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27 мая, 08:01

"'All The Psychoses of US History' : How America is Victim-Blaming The Corona Virus Dead!" ... by Lois Beckett

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"'All The Psychoses of US History' : How America is Victim-Blaming The Corona Virus Dead!" by Lois Beckett: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/all-the-psychoses-of-us-history-how-america-is-victim-blaming-the-coronavirus-dead "As racism warps the US pandemic response, a health crisis has escalated into a Culture War." Why do Americans represent less than 5% of the world’s population but nearly a third of the known coronavirus death toll? Not because of government incompetence, the Trump administration is arguing, but because Americans are very unhealthy. The United States’ organized response to the pandemic had been “historic”, Trump’s health secretary, Alex Azar, told CNN on 17 May, but America “unfortunately” has a “very diverse” population, and black Americans and minorities “in particular” have “significant underlying disease”. Jake Tapper, the CNN anchor interviewing Azar, paused and squinted. Surely, he asked, Azar was not arguing that “the reason that there were so many dead Americans is because we’re unhealthier than the rest of the world?” Azar doubled down: “These are demonstrated facts.” “That doesn’t mean it’s the fault of the American people that the government failed to take adequate steps in February …” Tapper said. “This is not about fault. It’s about simple epidemiology,” Azar said, adding in a pious tone: “One doesn’t blame an individual for their health condition. That would be absurd.” Blaming black Americans for dying from a novel virus because they had diabetes or high blood pressure was precisely what Azar was doing. Someone had to be held responsible for an American death toll approaching 100,000 people, worse than any other country’s reported deaths. In order for the Trump administration to remain blameless, someone else had to be blamed, and the administration was now blaming the dead. It took less than a month after the first shelter-in-place orders to devolve into a full-blown partisan culture war, complete with armed protests egged on by the president; conservatives questioning or denying death numbers; pundits arguing against a continued lockdown with lines like, “You can call me a Grandma killer”; attempts by hair salons and barbers to stage acts of civil disobedience; and some states led by Republican governors moving to quickly reopen, even as other states with Democratic governors announced months of continued restrictions. A majority of Americans remain supportive of public health restrictions, including nearly half of Republican voters and 68% of people who have lost a job or suffered a pay cut. The anti-lockdown demonstrations at state capitols have attracted a messy jumble of protesters: anti-vaccine activists and other conspiracy theorists, rightwing provocateurs, members of known anti-government militias, gun rights advocates, established conservative groups backed by wealthy billionaire donors, Republican stalwarts and people who were actually out of work. It would be wrong to argue that racism was the sole motivation for the protests, or even a decisive factor for the many different protesters who showed up. But the moment when the US response to coronavirus escalated into a full culture war is revealing. The big protests at state capitols, with crowds of white Americans demanding their governors reopen the economy, started about a week after national news outlets began reporting in early April that black Americans made up a disproportionate number of the dead. Systemic racism created the health disparities that made black and brown Americans more vulnerable to dying from coronavirus, public health experts say; and now the same racism is also shaping, and undermining, the country’s political response to the pandemic. Back to the Puritans It’s not surprising that Americans, who are used to tackling every problem through the lens of “individual rights”, would struggle with how to respond to the collective demands of a pandemic. “It’s this mismatch in terms of a social problem, and the tools we have at our disposal to make sense of it,” the sociologist Jennifer Carlson said. Americans don’t have much of a national vocabulary for talking about collective action and sacrifice. Jon Stokes, a gun rights activist from Austin, Texas, has strong opinions about tyranny and freedom. But he said he was frustrated that some of his usual allies did not seem to understand that dealing with a novel virus, in a country where no one has immunity, required a different kind of politics. “Our rights are being violated. That is all actually real,” Stokes said. “But this is one of the few times when that’s OK. Pandemics – these call for a collectivist response. They don’t work without one.” For some wealthy Americans eager to reopen the economy, the motivating fear may be the risk of social change, the historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz said. “The capitalist class, those who benefit most from the unequal system, they know it’s not sustainable,” she said. “They’re desperate not to stay locked down too long, so people get used to fresh air, breathing air without carbon in it,” she said. “People might get ideas of a different kind of world.” To Dunbar-Ortiz and other historians, Americans’ push to reopen the economy during a pandemic, and some Americans’ willingness to hold armed demonstrations in order to do so, looks like a case of almost psychotic repetition. It’s not a new idea that thousands of people must die to preserve America’s “business as usual”. It’s not a new assumption many of those people will be brown or black. Advertisement The Navajo Nation, where many families do not even have running water to wash their hands, has one of the highest rates of coronavirus in the country. The coronavirus culture war is “kind of a petri dish of all the psychoses of US history”, as Dunbar-Ortiz, the author of An Indigenous People’s History of the United States, put it. European colonists established their settlements in the midst of the mass death of indigenous people and opened the American market for business “at gunpoint, in the wake of that epidemic”, said Patrick Blanchfield, the author of a forthcoming 500-year history of American gun violence. Enslaved black people died performing the essential labor that kept the economy running. The smallpox virus the Europeans had brought to a new continent full of people with no immunity would leave tens of millions of people dead. Today, “who is being asked to die for the market to be open?” Blanchfield said. “It’s black people. It’s Native American tribal communities.” Early Puritan accounts of arriving in the New World and seeing indigenous people dying of illness are marked by a familiar self-righteousness. The Puritans look at an epidemic and “think it’s a divine dispensation”, Blanchfield said. “The very fact that people are dying is taken as both pragmatically offering market opportunities ... but also as a theological vindication of your own survivorship.” That Puritan instinct to see infection as a sign of guilt, and health as a kind of vindication, is currently playing out across the political spectrum. American liberals sometimes treat their belief in science as a kind of religion, Blanchfield argued, fetishizing technocrats and rejoicing when conservatives who do not “believe in science” are punished. Some liberals have posted comments regretting that they could not wish that participants in “reopen” protests would get coronavirus, because they might infect other, innocent people, Adam Kotsko, a political theorist, said. After Georgia decided to reopen businesses early, despite continued warnings from public health officials, one liberal activist with a large following tweeted “sips coffee” as her only comment on an article reporting that Georgia had seen 1,000 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours. Even as some leftists on Twitter were calling the GOP a “death cult”, other leftists were suggesting that the punishment for unbelievers should be death. This impulse to blame other people for getting sick is rooted in fear, said Jonathan Metzl, a professor of sociology and psychiatry at Vanderbilt University. “Everyone wants some narrative, to explain the unimaginable level of illness and death and vulnerability that we’re all feeling,” he said. “Everyone wants there to be a logic to this.” The victim-blaming on the left, though, has come from individuals’ Twitter accounts, not Democratic party leadership. The victim-blaming of black Americans has come from the highest levels of government. CONTINUED BELOW IN COMMENTS ... fiat justitia ruat caelum ... [Article copied verbatim under 'Fair Use' from: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/all-the-psychoses-of-us-history-how-america-is-victim-blaming-the-coronavirus-dead & use this link in order to see illustrations & access embedded links.]

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24 мая, 02:03

Are alt-right wing / monied groups attacking members of this movement?

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Has your life been affected from speaking out here? Have things gone wrong in your personal life as a result but you can't figure out who is doing it? Are any other members being hacked, spied on experienced major disruptions to life or career and do you suspect it is a result of affiliation with Occupy?

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23 мая, 01:38

Post Office Sabotage

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The Congress, led by conservatives, has undermined the United States Postal Service. They've introduced costs that make it impossible for the USPS to compete with private services like UPS and FEDex. The worst is the 75 year pension funding that drives up USPS prices and allows the private concerns to increase their profits at our expense by raising prices unnecessarily to "whatever the market will bear." Congress promoted the ripoff of the American People by passing the "United States Postal Service and Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act" of 2006 Then there's the offloading to USPS by UPS and others. At what rate is the post office paid to deliver UPS packages? How does the cost USPS incurs affect it's losses? Does this amount to a taxpayer subsidy of UPS? If UPS costs more, do we pay it because we believe their service is better. If the USPS is actually doing the delivery for UPS, why do we believe privatized services are superior? Is because the conservatives have repeated a big lie, a la Dr. Goebbels, often enough and loud enough? "The Postal Service is not losing money because of Amazon. It’s losing money because in 2006, the Republican-led Congress passed a law forcing it to prepay its pensions for 75 years, which no other corporation does ... Without this law, the Postal Service would be turning a profit.” https://www.politifact.com/factchecks/2020/apr/15/afl-cio/widespread-facebook-post-blames-2006-law-us-postal/ Last Week with John Oliver, May10, 2020: "United States Postal Service and Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006" https://youtu.be/IoL8g0W9gAQ

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16 мая, 17:15

Interest v Taxes

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About every dozen years or so most people get a new house. We pay a lot of interest to the bank in the first years of a mortgage. But the loan is paid off from the sale. We put the equity down on the new, usually larger mortgage. The interest and principal from the previous loan are re-loaned to someone and so the interest is compounded. The price of real estate appreciates at the rate the banks allow by the loans they are willing to make. Eventually the prices of real estate will rise so high that only banks or corporations like Blackstone will be able to afford them by the profits from rents or usuries on debt their activities have caused to inflate. We will become a world of banker, landlord and productive capacity owners versus employee/debtor/tenants. That looks a lot like feudalism. I think others have called it neo-feudalism. So there we are and that's what we have to look forward to. How is this playing out? Housing prices reflect the exponential expansion of mortgage debt that grows at the rate of compound interest. That's true for the all the growth of the imaginary wealth of the FIRE sector that sucks the life out of the real economy of production and consumption of real goods. Fools blame all the economic hardships on government and taxes. They do so in spite of the fact that they've undoubtedly spent orders of magnitude more of their earnings on interest and even real estate commissions than they have on real estate taxes. But the morons will sell their land and homes and pay a larger commission to the agent than all the taxes on the property for all the years they've lived there. [As of 2018, the median duration of homeownership in the U.S. is 13.3 years. However, homeowners in some cities have moved more recently—or more frequently—than groups in the rest of the country. - valuepenguin.com] The profit they make will barely, if at all, cover the mortgage interest paid. The more we "upgrade," the more interest we pay. Remember, the interest to principal ratio of each amortized payment is greater in the first years of a mortgage. Thus the buyer will pay even more interest and the banks and landlords (whose tenants pay the interest and taxes) not the government, will be the only real winners. video link: https://youtu.be/PFbKQMegPqc

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09 мая, 15:41

Wall Street's Race Diversion (Divide and Conquer Tactics)

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As the public begins to wake up to the callous systemic sociopathy of corporate law, rule, and tyranny - Wall Street and it's information propaganda machine is setting out to create a race war / diversion. Article after article showing people dressed up in strange Nazi get-ups and story after story of black injustice. While yes it is true that there is racism and things are not equitable - those unequitable things which are in fact driven by Wall Street rule and oppression can never be fixed until we stop One Percent Rule and NEO-LIBERTARIAN efforts to destroy our socialist system, safety nets, and UPWARD MOBILITY. We MUST join together and not once again let this movement be deterred by Wall Street's pinpointed and highly coordinated effort to divide and conquer the uprising against corporate rule. We must follow the example of Martin Luther King to understand that oppression and disenfranchisement comes in all colors. Fifty percent of Americans make less than 27,000 per year. We must bring back upward mobility and fair working conditions for all. The unprecedented corporate greed and predation that has been highlighted during this pandemic must not be lost in the fog. The left always falls for this trick in the WS playbook - they allow the discussion to be shifted to discussions of racial inequity. But I argue this racial inequity (which will eventually effect us all in the same way) will not be solved until we attack at the fundamental heart of this problem: One Percent Tyranny and Corporate Rule of Law that seeks to neo-liberalize our democracy to their own greedy selfish benefit. Ayn Randian doctrine believes greed is good despite all the evidence to the contrary because at it's heart it is a narcissistic philosophy that blinds them to the reality and conditions experienced by the rest of us. It is more than jobs - it is quality of life, upward mobility and pursuit of happiness which matters. What is a job - when there is little else to look forward to? What is a job - when it can't make ends meet? What is a job when one's health is failing due to lack of care or affordability? The False God of "JOBS" is a broken promise when those jobs are thankless, minimum wage, and forcing workers to work more than 8 hours a day with no choice OR because they need to make ends meet. Working 80 hours a week to make the bills is very different than working 40. We need the ability to work for ourselves and that means that monopolies must be dealt with swiftly and with effective punishment so that average citizens are not held as captive indentured workers to a system from which they are reliant on and unable to escape. Wall Street has taken all the cards and destroyed the American Dream. If we can't take it back now - in the face of this glaring greed then we never will. This is the fight for our freedom and lives forever. We must act now. DOWN WITH TRICKLE DOWN - once and for all and all for Democracy.

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09 мая, 00:31

Covid Cover

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How does the economy work? It has never worked for us and won't work for them much longer. The FIRE Sector [Finance, Insurance and Real Estate] is a system of extraction that concentrates wealth at an exponentially increasing rate with the rentier class. The imaginary wealth produced on Wall St. also expands exponentially and damages the real economy of production, distribution and consumption of material goods and services. Each boom and bust cycle (each Wall St expansion and crash) brings us closer to the inevitable end. It's coming soon. This may be the one: the bursting balloon of finance from which we can't recover. How does it happen? When the tiny fraction of the population who own most of everything, including the stocks, bonds and other securities, suffer a loss of the imaginary financial wealth (debt of one sort or another that has been created out of thin air) they fear for their real assets. Those consist of the productive capacity for the material goods and services that are the stuff of life for all of us. The Wall St. wealth extraction machine and real economic activity they own, employs, one way or the other, most of We the People. Their fear for the decrease of their hoard drives the elite parasites to slow the real economy with lay offs and production cuts. In other words, their Wall St. gambles went bad. To assuage their fear of greater loss, they take down the real economy and us with them. This is how the mindless "invisible hand" really works. Such a crash was overdue when Covid-19 hit. The pandemic, which is certainly real and the steps taken to mitigate it justified, none the less provides cover for what would have happened anyway. The emergence of the virus and the crash of the imaginary economy of Wall St. were coincidental. And that convergence simultaneously gains support for the government bailout that the billionaires would have demanded of their wholly owned politicians and been given, of course. Am I over reaching here? Time will tell. If most of the 33 million plus who've become unemployed get their jobs back when the lockdown ends, I'm not altogether right this time. But eventually debt and stock market prices will grow too large to recover from a crash. All this has happened over and over for thousands of years. Mesopotamian kings and priests like Moses reduced susceptibility to the evil by banning interest on debt and declaring Jubilees where individual (but not commercial) debts were forgiven. The opposite of what we do today. The billionaires, not we debt slaves, get the clean slates in this era. Today's middle class, what's left of it since Reagan's reign of economic terror, still think they'll sell their house and retire on the investments they make with the money they gain. But those investments will be regularly wiped out, the money will become increasingly worthless as the overall debt grows and the ultimate crash (when the balloon is too large to patch and reinflate) will either kill us all or we'll take over the production and distribution of the things we must have to live. Either way, "Wall St." will cease to exist. Someday fools will realize that price and value are not connected and money is not wealth. Nor is anything real or lasting, except misery for we the people, created on Wall St. But there is a glimmer of hope: Many businesses remain closed despite Republican Governors' "restart orders." Are middle classes awakening? Time will tell. Video link to: "Covid Crash" https://youtu.be/ZTqZqXLmvd4

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08 мая, 18:50

As an Essential Worker Family What I Really Feel IS...

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While we sit here in the ice cold freezing water treading our legs with 70 hour weeks watching you all warm n cozy in your life rafts cuddled in your tent blankets watching us drown what I want to do at this moment more than you can imagine is swim over to your little boat - and knock you into the water right with all your sweet unemployment, and perks, and benefits, and boredom whining. And I don't for one minute doubt the dangers of the virus or the scary lack of ventilators, so it's not that I don't believe people will die - it's that now that I realize the people sitting at home don't really care if essential workers do - then I guess right back at Cha. And honestly essential workers are so beaten up at this point and the quality of life so awful - life is meh work living at this point. So yeah... fuck you too let's get this party rolling and get us all back to work - why should essential workers and their families die alone?. TALK IS CHEAP> so are signs and facebook posts. ps - essential is essential (it doesn't mean golf clubs and furniture) Try Harder - call congress. Put down your markers and pick up the phone.Support Unions...wage war on worker abuse.

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27 апреля, 20:59

Criminally rich - libertarian ideolgy plays out as individual opression.

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Some people believe it is their inherent right to do the wrong thing, as long as there is profit to be made. The problem with libertarians: is you can't make people behave with morality or ethics - so if you wipe away the ability to regulate - presuming some idea that they will do the right thing in spite of the glaring repeated evidence that no they do not - then you have given sociopaths with money carte blanche to hurt others. (On the other hand poor sociopaths who can't hide behind a corporate entity or board generally find themselves in jail for crimes and the harm they cause). Wealthy sociopaths change laws to make murder legal and avoid responsibility for harm by removing themselves directly and employing others to do their dirty work. The ability to swing your fists ends at my nose. So if you pollute water, air, horde resources like oil, and land and having to much wealth is the cause - then that wealth absolutely MUST BE REGULATED. If those with to much wealth are using it to oppress and harm others including to bribe and lobby to change laws to their own benefit so that they receive legislation which allows them to swing their giant fists into our faces - then we MUST REGULATE AND STOP IT. WE MUST REGULATE WEALTH. Those who are too wealthy have proven time and time again they will use that wealth to monopolize markets, harm the public (air, water, pollution), horde resources, REMEMBER EPI-PENS? and all around make life difficult for the ordinary people - we must REGULATE WEALTH. What is more if that they have had more than 30 years to prove that somehow they would fix everything with their de-regulation trickle down philosophy. Everything has become much worse and the INDIVIDUAL has been far more restricted under their policies. DEREGULATION IS A FAILED EXPERIMENT AND AN UTTER DISASTER FOR THE INDIVIDUAL. The wealthy one percent has turned their money into a bureaucratic machine as powerful and corrupt as any Communist Regime in history - I would wager to say it is WORSE - because the hands of multi-national conglomerates have the power to reach their hand of control into every government across the world. While deregulation has turned their wealth into unimaginable gains - they have not used this wealth to do good for the meek of this world. While they focus on rocket ships to the moon - they have not used their gains to make individuals more free or cure the ills of society - but to create fewer and fewer options for survival or upward mobility. Their control of markets and resources and increasing shares have made it impossible for an individual to possibly compete against them. This de-regulation of wealth has proven an utter disaster for the individual. When these powerful entities swing their fists into our faces - we individuals are left with no recourse and no choice but to become cogs in the ever growing corporate bureaucracies and individual crushing machine that seeks to enslave us the same as any corrupt communistic system. Regulation and oversight keep corruption in check as does a free press. Regulated Regulation is the enemy of Corruption. Anytime you de-regulate oversight - then corruption blooms - whether in government or in markets, or with resources. Without oversight any system is vulnerable to corruption. And what do we mean by oversight? We mean protecting the rights and freedoms of the individual against systems that may bully or oppress their freedoms - it DOES NOT MEAN ALLOWING THE INDIVIDUAL TO BULLY OR OPRESS THE FREEDOMS AND RIGHTS OF OTHERS. As it is playing out we are now in this neo-libertarianism meant to work for the benefit and greater good of a few elite one percent who control us - who control our governments - and who limit our choices and options - THIS IS THE OPPOSITE OF FREEDOM IT IS OPRESSION BY ANOTHER NAME (LIBERTARIANISM). As far as innovation? I see not one iota of innovation coming out of any of these nouveaux riche. Blindness, paralysis, starvation, pollution, cancer, birth defects, poverty, have not only not been solved but increased exponentially - what has any of their wealth brought us but war and misery, less choices, and less beauty. The narcissists of the world literally can not see beyond their own gains to live in the shoes and lives of the average person. Their concierge healthcare, their endless choices, the caged beauty they have for themselves - is out of reach to regular people. They stole the world - and they haven't a clue as they drown on the idea of their own grandiosity in the false meritocracy of their dumb luck and built in silver spoon safety nets - and TIME. Time that has been stolen from our lives, beauty that has been stolen from us - and TAKEN by the rich. Who among us may cure cancer? Be the next Mozart? Or Shakespeare? We will never know they are too busy working two jobs to pay rent to landiers and working 12 hour days at Amazon and ever increasing shares of their income to pay for overpriced resources. Being rich isn't a crime ...or maybe these days... it is?

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26 апреля, 16:45

To: Sen. Ted Cruz; Re: USPS

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The U.S. Postal Service has been deliberately crippled by Congressional mandates to subsidize private carriers with our tax money by forcing USPS to deliver their packages and leave the profit for UPS etc. Then you've underfunded the USPS in order to bankrupt it and get rid of it altogether. Congress has a constitutional obligation to fund it. We must provide much-needed funds, and repeal the 2006 law that caused this mess. I am livid to see that despite two COVID-19 relief bills having passed, there are still no sufficient funds to help save the U.S. Postal Service. And it's conservative traitors like you who've committed these crimes against the constitution.

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23 апреля, 16:16

The Fictitious Capital Pandemic Will Get Us in the End

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The government is printing money and causing higher prices. I've been hearing that complaint since I was old enough to remember it. That means about 4-6 years old between 1950 to '52. Next it's said that the government debt and interest are a great concern. Wait a minute. If the government is printing the money, why is their debt and who are we paying interest to? So what's really going on here? Is the FIRE sector creating money on their ledgers to buy government bonds? We know that savings deposits can't account for all the loans to government or everyone else. Very few of us have savings as we live from hand to mouth. Where does all the money that is loaned come from? Or did I already answer that? Is it being created on bank and credit industry ledgers as well as the interest on the loans, that hasn't been paid to the owner/investors? Oh, you think it's investor money being loaned? Where does that money come from? Profits on real economic endeavors? That doesn't account for all the money created or the RE-LOANING (COMPOUNDING) OF INTEREST. There's a lot more debt than there is investment by material producers in credit "industries" or savings deposits. Profit from material enterprises are reduced by parasitic interest on debt. And when any profit from real industries is left to be invested in lending it becomes part of the financial (fictitious) capital that is the cancer destroying the economy. The interest on that profit compounds and the money grows exponentially, just like interest on any debt or the increases in real estate prices, which are really increases in mortgages and profits from them. So we still haven't answered whence comes all the money that's lent. Each crash occurs when the bubble, mostly unsecured (by real material assets and production capacity) debt represented by stocks and bonds, bursts. A recovery, like that from the 2008 crash, that "recapitalizes" the banks but doesn't forgive the consumer debt and mortgages but instead allows the banks that have been reimbursed for their imprudent lending to continue to own the debt, charge interest and foreclose on defaulters. They have their cake and eat it too. And of course the real problem of fictitious capital that is the cancer killing the economy lives on. Eventually the ultimate crash will come, from which there is no recovery. The next crash was overdue when the Covid-19 hit. The Wall St. dive may have been a coincidence. Aside: Production and job contraction are unnecessary when one of the ordinary cyclic FIRE Sector crashes occurs. It happens because the owner controllers are trying to protect their real assets when the imaginary assets of fictitious capital evaporate in the Wall St. "correction." So with the latest crash the attention is diverted to Covid-19, though real production and jobs would have suffered due to the financial panic anyway. What are the mechanics of loan origination? This is how I understand it: the lenders enter debits on their ledgers and issue checks or other transfer vehicles to get the money to the borrowers. The checks are deposited in lenders accounts and credits are entered in their banks' ledgers. So the money has been created by the lenders and. because of the round robin, the books of most banks are still roughly balanced. The government issues bonds (which become part of the lenders assets) and uses the money to buy whatever and it's ultimately deposited in some bank. If at the end of the day a lender is short, they borrow over night from the FED (a private bank) and it's credited on the ledger and debited in the morning when they pay it back. No where in this does the government print any money. Like us, they just pay interest on the money the lenders create to buy government bonds. And this merry go round has been spinning for thousands of years. Don't forget: the debt and money supply are also growing at the exponential rate of compound interest. We blame it on the government. In a way, maybe that's appropriate. Instead of taxing the rich and their corporations, we borrow the money they create in our name from them and pay them interest on it. That's how they tax us in the world dominated by finance. For further insight, look up "Fictitious Capital." If you can choke down the nausea of confronting the existential reality of the conditioned mind you thought was your own, you might learn something. If enough of us wake up we might do something about the fraud we call the Capitalist Economy. http://michael-hudson.com/2010/07/from-marx-to-goldman-sachs-the-fictions-of-fictitious-capital1/ https://michael-hudson.com/2018/05/creating-wealth-through-debt-the-wests-finance-capitalist-road/ Then there's outsourcing and the impoverishment and debt enslavement of the working class. When we can borrow no more to buy what we need to live in this low wage corporatist utopia, the great wheel that grinds us down will come to a stop. See "ultimate crash" above. You see: The way real products we're supposed to consume to keep the grinder spinning are produced is only the latest gadget in the tool box of the exploiters. The abstract economy of Wall St. - The FIRE Sector - is the ruling parasite whose antecedents are elite classes that have been exploiting populations for 10,000 years or more in places. Compound interest is and has been for as long as we can remember the greatest threat to survival the human race has ever faced. Markets are our bane.

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17 апреля, 16:55

Corporate Extortion

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Extortion is illegal (except I guess when there is a "market"). Over the last three decades corporations have done everything possible to strip down working conditions and take extreme measures to control employees and murder the competition. Predominantly fortune 500 companies have been using these tactics but smaller companies who have been able to survive without being gobbled up by the 500's and the red tape laws they lobby against competitors and smaller fish...have adopted their model of stress management and stripping down employee incomes, rights, safety and dignity to the bare minimum. This Romneyism downsizing has only been strengthened and risen exponentially under Trump. They both believe in trickle down economics. (both have never been at the bottom to understand it can't and doesn't trickle down). It does make corporations and the wealthy more rich and powerful which they feel ENTITLED to. They have convinced the public unions are terrible terrible things which steal from the people. Meanwhile the people making union wages are the only ones left holding up the entire economy on their taxable (less stripped down) wages. Corporate loopholes have made it so corporations no longer pay taxes. Without union wages - then the country would no longer be operable. Social security would cease to function, and all other wages would fall even lower, since unions use their employee dues to lobby against corporate deregulation and kickbacks as well as fight for decent wage, and OSHA laws, as well as family leave. Because of anti-union propaganda union wages have also been stagnating and it's becoming harder and harder for them to fight back against billionaire hedge funds and their lap dog politicians. When corporations realized workers were having too many rights here in America and that we also didn't like pollution of our waterways and air - they hauled all of their labor offshore and began massively exploiting the citizenry in other nations - even children - to work as actual slaves. They at the same time began to consolidate their wealth into ever growing partnerships that came together with the extra money they made off of reducing workers to slaves - to bribe politicians to make their corporate profit dreams come true and take it even further - pushing for deregulation of markets to allow them to operate as they please. Some jobs couldn't be outsourced - so they began hiring and exploiting illegal immigrants - and bribed government to overlook it. The massive influx of people to this nation was in response the fact that they could come here and get hired by these companies as well as the government would overlook this exploitation (ie the egg farmer atrocity and exploitation more like enslavement of child migrants). (and the Dedham amendment which sought to rid the nation of our "expensive" truck labor and would allow them to get rif od DOT rules to hire Mexican drivers at a cheaper price. Now they have turned on the people who they incentivized to come here - and turn them into the village scapegoats - anytime people start mentioning the swamp, we collectively see media outlets race baiting and dividing the population. Companies took on the position that if there was an opportunity to make money then ethics could and were dismissed as "crazy special snowflake ideals." It's not that workers were unhappy with the decaying conditions (it was that we are lazy). In this new environment - the gigging of jobs, outsourcing, neo-libertarian trickle down age - as long as there is a market - anything goes - iregardless if anything but stress is trickling down. This all created an entire new problem for our country: The stagflation of taxpayer wages while prices continue to rise. Without taxpayer money governments decided they must rely on Big Daddy Corporations to help pay their bills. Individual cities and towns began rolling out the red carpet for developers and landlords and chain stores - who they believed would "create jobs" and add to the tax base. In an ironic twist of stupidity they offered them tax incentives to "come to their towns". Spending taxpayer money doesn't create jobs. Taxpayers having extra time and money does. So while government reaches in to steal from the taxpayers to "create jobs" - they are creating a cycle of debt which can't and won't be re-paid and giving corporations ever more power to buy land and resources which they can horde and further extort and strip down citizens aka workers. Trump thinks this is great business! (Draining the swamp turned into stripping down OSHA rules so employers could exploit front line workers in the middle of a dangerous pandemic). While boldy lying to the American people that they believe front line workers are heros who deserve our thanks and respect?!!! Apparently Trump believed the swamp needing to be drained was all those pesky (sore loser) workers demanding a voice and rights and fair labor. IF that isn't clear to people now - then they may need their IQ's checked. One has to wonder about this. They obviously know workers know they are being exploited. Lying to our faces behind a fake smile doesn't change it. So who are they lying for? Why even bother to state it? So who is buying this BS? Retired baby boomers? Do they believe it because they don't have to live it? And if this is the case - if retired baby boomers aren't feeling the pain from the Trump economy - then how do we get them to understand what is happening from the perspective of the workers? How do we get them to understand that deregulation and this sad new world is creating conditions which is going to effect them. How do we get them to see the lies and hypocrisy?

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Sacred Duty

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The health and welfare of the Wall St Oligarchs and Owners are the only reason for the existence of government and the common people. Don't forget: it is our sacred duty to live and die for the preservation of the economy that extracts wealth from we the people and concentrates it with our betters. "Live free or die Re Open NC" Some brave conservative freedom lovers have already begun to protest "social distancing." It's my hope that the movement to reopen the economy grows with mass protests, whose participants shake hands and hug to show their solidarity and lack of fear. Many have stayed in their cars so far. That's liberal weak. Get out there. Hopefully Trump and Pence will come out and join you. Then the war for freedom might win a great battle, by the grace of the real enemies' stupidity and self destructiveness. Go for it! "Protesters around the country have started gathering, some in groups that defy social-distancing recommendations, to register their disapproval for the ongoing economic shutdown tied to the corona-virus." https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/04/crowds-gather-to-protest-social-distancing.html I'm sorry. I can't join the protests. My daughter told me if I go out in public she'll forbid me to visit my grandchildren. The 5 year old commanded: "Don't do it!" You see? I have no choice but obey.