The history of the neocon takeover of the USA – a 4 part analysis; Vineyard of the Saker

Americans should know by now that their country’s wars are fertile ground for biased, one-sided, xenophobic, fake news and the United States has been in a permanent state of war since 1941.

Sadly true.


2016 Election Fraud Roundup

The first report is a statistical analysis of the actual vote counts in each state from smallest precincts to largest. It’s based on the mathematical “Law of Large Numbers” and in a normal graph, the lines for each candidate flatten out to a roughly horizontal line (averages). Anything that doesn’t is equivalent to shuffling a deck of cards and having it end up in numerical order. It’s pretty much impossible. Anyway, take a look. It’s pretty amazing. Electoral System in Crisis Report The report was authored by top statisticians and is highly credible.

Next up is a 6 part study of newer voting machines, and it reveals how the above might have happened. Link is to the first of the series, you can pick up the rest from there: Fraction Magic Part 1

The next report addresses all the myriad *other* frauds being perpetrated on voters, from Election Justice USA (opens pdf file): Democracy Lost

This is a good video on it: 2016 Election at Risk – STEALING AMERICA: Vote by Vote


239 Years Ago, Adam Smith Predicted Fury of Seattle Business at CEO Who Pays Workers Well

For the quotes, mostly, click here to read the whole thing and get the links to the Adam Smith volumes:
239 Years Ago, Adam Smith Predicted Fury of Seattle Business at CEO Who Pays Workers Well.

But here are the quotes:

But if Smith were alive today he’d be considered a crazy radical. In addition to his claim about employers, here are some other things he wrote in The Wealth of Nations:

• “All for ourselves and nothing for other people, seems, in every age of the world, to have been the vile maxim of the masters of mankind.” Book III, Chapter III

• “Men of inferior wealth combine to defend those of superior wealth in the possession of their property, in order that men of superior wealth may combine to defend them in the possession of theirs. … Civil government, so far as it is instituted for the security of property, is in reality instituted for the defence of the rich against the poor, or of those who have some property against those who have none at all.” Book V, Chapter I

• “High profits tend much more to raise the price of work than high wages. … Our merchants and master-manufacturers complain much of the bad effects of high wages in raising the price, and thereby lessening the sale of their goods both at home and abroad. They say nothing concerning the bad effects of high profits. They are silent with regard to the pernicious effects of their own gains. They complain only of those of other people.” Book I, Chapter IX

• “The proposal of any new law or regulation of commerce which comes from [business], ought always to be listened to with great precaution, and ought never to be adopted till after having been long and carefully examined, not only with the most scrupulous, but with the most suspicious attention. It comes from an order of men, whose interest is never exactly the same with that of the public, who have generally an interest to deceive and even to oppress the public …” Book I, Chapter XI

• “The rate of profit … is naturally low in rich, and high in poor countries, and it is always highest in the countries which are going fastest to ruin.” Book I, Chapter XI

• “People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices.” Book I, Chapter X

I’m not sure how exactly the U.S. right came to love Adam Smith so much. I guess they just never read him.


Income Inequality & the Causes of Poverty | Positive Money

Not just the UK, either:

Because almost all of our money is ‘on loan’ from banks, someone has to pay interest on nearly every pound in the UK. This interest redistributes money from the bottom 90% of the population to the very top 10%. Meanwhile, inflated house prices and financial instability all lead to a growing gap between the poor and the rich.

via Income Inequality & the Causes of Poverty | Positive Money.


Mixed fortunes as solidarity economy takes root in Greece | World news | The Guardian

This is big, really really big. Buried in this article about the Greek people coping with their incredible money crisis is this:

“There were a lot of ideas circulating before, but in the context of the crisis there was an incentive to put them into action. The other part was need, you had a lot of people who had lost their jobs,” said Ilias Ziogas, of the Syn Allios (Together with Others) cooperative, set up in 2011 to sell fair-trade goods.

It has managed to increase sales as regular shops have failed

Traditional (capitalist) business startup failure rates after 5 years are in the 95% range, even in *good* economic times. At the same time, 80-90% of co-ops are still going strong.

Right now, in the US, more businesses are dying than being born. It’s time to bring co-ops to the fore, with financial and legal support.

Here is the most famous success story, Mondragon

And How to go about it and why.
via Mixed fortunes as solidarity economy takes root in Greece | World news | The Guardian.


An Unsustainable Position – Hoisted from Krugman’s Comments

Actually let’s be clear… after taking on Germany’s "austerity" plan, also known as "let the German bankers inflate bubbles in your country and profit, then make your poor people suffer when the bubble collapses", the Greek economy has suffered as much damage as Germany’s economy did as a result of WWII. 25% reduction, in both cases. So, after being a member of the Euro destroyed Greece’s economy at a level that usually involves carpet bombing, they *still* managed to produce a primary surplus. At this point saying that they are less responsible than the Germans is nothing more than racism at its finest.

via An Unsustainable Position – The New York Times.


The Utopian · The Thirteen Commandments of Neoliberalism

The Utopian · The Thirteen Commandments of Neoliberalism.

This is both educational and horrifying. People you once considered “conservative” quite often buy into this. It’s a somewhat confusing doctrine, because they are swift to shift bits of it around, dispense with huge chunks to further their commodification of all things, ideas and people.

Neoliberalism is a sociopathic.. I hesitate to call it a philosophy, because it’s not that nuanced. It’s a highly malleable means to the end of enslaving humans and the earth to the production of wealth for the few, and as such, has no real principles at all.

Read the above link for a valuable understanding of the many attacks on our humanity and freedom, such as the T-Trade deals Obama is pushing now. Neoliberalism cuts across parties like a machete, laying waste to the original principles they were established on. It’s more akin to a cancer or a virus, spreading infection by any means possible, and hiding inside the cells of both government and non-government organizations, attacking from all sides.