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War is the neo millennium Jobs Bill

To laud this tragic now banality, Fort Carson has a job fair today, but those most suffering under the neo liberal economy need not apply. To attend the event held on post, potential job applicants for the military industrial sector, need what voter disenfranchisement projects push for election restrictions, a federal or state ID, vehicle registration and proof of insurance, for entry level non-union contractor labor that will barely support that.

Flag pin betrayal

Of course you know I would just never unleash a vicious attack like mocking a fake-patriot or faux-elitist move like wrapping ones bullshit in either the flag or the cross. Just have to point out that the flag lapel pin, the one Republicans bitched and whined so much about Democrats not wearing, the one Lisa Czeladtko is wearing in the picture chosen by Gag-Zette writer Daniel Chacon when “calling out” Ed over his Free Speech opposing a political candidate. Not that The Gag-zette (Colorado Springs Gazette, “Freedom” Communications”) has ever so much as given a mild tsk-tsk’ing to violent attacks on Free Speech in Colorado Springs, usually instigated by City Council or persons very close to them.St Paddies Day 2007 leaps to my mind. Or to Fake Patriotism. You’ll notice, if you’re observant, that the “flag” in question has 7 stripes and 18 stars.

It’s a sign of the depths of rabble rousing the “elitists” will plumb when wanting to silence any opposition to their agenda as “unpatriotic” and Anti-Christ.

“Calling out” by the way, is in Colorado and other Western states, a challenge to physical violence. Usually issued by a heavily armed Coward who is so sure of victory that he assumes he can force the other person to apologize for saying anything.

Then go get drunk with his redneck comrades. Might makes right, Oderint dum Metuant “let them hate us as long as they fear us”.

Maybe Chacon should more carefully consider HIS choice of words. That way he wouldn’t leave himself open to Attacks errr… criticism that lumps him in with the likes of Caligula, King Charles II of England and George W. Bush.

So the Rich Pigs are afraid their piglets will see what poverty looks like, instead of, as Ms Lisa Siddhattha suggests, hiding the poverty from the delicate eyes of the Piglets?

Lest they see the human price of their own opulent lifestyle.

Actually, her ties to Developers, like the Flag Pin, betray her true agenda.

According to the Developer Religion, evidenced by the Real Estate Developer who “founded” Colorado Springs, the idolatrous statue of whom sits in the meddle of the intersection at the Northwest corner of Acacia Park,

According to their money worship Cult of Mammon, the sight of poverty in CS would drive down real estate prices. Therefore they wouldn’t have enough blood-money profits from selling their stolen-at-gunpoint land.

One of their High Priestesses, Janis Heuberger, wrote in her blog that Bicycles should be banned from acacia Park, because “only the Homeless” ride bicycles. There were further suggestions by one of her sycophantic supporters that people who LOOK homeless should be banned from city parks.
Imagine that, the “non-elitists” as they style themselves, seeking to impose a conformist dress code on the citizens of Colorado Springs. To protect their profit margin. And even ban an economical, non-wasteful and healthy form of transportation. Unless you drive a gas-guzzler you’re not welcome in Colorado Springs. Nothing elitist about that, No Sir!

And failing to admit that it was Real Estate Developers who in one fell swoop crashed the economy, providing the pin that burst the bubble of Capitalism, turning millions of Americans into potentially homeless PEOPLE. (notice that, Chacon, Czeladtko, Heuberger? Those of us who speak the English Language know that “homeless” is an adjective, not a noun. “the homeless” should properly include the human title PEOPLE)

Ms Lisa and Ms Heuberger and Chacon might have their sycophants answer this by saying that I’m lumping all of them together. No, messieurs et mesdames, YOU lump yourselves together. Frequently.

Dogbert explained financial meltdown two decades ago.

Dilbert.com

If it didn’t embed the picture, that’s where Dogbert applied for one credit card, with the aim of using the phantom money on that card to order another, and another, until eventually he would have all the money in the world on plastic.
A short primer on the folly of capitalism and the Ponzi scheme it truly is.

Remember Fred Thompson and his Little Red Pickup?

The one that he had somebody deliver to a short driving distance from his rallies, so he could pretend to be “jes plain folks”?
He’s doing Bankster Commercials. Yep. Working for an investment group, who are hawking a “reverse mortgage”. While being a Republican and therefore supporting their loud cries for the Government to cut off any loan guarantees, he smoothly lies to the people and says it’s a Government Backed Guarantee. What a hypocrite.
Fits right in. If I had any doubts of whether the now-privatized program is unsound, that settled the doubt.
Why it sounded fishy before, first, it’s not really backed by any actual cash. And it was always administered through the private investment bankers. Like AIG who had to be bailed out because they’re just such wonderful stewards of other peoples money.
Then there’s the idea that while their customers are walking over the grass, and the grass ain’t walkin’ over them, they can’t be evicted. The ones whose Social Security and Health Care are on the chopping block, in a charge led by… the banksters and their new spokesfreak.
Gentle Readers, if you’re already invested in this, whenever the Banker comes around to visit, don’t eat or drink any gifts he brings.

The good news, the bad news

The good news: The War industry is bankrupt
The Bad news: due to the way their Corporate Welfare was funded, so is the rest of America.
The Good news: The foreclosure on the War Loan will shut down the war, thus freeing up manpower and whatever monetary resources are left to rebuild America.
The Bad news, All the War Contractor Profiteers who have absolutely NO experience with real work will be on the streets, unemployed and a drag on those Monetary Resources until they DIE.
The Worse news: The monetary resources no longer exist. Welcome to the Third World. Ethiopia, Greece and Egypt used to be mighty empires.

How Does It Feel?

So I’ve been letting this ferment for about a week. Good Morning America had a session about “Money in Your Closet” which wasn’t aimed to the vast majority of Americans who make substantially less than “Average Income”. How to sell your “old, broken or unwanted gold” was part of it, the one Case In Point they had to demonstrate it had about 7800 bucks worth of jewelry. And her old clothes on top of it, designer label, hand-tailored and I really can’t think of the right word for it, Tailors are more for Mens clothing while milliners do it for Womens clothes. Said she “used to be” Corporate but now she’s left Corporate and is an “entrepreneur”. That’s Corporate-speak for “unemployed”.
They left her with high hopes that she’d be able to sell her clothes for another 7 grand. ummm… used clothes selling for how much?
People who know me will readily tell you that I have absolutely no fashion sense My last ten clothing purchases have been on the level of a maximum of $2 per item. So perhaps I’m not the one to judge about how much money used clothes can fetch when people are willing to pay the max.

In any case… I think she was just a bit giddy with delusions that the clothes and jewelry could buy her another month rent before she has to leave her apartment.

But, that’s the nature of Vulture Capitalism.

BP, Meet Agatha

As in, the first named storm of the season. So far, 12 killed in Guatemala. Oh, and we were duly informed that the Top Kill maneuver failed. If it’s any consolation to us they didn’t wait two weeks to tell us that. A bit of further consolation, such as it is, this poisoning of the ocean has the potential to end America’s involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. NATO as a whole, too, because the rest of the NATO countries are facing budget crisis and crises, the first shared and the second individual, country by country case by case. The core of it isn’t socialized medicine or public welfare programs. The core of it is NATO itself, with the NATO mission of buying more expensive equipment, hiring more soldiers and not fighting one single God-Damn war that isn’t strictly for the benefit of the Wealthiest individuals on the planet. No wars of Defense, no wars for Freedom, or Nation Building, all that is window dressing, sham, frosting on a cake that’s baked from the mortal remains of the Imperialist Manifesto. A manifesto that’s written in not one document, nor book… but the death records of hundreds of millions of people, civilian, military, or militant, the ones described in 1916 as “The Great Fallen”.

The Great Fallen was made a slogan to memorialize one particular battle, that was neither at the beginning nor the end of the Imperial Meat Grinder. It counts only those fallen by gunfire in pitched battle. Not those killed by the plagues unleashed, one after another, the famines, also known as “Recessions, Depressions” and (my personal favorite, that used by the richest themselves) “Bubbles and Adjustments.” Oh, the market is going through one of it’s periodic correction cycles.
That’s great news for those who have vast wealth, but for the people who put that vast wealth in their pockets, it’s a tragedy reduced to numbers and statistics.

Now, we come to a point in history where there’s a perfect storm. An economy that’s been kicked out from under the entire world, the ecology that underpinned it so mangled and twisted it would be unrecognizable to Audubon, the greedy quest for More Money has now trashed one of the last places on Earth that HAD a chance to be redeemed.

Those who 6 weeks ago were screaming that the new restrictions to try to save that very niche of the environment would “put an end to sport fishing in the gulf”… and condemning every member of the government who even dared to use the words Environmental or Ecology in policy statements, no similar level of vilification for Their Corporate Masters now that their Corporate Masters have blown off not just sport fishing, but Commercial Fishing, and in a not surprising outcome, might kill or alter the balance of algae in the ocean that produces oxygen. Oxygen which is an anti-greenhouse gas. People who breathe regularly might recognize the term Oxygen as well. Less Oxygen, perhaps more Methane from the decaying remains of life in what used to be a living segment of the ocean, just another “Adjustment”. More numbers to add to The Great Fallen.

And to add to the Perfect Storm, starting with one actual storm named Agatha.

Wasn’t the Recession simply terrible?!

From the infamous 1931 sign above a bread-and-soup line showing a happy smiling family smartly dressed riding in their new car…
Dow Jones doesn’t “slide” below 10k… it “plunges.” OOPS.
The accompanying The baby turkeys look up to see the rain, mouths wide open, and drown trying to figure it out picture on AP shows a bunch of floor traders looking up like baby turkeys drowning in the rain, with their mouths wide open watching their each individual Apocalypse coming down, drop by drop. Same expression on their faces too.
Eat the rich.

Hummer DEAD! “Proud Conservative” driving the Ultimate Welfare Cadillac

Yep, the gas guzzling (6 miles to the gallon) Replacement Penis is no longer being manufactured! Marketed to people who feel cheated, abused, picked upon, bullied, IMPOTENT, ridiculed… “Pay $50,000 (base price) for our Worthless Piece of Shit and Become An Instant Bad-Ass, who people will look up to, people will respect you and stop making fun of you just because you’re a Pathetic Wimp!”

Actually, what it does is make you a Pathetic Wimp with a lot less money… $50,000 (base price)

And people STILL don’t worship you or think that you’re a “swords” man. You might as well buy a tee-shirt for a couple of dollars and a sharpie pen and write

“I have a tiny Penis and a persecution complex”

and save yourself $49,997 dollars.

And people won’t disrespect you any more or less than if you blow all that bread for stupidity.

American Soldiers and Iraqi and Afghan civilians are DYING for the gas pumped into these Waste Machines.

And, there’s this really retarded bumper sticker people put on them, several in fact, “support the troops” (by having them kill and be killed to fill my gas tank) “God Bless America” (even though the American Regime sends soldiers to kill and be killed to fill my tank of gas) and

Proud Conservative

(even though I waste huge amounts of oil, formerly breathable air and drinkable water, blood and the HUGE amounts of money necessary to finance Filling My Gas Tank {so I can pretend I have a normal sized penis})

The Corporate Welfare Queens who drive these things not only get their Gasoline Fix subsidized by Taxpayer Financed Wars of Conquest, they also get a Tax Deduction for their gas, maintenance and even in some cases get their “work vehicle” payments… Paid in full with Taxpayer money.

Then drive them to “conservative” Tea Party rallies. Where they can find the ONLY group in America stupid enough to actually be impressed with how Macho their car pretends to be.

Crisis may be worse than Depression says Paul Volcker

Paul VolckerCrisis may be worse than Depression… What?! A moment of honesty at last? Many ‘financial experts’, as the corporate media always likes to term them, have been predicting their American recovery moment to begin the last quarter of 2009 or the first quarter of 1010! And now Paul Volcker plays the party pooper?

Of course this depression will be worse than the ’30s. You guys helped destroy the ecology of the Planet with your expansion without soul, Paul. There’s certainly plenty of real work that needs to be done, yet no way to actually do it with a world capitalist economy still in place. So we’ll get unemployment instead. And a trashed out Federal budget thanks to Obama and comrades. Debt, debt, debt….

The American dyslexia for economics

The interest rate for banks is down to zero. B of A and Citibank are still charging 39%. What again does economic news have to do with me?
 
The biggest news on the economy was BREAKING NEWS a week ago: the US economy is in a recession, and has been for over a year. Can news a year old still be news? What news exactly are we getting from the experts, economists and other mesmerists paraded on the television every evening?

We consult them on a minute by minute basis, actually, on 24/7 cable news stations, for every hint of a whiff of where the weather vane might indicate the US economy is blowing. If the stock market doesn’t hang on their every diagnosis, it reacts to what unelected, self-made officials say. Now we’re led to understand all that spinning can flip-flop for a year-old contradictory study.

And who’s going to let America know when we’ve hit a full-on depression? Will we be told it before the decade is enshrined post-facto in a Time-Life retrospective? Are those in charge so cynical that they count on the public knowing the truth in spite of their lies, because it’s we who endure the effects in real time anyway? The media can lie about unemployment figures too –what could it possibly matter to the unemployed?

It’s not only ADD. Americans understand why too-sobering statistics are kept from us, lest a post-mortem induce pre. We are the great engine of consumerism, running on pure flattery. I think it’s the same self-defeating fatalism which fuels the life insurance scam. We bet against ourselves. We buy self-help books. We are eternally sick.

But does the economy really work so? Would an autopsy be self-fulfilling? Can an economy go sour due to one bad-apple-attitude, or would it be because of the lost jobs?

I’m guessing this is where the University of Chicago meets Euripides, or if it prefers, palmistry. There’s a global comeuppance in your future, you small fraction of Earth’s population who have expended the lion’s share of its resources. That’s what will introduce the American quality of life to harsh earthbound reality.

Keeping American consumers in debt is less a magician’s act of driving the economy, than it is a swindler’s function of distracting the poor dupe until he’s lost his shirt.

But this swindler is not planning to catch the next bus out of town.

This banking scam isn’t over until the shirtless victim is thrown out the saloon door and into the street, where’s he’s got no redress but to face line after line of well armed riot police.

So much for the economic bailout plans of the wealthy criminal class

changed prioritiesThey had to give that money away to the super rich now didn’t they? It was to save the poor they said, too. It was to save us all from imminent disaster the pundits and politicians clamored. Political whores… They lied and we didn’t have the organization to do anything about it, having already put all our efforts into getting those most responsible for the mess elected once again! Stupid us.

The US ruling class gave away a trillion, and the Europeans, not to be outdone, tripled that for their elites. Can we all get a refund now? This bailout won’t work, cannot work, simply because it rewards corporate criminality with a big gift, and not the restructuring they all need, part of which would be to jail the White Collar criminals who are still in charge.

The mess is all being blamed on inappropriate leveraging, when the inappropriate leveraging all along has been corporate lobbying and control over the national governments of the US and the European nations. It’s time to get angry, get organized, and change the plans of those who would destroy the planet, let alone merely the economy. It won’t happen without anger and opening our eyes, ears, and minds to new thoughts. Meanwhile we just wait passively for the punishment they are dead set to inflict on us all. We have no plan at all.

The crash continues as American people go into shock

dangerousLast week we saw most of America go into shock as the stark reality of the US not having a real opposition party became evident. The Democratic Party actually led the rush to pass Bush’s $700 billion giveaway to the rich Bill into law, and it was actually the Republican party that posed the minor stumbling block to getting it done. The American people were almost completely left on the sidelines as a result of simply never having constructed a major opposition party to the Two Party Big Business dictatorship that US is run under.

This week, the show has already begun again, as stocks begin the week by crumbling throughout Asia, Europe, and North America. Nobody is fooled internationally by the $700 billion dollar American give away legislation. Germany had to even copy the US government with their own give away bill, too, to the banks. Germany moves to shore up bank confidence And the Euro appears to be in as bad a shape as the dollar is in world currency marts, sliding in relation to the dollar!

Everywhere they talk of a stampede as stock values and currencies crumble. They talk of panic and they talk of crisis. The US stock market continued down this AM and everywhere there is a sense of impending doom. Hard times are now being made by the financial sectors for all of us, as unemployment rolls rise, production drops. The crash continues as the American people go into shock.

The Panic of 1873 and the panic today

panic-of-1873Many are looking back at the 1930s to the Great Depression of that Era and comparing today’s capitalist downturn to that one, but others see little similarities between that Economic Crash of what appears to many as the mere distant yesterday and today’s. Yet there is still another great financial crash to compare our current one to, the one historically called The Panic of 1873.

That one, too, had many differences to the Great Depression of the 1930s, and YES also to the one we are living now. But all three of the mentioned capitalist economic worldwide crashes share some remarkable similarities, too. Here are a few similarities between now and 1873.

In 1873, the US had just finished an incredibly costly Civil War, where huger amounts of money went into funding the military. Today, we see huge amounts of deficit spending on the military that have ballooned the national debt into the multiple trillions of dollars. Piggybacked onto that is the same credit crunch that the people of 1873 saw and experienced. Further, both these 2 economic crashes were worldwide, and not just American affairs.

One other aspect of all these Crashes is the lack of concern with most human suffering that the crashes cause to the working class. “Panic, as a health officer, sweeping the garbage out of Wall Street.” See what I mean? And another thread to all these horrible downturns is the utter confusion of people living on the dogmas of their times. Today, as in the past, people can’t seem to figure out just who to blame, and have a tendency to blame innocents instead of perpetrators of the crises.

Are they leaping from buildings yet? It’s time to pay the piper…

Here in Colorado, watching the world economic meltdown is a little like watching a horrible storm coming our way. We see the terrible whether predictions on TV and in the paper, but it has yet to truly hit us and our neighbors still… Wall St. braces for thousands of pink slips But down on Wall Street, many fine paying jobs are going down as the billionaires jockey for position to profit off the misery and the inevitable fallout coming from the eating of little fish by the bigger.

Are they leaping from the top stories of the Manhattan sky scrapers yet? The world hunger riots have already begun, as have the resource wars. This time is different though. There is less and less of nature to loot, so this is not just a downturn of the normal capitalist business cycle. Planet Earth is in a big mess.

We sat around twiddling our thumbs too long while the big boys ran all over the world. There is a big price to pay for having played stupid so long. It’s coming time to pay the piper. Good bye ’50s forever.