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Month, Day, Year | Today in the United States _____ were killed in a mass shooting at ____. The victims are ______.  Among the wounded are ____. Survivors said the gunman acted ____. Police identified the gunman as ____ and said the gunman got his arsenal of ____ from ____.

 

The president called the shootings a ____ and the act of a ____.

 

The NRA said, "Now is not the time to ____ or ____."

 

 Congressman ____ said the subject of gun control will be ____ until the next mass shooting.

 

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Chris Hedges on American Facists

  • What Does the Christian Right Want?
  • Christian Empire 
  • How these gibbering numbskulls came to dominate Washington

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Jun 17, 2013 | American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America is a non-fiction book by American Pulitzer Prize journalist Chris Hedges, published in January 2007. Hedges is a former seminary student with a master's degree in divinity from Harvard and was a long-time foreign correspondent for The New York Times.

Publishers Weekly wrote of the book: "As a Harvard Divinity School graduate, his investigation of the Christian Right agenda is even more alarming given its lucidity. Citing the psychology and sociology of fascism and cults, including the work of German historian Fritz Stern, Hedges draws striking parallels between 20th-century totalitarian movements and the highly organized, well-funded 'dominionist movement,' an influential theocratic sect within the country's huge evangelical population. Rooted in a radical Calvinism, and wrapping its apocalyptic, vehemently militant, sexist and homophobic vision in patriotic and religious rhetoric, dominionism seeks absolute power in a Christian state. Hedges's reportage profiles both former members and true believers, evoking the particular characteristics of this American variant of fascism. His argument against what he sees as a democratic society's suicidal tolerance for intolerant movements has its own paradoxes. But this urgent book forcefully illuminates what many across the political spectrum will recognize as a serious and growing threat to the very concept and practice of an open society."

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How these gibbering numbskulls came to dominate Washington, George Monbiot, Guardian (UK)

  • The degradation of intelligence and learning in American politics results from a series of interlocking tragedies.
  • One theme is both familiar and clear: religion - in particular fundamentalist religion - makes you stupid. The US is the only rich country in which Christian fundamentalism is vast and growing.
     

Four Ways To Escape The NSA Dragnet

 

  • Start by switching to an alternative search engine, using an alias on Facebook, and supporting allied nonprofits. This article was written by Nick Pearson, the CEO of IVPN. IVPN is a privacy platform, and Electronic Frontier Foundation member, committed to protecting online freedoms and online privacy.
  • Privacy and Freedom from Government

 

Nick Pearson, Yes! Magazine

 

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Photo by Frederic Poirot.

 

11 August, 2013 | The PRISM scandal confirmed our worst fears when it comes to state-level surveillance of the Internet, with the revelation that the NSA has created "backdoors" into major online services such as Google, Facebook, and Yahoo. These backdoors allegedly give intelligence agencies around the world access to user emails, Facebook posts, search queries, web history, and more, with little or no judicial oversight. For many, PRISM represents a violation of the 4th Amendment and is a sign that the government is heading down an increasingly totalitarian route when it comes to Internet surveillance.

 

But while the debate over PRISM continues to rage, the question remains: What can you do to take better control of your personal information and reclaim your online privacy? Staying completely anonymous online is incredibly difficult, but there are numerous tools and best practices you can use to gain a large degree of control over who has access to your personal data.

 

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Truth to Tell | Privacy and Freedom from Government, Andy Driscoll and Michelle Alimoradi, Truth to Tell, KFAI-FM | MN

Who's Watching You Today?

 

 

9/11: Twelve Years of War, Lies and Deception

9/11 was a starting point for even more atrocities and was used as a pretext for numerous wars.  A horrendous theater of the absurd has ensued over the years; as strange as it may seem, today the U.S. is openly supporting Al Qaeda offshoots in the Middle East to further its imperial design, as we have seen in Libya and Syria.  

 

Global Research 

 

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September 11, 2013 | Twelve years after the 9/11 attacks, no credible independent investigation has been done to find out what really happened on that day and who was responsible. Independent journalists and researchers have demonstrated, however, that the official version of the event is nothing but a cover-up, an opinion shared by the co-chairs of the 9/11 Commission, Thomas H. Kean and Lee H. Hamilton, who declared the Commission was “set up to fail”.

 

In fact, 9/11 was a starting point for even more atrocities and was used as a pretext for numerous wars in which too many people have lost their lives or their loved ones.  A horrendous theater of the absurd has ensued over the years; as strange as it may seem, today the U.S. is openly supporting Al Qaeda offshoots in the Middle East to further its imperial design, as we have seen in Libya and Syria.

 

Global Research has been publishing a tremendous amount of articles on the 9/11 attacks and the so-called War on Terror. Today we put together a list of the latest news related to 9/11 and important reports published over the years, which are still relevant today. 

 

Click here for our 9/11 & War on Terrorism dossier.

 

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US Uncut | Left with Nothing

 

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10 Ways America Has Come to Resemble a Banana Republic, Alex Henderson, AlterNet

  • What will it take for America to reverse its dramatic decline?
  • America’s Descent Into Madness
  • Yes, we could change. So why don't we?

America’s Descent Into Madness, Henry Giroux, Counterpunch

  • America has entered one of its periods of historical madness, but this is the worst I can remember: worse than McCarthyism, worse than the Bay of Pigs and in the long term potentially more disastrous than the Vietnam War. – John le Carré
  • The Politics of Cruelty
  • The Corporation as Psychopath

 

How the cult of shareholder value wrecked American business

  • If you are the sole proprietor of a business, do you think that you can motivate your employees for maximum performance by encouraging them simply to make more money for you? Of course not. But that is effectively what an enterprise is saying when it states that its purpose is to maximize profit for its (financial) investors.
  • Let the Sun Shine In

Steven Pearlstein, Washington (DC) Post

When companies focus on pleasing customers, rather than just shareholders, everybody can win. Just ask Apple, Procter & Gamble, and Johnson & Johnson. (Aly Song/Reuters)

September 9 | In the recent history of management ideas, few have had a more profound — or pernicious — effect than the one that says corporations should be run in a manner that “maximizes shareholder value.”

Indeed, you could argue that much of what Americans perceive to be wrong with the economy these days — the slow growth and rising inequality; the recurring scandals; the wild swings from boom to bust; the inadequate investment in R&D, worker training and public goods — has its roots in this ideology.

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Let the Sun Shine In, Ralph Estes, yes! Magazine

  • Sep 30, 2002 | Corporations were first created to serve the common good. A little transparency might help make that ideal a reality--because sunshine is a powerful disinfectant.
  • The purpose of the corporation has become perverted, from serving the public interest to serving private interests of financial investors. Our MBA programs fail to teach the history of the creation of corporations, and, even in the midst of a wave of corporate scandals, debate over reform addresses only the rights of investors.

 

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10 Ways America Has Come to Resemble a Banana Republic

  • What will it take for America to reverse its dramatic decline?
  • America’s Descent Into Madness
  • Yes, we could change. So why don't we?

Alex Henderson, AlterNet 

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September 5, 2013  |  In the post-New Deal America of the 1950s and '60s, the idea of the United States becoming a banana republic would have seemed absurd to most Americans. Problems and all, the U.S. had a lot going for it: a robust middle-class, an abundance of jobs that paid a living wage, a strong manufacturing base, a heavily unionized work force, and upward mobility for both white-collar workers with college degrees and blue-collar workers who attended trade school. To a large degree, the nation worked well for cardiologists, accountants, attorneys and computer programmers as well as electricians, machinists, plumbers and construction workers.

In contrast, developing countries that were considered banana republics—the Dominican Republic under the brutal Rafael Trujillo regime, Nicaragua under the Somoza dynasty—lacked upward mobility for most of the population and were plagued by blatant income equality, a corrupt alliance of government and corporate interests, rampant human rights abuses, police corruption and extensive use of torture on political dissidents.

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America’s Descent Into Madness, Henry Giroux, Counterpunch

  • America has entered one of its periods of historical madness, but this is the worst I can remember: worse than McCarthyism, worse than the Bay of Pigs and in the long term potentially more disastrous than the Vietnam War. – John le Carré
  • The Politics of Cruelty
  • The Corporation as Psychopath

Yes, we could change. So why don't we? Mort Rosenblum, Daily Climate

  • Bring Alexis de Tocqueville back for an update at a Phoenix mall. Americans need a firmer grip on global realities – and their notion of exceptionalism.
  • When allies who need our leadership warn that we are bumbling toward the scrapheap of ex-empires, we wave bigger flags.
  • Where the Hell Is the Outrage?

 

 

Larry Summers and Cronies Opening the World to Criminal Banksters

  • Iraq and Libya have been taken out, and Iran has been heavily boycotted. Syria is now in the cross-hairs. Why? Here is one overlooked scenario.
  • Secret Agenda in Syria? 
  • Why Eliot Spitzer Is Wall Street’s Worst Nightmare
  • Bail-out is out, bail-in is in: time for some publicly-owned banks

Ellen Brown, Special to Evergreene Digest

 

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Outgoing Director of the National Economic Council Larry Summers speaks during an address to the Economic Policy Institute December 13, 2010 in Washington, DC.

 

September 4, 2013  |  In an August 2013 article titled “ Larry Summers and the Secret ‘End-game’ Memo,” Greg Palast posted evidence of a secret late-1990s plan devised by Wall Street and U.S. Treasury officials to open banking to the lucrative derivatives business. To pull this off required the relaxation of banking regulations not just in the US but globally. The vehicle to be used was the Financial Services Agreement of the World Trade Organization.

 

The “end-game” would require not just coercing support among WTO members but taking down those countries refusing to join. Some key countries remained holdouts from the WTO, including Iraq, Libya, Iran and Syria. In these Islamic countries, banks are largely state-owned; and “usury” – charging rent for the “use” of money – is viewed as a sin, if not a crime. That puts them at odds with the Western model of rent extraction by private middlemen. Publicly-owned banks are also a threat to the mushrooming derivatives business, since governments with their own banks don’t need interest rate swaps, credit default swaps, or investment-grade ratings by private rating agencies in order to finance their operations.

 

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Why Eliot Spitzer Is Wall Street’s Worst Nightmare, Ellen Brown, Global Research

  • If we the people are to take back our power from Wall Street and the corporatocracy, we need a mass movement, coordinated action, and leaders who can organize it; and Eliot Spitzer is one of the few people in a position to play that role who have the experience, vision and courage to carry it through.
  • Not Too Big to Jail
  • How Congress Could Fix Its Budget Woes Permanently

Bail-out is out, bail-in is in: time for some publicly-owned banks, Ellen Brown, Web of Debt / Nation of Change

  • “[W]ith Cyprus . . . the game itself changed. By raiding the depositors’ accounts, a major central bank has gone where they would not previously have dared. The Rubicon has been crossed.”   —Eric Sprott, Shree Kargutkar, “Caveat Depositor
  • Everything Is Rigged: The Biggest Price-Fixing Scandal Ever,

 

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