The High-speed Train to Busan: Is South Korea Experiencing an Ideological Revolution Away from Neoliberalism?

by Scott Creighton

miracle

There is currently a captivating story taking place in South Korea which is getting little to no attention from the main-stream media.

South Korea is one of the most highly neoliberalised nations on the planet that still operates under the pretense of democracy.

The so-called “Miracle on the Han River“, like the “Miracle of Chile“, was born in dictatorship. In May of ’61, the extremely young democratically elected government of the country was overthrown in a coup and the generals set themselves up to serve the ultra-rich corporate families of South Korea known as the chaebols. It’s a fascist relationship with the government serving the interests of a select few major multinational corporations and the super-rich families who own them.

By mid-1962 a young Lt. General Park took over as acting president and in 1963 he was “elected” for the first time. According to the constitution at the time, he would allowed to serve only two 8-year terms in office. He was assassinated along with several other leading members of his dictatorship in 1979 by the KCIA (yes, same thing just with the word “Korean” added to it)

Lt. General Park was Park Chung-hee and he had been a highly decorated general in the employ of the former dictator who had been overthrown in South Korea in Aug. of 1960. He had also been trained in Fort Sill in the United States in the late 50s.

Ironically, it was Park himself who created the Korean Central Intelligence Agency (KCIA) and used them to suppress dissent in the country for nearly two decades. Torture, curfews, spying… it was all necessary for Park to keep control of the citizenry as they unleashed the markets upon the people of South Korea.

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Trump Recruits Another Goldman Sachs Bankster

from Another Day in the Empire

Donald Trump has announced another Goldman Sachs insider will join his administration.

Anthony Scaramucci, also know as “The Mooch,” will serve as Donald Trump’s liaison to the financial class. The former hedge fund ringmaster will likely occupy Valerie Jarrett’s Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs.

Steve Bannon, Steven Mnuchin (who will head up the Treasury), Gary Cohn, and Jay Clayton worked for Goldman Sachs.

How is the anti-establishment establishment supposed to fulfill its promise to restore the economy if its top people are former banksters and hedge fund managers?

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The Clinton Foundation Shuts Down Clinton Global(ist) Initiative

The Observer

The Clinton Foundation’s long list of wealthy donors and foreign government contributors during the 2016 elections provoked critics to allege conflicts of interests. Clinton partisans defended the organization’s charitable work, and dismissed claims that it served as a means for the Clintons to sell off access, market themselves on the paid speech circuit, and elevate their brand as Hillary Clinton campaigned for the presidency.

But as soon as Clinton lost the election, many of the criticisms directed toward the Clinton Foundation were reaffirmed. Foreign governments began pulling out of annual donations, signaling the organization’s clout was predicated on donor access to the Clintons, rather than its philanthropic work. In November, the Australian government confirmed it “has not renewed any of its partnerships with the scandal-plagued Clinton Foundation, effectively ending 10 years of taxpayer-funded contributions worth more than $88 million.” The government of Norway also drastically reduced their annual donations, which reached $20 million a year in 2015.

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No more power, no more money. Slush fund “charity” Clinton Global(ist) Initiative laying off employees

from Duran

The Clinton Foundation has announced that it is laying off 22 staffers on the Clinton Global Initiative. The round of layoffs is said to keep in line with earlier plans to deal with the negative effects placed on the foundation, due to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

The Clinton Foundation, in a filing with the New York Department of Labor on Thursday, said that the layoffs will take effect April 15, citing the discontinuation of the Clinton Global Initiative.

The real reason for the layoffs is simple. The Clinton Foundation has no more services to offer “donors” now that it has been locked out of government.

Since Hillary’s election loss to Trump, various state actors have cut back or completely stopped their donations towards the foundation. Australia has cut its donations to $0. Norway cut its donations by 87%.

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As the Fake Left Demands We Worship at the Alter of the CIA, Guccifer 2.0 Returns: Says CIA Intel is a “crude fake”

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE: Right on time. At the end of this article, see the quote from the Independent which cites yet another unnamed source who claims the British spook who fabricated the fake #TrumpPeePapers was worried a ‘cabal’ inside the FBI was protecting Trump and attacking Clinton.

Let me ask you a question. If the U.S. intelligence agencies hacked various people and institutions in order to derail the campaign of one of the candidates in a U.S. election (like they have done repeatedly in other nations) do you think they would go to any lengths in order to cast blame elsewhere? And do you think they would also try to tie that blame into another project of theirs since they have been taught since high school to never let a good manufactured crisis go to waste?

Keep that question in mind while reading the following.

The stories are so convoluted it’s hard to keep up with all the “hacks” and “leaks” and subpoenas surrounding Hillary Clinton’s failed presidential bid.

For the record while keeping in mind not ONE of the published leaked/hacked emails has been proven to be a fake or forgery. Not a single, solitary one of them…

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Eclipseus Unbound (the movie?)

by Scott Creighton

All hail Hypnotoad the Merciful!

Praise him… PRAISE HIM!!! do it now

As some of you know, about two and a half years ago I started writing a little series called Eclipseus Bound. It’s about being poor and disabled and trying to keep my little ’91 Mitsubishi Eclipse on the road, which is no small feat.

I have done two head gasket jobs on it since then along with a shaved head, new timing belts, new water pump, new distributor, a new valve cover gasket and a new fuel pump which I had to have someone else do since I didn’t want to mess that much with stuff that might go “boom”

And in the end, the little green monster sat there for four months as I tried not to look at it when I went outside or came back in. It was depressing.

A couple days ago I got sick of giving up on it and decided I would tinker with it until I could at least figure out what the problem was, even if I couldn’t afford to fix it.

There’s a life lesson in here someplace.

Thanks to Steve across the street for his help and for Jan10 who dropped herself into the driver’s seat, huddled from the sun under a piece of cardboard and did her best to start the thing when I grumpily gave her the signal.

(For the record, the video was shaky and so I let Youtube “fix it” and they did but when they did, the caption is now shaky while the rest is just fine. Sorry bout that.)

It’s been a long hard road to this point. And in the end, it was an accident that fixed it. Steve wanted me to turn the fan off so he could try to figure out where that shorting out sound was coming from so I pulled the paper clip out of the fan connection to the temp sensor and suddenly the shorting out sound was gone and the car cranked up on the very next try.

“Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good” is my mantra.

Don’t mention the hair. Let us never speak about the hair…

If you want to read the first installment of the Eclipseus story, check it out here. The whole saga can be found here.

Kissinger’s Government – Mattis, Tillerson and Pompeo

from Aangirfan

General James Mattis says Russia is the main threat facing the USA.

Mattis calls for greater American support for European allies to counter Russia’s attempts to shatter NATO.

Mattis places Russia first among threats.

Mattis is Donald Trump’s pick to be the next U.S. defense secretary.

Until 2016, General James Mattis served alongside Henry Kissinger on the Board of Directors of Theranos…

Kissinger issued a strong recommendation of Tillerson.

ExxonMobil is the original core of the Rockefeller family wealth.

Both Tillerson and Kissinger are Trustees of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), along with Zbigniew Brzezinski and Leon Panetta…

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