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The Trump/Clinton controversy exposed.

Why is Donald Trump under investigation but Hillary Clinton isn’t?

Feb. 2018

For the Record: I despise Trump just as much as I despise Hillary Clinton and for very similar reasons which all tie back to their ACTIONS.

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Before I go any further we need to discuss the realities of this #RooshansDidIt manufactured outrage and #Astroturf Gaslighting which was being used by Democratic Party Brass in ’16, and is more recently being used by Republican Party Brass while now both these sets of duopoly party brass are using it at the same time. The fact that it’s being alternately used by both “sides” of our duopoly, and now by both at the same time, should be a clue as to it’s validity. The other clue to its “validity” is the fact that #OperatioMockingbird is and has been a thing since at least 1954.

I’m going to let Lee Camp, a well known Progressive, take that bit:

https://youtu.be/-xu2ovy_-h4

For The Record, YES. Bush and Cheney ALSO belong in prison for the same damned thing. That they aren’t doesn’t mean Hillary or Trump should skate though here. Sorry. No.

Facts:

Der Gropen Furer wasn’t under any serious, non gas lit, investigation because our entire political duopoly is a giant gas lit Three Card Monte Scam which is specifically designed to obfuscate the fact that we’re living in what is a corporate owned kleptocratic Kakistocracy instead of the Democratic Republic we’re supposed to have.

Corruption is Legal in America means that we have both sets of Party Brass gorging at the same hog troughs.

People keep saying that “Hillary wasn’t ever found guilty of anything!!” yet that’s absolutely NOT what Comey said in his findings.* In fact that claim of there being nothing found is the exact opposite of his actual words in his nationally televised statement on the investigation. *(Full Comey FBI Statement cited, analysed, and linked below so you can go look for yourself)

For The Record, Based upon the facts and the law; BOTH Clinton and Trump belong in prison for life, though for slightly different particulars. That said, because we live in a corporate owned kleptocratic Kakistocracy neither will ever see a single day behind bars no matter how richly they both deserve it.

What Comey actually said was that they found LOTS of blatant evidence of crimes which she and her staff committed, but which she wouldn’t be prosecuted for; and he also said that anyone else would have been prosecuted.

Here’s what one Federal Judge said about it… Judge says Hillary Clinton’s private emails violated policy

She violated the requirements of the Open Records Act which mandates that all job related communication be turned over to the National Archive upon departure.

She violated any number of over a dozen laws regarding both intentional and unintentional releases of classified information.

Here’s just a few of those laws:

18 U.S. Code § 793 – Gathering, transmitting or losing defense information

18 U.S. Code § 1519 – Destruction, alteration, or falsification of records in Federal investigations and bankruptcy

For the ~30,000 emails that were supposedly “personal” and in fact were work related

18 U.S. Code § 1924 – Unauthorized removal and retention of classified documents or material

Note carefully that only the knowledge of the classification and the act of removal from security (as with a civilian managed email server) retention is required for prosecution and conviction. In fact we have one guy in prison for simply, by mistake, carrying a camera into an INFOSEC facility. He took zero pictures with it and is still in prison for 5 years. There’s not one word here which requires intent in order to prosecute. So Comey flat lied about that part and he knew it.

18 U.S. Code § 2071 – Concealment, removal, or mutilation generally

Here are the actual words of Shitweasle Comey, with the actions which are crimes under these laws highlighted in bold italics.

https://www.fbi.gov/news/pressrel/press-releases/statement-by-fbi-director-james-b-comey-on-the-investigation-of-secretary-hillary-clinton2019s-use-of-a-personal-e-mail-system

Here’s a fun little song on the subject

https://youtu.be/WIARMMtUdZQ

This are the words straight from the Shitweasles’ mouth…

And my source for these words is straight from the FBI website.. https://www.fbi.gov/news/pressrel/press-releases/statement-by-fbi-director-james-b-comey-on-the-investigation-of-secretary-hillary-clinton2019s-use-of-a-personal-e-mail-system

FBI investigators have also read all of the approximately 30,000 e-mails provided by Secretary Clinton to the State Department in December 2014. Where an e-mail was assessed as possibly containing classified information, the FBI referred the e-mail to any U.S. government agency that was a likely “owner” of information in the e-mail, so that agency could make a determination as to whether the e-mail contained classified information at the time it was sent or received, or whether there was reason to classify the e-mail now, even if its content was not classified at the time it was sent (that is the process sometimes referred to as “up-classifying”).

From the group of 30,000 e-mails returned to the State Department, 110 e-mails in 52 e-mail chains have been determined by the owning agency to contain classified information at the time they were sent or received.

Eight of those chains contained information that was Top Secret at the time they were sent; 36 chains contained Secret information at the time; and eight contained Confidential information, which is the lowest level of classification.

This is a violation of 18 U.S. Code § 1924 – Unauthorized removal and retention of classified documents or material

Which explicitly prohibits having classified information on an improperly secured device. Note that upon reading the law there’s nowhere in which “intent” matters as an element of the crime. ALL that’s required is to have control over a device which is insecure and has classified information on it.

It’s also a violation of this little gem which requires zero in the way of “intent” in order to be prosecuted for it.

It’s a 10 year felony Per Occurrence. (Aka: Per escaped from proper InfoSec procedures.. it doesn’t even have to get to a “bad actor” all that’s required is that you potentially exposed it to the possibility of a bad actor getting it)

18 U.S. Code § 793 – Gathering, transmitting or losing defense information

Separate from those, about 2,000 additional e-mails were “up-classified” to make them Confidential; the information in those had not been classified at the time the e-mails were sent.

The FBI also discovered several thousand work-related e-mails that were not in the group of 30,000 that were returned by Secretary Clinton to State in 2014. We found those additional e-mails in a variety of ways. Some had been deleted over the years and we found traces of them on devices that supported or were connected to the private e-mail domain. Others we found by reviewing the archived government e-mail accounts of people who had been government employees at the same time as Secretary Clinton, including high-ranking officials at other agencies, people with whom a Secretary of State might naturally correspond.

This helped us recover work-related e-mails that were not among the 30,000 produced to State. Still others we recovered from the laborious review of the millions of e-mail fragments dumped into the slack space of the server decommissioned in 2013.

I should add here that we found no evidence that any of the additional work-related e-mails were intentionally deleted in an effort to conceal them. Our assessment is that, like many e-mail users, Secretary Clinton periodically deleted e-mails or e-mails were purged from the system when devices were changed. Because she was not using a government account—or even a commercial account like Gmail—there was no archiving at all of her e-mails, so it is not surprising that we discovered e-mails that were not on Secretary Clinton’s system in 2014, when she produced the 30,000 e-mails to the State Department.

This, in and of itself, IS A CRIME. It was a crime when the Democratic Party Brass went absolutely batshit hissy fits ballistic about Bush Jr. and Cheney doing it. It was a crime when Hillary was a Senator, and it was STILL A CRIME when she was Secretary of State. The Open Records Laws which make it a crime (a 2 year felony) have been in place since the late 1980s.

It could also be that some of the additional work-related e-mails we recovered were among those deleted as “personal” by Secretary Clinton’s lawyers when they reviewed and sorted her e-mails for production in 2014.

The lawyers doing the sorting for Secretary Clinton in 2014 did not individually read the content of all of her e-mails, as we did for those available to us; instead, they relied on header information and used search terms to try to find all work-related e-mails among the reportedly more than 60,000 total e-mails remaining on Secretary Clinton’s personal system in 2014. It is highly likely their search terms missed some work-related e-mails, and that we later found them, for example, in the mailboxes of other officials or in the slack space of a server.

It is also likely that there are other work-related e-mails that they did not produce to State and that we did not find elsewhere, and that are now gone because they deleted all e-mails they did not return to State, and the lawyers cleaned their devices in such a way as to preclude complete forensic recovery.

We have conducted interviews and done technical examination to attempt to understand how that sorting was done by her attorneys. Although we do not have complete visibility because we are not able to fully reconstruct the electronic record of that sorting, we believe our investigation has been sufficient to give us reasonable confidence there was no intentional misconduct in connection with that sorting effort.

And, of course, in addition to our technical work, we interviewed many people, from those involved in setting up and maintaining the various iterations of Secretary Clinton’s personal server, to staff members with whom she corresponded on e-mail, to those involved in the e-mail production to State, and finally, Secretary Clinton herself.

Last, we have done extensive work to understand what indications there might be of compromise by hostile actors in connection with the personal e-mail operation.

That’s what we have done. Now let me tell you what we found:

Although we did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended* to violate laws governing the handling of classified information, there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.

*”Intent” in violating national security standards for handling InfoSec information has ZERO bearing on whether or not a person will be prosecuted. The rule of law here is that if you release any classified information, especially if that info is labeled Secret or Top Secret, you get prosecuted and are subject to prison regardless of any “intent.”

We’ve literally had sailors go to prison for simply taking pictures with their phone which they didn’t release to anyone; because it MIGHT compromise InfoSec. Intent doesn’t fucking matter in this Domaine of Law. Ever. To claim or imply that intent is an issue in handling of InfoSec material is a flat lie.

For example, seven e-mail chains concern matters that were classified at the Top Secret/Special Access Program level when they were sent and received. These chains involved Secretary Clinton both sending e-mails about those matters and receiving e-mails from others about the same matters. There is evidence to support a conclusion that any reasonable person in Secretary Clinton’s position, or in the position of those government employees with whom she was corresponding about these matters, should have known that an unclassified system was no place for that conversation. In addition to this highly sensitive information, we also found information that was properly classified as Secret by the U.S. Intelligence Community at the time it was discussed on e-mail (that is, excluding the later “up-classified” e-mails).

This ONE issue would literally have put any sailor, soldier, or civilian in prison for a decade… in and of itself. 18 U.S. Code § 798 – Disclosure of classified information

18 U.S. Code § 793 – Gathering, transmitting or losing defense information

Here’s the particular section she violated in each of those 110 emails and 52 email chains.

None of these e-mails should have been on any kind of unclassified system, but their presence is especially concerning because all of these e-mails were housed on unclassified personal servers not even supported by full-time security staff, like those found at Departments and Agencies of the U.S. Government—or even with a commercial service like Gmail.

Separately, it is important to say something about the marking of classified information. Only a very small number of the e-mails containing classified information bore markings indicating the presence of classified information. But even if information is not marked “classified” in an e-mail, participants who know or should know that the subject matter is classified are still obligated to protect it.

While not the focus of our investigation, we also developed evidence that the security culture of the State Department in general, and with respect to use of unclassified e-mail systems in particular, was generally lacking in the kind of care for classified information found elsewhere in the government.

With respect to potential computer intrusion by hostile actors, we did not find direct evidence that Secretary Clinton’s personal e-mail domain, in its various configurations since 2009, was successfully hacked. But, given the nature of the system and of the actors potentially involved, we assess that we would be unlikely to see such direct evidence. We do assess that hostile actors gained access to the private commercial e-mail accounts of people with whom Secretary Clinton was in regular contact from her personal account. We also assess that Secretary Clinton’s use of a personal e-mail domain was both known by a large number of people and readily apparent. She also used her personal e-mail extensively while outside the United States, including sending and receiving work-related e-mails in the territory of sophisticated adversaries. Given that combination of factors, we assess it is possible that hostile actors gained access to Secretary Clinton’s personal e-mail account.

So that’s what we found. Finally, with respect to our recommendation to the Department of Justice:

Here’s where his Shitweasle-Ness becomes apparent…

In our system, the prosecutors make the decisions about whether charges are appropriate based on evidence the FBI has helped collect. Although we don’t normally make public our recommendations to the prosecutors, we frequently make recommendations and engage in productive conversations with prosecutors about what resolution may be appropriate, given the evidence. In this case, given the importance of the matter, I think unusual transparency is in order.

Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case. Prosecutors necessarily weigh a number of factors before bringing charges. There are obvious considerations, like the strength of the evidence, especially regarding intent. Responsible decisions also consider the context of a person’s actions, and how similar situations have been handled in the past.

In looking back at our investigations into mishandling or removal of classified information, we cannot find a case that would support bringing criminal charges on these facts. All the cases prosecuted involved some combination of: clearly intentional and willful mishandling of classified information; or vast quantities of materials exposed in such a way as to support an inference of intentional misconduct; or indications of disloyalty to the United States; or efforts to obstruct justice. We do not see those things here.

This is a flat lie as there are dozens of cases where people have been prosecuted for simply having cameras ^which weren’t even used^ in secure areas.

What follows is him exposing his lies to CYA for Hillary. He’s basically saying “Yea, we found lots of crimes here but the laws don’t apply because she’s insanely wealthy and Protected.”

To be clear, this is not to suggest that in similar circumstances, a person who engaged in this activity would face no consequences.

^^To the contrary, those individuals are often subject to security or administrative sanctions.^^ But that is not what we are deciding now.

As a result, although the Department of Justice makes final decisions on matters like this, we are expressing to Justice our view that no charges are appropriate in this case.

I know there will be intense public debate in the wake of this recommendation, as there was throughout this investigation. What I can assure the American people is that this investigation was done competently, honestly, and independently. No outside influence of any kind was brought to bear.

I know there were many opinions expressed by people who were not part of the investigation—including people in government—but none of that mattered to us. Opinions are irrelevant, and they were all uninformed by insight into our investigation, because we did the investigation the right way. Only facts matter, and the FBI found them here in an entirely apolitical and professional way. I couldn’t be prouder to be part of this organization.

Guns in America

Subtitle:

That which can be destroyed by Truth should be!

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Can a pro-gun American justify their nation’s gun laws to a Brit who believes that a gun-less society is safer?

Certainly. Listen closely.

I assert that a society where citizens can be poor and still have health care, a livable minimum wage, and a lower level of economic inequality is what makes that society safer because far, far, fewer people nut up and go postal in such societies. Guns are 100% orthogonal to that issue. And the flat refusal to deal with THAT real issue is what causes these shootings.

See, the reality here is that guns, or trucks driven into market crowds, or bombs in Chunnels and on busses are not, Not, NOT, ever, what cause people to feel oppressed.

The reality here is the people who do not feel oppressed, folks who feel their society has some modicum of care for them however small, do not ever “just nut up and start shooting.”

To blame that lack of care on an inanimate object or to assert that eliminating an inanimate object will change that lack of care is absolutely foolish, disengenuious, or both. It’s directly equivalent to banning hatchets because Little Lizzie Bordens mom got 40 whacks.

What causes people to feel oppressed are societies where a single medical event involving an ER can completely bankrupt you, despite the fact that you’re forced to pay an insurance mafia company more than your mortgage for “insurance” which covers fuck all.

The grand Orwellian lie of US Health “Insurance”

Per Capita Healthcare Costs — International Comparison

What causes people to feel oppressed and go postal is when the “progressive” president goes along with the corporatist Republican Brass and murders the pension you paid into for DECADES in order to save one of their bribers a few bucks. The Decline of Unions: President Jimmy Carter, The Union Buster

Opinion | Reagan vs. Patco: The Strike That Busted Unions

House Panel Approves Bill To Cut Postal and Federal Pensions

What causes people to feel so oppressed that they nut up and start randomly shooting others is living in a FUBAR society where if you punch your bully YOU get in trouble for it.

Andrew Gumbel explains what really happened on the day of the Columbine massacre – and why

See.. The bald blatant fact is that these things almost never happened when I was a kid, despite having almost 50% of homes owning guns vs the 31% we have now.

http://www.norc.org/PDFs/GSS%20Reports/GSS_Trends%20in%20Gun%20Ownership_US_1972-2014.pdf

That’s right. At 47% of homes owning guns we had 8 to 10 YEARS between events in 1973.

U.S. Mass Shootings: Statistical Analysis of Frequency and Fatalities

Now at 31% of homes owning guns in 2018, we have these events every 60 days or so.

If the flat lie that guns are causing these events were true, we’d see an increase of homes with guns in line with an increase in frequency of shootings.

Instead we’re seeing the EXACT FUCKING OPPOSITE.

But that’s ok…

Just ignore the Facts and keep screaming Gunz R Bad as the 5 corporations who own 95% of our Orwellian Newspeak media tell you to do and “treat” the infection while completely ignoring the shattered bone end sticking from your thigh.

My point here is simple:

Since prior gun bans have done exactly fuck all to reduce the frequency of these events, perhaps we should follow Einstein and try something different. “The definition of insanity is repeating the same actions and expecting different results each time.”

There is zero valid parallel to be drawn between the US and Australia, Canada, England, or the rest of the EU because y’all have several major, core, differences in how your government treats ordinary Citizens.

  1. Y’all have nearly free at the point of delivery health care. The US lets the Insurance mafia bankrupt us over a single medical event, even as we pay them a higher vig than our fucking mortgages.
  2. Y’all have usable mental health care. The US has “Fuck you, die bitches” Some background to the incarceration of the mentally ill in the US prison system Deinstitutionalization – Special Reports
  3. This “Fuck you, die bitches” attitude is prevalent even in our courts and our law enforcement. New Study Shows Even If Cops Commit a Crime on Video, 96% of the Time they Aren’t Prosecuted
  4. It’s also evident in the culture of schools where people who are being beaten and bullied mercilessly get punished for resisting that in any direct way. A shocking number of teens bring weapons to school. Here’s one reason why. School shootings are about more than bullying
  5. Y’all have some form of minimum wage which a person can actually survive on. The US? “Fuck you, die bitches.” 43 states allow tipped employees to be paid less than minimum wage
  6. More on that issue This Is The Hourly Wage It Takes To Afford A 2-Bedroom Apartment
  7. European prisons presume that the inmates are going to be returned to society and treats them accordingly. Not so much in the corporate fascist USA: Maggots in food at Ohio Prison

Is it really so terribly surprising that folks are nutting up?

Let’s address these issues, which might actually do something in real life to stop people from nutting up, before we go for the gaslit screams of “Do Something” with bans which have been proven by experience to have less than zero impact on the core problem.

Nope! You’re NOT allowed to criticize Amazon!

Interesting but unsurprising news here..

I’d shared out a couple of articles which were very, and legitimately, critical of Amazon.

Lo and BEHOLD! As I was going through my notifications yesterday I found something odd and very disturbing.. Apparently Quora has “Vanished” these posts.

There’s two notifications here that “XX Upvoted your share: I Called Out a Counterfeit Item on Amazon and They Banned Me”

Each time I tried to click through I got this “404” notification that Quora “Couldn’t find the page you’re looking for”

Here’s another notification that someone upvoted my share of the article.. Same results.

No Bitches. It’s not that “You can’t find it.” That’s a flat fucking lie.

You “can’t find it” because you fucking DELETED it.

THIS exact corporate fascist shit is why I hate the internet and absolutely refuse to use any cloud storage for anything.. Because it’s completely 100% fungible and information absolutely is being destroyed at the push of a button.

Now the reason I’m flat pissed about this is that I immediately checked my email to see if they thought I’d violated Quora Policy or some such..

Nope. Nada fucking thing in email except their marketing “Your Feed” email. No notice. No “you violated policy.”

Nothing. Just completely and instantly disappeared to somewhere un-findable without single a trace; just like like a Doctors Without Borders “suspect” from Washington during the Obama administration.

The other share which seems to have been subjected to Quora’s version of Bush’s “Extraordinary Rendition” was a shared post of an article talking about Amazon Cloud, their Rekognition API and their deep ties to the Alphabet Agency psychopaths, and how Amazon is selling everything about us, including our faces, to these fascist nut jobs who make that nut job J. Edgar Hoover and his dresses look positively main stream.

Folks are shocked – shocked – that CIA-backed Amazon is selling face-recog tech to US snoops, cops

My comment in sharing the article was “That’s last dime Amazon or any company owned by them will ever see from my pocket.”

Folks. If you’re not absolutely outraged and scared shitless by this stuff then you’re not paying attention.

The truth about SSI “problems.”

The entire “problem” with the coming “shortage in social security” is that it has has been created out of whole cloth, lies, and gaslighting, by bribed Congresscritters servicing their bribers at our expense.

This meme that the “only solution to that problem is to cut benefits or raise taxes on the working serfs” is just more Trickle Down Economics which has been soundly refuted by history, math, logic, and reason over the last 50 years.

The simple real solution to the problem Congress created in the Social Security Trust Fund is to remove all the caps on income taxed for this purpose. You earn… from whatever source… you pay. (this also happens to be the solution to the Medicare “funding crisis”). The same also applies to Medicaid and welfare funding.

We’ve had folks run the numbers, and this one simple change would solve the “funding problem” for at least the next 75 years.

http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2013/04/17/should-social-security-taxes-affect-all-wages/a-wage-cap-not-a-cut-to-social-security-benefits-is-the-only-path-for-elderly-citizens

Yes, I know that the Heritage Foundation claims this “won’t resolve the problem” but in their numbers they’re lying by statistics through very conveniently ignoring the Fact that investment income is income and is completely ignored for these purposes, while being taxed at a substantially lower rate than wages. Heritage also lies by statistics through very conveniently ignoring the Fact that wealthy folks earn the vast bulk of their income and wealth by intentionally foregoing wages and taking stock options as a way to evade taxation; and the Fact that “our” bribed Congresscritters created that option because of this dynamic:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5tu32CCA_Ig

Which bribery of Public Officials (a RICO Felony) also caused them to declare the international game of Three Card Monte (off shoring) with their profits used by multinational corporations to be “legal” back in the 1980’s.

http://ctj.org/ctjreports/2014/06/offshore_shell_games_2014.php#4

http://ctj.org/corporatetaxdodgers/tax-dodgers-index.php

I call Trickle Down “Voodoo Economics” because it’s policies have been proven repeatedly to be about as effective for creating jobs and stimulating our economy as Voodoo is.

Here’s why that is:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=bBx2Y5HhplI

This school of Trickle Down Voodoo Economics falsely asserts that the wealthy and multinational corporations are the job creators in a Consumer Driven Economy. They’re not, and never have been.
Were these false claims about which group creates the jobs, this last great depression would gave ended about 2 years after the tax cuts. It hasnt… almost ten years later. This money in the hands of the middle class and poor, which money (over 80% of it) gets spent in the lower levels of our economy… This spending by Consumers is, and always has been, what creates jobs in our consumer driven economy.

If the grand Orwellian lie of Trickle Down ” Economics ” actually worked as advertised we would have exactly the opposite of this:
http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/06/the-pitchforks-are-coming-for-us-plutocrats-108014.html#.VXL-f3Pn_qB

If (big word that) Trickle Down actually worked as advertised we would have seen a large burst of new jobs, at decent full time wages, each time the tax rates on the wealthy and the multinational corporations were lowered. We did not see that happen… at all; we saw the exact opposite. What we in Fact saw was an increase in cash being sequestered off shore and zero job creation. Yes, a few individual corporations created a few jobs here and those few were touted by by corporate media’s “news” as proof that tax cuts work, but the trend was still a massive loss of jobs and “replacement” of full time, decent paying, jobs with minimum wage, part time jobs.

Here’s Nick again to talk about why this is and what’s coming if we don’t drive this idiocy out of public policy:
https://www.ted.com/talks/nick_hanauer_beware_fellow_plutocrats_the_pitchforks_are_coming?language=en

Bottom line: If you’re actually looking to fix the Congressionaly created problems in the SSI and Medicare programs the solution is incredibly simple: Remove all caps on income taxed for these purposes.

In Medicare we can also remove the Bush era “reform” prohibitions on Medicare negotiating drug and durable medical equipment costs. This one change of removing restrictions which no other nations have would cut our drug and durable medical equipment costs by nearly 60%.

If we also eliminated Certificate of Need laws (which directly violate the Sherman Antitrust Act) we would also eliminate the ability of medical multinational corporations to have a virtual monopoly on medical care.

Why folks won’t work for a share cropper’s wage..

Here’s the facts about why the US “needs” immigrant labor.

TL;DR Truth:

The USA needs immigrant labor because US Citizens are no longer willing to comply with, or even care about, a system which pays them less than sharecropper wages. This problem has been growing worse for 3 generations now and employers can’t find people to actually give a fuck about “paying work” which requires they work 12 hour shifts for wages that qualify them for public assistance.

Fair Warning: Beware, fellow plutocrats, the pitchforks are coming

Who profits from this crap?! It’s not ever ordinary citizens be they conservative, progressive, or liberal; yet the progressive folks are the only ones calling it out.

Worse than Wal-Mart: Amazon’s sick brutality and secret history of ruthlessly intimidating workers

Walmart Wages Are the Main Reason People Depend on Food Stamps

A new study found that 700 Amazon employees in Ohio are on food stamps

Hell, they’re even conspiring and lying to screw over the “cheap” ($60k) immigrants they brought over on H1B because they couldn’t bear to spend +$80k on US educated engineers who knew what kind of housing market they’d have to contend with! Shitweasels.

Apple, Google offer $415 million to settle antipoaching suit

High-Tech Employee Antitrust Litigation – Wikipedia

It’s the Inequality, Stupid

LONGER ANSWER with Fixerguys Common Sense

I call this The Stadium Analogy:

Kris Rosvold’s answer to What is a socialist’s justification for stealing the fruits of my labour and redistributing it to someone else who made different decisions than me, therefore, ended up in a different situation than me?

We US citizens and immigrants live in a corporate fascist oligarchy where we haven’t seen a real raise despite increased skill levels or increased corporate profit percentages in almost 4 decades now.

The REAL question we should be asking is: “Why the E.L.F. should I work for a corporation which is going to pay me a *cough* “wage” which won’t even allow me to live with a modicum of dignity or ever have any hope of being able to retire with any modicum of dignity?”

Now I see lots of folks claiming that we “need” immigrant labor because “Americans are lazy and have lost the will to work.”

The REAL reason “employers are having so much trouble finding qualified workers” is the 4 decade long pattern of shifting ALL the legitimate business expenses of running a business to the shoulders of the employees.. Much as Lyft and Uber do. The problem here I’d that we citizens are being forced to pay the legitimate business costs of maintaining the equipment* which produces the profits (*Us). This us directly akin to a manufacturer buying a milling machine, refusing to do any maintenance or repair (ie: Health care and housing) and then getting mad at the machine when it eventually quits working.

This claim of “Americans aren’t willing to work!” is a carefully crafted form of Gaslighting which is created by the very Shitweasels* who blame us for this fraud by claiming that “You *harrumph* need to get more (insanely expensive) education in order to *cough* earn better wages!

*Shitweasels

Here’s the REAL problem.. In its entirety (including the part no mass media ever mentions):

“The will to work (for what are essentially slave wages) is gone.”

FACTS IN EVIDENCE:

  • In 1995 I made $12 per hour selling lumber and hardware to contractors. Zero “skills” except a penchant for accuracy and a sunny disposition.
  • In 2014 the BEST offer I got as an experienced (+10 year HVAC/Refrigeration Field Service Engineer holding TWO $8,000 Bachelor’s degrees in Refrigeration Engineering and Electrical Engineering) was $20 per hour on what’s called *cough* “ticket time.” (Which means that if you’re “at work” but not actually billing a customer you don’t get paid at all)
  • Further, in that same time frame the rate at which my skills get billed out to customers has gone from $40/Hr to $120/Hr. That is a 3x increase in profits with ZERO real spending power increase in wages. If my real life spending power matched the increase in billing rates I’d be getting over $60 per hour as an employee. Even if we only look at ratios I’d be getting over $36 an hour now. To START. Instead it’s $20 because “That’s the maximum anyone is willing to pay in the area” AAAND.. Fuck you.

  • This only accounts for inflation. It does not account for the ongoing and ever increasing taxes the middle class pays.
  • So those hard won and expensive degrees and skill got me exactly fuck-all ($0.35 whoopie shit) in real world spending power despite my employer being able to bill me out at over 3x what I earned for them with “no skills”
  • This doesn’t account for the fact that my 1981 Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering (with a focus on Control Systems) cost me about $8k to get a $18k/ year job (a cost factor of 0.444) and today would cost me well OVER $30k to get a $28k per year job (at a cost factor of 1.071 or higher)
  • This doesn’t account for the fact that the tax burden on those paltry slave wages has been “shifted” entirely to the folks who can LEAST afford it.

  • It also doesn’t account for the fact that in that same time period of 1995 to 2018 my health “insurance” has gone from $100/ month to over $800/month and the grand Orwellian FRAUD of the deductible (where I pay for EVERYTHING) has gone from $500 to $5000 per year. That’s an 8 to 10x increase with ZERO effective increase in wages. Fuck. You. Sideways. With. A. Bag. And. A. Flag.
  • It doesn’t account for the fact that in the ’80s the Bankster frauds STOLE half of middle America’s savings with the S&L Scandal frauds; in ’96 it was the Dot Com frauds, and in ’06 it as the selling of fraudulently rated REIT’s into our retirement accounts. Secret and Lies of the Bailout This latest series of fraud by bankers and ratings agencies put not one of the fascist fuckers in prison, and the whole series has cost me, directly, over $100,000 cash in invested money stolen by Wall Street.
  • It doesn’t account for the loud screams from cheapskate, greedy, corporations that they “need” to import labor because “they can’t find anyone to work (for less than share croppers got)!!” You hear a lot in the press that companies can’t find enough workers to fill unskilled jobs – why don’t they just raise wages to fill their open positions?
  • It doesn’t account for the fact that the defined pension has been murdered by our government at the behest of their corporate fascist bribers. Then “replaced” with defined contribution frauds which allow banks and Wall Street to steal our money with complete impunity because “market variations.” Bullshit. Y’all know exactly what the fuck is going on and you PLANNED this shit. Fuck off and die. How Wall Street Thieves, Led by Goldman Sachs, Took Down the Global Economy — Their Outsized Influence Must be Stopped
  • None of the above even begins to address the fraudulent fascisim of the War on Drugs or the USA *cough* PATRIOT Act
  • Now this is going to be a shocker for some, but our kids see all of this crap and have watched us survive it. Is it really such a wonderment that a percentage of folks are just nutting up and shooting people? Especially when we consider that the schools are enforcing a “zero tolerance policy” where if you’re being bullied and you retaliate YOU are the one who’s “wrong.”
  • Nor does it address the gaslit history of exactly who got fucked by EVERY gun ban ever passed, and why they’re at this shit again.

Here’s the REAL Question Y’all need to be asking:

Can anyone give me a VALID reason (other than pure unadulterated corporate fascist greed) for this set of facts?

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The bald ugly truth about labor and immigrants.

Here’s the facts about why the US “needs” immigrant labor.

The USA needs immigrant labor because US Citizens are no longer willing to comply with, or even care about, a system which pays them less than sharecropper wages. This problem has been growing worse for 3 generations now and employers can’t find people to actually give a fuck about “paying work” which requires they work 12 hour shifts for wages that qualify them for public assistance.

Who profits from this crap?! It ain’t any of us ordinary folks whether we’re liberal, conservative, or progressive. Yet only the progressive folks are calling it out.

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It’s the Inequality, Stupid

LONGER ANSWER from Fixerguys Common Sense

We US citizens live in a corporate fascist oligarchy where we haven’t seen a real raise despite increased skill levels or increased corporate profit percentages in almost 4 decades now.

The REAL question we should be asking is: “Why the E.L.F. should I work for a corporation which is going to pay me a *cough* “wage” which won’t even allow me to live with a modicum of dignity or ever have any hope of being able to retire with any modicum of dignity?”

Now I see lots of folks claiming that we “need” immigrant labor because “Americans are lazy and have lost the will to work.”

The REAL reason “employers are having so much trouble finding qualified workers” is the 4 decade long pattern of shifting ALL the legitimate business expenses of running a business to the shoulders of the employees.. Much as Lyft and Uber do. The problem here is that we citizens are being forced to pay the legitimate business costs of maintaining the equipment* which produces the profits (*Us).

This us directly akin to a manufacturer buying a milling machine, refusing to do any maintenance or repair (ie: Health care and housing) and then getting mad at the machine when it eventually quits working.

This claim of “Americans aren’t willing to work!” is a carefully crafted form of Gaslighting which is created by the very Shitweasels* who blame us for this fraud by claiming that “You *harrumph* need to get more (insanely expensive) education in order to *cough* earn better wages!

*Shitweasels

Here’s the REAL problem.. In its entirety (including the part no mass media ever mentions):

“The will to work (for what are essentially slave wages) is gone.”

FACTS IN EVIDENCE:

  • In 1995 I made $12 per hour selling lumber and hardware to contractors. Zero “skills” except a penchant for accuracy and a sunny disposition.
  • In 2014 the BEST offer I got as an experienced (+10 year HVAC/Refrigeration Field Service Engineer holding TWO $8,000 Bachelor’s degrees in Refrigeration Engineering and Electrical Engineering) was $20 per hour on what’s called *cough* “ticket time.” (Which means that if you’re “at work” but not actually billing a customer you don’t get paid at all)
  • Further, in that same time frame the rate at which my skills get billed out to customers has gone from $40/Hr to $120/Hr. That is a 3x increase in profits with ZERO real spending power increase in wages. If my real life spending power matched the increase in billing rates I’d be getting over $60 per hour as an employee. Even if we only look at ratios I’d be getting over $36 an hour now. To START. Instead it’s $20 because “That’s the maximum anyone is willing to pay in the area” AAAND.. Fuck you.

  • This only accounts for inflation. It does not account for the ongoing and ever increasing taxes the middle class pays.
  • So those hard won and expensive degrees and skill got me exactly fuck-all ($0.35 whoopie shit) in real world spending power despite my employer being able to bill me out at over 3x what I earned for them with “no skills”
  • This doesn’t account for the fact that my 1981 Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering (with a focus on Control Systems) cost me about $8k to get a $18k/ year job (a cost factor of 0.444) and today would cost me well OVER $30k to get a $28k per year job (at a cost factor of 1.071 or higher)
  • This doesn’t account for the fact that the tax burden on those paltry slave wages has been “shifted” entirely to the folks who can LEAST afford it.

  • It also doesn’t account for the fact that in that same time period of 1995 to 2018 my health “insurance” has gone from $100/ month to over $800/month and the grand Orwellian FRAUD of the deductible (where I pay for EVERYTHING) has gone from $500 to $5000 per year. That’s an 8 to 10x increase with ZERO effective increase in wages. Fuck. You. Sideways. With. A. Bag. And. A. Flag.
  • It doesn’t account for the fact that in the ’80s the Bankster frauds STOLE half of middle America’s savings with the S&L Scandal frauds; in ’96 it was the Dot Com frauds, and in ’06 it as the selling of fraudulently rated REIT’s into our retirement accounts. Secret and Lies of the Bailout This latest series of fraud by bankers and ratings agencies put not one of the fascist fuckers in prison, and the whole series has cost me, directly, over $100,000 cash in invested money stolen by Wall Street.
  • It doesn’t account for the fact that the defined pension has been murdered by our government at the behest of their corporate fascist bribers. Then “replaced” with defined contribution frauds which allow banks and Wall Street to steal our money with complete impunity because “market variations.” Bullshit. Y’all know exactly what the fuck is going on and you PLANNED this shit. Fuck off and die. How Wall Street Thieves, Led by Goldman Sachs, Took Down the Global Economy — Their Outsized Influence Must be Stopped
  • None of the above even begins to address the fraudulent fascisim of the War on Drugs or the USA *cough* PATRIOT Act
  • Nor does it address the gaslit history of exactly who got fucked by EVERY gun ban ever passed, and why they’re at this shit again.

Here’s the REAL Question Y’all need to be asking:

Can anyone give me a VALID reason (other than pure unadulterated corporate fascist greed) for this set of facts?

Why would I, how could I?!

I’m not a white supremacist because I don’t live in fear and because white supremacy is Fears’ own religion.

I’m sorry the truth hurts. I’m not joking either, I’m honestly sorry even though that empathy doesn’t change any facts here.

Yes, yes, *snort* I know all about it and I know all the bullshit stories y’all tell yourselves to make it feel and smell better because I heard them all coming up, but lookie here I’m family looking out. I’ve seen the shit show and it’s underbelly. I’ve had those stories told to me by folks I grew up around and they’re all just whistlin’ yourself past the grave yard. Every last one.

Let’s really dig in with a bit of history:

I originally hail from Tennessee and I think one of the largest reasons I’m not a white supremacist, coming out of the culture and era I did, is that I wasn’t taught to be one by fear filled people as I grew up.

My family are thinkers and explorers so even though there were lots of folks with racist and supremacist leanings around us in that place and era; from my youngest memories, I was allowed (even encouraged) to seek out friends wherever I found them. I was in a Head Start program at age 5 and 6 in the Knoxville area in ’66 where my curiosity led me to the kids who were different from me, and of different cultures, rather than the white bread kids who looked like me but just sounded stupid because of their hubris over skin color. I was reading pretty well by then and the family had me into things like Mark Twain, Thomas Jefferson, and they were reading /explaining JS Mills to me. Gramps had just bought me a full Encyclopedia Brittanica and an unabridged version of the Oxford English Dictionary which outweighed me.. Or so it seemed. Two new words a day was my joy. Some days it was three or four.

I suspect part of being an explorer type is genetic and one of the “tells” for it is an insanely high curiosity quotient. I definitely have both, and I have them such that I’m insanely curious about the details of why folks do things the way they do them. Everything from phonologically correct pronunciation of odd names to the traditions behind why they cook certain food ingredients with certain sets of spices.

So while I had a few friends who were racist and one who was from a supremacist family (he wasn’t but he needed to hide that); for the most part I found folks like that to be just too hide bound and fearful of anything new or different for my tastes. On the flip side I think my curiosity also scared them a good bit as well. I know it scared the b’Jesus out of one Southern Baptist preacher man because he beat me for it. (A different story for a different time)

Damned if any of ‘em will ever admit it, but evangelism and white supremacy have a strong common thread in outrage against change and in fear of anything seeming the least bit new or different. One of the commonest sayings when their ideas are challenged is “Walp.. If’n it were good enough for gramps, and good enough for pappy, then it’s damn shore good enough for me!” That statement, whether it’s coming from an evangelical or white supremacy is a statement of fear of the unknown and a fear of ANY investigation outside of what’s approved by your family. Deny it all y’all like but that IS the defining statement for both these fearful mind sets. So too is another common expression from such folk: “Curiosity kilt the cat.”

Back to my history of whys:

Dad’s side was Norwegian and gramps jumped ship here in 1932 because he met this gal on liberty and fell head over heels for her. He got caught and shipped back to Norway where he worked, saved, begged, and borrowed until he had the $5,000 immigration bond required to come here legally in ‘34 (“so that the new immigrant should not become a burden upon society”) and apply for citizenship. Five years later that bond was released and it paid the down payments on a business and their home.

Dad got that same curiosity/explorer gene and so did I. (and there’s actually a bit of research to back this up: Restless Genes)

Ultimately I’m not a white supremacist because of that gene AND because I wasn’t inculcated into it. On a more personal, experiential, level.. and even though I came up in a time and place that was encouraged.. I’m not a white supremacist because I find the fear of change which drives it (and evangelism) to be painfully and mind numbingly stultifying. As I grew older and traveled on my own I retained my curiosity about folks and their ways. Part of that curiosity is a love of music and art forms which is best described as eclectic. Along with loving Rock, most Rap, Motown, Classical, and Shamisen music, I absolutely adore Bluegrass, Zydeco, New Orleans Jazz, and The Blues. Oh my god those Blues!!

Because of that when I was at Great Lakes I spent a fair amount of Liberty time in ostensibly (by custom rather than any stated rule) “black only” clubs in supposedly rough areas, yet oddly I never seemed to have any of the problems other guys described. Why? Because new situations DON’T SCARE ME. That left me free to explore who these folks were, honestly. Now don’t miss me.. I did catch a bit of shit at first but when I answered honestly that I was there for The Blues and I honored their behavior codes in my actions, that suspicion flipped almost immediately to protection. Part of what caused that flip was my honest, even joyful, curiosity.

How could I possibly be a white supremacist when I pity them for their fear? How could I when I pity them because their fear kept them from knowing folks like KK and Eliza, Skittle and Boonie, or Jamarl? (one of the smartest guys I ever met) I had the honor of knowing these folks, sharing laughter, music, tears, and bread with them for two years. I still wonder how they fared in life even though our paths parted 35 years ago now.

How could I be any sort of supremacist when I pity them for letting their fear stop them from even meeting folks like these; much less sharing bread, music, stories, and joy with them?

How could I when I know about Fred Hampton and how he united Confederate flag waving conservative young men in a common mission with Black Panthers to stand peaceful armed guard over Vietnam War protesters so cops could no longer beat and tear gas them with impunity?

How could I possibly become what I pity so deep? Y’all have no fucking clue what or who you’re missing by letting fear run your little asses ragged.

Yup, I’m an Asshole, and a blatant one at that, but I’ve seen shit and savored joy you’ll never even get to sniff of because your fear won’t even let you look.