Exclusive: The student loan racketeering industry needs to be investigated!

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Oct. 17, 2009

I told you earlier that I would explain the student loan racketeering industry better than I did before. That is difficult to accomplish, however, given the sheer magnitude of the problem, and the number of years that this malignant problem has been rotting American society in the shadows, outside the illumination of national news media oversight. You might want to read the book “The Student Loan Scam” by Alan Collinge, available at Amazon.com, to learn the details. However, Collinge tends to be unreasonably diplomatic, and he is only concerned with seeking justice for student loan debtors (to his credit). I, on the other hand, seek both justice for students, and the criminal prosecution and imprisonment of certain student loan industry executives, corrupt members of the U.S. Congress, and certain individuals at the U.S. Department of Education. This corruption not only rots the core of our national principles of self-governance, but it presents a clear and present danger to the traditional American way of life itself. As I hope you’ll recognize here, the implications of what Al Lord, Congressman John Boehner, and others have done to student loan debtors, goes far beyond the student loan racketeering issue itself. It threatens our ability to compete effectively in a globalized economy.

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Symbolic Actions don’t Solve Real Problems By Cindy Sheehan

By Cindy Sheehan
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Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox
Oct. 17, 2009

My Speech at anti-war Rally in San Francisco

It’s nice to see everybody here today as we are about to embark on another symbolic march to nowhere.

How many self-congratulatory miles do you think we’ve marched for peace in the last 45 years? Millions?

How many petitions do you think we’ve signed and delivered? Millions?

How many phone calls have we made to our elected representative? Billions?

How many War Party Politicians like Nancy Pelosi do we continually elect to office? Thousands?

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Raw Video: Arrests Made at NYC Insurance Protest

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AssociatedPress
October 15, 2009

New York police arrested several people during an insurance protest at the headquarters of UnitedHealth Group Thursday. Protestors carried signs and chanted ‘patients, not profits, medicare for all.’ (Oct. 15)

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Bill Moyers Journal: A New Direction for America with Mark Danner + Santa Ana Health Crusade

Snowe Job? Insider Says Senator Is “Disingenuous Or Naive” by Greg Palast

Health care Rx from my socialist fire department by Greg Palast

CBO Report On Medical Malpractice Flawed by Ralph Nader + Nader on the Federal Reserve

Pay the Mob or go to Jail By Nikki Alexander + Larry Kalb on Healthcare Reform

War Is Peace. Ignorance Is Strength By John Pilger

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By John Pilger
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www.johnpilger.com
October 16, 2009

Barack Obama, winner of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, is planning another war to add to his impressive record. In Afghanistan, his agents routinely extinguish wedding parties, farmers and construction workers with weapons such as the innovative Hellfire missile, which sucks the air out of your lungs. According to the UN, 338,000 Afghan infants are dying under the Obama-led alliance, which permits only $29 per head annually to be spent on medical care.

Within weeks of his inauguration, Obama started a new war in Pakistan, causing more than a million people to flee their homes. In threatening Iran – which his secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, said she was prepared to “obliterate” – Obama lied that the Iranians were covering up a “secret nuclear facility”, knowing that it had already been reported to the International Atomic Energy Authority. In colluding with the only nuclear-armed power in the Middle East, he bribed the Palestinian Authority to suppress a UN judgment that Israel had committed crimes against humanity in its assault on Gaza – crimes made possible with US weapons whose shipment Obama secretly approved before his inauguration.

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Exclusive: God Bless Charles DeGaulle, Verse Two by Daniel N. White

by Daniel N. White
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Oct. 17, 2009

Another good story from France’s war in Algeria, featuring our hero, Charles DeGaulle.  DeGaulle, who had been in self-imposed political exile since 1946, came back into power in 1958 via a major political flareup concerning Algeria and the messy war therein.  The army had been threatening a coup over a feared political sellout in Algeria, and the politically weak and fragmented Fourth Republic mostly wasn’t able to do much to prevent such a thing from coming to pass should the Army try.  DeGaulle cleverly played the Army against the Fourth Republic, and visa-versa, and wound up being granted the presidency with near-dictatorial powers for the next six months while he and his colleagues rewrote the French Constitution, and established the Fifth Republic.

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Bill Moyers Journal: A New Direction for America with Mark Danner + Santa Ana Health Crusade

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Bill Moyers Journal
October 16, 2009

Reporting from the world’s most troubled hotspots, Mark Danner has seen countless deaths over ethnic and political divides, and witnessed firsthand how U.S. attempts to exploit those conflicts have resulted in disastrous unforeseen consequences. Danner speaks with Bill Moyers about Obama’s challenges in resetting the mindset of America from war to peace, and redefining the US as a nation.

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The Jay Leno Show: Dennis Kucinich & Steve LaTourette

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Jay Leno Show
NBC
Oct. 15, 2009

D.L. Hughley brings Republicans & Democrats together.

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