Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Thousands of Millionaires Collect Unemployment


By Lyneka Little

A new report shows that some 2,400 millionaires received unemployment insurance benefits during the economic downturn, a number that has caught the attention of politicians who funded extensions of benefits for up to 99 weeks as the economy crumbled.

In 2009, 2,362 millionaires received unemployment benefits, down from 2,840 the year prior, according to a study from the Congressional Research Service, a non-partisan arm of U.S. Congress that provides policy and legal analysis. Of the 2,362 more than 1,000 receiving unemployment benefits had a household adjusted gross income of $1.5 million in 2009.

The report titled "Receipt of Unemployment Insurance by Higher-Income Unemployed Workers" found that 0.02 percent of tax filers that received unemployment benefits in 2009 were millionaires. A total of $20.8 million in unemployment benefits went to this group.

"It sounds scandalous when you hear that millionaires are going to collect unemployment insurance," Bill Frenzel, guest scholar at the Brookings Institute and former Republican member of Congress, told ABC News. "On the other hand, millionaires get unemployed too and have made payments into the unemployment insurance."

In 2010, 4.6 million people were kept out of poverty due to unemployment benefits, according to the Center on the Budget and Policy Priorities.

Frenzel says if they made a million dollars in income the year prior, "they could probably stand being barred from unemployment this year."

And, apparently one member of Congress agrees.

"Sending millionaires unemployment checks is a case study in out-of-control spending. Providing welfare to the wealthy undermines the program for those who need it most while burdening future generations with senseless debt," Republican Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. of Oklahoma said in a statement to ABC News. Based on the report from the Senator's office, millionaires received $74 million in unemployment insurance from 2005 to 2009.

According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the average individual collects about $300 per week from unemployment compensation.

Early last year, Sen. Coburn introduced " Ending Unemployment to Jobless Millionaires Act of 2011," which is currently languishing in the House of Representatives, a bill which sought to halt payment of federal funds for unemployment compensation to individuals whose "resources in the preceding year" was $1 million or more.

But millionaires aren't the only individuals to benefit from unemployment benefits. A few other high-income brackets receive compensation from the government. More than 8,000 tax filers making $500,000 to $1,000,000 received unemployment benefit income in 2009 and more than 900,000 tax filers that made $100,000 to $500,000 received unemployment benefit income.

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2 Million Workers Go on Strike in Indonesia

Impossible during Suharto era; Indonesia's democracy coming full circle

The 5th Estate
By Robert S. Finnegan

Jakarta -

Approximately 2 million workers went on strike today in cities across the 17,000 island archipelago of Indonesia to demand revisions to a law that allows companies to hire temporary workers on one-year contracts that come without benefits of any kind.  The strikers say that they cannot provide adequately for their families as it is and the uncertainty of the contracts exacerbates their already marginal living conditions, putting even more additional stress on workers.

Yoris Raweyai, chairman of the Confederation of Indonesian Workers' Union, said workers want the government to revise the law to allow for more protection from unfair labor practices and provide for benefits.  They also demanded an end to any outsourcing of jobs to other countries and an end to outsourcing companies.

A spokesman for the National Police, Colonel Agus Rianto said  that hundreds of thousands of laborers from more than 700 companies at 80 industrial estates flooded into the streets in a largely peaceful protest on Wednesday although there were some confrontations in North Jakarta when workers attempted to block access to the port.

The Constitutional Court of Indonesia had ruled in January that this particular hiring practice violates worker's rights and is therefore unconstitutional.

In the Indonesian capital of Jakarta some 23,000 workers planned a march while approximately 15,000 police were deployed to monitor the protest

Robert S. Finnegan is a retired investigative journalist and journalism professor.  He resides in Jakarta and Garut with his spouse, photographer Imas Kurniawati.

U.S. Officials Sought More Security Before Libyan Consulate Attack : Lawmakers

Obama, Clinton, Panetta. Rice and Betrayus can now be charged with pre-meditated murder and prosecuted

Reuters via Globe and Mail
By Susan Cornwell and Tabassum Zakaria

U.S. officials in Washington denied repeated requests from Americans in Libya for more security at the U.S. mission in Benghazi before last month’s attack that killed four Americans there, two Republican lawmakers said on Tuesday.

Ambassador Stevens and his staff were murdered by Obama, Clinton
U.S. Representatives Darrell Issa and Jason Chaffetz wrote a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton demanding details of the requests for more security – which they said were made amid numerous attacks on Westerners in Libya in recent months.

They said the House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee would hold an Oct. 10 hearing on the security situation leading up to the Benghazi attack on Sept. 11.

Mr. Issa heads the oversight committee and Mr. Chaffetz oversees its subcommittee on national security, homeland defense, and foreign operations.

“Multiple U.S. federal government officials have confirmed to the committee that, prior to the September 11 attack, the U.S. mission in Libya made repeated requests for increased security in Benghazi,” Mr. Issa and Mr. Chaffetz wrote.

“The mission in Libya, however, was denied these resources by officials in Washington,” the Republican lawmakers said. Their letter did not include any details of the reported requests.

Obama, Clinton cannot escape the facts, the TRUTH

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Ms. Clinton would respond later on Tuesday to the lawmakers’ letter and tell them that she is willing to co-operate closely with Congress in investigating the attack in Benghazi.

“We share the same goal. We want to get to the bottom of precisely what happened and learn any lessons that we need to learn from it. We are taking this very, very seriously,” Ms. Nuland said at a regular daily news briefing.

Obama can't bullshit his way out of this one
But Ms. Nuland declined to provide any information about assertions in the letter that U.S. diplomats had sought additional security for their Benghazi mission. She also said she did not think Ms. Clinton would be able to answer those questions in her initial response.

Separately, four U.S. officials have told Reuters they were aware that in the months before the Benghazi attack, some U.S. personnel in Libya had sent complaints to the State Department expressing concern about security at U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, particularly the compound where Ambassador Christopher Stevens was killed.

Two of those officials said their understanding was that the department did not act on the complaints before the deadly attack in Benghazi.

Debate over whether the Obama administration was caught unprepared by an assault by militant groups has become U.S. election-year fodder.

Republicans have criticized initial statements by administration officials, including U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, who suggested the attacks were precipitated by anger over an anti-Muslim online video.

Had Marines been present Stevens and staff would be alive today
Last Friday the top U.S. intelligence authority declared it believed this was a “deliberate and organized terrorist attack.”

Mr. Stevens died of smoke inhalation when he was trapped alone inside the burning building in Benghazi, Libya’s second city and the seat of last year’s Feb. 17 revolution against Moammar Gadhafi.

Another diplomat, Sean Smith, also died at the compound. Two U.S. security personnel were killed later when another U.S. diplomatic compound to which some personnel retreated came under mortar attack.

Mr. Issa and Mr. Chaffetz said the violence was the “latest in a long line of attacks on Western diplomats and officials in Libya in the months leading up to” the assault.

Unarmed Libyan guards employed at the U.S. Benghazi mission were warned by their family members to quit their jobs in the weeks before the assault, “because there were rumors in the community of an impending attack,” they said.

Back in April, two Libyans who had been fired from a contractor providing unarmed security for the Benghazi mission threw a small homemade bomb over the mission’s fence, the letter said. No one was hurt and the suspects were arrested but not prosecuted.

Ambassador Stevens had also faced threats in Tripoli, the letter said. It said he often took an early-morning run around the Libyan capital with his security detail, but that in June, “a posting on a pro-Gadhafi Facebook page trumpeted these runs and directed a threat against Ambassador Stevens along with a stock photo of him.”

Mr. Stevens stopped the runs for about a week, but then resumed them, the letter added.

It also mentioned some well-known attacks, including a June assault on a convoy in Benghazi carrying Britain’s ambassador to Libya. He was not hurt, but two of his bodyguards were.

The same month someone left an explosive device at the U.S. mission that damaged the gate in front of the building.

“Please detail any requests made by embassy Tripoli to the State Department headquarters for additional security, whether in general or in light of specific attacks,” as well as the department’s response, the lawmakers wrote to Ms. Clinton.

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Russia Bans Anti-Islam Video

Interesting how nobody is going after Zionist film originators - or even mentioning them

World Bulletin
A Russian court paved the way for a potential closure of the video-sharing website YouTube by banning an anti-Islam video on Monday that sparked violent protests across the Muslim world.

Moscow's Tverskoy Court ruled that the crude video, which was made in the United States, was "extremist".

Prosecutor Viktoria Maslova told the court that the video "puts the Islamic religion in a bad light and aids the rise of religious intolerance in the Russian Federation", the Itar-Tass news agency reported.

Under legislation that goes into effect on Nov. 1, Internet sites carrying content banned in Russia will be placed on a register, after which Internet providers will have one day to block access.

Google Inc, the owner of YouTube, said it was ready to block access of the film to users in Russia once it received the court's decision, the RIA agency reported. No one at Google was available for comment to Reuters.

Google has blocked the 13-minute video in a number of Muslim countries including Egypt and Libya where U.S. diplomatic premises have been attacked by protesters.

Authorities in Russia, home to 20 million Muslims, have been quick to seize on the Muslim reaction to the online video to point to the dangers of hurting religious sensitivities.

A court in the North Caucasus region of Chechnya decided last week to ban the video as extremist, local media reported.

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The Four Faces of Obama

A former 5th Estate source in Bush's State Department related a story on how Obama on his first visit to the Bush White House was taken to the theatre there and shown the uncut, digitally remastered Zapruder film of the Kennedy assassination and told that if he pursued his program of "change" he would wind up just like Kennedy

Progressive Avenues
By Luke and Marti Hiken

In 1957, Joanne Woodward won the Best Actress Oscar for her captivating portrayal of Eve White, a woman suffering from what was then described as Multiple Personality Disorder.

Why is Bush smirking?  Did he just show Obama Zapruder film?
The movie, entitled The Three Faces of Eve, captured the contradiction of sick individuals who suffered from that type of schizophrenia.

The Eve of the movie actually possessed many fragmented personalities. It should be obvious at this point that the President of the United States, Barack Obama, suffers from the same disorder. 

Personality Number 1 – Obama the Peacemaker: 

Obama himself endorses the self-image of one who is a compromiser, negotiator and peacemaker. He supposedly brings together politicians of differing persuasions, and convinces them to reach agreement on the various problems facing the nation. According to this persona, the President is able to put aside his own supposedly liberal views, and produce legislation and foreign policies that are far to the right of his own personal wishes. Thus, he keeps Guantanamo open, despite his campaign promise to shut the torture chamber down. He pays off Wall Street thieves, bankers and crooks who steal from the American people, and punishes none of them. He deports more immigrants than the racist George Bush, and he imprisons more black people than any other President before him.

Obama, the compromiser, has kept only one promise since he first took office: he raised a billion dollars to assure his own reelection. Other than that, he has been so quick to compromise with right wing forces that his own party spends much of its time rationalizing why they have abandoned the party’s base in order to placate the Tea Party.

Personality Number 2 – Obama the Sycophant: 

In this posture, Obama is the craven coward, and weak-kneed sell-out who would do anything that those in power told him to do. This unprincipled, shadow of a man, wouldn’t have the courage to say no to any war, international slaughter, or assault that any officer in uniform demanded of him. He would drop unmanned drones on women and children and pretend not to have had any input whatsoever into whether or not to use these weapons of a war criminal. He would wage war on any defenseless nation the Pentagon ordered him to attack.

Obama caved to Bush fascists on day one
This shallow coward would never question the conduct of the Wall Street gangsters who have impoverished the American people, as well as those of other countries. And most importantly, he would turn the other way while American prisons grew beyond their capacity, locking up the greatest number of African Americans in history.

As the frightened, spineless agent of military industrial giants this variation of Obama can hide beyond the pretense that he is not responsible for the dastardly, destructive policies of the government, but rather, he is merely a lackey and errand boy for the rich and powerful. Poor, weak Obama.

Personality Number 3 – Obama the Fascist: 

This persona is the laughing, cocky, athletic, neo-conservative president who has brought you the mass murder of tens of thousands of Muslims, has enthroned Wall Street and the Pentagon to the point of Empire building, and who is proud of his exploits and status. He is unapologetic for his assaults on the American people, and those throughout the world. He passes the NDAA gleefully, letting Americans know that if they cross this macho president, he can have them arrested and imprisoned without trial, and held incommunicado indefinitely. He will not only keep Guantanamo open, without justification or explanation, but will use torture chambers in other U.S. bases throughout the world for those not deemed friendly enough to U.S. imperialism. He will protect the privileges and power of the wealthy, even if it means locking up the remaining 99% of the population. Government surveillance and intervention into the private lives of our citizens is the hallmark of Obama’s actions.

This Obama, is a knowing, conscious fascist, and his only chance of reelection lies in the utter incompetence and stupidity of his Republican opposition. By being the lesser of two evils, he can murder Muslims at will, seize the homes and wealth of the American people and distribute it to the rich, and he can build a police state in which no citizens are free to demonstrate publicly against any decisions made by the government.

Personality Number 4 – the Egotistical Opportunist: 

This Obama is neither a coward, a compromiser, nor even a person of serious political persuasion, right or left. He is merely one of the most self-serving, opportunistic egomaniacs who has ever been elected to office. He is so unprincipled that he doesn’t even consider the repercussions of his foreign or domestic decisions on anybody but himself. So long as he remains on top, he can kill whatever “foreigners” he wants to, he can imprison every black person in the country (if it will get him more votes), he can deport as many Mexicans as the racist public calls for, and he can bend to every rich person and corporation in the country, regardless of the harm they cause, so long as they support him financially.

This Obama would say and do anything, without regard to any sort of morality, so long as it would assure his own advancement. He will leave a legacy as one of the most unprincipled leaders in the country’s history.

Considerations of truth, justice, and fairness are so meaningless to this man that they don’t even enter into the equation of what decisions he will make. Just as capitalism thrives on greed and getting ahead at the expense of others, the unprincipled opportunist makes decisions based on what is in his own self-interest, regardless of how those decisions affect others.

The astute reader would immediately recognize that it doesn’t matter one bit which of these multiple personalities accurately reflects the real character of our President. In reality, the results are the same insofar as his domestic and foreign policies are concerned. While he is certainly preferable to the opportunistic, privileged dog running against him in the election, there remains a serious question as to just how evil and corrupt the lesser of two evils must be before intelligent voters simply opt out of the election altogether. I expect that there might have been distinctions between Hitler, Himmler, Goebels and Eichmann that might have rendered one of those individuals less contemptible than the others, but casting a vote for any of them would seem to defy rationality.

Obama kisses ass on filthy rich, corporations
Obama’s catering to the rich, his subservience to the Pentagon, his complete disdain for the civil liberties and needs of the citizens of this nation make him one of the most despicable Presidents this nation has endured. And given the likes of the Bush family, Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon and their ilk, that is a tragic commentary about the quality of characters we elect to office in this country.

Marti Hiken is the director of Progressive Avenues. She is the former Associate Director of the Institute for Public Accuracy and former chair of the National Lawyers Guild Military Law Task Force. She can be contacted at, 415-702-9682.

Luke Hiken is an attorney who has engaged in the practice of criminal, military, immigration, and appellate law.

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The real truth on 9/11 slowly continues to bleed out

Technical experts are mounting major challenges to official U.S. government accounts of how three World Trade Center skyscrapers collapsed in near-freefall after the 9/11 attacks 15 years ago.

Many researchers are focusing especially on the little-known collapse of



The Geopolitics Of The United States, Part 1: The Inevitable Empire

The Empire and the inevitable fall of the Obama criminal regime

STRATFOR Editor’s Note: This installment on the United States, presented in two parts, is the 16th in a series of STRATFOR monographs on the geopolitics of countries influential in world affairs.

Like nearly all of the peoples of North and South America, most Americans are not originally from the territory that became the United States.



Geopolitics Of The United States Part 2: American Identity And The Threats of Tomorrow

A look back at 2011 predictions for the future in order to put events of today into perspective

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We have already discussed in the first part of this analysis how the American geography dooms whoever controls the territory to being a global power, but there are a number of other outcomes that shape what that power will be like. The first and most critical is the impact of that geography on the American mindset.



By Robert S. Finnegan

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By Robert S. Finnegan

On October 12, 2002 the Indonesian island of Bali experienced a terrorist attack that rocked the world. It was unquestionably well-coordinated and executed, the largest in the country's history.