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How the Rich Soaked the Rest of Us: The Astonishing Story of the Last Few Decades is a Massive Redistribution of Wealth, as the Rich have Shifted the Tax Burden

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When the Cadillac Eldorado made its debut in the 1950s, wealthy Americans were paying a top rate of tax of 90%; today, the top rate of tax is 35%

Over the last half century, the richest Americans have shifted the burden of the federal individual income tax off themselves and onto everybody else. The three convenient and accurate Wikipedia graphs below show the details. The first graph compares the official tax rates paid by the top and bottom income earners. Note especially that from the end of the second world war into the early 1960s, the highest income earners paid a tax rate over 90% for many years. Today, the top earners pay a rate of only 35%. Note also how the gap between the rates paid by the richest and the poorest has narrowed. If we take into account the many loopholes the rich can and do use far more than the poor, the gap narrows even more.

One conclusion is clear and obvious: the richest Americans have dramatically lowered their income tax burden since 1945, both absolutely and relative to the tax burdens of the middle income groups and the poor.
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Historical tax rates for the highest and lowest income earners

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Propaganda Alert: Frankfurt Airport Shooting Act of Islamic Terror, European Officials Say

Authorities in Europe are calling the shooting at a Frankfurt, Germany, airport that claimed the lives of two U.S. servicemen an act of Islamic terrorism, though U.S. investigators said it is too soon to tell.

The suspected gunman, 21-year-old Arid Uka, who was captured immediately after Wednesday's shooting, admitted to the deadly attack and said he acted alone, German Interior Minister Boris Rhein said today, according to a report by The Associated Press. Uka, an ethnic Albanian from Kosovo who was described as a long-time resident of Germany, had been apparently radicalized over the last few weeks, Rhein said.


Uka allegedly shouted "Allahu Akbar" as he opened fire on a bus carrying U.S. airmen in Frankfurt, Germany, Wednesday, killing two and wounding two others before his gun jammed, officials said.

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Control Over Your Food: Why Monsanto's GM Seeds are Undemocratic

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Large biotech agribusinesses like Monsanto control much of the global seed market with genetically modified (GM) crops. This centralization of GM seeds threatens food safety, food security, biodiversity, and democratic ideals.

Threats to food safety, biodiversity

The USDA, and even some leaders of the organics business such as Whole Foods and Stonyfield Farms, endorse the notion of "coexistence" between GM and organic crops - a comforting yet flawed claim. Numerous organic farmers have reported the unwanted arrival of GM seeds contaminating their fields, rendering organic crops unmarketable.

Even more troubling, "Roundup Ready" and other herbicide-resistant seeds by their nature promote the use of toxic herbicides - the use of which, contrary to industry claims, has risen as GM crops have proliferated, according to USDA data.

Even with buffer zones to segregate GM and organic fields, "Some degree of cross-pollination will occur regardless of what mechanism is going to be put in place," agronomist Jeff Wolt, of Iowa State University's Seed Science Center, told the Associated Press.

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The Real Truth About the Mideast Takeover

Is the Genie out?
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The uprisings in the Middle East, including mainstays Egypt and Libya, that have captured the world's attention, are quite the phenomena.

True history has shown us most revolutions and uprisings are anything but "spontaneous". From the French and American Revolutions to the CIA overthrow of Mossadegh in Iran and Allende in Chile, uprisings, like wars, have been a mainstay of Illuminati controller manipulation to further their long term ends.

It appears, however, that while the original instigation of this massive outcry may have been engineered by covert 'agent provocateurs' sponsored by the US and an alphabet soup of agencies, they may have unwittingly let the "genie" of the human spirit out of the bottle.

Let's hope so. But it's healthy to be wary of the pattern.

But you also know the Illuminati "steering committee" is all over this one. Their puppet Egyptian "anti-dictator" ElBaradei has been groomed and is in place in the wings, as is the Amerikan takeover of Libya. Even the mainstream press is acknowledging these manipulations as if they know the Egyptians or Libyans won't go for the obvious set ups.

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Israeli arms distribution company CST Global supplied 50,000 mercenaries to Gaddafi

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A man believed to be a mercenary from Chad, captured by anti-government demonstrators in Libya
Israeli arms distribution company Global CST has reportedly, under the authorization of Tel Aviv, provided Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi with African mercenaries to clamp down on anti-government protesters.

Egyptian sources have revealed that the Israeli company has so far provided Gaddafi's regime with 50,000 African mercenaries to attack the civilian anti-government protesters in Libya.

The arms company was previously convicted in an African country over illegal deals, News-Israel website reported.

Sources say Global CST had obtained the permission for providing the mercenaries to Gaddafi from the Israeli officials in advance.

Earlier, Global CST general manager had met with the head of the Israeli Intelligence Agencies (Aman) and Defense Minister Ehud Barak and obtained the permission for the measure.

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Spin Master - Clinton: Iran trying to influence Arab revolutions

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Secretary of state presses Congress to approve $100m. aid to Lebanon; Obama tells Jewish leaders J'lem should make progress on peace.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told Congress on Wednesday that Iran is trying to influence the outcomes of uprisings and revolutions throughout the Arab world.

"They are doing everything they can to influence the outcomes in these places," she said.

The US secretary of state told the Senate Appropriations Committee that Tehran is using Hezbollah to communicate with Palestinians, who in turn communicate with counterparts in Egypt. She also explained that Iran is reaching out to opposition movements in Bahrain and are "very much involved" with the opposition in Yemen.

"So either directly or through proxies, they are constantly trying to influence events. They have a very active diplomatic foreign policy outreach," she said.

"But it is also a challenge for the Iranians," she added, "They don't have a lot of friends, but they're trying to curry more friends."

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Lawyer Says RFK's Alleged Killer, Sirhan Sirhan, Was Brainwashed

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A lawyer for Sirhan Sirhan, the confessed assassin of Robert F. Kennedy, plans to present new evidence at a parole board hearing suggesting that he did not act alone, was potentially brain washed and cannot remember anything about the 43-year-old shooting.

"There is no question he was hypno-programmed," lawyer William F. Pepper told ABCNews.com. "He was set up. He was used. He was manipulated."

Sirhan will appear before a California parole board on Wednesday for the 14th time since his May 1969 sentencing. It is the first time he will be represented by Pepper.

Taking a page from the conspiracies that have dogged the assassination of Kennedy's brother President John F. Kennedy, Pepper plans to introduce new evidence that suggests there was a second gunman who fatally shot RFK in the kitchen of a Los Angeles hotel, following his victory in the 1968 California presidential primary.

Pepper said he believes Sirhan was "hypno-programmed," essentially brainwashed to kill Kennedy and his memories were then erased.

A lawyer for Sirhan Sirhan, the confessed assassin of Robert F. Kennedy, plans to present new evidence at a parole board hearing suggesting that he did not act alone, was potentially brain washed and cannot remember anything about the 43-year-old shooting.

The lawyer's tale has all the makings of a great conspiracy theory, if not a science fiction thriller akin to the "Manchurian Candidate."

"Ten independent witnesses say Sirhan was always in front of Bobby, never behind him," said Pepper, "but the autopsy says Bobby was shot at close range from behind the right ear."

Pepper says he believes he knows who ordered Sirhan to shoot Kennedy, but won't yet say who it is. He said in addition to the parole hearing, he is preparing an appeal.

Pepper said Sirhan is "remorseful" for his role in the 1968 assassination of Kennedy, but the gunman "does not remember anything about the shooting."

The image of Sirhan sitting in a California prison cell in 2011 regretting a crime he does not remember does not jibe with a defiant Sirhan sitting a California courtroom in 1969.

At his trial, Sirhan confessed to the crime and declared he had committed it "with 20 years of malice aforethought."

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The Dictator's Dough: Astonishing Wealth of Gaddafi and His Family Revealed

The astonishing wealth of Libyan tyrant Muammar Gaddafi and his family has been laid bare as countries around the world begin freezing billions of dollars worth of their assets.

The U.S. alone has seized $30billion (£18.5bn) of their investments, while Canada has frozen $2.4bn (£1.5bn), Austria, $1.7bn (£1bn) and the UK, $1bn ($600m).

These assets appear to be just the tip of the iceberg, as no one is yet certain exactly what the family owns around the world.

But they include an enormous portfolio of properties in the West End theatre and shopping district of London - worth $455m (£280m) as well as $325m (£200m) in shares in Pearson, the owner of the Financial Times and Penguin books.

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Assets: Gaddafi's son Saif bought this $15million (£10m) home in one of London's most affluent suburbs in 2009. It boasts a swimming pool, eight bedrooms, a sauna and a Jacuzzi
The assets also include a $15million luxury mansion in an affluent suburb of North London.

Nestled among the homes of TV presenters and actors is the eight-bed home with a swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi and suede-lined cinema room.

Arrow Up

Oil, Gold Gain on Middle East Tension

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Brent crude oil futures finished Tuesday at their highest level in 2-1/2 years, U.S. crude rose over 2 percent, and investors quest for safety sent gold to an all-time high, on fears political turmoil in Libya would spread to other oil producing countries.

Copper gave up three days of gains to end lower on those same fears and as rising oil prices ignited inflation concerns.

The 19-component Reuters Jeffries CRB commodity price index .CRB was up about 0.75 percent by the day's close, driven higher by the surge in oil, gold, and other commodities.

For year-to-date performance of CRB components : link.reuters.com/kew48n

Brent crude oil futures ended at the highest level in 2-1/2 years on mounting worries Libya's upheaval could spark tremors in other Middle East and North African oil producers.

U.S. crude pushed above $99 a barrel after Reuters reported that human rights activists said Saudi authorities had detained a Shi'ite cleric, fueling fears of sectarian conflict in the world's top oil exporter.

Clashes between opposition supporters and Iran's security forces in Tehran added to investor concerns of unrest and flow of oil supplies in the region.

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Never Forget? Getting Box Cutters on Flight at JFK No Problemo

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Is that a box cutter in your pocket or are you just happy to be at the airport?

A flight bound for the Dominican Republic was grounded for three hours at JFK airport Saturday night after it was discovered that a passenger's carry-on bag contained box cutters. How were these items - with their grim connection to 9/11 - discovered? They fell out of the bag as the passenger was trying to stuff it into the overhead bin. Limited carry-on luggage space may be the best defense in our war against Al-Qaeda!

New Jersey factory worker Eusebio D. Peraltalajara had no trouble getting through the TSA screening at the airport Saturday night, despite the presence of three box cutters in his carry-on luggage, sources tell the Post. Once aboard Santiago-bound Flight 83, the flight attendant asked him to stow his luggage in the overhead compartment. That's when Peraltalajara's sinister plan to forget he had boxcutters in his bag unraveled. The flight attendant grabbed the contraband and the plane's 136 passengers and five crew members were evacuated by PAPD Emergency Service Units, the Joint Terrorism Task Force and the FBI.