And while I do not wish to embark upon yet another debate over the debauchery that is the present day abortion issue, there is one solitary issue spawned from the death fields of fetal dismemberment for which I cannot, and will not, remain silent. For this issue, this demon claw, since I became aware of it but a few days ago, slashes at my very soul.
Mixed in this post are images of aborted fetus. Please forgive me for including them. But if you find it difficult to stomach the imagery, perhaps that is because these “body tissues”, these fetus, these discarded clumps of cells appear more like little humans, and not as the perceived cancerous mass so reviled by their hosts, as to be tossed like fingernail clippings.
When the stem cell research issue began, I payed it little attention. Stem cells are simply cells that have not decided what kind of cell they will be yet. A zygote clump bears no resemblance to a life form, and scientifically has held the key to a wealth of possibility. From the nearly unobjectionable beginning of this form of research has grown a great many promises to treat illness and disfigurement. But somewhere along the way stem cells turned in to fetus, and fetus turned in to prenatal babies for which life saving research became distorted and industrialized to the point of what we have today. Today, we have unborn babies being used in “research” which has taken all question of morality, and cast it upon your supermarket shelves in the form of “flavor enhancement”.
Thanks to Congressional legislature, unborn babies are now fair game to be harvested for profit by the likes of the company Senomyx, who uses our societies most innocent outcasts to perform witchcraft in the form of dead baby taste tests. Among Senomyx’s dubious list of clients is Pepsi, Fritolay, Kraft, Tropicana, Quaker, and Gatorade, Ajinomoto, Firmenich, Nestlé, Solae, and Neocutis lotions. It is also noteworthy to mention that several vaccines actually CONTAIN fetal tissue, from pharmaceuticals Merck, Glaxo, and Sanofi Pasteur.
Senomyx insists that their “science” is legit, and too complicated for us mere mortals to understand, so we should just accept it. Their website states that “Using isolated human taste receptors, we created proprietary taste receptor-based assay systems that provide a biochemical or electronic readout when a flavor ingredient interacts with the receptor.”
IOW, they use the tongue tissue in a very Frankenstein kind of way to see if some new chemical can excite your tongue while you consume yet another unnatural ingredient in your food.
Apparently our society is not yet ready to accept full responsibility (with moral fortitude) for the byproducts of our specie’s inability to handle one of our most basic animal characteristics, but shall we at the very least offer our dead kin a smidgeon of respect? Shall we keep them away from the true soul-less beings that are the monsters in a scientists smock, masquerading as someone who is providing a service to mankind, rather than exploiting the most vulnerable by the truck loads?
They were, afterall, once human.
I want to reblog this article, as it touches on similar types of posts I’ve done as well. Political Correctness has been hijacked to be a tool of oppression, and yet those oppressed by it remain gleefully unaware of the perpetuation of their own self-imposed limitations. The ideal of America as a melting pot of cultures cannot reach full realization until everyone is free to embrace mixed forms of culture without being targeted by their “primary” group, whether that group is racial, religious, or national.
A couple companion articles for your consideration:
I’ve heard from atheists that the idea of an all knowing all powerful omnipotent being is unbelievable fantasy. I must admit, to a person of reason and logic, such a thought tends to stretch the imagination. So I thought I would address the issue with logic, and there is no better place to start than the very beginning.
CREATIONISM: God created the heavens and the earth.
ATHEISM: It happened all by itself without outside influence. The prevailing wisdom currently lends toward the Big Bang Theory. So lets begin:
1) In the beginning, there was absolutely nothing. How should we know that? Because before there can be something, it must first be created. Logically, it makes no sense to believe that everything already existed forever before. So we start with nothing, nada, NULL.
2) From nothing, all current mass in the universe came in to being. Thus, mathematically stated, [NULL + NULL ≈ ∞/m], (or stated differently, Nothing + Nothing = almost infinite amount of mass. I say almost infinite because the amount of mass we are talking about here is beyond our comprehension).
3) Since the creation or conversion of any form of mass requires energy, there would also have had to have been a very large infusion of an equally substantial amount of energy. Thus, mathematically stated, [NULL + NULL ≈ ∞/ ], (or stated another way, Nothing + Nothing almost equals a near infinite amount of energy). Now, this is something of a bewilderment, as a completely empty space has no sources of energy. There are no suns, quazars, black holes, radiations, etc. There is nothing. Thus, no substantial masses to even create gravity.
4) Now, apparently after all of this mass was created with an immense amount of energy, it was either stuck together with such force that it immediately exploded, or it came together with such force that it imploded on itself before exploding in to the expanse that is the current day universe. Of course, that suggests that the newly formed matter that appeared from nothing was suddenly affected by gravitational energy that never before existed. Thus, [NULL + NULL = a ∞ moment of inertia (I)] presuming a mean free path whereby conditions of near perfect and near infinite critical velocity from immeasurable culminations of matter resulted in the critical mass necessary to release all of the matter simultaneously without having first attempting to employ the phenomenon known as equilibrium, and simply dispersing under the pressure of the first mega-gazillion tons of pressure.
5) At this stage, all of that mass is now shooting through space in an outward expanse. During this expanse, it somehow finds time to mingle around with each other and form various types of inorganic molecules. The inorganic molecules then combine either magically or from magic pixie dust, and form in to living organisms. Thus [Inorganic mass + Inorganic mass = Organic mass].
6) These simple single cell organisms decide that they need arms and legs, and grow them. This was an amazing feat for them, as they did not have the DNA blueprints to do it. Thus, it is presumed that such instances were actually accidental anomalies. Further, the accidental anomalies that grew two legs and two arms then became dinasaurs. Apparently, all of the anomalies that had three legs, or 7 legs and 1 arm, or 5 legs and 2 arms, etc, didn’t survive. Only the designs that make sense survived, except for some anomalies to the anomalies, such as centipedes and Hollywood producers. Thus, [single cell anomalous freaks of nature + single cell anomalous freaks of nature = almost exclusively four armed/legged animals, or plants that don't have arms or legs].
7) And finally, one of the anomalies evolved to have a brain that thinks up reasons why God can’t possibly exist.
So to summarize, in the absence of intelligent design, first there was absolutely nothing, which resulted in the presence of everything, which crammed itself together with such force that it exploded so fast and furious that it blew apart so fast and far that it came together to form various lifeless minerals, that rubbed together to start lifeforms, of which the freaky ones became dinasaurs, mammals, fish, plants, and humans who then logically realized how it all works.
Yeah, sounds real believable to me.
It was he who required theaters to upgrade their equipment if they were to show certain Star Wars flicks. It was he who created the demand which has resulted in an enriched movie going experience enjoyed still today. It is he who broke Hollywood’s “rules”, demonstrating that success can be achieved through merit in product, and not backing by bean counters.
As such, I am astounded at how narrow minded Hollywood appears to be regarding the anticipated release of yet another groundbreaking motion picture which promises to set more standards in the motion picture business.
Red Tails is a film which documents the patriotism and success of an all black air unit in WWII. The main cast, like the actual unit, are all black. The way Hollywood is treating the film is at best all green, (as in money), and at worst a demonstration of back handed racism. It seems that Hollywood has declined to back this film, as they cannot see past the color black or green.
To be sure, I am all for businesses having the freedom to do what they believe is in their best interest. I also don’t believe that a business should be forced to take a risk just in the name of political correctness. Idealism and capitalism are often polar opposites. But I have to admit, when watching this video, I got a sinking feeling in my gut.
It bothers me that the Hollywood types tend to be liberal propagandists, but in the end of this day, they purvey racism. Has Lucas not proven himself a worthy gamble to the Hollywood clowns yet?
It bothers me most that this promises to be a well written, well acted, well directed, and uplifting flick that promises to break new ground, and we may never know just how fully accepting the public will be.
Perhaps some elitists don’t actually WANT it known how far our society has come regarding race and acceptance, as that would under-mind the liberal mantra and the socialists desire to make us all conform to their way of thinking, as if we couldn’t on our own, and need them to tell us what to think and how to behave.
Perhaps the public really is not mature enough yet to embrace a film which excels in every other way except for some arbitrary racial quota as set by Hollywood. Given the crap that seems to flow out of Hollywood these days though, I’m betting that it is Hollywood that has yet to mature.
I rarely publicly endorse any flick.
I will make an exception in this case.
Simply, it is a response to some of the fringe elements of the Occupy Wall Street movement who blame corporations and the “1%” for all of their life’s woes. For the most part, OWS is critical of the way big business and the government embrace the buddy system at the expense of the average American. There is an elitist controlled systemic influence on the main stream media, public policy, the actions (or in-actions) of government oversight bureaus, and market fluctuations. Further, corruption is rampant in Congress, the Constitution is under constant assault, small business (which creates TEN times as many jobs as big business) is crippled under unfair tax burdens that big business eludes with designer loopholes, and our health and well being is affected by so many angles of corporate greed that one could dedicate an entire encyclopedia set to them. Those basic premises, while true, do not reflect the issues in their entirety.
And then there is the OWS fringe with a variety of other complaints.
And among all of the complaints from the other various OWS crowds, the one element that has yet to be blamed is us. That’s right US…as in you, me, your family, your friends, your neighbors, and everybody else’s – that us; that yourself.
I hear complaining about big business shipping jobs overseas, but who was it that has been out there buying all that cheap crap made in China? – that’s right, YOU. Today, it is almost all made overseas. But not so long ago, YOU had a choice. Buy a brand made in America, or save a couple bucks and buy the brand made in China – which did you chose? You and most of the other you’s opted to buy the cheaper item, forcing businesses to follow suite or go out of business. YOU are to blame for that. YOU were the consumer that made that conscience choice. YOU caused the outsourcing epidemic, as YOU could have stopped it by making the conscience effort to buy only that which was made in this country. But YOU were driven by greed – that’s right, the very same affliction you want to place on the 1% applies directly to YOU. YOU decided to reward corporations who outsourced jobs, throwing your fellow Americans under the bus. YOU could have done the right thing, but YOU chose not to.
You want to complain about Walmart and how it has all but eliminated the mom and pop type stores, but who is out there buying from Walmart instead of the small business owner – ding, ding, ding, that’s right, once again it was YOU. YOU made the conscience choice to save a few bucks at Walmart instead of supporting your neighbor in their store just down the street. YOUR greed once again put your fellow American straight in the path of the runaway bus.
I also hear comments from the fringe about energy issues. Now, let me ask you, who is buying all of those cars that get really bad fuel mileage? – look in the mirror my friend, and point your finger, because it was YOU. YOU are the reason that the roadways are jammed with big honkin’ SUV’s and similar types of vehicles that suck fuel like Wall Street execs suck dry retirement funds. YOU made the choice of what kind of vehicle to buy, YOU drive in a way that expends more fuel than need be, YOU don’t plan your day so as to maximize travel efficiency, YOU opt to waste energy running the AC while driving with the windows down.
You continue to buy out dated forms of lighting, YOU continue to leave lights on, YOU insist on buying monster size TV’s and other appliances that waste energy. YOU don’t insulate your home’s as well as you could, and YOU act with total disregard toward those less fortunate by using so much energy that it runs up the price making it less affordable to those who’s incomes are at poverty levels.
You sit back and complain about the news and mainstream media, yet YOU continue to tune in to their shows, YOU don’t support alternate news sources, YOU don’t communicate your dislikes directly to the companies involved, and YOU continue buy the products advertised by those channels during those news shows.
You practically foam at the mouth when talking about our politicians, but YOU continue to vote for the same type of politician, YOU buy in to the media bias against non-elitist controlled candidates, YOU buy in to the media bias against the creation of a third political party that would actually look out for the best interest of the middle-class. YOU are a supporter of the crooks and liars so blame YOURSELF.
You complain about the business practices of a host of different business and then YOU go out and support them with your money. YOU do not exercise your right and the capitalist tenant of electing to take YOUR business elsewhere.
You demand education, and yet despite an unprecedented level of access to information YOU are content to fill your days engaged in despicable media programming that does little to impart knowledge and wisdom. YOU are to blame for limiting the type of input to your mind. YOU have made those decisions. YOU could be reading books and supporting your local library, but YOU refuse to engage in academic pursuits. YOU even squander that opportunity when YOU are smack dab in the middle of college campus with a program laid out for you. YOU were the one that would rather party it up than devote your energies toward academic excellence.
You complain about the success of others, but YOU refuse to take the chances that others have who become successful – a chance that may provide YOU the opportunity to run a company the way YOU want to, and giving YOU expendable monetary resources that YOU could then spend in the method of YOUR utopian ideology. But YOU don’t.
I could cover a lot more assertions by the fringe OWS movement, but I hope that you have gotten the point. You were party to this all. So as you formulate plans of action and demands for changes, don’t forget to consider where YOU should be doing something different.
I do not mean to imply that the 1% are blameless – on the contrary. *Some* of them are cheats and liars who go out of their way to screw others for their own gain. Of course, not all wealthy people are that way. However, in the pursuit of fairness, don’t forget to consider your own part in the making of the current mess of things.
¡Viva la Revolución!
Much todo recently regarding capitalism. Apparently, there are those who view capitalism as a form of evil incarnate. From the Occupy Wall Street protestors to socialists, criticisms of capitalism range in flavors from it being the tool of elitists to affect wealth divide, to it being an economic system which relies on oppression of other systems and cultures worldwide. Let’s review capitalism and see how many of the various assertions are true.
First, know that capitalism is simply a type of economic system. It means that businesses are privately owned, as opposed to government run. Private businesses are driven by profit, and thus will try to maximize profits by increasing efficiency. The fact that the business owner profits from the business, seems to be what stems the largest criticism from socialists, who believe that the government should own and run everything. Karl Marx stated that people sell their labor to the business owner, which only augments the business owner’s profit, suggesting that the laborer gets nothing out of it. But is that true?
If you went to apply for a job and they said that they would pay you $1 an hour for your work, and that you would have to work 120 hours a week for them, would you take the job? – of course not. However, if a business offers you competitive wages along with fair labor practices, if you are like most Americans, you will take it. And why would you do so? – because you do get something out of it. You get money that you can use to purchase products that you want, from other businesses. You also hope that the price that you will pay for that product is low, based on that business having done its best to maximize efficiency and thus offer a quality product at an affordable price. If the price is too high, or the quality is too poor, the power of the buyer will effectively tell that business whether or not they can expect to remain in business. That is the true essence of capitalism. The business owner is just as beholding to the customer, (people who work at jobs), as the average person is to working for a living. Thus, Karl Marx is completely off base in his erroneous assertion that the laborer gets nothing in return. Apparently, he was thinking of the old days of kings, where the king’s subjects were at the mercy of their kingdom’s master.
One of the critics of capitalism relates to businesses trying to get as cheap of labor as possible – that is true. However, once again, ultimately the labor pool holds the power. If no one is willing to work for the wages a business is willing to offer, then that business will have to adjust its offering to compete. Laborers have much more power than critics seem to recognize, they just don’t seem to realize it nor exercise it.
But let’s not forget that the majority of businesses are small businesses, in which the owner is the laborer. The small business owner works very hard, often reaches success to the point that they hire others to help them, and rely on the free market for the success of their business. In a capitalist free market, everyone has the right to start a business and benefit from that business. In a purely socialist society, a person is told what job they will do by, and for, the government. In a capitalist society, a person has the right to buy property and a home of their choice. In a socialists society, a person is required to live in a government owned apartment, and told who will be their neighbors. Which of the two sounds more oppressive to you?
In a capitalist society, a person who succeeds, saves, invests well, etc, gain wealth. In a socialist system, a person is not allowed ownership, and thus has no avenue toward wealth. Yet, in a socialist society there are still those who hold power and wealth – iow, a socialist society still has its elitists who make the rules for everyone else. The only difference is, those who live in a socialist society have no avenue toward wealth unless they have an “in” with those who do hold the power, while the remainder of the population remains oppressed.
Capitalism offers incentives that other forms of economies do not. With private ownership and freedom of choice, one tends to take more pride in their work and in the property that they own. One need not look much further than government owned welfare housing to see what happens when a person is given free housing and a free livelihood with no expectation of labor in return. Such housing quickly becomes very shabby and run down. There is no pride in their dwelling, neighborhood, or standard of living. We have these examples because America is not purely a capitalist society, but rather a hybrid of capitalism and socialism. The benefactors of socialism are the welfare recipients and the free K-12 education available to every child.
Finally, to suggest that capitalism is the root of cross cultural problems is quite misinformed. There were wars between nations long before capitalism existed. There are religiously based political systems that conquer other lands for the sake of forcing their theology on other people. There are socialist nations that engage in political jousting with other nations with the intent of furthering their own nation. To blame capitalism for inter-national conflict is like blaming a child born today for the existence of the moon.
Capitalism, like all other forms of economic systems, has its issues. However, it is the only system that maintains a basis in human nature fact, and that is that a person is best encouraged toward achievement when they are able to receive a measurable reward for their efforts. Alternately, one either works for no reward, or the threat of death for not succeeding – and that is as oppressive as an elitist can act toward a non-free laborer.
As Occupy Wall Street continues to foster participation and attention, I thought it timely to inject my own sensibilities in to the mix. Below is the manuscript of the Declaration of the Occupation of New York City. In it is an attempt to list the main points of grievance of the participants.
Overall, I sense that most people are not able to articulate why they are protesting, or support the protesting. People know that things are messed up, and sense that the powers that be are substantially to blame, but yet folks simply are not able to express what exactly is happening behind closed doors. I understand the feeling, and to a large degree they are right, however, not all feelings of “being wronged” are based in reality. I will explain this, from my perspective.
The opening statement includes the commentary “that our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights”. This is a basic principle of the Constitution of the US, and that of political philosopher John Locke. At point, it demonstrates that one must *never* give up full control to the government, as there may become a time when you need to take back that control, (note to folks out there – that is why we have the 2nd Amendment as well as the right to assemble. Never, ever, ever, give away your rights for the expectation that some government will take care of all of your needs. If you do, you have entered the realm of foolishness).
So far so good. The demonstrations have been overwhelmingly peaceful, with a few notable occasions which seem to coincide with certain police actions, making one wonder just who provoked the unrest. In any case, on to the claims.
The first grievance regards home foreclosures. It is always a sad day when someone loses their home. There are certainly instances when someone has lost their job and can no longer make payments, losing the home they have lived in for a certain amount of time. There are also other times when folks simply acted foolishly, and got themselves in over their heads. However, I fail to see how that is the fault of the bank who was promised repayment for the loan taken out by the home owner. Should I walk in to a store, go to the counter, say that I only have enough money to pay 10% of the cost, give the cashier 10% of the purchase price, and then walk out with the item, leaving the store minus the item and minus a substantial share of their investment? There are risks when taking out a loan. If you don’t understand those risks, or did not account for them, then the problem is you, not the bank.
The next set of grievances rest with corporations as an entity and how self-serving they are. I agree – they are self-serving. They were setup to make a profit. They employ people – people who now have money to go out and get loans, (for example, to buy a house). If you are an employee of that business, and have mortgage payments, you will hope that they stay in business and stay profitable.
Does that mean that all businesses and all executives of business are stand-up people? – of course not. Take any group, and you will have good people and bad people. To criticize all business because of the actions of a few makes no sense.
However, the criticism that our elected officials are heavily influenced by corporate special interests is a very good point. There are numerous examples of government oversight committees looking the other way, or even laws being enacted whereby some business profits substantially. Such actions by elected officials are treachery at minimum, and down right treason in other cases. Which begs the question, why on earth do you, the American voters, keep voting in the same class of shill to public office? I realize that politicians lie, and it is difficult to know certain things as fact, but get off your ass and do a little research for crying out loud. Stop voting the party line, and start voting for individuals!!
The criminalization of natural foods and natural health products by several years of government administrations (including Obama) is an abomination to mankind. While large corporations can certainly produce food cheaper, people have the right to choose to pay extra for non-genetically altered foods, or chemical free healing, or alternative energy. Special interest and New World Order mentality in these arenas are frightening.
As to the bailouts issue, I completely agree. Giving near a trillion dollars in tax payer money (Bush, and some Obama) to corporate execs who have already demonstrated that they A) put their own salaries above the best interest of the company, and B) had no plan to alter the way that they conduct business which got them in trouble in the first place, was outright irresponsible. In the case of the banks, while it is better to keep a total financial collapse from happening, you (the feds) should have made provisions as to what could and could not happen with the money.
As for the grievances involving corporations doing bad things, we are supposed to have oversight committees in place for these reasons. The problem is, officials of these committees use them as stepping stones in to cushy jobs in the very same industries that they are supposed to oversee. It is not in Jane Smith’s best interest to fine an oil company, if that oil company will give her a million dollar job after a few years serving in an oversight committee. Kill that career line, have oversights for the over sight committees, and these issues should take care of themselves.
As for the education commentary – where to begin. First, you idiots, you *do* have free education in the USA. K-12 is a publicly funded education. There is also free access to libraries and a host of other sources of material from which to gain knowledge. Colleges and Universities are in the business of supplying specific degrees for specific things. These degrees are considered investments in to your future. If you can’t afford them, there are other avenues, (such as serving in the military, grants, others), for which you can pay of yourself for the matter of this investment. Demanding “free education” suggests that you are willing to use your brain – please do so.
As to the question of worker’s rights – no company has ever thrown out a welcome mat for workers to unionize. Unions tend to start out well, but then go through phases of highly childish and counter-productive demands. If you don’t like what a company offers, don’t work there. Start your own business. Since when is it up to somebody else to take care of YOU? YOU are responsible for you, not anyone else.
Folks of America, you live in a quasi-free society. It is not entirely free, (since there are some socialists aspects at work), but it is democratically run. You have responsibilities as free men and free women – chiefly to know what is happening around you and to assure your continued freedoms and those of your future generations. Don’t expect a controlled main stream media to do the thinking for you. Don’t listen to the garbage about how socialism is so much better, and that America, as a capitalist society, is so evil. First, America is a hybrid of capitalism and socialism already. We have welfare and corporations. You think a purely socialist society is without it elitists and problems? – read some history! Look at all the dictators, (usually that’s what a socialist society ends up being led by), recently who have been overthrown because of how ruthless and out of control that they were.
If you don’t like corporations as they are today, stop supporting them with your money. Co-op, start your own business, plan your own future. That is why America is called the land of opportunity. You are owed nothing. We all deserve an equal ground from which to try to succeed, though – that I grant you and stand in support of.
Declaration of the Occupation of New York City.
As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice we must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your allies.
As one people, united, we acknowledge the reality: that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its members; that our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power.
We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality run our governments.
We have peaceably assembled here, as is our right, to let these facts be known.
They have taken our houses through an illegal foreclosure process, despite not having the original mortgage.
They have taken bailouts from taxpayers with impunity, and continue to give Executives exorbitant bonuses.
They have perpetuated inequality and discrimination in the workplace based on age, the color of one’s skin, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation.
They have poisoned the food supply through negligence, and undermined the farming system through monopolization.
They have profited off of the torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of countless animals, and actively hide these practices.
They have continuously sought to strip employees of the right to negotiate for better pay and safer working conditions.
They have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of debt on education, which is itself a human right.
They have consistently outsourced labor and used that outsourcing as leverage to cut workers’ healthcare and pay.
They have influenced the courts to achieve the same rights as people, with none of the culpability or responsibility.
They have spent millions of dollars on legal teams that look for ways to get them out of contracts in regards to health insurance.
They have sold our privacy as a commodity.
They have used the military and police force to prevent freedom of the press.
They have deliberately declined to recall faulty products endangering lives in pursuit of profit. They determine economic policy, despite the catastrophic failures their policies have produced and continue to produce.
They have donated large sums of money to politicians, who are responsible for regulating them.
They continue to block alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on oil.
They continue to block generic forms of medicine that could save people’s lives or provide relief in order to protect investments that have already turned a substantial profit.
They have purposely covered up oil spills, accidents, faulty bookkeeping, and inactive ingredients in pursuit of profit.
They purposefully keep people misinformed and fearful through their control of the media.
They have accepted private contracts to murder prisoners even when presented with serious doubts about their guilt.
They have perpetuated colonialism at home and abroad. They have participated in the torture and murder of innocent civilians overseas.
They continue to create weapons of mass destruction in order to receive government contracts.
To the people of the world,
We, the New York City General Assembly occupying Wall Street in Liberty Square, urge you to assert your power.
Exercise your right to peaceably assemble; occupy public space; create a process to address the problems we face, and generate solutions accessible to everyone.
To all communities that take action and form groups in the spirit of direct democracy, we offer support, documentation, and all of the resources at our disposal.
Join us and make your voices heard!
Like it or not, we are currently living in a global economy where businesses will outsource labor at the drop of a hat. Gone too should be some of the attitudes that have afflicted union members for far too long.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I remember well my labor studies class and the lessons regarding the ultimate in corporate greed and down right inhumane treatment of employees. We should never expect to see a return to the days of child labor, businesses paying employees with company issued faux money usable only at company owned housing apartments and stores – giving way to a lifetime of indebtedness to the company as a form of legal slavery. Certainly it is deplorable for a company to fire a long time employee one week before reaching a magic number whereby the employee would gain substantial retirement benefits.
However, these are not the issues that employees face today. I’ve been around for a while. I know the score, both in terms of union and business mindedness. I think a union can serve its members well with regard to some of the subtle issues that face the employee class, however, a union should not be a way to support mediocrity and sluffing off. [Sit down union people, and don’t get your panties in a bunch. You know exactly what I’m talking about].
Twenty five years ago, when I was young and selecting a career, it was a well known fact that being in a union meant a certain degree of job security. I had several friends that worked in unions, and I had one job, (for a very short time), that was union. I lost my union job because I worked too hard, offending the rest of the union workers. I’ve seen that same scenario play out for others, and have watched it play out for yet more union employees. A friend told me back in those days that when selecting a car, how to look at the VIN to see if it was made in the morning or afternoon. Apparently by the afternoon, many autoworkers were totally wasted on dope and booze. I asked why they were not fired – “because they are union”, he said, as if to say, “of course, duh”. I see loafing taken to extremes by union workers where I’m currently employed, and I hear of the bickering that they do over the most asinine issues.
It would seem that unions became a very powerful force in America. It would also seem that unions, having learned to flex their muscles, did/do so with undaunted regularity. Just like the corporations that they criticize as always looking for the next angle to squeeze out a tad bit more profit, union reps work/worked to renegotiate contracts, adding a slew of benefit riders at every turn. (How many times have you joked with friends about driving by a union working crew and seeing one person working while two others seem to be “supervising”?) In fact, a contract with a simple pay raise is considered too lame, and the union contract negotiators too limp.
The issues don’t end with just the union employee, who pays fees to union central. With all of that fee money coming in, (billions a year), union heads have become the very epitome of greed, ruthlessness, and profiteering that they accuse the business owner of being. It is wrong to require by contract that employees pay in to a health insurer that is run by the union, at a price significantly higher than third party providers. In the end, the people hurt by these types of issues, are the very employable individuals that unions were initially formed to protect. When the burden of union employees becomes too high, a company simply outsources that part of the labor pool – enter globalization.
The key issue that will have to change will be the hardest. A certain working atmosphere is created when employees work alongside each other for any length of time. A certain set of “norms” are established which is highly resistant to any form of change. That is why new employees seem to fumble around for a while, until they learn to conform to the expectations of the group think. If that group think is more concerned with finding ways to goof off then to work with a sense of vigor, then an individual will be chastised if they work too hard.
REFORM #1: Alter the working environment of union shops whereby the quality of workmanship, job integrity, and a strong work ethic are the normative expectation of fellow employees. Deal swiftly with tardiness and the lack of productivity.
The next issue is a bit tricky. On the one hand union job pay has influenced the pay scale of others, however, when a union continues to expect higher and higher pay, shutting down a company with one strike after another to get it, a company will eventually look elsewhere for labor. The hard truth is that pay should be commensurate with the level of skill and education required to do that job. Not all union jobs pay huge salaries. Police, teachers, fire departments (as examples), are historically considered low pay compared to their levels of responsibility. However, there are some jobs where the pay is substantially higher than one would expect.
REFORM #2: Set pay scales at a level that reflects the nature of the job, and the levels of responsibility and accountability of the employees. Reserve higher pay scales and larger raises for issues involving merit and increased responsibility.
When a union dictates to union employees how things will be, then the union is acting with the same lack of integrity that they claim the “evil” company does.
REFORM #3: Allow union employees the ability to choose benefits levels, insurance carriers, fee levels, and sets of rights; along with the ability to competitively bid benefits.
These are not harsh ideals. These are minimum expectations that non-union employees work with all the time. If a union can provide a benefit to a company, the company is more likely to work within the confines of a union.
If you are a union employee, ask yourself this very simply question – what benefit does your union provide the company you work for? If you can’t honestly answer that question with anything positive for the company, you are in need of reform. Demonstrate to a company that union employees will be the best experience they have ever had regarding productivity and creating a win-win working environment. Demonstrate that the union wants the company to succeed, just as they want their employees to succeed.
Imagine that instead of a company becoming worried that a group of employees will unionize, because they know that it will result in conflict, less productivity, higher labor costs, possible production stops, and higher overhead; that instead a company will WANT a union because the union will represent MORE productive, MORE professionalism, MORE security, and a set of employees dedicated to the success of the company. That is a win-win scenario.
Reform. It will help America.
The folks who are getting free stuff don’t like the folks who are paying
for the free stuff, because the folks who are paying for the free stuff can no longer afford to pay for both the free stuff and their own stuff.
Why? – Because the number of people getting free stuff continues INCREASING, while the number of people paying for free stuff is DECREASING.
Yet, the folks who are getting the free stuff want even MORE free stuff on top of the free stuff they’re getting already.
And, because of our government’s open BORDER and IMMIGRATION policies, we have millions of new people coming to America expecting free stuff too.
Thus, the folks who are paying for the free stuff want to stop paying for the free stuff for those who should be WORKING for their OWN stuff, and to stop importing people who will expect to get free stuff.
Now, the people who are forcing people to PAY for the free stuff have told the people who are RECEIVING the free stuff, that the people who are PAYING for the free stuff are being mean, prejudiced, and racist for not wanting to completely give up their own stuff to give others free stuff.
So, the people who are GETTING the free stuff have been convinced they need to HATE the people who are PAYING for the free stuff because “they” are selfish.
And, they are promised more free stuff if they will vote for the people who force the people who pay for the free stuff to give them even more free stuff.
At the same time, those forcing the working people to pay for free stuff, tell them that Social Security is THEIR free stuff, even though they actually already PAID for that stuff, so its not really free.
And, unfortunately, the amount of free stuff to give out will reach a limit, and when the free stuff stops, the folks receiving the free stuff will riot, burn, steal and commit mayhem – because they will feel someone owes them!
It is happening in England and is coming here soon.
It is long past time to change the culture of free stuff.
And that’s the Straight Stuff!
This particular stuff was inspired by this blog: culturalsurvivalskills.wordpress.com
A TRIBUTE TO THE VICTIMS OF 9/11 AND OTHERS OF MILITANT JIHAD.
On this, the 10th anniversary of 9/11, in tribute to all men and women who, throughout history, have been victimized by Islamic militant jihad, I provide this article. I pray for the souls of the victims of fourteen centuries of Islamic jihad brutality. I grant recognition to the fact that the overwhelming majority of the victims of jihad have been innocent victims of brutal and dishonorable aggressions carried out by ruthless and hateful miscreants. I bear witness to the transgressions of jihadists as being ungodly and unholy. In finality, I condemn with every fiber of my being militant jihad, and express my undaunting resolve to embrace only that which is set firmly in righteousness, and never to embrace nor pay fiscal tribute to the type of wickedness that involves physical harm, such as the embodiment of jihadists.
To the real victims of 9/11 – the individuals and the family members of the individuals who died as the direct and indirect result of jihadi attacks – I pray that you may/have found peace for your soul, and a kindred spirit with God.
To all other victims of jihad, I pray the same. Including, but not limited to the following victims:
The Nakhla Raid was the first successful raid by Prophet Muhammad’s men, and a pinnacle moment in time when various precedents would lead to the atrocities committed by Muslims since. This traders caravan raid took place during a sacred month known as Rajab, a time when it was forbidden to engage in battles or attack caravans. The attack was also carried out as an ambush as the four Quraysh prepared food. Because of the fact that this holy month was observed, even by pagans, the caravan did not have armed escort as caravans would otherwise have. Of the four men attacked, one was killed, one escaped, and two were taken prisoner.
To absolve his men from wrong doing, P. Muhammad is recorded as saying, ‘Fighting therein is a great (transgression) but a greater (transgression) with Allâh is to prevent mankind from following the way of Allâh, to disbelieve in Him, to prevent access to Al-Masjid-Al-Harâm (at Makkah), and to drive out its inhabitants, and Al-Fitnah is worse than killing” (Koran 2:217). He would also claim that Allah told him in a vision that, “Persecution of Muslims is worse than killing of disbelievers.” During subsequent raids on caravans, prisoners were given the ultimatum to either convert or die.
And thus several ungodly precedents were set – stealth offensive attacks/jihad, permission to ignore any form of culturally accepted senses of honor and to attack for the benefit of Islam, permission to kill non-Muslims for the slightest of grievance, and the use of brutal force and threat of death to inflict forced conversion.
This raiding opened the way for the acquisition of power by the Prophet Mohammad and his companions and for their eventual domination of all Arabia; but the immediate step which secured the economic base and strengthened the prestige of the Moslems was their seizure of the property of the Jews of Yathreb, who were comprised of three different Jewish tribes. One tribe by one tribe, Prophet Mohammad found reason to either chase them away or commit mass brutal genocide as the tribesmen were murdered or forced to convert, and the tribeswomen were taken as sex slaves, leading to the Koranic verses regarding treatment of slaves and sex slaves. (Conversion through rape is practiced in parts of the Mideast yet today, another form of offensive jihad). Later jihadi excursions by Prophet Mohammad would lead to more visions by Allah, and the approval to attack pagans as well as Jews and Christians, allowing only those “people of the book” to live within Islamic conquered lands as long as they paid a special fees and lived under certain oppressive rules, a custom still in practice today.
Upon Prophet Mohammad’s death, the pendulum of jihad to conquer other lands was in full swing, and continues even as of today. Below are links to articles which comprise but a partial list of regions to be victimized by Islamic offensive jihad:
( Click Here for a more detailed history of continuous and ongoing Islamic jihad)
The History of Jihad against the Spanish and the Portuguese (711-1492)
The Spanish Inquisition was actually a continuation of jihadi war brought to Spain by Islam, and a way to protect Christianity as a whole.