This is Philip Giraldi’s statement in describing the huge influence of the Israel lobby on the foreign policy of the Unites States. In support of that expression, he cites the appearance of GOP presidential candidates before a fundamentalist Christian forum of Ralph Reed, and also the visit of a Republican Senator to Israel in which he complains that the U.S. is not “doing enough” in its support of Israel, and even suggests that the U.S. might purchase Israel’s “Iron Dome” defense against Hamas missiles and solicit Israel’s “navy” in augmenting U.S. efforts to hunt pirates off the coast of Somali. Never mind that the said “navy” doesn’t exist, U.S. military suppliers would be glad to get big contracts to make it exist so it could “help” the U.S
A new study by two academic economists documents the fact that the U.S. is moving rapidly to the distinction of having the most unequal income structure in the world. It’s not so much a matter, as many believe, of outrageously overpaid “celebrities” (whose incomes make up only 3% of the income rise), but that of CEOs of companies large, medium and small. For one example, the CEO of a milk company, Dean Foods, makes $10 million annually, 10 times that of his corporate predecessor, while the people who process, package and deliver the milk have experienced a 9% decline of real wages. It’s the milk man, stupid, but the one in the suit who belongs to 4 golf clubs and rides a corporate jet that set him back a whole year’s salary. What this “suit” seriously needs is a tax cut so he can buy another jet or create more jobs for people at starvation wages.
With the summer season underway, where it’s not drought, wildfires or floods to annoy people, it seems to be the policies of actions of airlines and their employees. In one episode, a customer takes to social media to complain of luggage handlers urinating on his luggage. In others, airlines are criticized for denying service to a black man with saggy pants, while allowing a white man with women’s lingerie to fly. The difference? The black man showed some offending flesh, the white man kept it covered.
WASHINGTON STATE HAVING A HARD TIME MATCHING ITS WORKER-TRAINING PROGRAM TO WORK FOR WHICH THERE ARE AVAILABLE JOBS.
$3 million in worker-training federal funding has been allocated for training for jobs in the state’s marque aerospace industry. Problem is that few no jobs are appearing in this industry, and the state is looking for ways for better matches between the jobs for which people are being prepared and the jobs that are available for them to fill.
ORLANDO PLANNERS HAD A “GRAND VISION” OF A HIGH-TECH CORRIDOR DEVELOPMENT; BUT THEY DIDN’T SEE THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM.
Innovation Way development of such a corridor from University of Central Florida to Orlando Airport was planned without consideration for the $380 million it is going to cost someone (probably taxpayers) for roadways to move people between their homes and their jobs. A watch-dog agency, the Florida Department of Community Affairs, warned them of this problem but now, in the interest of growth and “job creation,” that agency has been effectively neutered and the planners are free to have their “visions” and leave the nightmare of support services for the general public.
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President Obama’s contention that the United States is not engaged in “hostilities,” much less war, against the sovereign state of Libya shows him to be fully as sick and arrogant an imperial misanthrope as his historical predecessors on both sides of the Atlantic. America’s First Black President is wholly compatible with the old-school imperialists of Europe, now reborn and rejuvenated through NATO as the unchallenged masters of Africa. Ten thousand sorties of Shock and Awe scream that Euro-American rule is returning to Libya – but not, of course, by means of war. Oh, no, this is a case of “humanitarian intervention,” and not hostile in the least. Call it brotherly love – yeah, that’s the ticket. But don’t call it war.
Glen Ford, on efforts to deny that War Powers Act is applicable to current Libyan conflict, on grounds that it doesn’t involve actual “hostilities.”
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