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GOP: OBJECTIVE REALITY IS IMMATERIAL Before we get into the Glorious Fascist Circle Jerk that was the RNC we begin on a particularly sad note Rachel Corrie ruling 'deeply troubling', says her family from the Guardian UK. Cindy and Craig, the parents of Rachel Corrie, said it was a 'bad day for human rights' Link to this video The death of pro-Palestinian activist Rachel Corrie was a "regrettable accident" for which the state of Israel was not responsible, a judge has ruled, dismissing a civil lawsuit brought by the family. The young American had "put herself in a dangerous situation" and her death was not caused by the negligence of the Israeli state or army, said Judge Oded Gershon at Haifa district court. The 62-page ruling found no fault in the internal Israeli military investigation which cleared the driver of the bulldozer which crushed Corrie to death in March 2003. The judge said the driver could not have seen the activist from the cab of the bulldozer. Corrie could have saved herself by moving out of the zone of danger "as any reasonable person would have done", he said. The area was a combat zone, and the US government had warned its citizens not to go there. International activists were intent on obstructing the actions of the Israeli military and acting as human shields "to protect terrorists". Corrie was killed on 16 March 2003, crushed under an Israeli military bulldozer while trying to obstruct the demolition of a Palestinian home in Rafah, on the Gaza-Egypt border. The lawsuit, filed by Corrie's parents, Cindy and Craig, of Olympia, Washington state, accused the Israeli military of either unlawfully or intentionally killing Rachel or of gross negligence. The family had claimed a symbolic $1 (63p) in damages and legal expenses. The judge said no damages were liable, but the family's court costs would be waived. The family was "deeply saddened and deeply troubled" by the ruling, Cindy Corrie said at a press conference after the ruling. "I believe this was a bad day, not only for our family, but for human rights, humanity, the rule of law and also for the country of Israel." .... Hussein Abu Hussein, the family's lawyer, said: "This verdict is yet another example of where impunity has prevailed over accountability and fairness. Rachel Corrie was killed while non-violently protesting home demolitions and injustice in Gaza, and today, this court has given its stamp of approval to flawed and illegal practices that failed to protect civilian life. "We knew from the beginning that we had an uphill battle to get truthful answers and justice, but we are convinced that this verdict distorts the strong evidence presented in court, and contradicts fundamental principles of international law with regard to protection of human rights defenders. In denying justice in Rachel Corrie's killing, this verdict speaks to the systemic failure to hold the Israeli military accountable for continuing violations of basic human rights." The family would appeal against the ruling to Israel's supreme court, he added. ..... More Guardian UK Rachel Corrie lawsuit result 'dangerous precedent' say human rights groups Concern ruling will allow Israel to exploit 'legal black hole' and avoid responsibility for its actions Human rights organisations have warned of a "dangerous precedent" following an Israeli court's dismissal of a civil lawsuit over the death of US activist Rachel Corrie, which stated that Israel could not be held responsible because its army was engaged in a combat operation. ......... Hussein Abu Hussein, the Corrie family's lawyer, said the ruling sent "a very dangerous message and precedent that there are no restrictions on Israeli military behaviour in Gaza and the West Bank". The ruling would "close the doors of justice to civilian victims", including foreigners, and "expand a legal black hole" in which Israel seeks to evade responsibility for its actions. The verdict, he said, was "yet another example of where impunity has prevailed over accountability and fairness. We knew from the beginning that we had an uphill battle to get truthful answers and justice, but we are convinced that this verdict distorts the strong evidence presented in court, and contradicts fundamental principles of international law with regard to protection of human rights defenders. In denying justice in Rachel Corrie's killing, this verdict speaks to the systemic failure to hold the Israeli military accountable for continuing violations of basic human rights." Human Rights Watch said the ruling contravened international law, which is intended to protect non-combatants in war zones, and set "a dangerous precedent". "The idea that there can be no fault for killing civilians in a combat operation flatly contradicts Israel's international legal obligations to spare civilians from harm during armed conflict and to credibly investigate and punish violations by its forces," said Bill van Esveld, a senior Middle East researcher at HRW. ..... Shawan Jabarin, director of the Palestinian human rights organisation, Al Haq, said: "Israel has claimed that it is not responsible for the death of a civilian in armed conflict. However, this flatly ignores international law, which stipulates that Israel is under an obligation to take all measures to ensure that no civilians will be harmed during hostilities, and must at all times distinguish between military targets and civilians. "The presence of a civilian in a combat zone does in any way not affect their right to protection. Instead, their protected status applies regardless of their location in a conflict, and international law clearly states that they must be protected against acts of violence in all circumstances."
Here's something very scary our own MS brought up this week. Washington's Blog wonders Are People Being Thrown Into Psychiatric Wards For Their Political Views?
    MS: You.Are.Here. This should put a chill up your spines on a hot muggy summer day.... Marine Veteran Brandon Raub Sentenced To Up To 30 Days In Psych Ward Over Facebook Posts The video Raub had posted just prior to his arrest is linked below...It's the 2nd video in the article. (the 1st one has been disabled already...) It's a well edited compilation of eyewitnesses to that days events. I'd watch this now if you will surely be taken down and has very important information in it --from survivors, first responders and reporters who were all on the scene. There is no narrative, opinion expressed, analysis or commentary. No music. It's just live testimony from the ground. Period. How could that be a threat? When 9/11 Truth Becomes a Criminal Offense: Marine Vet Arrested for 9/11 Facebook Posts. His crime appears to be a thought crime. He questioned the official story. However he is being detained without being cited a crime ...or reason. And after 6 yrs fighting for his country, he is being told he has no rights. Thank you DK. This is a very very very bad sign of where we stand in terms of the classic "closing down of a democracy" signs. Very bad. This guy served his country in two dumb wars for six dumb years ---and now he is apprehended without charge and thrown into a Gulag styled mental health examination for connecting some sloppily placed dots. On Fayce-friggin-buuk. It's absolutely chilling.And they can detain him like this, with no charges, for a month. I suspect they will drug him during that month with something potent so that he emerges hallucinating, traumatized and then they will have their "proof" of mental instability afterwards. They did this to nuclear whistleblowers where family members claimed after detention for psychological evaluation they no longer recognized their Dad, spouses, etc. This is so ominous.
Washington's Blog has these links and much more on this very scary (and apparently legal) detaining tactic.
CA GMO LABELING UPDATE: Companies that own organic brands are opposed to CA GMO Labeling! Can you believe it? Cornucopia Institute released this Agribusinesses Owning Natural/Organic Brands Betray Customers: Fund Attack on GMO Labeling Proposal in California CORNUCOPIA, WI: Proposition 37, a citizen’s initiative on the ballot on November 6 in California, would mandate clear labeling of genetically engineered (GE) ingredients on food packages. It has become a battleground pitting consumer and farmer advocates against multi-billion-dollar agribusiness corporations. Recent polling indicates almost 70% of citizens support informational labeling. And a flood of new contributions to fight the measure has rolled in from the biotechnology industry and food manufacturers, totaling over $23 million, according to the California Secretary of State. This dwarfs the approximately $3 million contributed by proponents of GE labeling. “Consumers might be surprised to find out that brands hiding under ‘natural’ façades are in fact owned by multi-billion-dollar corporations that are contributing bushel baskets of cash to defeating Proposition 37,” says Charlotte Vallaeys, Director of Farm and Food Policy at The Cornucopia Institute. ..... To make it easier for shoppers to identify and support organic brands whose corporate owners support Proposition 37, and avoid buying brands owned by companies that financially contributed to opposing the “Right to Know” campaign, The Cornucopia Institute has developed a guide for consumers. “If the food and biotech industries are so proud of their pervasive genetically manipulated crops, why are they so afraid, and so desperately opposed to labeling it?” asked Arran Stephens, founder of Nature’s Path, North America’s largest certified organic cereal and granola brand with manufacturing plants in the US and Canada. On the other side, joining Monsanto and the giant food lobby group Grocery Manufacturers of America (GMA) in donating money to the effort to defeat the ballot initiative, are multi-billion-dollar, multi-national companies including General Mills, Dean Foods, Kellogg and Pepsico. These companies own brands that are misrepresented to consumers as independent, value-driven businesses. Biotechnology corporations and corporate agribusinesses have collectively donated millions of dollars to defeat Proposition 37. Monsanto alone has donated $4.2 million, while food giants Pepsico and Coca Cola have each donated more than $1 million. ...... For example, Kashi is owned by Kellogg, which has contributed $612,000 to defeating Proposition 37. Last year, The Cornucopia Institute published a study, Cereal Crimes, which revealed that the popular, “natural” Kashi GoLean cereal brand, unbeknownst to its customers, contains genetically engineered ingredients. ........ For example, when Kellogg donates money to the Organic Trade Association, the Kashi brand appears on the OTA website. But when the same company donates to the effort to defeat Proposition 37, Kellogg will do everything in its power to make sure that its Kashi customers, who seek wholesome and natural foods, do not associate the Kashi brand with a corporate contributor to the effort to kill Proposition 37,” adds Kastel. The same is true for the R.W. Knudsen and Santa Cruz Organic brands, owned by Smucker, and the Cascadian Farm, Larabar and Muir Glen brands, owned by General Mills. These corporate brand owners have donated $387,000 and $520,000, respectively, to defeating Proposition 37. .... See THIS POSTER to see what corporate faux-organic brands belong to which corporate agribusness! Then get busy! Protect Organic Farms from Monsanto and GMO Contamination: Support the DeFazio Amendment and Stop Monsanto's Sneak Attack! then READ Monsanto's Sneak Attack on Organic and Non-GMO Farmers and Obama Betrays Campaign Promise to Label Genetically Engineered Food at Organic Bytes! Get Busy! Tell anybody you know who EATS FOOD!!!
FEAR Forever Enduring Always Ready: From CCN Wire Staff 'Anarchists' accused of murder; broader plot against government This much is clear: Four U.S. Army soldiers based in Georgia are accused of killing two people. Beyond that, a Georgia prosecutor and federal authorities are offering differing responses to a possible plot by the group to overthrow the government and assassinate President Barack Obama. "As far as the evidence has shown, the motive for the murders was the overthrow of the government," District Attorney Tom Durden said. "This wasn't barroom talk," Durden said, describing the men as part of an anarchist militia. "They amassed a good bit of weapons and explosive materials." A law enforcement official said the men had legally purchased at least 18 rifles and handguns in Washington and Georgia. The official said uncompleted pipe bombs were also found, and were comprised of store-bought materials. No sophisticated military grade-explosives were involved in their construction. ..... On Monday, Pfc. Michael Burnett laid out the elaborate plot, telling a southeast Georgia court that he was part of what prosecutors called "an anarchist group and militia." Dressed in his Army uniform, he spoke in a Long County court about the group of Army soldiers and its role in the December deaths of former soldier Michael Roark and his teenage girlfriend, Tiffany York. Roark, he said, was killed because he took money from the group and planned to leave. "I don't know how it got to the point where two people got murdered," Burnett said in court. He talked about how he and three others accused -- Pvt. Isaac Aguigui, Sgt. Anthony Peden and Pvt. Christopher Salmon -- had begun getting together, "just going out shooting guns, just guy stuff." "And then Aguigui introduced me to 'the manuscript,' that's what he called it, a book about true patriots," the soldier said. The four men became part of a group that aimed "to give the government back to the people," according to Burnett, who said that revolution was its goal. They called it FEAR -- Forever Enduring Always Ready -- and spent thousands of dollars buying guns and bomb parts. ..... Assistant District Attorney Isabel Pauley said it was "unknown" how many others belonged to the group. She identified Aguigui as the leader of what she described as "an anarchist group and militia" that included active and former troops. "Defendant Aguigui actively recruited new members at Fort Stewart (in southeast Georgia) and targeted soldiers who were in trouble or disillusioned," she said. At the time of their arrest, group members had plotted a number of "acts of domestic terror," the prosecutor said. These included "forcibly taking over the ammo control point of Fort Stewart to take the post, bombing vehicles of local and state judicial and political figureheads and federal representatives to include the local department of homeland security, (and plotting) to bomb the fountain at Forsyth Park in Savannah." .... Days before he died, Roark had been discharged from the army, according to Pauley. Roark and his 17-year-old girlfriend were killed because Aguigui felt the couple was "a loose end," Burnett said. "Sir, if I could have stopped this from happening, I would have," the soldier told the judge about the couple's killings. Burnett admitted being at the scene of the crime, including watching as a soldier "checked (York's) pulse and then shot her again." York's sister, Tiffany, told CNN affiliate WTOC that she hoped York "didn't have to beg, or suffer." As part of an agreement with prosecutors, Burnett pleaded guilty to manslaughter -- instead of murder, thus avoiding a possible death sentence -- and other charges. He also agreed to testify against the three other soldiers accused in the case. All four soldiers had also been charged by the military in connection with the two killings. But as their case proceeded through civilian courts, the Army dismissed its charges, according to Fort Stewart spokesman Kevin Larson. The military's Criminal Investigative Division (CID) probe is ongoing, though it is not believed there are any "unknown subjects" -- or people besides those four men -- tied to these crimes, Larson said. In a statement Monday, Larson insisted that Fort Stewart and its affiliated Hunter Army Airfield do not have "a gang or militia problem." Or a Christian proselytizing problem either? From our hometown CLE PEE DEE Sabrina Eaton tells us
Coal miners lost pay when Mitt Romney visited their mine to promote coal jobs. Not the way to kick off a national political convention Circle Jerk, eh? WASHINGTON, D.C. -- When GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney visited an Ohio coal mine this month to promote jobs in the coal industry, workers who appeared with him at the rally lost pay because their mine was shut down. The Pepper Pike company that owns the Century Mine told workers that attending the Aug. 14 Romney event would be both mandatory and unpaid, a top company official said Monday morning in a West Virginia radio interview. A group of employees who feared they'd be fired if they didn't attend the campaign rally in Beallsville, Ohio, complained about it to WWVA radio station talk show host David Blomquist. Blomquist discussed their beefs on the air Monday with Murray Energy Chief Financial Officer Rob Moore. Moore told Blomquist that managers "communicated to our workforce that the attendance at the Romney event was mandatory, but no one was forced to attend." He said the company did not penalize no-shows. ........ When contacted about the interview on Monday afternoon, Murray Energy spokesman Gary Broadbent emailed this statement: "Rob Moore made it abundantly clear that no employees were forced to attend the Romney event. All participation was, and always has been, completely voluntary." Blomquist said that he got multiple emails and phone calls from Murray Energy workers who felt that they were intimidated into attending Romney's appearance. He said employees were told they'd have to forfeit the day's pay unless they could make up their missed hours on overtime or weekends. "My whole point is that nobody should be pressured into attending anyone's political event," Blomquist told The Plain Dealer. "If they shut the mine down, why should they lose a day's pay? There are some guys that just want to go to work, feed their family and go home." Romney used his appearance at the coal mine to blast what he called a "war on coal" by the Obama administration that he said was costing jobs in the coal industry.... Labor repression? Check. Quips Malloy chatter ID3 "Next up for ALEC...Right-To-Serf laws....Slavery has higher costs for the Job Creators" Slavery? There is a certain American population a little SENSITIVE to the concept of SLAVERY. And the BIGOTRY that goes with it. From Lee Bailey's Electronic Urban Report Patricia Carroll – Black CNN Camerawoman – Speaks on GOP ‘Peanut’ Incident *As we reported, some attendees at the Republican National Convention found it hard to contain their true feelings and pelted an African American camerawoman from CNN with peanuts while snickering, “This is how we feed the animals.”
“I hate that it happened, but I’m not surprised at all,” CNN camerawoman, Patricia Carroll, told Journal-isms. “This is Florida, and I’m from the Deep South. You come to places like this; you can count the black people on your hand. They see us doing things they don’t think I should do.” The two attendees accused of doing the dirty deed were ejected from the arena; and, as we also reported, convention organizers condemned the incident saying, “Two attendees tonight exhibited deplorable behavior. Their conduct was inexcusable and unacceptable. This kind of behavior will not be tolerated.” Carroll says this should be a wake-up call to African Americans who have become lackadaisical in their belief, thinking things – read race relations – have progressed more than they actually have. “I can’t change these people’s hearts and minds,” Carroll added. “No, it doesn’t feel good. But I know who I am. I’m a proud black woman. A lot of black people are upset …People were living in euphoria for a while. People think we’ve gone further than we have.” ..... Read the full interview with Carroll in Journal-isms. But wait, there’s more. This just in … Patricia Carroll was but one incident. There were more. An article at Salt Lake City, Utah station (Channel 2) titled, Racism At The Republican National Convention?, (yes, that’s a question mark), says Mia Love, a Haitian American, called a “rising star” in the GOP who gave a rousing speech at the RNC; wowing the crowd left and right, later found her Wiki page hacked, with an onslaught of insults that inclded the “N” word. While Love delivered her speech, talking of civility and equality, a hacker took over her online identity…and called her a “dirty, worthless wh*re who sold her soul in the name of big business,” among other things.
And to add insult to injury, according to, media outlets have reported that Love and almost every other minority who spoke was edited out of live broadcasts on at least one network. RNC speakers who were not seen on often liberal leaning MSNBC include Love, Hispanic Texas senate candidate Ted Crux, Hispanic Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and former Obama backer Artur Davis, who is African American.
Racist "Southern Strategy"? Check.
PIYUSH HIPPOCRACY: Yes teabagger "shrink the gummint" fave Piyush "Bobby" Jindall is now BLASTING the "too big" FEDERAL GOVERNMENT for not giving his state (who CUT taxes and is out of money) more FEDERAL FUNDS for the hurricane blanketing his state! TPM correspondent Brian Beutler asks Jindal Cries Wolf On Obama Administration Response To Hurricane Isaac? Jindal’s chief complaint is that the Obama administration has not provided for the federal government to reimburse Louisiana for expenditures the state is making in preparation for the storm. ..... According to the Louisiana Times-Picayune, “Though Jindal called on the federal government to shoulder the full cost of the federal, state and local efforts, he did not publicly make the same criticisms when former President George W. Bush issued a similar declaration that included a cost ceiling as Hurricane Gustav approached the state…though as the storm was trailing off, the state and the Bush administration fought over exactly who would pay for what portion of the federal response.” And let's not forget the GOPhers voted to DEFUND FEMA! From May 2011 After Killer Tornadoes Republicans Want To Cut FEMA and NOAA During George W. Bush’s presidency, the response to Hurricane Katrina was a portent of a new standard that Republicans in the 112th Congress are continuing with spending cuts to programs that assist the poor and serve the general population. Republicans have proposed cuts to FEMA, severe weather warning systems, earthquake and tsunami monitoring programs, and myriad other public safety programs established to protect every region of the United States. .... Earlier this year, Republicans proposed cuts to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NOAA is a federal agency that focuses on the condition of the oceans and the atmosphere as well as administering the National Hurricane Center. NOAA also provides weather forecasting programs that touch the lives of every American with predictions based on weather information gleaned from satellite data and various information gathering systems. Except for coastal regions that benefit from hurricane predictions provided by the weather service and NOAA, the region in and around Joplin benefits most from early tornado warnings. War on Science? Check. Of course the newly-minted token black female golpher and accused war criminal Condi Rice also spoke at the RNC. We're reminded of
The Snake Oil Merchants Who Sold Us A War!! TvNewsLIES Looks at The White House Iraq Group (WHIG)- Nov, 2005 .... This group should have made headlines across the nation. It did not. It was given far less coverage than any high profile wife slaying of the day. The work of the White House Iraq Group should have been exposed by every news network in the nation before the 2004 election. It was not. The people of the United States had the right to know. They did not. Even now, with the WHIG group uncovered as a result of Plamegate, there is no discernable outrage over their mission. The lies that led us to war do not appear to disturb the nation as a whole. A secret plot to frighten the American people into supporting a war seems almost commonplace. So they lied. Not a big deal. If that is how it is, the nation is lost. If cynicism and apathy rule the day, there is no more America is we knew it. If the WHIG group passes into history as an acceptable agency of government, there is nothing at all left for us to hope for. ... The full payoff, however, is yet to come. Condoleezza Rice recently said she would not rule out the possibility of a US military presence in Iraq for another ten years. The media made very little of that remark. War is hell – deal with it. Thousands more will die in the war that the White House Iraq Group was hired to promote. ... And aside from Clint "Dirty Harry" Eastwood's bizarre "speech" we give the top BTV LIAR PRIZE to PAUL LYIN' RYAN who popped The Finger at ALL the "Fact Checkers" while the knuckle-draggers in Tampa applauded vigorously. We go to Joan Walsh at Salon for Paul Ryan’s brazen lies His most brazen lie accused President Obama of "raiding" Medicare by taking the exact same $716 billion that Ryan and the House GOP notoriously voted to slash. It was stunning. But that’s not all. He attacked Obama for failing to keep open a Janesville GM plant that closed under Bush in 2008. He hit him for a credit-rating downgrade that S&P essentially blamed on GOP intransigence. He claimed that all taxpayers got from the 2009 stimulus was "more debt," when most got a tax cut (and the stimulus is known to have saved between 1.4 and 3.3 million jobs). He derided the president for walking away from the Simpson Bowles commission deficit-cutting recommendations when Ryan himself, a commission member, voted against those recommendations. He blamed Obama for a deficit mostly created by programs he himself voted for – from two wars, tax cuts, new Medicare benefits and TARP. And of course, he riffed on the tired central lie of the GOP convention: that the president said "government gets the credit" for small businesses, not the business owners themselves. Other than that, it was a great speech. ..... Finally, the man chided by the Catholic Bishops for his anti-poor budget had the audacity to say, "The greatest of all responsibilities, is that of the strong to protect the weak. The truest measure of any society is how it treats those who cannot defend or care for themselves." Ryan’s budget decimates programs for "those who cannot defend or care for themselves." The sanctimonious V.P. nominee seems to have forgotten the Ninth Commandment: "Thou shalt not lie." Ryan believes he can say anything and get away with it. For the GOPhers and their right-wing tea-baggin' evangelical followers OBJECTIVE REALITY IS IMMATERIAL. "Facts? BAH! We don't need no stinkin' facts!"
For more on LYIN' RYAN watch Thom Hartmann & The Big Picture from Thursday Full Show 8/30/12: Ryan Lies for the Corporatocracy. And more with John Nichols of The Nation and Editor Ruth Coniff of The Progressive (103 years old! founded in Madison, Wisconsin!) on DN! Thursday RUTH CONNIFF: ...They loved him. They love his confidence, his poise and, most of all, his ability to make this incredibly Orwellian argument, to emote, to connect with working-class people like his constituents in his incredibly hard-hit industrial district, and then to take that and sell policies that are absolutely devastating to these same people. And as John points out with the plant in Janesville closing, that was really one of the most breathtaking moments, when he pivoted from, you know, his mom and his lovely family and the laughter and the tears to this plant closing, where, you know, labor guys have been following Paul Ryan at each of his appearances in his home district to talk about his support for these free trade agreements that have hollowed out manufacturing, not just in the whole United States, but specifically in this district, where Rock County has 54 percent loss of manufacturing jobs since 2000, you know, between 30 and 50 percent job loss in manufacturing in all of these towns right in Ryan’s home district. And not only did he support the trade policies that have destroyed these jobs, he opposed the extension of unemployment benefits for these same constituents. So, it’s really—you have to admire the chutzpah of this guy to come up and go right to that issue. ..... This is why people love Paul Ryan. You know, he is the smiling face of this incredibly brutal Darwinian set of policies that the Republicans are presenting to us. And the fact that he’s a great guy, the fact that he can flip through graphs saying that cutting taxes on the rich is going to bring back jobs and make America great again, and just his delivery, his relaxed demeanor and his humor, it’s what people love about him. And it’s really dangerous. The DN! Crew has much more from the whole week so see below! But one crappy convention isn't stopping the other psychopath troglodytes from pushing on with their ALEC-fueled agenda across the country. Like in DAYTON OHIO: Two Fridays ago Dayton Daily News staff writer Jeremy P. Kelley reported Husted suspends Democrats on election board The two Democrats on the Montgomery County Board of Elections were suspended by Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted on Friday after they refused to back down in a standoff over extending in-person early voting hours for the upcoming election. Dennis Lieberman and Tom Ritchie Sr. must appear at a hearing at 9 a.m. Monday in Columbus to decide whether they will be removed from office. “You leave me no choice but to begin the process necessary to remove you as members of the Montgomery County Board of Elections,” Husted’s letter to the pair said. ..... Lieberman proposed Friday morning that Montgomery County continue to offer weekend voting hours, claiming that Husted’s recent directive on the topic did not specifically forbid that. After a heated - and profane - discussion, the board vote was a 2-2 tie along party lines, sending the issue to Husted. Within hours, the Secretary of State’s office issued a sharply worded letter to the board, saying that any early voting outside the weekday hours listed in Wednesday’s directive would be a violation. The state letter ordered Montgomery County’s elections board to meet again Friday afternoon and rescind Lieberman’s motion, adding that board members failing to follow a state directive could be fired – a claim that is supported by state law. But in their afternoon meeting, Lieberman, an attorney and former county Democratic Party chair, refused to withdraw his motion, arguing both that his motion did not violate the directive, and that it was best for local voters. He acknowledged that the move could cost him his BOE job. “I believe that this is so critical to our freedom in America, and to individual rights to vote, that I am doing what I think is right, and I cannot vote to rescind this motion,” Lieberman said. “In 10 years, I’ve never received a threat that if I don’t do what they want me to do, I could be fired. I find this reprehensible.” After hearing of the suspension Friday night, Ritchie said that neither of the Republicans on the board made a motion to rescind Lieberman’s proposal either, and he wondered why they weren’t disciplined. Well never mind that Monday meeting where Husted FIRED Ritchie and Lieberman. We go to for Federal Judge Rules With Obama, Dems in Favor of Restoring Early Voting For All in Ohio The recent spate of federal court victories in favor of voting rights across the nation continued today, as a U.S. District Court judge in Ohio sided with Democrats and the Obama campaign, finding that the removal of in-person Early Voting for all voters on the final three days before Election Day in the Buckeye State was an "arbitrary" decision made by the state's Republican lawmakers and Secretary of State. The removal of in-person Early Voting in those last three days before the election --- when some 100,000 voters had cast their votes in the state during the 2008 Presidential Election --- for all but active-duty military voters, is likely to "irreparably harm" the voting rights of "low-income and minority voters [who] are disproportionately affected by the elimination of those voting days," according to the ruling by U.S. District Judge Peter Economus [PDF]. The ruling is another major win for Ohio voters, as the judge ruled in favor of the Democratic complaint seeking a temporary injunction on the state's new voting restrictions. .... While current Sec. of State Husted has maintained that he seeks "uniformity" in voting rules across the state --- even going so far as to fire two Democratic Board of Elections officials in Montgomery County this week for simply voting to open the polls for Early Voting hours on weekends in the month leading up to the election --- the judge noted that the Secretary "was silent" on the need for consistent hours across the state for military Early Voting on the three days before the election. According to the Defendants, the times for voting over that weekend, in each of Ohio's 88 counties, "remains in the discretion of the individual county boards of elections," in direct contradiction of Husted's recent calls for the need of "uniformity" in voting hours across the state. "This Court finds that 'in-person early voting' is a voting term that had included the right to vote in person through the Monday before Election Day, and, now, thousands of voters who would have voted during those three days will not be able to exercise their right to cast a vote in person," thanks to the cutoff of Early Voting for all but military voters after 6pm on the Friday before the election, due to the "arbitrary nature" of the new Republican rules, according to the judge today. "Amusingly," ThinkProgress' Ian Millhiser notes, "the court’s opinion relies on the Supreme Court’s infamous decision in Bush v. Gore [2000] to reach this holding, citing Bush‘s statement that '[h]aving once granted the right to vote on equal terms, the State may not, by later arbitrary and disparate treatment, value one person’s vote over that of another.'" Bret Thomas of reported THURSDAY the DAY BEFORE the court ruling Ritchie & Lieberman reinstated... for now Embattled Montgomery County Board of Elections officials Tom Ritchie and Dennis Lieberman have been temporarily reinstated . The reason given by Secretary of State Jon Husted is to ensure the board is able to meet "impending statutory deadlines." See the Rachel Maddow Show clip at the link! Then watch Ari Berman DN! FRI for more about the so-called "Voter Fraud" in Ohio and Texas "By my own count, restrictive voting laws since the 2010 election have been blocked in court in a number of important states: Wisconsin, Florida, Ohio, Texas, Missouri. Very likely it’s going to be blocked in South Carolina, as well. So there has been a very significant pushback from the courts, particularly in states that are covered by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, and then also in state courts in places like Wisconsin and Missouri. And so, when courts are taking a look at these laws, they have been very skeptical, and they have been pointing out, as you mentioned earlier, that these restrictive voting laws are most likely to make it harder to vote for minority voters, for low-income voters. It’s not about, quote-unquote, "protecting the integrity of the election." It’s not about stopping the phantom menace of voter fraud. It is about Republicans trying to shape an electorate in their own favor by making it harder for minority voters and low-income voters to be able to vote in the next election." OUR LAST WORD comes from a NYT oped by JAY N. FELDMAN from Port Washington, N.Y. To the Editor Invitation to a Dialogue: The Corporate Citizen There was a time in the not so distant past when many, if not most, publicly held corporations, including the one for which I worked, embraced in their mission statements, codes of conduct and similar pronouncements a responsibility to serve multiple stakeholders: their stockholders, of course, but also their employees as well as customers, suppliers and the community in which they operated. Today, all too many companies, in deed and often in word, articulate a single-minded obligation to serve only their investors by focusing exclusively on profitability. As a result, we have witnessed corporate downsizings and outsourcing of jobs; restructuring of pension plans or their complete termination; reductions in health care benefits; and wage stagnation in spite of increased productivity. Domestic suppliers have been squeezed or, more often, replaced by cheap foreign sources. Customers seeking service are confronted with automated answering machines and foreign call centers. Environmental concerns are viewed as obstacles to profitability. At the same time, the senior managers of these enterprises have seen their compensation grow exponentially as a reward for their perceived contributions to the bottom line. Sadly, what these corporations fail to appreciate is how their obsession with the bottom line is shrinking their markets, both domestic and foreign. The large number of people unemployed, underemployed, afraid of losing their jobs or without the means to pay all their bills perpetuates the present worldwide economic crisis. Add to this the unwillingness of businesses to pay their fair share of taxes to support education, health care and the infrastructure that is critical to their success. In the end, these self-serving practices endanger the very profitability their practitioners seek to enhance. We need to return to the earlier model of the corporation as a good citizen. Doing so can help ensure the long-term viability of our free enterprise system.
Editors’ Note: We invite readers to respond by Thursday for the Sunday Dialogue. We plan to publish responses and Mr. Feldman’s rejoinder in the Sunday Review. And here is the NYT Sunday Dialogue: How Corporations Behave. Now that the RNC Circle Jerk is over the DC PUNDITARIATE sets its gaze on the upcoming DNC taking place in Charlotte, North Carolina this week. This Snufagopolis gets a sit down with DAVID PLOUFFE while Face the Bob snags BILL RICHARDSON and STEPHANIE CUTTER. Look for MICHAEL ERIC DYSON on the roundtable. Meet the David goes with Brick Targets RAHM EMMANUEL and NEWT "Contract ON America" Gingrich, CARLY "I crashed HP" FIORINA & TOM "Flat Earth" FRIEDMAN on the roundtable. Then State of the Candy gets a face-off between Obama's BOB GIBBS and Willard's ERIC FEHRNSTROM. Lastly FAKE SNOOZE gets DAVID AXELROD and LA Mayor VILLARAIGOSA also on State of the Candy. Interesting that the DNC choose a "RIGHT TO WORK" state and then picked the week of LABOR DAY to have its own convention. Nice way to court the labor vote as thirteen labor unions affiliated with the AFL-CIO are refusing to participate in the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. because of the state's harsh anti-union laws. Plenty more RNC coverage at DN! below and interviews with DON SIEGLEMAN at the BradBlog and PBC as Don faces 6+ years in prison for his TurdBlossom-fueled railroaded conviction! Sign Don's petition for a presidential pardon! PLEASE SIGN the PETITION to the President to "Pardon Governor Don Siegelman" GOOD ITEM! SIGN NOW! We like this new show coming to RT: Abby Martin Breaking the Set Breaking the Set coming on RT-America! Check out the video and you'll see why! ANOTHER NEW SHOW! starting Sept. 10th with former Air America and Ring of Fire host David Bender starting first with an already-live mobile app THEN will be on TuneIn Radio so check it out! Enjoy your Labor Day and short week! We'll see you next Sunday for our DNC round-up, sure to bring a few chuckles and some hair-raising stories!


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STOP the ACHE Appalachian Community HEALTH EMERGENCY Advocating for government action and protection of the public from the health crisis in mountain top removal communi ties
    Lawmakers concerned about the health effects on humans from mountaintop removal coal mining set forth legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives today. Representatives Dennis Kucinich (OH), Louise Slaughter (NY), Maurice Hinchey (NY), Earl Blumenauer (OR), Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA), John Yarmuth (KY), Lynn Woolsey (CA), Judy Chu (CA), Raúl Grijalva (AZ), James Moran (VA), Michael Honda (CA), John Conyers (MI), and Keith Ellison (MN) introduced the Appalachian Communities Health Emergency (ACHE) Act [H.R. 5959] which would place a moratorium on permitting for mountaintop removal coal mining until health studies are conducted by the Department of Health and Human Services. The ACHE coalition presently consists of participants from Coal River Mountain Watch, Mountain Health and Heritage Association, and Christians for the Mountains. “We encourage you, if you’re concerned about mountaintop removal’s effect on your community’s health, to join us in making your voice heard,” said Allen Johnson, executive director of Christians for the Mountains. “Please contact us, learn about the issue, and take action to protect your community.” a project of the Democracy Collaborative at the University of Maryland brings together, for the first time, information about the broad range of community wealth building activity. Featuring Community Wealth Building in Action: The Cleveland Model Something important is happening in Cleveland. The Democracy Collaborative—the host of—in partnership with the Cleveland Foundation, the Ohio Employee Ownership Center, Shorebank Enterprise Cleveland, the City of Cleveland, and the city's major hospitals and universities—is helping to implement a new model of large-scale worker-owned and community-benefiting businesses. The Evergreen Cooperative Initiative is beginning to build serious momentum in one of the cities most dramatically impacted by the nation's decaying economy. Increasingly, this model is being referred to nationally as The Cleveland Model. Initial planning is now underway to assist other cities in Ohio and nationwide to replicate and adapt this innovative approach to economic development, green job creation, and neighborhood stabilization. Find more many resources at! NET NEUTRALITY! Declaration of Internet Freedom Tired of fighting bad bills like SOPA, PIPA and CISPA? Want to stand up against those who are trying to control what we do and say online? It's time for something different. A group of more than 1,500 organizations, academics, startup founders and tech innovators has come together to produce a Declaration of Internet Freedom, a set of five principles that put forward a positive vision of the open Internet. Our goal: Get millions of Internet users to sign on to this Declaration. Build political power for Internet users to make sure that we get a seat at the table whenever, and wherever, the future of the Internet is being decided. It's time to stop playing defense and start going on the offensive. The open Internet is central to people’s freedom to communicate, share, advocate and innovate in the 21st century. But powerful interests want to censor free speech, block the sharing of information, hinder innovation and control how Internet users get online. And all too often, people in power are making political decisions behind closed doors about how the Internet should operate — and they're doing this without the involvement of actual Internet users. The result: policies that could close down the open Internet and destroy our freedom to connect. It’s time for us to reclaim the Internet for its users. Take action now and sign the Declaration of Internet Freedom.. 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! And check out more actions on the Move to Amend Calendar featuring David Cobb's Barnstorming Tour! Also visit Rep Alan Grayson's site GET INVOLVED! And Alan Grayson is running again in FL-8! Help out at SUPPORT THE TROOPS WHO REFUSE TO FIGHT See and Bradley Manning Support Network UPDATE! Michael Ratner on ANTIWAR RADIO Michael Ratner May 2, 2012: Michael Ratner, President Emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights, discusses his article “Bradley Manning: a show trial of state secrecy;” Manning’s quasi-public trial (which is open to observation, yet vital evidence and court documents are withheld from the media and public); why the NY Times is just as guilty of “aiding the enemy” as Manning and WikiLeaks; how President Obama and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta made a fair trial impossible; and how you can support Bradley Manning in his time of need. DONATE YOUR OLD CELL PHONES TO T.J. MARTELL FOUNDATIONHelp save lives. Donate your old & used iPhone, Blackberries, Droid and other phones to help the T.J. Martell Foundations fund life-saving cancer & AIDS research. For more information, go to CELLULAR PHONE TASK FORCE EDUCATION, ADVOCACY, SUPPORT at The Cellular Phone Task Force is dedicated to halting the expansion of wireless technology because it cannot be made safe. We provide: education to the public concerning electromagnetic pollution (electrosmog); advocacy for an electromagnetically cleaner environment; support for individuals disabled by radiation from wireless technology and other sources.

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  • This Week (ABC) hosted by Jake Tapper
    • Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell
    • Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
    • ROUNDTABLE: George Will; Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md.; former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, host of Current TV's "The War Room"; Republican strategist Mary Matalin; and FOX News anchor Greta Van Susteren.

  • Face The Nation (CBS) Host Bob Schiefer
    • RNC Chairman Reince Priebus
    • platform committee co-chair Rep. Marsha Blackburn D-Tenn
    • former Gov. Haley Barbour, R-Miss.
    • ROUNDTABLE: Wall Street Journal's Peggy Noonan, TIME's Rich Lowry, The Washington Post's Dan Balz, CBS This Morning co-host Norah O'Donnell and CBS News political director John Dickerson.

  • 60 Minutes (CBS)
    • The Pledge - Steve Kroft takes a look at Grover Norquist, the man many blame for holding up the deficit-reduction process because of the anti-tax pledges he has obtained from nearly all the Republican politicians in Washington. Frank Devine is the producer.
    • Stem Cell Fraud - Stem cells still have not proven to be the panacea many claimed they could be, yet the Internet is alive with stem cells for sale to treat incurable illnesses. Scott Pelley reports on one man offering to treat cerebral palsy who a respected stem cell researcher says could be endangering patients. Oriana Zill and Michael Rey are the producers.

  • Meet the Press (NBC) Host David Gregory - A special MTP from the RNC Convention in Tampa
    Microsoft, NBC News Dissolve Joint Venture NBC is buying Microsoft's 50 percent interest in the MSNBC website for an undisclosed amount. will be rebranded as, and readers who logged into late Sunday were automatically redirected to Microsoft is preparing to launch its own news service this fall. Although he declined to provide many details about the operation general manager of Bob Visse said the news staff will be about the same size as the roughly 100 people who created original content for the "There is no question that we are going to have more flexibility to make our own decisions," said Vivian Schiller, NBC News' chief digital officer. "This is really an amicable breakup. We think competition will make us better." Okay then.
    • former Governor of Florida Republican Jeb Bush
    • Actress Kathleen Turner
    • ROUNDTABLE: DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz; The Republican Governor from Arizona, Jan Brewer; Republican Strategist Mike Murphy and NBC News Political Director and Chief White House Correspondent, Chuck Todd.

  • State of the Union With Candy Crowley (CNN) At 9 AM ET, Candy talks to the power players: politicians, business leaders and international newsmakers who will make Monday morning's headlines. At NOON ET, Candy wraps it all up with fresh interviews and the best of the earlier hours. “State of the Union” is live from the RNC Convention in Tampa.
    • RNC Chairman Reince Priebus
    • Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker
    • Al Cardenas, Chairman of the American Conservative Union
    • Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX)
    • Democrat Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley
    • ROUNDTABLE:CNN Senior Political Analyst Ron Brownstein and The Washington Post’s Karen Tumulty.

  • HEAD ON RADIO with Bob Kincaid
    Headon Radio with Bob Kincaid 6 PM Eastern, 3 PM Pacific, 2300 GMT. Duration: 3 hrs. To be part of Conversation Radio on Head-on Radio, call toll-free (877) 443-2366, or use our Liberal community line at 304-658-3333. Email bob [at] headonradio [dot] com during the show!
    • THORN IN THE SIDE THURSDAY!!!!! Pull up a chair and grab a cold one! Listen HERE (mp3) NOW! Amen to the White Rose Society! Donate to Head On HERE! And join Coal River Mountain Watch at!

    The Green News Report with Brad Friedman & Desi Doyen: 6 minutes of green news, politics, analysis & snarky comment! BOOKMARK NOW!
    'Green News Report' - August 28, 2012 IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: An anxious Gulf Coast awaits Hurricane Isaac; Tampa GOP prays the storm away (rejoices when it veers towards Louisiana!); Massive refinery fire in Venezuela; More MPG for American cars, but Romney's against it; PLUS: Melting ice in the Arctic hits a new record low ... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
    • IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see link): OH: Coal miners lose day's pay to attend mandatory Romney rally; Greenpeace activists occupy Arctic oil rig; Food companies fight GMO labeling in CA; Cyanide spill at Alaska mine; Australia & EU to merge carbon markets; China to spend $300+ billion in 3 years on energy efficiency ... PLUS: Onion: RNC Builds Levee Out Of Poor People To Protect Convention Site ... and much, MUCH more! ...
    • BRADCAST UPDATE: Guest Hosting 'Malloy Show' Friday! Scheduled tonight:
    • GOV. DON SIEGELMAN on his hopes of a pardon from President Obama as Alabama's former Democratic Governor, railroaded by Karl Rove and his friends in the U.S. Dept. of Justice, prepares to return to jail for more than six years in just over one week, after his appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court was turned down without comment despite the backing of more than 100 former, bi-partisan Attorneys General.
    • RNC UNWOUND - Thoughts on the insane week that was at the Republican National Convention.
    • BIG VOTING RIGHTS VICTORIES (and some losses) - The string of federal voting rights victories over the last several weeks in OH, in TX, in TX again, in OH again, in MN and in FL, along with the lies, challenges and fights to come between now and Election Day 2012.
    • Listen to the mp3's! Hour 1; Hour 2; Hour 3!
    • BRADCAST UPDATE 2: 'Bit of a Donnybrook in Ohio': Former Sec. of State Jennifer Brunner Interviewed on KPFK's 'BradCast' The "voter fraud" fraudsters and clowns like John Fund, Hans von Spakovsky and Matthew Vadum claim --- if there is an epidemic of "voter fraud" in this country, it seems that its not Democrats, but Republicans, and often very very high-profle Republicans at that, who are carrying it out. But wait! There is still more absurdity and/or irony and/or hypocrisy in this case... • BRADBLOG UPDATE FEDERAL COURT STRIKES DOWN TEXAS GOP'S POLLING PLACE PHOTO ID RESTRICTION LAW Following on the U.S. Dept. of Justice finding last March that the Republican-enacted polling place Photo ID restriction law in Texas was discriminatory, in violation of the U.S. Voting Rights Act (VRA), a three-judge U.S. District Court panel has again blocked the law from being implemented. The decision by the federal panel, which included one judge appointed by George W. Bush, was unanimous. ....... The 56-page ruling by the U.S. District court panel in D.C. today [PDF] found that "the law will almost certainly have retrogressive effect" as "it imposes strict, unforgiving burdens on the poor, and racial minorities in Texas [who] are disproportionately likely to live in poverty.""Crucially," the court added, "the Texas legislature defeated several amendments that could have made this a far closer case" when they ignored warnings that the law "as written, would disenfranchise minorities and the poor." ... more ..... • Visit to see who counts yer votes! Now up to 9,200+ Election Protection posts! Find out who's counting your votes and how at too.

  • The Peter B. Collins Show PODCAST!
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    Holiday Break and Website Changes
      To my valued listeners: We are making some changes to the website and our terms, effective in January. We will continue to offer free podcasts–my new daily news and commentary. Our in-depth interviews will be available for $1 per episode, or to subscribers who pay $5 per month or more. Loyal listeners who simply can’t afford it should send an email to, as we will be offering a limited number of scholarships to our friends who are hurting during these tough times. More information will be posted as we complete the revisions. I’m grateful to each of you for listening and supporting this work, and hope that the new model will enable us to keep it going well into the future. All the best, -pbc
    • PBC Standard Podcast August 27, 2012 Boiling Frogs: Activist and Author David Swanson on the Thinning Ranks of Peace Activists and the Expanding War Machinery
    • PBC Standard Podcast August 30, 2012 Talkin’ Back to Condi: PBC Rebuts GOP Convention Speech of Condoleeza Rice
    • PBC Standard Podcast August 31, 2012 Fracking Researcher Steve Horn of DeSmogBlog with Updates on ALEC Laws, PA Court Victory, Sands of Wisconsin and more

  • Ring of Fire Radio
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    This week on Ring of Fire August 24, 2012
    • Ari Berman, Nation correspondent and author of Herding Donkeys, will talk about the latest developments in the war on voting.
    • Scott Klinger from the Institute for Policy Studies will tell us how CEOs are ripping off American taxpayers.
    • RJ Eskow from the Center for American Progress will tell us how Social Security will be a major campaign issue for Republicans to overcome.
    • And Reverend Welton Gaddy will join us to talk about the role that religion will play in this year’s election.
    • VIDEO! THE HISTORY OF CORPORATE CORRUPTION & FRAUD with Robert Kennedy Jr & Mike Papantonio “Call us if you have a personal story about Fraud on Taxpayers or False Claims for Payment made by Corportations at 1-866-389-FIRE (3473)or contact us by email at if you have evidence of fraud that robbed taxpayer dollars. If our government is paying too much due to fraud by a corporation, Ring of Fire wants to do a story on it.”
    • VIDEO! Papantonio: Hurricane Todd Akin Threatens RNC Convention Mike Papantonio appears on The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann to discuss Todd Akin’s claims about “legitimate rape,” and how the GOP is being forced to distance themselves from Akin, even though his views are in line with the mainstream GOP leadership.
    • VIDEO! Papantonio: Bain Capital’s Central American Blood Money Mitt Romney has some serious questions to answer about his history at Bain Capital – questions that could easily have a huge impact on whether or not he succeeds in his bid for the presidency. One of the biggest questions is why he sought money from warlords in El Salvador to help finance Bain Capital in its early years. Mike Papantonio discusses the story that Mitt Romney doesn’t want you to hear with Justin Elliot, an investigative journalist with ProPublica.
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  • Majority Report with Sam Seder Streaming LIVE weekdays 11:30 am et @!

    • August 27, 2012 Jill Stein on the Green New Deal
    • August 28, 2012 Kevin Baker and Jack Hitt Live From Tampa
    • August 29, 2012 Post First Night Reflections on the RNC
    • August 30, 2012 Another Day of the RNC, Also Sam Live Tonight
    • August 31, 2012 Reviewing the RNC With Cliff
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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!
    • NEW! MaxKeiserTV on YouTube! MaxKeiserTV PLUS here is Max Keiser’s official Facebook page And here is the official Keiser Report page
    The official Facebook pages for Max Keiser & Keiser Report STACY SUMMARY: For once and for all, here are our real Facebook pages, the other ones are fake. But if you feel like chatting to the fake ones, by all means, go ahead. Max Keiser & Keiser Report PLUS Stacey Herbert
    The “Keiser Report” has been begging europe to do this for years by maxkeiser READ European Banks Preparing To Boycott Big Three Rating Agencies (
    CNBC’s Admission, yes: Silver market is manipulated (skip to 9:30) by maxkeiser READ CNBC Host States Silver Manipulation is a Fact, NOT a Conspiracy! with VIDEO! Once Barclays pointed the finger at BoE as colluding on Libor manipulation (instead of denying it), the roof got ripped off decades of blatant manipulation in these markets. The dollar and U.S. bonds have been protected with Fed interference and outright manipulation; same thing in the UK. And to bolster the price for sovereign bonds, the price of Gold and Silver has been manipulated down alongside the upside price movements of worthless paper. Ratings at CNBC have been plummeting this year – as the audience is way ahead of their talking heads on these points. When CNBC admits that markets, especially silver, are rigged, the few remaining viewers they have collectively sigh; ‘I heard that on Keiser Report three years ago.’ READ CNBC: Silver and Financial Markets Are Manipulated, But So What? Jesse's Crossroads Cafe
    Catherine Austin Fitts Commentary on Financial Holocaust
    • KEISER REPORT [KR 333] Keiser Report: Fat Gorillas vs Middle-Class Monkeys – UPDATED WITH PARTIAL TRANSCRIPT We discuss the sound of one monkey-hand clapping as Alan Greenspan finger-painted the markets and grand heists ensued. In the second half of the show, Max Keiser talks to a former senior corporate and banking executive, David Smith, about Switzerland wearing concrete boots as it tries to maintain a currency peg to the euro with its only exit strategy being the Iraq one — that is, they have no plan at all. They also discuss how HSBC might have missed the 7,000 suitcases of cash that would have been needed to launder $7 billion in drug cartel money.
    • KEISER REPORT [KR334] Keiser Report: Monopolies, Military, Mayhem We discuss panic alarms for the population and medieval screeches about persecution from the corporate welfare class. In the second half of the show, Max Keiser talks to Professor Yaneer Bar-Yam of the New England Complex Systems Institute about the role of speculation and ethanol in rising food prices and the tipping point to revolution that, when it happens, could happen in a matter of days or weeks.
    • KEISER REPORT Keiser Report: Fraud on Wheels We discuss what happens when ersatz money heroin stops working and Treasury bonds are sold by hucksters and everything is guaranteed by the state. In the second half of the show, Max Keiser talks to John Rubino of about fiat currencies, how they collapse and how fast it happens.
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  • ANTIWAR RADIO with Scott Horton
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    Pepe Escobar June 30, 2012: Globetrotting journalist Pepe Escobar discusses his article “Syria and Turkey’s Phantom War;” Turkey’s violation of Syrian airspace in a purposeful, measured provocation and test of Syria’s defenses; the near-invocation of NATO Article 5 and a wider war (an attack on one NATO country is an attack on all); looking for ways to bypass the UN on Syria, since China and Russia won’t let an interventionist resolution pass the Security Council; grand plans for NATO expansion in the official “Assured Security, Dynamic Engagement” plan; counterrevolutions in the Middle East and South America, as the US looks to rebuild its portfolio of client states; and how Qatar has become the new superpower in the Middle East, surpassing even Saudi Arabia.
    SCOTT HORTON July 5, 2012: Scott says goodbye to Scott Horton is the former host of Antiwar Radio. Visit his blog Stress. Due to budget cuts Scott lost his gig at! Whoa! See for archives! Send emails to Scott at to help Scott keep his podcast going!
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