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Progressive Commentary Hour – 09.05.17

Who runs and controls the Federal Reserve and what is its ultimate goal James Corbett is the founder and editor of the Corbett Report, a website he started in 2007 to provide critical analysis on politics, society, economics and history.  He has written, recorded and hosted 1000s of hours of audio and video which has brought him to the attention of major independent media …

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The Personal Computer Radio Show – 01.25.17

Feature Segments:

o The Internet of Things and the U.S. Department of Commerce
o Alfred Poor – Health Tech Insider, Aria Augmented Reality, Rifft Smart Wristband
o Consumer Alert – ATT, LENOVO
o Marty Winston – Newstips, Report from the International Builders Show

In The News:
o Verizon Unlimited Data No Longer Unlimited
o Did Someone Say Kodachrome

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Herbal Dietary Supplement Sales in US Increased by 7.5% in 2015

PR Newswire 09-08-16 AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Sales of herbal dietary supplements in the United States increased by 7.5% in 2015, according to a new market report by the American Botanical Council(ABC).1 In 2015, herbal supplement sales totaled an estimated $6.92 billion, a new record. The report appears in issue 111 of HerbalGram, which was published in late August. The annual Herb Market Report is based on sales statistics …

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DIRK BEZEMER – MICHAEL HUDSON – Finance is Not the Economy

Why have economies polarized so sharply since the 1980s, and especially since the 2008 crisis? How did we get so indebted without real wage and living standards rising, while cities, states, and entire nations are falling into default? Only when we answer these questions can we formulate policies to extract ourselves from the current debt crises. There is widespread sentiment …

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Global spending on health is expected to increase to $18.28 trillion worldwide by 2040

Global inequities in health spending are expected to persist and intensify over the next 25 years, according to a new study that estimates total health financing in countries around the world. Published in The Lancet on April 13, 2016 “National spending on health by source for 184 countriesbetween 2013 and 2040” draws from a joint research collaboration between the World Bank Group …

Shelby’s Fed Reform Bill Is Just Moving Deck Chairs on the Titanic – Pam Martens and Russ Martens

Senator Richard Shelby, Chair of the Senate Banking Committee, is set to release details of his proposed financial reform legislation today which Wall Street hopes will have so much smoke and mirrors to appease the liberal and conservative factions on the Committee that no one will notice that it’s another big sellout to Wall Street. The bill will hold out …

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1 in 4 US Renters Must Use Half Their Pay for Housing Costs – JOSH BOAK

More than one in four U.S. renters have to use at least half their family income to pay for housing and utilities. That’s the finding of an analysis of Census data by Enterprise Community Partners, a nonprofit that helps finance affordable housing. The number of such households has jumped 26 percent to 11.25 million since 2007. Since the end of …

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Obama’s Big Trade Failure – DEAN BAKER

The Obama administration is doing its full court press, pulling out all the stops to get Congress to approve the fast-track authority that is almost certainly necessary to get the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) through Congress. One of the biggest remaining stumbling blocks is that the deal will almost certainly not include provisions on currency. This means that parties to the …

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One Lethal Loophole in the TPP

After spending five long years negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, the Obama administration is now pushing for the fast-track authority from Congress that would make it easier to get the final deal approved. One serious problem is that the TPP is not likely to include rules on currency, which is leading lawmakers from both parties to consider opposing the …