Voices from Russia

Monday, 3 September 2012

As John Robles Sees It… RNC Unified the People Against a Common Enemy

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The Republican National Convention will soon be history, but the resonance of what occurred in Tampa may live on for a long time. For the first time in decades, police and protestors found a common ground and mutual respect. Now, that’s something that the élites who met to plan their divisive foreign and internal policies and to continue and expand the influence of their party of exclusion, can’t be at all happy about. There are still a few people out there who haven’t forgotten the plethora of crimes committed by the Bush Administration, even though many people who questioned 9/11 and the aggressive wars launched by the USA against countries that had nothing to do with it were marginalised and written off as kooks, some are still able to make themselves heard and are still fighting for those responsible for everything from the Guantánamo detention centre to the Bush torture programme to be brought to justice.

Although a majority of the American people are too scared to stand up and protest, a growing number of Americans feel that they have nothing to lose and that it’s time to take their country back from the rich élites who have gutted the American Dream for the many and have destroyed the USA’s image. Many Americans are waking up; they realise that there isn’t any real democracy in the USA and that both parties are exactly the same. Despite this, the US Republican Party has been classically and unapologetically the party of rich white elitists, so, it’s now become the focus of protests by protest groups and the majority of Americans who’re truly suffering.

One of these groups, Code Pink, a predominantly-female anti-war group, has attempted to make citizen’s arrests of various members of the previous Bush Administration for years, but there’s a lack of legal entities willing to bring charges against entrenched political figures, came out in force at the RNC in Tampa. Code Pink’s methods may seem to be questionable, and some might even call them outrageous, but they’re effective in getting attention, and, then, using the attention to get their message out, in particular, their attempts to stage what Americans call a “citizen’s arrest”. Along with the Occupy Movement and over 40 other protest groups, they descended on the “Convention of the Élite”, who gathered in Tampa to select an already chosen candidate, to ogle beautiful women stripping in front of them, listen to speeches, to plan policy demonising Russia and other “evil” countries, and to pat each other on the backs and tell each other how wonderful they are.

Code Pink was very active at the RNC, for example, at a speaking engagement tied to the Republican National Convention, members of Code Pink protested outside of the venue whilst Condoleezza Rice was speaking inside. The protestors carried handcuffs and said they had come to arrest the former Secretary of State for war crimes. The Co-Director of Code Pink Rae Abileah and Code Pink Member Colonel Ann Wright, US Army (retired), managed to enter the building where Rice was holding her speaking engagement and disrupt her speech regarding “compassion”. At the beginning of the speech, the Colonel stood up and shouted, “You can’t be compassionate, and kill people in a war of choice, the war in Iraq!” Then Ms Abileah stood up and shouted, “The blood of Iraqi children is on your hands!” Then, guards escorted the women from the building. Code Pink later confirmed on Twitter that the activists tried to prevent Condoleezza Rice from making a political speech.

The group also managed to pull off one of the most successful disruptions of their 10-year existence by infiltrating and getting through the intense security of the Republican National Convention and disrupting a speech by the vice presidential contender Paul Ryan. The group also heckled Rick Santorum, pulling off more than the Occupy Movement and the other protest groups who’d also gathered to protest at the RNC. According to Code Pink, they’ve “become famous for confronting the warmongers, whether in the halls and hearing rooms of Congress, the national conventions of both the Republicans and Democrats, George Bush‘s fundraisers, the publicity tours of Karl Rove, Condi Rice, Donald Rumsfeld, and others and even at Nancy Pelosi‘s house”.

Code Pink compiled a long list of Bush-era war criminals, it’s available on their website, including Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Stanley McChrystal, George Bush, Condoleeza Rice, Karl Rove, John Bolton, Michael Chertoff, John Ashcroft, I. Lewis Libby, Alberto Gonzales, John Yoo, Dick Cheney, and George Tenet. They call for the arrests of all of the aforementioned. What’s more, according to Tighe Barry, an actor and a Code Pink activist, in an interview with VOR, the group approached and attempted to carry out a citizen’s arrest on all of the individuals on their list. Although the group is active regarding some of the most serious issues of our times, their tactics, such as the wearing of costumes designed to look like female genitalia, some say does not help their credibility and is actually insulting to women, others say this helps them get attention.

An organizer with Occupy the RNC, a local group that assisted and coordinated all of the groups that have come to protest the RNC, including Occupiers from all over the USA, said there were few if any incidents of violence between the peaceful protestors and the police. The organiser, Amos Miers, even said that, on Thursday, the Occupiers at the Occupy camp ran out of food and water and the Tampa Police themselves brought the Occupiers dozens of cases of food and fruit and dozens of bottles of water. Code Pink activist Tighe Barry also had many kind words for the police, who’re reported to have prepared for the worst, and who he said behaved professionally and without the use of violence or excessive force. Miers said that, according to police, they’d been told that they would be going up against violent anarchists and violent protestors and that the police were surprised at the peaceful and temperate nature of the Occupiers and the other protestors.

The Republican National Convention is coming to a close, and barring last minute and unexpected events, the RNC has accomplished one thing, for the first time in recent memory, the so called 99 Percent were looked after and have even found common ground with the police and the authorities, who until now appeared to be solely the servants of the One Percent.

31 August 2012

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Voice of Russia World Service

http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_08_31/RNC-unified-the-people-against-a-common-enemy/

Editor’s Note:

It doesn’t surprise me that the coppers acted like decent men… they’re working-class Joes, too. They’re not of the Affluent Effluent, and we shouldn’t act as though they are. They have eyes and ears… and brains. The One Percent’s actually losing its grip… and everyone knows it. The coppers aren’t ogres… let’s face it; if you got thrown in the drunk tank Saturday night, you probably deserved it.

BMD  

 

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Richest Woman on Earth Urges Australia to Cut Minimum Wage

 

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The world’s richest woman, Gina Rinehart, made headlines in her native Australia. She’s said Australians should “spend less time drinking, smoking, and socialising”, if they want to be successful. Mrs Rinehart is worth an estimated nineteen billion pounds, built up after she inherited a multi-million pound mining company from her late father. VOR’s Tim Walklate spoke to Thea Manning, a reporter for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and asked her whether there had been an outcry following these comments.

Thea Manning

The public has gone kind of wild about her comments, and Deputy Prime Minister Wayne Swan led the charge against her, saying, “The comments are an insult to millions of Australian workers who go to work and flog it out to feed the kids and pay the bills”. The public definitely lashed out at her.

Tim Walklate

Who is she?

Thea Manning

She’s the richest woman in the world. She’s kind of ridden the mining boom of Australia, the resource boom, and, yes, she’s making one million dollars every 30 minutes. She’s now worth 20 billion dollars. She’s come out and said that people shouldn’t be jealous of her money; they shouldn’t sit there and complain. She says, if people want more wealth, they should do something to make more money, they should work harder, they should be spending less time drinking, smoking, and socialising. She made the comments in her regular column, which is in a mining industry magazine, and she says that people like her… billionaires and millionaires… are doing more than anyone else is to help the poor by investing their money and creating jobs. She’s also suggested that the government should lower the minimum wage and cut taxes to stimulate employment, which caused the public to be very unimpressed.

Tim Walklate

I guess the ultimate irony is that most of her money… it was reported… was inherited.

Thea Manning

Exactly! A lot of blogs and twitters have gone wild; people even say that her comments are “class warfare”. The Australian public reacted very strongly. That’s one of the main points that they’ve brought up. They’re kind of commenting on the fact that she was born into this wealth; she inherited much of her money from her father. Some people say that she doesn’t give enough to charities, that she doesn’t value family. She had an infamously bad relationship with her father, Lang Hancock, who called her “a baby elephant” in an open letter. People are saying that the fact that many of her children… three of her children… are currently locked in legal battles over their shares of the inheritance really indicates that she might have wealth, but she isn’t rich when it comes to her family life… that’s what many people are saying on Twitter and blogs.

Tim Walklate

Perhaps, do you think that possibly some Australians feel that there’s a kernel of truth in these comments?

Thea Manning

I think some do. Yes. There’s a mixture of comments, with some people saying that she’s made a point, but others are saying that the stereotype of the lazy Australian with a beer is just not the case anymore, that she’s out of touch with the people that are working hard. You know, Health Minister Tanya Plibersek also said that if she thinks that the minimum wage is too much, she could really try living on it, because if you’re making 1 million dollars every half an hour… perhaps, you don’t understand how hard it is for most people who are struggling along.

3 September 2012

Voice of Russia World Service

http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_09_03/Richest-woman-on-Earth-urges-Australia-to-cut-minimum-wage/

Editor’s Note:

The One Percent has become feral. It’s time to roll back tax rates to the levels of 1980, as the Affluent Effluent didn’t invest their money in the domestic economy, they hid it in offshore tax havens and invested it in compliant Third World kleptocracies, so that they could “moon” the labour, safety, and environmental regulations in the developed world (that’s why Willard Romney and the New GOP are objectively evil and criminal). It’s time to return business regulation to the 1980 level, too, as the Great Meltdown of ’07 was the direct result of greedy financiers pursuing once-illegal financial scams.

Government isn’t the people’s enemy… but the One Percent is, and the history of the past 32 years proves it to all. All those who say otherwise are soulless worshippers of Mammon… crazed devotees of the Almighty Dollar.

A Note to Orthodox People:

People such as Freddie M-G, Rod Dreher, Patrick Reardon, Jonas Paffhausen, and Matthias Moriak are rightwing purveyors of the rot criticised above. I wonder why Vladyki Hilarion Kapral allowed Freddie to peddle her oddbod ideas in Australia? A priest friend said, “Don’t read too much into it… he’s too kind by halves. He’s much too nice, and allows too much to slide. He’s a wonderful pastor, not a leader, just like the late Metropolitan Philaret”. Indeed, one would hope that Vladyki Hilarion would “channel” the legacy of the Prairie Ukies, who stood tall in the United Farmers (and are a backbone of the NDP to this day). He shouldn’t be giving a “blessing” to rightwing fanatics like Freddie… people like that are Christian Atheists (in the memorable words of a Russian bishop in re “evangelical” scummers).

We need to clean house and run the konvertsy poseurs out… but shall we?

BMD  

 

3 September 2012. Labour Day Breakfast in Manchester NH Held at… Greek Orthodox Cathedral… GOOD-OH!

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This morning, the AFL-CIO of New Hampshire held its annual Labour Day breakfast at St George Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Manchester NH. More than 300 working men and women gathered to hear Governor Lynch, Employment Security commissioner George Copadis, and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and others. The event’s featured guest and keynote speaker was AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler, who says she came to New Hampshire not just to recognise New Hampshire’s workers, but also to encourage them to get involved in the upcoming presidential and local elections, saying, “We have working family heroes running for all different offices here in New Hampshire, we’ve got right to work legislation that we’re concerned about, so, we want to make sure that working people get out to vote, and that that message is loud and clear”. The most visible guests were those running for office… including gubernatorial candidates Jackie Cilley and Maggie Hassan, and candidate for Congress, Annie Kuster, whose campaign yard signs covered the church lawn.

3 September 2012

New Hampshire Public Radio

http://www.nhpr.org/post/over-300-attend-afl-cio-labor-day-breakfast-manchester?ft=1&f=159943957,160095846,160097008,160155632,160163742,160200088,160218643,1

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It’s not just in Europe and Russia that the Church blesses the Left! Here in the USA, most ethnic Orthodox were, and remain, Democrats. In particular, the group most front-and-centre in the labour struggle were the po-nashemu Carpatho-Russian miners and steel workers (as well as the Ukie farmers on the Canadian Prairies). Go in the old Orthodox graveyards… you’ll find tombstones with IWW symbols. We stood tall in the Wyoming Valley and at the Rocks… we stood tall in the sit-down strikes… we stood tall in the United Farmers… we faced down the crapitalists and their affluent effluent lickspittles… and we WON. Those who’re trying to link us with Rightwing evangelicals” are at odds with all that. On top of that, the rightwing konvertsy teach heresy (in particular, imiaslavie and indifferentism) in the religious sphere, it’s not just their rightwing fantasies that are at variance with grounded Orthodox Christians in the USA and Canada. We’re PROUD to be what we are and we need no “bridges” to Hard Right lunatics, thank you very much!

After all, this is LABOUR DAY… NOT Bosses’ Day.

BMD

No Boost to Romney from Tampa Convention

HERE is Romney’s base and pampered pets… any questions? He has no shame… he makes it clear that you and I don’t count.

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According to a Gallup poll, last week’s Republican convention in Tampa failed to give Mitt Romney a boost in his presidential race with Barack Obama. Romney’s support was flat, at about 46 percent, whilst Obama’s numbers are about 47 percent. In the run-up to the Democratic National Convention on 4 September, President Obama slammed his Republican rival for not caring for the nation’s healthcare system and accused him of pushing to repeal the new protection initiatives for millions without offering a plan of his own. At a visit to the University of Colorado at Boulder, Obama said, “Governor Romney promised that on his first day in office he’s gonna sit right down, grab a pen, and repeal Obamacare. What that means is that right away he’d kick 7 million young people off their parents’ plan. He’d take hope away from tens of millions of American with pre-existing conditions by repealing reform”. So far, Mitt Romney unveiled only a few details of his plans to replace the law he wants to wipe off the books.

In turn, Vice President Joe Biden accused the Republicans of trying to undermine Medicare, a medical program that millions of senior Americans have relied upon for years. David Plouffe, one of Obama’s top White House aides, insisted, “The Romney path would be the wrong path for the middle class, the wrong path for this country”. The Affordable Care Act (called Obamacare by its opponents) is controversial; Democrats consider it a great achievement by, whilst simultaneously providing the Republicans with a unifying platform, from where they have been launching continuous attacks against the Obama Administration, arguing that its healthcare plan amounted to a government takeover of the whole healthcare system and a budget-buster to boot. Meanwhile, around 800 demonstrators marched through the streets of the city of Charlotte NC, protesting corporate greed as well as US drone strikes overseas, which they said killed children as well as terrorists.

3 September 2012

Voice of Russia World Service

http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_09_03/No-boost-to-Romney-from-Tampa-convention/

Editor’s Note:

The Grand Old Phonies’ attack on the Affordable Care Act is schizophrenic. At the time, Wafflin’ Willy was PROUD of his achievement with healthcare in Massachusetts… and the ACA is a carbon copy of that law. You see, it was a good thing when Willy advocated it, but bad when Obama advocated it. However, don’t get too riled. Even with the “convention boost”, Willy couldn’t surpass Obama… and he’s at his zenith. More and more people will abandon him as they realise what a coward and tax cheat he is, and when people realise that the ACA is the EXACT same law that Mittens signed to great fanfare in Massachusetts. In short, the Republicans are dead in the water. Mind you, we do have to “get out the troops”, and we have to make a cogent case FOR social justice, but the Republicans have no substantive policy, it’s merely, “Perpetual war in foreign parts, no taxes on the rich, and let’s pull the plug on grandma… we can’t discommode the affluent effluent”. The GOP has the most objectively evil programme seen in the USA in history without exaggeration… it’s time for all decent and moral people to say, “NO”.

Let me reiterate it… the Republican programme is objectively evil and at variance with what all REAL Christians believe. The “Greed is Good” ideology of the New GOP is directly opposed to traditional Christian doctrine and completely against what Our Lord Christ taught personally… Ye cannot serve both God and Mammon. It’s a selfish and individualistic rejection of the selfless communitarianism that Christ taught. Mind you, Real Christians have fallen short of their profession of social justice, tragically so, at times. However, it’s not the blasphemous undisguised Mammon worship of the Right. That’s made all the worst by its “religious” posturing… especially, on the single issue of abortion (I find the self-satisfied and self-aggrandising posturing of the so-called Pro-Life Movement sickening and repulsive… as repulsive as I find abortion, by the way)… remember Satan can quote Scripture, turn himself into an “Angel of Light”, and pervert things good-in-themselves to his use… the Church teaches us that. We MUST reject the Religious Right (we Orthodox must reject the lunacies of Fathausen and the konvertsy)… our immortal souls ARE at stake.

Remember, God can’t act unless we do. Evil triumphs because the good did nothing… NEVER forget that.

BMD

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