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When It Comes to Jobless Figures Dishonesty and Propaganda Reign


 

  • If you just re­ceived your news from the pro­pa­ganda ma­chine called the main­stream media, as so many Amer­i­cans still do, you might find your­self won­der­ing why all these peo­ple are brav­ing in­creas­ingly harsh weather to oc­cupy cities across the coun­try, and es­pe­cially the New York fi­nan­cial dis­trict.
  • But when you see what the real pic­ture is in num­bers, oc­cu­py­ing Wall Street and Main Street makes ab­solute sense, es­pe­cially when you learn (not from AP!), that un­em­ploy­ment among young peo­ple, who have spear-headed the #oc­cupy move­ment, is at 24.1 per­cent.
  • Revised govt formula shows new poverty high: 49.1M

NationofChange.org

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Once again we got a cheery re­port from most of the media about em­ploy­ers hir­ing, al­beit “not enough,” and about the job­less rate falling, al­beit “it’s still too high.”

The prox­i­mate cause of this lat­est round of pro­pa­ganda from the cor­po­rate media is the lat­est monthly job­less fig­ure re­ported out by the Bu­reau of Labor Sta­tis­tics, which said that em­ploy­ers had added 80,000 net new jobs (ac­tu­ally they found that pri­vate sec­tor em­ploy­ers had added 104,000 jobs while pub­lic agency em­ploy­ers had pink-slipped 24,000 peo­ple), and that the of­fi­cial un­em­ploy­ment rate was 9.0 per­cent, just a notch lower than last month’s 9.1 per­cent fig­ure.

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Revised govt formula shows new poverty high: 49.1M, Hope Yen, Associated Press / Huffington Post

  • The ranks of America's poor are greater than previously known, reaching a new level of 49.1 million — or 16 percent — due to rising medical costs and other expenses that make it harder for people to stay afloat, according to new census estimates.
  • Military Spending Costs Jobs, Doesn't Create Them
  • The war economy isn't working for 16% of US citizens
     

Corporate Profits Outstrip Taxes


 

  • I'm sick of hearing complaints about the burden taxes place on corporations. If you're a corporation, taxes are the dues you pay to operate in our society. Taxes help keep (some) of your customers healthy enough to consume your products. Taxes give you a transportation infrastructure to ship your goods and capital. Taxes educate not just your workers but also your customers, making them employable so that they can earn the money they use to buy what you sell.
  • Crony Capitalism Comes Home

Michael Diedrich, Minnesota 2020

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Data from St. Louis Federal Reserve

In the conservative mind, taxes are always too high, especially on those “job creating” corporations.

If you remember from a previous post*, we've already explored how corporate taxes don't really seem to track with jobs, especially seeing how corporate taxes are at their lowest share of the economy in a long time and we still have a jobs crisis. Are they still too high? Let's investigate. Take a look at today's graph, and I'll explain more.

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*Jobs and Taxes, Michael Diedrich, Minnesota 2020
Lower corporate taxes don't create jobs

Crony Capitalism Comes Home, Nicholas D. Kristof, New York (NY) Times

  • The threat to our capitalist system is not coming from half-naked anarchists manning the barricades at Occupy Wall Street protests. Rather, it comes from pinstriped apologists for a financial system that glides along without enough of the discipline of failure and that produces soaring inequality, socialist bank bailouts and unaccountable executives.
  • It’s time to take the crony out of capitalism, right here at home.
     

Slanting the Case on Iran’s Nukes



  • The U.S. news media shows no skepticism as it accepts the toughly worded report by the International Atomic Energy Agency on Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons program. Ignored is the fact that the IAEA’s new chief appears to have joined the U.S./Israel camp.

  • War Clouds Form over Iran

  • Noam Chomsky: Iran is NO Threat

Robert Parry, Consortium News

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As Washington’s political/media class rises up in arms over new WMD allegations against Iran, it might be worth recalling how a similar process played out nearly a decade ago when the U.S. public was drawn into a war with Iraq. It wasn’t just that George W. Bush told some lies; it was more complicated than that.


In 2002-2003, Official Washington professed a deep faith in the professionalism of the CIA’s analytical division, which accepted enough of the bogus intelligence being pushed by neocon war hawks to create a basis for Bush’s invasion of Iraq. Only later did it become clear how politicized the CIA’s analysis had become.


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War Clouds Form over Iran, Wayne Madsen, Global Research



  • Israel’s strategy is to make certain that its plans to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities and, perhaps other targets, meet no opposition from diplomatic circles in the United States… Israel has placed its own interests well beyond and in contravention of those of the United States.

  • Israel abuzz with talk of a strike against Iran

Noam Chomsky: Iran is NO Threat, UCL / WAMM Today



  • In a wide-ranging talk, Chomsky discussed global warming, the reality of its seriousness and his dismay at the people denying its existence.

  • He raised his concern over the efforts to destroy the public educational system and the results it would produce to keep us all ill informed, compliant and distracted from the problems surrounding us.
     

The real conservative scandal

  • Where’s the outrage about a conservatism that is losing both its intellectual moorings and its moral compass?
  • Booing a gay soldier? Cheering execution? Stop this now!

E.J. Dionne Jr., Washington (DC) Post

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Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Joanne Thielen <joanne.thielen57@gmail.com>

Conservatives need to contemplate what the Rick Perry and Herman Cain stories say about the state of their movement and the health of their creed.

Perry’s debate gaffe last week (Nov 6-12) was about something more important than “brain freeze.” Memory lapses can strike anyone, and Perry probably helped his cause a bit by poking fun at himself at Saturday’s (Nov 12) CBS News/National Journal debate and on the David Letterman show.

What really matters is the subject that sent Perry’s brain into lockdown. He was in the middle of describing sweeping changes in the federal bureaucracy closely connected to his spare vision of American government. One presumes a candidate for president ponders such proposals carefully, discusses them with advisers and understands their implications.

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Booing a gay soldier? Cheering execution? Stop this now! Susan Brooks Thistlewaite, Special to the Washington (DC) Post

  • We are witnessing a kind of theater of cruelty, where policies that kill and/or demean certain people are celebrated in a widely televised national forum.
  • 'It's Sadism'
  • Revised govt formula shows new poverty high: 49.1M


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