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Obama: All U.S. troops will leave Iraq by year's end.

**The war is over.**

Wow. There it is. THE WAR IS OVER. Did YER local FISHWRAP put THAT headline in 100-point on the front page Saturday? DID IT? And if it DID would you have bought one? Moreover would you BELIEVE that headline? With the largest U.S. embassy ever built in HISTORY and multiple MULTI-MILLION-DOLLAR "Forward Operating Bases" all remaining on Iraq land? DENNIS: Longtime Iraq war critic Dennis Kucinich was not happy with President Barack Obama's Friday announcement about the war.The Ohio Democratic congressman's statement: "As one of the first Members of Congress to oppose the war in Iraq, I welcome the President’s announcement that he will withdraw all U.S. troops from Iraq at the end of the year. The U.S. has spent over $806 billion on a war that was based on lies. The war in Iraq has cost the lives of over 4,421 U.S. troops and an estimated 1 million innocent Iraqis. Yet today’s announcement fails to acknowledge that we will simply be replacing one U.S. occupation with another. Under the State Department’s current plans to take the place of the Department of Defense as the main U.S. force in Iraq post-military withdrawal, we are still maintaining a massive presence there, now with the State Department and its heavily armed private security contractors. And it is the presence of armed U.S. contractors that is the problem. It will continue to foment instability and violence in Iraq and the region. We need to get out now, not just trade uniforms and personnel. It is reasonable to ask whether the people of Iraq will notice any change." David Swanson reports Troops All Leaving Iraq Except for Thousands of Mercenaries Employed by the State Department, CIA "Obama just spoke and left as more than one reporter shouted "What about Iran?" Oh gawd." and points to this WaPo article All U.S. troops to leave Iraq by the end of 2011 Ah but the Gray Lady tells us Civilians to Take U.S. Lead as Military Leaves Iraq To protect the civilians in a country that is still home to insurgents with Al Qaeda and Iranian-backed militias, the State Department is planning to more than double its private security guards, up to as many as 7,000, according to administration officials who disclosed new details of the plan. Defending five fortified compounds across the country, the security contractors would operate radars to warn of enemy rocket attacks, search for roadside bombs, fly reconnaissance drones and even staff quick reaction forces to aid civilians in distress, the officials said. “I don’t think State has ever operated on its own, independent of the U.S. military, in an environment that is quite as threatening on such a large scale,” said James Dobbins, a former ambassador who has seen his share of trouble spots as a special envoy for Afghanistan, Bosnia, Haiti, Kosovo and Somalia. “It is unprecedented in scale.” Spencer Ackerman at deadpans The Iraq War Ain’t Over, No Matter What Obama Says But the fact is America’s military efforts in Iraq aren’t coming to an end. They are instead entering a new phase. On January 1, 2012, the State Department will command a hired army of about 5,500 security contractors, all to protect the largest U.S. diplomatic presence anywhere overseas. ... In July, Danger Room exclusively reported that the Department blocked the Congressionally-appointed watchdog for Iraq from acquiring basic information about contractor security operations, such as the contractors’ rules of engagement. That means no one outside the State Department knows how its contractors will behave as they ferry over 10,000 U.S. State Department employees throughout Iraq — which, in case anyone has forgotten, is still a war zone. Since Iraq wouldn’t grant legal immunity to U.S. troops, it is unlikely to grant it to U.S. contractors, particularly in the heat and anger of an accident resulting in the loss of Iraqi life. It’s a situation with the potential for diplomatic disaster. And it’s being managed by an organization with no experience running the tight command structure that makes armies cohesive and effective. You can also expect that there will be a shadow presence by the CIA, and possibly the Joint Special Operations Command, to hunt persons affiliated with al-Qaida. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has conspicuously stated that al-Qaida still has 1,000 Iraqi adherents, which would make it the largest al-Qaida affiliate in the world. So far, there are three big security firms with lucrative contracts to protect U.S. diplomats. Triple Canopy, a longtime State guard company, has a contract worth up to $1.53 billion to keep diplos safe as they travel throughout Iraq. Global Strategies Group will guard the consulate at Basra for up to $401 million. SOC Incorporated will protect the mega-embassy in Baghdad for up to $974 million. State has yet to award contracts to guard consulates in multiethnic flashpoint cities Mosul and Kirkuk, as well as the outpost in placid Irbil. So we ask the question, When is a war not a war? What's another $3,000,000,000 for unaccountable "security" firms anyway? The G-20 weighs in on Greece and the ECB EU Given a Week to Fix Crisis as G-20 Warns of Global Threat at Bloomberg European leaders have one week to settle differences and flesh out a strategy to terminate their sovereign debt crisis as global finance chiefs warn failure to do so would endanger the world economy. Group of 20 finance ministers and central banks concluded weekend talks in Paris endorsing parts of the emerging plan to avoid a Greek default, bolster banks and curb contagion. They set an Oct. 23 summit of European leaders in Brussels as the deadline for it to be delivered. ... The G-20 officials -- who met to prepare for a Nov. 3-4 gathering of leaders in Cannes, France -- said in a statement that the world economy faces “heightened tensions and significant downside risks.” European authorities must “decisively address the current challenges through a comprehensive plan,” they said. The policy makers held out the possibility of rewarding European action with more aid from the International Monetary Fund, while splitting over whether the Washington-based lender’s $390 billion war chest needs topping up. Europe’s latest strategy hinges on putting Greece, whose government forecasts its debt to reach 172 percent of gross domestic product in 2012, on a sustainable path. Austerity has plunged the country deeper into recession and provoked civil unrest that threatens political stability. ... Failure to limit the risk of a default to Greece led to Portugal and Ireland requiring bailouts, and markets are now targeting larger debt-strapped nations such as Italy. Investors are concerned that if the crisis keeps festering, the world economy could face a repeat of the chaos that followed the 2008 collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. The euro area is already set to suffer a renewed recession, say economists at JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. ... A consensus is nevertheless emerging to accelerate the birth of a permanent aid fund by a year to July 2012. This week’s discussions will also look at easing unanimity rules that permit solitary countries to block bailouts. Morgan Stanley’s Fels said the steps could backfire because investors may fail to be lured by the guarantees, harsher writedowns could spark contagion and banks would likely prefer to sell assets and reduce leverage than raise capital. What’s really required is leaders to take a “big step” toward fiscal integration, he said. The coming weekend “is the moment people are expecting something quite impressive,” U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said in Paris. Haha nowhere in the article is what the G-20 will do other than the obvious "failure to do so would endanger the world economy" and the Titans of World Capital can't have that now! Here's another surprise! FDL's D-Day points out how the new GAO Report Shows Multiple Conflict of Interest Cases at Fed Regional Banks The report is here (PDF). In 18 different instances, current and former board members of the Fed regional banks, the ones who pick the Presidents who then sit on the Federal Open Market Committee, “were affiliated with banks and companies who received emergency loans from the Federal Reserve during the financial crisis,” according to the report. There is no restriction on this conflict of interest, or really any, for that matter. And there’s certainly no transparency on how the boards of directors handle conflict of interest. Here are just a couple examples: [...] Until you get the bankers out of the business of picking a substantial chunk of Fed policymakers, you will never, ever have a Fed working in the interests of financial stability, let alone working to pierce asset bubbles. You will have a Fed working for the banks. Because they’re practically one and the same. …Incidentally, the GAO made a series of recommendations on how to strengthen conflict of interest policies and create transparency. The Federal Reserve Board “agreed with GAO’s recommendations and said that it believes all have merit and will work to implement them. The Reserve Banks also said that they will give serious consideration to implementing the recommendations,” according to the report. Of course they did. The GAO recommendations are the least you can do. The proper policy is to end the practice of having bankers pick policymakers at the Fed. Wait there's more! The Daily Bail piles on! HOLY BAILOUT - Federal Reserve Now Backstopping $75 Trillion Of Bank Of America's Derivatives Trades This story from Bloomberg just hit the wires this morning. Bank of America is shifting derivatives in its Merrill investment banking unit to its depository arm, which has access to the Fed discount window and is protected by the FDIC. This means that the investment bank's European derivatives exposure is now backstopped by U.S. taxpayers. Bank of America didn't get regulatory approval to do this, they just did it at the request of frightened counterparties. Now the Fed and the FDIC are fighting as to whether this was sound. The Fed wants to "give relief" to the bank holding company, which is under heavy pressure. This is a direct transfer of risk to the taxpayer done by the bank without approval by regulators and without public input. You will also read below that JP Morgan is apparently doing the same thing with $79 trillion of notional derivatives guaranteed by the FDIC and Federal Reserve. What this means for you is that when Europe finally implodes and banks fail, U.S. taxpayers will hold the bag for trillions in CDS insurance contracts sold by Bank of America and JP Morgan. Even worse, the total exposure is unknown because Wall Street successfully lobbied during Dodd-Frank passage so that no central exchange would exist keeping track of net derivative exposure. This is a recipe for Armageddon. Bernanke is absolutely insane. No wonder Geithner has been hopping all over Europe begging and cajoling leaders to put together a massive bailout of troubled banks. His worst nightmare is Eurozone bank defaults leading to the collapse of the large U.S. banks who have been happily selling default insurance on European banks since the crisis began. The Bloomberg story follows and they add Check out regulator William Black's blistering reaction to this story HERE. See Bill Black with Amy Goodman on DN! below. Meanwhile Four US banks hold a staggering 95.9% of U.S. derivatives: The $600 Trillion Time Bomb That's Set to Explode The world's gross domestic product (GDP) is only about $65 trillion, or roughly 10.83% of the worldwide value of the global derivatives market by Keith Fitz-Gerald so BofA (and us now) is on the hook for some 1/6th of THAT?? Nick Turse for Alternet/TomDispatch writes about America’s Secret Empire of Drone Bases: Its Full Extent Revealed for the First Time ... And that leaves at least 56 more such facilities to mention in an expanding American empire of unmanned drone bases being set up worldwide. Despite frequent news reports on the drone assassination campaign launched in support of America’s ever-widening undeclared wars and a spate of stories on drone bases in Africa and the Middle East, most of these facilities have remained unnoted, uncounted, and remarkably anonymous -- until now. Run by the military, the Central Intelligence Agency, and their proxies, these bases -- some little more than desolate airstrips, others sophisticated command and control centers filled with computer screens and high-tech electronic equipment -- are the backbone of a new American robotic way of war. They are also the latest development in a long-evolving saga of American power projection abroad -- in this case, remote-controlled strikes anywhere on the planet with a minimal foreign “footprint” and little accountability. Using military documents, press accounts and other open source information, an in-depth analysis by AlterNet has identified at least 60 bases integral to U.S. military and CIA drone operations. There may, however, be more, since a cloak of secrecy about drone warfare leaves the full size and scope of these bases distinctly in the shadows. Then TomDispatch's Tom Engelhardt adds Wall Street’s Second Occupation: The Rise of the NYPD's Homeland Security State Are drones above New York City next as the police militarize Lower Manhattan?...On a recent visit to the park, I found the streets around the Stock Exchange barricaded and blocked off to traffic, and police everywhere in every form (in and out of uniform) -- on foot, on scooters, on motorcycles, in squad cars with lights flashing, on horses, in paddy wagons or minivans, you name it. At the park’s edge, there is a police observation tower capable of being raised and lowered hydraulically and literally hundreds of police are stationed in the vicinity. I counted more than 50 of them on just one of its sides at a moment when next to nothing was going on -- and many more can be seen almost anywhere in the Wall Street area, lolling in doorways, idling in the subway, ambling on the plazas of banks, and chatting in the middle of traffic-less streets. This might be seen as massive overkill. ... At one level, this is all mystifying. The daily crowds in the park remain remarkably, even startlingly, peaceable. (Any violence has generally been the product of police action.) On an everyday basis, a squad of 10 or 15 friendly police officers could easily handle the situation. There is, of course, another possibility suggested to me by one of the policemen loitering at the Park’s edge doing nothing in particular: “Maybe they’re peaceable because we’re here.” And here's a second possibility: as my friend Steve Fraser, author of Wall Street: America’s Dream Palace, said to me, “This is the most important piece of real estate on the planet and they’re scared. Look how amazed we are. Imagine how they feel, especially after so many decades of seeing nothing like it.” And then there’s a third possibility: that two quite separate universes are simply located in the vicinity of each other and of what, since September 12, 2001, we’ve been calling Ground Zero. Think of it as Ground Zero Doubled, or think of it as the militarized recent American past and the unknown, potentially inspiring American future occupying something like the same space. ... Their stakeout in Zuccotti Park is geared to extreme acts, suicide bombers, and terrorism, as well as to a conception of protest and opposition as alien and enemy-like. They are trying to herd, lock in, and possibly strangle a phenomenon that bears no relation to any of this. They are, that is, policing the wrong thing, which is why every act of pepper spraying or swing of the truncheon, every aggressive act (as in the recent eviction threat to “clean” the park) blows back on them and only increases the size and coverage of the movement. ... Still, we do know one thing. This massive semi-militarized force we continue to call “the police” will, in the coming years, only grow more so. After all, they know but one way to operate. Right now, for instance, over crowds of protesters the police hover in helicopters with high-tech cameras and sensors, but in the future there can be little question that in the skies of cities like New York, the police will be operating advanced drone aircraft. Already, as Nick Turse indicates in a groundbreaking report “America’s Secret Empire of Drone Bases,” the U.S. military and the CIA are filling the global skies with missile-armed drones and the clamor for domestic drones is growing. The first attack on an American neighborhood, not one in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen, or Libya, surely lurks somewhere in our future. Empires, after all, have a way of coming home to roost. To illustrate the surveillance and firepower of the NYPD watch this video on 60 Minutes from a few weeks ago Fighting terrorism in New York City Manilla Times ( reports 'Occupy Wall St.' protest goes global ... Media reported that more than 150,000 people from across Italy took to the streets in Rome, encouraged by Spain’s “Indignados” movement of mostly young people, who began protesting in May at high unemployment and inequality. The demonstration in Madrid on Saturday came exactly five months after Spain’s so-called “Indignados” (indignant) protest movement was born with a rally on May 15 that turned into a sprawling protest camp that occupied Madrid’s central Puerta del Sol for weeks. ... Thousands marched from their encampment at Zucotti Park in lower Manhattan to 1 Chase Manhattan Plaza near Wall Street, distributing instructions on how to transfer personal bank accounts from JPMorgan to community and worker-owned banks. ... Inspired by Spain’s “indignant” movement and the “Occupy Wall Street” movement in the United States, people took to the streets on Saturday in a rolling action targeting 951 cities in 82 countries around the world. ...Police said around 5,000 people took part in a march on the ECB building in the German financial hub of Frankfurt to protest at capitalist excesses, the perceived injustice of the global financial system and the power of banks. In Berlin, more than 5,000 people marched on the office of Chancellor Angela Merkel, according to police estimates. Anti-globalization group Attac claimed it had mustered 40,000 demonstrators across Germany. The Frankfurt protesters carried placards stating, “You are speculating with our lives,” and, “You are gambling away our future.” Some set up tents and one protester, armed with a sleeping bag and thermal underwear, said he was ‘’perfectly prepared’’ to stay put. In London, protesters – including Wikileaks founder Julian Assange – took part in ‘’Occupy London Stock Exchange (LSX),” a collective that had more than 15,000 fans on Facebook and some 5,000 confirmed attendees. “This movement is not about the destruction of law, but the construction of law,” Assange said according to the Guardian newspaper website, deriding a greedy and corrupt system. ... In Brussels, Belgium, thousands joined a protest march, the Belga news agency reported, adding that a ‘’small group’’ of smartly-dressed people led a counter-protest at the start of the march. The protesters adopted the slogan, ‘’We are the 99 per cent,’’ a reference to the silent majority they say are enduring the consequences of the crisis. Hundreds also gathered across Austria. In Prague, around 200 Czech demonstrators marched past the stock exchange. In South Africa, protests took place in major cities including Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town, organized by Operation Ubuntu, which calls itself a ‘’leaderless resistance movement,’’ formed in sympathy with the Occupy Wall Street protests. ...Earlier, hundreds of Australians gathered in Sydney’s business district to protest at ‘’corporate greed’’ - falling short of the thousands of demonstrators that organizers had hoped for. The peaceful demonstration ended with a commitment to picket the Reserve Bank of Australia building for several days. “We need to challenge those who are the most powerful, who control the global economy and have an enormous influence on elected politicians,” chief organizer Mark Goudkamp was quoted as saying by local news agency AAP. Around 100 people also took to the streets of Tokyo, according to Kyodo news agency, while the Japan Times online news portal reported that some 300 people demonstrated on a range of issues, including the handling of this year’s nuclear disaster. ... In Toronto, over 10,000 Canadians blew bubbles, strummed guitars and chanted anti-corporate slogans at peaceful protests across the country Saturday, as part of global demonstrations against corporate greed. An estimated 5,000 people showed up in the city’s financial district, and later set up tents in a nearby park. Thousands also protested in Halifax, Montreal, Quebec City, the capital Ottawa, Winnipeg, Calgary and Vancouver with a wide range of demands, from jobs to a fairer distribution of wealth, greater corporate accountability, “the truth behind ‘9/11,’” a Palestinian state and animal rights. Naomi Wolf: how I was arrested at Occupy Wall Street He gave me a look of pure hate. "Are you going to back down?" he shouted. I stood, immobilised, for a moment. "Are you getting out of my way?" I did not even make a conscious decision not to "fall back" – I simply couldn't even will myself to do so, because I knew that he was not giving a lawful order and that if I stepped aside it would be not because of the law, which I was following, but as a capitulation to sheer force. In that moment's hesitation, he said, "OK," gestured, and my partner and I were surrounded by about 20 officers who pulled our hands behind our backs and cuffed us with plastic handcuffs. Read the entire chilling first-hand account and watch the video there too. We recommend her book The End of America: Letters of Warning to a Young Patriot Occupy Philly was busy as well! Philly Inquirer Staff Writers Quan Nguyen and Robert Moran report Cantor cancels Penn speech, Occupy Philly still protests House Majority Leader Eric Cantor abruptly canceled a speech Friday at the University of Pennsylvania that had become the target of Occupy Philly and other groups. Hundreds of protesters gathered at Penn nonetheless, carrying signs and shouting slogans. Cantor (R., Va.) was scheduled to speak at Penn's Wharton School at 4:30 p.m. but backed out earlier in the afternoon, indicating that it had been his understanding the speech would be open only to people affiliated with the university. In a statement, his office said it "was informed last night by Capitol Police that the University of Pennsylvania was unable to ensure that the attendance policy previously agreed to could be met." Cantor "appreciated the invitation to speak with the students, faculty, alumni, and other members of the UPENN community," according to the statement. The university in turn issued a statement saying it "deeply regrets" that Cantor canceled and suggesting that there had been no change in the attendance policy. "The Wharton speaker series is typically open to the general public, and that is how the event with Majority Leader Cantor was billed. We very much regret if there was any misunderstanding with the majority leader's office on the staging of his presentation," the university said. ... Many of the protesters marched from the Occupy Philly base at City Hall to University City. Mixed in with Penn students and university police, the protesters shouted call-and-response chants such as "Eric Cantor, can't you see / What this movement means to me?" ... Sean Kitchen, a protester and a member of the Occupy Philly outreach committee, said Cantor's cancellation "shows cowardice." The group later stormed into Huntsman, surrounded the lobby, and shouted: "Eric Cantor, come out, come out, wherever you are." More at the link! We at Brick TeeVee don't ever post videos here for a number of reasons. So for the FIRST TIME our editorial board elected to post THIS VIDEO: Chris Hedges explains to one of the clueless (4-star h/t maddy) For those motivated please put yer transcription in a comment below. Take SEVEN MINUTES of yer time to watch CHRIS HEDGES on the CBC. We'll wait. Chris Hedges shuts down CBC Kevin O'Leary on CBCNews Network's The Lang & O’Leary Exchange. UPDATE -- CBC issues apology on 2011-10-18 O’Leary’s ‘nutbar’ remark breach of policy, CBC ombudsman says Financial Times.... America wakes to the din of inequity The frustration of protesters railing against the global financial system, and of the 54 per cent of Americans who polls suggest support their calls, is legitimate. The wonder is why it has taken so long for citizens to come out in popular protest across political boundaries. For the last three years, the country has been paralysed by a political gridlock that has put its future on the line. Both Republicans and Democrats are to blame – the Grand Old Party for its callous obstruction of all Democratic initiatives and President Barack Obama for his naïve neglect of the need for muscular leadership. ... Whether or not the protests evolve into a more coherent set of demands, or even become a more lasting political force, remains to be seen. But the cry for change is one that must be heeded. Professor Richard D. Wolff of the New School University, New York City, MR Zine via truth-out compares Capitalism and Poverty Deepening poverty has multiple causes, but the capitalist economic system is major among them. First, capitalism's periodic crises always increase poverty, and the current crisis is no exception. More precisely, how capitalist corporations operate, in or out of crisis, regularly reproduces poverty. At the top of every corporation, its major shareholders (15-20 or fewer) own controlling blocs of shares. They select a board of directors -- usually 15-20 individuals -- who run the corporation. These two tiny groups make all the key decisions: what, how, and where to produce and what to do with the profits. Poverty is one result of this capitalist type of enterprise organization. For example, corporate decisions generally aim to lower the number of workers or their wages or both. They automate, export (outsource) jobs, and replace higher-paid workers by recruiting domestic and foreign substitutes willing to work for less. These normal corporate actions generate rising poverty as the other side of rising profits. When poverty and its miseries "remain always with us," workers tend to accept what employers dish out to avoid losing jobs and falling into poverty. Another major corporate goal is to control politics. Wherever all citizens can vote, workers' interests might prevail over those of directors and shareholders in elections. To prevent that, corporations devote portions of their revenues to finance politicians, parties, mass media, and "think tanks." Their goal is to "shape public opinion" and control what government does. They do not want Washington's crisis-driven budget deficits and national debts to be overcome by big tax increases on corporations and the rich. Instead public discussion and politicians' actions are kept focused chiefly on cutting social programs for the majority. ... Over the years, government interventions like Social Security, Medicare, minimum wage laws, regulations, etc. never sufficed to eradicate poverty. They often helped the poor, but they never ended poverty. The same applies to charities aiding the poor. Poverty always remained. Now capitalism's crisis worsens it again. Something more than government interventions or charity is required to end poverty. One solution: production would have to be organized differently, in a non-capitalist way. Instead of enterprise decisions being made by directors and major shareholders, the workers themselves could collectively and democratically make them. Let's call this Democracy at Work (DAW), since it entails the majority making the key enterprise decisions about what, how, and where to produce and what to do with the profits. If the workers made those decisions, here are some likely results. Primary goals would no longer be to reduce their own numbers or their wages. If technological changes or reduced demand for their outputs required fewer workers, they would likely maintain the wages of workers and retrain them for other jobs meeting growing demands. Workers would not be fired and thereby pushed into poverty. ... A serious commitment to end poverty and its costly social effects requires us to face that capitalism has always reproduced widespread poverty as the other side of profits for a relative few. No wonder such a system has provoked Occupy Wall Street and so many of its signature slogans and demands. Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone explains Why Occupy Wall Street Is Bigger Than Left vs. Right We've similarly heard about jumping into the demonstrations and attempting, seemingly, to assume leadership roles in the movement. All of this is the flip side of the coin that has people like Breitbart trying to frame OWS as a socialist uprising and a liberal media conspiracy. The aim here is to redraw the protests along familiar battle lines. ... What nobody is comfortable with is a movement in which virtually the entire spectrum of middle class and poor Americans is on the same page, railing against incestuous political and financial corruption on Wall Street and in Washington. The reality is that Occupy Wall Street and the millions of middle Americans who make up the Tea Party are natural allies and should be on the same page about most of the key issues, and that's a story our media won't want to or know how to handle. ... Both traditional constituencies want these companies off the public teat and back swimming on their own in the cruel seas of the free market, where they will inevitably be drowned in their corruption and greed, if they don't reform immediately. This is a major implicit complaint of the OWS protests and it should absolutely strike a nerve with Tea Partiers, many of whom were talking about some of the same things when they burst onto the scene a few years ago. The banks know this. They know they have no "natural" constituency among voters, which is why they spend such fantastic amounts of energy courting the mainstream press and such huge sums lobbying politicians on both sides of the aisle. ... All of which is a roundabout way of saying one thing: beware of provocateurs on both sides of the aisle. This movement is going to attract many Breitbarts, of both the left and right variety. They're going to try to identify fake leaders, draw phony battle lines, and then herd everybody back into the same left-right cage matches of old. Whenever that happens, we just have to remember not to fall for the trap. When someone says this or that person speaks for OWS, don't believe it. This thing is bigger than one or two or a few people, and it isn't part of the same old story. Listen to Taibbi on Majority Report Radio below! Ellie Maclin at OccupyMemphis concurs We Will Not Be Co-Opted! And Michel Chossudovsky at wonders Occupy Wall Street and "The American Autumn": Is It a "Colored Revolution"? Part I Has the movement or segments within this movement been co-opted? This is an important question, which must be addressed by those who are part of the Occupy Wall Street Movement as well as those who, across America, support real democracy. Introduction - Historically, progressive social movements have been infiltrated, their leaders co-opted and manipulated, through the corporate funding of non-governmental organizations, trade unions and political parties. The ultimate purpose of "funding dissent" is to prevent the protest movement from challenging the legitimacy of the economic elites: [...] At the same time, "manufactured dissent" is intent upon promoting political and social divisions (e.g. within and between political parties and social movements). In turn, it encourages the creation of factions within each and every organization. With regard to the anti-globalization movement, this process of division and fragmentation dates back to the early days of the World Social Forum. ... In the US, bi-partisanship is not the result of the interplay of Congressional party politics. A handful of powerful corporate lobby groups control both the Republicans and the Democrats. The "bi-partisan consensus" is established by the elites who operate behind the scenes. It is enforced by the main corporate lobby groups, which exert a stranglehold over both major political parties. In turn, the leaders of the AFL-CIO have also been co-opted by the corporate establishment against the grassroots of the US labor movement. The leaders of organized labor attend the annual meetings of the Davos World Economic Forum (WEF). They collaborate with the Business Roundtable. But at the same time, the grassroots of the US labor movement has sought to to carry out organizational changes which contribute to democratizing the leadership of individual trade unions. The elites will promote a "ritual of dissent" with a high media profile, with the support of network TV, the corporate news as well as the internet. The economic elites -- which control major foundations -- also oversee the funding of numerous civil society organizations, which historically have been involved in the protest movement against the established economic and social order. The programs of many NGOs (including those involved in the Occupy Wall Street Movement) rely heavily on funding from private foundations including the Ford, Rockefeller, MacArthur, Tides foundations, among others.... Historically, the anti-globalization movement which emerged in the 1990s has opposed Wall Street and the Texas oil giants controlled by Rockefeller, et al. Yet the foundations and charities of Rockefeller, Ford et al have, over the years, generously funded progressive anti-capitalist networks as well as environmentalists (opposed to Big Oil) with a view to ultimately overseeing and shaping their various activities. In the course of the last decade, "colored revolutions" have emerged in several countries. The "colored revolutions" are US intelligence ops which consist in covertly supporting protest movements with a view to triggering "regime change" under the banner of a pro-democracy movement. "Colored revolutions" are supported by the National Endowment for Democracy, the International Republican Institute and Freedom House, among others. The objective of a "colored revolution" is to foment social unrest and use the protest movement to topple the existing government. The ultimate foreign policy goal is to instate a compliant pro-US government (or "puppet regime").... Very scary. Read more at link on the recent history of infiltration of social movements and stay tuned for PART II of this article will examine the mainstay of the Occupy Wall Street movement, including the role of NGO organizers. One need only to turn on any corporate media outlet to hear how OWS is being attacked or compromised. CASE IN POINT: The unflappable David Brooks who thinks all this is just peachy and gloats in the NYT how common folk are vermin. We let Charlie Pierce translate in David Brooks Does Not Get the Moral Norm of Being Broke It's Tuesday, and David Brooks is happy — nay, ecstatic — that all of you out there are using your encroaching poverty to rediscover your moral compass. He calls it — and I am not kidding here — The Great Restoration, and he's awfully proud of each and every one of you peasants, especially you folks who are hanging on every word of the Amanda Knox story and paying no attention at all to those bongo-drummers out in the street. ... People are broke because the end product of 30 years of economic theorizing and political action that you supported has resulted in a shattered middle-class. People are broke because the Wall Street casino that your politics created and celebrated and enabled finally broke the entire country and took the rest of us down with it. People are broke because you and the rest of your "conservative" pals latched onto a crackpot scheme called supply-side economics, married it to a deregulatory frenzy and free trade, and then pitched it to the Bobos as economic liberty. You got rich. You got important. Now people are not using their credit cards because they can't afford to buy the overpriced, Chinese-made crap that you once proposed as the new staple of American society. That is not a conscious mass moral choice. You've got to be on mushrooms to believe that. .... Unfortunately, and I hate to keep bringing this up, Dave, but 30 years of dumb Republican economics and even dumber Republican politics, both of which you made your bones celebrating, have sort of made that impossible. (A couple of decades of bipartisan "free-trade" agreements haven't helped, either.) Who was it that was cheering on "Free Agent Nation"? It was the politicians and the pundits who were declaring the golden age of the global economy, in which we'd all have two or three jobs before we retired, fat and happy, on the 401k's that the miracle of Wall Street by then would have inflated beyond our wildest dreams. Anyone who meekly suggested that, maybe, he'd like to put in 20 years at his job and collect a pension at the end of it that he could live on, was dismissed as a whiny relic of a past age, or as a state employee. And, in any case, part of the miracle of Wall Street was devising new and complicated financial instruments by which private pension plans could be pillaged for private profit. If David Brooks was concerned about this prior to 2008, when the people who go to dinner with him and who pay his honoraria nearly blew up the world, he kept devilishly quiet about it. What American capitalism knows about "moral norms" is that they are for other people. The people who did all the real damage are not in any way interested in "repairing the economic moral fabric" that "is the essential national task right now." They are interested in keeping the money they stole and in stealing as much more of it as they can. If you think VOTING will change things then hold the phone! The Nation's Ari Berman warns GOP Voting Laws Could Swing the 2012 Election Now, thanks to a new report from the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU, we have the best estimate yet for just how many voters will be impacted: “these new laws could make it significantly harder for more than five million eligible voters to cast ballots in 2012,” the report states (emphasis added). According to the report, “states that have already cut back on voting rights will provide 171 electoral votes in 2012–63 percent of the 270 needed to win the presidency.” It just so happens that of the twelve most competitive swing states in the country, “five [Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Nevada and Ohio] have already cut back on voting rights.” The Brennan Center notes that “these new restrictions fall most heavily on young, minority and low-income voters, as well as on voters with disabilities”—in other words, those most likely to vote against the GOP. Here’s how the Brennan Center calculated the number of voters adversely impacted by the new laws: [......] It’s important to put these numbers in perspective. ... So essentially, based on a handful of suspicious incidents, 5 million eligible voters could be disenfranchised in 2012. Keep reading Ari Berman! Can you say HAND COUNTED PAPER BALLOTS at the PRECINCT LEVEL? Ask yourself, WHY do REPUBLICANS ALWAYS RESTRICT avenues to voting? BECAUSE REPUBLICANS couldn't win a seat as DOG-CATCHER based on their ideology alone. THEY think "Representative government is a joke. Unless THEY'RE the Representatives!" opined Mike Malloy on Tuesday's show. Shades of "Drown it in a bathtub" and "Unless I'm the Dictator" quotes no doubt. Hmmmmm. Brick TeeVee's ONE DEMAND? READ. READ AS MUCH AS YOU CAN. Read all the links here to start. Then click on some of the links embedded in those stories we feature. Then read some more. And develop YOUR OWN history of national and global events of the past and now and how they are interconnecting and intersecting RIGHT NOW in the OCCUPY movement. We offer the late great HOWARD ZINN'S A People's History Of The United States and 2-time Congressional Medal of Honor winner MARINE GENERAL SMEDLEY BUTLER'S War is a Racket plus NAOMI KLEIN'S SHOCK DOCTRINE as a BASIS for your understanding of how the past has shaped and continue to shape today's world. Our last word comes from a Founder who saw what was happening in his day never knowing how today's information could spread virally via the internet.
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»»» MONDAY SHOW @ Democracy NOW! Global Day of Rage: Hundreds of Thousands March Against Inequity, Big Banks, as Occupy Movement Grows & Danny Glover, Cornel West Speak Out at Occupy Protests as MLK Memorial is Dedicated in D.C. & Times Square Taken Over as Occupy Wall Street Enters Second Month, Hundreds Arrested Across Country Oct 17, 2011
»»» Anjali Kamat, Democracy Now! correspondent @ Democracy NOW! The New Libya: Exclusive Video on Challenges Facing a Nation Emerging from Gaddafi’s 42-Year Rule Oct 18, 2011
»»» Noam Chomsky @ Democracy NOW! Noam Chomsky on Israel-Palestine Prisoner Exchange, U.S. Assassination Campaign in Yemen Oct 18, 2011
»»» BILL BLACK @ Democracy NOW! WATCH NOW Former Financial Regulator William Black: Occupy Wall Street a Counter to White-Collar Fraud Oct 19, 2011
»»» Julie Burkhart, founder and director of the Trust Women Foundation @ Democracy NOW! WATCH NOW Colleagues of Slain Kansas Abortion Doctor George Tiller Continue His Fight for Reproductive Rights She worked for eight years with Dr. George Tiller before he was murdered in 2009.Oct 19, 2011
»»» THURSDAY SHOW @ Democracy NOW! Muammar Gaddafi Killed in Libya as Interim Government Seizes Last Regime Stronghold & Former Guantánamo Prisoner Speaks Out on Lawsuit Seeking Bush’s Arrest in Canada for Torture & Harsh Immigration Laws Threaten "Humanitarian Crisis" in Alabama, Prompting Latinos to Fight Back & "Lost in Detention": As Obama Admin Deports Record 400,000, Film Explores What Immigrants Face Behind Bars Maria Hinojosa, award-winning broadcaster. Her documentary, Lost in Detention, aired this week on the PBS program Frontline. She is president of the Futuro Media Group, anchor and managing editor of NPR’s Latino USA, and host of WGBH’s Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One. Oct 20, 2011
»»» Peter Bouckaert, Human Rights Watch’s emergencies director currently based in Sirte, Libya @ Democracy NOW! WATCH NOW Gaddafi’s Death Sparks Celebrations, Probe Calls, as Libyans Begin New Era Free of Regime Oct 21, 2011
»»» Nobel Laureate Tawakkul Karman @ Democracy NOW! WATCH NOW Exclusive: Nobel Laureate Tawakkul Karman on the Struggle for Women’s Rights, Democracy in Yemen Oct 21, 2011
»»» GRITtv @ with Laura Flanders
»»» FEATURED SHOW From Public Art to OWS: Living As Form. Flanders at the Creative Time Summit. Just days after the start of OWS, Flanders delivered this keynote presentation on public space and public protest, to the Creative Time Summit in New York. ...
»»» NASCAR The Chase continues on superspeedway TALADEGA! It's the Good Sam Club 500!
Daniel Clive "Dan" Wheldon (22 June 1978 – 16 October 2011) was an English racing driver. He was the 2005 Indy Racing League IndyCar Series champion, and winner of the Indianapolis 500 in 2005 and 2011. Wheldon died from injuries shortly after a collision at the 2011 IZOD IndyCar World Championship at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on 16 October 2011, at the age of 33.

»»» MLB World Series on FOX José Alberto Pujols Alcántara will try to continue his assault on Rangers pitching in Sunday night's Game Four as he became only the THIRD PLAYER in World Series HISTORY to hit THREE HOME RUNS in ONE WS game joining BABE RUTH and REGGIE JACKSON. In the 16-7 win the Cardinals set a WS RECORD for the first club to get multiple runs in FOUR CONSECUTIVE INNINGS! Go Cards!
»»» Football Night in America on NBC Colts @ 2010 Champion Saints! Coverage begins at 7 pm et
The 1st Amendment is Our Permit WASHINGTON - October 14 - This is an emergency appeal. Spread it widely. Our permit to occupy is called “The First Amendment.” This morning, Occupy Wall Street protesters celebrated when New York authorities beat a last-minute retreat from clearing Liberty Plaza – as hundreds of labor and other activists rushed to defend the square. But at the same time this morning, dozens of state troopers in riot gear cleared out Occupy Denver protests. In cities across the country, Occupy protesters have faced police violence and arrests. Some occupations have been forcibly removed while others have stood their ground successfully. The authorities say we don’t have the proper permits to occupy public spaces. Our permit to occupy is The First Amendment. Quickly sign the following statement which will be delivered to mayors, police chiefs and major media across the country:
    Our permit to occupy public squares and parks is in The First Amendment, which affirms “the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” When people across the Middle East occupied public squares, leaders in Washington mostly cheered those protesters and warned Middle Eastern governments not to use force to clear them. Those other societies don’t have a First Amendment. Yet Washington affirmed the universal right to assembly and protest. We do have a First Amendment. The force being used to clear nonviolent protesters from public squares in our country is unacceptable. It must stop.
Action for a Progressive Future (the organization that runs RootsAction) is a nonprofit, progressive, public policy advocacy group that will engage citizens in the democratic process and help make sure legislators hear their voices.
(h/t jen) October 2011 is the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan and the beginning of the 2012 federal austerity budget. It is time to light the spark that sets off a true democratic, nonviolent transition to a world in which people are freed to create just and sustainable solutions. Take this pledge at
    "I pledge that if any U.S. troops, contractors, or mercenaries remain in Afghanistan on Thursday, October 6, 2011, as that occupation goes into its 11th year, I will commit to being in Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C., with others on that day or the days immediately following, for as long as I can, with the intention of making it our Tahrir Square, Cairo, our Madison, Wisconsin, where we will NONVIOLENTLY resist the corporate machine by occupying Freedom Plaza to demand that America's resources be invested in human needs and environmental protection instead of war and exploitation. We can do this together. We will be the beginning."
Do it NOW!
CHANGE.ORG The First Cause: A Plan to Claim Food As Food We're losing the right to manage our own health. Even the right to choose our food is being stolen. We can stop it, but only by ending the basis on which it's being done—not by addressing each action. A new website has been set up to allow people to post responses from politicians, along with their own articles: Free Choice - Health Defining food as food is not the only issue that must be tackled, but it's a key one. As it gets rolling, we'll start others. We are literally in a battle for our lives!
If you're in Europe, click HERE to sign the petition.
If you're in the United States, click HERE to sign the petition. Do it NOW!
UPDATE! Watch this interview with constitutional law attorney Jonathan Emord on ProjectCamelotLive JONATHAN EMORD INTERVIEW
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. 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
MOVE TO AMEND! SIGN HERE NOW! Also visit Rep Alan Grayson's site And Alan Grayson is running again in FL-8! Help out at
SUPPORT THE TROOPS WHO REFUSE TO FIGHT See UPDATE! Manning-Lamo Chat Logs Revealed at plus The Deeply Personal Details in New Bradley Manning Chat Logs and Bradley Manning Support Network Much more at link.
UPDATE! See Peter B Collins PBC Podcast 294 Afghan Update–Rabbani Assassination, US Night Raids Expand; Bradley Manning Update; Gary Chew Reviews ‘Moneyball’
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  • This Week (ABC) with Christiane Amanpour
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    • Christiane Amanpour was the last western journalist to interview the Libyan strongman, and now she speaks with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about what Gadhafi's death means for Libya's future, and for U.S. interests in the region.
    • Top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. John "Bomb Bomb Iran" McCain
    • ROUNDTABLE: ABC News Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz, Time Magazine Managing Editor Richard Stengel, who traveled this week with Secretary Clinton, and Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Robert Kagan & "Bomb Bomb Iran" McCain
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  • Meet the Press (NBC) Host David Gregory
    Meet the Facts at NPR "On the Media" - Last December, NYU professor Jay Rosen proposed something simple yet revolutionary: why don't the Sunday morning chat shows fact check their guests? After "Meet the Press" host David Gregory declined, two college students launched a website to do it for him. One of them, Chas Danner, explains what they're trying to accomplish. See their website updating soon!
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    • ROUNDTABLE: NYT’s David Brooks; former Congressman Harold Ford, Jr.; former Chairman and CEO of General Electric, Jack Welch; and Chief Foreign Affairs correspondent for NBC News, Andrea Mitchell.

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    The Green News Report with Brad Friedman & Desi Doyen: 6 minutes of green news, politics, analysis & snarky comment!
    'Green News Report' - October 20, 2011 IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: EPA, 'green' energy under attack at the GOP Presidential debates; Whitehouse blasts climate change denial industry (Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, that is...); Australia forges ahead with carbon tax; International Energy Agency issues dire warnings of higher food & fuel prices to come; PLUS: Surprise! Scientists got it wrong: The Arctic is melting faster --- much faster --- than predictions ... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
    IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see link): US solar firms file trade complaint against China; FDA cites dirty equipment in cantaloupe outbreak; Sen. Rand Paul lifts hold on pipeline bill; Regulators impose limits on oil speculation; EPA plans new water standards for 'fracking'; Natural gas drilling causing conflicts with mortgages; U.S. can only monitor offshore drilling in Cuban waters; Drama-filled 2011 World Solar Racing Challenge; Herman Cain's extensive ties to billionaire Koch Brothers; Climate change is shrinking species, research suggests; David Suzuki on the Occupy Wall Street Movement; Fox News FAIL: reports fake solar scandal; Fracking: you don’t miss your water ‘til your well explodes; Climate change could trap 100s of millions in disaster areas ...PLUS: Solar Leaf breakthrough: while Tea Party slimes clean energy progress, innovators build the future ...
    BRADBLOG UPDATE! BREAKING: League of Women Voters Files Suit to Block WI's New Polling Place Photo ID Restriction
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  • The Peter B. Collins Show PODCAST!
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    • PBC Podcast 303 Boiling Frogs: Bill Bergman Follows the Money Around 9/11Bill Bergman joins us to discuss compelling financial irregularities and cases involving pre-9/11 money transfers, suspicious activity reporting, and informed securities trading, all of which remain uninvestigated and unanswered to date. This is the latest instalment in the Boiling Frogs interview series, co-hosted with Sibel Edmonds.
    • PBC Podcast 304 Journalist Joe Lauria: Major Doubts About the Iranian-Mexican Plot to Kill Saudi Ambassador to US; Filmmaker Jeff Warrick on Subliminal Suggestion Columbia economist Jeffrey D. Sachs talks about our economic mess and his brilliant new book. Journalist Joe Lauria talks about the bizarre, alleged Iranian plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to Washington, and his exclusive report for Boiling Frogs Post. Filmmaker Jeff Warrick talks about his new documentary, "Programming the Nation".
    • PBC Podcast 305 Boiling Frogs: Nada Prouty Was Fired From CIA and Prosecuted Like a Terrorist Suspect Former FBI-CIA Agent Nada Prouty joins us in an exclusive Boiling Frogs interview–co-hosted with Sibel Edmonds– to discuss her journey from Lebanon to the United States, her sham marriage to obtain US citizenship, what motivated her to join the FBI counterterrorism unit, and why she left the FBI to join the CIA.

  • Ring of Fire Radio
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    This Week on Ring of Fire! October 14, 2011.
    • This week on Ring of Fire: Truthout journalist Michael Corcoran will be joining us to talk about why the Democratic Party has abandoned Keynesian economics, even though it has a proven track record of creating economic growth in America.
    • Investigative journalist Daniel Denvir will join us to discuss the next steps for the Occupy Movement, and how we can keep the spirit of the movement alive.
    • Huffington Post reporter Zach Carter will be joining us to discuss the Obama Administration’s efforts to help pharmaceutical companies keep the prices of drugs high across the globe, a move that will keep HIV drugs out of the hands of millions.
    • And Mother Jones reporter Josh Harkinson will be joining us to talk about the latest developments with Occupy Wall Street.
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  • Majority Report with Sam Seder Streaming LIVE weekdays 11:30 am et @!
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    • THE TRUTH ABOUT MARKETS [TaM-1221] The Truth About Packing Your Bags for Libya – 22 October 2011 Download show HERE (mp3)
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  • ANTIWAR RADIO with Scott Horton
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    Pepe Escobar October 19, 2011: Pepe Escobar, journalist and author of Obama Does Globalistan, discusses his article “ Obama, the king of Africa” about the US military commitment in Uganda and surrounding countries, supposedly to fight the Lord’s Resistance Army; the terrible human rights record of Uganda’s government (even worse than the LRA); the strange African brew of neo-colonialism, tinpot dictators, pipeline routes and JSOC outposts; the great game of mineral and energy extraction playing out between countries like China and South Korea who actually produce things, and the US that wants to spoil it for everyone; the Heritage Oil company’s remarkable ability to capitalize on US military interventions in oil rich countries, and get oil contracts before anyone else; ample opportunities for humanitarian interventions in the DRC (Congo); and the version 1.3 US proxy war with Somalia, this time with Kenyan forces.
    Grant F. Smith October 20, 2011: Grant F. Smith, director of the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy in Washington, D.C., discusses his article “Americans Pay Dearly to Maintain Israel’s Nuclear Secrets;” the Army Corps of Engineers’ $170 million cleanup project at NUMEC, a Pennsylvania nuclear facility that diverted uranium to Israel in the 1960s; why the CIA still won’t release documents on NUMEC (and the agency knows plenty about it), even to aid the cleanup effort; the juvenile stupidity of “strategic ambiguity,” where government officials and the US media feign ignorance or willfully ignore anything about Israel’s nuclear program; and how NUMEC fits the profile of a long list of Israeli front companies that smuggled US military assets and nuclear materials.
    Patrick Cockburn October 21, 2011: Patrick Cockburn, Middle East correspondent for The Independent, discusses Moammar Gadhafi’s death and NATO’s “mission accomplished” in Libya; why the rebel factions will have to find a new cause to rally around, or else face divisions and infighting; why the Arab spring is a genuine grassroots movement, not a CIA-engineered series of color coded revolutions; and having to rely on human rights NGOs for reports critical of Libya’s NTC, since the media doesn’t do its own investigations or publicize information contrary to US government aims (even Al Jazeera is a rebel cheerleader).
    Many more interviews at Antiwar Radio!

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