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Fukushima continues to spew out radiation. The quantities seem to be rising, as do the impacts. The site has been infiltrated by organized crime.
Smack dab in the middle of this jolly holiday season, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus set political tongues wagging when he told radio bomb-thrower Hugh Hewitt that the party’s oppo-research machine is already combing through the metaphorical trash of a certain blond Democratic presidential possible. (Hint: It’s not Elizabeth Warren.) Faster than you can say “Hillaryland,” Priebus’s words were tweeted, blogged, and otherwise splashed about as though the man had just admitted to sacrificing live chickens in the basement of Karl Rove’s house.
Darren Kazemi – Extractive World Order: Plundering Planet Earth, Seizing Resources and Erasing Cultures
Plundering the world’s natural resources and setting up proxy points of guaranteed distribution back to the Motherland is the lead stratagem behind an Imperialist-capitalist agenda that for centuries held their own class as chief inhabitants of the planet. Foreign and domestic policy today is almost entirely dictated by the interests of a few, a ruling Imperial class under the influence of lobbyists and front groups from any number of extractive industries, among other powerful corporations and rogue nations— all equally clamoring to shape the course of things. Phony diplomats, doubling as mercantilist-shills for the most powerful corporations, working in mutual accord with corrupt foreign officials in host client-nations, are selling mass natural resource extraction to “developmentally poorer” countries as a way to prosperity.
In the face of plummeting approval ratings and mounting popular opposition, the Obama administration has launched a public relations campaign to present itself as an opponent of inequality. Speaking Wednesday in Washington, DC, Obama called income inequality the “defining challenge of our time” and declared that “over the course of the next year, and for the rest of my presidency,” the administration would “focus all our efforts” on narrowing the gap between rich and poor. To complement its empty rhetoric, the administration has pledged its support to a proposal by congressional Democrats to raise the minimum wage from its current level of $7.
C. Wright Mills argued 50 years ago that one important measure of the demise of vibrant democracy and the corresponding impoverishment of political life can be found in the increasing inability of a society to translate private troubles to broader public issues.  This is an issue that both characterizes and threatens any viable notion of democracy in the United States in the current historical moment.