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Desultory Heroics

By John Rachel

Source: Dissident Voice

Obviously the above pie chart is a put-on. It is well-documented that working conditions for most employees of Amazon are  abysmaldehumanizing, bordering on abuse we normally associate with slavery.

Moreover, the median employee’s salary under Jeff Bezos’ imperial lordship is $28,446. No one working as a regular there has paid off their credit cards and is driving to work in a Mercedes. 

Jeff Bezos is referred to as The Richest Man in the World and his personal fortune, while growing by $191,000 each minute, is currently estimated at $168 billion.

So …

$28,446 vs. $168,000,000,000? While I can acknowledge the simple math, I find the contrast of such numbers on a gut level difficult to grasp.

To get a handle on such inequality, let’s try approaching it from different angles.

One way to put the disparity into perspective is…

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Desultory Heroics

By Robert Reich

Source: Nation of Change

Not long ago I visited some farmers in Missouri whose profits are disappearing. Why? Monsanto alone owns the key genetic traits to more than 90 percent of the soybeans planted by farmers in the United States, and 80 percent of the corn. Which means Monsanto can charge farmers much higher prices.

Farmers are getting squeezed from the other side, too, because the food processors they sell their produce to are also consolidating into mega companies that have so much market power they can cut the prices they pay to farmers.

This doesn’t mean lower food prices to you. It means more profits to the monopolists.

Monopolies all around

America used to have antitrust laws that stopped corporations from monopolizing markets, and often broke up the biggest culprits. No longer. It’s a hidden upward redistribution of money and power from the majority of Americans…

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Desultory Heroics

By Colin Todhunter

Source: CounterPunch

Environmental campaigner Dr Rosemary Mason has just written to President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, Vice President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans and Health Commissioner Vytenis Andruikaitis. As set out below, she asks these top officials some very pertinent questions about the EU’s collusion with the agrochemical corporations.

1) In authorising glyphosate on behalf of the Glyphosate Task Force led by Monsanto, why did President Juncker fail to state the European Chemicals Agency’ (ECHA) risk assessment in full?

2) Why did the EU collude with corporations that made nerve gases in WW2 for chemical warfare and for use in the Nazi concentration camps? These firms continued to use similar chemicals in agriculture to poison ‘pests’, beneficial insects, birds and people.

3) Could it be that is it is because biocides regulations in the EU are merely designed to make corporations money and are…

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Desultory Heroics

By Andre Damon

Source: WSWS.org

Since late 2016, the New York Times, working together with the US intelligence agencies and the Democratic Party, has been engaged in a campaign to promote internet censorship in the guise of targeting “fake news” and “Russian propaganda.”

In waging this campaign, the Times’ motives are both political and pecuniary. Speaking for a ruling elite that sees the growth of social opposition on all sides and expects far worse, the Times has promoted censorship to remove opportunities for the working class to organize outside the framework of official politics.

In addition, the Times, for the most part a clearinghouse for staid and predigested state propaganda, is seeking to carve back market share it has lost to online publications that carry out genuine investigative journalism and oppose the lies peddled by the US government and media.

In recent months, this campaign has entered…

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Desultory Heroics

By Margaret Kimberley

Source: Intrepid Report

Vladimir Putin is blamed for everything that goes awry in Europe and the United States. In the United Kingdom his country was even blamed for bad weather as tabloid headlines screamed about icy Russian winds. The Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s Electoral College victory are said to be the result of Putin’s interference, even though the machinations of American oligarch Robert Mercer are most responsible for both outcomes.

When high level vitriol is shared by the corporate media and the American political duopoly and then repeated ad nauseum it is clear that the target will be subjected to more than mere slander. Such an attack carried out against a foreign leader is proof that the United States is ready for war by other means if not outright military conflict.

Russia has been a target ever since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991…

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Netflix Presents ‘Nightworld’ – A Movie That Has A Greater Potential To Evolve Into: https://wordpress.com/post/randrewohge.wordpress.com/3556
Trailer Video:  https://youtu.be/_ztFATVtemM
By Ric/Rex 02/24/18


The Basics [IMDb Plot Summary]: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5157052/plotsummary?ref_=tt_ov_pl:

“When former LAPD officer Brett Anderson takes a job as head of security at an old apartment building in Bulgaria’s capital, Sofia, he soon begins to experience a series of bizarre and terrifying events.

Once he begins to delve deeper into the building’s sinister history and investigate its shadowy owners and past employees, Brett soon uncovers a malevolent force nestled deep in the bowels of the building that will do anything to be set free into our world.”

My Comments:

I only gave this four stars-not because there was necessarily anything wrong with the movie-as is, but because it fell a bit short of its true potential.

The movie does have some Lovecraftian suggestions in it, but to my thinking-not enough.

While the suggestion of something from “before the age of man” is verbalized, nothing ever visually materializes, aside from the very Cthulhu-like image on the double door in the basement.

I’d like to see Netflix do a redux of this as a pilot for a very Lovecraft-based series.

While movies have been made-that have been loosely…VERY loosely, in most cases based on his stories, most have been either done with little skill in either the special effects needed to bring his “Elder Gods” to life, poor screenplay, bad acting, or any combination thereof.

That there is an ancient “Order”[?] guarding SEVEN gates-each with a “guardian” sets the premise.

There are at least seven “Elder Gods” to draw upon.

Then there are the “Guardians”…who are they-HOW are they selected, who IS the “Order”, what is its foundation, age, and authority-how does it survive, and who gets recruited to do WHAT jobs?

Plenty of “GRIST” for this story mill.

Get Steven King to help with the blending of the occult Lovecraft Mythos, the Sci-Fi aspects, as well as the potential “Clive Barker” aspects, and you have the “Nightworld” Series that could run for several “Seasons” and be a winner of both Emmy and Saturn Awards.

Guest writers from both the horror/occult and sci-fi genres familiar with the elements could give it the “Celebrity Status” that would make it a marketing dream-perhaps even garnering entry into mainstream broadcast/cable TV-a reversal the Board of Directors at Netflix would have to appreciate the irony of.

This movie does stand alone, but the suggestions proffered would make it a whole lot better.