Tuesday, October 22, 2013

“Romanticizing Poverty” Provides Legitimacy To Social Inequality

An introduction into just how "romantic" poverty is today in Obama's paradise for the working poor, destitute Seniors, Veterans

GLOBAL RESEARCH
By Claire Quiney
10/21/2013

Following in the wake of the most recent, all-too predictable bogus "Congress vs.White House" debacle, the Obama propagandists are capitalizing on the climate of national relief to once again continue their insidious assault on Social Security and Medicare.


Evil now holds sway over America
 The so-called "mainstream media" is trumpeting their cause, having been compromised, bought and paid for by government and corporate interests.  

Obama, along with Congress will not stop until they have completely destroyed Social Security and Medicare, for to leave them intact would mean replacing the looted money, which is now impossible. The destruction of both programs would also allow them the opportunity for a final looting, while at the same time avoiding prosecution and prison. - Ed.

How pop culture and Hollywood portray a working poor life as uncomplicated, void of stress, pure, and moral.

Working poor is not a lifestyle choice:





Romanticizing Poverty

How pop culture portrays a working poor life as uncomplicated, void of stress, pure, and moral.

Working poor is not a lifestyle choice:

Job promotions and performance reviews' [1]

Or Simple routine and morality'

We’re oversimplifying.

Movie Portrayals of Poverty:

1.) Deeply moralistic and contented:

Beasts of the Southern Wild, Slumdog Millionaire,The Son,Good Will Hunting [1]

2.) In need of assistance from a wealthy–often white–character from higher socioeconomic status:

The Help, The Soloist, The Dark Knight Rises

In pop-culture and fashion:

Bohemian: pushes aside capitalist framework and stability for what they are passionate about. [1]

Bourgeois-Bohemian: mimic the daily “simplicity of working poor, without giving up financial stability.

Dick Haynes, President and Founder, Urban Outfitters: [1]

Urban Outfitters is for the “upscale homeless.”

Nothing says homeless like the $144 “Bitching & Junkfood Algardi Velvet Swing Dress” [2]

The “live below the line” campaign challenged participants to live below Canada’s poverty line ($1.75 a day) [1]

FOR 5 DAYS…

With the knowledge they can return to overblown savings accounts.

We think of working poor as a destination. It’s exotic. But that stage wears off.

1.) Poverty shrinks your brain from chronic stress:

Long term stress shrinks the prefrontal cortex[8], insular cortex, and subgenual anterior cingulate [9] regions. [7]

All of which affect reasoning, decision making, emotions, and self-control.

So… you’re deeper in the hole.

2.)It has the highest correlations to substance abuse, broken homes, violence, and health problems

For every 1 child abused in a house making >$30,000: [5]

22 are abused in houses making <$15,000

Those with only a high school education 12% likelier to commit violent crimes. [6]

For every one child who is stunted, or in the hospital, twice as many impoverished children suffer from the same conditions. [10]

3.) Those living in poverty die earlier.

4.) And for many it never ends (it’s cyclical):

71% of children whose parents were born in the lower half of income distribution are upwardly mobile, but by much. [4]

Only 38% of people born into the lower half of income distribution make it to the upper half. [4]

Romanticizing poverty makes people think it doesn’t need to change. Don’t romanticize poverty.

Citations:
  1. https://medium.com/editors-picks/a29bf287ba17
  2. http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=28802635&parentid=W_APP_DRESSES
  3. http://www.socialsecurity.gov/policy/docs/ssb/v67n3/v67n3p1.html
  4. http://www.bestpsychologydegrees.org/parents-matter/
  5. http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/conferences/2A-4/Protecting_Children_Article_on_Poverty_and_Neglect.pdf/
  6. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3015237/table/T2/#TFN3
  7. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/how-risky-is-it-really/201203/chronic-stress-can-shrink-your-brain
  8. http://mybrainnotes.com/amygdala-prefrontal-cortex.jpg
  9. http://dericbownds.net/uploaded_images/Sub_gen.gif
  10. http://www.princeton.edu/futureofchildren/publications/docs/07_02_03.pdf (Table 1)




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Top Senate Democrat Backs Medicare, Social Security Cuts

The predicted "sequester" attack on Social Security; Senate scum now go after Social Security and Medicare, repeating the same old bogus word "entitlements" and attempting to blame their theft of the Treasury on "baby boomers" while stealing the money they  WORKED FOR AND PAID INTO THEIR SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE ACCOUNTS THROUGH MANDATORY PAYROLL DEDUCTIONS DURING THEIR ENTIRE WORKING LIVES

WORLD SOCIALIST WEBSITE
By Patrick Martin
10/21/2013

The number two Democrat in the US Senate called Sunday for urgent action to reduce future federal spending on Social Security and Medicare. “If we don’t focus on health care and dealing with the entitlements,” Senator Dick Durbin warned, “the baby boom generation is going to blow away our future.”
Dickhead Durbin has new SSN scam
Durbin appeared on Fox News Sunday to deliver his right-wing message, blaming the mounting federal deficit on the older generation of working people, not on the impact of the Wall Street financial crash, tax cuts for the wealthy, or the vast cost of American imperialism’s wars.

“Social Security is going to run out of money in 20 years,” Durbin declared. “I want to fix it now, before we reach that cliff. Medicare may run out of money in 10 years, let’s fix it now. And that means addressing the skyrocketing cost of health care. That’s what ObamaCare is focused on, and yet, the Republicans want nothing to do with it.”

The Illinois senator, who has close relations with the Obama White House, was only one of a half-dozen Washington power brokers who used appearances on Sunday television interview programs to make the case for “entitlement reform.”
This is the saccharine media label for brutal cuts in Social Security and Medicare, on which more than 50 million retired and disabled people depend to pay their bills and meet their health needs.

Targeting these programs—which are overwhelmingly popular with the American public—has been the real purpose of the budget and debt maneuvers in Washington, including the 16-day federal shutdown and the artificial crisis over the October 17 deadline for a default on federal debt, narrowly averted by legislation pushed through the House and Senate with only hours to spare.

Others who sounded the same theme Sunday included Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who appeared on the CBS program “Face the Nation.” Asked what he hoped President Obama would do now that the immediate funding crisis was past, McConnell said, “My first choice would be to take advantage of the opportunity presented by a divided government. You know, divided government has frequently done very, very important things.”
Congress criminals stealing as much as they can, while they can
He cited as examples Democratic House Speaker Tip O’Neill collaborating with Republican President Ronald Reagan to raise the age of eligibility for Social Security and Democratic President Bill Clinton and a Republican Congress collaborating to carry out “welfare reform”—eliminating the federal aid program entirely—and balancing the federal budget.

McConnell declared, “We all know that the unsustainable growth rate of entitlements is the single biggest challenge confronting America’s future… We currently have a $17 trillion national debt, and that pales in comparison to what’s coming our way if we don’t make the eligibility for entitlements fit the demographics of America today and tomorrow.”
Another Republican Senator, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, appearing on the same program, called on Obama to “give Democrats some political cover to reform entitlements.”

Democratic Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, who appeared side-by-side with Graham, chimed in: 
“We all know at the end of the day, Republicans are going to have to give on revenues, Democrats are going to have to give on entitlement reform.”

The bill ending the shutdown, at least until January 15, and postponing the debt default until February or later, also called for the convening of a House-Senate conference committee on the federal budget, co-chaired by Democratic Senator Patty Murray and Republican Congressman Paul Ryan.
This committee is tasked with drafting a budget for the balance of the current fiscal year, to be submitted by December 13. It is widely expected to begin discussing cuts in Social Security and Medicare, a significant first step even if there is not yet bipartisan agreement on the exact measures to be taken.

The process must be carried out in a concealed fashion because of the massive opposition among working people to cuts in these programs—majorities of 70 and 80 percent, according to opinion polls.
 
Your SSN money will go for more and better coke, prostitutes
There is an unbridgeable gulf between these mass sentiments and the 100 percent agreement in favor of such cuts in the political establishment in Washington, among both Democrats and Republicans. 
They engage in mutual mudslinging, combined with pledges to defend these programs, mainly to disguise this developing consensus.
 
Obama and both the Democrats and Republicans advance the Orwellian proposition that it is necessary to slash benefits and eligibility in order to “save” Social Security and Medicare.

The unanimity in ruling class circles was underscored by two prominent media voices. Columnist George Will, appearing on Fox, gloated about the right-wing character of the budget talks. “We are now talking entirely in Republican terms, in Republican vocabulary after this so-called defeat,” he said. “No taxes, how much is the spending going to be cut? The federal workforce is being cut, discretionary domestic spending is being cut…”
Even a fifth grader can see through Obama's lies, theft
The Washington Post, in an editorial headlined, “The fiscal bargain America needs,” argued that a bipartisan deal on slashing entitlement programs was now possible. It called on Obama to drop any proposals for tax increases—entirely token in any case—in order to reach a deal.

Like Durbin and McConnell, the Post editorial presented Social Security and Medicare as demographic impossibilities. It stated: “Ten years from now, the US government will be spending $4 on entitlements for every dollar it spends on all other domestic functions… In short, the costs of an aging society would crowd out other vital national functions, while the country goes deeper into the red.”
"Mainstream media" scum aiding Obama, Congress in theft
None of these spokesmen for the American financial aristocracy explains why the “costs of an aging society” must be reduced. None of them question the present distribution of wealth and social benefits, under which a tiny minority enjoys untold riches, while the vast majority struggle from paycheck to paycheck, or, in the case of the retired, from Social Security check to Social Security check.

They simply assert a proposition that has deeply reactionary implications: that the elderly should live shorter and poorer lives, because in the richest society in human history, there is supposedly “no money.”




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Mexico Demands U.S. Answers On German Media Reports Of Spying

Snowden strikes back; Obama criminals ostracized from international community, headed for prison

NEW STRAIGHTS TIMES
10/21/2013

MEXICO CITY-

Mexico has demanded answers from Washington following a report in a German weekly that US agents hacked into former president Felipe Calderon’s email account.


Snowden bravely continues to hammer Obama criminals
Der Spiegel cited documents provided by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden as the source of its report, which claimed that the NSA has spied on the Mexican government for years. 
 
“The Mexican government reiterates its categorical condemnation of the violation of privacy of institutional communications and Mexican citizens,” Mexico’s foreign ministry said in a statement Sunday.

“This practices is unacceptable, illegitimate and contrary to Mexican law and international law,” the statement read, adding that it will ask US officials for answers “as soon as possible.”

In May 2010 the NSA hacked into the email service of the Mexican presidency, and were able to access president Calderon’s email messages, according to Der Spiegel. 
 
 
Obama propaganda minister Carney now has to think up new lies
“In a relationship between neighbors and partners there is no room for the practices that allegedly took place,” the Mexican statement read.

Snowden, who has taken refuge in Russia, is wanted in the United States for espionage and other charges after leaking details of the NSA’s worldwide snooping activities.

In September, US journalist Glenn Greenwald, who has access to documents leaked by Snowden, reported that the spy agency hacked current Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto’s emails before his election last year. 
 
 
Murdering White House pimp spouts more bullshit
Greenwald also told Brazil’s Globo television that the NSA had monitored the online activities of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, as well as those of state-run energy giant Petrobras.

The disclosures led Rousseff to slam the United States in an address to the United Nations and to scrap a planned state visit to Washington.

In September Pena Nieto said that in a telephone call, Obama promised to investigate the spying allegations.
 
 
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Journalist : U.S. After Africa Resources

Kicked out of the Middle East and much of the rest of the world, Obama criminals and their corporate masters now play their hand on African continent, attacking weak sovereign countries still fighting with bows and spears while plundering their resources

PRESS TV
10/21/2013

The United States is after natural resources in Africa, says Abayomi Azikiwe, the Detroit-based editor of Pan-African News Wire, as the Pentagon is boosting influence in the continent.


Zulu warriors proud and fierce, but no match for Obama war machine
In a phone interview with Press TV, Azikiwe said “the escalating intervention of the Pentagon in Africa” is aimed at attaining resources like oil, natural gas, and other strategic minerals such as gold, diamonds, uranium, platinum, etc.

The United States has “a full-scaled military base” in the African continent including Camp Lemonnier, located in horn of Africa in Djibouti, he said.

Camp Lemonnier is the place where the Pentagon is expanding its activities the most. It has been the Pentagon’s main facility in the continent for nearly 10 years now. It currently houses approximately 4,000 US military personnel and civilian contractors.

Reports say the US is increasing investments in air facilities, flight services, telecommunications and electrical upgrades in the African continent.

According to unclassified federal documents, cited by the Tribune Washington Bureau, hundreds of millions of dollars are now flowing into Africa to start and develop different projects.

The projects are part of $1.2 billion in planned improvements over the next 25 years that will accelerate the camp’s transformation from a makeshift installation into an enduring 600-acre base, according to the Times.

AN/ARA




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Japan Delaying Cleanup Of Towns Near Nuclear Plant

Lying TEPCO and Japanese government criminal murderers "delay" cleanup because it simply cannot be done and are hoping Japanese and international sheep will simply "forget" about the catastrophe that now threatens humanity - with the help of "mainstream media" whores like The Associated Press

ASSOCIATED PRESS
By Mari Yamaguchi
10/22/2013

TOKYO (AP) —

Radiation cleanup in some of the most contaminated towns around Fukushima's damaged nuclear power plant is behind schedule, so some residents will have to wait a few more years before returning, Japanese officials said Monday.


Fukushima radiation now poisons the world
Environment Ministry officials said they are revising the cleanup schedule for six of 11 municipalities in an exclusion zone from which residents were evacuated after three reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant went into meltdown following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The original plan called for completing all decontamination by next March.

Nobody has been allowed to live in the zone again yet, though the government has allowed day visits to homes and businesses in some places after initial decontamination, said Shigeyoshi Sato, an Environment Ministry official in charge of decontamination.


Gateway to destroyed city of Fukushima
"We will have to extend the cleanup process, by one year, two years or three years, we haven't exactly decided yet," he said.

Sato cited several reasons for the delay, including a lack of space for the waste from the decontamination work. Some residents have opposed dumping the waste in their neighborhoods.

The Asahi newspaper reported on Saturday that the government is planning an extension of up to three years in areas such as Iitate, a village northwest of the plant where a highly radioactive plume spread in the first few days of the crisis.

Still, an International Atomic Energy Agency mission that visited the Fukushima area last week highlighted the progress Japan has made in the two years since the team's previous visit.


Abandoned Fukushima homes that will never be occupied again
"The main conclusion of the mission is that Japan has achieved important progress," team leader Juan Carlos Lentijo told a news conference in Tokyo on Monday.

In a preliminary report released Monday, the team noted good progress in the remediation of farmland in some areas, and monitoring that has shown the land can produce food with levels of radioactivity below the permissible level. It also praised Japan's efforts to involve stakeholders, noting that the leadership of some key local figures has helped gained the trust of their communities. 


"Hey, c'mon you guys, just smile to beat radiation!"
Lentijo also stressed the need to strengthen communication with the public about the decontamination work and the costs and benefits.

The 16-person team of international experts and IAEA staff visited Kawauchi, a village that has been partially opened to residents again. About 40 percent of its population of 3,000 has returned. Beyond decontamination, other challenges in the affected areas include ensuring food safety and jobs.

Associated Press writer Yuri Kageyama contributed to this story.







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ANDREW KREIG: EXPERTS REJECT FIRE AS CAUSE FOR 9/11 WTC COLLAPSES

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

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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

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

The Empire and the inevitable fall of the Obama criminal regime

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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.

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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.

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By Robert S. Finnegan

This e-mail outlines and confirms the acts of espionage against Indonesia and Indonesians by Akiko Makino and the others involved both in Kobe University and in AI Lab at University of Airlangga, Surabaya; Bahasa Indonesia original follows English translation...

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UPDATED 01/07/2015 : FOX NEWS CORPORATE PHARMA SHILL MEGAN KELLY AND FOX NEWS QUACK DOCTOR NOW PUSHING TAMIFLU FOR PREGNANT WOMEN AND CHILDREN;

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THE 5TH ESTATE UNEQUIVOCALLY WARNS THE PUBLIC NOT TO TAKE OR GIVE THIS PROVEN DANGEROUS, INEFFECTIVE DRUG TO ANYONE

Obama criminals now resulting to biowarfare in quest to destroy Chinese and ASEAN economy; "novel virus substrain" points directly to a Kawaoka / Fouchier / Ernala-Ginting Kobe lab virus weaponized and genetically altered to specifically target and infect the Asian population: Ribavirin...

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The 5th Estate has just purchased a library on H5N1 "Novel" virus pandemics, there are dozens of PDF and Exel documents we feel will assist you in saving lives following intentional releases of the H5N1 and now MERS viruses; we will begin by printing those that appear to be extremely relevant here: H5N1 Kobe-Kawaoka-Ernala series continues soon with more "Smoking Gun" e-mails from Teridah Ernala to The 5th Estate . . .

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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.

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