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Chris Hedges: The Last Gasp of Climate Change Liberals

from truthdig:

The Last Gasp of Climate Change Liberals

Posted on Aug 31, 2014
By Chris Hedges

The climate change march in New York on Sept. 21, expected to draw as many as 200,000 people, is one of the last gasps of conventional liberalism’s response to the climate crisis. It will take place two days before the actual gathering of world leaders in New York called by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to discuss the November 2015 U.N. Climate Conference in Paris. The marchers will dutifully follow the route laid down by the New York City police. They will leave Columbus Circle, on West 59th Street and Eighth Avenue, at 11:30 a.m. on a Sunday and conclude on 11th Avenue between West 34th and 38th streets. No one will reach the United Nations, which is located on the other side of Manhattan, on the East River beyond First Avenue—at least legally. There will be no speeches. There is no list of demands. It will be a climate-themed street fair.

The march, because its demands are amorphous, can be joined by anyone. This is intentional. But as activist Anne Petermann has pointed out, this also means some of the groups backing the march are little more than corporate fronts. The Climate Group, for example, which endorses the march, includes among its members and sponsors BP, China Mobile, Dow Chemical Co., Duke Energy, HSBC, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase and Greenstone. The Environmental Defense Fund, which says it “work with companies rather than against them” and which is calling on its members to join the march, has funding from the oil and gas industry and supports fracking as a form of alternative energy. These faux environmental organizations are designed to neutralize resistance. And their presence exposes the march’s failure to adopt a meaningful agenda or pose a genuine threat to power.

Our only hope comes from radical groups descending on New York to carry out direct action, including Global Climate Convergence and Popular Resistance. March if you want. But it should be the warm-up. The real fight will come once people disperse on 11th Avenue.

“The march is symbolic,” said Kevin Zeese of Popular Resistance when I reached him by phone, “but we are past the time of symbolism. What we need is direct action against the United Nations during the meeting. This should include blockades and disruption of the meeting itself. We need to highlight the fact that the United Nations has sold out to corporate interests. At U.N. meetings on climate change you see corporate logos on display. During the last meeting on climate change in Poland, the U.N. held a simultaneous conference to promote coal as a clean energy source. These U.N. meetings have become corporate trade shows where discussions on climate are hijacked to promote corporate interests. Barack Obama has announced he will continue the U.S. stance of only calling for voluntary climate goals in advance of the upcoming climate summit in Paris next year.” ....................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_last_gasp_of_climate_change_liberals_20140831

The ISIS boogeyman is gonna get ya........

I briefly tried tuning in to MSNBC and CNN this morning for a quick news synopsis, and got a whole lot of ISIS scaremongering. They're serving up a buffet of bullshit.
Fool me once (and many of us weren't even fooled once), shame on you........

From NY to Texas, KKK recruits with candies and fliers

(CNN) -- Carlos Enrique Londoño laughs at the Ku Klux Klan recruitment flier recently left on the driveway of his suburban New York home. It's unlikely the group would accept him.

"I'm Colombian and dark-skinned," said Londoño, a painter and construction worker who has lived in Hampton Bays on Long Island for 30 years.

The flier was tucked into a plastic bag along with a membership application, the address for the KKK national office in North Carolina, a list of beliefs and three Jolly Rancher candies.

The packages appear to be part of a wider recruitment effort by the Klan across the country, Ryan Lenz, senior writer for the Southern Poverty Law Center, told CNN on Saturday. ..............(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/31/us/new-york-kkk-recruitment/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

Driverless Cars (cartoon)


Howard Zinn on the Ludlow Massacre

Howard Zinn: A reinvigorated labor movement needed for social upheaval

Great reader responses to a Guardian story about the UK terror threat level being raised


State of emergency: we need wider powers. Private property suspended, all property deeds transferred to the government with immediate effect.
Do not leave your homes except to work, citizen.
Show me your papers.

NucMed ReluctantDissident
29 August 2014 2:54pm

"Step up to red alert!"
"...Are you sure Sir? It does mean changing the bulb..."
To quote Red Dwarf.

bobnoxious BombNumber20
29 August 2014 3:00pm

To quote an episode from 'Futurama' - 'Beige Alert! Beige Alert!'

Saeid Alami BombNumber20
29 August 2014 3:06pm

Unless we're supposed to *do* something (dig a bunker, stock up on canned food) when the threat level is raised, isn't it all a bit meaningless?
If there is a genuine raised risk of a threat, then the security services should be attempting to foil it - as is their job.
Aside from attempted scaremongering (do you know anyone who is worried when this happens), I fail to see the objective.

Anothersmallcog lazerguided
29 August 2014 2:54pm

Classic distraction. Have they no shame - Lynton Crosby's fingerprints all over this. Do they - the establishment think we are really that thick?

29 August 2014 2:49pm

It really is difficult to take this kind of thing seriously anymore. No recent government has any credibility on this score.

marukun NorthernLight
29 August 2014 2:59pm

Absolutely. This is total bullshit.
More people die falling down the stairs in the UK each year than ever from terrorist attacks.
Live you life normally but look both ways before crossing the road and don't run down the stairs.

Redtalk NorthernLight
29 August 2014 3:00pm

The message is just: Be scared, don't think analytically about the situation, just be scared

29 August 2014 2:49pm

Citizens it is your duty to be afraid

Redtalk francoisP
29 August 2014 3:04pm

ISIS ARE LITERALLY LIVING NEXT DOOR TO YOU! You wonder how you lost your phone yesterday, IT WAS ISIS! They're on our streets so make sure you're constantly checking your back! I just think we should surrender our Human Rights to make sure ISIS can never hurt us!

Howard Zinn - Hidden History of The American Working Class

Published on Feb 24, 2013

Howard Zinn - Hidden History of The American Working Class - 58 min, 1992
In 1992, labor historian Howard Zinn made a presentation on
"The History Of The American Working Class". The presentation
took place in San Francisco at an educational forum sponsored
by the Labor Video Project.

'ISIS pose a greater threat to Britain than we have known before'


Wow, apparently even greater than Hitler's Luftwaffe.

The threat level is severe, which means an attack is likely, but UK officials say there's no evidence that an attack is imminent.

Is anyone else's BS detector going off?

It's like the rerun of a bad movie.

Eliminating The Corporate Tax Has Got To Rank As One Of the Dumbest Ideas

from the Working Life blog:

Eliminating The Corporate Tax Has Got To Rank As One Of the Dumbest Ideas
Posted on 28 August 2014.

Politics is full of really asinine ideas–let’s see, the Iraq War counts as a good example. But, for perhaps the dumbest one going I’d offer up the mumbling, coming from even some Democrats, to eliminate the corporate tax. It is stupefyingly idiotic–in the midst of the greatest divide between rich and poor in 50 years, and corporate profits rising to record levels even as wage growth remain at its lowest level in half a century.

The folks at Citizens for Tax Justice have it nailed quite succinctly:

First, a corporation can hold onto its profits for years before paying them to shareholders. This means that if the personal income tax is the only tax on these profits, tax could be deferred indefinitely. It also means that people with large salaries could probably create shell corporations that would sell their services. Their income would then be transformed into corporate income and any tax would be deferred until they decide to spend the money, which could be decades later, if ever.Second, even when corporate profits are paid out as stock dividends to shareholders, under our current system about two-thirds of those stock dividends are paid to tax-exempt entitles, such as pensions and university endowments which are not subject to the personal income tax. In other words, a lot of corporate profits would never be taxed if there was no corporate income tax.

Third, our tax system overall is just barely progressive and it would be a lot less progressive if the corporate income tax were repealed. The corporate income tax is a progressive tax because it is mostly paid by the owners of capital — people who own corporate stocks (which pay smaller dividends because of the tax) and other business assets.

Some have tried to argue that the corporate tax is mostly borne by labor because it chases investment out of the United States, leaving working people with fewer jobs and/or lower wages. But corporate investment is not perfectly mobile and, as a result, the Treasury Department has concluded that 82 percent of the corporate income tax is paid by owners of capital, and consequently, 58 percent of the tax is paid by the richest 5 percent of Americans and 43 percent is paid by the richest one percent of Americans. Congress’s Joint Committee on Taxation has reached similar conclusions.

Robert Reich, the same genius who was a passionate advocate FOR NAFTA, which arguably was a key component in the hammering down of wages over the past 20 years, is among those who have a dumb idea: eliminate the corporate tax and, then, tax dividends and capital gains as ordinary income and, then, as CTJ, says, “tax the gains on corporate stocks each year rather than only when they are realized when the stocks are sold. ..................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.workinglife.org/2014/08/28/eliminating-the-corporate-tax-has-got-to-rank-as-one-of-the-dumbest-ideas/#sthash.LdkzrV5G.dpuf

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