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CHEM SPILL SPECIAL FIRST UP Craig Aaron at does the math Comcast + Time Warner Cable = Disaster Comcast just announced that it’s buying Time Warner Cable. If approved, this outrageous deal would create a television and Internet colossus like no other. Comcast is the country’s #1 cable and Internet company and Time Warner Cable is #2. Put them together and you get a single giant controlling a massive share of our nation’s TV and Internet-access markets. No one woke up this morning wishing their cable company was bigger or had more control over what they watch and how they get online. But that is the reality we’ll face unless the Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission do their jobs and block this merger. Stopping this kind of deal is exactly why we have antitrust laws. After a year of sustained organizing, we convinced the DoJ and the FCC to stop AT&T from gobbling up T-Mobile. This merger would put more than a third of all cable-TV subscribers in Comcast’s hands and give it control over more than half of the “triple-play” services that combine TV, phone and Internet service. Don’t forget, Comcast already owns NBC, MSNBC, Universal Studios and tons of cable channels. That means that for most of America, Comcast could control even more of what you see and how you see it. Putting this much power in the hands of one company is dangerous. This deal would lead to less consumer choice, less diversity and much higher cable bills. Tell the FCC and the DoJ to stop this merger today. This is a fight we can win.
David Sirota reports Old media outlets collude with politicians to protect monopoly, punish media startups Here’s some good recent news for free-speech advocates: A federal court recently ruled that bloggers, online journalists and the public at large enjoy the same protections as legacy news outlets do when facing defamation lawsuits. Now for some bad news: Some of those legacy news outlets are colluding with politicians to try to protect an artificial information monopoly, one that conveniently protects media industry dinosaurs and punishes new media upstarts. The latest example of this larger trend comes from Colorado, but it is merely one chapter in a larger story of government granting private companies monopoly control over public information. That story most famously includes government efforts to stop activist Aaron Swartz from ending the corporate hammerlock on court records, taxpayer-funded research and other public records. In the Colorado iteration of this story, the details are different, but it is the same basic tale. ....... READ ON! MORE SIROTA! PBS Becoming the Plutocrats Broadcasting Service In a world of screaming cable television hosts and partisan media outlets, PBS is supposed to be the last refuge for honest news. This is ostensibly why taxpayers still contribute money to the public broadcasting system. That money is appropriated to try to guarantee that there remains at least one forum for unvarnished facts, even if such facts offend those with money and power. The problem, though, is that because our government spends so little on public media as compared to many other industrialized countries, our most prominent public media outlets are becoming instruments for special interests to launder their ideological agenda through a seemingly objective brand. Starved for public resources, these outlets are increasingly trying to get their programming funded with money from corporations and wealthy political activists — and that kind of cash comes with ideological expectations. Case in point is the Public Broadcasting Service, as evidenced by the major report we published this week at PandoDaily. In that story, we meticulously documented how PBS's flagship affiliate, WNET of New York, solicited funding from former Enron trader John Arnold. The $3.5 million Arnold contributed was earmarked for a "Pension Peril" series now airing in PBS NewsHour broadcasts on stations throughout the country. If that was the entire story, it might not be much of a story. However, at the same time the billionaire Arnold is funding PBS's pension-related coverage, he is also sponsoring the nationwide legislative push to slash public employee pension benefits. Indeed, with his massive contributions to Super PACs, think tanks and local front groups, Arnold is financing a national movement to convince legislators to, in the words of his foundation, "stop promising a (retirement) benefit" to public workers. This is likely why the Arnold-backed PBS pension series has loyally echoed the billionaire's anti-pension themes. Case in point is the Public Broadcasting Service, as evidenced by the major report we published this week at PandoDaily. In that story, we meticulously documented how PBS's flagship affiliate, WNET of New York, solicited funding from former Enron trader John Arnold. The $3.5 million Arnold contributed was earmarked for a "Pension Peril" series now airing in PBS NewsHour broadcasts on stations throughout the country. If that was the entire story, it might not be much of a story. However, at the same time the billionaire Arnold is funding PBS's pension-related coverage, he is also sponsoring the nationwide legislative push to slash public employee pension benefits. Indeed, with his massive contributions to Super PACs, think tanks and local front groups, Arnold is financing a national movement to convince legislators to, in the words of his foundation, "stop promising a (retirement) nefit" to public workers. This is likely why the Arnold-backed PBS pension series has loyally echoed the billionaire's anti-pension themes. ........ David Sirota tweeted...NYT: WNET to return $3.5 million to John Arnold, after @PandoDaily report exposes secret deal which goes to the NYT and Elizabeth Jensen's story WNET to Return $3.5 Million Grant for Pension Series WNET, the New York City public television broadcaster, said on Friday that it would return a $3.5 million grant it received to sponsor an ambitious project on public pensions in the face of charges that it solicited inappropriate underwriting for the series. In the absence of the funding from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, the project, called “Pension Peril,” will go on hiatus, although WNET will continue to report on the topic. The series, which began in September, was examining the economic sustainability of public pensions. .......... In a joint statement from PBS and WNET, PBS said it stood by WNET’s reporting in the series but “in order to eliminate any perception on the part of the public, our viewers and donors that the foundation’s interests influenced the editorial integrity of the reporting for this program,” WNET would return the gift. Leila Walsh, a spokeswoman for the foundation, said by email that it “never sought, nor did we receive, any editorial control or access to the programming.” She added that the foundation remained “committed to educating the public about our nation’s severe pension problems and solutions that protect workers and their retirement security.” ........ PBS’s “perception test” guidelines prohibit accepting funding for public affairs programs if “there exists a clear and direct connection” between the interests of a proposed funder and the program’s subject matter, even if the funder has no editorial control. Stephen Segaller, WNET’s vice president for programming, said in the statement, “We made a mistake, pure and simple.” ........ He added that the grant had been solicited with “absolute conviction” that the foundation was an acceptable funder. Late Friday, the PBS ombudsman, Michael Getler, weighed in, saying Mr. Sirota’s article shined a light on “what seems to me to be ethical compromises in funding arrangements and lack of real transparency for viewers.”
NEXT in a related matter Reporters Without Borders releases 2014 Press Freedom Index US drops 13 spots to 47th The 2014 Reporters Without Borders World Press Freedom Index spotlights major declines in media freedom in such varied countries as the United States, Central African Republic and Guatemala and, on the other hand, marked improvements in Ecuador, Bolivia and South Africa. The same trio of Finland, Netherlands and Norway heads the index again, while Turkmenistan, North Korea and Eritrea continue to be the biggest information black holes, again occupying the last three positions. “The World Press Freedom Index is a reference tool that is based on seven criteria: the level of abuses, the extent of pluralism, media independence, the environment and self-censorship, the legislative framework, transparency and infrastructure,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire. ..... The index is available in print for the first time. An enhanced version is being published (in French) by the French publishing house Flammarion in its Librio collection. The index, together with regional and thematic analyses, continues to be available in English, French and other languages on the Reporters Without Borders website ( Reporters Without Borders has also introduced a three-dimensional visualization of the performances of the 180 ranked countries. This year’s index covers 180 countries, one more than the 179 countries covered in last year’s index. The newcomer is Belize, which has been ranked in the enviable position of 29th. ....... The 2014 index emphasizes the negative correlation between armed conflicts and freedom of information. In an unstable environment, the media become strategic goals or targets for groups or individuals trying to control news and information in violation of the guarantees enshrined in international conventions. ......... Far from these conflicts, in countries where the rule of law prevails, security arguments are misused as grounds for restricting freedom of information. Invoked too readily, the protection of national security is encroaching on hard-won democratic rights. In the United States (46th, -13), the hunt for leaks and whistleblowers serves as a warning to those thinking of satisfying a public interest need for information about the imperial prerogatives assumed by the world’s leading power. The United Kingdom (33rd, -3) has followed in the US wake, distinguishing itself by its harassment of The Guardian. ....... In Israel (96th), which regained some of the places it lost in the previous index because of Operation Pillar of Defence’s impact on freedom of information, the territorial integrity imperative often suppresses freedom of information about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. ....... See the World Press Freedom Index and the 3-dimensional map "freedom of the press worldwide"! Good item!
At Washington's Blog David Swanson tells us about A People’s Movement to End All War When people sign the declaration of peace at they have the opportunity to type in a brief statement in their own words. Thousands have done so, including those pasted below. (And a few great quotes from the past have been added here in graphic form.) .....
GOPher WAR ON WOMEN UPDATE: At karoli invites us to Meet The Other Billionaire Brothers Funding Right-Wing Causes Fracking billionaires Farris and Dan Wilks are using their wealth to fund ultra-religious right wing anti-gay, anti-choice groups. When Dan and Farris Wilks expanded the family's masonry business to include a fracking equipment sideline, belonging to the Billionaire Boys Club was probably not foremost on their minds. But when they sold their interest in Frac Tech to outside investors in 2011, that's exactly what happened. They became instant billionaires, worth more than T. Boone Pickens. That instant billionaire status made the Wilks brothers popular among candidates like Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, who rely upon the support of the uber-religious and ultra-rich to win elections. Flush with their new wealth, both brothers set up foundations and set about the business of being charitable fellows, while reaping a nice tax benefit for their largesse. Dan Wilks limited the majority of his charitable activity to church donations and crisis centers, but Farris Wilks linked arms with the Kochtopus and helped fund many right-wing, anti-choice efforts around the country in 2012 through the Thirteen Foundation. ........... As you may have gathered from the video above, Farris Wilks is a very religious man who thinks gays are Satan's spawn. But as hot as his fire is for gays, he loathes abortion even more. In 2012 he had the money to back that loathing with action. Wilks gave to the usual national anti-gay, anti-choice groups like Family Research Council ($265,000), Liberty Counsel ($500,000) and Focus on the Family ($1,100,000). On a regional level, the Texas Right to Life Committee received $160,000 and 40 Days for Life received $20,000. The foundation gives generously to pregnancy crisis centers, too. But that's the tip of the iceberg. Farris Wilks is the engine underneath two other activist organizations that seek to stop women from exercising their lawful right to choose. ........ Much more! YIKES! WOMEN OF THE UNITED STATES UNITE! Stop these troglodytes NOW! GOPher WAR ON GAYS UPDATE: And in Kansas it gets worse as Slate's Mark Joseph Stern explains why Kansas’ Anti-Gay Segregation Bill Is an Abomination On Tuesday, the Kansas House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a measure designed to bring anti-gay segregation—under the guise of “religious liberty”—to the already deep-red state. The bill, written out of fear that the state may soon face an Oklahoma-style gay marriage ruling, will now easily pass the Republican Senate and be signed into law by the Republican governor. The result will mark Kansas as the first state, though certainly not the last, to legalize segregation of gay and straight people in virtually every arena of life. If that sounds overblown, consider the bill itself. When passed, the new law will allow any individual, group, or private business to refuse to serve gay couples if “it would be contrary to their sincerely held religious beliefs.” Private employers can continue to fire gay employees on account of their sexuality. Stores may deny gay couples goods and services because they are gay. Hotels can eject gay couples or deny them entry in the first place. Businesses that provide public accommodations—movie theaters, restaurants—can turn away gay couples at the door. And if a gay couple sues for discrimination, they won’t just lose; they’ll be forced to pay their opponent’s attorney’s fees. As I’ve noted before, anti-gay businesses might as well put out signs alerting gay people that their business isn’t welcome. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. In addition to barring all anti-discrimination lawsuits against private employers, the new law permits government employees to deny service to gays in the name of “religious liberty.” This is nothing new, but the sweep of Kansas’ statute is breathtaking. Any government employee is given explicit permission to discriminate against gay couples—not just county clerks and DMV employees, but literally anyone who works for the state of Kansas. ......... Supporting the bill on the House floor, Republican state Rep. Charles Macheers proclaimed that “discrimination is horrible. It’s hurtful. … It has no place in civilized society, and that’s precisely why we’re moving this bill.” The latter claim is absurd, of course—this bill is an explicit effort to make gay people’s lives miserable—but the former is absolutely true. Discrimination is hurtful and horrible, and it will also soon be codified into Kansas law, as other red states look on (and follow suit)........ THEN read Juan Cole's Top 10 Reasons Rand Paul’s Lewinsky Gambit Can’t Obscure GOP War on Women.

NEW WHISTLEBLOWER WEBSITE! Glenn Greenwald and Jeremy Scahill launch their new website The Intercept as part of with this bombshell The NSA’s Secret Role in the U.S. Assassination Program The National Security Agency is using complex analysis of electronic surveillance, rather than human intelligence, as the primary method to locate targets for lethal drone strikes – an unreliable tactic that results in the deaths of innocent or unidentified people. According to a former drone operator for the military’s Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) who also worked with the NSA, the agency often identifies targets based on controversial metadata analysis and cell-phone tracking technologies. Rather than confirming a target’s identity with operatives or informants on the ground, the CIA or the U.S. military then orders a strike based on the activity and location of the mobile phone a person is believed to be using. The drone operator, who agreed to discuss the top-secret programs on the condition of anonymity, was a member of JSOC’s High Value Targeting task force, which is charged with identifying, capturing or killing terrorist suspects in Yemen, Somalia, Afghanistan and elsewhere. His account is bolstered by top-secret NSA documents previously provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden. It is also supported by a former drone sensor operator with the U.S. Air Force, Brandon Bryant, who has become an outspoken critic of the lethal operations in which he was directly involved in Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen. In one tactic, the NSA “geolocates” the SIM card or handset of a suspected terrorist’s mobile phone, enabling the CIA and U.S. military to conduct night raids and drone strikes to kill or capture the individual in possession of the device. The former JSOC drone operator is adamant that the technology has been responsible for taking out terrorists and networks of people facilitating improvised explosive device attacks against U.S. forces in Afghanistan. But he also states that innocent people have “absolutely” been killed as a result of the NSA’s increasing reliance on the surveillance tactic......... Much more! See Scahill and Greenwald on DN! below! and Check out more stories at including New Photos of the NSA and Other Top Intelligence Agencies Revealed for First Time and Obama DOJ’s New Abuse of State-Secrets Privilege Revealed, WOW!
Before we get to the man-made chemical disasters we need to look at The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. This time around, the cataclysm is us. In The Sixth Extinction, two-time winner of the National Magazine Award and New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert draws on the work of scores of researchers in half a dozen disciplines, accompanying many of them into the field: geologists who study deep ocean cores, botanists who follow the tree line as it climbs up the Andes, marine biologists who dive off the Great Barrier Reef. .......... Kolbert provides a moving account of the disappearances occurring all around us and traces the evolution of extinction as concept, from its first articulation by Georges Cuvier in revolutionary Paris up through the present day. The sixth extinction is likely to be mankind's most lasting legacy; as Kolbert observes, it compels us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human. Scroll down to our BTV ALERTS to watch Elizabeth Kolbert on DN! Thom Hartmann also has this book The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight which you can get from or
Ari Phillips at ClimateProgress has this VIDEO: Explosion And Fire At Chevron Natural Gas Well In Pennsylvania from Tuesday At around 6:45 this morning a fire was reported at a Chevron natural gas well in Greene County, Pennsylvania, just north of the West Virginia border. As of early afternoon, one person had been injured and another was still missing, according to statements from the company. Twenty workers were on the scene at the time of the fire. While Chevron did not initially know the cause of the blast, the fire chief on scene recently said it was caused by natural gas. According to Chevron spokeswoman Lee Ann Wainwright, the well was in the final stages of being put in production. ........... Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett recently proposed allowing gas drilling in the state’s parks and forests after a four-year ban, listing energy independence and economic security as reasons to ramp up fracking the massive Marcellus Shale region. Drilling on public lands fragments the land via pad construction, roads, and pipelines and makes the habitat more vulnerable to chemical spills or explosive fires.
NEXT Ken Ward Jr. of the West Virginia Gazette reports Tuesday 'Significant' coal slurry spill blackens Kanawha County creek CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- More than 100,000 gallons of coal slurry poured into an eastern Kanawha County stream Tuesday in what officials were calling a "significant spill" from a Patriot Coal processing facility. Emergency officials and environmental inspectors said that roughly six miles of Fields Creek had been blackened and that a smaller amount of the slurry made it into the Kanawha River near Chesapeake. "There has been a significant environmental impact," said Harold Ward, acting director of the state Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Mining and Reclamation. The incident occurred at Patriot Coal's Kanawha Eagle operation, Ward said. Initially, Dale Petry, director of emergency services for Kanawha County, said that an eight-inch slurry line between the preparation plant and the company's refuse impoundment ruptured, sending an underdetermined amount of coal waste into the creek before the flow was stopped. Later, DEP officials said they had determined that the spill was caused by a malfunction of a valve inside the slurry line carrying material from the preparation plant to a separate disposal site, not to an impoundment. ...... Patriot officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment. .......... This is at least the third slurry incident since 2010 at the Kanawha Eagle cite. In late November, black water was discharged into South Hollow Stream, and ended up in Fields Creek. The company was fined $663. In October of 2010, there was a slurry line break that discharged into Spicelick and Joes Creek, impacting about 3 miles of stream. The company was fined $22,400. On Tuesday, Huffman said fines alone were not enough of a deterrent to prevent spills. "At some point companies will just pay. We have to do more than that, we can't just send them a bill and say you have to pay this to continue operating, there have to be fundamental changes made at a facility that's had multiple incidents," Huffman said. "Maybe there needs to be a top down review of all their processes. Maybe there's a cultural change within that company that needs to take place that has more of an emphasis on safety, environmental controls, things like that." .......
Listen to Bob Kincaid explain it all on Tuesday's show 1st hour. And watch BOB KINCAID ON THE MIKE MALLOY SHOW discussing these recent chem "leaks". NEXT Emily Atkin at ClimateProgress tells us Company Responsible For West Virginia Chemical Spill Skips Congressional Hearing Exactly one month and a day after 10,000 gallons of chemicals spilled into West Virginia’s water, members of the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure committee on Monday traveled to the state’s capital city, ostensibly to ask state leaders the still-unanswered questions surrounding the leak. There are many. Perhaps the most important party that could provide answers would have been Freedom Industries, the company whose chemical storage tanks leaked a coal-cleaning chemical called crude MCHM into the water. Company president Gary Southern had been invited to testify, but in the end, did not show up. “I find that extremely telling,” said Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV). “Freedom Industries’ decision not to testify today compounds its gross misconduct, and is an absolute affront to every person impacted by its spill.” Freedom Industries’ decision not to show up to a hearing that otherwise housed every party that should be held accountable for the spill (Representatives from West Virginia American Water, West Virginia’s Department of Environmental Protection, and the U.S. Chemical Safety Board showed up, to name a few) is depressingly typical, and a painful reminder of the company’s non-presence throughout the month-long ordeal. “They’ve been basically out of the picture since day one of this crisis, even though they were the cause of the crisis,” Executive Director of West Virginia Citizen Action Gary Zuckett, told ClimateProgress, recalling the events of the week following the spill. “The first thing that [Freedom] did was file for bankruptcy. The second thing they did was open a new corporation to loan the first corporation money.” ......... When asked for comment by the Huffington Post, a representative for Freedom Industries referred to its lawyer, Paul Vey, who said Southern did not attend “simply because the company is relatively small and we are focused exclusively on remediation of the spill.” And considering all the bad press, Zuckett said maybe it was for the best that Southern didn’t show up to the hearing. “He was digging this thing deeper,” Zuckett said. “They wisely decided to get him out of the spotlight.” At Lindsay Abrams also notes The company responsible for West Virginia’s chemical spill didn’t bother to show up to the congressional hearing ......... Here’s what we learned:
  • The storage facility containing the leaked chemical never should have been built upstream from a water treatment plant in the first place, according to Rafael Moure-Eraso, chairman of the independent safety board. Citing regulation gaps, he told the committee: “The facility just did not need to be where it was.”
  • Freedom Industries ordered its own review of the storage tanks last October, after which environmental consultants determined that the storage units were “not necessarily” in full compliance with EPA and industry standards: they were built on porous ground, and a “last resort” containment wall was improperly constructed.
  • Yes, West Virginians’ water still smells like licorice — a telltale sign of the chemical’s presence — but levels of MCHM in the water are below the safety threshold set by the CDC. West Virginia American Water’s Jeff McIntyre explained: “Just because you smell something doesn’t mean it’s not safe.”
  • But that also doesn’t mean it is safe. State Bureau of Public Health commissioner Dr. Letitia Tierney attempted to give a definite answer thusly: “That’s in a way a difficult thing to say because everybody has a different definition of safe.”
  • Believe it or not, West Virginia American Water customers still don’t trust the water. As Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., told Metro News: “It is such a simple, stark, understandable phrase, ‘The drinking water is safe.’ It’s frustrating that nobody could say that today!”
  • Bankrupt Freedom Industries is “focused exclusively on remediation of the spill,” according to the company’s lawyer, attempting explain why it failed to send a representative to the hearing. An alternative explanation, provided by Capito: “Freedom Industries’ decision not to testify today compounds its gross misconduct, and is an absolute affront to every person impacted by its spill.”
At senior writer at the Philadelphia Daily News Will Bunch asks Why are a Patriot and Freedom poisoning America? Kris Kristofferson, with a little help from his friend Janis Joplin, told us that "freedom" is just another word for nothing left to lose - but that was before American capitalism grasped hold of it. And then there's "patriot" -- a great word that a radical minority called the Tea Party has tried to hijack. But today West Virginians -- and all of America, really -- should be asking themselves: Why is this Patriot, and why is this Freedom, trying to poison our water and poison us: [Ken Ward's piece] It's getting to the point where it's hard to keep these coal ash, coal slurry, and toxic coal-cleaning chemicals straight -- on top of various fracking explosions, oil-by-rail explosions, pipeline spills and what not. Why is this happening now? The broad answer is that America is producing more fossil-fuel energy than ever, but after thirty years of deregulation that -- especially in a red state like West Virginia -- have been backed by leaders from both major parties, no one is checking to see what's safe. This is happening because industry and the politicians they've bought and paid for think they can get away with this, but it's backfired. Freedom for big business isn't really free if it enslaves the everyday citizens who depend on clean water to live. And anyone who treats America's waterways with such callous disregard is no patriot. Check out this interactive post How Dark Money Flows Through the Koch Network By Al Shaw, Theodoric Meyer and Kim Barker at Fundraising by the libertarian billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch supports a tangle of nonprofits, sometimes referred to as the Kochtopus, all aimed at advancing conservative causes. Two groups, the Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce and TC4 Trust, handed out almost $264 million from mid-2011 to October 2012 to 30 other nonprofits. Almost half of that went to the Center to Protect Patient Rights, which then funneled millions to a constellation of dark money groups, some of which also received money from Freedom Partners and TC4 Trust. Groups that got significant amounts of money from the Center, Freedom Partners and TC4 Trust reported political spending of more than $75 million in 2012. Much of the money flowed through what are known as “disregarded entities” — limited liability companies, or LLCs, that some of the groups have set up. TC4 Trust has folded and the Center to Protect Patient Rights no longer plays a central role in the Koch network, but many of these groups will be active in the 2014 election. Fundraising by the libertarian billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch supports a tangle of nonprofits, sometimes referred to as the Kochtopus, all aimed at advancing conservative causes. Two groups, the Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce and TC4 Trust, handed out almost $264 million from mid-2011 to October 2012 to 30 other nonprofits. Almost half of that went to the Center to Protect Patient Rights, which then funneled millions to a constellation of dark money groups, some of which also received money from Freedom Partners and TC4 Trust. Groups that got significant amounts of money from the Center, Freedom Partners and TC4 Trust reported political spending of more than $75 million in 2012. Much of the money flowed through what are known as “disregarded entities” — limited liability companies, or LLCs, that some of the groups have set up. TC4 Trust has folded and the Center to Protect Patient Rights no longer plays a central role in the Koch network, but many of these groups will be active in the 2014 election. Click a group to see grants it has given and received! has organized a March 2 sit-in at the WH and posts this press release WASHINGTON, DC – Hundreds of students and young people are expected to risk arrest in an act of civil disobedience at the White House this March 2 to pressure President Obama to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The sit-in at the White House will be the largest act of civil disobedience by young people in the recent history of the environmental movement. The protest, known as “XL Dissent,” is meant to send a clear signal to President Obama that the base that helped elect him sees Keystone XL as a decision that will define his entire legacy. “Obama was the first President I voted for, and I want real climate action and a rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline,” said Nick Stracco, a Senior at Tulane University. “The people that voted him into office have made it absolutely clear what we want, and that’s to reject Keystone XL.” ......... The “XL Dissent” protest on March 2 will begin with a march from Georgetown University to the White House. After a rally in Lafayette Square, hundreds of students and young people are expected to risk arrest at the White House fence. The day before the protest, students will meet for a non-violent direct action training and fossil fuel divestment conference. The sit-in at the White House has been endorsed by a wide range of pipeline opponents. co-founder Bill McKibben said, “As the fight to stop KXL enters its final stages, it’s truly inspiring to see young people at the forefront. This pipeline is scheduled to last 40 years – right through the prime of their lives. President Obama needs to look them in the face.” Youth environmentalist and grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, Conor Kennedy said, “The fight to stop KXL will be one of the defining battles of our generation. A victory here will mark the close of the old carbon era, and the start of the new energy revolution—our revolution. America’s youth now have the chance to take up the torch, and light a new fire.” At Juan Cole's Informed Comment Michael T. Klare offers this sobering view Game Over for Earth: Big Carbon’s Fatal, Scorching Triumph over Greens ...... A series of recent developments highlight the way we are losing ground in the epic struggle to slow global warming. This has not been for lack of effort. Around the world, dedicated organizations, communities, and citizens have been working day by day to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote the use of renewable sources of energy. The struggle to prevent construction of the Keystone XL tar-sands pipeline is a case in point. As noted in a recent New York Times article, the campaign against that pipeline has galvanized the environmental movement around the country and attracted thousands of activists to Washington, D.C., for protests and civil disobedience at the White House. But efforts like these, heroic as they may be, are being overtaken by a more powerful force: the gravitational pull of cheap, accessible carbon-based fuels, notably oil, coal, and natural gas. ............ As oil and gas have proven unexpectedly abundant and affordable, major energy consumers are planning to rely on them more — and on renewable sources of energy less — to meet their future requirements. As a result, the promises we once heard of a substantial decline in fossil fuel use (along with a corresponding boom in renewables) are fading. According to the most recent projections from the U.S. Department of Energy, global fossil fuel consumption is expected to grow by an astonishing 40% by 2035, jumping from 440 to 615 quadrillion British thermal units. While the combined share of total world energy that comes from fossil fuels will decline slightly — from 84% to 79% — they will still dominate the global energy marketplace for decades to come. Renewables, according to these projections, will continue to represent only a small fraction of the total. If this proves to be accurate, there can be only one plausible outcome: vastly increased carbon emissions leading to rising temperatures and the sort of catastrophic climate change scenarios that now seem almost impossible to imagine. Think of it this way: in our world, the gravitational pull of carbon exerts itself every minute of every day, shaping the energy decisions of individuals, companies, institutions, and governments. This pull is leading to defeat in the global struggle to slow the advance of severe climate change and is reflected in three recent developments in the energy news: a declaration of surrender by BP, a major setback in the European Union, and a strategic end-run by Canadian tar sands companies. ....... Read this another way and a new and truly unsettling meaning emerges: the “shale gas revolution” being promoted with such fervor by President Obama as a “bridge” to a more climate-friendly energy system in the United States is having the opposite effect in Europe. It is weakening the EU’s commitment to renewable energy and threatens to increase Europe’s reliance on fossil fuels. .............. These three recent encounters in the historic struggle to avert the most destructive effects of climate change tell us a great deal about the nature and terrain of the battlefield. Climate change is not the product of unfortunate meteorological phenomena; it is the result of burning massive quantities of carbon-based fuels and spewing the resulting gaseous wastes into the atmosphere. As long as governments, corporations, and consumers prefer carbon as an energy source, the war on climate change will be lost and the outcome of that will, in turn, be calamitous. There is only one way to avert the worst effects of climate change: make the consumption of carbon unattractive. ...... We snipped quite a bit so click over to read all the details! We're afraid Klare is spot-on: the shear momentum the extraction energy industries have now may be unstoppable. Had we pursued "energy independence" when Jimmy Carter put solar panels up on the WH and reduced the speed limit to 55 mph to conserve fossil fuels we may have had a chance. Think about it. At that point we could have begun to slowly redirect subsidies away from coal & oil and toward developing solar, hydro, hydrogen and everything else. Imagine how much further we'd be had scientists spent their time developing these alternative renewable energy sources. Instead a bunch of "Raygun Dems" voted Jimmy OUT and we hurled down the path of Milton Friedman Chicago-School Reaganomics which resulted in the largest expansion of the U.S. military in history to support a bellicose "foreign policy" which in turn resulted in millions killed all in the name of protecting "U.S. strategic interests" as outlined in John Perkins' COEHM. Did you know The United States Military is the the world’s largest fuel-burning entity? All this is still in play today as the beltway "Washington Consensus" continues to dominate, even though study after study shows "trickle down" does the exact opposite. Our legislatures and media are even more bought-n-paid-for now to add to the momentum. On DN!'s Thursday, February 13, 2014 broadcast with Bill McKibben he said something that perfectly outlines this concept:
    For progressives, there’s one other not-so-small thing. There was a study last year showing that the Koch brothers might make as much as $100 billion in profit off this pipeline over its 40-year lifespan, $100 billion, even for the Koch brothers a lot of money. And one doesn’t have to guess very widely what some of that money—what political use it will be put to in this country.
In other words, KXL will create a bigger POSITIVE FEEDBACK LOOP where peeps like the Kook Bros "re-invest" their ill-gotten gains to buy even more influence so they can drill and pollute even more with even less regulation. The recent toxic chem leaks in WVA and Carolina *may* cause some outrage in the short-term but will result in only some small amount of regulation (seen any news lately about the toxic fracking holding pits in Colorado that were overrun by 'biblical' flooding last summer? Me neither). Fact is there are THOUSANDS of these toxic waste holding tanks across the country, including hundreds of shoddy coal 'slurry' pits throughout "Coal Country" in Appalachia like the one that gave way in NC , ALL of them with the potential to let go at any time (don't get us started on the nuclear waste piles all over the globe). Some of these "holding pits" are SO HUGE in WVA that if ONE breaks loose it will DEVASTATE the ENTIRE New River Gorge and "trickle down" to the Ohio River, Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico. Talk about GAME OVER? If you can, see WHITE WATER BLACK GOLD to get a look at the HUGE TOXIC WASTE 'PONDS' near the source of Canadian tar sands scheduled to flow thru KXL. It seems everybody understands what is at stake EXCEPT the powers-that-be and their extraction-industry backers. The Earth will continue spinning around the sun for millenia and will heal itself over a timeline much much longer than our lifetimes and even the lifetime of the existence of the human race and countless other species as outlined by New Yorker reporter Elizabeth Kolbert on DN! Tuesday The Sixth Extinction: Elizabeth Kolbert on How Humans Are Causing Largest Die-Off Since Dinosaur Age I guess this is what we mean when we talk about The Regressives and The Troglodytes. The best we can do now is to try to keep our heads above water (and for some of us to even HAVE clean water), support our LOCAL economies with our small local farming initiatives and local stores and combat the poisons now in our environment with BTV contributor Dr. Jen's Amazing Potions and news from Dr. Mercola via BTV contributor msgeaux, recycle what we can, use less etc etc etc YOYO survival as we go forward in our Brave New Hotter World. To wrap up we go to Bob Alexander at OpEdNews Lex Luthor INC. ......... In the comics and the movies Luthor's all about one thing: destroy hundreds of thousands, millions ... or even billions of lives ... for money and power. That's his raison d'être in the Superman universe. After I emerged from my Fortress of Sick-itude it occurred to me that there wasn't a whole hell of lot of difference between what had been playing on my BigAssTV and Current Events. I don't know if Life Imitates Art, or if it's the other way around, but have you noticed we're living in a comic book? Our lives are dominated by multiple versions of Superman's arch nemesis, Lex Luthor. Mad scientists and billionaires are doing everything they can think of to increase their immense wealth and power even if it means destroying the planet in the process. Are not the board of directors of British Petroleum, or the heads of the four companies scalping the Earth to get at the Athabasca oil sands, clones of the comic book megalomaniac? Freedom Industries had three major chemical accidents over the last five years and in 2010 released toxic gas into the atmosphere. The company was bound and determined to poison West Virginia because it made them money. Freedom Industries filed for bankruptcy protection eight days after their latest foray into effing-up the drinking water. That's the way things go now. The Lex Luthors privatize the profits and socialize the clean-up costs. Jamie Dimon and the rest of the Wall Street gangsters slavishly follow the Lex Luthor playbook while Dick Cheney's career highlights in the private and public sectors look like they were cut and pasted from Luthor's resume. In the comics and the movies Luthor surrounds himself with bungling minions and molls. Louis Gohmert, Michelle Bachmann, Rick Perry, and the rest of the tea-bagging politico-freaks pick up their checks, directly or indirectly, from the Luthor Brothers -- er -- the Koch Brothers. We used to have a moderately responsive government, a watchdog press that actually worked every once in awhile, but that was before the corporate Lex Luthors literally bought the media, and the government, and paid off the hired help. Things are looking mighty dire these days but wait ... Look up in the sky! It's a bird ... it's a plane ... Nope. Never mind. It's a bird. Y'see the problem is we're surrounded by Lex Luthors ... but we ain't got no Superman. Indeed Bob. For yer Sunday Funnies do check out Bill Nye "The Science Guy" battling batshit crazy Tennessee Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn on Meet the David after Nye's battle against Creation Museum's Ken Ham haha! If you haven't yet then go visit
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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

STOP the ACHE NEW WEBSITE! and Appalachian Community HEALTH EMERGENCY Advocating for government action and protection of the public from the health crisis in mountain top removal communities. The A.C.H.E. Act Is Re-Introduced In The 113th Congress!

    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! Tell the FCC: Restore Net Neutrality An appeals court just dealt the latest blow to the open Internet. The court struck down the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet Order because of the questionable legal framework the agency used when it adopted its Net Neutrality rules in 2010. This ruling means there is no one who can protect us from ISPs that block or discriminate against websites, applications or services. But there’s hope: FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler can correct the agency’s past mistakes and truly protect our nation’s communications infrastructure. The agency must take the necessary steps to make broadband networks open, accessible, reliable and affordable for everyone. Tell the FCC to start treating broadband like a communications service, and to restore its Net Neutrality rules.

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

MOVE TO AMEND! SIGN HERE NOW! And check out more actions on the Move to Amend Calendar for more! UPDATE! Legalize Democracy Film Premieres on Free Speech TV Jan 21 Move to Amend is thrilled to announce that the premiere of our mini documentary, Legalize Democracy, will be airing on Free Speech TV (FSTV) next week to coincide with the "anniversary" of Citizens United. Legalize Democracy is a 28 minute film by Dennis Trainor, Jr. about the movement to amend -- why it is needed, and how you can get involved. Watch live on our website here. Also visit Rep Alan Grayson's site GET INVOLVED! And Alan Grayson is BACK in the 113th Congress! Help out at and check out his latest effort!

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! Chelsea Manning Awarded Sam Adams Integrity Prize for 2014 January 22, 2014. By the Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence (SAAII). Chelsea Manning has been awarded this years's Integrity in Intelligence award for "casting much-needed daylight on the true toll and cause of civilian casualties in Iraq; human rights abuses by U.S. and “coalition” forces, mercenaries, and contractors; and the roles that spying and bribery play in international diplomacy." ..... AND Update 1/26/14: From the war on hackers to the war on whistleblowers Jesselyn Radack and Edward Snowden discuss the dangerous continuation of the 1917 Espionage Act, which the U.S. government has used in its prosecutions of Manning, Drake, Kiriakou, and now Snowden. And an EFF attorney compares overprosecution of electronic crimes to the war on drugs. .....

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    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.
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    • BRADBLOG UPDATE! FL Guv, SoS Still Suppressing the Vote State University student center denied for use in special election early voting; local Elections Supervisor furious; League of Women Voters calls it 'jaw dropping'...
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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.
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    Assange: How cryptography is a key weapon in the fight against empire states by maxkeiser - READ What began as a means of retaining individual freedom can now be used by smaller states to fend off the ambitions of larger ones (
    Subprime Mortgages are Back…This Time Marketed as “Second Chance Purchase Programs” by Michael Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg - With interest rates up sharply from the lows and Blackstone and other private equity firms holding billions of dollars with of properties with no one to sell to, the time is ripe for a little muppet fleecing. Leading the charge to find new tax-payer backed subprime loans to take some properties off the hands of Mr. Schwarzman is none other than Wells Fargo. I previously forecasted this in my piece: Stage Two of the Housing Bubble Begins: Blackstone to Lend to Others for “Buy to Rent.” This Central Bankster game isn’t complicated. Provide access to cheap funds to financial cronies, pump the bubble, fleece the serfs. Rinse. Repeat.
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    David “Money is No Object” Cameron destroys austerity argument by Stacy Herbert - Cameron’s declaration that “money is no object” has destroyed his austerity message: By insisting that he will spend “whatever money is needed” on flood relief, Cameron has undermined his claim that austerity means we must tolerate rising homelessness and poverty. ..... (
    Our Berliner friends at Chaos Computer Club have a new idea by maxkeiser - READ German Hackers Are Building a DIY Space Program to Put Their Own Uncensored Internet into Space (
    Usurious Returns on Phantom Money: The Credit Card Gravy Trainby Ellen Brown - The credit card business is now the banking industry’s biggest cash cow, and it’s largely due to lucrative hidden fees. ........
    • KEISER REPORT [KR556] Keiser Report: Print or Taper? We discuss the print, taper, print, taper talk that has led to the economic and financial chaos that finds the Financial Times opining that one should do like the Bundesbank did and demand physical delivery of your gold before your wealth becomes pixellated. In the second half, Max interviews John Mauldin, author of CODE RED: How to Protect Your Savings From the Coming Crisis, about money printing, inflation/deflation, gold prices and wages.
    • KEISER REPORT [KR561] Keiser Report: Farce of Scottish Independence We discuss the ‘debate’ on Scottish Independence looking a lot like a farce as, for example, Scotland and England ‘fight’ for the right to keep the Royal Bank of Scotland. We also ask Alex Salmond, why be yet another nation on the chain gang, when you can be the first on the block chain? Be the first new nation to launch itself on the blockchain and ditch the old fraud and crony based model. In the second half, Max interviews columnist, author and goldbug, Dominic Frisby, about how Scotland could become the richest nation on Earth, rather than the most mangled bureaucracy in Europe. And also about Dominic’s new book he’s crowdfunding.
    • KEISER REPORT [KR562] Keiser Report: Banksters’ Münchausen Syndrome by Proxy We discuss the thousands of think tanks convincing populations to think of the King Joffrey Defense as a legitimate one when an elite murders innocent bystanders or financial markets. We also discuss the housing that is killing productivity in Australia and the UK, but policymakers in both countries are in love with their housing market captors. In the second half, Max and Simon Rose of Save Our Savers diagnose the UK economy with Münchausen Syndrome by Proxy, the Stockholm Syndrome & being trapped in the Matrix.
    • KEISER REPORT [KR563] Keiser Report: We’ve Been Snookered! We ask how many snooker balls would take for David Cameron to throw into the storms in order to stop the flooding in the UK. To answer the question, Max asks World Snooker Champion, Ronnie O’Sullivan – who answers that it will take BILLIONS! We also discuss both Cameron’s promise for unlimited funds to help the drowning Tory heartland and and how much more income it would require to keep pace with house price inflation in the UK. In the second half, Max interviews Nafeez Ahmed, author and journalist for the Guardian, about the triple crunch of energy, environment and economic crises.
    • THE TRUTH ABOUT MARKETS [TaM-1304] The Truth About Markets – 01 February 2014 Download show HERE (mp3)
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  • The Scott Horton Radio Show
    Scott Horton is host of Antiwar Radio on Pacifica 90.7 FM KPFK in Los Angeles and KUCR 88.3 in Riverside, and the Scott Horton Show on No Agenda Radio. (You can listen live Monday through Friday from 3-5 PM Eastern HERE.) Plenty of archives too!
    • Scott Horton Radio Show Progress Report: All right, yall, welcome back to the show to the inaugural Scott Horton Show progress report! It’s been an eventful year since the show and I (amicably) parted ways with, so I thought I would highlight just a few of the show’s important milestones, as well as preview some of the exciting projects to look for in the near future. ........ The show on Pacifica KPFK 90.7 FM in L.A., still called Antiwar Radio, has now moved to join their Sunday morning public affairs line up (8:30 am pt), and remains the largest source of listeners, with 15,000-20,000 people tuning in weekly. The future: Liberty Express Radio is growing and bringing me along for the ride. The great Charles Goyette hooked me up with Alan Butler and the Liberty Express earlier this year, and what has been the daily replay there from 3-5 eastern time has become my best listened-to show. And now they’re adding my friend Tom Woods to the lineup from 2-3 PM. That does it. I’m making the switch! Starting Monday, October 14, the live show is moving to 3-5 PM Eastern time on, as well as NoAgenda and my own stream.......
    • Scott Horton Radio Show 01/31/14 Kevin Zeese: Attorney and political activist Kevin Zeese discusses his article “Is Syrian ‘Peace” Conference Laying the Foundation for War;” the exclusion of Iran and various (non US-supported) opposition groups from the talks; John Kerry’s lies and warmongering; the secret law that allows the government to arm “moderate” Syrian rebels; and CNN’s single-sourced report on torture by the Syrian government.
    • Scott Horton Radio Show 02/11/14 Marjorie Cohn: Marjorie Cohn, a Professor of Law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, discusses the government’s consideration of assassinating yet another alleged Al Qaeda member-US citizen abroad; the Executive Branch’s blatant disregard for judicial oversight or Constitutionally-protected due process; Obama’s overstated claims about AUMF authorization; and the Scahill/Greenwald expose on the NSA’s role in drone strikes.
    • Scott Horton Radio Show 02/12/14 Philip Giraldi: Philip Giraldi, Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest, discusses his article on the rampant religious zealotry in the US military; why evangelical Christians can’t relate to the messages of peace and forgiveness in the New Testament; and the many Al Qaeda lookalike groups running around Syria.
    • Scott Horton Radio Show 02/12/14 Joshua Eaton: Independent journalist Joshua Eaton discusses his helpful timeline of Edward Snowden’s revelations; why the NSA’s metadata collection is more dangerous than recording the contents of every phone call; and how the government conducts economic espionage on behalf of politically connected corporations.
    • Scott Horton Radio Show 02/13/14 Andy Worthington: Andy Worthington, author of The Guantanamo Files, discusses America’s post-9/11 turn toward the “dark side” of torture and indefinite detention without trial; the long-overdue 6000 page report on CIA torture; and the Yemenis who remain imprisoned at Guantanamo simply for their nationality.
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