Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Q & A

Greetings good citizen,

In the usual ‘pump and dump’ fashion, yesterday’s losers have become today’s bargains as the Dow has skipped back up over the 13,000-point level (however irrationally.)

Earnings Help Stocks Rise
By REUTERS 43 minutes ago

Wall Street stocks rose as earnings from AT&T and 3M helped the Dow Jones industrial average.

Survey Shows U.S. Home Prices Still Weak 9:21 AM ET
3M Beats Profit Expectations 8:44 AM ET

Um, ‘earnings’…in a world where ‘market share’ is shrinking dramatically due to rampant ‘cannibalization’ (and resulting in monopolization) ‘earnings’ aren’t a useful measurement to use at all.

Nobody’s getting a raise despite prices rising out of control, so where are these so-called ‘earnings’ really coming from?

Why they are the gains made by the ‘new’ entity that replaced two former entities. When you fold two into one, the net result is always (at least numerically) a ‘gain’…even if the gain is really a loss compared to what the two firms brought in separately.

But enough ‘fun with numbers’ and the creative way Wall Street looks at things for the benefit of their ‘masters’.

Our civilization IS being destroyed and the few this benefits aren’t about to halt, much less reverse this ongoing disaster.

Which, weirdly, brings us to this situation

Last year, the Occupy Movement rose up spontaneously in cities and towns across the country, radically shifted the discourse and rattled the economic elite with its defiant populism. It was, according to Noam Chomsky, “the first major public response to thirty years of class war.” In his new book, Occupy, Chomsky looks at the central issues, questions and demands that are driving ordinary people to protest. How did we get to this point? How are the wealthiest 1 percent influencing the lives of the other 99 percent? How can we separate money from politics? What would a genuinely democratic election look like?

What? ANOTHER ‘book review’ from Alternet? Be that as it may, I am a Chomsky ‘fan’ from way back. Despite my misgivings over his ability to ‘ride the wave’ between the worlds of ‘popular dissent and the corridors of power for so long, not that the right hasn’t done their utmost to discredit him…because he serves a useful role.

Yes good citizen, Noam is a ‘tool’ and a useful one at that (because he offers a ‘rational explanation’ for some decidedly irrational acts.)

Look at the list of ‘mysteries’ he offers to expose within the pages of his latest work!

Did you notice that NONE of those questions are, er, ‘relevant’?

Shouldn’t the first question be why does the ‘>One Percent’ even exist?

Won’t there ALWAYS BE a >One Percent?

(Ironically, there will be a ‘>One Percent’ under A Simple Plan simply because it is a ‘meritocracy’. Mankind is not sufficiently evolved to attempt a social structure that does NOT reward achievement.

So we would still have a ‘top tier’ of performers but their circumstances will be VERY DIFFERENT that today’s ‘greed heads’ and they WILL NOT be ‘significantly’ better compensated than their non-management counterparts.

Your ‘regular Joe’ will live a good life and want for little, the ‘achievers’ among us will be only slightly better off. They’ll be the ones who can get tickets to the World Series or the, er, Superbowl (should such sporting events survive into the future where all such competitions will be strictly ‘amateur’.)

That’s right, NO PRO SPORTS!

Even ‘futbol’ will be played for ‘the love of the game’. NOBODY will be given a paycheck to ‘play’ sports…on the other hand there will be plenty of time to participate and train as the work week will be cut in half.

But, naturally, I digress.

We WERE discussing the, er, ‘shortcomings’ of Mr. Chomsky’s latest work.

So, is there a way to keep money out of politics? I can only think of one way and that is the method employed by A Simple Plan, zero cash.

You (nor anyone else) will be capable of ‘donating’ or bribing or contributing to a political campaign because…under A Simple Plan there are no political parties nor are there any ‘elected’ positions.

Ironically, there will be no ‘charities’ under A Simple Plan because they will become what they always SHOULD HAVE BEEN, 'unnecessary.'

A Simple Plan offers YOU (and everyone else) cradle to the grave security, regardless of what you ‘need’.

Will this cause ‘bottlenecks’ in service? Most likely, but you can only do the best you can with what you have to work with!

What will ‘true democracy’ look like?

If you don’t vote directly on the laws then YOU DON’T HAVE ‘TRUE DEMOCRACY’…and this ‘representative horseshit’ that we’ve been saddled with in its place hasn’t worked out real well either.

Well, there it is good citizen, all of your questions answered and you didn’t have to shell out $30 bucks for the book (that doesn’t have any of the answers anyway!)

Thanks for letting me inside your head,


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