After the break check out some Labor Day related neoliberal news including current events and some interesting facts about what Labor Day means and why it was started.
from Electronic Intafada
There is one clear reason to celebrate the ceasefire deal Israel and the Palestinian resistance reached today: 51 days and nights of relentless Israeli massacres and destruction have come to an end in Gaza.
With reports that Israel has agreed to reopen Gaza’s borders, Hamas announced victory and Palestinians, especially in Gaza, are celebrating. Among many Israelis, meanwhile, there is a feeling of bitterness and defeat.
Smearing a Progressive Website to Support Israel
by Lance Tapley, from Common Dreams
Like many other news websites, Common Dreams has been plagued by inflammatory anti-Semitic comments following its stories. But on Common Dreams these posts have been so frequent and intense they have driven away donors from a nonprofit dependent on reader generosity.
A Common Dreams investigation has discovered that more than a thousand of these damaging comments over the past two years were written with a deceptive purpose by a Jewish Harvard graduate in his thirties who was irritated by the website’s discussion of issues involving Israel.
His intricate campaign, which he has admitted to Common Dreams, included posting comments by a screen name, “JewishProgressive,” whose purpose was to draw attention to and denounce the anti-Semitic comments that he had written under many other screen names.
The deception was many-layered. At one point he had one of his characters charge that the anti-Semitic comments and the criticism of the anti-Semitic comments must be written by “internet trolls who have been known to impersonate anti-Semites in order to then double-back and accuse others of supporting anti-Semitism”–exactly what he was doing. (Trolls are posters who foment discord.)
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from Electronic Intifada
An investigation by The Electronic Intifada has revealed that the online publication Israel21c is hiring students as “digital ambassadors” to plant its stories in online discussion forums and social media without revealing that they work for the publication.
Israel21c is part of propaganda efforts aimed to improve Israel’s image and distract from Israel’s occupation, abuse and massacres of Palestinians.
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from the Guardian
The US cable industry called on the Federal Communications Commission on Friday to block two cities’ plans to expand high-speed internet services to their residents.
USTelecom, which represents cable giants Comcast, Time Warner and others, wants the FCC to block expansion of two popular municipally owned high speed internet networks, one in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and the other in Wilson, North Carolina.
“The success of public broadband is a mixed record, with numerous examples of failures,” USTelecom said in a blog post. “With state taxpayers on the financial hook when a municipal broadband network goes under, it is entirely reasonable for state legislatures to be cautious in limiting or even prohibiting that activity.”
Chattanooga has the largest high-speed internet service in the US, offering customers access to speeds of 1 gigabit per second – about 50 times faster than the US average. The service, provided by municipally owned EPB, has sparked a tech boom in the city and attracted international attention. EPB is now petitioning the FCC to expand its territory. Comcast and others have previously sued unsuccessfully to stop EPB’s fibre optic roll out.
by Scott Creighton
Obama’s Ministry of Truth spokesperson, Jen Psaki, said Wednesday during a White House presser that Russian incursions in southeastern Ukraine “indicate a Russian-directed counteroffensive is likely underway in Donetsk and Luhansk.”
As I wrote this morning, that statement is absolutely false which is why White House legal staffers had her say it was “likely” Russia invaded Ukraine.
A reporter asked why she used the term “likely” rather than saying the counteroffensive was underway and Jen, visibly miffed, said it was her choice which pretty much guarantees it was the legal team’s.
by Scott Creighton
President Peace Prize’s neoliberal client-state in Kiev is coming apart at the seams. The color revolution that Victoria Nuland built at a cost of 5 billion dollars has failed to win the hearts and minds of the citizens of the former Soviet Republic and the police state repression that they needed to subdue the masses has come up woefully short. Ergo, President Peace Prize needs another justification for yet another “humanitarian intervention” in order to save Kiev’s dictator from the angry mob that is Ukraine.
“The Russians are coming! THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING!!!!”
“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.” Edward Bernays
In spite of what you are being told by the likes of Disinfo Jones, the Huffington Post and Fox “News”… the Russians are not invading Ukraine. Notice you have the same propaganda being promoted across the full spectrum of “news” sites from the fake alternative to the fake left to the hard-core right. It’s all some variation of the same bullshit lies.
Well that’s simple… Kiev is getting it’s ass kicked by the militias from the east. Their troops are fleeing when they encounter any resistance leaving behind heavy weaponry for the rebels to claim as their own. Their citizenry is demanding resignations.