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Economic Update – Socialism: Past, Present, Future – 05.06.18

Updates on critique of Uber and gig economy; WI Sen Johnson endorses inequality; Norway to pay male and female athletes same; corporations buy back their own shares; deaths of overworked Japanese; 10% NY school kids homeless; and majority of major US corporations already pay much below official 35% tax rate. Major discussion of changing economics of socialism.   Download this …

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Connect The Dots – Robert McChesney – 03.08.17

Listen to Robert McChesney, long time media analyst and author of People Get Ready, (and a co-founder of Free Press) discussing the causes and the cures for the current breakdown in the media and the dissolution of trustworthy reporting so necessary in a democracy— in conversation with Alison Rose Levy.

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Fredreka Schouten and Christopher Schnaars – Clinton’s 2016 bid draws more Wall Street fundraisers than Obama in 2012

WASHINGTON — Democrat Hillary Clinton’s bid for the presidency has drawn more support from Wall Street fundraisers than President Obama received from the industry four years ago, a new analysis shows. Clinton’s ranks of elite fundraisers include 201 people who work in the securities and investment sector and dozens more who work in other areas of finance and commercial banking, according …

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Nick Surgey and Calvin Sloan – Revealed: AARP Is Funding ALEC

AARP, the non-profit seniors organization that exists to promote the financial security, pensions and healthcare of those over 50, is secretly funding the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), an organization whose bills have acted against the interests of ordinary Americans, including retirees and their families. The Center for Media and Democracy has learned that AARP has recently joined ALEC, and …

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Who’s Pumping Money into 2016 Election? Hedge Fund Heads

A new analysis by Reuters offers a fresh look at the interests pouring money into the 2016 president election. Hedge fund managers are upping their game in this election season, with Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton and Republican Ted Cruz the biggest beneficiaries, Reuters‘ review of Federal Election Commission filings found. “About $47 million has been lavished on presidential candidates and lawmakers and the …

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Merck Executive Explains Why Drug Prices Are Out of Control

Kenneth Frazier, a chief executive of Merck & Co. and chairman of the industry lobbying group Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, wants you to know why drug prices have gotten so out of hand. According to Frazier: “Merck has increased the prices of its drugs on a yearly basis, but we’ve tried to be constrained in how we’ve done it, in …

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Barry Grey – Wall Street donors account for 40 percent of super PAC funds in US election

The 2016 US election campaign has exposed deep-seated popular alienation from the entire political establishment and growing anger over the domination of US society and politics by Wall Street. Democratic contender Bernie Sanders, who calls himself a democratic socialist, has capitalized on this sentiment by basing his campaign on denunciations of the “billionaire class” and an electoral process dominated by …

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Bernie Suarez – These 15 Arguments Will Destroy Chemtrails Deniers

As we approach the end of another year let’s remember that humanity is now subjected to yet another full year of spraying with metal particles. Not just humanity but all the poor creatures on earth are being sprayed, every plant and every tree, the bees and birds, the soil and all the little creatures that live in it, even the …

Silicon Valley Emerges as a Political Force By David Sirota

When Jeb Bush visited Silicon Valley this week, the Republican candidate was visiting the heart of a Democratic state that few expect to be contested in the 2016 presidential election. But when it comes to the political money chase, the Northern California home of the world’s technology giants spreads the wealth to both parties—positioning the tech industry as one of …

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BLOWBACK AS NATIONAL POLICY

“Empires are lost when inadequate men become leaders and wage war for base reasons or no reason at all.” – Sun Tzu   The chorus of hawks and neocons, for whom Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham serve as poster children, have rarely met an international issue that doesn’t require some American muscle. From Iraq to Syria, to Ukraine and the …