Greetings from Calico Blackie!
“Remember, remember the 5th of November”……
It’s Guy Fawkes Day in England. A day to remember a man who was fed up with the system and tried to do something radical about it.
A day to laugh at him for being so stupid as to think that he could actually have changed anything by blowing up Parliament.
A day in England to laugh at resistance to the system.
We whine about conditions here in America, but most people do nothing about it.
You hear it from the blowhards every election: “If that sonofabitch get elected (or re-elected), I’m leaving the country.”
Does anybody know anyone that actually remained true to their word and left? In all my 57 years on this earth, I’ve only known one person who made that statement and actually packed up and moved back to her native country (Poland) when Reagan got re-elected.
That’s why we’re screwed.
We will cry, piss and moan, and bleat every time we feel as if we’re getting the shit end of the stick, but when push comes to shove, we’ll shut up and go back to our assigned spots in the rat race.
Who will be crying “Election Fraud” on the 7th? What will they (or we) actually do about it?
And, if a group of people tries to make a change, they’re portrayed in the media as a “Bunch of dirty hippies with no clear message, pooping on police cars.” The general public buys this portrayal, and nothing gets done.
Or, worse, the people brave enough to speak up are portrayed as malcontents and lunatics. No one even thinks of examining the root causes for the “lunacy” and the “lunatics” are just dismissed by the media (and us) as a bunch of crazies and are forgotten as soon as the next celeb shows their ass or goes to the beach.
Here’s something that is happening more and more these days and NOBODY IS ASKING WHY.
Police: Ex-employee shoots former boss in head at Los Angeles real estate firm
An ex-employee of a real estate company shot his former boss in the head Thursday afternoon in Los Angeles, according to police.
The victim, who has not been named, was in a critical condition in a hospital Thursday.
The shooting happened at Venture Commercial Realty on the fourth floor of a high-rise building in Koreatown.
LAPD Sgt. Dino Caldera said that officers had gone room-to-room in the building, searching for the gunman.
“Officers responded … to what they believed at that time was an active shooter-site type of situation,” he said. “So they used those kind of tactics to go into the building and clear the rooms as they entered.”
The suspect put his hands up when confronted by police and was arrested. He was expected to be booked on a charge of attempted murder.
Calico Blackie says:
WHY IS THIS HAPPENING? Here is one of the comments after the article that gives us some insight to the answer to the question of WHY?
“When someone’s livelihood, children’s friends and future, ability to maintain their home, status in the community during an already stressful situation is threatened by an overpowering, micro managing, self serving unsympathetic supervisor who dislikes a person and poises himself against that person simply to make their life miserable then yes I understand the motive. Unless you’ve walked in those shoes!”
Calico Blackie says:
I’ve never wanted to kill my bosses, no matter how bad they were. But I must confess, I’d have chipped in for the bag of cement!
Here’s another comment:
“This individual may have been bullied all their lives; or always passed by on promotions; or talked about all of the time. It’s not a reason to take anothers life; but, we do need to be careful of how we treat each other. It’s supposed to be with dignity and respect. And it doesn’t always happen that way.”
Calico Blackie says:
Words to LIVE by.
Speaking of workers and their treatment….
Imagine the mental strain of having problems at home, being bullied by a boss, harassed by a co-worker, AND being made to worry about getting laid off all at the same time? It’s no wonder people are getting shot.
While we’re on the topic of stress, jobs and getting laid off…..
Have you seen this story?
Prison factories caught in private biz debate
On the outside, Unicor, with its big oaks and magnolia trees, looks like it could be part of a landscaped industrial park.
Step a little closer and it’s clear the apparel shop lies in the middle of a medium-security federal prison in east Alabama.
The factory and those like it that employ convicted felons are at the heart of a simmering debate about whether prisons should be siphoning away jobs — at much lower wages — that could be filled by those who need them during the nation’s toughest period of unemployment in decades.
Congressional Republicans, a handful of Democrats and private-industry critics want to clamp down on Unicor, the trade name for Federal Prison Industries.
Calico Blackie says:
Wait a minute. Did I read that right? Congressional Republicans want to clamp down? I thought the Democrats were our FRIENDS! Oh yeah, that’s right. They don’t give a damn about you either.
The article continues…….
Almost 13,000 inmates working in federal lockups around the country for a few dollars a day make everything from military uniforms to office furniture to electrical parts that are sold exclusively to federal agencies.
With annual revenues that reached $900 million last year, Unicor is the federal government’s 36th-largest vendor.
Corrections officials say the program teaches prisoners invaluable job skills and personal discipline that help cut down on their return to prison.
Inmates who work in the program are 24 percent less likely to commit more crimes than other prisoners after being released, they say.
But Misti Keeton’s eyes welled with tears at the thought of losing her job to a convict.
She sews military apparel in the west Alabama town of Fayette at American Power Source. The company is laying off about 50 workers at her plant and another one in Columbus, Miss., after losing a contract to make Air Force exercise garb to Unicor.
“I’m terrified,” Keeton said as she fed camouflage cloth through a machine with one hand and wiped away tears with the other. “I’ve got two teenagers at home.”
“I don’t know what I’m supposed to say to them if I lose this job. I don’t know what I’m supposed to feed them.”
Critics of the program say Unicor undercuts private companies because of lower operating costs and laws that require federal agencies to use inmate-produced products when able.
Inmates in the Talladega prison factory are paid by the pieces of clothing they complete and average around $150 a month, which goes into an account at the prison. At American Power Source, workers make $9.25 an hour average, or about $1,480 a month based on a 40-hour week.
Calico Blackie says:
END THE PRISON INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX NOW!
What will happen in the prisons and in developing countries when robots and OTHER methods of automation replaces masses of workers?
Will “they” kill off the excess? Or, do we all get to starve in the gutters for “making poor life choices”?
But, don’t worry about any of this. Don’t worry about corruption in government. Don’t worry about the loss of our Constitutional Rights. Don’t worry about rigged elections. Don’t worry about the environment.
Don’t even think about Wall Street.
If you’re concerned about any of these things, YOU are not being a good little drone and are painted out by the media to be a “nutcase conspiracy theorist.”
YOU ARE CRAZY!
Don’t be PARANOID! OBEY WITHOUT QUESTION.
You don’t want to be seen as a crazy alarmist by your friends and neighbors, do you?
That’s what our media tells us.
Here’s the latest from the Ministry of Propaganda and Enlightenment:
Still ‘paranoid’ after all these years
Ever have the feeling you’re being lied to by the news media, the authorities, the corporate world? That somebody — or something — is out to get you?
You’re not alone.
Welcome to 21st-century America.
Look around. Trust is hitting historic lows. Just a third of Americans have a favorable view of the federal government, a decline of 31% since 2002, according to the Pew Center for People and the Press.
Gallup has Congress’ approval rating is in the low 20s, after nearing single digits last summer. And the news media aren’t much better off.
“Negative opinions about the performance of news organizations now equal or surpass all-time highs on nine of 12 core measures the Pew Research Center has been tracking since 1985,” a Pew report said.
Add in our wired, social media-addicted world, and rumors reign. You’ve heard them all, whether they involve the presidential candidates, global climate change or illegal immigration.
They’re our little open secrets. They give us the sense that we’re on to Them.
“It’s easier to be suspicious,” says Geoffrey Vaughan, a political science professor at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts. “There is something attractive in thinking that you know something, that you haven’t bought into the mass public opinion.”
Yesterday’s paranoid types feared elite groups such as the Illuminati and the Masons. Today’s bogeymen include the members of the Rockefeller-founded Trilateral Commission and the politicians and financiers who attend the confab at Bohemian Grove and are suspected of mapping out the “new world order.”
It’s certainly easy to fall under the spell of paranoia. Since the dawn of mankind, we have been clannish and tribal animals, wary of others, fused by emotional connections. In the modern world we create tribes beyond blood — like sports fans or, well, political parties.
The danger is that many people don’t develop the rationality to tamp down the emotion, says Dr. David Reiss, a San Diego-based psychiatrist who studies personality dynamics.
Calico Blackie says:
So, you see……
Good old CNN is telling us not to worry. Don’t be concerned. If you give a shit….
Screw CNN and the rest of the mainstream media. They exist solely to suck in the suckers. Oh, by the way….
There’s an election tomorrow. Two guys are battling it out to see who will be Wall Streets pawn for the next four years. One is filthy rich and the other is just plain old rich.
Fuck them too.
Guy Fawkes died and became a symbol in your country and for you citizens too, of the futility in choosing to resist the “status quo.”
Some people “over there” still fight on, but for the most part…….
Keep warm by your bonfires tonight. You’ve been sold out, ya nanny-state pussies!
And you let it happen.
We can’t let it happen here in The United States and Canada.
OCCUPY WALL STREET
Calico Blackie @kidakita