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It’s Our Money – Dirty Deals! – 04.19.17

“Dirty Deals” is the name of a definitive report about Wall Street’s interactions and financing contracts with cities, counties and states nationwide. It’s a gloves-off look at the many ways public entities are forced to acquiesce to abusive usury in their private-bank-capital borrowing practices for public projects and how we can take effective steps to reverse them. Saqib Bhatti, co-director of Action Center on Race and the Economy (ACRE), discusses why these core financing issues are driving governments around the country to consider public banking and in-house financing mechanisms, and why some of them don’t want to.

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Fearless Parent – Free Speech Controversy at US Elite Universities – 04.12.17

Free speech is the right to articulate one’s opinion without fear of retaliation or censorship or societal sanction. The First Amendment of the US Constitution states: “Congress shall make no law… abridging freedom of speech.” Universities have traditionally been a place where burgeoning, radical, heated ideas are first expressed and take hold. Student activism has given rise to important political, economic, and …

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Leid Stories—Bill Clinton and Foundation Still ‘Saving Lives’—03.23.17

He’s back, Bill Clinton, still selling the myth that his all-but-defunct, corruption-riddled Clinton Foundation saved the lives of millions of HIV/AIDS sufferers around the world through the foundation’s HIV/AIDS program. The former president is one of three “well-deserving” luminaries being lauded tonight at a Manhattan gala commemorating the Gay Men’s Health Crisis’ 35th anniversary. The Clinton Foundation, the GMHC says …

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Yves Smith – More on the Economic Hardship of Young Adults

In the US, the cost of the aftermath of the crisis has fallen heavily on young people, mainly due to bad policy responses to the crisis that we’ve described at length as it was happening: the failure to restructure bad loans (particularly mortgages) and impose costs on banks and investors, not just homeowners; the refusal to engage in enough fiscal …

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Focus on the Facts – – 01.23.17

The guest was Ruth Joanne Goodyear, a nurse and mental health professional who has done recovery work with victims of Satanic ritual abuse. Discussed the Pizzagate Scandal and the involvement of the Clinton Foundation, Jeffrey Epstein, the DynCorp Corp, George Soros, and NGOs in the Global pedophilia and human trafficking and organ trafficking networks.

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Brad Stulberg – You Can Be Happy and Lonely at the Same Time

Thanks to the proliferation of digital technologies, never has it been so easy and inexpensive to reach — pretty much anywhere and at any time — family, friends, and colleagues. I regularly Facebook-message with a Sherpa friend who lives in Nepal; use Twitter to get real-time updates from an athlete I coach who lives in Australia; participate in an ongoing …

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Steven Singer – Why Schools Should NOT Be Run Like Businesses

America loves business. We worship the free market. Nothing is more infallible – not reason, not morals, not even God. Money is the true measure of success – the more you have, the better a person you are. This perverted ideology has taken over much of American life. Where we once cared about our country, justice and fair play, today …

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Lauren McCauley – No Conflict Here: 150 Wall Street Firms Own Over $1.5 Billion of Trump’s Debt

As many suspected, President-elect Donald Trump’s web of business conflicts is much more complicated than he has let on. An analysis by the Wall Street Journal published Thursday found that the incoming president owes at least $1.85 billion in debt to as many as 150 Wall Street firms and other financial institutions. According to the examination of legal and property …