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coming up on our t.v. trying to end the crisis in ukraine through diplomacy in geneva is there a diplomatic solution to the growing tensions a report from switzerland straight ahead. and russian president vladimir putin took part in a q. and a with the press he even got a question phone and it's a whistleblower edward snowden on the topic of surveillance more on that coming up . and the pentagon defends its budget from suggested cuts as the u.s. military plans to potentially leave afghanistan was too much spent on supplies brought there and on to exclusive look that later in the show. it's thursday april seventeenth five pm here in washington d.c.
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islands and friends are watching our team america. far away emergency talks have wrapped up in geneva switzerland aimed at resolving the deepening crisis in eastern ukraine top diplomats from ukraine russia the united states and the european union spent around seven hours wrestling through a compromise to the situation which has been called the worst east west crisis since the end of the cold war just a short time ago president obama spoke about the u.s. response to the crisis in ukraine from the white house military. options are not on the table in ukraine. because this is not a situation that would be amenable to a clear military solution. meanwhile violence worsened in the days before the talks in the southeastern city of matter real or reprogram militants died and thirteen or wounded when ukrainian troops repelled an attack on a national guard base in the black sea port according to tear your ministry in donetsk declared chairman of the people's council said he wants
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a referendum by way eleventh to ask residents if they wanted sovereignty and in slovyansk pro russian militants are firmly in control the us has promised to send non-lethal military aid to ukraine which includes medical supplies how much water purification units and power generators are earlier i spoke with are to his going off from geneva and asked him to take us through what happened during these diplomatic talks while this meeting lasted for over seven hours which is frankly much longer than initially expected but perhaps that just shows how significant and complicated the situation in ukraine really is but in the end the participants of the meeting here in geneva were able to draw up a road map aimed at easing. tensions there in ukraine and it includes of the demands for all the illegal armed groups in ukraine to put their weapons down and. vacate or free the buildings that we've captured we also have to refrain from any further violence or provocations also an amnesty must to be
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granted to all the protesters except for those who are found guilty of capital crimes and the current of the region kiev must provide an effective and transparent constitutional reform which would up hold the rights of all the regions in the kind she both in the west it's especially in the east and southeast of the country which is currently one of the most turbulent regions of ukraine it does look good on paper but the question is how effective will this roadmap be in real life since there are many sticking points for instance. many of these armed groups are simply out of control and just a look at the no right sector for instance one of the most radical nationalist organizations there in ukraine which basically was one of the main forces behind the recent uprising and one of the main forces which actually drove the current of gordie's in kiev to power it's a question of how much control do these authorities have over them right now also
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when it comes to refraining from further violence and provocations while the gap between the southeast of ukraine and kiev is so wide right now in the hands of the tensions are so high they could even be cold hatred between these armed groups is so strong it's a question of would this amnesty even if it was introduced would that be enough to force them to stop the violence put their weapons down and so on and finally there's a big question is how effective would this constitutional reform be knowing that the current of those in kiev who are very skeptical of this meeting here in geneva all together so in other words would they actually follow this road map even though it's also bland so that the whole situation there and how this would be put in real life this road map it's supposed to be controlled by the international community or including by the always sea organization for security and cooperation in europe its representatives are there in ukraine right now but like i said there are so many
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sticking points that even if this road map does a look on paper it's a question of how effective would it be in real life well as the o.s.c. is on the ground that is going to start taking steps to tamp down the violence that we've seen what about the economic sanctions we've seen batted around and threatened regarding the situation well this is another aspect of this whole story which perhaps isn't so much a link to the situation there in ukraine itself but is more about political games between the west and russia says will furred from u.s. secretary of state john. here in geneva following these stocks blaming russia for much of what's happening in the southeast of ukraine talk i'm talking about these pro russian armed groups of course but it is a big question of how relevant that is to the actual of how relevant blaming russia is to the actual situation there in ukraine and it's also a question of what i was talking about the control how much control or whether any
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control does moscow have any control over these armed groups pro russian even armed groups in that part of the country also washington is talking about the whole issue of sanctions how much is that it's relevant to the situation in ukraine itself since they're talking about either more sanctions and more pressure on moscow if the situation continues to deteriorate or they might lift some of the sanctions if it becomes better but perhaps in what many analysts have been saying they should really be focused and they do have a lot of influence on the new authorities in kiev right now and perhaps they should be more focused on stopping the violence stopping the bloodshed and then thinking about sanctioning moscow all right artistic arcus kind of in geneva thank you very much in light of the violence in eastern ukraine the u.s. state department has updated its travel warnings urging citizens to defer non-essential travel to the country and all travel to sensitive regions including
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crimea the ukrainian government has also restricted russian men between the ages of sixteen and sixty from entering this comes as and of protesters launched a new wave of seizures the latest on that airport which is reportedly now under their control artie's with the national reports on what could have triggered the move. tensions continue to escalate here in ukraine's east and south and according to latest media reports the airport in the city of donetsk where we are now was taken under the control of anti government forces and we know that tells you cranes special police unit code is broken also participated in these operations and there are also reports that if police at ministration didn't prevent the forces from here doing this a new and very unexpected development meanwhile ukraine in the forty's have banned all russian male citizens from sixty to sixty years old and also ukrainian citizens but registered in crimea as simferopol a stop on from entering the ukraine in charge or this what we hear from the
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country's border control clear believes that's mosco is behind cultural unrest here in this part of the country and apparently they think that this measure these restrictions could minimize the risk that's potentially mosco made a threat there are many journalists now here in this country covering the situation so we have been able to speak to one of one of them who has been at the scene in this what he told us. of the when a group of about one hundred locals approached the airport chanting unsee government slogans you know they were only civilians old self defense forces there were a lot of women and they didn't have any military gear they have been outraged by kiev's decision to ban russian men age from sixteen to sixty from entering ukraine they say they're not going to believe these rules and they currently staying in the terminal yet none of the services have been disrupted yet. that was a report from. during
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a televised question and answer session lattimer putin address the crisis in ukraine what russia's role has banned and will continue to be he also received a video call for n.s.a. whistleblower edward snowden who wanted answers about and programs russia may have that snoops their citizens online information our teams correspondent tells us more from moscow talking about the situation in the south and east of ukraine like the middleton came up with stern criticism. and said that the only way out of this situation is by means of a dialogue and did not spare any words to describe the situation in south east of the country and gives involvement but he. calls from people in the south east to lay down arms i tell my partners in kiev it's a great cool tool the army away from the civilians first shoot you completely out of your mind a.p.c.'s tanks artillery against who are you going to use the artillery and the aircraft that a lot of questions came in regarding the situation in crimea the referendum and
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sensational idea put in admitted that those were indeed russian troops on the ground in crimea but this was the only way for the referendum to be held and to avoid any sort of bloodshed we had to take measures to prevent the situation from developing the way it is now in eastern ukraine with tanks and well armed radical nationalist of course behind the self-defense units of crimea and we had servicemen they acted very reasonably but at the same time decisively and professionally. in another peculiar question coming from well known former n.s.a. whistleblower edward snowden came during this session he asked whether russia is conducting a mass online surveillance and asking for. personal data online said that of course certain cases like that exist but this is done only upon a decision of a court and russia has no mass cases of online surveillance. that was our t. correspondent alexy or chef ski from moscow. i've heard snowden's backers aren't
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backing down when it comes to handing over his sensitive information to the government love a bit the encrypted email service used by snowden has lost its appeal to get a contempt of court ruling applied earlier dropped the government had issued an order to access medal dated from an account thought to be snowden's well daryn levison founder of lavabit refused to comply and was then found in contempt of court the government had previously forced him to provide encryption keys to his security e-mailing service as part of its investigation into snowden this then forced him to shut his business in order to avoid violating his privacy agreement with customers archie spoke to the founder a short time later. the goal of the love bit encryption system was to remove lava bit from the surveillance equation by not allowing us to get access to users information well we realized based on what happened that just because i don't have access doesn't mean the feds can't gain access the judge who denied the appeal said
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that the court's decision was made because of a procedural error in the appeal. while the pentagon is not too keen on plans to cut the world's most expensive military budget and a report released this week the u.s. department of defense says plans to cut the military budget by fifty billion per year through two thousand and twenty three would leave the u.s. gambling with military readiness and a statement the state department or i'm sorry the department of defense said overall the report says sequester level cuts would result in a military that is too small to fully meet the requirements of its strategy thereby significantly increasing national security risks both in the short and long term these budget cuts will be made to what is by and large the most expensive military in the world in two thousand and thirteen the u.s. made up thirty seven percent of all global military spending and while sequester ation is reducing those expenditures the drawdown of troops in afghanistan is also bringing down spending but as artie's megan lopez reports there's still
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a tank load of military money sitting in the desert of afghanistan we're talking right now probably at least twenty to thirty thousand people involved just simply in the breaking down of moving equipment back to united states. it's the countdown to drawdown at the end of the year nearly all u.s. troops will leave afghanistan before they head out the military must decide what to do with everything from microwaves to m. raps. ship scrap or sell them but while pentagon officials are largely confident in the afghan national army capability. what we have seen increasingly is afghan forces that are capable of assuming the lead there are major concerns about leaving the equipment behind like they did in iraq. or the u.s. left six hundred million dollars were the military equipment to iraq which included vehicles armed to transport soldiers and tanks and some armored vehicles like humvees but iraq as per reports from the u.s.
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military equipment worth ten billion dollars that's because iraq had a well established army before the u.s. intervened. i served in the former iraqi army as a general in the air defense force i worked until the fall of baghdad the iraqi army before us invasion had great capabilities especially after the iraq iran war afghanistan's army on the other hand was loosely comprised of local tribes before the u.s. stepped in and still struggles to perform missions on its own before the u.s. intervened the afghan army really did not exist to the extent that it does today the afghan national army is essentially one of the first efforts in afghanistan to build up a national security institution language barriers also make handing over the equipment to the afghans difficult because it was designed for english speakers but beyond language more than half of the afghan security forces are functionally illiterate they can't read street signs they can read maps and this is
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a big problem a huge problem for any military institution any security institution particularly a national national army whatever is left to the army also risks being stolen by the taliban i think there's a very. wrong fear in washington that would probably not be admitted publicly that a lot of these large heavy weapons tanks helicopter gunships things like that they could very easily end up in the wrong hands in a country like afghanistan as the pentagon tries to find a new home for some of its heaviest equipment it's also looking to afghanistan's neighbors like pakistan india and uzbekistan as possible buyers pakistani officials have expressed keen interest in acquiring the army's mine resistant ambush protected vehicles or m. wraps for short but in a region rife with distrust kabul complains the weapons could just as easily end up in the wrong hands and has demanded the u.s. not to provide equipment to pakistan
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a request in washington has largely complied with even if some is a fire by these countries there will still be a lot left behind. the u.s. brought in fast food franchises like burger king and dairy queen and over six billion dollars worth of everyday items things like tables in desks and microwaves much of it will be scrapped we built little americas if you will in these countries that's why you have so much there we've made life very comfortable for ourselves with the assumption that we would stay do you think that we brought too much equipment to afghanistan are absolutely but it was only when we decided that we were going to make the afghan people more like us. and when we decided we're going to bring all of america to them as when we had this huge influx of technology of equipment and other things which really i would argue put us in harm's way more than actually help resolve this current situation but former marine david reece disagrees after being a guy on the ground and i did three tours in iraq what that does for the military
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mission is it gives you the flexibility to prosecute ops you know conduct your mission. not just a single way based on the equipment you have the closer the u.s. most of that december deadline of the more pressure of the military. we will be under to either ship scrap or sell these relics of war it isn't only a question of who will get the equipment but what will be done with it as these so called little america has or over three hundred military bases and all move back to afghan hands in front of the pentagon as arty. geologists in ohio have found earthquakes beneath the appalachian mountains may be caused by fracking a state investigation into five tremors last month in the youngstown area found that the process of injecting sand water and chemicals into the ground to release oil and gas could have triggered the quakes this is the first time tremors in the region and linked to this part of the fracking process earlier studies had only link quakes to the disposal of fracking wastewater into deep injection wells which
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altered pressure points causing the earth to shift in response to the findings ohio officials will start implementing stricter fracking whirls beginning friday seismic monitoring equipment will be installed in new drilling sites near no fault lines and or with a history of seismic activity and if a one point zero magnitude or greater tremors felt drilling will be paused for evaluation if a link to fracking is pinpointed the operation will be halted the findings are likely to send regulators across the nation to watch the ohio study for learning how this could impact the drilling industry. a year ago fifteen people were killed and more than two hundred were injured when a fertilizer plant exploded rocking the tiny town of west texas the blast destroyed hundreds of homes in the small town causing one hundred million dollars in damage making it one of the most costly chemical disasters in u.s. history a year after the tragedy the city is still a long way from recovery archie was among the first news agencies on the scene
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there archie's ramon galindo shows us how the town is trying to rebuild and heal. the life of thousands of people were transformed in an instant phone the explosion at the west fertilizer company the house lifted up and. i got my kids and we're headed out the door in the hallway and the room and sudden explosion and the windows blew in and everything there was the house structure next door that was fully engulfed it was total chaos i mean it was people just running screaming and hollering you know running into the streets coming out their homes people just shocked residents vividly recall the horror fifteen people died in the disaster most of them were first responders the. fire trucks were part of the mangled metal left behind at the blast site a nearby school in a senior homework good hit by the force of the explosion in
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a town of less than three thousand people almost everyone knew one of the victims did you know any of you that responded with initially all of that all of them just hadn't been able to hear back that any of them might. know. my son sammy and then when you know we're we're alive today because you know they're there heroic actions p.i.d.s and his family lived a half mile from the fertilizer plant a year later he has rebuilt his home but many of his neighbors are still trying to repair the emotional damage so when you sit back and reflect on things then it kind of kicks in like well it will really go through just. like a scene out of a movie you know was real tough there's some people that are stuck west mayor tommy muska claims out of the more than two hundred homes that were destroyed one hundred thirty eight have been rebuilt two schools were badly damaged in the explosion they've since been demolished but haven't been rebuilt students go to class and temporary facilities the school district received a twenty million dollar grant from fema in the heart of the lone star state the
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tiny town is now considering a new fertilizer plant. mayor muska told residents that a new facility would be made with steel and concrete the ammonium nitrate behind last year's explosion was stored in wooden bins the u.s. chemical safety board investigated the west explosion. early do you believe it is because you know we have. impacted a community you know the country maybe i mean and place the united states created. here you were with. the agency's chairman rafael moray iraq so worries that more chemical accidents are waiting to happen in other parts of the country or you have to the disaster west the question remains what lessons have been learned the chemical industry is vital to the u.s. economy but federal investigators claim that facilities were told hazardous materials such as fertilizer plants and oil refineries could be potentially
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dangerous to thousands of communities across the u.s. those facilities include ones like the chevron refinery in richmond california where a huge fire in two thousand and twelve sent toxic fumes into the air sickening thousands of people in the san francisco bay area the chemical safety crisis was again exposed when it chemical spill in west virginia contaminated the water for hundreds of thousands of people we really have too many troops to. be saved and to call it is too grim distance from happening in texas alone at least seventy four other sites have large stores of the potentially explosive ammonium nitrate according to the dallas morning news twenty thousand people live within a half mile of the sites the state fire marshal has suggested changing the way chemicals like ammonium nitrate are stored but business minded lawmakers have been resistant to new regulations while regulators and policymakers wrestle about how to make their city safer the residents of west remember the victims.
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when an explosion went off. everybody in the neighborhood with a chip on each other not even thinking that there may be a second explosion there you go all that's the kind of people that live here when it's people who don't care about any harm or about their own as much as they care about their neighbors that's what kind of people do live in with us and these people i'm proud to be a neighbor zero which may still be a long way from full recovery but they're free of each other keeps them marching forward ramon valley in the party. and in maryland following a major prison guard corruption scandal and baltimore governor martin o'malley has signed several new pieces of legislation designed to curb abuses the laws are supposed to prevent the smuggling of contraband into prisons by guards and to make it easier to investigate guards suspected of such violations this legislative push
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follows a scandal in which twenty seven baltimore jail guards were indicted for aiding criminal operations within the jails headed by the so-called black a real a family present gang which operates a nationwide prisons the guards were charged with for example smuggling prohibited items into the jails like drugs and cell phones several guards were found to have had sexual relationships with the inmates some of which resulted in pregnancies under one of the provisions guards caught smuggling a cell phone into a prison could be subject to up to five years locked up and a three thousand dollars fine and other part of the law makes it easier to suspend officers without pay immediately upon being caught in possession of contraband while there were objections from the guards union that immediate suspension without pay was a violation of due process rights the bill passed with bipartisan support and minimal debate the laws will also provide for the hiring of one hundred more correctional officers and for some facility upgrades. well pillock surprise winning
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novelist gabriel garcia marquez has died today according to a family spokesman best known for his nine hundred sixty seven masterpiece the epic hallucinatory novel one hundred years of solitude he also penned autumn of the patriarch and love in the time of cholera he was born in colombia but spent thirty years living in mexico he won the pulitzer nineteen eighty two he was the first colombian and fourth latin american to win the world's most prestigious literary award what does it for now for more of the stories we cover go to you tube dot com slash r t america check out our web site also r t dot com so she lets say you can also follow me on line on twitter at lindsay france. the washington well it's a mess. there's a. prophecy of going to sleep tonight doesn't do too much for ad revenue biotech agriculture giant saw
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a seventy six year old american farmer to the studio fallout do you think he's going to create for the cia do you think this is what's triggering a great facilities to the world it's also the largest debtor nation in the history of the prettiest set is mostly of alternatives to the status quo want to give real sense of what's what and where the american dream is that actually we're just trying to survive it's time for americans and lawmakers in washington to wake up and start talking about the real cause of. the spars forces. elitists explosions and the finish line of the marathon. costs.
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life the ills of. the i've recently announced that they're planning on hiring six thousand people with cyber security. skills in the next two years to hack for them they'll work with close support of the n.s.a. and will be tasked with defending the us against major cyber attacks to which i say good luck with that because the us is having a huge problem getting any hackers to work for them at all right now the u.s. government has often programs where they give qualified candidate incentives to
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take these hacker jobs that no one seems to want them the biggest such program is called cyber corps which started in two thousand it's basically a scholarship that covers tuition books and professional development at it includes a cash stipend of twenty to thirty thousand dollars a year after school recipients serve in government for the same length of time as they receive funding which is about two to three years usually it's a sweet deal but in the almost fifteen years of its existence the program has only managed to recruit just fifteen hundred or so people provide for security government jobs one hurdle is that participants must be u.s. citizens so right off the bat that eliminates more than seventy percent of those perceive the master's degrees in computer engineering at u.s. schools because seventy percent of kids going to have their schools here are poor and another factor is that the government can't offer as much pay as the private
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sector the last online listing for a cyber analyst job at the f.b.i. was posted in two thousand and thirteen and it advertised a salary of between thirty three and fifty four thousand dollars a year anyone going to school for hacking will know that they can earn double that at least in the private sector how they can just get a job at a private company that contracts to the u.s. government and make of bucket loads more dough so both of those are very good reasons for kids not signing up to hack for the u.s. government but it could also be that you know people who like to hack don't want to work for the u.s. government because it treats hackers worse than rapists locking them up for decades . our government does despite the fact that it is pretty much the worst criminal hacker on the planet so it's no wonder that no one wants to hack for the us government maybe if they revised their own hacking and spying protocols they'd have a better chance at finding those pics thousand five or six european workers i hope
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they do because with the reputation they're building they're going to need all help they can get tonight let's talk about that by piling man twitter at the president. and. i would rather ask questions to people than positions of power instead of speaking on their behalf and that's why you can find my show larry king now right here on our t.v. question for. i
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am the president and i think a society that gets i think corporation kind of can consume can do i think the banks try to call them all about money and i think that's really sick for a politician writing the laws and regulations that bankers are. just too much is a society. that. well it will it has a report on mike's keyser you know the english novelist painter and poet john birger once said the poverty of our century is unlike that of any other it is not as poverty was before the result of natural scarcity but of
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a set of priorities imposed upon the rest of the world by the rich consequently the modern poor are not pitied but written off as trash today we're going to look at some of that trash stacy yes max apparently you know in the united states they call them trailer trash and trailer parks are the new big investment for wall street charlie park's laura wall street investors looking for double wide returns first of all the numbers so roughly six percent of americans lived in mobile homes in two thousand and twelve according to the u.s. census bureau until recently billionaire sam zell and a few other investors who run real estate investment trusts had the market to themselves and in fact on a twenty twelve conference call. sam zell said that we'd like to all the god belief nature of the business yeah this is these are tranmere parks right these are the people that are kind of pushed to the edges of the town and they live in a trailer park and that phrase trailer trash of courses
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a popular phrase to refer to. otherwise known as white trash really. and so this is a hugely profitable business hugely profitable and in fact will go over the economics now of why wall street investors are getting into it because there is a there's a sort of stench they think normally these are wall street investors to getting involved with anything to do with poor people in their ugly homes so here we say that many counties in the u.s. have banned or discouraged construction of new trailer parks because the inhabitants are poor pay little taxes and drain reese. source's yet demand is higher than ever because so many people never got back on their feet after the recession so they in fact talked to one guy david. he's a former mortgage backed bond salesman and he said that he owns four trailer parks in georgia but he said that he's noticed that until two thousand and eight most people coming into his parks were moving up. they owned nothing before buying
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a trailer now since two thousand and nine he said half of his residents have come to him from conventional homes moving down so this is downward mobility especially you know for years that was i was upwardly mobile in the u.s. but now you know the upper the mobile story is been eclipsed by countries in northern europe for example it's much easier to be upwardly mobile in finland city norway sweden than it is in the united states where it's becoming really the path of least resistance is to become downwardly mobile as the economy continues to get drained of its vitality by these wall street program traders or high frequency traders or house flippers or trailer trash flippers whatever wherever there is a way to abuse the market manipulate the market in the swoops these jackals yeah and i guess that would also suggest that two thousand and nine was peak america
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because that's when they're starting to downwardly mobile people into trailer parks from homes they previously lived in homes remember that was the american dream part of the american dream is everybody could own a home now the other thing about this is so not only do you have restricted supply because nobody wants these poor people in their area right well on top of that the beauty of a trailer park for its owners anyway is that once a tenant truck's home to a site then lowers it onto a pad as it's known in the business and hooks up to their electricity and septic system he's on likely believe it costs at least five thousand dollars to move a home a sign that trailer dwellers rarely accumulate more than once says frank rolfe who is one of these investors in these trailer parks and he says we're like a waffle house where everyone is chained to the booths and this is what he said telling people to get into this business you can't lose well you know on the show.
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the present business has been privatized and turned into an extraordinary opportunity for a wall street financier as the financialization of privatization of the prison industry corrections core of america being the biggest in the us now we see the privatization and securitization and financialization of ghettos so this is meant world war two the wausau ghetto where it was famously created by the nazis too to push people into the ghetto out of out of the towns where they had all the while still and now wall street is creating especially trailer park ghettos and is becoming an investment vehicle i've often said that if you know goldman sachs that had an opportunity to take auschwitz public that they would have done so it's just that the the mechanism at that time was not available but now i see wall street taking trailer trash public trailer parks probably ghettos public i mean this is this trend is only going to get worse so here's the american dream over in america where they have these trailer parks six percent of the population live in
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a waffle house and with it in which there chained to the booths consuming these waffles all day and the only way out is to give the guy the tollbooth operator after door five thousand bucks and you'll never be able to accumulate five thousand dollars why because you're chained to the booth at the waffle house so this is what the american dream has become a people join the idea of being chained to a waffle house but of course there is a limit to how many while falls will be allocated to the developers of the waffle house booths of some point the waffles you get thinner and that are pretty subtle syrup will run out and you'll be what you'll be chained to a waffle us waffle house which is you know the equivalent to the haitians eating mud pies now bad guy frank rolf he does run a thing called the mobile home university where for one thousand eight hundred dollars he could teach you how to get into this business and make twenty percent returns but in fact it's very difficult to find these mobile home parks to buy
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because sam's. well owns most them is something like seventy one thousand five hundred of them so it's impossible to get into the market because as i said there's no new ones but there is there is you know some investors are feeling more like they want to improve the lives of these people there and they're like better of these trailer park owners they say dan weissmann dad and davis laughter take pride in improving the lives of residents and some of the more rundown parks they've bought and they say owning trailer parks has taught them what it's like to be poor in america many tenants can't get bank accounts because they have wretched credit instead they use prepaid debit cards that charge a fee of as much as four dollars to load just twenty dollars on to them it's expensive to be poor slacker says he goes on to say that the biggest eye opener to him was that at finding out how so many capable people have been banished to poverty by simple mistakes so he uses those people to be his enforcers in these
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in these ghetto trailer parks where he goes he sends them to collect the money from the the residents but he's saying it's simple mistakes this is the american dream where you get chained to a waffle table waffle that while full house because of some stupid mistake you made well i'm assuring me of my simple mistakes i mean this fella slacker obviously is suffers from narcissistic paranoia complex coupled with the availability of ultra low cheap credit who can then create these slum dwellers to be half of his income recipients and he in fact is part of the reason why you have the slums and ghettos in america by people abusing the system becoming a rent class becoming overlords on a permanent underclass the stud developing in america these people will never rise out of the ghetto out of the trailer trash because they'll never have access to education they want to access to rice civil rights human rights they want of access
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to the concept. the declaration of independence i have access to nothing there's simply cobbs in a wheel spinning in a waffle house generating income for schlatter on his wall street sharpies who are basically pathological liars but in the gather financialization that are buttressed by a bank of england in the federal reserve bank that are answer to no one but their own narcissism. right but you know he does point out some of the mistakes in the next story we're going to go into is uncovering some of these sort of mistakes that can land you in poverty for it turn eternity the rest of your life anyway and john birchers the rest of his quote that you started off with goes that the twentieth century consumer economy has produced the first culture for which a beggar as a reminder of nothing because there's no sense to it is just random mistakes that you forgot to read the small print or you didn't know about the small print because it was invisible visible in perhaps by some too big to fail bank so you go on to the next story where pensioner fights bullying parking i as it takes
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a thousand drivers a week to court so there's this company run by capita which is one of these outsourced companies that the government outsource is all the services of the private privatized industry to them but they've been handed all these parking garage lots you know as we call them in america car parks as they call them here national health service and all the and very supermarket chains but they've been like bombarding people with court orders to demand to pay but this week this past week northumbria health care and h s foundation trust terminated its contract with parking eye at its three hospitals in north and north tyneside because it says visitors found the system difficult and it caused anxiety to our patients and visitors and we have acted on this so they go over these people being dragged into court because of an overly complex system which is just simply parking your car between two yellow lines and yet they add all of the small print all sorts of signs to confuse people and then people end up getting you know visser a good financially and end up in some trailer park. right well the problem with
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capitalism is that eventually you run out of other people's money to steal which is equally true of capitalism what margaret thatcher said about socialism is that they're both bankrupt ideologies at the end of the day you see that now with the capitalist rise post socialist britain and you have the advent of now the financialization securitization of every single cent of the public domain to the detriment of all and i mean if this guy like actor and others were allowed to merge biotechnology and financialization they'd be taking having people's left long go to war with their right lung and to try to buy out the right lung and replace it with a kidney and have that kidney collateralize to pump the stomach to create the liquidity to do and leverage buyout of the brain and then we're going to dissect the brain and we're going to give it as the income producing bio natural assets to keep the
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heart pumping so at the end this is a frankenstein monster of basically vivisection gone wall street with parts of human bodies scattered on the tabletop the dr frankenstein getting iffy on all this vivisection and amputation and dissembling and nevertheless all the people involved are on the table and scrappy pz are in ghettos or being having at experimentation on them done by the same cheap credit field from frankenstein modeled investment bankers who again are pumped to life by the cheap credit from the central bankers who are the ultimate purveyor of this kind of capitalism slash fatalism yeah and or they end up chained to a table at a waffle house and you know if this capital firm they meet eight million pounds profit on twenty five million pounds income just on running the sort of service that is not profit it's not profit it's just they make they they stay stole it's
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a capitalist my. this place is stealing money because that what they leave behind is a scorched earth that it's completely an operable those trailer parks are now the next step for those people the prison and then the incinerator that's the way fascism works capitalism in it's and game and that's what we see in the united states these people are going to be said out to the private to the late on the leverage buyout auschwitz like conditions in america thanks to goldman sachs j.p. morgan and the rest of wall street but we got to go thanks ok i'm going to walk all right states over the second half a whole lot more. crosstalk
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rules in effect that you can jump in anytime you want. welcome back to the kaiser report i'm max kaiser time that it started out of a cloud of gold money dot com our welcome back to the kaiser report that's my
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special mix all right i want to talk about the shanghai cooperation organization the asked see a lot of people don't really understand what's going on with this organization talk a little bit about it well it's very important because china and russia set up the c.e.o. and everybody thinks china is the main player may will be up for all i know but it started off as a security agreement because at the time i think back and run by the year two thousand. the russians were worried about the chechens and all the rest of us in the chinese have a very very disparate population of some forty different ethnic groups they're worried about potential disruption amongst them so it made sense to start it off with the security operation and this move from the into an economic cooperation across border infrastructure projects for example hydro electricity from siberia to china real ways roads and so on so if there is comes up as that recently with the crimea then ukraine we understand that china and russia are talking
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about doing creating a trade zone in that area to start trading energy in something other than the u.s. dollar so then this plays of course into gold so we've got three points of the triangle here we've got this as. it at the recent activities in ukraine as relates to a chinese or. russian eurasian trade bloc emerging and how related to gold but just first of all am i correct in saying that the s e o the shanghai cooperation organization dovetails pretty seamlessly into this new eurasian trade zone that have sprung up in the wake of ukraine crimea situation yes the trade route zone already exists. i mean i would say the difference between the e.u. and the shanghai cooperation organization is that when a chinaman or russian turns up on your doorstep it doesn't tell you how to behave and then say can we trade he says can we trade that very much is the asian ethic if
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you like the trade ethic and it not only includes them that there are very important countries queuing up to join this lot cruise iran so that takes them on to the persian gulf it also includes india for example in the us another one point three billion people that's right thing in much of india because india has jumped over to support russia recently so india is not in the u.s. pocket they're not in the pocket they're very much part of the s.c.l. china russia trade zone is that correct that's correct and i think if it's almost as if the asian nations are beginning to look into themselves for their future rather than looking towards the west and i think that's a very very important point to understand. of course that means getting out of the dollar. which means a bigger emphasis on gold and china in reading of stuff recently they've been accumulating a lot more gold than i think most people understand yes that's right i mean on the
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currency front first of all china and russia have always wanted to get away from trade settlements in dollars and we saw last year in the tail end of last year so many trade visits from the u.k. and they were all going to talk about how do we get more liquidity into the chinese currency trading in london and so on so forth london is the place of choice with hong kong it's natural next rather than new york and the americans have been frozen out of this almost entirely which is a very interesting point and i think behind it all is this desire to get away from using the dollar and i made a film stacey here and i did call the death of the dollar which featured james stark over there gold money dot com as well and at that time iraq was fire oh i get out of dollars trade oil in euros and we know. happened to iraq iran of course talking about trading oil and something other than the dollar we know that all the sanctions that are on iran market obvious libya talking about praying and africa
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and gold backed currency to get out of the dollar is gone so. is this going to be the relationship to break through the u.s. dollar policy which according to dr michael hudson or catherine austin fits it's a currency backed by the pentagon and take our dollars or we blow you up is this going to be finally a breakthrough i think that the policy of trying to persuade you know trying to attack people by saying we will not permit you to trade in the dollar is something that you might be able to use very sparingly once or twice but it's becoming so frequent that actually i think it's going to drive the dollar out of trade settlement with chinese yuan is already the second largest settlement currency for cross border trade it is even more used than the euro so it is the bones of it already and then we get this gas deal between gazprom and china as far as i'm concerned. basically russia is has come to an agreement with china that you know
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here's another outlet for. russia's gas so if let us say that if they don't sell it yeah it's a done deal basically i mean this sort of thing has been in the works for a long time is the whole reason for the shanghai cooperation organization. the timing from moment to moment you can't predict but i think it was an absolute dead cert that this is the way russian energy policy was going anyway and then of course the other thing you mentioned iran russia will become if you like the handler for all iran's all if she's not already so and that makes her is not a good goes around the sanctions and it makes it makes russia even more powerful in the energy field she is already herself the world's largest energy exporter and at the center saudi arabia headed. saudi arabia and at the same time america with shale oil on all the rest of it we're told that america is now going to you know become a net exporter of energy i don't know whether that's true or not but the point is
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that the demand for energy from america is definitely dropping and will continue to fall so that changes the balance of interests in saudi arabia saudi arabia's main client is no longer america it is now trying or and the rest of the eurasian continent so again we see everything in your ratio if you like in particular the asian but all sort of moving in together and they're all working together that is where the future is cooperating with each other rather than trading with america and western europe you know who keep on putting conditions on the on the basis of trade start at zero dollars. nine hundred thirty one america defaulted on those bonds as i play and they close the gold wonder they want out of the petro dollar which is that relationship in saudi arabia in america the quid pro quo will study the oil it's got to be in dollars that's been a modern history are we entering into a post petro dollar world and would it be better oh yeah there are petro ruble what
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would you call it well it's definitely post petro dollar because as i've just said you know a rape is if you like the gulf region is going to be exporting minister america is already exporting less to america so there is less use for the dollar. how the currencies work out at the end of the day i really don't know what i do know is that the gulf region is a very very big owner of gold i know china is a very big owner of gold places like turkey and iran are also beginners of gold and russia is also a recent little recently big owner of gold so gold is common throughout it i don't necessarily see gold converse ability being put into these currencies because otherwise these currencies will go up very substantially against the dollar i think it is more likely they will continue to try and manage the currencies against the dollar but they have got gold if you like is the backstop for payment. it gives confidence if you like behind the overall creed between the countries they did a lot of bilateral currency swaps between these countries i guess now looking back i wouldn't call it really the petro dollar it's the saudi dollar with which emerged
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after nine hundred seventy one so we're living from the saudi dollar which as you know are around was you know arabian oil american oil i mean it was a serious merger of these two interests an hour into post saudi dollar we're into some kind of new dollar diminishment of a of a currency that's backed you know primarily by these assets of natural gas and finally even if people have been saying let's get a asset backed currency a natural resource backed currency looks like we're heading in that direction which brings us of course back to gold so you're talking about certain gold being trapped as they say what is this all about well china has. acquired an awful lot of gold i mean a lot more than we think in the west. i have calculated that since two thousand and eight including two thousand and eight to two thousand and thirteen something like thirteen thousand tonnes has been acquired by china and its people off that around
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about four thousand tonnes of being acquired by the government itself they've had mine production before that period as well which is probably added another two or three thousand tonnes to it so what we can see is that the has been huge huge demand ok so they're approaching you know what is on by the continent india yes absolutely i mean we don't know how much india it was a twenty thousand times as the number bandied about i think you've now got three real sort of gold census you've got from the petro dollar time going back in the seventy's you've got. the arab nations including saudi arabia you've got india and you can also go to china and don't forget the chinese diaspora i mean they behave in the same sort of way as far as everyone. in asia is concerned gold is if you like the family pension fund and that's why they acquire it is a completely different mindset from what we're used to in these markets. again the
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dollar geo political front you've got. these sanctions russia cutting off russia from b.s. and master card. remember they were the system the cut off and ran out of time at russia how does that play into the dollar does that hurt or help a doll it hurts the dollar and i think it is also extremely dangerous because if there is a world war three and you know that's that's a very emotive term obviously i think it's likely to be financial rather than military and certainly the sabers are being rattled on the financial front in a very very big way. very small and it is going to robert peston who is a b.b.c. man and he interviewed hank paulson and hank paulson talking about the time of the lehman crisis hank paulson said that the chinese had told him that the russians had got on to them and said why don't we take out like you know destabilize fannie and freddie now that i find interesting the chinese didn't go with it and when the
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chinese made it up to try and put pressure on how important we don't know but i think it does show that if we start mucking around with them on a financial front the consequences i think for ourselves could be very very dangerous so i read the story person and say you're giving credence to the story or you think it's an interesting development or use in his blog so says why would an addict and other chinese or were engaging in finance a war at the time of the two thousand a crisis when things were looking wobbly and lehman brothers collapsed and i think man and i think the point was that the chinese at that stage were major creditors and had to be kept on side through the process that was why hank paulson was talking to them yeah and but the russians were not really in that position but they could see that this was an opportunity for them to you know make fun if you lie. make hay or however you like put it at the americans expense the wherewithal to do that absolutely and the important point about all this gold that china has bought is that she is a known position to switch the value in her u.s.
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treasuries into her own gold just by ramping up the go price so we don't want to go to war with a senior member of the shanghai cooperation organization i think you. take away precisely and this is why the ukrainian thing is actually so serious because if these things can escalate and they do tend to escalate and if that happens i think you know the whole situation could become very unstable that we live there also thank so much bring on the kaiser report thank you very much max and that's it for this edition of the cows report with me max kaiser stacy i would like to thank our guests macleod of gold money dot com hey let's get in touch tweet us a kaiser report and i stand by oh.
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you know i'm a very emotional person by nature i really like the word lost. yeah that's what i'm like i'm so cool and there's no one here worthy of being with me. if i really believe in fate i'm sure that if something happened it was meant to happen. great healer i'm convinced that everyone comes to theater to be safe.
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what's poppin people have abby martin and this is a break in a set or we've got some breaking news at the top of the show turns out that u.s. government represents the interests of the rich and powerful not the majority of americans now i know this may come to shocking news to you but a joint study released last week by princeton and northwestern university made it official the u.s. is indeed an oligarch and the two authors of the study went through an enormous amount of data from one thousand nine hundred federal policy is an act of between one thousand nine hundred one and two thousand and two and empirically concluded that national laws and regulations overwhelmingly align with the preference of the economic elite and that was back in two thousand and two whole areas slipped took another elite institution princeton to come up with this obvious conclusion but hey
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i guess the ivy league school finally started to listen to dr cornell west and i looked for him to set. the please please. please very hard to take that. lightly you better act like that when there are those. that please. please. please please. please. please please. please. let. this month a u.s.
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congressional budget office announce their prediction that could spell major profits for the department of education over the next ten years one hundred twenty seven billion dollars to be exact it's a forecast based largely upon the interest on student loans which are also expected to rise starting next year while it's not exactly clear how much the rates will increase the profit from student federal student loans called into question another important story the department of education renewing its contract with sallie mae america's largest student loan provider with about five point eight million former and current student borrowers see the student loan being a myth has been the target of a federal investigation and a lawsuit stemming from violations of borrowers rights but the probe wasn't limited to federal student loans and fact the investigation found evidence that sallie mae cheated active duty members of the military as well i provided them loans at a legally high interest rates and if you've ever seen the p.r. machine of military recruitment you know that cheap education is
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a huge selling point. this is an acceptance that. you. it's a diploma. it's a compass. to train and a coach jersey is the greatest team it's more than that it's an education can't get anywhere else strong and then there's army strong but army strong doesn't ensure that predatory loan corporations will follow the law so the service members civil relief act specifically requires that companies collecting payments on student loans keep rates at no more than six percent or get this according apartment education's own data as of july of two thousand and twelve nearly sixty percent of all federal student loans carried interest rates above six percent for their more according to consumer financial protection bureau forty one percent of service members are still paying off student loans and those who graduated college in two
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thousand and eight carry an average debt of twenty six thousand dollars this of course raises familiar concerns from the mortgage crisis or higher interest rates led to the foreclosure of hundreds of homes belonging to u.s. servicemen and in that instance however leaders lenders like j.p. morgan and bank of america among others were forced to shell out millions of dollars to settle the allegations. look it's one thing for young americans to be lured into the military with the promise of a world class education for practically no money down but to then burden these young soldiers with tens of thousands of dollars and loans that could take the rest of their lives to pay off is criminal. in two thousand and twelve internet hacker and tory a stroll andrew better known as we was charged with conspiracy of the one thousand
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nine hundred six computer fraud and abuse act and was sentenced to forty one months in prison it was all for exposing a flaw with an eighteen thousand is public server load of the scraping of information for thousands of i pad users but fault in a motion to appeal the sentence last month the us third circuit court of appeals has overturned the verdict on weaves case because it was tried in the wrong jurisdiction the short time behind bars however has made we've even more outspoken than before regarding egregious overreach of the computer fraud abuse act persecuted online activists earlier today i caught up with reeves to discuss all things about his release. let's talk about what the prosecution argued against your case that led to your guilty conviction assistant u.s. attorney glen mako said we've had downloaded the entire iowa system on his computer he had to decrypt it he had to do all these things i don't even understand your defense attorney maintain that there was no hack that took place you simply revealed a major security flaw eighteen to you how is it possible that you were able to be
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prosecuted by people that honestly had no idea what the hell it was you've been. well that's that's a great question at trial there was one of these employees are david. and. did in this indictment the f.b.i. did and already that holds these quote was no security was bypassed i don't think the feds have a case like itself the so-called victim didn't think it was victimized and didn't understand why the f.b.i. and the department of justice were trying to push an indictment so he was put on the stand in zack and trotter who is the u.s. attorney who is. questioning he said are you a lawyer you know it's as if as if lawyers are supposed to somehow be able to define truth in this country it's positively ridiculous they don't have rule of law in this country anymore we have rule by lawyers two tiered justice man and you've
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been the victim of it do you think that your case is perhaps the most cert example of overreach by the computer fraud and abuse act. i think that there's some other parallels i think aaron schwartz of course and matthew keys are particularly egregious indictments that i just i just don't understand how this is supposed to be any modicum of justice unfortunately even though you're released right now it's not for the right reasons we've in fact you're still on bail will probably be tried again in another jurisdiction and potentially go to jail all over again however you've said that you're not going to file a motion for double jeopardy why. because this law is wrong it's utterly and completely ridiculous it was written in one thousand nine hundred six and it was drafted by reagan's team and there's in a book there's a quote from reagan where he's so senile that he thought the movie war games was a documentary and he literally he said i don't understand you know but but those
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that kid acted in no red. and i went to prison and to people so far of have committed suicide over a crazy indictment and keyes might go to prison and that are my go to prison because because reagan was senile and that's just that's just ridiculous talk about your time in prison you said that you spent half your time and solitary confinement why did you initially get sent to the hole and what sort of tactics were used against you psychologically to break your down once you were thrown in. i was initially since the whole because i mean this case was about my speech and i was sent to the hole because i continued to speak in prison i had a. i had a p.b.x. system which is like a computer that answers phone calls and i would i would call into it and it would record my voice and post whatever i said to a web service called sound cloud and the federal government didn't like this and they probably called the prison and told them to put me in the overt. starvation i
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have celiacs disease i require gluten free diet which which the prison for quite a while refused to refused to provide. in the hole you endure sleep deprivation they shine a light in your face every fifteen minutes they bang on your door they turn the light off when you when you want it on in vice verse. and just just generally you know they wouldn't let me have books towards the end or magazines or newspapers or any mail at all i was i was literally in a six by eight cell with nothing to read and it's definitely trying but it's not deterring me from continuing to fight this this terrible set of prosecutions by the u.s. government would you say that you were tortured in there i mean it's all very confinement is torture. towards the end i went on strike i was released and after i started my anger strike and and i just saw no way to protest the injustice
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in yes potentially tortured definitely by by what the u.n. calls torture that i received in federal prison what's the most amusing thing that happened in prison. there's so many things i'd say the funniest thing was that was i taught all the the white nationalists to sing springtime for hitler from mel brooks the producers and then they banned that song in the prison because there's m.p. three players and then that song because because it was it became subversive you've announced that you're starting a hedge fund called rogue l.l.c. you love the name. talk about the project and why you're doing it. well. the reason the that i did the data disclosure big was because i started i started security from go to security because there's a certain set and kinds of exploits that didn't have a market and this actually is an underlying ethical problem and that right now the
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only incentives when you develop software exploits are to sell them in secret to the united states government and the security companies that are affiliated and funded by the united states government chiefly and we know what they do with these software exploits they use them to spy on people legally both both the citizens of my country foreign leaders so what we're trying to do is build a way to create financial incentives for people to do the right thing which is come forward and disclose to the public. the security issues and large corporations and the way the profit model on this is every time that i've interacted with with a major corporation a publicly traded corporation the share price falls that it's the market cap and that's the same with whether you know outside of software if a car company has a defect in their cars the stock value cop drops
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a medical company as pharmaceuticals that that hurt people the stock value drops and and it's absolutely perfectly executable on software companies to want to have a flaw that we we can drop the stock value by disclosing the flaw in telling people about it and and we want to create this structure where people can come forward talk about the flaws in a very aggressive criticizing manner instead of this dominion of do what the government says and it's actually the profit is of far greater doing this potentially then the typical you know sell your exploit to the n.s.a. i don't think i don't think hackers are being paid enough and i don't think i don't think that consumers are being so. service and there's a huge there's a huge market here. and you're working people find out more about your case to help you out and to support you if and when it's reopened and potentially tried again. they can follow me on twitter. on twitter ari and they can go to the c.f.a.
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defense fund see if a defense fund dot com my my attorney is not only defending me on this particular case but a host of other ludicrous see if they indictments including close that are and matthew keys and people can can submit money to him and read about the case and you know he's he's he's a trench warrior arnie he's fought this on a shoestring budget and he's continuing to protect our rights as americans thank you so much andrew arnheim or we really appreciate you fighting in the trenches we need to get this law overturned really push it on thank you abbie i appreciate you . coming up i'll speak with a seattle city council member about the fight for fifteen dollars an hour minimum wage. nothing has been done this complex by the military since world war two. this is quite frankly of historical terms the berlin airlift it reverse. course of
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seven or seven go down to some load shifts on takeoff because you're going to become unstable you're talking really billions of dollars to move billions of dollars worth of equipment what for if you use the false no longer works you press . the screws on the washington well as submissive to the entries being suggested in the latest numbers in the media candidate for the office even more in addition to that actually back to the new doesn't do too much for ad revenue my own tech agriculture giant teeth on a seventy six year old american farmer based in indiana fallout do you think this is going to create for the cia do you think this is what's triggering a race america's the largest economy in the world it's also the largest debtor nation in the history of breaking the set is mostly a dollar turn and it's the status quo but one night these real alternatives to the points on the working poor the american dream the next they were just trying to
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survive it's time for americans and lawmakers are forced to wake up and start talking about the real causes. of them. all across the country low wage workers are mobilizing in the fight for a living wage it's a struggle that's gaining momentum especially in seattle but the city's first socialist council members want a center to her platform around a campaign. the fight for fifteen call to raise the minimum wage to fifteen dollars an hour and just this week someone filed a charter amendment which is the first step to bringing the issue to vote earlier i spoke to someone and first asked her why she has decided to make the fight for fifteen her number one policy concern. i think so overarching.
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reality of the lives of working people a lot just in seattle but every reading the nation is the overwhelming racial the bottom that people are facing the question of economic inequality and the question of blatant injustice you know the whole idea of the occupy movement was the banks that precipitated the financial collapse got bailed out and the s. and p. five hundred corporations are making historically i profit because the rest of us are facing low wage jobs student debt and epidemic of foreclosures and all this you know this sort of crucible of anger and frustration that issue fifteen dollars an hour has come to the forefront and has been the encapsulated all those feelings of . frustration against the political dysfunction against the economic system and everywhere working people especially low wage workers are talking about the need
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for a decent wage and seattle has emerged as one of those one of the main forefront of this fight back and you can see what impact this is having this is this is not just in seattle are fifteen now camping which will last in just launched in seattle has no quiet national origin they've had chapters growing in many different cities many cities like davis life sentences school are talking about the old fifteen dollar minimum wage initiative and it is definitely a national issue even compared the fight for minimum wage to same sex marriage and marijuana legislation in the sense that it's very controversial. paul why do you think it's so contentious. it's contentious only because of the fact that in order to achieve something close to a living wage we cannot do that by simply having nice conversations with big business and this is where voting it's not a question of asking them you know hey can we have a conversation over coffee and talk about the need for
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a living wage for workers no question of illegals living wage and other question of you know can we make sure that the people who make our cities run the people who work hard every single day providing child care providing health care reviving other human services you know driving our school buses serving our food the question of all of these people getting something close to a living wage is not separate but is completely intertwined with the question of business profits that are these they just going to come from and why have these wages remained so those earlier this week there was a planned stunning news out of oklahoma that the governor of the state mary fallin had signed a bill to prevent oklahoma cities from establishing mandatory minimum wage laws how do you think measures like these will affect the national picture here. i think that the measures taken by the of the month gov is a clear example that i'm really glad you mentioned that it's just your example of
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how much of a threat the political and business establishment see this movement as and you both take action they will take actions like this the national restaurant association is in full deal or in washington state in seattle vino that tens of millions of dollars are being forwarding to seattle against the fifteen dollars of effort and we know that the. big business and the super bowl you will be moving into action on this and what i think the highlight should be off all of this is that we have to ramp up the movement if you see governors and other political establishment people talking about clamping down on municipalities right to do this the signature send us the stock developing our movement we have to really build the fight back because that is the only thing that is going to fall is a challenge to the business as usual exactly let's talk about
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a grassroots campaign will work earlier this week the group filed a charter amendment to the raids a settlement on wage for big business employs the fifteen dollars an hour by january of next year can you detail exactly how the plan would work and how likely it is to become a reality the reason the charter amendment exists and why it was filed has everything to do with the battle for flight of this battle are moving you know business has lost the public debate on fifteen they can no longer come out and say what they really want to say which is they want their workers to continue at poverty wages so the battle has moved from there to saying ok we're ok with fifteen but let's carve this out of this car died out let's you know that's work at a lower minimum wage that's going to help get as wages all of these are as low as two week and a fifteen dollars. and come up with a swiss cheese fifteen which is what we have to reject and the only thing that will keep the city council and those cities political establishment on notice is to know
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that activists out there little wage workers out that are watching and i robot lighting let's talk about small businesses you've gotten some backlash from seattle small businesses sitting at your door and their concerns in the ability to pay fifteen dollars an hour minimum wage how have you responded. also a lot of campaign last year for city council and since the day i took office we've been emphatic does this system this capitalist economy does not do more in the interests of small businesses it favors the biggest the longer it's the multinational corporations it favors the starbucks the bowings the microsoft the amazon dot com of this world and this state in washington state big business like boeing and microsoft a negative tax rate if you count all the subsidies they get what all the blood and of running the state falls on the shoulders of working people and small businesses so from from day one i have appealed to small businesses to join us in this fight
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against big business and demand that big business is staffed to create a subsidy for small businesses and non-profits i mean boeing god like billion dollars in subsidies i don't think the idea of a subsidy for small businesses should be that outlandish but the reality is that no elected official or small business has joined me in in this call to docs big business and so on march fifteenth i put forward a proposal that we should give a three year phase in for small businesses and nonprofit human services but big business should go to fifteen right away because they have the full and complete ability to beijing dollars an hour and not even make a slight and indebted profits so we need small businesses to join us in our efforts and i know that a few small businesses have joined fifteen now in calling for a strong fifteen dollars measure and i think that it's also incumbent upon us to
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ask conversations with small business owners and explain that a lot of this feeling mongering that is engaged in by big business by a lot of used organizations like the national restaurant association has no basis in reality every time the minimum wage was increased it has been beneficial to the local economy because when low wage workers get a little bit of spending money in their pockets they go to spend it at local businesses thank you so much for coming on trauma so i want city council members. i think with the corporate news you may already think hillary clinton has a wrapped up the two thousand and sixteen democratic presidential nomination and the presumptive front runner status well established comes a whole new level of scrutiny for example a washington post and examine the former secretary of state's relationship with boeing second largest defense contractor in the u.s.
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to discuss the details of the report as well as boeing's larger influence in washington r.t. political commentator sam sax sam what's up what's going on so let's take a look at more of the relationship between hillary clinton and boeing and how did they help each other while she was at the state department well looking at her tenure there you see a lot of friendly deals between the two of them in what looked to be some quid pro quos so boeing wanted to sell over three billion dollars in aircraft to a russian airliner back in two thousand and nine so hillary clinton as the secretary of state went to russia and what she said she made a shameless pitch for this russian airliner to buy these planes and shortly after after that pitch we saw boeing make a generous donation to the state department of two million dollars so the state department can move through with the. pavilion for the united states at the world's coming up world's fair in china that two million dollar donation we know according to washington post reporting raised a lot of ethical red flags at the state department whether or not they should
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accept this donation from a corporation whether it looks like the state department might be giving preferential treatment to boeing but someone within the state department allowed it to go through anyways we also know based on the post reporter got in two thousand and ten after that deal with it was eight and boeing got those planes you know made the deal to sell those planes to this russian airliner that the boeing made another generous donation of about nine hundred thousand dollars to the clinton foundation . that's of course bill clinton's foundation which is also. run partly by hillary clinton's and she's left the state department so you see a lot of these deals kind of being worked out while she was at the state department and it makes you wonder whether or not boeing was receiving any more preferential treatment in other corporations that weren't as generous to clinton sure as i'm but now that she has been out of the state department for a little bit do you think that we can expect the thais to continue that i think it's fairly obvious that they'll maintain close contact look the clinton political dynasty is among the most powerful in the country and boeing is the second most
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powerful defense contractor in the world and it looks like hillary is the front runner for president so why wouldn't boeing use the money it has in the in the influence that the supreme court has given corporations to go ahead and buy their candidate why does doesn't boeing love hillary so much why are they so attracted to her as as a candidate well clinton represents this the new democratic wing of the party that her husband did as well and that's the sort of corporatist democrats she's the senator from new york friendly with wall street friendly with corporate america we know boeing is engaging and you had. to want to on who's been taking on boeing in washington state which is trying to destroy unions and outsource labor so they might have an ally for economic reasons in hillary but foreign policy wise i mean i don't want to call boeing this war profiteer but they basically are like i said the second largest defense contractor in the world and they make money off of war or at least the threat of war to where people have to build up their military and hillary
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has supported all of president obama's most hawkish actions whether it was in libya she supported strikes in syria and she supports the ever growing drone campaign against al qaeda and associated forces which are good for business i mean i guess you know we saw the banks and wall street backing obama why not get boeing on a backhaul or a debate on where they are going to pick their corporation their favorite industry to back them up talk about boeing's grip on washington beyond hillary get well one way to look at them taking interest in hillary is now to do a new power in washington but to maintain the power they already have spent fifteen . dollars lobbying congress last year most of that money went to senator dick durbin the chair of the powerful defense appropriations subcommittee which handles the purse strings for the pentagon meaning they handle the purse strings for a lot of defense contracts the second leading recipient was lindsey graham the tories warhawk and we know that president obama has relied heavily on boeing to boost exports he said he's the company's top which many deserves a gold watch and he's out terms so you know they're trying to get the next person the white house at this point thank you so much sam sachs and that's our show you
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guys are back tomorrow right to set all over again. with the washington well it's a miss that is being suggested in the list is among the many candidates obviously is going to issue that actually back to you and doesn't do too much for ad revenue in biotech agriculture giant takes on a seventy six year old american farmer east india. do you think this is going to create for the cia do you think this is what's triggering a race because the largest economy in the world it's also the largest debtor nation in the history of breaking the set is mostly about alternatives to the status quo but when i give you all those points and looking towards the american dream the next day we're just trying to survive it's time for americans and lawmakers are
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forced to wake up and start talking about the real causes of. we welcome erin made an abby martin to the two of the coast on the r t network. it's going to give you a different perspective give me one stock tip oh never i'll give you the information you make the decision don't worry about it i'll bring you the said work the revolution of the mind it's a revolution of ideas and consciousness and frustrated with the system it's very very real problem truths would be described as angry i think in a strong you know under single. i've put. aside. i think it kind of can. do i'm right all about money and i'm actually sick for politicians
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write a lot but. they're just too but. they die. out. yeah. it's. our production it's called connections and it's fantastic strange as it may sound it's a very contemporary piece. of that and it depicts our women's deep connection to russian culture for peace justice to the rich tapestry of objects and rituals that connect women together. but more whatever you say you have to admit that the full figured woman is still a key symbol of russian. but she more
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why women why the big ballet their significance is clear they're the ones who down through the ages that had the necessary strength to deal with the difficulties and solve the problems that we have in russia. this is nasty and i always knew i'd find myself i never doubted her second that i would make full use of my feet or so to speak. knock knock. here ok girls if they'd let me have big as ever i pay a premium which try our costumes on today you could save enough business hard to find any clothes that fit us in the shops and those that do only an old woman would wear
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if you know want to wants to make fashionable clothes for big women. well no it's very quick it doesn't matter if you're big boned you still want to close to make you look beautiful and show off your figure view that's what i look to achieve when i'm making a dress we could both enjoy when she comes to have a new dress measured the. girls come to the theater looking for a family atmosphere. and that's exactly what it's like. least of course after a while your private life takes a backseat to the ballet comes to the fore the me and i when people come in with feelings of dissatisfaction stagnation and happiness performing can be a release you but you can see the fire in their eyes they come alive again.
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all right that's your catarina support it's because she killed it. no one knows how hard to work here legs hurt so much have to constantly almost all of us have to have injections before a performance. ok get ready. you can use it no one knows about health problems. in the moment to step on the stage to lose them behind.
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the winner of the national theatre golden mask award you get anybody feel of brazil belly entitled the little box. the concept is to do an ironic take on the seven deadly sins. the women are going to incorporate interpretations of their own personalities into the performance. you're the most beautiful big buttercups on god's green earth. you know focus the beautiful. aside from being there choreographer i also know the girls well and that's why i was able to assign them roles that they can live in brief.
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i am a very emotional person by nature i really like about lost for example the food is good love is a bitch to. the pot head like to play most of all. you know but you know maybe a role for me because that's the feeling i'm also familiar with. i said right at the beginning that if they wanted me to play one of the deadly sins i'd like it's a good. because if things don't go my way to go screaming and shouting what a doing you waste of space. i. look there's a young handsome guy. let me introduce myself you're. a psychologist and i'm
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doing research on the relationship between the feelings of happiness experienced on stage and in real life if you've never seen us before the no need to how we. i don't like shrinks how they always sticking their noses in the way they are not wanted. you can speak about whatever you like as for sticking my nose in we don't have to talk about anything you don't want to. sometimes it's good to have a chat with a psychologist if there's something bothering you. you mean problems no. problems or difference to something both are you sure the problem is when something hurts but when something bothers you it means everything's ok that could be improved upon improved upon yes improved upon try to do better go yes thank you i'm glad you like the performance. no i don't want it. because there's no ring on his
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finger yes there is. nothing the woman can be beautiful of course. but then again does that mean old thing the women that beautiful i really don't think that old insists consists of people who only like fat. for example in the women people come to our performances for the emotional charge the positive energy of the woods and we don't necessarily all have to be the same why should being beautiful mean being seen. i think it's wrong the person should be naturally beautiful. and that's a performance we're giving it's called the women the forty five it's about simple
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russian women like us cobol so much on their shoulders during the war the survivors of the siege of leningrad who gave their food and water to their children and husbands that's what life is like for us women that's a lot. less simple russian the women who wake up in the morning go to work come home again will cook dina and go to bed in the evening by. not bowled well big boned people also tend to be be caught it were given more than we receive everyone takes advantage of us because sometimes people say nasty things to us when we go to buy food and i don't eat less they tell us and i think to myself what the hell i bet i eat less than hugh. you know which i don't like
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cakes and i hate. to fetch yogurts and elvis junk food. to eat and i want to be seen just like everyone else. is going to i have to be strong for the most because i know that man can be trusted to secure propane so let me get this straight what you're saying is that you can't rely on men i need my idea of what a man should be is still based on how my father was when i was a child is dead now but he was very strong it's natural to compare every man i meet with him. i've also got a dog but a big one now a small one that includes quite old i got a boyfriend too but the man and the interest and these notes were now his not just because stronger he would be if i gave him a chance but i don't nibble a solution and would like to control everything was different so you see. and when
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i'm not in control. i feel really bad i think shushan is so you feel lonely i'm a right click i would like guess if i was lonely i'd been tears all the time. but honestly look it doesn't a woman but i'll probably try to find something to do grow potatoes in the garden for example i don't see come along the end. well maybe i would say for the cats arena at the theater has become a sort of refuge because she's accepted and understood in a way that she's never been accepted or understood throughout her life no more confirmed my question regarding feelings of loneliness and provoked a very emotional reaction to her for that reason could you loneliness must be a soft spot for. a lawyer whose blue roof could you have thought of mutal she
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really. did you know the price is the only industry specifically mentioned in the constitution and. that's because a free and open press is critical to our democracy albus. in fact the single biggest threat facing our nation today is the corporate takeover of our government and across several we've been hijacked by handful of transnational corporations that will profit by destroying what our founding fathers one little class i'm job market and on this show we reveal the big picture of what's actually
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going on in the world we go beyond identifying the problem trucks rational debate and a real discussion critical issues facing america i feel ready to join the movement then walk a bit there. crosstalk
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rules in effect that means you can jump in anytime you want. the chance of a. letter but i worked for his paper and the deputy editor in chief of. mission couple that he couldn't tell me what material he had for me. he had a book i work with journalists because it was my colleagues know that i dance in the big valley it's not always easy to combine my work and the bally. sometimes i have to leave the newspaper if i'm needed urgently i mean. we hired a new employee recently i said i'm off to the show now she asked what are you going to see i explained i was dancing in the big bally she said but you're not that
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great and i told her i'm just really beautiful that's why you haven't noticed or she was really surprised big badly while i have both girls. when settle on a joint as it was a real blessing. she's very intelligent and she reacts to everything very quickly and she's a real modern woman your. money that's advantage is really cosmopolitan you could easily live in any big city like moscow st petersburg london or new york when she first came to us she had this magnificent hairdo she's really sophisticated you know.
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with me as one of my former colleagues under a once told me that men don't take kindly to rivals ocean in egypt it's a bit and it's stuck with me because the theatre is a very serious rival studios and. i was moved to many of the girls in the theater have a family as. well know very few if you have fewer see you hardly any you sleep i guess i would gladly leave the theatre if there was a man in my life worthy of such a sacrifice but i need to know for sure that it would be worth it and then again how ever going to meet someone in the first place if i'm busy all the time. then the moment yeah the moment i don't want to be in a serious relationship with a man because then i might not be able to dance or do whatever else i might be interested in and yet i've been performing with this group for almost twelve years i've already realized my potential maybe not one hundred percent but ninety percent
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at least and off them. yeah i'd be willing to let it take a back seat but unfortunately i've yet to meet anyone who was giving it up for. what. i'll be playing pride or hubris. guilty of this and every time you think that you're better than anyone else for whatever reason. if you ever laugh at someone for example. what you're saying in effect is that you think you're better than that person it's such a widespread phenomenon and it happens so often in our everyday lives that we've simply stopped noticing it. svetlana's playing cry and she is proud. good boy it's really funny to watch her
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perform she's really really good at getting it across it's just the right role for her. that's what i'm like i'm so cool and there's no one here worthy of being with me. i probably do have a tendency to come across like this when i talk to people. i can't deny the facts to a certain extent it's a sin i'm guilty of from time to time. it's something i'll have to work on i guess .
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but there was a long running joke an out the intergroup i read a book by vishnevskaya in which a man and a woman met on the internet and talked about things they had in common one of them was horse racing and another was bush away the french young wine if the rule for about three years after that i've asked every man i met if they knew what beausoleil was it was a kind of a test perfect test thing which no one passed no one had a clue well it was just a joke test you know but the girl still pull my leg about the sometimes i still look out for you it was really mats atlanta what can i say i'm still looking. for she has more going on in her life than just to be it's a career but she sets a point in her life now where she's like a person who slates catching
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a train she's in danger of not living her life to the max emotionally yo thought this but from what i've heard it seems she's very demanding she's expecting a lot from men in my opinion. were. both away seriously very well for you. it was something i had always dreamt about it was a dream which led me here to this theater. and soon as i arrived i
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fell in love and gave my heart and soul to it. since she's conducting an experiment on herself. become a real ballet dancer. box is a fairy tale of sorts i think i have the most demanding role all the characters it's far from easy to interpret small or despondency. going to play the role of slough which is actually the deadliest of all the sins in our interpretation it's more about unrequited love hopelessly hoping for something dreams you could say it's an absolutely perfect role for. him that. i.
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what are periods in my life when it feels as if nothing's happening inside maybe it's more like i'm digesting information or the slow it's a feeling i get when something you boardin is about to happen and i have to prepare myself only knew i think that's why disposed as it means to me that it's not part of why am i really believe in fate i'm sure that was something happens it was meant to happen. on the some of my trained first as a sewing teacher and then i got a degree in cultural studies then somehow i ended up coming here making dresses for the actors from the point of view that i'd got a degree to begin with i thought working as a costume designer was a backward step might now that i see all these people coming to me and the need of my help and i realise just how important it is that i'm here. that's quite a fancy dress how can we access riser bracelets as a necklace how about a father
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a father. when you come here you feel beautiful you feel that people need to you the menu and comes to the before lunch as themselves it's not some amateur thing this it's a real professional production other big girl school common people here it's the chance to make art with a capital they get them all it really is high art. drama magnificent emotional power of tchaikovsky's music the limelight and there she is if you know the swan. that's a representation of her dream coming true. i
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man. do you like to yes. and i believe the time a talented person does know that i am able to achieve good results in whatever i put my mind to good a ask are you married or single you know i'm not married not married but so you only cook for yourself now i also go from my boyfriend. i see through you don't want to get married on principle. you know it's just never been an ambition
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for either of us. i mean a formal wedding and a marriage certificate. who've been together for a long term already fourteen years mused fourteen years together and i believe that if people really love each other they'll be together whether they're married or not the only thing that really matters are their feelings for each other and what about children. when i'd rather not discuss that question ok. flatly refused to talk about children. she made it clear that she was not willing to discuss this subject publicly. you know for his her relationship hasn't been registered to visually means she's still looking if the marriage were registered it would mean she's committed herself to a family life. as there's no marriage certificate. a means to search is ongoing.
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the every single one of us in the theatre has a love life we all have what friends. i don't know maybe it's something to do with a man but they don't seem able to see a full figured woman as a real woman they are ready for commitment and they don't want to make marriage proposals of course it's hurtful. it's almost as if i realised that some people may think that we really do ballet to make up for the lack of any kind of love life that we come here to break down that were beautiful and desirable well that's not the case i'd never call myself an unhappy person. you know pretty much that and i know that it might come across as naive or funny the more that it may look as though i am using the ballet to cover up my failures in everyday life and keith on
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the other hand. i really believe that miracles happen i think it's just that i haven't met the right man at the end. of those numbers i like to feel needed in some way because and you know it's like a maternal instinct maybe not even that it's more like the feeling of friendship. and if that goes everything is lost. if i stop being down spoken leda that will be the end of the belly for me. to see it say it's a home from home that's how siana grow a safe haven three cuts arena and. can smell like a book that she reads over and over in the hope of finding
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a way in life. that get us why the theater is so important and they're getting from the ballet which would call for what they are lacking in their everyday lives. not for theaters a great deal or for not just the big ballet what should lose helps everyone involved or can actors artists everybody we've come here to interact. because the girls don't have any reason to spend a lot of time thinking about it of course but you personally i'm convinced that everyone comes to the theater to be say. oh. oh. oh.
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there's a medium leave us so we leave that maybe. i'll see motion security play your party there's a goal. for shoes that no one is asking with the guests that you deserve answers from it's all on politicking only on our t.v. . i know c.n.n. the m s n.b.c. fox news have taken some not slightly but the fact is i admire their commitment to cover all sides of the story just in case one of them happens to be accurate. that was funny but it's close and for the truth and might think. it's because when full attention and the mainstream media works side by side the
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joke is actually on here. and our teen years we have a different thread. because the news of the world just is not this funny i'm not laughing dammit i'm not i. but. if. you guys stick to the jokes well handled it makes sense that i've got. your friend post a photo from a vacation you can't afford. a different. the boss repeats the same old joke of course you like. your ex-girlfriend still pens tear jerking poetry keep tabs norrish. we
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post only what we mapped out r.t. to your facebook news feed. they didn't go to go did you know the price is the only industry specifically mentioned in the constitution and. that's because a free and open press is critical to our democracy correct call for us. to make no i'm sorry and on this show we reveal the picture of what's actually going on we go beyond identifying the truth rational debate real discussion critical issues facing america ready to join the movement then welcome the. long term are going to washington d.c. and here's what's coming up tonight on the big picture. the koch brothers are now worth a cool one hundred billion dollars what to do with all that money and does anyone
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really need to be that rich more on that in just a moment also earlier this month the international court of justice ruled that japan's so-called scientific whaling program was in violation of international law so what happens next and how is global climate change affecting the fight to save our marine ecosystems captain paul watson whale wars fame plants are all our questions when he joins us in studio later on in the show and it's time for the united states to take a cue from our friends across the pond and started bracing the precautionary principle when it comes to all the chemicals around us i'll tell you why it's to take. it's time to outlaw a billionaire on wednesday charles and david koch filled rows reached
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a new personal milestone according to the bloomberg billionaires index they now have a total. worth of over one hundred billion dollars that means that the cokes are counted as a single person they would be the single richest person in the entire world they're winning the game of monopoly it also means that they controlled two million times the amount of wealth that the average american takes home every year that of course raises the question just what exactly do the koch's do with all that money well for one they spend a lot of and try to help republicans win elections bag rupe americans for prosperity for example has already spent twenty two million dollars in television ads this election cycle outpacing all of their republican groups come by the fact that super rich tycoons like the cokes have such a huge role in our political system would have terrified our most famous founding father thomas jefferson he laid out his thoughts about the dangerous role of money in politics in an eight hundred sixteen letter to samuel kercheval noting that
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those seeking profits were they given total freedom would not be the ones to trust to keep government pure and our rights secure indeed it has always been those seeking wealth who were the source of corruption in government. but the problem with the koch brothers isn't just that they use their money to corrupt the political system ultimately the biggest problem the koch brothers and every other billionaire in the united states around the world is that they're billionaires and thus by definition have more money than they could ever hope to use he says devastating consequences for the economy think about this way the average person making say fifty grand a year u.s. average puts almost their entire salary actually that's u.s. household there in the individual average stubbles half that and you know they put almost their entire salary back into the economy by spending it on things like groceries consumer goods food and transportation that creates demand which in turn
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stimulates the economy and helps it grow. billionaires like the koch brothers however don't behave the same way as every day people do with all the money that they make because it's so easy for billionaires to make ends meet the other end up having millions of dollars left over every day after buying their groceries and paying their mortgage if they have. and instead of spending all that extra money on productive things that stimulate the economy they throw it into the wall street casino or stash it and swiss bank accounts this robs the productive economy of trillions of dollars worth of demand that could be building a vibrant economy and stabilizing the lives of working people and small business owners we've seen over the past thirty plus years what kind of impact this can have on an economy since the reagan revolution even as workers have become far more productive they've received less and less compensation for what they create meanwhile income levels for the top one percent have balloons since the crash of two thousand and eight reached their highest level since one thousand and twenty
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why has this happened easy the billionaire's of use low marginal tax rates lax labor laws and so-called free trade deals to suck an ever increasing amount of money out of the productive economy and into their swiss bank accounts their orders . job creators and as a result our country now looks more like a banana republic in the land of opportunity the problem of what to do with the excess wealth of the super rich has perplexed lawmakers and policymakers literally since the very founding of our republic one solution that many countries use is a wealth tax a wealth tax takes the wildly excessive money out of the hands of the unproductive super rich and puts it back into the hands of the productive middle and working classes same is true of an estate tax thomas jefferson propose such an idea in an eight hundred sixteen letter to joseph milligan writing that if the overgrown wealth of an individual be deemed too dangerous to the state the best corrective is
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the law of equal inheritance to all and equal degree and of quote and it's not like a wealth tax to some radically wild idea either economist ronald mckinnon made the conservative case his words for a wealth tax in the two thousand and twelve wall street journal editorial even dollar trouble has in the past spoken out in favor of some form of national wealth that x. in one nine hundred ninety nine donald trump proposed a fourteen point two five percent tax on the wealth of all people holding ten million dollars or more it could be used to pay off the national debt. i'm not as worried about the debt as the donald is but i do think that a national wealth tax is a great idea in fact i think we should impose a one hundred percent tax on all wealth over one billion dollars the money made from that tax could then be destroyed redistributed average working people or we could boot ourselves immediately into a green economy was working people would then spend that money and stimulate demand
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which would help grow our economy and at the same time taxing the billionaires would go a long way toward breaking up big monopolies and this would in turn make room for small local businesses to grow and prosper all part of one big virtuous cycle course right wingers and probably so that such a wealth tax would kill innovation and her job creators but those arguments don't really meet much scrutiny after all we've been letting the billionaires hoard their wealth for three decades now and they've used that opportunity to drive believe the middle class dry on the other hand during the time of america's highest income tax and inheritance tax rate we also have the strongest economy in the entire history of our nation and when trust busters from teddy roosevelt to to taft to nixon and carter broke up standard oil and eighty n.t. the result was an explosion of innovation competition and an actual increase in shareholder wealth it's time to give the real job creators working in middle class americans
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a chance to invest in the economy the only way to do that is by banning billionaires you can find more information no billionaires dot com joining me now to help make the case for billionaires is david alaska director of communications for the new york republican state committee david welcome back. good to be with you tom so you know thomas jefferson say you know if excessive wealth is dangerous to the state it's an obligation of the state basically to take that wealth one hundred billion dollars being used in political ways in excess even of it in many in many states political parties you know but the koch's are spending just that those two brothers are probably spending more than your entire party is spending in your entire state in election cycle how is that good for democracy. well look you know i think the way the left is demonizing the koch family is really disgraceful i don't think there's anything wrong with people spending money that they've earned in the political process as long as it's all disclosed and right now every political
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dollar that's spent isn't disclosed i certainly think it should be but you know it referenced the koch family so it's a similar what you know. their hold on a minute the kogi square what you're saying is we should have alison jobs in america alone over one hundred not some say over one hundred thousand jobs overseas so yes look the bottom line here is what's wrong with this sort of lit up and had serious accusations is what you're saying david let me quote from thomas jefferson eight hundred twenty six a letter to will giles' he was talking about this exact argument that there are some people whose work is so important so noble you know where there are their favorite incorporates he says he said he was over the federalist the days of the now look to a single and splendid government of an aristocracy founded on banking institutions and money and in corporations under the guise and cloak of their favored branches of manufacture commerce and navigation rioting and ruling over the plundered plowman and the beggared yeomanry this to them will be the next blessing to the monarchy of their first aim and perhaps the surest stepping stone to it he was
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right where there. look thomas jefferson also warned about the encroachment of centralized government over the private sector and look the problem with this sort of robin hood theory of taxation is remember robin hood didn't rob from the rich and give to the poor robin hood robbed from the tax collectors and gave back to the poor that which was theirs to begin with when get when government when alan has already written your europe during the time you know what you know david during the sound of robin hood your book king was also the head of the corporations he owned all the productive capacity then that's not my point exactly tom that's my point exactly you're basing this as the code in on the assumption you know you're basing this whole notion on the assumption that government will will confiscate wealth from the private sector and redistribute it down to to the middle classes into working people i frankly work to not enough that confident i'm not that confident at the motivations of our colleagues agents in washington when they were government taxes they don't do it to enrich the poor they do it to enrich politicians you'd be
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transferring wealth from sovereign from private individuals and private companies to the federal gov't didn't have to work out well known dated women while i didn't associate you in a nursery or in the first time more than half of the u.s. house of representatives came millionaires was just last year it's reaganomics that has produced an explosion of millionaire politicians in the fifty's sixty's seventy's and eighty's in the united states when you had top tax rates of seventy four percent and c.e.o. is only making thirty times average people the better virtually everyone in the house of representatives and even about a third of the sudden we're not millionaires now all of the senator virtually all of the sudden are millionaires and more than half of the house are millionaires the owners are three percent of the american population and they control virtue and you've got one in the white house you've got virtually the entire senate more than half the house of representatives and four out of the nine seats five out of the nine seats on the supreme court we have a millionaire's government now when part of what makes it so difficult for people who aren't millionaires to run for office is caps on personal donations to federal
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campaigns like i'm here in new you. city if you want to run for congress if you want to run for state senate you need to advertise in the new york city media market that is incredibly expensive and because the maximum donation to a so that is required is about five thousand dollars to give it's really impossible for somebody who isn't already in the process let's go back in the next in the kennedy debates and require the networks to give free time to candidates i mean you know what that's not what's not wildly radical as far as i'm concerned but it publicly financed people have to have a feeling you say you support a really dangerous and you don't have to look much further than new york city in twenty thirteen the campaign the campaign finance board here in new york city arbitrarily denied matching funds to bill de blasio as primary opponents bill thompson and john louis are. they clear the pathway to blasio ok thank you david laska thank you. coming up in march the international court of justice ruled the japan southern ocean whaling program breaks international law could this really
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finally bring an end to what remains of the brutality of that we only knew this read more on that with captain paul watson and will wars right up the birth. of the for the police believe it was a relief very hard to make out or to get people to long here there's a lot that you ever had sex with that hurt their feelings. when you want. to. sleep with.
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you know the most of the rest of the news late last month the international court of justice at the hague c.j. headed conservationists and anyone who cares about our oceans a stunning victory court ruled twelve for the japan's controversy a whaling program in the southern ocean did not meet the standard of scientific research as required under international law the i.c.j. then ordered japan to revoke its whaling permits and stop handing out new ones although all commercial whaling is banned under international law a handful of countries including japan denmark norway and iceland continue to hunt whales for either scientific or cultural purposes j's ruling which came out of
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a court case brought by australia will likely make it even harder for those countries to justify their whaling programs and is being welcomed by many environmental groups one of those groups is the sea shepherd conservation society which was founded by paul watson to take direct action against threats to marine wildlife and ecosystems although sea shepherd has been around since one thousand nine hundred eighty seven it became known to wider audiences in two thousand and eight when animal planet began covering its fights with japanese whalers for their show whale wars here's a clip from one episode of well wars of sea shepherd members taking on a japanese whaling ship. to fire on a city coming closer. right
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time last night. joining me now in studio for more on the fight against whaling is captain paul watson founder of the sea shepherd conservation society and star of wheel wars chapter watson welcome both thank you it's great to have you with us let's start out with the i.c.j. ruling what what's the significance of the international court of justice over twelve years the japanese and everybody else is calling us pirates and eco terrorists and outlaws for in your opinion against their activities in the southern ocean we'll sanctuary what this means to us is that we've been vindicated they're the outlaws we're not. going forward are they stopping well everybody was celebrating but i wasn't because i knew that they would continue and that's what the intend to do the prime minister said they would have died by the i.c.j. ruling because they respect the rule of law but just yesterday they piled per an injunction in a seattle court to prevent us from interfering with them really because they said
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that they intend to go back and that they want the injunction to stop us so they betrayed themselves by filing that injunction so are they are they on the on the seas right now no they both just returned the last campaign they only took twenty four percent of their their other quota because of sea shepherd interviewed parents while good onya yes the shepherd over the last year was ten percent before that was seventeen percent so sea shepherd has effectively shut down their operations for the last six years. whales are at the top of the food chain actually they're not are they they're not they're not they're eating krill they're really really. very what was occurring to me was maybe this you could sell this to the japanese the you know using the tuna argument hey you poison your own people with mercury and now you know radiation thing the signal but whales would not qualify the way that a swordfish or to know but they do have a lot of mercury in there and they're in their bodies so it's
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a toxic meat but you know japan has the propaganda coming out of japan is that there are so many whales that in fact the fisheries director call them the cockroaches of the ocean. really there and what it what is the actual situation of whales nobody really knows but they're hunting humpbacks and then whales and those are endangered species that's not good. how do you respond to people suggesting that you are you guys are eco terrorists i mean when at the time that i mean now you said you feel vindicated because the i.c.j. has has ruled but i mean it's been a lot of years in the coming how did you respond to people you know back then the only eco terrorists i know are b.p. and union carbide all those companies that are destroying our planet those are eco terrorists there are no eco terrorists except in this country if you change yourself to a tree or hold up a picket sign you're now an eco terrorist so we've been perverted the language has become very orwellian so the fact is no environmentalist are conservationists has
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ever injured or killed a single person ever and in the last ten years nine hundred eight environmental activists have been murdered and really that was just reported in the guardian the new york times to two days ago where and by home all over and picked up four hundred forty of them were in brazil alone. people trying to stop the turning of the word or a structure and law on and on i mean just two days ago the chief warden of a national park in africa was shot so this is you know by the poachers we don't actually know because they haven't found out who shot could be poachers could be the oil companies we don't know because they want to drill for oil there but the thing is is that with over almost a thousand murders of environmental activists they still have the best city to call us a bio terrorist when we've never injured a single person or. one of the things the public has learned from the malaysian airlines crash and coverage of it is that the ocean is. has become a dumping ground for the seven billion people on earth one of the states of aid but
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not on the ocean a lot of what it what's the state of the ocean or the seven hundred million tons of plastic debris floating in our oceans and. oceans are dying chemicals acid the cation so many other things that's the primary message we're trying to get across if the oceans die we die we don't live on this planet with the dead ocean and so we've got to get that plastic out of the ocean suspect sea shepherd has a project called the board tax project which we're partnering up with various companies for all billions by the way with his company buying a car and is involved with this to try and get the plastic out and recycle it into clothing make it pay for itself in a way so we're working on the technology to do that extraction right now we have a jar of floating plastic in the pacific the size of the state of texas describe it it's plastic particles that are not on the surface you can't really see it is a few meters below the surface but you'll find the is the plastic on every beach like for instance where i gathered a couple of tons just on the one small tongan island just last year so it's all
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over midway island where alpha trusses are dying because of ingesting plastic it's a major major problems worsen oil pollution the plastic pollution is worse than the much worse because it is a hydrocarbon that actually goes away and in fact the the the dispersant so they put in the gulf of mexico were more toxic than the oil but plastic never goes away . what about the you know now they're making plastics out of corn there's biodegradable plastic says that actually a good thing i think it is a good thing if it's biodegradable and also san francisco has banned plastic bottles of tasmania's banned plastic bags and so we're it we're going in the right direction here in d.c. they're five cents and if you buy and so it's not a much of an incentive but i think we should just say a lot of people i don't disagree at all but i'm seeing a lot more people you know bringing up bringing a bag to the problem is a plastic shopping bag looks like a jellyfish in the ocean and turtle swallow it may die. so so what's coming up next for sea shepherd right now we're doing patrols off the senegal working with the some believe government to stop there in guatemala the western coast of them and
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what we're trying to head off is piracy piracy in somalia was caused by the real pirates the asian european fishing please coming in and taking. everything driving those people into impoverishment forcing them into piracy this is going to happen in west in mauritania and senegal in liberia unless we stop those european asian fishing fleets from just taking away all their livelihood what are the countries that are there are scenes fishing fleets in russia spain japan taiwan all the big countries these are the real pirates on the ocean. who are driving the fishing fleets and and are you are you going to send ships back out to to. check on the japanese whaling or do you expect that they're going to be quiescent for a while as of some i don't think they're going to return for the next season i think we're going to return in fact they stated they're going to return in the twenty fifteen twenty sixteen season so shepherd australia will be there to intervene against them sea shepherd usa has been banned by the us courts from intervene against them even though the international court of justice is declared
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to be legal the us courts have declared the legal and declared us pirates so sea shepherd usa was forced to withdraw but the campaign continues under the director's direction super australia so you've got problems here in the us two problems everywhere paul watson think you have to have you with us thank you it's. just. it's the good the bad of the very very news severus lee ugly the good jimmy carter in an open letter put out yesterday the former president joined nine other and nobel laureates in urging the obama administration to reject the keystone x.l. pipeline a lot of their minds president obama that while the climate crisis will require
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increasingly ambitious efforts to keep global warming below two degrees celsius the rejection of the keystone x.l. pipeline has the potential to empower a generation. it needs affirmation that their leaders are listening and care about their future a rejection would signal of new course for the world's largest economy this leadership by example would usher in a new era where climate change and pollution is given the urgent attention and focus it deserves well said edges further proof that america would be a far better place to be carter and be regular name to media which the bad greg brophy colorado state senator in two thousand and fourteen republican candidate for governor has found a way to get an edge over his competitors by giving away a rifle for free supporters got to register for the sweepstakes by logging on to brodie's website and sending in their name e-mail address zip code and phone number the lucky winner a local police officer got a smith and wesson m m p fifteen rifle the winner did have to pass
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a background check but that doesn't mean broken gun giveaway was a good idea lawmakers should be thinking of ways to make gun laws safer leads to more people. and a very very ugly den clevenger the bearer of marion build missouri is under fire today for telling a local t.v. station that he got it agrees with larry frazier glenn miller the suspect in a deadly shooting at a jewish community center in kansas over the weekend here's a clip of america club injuries remarks. clevenger says miller's biased police stayed strong on a agreed with a month some things but. i don't like to express that to him but that hasn't always been the case nearly a decade ago clevenger wrote this letter to the editor calling frazier a friend and wanting to spread miller's warnings he spoke of the jew run medical industry that quote made a few jews rich by killing us off he also mentions the jew run government ten years
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later clevenger views haven't seem to change or some things going on in this country that they strongly in as well got a false economy and it's. some of those corporations are run by jews because the names are they are clojure now says that he's done talking about his views on jews and frasier miller is probably a good thing because everything he's already said about the subject is a fairly serious. coming up our phone lines are now open for your take my take a live segment so if you want the chance to ask a question while on the big picture give us a call it two or two and i know for twenty one thirty four you're going to be talking with you after the break.
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nothing has been done this complex by the military since world war two. this is quite frankly in historical terms the berlin airlift in reverse. order seven or seven go down to some shifting on take off cause you're going to become stable you're talking really billions of dollars to move billions of dollars worth of equipment at what point is the plus no longer worth to invest. a chance our forces. sucked in and the finish line up. on. hearing.
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i would rather ask questions to people in positions of power instead of speaking on their behalf and that's why you can find my show larry king now right here on our t.v. question for. welcome
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to your take my take live our phone lines are open so if you want to share an opinion make a comment ask a question live on the air give us a call at two zero zero two nine zero four twenty one thirty four out of one before the number if you're outside the u.s. let's go to our first video comet of the night keegan in syracuse new york. dumb as you get over at syracuse university the ten dollars and ten cents an hour that the democrats in washington still seems kind of low to me for minimum wage. considering how much productivity is going up for workers over the past thirty years since reagan came into office and. wages of completely stagnated it just seems too low to me so what i did that i agree. it is said again.
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in fact it's useful but you know we've got this chart on productivity we can pull up this as you can see the red line is worker productivity we continue to be more productive in fact where the hardest working people in the developed world. wages ever since the reagan presidency have been flat because of the republican war on workers and so it's pretty straightforward stuff. if we were to get the minimum wage though the reason why ten dollars and ten cents is the the trigger point first of all i agree with you it should be higher than that i think you know eleven twelve dollars maybe even fifteen dollars to be a great place to start fifteen dollars we had on my radio show yesterday. i want to say schama swara the the socialists member of the seattle city council and you know they're pushing for a fifteen dollars minimum wage in seattle and they may actually pull it off a suburb of seattle did it but the reason why the ten dollars ten cent point is
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being. it is because at that at that level of minimum wage suddenly a lot of people are making a little too much money to be on food stamps or other government assistance and so you'd see a rapid drop off in the quote poverty rate now whether it's really going to take people out of poverty or not. i think it's the others there's a political argument to be made there as much as an economic one so. and now let's go to a viewer right here in washington d.c. who left us a message on our rant one. thanks for an honest. i'm wondering what your take is on the republicans speech obamacare is going to bankrupt america i seem to see plenty of things that look like they have more potential to bankrupt america than obamacare what is bankrupting america is it obamacare or might it be
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something else thanks for your time. thanks a lot for the call what's bankrupting america is austerity there is no country in the history of the world can take this back to some area to the roman empire to the greeks there's no country in the history of the world that has ever cut its way to prosperity. austerity does one thing and one thing only it transfers well from the working class it makes them no longer the middle class it turns them into the working poor and it takes money from the working class and moves it into the hands of the very very rich and that's what's bankrupting america the war in our national debt is not a big deal we've had a larger national debt than we have right now in the past and other countries have had much larger national debts than we have that's not a problem it's just you know there's a lot lots we can do richard in los angeles say richard thanks for watching what's on your mind that i. mean tom thanks for taking my call tom the supreme court next
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week will consider for the first time with their states they enforce laws that make it a crime to knowingly punish false statements about political candidates knowing the publish. located now this took place in ohio they're going to hear on an anti-abortion group freedom speech challenge to an autopilot law that was invoked in two thousand and ten by then representative steve driehaus he was a democrat and he had voted for president obama's health care law. and then right when i ran an ad saying that he agreed he had voted for government paid abortions i'm from louisiana said yes shame on steve driehaus trios woodard for taxpayer funded abortions tom since one nine hundred seventy six the hyde amendment has prohibited using federal funds to pay for a porno is a naked law court case and rape incest or both or the mother's life in danger right right the that he's not i mean. the thing is tom i'm just hoping that the supreme
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court is not going to see three protect your right to lie i just like to know what your prediction tosh or richard thanks for the call my prediction is that the supreme court will say we have a political right to lie. and the way that they'll frame it is they'll say you know it's a very very dangerous territory when the government source deciding what's true and what's not and in this case it may be a little clearer but there are a lot of cases where there's going to be a gray area and one man's truth is another man's law i and therefore it's not the job of government to decide what's true and what's not true and the reason the thing that causes me to think this and if you have a an internet browser nearby just google fox r.g.b. age as in real recombinant bovine growth hormone fox are g.b.h. lawsuit and what you'll find is that back in the late ninety's early two thousand there was a husband and wife investigative reporter team who worked for
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a fox affiliate down in florida their names were steve wilson and jane acre as i recall. and and steven jane were given the assignment to find out if that in this part of texas or of florida where they lived there was a lot of cattle you wouldn't know it but there's large chunks of florida where there's a lot of cattle and the question was is shooting these cattle up with this bow buying growth hormone from from monsanto is this dangerous to humans and they went out in the field they did their. research and they came back and they wrote up a story that basically said maybe we should look in the us a little more carefully and fox started getting some heat apparently from monsanto nobody's really clear about all the details on this but the fox affiliate the news director said to them rewrite the story so they rewrote the story to make it a little softer and said now read it some more so they rewrote it some more they ended up rewriting the story some like twenty times finally the do the news
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director said just rewrite the story so that it says that there's nothing wrong with the r.g.b. age and they said no we won't do that you know give us another assignment don't put our story on the air let us go investigate crime politicians or something but you know. we're not going to rewrite the story and of the time and they were fired they sued they sued fox that fox station for firing them and a jury of their peers six jurors in the state of florida awarded them i believe it was a quarter million dollars made about one hundred twenty five thousand dollars in punitive settlements as well as direct compensation but actually wanted to punish the station for inappropriately and illegally firing them fox appealed that to an appeals court a judge rather than a jury and the judge ruled that because the t.v. station the fox t.v. station was a corporation and corporations are persons with rights of free speech and of the first amendment that they lost the case the corporation had every right to force its reporters to lie that has not been overturned. i case is still on the books
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and in fact it wouldn't surprise me if that case gets cited as a as a minor precedent in this case before the supreme court so i'm not real optimistic richard will see that well it's going to be real interesting it's going to happen i believe next tuesday when the the arguments are going to be there shane foreign our supreme court reporters in free speech or accident talk radio news is. free speech reporter is going to be in the corner so dennison schomberg illinois aidan's what's up. they've got first of all i want to say he keep driving that environmental method because i've been a long time environmental educator for like thirty years and i will tell you this cool dog really promoted at the earth at that point in the classroom and one of the retrieve that i say that is because. schools especially are in the artificial environment and for the most part children are learning about nature in the abstract not in the direct experience of context they're poor they're losing their
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nads their affinities with nature over time not nurturing the important aspect of it is why we're in that environmental back that's a really high point. and i'll tell you i moved away from a public school private school schools don't really empathise a balance of learning outdoors as well as wording indoors and we we tend to be a much more controlled environment what rigor but we're out doors were open to this whole magnificent product is that the earth gets to us we learn about the profits of what you're at give to us and what we can do to give it back we don't learn the meaning of reciprocity of it by and through and we learn about meeting a consumer of them in the classroom and that's one point donna said thank you for calling and making it and not only that now you have corporations that are sponsoring classrooms corporations that are putting their logos on the walls of classrooms corporations that are off you know that are running food service that are vending to people and if worse in the most recent scandal one of the
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standardized testing companies took money from from barbie and one of their nike i guess it was in order to have questions and say something like you know johnny has two pairs of nike's if he buys four more pairs and ickes how many shoes really have you know and. i mean that wasn't the question does that kind of thing that they mention these these are product placements this is nuts yeah schools need to really should seriously consider doing field trips to the great outdoors bringing kids back out to nature and giving them a sense of nature at least those kids who don't live in rural areas tina in salem new jersey new jersey eighteen a for thanks for watching thanks for calling. here or you want to talk about the minimum wage. here. people were there were. there.
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for family and. people. i don't think so. the question. excellent point here is thank you so much for calling in and making that in fact somebody called my radio show earlier in the week and made what i thought was a profound suggestion they said that when we change the minimum wage let's say we said at the ten dollars and ten cents an hour what we should do is then make i mean we should adjusted to inflation but we should make congressional pay a multiple of the minimum wage so congress men and women get thirty eight times the minimum wage or twenty two times or sixteen times or whatever whatever works right now i have no idea what one hundred eighty thousand dollars versus minimum wage is around fifteen thousand. that's not even that you know what i don't know what the
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multiplier is but whatever it is we should fix that. and say ok congress does want to give ourselves a raise raise minimum wage george in los angeles say george a quick question on the santa clara case. my question of the why is it accepted that the supreme court clerk made an error in determining that corporations are natural people have the right to free speech it would know look by all these decisions if that was yeah george this is like you get this is this was you know in one thousand nine hundred six in the santa clara case in the head no to the case the clerk wrote corporations are people and i wrote about this my book on equal protection i think i was the first person to really big way in a public way discover those and publicize it and we need to get the word out it was a lie the court didn't actually decide that nine hundred eighty six that's it for your take my take a live thank you for all your calls and we didn't get to your calls and i trust back next week. will be right that.
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for tonight's green report students at the washington university of st louis are entering their second week of a city in protest in st louis based coal giant peabody energy's role in destroying our environment and destroying local communities according to these students peabody energy is mining operations and sealing county illinois are threatening the large farming community of rocky branch blocking local roads flooding the air with coal dust and by polluting local water sources peabody energy the largest privately owned coal company in america and a member of alec also blocked a st louis ballot initiative which called for that city to end the tax incentives
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for fossil fuel corporations white people already and to instead invest public money and. and into renewable energy projects washington university students are trying to make it clear that peabody energy is bad news for the environment and for communities but will their protests have any effect on the giant coal companies operations and joining me now for the latest on peabody energy and the washington university students sit in is jeff biggers journalist historian and author of the book state out of the union arizona and the final showdown over the american dream jeff welcome. thanks for having me thanks for joining us what's at the heart of the washington washington you protest. well you know tom i find it quite inspiring there really in the belly of the beast as we say st louis of course not just is the headquarters of people which is the largest privately owned coal company but also a patriot of arch of foresight not of months and so what these kids are doing actually is is quite quite a watershed event because there's a quite
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a bit of divestment movement on campuses across the country as we know but this is one of the first times that we have a sustained sit in there in their tenth day the sense they are saying we're not going to leave until there is some action and that to me it is quite a wake up call both where are the environmental movement on campuses across the country what kind of a relationship does the university have a peabody energy. well the university has received several million dollars for what's called the clean coal institute the c.e.o. of cuba the great voice is actually on the board of trustees and in fact one of the key demands of the student is that voice is removed from the board of trustees and very importantly they're asking the chancellor to actually make a tour of impacted my own communities so we actually can understand what the impact of their investment in relationship beer. how much influence does peabody energy have in the local community and nationwide for that matter right huge huge you know
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peabody really does rolling stone magazine said one of the greatest obstacles we have for climate action not only pouring millions into climate denial activities and millions into investments and billions of course globally in terms of the coal market but they have a tremendous impact on how we're framing in shaping this whole discussion about coal and so-called clean coal so so really taking on peabody at its headquarters right here in st louis is a really pivotal and historic occasion what is peabody doing to the rocky branch. well the rocky branch community is very close to me you know because i'm from southern illinois and the grandson of a coal miner a union coal miner and my family of course as you might remember lost our own farm our one hundred fifty year old homestead nearby rocky branch to strip mining and in fact peabody has been stripping my community since its very first mine was ever sun mr francis peabody sink the first mine near us and eight hundred ninety five rocky
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branch is quite possibly the most symbolic one thousand acres we have in our country because it's not particularly huge mine but it's a mine that really is placing the decision in front of the american public that an entire farming community is going to be removed due to blasting and mining fallout they're going to have mining operations within three hundred feet of their home and so these people are facing not only environmental ruin but financial real on a ruin of their health and they're really asking the question of the rest of the country is should american citizens and their civil rights and their health and their farms be the collateral damage for a reckless energy policy and that to me really has put it in the forefront of a very important question for all of us what are some of people already energies other dirty secrets i understand they played a role for example in relocating native americans. quite possibly one of the most shameless histories i think we don't really recognize in our energy policy was in
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the one nine hundred fifty s. when in fact peabody collapsed in chicago it was bought out taken to st louis and they turned a strip mining big time one of the first things they did was to engineer the purchase and relocation of all over fourteen thousand and digitas people bought in navajo from black mesa arizona which went on for decades as one of the most devastating strip mines of course there still is having its fall out today peabody has been doing major investments now globally not only in the united states with the largest strip mine in indiana. but also investments in places like mongolia and all stray via you know just recently peabody coal miners have gone on strike because working conditions that australia really really moving as well so really on a global front peabody's in the forefront of a tremendous amount of room amazing jeff biggers thanks so much for the great work you're doing thanks for being with us states. that.
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we are all lab rats in one giant toxic and deadly experiment the environmental defense fund has released a new report titled toxics across america which looks at the billions of pounds of toxic potentially deadly chemicals that are currently in the american marketplace europe or looks at one hundred twenty chemicals that are but i don't hide by state federal and international officials as hazardous to our health reports key findings include that at least eighty one of the chemical studied are produced in or imported to the u.s. each year in amounts of one million pounds or more also fourteen of the chemicals studying come in and quantities of a billion pounds or more and they include known carcinogens cancer causing
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chemicals like formaldehyde and benzene and at least ninety of the chemicals at the a.t.f. study are commonly found in consumer and commercial products including a used in children's problems with billions of pounds of toxic chemicals being produced and used in the united states every year do you think our government would have strict regulations to place in place to monitor those chemicals and to keep americans safe from you think that would be wrong. thanks to billions of dollars from big cam and relent we'll slobbing efforts regulations on deadly chemical production and use in america are virtually nonexistent so where are these unregulated toxic and potentially deadly chemicals being used by other uncommon things we use every day like kitchen cleaners and cosmetics and food storage containers and water bottles and even furniture. these items are all
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around us making us all lab rats for big kill according to c.d.c. four million households have children living in them that are being exposed to high levels of lead and this process of proximal a half a million u.s. children ages one to five with blood lead levels above five micrograms per deciliter the reference level at which the c.d.c. recommends public health actions be initiated in all this despite lead being banned in paint since way back in one nine hundred seventy eight even small amounts of leaded children have been linked to crime behavioral problems dyslexia decreased i.q. and a variety of other health problems meanwhile the carcinogen from mellow hide used by funeral homes to involve bodies is a common chemical found in plywood hard wood paneling and even furniture as formaldehyde ages it evaporates turns into a vapor which we breathe in and we accumulate in our bodies increasing our risks of
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developing cancer or literally being involved and by our houses and offices and the category of popular chemicals used in household furniture is flame retardants always sounded like a great idea back in the one nine hundred seventy s. when they were first introduced to the market we now know that flame retardant chemicals can cause a variety of health problems and clarity including early onset puberty diminished i.q. and probably word problems and according to the c.d.c. flame retardant chemicals are now found in the blood and bodies of nearly all americans and there's tough lot of chemical used to treat the pots and pans that we use for cooking so there nonstick are in the science advisory board of the e.p.a. teflon is in all of us. and it's most likely a carcinogen this is just a few of the thousands of potentially deadly chemicals that surround us every day and they're building up in our bodies back in two thousand and one as part of
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a story on chemicals in the environment bill moyers had his blood tested for industrial chemicals that had built up in his body the results are pretty shocking take a look. specialist in public health at the mount sinai school of medicine in new york led by dr michael mccallum are trying to assess how many synthetic chemicals are in our bodies. for the purpose of this broadcast i volunteered to take part in their study and a much larger project is underway at the u.s. centers for disease control. and you're looking for chemical you know the body's normal chemicals we're looking for industrial chemicals things that weren't around one hundred years ago that your grandfather didn't have in his blood or for that we're looking for those chemicals that have been put into the environment and through environmental exposures things we eat things we breathe water we drink our non-corporate in our in our bodies they just weren't there so what's the news we tested for one hundred fifty different industrial chemicals and you have eighty
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four. wow eighty four. that was ten years ago imagine how many more chemicals are and bills blood and in the blood of you and me today. and while we're seeing explosions at obesity cancer autism type two diabetes just to name a few all around us it'll be years to decades before we know which of these chemicals are causing which problems. fortunately there's a way to stop all this madness and to prevent america from becoming an even bigger toxic waste dump it's called the precautionary principle but here in america when giant corporations are precautionary principle they think about money and the millions of dollars they would have to waste on testing products before throwing them into our food putting them into our homes or pouring them over our bodies and since corporations are running things these days in washington thanks to the roberts supreme court are lawmakers are afraid of a promotion or principle too there are however some communities in america where we
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came. back in two thousand and five the city of san francisco passed a precautionary principle purchasing ordinance which requires that city to look at the environmental and health costs of every purchase it makes from office paper to keyboard cleaners time for the rest of the nation to follow suit and for washington to put the lives of americans ahead of the interests of big and corporate america call your member of congress and tell them it's time for the precautionary principle right here in the united states and that's the way it is tonight thursday april seventeenth two thousand and fourteen and i'm finishing up my book tour for the crash twenty sixteen so if you're in seattle on may first portland on may second or northampton mass on may tenth stop by and say hello and don't forget democracy begins with you get out there get active tell your.
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. no c.n.n. the m s n b c news have taken some slightly but the fact is i admire their commitment to cover all sides of the story just in case one of them happens to be accurate. that was funny but it's close and for the truth and might think. it's because one call attention and the mainstream media works side by side the joke is actually on you. coming up. at our teen years we have a different press. because the news of the world just is not this funny i'm not laughing dammit i'm not going. to have. you guys sort of jokes i will hand over the stuff that i've got to.
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coming up on our t.v. trying to end the crisis in ukraine through diplomacy in geneva is there a diplomatic solution to the growing tensions the report from switzerland straight ahead. and russian president vladimir putin took part in a q. and a with the press even got a question from n.s.a. whistleblower edward snowden on the topic of surveillance more on that coming up. and the pentagon defends its budget from suggested cuts as the u.s. military plans to potentially leave afghanistan was too much spent on supplies brought there and are to exclusive look at that later in the show. next thursday april seventeenth.

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