Amazon Fascistly Censors Reviews that May Paint Other Corporations in a Bad Light, Especially When They’re True

Just like NextDoor, Amazon also has a set of overzealous “community standards” that they use to keep people from posting legit, factual, reviews of items on their site. Here is a copy of a review of a book called “The 5G Myth” that Amazon would not allow to be posted because they say it violated their “community standards,” even though a review of these standards shows that it does not. Of course they provided no specifics, and the review is complementary of the book, and 100% accurate. What they’re really saying is that they reserve the right to censor information and don’t mind doing so, which is fascist. Still, is anyone surprised to hear that an American corporation is fascist at this point?

The Next Generation of 5G Wireless Is Definitely Mostly Hype, 5G Is Largely Just a Marketing Term

This is a very important book for everyone to read right now especially as the FCC and Trump administrations start to push inferior wireless technology over fiber optic networks so they can steal money from tax payers and give it to untrustworthy, fascist, big telecoms. You need fiber to do wireless, and you need good infrastructure to do anything well. This book helps highlight what our actual problems are when it comes to networks with one exception; the author’s belief that FTTC (Fiber to the Curb) is adequate is not correct, also his slant towards private companies is sad, but was written before they proved themselves to be fascists. Anyway, FTTH (Fiber to the Home) is what we need. In fact we already gave the big telecom companies $400 billion dollars, so much money that every American should already have fiber to the home, to do upgrades like this and they stole it instead of doing the upgrades. Here are two articles to backup my claims.
“The Next Generation of 5G Wireless is All Hype” — Wired
https://www.wired.com/2016/08/the-next-generation-of-wireless-5g-is-all-hype/
and an article on how the big telecoms stole $400 Billion from American tax payers.
https://nationaleconomicseditorial.com/2017/11/27/americans-fiber-optic-internet/
On top of this, the Big Telecoms are now acting the most like “Trusted” companies in Nazi Germany with their Anti-Net Neutrality Stance out of any companies in American history. For something you can do about it, check out this effort in Bellingham, WA and 750 other cities in the US.
https://www.change.org/p/mayorsoffice-cob-org-bellingham-public-fiber-optic-network

As George Carlin told us years ago, “fascism is alive and well in America.” It’s sad because Amazon claims to be a Net-Neutral company, but I guess corporate loyalty is more important than honoring the constitution of the country that has made them great, even when posting reviews like this help them further their own goals. The big corporations just won’t screw with each other, even if the rest of their corporate family is deplorable. They’d still prefer to surround themselves with other deplorable corporations, than have modernize in the way that they treat people. We’re just consumers to them, and our rights only extend to how much money we might give them.

Anyway, the book is really a must read as we enter this dark time.

There Is No War On The Cops/It May Be The Other Way Around

This week, President Trump made sure we all knew that even if a cop was trying to unjustly murder you, and you defended yourself, you would receive the death penalty. Since those laws are decided on a state by state basis, and the federal government doesn’t regulate local law enforcement except in times of emergency, I’m not sure how he’s going to ensure that, but I don’t think that was his intent. I think his intent was to let poor people know that they better stop resisting, because there is a different set of rules for how the police will treat them than people in Trump’s class. Fortunately, I doubt most police officers take him seriously, but some do and how many militarized police officers do you need out there knowing they can do whatever they want and get away with it? I live in one of the safest cities in the US and even our cops have a tank and full tactical gear. How many of them do we need to abuse their authority to cause a tragedy?

Furthermore, many reputable sources, like the New Yorker, have looked at the data and shown that there is no war on the cops. https://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/20/opinion/why-there-is-no-war-on-the-police.html

In fact, with especially with the introduction of new body armor, and more importantly updated educational programs for the police, police work is actually safer than most would think. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/blake-fleetwood/how-dangerous-is-police-w_b_6373798.html

So why are our police departments arming themselves to the teeth? Could it be because they’re being hyped up by external forces? Could it be because our totally corrupt governments are worried that people may be done putting up with their shit?

So why is our President trying to create an even greater rift between the police and the working class, and going out of his way to make the jobs of the police more dangerous than they need to be? Simple:

  1. He’s totally out of touch and literally lives on a different planet than you do in his mind.
  2. He never refers to pesky things like studies and statistics and simply believes everything he hears from his friends and says out loud.
  3. He wants to draw attention away from the fact that he should have been impeached by now.
  4. He wants to draw attention away from the fact that he’s probably started a war involving nuclear armed Israel to please a few donors. A war which we’ll probably get involved in at some point. Well technically we already are since we sell advanced weapons to Israel so they can oppress the Palestinians, but that’s a whole article in itself.
  5. He doesn’t want you thinking too hard about how all of your information is going to be censored now, thanks to the loss of Net-Neutrality, which is a concept that he never really understood.
  6. He wants you to forget that he is robbing you blind with his new tax plan.

You know what, I’ll stop there. There are simply too many things to list here that he is trying to draw your attention away from. Basically, he’s desperate to do anything to draw attention away from himself. The problem is that he’s doing things like causing wars to do it.

I get it, Hilary Clinton was an awful candidate. I get why people didn’t vote for her. Sure, you probably should have voted 3rd party instead of for Trump, but I get it. At this point though, if you still think that was a good decision, I don’t know what to say. I mean even the rich people should be getting ready to dump Trump after they pass the tax cuts. Which they shouldn’t do to us, but they will anyway. Why hang onto him after that? It’s obvious that he’s not going to help the working class out, which was the only solid that most of the people that backed him up did, or said they did anyway.

83% of Americans Want Net-Neutrality, FCC Says Fuck You

This one is short because I just want everyone to take a moment and consider what happened today and what it means. For or against Net-Neutrality 83% of Americans were for it. They wrote to the FCC in support of NOT repealing Net-Neutrality laws and the FCC did it anyway! What does it mean when 83% of Americans want something, express that clearly to their elected government, and the government does the opposite on behalf of the top 10% and big corporations instead? It means that we no longer have a democracy, we have a Corporate Dictatorship.

Trump Tax Cuts = South Park Underpants Gnomes Profit Plan

So listening to the arguments for and against the Trump Tax plan it seems like they basically have the same plan as the Underpants Gnomes in South Park.

Phase 1: Collect Underpants

Phase 2: ?

Phae 3: Profit

Really, when you look at it they’re basically saying the same thing. They’re saying:

Phase 1: Give even bigger tax cuts to the wealthy

Phase 2: ?

Phase 3: Profit

Let’s look at one specific example of why this won’t work. Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, said that if these tax cuts come through he will bring $150 Billion back to the US. What he isn’t saying is that they’ve already started automating jobs at Foxconn. So if they build a plant here it will be almost entirely automated. That means that virtually no jobs will be created for human workers and the only people that will benefit are the investors. Whatever, I’ve told you all a long tome ago to start using Linux anyway LOL :). Seriously though, Linux is awesome and pretty much guilt free. I’m always happy to help someone learn more about Linux.

Equifax Notice of Data Breach (With A Truth Filter Enabled)

About 1/2 of all Americans received a letter from Equifax over the last few weeks outlining the totally unacceptable data breach that, of course, no one who makes more than 250k a year at Equifax is being held accountable for. Even though there was obviously insider trading, the most likely source of the breach was internal, and at best the Equifax executives withheld the data for at least a day while they sold off their stocks. The letter, of course, tries to inform the consumer of the problem without assigning any blame to Equifax. It’s overall goal is to help Equifax executives avoid being held accountable for their criminal activities. So here, I am reproducing the letter with George Carlin style interpretations in parentheses () where appropriate. Enjoy!

EQUIFAX

NOTICE OF DATA BREACH

Dear Proles,

This letter follows up on a cybersecurity incident Equifax announced on September 7, 2017. (It took us months to admit to it and then even longer to try and cover our tracks which is why you’re receiving this letter so late.) At Equifax, our priorites with regard to this incident are transperncy and continuing to provide timely, reassuring support to every consuer. (Meaning, we will pretend to care if you call us but you’re pretty much on your own if you are actually a victim of identity theft, etc. because of our criminal incompetence. I mean come on, you know the Corporate Democrats would have never held us accountable, so why do you think the Neo-Conservatice Republicans led by Trump will? We can do whatever we want and get away with it right now!) You are receiving this letter because you are one of the 3 million additional potentially impacted U.S. consumers that has personal information that was potentially exposed, as described below. (Meaning, your data was definitely taken. In fact, you’ve probably already had to at least run credit reports and file fraudulent credit card charge claims, but we still won’t admit to it because we don’t care. In fact, you have to be out of your mind to keep doing business with us. That is assuming you don’t lose everything you’ve worked so hard for in your life before you can protect yourself, because we took so long to inform you in the first place.)

What Happened

From mid-May through July of this year, Equifax discovered that criminals exploited a U.S. website application vulnerability to gain access to certain files. (Meaning that we had inadequate security because we never took it seriously, underpaid our IT staff, and had too few employees working on security to keep your data safe. Basically, we didn’t give a shit and never will since we can always get away with blaming our workers regardless of how we treat them. Also, by certain files we mean that we had lots of your data in just a few locations, making it easy for criminals to get lots of data at once. Our security model is often referred to as the Cadbury Creme Egg Model. Meaning hard outer shell, soft creamy center and our eggs were old and had even been dropped.) Upon discovery, we acted immediately to stop the intrusion. (Ok, well our own commentary shows that we didn’t act immediately, but hopefully this sounds good enough that you don’t put 2 and 2 together on that point). The company promptly engaged a leading, independent cybersecurity firm which has been conducting a comprehensive forensic review to determine the scope of the intrusion, including the specific data impacted. (You know, like we should have had been doing the whole time since we had data on about 50% of the population. Oh well, fuck you, deal with it!) Equifax also reported the criminal access to law enforcement and continues to work with authorities. (Which is kind of a joke, because all of our social systems have been totally gutted by people like our CEOs, and the upper class in general, but this sounds good to say here.) Based on the company’s investigation, the unauthorized access occurred from mid-May through July 2017. (So over a very long period of time, and we just weren’t paying attention, or some of us were involved. Remember Ockham’s razor. It probably took place over an even longer period of time, but we’ll never admit to that.)

On September 7, 2017 Equifax notified U.S. consumers of the data security incident, including that approximately 143 million (plus the 3 million additional consumers above so actually 146 million) U.S. consumers were impacted. (We’ve tried to soften up this number by using the whole U.S. population of about 323 million, but the adult population is about 250 million, meaning that 60% of consumers had their data stolen in a way that can be used immediately. Meaning that trusting your money with any large U.S. bank or credit organization is literally insane and shows you why our system is unsustainable.) On October 2, 2017, following the completion of the forensic portion of the investigation of the incident, (so 6 months after the original incident, because we were busy trying to cover up our own crimes), Equifax announced that the review determined that approximately 3 million additional consumers were potentially impacted. (See, we keep saying potentially, when we mean definitely. We’re just so spineless that we won’t take responsibility for anything, and honestly, for the sake of the species, shouldn’t be allowed to breed as we represent the worst among you. I mean, really, you guys all go to work for a living, and then we steal from you, it blows our minds that you tolerate that, but you do so whatever!) To minimize confusion, you are receiving this letter because you are one of the potentially effected U.S. consumers. (Again, replace potentially with definitely here.)

What Information Was Involved

Most of the consumer information accessed includes names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and in some instances, driver’s license numbers. (Basically, everything someone needs to totally fuck up your life. Oh, and it’s your responsibility to solve the problem, not ours. Thank god for the Republicans and Corporate Democrats who are on the take and will never hold us responsible. Phew, it would be a close one without those guys on our payroll.) In addition to this notice, Equifax will send you a direct mail notice if your credit card number was impacted. (Which is not true, because many of you who know your credit cards were impacted did not receive notices. I’m sure we’ll pretend that we just didn’t know. Tee-hee.) We have found no evidence of unauthorized access to Equifax’s core consumer or commercial credit reporting databases. (But then again, we missed everything else for months, and took even longer to report it, so that doesn’t really mean anything. In general, we’re totally incompetent, or at least that’s what we want you to think. We actually probably just stole from you.)

What We Are Doing

(Overall, we’re just pretending to care. I mean, come on, we all know that the Trump administration won’t hold us accountable.)

Upon learning of this incident, Equifax took steps to stop the intrusion, and engaged an independent cybersecurity firm to forensically investigate and determine the scope. Equifax also engaged cyersecurity firm (it really does say firm here, we can’t even be bothered to proof read stuff like this) to conduct an assessment and provide recommendation on steps that can be taken to help prevent this type of incident from happening again. (This was always possible, we just chose not to spend money on protecting you until something awful happened because it would have cost us money that our spoiled kids could spend on blow to use in their Ivy League dorms.)

Equifax is focused on consumer protection and has established a dedicated website, www.equifaxsecurity2017.com to help consumers. (We should have called it equifax_unacceptable_data_breach_2017.com) We are also offering free identity theft protection and credit file monitoring to all U.S. consumers, even if a consumer was not impacted by this incident. (You know, like we always should have since we make millions off of reselling your information, etc. This is also a way for us to shift the blame back to you when something happens to you because of our incompetence.) This offering, called TrustedID Premier, includes 3-Bureau credit monitoring of your Equifax, Experian and TransUnion credit reports; copies of your Equifax credit report; the ability to lock and unlock your Equifax credit report; (meaning it’s totally useless if another credit bureau is used) identity theft insurance; (of course no amount is specified here, because we’ll totally try to fuck you on that later like any insurance company) and Internet scanning for your Social Security number – all complimentary to U.S. consumers for one year. (We hope this will keep us from going to jail, but come on, we can’t give you more than one year, because we’re just that greedy.) To find out more information on this complimentary offer and to sign up, please click on the tab “What Can I Do” on the dedicated website. You must complete the enrollment process by January 31, 2018. (Better keep saying complimentary. Then people feel like they’re getting something when they’re not really. Well they already got screwed by us, so that’s something right…)

In addition, by January 31, 2018, Equifax will offer a new service allowing consumers the option of controlling access to their personal credit data. (Like we always should have offered, but remember we were too busy selling your information, buying cocaine and hookers with the profits, and supporting candidates like Donald Trump so we could get away with incompetence like this all of the time, to do that. Also, this will be useless if someone uses another credit bureau.) The service we are developing will let consumers easily lock and unlock access to their Equifax credit files — for free, for life. (Again, it’s not really free. It’s your data after all. We had no right to withhold it from you in the first place.)

What You Can Do

In addition to enrolling in identity theft protection and credit file monitoring, please see the “Identity Theft Prevention Tips” and State Information below. (A great first step would be NOT doing business with us anymore. Oh and NOT voting against your own interests in the future. You should probably start voting for people that will actually hold us accountable. I mean really, what other proof do you need?!) This information provides additional steps you can take, including how to obtain a free copy of your credit report and place a fraud alert and/or credit freeze on your credit report. In addition, please monitor your account statements and report any unauthorized charges to your credit card companies and financial institutions. (All of who should know better than to trust us in the future.)

For More Information

Equifax is committed to ensuring that your personal information is protected (well not really, that’s why we’re in this mess in the first place, but this sounds good here), and we apologize to you for the concern and frustration this incident causes. (I mean, again, if we cared, this wouldn’t have happened, but maybe this will keep you from putting us in jail where we belong.) If you have additional questions, please call our dedicated call center at 866-447-7559, available from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. Eastern Time, seven days a week. (Even after this we won’t give you a 24 hour call center. Come on, that means underpaying workers for 3 shifts and we are still really, really greedy and incapable of taking responsibility for our mistakes.)

Sincerely,

Equifax Inc.

(Notice how we didn’t list the names of any of our upper echelon here. We don’t want you remembering who they are.)

The NFL and Trump (Both 1st Amendment Hypocrites)

So before I say anything else, let me say how disgusted I am with the obsession Americans have with pro-sports. Talk about having backward priorities. We are on the cusp of losing our healthcare, we may be going to war with North Korea, the environment is a total wreck, we have the largest gap between the rich and poor since the gilded age, and Americans in general have not reacted to it. In fact, about 1/2 of voters voted to make the situation worse for other Americans by voting for Trump, but now, now that he screwed with football. Now we’re getting a reaction. I guess in some ways I should be happy that anything got people off of their asses to do something, but man what a bunch of sheep. Anyway, before you get your panties in a bunch, because I insulted your pro-sports gods, it’s important to note that both sides are hypocrites when it comes to the first amendment. Sure, maybe the players themselves are not but the NFL definitely is a fascist organization. That’s why most of their owners voted Trump in the first place as I’ll expand on below.

The modern collegiate sports system is very much like a system of modern slavery after all, especially when it comes to football and basketball. Keep in mind that the NFL and NBA get most of their players from collegiate slave labor programs where they ruin their bodies and keep them from getting properly educated all in the name of making the university money and scoring points using some kind of ball.

Anyway, I won’t even make the financial argument about watching a bunch of rich assholes argue the first Amendment via sportsball games. The players have a right to protest the American flag if they want to. Like it or not, that’s free speech. Instead I want to talk about the hypocrisy on both sides.

So, again, I support free speech in all of its forms, including the NFL players that want to protest the American flag. It’s easy to see why, especially the African American players, feel the way they do and should protest. In fact, it’s proper for them to do so. When our country was founded we understood that ideals were important than profits and having a culture based on individual liberties and freedoms mattered. So even if the guys writing the documents (aka the founding fathers) were hypocritical slave owners themselves, their core ideas were good and they set the foundation of our culture. We should be going more towards individual freedoms, not away from them.

Still, it’s always hilarious when the NFL pretends to give a shit about free speech. For example, the Seahawks pretend they really care about free speech when they play at CenturyLink field and have CenturyLink, Comcast, AT&T and Verizon as partners, advertisers and sponsors. These companies fought for, and won, the right to censor all of the information that you receive via network prioritization and with their Anti-Net Neutrality stance. Perhaps Trump should become a Seahawks advertiser, then he can get away with doing whatever he wants in regards to speech and the Seahawks.

Here is a list of the stadiums that different pro-football teams play at. They’re pretty much all owned by corporations that censor information and/or support companies that do. Most of these companies support Trump too. The Trump administration is totally against Net-Neutrality as well so why they can’t agree on who should or shouldn’t stand for the national anthem, they do all agree on one thing. That giant corporations should be allowed to censor your information.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_current_National_Football_League_stadiums

One final thought. The NFL was already refusing to sign players like Kirkpatrick for their protests. Plus most of the NFL owners were huge Trump supporters. Many of the players were too, using their celebrity status to help get Trump elected, just so they didn’t have to pay their fair share in taxes, even though they knew he was a huge racist. In fact, they gave him so much money that it’s arguable that without their support the Trump campaign would not have been successful. Are they having buyers remorse now?

Update: Well it looks like most of the wealthy owners, especially the ones that helped Trump get elected, have almost all caved into his demands. Guess the players really are slaves. Sure, very wealthy slaves, but slaves none the less.

Are Trump Supporters, Even the Ones that Don’t Hate, Responsible For Charlottesville?

I’ll start out with a link to an article the explores the same question in relation to average German citizens in the WWII era. Meaning, how responsible were average Germans for the behavior of the Nazi’s?

http://www.nytimes.com/books/00/02/20/reviews/000220.20gewent.html

One of the things that has happened in American culture now is that, as we enter a phase that is more and more Orwellian and Nazi-esque, super liberal Americans have a knee jerk reaction to anyone that compares our society to the Third Reich. In fact, they will tend to consider anyone that makes a comparison to Hitler or the Nazi’s to be overstating themselves, even when the comparison is just and sound, as it often is.

Many peaceful rallies have been booed by Trump supporters for doing things as simple as having a moment of silence to reflect on this most recent tragedy in a growing list of tragedies associated with this presidency. Trump supporters will agree with the people being booed and say, “That’s awful, but we weren’t all involved. So don’t blame us,” or “Trump himself has said that the behavior is wrong. Not all Trump supporters are like that.” The list of excuses continues, but it was obvious pre-election that the most backward elements of our society were hoping for a Trump presidency. Meaning that Trump voters knew that if they supported him they would also, even if they didn’t want to, be supporting these elements as well. Before I go on, let’s reflect on the fact that Hillary Clinton was a terrible candidate, yet again. Let’s also reflect on the fact that you could have voted for a better third party candidate instead of voting for either Clinton or Trump.

While that is true to some extent that not all Trump voters are racist Nazi’s, the biggest problem with the Trump presidency is that it brings out the monsters of the past who are still here. This presidency has given them new life, and just like how the Neo-Nazi movement gained power in Greece recently when their economy collapsed, and Germany refused to bail them out (how’s that for irony), it is gaining power in America now too. In general it gains power whenever a once proud people are put in dire straits. This doesn’t make it acceptable, it’s just what happens.

Add to this the fact that gun owners show up to peaceful protests with weapons and you can see that, although they technically have the right to, their obvious goal is to intimidate. That’s why you show someone your weapon in the first place. To intimidate them. It’s like the behavior of bearing your teeth among all primates.

So, are Trump supporters, even the ones that don’t hate, responsible for the behavior of the other Trump supporters that do? Well simply put, YES. Just like the German people that didn’t resist the behavior of the Third Reich were ultimately responsible for the tragedies that happened in Nazi Germany, all Trump supporters are and can be held accountable for the many atrocities that have happened, and will continue to happen, under this presidency. Still, in the end those of us that don’t resist them will be responsible as well.

Think about it, right now no matter how relevant or well written this article is it is probably being pushed down in network priority via fascist Anti-Net Neutrality laws imposed by Comcast, CenturyLink, Verizon, AT&T, etc. pushed on you through backdoor cable TV deals by your own local governments. I’ll be writing a separate story on that on this site too. Our supposedly “progressive” city council and mayor just spent our tax money giving corporate welfare to CenturyLink and allowed them to come in on a Cable TV contract to avoid all regulation even though they’ll be providing internet and TV services over the same cabling. (More on all of this in the separate article). So the “progressives” in my town supported an Anti-Net Neutral company. So in short, they supported censoring the news and stealing bandwidth from the poor. Doesn’t sound very progressive to me.

So this is just one example of how we’re not resisting and should be. If you are not pushing for Net Neutral, publicly owned connections at this point you are supporting censorship of the news and that is just the tip of the ice berg for what many of us will be held accountable for by the time this presidency is over. Of course, we won’t be able to share information in the meantime.

If you are not admitting that open carrying a gun is equivalent in animal behavior to bearing one’s teeth to another animal you are responsible for what is happening and what is to come.

If you are not admitting that all animals, including humans, will get sick and need treatment at some point you are responsible for the many Americans that are suffering needlessly everyday while we continue to be the only developed country without Universal Healthcare.

The list goes on, but you get the picture. If you are a Trump supporter you are more responsible than most Americans, but even worse are the Americans that can’t be bothered to do anything or care at all. You are the most responsible. Just like the German people in the WWII era that knew something very wrong was going on, but didn’t resist.

 

Flint Michigan Water Crisis Still Not Fixed

Isn’t Neo Classical-capitalism great? (said sarcastically) After your government, in association with corporations, totally fucks your town up they can always say that it just simply costs to much to fix the problems they created.

On Tuesday the Flint Water Crisis will reach its third year. The mayor of Flint says it might cost as much as $1.5 Billion to fix, others say as “little” as $216 Million. So is their plan to not fix it and have the people drink poisoned water forever? I mean they’re poor people after all, and need to die of horrible, preventable conditions right? They wouldn’t be poor if they followed the Neo-Classical Capitalist plan like they were told to right?

Before switching to their old infrastructure the people of Flint used to get clean water from Detroit, which they can switch back to, btw. Anyway, so what, in relation to cost? This is the richest country in the world and no one should have to drink poisoned water here. Investments in infrastructure are almost always no-brainer investments and cost virtually nothing in the long run. Don’t we have pride in anything that we do? Clean water is the most important resource that there is. Oh, and of course none of the people that caused the problem are in jail. In fact, the police are beating people up, at church town halls, on their behalf.

To put things into perspective.

The MOAB that Trump’s cronies dropped in Syria cost $16 billion Dollars. So about 10 times as much as the highest estimate to fix Flint’s water problem would be. This estimate comes from their shitty mayor, so it’s probably high.

A Single F-22 Raptor Costs $137 Million Dollars. So 2 of those would equal a permanent fix for Flint’s water problem.

The tanks that your local police departments are buying to try and supress you when you speak out against bullshit like this cost about $500,000 each. So enough to provide safe water for a few months to Flint residents while a solution is being worked on.

The list goes on, but the point is that while your government is telling you they can’t afford to take care of you, improve your quality of life, etc. they certainly are buying the weapons they need to control you. Oh, and they’re incompetence is leading to poisoning you too, on behalf of big corporations in most cases.

 

The Situation in Syria

So, before I say anything else I just want to say that this latest chemical weapons attack in Syria is unacceptable and truly horrific. So, the real question to me is not should the US (along with allies like France and England this time) respond it’s would we be in this situation if Hillary Clinton was president? Sure, the situation is worse with Trump at the helm. For example Trump is not going to make sure who was really responsible, even though there is a really good chance that it was the Russians. The overall point I want to make here is that we’d be in about the same situation if Hillary Clinton was at the helm too. Remember, this all started under the Obama administration, and Clinton wanted to hand out no-fly zones like they were lollipops at the bank. She even talked about it during her campaign. One of the reasons I couldn’t bring myself to vote for either Clinton or Trump was that I thought they would both get us involved in World War III via their mishandling of the Syrian situation or via backing up the bloodthirsty Israeli government (remember we’ve helped arm Israel to the point that almost no nation can stand against them in their region, shhhh). Well, here we are. I hope I’m wrong. The overall problem is what it’s been for the last 70 years. We allow money and corporations to decide who our politicians will be, meaning we never really have competent leadership that cares about average people. Time to replace 90% of our politicians before it’s too late. Just look at how many Democrats can’t wait to support Trump before we’re even 100% sure who launched the weapons. Everyone wants to pull the trigger before we even know where to point the gun. That’s because 90% of our corporate owned politicians are too fucking stupid to make good decisions and even if they understood the situation they wouldn’t care. It’s your sons and daughters they’ll be sending into harms way, not their own and they consider them disposable. So from their standpoint, so what if they make a mistake, it’s no skin off of their teeth. It’s just another day in the Corporate States of Perpetual Warfare.

The Excuse Machine (How Modern Governments and Corporations Keep You Down, While Appearing to be Reasonable)

 

So, I want to start out by saying that governments are important. They are more important than corporations, and you should never want a corporate government. A well run government can do great things for it’s people and help its people prosper. So why do our governments suck so much? Well, because if you don’t watch them and hold them accountable, they will degrade into what we see today. So if that’s true then why don’t we want less government? Well there are many reasons, but the biggest one is that corporation will take over and they are totally amoral machines that always do the least amount possible and always half-ass everything at best.

So, how does the excuse machine work? Well, the excuse machine is a method of obfuscation that your government, and often corporations, use to try and keep you from holding them to account. It is especially important that they get you to doubt yourself along the way and drive a wedge between you and any potential supporters. For some odd reason, people still tend to believe large organizations over other citizens. They usually try to sound believable and will start by only half lying before full out lying. Keeping track of a lot of lies is hard to do after all. Still, they do this all while increasing your taxes and convincing you that all of the critical things you’re voting for are actually voluntary tax increases, so don’t bitch to them if your taxes go up. They never address the fact that your taxes are so high that there should be no need for tax increases, except on the very wealthy because in essence you’re asking your leaders to tax themselves.

Unregulated and unaccountable government explains many issues, from the local to the national and even global level. For example, in my city the government installs fiber-optic cable for itself. It refuses to give the citizens access to it, even though they paid for it, and even though it covers most of the city. In the background the City Council refuses to meet with local providers, but rolls out the red carpet for companies like CenturyLink and Comcast. Giving them full meetings. More than likely, almost all of the government officials are investing in these companies, because they can make sure they have little or no competition. Since the companies are considered individuals under our law and the individuals investing in them are as well, you can’t even find out if that is true, but where there is smoke there is fire. These kind of scandals go on all of the time but are easier to expose when the public welfare is at risk, since you can actually look into the history of the people and companies involved if that level of concern is justified.

Still, the excuse machine is in effect from the onset through a potential investigation. Here are a few examples. A citizen approaches their government with a good idea that doesn’t cost too much. In today’s terms let’s say 5 million or less over a 7 year period. A small amount of money to most cities. This idea will revolutionize the city, bringing in new jobs with good benefits and raising the quality of life for the citizens. Here is what they will probably run into.

  1. The government is really lazy and they consider themselves underpaid for their work. So they will use every excuse in the book not to do work. While the pay side of this was true in the not to distant past, many government jobs are very sought after by those of us under 40 since the pay is decent and they actually come with benefits. We’d love to have the jobs that the current government officials take for granted and even blow off, but the system of nepotism keeps it in place. Solution: Eliminate nepotism, replace current employees and officials with non-baby boomers, and let them know that although they work hard they don’t work any harder than just about any other working person in America. Especially those holding down 2 or 3 part-time jobs just to make ends meat.
  2. The government will tell you that any idea you have that doesn’t directly link to a corporation that they’re getting fees from or buying stock in, in the background, is simply too expensive. Solution: Look for other projects where they did find the money. In the City of Bellingham, WA we awarded $30.3 million dollars to a single construction company to re-do our Waterfront. We also had a tax increase to renovate and build new parks around the Waterfront to the tune of probably another $10 million. All while Mayor Linville tried to push our responsibility to help out the homeless onto other organizations and even tried to declare a state of emergency. A few apartments are being built so our elitist government can try and pretend like it cares, but the truth is that Bellingham has more than enough money to end the homeless problem now if we imposed a luxury tax on our wealthiest and most wasteful citizens. On another front, a public fiber-optic expansion would only cost $500,000 initially and would probably start paying for itself as clients hooked up to it. The city instead refused to seriously look into it and rolled out the red-carpet for CenturyLink in the background. Still, even a worse case scenario full fiber install would cost about 1/8th of what the Waterfront project will cost and will help the city out. The Waterfront has just as much a chance of becoming our Simpson’s Springfield Monorail project as anything else.
  3. The government will threaten you on behalf of corporations. Publicly the government will almost never trample on your rights, but behind closed doors they have no problem with it.  Ted Carlson, the Public Utility Director for the City of Bellingham, will threaten to end meetings on behalf of the power company (PSE) if anyone mentions seizing the company. Deputy Administrator Brian Heinrich will even tell them what they can talk to their elected officials about. This is just short of Brown Short Fascism, but in their defense it’s probably Mayor Linville that’s putting them up to it. Solution: Replace not just elected officials, but most of the government with decent, working class people. Never allow any candidate to run unopposed in any election. Demand the tax returns and investment information of all elected officials, even local ones. Demand that all corporate donors are revealed before ballots are cast.
  4. If you prove them wrong, they’re hide behind their own incompetence or even the weakest people, like the homeless. You see they’re so lazy and corrupt that you can pretty easily prove them wrong, that’s when they’ll use the mess they created, and didn’t really work on, to justify not doing anything better. They’ll say, “we have real problems, like the homeless” City Of Bellingham’s PUD Director Ted Carlson’s response to the idea of Public Fiber Optic Internet after the idea had been proven sound. You see, regardless of how much money they take in, they intentionally mismanaged it for many reasons. In some cases, they may even be trying to make your government inefficient to clear they way for their private sector pals. Ted Carlson said, “if the government is so bad at doing things, then why do you want us to do it.” Well guess what, the government shouldn’t be bad at doing things and we expect a higher level of service for the taxes that we pay. Whatever the reason the solution is simple. Solution: If, lime most Americans (aka the poor and middle class) you are paying high taxes then your government should be providing stellar services. In Bellingham we pay almost 9% sales tax coupled with high property tax. There should be more than enough money to deal with the homeless problem, fund our schools, provide a public option for telecom, transportation, etc. So if they’re telling you there is not, then you tell them that you will be taking the difference out of their salaries, including overpaid school officials, if they fight back, you fire them. They work for the public after all.
  5. Accuse your citizens/customers of not being thankful for what they have. This has a slightly religious slant to it and you can always find a place on the map where people have it worse. This allows you to inflate the cost of necessities and pretend that they’re luxuries. “Don’t complain about your high water prices,” a corporate goon or government official might say for example, “at least you’re not living in Flint, Michigan.” While this is true, the situation in Flint is unacceptable, and the fact that President Trump didn’t make this a top priority to address as soon as he took his oath is reason number one-million and fourteen why he should be impeached, but this article isn’t about him directly. Anyway, this tactic is very effective, as it might make the person feel guilty and ashamed for asking anything more out of their government.
  6. Tell the citizens that you see their point, but their idea is unnecessary. Ken Mann of the Whatcom County Council said this about a crosswalk because he, “never noticed anyone cross the road there.” Well, of course they didn’t. It was unsafe to do so without a crosswalk. It is now reported that disabled people are using the crosswalk just about everyday.
  7. Talk about unity and shame progressives for not getting behind your shitty candidates. This is the current line of the Democratic Party who refuses to learn from their mistakes. For example, tell the Bernie voters that although you understand their concerns you just can’t support candidates that actually give a shit about other people like Bernie Sanders, Keith Ellison, or Elizabeth Warren right now (then cough the word never into your hand). You’d like to but right now we need unity. Of course what this really means is unity behind the corporate Democrats that have ruined the party and cost us the election. Another local examples. Kelli Linville loves CenturyLink, a company whose corporate values totally align with Donald Trump. So in essence, on this and a few other issues, the Democrats effectively support Trump and the Republicans. Sure, they’ll never admit to this, but actions speak louder than words. They’re hoping to walk a fine line where they can take care of their corporate donors, and appear to be progressive. A better example is the DNCs support of Tom “Trump Likes Him” Perez and Cory “Steals Medicine From Grandmas” Booker. These guys are the premier DNC “leaders” right now. Sure, they gerrymander on a few issues and can appear to the untrained eye to be good Democrats, but they’re horrible people. If you bring this up, the Democrats will almost admit to it as well, but talk about unity again. In essence they’re always running the fear vote so they can take care of their corporate donors. Was Clinton a better candidate than Trump? Yes she was, but she was severely flawed because she made horrible choices during her career that made her an easy target. She did that to herself, not the Republicans. For example she wanted to hand out no fly zones like lollipops at the banks and did not support Universal Healthcare. We had an almost perfect candidate in Berine but the DNC stabbed him in the back because the Democrats figures that we would never vote for the horrible Republican alternative out of fear of what might happen. They are still doing the same thing, and if this is their strategy moving forward, as it appears to be, we’re screwed. Note: You can also work the shame angle from the unity angle. You can shame progressives for not getting into line and creating a terrible situation when the truth is that the Democrats largely did this to themselves. For example, Trump had a 5:1 bot ratio. Clinton generally thinks the internet is annoying.
  8. Tell them to be careful of how they ask for things. Sure, this one is rooted in reality. Being respectful of others is usually the best policy. However, sometimes your officials don’t deserve your respect. You know like when they back telecom companies that support Trump’s FCC agenda, like Kelli Linville and some of the COB council members do. Still, this puts them in a position of power since they can easily ostracize those that seem to “care too much” and are “too upset” about their policies. Guess what guys, it’s ok to be very angry with your government. There are just as many Democrats that screwed you over as Republicans, and the time to hold them to account is now. Solution: Locally, we need a mayor that isn’t so corrupt. While she seems to gerrymander pretty well she supports the militarization of the police with as much regard as buying potting soil, she supports Trump by supporting telecom companies that will prioritize the information you receive, she supports overpaying high level school administrators while the schools themselves can hardly function, she supports a Waterfront project during an age when physical expansion is foolish. The list goes on and gets even worse at the State and National level. Time to replace most of our leaders. Oh, and it’s ok to be angry with them too and let them know why. They’ve earned it and don’t deserve your respect. Hell, they’ve gotten rich by screwing you over.  Kelli Linville says she has a soft spot for the homeless, well guess what, if she would put a reasonable luxury tax in place (aka tax people like herself) the homeless problem would be dealt with humanely and efficiently. Meaning we could easily house, give medical care too, and feed the homeless. There is a currently a 6:1 ratio of unoccupied housing to homeless people. The truth is that she pretends to care publicly, but will never take real action to solve the issue because it would mean taxing her donors.

I’ve given you a few examples, many of them hyper-local but you all have your own. The sad truth is that this is considered par for the course in most of the country. In the current state that most town are in basically any good idea will go through the flow chart I’ve posted. Still, the solution is simple. If the government has become untrustworthy, and does not serve the people, then we need to replace it. There are many more community minded, young people, waiting to do so that would be happy to have the good jobs our government officials take for granted. So let’s get them in there, hold our governments accountable, and create a modern civilization. You don’t have to feel bad. You won’t be putting anyone out. The current officials have already made their private investments, and all of their decisions are based on taking care of the corporate citizens first. So if they fall on their face instead of getting mega-wealthy off of the suffering of their own citizens, then it’s not like they don’t deserve it.

Specifically to the residents of Bellingham, WA. Remember the slogan for the next election, since our local paper has been bought and does not do any real investigative reporting in relation to the government. Linville Lies. Just look at the state of our city. The proof is all around you. If the Herald folds, then let it go. We need a news source that will actually do investigative reporting. We can create that online and member fund it like The Young Turks do. Losing the Bellingham Herald will be no big loss if they won’t start acting like journalists and holding accountable.