Changing the old system.
Intellihub - 12/17/13, John Vibes
Last month it was revealed that a number of billionaires received government welfare in the form of farm subsidies. David Rockefeller was among the dozens of billionaires working the system for government subsidies, taking over $11 million of tax money.
The report, released by the Environmental Working Group revealed that the federal government paid $11.3 million in taxpayer-funded farm subsidies from 1995 to 2012 to 50 billionaires or businesses in which they have some form of ownership.
The billionaires who got the subsidies have a collective net worth of $316 billion, according to Forbes magazine.
The Telegraph - 12/18/13, Nick Squires
Business Insider - 12/18/13, Joe Weisenthal
The latest is that BTC China, the big Bitcoin startup there, announced that it could no longer accept deposits in the local currency.
This makes sense. One of the big things that everyone was talking about was how Bitcoin made for the perfect tool to circumvent capital controls (restrictions on getting money out of the country).
Salon - Michael Warren, AP, 12/17/13
New corruption allegations are swirling around the Argentine president, who ordered her personal secretary to read a blistering statement Tuesday accusing the nation’s leading newspapers of lying and defaming her “in the best style of fascism.”
The scandal centers on Lazaro Baez, an old friend and business partner of President Cristina Fernandez and her late husband, President Nestor Kirchner. “Austral Construcciones” and other Baez companies have won many public works contracts during the Kirchners’ decade in office.
Press TV - 12/16/13, AGB/AGB
Days later, I was told my government had made me stateless and wanted to imprison me. The price for my speech was my passport, but I would pay it again: I will not be the one to ignore criminality for the sake of political comfort. I would rather be without a state than without a voice.
If Brazil hears only one thing from me, let it be this: when all of us band together against injustices and in defense of privacy and basic human rights, we can defend ourselves from even the most powerful systems.
The Independent - James Cusick, 12/16/13
It's sometimes said in Scotland that you can't escape from the past and, like sand clinging to wet feet, it's carried around as a burden. Just how uncomfortable the burden can be will be evident in important rooms in Edinburgh, London and Washington during the next week or so as governing politicians, distinguished lawyers, high-ranking police officers, intelligence officials and interconnected diplomats continue nearly a quarter of a century of denial and obfuscation. The conversations may be similar because the inconsistent official explanation of how and why a Boeing 747 was blown out of the sky above the Dumfries town of Lockerbie on 21 December 1988 remains a truth too far.
Detroit Free Press - 12/16/13, Todd Spangler
General Motors Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson rejected any suggestion that the company pay an extra $10 billion to cover the gap between taxpayers’ investment and what the U.S. Treasury recovered from selling its GM stock.
In short, Akerson contended Treasury officials took the same risk assumed by anyone who purchases stock.
Intellihub - Derrick Broze | Houston Free Thinkers | December 16, 2013
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Express - 12/18/13, Peter Allen and John Twomey
Diana was killed in a car crash in 1997 [PA]
Following a four-month review, the Yard has today said there is “no credible or relevant evidence” that the elite soldiers were involved.
But that has been branded as a "whitewash" by al Fayed's legal team, who say the grieving father is convinced that one day he will be proved right.
Global Research - 12/16/13, Stephen Lendman
It's about advancing America’s imperium. Parenti calls the process “the most powerful force in world history over the last four or five centuries. (It) “carves up whole continents.”
“(T)he dominant politico-economic interests of one nation expropriate for their own enrichment the land, labor, raw materials, and markets of another people.”
Capitalist imperialism differs from earlier forms. It dominates other economies and political systems. It accumulates enormous amounts of wealth.
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