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Sunday, December 30

30.Dec.2012 - Threat to Occupiers, Warrantless Wiretapping, Environmental Justice, West Unleashing Terrorism Against Syria, Millennial Delusions, Anti-Government Propaganda, Times Erases Israel's Crimes, Vitamin Water Deception, War Made Easy, US Became an Orwellian State, Important Bills Blocked by GOP, Social Costs of Austerity, China Prison Labor, more.


FBI Ignored Deadly Threat to Occupiers: US Intelligence Machine Instead Plotted with Bankers to Attack Protest Movement
 New documents obtained from the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security by the Partnership for Civil Justice and released this past week show that the FBI and other intelligence and law enforcement agencies began a campaign of monitoring, spying and disrupting the Occupy Movement at least two months before the first occupation actions began in late September 2011.

Senate Reauthorizes Warrantless Wiretapping

After Defeating Moderate Reforms, Senate Extends Unchecked Surveillance Powers for Five Years

Deprogramming Progressives
 little bit of economics can be a truly terrible thing, for the introductory classes in micro and macro-economics are the most dogmatic and myth-filled part of the neoliberal curriculum. Dogmas that have been falsified for 75 years (such as austerity) are taught as revealed truth. The poor indoctrinated student is then launched into the world "knowing" that austerity is the answer and that mass unemployment and prolonged recessions are small prices to be paid (by others) to achieve the holy grail of a balanced budget. Students are taught that national budgets are really just like household budgets.

Matt Damon laments U.S. politics: ‘We’re genuinely f*cked’ on long-term issues
Matt Damon in 2011 via AFPHollywood star Matt Damon recently told Playboy he has little hope that Washington can address long-term environmental issues like using hydraulic fracturing to extract natural gas.

Idle No More: Indigenous-Led Protests Sweep Canada for Native Sovereignty and Environmental Justice

America's "Founding Fathers" Detested the Paradise of Delightful Debauchery and Freedom That Was 18th Century America

There was a lot of fun to be had in early America, before the prudish patrician types did everything they could to stamp it out.
West unleashing terrorism against Syria: Mark Glenn

2012 Apocalypse, the Rapture and Other Millennial Delusions

I once had a noted New Age peace activist tell me that, because all spiritual practice has ripple effects outward, “my cat is a contemplative contributor to the universe.”

FBI Violated Constitution by Branding Occupy a Terrorist Threat

Power of Anti-Government Propaganda

Exclusive: By many standards, President Obama has done a remarkable job, steering the U.S. and the world away from a global depression and enacting reforms to benefit millions of Americans. But he has fought against a powerful dynamic of modern U.S. politics, a hatred of the federal government, says Robert Parry.

How The New York Times erases Israel’s crimes

According to The New York Times, there is no siege of Gaza, no occupation of the West Bank, and never was there a Nakba (the 1948 ethnic cleansing of Palestine). Three recent articles erase these key Israeli crimes from the historical record.

The Vitamin Water Deception

17 Solutions for a Better America in 2013

Ralph Nader being interviewed during his 2008 presidential campaign, 08/01/08. (photo: Scrape TV)
Don't most Americans believe and want strong law enforcement against corporate crime and fraud and abuses against consumers, taxpayers, the environment and workers? The first step is telling your member of Congress to toughen the weak laws and beef up the law enforcement budgets which will pay for themselves many, many times over in deterrence, damage prevention to innocent people, and fines.

War Made Easy

Oliver Stone: 'US Has Become An Orwellian State'

How the FBI Coordinated the Crackdown on Occupy

Portrait, author and activist Naomi Wolf, 10/19/11. (photo: Guardian UK)t was more sophisticated than we had imagined: new documents show that the violent crackdown on Occupy last fall - so mystifying at the time - was not just coordinated at the level of the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and local police. The crackdown, which involved, as you may recall, violent arrests, group disruption, canister missiles to the skulls of protesters, people held in handcuffs so tight they were injured, people held in bondage till they were forced to wet or soil themselves -was coordinated with the big banks themselves.

What Could Have Been: The Most Important Bills Blocked by Republicans in 2012

The bills we could have passed if it wasn't for GOP obstructionism -- from a minimum wage increase to the Buffett Rule.

Renewing Warrantless Eavesdropping
To this day, many people identify mid-2008 as the time they realized what type of politician Barack Obama actually is. Six months before, when seeking the Democratic nomination, then-Sen. Obamaunambiguously vowed that he would filibuster "any bill" that retroactively immunized the telecom industry for having participated in the illegal Bush NSA warrantless eavesdropping program.

The Social Costs of the Austerity Agenda

Pierce: 'The social costs of an austerity agenda - and, certainly, all the available evidence from those European countries wherein one was imposed - are profound.' (photo: TPM Muckraker)s we begin what appears to be the final long, slooooowwww roll down the Gentle Fiscal Incline, it is becoming clear that, among our governing elites, and among the courtier press that serves their interests, it is taken as a given that some sort of austerity agenda, which will not materially affect any of their lives, is going to be dropped on the rest of us, probably for our own good, as that good is defined from some tony little bistro in Georgetown, or from the parlor at Ben and Sally's.

Made in China - By prison labor
"A State Secret"

Congress Extends Surveillance Power

Surveillance cameras are only one part of the growing collection of surveillance technology being implemented in the US. (photo: Kodda/Shutterstock)
ongress approved a measure Friday that would renew expansive U.S. surveillance authority for five more years, rejecting objections from senators who are concerned the legislation does not adequately protect Americans' privacy.


The Ka-Ching Dynasty

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