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21st-Century Slaves: How Corporations Exploit Prison Labor

Posted by on January 8, 2013 in Corruption with 0 Comments
21st-Century Slaves: How Corporations Exploit Prison Labor

In the eyes of the corporation, inmate labor is a brilliant strategy in the eternal quest to maximize profit.

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US Has 330,000 Drug Offenders in Prison, Spends More On Drug War Than Cost to End World Hunger

Posted by on January 8, 2013 in Policies with 0 Comments
US Has 330,000 Drug Offenders in Prison, Spends More On Drug War Than Cost to End World Hunger

The US incarcerates 330,000 prisoners on drug-related charges at an estimated cost of $400 billion per decade. To put this figure in perspective, the estimated cost of ending world hunger over the same ten year time frame is $300 billion.

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James Corbett: Rings Within Rings – How Secret Societies Direct World Politics

Posted by on January 8, 2013 in Corruption with 0 Comments
James Corbett: Rings Within Rings – How Secret Societies Direct World Politics

The idea that global politics is directed by a small group of well-connected elite has long been decried as “conspiracy theory” by the establishment and their media outlets. However, this idea is now openly discussed and acknowledged by those very figures that once sought to deride it.

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Obama’s CIA Nominee- Bush-Era Torturer?

Posted by on January 8, 2013 in Politics with 0 Comments
Obama’s CIA Nominee- Bush-Era Torturer?

John Brennan isn’t getting as much attention as Chuck Hagel, but he should. Why would Obama nominate someone with a history in Bush-Era torture and drone strikes on civilians?

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In Case There Was Any Confusion Just Who The Fed Works For…

Posted by on January 7, 2013 in Agencies & Systems with 0 Comments
In Case There Was Any Confusion Just Who The Fed Works For…

Congress had demanded that a Federal Reserve settlement with major banks not be announced before there was a hearing on it. This did not even dent the Fed’s plans to proceed with today’s 11 am public announcement which can now not be revoked. It is Cummings’ response which shows, yet again, just who is the true master of the Federal Reserve.

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11 Secret Documents Americans Deserve To See

Posted by on January 7, 2013 in Corruption with 1 Comment
11 Secret Documents Americans Deserve To See

The fact that presidents and other government officials have the power to deem materials classified provides them with an opportunity to use national security as an excuse to suppress documents and reports that would reveal embarrassing or illegal activities. Here are 11 examples that were created — and buried — by both Democratic and Republican administrations, which cover assassinations, spying, torture, 50-year-old historical events, presidential directives with classified titles and… trade negotiations.

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California Man Argues He Can Drive in Carpool Lane with Corporation Papers, Challenging Legal Doctrine of Corproate Personhood

Posted by on January 7, 2013 in Politics with 2 Comments
California Man Argues He Can Drive in Carpool Lane with Corporation Papers, Challenging Legal Doctrine of Corproate Personhood

“Your honor, according to the vehicle code definition and legal sources, I did have a ‘person’ in my car. But Officer so-and-so believes I did NOT have another person in my car. If you rule in his favor, you are saying that corporations are not persons. I hope you do rule in his favor. I hope you do overturn 125 years of settled law.”

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8 Huge Corporate Handouts in the Fiscal Cliff Bill

Posted by on January 6, 2013 in Economy, Politics with 0 Comments
8 Huge Corporate Handouts in the Fiscal Cliff Bill

Most tax credits drop straight to the bottom line – it’s why companies like Enron considered its tax compliance section a “profit center”. A few hundred billion dollars of tax expenditures is a major carrot to offer. Surely, a modest hike in income taxes for people who make more than $400k in income and stupid enough not to take that money in capital gain would be worth trading off for the few hundred billion dollars in corporate pork. This is what the fiscal cliff is about – who gets the money. And by leaving out the corporate sector, nearly anyone who talks about this debate is leaving out a key negotiating partner.

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How Corporate Tax Credits Got In the Fiscal Cliff Deal

Posted by on January 6, 2013 in Politics with 1 Comment
How Corporate Tax Credits Got In the Fiscal Cliff Deal

The “fiscal cliff” legislation passed this week included $76 billion in special-interest tax credits for the likes of General Electric, Hollywood and even Captain Morgan. But these subsidies weren’t the fruit of eleventh-hour lobbying conducted on the cliff’s edge — they were crafted back in August in a Senate committee, and they sat dormant until the White House reportedly insisted on them this week.

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‘Tsunami Bomb’ Tested Off New Zealand Coast

Posted by on January 6, 2013 in Military with 0 Comments
‘Tsunami Bomb’ Tested Off New Zealand Coast

The tests were carried out in waters around New Caledonia and Auckland during the Second World War and showed that the weapon was feasible and a series of 10 large offshore blasts could potentially create a 33-foot tsunami capable of inundating a small city.

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Meet Zbigniew Brzezinski, Conspiracy Theorist

Posted by on January 5, 2013 in Corruption with 0 Comments

Conspiracy theorists are realistic observers of world politics, just like Zbigniew Brzezinski. Conspiracy theorists believe that organizations of interest work behind the scenes to manipulate world politics.

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No Details Allowed on Al-Awlaki Drone Killing

Posted by on January 4, 2013 in Military, Politics with 0 Comments
No Details Allowed on Al-Awlaki Drone Killing

Anwar Al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen, was killed in a drone strike. Under what circumstances? We aren’t allowed to know, the Freedom of Information Act apparently doesn’t apply. Why not? Cenk Uygur explains.

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Drone War Escalates; Blowback Breeds New Enemies

Posted by on January 2, 2013 in Military, Politics with 1 Comment
Drone War Escalates; Blowback Breeds New Enemies

The constant bombings by American drones of Yemenis, Pakistanis, and other civilians is creating more enemies for the U.S. It is a deadly development known as blowback.

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President Obama Has Failed to Deliver Promise of Government Transparency

Posted by on January 1, 2013 in Agencies & Systems with 0 Comments
President Obama Has Failed to Deliver Promise of Government Transparency

We had every reason to think that Obama would reverse course on secrecy. But he and Attorney General Eric Holder have done little. What is especially troubling is that the bulk of the increase in lawsuits falls in the realm of national security — the very place where Obama promised the most tangible difference from Bush and Cheney.

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Obama Promised Public Policy Negotiations. Secrecy Has Failed. So, Why Not Try YouTube?

Posted by on January 1, 2013 in Government with 0 Comments
Obama Promised Public Policy Negotiations. Secrecy Has Failed. So, Why Not Try YouTube?

One universal silver lining to any abject failure is that it presents the opportunity to test out radically different ideas. President Obama has largely ignored his campaign promise to hold policy negotiations in public. But after yesterday’s epic budget compromise fail, it seems like a reasonable time to revisit that campaign promise and livestream talks over YouTube– because the federal government can’t do any worse than failing to perform one of its only mandated responsibilities.

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