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* THE RAHMNEY PLAN FOR SCHOOLS
Mitt’s approach to education sounds a lot like Mayor Emanuel’s
By Ben Joravsky, The READER
In my role as the education guy at the Reader, I’ve dutifully read Mitt Romney’s position paper on public education—a feat I doubt even Romney has accomplished.
You can read it yourself, if you’re up for the challenge. It’s called “A Chance for Every Child” and it’s only 30-some pages long, even with all the footnotes intended to make it seem like a scholarly dissertation as opposed to a salvo in a presidential campaign.
Here’s the big takeaway for Chicagoans: in many respects, it reads like it could have been written by our very own union-busting, charter-school-loving Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Yes, that’s right—Republican Romney and Democrat Rahm are like two peas in a pod when it comes to public education. It’s a little ironic given that Romney blames President Obama—Emanuel’s former boss at the White House—for everything that’s wrong with education today. […]
* CHRIS HEDGES: DEMS OWE CHICAGO PUBLIC TEACHERS SUPPORT FOR “MOST IMPORTANT LABOR ACTION IN DECADES.”
By Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!
As the Chicago public school teachers’ strike enters its second day, we’re joined by the journalist and author Chris Hedges. “The teachers’ strike in Chicago is arguably one of the most important labor actions in probably decades,” Hedges says. “If it does not prevail, you can be certain that the template for the attack on the union will be carried out across the country against other teachers’ unions and against the last redoubt of union activity, which is in the public sector, of course — firemen and police.” Hedges continues, “It’s always the ruling class that determines the parameters of rebellion and resistance. And the Chicago strike illustrates the bankruptcy of both traditional labor and the Democratic Party. And that’s why the Occupy movement was so important.” Hedges is the author, with illustrator Joe Sacco, of the new book, “Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt.” […]
VIDEO / TRANSCRIPTS @ http://www.democracynow.org/2012/9/11/chris_hedges_dems_owe_chicago_public
* NYPD OPENS BRANCH IN ISRAEL
By Avi Ashkenazi, Al-Monitor
The New York Police Department opened its Israeli branch in the Sharon District Police headquarters in Kfar Saba. Charlie Ben-Naim, a former Israeli and veteran NYPD detective, was sent on this mission.
You don’t have to fly to New York to meet members of the police department considered to be the best in the world — all you have to do is make the short trip to the Kfar Saba police station in the Sharon, where the NYPD opened a local branch.
Behind the opening of the branch in the Holy Land is the NYPD decision that the Israeli police is one of the major police forces with which it must maintain close work relations and daily contact. […]
* THE PROGRAM: NSA WHISTLE-BLOWER TELLS ALL
By Laura Poitras, Documentary Filmmaker
The filmmaker Laura Poitras profiles William Binney, a 32-year veteran of the National Security Agency who helped design a top-secret program he says is broadly collecting Americans’ personal data.
RELATED ARTICLE @ http://nyti.ms/STdGJz
* RAJOY SAYS SPAIN MAY NOT NEED A BAIL OUT AFTER ALL
By Tyler Durden, zerohedge
Europe’s chicken or egg problem is about to strike with a vengeance. As a reminder, the biggest paradox of the recently conceived “make it up as you go along” bailout of Europe is that “in order to be saved, Spain (and Italy) must first be destroyed“. Sure enough, the markets have long since priced in the “saved” part with the Spanish 10 year sliding to multi-month lows, but in the process everyone forgot about the destruction. Because as has been made quite clear, secondary market bond buying will not be activated without a formal bailout request by a country, in essence admitting its insolvency, and handing over domestic fiscal and sovereign control to the IMF and other international entities. As a further reminder, many, Goldman Sachs especially, had hoped that Spain would request a bailout as soon as Friday. To wit: “With a large (and uncovered) redemption looming at the end of October (and under pressure from other Euro area governments), we expect Spain to move towards seeking support.” Alas, as we expected, this is now not going to happen, and the pricing in of the entire “saved” part will have to be unwound as Spain is forced to accept being “destroyed” first. To wit: “I don’t know if Spain needs to ask for it,” Rajoy told parliament in a debate session, referring to an international rescue for Spain.”
And ironically the further the market prices in salvation, the more unrealistic a bailout request becomes. In the meantime Spain is running out of cash, and what has been a buying euphoria may well becoming a selling revulsion as the market realizes that without the ECB’s explicit bond buying support, there is no reason to buy the bonds of a country with 25% unemployment, a massive budget deficit, an imploding housing market, and insolvent banking system. But who cares about details in a centrally-planned world. […]
* THE TROIKANAUTS: HOW FAMILIARITY BREEDS CONTEMPT
The Troika is still hard at work breeding extremism via barmy wish-lists and unpayable taxes
Source: The Slog
Like some State-sponsored IVF treatment for enabling the birth of hard Left and Right Parties, the Troika continues its triumphant tour through the ClubMed region.
I pointed out last week how the Greek neo-nazi Party Golden Dawn has gone from under 0.3% of the vote to being bigger than Pasok. Yesterday it was the Greek Communist Party’s turn to express their admiration for the neocon hit-squad
Waving the standard banners and anti-austerity slogans, Greek Communist Party (KKE) trade unionists took over the Labour Ministry’s facade in Athens, effectively locking the Troika out from a meeting between Yiannis Vroutsis and the Troika scheduled for 1:00 p.m. […]
* HUNGARY THROWS OUT MONSANTO AND THE IMF
Source: the automatic earth
I don’t know about you, but I would label my personal knowledge of Hungary as wanting, if not painfully incomplete. It’s not an easy country to come to grips with, not least of all of course because Hungarian doesn’t look like any western language we know with the possible exception of Finnish. I did visit just after the Wall came down, and remember huge contrasts, almost paradoxes, between rural poverty and a capital, Budapest, that was much richer than other capitals such as Prague, a leftover of Budapest’s status as meeting place between western and eastern diplomats and businessmen.
The riches were not for all, though, the city center was full of beggars and panhandlers, mostly Roma. To keep up the paradox, Mercedes sold more luxury models in Hungary than just about anywhere else back then, reportedly mostly also to Roma; just not the same.
In the years since, precious little attention has been and is being devoted to the former eastern bloc countries in the Anglo press. We know most of the countries are now members of the European Union, but only a few have been allowed to enter the hallowed grounds of the eurozone.
One thing I did pick up on last year was the news that Hungary’s PM Victor Orbán had thrown chemical, food and seed giant Monsanto out of the country, going as far as to plow under 1000 acres of land. Now, I have little patience for Monsanto, infamous for many products ranging from Agent Orange to Round-Up, nor for its ilk, from DuPont to Sygenta, all former chemical companies that have at some point decided they could sell more chemicals than ever before by applying them on and inside everyone’s daily food. Patenting nature itself seems either unworthy of mankind or its grandest achievement. I don’t care much for either one. So Orbán (who has a two-thirds majority in parliament, by the way) has my tentative support on this one. […]