Oct 162013
 

The Dictator of Dogma

Bill Maher is simply an enemy of justice and a purveyor of oppression. Saying (writing) this publicly is a provocation of contempt from all the liberals in the room, yet it needs to be—desperately needs to be—said. Reality is refreshing. The corporate media has torn us away from it for so long that we might have forgotten this most fundamental fact, yet we must keep in mind the dire consequence of too little fresh air in this proverbial room: we suffocate in our own hot air.

In order to, within a reasonable space, adequately address and explicate the myriad ways in which the bloviating Bill Maher’s boiling breath brings us, all of us, closer to suffocation—in order to cover what I called the “Brobdingnagian breadth of Bill’s bigotry”—I had originally planned to publish this (admittedly long) article in two parts. However, as is often the case, the more one digs, the more one cannot help but come across more and more dirt.

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Oct 112013
 

She Ain’t What She Used to Be

Every time I see a news story that rubs me the wrong way… I bookmark it.

I either write about it eventually, or it becomes a permanent piece of my evidence folder — evidence of all the injustices going on around us, and that those who conduct them are slowly losing the war.

I’ve been doing this for the past few years, ever since I realized America could never solve its problems given the current rules of a two-party system and the amount of corporate money involved. My list now has thousands of entries ranging from examples of corporatism to banking scandals to police brutality. Taken together, they paint a very desolate picture of America.

As I’ve told you, there isn’t simply one thing wrong…

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Jul 032013
 

America governs lawlessly. Out-of-control rogues run things. Conditions go from bad to worse. Tyranny threatens everyone. So does possible global war.

Fear-mongering, saber rattling, hot wars, proxy ones, drone ones, geopolitical ones, financial ones, anti-populist ones, mass incarceration, censorship, lawless sanctions, subversion, sabotage, targeted assassinations, mass murder, cyberwar, and horrific draconian harshness reflect out-of control governance gone mad.

Lying is official policy. So is state terror. Independent governments aren’t tolerated. They’re targeted. Regime change is prioritized. World peace is threatened. Humanity’s menaced. Survival’s uncertain.

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Jun 242013
 

Here is Where the USA Should Top the List: the International Quota for Political Refugees

I don’t know how you feel about surveys, ranking or indexes, but whether you follow them or not, you must be aware of how we’ve been falling steadily as a nation. Those of you who follow lists-surveys and global indexes, let’s admit it- as a nation we have not been going up on most global ranking lists – in fact, just the opposite.

We have been going down on the list of the World’s Least Corruption Nations-way down. We have been dropping continuously when it comes to our ranking in the education arena. We have been dropping royally when it comes to Healthcare Systems. When it comes to World Press Freedom , we are embarrassingly low, behind Cape Verde, Cyprus, and even trailing Mali, Tanzania, El Salvador, Botswana and Comoros!! We didn’t even make it onto the ridiculous list of the top ten nations’ national happiness index.

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May 202013
 

Why are big, global U.S. corporations so unpatriotic? After all, they were created in the U.S.A., rose to immense profit because of the toil of American workers, are bailed out by American taxpayers whenever they’re in trouble, and are safeguarded abroad by the U.S. military.

Yet these corporate goliaths work their tax lawyers overtime to escape U.S. taxes. Many pay less than you do in federal income taxes. Imagine corporations, like General Electric, have not paid federal income taxes on U.S. profits for years.

Mega corporations have abandoned U.S. workers by entrenching “pull-down” trade agreements that make it easier than ever to ship jobs and whole industries to fascist and communist regimes abroad which keep their workers near serfdom. Remember, the U.S. has run large trade deficits for the past 30 years as a result of anti-American trade deals pushed by these global companies. These goliaths are pressing for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade agreement that will further pull down our economy. (See http://www.citizen.org/page.aspx?pid=1328.)

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May 012013
 

I don’t like to label people. I don’t like to speak in generalities. Unfortunately we live in a society where labels and generalities have become quite acceptable, particularly when talking in terms of politics and political beliefs. It is, in my opinion, because of this, at least partially, that we often forget we live in an individualist society. It is among the most unique societies in human history. As part of Westernized culture we have romanticized the idea of freedom, but as Americans we have squandered the ideals of the founding fathers and allowed a tyrannical centralized government and their corporate backers to gain too much power and influence over our personal lives. I believe this is because we as human beings seem to have this tendency toward wanting to collectivize. This likely has something to do with the human desire to be loved and accepted by others. We worry that if we don’t share the same customs and beliefs as others that they will not accept us for loving, caring human beings.

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Apr 242013
 

Small business is the incubator of employment. As it declines, so too do opportunities for first jobs, second chances and economic independence.

Self-employment and small business are two sides of a single economic coin: financial independence. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) counts two types of self-employed, the unincorporated and the incorporated. The unincorporated may have employees, but typically do not, i.e. they are sole proprietors. The incorporated have employees, starting with the owner, as the BLS counts the incorporated self-employed as employees of their own corporation.

I know that’s confusing, but it’s important to separate the sole proprietors from those “self-employed” incorporated businesses that have employees: law firms, doctors’ offices, accountants, etc.

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Apr 082013
 

From the San Francisco Earthquake to Superstorm Sandy, How Capitalism Stacks the Deck on Disaster

In 2007, a financial firestorm ravaged Wall Street and the rest of the country. In 2012, Hurricane Sandy obliterated a substantial chunk of the Atlantic seaboard. We think of the first as a man-made calamity, the second as the malignant innocence of nature. But neither the notion of a man-made nor natural disaster quite captures how the power of a few and the vulnerability of the many determine what is really going on at ground level. Causes and consequences, who gets blamed and who leaves the scene permanently scarred, who goes down and who emerges better positioned than before: these are matters often predetermined by the structures of power and wealth, racial and ethnic hierarchies, and despised and favored forms of work, as well as moral and social prejudices in place before disaster strikes.

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Aug 132012
 

The deconstruction of the United States is nearing completion.

Plans set in motion decades ago are now beginning to become a reality. Everything we were, or thought we were, has been carefully and strategically taken apart and reassembled as part of the United Nations plantation. The UN is the headquarters for the burgeoning world government and for decades our elected officials, unelected bureaucrats and other shadowy figures that slither about the halls of what was our government, have worked tirelessly to bring about our end. We are just about there.

The Redistribution Of Wealth

There is a redistribution of the nation’s wealth occurring, only it isn’t the redistribution from the wealthy to the poor even though many politicians and media talking heads would like us to think so.

Actually, just the reverse is true. The current economic depression has been years in the staging, resulting in massive job losses here in the US while foreign slave labor markets were exploited. The reduction in overall wealth is being experienced only by the working and poorer classes, while the wealth of the upper 10% and corporations, has increased significantly. This was no accident. All that has happened is the result of intentional actions.

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May 252012
 

Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), the Republican leader of the Senate, and in all likelihood, the next Senate Majority Leader, thinks corporations deserve the right to spend limitless amounts in American elections. He was the point person in Congress fighting campaign reforms in the late 90s, and now, he’s begging the Supreme Court not to reverse its Citizens United ruling. In fact, he just petitioned the court. His argument, that corporations deserve political rights akin to regular Americans because they rarely exercise that right, is laughable.

Here’s the context. Late last year, the Montana high court, citing the state’s long history of corporate money corrupting politics, essentially defied the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision and continued enforcing the state’s 100-year old law banning corporate involvement in state elections. The Supreme Court has blocked the Montana court’s decision pending on its own determination as to whether to formally hear the case this fall. Allowing a full argument in matter could allow the Court to reconsider the merits of the Citizens United decision, which opened the doors to corporate and union involvement in elections.

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