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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The Staged Malala Yousafzai Story: Advocate for Globalist For-Profit Education Scam

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE Oct. 13, 2013 :

McKinsey & Co, Inc.: The Globalist Management Consulting Firm Behind the Malala For-Profit Charter School Psyop

UPDATE: Wow. Has this girl become completely obnoxious or what? She stands at the U.N. demanding for-profit charter school education FIRST from everyone. She sounds like a little Hillary Clinton and she’s only 16. What a difference between her and the young bright little girl in that video the New York Times made.  “Thousands of people have been killed by the TERRORISTS!” she exclaims. “So HERE I STAND!” she screeches “I speak not for myself but for those without voice can be heard” she reads off her little paper (no teleprompters in the U.N.?). How about she gives voice to all those kids murdered in drone strikes by the Obama administration’s CIA? How about giving a voice for those voiceless children? Nah, just rant about “the terrorists” little Hillary. Thanks for playing. Just for the record, most of those people at the U.N. knew what she was saying was complete crap. Kinda like when Bibi gives a speech there.

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“Love Malala? Support girls education in Pakistan.”

says Ale Natiq employee of A4e, a company that will profit from the global charter system

   (A4e is now what is called a “3rd sector” corporation. That means it’s paid for with your money to serve a privatized communal service but the profits go to private owner’s pockets. Otherwise known as “fascism”. In America we just call it “business”)

The ‘LOVE MALALA OR WE’LL KILL YOU!” psyop is far from over.

Her daddy got a plush job in Pakistan (her abusive father that is) and now she is scheduled to speak at the U.N. to bring her special kind of “strength” to 500 “young leaders” of the Youth Assembly.

Apparently her dreams of being a doctor are all but gone.

Her new ambition is for the U.N. Global Education First Initiative (“Clinton Global Initiative” anyone?) which promises to tax 1st world nations to the tune of billions and billions of dollars to pay for privately owned charter schools in troubled places like Pakistan where the public needs to learn to love Malala and the Western theories of neoliberal free markets.

“One can hardly pick up the paper without finding more evidence of the growing gap in learning achievement. Not only the gap between different income groups (let’s ignore that please) in different countries but also the widening gap between what is being taught in schools and the SKILLS that learners really need to succeed.” Opening statement Global Education First Initiative, June 11 2013

The U.N. Global Education First Initiative is all about teaching kids across the globe “the skills needed in the workplace”. Why bother wasting time giving kids a well rounded education when they are poor and never going to be more than an employee in some sweat-shop in Bangladesh? What they need to do is take tax money from people across the globe and spend it training future employees of the Fortune 500 companies. And they can make a nifty little profit in the mean-time.

The Staged Malala Yousafzai Story: Suffer the Little Children unto the Greater Good

“LOVE MALALA” baby!

“The way to see peace is through education. It is an honor for me to be associated with the U.N. I want to tell the world how important education is,” she said.

She added she wanted to be a leader and “to serve this whole world.” NBC News

But don’t worry, she isn’t alone in this little project to teach the kids of the world what they need to know to work at McDonald’s… the great and wonderful Angelina Jolie is helping her out…

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Charter Schools Save Money? Think Again – $500,000 Bonus to a Failed Charter Principal

by Scott Creighton

student at Young’s Motel 6 High School

School didn’t have computers, a library or even cafeteria services and the money the for-profit school saved by cheating 181 kids out of a decent education, they apparently divided up among themselves when the gig was finally up in Orlando. Christ, according to their recent evaluation, they couldn’t even teach English!

When you think about charter schools, you think about someone trying to sell the “public/private partnership” in terms of saving taxpayers some money. It’s simply not true. It costs more per student to educate through a charter school system and most studies show the education they receive is rather substandard at best. No accountability, no morals.. the WalMartization of Education is at hand.

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The Inconvenient Truth of Left Wing Fascists Like Rahm

by Scott Creighton

The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerated the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than the democratic state itself. That in its essence is fascism: ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or any controlling private power.” FDR

In all my years of rants and ravings against the neoliberalization of this country and others, nothing makes me more angry than the ongoing efforts to privatize public education. There is nothing more insidious and contemptible than attempting to pocket profits from limiting the potential futures of young people in service of the oligarchs and the ruling class. When I see billionaires and multimillionaires like Oprah sitting around trying to spin a purely fascist policy like this as a viable option to the Pious Driving middle class liberals, it makes me as sick as watching Amy Goodman sell the Libyan and Syrian “humanitarian interventions”

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Occupy the Education System: Students, Teachers and Parents Find New Spirit and Challenge the Attack on Public Schools

by Sarah Jaffe, Alternet

“I work hard, but my grades don’t matter. But I have a voice and I will be heard!”

Jordan is 13, and she’s speaking to a crowd of mostly adults, sitting on the granite steps of the New York City Department of Education at Tweed Hall. Or rather, she is speaking through them, as her words echo through the people’s mic used at Occupy Wall Street just few blocks south from where she’s speaking.

Tonight the steps of the DOE have been occupied and are packed with teachers, students, parents, and supporters holding a general assembly on the state of public education in New York.

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DEBTOCRACY (FULL – ENG Subs)

Neoliberalism is a crime, it’s a crime against humanity, and it is the now the established religion of the elite and political classes.

As is pointed out in this film, even if this odious debt we face here is in fact completely legitimate, which of course it is not, but even if it is, it is immoral and illegal to kill a nation’s own people in order to pay it off. And that’s exactly what they are doing when they attack the social safety net, the public education system, Social Security, and the health care policies of America.

“What they are in effect saying is that they are going to default in their obligations to the Greek people. And I don’t understand how a social democratic, socialist popularly elected government can turn to it’s own voters and say “we are going to default on you rather than defaulting on the financial institutions”

Watch the movie.

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The Federal Reserve Cartel: Part I: The Eight Families

(Another must read. Also read the post below by Michael Hudson.)

by Dean Henderson, Left Hook Blog

The Four Horsemen of Banking (Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup and Wells Fargo) own the Four Horsemen of Oil (Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch/Shell, BP and Chevron Texaco); in tandem with Deutsche Bank, BNP, Barclays and other European old money behemoths. But their monopoly over the global economy does not end at the edge of the oil patch.

According to company 10K filings to the SEC, the Four Horsemen of Banking are among the top ten stock holders of virtually every Fortune 500 corporation.[1]

So who then are the stockholders in these money center banks?

This information is guarded much more closely. My queries to bank regulatory agencies regarding stock ownership in the top 25 US bank holding companies were given Freedom of Information Act status, before being denied on “national security” grounds. This is rather ironic, since many of the bank’s stockholders reside in Europe.

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