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Why We’re Poorer: Inflation and Deflation Are Now Globalized

We’re being hit with a double-whammy: Wages are under deflationary pressure, and almost everything else is exposed to inflationary pressure. As correspondent Mark G. observed in Globalization = Permanent Instability, it’s impossible to understand inflation and deflation now except in a … Continue reading

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Extremists Execute Up to 30,000 Surrendered Soldiers and Civilians

Militant extremists executed up to thirty-thousand surrendered soldiers and civilians along a single stretch of desolate highway between Iraq and Kuwait. The extremist group calls itself USA – United States of America.  The year was 1991, and this massacre came … Continue reading

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War Resumes in Ukraine

Ukraine’s President Says All Ukrainians Who Reject His Government Should Die Ukraine Violates Ceasefire Agreement w. Russia and OSCE, Re-Invades Its East Eric Zuesse On October 30th, the Novorossian press agency announced that on the prior day, Ukrainian troops had … Continue reading

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Saturday Night Live On Ebola

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Globalization = Permanent Instability

Globalization continually creates imbalances that fuel a perpetual instability that gradually impoverishes every sector other than global capital. Globalization has two guaranteed consequences: permanent instability and endless boom-and-bust cycles. As noted in Forget “Free Trade”–Focus on Capital Flows, the key engine of … Continue reading

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57 Candidates and Nothing On

I was lucky to attend a debate among the candidates for Congress from Virginia’s Fifth District just before game 7 of the world series. This was the kind of event you can write about while drinking beer and yelling at … Continue reading

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Google Survey: Majority of US Citizens Think US Gives Too Much to Israel

The majority of US citizens, according to a Google Consumer Survey (cited here), think the US gives too much aid to Israel: Today 6 in 10 Americans believe the U.S. gives too much aid to Israel Surveying Americans about U.S. aid … Continue reading

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No More Wars on Anything

Searching new articles on ye olde internets the past couple of days for the word “war,” I turned up roughly equal uses of “war” to refer to wars and to refer to other things entirely. Apparently there is a war … Continue reading

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Forget “Free Trade”–Focus on Capital Flows

In a world dominated by mobile capital, mobile capital is the comparative advantage. Defenders and critics of “free trade” and globalization tend to present the issue as either/or: it’s inherently good or bad. In the real world, it’s not that simple. The … Continue reading

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What’s Behind Lower Gas-Prices and the Bombings of Syria and of Southeastern Ukraine

  Obama Represents U.S. & Arabic Aristocracies, Against Those of Russia & Iran. Eric Zuesse   INTRODUCTION: Why is the Ukrainian Government, which the U.S. supports, bombing the pro-Russian residents who live in Ukraine’s own southeast? Why is the American … Continue reading

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When Guys Decide Which Scientific Studies to Fund …

More Is Better! This headline from the Telegraph sums it up:    “Sex with 21 women lowers risk of prostate cancer, academics find“. Here’s the money quote: Sleeping with more than 20 women protects men against prostate cancer, a study has suggested. … Continue reading

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U.S. Sends Planes Armed With Depleted Uranium to Middle East

The U.S. Air Force says it is not halting its use of Depleted Uranium weapons, has recently sent them to the Middle East, and is prepared to use them. A type of airplane, the A-10, deployed this month to the … Continue reading

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We Don’t Have One Problem–We Have Three Interlocking Sets of Problems

The additional sets of problems added as “solutions” only guarantee that the third and final crash of asset bubbles just ahead will be far more devastating than the crashes of 2000 and 2009. The conventional view tacitly assumes the global … Continue reading

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What Will Come of Latest Report on American Torture?

Inexplicably, since the US is disliked for its good qualities, not for running a mass international torture ring, Obama continues to censor the latest anthology on American torture. Douglas Valentine, author of The Phoenix Program: America’s Use of Terror in … Continue reading

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Israeli Chooses “Honorable Life” Over Joining Military

Danielle Yaor is 19, Israeli, and refusing to take part in the Israeli military. She is one of 150 who have committed themselves, thus far, to this position: We, citizens of the state of Israel, are designated for army service. … Continue reading

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The Conscience of a Moderate

Angels by the River: A Memoir by James Gustave Speth is pleasantly written but painful to read. Speth knew about the dangers of global warming before the majority of today’s climate change deniers were born. He was an advisor to … Continue reading

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Why Gold Is Undervalued – And poised to re-price upwards from here

Gold has been in a bear market for three years. Technical analysts are asking themselves whether they should call an end to this slump on the basis of the “triple-bottom” recently made at $1180/oz, or if they should be wary … Continue reading

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Ukriane’s Civil War Is Restarting: a Good Site for Following It

Ukrainian Government is said to have air-dropped leaflets: “leave or die.” Introductory note by Eric Zuesse: Below is from a recent day’s report by the Belarusian (or “Byelorussian”) management-consulting firm Geopolitics, a site which often posts the most-penetrating daily reports … Continue reading

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Does Anyone Else Think the Stock Market Is Living on Reds, Vitamin C and Cocaine?

This state of delusion would be amusing if it wasn’t so tragic. The stock market’s wild swings of sentiment have got me thinking it’s living on reds, vitamin C and cocaine. This is a famous line from the Grateful Dead song Truckin’. … Continue reading

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Huffington Post: In the War Between the CIA and Senate Democrats, Everybody Won Except the Public

Eric Zuesse Ryan Grim and Ali Watkins of Huffington Post headlined in an October 23rd news story, “Senate-CIA Dispute Unsettled As Final Investigation Into Torture Report Ends,” and they reported that the investigation by the Senate Intelligence Committee, concerning records that the … Continue reading

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War Culture

According to a book by George Williston called This Tribe of Mine: A Story of Anglo Saxon Viking Culture in America, the United States wages eternal war because of its cultural roots in the Germanic tribes that invaded, conquered, ethnically … Continue reading

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The Rape of Democracy

Eric Zuesse On the one side are Republicans, who resent taxes and self-identify with rich people who say that government is basically a huge waste of money and only private business is efficient and productive. On the other side are … Continue reading

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List of the World’s Richest Countries; America’s Special Role in It

Eric Zuesse The world’s richest countries are the ones where the median wealth per person is the highest. This system ranks nations truly according to the most-representative person in each given nation — the person who is in the exact … Continue reading

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What Happens When Cash Is No Longer Trash?

Those who actually create value as opposed to chasing yield with nearly-free money will actually have some traction once the swamp of excess liquidity drains. When those closest to the money spigots of the Federal Reserve can borrow billions for … Continue reading

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Prof. Zunes Details, Easily Debunks Near Unanimous, Crude US Gov. Lying in Service of US/Israeli Terrorism

This report is posted today in Counterpunch.  It is written by Stephen Zunes, “a professor of Politics and coordinator of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of San Francisco.” He explicitly details not only that US government lying (ie propaganda) … Continue reading

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In Uncharted Waters

What I see as extremes that must necessarily end badly, others see as mere extensions of recently successful policies and trends. A long-time reader recently chastised me for using too many maybe’s in my forecasts. The criticism is valid, as “on the other … Continue reading

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Pew Finds: Conservatives Get Their News from Fox; Liberals Get Theirs Everywhere

Eric Zuesse Pew headlined on October 21st, “Political Polarization & Media Habits,” and reported “Striking Differences Between Liberals and Conservatives,” such as that Fox News Channel dominates as the news-source among conservatives, but that no news-source dominates among liberals. 47% of “Consistent … Continue reading

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Everything Wrong With Liberalism in One Image Found on FaceBook

Here’s a fairly typical image of a sort that constantly clogs up my FaceBook page. I take it to be the full and open expression of someone or some group’s honest outlook. I don’t think they’d identify themselves at the … Continue reading

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Public Says No to Silencing Prisoners’ Speech

I would not have guessed that people cared so much and so well about U.S. prisoners. The Governor of Pennsylvania is expected to sign into law a dangerous precedent that we all need to speak out against and put a … Continue reading

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Germany’s Merkel Agrees with ‘Angry’ Slovak Leader that Ukraine Bums EU to Pay for Russian Gas

But Merkel says EU taxpayers will have to subsidize Ukraine. Eric Zuesse On October 21st, the German Economic News  headlined (as translated), “Merkel: EU Taxpayers Should Finance Debt of Ukraine,” and reported that, “Angela Merkel visited [Slovakia's Prime Minister] Robert Fico … Continue reading

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On Killing Trayvons

This Wednesday is a day of action that some are calling a national day of action against police brutality, with others adding “and mass incarceration,” and I’d like to add “and war” and make it global rather than national. This … Continue reading

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How The Federal Reserve Is Purposely Attacking Savers

There’s something we ‘regular’ citizens wrestle with that the elites never seem to: a sense of moral duty. For example, following the collapse of the housing bubble, many people struggled with mortgages they could no longer afford to pay, fearing … Continue reading

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The Artists’ Road to Serfdom: The Commoditization of Creative Content

This is the net result of commoditization: there’s no premium for commoditized capital, labor, goods, services or content. As I noted in Our New Robot Overlords & The Third Type of Capital, profits flow to whatever inputs are scarce. Unfortunately for musicians, … Continue reading

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On Newsweek’s Finding that a Major US Ally Cuts Off More Heads than ISIS

Newsweek has an article out called “When It Comes to Beheadings, ISIS has Nothing on Saudi Arabia”. The article accurately illustrates that Saudi Arabia is essentially an established version of ISIS; in fact it was established the same way, which is also … Continue reading

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CIA Warned Obama that Funding Rebels Doesn’t Work … But Obama Decided to Fund Syrian Rebels ANYWAY For Cynical Political Gain

Painting by Anthony Freda. Obama Knew Arming Rebels Was Useless,  But Did It Anyway We’ve pointed out for years that arming the Syrian and Libyan rebels to topple leaders we don’t like is a really stupid idea. It turns out … Continue reading

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If Republicans Win Control of the Senate in November, Nuclear War with Russia Will Be More Likely. Here’s Why.

Eric Zuesse Senate Bill S. 2277 is sponsored by 26 Republicans and no Democrats, and it would give President Obama the virtually unlimited authority to take U.S. to war against Russia in defense of the Ukrainian Government that Obama’s February 2014 coup … Continue reading

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Our New Robot Overlords & The Third Type of Capital

Fortune will instead favor a third group: those who can innovate and create new products, services, and business models. A recent issue of Foreign Affairs sported a catchy cover teaser: Our New Robot Overlords. This brings to mind various sci-fi scenarios, but the … Continue reading

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Shadow Facts About Shadow Government

Tom Engelhardt keeps churning out great books by collecting his posts from TomDispatch.com. His latest book, Shadow Government, is essential reading. Of the ten essays included, eight are on basically the same topic, resulting in some repetition and even some … Continue reading

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Why Nations (and organizations) Fail: Self-Serving Elites

For those who doubt that America is ruled by a narrow elite: three charts. The book Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty neatly summarizes why nations fail in a few lines: (A nation) is poor precisely because it … Continue reading

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Instead of Appointing a Medical Expert, Obama Appoints a LOBBYIST as Ebola Czar

What’s He Going To Do … Lobby To Convince Congress That Ebola Is Not That Big A Risk? Obama has appointed Ron Klain as the Ebola Czar. Klain has no medical or healthcare background whatsoever. Instead, he’s a high-powered lobbyist. … Continue reading

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YOU’RE EITHER THE BUTCHER OR YOU’RE THE CATTLE

I know many people have no interest in watching the boob tube because 99% of the programming is either mindless drivel or government sanctioned propaganda. It’s the 1% that reflects the deeper themes and moods engulfing our society. Television shows … Continue reading

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A Different War-Is-Good-For-Us Argument

It seems like we just got through dealing with the argument that war is good for us because it brings peace. And along comes a very different twist, combined with some interesting insights. Here’s a blog post by Joshua Holland … Continue reading

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Obama Misrepresents the Russian Economy

Eric Zuesse A report posted October 15th at Russia Insider (a Russian website), headlined “Russian Industry Expands Rapidly In September, Hammers Expectations: Fastest growth since 2012. Manufacturing up 3.6%. Food production shows double digit growth.” This contradicts many reports in U.S. media, … Continue reading

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Why the State Has Failed to Reform Our Broken Financial System

Expecting the state to truly reform the nation’s engines of financialization is like asking the cocaine addict married to the wealthy dealer to divorce the dealer. Most observers think they know why the government (i.e. the state) has failed to … Continue reading

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Why Bush Censored Discovery of Chemical Weapons in Iraq

Reports out today: Democracy Now: A new report says the Bush administration concealed the discovery of chemical weapons in Iraq that had been developed with U.S. support in the 1980s — and then denied medical care to the wounded American … Continue reading

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Ebola: Everything you need to know right now

The current Ebola outbreak, unlike others throughout history, is lasting a very long time; with cases now being reported on a variety of continents well outside of its equatorial African origin. I’m not especially worried about Ebola striking me or … Continue reading

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What Options Are Left for Central Banks?

Central banks have reached a fork in the road. Never before have quasi-omnipotent financial gods had so few powers. A lot is being written about central bank policies now as the Federal Reserve ends its primary quantitative easing (QE) program and … Continue reading

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Photography … From Space

Astronaut Chris Hatfield has just come out with a new book of his space photos. Here’s a really cool video on how he shoots the pics: If you want to see the current generation of insanely good space-station images, check … Continue reading

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Pervasive Lying in U.S. & UK ‘News’ Media

Why are these questions being asked on Russian TV, but not on U.S. TV? Eric Zuesse The lying is intentional, and it is systematic; but it is so on only the most important news-topics, the ones that affect the nation’s … Continue reading

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Pranking the CIA: The New Get-Rich-Quick Story

When New York Times reporter James Risen published his previous book, State of War, the Times ended its delay of over a year and published his article on warrantless spying rather than be scooped by the book. The Times claimed … Continue reading

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How America Changed from Being the World’s Leading Democratic Nation under FDR, to Being the World’s Leading Nazi Nation under Obama

Eric Zuesse America has changed fundamentally since — and away from — the values that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt represented both in his words, and in his actions (that’s to say, in his actual decisions, his choices, as the U.S. President). … Continue reading

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Minions to evil 0.01%: join humanity’s victory as heroes, or bond with evil’s outcome

For those involved in support of US government-sponsored disinformation and massive crimes that annually kill millions, harm billions, and loot trillions of the 99.99%’s dollars, I invite you to consider the quality of human relationships you wish to work for … Continue reading

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VIDEO: Understanding Asset Bubbles

Through the long sweep of history, the bursting of asset bubbles has nearly always been traumatic.  Social, political and economic upheavals have a bad habit of following asset bubbles, while wealth destruction is a guaranteed feature. Bubbles only used to … Continue reading

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The Schizophrenia Tormenting Our Society & Economy

What can popular television programs tell us about the zeitgeist (spirit of the age) of our culture and economy? It’s an interesting question, as all mass media both responds to and shapes our interpretations and explanations of changing times. It’s … Continue reading

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What Obama’s Ukrainian Stooges Did

Eric Zuesse Here are highlights from a one-hour-and-thirty-seven-minute video documenting the ethnic cleansing or attempted genocide against the residents in southeast Ukraine, the Ukrainian area that had voted overwhelmingly for the man whom Obama overthrew on February 22nd. If the voters in that region were … Continue reading

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Again the Peace Prize Not for Peace

The Nobel Peace Prize is required by Alfred Nobel’s will, which created it, to go to “the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies … Continue reading

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Biden Speech Loaded w. Lies About Ukraine

The Ukrainian Portion of V.P. Biden’s Harvard Kennedy-School Address, Oct. 3rd Eric Zuesse [INTRODUCTORY NOTE: Almost everything that our Vice President said about Ukraine and Russia, in this speech he delivered at Harvard on October 3rd, is a lie or … Continue reading

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Gallup: Republicans Are Likely to Win Congress Next Month

Eric Zuesse On October 8th, Gallup issued three polls that present next month’s elections as a likely bloodbath for congressional Democrats. One  bannered “Voter Engagement Lower Than in 2010 and 2006 Midterms,” and reported that by a whopping 19%, Republicans felt more … Continue reading

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Urgent: Right-Left Alliance Needed to Stop This War!

By David Swanson, originally published by Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity Last year, public pressure played a big role in stopping US missile strikes on Syria. The biggest difference between then and now was that televisions weren’t telling … Continue reading

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Casting Doubt on “Facts” That Drive the West

In this 25 minute interview (below), Professor Chomsky throws a monkey wrench into some of the most fundamental parts of the enveloping machinery of unquestioned propaganda that propels the West, particularly the highly insulated USA: What is the most dangerous, … Continue reading

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End of the Empire

If the top 1/100th of 1% crowding airports with their private jets isn’t afraid of impoverished, disenchanted debt-serfs with pitchforks, they should be. By End of the Empire I refer not to the collapse of American Imperial power but to the excesses … Continue reading

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Thoughts of a Beheaded Head

Dostoievski once had a character imagine what a head would think if for some seconds it were aware of having been cut off by an executioner’s guillotine, or if somehow it were aware for a full minute, or even for … Continue reading

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The Critical Difference Between Rentier Wealth and Wealth Creation

If you want to understand why our economy is stagnating and wealth inequality is rising, look at the rise of rentier skims and the resulting decline in wealth creation. To understand why the real economy is stagnating, we have to … Continue reading

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Leading German Journalist Admits CIA ‘Bribed’ Him and Other Leaders of the Western ‘Press’

Eric Zuesse Udo Ulfkotte, a former editor of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (which is one of Germany’s largest newspapers), has decided to go public about the corruption of himself and the rest of the Western ‘news’ media, because he finds that this corruption … Continue reading

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Hillary Clinton Confirms Commitment to Democracy by Acknowledging Role in Overthrow of Honduran Democracy

As reported by Al Jazeera, Hillary Clinton now publicly acknowledges her globally isolated role in aiding a terrorist organization in the overthrow of Honduras’s democratically elected president, Manuel Zelaya, in 2009. Demonstrating her unwavering commitment to democracy and respect for the Honduran people, Clinton says she … Continue reading

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Operation Odysseus’ Butcher Shop

The phrase “war myths” these days is generally taken to mean such nonsense as that war will make us safe, or civilians won’t be killed, or surgical strikes will kill more enemies than they produce, or prosperity and freedom will … Continue reading

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VIDEO: A National Failure to Save & Invest

As detailed in earlier chapters, the US’ debts and unfunded liabilities far exceed its assets. But making matters worse, the country is suffering from a prolonged failure to save and invest — both at the personal and national level. Being … Continue reading

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Economics of revolution: David DeGraw 30-minute interview on .01% voracious looting

30-minute interview here with David DeGraw and Dennis Trainor, Jr. of Acronym TV. Technological evolution has been parasitized by a .01% who cause average American families to devolve from an economy in the 1950’s and ‘60s where one adult wage-earner … Continue reading

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‘Cancer Vortex’: Medical industry profits pre-empt healthcare

I’ve reviewed two of Ken Anton’s books: Popsicle Man is a novel form to share real-world history of US oligarchs with Emperor’s New Clothes’ obvious crimes centering in war and money Cancer Vortex provides similar powerful history of the medical oligarchs who block medically and legally proven … Continue reading

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Beyond 935 Lies

Charles Lewis’ book, 935 Lies, would make a fine introduction to reality for anyone who believes the U.S. government usually means well or corporations tend to tell the truth in the free market. And it would make an excellent introduction … Continue reading

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.01% slaughter innocents by the millions, parasitize trillions: how do you speak of them?

We all have our roles to play. Is it part of your work on Earth to speak for the innocents gruesomely slaughtered by .01% “developed”/imperial nations in unlawful wars (here, here, here, here), Economic Hitman looting by the trillions of … Continue reading

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First 13 Years in Afghanistan Big Success, Next 10 Promise Joy and Prosperity

Here comes another October 7th, time once again for celebrating the International Day of Wars-Start-Easy-But-They’re-a-Bitch-to-End. That is, if we can spare a few moments away from celebrating the new wars we’re starting. On this date 13 years ago, the United … Continue reading

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The New War, the Forever War, and a World Beyond War

October 3, 2014 — A statement on the current and enduring crisis, by the coordinating committee of WorldBeyondWar.org This statement as PDF.   SUMMARY The following is an assessment of the current ISIS crisis. The statement examines: (1) the social … Continue reading

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.01% poverty-murder a million children monthly: that’s 1,000 miles of 4-lane freeway traffic

Legal definition of murder includes both reckless lack of concern, and deaths connected to commission of crimes. Poverty deaths (and war-murders) from the .01%’s unlawful Wars of Aggression are easily proved (here, here, here, here). Poverty deaths from neo-imperialism and … Continue reading

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Gallup Poll Finds Business Majors Graduate to the Worst Careers

An Important Finding to Guide Students in Choosing Their Career-Paths Eric Zuesse In what many people might consider to be a shocking finding, the Gallup Poll reported, on Thursday, October 2nd, that America’s college and university graduates with “Business” degrees (including … Continue reading

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Ukrainian Separatists Urge Immediate World Attention to Block a Mass-Execution by Ukraine

Eric Zuesse   The pro-Russian website, https://vk.com/wall-74692511_15456, issued yesterday the following bulletin, which has just now been confirmed as authentic, by the southeastern-Ukrainian democratic leader Oleg Tsarev; so it’s passed on: — Citizens’ Union of Ukraine —  WARNING !!!  Please Immediately … Continue reading

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Why Is the U.S. Government Dictatorial Towards Dissenters … But Welcoming Ebola Carriers With Open Arms?

Will Obama be the Commander-In-Chief Who Lets Ebola Infect America? 3 Supreme Court justices, 2 top level NSA executives, numerous Democratic and Republican Congress members and other top American officials have said that we’re basically in a police state Obama … Continue reading

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Human failure to recognize, retain, and unleash real leadership: essential topic for the 99.99%’s victory

Between right now and victory over a psychopathically evil .01%, a critical mass of human beings must accomplish two tasks: Recognize this evil clearly. Recognize real leadership. Among ~100 areas of crucial concern, perhaps the easiest-to-prove “Big Lie” crimes of … Continue reading

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Why Obama Lost His War in Ukraine

Eric Zuesse When President Obama took control of Ukraine in February 2014, via a coup d’etat against the democratically elected President, rather than by an outright invasion of U.S. troops, the new Government that he imposed in Kiev was democratically very … Continue reading

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Empires Inflame Religious Extremism through their Own, Worse Extremism

Throughout history, as the various empires use overpowering ultra-violence to achieve domination over and profit from smaller, weaker groups, the empires have driven their victims deeper and deeper into their own extremism, as the victims try to maintain motivation for … Continue reading

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.01% scream, ‘More war!’ as a million children die from poverty every month; are you demanding arrests NOW?

The US has started 201 foreign armed attacks since WW2, causing the world’s peoples to conclude in polling that the US is indeed #1 as the most threatening nation to world peace. These US-started armed attacks have killed ~30 million … Continue reading

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USA Illegally Shuts Off Water to Own People while Illegally Spending 1 Trillion on Nuclear Bombs

Monday, a US federal judge ruled that water will continue to be cut off to disadvantaged residents of Detroit, Michigan.  Water has been cut off to “50,000 low-income households since January 2013 and continues at the pace of 400 households … Continue reading

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Imagine There’re No Countries

A serious case has been made repeatedly by unknown scholars and globally celebrated geniuses for well over a century that a likely step toward abolishing war would be instituting some form of global government. Yet the peace movement barely mentions … Continue reading

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“Reporter” Who Broke Propaganda Piece “Justifying” Bombing Syria Clears His Stories with CIA Before Publishing

A Stooge for the CIA? We recently pointed out that the immediate “justification” for the U.S. bombing of Syria – the “Khorasans” – is as fake as the Kardashians’ physique. Glenn Greenwald, Murtaza Hussain and Justin Raimondo have written must-read stories … Continue reading

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Putin’s Possible Successor Explains Russia’s Military & Economic Plans

Eric Zuesse http://vineyardsaker.blogspot.ru/2014/09/dmitri-rogozin-interviewed-by-vladimir.html The Floridian blogger about Russia, “Vineyard of the Saker,” posted an English translation on September 29th of an informative interview on Russian television. (You can see the entire translated interview at http://vineyardsaker.blogspot.ru/2014/09/dmitri-rogozin-interviewed-by-vladimir.html.) Deputy Prime Minister Dmitri Rogozin, who has … Continue reading

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A Good End Date for the New War: Today

What I’ve seen of public events, demonstrations, and protests of the latest U.S. war — just like the larger and more immediately effective public resistance 12 months ago — has been aimed, remarkably enough, at ending the war and opposing … Continue reading

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When We’re All Musteites

We won’t necessarily know what a Musteite is, but I’m inclined to think it would help if we did. I’m using the word to mean “having a certain affinity for the politics of A.J. Muste.” I had people tell me … Continue reading

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VIDEO: Demographics – The West’s age distribution is too lopsided to support entitlements

When Americas social security and health care and entitlement systems were first conceived, the country has much different age distribution. There were roughly 7 active workers per retiree, and the ability to transfer some of that employee wealth to support … Continue reading

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Results of Obama’s Ukraine Policy

Eric Zuesse U.S. President Barack Obama replaced the Ukrainian Government in late February 2014, and he has achieved a lot there, most especially by means of the civil war that resulted when he tried to exterminate the people who had voted for … Continue reading

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Ready Or Not… The Unsustainable Status Quo Is Ending

I have to confess, it’s getting more and more difficult to find ways of writing about everything going on in the world. Not because there’s a shortage of things to write about — wars, propaganda, fraud, Ebola — but because … Continue reading

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What the Global Status Quo Optimizes: Protecting Elites and the Clerisy Class That Serves Them

The incestuous embrace of privilege and power by entrenched, socially isolated Elites characterizes failed states and brittle, doomed regimes throughout history. Every system is optimized to serve a specific purpose. As noted in my recent essay What Metric Are We Optimizing For?, … Continue reading

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Parliament and Congress Have No Power to Legalize War

Congress has fled town to avoid voting for or against a new war. Many of the big donors to Congressional campaigns would want Yes votes. Many voters would want No votes, if not immediately, then as soon as the panic … Continue reading

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Ukraine Government Officially Introduces Slavery, with Vague Terms

Eric Zuesse On 23 September 2014, the Ukrainian Ministry of Social Policy announced official civilian slavery, via an obscure press release, headlined “The Government has extended the list of community service under martial law”; and they announced it there, in bureaucratic phrases that … Continue reading

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Why You Oppose US Attacks on ISIS (Even if You Think You Don’t)

In the following 25 second clip, logician Noam Chomsky (the most cited living scholar) uses logic to trap a hostile interviewer for state-controlled media of the former British Empire into admitting that he does not support US attacks on Islamic … Continue reading

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Global Bellwether: Japan’s Social Depression

Beneath the surface wealth of bullet trains, cute robots and exuberant fashions, this is the Japan few outsiders understand: the one gripped by a deepening social depression. This week I’ve highlighted the structural flaws of using GDP as a measure … Continue reading

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A National Call: Save Civilian Education

SaveCivilianEducation.org Signers listed at bottom Over the last several decades, the Pentagon,conservative forces, and corporations have been systematically working to expand their presence in the K-12 learning environment and in public universities. The combined impact of the military, conservative think … Continue reading

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Gallup: 58% of Americans Want a Third Party. Maybe Senator Sanders?

Eric Zuesse On September 24th, Gallup reported that, “A majority of U.S. adults, 58%, say a third U.S. political party is needed because the Republican and Democratic parties ‘do such a poor job’ representing the American people.’” Furthermore, “The first time the … Continue reading

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What Metric Are We Optimizing For?

If we choose metrics unwisely, we create self-destructive choices, policies and goals. Yesterday, I explained why GDP = Waste. This raises a larger issue: we shape our choices and goals to optimize what we choose to measure. If cholesterol is established as … Continue reading

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Obama’s Long Battle to Cut Social Security Benefits

Eric Zuesse If, as expected, U.S. President Barack Obama will, for the first time in his Presidency, be given by the nation’s voters two Republican-controlled houses of Congress, he’ll finally be able to sign into law bills that are as … Continue reading

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I Was Surprised to Find Myself on MSNBC Talking Peace

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