Neoliberal News of the Day: Nov. 12, 2015

by Scott Creighton

Many stories have dropped off the MSM radar recently. I thought I would do a little update on a couple of them for you.

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Neoliberal News of the Day: Aug. 22, 2015

Korea “Crisis”

North, South Korea Agree to Talks, Amid Talk of War – “North and South Korea have agreed to hold emergency high-level talks, in an attempt to end a tense standoff that had brought the two rivals to the brink of war.”

General Dempsey: US will defend South Korea against North – “The top American general says the United States will defend its close ally South Korea amid heightening tensions between the South and North Korea.”

US, South Korea brace for clash as North Korea deadline looms  – “U.S. and South Korean bombers took to the skies on Saturday in a show of force, as the allies prepared for a potential military clash with the North as its deadline loomed for Seoul to dismantle loudspeakers broadcasting anti-North Korean propaganda across their border.”

Ukraine “Crisis”

Didn’t I say something about us seeing landmines used in Ukraine pretty soon? – Kiev ordered deployment of ‘illegal & inhumane’ anti-personnel mines – ex-Ukrainian officer“I was given, to put it mildly, inhumane or in legal terms unlawful orders by my superiors,” Yatsulyak told Russian tabloid Komsomolskya Pravda (KP) daily. “The deployment of anti-personnel mines in particular.”

‘No Good Evidence’ Russia Behind Shootdown of MH17 Plane in Ukraine – “”We’re investing 90 billion dollars a year in US intelligence and when push comes to shove, we have to rely on social media?”, he asks incredulously. “The evidence is as sketchy as one could imagine.”

Minsk -2: A Rotting Corpse – “The Minsk-2 ceasefire agreement is dead but no one wants to bury the rotting corpse. Since it was signed in February of this year the Donbas governments and Russia have bent over backward to comply with the terms of that agreement hoping against hope that the Kiev junta would do the same. They hoped in vain.”

Betrayal in Greece

EU backs Greece’s Tsipras as Left Platform splits from Syriza – “In the hours after Tsipras announced that he was resigning and calling the new elections, statements from European officials make clear that the decision was carried out under the direction of Greece’s European Union (EU) creditors.”

Greece’s Syriza party splits  – “Rebels angered by Greece’s international bailout walked out of the leftist Syriza party on Friday, formalising a widely-expected split after leader Alexis Tsipras resigned as prime minister to pave the way for early elections.”

A Tsipras Comeback Would Be Good for Greece – “In just seven months, former — and perhaps future — Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras appears to have undergone a remarkable evolution. In September’s snap election, he will stand for the opposite of what he defended in January, when he came to power. Yet the qualities that made that possible may make him a good leader for Greece going forward.”

Neoliberalizing America

(so much for his bullshit about sentencing reforms) America: A Land Where Justice Is Absent – “Obama has permitted the corrupt US Department of Justice (sic), over which he wields authority, to overturn the ruling of a US Federal Court of Appeals that prisoners sentenced illegally to longer terms than the law permits must be released once the legal portion of their sentence is served. The DOJ, devoid of all integrity, compassion, and sense of justice, said that “finality” of conviction was more important than justice. Indeed, the US Justice (sic) Department’s motto is: “Justice? We don’t need no stinkin’ justice!”

Barack Obama: The Nobel Peace Prize Winner Who Bombed Seven Countries – “In all, the U.S. has bombed 14 predominantly Muslim countries since 1980. The death toll from all modern wars in the Middle East may be as high as 4 million dead Muslims and Arabs. Repeated military campaigns have destabilized the Middle East, giving rise to terror groups like ISIS, allowing for sectarianism to blossom, and necessitating further bombing, in what Ron Fullwood, writing for MyMPN, called a “perpetual protection racket.”

(Yes. Privatization is fascism) How & Why the U.S. Media Do Propaganda Against Russia – “The owners of U.S. newsmedia know that in order to serve their fellow U.S. aristocrats who want to kick out Russia’s current leader, Vladimir Putin, so as to enable them to buy Russia’s natural resources (and highly educated work-forces) cheap via “privatizations,” their PR campaign for their fellow aristocrats (their major advertisers) must be led by ‘respectable’ newsmedia, such as Foreign Policy magazine, and not by blatantly right-wing, obviously trashy, ones, such as Fox News. Overtly conservative, nationalistic, ‘news’ media wouldn’t be able to sell to anyone who isn’t already on-board with privatizations of government assets as being a fundamental “free market” principle (i.e, equating fascism — the actual originator of privatizations — with constituting ‘capitalism,’ confusing the two systems as being one-and-the-same). So: not only the fascist media are anti-Putin, but media that pretend not to be are also.”

Neoliberal News of the Day – June 26, 2015

by Scott Creighton

The press isn’t stupid everywhere – “In your opinion, is Edward Snowden a real character or one invented by the intelligence services?” asked a Russian journalist.

Obama’s fascist Obamacare is “woven into the fabric of America” while he proudly tells British conservationist his daughters don’t “question the science” of global warming. He also wants doctors and nurses to start preaching “global warming” to their patients. Meanwhile, though he once promised to take the “death-squads from above” drone program out of the hands of Capitalism’s Invisible Army (CIA), the sneaky spooks will keep their sticky fingers on the triggers for a long while to come.

Meanwhile, California has passed the most draconian vaccination law of any state which forces parents to jab their kids with at least 10 products made by Big Pharma for the privilege of attending public school. That’s right. If you want your kid to get an education, you have to pay Big Pharma in Cali.

Yep. Fascism woven into the fabric of America. There’s your “CHANGE” folks.

Russian president Putin called up ObamaGod and asked him to stop lying to everyone about Russian troops invading East Ukraine. The Peace Prize President responded by telling U.S. press lackies that he told Putin to remove his invisible troops from the area. Meanwhile, Porky Poroshenko signs a deal officially allowing President Peace Prize’s troops to flood into the country.

In a remarkable stroke of hubris, Poroshenko recently asked Ukraine’s high court to declare the overthrow and removal of the previous president an “illegal coup” so the same thing wont happen to him.

Also in the news now is that Dmitriy Yarosh‘s Right Sector — the same group that Washington had hired for the coup and for the ethnic cleansing campaign in Ukraine’s former Donbass region — have announced that they will assemble in Kiev on July 3rd to overthrow Petroshenko unless he restarts right now the war against Donbass. The people whom Washington paid to oust Yanukovych are planning to do the same to Poroshenko. There is a struggle inside the Obama Administration about how far they can successfully go with their Ukrainian nazis not formally leading the country.

It’s D-Day for Greece. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is meeting with German and French leaders to hash out the last details of their next “compromise” of brutal austerity measures for the Greek people to suffer through on behalf of their neoliberal masters. The rock-star finance minister Yanis Varoufakis says the troika wont accept an unworkable deal like the last round of austerity cuts they offered this past week. They want more blood in order to loan the people of Greece 7 billion more dollars for them to hand over to Greek bankers. The wealthy in the country are insulated against an exit from the Eurozone as well as from the brutal austerity.

Here in ‘Merika! home ownership rates have sunk to a 20 year low “household incomes have fallen, wages have stagnated and student loan debt has soared” but the biggest issue on the minds of our Vichy government is whether or not a piece of cloth should be flown in public.

Well, I shouldn’t say that’s the “only” thing they are concerned with. They are currently doing their level best to make ready for the big transition: from an open society with a representative republic form of government into a closed, repressive quasi-fascist dictatorship. After giving Obama (and Bush) Fast Track authority they have now passed legislation to give aid to all the workers they know will lose their jobs to Pacific Rim 3rd world shit-holes. And who pays for that Trade Adjustment Assistance program? You got it: the poor people and their Medicare. They also voted for a bill giving trade preferences to African nations so that now that Obama is fully engaged in his recolonization campaign, our billionaires who are flocking to the continent will get PAID for their efforts.

For fans of top-down fascism, that’s a win,win,win, win.

Over in neoliberal France, apparently some guys crashed their car into a gas canister which set off an explosion and probably blew some other guy’s head off in the process. Not one to miss a great opportunity, the French president declared it an act of terrorism by various and assorted “Islamists”  .  Now the story gets even better with a local paper saying an undisclosed source told them the head was hung on a fence with a confession in Arabic written on it. Of course, it’s “ISIS” don’t ya know.

While we are on the subject, I’ll just leave this here – ISIS: Made in Langley and propped up by Tel Aviv and Riyadh

And speaking of terrorists, there is a good article here detailing the vileness of the Clintons. Just sayin…

I wrote about her back in 2007. It was on the first day of this blog, June 26th, 2007 to be exact.

Eight years to the day I’ve been running this site. Here’s too eight more. Thank you all for the support. I wish I had better news, but you know, if things get going the way they are and people keep getting angry the way they are, I predict eight years from now we will be in a much better place. Either that or we’ll all be in re-education camps someplace. But hey, it’s ‘camp”. They will have bows and arrows and canoes and crap like that, right? Meatballs? It’ll be fun, right? So keep your heads up.  :)

World News According to an American Everyman – May 20, 2015

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE: Republicans in the House move to limit debate on Fast Track authority

UPDATE: (H/T Nancy) – US representatives from the House seek an additional billion bucks to back the neo-Nazis in Ukraine. They say Russia invaded. Just making shit up out of whole cloth and asking for a billion dollars to fix it. That’s ‘Merika for you.

“They have been invaded by Russia” “Now Russia has militarily invaded a European country” U.S. Rep Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville

Nancy also sent me a link to his campaign finance report. Seems Pete gets a lot of money from the military industrial complex.


Previously “Neoliberal News of the Day”

It seems like a slow news day here in the states of unrest but I know there is a vicious undertow out there, lurking just below the calm glass of a misleading surface. I took a day off from posting yesterday, first one since Apr 4th, a month and a half ago.  I needed it. I read an article yesterday morning about journalists who are suffering from something akin to PTSD from writing about all this horror and tragedy we find every day when we dig just a little deeper than Fox News or CNN. So I took a little break and concentrated on laying the groundwork for the rekindling of my drafting and design business.

There is news out there, I mean aside from the standard fare of North Korea fear-mongering, war-mongering against Iran and Saudi Arabia getting a nuke from Pakistan (according to those ever-present “sources”)

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Neoliberal News – Feb. 20, 2015

by Scott Creighton

#FightFastTrack: Coalition Takes Aim at Lawmakers over Corporate-Friendly ‘Trade’ Agreement  – “Environmental, labor, and community groups are organizing rallies, public forums, and creative direct actions this week urging their congressional representatives to say “no” to a renewed bid to rush through the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership “trade” deal by passing “fast track” legislation… Now’s the time to tell Congress: no Fast Track for the TPP!

Russian News Site to Pay Expenses of Foreign Journalists, Bloggers, to Visit Donbass – “A private Russian citizens’ initiative whose goal is to provide information about the Ukraine war not covered in the western media, is organizing a press tour to the Donbass and Moscow in the second half of March. The invitation is open to all journalists and bloggers, mainstream and alternative.”

US Arms to Ukraine Would Result in US-Russia ‘Proxy War’ – Experts – “For the US to provide weapons to the Kiev government “is essentially to fight the Russian military with the hands of Ukrainian soldiers with us [the United States] in a sort of remote-control situation,” Rumer explained.”

Obama Delegates Ukraine Support Act Reporting to Kerry, US State Department – “The reports will include the anticipated provision of defense articles and military training for Ukraine, support for civil society and democratization in Ukraine, as well as in Russia, and a separate report on Russia’s compliance with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF).”

Gazprom, Naftogaz agree new route of gas supply to Donbas – “Gazprom has increased natural gas supplies to the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics known as Donbas on request from Ukraine’s national energy company Naftogaz, Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller said on Friday.”

Ukraine’s Donetsk republic plans to supply coal to Iran, Turkey, North Africa – “The self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) plans to supply coal to North African and Middle Eastern countries, head of the department for industry development strategy at the DPR’s leader’s office Yevgeny Lavrenov said on Friday.”

Venezuela arrests Caracas mayor over alleged coup plot  – (what Roosevelt should have done in 1934) “Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced that Ledezma would be punished for all his efforts to disturb the peace.”

US denies backing Venezuela coup attempt – “”The allegations made by the Venezuelan government that the United States is involved in coup plotting and destabilization are baseless and false,” said spokeswoman Jen Psaki in a statement late Thursday. ” The United States does not support political transitions by non-constitutional means.”” (hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha)

Could Venezuela Become World’s Next Energy Giant?  – (goes to motive) “With time and investment, Venezuela could become a major player in the global energy marketplace. With an estimated 298 billion barrels of oil at its disposal, the South American country is endowed with the world’s largest proven oil reserves, eclipsing Saudi Arabia (266 billion barrels), Iran (157 billion barrels) and Russia (80 billion barrels). As a result, Venezuela might soon become the supplier of choice for China and India.”

Neoliberal News of the Day – Oct. 22nd, 2014

by Scott Creighton

– A brief note about pervasive influence peddling and the rebranding of neoliberalism –

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The term “neoliberalism” is popping up all over the place as of late. People are starting to “get it” so of course, it’s important to those committed to it’s ultimate success and acceptance, that folks who are aware of what’s going on are carefully led back to the warm embrace of fascism lite (neoliberalism) under the guise that it is somehow an alternative to the globalist neoliberal doctrine that is wrecking the entire world as we speak. We are being asked to become beggars to our own demise and some of us are being asked to help promote this ideological poison without question. That’s simply not going to happen. Not here anyway. ( this is for you John J. ;) )

“In the 1960s, usage of the term “neoliberal” heavily declined. When the term was reintroduced in the 1980s in connection with Augusto Pinochet’s economic reforms in Chile, the usage of the term had shifted. It had not only become a term with negative connotations employed principally by critics of market reform, but it also had shifted in meaning from a moderate form of liberalism to a more radical and laissez-faire capitalist set of ideas. Scholars now tended to associate it with the theories of economists Friedrich Hayek and Milton Friedman.”

You might remember the last comment left by the now banned John Jasper. In it he stated that he was pulling his support of this site because all I was doing was “bellyaching” and not offering up an alternative to the globalist neoliberal assault that is currently underway. He suggested I promote the “libertarian principles and the Austrian School of Economics” which, as you can see from above, are the economic principles of Friedrich Hayek (of the London School of Economics and the University of Chicago (birthplace of modern neoliberalism)), also known as “neoliberalism”

“If anyone would like to actually learn something about anarcho-capitalist/libertarian principles and the Austrian School of Economics, there’s plenty available at …” John Influence Peddler Jasper

Talk about asking us to be beggars to our own demise. Thus is the “alternative” offered up by the likes of Alex Jones, Ron Paul, Alan GreenspanMilton Friedman and Bill Clinton. Hayek went to the University of Chicago in 1950. The “Chicago Boys” project, the “Chile Project”, a group of neoliberal economists put together to design a purely neoliberal economic system, started in 1955.

“The training program was the result of a “Chile Project” organized in the 1950s by the U.S. State Department, through the Point Four program, the first US program for international economic development. It was funded by the Ford Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation aimed at influencing Chilean economic thinking”

Chicago boys generally advocated widespread deregulation, privatization, and other free market policies for closely controlled economies. They rose to fame as leaders of the early reforms initiated in Chile during the rule of General Augusto Pinochet.”

It should also be noted that Mr. Influence Peddler John Jasper was recommending we all read the Mises website, as in Ludwig von Mises. He is of the Austrian School of Economics. Wrote a book called Liberalism in 1927 during the rise of fascism.

“At one time, Mises praised the work of philosopher and novelist Ayn Rand and Rand’s view of Mises was generally favorable…”

“Von Mises’ 1927 book Liberalism has been largely ignored, except for its comments on fascism. Marxists Herbert Marcuse and Perry Anderson, as well as German writer Claus-Dieter Krohn, criticized Mises for writing approvingly of Italian fascism, especially for its suppression of leftist elements...[27] More recently economist J. Bradford DeLong[28] and sociologist Richard Seymour,[29] repeated the criticism. Mises wrote in the book:[30]

It cannot be denied that Fascism and similar movements aiming at the establishment of dictatorships are full of the best intentions and that their intervention has, for the moment, saved European civilization. The merit that Fascism has thereby won for itself will live on eternally in history. But though its policy has brought salvation for the moment, it is not of the kind which could promise continued success. Fascism was an emergency makeshift. To view it as something more would be a fatal error”

Yeah, that’s what John Jasper thought I should be promoting as an alternative to neoliberal fascist globalization… fascism lite or “Libertarianism’ for short.

For a more current example of how the Austrian School has influenced the world we live in…

“In February 1975, Margaret Thatcher was elected leader of the British Conservative Party. The Institute of Economic Affairs arranged a meeting between Hayek and Thatcher in London soon after.[48] During Thatcher’s only visit to the Conservative Research Department in the summer of 1975, a speaker had prepared a paper on why the “middle way” was the pragmatic path the Conservative Party should take, avoiding the extremes of left and right. Before he had finished, Thatcher “reached into her briefcase and took out a book. It was Hayek’s The Constitution of Liberty. Interrupting our pragmatist, she held the book up for all of us to see. ‘This’, she said sternly, ‘is what we believe’, and banged Hayek down on the table

Congrats John Jasper. You tried your best to sway the readers of this site back into the fold of neoliberal ideology, the ideology of Augusto Pinochet and Margret Thatcher… but you failed. You gave it a shot… nice try. Better luck at a lesser site…. it should also be noted that Mr. Jasper hails from… you guessed it… the UK.

John is an example of what some would call “cognitive infiltration”. That’s when someone comes on sites like this one to gently steer dissidents back to the fold, in this case, the acceptance of “libertarianism” as an alternative to neoliberalism. They are effectively the same thing.

– Now, on to the Neoliberal News of the Day –

Henry Giroux on the Rise of Neoliberalism – “We’re talking about an ideology marked by the selling off of public goods to private interests; the attack on social provisions; the rise of the corporate state organized around privatization, free trade, and deregulation; the celebration of self interests over social needs; the celebration of profit-making as the essence of democracy coupled with the utterly reductionist notion that consumption is the only applicable form of citizenship. But even more than that, it upholds the notion that the market serves as a model for structuring all social relations: not just the economy, but the governing of all of social life.”

Neoliberalism has brought out the worst in us – “An economic system that rewards psychopathic personality traits has changed our ethics and our personalities”

Hong Kong’s Fight Against Neoliberalism – “But regardless of what the BBC wants the world to believe, Occupy Central isn’t so much a fight for democracy as a fight for social justice.”

 Lad culture thrives in our neoliberal universities – “Laddism is at home in the callous environment of market-driven higher education, argues, Alison Phipps, who offers advice to universities on how to root it out”

The poverty of neoliberal economics – “Paul Verhaeghe, senior professor of clinical psychology and psychoanalysis at Ghent University in Belgium, has argued in a recently published essay that neoliberal economics brings out the worst in human beings. He finds that thirty years of neoliberalism, and the privatisation and free-market misery that comes with it, have taken their toll on people’s values and even their personalities.”

There Are 870,000 Slaves in Modern-Day America – “If this sounds like some hellish turn-of-the-century sweatshop, it is close. But this is today’s reality for hundreds of thousands of American prisoners, who work backbreaking full-time jobs for shockingly low pay. Half of the 1.6 million Americans currently serving time do this kind of “institutional maintenance,” and the median wage they receive is between 20 and 31 cents an hour. Some states, like Texas and Georgia, offer no compensation at all.”

Obama’s Latest Speech About The Economic “Recovery” Results In Mass Audience Exodus – “Yesterday, Obama made a rare campaign trail appearance in Maryland where he spoke in support of Democratic candidate for governor, Anthony Brown, proceeded with his usual bulletin of reading fabricated economic data off the teleprompter in which he highlighted improvements in US unemployment (if not the 46.5 million people on foodstamps or the 93 million Americans out of the labor force), a rebounding housing market (just as the bouncing dead cat is once again dead), the benefits of health insurance (if no mention of the disaster for small businesses that Obamacare now definitively is) a resurgent manufacturing sector (just don’t look at this chart) even if he did point out the unfairness of families having “two folks working”, and… a mass audience exodus followed.

The Shell Game of Contingent Employment – “The rise to power of Ronald Reagan in the United States and Margaret Thatcher in the United Kingdom ushered in a new era of economic policy. Minimal corporate taxation, privatization of public goods, and the deregulation of businesses became the dominant policies promoted for economic growth. The attacks against organized labor, progressive organizations, and community groups that opposed the new regime were brutal. The percentage of workers in unions plummeted.”

Census report: Half of Americans poor or near poor – “Forty-seven percent of Americans have incomes under twice the official poverty rate, making half of the country either poor or near-poor, according to figures released last week by the Census Bureau.”

Shocking New Report: Superrich Have Grabbed Half the World’s Assets – “There have been moments in history when things were not so lopsided. During the post-war period, inequality was contained because governments made sure their rich didn’t accumulate at such alarming rates by doing things like taxing their estates at a high rate. At the same time, they created policies to lift the incomes of the less well-off and allow them to have some basic security. But that’s an exception in history. Most of the time, this kind of intervention did not happen, and so the rich kept gobbling more and accumulating more power to keep it that way until one of two things happened — a revolution or some kind of catastrophe or disruptive event, like a war, shook things up.”

Mexico’s disappeared students – “It is nearly four weeks since police in the town of Iguala in Mexico’s impoverished southern state of Guerrero violently attacked a group of some 80 young student teachers leaving at least six dead, 17 wounded and 43 “disappeared.”… Mexico is the most unequal of the 34 member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), with the richest 10 percent of the population having an average income almost 30 times as high as the bottom 10 percent… Notably silent on the Iguala massacre is the Obama administration in Washington. US imperialism has major interests in Mexico, which is the United States’ third-largest trading partner… The massacre has also underscored the rising inequality and savage violence that have gone hand in hand with Mexico’s free market “reforms.

H/T Tom K. – Freedom Rider: Privatized Ebola – an example of how privatization does not in any way serve the interests of the general public – “The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation may appear to be a savior when it provides $300 million to the WHO budget, but those dollars come with strings attached. WHO director general Dr. Margaret Chan admitted as much when she said, “My budget [is] highly earmarked, so it is driven by what I call donor interests.” Instead of being on the front line when a communicable disease crisis appears, it spends its time administering what Gates and his team have determined is best.”

– more to follow later this morning –

Neoliberal News of the Labor Day 2014

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.

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