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Chris Hedges: We’re Losing the Last Shreds of Legal Rights to Protect Ourselves from Oligarchy

Written by on May 5, 2014 in Agencies & Systems, Government, Politics with 0 Comments
Chris Hedges: We’re Losing the Last Shreds of Legal Rights to Protect Ourselves from Oligarchy

The U.S. Supreme Court decision to refuse to hear our case concerning Section 1021(b)(2) of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which permits the military to seize U.S. citizens and hold them indefinitely in military detention centers without due process, means that this provision will continue to be law. It means the nation has entered a post-constitutional era. It means that extraordinary rendition of U.S. citizens on U.S. soil by our government is legal. It means that the courts, like the legislative and executive branches of government, exclusively serve corporate power — one of the core definitions of fascism. It means that the internal mechanisms of state are so corrupted and subservient to corporate power that there is no hope of reform or protection for citizens under our most basic constitutional rights. It means that the consent of the governed — a poll by OpenCongress.com showed that this provision had a 98 percent disapproval rating — is a cruel joke.

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Is Elizabeth Warren the Only Person Standing Between You and Total Bank Domination?

Written by on May 5, 2014 in Government, Politics with 0 Comments
Is Elizabeth Warren the Only Person Standing Between You and Total Bank Domination?

As Sen. Elizabeth Warren navigates the money-papered halls of Washington, she uses words like “vile” and “shameful” to describe the evildoing of bankers and corporate predators: she’s an outsider from a realm of truer American values who looks upon the upside-down goings on with outraged astonishment, frequently peppering her narrative with her favorite term for disbelief at human folly, an emphatic, “ Really?!?”

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Cold War 2.0 and the Threat of Nuclear Warfare – James Corbett

Written by on April 20, 2014 in Government, Military, Politics with 4 Comments
Cold War 2.0 and the Threat of Nuclear Warfare – James Corbett

The rhetoric that has been spewed in recent years about nuclear disarmament is, of course, was always just that: rhetoric. The US government has never seriously considered giving up its nuclear stockpile, or even renouncing a first-use nuclear doctrine. As Dr. Yuki Tanaka of Hiroshima University explains, the Obama administration has not simply continued the aggressive Bush-era stance on America’s nuclear arsenal, but actually extended it. In reality, the Obama administration has simply reaffirmed and even extended the existing US nuclear policy allowing for a first-strike, offensive nuclear war against its enemies. Find out more about the nuclear threat in the new cold war in this week’s GRTV Backgrounder with James Corbett. TRANSCRIPT AND SOURCES: https://www.corbettreport.com/?p=9084

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Tennessee Senate Unanimously Votes to Legalize Hemp

Written by on April 10, 2014 in Government, Politics with 0 Comments
Tennessee Senate Unanimously Votes to Legalize Hemp

Yesterday, the Tennessee state senate passed a bill which some supporters consider the strongest pro-hemp legislation in the country. House Bill 2445 (HB2445), introduced by Rep. Jeremy Faison (R-Cosby), would mandate that the state authorize the growing and production of industrial hemp within Tennessee, effectively nullifying the unconstitutional federal ban on the same.

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Rand Paul: Cheney Started Iraq War to Enrich Halliburton

Written by on April 7, 2014 in Government, Politics with 2 Comments
Rand Paul: Cheney Started Iraq War to Enrich Halliburton

Last week, continuing the intraparty feud between Republican hawks and GOPers skeptical of foreign intervention, former Vice President Dick Cheney took a shot at Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). But Paul is not likely to be fazed by criticism from Cheney, for several years ago the Kentucky senator was pushing the conspiratorial notion that the former VP exploited the horrific 9/11 attacks to lead the nation into war in Iraq in order to benefit Halliburton, the enormous military contractor where Cheney had once been CEO.

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5 Ways Congress Has Manipulated You With Bills That Do the Opposite Of What Their Catchy Titles Imply

Written by on April 5, 2014 in Government, Politics with 0 Comments
5 Ways Congress Has Manipulated You With Bills That Do the Opposite Of What Their Catchy Titles Imply

Abby Martin goes over five instances of misleading legislation, including bills like the Patriot Act, Clean Air Act, No Child Left Behind, and the Healthy Forest Initiative which do almost the opposite of what their ‘catchy titles’ imply.

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McCutcheon, and the Vicious Cycle of Concentrated Wealth and Political Power

Written by on April 4, 2014 in Agencies & Systems, Politics with 0 Comments
McCutcheon, and the Vicious Cycle of Concentrated Wealth and Political Power

If wealth and income weren’t already so concentrated in the hands of a few, the shameful “McCutcheon” decision by the five Republican appointees to the Supreme Court wouldn’t be as dangerous. But by taking “Citizen’s United” one step further and effectively eviscerating campaign finance laws, the Court has issued an invitation to oligarchy.

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Americans Say 70 Percent of Politicians Use Political Power to Hurt Enemies and 75 Percent Are Corrupted

Written by on April 3, 2014 in Government, Politics with 0 Comments
Americans Say 70 Percent of Politicians Use Political Power to Hurt Enemies and 75 Percent Are Corrupted

A Reason-Rupe poll found that Americans believe that seven out of ten politicians use their power to help friends and hurt enemies. Furthermore, respondents believed that 75 percent of politicians are corrupted by lobbyists and campaign donations.

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Undermining the Foundations of American Democracy: Supreme Court Abolishes Campaign Contribution Limits

Written by on April 2, 2014 in Agencies & Systems, Politics with 0 Comments
Undermining the Foundations of American Democracy: Supreme Court Abolishes Campaign Contribution Limits

The Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision Wednesday in McCutcheon v. FEC overturned a law that allowed the federal government to cap how much an individual could give to multiple federal candidates and committees in a single campaign cycle. The $123,200 overall limit for total contributions to campaigns, parties, and PACs will no longer be in effect, although contributions to individual candidates remain limited to $2,600. Potentially opening the door to a flood of cash from wealthy individuals, Justice Stephen Breyer wrote the dissenting opinion, stating that this ruling “perhaps devastates, what remains of campaign finance reform.” Sen. Bernie Sanders discusses the Supreme Court’s ruling with MSNBC’s Ronan Farrow. In the 2nd video (see below), RT’s Lindsay France looks into this historic ruling.

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Say What? Obama Claims US Invasion of Iraq NOT As Bad as Russia’s Annexation of Crimea

Written by on March 27, 2014 in Politics with 0 Comments
Say What? Obama Claims US Invasion of Iraq NOT As Bad as Russia’s Annexation of Crimea

President Barack Obama declared the Kiev uprising a moral victory, Crimea’s vote a sham and Russia a brute aggressor, that must be confronted. To prove his points the President cited examples… including comparing the U.S. invasion of Iraq to Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

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South Carolina Illegally Blocks Libertarian Party From Ballot – Ben Swann

Written by on March 25, 2014 in Government, Politics with 0 Comments

South Carolina has an Equal Access election law which is now being violated. The state is attempting to deny the Libertarian Party a convention in order to prevent having their candidates on the General Election ballot in 2014. The reason.. the state claims it does not have enough money to comply with equal access law.

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US ‘Democracy Promotion’ Destroys Democracy Overseas – Ron Paul

Written by on March 24, 2014 in Government, Politics with 0 Comments

Last December, US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland gave a speech in which she admitted that since 1991 the US government has invested more than 5 billion dollars to help Ukraine…in the development of democratic institutions and skills in promoting civil society and a good form of government. This is the same State Department official who was caught on tape just recently planning in detail the overthrow of the Ukrainian government. That five billion dollars appears to have bought a revolution in Ukraine. But what do the US taxpayers get, who were forced to pay for this interventionism? Nothing good. Ukraine is a bankrupt country that will need tens of billions of dollars to survive the year. Already the US-selected prime minister has made a trip to Washington to ask for more money. And what will the Ukrainians get? Their democracy has been undermined by the US-backed coup in Kiev. In democracies, power is transferred peacefully through elections, not seized by rebels in the streets. At least it used to be.

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The US Establishment is Lying about Everything on Ukraine

Written by on March 23, 2014 in Government, Politics with 0 Comments
The US Establishment is Lying about Everything on Ukraine

The US government and the media are lying about everything on Ukraine and the bigger the lies, the more that the entire establishment continues to go ‘all in’ and push all of the chips to the center of the table in this latest orgy of national brainwashing.

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Worldwide Wave of Action to Keep NYC Mayor Honest

Written by on March 21, 2014 in Government, Politics with 1 Comment
Worldwide Wave of Action to Keep NYC Mayor Honest

“Occupy Mayor” Bill de Blasio rode the wave of 99% momentum into office, but will he maintain his promises? Worldwide Wave of Action aims to keep him honest.

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