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The bad actors in Washington can't even be original. Will the same-old 1994 good cop/bad cop scheme succeed again in 2014?

Assuming the reader has already read the two papers linked at the bottom, and keeping in mind the made for TV drama now playing itself out in Washington, now, please take a look at The Selling of "Clinton Lite", by Trudy Lieberman, from the March/April 1994 issue of Columbia Journalism Review, Read below the fold...

Military Pundits Cover Up Conflicts of Interest Re Syria

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Democracy Now addresses a new report issued by the Public Accountability Initiative entitled "Conflicts of Interest in the Syria Debate" which identified 22 commentators from the U.S. military establishment who had immediate economic ties to military contractors as they were pitching the case for U.S. strikes on Syria on tv networks without disclosing their conflicts of interest.

Democracy Now: Read below the fold...

AUSTERITY Most Savage! (some statistics)

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America’s Hunger Epidemic: 'A Place at the Table' and 'American Winter' by Michael Shank

50 million Americans live in food-insecure households

1-out-of-2 American children will rely on federal assistance for food during their childhoods

106 million Americans, over 1 in 3, live below twice poverty line (less than $36,000 for a family of three)

Richest 1 percent now possess 40 percent of the nation’s wealth

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Dr. Margaret Flowers Helps Clear the ‘Fog of Greed’

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In a 1/24/13 article in Aljazeera entitled “Top CEOs plan to loot US social programmes”, Dr. Margaret Flowers powerfully calls out the motives of a mendacious “Fix the Debt” campaign launched by 80 CEOs who are determined to cut their corporate taxes even further by decimating social programs beneficial to us, the lower whopping 99% of the American citizenry.

Flowers writes: Read below the fold...

Explaining the Matrix (Think Up/Down Not Right/Left)

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In his 2000 work “Escaping the Matrix: Are You Ready for the Red Pill?” Richard Moore begins: Read below the fold...

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ALEC Rock, or How to Kill a Democracy

From Mark Fiore. A simple, easy to understand cartoon explaining ALEC's influence on the legislative process.

Pass it on.

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At the Mercy of the Repairman

Matt Taibbi latest exposé in Rolling Stone is an eye-opener. He reports on a recently-concluded, and totally-ignored-by-the-MSM, trial that took place in Manhattan.

The Scam Wall Street Learned From the Mafia

The article reveals more than a decade of fraud perpetrated by TBTF banks and their middlemen. Read below the fold...

War! What is it Good For? Capitalism.

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While trying to research the REAL truth of what is going on with Syria, since clearly the big US media propaganda machine is stenographically on board for yet another massive destruction of a country on the US and NATO’s bloody faux-humanitarian-regime-changing clipboard, I came across a remarkable article by William Hathaway entitled “America Is under Attack!”

Capitalism is inherently predatory. It demands aggressive growth. It’s either dominate or go under.

snip Read below the fold...

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Psychopathy As a Preferred Corporate Executive Trait

This blogging thing is not my forté, but I had to share this article from The Guardian.

The 1% are the very best destroyers of wealth the world has ever seen

These two paragraphs say far more than enough:

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You Call this a Democracy?

I've been a big fan of Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn for many years, as no doubt many here are also. I'm not sure how I stumbled across the title, but I recently bought You Call This a Democracy?, by Paul Kivel. I have a few books by G. William Domhoff but haven't read them yet for some reason. Kivel takes the ideas of Domhoff and applies them to a critical examination of the social and economic structures in this country, with predictable results. If you haven't heard of Paul Kivel, go to his website and learn more about him. Here is a sampling of chapter titles to whet your appetite for the book:

How Does the Power Elite Communicate?
How Do Members of the Ruling Class Increase Their Wealth?
Protecting Their Power Read below the fold...

Third Way - the cast of characters

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Thanks to Lambert for his post "Schrodinger's Banksters" on correntewire.com. It references a posting by Yves Smith titled "Third Way Document Proves Democratic Party Supports Institutionalized Looting by Banks" on the blog naked capitalism.

I had always seen the Third Way as the evil spawn of the DLC and New Democrats. Boy was I wrong. It is way more important and dangerous than I thought.

First the players: Read below the fold...

The American People Have No Allies In Washington, DC

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(579 Obama-dumping days until 2012 election-Hugh's Obama's Scandals List)

There is little empathy, integrity and legality in Washington, DC
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Members of both parties are pimped out by their corporate backers. The sell-out began long ago but it is truly merciless today, no longer covert, and the momentum of this ravaging of ordinary Americans absolutely breathtaking.

Now this week, we, the victims, are watching the craven, media-titillated political gamesmanship about a shut down when the shark was jumped long ago by all of them, heartless Republicans and heartless and hypocritical Democrats. Read below the fold...

Even Further Thoughts on the Filibuster

I suppose you could say that it is irrelevant whether the filibuster stays or goes. We will have corporatist government either way. Filibuster reform assumes our system can be fixed. But our system, like everything else, has been stolen to serve the interests of a few. If we could fix things, we would not eliminate the filibuster. We would eliminate the Senate. Read below the fold...

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The Fed won't allow the US to issue currency

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There is a war in finance. This war is not a war of a good guy versus a bad guy. This is a war of two bad guys, a war of Titans who could destroy each other and the financial system.

The old world European Titan is the central bank complex, made up of the Fed, the central banks of Europe, and the Bank of International Settlements/IMF/World Bank.

The new Titans are the hedge funds and Goldman Sachs, who seek to profit in good times and bad. These do not war against the central banks out of a sense of right and wrong, but rather out of a sense of greed. Read below the fold...

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