AMTV News: 9/11 Memorial, 11 Years of Glorifying Government
Welcome back to AMTV News, I’m your anchor Topher Morrison. It’s Tuesday, September 11th, 2012. The final broadcast video is at the bottom of this post.
9/11 Memorial: Glorifying Government
Today we honor and remember those who died on September the 11th 2001, a day that did not ‘change the world’, but forever changed the way we all see it…
It used to be that we erected monuments that glorified the Gods, our ideals, our ingenuity, or our arts… Today, almost by reflex, we memorialize and subordinate nearly everything to some mass social cause or to those who have died so the community may live. Washington is littered with such memorials as if casting it all in bronze and cutting it out of granite sanctifies the endeavor or washes clean the mistakes.
Today our construction projects last longer than our wars. If after eleven years of laborious litigation over 1st responder compensation and the shear inefficiency offers us nothing else we know the process in which we respect living heroes and erect these monoliths of marble is inefficient at best. Reason TV shows it is also fraught much more and asks most appropriately “When did honoring the dead become an occasion for fleecing the living?”
France to Fund & Arm Syrian Islamists
France, flying in the face of recent campaign promises made by François Hollande, will continue its foreign adventurism. A “diplomatic source” told Reuters that France is funding fighters and fledgling rebel governments in “liberated zones” and is considering supplying heavy artillery to bolster opposition forces. In a separate report a French clandestine surgeon, Jaques Beres, recently operating in Aleppo for two weeks has seen “Islamists intent on turning Syria into an autocratic theocracy [swell] the ranks of [the] rebels” attempting to oust the secular Bashar al-Assad. Half of the rebels Beres treated on his most recent visit to Syria were non-Syrian seeking to establish Sharia Law and a world emirate. Perhaps courtesy of the French taxpayer.
Chicago: Too Big To Learn
The Chicago Public School system (CPS) is the third largest in the nation, more than 350 thousand students at 675 schools – a monster. Riding it is the Chicago Teacher’s Union (CTU). They’re the highest paid educators in the nation making between $69 – 76 thousand dollars a year before benefits. So why did they strike for the first time in 25 years yesterday? Three reasons:
1) A contractual pay raise was rescinded last year and the school day and year was lengthened, all of which CTU rebuked even though they spend less time in the classroom than their big city counterparts, reports Bloomberg. The union has asked for a 30% raise in tense negotiations, the counter offer and 19 others were rejected including an offer for a raise of 16% or $80,000 per year.
It’s not all about money though…
2) The union doesn’t want 40% of their performance-based pay being determined by students’ standardized test scores. A good move since 80% of Chicago 8th graders were found “not proficient” in reading according to the U.S. Department of Education. CTU and its apologists blame the children, or at least the impoverished and crime ridden areas from which they hail.
3) The real fight is over job security. Charter schools are injecting competition into an intellectual glacier with models that embrace non-union, non-school board and merit pay perspectives with mixed results. Mixed results stands in stark contrast with no results produced by CPS and its employees. Some teachers may be left behind and now their finding safety in numbers.
This Week Could Make or Break the EU
This week may decide whether or not the European experiment will continue or face the “abyss” of “disintegration” writes Tony Paterson of the Independent. Today Germany’s constitutional court will decide whether a permanent bailout fund to aid the ailing economic misfits of south is legal and the European Commission’s formal plans for a banking union will be unveiled. Despite the common anger throughout the eurozone stemming from bailouts, sovereignty issues, unemployment, entitlements to say the experiment is outright finished is to dismiss out of hand the swaths of Europhile support driven by elites like George Soros. Soros, who previously lauded Germany’s golden path to “a new German Empire”, is now demanding that it “lead or leave.” One thing is likely, whatever may happen, the experiment may shed some subjects, but the love of union, like the sirens call may be too much for most to resist.
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