VOODOO ECONOMICS: ‘America Is a Ponzi Scheme’, A Commencement Speech for the Scammed – By Tom Engelhardt (Flashback)

Source -.tomdispatch.com – “If you’re graduating from a liberal arts college, you’ve been taken for a ride. Start getting used to it”: – It couldn’t be a sunnier, more beautiful day to exit your lives — or enter them — depending on how you care to look at it. After all, here you are four…

AMERIKA: Princeton Study Concludes, US Is An ‘Oligarchy’, Not A ‘Democracy’

Source – mic.com – In a recent report from the academic journal Perspectives on Politics, the United States is not a democracy, but is instead, an oligarchy. For those who aren’t up with fancy words, this means that the US government is very, very corrupt. The news: A new scientific study from Princeton researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin…

CORPRO-FASCISM: Corporations have turned mass incarcerations into a revenue stream and source of cheap labor

Source  – truthdig.com – Boycott, Divest and Sanction Corporations That Feed on Prisons – By Chris Hedges – All attempts to reform mass incarceration through the traditional mechanisms of electoral politics, the courts and state and federal legislatures are useless. Corporations, which have turned mass incarceration into a huge revenue stream and which have unchecked…

DAS KAPITAL: Monopoly’s Inventor, The Progressive Who Didn’t Pass ‘Go’

Source  – nytimes.com, By Mary Pilonfeb  – For generations, the story of Monopoly’s Depression-era origins delighted fans almost as much as the board game itself. The tale, repeated for decades and often tucked into the game’s box along with the Community Chest and Chance cards, was that an unemployed man named Charles Darrow dreamed up…

VOODOO ECONOMICS: The 60-Year Trend Of Exploding Money And Imploding Growth – By David Stockman

Source  – davidstockmanscontracorner.com – During the heyday of post-war prosperity between 1953 and 1971, real final sales—–a better measure of economic growth than GDP because it filters out inventory fluctuations—-grew at a 3.6%  annual rate. That is exactly double the 1.8% CAGR recorded for 2000-2014. And after this morning’s punk GDP report in which growth stayed above the flat-line…

AMERIKA: US Prisons House More Inmates Than Stalin’s Gulags

Source  – ussia-insider.com – “Mass incarceration on a scale almost unexampled in human history is a fundamental fact of our country today,” writes the New Yorker’s Adam Gopnik. “Over all, there are now more people under ‘correctional supervision’ in America – more than 6 million – than were in the Gulag Archipelago under Stalin at its height.” Is this…

AMERIKA: Private Prisons Can Sue States For Not Having Enough Prisoners

Source – americansperspective.com – In America, most prisons are owned by private corporations. Private corporations like to make money. Lots of money. Empty prison beds do not make money, so many states are being urged into contracts with the prisons, pledging to keep the prison anywhere from 70% to 97% full, at all times. So…

VOODOO ECONOMICS: Who is Responsible for the Economic Collapse in the US? – By Grete Mautner

Source – journal-neo.org – “…The American Thinker is predicting an abrupt rise in political violence in the United States, while arguing that wars begin when, in a major crisis, no peaceful solution can be found. Americans are at or near that point. Unfortunately, most people are not going to acknowledge the truth until it is too…

CORPRO FASCISM: The Prison Industry in the United States, Big Business or a New Form of Slavery?

Source – desultoryheroics.com – “…Ninety-seven percent of 125,000 federal inmates have been convicted of non-violent crimes. It is believed that more than half of the 623,000 inmates in municipal or county jails are innocent of the crimes they are accused of. Of these, the majority are awaiting trial. Two-thirds of the one million state prisoners…

CORPRO-FASCISM: Engineering War, The US Used to Make Bullets to Fight Wars – Now They Make Wars to Sell Bullets

Source – whatreallyhappened.com  – The US has been at war some 222 years of its 239 year existence, which is 93% of the time. We have the most powerful military in the world, bigger and more powerful than the next 14 countries combined, most of which are our allies. (Graph): Wars are created as a…

AMERIKA: What’s Really Behind Trump’s “7 Countries” Ban?, Does He Want to Keep Out Muslims, Or the CIA’s Irregular Warriors? – By Scott Creighton

Source – stuartjeannebramhall.com – “…Lets forget for a second that the fake left is going ballistic over Trump’s banning of people supposedly from those countries (when he doesn’t actually mention them by name in his order) while they have been quiet as little church mice as their hero, ObamaGod, bombed every one of them… and…

AMERIKA: How to Make America Great Again with Other People’s Money – By Dmitri Orlov

Source – cluborlov.blogspot.ca – “…If Trump doesn’t crack open the chocolate egg that is Saudi Arabia and run off with the toy inside, then somebody else will. Saudi Arabia’s days are numbered. For now, it is still rich in money, oil, sand and imbeciles, but it is burning through the first two faster and faster.…

CROSSROADS: ‘Birth of a New Millennium’, United States Reset Has Begun

Source – geopolitics.co – “…There are also some indications that the Trump administration will finally end the decades of government suppression against exotic technologies. This is very evident in his inaugural speech…The various space age technologies, e.g. free energy, anti-gravity, cell regeneration, that have been under lock and key for more than a century are…

CONTROLLED DEMOLITION: The Collapse of the Great Left Con – By Charles Hugh Smith

Source – charleshughsmith.blogspot.ca – “…The Left is not just in disarray–it is in complete collapse because the working class has awakened to the Left’s betrayal and abandonment of the working class in favor of building personal wealth and power. Anyone who denies this is still in the fatal grip of the Left’s Great Con”: (The Collapse…

AMERIKA: How Co-ops Can Make America Great Again

Source – yesmagazine.org – “…If the Trump administration is serious about bringing jobs and pride back to rural America, they should take a lesson from cooperatives of the 1930’s”: (How Co-ops Can Make Infrastructure Great Again – By Nathan Schneider) Not many people I’ve known who lived through the Great Depression recall it fondly. I suspect…

AMERIKA: ‘Enemy of the State’, Behind America’s Perpetual Wars – By Prof. John McMurtry

Source – globalresearch.ca – “…President-to-be Trump has a model to go on. A remission in the US private corporate occupation of the world for private profit occurred with Roosevelt’s New Deal. It emerged with the victorious war against Nazism, union legalization, high taxes on high incomes, and post-war industry growth on all planes. An implied…

COUP D’ETAT: The Final Take-down of Trump Begins in Earnest

Source – stateofthenation2012.com – “…Make no mistake about it: from now until Inauguration Day will be the most dangerous times for Donald Trump and his transition team.  The very future of the United States of America now hangs in the balance as never before.  Hence, it is imperative that every American citizen stays vigilant and…

REALPOLITIK: U.S. Special Operations’ Forces Deploy to 138 Nations…70% of the World’s Countries – By Nick Turse

Source – tomdispatch.com – “…I will become the first president of the United States to serve two full terms during a time of war,” Obama added….The results of his permanent-war presidency have, in fact, been dismal, according to Special Operations Command.  Of eight conflicts waged during the Obama years, according to a 2015 briefing slide from the…

AMERIKA: ‘Self-Proclaimed Progressives’, Apologists for the Neocon-Neoliberal Empire – By Charles High Smith

Source – charleshughsmith.blogspot.ca – “…Wake up, Self-Proclaimed “Progressives”: you’re apologists for an Evil Empire.Your devotion to the Democratic Establishment that has mastered the art of bleating politically correct speech acts while destroying entire nations renders you the classic useful idiots, on par with those who defended Stalinism and the Soviet Gulag because “it was the right thing to…

SHADOW GOVERNMENT: America Versus The Deep State – By Howard Kunstler

Source – kunstler.com – “…When the markets blow, do you suppose the Russians will be blamed for that? Did Boris Yeltsin repeal the Glass-Steagall Act? Was Ben Bernanke a puppet of Putin? No, these actions and actors were homegrown American. For more than thirty years, we’ve been borrowing too much money so we can pretend…

AMERIKA: 7 Things to Show that you’re not living in the ‘Land of the Free’ – By Paul A Philips

Source – newparadigm.ws – “…In many American states it is now illegal to donate food to the homeless. If caught, pending your involvement, you could be heavily fined.  Those in a church at Dundalk, Maryland found this out the hard way. The church was fined a whopping great $12,000 for letting the homeless sleep overnight…

HIGH SOCIETY: Britain Reclassifies CBD Oil as Medicine, While America Throws It in With Heroin

Source – hightimes.com – “…Gerald Heddell, director of inspection and enforcement at MHRA, told Sky News: “The change really came about with us offering an opinion that CBD is in fact a medicine, and that opinion was based on the fact that we noted that people were making some quite stark claims about serious diseases…

REALPOLITIK: ‘Military Over-Reach’, The Legacy of the “Democrat” – By Manlio Dinucci

Source – voltairenet.org – “…Stamping the failure of the core strategic objectives: Russia, cornered by the new cold war triggered by the putsch in Ukraine and by ensuing sanctions, struck Washington by surprise, intervening with the use of force to support Damascus. This prevented the Syrian state from being taken apart, the fate [allotted to]…

DEAD MEN DON’T TALK: False Claims & Uninvestigated Murders – By Michel Chossudovsky

Source – globalresearch.ca – “…Professor Michel Chossudovsky reminds us that the hacked emails were about the DNC and Hillary campaign’s theft of the Democratic presidential nomination from Bernie Sanders, which had nothing whatsoever to do with Russia”: (False Claims & Uninvestigated Murders – By Michel Chossudovsky) President Obama in the course of his last few…

REALPOLITIK: By Way Of Deception Thou Shalt Lose Your Empire

Source – unz.com – “…Since a truly free and independent media is central to a functioning democracy, then the total corruption of the media in the US is also the proof that this country does not have a functioning democracy”: (By way of deception thou shalt lose your Empire) “For nothing is hidden that will…

DAS KAPITAL: A Billionaire Working Class Hero is Something to Be

Source – strategic-culture.org -(EN: …Obama’s decision to maintain Hank Paulson as Treasury Secretary was an ominous sign of things to come, or better stated  – “…not to come”, for his toothless Wall Street initiatives – all bark and no bite. The vultures are again circling America’s deeply wounded democratic corpse – Is Trump a Con…

AMERIKA: ‘The Radical Jesus’, How Would the Baby in a Manger Fare in the American Police State? – By John W. Whitehead

Source  – rutherford.org – “…Either way, whether Jesus had been born in our modern age or his own, he still would have died at the hands of a police state. Indeed, as I show in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, what Jesus and other activists suffered in their day is…

AMERIKA: ‘The Heist’, Who Stole the American Dream and How We Can Get It Back

Source – stuartjeannebramhall.com –  “…Guided by the Powell Memo, right wing Democrat Bill Clinton repealed the Glass Steagall Act,***, deregulated derivatives trading, gutted the Federal Communication Commission’s authority to regulate media monopolies, and sped up the outsourcing of US jobs through the enactment of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)”: (The Heist: Who Stole the…

AMERIKA: ‘Trumpocalypse’, Suddenly Liberals Are The Ones Stockpiling Food, Guns And Emergency Supplies – By Michael Snyder

Source – theeconomiccollapseblog.com – “…The Liberal Gun Club”, and since Trump’s victory it has experienced a huge surge in membership…Lara Smith, national spokesperson for the Liberal Gun Club, says her organization has seen a “huge” rise in enquiries since November’s election and a 10% increase in paid members”: (‘Trumpocalypse’, Suddenly Liberals Are The Ones Stockpiling…