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  im a writer not a biter
Posted by: IllTres - 03-04-2016, 11:26 PM - Forum: Videos - No Replies

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  Rubio scandals..
Posted by: IllTres - 03-04-2016, 04:42 PM - Forum: Videos - No Replies

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  Clinton-Backed Honduran Regime Is Picking Off Indigenous Leaders
Posted by: IllTres - 03-04-2016, 04:37 PM - Forum: General Presidential Race Area - No Replies


The Clinton-Backed Honduran Regime Is Picking Off Indigenous Leaders
The names of Berta Cáceres’s murderers are yet unknown. But we know who killed her.
By Greg GrandinTwitter
Yesterday 12:53 pm

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Berta Cáceres (Photo courtesy of the Goldman Environmental Prize)


Hillary Clinton will be good for women. Ask Berta Cáceres. But you can’t. She’s dead. Gunned down yesterday, March 2, at midnight, in her hometown of La Esperanza, Intibuca, in Honduras.
Cáceres was a vocal and brave indigenous leader, an opponent of the 2009 Honduran coup that Hillary Clinton, as secretary of state, made possible. In The Nation, Dana Frank and I covered that coup as it unfolded. Later, as Clinton’s emails were released, others, such as Robert Naiman, Mark Weisbrot, and Alex Main, revealed the central role she played in undercutting Manuel Zelaya, the deposed president, and undercutting the opposition movement demanding his restoration. In so doing, Clinton allied with the worst sectors of Honduran society.

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  The Clintonian War on the IG Watchdogs
Posted by: IllTres - 03-04-2016, 04:30 PM - Forum: General Presidential Race Area - No Replies

Bill Black: The Clintons Have Not Changed – The Clintonian War on the IG Watchdogs
Posted on March 4, 2016 by Yves Smith
By Bill Black, the author of The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One and an associate professor of economics and law at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Originally published at New Economic Perspectives
Secretary Hillary Clinton is asking Democratic voters to believe that she has experienced a “Road to Damascus” conversion from her roots as a leader of the “New Democrats” – the Wall Street wing of the Democratic Party.  When exactly this conversion occurred is never stated, but an interesting fact has emerged that demonstrates it did not occur during her service as the Secretary of State.  A Wall Street Journal story provides the key facts, but none of the analysis.
Quote:Newly released emails indicate that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her top staff were involved in the selection process for the State Department’s internal watchdog, a position that ultimately went unfilled throughout her four-year tenure.
The WSJ’s angle is that such involvement in the selection of the Inspector General (IG) is a threat to the IG’s vital independence.  True, and also true as the story notes that Hillary was far from rare as an agency or department head in seeking to select behind the scenes the supposedly independent IGs.


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  Primary voter vs General Election voter
Posted by: IllTres - 03-04-2016, 01:36 AM - Forum: General Information Area - No Replies

When you consider Trump's brand and style, it doesn't take long to see it is much more popular with the general election type voter of either party than with the primary voters of either party who take their politics and pundits seriously. Trump's status as a wealth symbol probably goes way beyond even billionaires far richer than he is, to the average American. The kind of people who watched the Apprentice. His appeal as a symbol of success and power will pull millions of average gen elec voters and even more so the typical nonvoters. 

We have been hearing for years about voter apathy, but Trump's pro wrestling style of campaigning is going to bring them out in droves. All along their apathy was just the product of bad messaging, campaigns crafted by wonks and overpaid nitwits. If Trump appeals to talk radio listeners, how much more so to bling-fascinated reality show viewers and drama lovers of all ages and sexes. America, thy name is Trump. 

And behind it all is the best political option we've had in decades...

Keep that vest on, Donald, and bob a lot.

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  Stone: Romney Acting Like a Bitch
Posted by: IllTres - 03-04-2016, 01:21 AM - Forum: Videos - No Replies

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  Dissappointment: Trump Not Illuminati :(
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  Wall Street Looter Larry Summers Attacks El Trump
Posted by: IllTres - 03-04-2016, 12:03 AM - Forum: General Presidential Race Area - No Replies


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  America's Ruling Classes: No Fear, No Caution, No Prudence
Posted by: IllTres - 03-04-2016, 12:00 AM - Forum: General Presidential Race Area - No Replies


America's Ruling Classes: No Fear, No Caution, No Prudence
March 3, 2016
Could it be that America's ruling classes, its Imperial state and the Federal Reserve, no longer rule their own destiny?
America's smug ruling classes are supremely confident: they feel no fear, no caution, and exhibit no prudence.
I outlined the five ruling classes in America's Nine Classes: The New Class Hierarchy.
The Deep State is confident that its Imperial toady Hillary Clinton will win the election, beating the Upstart Crow, paving a smooth path to unhindered Imperial entanglements around the world. Hillary never saw an Imperial entanglement she didn't like, and her track record of abysmal failure doesn't faze her.
The Obama Administration, from the president on down, are confident their thin legacy will remain untarnished, and will provide them a cash-out in the tens of millions in book advances, speaking fees, and all the other rewards that flow to those who served the Financial Oligarchy and the Deep State.
The Financial Oligarchy is also supremely confident. Obama's complete surrender to the Oligarchy in 2009 enabled a vast expansion of their wealth and power, and Goldman Sachs Hillary stands ready to do her masters' bidding.
The New Nobility (everyone between the .001% and the .05%) is also confident that the Federal Reserve will continue inflating their private wealth by whatever means are necessary--up to and including expropriation of middle class savings via zero interest rate policy and other financial tyranny.
The Upper Caste of technocrats that have skimmed billions in government contracts and stock options in Silicon Valley's Unicorn era are also supremely confident: thanks to the Federal Reserve, they can borrow money for essentially zero interest and use the free money to buy back millions of shares, boosting their own private wealth immensely.
The flim-flam of "innovation" will continue to sell their shares and their gadgets, and their dominance of New Media guarantees they have a lock on the devilishly effective soma of distraction, social media, mindless mobile gaming, etc. that persuades the debt-serf masses that they love their servitude.
The State Nomenklatura is also smugly confident that their privileged spot at the bloated Federal trough of trillions is guaranteed: wealthy lobbyists are buying multi-million dollar McMansions in the cultural wastelands of Northern Virginia (the gaudy ugliness of the homes matching the pretensions of the Nomenklatura), contractors are billing taxpayers billions for questionable services to the National Security State, and public union employees are confident that the Federal government will bail out their unaffordable pension and benefits plans once their local Democratic machines have stripmined the taxpayers and bankrupted what's left of the local government.
This is hubris on an unimaginable scale. If there was any karmic justice in this Universe, all these classes would be ground into the dust of an era that they thought would last forever--an era doomed by their smug confidence that nothing could ever threaten their privileges, wealth and power.
Here's an interesting chart (courtesy of mdbriefing.com) of financial profits as a percentage of GDP and the ratio of debt to GDP. In the virtuous cycle of rapidly expanding financialization/credit, expanding debt pushes growth as measured by GDP (a misleading measure, but that's another story).
The cycle has reversed and is now unvirtuous: more debt is not pushing GDP higher, hence the declining ratio. Adding debt is not generating growth. Diminishing returns have grabbed the parasitic, predatory monster of financialization by its surprisingly vulnerable neck.
Meanwhile, financial profits are cratering. Wait, how could this be happening? Where's the Federal Reserve? Wave your wands, do some more magic!
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Could it be that America's ruling classes, its Imperial state and the Federal Reserve, no longer rule their own destiny? Could their smug confidence be their undoing?
Only two things could upset the ruling class apple cart: a financial crash that the Fed can't stop, much less reverse, and Donald Trump winning the presidency.

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  Welcome to the Jungle
Posted by: IllTres - 03-03-2016, 11:59 PM - Forum: General Presidential Race Area - No Replies

There is one great positive-sum game in all of human economic history -- trade. But there are periods of time in human history when this core engine of growth and prosperity falters, when it becomes, at best, a zero-sum game of equal winners and equal losers. We are entering one of those times.

Why? Because this is what ALWAYS happens as independent nations struggle with the domestic political consequences of massive debt. Debt begets wealth inequality. Wealth inequality begets political polarization. Political polarization begets shocking electoral outcomes as the median voter theorem fails and shocking market outcomes as the central tendency fails. So go ahead ... ask Nate Silver how well his electoral models are working. Ask any Fed staffer how well their econometric models are working. Democracy is hacked, not in the sense of some Mr. Robot f-society conspiracy, but in the sense of what Sen. Lindsey Graham appropriately calls “bats**t crazy” domestic political behavior, behavior that ALWAYS emerges under these circumstances. It happened in the 1870s. It happened in the 1930s. It's happening today. As George Soros would say, I'm not expecting it. I'm observing it.

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