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Snowden Revelations One Year Anniversary We'll get to our feature in a short but first we need to recap an ongoing saga of the GOPher obstructionistas in the "Do Nothing But Obstruct" Congress! NEWS FLASH! OBAMA THREATENED WITH IMPEACHMENT! Yes it's that time again in Congress! Working backward . . . . .

• June, 4th, 2014 politicususa.com Sen. Lindsey Graham Threatens Obama With Impeachment For Trying To Close GITMO

• January, 28th, 2014 politicususa.com John Boehner Threatens President Obama With Impeachment Over Use Of Executive Orders - The new talking point among Republicans now seems to be that the President is mad with power and is looking to trample on the Constitution by ignoring Congress.

• October 14, 2013 dailycurrant.com House Republicans Schedule Obama Impeachment Hearings - GOP Leaders Cite Inability to Halt Government Shutdown . . . Although most polls show that a majority of Americans blame Republicans for the shutdown, many in the Tea Party feel President Obama is at fault for not immediately acquiescing to their demands.

• May 10, 2013 Alex Seitz-Wald at Salon.com has the rest “Impeach Obama! Again!”
A GOP senator floats impeaching Obama on Benghazi. Here are 14 other crazy times they've made the same plea
  • Fast and furious ....
  • Boston bombing ....
  • Joe Sestak ....
  • Guns ....
  • Debt ....
  • Balanced budget ....
  • Immigration ....
  • DOMA ....
  • Bush tax cuts ....
  • Island giveaway conspiracy ....
  • Recess appointments ....
  • Libya ....
  • Birth certificate ....
  • Just existing ....
Lessee in eight years of Dim Son (going straight from memory) Democrats raised the impeachment bizness uh....mmmmm....uh....... ONE TIME! Once. Uno. Can you name that one time? HINT: It was on C-SPAN for over FOUR HOURS! Get the book! The 35 Articles of Impeachment and the Case for Prosecuting George W. Bush Congressman Dennis Kucinich With Additional Material by David Swanson and Elizabeth de la Vega. These articles of impeachment were introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressman Dennis Kucinich on June 9, 2008, as H. Res. 1258. WATCH SOME on UTOOB too! HOWEVER for all the bluster the Rethugs make they nit-pick the tiniest, narrowist charges instead of going for the big fishes. Wonder why? Maybe because they're all good with it? Swanson lists 27 of 35 Bush Articles of Impeachment Apply to Obama at Washington's Blog February 2, 2012 noting It was too late for Obama to exactly duplicate these offenses, as the war against Iraq was already underway. But President Obama has embraced the lies that launched that war. .................... Similarly, President Obama misled the nation about the purpose and nature of a war on Libya that has left Libya, like Iraq, in worse shape, and which has left Constitutional war powers in tatters, as the Congress declared itself opposed to the war and the war continued. ............. There is no quantitative way to measure whether Obama’s additions to the presidential powers accumulated by Bush and Bush’s predecessors equals or exceeds those added by Bush. But measured against the pre-Bush baseline, or against the written rule of law, Obama’s power abuses far outstrip Bush’s, while in the category of immediate death count Bush retains a significant lead........ See? Once again the Rethugs claim "gummint doesn't work" and go out an PROVE IT! NOT ONE of these TEABAGGERS have the common sense, dedication, education, determination and legal Constitutional chops to come up with coherant detailed legal arguments for impeachment like Dennis did. And as for the small faction of coherant civil libertarians on the right we defer to Vincent Bugliosi's The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder. Instead they go for the fox-i-fication "look at my thumb" Animal House moment and sucker punch us with semi-meaningless charges, charges certainly their boy the Witless Wonder Too Stupid to be President Moron-in-Chief Flubya committed too and they remained SILENT THEN! But now? Hoo boy! Can you say "glittering hyperbole"? Maybe "shiny object"? Waddabunchofmorans (and the low-info idiots who keep re-electing them). Look at the BTV thumb instead. We go to Global Research.ca's Paul Joseph Watson for this wrap Bilderberg Agenda Revealed: Elite Desperate to Rescue Unipolar World ......The TTIP represents an integral component of Bilderberg’s attempt to rescue the unipolar world by creating a “world company,” initially a free trade area, which would connect the United States with Europe. Just as the European Union started as a mere free trade area and was eventually transformed into a political federation which controls upwards of 50 per cent of its member states’ laws and regulations with total contempt for national sovereignty and democracy, TTIP is designed to accomplish the same goal, only on a bigger scale. The deal is being spearheaded by Obama’s U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, a Wall Street insider and a CFR member, Bilderberg’s sister organization. Froman is simultaneously helping to build another block of this global government, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which is a similar project involving Asian countries. ........ As well as TTIP and the fallout from the European election disaster, Bilderberg will be tackling a number of other key issues, most of which will revolve around the continued effort to centralize economic power under several different guises, including a carbon tax paid directly to the United Nations, with the financial hit being taken by individuals as big companies are granted special “waivers” that will allow them to continue to pollute. Yeah sure it's from Alex Jones's infowars but a stopped clock is right twice a day! Haha! But BEWARE haha! The Roving Eye of Pepe Escobar explains the Return of the living (neo-con) dead Amid much hysteria, the notion has been widely peddled in the United States that President Obama's "new" foreign policy doctrine, announced last week at West Point, rejects neo-cons and neo-liberals and is, essentially, post-imperialist and a demonstration of realpolitik. Not so fast. Although stepping back from the excesses of the Cheney regime - as in bombing whole nations into "democracy" - the "desire to lead" still crystallizes might is right. Moreover, "exceptionalism" remains the norm. Now not so blatant, but still implemented via a nasty set of tools, from financial warfare to cyber-war, from National Endowment for Democracy-style promotion of "democracy" to Joint Special Operations Command-driven counter-terrorism, drone war and all shades of shadow wars. ......... Go read all of Our Man in Pipelineistan for the big details! IMPORTANT! One of BTV's faves Lynn Stuart Parramore at AlterNet.org reports on this New Study: Walmart Scammed American Taxpayers for $104 Million by Giving Executives Obscene Bonuses The company is a parasite sucking the country dry. This just in: Walmart used a tax loophole to get you and me to pay millions to executive fatcats in undeserved bonuses. How do you like that? You probably don't like it at all, because you know that on top of that, you also fork over your tax dollars to maintain the company's system of low wages, which require Medicaid, food stamps, and other public assistance to sustain workers who do not earn enough to live on. Not to mention what you pay to maintain the roads and infrastructure Walmart uses to do business. Or what you pay to educate its workforce through public schools. Etc, etc. etc. Walmart workers can't afford to feed their children, but things are sure different at the top of the Walmart food chain, where executives gobble up stratospheric sums for doing a piss-poor job. According to a new report by the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) and Americans for Tax Fairness (ATF) Walmart managed to finagle $104 million in taxpayer subsidies over a six-year period due to tax deductions for “performance-based” executive compensation. Eight top executives were able to rake in more than $298 million in “performance pay” that was fully tax deductible. The report release comes just days before Walmart’s annual shareholder meeting on Friday, June 6. Walmart, the study reveals, was able to lower its federal tax payments by $40 million because of obscene pay packages awarded to just one executive — recently retired CEO Michael Duke. Duke took in $116 million in stock options and other performance-based compensation between 2009 and 2014. Of course, his "performance" included presiding over a slump in sales and repeated revelations of worker abuse that have damaged Walmart's reputation. But in the surreal world of corporate America, a corporate CEO can get rich running a company into the ground. (Isn't this the very same model Mitt "Headroom" Romney and Baine Capital and other such 'takeover' con men use every day to get rich while destroying otherwise whole companies? Just sayin' -Ed.) The report, "Walmart’s Executive Bonuses Cost Taxpayers Millions", finds that Walmart’s $104 million in tax savings was made possible by a loophole in U.S. tax law that allows companies to deduct unlimited amounts for performance-based compensation. Ironically, the loophole was created through a 1993 reform meant to discourage excessive executive compensation by capping the amount corporations can deduct from their income taxes for executive pay at no more than $1 million per executive. But the law backfired: It tore open a giant loophole by exempting stock options and other so-called “performance pay” from the cap. ........... If the “CEO bonus pay loophole” were closed, taxpayers would save $50 billion over 10 years, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation. In the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Doggett (D-TX) has introduced the Stop Subsidizing Multimillion Dollar Corporate Bonuses Act (H.R. 3970). Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) have introduced identical legislation (S. 1476) in the U.S. Senate. Basically, Walmart is a giant parasite, sucking on the American taxpayer to reward executives and steer the country toward even more dangerous inequality and instability. AND we'll add HOW MANY OTHER nominally U.S. corporations are taking advantage of this very loop-hole? And for how much money? To put the $104 million in perspective the Military-Industrial Complex probably pisses off this much weekly. Watch IRAQ FOR SALE to get a grip on the scale of graft engineered through laws and tax loopholes, all funded by YER TAXPAYERS DOLLARS. Mark Ames has this long expose on Pando Daily eBay Shrugged: Pierre Omidyar believes there should be no philanthropy without profit ......... Despite the sunny progressive Silicon Valley gloss we’ve been fed these past few decades, Modi’s appeal shows that the tech industry is as prone to far-right authoritarian politics as any other industry. And that is what makes the Omidyar Network story so revealing: Perhaps no other figure embodies the disconnect between his progressive anti-state image, and his factual collaboration with the American national security state and the global neoliberal agenda, than Pierre Omidyar. The role of Omidyar Network in so many major events of the past week — helping elect India’s ultranationalist leader Narendra Modi; co-funding Ukraine regime-change NGOs , resulting in a deadly civil war and Monday’s election of Ukrainian billionaire oligarch Petro Poroshenko; and now, this week’s first-ever sit-down TV interview with Edward Snowden, through an arrangement between NBC News and Pierre Omidyar’s First Look Media — shows how these contradictions are coming to the fore, and shaping our world. Omidyar’s central role in the US national security state’s global agenda may still come as a shock to outsiders and fans of First Look media’s roster of once-independent journalists. But to White House foreign policy hawks, Pierre Omidyar represents the new face of an old imperial tradition...... This is a HUGE LONG PIECE! Please read this in its entirety before continuing. From this investigative piece we can clearly see Omidyar is religiously tied to the worst of Libertarianism which manifests in the Real World as neoliberal IMF "austerity" and some abstract "hand of the 'free market'" that Omidyar ties forcefully to an exploit-the-peeps-for-my-profit model all the while professing how he is "helping" the poor. We at BTV whole-heartedly support CIVIL LIBERTARIAN goals regarding citizens privacy and overreach of federal governments; it's when We the People goals are completely replaced by Government By Private Bizness dictats aka FASCISM. By definition Omidyar is a Number One Fascist. Explain it otherwise in our comment section. Read this section, "Omidyar Network’s ugliest disaster — besides co-funding Ukraine regime-change groups with USAID — was its role in funding SKS Microfinance, whose predatory lending and debt collecting practices led to a rash of gruesome suicides in rural Andhra Pradesh" for just how ugly this man's "vision" is. PLEASE READ THIS before continuing! NEXT James Risen and Laura Poitras release more Snowden docs this time in the NYT showing how NSA Collecting Millions Of Faces From Web Images The National Security Agency is harvesting huge numbers of images of people from communications that it intercepts through its global surveillance operations for use in sophisticated facial recognition programs, according to top-secret documents. The spy agency’s reliance on facial recognition technology has grown significantly over the last four years as the agency has turned to new software to exploit the flood of images included in emails, text messages, social media, videoconferences and other communications, the N.S.A. documents reveal. Agency officials believe that technological advances could revolutionize the way that the N.S.A. finds intelligence targets around the world, the documents show. The agency’s ambitions for this highly sensitive ability and the scale of its effort have not previously been disclosed. The agency intercepts “millions of images per day” — including about 55,000 “facial recognition quality images” — which translate into “tremendous untapped potential,” according to 2011 documents obtained from the former agency contractor Edward J. Snowden. While once focused on written and oral communications, the N.S.A. now considers facial images, fingerprints and other identifiers just as important to its mission of tracking suspected terrorists and other intelligence targets, the documents show. “It’s not just the traditional communications we’re after: It’s taking a full-arsenal approach that digitally exploits the clues a target leaves behind in their regular activities on the net to compile biographic and biometric information” that can help “implement precision targeting,” noted a 2010 document. ........... It is not clear how many people around the world, and how many Americans, might have been caught up in the effort. Neither federal privacy laws nor the nation’s surveillance laws provide specific protections for facial images. Given the N.S.A.’s foreign intelligence mission, much of the imagery would involve people overseas whose data was scooped up through cable taps, Internet hubs and satellite transmissions. ......... Civil-liberties advocates and other critics are concerned that the power of the improving technology, used by government and industry, could erode privacy. “Facial recognition can be very invasive,” said Alessandro Acquisti, a researcher on facial recognition technology at Carnegie Mellon University. “There are still technical limitations on it, but the computational power keeps growing, and the databases keep growing, and the algorithms keep improving.” .......... The State Department has what several outside experts say could be the largest facial imagery database in the federal government, storing hundreds of millions of photographs of American passport holders and foreign visa applicants. And the Department of Homeland Security is funding pilot projects at police departments around the country to match suspects against faces in a crowd. ......... “We would not be doing our job if we didn’t seek ways to continuously improve the precision of signals intelligence activities — aiming to counteract the efforts of valid foreign intelligence targets to disguise themselves or conceal plans to harm the United States and its allies,” said Vanee M. Vines, the agency spokeswoman. She added that the N.S.A. did not have access to photographs in state databases of driver’s licenses or to passport photos of Americans, while declining to say whether the agency had access to the State Department database of photos of foreign visa applicants. She also declined to say whether the N.S.A. collected facial imagery of Americans from Facebook and other social media through means other than communications intercepts. “The government and the private sector are both investing billions of dollars into face recognition” research and development, said Jennifer Lynch, a lawyer and expert on facial recognition and privacy at the Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco. “The government leads the way in developing huge face recognition databases, while the private sector leads in accurately identifying people under challenging conditions.” Ms. Lynch said a handful of recent court decisions could lead to new constitutional protections for the privacy of sensitive face recognition data. But she added that the law was still unclear and that Washington was operating largely in a legal vacuum. ........... It is not clear how many images the agency has acquired. The N.S.A. does not collect facial imagery through its bulk metadata collection programs, including that involving Americans’ domestic phone records, authorized under Section 215 of the Patriot Act, according to Ms. Vines. ....... WOW! Lots more including the original documents! Click over for the rest! IN A RELATED MATTER CSMonitor's Staff writer Noelle Swan tells us NSA not amassing Americans' photos for face-recognition program, chief says Adm. Michael Rogers, chief of the National Security Agency, acknowledged Tuesday that the NSA uses facial recognition technology to investigate foreign intelligence and counterterrorism targets, but he insisted that photos of Americans are generally off limits unless those individuals are linked to an investigation of a foreign subject. “We have very specific restrictions when it comes to US persons," Rogers told attendees of a Bloomberg Government cyber-security conference, according to Bloomberg. “In broad terms, we have to stop what we’re doing if we come to the realization that somebody we’re monitoring or tracking has a US connection that we were unaware of.” .......... Rogers's comments Tuesday imply that the NSA is not routinely sweeping up and curating images of Americans online or their driver's license photos. His willingness to discuss the issue with Bloomberg marks a step toward greater NSA transparency, something the admiral has advocated since he took the helm of the NSA and US Cyber Command in April. During his Senate confirmation hearing in March, Rogers pledged to “be as transparent as possible about what we’re doing [at the NSA] and why,” Reuters reported. The NSA track record for transparency would not be described as good. Secrecy is so ingrained in the NSA mission that the organization has been jokingly referred to as No Such Agency. The series of documents made public by Mr. Snowden and cooperating news outlets over the past year has helped to cement that reputation. .............. Rogers told conference attendees that the "broad dialogue of what we’re doing and why is a good thing for us as a nation. I don’t question that for one minute,” The Guardian ‘s Spencer Akerman reports. Mr. Akerman's report notes that “he neglected to mention that the agency and its allies worked behind the scenes last month to weaken privacy and transparency provisions in a major surveillance reform bill.” We go to Marcy Wheeler for details on that "major surveillance bill" in As Snowden Leak Anniversary Approaches, Intelligence Community Prepares to Declare Victory As June 5 approaches — and with it the one year anniversary of the first reporting on Edward Snowden’s leaks — the privacy community is calling supporters to redouble efforts to improve the NSA “reform bill,” which I call the USA Freedumber Act, in the Senate. I explained here why the Senate is unlikely to improve USA Freedumber in any meaningful way. The votes just aren’t there — not even in the Senate Judiciary Committee. ...... Unless the surveillance community finds some way to defeat USA Freedumber, the intelligence community will soon be toasting themselves that they used the cover of Edward Snowden’s disclosures to expand surveillance. The “Edward Snowden Put the NSA in Your Smartphone Act,” they might call it. To prevent that, the privacy community needs to find a way to defeat USA Freedumber. It’s not enough, in my opinion, to point to the judicial review codified by USA Freedumber to accede to letting this pass. Not only doesn’t USA Freedumber end what most normal people call, “bulk collection,” but it expands collection in a number of ways. That’s true, in part, because of the way the bill defines “bulk collection.” USA Freedumber only considers something “bulk collection” if it collects all of some kind of data (so, all phone data in the US). If NSA limits collection at all — selecting to collect all the phone records from Area Code 202, for example — it no longer qualifies as bulk collection under the Intel Community definition used in the bill, no matter how broadly they’re collecting. Here’s a post where I lay that out. To make things worse, the last version of the House bill changed the term “selection term” to make it very broad: including “entities,” “addresses,” and “devices” among the things that count as a single target, all of which invite mass targeting. .......... But it’s not just that the bill doesn’t deliver what its boosters claim it does. There are 4 other ways that the bill makes the status quo worse, as I show in this post:
  • The move to telecoms codifies changes in the chaining process that will almost certainly expand the universe of data being analyzed — potentially significantly
  • In three ways, the bill would permit the use of phone chaining for purposes beyond counterterrorism, which isn’t currently permitted
  • The bill weakens the minimization procedures on upstream Section 702 collection imposed by FISC Judge John Bates in 2011, making it easier for the government to collect and keep domestic content domestically
  • The bill moves the authority to set minimization procedures for Pen Registers from FISC to the Attorney General (and weakens them significantly), thus eliminating the tool John Bates used to shut down illegal content-as-metadata collection
In my opinion, these changes mean the NSA will be able to do much of what they were doing in 2009, before what were then called abuses – but under this bill would be legalized — were discovered. That, plus they’re likely to expand the dragnet beyond terrorism targets. For a year, privacy advocates have believed we’d get reform in response to Snowden’s leaks. For too long, advocates treated HR 3361 as positive reform. But unless we defeat USA Freedumber, the Intelligence Community will have used the event of Snowden’s leaks as an opportunity to expand the dragnet.
Catch Marcy on the Scott Horton Show below for more! This is a lot like the ex post facto law the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 that was passed to give blanket legal immunity to the telecoms for illegal wiretapping that Obomber famoulsly left the campaign trail to cast his vote in the Senate. Going back to ZDNet July 9, 2008 Telecom immunity passes Senate, Obama votes yes Summary: The Senate – with a yes vote from Barack Obama and a no vote from Hillary Clinton – passed the regrettable wiretapping bill today, which grants lawsuit immunity to telecommunications companies, The Wall Street Journal reports. Despite a spirited resistance by some Democratic senators who argued against providing immunity to the phone companies, in the end the bill carried easily in a 69-28 vote. So this point in time may mark Obomber's first embrace of illegal domestic spying that has rapidly expanded during his administration! Just pass a law that makes it LEGAL! Right? RIGHT?? NEXT Daniel Elsburg writes at The Guardian Snowden would not get a fair trial – and Kerry is wrong ........ On the Today show and CBS, Kerry complimented me again – and said Snowden "should man up and come back to the United States" to face charges. But John Kerry is wrong, because that's not the measure of patriotism when it comes to whistleblowing, for me or Snowden, who is facing the same criminal charges I did for exposing the Pentagon Papers. As Snowden told Brian Williams on NBC later that night and Snowden's lawyer told me the next morning, he would have no chance whatsoever to come home and make his case – in public or in court. Snowden would come back home to a jail cell – and not just an ordinary cell-block but isolation in solitary confinement, not just for months like Chelsea Manning but for the rest of his sentence, and probably the rest of his life. His legal adviser, Ben Wizner, told me that he estimates Snowden's chance of being allowed out on bail as zero. (I was out on bond, speaking against the Vietnam war, the whole 23 months I was under indictment). More importantly, the current state of whistleblowing prosecutions under the Espionage Act makes a truly fair trial wholly unavailable to an American who has exposed classified wrongdoing. Legal scholars have strongly argued that the US supreme court – which has never yet addressed the constitutionality of applying the Espionage Act to leaks to the American public – should find the use of it overbroad and unconstitutional in the absence of a public interest defense. The Espionage Act, as applied to whistleblowers, violates the First Amendment, is what they're saying. As I know from my own case, even Snowden's own testimony on the stand would be gagged by government objections and the (arguably unconstitutional) nature of his charges. That was my own experience in court, as the first American to be prosecuted under the Espionage Act – or any other statute – for giving information to the American people. ....... And so it has been with every subsequent whistleblower under indictment, and so it would be if Edward Snowden was on trial in an American courtroom now. .......... Without reform to the Espionage Act that lets a court hear a public interest defense – or a challenge to the appropriateness of government secrecy in each particular case – Snowden and future Snowdens can and will only be able to "make their case" from outside the United States. ........... John Kerry's challenge to Snowden to return and face trial is either disingenuous or simply ignorant that current prosecutions under the Espionage Act allow no distinction whatever between a patriotic whistleblower and a spy. Either way, nothing excuses Kerry's slanderous and despicable characterizations of a young man who, in my opinion, has done more than anyone in or out of government in this century to demonstrate his patriotism, moral courage and loyalty to the oath of office the three of us swore: to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. Well said! Maybe Kerry should "man up" and retract his ridiculous statement? Nah not gonna happen! Not until Greenwald, Poitras, Ackerman, Risen et. al. find and reveal spying on Kerry himself a la German Chancellor Angela Merkel who changed her tune pretty fast when it was revealed Merkel's own phone was wiretapped. NEXT The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund releases this new report Exposed: The Hidden Role of Fusion Centers in the Nationwide Spying Operation Against Occupy The Department of Homeland Security (DHS)-funded Fusion Centers used their vast anti-terrorism and anti-crime authority and funding to conduct a sprawling, nationwide and hour-by-hour surveillance effort that targeted even the smallest activity of peaceful protestors in the Occupy Movement in the fall and winter of 2011. This spying effort was exposed in a report issued today by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) based on 4,000 pages of government documents obtained by the PCJF. The newly published documents reveal the actual workings of the Fusion Centers, created ostensibly to coordinate anti-terrorism efforts following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, in collecting and providing surveillance information on peaceful protestors. The new documents roll back the curtain on the Fusion Centers and show the communications, interactions and emails of a massive national web of federal agents, officials, police, and private “security” contractors. They accumulated and shared information reporting on all manner of peaceful and lawful political activity that took place during the Occupy movement, from protests and rallies to meetings and educational lectures. This enormous spying and monitoring apparatus included the Pentagon, FBI, DHS, police departments and chiefs, private contractors and commercial business interests. PCJF Executive Director Mara Verheyden-Hilliard stated: "The U.S. Fusion Centers are using their vast counter-terrorism resources to target the domestic social justice movement as a criminal or terrorist enterprise. This is an abuse of power and corruption of democracy." ........ Read the full report! The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund has also initiated a nationwide campaign to flood Congress and the President with letters demanding that the Fusion Centers be de-funded and ended immediately. Good item! Get busy! PCJF also advises End the NSA's Dragnet Surveillance Program! "Congress must abolish and ban the bulk collection of data on the telecommunications of the people of this country and the world. Take action now!" Elliott Negin from the Union of Concerned Scientists writes at EcoWatch.com Nuclear Front Groups Spread Disinformation to Cover Industry Assets According to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, Exelon has spent nearly $8 million on political campaigns since 2008, more than any other private electric utility. Over that same time period, Exelon also spent $34.6 million on lobbying, putting it in the top 10 among electric utilities. In addition, Exelon is one of the biggest corporate donors to trade associations, pro-business alliances and other politically active nonprofits, according to a January report by the Center for Public Integrity. In 2012, Exelon gave $13.6 million to approximately two dozen nonprofits, the second-largest amount voluntarily disclosed among the Fortune 300 companies CPI reviewed. Exelon’s lobbyists also have enjoyed unparalleled access to the Obama Administration, according to an Aug. 2012 New York Times exposé. The Times provided several examples of how the company exerted its influence, including delaying and weakening a proposed EPA rule to prevent power plant water intake systems from killing fish and other aquatic life. The Times also reported that Exelon joined with NEI and other plant owners to challenge the NRC’s post-Fukushima safety recommendations. Specifically, they opposed a proposed requirement that they install filters on hardened vents at 31 boiling water reactors to help prevent radiation discharges into the environment in the event of an accident. Those reactors are similar in design to the six at the Fukushima facility. Filtered vents are now required in Japan and much of Europe, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission technical staff recommended they be installed here. But Exelon and the rest of the U.S. nuclear industry, loathe to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on filters, insist there are other ways to achieve the same result and lobbied hard to avoid the upgrade. ............ The industry prevailed—for the time being. Despite the fact that the NRC technical staff provided ample evidence that filtered vents are a sensible, cost-effective measure that would protect nearby communities, NRC commissioners issued an order requiring owners of the 31 reactors to upgrade their hardened vents that stopped short of requiring filters. Instead, the commissioners gave their staff two years to review all the options for reducing radiation releases. The NRC will then open the proposed rule to public comment and finalize it by the end of 2017. ............ To be sure, nuclear power is the largest source of low-carbon electricity in the country, a major selling point. But Nuclear Matters’ website ominously warns that “the closings of just a handful of nuclear energy plants would have a devastating environmental impact on our country and make it nearly impossible for us to meet our clean energy or carbon reduction goals.” Is that right? Not quite. As it turns out, ramping up renewables—especially wind and solar—and energy efficiency could replace a significant amount of nuclear generation, and do it in a hurry. Let’s look at the numbers. ............... In other words, renewables and efficiency could go a long way to replace nuclear plants—and retiring coal plants—to dramatically reduce U.S. carbon emissions. ................ But you’re not going to hear about the potential of renewables and energy efficiency from Nuclear Matters. Exelon started the front group for the same reason NEI created the CASEnergy Coalition: to prop up the nuclear industry. And not only does Exelon want state and federal authorities to rescue its financially ailing reactors, it also has another goal in mind. A key component of Exelon’s game plan is to hamstring its low-carbon competition, namely the wind and solar industries. The Man that coined the phrase "NO NUKES" back in the 1970s Harvey Wasserman explains further in this TruthDig News Flash: Fukushima Is Still a Disaster THE MEDIA IGNORES IT, BUT FUKUSHIMA STILL THREATENS US ALL! The corporate media silence on Fukushima has been deafening even though the melted-down nuclear power plant’s seaborne radiation is now washing up on American beaches. Ever more radioactive water continues to pour into the Pacific. At least three extremely volatile fuel assemblies are stuck high in the air at Unit 4. Three years after the March 11, 2011, disaster, nobody knows exactly where the melted cores from Units 1, 2 and 3 might be. Amid a dicey cleanup infiltrated by organized crime, still more massive radiation releases are a real possibility at any time. Radioactive groundwater washing through the complex is enough of a problem that Fukushima Daiichi owner Tepco has just won approval for a highly controversial ice wall to be constructed around the crippled reactor site. No wall of this scale and type has ever been built, and this one might not be ready for two years. Widespread skepticism has erupted surrounding its potential impact on the stability of the site and on the huge amounts of energy necessary to sustain it. Critics also doubt it would effectively guard the site from flooding and worry it could cause even more damage should power fail. Meanwhile, children nearby are dying. The rate of thyroid cancers among some 250,000 area young people is more than 40 times normal. According to health expert Joe Mangano, more than 46 percent have precancerous nodules and cysts on their thyroids. This is “just the beginning” of a tragic epidemic, he warns. There is, however, some good news—exactly the kind the nuclear power industry does not want broadcast. ......... But last month a Japanese court denied a corporate demand to restart two newer reactors at the Ooi power plant in Fukui prefecture. The judges decided that uncertainty about when, where and how hard the inevitable next earthquake will hit makes it impossible to guarantee the safety of any reactor in Japan. In other words, no reactor can reopen in Japan without endangering the nation, which the court could not condone. Such legal defeats are extremely rare for Japan’s nuclear industry, and this one is likely to be overturned. But it dealt a stunning blow to Abe’s pro-nuke agenda. In Fukushima’s wake, the Japanese public has become far more anti-nuclear. .......... In the meantime, Abe’s infamous, intensely repressive state secrets act has seriously constrained the flow of technical information. At least one nuclear opponent is being prosecuted for sending a critical tweet to an industry supporter. A professor jailed for criticizing the government’s handling of nuclear waste has come to the U.S. to speak. The American corporate media have been dead silent or, alternatively, dismissive about the radiation now washing up on our shores, and about the extremely dangerous job of bringing intensely radioactive fuel rods down from their damaged pools. ........ Fukushima’s General Electric reactors feature spent fuel pools perched roughly 100 feet in the air. When the tsunami hit, thousands of rods were suspended over Units 1, 2, 3 and 4. According to nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen, the bring-down of the assemblies in Unit 4 may have hit a serious snag. Gundersen says that beginning in November 2013, Tokyo Electric Power removed about half of the suspended rods there. But at least three assemblies may be stuck. The more difficult half of the pile remains. And the pools at three other units remain problematic. An accident at any one of them could result in significant radiation releases, which have already far exceeded those from Chernobyl and from the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. At least 300 tons of heavily contaminated Fukushima water still pour daily into the Pacific. Hundreds more tons are backed up on site, with Tepco apologists advocating they be dumped directly into the ocean without decontamination. Despite billions of dollars in public aid, Tepco is still the principal owner of Fukushima. The “cleanup” has become a major profit center. Tepco boasted a strong return in 2013. Its fellow utilities are desperate to reopen other reactors that netted them huge annual cash flow. Little of this has made its way into the American corporate media. New studies from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission have underscored significant seismic threats to American commercial nuclear sites. Among those of particular concern are two reactors at Indian Point just north of New York City, which sit near the highly volatile Ramapo Fault, and two at Diablo Canyon, between Los Angeles and San Francisco, directly upwind of California’s Central Valley. ............... While the American reactor industry continues to suck billions of dollars from the public treasury, its allies in the corporate media seem increasingly hesitant to cover the news of post-Fukushima Japan. In reality, those gutted reactors are still extremely dangerous. An angry public, whose children are suffering, has thus far managed to keep all other nukes shut in Japan. If they keep them down permanently, it will be a huge blow to the global nuke industry—one you almost certainly won’t see reported in the American corporate media. The Brick TeeVee Crew must add that the nearby Davis-Besse reactor is based on the same GE design that put "spent fuel pools perched roughly 100 feet in the air" and has had multiple serious problems over the years. At nuclear-news.net Chernobyl, Fukushima… Davis-Besse? Northwest Ohio Nuclear Plant Still Causing Problems With No End in Sight The Davis-Besse nuclear power plant, near Toledo, is in the midst of $600-million infrastructure overhaul (financed by the plant’s operator, Akron’s FirstEnergy Corp.), which will include the replacement of two mammoth steam generators and will employ around 2,300 people in rural Ottawa County. According to one study, the upgrades will generate roughly $150 million for the state. That all sounds like a really non-ironic big whoop, except the anti-nuclear crowd has been raising a collective index finger and clearing a collective throat, urging folks to oppose Davis-Besse and its bid for a 20-year operating license renewal in 2017. Davis-Besse, opponents testify, has had the most high-level structural violations per reactor in the country since 2001. The latest in a series of cracks and corrosions is neither a crack nor a corrosion, but rather an “air bubble,” as described by the plant’s operator. It was uncovered earlier this month when the reactors were shut down for upgrades. According to reports, the air bubble is 6-12 inches wide and runs the length of a 25-foot gap in the reactor’s concrete protective shield. New concrete was poured back in 2011 when the reactor’s lid was replaced. ............ David Lochbaum, an engineer with the Union of Concerned Scientists, says that the issues at Davis-Besse are consistent with issues “industry-wide” related to concrete containment towers. Plants in both Florida and New Hampshire (both similar plants, with Babcock and Wilcox corporate parentage) have shut down since 2009 because of costly expenses related to concrete repair. “It’s been around since the Romans,” says Lochbaum, of concrete, “and I think some complacency may have set in. Just because it’s not rocket science doesn’t mean you can’t mess it up.” Davis-Besse has messed it up repeatedly. In addition to corrosion and cracking which led to a two-year shutdown back in 2002, a “spiderweb” of cracks was discovered in 2011 when a hole was punched in the concrete during the lid replacement. Kevin Kamps is the Director of Radioactive Waste at Beyond Nuclear, the anti-nuclear outfit leading the charge against Davis-Besse’s license renewal. He says the current air bubble was in fact the result of a re-sealing “rush job” in 2011. FirstEnergy knew about the cracks, Kamps says, but didn’t want the public to know and wanted to get the reactors operating again as quickly as possible. Same story when the air bubble was discovered. “[FirstEnergy] rushed in a PR manner to ensure the public that there was no risk of any kind,” Kamps says, “but the concrete containment wall is there to prevent a mother lode of radioactivity from being released, and here nearly 50 percent of it was absent. I don’t think there’s any engineering analysis to back up their claims.” Moreover, Kamps and the coalition against the FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Commission are dismayed that Davis-Besse’s new generators (constructed by Babcock and Wilcox up in Ontario, with significant changes) have been okayed without an NRC license amendment proceeding. From a press release in May 2013:
    “The coalition contends that FENOC’s shortcut on safety risks repeating the same sort of dangerous mistakes made at the San Onofre nuclear power plant in southern California. In January 2012 a steam generator tube rupture at San Onofre released radioactivity to the environment, and led to the discovery of widespread tube degradation in replacement steam generators just a year or two old.” “It’s really a big experiment,” Kamps contends, “but it’s turned into a multi-billion dollar fiasco at San Onofre.”
The new generators are necessary from a safety standpoint, but Beyond Nuclear and others are wary of the changes, the additional tubes in particular. ............. Kamps knows how he wants to look at it: “[Davis-Besse is] a poster child for coming very, very close to major disaster,” he says. “And it’s all about the company’s bottom line. They put more tubes in just to generate more heat to generate more electricity to generate more money. That’s it.”
The BTV Crew has several roofs in the compound that are nearing or passed their 25-year life. We are looking now at the most cost-effective ways of replacing plain old tar shingles with SOLAR PANELS while maintaining the roof's integrity. For comparison a new traditional roof is about $4000-$6000 for an average roof job. If yer roof already has two layers of shingles BY CODE you have to do a 'tear-off' adding additional cost. So if you have to do a tear-off (and fix parts of the understructure possibly), why not do SOLAR PANELS at that point? Our guesstimates think the cost will be DOUBLE but we have to factor in how long it will take for the solar electricity will PAY OFF this investment. By now you've heard Germany sets new solar power record, institute says (Reuters) - German solar power plants produced a world record 22 gigawatts of electricity per hour - equal to 20 nuclear power stations at full capacity - through the midday hours on Friday and Saturday, the head of a renewable energy think tank said. The German government decided to abandon nuclear power after the Fukushima nuclear disaster last year, closing eight plants immediately and shutting down the remaining nine by 2022. They will be replaced by renewable energy sources such as wind, solar and bio-mass. Norbert Allnoch, director of the Institute of the Renewable Energy Industry (IWR) in Muenster, said the 22 gigawatts of solar power per hour fed into the national grid on Saturday met nearly 50 percent of the nation's midday electricity needs...... Think of the retraining of all those roofers! Think of all the jobs that could be created! And by retraining the roofers to install "solar shingles" it creates demand which "should" lower costs, that is until the Big Industry Players get into the game and get lawmakers to pass counter-productive measures like this ALEC-led measure Oklahoma Will Charge Customers Who Install Their Own Solar Panels Oklahoma residents who produce their own energy through solar panels or small wind turbines on their property will now be charged an additional fee, the result of a new bill passed by the state legislature and expected to be signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin (R). On Monday, S.B. 1456 passed the state House 83-5 after no debate. The measure creates a new class of customers: those who install distributed power generation systems like solar panels or small wind turbines on their property and sell the excess energy back to the grid. While those with systems already installed won’t be affected, the new class of customers will now be charged a monthly fee — a shift that happened quickly and caught many in the state off guard. “We knew nothing about it and all of a sudden it’s attached to some other bill,” Ctaci Gary, owner of Sun City Oklahoma, told ThinkProgress. “It just appeared out of nowhere.” ......... “It is unfortunate that some utilities that enthusiastically support wind power for their own use are promoting a regressive policy that will make it harder for their customers to use wind power on their own,” said Mike Bergey, president & CEO of Bergey Windpower in Norman, Oklahoma, in a statement. “Oklahoma offers tax credits for large wind turbines which are built elsewhere, but wants to penalize small wind which we manufacture here in the state? That makes no sense to me.” ........... Net metering laws have come under fire from the secretive American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a group backed by fossil fuel corporations, utility companies, and the ultra-conservative Koch brothers. Forty-three states and the District of Columbia currently have net metering policies in place and ALEC has set its sights on repealing them, referring to homeowners with their own solar panels as “freeriders on the system.” ALEC presented Gov. Fallin the Thomas Jefferson Freedom award last year for her “record of advancing the fundamental Jeffersonian principles of free markets, limited government, federalism and individual liberty as a nationally recognized leader.” Oklahoma “could be the first complete defeat for solar advocates in their fight against utility efforts to recover costs lost to DG [distributed generation] use,” writes Utility Dive. ...... WOW! The Sunday morning light is creeping in and we need some SLEEP! Throw bricks at all the idiots on yer teevee during the Sunday Morning Funnies and get some fresh perspectives and real news from all our regulars below! Get busy! We'll see you next Sunday!

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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.

StrikeDebt.org & RollingJubilee.org! 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! AcheAct.org 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).

Community-Wealth.org community-wealth.org a project of the Democracy Collaborative at the University of Maryland Community-Wealth.org 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 C-W.org—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 Community-Wealth.org!

NET NEUTRALITY! SaveTheInternet.com 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 freepress.net 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 StopTheCap.com! 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 www.ourfuture.org

MOVE TO AMEND! www.movetoamend.org 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 www.savedemocracy.net GET INVOLVED! And Alan Grayson is BACK in the 113th Congress! Help out at CongressmanWithGuts.com and check out his latest effort DontAttackSyria.com!

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 CourageToResist.org 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. .....

DONATE YOUR OLD CELL PHONES TO T.J. MARTELL FOUNDATION Help save lives. Donate your old & used iPhone, Blackberries, Droid and other phones to help the T.J. Martell Foundations fund life-saving cancer & AIDS research. For more information, go to www.tjmartellfoundation.org

CELLULAR PHONE TASK FORCE EDUCATION, ADVOCACY, SUPPORT at CellPhoneTaskForce.org 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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    • ROUNDTABLE: Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., ABC News political analyst Matthew Dowd, Fusion’s “AM Tonight” host Alicia Menendez, former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, Wall Street Journal editorial page editor Paul Gigot, and editor and publisher of The Nation Katrina vanden Heuvel.


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  • Meet the Press (NBC) Host David Gregory
    Microsoft, NBC News Dissolve MSNBC.com Joint Venture NBC is buying Microsoft's 50 percent interest in the MSNBC website for an undisclosed amount. MSNBC.com will be rebranded as NBCNews.com, and readers who logged into MSNBC.com late Sunday were automatically redirected to NBCNews.com. Microsoft is preparing to launch its own news service this fall. Although he declined to provide many details about the operation general manager of MSN.com Bob Visse said the news staff will be about the same size as the roughly 100 people who created original content for the MSNBC.com. "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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    • State of the Union extra: John Kerry reflects on his roots with an exclusive tour of the French village where his grandparents met before World War II.
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    'Green News Report' - June 5, 2014 IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Republicans attack Obama EPA's proposed CO2 emissions standards... but they were FOR emissions cuts before they were against them; Good news for endangered wolves; PLUS: Los Angeles oil spill exposes gaping hole in pipeline oversight ... All that and more in today's Green News Report! IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links at site): Pessimist Ezra Klein's 7 reasons America will fail on climate change; G7 leaders back 2015 climate deal to build on U.S. momentum; Report: faulty blowout preventer, corporate culture at fault in BP oil disaster; Court rejects BP suit to avoid paying federal fines and damages for Gulf spill; Corporate spies infiltrated Australia anti-coal group; CA fracking moratorium voted down by oil-funded legislators; China aims to cap greenhouse gas output soon; Monarch butterfly decline linked to spread of GM crops ... PLUS: Latest 'COSMOS' Episode on Global Warming Turns a 'Denier' into 'Believer' ... and much, MUCH more! ...
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    • PBC News & Comment 4 Jun 2014PBC News & Comment: Daniel Ellsberg Announces New Whistleblower Organization Pentagon Papers hero Dan Ellsberg joins NSA whistleblowers and others in forming ExposeFacts, to facilitate important new disclosures……..
    • PBC News & Comment 6 Jun 2014 PBC News & Comment: Vodaphone Reveals Hard-Wired Backdoor for Surveillance As we mark the start of Snowden Year 2, world’s second biggest phone carrier reveals direct taps by unnamed government….
    • PBC Standard Podcast June 3, 2014 Medical Cannabis Activist Steve DeAngelo Comments on House Vote to Block Prosecutions of Legal Dispensaries Steve DeAngelo is co-founder and executive director of the nonprofit Harborside Health Center, and joins us to comment on the House amendment that blocks funding for prosecution of state-legal medical cannabis dispensaries.
    • PBC Standard Podcast June 5, 2014 Expert Views on Guantanamo Controversey: Journalist Andy Worthington and Attorney Jon Eisenberg As political leaders attack Obama for swap of Taliban prisoners and ignore important related issues, we talk with journalist Andy Worthington about the Bergdahl trade and lawyer Jon Eisenberg about the legal battle over force-feeding Gitmo hunger strikers.


  • Ring of Fire Radio
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    Find us at http://ringoffireradio.com and http://goleft.tv/ hosted by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Mike Papantonio and Sam Seder
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    This Weekend on Ring of Fire Radio! May 30, 2014 Saturdays at 3 o’clock Eastern, rebroadcasts Sunday nights at 8 pm Eastern.
    • This week on The Best of Ring of Fire Radio: Daniel Ellsberg will be here to discuss the domestic spying programs of the federal government.
    • Former CIA attorney John Rizzo will be here to tell us about some of the most secretive activities of our federal government.
    • Author David Bromwich will tell us why many of President Obama’s campaign promises have fallen flat over the years.
    • And Dr. Tom Schneider will join us to discuss his new book “A Physician’s Apology.”
    • NEW! This Week on Ring of Fire on Free Speech TV! June 7, 2014 Sundays at NOON!
    »» Farron Cousins will be sitting in for Mike Papantonio this week.
    »» Howard Nations will tell us why the Tea Party seems to be failing as both a political movement as well as a social movement.
    »» Michael Burg will explain what is motivating the Republicans’ attacks on the Pentagon after the military deemed climate change a “national security threat.”
    »» And we’ll listen to Pap and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.’s discussion on the history of corporate fraud against the government.
    Ring of Fire’s Weekly Rewind Posted on May 31, 2014 by Joshua De Leon - Ring of Fire’s top stories from the past week.
    • VIDEO! THE HISTORY OF CORPORATE CORRUPTION & FRAUD with Robert Kennedy Jr & Mike Papantonio “Call us if you have a personal story about Fraud on Taxpayers or False Claims for Payment made by Corportations at 1-866-389-FIRE (3473) or contact us by email at info@ringoffireradio.com if you have evidence of fraud that robbed taxpayer dollars. If our government is paying too much due to fraud by a corporation, Ring of Fire wants to do a story on it.” Also see Papantonio & Kennedy on Corporate Corruption and Fraud — Pt. 1/4
    Ring of Fire’s Weekly Rewind Posted on June 7, 2014 by Joshua De Leon
    Sam Seder On Progressive Voices Our friend, Ed Schultz, will no longer be doing his regularly scheduled radio program. Thom Hartmann will be moving to Ed’s weekday spot from noon to 3 p.m. from his usual 3 – 6 p.m. slot. Sam Seder is taking the Ring of Fire radio show live weekday afternoons from 3-6 PM East and Noon – 3 PM West on radio stations nationwide, and The Progressive Voices Network on TuneIn. Listeners can also expect Mike Papantonio and Bobby Kennedy to drop by regularly. .........
    • VIDEO! Jon Stewart: Even Gun Nuts are Scared of Gun Nuts by Joshua Schwitzerlett - The NRA has been flip-flopping on its position regarding recent open carry demonstrations. Leave it to Jon Stewart to show just how contradictory things have become. In the end, it’s “all just a business plan for arms dealers.”
    • Join our blog at www.ringoffireradio.com. You can now SUBSCRIBE TO OUR PODCAST by clicking on the "Podcast" tab at the top of the Ring of Fire blog. Please help support progressive radio by signing up! Ring of Fire Radio Ring of Fire, hosted by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Mike Papantonio and Sam Seder: Saturdays at 3 o’clock Eastern, rebroadcasts 7-10 et Sunday evenings on Chicago's Progressive Talk WCPT AM & FM and 4 pm et on Sirius/XM 167 featuring The PAP Attack! "We’ll bring you the stories that the mainstream media didn’t feel like reporting this week."


  • Majority Report with Sam Seder Streaming LIVE weekdays 12 NOON et @ Majority.fm!

    • MONDAY 6/2 Amanda Marcotte: “Pick Up Artists" & The Threat of Misogyny
    • TUESDAY 6/3/14 Dave Zirin: Brazil’s Dance with the Devil: The World Cup, the Olympics, and the Fight for Democracy
    • WEDNESDAY 6/4/14 Ian Millhiser: Seven Big Cases That Could Change America & Adam Green: & Progressive Primary Victories
    • THURSDAY 6/5/14 Suresh Naidu: Capital Eats the World
    • FRIDAY 6/6/14 Casual Friday: Cliff Schecter & Andy Kindler
    • MORE Podcast Interviews at majorityfm.libsyn.com!


  • KEISER REPORT Podcasts and more @ MaxKeiser.com!
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    WHO IS MAX KEISER? Max Keiser is a financial expert, Prediction Markets analyst, inventor and filmmaker. He is the creator of the Hollywood Stock Exchange (HSX) the first Prediction Market. Max Keiser co-hosts "The Truth About Markets" on ResonanceFM 104.4 in London. He also produces and presents documentary films covering markets and finance for Al Jazeera’s "People & Power" series. Max Keiser started his career on Wall Street in 1983. He is the creator of KarmaBanque a site that enables activists to challenge corporate power.
    • VISIT PirateMyFilm.com!!! Crowd Funding for Pirates!
    • MaxKeiserTV on YouTube! MaxKeiserTV
    KEISER REPORT ON FACEBOOK STACY SUMMARY: For once and for all, here are our real Facebook pages, the other ones are fake. But if you feel like chatting to the fake ones, by all means, go ahead.
    »» Max Keiser
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    Assange: How cryptography is a key weapon in the fight against empire states by maxkeiser - READ What began as a means of retaining individual freedom can now be used by smaller states to fend off the ambitions of larger ones (guardian.co.uk)
    Vodafone reveals existence of secret wires that allow state surveillance by Stacy Herbert — Stacy Summary: Get rid of your mobile phone and similar tracking devices. Restore your dignity, your right to privacy. Remember true intimacy. Don’t be willingly industrially farmed. Read Vodafone reveals existence of secret wires that allow state surveillance Vodafone of the world’s largest mobile phone groups, has revealed the existence of secret wires that allow government agencies to listen to all conversations on its networks, saying they are widely used in some of the 29 countries in which it operates in Europe and beyond. ....... The company said wires had been connected directly to its network and those of other telecoms groups, allowing agencies to listen to or record live conversations and, in certain cases, track the whereabouts of a customer. Privacy campaigners said the revelations were a “nightmare scenario” that confirmed their worst fears on the extent of snooping.....
    • VIDEO! Snowden risked everything, survived, now in ‘safest place on globe’ – Ray McGovern by maxkeiser —
    • VIDEO! David Cay Johnston: The Perils Of Our Growing Inequality by Stacy Herbert — David Cay Johnston interviewed about his new book, "Divided: The Perils of Our Growing Inequality".
    The Biggest Policy Mistake of the Great Recession: Bailing Out the Banks, Not People by Stacy Herbert — Stacy Summary: It appears there is a book out by some more mainstream economists basically saying everything that Steve Keen has been saying for years regarding household debt as the most important factor in the financial crisis. READ The Biggest Policy Mistake of the Great Recession (thefiscaltimes.com) ...... But, of course, as the authors note, they were treated as if they were radical Occupy Wall Streeters when pitching to publishers. This is part of the ideology accepted by both the elite, government policymakers and the subjects of their relentless propaganda as I would guess that over 50% of the population would support the actions that were taken: .....
    • KEISER REPORT [KR609] Keiser Report: Bond Bubble Burst We discuss investors picking up nickels in front of steamrollers as both stocks and bonds soar. In the second half, Max interviews Ian Fraser, author of Shredded: Inside RBS, The Bank That Broke Britain. They discuss how the bank rigged Libor (and could go bust because of the fines and the ongoing criminal investigations), mispricing assets (with a little help from compliant regulators and complicit auditors) and kneecapping companies out of spite (just because).
    • KEISER REPORT [KR610] Keiser Report: Towers of Toxic Debt In this episode of the Keiser Report, we discuss fraud moving from pushing crack under the bridge to pushing paper through the government while investors live on the virtual free range where they are financially sheared, not slaughtered. In the second half, Max interviews the writer, Alex Oates, and director, Dominic Shaw, of Silk Road, The Play, for which they are seeking crowdfunding. They discuss drug dealing 2.0, the next generation; bitcoin; Geordies; the Edinburgh Festival and crowdfunding art.
    • KEISER REPORT [KR611] Keiser Report: Bonds Burn & Prices Double We discuss, “Bubble bubble toil and trouble. Bonds burn and prices double. And eye of newt, and toe of frog, wool of bat, and tongue of dog, cost more than you can afford” as savings gets harder with negative rates and China scrambles to find a whole lot of rehypothecated metals. In the second half, Max interviews Alasdair Macleod of GoldMoney.com about Chinese gold, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and missing gold.
    • THE TRUTH ABOUT MARKETS The Truth About Markets in Sheffield Download show HERE (mp3)
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  • The Scott Horton Radio Show
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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 Antiwar.com, 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 - http://kpfk.org), 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 LibertyExpressRadio.com, as well as NoAgenda and my own stream....... New show hours effective 5/26/2014: 12-3 PM Eastern!
    • Scott Horton Radio Show 06/03/14 Marcy Wheeler: Blogger Marcy Wheeler discusses how Congress’s NSA “reform” bill is actually enabling the NSA to spy even more broadly than before.
    • Scott Horton Radio Show 06/04/14 Will Grigg: Will Grigg, keeper of the Pro Libertate blog, discusses why the war on drugs is essentially a war on the American people; local law enforcement agencies using weapons of war on civilians; equating drug dealers with domestic terrorists; and why drug task forces should be dismantled immediately – for a start.
    • Scott Horton Radio Show 06/05/14 Adam Morrow: Adam Morrow, a Cairo-based journalist with IPS News, discusses Egypt’s quick descent from democracy to military dictatorship; the ridiculous nearly-unanimous results in President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi’s election; the crackdown on political dissidents and critical media outlets; and a retrospective of the 2011 Egyptian revolution/counterrevolution.
    • Scott Horton Radio Show 06/06/14 Eric Margolis: Eric Margolis, an award-winning, internationally syndicated columnist, discusses what’s behind the violent conflict in eastern Ukraine and how US mission creep into Eastern Europe risks nuclear war with Russia.
    • Older interviews at Antiwar Radio!


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    • Cheryl Brandes and Ken Luccioni, the mother and step-father of Army Pfc. Matthew Martinek, are now calling for a full investigation into Bergdahl and his release


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