Daily Archives: August 11, 2015
Heavily-armed members of a controversial right-wing “patriot” group added an extra dose of unease to protests in Ferguson, Missouri, early Tuesday.
Protesters and police confirmed that a handful of Oath Keepers with what appeared to be assault rifles, bulletproof vest and camouflage gear were seen early Tuesday on the streets of Ferguson, which was under a state of emergency following demonstrations pegged to the anniversary of Michael Brown’s death.
Reporters from The Huffington Post and Washington Post have been charged with trespassing and interfering with a police officer’s performance, a chilling setback for press freedom coming nearly a year after their arrests in Ferguson, Missouri.
We are so fucked.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced proposed reforms to the structure of Iraq’s central state over the weekend, including the elimination of several key government offices. The offices of vice president and deputy prime minister listed for termination have been divided along sectarian lines since 2004.
Abadi’s proposals also include removal of restrictions on foreign direct investment and new initiatives to train security forces for the fight against ISIS. Iraq’s parliament will consider the proposed reforms beginning on Tuesday.
Presented in US media as “anti-corruption” measures, the reform proposals actually represent a major step toward the dissolution of the unified Iraqi state and the breakup of Iraqi society into several autonomous statelets.
In an April speech at the Washington DC think tank the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Abadi outlined a program of privatization of state-owned property and effective political autonomy at the local level, saying such measures were necessary to reverse the efforts of the previous Maliki government to centralize power in Baghdad. “If we don’t decentralize, the country will disintegrate,” Abadi said.
“To me, there are no limitations to decentralization,” he continued. “In a major government reform, we are decentralizing decision-making from Baghdad to the local administration and local governments. The National Guard will take the responsibility to defend the provinces from any threat, and they will be accountable to the governors.”
This is the end of Iraq. It’s going to be vivisected into three exploitable pieces and all of it will be sold off to the highest bidder. It was probably all in the plan. We’re going to make them dependent on our aid so we can direct its every move. Oh, it may still go under the name “Iraq”, but the various factions can’t stand each other and this is to our advantage. A powerless oil state is the goal. One wonders if we are looking east next, and the “deal” is nothing but cover, providing an excuse to let the dogs of war loose on Iran.
Like I said, I’d hate to see what the war party would do.
If you are paying attention, and I know you are, you know that capitalism is nothing more than a modern day feudal system. The only difference is that the rich don’t rule by force today-they rule by the dollar. And everybody has to chase those dollars for their basic survival-these bastards make sure that just enough of them go around to stop the peasantry from burning their stately living complexes down. They want to enrich themselves as much as possible without risking their position in society. They are abetted by paid for politicians who exonerate them from their crimes against the lower classes, crimes which do not have a statute yet.
The last time the pigs almost got got was back during the Roosevelt years; the money grubbers nearly destroyed the whole system by exploiting it too much. This article alarms me, because it’s how you might suss that there is a huge problem about to happen:
…fear is proliferating, according to a New York Times Op-Ed this weekend by former marketing conglomerate CEO Peter Georgescu. Joined by his friend Ken Langone, founder of Home Depot, Georgescu warns his fellow 1 percenters that “[w]e are creating a caste system from which it’s almost impossible to escape.” The column raises the specter of “major social unrest” if inequality is not addressed.
‘”I’m scared. The billionaire hedge funder Paul Tudor Jones is scared. My friend Ken Langone, a founder of the Home Depot, is scared. So are many other chief executives. Not of Al Qaeda, or the vicious Islamic State or some other evolving radical group from the Middle East, Africa or Asia. We are afraid where income inequality will lead.”
It’s sort of enheartening too.
Well, if you are really nervous about a new revolution or mass unrest, perhaps you should stop funding Republicans. Your motherfucking friends in high places are ready to take what little the people have left in your name by cutting your taxes and social spending. They’ve got a huge zombie army of sad sack capitalist wannabes that will keep them in power. Start by stunting their initiatives. I am glad you all went to the media to expiate your sins. Because it shows you are smart-and you didn’t get where you are by not being a clever motherfucker.
Perhaps, as the article states, these Richie Riches are watching the Sanders machine gain steam and this is part of why they’re publicly pooping their pants. I am not convinced that it will go anywhere-I still maintain Clinton will ultimately absorb the fed-up vote and win 2016 decisively. That’s the only option that makes sense because Bernie, for all his merit, might not survive the generals. We’ll get some of what we want, and that is good enough for now. There is no magic bullet, because that’s not how shit works in this piss-poor excuse for a society. The fix is still in, and we may as well admit that. Short of wilding in the streets, there’s very little we can do-we can still speak truth to power, for what that is worth. This article shows that the powers that be are willing to widen the scope of the debate and that is nothing but good.
I wish I didn’t sound like such a Debbie Downer. But I like to think I am a realist and a pragmatist. Make no mistake, Bernie is good for us. I really hope the polls start showing some victories against the likely retards who represent the opposition. But without these creepy rich fucks bankrolling him, he will only go so far, I’m afraid. If you don’t believe me, take it from Chomsky:
I’m glad that Sanders is running. A good way to bring important ideas and facts to people. His candidacy might also press the Dems a little in a progressive direction. In our system of bought elections he has scarcely a chance of getting beyond the primaries, and even if by some miracle he were elected he wouldn’t be able to do anything, lacking any congressional representatives, governors, etc.