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Re: Austerity Measures
« Reply #45 on: March 29, 2013, 09:02:12 PM »
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It's like these governments are domestic abusers of the poor and hope that battered spouse syndrome will set in and permanently shut them up from ever demanding anything, including basic dignity and human rights.


Pretty sure that it has already set in. That is why some poor people vote for conservative governments and sit around bashing other poor people. They know they aren't like that but since these elected officials keep saying it it must be true.
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Re: Austerity Measures
« Reply #46 on: March 29, 2013, 11:17:09 PM »
Good gawd, Britain is now forcing the poor to shop at only ONE place! And it's owned by Wal-Mart  :o
And if you shop for something that is forbidden the cashier will take it away  :o  making the cashiers (who are already poorly paid) welfare enforcers on behalf of the gov.

Britain is now a Dystopian Society.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/mar/29/asda-welfare-scheme-birmingham
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Re: Austerity Measures
« Reply #47 on: March 30, 2013, 07:19:01 AM »
That doesn't even make any economic sense. That is taking the money away from local shops and making boarded up high streets more likely. And what of those living in small communities without those big shops are they meant to travel by bus they can't afford to the mega shop to get the provisions??


Can we start saying fascism now?


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Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power.
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Re: Austerity Measures
« Reply #48 on: March 30, 2013, 10:56:26 AM »
And what of those living in small communities without those big shops are they meant to travel by bus they can't afford to the mega shop to get the provisions??


Happening in just Birmingham right now. An experiment?



Can we start saying fascism now?   


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Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power.
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Re: Austerity Measures
« Reply #49 on: March 31, 2013, 10:47:09 AM »
In the meantime, take a look at one of the many forms of "antisocial behaviour" rich people inflict on their neighbours: http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/shortcuts/2013/mar/25/iceberg-homes-basements-rich-hell-neighbours

By the way, the Mussolini quote is a sort-of mistranslation. "corporazioni" meant something more akin to medieval guilds than large private companies. It as a reactionary-utopian idea of getting back to older forms of social organisation.

Of course, in practice fascism did combine totalitarian state power with support to major private companies, but that was not the meaning of that quote. It is often misused in English.
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Re: Austerity Measures
« Reply #50 on: April 01, 2013, 10:32:38 AM »
The Mafia Troika/Cyprus fall-out. No one could be more shocked than I. Ha!


A company belonging to the relatives of Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades has reportedly moved millions of euros out of the country a few days before a controversial levy proposal by the Eurogroup was declared.

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/04/01/296008/scandal-hits-cypriot-presidents-family/


Apparently Russian oligarchs did the same and there is a list of others:


[/size]Last Friday [/size]a list of companies and politicians that had loans written off[/color] [/size]by banks at the heart of Cyprus' bailout crisis was published in Greece and was subsequently handed to the Cypriot parliament's ethics committee. The list includes the names of politicians from Cyprus' biggest parties (excluding the socialist EDEK and the Greens).



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Re: Austerity Measures
« Reply #51 on: April 12, 2013, 11:15:51 AM »
Martin Luther King's Greatest Dream Has Been Obscured by the Marble Monuments We've Erected to Him
 
“On a single night last January, 633,782 people were homeless in the United States.” ....The National Employment Law Project (NELP) finds there are 27 million unemployed or underemployed workers in the U.S. labor force, including “not only the unemployed counted by official jobs reports, but also the eight million part-time workers who would rather be working full-time and the 6.8 million discouraged workers who want to work but who have stopped looking altogether.” Five years after the financial meltdown, “the average duration of unemployment remains at least twice that of any other recession since the 1950s.”

And if you think austerity’s a good idea, NELP estimates that, “Taken together, the ‘sequester’ and other budget-cutting policies will likely slow GDP this year by 2.1 percentage points, costing the U.S. economy over 2.4 million jobs.”

Walmart’s one of those companies laying people off, but according to the website Business Insider, the megachain’s CEO Michael Duke gets paid 1,034 times more than his average worker. Matter of fact, “In the past 30 years, compensation for chief executives in America has increased 127 times faster than the average worker's salary.”
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Re: Austerity Measures
« Reply #52 on: June 24, 2013, 12:10:13 PM »
Even with audio proof the banksters were ripping off the taxpayers and Ireland gave up sovereign rights, there are still no arrests.
http://www.independent.ie/business/irish/inside-anglo-the-secret-recordings-29366837.html


The audio recordings are from the bank's own internal telephone system and date from the heart of the financial crisis that brought the State to its knees in September 2008.
Anglo itself was within days of complete meltdown – and in the years ahead would eat up €30bn of taxpayer money. Mr Bowe speaks about how the State had been asked for €7bn to bail out Anglo – but Anglo's negotiators knew all along this was not enough to save the bank.
The plan was that once the State began the flow of money, it would be unable to stop.
Mr Bowe is asked by Mr Fitzgerald how they had come up with the figure of €7bn. He laughs as he is taped saying: "Just, as Drummer (then-CEO David Drumm) would say, 'picked it out of my arse'."

He also says: "If they (Central Bank) saw the enormity of it up front, they might decide they have a choice. You know what I mean?

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Re: Austerity Measures
« Reply #53 on: December 13, 2013, 12:10:12 PM »

Is anyone aware of an article written re NSA/5 Eyes (Plus Germany) being Anglo dominated, and have all supported very right wing ideologies in the last elections they had (Australia/New Zealand)? Our own election was rigged. Each country's NSA outpost all direct their spying against brown people countries, eg., Canada spies on South America, most especially Brazil, which is of course all about gaining economic info, nothing to do with national security. Absolutely none of the 5 eye countries have delivered a People's Budget and never will nor will the Libs/NDP.  During so-called austerity even Crown agencies are now being manipulated to be torn down and replaced with privateers, union busting, and our cops are now sharing mental health information w/ homeland security border control, health care to be 2 tier, billion to be spent on csec and the list goes on. The 5 eye countries are all about economic espionage, anglo superiority, the criminalization of independent journalism. NSA spying is of course not about 9/11. It is in its ends about control of individuals and companies, societies and economies. The real story in the "west" today is not the war on terror but the war against the 99%. And I have yet to read a good report on how all of that ties together. If you come across one pls. post, thanks.

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Re: Austerity Measures
« Reply #54 on: December 13, 2013, 03:06:10 PM »
Toe : like the International Democratic Union?


Originally Five Eyes partners minus NZ plus northern Europeans. Nice pic of Thatcher on webpage.


Doug Finley, Steve's former in-and-out-scandal campaign director, was an IDU director.


Patrick Muttart advised John Howard election in Oz in '07, fired by Steve for election campaign dirty tricks in '11 in Canada, moved to Chicago to work for Repug consulting firm.


That sort of thing?

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Re: Austerity Measures
« Reply #55 on: December 14, 2013, 12:56:18 PM »
Ha! yeah. The collusion & sharing of dirty elections, the aim/goal, the dismantling of society as we've always known it.
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