Sunday, April 20, 2014

Obama's Rich People Meet-Up

Oh, guess who got to go to the White House? Community organizers? Nope, Give up? White House Hosts ‘Next Generation’ Young and Rich -
That's right, a who's who of the rich. "philanthropists finding each other, finding other philanthropists with shared interests.” It's kinda like a philanthropists meet-up, since they can't seem to find a way to meet each other without the President.
With the highest income equality since 1928, it's a great idea to get some Rockefellers and Marriots together, you know, because the President doesn't want to be slummin'.
  I wonder if they talked about this? Raise the  Wage | The White House
One of these "philanthropists" Patrick Gage, owns Radisson hotels, Country Inns and Suites, T.G.I. Friday’s and other brands, is an industry leader in enforcing measures to combat trafficking and involuntary prostitution. It's nice to know he's fighting human trafficing, while ripping off TGIFridays employees, Workers sue TGI Fridays for wage violations - Business - The Boston Globe
 There really is no better time than now to empower the already powerful.
I wonder if these "philanthropists" have offshored most of their income? Pritzker Yields Party Role Reversal on Offshore Trusts - Bloomberg 
Hey, that name seems familiar, oh right, Liesel Pritzker Simmons, she was "a little worried" that this shindig would be a "fund raise for the Democratic Party" which makes me laugh since there isn't one anymore.
So let me see, the way to get an invitation to a White House meet-up? Be born rich and have a pulse. The government worships wealth and this 1% party proves it.
Zac Russel, Russell Investments a global asset manager The price for his invitation? $953,234
  Russel Investments gave $100,000 to the Defeat 1098 campaign. A state income tax of 5% on it's own 1%. While the 99% precariat, are scrambling to pay our taxes, these people are donating thousands to avoid paying, that is if they haven't offshored all their money. Talk about rich people problems. These "philanthropists" are greedsters. There's never enough for them. There's never enough for the corrupt D.C. government either. This "Next Generation" party is the result of the corporate takeover of government.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Capitalism Is Corrupt

I don't know if anyone noticed that this week Wall Street took a dump. Code red: Stocks tank on Wall Street - Apr. 10, 2014
Whoever is on  the "it's going to come back" train, waiting for happy days to come back again....hasn't been paying attention. A  few things however, have caught my attention. 

                                     This is Woody Harrelson "Ethos Time To Unslave Humanity."
It runs about an hour and if your lazing around on Sunday, you might want to watch. Basically, Woody outlines how we have been conditioned to consume and how our country became the mess it is today. 
If you're in the market for a rollicking good read, you might try this,"Capital in the Twenty-First Century." by Thomas Piketty, Why We’re in a New Gilded Age by Paul Krugman | The New York Review of Books " the era of equalization now lies behind us, and that the conditions are now ripe for the reestablishment of patrimonial capitalism." Hey, thanks for that, because its been established for quite some time now.  Capitalism isn't working, unless you're in the 1%. What Picketty suggests in his book is pretty remarkable, a GLOBAL wealth tax. Do I think that will happen? Hell no. But what is really interesting is that he actually takes into account the offshored trillions of dollars that aren't taxed, not the way Joe the plumber in Indiana is. 
Which brings me to the position that the economy is broken, that our government is corrupt and chases profit like a hedge fund manager. Capitalism is dragging us down and it might be useful to look at another kind of economy, one that has no use for money. A resource based economy. How can we live without money? Could that really work? We have the resources and the tech to take the next step and start creating a new infrastructure. We need to start thinking in a whole new way about how we live and it needs to be global.
Its called The Venus Project, beyond politics poverty and war. 
The social structure we have today isn't working, it's frozen. Working within our capitalist system is no longer an option. One of our major problems is the "We're number 1" attitude" that isn't really a good foundation for working together on a global platform. Lets start thinking of ways vastly different than what we have been conditioned to think. We need to evolve from capitalism to a better system.

           “The world has enough for everyone's need, but not enough for everyone's greed.” 



Sunday, April 6, 2014

Keeping Up "Appearances"

"There will be no loyalty, except loyalty towards the Party. There will be no love,
 except the love of Big Brother. There will be no laughter, except the laugh of 
triumph over a defeated enemy. There will be no art, no literature, no science."
                                             - George Orwell
"This Court has identified only one legitimate governmental
interest for restricting campaign finances: preventing corruption or the appearance of corruption."
And there you have it. Plutocracy wins again, not that anyone I know noticed.
 Because corruption or the "appearance" of corruption is EVERYWHERE. Yes, even in the Supreme Court. We know that Scalia and Thomas, participated in Koch Brothers fundraising gatherings. What Role Have Scalia And Thomas Played In The Koch Money Machine? | ThinkProgress
This got me thinking about  the scandal I grew up with known as Watergate. 1974 was the last round of campaign finance reform. There are a few interesting correlations with that period of time and what we are enduring now.  Lets go back to 1969, this is when Nixon compiled his "enemies list" with 200 peoples names on it, one of them, John Lennon. What gets me is that there were only 200 names. Now virtually everyone in this country and all over the world is under surveillance. 
Then there was the awful Vietnam War, proving we can't learn from the past, so we jump into the Afghanistan and Iraq "War on Terror" for a decade, both of these wars were wars of choice. Spreading "democracy" stopping communism, terrorism whatever you want to call it. I call them wars for profit.
Let's get to the economy during this time. Nixonomics was causing all kinds of problems with inflation eventually hitting 12.2%. Back in those days, you still counted energy and food in the inflation rate and now we don't even know what the real inflation rate is.
"The first panacea for a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; the second is war. Both bring a temporary prosperity; both bring a permanent ruin. Both are the refuge of political and economic opportunists." - Ernest Hemingway
 It's crazy to me that Hemingway seemed to know what was and still is going on, but we don't seem to learn these lessons from the past. More like it's not profitable enough to.
During Nixons time we were in a recession, which can't even hold a candle to the "recession" we are still struggling to get out of today. We are told the unemployment rate is somewhere around 6%. During Nixon's heyday it was around 5% that's right only 5%. Nixon took us off the gold standard. Which is is probably the craziest thing a Republican could do, ever. They are so conservative now that Nixon looks more like a Democrat.  The way Obama looks more like a Republican than the Democrat he says he is. 
But here's the kicker, Nixon was eventually impeached for his shenanigans. Any wrong doing in recent times are filed in the "can't go back" folder and ignored. 
Which brings me back to corruption. Much like "Known unknowns," corruption and "appearances of corruption" are everywhere, like New York, where corruption "appears rampant."
Take a look at  State Integrity Investigation overview: 50 states and no winners - State Integrity Investigation
 It doesn't surprise me at all since Citizens United, we now have another decision deciding that it's business as usual. America is the best Democracy money can buy.  
                     The Supreme Court "appears" to be loyal to "The Party. " 

12-536 McCutcheon v. Federal Election Comm'n (04/02/2014) - 12-536_e1pf.pdf
The American Anti-Corruption Act 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

"America Has One Political Party With Two Right Wings"- Gore Vidal

This is the best they can do, another Bush. Influential Republicans working to draft Jeb Bush into 2016 presidential race - The Washington Post
Not that it really matters. We think we have two parties, but what we have is the Uniparty, the Business Party, really, it's no party at all. I don't know if anyone has a memory, but the last Bush was a disaster.
 Which brings me to the matter of  "W"not being tried for war crimes. Because "we can't go back" we have a family that can keep reproducing candidates ad nauseum. Another election is coming and then another. Keep voting! Keep believing in democracy! As if an election was any guarantee of that.
When I read about Chris Christie or Jeb Bush or Hillary for chissakes, I want to laugh, except it's just so damn sad. Keep buying into the political system that likes to keep you believing that there is any difference between any of these people.
Because the America we used to know, has ceased to exist. Both parties have been fooling the people they pretend to represent. When you have almost half the population of this country living in poverty, you have to understand that these elected people are entertainment, which is what the 1% intended them to be. They don't care about the massive unemployment problem. They care about Wall Street. That's who you are really voting for.
The Washing ton Post and The New York Times are definitely interested in selling more papers and more lies. People are still being conditioned to believe, out of some misguided sense of loyalty towards partisan politics, to continue to vote. These empty suits, actors, whatever you want to call them, are playing charades, nothing more. The raping and pillaging of America continues, as long as we keep voting.
Massive poverty, massive unemployment and all we can do is poke around in Ukraine? Look at the mess that has been made in our own country, that still hasn't been taken care of. Which begs the question, when are we going to demand that we take care of our own country, our own people?
Foreign aid, Total economic and military assistance: $49.5 billion
$525.4 billion Department of Defense budget
Money flows out of our DOD and our military families are on food stamps? Military use of food stamps rises again - Feb. 17, 2014
How does that even make sense? Another thing I want to know is how are we investing in America?  All I can find? Foreigners have $25.2 trillion invested in the US, a record high – Quartz
How is it that poverty is widespread in this country and all we hear from Washington D.C. is that we are broke? Yeah, and Iraq had WMD's, right?
 Ask yourself why nothing is being done to help the American people?
The answer is clear. No one wants to. No elected official gives a damn about the perilous position the average American finds themselves in. 
Jeb Bush may run and Jeb Bush may win or Hillary or whoever, and it won't make a damn bit of difference they are all the same party, the same business, the same corporation.
It is no accident that people think their vote doesn't matter, they are right. 90 million Americans didn't vote in the last election. When there is no difference between parties, then what exactly does a vote even mean? It's just one party with two right wings. How is that gonna fly?
Gore Vidal - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Freedom's Just Another Word.

Michelle Obama is in China, she has declared that internet freedom should be a human right. I am aware that she's talking about Turkey taking down twitter before their elections. However, she might have thought twice about this, since there is an apparatus in place following us all over the internet and collecting data. I'm not sure where this moral standing is coming from, lecturing others on freedom. Access to the internet should be a human right, also, you will be followed wherever you go.........universal access=universal snooping. 
she might want to have a word with her husband about this matter
I'm hoping now we will leave Edward Snowdon alone, since he's just trying to keep the internet free.
Here in the land of the free, we actually come in at 32, according to Reporters Without Borders when it comes to freedom of the press. Michelle Obama's trip to China is supposed to be "nonpolitical" and had no plans to give any interviews while she's in China, no members of the press were invited. It looks like her "nonpolitical" trip, somehow became political.
Thinking about human rights, access to food, water and shelter, should be basic human rights. "In 2010, 17.2 million households were food insecure, the highest number ever recorded in the United States. Hunger in America: 2013 United States Hunger and Poverty Facts
I know Mrs. Obama is very concerned about childhood obesity, along with internet freedom, but we have a poverty problem in this country. I doubt people who are struggling to put food on the table are thinking about their access to the internet.
If Michelle Obama really thought access to the internet should be a human right, maybe it shouldn't have been comodified. Time Warner, one of the biggest internet access providers, was also one of the biggest donors to President Obama's campaign. Top Contributors to Barack Obama | OpenSecrets.
I think I read something about some kind of merger, oh yeah, here it is. Why Comcast—Time Warner Cable Should Be Blocked -- Daily Intelligencer  More gilded age baronism, so we can be "free" to choose a monopoly for our internet access.
                                                Kris is right, freedom's just another word.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Pot O' Blarney!

Here's the thing about the missing Malaysian jet, if Edward Snowden was on it, they would know where it is. Now they aren't even looking for the plane anymore, They are looking for a motive. Police hunt for motive as search for Malaysian jet spans hemispheres | Reuters
In an age where satellites and spying are part of everyday life, it seems strange that Diane Feinstein suddenly had "grave concerns" about the CIA's activities. Her husbands activities are way more interesting, since he makes millions from government contracts his wife is able to parlay for him.
 Richard C. Blum - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 It's strange to me in this age of technology and data mining that planes and information from the CIA can just go "missing" Kinda  like 18 minutes of blank tape. Feinstein has defended the CIA's and NSA's activities for years and now she's got a problem with them? She's a little late to this party. Everything about this "controversy" smells bad. She suddenly wants people to think she gives a damn about abuse of power....right. Because she's part of the problem. When I hear this lip service to "oversight of American spy agencies" it just doesn't make any sense. I don't think for one minute she's thinking of the American people. Because guess what Diane, "we can't go back," according to the President. The people responsible for torture and bankers that caused an economic crises as severe as the great depression are not something we are supposed to look at. Nope. You know who's responsible? Edward Snowden and Julian Assange! Those troublemakers are causing all the problems.
This is a bunch of blarney and  there is nothing that's going to be done about this situation. These agencies and the money flowing to contractors and corporations won't be stopped. That's what this is really about. Follow the money, because the pot of gold isn't just for St. Patrick's day, it's every day if you or your lobby or corporation can benefit. It sure as hell won't be the American people.
Happy Saint Patrick's Day to you all!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

"Corporate State"

I don't know anyone who likes daylight savings time. What are we really saving? No one likes it no one wants it, but we are stuck with it, why? Because we are decreasing energy consumption. "research about how DST currently affects energy use is limited or contradictory." Daylight saving time - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Guess who profits from DST? "Because so much extra gas is sold during Daylight Saving Time, the lobby representing convenience stores—places that sell tons of gas—are among the biggest backers of keeping the time change intact" So really, we don't know if we are saving anything, but we just keep going along with it. Of course, corporations profit from DST.
This week there was controversy about the SAT. It's getting an overhaul. I've got news for the SAT. I never took it. My PSAT scores were pathetic. Contrary to popular belief, that you HAVE to take the SAT's, well, no you don't. I made Deans list in college, I excelled and I would never have passed that test. That test is a marketing tool and a corporate money maker. It's not indicative of a student's success in college. It's bullshit. But just like with Daylight Savings Time, we are still going to have the SAT's, because testing is an INDUSTRY.
 We just keep going along with it.
Another thing we just keep going along with, is our pathetic healthcare system. William Rivers Pitt | Worse Than the Mob: The Insurance Industry Is Organized Crime
People go broke trying to stay alive. We profit from sick people. The health insurance companies goal is to deny whatever you need to be healthy. But we continue to go along with a for profit system, that patients and doctors fight with daily. Hours are spent trying to navigate a system that is complicated and burdensome. I have talked to many people who resist a single payer system, because it's SOCIALISM, which is almost the same as COMMUNISM. Because we are still fighting the Cold War in peoples minds.
Guess what? The jobs report came out again. Good news! 175,000 jobs were added! Businesses are hiring! Next thing you know, the jobs report will get revised. Shadow statistics about unemployment may be more reliable. Alternate Unemployment Charts Alternate sources tell us that unemployment is closer to 20%.
This much unemployment keeps wages depressed, while corporate profits are at record highs.
Corporations and the government have merged, but people still have not woken up to this. They know something's wrong, but they still go to Walmart, everyone knows the people who work there are barely surviving. No one thinks the people who own Walmart are having the same problems. No one really cares that the people who work at Walmart are the working poor, probably because the people who shop at Walmart are the working poor and we have a philosophy in this country that the poor deserve their fate.

When the economic system and the political system merge, we have fascism. Common sense would tell you that fascism is worse than socialism or communism. Most people still think we are living in a democracy, that their vote "counts." (for those who still vote) but the government is being run for millionaires. At what point are people going to wake up and figure out that like Daylight Savings Time, we lose an hour and ordinary people in this country have been losing for years and I'm not talking about just time. When is enough going to be enough?  When everything we do from setting our clocks, to testing our children, being sick or being well is dominated by corporate - government profit, we are no longer free. We have a lot more to be afraid of than socialism or communism.
Further reading,  Hedges: Is America Yearning for Fascism? | Alternet