Archive for August, 2012

Rouge Forum Dispatch: The Real Labor Day is Mayday, but Happy Happy Merry Merry Class War!

Friday, August 31st, 2012

We Say Fight Back

“The Most Heroic Word in All Languages is Revolution,” Eugene Debs

Where does the Counterfeit US “Labor Day” Come From? President Grover Cleveland, citing the now delayed mail system, declared the strike illegal and sent 12,000 troops to break it. Two men were killed in the violence that erupted near Chicago. Debs was sent to prison, and the ARU was disbanded, and Pullman employees henceforth were required to sign a pledge that they would never again unionize.
Sensing the political unease caused by his anti-labor stance during the Pullman strike, President Cleveland put reconciliation with labor forces at the top of his to-do list. Labor Day legislation was rushed through Congress and passed unanimously on June 28, 1894, just six days after the end of the Pullman strike.

CTU Votes To Strike on Sept 10 The largest meeting of the Chicago Teachers Union of the 21st Century (and perhaps in history) voted unanimously on August 30, 2012, to strike Chicago’s public schools unless an acceptable contract is reached during the current negotiations by September 10, 2012. The vote to strike was taken on a motion from the union’s Executive Board during the huge meeting, which took place at the Operating Engineers union hall on Chicago’s South Side after school on August 30.

South Africa’s Miners Continue to Resist Murderous Sellout ANC and the Mandellaites “Preliminary figures are 13 per cent average attendance across all shafts this morning,” said Lonmin in a statement on Monday.  ..Strikers gathered on Monday in an open space, just metres from where police shot dead 34 of their colleagues on August 16. Earlier strike violence in the area had claimed the lives of 10 other people, including two policemen.
Police in armoured trucks kept a close watch over the crowd, as tensions and fears remained high following the deadly unrest.
“There have been incidents of intimidation towards bus drivers overnight as well as intimidation of… workers this morning, preventing them from coming to work,” Lonmin said, after a high of 57 per cent of workers reported for duty at the weekend.
“We are aware that some people have gone back to work, we have noted that behaviour, and we need to come up with a plan to deal with them,” Alfonso Mofokeng, a miner from Lesotho told AFP news agency.
“By going to work they are say[ing] the murder that happened here was in vain, and they are fine with it,” he said.
South Africa’s police watchdog on Monday was probing complaints that officers had beaten and injured platinum workers arrested after the police shooting….Autopsy reports on most of dead meanwhile showed they had been shot from behind, a local newspaper reported on Monday.
“The post-mortem reports indicate that most of the people were fleeing from the police when they got killed,” an unnamed source involved in the investigation told The Star newspaper.
“A lot of them were shot in the back and the bullets exited through their chests,” said the source, adding only a few were found to have been shot from the front.
Operations at the Marikana mine, the world’s third-largest platinum producer, ground to a halt on August 10 when 3,000 rock drill operators started a vigil on a hill, demanding a pay rise.

Traitorous Mandella/ANC Regime Arrests Miners for Cop Murders Two weeks after the police opened fire on a crowd of 3,000 workers engaged in a wildcat strike at a platinum mine near Johannesburg, killing 34 people in the bloodiest labor unrest since the end of apartheid, prosecutors are bringing murder charges against a surprising set of suspects: the miners themselves.  …The shootings have fed a growing sense of betrayal at the country’s governing party, the venerable African National Congress, many of whose senior members have joined a wealthy elite a world away from the downtrodden masses whose votes brought them to power at the end of apartheid in 1994. Now the prosecutors’ decision to charge the miners in the killings threatens to intensify that rift.

Arrests as Montreal Student Strike Perseveres Riot police were called onto the University of Montreal on Tuesday morning to deal with student protesters, and 16 people were arrested.
Several of the suspects faces charges of assaulting campus security guards as students at Quebec’s two main French universities remain the only ones to continue their boycott over tuition hikes.
A large contingent of riot police marched into the school’s main building around 8:30 a.m. following complaints about vandalism inside a psychology class

It’s the Anniversay of the Battle of Blair Mountain

The Little Red Schoolhouse

Gutting California’s Community Colleges More than 470,000 community college students are beginning the fall semester on waiting lists, unable to get into the courses they need, according to a survey of California’s two-year colleges that captures a system struggling amid severe budget cuts.
The survey, to be released Wednesday, quantified the myriad problems affecting the system, many of which have been anecdotally reported by students on many campuses. The colleges expect steep declines in enrollment and class offerings compared with last fall.
California’s community college system, the nation’s largest, has suffered about $809 million in state funding cuts since 2008. It faces another $338-million hit midyear if voters reject a tax measure on the November ballot supported by Gov. Jerry Brown.
The system has a dual role: It educates students who intend to transfer to four-year schools and it offers job training for others. College officials have been grappling with how to best continue its mission with lower funding but increased demand.,0,1087682.story

Firing the Entire Teaching force, then Rehiring 5/6, DPS Stumbles to Reopening. DFT? Nothing. With the start of school just a week away, about 2,500 teachers have been called back to work at Detroit Public Schools, months after the district’s entire faculty was laid off.
DPS spokesman Steve Wasko said Tuesday that assignment letters containing a specific grade and building for each teacher have been mailed out in the two last weeks. Monday was the first day teachers were to officially report to classrooms, he said.
Wasko said an additional 422 teachers received a letter informing them they scored below the 70th percentile in their most recent evaluation, which lands them in the “ineffective” category and renders them ineligible to teach.

Capital’s School as Segregated as Ever (more proof that public schools are not the public’s) Yet today, nearly 60 years later, our schools remain separate and unequal. Almost 40 percent of black and Hispanic students attend schools where more than 90 percent of students are nonwhite. The average white student attends a school where 77 percent of his or her peers are also white. Schools today are “as segregated as they were in the 1960s before busing began.” We are living in a world in which schools are patently separate.

Corruption is Endemic to Capital and its Schools, even Harvard About 125 students who took a popular Harvard University government class are under investigation in the largest academic misconduct scandal known at the school.
The focus of the probe is a take-home final exam on which some students may have collaborated or copied answers, officials at Harvard, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, said yesterday. Students familiar with the investigation said the course being probed was Government 1310: Introduction to Congress, the Harvard Crimson student newspaper reported.
Harvard teachers spent months combing through the exams to identify the students who are now under investigation by the college’s Administrative Board, said Jay Harris, dean of undergraduate education. Students who violated university rules face a variety of sanctions, including being required to withdraw from school for a year, Harvard said in a statement.

Ohanian: Who Loves Barbara Byrd-Bennett more–the American Federation of Teachers, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Harcourt School Publishers, or Juan-Claude Blizzard?

Hey Anon! Chicago Schools want to Silence Substance Mayor orders CPS to block access to Substance from inside Chicago Public Schools… Corporate media can still be read and accessed from inside nation’s third largest school system’s 660 schools and other offices

Corruption is Endemic in Capitalist schools –scumbag El Centro Boss to Hoosegow and what of those Two San Diego State profs The former superintendent of elementary schools in El Centro was sentenced to 10 months in federal custody Monday for submitting false results on standardized school science tests and bogus reimbursement claims.
Dr. Michael Klentschy, 68, built a national reputation beginning in the 1980s as an innovator in how to teach science to elementary school children. His “kit-based” methodology won numerous converts and awards — as well as a steady flow of research grants and work for Klentschy as a consultant.
But in pleading guilty in San Diego federal court to wire fraud charges, Klentschy — who headed the El Centro district from 1994 to his abrupt retirement in 2007 — acknowledged test scores from district students for the 2004-05 school year that he submitted as part of a federal grant were false and inaccurate.  Two women, Olga Amaral, 58, and Leslie Garrison, 63, pleaded guilty to making a false statement and were sentenced to five years of probation. Both worked at SDSU’s Imperial Valley campus. They now live in Alaska.

New SDSU Prezzie has One Concern–Money As classes begin Monday at San Diego State University, President Elliot Hirshman’s priorities include continuing a $500 million fundraising campaign and undertaking a campuswide strategic plan.
Hirshman, who took the helm 14 months ago, sees finances as the No. 1 challenge facing the school. He said pursuing “financial stabilization” is crucial for SDSU, which has seen its state appropriation drop from $221 million to $103 million since 2008.
Not only will money need to be raised to support scholarships and help pay for faculty and staff positions, but Hirshman said SDSU will look for ways to generate more funds. The school recently saved $15 million by refinancing some university-owned buildings and is recruiting out-of-state students, who pay higher tuition and fees.

The International Hot War of the Rich on the Poor

Sept 1 1939 – Adolf Hitler signs an order to begin the systematic euthanasia of mentally ill and disabled people.  From 1933 to 1945, Nazi Germany carried out a campaign to “cleanse” German society of individuals viewed as biological threats to the nation’s “health.” Enlisting the help of physicians and medically trained geneticists, psychiatrists, and anthropologists, the Nazis developed racial health policies that began with the mass sterilization of “genetically diseased” persons and ended with the near annihilation of European Jewry.
To relate this history, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has assembled objects, photographs, documents, and historic film footage from European and American collections and presents them in settings evoking medical and scientific environments. Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race inspires reflection on the continuing attraction of biological utopias that promote the possibility of human perfection. From the early twentieth-century international eugenics movements to present-day dreams of eliminating inherited disabilities through genetic manipulation, the issues remain timely.

US Troops Tried to Burn 500 Copies of Koran (videoing Mangame of Pissing on Dead Enemy Troops is ok) U.S. troops tried to burn about 500 copies of the Koran as part of a badly bungled security sweep at an Afghan prison in February, despite repeated warnings from Afghan soldiers that they were making a colossal mistake, according to a U.S. military investigative report released Monday.
The number of copies of the Muslim holy book that were taken to the incinerator at Bagram air base was far greater than U.S. military officials earlier acknowledged in their accounts of an act of desecration that triggered riots across Afghanistan. The incident is also thought to have played at least a partial role in an ensuing increase in attacks against NATO troops by Afghan soldiers and police.

No! We at the VA don’t Think oF You as Cannon Fodder Veterans often criticize the amount of paperwork that accompanies the Department of Veterans Affairs’ claims process. VA’s Office of Inspector General issued a report earlier this month that proved Veterans’ point.
According to VA’s OIG’s report, there was so much paperwork being stored at the Winston-Salem Regional Office in North Carolina that the weight of it had the potential to affect the structural integrity of the building.
VA’s OIG included photos of Veterans’ files piled on top of filing cabinets at the RO. The weight of the paperwork had caused the floors to bow. Winston-Salem’s storage methods also potentially exposed Veterans’ records to fire and water damage and could exacerbate the on-going problem with lost records.

Hey Anon! Your chance to enlist–Airforce Wants Cyber weapons The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) posted a broad agency announcement [PDF] recently, calling on contractors to submit concept papers detailing technological demonstrations of ‘cyberspace warfare operations’ (CWO) capabilities.
The Air Force is looking to obtain CWO capabilities falling into a number of categories including: ‘cyberspace warfare attack’ and ‘cyberspace warfare support.’
The broad agency announcement defines ‘cyberspace warfare attack’ capabilities as those which would give them the ability to “destroy, deny, degrade, disrupt, deceive, corrupt, or usurp the adversaries [sic] ability to use the cyberspace domain for his advantage.”

San Diego Vet Suicides Up More than 20 San Diego-area veterans have committed suicide this fiscal year, according to numbers released by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical system in San Diego.
A total 126 local veterans attempted to take their own lives, and 22 succeeded, the VA said. The facility released the data for the fiscal year that ends Sept. 30 as part of an effort to highlight its suicide prevention program during National Suicide Prevention Week, Sept. 9 to 15.

The Navy’s Newest Toyboat The new Gerald R. Ford -class aircraft carriers may have a hefty pricetag, but many believe the cost is worth it and that the ships will prove to be even more iconic than their predecessors.
No other warship proclaims America’s commitment to the defense of the nation and its allies, as well as the broader issues of peace and stability, more clearly than the nuclear-powered aircraft carriers of the U.S. Navy. For nearly 40 years, Nimitz -class carriers have played the role of first responder to crises and conflicts. The delivery of the USS George H. W. Bush (CVN-77) less than three years ago proved the early-’60s design of the Nimitz-class carriers has served the nation well and will continue to do so until 2059. The Gerald R. Ford class will begin to succeed Nimitz -class carriers when CVN-78 delivers in 2015. Her mission will remain unchanged, but she will carry it out with greater lethality, survivability, joint interoperability, and at reduced operating and maintenance cost to taxpayers.

The International Economic War of the Rich on the Poor

above, Rich Woman (and pig) Gina Rinehart

What does The Richest Woman in the World have to say to the Poor? Just in case you were beginning to think rich people were deeply misunderstood and that they feel the pain of those who are less fortunate, here’s the world’s wealthiest woman, Australian mining tycoon Gina Rinehart, with some helpful advice.
“If you’re jealous of those with more money, don’t just sit there and complain,” she said in a magazine piece. “Do something to make more money yourself — spend less time drinking or smoking and socialising, and more time working.”
Yeah, let them eat cake.
Rinehart made her money the old-fashioned way: She inherited it. Her family iron ore prospecting fortune of $30.1 billion makes her Australia’s wealthiest person and the richest woman on the planet.
“There is no monopoly on becoming a millionaire,” she said by way of encouragement.
“Become one of those people who work hard, invest and build, and at the same time create employment and opportunities for others.”,0,3323996.story?track=rss

Bankster Bernanke, on eve of Election, Says Fed Might do something sometime Some analysts expect the Fed to announce a new round of asset purchases after that meeting, further expanding its holdings of Treasury securities and mortgage-backed securities to reduce borrowing costs and spur investment. Others expect that it will instead announce its intent to keep its benchmark interest rate near zero beyond its current forecast that it will do so at least until late 2014.

New Jobs Don’t Pay While a majority of jobs lost during the downturn were in the middle range of wages, a majority of those added during the recovery have been low paying, according to a new report from the National Employment Law Project.

Below, the banksters stole $12.9 Trillion. Compare that to the billion at the Trillion’s lower left.

Meet the New Czar Playboy lifestyle of a president: Putin’s perks include ‘palaces, planes, yachts, white gold watches, and a £47,000 toilet’
He has access to 20 palaces and villas, a fleet of 58 aircraft and 4 yachts
Former deputy prime minister, estimated that the maintenance of Putin’s residences, jets and cars alone costs £1.6billion
Ilyushin Il-96 airliner that features an £11.3million cabin fitted out by jewelers

Hey Mitt! Stop Hiding Bro Scott Romney and his ex-wife, Terry Terry Rakolta (born September 18, 1944) led a boycott against the Fox Broadcasting Company sitcom Married… with Children.[1] Born Terry Lynn Stern, she is the sister of Ronna Romney, former daughter-in-law of former Michigan governor George Romney. Rakolta’s husband John Rakolta Jr. was a National Chairman for the 2008 presidential campaign of Mitt Romney,[2] the former Massachusetts governor and presidential candidate. He also is the General Consul for Romania’s Honorary General Consulate in Detroit.[3]

Solidarity ForNever

Quislings At Detroit Fed Of Teachers Initiate a quasi-profit sharing project in failed school system The Detroit Public Schools, the DFT and other school unions have reached an agreement on a shared savings bonus program covering the district’s 2011-12 and 2012-13 fiscal years.
The program will provide for a one-time bonus to employees if the district’s general fund financial performance meets a pre-determined target.  AND

Why Was OBL Assassinated/not Tried? Because Americans have Fairies in their Heads and couldn’t stand hearing, “Dude, people make gods. Gods don’t Make People. You’re nuts.” It seems doubtful, however, that the Obama administration would decide to prosecute a man who is widely seen as a national hero for his role in killing bin Laden.
The administration is also hamstrung because it encouraged a pro-Obama Hollywood producer to make a movie about the bin Laden raid.

Fascism as A Popular Mass Movement

Attorney General Says, “Hey Boys, Keep the Grand Inquisitor’s Instruments Humming!” Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. announced Thursday that no one would be prosecuted for the deaths of a prisoner in Afghanistan in 2002 and another in Iraq in 2003, eliminating the last possibility that any criminal charges will be brought as a result of the brutal interrogations carried out by the C.I.A.  Mr. Holder had already ruled out any charges related to the use of waterboarding and other methods that most human rights experts consider to be torture. His announcement closes a contentious three-year investigation by the Justice Department and brings to an end years of dispute over whether line intelligence or military personnel or their superiors would be held accountable for the abuse of prisoners in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
The closing of the two cases means that the Obama administration’s limited effort to scrutinize the counterterrorism programs carried out under President George W. Bush has come to an end. Without elaborating, Mr. Holder suggested that the end of the criminal investigation should not be seen as a moral exoneration of those involved in the prisoners’ treatment and deaths.

William Blum on the US Media Long before the Soviet Union broke up, a group of Russian writers touring the United States were astonished to find, after reading the newspapers and watching television, that almost all the opinions on all the vital issues were the same. “In our country,” said one of them, “to get that result we have a dictatorship. We imprison people. We tear out their fingernails. Here you have none of that. How do you do it? What’s the secret?”8

Spy Versus Spy

Wasn’t This Supposed to be DEA’s Job? CIA Spooks under Attack in Embassy Vehicle in Mexico The two Americans who were wounded when gunmen fired on an American Embassy vehicle last week were Central Intelligence Agency employees sent as part of a multiagency effort to bolster Mexican efforts to fight drug traffickers, officials said on Tuesday.  .. The two operatives, who were hurt on Friday, were participating in a training program that involved the Mexican Navy. They were traveling with a Mexican Navy captain in an embassy sport utility vehicle that had diplomatic license plates, heading toward a military shooting range 35 miles south of the capital when gunmen, some or all of them from the Federal Police, attacked the vehicle, Mexican officials have said.
The Mexican Navy said Tuesday in a statement that an American was driving the vehicle and that during the attack the captain, who was handling logistics and translating for the men, remained in the back seat calling for help on his cellphone.

CIA Didn’t Want to Kill Bin Laden? In late 1999, two years before the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which killed nearly 3,000 people, a group of Afghan agents loyal to an anti-Taliban guerrilla leader proposed assassinating Osama bin Laden. All they wanted was the $5 million reward the Clinton administration had offered for bin Laden’s capture, says a former Polish spy who was the Afghans’ go-between on the plot.
The CIA rejected the plan, however, saying, “We do not have a license to kill.”

Afghan Torquemada to Become Intel Chief An Afghan Cabinet minister dogged by torture allegations is slated to become the new chief of Afghanistan’s notorious intelligence service, the National Directorate of Security.
The appointment of Asadullah Khalid, the minister of border and tribal affairs, will be announced within days by Afghan President Hamid Karzai, said a man who knows Khalid. A former senior government official who’s close to Karzai told McClatchy that “Khalid’s appointment has been confirmed.”

The Magical Mystery Tour

above, Howson, Aganist Enlightenment

Really? Saginaw? A group of concerned citizens is pressing Saginaw Bishop Joseph Cistone about his role in covering up a case of sex abuse in Philadelphia.
A Philadelphia attorney representing an altar boy who claims he was molested in 1992, plans to name Cistone in a civil lawsuit. It’s alleged Cistone witnessed the destruction of documents naming priests suspected of child abuse, and then lied about it to a grand jury.
Monsignor William Lynn, who was convicted in June of child endangerment in this same case, had reported to Cistone in church hierarchy, and claims Cistone witnessed the shredding of documents that described the alleged abuse.
Today representatives from two children’s advocate groups presented a letter to the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw. The letter requests full transparency from Cistone on his role in the cover up, and they are asking if funds from the diocese are being used for the bishop’s legal defense.

Best and Worst Things in the History of the World

All of America’s Malaise–Hysterical Conversion Crisis

So Long

Olen Ham, veteran of 1936-37 Sit Down Strike in Flint, dies at 95

Steve Franken, a character actor specializing in comedy who appeared in films with Peter Sellers, Jerry Lewis and others, but was best known for playing the wealthy and snobbish Chatsworth Osborne Jr. on the hit sitcom “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis,” died on Friday in Los Angeles. He was 80.

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