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Turkey Soup Sunday YES The Brick TeeVee Kitchen has the turkey soup goin' in the crockpot MMMMMMMM! The Real Turkeys will be on yer teevees today! So this is the third day of the holiday shopping melee that began with Black Friday or more aptly Black Thursday Evening where a number of retailers opened after dinner on Thanksgiving to get wretchedly poor people to stand in line to save a few bucks on stuff they really don't need but have been convinced THEY WILL DIE if they don't get that gadget NOW by a massive blitzkreig of marketing. But let's begin with a few stories we forgot to add from last week.
  • At Marc Faber Fears "The End Of The Capitalist Economic System As We Know It" ...... "We already live in a financial economy in which the debt and capital markets exceed the value of the real economy by far," Marc Faber explains to Germany's Finanzen100, "and that's before the current formation of bubbles." His most ominous warning, and one that fits perfectly with the seeming insanity of Federal Reserve (and all developed market central banks) is that "the next time a bubble bursts, then the capitalist economic system as we know will falter." .....
  • At Greenwald, Rosen, Scahill and the Price of One’s Journalistic Soul Yves here. I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in hoping for the best from the new journalistic venture funded by eBay billionaire Pierre Omidyar that Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, among others, have joined with much fanfare. But the fact that one wishes them well should not blind observers to the possible large flies in the ointment. By Dan Fejes, who lives in northeast Ohio. Cross posted from Pruning Shears
  • Diane Ravitch on The Majority Report 11/20/13 Diane Ravitch: Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools
  • David Kravets at's THREAT LEVEL Supreme Court Rejects Case Challenging NSA Phone Spying The Supreme Court today rejected a challenge to the National Security Agency’s once-secret telephone metadata spying program. The justices, without comment, declined to entertain a challenge from the Electronic Privacy Information Center seeking to halt the program that was disclosed in June by NSA leaker Edward Snowden. The court’s inaction means that the there isn’t likely to be any court resolution to constitutional challenges to the metadata program for years. Legislation, however, is pending to gut the program.
  • Nicholas Weaver at's OPINION Once You Use Bitcoin You Can’t Go ‘Back’ — And That’s Its Fatal Flaw As a security researcher, I admire bitcoin-the-protocol. It’s an incredibly clever piece of cryptographic engineering, especially the proof-of-work as a way of maintaining an indelible history and a signature scheme which, when properly used, can limit the damage that might be done by an adversary with a quantum computer. But I believe bitcoin-the-currency contains a fatal flaw, one that ensures that bitcoin won’t ever achieve widespread adoption as a currency.
Watch this clip with Gary Ruskin, Director of the Center for Corporate Policy on DN! from Monday Spooky Business: U.S. Corporations Enlist Ex-Intelligence Agents to Spy on Nonprofit Groups Click here to watch part 2 of this interview. And read the report here Spooky Business: Corporate Espionage Against Nonprofit Organizations and see below in the BradBlog section for the BRADCAST with Gary Ruskin of the Center for Corporate Policy discusses his new report, which Brad is named in (as a target). YIKES! Then see Richard Wolffe on The Big Picture Monday Maximum pay for the rich? and the entire Full Show 11/25/13: Corporations: America's Biggest Welfare Queens and also Meet America's Biggest Welfare Queens At Mother Jones Dana Liebelson explains How Could Be Hacked According to several online security experts,, the portal where consumers in 35 states are being directed to obtain affordable health coverage, has a coding problem that could allow hackers to deploy a technique called "clickjacking," where invisible links are planted on a legitimate web page. Using this scheme, hackers could trick users into giving up personal data as they enter it into the web site, potentially placing Americans at risk of identity theft or allowing fraudsters to file bogus health care claims. And it's not just the federal exchange that has security problems. Some of the 15 states that have established their own online exchanges aren't using standard encryption throughout their Obamacare websites—leaving user information at risk. Here's the problem: When an American signs up for Obamacare online, they must enter a good deal of personal information to verify identity—including name, Social Security number, phone number, email address, income, and employer—and identifying information for their family members. In the majority of states, Americans will enter this information directly into the website. Kyle Wilhoit, a threat researcher at Trend Micro, a Japanese security software company, studied the portal with his security team and found a "moderate risk" for hacking due to an easy-to-fix coding problem that leaves the site vulnerable to clickjacking. Nidhi Shah, who works on research and development for Hewlett-Packard's Web Security Research Group, found the same problem. This wouldn't be the first time a federal site experienced coding problems: Earlier this year,, a government contracting award management site, automatically revealed companies' private data, without a hacker lifting a finger, because of bad coding. "Common clickjacking would be a popular method to attempt to exploit [the site]" says Wilhoit. "Hackers could use this information in the creation of fake identities, fake credit cards, and fake accounts very easily." He adds that it's relatively easy to fix, although the fixed code would need to rolled out on multiple pages and potentially state websites as well. .......... Some state Obamacare sites could be significantly more vulnerable than the federal portal. site uses a common form of encryption called Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), which prevents information from being intercepted by a hacker after you click "send" (SSL doesn't defend against most clickjacking). But the 15 states currently running their own independent Obamacare websites do not have explicit instructions from the HHS to use SSL. ..... WHOOPS! GEORGE ZIMMERMAN ALERT: At HuffPoAOL George Zimmerman Arrested After Domestic Dispute With Girlfriend (AP) -- George Zimmerman was charged Monday with assault after deputies were called to the home where he lived with his girlfriend, who claimed he pointed a shotgun at her during an argument, authorities said. ......... Zimmerman and his estranged wife were involved in a domestic dispute in September just days after Shellie Zimmerman filed divorce papers, but police later said no charges were filed against either of them because of a lack of evidence. Zimmerman has also been pulled over three times for traffic stops since his acquittal (in the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin -Ed.). He was ticketed for doing 60 mph in a 45 mph zone in Lake Mary in September and was given a warning by a state trooper along Interstate 95 for having a tag cover and windows that were too darkly tinted. He was also stopped near Dallas in July and was given a warning for speeding. .... UPDATE: George Zimmerman was arrested in Seminole County, Fla., at about 1:30 p.m. Monday and charged with assault, after a dispute at his girlfriend's home, the Associated Press reports. The arrest occurred shortly after a domestic disturbance involving Zimmerman's girlfriend , law enforcement officials told WESH 2. TMZ reports that the girlfriend says she is pregnant. And then Reuters reports Florida judge frees George Zimmerman on bond, denies him weapons WAIT! There's more! From John Couwels, CNN Search in George Zimmerman case turns up weapons, ammunition ....... A search of the home turned up three handguns, a 12-gauge shotgun, a rifle and 106 rounds of ammunition, including two AR-15 magazines, according to a search warrant. Three handgun holsters, a pack of gum, a religious pendant, a flashlight, a pocket knife, sanitizing wipe, a soft-sided gun case and a combination lock were also recovered during the search. At the time of his arrest, Zimmerman had two cell phones. An affidavit, filed Monday, says he told authorities he recorded the altercation with his girlfriend on his cell phone..... At this rate we think this loose cannon will be in The Big House sooner than later. And that's a good thing. GOPher WAR ON WOMEN UPDATE: What is really behind the Republicans' deranged assault on half our population? Turns out some GOPhers literally mean it. Raw Story's David Edwards reports Former Pennsylvania GOP official charged for drugging and raping woman multiple times A former chairman of the Montgomery County Republican Committee in Pennsylvania who resigned last week after being accused of sexual assault was arrested on Tuesday on 19 counts, including rape and drug charges. Sources told several news outlets last week that Robert Kerns had gotten drunk and assaulted a woman following a GOP dinner in October. On Tuesday, Kerns was taken into police custody and charged with rape of an unconscious victim, rape of a substantially impaired person, sexual assault, aggravated assault without consent, aggravated assault of a person unaware penetration was occurring and 8 other forms of assault. He also faces charges of possession of an instrument of crime with intent, possession of a controlled substance and tampering with evidence. ............. According to reporter Carl Hessler, authorities said that Kerns had drugged the woman by putting the insomnia medication Ambien in her drink during a Republican Party dinner. He then allegedly raped her multiple times when she lost consciousness. Ferman added that the Grand Jury described Kerns as “predatory and manipulative” and that there were often other victims in those types of cases. She urged any other women who had been assaulted by Kerns to come forward. “I give great credit to the victim in this case, she was extremely courageous in coming forward and sharing what happened to her,” Ferman said. “I think she should be commended.” Kerns resigned as chairman of Republican Party in Montgomery County last week, but continues to serve as the solicitor for Upper Gwynedd and West Norriton Townships and Trappe Borough, and the Police Chiefs Association of Montgomery County. He was expected to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon. It continues to amaze and baffle The Brick TeeVee Crew why ANY American woman would vote FOR these troglodytes or even associate with them. The best we can come up with is some sort of bizarre religiously-driven Stockholm Syndrome or perhaps a kind of Dominance and Submission response to the constant on-going right-wing media blitz. We can't figure it out but we're sure some experts have it nailed. We defer to Carrie Harris's Why women should never Vote Republican. [Kindle Edition] but this is just a starting point. Please post more on this topic in the comments if you can. David Sirota finds Under cover of Thanksgiving, SEC postpones “final” lobbying ethics rule at When the federal government quietly releases something in the din of Thanksgiving week, it usually means it’s something bad – something lawmakers are legally required to disclose, but something they really don’t want the public to know about. And when the agency releasing the information is the famously corrupt Securities and Exchange Commission, “bad” is likely too weak a word. In fact, you can almost a guarantee something truly hideous is happening. This week, as much of America heads home for Thanksgiving, the SEC stealthily inserted a couple of paragraphs into the federal register. And while the disclosure is shrouded in esoteric language as a way to say “nothing to see here! move along!” there’s plenty to see here – and we shouldn’t move along. As the Project on Government Oversight reports, the SEC is postponing a new ethics rule. That’s no big deal, right? Wrong. As POGO notes, the move deliberately allows an untold number of senior SEC employees to evade standard employment regulations – more specifically, it allows them to leave the agency and immediately begin lobbying their old government colleagues on behalf of corporate clients. To understand why this week’s SEC move is particularly scandalous and ideological – and not just some accident or some move based on earnest logistical considerations — you have to look at the history of the original ethics rule. ........... What explains the SEC’s transformation from law enforcement agency to enabler of corporate crime? A lot of it, no doubt, has to do with Wall Street bankrolling presidents and senators of both parties. The money goes into those politicians’ campaigns, and predictably presidents appoint corporate cronies to run the SEC and senators loyally confirm those nominees with few questions. But a lot of it also has to do with ethics rules at the center of the SEC’s new announcement in this week’s federal register. Those rules have permitted a revolving door to spin so fast it is now hard to know who is the SEC cop and who is the corporate robber. Fast forward to the last few months. Desperate to respond to all the ugly revelations about this corruption and pretend it wants to do something to address the corruption, the Obama administration recently agreed to tighten restrictions on SEC officials leaving the agency. After a POGO report spotlighting weak ethics rules about post-SEC employment, the administration belatedly agreed to recommendations made three years ago by the SEC’s inspector general. Specifically, the administration finally proposed a rule to ban SEC officials from lobbying their former government colleagues for at least a year. The fact that such a rule was needed only underscored how especially corrupt the SEC is – after all, the rule already applies to all other federal employees, but the SEC had previously carved a waiver out for itself. That said, better late than never – unless the “better” part never comes. And that’s what today’s announcement threatens to ensure. Delaying the loophole closure until at least next year not only lets today’s SEC officials continue going through the revolving door, it potentially indefinitely preserves the ethics loophole – and goes about doing so in an unprecedented way. Yes, the new rule was published as “final” back in October and, as POGO notes, in almost two decades of federal register announcements, “no other Office of Government Ethics notice contain(s) the phrase ‘Withdrawal of Final Rule.’” In other words, this is the first time a “final” rule has been un-finalized. Translated from government-ese: this was no accident – instead, this looks like a calculated decision by SEC officials to preserve their ability to cash in on their public service in a way other federal officials (thankfully!) cannot. Those SEC officials clearly hoped that between Thanksgiving travel, cooking and gorging, nobody would notice. Nice try. Now you know. And Digby asks and answers You say the government is tracking everyone's online sex habits? Of course it is. And why are they doing it? For the usual reasons: defamation and blackmail. Here's the latest from Greenwald, teaming up this time with Grim and Gallagher at the Huffington Post: .............. One of the things we must understand about all this is the fact that if any part of the US Government dragnet turns up what they think is evidence of a crime, they can pass it on to other agencies. So basically, if they are monitoring all of us, which they are, that means all of our private information can theoretically be used by the government if they can find some connection to a potential crime. All police agencies, whether it's the DEA or the FBI or Homeland Security (or the Commerce department!) can use such evidence to squeeze possible witnesses, set up stings, infiltrate what they believe to be criminal associations, create informants and otherwise use people who they believe might have something to hide in order to make a case. It's done all the time. But until now there was no central database available to go fishing in for blackmail material. (And keep in mind that we now know they routinely go back and dummy up the paper trail so the court and the suspect never knows where the original "tip" came from, a practice that might be understandable if it only pertained to confidential informants, but apparently is also used to cover up government surveillance.) These programs create a huge, global matrix of associations (and associations of associations) and a massive record of information about individuals, all of which could be accessed to provide the government with private and intimate details that people might not want the world to see and which could be used to discredit them or get them to cooperate. ....... Go read all of this! DOUBLE YIKES! BTV's own Midwest correspondent ljm reports Can You Hack It? Everything electronic you own—iPhone to subway card to power strip—can be hacked. So how to defend yourself? by Amy Webb at's Technology blog Wherever you’re sitting right now, take a moment to note the connected devices around you. In your pocket or handbag, you probably have an electronic key fob and perhaps a rechargeable subway card embedded with RFID. You likely have a smartphone, which is connected to a Wi-Fi network and also has voice-mail service. You might be wearing a Nike FuelBand, or a Fitbit, or possibly even a new pair of Google Glass. Maybe you can spot a traffic light or an orange highway sign out of your window. A power strip is likely not too far away. All of these devices share one thing in common: They can be hacked. ....... If you can plug it in or connect it to a network, your device—no matter what it is—can be harnessed by someone else. And that someone doesn’t have to be a Chinese superhacker to do some serious damage with it, either on purpose or by accident. It can be your Uncle Roger, who doesn’t have his new iPhone figured out and is cluelessly turning your lights on and off via your Belkin WeMo. .......... Just after the annual Black Hat Internet security convention a few months ago in Las Vegas, I asked a group of my friends—a Navy engineer, a professional hacker, and a hobbyist—to help me come up with a quick list of devices that will be vulnerable during the next few years as the Internet of Things becomes widespread. Here’s our (incomplete) list. (Entries with a * are those we’ve tried hacking at home, for fun.): ...... WOW! Like you didn't know or suspect? CLAWBACK UPDATE: Malloy chatter Anitole78 points out at Cayman Islands agrees to report US citizens’ offshore assets under controversial law The Cayman Islands has signed an agreement with the United States to combat offshore tax evasion pursuant to a controversial 2010 law that has caused some notable US expatriates to revoke their US citizenship. The US Department of the Treasury announced Friday the US has signed an intergovernmental agreement with the Cayman Islands to enforce the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) in what it bills as an effort to promote transparency. In the Cayman Islands – one of the world’s largest offshore financial centers - foreign financial institutions (FFIs) will be required to share tax information about US account holders with the IRS via the Cayman Islands Tax Information Authority. Passed by Congress in 2010, FATCA seeks to snuff out Americans avoiding US taxes overseas by requiring FFIs to report yearly to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on US citizens holding over $50,000 at a year’s end. Should FFIs refuse to share the information, US financial institutions are ordered to withhold a portion of payments made to the FFIs. The FFIs can make agreements directly with the IRS or follow one of two kinds of agreements their host country signs. The Caymans’ agreement is a Model 1B agreement; a different agreement signed Tuesday with Costa Rica is a Model 1A. "By working together to detect, deter, and discourage offshore tax abuses through increased transparency and enhanced reporting, we can help build a stronger, more stable, and accountable global financial system. We look forward to collaborating with the Government of the Cayman Islands to further these objectives," said Julie Nutter, Minister-Counselor for Economic Affairs at the US Embassy in London, in a statement. Nutter signed the agreement for the US on Friday. .................The amount of citizenship renunciations has gone up from 742 in 2009 to over 1,854 thus far in 2013, according to the State Department. Some estimate the number is much higher based on foreign media reports. In addition, expats say FATCA is causing many overseas banks and financial institutions to “close out longstanding accounts of American clients, refuse to open new ones, and deny loans and mortgages to expats rather than face a US penalty if they don’t comply with the tax law,” McClatchy reported. Wealthier expats may be hiding money overseas, yet most expats like Freeborn are at the mercy of the law. ............ BTV correspondent jen finds this at Tom Dispatch Tomgram: Laura Gottesdiener, Wall Street's Rental Empire “One shitty deal.” “Shitty deal.” “Shitty.” The date was April 27, 2010, and Senator Carl Levin (D-Mich.) was pissed as he launched into a rant with those pungent quotes in it. As part of a Senate subcommittee investigation into the causes of the financial meltdown, Levin was grilling Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein and several other current and former Goldman higher-ups about their roles in that crisis and in particular the exotic, opaque investment deals they had created and peddled. What had Levin steaming mad were internal emails revealing that, on the cusp of the financial crisis, Goldman staffers knew that they were selling crummy investments. Levin’s tirade was inspired by an email in which a Goldman staffer describes a product he’s selling as “one shitty deal.” That, of course, did not stop Goldman from selling such products. Not only that, but the firm's traders later bet against those deals to make even more money! Contempt, thy name is Goldman. At the heart of that April 2010 hearing, and at the heart of the financial crisis itself, were countless “shitty deals” in the form of so-called mortgage-backed securities. Remember those? It’s been a few years, so here’s a quick refresher. Wall Street firms like Goldman cooked up an idea to bundle together thousands of home mortgages -- loans made to people from Fresno to Lubbock to Kalamazoo to Baltimore -- and sell them to investors. Goldman profited off their sale and, as long as those homeowners made their mortgage payments, investors enjoyed a constant income stream. But as we now know, many of those home loans were filled with tricks and trap-doors and, in some cases, were made to people who simply couldn’t afford them. First gradually, and later in cascades, millions of people stopped paying their mortgages, which meant that those mortgage-backed securities went sour. The losses were historic, plunging the U.S. economy into what we now call the Great Recession. Five years later, the fallout from that mortgage-fueled meltdown and the bailing out of many of the financial institutions that profited from them is far from over. However belatedly, the feds continue to investigate the nation’s biggest banks for having sold shoddy mortgage-backed securities. On November 15th, JP Morgan Chase, one of the nation’s largest banks, agreed to a $4.5 billion settlement with 21 institutional investors who claimed they were wrongly sold bad mortgage-backed securities. Days later, the Justice Department announced a $13 billion settlement with JP Morgan -- "the largest settlement with a single entity in American history" -- for wrongdoing related to the packaging, marketing, and selling of those securities. But as Laura Gottesdiener writes today, you can’t keep a bailed-out industry down. Wall Street and its masters of the universe are at it again. They’ve devised a new way to profit off the housing market -- and this time it has nothing to do with risky mortgages. Now, Wall Street is securitizing something else: your rent check. -Andy Kroll
    The Empire Strikes Back: How Wall Street Has Turned Housing Into a Dangerous Get-Rich-Quick Scheme -- Again By Laura Gottesdiener You can hardly turn on the television or open a newspaper without hearing about the nation’s impressive, much celebrated housing recovery. Home prices are rising! New construction has started! The crisis is over! Yet beneath the fanfare, a whole new get-rich-quick scheme is brewing. Over the last year and a half, Wall Street hedge funds and private equity firms have quietly amassed an unprecedented rental empire, snapping up Queen Anne Victorians in Atlanta, brick-faced bungalows in Chicago, Spanish revivals in Phoenix. . . .
READ ALL OF THIS! BTV's own resident Real Estate expert msinla chimes in That is one well researched excellent article. Right on the money. They are the new slumlords and now they're bundling and second market selling the rental agreements. All thes people in those tens of thousands of homes will end up bamboozled. :(. You see, an article like this, with straight up facts from the trenches, should be screaming headlines everywhere. There are so many other topics you could say the same thing about. Fukushima, our 7 ongoing illegal wars, Bankster heist, the monstrous and enduring lies of the corp press, etc etc. ad infinitum. But this is really what's going on in a nutshell. The writer almost timidly's almost as if it had all been planned in advance. . Well, yeah. And you know the company they focus n in the article that bought up over 40,000 distressed properties, Blackstone, is the one Wes [Clark] is now on the Board of... This should be a must read for everyone. Because property rights are at the core of what used to be our public rights. And this type of stealth seizing and then...the gall... Repackaging and bundling just like they did with sub primes to crash us in the first place....doing it all over again. Nobody talks about it. Kind of drives me crazy. Along with a thousand other things! Yes let's remember gwb's "ownership society" Flashback: In 2004 Bush Campaigned For Re-Election On The Backs Of Subprime Mortgages and let's also remember Michael Moore pointing out Founding Fathers Suppressed The Vote; Calls It A "Founding Principle Of This Country" Voter suppression was one of the founding principles of this country. Our Founding Fathers suppressed the vote by saying only white male property owners could vote. And through the 200 plus years, we've chipped away at the voter suppression … blacks could vote, then women could vote and now the blacks had to -- we had to have Civil Rights laws. There's been voter suppression since the beginning. Here in Ohio the GOPher-controlled ALEX-influenced state legislature have now begun introducing fractured separate bills aimed at voter suppression. The Akron Beacon Journal posts this editorial Suppression device
    The repeal last year of a complex elections bill by the Republican-controlled legislature has not put to rest controversies over voting procedures. The repeal was just tactical, Republicans avoiding the embarrassment of a referendum. What has followed is a flurry of separate bills, much harder to block. Last week, two House Democrats took aim at one of the worst, an ill-advised measure that would require voters to present a photo ID to cast a ballot. Currently, other forms of identification are acceptable, for example, a utility bill showing the address at which a voter is registered. Kathleen Clyde of Kent, and Michael Curtin of Marble Cliff, near Columbus, marshaled two persuasive arguments against the photo ID bill introduced by state Rep. John Becker, a Union Township Republican. First, the Democrats re-emphasized that voter fraud is practically nonexistent in Ohio. They also used a press conference to cite recent studies pointing to the high cost of implementing a photo ID law. A study initiated by Jon Husted, the Ohio secretary of state, after the presidential election showed just 135 cases of possible voter fraud were referred to law enforcement agencies for further investigation. That’s out of 5.6 million ballots cast. It follows then for Curtin to call Becker’s bill “a solution in search of a nonexistent problem.” In his report, Husted noted that a photo ID requirement would not have stopped most of the instances of suspected voter fraud. More, recent studies by Policy Matters Ohio and the Democratic National Committee put the cost of implementation at between approximately $7 million and $10 million a year over four years. As Curtin noted, that’s money far better spent on implementing electronic voter registration, expanding the use of electronic polls books and replacing voting machines. Kathleen Clyde reminded that some 20 percent of Ohio voters, many women, senior citizens, students and African-Americans, don’t have a state-issued photo ID. That makes it hard not to conclude that the photo ID bill really aims at lowering turnout among Democratic voters.
On Saturday's It's About Justice WRUW's Merle explains the various bills now being introduced by GOPhers in the Ohio legislature (FF to about :30). And in the Bizzaro World that is the Tea Bagger Coalition clueless Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA) Congressman Proposes Firing EPA Workers Because They Were Furloughed In Government Shutdown The lesson one Republican congressman learned from the government shutdown is that the Environmental Protection Agency should lay off more of its workforce. According to Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA), because 94 percent of EPA staff were deemed “non-essential” in the shutdown, they are also unimportant. “If that is the case they should be able to cut 15 percent,” he told a Virginia paper. Griffith will introduce a bill that would force the EPA to cut 15 percent of its staff. Griffith also argued last month that the EPA should devote more time and staff to hearing concerns in coal country......... Michael Rupert on Progressive Radio Network Lifeboat Hour – 11/17/13 go to about 17:00 in to hear about the world of hurt we are in and what the Indigenous of Canada propose. And if we don't have enough of our own nuclear waste Porter Barron Jr. at finds that Canadian Nuclear Waste Bound for South Carolina The Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site is gearing up to receive secret overland shipments of weapons-grade highly enriched uranium from Canada, delivered by armed convoy, for reprocessing into commercial nuclear reactor fuel. And that project looks like just the first in a series of big radioactive sludge imports to South Carolina, a local nuclear watchdog warns. The U.S. has taken overland shipments of highly enriched uranium from Canada before, but in solid form, as part of the Department of Energy’s efforts to consolidate and reprocess highly enriched uranium that was previously exported for use in foreign allies’ nuclear research reactors. But the planned delivery of highly enriched uranium in a radioactive liquid solution has American and Canadian environmental activists on high alert. “As far as I know, this is the first time liquid high-level waste has been transported in North America, therefore it deserves much closer analysis and examination than has been given by the Department of Energy, including the most practical and cheapest method: disposal in Canada,” says Tom Clements, Southeastern nuclear campaign coordinator for Friends of the Earth. ........ According to Clements, chances of a cask breach during shipping are slim, but the impact could be huge. “Unlike a solid material, it could be virtually impossible to clean up, particularly if it got into a waterway,” Clements says, “so that’s why they’re doing these shipments in small amounts, which is basically an acknowledgement that there is a threat present.” Of more concern, he adds, is the impact that foreign sludge would have on the Savannah River Site’s waste management system and cleanup efforts. ...... Just effing GREAT isn't it? And when one of those rail cars carrying said liquid nuclear waste derails (what could possibly go wrong?) how are the areas that will be affected be able to react or respond? Hmmmmmmmm. And here's a few more items of interest . . . Throw bricks at Wisconsin Guv Scott Walker on Face the Bob, Chairman of the House "Intelligence" Committee Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) on Meet The David and State of The Candy who also has former PA Sen Rick Santorum battling Former Vermont Governor HOWARD DEAN! Say it with us! "AAAARRRRRGGGHH!" Heck, what about Howie in 2016? Haha! Meanwhile This Snafugopolis covers NFL Concussions! Sniff down a bit for our regulars including Janeane Garofalo on The Majority Report's Thanksgiving Special PLUS TWO INTERVIEWS with Trita Parsi president of the National Iranian American Council with Sam Seder AND with Scott Horton who also has an interview with Rolling Stone's Matthieu Aikins on his article A-Team killings. And be sure to watch Democracy NOW! "Yip Harburg: The Man Who Put the Rainbow in The Wizard of Oz"! Click away! Hope you stayed away from the blackfridaymania so LOOK OUT for CYBER MONDAY! Have a great week!


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    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. &! A bailout of the people by the people Rolling Jubilee is a Strike Debt project that buys debt for pennies on the dollar, but instead of collecting it, abolishes it. Together we can liberate debtors at random through a campaign of mutual support, good will, and collective refusal. Debt resistance is just the beginning. Join us as we imagine and create a new world based on the common good, not Wall Street profits. ADDENDUM: Naked Capitalism reports Top Tax Expert Confirms Our Doubts About Occupy Wall Street’s Debt Buying/Forgiveness Scheme

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    Washington, DC – Today a group of U.S. House of Representatives lawmakers introduced the Appalachian Community Health Emergency Act (ACHE Act, H.R. 526) to protect Appalachian families and communities from the nation’s most extreme form of coal mining, mountaintop removal. The Appalachian Community Health Emergency Act’s leading sponsors are Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) and Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY), joined by original cosponsors Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ), Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD), Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA), Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD), Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA), Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY), Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA), Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), Rep. Michael Honda (D-CA), Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA), Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME), Rep. Janice Schakowksy (D-IL), Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA), Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), and Rep. Jared Polis (DCO). 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 Overview: The Cleveland Model—How the Evergreen Cooperatives are Building Community Wealth 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. ACTION! Meet the New CISPA. Same as the Old CISPA. Last year, thanks to a public outcry, the effort to pass overreaching cybersecurity legislation stalled in the Senate. Now supporters have reintroduced the House version of that legislation — the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA). The “new” version is in fact identical to the original CISPA — and poses the same threat to our digital civil liberties. If CISPA becomes law, it will be a major blow to our online privacy. But more than that, CISPA’s passage would have a chilling effect on our freedom to connect online. We won’t feel as free to state unpopular opinions, or to speak truth to power, if we know that Big Brother could get a feed of everything we say and do. This is not what the free and open Internet is about. We must tell Congress: Vote NO on CISPA and bury this bill for good.

NEW!!! Stop Media Consolidation! Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski is trying to change the agency’s ownership rules to pave the way for Murdoch to get exactly what he wants. Worse, Genachowski and Murdoch are keeping this all very hush-hush, hoping you won't notice.3 These changes wouldn’t just benefit Murdoch. If the FCC proposal passes, one company could own the major daily newspaper, two TV stations and up to eight radio stations in your town. And that one company could be your Internet provider, too. What is the FCC thinking?!? We can still stop the agency from taking this perilous step — but we have less than a month to do it. By taking action, you’re joining a movement of millions who are working to stop big media from getting even bigger. Please take action today. Click HERE to view our infographic and send a message to the FCC! More info at Another FCC Cave-In: Julius Genachowski’s Media Consolidation Christmas Gift to Murdoch at! And Sign Senator Bernie Sanders petition to the FCC Protect Media Diversity: Stop Media Consolidation!

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

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REPRESENT.US IT’S TIME TO GET MONEY OUT OF POLITICS SO THE GOVERNMENT CAN REPRESENT US. Represent.Us is a fresh campaign to pass the American Anti-Corruption Act: a law that would overhaul campaign finance, impose strict lobbying and conflict of interest laws, and end secret political money. We are mobilizing millions of Americans — conservatives and progressives, young and old, every issue group fighting K Street, online and offline — to join this campaign. Represent.Us is not just building a movement to pass the Act. The campaign will use hard-hitting accountability tactics to unseat politicians who fail to endorse the Act. If passed, the Act will completely reshape American politics and policy-making and give people a voice. See this Guest Blog at Greenpeace by Executive Director Josh Silver The $6 Billion Auction: Finally, A Plan to Get Money Out of Politics for more information!

SUPPORT THE TROOPS WHO REFUSE TO FIGHT See and Bradley Manning Support Network From the Bradley Manning Support Network Announcing the Private Manning Support Network! August 26, 2013, By attorney David Coombs and the Private Manning Support Network (formerly the Bradley Manning Support Network). Additional clarification on PVT Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning's request regarding her gender and name. With your continued support, our network will continue its advocacy efforts in support our heroic WikiLeaks whistle-blower through this new phase of her life. ....... UPDATE! PVT Chelsea Manning tells TIME Magazine what she's thankful for this Thanksgiving TIME Magazine asked WikiLeaks whistleblower PVT Chelsea Manning what she's thankful for. Her answer was published alongside Michelle Obama's, Joe Biden's, and 14 others. Many people working for the betterment of society will appreciate her answer. ..... AND Update 11/25/13: Amnesty Intl launches petition asking for Chelsea's immediate release Amnesty International is calling for the immediate release of Chelsea Manning and they have launched a petition to demonstrate support. This is an important petition and we are asking all supporters to sign and share it widely! .....

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