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The Gary Null Show – 07.03.17

Media Censorship Bonnie Faulkner is an independent radio journalist whose regular program, Guns and Butter, has been an inspiration to many. The program investigates the relationships between capitalism, militarism and politics in the aftermath of the 911 attacks. It is aired weekly on Pacifica stations WBAI and KPFA in Berkeley and can be heard on the Progressive Radio Network every Friday at 3:00 pm Eastern …

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ANDREW MCGILL – Why People Vote for Counterproductive Policies

Governing is often a cause-and-effect business. Give workers a tax break on retirement accounts? More people save for life after the working world. Offer a rebate for old cars? Drivers scrap their gas-guzzling Explorers in favor of sensible Corollas, and average fuel efficiency goes up. It’s easy to sell something to voters when the costs and benefits are immediately obvious. …

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What Are the Signals That Someone Is Right for You?

We all know the feeling of hitting it off with a person you meet for the first time. For reasons you can’t put into words, you are just certain that you and this person are destined for a great relationship, whether in romance, at work, or as a friend. A new study by Ru-de Liu and colleagues (2016), of Beijing …

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Russia is now top wheat exporter, proving sanctions won’t work

Wheat, the world-feeding crop whose shortage was Pharaoh’s nightmare, is now at such a global surplus that last month its price was less than two-thirds its level in 2008. Having rebounded in recent days to $4.05 per bushel from $3.62 last month, one might think that the commodity, which last June cost $5.07 per bushel and in February 2008 peaked at $11.94 …

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Gail Tverberg – An Updated Version Of The “Peak Oil” Story

The Peak Oil story got some things right. Back in 1998, Colin Campbell and Jean Laherrère wrote an article published in Scientific American called, “The End of Cheap Oil.” In it they said: Our analysis of the discovery and production of oil fields around the world suggests that within the next decade, the supply of conventional oil will be unable to keep …

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Dave Johnson – Panama Trade Agreement: Was Tax Evasion The Point All Along?

The Bush administration negotiated the Panama free trade agreement without addressing Panama’s bank and corporate secrecy. Panama has little to “trade” with the U.S., so maybe leaving secrecy out of the agreement wasn’t an accident; it was the point. It provided a stamp of legitimacy and protections for “investors” moving their money to Panama. Panama Trade Agreement The Panama–United States …

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Melanie Evans – The Affordable Care Act isn’t wiping out unpaid hospital bills

The economy of Gillette, Wyo., has slumped along with the fortunes of companies like Devon Energy and Peabody Energy, which have slashed jobs because of the prolonged downturn in oil and gas prices. Taxes on property, coal and oil support the county-owned hospital, but revenue has dipped because of dwindling population and a rising number of uninsured residents amid the …

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John Kiriakou – The Chinese in the US Virgin Islands, Be Concerned

Chinese oil company is poised to take over one of the 10 largest oil refineries in the world – a refinery in a U.S. territory – threatening livelihoods, the environment, and U.S. national security. The Virgin Islands Senate recently approved the sale of the HOVENSA oil refinery and storage facility for $420 million to ArchLight, the alter ego of Sinopec, …

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Pam Martens and Russ Martens – Pull Back the Curtain on Exchange Traded Funds and Out Pop Wall Street Mega Banks

The selloff in junk bonds has rattled the markets and is raising questions about just who it is that is providing liquidity to the junk bond Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) — which have magically redeemed billions of dollars in withdrawals from retail investors while the underlying bonds in their portfolio are under severe stress in the broader marketplace. (Both a …