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April 15: NYC took a bridge, Chicago & Seattle took the streets, Portland took Town Hall, and Denver took the cake

DENVER, COLORADO- Yes, Denver's FIGHT FOR FIFTEEN march kept to the sidewalks. When ISO members (organizing the local "15 NOW" group) pushed the boundaries, SEIU marshals criticized them not just for agitating, but for pushing their socialist agenda. Occupy Denver activists held a prominent banner which referenced reigning minimum wage champion Socialist Alternative. Most of the attendees were union members whose representatives have obviously failed to credit the SA party or Seattle Councilwoman Kshama Sawant for the nation's first $15 minimum wage victory. We fielded questions all evening from marchers eager to know if an SA chapter was brewing in Colorado. TO BE FAIR, Denver's march did take an adventurous turn, by Denver standards, but the rally began as might be expected from an event dominated by the SEIU and other corporate unions and their immobile nonprofit cohorts. Denver's 4-15 rally started in the middle of CU-Denver's Auraria campus, invisible from any street and unseeable to even partipants arriving, until they turned the corner to find it, behind the Tivoli Center. Then organizers had a lineup of speakers which stretched well past expectations, trimming the crowd by over a third as supporters opted to slip away due to the unexpected cold front. Next participants were admonished to stick to the sidewalk, even on campus grounds, and applaud the police who'd agreed to permit the march. We were heading to a neighboring McDonalds, at least we were taking the scenic route. Throughout the rally and march, a brass band played, and members of the local band Flobots led chants and songs. This lent a fun energy but it did preclude ordinary marchers speaking out or centering the vocal messaging on anything more than the generic themes of financial discontent. Even as crowds lingered in front of McDonalds, the band played on, when poignant denunciations might have provided a suitable climax. Fortunately, a "Silver Brigade" had been deployed to patronize the fast food monster beforehand, to prevent managers from being able to lock the doors when the marchers arrived. McDs managers did lock the doors and they discussed a number of interesting defensive tactics under the noses of our operatives, but the managers were ultimately unable to refuse senior citizens demanding they be allowed to exit. This exit was timed to allow the Fight-for-Fifteen procession to march straight up to the counter, demanding a living wage, etc. Their objections heard, the marchers left and eventually crossed the street and dissolved into shortcuts through the Auraria campus. (Note: My account of our inside job may appear indiscrete, but I include it purposefully. One, because even with advance knowledge it's a difficult tactic to prevent, and two, because organizers of successive protests of establishments such as McDs need to include this tactic if they don't want to remain locked out.) The highlight for me was infusing the event theme with the S-word. Desperate as they were today to fight for a living wage, vowing "we'll be back" or else to "shut it down", these union adherants will shortly become the

Walmart: Strike you goddamn morons!

Finally, finally Walmart slave-wage workers are marching, on their off hours, picketing their stores. Finally. It's tempting to get out there and hold signs in support, but where were they when we were protesting Walmart ourselves? The pathetic Walmart "associates" couldn't be convinced we weren't jeopardizing the source of their livelihoods. Except their jobs aren't livelihoods. Even as Walmarts in more and more cities face a growing uprising, I'm not convinced that our local workforce can wise up beyond agitating to medicate their lives with pot or jumping at the chance to scab each other's part-time hours.

Still no unions in racist Delano, California and racist management and racist owners get caught there once again for abusing their power

...Despite having over a 2/3 majority Hispanic population, it is the racist Anglo community that still runs affairs in Delano, California. For those youngsters who only dimly know their own country's history, Delano was where the Farm Workers Union tried to organize way back in the '60s and '70s when Cesar Chavez used a national boycott of grapes to publicize how bad conditions were in the fields. Well, there are still no unions much in Delano, California (unless one might count prison guard 'unions' as being real unions, which I personally do not) and here was the news that made the national news today... Filipino nurses win language discrimination settlement Without any union for nurses in the hospital, an incompetent and backwards management made life Hell for some of their workforce based on Anglo fears that darker colored people might be talking about them behind their backs. I doubt that patients can depend on the good judgement of these managerial nitwits either. Everybody needs a union to guard and defend against bad management and thieving owners!

We all hate bad teachers, and so do teachers. Chicago Teachers Strike is about improving education

No one hates bad teachers more than fellow teachers. What a vile media construct to assert the Chicago Teachers Strike wants to force bad teachers on the public school system. The strike is a bid to strengthen the union and public education. Who better to fight privatization, standardized testing and the deliberate mis-education of common students than teachers? Unions are regularly maligned as parasites bent on destroying their host, but it's an obvious falsehood which ironically depends on an audience being unschooled in critical thinking, or being unemployed. If you have a job, you know that wishing against the interest of your communal enterprise is not human nature, and also that your job is made more difficult and unpleasant by workers who don't pull their weight. A strong union fights for the interests of its members, and what do teachers, the most altruist among us, want? Not just a better work environment, a better education system.

Reformist US labor unions plan to suck life from Occupy movement this spring

Here it is, the big push this spring by 'Labor' to try to suck the life out of the US Occupy Movement and push us all back into the Democratic Party behind Barack O'bomber man and a second term of Republican Lite NOTHINGNESS. The 99% Spring , a big blob of empty rhetoric by the usual Vote Lesser of Two Evils suspects. Americans deserve much better than this and deserve something better than the Democratic Party Right Centrism we always get from this disintegrating Labor crowd.

Why I Occupy Walmart

MY ENDGAME in occupying Walmart is to rally union members to the Occupy Movement. Union members, not unions. Taking the fight straight to Walmart, one of the most despicable, exploitative despoilers of the world's people and economy is something the big unions should have been doing thirty years ago. Maybe their members will finally see that they've been sold up the river by their supposed representatives. That neither local nor national unions are expressing solidarity with us on the sidewalks of these super centers is proof that the only wages and working conditions they've been protecting are their own.

Capital = Job creation, as explained by CenturyLink formerly Qwest formerly SW Bell

and somewhere in there a brief fantasy relationship with Yahoo as an internet service provider and a general screwing to the taxpayers of the City of Irving and Dallas county being thrown in... but I once more digress. CenturyLink "absorbed" Qwest's facilities, employees and corporate debts in a process called merger where all duplicated or "redundant" jobs on both sides of the merger were downsized. Meaning XXX number of real people lost their tech and service sector jobs. That's the way it looks on any prospectus of any merged corporations, in order to convince people to invest more capital in those corporations. In reality the jobs created would be debt collectors and repossession crews and foreclosure agents. BUT that's what they tell the Money People. Those of us who are in the Peasant Majority are told that we should welcome CenturyLink along with the massive tax breaks given on top of the ones they already enjoyed PLUS extras for "Job Creation" in our communities... we're told that these massive layoffs is somehow an opportunity for those "downsized" out of having a living wage job to get a job with a company who has just laid off about 20 percent of their workforce by eliminating redundant positions. Firing people in other words. But "job creation" is their story, and they're stickin' to it. So when you hear a politician proclaim that his policies of deregulation and wage-cutting and tax breaks for the richest actually created jobs, now you know why it is that a lot of people have decided that he's just full of shit all the way up to the nose and it keeps leaking out of his mouth. Other questions for them would be, since Union Membership is under 20% of the workers now, for thirty years the right to organize, join or even mention the word "Unions" anywhere on or off the job has been slashed, safety health and environmental regulations slashed, the remaining shreds of those regulations routinely ignored, and the workers' right to legal redress of grievances limited under "Tort Reform" plus the lowest tax rate since the last Great Depression, hasn't created any "new jobs" for us even though the Corporations have had their way granted to them on a silver charger for 3 straight decades. But you'll only get half of the first part of the question asked when the TeaBag and RepubliKlan Morons shout you down.

An 83% Payroll Tax, on the Workers and paid directly to the Corporations

That's what I paid and, everybody who works for a "Slave Market" minimum wage Labor Contractor Service such as Labor Ready, Apprentice, Manpower, Kelly... The "tax" is paid to a Non-Governmental Organization, and is paid before the Worker gets his check. I base the 83% figure on the fact that the workers are paid only 1/6th of what the Parasite Corporation gets for his "product". Under the various manifestations of the "Right To Get Screwed At Work" law, the workers aren't allowed to negotiate wages, working conditions, pensions or Insurance through the use of Collective Bargaining. We're supposed, instead, to go hat-in-hand and beg the employer for a slight fraction more of what is actually owed us. On an individual basis and, under the RTW law, the employer can cut your wages just as quickly as he "gives" them to you. They can take 5 times what we get, producing absolutely NOTHING themselves. We're not allowed to do what the Corporate Masters do, insist on a profit for our product. Nor, according to the laws as interpreted by their Tame Supreme Court, are we even allowed to break even. You can't go to King Soopers or Safeway and buy a $3 loaf of bread for only a dollar, insisting that that's all you'll pay them. If you leave the dollar and take the loaf, they'll call the Korporate Kontrolled Kops on you and have you arrested. And they call their TeaParty stooges, most of them the Stupid members of the Working Class, to defend their Corporate Masters from the "theft" of paying income tax. They have the government at every level in their service, coercing workers around the world to accept Slave Wages, at public expense, so every dime in their bark accounts is a Direct Government Subsidy. If the "peasants" rebel, like in Honduras, the U.S. Military will intervene, and ALWAYS on behalf of the Corporate Masters. Like their Death Squadsjust did "Gunmen have shot dead farm workers' leader Secundino Ruiz in Honduras." Gunmen paid and protected by the Pentagonistas. Whenever a soldier tells me how "lucky" I am to be here in America rather in the Banana Republics he was deployed to, TO MAKE SURE CONDITIONS NEVER CHANGE THERE, AND TO BACK UP THE GOON SQUADS OF HIS AND THEIR CORPORATE MASTERS I think of this. But, hey, TeaBags, other RepubliKlan sucks, be proud! You're trying your best to make sure your own families have to live under the same slavery. And it's only acknowledged as theft when the Corporations are required to pay a fraction of what they've stolen back to the people who stole it for them.

Organize, but think outside the school

I love this graphic, it's clever, it's instructional, sort of. It offers at least the illusion of parity in a big fish eats little fish world. Because you know, it's not going to work unless one of the little fishies is packing a spear gun.

Ikea factory workers organized by IAM, who will unionize the retail employees?

Ikea factory workers in Danville, Virginia, voted to unionize. Did they do it alone? No, they joined the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (Upside for Ikea, its customers can pretend their prefab furniture is tooled by rocket scientists). If Ikea retail employees follow suit, maybe there's hope for organizing the poverty-wage employees of America's largest private retailers: Walmart, Target, Home Depot, Lowe's, so what current retail unions are recruiting their membership to flier offending locations, circulate among the workers and initiate organizing campaigns?

Morons at AFL-CIO say AT&T/T-Mobile merger will benefit union workers

That's the problem with unions. Collective bargaining is key to making capitalists heed the people, but the big unions are co-opted by back- peddling idiots. Aka, counter-revolutionaries. The AFL-CIO praised this merger because the unionized AT&T will absorb the non-union T-Mobile workforce? Yeah, what's left of the jobs. Increased monopolization means streamlined payrolls, more pressure to force concessions, and less leverage. In offering this endorsement of a proposed antitrust offense, the AFL-CIO takes its members for chumps. Remember the UFCW betraying the P-9 meatpackers, or the SEIU taking out the nurses' union? Of course the Democratic Party is chiming in, claiming a merger will help gays, by the same tortured moron math. Americans need their unions, their own political party, and advocacy groups, but they have to start with taking a guillotine to the top. Finding his pro-corporate support uncharacteristic GLAAD members unmasked their leader. This can be a one-strike litmus test. Favor AT&T, mistaken or not, you're out.

Wikileaks- US State Dept ties Haitian aid to acceptance of wage slavery

When the outgoing Haitian Govt insisted on the whopping huge $5 a DAY minimum wage instead of the three dollars a day being offered by the Corporate-owned U.S.A.I.D., their pet sellouts at State Dept, which has been trying to put a stranglehold on who does or does not do business with Haiti since, like, Forever, endorsed a U.S.A.I.D. report that Haiti wasn't as badly harmed by the earthquake and thus, the Haitian people owe the aid money back. Welcome to the Global Plantation. I wonders, yes I does, how much Gov Scott Walker, Rep Paul Ryan, Gov LePage of Maine, Rick GoodHair of Texas, The Chambers of Commerce, and their Local Anti-worker ToolsTrained Monkeys like Paige, Patchsi, Janis Heuberger, Jeff Crank, Malkin, Tancredo, and the entire City Council, the Mayor and County Commissioners have in their own personal stock portfolios on this? Slavery by low wage and high debt IS their main way of doing business. How about it, anti-Union anti-Working Class PUNKS? Sound off on how morally superior and righteous you are in defense of Slavery.

THEY can’t afford feudal serfdom any more than US

Meaning the Corporates. Like Bush and Walker. They've sunk their assets and their asses into the credit economy deep. They broke it and expect US to make all the concessions so they can salvage enough of the system to support their luxury lifestyle. It's gone, gone gone...   They'll have real estate without tenants or maintenance, cars without gas or drivers, WideScreen MegaUltra-3D televisions without electricity or audiences. roads that nobody could drive on even if they DID have cars and gas, and no way to pay the Working Class people they've hired to guard their palaces. Their "liquid" assets are phantoms, Credit Cards, Mortgages, car loans. Bush is scheduled to ride his ass into town on what, Palm Sunday, Good Friday? I'll have to check the date. Into a town they look upon as being the New Jerusalem, to be lauded by the New Priesthood at the New Temple to their god Mammon. Blasphemy, yes. It is. And I'm sure they are aware of it. Gov Walker is actually from here, you know. They scheduled the "Lion's Heart" award ceremony before Scott Walkers Putsch, although that was probably coordinated too, Maybe Sir Scott of Walker was going to present King George with the head of American Labor on a silver charger. OK so the Royalist and religious metaphors overlap a lot and I, for one, can't help the fact that their corporate church and corporate state are built on contradictions. But I'm placing my bet that Scott Walker is on the scheduled Evenings Entertainment. Mene, mene, tekel upharsim Mene, Mene, tekel peres

Labor Rally In Austin commemorated Fallen Workers

For those who think Disabled Workers complain too much about how we're cast out by society, these are mock coffins carried to commemorate the ones who are now forever silent and can no longer complain about how deregulated workplaces, Union Busting TeaParty "heroes" like Don Blankenship and Scott Walker are literally killing us. The one killed every two and a half days statistic doesn't even touch the statistics about wages and health care and other compensation for our work, being cut off because the Koch-suckers in the Tea Party... Decided that their Bosses, the ones who funded and organized their "grass Astroturf roots" fake revolution are being "victimized" if they get a 4.9 point gain on their investments instead of a 5, and blaming the workers for demanding a fair wage and living standards. We're not allowed to demand a profit for selling OUR products and service, OUR labor, or even to be paid what it costs us to produce it... for THEM to enjoy. The TeaBags barely have time to turn from eating the flesh of our babies (figuratively) (ok, literally) long enough to tell us that we're "bums" for not wanting to support their Parasite Class. It doesn't reflect the workers seriously injured, every day, because in Texas, and soon the rest of the nation, "job killing" safety regulations and environmental regulations will be rolled back, even eliminated. The public lands? Hah! fully privatized, or soon will be. The Lazy God-Damned Republican parasites in Ohio voted not only to silence the workers but also to seize the public lands, even the state parks, deny the public access to them while they destroy them to extract every last drop of oil and lump of coal from "their' domain.        

Recommendations for the Denver rally tomorrow…

Find out if Fox News is finally realizing that their shit ain't flying as well as they thought it would and if they've decided to charter a fleet of Greyhounds to bus in TeaBags for the "grass roots" counter rally, sponsored by Fox and the other Koch-suckers. Then have REAL grass- roots people infiltrate and get a free ride to the rally, courtesy of the Korporate Diktatorship. Tweet and Facebook that around. It's easy to pretend to be a Bagger, just wear one of those stupid "don't tread on me" caps, carry a confederate battle flag and a sign that says "No munky presdnent!" "Unoins are Socalist!" Make sure you misspell every word longer than 5 letters or two syllables. Talk really loud about shooting some more liberals. You'll fit right in. Oh, and don't take a bath first. Make their bus ride as pleasant as possible. The Koch-suckers are now trotting out all their "philanthropic" donations, including to PBS... Remind them that the only reason there's any record of that is because they take every dime of every donation off their taxes. Meaning WE, the worker class, have to pay THEIR advertising budget simply by not cheating on OUR taxes. Finally, Governor Scott Walker gave us a truly inspirational speech that's better, more inflammatory for US (if we use it right) in a prank phone call where he thought he was talking to his Whore-Master and major funding source David Koch.... in which he blatantly admits his allegiance to the rich and against the Workers, threatens the opposition legislators with a baseball bat, ... none of it actually illegal in itself, but if any Union MEMBER far less an organizer or other official, were to say the same things then the Koch-suckers would have the FBI investigating every single Union member on RICO charges. The "justice" department provides equal protection to Every (billionaire) Citizen. Some are more equal than others. The transcript: and note the part about the New York Times Slanted Journalism, where they (printed the) interviews of "every stereotype blue collar worker". They try to hide their contempt for working class people, except when they think they're in private conversations with their Rich-Bitch corporate sponsors. Typical. And they call US "elitists". Walker: Hi; this is Scott Walker. Murphy: Scott! David Koch. How are you? Walker: Hey, David! I’m good. And yourself? Murphy: I’m very well. I’m a little disheartened by the situation there, but, uh, what’s the latest? Walker: Well, we’re actually hanging pretty tough. I mean, you know, amazingly there’s a much smaller group of protesters almost all of whom are in from other states today. The State Assembly is taking the bill up, getting it all the way to the last point it can be at where it’s unamendable. But they’re waiting to pass it until the Senate’s — the Senate Democrats, excuse me, the assembly Democrats have about a hundred amendments they’re going through. The state Senate still has the 14 members missing but what they’re doing today is bringing up all sorts

“Invest in America” speak-out at Lame-Bone’s Office Tomorrow

Instead of his lame-ass "town halls" like the Tea-Party ones he held for health care, remember those? The one at a Country Club on the far edge of town that started after the bus stopped running on a Friday evening, no more bus service till Monday morning? Working Class need not apply? Then they filled the hall with a Republican Party strategy session before the "open to everyone" Town Hall? And the Republicans stayed for the "open" Town Hall, making sure nobody else could come in? Yeah... THAT old Pig tactic. This Speak-out is outside his Luxury Office Suite, where anybody with a million-dollar annual income and a campaign contribution check has easy access. Again, Poor people, workers... need not apply. Unless the Punk can prove that he actually does own one square inch more of the streets and sidewalks than any other citizen, there ain't Jack they can do about it. Bring stereo equipment, something with microphones and amps. Make sure every TeaBag sellout who works for him can hear what the REAL people have to say. 10:30 tomorrow morning, Thursday 24 Feb 2011, at Doug Lamborns congressional district office in Colorado Springs. MoveOn.org is sponsoring, and this is an info blurb: In dozens of state legislatures and in Congress, Republicans are proposing massive cuts to education, police, emergency responders, and vital human services—instead of asking big corporations and millionaires to pay their fair share. This is a moment for national action, so we're holding Invest in America speak-outs tomorrow (Thursday) and will follow them up with rallies in all 50 state capitals on Saturday.

What happens to Outsourced (Steve) Jobs workers…

a Taiwan manufacturer of touch-screens ordered a switch from wood alcohol as a cleaning solvent to n-hexane. Hexane is a petrochemical that's more volatile than gasoline (octane) but won't dissolve plastic and rubber like the in-between number heptane. Think mono, di, tri, tetra, penta, hexa, hepta, octa as one through eight. The reason for using the carcinogenic chemical, brain-cell eating chemical? It dries faster than alcohol. Not much, but some, and made a measurable difference in production. Profit is everything, workers, well, they're a dime a dozen. The iPad markets $459 retail. The 137 workers who had the "side effects" severely enough to require medical intervention, produced thousands of these every day. What percentage of the profit margin did they receive just for their work? Those are the wage and safety issues the Bush-appointed-but-never-revamped Department of Labor Exploitative Practices say are "over regulated" and job killers. As opposed to Worker Killers like toxic chemicals. The Hexane evaporates faster than alcohol and tweaked production by about 20%. Just, you know, at the cost of Human Lives. Which, had the practice continued, it would have been deadly. Apple, in their annual report, did say that they (text below) had ordered WinTek, the company which subcontracted the production, to switch back to alcohol, provide more ventilation and to provide better safety and health education and care, and compensation. Steve Jobs has somewhat of a reputation of being honest and actually giving a damn about environmental, worker safety and wage issues. Will it be enough? 137 workers signed a letter petitioning the Board of Directors at Apple to further enforce the directives given to their subsidiaries. From Apple's annual report Apple acknowledged the incident. "In 2010 we learned that 137 workers at the Suzhou facility of Wintek, one of Apple's suppliers, had suffered adverse health effects following exposure to n-hexane, a chemical in cleaning agents used in some manufacturing processes," the report read. "We required Wintek to stop using n-hexane and to provide evidence that they had removed the chemical from their production lines," it said. Apple said it also asked the firm to provide adequate ventilation in the factory. It will monitor the plant and will reaudit the facility later this year. Wintek also supplies components to a number of other companies, including Nokia and HTC. These are the working conditions that the Tea Party Extremists hope to foist off on the Rest of Americans, those of us who aren't lucky enough to be born rich. Those of us who FEED the rich. This is what we're fighting for. The "conservatives" Who Conserve Absolutely NOTHING tell us, DEMAND our obedience, that we are too stupid and ignorant to collectively bargain for our rights. Our DUE. Some of their leaders, such as George Bush and Sarah Palin, pretend Christian Piety when they make these Imperious Demands that we, the workers, surrender our future and that of our children and grandchildren, to Them so they can rob us even more. In the Jewish, Christian and Muslim scriptures, in the Law of Moses they're so quick to cite when it means

Operation Chaos Backfired (also the TeaTard action in Wisconsin)

So, the DumFox leaders became so frightened of the hordes of non-white-anglo-saxons having the majority of the votes, if the representative districts were counted correctly, they thought of a brilliant (in their opinion) plan to skew the results of the census by getting the more ignorant of the White Anglo Saxon Protestant DumFox to boycott the Census, thereby giving them an excuse. Mind you, they're still operating under the fiction that the Republican and Tea parties are somehow separate entities from each other and that NewsCorp is a separate entity from both. The most hard-core TeaBag morons know this, but prefer to lie about it. Now, Bush's anointed replacement as Governor of Texas, Tom DeLay and his ventriloquist dummy Rick GoodHair Perry, forced a redistricting 8 years early after the last census, to insure more Republican dominated districts. They did skew that census, really hard, by spreading a terroristic rumor in minority (but now combined MAJORITY) communities similar to the retarded ones they spread in the Redneck Hoam Skewl Ignorant communities with the current census. GoodHair and Co. ain't barkin' real loudly about redistricting almost a decade early this time. Instead, they're going to make the motion that the Census be disregarded because they themselves broke it. Oh, yeah, that's right, they're still pretending that Fox News and Rush Limbaugh don't actually work for them and Fox is saying they're fair, balanced and have no agenda. They're using the same flawed interpretation of The Pottery Barn Rule "you broke it you bought it" that they used when they "suddenly realized" that their wars against the people of Iraq and Afghanistan were destroying their nations. OOPSIE.. Problem with that is, the rule they cite isn't "you broke it, you can now force other people to pay for it AND force them to pay to fix it and then you can have it for the small price of breaking it". With the Retardican "justices" on the Supreme Court, like Scalia and Clarence "uncle" Thomas, loyal like only really stupid people can be, subservient to the Korporate Klan Kartel, they might have a chance to get it "legally" approved. But that assumes that the victims of their crimes, the American people, will tolerate it and meekly submit. And the stupid bastards often make statements wondering why people would throw airplanes at their Temples to their god Mammon. "Why don't those peasants simply agree with our assessment of them as being Inferior Beings, and bow before our (non-elitist non-Racist) White Supremacy?" Apparently, too, they couldn't get enough TeaBags and other White Wing Freaks (but only in a non-racist non-elitist sense of White Supremacy) to actually go and face the very angry Union workers who they're trying to screw through legislation. Maybe they suddenly pulled their heads out of their collective Arse and realized that they miscalculated how far their Astroturf roots don't really go. Maybe DumFox News didn't plan ahead and rent a fleet of Greyhounds to bus them in. Or D) all of the above.

“independent counsel” Feinberg says all okay by 2012″

The Gulf of Mexico will have largely recovered from the BP oil spill by the end of 2012, the administrator of the $20bn (£12bn) pay-outs fund has said. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg said that compensation to those who lost revenue from the disaster would be based on this prediction. Meanwhile, a judge has ruled that Mr Feinberg make clear to claimants that he is not independent from BP. The Deepwater Horizon spill was the biggest in US history. The fund was set up by BP in August to compensate those affected by the spill, and has so far paid out about $3.3bn to 168,000 people. And how many more billions in Company Thugs to keep photographers, journalists, the U.S. Navy, and any attorneys for the plaintiffs (every sumbitchin' citizen of America and the world) from accessing evidence of their culpability in this mass Eco-Slaughter. Including using United States Publicly Funded Resources such as the courts and police to help enforce their Private "property". Property meaning even any data about the nature of their crime. O, yassuh Mr Company paid Judge, we-uns knows we gonna get good treatment from the company doctor and a decent settlement from the company lawyers... Oh, and they Created Jobs too... They created 11 job openings at Deepwater Horizon in a matter of seconds, "fired" the original workers... with real fire.

Happy 18th Re-Birthday, to me…

It was 18 years ago last Friday that I woke up as a healthy, badly underpaid and moderately radicalized minimum wage Construction Laborer and 5 minutes before quiting and pay time (they didn't pay me either) was reborn as a badly disabled, even worse paid and definitely Radicalized Ex-Construction worker. The De-Regulated Fully Privatized, Right To Work but No Right To Health Care Corporate Regime that I'm supposed to not even TRY to vote against next week, "Defeat is Inevitable, Resistance is Futile, You will be assimilated" attitude has cost me the use of my feet. In case any of the Tea-bag or Republican Mainstream or other Right Wing Extremist groups wonder why anybody would vote against their "Freedom to Conform and Obey" platform, that's not a complete answer but it's a Really Damned Good Start. Had there been fully socialized health care in America for the past 18 years my right foot would not have died and it would have saved almost a quarter of a million dollars in my case alone. Shove that up your Fiscal "conservative" ummm... left nostril, o ye Stupid Ones, and then line up and take turns kissing my ..errr... right foot. The one I can't even MOVE anymore. And all the while sing your silly-ass chants about Obamacare being Tyranny.

Capital in Action, minimum wage.

Just heard a commercial for a "rent to own" place. One where the payments on a laptop computer totaled two and a half grand for a 450 dollar machine. A 700 dollar (at the high end price) refrigerator, 159 bux a month for two years, 3816 dollars. That's a 400% markup. So, what's the Big Deal about Minimum Wage? Why shouldn't those of us who rent out our labor have to do it not at a profit, not even at a "break-even" rate, but below the actual cost for us to produce our labor? If I were to walk into the Rent-to-own place and demand to only pay $700 for the $700 refrigerator, would I be legitimately allowed to walk out the door, (with a rented dolly and rented pickup of course) with the refrigerator? How about if I only offered $500? Surely he could survive on $20 a month for 2 years. No? What if I got some Publicly Paid Goons to force him to negotiate on my terms, the way Capital always does when they're confronted with the silly-ass demands of Labor that the Workers actually be paid an adequate wage? See, every time this question gets put to the Capitalists, they come off with a duplicate of Squealers Speech from Animal Farm about how the duties of Leadership are so much more strenuous than the duties of Followers that the Pig Leaders deserve, nay, NEED, to have the windfall apples, the milk and to sleep in the farmhouse. I "trot" that one out a lot because Capitalists seem to believe they own the story. Also the Corporate Welfare aspect of them using the publicly funded police and army to negotiate their coercive labor deals for them. And to coerce suppliers of the raw materials, like foreign nations who produce Oil, minerals and even produce the Produce (like vegetables, coffee, bananas...) And then have the balls to say that they worked for their money, and don't owe the workers anything. Why, we should be so proud to work for them that we'll pay them for the privilege.. oh, wait, we already do.

12 credit cards, 12 different names, delivered to same address, same day

Which I witnessed, there’s this relative of mine who, for lack of a better word, is a Thief. To be fair to MasterCharge and whatever Visa’s old name was (I’ll look it up) they DID reject half the applications. He put in 25. He only stayed at our house for a week and a half and with that one scam got about $25,000 which he promptly took to Las Vegas. Gambling is a more expensive vice than any dope. But when I go to a local supermarket there’s a big push on for people to sign up for a 1-2-3 Rewards MasterCard. My usual joke for the past 6 damn years was that even MasterCard wouldn’t be dumb enough to give me a card. All the people there have heard me reject the offer of this credit card. Yet I’m still asked. I know the people, they’re not dumb in any way, Mass Senility seems to be out of the question. So why the Ask? They have an internet-based customer opinion poll and one of the questions (just not on every single instance of the poll) is “Did the clerk offer you the 1-2-3 Rewards Master Card promotion?” It turns out, they’re required to offer it. My little heh-heh-heh joke about MasterCard not being stupid enough to issue me “credit” was just that, a joke because I’m not rude enough to get in my friends’ faces and tell them in a big nasty public scene that the whole notion of the credit cards is a scam, strongly related to the ongoing bank scam involving real estate, mortgages and Toxic Debt. I go to a grocery store to buy groceries, not to buy Debt. And as the incident with which I started the narrative shows, yes, they WOULD be stupid enough. Or greedy enough. For every Cousin-doing-life-on-the-installment-plan there’s enough honest citizens, also known as “marks”, who will buy into the Credit Card scam, that the small-time thieves are written off as a business expense. And the loss taken off their income taxes, which has been loopholed to the point that a Corporate Entity can pay less in taxes than their workers do. Yet another scam written by the same Corporate Lawyers who can charge you compound interest on a Credit Card Debt, something which would otherwise be known as “Loan Sharking” and “usury” and would be illegal. So I don’t jump into it. There’s a report circulating that Krogers stores are requiring their clerks to offer the Scam Card. Required as in “punished if they don’t” If YOU or I were to offer local stores the option of selling my products at a price I demand and with the clause “or else” it would be called Racketeering. Something which the Anti-Union type of Thieves, including the board of directors of Kroger, accuse the UNIONS of doing. For a legal and Religious point of view, many Christian sects prevalent in the area, like Mennonites, other Anabaptist sects, refuse to buy into

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