Inside the Shadowy PR Firm That’s Lobbying for Regime Change in Syria. On September 30, demonstrators gathered in city squares across the West for a "weekend of action” to “stop the bombs” raining down from Syrian government and Russian warplanes on rebel-held eastern Aleppo.
Thousands joined the protests, holding signs that read "Topple Assad" and declaring, "Enough With Assad. " Few participants likely knew that the actions were organized under the auspices of an opposition-funded public relations company called the Syria Campaign. By partnering with local groups like the Syrian civil defense workers popularly known as the White Helmets, and through a vast network of connections in media and centers of political influence, The Syria Campaign has played a crucial role in disseminating images and stories of the horrors visited this month on eastern Aleppo.
The Hypocrisy of ‘Helping’ the Poor. Photo EVERY so often, you hear grotesquely wealthy American chief executives announce in sanctimonious tones the intention to use their accumulated hundreds of millions, or billions, “to lift people out of poverty.”
Sometimes they are referring to Africans, but sometimes they are referring to Americans. Obama's Recovery In Just 9 Charts. The Best "Democracy" Money Can Buy: For Every Dollar Spent Influencing US Politics, Corporations Get $760 Back. The first time we read the recent analysis by the Sunlight Foundation in which it combed through 14 million corporate records, including data on campaign contributions, lobbying expenditures, federal budget allocations and spending, in order to determine the “rate of return” on lobbying and spending to buy political goodwill, we were left speechless.
To be sure, we had previously shown that when it comes to the rate of return on lobbying, the rates were simply staggering, and ranged anywhere between 5,900% for oil subsidies, to 22,000% for multinational tax breaks and even higher for America’s legal drug dealers. But nothing could prepare us for this. According to the foundation’s analysis, between 2007 and 2012, 200 of America’s most politically active corporations spent a combined $5.8 billion (with a B) on federal lobbying and campaign contributions. Knowledge Is Power: New Revelation About U.S. History Is the Key to Justice on All Fronts.
By Foster Gamble & Kimberly Carter Gamble | ThriveMovement.com When the Shaka Movement won the victory of banning GMOs for a year in Maui, it was only a matter of weeks before Monsanto and Dow Chemical filed a law suit against the County to stop the ban.
This Billionaire Governor Taxed the Rich and Increased the Minimum Wage. The next time your right-wing family member or former high school classmate posts a status update or tweet about how taxing the rich or increasing workers' wages kills jobs and makes businesses leave the state, I want you to send them this article.
When he took office in January of 2011, Minnesota governor Mark Dayton inherited a $6.2 billion budget deficit and a 7 percent unemployment rate from his predecessor, Tim Pawlenty, the soon-forgotten Republican candidate for the presidency who called himself Minnesota's first true fiscally-conservative governor in modern history. Pawlenty prided himself on never raising state taxes -- the most he ever did to generate new revenue was increase the tax on cigarettes by 75 cents a pack. Between 2003 and late 2010, when Pawlenty was at the head of Minnesota's state government, he managed to add only 6,200 more jobs. During his first four years in office, Gov. We Are the Most Unequal Society in the Developed World... And We Don't Know It. Piketty chart showing levels of inequality not seen since pre-WWI(image by Huffington Post)
Leonard Pitts: If GOP is right, why are red states so far behind? I have a question for my Republican friends.
In Economics and as CEOs. FDR On American Facism(image by JoeInSouthernCA) Reprinted from neweconomicperspectives.org.
The Federal Reserve. Cross-posted from Paul Craig Roberts This article co-written by *Dave Kranzler THE DARK HISTORY OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE...Deception and Murder for the Almighty Dollar!
(image by YouTube) Is the Fed "tapering"? Did the Fed really cut its bond purchases during the three-month period November 2013 through January 2014? From November 2013 through January 2014, Belgium with a GDP of $480 billion purchased $141.2 billion of US Treasury bonds. First-Ever Political Study of Top 1% Has Found Extreme Conservatism, Intense Political Involvement. Billionaires(image by Michael Fleshman) A year ago, to little public notice, the academic journal Perspectives on Politics published a landmark study, "Democracy and the Policy Preferences of Wealthy Americans," by Benjamin Page, Larry Bartels, and Jason Seawright; which reports that, among the American aristocracy, there exists pervasive extreme conservatism, and also a virtual non-stop involvement in politics by them -- in other words, it finds the same two things that writers have hypothesized to exist among aristocracies throughout all of human history.
Western Looting Of Ukraine Has Begun. Source: Paul Craig Roberts The Rape of Ukraine: Phase Two Begins(image by YouTube) It is now apparent that the "Maiden protests" in Kiev were in actuality a Washington organized coup against the elected democratic government. The purpose of the coup is to put NATO military bases on Ukraine's border with Russia and to impose an IMF austerity program that serves as cover for Western financial interests to loot the country. Securitized Rental Payments: Wall Street’s New Get-Rich-Quick Scheme – Uncategorized, Validated Independent News.
As the housing market shows initial signs of recovery, Wall Street has developed a new way to profit. As Laura Gottesdiener reports, Wall Street hedge funds and other private equity firms have been accumulating hundreds of thousands of foreclosed homes—houses that homes were only foreclosed in the first place because of conditions perpetuated by these hedge funds. For example, Blackstone Group, a major hedge fund company, has been buying homes at bargain prices many from people forced out of their homes by the foreclosure crisis. In one move, Blackstone bought 1,400 houses in Atlanta in a single day; and, across the country, it now owns over 40,000 homes. Fed’s Dirty Little Secret: “The Gold Isn’t There… Exists as Paper IOU’s” The Federal Reserve doesn’t have enough gold to pay Germany back. How Ohio Pulled $4 Billion+ from Communities and Redistributed It Upwards. The Ohio General Assembly passed House Bill 66 promising to improve economic conditions for Ohioans.
H.B. 66 eliminated the corporate income tax and reduced state income taxes by 21%. Governor Taft from his 2006 state of the state speech: At this time last year we had a tax code that was mired in the distant past, punishing investment and ignoring innovation. We worked day and night to bring that code into the 21st Century. We cut the income tax. The promise was jobs and growth. Impact of H.B. 66. Study: Iraq, Afghan war costs to top $4 trillion. The U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq will cost taxpayers $4 trillion to $6 trillion, taking into account the medical care of wounded veterans and expensive repairs to a force depleted by more than a decade of fighting, according to a new study by a Harvard researcher. Washington increased military benefits in late 2001 as the nation went to war, seeking to quickly bolster its talent pool and expand its ranks.
Those decisions and the protracted nation-building efforts launched in both countries will generate expenses for years to come, Linda J. Bilmes, a public policy professor, wrote in the report that was released Thursday. “As a consequence of these wartime spending choices, the United States will face constraints in funding investments in personnel and diplomacy, research and development and new military initiatives,” the report says. The Price of Free Enterprise. Jobs: Boehner-McConnell Hypocricy Blocks Action. Illusory Money and the Economic System Construct. Enough Is Enough: Banksters Are Not Our Only Option. How Economists and Policymakers Murdered Our Economy. Source: Paul Craig Roberts (image by economic noise)
Want to Have a Happy Planet? Just Ask Costa Ricans About Their Banks. (Before It's News) November 11, 2013. Want to Have a Happy Planet? Just Ask Costa Ricans About Their Banks. November 11, 2013 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. Capitalism, Socialism, and Communism. World Bank Whistleblower Karen Hudes Reveals How The Global Elite Rule The World. Socialism and Capitalism. Capitalism, Socialism, and Communism. Was This Whistle-Blower Muzzled? The SEC Flacks Paint Lehman’s Looters as the Victims of a “Political” SEC. Obama’s FBI Channels the Tea Party: Partner with the Banks and Blame the Poor for the Crisis. FBI Channels the Tea Party: Partner with the Banks and Blame the Poor for the Crisis. Richard Wolff on Fighting for Economic Justice and Fair Wages. 40 Statistics About The Fall Of The U.S. Economy That Are Almost Too Crazy To Believe. Stunning Facts About How the Banking System Really Works … And How It Is Destroying America.
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