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How do you know it’s summer in Louisiana?

Two ways, one is that you walk out and the heat and humidity knock you down and kick all the will to live right out of you... or there's a combo of hurricane and poorly maintained infrastructure which  makes people float face down in the French Quarter. Sorry for a) using somebody else's commercial and b) coming out with such a dark intro into Climate Change. Not really. I'm not sorry. But you notice the people who tell us it's not climate change but instead a "slight weather adjustment" also use the term "Market Correction" when they really mean a crash so bad it has the feel of a Biblical famine? But of course, anthropogenic climate change is just a myth. Just look at Pike's Peak. Notice something there? No ice cap. Nope, none.  And it's not even summer yet.  

I’m having a little issue with consumerism/marketing

As is everybody. I don't watch TV very attentively. But it's still there and a loving God in His infinite wisdom and mercy somehow neglected to give me earlids, so I can't insulate myself from it and still remain in modern society. Who in the world now has not seen that lizard representation of an insurance company? Just for instance. They're branding us. and that's their exact word for it. When I was a kid branding was usually an exclusive term about livestock. Branding a calf is your way of declaring ownership. My short time working at an advertising company, just doing the trained monkey work, like putting cans of soda on doors in the midst of the Cola Wars of the 1980s (we had a contract with a very large conglomerate which among other other things involved a streetcorner table exhibit with cans of two competing brands of soda called "Take the BLEEEP Challenge") changed my perspective away from Madison avenue which I never saw and Wall Street which I also never saw... See, that soda pop promotion was the one time in the company's history in which the workers were required to wear advertising. And the rest of the time we were forbidden. Concert Tee Shirt? Sports Team Logo? Unpaid advertising. The company was PAID to advertise, right down to those of us who put grocery store weekly ads on doors. You might love the team or band a whole lot, but the fact is that shirt is YOU paying THEM to work for them in their advertising campaign. In most jobs it's the other way around, you get paid for your work. Even in sub-minimum wage contract work. How about a national or local Don't Work For Free Day, wherein each participant refuses to wear advertising (and yeah, that includes shirts and pants with a tag or even a large print of the manufacturers name on them). Take it further, don't talk about your favorite band or TV show or sports team (which is really revenue generating entertainment, not an actual contest of skill) or supporting the Army or any other Corporate Government entity. Try, for just one day. Fat chance any corporate information (buy our products) medium or media will let anybody know it's happening. (buy our products damn it) This is an example of the struggle of actual social activism, writ small. So the seeds are planted. Let's see if anything grows, other than the corporate weeds.

Europeans increasingly are rejecting US and German elites’ sponsored austerity programs for their nations

All across Europe, European nations are increasingly rejecting forcefully the austerity programs for themselves devised by American and German corporate elites. The latest is Romania’s Government Collapses Amid Austerity Backlash ...Why should people be forced to cut out necessary social programs just because the foreign capitalists say so?

Sgt Robert Bales hidden away, as George Zimmerman walks out of jail

Oh Lack of Justice USA! Military and cop impunity reigns supreme everywhere now, and the Right Wingers talk of us a being 'free', 'free'as the wind! BULLSHIT! I defy anybody to find some recent any recent info about Robert Bales and how 'the prosecution' is doing, AND what they are doing in his case? And the effort to turn George Zimmerman's cold blooded killing of Trayvon Martin into a plea about his own supposed victimhood reminds us of the sickening display of Norwegian Right Wing psychopath Anders Breivik's claim to be a victim of 'multiculturalism'. Zimmerman executed Trayvon and now the authorities are prepping the stage to let him walk free once again.... 'legally'. Justice in the US, like Democracy itself, just doesn't much exist. I'm totally fed up and sick of the Right Wing talking about soldiers and cops supposedly 'keeping us free'.

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