Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler claimed Sen. Bernie Sanders inflated the amount of taxpayer bailout money Wall Street received following the 2008 financial crisis. But Glenn on counted TARP money, which was designed to hide the full cost. Here is the truth for the 14 largest participants (excluding CBLS) measured in billions of dollars: Participant Total Percentage of total Citigroup $2,654.0 13.6% Merrill Lynch 2,429.4 12.4 Morgan Stanley 2,274.3 11.6 AIG 1,046.7 5.4 Barclays (UK) 1,030.1 5.3 Bank of America 1,0 17.7 5.2 BNP Paribas 1,002.2 5.I Goldman Sachs 995.2 5. I Bear Stearns 975.5 5.0 Credit Suisse 772.8 4.0 Deutsche Bank 711.0 3.6 RBS (UK) 628.4 3.2 JP Morgan Chase 456.9 2.3 UBS 425.5 2.2 All others 3,139.3 6.1 Totals $ 19,559. 100% read more
Don Veto Trumpleone has said, in not-so veiled threats, that efforts to impeach or un-elect him will be met with right wing violence. These "get-tough" warning are consistent with his history of promoting violence against his political enemies and economic adversaries. Trump and his backers have shaped their 2020 campaign to vilify the S-word (socialism) when it comes to the Democrats. They promote the false and fascist notion that socialism is taking over the Democratic Party. Realistically, Bernie and AOC are the only ones in the House's 435 members to identify as a socialist. 57% of the Democratic Party's voters prefer socialism to capitalism. But, DNC leadership hates the S-word and does nothing to promote it. read more
#FridaysForFuture is a movement that began in August 2018, after 15 years old Greta Thunberg sat in front of the Swedish parliament every schoolday for three weeks, to protest against the lack of action on the climate crisis. She posted what she was doing on Instagram and Twitter and it soon went viral. On the 8th of September, Greta decided to continue striking every Friday until the Swedish policies provided a safe pathway well under 2-degree C, i.e. in line with the Paris agreement. The hashtags #FridaysForFuture and #Climatestrike spread and many students and adults began to protest outside of their parliaments and local city halls all over the world. This has also inspired the Belgium Thursday school strikes. read more
Very important identical bills were introduced in the U.S. Senate and House in late February, but you've likely not heard of them -- even though they could literally blow up the Middle East and take the world much closer to World War III.
Human society, under the guise of religion, worships itself. Its not just Egyptian pyramids, Medieval cathedrals, or Greek or Buddhist temples. But that idolatry is dying, only to be replaced with a society which attaches sacred significance to the individual. This has morphed into the ubiquitous practice of taking a "selfie". When we are not digitally adoring ourselves our micro and macro-manipulated selves take the time to worship movie stars. They represent our desires, dreams, fears, aspirations, and ambitions. Donald J. Trump, through his signature brashness, flashiness, and gladiatorial glitz captured the hearts and imaginations of millions of disgruntled mini-idols. read more