By Rady Ananda
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has a problem. All but one rancher has sold his grazing rights and gotten out of the cattle business on a certain piece of real estate in Nevada. Senator Reid wants that land for a multi-billion dollar solar farm and factory.
But since the economic incentive didn’t work for the Cliven Bundy family, Reid and the Bureau of Land Management sent in armed contract cowboys this month to rustle 300 cattle with helicopters and guns, killing some in the process.
The Bundy family has been grazing their cattle on public lands in Clark County for six generations. They rely on grazing rights established in 1877, which Harry Reid, via the federal government, wants to quash so that a Chinese energy company can develop the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone.
By Paul Craig Roberts
Obamacare works for the insurance companies, but not for the uninsured.
.The government of the “world’s only superpower,” the “exceptional,” the “indispensable” country, claims to know what is best for Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, Pakistan, Somalia, Mali, Russia, Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, Brazil, China, indeed for the entire world. However, the “indispensable” country cannot even govern itself, much less the world over which the “superpower” desires hegemony. The government of the “world’s only superpower” has shut itself down.
The “Honorable Michael B. Mukasey?” At this juncture I could express shock, disbelief and horror at such a thought after reading former FBI Special Agent Colleen Rowley’s article available via Information Clearinghouse and also at the Huffington Post. But I won’t.
Rowley takes exception that such a relic from the Bush Administration could be called upon by any academic institution, let alone one involved in the training of professional attorneys, to speak on the subject of ethics and the implementation of unethical, often illegal, policies. Continue reading
Posted in Constitution, NWO, Obama and Company, Psy-Ops
Tagged class war, corporatism, corruption, human rights, New World Order, NWO, obama, police state, psyops, Resistance, Torture
NATO’s racist Al Qaeda forces target blacks in Tripoli
By William Blum
“Why are you attacking us? Why are you killing our children? Why are you destroying our infrastructure?” ~Television address by Libyan Leader Muammar Gaddafi, April 30, 2011
A few hours later NATO hit a target in Tripoli, killing Gaddafi’s 29-year-old son Saif al-Arab, three of Gaddafi’s grandchildren, all under twelve years of age, and several friends and neighbors.
In his TV address, Gaddafi had appealed to the NATO nations for a cease-fire and negotiations after six weeks of bombings and cruise missile attacks against his country.
Well, let’s see if we can derive some understanding of the complex Libyan turmoil.
Posted in Human Rights Civil Liberties, Land Grab, Military, NWO, Obama and Company, Region: Africa, Resistance, War and Peace
Tagged corporatism, dinar, fascism, Gaddafi, libya, nato al qaeda, NATO invasion, Recollections of My Life, tripoli blacks
By Robert C. Koehler
“Then there is the issue of how the Afghans will be able to pay for their greatly enlarged police and military, which by some estimates will require $10 billion a year to sustain come 2014 — 10 times the Afghan government’s annual tax revenues.”
Of all the ironic absurdities and preposterous twists in the war on — I mean the war to promote — terror, this quote from the New York Times back in April, which I came upon as I was researching something called the Strategic Partnership Declaration between the United States and Afghanistan, felt the most like a mugging.
Posted in Economy Economics, Land Grab, Military, Obama and Company, Region: Middle East, Resistance, War and Peace
Tagged afghanistan, corporatism, democracy, empire, U.S.-Afghanistan Strategic Partnership Declaration
By Yves Smith
It is high time to describe the Obama Administration by its proper name: corrupt. The latest example is its heavy-handed campaign to convert New York state attorney general Eric Schneiderman to a card carrying member of the “be nice to our lords and masters the banksters” club.
[Image: Kathryn S. Wylde, New York Federal Reserve Board Member]
(Also see today’s TRNN interview of Yves Smith, “Should banks be a public utility?“)
Posted in Economy Economics, Housing, Obama and Company
Tagged banksters, class war, corporatism, Eric Schneiderman, fascism, financial crimes, homeless, hud, Kathryn S. Wylde, mortgage scam, New York Fed, obama, Shaun Donovan, wall street
Today we celebrate our distress by pretending distress does not exist, that the now familiar pressure in our lives is actually that of earning a living for our families, no matter how outrageous, or even surreal, the pressure on our families becomes. Rather than the effects of nineteen Arab Muslims with box-cutters on the economies of the western world, perhaps a warp in space-time swallowing even the light with which we view our television sets is to blame. Forget that fascism has always been a pestilence since it became the reason we broke from Mother England over two hundred years ago, let us stare, instead, at the fascinating or morbid, strangeness staring back at us as we observe a cosmic black hole in some far-off galaxy.
Posted in 911, Human Relationships, Human Rights Civil Liberties, MSM Shills, NWO, Psy-Ops, Slavery
Tagged class war, corporatism, fascism, politics, psyops, Resistance
After a vibrant life, Joe Bageant died on March 27 following a four-month struggle with cancer. He was 64. Joe is survived by his wife, Barbara, his three children, Timothy, Patrick and Elizabeth, and thousands of friends and admirers. He is also survived by his work and ideas. According to Joe’s wishes, he will be cremated. His family will hold a private memorial service.
Here’s his last post, on January 4, 2011, announcing his cancer.
Some Fight Back
A Review of Joe Bageant’s Rainbow Pie: A Redneck Memoir
By Michael Donnelly
This book is all about the post WWII shift from Maw and Pap’s agrarian democracy to the urban-dominated/techno/bureaucratic/ military/security/consumer Empire of today, showing how that shift and the resulting class stratification has led us to the brink of economic and ecological collapse, writes Donnelly.
Posted in Art, Books, Music & Film, Economy Economics, Environment, Food & Farming, Genetic Engineering, Healthcare, Labor, Land Grab
Tagged agrarian democracy, agribiz, biotechnology, CAFOs, corporatism, eco-destruction, economics, Environment, factory farms, factory foods, health crisis, joe bageant, Labor, Monsanto, rainbow pie a redneck memoir, subsistence
Why Governor LePage Can’t Erase History
Why We Need a Fighter in the White House
By Robert Reich
Maine Governor Paul LePage has ordered state workers to remove from the state labor department a 36-foot mural depicting the state’s labor history. Among other things the mural illustrates the 1937 shoe mill strike in Auburn and Lewiston. It also features the iconic “Rosie the Riveter,” who in real life worked at the Bath Iron Works. One panel shows my predecessor at the U.S. Department of Labor, Frances Perkins, who was buried in Newcastle, Maine.
The LePage Administration is also renaming conference rooms that had carried the names of historic leaders of American labor, as well as former Secretary Perkins.
The Governor’s spokesman explains that the mural and the conference-room names were “not in keeping with the department’s pro-business goals.”
Are we still in America?
Posted in Economy Economics, Labor
Tagged banksters, class war, corporatism, economy, fdr, frances perkins, Labor, maine, new deal, Paul LePage, unions, wall street, woman behind the new deal
By Annie Leonard
Story of Stuff Project
Season Two launched on March 1st with The Story of Citizens United v. FEC, an exploration of the inordinate power that corporations exercise in our democracy.
By Dougald Hine and Paul Kingsnorth
Dark Mountain Project
We are the initiators of the Dark Mountain Project. Last year, with your help, we raised $6,140 to cover the publishing costs of Dark Mountain: Issue 1, our first book-length collection of essays, stories, poetry, conversations and art for living through times of global disruption.
A year later, we are in the final stages of putting together Issue 2. Once again, it will be a hardback book of around 250 pages, with contributions from writers ranging from familiar names to those appearing in print for the first time.
Posted in 4th Estate, Art, Books, Music & Film, Environment, Resistance
Tagged corporatism, dark mountain project, ecocide, issue 2, naomi klein, Resistance
By Ralph Nader
The 18 day non-violent Egyptian protests for freedom raise the question: is America next? Were Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine around, they would likely say “what are we waiting for?” They would be appalled by the concentration of economic and political power in such a few hands. Remember how often these two men warned about concentrated power.
Our Declaration of Independence (1776) listed grievances against King George III. A good number of them could have been made against “King” George W. Bush who not only brushed aside Congressional War-making authority under the Constitution but plunged the nation through lies into extended illegal wars which he conducted in violation of international law. Even conservative legal scholars such as Republicans Bruce Fein and former Judge Andrew Napolitano believe he and Dick Cheney still should be prosecuted for war and other related crimes. The conservative American Bar Association sent George W. Bush three “white papers” in 2005-2006 that documented his distinct violations of the Constitution he had sworn to uphold.
Posted in Economy Economics, Healthcare, Labor, Resistance, Slavery
Tagged bailouts, class war, corporatism, economy, fascism, heatlhcare, minimum wage, outsourcing, poverty, Resistance, slave wage, Unemployment