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How The Guardian Milked Edward Snowden’s Story
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange attacks The Guardian and its hastily-compiled book—The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man—as a self-serving “hack job” filled with “flatulent tributes.” And those two are the softer edges around Assange’s sharply-written indictment of the book. The rights to The Snowden Files were sold to Oliver Stone for $700,000.
Noam Chomsky: “The Idea Of A Media Which Does Not Repeat US Propaganda Is Intolerable To American Leaders”
The venerable public intellectual, critical philosopher and historical theorist spoke with RT (state-funded TV network Russia Today) on Cold War 2.0 and on the role that the media plays in the United States. Zero Hedge provides a useful transcript along with RT’s video. Most notably, Chomsky responds to criticism of RT as a source of propaganda by pointing out that US media reliably chants self-serving mantras provided by America’s foreign policy establishment.
Obama’s Lawyers: Let’s Extend the 9/11 Wars Forever
The Commander-in-Chief crows about the end of combat operations in Afghanistan. His administration is lobbying Congress to repeal the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) upon which the entire War on Terrorism is built. But his subordinates have taken to the defense policy lecture circuit to reassure the Military-Industrial Complex that the “Forever War” isn’t going anywhere. Ka-ching!
U.S. Defense Industry Outperforms S&P by 100 Percent
How do you beat a market that—in spite of bad fundamentals and a massive debt to GDP ratio—is outperforming every other market in the world? Bet on the Forever War! Since April of 2013, the S&P 500 has grown at an unprecedented rate—by over 30 percent in 24 months. But that’s chump change to bomb-makers. During that same period the Dow Jones US Aerospace and Defense Total Stock Market Index has doubled the S&P—increasing by a staggering 60 percent. Now that’s serious ka-ching.
Tech vs. Terror: Drones and Data Fight a New Battle Against Poachers
The word “drones” evokes fear, loathing and sense of dread about a future filled with flying killer robots. But the reality is a bit more complicated, because drones are also an effective tool in the battle to save rapidly declining species like the rhino and the elephant.
Willie Nelson’s Weed Venture Faces Highs and Lows, Says Data
There are 55 publicly-traded companies in some type of legal marijuana-related business. And singer-songwriter-stoner Willie Nelson is about to join the party. Yesterday the Red-Headed Stranger announced a new venture to sell “Willie’s Reserve” pot in Colorado and Washington State. It is sure to inspire many of his fans in surrounding states to get on the road again. No doubt, they’ll take the high road on their way back home.
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