Russian vs U.S. Elections

by Steve Lendman, ADS

Russia’s December 4 elections filled 450 State Duma seats, Russia’s Federal Assembly lower house.

Claims of electoral fraud followed. All elections have irregularities. At issue is whether results are comprised. Election monitor Golos accusations were spurious. America’s National Endowment for Democracy (NED) funds it. It supports regime change in non-US client states.

It backs opposition groups, conducts propaganda campaigns, and does openly what CIA operatives do covertly to destabilize sitting governments.

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RT Crew Assaulted by Agent Provocateurs at Greek Riots

THREE Neoliberal Party Candidates Take Their Seats in the Senate

by Scott Creighton

Rand Paul , Jim DeMint , and Rob Portman have “won” their respective races and will be joining each other in the US Senate in a couple of months. Rand got there by legacy (his daddy earned him the seat) and Jim by election fraud in the Democratic primary (proven by Vic Rawls in the SC Democratic Party hearing, while Alvin Greene didn’t even bother showing up) and DLC complicity.  But no matter how they each got there, these neoliberal business class servants will be pushing the corporate agenda in DC come January.

Rand Paul raised tons of money back in the day when Alex Jones kept hawking him as some kind of dedicated “outsider”. Fact was, the man is a die-hard neoliberal/Libertarian; business first, free-markets, privatize everything, destroy the department of education (so they can hand that chunk of money over to BIG BUSINESS as well), open borders, deregulation of all business… ect. ect. ect.

That’s the Washington consensus folks… it’s Hillary Clinton’s agenda just as much as it is George W. Bush’s.  You can’t get more “status quo” in DC than that. I guess that’s why Rand met with the neocons and AIPAC in the same week just before the election to assure them he was nothing like the character he played when talking to AJ.

Alvin Greene raised less than $5,000 for his senate “campaign” so he didn’t even have to disclose where the money came from.

There was no campaign from Alvin Greene, none… all he did was use someone else’s money to sign up for the primary then he sat back and let the electronic voting machines cheat Vic Rawls out of the senate .  In the end,  Greene didn’t even put up a fight against Jim DeMint and just let him keep his seat in the Senate.  Because that was the plan all along.

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Obama’s War on the Internet: The Ministry of Truth

by Philip Giraldi, Capaign for Liberty

The Ministry of Truth was how George Orwell described the mechanism used by government to control information in his seminal novel 1984. A recent trip to Europe has convinced me that the governments of the world have been rocked by the power of the internet and are seeking to gain control of it so that they will have a virtual monopoly on information that the public is able to access. In Italy, Germany, and Britain the anonymous internet that most Americans are still familiar with is slowly being modified. If one goes into an internet café it is now legally required in most countries in the European Union to present a government issued form of identification.

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New Australian PM put “on notice” by global markets

by Mike Head, WSWS

Little-reported comments by the newly-installed Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard have revealed more about the driving forces behind the political coup that ousted her predecessor, Kevin Rudd.

Last Friday, after announcing her government’s capitulation to the demands of the giant global mining corporations over the Rudd government’s now-dumped mining “super profits” tax, Gillard told reporters that she was “on notice” that the world economy had entered a new round of fear and uncertainty.

In her first remarks on the state of the economy, the new prime minister said that Treasurer Wayne Swan—who had just returned from the G20 summit in Toronto—had been briefed on “the fragilities and uncertainties in the international economy”.

“So you know, I’m on notice about that, Wayne’s on notice about that. At the moment [we’re] monitoring to see if the anxieties and uncertainties crystallise into more than that, to see if we see a bigger change in the global economy as a result. There is nervousness around so we are alert to that,” Gillard said.

These comments make clear that the Gillard Labor government is preparing to deliver the dictates of global financial markets, which are demanding a worldwide shift from stimulus packages to austerity measures, in order to claw back from the working class the cost of the mountain of toxic debt taken from the banks onto government balance sheets in 2008-09.

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Picked to Lose 5: Alvin “Lenny” Greene Steps it Up a Notch on CNN… Goes “Full Retard”

by Scott Creighton

The “I am Sam” lesson is lost on Alvin Greene… or maybe not?

While Alvin Greene is busy playing his mockumentary version of  “Lenny”  from Of Mice and Men, the Democratic Party establishment is doing everything they can to keep anyone from doubting the legitimacy of the South Carolina primary while it seems at least some republican media outlets are allowing time for those calling these DRE systems into question?

This is a recent CNN interview with Alvin “can I pet the rabbits George” Greene which devolves into some kind of bizarro world “Rain Man” skit from Saturday Night Live. Notice how the Democratic Nominee for the Senate in South Carolina cleverly utilizes the classic “I know you are… but what am I?” tactic when confronted with the names of some S.C. dems who think he might be a little “disabled”.  It’s so clever, in fact, Alvin gives himself a little chuckle afterward…

The most important thing for the establishment Neoliberal Party is to make sure that no one questions this years pro-business candidate hacks already written into the code of our upcoming elections. So the veal pen is busy Tru-Casting comments into any blog that just might question what happened in South Carolina and their spin-doctors are feeding talking points to their establishment scribes as fast as they can.

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Electronic Voting Scam Hijacks Another Primary Election for the Neoliberal Agenda

by Scott Creighton

The neoliberal agenda keeps rolling on.

South Carolina Democratic Primary – hacked

In South Carolina something happened that is supposed to make us believe that in America, anything can happen. That a relative unknown can rise up and challenge the status quo just so long as we “get out the vote”. You see? it is a “free” country…

But it’s a lie.

Thirty-two-year-old Alvin Greene of Manning defeated 64-year-old Vic Rawl of Charleston in Tuesday’s primary. Rawl is a former judge and legislator, who had about $186,000 cash available and had already scheduled a fundraising event for Thursday.

Greene raised no money in the contest, had no signs and no website. AP

We are supposed to believe that somehow, some nobody who didn’t advertise, didn’t have a website, and didn’t even have any signs came out and beat a former judge and 4 term lawmaker in South Carolina? Really? Is that what we are supposed to believe?

Here’s a little more background for you…

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American INGSOC: “New World Order” unword – replace with “New International Order”

by Scott Creighton

See? All those conspiracy theorists were so wrong, so stupid. There is no “New World Order”. How paranoid is that?  But there will be a “New International Order”.  We need it to keep us safe and spread democracy.   Everyone knows that…”  a random Amerian progressive

In perhaps his most Orwellian speech to date, Barack Obama addressed the cadets at West Point yesterday. Though his language was stunningly dishonest to the point of a Cheneyesque caricature, the real horror lies just behind the context of what he is saying and goes straight back to the double-speak that defined his election campaign.

Gone is the man who campaigned on ending the “mindset that keeps taking us to war” and in his place is a Disney theme-ride automation programmed to read a script that would have made George Orwell blush.

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638 Ways to Kill Castro

by Scott Creighton

The Worship of Mammon - De Morgan 1909

This film was shown on the BBC channel 4 some 3 and a half years ago. It details all the various CIA/Big Business backed assassination attempts on Fidel Castro’s life from exploding soft-balls to sea-shell bombs and even “beard killing foot powder”.

But perhaps the most disturbing aspect of the film is what it shows us about how terrorists (real, admitted, self-described terrorists) are not only pampered and protected by the U.S. but also accepted and even admired by a certain class of U.S. citizen who claim outright that anything, even terrorism, is acceptable “in a war”. 

But this was never a “war”. 

Killing Castro was always about regaining control of the wealth of a little country so they could exploit it and killing a man who dared to rise to power with the intent to improve the lives of the working and the poor of his country.  This is an ideological “war” where the business class and the politically connected will resort to the worse forms of terrorism in order to do one thing and one thing only… enrich themselves. 

[watch the full video, 638 Ways to Kill Castro, after the break and my intro...]

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Greek government announces major pension cuts

(The Greek middle class has completely abandoned the working class. There are calls now from the billionaire owned papers to suspend the constitution in order to deal with the popular dissent in Greece. The Greek government in collusion with the IMF and the EU are calling for a pension freeze, massive tax increases on that frozen pension, and stripping holiday bonus pay. Factor all that in with the huge tax increases, pay rate reductions, and privatizations and what you end up with is the standard of living of the working and poor classes being attacked right out in the open, with the “liberal elites” arguing they need to suspend the constitution to deal with the slave uprising.)

By Robert Stevens and Alex Lantier, WSWS

On Tuesday, the Greek government announced a massive cut in pension benefits. The bill was prepared in consultation with International Monetary Fund (IMF) and European Union (EU) officials in a cabinet meeting the night before.

The measure is the latest in a series of cuts carried out by Prime Minister George Papandreou’s social democratic government, following the outbreak of the Greek debt crisis. It comes on the heels of a nationally televised May 2 announcement of a €30 billion austerity plan, including massive wage cuts, sales tax increases, and privatisations, in exchange for a joint IMF-European bailout.

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Calling All Rebels

by Chris Hedges, Truthdig

There are no constraints left to halt America’s slide into a totalitarian capitalism. Electoral politics are a sham. The media have been debased and defanged by corporate owners. The working class has been impoverished and is now being plunged into profound despair. The legal system has been corrupted to serve corporate interests. Popular institutions, from labor unions to political parties, have been destroyed or emasculated by corporate power. And any form of protest, no matter how tepid, is blocked by an internal security apparatus that is starting to rival that of the East German secret police. The mounting anger and hatred, coursing through the bloodstream of the body politic, make violence and counter-violence inevitable. Brace yourself. The American empire is over. And the descent is going to be horrifying.

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Obama vs. Obama

by Michael Brenner, Huffington Post

The enigma that is Barack Obama grows day by day. Contradiction after contradiction, abrupt gear shifts, perpetual motion that never reaches a destination. ‘Obscene’ Wall Street bonuses suddenly transmute into well earned rewards for a good guy golfing buddy; the imperative to act boldly on the jobs crisis means placing it the callous hands of Max Baucus and Chuck Grassley of health care fame; the plotting of exit strategies from Afghanistan by 2011 becomes a ‘long as we have to’ occupation. All these contrapuntal reversals against a sound track of non-stop exhortation and a restless shuttling from one photo-op to another. Who is this guy, anyway?

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The Democrats, the Deficit, and Social Security

by Shamus Cooke, WSWS

It’s official: the Democrats are coming after Social Security and Medicare.  How refreshing that all the backroom scheming and political conspiring is finally out in the open.  Before, the corporate elite had been having this conversation in private, via right-wing think tanks and business journals.  Now, mainstream media is promoting these ideas, including the Democrat’s media mouthpiece — The New York Times. 

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John Kiriakou Unwittingly Exposes Brian Ross as an ABC News “Mockingbird”

by Scott Creighton

The other day I posted an article about why I think Brian Ross should be fired from ABC News.

Time and time again Brian Ross has not only ended up on the wrong side of every single important issue since 9/11, but he also has a disturbing tendency to rely almost exclusively on unnamed sources to support his arguments (arguments that are almost always on the side of the CIA backed imperialist agenda). 1. The Iraq connection with the anthrax attacks (wrong, Mr. Ross), 2.  illegal use of torture as a justifiable and “useful” practice (wrong again, Mr. Ross), 3.  Iran having enough material to make a nuclear weapon by 2009 (so, so wrong, Mr. Ross), and finally what I pointed out as his latest forray into his imperialist collaborations… 4. the president  and possibly the CIA has the right to kill U.S. citizens at will (apparently this is a “law” that George W. Bush just made up after 9/11… but Mr. Ross fails to point out the root of this assumed presidential authority in his recent article).

You might start to think that Brian Ross is nothing more than the CIA’s man at ABC with all these pro-imperialist agenda positions Mr. Ross has been taking over the years. You think that might be possible? Is Brian Ross nothing more than a well-dressed over-paid Mockingbird? Inquiring minds want to know.

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What a Sad Week for Democracy

by Scott Creighton

***UPDATE*** (Five. I stand corrected. There are now 5 events from this past week that I should have mentioned. Please see the last one reported on by Glenn Greenwald at the end of this article.)

What a week it was for our democratic freakshow. How many more shocks can our fragile egos take before the entire illusion of American exceptionalism crumbles from under our feet? What happens when it does? This past week, four events played out that should by all rights shake the people of this nation out of their self-induced comas. I’m not holding my breath.

1. Obama Plays the Populist Card

This week President Obama and his script writers did what they could to help shore up the decaying illusions of our democratic foundations. They announced some new rules, the Volcker rules, supposedly to reign in the Wall Street bankers. The hasty press conference Obama and his DLC/New Dems staff put together couldn’t have looked more like a sophomoric propaganda pep-rally session if George Bush and his pathetically unsophisticated writing staff had done it themselves. They might as well have shipped in some homeless, jobless, ex-middle-class Americans and piled them up on the floor so that Obama could stand on top of them with a bullhorn to deliver the speech.

I hear they are already planning for President Obama’s “Mission Accomplished” celebration to be held in a soup kitchen in Detroit next week (figured they would get a photo-op session in before the banks shut it down).

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