about being liberal or conservative anymore y'all. That is a hype offered by the fascist whores who want to confuse the people with lies while they turn this country into an aristocratic police state. Some people will say anything to attain power and money. There is no such thing as the Liberal Media, but the Corporate media is very real.
After 6 bankruptcies, Trump was somehow still able to get new capital investments. James Henry, who
recently published an article in the magazine, The American Interest, titled "The Curious World of Donald Trump's Private Russian
This information comes not from some fringe lunatic.
James S. Henry is a leading economist, attorney and investigative journalist who has written
extensively about global issues. James served as Chief Economist at the international consultancy
firm McKinsey & Co. As an investigative journalist his work has appeared in numerous publications
like Forbes, The Nation and The New York Times. He was the lead researcher of the recently released
report titled 'The Price of Offshore Revisited.'
Trump Vineyard Estates LLC filed a request Dec. 2 with the Labor Department for six H2 visas, which
permit U.S. employers to hire foreigners for seasonal jobs such as pruning grapevines, which is what
the request said. The request was posted online by the Labor Department on Wednesday and first
reported by BuzzFeed News.
The workers are needed to prune the vines on the estate, the Labor application said, and they would
be paid $10.72 per hour for a 40-hour, six-day week. The jobs are anticipated to last from January
The Trump vineyard applied for 19 temporary visas for foreign workers in 2014, 2015 and this year,
before the most recent request, according to federal records. In addition, he has sought to hire 513
foreign workers since 2013 for some of his other businesses, including for his Palm Beach home,
Do you see the irony here? The same candidate who protested about immigrants taking jobs, is asking
for permission to hire (and has previously hired) immigrant labor instead of hiring American
workers. Obviously, it was all
bullshit. The chutzpah of these people is simply amazing.
Tuesday, 20 December 2016 at 11h 38m 37s
Planned Obsolescence is
inefficient and destructive. What appears good to the individual firm in the short term, might
actually be destructive in the aggregate. Interesting video.
The favorite game of this industry is to build [it] and then blow [it] up and rebuild it again....
Increased necessity produces increased inefficiency.... It's a value system disorder.
Monday, 19 December 2016 at 20h 48m 39s
I love Rachel Maddow
Supporting dictators who enable cheap extraction of resources is unfortunately the history of the
Western world, and perhaps humanity in general.
Click here for a Rachel
Maddow expose on how Rex Tillerson changed the Chad oil market to help a dictator and destabilize
the region, against the interests of the United States. Or watch the video below. Your choice.
Joseph Stiglitz knows a few things about economics. He was the chief economist of the World Bank
from 1997 to 2000. He was the chair of the Council of Economic Advisors to President Bill Clinton
from 1995 to 1997. He is currently an Economics professor at Columbia University.
He also writes for an outlet called Project Syndicate, an online warehouse of various columnists and opinion writers
that can get picked up an published by newspapers. The website is practically an independent
periodical, except the individuals who write are mostly reputable and knowledgable. Any potential
spin is at least intelligent, and not based on blatant abuse of facts or outright lies, which has
somehow become tolerable in the mainstream press.
During the campaign, Trump promised to get tough on executives who outsource American jobs. He is
now holding up the news that the home heating and air-conditioning manufacturer Carrier will keep
around 800 jobs in my home state of Indiana as proof that his approach works. Yet the deal will cost
taxpayers $7m, and still allow Carrier to outsource 1,300 jobs to Mexico. This is not a sound
industrial or economic policy, and it will do nothing to help raise wages or create good jobs across
the country. It is an open invitation for a shakedown of the government by corporate executives
Similarly, the increase in infrastructure spending is likely to be accomplished through tax credits,
which will help hedge funds, but not America’s balance sheet: such programmes’ long track record
shows that they deliver little value for money. The cost to the public will be especially high in an
era when the government can borrow at near-zero interest rates. If these private-public partnerships
are like those elsewhere, the government will assume the risks, and the hedge funds will assume the
The debate just eight years ago about “shovel-ready” infrastructure seems to be a distant memory. If
Trump chooses shovel-ready projects, the long-term impact on productivity will be minimal; if he
chooses real infrastructure, the short-term impact on economic growth will be minimal. And
back-loaded stimulus has its own problems, unless it is managed extremely carefully.
If Trump’s pick for US treasury secretary, the Goldman Sachs and hedge fund veteran Steven Mnuchin,
is like others from his industry, the expertise he will bring to the job will be in tax avoidance,
not constructing a well-designed tax system .... [T]ax reform was inevitable, and was likely to be
undertaken by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and his staff – giving the rich the less progressive,
more capital-friendly tax system that Republicans have long sought. With the abolition of the estate
tax, the Republicans would finally realise their long-held ambition of creating a dynastic
plutocracy – a far cry from the “equality of opportunity” maxim the party once trumpeted.
Monday, 19 December 2016 at 15h 23m 11s
The Bahamas connection
Rex Tillerson sat on the board of a Russian oil company based out of the Bahamas. Click here for the story in the Guardian, a UK newspaper.
Tillerson – the chief executive of ExxonMobil – became a director of the oil company’s Russian
subsidiary, Exxon Neftegas, in 1998. His name – RW Tillerson – appears next to other officers who
are based at Houston, Texas; Moscow; and Sakhalin, in Russia’s far east.
Sunday, 18 December 2016 at 11h 37m 19s
Global capitalism New York conference
This is a great
video lecture from Richard D. Wolff, a very intelligent, infamous professor of economics at
University of Massachusetts from 1973 to 2008. He is called a "socialist" economist, but I think he
is more of a historian than anything else. He just happens to be anti-militarist, and so I think
that's why he gets this label -- because he thinks the economy should not be run dominated by
military spending. Regardless of your perspective, his intelligence transcends ideological bounds
because he truly understands economics and history.
Saturday, 17 December 2016 at 15h 44m 38s
Sabotage and Jim Crow
Click here for the Greg Palast report on how Rethuglicans sabotage democracy
with a straight face.
How come Obama said nothing about this during his big Friday speech? Not one word from our black
president. Not one single word.
Who do you really work for Mr. Barack Obama?
Thursday, 15 December 2016 at 23h 52m 28s
Thank you again Washington Post
Jill Stein has done the nation a tremendous public service. Why the fuck is Hilary and Obama absent
on this issue? Because they are complicit in the corporate fascist takeover. That's why.
How else can you explain saying nothing about the theft of votes by massive obstruction and removal
from the voter rolls? Robert Kennedy spent 90% of his time as Attorney General during his brother's
presidency taking Jim Crow to court and viciously standing up for voting rights in our country.
What the fuck has Obama done but try to focus the country on Russian hacking, saying absolutely
nothing about what really happened?
Seven million and more voters got their names removed from the voter rolls and had to vote on
provisional ballots that never got counted. The media wants you to believe that Democrats did not
show up this election cycle. The media wants you to believe that working class democrats voted with
Trump in this election cycle. Bullshit. They just got taken off from the registration rolls and
didn't have their votes counted. It wasn't Russian hacking schemes. It was treasonous Rethuglican
OMG. Turns out that Trump is using his world-wide hotels as a means to extort bribes from
government officials. Hmm, sounds like what the Italian mafia used to do with restaurants.
Trump is now taking his name off the Trump Hotel in question, and has removed the hotel from his
website. If you visit trumphotels.com/rio-de-janeiro – which according to Google is still the
official web page for the hotel in question – it now simply defaults to the front page of
trumphotels.com instead. The scrambling comes as the Washington Post reports that Trump Hotels is
giving up operation of the hotel entirely.
And there is this
In a separate but similarly themed development, a new Newsweek report from Kurt Eichenwald reveals
that the President of Turkey has arrested one of Donald Trump’s business partners in an apparent bid
to influence Trump’s foreign policy decisions.