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The MH17 Pilot’s Corpse: More on the Cover-Up

Even His Family Was Blocked from It. Here’s Why. Eric Zuesse It might be the decisive piece of evidence proving who and what and how and why the MH17 Malaysian airliner over the conflict zone in Ukraine on 17 July … Continue reading

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U.S. Movies and T.V. Shows Have U.S. Army Ratings

The U.S. Army and Air Force public relations offices have responded to a Freedom of Information Act request by releasing huge lists of movies and television shows that they have assessed and, at least in many cases, sought to influence. … Continue reading

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Ongoing monetary and banking reform communication with ~2,000 AP Econ teachers

Since 2009 I’ve been a Socratic voice for monetary and banking reforms to ~2,000 Advanced Placement Macroeconomics teachers on our discussion listserve. The status over the last six years is an occasional positive response, with a total of perhaps ten … Continue reading

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Rent Bubble = Housing Bubble = Rent Bubble

Here is the conventional narrative about rents and housing valuations: 1. Rents have soared because people can’t afford to buy a house and have to rent 2. Based on soaring rents, housing is fairly valued In other words, rents and … Continue reading

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Why Won’t Bernie Talk About War?

If your local city or town government spent 54% of its funds on an immoral, disastrous, and unpopular project, and your brave, populist, socialist candidate for mayor virtually never acknowledged its existence, would you think something was wrong? Would his … Continue reading

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U.S. Propaganda: It’s Not Just False, but Absurd.

By Eric Zuesse, as originally published at strategic-culture.org. It’s so ridiculous, no intelligent and informed person would give it any serious consideration whatsoever. It insults the public’s intelligence. Here’s a typical example of the ridiculousness of U.S. propaganda: On July 16th, … Continue reading

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Chicago’s unknown hero of peace

By David Swanson, Guest columnist, The Daily Herald In its 1929 Man of the Year article, Time magazine acknowledged that many readers would believe Secretary of State Frank Kellogg the right choice, as probably the top news story of 1928 … Continue reading

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Corruption is Legal in the USA

Here is an animated guide to the 2014 study (often cited by Washington’s Blog) conducted by teams of researchers out of Princeton and Northwestern, looking at whether the US population can influence public policy.  This is the largest study of … Continue reading

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Jimmy Carter Is Correct that the U.S. Is No Longer a Democracy

Eric Zuesse On July 28th, Thom Hartmann interviewed former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, and, at the very end of his show (as if this massive question were merely an aftethought), asked him his opinion of the 2010 Citizens United decision and … Continue reading

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U.S. Tries to Stir Ethnic Division in Crimea

Eric Zuesse On Saturday, August 1st, Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko (who now acknowledges that his government is illegitimate and that his predecessor Viktor Yanukovych was overthrown in a February 2014 coup), sent greetings to an international conference of supporters of Tatars in Crimea, at the … Continue reading

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The Anti-Crimean Pogrom that Sparked Crimea’s Breakaway

Eric Zuesse #1: Here is a description of the “Korsun Pogrom” or “Korsun Massacre”: the 20 February 2014 event that sparked Crimea’s breakaway from Ukraine: http://fortruss.blogspot.com/2015/02/korsun-massacre-anniversary-what-really.html —— #2: Here is a 25-minute documentary about it, dated 14 August 2014: http://ukraine-human-rights.org/the-pogrom-of-korsun/ … Continue reading

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The Cost of Stagnation: We’re Living in Limbo

The idea that human life subdivides rather naturally into stages is based on our natural progression from childhood into adulthood and eventual (if we’re lucky) old age. Confucian thought views life as a developmental process with seven stages, each roughly … Continue reading

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STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND

“Thinking doesn’t pay. Just makes you discontented with what you see around you.” Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land I wish I didn’t think when I travel to NYC. It only makes me discontented. My last article about … Continue reading

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Drivers, Beware: The Costly, Deadly Dangers of Traffic Stops in the American Police State

By John Whitehead, constitutional and human rights attorney, and founder of the Rutherford Institute. “The Fourth Amendment was designed to stand between us and arbitrary governmental authority. For all practical purposes, that shield has been shattered, leaving our liberty and … Continue reading

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US Forces Succeed in Clearing Peaceful Environment Guardians, Escorting Shell Rig Through and Sending on to Arctic

Reporting from the scene: US forces cleared kayakers out of the way and cut the cables connecting suspended climbers, making space for the government-escorted Shell oil rig to move through and continue on to the Arctic to begin the fossil … Continue reading

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Understanding Oil Qaeda

In The Al Qaeda Network: A New Framework For DefiningThe Enemy, Katherine Zimmerman of the American Enterprise Institute describes the terrorist groups affiliated with Al Qaeda. Zimmerman is seen as a leading expert on the Al Qaeda network, having testified … Continue reading

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Portland, OR: US Gov Using Force to Clear Environment Guardians so Shell Oil Rig can Proceed to Arctic

Reporting from the scene: Currently, at the St. Johns Bridge in Portland, Oregon, environment guardians are suspended from the bridge by cables, and kayakers are trying to block the water.  Their goal is to prevent a Shell oil rig from … Continue reading

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Former Exxon President On Mission To Clean Up Oil Sands

Canada has given oil sands a dirty reputation, but a breakthrough, commercially viable technology has caught the eye of a former Exxon Mobil president who is putting it to use to clean up Utah’s billions of barrels of oil sands. … Continue reading

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Iran Deal Prevents Naked Muslim Ray Gun

Nukes get all the attention, but the fact is that intense inspections of Iranian facilities will also prevent Iran from developing a ray gun that causes your clothes to vanish and your brain to convert to Islam. No, there is … Continue reading

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Currency Devaluation: The Crushing Vice of Price

VICE is both a sin and a tool in the UK and Oz. In North America, the tool is VISE. I am using vice as both the tool and sin… When stagnation grabs exporting nations by the throat, the universal … Continue reading

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Viet Nam a Half Century Later

Jimmy Carter called a war waged in Vietnam by the United States — a war that killed 60,000 Americans and 4,000,000 Vietnamese, without burning down a single U.S. town or forest — “mutual” damage. Ronald Reagan called it a “noble” … Continue reading

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White House Petition to Extradite Big Game Hunter Walter Palmer to Zimbabwe reaches 75,000 Signatures Since Yesterday

Text of the WhiteHouse.gov petition, which has received almost 76,000 signatures since it was created yesterday: Extradite Minnesotan Walter James Palmer to Face Justice in Zimbabwe Cecil the Lion, a resident of Zimbabwe’s national park, and a national icon, was … Continue reading

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How Aristocrats Have Gotten Away with Even Mass-Murder

By Eric Zuesse, as originally published at strategic-culture.org. On 8 July 2015, in a pervasively ignored but historically very important news event (briefly mentioned by the BBC), the only trial ever in which a former head of state was convicted in … Continue reading

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Does “Creative Destruction” Include the State?

Everyone lauds “creative destruction” when it shreds monopolies and disrupts private enterprise “business as usual.” If thousands lose their middle-class livelihoods– hey, that’s the price of progress. Improvements in productivity and efficiency can’t be stopped, and those employed making buggy … Continue reading

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When Authorities “Own” the Market, The System Breaks Down: Here’s Why

Panicked by the possibility of declines that undermine the official narrative that all is well, authorities the world over are purchasing assets like stocks, bonds and mortgages directly. Central banks are explicitly taking on the role of buyers of last … Continue reading

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13-minute video: What do you care enough about to create in our/your future, citizen?

hat tips: ZenGardener and Mark Passio “What we care about on a day-to-day basis acts as the driving force of our thoughts and actions. Therefore, Care can be seen as the ultimate Generator of the quality of our experience.” – … Continue reading

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Poll: Overwhelming US Majority Says Israel Should Receive No Aid Boost due to US / Iran “Deal”

67.8% of respondents to a Google Consumer Survey said Israel should receive no compensation for the US finalizing a deal with Iran over its civilian nuclear program, which was begun at the behest of the US when Washington’s puppet, the … Continue reading

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Scott Walker’s Big Lie

Eric Zuesse I have written lots of articles about Barack Obama’s lying. To expose lies by Republicans is not at all a partisan matter for me; it’s about my only commitment, which is to the truth; and here is the truth about … Continue reading

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Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble: When Authorities Buy Assets to Prop Up Markets

The actual line from Shakespeare’s Macbeth is double, double, toil and trouble, fire burn, and cauldron bubble but for the purposes of analyzing what happens when authorities prop up market bubbles by directly buying assets, bubble, bubble, toil and trouble … Continue reading

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Israel Sees Nazism in Mirror it Mistakes for Window

Israel is trying to expel the population of a village for the crime of not being Jewish, the same crime for which Israel bombs the people of Gaza for a month or so every few years and blockades them in … Continue reading

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Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Implies EU Membership Might Be Impossible

Eric Zuesse Ukraine’s Euro-Integration website headlined on July 25th, “Klimkin: ‘If Ukraine Won’t Be an EU Member Within 5 Years, We Won’t Ever’,” and reported that, “Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin claims that if Kiev is required to wait 5 years before applying … Continue reading

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Deflation Is Winning – Beware!

Deflation is back on the front burner and it’s going to destroy all of the careful central planning and related market manipulation of the past 6 years. Clear signs from the periphery indicate that a destructive deflationary pulse has been … Continue reading

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UK PM Cameron explains .01% doctrine: ‘Destroy nation-states to invent our own barbaric realm’

hat tips: Nafeez Ahmed and Tony Gosling On July 20, 2015, UK Prime Minister David Cameron delivered a major speech to justify ongoing wars on “extremism.” Supporting corporate media analyses are here, here, here, here; with some honesty from George … Continue reading

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Hey, I Have an Idea Where They Can Stick the Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Governor Terry McAuliffe of Virginia campaigned on green energy (and I hear some people may have believed him, though I haven’t met one) and then immediately backed the proposed construction of a giant fracked-gas pipeline through the mountains and farms … Continue reading

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Downing Civilian Airliners and Destroying Ancient Artifacts

Investigative journalist Robert Parry continues to report the use by the US vanguard of the MH-17 tragedy as a propaganda tool against Russia. The US claims to be outraged by the shoot-down, but its purported indignation was easily debunked at … Continue reading

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As Economy Heads to Another Crash, BIS Acknowledges: We’re Failing

http://deutsche-wirtschafts-nachrichten.de/2015/07/22/maechtigste-bank-der-welt-legt-mandat-zur-rettung-der-weltwirtschaft-zurueck/ World’s Most Powerful Bank Reverses Course, to Avoid a Global Depression German Economic News, Translation (and closing Note) by Eric Zuesse  |  Published: 22:07:15 20:10 clock The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) acknowledges in its annual report that the … Continue reading

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Is the Echo Housing Bubble About to Burst?

Speculative bubbles that burst are often followed by an echo bubble, as many participants continue to believe that the crash was only a temporary setback. The U.S. housing market is experiencing a classic echo bubble. Exhibit A is the Case-Shiller … Continue reading

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George Clooney Opposes War Profiteering While African

George Clooney is being paid by the world’s top two war profiteers, Lockheed-Martin and Boeing, to oppose war profiteering by Africans disloyal to the U.S. government’s agenda. Way back yonder before World War II, war profiteering was widely frowned on … Continue reading

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EU Visa-Slams Ukrainians After February 2014 Ukrainian Coup

Eric Zuesse Although the coup in Ukraine in February 2014 was allegedly done in order to get Ukraine into the European Union (because the overthrown President Viktor Yanukovych had just before declined the EU’s offer for Ukraine to join the … Continue reading

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Will the Oil Patch Bust Trigger Recession?

This seemingly inexhaustible credit line is now drying up, with severely negative consequences for oil producers with debt that’s coming due. Could the oil patch bust triggered by oil plummeting from $100/barrel to $50/barrel kick the U.S. into recession? Longtime … Continue reading

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5-minute music videos: ‘One Love’ ‘Ripples,’ dances around the world as THE demanded economic & political context

“We’re gonna’ trip the light, we’re gonna’ break the night. And we’ll see with new eyes when we trip the light. Remember we’re lost together, remember we’re the same. We hold the burning rhythm in our hearts. We hold the flame.” – Trip the … Continue reading

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Ukrainian News Service Says Standard of Living Is Plummeting

Eric Zuesse The plunging economy of Ukraine has evidently become so bad that Ukrainians now can even feel safe to call publicly for stopping the war against the separatist Donbass region of the country, and for reallocationg those military expenditures … Continue reading

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Jon Stewart Blew Last Chance to Ask Obama a Question

Jon Stewart interviewed President Obama for the last time and told jokes instead of asking questions. If Stewart retires, where will we find someone willing to let Obama spew nonsense at such length unchallenged? I discussed Obama’s interview on RT … Continue reading

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The American Nightmare: The Tyranny Of The Criminal Justice System

Submitted by John Whitehead via The Rutherford Institute, How can the life of such a man Be in the palm of some fool’s hand? To see him obviously framed Couldn’t help but make me feel ashamed to live in a … Continue reading

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3-minute poetic video: .01% tell 99.99% we’re worthless and the economic problem. Ready for arrests of .01% criminals?

hat tips: What really happened, Wake up from your slumber and Agnes Torok “Say it’s not political, say it’s just the way it is that food banks can be cut but big banks need to be bailed out.” (from the … Continue reading

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Panem et Presidential Elections

I know you like the elephants and the acrobats, but we really do not have time for this. The U.S. presidential election is very far away. There’s a measurable rise in the ocean, the construction of numerous new military bases, … Continue reading

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Are Tech Giants’ New Buildings Signs of the Top?

When banks build new gleaming headquarters, that generally marks the top of the bank’s fortunes. There appears to be some sort of hubris in constructing a monumental new headquarters that shouts “we’re rich beyond all conception” that angers the stock … Continue reading

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America Is No Democracy. Here’s Proof:

Obama Prosecutes No Mega-Crooks. Hillary Also Wouldn’t. Would Sanders? Eric Zuesse The chief reason why the USA is no longer a democracy (if it ever was) is that its mega-criminals have impunity, just like kings and other dictators in countries … Continue reading

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We Need a Crash to Sort the Wheat from the Chaff

When a speculator bought a new particle-board-and-paint McMansion in the middle of nowhere in 2007 with nothing down and a $500,000 mortgage, the lender and the buyer both considered the house as $500,000 of collateral. The lender counted the house … Continue reading

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11-minute video: Japan awakes to being an economic slave colony of the US, approaching revolution

hat tip: Luke Rudkowski of WeAreChange and economist Marc Abela Economist Marc Abela explains in the video that Japanese are awakening to the fact that their government serves interests other than those of the Japanese people: Prime Minister Abe works … Continue reading

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Economic grace of ‘Social Credit’: national dividend and compensated retail prices to facilitate consumer goods distribution in an age of robotics

by guest author Wallace Klinck “The unacknowledged, but obvious, truth is that unnecessary work, imposed by either edict or contrived financial legerdemain, is slavery and servitude—totally irrational and immoral.  Every engineer worthy of the name is trying to eliminate the need for … Continue reading

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Perhaps This Is Obama’s Grand Strategy

Eric Zuesse Washingtonsblog’s anonymous founder and principal commentator is one of the most deeply knowledgeable writers on current events, and on July 19th he headlined “Governments Worldwide Will Crash the First Week of October … According to 2 Financial Forecasters.” He noted that both Martin … Continue reading

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Top U.S. Warfighting Experts: Drones INCREASE Terrorism

The former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency and director of Intelligence for the Joint Special Operations Command (3-Star General Mike Flynn) says in an interview set to air later this month: When you drop a bomb from a drone … Continue reading

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Thousands of Refugees Flee Northward from Greece

http://deutsche-wirtschafts-nachrichten.de/2015/07/18/tausende-fluechtlinge-fliehen-aus-griechenland-in-richtung-norden/ Thousands of Refugees Flee Northward from Greece Translated by Eric Zuesse, from German Economic News  |  as published: 21:40 clock 18:07:15 [18 July 2015]  The precarious situation in Greece means that thousands of refugees are making their way to northern Europe. There, the reaction … Continue reading

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All Hail Our Banking Overlords!

You really have to be paying attention to see what’s truly going on these days. The keepers of the system, that is the banking elites, now openly control everything — though you’d never know that by listening to the media. … Continue reading

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Clinton Days Are Here Again!

See if you can spot the mistake in this activist email I received recently: “In 2001, the Clinton Administration handed George Bush peace, prosperity, and record budget surpluses. Eight years later, Bush handed Barack Obama two disastrous wars and a … Continue reading

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Yall Are Talking About War Wrong

Former head of the Pentagon’s Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Lt. General Michael Flynn has joined the ranks of the many recently retired officials openly admitting that what the U.S. military does generates dangers rather than reducing them. (Flynn didn’t explicitly … Continue reading

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OPINION: Concentrated Wealth + Widespread Stupidity = End of Democracy

Eric Zuesse Today’s America is not a democracy: “Dark Money Groups Are Funded By Dark Money Groups That Fund Dark Money Groups That Fund…” That terrific investigative news report by Paul Blumenthal at Huffington Post, on 9 November 2013, penetrated beyond what … Continue reading

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Thank Goodness Everything’s Fixed

Thank goodness everything’s been fixed. Now that the bigshots in the Eurozone have given Greece the Humphrey Bogart treatment– When you’re slapped, you’ll take it and like it, Bogart’s line as he bullied Peter Lorre in The Maltese Falcon–and a … Continue reading

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Agency to Enslave Greeks Is Established

Eric Zuesse Late on Thursday, July 16th, German Economic News headlined “Greece: Debt Restructuring Through the Back Door,” and reported that, “The majority of Greece’s national debt is to be moved in the next three years gradually to the euro … Continue reading

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Abdulazeez and Abdulaziz

Former engineer Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, according to investigators, was a lone gunman with no prior infractions who this week targeted two US military facilities in Tennessee, killing four militants and no civilians. Salman bin Abdulaziz is one of the world’s … Continue reading

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The Constitution of the EU’s Dictatorship

Eric Zuesse It’s here: http://www.esm.europa.eu/pdf/ESM Treaty consolidated 13-03-2014.pdf That’s the treaty establishing (which was originally done in 2012) the ultimate lending-fund for what the EU now officially considers to be a permanent economic crisis in Europe, of member-nations that are … Continue reading

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When Capitalism Turns to Cannibalism

With authentic growth scarce, there’s no other way to reap huge profits but cannibalism. When people say “capitalism has failed” or “capitalism has succeeded,” we have to ask: what type of capitalism do you mean? Authentic capitalism, in which capital … Continue reading

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NBC Dares Mention Climate in Spread of Lyme Disease, But Not Who Created Lyme Disease

Climate change is apparently encouraging the spread of Lyme disease, and a report by NBC News dares to say so. This may seem like a fresh breath of honest sanity in a media context in which even the weather reports … Continue reading

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AIPAC: Anti-Iranian Propaganda at Congress

AIPAC’s statement on Iran inspires me to make a graphic: Here’s AIPAC’s statement: “AIPAC Statement on Proposed Iran Nuclear Agreement“AIPAC has consistently supported diplomatic efforts to end Iran’s nuclear weapons program,” Except when lobbying for ever greater sanctions that would … Continue reading

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Iran’s First Post-Shah President Says Iran’s Theocracy Is ‘Despotic’

Eric Zuesse — Bani-Sadr says Iran was trying for a nuclear bomb until 2003 — He says “mismanagement and corruption” plague the country — He calls current government “despotic” — He says winners in nuclear deal are “Israel, Saudi Arabia … Continue reading

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Diminishing Returns on Central-Planning Policy Extremes = 2016 Crash

It is perhaps fitting that I am posting a call for a financial crisis that fails to respond to the usual central-planning manipulations on Bastille Day. There are two main lessons for the present era we can draw from the … Continue reading

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22-minute video documents how .01% use sex to sell children of all ages

hat tip: 3MillionTV This is the best video I’ve seen to prove the .01% wanna-be masters brainwash the public, including children, into sexual distraction and servitude: This artistic selection of video also documents pedophilia (and here), and is only one … Continue reading

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New IMF Report on Greece Says Projections Are Unrealistically Optimistic

Eric Zuesse A new IMF report on Greece, issued on Tuesday, July 14th, is titled “AN UPDATE OF IMF STAFF’S PRELIMINARY PUBLIC DEBT SUSTAINABILITY ANALYSIS,” and it says — these are quotations, not paraphrases — in summary: Greece’s public debt has become highly … Continue reading

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My Congressman Is Wrong On Iran and Yours Might Be Too

For the United States to sit and talk and come to an agreement with a nation it has been antagonizing and demonizing since the dictator it installed in 1953 was overthrown in 1979 is historic and, I hope, precedent setting. … Continue reading

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ISIS Crisis Exegesis

Talking with Iran has made the war profiteers and their servants sad and the rest of the world happy. Perhaps the novel idea of negotiating rather than killing will be carried over to several other parts of the world. Mainstream … Continue reading

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Greece ‘austerity deal’ explained in 1-minute video

hat tips: What Really Happened, Zero Hedge Appropriately for Greece being known as a birthplace of democratic ideals, Star Wars was created by George Lucas to tell the story of democracy devolving into vicious psychopathic empire. Real-world Greece (and here, here) … Continue reading

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What Are Foreign Military Bases For?

If you’re like most people in the United States, you have a vague awareness that the U.S. military keeps lots of troops permanently stationed on foreign bases around the world. But have you ever wondered and really investigated to find … Continue reading

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Russian Politician Predicts U.S. Coup Ousting Putin Soon

Eric Zuesse Evgeny Fedorov, a member of Russia’s Duma or parliament, is predicting, in a half-hour video interview, that Russian President Vladimir Putin will be overthrown by a U.S. coup, within two years. He says that U.S. Government agents have … Continue reading

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The one undeniable truth about the debt drama in Greece is that each of the conventional narratives—financial, political and historical—has some claim of legitimacy. For example, spendthrift Greeks shunned fiscal discipline: here’s an account from 2011 that lays out the … Continue reading

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How Fascist Capitalism Functions: The Case of Greece

Eric Zuesse There is democratic capitalism, and there is fascist capitalism. What we have today is fascist capitalism; and the following will explain how it works, using as an example the case of Greece. Mark Whitehouse at Bloomberg headlined on … Continue reading

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Vladimir Putin States Russia’s New Strategy

Eric Zuesse Russian President Vladimir Putin presented, on July 3rd, to Russia’s Security Council, the nation’s new National Security Strategy, which encompasses not merely military, but especially economic, agencies within the Russian Federal Government. Because his statement was ignored in … Continue reading

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Maintaining the Illusion of Stability Now Requires Ever-Greater Extremes

On the surface, everything still looks remarkably stable in the core industrial economies. The stock markets in Japan, Germany and the U.S. are only a few percentage points off their highs, and we’re constantly assured that inflation no longer exists … Continue reading

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Read Mumia

Yes, I also want to say Free Mumia. In fact, I want to say Free all the prisoners. Turn the prison holding Mumia Abu-Jamal into a school and make him dean. And if you won’t free all the prisoners, free … Continue reading

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Journalists’ Complicity in Hiding Those Guilty for MH17

Eric Zuesse Robert Parry headlined on July 9th, “MH-17 Case Slips into Propaganda Fog,” and he wrote: “Many investigative journalists, including myself, have been rebuffed in repeated efforts to get verifiable proof about the case or even informational briefings.” His phrase “have … Continue reading

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You’re Worried About the WRONG Things … Here Are the REAL Dangers that Could Kill You

You’re Much More Likely to Be Killed By Deer, Cows, Dogs, Brain-Eating Parasites, Toddlers, Lightning, Falling Out of Bed, Alcoholism, Food Poisoning, Choking On Your Meal, a Financial Crash, Obesity, Medical Errors or “Autoerotic Asphyxiation” than by Terrorists Preface: Bad … Continue reading

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Help Rebuild Al-Awda Hospital in Gaza and Support Scholarship by Dr. Norman Finkelstein

Dr. Norman Finkelstein (PhD, Political Science, Princeton), is writing a crowd-funded column at Byline.  All funds contributed will go towards medical equipment for Al-Awda hospital in Gaza, which was badly damaged by Israel during its latest assault on the refugee … Continue reading

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Document Shows CIA Reaction to Finding No WMD in Iraq

By David Swanson, teleSUR The National Security Archive has posted several newly available documents, one of them an account by Charles Duelfer of the search he led in Iraq for weapons of mass destruction, with a staff of 1,700 and … Continue reading

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Jeb Bush: “People Need to Work Longer Hours.” Media Soften It.

Reuters & CNBC, Etc.: “Bush says Americans should have chance to work longer hours in improved economy.” Eric Zuesse Jeb Bush, on July 8th: “My aspiration for the country, and I believe we can achieve it, is 4 percent growth as far … Continue reading

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30-second video: Officer powerfully honors Oath to US Constitution – this path stops .01% crimes, looting, lies

hat tip: Activist Post This unidentified law officer models exactly what Americans need to experience and express to reclaim our virtuous republic. America currently suffers from .01% “leaders” in government, banking/finance, and corporate media who execute literal “Crimes against Humanity” … Continue reading

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As New US History Books Downplay White Supremacy, “Bible Defence of Slavery” a Top Downloaded Book

In Texas, the latest State Board of Education history books “downplay slavery’s role” in the Civil War, and entirely “omit [the] KKK” as well as Jim Crow segregation dictates, which remained in place until 1965, with “de jure segregation mainly … Continue reading

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President Obama Accepts Slavery in Order to Win TPP Trade Deal

Eric Zuesse So that U.S. President Barack Obama can end a roadblock and win the agreement of other nations for his proposed Trans Pacific Partnership, he has decided to remove one of the nations, Malaysia, from the U.S. State Department’s … Continue reading

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No Jobs for the Young, No Retirement for the Old

You may have seen a variation of this chart of employment in the U.S. by age group. This chart–courtesy of mdbriefing.com— shows the number of those employed (with any kind of job–full-time, part-time, self-employed) as a percentage of the Civilian … Continue reading

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Call for Sanity on Sixtieth Anniversary of the Russell-Einstein Manifesto

Sixty years after Albert Einstein and Bertrand Russell issued their manifesto about the growing threat of world war, the globe continues to face the prospect of nuclear annihilation — coupled with the looming threat of climate change. Sign the new … Continue reading

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15-minute video: Solutions to upside down economics

Mark Anielski and Ellen Brown’s powerful 15-minute response to an interview at the Seizing an Alternative conference (and here, with videos here) with former World Bank economist Herman Daly and co-author John B. Cobb of For the Common Good (video should … Continue reading

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Wikipedia as Propaganda Not History — MH17 as An Example

Eric Zuesse Wikipedia articles are more propaganda than they are historical accounts. And, often, their cited sources are misleading, or even false. On 15 August 2007, the BBC headlined “Wikipedia Shows CIA Page Edits,” and Jonathan Fildes reported that, “An online tool … Continue reading

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Peace Lessons

I just read what may be the best introduction to peace studies I’ve ever seen. It’s called Peace Lessons, and is a new book by Timothy Braatz. It’s not too fast or too slow, neither obscure nor boring. It does … Continue reading

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U.S. Wealth-Concentration: The Most-Accurate Current Estimates

Eric Zuesse CURRENT REALITIES: Wealthiest Tenth (10%) of Americans Own 75% of America; They Draw 40% of All U.S. Income. Wealthiest Hundredth (1%) of Americans Own 43% of America; They Draw 20% of All U.S. Income. Wealthiest Thousandth (0.1%) of Americans Own 22% of America; … Continue reading

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France In Photos

Part 1 of our trip is here. Copyright © 2015. Washington’s Blog. All Rights Reserved.

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Ragin’ Contagion: When Debtors Go Broke, So Do Mercantilist Exporters

Beneath the endless twists and turns of Greece’s debt crisis lie fundamental asymmetries that doom the euro, the joint currency that has been the centerpiece of European unity since its introduction in 1999. The key imbalance is between export powerhouse … Continue reading

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Upside down economics of debt, poverty, unemployment: Ready to seize solutions, or need more pain?

“If people were really self-interested, they would stop trying to be individualistic.” – John B. Cobb, founder of Seizing an Alternative conference (and here, videos here) Economic Hitman John Perkins’ 2-minutes on today’s neo-colonialism capitalism: Demonocracy’s 2-minutes on what the … Continue reading

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How Can This Still Be Happening in Our World?

How does war impact people who believe in it? What does it do to people who live through it? How does it feel to begin to doubt it? SanctuaryThePlay.com This play is a flood of sensations streaming out of the … Continue reading

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Killing Crabs and Arabs

I lead a sheltered life. Apart from visiting Afghanistan once during a war, the closest I come to danger is in sports, and the closest I come to violence is in emailed death threats from war fanatics — and even … Continue reading

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New U.S. National Military Strategy: U.S. May Invade Any Non-‘Ally’

Eric Zuesse On July 1st, the White House, Joint Chiefs of Staff, issued “The National Military Strategy of the United States of America 2015” (officially dated June 2015), and at its top is: “U.S. ENDURING NATIONAL INTERESTS: The security of the United States, … Continue reading

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Mapping Military Madness: 2015 Update

Once again this year, the clear winner, in not just women’s soccer and incarceration, but also in militarism, is the United States of America, sweeping nearly every category of military insanity with seemingly effortless ease. Find all of last year’s … Continue reading

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