New York City limousine driver kills himself in protest over poverty wages

by Sandy English, WSWS

On Monday morning, Douglas Schifter, a career limousine driver, shot and killed himself in a rental car in front of New York City Hall in lower Manhattan. A suicide note explained his act was a protest against the political and corporate establishment for systematically lowering the standard of living of professional drivers.

In a defiant note posted on his Facebook account before his suicide, Schifter observed that he had been working nearly 100-120 consecutive hours a week for the last 14 years, up from 50 hours weekly in 1981 when he started to drive professionally.

“Companies do not care how they abuse us just so the executives get their bonuses,” Schifter wrote. “They have not paid us fair rates for some time now. Due to the huge numbers of cars available with desperate drivers trying to feed their families they squeeze rates to below operating costs and force professionals like me out of business. They count their money and we are driven down into the streets we drive becoming homeless and hungry. I will not be a slave working for chump change. I would rather be dead.”…

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Market Crashes to “Correct” Trump’s Memo Wrongthink – The Real Deep State Flexes It’s Muscle

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE: Oh look. This morning they are saying it’s… a correction

“Stock market analysts believe the stock market is long overdue for a 5% pullback or even a 10% correction.” CNN Money

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DOW) closed today down 1,175 points after rallying back from being down 1,600 points.

This is the biggest single day loss in history but it gets worse. On Friday the DOW dropped 666 points as a kind of a precursor to today. That’s a loss of 1,841 points in two business days. That’s a lot.

Especially when you consider the previous worse day was in Sept. of 2008 when the DOW flash-crashed 777 points because congress dared to do what the American people wanted them to do… deny giving Wall Street their first of many bailouts for crashing our economy.

“Monday’s sell-off surpassed a 777.68 points drop on the Dow Jones on 29 September 2008 when Congress rebuffed a $700bn bank bailout plan following the collapse of US investment bank Lehman Brothers earlier that month.” BBC

666? 777? Seem a little like a coincidence to anyone else?

There are a couple things going on right now which might explain this development.

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Clinton Machine Set to Steal Puerto Rico Primary Today Via More Voter Suppression

by Scott Creighton

Puerto Rico is holding their Democratic Party primary today and true to form, MSNBC called it for Hillary Clinton long before the polls ever opened. The only question they ask is “how close will the primary get Killary to the magic number?”

Puerto Rico has 60 delegates up for grabs. The MSM pretends Hillary only needs 60 delegates to cinch up the nomination but that’s not true. At current count, Hillary has 1,776 delegates while Bernie holds 1,501. Those are pledged delegates, won by the various caucuses and primaries held so far this year. We all know Hillary’s campaign machine has stolen a number of votes and suppressed likely Sanders voters along they way to achieve that slight lead but there it is none-the-less.

The slight of hand employed by the corporate media involves “superdelegates” and who they claim to support. Since they don’t actually vote until the Democratic Party convention in July, Hillary wont have “won” anything until then. There are only 895 delegates still up for grabs in the primaries and neither she nor Bernie will win enough of them to claim the nomination outright. She needs something like 67% of the votes to win that number and he needs about a 100%.

Puerto Rico’s Democratic Party is run by a rabid long-time Hillary supporter named Roberto Prats.

Back in April, Prats said that Hillary’s ascension to the throne was a “given” and that Bernie should drop out of the race.

The Sanders campaign has leveled some charges against the establishment Dems in Puerto Rico and Prats specifically. They say they have made it harder to register prisoners in Puerto Rico to vote today.

This is par for course. Voter suppression has been a big part of Hillary’s “wins” in New York and Arizona so far and it seems like the winning formula is being repeated in Puerto Rico and not just with prisoners.

Back in 2012 there were 2,300 polling places for the Democratic Party primary. In early May of this year, Prats and his “Hillary-backing” party promised they would have at least 1,500 for today.

Well, there are a total of 430 polling locations open today and they are only open from 8 am to 3 pm. Some 700,000 people are expected to try to vote at those few locations. Do the math. That’s 1628 voters per polling location for 7 hours at something close to 232 voters per hour. That isn’t going to happen.

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Obama’s Next Neoliberal Regime Change: Venezuela president declares emergency, cites U.S., domestic ‘threats’

from Reuters

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro declared a 60-day state of emergency on Friday due to what he called plots from within the OPEC country and the United States to topple his leftist government.

Maduro did not provide details of the measure. A previous state of emergency, implemented in states near the Colombian border last year, suspended constitutional guarantees in those areas, except for guarantees relating to human rights.

Earlier on Friday, U.S. intelligence officials told reporters they were increasingly worried about the potential for an economic and political meltdown in Venezuela and predicted Maduro was not likely to complete his term.

Venezuela’s opposition is seeking to recall the unpopular leader, 53, amid a worsening crisis that includes food and medicine shortages, frequent power cuts, sporadic looting and galloping inflation.

But the former union leader and bus driver has vowed to stick out his term, and accuses the United States of fomenting an undercover coup against him. He pointed to this week’s impeachment of fellow leftist Dilma Rousseff in Brazil as a sign that he is next.

“Washington is activating measures at the request of Venezuela’s fascist right, who are emboldened by the coup in Brazil,” Maduro said during a Friday night broadcast on state television.

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Surrounded by White Male Criminals like Aecio Neves, Michel Temer Announces New Neoliberal “Salvation Government” of Brazil

by Scott Creighton

Brazil's interim President Michel Temer (centre) attends a signing ceremony for new government ministers on May 12.

unelected Temer with his unelected neoliberal scumbag technocrats set out to drop the economic brick on Brazil before the law and democracy can catch up with them

Neoliberal Michel Temer has stepped into the illegally vacated shoes of left-leaning Dilma Rousseff as the president of Brazil. He has announced and signed-in his technocrat-filled cabinet and as expected, they are setting out to drop the neoliberal Milton Friedman “free market” brick on the people of their country. Not one single woman was announced as a member of Temer’s new cabinet of technocrats. They are also all white.

“He charged his new ministers with enacting business-friendly policies… He quickly named respected former central bank governor Henrique Meirelles as his finance minister, with a mandate to overhaul the costly pension system.” Lisandra Paraguassu and Alonso Soto

“Mr Temer, who is perceived as more market-friendly, but is facing his own impeachment requests and corruption allegations, has called for investor calm. He says he will push for more privatisations, reduce the number of public employees and get the budget deficit under control.” Sydney Morning Herald

Talk about understatement: the New York Times says Temer “may herald a shift to the rightಠ_ಠ

I guess we should be happy they didn’t accuse Dilma of harboring WMDs, say she was behind 9/11 or currently supporting “ISIS™”

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Work for Slave Wages or Starve: Democrats silent as one million lose food stamp benefits

from WSWS

Tens of thousands of impoverished, unemployed adults were cut off food stamps Friday, the first wave of a social catastrophe that could affect more than one million people this year.

Some 22 states began terminating benefits for “Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents,” or ABAWDs, in the jargon of the US Department of Agriculture, which administers the federally funded food stamp program, or Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), as it is formally known.

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Understanding The Refugee “Crisis” of 2015 (or… Enter the “Refugee Truther”)

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE: Germany is demanding Facebook help their efforts by removing posts that are critical of their efforts to demand refugees are accepted across Europe

“German Justice Minister Heiko Maas wants Facebook Inc. to remove racist posts targeting asylum seekers after several attacks on refugee camps in Germany over the past week.”


At a time when everyone was being told we had to STOPKONY from killing all the children, I and a few others braved the rampages of the online thought police and wrote the truth about the fraudulent propaganda campaign. It didn’t take long for the leader of that particular marketing campaign to wind up naked and high as a kite on the side of the road and as a result, his astroturfing campaign subsequently crashed into the rocky shoreline. Yet the campaign to recolonize Africa continues to this day unfortunately.

By the same token, a few days after alleged shooting of Malala, when we were being told we HAD to “LOVE MALALA!” or else, I and a few others were writing about the ridiculousness of the story and I even went so far as to suggest it was all about pushing an agenda of global for-profit charter school systems which would serve the interests of the masters of the universe in many, many ways. Turns out, with her fake little scar and her fake Peace Prize, Malala is busy spending her days running around promoting global for-profit charter school systems that will teach poor kids around the world of the wonders of Westernized neoliberal, free market ideology. She now lives in London of course.

Do I even need to mention the “Snowden truthers” and the scores of “alternative” truth-tellers like Dave Lindorff who attacked us for simply investigating and writing the truth about what was really going on? Do I need to mention the “Freedom” Act and the privatization of the surveillance state which is what I said the “Snowden” psyop was all about from the start?

How about the American Gladio campaign, which is apparently still going on today. Or the fake “ISIS” threat always showing up in nations Barack Obama needs to bomb into (or BACK into) submission?

Contrary to how it might appear, I’m not patting myself on the back, though I know my detractors will say I am.

What I am doing is pointing out that whenever a major agenda unfolds, whenever the “crisis” in support of that agenda takes shape, for one reason or another, you can always count on a certain measure of “truth-tellers” to get on board with the official narrative (at least in principle if not in totality) in the early stages of the effort and in recent years there have been very few programs bigger in scope and reach than the recolonization of Africa, the global for-profit “education” of third world populations and the fascist privatization of the surveillance state. Yes, they need to strip US citizens of certain constitutional rights and they need to do that on a very selective basis, hence “common sense” gun legislation via “mental hygiene” laws. And they need an ever shifting continuous threat for the long war, the endless war, the covert drone strike war at all places at all times. Thus, fake mass casualty events and fake beheading videos. But don’t let certain “truth-tellers” hear you speak about those.

That’s kinda like asking certain “truthers” what hit the Pentagon or what happened to the 80 or so security camera videos the FBI took from surrounding locations minutes after the attack.

Today, there is another “crisis” brewing and a number of “truth-tellers” don’t want to go anywhere near the truth of the matter. But I will. Because that is what I do.

So let’s talk about the sanctified story of the “refugee crisis” and how it’s being used for a number of various globalist agendas.

Who says it’s being used for globalist agendas? Well they do of course. You just have to know where to look.

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