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Ariail | Stone Is Not a Cook

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How America Can Free Itself From Wall Street

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  • Wall Street owns the country.
  • Related: Central Banks Have Gone Rogue; The Contagion Has Spread To Democracy Itself.

Ellen Brown, Truthdig.com

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Wall Street owns the country. That was the opening line of a fiery speech that populist leader Mary Ellen Lease delivered around 1890. Franklin Roosevelt said it again in a letter to Colonel House in 1933, and Sen. Dick Durbin was still saying it in 2009. “The banks—hard to believe in a time when we’re facing a banking crisis that many of the banks created—are still the most powerful lobby on Capitol Hill,” Durbin said in an interview. “And they frankly own the place.”

Wall Street banks triggered a credit crisis in 2008-09 that wiped out over $19 trillion in household wealth, turned some 10 million families out of their homes and cost almost 9 million jobs in the U.S. alone. Yet the banks were bailed out without penalty, while defrauded home buyers were left without recourse or compensation. The banks made a killing on interest rate swaps with citiesandstates across the country, after a compliant and accommodating Federal Reserve dropped interest rates nearly to zero. Attempts to renegotiate these deals have failed.

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Central Banks Have Gone Rogue; The Contagion Has Spread To Democracy Itself. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • https://www.federalreserve.gov/aboutthefed/aroundtheboard/eccles-building.jpgPart 1: Ten Years After The Financial Crisis, The Contagion Has Spread To Democracy Itself.
  • Tim Geithner, BenBernankeand Hank Paulson dealt a catastrophic blow to public faith in American institutions.
  • Part 2: Central Banks Have Gone Rogue, Putting Us All at Risk.
  • It is time to curb central bank independence. Iftheirpowerful tools are going to be put to work, it should be in the service of the public and the economy.

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A N.Y. Times Story Just Accidentally Shredded the Russiagate Hysteria, by Lee Camp

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  • It made our mass media pundits look like hardened fools. But they have kept spouting their nonsense anyway, hoping no one notices the soup dripping down their faces.
  • Related: The Russia Interference Narrative is McCarthyism Reborn in the 21st Century.

Lee Camp, Truthdig / Rise Up Times

January 22, 2019 | Every once in a while, one of those stories comes along that makes the mainstream corporate media look like a bunch of middle-school kids filming their “news show” on an iPhone with their neck ties crooked. Recently, one of those stories splashed down into the middle of our cultural zeitgeist like a small meteor landing in the middle of an elite dinner party

It made our mass media pundits look like hardened fools. But they have kept spouting their nonsense anyway, hoping no one notices the soup dripping down their faces.

Lee Camp <> is an American stand-up comedian, writer,actorand activist. Camp is the host of the weekly comedy news TV show “Redacted Tonight With Lee Camp” on RT America.

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The Russia Interference Narrative is McCarthyism Reborn in the 21st Century. Rainer Shea, Ghion Journal

  • At least within the limits of its influence over public opinion, Russiagate has been very effective at propagating militaristic and authoritarian views.
  • Related: Special Project | Russiagate: The American Boogeyman

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A March to Disaster: Noam Chomsky Condemns Trump for Pulling Out of Landmark Nuclear Arms Treaty

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Excerpt: "In order to fill a couple of overstuffed pockets with more dollars, they're willing to threaten the existence of organized human life." 


Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

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December 31, 2018 | President Donald Trump recently announced plans to pull the United States out of a landmark nuclear arms pact with Russia, in a move that could spark a new arms race. President Ronald Reagan and former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev signed the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, or INF, in 1987. The INF banned all nuclear and non-nuclear missiles with short and medium ranges. The treaty helped to eliminate thousands of land-based missiles. We spoke with world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author Noam Chomsky in October about the significance of the INF treaty and the impact of Trump’s plan to pull out.

Noam Chomsky: world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author. He is a laureate professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Arizona and professor emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he taught for more than 50 years.


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Series | A Call for a General Strike, Part 2: Time's Up for Deferring MLK's Dream

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  • Ballooning debt, stark income inequality, endless war and rampant racism are all hallmarks of the Trump nightmare.
  • Related: The case for a national general strike protesting Trump's heartless shutdown

Bob Hennelly <>, Salon

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January 20, 2019 | In the nation’s capital and across the country food pantries and soup kitchens are making special efforts to help feed the hundreds of thousands of Federal workers that have not been paid for a month in a shutdown instigated by Donald Trump that he threatened might last “months even years” if he does not get $5.7 billion to build a wall on our border with Mexico. 

On Saturday, for the second time in two weeks, Trump took to the airwaves and cast himself as the spaghetti-western protector-in-chief of a nation whose very existence was imperiled by a massive marauding migration of criminals from the south. He feigned an offer of compromise but he continued to insist that the only way to secure our border was with a  multi-billion dollar “powerful see-through steel barrier.” 

Bob Hennelly has written and reported for the Village Voice, Pacifica Radio, WNYC, CBS MoneyWatch and other outlets. He is now a reporter for the Chief-Leader, covering public unions and the civil service in New York City.

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The case for a national general strike protesting Trump's heartless shutdown, Bob Hennelly, Salon

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 / During a demonstration called by the yellow vests (gilets jaunes) movement in La Rochelle

  • The social cohesion for a general strike supporting federal workers is part of America’s past. How about now?
  • Related: The Return of the Strike

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