Tag Archives: Wall St. Sock Puppets

EXCLUSIVE: US Capitalist Class Wins Presidential Election Again, Will Rule for 223rd Straight Year As U.S. Working Class Once Again Fails to Support Workers Parties

IWPCHI EXCLUSIVE:  US Presidential Election Results Have Been Final for Months Now…

(CHICAGO, IL) The US capitalist class has won the US Presidential election once again and will continue 223 years of unbroken bourgeois domination over the U.S. working class.

The results have been known for months by the Trotskyist leadership at IWPCHI; in fact, they have been obvious to everyone who understands basic Marxism and the class nature of the United States Government.  We do not live in a “democracy”: we live in a “bourgeois democracy”, in which pre-approved glad-handing, baby-kissing pro-capitalist candidates are carefully selected and then paid to run for political office  by the US capitalist class, whose own members are so widely hated by the US working class that they couldn’t win an election even in their own corporate headquarters.

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will not “win” this election: the billionaires bought this election for themselves months ago.

The 400 richest U.S. citizens who own 50% of the wealth in the U.S. have already decided that no matter which “choice” the voters “select” in any US Presidential poll, the fix is in and the oligarchs will be able to continue to control the destiny of the nation via one or the other of their their bribed and suppliant Presidential “candidates” as well as the oligarchs’ wholly-owned subsidiary, the U.S. Congress.

The pro-capitalist bourgeois press, colloquially known by the poorly-educated U.S. working class as “MSM” or “mainstream media”, which is in fact owned by the very same tiny oligarchy that owns the vast majority of the nation’s wealth (and therefore disseminates only those political and social ideals that uphold and justify the rule of the oligarchy) has been pretending all these many months that there is an actual “election” going on in the United States.  The entire bourgeois press is involved in a conspiracy on behalf of their masters to commit massive fraud in an effort to hoodwink the U.S. working class into believing that they have an actual choice in this or any U.S. election, when in fact, as every newscretin with a brain must understand by now, the workers  most assuredly do not.

The blame for the fact that for the 223rd straight year the working class of what is alleged to be the “World’s Greatest Democracy” ™ will once again fail to support any of the several worker-candidates for President can be spread far and wide.  However, the main bulwark blocking the road to the emancipation of the U.S. working class from the dead end of the capitalist system which is responsible for war, poverty and unemployment, rests squarely on the shoulders of the repulsively fawning servants of the capitalist class in the leadership of the American Federation of Labor – Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO).  This gang of sellout labor lieutenants of capital, led by a man with unimpeachably phony credentials as a “union militant” – Richard Trumka, who sold the United Mineworkers Union down the river time and time again in order to “prove his value” to the capitalist class as someone who could be trusted to lead the AFL-CIO’s member unions from defeat to defeat – has once again squandered hundreds of millions of dollars in hard-earned union dues and rounded up tens of thousands of future sellout union bureaucrats to go door-to-door proslytising for Barack Obama – a mass-murdering, US citizen-assassinating, U.S. imperialist torturer-in-chief who has done nothing to help millions of U.S. workers suffering in poverty and unemployment, while slaughtering tens of thousands of our working-class brothers and sisters from Syria to Libya to Afghanistan and Iraq.

The AFL-CIO pulled out all the stops to re-elect Imperialist chief Obama, organizing thousands of young would-be union bureaucrats into phalanxes of “get-out-the-vote” door-knockers right up until the day of the election, begging the 70% of uninterested workers who never bother to vote to go out and re-elect a man who has done not a damned thing for the working class in the US over the past four years.  Young trade unionists were sent to Wisconsin and Iowa to canvass for the re-election of the class enemy, having been somehow brainwashed into believing that Barack Obama, whose first Presidential cabinet was made up almost entirely of scumbags from Wall St. investment firms, and who has spent 4 years launching unmanned drone strikes against their brothers and sisters in Pakistan and Iraq, somehow was “the workers’ candidate”.

The utter lack of support among U.S. workers for the candidates of the “socialist” left parties was astonishing, once again.  And it wasn’t because the majority of them were “too radical” – on the contrary.  If anything, it could be argued that they were too lukewarm in their denunciations of the capitalist system to arouse interest among the working class of the U.S., who have been cynically avoiding any serious attempt at fighting for their rights in any effective way since the late 1970s.   The pantomime horses of the Green Party – despite the very public statements of one of their two (!) Presidential candidates,  Roseanne Barr, are clearly NOT socialists.  Nowhere in their party platform will you find any statement that they are in favor of abolishing the capitalist system and replacing it with a workers government – which is a fundamental basis for any actual socialist transformation of society.  The Green Party are pro-capitalist reformists who, in the final analysis, would conduct war in defense of the interests of the U.S. capitalist class, just as they avow in their platform that they aim only to  “reduc[e] militarism”, and pledge “to abide by the principles and guidelines” of the U.S. Constitution, which is a document created by slaveowners that places private capitalist property interests over all other interests.  By pledging allegiance to the U.S. Constitution, the Green Party is pledging allegiance to the capitalist system.  There is simply no other way to interpret their published political program other than as a wretchedly reformist and not-at-all-socialist political program.

The Party for Socialism and Liberation ran very attractive candidates for President and Vice-President this year.  Any worker who voted for them cast a significant protest vote of “no confidence” in the capitalist system.  We considered calling on the U.S. working class to vote for the PSL this year, but could not do so, knowing that even the PSL falls far short of promulgating a revolutionary Marxist political program, avoiding any discussion of the class nature of capitalist society and putting forth the classless and sub-socialist programmatic demand that “the poor and working people” “fight for socialism”.  They do not seek to organize the workers as a class but as an amorphous “people power” movement – another hallmark of petit-bourgeois reformist politics.  Their analysis of the capitalist system is sub-Marxist.  They seek to build a multi-class party of the oppressed and working people, rather than to build what is necessary to lead a socialist revolution in the age of imperialism: a Leninist vanguard party.  They also seem to believe  that a socialist United States would peacefully exist  while the rest of the world remained capitalist – the old Stalinist pipedream of “socialism in one country”.    It was this bankrupt Stalinist philosophy that led directly to the collapse of the U.S.S.R. and paved the road to the emergence of the imperialist United States Government as the world’s sole superpower – an unstable political situation that will either be resolved through the overthrow of capitalism on an international scale through workers revolution or through the annihilation of much of the human race in WWIII.

On the main website of Occupy Wall St., that absolutely useless collection of self-professed “non-leaders” who pretend to somehow “not-lead” a revolution, OWS supporters begged people to  “Hold Your Nose and Vote Obama 2012”!

What else can they do?  Their puerile opposition to the formation of an actual political party that could actually LEAD a fight to overthrow the capitalist system renders them sterile in the face of the extremely well-organized and LED forces of the U.S. capitalist class.  It’s as if they want to stop live bullets with moral suasion – a more childish, impotent protest movement could not be imagined, let alone created.  The organized working class has long ago and very wisely abandoned any hope that OWS might represent a serious challenge to U.S. capitalism.

Bereft of revolutionary political parties capable of leading a workers revolution that can create even a spark of interest among the U.S. working class in the program of revolutionary socialism, the U.S. working class again failed to produce even a hint of substantial organized opposition to the program of the U.S. capitalist class, who can  confidently move forward with all their most reactionary war plans, and continue to preside unopposed over their long-planned slash-and-burn programs cutting health care, social and educational spending, wages and benefits.   Until the socialist parties can find a way to win over the workers to the program of socialist revolution, the U.S. capitalist class will have nothing to fear from the working class.   We absolutely must find a way to break the stranglehold of pro-capitalist ideology over the minds of the most powerful working class in world history, or the United States will be ripe for a fascist takeover and will plunge the world into the maelstrom of a nuclear World War Three.  WWIII, which no one outside of the revolutionary socialist parties believes will happen – just as the capitalists never believed that WWII would happen – will be fought by the U.S. and its NATO allies to smash, principally, the powerhouse degenerated workers state of China, which competes with the U.S. for strategic raw materials around the world and threatens to outcompete the U.S. both economically and militarily.   This war must not be allowed to happen; and the only way for it to be avoided is for the capitalist system to be overthrown everywhere by the working classes of the world, with the U.S. working class at the forefront of this tremendous struggle for the life or death of the human race.  We have a lot of work to do here in the “belly of the beast”!  Join us!

Workers of the World, Unite!

IWPCHI

 

 

 

 

 

US Government Panics, Wall St. Shuts Down, Capitalist News Media Freaks Out Over Category 1 Hurricane

The onslaught of governmental panic and capitalist news media frenzy over a strong tropical cyclone which barely makes the cut as a category one hurricane continues unabated.  The vast depths of scientific illiteracy in the United States even at the highest levels of government, coupled with deliberate panic-mongering by a capitalist press that is struggling to survive financially and is nakedly using the storm to make money by scaring the bejeezus out of a hundred million people on the east coast – is something to behold.  They’ve been so effective at scaring the crap out of everyone that even the greedy swine on Wall St. essentially canceled trading for a whole day, and maybe even for the next two days!  Normally, it takes something big to keep those pigs’ mouths out of the trough.  And the storm isn’t even going to come ashore anywhere near New York City!

“Tone turns ominous at the Weather Channel” was the headline of a hilarious (intentionally?) Associated Press report by one of their television reviewers, David Bauder.   He reported that on Sunday, the Weather Channel had already been doing ’round-the-clock features on the hurricane for three solid days; not surprisingly, the Weather Channel’s own special computer forecasts of the storm showed it to be gaining more strength over time, in contradiction to the much slower pace of storm development reported by the National Weather Service (who were themselves overhyping the severity of the storm).

From Bauder’s article: “‘We want you to know we are not hyping this storm, OK?’ on-air meteorologist Vivian Brown said. ‘We don’t do that at The Weather Channel…’ ” !  Riiiiiiiiiight!

Bauder also relates that on Sunday the Weather Channel’s on-air and behind-the-scenes mediarologists – perhaps due to lack of sleep – were just plain losing it: “Bryan Norcross, the network’s senior hurricane specialist [our emphasis, lol! – IWPCHI], explained in an interview that the network tries to keep its tone serious yet urgent. The network’s computer models have been consistent in their forecasts of the storm and it has been acting as anticipated, perhaps with even more strength.

” ‘Our goal has been to get people to appreciate the magnitude of the storm and try to prove to them that, based on everything we know, that this is going to be a system that is outside of their experience,’ Norcross said.

Wow!  So this hurricane is going to be the worst hurricane anyone’s ever even heard of – a “frankenstorm” of unprecedented severity!  Bigger than even any of the other hurricanes that we’ve all come to learn about from the Weather Channel’s very own documentaries on previous killer hurricanes, then?  Bigger than the Galveston hurricane of 1900, a category 4 storm that killed 8000 people?  Bigger than the 1928 Florida hurricane, also a category 4 storm,  that killed 2500 people?  Bigger than Katrina, which was a category 3 and killed 1200 people?  Knock it off, Weather Channel!  You’re not just hyping the storm for cold, hard cash. you’re doing it so brazenly and outrageously that some of your directors and owners should be arrested for panic-mongering!  In fact, out of the 30 largest and most deadly hurricanes to ever hit the US mainland, only 2 were category 1 hurricanes.  [Source: “Deadliest U.S. Hurricanes of All Time“, Weather Underground website]

This nonsense being spewed by the Weather Channel – for absolutely no other reason other than to make themselves huge piles of money – is causing an even greater disruption of U.S. domestic life than the famous 1938 Orson Welles radio dramatization of H.G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds”:

“As it listened to this simulation of a news broadcast, created with voice acting and sound effects, a portion of the audience concluded that it was hearing an actual news account of an invasion from Mars. People packed the roads, hid in cellars, loaded guns, even wrapped their heads in wet towels as protection from Martian poison gas, in an attempt to defend themselves against aliens, oblivious to the fact that they were acting out the role of the panic-stricken public that actually belonged in a radio play. Not unlike Stanislaw Lem’s deluded populace, people were stuck in a kind of virtual world in which fiction was confused for fact.”

That’s good!  Tell us more!

“In a prescient column, in the New York Tribune, Dorothy Thompson foresaw that the broadcast revealed the way politicians could use the power of mass communications to create theatrical illusions, to manipulate the public.

” ‘All unwittingly, Mr. Orson Welles and the Mercury Theater of the Air have made one of the most fascinating and important demonstrations of all time,’ she wrote. ‘They have proved that a few effective voices, accompanied by sound effects, can convince masses of people of a totally unreasonable, completely fantastic proposition as to create a nation-wide panic.

” ‘They have demonstrated more potently than any argument, demonstrated beyond a question of a doubt, the appalling dangers and enormous effectiveness of popular and theatrical demagoguery….’ ” [Source: Transparency at transparencynow.com by Ken Sanes: “War of the Worlds, Orson Welles And The Invasion From Mars”]

The Associated Press article says that, after seeing the Weather Channel’s on-air staff hyperventilating over what they were essentially calling the storm of, not just the century, but of all human experience ever (“the Weather Channel sent a message via Twitter calling it ‘an extraordinary storm, an extremely serious threat’ and urged followers to re-tweet it. The storm ‘will occupy a place in the annals of weather history as one of the most extraordinary to have affected the United States’ the network tweeted”),  a staffer at Business Insider tweeted: ” ‘WHOA. The Weather Channel meteorologist just completely freaked out.’ “!

The capitalist politicians – those twin shills for Wall Street scumbaggery, Barack Obama and Mormon Bishop Mitt Romney – both threw some gasoline on the fire, cancelling their scheduled election campaign appearances so that they could focus their full attention on posturing in a competition to see who “looks more ‘presidential'” in the face of a major national [non-] emergency.

Today, we watched as far outlying clouds from the northwestern edge of this very large storm slowly moved across the sky in northern Illinois.

Chicago enjoys a beautiful sunset courtesy of outlying clouds from western ‘arm’ of ‘Hurricane’ Sandy, 29 October, 2012. Credit: IWPCHI

It’s a big storm, but its extent really isn’t any greater than any of the big weather systems that routinely cross the continental US.  We just had a couple of those large, comma-shaped low-pressure systems that crossed the country in the past few weeks; the rain front in those storms was hundreds of miles across, just like this one.  It’s not at all unusual to have major anticyclonic storms crossing the continental U.S. that extend from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.  Sandy is a big, slightly unusual category one hurricane, period.  Nothing more or less.  If it kills anyone at all in the US, it will likely be people who try to cross flooded streams in their cars, people killed by falling trees or who step on downed electrical wires and those folks, like we said yesterday, who are dumb enough to frolic in front of the big waves at the seashore and who get clobbered by a rogue 20-foot wave and dragged out to sea.

We spent a couple of hours looking at what we believe are some of the most compelling and factual reports on the storm, which come not from highly-paid entertainers on the profit-at-any-cost Weather Channel, or from the feckless, vicious and scientifically illiterate, bought-and-paid-for US bourgeois political class, but from non-humans, not subject to hysteria or greed: the hundreds of weather buoys moored along the east coast of the United States, which anyone can monitor using the National Data Buoy Center website.  Here’s what we found, as of this afternoon (Monday, October 29):

The National Data Buoy Center was reporting as of 2007 GMT (2:07PM Chicago time) that, out of  614 buoy observations taken over the previous 3 hours from buoys located within 150 English nautical miles of the center of Hurricane Sandy (that is, those ocean buoys closest to the storm), the highest sustained winds observed were:

46.6 knots (53.63 MPH) with gusts as high as 58.3 knots (67.1mph) from 50 degrees (ENE) with wave heights of 28.9 feet at buoy Station 44025 (LLNR 830) 30 NM South of Islip, NY off Long Island, NY.  The anemometer height of this buoy is 5 meters above sea level. Buoy at 1900 hours was approx. 117 miles from the storm center.

(http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/station_page.php?station=44025);

48.6 knots (55.93 MPH) with wind gusts as high as 64.1 knots  (73.76 mph) from 50 degrees (ENE) at buoy Station 44025 (LLNR 830) – (same buoy);

Highest reported wind gusts from these same 600 or so observations made in the previous 3 hours (as of 20:07 GMT, or 2 PM Chicago time) were:

62.0 knots (71.35 MPH) reported at Station ROBN4 – 8530973

(http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/station_page.php?station=ROBN4) located at Robins Reef, NJ, 149 NM from the center of the storm;

66.0 knots (75.95 mph) also at ROBN4.

This is to be compared with the National Hysteria [Hurricane] Center’s reported observations of winds as high as 90 MPH reported from Coast Guard airplane flights across the eye of the storm.  Those observations, obviously, are taken at higher altitudes and include observations in the actual center of the storm where the winds are the highest.  Ground-level observations as close as 75 miles from Sandy’s eye are not indicating that winds are anywhere near hurricane force once you get outside the immediate center of the storm.

The closest buoy to the storm, Buoy Station 44009 (LLNR168) located in Delaware Bay, 26 NM southeast of Cape May, NJ, [http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/station_page.php?station=44009] which is only 76 NM from the center of the storm reported (1900 hrs GMT) sustained winds of just 44.7 knots (51.44 mph) and gusts of 58.3 knots (67.1 mph) with wave heights of 17.4 feet.
[Sources: as listed, including the National Data Buoy Center (http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/) and an online “knots to miles per hour” calculator at  http://www.calculateme.com/Speed/Knots/ToMilesperHour.htm%5D

So, none of the data buoys have yet reported sustained winds of hurricane force – that is, around 74 miles per hour or greater.  This is because, first, they are not at several thousand feet above sea level but are just a few meters above sea level; and they are not in the actual eye of the storm, where the hurricane force winds will and do exist.  This area is just some tens of miles across in diameter and will rapidly lose power the minute it hits land, which will be somewhere along the Delaware/Maryland or southern New Jersey coast this evening.  Look at the latest graphic illustrating the wind speed probabilities and likely locations of the highest winds of Tropical Storm Sandy  issued by the National Weather Service:

Hurricane Wind Speed Probabilities chart for ‘Hurricane’ Sandy. Only the area in red and purple will see actual hurricane force winds of around 75 miles per hour, with wind gusts somewhat higher. Lighter orange, yellow and green-colored areas have a 50% or less chance of seeing hurricane force winds.  Credit: NOAA/National Weather Service, National Hurricane Center

As you can see from this graphic, the area of landfall that Sandy will impact most severely is relatively small and will not include New York City or Philadelphia and will – sadly – only barely scrape Washington, D.C.   Also, the inland areas affected by the highest sustained winds will not extend beyond the boundaries of Delaware and Maryland and limited areas of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia and Virginia.

And we’re talking about 75 mile-an-hour winds here; houses built along the coast are – or damned well should be! – built to withstand sustained winds of much higher intensity that are found in category 1 hurricanes.  Building houses  that are located on the seashore and not building them to withstand sustained winds of 100 MPH or greater should be – and would be in a Socialist United States – ILLEGAL.   Any house that can’t stand up to 75 mph winds shouldn’t be in existence anywhere within 200 miles of the ocean.

So, to wrap up:  If you live along the coast of New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware or northeastern Virginia, don’t go swimming in the ocean tonight!  And stop watching those asshats on the Weather Channel, who are just trying to scare you into watching their channel so they can sell some more soap and get an enormous pile of cash and a ratings boost out of this storm.

We’ll leave the final word on this phenomenon to the folks at Transparency Now, from the concluding paragraph of their excellent article on the phenomenon of media and government manipulation of mass psychology cited above:

“…[W]e live in a time in which the ability to create deceptive simulations, especially for television, has become essential to the exercise of power. And the inability to see through these deceptions has become a form of powerlessness. Those who let themselves be taken in by the multiple deceptions of politics, news, advertising and public relations, are doomed, like the more gullible members of the radio audience in 1938, to play a role in other people’s dramas, while mistakenly believing that they are reacting to something genuine.”

IWPCHI

Workers of the World, Unite!