Rouge Forum Dispatch: The Very Real History of Fake News, Anti-Union Unions, Counterfeit Conferences, and more!

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Fresno Unified teachers overwhelmingly authorize a strike against their district

At least 2,000 teachers with the Fresno Unified School District voted overwhelmingly Tuesday evening to authorize their union to call a strike if protracted contract negotiations don’t yield an agreement that meets their satisfaction.

Fresno Teachers Association members packed the Peoples Church in northeast Fresno for the strike vote, filling the church auditorium’s first level and balcony to overflowing. When FTA President Tish Rice ultimately called for the vote, the vast majority of the gathering stood and shouted their “yes” votes for the strike authorization, compared to a few dozen who stood to vote no.

“I don’t want to strike, but I will if I need to,” said Jon Bath, a history teacher at Sunnyside High School and head of FTA’s negotiating team, moments before the vote. This is the first time that the district’s teachers have voted to strike since 1978.  www.fresnobee.com/news/local/education/article176894156.html

The Little Red Schoolhouse

Rat Trap for missionaries for capitalism and empire–setting up the eager rubes for claptrap, hokum, fantasies about “learning,” and opportunistic bombast (well beneath the Second International)

Let’s teach our way out of fascism…..when does the glosolalia begin? How about a rouser for INTERSECTIONALITY!?

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The Question So Rarely Asked: the initial question: Why have school?

Now, vacation is over. Let us get to the heart of the matter.

In the Trump era, when so many equate one man with a social system nearly a decade in place, fascism, it’s reasonable to step back a moment in order to put school in its proper, social, perspective.

Schools are the centripetal organizing point of de-industrialized North American life, and much of life elsewhere.

Evidence: School workers, not industrialized workers, are by far the most unionized people in the USA, nearly four million union members…. more at  www.richgibson.com/blog/school-is-back/

This is Rutgers’ No. 1 problem says the new chancellor

Debasish Dutta thinks his answer might surprise you.

When asked what the No. 1 problem facing Rutgers University is, Dutta the new chancellor at the New Brunswick campus, doesn’t hesitate to respond.

“The No. 1 problem,” Dutta says from his office overlooking the Old Queens’ lawn, “is how does Rutgers reflect itself accurately in all the national rankings?”

Dutta, a veteran Big Ten college administrator, began his Rutgers tenure on July 1. He’s making a $480,000 base salary to oversee the university’s flagship campus with more than 50,000 students and 4,000 faculty, instantly becoming one of Rutgers most powerful administrators.  www.nj.com/education/2017/10/what_the_ru_screw_and_college_rankings_mean_to_rut.html

Ivanka Trump lectures Detroiters, promotes STEM learning

Detroit has a teacher shortage of 250. Ivanka went to Choate (which she called “a prison”).  Choate Rosemary Hall is a private, college-preparatory, coeducational, boarding school …… The 2014-2015 tuition and fees are $54,840 for boarders and $42,840 for day students. www.detroitnews.com/videos/news/education/2017/09/26/ivanka-trump-visits-detroit-promotes-stem-learning/106024878/

The International Hot War of the Rich on the Poor

October 7, 2001 – The Global War on Terrorism begins as a result of the September 11 attacks. The U.S. invasion of Afghanistan initiates with an air assault and covert operations on the ground.

Above, the last British soldier, Afghan War, “Kabul retreat” of 1842. Who will be last to die?

Timeline: US intervention in Afghanistan 2001 to 2017

Key developments of a 16-year conflict, from the 2001 US invasion after 9/11 to Trump’s latest strategy reveal.

2001: ‘War on terror’

On October 7, 2001, less than a month after the September 11 attacks, US President George W Bush launches operation “Enduring Freedom” in Afghanistan, after the Taliban refuses to hand over al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

In a matter of weeks, the US-led forces overthrow the Taliban, in power since 1996.

Apart from air raids, the US backs the Afghan Northern Alliance, which is fighting the Taliban, contributing paramilitary teams from the CIA and special forces.

Some 1,000 American soldiers are deployed on the ground in November, rising to 10,000 the year after….

2009: Number of soldiers peaks under Obama

In 2009, in the first months of the presidency of Barack Obama – elected on campaign promises to end the two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – there is a surge in the number of American soldiers in Afghanistan to around 68,000.

In December, Obama raises the strength of US forces in Afghanistan to around 100,000. The objective, the US says, is to put brakes on the Taliban and to strengthen Afghan institutions.

2011: Bin Laden killed in Pakistan

Al-Qaeda leader Bin Laden, alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks that started the war, is killed on May 2, 2011 during an operation by US special forces in Pakistan, where he is in hiding….

See this for the other bin Laden story

Feb – August, 2017: New strategy

On February 1, 2017, a US government report says that losses of Afghan security forces have climbed by 35 percent in 2016 compared with the previous year.

On February 9, the US general in command of the NATO force, General John Nicholson, warns that he needs thousands more troops, telling Congress: “I believe we’re in a stalemate.”

On August 21, Trump cleared the way for the deployment of thousands more US troops to Afghanistan in his first formal address to the nation as commander-in-chief.

Following the president’s speech, US Defense Secretary James Mattis announced that America and several allies have committed to boosting their troop numbers in Afghanistan.

Senior White House officials say Trump has already authorised Mattis to deploy up to 3,900 more troops to Afghanistan.  www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/08/2001-2017-intervention-afghanistan-170822035036797.html

US Army Europe commander says Russia war games broke observer rules

The U.S. Army’s commander in Europe says Russia broke up its Zapad war games with Belarus into parts to avoid having international monitors watch the weeklong exercises last month.

Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges said Monday that the two countries deployed “way over 12,700” personnel, the limit beyond which Europe’s OSCE security organization should be allowed to send observers.

Hodges said: “My guess is that there probably were over 40,000 service members.”  www.armytimes.com/news/your-army/2017/10/02/us-army-europe-commander-says-russia-war-games-broke-observer-rules/

Large Taliban convoy moves through Afghanistan unopposed

The Taliban recently uploaded a new propaganda video which features a long Taliban convoy moving freely during the daytime unopposed.

The video titled “Jihadic Process in Nimrooz and Rehabilitation” was published online at the end of September.

The video features a large gathering of Taliban militants and vehicles brandishing large white Taliban flags in the open at daytime. As the vehicles drive away in a column, multiple U.S. up-armored Humvees can be seen.  Video inside  www.militarytimes.com/flashpoints/2017/10/05/large-taliban-convoy-moves-through-afghanistan-unopposed/

The International Economic War of the Rich on the Poor

City-sanctioned homeless camp to open Monday

San Diego has has had a large unsheltered homeless population for years, with this year’s count finding 3,231 people on the street or other places. Of those, 1,276 were downtown.

Countywide, there were 9,116 homeless, both sheltered and unsheltered.

Besides the high numbers, the homeless situation also has been considered a crisis in recent months as a deadly hepatitis A outbreak spread, county Supervisor Ron Roberts noted.

“As of yesterday, we identified another 20 cases, which brings us to 481 total cases in San Diego,” he said, adding that there have 337 hospitalizations, up 22 from last week, and 17 deaths….The Alpha Project has bought 200 four-person tents for about $50 each, and stripes will be painted on the parking lot to identify 13-foot by 13-foot spaces that will each have a tent and trash receptacle.  www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/hepatitis-crisis/sd-me-homeless-camp-20171002-story.html

White families have nearly 10 times the net worth of black families. And the gap is growing.

Despite gains in income and wealth, the economic chasm between black and Hispanic families and their white counterparts widened between 2013 and 2016 — even when it comes to Americans with comparable levels of education, according to data released Wednesday by the Federal Reserve.

The median net worth of whites remains nearly 10 times the size of blacks’. Nearly 1 in 5 black families have zero or negative net worth — twice the rate of white families.  www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/09/28/black-and-hispanic-families-are-making-more-money-but-they-still-lag-far-behind-whites/?utm_term=.ee4ebeee9e5f

A study by the Economic Policy Institute predicts Black household wealth will plunge to zero by the year 2053. “What this study really points to is the fact that U.S. capitalism is on a path to destruction, and cannot stop,” said Black Agenda Report contributor Danny Haiphong, author of a recent article titled “Black America: The Wealth-less Community.” “A lot of the conversation about racism has very little to do with the material circumstances of Black people,” said Haiphong.  blackagendareport.com/black-america-track-zero-wealth-2053

Nestlé Pays $200 a Year to Bottle Water Near Flint—Where Water Is Undrinkable

While Flint battles a water crisis, just two hours away the beverage giant pumps almost 100,000 times what an average Michigan resident uses into plastic bottles.

Despite having endured lead-laden tap water for years, Flint pays some of the highest water rates in the US. Several residents cited bills upwards of $200 per month for tap water they refuse to touch.

But just two hours away, in the tiny town of Evart, creeks lined by wildflowers run with clear water. The town is so small, the fairground, McDonald’s, high school and church are all within a block. But in a town of only 1,503 people, there are a dozen wells pumping water from the underground aquifer. This is where the beverage giant Nestlé pumps almost 100,000 times what an average Michigan resident uses into plastic bottles that are sold all over the midwest for around $1.

To use this natural resource, Nestlé pays $200 per year.  www.alternet.org/water/nestle-pays-200-year-bottle-water-near-flint-where-water-undrinkable

1.5 Million workers vanish into despair….

In August, 78.4 percent of Americans in their prime working years — typically defined as ages 25 to 54 — had jobs, down 1.3 percentage points from when the recession began. That small-sounding change masks a vast human toll: the disappearance of more than 1.5 million workers from the economy. Research has found that many fell into drug addiction and poverty.

Recent evidence suggests that the recession’s impact is still echoing through the work force. In a newly published working paper, Danny Yagan, an economist at the University of California, Berkeley, used anonymous tax records to trace more than a million individual workers through the recession and its aftermath. He found that in the places that had been hit the hardest, the effects have lingered — thousands of workers who lost their jobs struggled to find work and ultimately stopped looking. Many, according to Mr. Yagan’s data, still haven’t found it.

“The signals say the recession is over, but employment’s not back to normal,” Mr. Yagan said. “Recession effects aren’t supposed to last this long.” (NY Times 10/5/17)

 

Obama cashes in

Mr. Obama has given at least 10 paid speeches since leaving office, charging as much as $400,000 per appearance. He has addressed audiences in Montreal, Italy and Indonesia in recent months. A spokesman declined to say how much he was paid for this speech.

His 23-minute keynote address in São Paulo, Brazil’s financial capital, was titled “Change the World? Yes, You Can,” echoing his 2008 campaign slogan, “Yes, we can.”  www.nytimes.com/2017/10/05/world/americas/obama-speech-brazil.html

The Emergence of Fascism as a Popular Mass Movement

The latest episodes on the too real reality serial that is Trump-world

 

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Above, Sarah Huckabee on women losing birth control

The Largest American Flag in the Whole World Unfurled at UNLV/SDSU game

Solidarity for Never

District of Columbia- JULY 5, 2016 – Hillary Rodham Clinton addresses the representative assembly with Lily Eskelsen GarcÌa, President of the National Education Association and John Stocks at the 154th Annual Meeting, 95th Representative Assembly at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center Tuesday July 5, 2016. (SCOTT ISKOWITZ/RA TODAY)

Progressive ‘Uprising,’ but Is He Part of the Establishment Problem?

John Stocks is the executive director of the National Education Association. He is arguably more powerful than the union’s president, who is constrained by term limits.

Stocks was in northern Idaho last month to deliver a speech to the Idaho Conservation League. This isn’t as strange as it seems: Stocks served a term in the Idaho legislature in the late 1980s and still has many contacts throughout the state.

In his speech, Stocks predicted “a tremendous resurgence of people who are going to take back their country.”

“I assure you, in a relatively short period of time, there will be an uprising,” he said. “[It] will in fact fuel a more progressive future. That’s what’s going to happen. When it happens, we need to have the infrastructure in place to take advantage of it.”

Stocks announced this at the Hayden Lakes Country Club amid “a sumptuous catered dinner” and no-host bar. Club membership is $20,000 with monthly dues of $457. The job application to work there states: “If employed, I understand that I have been hired at the will of the employer and my employment may be terminated at any time, with or without reason and with or without notice.”  ….

Stocks may see himself at the forefront of a progressive movement, but he is also a Democratic Party insider. He was instrumental in manipulating the NEA endorsement of Hillary Clinton in the 2016 primaries to shut down supporters of Bernie Sanders. He forwarded a confidential NEA memo to the Clinton campaign after the NEA board voted to endorse her.

Stocks also serves as board chair of the Democracy Alliance, “the largest network of donors dedicated to building the progressive movement in the United States.”    www.the74million.org/article/union-report-top-nea-leader-promises-a-progressive-uprising-but-is-he-part-of-the-establishment-problem/

Above, Weingarten with failed US political class. The AFT may have spent $17 million on the Clinton campaign. Combined, AFT and NEA spent nearly $35 million of school worker money.

AFT SEES DROP IN NET ASSETS: The American Federation of Teachers reported about $2.7 million in net assets at the end of June, compared to $7.2 million in net assets around the same time last year. That’s according to the union’s latest annual financial filing with the Labor Department. The union reported about $19.7 million in net assets in June 2015, $26.4 million in June 2014 and $39.6 million in June 2013. An AFT spokesman attributed the changes to a new chief financial officer making more conservative financial estimates and other changes.  …And President Randi Weingarten’s gross salary is about $403,747, up from $397,763.  www.politico.com/tipsheets/morning-education/2017/10/03/senate-panel-tackles-k-12-education-law-implementation-222615

 

Spy versus Spy

Origins of Fake News

1900’s edition below (1919)

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Once upon a time, serious and well-meaning people believed communism to be the wave of the future. They thought that only scientific socialism could build just societies in which the arts and the intellect could flourish; that the Soviet Union was the place where the future existed today; and that the avuncular Josef Stalin was the only true opponent of fascism in all its capitalist and war-
mongering forms. Once upon a time, the Central Intelligence Agency ran a world-wide covert
action campaign to counter such nonsense in societies in which communism might take hold. Almost every CIA station had case officers dedicated to work- ing with labor unions, intellectuals, youth and student organizations, journalists, veterans, women’s groups, and more. The Agency dealt directly with foreign representatives of these groups, but it also subsidized their activities indirectly by laundering funds through allied organizations based in theUnited States. In short, the Agency’s co
vert political action depended on the anti-communist zeal of private American citizens, only a few of whom knewthat the overseas works of their ostensibly independent organizations were financed by the CIA until the campaign’s cover was disastrously blown in1967.
British historian Hugh Wilford has just given us the best history of the covert

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Please note that the following list has been pulled from the Top 25 Most Censored Stories of 2016-2017 which at this time has not been released. The following previews are abbreviated versions of the full stories to be released next week. Also note that these stories are in no particular order.

Pentagon Paid UK PR Firm for Fake Al-Qaeda Videos

The Pentagon paid a British PR firm more than $660 million to run a top-secret propaganda program in Iraq from at least 2006 to December 2011, Crofton Black and Abigail Fielding-Smith reported for the Bureau of Investigative Journalism in October 2016. The Bureau reported that Bell Pottinger’s work consisted of three types of products, including TV commercials portraying al-Qaeda in a negative light, news items intended to look like they had been created by Arabic TV, and fake al-Qaeda propaganda films. A former Bell Pottinger video editor said that he was given precise instructions for production of fake al-Qaeda films, and that US Marines would take CDs of these films on patrol to drop in houses that they raided. Codes embedded in the CDs linked to a Google Analytics account, which allowed US military personnel to track a list of IP addresses where the CDs had been played, providing crucial intelligence for US operations. The Pentagon contracted with the British PR firm for this work because it was “operating in a legal ‘grey area.’” More   projectcensored.org/selected-stories-preview-censored-2018-press-freedoms-post-truth-world/?mc_cid=589e6b51f2&mc_eid=bec289d06d

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One more time on the NYTimes vs Kim Philby—the Albania Caper

More significant – and far more damning to Mr. Philby, as far as the British are concerned – is a copy of a September 1949 intelligence report sent to Stalin and his foreign minister, Vyacheslav M. Molotov, based on information provided in London, presumably by Mr. Philby.

It details secret Anglo-American plans to train “émigré-fascists” from Albania in Malta and the Greek island of Corfu and send them back to Albania to start a “partisan movement” against the Communist government of Enver Hoxha. It says chillingly that the information had been passed on to a Soviet adviser to Albania’s Interior Ministry so that it could “take corresponding measures.”

Hundreds of Albanians died after the Western-trained anti-Communist agents were captured as soon as they landed by sea and were then either executed on the spot or killed after brutal interrogations that led to the arrest and often execution of their family members, too.   www.nytimes.com/2017/10/01/world/europe/russia-kim-philby-spy-defector.html

 

The Magical Mystery Tour

Happy Birthday Joe Hill!

‘Gundella, the Green Witch’ of Detroit explains how to cast spells (soon to be beloved of postmodernists and featured on Oprah)

Marion became a witch when she was initiated into a coven at age 18, taking on the Wicca name, Gundella. She believed in magic, reincarnation, and that there is a universal power source within us all that can be conjured up at any time. An elementary school teacher by trade, a chance encounter when she was around 40 years of age altered her path in life. During a Halloween party in 1969, she met the Head of Psychology at the University of Michigan, which led to her teaching class there, as well as giving lectures on witchcraft off campus. By year’s end, Gundella was a local celebrity.

Amid Pornography Case, Vatican Recalls Priest From Washington Embassy

The Vatican has recalled a high-ranking priest working as a diplomat in the Holy See’s embassy in Washington after American authorities sought to strip his immunity and potentially charge him with possession of child pornography, the Vatican said Friday.

In a statement, the Vatican said that it had been notified by the State Department on Aug. 21 of “a possible violation of laws relating to child pornography images” by a member of its diplomatic corps.

The Vatican said the priest would face an investigation and potential trial in Vatican City. But some critics saw in the Vatican’s move a reflexive step to protect its own by whisking a priest away from a justice system in a foreign land.

The statement did not identify the cleric, but Italian news media reports and an American official familiar with the investigation said it was Msgr. Carlo Alberto Capella, who was ordained in Milan in 1993 and entered the diplomatic corps in 2004. He has also worked as a diplomat in Hong Kong and as the Holy See’s liaison to Italy.  www.nytimes.com/2017/09/15/world/europe/vatican-pornography-case-diplomat.html?_r=0

The Best and Worst Things in the History of the World

Since the world has been at war my entire life, and I study diligently, and served in Detroit ’67, Pentagon ’67, Chicago ’68, and more–I am awarded this prestigious degree from UCS.

US Judge Receives 28-Year Jail Term For Selling Kids To Private Prisons.

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Cover: Generations

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 A SAW for Every American Garage

Drone sneaks package into Michigan prison

A drone sneaked contraband into a Michigan prison in May, but the breach went undetected for nearly two months, according to State Police documents The Detroit News obtained through an open records request.

Michigan Department of Corrections spokesman Chris Gautz said Friday that an after-the-fact review of video surveillance discovered that prisoners at Ionia’s Richard A. Handlon Correctional Facility recovered two packages dropped by a drone. It is the first time that law enforcement and state prison officials have confirmed a successful drone delivery of contraband to Michigan inmates.

State Police and prison officials suspect that the packages contained Alcatel cellphones that were later found inside the prison.

State prison staffers had not previously disclosed that phones and other contraband may have been delivered to prisoners on May 29. They were the same brand of cellphones involved in attempted drone drops inside Carson City and Ionia prisons in August, according to the report by State Police Detective Sgt. Christian Clute that The News obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.  www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2017/10/01/report-drone-sneaks-contraband-prison/106224348/

So Sayeth The Commander!

So Long

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