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Uncovering the mainstream media lies

Lies My History Teacher Told Me Why Americans Believe That Bombing Hiroshima Was Necessary

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By Gary G. Kohls August 02, 2015 “Information Clearing House” – “LewRockwell” – August 6, 2015, is the 70thanniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, a civilian city that had minimal military value, despite the claims of President Truman when … Continue reading

At New York Observer, Trump’s Too Close to Cover–but Promoting Publisher’s Real Estate Is No Problem

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By Jim Naureckas Global Research, August 03, 2015 FAIR 2 August 2015 As Huffington Post pointed out, Donald Trump was once a central figure in the cast of characters covered by the New York Observer. The Huffington Post‘s Michael Calderone (7/28/15) had a piece … Continue reading

UK Labour Party Leadership Candidate Jeremy Corbyn Backs Boycott of Israeli Universities Involved in Arms Research

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By Asa Winstanley Global Research, August 03, 2015 Electronic Intifada 2 August 2015 Palestinian refugees “deserve their right to return home.” Yannis Mendez Jeremy Corbyn, the surprise frontrunner in the leadership election for the UK Labour Party, says he would impose … Continue reading

The Quadrillion Dollar Derivative Debt and the “Bail-in”: When you Deposit Funds in a Bank, it Becomes “Their Money”

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By Bill Holter Global Research, August 03, 2015 The world is awash with “promises”. Nearly everything we think of as having “value” is because of a promise behind it. A few examples; your bank accounts, retirement funds, bonds and even … Continue reading

Study: US Congress Literally Doesn’t Care What You Think

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Global Research, August 03, 2015
Represent.Us 30 April 2015

House-Representatives-400x266by Represent.Us

Have you ever felt like the government doesn’t really care what you think?

Professors Martin Gilens (Princeton University) and Benjamin I. Page (Northwestern University) looked at more than 20 years worth of data to answer a simple question: Does the government represent the people?

Their study took data from nearly 2000 public opinion surveys and compared it to the policies that ended up becoming law. In other words, they compared what the public wanted to what the government actually did. What they found was extremely unsettling: The opinions of 90% of Americans have essentially no impact at all.

This video gives a quick rundown of their findings — it all boils down to one simple graph:

Note: All sources linked at the bottom of this page

Princeton University study: Public opinion has “near-zero” impact on U.S. law.

Gilens & Page found that the number of Americans for or against any idea has no impact on the likelihood that Congress will make it law.

“The preferences of the average American appear to have only a miniscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.”

One thing that does have an influence? Money. While the opinions of the bottom 90% of income earners in America have a “statistically non-significant impact,” Economic elites, business interests, and people who can afford lobbyists still carry major influence.

Nearly every issue we face as a nation is caught in the grip of corruption.

From taxation to national debt, education to the economy, America is struggling to address our most serious issues. Moneyed interests get what they want, and the rest of us pay the price.

They spend billions influencing America’s government. We give them trillions in return.

In the last 5 years alone, the 200 most politically active companies in the US spent $5.8 billion influencing our government with lobbying and campaign contributions.

Those same companies got $4.4 trillion in taxpayer support — earning a return of 750 times their investment.

It’s a vicious cycle of legalized corruption.

As the cost of winning elections explodes, politicians of both political parties become ever more dependent on the tiny slice of the population who can bankroll their campaigns.

To win a Senate seat in 2014, candidates had to raise $14,351 every single day. Just .05% of Americans donate more than $10,000 in any election, so it’s perfectly clear who candidates will turn to first, and who they’re indebted to when they win.

In return for campaign donations, elected officials pass laws that are good for their mega-donors, and bad for the rest of us.

Our elected officials spend 30-70% of their time in office fundraising for the next election. When they’re not fundraising, they have no choice but to make sure the laws they pass keep their major donors happy — or they won’t be able to run in the next election.

Sources

Gilens and Page, “Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens,” Perspective on Politics, 2014.

Washington Post, “Rich People Rule!” 2014.

Washington Post, “Once again, U.S. has most expensive, least effective health care system in survey,” 2014.

Forbes Opinion, “The tax code is a hopeless complex, economy-suffocating mess,” 2013.

CNN, “Americans pay more for slower Internet,” 2014.

The Hill, “Sanders requests DOD meeting over wasteful spending,” 2015.

CBS News, “Wastebook 2014: Government’s questionable spending,” 2014.

The Heritage Foundation, Budget Book, 2015.

The Atlantic, “American schools vs. the world: expensive, unequal, bad at math,” 2013.

CNN Opinion, “War on drugs a trillion-dollar failure,” 2012.

Feeding America, Child Hunger Fact Sheet, 2014.

New York Times, “Banks’ lobbyists help in drafting financial bills,” 2014.

New York Times, “Wall Street seeks to tuck Dodd-Frank changes in budget bill,” 2014

Sunlight Foundation, “Fixed Fortunes: Biggest corporate political interests spend billions, get trillions,” 2014.

Sunlight Foundation, Fixed Fortunes database, 2015.

Copyright Represent.Us 2015

http://www.globalresearch.ca/study-congress-literally-doesnt-care-what-you-think/5466723

Ukraine launches Islamization by creating Muslim Battalion

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Ukrainian president’s envoy for the Crimean Tatars people, Mustafa Dzhemilev, announced the creation of a “Muslim battalion.” One should not minimize the threat of unleashing ethnic and religious wars in the former Soviet Union: Turkey is standing behind Dzhemilev’s actions. … Continue reading

UN breakthrough on sustainable development: Poverty eradicated by 2030

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Pravda.Ru photo archive The post-2015 Millennium Development Goals can be translated into “Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. Welcome to the UNO’s plans for a new sustainable development agenda, described as a historic turning point and the … Continue reading

Russian Brokered High Level Syria-Saudi Arabia Discussions: Al Assad’s Security Adviser meets Saudi Deputy Crown Prince

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By Ghassan Kadi Global Research, August 01, 2015 Intibah Wakeup 31 July 2015 “The miracle meeting” has happened. The Syrian chief of the office of home security general Ali Mamlouk has visited Riyadh and met with the Saudi deputy Crown … Continue reading

TPP Ministerial Deadlock.”Good News for People on the Planet”. Worldwide Opposition to Trade Deal

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By Stephen Lendman Global Research, August 02, 2015 Friday’s fourth/dubbed “final” ministerial attempt to reach agreement failed. Global Trade Watch Director Lori Wallach called it a “Maui (Hawaii) meltdown.” Congress went on five-week summer recess with lots of unfinished business … Continue reading

Asylum Seekers and Migrants to the EU are the Victims of US-NATO-EU Wars

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“Swimming Against the Tides”: EU Response to Irregular Migration through the Mediterranean Sea By Geneva International Centre for Justice Global Research, August 01, 2015 Geneva International Centre for Justice Geneva International Centre for Justice released on 27 July 2015 its … Continue reading

Armed American Soldiers to be Deployed in Ukraine: Arrested in Vienna Airport

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By Sputnik Global Research, August 01, 2015 Sputnik 30 July 2015 The soldiers carried assault rifles in their luggage, but had no approval, Kurier reported. A few days ago, a group of American soldiers caused a security alert at Vienna’s Schwechat airport. … Continue reading

John Perkins : The Economic Hitmen

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A great illustration on how corporations take control of countries, and how capitalism drives the expansion of the Military Industrial Complex. Made by Studio Joho who have allowed me to upload their video. Check out their website –http://www.studiojoho.com

Posted November 28, 2013

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article36999.htm

The TPP Trade Agreement, Sovereignty, and Secrecy. Economic Dislocation, Environmental Degradation

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By Binoy Kampmark Global Research, July 31, 2015 “National security secrecy may be appropriate to protect us from our enemies; it should not be used to protect our politicians from us.” Margot E. Kaminski, NYT, April 14, 2015. It’s coming to … Continue reading

Questioning The Left: Current Leftist Theory and the Collapse of the Left. How to Rebuild Leftist Policies

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By Devon Douglas-Bowers Global Research, July 31, 2015 Below is a transcript of an email interview I did with writers Gregory Smulewicz-Zucker and Michael J. Thompson who co-authored the article “The Treason of Intellectual Radicalism and the Collapse of Leftist Politics” which appeared in the Winter … Continue reading