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GLENN GREENWALD- With Liberty and Justice for Some -Pt 1 - YouTube - 0 views

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    Part 1: The definition of "Rule of Law".




    Glenn Greenwald speaks about America's two-tiered justice system and why he wrote his latest book, "Liberty and Justice for Some". (Available on Amazon.com: http://amzn.to/tAANlP)




    Recorded at Claremont-McKenna College on 4 November 2011.
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The People's Press: Doctors March with Occupy Portland & Plant 558 Crosses for Healthca... - 0 views

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    Hundreds of protesters attended a rally after which they planted 558 crosses, representing the 558 uninsured Oregonians who die each year because they lack health care. 
    The group marched peacefully in two large groups along the sidewalks stopping for traffic. They proceeded without incident, and without a single police officer to escort or obstruct them to Pioneer Square.
    Following his apology for misleading citizens in a statement regarding the alleged rape of a teenager Police Chief Reese said: "Our Incident Commander Mike Leloff met with protestors before a march and asked if they wanted a police escort. When they told him no, he asked that they self-police their event and obey the law; police would only respond if there were complaints. The march participants agreed, and the event proceeded without any problems, or a police presence"
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Occupy Wall Street: Michael Moore connects the federal government to encampment raids -... - 0 views

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    Keith and filmmaker and activist Michael Moore discuss the early-morning raid on New York's Occupy Wall Street encampment in Zuccotti Park. Noting that the movement will be revitalized by the setback, Moore also stresses that the federal government has been involved with coordinating the strategy and tactics of the raids that took place across the country over the past 48 hours: "This is not some coincidence. This was planned and I think the question really has to be asked of the federal government and of the Obama administration. Why? Why? Why are you participating in this against a non-violent mass movement of people who are upset at what Wall Street and the banks have done to their lives?"
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We Stand With the Majority of Americans: Human Needs, Not Corporate Greed | October 2011 - 0 views

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    A large majority of the American people consistently support the following agenda:

    Tax the rich and corporations
    End the wars, bring the troops home, cut military spending
    Protect the social safety net, strengthen Social Security and improved Medicare for all
    End corporate welfare for oil companies and other big business interests
    Transition to a clean energy economy, reverse environmental degradation
    Protect worker rights including collective bargaining, create jobs and raise wages
    Get money out of politics
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Glenn Greenwald On "America's Lawless Elite" | On Point with Tom Ashbrook - 0 views

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    Glenn Greenwald studied law and spent ten years as a litigator in federal and state courts across the country. Now he's a big two-fisted progressive blogger and columnist for Salon.com. And he's out with a blistering critique of what has happened to American law. We've stopped applying it to everyone, says Greenwald.

    We've carved out an exemption for Americans in the halls of power. We've created what Greenwald calls a "lawless elite" that is running roughshod over our economy and national policy. Over American law.

    This hour On Point: Glenn Greenwald, and liberty and justice for some.
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Book release: With Liberty and Justice for Some - Salon.com - 0 views

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    I'm genuinely excited today to announce the release of my new book, With Liberty and Justice for Some: How the Law is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful. As of this morning, it is available in bookstores as well as for shipping online.
    The book focuses on what I began realizing several years ago is the crucial theme tying together most of the topics I write about: America's two-tiered justice system - specifically, the way political and financial elites are now vested with virtually absolute immunity from the rule of law even when they are caught committing egregious crimes, while ordinary Americans are subjected to the world's largest and one of its harshest and most merciless penal states even for trivial offenses. As a result, law has been completely perverted from what it was intended to be - the guarantor of an equal playing field which would legitimize outcome inequalities - into its precise antithesis: a weapon used by the most powerful to protect their ill-gotten gains, strengthen their unearned prerogatives, and ensure ever-expanding opportunity inequality. This is how I described that development in the book:
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What is Debt? - An Interview with Economic Anthropologist David Graeber « nak... - 0 views

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    David Graeber currently holds the position of Reader in Social Anthropology at Goldsmiths University London. Prior to this he was an associate professor of anthropology at Yale University. He is the author of 'Debt: The First 5,000 Years' which is available from Amazon.

    Interview conducted by Philip Pilkington, a journalist and writer based in Dublin, Ireland.
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Occupy Portland | In Peaceful Solidarity with #OCCUPYWALLSTREET - 0 views

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    Occupy Portland is a nonviolent movement for accountability in the United States government. At 12PM on October 6th, 2011 we will assemble at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, 1020 Southwest Naito Parkway in Portland, OR.
    We will gather in solidarity with the ongoing protest in New York City, Occupy Wall Street, and the growing number of cities whose people will no longer sit back watching corporate and special interests run their government. We are citizens of the United States, and this country is ours. We will take it back.
    It is no longer enough to vote and to participate in the political system because our political system has been altered drastically from its intended and proper function. Currently, we are allowed to pick from a few candidates whose campaigns are funded more and more by large organizations, corporations, and special interests. The success of their campaigns depends entirely on how the corporate mass media presents them. When our elected officials enter office they then pander to the small groups responsible for their election. Even good men and women cannot make real improvements that benefit the American people.
    We are one city in a growing national movement of people who no longer feel that their government works in their best interest. We will assemble on October 6th to demonstrate peaceful, substantive democracy and work for real change.
    Our government is divided. We, the people, are united.
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Contrary Brin: "Allocation vs Markets" - an ancient struggle with strange modern implic... - 0 views

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    Criticism is the only known antidote to error
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When the Mafia Can't Compete With the Chamber of Commerce - 0 views

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    I've written frequently on the national regulatory state as a source of monopoly rents to big business.  But the true nature of regulation as a naked power grab by incumbent businesses is nowhere more apparent than at the local level. At the lower levels of government, conventional, brick-and-mortar business establishments are heavily involved in using regulatory enforcement to shut down low-cost competition.
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They Died in Vain; Deal With It | Common Dreams - 0 views

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    Many of those preaching at American church services Sunday extolled as "heroes" the 30 American and 8 Afghan troops killed Saturday west of Kabul, when a helicopter on a night mission crashed, apparently after taking fire from Taliban forces.  This week, the Fawning Corporate Media (FCM) can be expected to beat a steady drumbeat of "they shall not have died in vain."

    But they did.  I know it is a hard truth, but they did die in vain.
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Want to cut big government abuses? Start with defence contracting | Michael Shank | Com... - 0 views

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    We have the evidence: the hardpressed US taxpayer is being fleeced by profiteering contractors and corrupt military personnel
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Al Gore on Why Washington Is Broken | Countdown with Keith Olbermann - 0 views

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    As leaders make a final push late Monday to pass a final debt deal and cut federal spending, voters aren't exactly cheering. Americans call the budget impasse "ridiculous," "disgusting" and "stupid," according to a new poll. In this extended interview,  Keith consults with former Vice President and Current TV Chairman Al Gore on why our government is in real trouble.
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