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Julian Assange (Winston) the thought criminal, George Orwell birthday, Orwell could not have envisioned the level of messenger shooting, The Times “It’s time the UK forced Assange out of hiding”

Julian Assange (Winston) the thought criminal, George Orwell birthday, Orwell could not have envisioned the level of messenger shooting, The Times “It’s time the UK forced Assange out of hiding”

“There is an epidemic of messenger shooting.”…Citizen Wells

“The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command. His heart sank as he thought of the enormous power arrayed against him, the ease with which any Party intellectual would overthrow him in debate, the subtle arguments which he would not be able to understand, much less answer. And yet he was in the right! They were wrong and he was right. The obvious, the silly, and the true had got to be defended. Truisms are true, hold on to that! The solid world exists, its laws do not change. Stones are hard, water is wet, objects unsupported fall towards the earth’s centre. With the feeling that he was speaking to O’Brien, and also that he was setting forth an important axiom, he wrote:

Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.”…George Orwell, “1984”

“”You’re a traitor!” yelled the boy. “You’re a thought criminal!””…George Orwell, “1984”

 

 

From The Times via the Weekend Australian.

“It’s time the UK forced Assange out of hiding”

“That entirely speculative case is an attempt to play the British government. “I cannot imagine that anyone sensible in the British government wants to have a protracted battle to extradite me to Trump’s America.” Does he imagine this gives him leverage? He does.

The fact is his games have distorted the whole whistleblowing function of Wikileaks over the past years. It went for Hillary Clinton’s email cache, gambling that a grateful President Trump would not pursue him. It leaves Vladimir Putin alone because any country that can shelter Edward Snowden to irritate the US can do the same for Assange. And its founder’s cynical attempts to brush away rape allegations have made some whistleblowers think again about approaching his organisation.

Ecuador too has cooled. The asylum offer was extended by the former president Rafael Correa who was not exactly a champion of free speech. The ambassador to London, Ana Alban, rearranged the life of the embassy to make space for her ungrateful guest. According to Andrew O’Hagan, who was engaged to ghost the Assange memoirs, the fugitive was scathing about his host, describing her as mad, a compulsive dieter who would stalk the embassy corridors at night. Nor was Moreno (“Call me Lenin”) happy when Assange tweeted abuse against an Ecuadorean opposition politician.

So it may have been Britain’s calculation that Ecuador’s patience would crack with Assange. The turnaround in the Swedish case this spring was an opportunity to do just that and so was the presidential election. As one diplomat explained to me: “We thought they might come up with a deal — we buy more of their bananas or whatever, and they tell him to pack his bags.” Similar condescension was on display when Alban approached Hugo Swire, then minister for Latin America, and asked how the two countries could work together “to get rid of the stone in our shoes”. “Not our stone,” Swire reportedly replied, “not our shoe.”

We have been missing the point. Ecuador’s leaders earned praise from fellow leftist governments in Latin America, from the Cubans, the Venezuelans, the Brazilians, the Bolivians. Assange was cocking a snook at the United States, tapping into the anti-Yanqui sentiment; a digital standard bearer of the Bolivarian revolution. Why would they give up that prestige for a bit of extra foreign aid or some leeway on banana imports?

By letting this absurd standoff continue, Britain gives the impression that it doesn’t care enough about holding him to account. There is only one sensible recourse left: threaten Ecuador with the closure of its embassy. When Assange first walked into the embassy in 2012 the government did consider stripping immunity from the offices. This would have been feasible if the diplomats had been offered alternative property, and if there was a national security issue at stake. Ecuador has certainly allowed the premises to be used for purposes contrary to the national interest.

Nothing came of that plan. In the meantime Ecuador’s diplomats have become prisoners of Assange’s paranoia. It is their government’s failure to act that generated this absurd showdown. The surest way of ending it is to break off the diplomatic relationship in its entirety. That’s unpleasant, there will be damage to relations with other South American states and there will be a legal tangle. If the vacated embassy premises were to be managed by a third country acting on behalf of Ecuador’s interests, Assange could try to claim he is still shielded by immunity. But his days would be numbered.

Ecuador has to understand: it is not a friendly act to harbour someone who wants to drive a wedge between Britain and its primary ally. Nor is it a particularly effective humanitarian gesture. If Ecuador cannot summon the political will to surrender Assange, then its diplomats should pack their bags.”

Read more:

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/the-times/its-time-the-uk-forced-assange-out-of-hiding/news-story/2962879e9769cee8ac2f730a59b137cd

 

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Twitter aka Orwellian thought police suspends WND for Seth Rich story, Co-founder Evan Williams “If it’s true that he wouldn’t be president if it weren’t for Twitter, then yeah, I’m sorry.”, Boycott Twitter

Twitter aka Orwellian thought police suspends WND for Seth Rich story, Co-founder Evan Williams “If it’s true that he wouldn’t be president if it weren’t for Twitter, then yeah, I’m sorry.”, Boycott Twitter

“And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed
–if all records told the same tale–then the lie passed into
history and became truth. “Who controls the past,” ran the
Party slogan, “controls the future: who controls the present
controls the past.”…George Orwell, “1984″

“”You’re a traitor!” yelled the boy. “You’re a thought criminal!””…George Orwell, “1984”

“We are being lied to on a scale unimaginable by George Orwell.”…Citizen Wells

 

 

Recently Twitter co-founder Evan Williams apologized for the role Twitter may have played in electing President Trump.

“In an interview published Saturday in The New York Times, Williams discussed the president’s March claim to Fox News that “I think that maybe I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Twitter.”

“It’s a very bad thing, Twitter’s role in that,” Williams told the Times. “If it’s true that he wouldn’t be president if it weren’t for Twitter, then yeah, I’m sorry.””

Read more::

http://thehill.com/homenews/news/334367-twitter-co-founder-apologizes-for-platforms-role-in-making-trump-president

Now Twitter, in it’s Orwellian role of Thought Police, has suspended WND.

From Zero Hedge.

“Twitter Suspends WND For Seth Rich Story

A couple of days ago, WND ran a story entitled “Bombshell: Donna Brazile Warned Off Private Eye On Seth Rich Murder.”  The story was sourced back to on-the-record quotes provided by Detective Rod Wheeler who was hired by the Rich family shortly after their son’s suspicious murder in July 2016.  Among other things, Wheeler said that it was former Democratic National Committee interim chairwoman Donna Brazile who allegedly called police and the Rich family and demanded to know why a private investigator was “snooping” into Rich’s death.

“The high-ranking DNC official that called the police after I inquired about Rich’s case was Donna Brazile,” veteran homicide detective Rod Wheeler told WND. “Why shouldn’t I reveal who it was?”

To promote the story, WND sent the following tweet:

Unfortunately, Twitter seemed to take issue with the story and sent a message to WND demanding that they “Delete Tweet.””

“When they refused, a follow-up message from Twitter informed WND that their account had been effectively frozen.

“We have determined that you have violated the Twitter Rules, so we’ve temporarily limited some of your account features.  While in this state, you can still browse Twitter, but you’re limited to only sending Direct Messages to your followers – no Tweets, Retweets, or likes.””

Read more:
Boycott Twitter.

Senate Passes “Countering Disinformation And Propaganda Act” aka Ministry of Truth, “Congress has taken a big step in fighting back against fake news and propaganda from countries like Russia”, Most fake news coming from American media, “We have met the enemy and he is us”

Senate Passes “Countering Disinformation And Propaganda Act” aka Ministry of Truth, “Congress has taken a big step in fighting back against fake news and propaganda from countries like Russia”, Most fake news coming from American media, “We have met the enemy and he is us”

“So while packaged politely in a veneer of “countering disinformation and propaganda”, the bill, once signed by Obama, will effectively give the government a full mandate to punish, shut down or otherwise prosecute, any website it deems offensive and a source of “foreign government propaganda from Russia, China or other nations.” And since there is no formal way of proving whether or not there is indeed a foreign propaganda sponsor, all that will be sufficient to eliminate any “dissenting” website, will be the government’s word against that of the website. One can be confident that the US government will almost certainly prevail in every single time.”…Zero Hedge December 10, 2016

“The past, he reflected, had not merely been altered, it had
actually been destroyed. For how could you establish, even
the most obvious fact when there existed no record outside
your own memory?”…George Orwell, “1984″

“We are being lied to on a scale unimaginable by George Orwell.”…Citizen Wells

 

 

December 9, 2016 I posted the following article.

“Citizen Wells here to present the real news about the Durham County NC recount in the gubernatorial election.

You sure as hell are not getting it from the “fake news” based mainstream media.

There are errors of commission and omission.

And then of course there is evil.

In the past several days I can find no other source on the internet reporting the following.

Despite what the Durham County Board of Elections has been trying to cover up for, the change in recount that was reported to the state is significant. A change of 131 votes in one county out of 100.

I would be willing to bet that even this number is not accurate.”

https://citizenwells.com/2016/12/09/durham-county-nc-recount-results-cooper-gains-90-mccrory-gains-40-close-enough-for-government-work-131-votes-off-in-1-of-100-counties-damned-nc-media-lying-to-public-339-illegal-felons-found-vot/

 

I have been quoting Orwell’s “1984” almost daily since early 2008.

If it were not for citizen journalism on the internet and often foreign media, we would, like Winston, et al in “1984” never be presented the truth.

Real news.

From Zero Hedge December December 10, 2016.

“Senate Quietly Passes The “Countering Disinformation And Propaganda Act””

“Recall that as we reported in early June, “a bill to implement the U.S.’ very own de facto Ministry of Truth has been quietly introduced in Congress. As with any legislation attempting to dodge the public spotlight the Countering Foreign Propaganda and Disinformation Act of 2016 marks a further curtailment of press freedom and another avenue to stultify avenues of accurate information. Introduced by Congressmen Adam Kinzinger and Ted Lieu, H.R. 5181 seeks a “whole-government approach without the bureaucratic restrictions” to counter “foreign disinformation and manipulation,” which they believe threaten the world’s “security and stability.”

Also called the Countering Information Warfare Act of 2016 (S. 2692), when introduced in March by Sen. Rob Portman, the legislation represents a dramatic return to Cold War-era government propaganda battles. “These countries spend vast sums of money on advanced broadcast and digital media capabilities, targeted campaigns, funding of foreign political movements, and other efforts to influence key audiences and populations,” Portman explained, adding that while the U.S. spends a relatively small amount on its Voice of America, the Kremlin provides enormous funding for its news organization, RT.“Surprisingly,”

Portman continued, “there is currently no single U.S. governmental agency or department charged with the national level development, integration and synchronization of whole-of-government strategies to counter foreign propaganda and disinformation.”

Long before the “fake news” meme became a daily topic of extensive conversation on wuch mainstream fake news portals as CNN and WaPo, H.R. 5181 would rask the Secretary of State with coordinating the Secretary of Defense, the Director of National Intelligence, and the Broadcasting Board of Governors to “establish a Center for Information Analysis and Response,” which will pinpoint sources of disinformation, analyze data, and — in true dystopic manner — ‘develop and disseminate’ “fact-based narratives” to counter effrontery propaganda.

Fast forward to this past Thursday, December 8, when the “Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act” passed in the Senate, quietly inserted inside the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Conference Report.

Here is the full statement issued by the generously funded Senator Rob Portman (R- Ohio) on the passage of a bill that further chips away at press liberties in the US, and which sets the stage for future which hunts and website shutdowns, purely as a result of an accusation that any one media outlet or site is considered as a source of “disinformation and propaganda” and is shut down by the government.

Senate Passes Major Portman-Murphy Counter-Propaganda Bill as Part of NDAA

Portman/Murphy Bill Promotes Coordinated Strategy to Defend America, Allies Against Propaganda and Disinformation from Russia, China & Others

U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) today announced that their Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act – legislation designed to help American allies counter foreign government propaganda from Russia, China, and other nations – has passed the Senate as part of the FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Conference Report. The bipartisan bill, which was introduced by Senators Portman and Murphy in March, will improve the ability of the United States to counter foreign propaganda and disinformation by establishing an interagency center housed at the State Department to coordinate and synchronize counter-propaganda efforts throughout the U.S. government.To support these efforts, the bill also creates a grant program for NGOs, think tanks, civil society and other experts outside government who are engaged in counter-propaganda related work. This will better leverage existing expertise and empower local communities to defend themselves from foreign manipulation.

“The passage of this bill in the Senate today takes us one critical step closer to effectively confronting the extensive, and destabilizing, foreign propaganda and disinformation operations being waged against us. While the propaganda and disinformation threat has grown, the U.S. government has been asleep at the wheel. Today we are finally signaling that enough is enough; the United States will no longer sit on the sidelines. We are going to confront this threat head-on,” said Senator Portman. “With the help of this bipartisan bill, the disinformation and propaganda used against our allies and our interests will fail.”

“Congress has taken a big step in fighting back against fake news and propaganda from countries like Russia. When the president signs this bill into law, the United States will finally have a dedicated set of tools and resources to confront our adversaries’ widespread efforts to spread false narratives that undermine democratic institutions and compromise America’s foreign policy goals,” said Murphy. “I’m proud of what Senator Portman and I accomplished here because it’s long past time for the U.S. to get off the sidelines and confront these growing threats.””

Read more:

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-12-10/senate-quietly-passes-countering-disinformation-and-propaganda-act

The “Pogo” comic strip nailed it many years ago:

“We have met the enemy and he is us.”

 

 

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https://citizenwells.com/

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Trump calls media liars, Trump wrong?, Thomas Jefferson wrong?, Mark Twain wrong?, Upton Sinclair wrong?, George Orwell wrong?, Albert Einstein wrong?, Carl Sagan wrong?, William Tecumseh Sherman convinced he would get reports from hell

Trump calls media liars, Trump wrong?, Thomas Jefferson wrong?, Mark Twain wrong?, Upton Sinclair wrong?, George Orwell wrong?, Albert Einstein wrong?, Carl Sagan wrong?, William Tecumseh Sherman convinced he would get reports from hell

“The function of the press is very high. It is almost Holy.
It ought to serve as a forum for the people, through which
the people may know freely what is going on. To misstate or
suppress the news is a breach of trust.”
…. Louis D. Brandeis

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it”…Joseph Goebbels

“We are being lied to on a scale unimaginable by George Orwell.”…Citizen Wells

 

 

President elect Donald Trump has called the media liars to their faces.

Thanks to Julian Assange and Wikileaks we have proof.

From Zero Hedge November 22, 2016.

““The meeting was a total disaster. The TV execs and anchors went in there thinking they would be discussing the access they would get to the Trump administration, but instead they got a Trump-style dressing down,” the source added. A second source confirmed the encounter.

The Post adds that “the meeting took place in a big board room and there were about 30 or 40 people, including the big news anchors from all the networks…”

“Trump kept saying, ‘We’re in a room of liars, the deceitful dishonest media who got it all wrong. He addressed everyone in the room calling the media dishonest, deceitful liars. He called out Jeff Zucker by name and said everyone at CNN was a liar, and CNN was network of liars.”

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-11-22/emotionally-fcking-pissed-media-blows-embargo-and-lashes-out-trump-fck-him

Aside from being right, Trump is in good company.

Thomas Jefferson

“Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper.
Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that
polluted vehicle.”

Mark Twain

“It has become a sarcastic proverb that a thing must be true if you saw it in a newspaper. That is the opinion intelligent people have of that lying vehicle in a nutshell. But the trouble is that the stupid people — who constitute the grand overwhelming majority of this and all other nations — do believe and are moulded and convinced by what they get out of a newspaper, and there is where the harm lies.”

Upton Sinclair

“When you pick up your morning or evening newspaper and think
you are reading the news of the world, what you are reading
is a propaganda which has been selected, revised, and doctored
by some power which has a financial interest in you.”

George Orwell

“It is impossible to read through the reports in the Communist Press without realizing that they are consciously aimed at a public ignorant of the facts and have no other purpose than to work up prejudice.”

Albert Einstein

“The (American) press, which is mostly controlled by vested
interests, has an excessive influence on public opinion.”

Edward R. Murrow

“The speed of communications is wondrous to behold. It is also true that speed can multiply the distribution of information that we know to be untrue.”

Carl Sagan

“I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time — when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what’s true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness…

The dumbing down of American is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30 second sound bites (now down to 10 seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance”

William Tecumseh Sherman

“If I had my choice I would kill every reporter in the world but I am sure we would be getting reports from hell before breakfast.”

Donald Trump is the right man for the job.

Trump is not afraid to speak the truth.

 

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https://citizenwells.com/

http://citizenwells.net/

 

 

 

Twitter Wikileaks saved on Wayback 3 hours ago, Heavily armed ‘police’ appear outside Ecuadorian Embassy in London where Julian Assange has political asylum

Twitter Wikileaks saved on Wayback 3 hours ago, Heavily armed ‘police’ appear outside Ecuadorian Embassy in London where Julian Assange has political asylum

“The past, he reflected, had not merely been altered, it had
actually been destroyed. For how could you establish, even
the most obvious fact when there existed no record outside
your own memory?”…George Orwell, “1984″

“And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed
–if all records told the same tale–then the lie passed into
history and became truth. “Who controls the past,” ran the
Party slogan, “controls the future: who controls the present
controls the past.”…George Orwell, “1984″

“”You’re a traitor!” yelled the boy. “You’re a thought criminal!””…George Orwell, “1984”

 

Twitter is still down.

From Wikileaks 3 hours ago saved on Wayback Machine.

Pinned Tweet

PHOTO: Heavily armed ‘police’ appear outside Ecuadorian Embassy in London where Julian Assange has political asylum (photo, Tuesday morning)

wikileaks161021saved

 

  1. WikiLeaks: Bill Clinton took home “expensive gifts” from foundation donors

  2. WikiLeaks Retweeted Paste Magazine

    New from Paste Magazine

    WikiLeaks added,

https://web.archive.org/web/20161021182630/https:/twitter.com/wikileaks

 

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Hillary doctor letter author Ashley Neff marketing social media rebranding specialist, Did Neff rebrand Clinton’s health?, Hillary September 2016 health statement fraudulent, Procedures don’t exist and signatures don’t match

Hillary doctor letter author Ashley Neff marketing social media rebranding specialist, Did Neff rebrand Clinton’s health?, Hillary September 2016 health statement fraudulent, Procedures don’t exist and signatures don’t match

“So Hillary’s doctor —who says Hillary’s Health is “excellent”— just claimed Hillary had an imaging study that doesn’t exist. Oops.”…Dr. Milton Wolf

“I watched her on countless occasions blatantly lie to the American people and knowingly lie.”…Linda Tripp

And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed
–if all records told the same tale–then the lie passed into
history and became truth. “Who controls the past,” ran the
Party slogan, “controls the future: who controls the present
controls the past.”…George Orwell, “1984″

 

 

Citizen Wells analyzed and reported on the alleged Hillary Clinton Dr. Bardack health letter from September 14, 2016 and discovered the following:

  1. The alleged letter was in a PDF file format converted from a Word Document.
  2. It contained the following: “fit to serve as President of the United States.”
  3. The signature did not match the signature on the 2015 letter from Dr. Bardack.
  4. The author of the Word Document was Ashley Neff.

https://citizenwells.com/2016/09/14/hillary-alleged-dr-lisa-bardack-letter-september-14-2016-we-need-proof-pdf-converted-from-word-doc-appears-suspicious-who-is-ashley-neff-fit-to-serve-as-president-of-the-united-states-unpr/

So, who is Ashley Neff?

From Facebook.

Today is a celebration. The past 5 months (and over a year for my boss) my small team of 3 has been working tirelessly to change Mount Kisco Medical Group to CareMount Medical. We officially rebranded the largest medical group in New York!

I am so proud to have headed the design and production of our website, patient portal, Intranet and all social media outlets. Apologies on the bragging rights but dang- today is freakin cool. 😁

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From LinkedIn:

Background

Summary

MA Media/Communications Professional
Strong Writing, Social Media, Organizational & Interpersonal Skills

Award Winning Writer
Social Media Marketing
Blogger and Interviewer
Newspaper & Magazine Editing

Experience

Marketing Assistant & Social Media Specialist

CareMount Medical

October 2015 – Present (1 year)

Strategized and implemented the rebranding of Mount Kisco Medical Group, now CareMount Medical, the largest medical group in Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, and Ulster counties. Headed the re-skin of the website, employee Intranet, Patient Portal and Social Media platforms. Carried out social media plan for rebanding. Maintain brand awareness and a positive reputation for large medical group with over 500 providers and 40 specialties in 41 locations by updating all social media outreach, managing and updating the website, and posting blogs. Maintaining vertical marketing through Hootesuite, Google Analytics and Facebook Analytics. Staying in constant contact with all doctors within the group by creating and updating physician profiles and arranging media placement to the web. Creating and distributing all promotional flyers, posters and ads for print and web distribution. Coordinating all sponsorship opportunities with local and regional companies.

Marketing Coordinator

Hudson Valley Graphic Design LLC

October 2013 – December 2015 (2 years 3 months)

Admissions Associate

The College of Westchester

November 2014 – September 2015 (11 months)White Plains, NY

Office Manager

Santella Business Solutions

February 2003 – September 2015 (12 years 8 months)Montrose, NY

Social Media Director

THE GYM

December 2013 – March 2014 (4 months)Armonk, NY

Marketing Intern

InForm Fitness Studios

January 2013 – May 2013 (5 months)Greater New York City Area

Developed and managed social media platforms which increased contacts 500%.

Editorial Intern – Health & Food Departments

Family Circle Magazine

January 2010 – June 2010 (6 months)New York, NY”

https://www.linkedin.com/in/ashley-neff-3849513a

From The Gateway Pundit September 14, 2014.

“Dr. Milton Wolf: Hillary’s Doctor Claimed Hillary Got a Perfect Score on TEST THAT DOES NOT EXIST”

“Republican 2014 Senate Candidate, Dr. Milton Wolf, wrote yesterday that Hillary’s health problem is NOT “dehydration.”

Dr. Wolf is a board-certified diagnostic radiologist and is President Barack Obama’s second cousin, once removed.”

“Dr. Wolf concluded: There’s no need for wild speculation or sensationalization. Hillary’s health problems are (1) knowable and (2) highly significant. This is my wheel house.

And tonight Dr. Milton Wolf responded to Hillary Clinton’s doctor’s report.

“Hillary’s doctor just claimed Hillary had a perfect score on a test that doesn’t exist.”

Dr. Milton Wolf: Hillary’s Doctor Claimed Hillary Got a Perfect Score on TEST THAT DOES NOT EXIST

Does any rational person now believe that the letter is not fraudulent?

Ashley Neff tried to rebrand Hillary Clinton’s health and she got caught.

The letter can be downloaded here:

https://m.hrc.onl/secretary/10-documents/05-physician-letter/HRC_physician_letter.pdf

 

 

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https://citizenwells.com/

http://citizenwells.net/

 

Jim Clifton recovering economy another lie, Unemployment rate lie, CEO Gallup, 25 million people whose economic lives have crashed, Invisible in reported 4.9% official U.S. unemployment rate, Devastated American remains counted as “full-time employed”

Jim Clifton recovering economy another lie, Unemployment rate lie, CEO Gallup, 25 million people whose economic lives have crashed, Invisible in reported 4.9% official U.S. unemployment rate, Devastated American remains counted as “full-time employed”

“The number of persons employed part time for economic reasons (sometimes referred to as involuntary part-time workers) was little changed in September at 7.1 million. These individuals, who would have preferred full-time employment, were working part time because their hours had been cut back or because they were unable to find a full-time job.”…US Labor Dept. September 2014

“11.4%: What the U.S. unemployment rate would be if labor force participation were back to January 2008 levels.” …James Pethokoukis, American Enterprise Institute, June 2013

And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed
–if all records told the same tale–then the lie passed into
history and became truth. “Who controls the past,” ran the
Party slogan, “controls the future: who controls the present
controls the past.”…George Orwell, “1984″

 

From Gallup September 20, 2016.

“The Invisible American”

“I’ve been reading a lot about a “recovering” economy. It was even trumpeted on Page 1 of The New York Times and Financial Times last week.

I don’t think it’s true.

The percentage of Americans who say they are in the middle or upper-middle class has fallen 10 percentage points, from a 61% average between 2000 and 2008 to 51% today.

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Ten percent of 250 million adults in the U.S. is 25 million people whose economic lives have crashed.

What the media is missing is that these 25 million people are invisible in the widely reported 4.9% official U.S. unemployment rate.

Let’s say someone has a good middle-class job that pays $65,000 a year. That job goes away in a changing, disrupted world, and his new full-time job pays $14 per hour — or about $28,000 per year. That devastated American remains counted as “full-time employed” because he still has full-time work — although with drastically reduced pay and benefits. He has fallen out of the middle class and is invisible in current reporting.

More disastrous is the emotional toll on the person — the sudden loss of household income can cause a crash of self-esteem and dignity, leading to an environment of desperation that we haven’t seen since the Great Depression.

Millions of Americans, even if they themselves are gainfully employed in good jobs, are just one degree away from someone who is experiencing either unemployment, underemployment or falling wages. We know them all.

There are three serious metrics that need to be turned around or we’ll lose the whole middle class.

  1. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the percentage of the total U.S. adult population that has a full-time job has been hovering around 48% since 2010this is the lowest full-time employment level since 1983.
  2. The number of publicly listed companies trading on U.S. exchanges has been cut almost in half in the past 20 years — from about 7,300 to 3,700. Because firms can’t grow organically — that is, build more business from new and existing customers — they give up and pay high prices to acquire their competitors, thus drastically shrinking the number of U.S. public companies. This seriously contributes to the massive loss of U.S. middle-class jobs.
  3. New business startups are at historical lows. Americans have stopped starting businesses. And the businesses that do start aregrowing at historically slow rates.

Free enterprise is in free fall — but it is fixable. Small business can save America and restore the middle class.

Gallup finds that small businesses — startups plus “shootups,” those that grow big — are the engine of new economic energy. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, 65% of all new jobs are created by small businesses, not large ones.

Here’s the crisis: The deaths of small businesses recently outnumbered the births of small businesses. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that the total number of business startups and business closures per year crossed for the first time in 2008. In the nearly 30 years before that, the U.S. consistently averaged a surplus of almost 120,000 more business births than deaths each year. But from 2008 to 2011, an average of 420,000 businesses were born annually, while an average of 450,000 per year were dying.”

Read more:

http://www.gallup.com/opinion/chairman/195680/invisible-american.aspx

From Citizen Wells February 3, 2015.

“Citizen Wells and others such as Rush Limbaugh have been warning and informing you about the real economy and jobs situation.

From Citizen Wells January 29, 2015.

“The plummet of the labor force participation rate in NC, other states and the US is big news and should be more widely reported.

The percentage of the population working is also important and in some ways more significant.

Since the big news today was the lowest so called initial claims number in 15 years let’s go back to January 2000 and compare the employment to population percent from then to now.

US

Jan 2000     64.6

Dec 2014      59.2

That’s a plummet of 5.4 percent!

NC

Jan 2000     65.1

Dec 2014      56.5

That’s a plummet of 8.6 percent !!!

So much for the improved economy and jobs situation.

I warned you we were in the age of Big Brother and “1984.””

From Gallup CEO Jim Clifton 

“The Big Lie: 5.6% Unemployment”

“Here’s something that many Americans — including some of the smartest and most educated among us — don’t know: The official unemployment rate, as reported by the U.S. Department of Labor, is extremely misleading.

Right now, we’re hearing much celebrating from the media, the White House and Wall Street about how unemployment is “down” to 5.6%. The cheerleading for this number is deafening. The media loves a comeback story, the White House wants to score political points and Wall Street would like you to stay in the market.

None of them will tell you this: If you, a family member or anyone is unemployed and has subsequently given up on finding a job — if you are so hopelessly out of work that you’ve stopped looking over the past four weeks — the Department of Labor doesn’t count you as unemployed. That’s right. While you are as unemployed as one can possibly be, and tragically may never find work again, you are not counted in the figure we see relentlessly in the news — currently 5.6%. Right now, as many as 30 million Americans are either out of work or severely underemployed. Trust me, the vast majority of them aren’t throwing parties to toast “falling” unemployment.

There’s another reason why the official rate is misleading. Say you’re an out-of-work engineer or healthcare worker or construction worker or retail manager: If you perform a minimum of one hour of work in a week and are paid at least $20 — maybe someone pays you to mow their lawn — you’re not officially counted as unemployed in the much-reported 5.6%. Few Americans know this.

Yet another figure of importance that doesn’t get much press: those working part time but wanting full-time work. If you have a degree in chemistry or math and are working 10 hours part time because it is all you can find — in other words, you are severely underemployed — the government doesn’t count you in the 5.6%. Few Americans know this.

There’s no other way to say this. The official unemployment rate, which cruelly overlooks the suffering of the long-term and often permanently unemployed as well as the depressingly underemployed, amounts to a Big Lie.

And it’s a lie that has consequences, because the great American dream is to have a good job, and in recent years, America has failed to deliver that dream more than it has at any time in recent memory. A good job is an individual’s primary identity, their very self-worth, their dignity — it establishes the relationship they have with their friends, community and country. When we fail to deliver a good job that fits a citizen’s talents, training and experience, we are failing the great American dream.”

https://citizenwells.com/2015/02/03/5-6-percent-unemployment-rate-big-lie-gallups-jim-clifton-white-house-wall-street-and-media-lies-30-million-americans-out-of-work-or-severely-underemployed-percent-of-population-working-plummets/

 

 

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