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Economic Recovery Debt Special! Tyler Durden at zerohedge tells us it's Time To Celebrate The Recovery: Food Stamp Usage Hits Fresh Record That average monthly benefit of $133.24 for 44.199 million people ( will help with the purchase of one third of a very edible iPad. Food stamp participation chart presented without further commentary. Go look NOW! This comment by redpill sums it up: "Yep. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. Does anyone think Mitt Romney or any of the other silly gaggle of "GOP Frontrunners" is going to do anything but follow whatever the Fed/Goldman tells them to?" while kridkid notices "Even when austerity comes, it's still just part of the same evil system. The purpose of austerity isn't to pay down debt, rather maintain some level of debt servitude until the system completely unravels. The oligarchs wishes are still being served." BTV contributor ljm reads between the lines: "So that's how they do the shell game with housing. It turns out a new house entire value gets counted as going toward our "growing" GDP, but the sale of an existing home only the 6% that goes to the real estate agent counts. That's really screwing from my point of view. No wonder they needed that housing bubble. We had nothing else, not even weapons sales were going to do it. We've pretty much been functioning with a zombie economy as I see it. The financial markets had to do all their crooked derivatives to have anything to sell at all from how this looks. The zombie housing march had to go on no matter what. Me thinks that's why nobody has been indicted. There was a conspiracy to keep this all going at the highest levels....the king of the zombies, Cheney had to be keeping this going with his greedy sidekick W. Then O came along and being a guy who really likes pie, made sure there was plenty of pie for him even if the rest of us were going to go pieless." Go see all the sordid numbers at CNN Money Home prices: 'Double-dip' confirmed! So, as your home property values DROP so does your county's property taxes income decline they tax a percentage of the appraised value (33% at the BTV Compound). That is, a property valued at $200,000 in 2008 in Ohio we levied taxes (based on your local rate) against only 1/3 of that $200k ($66k) in property taxes. WHEN the property is re-assessed (every three years in OH by law) and when the value of the property falls to say $150,000 ($50k taxable), so do the taxes the county can assess against because their percentage relies on the underlying capital value (land + house) and their revenue goes down at the same rate (surprise!) and now the county is SHORT in their budget (surprise!) which means (union) layoffs and the subsequent reduction of services to yer community at-large (surprise?) which add to and feed the downward spiral. Then add in tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations and ....well you get the idea. Prairie2 on Tuesday points out in Hey Brother, can you spare a dime? Today one in six Americans receive food stamps and it’s one in four of children. You would be seeing people starving in the streets on an even greater scale than 1932 if not for Uncle “Sugar” as the right wingers put it. Fully half of Americans receive some sort of aid from the government if you include earned income tax credits. The right wing says this is unsustainable, we must eliminate these handouts so that people will pull themselves up by their bootstraps. No food stamps or WIC for babies, no unemployment for the lazy bums, no Medicaid for all the freeloaders (65% of nursing home care is paid by Medicaid) eliminate teachers pensions and cut government workers pay, that will fix everything they say. The truth is (right-wingers cover your ears) the truth is that Republicans have turned government assistance programs into a corporate subsidy to guarantee a cheap supply of labor. The minimum wage is barely half what it should be to match 1938 standards, but food stamps and free medical care for kids keep people working for those wages. The low wages at the bottom also help drag down wages across the board especially when coupled with 20% unemployment which is comparable with Depression levels....Our collective memory of democracy has been all but erased.... We’re not broke, just ignorant by design. Now read Robert Reich's "three coping mechanisms" The Truth About the American Economy (HuffPo) in part...

  • Coping mechanism No. 1: Women move into paid work. Starting in the late 1970s, and escalating in the 1980s and 1990s, women went into paid work in greater and greater numbers. For the relatively small sliver of women with four-year college degrees, this was the natural consequence of wider educational opportunities and new laws against gender discrimination that opened professions to well-educated women. But the vast majority of women who migrated into paid work did so in order to prop up family incomes as households were hit by the stagnant or declining wages of male workers....
  • Coping mechanism No. 2: Everyone works longer hours. By the mid 2000s it was not uncommon for men to work more than 60 hours a week and women to work more than 50. A growing number of people took on two or three jobs. All told, by the 2000s, the typical American worker worked more than 2,200 hours a year -- 350 hours more than the average European worked, more hours even than the typically industrious Japanese put in. It was many more hours than the typical American middle-class family had worked in 1979 -- 500 hours longer, a full 12 weeks more.
  • Coping mechanism No. 3: Draw down savings and borrow to the hilt. After exhausting the first two coping mechanisms, the only way Americans could keep consuming as before was to save less and go deeper into debt. During the Great Prosperity the American middle class saved about 9 percent of their after-tax incomes each year. By the late 1980s and early 1990s, that portion had been whittled down to about 7 percent. The savings rate then dropped to 6 percent in 1994, and on down to 3 percent in 1999. By 2008, Americans saved nothing. Meanwhile, household debt exploded. By 2007, the typical American owed 138 percent of their after-tax income.
  • The Challenge for the Future All three coping mechanisms have been exhausted. The fundamental economic challenge ahead is to restore the vast American middle class.That requires resurrecting the basic bargain linking wages to overall gains, and providing the middle class a share of economic gains sufficient to allow them to purchase more of what the economy can produce.
Glad somebody has a plan. Fat chance President Not Sure and the GOP will take this sound advice. On top of all this former "guru" Alan Greenspan is "scared of debt"! In an interview on CNBC Greenspan 'Scared' Over Deficit; Calls for Debt Ceiling Rise the so-called "guru" described himself as a "small government, free-market economist" who nonetheless believes that in order to raise revenue and close the debt gap, 1990s-era taxes must be reinstituted. It's a measure, he said, of how serious the problem has become. "The fact that I am in favor of going back to the Clinton tax structure is merely an indicator of how scared I am of this debt problem that has emerged and its order of magnitude." Haha! What a maroon! Where were you last decade? We return to Prairie2 for Dying for Reaganomics On Wall Street the further decline of the economy caused the Dow to drop 280 points. It wasn’t blamed on the game of chicken the Republicans in Congress are playing with the debt limit. Senior Republicans continue to reassure their masters on lower Manhattan that they are just kidding about ending the United States by defaulting on the debt. In a bit over ninety days Republicans will be forced to accept the reality they’ve created or Grandma’s social security check will bounce. ... As far as the debt goes the thing you must remember is that an economy is a closed system. The Government has no problem borrowing this much money because the money is out there. The rich aren’t taxed enough and they can‘t spend it all. They don’t know what to do with their money, just putting it into the markets would create massive inflation and that doesn‘t really work for them. They do live like feudal lords and they do buy up middle class wealth but that doesn’t get rid of enough of cash, so they must buy Treasuries. Lots and lots of them. Of course this isn’t a workable system in the long term, but they have their own private beaches with their own private lifeguards behind fences and gates with private guards so what’s the problem? Perhaps one problem is that there seems to be two sets of laws: ones for Lloyd Blankfein and Jamie Dimon and gwb and Cheney and ones for us serfs. We go to TomDispatch and Tom Engelhardt for Are We Living in Post-Legal America? Is the Libyan war legal? Was Bin Laden’s killing legal? Is it legal for the president of the United States to target an American citizen for assassination? Were those “enhanced interrogation techniques” legal? These are all questions raised in recent weeks. Each seems to call out for debate, for answers. Or does it? ... My answer is this: they are irrelevant. Think of them as twentieth-century questions that don't begin to come to grips with twenty-first century American realities. In fact, think of them, and the very idea of a nation based on the rule of law, as a reflection of nostalgia for, or sentimentality about, a long-lost republic. At least in terms of what used to be called “foreign policy,” and more recently “national security,” the United States is now a post-legal society. (And you could certainly include in this mix the too-big-to-jail financial and corporate elite.) It’s easy enough to explain what I mean. If, in a country theoretically organized under the rule of law, wrongdoers are never brought to justice and nobody is held accountable for possibly serious crimes, then you don’t have to be a constitutional law professor to know that its citizens actually exist in a post-legal state. If so, “Is it legal?” is the wrong question to be asking, even if we have yet to discover the right one. There's much more so be sure to read the entire essay. Investigative Journalist Sy Hersh made big waves with his latest in the New Yorker Iran and the Bomb: How real is the nuclear threat? ABSTRACT: ANNALS OF NATIONAL SECURITY about whether Iran’s nuclear program is being exaggerated. Is Iran actively trying to develop nuclear weapons? Members of the Obama Administration often talk as if this were a foregone conclusion, as did their predecessors under George W. Bush. There’s a large body of evidence, however, including some of America’s most highly classified intelligence assessments, suggesting that the U.S. could be in danger of repeating a mistake similar to the one made with Saddam Hussein’s Iraq eight years ago—allowing anxieties about the policies of a tyrannical regime to distort our estimates of the state’s military capacities and intentions. Go read it all and watch the interview with Hersh on DN! below. Of course this cannot stand! Glenn Greenwald points out the Beltway Bubalas' desperation to quash Hersh in The WH/Politico attack on Seymour Hersh (h/t jen) This, of course, cannot stand, as it conflicts with one of the pillar-orthodoxies of Obama foreign policy in the Middle East (even though the prior two National Intelligence Estimates say what Hersh has said). As a result, two cowardly, slimy Obama officials ran to Politico to bash Hersh while hiding behind the protective womb of anonymity automatically and subserviently extended by that "news outlet":
    the Obama administration is pushing back strongly, with one senior official saying the article garnered "a collective eye roll" from the White House . . . two administration officials told POLITICO's Playbook that's not the case. . . . a senior administration official said. . . . "There is a clear, ongoing pattern of deception" from Iran . . ."the senior administration official added" . . . And a senior intelligence official also ripped Hersh, saying his article amounted to nothing more than "a slanted book report on a long narrative that's already been told many times over" . . .
Dutifully writing down what government officials say and then publishing it under cover of anonymity is what media figures in D.C. refer to as "real reporting." But the most hilarious part of this orgy of cowardly anonymity comes at the end, when Politico explains what is supposedly the prime defect in Hersh' journalism:
    Hersh has faced criticism for his heavy reliance on anonymous sources, but New Yorker editor David Remnick has repeatedly said he stands by his reporter’s work.
That's the criticism that ends an article that relies exclusively on anonymous government sources, appearing in a D.C. gossip rag notorious for granting anonymity to any powerful figure who requests it for any or no reason. The difference, of course, is that the Pulitzer Prize-winning, five-time-Polk-Award-recipient investigative journalist who uncovered the My Lai massacre and the Abu Ghraib scandal grants anonymity to those who are challenging the official claims of those in power (that's called "journalism"), while Politico uses it (as it did here) to serve those in power and shield them from all accountability as they spew their propaganda (which is called being a "lowly, rank Royal Court propagandist").
BUSTED! Haha! Lastly we get an update from Naked Capitalism Guest Post: Update on the Japanese Nuclear Crisis … Not a Pretty Picture Read this to get up-to-date on the continuing nuclear disaster that the U.S. media has all but forgotten. Get more updates from experts from all over the world at SimplyInfo - The Fukushima Project - Crowd Sourced Research and Analysis. Of course most or all of this will be ignored by the Sunday Bobbleheads! Start yer Sunday with the Gorilla from Wasilla on FAKE SNOOZE (not!) then tune into Face the Bob for NANCY PELOSI or try State of the Candy for WH Limo-designate AUSTAN GOOLSBEE, also on This Anampout, where you can get some common sense from Nobel Laureate PAUL KRUGMAN. Those who crave the fine coiffure of Meet the David will have to wait until next week as NBC goes with The French (tennis) Open, a much more important event. Too much news below to snip! Have a look-see at all out regulars, especially PBC Boiling Frogs with Our Man in Pipelineistan PEPE ESCOBAR and BRAD FRIEDMAN, Ring of Fire with Bobby on the new film The Last Mountain and Sam Seder with WILLAIM HARTUNG and so much more! The Brick TeeVee crew is sunburned again as they desperately try to prep the gardens after the torential May rains. We have one garden done and planted with various beans and cukes and other wabbit food. Weather looks better for next week so the Big Garden will be the main focus. If you don't have a garden start one now! We would be remiss if we didn't pass along this item (h/t msgeuax) at Australia shuns GM canola in response to consumer demand for non-GMO products The biotechnology industry and its lackeys in the US government may be getting away with pulling a fast one on the American people, but citizens across Europe and in Australia continue to resist the onslaught of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) in their food supply. A recent report from Gene Ethics Media (GEM) explains that two of Australia's largest grain traders are refusing to deal with any GM canola this year, citing intense and increasing consumer opposition to GM grains. AND Monday is the 57th Anniversay of D-Day June 6th 1944. We could use a modern-day D-Day of sorts on Wall St. or Big Ag or Big Pharma or name-your-nemesis about now, eh? Have a good week! And THANK YOU to our 13 FOLLOWERS! Tell yer friends!

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ACCESS NOW At BTV we're all about Net Neutrality but apparently the G8 is not. G8: Protect the Net by Roger Hickey, President, Campaign for America's Future: For the first time, the leaders of the G8 developed countries are going to discuss internet policy. Instead of promoting net neutrality and user privacy and combating online censorship, the French government has locked civil society out of these conversations, while inviting CEOs -- some of whom paid $100,000 for their seat at the table -- who are pushing policies like strict intellectual property enforcement, which will line corporate pockets while curtailing our digital rights. Unless we speak out now, decisions about internet policy are going to be made at the highest levels without our voices represented. Please sign this urgent petition calling on the G8 to adopt citizen-centered internet policies, which we’ll deliver at a press conference to the world media on Monday in Paris. Much more at
CAMPAIGN FOR AMERICA'S FUTURE American Majority Rejects Washington Austerity Consensus – And We Demand Media Coverage by Roger Hickey, President, Campaign for America's Future: No more silent majority. Today the Campaign for America’s Future is sending letters to all the major media demanding that the views of the American Majority be represented in the news programs, print articles and opinion pages, and in the non-stop daily and Sunday talk shows in which the debate about America’s future is being conducted as we move toward the showdown over the budget. We are demanding representation in the media proportional to the size of the American Majority. And we are making the point that the views of the majority are not irrational—and that in a democracy the majority deserves to be heard, not patronized. We are also supplying the media with an extensive list of economists, experts and advocates who share the majority view that deficits are not now the major threat to U.S. prosperity, and that getting revenue back into the budget is far less damaging (and more just) than cutting spending and crippling important programs for the poor and the elderly. And we are telling them that occasionally featuring the great Paul Krugman, as though his views represent a lonely majority, is not enough. ... The Campaign for America’s Future is joining with the Center for Economic and Policy Research (whose Co-Director, Dean Baker blogs regularly about economic bias in the media) and with FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting) to monitor the media’s coverage and representation of the American Majority views as they go into covering the big deficit fight. But we want to enlist YOU too. Send us accounts of unbalanced coverage in the national media and in your local newspapers and television. Call up reporters, editors, assignment people and tell them when they are under-representing the views of the American Majority. We should have at least half the experts, pundits, quotes and real people represented in their coverage. In a debate as important as the one we are going into, we can’t allow the media to ignore the American Majority. Much more at
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SUPPORT THE TROOPS WHO REFUSE TO FIGHT See UPDATE! War Against War: A Meditation on Bradley Manning’s Mind By Scott Tucker “Bradley Manning’s Mind.” I took a deep breath when I read that title over this brief item recently posted on Truthdig ... Without our defense, a prisoner such as Bradley Manning is defenseless against the media, the military and the government. We can at least spread the word about the Bradley Manning Support Network. There has already been online discussion among gay folks and the queer left about the “Frontline” show that pathologized Manning, and now The Guardian video report features a soldier with blurred face saying Manning pissed in his pants and curled up on his bunk “in a fetal position.” Maybe he did, after being repeatedly insulted and assaulted by fellow soldiers, by the account of this same anonymous informant. ... If Manning’s mind was fractured, then (as the paradox is known in the Latin liturgy), felix culpa! If guilty as charged, then Manning is one of the people who helped fracture the state secrets of an anti-democratic bipartisan regime that keeps racking up and tracking down ever more political “suspects”—even while career politicians carry out imperial wars with ever more expensive high-tech weapons. The “intelligence” that Manning is charged with passing to WikiLeaks turned out to be one of the inspirations for the Arab rebellions across the Middle East and North Africa; and there has been a real earthquake in the fields of mass media and journalism, with aftershocks following almost weekly. If the traditional guardians of the daily news so deeply resent Bradley Manning and WikiLeaks, that is because they long ago traded away integrity and independence in the sly scramble for “access” to power, press conferences and photo opportunities. Show me a human being without fractures and I’ll show you a robot. Much more at link.
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    • And best-selling author Frank Schaeffer will be joining us to talk about how today’s conservative mantras – government is bad and corporations are great – were all started by the religious right decades ago.
    • VIDEO! Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. – The Last Mountain“In the valleys of Appalachia, a battle is being fought over a mountain. It is a battle with severe consequences that affect every American, regardless of their social status, economic background or where they live. It is a battle that has taken many lives and continues to do so the longer it is waged. It is a battle over protecting our health and environment from the destructive power of Big Coal. The mining and burning of coal is at the epicenter of America’s struggle to balance its energy needs with environmental concerns. Nowhere is that concern greater than in Coal River Valley, West Virginia, where a small but passionate group of ordinary citizens are trying to stop Big Coal corporations, like Massey Energy, from continuing the devastating practice of Mountain Top Removal.” See
    • VIDEO! Papantonio: Tea Party Attempts to Re-Write History The Republicans have found a way to combat the fact that their views are completely out of touch with reality – they’ve decided that they are just going to create their own reality. That’s what Tea Party darling Mike Huckabee is doing with his attempts to re-write history, and the Teabagger Republicans are giving him their full support.
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  • Majority Report with Sam Seder Streaming LIVE weekdays 11:30 am et @!
    William Hartung, author of Prophets of War, on profits of war
    Guy Lawson talks his Rolling Stone Article on Stoner Arms Dealers [06•01•11]
    Author Jeff Madrick on the Age of Greed, The Triumph of Finance and the Decline of America [06•02•11]
    Reporter Ryan Gallagher on the New Spanish Revolution [06•02•11]
    Cliff Schecter calls in to talk jobs report, Herman Cain train, Chris Christie & more! [06•03•11]
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  • On the Edge with Max Keiser Podcasts and more @!
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    WHO IS MAX KEISER? Max Keiser is a financial expert, Prediction Markets analyst, inventor and filmmaker. He is the creator of the Hollywood Stock Exchange (HSX) the first Prediction Market. Max Keiser co-hosts “The Truth About Markets” on ResonanceFM 104.4 in London. He also produces and presents documentary films covering markets and finance for Al Jazeera’s “People & Power” series. Max Keiser started his career on Wall Street in 1983. He is the creator of KarmaBanque a site that enables activists to challenge corporate power.
    • VISIT!!! Crowd Funding for Pirates!
    • VIDEO! The Official Silver Liberation Army! See !
    • VIDEO! Peter Schiff RT interview 03 June 2011
    [VIDEO] Generation OS13: The new culture of resistance by stacyherbert Stacy Summary: h/t Debt Slave
    Lahoob Alerts! Seven Billion Dollar Weather Disasters for US; ‘Unusual’ Heatwave in Desert Kingdom; & Drought Grows ‘More Dire’ For Texas & Oklahoma by stacyherbert Stacy Summary: Lahoob! Krakoo! You know things are getting funky when a desert kingdom has an ‘unusual’ heatwave.
    GIABO & Mutant Capitalism Read Bankrupt Nations Try To Stop The Future From Happening, Fail at zerohedge
    • KEISER REPORT Keiser Report: Neo-Feudal Gulag Casino State (E151) We interview Jon Matonis.
    • KEISER REPORT [KR152] Keiser Report – Regime Change in Greece Now! We interview Gonzalo Lira.
    • THE TRUTH ABOUT MARKETS [TaM1202] The Truth About Markets – 04 June 2011 Download mp3 HERE Donations to ResonanceFM here.
    • ON THE EDGE [OTE109] On the Edge with John Perkins
    • ON THE EDGE [OTE113] On the Edge with J.S. Kim of We interview J.S. Kim. Next week’s guest will be Peter Schiff, so if you have any questions, also submit those below.

  • ANTIWAR RADIO with Scott Horton
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    Eric Margolis May 26, 2011: Eric Margolis, foreign correspondent and author of War at the Top of the World and American Raj, discusses the close watch the US is keeping on Pakistan’s nuclear weapons sites, creating suspicions that a confiscatory raid is being planned; how recent events make the Pakistani military look weak and incompetent; how the crucial and fragile US supply line from Pakistan to Afghanistan could be the object of retaliation against further military incursions; how billions in US “aid” convinces Pakistan’s elite to wage a very unpopular war in the tribal areas; and the open question of who could replace CIA-asset Hamid Karzai in Afghanistan to make a legitimate government.
    Gareth Porter June 03, 2011: Gareth Porter, independent historian and journalist for IPS News, discusses Asia Times journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad’s apparent murder by Pakistan’s ISI for exposing al-Qaeda’s infiltration of Pakistan’s military; how the Afghan Taliban and al-Qaeda share a common opposition to US occupation, but not much else; the strained and complicated US/Pakistan relationship; the preliminary “talk about talk” dialogue with the Taliban that is highly unlikely to end in a peace deal; and how Washington is finally coming to grips with the economic limitations of permanent war – which may hasten withdrawal from Afghanistan.
    Jeffrey Kaye June 03, 2011: Jeffrey Kaye, writer for Truthout and Firedoglake, discusses his article “Deconstructing the Campaign to Malign Award-Winning Article on Guantanamo ‘Suicides’” about (the other) Scott Horton’s exposé; the many half-truths and misrepresentations in Alex Koppelman’s Adweek hit piece; how Koppelman’s publication in Adweek sends a message to magazine publishers and advertisers about what is beyond the pale in mainstream media; the Seton Hall study on the botched NCIS investigation of the “suicides;” and the inconclusive autopsy – due to conspicuously missing body parts – done by Swiss pathologist Patrice Mangin (spun by Koppelman as an endorsement of the suicide theory).
    Benjamin Tua June 03, 2011: Benjamin Tua, retired Foreign Service Officer and contributor to Foreign Policy in Focus, discusses his article “Winners and Losers in a New Middle East;” why Egypt’s elections will likely result in something markedly more democratic than Mubarak’s regime; why Israel, faced with the Arab spring and a renewed Middle East, should accept a two-state solution based on 1967 borders before it’s too late; the other Jewish organizations challenging AIPAC’s dominance, while young Jews are increasingly sympathetic to Palestinians; and the enduring myths used to justify intervention in Libya.
    Anthony Gregory June 03, 2011: Anthony Gregory, Editor in Chief of Campaign for Liberty, discusses Murray Rothbard’s book Wall Street, Banks, and American Foreign Policy (with an introduction by Anthony Gregory); banks and the war machine, closely collaborating since the 1800s; shattering the left-right paradigm and finding the intersection of corporate power and public corruption; why the US economic system is not now, and has never been, based on unfettered free market capitalism; and how the state apparatus attracts those seeking power and privilege, putting the lie to the Marxist theory of capturing government to “help the little guy.”
    Many more interviews at Antiwar Radio!

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