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Anyone here know about a Bernie Sanders meet-up in Portland Oregon TONITE at 7pm PDT?

I just heard a vague oblique reference to it, on local KGW news report, but
they cut to a commercial, glossing over exactly WHERE it's being held. It
sounded like a pub 'beer for Bernie' thing, but there are hundreds of pubs
in Portland, and we didn't catch the name.

My gf and I would love to go, but don't know where.

Anyone here know about a Bernie Sanders meet-up in Portland Oregon tonight?

I just heard a vague oblique reference to it, on local KGW news report, but
they cut to a commercial, glossing over exactly WHERE it's being held. It
sounded like a pub 'beer for Bernie' thing, but there are hundreds of pubs
in Portland, and we didn't catch the name.

My gf and I would love to go, but don't know which pub to go to.

Obama's TPP coddles Big Pharma, strips the poor of Generics they need to live

This is so sad, so unnecessary, and so cruel. Why in the fuck is Obama doing this? He's got
no re-election to worry about. Is he being offered some sort of Post-Potus sweetheart deal,
or what? I like Obama, but this just pisses me off.


Latest TPP Draft Benefits Big Pharma By Slashing Access to Generics
In secret talks, the Obama administration is seeking to foist corporate-friendly policies on other countries that he has opposed in the United States, new reporting reveals

by Sarah Lazare, staff writer * Common Dreams * July 10, 2015


With another round of Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations slated for the end of this month, the administration of President Barack Obama is aiming to force developing nations to adopt Big Pharma-friendly policies that are so bad for public health Obama himself has opposed them in the United States.

Citing leaked drafts of the agreement, as well as officials "familiar with the latest May 11 version," Bloomberg journalist Peter Gosselin reported Friday that the deal is likely to include provisions that are almost certain to hike medicine costs while slashing access to generic drugs around the world: "At stake: hundreds of billions of dollars or more in extra costs that consumers may have to pay if the proposals make it harder for cheaper generics to win approval."

In the negotiations, Obama is pursuing corporate-friendly policies he has rejected at home.

For example, "U.S. negotiators want to win makers of advanced drugs 12 years of exclusivity for data that might otherwise help competitors produce similar, cheaper versions," wrote Gosselin. However, the Obama administration has sought, within the United States, to reduce that period to seven years.

But it doesn't stop there. "Negotiators are also seeking language to make it easier for the big drugmakers to win 'secondary' patents to strengthen their control over products," Gosselin continued. But domestically, the administration "has proposed changing U.S. law to make it harder to get such add-ons," Gosselin explained.

Obama is poised to not only foist these policies on other countries, but to trap the U.S. in them as well.

MORE: http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/07/10/latest-tpp-draft-benefits-big-pharma-slashing-access-generics

HSBC is being outed NOW on CBS "60 Minutes" for aiding felonious US tax evasion

Just for the record. It's quite an extensive expose, showing exactly how
the bank assisted tax payers -- many of them criminals -- to shield their
millions from the IRS.

HSBC "declined" to be interviewed.

ON EDIT: The full 60 Minute report is now on CBS's website, for those who missed it.
http://www.cbs.com/shows/60_minutes/video/yh_Fo43T64f9miFzg57_IoTNObXsUxQ0/the-swiss-leaks-alive-and-kickin-/

Jimmy Carter calls Hillary the "inevitable" 2016 Democratic nominee

For the record, it's important to note what Jimmy Carter actually stated as his reason is for
believing Hillary is "inevitable"

ABC News link to interview: http://abcnews.go.com/ThisWeek/video/jimmy-carter-hillary-inevitably-2016-nominee-32398299 Carter's remarks are at 1:33 into the video

FYI What Jimmy said, when asked about why he thinks Hillary is a shoo-in given
Bernie Sanders' amazing crowds, was that it's because of the "massive" amount of money
she has amassed, "because money dominates and she's got an inside track" on locking
down most of that money.

Carter did not endorse Hillary, but merely pointed out that the DC/Wall St. Money-Machine
is probably going to have it's way with the US electorate, again, because of money, money, and did I
mention money?

Carter Interview: "Hillary will inevitably be 2016 nominee"

Hillary Group post: http://www.democraticunderground.com/110712124

ABC News link to interview: http://abcnews.go.com/ThisWeek/video/jimmy-carter-hillary-inevitably-2016-nominee-32398299

FYI What Jimmy said, when asked about why Hillary is a shoo-in given Bernie Sanders'
amazing crowds, was that it's because of the "massive" amount of money she has amassed,
"because money dominates and she's got an inside track" on locking
down most of that money.

We'll see if Jimmy's FULL opinion about "why" Hillary is "inevitable" will
see the light of day in the Hillary Room.

Fear and uncertainty on Wall Street: investors, buckle up for a bumpy ride

Fear and uncertainty on Wall Street: investors, buckle up for a bumpy ride
Volatility is the word across the world’s markets – and with China’s stock sell-off continuing and debt crises in Greece and Puerto Rico unresolved, it doesn’t look like it will end anytime soon

by Suzanne McGee * The Guardian * July 9, 2015

A sea of red: markets around the globe are experiencing heavy sell-offs, especially in China where $3bn has evaporated seemingly overnight.

Are we heading for another stock market crash? The signs are ominous. The New York stock exchange – the world’s largest stock market – shut down for three and a half hours due to a mysterious “technical issue” on Wednesday; China’s speculative stock market plunged still further, despite tens of billions of dollars of spending on the part of the government in a futile attempt to halt the carnage; Greece is sailing into uncharted territory and teetering on the brink of leaving the Eurozone; and meanwhile Puerto Rico is mired in its own debt crisis.

Euripides and Sophocles couldn’t have asked for better material for a financial markets melodrama. Little wonder, therefore, that yesterday turned into a day of carnage on Wall Street, from the moment that US stocks prepared to open for trading early in the morning. There may be more to come.

According to Howard Silverblatt, senior index analyst for S&P Dow Jones Indices, with only an hour to go before the bell rang to signal the start of trading on the floor of the NYSE, the 1.03% decline in the price of futures contracts on the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index – the market bellwether – was the biggest since the autumn of 2008, in the midst of the financial crisis.

By the time the day of market horror finally ended, trading had at least resumed on the NYSE, with exchange officials quickly quashing speculation of a cyber-attack. But if you’re looking at your 401k or other investment account statements in the coming days, you may want to brace yourself for a shock: the S&P 500 index tumbled 1.65% to 2,046.91, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1.46% to 17,517.76. Most traders reported seeing a sea of red on their screens, and each of the 10 sectors in the S&P 500, from financial stocks and retailers to mining companies, participated in the selloff.

More: http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/jul/09/us-china-markets-volatility-greece-puerto-rico

NYSE goes down, China Stocks tank, Greece burns, but it's all about The Donald? Really?

This is one of the weirdest news days I can remember. While all this incredible
stuff is happening regarding the financial world, ALL the M$M has on the air
tonight (Both CNN and MSNBC so far) is Donald fucking Trump, complete with
"exclusive interviews", tons of free air time, breathless fawning over this creepy
bloviating hateful sorry excuse for a man.




PS: did anyone else hear about that Anonymous tweet last night, just hours
before the NYSE "technical glitch?



Wait!! Rachael IS talking about real news now .. never mind.

What? "New York Stock Exchange suspends trading"

Wondering if this "technical issue" is called "Greece"?
On Edit: CNN in their coverage went out of their way to say this NYSE issue was NOT related
to the crisis in Greece. hmm.

The New York Stock Exchange suspended trading 11:32 a.m ET Wednesday.
In a brief announcement, the exchange said it was experiencing a "technical issue."
http://money.cnn.com/2015/07/08/investing/nyse-suspends-trading/

BREAKING: DOJ: No change in stance on Snowden despite Holder remarks

DOJ: No change in stance on Snowden despite Holder remarks
By Jim Sciutto, Athena Jones, Wesley Bruer and Sophia Tatum * CNN * 7/7/15

Washington (CNN)The Justice Department continues to insist that Edward Snowden would face criminal prosecution were he to return to the U.S., even as former Attorney General Eric Holder said the former National Security Agency contractor "spurred a necessary debate" over government spying techniques, Obama administration officials said Tuesday.

On Monday, Holder generated headlines when he told Yahoo News that the "possibility exists" for the DOJ to cut a deal that would allow Snowden to return to the United States, although U.S. authorities have long said they would be open to a plea deal with him.

Holder also said Snowden's disclosures "spurred a necessary debate" about the program to collect in bulk phone records on tens of millions of Americans, which was curtailed last month when Congress passed a law requiring the U.S. government to obtain a warrant in order to get phone metadata from telecommunications companies.

Snowden remains in exile in Moscow. Last year, Holder said at an event at the University of Virginia's Miller Center that "clemency isn't something that we (are) willing to consider" in the case. In March, Anatoly Kucherena, an attorney for Snowden, said the former contractor had received a guarantee from Holder that he will not face the death penalty, and added that Snowden also wanted a guarantee of a "legal and impartial trial."

Holder said Monday that "I certainly think there could be a basis for a resolution that everybody could ultimately be satisfied with."

http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/07/politics/eric-holder-edward-snowden/index.html
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