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Matt Taibbi: The SuperRich in America Have Become ‘Untouchables’ Who Don’t Go to Prison

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Matt Taibbi: The SuperRich in America Have Become ‘Untouchables’ Who Don’t Go to Prison

Taibbi discusses his new book, “The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap.”http://www.alternet.org/books/matt-taibbi-superrich-america-have-become-untouchables-america-who-dont-go-prison

AMY GOODMAN: Earlier this month, attorney James Kidney, who was retiring from the Securities and Exchange Commission, gave a widely reported speech at his retirement party. He said that his bosses were too, quote, “tentative and fearful” to hold Wall Street accountable for the 2008 economic meltdown. Kidney, who joined the SEC in 1986, had tried and failed to bring charges against more executives in the agency’s 2010 case against Goldman Sachs. He said the SEC has become, quote, “an agency that polices the broken windows on the street level and rarely goes to the penthouse floors. … Tough enforcement, risky enforcement, is subject to extensive negotiation and weakening,” he said.

Well, for more, we turn to our guest, Matt Taibbi, award-winning journalist, formerly with Rolling Stone magazine, now with First Look Media. His new book is called  The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap.

Matt, we welcome you back to Democracy Now! It’s a remarkable, important, certainly needed book in this day and age. Talk about the thesis. What is the divide?

MATT TAIBBI: Well, this book grew out of my experience covering Wall Street. I’ve obviously been doing it since the crash in 2008. And over and over again, I would cover these very complex and often very socially destructive capers committed by white-collar criminals. And the punchline to all of the stories were basically the same: Nobody would get indicted; nobody went to jail. And after a while, I started to become interested specifically in that phenomenon. Why was there no enforcement of any of this? And around the time of the Occupy protest, I decided to write this book, and then I shifted my focus to try to learn a lot more for myself about who does go to jail in this country, because I thought you really can’t make this comparison accurately until you learn about both sides of the equation, because it’s actually much more grotesque to consider the non-enforcement of white-collar criminals when you do consider how incredibly aggressive law enforcement is with regard to everybody else.

AARON MATÉ: Now, you spent time with the—with the poor and vulnerable and people of color, who have been targeted by this system. There was one case of a man in New York, who lives in Bed-Stuy, standing outside of his home who was arrested. Can you take it from there?

MATT TAIBBI: Yeah, sure. I was in a law office in Brooklyn, and I was actually waiting to speak to a lawyer about another case, when I met this 35-year-old African-American man, a bus driver. And I asked him what he was there for, and he told me that he had been arrested for, quote-unquote, “obstructing pedestrian traffic.” And I thought he was kidding. You know, I didn’t know what that meant. And I asked him to show me his summons, and he pulled out a little—little piece of pink paper, and there it was. It was written, you know, “obstructing pedestrian traffic,” which it turns out it meant that he was standing in front of his own house at 1:00 in the morning, and the police just didn’t like the way he looked and arrested him.

And this is part of the disorderly conduct statute here in New York, but this is one of these offenses that people get roped in for. It’s part of what a city councilman in another city called an “epidemic of false arrests,” basically these new stats-based police strategies. The whole idea is to rope in as many people as you can, see how many of them have guns or warrants, and then basically throw back the innocent ones. But the problem is they don’t throw back everybody. They end up sweeping up a lot of innocent people and charging them with really pointless crimes….

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Scientists discover why honey is still the best antibiotic

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Honey-Pot-naturalnews.com

Originally published April 11 2014

Scientists discover why honey is still the best antibiotic

by L.J. Devon, Staff Writer

(NaturalNews) Conventional antibiotics are overprescribed and overconsumed. They are given out like parade candy, tossed out to anyone waving their hands. 2010 data obtained by the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) show that a whopping 833 antibiotic prescriptions are handed out on average per every 1,000 people.

Conventional antibiotics make users sicker in the long run

Doctors carelessly prescribe antibiotics for viral infections, which is useless since antibiotics are only effective for breaking up bacterial infections. To make matters worse, overprescription and overconsumption make future infections harder to fight, since antibiotics deplete the good bacteria in the gut.

In this medical travesty, antibiotic-resistant bacteria are rising up, adapting to the singular mode of action that the prescription antibiotics lean on. The CDC has recently identified 20 resistant strains of…

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WHERE DO CASHEWS COME FROM? eating with cpnsciousness

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Where the Heck Do Cashews Come From?
Ever wonder where cashews come from?
You might think they grow inside a shell like any other nut,
but there true origins are far more bizarre.
First of all, cashews are not actually nuts, but rather fruits
from the cashew tree, a large evergreen tree that thrives in tropical climates.
The tree produces a red flower, which in turn produce yellow and red oval
fruits resembling apples.
These so-called cashew apples are very juicy and pulpy, and their juice is often
added to tropical fruit drinks.
The cashew apple and fruit.
However, cashew apples are not actually fruits in a scientific sense;
the real fruit of the cashew tree is the kidney-shaped formation growing
at the end.
These fruits, also called drupes, are harvested and become what we
know as a cashew nut.
In their raw form, the other layer of the fruit…

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KFC Introduces a Chicken Corsage tMake Your Prom Finger-Lickin’ Good

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KFC Introduces a Chicken Corsage tMake Your Prom Finger-Lickin’ Good

Now a girl can snack on fast food while she’s getting her slow dance on. o

Forget about searching on Pinterest for prom ideas. KFC has come up with what may be the most original, albeit totally disgusting, take on the traditional corsage: one made of fried chicken.

Yes, you read that correctly, folks. In its latest advertisement the fast-food giant pokes a little fun at that awkward moment when a guy puts an old-school flowered wristband on his prom date while her hovering parents watch. No more worrying over whether a girl will like a corsage of boring baby’s breath: Just add some of Colonel Sanders’ secret recipe, and she’ll be head over heels in love with the chicken—er, her date. As you can see in the…

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Do You Want to Know What Is Actually in Your Child’s Easter Basket?

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Do You Want to Know What Is Actually in Your Child’s Easter Basket?

Posted By Contributing Author On April 15, 2014 @ 9:12 pm In Depopulation and Eugenics,Editor’s Choice,Featured,Health

What is in that easter basket[1]

Happy genetically modified toxic Easter!

Did you ever stop to think about what is really in those cute little Easter baskets you can buy for your kids? There are so many GMOs in this stuff that it’s an Easter miracle that the big bunny himself hasn’t sprouted a third ear or developed a dreadful tumor. (Click HERE[2] to learn why you should avoid GMOs 100% of the time.) And the damage doesn’t stop with GMO ingredients.

Go to the store and just look at those aisles loaded with pastel packages and bunny rabbits. It’s hard to believe that the cellophane packages are full of toxins and artificial food molded into cheerful shapes

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Bullied Teen Recorded His Tormentors – and Guess Who Ended Up Being Charged With a Crime?

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Bullied Teen Recorded His Tormentors – and Guess Who Ended Up Being Charged With a Crime?

Posted By Lily Dane On April 15, 2014 @ 6:03 pm In Controlling the Herd,Cops and Robbers,Crime/Police State,Editor’s Choice,Education,Featured,News,People

No Justice[1]

A Pennsylvania teenager who endured months of bullying at school decided to gather evidence of his tormentors in action.

On February 11, Christian Stanfield, a 15-year-old sophomore at South Fayette High School, recorded seven minutes of the bullying on his iPad. His mother showed school officials the footage the next day.

The school officials, including Principal Scott Milburn and Superintendent Bille Pearce Rondinelli, took immediate action.

They contacted police for a possible violation of wiretapping laws.

When they realized the case did not fall within wiretapping criteria, South Fayette police Lt. Frank Kurta charged Stanfield with disorderly conduct instead.

School officials forced him to delete the audio…

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“HAPPY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN” Sam Lanin & His Orchestra, 1929

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Sam Lanin & His Orchestra – Happy Days Are Here Again (J.Yellen), Champion 1929

http://youtu.be/qbieSc7aiq8

Hector Abad Faciolince: El olvido que seremos (dt. Brief an einen Schatten).

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Héctor Abad Faciolince

Héctor Abad Faciolince (* 1958 in Medellín) ist ein kolumbianischer Autor, Essayist und Herausgeber. Bekannt ist er vor allem für seine vielfach ausgezeichneten Romane Angosta und El olvido que seremos (dt. Brief an einen Schatten).

Héctor Abad Faciolince (2011)

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Héctor Abad wurde 1958 in Medellín (Kolumbien) als einziger Junge neben fünf Schwestern geboren. Sein Vater, Héctor Abad Gómez, war ein bekannter Arzt, Universitätsprofessor und Menschenrechtler, dessen Vision eines ganzheitlich ausgerichteten Gesundheitsystems ihn die kolumbianische National School of Public Health gründen ließ.

Abad zog nach seinem Abschluss an einer privaten katholischen Schule 1978 nach Mexiko-Stadt, da sein Vater zum Berater der kolumbianischen Botschaft in Mexiko ernannt wurde. Während dieser Zeit besuchte Abad Workshops für Literatur, kreatives Schreiben und Poesie im La Casa del Lago, dem ersten außerhalb des Campus liegendem, kulturellen Zentrum der…

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Nigeria: Massenentführung in Nigeria – Über hundert Schülerinnen verschleppt

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Massenentführung in Nigeria

Über hundert Schülerinnen verschleppt

Markus Haefliger, Onitsha (Nigeria) Gestern, 15. April 2014, 22:15 http://www.nzz.ch/aktuell/startseite/ueber-hundert-schuelerinnen-verschleppt-1.18285136?extcid=Newsletter_16042014_Top-News_am_Morgen
Laut Augenzeugenberichten kamen die Angreifer auf Motorrädern und mit einem Lastwagen zu der Schule, überfielen sie und verschleppten die Mädchen im Alter von 15 bis 18 Jahren. (Bild: Keystone / ap)
Terroristen haben in der Nacht auf Dienstag im Nordosten Nigerias eine Schule überfallen und zahlreiche Mädchen verschleppt. Die Tat trägt die Handschrift der islamistischen Rebellengruppe Boko Haram.

Nur einen Tag nach dem Bombenattentat in einem Busbahnhof der Hauptstadt Abuja, bei dem mindestens 75 Pendler das Leben verloren haben, ist Nigeria erneut von einer Schreckensnachricht heimgesucht worden. Danach sind in der Nacht auf Dienstag im Gliedstaat Borno im Nordosten des Landes über hundert Schülerinnen einer öffentlichen Mädchenschule entführt worden. Zu dem Angriff hatte sich bis Dienstagabend niemand bekannt. Die Behörden gehen wie beim Anschlag vom Montag von der Urheberschaft der islamistischen Sekte Boko Haram aus.

Die Nachrichten über den Übergriff, vom Ausmass her der erste seiner Art, sickerten am Dienstag nur spärlich an die Öffentlichkeit. Die Erziehungsbehörden Bornos bestätigten die Massenentführung, aber die Armee schwieg sich darüber aus, weshalb die Schule nicht wirksam beschützt worden war. Der Überfall ereignete sich im Bezirksort Chibok, 140 Kilometer südlich von Maiduguri. Die Ortschaft wurde bei dem Angriff offenbar weitgehend zerstört.

Laut Augenzeugenberichten kamen die Angreifer auf Motorrädern und mit einem Lastwagen zu der Schule, überfielen sie und verschleppten die Mädchen im Alter von 15 bis 18 Jahren. Einige von ihnen konnten entkommen. Augenzeugen sprachen von mehreren Todesopfern; es ist unklar, ob es sich dabei um Soldaten handelt. Laut der Nachrichtenagentur AFP nahm die Armee die Verfolgung der Entführer auf. In den drei nordöstlichen Teilstaaten, über die der Ausnahmezustand verhängt ist, sind wegen der Sicherheitslage vielerorts die Schulen geschlossen worden. Diese Woche kehrten die Jugendlichen jedoch zurück, um unter speziellen Schutzmassnahmen Examen abzulegen.

Die radikale Absage an säkulare Bildungsinhalte stand vor einem Jahrzehnt am Anfang der absonderlichen Ideologie von Boko Haram – der gewaltsame Kampf gegen Kirchen, den Staat und schliesslich gegen muslimische Andersdenkende kam erst später dazu. Die religiösen Fanatiker werden die Massenentführung daher wohl als grossen Coup feiern.

Ein anderes mutmassliches Motiv ist profaner. Boko Haram ist längst zu einem Haufen von Verfemten aller Art mutiert, unter denen sich Banditen und Kleinkriminelle befinden. In von der Armee gestürmten Lagern der Aufständischen hat man Drogen gefunden. Es wäre nicht das erste Mal, dass die Extremisten Frauen entführen, um sie als Sexsklavinnen auszubeuten – so viele waren es allerdings noch nie.

FBI Accused of Infiltrating Guantánamo Defense Team

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FBI Accused of Infiltrating Guantánamo Defense Team

US halts military trial proceedings halted after lawyers file emergency motion charging spying

- Sarah Lazare, staff writer

Photo: Jordan P/cc/flickr The U.S. government on Monday slammed the brakes on proceedings in the military trial of 9/11 suspects at Guantánamo Bay following charges that the FBI infiltrated and spied on their defense team.

The halt is just the latest setback for a trial process that has been embroiled in charges of inhumanity, torture, spying, censorship and absence of due process.

The defense lawyers filed a motion on Sunday charging that the “the government has created what appears to be a confidential informant relationship” with a security officer on the legal team of Yemeni Ramzi bin al Shibh—one of five men at Guantánamo Bay facing charges related to the September 11th attacks, journalist…

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