VE Day Video Prepared for British Kids:
BBC: The Road to VE Day: www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5Yi83kxmmA
Moscow Victory Parade:
On the Little Red School Front:
275,000 Pink Slips Might Mean Red Teachers–or Not: “More than 80% of U.S. school districts are expected to eliminate jobs and more than half will likely freeze hiring during the upcoming school year, an education organization said Tuesday.Based on a survey of school administrators from 49 states, a total of 275,000 education jobs are expected to be cut in 2011, according to the American Association of School Administrators.” money.cnn.com/2010/05/04/news/economy/education_job_cuts/index.htm?hpt=T3
Half of Brit Schools Will Boycott Big Tests: “Half of England’s primary schools will boycott national tests due to be taken by 11-year-olds in just over a week, teaching unions claim.
National Union of Teachers general secretary Christine Blower was addressing members of the National Association of Head Teachers. She said 50% of England’s 17,000 schools would take part.”
Detroit Tears Down Schools, Builds Cop Stations: “Two vacant Detroit Public Schools buildings — the former Sherrard and Breitmeyer schools on the city’s east side — are to be demolished today, and in their place, a new Office of Public Safety headquarters will be built.”
Broad’s Bobb Defeats Detroit Resisters in Appeals Court: School Demolitions and Layoffs to Leap Ahead: www.detnews.com/article/20100507/SCHOOLS/5070380/1026/schools/Bobb-s-academic-plans-get-green-light
On the They Say Cut Back We Say Fight Back Front:
Athens Uprising Video:www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhdYQfHUsiw&feature=related
Up the Rebels! Greece: “A 24-hour national strike morphed into the strongest – and most violent – show of defiance yet over the austerity plan as millions of workers walked off the job and thousands took to the streets to vent their anger against the government.In Athens, at least 100,000 protesters stormed the sprawling grounds of parliament, jeering at politicians and chanting, “Thieves, thieves!” Tempers flared when a group of workers in orange caps tried to break through a cordon of riot police. Authorities fired three rounds of pepper gas, but rather than retreat, the demonstrators retaliated, sparking a series of running streets battles that quickly engulfed the Greek capital in plumes of acrid smoke.Black-clad anarchists also emerged from the meandering side streets of downtown, attacking security forces with rocks and homemade bombs.”
The Internationale–in Nepal (the Maoists are Coming): www.youtube.com/watch?v=SecYT_qySaM&feature=player_embedded
Monterey CA Kids on the March: “According to the police department 500-700 students left campus and marched to the MPUSD administration building where they staged a rally and protest. From there, the group marched through downtown Monterey toward Fisherman’s Wharf. The students did cause some traffic delays around the area and police were trying to stay a head of the kids and block off traffic. At one point police had to shut down the tunnel as students marched through. 1. www.kcba.com/Global/story.asp?S=12440625_
Google Group for Organizers for October 6th Action and Oct 16 SFSU Conference: groups.google.com/group/fallconferencesfsu
Massive Walkout of Chicago Kids, May 6th: www.substancenews.net/articles.php?page=1372§ion=Article
On the Oops There Goes the Economy Front:
Monthly Review (some of the best radical analysis of the financial crisis appears in MR): The Financial Power Elite: Has the power of financial interests in U.S. society increased? Has Wall Street’s growing clout affected the U.S. state itself? How is this connected to the present crisis? We will argue that the financialization of U.S. capitalism over the last four decades has been accompanied by a dramatic and probably long-lasting shift in the location of the capitalist class, a growing proportion of which now derives its wealth from finance as opposed to production. This growing dominance of finance can be seen today in the inner corridors of state power.…
Where Those Big Bonuses Come From and Where They Go: “So why are bonuses so big — not only in absolute numbers but also relative to salaries and gross earnings — in the financial sector? The tax code appears largely responsible.”
Bayou Oil Spill and Government Lies: “In the environmental arena, risk modeling is done day-in and day-out for every type of pollutant, whether going in the water, earth or air,” says Stuart Smith, an environmentl attorney in New Orleans, in a statement. “Why are BP and the Environmental Protection Agency not releasing such information to the public? After originally saying the rig wasn’t leaking at all, the Coast Guard originally used estimates in part provided by BP to describe the size of the spill as 1,000 barrels a day.”
Greek Meltdown and the Euro Collapse: “The euro sank to a one-year low of beneath $1.31 and the risk premium on Greek, Portuguese and Spanish bonds soared amid jitters about a possible Greek debt restructuring and worries over the fiscal health of other southern European countries.
In Athens, striking public workers challenged Greece’s 110 billion euro ($146.5 billion) bailout-for-austerity deal, starting a 48-hour national strike that shut down ministries, tax offices, schools, hospitals and public services. www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6400PJ20100504
The Smarmy Official Spokesman and Liar for the San Diego Padres (sic) is Also Procurer for Goldman Sachs: 2. www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/may/01/the-master-of-disaster-helps-goldman-sachs/?success
Goldman Hid Financial Maneuvers for Months (video) :By the time Goldman finally began to divulge its strategies to the SEC, credit markets were freezing up and the investment bank was well on its way to making billions of dollars in revenue from its negative bets, known in the industry as “shorts.” www.mcclatchydc.com/2010/04/30/93252/goldman-sought-to-shed-risky-mortgage.html
L. Brooks Patterson: “It May Be too Late to Save Detroit.” (Video):
Black Unemployment Steady at 16.5%–US at 9.9% and 20% for Men 22-50: laborcenter.berkeley.edu/blackworkers/monthly/bwreport_2010-05-07_17.pdf
Productivity Way Up/Unemployment Way Up (faster! faster!): www.economist.com/blogs/freeexchange/2010/05/productivity
Fortune: Big Corps Prep to Dump Employee Health Insurance (Thanks Liberals): “Internal documents recently reviewed by Fortune, originally requested by Congress, show what the bill’s critics predicted, and what its champions dreaded: many large companies are examining a course that was heretofore unthinkable, dumping the health care coverage they provide to their workers in exchange for paying penalty fees to the government.” money.cnn.com/2010/05/05/news/companies/dropping_benefits.fortune/
On the Solidarity Forever Front:
Kim Scipes, The AFL-CIA’s Secret Wars: Solidarity or Sabotage (video): “They are willing to throw American Workers Under the Train in favor of the US Empire.” Scipes’ idea that “we have to take our unions back,” is probably impossible and undesirable, bwth, the rest is true.
The Making of the Film on the CIA: “On Company Business” (serialized on Youtube now):
Florida Education Association, After Luring in the Rubes in a Lesser Evil Shell Game, Adopts Merit Pay and RaTT: “The application would still include teacher-merit-pay provisions, but they would be less strict than those suggested in the first application or in the controversial teacher-performance bill Crist vetoed two weeks ago.” www.orlandosentinel.com/news/education/os-race-to-top-agreement-04-29-10-20100429,0,5492050.story
The Chavez/United Farmworkers Fraud: “…the personality and politics of Cesar Chavez. There are signs that Chavez would brook no opposition, that he was often petty and vindictive, and that he did not believe the words of Eugene Debs: “I do not want to rise above the working class; I want to rise with them.” Chavez’s attitude toward the workers he led is reflected in a famous statement, quoted many times, almost always with approval: “I am convinced that the truest act of courage, the strongest act of humanness, is to sacrifice ourselves for others in a totally non-violent struggle for justice. To be truly alive is to suffer for others. God help us to be truly alive!”He would suffer for the farm workers, and by doing this he would be alive. But what would happen if the workers saw things differently, if they wanted, not a Christ figure to lead them, but wanted to lead the union themselves?”
Hillbillary Extradites Noriega to France–CIA Agent and Now Prisoner–US as an Unreliable Ally: “A notorious drug dealer and distinguished collaborator of the CIA up until the early 1980’s, the ex-general ws overthrown in 1989 by the United States during a military invasion.”
On the Perpetual Wars Many Fronts:
Pentagon Flunks Afghan War (Merit Pay for Generals?): “only one in four Afghans in strategically important areas currently back President Hamid Karzai’s government even as the Taliban expand their insurgency and install shadow local governments.” www.mcclatchydc.com/2010/04/28/93083/pentagon-issues-downbeat-assessment.html#ixzz0mX6JPfQS
US Has Nearly 6,000 Nukes (unless they lie): The United States has 5,113 nuclear warheads in its stockpile and “several thousand” more retired warheads awaiting the junkpile, the Pentagon said Monday in an unprecedented accounting of a secretive arsenal born in the Cold War and now shrinking rapidly.” But wait! Read on…” But the administration is not revealing everything.
The Pentagon figure released Monday includes deployed weapons, which are those more or less ready to launch, and reserve weapons. It does not include thousands of warheads that have been disabled or all but dismantled. Those weapons could, in theory, be reconstituted, or their nuclear material repurposed.” news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100503/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/us_us_nuclear_weapons
The Albanians Are Coming. The Albanians Are Coming!
Is it Really Possible that Anyone is This Stupid Or Crazy?
“American officials said Wednesday that it was very likely that a radical group once thought unable to attack the United States had played a role in Saturday’s bombing attempt in Times Square, elevating concerns about whether other militant groups could deliver at least a glancing blow on American soil.” www.nytimes.com/2010/05/06/nyregion/06bomb.html
On the Emerging Fascism Front:
Russian Fascists Revive Father of Social Fascism–Stalin Rises (killed all the old Bolsheviks, destroyed whatever of a party there was, banished class struggle in practice and negation of negation in theory, forged his cult of personality, a failed militarist, Hitler/Stalin Pact, Determined opposition to class-consciousness, left-Hegelian fascist): “Polls show that 16 percent of Russians consider Stalin their idol, and 54 percent speak highly of his leadership qualities. People who dislike him have shrunk from 18 percent in 2001 to 13 percent today. Then, in the run-up to the V-day anniversary, his countenance began its comeback…The failed attack has produced a flurry of other proposals to tighten security procedures, including calls by members of Congress to more closely scrutinize passengers…”
Racism/Nationalism Twin Up in Spiral of Fascist Processes: Only Class Struggle Answers This: “Illegal immigration is a federal crime. Mr Pearce’s law, however, would also make it a state crime and would require the police, as opposed to federal agents, to make arrests and check the immigration status of individuals who look suspicious to them. Citizens who think their cops are not vigilant enough would be encouraged to sue their cities or counties, and no city or county may remain a “sanctuary” where this law is not enforced.”http://www.economist.com/world/united-states/displaystory.cfm?story_id=15954262
On the Hey Look! Magic! Front:
LA Archdiocese Continues to Stonewall for Rapist Priests: “There are no deadlines. The lawyer who represents priests accused of abuse has insisted all along that any document involving their personnel records is shielded by state and federal privacy laws and has fought release at each step. And the archdiocese has shown little interest in speeding the process.”
Is it Rape if Your Priest Pays You Off?: While these two sex abuse cases against the diocese are resolved, at least a dozen more regarding alleged abuse remain in the local legal pipeline. They are awaiting a state Supreme Court ruling about whether alleged victims of long-ago sexual abuse can still sue. In 2007, the diocese agreed to pay $198 million to 144 victims of childhood sexual abuse. But while those settlement talks took place behind closed doors, a trial would’ve allowed the San Diego public to hear courtroom testimony from alleged abuse victims for the first time. voiceofsandiego.org/this_just_in/article_6ba70508-53f1-11df-9f6f-001cc4c002e0.html
Up the FSM and Down the Churches! “Most young adults today don’t pray, don’t worship and don’t read the Bible, a major survey by a Christian research firm shows. If the trends continue, “the Millennial generation will see churches closing as quickly as GM dealerships,” says Thom Rainer, president of LifeWay Christian Resources. In the group’s survey of 1,200 18- to 29-year-olds, 72% say they’re “really more spiritual than religious.” www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2010-04-27-1Amillfaith27_ST_N.htm
Edward Herman: The Banality of Evil: “Doing terrible things in an organized and systematic way rests on “normalization.” This is the process whereby ugly, degrading, murderous, and unspeakable acts become routine and are accepted as “the way things are done.” There is usually a division of labor in doing and rationalizing the unthinkable, with the direct brutalizing and killing done by one set of individuals; others keeping the machinery of death (sanitation, food supply) in order; still others producing the implements of killing, or working on improving technology (a better crematory gas, a longer burning and more adhesive napalm, bomb fragments that penetrate flesh in hard-to-trace patterns). It is the function of defense intellectuals and other experts, and the mainstream media, to normalize the unthinkable for the general public.”
A Friendly Reminder: 10 Years Ago, San Diego Deregulated Electricity: “Just weeks ago, San Diego became the first city in America to end the regulation of electricity prices.” But then the boycotts came…http://www.gregpalast.com/the-electric-chair-gore-should-fear/
Thanks to Amber, Marc, Congratulations Elizabeth J! Mary, Paul, Donna, Candace, Bob, Elvira, Nancy, Sue, Peter, Doug and Connie, TC, Eric H, Marisol, Jesus, Adam and Gina (about to hit the road) the Joes and the Susans, Glenn, Joe, Rog, and Billy the kid. You too, Moms!
Good luck to us, every one.