The inevitability of global social unrest

By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

The Top One Percent seems to be rather mystified as to why they’re sensing a rising tide of social unrest around the world. The reason is simple: The insatiable greed and the subtle violence of the Top One Percent has simply tamped down the Other 99 Percent so much over the past 30 years that they are simply being crushed under the weight of it all.
Last week, approxiamtely 1,000 formal participants and another 2,600 “approved” corporate CEOs gathered in Davos, Switzerland to discuss the socioeconomic state of the world and whether today’s form of vulture corporate capitalism can be sustained. Scant attention was actually paid to either issue.
This week, the 17 leaders of the Eurozone countries, along with their elaborate coteries of flunkies and attendants, are meeting in Brussels, Belgium – which was shut down today by a general strike. Top of the agenda is whether Germany could and should appoint a cadre of gangster banksters to take over control of Greece’s sovereign (government) fiscal powers.
And in mid-May, the leaders of the G8 and G20 and other invited guests and their massive coteries will assemble in Chicago.
The first of these largely covert summits was a total bust in terms of dealing with what will ultimately have to be dealt with – the distribution of wealth, income and power both within countries and among countries. And the other two summits are equally likely to totally skirt the real issues that should and must, sooner or later, be addressed. Continue reading “The inevitability of global social unrest”

Harper’s hidden agenda begins to emerge

By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

It has been less than nine months since the extreme right-wing Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper won its first majority and, already, its oft-denied “hidden agenda” is beginning to emerge.
Having won their first majority only after more than half a decade as Canada’s minority federal government, the Conservatives have been so boisterously triumphal at having finally seized full control of both houses of Parliament, that they can barely constrain themselves.
The Harper Conservatives will prove to be the most loyal servant the Top One Percent has ever had and the worst enemy the Other 99 Percent have ever had.
No longer governing under the ever-present threat of an imminent non-confidence vote and a sudden general election, the Tories have begun to loosen up and show their true colours. Continue reading “Harper’s hidden agenda begins to emerge”

Harper set to harpoon Canada’s seniors

By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

Retired Canadians and the millions of baby boomers due to retire in the next few years
got a rude awakening when they heard about extreme right-wing Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s remarks during a speech yesterday to the World Economic Forum conclave in Davos, Switzerland.
Harper harped on, especially pointing his remarks at European leaders, and harangued them for allegedly being lax on the matter of sovereign (government) debt. And he went on to accuse his harkened listeners for being overly committed to government programs and citizen entitlements.
And then he dropped the bombshell! Continue reading “Harper set to harpoon Canada’s seniors”

Joe Paterno should’ve died behind bars

By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

The Amerikkkan corporate mass media have been all aflutter recently about the death of longtime Penn State football coach Joe Paterno and have, in fact, elevated him to the status of national hero.
Why?
What did “Joe Pa” ever do besides coach a university football team – “behemoths rolling in the mud?”
That he may have been a terrific university football coach, was, in the grand scheme of things, totally irrelevant. It’s what he failed to do that must dominate any ultimate assessment of his life.
And what he failed to do was take action after he learned that his assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky, was raping children in the team’s facilities – facilities over which “Joe Pa” had total control.
In the final days of his long life, Paterno acknowledged this failing and pleaded for understanding on the basis that he didn’t quite know how to handle the situation.
But the way to handle the situtation should have been obvious all along. Continue reading “Joe Paterno should’ve died behind bars”

Romney’s perverted vision for Amerikkka

By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

At several points during last Thursday’s Southern Republican presidential debate on CNN, presumed frontrunner Mitt Romney let it all hang out.
The mega-millionaire wannabe president – whose net worth has been estimated as high as $300 million – who got to be filthy rich off the misery of other Americans, dared to accuse United States President Barack Obama and the Democrats of wanting to divide the country and “wage class warfare.”
It is Mitt Romney’s class – the Top One Percent – the megamillionaires, billionaires and megabillionaires – who have waged war against the Other 99 Percent – the poor, the working class and even the middle class – since the advent of capitalism 500 years ago and especially for the pat 30 years.
Sure, Mitt Romney was born with a gold spoon in his mouth as the son of multi-millionaire former Michigan governor George Romney. But he was not yet part of the Top One Percent. Continue reading “Romney’s perverted vision for Amerikkka”

SOPA, PIPA coffins must be buried deep

By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

In the aftermath of this week’s mass hammering of the United States’ proposed SOPA and PIPA bills, care must be taken to ensure that these two draconian and anti-democratic pieces of legislation are buried deep below the ground and never again see the light of day.
SOPA – the House of Representatives’ bill called the Stop Online Piracy Act – and PIPA – the Senate’s version called the Protect Intellectual Property Act – were both among the most dangerous and anti-democratic bills ever introduced in either house of Congress.
In effect, they would have killed the Internet as we know it and dealt a massive body blow to Amerikkka’s dying “democracy.”
Ostensibly intended to protect the owners (read originators) of intellectual property, they would have given massive, harsh and dictatorial powers to such corporate miscreants as the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the Recording Industry Association of American (RIAA).
And the reason the entertainment industry would have won out over the high-tech industry is that the entertainment industry spent $94 million on buying politicians last year while Silicon Valley spent only $15 million buying politicians. Obviously, the spoils always go to the highest bidder. Continue reading “SOPA, PIPA coffins must be buried deep”

Mitt Romney: The greatest jobs destroyer?

By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

The Amerikkkan political class and the corporate mass media love to refer to the Top One Percent as “job creators.”
But for the past 30 years they have been nothing but American job destroyers, the most notable of which might be leading Republican Tea Party presidential hopeful Mitt Romney.
Yeah, that same Mitt Romney who is likely to win the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday and who refuses to release his tax returns so the public can see just how super-rich he really is.
And, yeah, the same Mitt Romney who came to amass a personal fortune of more than $300 million by shipping tens of thousands of American jobs overseas, abolishing company pension plans and paying almost no taxes on his massive lifetime earnings. Continue reading “Mitt Romney: The greatest jobs destroyer?”

The screwing of the masses continues

By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

While the Other 99 Percent in Amerikkka may have to wait a few more weeks to learn whether their payroll tax cut will be extended, the extreme right-wing government of Canadian Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper delivered its double whammy to the masses on New Year’s Day.
No, hard-working Canadians will not get a payroll tax cut. They will have to pay more into both the Canada Pension Plan and unemployment insurance.
And the reason those hard-working Canadian masses will not get a payroll tax cut is that the shabby and immoral federal government needs extra money to finance yet another tax cut for corporations, this time reducing the minuscule corporate tax burden by almost 10 percent to just 15 percent. And a great many profitable Canadian corporations get away with paying even less than that – all too often, nothing.
But that was not all the bad news for Canada’s poor, working class and middle class – the Other 99 Percent – this past week. Continue reading “The screwing of the masses continues”