Carrier is shuttering its manufacturing facility in western Indianapolis and moving its operation to Mexico, eliminating about 1,400 jobs during the next three years.
The heating, ventilating, air conditioning manufacturer announced Wednesday that it would begin eliminating its Indianapolis workforce in 2017 and continue the layoffs through 2019…
Is this more of the NAFTA giant sucking sound that Ross Perot predicted? You betcha’! Mexico says thank you, Bill Clinton.
Despite all the public hoopla, all the cases of microcephaly being discovered in Brazil have never been scientifically linked to the Zika virus. A group of doctors from South America are now saying the brain deformations the world is witnessing are caused by the mass fumigation of low-income Brazilian people with a chemical larvicide, not by mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus.
What we’re seeing with the brain deformations of children, in other words, is more like the history of thalidomide, a prescription medicine given to pregnant women that caused children to be born with limbs missing. But the official narrative on all this is pushing a false link with Zika in order to justify more chemical fumigation, more vaccines and more genetically engineered mosquitoes.
A dramatic increase of congenital malformations, especially microcephaly in newborns, was detected and quickly linked to the Zika virus by the Brazilian Ministry of Health. However, they fail to recognise that in the area where most sick persons live, a chemical larvicide producing malformations in mosquitoes has been applied for 18 months, and that this poison (pyroproxyfen) is applied by the State on drinking water used by the affected population.
It looks like the world’s health authorities are using Zika virus mosquitoes as a cover story to conceal the damage caused by toxic chemicals manufactured by powerful globalist corporations.
The larvicide sprayed in Brazil, for example, is called “pyriproxyfen,” and it’s manufactured by Sumitomo Chemical, a corporation known to be a “strategic partner” of Monsanto. The Argentinian doctors’ report lists Sumitomo as a “subsidiary” of Monsanto. As GM Watch reports, “Pyriproxyfen is a growth inhibitor of mosquito larvae, which alters the development process from larva to pupa to adult, thus generating malformations in developing mosquitoes and killing or disabling them.”
Hmmm… a growth inhibitor of developing organisms? Does that raise any question marks with anyone when considering the under-developed cranial and neurological systems of the children being victimized in all this?…
It is one of the cruel ironies of the last eight years that Americans could at once elect our first African-American president but also see such hatred unleashed that we would need a political movement devoted to the basic idea that black lives matter.
Michael Eric Dyson deeply admires the Barack Obama who initiated the Affordable Care Act, who saved the auto industry, who helped bring the economy back from George W. Bush’s ruinous Great Recession. In his new book “The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America,” the president is a hero, albeit a deeply complex and sometimes flawed hero. “Obama lives with a burden and possibility that no other black person in our history, perhaps in world history, has ever had to shoulder,” Dyson writes.
But the Obama era has also been the era of George Zimmerman, Sandra Bland, Dylann Roof and Ferguson. It has been a time of black kids shot for playing with a toy gun, of black lives that ended handcuffed in a police car, with a mysterious, supposed suicide in a jail cell, or after a “rough ride” in Baltimore. White terror, white nationalism, renewed debates over the Confederate flag, the rise of Donald Trump and talk of a new American “silent majority” — there are very real ways, Dyson says, in which we have moved backwards on race over these last eight years.
This is where Dyson wishes that Obama has done more — on questions of race, Dyson told Salon in an interview last week, the president has too often remained stubbornly silent, except, he says, to moralize to black America. While admiring of Obama’s soaring rhetoric in Columbia, S.C. after the Emanuel AME horror, and also of some his executive orders on criminal justice issues, Dyson also believes the first black president could have done more for black America — and more to educate white America.
Obama, he tells Salon, may have wanted to have seen himself as a post-partisan and a post-racial presiident. And yet his race became central to the opposition which lined up against him…
Thanks to Dr. Detroit for the above link. Sometimes admiration causes blindness, and IMHO this is the case with Dyson’s assessment of the Obama presidency.
For openers, Dyson calls Obama “the first African-American President. If you measure “African-American” by blood, then Barack Obama was decidedly NOT the first African-American President. Eisenhower’s mother was an African-American, and other Presidents like Warren Harding undoubtedly had African-American ancestors. It is fair to say that Obama is the first African-American President whose complexion prevented him from denying his ancestry; but so what? Did Obama exhibit the cultural and political heritage of African-American people? Singing Al Green doesn’t come anywhere near cutting the mustard, as will be examined, but let us first examine the issues which Dyson thinks made Obama a “hero.”
Michael Eric Dyson deeply admires the Barack Obama who initiated the Affordable Care Act, who saved the auto industry, who helped bring the economy back from George W. Bush’s ruinous Great Recession.
Initiated The Affordable Care Act
The ACA or Obamacare is almost a carbon copy of the healthcare legislation that was developed by the Heritage Foundation and implemented by Gov. Romney in Massachusetts. It is a godsend to insurance companies. Two physicians have told me that they have patients who are paying exorbitant premiums and have deductibles of $5,000. Obamacare was implemented while progressive forces were calling for single-payer and Obama cited the need for a public option to keep costs controlled.
…President Barack Obama promoted the idea of the public option while running for election in 2008. Following his election, Obama downplayed the need for a public health insurance option, including calling it a “sliver” of health care reform, but still campaigned for the option up until the health care reform was passed…
A triumph? Nay, a sellout.
Saved The Auto Industry
This salvation is ephemeral. What was saved was some of the profits for the stockholders and banksters. Chrysler is now owned by a foreign company. The other auto firms were “saved” by imposing drastically reduced wages on new hires. Much of the manufacturing was sent overseas and continues to be sent overseas:
The GM bankruptcy and bailout is the continuation of post-industrial policies of the Clinton and Bush years. Those policies, which encouraged companies to shutter factories in the US and move operations to foreign countries with lower wages and weaker regulations, were defined by Wall Street rather than Main Street. The model of a “healthy” American company was defined by stock and bond speculators, who rewarded short-term thinking and brutal cost-cutting, even if these strategies resulted in the loss of millions of jobs, the closing of hundreds of functional factories and the deindustrialization of communities, regions and whole states that had once been among the most productive in the world.
Nothing about the old way of doing business made sense, and it made a wreck of GM. After decades of closing factories, laying off workers and shifting production overseas, the company now finds itself with $172.8 billion in debt.
It would make sense to change course, radically.
But the Obama administration is not doing anything radical.
Rather, it wants to create a “New GM” that stays the course of the old GM.
If all goes according to plan, the “New GM” will close down as many as 20 factories in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Delaware. Additional plants in Tennessee and Michigan will be put on “standby,” for probable closing. At least 21,000 family-supporting jobs will be lost, as the corporation shifts production to new facilities in China and other foreign countries. Those cuts come on the heels of GM factory closings last year that cost tens of thousands of jobs and shattered communities across the Great Lakes states just as the downturn was developing into a deep recession.
This massive de-industrialization plan — with its rapid offshoring of work once done in the United States — will be paid for by the federal government.
It will cost US taxpayers a great deal to eliminate this many US jobs — Washington has already handed GM $20 billion and is expected to shift another $30 billion into the coffers of the corporation. “Whether that investment will ever be recovered is still an open question,” suggests the New York Times report.
So what should taxpayers make of a scheme to risk $50 billion on a project to layoff US workers, close US factories and shift work overseas in order to satisfy speculators who continue to reward only race-to-the-bottom strategies?
The Times suggests that we ought to be impressed with the “Nixon-goes-to-China” courage being displayed by the president and his auto-industry task force. “The company will also have to shed 21,000 union workers and close 12 to 20 factories, steps that most analysts thought could never be pushed through by a Democratic president allied with organized labor,” the paper chirps on its front page.
It takes very little courage for a Democratic president to side with multinational corporations, in the same way that his Democratic and Republican predecessors have.
Courage involves breaking pattern and doing something bold, like recognizing that the United States needs a manufacturing sector and making a commitment to modernizing basic industries and keeping skilled workers on the job. This is not a rejection of globalization; rather, it is an embrace of the future that says the US chooses to compete rather than give up.
An investment of $50 billion in federal money to close 20 major factories and shed 21,000 jobs is not a plan to “save,” let alone revitalize, manufacturing in this country. It is an abandonment workers and communities that speeds up the de-industrialization of the United States. And it encourages GM executives — be they “old” or “new” — to be more concerned about the company’s stock value than the adoption of smart long-term strategies…
A triumph? Nay, a disaster.
Helped Bring The Economy Back From George W. Bush’s Ruinous Great Recession
Mr. Dyson, there are currently over ONE HUNDRED MILLION working age Americans without jobs. What economy are you watching? The seeds of the 2008 recession were planted at least as far back as the Clinton regime with the implementation of NAFTA and the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act that kept commercial and investment banking separated. With that separation eliminated, the banksters were free to engage in ruinous speculation, inventing some of the most bizarre financial instruments ever conceived. When their investments went bad, Congress, including then Senator Obama, made the banksters whole from taxpayer money. To call it Bush’s recession is a little misleading. To say that the economy is back is unadulterated fantasy. The Transpacific Partnership (TPP) that Obama is now pushing with Republican allies will further diminish the American economy.
Mr. Dyson did lament that Obama could have done more on issues of race. Agree, but not only did he fail to assist Black people and educate White people, he went backwards by embracing the old imperialism. Obama oversaw the imprisonment, torture and murder of tens of thousands of Black Libyans in a campaign that had NOTHING to do with Gaddafi “killing his own people.” One of the groups to which Obama lent support called themselves “the brigade for purging slaves, black skin“. Obama continues the bombing of Black people in Somalia and elsewhere, and he expanded the tentacles of imperialism in the Motherland with AFRICOM. Moreover, Obama has initiated or continued the imperial wars against brown people in the Middle East.
Sure, Obama suffered racially motivated slings and arrows. So what?? That’s ordinary pain to culturally Black people here in the land of the free and the home of the brave. Just the White man’s “ignance!” Only someone who is not culturally Black could have expected something different in a fantasy called post-racial America.
The Greatest Failing
But the greatest malignant legacy of the Obama presidency transcends issues of race. It is Obama’s claim of the legal right to kill anyone (INCLUDING AMERICAN CITIZENS), anywhere without charge or trial. The rule of law was brutally assassinated by that consummated claim, and future Presidents will be denied this “privilege” only by revolution. Obama, far from being a hero, has been a tragedy of immense proportions. Take off the rose colored glasses, Mr. Dyson. They don’t help.
Let me leave with one chunk to chew: