Let's just eliminate all the bullshit, shall we?

Saturday, October 29, 2011

say wha-!?


Economic Enslavement is Also Terrorism

The more things change....

The current national minimum wage is $ 7.25.
This is the result of a 2 year long 'slow bump' up from the
equally ridiculous $ 5.15 it was when law-makers decided
to 'update.' (Of course, by the time the legislation passed
and the outdated info had been utilized, the low wage was
still hopelessly behind the times. Add to that the harder
times and price spikes, and it's a recipe for disaster.)

It's long been established that the working poor of this
country have no quality of life available through the lowest
jobs available. Even if $ 7.25 were sufficient to do good
for a family, after you deduct the federal withholding,
expenses that are work related, and throw some coin
at the essentials, you're still hopelessly behind the eight ball.

Many folks take up 2 and 3 jobs (or more) to try and make
ends meet....maybe go into business for themselves....whatever
it takes. But businesses make money by virtue of getting a
whole lot of something for nothing, and workers are often
intentionally scheduled just under the number of hours needed
to get benefits.

Or perhaps you work in the agricultural/farming industry,
where government does not interfere, and you are actually making
less than the dictated $ 7.25.

(Wages also differ from state to state and based on age.)

Maybe you're in the food service or other 'tip based' field,
where $ 2.13 is the minimum, regardless of whether you have
the first table or not, regardless of whether the people tip you
or not.

Or maybe you get paid by the job. The reality is that it may take
7 hours, but they're only paying you for an estimated flat rate.
(I did a 'day job' for $50 last year; it took 9 hours, legitimately,
so the breakdown is of course about $ 5.50 an hour, plus the
comped lunch.)

Maybe you work under the table, where they can 'lose' your
time card, 'forget' that you worked a certain day, invent fees and
fines that were not previously agreed to, or other bilking nonsense.

Some places 'round off' their employees' time so that they can
shave off upwards of an hour from any one time card.

There are 'right-to-work' states, like lovely Georgia, where
you can be terminated in an instant for no good reason or even
an illegal reason (like racism, sex discrimination, ageism, etc.)

There are states that don't protect workers from firing under
specific discriminatory practices, like anti-gay issues. Like
the issues I had with the US Census and the Georgia State
Peanut Inspection.

There are dangerous and illegal work conditions that make
'third-world' countries look upscale, right here in the good
old U.S. of A....Like a local crate factory that is dirty, dangerous,
and waiting for its Norma Rae.

This country is run by the blood sweat and tears of the service
industries who employ people who have nowhere else to
go; who can't get other work due to lack of education, lack of
geographic availability, lack of options, lack of ability. These
businesses use and depend on these workers to keep things
running and to put the gold in the coffers of the greedy.

With even more dwindling resources and a larger than
ever workforce fighting it out for even bottom of the barrel
jobs, those in charge will take more advantage of its workforce.
Longer hours, more responsibility, less benefits,

The pyramid is always building it's minimum wage base,
while the top percentage gets smaller and smaller.


Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Administration- Teaser

All right now!

Looking super tight and outta sight comes the teaser trailer from
John Brown and Kings Men Films, "The Administration."

Filmed on location in sparkling home style Donalsonville!

'Moi' has a decent sized part and several scenes, so check me
and the guys out! Looking good in our own neighborhood!

Let the multi-media empire begin!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Occupying Isn't Invading

When enough steam builds up, it will let out or there
will be damage.

I think much of the 'acceptance' of the Wall Street
(and now Main Street) Occupations has been fear of
what will happen if an outlet is not 'given' to those
of us who are fed up with business as usual.

That, and the fact that the numbers have impressed
and intimidated TPTB, who thought that this was just
a small group of controllable punks. Surprise.

The ones who are providing backlash against the
protests seem unaware of the realities of the current
state of affairs, thinking that we have no basis for

Others seem to be hollow men, reactionarily
reflecting Daddy and Grand-Daddy's "A man toughs
it up and takes what's coming!" work ethic. Which is fine,
if you aren't being taken advantage of and ground up
in the process. It isn't hard work that's being protested;
it's modern slavery and theft.

Still others want to reduce the protests to nonsense
without giving a true accounting of what their issues
with them are, which indicates to me that either they
don't really know or they're baseless. Much of these
'issues' seem relegated to grade school banter; "That's
stupid!"..."Get a job!"...."Shut up!"

Behind all of the actual specifics of the upset
that has been so long in coming is a fear of expressing
one's self  PERIOD! We have become so indoctrinated to
keep quiet and 'mind our place' in this society, and there
has been bred into us a broken spirit. We no longer fight
for what's important, what's right, what's necessary.

"Mind your place. Be quiet. Don't rock the boat. "
These are the new rallying cries in the quest to maintain
the status quo. "No matter how bad it gets, be afraid that
dissent may end in losing even what little you have."

That's not the stock we come from.
That's not what this country was built on.
Freedom isn't pretty or welcome or easy.
Revolution isn't invited or polite or convenient.

In our town, and many others, there is a designated
"Free Speech Zone." A DESIGNATED place where
you are 'allowed' to say what's on your mind. In other
words, any place that ISN'T said Zone is where there's
trouble to be had if you say something unpopular.

I guess I'm a fool; I thought this was America, where
any place I stand is a Free Speech Zone. That's
the way it used to be. When did we change?
And how much are we willing to risk to get it back?


P.S. Someone asked the other day why I hadn't staged
an "Occupy Donalsonville"!  The answer is simple,
really!  EVERY DAY is "Occupy Donalsonville" for me!


The Plight of Not Finding Work

This is a completely UNauthorized share of a tremendous
article from msnbc.com. It was so moving and so deftly
reveals so many of the pains an d struggles within making
decisions in this horrid economy that I wanted to share it
in full. Follow the link at bottom for more similar articles
by Bob Sullivan.

This entire post is 100% copyright Bob Sullivan and
msnbc.com. No claim otherwise.

In particular, the talk of depression and frustration, the
hurt of selling your possessions (and realizing how little
they're 'worth' to anyone else,) the process of becoming
non-materialistic, and the desperation that leads to drastic
choices were all things I found relatable. Hope you get
some encouragement from it, too. Peace.

Unemployed, he's selling everything to follow in steps of
Dust Bowl migrants
By Bob Sullivan

During the depths of the Great Depression in the 1930s,
Dust Bowl migrants from the Great Plains loaded all their
belongings into their cars and jammed Route 66 in hope
of finding a better life in California. Nearly 80 years later,
Billy Reiser, an unemployed 50-year-old Pennsylvanian,
plans to follow their path.

Reiser lost his job managing the engineering department at
an eastern Pennsylvania medical device manufacturing
company in 2009, and he's hit nothing but roadblocks since.
With his unemployment running out and his retirement funds
raided to pay his mortgage, he's decided to take a radical
step: He's selling everything he owns, including the house,
and plans to load his two dogs in a used RV and drive west
looking for work.

"I know there are jobs elsewhere as I look on Monster.com
and CareerBuilder.com every day," he said. Reiser's plight is
nowhere near as bad as those of the starving farmers who
were forced west by drought and economic calamity. Still,
compared to his increasingly depressing situation at home,
the chance to take up the spirit of a character in a John
Steinbeck novel has obvious appeal. "I have come to feel as
though I'm just sitting around looking for things to do while
 waiting to die. So change is a necessity," he said.

Reiser has decades of experience in what was once the
high-flying field of bioengineering. Ten years ago, he even
went back to school and earned an MBA so he could step
forward in his field. He switched firms in 2003 to take a
management job, and was part of several successful product
launches. But when sales slipped after the 2008 recession,
his job was eliminated. Now, his lengthy resume works against
him. Reiser says his age -- too young to retire, but too old for
entry level jobs -- has played a big part in his persistent

"I have come to the realization that I am unemployable," he said.
"I would take a job that pays $60,000 less than I was making,
but I get no response when I apply. I think ageism has something
to do with it. … There are many of us out there like me,
unemployable for what we used to do. But when we try to get
jobs at less than what we used to make, no one will take us
because they figure we will bolt as soon as the economy turns around."

His prospects and bank account both dwindling, Reiser was
forced to take a step that's devastating for investors in their 50s.
"I had to pull money out of my IRA to subsidize my mortgage.
It was really gut wrenching, because you are taxed and penalized
for that," he said.

That's when Reiser started to think more drastic steps were
necessary. He'd gotten divorced in 2006, but stayed in his
home because of an emotional attachment."I felt tied to it due to
all the work my dad, a retired carpenter, and I had put into it.
(We) installed all new windows and doors, installed new kitchen
and bath, built a second floor deck," he said. But now, it was
time to question that attachment, and all his attachments. With
nothing tying him to his home, he’s decided roam America,
looking for a new beginning.

Reiser has already begun selling all his personal belongings --
he netted $510 in a garage sale last weekend -- and has put
his home on the market. In a way, it's as if he's presiding over
his own post-mortem estate sale.

"It's harder than you think. It's easy to get very philosophical," he
said. "You realize that everything you have has a story." Like the
wood carvings he purchased from poor kids at the end of a hike
in Zimbabwe. Or the signed painting he purchased from an artist
in the Southwest for $250 several years ago. It went for $30.
"You realize many of the things you have aren't worth what you
thought they were,' he said. "But it is just stuff. It has been a
cathartic process. It's a unique mental process. ... It has made
me realize how shackled I have become to comfort of my home
and belongings."

When the house is sold, he plans to buy a cheap RV and head
south before winter. His first stop will be at a friend's place in
Richmond, Va. Then he's on to North Carolina and Florida,
and will turn west and head for Texas and the southwest by
spring -- ending up perhaps in California, where Dust Bowl
migrants looked for their Promised Land. He hopes to pick
up odd jobs along the way, spending perhaps one or two
months in each place.

"I know a lot of RV camps need help around the place,
and I'm pretty handy," he said. "Maybe when I head out
west I'll work in a dude ranch or something."
The trip represents a huge mental shift for Reiser, who
felt himself slipping deeper and deeper into depression
with nothing to do during the day, and began to feel his
advancing age. Now, he sees his unemployment as an
opportunity, and the timing as surprisingly good.
"When in my life would I be able to just take off and do this and
be young enough to handle the rigors of this kind of travel?” he
said. “Many people say they are going to travel the country like
this when they retire, but they never get there. Since this is
happening it has given me the opportunity to do things I always
wanted to do. ... In fact, many family members, when they hear
my plan, say, 'Can I go with you?’ jokingly, I think. They plan to
live vicariously through me." Meanwhile, the trip won't impact his
continuing job search, he figures.

"I'm just sitting on the computer and looking for jobs all day. I
can do that on road just as easily," he said. The plan does hinge
on sale of his home, but he believes he has enough equity in it to
fund at least the start of his trip. Still, losing most of his possessions,
 his home and his community has risks.

"But I cannot just sit here in Pennsylvania and wallow in misery,”
 Reiser said. “So off I go, to wander the country in hopes that,
through serendipity or maybe just the kindness of a stranger, I
will find meaningful employment. At this point, it has the potential
to be an epic journey with a joyful end, or a demoralizing trip with
results that could suck the soul right out of me."

from The Red Tape Chronicles on msnbc.com;
 http://www.redtape.msnbc.com/ by Bob Sullivan


The Other Side of Bullying

I'm all for putting a stop to people being allowed to get away
with abusing the smaller or the weaker or the less popular.

I think the LOnnnnnnGGGGG overdue attention to
institutionalized bullying that has prospered in schools
in particular is splendid.

I think verbalizing that bullying is wrong is terrific.

But I think the approach of this campaign is all wrong.

Instead of legislating and dictating and bringing forth flimsy
apologies from wretched oppressors, why not a different

I think the focus needs to be on truly empowering the
underdogs. Not just sound bites. Not just groovy community
efforts. Real, effective, long term strategies.

Teaching and training people how to stand tall and truly
look out for themselves and stand up to oppression.

Because assholes and brutes are nothing new.
They've always been around, and the problem isn't entirely
 them, it's that we've gotten soft in dealing with them.

We live in a fantasy and entertainment-based and soft culture
where self-defense and engaging in conflict are taught as 'bad
things.' In truth, they're merely part of life. You can't eliminate
jerks; we have to teach kids self-sufficiency and inner strength.

(Now, again, not talking about institutionalized bullying. When
principals and teachers and faculty and other parents are part
of the abuse--as I endured first hand some 20 years ago at
several high schools--then help is required. Intervention is
a necessity. But we can't whitewash the world of all random
people who don't like us and are ugly hearted. Not with good
intentions, education, or campaigns.)

We have not taught our Invisible gay and lesbian children (and
all ostracized and outsider kids, truly) to be bold and speak up
against horseshit. Like Dr. King pointed out, the law and those
in charge are not always meant to be followed.

I think the answer is to teach self defense. Teach
esteem. Teach taking power back from those who would
deny it. There won't always be a big strong brother or
protector. We have to learn to do for self.

With things getting worse economically, I imagine
we're actually going to see an increase in the bullying and

Pricks will always be a part of this world. Pricks in power.
Pricks at school. Pricks in churches. Pricks in homes.
Pricks at workplaces. Pricks as neighbors. Pricks as police.

We have to teach the inner strength and resistance that the
world has doubly-domesticated OUT of our gay and lesbian
kids. They have to know they have not only the right and ability
to fight back, but the responsibility.

It's a time for teaching action and conflict resolution, whatever
that might entail. Why is there a double-standard about
physical violence? If it's good for the goose...


The Oldest Medicine

"Shall we rub wood tonight?"

It's really seeming quite obvious that the solution to
many of today's problems is that Not Nearly Enough
People Are Getting Laid!

It's just a fact; don't worry about the tact!

You got to hit it and split it.

It's the most natural thing in the world.
It doesn't matter if you're in a wheelchair,
a double amputee, a late-blooming virgin,
a religious fanatic, a prude, devoutly monogamous,
afraid of interaction, grieving, or otherwise
distracted and uncertain.....
there is NOTHING wrong that a good
ole' fashioned 'Ho-down Throw-down can't cure.

You have to be safe.
You have to be mutual.
You have to be kind.
Otherwise, what grown folks do in the privacy
  of their boudoirs ain't nobody's business.

And if you don't like it, then honey there MUST
be something wrong with you. Either you don't
know what you're doing, or who you're with don't know.
But don't get it twisted; there's nothing wrong with sex.

It's a glorious thing; cures bad moods, bad
attitudes, helps reduce weight, clears up acne,
enhances esteem, great cardio workout, relieves
stress, increases the peace, keeps the tubes clean,
and so much more!

It helps you forget about money problems...
(unless you're having to pay for it, of course!)

Long as your responsibilities are met, you
can be as big a Freak as ya want ta!

Hey, it beats whooping an ass and going to jail
ANY day!

NOTE: This writer takes no responsibility for
falls, sprains, or other action-related injuries that
may result from following this advice.


Word has it that we are almost to the  SEVEN BILLION mark for
human population worldwide.

Still, we don't discuss the unsustainability of existing peoples.

We haven't gotten clean water available to everyone in every region.

Not enough food for those we already have-- and no, it isn't restricted
to those troublesome "Third World" countries, either.

Poverty rates soar.
Unemployment rates rise.
Hunger and malnutrition and under-nourished people's numbers
    growing by leaps and bounds.
Homelessness is a burgeoning epidemic.

And still....
we can't discuss sex without concerns over the 'moralistic implications.'
No discussion of the ramifications of procreation.
No discussions about protecting against spread of disease.
No talk of the realistic need to stop having children, or so many
     children, or having them when not financially able to provide for them.

We're all about the pride, the ego, the "continuation of the species"...
the "No one's gonna tell me what to do!" and the Honor Wars.
We're really not that big a deal outside our own heads. Really.

There's no threat of bloodlines going out, or the human race going
extinct. No threat from anybody but us and the planet we continue to
over-populate and destroy.

Would it really be such a bad thing to scale back on the unprotected