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What If the Consensus on Small-Scale Toolmaking and Agriculture Is Wrong?

In the consensus view, agriculture is only profitable on a mega-farm corporate scale, and tool-making has been offshored because it’s unprofitable to manufacture stuff in the U.S. But what if both of these “obvious” consensus opinions are flat-out wrong? What … Continue reading

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U.S. Drone Program Proves Counterproductive on Own Terms

If there’s any debate right now in the major U.S. media regarding blowing people up with missiles from drones, it’s about “transparency” (official reporting on who’s killed) or death counts of those people somehow identified as civilians. But unless drones … Continue reading

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7-minute video: Obama & W. Bush’s narcissism, joking, laughing at Dallas police memorial. Ready to stop this tragic-comedy with arrests, or need more War Crimes, bankster-looting, lying?

hat tip: What Really Happened TRUTHstreammedia’s powerful 7 minute analysis: 1-minute video of George Bush, Sr.’s apparent duping delight of JFK’s assassination: George W. Bush’s presidency helped reveal US presidents as teleprompter “Reader in Chief” propagandists rather than anyone close … Continue reading

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ALL TIME HIGHS

The stock market has reached new all-time highs this week, just two weeks after plunging over the BREXIT result. The bulls are exuberant as they dance on the graves of short-sellers and the purveyors of doom. This is surely proof … Continue reading

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The Entirely Fake Owen Smith

By Craig Murray, former British ambassador to Uzbekistan and Rector (i.e. president) of the University of Dundee. Craigmurray.org.uk. Even the mainstream media feel compelled to drop hints that Owen Smith is not what he is being promoted as. The Guardian’s … Continue reading

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War Is Coming And The Global Financial Situation Is A Lot Worse Than You May Think

By Michael Snyder, the Economic Collapse Blog. On the surface, things seem pretty quiet in mid-July 2016.  The biggest news stories are about the speculation surrounding Donald Trump’s choice of running mate, the stock market in the U.S. keeps setting … Continue reading

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How Government Officials Deceive Themselves to Deceive the Public

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org Especially the foreign services and the military of any country are being paid like lawyers are standardly paid: they’re paid to make the case for their employer. They’re ‘mercenaries’ wielding words not (merely) arms, … Continue reading

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What Makes Obama Think His Wars Are Legal?

President Barack Obama’s lawyers, working on our dime, have just laid out a 46-page explanation of why current wars are legal. They’ve done so in response to a lawsuit, which has limited the argument in some significant ways. First, while … Continue reading

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Central Bank Wonderland is Complete and Now Open for Business — The Epocalypse Has Fully Begun

By David Haggith, the Great Recession Blog. Summer vacation is here, and the whole global family has arrived at Central-Bank Wonderland, the upside-down, inside-out world that banksters and their puppet politicians call “recovery.” Everyone is talking about it as wizened … Continue reading

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Why Helicopter Money Won’t Push Stocks Higher

The possibility that Japan might launch helicopter money stimulus sent global stock markets soaring in a paroxysm of pleasurable anticipation. But exactly what is helicopter money and what connection does it have to stock valuations, if any? Broadly speaking, helicopter … Continue reading

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The Dow And The S&P 500 Soar To Brand New All-Time Record Highs – How Is This Possible?

By Michael Snyder, the Economic Collapse Blog. The Dow and the S&P 500 both closed at all-time record highs on Tuesday, and that is very good news.  You might think that is an odd statement coming from the publisher of … Continue reading

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Will the Zanana Ever Stop?

In the dialect of Gaza, where drones buzzed and blew things up for 51 days two years ago, there’s an onomatopoetic word for drones: zanana. When Atef Abu Saif’s kids would ask him, during that war, to take them out … Continue reading

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Abandon All Hope for the Democratic Party

For decades, people have tried to fix the Democratic Party. They’ve imagined that their failings in this regard could be overcome by a greater effort. But it is hard to imagine anyone in the future mounting as significant an effort … Continue reading

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The Unintended Consequences of the $15/Hour Minimum Wage

For many, the most direct way of increasing the income of low-wage workers is to raise the minimum wage significantly. Many high-cost states have already passed legislation to raise the minimum wage to $15/hour. Despite the official claims that inflation … Continue reading

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Those That Wanted To Get Prepared Have Already Gotten Prepared By Now

By Michael Snyder, the Economic Collapse Blog. Is the time for warning people to prepare for what is ahead coming to an end?  For years, bold men and women all over America have been sounding the alarm and warning people … Continue reading

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US public education: Bullshit to train stupefied work animals. Mathematics so-called ‘real-world’ problems are lie-conceived trivial puzzles condescending to professionals; totally failing to count what’s most important in quality, money, time (5 of 12)

“One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much bullshit. Everyone knows this… But we tend to take the situation for granted… (the bullshitter) does not care whether the things he says describe reality … Continue reading

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To Prosecute Blair for War You Do Not Need the ICC

To prosecute Tony Blair or George W. Bush or others responsible for the criminal attack on Iraq, or other top officials for other recent wars, does not require the International Criminal Court (ICC). It is commonplace to insist that the … Continue reading

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U.S. Plans to Saturate Globe With Weapons

My headline above is a plain English translation of this Pentagonspeak found in a Reuters headline today: “Demand for U.S. arms exports set to keep growing, official says.” As the United States and NATO antagonize Russia, and pressure NATO members … Continue reading

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Legalized Murder and the Politics of Terror

By Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Chris Hedges, formerly of the New York Times. Truth Dig (republished with permission of the author.) By Chris Hedges     A protester yells at police in front of the Baton Rouge Police Department headquarters after … Continue reading

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What Is NATO — Really?

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org When NATO was founded, that was done in the broader context of the U.S. Marshall Plan, and the entire U.S. operation to unify the developed Atlantic countries of North America and Europe, for a coming Cold … Continue reading

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War On The Streets Of America: Protesters Attack Police Officers In Major Cities All Over The Nation

By Michael Snyder, the Economic Collapse Blog. This is what a nation looks like when it starts melting down from within.  A series of very disturbing incidents of police brutality against young black males has caused a firestorm to erupt … Continue reading

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Brexit-Beleaguered Bankers Back to Begging for Bailouts!

By David Haggith, the Great Recession Blog. Nothing is more shameless in a bedazzling sort of way than rich banksters standing on the public curb with their hands out. First, we had the admission this past week by a major French bank that … Continue reading

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The Clinton Foundation?

By Michael Hudson, Michael-Hudson.com.   Hudson is Distinguished Research Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, who has advised the U.S., Canadian, Mexican and Latvian governments as well as the United Nations Institute for Training and Research. He … Continue reading

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WaPo: Trump, Adviser Carter Page are ‘Broadly Non-Interventionist’

US military magazine Stars and Stripes published a WaPo piece noting that Carter Page, an “American foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump”, says the US takes an “‘often-hypocritical focus on democratization, inequality, corruption and regime change’ in its dealings with … Continue reading

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NATO Summit Closes By Condemning Russia

Eric Zuesse The issues that were discussed at this year’s NATO Summit were mainly preparations for a possible war against Russia. The two-day Summit in Warsaw Poland ended on Saturday July 9th, with a 139-part “Warsaw Summit Communiqué” which used the word … Continue reading

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UN: Root of US Police Terror is ‘Lack of Accountability for Perpetrators’

Philando Castile, shot to death this week by a police officer. US police kill approximately 1,000 people per year according to Federal statistics, disproportionately targeting African and Native Americans and other minority groups.  The UN expert panel on people of … Continue reading

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Socrates: debt and the cyclical rise and fall of societies

By Michael Hudson, Michael-Hudson.com.   Hudson is Distinguished Research Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, who has advised the U.S., Canadian, Mexican and Latvian governments as well as the United Nations Institute for Training and Research. He … Continue reading

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A Precarious State

That the global economy is in a precarious state seems self-evident. Take your pick of the systemic risks: debt bubble and slowdown in China, banking/political crisis in Europe, negative interest rates and stagnation in Japan, ongoing meltdown in emerging markets and … Continue reading

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NATO Summit Meeting on July 8-9

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org All NATO leaders are meeting together at a crucial July 8th-9th Summit in Warsaw, to agree regarding what to do to Russia, about which U.S. General Philip Breedlove, then the Supreme Commander of NATO, … Continue reading

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Chomsky on Noble Intentions, Self-Deception, and Relation to Acts of State Terror like Iraq Invasion

Clip from Chomsky interview with Professor of Anthropology and Biological Sciences at Rutgers, Robert Trivers. Full interview. We may also draw analogies between liberal-intellectual rationalizations for mass murder by state and those given by executives at companies pushing and selling … Continue reading

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Impeach and Prosecute Tony Blair

The Chilcot report’s “findings” have virtually all been part of the public record for a decade, and it avoids key pieces of evidence. Its recommendations are essentially to continue using war as a threat and a tool of foreign policy, … Continue reading

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Thoughts After Chilcot

By Craig Murray, former British ambassador to Uzbekistan and Rector (i.e. president) of the University of Dundee. Craigmurray.org.uk. I hope today that people will remember Elizabeth Wilmshurst, Carne Ross, and Katherine Gun, who were all prepared to give up excellent … Continue reading

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As US Controlled NATO Meets: U.S. War on Russia and China Will Mean Ruin for the Whole of Europe and Asia

by John V. Walsh What we shouldn’t do now is inflame the situation further through sabre-rattling and warmongering. .. Whoever believes that a symbolic tank parade on the alliance’s eastern border will bring security is mistaken. .. We are well-advised … Continue reading

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Clinton Backs Monsanto’s Case

That to Be Anti Monsanto Is to Be Pro Global-Warming Eric Zuesse On June 27th, I reported Hillary Clinton’s having privately told GMO industry lobbyists, on 25 June 2014, that the federal government should subsidize GMO firms in order to … Continue reading

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‘Currency Crash’ Drives British Pound To A 31 Year Low As Deutsche Bank Sinks To The Lowest Level Ever

By Michael Snyder, the Economic Collapse Blog. The fallout from the Brexit vote continues to rock the European financial system.  On Wednesday, the British pound dropped to a fresh 31 year low as confidence in the currency continues to plummet.  … Continue reading

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Neofeudalism and Peasants with Pitchforks: Corporate Power Destroys Democracy

In the original version of feudalism, peasants armed with pitchforks knew where to go for redress or regime change: the feudal lord’s castle on the hill. Though you won’t find this in conventional narratives of the Middle Ages, peasant revolts … Continue reading

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Merkel Urged to Temper NATO’s Belligerence

U.S. intelligence veterans are calling on German Chancellor Merkel to bring a needed dose of realism and restraint to the upcoming NATO conference, which risks escalating the dangerous new Cold War with Russia. MEMORANDUM FOR: Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany … Continue reading

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The Activist as a Young Girl

Clare Hanrahan’s memoir The Half Life of a Free Radical: Growing Up Irish Catholic in Jim Crow Memphis is a remarkable feat: part Jack Kerouac, part Dorothy Day, part Howard Zinn, and a bit of Forest Gump. First and foremost … Continue reading

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The Truth About Chilcot

By Craig Murray, former British ambassador to Uzbekistan and Rector (i.e. president) of the University of Dundee. Craigmurray.org.uk. The death toll from the horrific recent Iraq bombings has risen over 250. If Blair had not been absolutely determined to attack … Continue reading

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America Has Become A Lawless Nation – Hillary Clinton Magically Cleared By The FBI

By Michael Snyder, the Economic Collapse Blog. It is hard to be proud to be an American today after watching FBI director James Comey magically clear Hillary Clinton of all wrongdoing.  Sadly, Comey is likely to go down in history … Continue reading

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In Clinton Case, Obama Administration Nullifies 6 Criminal Laws

Eric Zuesse When the Obama Administration, on July 5th, ruled that in regard to Hillary Clinton’s privatized email system while she was Secretary of State, “Our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case” to a grand … Continue reading

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Blair Can Be Tried For War Crimes

By Craig Murray, former British ambassador to Uzbekistan and Rector (i.e. president) of the University of Dundee. Craigmurray.org.uk. There is no requirement in international law for the appropriate jurisdiction of a tribunal – or even the tribunal itself – to … Continue reading

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Governments Change, the Corporatocracy Endures

One little-remarked consequence of the central banks’ policies of near-zero interest rates and quantitative easing is the unrivaled dominance of mobile global capital, i.e. the Corporatocracy. The source of corporate political power is the ability to borrow essentially unlimited sums … Continue reading

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“If the FBI doesn’t recommend charges, then she [Clinton] didn’t break any law.”

Eric Zuesse That seems to be the opinion of the majority of reader-comments at reddit. In response to an article that presented six U.S. criminal laws which clearly describe the most basic aspect of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email operation, and … Continue reading

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The National Anthem of the New Republic of the United States of Great America

Guest author Daniel “No Passport” Bruno reports from Rio de Janeiro. Daniel is from NYC, is an author, inventor, specialist in 9/11 studies, and the interview host at www.hpub.org When the American people get our country back, it won’t be because … Continue reading

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The Price Of Silver Explodes Past 20 Dollars An Ounce As The European Banking Crisis Deepens

By Michael Snyder, the Economic Collapse Blog. Have you seen what the price of silver has been doing?  On Monday, it exploded past 20 dollars an ounce, and as I write this article it is sitting at $20.48.  Earlier today … Continue reading

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July 4th reflections from a man who may have experienced the US more fully than anyone in its history

Frederick Douglass, one of the most brilliant minds in history, had many praises for the US and its founders. However, he experienced the nation more fully than any of them, beginning his life a victim of the totalitarian fascism they … Continue reading

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The Brexit Silence

By Michael Hudson, Michael-Hudson.com.   Hudson is Distinguished Research Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, who has advised the U.S., Canadian, Mexican and Latvian governments as well as the United Nations Institute for Training and Research. He … Continue reading

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Hillary Clinton’s Email Operation Violated At Least Six Criminal Laws

Eric Zuesse This is not an exclusive list, nor does it relate to charges that might possibly be made against Ms. Clinton on grounds other than the unquestionable and basic ground that she moved all of her State Department email … Continue reading

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Inequality, Debt and Credit Stagnation

By Steve Keen – economics professor and Head of the School of Economics, History and Politics at Kingston University in London – Debt Deflation blog. This was my keynote speech at the French Association for Political Economy (AFEP) annual conference in … Continue reading

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