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Poisoning the Well: How the Feds Let Industry Pollute the Nation’s Underground Water Supply

Abrahm Lustgarten
ProPublica / News Report
Published: Sunday 16 December 2012
Now, as commercial crops wilt in the dry heat and winds rip the dust loose from American prairies, questions are mounting about whether the EPA should continue to grant exemptions going forward.
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Environmental protection and

Environmental protection and workplace safety are obscenities to corporate GREEDmongering trash -- they'll poison themselves and their own kids for money thinking they can fix any problem they create by throwing money at it.

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Ground water? What ground

Ground water? What ground water, it's all disappearing.
Thank you energy industry.

Is it not true that Bush (and

Is it not true that Bush (and Cheney) during their administration did not sign into effect the Clean Water Act until Congress revised it to exempt fracturing?

What makes Americans think

What makes Americans think that the same corporations who pollute Iraqi environment, saturate Vietnam with agent orange, leave central and south American countries devastated after they get their oil will not do the same to their own country when profit is involved?

Profit is more important than

Profit is more important than human life. This is what we are. This is humanity.

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As Admin Preps ‘Enduring Presence’ in Afghanistan, Peace Activists Build Ties to War Victims

Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez
Democracy Now! / Video Interview
Published: Saturday 15 December 2012
“Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan to discuss the Obama administration’s plans for its troop presence over the next several years.”

While the U.S. military is preparing to extend what is already the nation’s longest war, new ties are emerging between the peace movement here and in Afghanistan. The group "Afghan Peace Volunteers" recently invited international peace activists to help launch a campaign called "2 Million Friends for Peace in Afghanistan," a nod to the number of Afghans killed in the last four decades of war and occupation. We’re joined by two U.S.



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ABOUT Amy Goodman

Amy Goodman is the host of "Democracy Now!," a daily international TV/radio news hour airing on more than 900 stations in North America. She is the author of "Breaking the Sound Barrier," recently released in paperback and now a New York Times best-seller.

Afghanistan has one of the

Afghanistan has one of the most corrupt governments on earth
.... Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta promised the people of the United States an accounting of the waste there and that at the pentagon - that has gone on so long and is so pervasive they really do not know what money where. We have a war on DRUGS ??? and every year cultivation of the opium poppy increases . . . We have extended foreign aid till 2024......as George Bush / Dick Cheney wanted long term bases - we will have an "enduring presesnce????"
DEMOCRAT / REPUBLICAN the correct title is "LIAR"
ARE WE A TWO PARTY SYSTEM ??? TWO PARTIES ??? WITH ONE FACE ???
Republicans demand the Bush tax cuts be made permanent????want to raise the age requirements of both SOCIAL SECURITY and MEDICARE.......
AID FOR THE VICTIMS OF STORM SANDY - - - IS NOW ON THE BACK BURNER......TO BE ADDRESSED - - NEXT - - WEEK ????
FISCAL CLIFF ????? THE BUDGET ???? WILL ADDRESS GUNS FIRST - which they can not do anything about - SECOND AMMENDMENT RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS".......
I SAID WITH THE LAST ELECTION - - - WOULD WE the PEOPLE" be worse off if we voted them out of office and did without them completely for a term or two,,,,,,look at how they are tap dancing around everything and addresing NOTHING

Without the perception of

Without the perception of legitimacy, there will be no peace. Find ways to represent all segments of the population equitably/proportionately in the decision structures and then have a transparent government that spends aid money on the people and improving their lives instead of mansions in Orange County, Dubai, Afghanistan and padding their Swiss accounts. The US should calculate how much of the money the world allocated to Afghanistan is actually spent on projects that benefit the people.... How much of that money is stolen outright? How can you have peace when thieves rule and collude with criminals local and international? There is never peace without a piece for all involved....

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Froma Harrop
NationofChange / Op-Ed
Published: Thursday 13 December 2012
As the parties wrestle over these numbers — which would pull massive amounts of money out of a still-delicate economy — Republicans insist on bringing in the brass knuckles of another debt-ceiling fight.

Debt-ceiling Nonsense Once Again

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Nothing like a debt-ceiling brawl to raise the public's anxiety levels. The Republican threat two summers ago to let America default on its borrowing helped lower America's credit rating and sent consumer confidence back into intensive care. The people were not amused.

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ABOUT Froma Harrop
Froma Harrop’s nationally syndicated column appears in over 150 newspapers, including The Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle, Seattle Times, Denver Post and Newsday. The twice-a-week column is distributed by Creators Syndicate, in Los Angeles. Harrop has written for numerous other publications, ranging from The New York Times and Institutional Investor, to Harper’s Bazaar and Metropolitan Home. Previously, she covered business for Reuters Ltd., in New York, and was a financial editor for The New York Times News Service. A Loeb Award finalist for economic commentary, Harrop was also honored by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. Over the years, the New England Associated Press News Executives Association has named her for five awards.

There is no reason for the US

There is no reason for the US govt to incur debt or pay interest on it.

The "debt ceiling" is a sham.

The US Constitution (Section 1 Article 8) empowers Congress to "coin money" and "regulate the value thereof".

Ninety-nine years ago Congress vested the power to create money in the Federal Reserve, abrogating its responsibility to control monetary policy.

It is way past time for Congress to take back that power back from the Federal Reserve, or our government and our economy will forever remain under the control of the Banksters.

If Tim Geithner and BO had

If Tim Geithner and BO had more insight into monetary theory, they would understand that the sovereign unit of account (dollar) cannot be forced into default. The mechanism for avoiding this self-imposed limit already exists and can be implemented without Congressional action. It's called minting the trillion dollar platinum coin. The Republicans should put that in their pipe and try to smoke it.

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Amy Goodman
NationofChange / Op-Ed
Published: Thursday 13 December 2012
As he now faces 22 counts in a court martial that could land him in prison for the rest of his life, his lawyer argued in court that the case should be thrown out, based on his unlawful pretrial punishment.

The Trials of Bradley Manning

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ABOUT Amy Goodman

Amy Goodman is the host of "Democracy Now!," a daily international TV/radio news hour airing on more than 900 stations in North America. She is the author of "Breaking the Sound Barrier," recently released in paperback and now a New York Times best-seller.

I would think that any good

I would think that any good Christian and or civilized / compassionate human being would want to expose the unjustified murder of innocents approved of by serial killers in the Pentagon and in the halls of Congress . I would also do all in my power to expose the Greed and Corruption in our government. We these United States of Amerika are led by bought and paid for Traitors who espouse Democracy and Liberty and Justice for all but these words ring hollow . If anyone should be arrested and put on trial it should be Bush , Cheny and Rumsfeld . Because of their LIES and deception , about 7000 young U.S. boys in the military have died in vain and about40,000 were severely wounded some never to be normal again. And that is not counting the MILLIONS of innocent Iraqi and Afghani men , women and CHILDREN who died under our Weapons of Mass Destruction . Since 1950 , the U.S. has threatened , bombed and invaded over 30 poor 3 rd world countries who were NO threat to us . Another attrocity that was kept from U.S. citizens by our elected " public servants " was a 1967 Holocaust ..........
www.ussliberty.org [ the murder of 34 U.S. Sailors and Marines ]

I am a 63 year old veteran of

I am a 63 year old veteran of the Marines, and I despise the military. But all this support for the traitor Manning baffles me. He deserves life in prison at the least for taking it iupon himself to violate his oath and promise. Naturally his attorneys and advocates will argue anything they can to mitigate his responsibility. That is not unusual. Even Ted bundy had legal advocates. The gullible will believe the advocates. I don't. Remember General Noriega's lawyers promised the moon also. Manning assaulted the dignity and respect of the US and all it's citizens. Keep him in prison for life. Please.

As a 66 year old veteran I

As a 66 year old veteran I find everything about the treatment of a yet to be convicted American solider disgusting and telling. Especially in a country willing to throw away the very assets used as America's best PR tool, rights, which in our case is the protections our Constitution guarantees. If that is true, then we are already done as a nation. Judging by Manning's treatment to date we are real close. That not a single person has asked if there was treason being exposed by him to his real bosses?
This submitted to “We the People”, to justify his act! Maybe Manning even knew who planned criminal acts? Or if some of our politicians were abusing our allies, you know scamming for extra money? Where is our highly praised justice system here? How about just a little curiosity? And why is there so much blind support of the source, our government, which is so deeply flawed and oozing with criminality, especially with contractors?
All this ranting and raving about laws no one ever pays any attention to! Why, because everyone including the white house leak stuff all the time, ask bush! Then compare what this kid did, not for money mind you, not a bogus act, when the same source charging him with crimes is deliberately allowing wall street and the banks through fraud or criminal negligence to destroy our economy. These are very same people who are jacked up to execute a 23 year old kid that exposed misuses of our secrecy acts!
The whole affair mocks our legal system, craps on our honor, laughs at justice, and leaves the legacy of us less than we were, or what is left of us. Free Bradley Manning, arrest everyone on wall street and the bankers, their all corporate tax evaders the fines would be justified! Who are by use of our authorities using Bradley Manning as a smoke screen? This impractical, irresponsible persecution is going to cost way more than anyone right now imagines. And the shame for being so fooled, disrespect of even our allies for such shabby treatment, for what? Just to allow money to be made fraudulently, while sacrificing a honest 23 year old troop in the middle of graft-fest, good grief, how low can we go? Joe6pK

It seems almost insane to

It seems almost insane to ask, but one has to wonder, what kind of retribution—if any—did the people who masterminded and ordered the helicopter massacre get (not just those who flew it and pulled the triggers)? If anybody should be paying the cost of their actions, shouldn't it be THEM??
All of the public outrage that is missing in this nation is a measure of how far we have fallen, how the media reflects, obeys, and serves the powerful, how much we have handed over our government and destiny to sick people with a distorted sense of what is "security" — and who apparently believe it is both their right and duty to impose their will on the rest of us, whatever the costs.
How on earth are WE judging OTHERS???

Just a reminder — OUR TAXES pay for this. "Fiscal Cliff"? HA! The Moral Cliff, we've already gone over!

All that has resulted so far

All that has resulted so far from Manning's act of conscience is the ability of the administration, congress and the pentagon to better hide the truth from the American People.
Their motive? Global Omnipotent Domination. GOD for short. And Hobama only has a few years left to play Global Omnipotent Dominator. GOD for short.

But in his and their case GOD can also be short for Goofy Offensive Dickheads!

The guy was tortured.

The guy was tortured. "Before" he was found guilty of anything. His "so-called" crime is simply telling the truth to the powers of an "alleged" Democracy. He may have acted in a foolhardy manner but those are often the individuals society ends up hailing as heroes. Let him go home. Our particular brand of "justice" has been served and grossly exceeded. Show an iota of class...Mr.President.

This government has been

This government has been holding Manning only to torture a confession out of him so they could go after the bigger fish to fry, Mr. Wiki leaks himself, Mr. Assuage. In all the months of captivity in solitary confinement that Manning had to endure and the mind games our government put him through to break him, they were not able to get him to sign a confession. Our government in military law is only supposed to hold a prisoner for 120 days and then they are to be charged with a crime and tried for it. Private Manning was held for over 900 days without being formally charged. Is this some third-world gulag or the United States of America?

President Obama said he was being treated fairly. Really Mr. Obama? Really? You are supposed to be a Constitutional Law Professor and I'm starting to doubt your credentials if you can come to this conclusion, or can order the assassination of citizens without formal charges brought against them, or can sign into law an act ( NDAA ) that allows our military to arrest our citizens without cause for indefinite detention. Really, President Obama?

Beyond the horrible treatment

Beyond the horrible treatment of Bradley Manning, what really needs to be examined is why a democracy seeks to kill people around the world and tries to hide the evidence behind the national security scam. Free Bradley Manning and shut down the empire and the military industrial complex.

Although men and women

Although men and women serving in the armed forces do forfeit some of their civil rights when they enlist, they should not have to forego the basic respect and human dignity that Bradley Manning was stripped of in the cage in Kuwait, or in the even worse torture Bradley underwent in Quantico, probably to extract a confession to all charges. I pray for the best, hopefully a full dismissal.

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Developing World to Overshadow the West by 2030, Study Says

Carey L. Biron
Inter Press Service / News Analysis
Published: Tuesday 11 December 2012
“Even if many of the social and economic forecasts contained in the new report do come to pass it is doubtful that the transition towards a new multipolar system would be as stable as the old hegemonic system.”
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Anyone for 'the Year 2000'?

Anyone for 'the Year 2000'? Back around 1970 Hermann Kahn simply linearly projected existing trends and found that in 2000 the Japanese would own the world. Now for 2030 it's supposed to be the Chinese. Do you really believe it? Do you really believe that you are truly better informed by this latest report? Do you really believe that anyone will have a better idea of what to do thanks to this report??

Thanks for the early

Thanks for the early warning.
Now the genocidal maniacs who control the USA will do their best to make sure it doesn't happen!

Uh, China's economy was

Uh, China's economy was reportedly a couple tens of millions larger than the US economy in 2011.

Just sayin.

Maybe we need to focus on per capita economy. That'll hold for awhile.

Ecological collapse makes the

Ecological collapse makes the likelihood of a growth economy in 2030 laughable. We shall all be healing ecosystems and practicing economic justice or we are going to live in some very unhappy and unhealthy communities.

China's economy is already

China's economy is already 80% the size of that of the US, so 2030 or "a few years before" is probably not a good estimate of when it will be larger.

Given that we just can't seem to find the presence of mind to close our hundreds of foreign bases and end our multiple multi-trillion dollar wars, China will probably pass us by much sooner.

China, of course, has no foreign bases, spends one tenth what we do on the military, maintains and expands its infrastructure, values education highly, and has take concrete and effective steps to control its population growth. We get an F in all those categories.

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Dean Baker
Published: Sunday 9 December 2012
When people being portrayed as policy experts tell you that the United States or other countries face a demographic disaster because of declining ratios of workers to retirees they are mostly trying to tell you that they are not very good arithmetic.

The Nonsense About a Demographic Crisis

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One of themes that recurs endlessly in news coverage is that the United States and other countries face a disastrous threat to their living standards as a result of a falling ratio of workers to retirees. This is one that can be easily dismissed with some simple arithmetic.



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ABOUT Dean Baker
Dean Baker is co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, D.C. He previously worked as a senior economist at the Economic Policy Institute and an assistant professor at Bucknell University. He is the author of several books, including Plunder & Blunder: The Rise and Fall of the Bubble Economy, The Conservative Nanny State: How the Wealthy Use the Government to Stay Rich and Get Richer and The United States Since 1980. He was the editor of Getting Prices Right: The Debate Over the Consumer Price Index, which was a winner of a Choice Book Award as one of the outstanding academic books of the year. He appears frequently on TV and radio programs, including CNN, CBS News, PBS NewsHour, and National Public Radio. His blog, Beat the Press, features commentary on economic reporting. He received his B.A. from Swarthmore College and his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan.

If wages had not been so

If wages had not been so viciously stifled over the past 30 years, the need for government services would not continue to be so great!

I have long thought that the

I have long thought that the solution to the social security conundrum is to cease tying it to numbers of workers but to productivity. So, does this mean that corporations should sacrifice a bit more of their profits to the fund? Why not? Seems redistribution of the wealth of the nation has pretty much moving in one direction - up - and I see nothing wrong with moving a bit of it down and/or out to the future retirees, disabled and survivors of workers. Could it be that economists/mathematicians like Mr. Baker would come up with a formula and our politicians could implement it. Ah, but I can dream, can't I?

Editors - where's the

Editors - where's the article's promised 'chart below'?
Fortunately the text summarizes the intended messages of the chart.

I welcome the corrective attitude of this article, but its approach can go only so far. Both the author and those whom he critiques are playing with macro-concepts which seem reasonably well-defined at first glance but far less so in later gaze. What follows are some examples of the difficulties.

Many 'workers' don't or can't really work full time, or are given assignments that socially can't really be very productive. On the other hand, many 'retirees' are doing socially useful work. And just how to measure 'productivity' in materially and socially real terms? Nominal dollar values, whether or not adjusted by across-the-board inflation factors over time, don't quite track functional values. The goods and services and forms of putative wealth that folks value today are not quite those that were valued a generation ago - or will be valued in a generation hence.

The so called policy experts

The so called policy experts are not bad at math, they are trying to hide the fact that they are takers not makers.

The Republican Party

The Republican Party characterizes the old and infirm as "useless eaters". They hold a position indistinguishable from the WWII Nazis.

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Ellen Brown
NationofChange / Op-Ed
Published: Sunday 9 December 2012
Scottish independence is now on the table.

Exploring the Public Bank Option for Scotland

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The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and the Bank of Scotland have been pillars of Scotland’s economy and culture for over three centuries.  So when the RBS was nationalized by the London-based UK government following the 2008 banking crisis, and the Bank of Scotland was acquired by the London-based Lloyds Bank, it came as a shock to the Scots.  They no longer owned their oldest and most venerable banks.



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ABOUT Ellen Brown

Ellen is an attorney, author, and president of the Public Banking Institute. In Web of Debt, her latest of eleven books, she shows how the power to create money has been usurped from the people, and how we can get it back. Her websites are http://webofdebt.com and http://ellenbrown.com.

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Joseph E. Stiglitz
Published: Sunday 9 December 2012
The Republicans should not have been caught off-guard by Americans’ interest in issues like disenfranchisement and gender equality

America’s Hope Against Hope

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ABOUT Joseph E. Stiglitz

Joseph E. Stiglitz is University Professor at Columbia University, a Nobel laureate in economics, and the author of Freefall: Free Markets and the Sinking of the Global Economy.

Woot. Nitpicking aside, no

Woot.
Nitpicking aside, no one could say it better.
Thanks be that we have great minds who can & do speak up. Hope (no pun intended) this finds it's way to the eyes and minds and hearts of all senators, representatives and our nation's administration.

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Dr Stiglitz you are an

Dr Stiglitz you are an honest, sincere man. I've seen you in many interviews and read many of your articles where your good intentions are well expressed.

There is one problem.
Notwithstanding all the wide recognition in your carrier as an economist, your advice is misplaced, because it is based on the wrong assumptions.
You started by repeating the "fiscal cliff" slogan that has been so effective in diverting the attention from the real issue.

George Lakeoff, the linguist, says the "framing" of the issues, (the words used) decides the direction of the mind. Using your opponents slogans is bad enough, but what is worse is the fact there is NO "fiscal cliff" at all. It is an illusion created to cause panic and a response from the brainwashed voters in order to accept the theft of their wealth, once again.
The "debts" are in fact FAKE because governments didn't need to borrow them in the first place.

There is an interesting proposal by none else than the IMF itself, where they surprisingly say..... the truth.
The following Telegraph of London article explains what is finally being heard in the mainstream Media, namely"
GOVERNMENTS DON'T HAVE TO BORROW, because they can create their own currency INTEREST-FREE.

IMF's epic plan to conjure away debt and dethrone bankers
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/comment/9623863/IMFs-
epic-plan-to-conjure-away-debt-and-dethrone-bankers.html

HERE IS the IMF original Working Paper
http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/wp/2012/wp12202.pdf

Everything Mr Stiglitz suggests to solve the problem is correct, except if we try to do it, it will be meaningless because as long as we keep on using DEBT-BASED Money, NOTHING will change, and we'll be caught in a Web of Debt for ever .

In only 9 minutes you can get the whole enchilada and learn what you have been lied to for a whole life time.
Debunking Money - Myth and Machiavelli
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iBSBVew-3Y

WE NEED TO FORBID BANKS THE CREATION OF DEBT-BASED MONEY and instruct the Treasury Department to issue ASSET-BASED Fiat currency the same way Lincoln did with the GREENBACKS.

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"If you want to remain slaves of the bankers and pay for the costs of
your own slavery, let them continue to create money and control the nation's credit"
Sir Josiah Stamp
1880-1941 Former Director Bank of England
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"There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation,
One is by the sword. The other is by Debt"
John Adams
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"It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning."
Henry Ford
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"Until the control of the issue of currency and credit is restored to government and recognized as it's most conspicuous and sacred responsibility, all talk of sovereignty of Parliament and of democracy is idle and futile...Once a nation parts with the control of it's credit it matters not who makes the laws...Usury once in control will wreck any nation."
MacKenzie King,
Canadian Prime Minister

@Anono 8:51~ For many

@Anono 8:51~
For many decades, no President of the United States has been in charge of anything of significant consequence to the citizens, except for ordering military violence. This one does that, too. Why believe that this one could take charge of anything else?

@the article~
Drawing the conclusion from the results of the election that it showed "that unbridled corporate spending could not buy an election" is not only faulty logic, it is dangerous. It did not buy this election, but why?

One thing we do know is that the amount of campaign contributions collected by the Democrats was also record. And it was done primarily under the cry: "The likes of the Koches and Adelson are contributing enormous sums to produce false-fact ads slamming Democrats! If you don't send us money we will lose!"

In other words, maybe the reason it did not work was because the Democrats spent a boatload of money, too. Maybe the election confirmed that money does buy elections. Maybe not the most money wins, but the most money spent smartly. Maybe if Dem supporters had not opened their wallets the unbridled corporate spending WOULD have purchased the election for them.

Maybe we need a Constitutional amendment that severely limits the total per-capita campaign expenditures of any given candidate, different for each type of office -- limits so low that almost no serious contender could fail to raise that much. Then it would become a matter of how well each spent, not how much.

and then there is the

and then there is the possibility that the steal was "Annonymous"ly prevented without which it would have succeeded:

http://www.thomhartmann.com/bigpicture/did-anonymous-save-election-karl-...

When it comes to economics,

When it comes to economics, there are two voices to be listened to. One is Paul Krugman, the other is Joseph Stiglitz. So why is no one liseing? This is not home decorating, opinions of the uninformed are worse than no opinion at all.
And by the way, there is no such thing as standing still. If you are not moving forward, you are falling behind.

"Salutary effects" ??? What

"Salutary effects" ???

What like the get-out-of-jail free (and I do mean free) card Obama gave to BP, JPMorgan and Credit Suisse less than one week AFTER re-election?

Or was it his "obdurate bullying" at Doha, guaranteeing that for at least one more year there will be no progress on climate change?

Or maybe the fact that he's about to grant Rupert Murdoch chokeholds over the media in Chicago and LA?

Or maybe the fact that he's about to appoint yet another Robert Rubin trained bank mobster to head up the SEC?

The politicians both Rethug and DemCraps have had much much more than enough time to do what needs to be done. They have failed, and as long as we allow them to they are going to continue to fail.

It's way past time to take matters into our own hands.

Occupy!

"Some of Mitt Romney’s

"Some of Mitt Romney’s advisers seemed taken aback by Obama’s victory: Wasn’t the election supposed to be about economics? They were confident that Americans would forget how the Republicans’ deregulatory zeal had brought the economy to the brink of ruin, and that voters had not noticed how their intransigence in Congress had prevented more effective policies from being pursued in the wake of the 2008 crisis. Voters, they assumed, would focus only on the current economic malaise."

In other words, the Republicans think you are stupid. And they are right, Republicans are stupid. Democrats, not so much. Or, not nearly as much.

As for global warming, there

As for global warming, there is no such thing as "standing still." Time is running out. And mountaintop removal is not "standing still" either, under this president.

The hope is that wallstreet's

The hope is that wallstreet's boy Hobama get's the cahoonas to emancipate himself from doing what he's told and be The President of the United States.

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Pepe Escobar
Tom Dispatch / Op-Ed
Published: Thursday 6 December 2012
“With an Obama 2.0 administration soon to be in place, the time to solve the immensely complex Iranian nuclear drama is now.”

Mr. President, Tear Down This Wall

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The wall of mistrust will

The wall of mistrust will exist as long as the current Iranian regime is in place. The regime has the capacity to do precisely as the article quotes Mr Freeman as pointing out: be clandestine in regard its uranium stocks. So the author's proposed deal is a laughable non-starter. Iran could make plenty of enriched nuke material, give back the required amount for international sale, but keep building up a clandestine surplus.

What makes Iran nuke weapons threatening is the regime's clear intentions, ratified by 30 years of consistent performance, including recent boastful furnishing of rockets to Hamas and Hezbollah. A different sort of regime - one that looked forward into the 21st century and respected the liberty and advanced culture and sensibilities of millions of Iranians, not to mention those of the world's majority who are not Shia Moslems - would and could be regarded quite differently; but the present regime, repressive domestically and prime sponsor of terror abroad, complete with genocidal boasts and incitements, is correctly seen as a threat to the peace - and a much great one with nuke weapons in hand.

The author is correct in implying that sanctions aren't working to do much else than complicate Iran's economic challenges and problems of ordinary folks, when anyhow the ayatollahs' real focus is unaffected: keeping on the nuke development path.

As it happens - and is clear from observing the detailed record - Obama is NOT the sanctions 'villain': the 'villain' is the US Congress, which wants something to be done, but is powerless to do much more than order up sanctions. Obama doesn't want sanctions. He would be happy with potentially endless talks, which in his book will be a success as long as, while he is in office, Iran doesn't claim or obviously display that it already has nuke weapons.

The author has his special pleadings which sound cool - until you think twice. Here are three. (1) He envisions a Brave New World Pipelineistan, the basis of a new Great Game. That Great Game, like one envisioned here in North America, would indeed be GAME OVER for the climate. (2) He imagines that somehow the 2007 re-assessment of Iran regime intentions, which concluded that Iran had stopped a nuke development program in 2003, is somehow (5 years later) got to be the latest up-to-date and good-for-all-time evaluation of what the regime wants and is doing - even as meanwhile all sorts of further activity and operations - some at first successfully concealed - have emerged. (3) He also imagines that Mideast countries should be and are ready to be the world's leaders in spontaneous nuke non-armament or disarmament. Note that in Israel's case nuke weapons - or anyhow perception that she likely has them - is an almost indispensable deterrent for defense of a country which is all of 60 miles across at its widest, and far less on average; not to mention outnumbered in almost all conventional measures of military power by the combined forces of countries which are or long were her enemies.

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The New Border: Illegal Immigration’s Shifting Frontier

Sebastian Rotella
ProPublica / News Analysis
Published: Thursday 6 December 2012
The border is an expression of problems that exist far from the border.
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