Bathroom Brawl: Obama Administration Using Transgendered to Further Their School Privatization Agenda

by Scott Creighton

Under the left cover of President Barack Obama, his administration has been steadfast in it’s pursuit of the reactionary privatization of the entire public school system. From start to finish, “progressive” President Obama has been working diligently to neoliberalize as much of the state of the United States as he could possibly get away with.

  • Obama’s Public Education Policy: Privatization, Charters, Mass Firings, Neighborhood DestabilizationBruce Dixon, 2009
  • Obama Administration Enables Billionaire Takeover of America’s Public SchoolsDustin Beike, Jan. 2016

This ideology of wringing profits from state functions dates back to Augusto Pinochet’s neoliberal “miracle of Chile”: the Milton Friedman/ Henry Kissinger free-market experiment that took place after the CIA-backed coup in 1973 (on Sept. 11th, 1973 to be exact)

We can now add to his previous attempts at mass firings, the “Race to the Top” and under-funding destabilization campaigns, their most recent effort to undermine the institution of public education: the Bathroom Brawl crisis.

When presidents embark on their last year in office, they tend to attempt to wrap-up as many dangling projects as they can in service to the masters of the universe that they serve. Hence we are now looking at yet another set of phony sarin gas reports from Syria, a project President Peace Prize would love to bring to a conclusion prior to his leaving office. Getting the TPP and the TTIP signed and delivered is another project he would like to accomplish before he leaves.

We can add to that his desire to bring the school privatization project further along before he and his family clean out the linen closet at 1600.

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Bruce Dixon: Just What We Need – More Black Celebrity Charter School Crooks… I Mean ‘Entrepreneurs’

by Bruce Dixon, BAR

Sean “Diddy” Combs, with accomplices Iyanla Vanzant and privatization hustler Steve Perry are fronting the Capital Prepatory Harlem Charter School. When black celebs put their names on a charter school what does that mean? Are they “giving back” or are they cashing in on the drive to convert public assets into their private property? Are they siding with parents, teachers and communities, or with their own investment portfolios?

Celebrities they say, are people who are famous for being well known, while entrepreneurs, in popular lore, are those with a talent for detecting opportunities to get paid, in much the same way crocodiles and sharks smell blood in distant waters. So the celebrity entrepreneur is all about finding ways to leverage that celebrity to get paid.

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Corporatized – The Anti-Waiting for Superman Movie (trailer)

by Scott Creighton (H/T busyboyproductions )

UPDATE: The following comment has been left by the producers of this movie.

They are taking donations for this film at https://www.gofundme.com/856q545g. As little as $5 can help make a difference. This film is going to be big.

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As many of you already know, I am adamantly opposed to privatization of public services such as the prison system, police departments (that’s next by the way), public works departments (power and water) and of course… public education.

I have been extremely vocal in my opposition to charter for-profit schools since they came out with their plans to convert all public schools to this model and I continue my opposition to it.

It’s enough to make you cry when you pass a converted Big Lots store in some strip-mall down here in Tampa that is now a charter high school and the kids are spending their PE time in the parking lot playing on some roll-out basketball hoop. The thought that that will be those young peoples’ memory of high school … and that we are not only allowing it, but paying our tax money for it… is devastating.

These bastards are literally stealing the most important, formative part of childhood from these kids and doing so simply because they want to make a buck off it.

It is beyond sickening for those of us out here who still cling to something like a soul.

And if you, in your neighborhood, haven’t seen something like that yet, you just wait. It’s coming.

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Understanding The Refugee “Crisis” of 2015 (or… Enter the “Refugee Truther”)

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE: Germany is demanding Facebook help their efforts by removing posts that are critical of their efforts to demand refugees are accepted across Europe

“German Justice Minister Heiko Maas wants Facebook Inc. to remove racist posts targeting asylum seekers after several attacks on refugee camps in Germany over the past week.”

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At a time when everyone was being told we had to STOPKONY from killing all the children, I and a few others braved the rampages of the online thought police and wrote the truth about the fraudulent propaganda campaign. It didn’t take long for the leader of that particular marketing campaign to wind up naked and high as a kite on the side of the road and as a result, his astroturfing campaign subsequently crashed into the rocky shoreline. Yet the campaign to recolonize Africa continues to this day unfortunately.

By the same token, a few days after alleged shooting of Malala, when we were being told we HAD to “LOVE MALALA!” or else, I and a few others were writing about the ridiculousness of the story and I even went so far as to suggest it was all about pushing an agenda of global for-profit charter school systems which would serve the interests of the masters of the universe in many, many ways. Turns out, with her fake little scar and her fake Peace Prize, Malala is busy spending her days running around promoting global for-profit charter school systems that will teach poor kids around the world of the wonders of Westernized neoliberal, free market ideology. She now lives in London of course.

Do I even need to mention the “Snowden truthers” and the scores of “alternative” truth-tellers like Dave Lindorff who attacked us for simply investigating and writing the truth about what was really going on? Do I need to mention the “Freedom” Act and the privatization of the surveillance state which is what I said the “Snowden” psyop was all about from the start?

How about the American Gladio campaign, which is apparently still going on today. Or the fake “ISIS” threat always showing up in nations Barack Obama needs to bomb into (or BACK into) submission?

Contrary to how it might appear, I’m not patting myself on the back, though I know my detractors will say I am.

What I am doing is pointing out that whenever a major agenda unfolds, whenever the “crisis” in support of that agenda takes shape, for one reason or another, you can always count on a certain measure of “truth-tellers” to get on board with the official narrative (at least in principle if not in totality) in the early stages of the effort and in recent years there have been very few programs bigger in scope and reach than the recolonization of Africa, the global for-profit “education” of third world populations and the fascist privatization of the surveillance state. Yes, they need to strip US citizens of certain constitutional rights and they need to do that on a very selective basis, hence “common sense” gun legislation via “mental hygiene” laws. And they need an ever shifting continuous threat for the long war, the endless war, the covert drone strike war at all places at all times. Thus, fake mass casualty events and fake beheading videos. But don’t let certain “truth-tellers” hear you speak about those.

That’s kinda like asking certain “truthers” what hit the Pentagon or what happened to the 80 or so security camera videos the FBI took from surrounding locations minutes after the attack.

Today, there is another “crisis” brewing and a number of “truth-tellers” don’t want to go anywhere near the truth of the matter. But I will. Because that is what I do.

So let’s talk about the sanctified story of the “refugee crisis” and how it’s being used for a number of various globalist agendas.

Who says it’s being used for globalist agendas? Well they do of course. You just have to know where to look.

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Tempest in a Teapot: The Story of Neoliberal Kristen McQueary and Longing for a Katrina in Chicago

by Scott Creighton

Sometimes the neoliberal apologists for the neoliberal Free-Marketeers go too far.

Sometimes their editors have to erase the little peek they give us inside the minds of the sociopaths who make up the Milton Friedman True Believer class.

Sometimes they have to write unapologetic apologies when civil society reacts with horror at the shear selfishness and cruelty these Ayn Randians harbor deep down inside.

“Envy isn’t a rational response to the upcoming 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

But with Aug. 29 fast approaching and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu making media rounds, including at the Tribune Editorial Board, I find myself wishing for a storm in Chicago — an unpredictable, haughty, devastating swirl of fury. A dramatic levee break. Geysers bursting through manhole covers. A sleeping city, forced onto the rooftops.

That’s what it took to hit the reset button in New Orleans. Chaos. Tragedy. Heartbreak

An underperforming public school system saw a complete makeover. A new schools chief, Paul Vallas, designed a school system with the flexibility of an entrepreneur (privatized). No restrictive mandates from the city (deregulated) or the state. No demands from teacher unions to abide (no labor protections). Instead, he created the nation’s first free-market education system

That’s why I find myself praying for a real storm. That’s why I can relate, metaphorically, to the residents of New Orleans climbing onto their rooftops and begging for help and waving their arms and lurching toward rescue helicopters” original version of Kristen McQueary’s libertarian/neoliberal screed

not so cute sometimes I guess

That’s what happened when cute little libertarian Kristen McQueary penned her latest OpEd for the Chicago Tribune in which she pined away wishing for a Hurricane Katrina to come to Chicago and wash away all that liberal excess so the neoliberal economic hit-men could remake the city into Galt’s Gulch like they did in New Orleans.

It’s called “disaster capitalism” and in the case of New Orleans, it only cost about 1,800 lives and countless people being made homeless. That’s to say nothing of the corrupt, fascist, privatized public education system (the kind promoted by Rahm Emanuel, Jeb Bush and Ron Paul alike) they installed in the wake of the storm which has cost countless futures for countless kids of the poor and working classes of that once great city.

Just for shits and giggles, you guys do understand that the father of modern day charter school ideology was Augusto Pinochet under his Milton Friedman inspired dictatorship, right?

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Fraud, Waste, and Lies: Charter Schools Cheating Communities Out of Millions of Dollars

by Sarah Lazare , Common Dreams

Accepting and soliciting bribes. Diverting public funds for personal profit. Lying about the number of students. These are just a few examples of the fraud and malfeasance committed by charter school officials—cheating communities out of millions dollars that were supposed to go to education, a new report finds.

The Tip of the Iceberg: Charter School Vulnerabilities to Waste, Fraud, and Abuse (pdf) was released Tuesday by the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools (AROS) and the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD).

It concludes that, in 15 states alone—a third of states with charter schools—such waste cost more than $200 million.

This number is significantly higher than estimates released last year by CPD, which identified at least $136 million lost to fraud and waste. The revised figure of $203 million includes “all of the cases from the 2014 report, $23 million in new cases, and $44 million in additional cases not included in  the 2014 report,” the study states.

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Freedom Rider: Newark Rejects $100 million School Scam

by Margaret Kimberley,  from BAR

The people of Newark through grass roots mobilization and the ballot box said thanks but no thanks to Zuckerberg and his big money.”

In 2010, Facebook’s billionaire founder Mark Zuckerberg joined Newark, New Jersey mayor Cory Booker on the Oprah Winfrey show with great fanfare. The purpose of their appearance was to announce that Zuckerberg was contributing $100 million to the Newark, New Jersey school system.

There was a time when private donations to public schools would have been unheard of. Schools were well funded with government money and were accountable only to the people for their actions. That history is now passé, as rich individuals and corporations have snatched seats at a table where they do not belong. Charter schools have been foisted upon black and brown children across the country, and in the process fired thousands of black teachers, closed schools, and stolen resources from public education while simultaneously making profits for hedge fund chieftains.

This disastrous plan has gathered steam with Republican and Democratic politicians alike who happily jump on the band wagon and the big money that comes with it. A Republican president may use the slogan No Child Left Behind and a Democrat may say Race to the Top, but the end results are equally disastrous.

The Newark scheme has been in the news lately because the people of Newark through grass roots mobilization and the ballot box said thanks but no thanks to Zuckerberg and his big money. Newark was vulnerable to the charter school confidence game for two reasons. First, its low performing school system was taken over by the state of New Jersey in 1995 and secondly, they had the misfortune of having Cory Booker as their mayor.

Booker’s rise to the city council, mayoralty and now United States senate is a tale for the ages. He successfully marketed himself to rich people and raised huge amounts of money for his campaigns. He might have been the first black president instead of Barack Obama, because as the New Yorker magazine recently pointed out, his wealthy benefactors loved him that much.

“They let Cory into their boardrooms and offices, introduced him to people they worked with in hedge funds. As young finance people, they looked at a guy like Cory at this stage as if they were buying Google at seventy-five dollars a share. They were talking about him being the first black President before he even got elected to the city council, and they all wanted to be a part of that ride.”

The ambitious Booker made a name for himself and became a prodigious fundraiser as one of the first black politicians to support the school voucher movement. He was backed by the Bradley foundation and Walmart’s Walton family and became the celebrity up and coming Democrat. Of course he would ally himself with Zuckerberg and Republican governor Chris Christie in the scheme to deliver the final coup de grace to public education in Newark.

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