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

1 comment:

  1. Pat,
    You need to try and change the time on these new digital clocks that do EVERYTHING - Time, Month, Day, and temperature at 7:15 AM when my ass knows that it is 6:15. One plus, I love sunrises!
    I was smarter this time! Bought my old evil sergeant self a jug of Wild Turkey 101 - belching that shit is nasty! Crashed at about 7 PM. Well, my Aces got killed by Wichita State (#2 playing #last....) , no John Wayne movie to watch. Fuck it - hit the sack. Other than some dry mouth (bloody mary cured that and the headache) I was fine.
    Good post
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