[see links to today's news after the break]
Austerity Pushes EU Unemployment to Record Level @ 11.9% - “Even more dramatic is the rise in the level of youth unemployment for the eurozone to 24.2 percent, which raises the risk of removing a whole generation from the labor force. Eurostat, the EU’s statistics office, said nearly 19 million people were unemployed in the eurozone following an increase of around 200,000 in January.”
Child Poverty Massively Increases through EU Austerity Programs – “More and more children in Europe’s crisis countries go to school hungry, Caritas declared for crisis countries like Greece, Spain, Italy, Portugal and Ireland. The study  by “Caritas Europe” analyzed the effects of the crisis in Europe on children and came to dramatic conclusions. Referring to data of the EU commission, the catholic relief organization notes that a third of all children in these countries on average live in poverty or at the edge of poverty“
Spain’s jobless soars to 26%; 1.8 million households with no member employed – “Spain’s unemployment rate shot up to a record 26% in the fourth quarter of 2012, leaving almost six million people out of work, the National Statistics Institute said on Friday. The rate rose from 25% in the third quarter as the country’s recession deepened.”
Incomes in the U.S. dropped by the most in 20 years - “Household purchases, which account for about 70 percent of the economy, climbed 0.2 percent after a 0.1 percent gain the prior month, a Commerce Department report showed today in Washington. The median estimate in a Bloomberg survey of 76 economists called for a 0.2 percent advance. Incomes slumped 3.6 percent, sending the saving rate down to the lowest level since November 2007.”
Why Does the US Chamber of Commerce Want to Train or Replace Your Elected School Board? – “A key role in the elite drive to privatize public education is being played by privately owned school “accreditation” agencies, which are immune from public scrutiny, and under the absolute thrall of pro-privatization forces like the US Chamber of Commerce and the Broad Foundation.”
EU Austerity Measures are Tearing Greece Apart… as they were designed to do – “We do not have six months. If the EU is going to change something, they need to change it yesterday. We even have problems burying the dead because people cannot afford the funeral expenses.” Refrigerators in the morgue were filling up with bodies until the church said that it would offer free burial for some families. “We are heading down the road of destruction.”
UK Defense Sec. Philip Hammond: cut welfare not troops – MORE AUSTERITY and MORE BULLETS!!! – “The Defence Secretary today warns that the Armed Forces cannot sustain further cuts and demands that the welfare bill is reduced to reflect rising levels of employment instead.”
EU Said to be Ready to Lift Restrictions Allowing Countries to Send Weapons to Terrorists in Syria - “Walid Saffour told the Guardian on Friday that following the amendment, “there will be a breakthrough that will end the restrictions of the European countries” for supplying militants with weapons by the next meeting of the so-called Friends of Syria, slated to be held in Turkey in late spring or early summer.”
The U.S.’s 60 Million in Aid to the Terrorists in Syria isn’t Enough! They DEMAND Weapons! – “”We don’t want food and drink and we don’t want bandages. When we’re wounded, we want to die. The only thing we want is weapons,” he told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.”
U.S. has been providing weapons and cash and training to the terrorists in Syria since 2007 – “US assistance, cash, weapons, and covert military support had been ongoing in Syria since 2007 – in other words – before the current conflict even began. And the US has been providing this support not for moderates, but specifically and intentionally for the ideological foundation of Al Qaeda itself, the sectarian extremist Muslim Brotherhood, since the Bush administration.”
FSA Bombs Nestle Plant in Syria Because it’s Owned by an Alawite – “As for the reason behind the burning, it’s quite simple, the owner of the commercial brand Sameer AlHassan is an Alawite. The fact that this factory was the only manufacturer of powdered milk “baby milk” didn’t stop FSA from burning it. Now Syrians had to turn to Iran to get baby milk.”
US Claims Cuba is a State Sponsor of Terrorism – “The claim of being a state sponsor of terrorism is a mere pretext, a blanket accusation Washington applies to any government it doesn’t like (and one that ignores America’s own history of supporting and carrying out international terrorism). A State Department report last year found that Cuba’s ties to so-called terrorist groups are tenuous at best.”
NYPD Lied Under Oath in Order to Prosecute Occupy Protester (wow. there’s a surprise) – “Nick Pinto of the Village Voice says he was nearby during the December 2011 rally and recalls watching Premo’s arrest from a distance. In his report from court this week, Pinto explains how the details provided by the NYPD in this trial have been fabricated to such a degree that the allegations presented by the cops turned out to be literally the opposite of what occurred”
The U.S. and the 21st Century Resource Grab in Africa: It’s Bigger Than You Think - “Most Americans do not realize the extent to which the U.S. is becoming involved militarily in the welter of conflicts throughout Saharan and sub-Saharan Africa (check out the chaos as mapped here). Although recent reports have tended to focus on the French effort to kick Al Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) out of Mali — an effort that may now be devolving into a far more complex guerrilla war, that French operation is just one operation in what may be shaping up to be a 21st Century version of the 19th Century Scramble for the resources of Africa.”
CISPA’s back: Hacking, online espionage resurrect cybersecurity bill – “The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection act (CISPA) will be reintroduced before the US House next week following a spate of cyber espionage and hacking attacks. Civil liberties advocates have criticized the bill for violating privacy laws.”
(Killed Aaron Swartz then set off a few NSAnonymous attacks and PRESTO!! CISPA is back in the mix!)
Software that tracks your every move and predicts future behavior draws heat – “A video obtained exclusively by The Guardian shows how software developed by the US defense contractor Raytheon, can gather vast amounts of personal information from social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare.”
The Real New World Order. Bankers Taking over the World – “Pure barbarity is what the promise of Western Civilization has been reduced to. What a wonderful world we have made!”
Thousands March to ‘Lift the Burden’ of Austerity in Ireland – “Over 100,000 Irish citizens took to the streets Saturday in protest of six years of severe austerity cuts and rocketing costs of living since the financial crisis plunged the country’s banking system into an endless debt spiral.”
In a December 26 court plea to postpone release of contents yielded through five search warrant, Connecticut State Attorney General Stephen Sedensky argued that unsealing such findings might “seriously jeopardize” the investigation by divulging evidence heretofore known only to other “potential suspects.”
Pointing to “information in the search warrant affidavits that is not known to the general public,” Sedensky also argued that opening the warrants would “identify persons cooperating with the investigation, thus possibly jeopardizing their personal safety and well-being.”
The prosecutor’s statement came less than two weeks after Connecticut State Police Lieutenant J. Paul Vance told reporters how there were “some cards that we’re holding close to our vest.”
French helicopter bombards area in Mali’s Gao – “Witnesses said on Monday that the French army helicopter targeted a police station, which was used by the fighters a base last month.”
Israel announces plans for 90 more settler units in West Bank – “Many countries, including some of Tel Aviv’s allies, have condemned the latest Israeli plans to construct the illegal settler units in the occupied Palestinian territories.”
Daniel Ellsberg: Obama, Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Senators Voting for Indefinite Detention Are “Enemies of the Constitution” – “American Government Claims Power that Even King George Didn’t Claim Daniel Ellsberg said this week“
In a political era of corporate dominance it was inevitable that doublespeak would become the official language of Washington, DC. Now “cuts” to social programs are referred to as “savings,” while the destruction of these programs is “reform.” This is the essence of President Obama’s doublespeakish “Race to the Top” public education “reform,” as well as his yet-to-be-announced deficit plan based on Medicare “savings.”
Barack Obama is Pushing Gun Control at Home, but He’s a Killer Abroad – “President Obama’s appeals to respect human life in the US are at odds with his backing for drone strikes in foreign parts”
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:”
by Scott Creighton
Morsi supporters and people who actually have Egypt’s best interest in mind are driving out the state department funded “opposition” to the new constitution - “Mohamed Mohy, a pro-Mursi demonstrator who was filming the scene, said: “We are here to support our president and his decisions and save our country from traitors and agents.”
Meanwhile, one politician in Egypt suggests maybe they could “rewrite” some of those passages of the constitution that Hillary’s color revolution thugs take exception to. Coincidentally, Hillary herself said the exact same thing today. “Vice President Mahmoud Mekky said amendments to disputed articles could be agreed with the opposition.” Yes, of course, a small minority of neoliberal supporters of the former dictator want a consensus, they want to write the constitution themselves, so of course, why not?
by Scott Creighton
Barack Obama has every intention of betraying his base… once again, this time on the subject of crippling “austerity” measures (read as “IMF structural reform package”) that will be “needed” to avoid the ever looming mythical fiscal cliff. So he called a special meeting with some of the left-wing propaganda peddlers to have a little off-the-record meeting at the White House. The idea is to get the talking points directly to the megaphonies so there’s no communication divide while at the same time expressing to them their personal importance to the administration, capitalizing on their feelings of entitlement in order to ensure they will strive their hardest to convince their audiences that something that is in their worst interest is actually in their best interests. To lie to their fans for the president and his neoliberal agenda in other words.
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by Scott Creighton
Ah, the neoliberals are at it all the time now. With their favorite Teflon puppet at the helm and Shillary screeching for more war profits in yet another practically defenseless nation, the “Misguided anti-Castro Group” is still well established as the masters of the known (and known unknowns) universe.
With all the fake opposition and distraction moderators still collecting paychecks, it’s the best we can do to remember what “HOPE” really sounded like while chronicling their crimes and betrayals till the day we can’t anymore.
by Scott Creighton
Wal-Mart de Mexico told to stop paying employees with store vouchers. Yes, leave it to Wal-Mart, the favorite honey-pot of the globalist Clinton Clan, to be the first multinational conglomerate to try to get away with bringing back the old “company store” vouchers of the 1890′s. Apparently they were paying store employees with store coupons and a bit of cash (so they could pay their bills I guess), forcing the employees to spend their earnings at Wal-Mart.
Obama hand picks the new military dictator in Yemen. President Obama has officially backed Major General Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi as the new “elected” president to replace Saleh. Saleh’s crooked regime will remain, Saleh himself will still be in charge of all the businesses his dictatorship provided him and his family with, but the new “election” of this new military dictator will make everything look hunky dory, just so long as you don’t look too close.
18 Statistics That Prove That The Economy Has Not Improved Since Barack Obama Became President. Speaking of not looking too close at Obama’s handiwork, take a gander at some of the real numbers of this “recovery” we are all enjoying. What you will see developing is the “new normal’ of the neoliberal economic system taking effect.
CNN goes way overboard in their War-Mongering on Iran. Erin what’s her face spewed one outright lie after the other. I half expected her to claim that Iran killed JFK, MLK, Whitney Houston, and the Baby Jesus. The woman should be arrested for lying like that. It was so bad, it has been written about by many others, Glenn Greenwald included, so I won’t dive into it.
Speaking of War Mongering, Sen. John McCain is leading a push to arm the Syrian al Qaeda operatives. He claims that we have to arm al Qaeda (the Syrian “rebels”) in order to stop Iran (that makes perfect sense to John McCain). Isn’t al Qaeda supposed to working with Iran now? And isn’t al Qaeda blowing up buses in Syria too? But aren’t Iran and Syria helping each other? You know, when the stupid bullshit propaganda overlaps like this, it gets very confusing.
Obama’s “successful” attempt at bringing “democracy’ to Libya is working out great. People are being disappeared, people are being murdered, the Israeli and American mercenaries are still attacking civilians with impunity, and the Green Army is still trying to fight for a free Libya.
by Scott Creighton
Israel Sets off More Bombs: Claims Iran is “Destabilizing” the World – The story out of Thailand is another bomb went off wounding some Iranian and therefore Israel is out, front and center trying to manage the story claiming it “proves” that Iran is conducting terror operations across the globe. The claim is that in three separate bombings, there were Iranians involved and the bombs all matched in design and composition, therefore, the Iranians are trying to destabilize the world. Of course, that could mean that ONE ENTITY (say… I don’t know… the MOSSAD perhaps?) has targeted three different sets of Iranians in order to frame them for these acts and try to present the world with a narrative that will help build a pretext to attack Iran while making people forget that Iran has no undeclared nuclear weapons like Israel does and Iran is not currently bombing innocent civilians like Israel is… and hopefully (for Israel) people across the world will forget that Israel just recently bombed and Iranian teacher and a storage facility in Iran. Talk about destabilizing the world….
And speaking of building a pretext…
NBC was on hand when a USN carrier drifted through the Strait of Hormuz UNIMPEDED by the Iranian navy… of course, the dishonest headlines would be all about “A FACE OFF in the Strait!!!“… like the Gulf of Tonkin incident, that never happened. Someone contacted me last night about the “face off” MSNBC was selling. It never happened. They claim that an Iranian boat was 2 miles from a US carrier while they ran stock footage of an Iranian boat. It never got close enough for the camera crew to even film it. Why do they put GE’s mouthpiece “news” agent on board a US vessel steaming through the strait? Because they wanted to create some anti-Iranian propaganda to go with the Israeli anti-Iranian propaganda… that’s why.
The European Union is not satisfied with Greece’s savage austerity measures (and when I say the “European Union” what I mean are the banks like JP Morgan Chase of London, because God knows, the only people that matte in Europe as well as everywhere else, are the slimy money-changers) designed by the unelected trifecta of globalist economists who own Greece these days so they are refusing to hand over the billions of dollars which the Greek people will be on the hook for over the next few generations while subsequently also giving globalist bankers all their nations national treasures and destroying the social safety net. That apparently isn’t good enough for the people like MF Global owners who caused the Greek crisis in the first place. These economic terrorists want the leaders of the two leading parties in Greece to sign agreements stating they will continue with the crippling austerity package and privatizations no matter what happens in the next election coming this April. That’s what the globalists call “stability”. They get theirs no matter what democracy (the will of the people) demands.
President Obama met with the Chinese Vice President yesterday and scolded him about not supporting the neoliberal plan for Syria and China’s reluctance to get on board the gravy train of neoliberal free-market globalization. In a remarkably disingenuous statement, Joe Biden claimed that China needed to practice a “fairer” kind of trade policies. Really? China is being demonized by the US and Britain because the countries that they deal with do consider them more fair than the US and Britain. Plus, China doesn’t force austerity measures and tell them who can run their countries.
Obama meets with leaders from Russia and China to press for tougher sanctions on Iran – Armed with the custom made IAEA report, President Obama met with leaders from these two holdout countries. There is no doubt that he tried to use the “Israel is crazy, we got to do something before they attack” argument. (All this pressure on Iran right now might also be a globalist bargaining chip in their effort to keep Russia and China from blocking UN votes on Syria; the argument being if they approve the lesser evil, the attack and regime change in Syria, then they will back off of Iran… just a thought)
Others understand that Israel is just playing a part in a neo-liberal scheme right now and they have no real intention to attack Iran – “Uri Avnery, an Israeli peace activist and former Knesset member, writes in “Palestine Chronicle” that Israeli threats are so much bluff and bluster. His article is titled, “Israel Will Not Attack Iran. Period.” “In a rare show of unity, all of Israel’s service chiefs, including the heads of the Mossad and Shin Bet, are publicly opposing the whole idea.” Avnery explains why: “An Israeli assault on a major Muslim country would instantly unite Sunnis and Shiites, from Egypt and Turkey to Pakistan and beyond. Israel could become a villa in a burning jungle.””
All across the country police are breaking up the Occupy Wall Street protests and arresting protesters – In one such case in North Carolina, riot cops were armed with fully automatic assault weapons when they moved in to arrest protesters.
Jackbooted thugs across the country are breaking up the Occupy movement – This is exactly why the government sunk so much money into militarizing the police forces after 9/11. They knew what they were about to do and they knew what the public reaction would eventually be.
Technocratic government of “Chicago Boys” type economists are taking over in Italy, just like they did in Greece (and in Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Indonesia, India, South Korea, ect. ect. ect.)
The process to neo-liberalize Libya is well underway and the harsh transition is being justified by the MSM – It’s all about “smaller government” and business driven approaches to everything ergo, “neo-liberalism”
Westerners looking at the new Libya from afar tend to offer recipes for recovery that feature widespread privatization of state-owned companies and a robust private sector that takes over the tasks of job and wealth generation…
… In their 2007 book on the Libyan economy, authors Waniss Otman and Erling Karlberg call the Libyan worker under Gadhafi “one of the most protected in the world,” adding that Libyans have a “subsidy mentality,” and a “job for life outlook which has ill-prepared Libyans for the more aggressive and cut-throat world of competition.”
Ali Tarhouni, Libya’s acting finance and oil chief, says he hopes the new Libya will feature a smaller government and a larger and freer private sector, but he has no illusions that it will be an easy transition.”
Neoliberalism IS FASCISM: 800 pieces of Legislation Written by Corporations - “The Center obtained copies of more than 800 model bills approved by companies through ALEC meetings, after one of the thousands of people with access shared them, and a whistleblower provided a copy to the Center. Those bills, which the Center has analyzed and marked-up, are now available at ALEC Exposed.“ - “New Dems” (Clintons) and the NeoCons (New Conservatives)(Bushes) Libertarians (Ron Paul) – these are all constructs of the NEW fascism in America
Fake “reformed terrorist” Spreads Lies and Hatred of Muslims for Homeland Security Money – “a forum put on by the state Office of Homeland Security, which paid Shoebat $5,000 for the appearance. He’s a darling on the church and university lecture circuit”…”"All Islamic organizations in America should be the No. 1 enemy. All of them,” he says.” …”But CNN reporters in the United States, Israel and the Palestinian territories found no evidence that would support that biography. Neither Shoebat nor his business partner provided any proof of Shoebat’s involvement in terrorism, despite repeated requests”
The Lies of Obama’s Cairo Speech are Exposed More and More Every Single Day – “Obama called in his Cairo speech for an end to the cycle of “suspicion and discord” between the United States and Muslim world, and outlined a new US blueprint for the Middle East, which included a Palestinian state and efforts to defuse a nuclear showdown with Iran.”
Last 6 Months Most Deadly for Afghan Civilians in 10 Years -”A local government official in eastern Afghanistan, Gul Mohammad Zazi, also said NATO troops killed seven civilians in an raid in Matoon village on the outskirts of Khost city just after midnight Thursday. He said the dead were not connected to the insurgency.
A neighbor, Asif Khan, said six people were killed and all were civilians and a spokesman for local schools, Sayed Musa Majro, says the dead included a teacher and two students.”
Wall Street is Demanding “Compromise”: Raised Debt Ceiling and Austerity Measures – “Representatives of the Wall Street financial oligarchy are laying down the law to the Obama administration and Congress, demanding speedy action to raise the federal debt ceiling before an August 2 deadline, and massive cuts in spending on social programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, to slash the federal deficit.”
Why We Will Never Leave Afghanistan – “Who’s profiting from this bonanza? That’s easy – US military contractors and a global banking/financial elite. The notion that the US government would spend $10 billion a month just to chase a few “al-Qaeda types” in the Hindu Kush is nonsense.”
Bill Gates is Pushing Monsonto on Africa – “… biosafety activists in South Africa are calling a program funded by the Gates Foundation a “Trojan horse” to open the door for private agribusiness and genetically engineered (GE) seeds…”
Wag the Dog; Phony “War” Reporting in Libya by MSNBC - Go watch embedded “journalist” fake his way through an entire “campaign” with the phony rebels in Libya. My favorite part is where he claims an artillery round landed near their location but they didn’t bother shooting any pictures of it. The only thing real about that war is NATO bombing civilian targets in Tripoli and elsewhere. These “rebel” videos are probably shot in Jordan or Saudi Arabia.
Orwell’s Vision is Materializing in the UK at an Alarming Rate – “You have politicians falling to their knees ingratiating themselves with media moguls. You have too many vested interests tied up with each other. You have a culture of arrogance and impunity”, says Nick Clegg.”
Moody’s Threatens to Downgrade Our Top Credit Rating: Who Gives a Shit? – “The United States may lose its top-notch credit rating in the next few weeks if lawmakers fail to increase the country’s debt ceiling, forcing the government to miss debt payments…”
Dow Jumps on Bernanke Promise to Steal More Money from the People to Give to the Banks - “The Dow Jones industrial average jumped as many as 164 points, or 1.3 percent.” There was a run on cocaine and $300 hamburgers in New York city.
Democracy is the problem - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is using the ginned up “crisis” his state is facing to hand over control of certain towns and school districts to “emergency managers” who will effectively act like lords over their assigned districts. In Benton Harbor their new Lord is handing over public property to developers so that they can turn it into a golf course for the wealthy. All this in spite of major protests taking place opposing this truly undemocratic shift in power.
Attacking Labor Studies in America - Breitbart is at it again. You know him, he’s the guy who paid that little pip-squeak to make fake videos about ACORN so they could defund that organization that helps empower the poor AND he now blogs on the progressive Huffington Post. This time Breitbart has some more fake videos which attempt to demonize college professors who teach labor studies classes. The LAST thing the neoliberals want is our young minds to study the history of labor relations in America while they roll back the clock to the 1890s.
Dems Attacking Labor Unions in Massachusetts – The democrats in Massachusetts are taking a page straight from Gov Scott Walker of Wisconsin and are going after collective bargaining rights of public sector unions.
As the Economy Stalls (or continues to stall) Big Oil is Raking in the Cash - Exxon-Mobil made 10.7 billion in the first quarter of 2011 and BP made 7.1 billion while Shell made 6.9 billion. Exxon’s numbers are up 69% from last year. Overall oil production is up and fuel consumption is down so these numbers reflect price manipulation and gauging rather than some fantastical free market equation.
Rebuilding Condi Rice’s Image - Condi Rice did a part on 30 Rock last night. Rebuilding the images of war criminals and liars is becoming an art and every successful network show must do it’s part in the Global War on Truth.
Global Free Market Wars now starving Libyans – M. Albrecht once said on national television that it was ‘worth it” to starve and kill half a million Iraqi children so that we could sanction him and weaken his regime. Now it seems it’s “worth it” to do the same thing to Libyan kids.
British MI6 Agents and British Military Special Forces Arrested in Libya – DON’T BELIEVE THE BULLSHIT – They were caught trying to make contact with rebel leaders in order to either kill them, kidnap them, or buy them off. Britain and the U.S. are trying to spin this to sound like they are trying to HELP pro-democracy fighters in Libya… it’s BULLSHIT. These are NOT “diplomats” any more than the CIA guy in Pakistan was a “diplomat”. These are killers and assasins who were tasked with “fixing” the problem of the rebel leadership.
Bolivian President Uses Former DEA Agent’s Book to Send Message to the World – “Bolivian President Evo Morales earlier this week held up a book, titled “La Guerra Falsa,” for the world to see. The tome Morales displayed for the cameras on March 3 at a military ceremony in La Paz, Bolivia is the Spanish-language version of “The Big White Lie,” a book penned by former DEA undercover agent Mike Levine. The book exposes the CIA’s corrupt involvement in the drug war, including its role in the “cocaine coup” in Bolivia in 1980. ”
Idaho students walk out over education cuts – “Public school students staged a series of walkouts in districts across the state of Idaho last week to protest planned budget cuts and teacher layoffs. Protests began last month after state superintendent Tom Luna called for increasing class sizes in elementary, middle, and high schools and the dismissal of 770 teachers. The state also aims to tie teacher pay to student performance on standardized tests.”
Demand for general strike wins support at Wisconsin protests – “Teachers, firefighters, nurses and other public employees were joined by union and nonunion private sector workers in construction, steel, auto, trucking and other industries, along with thousands of college and high school students who marched around the state capitol building.”
Conservative “Sleeper Agents” in Hollywood? The Right-Wing’s New War for Culture – “And there is no small amount of jealously over the skills on display in liberal Hollywood, including one presenter’s embarrassed compliment for the narrative structure of James Cameron’s Terminator–embarrassed, because Cameron also made the anti-war and environmentalist Avatar. The pro-charter school polemic Waiting for Superman was the subject of unqualified support. As I wrote at In These Times “Superman, directed by An Inconvenient Truth director Davis Guggenheim, was panned by many education scholars. But for many conservatives, the film’s success was proof that conservative ideas can win ground on the left, especially when they’re dressed up as a story of poor people of color fighting for justice.””
Bill Daley, White House Chief Of Staff, Pressed About Lack Of Jail Time For Wall Street Culprits - “Pressed a bit further, Daley refused once again to say whether “it is illegitimate or not” for the people to demand jail time for the culprits of the crash. “Politicians should not get involved. Producers, directors can do that. But politicians should not get involved.””
Karzai Rejects U.S. Apology For Killing Of Nine Afghan Boys - “According to a statement from his office, Hamid Karzai told Gen. David Petraeus, the top commander of coalition forces in Afghanistan, that expressing regret was not sufficient in last week’s killing of the boys, ages 12 and under, by coalition helicopters.”
Gates: U.S. Afghanistan Involvement Should Continue - “U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Monday that both the U.S. and Afghan governments agree the American military should remain involved in Afghanistan after the planned 2014 end of combat operations to help train and advise Afghan forces.”
Dick Durbin On Democratic Spending Cut Proposals: We’ve ‘Pushed This To The Limit’ - ““To go any further is to push more kids out of school, to stifle the innovation which small businesses and large alike need to create more jobs, and it stops the investment in infrastructure which kills good paying jobs right here in the United States,” said Durbin”
White House Offers First Budget Compromise As Negotiations With GOP Begin - “Briefing reporters at the White House while negotiators made their way to the VP’s office on the Hill, top administration officials said they had agreed to cut another $6 billion from the measure (and would be willing to go even further) in an attempt to bridge the party divide.”
Egyptian People Seized State Security Building and All Records of State Repression Under Mubarak’s Rule; Prosecutions to Follow – “The protesters who stormed the offices of Egyptian state security this weekend say the buildings are proof of “the greatest privacy invasion in history”, filled with transcripts of phone conversations, surveillance reports and stark reminders of the torture carried out inside.”
Protest Organizers Ordered to Shut Offices in Iraq – “Two political parties that led demonstrations in Baghdad over the past two weeks said on Monday that security forces controlled by Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki had ordered them to close their offices. The actions came amid growing concerns that Mr. Maliki, who is backed by the United States, is using force and other measures to stifle this country’s democracy.”
Saudi Arabia bans protests, drafts troops ahead of weekend demonstration – “The UK’s Telegraph newspaper reported that Saudi’s Interior Ministry had issued a statement on national television warning that protests “contradicted Islamic laws and social values”, and threatened violence against any disruptive elements.”
Bahrain’s Promised Spending Fails to Quell Dissent – “The leaders of Bahrain’s opposition movement said Sunday that they would not be mollified by offers of money and jobs, raising the prospect of a protracted standoff between protesters and the embattled government of this strategically important Persian Gulf island nation.”
Gov. Rick Scott’s proposed education budget: $1.75 billion in cuts – “Scott proposes a K-12 budget for the coming year that is $1.75 billion less than the current education budget. About half of that reduction is because the federal government won’t be sending the $873 million stimulus for education that it sent last year.”
The main officers in this case were indicted on charges of misdemeanor oppression and not assault. The official position coming out of the Houston mayor’s office is that they “tried” to get the officers fired but were unsuccessful and they seek to indict the individual who leaked the video because obviously, he is the real criminal here.
If you think this country isn’t already turning into what Egypt was like under Mubarak, think again. These thugs in uniform are selected and cultivated for this purpose only. They are no better than what we saw running over civilians in Cairo and it appears the mayor Houston is one of them.
by Robert Sheer, Truthdig
A most dastardly deed occurred last Friday when the Obama administration issued a 29-page policy statement totally abandoning the federal government’s time-honored role in helping Americans achieve the goal of homeownership. Instead of punishing the banks that sabotaged the American ideal of a nation of stakeholders by “securitizing” our homesteads into poker chips to be gambled away in the Wall Street casino, Barack Obama now proposes to turn over the entire mortgage industry to those same banks.
The proposal, originated by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, involves nothing less than a total “winding down” of the 80-year-old federal housing program, setting instead a new goal of a two-tiered America in which the masses are content to be mere renters of the American Dream. Such a deal for a country where, as the report concedes, “Half of all renters spend more than a third of their income on housing, and a quarter spend more than half.”
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