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Wednesday Aug 03, 2016
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Runaway Trump Train Picks Up Speed As Aides Can't Grab The Controls
HP | Howard Fineman | 08/03/16

Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's campaign chairman, has had success dealing with hard-to-manage dictatorial types, from Imelda Marcos of the Philippines, to Jonas Savimbi of Angola, to Victor Yanukovych of Ukraine. But he is described by close friends as "frustrated" beyond measure by his inability to manage Trump in any sense.

Reince Preibus, the pliable chair of the Republican National Committee, went to extraordinary lengths to legitimize The Donald ? but now the RNC is throwing up its hands and distancing itself. Read more

"It Takes A Village To Maintain A Dangerous Financial System"
ZeroHedge | author | 08/03/16

Reassurances that regulators are doing their best to protect the public are false, warns Stanford's Anat Admati in her latest report on the collusive dissonance within financial markets. She discuss the motivations and actions (or inaction) of individuals in the financial system, governments, central banks, academia and the media that collectively contribute to the persistence of a dangerous and distorted financial system and inadequate, poorly designed regulations. The underlying problem is a powerful mix of distorted incentives, ignorance, confusion, and lack of accountability. Willful blindness seems to play a role in flawed claims by the system's enablers that obscure reality and muddle the policy debate.

In banking, the public interest in safety conflicts with the incentives of people within the industry. Protecting the public requires effective regulations because market forces fail to do so. Without effective regulations, dangerous conduct is enabled and perversely rewarded. Because the harm is difficult to connect to specific policy failures and individuals, it persists. Even if a crisis occurs, the enablers of the system can promote narratives that divert attention from their own responsibility ... ... Read more

Trump Says It's Time To Sell Stocks, Warns Of "Very Scary Scenarios" For Investors
ZeroHedge | author | 08/03/16

While Wall Street typically worries about how politics might affect the market, Presidential candidates worry about how the stock market might affect their political outcomes. The reason for this is that historically, the market performance in the three months leading up to a Presidential Election has displayed an uncanny ability to forecast who will win the White House... the incumbent party or the challenger. Since 1928, there have been 22 Presidential Elections. In 14 of them, the S&P 500 climbed during the three months preceding election day. The incumbent President or party won in 12 of those 14 instances. However, in 7 of the 8 elections where the S&P 500 fell over that three month period, the incumbent party lost. ... Read more
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Our Consumption Of Earth's Natural Resources Has More Than Tripled In 40 Years
HP | Dominique Mosbergen | 08/02/16

Limestone and steel for our homes, wheat and vegetables for our dinner, fossil fuels for our industries: we rely heavily on our planet's natural resources to survive.

Yet we're using up these resources at such an unsustainable pace that we may be "irreversibly" depleting some of them ? and critically damaging our Earth in the process, according to a new United Nations report. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, August 03 [10:07]
DN | Section 60: 2008 Film Captures Khizr & Ghazala Khan Mourning Son in Arlington National Cemetery (08/02/16) [8:17]
TYT | Jill Stein Has Chosen Her Running Mate. (08/02/16) [9:23]
RT | Obama: US failed to plan for peace and security in Libya after toppling of Gaddafi (08/03/16) [6:06]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | Obama's blunt words on Donald Trump, Paul Ryan's pro-TPP talk at a Koch-billionaire gathering, and whether Progressive challenger Tim Canova can beat Debbie Wasserman Schultz. (full) (08/02/16) [56:55]
*DR | Update On The Spread Of The Zika Virus In The U.S. (08/03/16) [1hr]
The CDC has issued an unprecedented travel warning for part of Miami, where more than 10 new cases of the Zika virus have been confirmed. What's causing the virus to spread in one South Florida neighborhood and how officials are responding.
Aljazeera | Inside Story - Can US air strikes push ISIL out of Libya? (08/02/16) [24:45]
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/
Other Videos and Documentaries I Ran Across
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08.03.2016. 09:52

Tuesday Aug 02, 2016
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David Stockman Rants Against The Dangers & Digressions Of The Donald's Demagoguery
ZeroHedge | author | 08/02/16

"Making America great" is about unleashing the nation's capitalists again. It's an expression that prosperity is not bestowed by the state but won by the kind of builders, investors, innovators and workers that The Donald fancies to be the essence of Trump Inc. To that extent, Donald Trump could be regarded as an incipient anti-statist. While this might seem like an overly generous characterization, it is a measure, alas, of the degree to which the bipartisan "policy" consensus against him has congealed around what is essentially a Keynesian axiom of endless macroeconomic intervention and "stimulus". ... Read more

TYT | Koch Brothers Pass On Hillary AND Trump. Will Buy Congress Instead. (08/01/16) [6:40]

Trump Urges His Supporters To Sell Stocks, Warns Of "Very Scary Scenarios" For Investors
ZeroHedge | author | 08/02/16

Now that we are exactly three months away from the November 8 election, if Trump wants to really boost his electoral chances, a market crash right now be certainly most welcome by his campaign. Which may be why Trump today urged his supporters to get out of equities as "interest rates set by the Federal Reserve are inflating the stock market" and warned of "very scary scenarios" for investors. ... Read more

A "1 In 10,000 Year Event": JPM Head Quant Explains Why The S&P Refuses To Sell Off
ZeroHedge | author | 08/02/16

"... one would expect this scenario to happen once every ~10,000 years. The fact that we see this type of behavior demonstrates market inefficiency--in this case driven by hedging of option exposure. Quite literally, the market was pinned. Over the past 3 weeks, the amount of call options exceeding put options (in terms of gamma exposure) averaged almost $40bn (per 1%), which is the largest call to put gamma imbalance ever observed." ... Read more

European Bank Bloodbath Destroys Stress Test Credibility
ZeroHEdge | author | 08/02/16

If the goal of the EBA Stress Tests was to reassure investors and regain confidence that 'all is well' in Europe's increasingly fragile and systemically interconnected banking system, then it has utterly failed. The broadest European bank stock index is now down 7% from the post-stress-test spike highs, Italian banks are at record lows and being halted (despite Renzi's promises), Commerzbank is struggling with capital raise chatter, and Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse are tumbling after being booted from the Stoxx 50. ... Read more

The Rising: Connecting Human Health and Oil Operations
The Rising: Connecting Human Health and Oil Operations (trailer, longer) (07/11/16) [5:38]
The Rising: Connecting Human Health and Oil Operations (trailer, short) (07/11/16) [1:57]
The Rising: Connecting Human Health and Oil Operations (crowed funding) (04/12/16) [5:08]
The Rising: Connecting Human Health and Oil Operations (website)
The Big Fix - BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Cover up (12/27/12) [1:30:19]

Whatever You Do, Don't Look Down
HP | Abigail Williams | 08/02/16

Situated off the side of China's Tianmen Mountain, the 100-meter-long, 1.6-meter-wide skywalk is situated high above Hunan's Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. Dubbed the "Coiling Dragon Cliff" skywalk, the clear glass walkway overlooks a sheer drop that would turn any stomach. ... Read more
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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, August 02 [12:10]
DN | The Never-Ending War: U.S. Announces New Front Against ISIS in Libya (08/02/16) [6:24]
The U.S. military carried out two airstrikes in Libya against ISIS fighters on Monday in the latest escalation of the U.S. war against the self-proclaimed Islamic State. The strikes took place in the city of Sirte. Pentagon officials said the campaign would continue until ISIS has been driven from the city, which it took over last year. Libya has been engulfed in fighting after a U.S.-backed military intervention ousted longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. The Pentagon said Libya's Western-backed unity government requested the airstrikes. The so-called unity government is one of three competing governments that claim legitimacy in the country. We speak to Phyllis Bennis, fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies. She's author of "Understanding ISIS and the New Global War on Terror."
DN | Trump Attacks Muslim Mother of Slain U.S. Soldier in Comments "Beyond Limit of Human Decency" (08/01/16) [14:00]
TRNN | Dave Zirin the author of Brazil's Dance with the Devil: 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio Eclipsed By Controversy (08/02/16) [13:07]
TRNN | Arn Menconi tells: Colorado Green Party Senate Candidate: 'I'm Running to Stop Endless Wars' (08/02/16) [6:53]
TYT | Trump Continues Feud With Fallen Veteran's Family. (08/01/16) [10:00]
TYT | Republicans Condemn Trump For Khan Comments (08/01/16) [6:32]
TYT | Trump Advisor Smears Muslim War Hero As Terrorist Double Agent (08/01/16) [7:24]
RT | Keiser Report: Myth of Millennial Entrepreneur (E948) (08/02/16) [25:45]
From Kingston, NY, Max and Stacy discuss the myth of the Millennial entrepreneur. Business startups have collapsed but the Obama administration says that student debt is great for the US economy; meanwhile, in China, 'innovation centers' have popped up all over the country, but will the entrepreneurs ever show up? In the second half, Max interviews Gerald Celente of TrendsResearch.com about entrepreneurship and US elections.
RT | CrossTalk: Is Russia meddling in American politics? Also, are we witnessing another crucial tipping point in Syria? And, has Turkey's Erdogan turned his back on the west? (08/01/16) [23:56]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | The Sick & Dying Victims of BP Speak Out! (08/01/16) [7:23]
*DR | Voter Access In 2016: Latest On Restrictions Across The Country (08/02/16) [1hr]
The North Carolina voter ID law targeted African Americans with "almost surgical precision." That's according to a three-judge panel that decided Friday to strike down the law. Recent weeks have seen a slew of similar victories for challengers of voting restrictions: Federal courts also dealt blows to Republican-backed laws in Texas, Wisconsin and Kansas. Supporters of these laws say they address voter fraud and other issues at the polls. But is the tide now turning when it comes to voter restrictions? The latest on recent court decisions affecting voters, and what they could mean for the outcome of the presidential election.
Aljazeera | Counting the Cost - The most powerful economic job in the world (07/30/16) [26:00]
Aljazeera | Inside Story - What's behind Russian humanitarian corridors in Aleppo? (07/31/16) [25:00]
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/
Other Videos and Documentaries I Ran Across
Note: I don't endorse any of the videos in this section.
As I construct My News Pages I constantly run across a lot of NEW videos, and since I find YouTube frustrating trying to re-find videos, I save the links in this section so I can find them again.

08.02.2016. 13:27

Monday Aug 01, 2016
News Articles
Some of Today's Headlines
TRUMP'S CHUMPS... No Mention Of Nominee In GOP Leaders' Khan Responses... Reid: 'Cowardice'... Khan: 'The Lack Of Moral Courage Will Remain A Burden On Their Souls'... Calls Trump 'A Black Soul'... Says Some Prominent Republicans Reached Out In Support... TRUMP SMEARS GOLD STAR MOTHER... 'I'd Like To Hear His Wife Say Something'... TRIES TO BACKTRACK: Calls Slain Soldier A 'Hero'... Ghazala Speaks, Again: 'He Doesn't Know What The Word Sacrifice Means'...

GOP Leaders Don't Ditch Trump Even After Condemning His Attacks On Muslim War Hero's Family
HP | Marina Fang | 07/31/16

In what has become a familiar pattern, GOP leaders on Sunday denounced Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's latest round of offensive remarks. But they continue to support his campaign.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) both issued standard statements condemning Trump's attacks against Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the parents of a Muslim American war hero killed in Iraq. ... Read more
*TYT | Father Of Fallen American Soldier Delivers POWERFUL Speech Against Trump (07/31/16) [6:46]

John Oliver | Lays Into Trump for His Shameful Criticisms of the Khan Family (08/01/16) [18:09]
On Contact: Into the Political Wilderness with Jill Stein (07/30/16) [26:04]

Hillary's Latest Headache: Skolkovo
ZeroHedge | author | 08/01/16

... Of the 28 "partners," 17, or 60%, have made financial commitments to the Clinton Foundation, totaling tens of millions of dollars, or sponsored speeches by Bill Clinton...

Russians tied to Skolkovo also flowed funds to the Clinton Foundation. Andrey Vavilov, the chairman of SuperOx, which is part of Skolkovo's nuclear-research cluster, donated between $10,000 and $25,000 (donations are reported in ranges, not exact amounts) to the Clinton's family charity"

Thus far, this should not be surprising. It is yet another instance of crony capitalism that has so well characterized the Clintons over the years. However, as US intelligence agencies including the FBI were soon to find out, the Russian Silicon Valley served other purposes as well. ... Read more

*Whistleblower's Stunning Claim: "NSA Has All Of Hillary's Deleted Emails, It May Be The Leak"
ZeroHedge | author | 08/01/16

"If the FBI really wanted them they can go into that database and get them right now," William Binney said of Clinton's emails as well as DNC emails. Asked point blank if he believed the NSA has copies of "all" of Clinton's emails, including the deleted correspondence, Binney confirmed. "Yes. That would be my point. They have them all and the FBI can get them right there." ... Read more

Is Europe Doomed By Vassalage To Washington?
ZeroHedge | author | 08/01/16

... With few exceptions, principally the UK, membership in the EU also meant loss of financial independence. As only the European Central Bank, an EU institution, can create euros, those countries so foolish as to accept the euro as their currency no longer have the power to create their own money in order to finance budget deficits.

The countries that joined the euro must rely on private banks to finance their deficits. The result of this is that over-indebted countries can no longer pay their debts by creating money or expect their debts to be written down to levels that they can service. Instead, Greece, Portugal, Latvia, and Ireland were looted by the private banks. ... Read more

Paul Krugman Reveals the 'Real Sinners' Behind Trump
AlterNet | Janet Allon | 08/01/16

Paul Krugman is incredulous about the mounting horrors of the Trump campaign and spends his Monday NYTimes column once again trying to inject some reasonable thinking into the debate about how to vote come November. Depressingly, he notes that a YouGov survey just found that "61 percent of Republicans support his call for Russian hacking of Hillary Clinton," which doesn't bode well for how Republicans feel about his criticisms of a Muslim war hero's family. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, August 01 [11:20]
*TRNN | Wenonah Hauter, author of Frackopoly: Big Oil and the Battle for Our Future (08/01/16) [19:53]
*TRNN | Gerry Epstein and Dimitri Lascaris say: Italian Bank Failures Could Disintegrate the EU (08/01/16) [15:40]
*TYT | Roger Ailes Might Run Donald Trump's Presidential Campaign (07/31/16) [11:38]
*TYT | Hillary's Case On Foreign Policy: Warhawks Better Than Crazy Warhawks (07/31/16) [11:33]
TYT | What Hillary Clinton Didn't Say In DNC Speech... (07/31/16) [8:56]
RT | Keiser Report: Taxation and Comedy (E947) (07/30/16) [25:44]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | Pence More Dangerous Than Trump (07/30/16) [8:11]
*DR | After The Conventions, What's Next For The 2016 Race For President (08/01/16) [1hr]
Now that the political conventions are over, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have begun their sprint to the November elections. With less than 100 days left, the candidates are polling nearly neck and neck. The most recent nation-wide polls averaged by RealClearPolitics.com have Trump at 45.6 percent and Clinton at 44.7 percent. Campaigning in swing states began right after the conventions ended. Trump will likely need to win Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania to win the 270 electoral votes to win the White House. Guest host Susan Page and a panel of guests discuss what to expect in the homestretch of the 2016 race for president.
DR | A Conversation With Green Party Candidate Jill Stein (08/01/16) [16:30]
Note: video starts at 4:40 on the Progressbar
When Green Party candidate Jill Stein ran for president in 2012, she walked away with .36 percent of the vote. In this election season, she's found renewed support from voters dissatisfied with both major political parties and Washington as a whole -- especially from disillusioned Bernie Sanders supporters. Since June, she's risen from 2.5 to 3.5 percent in the presidential polls, according to RealClear Politics. The doctor-turned-activist and politician talks with guest host Susan Page about the 2016 presidential race and running as a third-party candidate.
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

08.01.2016. 10:59

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