Our lawsuit says that the N.S.A.’s mass surveillance of Internet traffic on American soil — often called “upstream” surveillance — violates the Fourth Amendment, which protects the right to privacy, as well as the First Amendment, which protects the freedoms of expression and association. We also argue that this agency activity exceeds the authority granted by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that Congress amended in 2008.
Sheldon Adelson: Dangerous American Oligarch behind Bibi Netanyahu ~ link ~ We have allowed our democracy to become simply a farce; to have such a man effectively control the America Congress because of his money and Zionist connections. That is totally shameful on us as America citizens!!! What Mr. Adelson does not understand, and no doubt could care less about, is that America does not exist to serve his tribal fancies about controlling the Mideast and the world, but exists for the PEOPLE of America!!! Stirling
That a handful of extraordinarily rich and powerful oligarchs as well as mega-corporations have completely hijacked the American political process is hardy news. It’s been the key topic of discussion here at Liberty Blitzkrieg and elsewhere for many years (see: New Report from Princeton and Northwestern Proves It: The U.S. is an Oligarchy).
What makes their control so effective is the use of an army of lobbyists, lawyers, Super PACs and bought and paid for politicians to do their dirty work, thus employing an opaque network of well-heeled minions created to conceal who is really pulling the strings.
Of all the commentary written about Netanyahu’s embarrassing political stunt in front of the U.S. Congress last week, the most important angle was largely overlooked. That is, it sort of represented a coming out party for the American oligarch from behind the curtain.
Chinese island building in the South China Sea ~ link ~ Reminds me of what the Japanese did on many Pacific islands just before and during WWII. Stirling
The Great American Middle Class extinction: 95% of new homes are being built for the rich or poor ~ link ~
It either indicates the pace with which the middle class is shrinking in raw numbers, or indicates the level of government assistance so many have come to rely upon. Modern communities are often planned from top-down, giving builders incentives, grants and fee waivers to build low income single-family homes and “mixed-use” developments, with no incentive or even negative incentives (higher costs, increased zoning fees and permit paperwork) to build homes for those statistically stuck in the middle class.
Nearly at "Full Employment"??? Ten reasons why the US Unemployment Numbers are a Massive Lie ~ link ~ link ~
We have more people unemployed in America today than ever before and the real unemployment rate is hovering around the same levels as the Great Depression. Nearly one in four Americans are unable to find work, but according to the statistics being released by the government and parroted by the mainstream media, we are now at ‘full employment’ in this country. The nearly 50 million Americans on food stamps and over 90 million people who are not in the workforce might disagree.