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Wednesday September 30, 2015
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With Glencore, Commodity Rout Beginning to Look Like a Crisis
Bloomberg | Bradley Olson | 009/28/15

The 15-month commodities free-fall is starting to resemble a full-blown crisis. Investors are reacting to diminished demand from China and an end to the cheap-money era provided by the Federal Reserve. A Bloomberg index of commodity futures has fallen 50 percent since a 2011 high, and eight of the 10 worst performers in the Standard & Poor's 500 Index this year are commodities-related businesses.

Now it all seems to be coming apart at once. Alcoa Inc., the biggest U.S. aluminum producer, said it would break itself into two companies amid a glut stemming from booming production. Royal Dutch Shell Plc announced it would abandon its drilling campaign in U.S. Arctic waters after spending $7 billion. And the carnage culminated Monday with Glencore Plc, the commodities powerhouse that came to symbolize the era with its initial public offering in 2011 and bold acquisition of a rival in 2013, falling by as much as 31 percent in London trading. ... Read more
BB| What's Behind Glencore's Freefall? (09/28/15) [4:22]

Glencore has lostabout 75% of its value this year.

Forget Glencore: This Is The Real "Systemic Risk" Among The Commodity Traders
ZeroHedge | author | 09/29/15

Who is Trafigura? Only the world's third largest private commodity trader after Vitol and Glencore.

First, a quick look at Trafigura bonds reveals that the contagion from the Glencore commodity-trader collapse, which "nobody could possibly predict" two months ago and which has rapidly become the market's biggest black swan, has spread and we now have a new contender. And while Trafigura's equity is privately held, it does have publicly-traded bonds. They just cratered: ... Read more

Global 'Wealth' Destruction - World Market Cap Plunges $13 Trillion To 2 Year Lows.

Paul Craig Roberts: Obama Deifies American Hegemony
ZeroHedge | author | 09/29/15

Today is the 70th anniversary of the UN. It is not clear how much good the UN has done. Some UN Blue Hemet peacekeeping operations had limited success. But mainly Washington has used the UN for war, such as the Korean War and Washington's Cold War against the Soviet Union. In our time Washington had UN tanks sent in against Bosnian Serbs during the period that Washington was dismantling Yugoslavia and Serbia and accusing Serbian leaders, who tried to defend the integrity of their country against Washington's aggression, of "war crimes." ... Read more
GregHunter | Dr. Paul Craig Roberts-Belief U.S. Can Win Nuclear War Makes it Likely (06/03/14) [26:26]

The Start Of China's Unrest? Southern China City Rocked By "Massive" Bomb Explosions, At Least 6 Dead
ZeroHedge | author | 09/30/15

Over the weekend when we reported that one of China's largest coal miners had laid off 100,000, or 40% of its workforce, we noted that China's hard-landing is starting to hit where it really hurts: employment, or rather the lack thereof, and the one logical consequence: "now, many migrant workers struggle to find their footing in a downshifting economy. As factories run out of money and construction projects turn idle across China, there has been a rise in the last thing Beijing wants to see: unrest." ... Read more

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  1. Global Rally Shows Relief at End of $11 Trillion Stocks Meltdown (BBG)
  2. Glencore Extends Rebound as Turmoil Shows Signs of Easing (BBG)
  3. Putin wins parliamentary backing for air strikes in Syria (Reuters)
  4. China Cuts Minimum Home Down Payment for First-Time Buyers (BBG)
  5. German Unemployment Unexpectedly Rises in Sign of Economic Risks (BBG)
  6. Japan Industrial Output Slide Hints at Recession (WSJ)
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, September 30 [11:34]
DN | Robert Reich: Donald Trump & Jeb Bush Plans Would Slash Taxes for the 1 Percent (09/30/15) [5:04]
DN | Robert Reich on "Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few" (09/30/15) [7:05]
DN | Bernie Sanders Tells the Truth: Former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich on His Surging Campaign (09/30/15) [9:39]
Diane Rehm Show
DR | Planned Parenthood And The Debate Over Fetal Tissue Research (09/30/15) [1hr]
MSNBC Rachel Maddow
RachellMaddow | Planned Parenthood president stands up to House GOP grilling (09/29/15) [9:37]
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TRNN | Ajamu Baraka and Andile Mngxitama discuss: African Leaders at the UN Speak for Imperialism, Not Our Continent, Says Activist (09/30/15) [13:09]
TRNN | Is Obama Fighting ISIS, Assad or Russia? (09/30/15) [9:53]
TYT | Carly Fiorina Made Up Horrible Story To Defund Planned Parenthood (09/29/15) [5:41]
TYT | Planned Parenthood President SCHOOLS Republican Congressman (09/29/15) [9:43]
TYT | Trump's Tax Plan Explained (09/28/15) [15:00]
TYT | Jeb Bush's Tax Plan Explained (09/28/15) [8:12]
RT | Russian parliament approves use of military in Syria to fight ISIS (09/30/15) [14:41]
RoF | Ring of Fire (E182) - Good Week for The Pope, Bad Week for John Boehner (09/29/15) [29:00]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | Zionism & Israel's War with Hamas: A Conversation with Max Blumenthal (09/29/15) [57:07]
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09.30.2015. 11:53

Tuesday September 29, 2015
News Articles

Reaganomics killed America's middle class
Salon & AlterNet | Thom Hartmann | older, 04/19/14

There's nothing "normal" about having a middle class. Having a middle class is a choice that a society has to make, and it's a choice we need to make again in this generation, if we want to stop the destruction of the remnants of the last generation's middle class.

Despite what you might read in the Wall Street Journal or see on Fox News, capitalism is not an economic system that produces a middle class. In fact, if left to its own devices, capitalism tends towards vast levels of inequality and monopoly. The natural and most stable state of capitalism actually looks a lot like the Victorian England depicted in Charles Dickens' novels.

At the top there is a very small class of superrich. Below them, there is a slightly larger, but still very small, "middle" class of professionals and mercantilists -- doctor, lawyers, shop-owners -- who help keep things running for the superrich and supply the working poor with their needs. And at the very bottom there is the great mass of people -- typically over 90 percent of the population -- who make up the working poor. They have no wealth -- in fact they're typically in debt most of their lives -- and can barely survive on what little money they make.

You can see this trend today in America. When we had heavily regulated and taxed capitalism in the post-war era, the largest employer in America was General Motors, and they paid working people what would be, in today's dollars, about $50 an hour with benefits. Reagan began deregulating and cutting taxes on capitalism in 1981, and today, with more classical "raw capitalism," what we call "Reaganomics," or "supply side economics," our nation's largest employer is WalMart and they pay around $10 an hour. ... ... Read more

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500,000 AND COUNTING... Europe's Migrant And Refugee Crisis
BofA Issues Dramatic Junk Bond Meltdown Warning: This "Train Wreck Is Accelerating"

Why The Fed Can't Stop The Next Market Crash
ZeroHedge | author | 09/29/15

... The Fed was late to prevent the popping of the last two bubbles, and it's already too late to stop the popping of this one. The Fed is consistently behind on the timing of when to reintroduce stimulus because its only choice to deal with the bubble it's created is let it crash, or blow it up even bigger which would result in an even harder landing. While the Fed ponders when the rate hike comes, our question is: When does QE4 start? ... Read more
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The U.S. Navy's Newest Aircraft Carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) (05/31/15) [17:25]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, September 29 [11:57]
DN | Obama & Putin Spar at U.N.: Will Regime Change in Syria Further Destabilize War-Torn Nation? (09/29/15) [21:13]
John Oliver
HBO | John Oliver Lays Into Fox News Over Anti-Muslim Refugee Warning (09/28/15) [17:55]
Daily Show -
Trevor Noah Pays Homage to Jon Stewart in First Daily Show Opening (09/28/15) [2:30]
Republicans may not be that upset about House Speaker John Boehner's resignation (09/28/15) [6:02]
How Free Markets turned into Crony Capitalism
Diane Rehm Show
DR | President Obama At The UN And Prospects For US Cooperation With Russia In Syria (09/29/15) [1hr]
DR | After John Boehner's Resignation, What's Next For Republicans In Congress? (09/28/15) [1hr]
TRNN | Paul Jay and Vijay Prashad discuss: Obama Versus Putin at the U.N. (09/28/15) [25:52]
TRNN | Leftists Love Bernie Sanders, But Here's Why Many Won't Be Voting For Him (09/28/15) [25:52]
TRNN | Carl Wassillie and Daphne Wysham say: Is Shell's Move to Abandon Arctic Drilling a Victory for Environmentalists? (09/28/15) [10:50]
RT | Collin Powell: Russia & US need to cooperate, not to be fighting each other (09/28/15) [5:08]
RT | 'Do you realise what you've done?' Putin addresses UNGA 2015 (09/27/15) [24:27]
RT | 'Iran will not forget imposed war & sanctions': Iranian President Rouhani UNGA (09/28/15) [22:58]
RoF | Obstruction of Justice (09/29/15) [10:03]
RoF | Pap Attack: For Bankers Crime Does Pay (09/29/15)
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GregHunter | Fed May Take Rates Negative, Bond and Stock Markets Crash Warning, Trump Can Win (09/17/15) [20:09]
themoneygps.com | Why the Fed CAN'T Raise Interest Rates Without COLLAPSING the Global Economy! (04/23/15) [19:00]
Money for Nothing - Inside the Federal Reserve () [1:43:42]
BEWARE: This is a "LIES by OMISSION" and DISTORTION piece of Fed Propaganda. Sure it has true information in it, all good propaganda does, but it will lead you astray from the truth. There is no reason to pay interest to a private bank when it's suppose to be OUR MONEY.

09.29.2015. 15:39

Monday September 28, 2015
News Articles

The Rage Regiment
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From John Boehner To Government Shutdown, 2016 Campaign Is Pushing Congress To The Edge

The race to capture the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 has left candidates jockeying to be the ultimate outsider, playing to the hearts of voters fed up with politics as usual. And one of the most battered targets of those candidates is Boehner.

Why isn't the government securing the border? Boehner. Why isn't Obamacare or Planned Parenthood defunded? Boehner. The outright disgust at those in the old guard, or those who have served entire careers in elected office, is a wave that candidates like Donald Trump, Carly Fiorina and Ben Carson are riding eagerly, proclaiming their outsider status with angry taunts at immigrants, Muslims, and establishment Republicans. ... Read more

Exxon: The Road Not Taken
InsideClimateNews.org | Neela Banerjee | 09/21/15

Exxon's Own Research Confirmed Fossil Fuels' Role in Global Warming Decades Ago

At a meeting in Exxon Corporation's headquarters, a senior company scientist named James F. Black addressed an audience of powerful oilmen. Speaking without a text as he flipped through detailed slides, Black delivered a sobering message: carbon dioxide from the world's use of fossil fuels would warm the planet and could eventually endanger humanity.

"In the first place, there is general scientific agreement that the most likely manner in which mankind is influencing the global climate is through carbon dioxide release from the burning of fossil fuels," Black told Exxon's Management Committee, according to a written version he recorded later.

It was July 1977 when Exxon's leaders received this blunt assessment, well before most of the world had heard of the looming climate crisis. ... Read more
DN | Inside Exxon's Great Climate Cover-Up (09/24/15) [13:17]

Shell Just Scrapped Its Arctic Drilling Plans for "the Foreseeable Future"
The Saudi-9/11 Coverup: Did The Saudis Finance 9/11? (02/10/15) [48:59]

UBS Is About To Blow The Cover On A Massive Gold-Rigging Scandal
ZeroHedge | author | 09/28/15

Unlike previous gold probe cases, this one will have major consequences. How do we know? Because just like in LIBOR-gate, just like in FX-gate, it is the biggest rat of all, Swiss megabank UBS, that is about to turn on its former criminal peers. As Bloomberg reported earlier "UBS was granted conditional leniency in Swiss antitrust probe of possible manipulation of precious metal prices." Why would UBS do this? The same reason UBS did so on at least on two prior occasions: the regulators have definitive proof it is involved, and gave it the option to turn evidence and to rat out its cartel peers, or face even more massive financial penalties. UBS, as usual, choice the former. ... Read more

Glencore Implodes: Stock Plunges Most Ever, CDS Blow Out To Record Up On Equity Wipeout Fears
magazine | author | date

Update: And there it is: Glencore Debt Insurance Costs Surge to Record High; 5-yr Credit Default Swaps Rise 207 Basis Points From Friday's Close to 757 Basis Points. Those who listened to our reco to buy Glencore CDS at 170 bps in March 2014 can take the rest of the year off. As of this moment, GLEN Credit Default Swap were pushing on 600 bps, 4 times wider, and on pace to take out the 2011 liquidity crunch highs. After that, it's smooth sailing to all time wides and the start of a self-fulfilling prophecy which leads to the Companys's IG downgrade and the collapse of trillions in derivative notionals as what may be the trading desk of the biggest commodity counterparty quietly goes out of business. ... Read more

Here's Your Chance to Play With a Wind-Powered Strandbeest
Wired Magazine | Liz Stins | 09/22/15

Theo Jansen gathered with a small group of people last week to bring Animaris Suspendisse back from the dead. All 43 feet of it was standing in the exhibition hall of Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, stately and inert like the fossilized remains of a long-extinct creature. But Animaris Suspendisse was not designed to stand still. It was built -- out of PVC pipe, mostly -- to move. ... Read more
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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, September 28 [13:14]
DN | Journalism is Not a Crime: Freed Al Jazeera Reporter Peter Greste Seeks Pardon from Egypt (09/28/15) [10:44]
PBS Frontline: NSA - "United States of Secrets"
PBS Frontline: United States of Secrets website
How the NSA Can Get Onto Your iPhone (05/28/14) [1:07]
How the NSA Can Get Onto Your Computer (05/28/14) [1:10]
How the NSA's Secret Elite Hacking Unit Works (05/28/14) [0:50]
PBS Frontline
PBS Frontline | Growing Up Trans (06/30/15) [1:24:12]
PBS NOVA | Dawn of Humanity - Deep in a South African cave, an astounding discovery reveals clues to what made us human. (09/10/15) [1:53:10]
TRNN | Abby Martin & Chris Hedges: War, Propaganda and the Enemy Within (09/26/15) [28:27]
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TRNN | Medea Benjamin and Vijay Prashad: Is the Pope a Man of the Left? (09/26/15) [19:54]
TYT | Jeb Bush's Policies Make Complete Sense... If You're Eight. (09/27/15) [5:24]
TYT | Ted Cruz Wants To Assassinate Iran's Supreme Leader (09/27/15) [4:17]
TYT | Drug CEO Raises Price Of AIDS Medicine By 5000% (09/27/15) [5:23]
TYT | Brian Kilmeade (Fox News): The Pope Should Go To China Instead (09/27/15) [3:42]
TYT | Geraldo Rivera And Eric Bolling (both Fox News) REALLY Don't Like Each Other over Iran(09/27/15) [4:25]
TYT | Think You're A Christian? Better Check With Mike Huckabee First... (09/27/15) [6:48]
RT | UN General Assembly (UNGA) (09/27/15) [1:27:16]
RT | CrossTalk: Exiting recession (09/28/15) [23:50]
RT | UN Deputy Sec-Gen: ISIS was allowed to flourish, grow into monster in Syria (09/27/15) [1:54]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/

09.28.2015. 12:24

Friday September 25, 2015
News Articles

Jeb Bush: The Pope Shouldn't Discuss Climate Change Because 'He's Not A Scientist'
HP | Marina Fang | 09/24/15

"Put aside Pope Francis on the subject of any political conversation," he said. "I oppose the president's policy as it relates to climate change because it will destroy the ability to re-industrialize the country, to allow for people to get higher wage jobs, for people to rise up."

Bush, who is Catholic, was one of several GOP candidates who saw Francis during his visit to Washington, D.C. During his three-day U.S. trip, the pontiff has made climate change a key part of his message. In his address to Congress on Thursday, he called on leaders to take "courageous actions and strategies" to address and combat climate change. ...

... Remember GOP presidential candidate and former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Penn.) made the same accusation as Bush, saying that the pontiff should "leave science to the scientists." However, Francis holds a degree as a chemical technician and worked as a chemist before becoming a priest. ... Read more
Jeb Bush: The Pope Shouldn't Discuss Climate Change Because 'He's Not A Scientist' (09/24/15) [1:46]

Divine Intervention? House Speaker Boehner Resigns From Congress (Amid "Conservative Coup")
ZeroHedge | author | 09/25/15

The combination of another debt limit fight, the defunding of Planned Parenthood, and prospect of another government shutdown tearing his party apart, the GOP just suffered its latest major blow, when news hit that House speaker John Boehner, just 24 hours after getting a visit by none other than the Pope, is folding one last time: according to the NYT, "Speaker John A. Boehner will resign from Congress and give up his House seat at the end of October." ... Read more

UMich Consumer Confidence Tumbles To Lowest Since October, Worst Drop In 4 Years

The Stock Markets Of The 10 Largest Global Economies Are All Crashing
ZeroHedge | author | 09/25/15

Right now, stock market wealth is being wiped out all over the planet, and none of the largest global economies have been exempt from this. The following is a summary of what we have seen in recent days...

  1. The United States -- The Dow Jones Industrial Average is down more than 2000 points since the peak of the market. Last month we saw stocks decline by more than 500 points on consecutive trading days for the first time ever, and there has not been this much turmoil in U.S. markets since the fall of 2008.
  2. China -- The Shanghai Composite Index has plummeted nearly 40 percent since hitting a peak earlier this year. The Chinese economy is steadily slowing down, and we just learned that China's manufacturing index has hit a 78 month low.
  3. Japan -- The Nikkei has experienced extremely violent moves recently, and it is now down more than 3000 points from the peak that was hit earlier in 2015. The Japanese economy and the Japanese financial system are both basket cases at this point, and it isn't going to take much to push Japan into a full-blown financial collapse.
  4. Germany -- Almost one-fourth of the value of German stocks has already been wiped out, and this crash threatens to get much worse. The Volkswagen emissions scandal is making headlines all over the globe, and don't forget to watch for massive trouble at Germany's biggest bank.
  5. The United Kingdom -- British stocks are down about 16 percent from the peak of the market, and the UK economy is definitely on shaky ground.
  6. France -- French stocks have declined nearly 18 percent, and it has become exceedingly apparent that France is on the exact same path that Greece has already gone down.
  7. Brazil -- Brazil is the epicenter of the South American financial crisis of 2015. Stocks in Brazil have plunged more than 12,000 points since the peak, and the nation has already officially entered a new recession.
  8. Italy -- Watch Italy. Italian stocks are already down 15 percent, and look for the Italian economy to make very big headlines in the months ahead.
  9. India -- Stocks in India have now dropped close to 4000 points, and analysts are deeply concerned about this major exporting nation as global trade continues to contract.
  10. Russia -- Even though the price of oil has crashed, Russia is actually doing better than almost everyone else on this list. Russian stocks have fallen by about 10 percent so far, and if the price of oil stays this low the Russian financial system will continue to suffer.

What we are witnessing now is the continuation of a cycle of financial downturns that has happened every seven years. The following is a summary of how this cycle has played out over the past 50 years...

  1. It started in 1966 with a 20 percent stock market crash.
  2. Seven years later, the market lost another 45 percent (1973-74).
  3. Seven years later was the beginning of the "hard recession" (1980).
  4. Seven years later was the Black Monday crash of 1987.
  5. Seven years later was the bond market crash of 1994.
  6. Seven years later was 9/11 and the 2001 tech bubble collapse.
  7. Seven years later was the 2008 global financial collapse.
  8. 2015: ??????
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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, September 25 [9:23]
DN | Greenpeace's Kumi Naidoo Praises Pope for Linking Climate Fight to Inequality & Poverty (09/25/15) [7:25]
DN | Pope Francis Urges U.S. to End Arms Trade & Open Doors to Immigrants (09/25/15) [5:25]
Stephen Colbert
StephenColbert | Mr. Pope Goes To Washington (09/24/15) [5:41]
CBS 60 Minutes
PBS Frontline
PBS Frontline | Escaping ISIS (07/14/15) [54:11]
PBS NOVA | Arctic Ghost Ship (09/23/15) [53:10]
TYT | Why Cenk Uygur LOVES Pope Francis (09/24/15) [12:57]
TYT | Girl Delivers Heartwarming Plea To Pope Francis (09/24/15) [6:31]
TYT | Trump Wants His Foreign Policy To Be "Unpredictable" (09/24/15) [3:30]
Diane Rehm Show
Friday News Roundup -- Domestic (09/25/15) [1hr]
Friday News Roundup -- International (09/25/15) [1hr]
RT | Pope Francis in Congress: Land of the free & home of the brave (09/24/15) [7:00]
RT | CrossTalk: Saving Syria (09/25/15) [24:11]
RT | Keiser Report: Low productivity or just Twitter zombies? (E814) (09/24/15) [25:45]
RoF | Wealthy Donors Not As Generous As Republicans Had Hoped (09/24/15) [4:18]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | Greed is the "Dung of the Devil" (09/25/15) [10:45]
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09.25.2015. 12:38

Thursday September 24, 2015
News Articles

*Overwhelming the World with Good
HP | 09/23/15 | date

We usually think and talk about peace as the absence of bad things. Peace is a lack of war. Peace is a lack of violence. But true peace isn't just the absence of bad; it is the presence of good. Peace is people having their most-basic human needs met. Peace is people exchanging knowledge and ideas. Peace is people sharing an abiding and mutual respect. Peace is people working together toward a common goal.

Two days ago, the world celebrated its 34th International Day of Peace. Two days from now, leaders from around the globe will gather at the United Nations and pledge their commitment to 17 Sustainable Development Goals, among them, Goal 16, promoting peace and justice. This week, then, is a perfect occasion for us to reflect on a concept that we all strive toward but whose true meaning often escapes us. ... Read more

*Pope Francis' First Whirlwind Day In U.S. Focused On Climate Change, Reconciliation
AP & HP | Julie Pace | 09/24/15/span>

Cheered by jubilant crowds across the nation's capital, Pope Francis forged common cause Wednesday with President Barack Obama on climate change, immigration and inequality, as the popular pontiff signaled he would not sidestep issues that have deeply divided Americans.

On his first full day in the United States, the pope also reached out to America's 450 bishops, many of whom have struggled to come to terms with his new social justice-minded direction for the Catholic Church. ... Read more

Hundreds Killed In Stampede Outside Mecca
Reuters & HP & RT | Nidal al-Mughrabi | 09/24/15

MINA, Saudi Arabia, Sept 24 (Reuters) - At least 717 pilgrims were killed on Thursday in a stampede at Mina, outside the Muslim holy city of Mecca, where some two million people are performing the annual haj pilgrimage, Saudi authorities said.

At least 805 others were injured in the crush, which occurred when two large groups of pilgrims arrived together at a crossroads on Street 204 at the camp city at Mina, a few kilometers east of Mecca, the Saudi civil defense said. The pilgrimage, the world's largest annual gathering of people, has been the scene of deadly disasters in the past, including stampedes, tent fires and riots. ... Read more
RT | Mecca Stampede: Hundreds killed and injured at Hajj pilgrimage (09/24/15) [0:40]

Currency Carnage: The Global FX Heatmap Is A Bloodbath
ZeroHedge | author | 09/24/15

If it was Janet Yellen's intention when deciding not to hike rates to stop the surge of the USD against emerging market currencies in hopes of halting the relentless global capital outflows and the resulting Quantitative Tightning, to avoid a new global currency crisis... she failed. ... Read more

An Un"real" Move: Brazil Currency In Freefall After Record Low Consumer Confidence
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On Wednesday, we got what might fairly be characterized as the first sign that Brazil has reached the point of no return. The country's recent woes are no secret and the S&P downgrade served notice to the entire world that that at least some very "serious" people believe that the negative feedback loop between the country's economic and political crises may soon serve to tip one of the world's most important emerging economies into chaos.

But what happened on Wednesday marked a new low. By almost all accounts, the move by Brazilian lawmakers to uphold 26 of President Dilma Rousseff's 32 expenditure vetoes should have given the plunging real some respite. Only it didn't. The BRL's harrowing slide continued unabated, forcing the central bank to intervene with swaps and an FX credit line in what Rabobank's Christian Lawrence says is a pretty clear sign of "panic". ... Read more
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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, September 24 [10:40]
*DN | Inside Exxon's Great Climate Cover-Up (09/24/15) [13:17]
DN | "We Are Living at a Critical Moment of History": The Pope on Poverty, Immigration & Climate Change (09/24/15) [9:48]
Stephen Colbert - Late Night
Stephen Colbert Is Concerned About Jeb Bush (09/22/15) [3:49]
*TRNN | Chris Hedges: A Progressive Pope or Greenwashing the Vatican? (09/24/15) [22:23]
TRNN | Shir Hever says: Netanyahu Meets Putin Looking for Existential Threat to Israel (09/24/15) [11:51]
Syria -Russia Weapons Deal answer to US Polish missiles Deal (08/23/15) [1:54]
*TYT | UK Elects Socialist Leader Jeremy Corbyn. Will He Succeed? (09/23/15) [12:21]
*TYT | Conservatives Can't Stand Pope Francis (09/23/15) [7:48]
*TYT | Volkswagen CEO Resigns After Dieselgate Cheating Scandal Dubbed (09/23/15) [8:44]
*TYT | Greedy Drug CEO Caves But Will He Actually Lower Price? (09/23/15) [6:56]
*TYT | Dr. Ben Carson Thinks Satan Invented Big Bang Theory (09/23/15) [11:23]
RoF | Let's Be Honest: If Any Republican Wins In 2016, We're Screwed (09/23/15) [3:17]
RoF | Ring of Fire (E179) - Goodnight, Sweet Prince (full) (09/23/15) [29:00]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
*ThomHartmann | The Last Hours for Climate Change (09/24/15) [11:42]
Green World Rising.org website
ThomHartmann | Greedy Drug Companies Are Harming Americans (09/23/15) [9:56]
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09.24.2015. 11:09

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The Untold History of the United States by Oliver Stone & Petere Kuznick

The Untold History of the United States by Oliver Stone & Petere Kuznick | 2014 | 10 Episodes

Oliver Stone and American University historian Peter J. Kuznick began working on the project in 2008. Stone, Kuznick and British screenwriter Matt Graham cowrote the script. It covers "the reasons behind the Cold War with the Soviet Union, U.S. President Harry Truman's decision to drop the atomic bomb on Japan, and changes in America's global role since the fall of Communism." Stone is the director and narrator of all ten episodes.
Kuznick Interviews

Kuznick Interviews

Historian Peter Kuznick says Eisenhower called for decreased militarization, then Dulles reversed the policy; the Soviets tried to end the cold war after the death of Stalin; crazy schemes involving nuclear weapons and the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba put the world of the eve of destruction - with host Paul Jay

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China Valley of Tunnels

China Valley of Tunnels

A report written by a Georgetown University team led by Phillip Karber conducted a three-year study to map out China’s complex tunnel system, which stretches 5,000 km (3,000 miles). The report determined that the stated Chinese nuclear arsenal is understated and as many as 3,000 nuclear warheads may be stored in the underground tunnel network.
The Vietnam War

The Vietnam War

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's ten-part, 18-hour documentary series, THE VIETNAM WAR, tells the epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history as it has never before been told on film. Visceral and immersive, the series explores the human dimensions of the war through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from all sides--Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as combatants and civilians from North and South Vietnam. Ten years in the making, the series includes rarely seen and digitally re-mastered archival footage from sources around the globe, photographs taken by some of the most celebrated photojournalists of the 20th Century, historic television broadcasts, evocative home movies, and secret audio recordings from inside the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations.

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