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Using data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau, the ACLU has determined that nearly 2/3 of the entire US population (197.4 million people) live within 100 miles of the US land and coastal borders. The government is assuming extraordinary powers to stop and search individuals within this zone. This is not just about the border: This "Constitution-Free Zone" includes most of the nation's largest metropolitan areas.
Compiling a list of the 10 Worst Wall Street Actions of 2013 should be easy – there are so many to choose from! The problem is, it often takes years to see which financial activities and innovations have been the most destructive and destabilizing. Therefore, the following should be considered merely a sample of the ways Wall Street has maneuvered, manipulated, defrauded and deceived people during the past year.
Just days before John Kennedy took office in 1961, President Dwight Eisenhower famously warned about the dangers of its growing “military-industrial complex.” At that time, neither leader could have foreseen how prophetic those words would become.
Project Censored invites you to tune in on Friday, November 22, to a very special four-hour series of the Project Censored Show on Pacifica Radio, as co-hosts Peter Phillips and Mickey Huff pull back the veil of official-narrative history regarding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy 50 years later. The series takes a hard look at what the facts of that fateful day suggest– that Lee Harvey Oswald was not a lone gunman, and likely did not kill JFK. With in-depth interviews featuring cutting-edge researchers, Phillips and Huff hope to raise awareness of the flaws in the Warren Commission Report, to highlight the known facts of the JFK assassination, and to amplify the call for government accountability (for example, to win release of the many still-secret documents about the assassination, especially those involving the CIA).
From 2008 to 2010, Boston and eight surrounding cities and towns installed surveillance cameras provided by a grant through the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Urban Areas Security Initiative.
Innocent Americans are being tracked every day. If you own a vehicle, you are being tracked by law enforcement. Automatic license plate readers, mounted on police cars or on objects like road signs and bridges, use small, high-speed cameras to photograph thousands of plates per minute. The information captured by the readers – including the license plate number, and the date, time, and location of every scan – is being collected and sometimes pooled into regional sharing systems. As a result, enormous databases of innocent motorists’ location information are growing rapidly. This information is often retained for years or even indefinitely, with few or no restrictions to protect privacy rights.
Nationwide, rising health prices are straining family budgets, driving families to spend less on other areas or forgo required medical care. In 2010, approximately 15% of Americans stated that they did not see a doctor due to cost.[i]
Ten mega corporations control the output of almost everything you buy; from household products to pet food to jeans.
Have you ever been online and suddenly had the feeling that someone other than the NSA was watching you? The good news is that you’re not crazy. The bad news is that your personal information is being harvested for profit by thousands of companies that you’ve probably never heard of. Thanks to new software developed by Mozilla called Lightbeam, users will now have the ability to pinpoint which third-party companies are tracking their online activity.
In 1985 Monsanto purchased G.D. Searle, the chemical company that held the patent to aspartame, the active ingredient in NutraSweet. Monsanto was apparently untroubled by aspartame's clouded past, including a 1980 FDA Board of Inquiry, comprised of three independent scientists, which confirmed that it "might induce brain tumors."
As you read this sentence, dirty energy companies are out there willingly and selfishly distorting facts and sowing doubt for their own short-term benefit. To overcome the unimaginable influence they have, we need a lot of heroes. Luckily, we already have them by the thousands, in every corner of the world. What the movement needs now is a way to radically amplify those voices and make it appealing for others to join in the fun.
Do democracy and plutocracy mix? Bill Moyers has spent years digging into the corrosive effects of money and corporate influence on American politics, a well-traveled intersection that has become all the more significant in the aftermath of the 2010 Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling. How far back does the influence go and how much does it corrupt our democracy today? Explore these current issues with help from leading thinkers, investigative journalists and scholars.
Scan a barcode with the Buycott app and it will look it up in our database and try to determine who owns it. Buycott will then trace the product's ownership back to its top parent company and cross-check this company against the campaigns that you've joined before telling you whether it found a conflict.
When Wall Street collapsed the economy in 2008, one company eager to buy public assets from cash-strapped governments proclaimed, "Desperate governments are our best customer!” Across the country, for-profit companies are engaged in a hostile takeover of our schools, roads, prisons, drinking water, and even government itself. CMD's "Outsourcing America Exposed" project will give taxpayers the tools they need to identify these privatizers and profiteers, their eye-popping salaries, the "fine print follies" contained in their contracts that put taxpayers on the hook -- even for work not done -- and how taxpayers can take back control of public assets and public services.
Simply put, the big idea behind the Robin Hood Tax is to generate hundreds of billions of dollars. That money could provide funding for jobs to kickstart the economy and get America back on its feet. It could help save the social safety net here and around the world. And it will come from fairer taxation of the financial sector.
Our energy comes from 6,000 power plants which together produce about 40 percent of the country’s carbon dioxide emissions, the main greenhouse gas driving climate change. But a handful of very large, very dirty plants are responsible for a disproportionate share of the problem.
1. Lee Oswald was given a nitrate test after his arrest, and it proved that he had not fired a rifle that day.
An Alabama businessman and the Republican National Committee want the Supreme Court to throw out “aggregate contribution limits.” The case is called McCutcheon v. FEC.
Seen from a satellite, an industrial feedlot has a sort of abstract beauty. The washes of colors, the juxtaposition of organic and rigid geometries, initially obscure the subject. Then comes the realization: That’s where our food comes from.
Americans are slowly waking up to the sad fact that much of the food sold in the US is far inferior to the same foods sold in other nations. In fact, many of the foods you eat are BANNED in other countries.
To many, going car-free is a cornerstone of living a shareable life. To many others, going car-free would be tough. American society, in particular, pivots around cars and the personal freedom they promise. Cars feel like a birthright here. Whether it's for commuting, running errands or the vacation road trip, having our own car is what we know.
Recent news reports exposed how the National Security Agency has been collecting millions of Americans' phone data and online communications. Here's how we got from the terrorist attacks of 9/11 to the massive domestic spying operations of today:
The Center for Public Integrity was founded in 1989 by Charles Lewis. We are one of the country's oldest and largest nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organizations. Our mission: To serve democracy by revealing abuses of power, corruption and betrayal of public trust by powerful public and private institutions, using the tools of investigative journalism.