Monday, April 14, 2014

A Special Surveillance Chip

According to leaked internal documents from the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) that Die Zeit obtained, IT experts figured out that Windows 8, the touch-screen enabled, super-duper, but sales-challenged Microsoft operating system is outright dangerous for data security. It allows Microsoft to control the computer remotely through a built-in backdoor. Keys to that backdoor are likely accessible to the NSA – and in an unintended ironic twist, perhaps even to the Chinese.

The backdoor is called “Trusted Computing,” developed and promoted by the Trusted Computing Group, founded a decade ago by the all-American tech companies AMD, Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, and Wave Systems. Its core element is a chip, the Trusted Platform Module (TPM), and an operating system designed for it, such as Windows 8. Trusted Computing Group has developed the specifications of how the chip and operating systems work together.

Its purpose is Digital Rights Management and computer security. The system decides what software had been legally obtained and would be allowed to run on the computer, and what software, such as illegal copies or viruses and Trojans, should be disabled. The whole process would be governed by Windows, and through remote access, by Microsoft.

Now there is a new set of specifications out, creatively dubbed TPM 2.0. While TPM allowed users to opt in and out, TPM 2.0 is activated by default when the computer boots up. The user cannot turn it off. Microsoft decides what software can run on the computer, and the user cannot influence it in any way. Windows governs TPM 2.0. And what Microsoft does remotely is not visible to the user. In short, users of Windows 8 with TPM 2.0 surrender control over their machines the moment they turn it on for the first time.

It would be easy for Microsoft or chip manufacturers to pass the backdoor keys to the NSA and allow it to control those computers. NO, Microsoft would never do that, we protest. Alas, Microsoft, as we have learned from the constant flow of revelations, informs the US government of security holes in its products well before it issues fixes so that government agencies take advantage of the holes and get what they’re looking for.

Experts at the BSI, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, and the Federal Administration warned unequivocally against using computers with Windows 8 and TPM 2.0. One of the documents from early 2012 lamented, “Due to the loss of full sovereignty over the information technology, the security objectives of ‘confidentiality’ and ‘integrity’ can no longer be guaranteed.”

Elsewhere, the document warns, “This can have significant consequences on the IT security of the Federal Administration.” And it concludes, “The use of ‘Trusted Computing’ technology in this form … is unacceptable for the Federal Administration and for operators of critical infrastructure.”

Another document claims that Windows 8 with TPM 2.0 is “already” no longer usable. But Windows 7 can “be operated safely until 2020.” After that other solutions would have to be found for the IT systems of the Administration.

The documents also show that the German government tried to influence the formation of the TPM 2.0 specifications – a common practice in processes that take years and have many stakeholders – but was rebuffed. Others have gotten what they wanted, Die Zeit wrote. The NSA for example. At one of the last meetings between the TCG and various stakeholders, someone dropped the line, “The NSA agrees.”

Rüdiger Weis, a professor at the Beuth University of Technology in Berlin, and a cryptographic expert who has dealt with Trusted Computing for years, told Die Zeit in an interview that Microsoft wanted to completely change computing by integrating “a special surveillance chip” in every electronic device. Through that chip and the processes of Windows 8, particularly Secure Boot, “users largely lose control over their own hardware and software.”

But wouldn’t it contribute to higher levels of security? Certain aspects actually raise the risks, he said. For example, during production, the secret key to that backdoor is generated outside the chip and then transferred to the chip. During this process, copies of all keys can be made. “It’s possible that there are even legal requirements to that effect that cannot be reported.” And so the TPM is “a dream chip of the NSA.”

Perhaps even more ominously, he added: “The other realistic scenario is that TPM chip manufactures don’t sit within reach of the NSA, but in China….”

Apple phased out the surveillance chips in 2009. Linux doesn’t comply with the standards, and Linux machines cannot use the technology. Microsoft defended itself the best it could. The TPM is activated by default because most users accept defaults, it said. If users would have to activate the functions themselves, many users would end up operating a less secure system. And of course, government regulations that would require that users have the option to opt in or out would be unwise.

Instead, hardware manufactures could build machines with the chips deactivated, Microsoft said. If you want to have control over your computer, that’s what you’d have to buy. Another option would be to switch to Linux machines, something that the city government of Munich has started 10 years ago; the changeover should be complete before the year is up. This end of the NSA debacle cannot possibly be twisted into bullish news for Microsoft.

China is the promised land for our revenue-challenged tech heroes: over a billion consumers, economic growth several times that of the US, and companies splurging on IT. Layer the “cloud” on top, and China is corporate nirvana: a high-growth sector in a high-growth country. Or was nirvana, now that the NSA’s hyperactive spying practices have spilled out.

Read more at http://investmentwatchblog.com/leaked-german-government-warns-key-entities-not-to-use-windows-8-links-the-nsa/#zrIIt8Y8dbF1CeT7.99

Sound Familiar ?

http://www.infowars.com/breaking-sen-harry-reid-behind-blm-land-grab-of-bundy-ranch/

BLM attempted cover-up of Sen. Reid/Chinese gov’t takeover of ranch for solar farm
Kit Daniels
Infowars.com
April 11, 2014
The Bureau of Land Management, whose director was Sen. Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) former senior adviser, has purged documents from its web site stating that the agency wants Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s cattle off of the land his family has worked for over 140 years in order to make way for solar panel power stations.
Corrupt Democratic Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) working with the Chinese gov't to take land from hard-working Americans.
Corrupt Democratic Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) working with the Chinese gov’t to take land from hard-working Americans.
Deleted from BLM.gov but reposted for posterity by the Free Republic, the BLM document entitled “Cattle Trespass Impacts” directly states that Bundy’s cattle “impacts” solar development, more specifically the construction of “utility-scale solar power generation facilities” on “public lands.”
“Non-Governmental Organizations have expressed concern that the regional mitigation strategy for the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone utilizes Gold Butte as the location for offsite mitigation for impacts from solar development, and that those restoration activities are not durable with the presence of trespass cattle,” the document states.
The first segment of the document pulled by the feds from BLM.gov.
The first segment of the document pulled by the feds from BLM.gov.
Another BLM report entitled “Regional Mitigation Strategy for the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone” (BLM Technical Note 444) reveals that Bundy’s land in question is within the “Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone and surrounding area” which is part of a broad U.S. Department of Energy program for “Solar Energy Development in Six Southwestern States” on land “managed” by BLM.
The second segment of the document pulled by the feds from BLM.gov.
The second segment of the document pulled by the feds from BLM.gov.
“In 2012, the BLM and the U.S. Department of Energy published the Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for Solar Energy Development in Six Southwestern States,” the report reads. “The Final Solar Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement assessed the impact of utility-scale solar energy development on public lands in the six southwestern states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah.”
Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone and surrounding area (Click to enlarge.)
Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone and surrounding area (Click to enlarge.)
“The Approved Resource Management Plan Amendments/Record of Decision (ROD) for Solar Energy Development in Six Southwestern States implemented a comprehensive solar energy program for public lands in those states and incorporated land use allocations and programmatic and SEZ-specific design features into land use plans in the six-state study area.”
Back in 2012, the New American reported that Harry Reid’s son, Rory Reid, was the chief representative for a Chinese energy firm planning to build a $5-billion solar plant on public land in Laughlin, Nevada.
And journalist Marcus Stern with Reuters also reported that Sen. Reid was heavily involved in the deal as well.
“[Reid] and his oldest son, Rory, are both involved in an effort by a Chinese energy giant, ENN Energy Group, to build a $5 billion solar farm and panel manufacturing plant in the southern Nevada desert,” he wrote. “Reid has been one of the project’s most prominent advocates, helping recruit the company during a 2011 trip to China and applying his political muscle on behalf of the project in Nevada.”
“His son, a lawyer with a prominent Las Vegas firm that is representing ENN, helped it locate a 9,000-acre (3,600-hectare) desert site that it is buying well below appraised value from Clark County, where Rory Reid formerly chaired the county commission.”
Although these reports are in plain view, the mainstream media has so far ignored this link.
The BLM’s official reason for encircling the Bundy family with sniper teams and helicopters was to protect the endangered desert tortoise, which the agency has previously been killing in mass due to “budget constraints.”
“A tortoise isn’t the reason why BLM is harassing a 67 year-old rancher; they want his land,” journalist Dana Loesch wrote. “The tortoise wasn’t of concern when [U.S. Senator] Harry Reid worked with BLM to literally change the boundaries of the tortoise’s habitat to accommodate the development of his top donor, Harvey Whittemore.”
“Reid is accused of using the new BLM chief as a puppet to control Nevada land (already over 84% of which is owned by the federal government) and pay back special interests,” she added. “BLM has proven that they’ve a situational concern for the desert tortoise as they’ve had no problem waiving their rules concerning wind or solar power development. Clearly these developments have vastly affected a tortoise habitat more than a century-old, quasi-homesteading grazing area.”
“If only Cliven Bundy were a big Reid donor.”
Update: The Drudge Report, the #1 news aggregate site in the world, has now picked up this story. Unfortunately for the BLM, the documents they wanted to delete are now exposed for the world to see.
Update #2: ENN Energy Group describes itself as a “privately-owned clean energy distributor in China.” However, as the People’s Republic of China is a single-party state governed by the Communist Party, all large companies in China, one way or the other, are either controlled or are heavily influenced by the Chinese government.

Choking On Harmony

http://www.dailyadvertiser.com.au/story/2216131/waggas-multicultural-ties-recognised-with-award/?cs=147

The commitment of Liberal Party propaganda is absolute!  A lot of people who consider themselves "conservatives", vote Liberal and therefore vote for this (anything but conservative) catastrophe.
Of course the usual suspects around town take centre stage again in the promotion of the so called "multiculti wonderland", Daryl Maquire, Bishop Hanna and Mr Newah-Jarfoi.

There is no intergration, there is no multiculture, there is no harmony, but there is endless money involved in the "multiculti' industry.

It's shocking to any thinking person to contemplate this multiculti disaster, particularly in regard to the Churches who welcome in the hordes of African "refugees' and nominate them for awards, yet still have not compensated victims of pedophilia !

Mr Newah-Jarfoi states "the people of Wagga have opened their homes and hearts to refugees", we wish local homeless and disenfranchised Wagga folk could say the same ! All part of the imagined harmony ?

As for O'Farrell, he is up to his neck in China, his Son is a property developer, currently in China selling property in NSW to the Chinese. It appears O'Farrell and Maquire have much in common.

I'm sure the Chinese will one day give these folk a lesson in multiculturalism (Chinese style), just like in Tibet ! Organ Harvesting is how multiculturalism works in China.

Wagga is a social disaster and the Africans are a part of it. This (above) article published by a local newspaper, reads like a newspaper in a Communist country, where it is all propaganda and lies.

Harmony Day is an apparatus of indoctrination.  It is immoral, undemocratic and should be denounced as inappropriate ideological propaganda.

And therein lies the slippery slope of imposing indoctrination of ideology to young children. How different is such propaganda and indoctrination to that of dictatorships?

 Franco’s fascist regime imposed centrally controlled propaganda and censorship across Spanish schools in the 1930s.  Under Franco school curricula, one hundred media reports, published books, artistic performances emphasised the glory of Spain’s imperial achievements while suppressing knowledge of undesirable historical facts and processes.

In the 1970s genocidal rule of Cambodians by the Khmer Rouge, educational control over schools prescribed all children to read as a peasants in an uncritical and passive way, taking things at face value and not questioning the meaning or source of the text.

http://australiafirstparty.net/harmony-day-origins-and-truth/

Multiculturalism is an unnatural as well as unhealthy condition that can only afflict states in national decline. A multicultural state carries in it's geneses the seeds of eventual national destruction.

All multicultural nations will be found to be in a state of political, moral, economic and social decay. Greed and corruption will characterize the government coupled with oppressive measures directed against citizens. Lies and deceit will be stock and trade of media, politicians, and educational institutions. Such are the bellwethers of a multiculturalist advent.

In modern times multiculturalism is instituted from the top down as an elitist ruling class tool used to play one or more racial or ethnic groups against another. The ensuing cultural melee serves the political designs, economic goals and power needs of elitist rulers and their sponsors. This technique was developed by Marxist ideologues who used multiculturalism in Russia to divide and conquer resistance to the institution of a communist state. The end result of their successful takeover was the murder of thirty million humans in the Soviet Union alone. Many more elsewhere.
http://ausidentity.blogspot.com.au/2014/01/multiculturalism-failed-policy.html

The brainwash (thought police) tells us multiculturalism is "great", but in reality it is a deliberate subversion, no different from the social scourge of drugs, in fact tools out of the same tool box. All designed to destroy the fabric and cohesion of a society.

What is it really all about ?

China....

These self-appointed do-gooders and advocates of multiculturalism are street corner pimps who are prostituting our nation and identity and our children's future away, in return they receive self gain, delusions of power and China takes all. Multiculturalism is a cleverly crafted diversion from the hidden agenda underfoot. Multiculturalism is definitely not harmonious, just ask the good folks of Western Sydney and other places so diverse people are choking on all that "harmony" and gun crime around town. Increasingly Wagga Wagga is following in all the other suburban enclaves footsteps in NSW and elsewhere around the nation. In fact the conflict is getting so bad it is now deliberately being under reported by the propaganda organ, lamestream press, (like people hadn't noticed).

Harmony?

Multiculturalism can be characterised as a war by opposing groups for the limited resources of a community or nation, jobs, housing, food, water, health-care, identity and so on.

We wonder what political "favours" local collaborators receive for their contribution to this war against the people of the Riverina ?

http://www.infowars.com/sweden-immigrarion-critics-get-home-visits-from-thought-police/







Saturday, April 5, 2014

The Third Party Farce

Palmer on Guns;

Not that we've got too many members in W.A, but here's something every gun owner voting in W.A on the weekend should keep in mind - Clive Palmer's apparent "interest" in guns.

Have a read of what appeared on Nine MSN today:

Clive Palmer has stomped on persistent speculation his political party could merge with Bob Katter's.

Palmer United Party's Queensland leader Alex Douglas last month said the potential tie-up with Katter's Australian Party (KAP) would "most likely" occur under the Palmer brand, a comment the wealthy MP swiftly smacked down, saying "news to me" in a text to Fairfax Media.

At the same time, KAP MP Robbie Katter told the ABC that any merger between the parties would be "nothing to be sneezed at".

But Palmer told APP this week, while on the hustings in Perth ahead of the reprised West Australian Senate election, that the parties had little in common. "The true story about that was Bob's vote was right down, and he's always trying to get notoriety in the press so he always leaks this every three months," he said. "The Katter Party is an extreme right party and our party is a more centre party." "And we disagree on certain things, such as guns... a whole lot of things Bob's in favour of."

Mr Palmer said the leaders might like each other personally, but a political party had to share the same beliefs. "There's more chance of us merging with the Labor or Liberal parties than with Bob."

KAP was being sought for comment.

.... yet the Palmer United Party does not have a published view on guns. So, if big Clive was to get the balance of power federally and guns became an issue again, would many of our constituents be facing the same fights they had barely 20 years ago? We're not sure- but the fact this was raised certainly did get out attention.

         
           
           

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Riverina Wasteland

We are bemused with Mr Funnell's intention to enmesh the DLP with the likes of the Katter Party and various others (which Katter refers) to form a supposed "third party force" - actually a "third establishment party force". The interesting point we observe here is: why would the DLP, a historical Australian political party of great significance and fundamentally an Australia- centric party, in the sense of protectionism for Australian industry and agriculture, form an alliance with establishment internationalists such as Katter or Palmer or any other sundry pretend patriots? This "third party force" will be nothing new and will result in the DLP cutting themselves off from what they are really about. This could be the political end for the DLP as we know it. As for Katter, time for a larger hat to fit the ego and delusions of grandeur about all that power to come with this so-called "third party force".
 
This imagined third force deserves careful scrutiny:
 
Regardless of how media and political pimps portray this new pie in the sky, would-be "third force, this nation has serious problems and cannot afford to be held hostage by a coalition of clowns, egotists and self interested people.
 
Interesting how Katter claims interest in the MIA as a food bowl, when he has pushed for years for the Northern Zone development, a plantation style development centred on growing food for China, resting on hordes of cheap contract labour. The irrigators of the MIA noted Katter's duplicity during the MDBP fiasco, when Katter said one thing to Riverina irrigators and the opposite in South Australia. A similar pattern has formed on the CSG issue regarding Katter. What has the Katter Party done about the devastation to land, air and water contamination (and land values) in Chinchilla/Tara QLD ? Nothing ! The people of the Riverina should acquaint themselves with the situation in Chinchilla/Tara and if that's the science, it belongs in the toilet. What will government and CSG companies be compensating the people of Chinchilla/Tara? Nothing!
 
Further the real reason for the MDBP "urgency" materialises. It was portrayed as an urgent need to return more water to the Murumbidgee for "environmental" flows; we now see it was really for more water for CSG, as every litre of water lost from aquifiers is then drained from the river. This is the standard multifaceted hidden agenda where the internationalist elites are concerned. We have come to understand, just like the situation in the USA's  San Joaquin Valley, where "environmental" flows to the Delta were also politically "urgent" and again the water was in reality for another purpose and is set to be diverted elsewhere. In that case local irrigators were the "acceptable" collateral damage to these elites. Again this reality shows Katter's" new" so-called third party force was always meant to be a third party farce.
 
 Mr Funnell should be congratulated for his sterling effort on the Wagga Council CSG Moratorium issue and he didn't need the would-be third wheelers to achieve that. The real potential for permanent contamination of the water supply is the single biggest issue regarding CSG. Many points of interest and matters of considerable concern were raised regarding CSG and water at the Council meeting. One wonders why with such high risk and possible permanent contamination of the water supply and a threat to life itself (humanity, plants and animals), for clearly short term gain, why would CSG be considered at all? Most CSG wells have a life span of only a few years, with 80% of gas extracted within the first two years. Is this CSG "utopia" just another "gold fever" boom and bust scheme set up by the moneyed classes, but with a sinister scenario regarding water ? Many Investors have raised serious concerns regarding "investment" in CSG and have warned the small investors won't even be notified if their investment has been written down until it's too late!

Consider this dialogue for a US publication:

Q: What are your thoughts on developments in recent years that have unlocked shale oil and gas? Some have said the U.S. energy boom is the most important development in political economy in decades.

A: I would urge people to go out and see what’s happening in the field. Yes, it was all very exciting in the beginning. But now we’re finding out that those wells are very short-life wells. Production dropped by 40 to 60 percent in the first year, and the demand for rigs to drill in the shale fields is down 75 percent in the last couple of years. The demand for pumps is down 50 percent.
So it’s not as much fun as we’d hope it would be. In some countries such as Poland, people have given up their shale leases, because they’ve realized it’s just not so simple. I read all the hype, but again I’d urge people to go into the fields and see what’s actually happened, rather than reading what journalists hype. Jim Rogers (10.3.14) American Investor and Commentator.

http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-fracked-up-usa-shale-gas-bubble/5326504
 The extremely rapid overall gas field declines require from 30 to 50 percent of production to be replaced annually with more drilling, a classic “tiger chasing its tail around the tree” syndrome. This translates to $42 billion of annual capital investment just to maintain current production. By comparison, all USA shale gas produced in 2012 was worth about $32.5 billion at a gas price of $3.40/mcf (which is higher than actual well head prices for most of 2012). That means about a net $10 billion loss on their shale gambles last year for all US shale gas producers.
Even worse, Hughes points out that capital inputs to offset field decline will necessarily increase going forward as the sweet spots within plays are drilled off and drilling moves to lower quality areas. Average well quality (as measured by initial productivity) has fallen nearly 20 percent in the Haynesville, the most productive shale gas play in the US. And it is falling or flat in eight of the top ten plays. Overall well quality is declining for 36 percent of US shale gas production and is flat for 34 percent.[28]
Not surprising in this context, the major shale gas players have been making massive write-downs of their assets to reflect the new reality. Companies began in 2012 reassessing their reserves and, in the face of a gas spot price that was cut in half between July 2011 and July 2012, are being forced to admit that the long-term outlook for natural-gas prices is not positive. The write-downs have a domino effect as bank lending is typically tied to a company’s reserves meaning many companies are being forced to renegotiate credit lines or make distress asset sales to raise cash.
Beginning August 2012, many large shale gas producers in the US were forced to announce major write-downs of the value of their shale gas assets. BP announced write-downs of $4.8 billion, including a $1 billion-plus reduction in the value of its American shale gas assets. England’s BG Group made a $1.3 billion write-down of its US shale gas interests, and Encana, a large Canadian shale gas operator made a $1.7 billion write-down on shale assets in the US and Canada, accompanied by a warning that more were likely if gas prices did not recover. [29]
The Australian mining giant BHP Billiton is one of the worst hit in the US shale gas bubble as it came in late and big-time. In May, 2012 it announced it was considering taking impairments on the value its US shale-gas assets which it had bought at the peak of the shale gas boom in 2011, when the company paid $4.75 billion to buy shale projects from Chesapeake Energy and acquiring Petrohawk Energy for $15.1 billion.[30]
But by far the worst hit is the once-superstar of shale gas, Oklahoma-based Chesapeake Energy.
http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/blogs/national-affairs/worlds-biggest-fracker-pockets-1-billion-in-shady-deal-20120418#ixzz2N3vXTPH9

So where to from here when we take the foregoing into account?  The MIA will be destroyed by CSG and the Riverina will cease to be a food bowl, but the mining must continue to then pay for all the imported food we will need domestically. Katter and the other two "establishment forces" (Lib/Lab) dream, that the Northern Zone (the food bowl of Asia) will continue to get on with the business of growing food for export to China while the Riverina will be barely habitable if at all, a toxic wasteland, a lasting legacy from the "CSG Utopia" (just like Chinchilla/Tara). Are some countries meant to be destroyed by CSG ? If that's the end result of it, would it be intended that way?

Is it a matter of convenience or coincidence that so many people are diverted away from the issue of the threat to safe drinking water and onto issues of same sex marriage, multiculturalism, refugees etc ? Could this also be the reason the drug scourge in our nation (now at crisis point) is left to fester, as people caught up in the misery of drug addiction are hardly going to protest the establishment line. It appears drugs such as ice and the damage it does have been a welcomed addition to the chaos. Quite obviously little is being done to address the drug issue, ensuring people remain bemused and confused as the agenda rolls on unabated. With agendas such as we see today underfoot, is it any wonder establishment internationalist parties and  are quite happy many of our people's voices are silenced via a drug induced altered state of reality? One would hope, no water to drink would be a major concern for all Australians?

Lorraine Sharp

NSW Chairman Australia First Party

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Global Inequality

On Thursday, the Brookings Institution published a report documenting the sharp growth of social inequality in major metropolitan areas throughout the United States.
The report’s findings are of vast significance in three respects. First, the report documents the immense scale of social inequality and the rapidity with which it is growing, even in cities that are supposedly economic success stories.
Secondly, it shows the crushing growth of poverty and economic distress in these cities.
Thirdly, it implies that these conditions are not the result of a passing economic slowdown, but are rather embedded in the economic system and have become permanent facts of life.
The study compared the incomes of households at the 95th percentile of income earners and at the 20th percentile. These correspond roughly to the wealthiest sections of the upper-middle class and those living in poverty, but not utter destitution. In the country as a whole, the privileged group had an average income nine times greater than the poor one. That ratio was much higher in major cities: 18.8 times greater in Atlanta, 16.6 times in San Francisco, 15.7 in Miami, 15.3 in Boston and 13.3 in Washington DC.
The report documents the massive decline in working class incomes that took place between 2007 and 2012. For example, in Indianapolis—hit by a wave of industrial plant closures—the income of a typical household in the 20th percentile fell by $5,800, or more than a quarter, to $16,883. In Jacksonville, Florida the income of a household in this bracket fell by $7,800, or 30 percent, to $17,411.
“A city where the rich are very rich, and the poor very poor, is likely to face many difficulties,” the report states. “It may struggle to maintain mixed-income school environments that produce better outcomes for low-income kids. It may have too narrow a tax base from which to sustainably raise the revenues necessary for essential city services. And it may fail to produce housing and neighborhoods accessible to middle-class workers and families…”
This describes the great majority of American cities and amounts to an admission that the present social order holds no prospect for decent housing, health care or education for the great majority of city dwellers.
The report shows that cities that had the highest rates of economic growth—including San Francisco, Boston, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles—also had the biggest increases in income inequality. This explodes the pro-corporate propaganda from the media and Democrats and Republicans alike that the answer to inequality and poverty is to stimulate economic growth by creating a more “business-friendly” economic and political environment.
“There’s something of a relationship between economic success and inequality,” Alan Berube, the study’s author, told the Associated Press.
San Francisco, which has had an influx of high-income earners as a result of the technology boom in the Bay Area, is a case in point. According to a separate survey by the Brookings Institution, San Francisco is one of the best-performing city economies in the US, having recently added more jobs and increased its economic output faster than the national average.
Yet in San Francisco, the income of a typical household in the 20th percentile fell by $4,309, or 17 percent, between 2007 and 2012, dropping to $21,313, while the income of a typical household in the 95th percentile increased by $27,815 to $353,576. These figures refute the official narrative, parroted by the entire political establishment, that inequality can be solved by expanding business activity through various incentives. “Job creation” has been the nominal purpose of massive tax breaks and handouts to corporations, which in many cases pay either no taxes or negative taxes.

In the name of “growth” and “job creation,” vast resources are being taken from social programs and services that benefit working and poor people as well as the wages and pensions of public workers to provide tax abatements and other windfalls for corporations. There is really no mystery as to why such economic “growth” goes hand in hand with increasing economic inequality.
In the state of New York, whose major metropolis is the sixth most unequal city in the country, Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, is running a national advertising campaign offering tax-exempt status for ten years to any business that starts up in the state.
Increasingly, the enrichment of the ruling class takes the form of outright theft, as revealed by the Detroit Workers Inquiry, held February 15, which exposed the criminal conspiracy to drive Detroit into bankruptcy in order to gut workers’ pensions and seize the city’s assets, including the artwork at the Detroit Institute of Arts.
The Brookings Institution survey tells only part of the story, as its figures do not include the impact of the massive run-up on the stock market last year, during which the technology-heavy NASDAQ registered an increase of 38.3 percent. As a result of this stock boom, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook saw his net worth more than double, to $23 billion, while his fellow billionaire Larry Ellison, the CEO of Oracle, saw his wealth increase by $7 billion, to $43 billion. Last year, Ellison’s compensation totaled $78.4 million.
Both Zuckerberg and Ellison live in the San Francisco Bay area, less than an hour’s drive from Oakland, California, where a typical household in the 20th income percentile makes $17,646 per year. Some cities registered enormous levels of income inequality largely because their poor are so destitute. In Miami, for example, a typical member of the 20th income percentile earned only $10,438 per year, down from $12,278 in 2007.
These figures describe a society in which immense wealth is concentrated in the hands of a tiny elite, while poverty, deprivation and degradation are growing for the vast majority of the people, with no prospect of a change in course.
Every domestic policy undertaken by the Obama administration, from the bank bailout to the promotion of low wages in the 2009 auto restructuring, to tax cuts for American manufacturers and support for the bankruptcy of Detroit to destroy municipal workers’ pensions and health benefits, has been justified in the name of economic growth and creating jobs.
There is no constituency in the US political establishment for any redistribution of wealth from the top to the bottom; rather, both parties are committed to the further redistribution of wealth from the great majority of the population to the super-rich.
All talk of reforming this political and economic system is the product of either misinformed naiveté or deliberate deception. The fact is that capitalism is incompatible with the satisfaction of the most basic social needs of modern society.
Nothing can be done to address the staggering growth of poverty, inequality and social misery within the framework of the profit system. What is required is a mass movement of the working class armed with a program to reorganize society to meet social needs, not fuel corporate profits.

http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-social-chasm-in-americas-cities-sharp-growth-of-social-inequality-in-major-metropolitan-areas/5370125

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Drug War ?

http://www.infowars.com/drug-war-hypocrisy-drug-traffickings-big-money-benefits-big-brother-and-corrupt-banksters/

PF Louis
Natural News
February 1, 2012
(NaturalNews) The hypocrisy of the war on drugs is outrageous when compared to the amount of drug trafficking that benefits the CIA and international banking system. The son of a convicted notorious mobster, John Gotti Jr, when asked in court if the family still dealt drugs cracked, “No, we can’t compete with the government.”
Today in Afghanistan, American troops have been seen guarding poppy fields used to make heroin. Those fields were all but wiped out by 2001 when the Taliban destroyed them and forbade that agricultural pursuit. Now they’re flourishing again after the American occupation.
This doesn’t make sense despite all the mainstream reports that American troops are protecting the poppy farmers from the bad guys. Internet sites such as Prison Planet, Info Wars, The Political Coffeehouse and others report otherwise. They connect the CIA and US military to restarting the poppy fields in Afghanistan in 2002, increasing poppy growth by over 650 percent. Who’s telling it like it is?

One way the CIA keeps their drug trafficking hidden from public view


The CIA’s secret operations to influence journalism started in the 1950s by infiltrating the media and bribing journalists to be operatives and assets for the CIA. By 1976, then CIA director William Colby reportedly bragged that the CIA owned the press. Supposedly, this too secret to name operation was coined “Operation Mockingbird” by Deborah Davis in her book Katherine the Great.
Operation Mockingbird worked well against prize winning journalist Gary Webb when his newspaper, the San Jose Mercury News, ran his in depth series on CIA drug trafficking that flooded the USA to help finance the CIA backed Nicaraguan Contras during the 1980s.
Journalists all over the USA jumped on the series, claiming Webb’s journalism was shoddy. The newspaper had to recant and fire him, and Gary Webb was black listed from mainstream journalism completely.
Webb retaliated by having his book Dark Alliance published and making the NY Times best seller list, forcing some of his critics to privately eat crow after the fact.
Despite the CIA’s control of the press, a few Mexico and Central America cocaine busts of plane cargoes and discoveries of large cocaine stashes on crashed planes with CIA hired pilots flying them for front companies did hit the mainstream news, albeit briefly.
Remember the movie “Air America?” It was based on an actual CIA owned front company transporting tons of heroin from Southeast Asia’s “Golden Triangle” poppy fields during and after the Vietnam conflicts. Now Afghanistan and the “Golden Crescent” are the featured opium/heroin conduit sources.

Government and big business using drug traffic profits is nothing new


When the U.S. government made deals with the Cosa Nostra mafia to help police ports and harbors during WW II, they breathed life into the heroin trade. Eventually, Marseilles, France was set up by the Corsican mafia to become the “French Connection” for heroin traffic.
But opium trade history goes back further, to colonial times and early America. That’s when American shipping magnates used their fast Clipper Ships to compete with England’s monarch sanctioned dope running East India Company for transporting opium to China.
A few key players created family fortunes from the China opium trade that exist today within some northeast America’s “old money” families.
Among the familiar family names, according to Wikipedia (source below) is Forbes. Another source mentions Astor, a prominently wealthy philanthropic family around New York today (Wiki source below). In those days, trafficking dope was a legitimate business endeavor, immoral but not illegal.
Now it is illegal as well. Ironically, this allows the biggest illicit drug providers to financially benefit the CIA and international banking.
Sources for this article include:
http://whatreallyhappened.com/RANCHO/POLITICS/MOCK/mockingbird.php
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forbes_family
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Jacob_Astor
http://thepoliticalcoffeehouse.com/2011/12/01/us-military-opium-afghanistan/
http://www.minormusings.com/Drugs/Mask.html