Neoliberal News of the Day: Jan. 31, 2013

The Pathopsychology of War with Cynthia McKinney & Abayomi Azikiwe  –  “This week on Heart of Africa, Kudakwashe hosted Former US Congresswoman & 2008 US Presidential Candidate for the Green Party, Cynthia McKinney & African Historian, Political Analyst & Editor of Pan African News Wire, Abayomi Azikiwe. The phenomenal discussion was on “The Psychology (Pathopsychology) of War”.”

Melissa Harris-Perry Buries The Lead Story on National Wave of Public School Closings  –  “The fact is that high-stakes testing is being forced upon states and school districts by the Obama administration as part of its Race To The Top Program. RTTT awards funding to states and school districts on the basis of four criteria — (1) school transformations and (2) school turnarounds, in which large numbers of staff are fired and “run the school like a business consultants brought in to tie teacher salaries tightly to test scores, (3) school restarts in which public school facilities are handed over to charter operators, and (4) school closings. RTTT guidelines were written in the first place by consultants from the Eli Broad, Walton Family, Gates, and other self-interested foundations which have spent tens of millions promoting charter schools and educational privatization.

Clothing to Die For –  “Well, isn’t that nice. A few weeks after a fabric-fueled inferno killed more than 100 locked-in garment workers at the Tazreen Fashion factory outside Dhaka, the 23rd Bangladesh Apparel and Textile Exposition gathered under a gold-colored “circular dome with dazzling lighting [like] a gala concert on a broad way [sic] theater,” the conference center’s website boasted. A minute of silence kicked off the proceedings, and then the reps and buyers turned to ensuring that Bangladesh, which has some of the world’s most poorly paid garment workers, wins the race to the bottom of low-wage countries. Last year clothing exports earned the country $19 billion, a whopping 78 percent of its total exports.”

Spying on Iran? Iran Arrests Elements of Network Linked to BBC: Intelligence Ministry  –  “The Iranian Intelligence Ministry says it has arrested several elements cooperating with a Western media network. In a statement released on Wednesday night, the Ministry said that in line with its duties to counter any foreign infiltration and interference in the country, it identified “one of the largest media networks affiliated to the global arrogance.”

Al-Nusra Mass Executions of Abducted Citizens in Aleppo: Syria Calls on UN Security Council  –  “Foreign and Expatriates Ministry on Wednesday sent two identical letters to President of The UN security Council and UN Secretary General on the mass execution perpetrated by terrorist groups of “Jabhat al-Nusra” against tens of abducted citizens in Aleppo on Tuesday and throwing their bodies in Qweiq river in Bustan al-Qasr neighborhood.”

Mali and AFRICOM’s Africa Agenda: Target China  –  “Out of the blue in the last days Mali has suddenly become the focus of world attention. France has been asked to militarily intervene by Mali’s government to drive Jihadist terrorists out of the large parts of the country they claim. What the conflict in Mali really is about is hardly what we read in the mainstream media. It is about vast untapped mineral and energy resources and a de facto re-colonization of French Africa under the banner of human rights. The real background reads like a John LeCarre thriller.”

UN Panel: Israeli Settlements Are Illegal – “The United Nations’ first report on the broad policy of Israeli settlements concluded Thursday that the government’s practice of “creeping annexation” clearly violates the human rights of Palestinians, and called for an immediate halt.”

Israel must remove all Jewish settlers from occupied West Bank – UN inquiry  –  ““Israel must, in compliance with article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, cease all settlement activities without preconditions,” the report read, adding that Israel must immediately begin to withdraw all settlers from the occupied Palestinian territories (OPT).”

Charter Schools That Start Bad Stay Bad, Stanford Report Says – “When it comes to charter schools, the bad ones stay bad and the good ones stay good, according to a report on charter school growth released by an influential group of Stanford University scholars on Wednesday.”

Assad: We regained the upper hand   – “Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told visitors that the Syrian army “regained the initiative on the ground to a very high degree and achieved important results, which will come to light soon.”

Russia says ‘deeply concerned’ over Israeli airstrike in Syria  –  “On Wednesday, the Syrian army said two people were killed and five others injured in an Israeli airstrike on a research center in Jamraya, near the capital, Damascus. Israel declined to comment on the issue.”

Israeli Attack: Desperate Bid to Save Failed Syrian Campaign   –  “Israel has conducted airstrikes in Syria based on “suspicions” of chemical weapon transfers, in a flagrant violation of the UN Charter, international law, and in direct violation of Syria’s sovereignty.”

Israeli regime deploying forces on Syria border: Syria TV  – “Syria’s state television says the Israeli regime is deploying military forces on the Syrian border.”

Clashes in Athens as Protesters Break into Gov’t Building – “The Wednesday protest, by a few hundred people, was organized by a Communist backed labor union, and took place in front of the Labor Ministry building. The protesters were voicing their anger by the severe austerity measures that have gripped Greece since the financial crisis took hold in the country in late 2009.”

Saudi Arabia: 36 Days in Jail for Human Rights Sign  –  “Saudi Arabia’s harsh crackdown on demonstrations led many to start experimenting with new methods for showing dissent.”

French military oversees power-sharing deal in Central African Republic –  “The political realignment underway is being driven by the French government, which aims to reassert control over its former resource-rich colony and counter China’s growing economic and diplomatic influence.”

US considering new drone base in Africa  –  “If the plan is approved, up to 300 US military servicemembers and contractors could be sent to the base to operate the drone aircraft, the New York Times reported. US Africa Command is also considering another location as an alternative to the base in Burkina Faso, the official said.”

Declining Union Membership and Attacks on Workers: Pages from the Neoliberal Playbook  –  “Last week, the U.S. Labor Department reported that the percentage of U.S. workers who were union members in 2012 had fallen to a 97-year low of 11.3 percent of the workforce. The total number of union members fell by 400,000 workers relative to 2011. In 2011, the unionization rate was 11.8 percent of the workforce.”

Hey, Hey, Barack! What Do You Say? How Many Kids Have You Killed Today?  –  “I personally found the president’s inaugural speech not just insipid, but disgusting. It reached its gut-churning nadir near the end where he said:”

Sandy Hook Chorus to be Used for Propaganda During Super Bowl: or “Why I Won’t Watch the Super Bowl”

by Scott Creighton

Here’s another reason not too watch the Super Bowl this year: the Sandy Hook Chorus is going to sing America the Beautiful during the opening segment for CBS.

Don’t get me wrong, I like football and I like kids. So this would seem to be a good blend of ridiculous mindless commercialism distraction from the everyday grind of the shrinking neoliberalized economy and the new conquest of Africa campaign, right?

But nothing and I mean NOTHING on “AdV” with a better than crap rating can be free of propaganda these days. Anything you watch HAS to have some CIA spin-doctor’s seal of approval on it, or it just doesn’t get aired. Period.

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Sandy Hook Tragedy: An Inquisitive Visit to Newtown, Connecticut

Text and Photos by Scott DeLarm

Edited by Prof. James F. Tracy

My partner and I became fed up with the mainstream media’s depiction of what took place in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14, 2012.

So on January 20 we traveled there from our home in Ottawa, Canada in an effort to visit the sites and respectfully approach the locals.

Before we even got off the highway there was a display of dozens of American flags on the shoulder. There is a large tented memorial located just off the freeway. The tent had a sign on the outside, “Sandy Hook Memorial Never Forgotten.”

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The real Invasion of Africa is Not News, and a Licence to Lie is Hollywood’s Gift

(Gun grabbing, destabilizing Syria with terrorists, comprehensive immigration reform and now the wholesale colonization of Africa. Does ANYONE still think Mitt Romney was ever supposed to win this past election? Can you imagine the reaction from the left if Mitt the Racist Mormon was the one trying to invade the whole of Africa for the banks and Monsanto?)

by John Pilger, Global Research

A full-scale invasion of Africa is under way. The United States is deploying troops in 35 African countries, beginning with Libya, Sudan, Algeria and Niger. Reported by Associated Press on Christmas Day, this was missing from most Anglo-American media.

The invasion has almost nothing to do with “Islamism”, and almost everything to do with the acquisition of resources, notably minerals, and an accelerating rivalry with China. Unlike China, the US and its allies are prepared to use a degree of violence demonstrated in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Palestine. As in the cold war, a division of labour requires that western journalism and popular culture provide the cover of a holy war against a “menacing arc” of Islamic extremism, no different from the bogus “red menace” of a worldwide communist conspiracy.

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Mossad, Black Bloc, UAE Police Chief Behind Recent Unrests in Egypt

(I took a lot of flack from many “alternative” sites who have been claiming that this “new revolution’ was actually the “real revolution” in Egypt while I was telling people over and over again to simply READ the new constitution and the actual events which lead up to the mini-crisis. I told you repeatedly that this new uprising was completely staged by our interests in order to keep a completely anti-neoliberal constitution from being voted on and accepted by the majority of the people in Egypt which is EXACTLY what happened. And here we are; I just found this article linked to at What Really Happened, a site that was promoting the Egyptian constitution as a creation of our state department.)

from Fars News Agency

A senior Egyptian analyst revealed that the Israeli spy agency, Mossad, as well as a mysterious group of masked young men called the Black Bloc who present themselves as defenders of the opposition to President Mohammad Mursi’s rule and Dubai Police Chief Dahi Khalfan have played the major roles in fomenting the recent unrests in Egypt.

“The so-called Black Bloc group, Mossad and also the team of Dahi Khalfan, the police chief of Dubai, play the influential roles in creating chaos and unrests in Cairo,” Ebrahim al-Darawi, the director of Cairo’s Palestine Studies Center, told FNA on Wednesday.

He said that the newly-formed Black Bloc group persuades the Egyptian youth to stir chaos and embark on acts of sabotage by promising them better job opportunities.

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The Gates Foundations Want Your “Soul” – Nea So Copros Approaches

by Scott Creighton

A new “public/private partnership” (see definition of fascism) brought to you by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation and Citi bank and Visa and the CIA front organization USAID is pushing a new institution called the “Better than Cash Alliance” which will basically create a cashless society across all of Africa and 3rd world nations around the world. The endgame of this is to use RFID chips implanted under people’s skin which will be used for all means of transactions as well as other interesting little benefits for the developing global corpocracy.

In one of the books of Cloud Atlas, The Orison of Sonmi-451, such a chip exists in the dystopic new world described by Mitchell. It’s referred to, with no small measure of irony, as your “Soul” (in the Randian view, this is your soul) and it holds the key to not only your travel and your finances and your employment, but also your social stratification layer, your “strata”. Genetically engineered slaves don’t have a “Soul” of course and if as a “pureblood” or a naturally born human you dissent from the corpocracy in anyway, they simply turn yours off or put you on the “downstrata” path on your “Soul” which cripples everything about your life from work to education to relationships. Everything is based on your “Soul” and the key to it, is the banks.

Of course the banking institutions which created the global financial meltdown and whom the CIA and USAID has been serving since their inception, will profit immensely from this little scheme of Bill’s. But in the end, the power this trick, this cashless society, this “Soul” will wield is completely unprecedented and in fact accurately predicted in Mitchell’s “Orison” as well as others before him.

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Father of Sandy Hook Victim Mark Mattioli Says We Don’t Need More Gun Laws

I don’t agree with everything this guy says, but I certainly agree with his conclusion that we don’t need gun laws in his son’s name.

Notice: his testimony isn’t affected like so many of the other family members giving testimony or doing interviews. His delivery is genuine.

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In Mali, Forces Backed by UN, France, and Obama Slaughter Civilians

from Alex Newman, New American

Summary executions and mass human rights abuses targeting innocent civilians in Mali are being perpetrated by soldiers loyal to the dubious Malian regime in a campaign supported by the United Nations, the new socialist French government, and the Obama administration. According to human rights groups and witnesses on the ground, the atrocities are increasing as the number of murdered victims continues to rise — eerily reminiscent of similar tragic interventions in Libya, Syria, and the Ivory Coast.

The regime ruling southern Mali out of the capital city of Bamako, which seized power in a military coup last year led by a U.S. government-trained officer, is currently attempting to recapture the northern regions of the country. The vast swath of territory in the north was declared independent last year by a group of historically oppressed nomadic Tuareg rebels armed with weapons obtained from the recent Western-backed war on Libya.

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Neil Heslin Was Not Heckled

by Scott Creighton

Meet Neil Heslin. He’s the father of one of the victims from the Sandy Hook shooting. Neil went to speak before the Gun Violence Prevention Working Group at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, Ct. today and reports across the complicit media are that he got “heckled” by some “gun nut” who simply answered his question when he gave his testimony with a picture of his dead kid sitting next to him in a chair for added emphasis.

But Neil was not heckled at all. He asked a question, looked around the room as he did it, and one of the 2nd amendment advocates simply answered him.

You will notice that gun grabbing advocate media sites like the Huffington Post tell you part of the story and show you only PART of the video, but the whole story, the whole video, you can see right here. This is what the Huffpuff said about the incident:

“I still can’t see why any civilian, anybody in this room in fact, needs weapons of that sort. You’re not going to use them for hunting, even for home protection,” Heslin said.

Pro-gun activists responded by calling out: “Second Amendment!”

Undeterred, Heslin continued. “There are a lot of things that should be changed to prevent what happened.” Huffington Post

Yeah, the HuffPuff did include that “things should be changed” line. They got that much right.

But here is the rest of the story:

Neil Heslin: “You know.. I wish.. I ask if there is anybody in this room that can give me one good reason or challenge this question Why anybody in this room needs to have an ass… one of these assault style weapons or military style weapons with high capacity clips?”

Then he looks around and nobody says anything because he is giving testimony to the committee, so Neil adds as if he has proved his point…

Neil Heslin: “Not one person can answer that question.”

And then they answered the question. Had he not been looking around at them and trying to make a point by their silence, they wouldn’t have. But, since he did, they did.

That’s not heckling.

Here’s the video.

Also keep in mind that Neil Heslin has been Jonny on the Spot when it comes to new gun control since the day of the shooting when he did an interview with Piers Morgan, and curiously enough, displayed the same, fake, affected performance he did today while posing next to a portrait of his late son.

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Israel Is a No-Show at Its UN Human Rights Review

(They “won” their review (by having it put off til they kill some more Palestinians and steal some more land) by not showing up just like Alvin Greene did when it was clear his “victory” in the South Carolina primary was hacked. So just don’t show up to court dates folks. Apparently it works for some of us them.)

from the New York Times

Israel became the first nation to skip a U.N. review of its human rights record without giving a reason — and then won a precedent-setting deferral Tuesday.

The president of the U.N.’s top rights body, Polish diplomat Remigiusz Henczel, declared Israel a no-show at a meeting in Geneva and then reconvened the 47-nation Human Rights Council to decide what to do.

Israel had asked Henczel in January to postpone the review but did not provide a public explanation.

“This is a rather unique step which has never happened in the past,” said German U.N. Ambassador Hanns Heinrich Schumacher.

But after a debate, the council unanimously agreed to defer the review until its next session in October and November at the latest. It took also take it up earlier.

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Sandy Hook Shooting: Officers encountered ‘several individuals’ as they approached scene

from Legit Gov

Sandy Hook: Officers encountered ‘several individuals’ as they approached scene –Investigative report into shooting will not be finished until ‘at least June’ [Right, say... 5:00 p.m. on a Friday afternoon, heading into the July 4th holiday weekend?] 26 Jan 2013 There are references to other people outside the school when the shooting started. One officer says at 9:41:22 that “I’ve got him proned out,” indicating he is arresting someone. Other media reports have indicated this was a man who had a child at the school, wand he was headed to that class when the shooting started. [?] But the shooting was not over for long. About 50 seconds later, another caller indicates they can still hear shooting and that they saw “two shadows running outside past the gym,” which is in the rear of the school. Newtown Police Lt. George Stinko said some people were detained initially as police got to the scene that was rapidly unfolding… At 9:51, the records indicate police found [Adam] Lanza’s body. Police found his car at 10:05 a.m. when an officer asked a dispatcher to run the license plate 872YEO. The car, a black Honda Civic, belongs to Nancy Lanza, according to Department of Motor Vehicle records. Police later found a shotgun in the trunk. [So, the dead guy returned his weapon to the trunk of the car. Ok, got it. Note: This summary is from an article published in The Hartford Courant, 'Records: Massacre Lasted 6 Minutes,' by Dave Altimari, 26 January 2013. An online version of the full article, for some reason, is unavailable. Hence, there is no 'link' to the original. --Lori Price, www.legitgov.org]

Sandy Hook Shooting: Adam Lanza Died Day Before Massacre

(seeing this makes we wonder why the investigators in the Sandy Hook case aren’t going to release any information on the investigation prior to the passage of the gun control legislation.)

Date on Social Security Death Record for Adam Lanza Is December 13, 2012, One Day Before the Sandy Hook Massacre

from Cryptogon

The main Sandy Hook thread is here.

Geneologybank.com pulls the data directly from the Social Security Administration:

Adam P. Lanza: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) Death Record
Name: Adam P. Lanza
State of Issue: New Hampshire
Date of Birth: Wednesday April 22, 1992
Date of Death: Thursday December 13, 2012
Est. Age at Death: 20 years, 7 months, 21 days
Confirmation: Proven

Screenshot:

Adam Lanza Death Record

Episode 3 – Scott Creighton & The Not-So-Alternative Media’s Sandy Hook Hoax

Rob Daven from Conspiracy HQ was kind enough to ask me to do an interview with him for his podcast last week and he has finished prepping it and put it up. I like Rob. He’s well informed and laid back. He’s honest and you can hear it in his voice. We talked about all kinds of stuff running the gambit from man-made global warming to phony alternative media icons to the American Gladio campaign in Aurora and Sandy Hook. I think it’s a pretty good interview, so if you wish, click on the link below and swing over to Conspiracy HQ and have a listen while surfing the “interwebs”

Episode 3 – Scott Creighton & The Not-So-Alternative Media’s Sandy Hook Hoax

Product Obama Drops Charade about Closing Gitmo and Unleashed Drones on Africa. Progress!

by Scott Creighton

Just a quick note: as the title says, it’s time to put pretense aside. Barack Obama is nothing more than a neoliberal DLC New Dem in sheep’s clothing and now he’s in office for another 4 years, it’s time for the Obamadrones to shut up and face the facts.

“The State Department on Monday reassigned Daniel Fried, the special envoy for closing the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and will not replace him, according to an internal personnel announcement. Mr. Fried’s office is being closed, and his former responsibilities will be “assumed” by the office of the department’s legal adviser, the notice said.” New York Times

“The United States military command in Africa is preparing plans to establish a drone base in northwest Africa to increase unarmed surveillance missions on the local affiliate of Al Qaeda and other Islamist extremist groups that American and other Western officials say pose a growing menace to the region.

For now, officials say they envision flying only unarmed surveillance drones from the base, though they have not ruled out conducting missile strikes at some point if the threat worsens.” New York Times

It’s official, the blinders are off, the truth is out there. Starting off the next term and there isn’t even a pretense anymore.

Hang on folks, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride.

Obama™ and his Fascist “Organizing for Action” Not-for-Profit

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE: Think about this: are they going to be told what too say? Of course they are. Are they also going to be told to LOOK FOR certain things or to LISTEN FOR certain things said by the people they talk too? Are they going to be told to REPORT THOSE THINGS and the addresses of the nonconformists back to the home office? Of course they are.

Are they REALLY looking to convince people of something when the Media and the Press can’t? Or, are they doing something else entirely?

UPDATE: Obama is also asking the local police chiefs from the towns where the Aurora Massacre, the Sikh Temple Massacre and the Sandy Hook Massacre took place to help him run around promoting his efforts to disarm the population. It’s like a product roll-out isn’t it? Apparently they aren’t getting enough traction on this one, so my guess is, expect another “crazed lone gunman” pretty soon. (Just for the record, I don’t take SSRIs, I don’t own any firearms and if there is more than one headshot in 300 rounds fired, it wasn’t me cus I can’t hit the broadside of a barn from the inside. Just for the record)

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Can you say “boycott”?

Think about this: the new Obama administration “grass roots” action campaign is actually a not-for-profit which can and will take unlimited amounts of corporate dollars to put together “an army of doorknockers‘ brought to you by “Business Forward” to sell you on the idea of disarming the population and comprehensive immigration reform. “Business Forward” was founded by AT&T, Hilton Worldwide, Microsoft, Visa McDonald’s, and Walmart.

“The initial fundraising push highlights the tricky path Obama’s allies face in starting the new group. Consider: Obama, who long cast himself as an ardent opponent of big money in politics, is to some extent tying the fate of his populist second-term agenda to a non-profit group registered under a section of the tax code – 501(c)4 – that allows the secret, corporate donations he spent months decrying after they were unleashed by a 2010 Supreme Court decision.” Politico

Team DLC Obama Brand is doing everything they can to push their latest two very unpopular domestic policy agendas: disarming the public and comprehensive immigration reform. Neither of these neoliberal policies are particularly popular in the country right now, but that doesn’t matter, the Obama™ machine is going to be tapping their trusty voting base, or should I say “leasing it” to a not-for-profit called Organizing For Action to use to gin-up a door-to-door campaign of Obamadrones to waddle into your neighborhood and ask you to love the idea of handing over your weapons and granting immunity to 20 million or so illegal aliens so they can find jobs easier and thus make companies like those who run Business Forward some more profits while you and your’s starve and “HOPE” no one breaks into your undefended home.

Meanwhile the CEOs meeting at the Organizing for America kickoff party (called “The Road Ahead”) with Bill Clinton are making record salaries and travel everywhere with heavily armed bodyguards in armored limos. Got it? Good. And by the way, that’s the definition of fascism.

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