Thursday, January 30, 2014

Obama Is Bush W II

When Barack Obama talks of income inequality I can’t decide if I should laugh or cry, for, not Reagan, nor Clinton, neither even Bush W, but it is Barack Obama himself who has presided over the greatest income inequality of our time. It is in his watch the greatest financial steal took place leading to the demise of Lehman Brothers, and not a single banker went to jail. It is in his watch that the crook of the century Jamie Dimon got accolade and a raise instead of jail term. There was at least a heated debate before JP Morgan's board voted to increase CEO Jamie Dimon's pay after embarrassing lawsuits that decimated the banks reputation (I mean whatever was left), but in Obama’s book he remains a hero.

Obama came in the name of change and freedom, yet he reverted to strengthening the hands of Wall Street crooks, and blessed suppression of habeas corpus. And if that is not all he is now crowning himself with the embarrassment of slavery by pushing corporatist idea –TPP, Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal, which is “NAFTA on steroids.

Obama had promised in his 2008 campaign to support a minimum wage hike to $9.50 by 2011, but he did nothing at all to implement it and after half a decade of rule declares this is the “year of action” when he’ll use his executive power to get a $10.10 minimum. Thanks heaven that it took five years but he finally learned that he has access to something called executive power, nevertheless, even this promise of him is nothing but smoke and mirror. He declared that he would issue “an executive order requiring federal contractors to pay their federally-funded employees a fair wage of at least $10.10 an hour but hid the fact that only new hires – a tiny fraction, of the two million federal contract workers – will get the wage boost; a deliberate lie and deceit. The reality that the president didn’t even propose a gradual increase for the rest of the two million workers demonstrates that he has no intention of using his powers to redress the income ineqality.

Glen Ford wrote in his article, American State of the Union: A Festival of Lies “Obama offers nothing of substance, because he is not authorized by his corporate masters to do so. He takes his general orders from the same people as do the Republicans. That’s why Obama only speaks of minimum wage hikes while Republicans are in power, rather than when his own party controlled both houses of Congress. Grand Bargains are preferred, because they are the result of consensus between the two corporate parties. In effect, the Grand Bargain is the distilled political will of Wall Street, which feeds the donkey and the elephant. Wall Street – the 1 percent – believes the world is theirs for the taking, and they want all of it. Given this overarching truth, Obama has no choice but to stage a festival of lies.”

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Is America Heading Towards A Violent Revolution?

The Hindi expression Der Hai Andher Nehi connotes, there may be delay but not darkness; this expression is usually linked with human observation on God’s judgment.

A few weeks back I raised the question why are Chris Christie’s poll numbers not tanking after the Bridgegate? A recent poll by NBC News/Wall Street Journal reveals that Christie’s popularity has taken a major blow, now only 22 percent of Americans view the Republican New Jersey governor favorably, down from 33 percent in last October.

Contrary to the political pundits’ discourses that Christie would survive this crisis nearly unscathed his political future looks to be in serious danger as more and more Americans now believe that the embattled New Jersey governor is lying about the bridge closure scandal. Twenty-nine percent of the responders now view Christie unfavorably compared to 17 percent only a few months ago. Christie repeatedly denied knowing anything about the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge and the consequent unprecedented traffic jam causing at least one death and immense public suffering over four days. Forty-four percent now believe that Christie is lying in comparison to 42 percent who say he’s telling the truth.

On top of the bridge closure issue Christie has been slapped with another allegation that his administration threatened to hold up Hurricane Sandy relief aid to Hoboken unless the Democratic mayor of the city supported a private development project. Finally it is evident that Christie is a bully and thug, in the mold of third world politicians.

Christie’s rating has fallen across all population and not just with Democrats—35 points with Democrats, 20 points with independents, and seven points with Republicans and with every demographic group and in nearly every region polled. More importantly, a Jan 15 NBC/Marist poll found Christie losing ground to his possible Democratic rival Hillary Clinton by 50 percent to 37 percent, a solid 10-point shift from a month earlier.

American media is totally controlled by a few giant corporations, thanks to Bill Clinton and his Telecommunications Act of 1996, and the propaganda machines spew untruth blanketing airwaves relentlessly. Truth has taken a backseat and relegated to only a few handfuls small progressive networks that together have merely 5 percent of the media through the internet (until it is taken away). People are stressed with high unemployment and wage reduction leaving them unsecured and afraid of showing any dissent. The oligarchy’s control is nearly airtight. But when all means of peaceful protest are eliminated the only inevitable alternative remains is violent revolution.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Science of Religion

Science of religion is the same as religion of science, both man made and evolve with time. Why are we here? What is the purpose of life? What happens when we die? Let's find out what the greatest minds have to say!

I was barked at by numerous dogs who are earning their food guarding ignorance and superstition for the benefit of those who profit from it. Then there are the fanatical atheists whose intolerance is of the same kind as the intolerance of the religious fanatics and comes from the same source. They are like slaves who are still feeling the weight of their chains which they have thrown off after hard struggle. They are creatures who—in their grudge against the traditional "opium of the people"—cannot bear the music of the spheres. The Wonder of nature does not become smaller because one cannot measure it by the standards of human moral and human aims.

— Einstein to an unidentified adressee, Aug.7, 1941. Einstein Archive, reel 54-927, quoted in Jammer, p. 97