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Monday, September 22, 2008

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

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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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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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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.
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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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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.
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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?
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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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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.
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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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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.
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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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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)

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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...)

THE O'REILLY FACTOR

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MY HERO: ANDY ROONEY

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