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Gerald Celente on Goldseek Radio 03 Dec 2010

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Economist’s View – Off Message Watch: “I Don’t Know That for Sure”

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From the Economist’s View:

Off Message Watch: “I Don’t Know That for Sure”

The administration just cannot admit that it made a mistake in proposing a stimulus package that was too small. This is from a Q&A with Austan Goolsbee::

Q. Would our economy be in better shape right now if the initial stimulus when the administration took office had been bigger?
A. I don’t know the answer to that for sure. There’s a bit of a crystal ball in that. It obviously depends on what the things were.

The right answer here is “of course if would have been better,” and to then talk about how Republicans blocked any hope of additional stimulus once it was clear the economy was doing much worse than anticipated. But because the administration refuses to admit its mistake and concede that the stimulus was too small, it cannot bring itself to argue that the economy needs more help from fiscal authorities. There were nods in this direction now and again, but the administration never really tried to make this argument, a strong push for a job creation program for example, and it has thus given up the chance to make clear which party is standing in the way of providing more help for distressed households.

Update: I see that Paul Krugman, referring to this statement by Jared Bernstein, is thinking along the same lines:

Getting Obama’s Drift: I felt sorry for Jared Bernstein, who surely knows better, having to convey the administration’s attempt to downplay the terrible jobs numbers.

I know what’s going on: the administration decided, more or less a year ago, that rather than admit that its stimulus package was inadequate and call for more, it would put on a happy face and hope for better news. But here’s the thing: by now we know that this strategy has been a political disaster. So you would think that the administration would change its line.

But to do that, someone at the top has to make the decision to change direction. And clearly, nobody has. I don’t think there was a deliberate decision to persist in an obviously losing strategy; I just think top management has gone missing. And so the administration drifts …

The Young Turks – The Unemployment Disaster Continues

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The Young Turks – Obama’s Tax Cut Cave

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The Truth About Facebook

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1962 Cold War Propaganda by Dr. George S. Benson

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Corporate Profits Highest On Record Last Quarter

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Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Paul H. Anderson Lectures Former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Eric Magnuson

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Sen. Franken Argues Against Tax Cuts For Millionaires

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Al Jazeera – Greek facists clash with immigrants

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Manhatta (1921)

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pseudonym1964 | December 04, 2010

‘Manhatta (1921) is a short documentary film which revels in the haze rising from city smoke stacks. With the city as subject, it consists of 65 shots sequenced in a loose non-narrative structure, beginning with a ferry approaching Manhattan and ending with a sunset view from a sky scraper. The primary objective of the film is to explore the relationship between photography and film; camera movement is kept to a minimum, as is incidental motion within each shot. Each frame provides a view of the city that has been carefully arranged into abstract compositions.

It was an attempt to show the film makers’ love for the city of New York. Manhatta was a collaboration between painter Charles Sheeler and photographer Paul Strand. The interspersed title cards include excerpts from Walt Whitman.’ (Text from Wikipedia)

‘Charles Sheeler (1883–1965), an American Precisionist artist, was better known as a painter than as a photographer. He began photographing in 1912 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where he developed an Americana Shaker style. He also did advertising and publicity photography for Vogue. In 1927 and into the 1930s, Sheeler was commissioned to photograph Ford Motor Works at River Rouge, work that made his reputation as an architectural photographer. His photographs are abstract, geometrically precise, and capture an elegance of proportions. They are, in effect, cultural artifacts as they depict the industrial might of America. Sheeler often exhibited his paintings and photographs together. Charles Sheeler also collaborated with other photographers, including Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, and Edward Steichen. In 1920 he worked with Paul Strand on Manhatta, a short expressive film about New York City based on portions of Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass.” The six-minute film spans an imaginary day in the life of New York City, beginning with footage of Staten Island ferry commuters and culminating with the sun setting over the Hudson River. It has been described as the first avant-garde film made in America. Its many brief shots and dramatic camera angles emphasize New York’s photographic nature. Sheeler exhibited Manhatta as both projected film (as seen in this section) as well as prints made from the film strips that he used like photographic negatives.

The Photography of Charles Sheeler provides a unique opportunity to explore Sheeler’s innovative technique.’ (Text from http://www.metmuseum.org/)

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K. Ratnayake – WikiLeaks Document Exposes US Complicity In Sri Lankan War Crimes

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From Countercurrents:

WikiLeaks Document Exposes US Complicity In Sri Lankan War Crimes

By K. Ratnayake

04 December, 2010

WSWS.org

One of the diplomatic cables from the US embassy in Colombo released by WikiLeaks this week shows that the Obama administration was well aware of the war crimes committed by Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse and his regime in the final stages of its war against the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

Rajapakse restarted the war against the LTTE in July 2006, which culminated in its defeat in May 2009. During the final months, the Sri Lankan military pounded and strafed the remaining LTTE-held pockets, killing thousands of Tamil civilians. Rajapakse has repeatedly denied that war crimes were committed by the military or his government, and opposed any independent investigation.

The cable published by WikiLeaks was sent by the US Ambassador, Patricia A. Butenis, on January 15 this year, just a week before the presidential election in Sri Lanka. Rajapakse won the election, defeating former Army Commander, General Sarath Fonseka.

After noting that the government’s “lack of attention to [war crime] accountability is not surprising,” Butenis said the issue had been “complicated by the fact that responsibility for many of the alleged crimes rests with the country’s senior civilian and military leadership, including President Rajapakse and his brothers and opposition candidate General Fonseka”.

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Alan Grayson Explains Why Tax Cuts For The Rich Are SO IMPORTANT To Right-Wing Pundits

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emptywheel – UAW Sells Out American Workers for 800 Jobs

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From emptywheel:

UAW Sells Out American Workers for 800 Jobs

By: emptywheel Saturday December 4, 2010 8:27 am

The White House appears to be calculating that by getting the UAW to support the NAFTA-style trade agreement with South Korea (KORUS), it can avoid any discussion of the jobs that will be outsourced as a result of the agreement. Their big accomplishment, then, has been changing the original 2007 agreement enough to get the UAW–and Ford–to buy in.

The price for their buy-in?

55,500 additional cars.

800 jobs.

[…]

It takes about 30 hours of labor to build a car. So the UAW got bought off for an extra 1,665,000 hours of work a year, not all of which will go to union employees. 41,625 weeks of work. Or work for 800 workers a year. In exchange for a trade agreement that the Economic Policy Institute estimates could cost 159,000 jobs in the next five years. (And in 10 years, after the duty on trucks expires, it would remove the biggest incentive for Hyundai to keep its SUV factories in Alabama, though those aren’t union jobs.)

800 jobs in exchange for losing 159,000 jobs–that’s the math the UAW has done.

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emplywheel – Mr. Obama’s Very Very Busy Week

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From emplywheel:

Mr. Obama’s Very Very Busy Week

By: emptywheel Friday December 3, 2010 8:44 pm

Since Obama tried to sneak in a trade agreement making it easier to outsource jobs to Korea after the newspapers have gone to bed, I thought it wise to catalog what a “productive” (in the Frederick Taylor sense) week he has had:

  1. Freeze pay of federal workers
  2. Attack Social Security
  3. Cut taxes for the stinking rich
  4. Censor Wikileaks
  5. Cut Food Stamps at a time of record reliance on them
  6. Make it easier to send manufacturing jobs to South Korea
  7. Fiddle while 10% of the country can’t find jobs
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techdirt – Broadband Providers Pretending Metered Billing Is About Helping The Poor

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From techdirt:

Broadband Providers Pretending Metered Billing Is About Helping The Poor (Broadband)

by Mike Masnick from the yeah,-right dept on Friday, December 3rd, 2010 @ 5:59AM

Broadband Reports has a trio of posts pointing out the latest in ridiculousness coming out of the cable broadband industry. It kicks off by pointing out that, despite the claims of the industry, moving to metered and capped broadband is certainly not inevitable. Flat rate broadband has been amazingly profitable for these companies, but they’re looking to squeeze even more money out of people. Yet, those on Wall Street who take an incredibly short-term view on how broadband companies make their money are pushing hard to get them to start offering metered billing and broadband caps. And, to top it all off, the cable industry’s top lobbyist is trotting out the old ridiculous line that metered billing is really about helping out the poor by offering them more reasonable broadband deals.

Except almost none of that is true. While various attempts at putting in place metered broadband usually will include some “low end” offering so that the companies can make these kinds of claims, if you look more closely at those offerings, they are almost universally terrible. They’re not designed to “spur adoption by price-sensitive consumers at the lower end of the socioeconomic ladder,” as the industry claims, but to aggressively upsell people to higher rate plans by making the low end plans as crappy and unusable as possible.

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The Trap – We Will Force You To Be Free

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The Trap – The Lonely Robot

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The Trap – What Happened to Our Dreams of Freedom?

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George Carlin – The American Dream

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Secrets of the Parthenon

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Media Matters – Historians Dismantle Beck’s Roman History Lesson

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From Media Matters:

Historians Dismantle Beck’s Roman History Lesson

http://mediamatters.org/research/201012030025

On both his radio and Fox News programs this week, Glenn Beck sought to show how the U.S. is “repeating the exact mistakes” that led to the fall of the Roman Republic. But according to Roman history experts consulted by Media Matters, Beck’s history lesson distorted or fabricated key facts.

EFFector – U.S. Government Seizes 82 Websites: A Glimpse at the Draconian Future of Copyright Enforcement?

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From EFFector:

U.S. Government Seizes 82 Websites: A Glimpse at the Draconian Future of Copyright Enforcement?

The U.S. Justice Department, the Department of Homeland Security, and nine U.S. Attorney’s Offices seized 82 domain names of websites they claim were engaged in the sale and distribution of counterfeit goods and illegal copyrighted works. The sites were seized without websites owners given any advance notice or recourse, and the “raid” swept up several sites that are hardly in the business of willful copyright infringement. Could this be a preview of the overreaching enforcement to come if Congress passes the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA)?

EFF Tool Offers New Protection Against ‘Firesheep’

EFF launched a new version of HTTPS Everywhere, a security tool that offers enhanced protection for Firefox browser users. The new version of HTTPS Everywhere responds to concerns about online security highlighted earlier this year by Firesheep, an attack tool that could enable an eavesdropper on a network to take over a user’s web account. EFF’s Firefox add-on creates a default setting that indicates a preference for encrypted communications. If the website is configured to allow encryption via HTTPS (a security practice we believe all major websites should adopt!) then users of the HTTPS Everywhere add-on can protect themselves from attacks such as Firesheep.

Common Sense and Security: Body Scanners, Accountability, and $2.4 Billion Worth of Security Theater

TSA has been facing intense public heat after instituting new security proceedings that force people to choose between an invasive digital strip search or an intense physical search. TSA defends its practices as necessary to ensure security — but there’s no evidence that whole-body scanners make us safer. And at a cost to American taxpayers of $2.4 billion, we’re spending a lot of money on technology that sacrifices privacy without improving our security.

Phil Mattera – It’s Not Paranoia if Dow Chemical Really is Breaking Into Your Office

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From the Dirt Diggers Digest:

It’s Not Paranoia if Dow Chemical Really is Breaking Into Your Office

December 3rd, 2010 by Phil Mattera

Wall Street has been in a state of high alert over reports that the next big document dump by the transparency extremists at WikiLeaks will concern a major U.S. bank. The stock price of Bank of America recently plunged for a while on speculation that it was the target.

Yet the bigger espionage story of recent days is one in which a major U.S. corporation is alleged to be the culprit rather than the victim. Greenpeace has just filed a racketeering complaint in DC federal court alleging that Dow Chemical and a smaller chemical company – a North American subsidiary of South Africa’s Sasol Ltd. – conspired with a leading public relations firm, Ketchum Inc., and a smaller pr outfit called Dezenhall Resources Ltd., to spy on Greenpeace.

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John Pilger – Obama and Empire

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Tony Benn & Duncan Hallas: Lessons of 1926 General Strike

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Howard Zinn – Myth Of The Good Wars (Three ‘Holy’ Wars)

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Death of a Nation – East Timor

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Nicaragua – A Nation’s Right To Survive

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William Rivers Pitt – On the Subject of Quitting

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From Truthout:

William Rivers Pitt | On the Subject of Quitting
William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: “My head is swimming. My hands are shaking. My teeth are grinding together so hard that my jaw muscles look like I’m storing walnuts in there for the winter. For once, these symptoms are not being caused by politics. I have not had a cigarette for four days. I have been gobbling nicotine lozenges like M&M’s, and am breathing freely for the first time in twenty years. I think I’ve got this thing licked…. It was the right time to quit, because if I had still been smoking this week, I would have been sorely tempted to stab a butt out in my eyes, to spare me from having to witness a Democratic presidential administration fly apart at the seams … and not because of some nefarious right-wing plot or media malfeasance. No, Mr. Obama and the pinheads who advise him did this to themselves, and it is disgraceful beyond all measure to behold.”
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