Please read this LBN article.
We all know that our world is very unequal but this "new MSM article is despicable.
85 elitists have more wealth than 3.5 BILLION poorest individuals.
We MUST Stop this. Whatever it takes.
Read more: http://www.nbcnews.com/business/worlds-85-richest-have-same-wealth-3-5-billion-poorest-2D11958883
This caption was over a man wearing a carpenters belt...What a sick joke.
I spent 35 years as a carpenter. We didn't hire temps, this is a vocation that requires training and practice, or people get hurt.
The first image that popped into my mind was the airport tragedy in which a newly attached airport sign fell and killed a young boy and injured his family. I wonder how much training ( you have to learn what anchors and what gauge of wire will support the weight of that sign) the sign hanger had. In most airport, hospital or school remodels or additions, commercial carpenters hang those signs.
Thankfully the last 18 years of my career, I was a highly trained and skilled, Union Carpenter. Even after all of the years I had spent being a hammer banger, the Union insisted that I took tests (4 hrs. long) to determine what area's I needed more training in. They sent me to classes to learn the proper way to use my skills that minimized any chance of people (including myself) getting hurt.
I began my career as a 15 y.o. (who knew nothing about carpentry) joining a residential framing crew during summer break. I was hooked. By the end of my first summer, I was earning $12 an hour. Probably more money than those temps. will ever earn because a good portion of "their" pay goes to the temp. agency that hired them. It is an incestuous relationship between temp. agencies and (usually) sub-contractors. They're not used for residential work. Residential "carpenters" are paid very low wages (these days) and usually are illegal immigrants who are afraid to demand over-time, etc..
We have become a nation of temps. That way, more middleman can profit off of our work. How else are you gonna support a capitalist nation whose "productive" citizens are "businessmen/women? More leeches on the backs of working people and no or very little training required, most of it is OTJ (on the job training). Hey, the temp agencies are making a killing (literally and figuratively) while ensuring low wages for actual workers.
As a Union carpenter, I was required to regularly attend skill training and OSHA classes, even though I tested out and joined the Union as a journeyman (highest skill-set). I was required to get special licenses which required training, working and "testing out" on that skill-set. If there was an accident after I had signed off on a task, my journeyman license was at stake. That is a great way to make sure the job is done right.
Yes, I earned a living wage and good (especially at first) benefits. If I couldn't perform my duties correctly or in a timely manner, there were usually 200 Union carpenters on the "out of work list" who could replace me with very short notice. All of them trained and certified.
Now, there are record journeyman carpenters on that list. The money goes to the temp agencies to provide un-skilled workers with little compensation and even less training.
Get ready for more "accidents" like the one in the airport where people die. Unions and the skilled workers they produce ( 7-8 years ago journeymen which includes women) carpenters earned an Associates Degree when they completed the required 4 year training (and paid working) apprenticeships to acquire their journeyman cards. They are being replaced with un-skilled, underpaid, "temps."
Electricians were high on that "19 fastest growing temp. jobs" list also. Anything to pad the pockets of the elite and deny skilled jobs to the populace.
Maybe the temp. electricians can help install showers in "war" zones so the contractors can make more big bucks...
The current technology (drones) has made it difficult to hide their ongoing practice of eradicating anyone who stands in opposition. They also know that this will lead to either, complete control (likely), WW III, or both.
Either way it will allow them to implement martial law (perhaps globally) for our own protection of course.
"The enemy" (anyone who resists) has already (conveniently) captured a few drones and can reverse engineer all that they want to(it wouldn't surprise me if "we" covertly pay for this).
When drone attacks reach our shores (which should be soon), then of course, martial law will become necessary. Mass incarcerations for all who resist. Bechtel, Halliburton, etc.. will get massive, "cost plus" contracts to build (more) detention camps. Slave labor will produce all that is needed for those not incarcerated.
A new era of complete world dominance will be born. Our masters and the necessary administrators will have complete control. Just imagine Nazi Germany on a world scale.
Just another conspiracy theory....
Fear is the enemy of freedom.
It used to be that most people who claimed (and acted accordingly) religion, would be inconveienced to "do the right thing." If they knew of a travesty being committed against a friend or (often) an acquantance they would ACT to help. Often this meant being "inconvenieced" by travelling to an out-of-state court or just "being there" to tell the truth.
I have lately noticed that many people who claim to be very religious, are much more concerned with their well being and the perception that others have of them. Sure, They'll take a few hours a week to attend Church (their peers are there) or to help out in a soup kitchen (their peers do). When it comes to really making a difference and sacrificing their comfort zone, forget it.
If they have a friend or family member that is being accused of illegal or even immoral behavior, even if they KNOW the charges are false and/or can prove it, the thought of being seen (?) in a court of law, disagreeing with the court, is "distasteful" and possibly embarassing. So "I'l pray for you" seems to take the place of "I'll be there for you." Usually this is accompanied by many reasons that they "can't be there." Or how inconvenient it would be for them to actualy be there. They'll gladly write-up (a useless) letter attesting to your character or innocence, yet they are too self-involved to be inconvenienced.
As a person of conviction, which most truly religious people used to be, the thought of an injustice being committed against someone you can help (by simply telling the truth) was an opportunity to show "WWJD." Todays people of religion(?) will help as long as they are not inconveniced.....what a shame and IMO antithetical to the Christian teachings.
(passed almost unaniously) that criminalizes political protests? On RT tee vee, they were saying that political protesting is now a felony. I do know that the 1st ammendment to the constitution guarantees us this right (obligation) to peacefully assemble and seek redress for our grievances. I find that if a new law, criminalizing our rights as concerned citizens, has passed, then our only recourse would be an eventual civil war that the 99% could not hope to win. Please, someone educate me.
by the people who vote for Newt, is the fact that he was banned from ever holding public office again, when he was fired from Congress. They actually passed a bill (the ethics committee), banning Newt from holding any elected office.
When the repugs were trying to keep the mobster, Tom Delay, in office, they did away with this bill. This allowed newt to run for POTUS. Hell, he couldn't even run for dog-catcher before that.
Knowing how corrupt most of "our" politicians are, Newt must have been caught for some heavy shit. This is the true state of our (orgainized crime) government. Pushing for a monster to run as POTUS.
We, the people, have no choice about who TPTB allow to be "our" leaders. If we did, we would choose moral, "people before profits" citizens. Instead we are always presented with the "lesser of two evils", which we are to believe that we actually decide upon.
We do "on-line banking," yet are unable to have "hack-proof" electronic voting? How long will Americans allow themselves to be puppets?
Really, we ALL know it is a lie, yet we participate, following "their" rules. We are cowardly idiots. I apologize for the negativity. I just get tired of the "illusion" that we all ignore.
While reading a story on MSN MONEY this morning I found myself disguted again and realizing how important OWS is to the 99% of Americans. Here is an important excerpt.
The CEOs who made my final cut pull down vast amounts of money -- from $60 million to $145 million in a single year -- so you may find the size of the pay gaps astonishing.
The top CEOs on my list were making $33,000 to $48,000 per hour, compared with $18 to $30 an hour for their workers. That means the CEOs earned as much in 75 minutes as a typical employee made in an entire year. (And that's giving CEOs a break, assuming a 60-hour workweek with two weeks of vacation a year, compared with workers' 40-hour weeks.)
Put another way, the ratios of CEO pay to worker pay ran as high as 2,500-to-1, compared with 180-to-1 on average at S&P 500 companies. The latter number itself has climbed from around 40 on average in the 1980s.
And the three biggest pay gaps I found are are at companies in health care -- at a time when rising health care costs are crushing many family budgets.
It is clear that with CITIZENS UNITED and corporate owned politicians our only "choice," unless we take to the streets, en masse, and stay there until, YES, the wealth is redistributed, America is an illusion that is antiquated. We are slaves for the unjustly overpaid, wealthy.
Above is a link to this short MSN article. Please use the links and check-out the study on CEO pay that was done just last month. It is very disheartening and the "health-care" insurance CEO's are the most exorbitantly overpaid. If we had universal healthcare, their salaries and bonuses could pay for the first few years.
This study makes it abundantly clear that the middle class (soon to be the poor) and the already poor (monetarily) are suffering at historic levels.
We must show our strength, in the streets, until these corporate politicians actually represent the citizens.