* TACTICAL BRIEFING #26
Hey you wild cats, dreamers, redeemers, horizontals,
The stage is set for a climactic showdown in Chicago.
The crisis of capitalism is deepening. Youth unemployment has reached 50% in Spain and Greece… 30% in Portugal and Italy… 22% in the UK… almost 20% in the US. Hundreds of millions of people around the world are waking up to the fact that their future does not compute… that their lives will be a never ending series of ecological, financial, political and personal crises… and that if we don’t rise up and start fighting for a different kind of future, we won’t have a future.
That struggle ignites again May 1.
#OCCUPYCHICAGO will be the focal point of this global spiritual insurrection… 50,000 of us will converge on the windy city and confront the G8 and NATO leaders with an ultimatum. We will set up impromptu encampments throughout the city and wage a full-spectrum memewar backed up by new tactics of anarchic swarming. Our militant in-your-face nonviolence will inspire thousands of towns, cities and campuses around the world to rise up in solidarity just like they did last October.
This is a worldwide, multi-front mutiny against the way our economic and military leaders are running the world. […]
* PURCHASING PRISONERS, CREATING CRIMINALS AND HOW OCCUPY COULD BE NEXT
By Arvind Dilawar, The Occupied Wall Street Journal
Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), owner of the largest private prison system in the United States, recently sent a letter to 48 states offering up to $250 million to manage government-owned detention centers. The letter lists the criteria of eligible purchases, which include an assurance that state corrections agencies “have sufficient inmate population to maintain a minimum 90 percent occupancy over the term of the contract.”
This guarantee isn’t difficult to rationalize when considering it from CCA’s point of view. They are paid by the government for each prisoner they house, so they want to house as many prisoners as possible in order to maximize their revenue.
But what if there aren’t enough prisoners to fill CCA’s quota? Private prisons have faced this dilemma before, and they’ve responded by buying prisoners through legislation, government infiltration and old-fashioned bribery. And in the not too distant future, these conditions may mean that the mass arrests of Occupy protesters could become a windfall for investors. […]
* HOW TO BRAINWASH A NATION
Yuri Bezmenov is a former KGB agent and an expert on ideological subversion. He discusses the slow process of demoralization that transformed America from a conservative and mostly homogeneous country into a socially-marxist and egalitarian one.
Interview conducted by Edward Griffin in 1984.
* DELEGITIMIZING GOVERNMENTAL POWER
By Joel F. Wade, The Daily Bell
Al Gore excoriates us on how we need to restrict our wasteful lifestyles and limit our “carbon footprint” while flying around the world in private jets, using orders of magnitude more energy than any of us little people.
Barrack Obama attacks the “fat cats” and nags us for not being generous enough – requiring the government to spread the wealth around – while making millions of dollars, giving little to charity, and traveling on exorbitant vacations.
Leftist politicians claim that they support the “99 percent” crowd of the Occupy Wall Street protests, though they personally tend to be among the wealthiest and the most involved in the kind of fascist crony capitalism that is most oppressive to regular citizens.
These are all examples of world-class hypocrites. They say one thing and do another. They go around telling everybody else how to live while they themselves indulge their own appetites. […]
* THE ABUSE OF POLITICAL POWER IS AS DANGEROUS AS NUCLEAR POWER ITSELF
The newly evicted protesters against proposed nuclear power stations at Hinkley Point reject both the technology and the flaunting of democracy
By John Vidal, Guardian UK
It’s been a busy week for the bailiffs. Even as one group was carting people off from the steps of St Paul’s in London on Monday night to remove Occupy protesters, so another was storming a Somerset farmhouse early on Wednesday to snuff out a small protest against the proposed two new Hinkley C nuclear power stations.
End of story? Not at all. Occupy will be back and anger in Someset is growing at the way that the nuclear steamroller is gearing up to build its stations. EDF, who went to the high court in London rather than Bristol, tried to get a blanket injunction on anyone going near the site but was thwarted by the court which could see no justification in granting anything so wideranging.
The Somerset protests are against nuclear power itself but also at the way the company appears to be flaunting democracy and the new planning laws even before it starts building. EDF has permission to spend £100m preparing the site for the two power stations on the basis that they will return many millions tonnes of earth and restore the land to exactly how it was, should a public inspector decline to give them planning permsssion in 2013. […]
* THE GREEK EXPERIMENT
Source: The Real News
* IF BRITAIN WERE GREECE
* FINAL SPASM: GRECO-TEUTONIC TAX WRESTLING
By Testosterone Pit
In Germany, the top personal income tax rate of 45% kicks in at €250,000 ($330,000). The next step down, 42%, kicks in at only €54,000 ($71,000). It’s squarely aimed at the middle class. People who belong to a religious organization pay an additional 8% or 9% in “church tax,” which the Ministry of Finance redistributes. Other taxes are piled on top. And when the hapless German taxpayer spends money, the value added tax of 19% comes due. Not surprisingly, tax fraud is a national sport. Yet, the German budget is nearly balanced.
In Greece, three-quarters of the independent professionals, such as doctors, lawyers, and engineers, declare taxable income below the existential minimum, according to a leaked paper by the EU Commission. Tax fraud amounts to about €20 billion per year (8.5% of GDP), and unpaid taxes amount to €63 billion (27% of GDP). Only a series of bailouts keep the country afloat: first €110 billion, now €130 billion, plus the debt swap of €107 billion. In total €347 billion—150% of GDP! And Germany is by far the largest contributor. For this mindboggling debacle, read…. Greece, “The Bottomless Barrel,” As Germans Say.
Both countries are also linked by some troubling polls. In Greece, 79% of the respondents said that Germany had a negative impact on Europe, 76% said that Germany was “rather hostile” toward Greece, and a third associated Germany with Hitler, Nazism, or the Third Reich. A poll taken in Germany at the same time showed that 62% of Germans opposed the second bailout package, up from 53% in September. Two-thirds thought insolvency would be unavoidable. […]
* SPAIN CUTS LEAVE VALENCIA’S SCHOOLS IN DIRE STRAITS
By Tom Burridge, BBC
In the Spanish region of Valencia, schools are short of money, because they’re owed in some cases tens of thousands of euros by the regional government.
Over the past week there have been several protests and now the students are demonstrating again.
Valencia’s government has a debt of more than 20bn euros ($27bn; £17bn). In relation to the size of its economy, that’s the worst of all of Spain’s autonomous communities.
Last night Standard and Poors became the second credit rating agency in recent weeks to downgrade the regional government’s credit rating to “junk status”.
PHOTOS: Barcelona 29-2 @ http://athens.indymedia.org/front.php3?lang=el&article_id=1382336
* THE UNITED NATIONS WANTS TO CRASH THE WORLD ECONOMY IN ORDER TO SAVE THE ENVIRONMENT
Source: The Economic Collapse
[…] For example, you can watch banker Evelyn de Rothschild discuss the “need” for an “international currency” on Bloomberg Television in the following video….
The new UN report reflects this globalist agenda. The report states that “the peoples of the world” are not going to put up with all of this “inequality” any longer and that they will be demanding that their national governments adopt a “sustainable development” agenda….
“The peoples of the world will simply not tolerate continued environmental devastation or the persistent inequality which offends deeply held universal principles of social justice. Citizens will no longer accept governments and corporations breaching their compact with them as custodians of a sustainable future for all. More generally, international, national and local governance across the world must fully embrace the requirements of a sustainable development future, as must civil society and the private sector.”
If you want to get a really good idea of what a “sustainable development” society would look like, just check out the video posted below….
If you do not want to end up living in a “Planned-opolis” where virtually everything you do is watched, tracked and controlled by bureaucratic control freaks, then you better say something now.
If the United Nations actually succeeded in implementing this agenda worldwide, it would crash the global economy and it would be the end of national sovereignty. […]
* THE VERY FIRST “POST-INDUSTRIAL” NATION
By Thomas Heffner, Economy In Crisis
Is America Falling into Post-Industrialism? As evidenced in history, all great economic empires eventually squander the great wealth that their forefathers have left them, but the pace at which America is accomplishing this is absolutely amazing.
It was America that was at the forefront of the industrial revolution. It was America that showed the world how to mass produce everything from automobiles to televisions to airplanes. It was the great American manufacturing base that crushed Germany and Japan in World War II. But now we are witnessing the deindustrialization of America. Tens of thousands of factories have left the United States in the past decade alone. Millions upon millions of manufacturing jobs have been lost in the same time period.
The United States has become a nation that consumes everything in sight and yet produces increasingly little. Do you know what our biggest export is today? Waste paper. Yes, trash is the number one thing that we ship out to the rest of the world as we voraciously blow our money on whatever the rest of the world wants to sell to us. The United States has become bloated and spoiled and our economy is now just a shadow of what it once was. Once upon a time America could literally outproduce the rest of the world combined. Today that is no longer true, but Americans sure do consume more than anyone else in the world. If the deindustrialization of America continues at this current pace, what possible kind of a future are we going to be leaving to our children? […]
* EU PARLIAMENT URGED TO REJECT AGREEMENT WITH THE U.S. TO HAND OVER PASSENGER DATA
There’s been an ongoing discussion between the US and Europe (and other countries as well) about the US’s demands that anyone flying to the US should have all sorts of data passed along to the US first. And while an agreement has been made, apparently the rapporteur in charge of examining this issue of sending passenger data to the US, Sophie in’t Veld, is now urging the EU to reject the agreement. […]
* MUCH WATCH VIDEO ON UNSAFE AMERICAN NUCLEAR PLANTS
Source: Washington’s Blog
The Center for Investigative Reporting (via Al Jazeera) just released a brilliant, must-watch video showing what’s going on: […]
* KNOWN UNKNOWNS IN THE BP OIL DISASTER
By Brentin Mock, Truthout
A lot of worry is swirling around about what would happen if BP settles. With 303 witnesses lined up to testify for the government’s civil trial, millions of pages of documents and thousands of individuals and businesses looking to sue BP for the oil disaster that ruined them (as Sue Sturgis at Facing South illustrates), there is an expectation that truth and justice will emerge from this colossal lawsuit.
But if there’s no trial, what truth will the Gulf Coast public be kept from, and what will be compromised in terms of justice? Many across the Gulf are looking for the whole truth behind a myriad of health ailments afflicting those who were exposed to oil and dispersants, while environmentalists have their eye on information that might explain dead dolphins and fish with lesions. Families everywhere want to find out if their seafood is safe while families of those injured and killed aboard the Deepwater Horizon rig want to know who made the poor decisions that led to the tragedies.
What is it that we don’t know about the BP oil disaster that we hope will come out in the course of the trial? Talking with lawyers close to the case we find that much of what’s known is already in the public. Between the National BP Oil Spill Commission, the investigation waged by the U.S. Coast Guard and the report from Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, there is plenty of material out there about who from BP and their contractors decided what, both before and during the Deepwater Horizon explosion that led to the largest offshore oil disaster in the nation’s history.
Tulane law professor Ed Sherman says that most if not all information gathered for the purposes of the trial remains the property of the plaintiffs and the defendant — in this case the federal government and BP — and “if it is never used at trial it will never become public unless they chose to reveal it.” […]
* AMERICAN AIRLINES PARENT AMR, IN BANKRUPTCY PROTECTION, LOST $234 MILLION IN JANUARY
[…] AMR and American filed for bankruptcy protection on Nov. 29. The company wants to cut 13,000 jobs, turn its pension obligations over to the federal government and reduce pay, benefits and working terms for remaining workers.
AMR ended January with $4.9 billion in cash and short-term investments, including restricted cash that is mostly collateral held for estimated worker-compensation and tax obligations.
Its stockpile of unrestricted cash has remained around $4 billion since it filed for bankruptcy protection. […]