No Justice for Trayvon Martin

I’m stunned.

I actually expected a man slaughter verdict rather than a murder verdict given the circumstances.

I did not expect a full acquittal.

It shows how the last 35 years of racist über Reich wing Republi-Nazi rule have returned us to the dark days prior to the civil rights movement.

I honestly see the same mind set at work in the racist pigs who acquitted George Zimmerman as was at work in the minds of the racists who acquitted the men who lynched Emmett Till and the men who murdered Goodman, Chaney, and Schwerner.

Time to end the rule of the racist fascist scum.

Time to throw them on the garbage pile of history.

I want to scream “No Justice, No Peace!”

But I won’t because riots in this country destroy the places where the oppressed people live.  Innocent people of the same class if not necessarily the same race are those who suffer most.

Instead Vote.  Register to vote, run for every single office one can run for.  Organize. Register others to vote.  Drag them to the polls and vote these right wing bastards out.  Change the laws.  Fight the apartheid nation that feeds the Prison Industrial Complex.

Don’t focus your anger on Zimmerman, he is only a pustule of the infection.  He is as the Dylan song said “Only a Pawn in Their Game.

The HBS Holes are Amazingly Persistent in Pushing Their BS

Yesterday I was mildly critical of a piece Monica Roberts put up.

Insisting people have to be out or act in a certain way because they are trans*, or for that matter embrace the “Transgender Identity” was at the core of a war that lasted well over a decade.

When I started this blog about four and a half years ago the HBS Holes flocked here and tried to colonize it.

They immediately found themselves on moderation or blacklisted.

As this blog evolved I came to realize the war was an exercise in absurdity as well as bigotry and refused to continue to play it.

Does that mean I embraced the often bizarre ideology of those who make being trans* into the cult of the Transgender Borg, where no irreverence or deviation from the ideology is permitted?

Fuck no.  Further having been out and lived around my sisters and brothers for nearly 45 years means that my personal conversations are peppered with decidedly politically incorrect language , including the T***ie word.

On the other hand I don’t pretend like I’m some sort of upper crust right wing Christer or RadFem, tsktsking and abusing transgender people.

There is such a thing as standing with the oppressed and abused.

Dana Taylor recently repented and recanted things she said while she was under the spell of the HBS/RadFem faction.  Good for her.

I apologized for similar things a couple of years ago.

Sure enough some one came back here hoping to be able to start BS.  Thought they would sneak an innocuous post in, I would approve it and they would get to spread their BS.  But that isn’t how moderation and blacklisting works.

So plonk their moderation continues and they can go write things on their hate blogs about how I’m a transgender identified commie cunt and make up various lies about me.

Bless their little hearts.

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Billionaire Koch Brother Says Eliminating The Minimum Wage Will Help The Poor

It this guy just begging for the masses to rise up and hang him from a lamp pole on Wall Street or what?

From Think Progress:

By Rebecca Leber
on Jul 10, 2013

A conservative mogul worth $43 billion says he knows the secret to helping poor people. According to Charles Koch, the U.S. needs to get rid of the minimum wage, which he counts as a major obstacle to economic growth.

On Wednesday, the Charles Koch Foundation launched a $200,000 media campaign in Wichita, Kansas, with a hint of expanding it elsewhere. It is the Kochs’ biggest media buy since they promised to do more to “persuade politicians” after suffering losses in the 2012 election.

In an interview with the Wichita Eagle published Tuesday, Koch said that the minimum wage is one policy he is working against:

We want to do a better job of raising up the disadvantaged and the poorest in this country, rather than saying ‘Oh, we’re just fine now.’ We’re not saying that at all. What we’re saying is, we need to analyze all these additional policies, these subsidies, this cronyism, this avalanche of regulations, all these things that are creating a culture of dependency. And like permitting, to start a business, in many cities, to drive a taxicab, to become a hairdresser. Anything that people with limited capital can do to raise themselves up, they keep throwing obstacles in their way. And so we’ve got to clear those out. Or the minimum wage. Or anything that reduces the mobility of labor.

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Stopping the Trans-Pacific Partnership: Global Revolt Against Corporate Domination

From Truth Out:

By Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese
Wednesday, 10 July 2013

We are in the midst of an epic battle between the people of the world and transnational corporations. Wealthy governments and corporations are merging in a global system in which private corporations have absolute power over your life. This is a battle the people can win and when we do it will show that we can defeat corporate power on issue after issue.

The 1999 battle in Seattle to stop the World Trade Organization (WTO) from granting increased power to transnational corporations and the negative consequences of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) created broad public awareness about the ways that ‘free trade’ hurts people and the planet. As a result, in the past few decades, the WTO has effectively been unable to move forward with its neoliberal economic agenda. And the United States was forced to move to smaller country-by-country trade agreements, many of which were stopped by public pressure.

The Obama administration is currently mired in an ambitious project to accomplish both the continuation of the WTO’s agenda and a restructuring of NAFTA in ways that place corporate property rights over protection of people and the environment. Using the friendly term, ‘partnership,’ the administration is negotiating a sweeping free trade agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which could potentially involve the entire Pacific Rim as well as a sister agreement with European nations. This is being done largely in secret and in a way that subverts the democratic process.

Former US Trade Representative Ron Kirk, who now has a lucrative job in the private sector advising transnational corporations for the law firm Gibson Dunn, said that if people knew what was in the TPP, there would be no way to get it signed into law. As he told one interviewer, if the text were made public negotiators would be walking away from the negotiations because they would be very unpopular.

The new US Trade Representative, Obama’s classmate Michael Froman who worked at CitiGroup, and the more than 600 corporate advisers involved in writing the TPP, have direct access to the text of the treaty, but members of Congress have only limited access and the public and media are excluded. Recent calls for transparency by members of Congress have been denied, so the extent of what we know comes from leaks.

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European capacity to grow food is plateauing, scientist warns

From The Guardian UK:

Countries may not be able to increase food production because many staple crops are close to their physiological growing limits, Monday 8 July 2013

Britain and other countries may not be able to increase the amount of food they grow because many staple crops are close to their physiological growing limits, one of the world’s leading food analysts has warned.

“In France, Germany, and the United Kingdom, the three leading wheat producers in western Europe, there has been little rise in yields for over 10 years. Other countries will soon be hitting their limits for grain yields. Agriculturally advanced countries are hitting natural limits that were not widely anticipated,” said Lester Brown, president of the Earth Institute in Washington and a former US government plant scientist.

“Rice yields in Japan have not increased for 17 years. In both Japan and South Korea, yields have plateaued at just under five tons per hectare. China’s rice yields are now closely approaching those of Japan and may also soon plateau,” he said.

After decades of constantly rising grain yields, governments have not understood the significance of the plateauing of yields and the fact that it will become much harder to feed the extra three billion people expected to be alive by 2050, said Brown.

“Since 1950, grain yields across the world have tripled. Those days are gone. The pace has slowed. Between 1950 and 1990, the world grain yield increased by an average 2.2% a year. Since then the rise has slowed to 1.3%.”

According to Brown, who helped India double its harvests in the 1970s, rising grain yields have been the key to keeping world food supplies in line with population growth. “We are hitting the glass ceiling. The levelling off of wheat yields is very real. It’s not a great problem in Europe but in China and India it will be. India is adding 18 million people a year to its population.”

British scientists back Brown’s analysis. “It is worrying. Crop yields are plateauing across the board in Britain,” said Stuart Knight, director of crops and agronomy at the National Institute of Agricultural Botany and lead author of a new government study of the phenomenon. “In the mid-1990s we were not worried but suddenly food security is on the agenda. Wheat yields tripled in Britain between 1950 and 1990 but now we are running to stand still.”

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Quebec’s Lac-Mégantic oil train disaster not just tragedy, but corporate crime

From The Guardian UK:

At the root of the explosion is deregulation and an energy rush driving companies to take ever greater risks

Thursday 11 July 2013

Five days after a train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, the rural town resembles a scene of desolation. Its downtown is a charred sacrifice zone. 50 people are likely dead, making the train’s toll one of the worst disasters in recent Canadian history.

In the explosion’s aftermath, politicians and media pundits have wagged their finger about the indecency of “politicising” the event, of grappling with deeper explanations. We can mourn, but not scrutinise. In April, prime minister Stephen Harper even coined an awkward expression – “committing sociology” – to deride the search for root causes about horrifying events, in the wake of an unrelated, alleged bombing attempt.

But to simply call the Lac-Mégantic explosion a “tragedy” and to stop there, is to make it seem like an accident that occurred solely because of human error or technical oversight. It risks missing how we might assign broader culpability. And we owe it to the people who died to understand the reasons why such a disaster occurred, and how it might be prevented in the future.

So here’s my bit of unwelcome sociology: the explosion in Lac-Mégantic is not merely a tragedy. It is a corporate crime scene.

The deeper evidence about this event won’t be found in the train’s black box, or by questioning the one engineer who left the train before it loosened and careened unmanned into the heart of this tiny town. For that you’ll have to look at how Lac-Mégantic was hit by a perfect storm of greed, deregulation and an extreme energy rush driving companies to ever greater gambles with the environment and human life.

The crude carried on the rail-line of US-based company Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway – “fracked” shale oil from North Dakota – would not have passed through Lac-Mégantic five years ago. That’s because it’s part of a boom in dirty, unconventional energy, as fossil fuel companies seek to supplant the depletion of easy oil and gas with new sources – sources that are harder to find, nastier to extract, and more complicated to ship.

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