The ego pretends it’s who we are and uses fear to keep its game going. The more we chop into our fears by facing them, becoming them, the bigger we become. But the ego will still morph around this new bigness and claim it for itself. For this is what ego does: it is our internal integrator in the world of form. And we absolutely need the ego to do its job in order for us to play the game of life. As Ken Wilber aptly observed, “We’d be psychotic without one.” But to mistake the ego for who we are is to miss our boundless nature: the absolute stillness in which our movement arises, which is also us; the absolute emptiness in which our form manifests, which is also us. Once we sense our self in this boundlessness and this boundlessness in our self, we can help our ego face its fears — one at a time as they arise in the game of life — trusting that as we merge with each scary, mini-death-like fear, we create space for greater life. Like a snake shedding its skin to grow larger, we shed old fears that no longer serve, expanding our capacity as each one falls away.
— Dr. Ginny Whitelaw

New Whistleblower Describes How Bank of America Flagrantly Violates Dual Tracking, Single Point of Contact Requirements in State/Federal Mortgage Settlement ” naked capitalismRemember that big, ballyhooed mortgage settlement of early last year? The one where homeowners got $25 billion of relief (well actually only around $5 billion in cold cash, but why bother with pesky details?) The one made possible by Eric Schneiderman abandoning his fellow state attorneys general to grasp the brass ring of a do-just-about-nothing Residential Mortgage-Backed Task Force?

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Drones have killed 4,700, U.S. senator saysJust how many people have America’s drones killed? Republican Senator Lindsey Graham has put the death toll at 4,700-the first time an American official has publicly put a figure on the impact of strikes by unmanned aerial vehicles. The South Carolina lawmaker’s office said he was citing an estimate already discussed on cable television.

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“Corporations are legal fictions created by the State to shield executives from liability… It’s like if I had a little hand-puppet, and I went to rob a bank, and the hand-puppet held the little gun and told people to hand over all the money, and then the hand-puppet grabbed the money and ran out, and then I got caught and I handed the hand-puppet over the police and then the police tried the hand-puppet, put the hand-puppet in jail, and I get to keep all the money.”
–Stefan Molyneux

“We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated Governments in the civilized world — no longer a Government by free opinion, no longer a Government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men.”
–Woodrow Wilson, The New Freedom (1913)

“And I sincerely believe, with you, that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies; and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.”
–Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Taylor (28 May 1816)

“There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.”
–Ayn Rand

Bank of America Bombshell: Whistleblowers Reveal Orchestrated Coverup and Massive Borrower HarmEditor’s Note: In his 2012 State of The Union address, President Obama spoke of American homeowners abused by unscrupulous banks and financial institutions. Have they gotten justice? What follows is the first in a new series examining f oreclosure settlements and the disturbing patterns of incomptency, malfeasance, and conflicts of interest which have marked their execution.

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Don’t Blink, or You’ll Miss Another Bank BailoutMANY people became rightfully upset about bailouts given to big banks during the mortgage crisis. But it turns out that they are still going on, if more quietly, through the back door. The existence of one such secret deal, struck in July between the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and Bank of America, came to light just last week in court filings.

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Stop the Courts From Weakening Student Journalism – Media ChannelA consensus is growing that to adequately train young journalists and meet communities’ needs for news and information, college journalism programs must transform themselves into “teaching hospitals” that produce a steady output of news distributed to a broad public audience. At the same time, federal courts are increasingly inclined to diminish First Amendment freedoms for college students at public institutions.

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US government accused of spying on 9/11 attorneys – RTA detainee stands at an interior fence inside the U.S. military prison for “enemy combatants” on October 27, 2009 in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (John Moore/Getty Images/AFP) Detainees being held at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility and their defense attorneys are accusing both the United States government and Gitmo guards alike this week of infringing on the inmates’ rights by conducting illegal surveillance.

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WATCH: Sen. Elizabeth Warren Grills Regulators On Taking Banks To Trial : NPRIn her debut appearance today at a Senate Banking Committee hearing, Sen. Elizabeth Warren from Massachusetts made federal regulators uncomfortable when she asked a simple question: When was the last time you took a big Wall Street bank all the way to trial? reports: “Elisse B.

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