Greece Vote On January 25 May Be Historic.

by Jerry Alatalo

aaa-8Alphabet In just days, the men and women of Greece have the real opportunity to start what could become a worldwide transformation. The Syriza Party of Greece, currently percentage points ahead and with a very good shot at taking power, has made public their intentions of staying in the Eurozone and continuing to use the euro as its currency. In the following interview of investigative journalist Greg Palast, host Thom Hartmann said he thinks it’s fear of a backlash and losing the election which has led Syriza to say Greece will stay in the Eurozone, but if Syriza wins they may then leave the euro and the Eurozone, returning to the Greek drachma.

The Greek people have been the targets of a fear campaign which warns them a Syriza victory and exit from the Eurozone would result in financial troubles equal to the sky falling. In the thinking of Mr. Palast, with 25% unemployment, Greeks looking for food in dumpsters, and people cutting trees for heat after getting their electricity shut off, the Greek “sky has already fallen”. Palast compares the Eurozone with its widespread harsh austerity policies to a “leper colony”, and suggests the best option for Greeks is to leave it.

With the return of the drachma – the Greek currency before joining the European Union and adopting the euro – the people of Greece will become the sovereign controllers of their monetary system, not the largest banks of Europe and beyond. If such a decision came to manifestation in the time it will take a victorious Syriza Party to arrange its implementation, the people of Greece would no longer have to depend on large financial institutions whose agendas have virtually nothing to do with the health and well-being of Grecians, but an agenda of holding the government and people in debt and privatization/ownership of Greek public resources.

Austerity is described by a Syriza candidate for parliament and economics professor as “repeated waterboarding”, and all European Union states have suffered economically because austerity simply lowers demand and slows economies in a predictable, vicious downward circle. If Syriza wins the elections in Greece on January 25, look for others Eurozone states to move in the same direction in the not-too-distant future – states such as Spain, Portugal, Ireland, Italy, France and perhaps more.

At some certain point, expect the collective jaw of the world’s people to begin dropping, as unprecedented monetary/financial reforms sweep the Earth. This very well could lead to the beginning of historic change; a reversal of the global trend toward greater and greater wealth inequality; a swing of the pendulum away from centuries-practiced policies, agendas, and actions which have resulted in one of the world’s absolutely obscene statistics. In 2015, 80 individuals at the top of the “pyramid” own as much wealth as the world’s bottom 50% – 3.5 billion people combined.

Sunday’s elections in Greece could well go down in history as a massive turning point in human civilization. In 2015, people of the world might want to strap in tight. It looks like it’s going to turn into one completely amazing ride.

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(Thank you to thomhartmann at YouTube)

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Read Greg Palast’s article:

http://www.gregpalast.com/trojan-hearse-greek-elections-and-the-euro-leper-colony/

She’s Got Bread Bags On The Soles Of Her Shoes.

by Jerry Alatalo

aaa-21Alphabet The first action taken up by the Republican controlled House of Representatives and Senate was the Keystone XL pipeline. Billionaire industrialist brothers Charles and David Koch stand to make billions of dollars in profits if the pipeline from Canada across the center of the United States to Texas refineries becomes built. That’s because, if reports are correct, the Koch brothers own gazillions of acres of land in Canada where large amounts of tar sands oil exist.

Charles and David Koch provided strong financial backing to 44 year-old Iowan Joni Ernst in her successful campaign for the U.S. Senate in America’s 2014 mid-term elections. Freshman Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa became the choice of Republican leadership to give their party’s response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address. The one – and only – specific domestic or foreign policy issue Senator Ernst addressed in her response was the Keystone XL pipeline.

Oops. Correction. Attentive observers of Senator Ernst’s Republican response couldn’t help but catch her bold, newly insightful and absolutely innovative remarks about “climate change”. However, Senator Ernst’s perception of climate change is slightly different from most Americans’, and perhaps not quite as consequential and worrisome as the scientists assert.

Ms. Ernst doesn’t see Koch Industries’ ravaging of their gazillions of Canadian acres for the world’s dirtiest fossil fuels as any concerning issue for Americans or humanity. She sees climate change as something very simple, without the need for complex explanations from scientists but easily understood by everyone:

One school day it’s sunny, the next school day it’s rainy. See, the climate changed.

She went into great detail for the American people about her own personal experience with “climate change”. When she was a youngster, she had only one “good pair of shoes”, so on school days when it was raining her mother would give her plastic bread bags to protect those shoe from water damage.

So, there’s no need to listen to any geeky, pocket-protector wearing scientists for ways to effectively deal with climate change. It’s soooo much simpler than that.

Just save those bread bags.

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(Thank you to democracynow at YouTube)

Tax Wall Street Party: New Ideas For America.

Posted on January 20, 2015

After America’s 2014 midterm elections saw the lowest voter turnout since the end of World War II, perhaps a new political party – the Tax Wall Street Party – will offer Americans a much stronger incentive for heading to the polls.

(Cross-posted from/for more information visit: http://taxwallstreetparty.org)

A New Party Is Born

The two-party system has become an intolerable straitjacket on the hopes and dreams of the American people. More than ever, we need a viable alternative to a future of budget cuts, unemployment, despair and war.

Who Will Pay for the Depression? Working People or Wall Street

We have been told that our nation is approaching a “fiscal cliff” – that the profligacy of the American people is to blame for our national debt, and that we have no choice but to cut away the fabric of the New Deal. Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve continues to buy Wall Street’s toxic derivatives – the cause of the 2007 financial crisis – at the rate of $85 billion a month.

This is not just hypocricy, it is the essence of fascism.

Since we are in an economic depression, the main political question is, Who Will Pay for This Depression? The Wall Street parasites demand that the cost of the depression they have created be shifted to working people. The Tax Wall Street Party demands instead that Wall Street pay the cost of the depression it has created.

The Void in Anti-Establishment Politics in America

Occupy Wall Street and the related mass strike upsurge of 2011 showed that the New Deal is still alive in the hearts of the American people. But this moment was sabotaged by so-called leaders of these movements who were unwilling to make concrete demands for economic reform.

While glimmers of hope remain within the Democratic party, the Wall Street-owned party leadership is in lockstep with the decrepit Republican party in its quest for more free trade, austerity, deregulation and war.

Independent voters can only register their distaste by choosing between utopian radicals on the left and right, neither side capable of ever appealing to the vast majority of working American families.

The Tax Wall Street Party will offer American voters what they sorely need – a concrete program of economic reform, based on the proven traditions of Lincoln’s American System, FDR’s New Deal, and JFK’s New Frontier.

Our Demands

1. Tax Wall Street

The fiscal problems of the United States are largely due to the fact that Wall Street pays no taxes. While working families pay 7% or more in sales tax for the necessities of life, Wall Street speculators pay nothing on their share of a yearly turnover of over $5 quadrillion (5,000 trillion dollars) in stocks, bonds and derivatives. A 1% tax on this turnover, equally divided between the federal and state governments, largely solves the budget deficit at all levels of government, negating the so-called fiscal cliff and allowing for the full restoration of social services, public payrolls and pensions, and other needs.

2. Nationalize the Federal Reserve

We propose to seize the functions of the Federal Reserve System and use it as a national bank to finance the long-term needs of the American people. Federal lending allows us to make massive long-term commitments – such as the $3.6 trillion we need to repair our decaying public infrastructure – at modest short-term costs. For states and businesses, the cost of capital can be radically lowered, and a competitive advantage of the United States in world markets can be secured. The overriding goal is the creation of 30+ million new jobs in production, with high capital investment, high energy intensity, high value added, and high technology.

3. Economic Protections

Economic justice can not be secured in a “free market” where Wall Street speculators are allowed to run the real economy like a casino. We need to rebuild manufacturing and family farms by restoring the basic protections of the New Deal – including a tariff (tax) on imported goods, a fair (parity) price for farms, and re-regulation of the financial sector.

4. Economic Rights

If we want the best economy in the world, we need the best-educated, healthiest, most secure workforce in the world. We will finish what FDR started by providing access to affordable, high-quality healthcare, education, housing and retirement for all Americans.

Fight With Us for The Next New Deal

The great transformations in American economic and political life – typified by the reforms of Hamilton, Lincoln, FDR and JFK – happened when an upsurge in mass political action was fueled by an effective economic program. The Tax Wall Street Party offers the only program that can lift America out of depression and into a new era of peace, prosperity and development. Will you fight with us?

Martin Luther King: The Truth About His Assassination.

Posted on January 18, 2015

by Jerry Alatalo

Book11Alphabet How many people are aware that in 1999 an actual, official civil trial on Martin Luther King’s (MLK) murder took place? Is that 1999 trial of 30 days and 70 witnesses – where the jury delivered their conclusion that the man accused of the murder, James Earl Ray (deceased by 1999), was not guilty, but that Loyd Jouwers, owner of the grill across from the Lorraine Motel where MLK’s life was terminated, and elements of the Memphis Police Department and United States military were behind the assassination – recorded in America’s history books?

The answer to the first question is probably not many, although every man, woman and child should be. The answer to the second question is probably no; the history books America’s schoolchildren read omit the 1999 MLK Assassination civil trial. That the trial, a truly historic event, and the findings and jury decision, are yet relatively unknown 15 years later is wrong. When American students read about the life and death of MLK and are not given facts about the 1999 trial, they are being given a false history.

Inclusion of the 1999 trial in history books must be viewed as beyond any debate because it happened legally and legitimately, plus, most importantly, inclusion allows students (not to mention the world) to learn the complete truth. If one considers this matter from the standpoint of an academic historian loyal to accurate description of past events, this is obviously unacceptable.

The family of Martin Luther King called on attorney William Pepper to represent them and James Earl Ray for the trial. Mr. Pepper worked closely with MLK in the last year of his life, and it was after studying the work of then-journalist Pepper on his time covering the Vietnam War that led MLK to oppose the war. Pepper had published his work in a powerful “Ramparts” magazine article, which MLK read and led to Pepper and MLK’s close association.

Years after Martin Luther King’s death in 1968, another close associate and friend Ralph Abernathy asked William Pepper to travel with him to interview James Earl Ray in prison. After hours of talking directly to Ray, Pepper became convinced the man was innocent of the assassination. It took many more years before in 1999 the civil trial was held in Memphis – the first and only trial for James Earl Ray, and the first and only trial on the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King.

The following interview of William Pepper occurred around a year ago, and in it he describes what happened leading to the 1999 civil trial in Memphis, his subsequent, and current, involvement in the murder of Robert F. Kennedy through representing the accused assassin Sirhan Sirhan, and his thoughts on why Martin Luther King, Robert Kennedy and President John Kennedy were killed.

William Pepper told the story behind MLK’s assassination and the 1999 civil trial in his book “An Act of State”.

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Founder and editor of phibetaiota.net Robert David Steele entered the following review at Amazon.com. Mr. Steele apparently is very well-read, as he has compiled the highest number of reviews of nonfiction books at Amazon.

This review is from: An Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King (Paperback)

John 8:32 “Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free”.

The updated book is better than the original because it includes a post 9-11 Afterword.

So many people are going to consider this book to be a provocation, a conspiracy theory, revisionist, etc. I will start with three compelling reasons to take this seriously:

1. The author is a recognized barrister in England and lawyer in the US. His reputation is impeccable, and he is respected by heads of state and of international organizations concerned with human rights.

2. The author brought a civil suit in which it took the jury less than one hour of deliberation after all the facts had been laid out, to find for the plaintiffs (the King family survivors) and agree that the US Government was complicit in his murder.

3. The evidence of US Government complicity in crimes against humanity as well as high crimes and misdemeanors of all sorts, is now over-whelming within the non-fiction literature. Cover-ups are the norm.

Here are my flyleaf notes:

+ King was leading a coalition of peace and civil rights in 1967, one that expanded to address economic injustice and the rights of indigenous people’s everywhere, but especially in Viet-Nam. This “new politics,” like the third party politics of today, was so threatening to the Mafia, to banks and corporations, and to the US political and FBI leadership committed to “because we say so, right or wrong,” that he was ordered killed.

+ The author tells us that by 1970 King’s moral authority was directly challenging the moral bankruptcy of the American “state,” which King aptly described as “the greatest purveyor of violence on Earth.” (See my review of The Fifty Year Wound: How America’s Cold War Victory Has Shaped Our World and also Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA)

+ Unlike others who accepted the government’s fictional account at face value, the author actually interviewed James Earl Ray in prison, and over time clearly established both Ray’s veracity, and additional evidence.

+ The FBI burglarized Martin Luther King over 20 times.

+ Less than one month after the John F. Kennedy assassination (he was warned and discounted the warning delivered by his brother), the FBI made Martin Luther King its top target, focusing on “neutralizing King as an effective leader.” (The cover-up is exposed in Someone Would Have Talked: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the Conspiracy to Mislead History)

+ At least two funded “hits” on King were discovered, but the one that succeeded involved Frank Liberto, a Mafia boss in the food business, who evidently forgave a major debt from Lloyd Jowers who served as the on-site cut-out for the weapon but did not do the shooting himself. Links are discussed between the FBI, the Mafia, and local police.

+ The local police pulled back all assigned security, took black officers off watch, and evidently arranged to have King moved from a protected inner courtyard room to an upper room directly in the line of sight from the bushes where the shooter was planning to be.

+ 30 years seems to be the magic time period that must pass before individuals sworn to secrecy to protect political malfeasance realize they should ease their consciences before death.

+ The book includes an appendix that shows the many times the Department of Justice willfully lied or omitted evidence in its own investigation.

+ The author presented nine areas to a court that found for the plaintiff; they are listed on page 108:

01 the background to the assassination
02 the local conspiracy
03 the crime scene
04 the murder weapon
05 Raul (the handler)
06 the broader conspiracy
07 the cover up–its scope and activities
08 the defendant’s prior admissions
09 damages

The King family sought damages of just $100. Far more important to them was the verdict of the jury: the US Government, and particularly the FBI and US Army counterintelligence elements acting against US citizens on US soil, were complicit in the murder (assassination) of Martin Luther King.

The author places King is direct opposition to the materialism and the secularization of life to include a loss of morality in US foreign policy. Specifically mentioned in this book are King’s objection to US Government support for dictators. (See my review of Breaking the Real Axis of Evil: How to Oust the World’s Last Dictators by 2025)

The author states that he could not have obtained a trial date, much less a verdict, without the full engagement of the King family. Their participation was of inestimable value, he says. He then goes on to describe how the media, which did not attend the trial, slandered (broadcast) and libeled (print) the family and the memory of Martin Luther King. [This is the same media that refused to run $100,000 cash in advance information advertisements against the elective war on Iraq.]

The author specifically warns of the discreet movement in 2007 of the Violent Radicalization Act allowing the White House to redirect the National Guard from any state to any other state, and believes that there is now an explicit fear among “the elite” of impending and complete system collapse and a public rebellion of consequence.

I have a note from the book, that Martin Luther King was branded a traitor. So also was General Tony Zinni, USMC (Ret), the most recently retired Commander in Chief of the U.S. Central Command, and the single most knowledgeable authority at the time on Iraq, Iran, the Middle East, the Pakistan wild card, and Afghanistan. My bottom line: we are lied to; the “experts” are not expert and pander for access–it is time we assert the collective intelligence of We the People.

Completely unexpected to me, but relevant in the context of other books I have been reading, is the author’s outline of how King and all that he stood for called into question the entire-military industrial complex and the misdirection of most of our money toward waging war. (See my review of War is a Racket: The Antiwar Classic by America’s Most Decorated Soldier and of the DVD Why We Fight)

The last page of the body of the book, page 288, has this quote that I marked:

“Martin King firmly believed that non-violent civil disobedience was the best strategy to obtain justice. There is little doubt in my mind that massive non-violent civil disobedience has the potential to shut down the nation, and compel substantive social, economic, political, and cultural change, leading to the reconstruction of the Republic with a focus on the needs of people rather than capital. His dream lives on in each of us who internalized it.”

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(Thank you to Paul DeRienzo at YouTube)