on Russia The United States cannot allow Russia reap the benefits of its own vast resources. Oh, no. It has to be chastised, it has to be bullied, it has to be sanctioned, isolated, threatened and intimidated. That's how the system really works. The free market stuff is just horsecrap for the sheeple. Russia is going to have to deal with chaotic, fratricidal wars on its borders and color-coded regime change turbulence in its capital.
Russian flags outside the Crimean parliament building in Simferopol., From ImagesAttr
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Obama's Dumbest Plan Yet Moscow is keenly aware of Washington's divide-and-conquer strategy, but has downplayed the issue in order to avoid a confrontation. The US-backed coup in Ukraine means that that option is no longer feasible. Russia will have to respond to a provocation that threatens both its security and vital interests. Of all the dumb plans Washington has come up with in the couple years, this is the dumbest.
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Riddled With Corruption: Two More Public Officials "Cash In" Is it any wonder why the country is in such bad shape when you look at the apple-polishing suck-ups and carpetbagging, human rights abusing scoundrels who are in charge? And Schapiro and Brown are just the tip of the iceberg. The whole system is riddled with corruption from top to bottom.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Slashing the Dollar -- The Future is Ugly Bernanke's zero-rate policy and the prospect of ongoing rounds of quantitative easing have put finance ministers everywhere in a frenzy. Some countries -- notably South Korea and Brazil -- have already taken steps to slow capital flows.
Fraudsters and Scammers - Avoid Foreclosure Rescue Scams, From ImagesAttr
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Government Backing for Toxic Mortgage Securities? The Economic Scam of the Century If you can't believe what you are reading or if you think that the system is so thoroughly corrupt it can't be fixed; you're not alone. This latest outrage just confirms that the Congress, the executive and all the chief regulators are mere marionettes performing whatever task is asked of them by their Wall Street paymasters. It's the scam of the century.
Job loss crisis, From ImagesAttr
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Obama's "No Growth, No Jobs, No Recovery" Economy Gives Up The Ghost When workers are unemployed they don't spend, activity drops, and the economy tanks. It's that simple. Today's data just confirms what most people already know, that the economy stinks and that they're being ripped off by a voracious oligarchy that's stacked the deck in their favor.
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Regime Change in Ankara? More Likely Than You Think While Obama has (weakly) admonished Turkey for shelling Syrian territory, he has, at the same time, acknowledged Turkey's "right to defend itself," which is an expression the US reserves for Israel when it conducting one of its murderous rampages in the West Bank or Gaza Strip. Now, Obama has bestowed that same honor on Erdogan. This alone speaks volumes about the duplicity of Washington's approach.
Yemen in freefall: How chaos could spiral into all-out regional war, From ImagesAttr
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Saudis Face Defeat in Yemen and Instability at Home Neither the United States nor Saudi Arabia have any right to interfere in Yemen's internal affairs or to install their own political puppets to head the government. That is the right of the Yemeni people. And while the current process of regime change might be messy and violent, the Houthi rebels better represent the interests of the indigenous population than anyone in Riyadh or Washington.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 17, 2005
Hurricane Hugo at the U.N. Chavez wants to move the UN out of New York because of US violations to international law. He also announces the US plan to invade Venezuela
Ukraine Crisis, From ImagesAttr
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The Battle Behind the Fog of Propaganda: The "Exceptional" U.S. Suffers Crushing Defeat in Debaltsevo Last week, Washington suffered its greatest military defeat in more than a decade when Ukraine's US-backed army was soundly routed in the major railway hub of Debaltsevo. Roughly, 8,000 Ukrainian regulars along with untold numbers of tanks and armored units were surrounded in what-came-to-be-known-as "the cauldron."
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HOUSING PRICES ARE STABILIZING: Um, not exactly Housing is never going to bounce back in our lifetime. Forget-about-it. Aside from the 5 to 11 million distressed units in the foreclosure pipeline, there are any number of things that will continue to weigh heavily on the market for the years to come.
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The Tipping Point: Foreclosure Filings Jump as Investors Eye Exits Sales are down, purchase applications are down, and the country's homeownership rate has slipped to levels not seen since 1995, 18 years ago. The Fed's $1 trillion purchase of mortgage backed securities (MBS) and zero rates have done nothing to stimulate "organic" consumer demand. Zilch. No "trickle down" at all.
From flickr.com/photos/121483302@N02/14359028808/: Recep Tayyip Erdogan, From Images
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Washington Slapdown: Turkey Turns to Moscow for Help The Obama administration is still uncertain of how to proceed mainly because no one had expected that Erdogan would break with Washington, purge his enemies, pursue rapprochement with Moscow, Tehran and Damascus, and throw a wrench in Uncle Sam's plan for redrawing the map of the Middle East.
Hugo Chavez dead, From YouTubeVideos
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The Strange Death of Hugo Chavez: an Interview with Eva Golinger There is a very strong possibility that President Chavez was assassinated. There were notorious and documented assassination attempts against him throughout his presidency. Numerous attempts on his life were thwarted by the Venezuelan intelligence agencies and particularly the counterintelligence unit of the Presidential Guard that was charged with discovering and impeding such threats.
Vladimir Putin talks Ukraine, NATO, Crimea at Q&A with Russian youth, From ImagesAttr
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Vox Populi: Readers Comments Show anti-Putin Propaganda Not Working There's a reason why, according to Gallup, Trust in Media (is at an) All-Time Low. It's because the corporate media is the most perfidious, double-dealing, hypocritical institution in the country today. That's why the anti-Putin propaganda has fallen on deaf ears. It's because most people know you can't believe anything you read in the news.
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Jill Stein in the Crosshairs: the Russia Investigation Shifts to Clinton's Political Rivals The Russia-gate investigation has zeroed-in on Green Party candidate Jill Stein, proving that the probe is not an attempt to determine whether Russia meddled in the 2016 elections, but a crude weapon to bully the political rivals of Hillary Clinton, her dissolute allies in the bureaucracy.
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The John Edwards Case; Justice or Personal Vendetta? Hey, Eric Holder: Have you ever heard of George Bush or Dick Cheney or the big Wall Street bankers? Those are the guys you need to nail, not some washed up ex-senator whose life is already in a shambles. Is this a personal vendetta? Is that it? Is this some kind of political assassination? Why else would the DOJ devote so much time and money to a crime that is so trivial? It just doesn't add-up.
Vladimir Putin, From YouTubeVideos
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Putin's Aleppo Gamble Pays Off In less than five months, loyalist forces aided by heavy Russian air cover, have shifted the balance of power in Syria, forced thousands of terrorist insurgents to flee their strongholds in the west, cleared the way for the return of millions of refugees and displaced civilians, and sabotaged the malign plan to reshape the country so it better serves Washington's geopolitical interests.
NATO Military Power 2015, From ImagesAttr
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Splitting the Atlantic Alliance -- NATO Lies and Provocations Europe's security requirements cannot be met by a belligerent, warmongering US-controlled entity that acts solely in Washington's interests. At present, NATO gets 75% of its funding from the US, which is why the alliance is less interested in peacemaking and security than it is in internationalizing its imperial war of aggression across the planet.
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Grandmaster Putin Beats Uncle Sam at His Own Game Erdogan is a megalomaniac and a menace, which is why Putin had better keep an eye on him. And the same goes for Obama too. Obama may be down, but he's not out just yet. He still has a few more tricks up his sleeve and he's sure to use them before this thing is over. Even so, the advantage definitely goes to Putin at this point. He took on the entire Washington braintrust and beat them at their own game.
Economic activity across the country has collapsed GDP is shrinking at the fastest pace on record and the economic data is worse than anytime in history, From Uploaded
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 4, 2020
The "Lockdown" Has Turned America Into a Despotic Cash-Strapped Basket-Case Every sector of the economy is contracting and every economic indicator is pointing down. According to economist Nouriel Roubini, the country is headed towards a decade of "depression and debt", and that is probably an understatement.
Martin Dempsey Releases 2015 National Military Strategy for the US, From ImagesAttr
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The Pentagon's "2015 Strategy" For Ruling the World No country wants to fight the United States, but the United States wants to fight them. And the US feels it's justified in launching a war against these countries because, well, because they either control vast resources, have huge industrial capacity, occupy an area of the world that interests the US geopolitically, or because they simply want to maintain their own sovereign independence which, of course, is a crime.
Vladimir Putin, From WikimediaPhotos
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Western Media Ignores Putin's Progress in Syria From the very beginning, Washington's sole aim has been to topple Syrian President Bashar al Assad so the oil fields and pipeline corridors could be secured by the western oil giants and protected by new US military bases sprinkled across the country. This is why Obama and Co are so eager to slow the Russian-led offensive by any means possible.
Vladimir Putin, From ImagesAttr
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Is the Iran Nukes Deal Aimed at Crushing Putin? The Iran deal has nothing to do with nuclear proliferation. It's about gas. It's about geopolitics. It's about power. Can't people see that? Obama doesn't give a rip about nuclear fuel, enriched uranium, or how many centrifuges you can balance on the head of a pin. He cares about Empire. That's all he cares about: American Global Dominance. That's it. The rest is just hot air.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, From ImagesAttr
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Does the Name "Strauss-Kahn" Ring a Bell? -- Trotsky at the IMF What's so disingenuous about the IMF's apology, is that the bank knew exactly what the effects of its policy would be, but stuck with its recommendations to reward its constituents. That's what really happened. The only reason it's trying to distance itself from those decisions now, is to make the public think it was all just a big mistake.
North Korea's Kim Jong-un meets with China's Xi Jinping, From YouTubeVideos
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Trump Did NOT Convince Kim to Ditch His Nukes. China Did Donald Trump thinks his "maximum pressure" campaign persuaded North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program. But it's a bunch of baloney. The reason Kim Jong-un is planning to denuclearize is because China adamantly opposes nuclear weapons on the peninsula. That's the whole deal in a nutshell.
Economic connections between US, EU, China, Russia and India, From WikimediaPhotos
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Will Washington Risk WW3 to Block an Emerging EU-Russia Superstate A new global empire is gradually emerging in Central Asia, and while the transformative impact of economic integration has not yet been realized, US efforts to block the embryonic alliance are getting weaker and more desperate all the time. The hyperbolic propaganda about the alleged "Russia hacking" of the presidential election is just one example of this, while the arming of Nazi militants in Kiev is another.
Olympics: Mike Pence, Kim Jong Un's sister Kim Yo Jong, From YouTubeVideos
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The Obnoxious Pence Shows Why Korea Must End US Occupation Pence flaunted his contempt for the Korean people by humiliating their leaders, shrugging off their hospitality, and scoffing at their joint efforts for peace. He acted like an arrogant proconsul who only deigns to visit his subjects in order to treat them with condescension and scorn.
From mises.org/library/how-fed-learned-stop-worrying-and-love-easy-money: How the Fed Learned to Stop Worrying and Love , From Images
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 9, 2016
Stop the Fed Before it Kills Again Companies have all but abandoned the traditional practice of recycling earnings into factories, productivity or research and development. Instead, they're engaged in a protracted liquidation process where the creditworthiness of their companies is used to borrow as much money as possible from the bond market which is then divvied up among insatiable CEOs and their shareholders.
Russian AF bombing ISIS position near Khan Sheikhoun, Syria, From ImagesAttr
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Putin's Lightning War in Syria Putin's going to cut through these guys like a tornado through a trailer park. Yes, ISIS has had some success against the bedraggled Iraqi and Syrian armies. But now they're up-against the A Team where they are clearly out of their league. Rolling up these cutthroats is going to take a lot less time than anyone figured. Putin's going to go straight for the jugular and then head for the exit.
Vladimir Putin, From ImagesAttr
(22 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 29, 2015
Putin Gobsmacks Uncle Sam ... Again Washington destroys everything it touches with its wrecking ball foreign policy; Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria. Now it's destroyed Ukraine. Who'll be next? Putin has done us all a favor by throwing a wrench in Washington's plans and helping to bring the era of imperial overreach to a swift and merciful end. We all owe him a debt of gratitude.
Freddy Gray death: more questions than answers, From ImagesAttr
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If You're Black in America, the Rules are Different If you're black in America, the rules are just different. Everyone knows that. Just like everyone knows that if you're an unarmed black man who gets shot seven times running away from a cop for "making eye contact," well, guess what: You just died of "natural causes" dude, because that's how it's going to read in the papers the next day. So deal with it.
Vladimir Putin, From ImagesAttr
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News Blackout -- U.S. Media Ignores Putin's Peace Plan Putin is a plain-speaking guy who shoots from the hip and says what he means. He's not a bullshitter. People know that, which is why the media won't publish what he says. It's because they're afraid that people will believe him and all their jingoistic, pro-war propaganda will be for naught.
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 22, 2011
As Bad as Bush More than 125,000 people lost their homes in the disaster requiring a speedy response from the government. Chavez swung into action immediately turning the presidential palace into a homeless shelter and initiating a campaign to construct permanent housing for the victims. Now he has pushed through landmark legislation that will legally require the government to help the homeless.
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(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 11, 2013
The Nightmare Scenario: A Repo Implosion This is why the media is pushing so hard to end the debt ceiling standoff; to preserve this mountainous stinkpile of larceny, greed and corruption run by a criminal bank Mafia and their political lackeys on Capital Hill. That's what this is all about.
ISIS: the war and its implications., From ImagesAttr
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The University of Al-Qaeda? America's "Terrorist Academy" in Iraq Produced ISIS Leaders This is a major region-shaping operation that the Turks, the Saudis, the Qataris, the Americans etc., are in on. Sure, maybe some of the jihadis went off the reservation and started doing their own thing, but even that's not certain. We are still in the early rounds of the emerging crisis. Things could backfire quite badly, and probably will.
Iran may rank first in the world in terms of gas reserves, From ImagesAttr
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Et Tu, Mullah? ...Did Iran Just Knife Putin in the Back? Here's what's really happened: Washington agreed to ease up on the sanctions if Iran caved in on the gas deal, which it did. Now the US-backed Nabucco pipeline is back in business, while Russia's South Stream is on the rocks. The only way Washington would do a deal with arch-enemy Iran, is if there was some other country they hated even more. That would be Russia.
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Escorting Judy to the Gallows Who does Judy Miller really serve? Did she ever accept compensation for her articles? If so, she cannot seek protection under the 1st amendment and should be prosecuted for the deaths of 100,000 Iraqis.
Putin pledges his support for Syrian President Bashar Assad, From ImagesAttr
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Putin's Line in the Sand: No Regime Change in Syria Putin is not going to allow Assad to be removed by force. He has drawn a line in the sand and told the US that if they cross that line, there's going to trouble. So it's up to Obama really. He can either seek a peaceful solution along the lines that Moscow has recommended or push for regime change and risk a confrontation with Russia. Those are the two choices.
Democratic Donkey & Republican Elephant, From FlickrPhotos
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Socialist Senator Explains the Difference Between Democrats and Republicans Long was a scrappy street fighter who liked confrontation and didn't mind getting his nose bloodied every now and then. He also liked winning, which is precisely what we need right now, someone who knows how to win and doesn't sweat the details. Leave that to the historians. Politics is bloodsport, not pattycake.
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Corporate and Financial Debt Soar to Pre-crisis Levels Bernanke takes a two-pronged approach to the Fed's "price stability" mandate. On the one hand, he keeps dumping enough Vodka into the punchbowl to keep everyone at the party permanently blottoed, and with the other, he puts a gun to the head of every cautious saver in the country who would prefer to keep his money in a deposit account.
Vladimir Putin and media, From ImagesAttr
(17 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 15, 2015
Did Russia's Intervention Derail Turkey's Plan to Invade Syria? Along with its Gulf allies, the US has funded, armed and trained the bulk of the jihadi hoodlums that have ripped the state apart and killed nearly one quarter of a million people. Now that Putin has decided to put an end to Washington's savage proxy war, the administration is planning to add more fuel to the fire by air-dropping pallets of ammunition and weapons to their fighters in central and eastern Syria.
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Obama Stepped Back From Brink, Will Hillary? Washington likes to pick its own leaders, leaders who invariably serve the interests of its wealthy and powerful constituents, particularly Big Oil and Israel. That's how the system works. Everyone knows this already. Washington has toppled or attempted to topple more than 50 governments since the end of WW2. The US is a regime change franchise, Coups-R-Us.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 8, 2011
Murdoch on the Ropes It's going to be a bumpy few months for Murdoch. There are bound to be more arrests, more surprises, and more employees who leak their stories to the press. And, then, there's always the possibility that another shoe will drop causing even more trouble; no one knows for sure.
Iraq's Break Up is the Real Mission Accomplished., From ImagesAttr
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The Final Push -- Splitting Up Iraq The areas now controlled by the Kurds, the Sunnis and the Shia are very close to those projected by Yinon suggesting that the ISIS invasion was part of a broader plan from the very beginning. That's not to say that ISIS leaders take orders directly from Langley or the Pentagon. No. It merely implies that Washington uses the marauding horde for their own purposes.
Deflation, From ImagesAttr
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The Truth About Deflation: It's Closer Than You Think The droopy rate of inflation suggests that Bernanke may already be too close to the cliff-edge to pull back in time. Credit growth, personal consumption, wages and incomes remain either flat or trending lower. T the US economy is bound to be wacked by Japan's accelerated QE program which has slashed the value of the yen weakening US exports while pushing up the value of the dollar.
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 17, 2012
Would You Vote For This Man? Would you vote for a firebrand, a demagogue, a populist, a leftist tyrant? Who you vote for someone who'd bend the rules to make the country a fairer place for everyone?
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Washington's Century-Long War on Russia Washington's war on Russia has ebbed and flowed depending on the political situation in Moscow -- it has never completely ended. The US has always treated Russia with suspicion, contempt and brutality. During the Cold War, when Russia's global activities put a damper on Washington's depredations around the world, relations remained stretched to the breaking point.
Donald Trump and War, From YouTubeVideos
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ISIS Last Stand: End Times for the Caliphate The western media has entirely ignored the defeat of ISIS at Abu Kamal mainly because it was the Russian-led coalition that delivered the final blow. In the current climate in the US, any facts that fail to support the anti-Russia hysteria that has swept the country, are scrubbed from publication.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 19, 2010
Chavez wants a break from U.S. meddling. Can you blame him? All three leaders would like nothing more than to get a break from America's incessant meddling and belligerence. They don't hate America and they are not our enemies. But they would like a little breather from the coups, the financial contagion, the kidnappings, the stolen elections, the propaganda, and the endless killing. Can you blame 'em?
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 18, 2016
Trump Prepares to Takeover Fed There's a reason why 95 percent of all income gains in the last eight years have gone to the one percent, while working people have struggled just to put food on the table. Just like there's a reason why stocks have tripled in value in the last eight years while wages and incomes have stagnated and the economy has slowed to a crawl. It's the policy, stupid.
Meeting with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu after the downing of a Syrian warplane, From GoogleImages
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Putin Tries to Avoid a Wider War With the US Putin does not want to prolong or expand the war, he wants to end it. It's going to take enormous restraint to tip-toe through the Syrian minefield without triggering a Third World War. We'll have to see if Putin is up to the task or not.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 4, 2013
The Housing Shell Game: Prices Up, Ownership Down Even the best deals are only netting 5 percent. That's not enough to wet the beak of the big players who thought they'd be raking in the moolah. Now that the price of distressed properties has skyrocketed, the Wall street guys are going to make even less, which means they'll probably reduce their spending on housing and move on to more lucrative areas of investment.
Putin to West: Stop turning world into .global barracks,. dictating rules to others., From ImagesAttr
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Barbarossa 2 -- Ruble Takedown Exposes Cracks in Putin's Defense the media has pinned the blame for Tuesday's ruble fiasco on Putin who, of course, has nothing to do with monetary policy. That said, the ruble rout helps to draw attention to the fact that Moscow is clearly losing its war with the US and needs to radically adjust its approach if it hopes to succeed. First of all, Putin might be a great chess player, but he's got a lot to learn about finance.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 31, 2013
A Giant Sucking Sound: Is the Big Money Exiting Housing? The hot money is still pouring in and pushing up prices. Once the speculators realize that they're not going to make the killing they thought, then the money's going to dry up, most of the equity gains of the last year will be wiped out, and there'll be a stampede for the exits.
The Iraq War continues., From ImagesAttr
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Splitting up Iraq -- It's all for Israel Iraq poses no national security threat to the US. US war planners already got what they want. There's no reason to go back and cause more trouble, to restart the war, to tear the country apart, and to split it into pieces. The only reason to dissolve Iraq, is Israel. Israel does not want a unified Iraq. Israel does not want an Iraq that can stand on its own two feet.
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 15, 2011
Debt Ceiling Kabuki; Wall Street is "Out on a Limb" Again Obama's goal is the same as the Republicans, to slash public spending as much as possible so more capital can be diverted to the wars and Wall Street. Period. The only difference is that Obama wants to make it look like the cuts were the result of hard-fought negotiations with GOP deficit hawks and not just part of his own corporate-friendly agenda.
GOP presidential debate, From ImagesAttr
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 7, 2015
Trump's Triumph: Billionaire Blowhard Exposes Fake Political System Moneybags capitalist loudmouth explains to 80 million dumbfounded Americans watching prime time TV, that the system is a total fraud, that the big money runs everything, and that even he thinks the system is broken. Money talks and elections are just a way to get the sheeple to rubber-stamp a corrupt, fraudulent system?
Act of War: Russia to Help Iran, From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 21, 2015
America's Start is Setting Another Idiotic Plan to Hurt Russia IAEA inspectors have yet to find any indication that Iran has -- or ever had -- a nuclear weapons program." The inspectors were on the ground for three freaking years. They interviewed everyone and went wherever they wanted. They searched every cave and hideaway, every nook and cranny, and they found nothing. Get it? No nukes, not now, not ever. Period.
3/4 of Americans are now under coronavirus lockdown, From Uploaded
(18 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 1, 2020
The Covid-BLM Diversion - "Shock Therapy" Behind a Smokescreen of Hysteria and Racial Incitement The country has been deliberately plunged into another Great Depression with the clear intention of imposing harsh austerity measures that will eviscerate Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and any other social safety-net programs that benefit ordinary working people, retirees, or anyone else for that matter.
US Flag, From FlickrPhotos
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Can We Please Get Rid of the Pledge? Many people think the Pledge is simply an affirmation of their respect for the flag, their love for the country, and their gratitude to the men and women who fought in America's wars. But that's not what it is. The Pledge is an attempt to impose conformity on the masses and compel them to click their heels and proclaim their devotion to the Fatherland.
Bond Market Is Sending Big Warning to Investors, From GoogleImages
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 2, 2016
Another Fed Fiasco: U.S. Bond Yields Fall to Record Lows Basically, bond yields are telling us all that there is no hope for the future, that what you see is what you get. There won't be an economic recovery because an economic recovery is not in the interests of the people who are getting rich off the current policy. So just suck it up and get used to it.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 31, 2012
POP QUIZ: Why did gun sales in the US surge during the Christmas season? We're basically the same people we were in 2000 when all the rules started changing, making it easier for Wall Street to fleece the little people. That's when folks started to realize how crooked the system really is. So, now most people have taken their chips off the table and are hunkering down.
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(24 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 28, 2013
American Workers: Hanging on by the Skin of Their Teeth The truth is, most people are hanging on by the skin of their teeth. They can't make ends meet on their crappy wages and they're too broke to quit. There's no way out. It's obvious in all the data. And it's hurting the economy, too, because spending drives growth, but you can't spend when you're busted.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 7, 2013
Another Bubble-Making Farce: Bernanke's Inflation Problem When the Fed creates reserves at the banks (QE) it adds to base money, but that money does not trickle down to the real economy until the worker bees (you and me) take out loans or run up our VISAs. When credit is not expanding (which it isn't except for student loans and sub-prime auto loans), activity flags and the economy shifts into low gear. That's where we are now.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 12, 2011
Obama Trusted the Wrong Economists Obama simply trusted his Wall Street mentors -- Summers, Bernanke, and Geithner -- the trio that sabotaged the recovery while making sure the banks and speculators got as much liquidity (and bailouts) as they needed. If Obama had listened to Romer instead of Bernanke he wouldn't be in the pickle he's in today.
Andrew Jackson Protest 'The BLMF provides grants', From InText
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 25, 2020
Behind the Veil of the Protest Movement the War on the American People Is Gaining Pace The three-way alliance between the CIA, the Elite Media, and the Democratic leadership has clearly strengthened and grown since the failed Russiagate fiasco.
From justjared.com/2016/06/09/hillary-clinton-tells-donald-trump-to-delete-his-twitter-account/: Hillary Clinton or Dona, From Images
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Doomsday Election That's why everyone is so utterly dejected and depressed about the election, because instead of voting for a candidate they really want or admire, most people are simply voting for the candidate that either disgusts or scares the hell out of them the least. What kind of choice is that? The only thing that is certain is that, whoever wins, we lose.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 21, 2011
The Derivatives Flap -- Is Bank Of America Headed For The Glue Factory? Why is Bank of America moving derivatives from Merrill Lynch to an insured subsidiary? Is it because the derivatives could blow up at any time leaving Merrill with gigantic, unsustainable losses? If that's the case, then it would make perfect sense to shift them into a depository institution that's covered by the FDIC. That way, the taxpayers would wind up paying for the damage and no one would be the wiser.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 29, 2005
Doomsday for the Greenback Guerilla warfare will take many shapes in the coming century. As the battles continue to rage in the Middle East and Central Asia, the greenback is bound to come under fire from global adversaries who disapprove of Washington’s militarism
From flickr.com/photos/121483302@N02/14359028808/: Recep Tayyip Erdogan, From Images
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 3, 2015
Erdogan Blackmails NATO Allies Has Turkish President Erdogan figured out how to hoodwink the NATO allies into a confrontation with Russia that will help him achieve his goal of toppling Assad and stealing Syrian territory? It's hard to say, but clearly something has changed, after all, neither France, nor Germany nor the UK were nearly as gung-ho just a few weeks ago. Now they're all hyped-up and ready for WW3.
Vladimir_Putin_Interview_2016a b, From FlickrPhotos
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 28, 2020
Putin says 'the rich must pay' for the corona-virus Vladimir Putin has decided how Russia is going to pay for the corona-virus. He's going to tax the rich. It's a remedy that most Americans would support if they were given the choice, but they weren't asked. Instead, Congress passed a $2 trillion stimulus package for which the American taxpayer will be held entirely responsible.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Tom Friedman's Paean to a Saudi Tyrant Ignites NYT Comments-Storm Is Friedman a supporter of the power-hungry Crown Prince? Does he think that rounding up one's political rivals, hanging them upside down and beating them with rubber hoses is an acceptable way to conduct an anti-corruption campaign? Did Friedman know that the object of his man-crush is a reprobate despot who, in the last year alone, oversaw the beheadings of over 150 people?
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 25, 2012
U.S. Corporations are sitting on an all-time-record $3.6 trillion in cash If we're serious about re-balancing the economy and minimizing the fallout from financial crises or recession, we have to talk about "distribution"; otherwise the scales will continue to tilt in the direction of big business.
From flickr.com/photos/21002762@N07/7557184848/: Vladimir Putin, From Images
(27 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 5, 2015
Putin Must Seek Justice For Peshkov Putin has never lost sight of his primary goals which are to prevent regime change, to maintain the sovereign integrity of the state, and to kill or capture all terrorists operating in Syria. If Erdogan agreed to these terms, Putin will have achieved all of his objectives; displaced Syrians will be able to return home, life will gradually return to normal, and Peshkov will have gotten the justice he deserves.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 29, 2018
Washington Widens the War in Syria by Provoking Turkey On January 18, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced the creation of a 30,000-man Border Security Force (BSF) to occupy East Syria. Tillerson's announcement may have prompted some unexpected apologies and back-tracking, but the policy remains the same. Washington will persist in its effort to divide the country and remove Assad until an opposing force prevents it from doing so.
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 5, 2011
Don't Blame Bush: This is Obama's Depression To continue to pretend that the Democratic Party is a viable alternative to the GOP, is beyond misguided; it's delusional. The policies that are presently in place -- and which are largely supported by the Dems in Congress -- are destroying the economy, the country's reputation, and our children's future.
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 17, 2016
Ah, So Putin Didn't Hack Those Emails After All The 'hacking story' has nothing to do with hacking and nothing to do with Russia. It's just another attempt by establishment elites to distort the facts in order to subvert the democratic process and overturn the election results. Isn't that what this is really all about, regime change in the USA?
North Korea Victory Day 091, From FlickrPhotos
(18 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 17, 2017
The Problem is Washington, Not North Korea Washington has never made any effort to conceal its contempt for North Korea. In the 64 years since the war ended, the US has done everything in its power to punish, humiliate and inflict pain on the Communist country. Washington has subjected the DPRK to starvation, prevented its government from accessing foreign capital and markets, strangled its economy with crippling economic sanctions...
Sen. McConnell: Democrats Need to Take 'Yes for an Answer' Mar.24 -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell opened Wednesday's session calling on Democrats to end their negotiations and vote for a nearly $2 trillion ..., From YouTubeVideos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 26, 2020
The Senate's Coronavirus Relief Package Must Be Stopped! The Senate's Coronavirus Relief Package Must Be Stopped!, by Mike Whitney - The Unz Review
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(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 26, 2017
Why Can't Wheeler-Dealer Trump Cut a Deal with North Korea? North Korea may be a seriously-flawed and, perhaps, even tyrannical regime, but it has not pummeled entire nations into dust sending millions fleeing across continents to seek refuge. It has not bombed wedding parties, hospitals, mosques etc., wreaking havoc while plunging the world deeper into chaos and despair. North Korea is far from perfect, but compared to the United States, it's looks like a paragon of virtue.
BRICS, From ImagesAttr
(20 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 11, 2015
Putin Leads BRICS Uprising The dollar is toast. The IMF is toast. The US debt market (US Treasuries) is toast. The institutions that support US power are crumbling before our very eyes. The BRICS have had enough; enough war, enough Wall Street, enough meddling and hypocrisy and austerity and lecturing. This is farewell.
What we are seeing is a dirty tricks campaign (Russiagate) inflated into a full-blown scorched earth winner-take-all assault on the presidency, From Uploaded
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Crash the Economy, Burn the Cities, Infect the People - the Evil Plan to Remake America The country is beset by multiple crises: A public health crisis (Covid-19), an economic crisis (Ballooning unemployment and impending Depression), and widespread social unrest. All of these crises are real but-at the same time - all of them are clearly being manipulated for political advantage.
US versus China, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 8, 2015
The Skirmish in the Spratlys: Beating Uncle Sam at His Own Game The United States does not want a war with China. What Washington wants is to be the dominant player in this century's most promising and prosperous market, Asia. But China's meteoric growth has put Washington's plan at risk, which is why Obama is wheeling out the heavy artillery.
From youtube.com: Donald TRUMP VS Kim JONG-UN, From Images
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 9, 2017
Why Trump Won't Start a War With North Korea Washington won't sign a treaty with the North because it despises their form of government, and is just waiting for the opportunity to force them from power. Trump is no different from most of his predecessors in this regard. He hates the leadership in Pyongyang and makes no bones about it.
Opium Production in Afghanistan at an All Time High, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 15, 2014
It's No Accident -- Afghan Opium Production Hits All-Time High Afghanistan presently produces 80 percent of the world's heroin which provides billions of dollars in illicit profits for the powerful drug Mafia. Heroin trafficking and production have flourished under US military occupation and transformed Afghanistan into a dysfunctional narco-colony.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, From YouTubeVideos
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 5, 2016
Peace Talks "Paused" After Putin's Triumph in Aleppo The hawks are still pushing for more intervention, greater US, EU, and NATO involvement, and American and allied "boots on the ground" to occupy the country for an undetermined amount of time. In contrast, the Obama administration wants to minimize its commitment while trying desperately to placate its critics.
OPEC vs Russia vs N.America. Global oil prices fluctuated following a statement from the Saudi Arabian oil minister., From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 29, 2014
Irreversible Decline? As always, Putin takes the most moderate position, that is, that Washington and the Saudis may be in cahoots, but that droopy prices might simply be a sign of over-supply and weakening demand. In other words, there could be a plot, but then again, maybe not. Putin is a man who avoids passing judgment without sufficient evidence.
Blood for oil, From ImagesAttr
(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 1, 2014
Ukraine War Driven by Gas-Dollar Link -- Defending Dollar Imperialism Now Obama is completely surrounded by rabid warmongering imbeciles, all of whom ascribe to the same fairy tale that the US is going to dust-off Russia, remove Assad, redraw the map of the Middle East, control the flow of gas and oil from the ME to markets in the EU, and establish myriad beachheads across Asia where they can keep a tight grip on China's growth.
John Kerry and Vladimir Putin, From YouTubeVideos
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Putin's Progress in Syria Sends Kerry Scampering to the United Nations The Obama administration sees the handwriting on the wall. They know that Russia is going to win the war, so they've settled on a plan for protecting their agents in the field. That's why the emphasis is on a ceasefire; it's because Kerry wants a "Timeout" so his Sunni militants can either regroup or retreat.
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(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 22, 2016
Trump's Economic Plan is a Betrayal of the People Who Voted for Him That's why Trump's supporters should be so disappointed, because they stood by him through the most vicious campaign in history and helped to shoehorn his sorry posterior into office. And now he has sold them down the river. Thanks a lot, Don.
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(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 14, 2017
The Russian Hacking Story Continues to Unravel The only rational explanation for the FBI's behavior, is that they've been told to "stand down" so they don't unwittingly expose the truth about what's really going on, that the whole Russia hacking fiction is a complete and utter fraud, and that the DNC, the CIA and the media are all having a good laugh at the expense of the clueless American people.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, From ImagesAttr
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 20, 2015
Ankara: the New Capital of Jihad Erdogan is a duplicitous-troublemaking narcissist and everyone in Washington knows it. They know he's planning to steal Syrian land, just like they know that he's butchering the Kurds for no reason. They also know he's gaming the system so he can declare himself Supreme Leader of Turkey following snap elections in October.
From flickr.com/photos/40936370@N00/8096559668/: Vladimir Putin eyes, From ImagesAttr
(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 12, 2016
The Democrats "Russia Hacking" Campaign is Political Suicide People are afraid because things are getting worse not better. Their standards of living are slipping, they're worried about their retirement, their jobs, their health care, and the pile of debt their kids have accumulated to go to college. They've lost confidence in the media, the congress, the courts and the president who promised change but never lifted a finger for working people his entire time in office.
Syria crisis: U.S.-led airstrikes against IS targets, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 10, 2014
"Don't Do Stupid sh*t" -- Has Obama Changed His Mind About Syria? While the connection between ISIS and Turkish Intelligence remains murky, there is a connection which makes Turkey an unreliable partner in a prospective war against the same group. So why is Erdogan so eager to lead the charge into Syria? Because Erdogan thinks he can use ISIS as cover for his real objective, which is seize Damascus, topple Assad and replace him with a Sunni stooge who will tilt in Ankara's direction.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 5, 2005
Panicky Bush slinks away from Chavez The showdown between George Bush and Hugo Chavez ended with a fizzle as braggart George hopped aboard Air-Force 1 and skedaddled out of town. Bye-bye
What we're seeing play out in over 400 cities across the US has more to do with toppling Trump and sowing racial division than it does with the killing of George Floyd, From InText
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Do Deep State Elements Operate Within the Protest Movement? What we're seeing play out in over 400 cities across the US has more to do with toppling Trump and sowing racial division than it does with the killing of George Floyd.
From youtube.com: Putin: Only the Syrian people can remove Assad, From YouTubeVideos
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 23, 2017
Uncle Sam vs. Russia in Eastern Syria: the Nightmare Scenario Putin is a cautious and reasonable man, but he's not going to hand over Syria's oil fields without a fight. Putin doesn't want a slugfest with Uncle Sam, but he's not going to abandon an ally either. So there's going to be a confrontation because neither party is willing to give up what they feel they need to achieve success.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 9, 2010
Greenspan's Testimony: Two hours of buck-passing It's galling that, after everything that's taken place, Greenspan is still treated like royalty; still given a platform so he can run-circles around his critics and make them look like fools.
Kerry And Putin, From YouTubeVideos
(20 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Putin Throws Down the Gauntlet If I am not mistaken, Kerry is in for a big surprise on Tuesday. He's about to learn that Putin takes war very seriously and is not going to let Washington sabotage his plans for success. If Kerry's smart, he'll pass along that message to Obama and tell him he needs to dial it down a notch if he wants to avoid a war with Russia.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 16, 2011
The US/Israeli Coup in Beirut Israel's next war could be fought on several fronts and result in far more destruction and casualties on all sides than recent conflicts. So said outgoing Israeli military intelligence chief Amos Yadlin in an address to the Knesset in November. There is a strong possibility of a major escalation of hostilities with two neighbors, Lebanon and Syria.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, From FlickrPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Did Hillary Scapegoat Russia to Save Her Campaign? Facts don't matter in the Russia hacking case. They never have. The whole approach from Day 1 has been to drown the public with innuendo and baseless accusations, while the MSM Carnie barkers pretend that "Russia meddling" is already settled science and that only "Putin puppets" would ever doubt the veracity of the media's loony claims. Got that?
Obama losing support from Democrats, From ImagesAttr
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 8, 2014
President Flim-Flam Leads Dems to Midterm Massacre Among young voters (aged 18-29) only 13 percent cast ballots on Tuesday. There's your ringing endorsement of capitalism in one dazzling data-point: 13 freaking percent. That's a system that has out-lived its shelf-life if you ask me. The system is broken. Deal with it. Organize. Grab a pitchfork. Do something!
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 15, 2013
Where's the Outrage? Fed Insider Exposes Giant Central Bank "Easing" Swindle QE was a strategy to drain the ocean of red ink from bank balance sheets and restore them to profitability. What mattered was profits. Profits at the expense of employment, profits at the expense of growth, profits at the expense the nation's economic future. Profits, profits, profits. How can anyone fail to see that now? QE was a transparent ripoff from the get go, and the Bernanke Fed orchestrated the entire affair.
Iran may rank first in the world in terms of gas reserves, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 27, 2015
Why Obama Wants to Lift Sanctions on Iran This is why Obama wants to ease sanctions; it's because he needs to find an alternate source of gas for Europe while he prosecutes his war on Russia. Defeating Russia has become Washington's top strategic priority. The United States is willing to risk everything -- even nuclear war -- to maintain its stranglehold on global power and to extend its hegemony into the next century.
federal reserve building, From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 23, 2020
Welcome to Sweatshop Amerika! The next bailout will be our last Imagine if the Central Bank was given the green-light to devour the Treasury, control the country's "purse strings", and use nation's taxing authority to shore up its trillions in ultra-risky leveraged bets, its opaque financially-engineered ponzi-instruments, and its massive speculative debts
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 4, 2016
Memo to Comey: Keep Your Damn Hands Off Our Elections Comey is a renegade, a lone wolf who arbitrarily decided to abandon normal bureaucratic procedures in order to torpedo Clinton's prospects for election. The widespread belief that Comey is a "good man who made a bad decision" is nonsense. He is an extremely intelligent and competent attorney with a keen grasp of Beltway politics. He knew what he was doing and he did it anyway. It's absurd to make excuses for him.
Sorry to see you go  - after Brexit, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 25, 2016
Basta Ya, Brussels! British Voters Reject EU Corporate Slavestate Not only has the EU failed to live up to its promise of lifting all boats and widening prosperity, it has also transformed the region into a low-growth, high unemployment charnel house where bankers and their corporate allies siphon off the wealth of the weaker states to enrich high-flying speculators and voracious bondholders. And Britain is just the tip of the iceberg.
China Blames US for Tensions in the Asia Pacific, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 31, 2015
Pivot Insanity: Why is Obama Goading China? The so called pivot is Washington's "top priority," which means that China's unprecedented ascendency must be slowed and its regional influence curtailed. US powerbrokers know that bullying China involves significant risks for themselves and the world. Even so, they have decided to pursue this new policy and force a confrontation.
From flickr.com: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, From Images
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 19, 2018
Trump's Plan B for Syria: Occupation and Intimidation The Russian president is gradually replacing Washington as the guarantor of regional security. This is a tectonic development and one that US power brokers will definitely regret in the future. A "changing of the guard" is underway in the energy-rich Middle East, and Washington is the odd-man-out.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 28, 2006
The Smoking Gun Agence France is reporting that the bombing of the Golden-Domed Mosque "was the work of specialists". The expertise involved suggests that Intelligence agencies may have been involved. Who benefits from such a vicious attack on one of the main icons of Islamic identity?
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Escape From The Dollar -- An Interview with Paul Craig Roberts Paul Craig Roberts thinks the Fed has backed itself into corner. A rise in interest rates would strengthen the dollar, give the dollar new life as world reserve currency, and halt the movement into gold, but a rise in rates would collapse the bond and stock markets and reduce the value of derivatives on the banks' balance sheets.
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(18 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 19, 2017
The Trump Speech That No One Heard Washington's plan for Russia is no different than its plan for Syria. Both countries will be chopped up into smaller bite-size enclaves eliminating the possibility of a strong nationalist government rising up and resisting Washington's relentless exploitation and repression. It's divide and conquer writ large.
Vladmir Putin, From ImagesAttr
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Obama Backs Down on Crimea The goofy Obama team wants the public to believe that the whole "constitutional reform" thing was their idea so people don't notice that the clunker administration and President Featherweight have run up the white flag and headed for the hills. This is classic Barack "lead from behind" Obama trying to make a full-blown retreat look like a victory.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 3, 2011
Mired in a Colossal Muddle -- US Economy Remains Stuck in Long-Term Slump The basic problem facing the economy, is lack of demand. Stagnant wages, high unemployment and gross inequality have made a strong recovery impossible. Working people simply don't have the purchasing power to generate positive growth.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan - Prime Minister of Turkey, From YouTubeVideos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 20, 2016
Could a Bomb Blast in Ankara Change the Outcome of the War in Syria? Washington has adjusted its strategy to the new reality on the ground while Turkey and the Saudis are still grasping at straws thinking the war can be won. Russia is going to persist in its plan to close the border regardless of what Turkey does. At the same time, it has tried to signal to Turkey that if it goes ahead with its plan to invade Syria, there will be hell to pay.
(19 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 2, 2017
How We the People Were Screwed by Obama's Bogus "Recovery" Neither Yellen nor McConnell can allow Trump to kick-start the economy, because stronger growth puts upward pressure on wages which lifts inflation and pushes up interest rates. Higher rates are the death knell for cheap money which is the secret ingredient that keeps the nation's wealth flowing upwards to the glorious 1 percent.
Hillary Clinton More Caring Or Calculating?, From YouTubeVideos
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 9, 2017
Is Hillary Just the "Fall Guy" for the Intel Agencies and their Moneybag Bosses? The media no longer tries to support their narrative with evidence or eyewitnesses. The major media now simply tells people what they want them to think and leave it at that. Even so, it doesn't require much critical thinking to see the holes in the Russia hacking story. One merely needs to suspend judgment long enough to see that main claims all emerge from (Democratic) sources who have every reason to mislead the public.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 12, 2020
Welcome to Weimar, USA! Virus hysteria adds $10 Trillion to national debt Wall Street has used virus-panic to advance its own agenda and get another round of trillion dollar bailouts. In fact, it took less than a week to get the pushover congress to ram through a massive $2.2 trillion boondoggle without even one lousy congressman offering a peep of protest.
The Top 1% Vs YOU, From ImagesAttr
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 21, 2014
The Fix Is In -- Fed Stops Stock Slide with Talk of QE Extension The Fed is driving the markets. The whole "free market" trope is baloney. No one is loading up on stocks because they're a good deal or because they think the economy is going gangbusters. Investors are buying stocks because they still believe in the power of money.
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SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Trump Unchained Do people know that there has never been a war that Hillary didn't support, a job-killing "free trade" bill she didn't back, or a civil liberties-eviscerating piece of legislation (Clinton voted for the original USA PATRIOT Act in 2001, as well as the revised version in 2006.) she wasn't eager to sign?
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SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 6, 2013
Another Slump Ahead: The True State of the Economy This is lunacy. The economy is sputtering along at sub-2 percent, millions of people can't find work, public confidence in the government is down the plughole, and Bernanke's playing circle-jerk with the money supply. This is the recovery we're expected to believe in? Just look at the problems the banks are having.
Empty Wallet, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 2, 2020
10 signs the U.S. is heading for a Depression Not surprisingly, some polls suggest that "more Americans are worried about the effect of the coronavirus on the economy than about their own health." I would include myself in that group, which is why I hope that President Trump expands his economics team by adding more experienced, top-notch economists who can help him navigate this unprecedented and potentially-catastrophic crisis. This isn't the time for the B Team
Russia Fires missiles, From ImagesAttr
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 9, 2015
Putin's "Endgame" in Syria Putin doesn't distinguish between the "moderate" terrorists and the "radical" terrorists, the good terrorists and the bad terrorists. It's a joke. They're all in the same pool and they're all going to meet the same fate. They all have to be rooted out, apprehended or killed. End of story.
Yanis Varoufakis: All the good stuff that cannot be measured, From ImagesAttr
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 19, 2015
Ironman Varoufakis's Revolutionary Plan for Europe (Don't Tell Anyone in Berlin) The freaking Eurogroup tried to pull the old switcheroo on Varoufakis to get him to sign something that was different than the original. Can you believe it? And it's only because Varoufakis studiously combed through the new memo that he was able to notice the discrepancy and jam on the brakes. As it happens, the final copy was just a rehash of the same agreement that Varoufakis has rejected from the onset.
Vladimir Putin and Ukraine, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Putin's Dilemma: Fending Off the United State's Imperial Hand This is Putin's dilemma, to choose the path that is least likely to exacerbate the situation and plunge Ukraine deeper into the abyss. For now, the choice seems obvious, that is, he should simply sit-tight, resist the temptation to get involved, and avoid doing anything rash. Eventually, his restraint will be seen as strength not weakness. But, for now, he must be patient and wait.
Donald Trump Caricature, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 27, 2016
Trump's Economic Plan: This Isn't Going to Work Had Obama made any attempt to address wage stagnation, shrinking incomes, student debt, or widespread economic insecurity, Hillary Clinton would probably be president today. As it happens, the victory went to the anti-establishment outsider who promised a fundamental change in direction, Donald Trump.
Russia vs USA, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Dispatching B-2 Stealth Bombers to Europe: Obama's Attempt at Intimidating Russia Western elites want to control the flow of gas and oil from East to West. This is why they've installed their puppet in Kiev, threatened to levy more sanctions on Moscow, and moved B-2 stealth bombers into the European theater. They are determined to succeed in their plan even if it triggers a Third World War.
Secretary Pompeo Delivers Remarks to the Media, From FlickrPhotos
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 18, 2020
Pompeo Says Gangland-Style Hit on Soleimani Was "Restoration of Deterrence" America's "shadow president," Mike Pompeo, has acknowledged that the assassination of Iran's highest-ranking military general, Qassem Soleimani, was part of a broader strategy to restore "real deterrence" by eliminating presumed enemies of the United States.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 13, 2011
Inside the GOP's "Security Act" The Detainee Security Act eliminates any process under which prisoners captured by the US military can establish their innocence. If you're caught by the military, then you're guilty; it's as simple as that. if the bill is passed, Guantanamo Bay will stay open forever and prisoners will continue to be deprived of due process.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 29, 2012
The Meaning of "Austerity Measures" -- EuroSpeak for "Starve the Beast" "Austerity" amounts to an attack on Europe's social model and aims to roll back the progressive advances of the last century. There's nearly universal agreement that belt-tightening doesn't lead to recovery, but just makes matters worse. Trimming deficits in the throes of a recession is a surefire way to choke off economic activity and foment social unrest.
CIA Director John Brennan, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 3, 2017
Trump, Brennan and the Intel Community's Iron Wall of Secrecy Russia has become the single greatest obstacle to Uncle Sam's imperial ambitions; it is the emergent threat of which Paul Wolfowitz warned during the Bush years. This is why Russia is relentlessly demonized by the media, penalized with harsh economic sanctions, and disparaged among the allies. And this is why Brennan launched Russiagate.
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(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Destroying Syria to Create Sunnistan The war on terror is a public relations fig leaf designed to conceal Washington's attempt to rule the world. It's impossible to make sense of goings-on around the globe without some grasp of how seemingly random acts of violence and terror fit within the broader and more comprehensive strategy to create a new unipolar world order, to crush all emerging rivals, and to extend US full-spectrum-dominance across the planet.
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(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 6, 2018
If There's a War in Korea, Blame Trump The United States has never lifted its sanctions on North Korea, never treated their leaders with anything except contempt and brutality, and never made any sincere attempt to end the hostilities. Washington will not even sit down with a delegation from the DPRK to air their differences or discuss a path forward.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 26, 2011
Replacing Strauss-Kahn; "Pro-bank bailout" Lagarde is a shoo in Lagarde supports weaker regulations so that banks and other financial institutions can continue to rake in windfall profits while increasing the risks to the broader economy. She just announced her candidacy this morning (May 25), but already she's won the approval of Washington, Wall Street, the big banks, and the EU heads of state. She's a shoo in.
Greek finance minister for Syriza party Yanis Vvaroufakis., From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 28, 2015
Showdown in Athens Varoufakis either doesn't understand what he signed or thinks he can implement his own plan without too much interference from the Eurogroup. Either way, there's probably going to be a confrontation given the vast disparity in the way the agreement is being interpreted. He will not have a four-month grace period to experiment with his pro-growth, anti-austerity economic policies. He'll be expected to toe the line from Day 1.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 5, 2005
How Greenspan Skewered America Low interest rates have kept the American people in a narcotic haze while Greenspan and Bush engineered the greatest shifting of wealth from one class to another in the history of the world. Good work, Alan.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 17, 2016
Negative Rates, Plunging Yields and a "Fix" for the Economy If Obama rehired the 500,000 public sector employees who got their pink slips during the recession, then we'd have positive inflation in no-time-flat. But the bigwigs don't want that. They don't want full employment or higher wages or workers to a bigger share in the gains in production. Fixing the economy is the easy part. It's the politics that are tough.
Stocks nosedive on Wall Street, From YouTubeVideos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 18, 2020
The Fed's Latest Welfare Payout to the Crooked Wall Street Banks The Fed's real goal is to prevent the markets from working the way they are supposed to work, to prevent basic price discovery, which will dramatically reduce valuations leaving banks and other financial institutions deep underwater.
From flickr.com/photos/60661112@N00/5104952894/: Steve Bannon, From Images
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 4, 2017
The Berkeley Incident The masked rioters actually did Trump a favor. They created a justification for presidential intervention backed by the prospect of direct involvement. One can only wonder how many similar experiments will transpire before Trump puts his foot down and bans demonstrations altogether? Of course, that may very well be the objective.
EU REVOLUTION RAGE in UKRAINE! 'Push by WEST to create CHAOS & weaken ties with RUSSIA', From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Crimea River there are no good options. Aside from launching a full-blown ground war, which nobody wants, Obama is just going to have to suck it up and move on, because, at the end of the day, Moscow's still going to control the Crimea and Obama and his EU collaborators are still going to be stuck with a broken, underwater province run by technocrats, kleptocrats, and neo-Nazi, clownshoes politicos.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 18, 2011
Getting Away With Murder -- Hillary Helps US Mercenary Escape Justice This is just the tip of the iceberg. The CIA is a lawless, free-wheeling fraternity that operates beyond any ethical or moral code. If Davis was colluding with terrorists or stirring up sectarian antagonism, it would be par for the course. Unfortunately, we'll never know, because Davis has flown the coop and justice has been subverted again.
Bashar al-Assad, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 6, 2015
The Brookings Institute Plan to Liquidate Syria What Obama wants to avoid in Syria at all costs, is another embarrassment like Iraq where the removal of Saddam created a security vacuum that led to a violent and protracted revolt that cost the US dearly in terms of blood, treasure and international credibility. That's why he's settled on the present strategy which he thinks is a smarter way to achieve the same objectives.
Aleppo, From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 8, 2016
Rolling Back the Empire: Washington's Proxy-Army Faces Decisive Defeat in Aleppo This is the end of the line for the US-backed terrorists that have laid to waste much of the battered country and killed more than 400,000 people. And while Aleppo may not be the decisive turning point in the ongoing conflict, it does put all of the main population centers and industrial hubs back under regime control.
October 2014 Breaking News Think it's bad now? why it could get a lot worse, From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 16, 2014
In the Blink of an Eye -- Stocks Plunge 460 Points on QE Exit The proximate cause of Wednesday's bloodbath was weaker than expected economic data from Europe -- which is sliding towards its third recession in five years -- droopy retail sales in the US, and a report from Department of Labor showing that wholesale prices for producers are edging closer towards deflation, the opposite of what the Fed is trying to achieve via its aggressive monetary policy.
When expectations dampen investors sell, From Uploaded
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 28, 2020
Why Are Stocks Crashing? Investors buy stocks with the expectation that their investment will grow over time. In periods of crisis, when the environment becomes unfamiliar and opaque expectations are crushed under the weigh of uncertainty.
From flickr.com/photos/37996583933@N01/2115690248/: Hillary Clinton, From Images
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 20, 2015
Hillary's War Whoop In a presentation to the Council on Foreign Relations, Clinton made it clear if she's elected in 2016, she's going to drag the country straight to war. Invoking the same imagery as her ideological twin, George W. Bush, Clinton fulminated for more than an hour and a half on Syria, war, terrorism, war, no-fly zones, war, radical jihadism, war, and "metastasizing threats," whatever the heck those are. Oh, and did I mention war?
Donald Trump, From FlickrPhotos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 9, 2016
PEW Explains Who is Voting for Trump and Why A higher percentage of Trump supporters think they are getting screwed-over by an unfair system. They think "free trade" only benefits the rich, they think the government is unresponsive to their needs, they think the system is rigged, they think the economy stinks and they're really, really mad.
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 17, 2012
The Plan to Kick Greece Out of the Eurozone a plan is in place to deal with Greece's exit from the eurozone. German policymakers have made every effort to protect themselves and to make sure that Greece does not become the next Lehman Brothers. Counterparties and bondholders have been compensated.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 1, 2020
The "Repo" Fiasco; the Fed's Cash Injections Send Stocks Soaring The greatest threat posed by the Fed's reckless "repo" policy is not the threat of another giant asset bubble but the possibility that US Treasuries will lose their exalted role as the world's preeminent "risk free" asset of choice.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 24, 2017
McMaster Takes Charge: Trump Relinquishes Control of Foreign Policy Why has Trump put a Moscow-hating hawk like H.R. McMaster in a position where he'll be able to intensify the pressure on Russia, increase the provocations and, very likely, trigger a conflagration between the two nuclear-armed superpowers? Trump is signaling to his adversaries that he will cooperate in carrying out their strategic agenda provided they allow him to finish his term.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 24, 2011
The Dumbest Rally of All Time Policymakers in the US and EU have no idea of how to put the economy back on track. They remain committed to a flawed ideology that's pushing the world to the brink of disaster. So, when does discontent turn to open rebellion? The sooner the better.
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(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 6, 2016
The "Gig Economy"; Another Vicious Attack on Ordinary Working Slobs Create a bubble with easy money and low rates. Burst the bubble and precipitate a crisis. Impose excruciating belt-tightening measures that restructure the workforce, privatize public assets and transfers more of the national wealth to the parasites at the top of the foodchain, the mighty one percent. Wash, rinse, repeat.
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 19, 2017
The Syrian Nightmare: No End in Sight The fight against ISIS could be over in a matter of months, but that doesn't mean the hostilities will end. No one really knows whether the Turks, the Kurds or the US-backed militias will agree to withdraw from the territories they've captured during the war, but the general consensus seems to be that they won't.
Trump: We Are in a Big Fat Ugly Bubble, From YouTubeVideos
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 3, 2017
Trump Flip-Flops on Bubblemaking when Trump was running for office, stocks were headed for another thundering crash. But now that he's president, Happy Days Are Here Again. The question is: Which Trump do we believe? Are stocks in a bubble or not? Stocks aren't just in a bubble, they've completely detached from reality.
New York Stock Exchange, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 24, 2016
Could This be "The Big One"? Obama and the Republican-led Congress have done everything in their power to keep things just the way they are by slashing government spending to make sure the economy stays weak as possible, so inflation is suppressed, the Fed isn't forced to raise rates, and the cheap money continues to flow to Wall Street.
Keep counting, my friend.  It's not looking promising., From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Work Until You're Dead? Don't Plan on Retiring A sizable chunk of the adult population is going to punch a clock until they keel-over in the office parking lot and get hauled off in the company dumpster. And those are the lucky ones, the so-called baby boomers. By the time we get to the millennials it'll be even worse because the economy will have been ravaged by 25 or 30 years of austerity.
FINANCIAL CRISIS 2016?, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 10, 2016
A Warning From the B.I.S.: the Calm Before the Storm? Profits are down and stocks are in trouble. Is it any wonder why the BIS is running around with its hair on fire? Also, corporate earnings have dropped for two straight quarters which is a sign that the economy is headed for a slump.
Trump calls Putin, From YouTubeVideos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Trump Asks Putin for Help in Oil War Donald Trump called Russian president Vladimir Putin on Monday to discuss plunging oil prices that are wreaking havoc on America's shale oil industry. The two leaders talked briefly about the coronavirus pandemic but quickly switched to Trump's real concern which is oil production.
John Brennan, From YouTubeVideos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Judgment Day for John Brennan The agents and officials who conducted this seditious attack on the presidency never thought they'd be held accountable for their crimes. But they were wrong, and now their day of reckoning is fast approaching. The main players in this palace coup are about to be exposed, criminally charged and prosecuted. Some of them will probably wind up in jail.
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(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 29, 2016
The Reason the Fed is Raising Rates, and Why It Won't Work The Fed created the incentives for this destructive behavior and they are the primary regulator of the entire financial system. They could stop this nonsense with just one appearance before Congress, but they choose not to. They'd rather keep the real economy in a permanent coma and blow up the financial system than lift a finger to stop Wall Street's reckless and relentless looting spree.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 2, 2007
Hanging Saddam The execution of Saddam Hussein is another grim chapter in the catalogue of war crimes perpetrated against the Iraqi people. It is a gratuitous act of barbarism devoid of justice. What right does Bush have to kill Saddam? What right does the author of Abu Ghraib, Falluja, Haditha and countless other atrocities have to pass judgment on the former leader of a nation which posed no threat to the United States?
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 26, 2013
The Trouble with ZIRP -- Crushing the Middle Class The Fed's policies are doing what they were designed to do, shift more wealth upwards to the uber-rich while political leaders dismantle vital saftey-net programs which protect ordinary working people from the ravages of unregulated capitalism. The Central Bank and the political establishment in Washington are working hand-in-hand to restructure the economy along the same lines as they would any third world banana republic.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 25, 2015
Markets Gone Mad Imagine your doctor put you on a daily dose of oxycontin, phenobarbital and Quaaludes for six years straight. Then he suddenly cancelled your prescription. Do you think your behavior might become a bit erratic? This is what's going on with the stock market. It's trying to shake off six years of overmedication brought on by the Fed's zero rates and liquidity injections.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki steps down., From ImagesAttr
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Why Obama Wants Maliki Removed Obama wants to create a pretext for boosting troop levels in the country. What better way to redeploy thousands of US combat troops to Iraq, then to scare Iraqi policymakers into submission with visions of bloodthirsty terrorists (ISIS) lopping off heads and slitting throats at every opportunity.
The Democrats are working with the establishment media and elements in the intelligence community to effect the transformational changes that will actualize the elitist vision, From Uploaded
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Vote Democrat... and Watch America Burn The Democrats cannot be trusted. They have already implemented their anti-worker trade policy and their pro-war foreign policy, and they're now bent on imposing their own pro-business immigration policy that will further erode the living standards of working people.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Housing Holocaust: Existing Home Sales Plunge, Market Follows It's been four years since problems with subprime mortgages triggered the deepest slump since the Great Depression. Today's bleak housing numbers are not the result of a "cyclical downturn", but of a crime perpetrated on the American people. There must accountability. Someone's gotta pay!
Four Western Iraqi Towns Fall To Advancing ISIS Militants, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Did Obama Know that ISIS Planned to Invade Iraq? The division of Iraq is already a done deal, just as long as al Maliki doesn't gum up the works by deploying his army to retake the parts of the country that are now occupied by ISIS. But the Obama team probably won't allow that to happen, mainly because the bigshots in Washington like things the way they are now.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 6, 2009
The Audacity of Ethnic Cleansing; Obama's plan for Afghanistan Here is the apparent Pentagon conquest strategy for Afghanistan according to Mike Whitney, as cynical as anything any Fascist/Imperialist power has ever come up with, and Obama is the souless cog in the wheel doing the slick sales pitches for it. This means massive death, destruction and suffering for the people of Afghanistan, executed with an American smiley face.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 18, 2016
Blanket Student Debt Amnesty Now Congress knew what they were doing. They knew they were part of a big sting operation targeting credulous students who never guessed that their government was just a bunch of lousy shakedown artists. And now congress can pat themselves on the back for a job well done, for luring millions of millennials into a lifetime of indentured servitude.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Repo, Baby, Repo: How Unregulated Banking Triggered the Crash of '08 It's a completely ridiculous, insane system. We've given the banks this outrageous privilege of creating private money out of thin air, (credit) and they spit in our face. They won't even follow a few simple rules that would make the process safer for everyone. Keep in mind, that Dodd Frank does nothing to remedy the problems in repo.
New and used autos, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 18, 2016
Subprime Auto Loans: the Next Shoe to Drop? You know what comes next, don't you? The delinquencies start piling up, the finance companies begin to creak and groan, the banks and other counterparties hastily sell off assets to try to stay afloat, and, finally, the Fed rides to the rescue with another batch of emergency loans to prevent the whole wobbly, over-leveraged system from crashing to earth.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Is the Lockdown the Greatest Policy Disaster in U.S. History? The lockdowns are all about power; raw, political power in the hands of unelected, unaccountable "do-goodie" oligarchs who are determined to save humanity whether we like it or not.
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(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 13, 2017
Cowboy's Boss Draws a Line in Sand: "Stand for Anthem or Else" But if bosses can require their employees stand for the anthem, then what's to stop them from making them say a prayer too? It's the same thing, isn't it? In both cases, employees are being compelled to conform to behavior that may or may not be consistent with their own beliefs. How does that square with the First amendment or is that rule no longer applicable?
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 1, 2018
Turkish Invasion Pits Neocons Against Traditional Imperialists The present disaster that is unfolding in the Afrin canton in Syria's northwest corner could have been avoided had the Trump administration abstained from announcing that it planned a permanent military presence in east Syria, which implied its tacit support for an independent Kurdish state. This, in fact, was the trigger for the current crisis, the provocation that set the dominoes in motion.
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SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Draghi's Giant Giveaway; More Handouts for Wall Street Draghi and his ilk want unemployment to remain high in order to keep inflation low. As long as inflation stays low, Draghi can continue to provide cheap money to his crooked friends on Wall Street, which is the real objective. What this tells us is that Draghi's QE is not really "stimulus" at all, but a form of upward distribution concealed behind public relations sloganeering.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 7, 2011
"The greatest purveyor of violence in the world today" This is what US "liberation" looks like up-close-and-personal, a half-a-million people foraging through garbage dumps to feed their kids and stay alive. Isn't that worth thinking about the next time Obama beats the war drum and tries to rally the masses to action?
Arrow, From PixabayPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 16, 2020
9 things you should know about the 2020 stock market crash According to Bloomberg News: "Investors made their biggest dash for cash in history" in the last week.
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SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 17, 2017
Yellen's Effed up Attack on Working People, Sad The idea that the Fed is an impartial referee that serves the public by setting interest rates and regulating the financial system, is the nuttiest of all the conspiracy theories. The Fed is not only a creature of the banks, it is also the most destructive institution in the country today. Isn't it true that Donald Trump wouldn't be president today if it wasn't for the Fed? Think about it.
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SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 28, 2013
While Housing Sales Slow: US Treasuries Cross Into Danger Zone Rates are rising while conditions in the housing market are going from bad to worse. For example, existing home sales tanked for the third month in a row in November to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.9 million. November's sales pace was the slowest in more than a year, which means that higher rates and rising prices are scaring off potential buyers.
G20 aims to lift global economic growth, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 29, 2016
Wall Street's Savage Reckoning: Clouds Gather Over G-20 Summit Now that monetary policy is kaput, fiscal stimulus is the only game in town. That's just the way it is. Either the finance ministers accept that fact and push for additional government spending on infrastructure programs and the like, or stocks and profits are going to face a savage reckoning. It's that simple.
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 18, 2020
CODENAME: Operation Virus Identification 2019; What we know for certain is that the doomsday scenarios never materialized. 2 million Americans did not die and the world did not come to an abrupt end. We also know that the computer model predictions from the Imperial College were bogus just as we know that the countries that ignored those absurd models did better than the others.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 17, 2015
Quantitative Easing Was a Bust; Let's Try Higher Wages Instead Despite the Fed's wacko theories about pumping liquidity into the financial system to make investors feel wealthier, people actually have to buy things to generate growth. And the truth is, consumers have reduced their spending because wages are flat, incomes are falling and many of them are still hanging on by the skin of their teeth.
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 13, 2010
Is Robert Gibbs Right About the "Professional Left"? Gibbs is right about the professional left. We aren't happy. We are disappointed; crushed really. Dejected, depressed and despairing. It may be the worst case of buyer's remorse in history. We thought we were voting for FDR and we got Ronald Reagan.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 30, 2011
Treasury Yields are Blinking Red In other words, the Fed is planning to give every working man and woman in the US a big pay-cut so they can go nose-to-nose with foreign labor. You can see how this blends seamlessly with Obama's State of the Union Speech where he focused on "competition" as his central theme.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 25, 2012
The "Good News" on Housing, and what could go wrong Bernanke is going to use the Fed's bully pulpit to coerce the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to define a "qualified mortgage" in a way that allows the banks to dump their garbage loans on Uncle Sam without any risk to themselves. That's what this charade is really all about; the banks want a "safe harbor" provision in upcoming regulations that will exempt them from having to buy back mortgages.
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(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 11, 2015
It's All About Expectations; Why Are Stocks Going Berserk? The Fed is so blinded by fear, it doesn't seem to know whether its coming or going. Sure, they talk about normalization, but are they really going to end the meddling and allow the markets to function according to normal supply-demand dynamics? Not a chance.
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 18, 2017
Starve Them to Death: Wall Street Journal's Solution to North Korea The editors at the Wall Street Journal have settled on a plan for ending the crisis in North Korea. Starve them to death. There's not even the remotest chance that the plan will work at all. None. But it will help to punish the Korean people for the behavior of their government. It will do that. And it will generate more suffering, unhappiness and misery. That much is certain.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 15, 2016
Stocks Dive as Confidence in Fed Fades The Central Banks have lost their touch which is why investors are cashing in and heading for the exits. This has nothing to do with the slowdown in China, bank troubles in Europe, capital flight in the emerging markets, droopy oil prices, or the deceleration in the global economy. Forget about that stuff. The real problem is that investors have lost confidence in the Fed. And for good reason.
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(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 19, 2013
Obama Destroys the Middle-Class The only reason unemployment has gone down at all is because so many people have stopped looking for work altogether and fallen off the radar. If the BLS counted these lost souls, we'd be looking at 11.2% unemployment instead of the bogus 7.4 percent figure. But who cares what the numbers are at this point. What matters is that the economy stinks.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 15, 2012
Spain Marches Toward a Depression While unemployment across Europe has risen to its highest point in more than 14 years, (17.3 million people) in Spain, joblessness has soared to 23 percent, and among young people, it's nearly 50 percent. An entire generation is being sacrificed so the 1 percent can grab a greater portion of the wealth.
Liar Ben Bernanke, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 2, 2014
Book-Cooking on New Year's Eve Ben Bernanke is a big believer in transparency. Hardly a day goes by that Bernanke doesn't reiterate his commitment to transparency. He thinks the Fed should be as open and honest as possible. The average working stiff probably doesn't give a hoot about Bernanke's new program. But that's really a shame, because it looks like old Bennie is going to sock it to us one more time before he rides off into the sunset.
Rod Rosenstein swearing in, From WikimediaPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 25, 2017
Rosenstein and Mueller: the Regime Change Tag-Team Rod Rosenstein is a skunk, there's no two-ways about it. [Mueller] did not live up to his oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution against foreign and domestic threats. So, he clearly has a selective view of how you apply the Constitution,"
James Clapper and John Brennan, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 18, 2017
Brennan and Clapper: Elder Statesmen or Serial Fabricators? After an arduous 12 month-long investigation involving both Houses of Congress, a Special Counsel, and a small army of high-paid Washington attorneys, the only straw Brennan has found to hold on to, is a few innocuous advertisements posted on Facebook and Twitter that had no noticeable impact on the election at all.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Does Sarkozy Like Seeing France Get Dragged Through the Mud? In America "what a man is accused of" is not supposed to matter; he's still entitled to a fair trial. So, what are the chances that Strauss-Kahn will get a fair trial now that he's been lambasted as a serial sex offender in about 3,000 articles and in all the televised news reports? Not very good, I'd say.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 23, 2012
The Housing Market Doldrums -- When Pigs Fly Banks are desperate. They're giving away money, but no one is standing in line. No one is borrowing, because the economy is dead, because people don't trust the system anymore, and because housing has become an albatross. They've screwed everything up and now no wants to play their game anymore. Mortgage applications continue to drift lower five years after prices peaked. It's a matter of trust.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 28, 2011
Increasing the Deficits Will Fire-up The Economy and Add Jobs This political burlesque on Capital Hill so excruciating to watch, because it's such a waste. Peoples lives are being ruined for nothing, just because Congress doesn't have the courage to do the right thing. Do you think they'd hesitate if they had to pony-up for another multi-billion dollar weapons system, or another bailout for Wall Street, or more tax cuts for their tycoon friends?
Colin Kaepernick, From YouTubeVideos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 27, 2017
"Anthem Protesters" Should Stop Mucking Around and Make Their Demands The owners are going to do whatever they're told to do (within reason, of course) if they want this protest nightmare to go away. And they do want it to go away. The anthem protests could very well produce results that no one could have ever imagined. It's worth a shot at least.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 30, 2011
Financial Scam: Hanky-Panky at the Fed Has the Fed has been creating reserves at the banks, reserves that the banks have then converted into government bonds (USTs) and sold back to the Fed during QE2? In other words, is this another circular trade whose only purpose is to funnel more money to the banks?
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 8, 2010
Bernanke's Dollar Policy: "Save those Greenbacks for Fishwrap!" Interest rates are the Fed's best friend because they provide the central bank with a tool for regulating the economy. But the Fed has kept interest rates at zero for more than two years now and is not getting any traction. We're in a liquidity trap where the old rules don't apply anymore.
A debate is raging over the safety of opening schools and child care centers as dozens of states see a rise in COVID-19 cases., From YouTubeVideos
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 13, 2020
Stop Fu**Ing Around and Open the G**Damn Schools! Countries around the world are ignoring the media's fearmongering and starting to reopen their schools. This is a positive development which shows that the Coronavirus's psychic-grip on the population is gradually loosening.
Russian plane shot down by Turkey, From YouTubeVideos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 26, 2015
Turkey Downs Russian Fighter to Draw NATO and US Deeper into Syrian Quagmire The downing of the Russian fighter is a desperate attempt by Erdogan to incite a reaction from Russia that will draw either NATO or the United States deeper into a conflict which has dragged on for four and a half years and killed 250,000 people.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 7, 2012
A Plan to Topple Hugo? The western media has been trying to create the illusion that the race between Chavez and right-wing challenger Henrique Capriles Radonski is close. It isn't. The media is lying. Chavez is ahead by a wide-margin although you wouldn't know it by reading the strumpet press.
Your money or your life, From FlickrPhotos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 11, 2017
Trump's Deregulation Boondoggle; "One Shitty Deal" According to Trump, the benefits of ditching the rules far exceed the risks which, of course, will be shouldered exclusively by the blue collar working stiffs who naively supported Trump's bid for president thinking he had their best interests at heart. Hopefully, these people will realize that President Silverspoon has allied himself with the same thieving scoundrels who precipitated the 2008 financial crash.
Oprah Winfrey delivered a rallying cry to women and hope for .a new day.., From YouTubeVideos
(24 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 12, 2018
Oprah for President, Really? The fact that Oprah really has no understanding of how to negotiate with congress, staff an administration, or appoint judges to the bench, makes one think that Democratic honchos are merely using her as a stalking horse to shoehorn themselves back into power so they can -- once again -- enjoy the spoils of war.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 11, 2015
The Saudi-Hosted "Opposition Talks" Fiasco The media doesn't want the American people to know that the so called "moderate" militias their government is backing are actually homicidal maniacs who are determined to topple a secular government and replace it with an Islamic Caliphate. This whole fiasco about convening "talks" between opposition leaders is just a smokescreen to conceal the real objective which is regime change.
Obama and Putin UN speeches over Syria Showdown, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 2, 2015
Putin's Blitz Leaves Washington Rankled and Confused The US political class was caught off-guard by Putin's blitz. They know that Putin is undoing years of work by rolling up proxy-units that were supposed to achieve US objectives, but there is no agreement among ruling elites about what should be done. It's a much better option then waiting around for the US to impose a no-fly zone that would collapse the central government and reduce Syria to Libya-type anarchy.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 10, 2017
US Intel Agencies Try to Strong-Arm Trump into War With Russia The big shots who run the country are trying to strong-arm "the Donald" into carrying their water so the depredations can continue and Central Asia can be transformed into a gigantic Washington-dominated corporate free-trade zone where the Big Money calls the shots and Capital reigns supreme.
Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian President Vladimir Putin, From YouTubeVideos
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 18, 2015
John Kerry's Moscow Lovefest This has got to be the biggest foreign policy somersault in the last two decades and Kerry carried it off without a trace of shame, in fact, he never veered from his cheery script the entire trip. were the Russians taken in by Kerry's performance? Heck no, in fact, they acted exactly as one would expect them to act. They treated Kerry with the utmost respect, listened politely to everything he had to say.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 13, 2010
The video that will put Geithner behind bars Geithner ran Lehman through 3 "stress tests" prior to bankruptcy; all of which Lehman failed, and yet, nothing was done. Anton R. Valukas--the examiner who wrote the 2,200 page investigative-report which was released on Thursday-- has provided plenty of information detailing Lehman's "materially misleading" accounting and "actionable balance sheet manipulation." In other words, they cooked the books.
Greece Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, From ImagesAttr
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Central Bank Stock Buying Binge Why would anyone in their right mind bestow such extraordinary powers ("independence") on a group of voracious, cutthroat bankers who have repeatedly shown that they can't be trusted? Huh? It's insanity. This latest outrage just proves that the central bank system needs to be either reformed or terminated. Preferably, terminated.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 24, 2012
Why Hasn't Anyone Gone to Jail? Nine million homes have been lost to foreclosure since 2007, and there will be another 9 million before we're done. Homeowners have lost $8 trillion in home equity (in the last four years) and 11 million people are currently underwater on their mortgages. All of this is unprecedented. All of this is the result of fraud. Someone has to go to jail. That's what matters.
CIA honors Saudi Crown Prince for efforts against terrorism, From GoogleImages
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Worst Joke Ever? U.S. Spy Chief Gives Saudi Prince Highest Award for "Fighting Terrorism" The evidence against Saudi Arabia is overwhelming and damning, and that's what makes Pompeo's performance in Riyadh so confusing. Why is the head of the CIA bestowing an award on a man who could undoubtedly identify some of the world's biggest terrorist donors, unless, of course, the CIA derives some benefit from the arrangement?
John Brennan, CIA Director 2013--2017, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 20, 2017
John Brennan's Police State USA Brennan's psyops have been successful -- amazingly successful. According to a recent CBS Poll, a majority of Americans (57%) now believe that "Russia tried to interfere in the 2016 presidential election." In contrast, only 34 percent of Americans don't believe there was any Russian interference in the 2016 elections.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 31, 2015
Power-Mad Erdogan Launches War in Attempt to Become Turkey's Supreme Leader The biggest threat facing Erdogan in the short-term is that the Turkish people will see what he's up to and cast their ballots accordingly in the November elections. The only way the Kurds can beat a power-drunk, right-wing fanatic like Erdogan, is by giving peace a chance. Until the votes are counted, that is.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 2, 2006
The Tyranny that follows Economic Collapse What is the relationship between the yawning chasm of debt produced by the Bush team and the strengthening of the police-state? Do the new instruments of repression anticipate the “political turmoil” that naturally results from financial collapse?
President Obama, From YouTubeVideos
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"No Ground Troops to Syria:" Obama's Smartest Move in Eight Years? Obama knows what's going on. He knows the bigwig media owners who sit on the same board of directors with the big weapons manufacturers, the Wall Street bankers and other honchos in the Military Industrial Complex (MIC) want another war. That's what it's all about. It's the smartest move Obama's made in eight years.
Did Trump deliberately mislead Kim about the administration's demands or has Trump's position simply hardened over time?, From InText
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The Media's 6 Biggest Lies About North Korea The Trump delegation surprised Kim with a take-it-or-leave-it ultimatum that included the "elimination of the DPRK's "chemical and biological weapons, "their ballistic missile program" along with complete denuclearization.
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SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Trump Plays Cat and Mouse with Iran Washington abhors any country that conducts its own independent foreign policy or resists US attempts to install its own puppet government. With Iran, the problems run even deeper since Iran sits on a vast ocean of oil and natural gas to which the western oil giants feel they are entitled.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 29, 2012
Skimming Profits Off Bad Loans Bankers And Their Dirty Tricks What else are the banks up to besides keeping rates elevated so they can make a bigger killing on refis? Well, for one thing, they're using their high-powered attorneys and lobbyists to twist arms at the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) to make it easier for them to make bad loans without suffering any consequences.
Bikini Atoll, From ImagesAttr
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Does North Korea Need Nukes to Deter US Aggression? The leadership in Pyongyang knows who they're dealing with, which is why they've taken the hardline. They know the US doesn't respond to weakness, only strength. That's why they can't cave in on the nukes project. It's their only hope. Either the US stands down and makes concessions or the stalemate continues. Those are the only two possible outcomes.
Ukraine ceasefire holds but underlying political and military tensions remain, From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 11, 2014
Uncle Sam Does Ukraine What the Obama administration is trying to do, is draw Russia into a costly and protracted conflagration in Ukraine to prove to its European allies that Russian President Vladimir Putin is a dangerous aggressor and a serious threat to global security. The US needs this justification to move ahead with its plan of establishing NATO forward-bases on Russia's western border.
Did President Trump strike the right balance on Iran?, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 5, 2018
Will Trump Use "Human Rights" to Kill the Iran Nukes Deal? If the president does in fact reimpose sanctions, (sometime after January 13) the United States will be in "material noncompliance" with the terms of the nuclear agreement and all bets will be off.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 2, 2012
Why You're a Lot Poorer Than You Thought You Were Bernanke and his fellow doves at the Fed aren't going to be deterred by something as inconsequential as the travails of working people. Oh no. After all, he has his real constituents to consider, the parasitic Wall Street robber barons. Their needs come first.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 22, 2008
Bush to Putin: "Get out now!" Putin to Bush: "Nyet!" When Vladimir Putin heard President Bush demand that Russian troops "leave Georgia territory immediately", he did what any sensible leader of a great nation would do; he yawned, scratched his belly and ambled over to the Kremlin frig to see if there were any left-overs from last night's imperial banquet with the French dignitaries.
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If We Want to Return to Normal, We Have to Fix the Policy Young people are not going to develop immunity by lying on the sofa watching daytime TV. Nor will they build up antibodies by bolting the door and waiting for Uncle Sam to give them a thumbs-up. It doesn't work that way. There needs to be a controlled spread of the virus. That's the only way to achieve herd immunity, and that's the only way to get out of this mess.
Dana Rohrabacher, From FlickrPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Rohrabacher vs. The Machine The media is trying to divert attention from the real story that Russia did not hack Democratic emails and give them to WikiLeaks during the 2016 presidential campaign until they get their bearings and figure out a way to dispose of Rohrabacher. As soon as they settle on an approach, they'll be off to the races. Rohrabacher should be applauded for trying to reveal the truth, but he's probably bitten off more than he can chew.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 25, 2006
Jack the Ripper in Sudan Imagine you had prostate cancer. Would you let Jack the Ripper perform the surgery? So, why would Sudan be foolish enough to allow US-backed peacekeepers into their country? Are they so blind they can't see what's going on in Iraq? Think again!
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 28, 2010
"Monetary Shock and Awe": The Fed prepared to launch most Radical Intervention in History Either Bernanke's "nuclear option" succeeds in resuscitating the comatose economy or foreign holders of dollars and dollar-backed assets dump their gargantuan trove of US loot in a pile and set it ablaze. It's all a roll of the dice.
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Sweden's Triumph; Staying Free in a Lockdown World Why is the media so preoccupied with Sweden? And why is the media so determined to prove that Sweden's approach to the coronavirus is wrong?
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 27, 2020
Lifting the Lockdown; Easy Does It The data and the science do not support the current policy. The lock-down was conjured up by made-for-TV infectious disease experts who based their recommendations on the results of discredited computer models that don't square with reality.
US Dollar, China, Economic crisis, From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Wall Street Panic Whether the troubles started with China or the credit markets, probably doesn't matter. What matters is that the system about to be put-to-the-test once again because the appropriate safeguards haven't been put in place, because bubbles are unwinding.
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(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 28, 2016
Seven Years of Monetary Quackery; Can the Fed Admit it Was Wrong Yet? By any rational measure, the economy is stuck in a long-term slump that shows no sign of relenting anytime soon. Bondholders seem to grasp that fact and have made a ton of dough betting on crappy growth and perennial stagnation, which are the logical corollaries of the Fed's goofy monetary policies.
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SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 19, 2016
The Fed's Role in the Stock Market Slide Growing uncertainty coupled with flagging earnings reports have factored heavily in Wall Street's recent selloff. Unless the Fed is able to restore confidence by promising to take steps that support the markets, stocks are going to continue get hammered by economic data that's bound to deteriorate as 2016 drags on.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 26, 2011
Europe Leads the Way Back to Depression While EU finance ministers smiled and played nice to their US hosts at the meetings in Washington, they have no intention of following Geithners' advice. There will be no blank checks for crooked banksters nor will there be looting on a scale of the TARP. EU leaders will decide which policies best reflect their own interests and those of their people.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 31, 2005
Carry on, Patrick Fitzgerald. The longer the Fitzgerald investigation takes, the better. We're looking at 3 years of indictments and a slow "death by a thousand cuts". If that's what it takes to derail the White Hiuse cabal than, carry on.
Greece Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Varoufakis Keeps Greece in the Eurozone, by its Fingernails If a deal hadn't been struck on Friday, the ECB would have pulled the plug on its liquidity assistance program and blown the whole system to kingdom come. That's how the Eurocrats planned to say goodbye to their long-struggling member, Greece, by giving them a sharp jolt to the groin before razing their economy to the ground. That tells you everything you need to know about the Eurogroup.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 23, 2013
Power Grab at the Fed -- They Have No Idea The reason the money markets are so vulnerable is NOT because there's no fix, but because the big money is blocking even modest changes to the existing system. Wall Street would rather put the whole system at risk, than lose even one-thin dime in profits.
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 29, 2013
China's Shadow Bankers and the Vampire Squid China's shadow bankers have adopted the same flawed model as Wall Street. Leverage is building in dodgy debt instruments that have little or no capital supporting them and that are not subject to regulatory oversight. It's a prescription for disaster.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 25, 2016
Stock Buybacks and the Wall Street Sharktank: "A Whole Lotta Stealin' Goin' On" Now, anything goes and the sky's the limit. Wall Street basically tells its lackey Congressmen what they want and, BAM, Congress changes the rules like that. That's basically how the system works. As a result, Big Business keeps piling on more and more debt, creating more and more instability, and paving the way for another agonizing financial crisis.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 23, 2011
More Treachery at the Fed? Get the picture? Inflation targeting is neoliberalism writ large, no different than "structural adjustment," "debt consolidation," "privatization of public assets," etc. It's another subsidy for speculators while ordinary working people get kicked to the curb.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 27, 2013
What Recovery? There's a humongous shadow inventory of distressed homes that have yet to reach the market. And the banks are dragging their feet to keep prices artificially high. Everyone knows this now. The whole system has been rejiggered to accommodate a handful of underwater, zombie institutions who wouldn't know how to make an honest buck in a normal business transaction if it was staring them in the face.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 28, 2011
Timebomb in Euroland: "Tick...tick...tick..." Bank funding costs are rising, liquidity is being choked off, and interbank lending has started to stall. A full-blown crisis can still be averted, but leaders will have to knuckle down and resolve the political issues fast. Otherwise the 17-member monetary union will fracture and the euro will be kaput.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 9, 2010
Obama is provoking a war in Korea The US/South Korea war games are a deliberate provocation, no different than if China or Russia sent an armada to conduct operations 3 miles off Cape Cod. Even so, the White House is using the incident to put pressure China to coerce the North into acceding to US diktats.
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SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 3, 2013
A Whirlpool of Speculation: Housing Shifts Into Reverse Housing is weak, because the economic foundation for widespread prosperity has disintegrated beneath the withering influence of bankers, CEOs, lobbyists and corrupt politicians. What's left is a transparently fake market propped up with excessive financial speculation, calculated inventory suppression, artificially low rates and criminal malfeasance.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Osama Bin Laden: Scary Terrorist or Boring Dinner Guest? Bin Laden has got to be the most successful psychological operation (psy ops) of all time. Propaganda works, that's clear, although maybe not as its authors intended. After years of listening to the same tedious refrain, the public's mood gradually darkens as they succumb to the idiocy of demagogues. And that's what's happened here. They've just worn us out.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 13, 2010
Hyperinflation is a mirage invented by demagogues What's needed is sustained fiscal and monetary support until the the private sector regroups and can spend at pre-crisis levels. Ben Bernanke is a brilliant academic and an expert on the Great Depression. He knows what's ailing the economy and he knows how to fix it. He simply chooses not to.
Ukraine Crisis: Death and destruction continues in Eastern Ukraine, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 6, 2015
The Fallujah Option for East Ukraine The heavy losses sustained by Ukraine's inexperienced army and the terrible suffering of the civilians in Lugansk and Donetsk are of no interest to US war-planners. Their job is to make sure that peace is avoided at all cost because peace would derail US plans to pivot to Asia and remain the world's only superpower.
China's Belt and Road Initiative A Tectonic Shift in the Geopolitical Balance of Power, From InText
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China and Russia - Whoopin' Uncle Sam at His Own Game Your Geopolitical Quiz for the Day: Two countries are embroiled in a ferocious rivalry. One country's meteoric growth has put it on a path to become the world's biggest economic superpower while the other country appears to be slipping into irreversible decline. Which country will lead the world into the future?
Chelsea Manning FREED By Pres. Obama, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Chelsea Manning sentence commuted after seven years of brutal imprisonment The language of the commutation appears to rule out any future legal proceeding against Manning in either civilian or military courts, since it covers all 20 charges for which she was convicted and sentenced. Neither incoming President Donald Trump nor the Republican-controlled Congress has the legal power to overturn the commutation.
Corporate Greed, From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 28, 2015
Looting Made Easy: the $2 Trillion Buyback Binge Under current financial regulations, corporate bosses are free to repurchase their own company's shares, push stock prices into the stratosphere, skim off a generous bonuses for themselves in the form of executive compensation, and leave their companies drowning in red ink. When can we stop referring to this activity as buybacks and call it by its real name; looting?
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Bernanke's Trillion Dollar Parlor Trick The American Enterprise Institute is helping the Federal Reserve develop a strategy to dump $1.25 trillion in mortgage-backed garbage on the U.S. taxpayer. If the toxic transfer goes forward, the losses will be greater than all of the other bailouts combined.
Financial Crisis, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 29, 2014
The New Wave of Financial Instability For more than four years, the Fed has buoyed stock prices and increased corporate margins through massive injections of free cash into the financial markets. Now the Central Bank wants to change the policy and ease its foot off the gas pedal. That's causing investors to rethink their positions and take more money off the table. The Federal Reserve is entirely responsible for this new wave of financial instability.
From flickr.com/photos/21914065@N05/2600334197/: Angela Merkel, From Images
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Crunch Time in Minsk: Will the German Chancellor Bring Peace to Ukraine? Merkel must see the danger or she wouldn't have rushed off to Moscow last Friday. But seeing isn't enough. Something has to be done. What's she going to do about it? Will she use her influence to muscle through a peace deal that will keep events from spinning out of control or will she sit on her hands and let the opportunity pass her by?
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 14, 2013
Is the Housing Recovery Over? Borrowers don't buy a house, they buy a mortgage, and the price of that mortgage is what counts. When Bernanke started talking about "tapering" his asset purchases (QE) in May, he pulled the rug out from under housing leaving the market vulnerable to a sales shock. Now traditional buyers are putting off their home purchases for a later date while investors are headed for the exits.
Donald Trump, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 10, 2015
Swan Song for the Donald? GOP Party Bosses Plan to "Take Out" Trump This whole Trump-flap has sparked a rebellion in the conservative ranks, a rebellion that anyone who is even slightly interested in politics should be paying close attention to. The worker-bees appear to be increasingly suspicious of the party leadership and their wavering commitment to conservative values.
Rotten from the Start: The Inherent Corruption of Central Banking in America, From ImagesAttr
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Risky Business: "Easy Money" Mel Watt Loosens Lending on Mortgages Regulations are bad because regulations stipulate that loans must be of a certain quality, which reduces the volume of loans and shrinks profits. Therefore, the banks must use their money to hand-pick their own regulators and ferociously lobby against any rules that limit their ability to issue credit to anyone who can fog a mirror. Now you understand how modern-day banking works.
Wall Street Crashes Thanks To China Market, From YouTubeVideos
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Wall Street Kicks Off 2016 With a Faceplant The Fed is going to keep repeating the same nonsense they've been saying for the last eight years, that everything is getting better and that prosperity is just around the corner. What a laugh. Meanwhile, the financial system continues to edge closer to its inevitable day of reckoning thanks in large part to the efforts of the Fed.
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SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 29, 2013
Quantitative Easing Announcement Triggers Buying Frenzy: Bernanke's Head Fake Sends Stocks Soaring Fed chairman Ben Bernanke shocked the world on September 18 when he announced there would be no change in the Fed's $85 billion-per-month asset purchase program dubbed QE. Bernanke forged ahead without developing a coherent exit strategy. That's a big no-no; you never want to paint yourself into a corner especially when trillions of dollars and the stability of the financial system are at stake.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 1, 2013
Does the Dollar Have a Future? Don't kid yourself, China and Japan don't want to be the top-dog either. They're fine with the way things are right now. The problem is, it's looking more and more like the US is not up-to-the-task anymore, given the irresponsible way it conducts its business.
Trump, From PixabayPhotos
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Trump's Infrastructure Boondoggle The objective is to allow wealthy corporations to buy public assets at fire-sale prices so they can turn them into profit-generating enterprises. Trump is signaling to his pirate friends in Corporate America that he'll use his power as executive to find new outlets for profitable investment so they have some place to stick their mountain of money.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 7, 2017
The Trump Bubble Trump knows his so called "tax holiday" scam is a bunch of baloney. Why would companies expand their operations, hire more workers, and generate more product when consumer demand is still in the crapper seven years after the Great Recession? They're not going to do that. Trump knows his so called "tax holiday" scam is a bunch of baloney.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 8, 2011
The Oil Trap: The Devastating Economic Impacts of Spiraling Oil Prices he Fed chair will stay-the-course as long as possible convinced that deflation is still enemy Number One. But he's bound to take a lot of heat from critics who point to the tumbling dollar and higher prices at the pump. If the troubles in Libya spread to Saudi Arabia, as now seems likely, all bets are off. Bernanke will have to pull out all the stops to keep the economy from tanking.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Ending Syria's Nightmare will Take Pressure From Below Washington is using the fight against ISIS as a pretext for capturing and holding territory in a critical, energy-rich area of the world. The plan to seize parts of East Syria for military bases and pipeline corridors fits neatly within this same basic strategy. But it also throws a wrench in Moscow's plan to restore the country's borders and put an end to the six year-long conflict.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 30, 2006
The Dollar's Full System Meltdown The U.S. Dollar is kaput. Confidence in the currency is eroding by the day. The Sydney Morning Herald reports "Australia's Treasurer Peter Costello has called on East Asia's central bankers to 'telegraph' their intentions to diversify out of American investments and ensure an 'orderly adjustment'....Central banks in Asia have channeled immense foreign reserves into US, but'the strategy has changed.'
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 8, 2017
The Trump Investigation: Essential Criminal Probe or Politically-Motivated Witch Hunt? If Trump is found guilty of illegal behavior in his connections with Russia, then he should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. But if Obama or the DOJ abused their authority by using the Intelligence agencies and the media to conduct a politically-motivated witch hunt aimed at crushing a political rival and reversing the results of the election, then they should be held accountable.
Janet Yellen, From FlickrPhotos
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Stronger Economic Growth? Over My Dead Body, Says Janet Yellen The Fed would rather prick the massive asset-price bubble it has created and risk sending the financial system into a headlong plunge off a cliff, than allow perennially-strapped workers to garner even a farthing more for their daily drudgery. Class hatred remains the animating force that fuels all Central Bank policy decisions.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Death by Bailout -- Cyprus in the Crosshairs Cyprus is toast. Capital inflows have been cut off, uninsured depositors, bank shareholders and bond holders have been wiped out, and Cyprus' offshore banking model is kaput. The troika is putting a gun to Cyprus' head and demanding that its people pay for the criminal excesses of its bank oligarchs. That's not a bailout. It's blackmail.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Vladimir Putin and the rise of the petro-ruble Vladimir Putin is planning a preemptive strike on the US that will send shock-waves through the world economy. On June 8, Russia will convert from dollars to rubles in the oil trade; savaging Uncle Sam's monopoly on petro-dollars and putting the greenback in a death-spiral. Watch the fur-fly as the media begins its attack on the "new Hitler"
Wall Street, From ImagesAttr
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 18, 2015
Has the Fed Lost its Mojo? Analysts are still trying to figure out "what went wrong" without drawing the obvious conclusion that the Fed's policies don't always work the way they're expected to work. Friday's reversal illustrates the unintended consequences of excessive monetary intervention. Things can go haywire in a hurry. It's not that the Fed has lost its mojo. It's that the Fed never had a mojo to begin with.
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(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Seven Days in May? The objective of the current policy -- to inflict maximum punishment on China without actually triggering a nuclear war. It's a tightrope act that Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter feels he can manage judging by the way he has gradually increased the pressure on China and then watched to see what the reaction is.
ISIS Iraq Crisis. Militants Attack Tikrit After Taking Over Mosul., From ImagesAttr
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The Latest Regional Slugfest: On to Baghdad Iran, Saudi Arabia, Israel, and the US -- are all deeply involved and are looking for ways to shape the outcome. All four of these countries are up to their axels in the bloody game of geopolitics, and are using Iraq as a staging ground for the own hegemonic ambitions. We know who the losers will be in this latest regional slugfest -- the Iraqi people.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 27, 2011
Housing's Double Dip All of the mortgage modification programs have been a total failure. The Fed purchased $1.7 trillion of garbage mortgage-backed securities (MBS) from the banks, but hasn't lifted a finger to help homeowners. All of the pain from the $8 trillion housing bubble has all been shunted onto the backs of ordinary working people.
From youtube.com/watch?v=kqDGBO7Vmnw: The Corporate Media Is A Complete and Unmitigated Disaster, From Images
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 13, 2016
The Corporate Media's Assault on Free Speech: an Interview with Jeffrey St. Clair Trump embraced almost every third rail in American politics and not only survived but thrived on it, like some super-villain in a Dark Horse comic. It's quite remarkable really. The MSM media has been dying for years and Trump's campaign emphasized just how feeble and politically impotent the Times and the Post, as well as the network and cable news outlets have become, at least for an outlier candidate like Trump.
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SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 27, 2013
"Cha-ching!" Christmas Time on Wall Street The Fed's goofy monetary policies have turned the corporations into hedge funds. They're no longer building factories, piling up inventory, or buying tools and equipment. They're simply taking advantage of the surge of liquidity the Fed is pumping into the financial markets to buy back their own stocks and juice the price. It's Christmas time on Wall Street thanks to Santa Claus Bernanke. Cha-ching!
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Euthanize the TBTF Banks: Heck, we'd be doing them a favor Bankers are shitty businessmen who can't navigate the free market without lavish handouts from government. These behemoth capital-sucking TBTF zombies are just black holes that the government tries to fill with public revenues.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 14, 2010
Bernanke rolls the dice Ben Bernanke's speech on Friday in Boston could turn out to be a real barnburner. In fact, there's a good chance the Fed chairman will announce changes in policy that will stun Wall Street and send tremors through Capital Hill. It could also erode confidence in the dollar leading to the untimely demise of the world's reserve currency. It's all a roll of the dice.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 8, 2005
Bunker-days with George Bush Bush has latched onto terrorism like a drowning man clings to a life-raft. The ship-of-state may be taking on water, but the fabrications just keep on coming.
During the West Point address, President Obama declared that the U.S. remains the world's most indispensable nation., From ImagesAttr
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Madness, I Tell You: Saber Rattling at West Point The United States will do whatever the hell it wants to and if you don't like it: "Too bad." This is the Bush Doctrine verbatim. The West Point oration proves that the new administration has simply modified the Bush credo to suit Obama's pretentious speaking style.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 26, 2005
What everyone should know about Jose Padilla The case against Jose Padilla has nothing to do with Padilla, a hapless gang-banger caught up in a Bush dragnet. It has everything to do with habeas corpus, the presumption of innocence, and the rule of law. The final verdict could decide the future of freedom in America.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 18, 2013
Pandering To The Bankers Obama And The Housing Boondoggle The uptick in delinquencies suggests that Obama's blundering mortgage modification fiasco, dubbed HAMP (The Home Affordable Modification Program), was actually a sop to Wall Street, that is, the program was designed as a holding tank for underwater borrowers so the banks could evict them at a time that was convenient for them and their bottom lines.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 3, 2013
Will Grillo Break the Euro? Grillo has taken the high-ground and resisted the temptation to join "presumed" prime minister Pier Luigi Bersani's center-left alliance leaving open the possibility that Italy's next PM will have to form a coalition with Silvio Berlusconi. This is a winning strategy for Grillo. If Grillo plays his cards right, he could bring down the euro. But no one really knows if that's what he wants or not.
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SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 29, 2013
The QE Conundrum: Why Stocks Rise on Bad News Bad is good and good is bad. When the economic data comes in below expectations, stocks rise because traders know the Fed's trillion dollar stimulus program will continue ad infinitum. And when the data comes in above expectations, then--watch out-- because markets will tumble as traders worry that the $85 billion per month liquidity injections will be curtailed or terminated altogether.
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SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 30, 2012
Housingdammerung: The story behind the fake numbers In a normal market, millions of individual owners control the supply, and they don't act with any coordinated effort. Today, a cartel of a few major banks control the bulk of our housing inventory. These banks openly collude on prices with the blessing of our government. Supply is huge, demand is weak, and the banks are gaming the system. That says it all, doesn't it?
Dollar Collapse - Global Recession Is Coming, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 30, 2014
Back in the Red -- First Quarter Growth Goes Negative while Bond Yields Plunge The American people are now facing a long period of high unemployment and slow growth that will shrink the middle class and change the country in ways we can hardly imagine. It's unavoidable. It's the policy.
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Wall Street celebrates Fed decision to maintain pace of money-printing The Fed's unprecedented pumping of trillions of dollars into the banking system, essentially by printing money, has fueled a bonanza for the ruling class, even as the real economy remains mired in slump and living standards for the vast majority of the people stagnate or decline.
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America the Pest The world needs a little breather from the US, you know, nothing permanent, just a five- or 10-year sabbatical so we can all chill out and catch our breath. Does that sound so bad? I mean, wouldn't it be nice to get a break from all the killing, the spying, and the meddling? Call me crazy, but I can't see the downside to that.
China's Rise: The rise of the Chinese economy over the past 20 years has had a significant impact on the rest of the world., From ImagesAttr
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China Syndrome The People's Republic of China (PRC) is still committed to "peaceful development." US antagonism is just one of the many hurtles that China will have to overcome to actualize its plan for integrating the Eurasian landmass into the world's largest and most prosperous trading bloc.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 22, 2011
Velkommen to Banktopia The truth is, Bernanke is deliberately flogging the dollar to help his underwater bank buddies stay afloat and to keep stocks "frothy." But the net-result is a huge loss of personal wealth for everyone else. These are the real losers in Bernanke's QE shell game.
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Preparing for the Economic Typhoon Bush will not be deterred by the falling dollar, the deflating housing market, or the skyrocketing energy prices. He will continue to savage the middle class and the underpinnings of American democracy until his bloody work is done.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 14, 2005
Corporate Media’s threat to Freedom The media now serve as the information-arm of the war on terror; providing a storyline that promotes unpopular policies. The marriage of media and state poses a grave threat to both democracy and liberty.
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Whither Hugo? Chavez's Enemies See Opportunities in Cancer The media has launched an impressive propaganda campaign aimed at discrediting Chavez, denigrating his achievements, and spreading fear about the future. The intention is to foment political instability and gin up support for the right-wing opposition which has the implicit support of Washington.
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The Never-Ending Eurofiasco Everything is worse. The Eurozone is imploding, and it's imploding because the policies they're implementing are, well, stupid, which is to say, they won't work. And investors know they won't work which is why they keep fleeing Europe en masse. Can you blame them?
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Bernanke Drives Margin Debt to Pre-Crisis Highs Despite the obvious dangers to the economy, Bernanke plans to stick with QE until unemployment drops to 6.5% or inflation rises above 2.5%. But those benchmarks will be hard to achieve with trillions in reserves stuck in the banking system unable to "trickle down" to the real economy.
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Denial; It’s not just a river in Egypt The country is careening towards the abyss, but Americans just shove their heads further into the sand. We’ve breezily watched while Bush looted the treasury, savaged the constitution and dragged us to war. Is their some magic elixir that will arouse the American people from their slumber?
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Why Russia caved-in on Iran Why would Russia agree to send Iran to the UN Security Council knowing it would pave the way to war? Putin was probably motivated by the lucrative oil contracts that have been offered to Lukoil in Iraq.
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Deflation Smackdown The way to get out of our economic funk is to boost wages and hire more workers. Printing money alone doesn't work; just look at CPI. Deflation is NOT a problem when labor gets its fair share of productivity gains. When workers are fairly paid, they have sufficient income to buy the things that industry produces. That prevents prices from falling. That's how you beat deflation when you're in a liquidity trap.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 5, 2011
Party like it's 1929 The stock market should continue to trend upward for another couple months until the Fed's bond buying program ends and investors realize that the real economy is stuck in the ditch. But, for now, it's "Party like it's 1929." Bernanke's punch bowl is overflowing and there's still plenty of time to make money. The hangover comes later.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 9, 2013
The BoJ's Kuroda Wheels Out the Heavy Artillery -- Media Wants it Kept Under Wraps The big banksters and corporate honchos who control the propaganda outlets don't want you to think that it's okay for the federal government to spend money on public projects. That's a big no-no. They think all the money should be diverted to privately-owned businesses so the "job creators" can rake in bigger profits and live high-on-the-hog.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 1, 2010
If the US Wants Peace in Korea, it Should Keep its Word The North wants what it has always wanted. It wants the US to honor its obligations under the 1994 Agreed Framework. That's it. All Obama needs to do to end the current standoff, is to keep his end of the bargain. The US can end the conflict today by just keeping its word.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 1, 2010
What is the Difference between a Depression and a "Slow Recovery"? Bernanke gets his "pink slip" When capital is diverted into broken financial institutions, personal consumption and private investment invariably suffer. The same rule applies to the Bernanke method. QE will prevent restructuring of debt for underwater banks, but hurt households and consumers by lifting commodities prices and perpetuating high unemployment.
Japan's Finance Minister Taro Aso speaks during a semi-annual parliament hearing on monetary policy at the Lower House of the parliament in Tokyo, From ImagesAttr
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G-20 and US Tell Japan to End QE BoJ chief Haruhiko Kuroda will come up with a number of goofball excuses for winding down the policy to conceal the real power-dynamic behind the decision. But the truth is obvious, Washington has ordered the BoJ to stop printing, and dad-gum-it, Japan is going to fall in line...or else. That's how things work in this-here empire.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Housing Bubble Smack-down Give me 5 minutes and I'll convince you that you should sell your house immediately and invest your life-savings in gold or a Swiss bank-account.
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Former Texas governor who called for abolition of Energy Department to be Trump's energy secretary Perry is on record as a supporter of the complete elimination of the Department of Energy. It was the third of three federal departments he called for abolishing during a Republican presidential debate in 2011, the one whose name he forgot, leading to the widely ridiculed "Oops" moment that helped torpedo his campaign for the 2012 nomination.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 11, 2010
EU Banking System on the Brink Presently, 170 banks are having difficulty accessing the wholesale markets where they get their funding. Financial institutions are wary of lending to each other because they're not sure who is solvent or not. It's a question of trust.
Robert Mueller to step down from the Russia investigation?, From YouTubeVideos
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Tit for Tat? Why Did Mueller Let Trump Off the Hook? Why did Robert Mueller end the Russia investigation when he did? He could have let it drag it out for another year or so and severely hurt Trump's chances for reelection. But he didn't do that. Why?
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 8, 2006
Inevitable Collapse of the Greenback Under the guidance of the Federal Reserve, Bush has increased government spending by 35% while raising the national debt a whopping $3 trillion.
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The butcher's apron When civil liberties are stripped away; elections become pointless. Freedom has nothing to do with pushing a colored-nob on a touch-screen computer every four years. Its about containing the power of the state. ...Freedom has become an empty sound bite that's sprinkled through presidential speeches or used to defend the latest bloody intervention in some foreign country. It's lost whatever meaning it had.
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Send us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses; just no Mexicans, please Is there room for a different opinion on immigration? Why not disband the Border-guard and install a conveyor-belt between Nogales and Phoenix? Let's unhinge the gates, bulldoze the fences, and welcome anyone who wants to come in. We'd all be better off.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 1, 2010
The GOP's Masterplan: Obstruct, smear, lie, repeat Once the downward spiral of layoffs, debt-liquidation, falling asset prices and deflation begins, it is hard to reverse. It's much better to keep Pandora's Box bolted shut, than to unleash economic forces that can lead to widespread hardship and social unrest.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 19, 2008
America On The Couch America is a country badly in need of therapy. We don't know who we are anymore; everything is topsy-turvy. It's like we're suffering a national identity crisis and need a turn on the couch. There's just been too much change too fast and no one really knows what's going on. The torture thing was the last straw. That's where good old American values really took a shellacking.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 8, 2006
Shock and Awe; the Sequel The Bush administration has unilaterally repealed the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) by demanding that Iran cease all uranium enrichment. This action overturns the central principle of the treaty which provides states with the “inalienable right” (NPT phrase) to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes.
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How to Kickstart the Economy Quantitative easing (QE) is intended to divert investment to where it is needed and to lift the economy out of the doldrums. That's the theory, at least. In practice, it doesn't work so well. The threat of deflation should be taken seriously, because once it becomes entrenched it can be difficult to root out.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 9, 2006
China’s Stranglehold on the Dollar China’s announcement that it would begin to diversify its foreign-exchange reserves away from US dollar has sent shock-waves through the markets. Gold is soaring and the prospect of hyper-inflation and skyrocketing interest rates are looking increasingly likely.
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How did we sink so low in just 6 years? How did things get this bad? The "Military Commissions Act" which passed the Republican-led Congress yesterday is a bigger blow to the Constitution and our core values than any piece of legislation in our 200 year history. It is 100 times worse than Bin Laden's crimes on 9-11.
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Afghanistan Five Years Later Apart from Iraq, Afghanistan has been the Bush Administration's greatest foreign-policy blunder; a failed narco-state celebrated by the establishment-media as a budding democracy. What do you think?
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The Surprising End of the New American Century Iran has no choice but to take Bush's saber rattling seriously and prepare for war. The administration's stated goal of "regime change" poses a credible "existential threat" to current Iranian government and they must plan accordingly.
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New Skirmishes in the Information Wars Propaganda is a crucial part of controlling public opinion, but its just one facet of Bush’s overall strategy for information-management. Secrecy, obfuscation and disinformation are all being effectively used in the administration’s covert war against the American people.
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The Pentagon’s War on the Internet The Pentagon is laying the groundwork for privatizing the internet so the information-revolution can be transformed into an information-tyranny, extending to all areas of communications and serving the exclusive interests of a few well-heeled American plutocrats.
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The Inevitable War with Iran The EU-3 is pushing for Iran to be referred to the UN Security Council even though Iran is in complete compliance with its treaty obligations.
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A Dollar the Size of a Postage Stamp The dollar is America's Achilles heel; if the dollar tanks, so does the empire. That means the taxpayer will have to foot the bill for Bush's bloody-interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan, rather than the Chinese.
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Killing Children: the “My Lai” phase of the Iraq War What goes through George Bush’s mind when he sees the dead bodies of Iraqi women and children loaded on the back of a pickup truck like garbage? Is there ever a flicker of remorse; a split-second when he fully grasps the magnitude of the horror he has created?
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Putin Fights Back The Bush administration's long-range objectives are already clear. They aim to privatize the Russian oil industry, convert the ruble to the dollar, remove Putin from office, and prevent Russia from controlling the huge oil reserves in the Caspian Basin.
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The Last Gasp of the Dollar? Iran bourse opens next week Expect to hear a lot about the Iran oil bourse. Iran’s plan to trade oil in euros will be a death-blow to the faltering greenback. After all, the twin-axels of empire are money and oil; when one wheel falls off the whole contraption screeches to a halt.
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Rumsfeld Zeros in on the Internet The Pentagon is taking steps to strangle free speech on the Internet to burnish its image as a defender of liberty. Preserving the 1st amendment is about to get a ‘whole lot tougher’ as the information wars heat up.
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Sorting Through the Rubble in Post-Bubble America The hurricane that began with subprime mortgages, has swept through the credit markets wreaking havoc on municipal bonds, hedge funds, complex structured investments, and agency debt (Fannie Mae). Now the first gusts from the Force-5 gale are touching down in the real economy where the damage is expected to be widespread. The Labor Dept. reported on Friday that US employers cut 63,000 jobs in February, the biggest monthly...
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Iraqis to Bush: "You have left us with nothing"
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Ambling towards Disaster; Bush's North Korea Policy It took 6 years of relentless threats, sanctions and belligerence, but Bush finally succeeded in pushing Kim Jong-Il to build North Korea's first nuclear bomb. Now, Kim can just add a few finishing touches to his ballistic-missile delivery system, the Taepo-dong ICBM, and he'll be able to wipe out the 9 western states with a flip of the switch.
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The Calculus of Targeted Assassination The mortar round that killed Huda Ghalia’s entire family on a beach in Gaza has renewed the debate over “targeted assassinations”. It’s never okay to kill “suspects” without allowing them due process. Government officials must be compelled to operate within the law. After all, the law is our only shelter from the terror of the state
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South Dakota’s slide to Theocracy The assault on personal freedom has never been greater. Our basic liberties are now in the hands of proselytizing, Christian-extremists who see independence and personal-autonomy as a sign of moral decline. South Dakota is just the first domino.
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"Shock Therapy" and The Freefalling Dollar “Crashing” the dollar is the fastest way to shift middle class wealth to America’s plutocrats and corporate mandarins. Bush tacked on another $3 trillion in debt in just 6 years. The dollar is headed for life-support and “shock therapy” is on the way. It’s time to toss those greenbacks overboard and figure out a way to survive.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 27, 2005
Anticipating a Terrorist Attack on Congress Bush's dream of one-man rule has hit a few unanticipated speed bumps. The last hurdle to fascism in America is the Congress. Could they be entering the imperial crosshairs?
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Chavez: “Bush is a terrorist, a drunkard, and a donkey.” Chavez says, “The worst genocidal leader in history is the President of the United States. Hitler would be like a suckling baby next to George W Bush… He is a terrorist, a drunkard, and a donkey”. Ouch...rip off the band-aid!
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 11, 2008
The Winning Ticket: Hillary and Diebold in 2008 If this election had been conducted in any other country in the world, the Bush administration would have immediately dispatched an independent team of election observers and demanded a recount. But not in the good old USA, where stealing elections is replacing baseball as the national pastime.
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The Guerilla War for Iraq’s Oil The real war in Iraq is never mentioned in America's newpapers. It is the war to secure Iraq's massive oil reserves. Currently, the administration is losing that battle quite badly and there is little chance that that will change in the near future.
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The Media’s Bloody Footprints The media operates “for profit”, right? Which means that the news is crafted to meet the interests of ownership, correct? Then how is it that most Americans still believe we have a “free press”? The corporate media has concealed the deliberate destruction of our constitution and lied the country into a bloody war of aggression. It is the most corrupt institution in American life…and the most lethal.
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Martial Law; the one answer to every question Bird-Flu is the latest excuse for deploying the military inside the country. At one time "tax-cuts" was the all-purpose answer to every question. Now, that's been changed to martial law.
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Death Squad Democracy The real enemy in Iraq is neither the "insurgency" nor "foreign terrorists". It is the prospect of Arab solidarity or Iraqi nationalism. These are the forces that will drive the U.S. out of Iraq and end the occupation. They are being countered by (as Max Fuller says) the spreading terror through the application of extreme violence.”
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Endgame in Iran Bush is zeroing in on Iran even though there is “no evidence” that Iran is developing nuclear weapons. The Washington war-mongers are planning to expand their treachery and war-crimes across the region; turning the entire Middle East into one vast Haditha. US carrier groups have already moved into the Gulf. Lt General Sam Gardiner expects that an attack will come as early as June 2006.
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Is Cheney betting on Economic Collapse? Wouldn't you like to know where Dick Cheney puts his money? Then you'd know whether his "deficits don't matter" claim is just baloney or not. The truth is, old Dickie is betting that the dollar is going to tank and interest rates are headed through the roof. Better find yourself a nice dry spot under the highway off-ramp. They're going fast.
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The Countdown to War with Iran Behind the nonsense about Iran’s “nuclear weapons programs” is the vital need of the western financial system to underwrite its burgeoning $9 trillion in debt with the one commodity that will keep the listing Greenback afloat... oil.
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Bush's Mad-dash to History's Dustbin Sometimes I'm struck by the sheer enormity of Bush's stupidity. It is truly breathtaking. After nearly 4 years of steadily-intensifying guerilla warfare with no end in sight, Bush has decided to expand the war.
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The Charnel House of Baghdad There are three things wrong with the current policy in Iraq. Occupation, occupation and occupation.
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The Last Dead Bull on Wall Street This is a bear market now. The last bull was dragged from the Street on Friday with a harpoon in its chest. The subprime contagion has now spread beyond the US and Europe to markets in the Far East. No one is fooled by Bernanke's sunny predictions that the economy will bounce back next year with a strong showing in the first quarter. That's baloney and everyone knows it.
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Woodward's 60 Minutes Bloodbath Veteran journalist Bob Woodward can always be counted on to tell the truth-- after all the other options have been exhausted. His new book, State of Denial, doesn't veer too far from the pattern he's followed his entire career; one minute he's the "kingmaker" dishing up hearty-helpings of literary tripe like "Bush at War" and "Plan of Attack" and the next minute he's ramming a scimitar into the lower lumbar region of his prey.
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Failing Big with Don Rumsfeld The litany of failures on Rumsfeld’s resume is nearly endless. More than anyone else, the quagmire in Iraq is his handiwork. No wonder he’s fighting so hard to salvage his miserable career. Time will prove that he was the biggest flop in American history.
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John Roberts' role in the Guantanamo Hunger-strike Robert's final ruling in the Circuit Court has condemned the prisoners in Guantanmo to indefinite detention without any legal recourse
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Time to Dump the UN The UN has failed in its basic mission to stop wars of aggression. Now Washington is saber-rattling at Iran and the UN is bending over backwards to placate Bush. Let's take Bolton's advice and dump the whole operation into the Potomac.
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Terrorism in Iraq? Don't blame Zarqawi Zarqawi has become more valuable dead than alive. Now he’s being blamed for the up-tick in sectarian violence and the thousands of bodies showing up at the Bagdad morgue. According to Rep. Dennis Kucinich, those casualties were produced by American-trained death squads.
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"A Generalized Meltdown of Financial Institutions" The credit storm that began in the United States with subprime mortgages has spread to markets across the globe. In fact, the train has already crashed. What we're seeing now is the boxcars piling up on top of each other.
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The Senate agrees to Imprisonment without Charges The Senate has voted to rescind the Bill of Rights by allowing the president the authority to detain prisoners indefinitely without charging them with a crime. The suspects are thus deprived of all human rights and civil liberties at Bush's orders.
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Hugo Chavez and the Crawford Madman Hugo Chavez is the only world leader to take on George Bush. His policies of redistribution have made him an enemy of Washington and a certain target for regime change. Viva Chavez.
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The impending Cakewalk in Iran by Mike Whitney Iran is next on the imperial hit-list thanks to the EU-3; Gerany, France and England. By pushing through a resolution at the IAEA, they've paved the way for another preemptive war.
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Does Kim Jung Il read the newspapers? Kim Jung Il may be a nut-job, but what difference does that make? It's Bush who is calling for regime change and its "Madhatter" Bolton who said, "The end of North Korea is our policy." The real whackos are hunkered-down at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave and their sweaty fingers are twitching on the Big Red switch.
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Edging Towards Disaster with Iran There are signs that Washington is gearing up for a war with Iran. And, there are signs that Iran will be prepared.
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CENTCOM, the central battlefield in the global resource war The entire Middle East and Central Asia is referred to in military parlance as CENTCOM; the central battlefield in the global resource war. Once we grasp the geographic objectives of Central Command, the illusions of the “war on terror” quickly vanish.
Christopher Columbus Statue Toppled Outside the Minnesota State Capitol, From InText
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Are the Democrats a Political Party or a CIA-Backed Fifth Column? That what we're seeing is an emerging Axis - the CIA, the DNC, and the elite media - all using their respective powers to terminate the Constitutional Republic and establish permanent, authoritarian one-party rule.
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Slaughterhouse Who’s behind the violence in Iraq? Is it sectarian warfare as we’ve been told or is Washington conducting a massive “dirty war” like earlier counterinsurgency campaigns in El Salvador and Nicaragua? The media calls it civil war, but can we believe them?
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 9, 2005
When Torture becomes Policy Bush's promise to veto the ban on torture puts him at odds with the basic moral values the underscore our founding documents. It is grounds for his immediate removal from office.
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Iran was not referred to the Security Council for Noncompliance Is the media powerful enough to convince the American public that Iran was “referred” to the UN Security Council for violations to the NPT when, in fact, it wasn’t?
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 2, 2005
The Occupation of New Orleans Liberty does not exist in a vaccuum; certain criteria must be met before people can call themselves free. The appearance of mercenaries on the streets of New Orleans is a direct challenge to our most fundamental values as Americans; the commitment to personal liberty.
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The Washington Post's War-mongering Scribe Charles Krauthammer loves touting war from his comfy perch at the Washington Post, but now he's got a real job on his hands. The bungling Bushes are looking for a way to save face while caving in to the "Ba'athists and dead-enders". That's right, Bush is talking amnesty, and wants his number one pitch-man to sell the goodies to the American people.
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The Changing Face of Terror Perhaps, there is a far more sinister force behind the seemingly random bombings that have rocked Iraq? Perhaps, they're part of a massive covert operation intended to weaken resistance and spread anarchy throughout the region? Perhaps, Iraq, like America, is being controlled by men who believe that terror is the most effective way to govern.
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Afghanistan’s Second Intifada A traffic accident has ignited a firestorm in Afghanistan; turning the city’s people against the occupation. Kabul is headed for widespread political upheaval. Meanwhile, the Taliban have begun a spring offensive in the south, stretching allied forces to the limit. Let's see how Bush manages a second front in his global resource war.
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Death squads, Devastation and the Corporate Media The New York Times confirmed today that the “Iraqi (security) forces are carrying out executions in predominantly Sunnis neighborhoods. The death squads are just one part of a masterplan to crush the Sunni resistance and force an unwelcome armistice.
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Ending the Dollar's Tyranny The US dollar is the very heart of the empire. It's the cornerstone upon which the military, the media and the political establishment rests. The dollar's strength however does not come from its comparative value to other currencies, but from its widespread use as the world's reserve currency. As the reserve currency the dollar defies the fundamental rules for determining "real value." All is not as it appears...
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Transforming the World into a War-zone Don Rumsfeld’s plan to turn the world into a “free-fire” zone will take place immediately following the next terrorist attack on American soil. According to the Washington Post, 53,000 paramilitaries are ready to swarm the globe eliminating the enemies of the corporate empire.
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Drifting towards a Police State What you don't know, will hurt you. Its time to consider some of the changes in the law that have already taken place under Bush and see how they foreshadow the coming police-state
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Starting over when Bush is gone At 29% Bush’s popularity is now somewhere below Nixon’s and just above venereal disease...The inescapable force of public contempt has fallen on the White House like a darkening storm-cloud. The neocon master-plan is unraveling like a spool of yarn skittering across the kitchen floor. The Bush Reich is moving ever-closer to doomsday.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 3, 2007
The corporate media cover-up of the Najaf massacre
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Olmert should have stayed Home What right does the Prime Minister of Israel have to ask America to take on Iran. Haven't enough men died in Iraq? And how dare Olmert use the congress as a platform for saying he will ignore UN resolutions and set Isreal's borders unilaterally. Olmert is taking advantage of America. He should have stayed home.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 4, 2005
Barbara Bush and the wretched Mr. Cheney Is Barbara Bush on the war-path by the way her boy has been mistreated? "The Washington Note" thinks so; and, apparently, Dick Cheney is in the First-Mom's crosshairs. Better pack your bags, Dick!
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 15, 2006
Dusting off the Brown-shirts and Jackboots The attack on civil liberties is part of a broader strategy to shift wealth from the middle class to the 1% that Bush represents. When the economy tanks, the police-state will begin.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 16, 2005
The Second American Revolution The use of mercenaries in New Orleans is a provacative decision that could have unintended and violent consequences
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 2, 2005
Uncovering the Roots of America’s Terror War in Iraq Max Fuller exposes the disturbing activities of the Interior Ministry's death-squads and their possible connection to the CIA
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 10, 2006
Running-Amok with John Bolton Scott Ritter noted that, “Bolton was sent to destroy the UN.” His new package of "reforms" is loaded with goodies for big-business and more power for Washington. Ultimately, Bolton aims to remake the UN into a reliable "rubber stamp" for American foreign policy. Iran and Sudan are just the most recent debacles.
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Bush’s bumpy road to Iran Bush's plans to bring Iran before the Security Council have temporarily derailed. Iran’s eleventh hour antics have made it harder for Washington to get "international" support for its next preemptive war. Expect the propaganda-campaign to kick into high-gear from this point on.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Spreading Democracy in Haditha Haditha completes the Bush Trifecta of war crimes in Iraq. After dabbling in the sadistic abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib, and inflicting Guernica-type devastation on Falluja, Bush has finally returned to that favorite of tyrants and evil-doers alike; good old homicide. Can we now begin to draw comparisons to Adolph Hitler without fear of censure?
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 6, 2005
You’re doin’ a Heck of a Job, Dick Cheney No man in the 200 year history of the United States has embodied the “banality of evil” as thoroughly as Dick Cheney. He authored the policies of "cruel and degrading" treatment of prisoners, and skippered the ship of state towards national disaster.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 30, 2005
Outing Valerie Plame put us all in Greater Danger The outing of Valerie Plame destroyed an entire CIA network which is vital in protecting the American people from the threat of "loose nukes".
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 2, 2006
Is this the beginning of Transfer? Why is Israel destroying critical infrustructure in Gaza? Are there other factors behind the invasion besides the desire to secure the release of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit? Perhaps, the comments of former Israeli prime minister's will shine a bit of light on the real motives for the attack.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 4, 2006
The Greenback’s long downward spiral Gold is soaring while the mighty greenback plunges downward like the Hindenburg. Bush has increased the national debt by $3 trillion while opening up a yawning $800 billion trade deficit. Is all spells doomsday for the disappearing American middle class.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 29, 2006
Going to War with the Morons you have The problem with Rumsfeld runs deeper than his failure to stabilize Iraq. His “Strangelovian” ideas of military transformation have no place in a democracy. His efforts to convert the military into a martial-force for private industry have eroded America’s moral standing in the world and put allies and enemies on alert.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 11, 2006
Frog-marching the Media to the Gallows The New York Times has proved once again that the elite-media is a steadfast partner in mobilizing the masses for an unpopular war. Even though countless thousands of innocent people have already been killed by the Time’s reckless reporting and specious fear-mongering on Iraqi WMD, the editors continue to use the corporate bullhorn to call the nation "to arms".
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 24, 2005
Basra; another milestone in the war on terror Were there explosives in the trunk of the car driven by the 2 British commandos? The future of the war on terror depends on the answer to that one question.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Assassinations in Lebanon; Pipelines in Haifa John Bolton wants to punish Syria before the facts are even collected. Why? Is this another smokescreen for regime change? How do Israel and oil factor into this new neocon ruse?
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Bush Policy Kills 3 Guantanamo Inmates Guantanamo is the face of America under Bush.... One day we'll tear down the gun-towers and block walls and erect a monument to the countless victims of this vile and vicious regime.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Avoiding a War with Iran Its time to step back from the abyss and reconsider our policy on Iran. The NPT allows Iran to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes. The IAEA did its job in Iraq and it can succeed here as well. “Suspicion” is not sufficient grounds for war.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Zarqawi and the Pentagon’s ongoing War of Deception The Washington Post has blown the cover on the Pentagon’s slick PSYOPs sham, Abu Musab al Zarqawi. Zarqawi magically appeared everywhere at once causing havoc and drawing attention away from a brutal occupation. Now he’s gone into early-retirement leaving room for the next public relations gambit; civil war.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Bush’s Roadblock at the Security Council Is it possible to get dragged before the Security Council if no treaty obligations have been violated It happened to Iran. International law and treaties really don't matter much if the Superpower has you in its crosshairs.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 16, 2005
Judy Miller’s Confession; wading through the rubbish for a grain of truth by Mike Whitney Did Scooter Libby coerce Miller into silence? Did Miller spread the news about Valerie Plame via the phone? Was Dick Cheney the only one who had access to classified information about CIA agents? We may now have the answers to these quetions.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 7, 2006
Not One Drop Imagine oil depots smoldering in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, Iraq and Iran. Now, imagine oil at $350 per barrel and $14 per gallon at the pump. This is what we can expect if Bush goes ahead with his blinkered-plan to attack Iran. Maybe Bush will welcome the hellfire as fulfillment of his Biblical mission?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 14, 2006
More Lies about Iran The propagandist Bush-media are running at full-throttle; spreading the half-truths, fictions and outright lies about Iran’s nuclear programs. Could another war be far off?
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 23, 2005
Voting in Afghanistan; warlords, jihadis, and Iranian-agents America's "other war" in Afghanistan has been a dismal failure by any standard. The Sept 18 elections put parliament in the control of warlords and Islamic fundamentalists. Is this what American's bargained for when they were "sold" the war 4 years ago?
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 25, 2005
Farewell to the Democratic Party The ruling-elite in the Democratic Party have eliminated the possibility for meaningful political change within the present system
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 10, 2005
George Bush and the Four Horsemen Bush's frenzied spending and radical foreign policy have taken the country to the brink. Still, the American people seem to be enjoying the view from the quarter-deck of the Titanic
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 15, 2006
Will Ramadi be Rumsfeld's Next Bloodbath Ramadi should be another chance for Rumsfeld to spread misery across the pock-marked landscape; another occasion to reduce a major Iraqi city to Dresden-type wreckage.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 20, 2006
Can Hamas change to a purely Political Organization? The democratic aspirations of the Palestinian people must be recognized if there is to be a settlement to the ongoing struggle. But, how can Hamas hope to succeed in its pursuit for national liberation if it doesn’t renounce its support for suicide bombings?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 27, 2005
The Housing Market’s Last Gasp The housing market looks like it may be following the path of the Hindenburg, careening towards earth in a ball of flames. Take a look at some of the numbers and see if the end is near or if its just more gloom and doom.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 21, 2005
No Exit; descending into hell with George W. Bush "Character is fate," said Marcus Aurelius and the American people are now hoplessly linked to the dwindling fortunes of their misguided leader, George Bush
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 4, 2005
The United States of Torture How did we stoop so low? The latest report in the Washington Post about the chain of secret CIA concentration camps across the globe, confirms the Bush administration's deep commitment to the policies of prisoner abuse and torture.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 10, 2005
A Little Rioting, now and then, is a Good Thing Its hard for us to justify violence even when it seems to produce positive effects. The riots that swept through France have drawn attention to the widespread segregation and disenfranchisement of the largest Muslim community in Europe. Its wake up time for France!
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 12, 2006
Riding-high with Hugo Chavez “The imperialist, mass-murdering, fascist attitude of the president of the United States doesn’t have limits”, Chavez said. “I think Hitler could be a nursery-baby next to George W. Bush”. Viva Chavez
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 3, 2006
Bush's hand in the Terror War Tired of the same old BS about civil war and Zarqawi when you know something else is going on? Robert Fisk has connected the dots and fingered intelligence agents as the cause of the violence in Iraq. Who do you believe; Bush or Fisk?
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 15, 2005
Tal Afar; crackdown in the Sunni Heartland The siege of Tal Afar has done nothing to pave the way for a political solution in Iraq
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 17, 2006
Iran was not ordered to Stop Enrichment Iran has been called “defiant” by the western media for demanding that its rights under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty be respected. Their action is a principled defense of international agreements and a refusal to let Washington arbitrarily decide these matters by itself.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 16, 2006
Reinventing Sharon, Tom Friedman style Tom Friedman has decided that Ariel Sharon's career needs a bit of professional "air-brushing"; a task for which he is infinitely well suited. But, does he succeed?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 6, 2005
The Case for a Nuclear Iran One thing we can all agree on is that no one wants to see Iran become another Iraq. America depended on "deterrents" for decades to offset the possibility of a nuclear war with the Soviets. Maybe its time to apply that same principle to Iran.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 15, 2005
The Iraqi Constitution; a cynical cover for partition The American policy towards Iraq hasn't changed in 15 years. The constitution is just the latest scheme to control vital oil reserves through partition. Iraqis should stay at home and avoid collaborating with Bush's cynical plan.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 1, 2005
Why not Torture Judith Miller? NY Times reporter Judith Miller intentionally withheld crucial information that was directly connected to national security. Why hasn't she been dispatched to Guantanamo and tortured?
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 11, 2005
Judith Miller's Farewell, what she should have said Judy Miller's long-winded farewell conceals her role in leading the country to war. She continues to be a skillful liar, however, obscuring even the basic facts of her termination at the NY Times. She was fired.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 3, 2005
Blood-feast; the celebration of Ritual Murder in America There is no more heinous or morally indefensible crime than capital punishment. Ultimately, the death penalty is a form state-worship; elevating the authority of government above the principles that legitimize its existence.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 13, 2006
Liar No one has done more to disgrace the US military than Don Rumsfeld. He’s transformed the service into a global security apparatus for the oil giants and destroyed morale in the process. Behind the slippery wordplay and clever repartee, Rumsfeld has manufactured lie after lie to distance himself from the bungled mission in Iraq.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 18, 2005
Money for Napalm but not for Food Stamps The new Republican bill passed late Thursday night hacks away at the programs that keep us safe and our people fed. Another 220,000 needy Americans will be tossed of food stamps while zillions are sluiced into the war department.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 13, 2005
Can Attacks on Oil Facilities lead to Peace? Two years have passed since the initial invasion of Iraq, but Bush still hasn't proved to the oil companies that he can create the security they need to commit to long-term contracts
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 23, 2005
Bush's Reckless attack on the Bill of Rights Americans are unaware of how high the stakes are in the Jose Padilla case. Bush is trying to deliver a death-blow to the Constitution, while the public continues to snooze. Take a look at what is happening to your freedom before its too late.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 19, 2005
Let them Die or Let them go Reports of a hunger-strike in its 6th week at Guantanamo has endangered the lives of 200 victims, none of whom have been charged with a crime
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 20, 2005
Saddam’s Metamorphosis; genocidal maniac or folk-hero Saddam's trial is back-firing on the Bush Administration. Saddam is defiant and the proceedings look like a sham. The last thing the Iraqi people need is another humiliation.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 28, 2005
Life after Rove What would the Bush White House look like without Karl Rove? Once the center of gravity is lost, the orbiting planets will certainly spin out of control.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 19, 2005
Mugging Democrats on the House Floor The Democrats committed seppuku on the House floor yesterday by caving in to Republican trickery. They continue to backpedal while their supporters look for some sign of guts. Not bloody likely.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 26, 2005
The Greatest Strategic Disaster in American History
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 3, 2006
Time to Scrap the NPT Iran will be dragged before the UN Security Council and humiliated for fictitious violations to the NPT, while next door in Iraq the crimes against humanity continue apace. The UN was never meant to be a rubber stamp for the superpower, nor was the NPT meant as a bludgeon to beat the weaker nations. Maybe its time to disband them both and forgo the duplicity.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Cheerleading at Annapolis The war is lost. Still, Bush is sent on his fool's errand to drum up support in the last spot possible; Annapolis. The lies are wearing thin, the public is growing wary, and the bunkers are being readied.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 7, 2005
Angela’s Betrayal The new German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has shown that her loyalties to Bush go before her duties to her own people or any commitment to the law. If the CIA wants to kidnap a German citizen, that's their business; isn't it?
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 28, 2005
Apartheid-justice in America; Krugal vs. Padilla The rule of law has been smothered by the Bush Administration and replaced by an apartheid-system that operates at the discretion of the president.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 27, 2005
Thinking the Unthinkable; opening up negotiations with the Iraqi Resistance There will be no "political process" in Iraq until members of the Bush administration sit down to negotiations with representatives of the Iraqi National Resistance.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 29, 2005
Brownie’s Comic Opera The testimony of FEMA chief Michael Brown was more like a Sit-Com than a congressional investigation. The real questions about the invisible agancy (FEMA) remain unanswered.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 24, 2005
Aprs Rove le Dluge Can Bush survive in a post-Rove world? Not bloody likely.

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