Tuesday, May 31, 2011

May 31 2011 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: Analyzing The Failures Of 'Government' - Mexico... The 'Failed State' Next Door

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Cabale News ServiceMay 31 2011 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: Analyzing The Failures Of 'Government' - Mexico... The 'Failed State' Next Door

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[After the commentary it's gonna get LOUD.... It's gonna get 'nice and friendly' too, and it's not really going to be 'SFW' if your boss is a Republican. Zack del la Rocha and Rage Against the Machine want to speak with you about the modern re-origination of the Mexican Autonomous movement... The Zapatistas, and their ongoing connection the the global movement for social justice in the US and overseas. Brought to us by Rage Against The Machine and Skidmark Bob @ PoP dEFECT Radio, where you can find the one hour RATM special he did in February this clip was drawn from.

The cuts between Zack's words spoken in "The Battle of Mexico City" documentary... People Of the Sun Evil Empire/Live At The Grand Olympic Auditorium 2003, Zapata's Blood/Live & Rare 1998, Take The Power Back/Live & Rare 1998... Zack comments on police abuse Demo convention 2000, Live At The Grand Olympic Auditorium 2003 and then he gets 'nice and friendly'... Fuck Da Police/Live & Rare 1998

Another Memorial Day passes and most Americans don't even know WHY there is a Memorial Day:
War Memorial Day is not actually a day to pray for U.S. troops who died in action but rather a day set aside by Congress to pray for peace. The 1950 Joint Resolution of Congress which created Memorial Day says: 'Requesting the President to issue a proclamation designating May 30, Memorial Day, as a day for a Nation-wide prayer for peace.' (64 Stat.158). Reference, Quote source, or search Google
» The Memorial Day weekend is over and Congress is ready to get back to what they've been doing ....Nothing. Today they will vote on raising the debt limit and it will fail thanks to the Republicans and a couple of renegade democrats. That will set the stage for an economic crisis not just in the US, but for rest of the industrialized world as well. More on how this crisis WILL ENRICH THE WEALTHY even as it impoverishes the rest of us below the fold in the Other News.

» The situation in Yemen has gone from bad to worse with major battles in progress in the capital Sanaa as the forty eight hour old truce breaks down and the tribal groups get back to attempting to find the president and kill him. Meanwhile Government forces machine gunned a group of peaceful protesters in the main square of one town killing at least six people, and another town on the coast is in rebel hands at the moment with government forces trying (unsuccessfully so far) to recapture it.

» In Tripoli NATO continues to hit so-called command and control centers... Meaning government infrastructure in general, as eight top generals in al-Gadaffi's army bailed out to Italy over the weekend.

» The Egyptians have opened the border crossing at Gaza despite screaming tizzy fit objections from the Israelis who claim it will allow weapons into the Israeli created Palestinian Ghetto (as if there weren't plenty of weapons there already), breaking the ongoing siege.

» They say we're not losing... Just 'failing to make progress'. The top NATO commander in Afghanistan was wounded by a suicide bomber along with a number of Afghani officers over the weekend.

» Finally. Sad news for the global justice movement. Gil Scott-Heron has passed at the age of 62. Auntie Imp has a post along with a tribute that contains a filmed interview done with him in 2010 which will released later this year as part of a feature length documentary, along with a telling video done to his song "Work For Peace"... 'Cause peace ain't comin' this way.

In OTHER News:

Speaking of 'Failed States'... The fact that wars, economic crises and unemployment actually serve to fatten the wallets of the rich may not really be news to many of you but Razer Ray and Auntie Imp want you to get a good handle on how unemployment transfers even what little the homeless person sleeping in a refrigerator box has, to the rich.

Remember folks... It's all just:

Economic crises are not natural disasters. They are brought about by the actions of bankers, officials, and developers, not to mention ordinary folks struggling to get by in a world we didn't choose. They appear beyond our control, but they are not inescapable facts of life.

For all the talk of collapse, capitalism itself is as healthy as ever. The fundamental relationships remain unchanged: employers and employees, politicians and voters, police and policed. Our masters may loan us cars or houses to pacify us, but we still lack control over our own lives.

Crises like this are part of the protection racket that keeps them in business... [More @ Adbusters]
Which is:
Why the Rich Love Unemployment

by Mark Provost

Naked Capitalism (May 25 2011)

Christina Romer, former member of President Obama's Council of Economic Advisors, accuses the administration of "shamefully ignoring" the unemployed. Paul Krugman echoes her concerns, observing that Washington has lost interest in "the forgotten millions". America's unemployed have been ignored and forgotten, but they are far from superfluous. Over the last two years, out-of-work Americans have played a critical role in helping the richest one percent recover trillions in financial wealth.

Obama's advisers often congratulate themselves for avoiding another Great Depression - an assertion not amenable to serious analysis or debate. A better way to evaluate their claims is to compare the US economy to other rich countries over the last few years.

On the basis of sustaining economic growth, the United States is doing better than nearly all advanced economies. From the first quarter of 2008 to the end of 2010, US gross domestic product (GDP) growth outperformed every G-7 country except Canada {1}.

But when it comes to jobs, US policymakers fall short of their rosy self-evaluations. Despite the second-highest economic growth, Paul Wiseman of the Associated Press (AP) reports {2}: "the US job market remains the group's weakest. US employment bottomed and started growing again a year ago, but there are still 5.4 percent fewer American jobs than in December 2007. That's a much sharper drop than in any other G-7 country." According to an important study by Andrew Sum and Joseph McLaughlin, the US boasted one of the lowest unemployment rates in the rich world before the housing crash - now, it's the highest. {3}

The gap between economic growth and job creation reflects three separate but mutually reinforcing factors: US corporate governance, Obama's economic policies and the deregulation of US labor markets.

Old economic models assume that companies merely react to external changes in demand - lacking independent agency or power. While executives must adapt to falling demand, they retain a fair amount of discretion in how they will respond and who will bear the brunt of the pain. Corporate culture and organization vary from country to country.

In the boardrooms of corporate America, profits aren't everything - they are the only thing. A JPMorgan research report {4} concludes that the current corporate profit recovery is more dependent on falling unit-labor costs than during any previous expansion... [More @ Naked Capitalism]
This is Razer Raygun saying 'Happy Motoring America...' Enjoy it while you can.
(...and try not to let your government kill too many 'dusky natives' in the process OK?)


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