Sunday, January 3, 2016

In This Week's Annoying News....

Let's jump right in, shall we? Armed protesters have taken over a building at a wildlife preserve in Oregon. One them is Ammon Bundy, the son of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy. According to CNN:

The group is inside part of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns after gathering outside for a demonstration supporting Dwight and Steven Hammond, father and son ranchers who were convicted of arson.

Prosecutors said the Hammonds set a fire that burned about 130 acres in 2001, to cover up poaching. The father and son were sentenced to five years in prison. 

In addition to their mental health issues and problems with destruction of public property, this bunch believes that they are entitled to graze their cattle on public lands and shouldn't have to pay. Yes, the libertardian position is that using public commons to make private profits is A-okay. This apparently is what they consider living independently (without gubmint interference), and pulling themselves up by their own bootstraps, etc. How much do you wanna bet that they also receive the ridiculously excessive government subsidies for livestock "producers"?

Meanwhile, federal officials are doing nothing, saying that they are monitoring the situation. Because hey, it's white guys - wingnut militia types armed to the teeth. How fast do you think the National Guard, FBI, and swat teams would be swarming the building if this was Black Lives Matter? Or the Occupy movement? Or "environmental terrorists"?

Then, in more annoying news, Marco Rubio had his silk panties all in a knot when it was revealed that for once, the U.S. government had spied on Israel instead of the other way around. Yes, the furious Rubio stomped his little feet and waved in his little fists in the air, vowing that there would be hell to pay! America's "strongest ally" is being targeted, he didn't sob.

Although Israel's spying on America has been ongoing and relentless, Rubio felt no need to complain about that. Nor has he previously shown any concern about the NSA spying on the private communications of, well, everyone in the world, saying "Everyone spies on everyone, it's just a fact".

But hey, when you're going after AIPAC money, politicians like Rubio turn into snarling watchdogs for privacy. Well, at least where Israel is concerned, anyway. 
As with most of our congressional prostitutes, the American public's interests aren't even on their radar screens.

And that makes a good segue into the fact that most of us working class serfs are worse off than ever, in spite of the meaningless trumpeting to the contrary by the tools at the Fed:

..while Yellen and her colleagues, with their Inspector Clouseau magnifying glass, are unable to find inflation, there is plenty of evidence of deflation of the wages Americans are earning. NELP found this past Labor Day that wages in the 800 lowest-paying occupations they surveyed had actually declined by 5.7 percent from 2009 to 2014. Mid-level wage-paying positions saw a 2.6 decline in the real median wage while the best-paying jobs saw a 3 percent slide.

  We are settling into a new feudalism where income disparity and wealth inequality are actually accelerating, and hardwired into the economy. As more Americans adjust to their diminished economic standing, they are paying more and more of their shrinking income for higher rents.


  1. I wrote an article that was up VERY briefly from a blog in 2010 then taken down faster than Cheney's heartbeat in March 2003. It addresses this exact same feudal idea. Sadly, the article is NOT around even through archival sites and my writing was lost along with a lot of other stuff during a power failure caused by a drunk hitting a pole and me losing data on a 3 TB hard drive.
    On a lighter note, the article dealt with "America's New Kingdoms" and how I felt the U.S. could be divided into separate 21st century feudal fiefdoms controlled by various corporations. I still think it's a viable proposition for Corporate America.
    If I get the chance, I'll try to dig up some of the pieces of the article and maybe start something again.
    In the meantime gather your straw and wheat and make your own bed and bread. You will need some kind of bargaining power to visit friends in another feudal district. Me? I got buddies in the AIG Kingdom that used to be NYC. Welcome to America 1215 A.D. (After Democracy)


  2. More wacko Bundy grandstanding! Ain't 'Murika great? Well, I mean after they take "their country back", of course.

    It's good to see the word Feudalism out there. Neo-feudalism is the only possible course this massive global corporatism will take. The greed of the few will outweigh the needs of the many.

    Always has, really.

    1. Yes, and it didn't have to be this way. We could have been unified as citizens (as much as possible) and pulled off some effective MIC resistance, instead of the warring factions of citizens that we have now.

      Meanwhile, as we fight each other, the .005% is helping itself to all the public's resources right under our noses.

      This has been by design, by the PTB. It's taken them decades of propaganda and fear mongering, but they finally did it.

      I agree, I don't see this ending up any other way. Not unless a whole lotta people seriously wake up, fast.

      There was a very definite reason the righties began to take over local school boards nationwide, beginning in the 80s. And there is a very definite reason civics classes and critical thinking skills have been removed from the public high school curriculum.

  3. Observe the double-standards:

    Not that this is surprising.

  4. Interesting that a small group of men over 200 years ago decided to end the abuse from England so they could form a government basically free of excess taxation, promote freedom of speech and other ideals the people didn't have. And they tried to make sure it was as fair, over all, as they could for everyone (maybe with the few exceptions like the Federalists!).They had a plan, worked it to the general population and garnered the support needed.

    200 years later another small group of (very rich) men decided to free themselves from laws in order to enrich themselves and their friends further, oppress those who aren't in their class by devolving them into more than token abject slavery, remove freedoms from the general population and reverse what those men 200 years ago started, all in the name of greed and power.

    These current "men" also garnered support of the population through meida manipulation and deceit and played on this population's ignorance who are about as educated as the one 200 years ago.

    One group - for the people.
    This group - for themselves.



    1. Irony, yes. And ironic that the armed libertardians are only interested in enriching and enabling themselves. Not exactly a noble cause....

  5. Reference your Solon link: "Back in 2012 in their seminal book 'The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto,' authors Tavis Smiley and Cornel West captured the essence of our national political discourse with an accuracy that endures. 'Beyond sound bite competition, these candidates for high office, protected with gilded lives of wealth and privilege, seem to know nothing about poverty or the poor. They claim to be concerned about the middle class, but they must have not gotten the memo, the new poor are the former middle class.'"

    The middle class continues to be hollowed out, the poor get poorer, and the rich continue to get richer and richer. Janet Yeller, indeed the whole establishment, looks the other way.

    The "tipping point" gets closer and closer...

  6. We haven't had a recession or real hardships for the upper crust in over 7 years, now. Isn't it about time for the Dow to crash so the big investors can buy low (with money from thatthere bail-out), wait a few years for it to resurge then sell off at yet another ridiculous profit?

    How can you ask these poor individual 1 percenters to keep putting up with such miniscule interest? Don't they deserve the 20% of the 80s? This way they will create new lower than minimum wage for all the workers of the glorious new TPP! Sieg Heil!


    (in case new readers worry, this was sarcasm!)

    1. Fighting against the TPP is going to be the most important thing we can do in the coming months.

    2. I agree with you, Anna, wholeheartedly.