[identity profile] madman101.livejournal.com
I almost completed a good, long intro to this post, weeks ago, but it was erased by an unexpected "refresh" by my NoScript. I will probably write something similar to it later. The gist of it was - is - that the long-degenerative economy, correlated to the sucking of wealth to the "upper" 1%, has given rise to something which I called, "The New Middle." NPR recently did some stories on this, using the same term(!), but it failed to take account of the political dynamics behind the declining middle class.

The New Middle is a populist, uncertain uprising of those who have been marginalised by the failing economy... )

July 30, 2016: Hillary's Convention Con - by Ralph Nader...

The 2016 Democratic Convention in Philadelphia was a multi-layered, raucous display of political theater. A host of delegates loyal to Senator Bernie Sanders were inside in large numbers exclaiming “No more war” during former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta's speech and raising all kinds of progressive, rebellious signs and banners against the Hillary crowd. Although Hillary addressed them directly in her acceptance speech, “Your cause is my cause,” those dissatisfied delegates in the hall saw her rhetoric for what it was: insincere and opportunistic.

She said she’d tax the wealthy for public necessities, but declined to mention a sales tax on Wall Street speculation that could bring in as much as $300 billion a year to support such initiatives. She opposed “unfair trade agreements,” but remarkably omitted saying she was against the TPP (the notorious pending Trans Pacific Trade Agreement backed by Obama that is receiving wide left/right opposition).

She paid lip service to a “living wage” but avoided endorsing a $15 an hour minimum wage, which would help single moms and their children – people she wants us to believe have been her enduring cause. Few people know that it took until the spring of 2014 before candidate Clinton would come out for even a $10.10 minimum wage. News reports noted that Clinton, a former member of Walmart’s board of directors and Arkansas corporate lawyer, was wrestling with how to support $10.10 per hour without alienating her Wall Street friends.

“Caring for kids” doesn’t extend to encircled Gaza’s defenseless children, hundreds of whom were killed by American-made weapons wielded by the all powerful Israeli military. Gaza is the the world’s largest open air prison and under illegal blockade. Remember, as Secretary of State, Hillary fully backed war crimes, condemned by almost all countries in the world. On the stage in Philadelphia, she spoke of backing Israel’s security without any mention of Palestinian rights or the need to end Israel’s illegal occupation of the territories.


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As many of you know, the Omnibus Spending bill is being "fast-tracked" through Congress. Buried in the 1,600 page bill, (which allowed the public only hours to review), are many destructive "mini-bills". Among these are: the removal of the paltry Dodd-Frank regulations on Big Banks & Wall Street. Also: Federal Pension reductions, (presaging the coming moves to reduce Social Security). Also: FDIC insurance on exorbitant derivatives, which will bilk taxpayers and private bank accounts for many $trillions, once that market bubble crashes - not if - when. There is also a 10x increase in gift allowances for members of Congress. And, there is the global faux-treaty, the TPP, (Trans-Pacific {trade} Partnership), has been cloistered in this bill. All of this is a monumental outrage.

After downed airplanes, Russia, ISIS, Ebola, & race polarisation - there comes the release of the CIA Torture Report. I have been studying the latter, and it is clear to me that this issue was expertly planned to divert attention - into partisan blame-placing, while the Omnibus Spending Bill was being sneaked through, behind the smoke and mirrors. I HAVE to write more on this diversion soon. Please stay tuned.

If any of you can post now about either of these issues - the Spending Bill, (and/or the TPP), and the release of the provocative CIA Torture Report, I urge you to do so.

In the mean time, please follow this selective link to my journal, where I have written about some important issues, with you in mind. 1 - The immanent DERIVATIVES catastrophe. 2 - The suspicious deaths of between 36 and 55 bank CEOs and managers this year. 3 - The TPP - (contains a wealth of links).

- http://madman101.livejournal.com/tag/-posted%20to%20o_c_c_u_p_y -

I am working on writing additional relevant posts, now that my living situation has improved a little. So feel free to check in on my jnl every now and then. If you have been interested in the current subject of Police Abuse, (& militarisation), you may find several posts via this mm101 link: http://madman101.livejournal.com/tag/police%20%2F%20abuse - I have, in the hopper, a mega-post on this subject, which I hope to get back to finishing soon.

These are dreadful times.

Hopefully, some of you will get active and contact your Congress persons over this Spending Bill, at least!!!
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What do Occupy and the Tea Party have in Common? More than you Might Think:
Six points of agreement between “Occupy” leftists and the “Tea Party” right - by Haystack | Disinformation | October 20, 2014

In an article entitled “The Six Principles of the New Populism (and the Establishment’s Nightmare)” Robert Reich outlines six points of agreement between “Occupy” leftists and the “Tea Party” right: [Follow the link to read the entire article.]

1. Cut the biggest Wall Street banks down to a size where they’re no longer too big to fail. Left populists have been advocating this since the Street’s bailout now they’re being joined by populists on the right.

2. Resurrect the Glass-Steagall Act, separating investment from commercial banking and thereby preventing companies from gambling with their depositors’ money. Elizabeth Warren has introduced such legislation, and John McCain co-sponsored it. Tea Partiers are strongly supportive, and critical of establishment Republicans for not getting behind it.

3. End corporate welfare – including subsidies to big oil, big agribusiness, big pharma, Wall Street, and the Ex-Im Bank. Populists on the left have long been urging this; right-wing populists are joining in.

4. Stop the National Security Agency from spying on Americans. Bernie Sanders and other populists on the left have led this charge but right-wing populists are close behind. House Republican Justin Amash’s amendment, that would have defunded NSA programs engaging in bulk-data collection, garnered 111 Democrats and 94 Republicans last year, highlighting the new populist divide in both parties.

5. Scale back American interventions overseas. Populists on the left have long been uncomfortable with American forays overseas. Rand Paul is leaning in the same direction. Paul also tends toward conspiratorial views about American interventionism.

6. Oppose trade agreements crafted by big corporations. Two decades ago Democrats and Republicans enacted the North American Free Trade Agreement. Since then populists in both parties have mounted increasing opposition to such agreements. The Trans-Pacific Partnership, drafted in secret by a handful of major corporations, is facing so strong a backlash from both Democrats and tea party Republicans that it’s nearly dead.

[Read entire piece at http://robertreich.org/post/84984296635]

You can also see madman's post about a possible LEFT-RIGHT ALLIANCE at http://madman101.livejournal.com/tag/-posted%20to%20o_c_c_u_p_y
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Global protests planned over gas drilling process

September 22, 2012 by Kevin Begos

(AP)—More than 100 protests against the natural gas drilling process known as fracking are scheduled to take place around the world on Saturday, building on public concerns but also using an overly simplified message to spur outrage.

Protests are planned in cities that include New York, Paris, Madrid and Pittsburgh.

The GlobalFrackdown website and campaign was developed by Food & Water Watch, a Washington, D.C. nonprofit that was once part of Ralph Nader's Public Citizen group. The campaign claims that fracking "has already damaged communities and ruined lives. It pollutes water and makes people sick."....

http://phys.org/news/2012-09-global-protests-gas-drilling.html

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