Naomi Klein Says Don’t be Shy About Exploiting Hurricane Harvey to Push GLOBAL WARMING (boo) Agenda

UPDATE: Audio cuts out at 27:30 mark or thereabouts. Don’t know why. I keep checking mute button while making videos so it’s something else. But I left it up because it’s still a good video… just a little shorter than I planned.

Naomi Klein forgets to mention the real threat of Disaster Capitalism sprouting up in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. But she does say folks shouldn’t be shy about exploiting the tragedy to push her pet project, the globalists’ Global Warming (boo) scam.

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Exaggerating Harvey: Why Disaster Capitalists Say It’s a “500 Year Storm”

UPDATE: To my point… the author of Disaster Capitalism, Naomi Klein, has gone on Democracy NOW! to talk about hurricane Harvey. You think she talked about all the disaster capitalism that was practiced in the wake of Katrina and Haiti and all the rest trying to warn folks we have to be concerned about that? No. She says it’s WRONG to NOT POLITICIZE tragedies like Harvey and why all the media SHOULD be USING THE MOMENT to talk about… GLOBAL WARMING (boo). Yep. She says no one is saying GLOBAL WARMING (boo) CAUSED Harvey, but she is talking a bunch of gobbly gook about how it is the “accelerant” that made it worse. She says the oil industry is an “accelerant”, poverty is an “accelerant”, racism is an “accelerant”.

But she uttered not a word on the technocrats who are moving in as we speak looking to profit from the chaos and ironically, she herself was literally saying folks should USE this moment to advance their cause of GLOBAL WARMING (BOO)… heck, kind of like she herself is a neoliberal technocrat (did you guys know just how financially invested Goldman Sachs is in GLOBAL WARMING (BOO)?)

In no way is this intended to diminish the suffering of the people effected by hurricane Harvey but I have to remind folks and warn them of the vultures who look to profit from every crisis in the wake of such events and the larger the crisis, the greater the profit.

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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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Capt. Kearns: Jason Bourne or Raymond Shaw? Project Artichoke Goes Live

by Scott Creighton

TruthOut has published an article this morning about Dr. John Bruce Jessen, the CIA contracted psychologist who became one of the architects of the government’s torture program, and how he turned his work with the SERE program, a program designed to help soldiers deal with the pressures of torture, into a “how to” guide for “exploiting” War on Terror detainees for the CIA and department of defense.

The article includes hand-written notes from Dr. Jessen taken during his time working on the SERE program and provided by retired Air Force Capt. Michael Kearns to TruthOut writers Jason Leopold and Jeffrey Kaye.  Though the notes themselves do not deal with torture, they do detail key aspects of what would later become our “enhanced interrogation” program.

This article is going to get a lot of attention today and over the course of the next week or so I suppose, but I will tell you now, something doesn’t add up.  This smells rotten to the core. And if you watch Capt. Kearns between his staged, rehearsed, getting ready for the political career answers, you will see something in this man’s eyes that I think exposes his truer nature, a nature born of a lifetime in service to the spook industry and the CIA specifically.

This man is crazy and he just may the CIA’s next Manchurian candidate.

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Economic Hit-men and the Neoliberalization of America

by Scott Creighton

In a continuation of the interview which I posted late last night, Rachel Maddow has on Naomi Klein to talk about the process of disaster capitalism being implemented in Wisconsin and Michigan and all through-out the United States. This is primarily what this website has been about since it’s creation nearly 4 years ago.

The process is the exact same one that the World Bank and the IMF and their “economic hit-men” have been using on other nations all across the globe over the past 30-40 years now, starting really with Chile on Sept. 11th, 1973 when they overthrew the elected president in a bloody coup and installed the Milton Friedman economic model of Chicago School Economics… ie neoliberalism.

Naomi accurately explains that this is an ideology, and anti-democratic ideology where the people “elected” to positions in our government actually hate our system of government and are currently working their hardest to destroy it from within so that they can consolidate power and hand over public held assets to cronys and favored corporations. It’s called fascism folks, “neoliberalism’ is just a kinder/gentler word for its rebranding. These people, neocons, New Dems, Libertarians, they hate “big government”, look to privatize everything, they hate regulations, and the specifically hate public education so that they can keep the majority of the people ignorant and servile and generate immense profits from the privatization of what little education they intend to keep.

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Wrong Matt Taibbi. Wrong Cenk Uygur: They Aren’t Prosecuting the Banksters Because the Banksters Were Doing What They Were Told To Do

by Scott Creighton

Cenk Uygur interviews Matt Taibbi about his new article in Rolling Stone magazine which looks at how few (one) of these criminal bankers and financial CEOs have been prosecuted for their blatant criminality over the past 12 years or so. In the end, Taibbi finally suggests that the reason no one got prosecuted as they should have was because of  the “revolving door” in Washington regulatory circles. Bullshit.

Bullshit, bullshit, bullshit, bullshit, bullshit.. (and for that international flair…) bullshito

The revolving door, where people leave regulatory positions to go to work for the people and the institutions they failed to regulate, is a PERK… it is not the problem itself.  It certainly should be against the law, but the revolving door as the answer to what happened is a sickening oversimplification of the situation and it fails to bring the larger problem to light.

These people were doing what they were told to do.

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Former Clinton Official Says The Plan is to Create a “New Haiti”

by Scott Creighton

The truth is out there but you won’t find it on Fox or MSNBC. The corporate media is busily conveying the Washington Consensus talking point that looting and violence in Haiti demands the Obama administration put military “boots on the ground”. But if you take a little time, if you really listen to what Obama and Hillary are saying, then you start to see that this is becoming another blatant example of disaster capitalism at it’s worst.

The plan is to create a “new Haiti” out of the ashes of the old one. A new Haiti that will open up its markets for U.S. corporations, privatize all remaining public services, and allow for the long-term deployment of U.S. troops who will be used to pacify the general population. In remarkably candid language a former Clinton administration official also suggests a correlation between the final civilian death toll in Haiti and the size of the U.S. aid package to be allocated for reconstruction.

In an interview published on the Council on Foreign Relations website, Mark L. Schneider makes it very clear; like Condi Rice’s “new Middle East” before them, the plan this administration is adopting is to create a “new Haiti”.

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