Professional Scam Artists – part 74

“Pseudo progressives: The glaring case of John Oliver. This is no laughing matter.” by Patrice Greanville (The Greanville Post)

Patrice Greanville introduces a number of videos looking at scam artist John Oliver. When I hear Jill Stein denounce the Green New Deal for being the corporate project that it is, then I’ll believe she may trying to do the right thing. Setting that aside, I discovered John Oliver was a faker some time ago and have blogged about him. (“John Oliver ‘looks’ like he’s against fascism”)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Trump derangement syndrome — true or feigned — is no excuse. And John Oliver, as bright a fellow as they come, should know better, but then, listening to their pockebooks, none of the complacent corporate comics do. Oliver’s good work on certain issues does not cancel the overall negative impact of his silence and dissembling on the larger structural issues that accurse capitalist societies, especially the United States and Britain. In this context, Oliver’s attacks on the Green Party and Jill Stein, and the very idea of third parties in American politics, have been obnoxious and inexcusable.

Below we present a compendium of materials that leave little doubt about where Oliver’s true allegiances lie. This is not the only time we have discussed the role of corporate comedians in shaping public opinion in favor of the status quo, something we regard as a betrayal of their implicit role, that of rebels speaking contrarian even seditious opinions. Oliver is not alone, of course , in his dereliction of duty. Fellow establishment comics Stephen Colbert, Norm McDonald, and Bill Maher, the onetime “politicaly incorrect” celebrity comedian, are all cut from the same cloth, and routinely even exceed Oliver’s genuflexions at the altar of corporatism.
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“Western Progressives and the Imperialist Inquisition” by Stephen Sefton (Internationalist 360 via Black Agenda Report)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Most Western “progressives,” while unable to defend their own majority populations, are more than willing to attack Venezuela and Nicaragua.

Most people who think of themselves as progressive in the imperialist countries of North America and Western Europe, continue to believe the right wing opposition version of events in Nicaragua in 2018. A great many also accept some version of the right wing opposition account of the crisis in Venezuela. One obvious reason they do so is because they foolishly trust demonstrably false reports from undeservedly prestigious Western NGOs and incessant phony coverage in liberal and progressive news media.

A more disturbing reason is their deep, unacknowledged class-based affinity to racist imperialist sadism informing the way they assign roles to those they think deserve a defense and those who do not. The paradox of this perverse rationality is the way most Western progressives justify their bogus claims to moral authority with self-deceiving avowals of support for human rights, freedom and justice. It bears repeating that, in fact, they persistently make grossly unfair, often self-evidently false accusations and then deny their victims the right to any defense…

The French writer Elsa Dorlin has written cogently about this motif of defense and self-defense, linking it to racism and colonialism in the context of horrific punitive sadism… The motif also operates at an institutional level via the dishonest reports of essentially corrupt officials like Michelle Bachelet in the UN and Luis Almagro in the Organization of American States.

Bachelet and Almagro are corrupt because they blatantly repay political favors to the US authorities in return for being US sponsored shoo-ins for their respective posts. They have their counterparts in the managers of leading Western NGOs who generally collaborate intimately with corporate interests so as to hijack the global human rights and environmental agenda against the interests of the majority world, as expressed for example in UN forums by the Group of 77. Those corrupt institutional instances meld into a coherent structure of repressive domestic control and menacing overseas aggression via endless repetition of self-serving falsehoods in Western propaganda media and news outlets, both corporate and alternative.
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Stephen needs to stop disappearing real progressives by failing to identify ‘self-identified’ progressives who are fakers. It’s not helpful. Nor is it fair. I’m a self-identified progressive who completely agrees with all that Stephen has laid out in his above article. He should, at a minimum, refer to self-identified progressives who are fakers as ‘self-identified’. That alerts reader to the fact that 1. they are fakers and, 2. there are self-identified progressives, like Stephen, who are not fakers. And why does the ‘progressive’ Black Agenda Report encourage visitors to its site who might want to leave a comment attached to this or that article to use Facebook? You can’t comment unless you send in your comment to the editor or go to Facebook. Nice.

“Still Milking It: Trump Hands Over $4.5 million to ‘Terrorist Adjunct’ White Helmets” by Patrick Henningsen (21st Century Wire and RT News)

A blurb attached to the above linked-to video follows:

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In bizarre move by the Trump White House, the US government has just committed another $4.5 million in American taxpayer funds to support terrorist affiliate group known as the White Helmets.

This latest announcement comes at the same time as Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin over the crisis at the Syrian-Turkish border. The previous US-brokered cease-fire agreement for northern Syria expired this morning – replaced by a new Russian-brokered agreement for joint Turkish-Russian patrols, albeit in a new and much smaller 6 mile buffer zone along the border.

No longer welcome by the Syrian public, and also rejected by the Kurdish population in the northern region, and with no where left in Syria to operate other than al Qaeda-occupied Idlib province, the US and EU-backed terrorist adjuncts, the White Helmets, are now in their desperate last days of existence in Syria. Still, their backers in Washington, London and NATO members states are too deeply invested in this monumental con that they have no choice but to continue throwing money at the disgraced pseudo ‘search and rescue’ NGO…
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J Street merchandise is shown at a tabling event at John Hopkins University. Flickr | jstreetdotorg

“A Public Relations Scam: J Street Conference Attracts War Criminals and Zionist Liberals Alike” by Miko Peled (Mint Press News)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Israeli war criminal Ehud Barak is leading a long list of Zionist politicians, apologizers, sympathizers, and activists willing to promote normalization who are slated to speak at a coming J Street conference in Washington DC.

J Street is a Zionist organization that promotes the myth of a friendly, peace-loving form of Zionism, and by extension, a peace-loving, rights-respecting state of Israel. If one were to design a logo for the conference and for the organization as a whole, it should be a giant fig leaf…

J Street’s support of the two-state solution perpetuates the claim that Israel is a democracy, sitting alongside a quasi Palestinian state, and that the two just can’t agree on a peaceful solution. According to this claim, both sides are at fault and all that is needed is political will and good faith negotiations for all to be well.

It also promotes the racist notion that any solution that does not allow the state of Israel to control the vast majority of Palestine, and have a say in who governs the Palestinians, is doomed to be a nightmare. Meanwhile, the current, and the very real nightmare is ignored. The colonization, ethnic cleansing and genocide that have gone on since 1967 are taken out of the equation. Palestinian rights to freedom, land, water, homes, resources and public areas are all forsaken for the sake of maintaining a racist state for Jewish colonizers and settlers…

To enhance its image as a peace-promoting Zionist organization, J Street invites Palestinians and members of organizations that promote so-called peace and dialogue to its conference. The willingness of these individuals and groups to participate in a conference alongside war criminals like Ehud Barak and blatant racist, Zionist demagogues like Senator Chuck Schumer, inevitably and understandably raises serious questions as to their own sincerity towards achieving peace and respecting human rights…

If, after participating in camps and forums and coached dialogue meetings which are often moderated by experts, meetings in which the two sides are meant to get to know one another, the Israeli participants do not refuse to serve in the IDF, then the whole thing was worthless. If they do not come out and reject the Zionist campaign of terror that is carried out by the Israeli Army, then the entire project is meaningless. If after all this the Israeli participants insist on supporting the reign of terror over which they hold Palestinians, then the money, time, effort and quite often the tears spent on these initiatives was all for nothing.

J Street was designed to make Zionists, particularly Israeli liberals, feel good about themselves and look good to the outside world.
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Grenfell Tower destroyed following the blaze

“Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg speaks for British ruling elite in his attack on Grenfell fire victims” by Robert Stevens (WSWS)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Grime artist Stormzy tweeted that so many “politicians are evil and wicked and this is why we hate you.” He continued, “72 people died in a tragedy that you are to blame for.”

Rees-Mogg is Britain’s richest MP. Estimates put his personal wealth, combined with the money his wife inherited, at between £100 million and £150 million. This vile individual is a totemic figure for the far right due to his views on Brexit, immigration, law and order, abortion and other issues. On several occasions the fascist Britain First group have mobilised in his defence.

Rees-Mogg is widely known as the “Honourable Member for the 18th century” because of his reactionary views. However, what he says about Grenfell reveals the 21st century attitude of the powers-that-be toward the working class.

The ruling elite were always indifferent to the terrible deaths of so many people at Grenfell, the suffering of their family members and friends and the trauma experienced by the survivors of what was a social crime produced by cost-cutting and deregulation. But faced with public outrage in Britain and internationally at the gruesome deaths in the capital city of the fifth-richest country on the planet, they went into full damage control mode.

Britain was awash with crocodile tears. The Queen, and then Prime Minister Theresa May, visited the area. The younger royals—William, Kate, Meghan and Harry—were mobilised and a national televised memorial service for the victims was held at St Paul’s Cathedral. The prime minister’s residence in Downing Street and other government institutions were bathed in green—the colour adopted by the Grenfell families and survivors.

None of this hides the reality that everything done by the Tory government from the morning after the fire has been aimed at shielding the guilty and preventing justice from being done.

This week, the arrogant buffoon Rees-Mogg decided to ditch the handwringing and to declare on air that those who died were too stupid to get out of a burning building. Confirming that his views were far from unique, Tory Andrew Bridgen MP backed him to the hilt. Asked by BBC Radio 4 presenter, Evan Davis, if Rees-Mogg was “in effect, saying: ‘I wouldn’t have died because I would have been cleverer than the people who took the fire brigade’s advice,’” Bridgen responded, “But we want very clever people running the country, don’t we Evan? That’s a by-product of what Jacob is and that’s why he is in a position of authority.”

As London’s mayor in 2013, Tory Prime Minister Boris Johnson articulated similar positions about the superiority and intelligence of Britain’s sated rich in a Telegraph article. Paid £250,000 a year for his column—an amount he described as “chicken-feed”—Johnson wrote that all should be “humbly thanking the super-rich, not bashing them.”

Rees-Mogg’s fellow party members in the Conservative-run Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea signed off on the deadly flammable cladding wrapped around Grenfell Tower to make it look less of an eyesore to nearby wealthy neighbours, while saving a few pounds when compared with fire-safe materials. This week, just before Rees-Mogg opened his mouth, it was announced that Rydon, the main contractor on the Grenfell Tower refurbishment, had been appointed one of 12 approved contractors to build high-rise buildings in the public sector in a £30-billion, seven-year construction framework agreement.

In the year after Grenfell, Rydon doubled its post-tax profits to £16.6 million. It was awarded approved contractor status, even though the Grenfell inquiry said in last week’s report that there was “compelling evidence” that regulations were flouted during the refurbishment.
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2 Responses to Professional Scam Artists – part 74

  1. JohnF says:

    “humbly thanking the super-rich, not bashing them.”

    Somebody else doesn’t like the Rich either:

    Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” Matthew 19:23-24

    • Arrby says:

      Jesus’s dislike was for a reason. But he didn’t ‘automatically’ dislike rich people. That’s why he noted that it would be ‘harder’ for them to enter the kingdom of the heavens (either via the general resurrection to life as humans on earth or as one of a handful – 144,000 – who would become angels and form a part of the new heavens, or government, over humankind in the new world) than for others. In other words, they could still survive and gain God’s approval, through dedication and effort.

      Money makes it easy for Satan to corrupt people. Recall that Jesus was also bashed by the elites in his day for hobnobbing with tax collecters. And he also had wealthy followers, some of whom were too timid to acknowledge him, not a good thing. Still… His response? The sick needed a doctor.

      Thanks for your comment.

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