We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore LappĂ©, Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

We Are All Criminals

Click here to access this 55 minute audio interview with attorney and former public defender Emily Baxter recorded at the studios of KPFA Berkeley, California.

We have seen the recent attempt to criminalize Michael Brown who was executed by a Ferguson, Missouri policeman. In this interview we learn that at least one out of four Americans have been recorded as having a criminal record even if based on only unsubstantiated charges. To get around government restrictions on confidential records, the One Percenters, as always when it is in their interest to evade their own system of laws, get around these restrictions by giving out these records to private companies who in turn make them public. You will learn this and much more in this interview.

If you don't have time to listen to all of it, I recommend listening from 3:24m to 8:45m on the recording.

Michael Brown, According to the New York Times

Click here to access article by Peter Hart from Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting.

The ruling One Percent's media directors are already at work managing the minds of the Ninety-Nine Percent regarding the execution of Michael Brown by their enforcers. Actually this started within days of the execution when video footage was conveniently "leaked" to their media showing someone looking like Brown shoplifting. In the days ahead we can only expect a heighten effort to portray Brown as deserving what he got. 

Meanwhile, it appears that efforts are now being made by corporate media directors to make white Americans comfortable with the way things are, that is, with well-indoctrinated police forces who are trained to treat citizens differently according to racial and ethnic profiling.

The Bright Side of a Beheading

Click here to access article by Ben Schreiner from The Greanville Post.

Schreiner's post is loaded with sarcasm, but sarcasm can be both appropriate and satisfying when one is feeling overwhelmed with corporate media's disinformation "news" dispatches.
A mere year after having run into both popular and military resistance in their drive to bomb Syria, Washington’s political elite is once again busily prepping a hesitant American public for a plunge further into the Middle East.
Unlike a year ago however, when the pretext of choice was a chemical attack of suspicious origins within Syria, this time around the ruling elite are cynically capitalizing on the brutal execution of American journalist James Foley....

'Severe... Pervasive... Irreversible": IPCC's Devastating Climate Change Conclusions

Click here to access article by Jon Queally from Common Dreams.
Climate change is here. Climate change is now. Climate change will be significantly more dangerous, deadly, and expensive if nothing is done to correct humanity's course, but aspects of future shifts are probably already irreversible. [my emphasis]

That's the assessment of the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change....

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Obama Buggers Europe: Sanctions Deepen the Recession

Click here to access article by James Petras from Boiling Frogs Post.

Petras surveys the effects of the Empire's strategy to separate Russia from the rest of Europe with the use of economic sanctions, and it doesn't look good for the people of Europe. I wonder how long it will take for the Ninety-Nine Percent in Europe to wake up and resist their masters in the One Percent.
The sanctions policies occur at a time when Europe’s economies are in deep economic crisis, exacerbating long-term stagnation and chronic recession. This paper will identify and analyze the crisis and how US-led sanctions policy is fracturing the European Union. Secondly, we will analyze how Washington’s militarist imperial policies undermine Europe economically and destabilize the rest of the world militarily. Thirdly, we will discuss how the European leaders are prodded by Washington, to put it crudely, through an aggressive ‘buggering process’, to surrender their economic sovereignty and how capitulation to the US project in the Ukraine will lead to their long-term decline and decay. Finally, we will discuss the long-term perspectives for a re-aligned world economy where military conflicts can result in large-scale changes.
The only criticism I have of this article is that, once again, we see agency ascribed to Obama, who really functions only as the chief public relations officer of the ruling One Percent. This plays into the hands of the whole shadow ruling directorate of the One Percent who are intent on disguising all their machinations behind "democratic" myths of a representative government, that is, a government that represents the people. Serious critics of US policy must grow up and recognize these myths for what they are if we in the Ninety-Nine Percent will ever have a chance to gain control over society.

The Time for Burning Coal Has Passed

Click here to access article by Claudia Ciobanu and Silvia Giannelli from Inter Press Service.
In Europe as a whole, coal has seen a minor resurgence over the past 2-3 years, despite the European Union having the stated goal to decarbonise by 2050 (out of all fossil fuels, lignite produces the most CO2 per unit of energy produced).

Access to cheap coal exports from the United States, relatively high gas prices, plus a low carbon price on the EU’s internal emissions trading market (caused in turn by a decrease in industrial output following the economic crisis) led to a temporary hike in coal usage. Yet experts are certain that coal in Europe is dying a slow death.
It's clear that these "experts" are either capitalist ruling class propaganda experts who want to give us false assurances or they are naive environmentalists whose views are informed only by a narrow logic without taking into consideration the enormous political-economic factors preventing any change from "business as usual". The latter people have the simple-minded belief that we can have the 800 pound gorilla (capitalism) with its unlimited appetite for energy and a planet that can sustain human life.
“In the longer term the prospects for coal-fired power generation are negative,” according to a July report by the Economist Intelligence Unit. “Air-quality regulations (in the European Union) will force plant closures, and renewable energy will continue to surge, while in general European energy demand will be weak. The recent mini-boom in coal-burning will prove an aberration.”

“Additional coal mines would not only be catastrophic for people, nature and climate – it would also be highly tragic, as beyond 2030, when existing coal mines will be exhausted, renewable energies will have made coal redundant,” says Anike Peters, climate and energy campaigner at Greenpeace Germany.
Meanwhile, here in the Northwest region of the US, we are fighting against coal export terminals; but as a recent report out of Vancouver illustrates, it is a losing battle. Capitalism cannot function without relatively cheap fossil fuels to run its huge growth machine. Because capitalists reap so many benefits from their system, they are fanatically opposed to any changes in spite of all their rhetoric about "green energy" and promises of a future technological fix. Only working people, who suffer the most in other ways from this system, together with conscientious and informed people can save the planet for a future that can sustain human and many other life forms.

The Historical Perspective of the 2014 Gaza Massacre

Click here to access article by Ilan Pappe posted on Information Clearing House.

This Israeli historian and author has examined his country's actions from the very beginning of its founding until today; and the evidence he has uncovered, and described in detail in his 2007 book entitled The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, has convinced him that the underlying objective for all Israel government actions toward Palsestinians constitutes a plan of genocide.
The Israeli strategy of branding its brutal policies as an ad hoc response to this or that Palestinian action is as old as the Zionist presence in Palestine itself. It was used repeatedly as a justification for implementing the Zionist vision of a future Palestine that has in it very few, if any, native Palestinians. The means for achieving this goal changed with the years, but the formula has remained the same: whatever the Zionist vision of a Jewish State might be, it can only materialize without any significant number of Palestinians in it. And nowadays the vision is of an Israel stretching over almost the whole of historic Palestine where millions of Palestinians still live. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Pentagon’s Strategy for World Domination: Full Spectrum Dominance, from Asia to Africa

Click here to access article by Bruce K. Gagnon from The Plymouth Institute for Peace Research.

The lead sentence is well supported by the rest of the article:
Current US military space policy is primarily geared toward two countries, China and Russia.
I am thoroughly convinced that this is true based on my many years of examining US policies, but especially the accelerated use of psychological operations directed against the public to gain their support for such an insane imperial policy. When I occasionally watch mainstream media "news" reports of domestic and world events, I am now seeing an overwhelming content of lies.

The implication of these truths is that we are living in a very dangerous world. Here from my vantage point in the US, I witness my fellow Americans being manipulated this way and that, but mostly dumbed-down to the specter that is haunting humanity--a global conflagration.

Oil, Blood, Confusion and Fear: Fuelling the Public’s “Appetite for War”

Click here to access article by Colin Todhunter from Global Research.

There are many important truths revealed in this piece supported by sound reasoning and evidence. Here is only one:
...we should not be fooled by made-for-media outpourings of fake concern for our safety or fake morality about good and evil that are designed to create fear, outrage and support for militarism. The result will be more war and slaughter for pipelines and power. The result will be further repression under the guise of preventing terror at home.

The Gates Foundation Education Reform Hype Machine and Bizarre Inequality Theory

Click here to access a series of cartoons posted as graphic journalism by Adam Bessie and Dan Carino from Truthout.

Cartoons can be useful to focus on certain truths even though they present a very simplified version of reality. In this post we are led to focus on the absurdity of Gates' influence on education policies which are attempting to lead us down the path of corporate takeover of education. So far, so good. But, this focus leaves out a more important and radical insight which liberal websites like Truthout tend to avoid.

Although he has used the wonderful gift of truth-seeking procedures of science (systematic observation, measurement, and experiment, and the formulation, testing, and modification of hypotheses) given to mankind by the early seekers of truth during the Enlightenment period of human history to advance computer technology, Bill Gates is first, and foremost, a capitalist. This means that he was much more thoroughly indoctrinated in beliefs about "ownership" of other people's labor. He learned that (under capitalism) labor is a commodity and can be purchased like any other commodity. He also learned a lot about how capitalist laws can be used to acquire ownership over knowledge (another commodity) which are really a legacy of human activity over many centuries. He astutely purchased the knowledge of corporate lawyers to construct his computer empire. And then, of course, he benefited from a lot of pure luck. Anyway, as you can see, all of the above brought him piles and piles of money, and under capitalism money is power. He is merely playing the capitalist game for all its literal worth.

Meanwhile, liberal sites like Truthout will avoid these deeper insights, because they too are a part of the capitalist universe. They, too, subscribe to capitalist assumptions about an economy which inhibit their analyses of issues like education. Thus their focus on Bill Gates, and his bizarre and unscientific theories that justify corporate takeover of education, refuses to acknowledge the 800 pound gorilla room: capitalist principles that reduce every human activity to a marketable commodity to support a tiny class of capitalists and their mad pursuit of wealth and power regardless of the effects on the rest of humanity. 

Gates is only doing what he was taught to do: make more money/power for himself and Microsoft. He gets away with his bizarre theories on education because he can--he has overwhelming power to do so. That should offer a clue about how a sustainable society should be designed (hint: think egalitarian).

Why aren't college presidents writing letters of concern about Salaita?

Click here to access article by David Palumbo-Liu from Al Jazeera.

American Zionists are not satisfied with painting those critical of Israeli policies with the brush of "anti-Semitism", they also like to go after their jobs. This piece reports on the latest academic firing, and actions opposed to it.
One wonders why it is that critics of Israel are particularly vulnerable to attack, and not only undefended by people like those in UIUC's administration, but even subject to their whims. And furthermore, one has to mention this - if such arbitrary actions, prompted by outside influence and trumping faculty governance, can be undertaken with impunity in this case, there is absolutely no reason to believe that it could not happen again, to any other faculty hire in the country for any other reason, Israel-related or not.

The Political Spectrum

Click here to access a schematic from LUV News.

This featured post has an excellent simple graphic that explains so much about the narrow political spectrum that is permitted by Empire media directors.   

Thus far I am impressed with this online news service that highlights important articles that corporate media ignores in favor of their propaganda pieces. Although one must forever guard against trusting any one source of information, some of you might consider joining this news service as another antidote to the virus of ruling class's Orwellian propaganda that like a cancer can metastasize and consume your soul. 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

5 Crucial Lessons for the Left From Naomi Klein’s New Book

Click here to access article by Ethan Corey and Jessica Corbett from In These Times.
...in her new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate (due in stores September 16), Klein casts her gaze toward the future, arguing that the dangers of climate change demand radical action now to ward off catastrophe. She certainly isn’t alone in pointing out the urgency of the threat, but what sets Klein apart is her argument that it is capitalism—not carbon—that is at the root of climate change, inexorably driving us toward an environmental Armageddon in the pursuit of profit. This Changes Everything is well worth a read (or two) in full, but we’ve distilled some of its key points here.

Alternatives to Capitalism -- a book review

Click here to access the article in which Errol Sharpe from The Media Co-op (Canada) offers his review of a new book by Richard Swift. (Note: The Media Co-op is Canada's premier independent source of news and analysis offering a radical alternative to their capitalist media.)
Swift’s book is a much needed antidote to the myriad of political clap trap that spouts from our daily newspapers and much of our “left” journalism which suggests that capitalism can be reformed and regulated in such a way that an ecological and economic disaster can be avoided.

The Fishy James Foley Video

Click here to access article by Billmon from Moon of Alabama.

Are Empire directors once again manipulating world opinion by another staged operation? There are several reasons for regarding the Foley video as faked. And as Escobar observes, the timing is perfect to prepare domestic opinion in support of air strikes in Syria.

Ferguson Versus the Counter-Insurgency State

Click here to access article by Glen Ford from Black Agenda Report.

Ford explains that what we are now witnessing in the US is a counter-insurgency state, and it has been created over many decades starting in the 1960s when the ruling class felt threatened by the Black Power Movement. This is very true, but an incomplete analysis as far as it goes.

Ford should be congratulated for recognizing the police state that we now live in by identifying it as a "counter-insurgency state". Counter-insurgency as a concept has been employed by ruling class media to describe Empire operations in many parts of the world since the Vietnam War. It has been used to overturn governments that did not comply sufficiently with Empire demands to open their nations (Ukraine is the latest victim) to corporations based in the Empire, or to protect their existing dictator friends, who have been complying with neoliberal policies, from their own populations. But I've previously never heard the term used to describe their use of military-grade weapons technology to control active dissent within the US. Empire elites are globalists. They have no more regard for Americans than they do for Mongolians, Nigerians, etc. The application of this concept to Americans is a major step forward in understanding the world we live in. However, it is not sufficient.

First, of all domestic counter-insurgency operations are not merely targeting African-Americans, they are targeting anyone or any group that engage in physical resistance against their policies. The mostly white Occupy Movement experienced the same kind of response even though they engaged in mostly peaceful protests. Surely I don't need to review the long history of ruling class actions to brutally crush worker strikes and the massacres of mostly white workers. By exclusively framing their current operations as racist only serves to divide workers which the ruling class loves to do.

Second of all, by framing these operations in exclusively racial terms diverts attention away from the underlying dynamics of capitalism which, of course, likewise serves ruling class interests. 

Dangerous climate change: Myths and reality - Part 3

Click here to access article by David Spratt from Climate Code Red.

In part 3 Spratt addresses two myths propagated by ruling class propaganda organs:
* Long-term feedbacks are not materially relevant for carbon budgeting
* There is time for an orderly, non-disruptive reduction in emissions within the current political-economic paradigm [capitalism]

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Alternative Energy Fetishes and Temples to Technology

Click here to access article by xraymike79 from Collapse of Industrial Civilization. 
...the carrot of a civilization-saving technological breakthrough is forever dangled before our eyes. By all accounts, we appear hellbent on doing everything humanly possible to maintain and perpetuate industrial civilization by deploying “earth-friendly” renewable energy technologies which, in the end, turn out to be nothing more than “reconstituted fossil fuels”.

The role that fossil fuels play in the creation, maintenance and support of alternative energy technologies is not discussed or analyzed at all by those peddling it to the masses who live with the hope of a “green” economy and carbon-neutral civilization.
It appears that one more delusion spread by agents of the One Percent to prolong theirs addictions to wealth and power is now reaching its expiry date. Of course, energy analysts like Gail Tverberg have been arguing this for years, but when a major corporation such as Google offers a forum for the expression of this view as seen in one video in the article, then it becomes sort of "official".

However, I have little doubt that the ruling class gatekeepers of opinions will come up with other delusions and will keep insisting on existing ones that include fusion power, migrating to other planets, engineering climate fixes, etc. Meanwhile as we continue to be fed and distracted by such delusions, we will continue our descent into a dystopia of wars, massacres, racism, police states, poverty, climate destabilization, etc.--unless, of course, we target the deliverer of the system that supplies the drugs of wealth and power to the global One Percents and misery to the rest of us, and worst of all a system that requires growth to exist--the capitalist system.

Bomber Bernie Can’t Take the Heat

Click here to access article by Jay Moore from CounterPunch.

I love it when someone reveals the true nature of a liberal as another clever supporter of the Empire. Here arch-liberal Sen. Bernie Sanders is exposed in all of his pro-Empire glory. 
Many on the Left outside of Vermont think Bernie is just wonderful. But they don’t know him as we radical activist in Vermont do. He may be pretty decent on domestic issues, at least relative to the other set of bad to horrible choices in the U.S. political spectrum. He can talk a good talk about income inequality and the need to fix it Yet, ever since he’s been in the U.S. Congress, he has been consistently atrocious on U.S.-launched and U.S.-supported wars, especially in the Middle East.
It is interesting to note that Sanders appears to be the direct opposite of someone like Ron Paul or his son Rand Paul, both are, or have been, members of Congress. They both espouse very conservative views (pro-rich policies) regarding domestic issues, but in contrast to Sanders they are opposed to many foreign adventures of the Empire directorate. Because these people do support half of the shadow government's policies and none ever challenge capitalism, they are allowed to serve in Congress. It helps to preserve the illusion of "democracy" to have a few such dissenters.

The Proper Care and Feeding of Your Spoiled 23-Year-Old

Click here to access article by Ben Steverman from Bloomberg.

This is another contribution to my occasional practice on Saturdays to run articles about our fellow citizens of the One Percent (actually .01 of the 1%, or one out of every 10,000 of us) hoping that by doing this that we don't lose touch with their world and their concerns--you know, to promote understanding. It is important that we become better acquainted so that we can serve them better and make it easier for them to carry out the daily burden of making important decisions, decisions which affect whether we go off to war in foreign lands to kill their enemies, if we have jobs, if we live in a home or under a bridge, if we can afford their health care services, education, etc. 

Unfortunately, for some reason they tend to hide their lives from the rest of us behind walls of secrecy, literal walls of guarded gated communities, private clubs, esoteric publications, by traveling with private jets, etc. We should not let that deter us.
 

From this article in Bloomberg we learn that the One Percent have worries too--I'll bet you are surprised. 
Rich people have enough money to solve almost all their problems but one: children who grow up to be entitled, materialistic and unhappy slackers.

First class for superrich high flyers

Click here to access article by Jim Hightower from his blog. 
With so many things to worry about in our world, I'm glad that one of my big concerns has finally been resolved.
My worry was that, as a global society, we haven't been doing enough to meet the basic needs of the superrich. I'm talking about the 1-percent-of-the-1-percent. They have extra-special needs that we commoners never think about. Like first-class air travel. Sure, they can buy a first-class ticket, but come on – how special is that, really? 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Western-NATO ‘Machinations’ Propel Death Squad ISIS, As Iraqi PM Maliki Forced Out Amidst Division

Click here to access article by Shawn Helton from 21st Century Wire.

Empire operatives seem to be working overtime in many places and using every conceivable weapon in their vast arsenals to increase their domination of the world, and enhance their financial statements. If they weren't committing so many major crimes against humanity, one would have to admire their skill at deceiving the public while accomplishing their agendas. This article focuses on one of their latest, and most brilliant operations using their manufactured terrorist organization ISIS while executing "humanitarian bombing" missions.
There has been a media firestorm over the Islamic State radical terror thugs, as Western outlets have been busy displaying dramatic pictures of mass-executions as ‘evidence’ of their takeover in Iraq, their bizarre victory parades, the heavily staged video productions,  along with their online merchandising campaign blamed for funding their rise. The ‘ISIS Crisis’ is a multilayered narrative that is partly real and partly fiction and is being used as yet another pretext to ramp-up military budgets and security threats throughout Europe and the US. Most of the ‘mass execution’ images put forward by the media have long since been exposed as a fraud but this hasn’t stopped US-European media ‘experts’ or US State Department and UK Foreign Office officials from continuing to fraudulently push this seemingly cooked up terror narrative.

US Begins Selling "Syria Intervention" Using ISIS Pretext

Click here to access article by Tony Cartalucci from Land Destroyer Report.

Cartalucci uncovers evidence that the US is using their "humanitarian bombing" in Iraq as a cover for going into Syria.

Following this he reveals once again how effective ruling class propaganda machinery is to mislead the gullible American public into supporting their war crimes.
The utter madness of US policy in the Middle East, and indeed around the world, is enabled by both public ignorance and apathy. It enables US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to stand in front of the world and shamelessly claim:
ISIL [ISIS] is as sophisticated and well-funded as any group that we have seen," Hagel said. "They're beyond just a terrorist group. They marry ideology, a sophistication of strategic and tactical military prowess. They are tremendously well-funded. Oh, this is beyond anything that we've seen. So we must prepare for everything.
That the public never asks just how ISIS could achieve such regional prominence despite hundreds of millions of dollars in aid, weapons, and military backing allegedly being funneled to "moderate opposition" in Syria indicates a vast chasm between reality and where public opinion stands.

World's Largest Ice Sheets Melting at Fastest Rates in Recorded History

Click here to access article by Jon Queally from Common Dreams.
The world's two largest ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica are melting at the fastest rates ever recorded, according to a new study based on detailed satellite imagery.
Presented by scientists at the Germany-based Alfred Wegener Institute, the new research was conducted with the help of sophisticated mapping technology and the use of an ESA satellite (called CryoSat-2) which used radar technology to generate highly accurate elevation measurements of the ice sheets.
What the detailed look at the ice shows is devastating. 

Bank of America agrees to sweetheart settlement with US Department of Justice

Click here to access article by Gabriel Black from World Socialist Web Site.

This brief article points to another example of how the ruling One Percent ensconced in major banks conceal their crimes with deceptions that are widely disseminated by mainstream media. In this example Americans have been lead to believe that justice has been served in the case of fraudulent practices committed by the Bank of America. You see, the system works! (sarcasm) 

However, the author uses financial media sources to reveal the real truth:  
On Thursday, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it had reached an anticipated $16.7 billion settlement with Bank of America. The settlement related to charges that BoA and two banks it purchased, Countrywide Financial and Merrill Lynch, knowingly sold toxic mortgage assets to investors prior to the 2008 financial meltdown.
The $16.7 billion price tag is a deception. A majority of the money is either tax deductible or designed to support BoA while costing it nothing.
When members of the ruling class commits crimes which severely damages the economy of the entire society, nobody is prosecuted. When someone like Michael Brown in a St. Louis suburb allegedly steals cigars, he is executed. Ain't capitalism wonderful?

The EU and IMF Rape of Ukraine Agriculture

Click here to access article by William Engdahl from Boiling Frogs Post.

It appears that Western capitalists, like vultures, are flocking to Ukraine to feed on the spoils of their violent takeover of the government and the Empire's 5 billion dollar investment. Engdahl reports on the spoils they are going after first. 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Ukraine Crisis Continues

Click here to access article by Paul Craig Roberts from his blog.

The articles written by this former member of the Reagan administration are widely re-posted in many alternative websites because he has exposed so many lies of the One Percent's government and media. Because of many such writings in recent years, he is regarded as a political renegade by the One Percent, and often as a champion to many on the left. Clearly he deserves a lot of respect for rejecting the fascist slippery road that our ruling class is going down, and affirming the truth about their policies regardless of the personal costs that he has had to pay in relationships with his former class friends. 

However, the logic of his thinking as so well expressed in this article leads to very dangerous conclusions. Unfortunately, many other astute observers like William Engdahl and Pepe Escobar, including leftists, agree with his logic--and therefore his conclusions. But there is one major flaw in the logic of all these anti-imperialist critics: they all make the TINA (there is no alternative--to capitalism) assumption. With this assumption their logic inevitably leads them to favor other capitalist gangs in some kind of paradise that is often referred to as a "multi-polar world". 

I don't recall Robert's use of this term, but he uses the same basic logic. Thus, his logic regarding the aggressive policies pursued by the Empire in Ukraine leads him into arguing for an aggressive response by Russia that could easily lead to a major conflagration between nations armed with nuclear weapons. Having already argued that "Washington...relies on violence", he lamely advocates an attempt at diplomacy. Then he finally reaches a more realistic (in terms of his logic) conclusion:
If this very reasonable and diplomatic approach to Europe fails, then Russia and China know that they must prepare for war.
We the people of the world, sometimes known as the global Ninety-Nine Percent, represent the only force that can prevent the destruction of humanity either through a series of global wars over diminishing resources by capitalist gangs or an immediate nuclear holocaust by major capitalist gangs. It is finally up to us to save our species and many other species from the actions of the global capitalist gangs whose actions will inevitably lead to our extinction. We must destroy the system that is driving the actions of the global One Percents, and replace it with one that can sustain not only human life, but the lives of many other species. 

The Militarization of Racism and Neoliberal Violence

Click here to access article by Henry A. Giroux from Uncommon Thought Journal. 

I have long complained about liberal takes on current issues like Giroux's articles. While left-liberals frequently complain about the numerous current problems of wars, poverty, the lack of social justice, etc, they always stop short of blaming the system. One frequent method of accomplishing this is evident again in this article where Giroux points his finger at "neoliberalism" or "casino capitalism" as something like a recent creation, something very different than what we had before in which democracy existed. I have attacked this view for so long (look under my tag "liberal") that I am frankly tired of doing so. Thus, if you have doubts, I'm only going to refer you to one very excellent article entitled "The 'Ralph Nader' Illusion" explaining the fakery of this liberal view.

Still, Giroux, especially in this article, seems to come the closest that liberals ever come to revealing the real nature of capitalism. He just hides it behind terms like "neoliberalism" (a current stage of capitalism) and "casino capitalism". The strongest targets of his criticism of this current stage of capitalism are very characteristic of elements of fascism, but he never uses that word. To do so might reveal the hard core nature of earlier capitalism which hid behind a curtain with pictures of "democracy" all over it.

‘The Bull Move Has Lasted So Long Nobody Can See Its End’

Click here to access article by Wolf Richter from Wolf Street. 

See if you agree with what I see as an underlying message in this article and others he's written: the economy, wrecked in 2008 by years of risky bets promoted by banksters, has since been largely sustained by a bubble of cheap money supplied to capitalists and created by the Fed out of nothing, is now teetering on a precipice and will soon come crashing down.  

While noticing that Wall Street stocks seem to be levitating today to ever greater heights, I have a strong feeling that he is right. Because the cheap money party has lasted so long, many investors will have their delusions shattered in the coming collapse. Unfortunately, working people as always will suffer the worst damage. Ain't capitalism wonderful?

Former Mafia Boss Who Did a Lot of Business with Wall Street: Buy Physical Gold and Silver, Because Wall Street Steals Your Money

Click here to access article from Washington's Blog.

Sometimes it takes a crook to recognize another crook. 

The article contains a very interesting 7:15m video interview with a former organized crime boss.
The Colombo crime family’s former boss – Michael Franzese – says even he doesn’t trust Wall Street.

Franzese...spent 10 years in prison after he was convicted on federal racketeering charges.

When he was 35, Franzese ranked No. 8 on Fortune Magazine’s list of the 50 most wealthy and powerful mafia bosses (44 of those on the list are now dead, and three are doing life in prison without parole). He reportedly raked in up to $8 million a week.  Franzese is the only surviving high-ranking member of a major crime family to publicly walk away and refuse protective custody. 

'They Just Killed Him': New Video Betrays Police Depiction of Fatal Shooting

Click here to access article by Jon Queally from Common Dreams. 

This article includes two videos that illustrate how the police lie about their executions of people they profile as undesirable citizens.

Not at Home on the Range: Subsidized Fracking Hits Colorado

Click here to access article by Paul Thacker from Oil Change International. 
In response to public unease, the state has created a system to report complaints of oil and gas health effects. The subject has become so acute that it consumes Colorado’s politicians and electorate, who have been squaring off on multiple ballot initiatives to limit where companies can drill, in order to provide a buffer between gas wells and people’s homes.
But there’s one fact the industry would like to hide from the public (but uses in its lobbying of Congress): much of the drilling activity in Colorado would never happen were it not for generous tax subsidies.