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  • Aaron Swartz Died for Piers Morgan's Sins

    By Greg Palast for Vice Magazine

    This is the tale of two geniuses.  One on TV.  One Dead.

    Portrait of a Genius (Not Piers Morgan)

    In 2000, Aaron Swartz, aged 14, had just released his astonishing invention, RSS, liberating news and information, replacing the selection of the tiny minds of editors with your own wide judgment.

    Around the same time, one of Piers Morgan's stringers hacked into the phone of Sir Paul McCartney's wife and stole some highly personal, and highly valuable, information – the type of gossip used to sell Morgan's grotty little scandal sheet, The Daily Mirror, the cornerstone of Morgan's $20 million fortune based on tittle and titties.

    Electronic burglary for profit is a crime in the UK and USA both. But Piers is serving time on prime time, on CNN.

    Aaron Swartz did not get a TV show.  The Robin Hood of the Information Liberation Front faced 35 years in prison for a selfless act of civil disobedience.  Swartz was charged for the crime of attempting to liberate documents from JSTOR computers.  JSTOR is the Goldman Sachs and Politburo of university research papers, a giant information sucker squid that hordes research and discoveries crucial to the public - the public which paid for most of the research.

    (If Oxford joined JSTOR when Isaac Newton published, only a well-heeled elite would have the secret of thermodynamics.  If Newton worked for Microsoft, we'd be paying a royalty for the use of gravity.)

    Aaron, rather than face a life in Obama's dungeon, chose suicide.  And Piers? (Show me more...)

    Piers Morgan And My Pee Pee

    By Greg Palast for Vice Magazine

    Now, if this were a movie, you would hear the audience scream, "DON’T TAKE THE KEY! DON’T GO UP THOSE STAIRS!"

    The reporter part of my brain was screaming, too: 'THIS SMELLS BAD.' But I couldn’t  hear a thing because, while I was out for the story, the memory of Ms Jamaica’s hand in my pocket had drained the blood from my cerebellum. I went up those stairs. Unlocked the door.


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    Assault Gun Ban -
    Weapon of Mass Distraction

    By Greg Palast for Vice Magazine

    George Bush told America he'd keep us safe from terrorists by having us take off our shoes at the airport.

    Yesterday, Barack Obama again took the Oath of Office. And this Obama 2.0 is also going to save America from insane killers – by limiting ammo clips to ten bullets instead of 30.

    At a television press conference about the Newtown school massacre last Wednesday, a tearful President called this, "meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this".

    It won't.

    But, once again, we get to pretend that our presidents protect us and save us from what is murdering us and destroying us.

    But The Great Assault Rifle Debate, like the War on Terror, is just another Weapon of Mass Distraction.

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    This is the second of Palast's weekly columns for VICE – beginning with a bang: a four-part series on Alex Jones, guns, Piers Morgan and Palast's penis.  If you read the full version of part 2 of these reports right now at Vice Magazine,

    You get a bonus:  a free download copy of Palast's latest book, the bestseller, Billionaires & Ballot Bandits.

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    In all fairness to Obama, he also called – as Bush did – for a massive increase in the number of FBI files kept on Americans. I feel safer already, don't you?

    Here's the facts, ma'am: There are about 4.5 million assault rifles in American civilian hands. That's around the same number as in tiny Switzerland (population: eight million). Tens of thousands of Swiss keep a 9mm Sig Sauer, like the one used by the Newtown killer. But we don't see the Swiss sweeping dead kids out of their schoolyards.

    The weapon of America's deadliest mass killer, Timmy McVeigh, was fertiliser. Maybe we should ban bullshit, but that would shut down Washington and all five major TV networks.

    At his assault-gun dog-and-pony show on Wednesday, Obama shed tears for the murdered victims, as well he should. But where are his tears for the victims of the MACT?

    Let me explain. Last month, Obama bullied his own Environmental Protection Agency into watering down the "MACT" standards – the limits on industrial boiler pollution.

    Under this loosened "MACT" rule, industry will get to triple the hydrogen chloride and triple the particulate filth they may dump into the air. The White House crows that Obama's bending over on this rule will save corporate polluters $1.5 billion (£945 million) a year. Yippee!

    Last year, the White House proudly posted the statement of EPA's Administrator Lisa Jackson that her proposed boiler pollution rules would help "prevent 17,000 premature deaths [and] 120,000 cases of childhood asthma symptoms."

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    Alex Jones, Guns, Piers Morgan
    – and My Penis

    By Greg Palast for Vice Magazine


    Alex Jones is right. Deport Piers Morgan. NOW. Send him back. In chains.

    The year's big YouTube hit, Alex Jones shoves an assault rifle (figuratively) up Piers Morgan. Alex was simply trying to explain to Piers why America has a Bill of Rights while England has David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Paul McCartney.

    Before I enumerate the charges against Morgan, we need to ask two questions. Why did Alex Jones – the host of one of the only intellectually substantive, fact-heavy forums on American radio –  seem to lose it on air? And why is it so important to the media elite to ridicule Alex Jones and dismiss him as a fruitcake and a buffoon – just another scary, Texan gun-nut – while they venerate Pus Moron – the scoundrel, the faker, the wanker – like he's Thomas Jefferson?

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    This is the first of Palast's weekly columns for VICE – beginning with a bang: a four-part series on Alex Jones, guns, Piers Morgan and Palast's penis.  If you read the full version of these reports right now at Vice Magazine,
    You get a bonus:  a free download copy of my latest book, the bestseller, Billionaires & Ballot Bandits.

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    The yell from Alex's throat was not his own voice alone – it was the choric cry of his millions of listeners in the forgotten heartland of America. It was The Scream of the Screwed.

    It's not about guns. (Show me more...)

    Big Oil, Big Ketchup
    and The Assassination of Hugo Chavez

    By Greg Palast for Truthout

    Updated as Vaya con Dios, Hugo Chàvez, mi Amigo.

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    'The Assassination of Hugo Chavez'
    Download the Film for Free

    Over the years many things have been said about Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez but rarely has the true story of the man Pat Robertson called "a dangerous enemy" been told - that's what I've done in The Assassination of Hugo Chavez.

    Since the main stream media has decided that Chavez is "a ruinous demagogue" (NYT) - I've decided to release my film, The Assassination of  Hugo Chavez for free. You can download it for free at the link, or leave a small donation so that we can continue making films like this.

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    The Obligatory, End of the Year
    Top 10 List

    Here are the stories that got the most attention in 2012

    The Palast Investigative Fund was quite effective this year. Vulture funds were banned, election theft made national headlines, and we outed gov't profiteer posing as a candidate.

    Oh, and our little book Billionaires & Ballot Bandits hit the New York Times Bestseller list for 5 weeks.

    This was a great year for the Palast Team (other than our photographer getting his head and camera beaten) - and we couldn't have done it without your support, financially and through the simple act of sharing our information.

    We're ready for 2013 and have already started putting together the plans for our next investigations, films and maybe even another book.

    For now though - please re-read our top, breaking stories from 2012 - many of which you can find in Billionaires & Ballot Bandits. (Show me more...)

    The Anti-Clause: Reverend Billy's
    No-Click Christmas

    By Greg Palast for

    [New York, December 18, 2012] Even for New York, this was WEIRD. There were a half dozen Santa Clauses on Second Avenue getting a sermon from a Midwestern preacher who looks like a cross between televangelist Jerry Falwell and a white-haired Elvis.

    The Santa Crew and their mini-skirted elves were on their way to get drunk (drunker?) with another thousand Santa impersonators at "SantaCon," an annual gathering of St. Nicks. But they were willing to let the Reverend Billy attempt to save their souls.

    Reverend Billy did not object to their plans for lubrication, but to their original Sin: collaborating with the Devil's work known as "Christmas Shopping."

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    Before it's too late...
    Xmas/Xanuka Gifts from The Palast Fund
    for your Year-End (or world-end) Donation

    By Greg Palast

    The Mayans sure know how to take the fun out of Christmas.

    The world ends on December 21... but that still gives you time, if you act NOW, to make your year-end tax-deductible donation to the not-for-profit Palast Investigative Fund.

    And we'll get a 'Thank You Gift' out to you (or anyone you designate) by priority mail within 48 hours of your donation.

    That's way before the Big Choc-Mool pulls the plug.

    Send us a much-needed year-end donation of $200, $20, $2000, $5. Whatever you can.

    Or donate and get one of these items as thanks: (Show me more...)

    Don’t Touch that Snooze Button

    by Greg Palast
    Monday, December 10, 2012

    By my initial calculation, 9.3 million Americans lost their vote on November 7 – purged from voter rolls, blocked at the polls, or had their “provisional” and absentee ballots thrown in the dumpster.

    Let's get to the bottom of this: In the next 90 days, we need to name names, expose their games, and make sure things don't stay the same.

    Just because Mr. Obama won re-election doesn't mean the vote-heist didn't happen. This is no joke: the evidence suggests the GOP actually lost the majority of Congressional races. But, through sick tricks in Arizona and three other states, snatched enough seats to hang our economy over a fiscal cliff.

    Help me dig through the mud in those ballot boxes.

    Make a year-end tax-deductible donation right NOW. In return, I'll send you the Holiday Stocking Gift-Pack of books, DVDs and political tarot cards, and I'll sign each, for a minimum donation of $125.

    Or get a signed copy of any of my books or DVDs.

    Order your Hanukkah and Christmas gifts right now and we'll get them out to you first class within 48 hours.

    As Frank Sinatra said,… (Show me more...)

    Sandy De-Filed Us!
    Please Donate to our Hurricane Fund

    A personal note from Greg Palast

    Damn that Sandy! She flooded our New York office.

    I am asking those of you who can, to make a tax-deductible donation and download my New York Times bestselling book Billionaires & Ballot Bandits: How to Steal and Election in 9 Easy Steps or simply make a contribution here. Keep us afloat!.  Keep our investigative team above water.

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    Democracy Now:
    Ohio – Wrong Ballots for Black Voters

    Investigation Uncovers Thousands at Risk
    of Ballot Loss

    A special report by Greg Palast for Democracy Now!

    [Dayton, Ohio. Tuesday November 6, 2012]

    Several thousand African-American voters in Dayton, Ohio, may find their ballots left uncounted, and they, and America, won’t know it––even if the lost votes change the presidency.

    First, you need to know, there are two elections for President in Ohio held on two days and in two colors.

    Today, White Ohio will vote: Evangelicals, rurals, small businessmen, big and bigger businessmen, the whole Rotary Club.

    Black Ohio already voted. More African-Americans vote early than on the official Election Day.

    The big day for African-Americans––and for Barack Obama’s hopes for reelection––was on Sunday, “Souls to the Polls” day, when church buses filled with the ladies of the choir and their men vote as a group. (Show me more...)

    7 Ways to Beat the Ballot Bandits
    Lee Camp's Videos

    Lee Camp's riffs on Greg Palast's bestelling book Billionaires & Ballot Bandits.
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    Did The Romneys’ Auto Bailout Bonanza
    Violate Federal Ethics Law?

    By Greg Palast for The National Memo

    At the same time, taxpayer-subsidized Delphi expanded its workforce in China to 25,000. Today, Delphi supplies GM and Chrysler parts from Mexico and China.

    This week, Republican vice-presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan arrived in Ohio to accuse the Obama administration of cutting the pensions of the Delphi non-union pensioners. In fact, says the UAW’s King, it was the Singer-Romney group that simply refused to pay any pensions whatsoever to union and non-union workers alike. The company’s $6.2 billion pension obligation, says King, “was dumped on the US government Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation (PBGC) which is limited by law — not by President Obama — in the sums it can pay retirees.”

    None of this surprises observers of Paul Singer’s hedge fund, Elliott Management, which partnered with Ann Romney. (Show me more...)

    UAW Files Charges Against Romney
    on his Auto Bail-out Profiteering

    Broke ethics law hiding millions, say good government groups

    by Greg Palast
    Toledo, Ohio

    For Mitt Romney, it's one scary Halloween.  The Presidential candidate has just learned that tomorrow afternoon he will charged with violating the federal Ethics in Government law by improperly concealing his multi-million dollar windfall from the auto industry bail-out.

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    Advisory: UAW files ethics charge
    on Romney auto bail-out profiteering

    Unions, Good Government Groups to File Ethics Complaint Against Romney For Failing To Disclose His Big Auto Rescue Profit

    Groups Urge Office of Government Ethics to Make Romney Disclose or Divest

    WASHINGTON – A coalition of community, labor and good-government organizations is calling on the U.S. Office of Government Ethics to investigate GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney for noncompliance with the Ethics in Government Act and compel him to either disclose his investments or divest them.

    “The American people have a right to know about Gov. Romney’s potential conflicts of interest, such as the profits his family made from the auto rescue,” said UAW President Bob King. “It’s time for Gov. Romney to disclose or divest.”

    In a Nation magazine cover story, investigative reporter Greg Palast reported that the Romney family personally profited at least $15.3 million from the auto loans of 2009 through his investment in the Delphi Corp. auto parts company. Yet Romney’s June 1, 2012, Public Financial Disclosure Report to the Office of Government Ethics (Show me more...)

    Sandy De-Filed Us!

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    A Hostile Takeover of our Country
    Treasonous, Noxious, Thieving, Tyrannical

    by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., for EcoWatch
    from the foreword to
     Billionaires & Ballot Bandits

    American democracy is under assault.

    In one super-PAC alone, Karl Rove and the Enron grifter Ed Gillespie, have assembled $200 million from big polluters and Wall Street moguls to buy the 2012 election.

    Two of the Koch Brothers, Charles and David, pledged $130 million to elect candidates who favor unrestrained corporate profiteering.

    The senators and congressmen they fund and elect are not representing the United States—they are representing Koch and its oil industry cronies, Big Pharma, and the Wall Street banksters currently mounting a hostile takeover of our government.

    I have no problem characterizing these corporate-centric super-PACs as treasonous.  We are now in a free fall toward old-fashioned oligarchy; noxious, thieving and tyrannical.

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    How Mitt Romney Profited
    from Delphi Workers' Misery

    Greg Palast on Current TV - The Young Turks

    Cenk Uygur breaks down the numbers from investigative journalist Greg Palast’s report detailing how Ann Romney’s blind trust profited from the government bailing out General Motors. Exactly how much money did the Romneys make? Between $15 million and $115 million. “What happened, Romney? I thought you were against bailouts,” Cenk says. “Apparently you’re not as against it when it goes into your pocket.”

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    Romney & Co Shipped Every Single
    Delphi UAW Job to China

    by Greg Palast | Truthout

    He's kidding, right? Did I just hear Mitt Romney say, "I would do nothing to hurt the US auto industry"

    Really? REALLY?

    Here's the facts, ma'am:

    As I reported in this week's Nation magazine cover story "Mitt Romney's Bail-out Bonanza", the Romneys are in a special partnership with the vulture fund that bought Delphi, the former GM auto parts division.

    [Watch our Democracy Now! report on the Romney group's auto plant closures.]

    The Romney vulture fund investment syndicate shipped every single UAW production job – EVERY job – to China.

    Just after Nation broke the story, Washington newsletter The Hill received the Romneys admission of profiteering:

    "Romney's campaign did not deny that he profited from the auto bailout in an email to The Hill, but it said the the report showed the Detroit intervention was 'misguided.'"

    The truth? On June 1, 2009, the Obama Administration announced (Show me more...)

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