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Thursday, December 25, 2008

IF "BILL O'REILLY" WOULD LISTEN TO VOICES LIKE "MIKE WHITNEY," HE WOULDN'T HAVE TO BELLY-ACHE ABOUT NOT KNOWING THAT THE MARKET WAS IN THE TOILET...

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Higher Wages or Bubblenomics:



What's it gonna be?



By Mike Whitney



A strong economy must be built on a solid foundation of steadily

rising wages. If wages don't keep pace with production, the only

way the economy can grow is through the expansion of debt,

which leads to disaster. Continue



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PEOPLE TO WATCH

Nuriel Roubini

For Dr. Doom, a Crash Worthy of His Warnings


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A New Wind Blowing



By Mary Pitt



The whole country is agog with the news of the Madoff

Ponzi scheme and the billions he scammed from big investors,

but nobody appears to realize that it is only the tip of

a huge iceberg. Continue



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JUDGMENT CALLS

Humbled By Our Ignorance

2008 was the year our high-flying economy fell to earth. What comes next?

By Robert J. Samuelson

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Hey Reagan Democrats Now Do You Get It?


By David Michael Green


The very people who had failed to regulate the folks causing

the Even Greater Depression of the early twenty-first

century now took $700 billion worth of taxpayer money

and handed it to those same financial ‘industry’ crooks,

without any requirements at all on what they could do

with the money. But when the blue collar auto industry

wanted just $15 billion to keep millions of middle class jobs

afloat, the Republicans wouldn’t give it to them. Continue



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Wall Street Swindler Strikes Powerful Blows for Social Justice



By James Petras



In a few days, one individual, Bernard Madoff, has

struck a bigger blow against global financial capital,

Wall Street and the US Zionist Lobby/Israel-First

Agenda than the entire US and European left combined

over the past half century! Continue



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Justice For Mr. Madoff?

All Right, But Just This Once."

By Dave Parts

The victims go after other victims? The perpetrator sits
in his town home, living as a king in exile, and the
investors must fight each other over the scraps? It is
beyond absurd. Continue

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America Needs Period of Pain

By ERIC MARGOLIS

Wall Street's big money con men, hedge fund Houdinis,
and casino capitalists made a staggering $33.3 US
billion in bonuses in 2007 alone by shady financial
engineering and hawking fraudulent securities. Yet
they have so far escaped prosecution. They get to
keep their swag and $30-million South Hampton
beach houses. Continue

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The Federal Reserve Abolition Act

By Stephen Lendman

It worried Thomas Jefferson enough to call banking
institutions "more dangerous to our liberties than
standing armies" at a much simpler time in our history.
The right to create and control money belongs to
the people through their elected representatives.
For the past 95 years, powerful bankers accountable
to no one have had it. They effectively run the country
(and own it), and unless We the People change things,
we'll continue to be victimized by economic tyranny
and the eventual political kind that's coming.
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Secret of the Lusitania

Arms find challenges Allied claims it was solely a passenger ship

By Sam Greenhill

Her sinking with the loss of almost 1,200 lives caused
such outrage that it propelled the U.S. into the First World
War. But now divers have revealed a dark secret about
the cargo carried by the Lusitania on its final journey in
May 1915. Continue

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Obama to Inherit Legacy of Free Market Free Fall

by: Adrianne Appel, Inter Press Service

Boston - Despite hundreds of billions of dollars thrown
at banks large and small, the U.S. economy is in a
free fall, just weeks before President-elect Barack
Obama takes office, analysts say.

"Most measures of economic and financial activity
look like they fell off a cliff in September and October,
and have been deteriorating at an alarming rate ever
since," says Nariman Behravesh, chief economist at
IHS Global Insight. »

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Remembering Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter - "Is Our Conscience Dead?"

by Ann Wright

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China's Consumers: Not Ready to Save the World

By Jessie Jiang / Tianjin

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George Carlin on "The American Dream" 4 Minute Video
Click to view (THERE'RE AROUND 15 RECORDED TAPES:
CLICK ON AN IMAGE TO PLAY EACH TAPE SEPARATELY)

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Late Night Political Jokes - Late Night Jokes Updated Daily

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY NOVELIST F. SCOTT SINCLAIR

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A CONVENIENT (I HOPE) TABLE OF CONTENTS OF
F. SCOTT SINCLAIR'S NOVELS

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(FAIR AND BALANCED?! YOU BE THE JUDGE...REMEMBER,
IT'S ALWAYS GOOD TO KNOW WHAT THE OPPOSITION IS
DOING. WHY? SO ONE'S MIND DOESN'T BECOME FOSSILIZED,
INEPT AND CORRUPT: MORALLY BANKRUPT.)

THEO'REILLYFACTOR

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MY (OBSERVATIONAL GENIUS) HERO: ANDY ROONEY

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Monday, November 17, 2008

THE RECESSION IS OVER...! YEAH, AND I'M THE TOOTH FAIRY...

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The no-think nationThe Crisis Has Hardly Begun

By Paul Craig Roberts

The exchange value of the dollar will decline with
the domestic inflation. Once inflation is off and running,
the printing press dollars will only have goods made
in America to chase after. The real crisis has not
yet begun. Continue

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Depression 2009: What would it look like?:

By looking at what we know about how society and commerce
would slow down, and how people respond, it's possible to
envision what we might face.

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US's Road to Recovery Runs Through Beijing

By Francesco Sisci and David P Goldman

For the past decade, poor people in the developing world
have financed the consumption of rich people in America.
America has borrowed nearly $1 trillion a year, mostly
from the developing world, and used these funds to
import consumer goods and buy homes at low interest
rates. The result is a solvency crisis of the American
household, which shows up as a solvency crisis for
financial institutions. Continue


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The G-20 Washout

By Mike Whitney

The financial crisis is being used by Wall Street big-wigs
to restructure the economy and create a permanent
class of working poor. Continue

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The G-20 Economic Summit Won’t Change the "Financial Crime Scene"

By Richard C. Cook

I worked in the U.S. Treasury Department for 21 years and
learned first-hand the history and operations of public
finance in the U.S. I have seen the disastrous results of
the debt-based financial system and how it has driven
our nation, government, and people into bankruptcy. I
have also seen how these simple measures of monetary
reform would be easy to implement and would begin to
turn the situation around within weeks or months.
Continue

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The Ballot Heard ‘Round The World

By David Michael Green

The America of 2012 or 2016 will be nearly unrecognizable
from the swamp in which we’ve been mired since 2000,
and all those changes will be for the better. And they
will have hugely salutary effects well beyond our borders
as well. Continue

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The no-think nationThe Crisis Has Hardly Begun

By Paul Craig Roberts

The exchange value of the dollar will decline with the
domestic inflation. Once inflation is off and running,
the printing press dollars will only have goods made
in America to chase after. The real crisis has not
yet begun. Continue

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The Sucker Bait Called Hope
Making the Best of a Slow Apocalypse

by Joe Bageant

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Obama and the Great Depression

By Mickey Z.

No, I don’t mean that Great Depression. I’m talking about
the inevitable moment—maybe next week, maybe next
year—when the Kool Aid wears off and the Obamatrons
wake up to realize their hero offers nothing even approximating
hope or change. Continue

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Robert Gates: As Bad as Rumsfeld?

What can Barack Obama be thinking?

By Ray McGovern

The little-understood story behind Bush’s decision to
catapult Robert Gates into his Pentagon perch was
the astonishing fact that Donald Rumsfeld, of all people,
was pulling a Robert McNamara; that is, he was going
wobbly on a war based largely on his own hubris-laden,
misguided advice. Continue

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This Is Not A Normal Recession

Moving on to Plan B

By Mike Whitney

The global economy is being sucked into a black hole
and most Americans have no idea why. The whole
problem can be narrowed down to two words;
"structured finance". Continue

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Leading Economist Warns of Food Riots

By The London Banker and RGE Monitor

Everyone along the supply chain should worry about
their jobs. Many will lose their jobs sooner rather
than later. Continue

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America the Illiterate

By Chris Hedges

We live in two Americas. One America, now the minority,
functions in a print-based, literate world. It can cope
with complexity and has the intellectual tools to separate
illusion from truth. The other America, which constitutes
the majority, exists in a non-reality-based belief system.
This America, dependent on skillfully manipulated
images for information, has severed itself from the
literate, print-based culture. It cannot differentiate
between lies and truth. It is informed by simplistic,
childish narratives and clich├ęs. Continue

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The Worst Is Not Behind Us

Beware of those who say we've hit the bottom.

By Nouriel Roubini

The recession will continue until at least the end of
2009 for a cumulative gross domestic product drop
of over 4%; the unemployment rate will likely reach
9%. The U.S. consumer is shopped-out, saving less and
debt-burdened: This will be the worst consumer
recession in decades. Continue

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Wall Street's Bailout is a Trillion-Dollar Crime Scene

Why Aren't the Dems Doing Something About It?

By Naomi Klein

The more details emerge, the clearer it becomes that
Washington's handling of the Wall Street bailout is
not merely incompetent. It is borderline criminal.
Continue

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A Credit Crisis or a Collapsing Ponzi Scheme?

The Two Trillion Dollar Black Hole

By PAM MARTENS

Bloomberg News reporter, Mark Pittman, filed a
Freedom of Information Act request (FOIA) with
the Federal Reserve asking for detailed information
relevant to whom the central bank was giving these
massive loans and precisely what securities these
firms were posting as collateral. Continue

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Paulson the Bungler

By Mike Whitney

There's more pain to come, but the suffering can be
mitigated by sound decision-making and Keynesian
policies. That means public work programs, bankruptcy
reform, and extensions on unemployment. Nobel
prize winner Paul Krugman recommends a stimulus
package of $600 billion. That's a good start, but it will
take much more than that. Continue

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Crisis Is Beyond The Reach of Traditional Solutions

By Paul Craig Roberts

I cannot predict the future. However, I can explain
what the problems are, how they differ from past
times of troubles, and why traditional remedies, such
as the public works programs that Reich proposes,
are unlikely to succeed in reviving the U.S. economy.
Continue

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Could the First World War have been stopped?

By George Monbiot.

Faced, earlier in the century, with the possibilities of peace,
the old men of Europe had decided that they would rather
kill their children than change their policies. Continue

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Too Poor for Bankruptcy

By David Glenn Cox

Most all of our problems seem to evolve from a falling
standard of living in America’s working class, and
yet when we call for help for America’s working poor
we are told that it can’t be helped. Here in Atlanta
a local food pantry advertises that 40% of all its
recipients are employed. Continue

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US May Lose Its 'AAA' Rating

By CNBC"

The U.S. might really have to look at a default on the
bankruptcy reorganization of the present financial
system" and the bankruptcy of the government is
not out of the realm of possibility, Hennecke said.
Continue

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Global systemic crisis Alert For Summer 2009:

The US Government Will Default On Its Debt

By GEAB

Our researchers anticipate that, before next summer
2009, the US government will default and be prevented
to pay back its creditors (holders of US Treasury Bonds,
of Fanny May and Freddy Mac shares, etc.). Of course
such a bankruptcy will provoke some very negative
outcome for all USD-denominated asset holders.

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The DOW a year from now

By Denver Research Group

Without new dollars flowing on a consistent basis to
middle class consumers, many analysts believe the DOW
would necessarily fall below the level of the post dot.com,
post 9/11 crash of 2002 (8,000)...most likely to the
range of 6,500-7,000. Continue

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U.S. will soon face second "Great Depression"

Renowned economist Khazin predicted U.S. financial
crisis in 2000

By Yevgeniy Chernyx

Whatever decision Wall Street takes right now, the
demand is going to fall. What will happen to these
industries? In 2000, we estimated that 25 percent
of the U.S. economy would disappear. Today, we
think the number is closest to one-third — if not
more. Continue

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Obama's Historic Victory

By Howard Zinn

Those of us on the Left who have criticized Obama, as
I have, for his failure to take bold positions on the
war and on the economy, must join the exultation
of those Americans, black and white, who shouted
and wept Tuesday night as they were informed that
Barack Obama had won the presidential election.
Continue

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America Has Already Changed

By William John Cox

"It sent chills though my body." She said, "There was
a time when black people couldn't even see inside the
White House as a visitor, and now one of us is going
to be living there." Continue

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America’s Moronic Iraqi Policy

By Paul Craig Roberts

If the US maintains its pro-Israeli stance against Arabs
and Muslims generally, the implications of a growing
Muslim population and a government obsessed with
its “war on terror” are frightening for American civil
liberty. In order to contain the potential terror that
it will have imported, Washington would impose a
total police state. We will have our own Saddam Hussein.
Continue

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My Michelle Moment: America Does Itself Proud

By David Michael Green

For the first time in a very long time, I felt a little
pride about what my country was doing. This election
felt to me like nothing so much as a reclaiming of our
country from some truly evil predators who had
hijacked it, and a restoration of democracy – and,
really, sanity – to our political sphere. Continue

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George Carlin on "The American Dream" 4 Minute Video

Click to view (THERE'RE AROUND 15 RECORDED TAPES:
CLICK ON AN IMAGE TO PLAY EACH TAPE SEPARATELY)

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Late Night Political Jokes - Late Night Jokes Updated Daily

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY NOVELIST F. SCOTT SINCLAIR

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A CONVENIENT (I HOPE) TABLE OF CONTENTS OF
F. SCOTT SINCLAIR'S NOVELS

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(FAIR AND BALANCED?! YOU BE THE JUDGE...REMEMBER,
IT'S ALWAYS GOOD TO KNOW WHAT THE OPPOSITION IS
DOING. WHY? SO ONE'S MIND DOESN'T BECOME FOSSILIZED,
INEPT AND CORRUPT: MORALLY BANKRUPT.)

THE O'REILLY FACTOR

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MY HERO: ANDY ROONEY

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Tuesday, November 04, 2008

CONGRATULATIONS ARE IN ORDER, PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA! BLESS YOU & MAY THE "GOOD LORD" PROVIDE YOU WITH THE WISDOM, COURAGE & STRENGTH YOU'LL NEED

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Live 2008 Election Coverage

» View Map of State-by-State Results

Watch Live Broadcast from ABC News NOW


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George Carlin on "The American Dream" 4 Minute Video

Click to view

(THERE'RE AROUND 15 RECORDED TAPES: CLICK ON
AN IMAGE TO PLAY EACH TAPE SEPARATELY)

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Late Night Political Jokes - Late Night Jokes Updated Daily

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY NOVELIST F. SCOTT
SINCLAIR

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A CONVENIENT (I HOPE) TABLE OF CONTENTS OF
F. SCOTTSINCLAIR'S NOVELS

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(FAIR AND BALANCED?! YOU BE THE JUDGE...
REMEMBER, IT'S ALWAYS GOOD TO KNOW WHAT
THE OPPOSITION IS DOING. WHY? SO ONE'S MIND
DOESN'T BECOME FOSSILIZED, INEPT AND CORRUPT:
MORALLY BANKRUPT.)

THE O'REILLY FACTOR

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MY HERO: ANDY ROONEY

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Monday, November 03, 2008

THE LAST OF THE MOHEGANS

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No Currency Left to Buy the Big Lies

By John Cusack

No more money left to pay off the debt, the wreckage
in the wake. The orgy of excess has drained every
bottle, smashed the furniture and left the cupboards
bare. All that's left is derivative debts -- bets between
liars and lies. Trillions of dollars. It turned capitalism
into a Ponzi scheme for trading worthless paper. Continue

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Obama's Little Red Book

Is Redistribution Really All That Bad?

By Mike Whitney

Redistribution is never an issue when the money is flowing
upwards. It's only when working people are poised to
get a few scraps that all hell breaks loose. Continue

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An Open Letter to Barack Obama

Between Hope and Reality

By Ralph Nader

Far more than Senator McCain, you have received
enormous, unprecedented contributions from corporate
interests, Wall Street interests and, most interestingly,
big corporate law firm attorneys. Never before has a
Democratic nominee for President achieved this
supremacy over his Republican counterpart. Continue

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The Evidence Establishes, Without Question,

Republican Rule Is Dangerous

By John W. Dean

They are people who are, in Altemeyer's words, are
"so self-righteous, so ill-informed, and so dogmatic
that nothing you can say or do will change their
minds." Continue

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Thirty Years Too Late:

The Implosion of John McCain and the Demise of the Regressive Right

By David Michael Green

Instead of raising his party and country from the gutter
of Bushism, John McCain dove down into it himself, with
a literal and figurative vengeance. Continue

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Ayers a Guest in McCain's Glass House

Keith Olbermann Special Comment

Keith Olbermann points out that not only does John
McCain have a closer relationship with Rashid Khalidi
than Barack Obama does, that relationship means
McCain is has a connection to William Ayers as well.
Continue

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George Carlin On Voting In US Elections

4 Minute VideoWarning - Some readers may find the
contents offensive. Continue

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John McCain in the Echo Chamber

by: Gore Vidal, Truthdig.com

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The Endorsement From Hell

by: Nicholas D. Kristof, The New York

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Reversal of Fortune
Saturday 01 November 2008
»
by: Joseph E. Stiglitz, Vanity Fair

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A TRIBUTE TO "GEORGE CARLIN" AN AMERICAN
ICON: A TRUE "IDOL" IF THE TRUTH BE KNOWN
FOR MILLIONS OF "CRITICAL THINKING" AMERICANS...!

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George Carlin on "The American Dream" 4 Minute Video

Click to view (THERE'RE AROUND 15 RECORDED TAPES:
CLICK ON AN IMAGE TO PLAY EACH TAPE SEPARATELY)
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Late Night Political Jokes - Late Night Jokes Updated Daily

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY NOVELIST F. SCOTT SINCLAIR

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A CONVENIENT (I HOPE) TABLE OF CONTENTS OF
F. SCOTT SINCLAIR'SNOVELS

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(FAIR AND BALANCED?! YOU BE THE JUDGE...REMEMBER,
IT'S ALWAYS GOOD TO KNOW WHAT THE
OPPOSITION IS DOING. WHY? SO ONE'S MIND DOESN'T
BECOME FOSSILIZED, INEPT AND CORRUPT: MORALLY
BANKRUPT.)

THE O'REILLY FACTOR

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MY HERO: ANDY ROONEY


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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

WHO ENDORSES "BARACK OBAMA" AND WHY? TAKE A HEALTHY LOOK, IT MIGHT SURPRISE YOU, MY FRIENDS...

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Sunday editorial: Barack Obama for president

BY EDITORIAL BOARD

Nine Days before the Feb. 5 presidential primaries in Missouri and
Illinois, this editorial page endorsed Barack Obama and John McCain
in their respective races.

We did so enthusiastically. We wrote that either Mr. Obama’s
message of hope or Mr. McCain’s independence and integrity
offered America “the chance to turn the page on 28 years of
contentious, greed-driven politics and move into a new era of
possibility.”

Over the past nine months, Mr. Obama, the junior senator from
Illinois, has emerged as the only truly transformative candidate
in the race. In the crucible that is a presidential campaign, his
intellect, his temperament and equanimity under pressure
consistently have been impressive. He has surrounded himself
with smart, capable advisers who have helped him refine
thorough, nuanced policy positions.

In a word, Mr. Obama has been presidential.


St. Louis Dispatch
http://www.stltoday.com/blogzone/the-platform/campaign-
2008/2008/10/sunday-editorial-barack-obama-for-president/

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The “Dirty Little Secret” Of the US Bank Bailout

By Barry Grey

In an unusually frank article published in Saturday's
New York Times, the newspaper's economic columnist,
Joe Nocera, reveals what he calls "the dirty little secret
of the banking industry"--namely, that "it has no intention
of using the [government bailout] money to make new
loans." Continue

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My Assessment of American Politics Today

By Joe Deane

I submit to you the choice is profound: Obama gives us
a continuation of the imperialist, hegemonic, corporate
republic that has made life for so many of us very comfortable
(and for many millions misery). McCain offers us the end
of modern enlightenment politics and the establishment of
a fascist state; and, ultimately, our own destruction.
Continue

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American Hegemony Bites The Dust

The Defanging of America: Reality-Based Community
Overthrows History’s Actors

By Paul Craig Roberts

The American neoconservatives are the heirs of
Leon Trotsky. Their dream of American “Full Spectrum
Dominance”--US military and economic superiority
over any possible combination of states--is matched in
ambition only by the early 20th century Trotskyite
dream of world Communist revolution. Continue

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Our Choice

By Nouriel Roubini

If the private sector does not spend and/or cannot spend,
old-fashioned traditional Keynesian spending by
the government is necessary. It is true that we already
have large and growing budget deficits; but $300 billion
of public works is more effective and productive than
spending $700 billion to buy toxic assets. Continue

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U.S. Should Enact $400 Billion Stimulus, Roubini Says

By John Brinsley

Roubini, who predicted the current financial crisis in
2006, said the economy risks falling into “a self-fulfilling
animal spirit recession that is more severe than
otherwise” because of the collapse of credit markets
and weak consumer and corporate spending. Continue

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Shots Heard Round the World

By David Glenn Cox

When 90-year-old Addie Polk put the gun to her chest
and pulled the trigger she was seeking an escape from
foreclosure. The first shot failed to do the job so the
elderly widow pulled the trigger a second time as
Sheriff’s deputies waited on the porch to serve her
with an eviction notice. She was rescued by her neighbor,
Robert Dillion, who grabbed a ladder and climbed in
a back window. Sheriff’s deputies were kind enough
to radio for paramedics. Continue

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The Financial Woes Signal The Death Of The Dollar?

By Rev. Richard Skaff

Once the middle class is slowly and fully assassinated
in the US, then, the globalization process becomes
easier to implement and the Security and Prosperity
Partnership (North America Union) will rush toward
us like a knight in shining armor riding on a beautiful
white horse to rescue us from our financial disasters
that were deliberately created by our treasonous
leaders. Continue

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Alexander Cockburn: Obama, the first-rate Republican:

Is there anything the front-runner will not say to
become President? No progressive cause would have
a chance with him in charge.

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"Chickenhawks and the Horrors of War":

Interview with Anthony Teolis, Veterans For Peace

By Mike Whitney

Our leaders are using their power to invoke fear.
They are operating secret prisons and torturing
people. They are deploying paramilitary forces
that not answerable to congress and spying on
the American people. Our representative form
of government has become corrupt, ineffective
and unresponsive to its citizens. Continue

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Remind Me Again – Who Won The Cold War?

By David Michael Green

So who won the Cold War, then? The capitalists?
Yeah, maybe. In the same way that Britain won
World War II, that is – only simultaneously to
lose power, prosperity and a global empire in
the bargain. If you call that winning, then okay.
Continue

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"October Surprise": Preparing for "Something Unexpected”?

By Dr. Judith H. Young

In adding my voice to the widespread speculation
about the spate of warnings of coming crises, I again
proffer the hypothesis of a staged terrorist attack
as an imminent October surprise going into the final
weekend of the current campaign. Continue

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Down For The Count

"The whole system is contracting"

By Mike Whitney

The US Treasury and Federal Reserve are now
underwriting the entire financial system. The free
market has been abandoned altogether. Everything
from commercial paper to money markets is now
backed by the "full faith and credit of the United
States". Continue

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George Monbiot: This Is What Denial Does: .

The financial crisis for which we must now pay
so heavily prefigures the real collapse, when
humanity bumps against its ecological limits.

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Meet the World's New Reserve Currency

The Chinese Yuan

By Mike Whitney

Things are getting worse. On Friday morning,
futures trading was halted for the first time
ever after futures plunged more than 5 percent.
The sell-off came after another 500-plus down
day on the Dow followed by steep declines in
equities markets across Europe and Asia. Continue

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What “Incredibly Tough” Foreign Policy Actions is Obama Preparing?

By Patrick Martin

Behind closed doors, before select audiences of the
financial and political elite, Biden has given a glimpse
of the real perspective of the Democratic wing of
American imperialism. Continue

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Shame And The 2008 Election

By Angie Riedel

The very idea of the people having anything resembling
a fair share of prosperity or having any true freedom
has become officially undesirable. Such things would
threaten the imperial rule of this globalist oligarchy.
All that matters to them is themselves. The only other
thing that matters is that we comply. And should we
fail to comply the punishments are ever more swift
in coming. Continue

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Wall Street's 'Disaster Capitalism for Dummies

'14 reasons Main Street loses big while Wall Street
sabotages democracyBy Paul B. FarrellYes, we're
dummies. You. Me. All 300 million of us. Clueless.
We should be ashamed. We're obsessed about the
slogans and rituals of "democracy," distracted by
the campaign, polls, debates, rhetoric, half-truths
and outright lies. McCain? Obama? Sorry to pop
your bubble folks, but it no longer matters who's
president. Continue

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Maybe U.S. Needs Yard Sale

By Eric Margolis

Russia could buy back Alaska or perhaps Canada
could pick up sunny Florida. Continue

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The 545 People Responsible For All Of U.S. Woes

BY Charley Reese

One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one
president and nine Supreme Court justices - 545
human beings out of the 235 million - are directly,
legally, morally and individually responsible for
the domestic problems that plague this country.
Continue

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The Idiots Who Rule America

By Chris Hedges

Our oligarchic class is incompetent at governing,
managing the economy, coping with natural disasters,
educating our young, handling foreign affairs, providing
basic services like health care and safeguarding
individual rights. That it is still in power, and will
remain in power after this election, is a testament
to our inability to separate illusion from reality. Continue

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QUOTE:



So Long, Suckers.

By Andrew Clark Millionaire hedge fund boss thanks
'idiot' traders and retires at 37. Continue

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QUOTE:

The Bagman Cometh

Obama Embraces War Criminal's Endorsement

By Chris Floyd

Democratic Party circles are in raptures over Colin
Powell's endorsement of Barack Obama. One can
see the heavily-blinkered logic behind their elation;
now that our national politics has been reduced to a
petty squabble over spoils among shifting factions
in the imperial court, a nod from a consummate
courtier like Powell is indeed a glittering prize for
an ambitious prince. Continue

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QUOTE:

A TRIBUTE TO "GEORGE CARLIN" AN AMERICAN
ICON: A TRUE "IDOL" IF THE TRUTH BE KNOWN
FOR MILLIONS OF "CRITICAL THINKING" AMERICANS...!

QUOTE:

George Carlin on "The American Dream" 4 Minute Video
Click to view (THERE'RE AROUND 15 RECORDED TAPES:
CLICK ON AN IMAGE TO PLAY EACH TAPE SEPARATELY)

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QUOTE:

Late Night Political Jokes - Late Night Jokes Updated Daily

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QUOTE:

PHOTOGRAPHY BY NOVELIST F. SCOTT SINCLAIR

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QUOTE:

A CONVENIENT (I HOPE) TABLE OF CONTENTS OF
F. SCOTT SINCLAIR'S
NOVELS

******************************************************
QUOTE: (FAIR AND BALANCED?! YOU BE THE JUDGE...
REMEMBER, IT'S ALWAYS GOOD TO KNOW WHAT THE
OPPOSITION IS DOING. WHY? SO ONE'S MIND DOESN'T
BECOME FOSSILIZED, INEPT AND CORRUPT: MORALLY
BANKRUPT.)

THE O'REILLY FACTOR

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QUOTE:

MY HERO: ANDY ROONEY

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Monday, September 22, 2008

SATIRE, OR THE TRUTH...?! YOU BE THE JUDGE...

QUOTE:

A Note of Appreciation From the Rich

By Author Unknown

Society could be intelligently organized to meet the
real needs of the general population. You and others
like you could collectively fight to free yourselves
from our domination. But you don't know that. In fact,
you can't even imagine that another way of life is
possible. And that's probably the greatest, most
significant achievement of our system -- robbing
you of your imagination, your creativity, your ability
to think and act for yourself. Continue

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QUOTE:

The Mugging of America

By Jim Quinnby Jim Quinn

The United States has taken actions that will change
our country forever. They have taken these actions
without citizens voting or Congress passing any laws
debated upon in public view. These actions have taken
place behind closed doors and in conjunction with the
bank CEOs who caused the problems. Continue

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QUOTE:

McDeregulation

By Keith Olbermann - 6 Minute Video

There is a man running for president who actually
believes -- right now -- that deregulation has been
a great thing for the U-S economy... He has
surrounded himself with lobbyists who made millions
pushing for the regulatory changes that facilitated
the current crisis... And he thinks that deregulation
of the banking industry has been so great... we should
do the exact same thing with -- make that "to" --
health care. Continue

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Half a Trillion Bailout For The Creators of the Market Crisis

By Bob Chapman

The House Finance Committee, headed by Rep. Barney
Frank, and the Senate Finance Committee, headed by
Sen. Christopher Dodd, will give it their usual Boo-Boo,
response: "I don't know, Yogi," in order to give the
clueless sheople the appearance that they are going
to protect taxpayers from the slimy bankers, when
the reality is, it is already a done deal and has been
planned long in advance, probably for many months,
if not years, just like the Patriot Acts. Continue

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Goldman Sachs Socialism

By William Greider

Wall Street put a gun to the head of the politicians
and said, Give us the money--right now--or take
the blame for whatever follows. The audacity of
Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson's bailout proposal
is reflected in what it refuses to say: no explanations
of how the bailout will work, no demands on the
bankers in exchange for the public's money. The
Treasury's opaque, three-page summary of plan
includes this chilling statement: Continue

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Has Deregulation Sired Fascism?

By Paul Craig Roberts

The US cannot be a hegemonic power without
foreign financing. All indications are that the rest
of the world is tiring of US arrogance. Continue

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McCain and the POW Cover-up

The "war hero" candidate buried information about
POWs left behind in Vietnam

By Sydney H. Schanberg

Very few Americans are aware of the POW story
and of McCain's role in keeping it out of public
view and denying the existence of abandoned
POWs. That is because McCain has hardly been
alone in his campaign to hide the scandal.
Continue

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QUOTE:

U.S. Orgy of Debt

By ERIC MARGOLIS

America has reveled for two decades in an orgy of
debt. The U.S. national debt is now twice its net
worth. From Wall Street's "masters of the universe"
financial powerhouses such as Goldman Sachs, Merrill
Lynch, Lehman, and Morgan Stanley, to the humblest
homeowners, America's national motto became
"borrow to the hilt and bet." Continue

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QUOTE:

The Shock Doctrine

The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

By Stephen Lendman

Naomi Klein is the author of "The Shock Doctrine:
The Rise of Disaster Capitalism" that explodes the myth
of "free market" democracy. It shows how neoliberal
Washington Consensus fundamentalism dominates
the world with America its lead exponent exploiting
security threats, terror attacks, economic meltdowns,
competing ideologies, tectonic political or economic shifts,
and natural disasters to impose its will everywhere.
Continue

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Mushroom Cloud over Wall Street

"All Hail Caesar!" The days of the republic are over.

By Mike Whitney"

The bill gives Paulson the ability to nationalize unlimited
amount of private debt and force you and your
children to pay for it." Continue

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Whoa and Woe:

Living In Sarah Palin’s America

By David Michael Green

In January of 2003, John Le Carre wrote that,
“America has entered one of its periods of
historical madness, but this is the worst I can
remember: Worse than McCarthyism, worse
than the Bay of Pigs and in the long term potentially
more disastrous than the Vietnam War.” He was
surely right then. Except that what once looked
like a period now seems like an epoch. Continue

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The Politics of Tribulation

Sarah Palin and the Rapture

By RAYMOND J. LAWRENCE

Is this country ready for a president who is excited
about and eagerly looking forward to the Rapture?
Continue

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Paulson Bailout Plan a Historic Swindle

By William Greider

Financial-market wise guys, who had been seized
with fear, are suddenly drunk with hope. They are
rallying explosively because they think they have
successfully stampeded Washington into accepting
the Wall Street Journal solution to the crisis: dump
it all on the taxpayers. Continue

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QUOTE:

Grasping at Straws

By Mike Whitney

If Paulson is not removed and his rescue plan scrapped
altogether; the dollar will lose its position as the
world's reserve currency and the US government
will face a historic funding crisis as foreign sources
of capital dry up. That will thrust the country into
a hyper-inflationary depression. Continue

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What's Really Bankrupt

The Wall Street Model: Unintelligent Design

By PAM MARTENS

There is no sincere plan by this administration to
help America or Americans. There is only a plan
to slow the financial collapse until after the
November elections by throwing a politically
palatable amount of money at it and a plan to
continue to blame it on a housing bust. Continue

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Financial Bailout: America's Own Kleptocracy

The largest transformation of America's Financial System
since the Great DepressionBy Michael HudsonNobody
expected industrial capitalism to end up like this.
Continue

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The Point of No Return

By Mike Whitney

Neither China nor the Saudi princes are buying any
more failing investment banks. They'll leave that
to the US taxpayer. Continue

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QUOTE:

The Party's Over

By Patrick J. Buchanan

The Crash of 2008, which is now wiping out trillions
of dollars of our people's wealth, is, like the Crash of
1929, likely to mark the end of one era and the onset
of another. Continue

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Hey U.S., Welcome to the Third World!

By Rosa Brooks

It's been a quick slide from economic superpower to
economic basket case. Continue

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Paulson and Bernanke Stampede Washington -
Continue Raid On The Public Purse

Citing Grave Financial Threats, Officials Ready Massive Rescue

By Binyamin Appelbaum and Lori Montgomery

The Bush administration is urgently preparing a
massive intervention to" revive" the U.S. financial
system, including a plan to sweep away the unpaid
loans that are choking banks and blocking the flow
of money to borrowers. - Paulson and Bernanke
presented a "chilling" picture of the state of the
financial system, according to a participant in the
meeting who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Continue

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Obama, McCain and the Truth About Taxes

By Maya Schenwar

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Bob Woodward's Not-so-Secret Weapon

By Steve Weissman

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Loan Titans Paid McCain Adviser Nearly $2 Million


By David D. Kirkpatrick and Charles Duhigg

Senator John McCain's campaign manager was
paid more than $30,000 a month for five years
as president of an advocacy group set up by the
mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to
defend them against stricter regulations, current
and former officials say.

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Cash for Trash

By Paul Krugman

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Consumers Cut Health Spending as Economic Downturn Takes Toll

By Vanessa Fuhrmans

Mr. McCain, the Republican candidate for president,
has recently begun campaigning as a critic of the two
companies and the lobbying army that helped them
evade greater regulation as they began buying riskier
mortgages with implicit federal backing. »

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Palin: The Opposite of Progress

By Cynthia Boaz

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QUOTE:

A TRIBUTE TO "GEORGE CARLIN" AN AMERICAN
ICON: A TRUE "IDOL" IF THE TRUTH BE KNOWN
FOR MILLIONS OF "CRITICAL THINKING" FUCKING
AMERICANS...!QUOTE:

George Carlin on "The American Dream" 4 Minute Video

Click to view (THERE'RE AROUND 15 RECORDED TAPES:
CLICK ON AN IMAGE TO PLAY EACH TAPE SEPARATELY)

****************************************************
QUOTE:

Late Night Political Jokes - Late Night Jokes Updated Daily

*******************************************************
QUOTE:

PHOTOGRAPHY BY NOVELIST F. SCOTT SINCLAIR

********************************************************
QUOTE:

A CONVENIENT (I HOPE) TABLE OF CONTENTS OF
F. SCOTT SINCLAIR'S NOVELS

******************************************************
QUOTE:

(FAIR AND BALANCED? YOU BE THE JUDGE...)

THE O'REILLY FACTOR

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QUOTE:

MY HERO: ANDY ROONEY

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

FORECLOSURES...AND BIDEN'S CONNECTION TO THEM. A REAL EYE-OPENER...!

QUOTE:

Should Biden Share Blame for Foreclosure Crisis?

By JUSTIN ROOD

Experts say hundreds of thousands of Americans
may have lost their homes due to a bill championed
by Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., Barack Obama's
vice-presidential running mate. Continue

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QUOTE:

Olbermann Slams Republicans For Exploiting 9/11

Video

On the eve of the seventh anniversary of 9/11,
Keith Olbermann delivered a special comment
slamming Republicans for their exploitation of 9/11
for political purposes. Continue

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QUOTE:

Zero An Investigation Into 9/11

Video

ZERO: An Investigation into 9/11, has one central
thesis - that the official version of the events surrounding
the attacks on 9/11 can not be true. This brand new
feature documentary from Italian production company
Telemaco explores the latest scientific evidence and
reveals dramatic new witness testimony, which directly
conflicts with the US Government's account. Click to view

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QUOTE:

Afghan Massacre - The Convoy of Death

50 min -Jamie Doran Produced and directed by Irish
filmmaker and former BBC producer Jamie Doran, the
film tells the story of thousands of prisoners who
surrendered to the US military's Afghan allies after
the siege of Kunduz. According to the film, some three
thousand of the prisoners were forced into sealed
containers and loaded onto trucks for transport to
Sheberghan prison. When the prisoners began
shouting for air, U.S.-allied Afghan soldiers fired
directly into the truck, killing many of them. Continue

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QUOTE:

Temporary Respites from Permanent Decline

By Paul Craig Roberts

The US is dependent on foreigners to finance its
$600 billion annual government budget deficit and
its $800 billion annual trade deficit. The US government
relies on foreigners to recycle their $800 billion
trade surplus dollars to buy US Treasury bonds
and mortgage debt. Continue

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QUOTE:

Reflections on 9-11

By Cindy Sheehan

Our famous "freedoms" that the terrorists "hated"
have been eroded due to the PATRIOT ACT, the
Military Commissions Act and the violent response
to protest from our robo-clad police state. Continue

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QUOTE:

American Socialism

US Is "More Communist than China": Jim Rogers

"This is madness, this is insanity, they have more
than doubled the American national debt in one
weekend for a bunch of crooks and incompetents.
I'm not quite sure why I or anybody else should be
paying for this," Rogers told "Squawk Box Europe."
Continue

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Comrades Bush, Paulson and Bernanke Welcome You to the USSRA

(United Socialist State Republic of America)

By Nouriel Roubini

Socialism is indeed alive and well in America; but this is
socialism for the rich, the well connected and Wall Street.
A socialism where profits are privatized and losses are
socialized with the US tax-payer being charged the bill
of $300 billion. Continue

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QUOTE:

Republicans Born Again

By Eric Margolis

Palin's emergence simply confirms the final dumbing
down and ruralization of the Republican Party, and
its metamorphosis into a right wing politico-religious
movement. Continue

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US 'In Need of Rebellion

'An Interview With Howard Zinn:

Al Jazeera speaks to Howard Zinn, the author,
American historian, social critic and activist, about
how the Iraq war damaged attitudes towards the
US and why the US "empire" is close to collapse.
Continue

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QUOTE:

Storm Troopers at the RNC

By Ray McGovern

Ten days ago, as the nation focused attention on the
hurricane nearing the Mississippi delta, another storm
was brewing far upstream in St. Paul, Minnesota — a
storm far more dangerous, it turned out, but one by
and large overlooked by the Fawning Corporate Media
(FCM). Continue

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“Modern Debt Peonage”?

Economic Democracy Is Turning Into a Financial Oligarchy

Mike Whitney: An Interview With Michael Hudson

The best that this weekend’s bailout can do is to postpone
the losses on bad mortgage debts. But this is a far cry
from actually restoring the ability of debtors to pay.
Continue

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QUOTE:

Why The Fannie-Freddie Bailout Will Fail

By Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D.

With yesterday's announcement of the most massive
federal bailout of all time, it's now official: Fannie Mae
and Freddie Mac, the two largest mortgage lenders
on Earth, are bankrupt. Continue

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QUOTE:

Country Last

By David Michael Green

Hey, did you know that John McCain was a POW? Did you
also know that he was a POW, and that he was a POW?
Now that I've recapped seventy percent of the Republican
Convention last week, let me fill in the remaining 30
percent: hypocrisy, arrogance, lies and bullshit. Continue

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QUOTE:

The Right Dictates MSNBC's Programming Decisions

By Glenn Greenwald

MSNBC's announcement that it is replacing Keith Olbermann
and Chris Matthews with David Gregory as anchors for its
main political events (the upcoming presidential debates
and election) vividly illustrates several long-obvious facts.
First, nothing changes the behavior of our media
corporations more easily than vocal demands and
complaints from the Right, which petrify media executives
and cause them to snap into line. Continue

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QUOTE:

Don't Think of a Maverick!

by: George Lakoff

Could the Obama campaign be improved? Throughout
the nomination campaign, I was struck by how well the
Obama campaign was being run, especially how sophisticated
the framing was. I was heartened that my five books
on the subject might have had a real effect. But recently
I have begun to wonder. It looks like, in certain respects,
the Obama campaign is making some of the same mistakes
of the Hillary campaign and the Kerry and Gore campaigns.

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A Palin Theocracy

by Marjorie Cohn

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Sarah Palin: A Gidget for God's Truth

by Steve Weissman

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Palin and McCain's Shotgun Marriage

by Frank Rich

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QUOTE:

McCain's Integrity

by Andrew Sullivan

*****************************************************
QUOTE:

A TRIBUTE TO "GEORGE CARLIN" AN AMERICAN
ICON: A TRUE "IDOL" IF THE TRUTH BE KNOWN
FOR MILLIONS OF "CRITICAL THINKING" FUCKING
AMERICANS...!

QUOTE:

George Carlin on "The American Dream"

4 Minute Video

Click to view

(THERE'RE AROUND 15RECORDED TAPES: CLICK
ON AN IMAGE TO PLAYEACH TAPE SEPARATELY)

****************************************************
QUOTE:

Late Night Political Jokes - Late Night Jokes Updated Daily

*******************************************************
QUOTE:

PHOTOGRAPHY BY NOVELIST F. SCOTT SINCLAIR

********************************************************
QUOTE:

A CONVENIENT (I HOPE) TABLE OF CONTENTS OF
F. SCOTT SINCLAIR'S NOVELS

******************************************************
QUOTE:

(FAIR AND BALANCED? YOU BE THE JUDGE...)

THE O'REILLY FACTOR

*****************************************************
QUOTE:MY HERO:

ANDY ROONEY

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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

RIOTING ANARCHIST'S SHOULD BE DEALT WITH EFFECTIVELY, BUT PEACEFUL DISSENTERS? THAT'S THEIR RIGHT, ISN'T IT? YEAH, WELL, THINGS HAVE CHANGED A BIT...

QUOTE:

Looking at America's Police State

By Timothy V. Gatto

Our leaders have no conscience, and hatch their schemes
and plan for conquest, while millions of us wait for a
chance to change this nation’s direction. Sadly, for all
of us that are truly paying attention, we see that real
change is only a mirage. Continue

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QUOTE:

Palin's Church May Have Shaped Controversial Worldview

By Nico Pitney and Sam Stein

Speaking before the Pentecostal church, Palin painted
the current war in Iraq as a messianic affair in which
the United States could act out the will of the Lord.
Continue

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QUOTE:

Amy Goodman Arrested at Republican National Convention

Video

Democracy Now's Amy Goodman, Sharif Abdel Kouddous
and Nicole Salazar were arrested by the Minneapolis
Police Department. Charged with conspiracy to riot. Footage
from Rick Rowley and Brandon Jourdan. Continue

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QUOTE:

Preemptive Strikes Against Protests at RNC:

In the months leading up to the Republican National
Convention, the FBI-led Minneapolis Joint Terrorist
Task Force actively recruited people to infiltrate vegan
groups and other leftist organizations and report back
about their activities. On May 21, the Minneapolis City
Pages ran a recruiting story called "Moles Wanted." Law
enforcement sought to preempt lawful protest against
the policies of the Bush administration during the
convention.

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QUOTE:

Curb Your Enthusiasm for Obama

By Chris Hedges

The Democrats, who promise to end the war in Iraq, create
jobs and provide universal health care, ignore these promises
once election cycles are over. And we never make them
pay. They gave us NAFTA, the destruction of welfare and
increased military spending, and we gave them our vote.
This is the party that took back Congress in 2006 on an
anti-war platform and then increased troop levels and
funding for the Iraq war. Continue

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QUOTE:

An Open Letter to God, From Michael Moore

By Michael Moore

The last thing John McCain and the Republicans needed
was to have a split-screen on TVs across America: one
side with Bush and McCain partying in St. Paul, and on
the other side of the screen, live footage of their
Republican administration screwing up once again
while New Orleans drowns. Continue

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QUOTE:

Bush Quietly Seeks to Make War Powers Permanent

By declaring indefinite state of war

By John Byrne

As the nation focuses on Sen. John McCain's choice of running
mate, President Bush has quietly moved to expand the
reach of presidential power by ensuring that America
remains in a state of permanent war. Continue

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QUOTE:

The CIA, Contras, Gangs, and Crack

History of CIA Involvement in Drug Trafficking

By William Blum,

"In my 30­year history in the Drug Enforcement
Administration and related agencies, the major targets
of my investigations almost invariably turned out
to be working for the CIA." -- Dennis Dayle, former
chief of an elite DEA enforcement unit. Continue

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QUOTE:

Hypocrisy of this Magnitude has to be Respected.

By William Blum

Im sorry to say that I think that John McCain is going
to be the next president of the United States. After the
long night of Bush horror any Democrat should easily
win, but the Dems are screwing it up and McCain has
been running more-or-less even with Barack Obama
in the polls. Continue

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QUOTE:

Randy Scheunemann: How Mccain Sees the World

McCain recognizes there are certain people in the world
whom you can't use any word other than evil to describe.

By Adam B. Kushner

KUSHNER: Does McCain divide the world into good and evil?

SCHEUNEMANN: He believes deeply that America is a
force for good, and he recognizes there are certain people
in the world who send children off to be suicide bombers
or repress their citizens viciously whom you can't use any
word other than evil to describe. On the larger question—does
he see the world in black and white, in dividing
lines?—absolutely not. Continue

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QUOTE:

McCain and The Forrestal

By Robert Dreyfuss

Perhaps it is too much to expect McCain, born on a naval
air station in the Panama Canal Zone and programmed
virtually since birth for his part in the war, to have let his
conscience get the better of him. Continue

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QUOTE:

Jon Stewart : On Sarah Palin Hypocrisy

Video On

"The Daily Show," Jon Stewart hit Karl Rove and
Bill O'Reilly with damning evidence of their hypocrisy
regarding Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin. Continue

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QUOTE:

Government to Wipe Out Fannie/Freddie Shareholders by Sunday

By Peter Cohan

And now what could become history's biggest transfer
of tax dollars to bail out bad lending begins. Continue

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QUOTE:

And Then We Will Die

By Angie Riedel

The US government now confronts every minor inconvenience
with brutality and force. With lies. With tricks. With deceit.
With unrivaled hypocrisy. It speaks a scripted and rehearsed
dialog of illogic and insults. It changes the meanings of words
and uses those words as weapons to crush, to silence and
oppress, to steal what it wants. Continiue

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QUOTE:

U.S. Spied on Iraqi Leaders, Book Says

Woodward Also Reveals That Political Fears Kept War
Strategy Review 'Under the Radar'By Steve Luxenberg
During the interviews with Woodward, the president
spoke of the war as part of a recentering of American
power in the Middle East. "And it should be," Bush said.
"And the reason it should be: It is the place from which
a deadly attack emanated. And it is the place where
further deadly attacks could emanate." Continue

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QUOTE:

10 Reasons Why We Need a New (Cold?) War

By Gary Corseri

Haven’t the Putin reforms gone far enough? Wouldn’t
we rather have a good-ole-boy vodka-boozer like Yeltsin
in place, selling off the state’s resources to well-placed
Russkie frat-boy-like oligarchs close to Western frat-
boy-like oligarchs? Continue

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QUOTE:

Ichabod!

By Laurence M. Vance

It wouldn’t normally matter whom the Republican Party
nominated. Bigger government and less liberty have
always been the result. And if you think Reagan was
an exception then you are sadly mistaken. Continue

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QUOTE:

Meet the Senator Most Likely to Start a Nuclear War

The Real McCain

By JEFFREY ST. CLAIR

McCain the Maverick is a merely a fine-honed act,
Continue

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QUOTE:

Going on an Imperial Bender

How the U.S. Garrisons the Planet and Doesn't Even Notice

By Tom Engelhardt

At the height of the Roman Empire, the Romans had
an estimated 37 major military bases scattered around
their dominions. At the height of the British Empire,
the British had 36 of them planetwide. Depending on
just who you listen to and how you count, we have
hundreds of bases. According to Pentagon records,
in fact, there are 761 active military "sites" abroad.
Continue

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QUOTE:

The Problem Is Empire

By Tom Hayden

We will have to go back to the lessons Roman and British
empires to learn the painful lessons of imperial overextension.
The lessons in blood bravely shed in lost or dubious causes.
The lesson of a weakened capacity to fund healthcare,
education, our children's futures. The lesson that democracy
is diminished as the secrecy of the warmaking state expands.
The lesson of being hated in a world where alliances are
a necessity, not a choice. Continue

*****************************************************
QUOTE:

A TRIBUTE TO "GEORGE CARLIN" AN AMERICAN
ICON: A TRUE "IDOL" IF THE TRUTH BE KNOWN
FOR MILLIONS OF "CRITICAL THINKING" FUCKING
AMERICANS...!

QUOTE:

George Carlin on "The American Dream"

4 Minute Video

Click to view

(THERE'RE AROUND 15RECORDED TAPES: CLICK
ON AN IMAGE TO PLAYEACH TAPE SEPARATELY)

****************************************************
QUOTE:

Late Night Political Jokes - Late Night Jokes Updated Daily

*******************************************************
QUOTE:

PHOTOGRAPHY BY NOVELIST F. SCOTT SINCLAIR

********************************************************
QUOTE:

A CONVENIENT (I HOPE) TABLE OF CONTENTS OF
F. SCOTT SINCLAIR'S NOVELS

******************************************************
QUOTE:

(FAIR AND BALANCED? YOU BE THE JUDGE...)

THE O'REILLY FACTOR

*****************************************************
QUOTE:MY HERO:

ANDY ROONEY

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