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John Kiriakou

Former CIA Official and Whistle-blower John Kiriakou 10 part interview series with by Paul Jay of The Real News
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Part 1 – I Believed America Could Do No Wrong

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Part 2 – How I Joined the CIA

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Part 3 – My Reports on 1995 Human Rights Abuses were Ignored by State Department

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Part 4 – The Iraqi Pissing Match

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Part 5 – Why Didn’t Bush/Cheney Prevent 9/11?

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Part 6 – Sea of Blood

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Part 7 – Iraq War a War Crime – Pushed by Cheney Over Objections of Joint Chiefs

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Part 8 – A Tortured Truth

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Part 9 – Why I Was Targeted by the CIA

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Part 10 – They Won’t Shut Me Up

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RUSSIA AND THE OLIGARCHS

this is really worth watching – so much we don’t know

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How Vladimir Putin came to power
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The Rise of Putin 1
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The Wall Street Disease

The Immediate Problem

One change we will have to make is the classification of a new, but old mental disorder that has spread within the banking community on Wall Street and now around the world. It is called excessive greed, it is a disease.

This disease stems from what once was recognized in scientific circles as extreme antipathy and falls under the modern category of a compulsion – like an addiction to gambling, or the urge to pull out one’s own hair – this disease effects people differently, it is either external or internal.

We all suffer from this condition to some extent, but like heavy drinking or jumping off a cliff most of us have our stop measures intact; we know when to quit.

Some people don’t. It’s apparent that the smartest guys on Wall Street don’t know when to stop and they have proven this time and time again.

However, I believe the condition “excessive greed” is too common a term as a description for such a devastating disease – I suggest, acute gula avaritia – (extreme gluttony and avarice) and further, rank the extent of this compulsion by degrees.

Of course, many compulsion are often accompanied by other maladies, if you suffer from acute gula avaritia you are most likely to also suffer from superbia – a.k.a. hubris – the common and most popular term for this malady is known as bullying.
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acute ire gula avaritia

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Again, this compulsion also ranks in matters of degrees. In extreme cases a person suffering from a combination of these two compulsions will go to excessive measures to hide their disease – they become very secretive and will go to great lengths to cover their tracks. Of course, this mask or behavior only deceives those who do not understand the signs of the disease, and there are those who clearly see the symptoms, but do not know what the disease is called.

However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel – there is a cure and it is simple and very cost effective; although it may take years or a life time, like any addiction, for the patient to overcome or control acute ire gula avaritia. This treatment or practice the consumed must adhere to is called, empatheia a.k.a. empathy.

When more science blogs and psychologist focus their writings on this diseases, when they publish, with fanfare, the conclusive data we have so far, when every day people learn the language and are educated enough to recognize and spot a loved one who suffers from this malady we could have acute ire gula avaritia under control in no time.

Catch it now, before it becomes an epidemic.

Some well know and highly respected victims of this devastating disease

In the meantime, and in keeping with the simplicity popular culture demands (that’s another topic) I find that it is best to call this malady in a recognizable term that people throughout the world will understand, The Wall Street Disease.
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Congress Insider Trading

Martha Stewart went to jail for it. Hedge fund honcho Raj Rajaratnam was fined $92 million and will go to jail for years for it. But members of Congress can do the same thing -use non-public information to make stock trades — and there’s no law against it. Steve Kroft reports on how America’s lawmakers can legally make tidy profits on information only they know, simply because they won’t pass a law against themselves. The report will be broadcast on Sunday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

Among the revelations in Kroft’s report:

* Members of Congress have bought stock in companies while laws that could affect those companies were being debated in the House or Senate.

* At least one representative made significant stock purchases the day after he and other members of Congress attended a secret meeting in September 2008, where the Fed chair and the treasury secretary informed them of the imminent global economic meltdown. The meeting was so confidential that cell phones and other digital devices were confiscated before it began.

If senators and representatives are using non-public information to win in the market, it’s all legal says Peter Schweizer, who works for the Hoover Institute, a conservative think tank. He has been examining these issues for some time and has written about them in a book, “Throw them All Out.” “[Insider trading laws] apply to corporate executives, to Americans…If you are a member of Congress, those laws are deemed not to apply,” he tells Kroft. “It’s really the way the rules have been defined…[lawmakers]have conveniently written them in such a way as they don’t apply to themselves,” says Schweizer.

Efforts to make such insider trading off limits to Washington’s lawmakers have never been able to get traction.

Former Rep. Brian Baird says he spent half of his 12 years in Congress trying to get co-sponsors for a bill that would ban insider trading in Congress and also set some rules up to govern conflicts of interest. In 2004, he and Rep. Louise Slaughter introduced the “Stock Act” to stop the insider trading. How far did they get? “We didn’t get anywhere. Just flat died,” he tells Kroft. He managed to get just six co-sponsors from a membership of over 400 representatives. “It doesn’t sound like a lot,” says Kroft. “It’s not Steve. You could have Cherry Pie Week and get 100 co-sponsors,” says Baird.
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Are you an Assembly-Mind Worker?
If you support Obama or Romney you are.
What is an AMW? A corporatist, someone who conducts their day and life like a business. One who accepts the values of the corporation, a disconnected from human beings. Treats others like employees rather than citizens, regards their betters by the size of their bank account or investments. Some predominate Assembly-Mind corporatist are Bill Gate, Warren Buffett, Donald Trump, George Bush and Barack Obama.

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QE 2.0

Here we go again…

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When banks rob the people in Ireland this is what they do… try it

Great Rant

RIP Tea Party 24 hours old and dead already

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Health Care – Real Reform

After several weeks of protests at Senate hearings and health care events by single payer advocates (visit singlepayeraction.org), six physicians from Oregon, with 191 years of combined real-world medical experience, are crossing the country in a 27-foot Winnebago making stops in nearly 30 cities, to debate, educate and advance full medicare for all. Everybody in, nobody out.

Calling themselves “Mad as Hell Doctors,” these physicians are already drawing crowds and expect thousands to turn out at each city that they visit, culminating in a large arrival demonstration in front of the White House around October 1. (visit www.madashelldoctors.com)

They have written President Obama asking for a meeting “to discuss the future of health care as well as the moral, social, and fiscal imperative of enacting a single-payer system for America at this moment in our history.”

The White House turned them down flat, not even leaving the door open for reconsideration. Mr. Obama has met countless times with the CEOs of large corporations, whose greed and callousness causes so much of this crisis. Though he believes in single payer “if we started from scratch,” he has yet to meet with any single payer delegation.

The White House has shown that it lacks smarts. The formless, waffling Obama health insurance proposal is being shattered by the Republican cluster of Limbaugh-driven lies and the Blue Dog renegades in the Democratic Party, who are busy cashing mounds of campaign checks from the so-called health business. By ignoring and excluding the majority-supported single payer approach, the White House stifles any kind of insurance reform worthy of the name.

Publicized lies are translating into fears among people who should be supporting full medicare for all. FactCheck.org reports that “a notorious analysis of the House health care bill contains 48 claims. Twenty-six of them are false, and the rest are mostly misleading. Only four are true. For example, false are claims that the bill includes an order for end-of-life plans or health care for illegal aliens or assertions that ‘your health care will be rationed.’”

So wild are the falsehoods, fueled by runaway internet traffic, that the Republican National Committee implied in a fund-raising letter that Democrats may structure the overhaul in a way to deny medical treatment to Republicans!

As with war, truth is the first casualty when it comes to the health care debate. The Democratically-controlled Congress, on its return after Labor Day, needs a wide-ranging personal, evidence-based series of public House and Senate hearings to again publicize the compelling story of avoidable suffering, fraud, waste, egregious profiteering and top executive self-enrichment – all subsidized by taxpayers.

Take the enormous and shocking information researched by Harvard Professor Malcolm Sparrow—an applied mathematician whose knowledge of health care billing schemes and regulatory deficiencies is without peer.

Mr. Sparrow is no arm-chair commentator. He has dug deeply into the enormously comprehensive frauds on medicare and consumers. He has found payments for medical services ordered by deceased doctors or huge payments in treatments for deceased patients—many gone for years.

Highlighting the widespread fraud on medicare by criminal behavior, he argues that these actions should be treated as “a crime problem” not just a “claims-processing problem.” Without criminal prosecutions, there is no deterrent stopping this massive robbery.

How massive? Read these words in recent testimony by Professor Sparrow: The units of measure for losses due to health care fraud and abuse in this country are hundreds of billions of dollars per year. We just don’t know the first digit. It might be as low as one hundred billion. More likely two or three. Possibly four or five. But whatever that first digit is, it has eleven zeroes after it. These are staggering sums of money to waste, and the task of controlling and reducing these losses warrants a great deal of serious attention.

In the early 1990s, the Congressional Government Accounting Office estimated that billing fraud accounts for 10% of health care spending annually. That would be about $250 billion this year. In 1993, Attorney General Janet Reno declared that health care fraud was the number two crime problem, after violent crime in the country.

With someone as carefully authoritative as Malcolm Sparrow, the Democrats can make this crime spree front and center during the health care debate. People want to be assured that their health insurance dollars are protected. Instead the “license to steal,” which is the title of Mr. Sparrow’s groundbreaking book, continues. And the Republicans continue to sidetrack priorities for action with seedy prevarications.

It is a remarkable commentary on the state of the White House and Congress that the Democrats appear befuddled in dealing with the kind of coarse, cruel, fear-mongering that an FDR and Lyndon Johnson would have overwhelmed and sent packing.

Meanwhile, join the “Care-A-Van” of road-tripping Oregon physicians and their efforts to bring the message of health care for all to Washington, DC.
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Health Care – What You Need to Know

The Bottom Line

The Private Health Plan –  more money from you,  cuts in doctor’s fees, and more profits for Private Insurance Companies

The Out Come –  Private Insurance Companies hold your loved ones health hostage for profit.

What You Should Ask –  How much profit to the Private Health Care Industry is your child’s life worth?

Profits for Private Health Care is like human trafficking the industry profits on human suffering and death.

Time to take the profits out of health care, it’s immoral.

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A line-by-line rebuttal to false email

The Health Care Cartel

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