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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Desperate Times Demand Revolutionary Measures

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Don’t waste any more time or energy on the presidential election than it takes to get to your polling station and pull a lever for a third-party candidate-just enough to register your obstruction and defianceחand then get back out onto the street. That is where the question of real power is being decided.
- Chris Hedges, May 2012

Towards Sociopolitical-environmental Collapse

By Prof. Peter Phillips
Global Research
May 14, 2012

Runway capitalism is moving unrelentingly towards sociopolitical-environmental collapse cheered on by a two-headed single party machine known as the US Congress. Activists, who see the coming disasters as catastrophic, are seeking revolutionary change through non-cooperation, and occupy disruptions. Yet, many are the still delusional hopefuls desperately fumbling with traditional responses; including “Kum ba yah” marches, and the futile support for progressive left-leaning candidates seeking positions of influence inside the Washington beltway.

Do we understand that habeas corpus is no longer a legal protection in the US or that THE US PRESIDENT CAN TORTURE AND KILL AMERICAN CITIZENS, let along anyone in the world?

How can we ignore the inconvenient truths of WARRANTLESS WIRE TAPS and electronic monitoring for everyone?

Why do we tolerate that US-NATO forces killing people in over one hundred countries in the world using special service operatives, private assassins and drones - a million civilians deaths in Iraq alone?

How can we be so blind as not to see our corporate media is a PROPAGANDA FOG MACHINE for the one percent? These questions, reflecting the reality of America today, are so far from the values of our traditions that accepting any aspect of authority from Washington DC is a sacrilege to our honor. We are in desperate times.

In Congress, wealth begets membership, and wealth is the reward for correct action. The members in the House and Senate have a collective net worth of $2.04 billion, up from $1.65 billion, in 2008.  While at the same time, Americans’ household net worth has continued to declined and the number of people living in POVERTY has risen for the fifth year in a row.

The American Congress is in reality an artificial organization serving as cheerleader to the TRANSNATIONAL CORPORATE CLASS of the world. Congress offers its members little more than a transitional path into the good life of corporate affluence as long as the members remain loyal to party discipline.

Our legitimate electoral process has been completely usurped by the Supreme Court ruling that a corporation’s free speech rights allow unlimited campaign spending, and congressional lobbying knows no bounds. Any candidate willing to serve in the Democrat or Republican parties in the US congress today, even as a gadfly of resistance, is stepping beyond the pale of constitutional government.

Even if a Progressive Democrat of America Moves On into the congressional circle, the magnitude of compromise demanded makes effective action impossible other than occasional symbolic votes of resistance. Those stepping out of party lines will invariably result in orchestrated opposition during the next selection cycle - Just ask Cynthia McKinney.

Reform is not an option. The only action possible is a complete and total return to the social justice values of our US Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

We cannot allow extrajudicial killings, privacy invasions into our homes, and police state interceptions in the commons. We cannot allow global capitalism to continue to kill and impoverish billions of people and destroy the planet.

Protecting and even rewriting our Constitution and our Bill of Rights will require revolutionary acts. We must retool our elections and eliminate/ignore the dark clouds of corporate media. A mass movement at this level requires grass roots action by a core of at least ten percent of our population. Getting one out of ten people actively involved is not at all impossible; this is where our traditional values meet human rights. We are a people of hope that only need to overcome our fears and find the voice of our values by using radical democracy for human betterment for all.

The right to vote is a long held value. We are often asked, “Why waste your vote on an independent third party candidate, who will never has a chance to win.” Can voting for a candidate who reflects your own political values and beliefs be a wasted vote? It seems that voting for your true beliefs is a self-actualizing act, and compromising ones values to pick the lesser of two evils is self-alienating. Therefore, we urge all to continue to vote, but find candidates outside of the two party oligopoly. Maybe someday, self-actualized voting will be fashionable. 

Peter Phillips is a professor of political sociology and social movements at Sonoma State University. He is the president of Media Freedom Foundation/Project Censored, and co-host with Mickey Huff of the weekly Project Censored Show on KPFA. He is a Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG).

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To be taken by surprise

It is my opinion that some people are too zealous for the Republican Party. They will do anything to raise the chance of a vote, and they will attack anyone who might take away even a minute amount of voters. As was the case when I ran as the WriteIn President. There was no way I would win, but I tapped into something that scared the hell out of these hate filled people. So much so, that I was harassed, threatened, and eventually taken out of sharing my idea’s. The police and the medical people that did terrible things to me because I had an opinion about how to make a better America. For the record, I do hope there will be many writein electoral people at the next election; as well as, the next presidential.

I do not want a leader who puts another country in front of American interest. As is the case with leaders in the Senate and Congress who say we must make sure Israel gets 3 billion dollars in donations while government resources, and senior programs are cut. I think making all of government take a pay cut. That means the President, the Congress, and the Senate. I now understand why I was such a threat to the Republican Extremist. I am able to spark imagination in our society! The one thing any dictator does when they take power is to destroy the poets, the teachers, and the thinkers. Yet, by the grace of the lord. I am once again a free man. Most people who get tortured in America shut down and shut up. Well, I am not most people. I am a child of God.

You can use your connections to the police to intimidate us. You can stop us from marching on Wall Street, and you can detain our leaders who promote the 99% movement. Nevertheless, each time you take away one of us who speaks in a way that motivates the masses to sign petitions, other will rise. It has taken time.., and determined prayer to stand up to these evil people. Those who have so much money, yet refuse to share or pay their taxes. WE need leaders who will force a flat tax on all people. That way regardless of how much money you make, every one will pay the same 15% instead of us paying 36% in taxes while the rich use loop-holes to only pay 10% This can be changed, and it takes every person who votes to sign petitions. If you do not understand what a petition is, you have only yourself to blame.

The one thing those in power do not want is for you to know you can invoke change through petition, and writein candidates. IF you only seek to keep this 2 party monopoly going, then our schools will continue to lose money; as well as, most social programs. If you really think it is in the best interest of America to give Tax Free Bonuses while your neighbors go hungry then by all means do nothing. You are so lazy, you might as well say: I love those in power!!! I do not, and I will not let them intimidate me. I have the right to vote, I have the right to sign petitions, and we can change the laws, that in time will change the system. If you want one vote for one American. Then the time to start is now. Do you have the courage to take back your constitution?

- Anonymous

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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Hopelessly Unemployed In 2012

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Losing your job at 50 or 60 is not good for your health.  There is compelling evidence that no matter who you compare the older job loser to, he or she does worse physically and mentally.
- William Gallo, Yale University School of Medicine

According to the Wall Street Journal, the average unemployed job hunter searches five months, then gives up.

I’d say that’s about right.  In 2004 I spent four solid months looking - waking up at 5AM to make searching for a job - my mission for 10-12 hours a day, five days a week.

I even went knocking on doors dressed up in my Sunday suit. 

And struck out.

AFTER THAT there was nowhere else to look, and nothing else to do.  So I pretty much GAVE UP, and experienced DEEP DEPRESSION.

Thank goodness for staffing agencies. They kept me semi busy with temp jobs - one for forty five minutes, another for four days, and one for six months - with UNEMPLOYMENT CHECKS IN BETWEEN - until a real job with benefits manifested from pure LUCK about a year and half later.  The small checks, money saved up, credit cards, and refinancing the mortgage gave me enough cashflow to get the bills paid.

Things aren’t as good TODAY. I can’t even land a TEMP JOB, or get UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE. And I’m UNDERWATER WITH THE MORTGAGE, so refinancing the house is out.

Being broke caused some FRIENDS TO DISAPPEAR, when I really need their support.  It happened eight years ago, and again now.  Are they afraid I’m gonna ask for money?

A few others email job hits.  One lady I worked with - WHO GOT LAYED OFF IN 2009 - talked for over an hour, filling me in on what she learned about job hunting the past couple of years.  To those people I’m deeply grateful.

A childhood friend of 40 years won’t sign a JOB CREATION PETITION.  Talk about lack of compassion. NEOCON neantherthal. I’d rather be stabbed in the heart. Less painful.

To keep DEPRESSION, panic attacks, and STRESS in check WHILE WAITING for my retirement savings to run out - I KEEP ACTIVE at the health club, fly up north to visit my elderly mom, and VOLUNTEER helping people WORSE OFF than me.

Psychotherapy for JOB LOSS DEPRESSION and ANTIDEPRESSANTS are OUT OF THE QUESTION, but to help keep my hopes up I religiously splurge on a lottery ticket every Saturday, and still dream about FINDING MY SOULMATE, even though I’m in my 50s.

There’s only so much any of us can control, so I try to be mindful to cherish what I have right now - and live each day as if it were my last. That doesn’t mean fly to Vegas tonight and act irresponsibly by gambling away the house, or think PRAYING TO GOD without filling out job applications is gonna miraculously manifest a great new career.  It means some things are gonna happen regardless of what I do, or how I feel.

Accepting and trusting in the Universe is lot EASIER SAID THAN DONE while WATCHING the world CHANGE.  If UNEMPLOYMENT DEPRESSION doesn’t do me in - INSOMIA may.  Worrying about the future makes for a lot of sleepless nights.  FIVE MILLION OTHER UNEMPLOYED, SUFFERING AMERICANS share my pain, knowing the prospects of regaining meaningful employment are SLIM.

The gym is a real EYE-OPENER to the SEVERITY of the unemployment problem.  I go there the same time every day, and work out alongside the same people, so we all pretty much know eachother.

The mid 50’s guy who spots me on the bench press is out of work two years. His wife’s paycheck keeps his family going. The 40 year old lady on the stair machine next to me has a job, but her husband who worked on the SHUTTLE AT NASA - doesn’t.  Another lady - a 55 year old layed off bookkeeper - can’t find any work other than a part time job at the local supermarket - 20 hours at $8.50/hr = $170 per week.  STORIES like these are the norm.

This is my world.  Again.

For eight years I’ve been writing here about the DEMISE of the middle class, escalating POVERTY, AGE BIAS against older folks, and PREYING of the poor. There’s still no end in sight.

THANKSGIVING is about five months away, and it’s starting to look like it’s gonna be worse THAN 2005.

Do you still wonder why some people take nice, peaceful trips to AOKIGAHARA Japan near beautiful MOUNT FUJI?

To end their lives.

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Average Job Seeker Gives Up After 5 Months

By Sara Murray
Wall Street Journal Blogs
June 8, 2011

Jobless Americans who dropped out of the work force typically searched for work for five months before ultimately giving up last year.

The amount of time the unemployed spent hunting for jobs rose sharply last year. Those out of work tended to search for about 20 weeks before quitting in 2010, compared to 8.5 weeks in 2007, according to a recent Labor Department report. The report studied how long unemployed workers took to either find a new job or quit looking.

Labor-force participation, the share of Americans who are working or looking for jobs, has fallen to its lowest percentage since the mid-1980s. Thats partly because people have grown discouraged about their ability to find jobs and have given up looking. With those workers on the sidelines, the unemployment rate has been lower than it otherwise would be.

The official unemployment rate hit 9.1% in May. Including all of those who had part-time jobs but wanted to work full-time as well as those who want to work but had given up searching, the rate was 15.8%.

While sidelined workers can keep the jobless rate lower, they weigh on the economy in other ways. The nation loses their output - from the goods or services they would provide in their jobs as well as the spending that would come from their paychecks. And, if they move onto programs such as Social Security disability, the government could end up supporting them for the rest of their lives.

Those lucky enough to finally land a job last year found they had to spend more time searching. Job seekers took a median of more than 10 weeks to find new positions last year. Thats up from five weeks in 2007 before the recession began.

And, in what’s likely to create a more persistent problem for the U.S. labor market, the odds of finding a job steadily decreased the longer someone was out of work. Some 30% of Americans who had been out of work for less than five weeks found new jobs last year.

Those odds deteriorated for the LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYED. Of those who had been unemployed for more than six months, slightly more than 10% found new jobs. Nearly 19% dropped out of the workforce.

The problem endures this year: As of May, 6.2 million had been out of work for more than six months and more than 4 million [5 million in April 2012 ed.] haven’t work in more than a year.

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