http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/03/was-the-iraq-war-to-get-oil-or-to-keep-it-off-the-market.html

“And that’s how George Bush won the war in Iraq. The invasion was not about “blood for oil”, but something far more sinister: blood for no oil. War to keep supply tight and send prices skyward.”

Was the Iraq War to Grab Oil … Or to Keep It Off the Market?U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, 4 Star General John Abizaid, Fed boss Alan Greenspan, President George W. Bush, Senator John McCain, Sarah Palin, Bush speechwriter David Frum, key war architect John Bolton, and a high-level National Security Council officer all say that the Iraq war was about oil.

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http://www.mediachannel.org/washington-post-kills-account-of-its-failures-in-iraq-reporting-and-runs-a-defense-instead/

Washington Post Kills Account of Its Failures in Iraq Reporting and Runs a Defense Instead – Media ChannelVeteran journalist Greg Mitchell is claiming an assigned piece he wrote for the Washington Post that outlined the failure of the media (including the Washington Post) in reporting on the lead-up to the Iraq War was killed by editors, who then ran a piece by Paul Farhi that defends their coverage instead.

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http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/03/130326133339.htm

Mindfulness improves reading ability, working memory, and task-focusIf you think your inability to concentrate is a hopeless condition, think again — and breathe, and focus. According to a study by researchers at the UC Santa Barbara, as little as two weeks of mindfulness training can significantly improve one’s reading comprehension, working memory capacity, and ability to focus.

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http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/blogs/taibblog/wikileaks-was-just-a-preview-were-headed-for-an-even-bigger-showdown-over-secrets-20130322

Wikileaks Was Just a Preview: We’re Headed for an Even Bigger Showdown Over Secrets | Matt Taibbi | Rolling StoneI went yesterday to a screening of We Steal Secrets, Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney’s brilliant new documentary about Wikileaks. The movie is beautiful and profound, an incredible story that’s about many things all at once, including the incredible Shakespearean narrative that is the life of Julian Assange, a free-information radical who has become an uncompromising guarder of secrets.

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http://www.economist.com/node/18548119

Direct Democracy – Origin of the speciesONE HUNDRED YEARS ago Hiram Johnson, one of the most consequential governors in California’s history, called a special election. Johnson was a leader of a movement called Progressivism that reacted to America’s industrialisation by demanding women’s suffrage, direct election of United States senators (originally chosen by state legislatures) and other expansions of democracy.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financialcrisis/9952979/Cyprus-bail-out-savers-will-be-raided-to-save-euro-in-future-crises-says-eurozone-chief.html

Cyprus bail-out: savers will be raided to save euro in future crises, says eurozone chief – Telegraph“If we want to have a healthy, sound financial sector, the only way is to say, ‘Look, there where you take on the risks, you must deal with them, and if you can’t deal with them, then you shouldn’t have taken them on,'” he said.

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http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/03/24/corporate-welfare-employees-paying-taxes-directly-to-corporations/

Corporate Welfare – Employees Paying Taxes Directly To CorporationsTaxes have been a part of government for as long as there have been things to tax, and the general idea behind them is pretty well understood. The government takes a portion of everyone’s income and spends it in such a way as to improve things for everyone in one way or another.

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http://www.pressherald.com/news/mdc-seeking-pepper-spray-video-source_2013-03-21.html

Maine officials seeking pepper-spray video leak | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday TelegramBy David Hench dhench@mainetoday.com Staff Writer The Maine Department of Corrections is investigating to determine how the press obtained video and documents about a captain’s treatment of an inmate last year. In this video image, Capt.

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http://www.infowars.com/big-sis-refuses-to-answer-congress-on-ammo-purchases/

Big Sis Refuses To Answer Congress On Bullet PurchasesDHS staying mum as members probe for explanations Steve Watson Infowars.com Mar 21, 2013 UPDATE: 14 Members of Congress Demand Investigation of Obama’s Ammo Horde Speaking at CPAC with Infowars and We Are Change reporter, Luke Rudkowski, Congressman Timothy Huelscamp revealed this week that the Department of Homeland Security has refused to answer questions from “multiple” members of Congress regarding its recent purchase of huge amounts of weapons and ammunition.

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http://www.businessweek.com/news/2013-03-19/freddie-mac-sues-multiple-banks-over-libor-manipulation

Freddie Mac Sues Multiple Banks Over Libor ManipulationFreddie Mac (Bank of America Corp. (JPMorgan Chase & Co. ( FMCC) sued BAC), UBS AG (UBSN), JPM) and a dozen other banks over alleged manipulation of the London interbank offered rate, saying the mortgage financier suffered substantial losses as a result of the companies’ conduct.

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2013/mar/19/kaupthing-executives-indicted-for-market-rigging

Icelandic bank Kaupthing’s top executives indicted over market riggingIcelandic banker Sigurdur “Siggi” Einarsson, who ran Kaupthing bank from offices in Mayfair until its collapse five years ago, is among nine former senior staff who have been variously charged in Reykjavik with orchestrating five large-scale market manipulation conspiracies.

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http://dailybail.com/home/doj-rules-it-is-legal-to-photograph-and-film-the-police.html

DOJ RULES: ‘It Is Legal To Photograph And Film The Police’ – Home – The Daily BailEric Holder finally got one right. ‘It is settled law that citizens have the right to record police.’ Journalist Mannie Garcia was arrested for filming police as they detained two men in Maryland. Garcia was charged with disorderly conduct, but the Justice Department has confirmed that he was within his rights to film the cops.

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