Documents expose how Hollywood promotes war on behalf of the Pentagon, CIA and NSA

[Media]
Documents expose how Hollywood promotes war on behalf of the Pentagon, CIA and NSA
By Tom Secker and Matthew Alford
Posted July 22, 2017

Plato's cave and HollywoodTom Secker and Matthew Alford report on their astonishing findings from trawling through thousands of new US military and intelligence documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.

The documents reveal for the first time the vast scale of US government control in Hollywood, including the ability to manipulate scripts or even prevent films too critical of the Pentagon from being made — not to mention influencing some of the most popular film franchises in recent years.

This raises new questions not only about the way censorship works in the modern entertainment industry, but also about Hollywood’s little known role as a propaganda machine for the US national security apparatus. US military intelligence agencies have influenced over 1,800 movies and TV shows. More…

Spotlight On … Hospicare and Palliative Services of Tompkins County

[Community]
Spotlight On … Hospicare and Palliative Services of Tompkins County
By Rob Montana
Posted July 22, 2017

local organizations helping the communityNon-profit organizations are plentiful throughout Tompkins County, and make a big impact in our communities. Despite their contributions, area non-profits can sometimes go unnoticed or unknown. In an effort to shine a spotlight on those who are making a difference in our county, Tompkins Weekly will be showcasing these organizations on a regular basis.

This week we are highlighting Hospicare and Palliative Services of Tompkins County, a community resource that provides hospice care to people with terminal diagnosis, relief during illness and bereavement support for people who are grieving a loss.

Our mission is to bring medical expertise and compassionate, respectful care to people and their loved ones at any stage of a life-threatening illness and to provide information and education about advanced illness, dying, and bereavement to the entire community. More…

Too often the main stream media focuses on things that are wrong, but not on all of the wonderful things that are right in society. This series of articles takes a refreshing look at success stories.

Mercenary Firm TigerSwan Applies for License to Operate in Louisiana

[Justice]
Mercenary Firm TigerSwan Applies for License to Operate in Louisiana
By Karen Savage
Posted July 21, 2017

mercenaries protecting corporationsTigerSwan, the mercenary firm under fire in North Dakota for using counter-terrorism tactics against water protectors opposing Energy Transfer Partners’ Dakota Access pipeline at Standing Rock, has applied for a license to provide private security in Louisiana.

While the application process does not require the firm to indicate who they will be working for, Energy Transfer Partners spokesperson Alexis Daniel said the pipeline company anticipates work to begin on the Bayou Bridge pipeline in the third quarter of this year.

The Bayou Bridge pipeline is the southern leg of Energy Transfer Partners’ Bakken pipeline system, which includes the now-complete Dakota Access pipeline. If built, the 163-mile Bayou Bridge pipeline will run from Lake Charles to St. James Louisiana, cutting through 11 Louisiana parishes and crossing 700 bodies of water. More…

Court House Doors Will Reopen for Millions of U.S. Consumers

[Justice]
Court House Doors Will Reopen for Millions of U.S. Consumers
By Pam Martens and Russ Martens
Posted July 21, 2017

Richard CordrayYesterday, Richard Cordray, the Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) that was created in 2010 under the Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation, did what few Americans thought he would dare to do: he stood up to threats of being fired; threats of backlash from Wall Street titans; threats of having his agency’s budget gutted; and Congressional threats of being put on a leash by a commission appointed by the President. Despite all of these threats and more, Cordray issued the final rule that allows consumers who have been defrauded in financial transactions involving credit cards and bank accounts to have access to file a group action (known legally as a “class action”) using the nation’s courts.

The rule mandates the following wording in bank account and credit card contracts: “You may file a class action in court or you may be a member of a class action filed by someone else.” More…

Financial Weapons Of Mass Destruction: Top 25 U.S. Banks Have $222 Trillion Of Exposure To Derivatives

[Economic]
Financial Weapons Of Mass Destruction: Top 25 U.S. Banks Have $222 Trillion Of Exposure To Derivatives
by Michael Snyder
Posted July 20, 2017

derivatives are economic weapons of mass destructionThe recklessness of the “too big to fail” banks almost doomed them the last time around, but apparently they still haven’t learned from their past mistakes. Today, the top 25 U.S. banks have 222 trillion dollars of exposure to derivatives. In other words, the exposure that these banks have to derivatives contracts is approximately equivalent to the gross domestic product of the United States times twelve.

During the great financial crisis of 2008, derivatives played a starring role, and U.S. taxpayers were forced to step in and bail out companies such as AIG that were on the verge of collapse because the risks that they took were just too great.

But now it is happening again, and nobody is really talking very much about it. In a desperate search for higher profits, all of the “too big to fail” banks are gambling like crazy, and at some point a lot of these bets are going to go really bad. More…

5 Reasons America Should Not Fight Iran, Russia and Assad in Syria

[Political]
5 Reasons America Should Not Fight Iran, Russia and Assad in Syria
by Aaron David Miller and Richard Sokolsky
Posted July 20, 2017

US should not over reach in the Middle East The idea du jour circulating inside the Trump administration and among terrorism experts and Syria watchers alike is that ISIS cannot be destroyed in Syria unless Bashar al-Assad is removed from power and Iran’s presence and influence are drastically curtailed. And in a perfect world, this indeed would be the best possible outcome to prevent ISIS and other jihadi groups, including Al Qaeda, from ensconcing themselves there.

But needless to say, the Middle East isn’t a perfect world. U.S. retaliation against another chemical-weapons attacks, as the White House threatened late Monday, would be both necessary and justified. (Assad and his military would “pay a heavy price,” the statement read.) But pursuing an ambitious mission against Iran, Assad and the Russians in Syria is dangerous, imprudent and unnecessary to protect vital American security interests. Here are five compelling reasons why. More…

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