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May 18 15:29

US CEOs Earn 335 Times More Than Average Worker: Study

US chief executive officers (CEO) of the largest American companies on average made 335 times more money than US rank-and-file workers last year, according to a new study.

The average production and non-supervisory worker made around $36,900 last year, up from roughly $36,000 in 2014, the AFL-CIO reported Tuesday, based on US government reports.

May 18 15:24

Brazil Gets An Unelectable President Amid Protests

Boaventura de Sousa Santos says Brazilians should prepare for “shock therapy” under new president Michel Temer and his cabinet.

May 18 15:24

Queen’s Speech: Tories Push Ahead With Controversial Plan To Scrap Human Rights Act

Human rights groups have condemned Tory plans outlined in the Queen’s Speech to scrap the Human Rights Act (HRA) and replace it with a British Bill of Rights.

Queen Elizabeth II announced the government’s plans to ditch the HRA during the official state opening of parliament on Wednesday.

May 18 15:19

The Police State And License Plate Scanners

One of the latest tools for violating our privacy and creating the American police state are license plate scanners.

Watching You

This technology allows the police to cruise through a city at normal speed and photographically gather images of vehicle license plates, along with geolocation data. This is all stored, and can easily be used to create a record of everywhere your car has been. Coupled with cellphone and WiFi data being collected along with its own geodata, and tied to things like tracked credit card activity, emails and the now-ubiquitous public surveillance cameras, it is very, very easy for law enforcement to know where you are, where you have been and have a pretty good idea of what you were doing.

May 18 15:07

Susan Rice Tells College Grads There Are Too Many White People In Top Government Posts

Speaking to graduates of Florida International University, White House National Security Adviser Susan Rice lamented on Wednesday that there are too many white people in top government positions. The lack of diversity, she added, puts our nation at risk because they all think alike.

May 18 15:07

Slouching Toward Washington

The corrupt, interminable 2016 presidential primary process has revealed terrible flaws in United States democracy. The biggest takeaway is that our two-party monopoly system is outmoded and inadequate to represent our diverse U.S. population. We need a fresh start, with more, and more open, parties, more closely resembling other western democracies. Too many Americans are now excluded for various reasons, with no say in their own governance.

May 18 15:03

WARNING THIS WILL MAKE YOU FURIOUS

May 18 14:45

A Commencement Address For The Most Indebted Class Ever

Congratulations, college graduates! As you enter the next phase of life, you and your parents should be proud of your achievements.

But, I’m sorry to say, they’ve come at a price: The system is trying to squeeze you harder than any previous generation.

May 18 14:38

NATO Announces War Policy Against Russia

On May 18th, Britain’s Guardian headlined “West and Russia on course for war, says ex-Nato deputy commander” and reported that the former deputy commander of NATO, the former British general Sir Alexander Richard Shirreff (who was Supreme Allied Commander in Europe from 2011-2014), expressed outrage that Britain isn’t urgently preparing for war against Russia, and also reported that "He describes Russia as now the west’s most dangerous adversary and says Putin’s course can only be stopped if the west wakes up to the real possibility of war and takes urgent action. … In a chilling scenario, he predicts that Russia, in order to escape what it believes to be encirclement by Nato, will seize territory in eastern Ukraine.” (That’s the Donbass region, where there has been a civil war.)

May 18 14:32

Feet On The Ground

DPR Korea is thoroughly demonised. It is supposed to be the poorest country (Wikipedia); hell on earth, its national airline “the world’s worst”, its cities shambles. The demonisers did a good service for N Korea as my expectations were so low that I immensely enjoyed every minute and every meal. Actually Air Koryo, the native airline, is not too bad and comparable to provincial airlines of its neighbours Russia and China.

May 18 14:29

"The Federal Reserve should not keep secrets from Congress" - Audit The Fed Bill Moves Forward In Congress

Congressman Thomas Massie from Kentucky, author of the Audit the Fed bill, has announced that his proposal passed committee and is moving forward. "Ironically, the people who argue against an audit make the case for an audit by saying that transparency may affect the way the Fed operates. Congress created the Federal Reserve, so it is Congress' responsibility to audit the Federal Reserve. Americans want and deserve more transparency," Massie said.

May 18 14:26

Segregation Worsening In US Schools: Study

America’s public schools are growing more segregated by race and social class as poor, black and Hispanic children are becoming increasingly isolated from their white, affluent peers, according to new findings by the US government.

May 18 14:25

Guess How Much The Clintons Have Been Paid For Speeches...

Total dollar amount... The answer is here.

May 18 14:17

Time Warner Cable CEO Rob Marcus gets $92 million severance after 2.5 years on the job

The sale of Time Warner Cable to Charter Communications is completed today, and former TWC customers (including me) can probably look forward to a whole new era of crappy service, Netflix throttling, and horrible customer service experiences under our new broadband overlords. But the deal worked out pretty well for TWC's outgoing CEO Rob Marcus, who “didn’t exactly endear himself to customers and employees during his short tenure,” reports Fortune. In part, because of his behavior to employees as CEO. And in part, because he will be receiving $92 million in severance after working at the company for a total of two and a half years. Pretty sweet deal.

May 18 14:16

Queen Seated Next To Bahraini King At Birthday Bash… Because He’s Bankrolling UK Navy Base?

The seating of the King of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, next to Queen Elizabeth II at her 90th birthday extravaganza has been condemned by campaigners critical of the Gulf kingdom’s human rights record.

May 18 14:06

Pentagon Bought Drones That Failed Their Tests For Commandos – Report

The popular small reconnaissance drone RQ-20A Puma failed Special Operations Command tests, but the Pentagon still bought 41 of them for SOCOM nevertheless, an inspector general’s report revealed.

May 18 14:03

Yemen A Major Blot On Obama’s Foreign Policy Record

At the end of March the White House announced that it is providing logistical and intelligence support to Saudi Arabia’s military operations in Yemen. The main purposes seem to be to limit Iranian influence via the Houthis and deny Al Qaeda a refuge. Writes Micah Zenko in Foreign Policy, “make no mistake, the United States is a combatant in this intervention.”

U.S.-OPERATED DRONES ARE SUPPLYING TARGETING INTELLIGENCE TO SAUDI FORCES IN YEMEN, WHICH GOES WELL BEYOND THE DEFINITION OF LOGISTICS AND INTELLIGENCE, WRITES ZENKO. IN ADDITION THE U.S. IS PROVIDING AERIAL REFUELING FOR SAUDI FIGHTER AIRCRAFT.

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