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Top 1% took record share of 2012 US income

The income disparity between the wealthiest 1 percent of American earners and everyone else widened to a record gap in 2012. The Associated Press reports the top 1 percent of US earners made 19.3 percent of national household income in 2012, the largest slice of the proverbial pie since the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) began keeping records a century ago. …

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Events, Perception, Truth, and Subjective Reality

Steve Pavlina, Guest Waking Times What exactly is an event? An event is something that happens at a given place and time. An event is essentially a point or interval in space-time. Place and time are both relative concepts. To define a place, you need a reference location. Places are defined by relationships, such as by coordinates (relative to a …

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Major General Smedley Butler – The Military Industrial Complex’s Original Whistleblower

Sigmund Fraud, Staff Writer Waking Times After marking the 12th anniversary of the terrible events of 9/11 and remembering the over 3000 lives that were lost, the American people find themselves embroiled in endless military conflict without clear objectives, without a clear definition of who or what we are still fighting, and without respectable leadership. This confusion has been highlighted …

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Russia sends missile cruiser to Mediterranean as Syria tension mounts

Country’s biggest naval deployment since USSR days sent to sea’s east as US also beefs up maritime presence in region Alec Luhn in Moscow theguardian.com, Thursday 12 September 2013 09.22 EDT The Russian destroyer Smetlivy, seen in the background in this 2008 picture, has been dispatched to the eastern Mediterranean. Photograph: Sergei Chuzavkov/AP Russia has dispatched a “carrier killer” missile …

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The NSA’s next move: silencing university professors?

Jay Rosen theguardian.com, Tuesday 10 September 2013 12.40 EDT A Johns Hopkins computer science professor blogs on the NSA and is asked to take it down. I fear for academic freedom On 9 September, Johns Hopkins University asked one of its professors to take down a blog post on the NSA. Photograph: AP This actually happened yesterday: A professor in …

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Pentagon Mocks Sequester with New Millions Wasted

Pentagon Mocks Sequester with New Millions Wasted Reuters/iStockphoto/The Fiscal Times Brianna Ehley The Fiscal Times September 12, 2013 While Pentagon officials fret over how the second wave of over $60 billion in budget cuts mandated by the sequester will undermine military readiness, and lawmakers warn against the potentially expensive strike in Syria, the Defense Department continues wasting millions on various …

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CIA begins delivering weapons to militants in Syria

Select Bitrate200 Kbps300 Kbps500 Kbps700 Kbps800 Kbps The United States has begun delivering weapons to foreign-backed militants in Syria, a major escalation of the US role in stirring unrest in the Syrian crisis. The CIA and State Department began shipping weapons through Turkey and Jordan over the past two weeks, The Washington Post reported, citing US officials. The weapons include …

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Russia, U.S. work on deal to disarm Syria of poison gas

By Warren Strobel and Stephen Kalin GENEVA/BEIRUT | Thu Sep 12, 2013 9:05am EDT (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flew into Geneva on Thursday to hear Russia’s plans to disarm Syria of its chemical weapons and avert U.S.-led military strikes, an initiative that has transformed diplomacy in the two-and-a-half year old civil war. Kerry would insist any …

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Noam Chomsky: U.S. Has Been “Torturing” Iran for 60 Years, Since 1953 CIA-Led Coup

In this web-only exclusive, MIT Professor Emeritus Noam Chomsky talks about the past 60 years of U.S.-Iranian relations since the 1953 coup organized by the CIA. [includes rush transcript] In this web-only exclusive, MIT Professor Emeritus Noam Chomsky talks about the past 60 years of U.S.-Iranian relations since the 1953 coup organized by the CIA. “The crucial fact about Iran, …

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Vladimir Putin warns US not to launch attack in Syria

Russian president appeals to Americans in New York Times article claiming intervention would unleash more terrorPresident Barack Obama meets Russia’s President Vladimir Putin. Photograph: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, has warned against US military intervention in Syria, writing in what he called a direct address “to the American people and their political leaders” that it could “increase …