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  • Graphic%20%7C%20Arms%20at%20the%20Statue%20of%20Liberty.jpgWe must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. --Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Part 1: Young Turks’ Cenk Uygur destroys the ‘defense industry whores’ pushing for war with Iran
  • Part 2: Companies Profiting The Most From War

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Part 1: Young Turks’ Cenk Uygur destroys the ‘defense industry whores’ pushing for war with Iran

 

Cenk Uygur lit into “defense industry whores” who will do anything they can to force the United States into a military engagement with Iran.

Scott Kaufman, Raw Story

 

cenk-uygur-nuclear-iran-screen-capture-800x430.jpg16 Mar 2015 | In a new video from The Young Turks, host Cenk Uygur lit into “defense industry whores” who will do anything they can to force the United States into a military engagement with Iran.

Uygur began by berating former Democratic senator Evan Byah for collaborating with a group that produced “one of the worst fear-mongering ads that I’ve ever seen.”

“It’s about our negotiations with Iran — and the point of those negotiations is that they don’t get nukes, and they can verify, absolutely positively, that they will not have nukes,” he continued. “This ad, of course, lies and says the exact opposite — that if we strike a peace deal with them and can verify that they don’t have nukes, they will get nukes.”

Scott Kaufman is the proprietor of the AV Club's Internet Film School and an associate editor at The Raw Story. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it.

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Part 2: Companies Profiting The Most From War

Despite the global drop (in world-wide military expenditure(s), weapons producers generated massive profits from arms sales, and U.S. and European companies continued to dominate the top 10 global companies in terms of arms deals. 

Mark Lieberman & Thomas C. Frohlich, 24/7 Wall St.

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March 18, 2015 | Worldwide military expenditure shrunk in 2013 for the second consecutive year, falling by 1.9% to $1.75 trillion. The 100 largest arms-producers sold a combined $402 billion worth of arms and military services in 2013, also down — for the third consecutive year.

However, not all countries are spending less. Military spending in North America and in Western and Central European countries has continued to decline, while other countries such as Brazil and Russia have increased their arms investments.

Mark Lieberman & Thomas C. Frohlich are writers for 24/7 Wall St.

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BP oil spill: dead zones for many, profits for the few

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  • As the world ecological situation worsens, only a full-scale reorganization of our economic model will redirect capitalism’s suicidal course. But significant reforms should be pursued on the pathway to revolution, and the seizure of BP’s assets would provide major resources for restoring the Gulf. If the millionaires controlling the company dislike this notion, they should realize that, when you abuse the masses, they’ll rise in retaliation.
  • Four Years After Gulf Oil Spill, BP Is Recovering Faster Than Environment

Kyle Joseph, Liberation

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dissolved_o2_day7-e1425239423644.jpgMar 01, 2015 | When discussing the untold misery capitalism wreaks upon the poor and unwashed, apologists will resort to a defense as old and cynical as the system itself. “The free market,” they proclaim, “represents the untainted natural order, and tampering with its laws will yield devastation.”

How ironic, then, that as the aftermath of the 2010 oil spill devours the Gulf of Mexico, the forces of profit-driven harmony refuse to offer meaningful help. Instead, their money flows towards a different clean-up effort: ad campaigns to polish British Petroleum’s image.

This seems less like a “natural order,” and more like a manufactured farce.

Kyle Joseph: Undergraduate, University of Iowa, Political Science Department. Studies Political Science, International Relations, and Political Economy.

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Four Years After Gulf Oil Spill, BP Is Recovering Faster Than Environment, Miyoko Sakashita, Huffington Post

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  • Despite the ongoing carnage, little has been done to tighten oversight necessary to prevent similar spills in the future.
  • BP found another shady way to cheat public, get richer.

Open Letter to the City of Bloomington, Minnesota: White People can time travel, Black People cannot – A short Memoir

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  • City of Bloomington and Mall of America officials must re-think their racist positions to get the black person(s) that organized the #blacklivesmatter rally and show them who is the boss. This racist legacy has traveled over space and time from slavery. Just put a sign on all the doors that says, “People a shade darker than khaki not welcomed.” Hey, we can always shop online…the Internet is truly colorblind.
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Don Allen, The Independent Business News Network

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png?resize=529%2C657Monday, March 16, 2015 | I remember driving to work down highway 77 heading to Eagan, Minnesota in 1985. Every morning before six o’clock I passed by the Met Center and wondering what this plan for a new mega-mall was all about. The radio station I worked for, WAYL-FM thought the new mall was a great opportunity to have events for its listeners…of course I agreed. I watched the turn of events from 1985 to 1989 as the Met Center was demolished and the new mega-mall started to change the city of Bloomington, its people and the state of Minnesota.

Bloomington grew. Hotels, gas stations, small businesses and corporate headquarters seated themselves close to this mecca of shopping, entertainment and great food. A place for international travelers to stop and see this amazing retail wonder, right here in the back yard of Minnesota Nice.

Don Allen, Publisher, The Independent Business News Network

 

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Deepening Our Inclusion of People With Disabilities

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  • Disability awareness and responsiveness is important to any organization, from large multi-national corporations to small local companies. 
  • GOP Assault on Social Security Could be 'Death Sentence' for Nation's Disabled
  • Open Letter to the City of Bloomington, Minnesota: White People can time travel, Black People cannot – A short Memoir

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Bonnie%20St.%20John%20%7C%20Live%20Your%20Joy.jpg03/10/2015 | Bonnie: Nowadays, most major corporations have internal "Business Resource Groups" or BRGs to represent diverse communities of employees such as women, veterans, or Hispanic employees. What is special about a BRG for people with disabilities?

Deb Dagit: Disability is represented in all other dimensions of human difference including race, faith, and sexual orientation. Almost everyone will experience a temporary disability at some point in their lives and likely end up with one or more life-long disabilities as they grow older. Also, given that 20% of the U.S. population has a disability, virtually everyone has a friend or family member who qualifies, even if they don't have a disability themselves.

Bonnie St. John: Olympic Ski Medalist, Amputee, Rhodes Scholar, former White House Official, Corporate Leadership Expert, and Best-Selling Author

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  • The claim that either the old-age or disability trust funds has run dry is 'one of the hoariest lies in the conservatives' playbook.'
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Open Letter to the City of Bloomington, Minnesota: White People can time travel, Black People cannot – A short Memoir, Don Allen, The Independent Business News Network

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  • City of Bloomington and Mall of America officials must re-think their racist positions to get the black person(s) that organized the #blacklivesmatter rally and show them who is the boss. This racist legacy has traveled over space and time from slavery. Just put a sign on all the doors that says, “People a shade darker than khaki not welcomed.” Hey, we can always shop online…the Internet is truly colorblind.
  • Deepening Our Inclusion of People With Disabilities

Why Public Banks Outperform Private Banks

German public banks (Sparkassen) are triply profitable: as revenue-generating assets for their government owners, as lucrative sources of taxes, and as a stable funding mechanism for small and medium-sized businesses (a funding mechanism sorely lacking in the US today). 

Ellen Brown, Web of Debt <http://WebofDebt.com> / Truthdig <http://www.truthdig.com>

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Feb 12, 2015 | In November 2014, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Bank of North Dakota (BND), the nation’s only state-owned bank, “is more profitable than Goldman Sachs Group Inc., has a better credit rating than J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. and hasn’t seen profit growth drop since 2003.” The article credited the shale oil boom; but as discussed earlier here, North Dakota was already reporting record profits in the spring of 2009, when every other state was in the red and the oil boom had not yet hit. The later increase in state deposits cannot explain the bank’s stellar record either.

Then what does explain it? The BND turns a tidy profit year after year because it has substantially lower costs and risks then private commercial banks. It has no exorbitantly-paid executives; pays no bonuses, fees, or commissions; has no private shareholders; and has low borrowing costs. It does not need to advertise for depositors (it has a captive deposit base in the state itself) or for borrowers (it is a wholesome wholesale bank that partners with local banks that have located borrowers). The BND also has no losses from derivative trades gone wrong. It engages in old-fashioned conservative banking and does not speculate in derivatives.

Ellen Brown is an attorney, president of the Public Banking Institute, and author of twelve books including the best-selling Web of Debt. In The Public Bank Solution, her latest book, she explores successful public banking models historically and globally. Her websites are http://WebofDebt.com, http://PublicBankSolution.com, and http://PublicBankingInstitute.org

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Aerial Photos Show Just How Devastating An Oil Train Derailment Can Be

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These stunning aerial photos were taken by West Virginian Paul Corbit Brown, who lives just down the road from the site of the accident. He hired a plane to fly over the crash in an effort to document the devastation such derailments can cause. “It’s a mess,” Brown told Pixable.

Nick Visser, Huffington Post

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slide_404122_5025606_free.jpg02/18/2015 | When an oil train carrying more than 3 million gallons of crude derailed in West Virginia earlier this week, it left behind a stretch of blackened riverfront, the ruins of a smoldering house and a lingering question: Why does this keep happening?

The accident is yet another in a series of high-profile derailments that have hit communities around the country as oil-by-rail shipments have skyrocketed. Spurred by the boom in the Bakken oil patch, rail shipments have jumped from 9,500 carloads in 2008 to more than 435,000 in 2013, according to the AP. Most of those carloads don't jump the tracks and explode, but a small percentage does.

Head on over to Pixable to see the rest of the pictures taken by Brown.

Nick Visser is the associate green editor at the Huffington Post. His work has appeared in The Seattle Times, The Advocate magazine and on KUOW, Seattle's NPR affiliate.

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Series | Black History Month: Part 4, Ta-Nehisi Coates on How We Created the Ghetto

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In the end, as Coates puts it: “Contract sellers became rich. North Lawndale became a ghetto.” And it still is today.

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BlackHistoryMonth.jpgMay 28, 2014 | A central tenet of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ much-talked about new article in the Atlantic, “The Case for Reparations,” is the widespread practice of mortgage discrimination from the 1930s to the 1960s. At the time, black people were largely cut off from legitimate home mortgages due to the government’s practice of redlining. The Federal Housing Administration, which provided insurance on private mortgages at the time, used red ink to mark neighborhoods where black people lived, meaning they were usually considered ineligible for FHA backing, regardless of their earnings or standing in the community.

“In Chicago and across the country, whites looking to achieve the American dream could rely on a legitimate credit system backed by the government. Blacks were herded into the sights of unscrupulous lenders who took them for money and for sport,” Coates writes.

Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at the Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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