“Gerald Celente is known to love to make the following statement: “When people lose everything and have nothing left to lose – they lose it.” Sadly, Celente is exactly right about this. As the U.S. economy continues to collapse, Americans are going to becoming increasingly frustrated, and this frustration will inevitably boil over into rioting and violence. Could we be starting to see the start of this already? The number of Americans that have “gone wild” seems to be escalating. Years ago, losing a job was not that big of a deal. Now a job loss is enough to cause some Americans to snap and go over the edge. We are seeing restaurant brawls and open violence in the streets that would have been unthinkable 50 years ago. All over the nation people are losing it and are literally going crazy. The news stories and the videos posted below of “Americans gone wild” are very graphic and very shocking. There is a reason for this. These examples are meant to show you that the very fabric of our civilized society is falling apart. It won’t matter who ends up leading us politically if this is the kind of people we become.”
“A story like the assassination of “public enemy #1″ is naturally going to drive people toward all news sources. However, we in the alternative news media have been particularly busy since the announcement late Sunday night, as indicated by Alexa website rankings.
For those of us covering the government and mainstream media lies, distortions, and pure propaganda, it has been nearly overwhelming to attend to every facet of this professional wrestling-style spectacle. As a result, traffic to alternative news sites has surged dramatically. This is very encouraging, as it indicates that people are not immediately rushing only to the comfort and security of the official story, which is largely framed by appeals to emotion — rather, people appear to be hungry for facts. Given that alternative media generally does not have even a fraction of the budget of corporate media, the ranking increases are doubly satisfying. We are honored to be included with the true news sources below as a reliable indicator of the search for truth and justice amid the miasma of the current official coverage of the bin Laden Assassination Show being peddled for obviously corporate and political reasons.”
Via Activist Post
“From the fans at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia to the mobs at the White House gates, “USA, USA,” was the chant heard across the nation. Jubilant Americans celebrated the breaking news that Public Enemy No.1, terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden was dead.
Ten years have passed since the Twin Towers toppled and the Pentagon was whacked. After two failing wars and billions of dollars spent on the global manhunt to bring in Bin Laden “Dead or Alive,” America has now claimed victory. “This is bigger than the moon landing, this is huge,” exclaimed Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera.
“Justice has been done,” intoned President Barack Obama announcing Bin Laden’s death. He not only called it “a good day for America,” but also declared that “The world is safer. It is a better place because of the death of Osama Bin Laden.””
Via Lew Rockwell
BLS Jobs Report: Nonfarm Payroll Headline Number Looks Good, Beneath the Surface, Awful
“Thoughts on the Jobs Report Thoughts on the Jobs Report
On the surface, this was the third consecutive solid jobs report, not as measured by the typical recovery, but the best back-to-back reports we have seen for years. The Payroll Survey Establishment Data showed employment up by 244,000.
At that pace of hiring, the unemployment number would ordinarily drop, but not fast.
Instead, the unemployment rate ticked up. The reason is beneath the surface, employment fell by 190,000 according to the Household Survey.
According to the Household Survey, the number of unemployed rose by 205,000. Another 131,000 dropped out of the labor force or the unemployment rate would have been even higher.”
Who ‘Ya Gonna Believe? (Employment)
“From the Bureau of Lies and Scams (BLS):
Nonfarm payroll employment rose by 244,000 in April, and the unemployment rate edged up to 9.0 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Job gains occurred in several service providing industries, manufacturing, and mining.
That sounds good. The unemployment rate edged up as allegedly more people came back into the workforce:”
Via Market Ticker
As People Not In Labor Force Hit New Record, Those Who “Want A Job Now” Jump By 232,000 In One Month
“Another observation from today’s BLS data: while the labor participation rate may have remained flat, the total number of persons not in the labor force as an absolute number just hit a new all time record of 86.248 million, higher than the previous record hit in February of 86.216 million. And just as relevantly, the total number of “people who want a job now” jumped by 232,000 from March to April to 6.482 million, just short of the previous record of 6.643 million. Can someone please redirect all these people to the minimum wage, part time jobs that just opened up at US fast food retailers please?”
Via Zero Hedge
Participation Rate Unchanged At 25 Year Low 64.2% For Third Straight Month
“One of the key metrics in today’s report: April civilian non-institutional population at 239,146, a meager rise of 146k from March, and the Civilian Labor Force also barely growing from 153,406 to 153,421 means that for the 3rd straight month the Labor Force Participation Rate remained at a 25 year low of 64.2%.”
Via Zero Hedge
NFP +244,000, 9% Unemployment, Birth/Death Adjustment +175,000
“And so much for all economic data indicating a drop. The BLS just reported the biggest monthly gain since February 2006. From the release: “Nonfarm payroll employment rose by 244,000 in April, and the unemployment rate edged up to 9.0 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Job gains occurred in several service-providing industries, manufacturing, and mining.” And yet: Birth/Death adjustment +175,000.”
Via Zero Hedge
“Khamenei gives Ahmadinejad an ultimatum that could result in his resignation
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is mired in a political dispute with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei that could result in the president’s resignation, Al Jazeera English reported Friday.
The dispute is reportedly so severe that Ahmadinejad staged a 10-day walkout protest, during which time he was not seen in a single cabinet meeting.
This split between the men has now boiled over: as many as 25 people close to Ahmadinejad and his chief of staff, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, have been arrested and accused of sorcery, according to The Guardian.
The row between Ahmadinejad and Khamenei came to a head on April 17, when the president demanded that his intelligence minister resign. In a rare public reaction, Khameni rebuked the president and reinstated the minister, setting up a conflict between the two.
Ahmadinejad has refused to say that he accepts Khamenei’s decision on the intelligence minister, even though under Iranian law defiance of the supreme leader is akin to defying his deity.”
Via Raw Story
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh releases Stephen Richards’ disciplinary record; professor encouraged students to sign Randy Hopper recall petition during class
“According to the letter, students complained that Richards:
-Brought a petition to class on March 7 to recall State Sen. Randy Hopper, R-Fond du Lac.
-Spent most of class time on two dates in February sharing personal opinions about Gov. Scott Walker , the state legislature and a proposed bill reducing public employees’ ability to collectively bargain.
-Did not show up for his Theories of Crime class four times and arrived late two times during February and March.
-Told students to direct complaints about his teaching to campus administration but nothing could be done to address the complaints.
Richards responded with his own letter rebutting the allegations and defending his teaching style.”