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Woodrow Tracy “Woody” Harrelson (born July 23, 1961) is an American actor and activist. His breakout role came in the television sitcom Cheers as bartender Woody Boyd. Some notable film characters include basketball hustler Billy Hoyle in White Men Can’t Jump, a crippled bowler in Kingpin, serial killer Mickey Knox in Natural Born Killers, magazine publisher Larry Flynt in The People vs. Larry Flynt, country singer Dusty in A Prairie Home Companion, bounty hunter Carson Wells in No Country for Old Men, zombie killer Tallahassee in Zombieland, blind piano player/meat salesman Ezra Turner in Seven Pounds, conspiracy nut Charlie Frost in 2012, a delusional man who believes he is a superhero named Defendor in Defendor, Cpt. Tony Stone in The Messenger, Haymitch Abernathy in The Hunger Games, and Merritt McKinney in Now You See Me. For The People vs. Larry Flynt and The Messenger, Harrelson earned Academy Award nominations for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, respectively.[3] He is currently a co-star in the 2014 HBO crime drama True Detective, along with Matthew McConaughey.


Ferguson is not just about systemic racism — it’s about class warfare and how America’s poor are held back, says Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

You probably have heard of the Kent State shootings: on May 4, 1970, the Ohio National Guard opened fire on student protesters at Kent State University. During those 13 seconds of gunfire, four students were killed and nine were wounded, one of whom was permanently paralyzed. The shock and outcry resulted in a nationwide strike of 4 million students that closed more than 450 campuses. Five days after the shooting, 100,000 protestors gathered in Washington, D.C. And the nation’s youth was energetically mobilized to end the Vietnam War, racism, sexism, and mindless faith in the political establishment.

You probably haven’t heard of the Jackson State shootings.

On May 14th, 10 days after Kent State ignited the nation, at the predominantly black Jackson State University in Mississippi, police killed two black students (one a high school senior, the other the father of an 18-month-old baby) with shotguns and wounded twelve others.

There was no national outcry. The nation was not mobilized to do anything. That heartless leviathan we call History swallowed that event whole, erasing it from the national memory.

And, unless we want the Ferguson atrocity to also be swallowed and become nothing more than an intestinal irritant to history, we have to address the situation not just as another act of systemic racism, but as what else it is: class warfare.

More@ http://time.com/3132635/ferguson-coming-race-war-class-warfare/


Quantitative easing will cease come October, unless Yellen and Wall Street can create a new “crisis” to cure with more money printing. By every valuation measure used over the last 100 years, stocks are overvalued by at least 50%. By historical measures, home prices are overvalued by at least 30%. Ten year Treasuries are yielding 2.4%, while true inflation is north of 5%. With real interest rates deep in negative territory, the bond market is even more overvalued than stocks or houses. These simultaneous bubbles have been created by the Federal Reserve in a desperate attempt to keep this debt laden ship afloat. Their solution to a ship listing from too much debt was to load it down with trillions more in debt. The ship is taking on water rapidly.

We had a choice. We could have bitten the bullet in 2008 and accepted the consequences of decades of decadence, frivolity, materialism, delusion and debt accumulation. A steep sharp depression which would have purged the system of debt and punishment of those who created the disaster would have ensued. The masses would have suffered, but the rich and powerful bankers would have suffered the most. Today, the economy would be revived, saving and investing would be generating needed capital for expansion, and banks would be doing what they are supposed to do – lending money to businesses and individuals. Instead, the Wall Street bankers won the battle and continue to pillage and loot the national wealth while impoverishing the masses.

The arrogance, hubris and contempt for morality displayed by the ruling class is breathtaking to behold. They think they are untouchable and impervious to norms followed by the rest of society. They may have won the opening battle, but will lose the war. Discontent among the masses grows by the day. The critical thinking citizens are growing restless and angry. They are beginning to grasp the true enemy. The system has been captured by a few malevolent men. When the stock, bond and housing bubbles all implode simultaneously, all hell will break loose in this country. It will make Ferguson, Missouri look like a walk in the park. I wonder if the occupants of the Eccles building in Washington DC will get out alive.

The Story @ http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-08-19/your-recovery-and-your-recovery-without-drugs


As many have observed since Obama launched his own personal Iraq war, there is something rather farcical about the latest US intervention in the middile east, namely that US weapons are being used to destroy US weapons, captured by and in possession of ISIS jihadists. As Reuters summarizes the situation, rather poetically, “Islamic State’s  captured an enormous amount of U.S. weaponry, originally intended for the rebuilt Iraqi Army. You know — the one that collapsed in terror in front of the Islamic State, back when they were just ISIL? The ones who dropped their uniforms, and rifles and ran away?They left behind the bigger equipment, too, including M1 Abrams tanks (about $6 million each), 52 M198 Howitzer cannons ($527,337), and MRAPs (about $1 million) similar to the ones in use in Ferguson.”

In other words US taxpayers are now paying for military missions, in which US taxpayer paid-for warplans and missiles are used to blow up other US taxpayer paid-for tanks, artillery, MRAPs, and various other weapons of death.

Here is a closer look at the method behind the Keynesian madness from Reuters:

U.S. warplanes are flying sorties, at a cost somewhere between $22,000 to 30,000 per hour for the F-16s, to drop bombs that cost at least $20,000 each, to destroy this captured equipment.

 

That means if an F-16 were to take off from Incirclik Air Force Base in Turkey and fly two hours to Erbil, Iraq, and successfully drop both of its bombs on one target each, it costs the United States somewhere between $84,000 to $104,000 for the sortie and destroys a minimum of $1 million and a maximum of $12 million in U.S.-made equipment.

Lest the US appears alone in this silliness, Reuters is quick to remind readers that the very same situation can be encountered several hundred miles north, in the proxy civil war being waged in East Ukraine:

The Russians and Ukrainians are also facing off with tanks and guns and bombs and planes and uniforms all made in the same factories. They were the same country a mere 23 years ago. And even after they weren’t any more, they maintained close military ties until very recently.

 

Before Russia decided it couldn’t stand losing its friend in Kiev, Viktor Yanukovich, Russian President Vladimir Putin was happy to keep most of his navy in what was then Ukrainian territory: Crimea.

 

I guess that’s the thing about weapons. Once you make them, you never know who’s going to end up pointing them at whom.

You do know one thing, though: the only real beneficiary is the US military-industrial complex which built the weapons being used for both sides, and which are now being put into “accelerated obsolescence”, meaning an upgrade cycle is imminent as one or both sides are eager to restock. And who provides the funding for such “restocking”? Why the same banks that the US DOJ is “punshing” with vicious wristslaps of million dollar fines here, and multi-million dollar settlements there such as HSBC and JPM, thereby reducing the total profit on funding global warfare by “money-laundering” institutions to only tens of billions.

Rinse. Repeat.

For more on how the cycle of war works when all other conventional means of boosting GDP or generating bank profits when Net Interest Margins are record low, please watch the film the International, which summarizes all of the above in a tidy package.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-08-19/how-much-does-it-cost-us-blow-american-weapons


(Ryan Sharrow)  Maryland shed 9,000 jobs in July, pushing the state’s unemployment rate over 6 percent for the first time since December.

Maryland was among 30 states to post unemployment rate increases from June, according to preliminary data released Monday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The state’s unemployment rate in July rose to 6.1 percent, up from 5.8 percent a month before.

 

During July, government jobs in the state decreased by 5,500, while education and health services positions declined by 5,400. Professional and business services jobs fell by 2,000.

Some industries posted gains during the month. Construction jobs grew by 1,400 and manufacturing jobs rose by 400. Trade, transportation and utilities positions increased by 1,000, while financial activities jobs grew by 1,200.

As a whole, 2,610,200 people were on payrolls across Maryland in July, down from 2,619,200.

The number of people unemployed ticked up from 180,200 in June to 190,200 in July.

Despite July’s decline, Maryland has posted over-the-month job gains in four out of the seven months in 2014. Compared with July 2013, the state’s total jobs are up by 16,300 and the private sector has gained 18,700 jobs.

Maryland’s unemployment rate remains slightly better than the 6.2 percent U.S. average.

http://rallyagainstomalley.com/maryland-loses-9000-jobs-july/


As many have heard by now, the leaders of the so-called BRICS nations – Brazil, India, China, Russia and South Africa – used the occasion of the 6th BRICS Summit in Brasilia, Brazil to announce the creation of the long-awaited BRICS Development Bank.

Formally the “New Development Bank,” it will be based in Shanghai and capitalized with an initial $10 billion in cash ($2 billion from each of the five founding members) and $40 billion in guarantees, to be built up to a total of $100 billion.

Immediately, the press began touting the new bank as a potential rival to the current IMF / World Bank system of infrastructure development and poverty reduction in the third world. “BRICS Development Bank Could Challenge World Bank and IMF” touts US News & World Report. “BRICS Ink $50 Billion Lender in World Bank, IMF Challenge” asserts Bloomberg. The World Bank, for its part, is downplaying the rivalry, with World Bank President Jim Young Kim openly welcoming the bank at a recent meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “The only competition we have is with poverty,” he told reporters at the meeting.

But all of this talk about a potential rival to the IMF and World Bank have exposed the general public’s ignorance about what exactly these institutions are and what they do. While most are familiar with the IMF and its predatory lending practices (and those who aren’t are encouraged to acquaint themselves with the “IMF riot” strategy that was developed in the third world and is now being imported to Europe), the World Bank is less scrutinized and less well understood. What is it, what does it do, and why is it important for the BRICS to challenge its hegemony in the development and poverty reduction arenas?

For the answer to that, we’ll need to examine the World Bank’s history, both the official history that it touts to the outside world and the real history of its part in plundering the developing world that it is supposedly there to help.

more with video@ http://www.globalresearch.ca/what-the-world-bank-actually-does/5396476


There is a thesis in it.  Versions of it certainly circulate: smaller, and weaker powers, tend to pre-empt the wishes of their masters or those who would promise to protect them.   If performed successfully, rewards might issue from the mighty protector, be it in the form of dispensations and further guarantees of security.

The political environment of a democracy is peculiar in that regard, given that political pre-emption tends to be the internal province of police states. (To be in the dictator’s special invitations list, best try to predict what his wishes might be.) The democratic system adds the complication of “the people” – those wishes of the electorate which have to be abided by. The elected classes do, however, have to undertake some elaborate window dressing when dumping a policy on the sceptics and people who might suspect they are being taken for a dangerous and lack lustre ride.

Australia provides the most acute example of this play between the constituency that needs to be bribed, if not deluded, and a government that wishes to be in the good books of its great behemoth of an “ally”. (The term ally in the Australian-US relationship is more akin to a shotgun marriage between inherently unequal partners.) For that reason, ground must be smoothed out, and electors prepared for what those in Washington would want. It doesn’t pay to reveal how demeaning that state of affairs actually is – Australia is, after all the fluff about special relationships, essentially subordinate, its sovereignty qualified and conditioned by US strategic thinking.

There is some precedent for this. An ongoing argument made by such individuals as Geir Lundestad, director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute, is that the United States and its entrenched presence in Western Europe during the Cold War was the product of “empire by invitation”. The subtext there was one of pre-emption: the US will want their security enhanced by actually protecting Western Europe from the Soviet hordes. This also stood to reason, given that the American empire had come into being. “The American expansion went so deep and affected so many different parts of the world that it can be said to have resulted in an American empire.”[1]

Lundestad then ventures the notion that the cobbled empire that stumbled into the barracks and the institutions of Europe was a short-lived experiment, suggesting a rather naïve assessment.

By the 1970s, the US-European relationship had to be redefined in the wake of declining American influence, but that never meant that US bases, or US influence, would vanish. Some guests are reluctant to leave, and while the Soviet Union wearily packed up after its torturous decline in 1990, taking its place on the mantelpiece of history, Washington’s imperial juggernaut was reshaped.

The Abbott government has been doing its level best to second, even third guess, the decisions of the Obama administration. This has proven difficult in a sense, given the not infrequent bouts of indecisiveness that seem to arise in Washington. Will it re-deploy US forces in Iraq to add meat to air strikes against ISIS positions? Will there be a need for further sanctions on Russia to pressure separatists in Ukraine?

The measuring of what the US will do is important for the amateur psychoanalysts in the Prime Minister’s office. If the murmurings are humanitarian, then the Australian response is to anticipate that. Abbott has spoken to US officials about the “potential humanitarian disaster” in Northern Iraq that awaits if the planes aren’t flown in and the supplies aren’t dropped. “President Obama has already said that it has the potential to become a genocide and that’s why it’s important for Australia to join with our international partners in doing what we can to render humanitarian assistance.”[2] Note: it matters not a jot what the Australian assessment on the ground would have been – what Obama says, goes.

Humanitarian aid drops have a tendency of becoming military drops – food aid gives way to weapons when the moral rhetoric gets steamy with righteous indignation. Abbott is careful to underline the monstrosity he, and his colleagues, are facing while trumpeting the need to “protect civilians from a murderous onslaught.” The fate of the refugees of the Yazidi sect are coming in for some heavy publicity. Describing the capacity of the Royal Australian Air Force in terms of its humanitarian credentials is one thing (“a fleet of six C-17A Globemaster heavy lift aircraft as well as C-130 Hercules transport aircraft”[3]); adding the military edge to it is something that will come in due course. “We are talking to our … security partners about what we can usefully do to help.”

At this writing, the prospects of troops joining a mission against ISIS is very real indeed. Minister for Defence, Senator David Johnston, has left that road open despite the fact that Washington has not approached either he or the Prime Minister. This, despite US Secretary of State John Kerry claiming on Tuesday that there would be “no reintroduction of American combat forces.”

Abbott has, instead, decided to split hairs. “There is a world of difference between getting involved to prevent genocide and the kind of involvement that we’ve seen in recent years by Western countries in the Middle East.” With such flexible reasoning, one that uses terms of invasion as if they were policing metaphors, anything is possible.

What is surprising about all of this is that the Canberra policy hacks should be surprised when other powers retaliate. The Russian foreign ministry has found Australian efforts to piggyback on the sanctions regime against Moscow primitively unimaginative. It is – the Australian reliance on commodity exports places it at the mercy of powers who might wish to turn off the tap of demand. The powers of reading what the US might do then will come to naught.

Dr. Binoy Kampmark was a Commonwealth Scholar at Selwyn College, Cambridge.  He lectures at RMIT University, Melbourne. Email: bkampmark@gmail.com

original link@ http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-australia-us-military-relationship-australian-troops-to-iraq/5396338

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“The role of the President of the United States is to support the decisions that are made by the people of Israel.”          Ann Lewis, sister of former Congressman Barney Frank

The idea that the best America could achieve in Iraq would be to divide the country into Kurdish, Sunni and Shi’ite sectors is not really new. It was an old idea in 1982 when Ze’ev Schiff, the military correspondent of Ha’aretz, first suggested it. (Ha’aretz 6/2/1982). It was also mentioned by Oded Yinon in that same year in A Strategy For Israel in the Nineteen Eighties.

Prior to that on June 7, 1981 Israel bombed an Iraqi nuclear project at Osirak. Iraq had purchased an Osiris class nuclear reactor from France in 1976. The Israelis waited until the Iraqis had spent a lot of money and resources before destroying it with a preemptive strike. This coincided with the Israeli election cycle. Three weeks after Osirak, Menachem Begin trounced Shimon Peres at the polls because the latter did not understand the Israeli voters’ desire to bomb Arabs. That is provided no Israelis die.

Harvard physicist Richard Wilson after the attack concluded that the facility was not suited for production of weapons-grade plutonium.

On June 8, 1967 The Israelis killed 34 Americans on the USS Liberty. A BBC press release for the documentary Dead in the Water said that President Johnson, who had been told by the Israelis that Egypt had done it, sent jets from a carrier to attack Egypt with nuclear weapons. The American embassy in Cairo did receive a message saying that the US was going to bomb Cairo. The US avoided nuclear war because the Liberty survivors were able to radio that they had been attacked by Israel. The planes were recalled.

The Israelis have always been willing to fight to the last American.

read the rest@ http://vidrebel.wordpress.com/2014/08/17/israels-gift-the-american-quagmires-in-iraq-and-afghanistan/


 
The US and UK military are going into Iraq to help ISIS.
 

The purpose of ISIS is to help create a Greater Israel.

In order to create a Greater Israel the following countries have to be broken up: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
ISIS began its invasion of Iraq from NATO-member Turkey.

One of the Jews who run ISIS.
In order to trick the public in the USA and UK, ISIS has produced photographs of various ‘atrocities’.

ISIS managed remarkably quickly to control a large part of Iraq.
Reportedly the ISIS forces have been trained and armed by the USA and its allies.

We are only as free as we believe we are. We are in denial, we don’t see the signs that are staring directly at us, keeping our minds turned off and busy with all the mundane affairs of daily life. If you would like to know the truth and wake up, it’s too late, removing your blindfolds and pulling your head out of the sand will only show that reality is already here and very clear.

There are approximately 600 FEMA Camp prison sites around the country (and more literally popping up overnight). They are manned, but yet do not contain prisoners. What is going to be the nationwide panic to kick-off point to put these facilities into operation?

FEMA camps are a restricted area and surrounded by full-time guards, surrounded by miles of fences with the top razor points all directed inward. There is a railroad track that runs into the perimeter of this fence in all Camps. The loading docks also hold several railroad cars which have been manufactured in Oregon and outfitted with shackles.

Most FEMA Camps could easily fit 100,000 people.

FEMA Camps usually are in remote areas or have large mounds of dirt surrounding the central area so the area is not visible from the road. There are white vans as well as Police cars constantly patrolling the several mile perimeter of the areas, and will came out and greet you with a friendly wave if you come close enough to actually view the camp and follow you until you leave.

We just don’t care enough to find out the real truth, and settle for the hand-fed stories that come our way over the major media sources television, radio, newspaper, and magazines. The time is fast approaching when we will be the ones asking “What happened to our freedom? To our free speech? To our right to protect ourselves and our family? To think as an individual? To express ourselves in whatever way we wish?”

You don’t think it could happen to you? Obviously those rounded up and killed in Germany didn’t think it could happen to them either. How could decent people have witnessed such atrocities and still said nothing? Why are we doing the same here? What happened to this country of ours? Where did we go wrong? How could we let it happen again…

 

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Trains Carrying Toxic Chemicals Crash Head-On in Arkansas

–Hundreds of people are evacuated after the trains smashed into each other and exploded into flames in northeast Arkansas.

17 Aug 2014 Two freight trains carrying toxic chemicals have crashed head-on in the US, killing two people and injuring two others. Firefighters spent seven hours extinguishing the fire as diesel and chemicals on board burst into flames. Around 500 people were evacuated from the crash scene in Hoxie, a small town in northeast Arkansas.


Christie’s lawyers bill N.J. taxpayers $6.52 million for Bridgegate so far

16 Aug 2014 New Jersey taxpayers have been billed $6.52 million so far this year by Gov. Chris Christie’s private attorneys dealing with the aftermath of the George Washington Bridge scandal, according to invoices released today by acting state Attorney General John Hoffman. Lawyers at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher billed $3.26 million in March and April, the invoices show. They also billed $3.26 million in January and February, according to previous invoices. At $650 an hour, the firm’s rate is a steep discount, it says. With ongoing state and federal investigations into the massive traffic jam at the foot of the world’s busiest bridge last year, Gibson Dunn and other law firms may still be billing for work beyond April.

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