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The End of America

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  • We are all in danger. A police state control grid is being established in the United States. Now is the time for all lovers of liberty to stand together and speak out against the growing tyranny destroying our Republic. We WILL be victorious against the New World Order.
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  • The End of America? Naomi Wolf Thinks It Could Happen
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  • Naomi Wolf...she warned everyone, so few were listening.
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joevlogger78, YouTube

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From award-winning filmmakers Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern (The Devil Came on Horseback and The Trials of Darryl Hunt) comes the provocative and expertly crafted film, The End of America, based on the New York Times best seller of the same name by Naomi Wolfe.

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In a stunning indictment of sweeping policy changes during the Bush years,  Wolfe makes a chilling case that American democracy is under threat.

Investigating parallels between our current situation and the rise of dictators and fascism in once-free societies, Wolf uncovers a number of deeply unsettling similarities—from the use of paramilitary groups and secret prisons to the targeted suspension of the rule of law. With this galvanizing call to arms based on her recent book, she urges regular citizens to take back our legacy of freedom and justice.

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The End of America? Naomi Wolf Thinks It Could Happen, Don Hazen, AlterNet
An interview with author Naomi Wolf, whose new book, "The End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot," may confirm your worries about democracy in America.
If we want an open society, she warns, we must pay attention and we must fight to protect democracy.

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The Influencing Machine

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  • How the media works
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  • A frisky comic-book primer from the co-host of "On the Media" tackles objectivity, bias and the lizard brain
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  • Intellectual Prostitution and the Myth of Objectivity
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Laura Miller, Salon

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Every week, the Peabody Award-winning public radio program "On the Media" takes an essential but maddeningly immaterial subject -- how journalism, entertainment, advertising and other communications work -- and makes it graspable, urgent and wryly amusing. Much of the credit for this remarkable transubstantiation goes to longtime producer and co-host Brooke Gladstone, who consistently strikes the right balance between knowingness and idealism. She's all too aware of how the media really functions, but she never loses sight what the public wishes and imagines it to be.

Because there's such a gap between our dream (or nightmare) of the media and the reality, this gig requires a highly developed sense of irony. Say you're doing a story (as Gladstone did last fall) about the fact that the press will come down harder on a politician who lies about himself than on a candidate who lies about his opponent, and that it's much easier to get away with misrepresenting policy than with fibbing about personal matters. As a result, slandering your opponent's position on healthcare reform causes less of a fuss than claiming you dodged sniper fire on a diplomatic mission to Bosnia when you didn't.

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Intellectual Prostitution and the Myth of Objectivity, Christopher Ketcham, TruthDig

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  • Whence the delusional obsession with “objectivity” in the journalism schools and the pages of the Gray Lady et al.?
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  • The business of the journalist is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread.
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Over Two Thousand Six Hundred Activists Arrested in US Protests

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  • It has taken a couple of years, but the Hopeium addicts of 2008 are finally getting into recovery. We're again reporting a steady if slow rise in the numbers willing to risk arrest and imprisonment for acts of civil resistance. Today, for instance, there are more Americans serving time in prison for nuclear weapons protest than at any time in more than a decade.”
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  • These figures are certainly underestimate the number actually arrested as arrests in US protests are rarely covered by the mainstream media outlets which focus so intently on arrests of protestors in other countries.
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  • Stop Blacking Out Progressive Protests
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Bill Quigley, MichaelMoore.com

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Since President Obama was inaugurated, there have been over two thousand six hundred arrests of activists protesting in the US.   Research shows over 670 people have been arrested in protests inside the US already in 2011, over 1290 were arrested in 2010, and 665 arrested in 2009.

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These figures are certainly underestimate the number actually arrested as arrests in US protests are rarely covered by the mainstream media outlets which focus so intently on arrests of protestors in other countries.

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Arrests at protest have been increasing each year since 2009.  Those arrested include people protesting US wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Guantanamo, strip mining, home foreclosures, nuclear weapons, immigration policies, police brutality, mistreatment of hotel workers, budget cutbacks, Blackwater, the mistreatment of Bradley Manning, and right wing efforts to cut back collective bargaining.

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Stop Blacking Out Progressive Protests, Fairness in Accuracy & Reporting (FAIR)

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  • Thousands marched against war in New York City on April 9. Two thousand protested the Koch brothers in Washington, D.C. Neither event was covered by major media. A sparsely attended Tea Party rally just a few days earlier, though, was big news. We call on news media to explain the journalistic principle that makes thousands of progressive activists far less newsworthy than dozens of Tea Party protesters.
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  • ...And in Other News
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Memorial Day 2011 / War Is Still An Old Recycled Lie

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  • War is a waste so why do we   celebrate it with parades, flags and glorious war stories when, in reality, they are fought by our youth who are but pawns in the hands of old men ~ seduced by power and greed ~ who are more than willing to waste our most precious resource  on illegal wars , occupations and the on-going maintenance of an out of control military/industrial/congressional complex .
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  • NATO Continues Killing Spree in Africa And Asia
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  • The Founding Fathers Vision of the Role of the Military in Our Society
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Allen L Roland, OpEdNews.com

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Three dead Americans in Afghanistan   ~  Why ?

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On this Memorial Day 2011, America is still enmeshed in a costly and illegal war and occupation of Iraq, rapidly increasing its military presence in illegally occupied Afghanistan and preparing for the possibility of war with Iran .   Humanity is still hanging from that cross of iron and paying a heavy price for this ongoing folly.
The American War Wagon has not slowed down in 2011 but is accelerating ~ with little if any deep   reflection on the true human and moral cost of this insanity.

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On this Memorial Day 2011 , much of the media will roll over backwards to glorify war and all the soldiers slaughtered in wars. Tributes to the dead are easy; the dead don't talk back and if they did they would most certainly say ~ why?

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NATO Continues Killing Spree in Africa And Asia, Rick Rozoff, Center for Research on Globalization

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  • NATO troops killed a 12-year-old girl and injured four other girls ages 8 to 15 in Afghanistan's Kunar province on May 15, according to the provincial police chief. The day before NATO forces killed a 15-year-old boy, the son of an Afghan soldier, in a night raid in Nangarhar province, resulting in a demonstration by local Afghans that was fired upon by government forces with four protesters killed, including a 14-year-old boy.
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  • On May 12 NATO troops killed a 12-year-old girl and a policeman, her relative, also in Nangarhar province. According to the girl's father: "They (foreign troops) hurled a hand grenade at my daughter after she ran out of the room in a panic. She was killed on the spot."
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  • Armed Conflicts Claim Unprecedented Number of Civilians
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The Founding Fathers Vision of the Role of the Military in Our Society, Doughfoot, GoComics.com

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  • “A well-regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper, natural, and safe defense of a free state; that standing [ i.e. professional ] armies, in time of peace, should be avoided as dangerous to liberty; and that, in all cases, the military should be under strict subordination to, and be governed by, the civil power.” — Virginia Declaration of Rights, June 12, 1776.
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  • Memorial Day 2011 / War Is Still An Old Recycled Lie
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Government Orders You Tube To Censor Protest Videos

Forget copyright infringement. You Tube is now complying with removal orders from governments to stop populist rage going viral.

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Paul Joseph Watson, Prison Planet.com

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In a frightening example of how the state is tightening its grip around the free Internet, it has emerged that You Tube is complying with thousands of requests from governments to censor and remove videos that show protests and other examples of citizens simply asserting their rights, while also deleting search terms by government mandate.

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The latest example is You Tube’s compliance with a request from the British government to censor footage of the British Constitution Group’s Lawful Rebellion protest, during which they attempted to civilly arrest Judge Michael Peake at Birkenhead county court.

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Peake was ruling on a case involving Roger Hayes, former member of UKIP, who has refused to pay council tax, both as a protest against the government’s treasonous activities in sacrificing Britain to globalist interests and as a result of Hayes clearly proving that council tax is illegal.

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Truthdig Radio: Bill Moyers, Nomi Prins and Cole Miller

Democracy is in trouble. We’re almost out of time. It’s always a series of narrow escapes, representative government, and we just—we may be running out of luck right now. --Bill Moyers

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On this week’s (May 15-21) episode of Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: the great Bill Moyers on the desperate state of our democracy, Nomi Prins on the scandalous IMF and Cole Miller on grass-roots philanthropy.

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Truthdig Radio airs every Wednesday at 2 p.m. in Los Angeles on 90.7 KPFK. If you can’t listen live, starting on Wednesday nights look for the podcast and transcript of each week’s show right here on Truthdig.

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On this week’s episode of Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: the great Bill Moyers on the desperate state of our democracy, Nomi Prins on the scandalous IMF and Cole Miller on grass-roots philanthropy.

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Schwarzenegger, DSK, and Gingrich: Do We Have Psychopaths Misruling Our World?

The serial misbehavior of these men was rationalized and excused for years, but it demonstrates a perpetual problem: ruling class impunity.

Greg Guma,  Maverick Media

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Mike Luckovich

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In recent days the political news has been like an episode of some TV drama about high-level corruption – call it Criminal Minds meets The West Wing. The head of the International Monetary Fund – the global financial organization that sets terms for development aid -- was jailed in New York for allegedly assaulting a housemaid sexually at his hotel. Meanwhile, in California news broke that the state’s movie-star governor – known as both the Terminator and the Gropinator – fathered a love-child almost a decade ago and it didn’t come out until he was about to leave office.

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Then, of course, there’s the presidential campaign of Newt Gingrich, a poster child for bad behavior, launched last week with a series of disastrous missteps and rationalizations.

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What the three men have in common, aside from wielding more influence than they can handle or deserve, is that their serial misbehavior went unchecked for years. In fact, it was rationalized as mere exuberance, frequently excused in “exceptional” people, when it actually demonstrated something else – ruling class impunity.

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Reality Check: The Profound Hypocrisy of President Obama’s Speech on the Middle East

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Using the rhetoric of democracy and freedom to mask the responsibility of U.S. imperialism in the enduring oppression and suffering of the peoples of the Middle East, President Obama’s speech was a demonstration of profound hypocrisy.

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Brian Becker and Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, ANSWER Coalition

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President Obama took to the airwaves today (May 19) to discuss the revolts and conflicts spreading throughout the Middle East. The U.S. dominance over this strategic and oil-rich region has been the pivot of U.S. foreign policy for decades. Utilizing a system of proxy and client regimes, in addition to its own vast military forces in the region, the United States has supported a network of brutal dictatorships and the Israeli regime for decades.

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Now that this system of imperial control has been shaken by the popular risings that started in Tunisia and spread to Egypt and elsewhere, President Obama spoke today at the U.S. State Department as part of an effort to reassert U.S. leadership over the swiftly changing region.

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Confidential Federal Audits Accuse Five Biggest Mortgage Firms Of Defrauding Taxpayers

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  • The audits conclude that the banks effectively cheated taxpayers by presenting the Federal Housing Administration with false claims: They filed for federal reimbursement on foreclosed homes that sold for less than the outstanding loan balance using defective and faulty documents.
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  • The Great Corporate Tax Swindle
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Shahien Nasiripour, Huffington Post

A set of confidential federal audits accuse the nation’s five largest mortgage companies of defrauding taxpayers in their handling of foreclosures on homes purchased with government-backed loans, four officials briefed on the findings told Huffington Post.

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The five separate investigations were conducted by the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s inspector general and examined Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citigroup and Ally Financial, the sources said.

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The audits accuse the five major lenders of violating the False Claims Act, a Civil War-era law crafted as a weapon against firms that swindle the government. The audits were completed between February and March, the sources said. The internal watchdog office at HUD referred its findings to the Department of Justice, which must now decide whether to file charges.

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The Great Corporate Tax Swindle, Richard Wolff, London Guardian | UK
It's astounding how our politicians have bought in to firms' tax blackmail. But there is an alternative: workplace democracy.

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