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.
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
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.
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.