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LOA Today – 05.18.17

Sadly, this week we say goodbye to Joel Elston, whose life has become so full with all the great stuff happening in it that he must regretfully leave our show behind. Mark and Uohna join Walt this week to discuss the Neuroscience of Feeling Good. Next week, Walt is joined by a new co-host.   Download this episode (right click …

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It’s Our Money with Ellen Brown – Fixing the Infrastructure of Finance – 05.17.17

As public physical assets deteriorate the world over, profiteers and corporatists are anxiously positioning themselves to profit from their bursting new markets of imminent demand. If you’re a government trying to serve those needs but don’t have a reliable source of affordable funding, like your own public bank, you’re stuck with the scalpers. Bridges aren’t the only failing civic infrastructure …

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SIMON DAVIS-COHEN – Corporate America is Inching Even Closer to a Constitutional Convention

During a Colorado Springs rally on Oct. 18, 2016, then-candidate Donald Trump announced, “The time for congressional term limits has finally arrived.” For many, it was one of Trump’s more moderate proclamations. Term limits don’t sound like such a bad idea. But it’s possible this comment signaled support for a broader, more partisan agenda. Term limits are a central demand …

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Alastair Gee – More than one-third of schoolchildren are homeless in shadow of Silicon Valley

Every night for the past year or so, Adriana and Omar Chavez have slept in an RV parked in East Palo Alto, a downtrodden community in Silicon Valley. On a recent morning before sunrise, they emerged on to the empty street. Omar showed his phone to his wife: 7.07am. “Shall I wake up the girls?” he said, his breath visible …

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Trends This Week – A Trump economy and other Top Trends 2017 – 12.14.16

Approve or disapprove of his choices, Trump has picked a corporate cabinet of top notch business leaders. Unlike politicians, Trump will run the White House like he runs his businesses; it’s about the bottom line. Look for a strong dollar and steady economic growth. For US exporters, however, the strong dollar will dampen profits. Other 2017 trends include the death of the Fourth Estate, worldwide movements to “Make It New” and more.

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KAREN PERRY STILLERMAN – Organic Farming is Growing (But Not Everywhere)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently released the results of its latest survey of organic farmers, and there’s good news. Organic farming is up nationally, with 12,818 farms generating $6.2 billion in certified organic product sales in 2015, up 13 percent from 2014. But the survey shows that all states aren’t pursuing organic farming equally. And one of the top …

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Hedge Funds Cost N.Y. Pension Plan $3.8 Billion, Report Says

The New York state comptroller’s decision to stick with hedge funds despite their poor returns has cost the Common Retirement Fund $3.8 billion in fees and underperformance, according to a critical report by the Department of Financial Services. The state comptroller, who invests $181 billion for two systems covering local employees, police and fire personnel, “has over relied on so-called ‘active’ …

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The number of people on food stamps is plummeting at the fastest rate ever after the government made a key change

Fewer and fewer Americans are on food stamps, and the decline is only getting faster. According to Paul Trussell, an analyst at Deutsche Bank, the number of people utilizing the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, in June 2016 was down 4.7% from the same month a year before, and the number of households using SNAP was down 5.2% year-over-year. …