Video: The Food Bubble – How Wall Street Starved Millions and Got Away With It – Amy Goodman

(DemocracyNow) – While Goldman Sachs agreed to pay $550 million to resolve a civil fraud lawsuit filed by the SEC, Goldman has not been held accountable for many of its other questionable investment practices. A new article in Harper’s Magazine examines the role Goldman played in the food crisis of 2008 when the ranks of the world’s hungry increased by 250 million. We speak to Harper’s contributing editor Frederick Kaufman. Video Link Here

Schama: Are the Guillotines Being Sharpened?

(NakedCapitalism) – Simon Schama tonight warns in the Financial Times that revolutionary rage is close to the boiling point in Europe and the US :

Historians will tell you there is often a time-lag between the onset of economic disaster and the accumulation of social fury. In act one, the shock of a crisis initially triggers fearful disorientation; the rush for political saviours; instinctive responses of self-protection, but not the organised mobilisation of outrage… Continue reading

Video: Greece erupts as men from IMF prepare to wield axe

(SundayTimes) – MAY DAY protests in Greece turned violent yesterday as youths in gas masks and hoods set fire to vehicles, smashed shop fronts and threw molotov cocktails and rocks at police in an explosion of fury over austerity measures they claim will hurt only the poor.

Tourists were cut off from their hotels as thousands of communists, civil servants and private-sector workers converged on a main square in Athens to vent their rage at the European Union and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Continue reading

Health News

(DukeHealth) – High Fructose Corn Syrup Linked to Liver Scarring

High fructose corn syrup, which is linked to obesity, may also be harmful to the liver, according to Duke University Medical Center research. Read More Here

(ABC) – WellPoint Routinely Targets Breast Cancer Patients

They had no idea that WellPoint was using a computer algorithm that automatically targeted them and every other policyholder recently diagnosed with breast cancer. The software triggered an immediate fraud investigation, as the company searched for some pretext to drop their policies, according to government regulators and investigators. Read More Here

(NaturalNews) – Big Brother doctors say patients don’t need to see their imaging test results

If you are an American, you probably assume that this is a free country. So if you agree to undergo imaging tests — which cost you or your insurance company hundreds and even thousands of dollars and may subject you to radiation — you have every right to see the results. Read More Here

(Guardian) – ‘Toxic stew’ of chemicals causing male fish to carry eggs in testes

Intersex fish, found across the US, result from a mix of drugs that mimic natural hormones, say scientists Read More Here

(AlterNet) – How the Top 5 Supermarkets Waste Food

In a nation where millions go hungry, some of the food supermarkets throw out could feed people in need. But not every grocery chain cares. Read More Here

(CNN) – Three-fourths of youth unfit for military service – Jack Cafferty

With the U.S. fighting two wars and threats like a potentially nuclear-armed Iran on the horizon, there is a very scary truth that needs to be addressed. Read More Here

Nine Myths about Socialism in the US – Bill Quigley

So divorced from reality is the American political conversation, it becomes necessary to defend the good name of socialism by explaining that no such thing exists in the U.S. In fact, the United States government does less for its citizens than most of the rest of the world’s developed industrial nations.

“More of the rich stay rich and more of the poor stay poor here in the US.”

Glenn Beck and other far right multi-millionaires are claiming that the US is hot on the path towards socialism. Part of their claim is that the US is much more generous and supportive of our working and poor people than other countries. People may wish it was so, but it is not.

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America: The Grim Truth

(InfoClearingHouse) – You have the worst quality of life in the developed world – by a wide margin.

If you had any idea of how people really lived in Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and many parts of Asia, you’d be rioting in the streets calling for a better life. In fact, the average Australian or Singaporean taxi driver has a much better standard of living than the typical American white-collar worker. Continue reading

Wall Street Oligarchy and American Empire

(Infowars) – Citibank’s recent announcement that it may require seven days notice prior to honoring withdrawals is just the latest small brushstroke on a much larger canvas being painted by the banking system and the US government.  The broader picture is shocking for those watching as it comes into view.  Americans must heed Martin Luther King’s warning, “today our very survival depends on our ability to stay awake.” Continue reading

Terrorism: The Most Meaningless and Manipulated Word – Glenn Greenwald

(Salon) – Yesterday, Joseph Stack deliberately flew an airplane into a building housing IRS offices in Austin, Texas, in order to advance the political grievances he outlined in a perfectly cogent suicide-manifesto.  Stack’s worldview contained elements of the tea party’s anti-government anger along with substantial populist complaints generally associated with “the Left” (rage over bailouts, the suffering of America’s poor, and the pilfering of the middle class by a corrupt economic elite and their government-servants).  All of that was accompanied by an argument as to why violence was justified (indeed necessary) to protest those injustices: Read More Here

Video: More Poor, But Not More Safe – Ron Paul

(Fox) – On Friday, Dr. Paul appeared on Fox Business’ America’s Nightly Scoreboard to discuss the Department of Homeland Security’s failure to make us any safer while helping to deepen our debt. Continue reading

Haiti Needs Freedom – Campaign for Liberty

The heartbreaking devastation of Haiti shows again that as deadly as Mother Nature can be when acting alone, she is far more lethal when she conspires with poverty. The immediate cause of the deaths of the hundreds of thousands Haitians was the earthquake, but most of those people might be alive today if Haiti weren’t poor. And why is Haiti poor? Because for centuries foreign and domestic tyrants exploited the Haitian people and blocked their routes out of poverty.

Thus those deaths are on the heads of anyone who stood in the way of Haiti’s economic development. Continue reading

Millions More US Children in Poverty

The “Great Recession” of 2008 and 2009 has spread poverty to millions more US children, according to a recent report by the Brookings Institute. The report, “The Effects of the Recession on Child Poverty,” estimates that a large number of states witnessed marked increases in child poverty in 2009. Continue reading

To All Those Who Live Under Conflict Or Fear

(PalTelegraph) – It is extremely hard for me to send you all seasonal greetings from England when I know in my heart that this is just another day for you either living under the terror of conflict, torture, rape, breaches of human rights or simply harassment. Continue reading

Barack Obama: Manchurian Candidate Version 2.0

(OpEdNews) – I once wrote an article about former President George W. Bush saying that he was a perfect Manchurian candidate. That is, if his missing year when he was supposed to have been flying fighter jets with the Texas Air National Guard was actually spent in the former Soviet Union being reprogrammed as a covert KGB agent whose job it was to go back to America, win election to the White House, and proceed to destroy the US, he couldn’t have done a better job than he actually did. Continue reading

The Critical Unraveling of U.S. Society

The economic elite have launched an attack on the U.S. public and society is unraveling at an increased rate.

Report Contents:
———————I: U.S. Societal Breakdown
———————II: Environmental Crisis
———————III: The Obama Myth
———————IV: Economic Coup – Theft of Trillions
———————V: National Emergency
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What’s Thanksgiving really all about?

The Native Americans who survived were herded onto reservations, where they faced their own set of challenges. This form of apartheid separated Native Americans physically, socially, and economically from the world outside the reservation. Continue reading

MSM: UN says hunger stunts some 200 million children

(AP) – Nearly 200 million children in poor countries have stunted growth because of insufficient nutrition, according to a new report published by UNICEF Wednesday before a three-day international summit on the problem of world hunger. Continue reading

MSM: Americans on food stamps tops 36 million

(Reuters) – The number of Americans receiving food stamp assistance soared above 36 million for the first time in August, the eighth month in a row that enrollment set a record, the U.S. Agriculture Department said on Wednesday. Continue reading

US Rich-Poor Income Gap World’s Most Extreme

Income inequality in the US is now the most extreme of all countries. The 2008 OECD report ‘Income Distribution and Poverty in OECD Countries’ concludes that the US is the country with the highest inequality and poverty rate across the OECD and that since 2000 nowhere has there been such a stark rise in income inequality as in the US. The OECD finds that in the US the distribution of wealth is even more unequal than the distribution of income. Continue reading

2009 US economy: largest transfer of wealth to financial/political elite in global history

Political “leadership” of the two oligarchy parties spin their economic policy as being for the public benefit. Professional economists increasingly cast economic policy in unprecedented harsh criticism, even calling for public demonstrations against what they claim as gross violations of financial law. Let’s consider current facts of high importance: Continue reading

MSM: Foreclosures Force Ex-Homeowners to Turn to Shelters

(NYTimes) – The first night after she surrendered her house to foreclosure, Sheri West endured the darkness in her Hyundai sedan. She parked in her old driveway, with her flower-print dresses and hats piled in boxes on the back seat, and three cherished houseplants on the floor. She used her backyard as a restroom. Continue reading

UN report finds 1 billion hungry as worldwide food emergency grows

Parents in some of Africa’s poorest countries are cutting back on school, clothes and basic medical care just to give their children a meal once a day, experts say. Still, it is not enough. Continue reading

Rich Uncle Pays Your Mortgage – Lew Rockwell

The economic meltdown has put the country on the fast track to socialism, but through a series of tiny steps. One need only to examine the supposed victories in the war on depression to see how this is happening. The latest is the claim that the Obama administration has successfully renegotiated many mortgage obligations in a way that allows people to keep their homes. Continue reading

Millions Will Starve as Rich Nations Cut Food Aid Funding, Warns UN

Tens of millions of the world’s poor will have their food rations cut or cancelled in the next few weeks because rich countries have slashed aid funding. Continue reading

MSM: Roubini Sees Stock Declines as Soros Warns on Economy

(Bloomberg) – New York University Professor Nouriel Roubini said stock markets may drop and billionaire George Soros warned the “bankrupt” U.S. banking system will hamper its economy, highlighting doubts about the sustainability of the global recovery. Continue reading

Peter Schiff Says Gold to $5,000/ounce and US Market Rally Will Fade

Peter Schiff, President of Euro Pacific Capital, stated in a web cast today on Yahoo! Finance that he sees gold reaching $5000/ounce and the US market faltering. Continue reading

UN Shock Report: Swine flu ‘could kill millions; Pandemic may result in anarchy

The swine flu pandemic could kill millions and cause anarchy in the world’s poorest nations unless £900m can be raised from rich countries to pay for vaccines and antiviral medicines, says a UN report leaked to the Observer. Continue reading

DUI & Prohibition Laws are Killing Our Middle Class

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” – Abraham Lincoln
Our government has lost focus of their primary responsibility to serve the public’s best interest; to viciously pursue an unsustainable agenda for revenue and control through DUI /Prohibition law. Continue reading

Poverty hits 1 in 8 Americans

About 2.5 million Americans slipped below the poverty line as recession and layoffs hammered the economy last year, driving poverty to its highest level since 1998, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Thursday. Continue reading

German Government Advisor Proposes Personal CO2 Budget For Everyone On Planet

Says westerners should pay climate reparations to poorer countries Continue reading

The Widening Gap In America’s Two Tiered Society

Americans, particularly ones from the middle class, need to realize that there are no core entitlements imparted by their government representatives, nor any other sources. They have none and should adjust their expectations accordingly. Continue reading

Labor Day 2009 – Little to Celebrate, Much to Mourn

August 2009 marks the 19th straight month we have lost jobs as a nation ~ that’s 6.9 million jobs gone ! The Obama top down multi-billion dollar bailout and bank rescue has artificially inflated stocks and credit markets but has left Main Street destitute, jobless and unprotected: Continue reading

Naom Chomsky: Crisis and Hope – Theirs and Ours

Perhaps I may begin with a few words about the title. There is too much nuance and variety to make such sharp distinctions as theirs-and-ours, them-and-us. And neither I nor anyone can presume to speak for “us.” But I will pretend it is possible. Continue reading

Americans: Serfs Ruled by Oligarchs – Paul Craig Roberts

“In a little time [there will be] no middling sort. We shall have a few, and but a very few Lords, and all the rest beggars.” R.L. Bushman
“Rapidly you are dividing into two classes–extreme rich and extreme poor.” “Brutus”

Americans think that they have “freedom and democracy” and that politicians are held accountable by elections. The fact of the matter is that the US is ruled by powerful interest groups who control politicians with campaign contributions. Our real rulers are an oligarchy of financial and military/security interests and AIPAC, which influences US foreign policy for the benefit of Israel. Continue reading

Concentration of wealth in hands of rich greatest on record

(RawStory) – The wealthiest 10 percent of Americans now have a larger share of total income than they ever have in records going back nearly a century — an even larger amount than during the Roaring Twenties, the last time the US saw such similar disparities in wealth. Continue reading

The Cause – The cause of all wars throughout history is interest-bearing debt

Entirely unsuspected, except by a few astute observers, they cunningly and patiently wove a web in which they have entrapped mankind. — Emanuel Josephson, 1968
Most of the real history of the world has been hidden from us by the same people who commit the crimes, gigantic crimes on the scale of world wars , manufactured pandemics and massive tax ripoffs that ruin our health, kill our children and obliterate our peace of mind. Continue reading

No Wonder the Poker Game is Ending: The Wealthiest Have Taken All of the Chips

(WashingtonsBlog) – A new report by University of California, Berkeley economics professor Emmanuel Saez concludes that income inequality in the United States is at an all-time high, surpassing even levels seen during the Great Depression. Continue reading