Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Wall Street Banksters: Too Big To Jail?

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Wall Street Banksters: Did They Get Away With Financial Terrorism?

Has justice been served on Wall Street for the fraud perpetrated on the world that culminated in the 2008 financial crisis?

FRONTLINE investigates why Wall Street’s leaders have escaped prosecution for any fraud related to the sale of bad mortgages. More than four years after the financial crisis, not one senior Wall Street executive has faced criminal prosecution for fraud. Are Wall Street bankers simply “too big to jail?

In The Untouchables, FRONTLINE producer and correspondent Martin Smith investigates why the U.S. Department of Justice has failed to act on credible evidence that Wall Street knowingly packaged and sold toxic mortgage loans to investors, loans that brought the U.S. and world economies to the brink of collapse.

So, after talking with top prosecutors, government officials and industry whistleblowers, what did he find? Is there a chance some prosecutions may still take place? What do we really know about the criminal cases that could be have been pursued? And what does this investigation reveal about Wall Street and its relationship with the government?

Wall Street Banksters: Too Big To Jail?

FRONTLINE: The Untouchables (Did Wall Street Get Away With It?)

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The (R)evolution of Immortal Technique: On Fire with Alex Jones!

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(R)evolutionary Hip-Hop Emcee: Immortal Technique

Immortal Technique On Fire with Alex Jones!

Immortal Technique (Felipe Coronel) is a revolutionary. Born in Peru, he immigrated to Harlem, NY and eventually ended up in prison. He left with a new focus on music. His aggressive style gained him instant notoriety as a battle rapper, and his first album was a word-of-mouth sensation.

Unwilling to change his message for mainsteam, he remained completely independent. His subsequent projects have permanently found their way into the hearts and minds of truth seekers worldwide. Going behind the scenes, The (R)evolution of Immortal Technique is an exploration of one man's global journey to fight injustice through music.

Immortal Technique - Point Of No Return Lyrics and Music Video

"The Point Of No Return"

Yeah... It's that real this time around
Immortal Technique... Revolutionary Vol. 2
It's on now motherfucker..
Lock and load!

[Verse 1]
This is the point of no return I could never go back
Life without parole, up state shackled and trapped
Living in the hole, lookin' at the world through a crack
But fuck that, I'd rather shoot it out and get clapped
I've gone too far, there ain't no coming back for me
Auschwitz gas chamber full of Zyklon-B
Just like the Spanish exterminating Tynos
Raping the black and Indian women, creating Latinos
Motherfuckers made me out of self-righteous hatred
And you got yourself a virus, stuck in the Matrix
A suicide bomber strapped and ready to blow
Lethal injection strapped down ready to go
Don't you understand they'll never let me live out in peace
Concrete jungle, guerrilla war out in the streets
Nat Turner with the sickle pitch fork and machete
The end of the world, motherfucker you not ready
This is the point of no return and nobody can stop it
Malcolm little when he knelt before Elijah Muhammad
The comet that killed the dinosaurs, changing the earth
They love to criticize they always say I change for the worse
Like prescription pills when you miss-using them nigga
The Templar Knights when they took Jerusalem nigga
And figured out what was buried under Soloman's Temple
Al Aksa the name is not coincidental
I know too much, the government is trying to murder me
No coming back like cutting your wrist open vertically
How could a serpent be purposely put in charge of the country
Genetic engineered sickness spread amongst me
My people are so hungry that they attack without reason
Like a fuckin' dog ripping off the hand that feeds him
Immortal Technique is treason to the patriot act
So come and get me motherfucker cause I'm not coming back

This is the point from which I could never return
And if I back down now then forever I burn
This is the point from which I could never retreat
Cause If I turn back now there can never be peace
This is the point from which I will die and succeed
Living the struggle, I know I'm alive when I bleed
From now on it can never be the same as before
Cause the place I'm from doesn't exist anymore

[Verse 2]
This is the point of no return nigga you better believe this
Mary Magdalen giving birth to the children of Jesus
The evolution of the world, bloody and dramatic
Human beings killing monkeys to conquer the planet
The kingdoms of Africa and Mesopotamia
Machine gunnin' your body with depleted uranium
This is the age of micro chips and titanium
The dark side of the moon and contact with aliens
I started out like Australians, criminal minded
Broke into hell, tore it down, and built a city behind it
South Paul, murderous, methodology nigga
Remember that I'm just a man don't follow me nigga
Cause once you past the point you can never go home
You've got to face the possibility of dying alone
So tell me motherfucker, how could you die for the throne?
When you don't even got the fuckin' heart to die for your own
It rains acid, one day the earth will cry from a stone
And you'll be lookin' at the world livin' inside of a dome
Computerized humanity living inside of a clone
This is the place where the unknown is living and real
Worm went to planet X and the seventh seal
Universal truth is not measure in mass appeal
This is the last time that I kneel and pray to the sky
Cause almost everything that I was always ever told was a lie

This is the point from which I could never return
And if I back down now then forever I burn
This is the point from which I could never retreat
Cause If I turn back now there can never be peace
This is the point from which I will die and succeed
Living the struggle, I know I'm alive when I bleed
From now on it can never be the same as before
Cause the place I'm from doesn't exist anymore

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Truth in Advertising: Exxon Hates Your Children

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Exxon Valdez Oil Massacre

If Corporations Were Honest: How Exxon Feels About Our Children

Finally, a TV ad that tells it like it is: Exxon Hates Your Children

Go to http://ExxonHatesYourChildren.com if you want to see it on national television! (And go straight to http://bit.ly/XuuWsK to donate.)

What would YOU spend the $10 Billion on instead?

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Economic Evolution: Robots Taking Human Jobs

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Industrial robots cooperating on the job
Industrial robots cooperating on the job

Economic evolution has become robots taking human jobs. Artificial intelligence is replacing human intelligence. Technology, specifically algorithms, continues to replace humans in more and more complex jobs. These include military, financial, industrial, and service applications. In fact, some jobs lost during the Great Recession in the United States are not coming back due to robots.

Economic evolution is being driven by technology whereby more robots and software, and fewer humans, are doing the work resulting in a higher gross domestic product. The per capita GDP increases but fewer people are necessary - or have jobs.

This artificial intelligence can take many forms from being embedded and unseen in a computer to a more psychologically comforting humanoid robot. Though robots is a favorite term and evokes a science fiction risk, it is actually the algorithms within the software that direct the activities. The great leap forward is now self-learning algorithms, which therefore ultimately means robots that learn.

A huge breakthrough will be utilizing voice-recognition software for service jobs such as a fast food drive-through and customer service desks in stores. Once this occurs, yet more human service jobs will vanish and McDonald's and Wal-Mart will have very few, if any, human workers remaining.

This trend is increasing at an increasing rate and will become more and more evident in everyday life. Welcome to the 21st century of human and robot collaboration and coexistence - and algorithms replacing humans.

Are Robots Hurting Job Growth?

Technological advances, especially robotics, are revolutionizing the workplace, but not necessarily creating jobs. Steve Kroft reports.

Robots can be any shape or size, including humanoid.
Robots can be any shape or size, including humanoid.

Are Robots Hurting Job Growth?

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

American Consumerism: Black Friday Hunger Games

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American Consumerism: Black Friday Hunger Games In Amerika where the pursuit of happiness is equated to consumerism which is equated to the purchase and possession of retail trinkets and junk manufactured offshore by multinational corporations, the 2012 Black Friday Hunger Games have been played.

The USA median income has declined significantly over the years and amplifies the urgency of getting the best deals on Black Friday as citizen disposable income decreases.

The traitorous and disloyal Wall Street Banksters along with the Corporate, Religious, and Political Elite watch from afar the desperation of an American population that is no longer of concern except to be controlled by the increasingly powerful and fascist American Police State.

Who Won the Black Friday Hunger Games?

Every year after Thanksgiving, the nation's wealthy elite, still fat-bellied from turkey and cornbread stuffing, tune in to their local news outlets and observe what has become an annual tradition of bloodletting and frenzied consumerism.

We call it "Black Friday." But to those like the Walmart heirs who together own more wealth than the bottom 40% of the nation combined, it might as well be called their very own "Hunger Games."

It's their stores, after all, that play host to this one-day battle - waged by poor and working class people - to get discounted appliances, clothes, and toys for their kids.

Like Suzanne Collins' dystopic future portrayed in The Hunger Games, in which impoverished teenagers battle each other to the death once a year for the amusement of Panem's wealth elite, Black Friday "Battle Royales" often end in death as well. In just the last few years, we've seen shoppers and retail workers shot to death, trampled to death, pepper-sprayed, bitten, punched, and kicked, all in their pursuit for Black Friday shopping deals.

Stephen Colbert: Thanksgiving & Holy Black Friday

Thanksgiving is just a preamble to the holiest day of the year, Black Friday, when Americans come together to bow before their lord, the Wal-Mart rollback guy.

Amused American Elite sip champagne and watch Occupy Wall Street protests from balcony (2011)

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Saturday, January 5, 2013

The American Anti-Corruption Act: Uniting To End Government Corruption

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We the People are losing our democracy, Corporations are gaining more control

The American Anti-Corruption Act

Americans, left-wing, the middle, and right-wing, have a common and urgent purpose: stop the bribery in Washington, D.C.! The various political worldviews each attempt to explain the ongoing demise of the United States of America from their perspective, but the ultimate problem and direction is fascism. Benito Mussolini, the Italian dictator defined as such in 1932, "Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power."

The corporations have the power in Washington, D.C. over Congress, the President, and Supreme Court. The corporations, the most infamous group are the Wall Street Banksters, via lobbyists, special interests, trade groups, and direct influence have superseded Americans, humans, as the most important entity in America. The democracy has been hijacked by corporations! Corporations have no soul or spirit. The mandate of a corporation is to maximize shareholder wealth, period.

Why do you think American jobs have been outsourced overseas and yet Congress and the 2-party dictatorship (Democrats and Republicans) decry this, yet nothing stops the outflow of prosperous employment? The corporations want cheap labor overseas to improve net income, the bottom line, and maximize their prosperity.

Represent.Us: Uniting To End Government Corruption

From the Occupy movement to top GOP strategists, forces from both sides of the aisle are uniting to combat the corrupting influence of money in politics. The result? The American Anti-Corruption Act.

To read the act, sign your name, and learn more. www.Represent.Us

For details about the Act, visit: www.anticorruptionact.org

Jack Abramoff: An Insider's View on Corruption

From the Occupy movement to top GOP strategists, forces from both sides of the aisle are uniting to combat the corrupting influence of money in politics. The result? The American Anti-Corruption Act.

Do you think the American government represents the American people? Neither do we, and we're out to fix it. Join the campaign to pass the American Anti-Corruption Act at www.Represent.Us.

Like a retired hacker working at the FBI to test their cyber-security, former Lobbyist Jack Abramoff gave us an insider's perspective on how money corrupts the system. We asked: "What would have stopped the old Jack?

Fascism Anyone? by Laurence W. Britt

Fascism’s principles are wafting in the air today, surreptitiously masquerading as something else, challenging everything we stand for.

1. Powerful and continuing expressions of nationalism. From the prominent displays of flags and bunting to the ubiquitous lapel pins, the fervor to show patriotic nationalism, both on the part of the regime itself and of citizens caught up in its frenzy, was always obvious. Catchy slogans, pride in the military, and demands for unity were common themes in expressing this nationalism. It was usually coupled with a suspicion of things foreign that often bordered on xenophobia.

2. Disdain for the importance of human rights. The regimes themselves viewed human rights as of little value and a hindrance to realizing the objectives of the ruling elite. Through clever use of propaganda, the population was brought to accept these human rights abuses by marginalizing, even demonizing, those being targeted. When abuse was egregious, the tactic was to use secrecy, denial, and disinformation.

3. Identification of enemies/scapegoats as a unifying cause. The most significant common thread among these regimes was the use of scapegoating as a means to divert the people’s attention from other problems, to shift blame for failures  and to channel frustration in controlled directions. The methods of choice - relentless propaganda and disinformation - were usually effective. Often the regimes would incite “spontaneous” acts against the target scapegoats, usually communists, socialists, liberals, Jews, ethnic and racial minorities, traditional national enemies, members of other religions, secularists, homosexuals, and“terrorists.” Active opponents of these regimes were inevitably labeled as terrorists and dealt with accordingly.

4. The supremacy of the military/avid militarism. Ruling elites always identified closely with the military and the industrial infrastructure that supported it. A disproportionate share of national resources was allocated to the military, even when domestic needs were acute. The military was seen as an expression of nationalism, and was used whenever possible to assert national goals, intimidate other nations, and increase the power and prestige of the ruling elite.

5. Rampant sexism. Beyond the simple fact that the political elite and the national culture were male-dominated, these regimes inevitably viewed women as second-class citizens. They were adamantly anti-abortion and also homophobic. These attitudes were usually codified in Draconian laws that enjoyed strong support by the orthodox religion of the country, thus lending the regime cover for its abuses.

6. A controlled mass media. Under some of the regimes, the mass media were under strict direct control and could be relied upon never to stray from the party line. Other regimes exercised more subtle power to ensure media orthodoxy. Methods included the control of licensing and access to resources, economic pressure, appeals to patriotism, and implied threats. The leaders of the mass media were often politically compatible with the power elite. The result was usually success in keeping the general public unaware of the regimes’ excesses.

7. Obsession with national security. Inevitably, a national security apparatus was under direct control of the ruling elite. It was usually an instrument of oppression, operating in secret and beyond any constraints. Its actions were justified under the rubric of protecting “national security,” and questioning its activities was portrayed as unpatriotic or even treasonous.

8. Religion and ruling elite tied together. Unlike communist regimes, the fascist and proto-fascist regimes were never proclaimed as godless by their opponents. In fact, most of the regimes attached themselves to the predominant religion of the country and chose to portray themselves as militant defenders of that religion. The fact that the ruling elite’s behavior was incompatible with the precepts of the religion was generally swept under the rug. Propaganda kept up the illusion that the ruling elites were defenders of the faith and opponents of the “godless.” A perception was manufactured that opposing the power elite was tantamount to an attack on religion.

9. Power of corporations protected. Although the personal life of ordinary citizens was under strict control, the ability of large corporations to operate in relative freedom was not compromised. The ruling elite saw the corporate structure as a way to not only ensure military production (in developed states), but also as an additional means of social control. Members of the economic elite were often pampered by the political elite to ensure a continued mutuality of interests, especially in the repression of “have-not” citizens.

10. Power of labor suppressed or eliminated. Since organized labor was seen as the one power center that could challenge the political hegemony of the ruling elite and its corporate allies, it was inevitably crushed or made powerless. The poor formed an underclass, viewed with suspicion or outright contempt. Under some regimes, being poor was considered akin to a vice.

11. Disdain and suppression of intellectuals and the arts. Intellectuals and the inherent freedom of ideas and expression associated with them were anathema to these regimes. Intellectual and academic freedom were considered subversive to national security and the patriotic ideal. Universities were tightly controlled; politically unreliable faculty harassed or eliminated. Unorthodox ideas or expressions of dissent were strongly attacked, silenced, or crushed. To these regimes, art and literature should serve the national interest or they had no right to exist.

12. Obsession with crime and punishment. Most of these regimes maintained Draconian systems of criminal justice with huge prison populations. The police were often glorified and had almost unchecked power, leading to rampant abuse. “Normal” and political crime were often merged into trumped-up criminal charges and sometimes used against political opponents of the regime. Fear, and hatred, of criminals or “traitors” was often promoted among the population as an excuse for more police power.

13. Rampant cronyism and corruption. Those in business circles and close to the power elite often used their position to enrich themselves. This corruption worked both ways; the power elite would receive financial gifts and property from the economic elite, who in turn would gain the benefit of government favoritism. Members of the power elite were in a position to obtain vast wealth from other sources as well: for example, by stealing national resources. With the national security apparatus under control and the media muzzled, this corruption was largely unconstrained and not well understood by the general population.

14. Fraudulent elections. Elections in the form of plebiscites or public opinion polls were usually bogus. When actual elections with candidates were held, they would usually be perverted by the power elite to get the desired result. Common methods included maintaining control of the election machinery, intimidating an disenfranchising opposition voters, destroying or disallowing legal votes, and, as a last resort, turning to a judiciary beholden to the power elite.

Does any of this ring alarm bells? Of course not. After all, this is America, officially a democracy with the rule of law, a constitution, a free press, honest elections, and a well-informed public constantly being put on guard against evils. Historical comparisons like these are just exercises in verbal gymnastics. Maybe, maybe not.

"When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the American flag." - Huey Long

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The Story of Citizens United

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