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Failed Musicians, Earning Potential and Tort Reform

Charlie Manson, David Koresh... described as “failed musicians” because they played the guitar, and like the vast thundering herd of people who pick the git-fiddle they didn’t make a career of it. Adolf Hitler, a “failed artist” even though, in the economic blight of inter-bellum Vienna, he actually DID make a modest living selling painted postcards on the street. John Wilkes Boothe, said to be a “Failed actor” by some who had never trod the boards. Because their names are vilified and the demonization of their memory has to be complete. .Something you’d practically have to be a Documentary Junkie to notice, maybe after a marathon of History Channel BioPics.. Fairly subtle. Insidious even. What’s almost but not quite as subtle as a Taser to the testicles or a sledgehammer to the lower skull/first vertebra is the demonization of working class people throughout the world in Tort. The civil liability sections of law. In civil court, “earning potential” is taken seriously. So seriously, in fact, that it proves the LIE of the Capitalist Dream which is foisted onto the workers, that if we work hard and diligently, do a good job putting money into the pockets of our Wealthy Masters, we, too, could have a chance of acquiring Wealth. Compare that BULLSHIT with the descriptions of the Workers of Bhopal, India and their children by the Captains of Industry and their Weasel Lawyers. In the “Unlimited potential for success” of the Free Market, the children of the poorest and most vilified of the working class, were valued at a couple hundred dollars. Apiece. Per HUMAN life. Would you sell your childs life for that? This is about as condescending as if the CEO of Union Carbide were visiting a bordello in the slums, his limousine runs over a child and he tosses a $100 bill out the window, rolls up the window and imperiously waves his driver to proceed, with a “Home, James!” type of dismissive command gesture. This is also the way that the people of the Gulf Coast, even employees of British Petroleum, are being treated in back to back “incidents”. Not just the Oil “spill” that cost 11 human beings (ahem... that’s by BP count and employees who tell a different tale than BP front office do, are punished....) immediately and God alone knows how many to follow. There’s also a chemical “leak” that was described by later censured then fired BP employees as “like a fire hose” in Texas City. Tort Reform advocates have done their job well, and limited the final tally to less than a half billion dollars. The state of Texas is suing BP for a huge release of toxic chemicals—including benzene, a carcinogen—that went on for 40 days at the company’s Texas City refinery last spring. The lawsuit could result in civil penalties reaching into the millions. The release, as we have reported [1], started April 6, just two weeks before the Deepwater Horizon explosion, when a key piece of equipment failed and, rather than stopping production to fix it, BP

They shoot up churches, bomb mosques, and soon this…

Not the bombing of "Radical" Synagogues who oppose the non-genocide-but-enforced-enslavement-of-Arabs, through the use of many many instances of Murder, no, the IDF will take care of THAT part... This is about Guam, "liberated" by the U.S. from the Empire of Japan. (and British, Australian, Nationalist and Communist Chinese, VietMinh and a few hundred other groups who took part in the "American" operations against Japan) And one of the Native Churches there. Why not call it a church? Well, to the Reich Wing that appellation only belongs, and in a limited sense, to Christian and Jewish places of worship. They've already sent one of their "Mad Dog/Lone Wolf" operatives into an American CHURCH in Knoxville Tennessee, still awaiting trial... spurred on by Anti-Peace Activists at Fox News and other pro-war, pro-paganda outlets. This is about a site on Guam, Pagal. Much like our own Garden of the Gods, or like Hueco Tanks, one OTHER site the U.S. Cavalry has its nasty little piggy eyes on, or the Great Wheel at Standing Bear Butte... Just like the Army enforced laws forbidding Native Americans to practice our customs, sometimes as with the Colorado and Utah statutes against Ute "witchcraft". Or the Ghost Dance. Or the Medicine Council that Custer tried to break up forcibly at the Little Bighorn... Carrying on the PROUD tradition of the Army not giving three shits about the customs of the people they "liberated" and instead feeling revulsion and scorn toward any who dare to not be GRATEFUL for their Overlordship errr... Liberation On A Leash... This is a direct quoted reprint from Fellow Peace-man Bruce Gagnon. Pagat, a sacred site in Guam, has served as a center for the communal revitalization of the indigenous Chamorro people for millennia. Now, sixty-five years after the U.S. liberation of the tiny island (half the size of Okinawa) from imperial Japan—the U.S. military wants to transform this beloved gathering spot into a firing range. This threat to the sacred is one of many U.S. plans in its proposal to militarize even more of Guam, 30% of which is already covered with military bases. For more info on Guam organizing look HERE I swear by the Lord God who made us all that if there weren't so many War Contractors living nearby the WarPigs at Ft Carson would turn Garden of the Gods or downtown Colorado Springs into a firing range. Might as well, they dump their Toxic Waste from their existing firing ranges, including the Depleted Uranium shells they've devastated Iraq with, into our water supply, with no apologies.

Obama frowns on China expansionism

Does the USA begrudge China a Pacific possession of its own? Taiwan lies just 155 miles off their coast. By contrast, Guam and Hawaii lie outside the US 200 mile nautical boundary by sundry thousand miles. Taiwan is eight times closer to China than Puerto Rico is to the US continent, and half again as close as Alaska. China does not recognize the sovereignty of Taiwan. It was to the Island of Formosa that the forces of Chiang Kai-Shek retreated from the Communist advance. They took with them China's royal treasures and China's aristocrats, who with the protection of foreign diplomatic circles, could thumb their noses at Mao's revolution. The People's Republic of China has always vowed to recover the renegade region. Is the US in any position to say that China should not have its Formosa? Imagine if China were to offer to arm Catalina Island.

What does a billion dollars look like?

We hear money has been spirited away by the billions in Iraq. Leading some to wonder what that amount of cash would look like in the tangible sense. For example, would a billion dollars be visible from Google Earth? Last week in Guam, Americans were offered an opportunity to see 71.7 tons of money go up in smoke. By some accounts, "The Spirit of Kansas" was a 2.5 billion dollar plane, others say the B-2 bomber costs 1.2 billion dollars. Hopefully the insurance adjusters will sort it out. The crash represented three to six times more than the Hubble lens, or a solid fraction of our armaments budget.

Ugly Dolls more than skin deep

Do you remember several years ago, when Ugly Dolls crawled out of the Cabbage Patch like that season's Troll Doll? We have an obsession with fugly. Except they were trendy, hand sewn in someone's attic and sold at exclusive boutiques, but had the aesthetic sophistication of sock monkeys, sharing 98% of their DNA. Uglydolls were the must-have gift for those whose taste was thread-bare chic. These eclectic one-of-a-kind one-offs were, it appeared, sewn by a single hand, or at most by several one-handed cottage industrialists. The design called for single flat panels stitched together without too much care, with scraps fastened cockeye to form the features. Of course the price you paid for such deliberate off-the-wall on-the-mark anti-production-value plush toys reflected where you could get them. Melrose Avenue haute-suture or Ebay. I found an Uglydoll display at a local boutique and saw the burgeoning cast of character-actors and side-kicks the collection has become. Plus now, to spare the mythical not-so-nimble seamstresses behind the first batch, these new generation Uglies herald from China. There is no good reason I suppose to deny the mass market access to the fruit of playful creative ninnies. But lo, the price tags are still show-off high! Is there no consumer benefit to derive from 55¢/hr wages? Running shoes which are priced $150 at retail cost less than $2 to make. But we know Nike has to recoup an incredible amount for R&D. They've got us running on air for goodness sake, that technological leap had to be expensive. Plus someone's got to pony up for the clever ads. Nike CEO Phil Knight doesn't advertise just for the sake of his vanity. The only engineering required with ugly plush toys is how to inject into the factory process the "slight variations which enhances [sic] their appearance of uniqueness." Can you picture Chinese overseers enforcing deliberately sloppy -but fastidious- handiwork? So why would the prices be kept so high? Even if sold only through specialty stores which require a 100% Keystone markup, there would still be leeway. Can you do the math? Probably the labor expended to make one plush toy would remain constant over the varying production scenarios. Let's compare the options: Manufacturing wages in the US have declined sharply, but at $12/hour, for how much did they have to sell the original Ugly? If we were considering a sweatshop in Los Angeles, the wage would be $4-$6/hour. So now we've half-ed it. Contracting a factory in Saipan or Guam, among the US possessions, would mean half again as much, $2-$3/hour and we'd still get to say MADE IN AMERICA. Moving the production to Mainland China means a prison wage of $0.55/hour. That's less than 1/20th of the original cost. Unless we hear news reports of Chinese laborers landing dream jobs sewing Ugly Dolls from straw to gold, somebody is making quite a grotesque, not even fugly, mark-up.

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