One attribute I like most about Glenn Greenwald is that he never pulls punches. One of his most prescient and cutting political lines came earlier this year when he made some observations on the upcoming 2016 Presidential election, in which two status quo, corrupt, bloodthirsty con-artists will compete for the Oval Office. While we don’t yet know which crony the GOP will put up, Hillary is pretty much a foregone conclusion for the Democrats. Greenwald observed:
Hillary is banal, corrupted, drained of vibrancy and passion. I mean, she’s been around forever, the Clinton circle. She’s a fucking hawk and like a neocon, practically. She’s surrounded by all these sleazy money types who are just corrupting everything everywhere. But she’s going to be the first female president, and women in America are going to be completely invested in her candidacy. Opposition to her is going to be depicted as misogynistic, like opposition to Obama has been depicted as racist. It’s going to be this completely symbolic messaging that’s going to overshadow the fact that she’ll do nothing but continue everything in pursuit of her own power. They’ll probably have a gay person after Hillary who’s just going to do the same thing.
You can read that and more in the post: Glenn Greenwald on the 2016 Elections – “They’ll Probably Have a Gay Person After Hillary.”
Well Greenwald is back, and this time he outlines exactly who’s excited about Hillary’s forthcoming run for the Presidency. Here are some excerpts from the Intercept:
It’s easy to strike a pose of cynicism when contemplating Hillary Clinton’s inevitable (and terribly imminent) presidential campaign. As a drearily soulless, principle-free, power-hungry veteran of DC’s game of thrones, she’s about as banal of an American politician as it gets. One of the few unique aspects to her, perhaps the only one, is how the genuinely inspiring gender milestone of her election will (following the Obama model) be exploited to obscure her primary role as guardian of the status quo. Continue reading
“And Wall Street claims they are the Capitalists! Personal freedom is the ultimate casualty of this corrupt manipulation. The axis among the heirs of the House of Morgan, Corporate International and Federal Government, is the death of real business. With the demise of the Merchant Class, the last vestige of LIBERTY ceases to exist and the transition into an Empire of the ‘New Work Order’, becomes complete.” – Sartre
High premiums are being paid today not particularly for quality service or long-term building of a business but rather for making money quickly, getting rich, and getting out. And that’s wrong. – Willard C. Butcher
Wall Street, Money and the Merchant Class
Capitalism is NOT Wall Street. In order to correctly comprehend the nature of the Free Enterprise system, one needs to understand the fundamentals of a business transaction. Real business requires that goods or services are purchased from a seller by a buyer, at a price that both agree upon. A tangible product, skilled service or intellectual property may qualify as an entity of substance. But when we closely examine the composition of equities, warrants, bonds, options, futures or derivatives; we enter a realm that falls outside the scope of normal business transactions.
Some will claim that a stock represents the equity ownership of a particular enterprise. In theory, that would be correct; but in practice the average shareholder has vitally no input into the management of a publicly traded company. A warrant is a right to exercise a future defined claim. Bonds are fixed promises to repay that trade in value as interest rates vary. An Option is the ability to buy or sell purchased at a strike price during a specified time period, for an agreed cost. Futures are leveraged speculation or hedged bets on price movements. And it’s anyone guess what a derivative is . . .
Wall Street was created ostensibly as an auction market for raising capital to finance new business ventures or additional funds to grow a company. The underlying value of the stock price of a company would trade as shareholders wager on the direction of the equity or changes in their needs. Bonds were sold as loans that companies have an obligation to pay and retire the debt. Warrants, options, futures and derivatives emerged as sophisticated methods of refining the general purpose of funding business endeavors.
As any investor knows, they assume the risk or loss of their capital when they gamble on any specific instrument in a financial venture. The Capital Markets offer no guarantee that profits are assured, and provide no pledge that losses will not result. Risk is always present. But the essential question is whether this culture of finance qualifies as legitimate business? Continue reading
”Mediocrity requires aloofness to preserve its dignity.” – Charles G. Dawes
Many pundits have presented the case that society needs to reward the achiever. It is argued that the most talented should attain positions of authority, based upon their superior ability. The end result is the formation of a power structure of Elites – making the decisions, formulating policies and directing the organizations that carry out the plan. It is most difficult to quarrel with the notion that talent is not distributed equally, but it becomes a giant leap to conclude that the very attribute of aptitude, is the sole criteria that justifies positions of authority.
Democracy has failed miserably to ensure a Just society, but so has rule by a cadre of whiz kids. The problem with ALL attempts to design and implement social systems through central planning is that it ignores the dynamics of the market place of individual needs, aspirations and fears. Neither Government nor NGO Institutions have the ability to mold humanity to their conception of paradise. Only the accumulative interaction of countless individual dreams and nightmares, can set the course on this ‘ship of fools’. Mankind, by the nature of its common humanity, is unable to achieve perfection. Those who seek and scheme to be the architects of paragon, and those who lust and plot to be the regents of dominance, possess the same flaws.
‘Meritocracy’ attempts to establish a standard by which motivated crusaders can achieve success. Well, that’s fine and commendable if we could all agree upon the criteria for defining achievement. But society has such a varied view of significance in collective accomplishment, that consensus is virtually impossible. Continue reading
A warning sign blocks the road to Bardarbunga volcano, some 20 kilometres (12.5 miles) away, in the north-west region of the Vatnajokull glacier August 19, 2014. (Reuters / Sigtryggur Johannsson)
Icelandic volcano activity increased on Wednesday, with scientists detecting 10-15 meters deep cauldrons of melted ice at the Vatnajökull glacier, prompting fears of an imminent eruption.
Icelandic scientists have detected a series of 10-15m deep cauldrons at Bardarbunga volcano glacier. They apparently are a result of melting following a sub-glacial eruption, the Icelandic Civil Protection Scientific Advisory Board reported. A surveillance flight over the surface of Vatnajokull has shown the cauldrons to be 1 km wide, located in a straight line some 4-6 kilometers south of the Bardarbunga caldera. Continue here . . .
Selected RT_News LInks
Pew Research: African-Americans think race relations have worsened under Obama
British Jews, Muslims issue joint call for peace
Ferguson aftermath: California city tells cops to get rid of armored vehicle
End occupation or face ICC: Palestine to ask UN set ‘timetable’ for Israeli withdrawal
ISIS: US-made monster running amok in Middle East
‘TTIP agreement is an attack on people, society and environment in both Europe and the US’
Carrots and sticks: New Iraq crisis is part of US agenda to target Syria and Iran
White House Press Secretaries have a history of avoiding questions – report
Childhood blues: English kids among world’s unhappiest
Black arts of banking: The higher rate dilemma
Cars in the US might soon be mandated to broadcast speed and location data
Over 60 Ukrainian troops cross into Russia seeking refuge
Space junkyard: New tech designed to combat dangerous trash in orbit
Rotherham child abuse: Crime commissioner urged to resign amid misconduct allegations
22 years for 100s of murders? Pablo Escobar’s favorite hitman walks free
Florida cops accused of beating driver for not rolling down his window all the way (VIDEO)
Danger, drones! Concerns as Amazon gets support over UAV delivery testing
Central Bankers Sending In Drones To Map Out Targets In Syria
- Argentina is collapsing and they just stopped Bank Of New York Mellon from operating.
- Government confidence hits all time high, completely opposite from U Mich confidence.
- Case Shiller reports housing prices are slowing and falling.
- The Government is creating a “truthy” database system to monitor twitter to find anti-government speech.
- British special forces arrive in Iraq.
- Central bankers/US government sending in drones and surveillance equipment to Syria to map out targets to be used in bombing runs.
- Obama administration says he doesn’t need congress approval. Be prepared for a false flag event.
All source links to the report can be found on the x22report.com site.
Most orbital debris is in low Earth orbit, where the space station flies. Image Credit: NASA
The Russian space agency is allocating around $297 million to design and construct a spacecraft that would clean circumterrestrial space of disabled communication satellites and upper-stage rockets currently cluttering up the geostationary orbit.
Roscosmos is ready to allocate 10.8 billion rubles (about $297 million) from 2016-2025 for the new mission: development of a space scavenger relieving terrestrial space of non-operating satellites and space exploration waste, Izvestia daily reported on Friday.
The announced tech specs of the future unmanned spacecraft, codenamed ‘Liquidator’, imply a weight of about four tons and the capability to get rid of at least 10 disabled satellites and rocket stages during a single mission that could last up to 6 months.
The ‘space cleaner’ will be able to run no less than 20 ‘cleaning missions’ during its 10-year lifespan, which means the elimination of up to 200 space objects, which obstruct new space vehicles and communication satellites. Continue reading . . .
Selected RT_News LInks
Veteran Russian nationalist demands Obama be stripped of Nobel Peace Prize
Solace for the struggling: E. Ukrainians without water, food crave Russian aid
Putin to Merkel: Further delays of aid delivery to Ukraine would have been unacceptable
User beware: Researchers have 92% success rate hacking into Gmail app
Banksters win again: BoA settlement with US govt allows Wall St fraudsters to ‘act with impunity,’ critics say
New York’s stop-and-frisk policy ineffective in recovering guns, stopping murders – report
3D printing drugs – New technology to revolutionize medical industry
Tel Aviv’s Islamic States crusader game plan is straight out of the Middle Ages
Serbia ready to start dairy deliveries to Russia in 2-3 weeks
Nobel prize winners: Eurozone recovery is ‘dismal failure’
Police lobbies pressure Congress to keep their military equipment
469 Gaza children killed, over 370,000 need ‘psychosocial aid’ – UNICEF
Clashes in Chile as thousands of students protest lagging education reform (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
“The Rothschilds, and that class of money-lenders of whom they are the representatives and agents – men who never think of lending a shilling to their next-door neighbors, for purposes of honest industry, unless upon the most ample security, and at the highest rate of interest – stand ready, at all times, to lend money in unlimited amounts to those robbers and murderers, who call themselves governments, to be expended in shooting down those who do not submit quietly to being robbed and enslaved.” Lysander Spooner
People are dumb because they do not know and refuse to learn the real history behind world events. Educational institutions do not function as seekers of truth, but as gatekeepers for narratives that defy common sense and defame historical facts. Society fosters the ultimate taboo against chronicles that differ with the established story of distortions and misdirection. Anyone who dares waver from accepted limits and suppositions immediately is a quack or an extremist. The dreaded label of being a conspiracy theorist, used to smear and marginalize researchers and pundits, is the height of anti-intellectualism and character assassination.
The dim-witted public, told to shun contradictory accounts, interpretations and disturbing explanations accepts sham history. The accurate course of events must remain hidden from the masses. The subject of a New World Order is not newfound. The process of world domination is as old as the formation of the first empire. Despite the annals of war and governments, the actual power that enslaves civilizations and humanity, is evil itself, in its purist form and manifestation.
The entire globe, engulfed in a prison of authoritarian control, already pays the price of scholarly surrender. Use whatever term or description you like or accept. The definitive fact is that the moneychangers operate and pull the institutional levers that keep locks on your mind and pocketbook, while keeping your vision focused on a make-believe reality. Continue reading
“In the past 30 years, power elites (including you) drastically increased your share of America’s income by taking income from the middle class and the poor. Did you think we wouldn’t notice?” J Hightower
Lloyd Blankfein is very concerned about income inequality. With his face reflecting both worry and perplexity, he recently called inequality “very destabilizing.”
Blankfein’s concern doesn’t come from the perspective of one experiencing inequality from the bottom of the income ladder — he’s certainly not an Occupy Wall Street sort of guy. In fact, he basically is Wall Street.
Having amassed a personal fortune of nearly half-a-billion bucks during his years at Goldman, he’s literally become a gold man. But in a June 13 CBS interview, Blankfein wrinkled his brow and uttered a very un-Wall Street, populist-like thought: “Too much of the (wealth) of the country has gone to too few people,” he said, adding that when that happens, “you’ll have an unstable society.”As the big banana at the financial gambling house Goldman Sachs, Blankfein raked in a stunning $23 million for his wheeling and dealing last year. Under his leadership, the bank grabbed a $13 billion bailout from us taxpayers in 2008. Continue reading
“If you turn on a television set, you see in one minute that the goal of advertising is to create uninformed consumers making irrational choices.” ~Noam Chomsky
Guy Evans examines Chapter 5 of Edward Bernays’ ‘Propaganda’. Chapter 5 features several recurring topics; notably, aspirational culture, the manufacture of new customers, and controlling the public mind.
Guy looks at each of these key themes, and with the help of Mad Men‘s Don Draper investigates the strength of the emotional connection between ourselves and the products that we buy.
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Chapter 5 Transcript – “Business And The Public”
THE relationship between business and the public has become closer in the past few decades. Business to-day is taking the public into partnership. A number of causes, some economic, others due to the growing public understanding of business and the public interest in business, have produced this situation. Business realizes that its relationship to the public is not confined to the manufacture and sale of a given product, but includes at the same time the selling of itself and of all those things for which it stands in the public mind.
Twenty or twenty-five years ago, business sought to run its own affairs regardless of the public. The reaction was the muck-raking period, in which a multitude of sins were, justly and unjustly, laid to the charge of the interests. In the face of an aroused public conscience the large corporations were obliged to renounce their contention that their affairs were nobody’s business. If to-day big business were to seek to throttle the public, a new reaction similar to that of twenty years ago would take place and the public would rise and try to throttle big business with restrictive laws. Business is conscious of the public’s conscience. This consciousness has led to a healthy cooperation. Continue reading