Hurricane Irma: It’s Already Begun

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by Scott Creighton

The technocrats and disaster capitalism vultures are barely settled down in east Texas when all of a sudden… Irma!

And for those of you who DON’T know, Florida and her neoliberalized government have been pushing the reactionary envelope just as far as they could in the last couple of years… and now… Irma is literally a gift from God for them.Can’t wait for more shitty for-profit schools and those wonder “free trade zones” where billionaires can become richer billionaires and poor displaced workers are slaves. God bless ‘Merika!

As expected and right on cue, the panic and over-reactions have already begun.

Above we see insurance company owners, after enjoying a full 12 years without Florida being hit by a major storm, hitting the bricks before the claims start rolling in.

Like that year we were hit with no less than three major hurricanes, you can expect a good part of those companies to fold and their owners head for non-extradition companies BEFORE Irma makes landfall if she continues on her projected path.

Anyway, you can rest assured my impoverished disabled ass will sit right here and ride it out no matter where it hits or how powerful it is when it does.

Couldn’t do otherwise anyway.

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Celebrating Labor Day in the New Gilded Age

by Scott Creighton

Ironic is it not? The first Labor Day in the 1890s was a token peace offering to organized labor after the Pullman Strike Massacre of May 11, 1894.

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The “official” result was 30 workers were killed by U.S. troops sent in by Grover Cleveland on behalf of America’s oligarchs to get the trains running again. Another 57 or so were wounded and hundreds of labor leaders were shipped off to jail included Eugene Debs. Some lost their freedom, some lost their lives, all while trying to fight for better working conditions and better lives for their families near the end of the first Gilded Age of America.

And workers today poo-poo the notion of labor unions while sitting around sipping beer, eating burgers and singing the praises of their President Oligarch who like all the rest, long for a return to the glory days of yesteryear.

I was not the first alternative writer to explain that neoliberal/libertarian economic ideology is nothing more than a Gilded Age redux and that Globalization is an effort to infect the rest of the globe with a sickness that we suffered and recovered from a century ago. I was not the first and I am sure I wont be the last.

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Syria army advances towards ISIS-held Deir Ezzor

from Al Arabia

Syrian government soldiers and allied fighters have advanced further towards a government enclave besieged by ISIS in the country’s east, a monitor said on Sunday.

Syria’s army, backed by Russian military support, has been advancing towards Deir Ezzor city for weeks on several fronts.

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Russian fighters bomb ISIS hardware near Deir Ez-Zor

ABNA

Russia’s Aerospace Defense Forces have destroyed multiple pieces of ISIS’s hardware over two days of operations near the Syrian city of Deir Ez-Zor, the Russian Defense Ministry said Saturday.

“Over the past two days, Russian planes have destroyed 9 pieces of hardware, including two tanks, 6 artillery nests, one homemade multiple rocket launchers, 3 ammunition depots, a command center, as well as 20 trucks loaded with fuel, arms and ammunition,” the statement read.

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News Analysis: Beginning of end of Syria war could be closer than ever with IS collapse

by Hummam Sheikh Ali, XinhuaNet

The end of the Syrian war seems around the corner with the near collapse of the Islamic State (IS) group and the change of the international stance toward President Bashar al-Assad, experts say.

The Islamic State’s fighters in Syria are reeling and buckling under the pressure of the massive assaults on their key positions in Syria.

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Dozens of Al-Nusra (al Qaeda), ISIS-affiliated jihadists (U.S.-backed terrorist mercenaries) entered Germany posing as refugees – report

from RT

Several dozen Syrian extremists linked to both al-Nusra Front (al Qaeda) and ISIS, who committed “numerous massacres” of civilians and captives, have sought asylum in Germany, Der Spiegel reports.

Some 60 members of a Syrian militant group called Liwa Owais al-Korani or the Owais al-Korani Brigade arrived to Germany as refugees, Der Spiegel reports, citing sources within the German security services.

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