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The U.S. Should Require All Citizens to Vote - Norman Ornstein. But if it won't, here's one possible incentive: Your voting receipt could become a Mega Millions lottery ticket. Counting ballots in Melbourne. (Reuters) One of the major problems contributing to the extraordinary dysfunction of the American political system is the series of voting processes that gives immense influence to the extreme, ideologically driven bases of the two major parties. In today's base-driven elections, party strategists try to maximize the turnout of their own base -- usually by frightening them to death about the consequences if the "enemy" prevails -- while minimizing the turnout of the other side by any means necessary and available.

Essay: Anatomy of the Deep State. Rome lived upon its principal till ruin stared it in the face.

Essay: Anatomy of the Deep State

Industry is the only true source of wealth, and there was no industry in Rome. By day the Ostia road was crowded with carts and muleteers, carrying to the great city the silks and spices of the East, the marble of Asia Minor, the timber of the Atlas, the grain of Africa and Egypt; and the carts brought out nothing but loads of dung. That was their return cargo. – The Martyrdom of Man by Winwood Reade (1871) Government Shutdown and Appointment of Janet Yellen Guarantees Flow of Funds to Wall Street: They are reducing “two-thirds of this country to subsistence level”, Chris Hedges.

It’s no secret that the only reason the markets have been roaring – since bottoming out in March 2009, the DOW is up approximately 125% and The S&P 500 approximately 120% - is because of unlimited quantitative easing to the tune of $85 billion a month, a last resort, desperate measure that the FOMC began in 2012 to maintain its ‘growth’ targets.

Government Shutdown and Appointment of Janet Yellen Guarantees Flow of Funds to Wall Street: They are reducing “two-thirds of this country to subsistence level”, Chris Hedges

The end result of this program has essentially been the transfer of wealth from Main Street to Wall Street. “In terms of types of financial wealth, the top one percent of households have 35% of all privately held stock, 64.4% of financial securities, and 62.4% of business equity. The top ten percent have 81% to 94% of stocks, bonds, trust funds, and business equity, and almost 80% of non-home real estate. Since financial wealth is what counts as far as the control of income-producing assets, we can say that just 10% of the people own the United States of America.” click to enlarge - source. Talk - Dr. Doug Rokke - Depleted Uranium (DU)

What’s the Matter with Libertarianism? Thomas Barnett: Rethinking America's military strategy. According to U.S. General Wesley Clark (Ret.) Steal This Article. Girl Stealing Grapes, Henriëtte Willebeek le Mair (1915) “Stealing is stealing.

Steal This Article

I don’t care if it’s on the Internet or you’re breaking into a warehouse somewhere—it’s theft.” —United States Senator Patrick Leahy. The 2005 Bankruptcy Bill: Knowing a Financial Crisis Was Imminent, Banks Lobbied Government to Pass Laws to Preserve Their Wealth. Our government representatives would like us to believe that the subprime mortgage crisis(2, 3, 4, 5) could not have been predicted.

The 2005 Bankruptcy Bill: Knowing a Financial Crisis Was Imminent, Banks Lobbied Government to Pass Laws to Preserve Their Wealth

The truth is, the collapse was expected and authorities were well aware that crimes were being committed. I. Introduction It is said that if you want to find the corrupt, follow the money. On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs. Ever had the feeling that your job might be made up?

On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs

That the world would keep on turning if you weren’t doing that thing you do 9-5? David Graeber explored the phenomenon of bullshit jobs for our recent summer issue – everyone who’s employed should read carefully… On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs by David Graeber. Naomi Klein - The Shock Doctrine - Part 1 of 6. Howard Zinn as seen on DEMOCRACY NOW. “Why did you shoot me? I was reading a book”: The new warrior cop is out of control. Sal Culosi is dead because he bet on a football game — but it wasn’t a bookie or a loan shark who killed him.

“Why did you shoot me? I was reading a book”: The new warrior cop is out of control

His local government killed him, ostensibly to protect him from his gambling habit. Several months earlier at a local bar, Fairfax County, Virginia, detective David Baucum overheard the thirty-eight-year-old optometrist and some friends wagering on a college football game. “To Sal, betting a few bills on the Redskins was a stress reliever, done among friends,” a friend of Culosi’s told me shortly after his death. “None of us single, successful professionals ever thought that betting fifty bucks or so on the Virginia–Virginia Tech football game was a crime worthy of investigation.”

Countdown: Special Comment 10-18-06 MUST SEE. Russia Warns Obama: Global War Over “Bee Apocalypse” Coming Soon. The shocking minutes relating to President Putin’s meeting this past week with US Secretary of State John Kerry reveal the Russian leaders “extreme outrage” over the Obama regimes continued protection of global seed and plant bio-genetic giants Syngenta and Monsanto in the face of a growing “bee apocalypse” that the Kremlin warns “will most certainly” lead to world war.

Russia Warns Obama: Global War Over “Bee Apocalypse” Coming Soon

According to these minutes, released in the Kremlin today by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation ( MNRE ), Putin was so incensed over the Obama regimes refusal to discuss this grave matter that he refused for three hours to even meet with Kerry, who had traveled to Moscow on a scheduled diplomatic mission, but then relented so as to not cause an even greater rift between these two nations. The shit show that is Afghanistan: “We will survive. But they will be taking the war back to America!” An excellent article and documentary on Afghanistan now available through Vice: ”This Is What Winning Looks Like” . It should be mandatory viewing for every citizen of every country that was involved in the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan.

It shows life from our and our allies perspective – the honest, the honorable, the gullible, the liars, the politicians, the occupying forces, the Afghan security forces , the war lords, the addicts, the desperate, the corrupt, the child molesters, the murderers, the government – the fantasy that has been defined as victory. Amazing Events Unfolding in Guatemala: “All of the crimes that Rigoberta Menchú just described were crimes not just of General Ríos Montt, but also of the U.S. government" For those who have been following the story , below you will find the initial impact of the genocide conviction of ex-Guatemalan dictator Ríos Montt.

Amazing Events Unfolding in Guatemala: “All of the crimes that Rigoberta Menchú just described were crimes not just of General Ríos Montt, but also of the U.S. government"

The majority of the coverage in the two videos linked below is with Rigoberta Menchú , the woman largely responsible for making sure that Ríos Montt was brought to justice. It is a powerful interview with an amazing individual, a testament to her courage, and a fitting tribute to the victims of genocide. In the second segment , Allan Nairn joins the discussion for a short commentary, the highlight of which is the following: “All of the crimes that Rigoberta Menchú just described were crimes not just of General Ríos Montt, but also of the U.S. government. No Remembrance, No Remorse for the Fallen of Iraq. CIA Agent Exposes How Al-Qaeda Dosen't Exist. News is bad for you – and giving up reading it will make you happier. In the past few decades, the fortunate among us have recognised the hazards of living with an overabundance of food (obesity, diabetes) and have started to change our diets.

News is bad for you – and giving up reading it will make you happier

But most of us do not yet understand that news is to the mind what sugar is to the body. News is easy to digest. The media feeds us small bites of trivial matter, tidbits that don't really concern our lives and don't require thinking. That's why we experience almost no saturation. Unlike reading books and long magazine articles (which require thinking), we can swallow limitless quantities of news flashes, which are bright-coloured candies for the mind. Glenn Greenwald Analyzing causes and effects of the Boston Bombing Part 2 Moyers And Company - Ai. The Secret Government. What is this, Comedy Central? On this tenth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, a reminder, according to the UN charter, the invasion was illegal.

The war in Iraq is not over, not by a long shot.

On this tenth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, a reminder, according to the UN charter, the invasion was illegal

For decades to come we will have to deal with what the United States and its allies have unleashed. It’s anyone’s guess if those responsible for this war of aggression (crime against peace) will ever be held accountable for their crimes, what we do know however, is that the decision to invade Iraq has transformed the global political landscape (emphasis added): “Kofi Annan, declared explicitly… that the US-led war on Iraq was illegal. Argo and the Stolen Truth About Iran. This year’s Oscar-winning movie ‘Argo’ recently spurred Iran’s former president, Abolhassan Banisadr to write an article about the ‘October Surprise’. In it, he discusses the secret deal between Ronald Reagan and Ayatollah Khomeini which, by delaying the release of the hostages being held in the US embassy in Tehran, swayed the results of the 1980 US presidential election to favour Reagan over the incumbent Jimmy Carter.

Banisadr argues that through ‘falsifying, misrepresenting and taking critical facts out of context,’ the film ‘delivers a pro-CIA message,’ and that by portraying Iranians as irrational and aggressive people it prepares the US public to support a war should the current nuclear negotiations fail. The day after Banisadr’s article was published, Robert Parry, who had written previously about the ‘short-sighted history of Argo’, wrote a second article supporting these arguments. The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder - Trailer. Instant Runoff Voting. Aaron Swartz Prosecutors Weighed 'Guerilla' Manifesto, Justice Official Tells Congressional Committee. A Justice Department representative told congressional staffers during a recent briefing on the computer fraud prosecution of Internet activist Aaron Swartz that Swartz's "Guerilla Open Access Manifesto" played a role in the prosecution, sources told The Huffington Post.

Swartz's 2008 manifesto said sharing information was a "moral imperative" and advocated for "civil disobedience" against copyright laws pushed by corporations "blinded by greed" that led to the "privatization of knowledge. " "We need to take information, wherever it is stored, make our copies and share them with the world. We need to take stuff that's out of copyright and add it to the archive," Swartz wrote in the manifesto.

It’s For Your Own Good! by Cass R. Sunstein. Against Autonomy: Justifying Coercive Paternalism by Sarah Conly Cambridge University Press, 206 pp., $95.00. Eisenhower warns us of the military industrial complex. Rare media articles expose how the mass media manipulate public opinion - National US Intelligence. Lt. Ehren Watada on Citizen Responsibility.

Political failure modes and the beige dictatorship. Noam Chomsky, Why It's "Legal" When the U.S. Does It. The Not-So-Lofty Origins of the Evangelical Pro-Life Movement. Dr. Martin Luther King assassinated by US govt: King Family civil trial verdict - National Nonpartisan. GOP Brags About Tactics That Lose Them The Vote, But Win Them The House. Larry Correia refutes the gun controllers once and for all. The Real Cuban Missile Crisis - Benjamin Schwarz. George Packer: The Political Isolation of the American South. Blogs - Adam Curtis - SAVE YOUR KISSES FOR ME. Impressions de Gaza. The Self-Destruction of the 1 Percent. There is no such thing as redistribution. Failed_War_On_Drugs1.gif (GIF Image, 640 × 3645 pixels) "Public Health versus Private Freedom?" by Peter Singer.

Revolt of the Rich. Five things government does better than you. Deliberative Democracy - Most People Are Rationally Ignorant. Ryan, Romney and the Veil of Opulence. Ivan Krastev: Can democracy exist without trust? Pussy Riot V. Putin: A Front Row Seat At A Russian Dark Comedy. Texas GOP Declares: "No More Teaching of 'Critical Thinking Skills' in Texas Public Schools" The Secret Online Weapons Store That'll Sell Anyone Anything. Southern Europe Plagued by Corruption and Political Mismanagement. The racism of the respectable. House Panel Seeks To Silence Journalists. The 6 Most Popular Crime Fighting Tactics (That Don't Work) Dreaming of a World Without Intellectuals - The Chronicle Review. The Loudest Person at The Citibank Was the Undercover Cop that Arrested the Woman Outside. Can Americans Escape the Deception? Uganda Welcomes Oil, but Fears Graft It Attracts.

A new role for the 1% Mark Twain's Radical Liberalism - Jeffrey A. Tucker. » Bob Barr Files Lawsuit Against TSA Over ‘Drudge’ Controversy Alex Jones. 8 Lies Republicans Want Us To Believe. JFK Speech on Religion and Politics Part 1: Separation of Church and State (1960) Leaked docs: Heartland Institute think tank pays climate contrarians very well (updated) Barbara Ehrenreich: Preying on the Poor. So then Who in the Hell Are We? How Wall Street Killed Financial Reform. May 05th to May 12th, 2012 Poverty is not an accident. - Nelson Mandela. The Great Capitalist Heist: How Paris Hilton’s Dogs Ended Up Better Off Than You. Copyright kings are judge, jury and executioner on YouTube. Bringing 'political intelligence' out of the shadows - Feb. 17. Leave room for the unbelievers. Will multinational corporations someday end up owning all our land?

If this country is so free, I can burn your flag wherever I please. GlobalResearch.ca - Centre for Research on Globalization. The Inside Story on Climate Scientists Under Siege. Constitution.jpg (JPEG Image, 720×720 pixels) ‘Not on my watch’: applies to banks and the navy. Private Prison Corporation Offers Cash In Exchange For State Prisons. The Joy of Quiet. North Korean Labor Camps. An 18th Century Quote Defines Today's Truth. Agence Global-Article. 100 Things You Can Say To Irritate A Republican. Why Privacy Matters Even if You Have 'Nothing to Hide' - The Chronicle Review.

The Common Sense Coalition. North Korean Film Madness. President, Senate, House Updated Daily. Koch-Fueled Americans For Prosperity Plans Protest Against 'Extremist' Kids Flying Kites In Support Of Wind. Stop-and-Frisk and New York’s Freedom Deficit. How Bryan Fischer is Making Mitt Romney More Conservative. PICS THAT DON'T SUCK!!! D: USAnonreligion. Jonathan Chait on Liberal Disappointment. Police Oust Occupy Wall Street Protesters at Zuccotti Park. NATO in Chicago: Congratulations for subversively preventing free speech and the right to peacefully assemble.