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Memorial Day Special 2014! WOW! Last Sunday the BTV Crew helped do a LIVE FROM CLEVELAND broadcast on WRUW-FM 91.1 from the Hessler Street Fair a fabulous hippie, tie-dye music fair that's been going on for over 40 years! You can still download last Sunday's bands by going to the Program Guide and download any show between 12 Noon and 10 PM! Go NOW since the automation will overwrite every show from last week in real time! HURRY! For a list of performers go to's 2014 Music guide (Outlaws I&I started about 12:30 pm so go from there). And the Brick TeeVee Crew has been busy prepping The Big Garden! We have the gourds (butternut squash, black beauty zucchini) seeds in as well as heirloom cukes, 3 varieties of beans and newcomer Swiss Chard! Next up is our tomato patch and pepper patch from mild and tasty to OMG HOT! We also have eggplant and cabbage and several varieties of lettuce we'll try too! Since we completely missed last week we'll have some of those highlights plus new items! But we're running late so be sure to peruse stories from all our regulars and throw bricks at anyone who sez "BENGHAZI" on the Sunday Funnies! Plenty of sport to distract you starting with the 98th Indy 500 and the Coke 600, MLB and NBA playoffs.
And if you attend any Memorial Day event try to get up the gumption to take to the microphone and explain how we wouldn't need to remember so many souls every year if the U.S. would simply stop creating so many wars for basically land and resource grabs to feed the cancerous "pro-growth" military-industrial-media-neolib economic agenda and policies, with UKRAINE being only the latest example of The West's crippling (and wrong) AUSTERITY measures. Start with General Smedley Butler's War is a Racket, mix in some of Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States and some Chris Hedges and yer on yer way! Take this opportunity to TELL your gathered locals what's really going on! We know you can do it! And if those VFW-types get up in yer grill send them to and add some of The Math of the Military Industrial Fossil Fuel Complex. Face it: the Corporomedia is NOT serving us. WE need to engage our neighbors to educate them on some basic facts about war and its absolute wastefulness. Only until We The People demand an end to war will any politician listen. We have to FORCE this change. And until we do the status quo will continue, unabated. Happy (?) Memorial Day! We'll be back with more news later! Stay tuned!
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We start with some stories we had for last week's missed post. Here's Glenn Greenwald on his new book NO PLACE TO HIDE - Edward Snowden, The NSA and the U.S. Surveillance State on Democracy NOW!
And on Fresh Air with Terry Gross Greenwald On NSA Leaks: 'We've Erred On The Side Of Excess Caution'. Looks like we have a new BRICK TEEVEE Book Club special! NO PLACE TO HIDE - Edward Snowden, The NSA and the U.S. Surveillance State. We also recommend this new book by Nomi Prins All the Presidents' Bankers at her website "a groundbreaking narrative of how an elite group of men transformed the American economy and government, dictated foreign and domestic policy, and shaped world history" We go to Canada's for this new Study finds cyclones moving toward poles and people, except in Atlantic by AP WASHINGTON – Tropical cyclones worldwide are moving out of the tropics and more toward the poles and generally larger populations, likely because of global warming, a surprising new study finds. Atlantic hurricanes, however, don’t follow this trend. While other studies have looked at the strength and frequency of the storms, which are called hurricanes in North America, this is the first study that looks at where they are geographically when they peak. It found in the last 30 years, tropical cyclones, regardless of their size, are peaking 53 kilometres farther north each decade in the Northern Hemisphere and 61 kilometres farther south each decade in the Southern Hemisphere. That means about 160 kilometres toward the more populous mid-latitudes since 1982, the starting date for the study released Wednesday by the journal Nature. “The storms en masse are migrating out of the tropics,” said study lead author James Kossin of the National Climatic Data Center and the University of Wisconsin. Kossin used historical tracks of storms in the Western Pacific, Eastern Pacific, North Indian Ocean, South Indian Ocean, South Pacific and the Atlantic. That means more people at risk, especially in the Northern Hemisphere, because “you’re going to hit more population areas,” said Yale University historian and cartographer Bill Rankin, who wasn’t part of the study. .......... The trend, however, is not statistically significant in the Atlantic basin, where storms threaten the U.S. East Coast. In the Atlantic region, the study has seen a northward drift of storms of only 4 miles a decade, which just could be random. Kossin said the Atlantic region is different because of changes in pollution over the United States and other factors. Kossin and colleagues say the changes start with man-made global warming, which alters air circulation from the tropics to just farther north and south. In the tropics, those changes increase upper atmosphere wind shifts called shear that weaken cyclone development. At higher latitudes the changes decrease the storm-decapitating shear, making those areas more favorable for storm intensification. ............ WE ARE HERE (or peeps are really that stoopid): KSFY anchor's viewer rebuke makes national news SIOUX FALLS: KSFY-TV news anchor Nancy Naeve is making national news for some comments she made on Tuesday's morning show about recent severe weather coverage. Naeve rebuked viewers who had flooded the stations with calls protesting how live weather coverage of tornado warnings on Sunday meant they missed prime time programming. She told viewers meteorologist Shawn Cable's coverage was life-saving for people in northwest Iowa about to be hit by the storm. ....... "Our single most important mission as a station is to inform and protect the public. Our weather team knows that when life-threatening conditions are present anywhere in our vast viewing area, we will pre-empt programming. Shawn did exactly what he was supposed to do in that situation," said Jim Berman, KSFY's president and general manager. "As for Nancy's comments, her passion on this subject was quite evident and understandable--and was a reflection of what all of us at KSFY believe--that protecting our viewers is top priority." Go there to watch the clip! Malloy chatter ID3 asks, "Didn't the Dali Lhama recently praise Capitalism?" Well, sort of. 'Free Markets Are Miracles,' Panelist Claims; Debate Opens Dalai Lama's Mind to Capitalism The Dalai Lama, the religious leader of Tibetan Buddhism, speaks at The American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC on Thursday, February 20. Arthur Brooks, Daniel Loeb, R. Glenn Hubbard, and Jonathan Haidt look on. A panelist speaking on the morality of markets proclaimed that capitalism is miraculous, and the debate may have convinced the Dalai Lama – leader of Tibetan Buddhism – to open his mind to capitalism. "Free markets really are miracles," declared Jonathan Haidt, professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University, at the American Enterprise Institute on Thursday. "You really can turn water into wine, vast quantities of wine, at low, low prices, as long as the vineyard owners can get access to cheap credit and transportation networks, and have property rights." The Dalai Lama seemed impressed by such arguments. "After listening, yesterday and today, I have more respect for capitalism," the religious leader, a self-described Marxist, declared, with a laugh. Before the panelists began, the religious leader started with a strong view of the importance of individual action. "To bring happy life, happy individual, happy family, happy community, happy nation, ultimately happy world," he argued, change must not originate from government or the United Nations, but "from individual." ............ Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, summarized the panel and the Dalai Lama's positions. Among them, he listed the religious leader's focus on "understanding our common humanity," and "the good news that global brotherhood and sisterhood are in our hands." When it comes to capitalism, Brooks articulated the Dalai Lama's position, with which the religious leader had no disagreement. "The free enterprise system is a blessing, but it has to be predicated on moral living." What morality is MR. AEI speaking of? Say isn't AEI one of those green-washing outfits? Greenpeace reports on Koch Industries Climate Denial Front Group: American Enterprise Institute AEI $300,000 received from Koch foundations 2005-2011 [Total Koch foundation grants 1997-2011: $350,000] American Enterprise Institute (AEI) has a long track record of distorting the science and solutions of climate change. Its arguments tend to de-emphasize the environmental and economic risks of climate change, exaggerate the costs of addressing the problem and question the value of putting a policy in place at all. The American Enterprise Institute is a member of the State Policy Network. Click over for much more! Hopefully Da Dali Lhama reads Brick TeeVee and won't get snookered by these well-funded professional con men. Timothy Karr at Free Press posts AT&T-DirecTV Merger Would Hurt U.S. Consumers, Diminish Competition WASHINGTON — On Sunday, AT&T announced it had reached an agreement to buy top U.S. satellite-TV operator DirecTV for $48.5 billion plus $19 billion in debt. If approved, the deal would be the latest in a string of media mega-mergers in an industry with a dwindling number of competitors. Free Press President and CEO Craig Aaron made the following statement: “The captains of our communications industry have clearly run out of ideas. Instead of innovating and investing in their networks, companies like AT&T and Comcast are simply buying up the competition. These takeovers are expensive, and consumers end up footing the bill for merger mania. “AT&T is paying $48.5 billion and taking on an additional $19 billion in debt to buy DirecTV. That's a fortune to spend on a satellite-only company at a time when the pay-TV industry is stagnating and broadband is growing. “For the amount of money and debt AT&T and Comcast are collectively shelling out for their respective mega-deals, they could deploy super-fast gigabit-fiber broadband service to every single home in America. But these companies don’t care about providing better services or even connecting more Americans. It's about eliminating the last shred of competition in a communications sector that's already dominated by too few players. “Wall Street deserves much of the blame for rewarding acquisitions instead of investments in infrastructure. Weakened antitrust enforcement hasn't helped. But this merger wave is also a result of more than a decade of shortsighted FCC policies that have encouraged consolidation over competition. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler — who has stated his mantra is competition, competition, competition — has the power to block these wasteful and anti-competitive deals. And he should use it.” CALL Tim Karr 201-533-8838 and tell 'em Brick TeeVee sent ya! BTV contributor jen points us to this FRONTLINE report UNITED STATES OF SECRETS
  • Part One - "The Program": How did the gov't come to spy on millions of Americans?
  • Part Two - "Privacy Lost": How Silicon Valley feeds the NSA's global dragnet
FRONTLINE also posts And THIS The Robot Defense: How Google Saw Privacy Before Snowden What’s the view from inside Google when it comes to your privacy? Former California State Sen. Liz Figueroa got an answer in 2004, when she proposed legislation that would allow users to opt out of targeted advertising in free email services, like Gmail. “We think it’s an absolute invasion of privacy. It’s like having a massive billboard in the middle of your home,” she told Reuters news agency at the time. Figueroa was summoned to a meeting with the company’s founders, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, to address her concerns. As she retells the story in the below excerpt from the FRONTLINE investigation United States of Secrets, Brin tried to allay her concerns with a unique anecdote involving an imploding robot: [VIDEO] On its website, Google notes that “ad targeting in Gmail is fully automated, and no humans read your email.” Still, that promise has done little to ease concerns over how the web giant might be used to aid government surveillance. “Gmail was a privacy disaster,” Chris Hoofnagle, director of Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, told FRONTLINE. “The moment you allow people to look at the content of your communication for some advertising purpose is the moment that the government is going to come along and say, ‘If you’re going to let them listen in for advertising, why don’t you let us listen in for anti-terrorism or for serious crimes?’” As the Edward Snowden leaks revealed, that’s exactly what happened. In December, The Washington Post reported that the NSA was secretly piggybacking on a Google-specific tracking tool in order to bolster its own surveillance capabilities. Four months earlier, the paper discovered that the agency was tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet firms. Google was on the list, as was Facebook, Apple, Yahoo, YouTube, Microsoft, Skype, AOL and PalTalk........... Ready for yer google goggles now? Hmmmm? For yer on-line privacy Electronic Frontier Foundation recommends HTTPS Everywhere HTTPS Everywhere is a Firefox, Chrome, and Opera extension that encrypts your communications with many major websites, making your browsing more secure. Help us make HTTPS Everywhere better! Download the development version for Firefox. Encrypt the web: Install HTTPS Everywhere today. If you don't believe then read Julian Assange's CYPHERPUNKS: Strong cryptography is a vital tool in fighting state oppression. That is the message in my book, Cypherpunks. But the movement for the universal availability of strong cryptography must be made to do more than this. Our future does not lie in the liberty of individuals alone. Our work in WikiLeaks imparts a keen understanding of the dynamics of the international order and the logic of empire. BTV contributor maddy points us to Julia Carrie Wong at You want fries with your poverty wages and exploited McDonald's workers? In addition to carbonated beverages and Big Macs, McDonalds spreads low wages, abusive conditions and union-busting. Now workers across the world are learning how to fight back, together. In 1996, Thomas Friedman put forward a grand theory of capitalism, economic development and foreign relations: "No two countries that both have a McDonald's have ever fought a war against each other." (He was, by the way, totally wrong.) (That would be Thomas 'Flat Earth' Friedman who has mostly been discredited on his views but still draws a hefty paycheck from This Snafugopolis ABC and "The Paper of Record" NYT and speaking "engagements" to fools who think he's smart. What a worm. -Ed.) The unifying power of McDonald's took on a new meaning on Thursday, however, as thousands of fast-food workers across the globe began to walk off the job or hold protests against McDonald's and other fast-food employers. The coordinated action is the latest escalation in the campaign that began in New York City in November 2012, when about 200 fast-food workers went on strike to demand hourly wages of $15 and the right to form a union. The so-called "Fight for 15" spread across the US, thanks to backing from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) – and organizers expect strikes and protests in 150 US cities and at least 33 countries on Thursday. With 1.8m employees in 118 countries, McDonald's is certainly a grand unifier; only Walmart employs more private-sector workers worldwide. But instead of dishing out peace and prosperity the way Friedman and other proponents of neoliberalism promised, McDonald's has been spreading low wages, abusive conditions and union-busting. ............... Click all those links to read more! YOIKES! See DN! Thursday, May 15, 2014 Fast-Food CEOs Oppose Worker Raises Despite Making 1,200 Times More Than Average Employee to feed us High Fructose Corn Syrup (sodas) and fat and salt! Think about it: if these CEOs could make maybe A QUARTER of THAT they would still enjoy a "fine" lifestyle without a beat and use that to pay their peeps to cook and sell us peeps their crap non-food. FULL DISCLOSURE: The BTV Crew has not darkened a Mickey D's doorway in over a decade! Ick. Four bucks for a big mac? Really? Their newest promo is their $10 "family pack" so you can poison yer whole family! Seriously! Ever see the lines at yer local Mickey D's in the morning? UNBELIEVABLE. See Bruce Enberg's Fries with that? Or, Do we Hang together? And we reference Mike Adams at Natural News Why McDonald's Happy Meal hamburgers won't decompose - the real story behind the story ...... The funny thing about this is that the natural health industry already covered this topic years ago. Remember Len Foley's Bionic Burger video? It was posted in 2007 and eventually racked up a whopping 2 million views on YouTube ( And this video shows a guy who bought his McDonald's hamburgers in 1989 -- burgers that still haven't decomposed in over two decades! .... And THEY want YOU to BUY more of their NON-FOOD! Go buy some nice organic steel-cut oats and eggs and coffee from, get some local fresh fruit, maybe find a local baker who makes items with organic grains and make yer own healthy breakfast! So maybe some of the fast-food workers could form a NEW business a la Mondragon Corporation model worker co-op serving REAL FOOD? Seek yer inner Capitalist! Start one now! In a related matter a Fast Food Forward action results in McDonald's protesters arrested outside HQ reports Bruce Horovitz at USA Today In a prelude to protests planned for the McDonald's annual shareholders meeting Thursday morning, police arrested 139 protesters on Wednesday afternoon outside McDonald's world headquarters in Oak Brook, Ill. Oak Brook police said protesters arrested for criminal trespass were from a group of 101 McDonald's workers and 38 clergy and union activists who chose to cross a police barricade. ..... Some of those arrested were uniform-wearing McDonald's employees who had come for the protest from 33 U.S. cities. Also arrested was Mary Kay Henry, president of the Service Employees International Union, according to the union. Police could not immediately confirm that. The union is the financial and logistical backer for Fast Food Forward, the group organizing the protests. Workers and activists — who demand $15-per-hour pay and the right for fast-food workers to try to unionize without retaliation — say they have focused on McDonald's because of its size and influence. "Workers are taking on the biggest, baddest, richest in the $200 billion fast-food industry," says Kendall Fells, leader of Fast Food Forward. "If we can bring McDonald's to the table, the road ahead will be a lot easier." The Rev. Dr. William Barber II, head of the NAACP's North Carolina chapter, led the march onto the sprawling McDonald's campus. "We can't treat corporations like people, and people like things," he said. "A living wage is a moral mandate, and it's time for McDonald's to pay fast-food workers their just due now." Fast Food Forward officials said more than 2,000 gathered for Wednesday's protest. McDonald's officials estimated the crowd at 600, and Oak Brook Police estimated the crowd at 1,000 to 1,500. Department spokeswoman Erica Huff said they arrived in 32 buses. Workers chanted "Hey McDonald's You Can't Hide, We Can See Your Greedy Side," and "No Big Macs, No Fries, Make our Wage Supersize," as the arrests were made. ......... You can help out by signing this Fast Food Forward PETITION on their website! We heard about an international world-wide polio epidemic so we looked for more info. Here's what we got.
  • WaPo - "UN : Spread of polio now a worldwidehealth emergency" We're unable to locate the page you requested
  • Stamford Advocate - "UN : Spread of polio now a worldwidehealth emergency" Item Not Found
What's up with THAT? The Atlantic sez World Health Organization: Polio Is an International Emergency Today the World Health Organization declared an international emergency around the resurgence of a vaccine-preventable infectious disease that can paralyze a kid within hours. (Or, in the WHO's ominously, passively voiced statement: "It was the unanimous view of the committee that the conditions for a Public Health Emergency of International Concern have been met.") So far in 2014, they have recorded 68 cases, almost three times as many as during the same period last year. Poliomyelitis is a highly contagious infectious disease that, in the mid-twentieth century, paralyzed or killed around half a million people every year. In the wake of Jonas Salk's 1957 vaccine, the disease became rapidly, drastically less common. In recent years, international health organizations have painted a picture of inevitability: Polio should soon be totally eliminated from Earth. This is a rosy Vine from The Gates Foundation last year: [video] But this morning the WHO committee said the international spread of polio to date in 2014 "constitutes an 'extraordinary event' and a public health risk to other [countries] for which a coordinated international response is essential." This is only the second time ever that this level of warning has come from the WHO (Influenza outbreaks in 2009 being the first). Kids aren't getting vaccinated, especially in conflict zones, and adult travelers in endemic areas aren't getting their vaccine boosters. The Geneva-based committee said that more than half of the polio cases in 2013 resulted from international spread. The WHO named Pakistan, Syria, and Cameroon as the nidi of the viral spread, labeling them "States currently exporting wild poliovirus." Afghanistan, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Israel, Somalia, and Nigeria are named as infected countries that are not currently exporting the virus. The committee recommends that all residents and travelers be re-inoculated against the virus (resident-travelers from polio-infected countries should have received one documented additional dose of the vaccine four to twelve months before any international travel), and they should be required to carry a standardized proof-of-inoculation document. All children in these countries should be inoculated or re-inoculated. OMG! Here come the anti-science anti-vaccine crowd! Why else would we be getting "page not found" errors? Post yer explanations in the BTV comments! At Alan Pyke explains Three Things Credit Suisse’s Guilty Plea To Tax Evasion Teaches Big Banks Credit Suisse is pleading guilty to criminal charges and paying a $2.6 billion fine for helping American clients cheat on their taxes over the past decade. The firm helped tens of thousands of Americans hide their wealth, kept lists of companies and accountants who could facilitate tax evasion for clients, and actively recruited U.S. citizens to use Swiss accounts as tax shelters. Monday’s announcement concludes five years of investigations and legal wrangling between the Swiss banking giant and the U.S. government, which has been pushing to curb tax evasion in recent years. The bank is one of several Swiss firms to be caught up in U.S. tax evasion probes, and Monday’s plea deal provides a signpost for other industry actors making calculations about how American authorities will handle cases like it. While the criminal charges and plea bargain make the case stand out from other recent government efforts to tackle white collar crime, the details of the settlement seem unlikely to send a strong deterrent signal to the rest of the industry. Here are the three biggest lessons the banking sector can take from how the Credit Suisse saga played out:
  1. Cooperating with the feds is better than fighting them. ........... Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday The company’s “poor cooperation in the investigation” helped lead to criminal charges, according to Reuters. As a result the bank faces a fine roughly three and a half times what UBS paid.
  2. Even pleading guilty to criminal charges won’t hurt a big bank’s bottom line. While Credit Suisse is the biggest bank to plead out criminal charges in 20 years, the deal seems unlikely to put any lasting dent in the company’s ability to make lots of money. Despite the size of the fine, the bank “expects no ‘material impact’
    on its operations from the settlement,” according to the Wall Street Journal. Credit Suisse will recoup the cost of the settlement within a few months, as the Huffington Post’s Mark Gongloff notes. ........ The bank still isn’t turning over the names of its American tax cheat clients, something that has been a key point of contention in U.S.-Swiss law enforcement negotiations in recent years.
  3. Megabanks are still “too big to jail.” ............ Yet despite the size and formality of the scheme, senior executives do not face criminal charges and will not even be forced out of their jobs under the settlement. A handful of junior bankers have been charged but that’s where the individual consequences end. Compare Credit Suisse’s experience with that of Wegelin & Co., a much smaller bank that was also Switzerland’s oldest. That firm pleaded guilty to American charges and then closed its doors forever's Mike Masnick posts this item from the hey,-look-over-there! dept Irony Alert: US Filing Criminal Charges Against China For Cyberspying Even as more and more examples of questionable surveillance by the US government are revealed, the US is apparently still trying its "hey, look over there!" strategy in response. This morning, Attorney General Eric Holder is announcing that the US has filed meaningless criminal charges against members of the Chinese military for economic espionage done via the internet. Of course, there's no chance of any actual prosecution happening here. If anything this is all just a bit of diplomatic showmanship. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised to quickly see China respond in kind with "criminal charges" being announced against folks from the NSA for the various spying that they've done on China. US officials will, as they always do, insist that what the People's Liberation Army does is "different" because it's economic espionage, in which the Chinese army breaks into networks from certain industries and companies, and shares the details with Chinese companies. The US does not appear to do the same thing directly, though there are indications of indirect economic espionage (i.e., spying on companies to then inform general US policy that might help US companies). The Chinese have (quite reasonably) questioned how there's a legitimate distinction between the different kinds of espionage. Either way, at a time when the US is under intense scrutiny for its questionable espionage efforts, including installing backdoors into US networking equipment (which is what they've accused the Chinese of doing repeatedly, despite no actual evidence), filing criminal charges against the Chinese for cyberspying... just looks really sad. It stinks of hypocrisy. Indeed. At Nation of Change we hear about Operation Monsanto Stock Plunge: Big Monsanto Stock Dump Friday, May 9th Millions were encouraged to dump Monsanto stock [on] Friday, May 9th, to give a clear message to the biotech industry that we don’t support them at all. With rallies planned across the country, as well as picketing to bring attention to companies like Fidelity that owns huge amount of Monsanto stock, activists everywhere will bring the poisoning, monopolizing Monsanto, and its supporters to their knees. Monsanto completely dominates the world seed market – for now. More than 282 million acres are currently planted with Monsanto’s vile GMO soy and corn. Over 40% of US croplands are planted with this atrocious non-food, garbage. It’s simply time to cut off Monsanto’s allowance. Many people don’t realize where Monsanto’s money comes from. Without people and institutions filtering cash into their coffers, they wouldn’t have been able to lie to farmers and consumers about GMOs, push back with illegal campaign funds, and sway governments and regulatory agencies around the globe. .......... If you want to participate, there are three easy ways that you can easily deprive Monsanto of money and stop to aid its monopoly over our food supply! Click over to divest in Monsanto! In a related matter posts "Straight from the Heart" by William Thomas (pdf) At HuffPoAOL Zach Carter and Kate Sheppard urge us to Read The Secret Trade Memo Calling For More Fracking and Offshore Drilling WASHINGTON -- The European Union is pressing the Obama administration to expand U.S. fracking, offshore oil drilling and natural gas exploration under the terms of a secret negotiation text obtained by The Huffington Post. The controversial document is an early draft of energy policies that EU negotiators hope to see adopted under the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) trade deal, which is currently being negotiated. The text was shared with American officials in September. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative declined to comment on the document. . . . Good item! Read this one now! Doctor Zoom at Wonkette tells us Big Insurance, Unaware Climate Change A Hoax, Sues Chicago For Failing To Prepare For It You know how climate change is just a big scam by liberal scientists to shake loose grant money and to force Americans to submit to socialist Big Government schemes to make everyone buy an electric car? Turns out that insurance companies, those bastions of crunchy-granola radical Marxism, are also trying to get in on the climate change scam, possibly because insurance companies are unpatriotic racists who hate freedom. Here’s the dealio: Farmer’s Insurance has filed a lawsuit against the City of Chicago and some 200 other municipalities for allegedly failing to take adequate measures to offset the effects of global climate change, which the suit claims they should have known was on the way and could have prepared for by beefing up sewers and storm drainage systems. According to CBS News:
    At the heart of the class-action lawsuits is a storm that hit the Chicago area on April 17, 2013, described by CBS station WBBM as so bad that some neighborhoods were only navigable by boat. The storm also shut down major expressways and flooded hundreds of basements and streets. ..........
Ah, the climate deniers will say, that proves nothing in the world of science, it is merely lawyers for insurance companies acting as if climate change were real! And while it’s true that scientific fact is a matter of science, not something that’s decided by a court, it’s also pretty telling that Farmers is pursuing this at all, since generally, courts do tend to take “reality” into account. And the language of the suit definitely treats the changing climate as something that’s real enough that the municipalities should have seen it coming and planned accordingly:
    “The defendant knew or should have known that climate change in Cook County has resulted in greater rain fall [sic] volume, greater rainfall intensity and greater rainfall duration than pre-1970 rainfall history evidenced, resulting in greater stormwater runoff,” the lawsuit says … ............
After all, if climate change were merely a hoax, why would the City of Chicago have adopted an Action Plan in 2008? Obviously, argues the suit, the city knew problems were coming, and knew that changes were needed…they just didn’t make those changes fast enough, so please pay Farmers all the moneez, Chicago, to offset the damage awards Farmers will need to pay out. .......
At HUFFPOAOL Shadee Ashtari finds this Pew Research poll Americans Would Rather Vote For A Philandering, Pot-Smoking President Than An Atheist One Americans would more likely support a philandering presidential candidate than an atheist one -- by an 18 percent margin -- according to a Pew Research Center poll published Monday. While 35 percent of respondents said they would be less likely to support a presidential candidate who had an extramarital affair, 53 percent of Americans indicated that not believing in God -- the trait viewed most negatively of the 16 tested -- would make them unsupportive of a candidate. ............While 70 percent of Republicans and 42 percent of Democrats expressed opposition to an atheist candidate, 49 percent of Democrats viewed a potential candidate’s atheism as irrelevant. Overall, even fewer Americans, 22 percent, would oppose a presidential candidate who has admitted to marijuana use. In addition to the 71 percent of Protestants and the 48 percent of Catholics who would be less likely to favor an atheist candidate, almost a quarter of the religiously unaffiliated, 24 percent, indicated they would be more likely to reject an atheist contender. ............ We caught this exchange in the Mike Malloy chat room:
  • BillORightsMan: wait - let me get this straight - more supported sexual encounters than atheists?
  • mikemalloy: BillORightsMan yes
Yves Smith at NakedCapitalism/com has this Guest Post by Michael Hudson: The New Cold War’s Ukraine Gambit His latest book is “The Bubble and Beyond.” This article is from a new book, Flashpoint in Ukraine, edited by Stephen Lendman. It is currently available from Clarity Press as an e-book, and soon to be printed. Finance in today’s world has become war by non-military means. Its object is the same as that of military conquest: appropriation of land and basic infrastructure, and the rents that can be extracted as tribute. In today’s world this is taken mainly in the form of debt service and privatization. That is how neoliberalism works, subduing economies by indebting their governments and using unpayably high debts as a lever to pry away the public domain at distress prices. It is what today’s New Cold War is all about. Backed by the IMF and European Central Bank (ECB) as knee-breakers in what has become in effect a financial extension of NATO, the aim is for U.S. and allied investors to appropriate the plums that kleptocrats have taken from the public domain of Russia, Ukraine and other post-Soviet economies in these countries, as well as whatever assets remain. ............ The West’s ideological victory – or more to the point, the neoliberal anti-labor, anti-government and pro-Wall Street game plan – was sealed at the Houston summit in July 1990. Russian Prime Minister Gorbachev and other Soviet leaders endorsed the World Bank/USAID plan for shock therapy, privatization, deindustrialization and a wipeout of domestic personal savings (characterized as an “overhang”) to start by impoverishing the population at large and vesting an overclass with the most unequal distribution of wealth in the Northern Hemisphere. .......... Lots more to read there! Good Item! Also catch Thom Hartmann's The Big Picture Full Show 5/22/14: Congress Passes Bullshit NSA Reform Bill Thom discusses the passing of the watered down USA Freedom Act with Code Pink's Medea Benjamin, North Carolina's push to jail people for disclosing details on fracking chemicals with Jessica... and more! BREAST CANCER STUDY: Ruthann Rudel, MS, Director of Research at was also on with Thom to discuss New study identifies priority breast carcinogens and biomonitoring methods .......We identified 17 types of chemicals that should be top targets for breast cancer prevention. These include chemicals in gasoline, diesel and other vehicle exhaust, flame retardants, stain-resistant textiles, paint removers, and disinfection byproducts in drinking water. ...... The study also demonstrates that when chemicals are shown to cause mammary cancer in rats, studies often confirm those same chemicals are associated with breast cancer in women. Women can reduce exposure to potential breast carcinogens by:
  • limiting exposure to fuel and exhaust
  • avoiding second-hand tobacco smoke
  • not purchasing stain-resistant items
  • buying furniture without polyurethane foam or asking for foam not treated with flame retardants
Read more tips here (pdf).
Also see Mother Jones for The Scary New Evidence on BPA-Free Plastics By Mariah Blake. Hartmann also notes that Congress can pass a law that sez the SCOTUS cannot RULE on ANY campaign finance LAW as stated in the U.S. Constitution Article 3 Section 2 "In all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, and those in which a State shall be Party, the supreme Court shall have original Jurisdiction. In all the other Cases before mentioned, the supreme Court shall have appellate Jurisdiction, both as to Law and Fact, with such Exceptions, and under such Regulations as the Congress shall make." And lastly THAILAND COVERAGE! NYT's Thomas Fuller reports Thailand’s Military Stages Coup, Thwarting Populist Movement. One thing we're wondering is WHO MADE (physically made - in a sweatshop somewhere) ALL THOSE Miitary UNIFORMS? And all the POLICE RIOT GEAR? Hmmmmm. The same peeps who make yer G.A.P. jeans? Are they making some of the instruments for their oppression? Maybe even continents away? Hope you're enjoying this long Memorial Day Weekend! Now back to the Brick TeeVee Garden! On tap this year are tomatoes, cukes, several varieties of lettuce, beans and peppers (from mild to Hoo Boy!), cabbage, butternut squash, zuchinni and egg plant! See you next week!


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  • Scott Armstrong, former Washington Post reporter and the founder of the National Security Archive, Randy Goodman, a photojournalist who worked and traveled with William Worthy, Jeremy Scahill, co-founder of "The Most Important Journalist You’ve Never Heard Of": Remembering William Worthy (1921-2014) We spend the hour remembering the pioneering journalist William Worthy, who died earlier this month at the age of 92. During the height of the Cold War, Worthy defied the U.S. government by reporting from the Soviet Union, Cuba, China, Iran, North Vietnam and Algeria. He also worked closely with many African-American leaders, including A. Philip Randolph and Malcolm X. In the late 1950s, the State Department refused to renew his passport after he returned from a reporting trip into China. Despite not having a passport, Worthy traveled to Cuba in 1961 — two years after the Cuban revolution — and interviewed Fidel Castro. He was arrested upon returning to the United States — not for traveling to Cuba but for entering the United States illegally — an American citizen without a passport.
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»»» FEATURED SHOW Jackson Rising: Creating the Mondragon of the South Could Jackson, Mississippi become the capital of cooperative economics in the south? Mayor Chokwe Lumumba imagined it this way, championing a vision of solidarity economics to heal the city's economic wounds and move forward into a new, more inclusive economy. ........ more!

»»» INDYCAR ON ABC The Greatest Spectacle in Racing! It's the 98th Running of the Indianapolis 500! View this year's Indianapolis 500 Starting Grid HERE! Ed Carpenter is on The Pole @ 231.067 mph and James Hinchcliffe (230.839 ) & Will Power (230.697) join him on the front row! Shaping up to be one of the all-time FASTEST Indy 500s ever! Coverage begins @ 11 am et! »»» NASCAR ON FOX It's the Coca-Cola 600 from Charlotte Motor Speedway! 48 Jimmie Johnson is on The Pole @ 194.911 mph with Brad Keselowski also on the front row @ 194.567 mph! Also very fast! Coverage begins @ 6 pm et! »»» SUNDAY NIGHT BASEBALL on ESPN Cardinals @ Reds 8 pm et
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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! Stop the FCC from Breaking the Internet The Federal Communications Commission is proposing rules that would kill — rather than protect — Net Neutrality and allow rampant discrimination online. Under these rules, telecom giants like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon would be able to pick winners and losers online and discriminate against online content and applications. And no one would be able to do anything about it. We must stop the FCC from moving forward with these rules, which would give the green light to ISPs eager to crush Net Neutrality. The agency can preserve Net Neutrality only by designating broadband as a telecommunications service under the law. Anything else is an attack on our rights to connect and communicate. Tell FCC Chairman Wheeler to throw out his proposed rules. Demand nothing less than real Net Neutrality. SIGN NOW at Stop the FCC from Breaking the Internet at NOW. Join the Day of Action on May 15! The Internet will rise up online and take to the streets. SIGN UP HERE to learn more!

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. 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! NEW!!! NATION ACTION! Stop the Comcast/Time Warner Cable Merger! GO THERE NOW!

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 "Chelsea Manning Support Network" March 19, 2014. By CMSN. PVT Manning has filed to change her name legally to "Chelsea Elizabeth Manning" and to receive hormone therapy. To show our support in this struggle, we are renaming ourselves to the "Chelsea Manning Support Network." ..... UPDATE! Defending Democracy: A presentation by Chelsea Manning's defense team, now on youtube! April 19, 2014. See Chelsea Manning's new defense team, Nancy Hollander and Vincent Ward, give their first public presentation alongside NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake, FBI whistleblower Mike German, and Support Network Organizer Emma Cape..... AND Update 4/5/14: Today marks the fourth anniversary of the release of Collateral Murder It has been four years since the public became witness to Collateral Murder, the shocking video which exposed the murder of innocent civilians and two Reuters journalists, which was released by Chelsea Manning and then published by WikiLeaks on April 5, 2010. .....

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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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    • BRADBLOG UPDATE! California Bans Undisclosed 'Dark Money' in Elections After out-of-state Koch Brothers-funded non-profits were busted spending $15 million to secretly influence two ballot initiatives in 2012, the Golden State takes action to prevent it...
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    • BRADBLOG UPDATE! VIDEO! James O'Keefe's Awesome Flim-Flam 'Frack Film' Fail As MSNBC's Chris Hayes says: 'If it's a James O'Keefe bombshell, you just wait a day for it to be debunked'. And whaddaya know...

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    This Weekend on Ring of Fire Radio! May 24, 2014 Saturdays at 3 o’clock Eastern, rebroadcasts Sunday nights at 8 pm Eastern.
    • Progressive radio and TV host Thom Hartmann will tell us why the American middle class has disappeared.
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    »» Howard Nations is going to tell us about the money coming from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Koch Brothers that is going into judicial and state attorney general races.
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    • VIDEO! RFK, Jr. and Seder: GOP Cannot Accept Climate Science (VIDEO) In the midst of countless climate studies that claim climate change is real and humans are certainly having an effect on it, the GOP continues to display their ignorance to it. Are they truly ignorant, or are they only putting on a show to appease their corporate backers? Ring of Fire’s Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Sam Seder discuss this, including Marco Rubio’s senseless comments that started the week.
    • VIDEO! Obama’s FCC Payoff To Corporations Who SPY ON YOU Tom Wheeler, chairman of the FCC, knows how the game is played in Washington, D.C. He understands that there is a quid pro quo system in place that rewards those who act like loyal lapdogs for the administration (not just this administration, but whoever happens to be in power at the time.) And after years of being servants to the federal government, telecom giants are about to get the big payday they’ve been waiting for. ..........
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    • VIDEO! Systemic Fraud Uncovered In Privatized Schools This segment originally aired on the May 18th, 2014 episode of Ring of Fire on Free Speech TV.
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    • KEISER REPORT [KR605] Keiser Report: Vietnam of Financial Fraud We discuss Max’s personal Vietnam called ‘HSBC Now’ and he is going up the Thames River of financial fraud to meet George Osborne who is sitting on a pile of skulls of the victims of austerity. We also discuss the wishes and knishes of misallocated capital. In the second half, Max interviews Andrew ‘Weev’ Auernheimer about a hedge fund called TRO LLC and a StartJOIN crowdfunding campaign to raise money to register the fund. They also discuss Weev’s lawsuit against the US government seeking compensation for wrongful imprisonment and he will only accept bitcoin as the US Federal Reserve note is backed by fraud and violence.
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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 05/19/14 The Other Scott Horton: The Other Scott Horton, human rights lawyer and writer for Harper’s Magazine, discusses new information on the 2006 Guantanamo “suicides” and the government’s cover-up; the secret CIA facility where prisoners were subjected to “learned helplessness” torture and recruited as informants; evidence that one of the three “suicide” victims remained alive for hours after the event and was denied medical help; and why the DOJ is unlikely to prosecute anyone involved.
    • Scott Horton Radio Show 05/22/14 Cindy Corrie: Cindy Corrie, President of the BTVRachel Corrie Foundation for Peace & Justice, discusses her appeal to Israel’s Supreme Court for the wrongful death of her daughter Rachel, a human rights activist who was killed in 2003 by an IDF bulldozer in Gaza.
    • Scott Horton Radio Show 05/22/14 Patrick Cockburn: Patrick Cockburn, an award-winning journalist with The Independent, discusses the rival militias positioning themselves for civil war in Libya; the surprise coup by (probably CIA-connected) General Khalifa Hifter; and Obama’s response to his own policies that have aided Al Qaeda’s efforts in the region.
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