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Disaster Capitalism continues unabated See how many Disaster Capitalism effects you can identify below! Haha so many disasters happening all at once it's hard to keep score, but we carry on! SO Get yer clickin' fingers ready cuz we've lots of ground to cover. First thing you have to do today is watch BOB KINCAID on MELISSA HARRIS-PERRY on MSN!BC 10 AM to NOON ET SUNDAY! Bob is scheduled for the 11:30 AM ET segment so tune in early in case they move his segment around! Bob will be talking about the Freedom Industries 4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol leak into West Virginia's Elk River that is poisoning potentially hundreds of thousands of people and comments on the coal industry in general. NEXT on your do-to list is this ACTION! February 14th is The Day We Fight Back Against Mass Surveillance! On Anniversary of Aaron Swartz's Tragic Passing, Leading Internet Groups and Online Platforms Announce Day of Activism Against NSA Surveillance. Mobilization, dubbed "The Day We Fight Back" to Honor Swartz & Celebrate Anniversary of SOPA Blackout. Washington, DC – A broad coalition of activist groups, companies, and online platforms will hold a worldwide day of activism in opposition to the NSA's mass spying regime on February 11th. Dubbed "The Day We Fight Back", the day of activism was announced on the eve of the anniversary of the tragic passing of activist and technologist Aaron Swartz. The protest is both in his honor and in celebration of the victory over the Stop Online Piracy Act two years ago this month, which he helped spur.
Participants including Access, Demand Progress, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Fight for the Future, Free Press, BoingBoing, Reddit, Mozilla, ThoughtWorks, and more to come, will join potentially millions of Internet users to pressure lawmakers to end mass surveillance -- of both Americans and the citizens of the whole world. ............ On the day of action, the coalition and the activists it represents make calls and drive emails to lawmakers. Owners of websites will install banners to encourage their visitors to fight back against surveillance, and employees of technology companies will demand that their organizations do the same. Internet users are being asked to develop memes and change their social media avatars to reflect their demands.
Websites and Internet users who want to talk part can visit to sign up for email updates and to register websites to participate. Regular updates will be posted to the site between now and the February 11th day of action.

WHO: Access, Demand Progress, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Fight for the Future, Free Press, The Other 98%, BoingBoing, Mozilla, Reddit, ThoughtWorks -- and many more to come!

WHAT: Day of Action in Opposition to Mass Spying, Honoring Aaron Swartz and SOPA Blackout Anniversary

WHEN: February 11, 2014

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  • Sign up to indicate that you'll participate and receive updates.
  • Sign up to install widgets on websites encouraging its visitors to fight back against surveillance. (These are being finalized in coming days.)
  • Use the social media tools on the site to announce your participation.
  • Develop memes, tools, websites, and do whatever else you can to participate -- and encourage others to do the same.
Here are a few stories we had ready for last week that we unfortunately did not get to: We also have some comments on the latest SOTU speech: PIPELINE NEWS: Amber Hildebrandt at CBC News reveals a new CBC investigative report Pipeline rupture report raises questions about TransCanada inspections A CBC News investigation has unearthed a critical report that the federal regulator effectively buried for several years about a rupture on a trouble-prone TransCanada natural gas pipeline. On July 20, 2009, the Peace River Mainline in northern Alberta exploded, sending 50-metre-tall flames into the air and razing a two-hectare wooded area. Few people ever learned of the rupture — one of the largest in the past decade — other than the Dene Tha’ First Nation, whose traditional territory it happened on. In an early 2011 draft report about the incident, the National Energy Board criticized TransCanada, the operator of the line owned by its subsidiary NOVA Gas Transmission, for “inadequate” field inspections and “ineffective” management. Final reports are typically published by the investigative bodies, either the NEB or the Transportation Safety Board, but this report wasn’t released until this January when the CBC obtained it through an access-to-information request as part of its ongoing pipelines investigation. ......... Environmental policy expert Nathan Lemphers says he’s “deeply concerned” that the federal regulator kept the “fairly damning” report behind closed doors. “It’s quite likely that there are other incidents like this that the public simply doesn’t know about,” said Lemphers, a former Pembina Institute analyst. “This one stands out simply because of its size and the timing and the company involved.” Lemphers questions whether TransCanada’s contentious Keystone XL proposal, under environmental review in the U.S. at the same time, had a bearing on the regulator not publishing the Peace River Mainline draft report. “It's hard to guess intentions,” said Lemphers. “It certainly seems fishy from the outside that this report was kept quiet due to an apparent administrative error. If the report came out it would have been, risen to immediate public attention.” In January 2011, TransCanada was in the midst of negotiating dozens of U.S. safety requests on pipeline construction, operation and design on the controversial Keystone XL proposal. That was followed by several months of public comments in the States later that year. The Keystone XL project, first proposed in 2008, is still in limbo. A crucial assessment released last week said there are no major environmental objections to the $7-billion mega-project, but a 90-day comment period still remains. ...... According to the report, the pipeline spewed 1.45 million cubic metres of natural gas – equivalent to the volume of 580 Olympic-sized pools – over a period of hours before TransCanada stopped the flow and put out the fire. Fabian Chonkolay, a local hunter who flew over the site, described the aftermath as looking like a “big ball of fire” had consumed the forest. “Just like when they drop a bomb,” he said. ....... The report reveals that the Peace River Mainline has a historically high rate of ruptures — six since the 1970s. The Alberta pipeline’s rupture rate is five times higher than Canada’s national rupture rate, reported in a 2004 study. The section of the pipeline that burst in 2009 was 95 per cent corroded. TransCanada’s own rules required that it physically inspect a pipeline when it reached 75 per cent corrosion, the report says. The report notes the inline inspection tool failed to accurately assess the depth of the “corrosion within corrosion.” Pipeline integrity experts say that given the pipeline’s high rate of ruptures and its known corrosion problems, the company ran along the “ragged edge” of the rules......... MORE! More Pipeline News! has now released the First-Ever Footage of Aging Tar Sands Pipelines Beneath Great Lakes By Beth Wallace This past July, National Wildlife Federation (NWF) conducted a diving expedition to obtain footage of aging oil pipelines strung across one of the most sensitive locations in the Great Lakes, and possibly the world: the Straits of Mackinac. Footage of these pipelines has never been released to the public until now. The Straits of Mackinac pipelines, owned by Enbridge Energy, are 60-years-old and considered one of the greatest threats to the Great Lakes because of their age, location and the hazardous products they transport—including tar sands derived oil. For nearly two years, NWF has been pressing pipeline regulators and Enbridge to release information about the integrity of these pipelines, including inspection videos showing how the pipelines cross the Straits of Mackinac. These requests have gone largely unanswered from both Enbridge and the Pipeline Hazards Safety Administration (PHMSA), who regulates pipeline operations. Because Enbridge hastily moved forward with plans to increase pressure on the aging pipelines, and has bypassed critical environmental permitting for changes in operation, NWF decided we needed to obtain our own:... More! Watch the video and pass along to your peeps in the Great Lakes regions! THEN At staff writer Sarah Lazare posts Indigenous Groups: 'No Keystone XL Pipeline Will Cross Our Lands' Native American communities along proposed route vow resistance against 'black snake' pipeline: Native American communities are promising fierce resistance to stop TransCanada from building, and President Barack Obama from permitting, the northern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline. "No Keystone XL pipeline will cross Lakota lands," declares a joint statement from Honor the Earth, the Oglala Sioux Nation, Owe Aku, and Protect the Sacred. "We stand with the Lakota Nation, we stand on the side of protecting sacred water, we stand for Indigenous land-based lifeways which will NOT be corrupted by a hazardous, toxic pipeline." Members of seven Lakota nation tribes, as well as indigenous communities in Idaho, Oklahoma, Montana, Nebraska and Oregon, are preparing to take action to stop Keystone XL. “It will band all Lakota to live together and you can’t cross a living area if it’s occupied,” said Greg Grey Cloud, of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, in an interview with Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. “If it does get approved we aim to stop it.” The indigenous-led 'Moccasins on the Ground' program has been laying the groundwork for this resistance for over two years by giving nonviolent direct action trainings to front-line communities. ...... The promises of joint action follow the U.S. State Department’s public release on Friday of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). This report has been widely criticized as tainted by the close ties between Transcanada and the Environmental Resource Management contractor hired to do the report. While the oil industry is largely spinning the report as a green-light for the pipeline, green groups emphasize that it contains stern warnings over the massive carbon pollution that would result if the pipeline is built, including the admission that tar sands oil produces approximately 17 percent more carbon than traditional crude. The release of the FEIS kicked off a 90-day inter-agency review and 30-day public comment period. The pipeline's opponents say now is a critical time to prevent Obama from approving the pipeline, which is proposed to stretch 1,179 miles from Alberta, Canada, across the border to Montana, and down to Cushing, Oklahoma where it would link with other pipelines, as part of a plan to drastically increase Canada's tar sands production......."Let's honor the trail blazers from the Keystone XL south fight," said Idle No More campaigner Clayton Thomas-Muller. "Time for some action, and yes, some of us may get arrested!”. WAIT THERE'S MORE Dan River Coal Ash Spill Pollutes Waterway Near Retired Duke Energy Plant (PHOTOS) EDEN, N.C. (AP) — A pipe under a coal ash pond broke in northern North Carolina, releasing an unknown amount of coal ash into the Dan River, Duke Energy Corp. said Monday. The pipe broke Sunday afternoon at the now-closed Dan River Steam Station in Eden, the utility said. The ash pond covers about 27 acres, and the dam holding the water in was not affected by the leak, officials said. A water quality-monitoring team is checking the river, but Duke Energy said downstream water supplies have not been affected. ........... The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources said in a statement that it is investigating, as well as helping to monitor water quality and work with Duke energy to clean up the spill. Engineers have not figured out exactly how much ash and water made it into the Dan River in Rockingham County, although Duke Energy promised to make that figure public as soon as calculations are complete. Environmental groups, some of which have sued Duke Energy over 14 coal ash dump sites in North Carolina, sharply criticized the utility for waiting for a day before reporting the spill to the public and not immediately releasing information such as results of water quality tests on the river. "State environmental officials failed to immediately notify the public about a major toxic spill in one of our precious waterways. Coal ash is extremely dangerous and the communities near the spill deserve information about their health and safety," Stephanie Schweickert, affiliate organizer with the North Carolina Conservation Network, said in a statement. ONGOING. Much like the WVA Elf River situation. And the Deepwater Horizondowns ongoing effects. And the civilization-threatening Fukushima meltdowns. WHEN DOES IT STOP? For more background info check out NPR's State Impact Texas What is the Keystone XL Pipeline? (Yes we are well aware it's National Petroleum Radio but once in a while they put out some "non-partisan" "truthiness" like the Fresh Air item with Ken Ward we pointed out above - just more of picking through the glittering hyperbole.... -Ed.) AND WATCH "White Water Black Gold" - Official Trailer from David Lavallee“White Water, Black Gold” is an investigative point-of view documentary that follows David Lavallee on his three-year journey across western Canada in search of answers about the activities of the world’s thirstiest oil industry: the Tarsands. As a mountaineer and hiking guide, David is on the front lines of climate change. Over the past 15 years he has worked in the Columbia Icefields of the Canadian Rockies, and has noticed profound changes in the mountains: climate change is rendering these landscapes unrecognizable. Go to for more info! BTV SUNDAY SERMON! We don't usually delve into religion too often but since it is Sunday..... provides this commentary by Bill Black: Jamie Dimon’s $10 Million Raise is a “Common Sense” Fraud Reward .......... In our day, we see that “thirst” in what scholars have dubbed our “Imperial CEOs.” In Paine’s era, the King was the most powerful, but Paine refused to fawn over the powerful. He advised that if we had the sense to strip away the pomp and the myths spread by sycophants we would find a “plunderer.” ............. The Deal Book article noted that Raymond was a lead board member when the decision was made to make Dimon JPM’s leader. The first point, to make is that Raymond would be admitting a grievous blunder if he conceded that he made a mistake in putting Dimon in charge. Virtually all the roughly 15 major frauds by JPM that various governmental investigations have documented occurred during Dimon’s tenure. I am not counting among these 15 major frauds the Bear Stearns and WaMu frauds, but readers need to know that Dimon was eager to acquire WaMu before it collapsed even though it was notorious for the extent of its fraudulent lending and fraudulent sales of fraudulently originated mortgages. JPM was perfectly positioned to recognize how endemically fraudulent WaMu was at the time Dimon sought to acquire it. If WaMu had agreed to the acquisition there would be no issue but that JPM was fully liable for all of WaMu’s contributions to the fraud epidemics that crushed the economy. Dimon has an excuse for WaMu solely because he was lucky enough to be turned down by WaMu’s managers. Second, Raymond should have resigned (if he had any integrity). ...... READ all of this to get a grip on how Jamie Dimon became President Obama’s favorite banker. MORE GOP CANARDS: The recent CBO report on the ACA had all the typical regressives shouting "2 milllion jobs lost!" in concert and the lazy corporate media let them spew their prevarications without any fact-checking. In fact "While Fox News, Fox Business, and MSNBC's favorite GOP mouthpiece Chuck Todd intentionally misstate the report's findings to support repeal, the facts are there in black and white" as karoli at lists all the multiple canards the GOPhers and their media allies regurgitate in CBO Report Blows Away GOP ACA Lies THEN At DEAN BAKER on the CBO Findings on Obamacare (Minus the GOP Talking Points) © 2014 Center for Economic and Policy Research Apparently a lot of media folks have made such a habit of repeating Republican talking points that they can't see what is right in front of their eyes. The Republicans are touting the fact that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) expects the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to reduce the number of people working. Guess what? This was one of the motivations for the ACA. It is a feature, not a bug. There are a lot of people who would prefer not to work and would not work if they had some other way to get health care insurance. Imagine a 62 year-old with diabetes and other health conditions. No insurer will touch this person. If they can get insurance at all they are looking at bill that will certainly run well over $10k a year. If this person has a job that provides insurance they will keep it until they qualify for Medicare no matter how much of a struggle it is to go to work each day. Now with the ACA this person will be able to buy insurance at the same price as anyone else in the age 55-64 age group. If they can get by on their Social Security and prior savings then they may well decide to retire early. They may also qualify for a subsidy in the exchanges. Is this an awful story? You be the judge. The other likely scenario is the case of a mother with a newly born child. She may want to spend some time at home with her kid, but may have no other way to pay for her health insurance if she leaves her job. The ACA will give her an opportunity to get lower cost insurance (possibly with a subsidy). Again, is a mother taking some off to be with a new born kid a horror story? Finally, we should be very clear about what CBO said on wages since there really is no ambiguity here. It said: "According to CBO’s more detailed analysis, the 1 percent reduction in aggregate compensation that will occur as a result of the ACA corresponds to a reduction of about 1.5 percent to 2.0 percent in hours worked. (p 127)" If hours fall by 1.5 to 2.0 percent, but compensation falls by 1.0 percent, then compensation per hour rises by 0.5-1.0 percent due to the ACA. If this is bad news for workers then someone must have been enjoying the new found freedoms in Colorado or Washington State too much. To put the CBO's numbers in perspective we go to Michael Linden, Director for Tax and Budget Policy at the Center for American Progress Action Fund for this CHART: Bush Vs. Obama On Private And Public Sector Job Creation ..... Private sector job creation returned in February of 2010, the 13th month of President Obama’s term. Since then, the economy has added 4.3 million private sector jobs, a 4 percent increase. Under President Bush, the economy stopped shedding private sector jobs in July of 2003, fully 30 months into his administration. From that point until May of 2004, the economy added just 1.5 million private sector jobs, an increase of only 1.4 percent. ..... For the latest GOPher-Canard-busting news go to Taradacktyl's Join the Class War Resistance! NSA SPYING UPDATE: Marcy Wheeler ferrets out James Clapper Confirms NSA Engages in Domestic Surveillance from last tuesday's hearing In today’s threat hearing, Jim Langevin tried to get James Clapperto provider him with talkingp points he could use in radio interviews about the seriousness of the Snowden leaks. (39:15 and following) One problem with that — as Clapper readily admitted — is that the Intelligence Community doesn’t know what Snowden has (in spite of their repeated leaked claims that he has 1.7 million documents). ......... Clapper hedged and hedged, until Langevin got him to say that “less than 10% of what Snowden might potentially have taken (but they don’t know one way or another) has to do with domestic surveillance.” ......... But finally, there’s Clapper’s use of the term “domestic surveillance” (which in his opening statement he called “so-called domestic surveillance”) and his suggestion that less than 10% of Snowden’s leaks address it. The NSA has been telling us for months and months they don’t engage in domestic surveillance. James Clapper apparently admits they do. RELATED: emptywheel and First Look Media: Beginnings and Continuity I’ve got some exciting new beginnings — and some continuity — to announce. As Pierre Omidyar and Eric Bates just announced, I will be joining First Look Media as part of a new magazine that will publish Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, Jeremy Scahill, and others’ work. It’s really exciting to join Glenn and others in their work, and to join the larger First Look effort as it launches. But that opportunity won’t change much here. I am just working for First Look as a consultant — just doing document analysis, not my own reporting — and just part time. I will continue to do the kind of reporting I always do here — and potentially for other media outlets. LISTEN TO Marcy on Scott Horton 01/17/14 Marcy Wheeler from a few weeks back. TruthDig A/V Booth! WATCH Edward Snowden Talks to the Germans In a recent interview, NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden brought the German television channel NDR up to date on the state of worldwide surveillance by the governments of Britain and the United States. THEN the very same corporations that have aided and abetted the wholesale capture of our digital lives are now trying to "make nice". Microsoft, Facebook, Google and Yahoo release US surveillance requests reports SPENCER ACKERMAN at • Tech giants turn over data from tens of thousands of accounts • Limited disclosure part of transparency deal made last month: Tens of thousands of accounts associated with customers of Microsoft, Google, Facebook and Yahoo have their data turned over to US government authorities every six months as the result of secret court orders, the tech giants disclosed for the first time on Monday. As part of a transparency deal reached last week with the Justice Department, four of the tech firms that participate in the National Security Agency’s Prism effort, which collects largely overseas internet communications, released more information about the volume of data the US demands they provide than they have ever previously been permitted to disclose. But the terms of the deal prevent the companies from itemising the collection, beyond bands of thousands of data requests served on them by a secret surveillance court. The companies must also delay by six months disclosing information on the most recent requests – terms the Justice Department negotiated to end a transparency lawsuit before the so-called Fisa court that was brought by the companies. In announcing the updated data figures, the companies appeared concerned by the lack of precision over the depth of their compelled participation in government surveillance.“We still believe more transparency is needed so everyone can better understand how surveillance laws work and decide whether or not they serve the public interest,” said Google’s legal director for law enforcement and information security, Richard Salgado, in a post on the company’s official blog. “Specifically, we want to disclose the precise numbers and types of requests we receive, as well as the number of users they affect in a timely way.” (Haha 'more transparency" haha! You basturds have been scooping up our user data (to benignly "sell us" products and services) while their deep DATA MINING has been going on since EVER! For example type in google "4-wheeler tires" and notice how many tire ads you see while searching. Just sayin' -Ed.) ........ Google gave the government the internet metadata of up to 999 customer accounts, and the content of communications from between 9,000 and 9,999 customers. ........... Microsoft received fewer than 1,000 orders from the Fisa court for communications content during the same period, related to between 15,000 and 15,999 “accounts or individual identifiers”. ............ Yahoo disclosed that it gave the government communications content from between 30,000 and 30,999 accounts over the first six months of 2013, and fewer than 1,000 customer accounts that were subject to Fisa court orders for metadata. ........ Facebook disclosed that during the first half of 2013, it turned over content data from between 5000 and 5999 accounts – a rise of about 1000 from the previous six month period – and customer metadata associated with up to 999 accounts ..... Click over to read the ugly rest. Makes you wonder if YOU were one of the THOUSANDS of users the NSA "asked" these mega-internet companies to turn over yer data to, eh? And WHY: does the NSA think yer a Terrier? Radical? Peace Activist? Animal Lover? And HOW will YOU ever know if yer in the NSA's crosshairs? Go read the End-User License Agreement (EULA) for Microsoft, Facebook, Google and Yahoo plus yer wireless carriers and ISPs, dig in and see just how much of yer privacy rights you've given up to these megacorporations who in turn freely give your surfing habits to the NSA like Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages You bet. Did you know most wireless carriers FORBID class-action lawsuits through their EULA? Search duckducgo here for more info! So now that you know all this you are ready for ACTION, right? Not so fast. Editor of the Techdirt blog Mike Masnick explains New Net Neutrality Bill Introduced, Has No Chance Of Passing Well, this was inevitable, but a group of Representatives have introduced a new net neutrality bill, called the Open Internet Preservation Act of 2014, which attempts to bring back the FCC's rules that an appeals court struck down. The bill is more PR than anything else. For whatever reason (actually no good reason at all), net neutrality has become a purely partisan issue in Congress (Democrats for, Republicans against) and based on the fact that this bill only has Democrat sponsors, it means, first off, that it's only going to rekindle the same old fight without solving anything and go nowhere. But, more importantly, it's still the same old situation trying to kludge together a temporary solution for the real problem, which is the lack of a competitive market. Bill Text Waxman Eshoo Open Internet Preservation Act 2014 1 24 (PDF) Policy director at Just Foreign Policy and president of Truthout's board of directors Robert Naiman asks With AIPAC's Power in Doubt, Is Peace With Israel Now Possible? ..... What Kerry said about "boycott" has become the new normal for the Obama administration and many liberal American Jews who support the two-state solution. The rap goes roughly like this: "Personally, we, the 'good cop,' oppose boycotting the Israeli occupation. But if the Israeli government won't cooperate with US peace efforts, then we won't be able to stop those 'bad cop' boycott people from increasing the Israeli government's international isolation." This drives the AIPAC supporters, to whom the idea of any pressure whatsoever on the Israeli government to comply with US policy is totally anathema, absolutely wild. But it's hard to see what they can really do about it besides helplessly complain. The administration and its supporters are just saying that the sky is blue. Is AIPAC going to demand that Congress make the administration do more to stop people from boycotting the Israeli occupation? It's one thing to insist that the US government mustn't apply any pressure on the Israeli government to comply with US policy. It would be quite another thing to demand that the Congress require the administration to apply more pressure on other governments and institutions to stop them from applying pressure on the Israeli government to comply with US policy. Who could call for that with a straight face? ..... Good Item! Click over to read all of this! The BTV LAST WORD goes to JUAN COLE who pens this open letter at his Informed Comment blog Dear President Obama: Tar Sands & Keystone XL are more Dangerous than an Iranian Atomic Bomb ....... But while you seem to put a great deal of emphasis on Iran’s nuclear enrichment program and the danger it might be weaponized, and while you say you want nuclear disarmament in general, you seem to take a longer view on a much, much more extreme threat to the earth than a few thousand atomic bombs. While you have been the best president on the issue of climate change, and EPA regulations on coal plants in your administration are going a long way toward closing them down, you keep talking about an “all of the above” energy policy that lauds hydraulic fracking and increased hydrocarbon production. If you produce more of the stuff, it will be burned into the atmosphere. And, even just extracting it out is very bad for the earth. The greater threat than atomic bombs is carbon emissions and the likelihood that tar sands extraction of petroleum will greatly increase them. This coming on line of massive new amounts of extremely dirty tar sands petroleum would be much abetted by the Keystone XL pipeline. Extraction of petroleum from tar sands should be illegal for all kinds of reasons. Most importantly, it is a very, very dirty fuel. We are already putting 278 atomic bombs worth of energy into the atmosphere in the form of carbon dioxide emissions every minute. Let us stop and think about that. If one country detonated even one atomic bomb against another country, that would practically be the apocalypse nowadays. Or, if the countries of the world just did 278 tests of nuclear weapons a year there would be an enormous outcry. But we let Big Oil, Big Gas and Big Coal carry out the equivalent of that many explosions every 60 seconds. We only have 15 years to very substantially reduce the 32 billion metric tons of CO2 we put into the atmosphere every year. My guess is that you think we have more like 45 years, to about 2050. Climate scientists like Jim Hansen have revised that timeline. We have until 2030 to limit global warming to less than 4 degrees Fahrenheit. Getting hotter than than may well destabilize the climate, making it chaotic. We are in crisis and need a Manhattan project. The magnitude of the threat became even clearer in 2013, as The Smithsonian Magazine, which you publish recently pointed out. If you’d be willing to spend a likely $3 trillion and a great deal of American blood on a war with Iran to stop it from having one nuke, why not spend at least that much money to make sure that the equivalent of hundreds of thousands of nuclear weapons are not set off every single day? ............ Tar sands extraction, it turns out, puts 2 to 3 times as many polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) emissions into the atmosphere, water and soil as had earlier been estimated by industry studies. That chemical will affect both Canadian and American citizens. Your Center for Disease Control warns that PAHs are dangerous to human beings. They have caused tumors from being inhaled or from skin contact in laboratory animals and have caused cancer in human beings. Mice ingesting large amounts of PAHs had difficulty conceiving, so they damage reproductive health. They also have caused birth defects in animals. Animal studies also show that PAHs compromise immune response. So they make you sick and then make you less able to fight off sickness. But a chemical that causes cancer or birth defects is actually benign compared to the carbon emissions themselves, which will kill many more people through drought, flood, and other calamities, even over just the next century (it gets way worse after that). In the next 80 years we will lose New orleans and Miami to rising seas, and see substantial loss of coasts. Forest fires and crop failures threaten the southwest, which won’t have enough water. We can’t afford “all of the above” as an approach to our energy security, Mr. President. ......... You have really only one area left in which to enter the history books for your second term achievements. And that is the environment and climate change. If you approve Keystone XL and become an enabler of tar sands, you will not only lose that opportunity, you will be remembered as a second Nero, who fiddled while Rome burned. BEATLEMANIA! CBS News marking Beatles anniversary with live multimedia event ..... CBS News is marking the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first American television appearance with a live media event, set to take place Sunday, Feb. 9, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. ET at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York, 50 years to the day from when the Fab Four first performed on CBS' "The Ed Sullivan Show." ....... the one-time, live symposium will examine the social and musical impact the Fab Four had on the world. It will also highlight rare footage from CBS News' extensive archives of the Beatles' first three days in New York City and their famous appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" on Feb. 9, 1964. ...... Panelists set to appear include Nile Rodgers, a guitarist, producer and composer, multi-Grammy Award winner and the co-founder of the hit-making disco and R&B group Chic. ....... Also featured will be John Oates of the hit-making duo of Hall & Oates, and "Monty Python" collaborator Neil Innes, who co-created and performed all of the songs for the Beatles spoof, "The Rutles." Panelists also include Pattie Boyd, a photographer and model who was married to George Harrison and the inspiration for his song "Something"; Andrew Loog Oldham, who managed the Rolling Stones from 1963 to 1967 and before that was the publicity assistant to the Beatles' manager; guitarist, songwriter and record producer Mick Jones, who founded the rock band Foreigner and played the same Paris concert hall as the Beatles 50 years ago; and director Julie Taymor, whose Oscar-nominated film "Across the Universe" is a '60s-era love story powered by more than 30 Beatles songs. ....... The event, dubbed "CBS News, 50 Years Later...The Beatles at The Ed Sullivan Theater: Presented by Motown The Musical," is the first in an anticipated series of CBS News Live Experiences, a "conversational tour and video series" that will examine culture, society and politics of today in the context of catalytic events that took place 50 years ago. ...... WATCH LIVE: "50 Years: The Beatles" Sun., Feb. 9, 6:30p ET/3:30p PT! The serendipidy of The Fab Four's appearance 50 years ago TO THE DAY on The Tiffany Network's Ed Sullivan Show is spooky! And kudos to those CBS execs to notice. We urge you to listen to a most special Breakfast With The Beatles with Chris Carter on KLOS-95.5 FM! beginning at 12p et / 9am pt Go to Plus plenty of the Fab Four on WRUW FM 91.1 CLEVELAND with 1-week archives so download Thursday's Laying Down Tracks (track list here)including Steve Earle, James Taylor, the Late Ritchie Havens, Cleveland's own Michael Stanley concluding with a frantic acoustic version of "I Am The Walrus" featuring mandolin, fiddle and acoustic guitar by a band called "Pert Near Sandstone"! PLUS a FANTASTIC Counselor's Cornucopia of Classic Rock & Curios featuring including a set of songs The Beatles gave away beginning with Peter & Gordon's “World Without Love”. DOWNLOAD THESE one-of-a-kind BROADCASTS NOW before they're gone forever! Celebrate The Fab Four!


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  • "Kids for Cash" Kids For Cash: Inside One of the Nation’s Most Shocking Juvenile Justice Scandals Today a special on "kids for cash," the shocking story of how thousands of children in Pennsylvania were jailed by two corrupt judges who received $2.6 million in kickbacks from the builders and owners of private prison facilities. We hear from two of the youth: Charlie Balasavage was sent to juvenile detention after his parents unknowingly bought him a stolen scooter; Hillary Transue was detained for creating a MySpace page mocking her assistant high school principal. They were both 14 years old and were sentenced by the same judge, Judge Mark Ciavarella, who is now in jail himself — serving a 28-year sentence. Balasavage and Transue are featured in the new documentary, "Kids for Cash," by filmmaker Robert May, who also joins us. In addition, we speak to two mothers: Sandy Fonzo, whose son Ed Kenzakoski committed suicide after being imprisoned for years by Judge Ciavarella, and Hillary’s mother, Laurene Transue. Putting their stories into context of the larger scandal is attorney Robert Schwartz, executive director of the Juvenile Law Center. The story is still developing: In October, the private juvenile-detention companies in the scandal settled a civil lawsuit for $2.5 million.
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»»» FEATURED SHOW Live from Los Angeles: State of Female Justice Tune in today for the second “State of Female Justice” panel—live from Los Angeles, hosted by Laura Flanders in collaboration with Eve Ensler’s V-Day and One Billion Rising campaign. In addition to discussing the issues of gender justice and violence against women, “State of Female Justice” will bring together environmental, racial and economic justice leaders to put an intersectional lens on gender justice and describe how all of these issues deeply impact women across the United States and around the world. ........ more!

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The 1st Amendment is Our Permit Our permit to occupy is The First Amendment. Quickly sign the following statement which will be delivered to mayors, police chiefs and major media across the country:

    Our permit to occupy public squares and parks is in The First Amendment, which affirms "the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." When people across the Middle East occupied public squares, leaders in Washington mostly cheered those protesters and warned Middle Eastern governments not to use force to clear them. Those other societies don’t have a First Amendment. Yet Washington affirmed the universal right to assembly and protest. We do have a First Amendment. The force being used to clear nonviolent protesters from public squares in our country is unacceptable. It must stop. &! 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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CELLULAR PHONE TASK FORCE EDUCATION, ADVOCACY, SUPPORT at The Cellular Phone Task Force is dedicated to halting the expansion of wireless technology because it cannot be made safe. We provide: education to the public concerning electromagnetic pollution (electrosmog); advocacy for an electromagnetically cleaner environment; support for individuals disabled by radiation from wireless technology and other sources. WATCH THIS MOVIE at Top Documentary Films Resonance: Beings of Frequency Now we live an an ocean of electromagnetic radiation. It’s all around us now, invisible, but we know it’s there. Every time you lift up your mobile phone you know it’s there. It is very hard to turn the clock back, in fact it is impossible, but we need to be aware of the adverse health effects so that we can have the choice of taking precautions against the exposures. How we could have possibly thought that putting microwaves to our brain was safe. We just don’t fully understand what we’re doing. "Resonance: Beings of Frequency" is the first documentary to investigate the actual mechanisms by which mobile phone technology can cause cancer. The film takes a deeper look at how humanity is reacting to the most profound environmental change the planet has ever seen. Read more HERE!!

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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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    • ROUNDTABLE: NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Andrea Mitchell, New York Times Columnist David Brooks, Washington Post Columnist E.J. Dionne, Chief Executive Officer for Heritage Action for America Mike Needham, and Former White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Mona Sutphen

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    • Former Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, head of the U.S. delegation to Russia, joins us from Sochi to discuss ongoing Olympic security concerns.
    • Sochi Security Roundtable: former Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte, diplomat Nicholas Burns, and Russian expert Dimitri Simes.
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    'Green News Report' - February 6, 2014 IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: No end in sight for coal ash waste spill in NC; Sniper attack exposes security vulnerabilities of aging US electrical grid; Fracking depleting water supplies in drought-stricken states; Tesla electric cars, now driving cross-country for free; PLUS: The Great Barrier Reef to become a sacrifice zone for coal ... All that and more in today's Green News Report! IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links at site): Record number of billion-dollar disasters in 2013; How to deconstruct the difficult math of Keystone XL's carbon footprint; USDA launches 'climate hubs' to help farmers with drought; Winter Olympics: downhill forecast in a warming world; From Occupy to climate justice ... PLUS: Big Coal’s ash mess follows its chemical spill. Is this some kind of bad joke? ... and much, MUCH more! ...
    'Green News Report' - February 4, 2014 IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Keystone XL pipeline moves one step closer to approval; Britain pummeled by record rain and floods; Another coal-related spill contaminates drinking water, this time in North Carolina; PLUS: The Arctic wins again --- for now --- as Shell Oil drops plans to drill this summer ... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
    • BRADBLOG UPDATE! TX Repub Calls Photo ID Restriction Law a 'Problem' Voter suppression measures by so-called 'small government conservatives' are costing taxpayers more and more. The latest hypocrisy comes, naturally, out of Texas...
    • BRADBLOG UPDATE! Federal Lawsuit Against FEC Seeks to Force Rove's 'Dark Money' Donors Into the Light Complaint filed by good government groups charges Republican Commissioners' actions were 'arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion, and otherwise contrary to law'...
    • BRADBLOG UPDATE! PA Photo ID Law Found Unconstitutional; State Court Issues Permanent Injunction By Ernest A. Canning - A Pennsylvania Photo ID law that one Republican lawmaker once boasted would deliver the Keystone State to Mitt Romney in the 2012 Presidential Election was struck down by a Pennsylvania trial court. Judge Bernard L. McGinley of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania ruled that several sections of Act 18, the Republican-sponsored polling place Photo ID statute that was signed into law by Gov. Tom Corbett (R) in March of 2012, violated the Pennsylvania Constitution. ........
    • BRADCAST! 'Jekyll and Hyde' SOTU Climate: 'BradCast' Joe Romm of Climate Progress discusses Obama's dangerous 'All of the Above' energy policy; GOP's SOTU Derangement Syndrome in full flower; MORE...

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    This Weekend on Ring of Fire Radio! February 7, 2014 Saturdays at 3 o’clock Eastern, rebroadcasts Sunday nights at 8 pm Eastern. Best of Ring of Fire Radio!
    • Daniel Ellsberg will be here to discuss the domestic spying programs of the federal government.
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    »» David Haynes will explain the political scandals surrounding the most promising GOP heavyweights.
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    »» Dr. Tom Schneider, author of “A Physician’s Apology”, will talk about the dangers of common dietary supplements and how they can be avoided.
    »» Richard Eskow, host of Take Action News, talks about Tom Perkins’ claim that the Occupy movement is no different than the Nazis.
    »» And Mike Burg will tell us why alternative labor groups have big business leaders running scared.
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    • MONDAY 2/3/14 More Shoes Drop On Chris Christie & Elijah Zarlin: Fighting Keystone
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    Jim Willie on Bankster Suicides: Bankers Were Taken Out to Prevent FOREX Fraud Whistle-blowing! by The Doc - Yesterday we reported that Steve Quayle’s banker source “V” has informed him that the recent rash of banker “suicides” are part of a hit list that includes dozens of bankers including a supposed high level Citi executive. Today, none other than Jim Willie himself has provided SD readers with an exclusive report on the banker deaths. The Golden Jackass states that the suicided bankers had flipped during prosecution investigation, and were assassinated to prevent insider testimony of bank fraud from reaching the prosecution. Willie, who recently sat down with The Doc for an exclusive interview revealing the “Smoking Gun” proving gold rehypothecation by US officials, emphasizes that we are NOT seeing bad bankers removed, we are witnessing bankers taken out who are on the verge of revealing BIG DATA details. Click here for Willie’s full alert on Wall Street banker suicides.
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    • KEISER REPORT [KR557] Keiser Report: Round Tripping Financial Crisis We discuss accounting fraud as the new opium for China and how it is that we keep roundtripping to financial crisis because every time we get to tomorrow we’ve already spent it yesterday. We also discuss raining the marmite of fraud on a ten foot tall Janet Yellen. In the second half, Max interviews Mitch Feierstein of about the unintended consequences of money printing, the China mirage where the GDP statistics are for ‘reference purposes only’ and about later this year when Greece will also ’roundtrip’ its way to a 3% GDP growth mirage.
    • KEISER REPORT [KR558] Keiser Report: Slingin’ Debt Whores We discuss the ‘bullion in the sky’ that is the UK housing market in the Year of the Whores, as the BBC accidentally called the Chinese New Year. In the second half, Max interviews coder, hacker and cryptocurrency expert, Andreas Antonopoulos about FUD from the bitcoin wannabe regulators who don’t understand the protocol is a push system unlike the pull system that is the modern online transactions market. They also discuss the fact that gold can’t be teleported and the Charlie Shrem perp walk, a walk which no TBTF banker has had to do in modern times.
    • KEISER REPORT Keiser Report: Staged Rumble in Wall Street Jungle We compare Wall Street to World Wrestling Entertainment where alleged competitors adopt stage personas and meet each other in a choreographed, scripted and over-acted competition. And just as people are betting on the pre-determined outcomes in the WWE ring, they’re doing the same in the rigged financial markets. In the second half, Max interviews Doug Casey of about his new book, RIGHT ON THE MONEY. They also discuss Argentina, the dollar, art and gold.
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    • 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 02/04/14 M.J. Rosenberg: Journalist M.J. Rosenberg discusses Obama’s takedown of AIPAC and their plans to sabotage an Iran agreement; John Kerry’s mysterious obsession with a (seemingly unworkable) Israel-Palestine deal; why Obama can’t stand Benjamin Netanyahu; and AIPAC’s firm grasp on Hillary Clinton.
    • Scott Horton Radio Show 01/23/14 Robert P. Murphy: Robert P. Murphy, author of "The Politically Incorrect Guide to Capitalism", discusses the incredible wealth possessed by the 85 richest people on the planet; Bill Gates’ proclamation that there will be no more poor nations; and the bubbles in real estate, stocks, and the dollar itself.
    • Scott Horton Radio Show 02/05/14 Patrick Toomey: Patrick Toomey, a Staff Attorney in the ACLU’s National Security Project, discusses the PCLOB report on the NSA’s Shadow Database; limiting the NSA’s access to the “corporate store” of pooled American phone records; and the ACLU’s legal challenge of the FISA Amendments Act of 2008
    • Scott Horton Radio Show 02/06/14 Gareth Porter: Gareth Porter, author of Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear ScareManufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare, discusses the faulty assumptions that led US intelligence analysts – starting in the early 1990s – to suspect Iran was secretly pursuing nuclear weapons, and the media’s failure to report on a 2008 IAEA report that cleared Iran of those earlier suspicions.
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