Jack Saturday

Saturday, March 27, 2010

He Got A Job!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Anti-Wage-Slavery, Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 494-498

The bourgeoisie could not have produced any other kind of elites, because by its very nature, bourgeois ascendance and success goes to those individuals who most value material wealth. Those of extreme wealth necessarily dominate. And extreme wealth cannot be accumulated by individuals, except by extracting it from the multitude of other individuals -- a little or a lot from each member of the working masses.
From Wall Street to Skank Street
Poking the frog at G
unther's Garage
By Joe Bageant

Money is human happiness "in abstracto." Consequently he who is no longer capable of happiness "in concreto" sets his whole heart on money.
Arthur Schopenhauer

And you, too, for whom life is furious work and unrest-- are you not very weary of life? Are you not very ripe for the preaching of death? All of you to whom furious work is dear, and whatever is fast, new, and strange-- you find it hard to bear yourselves; your industry is escape and the will to forget yourselves. If you believed more in life you would fling yourselves less to the moment. But you do not have contents enough in yourself for waiting--- and not even for idleness.
Friedrich Neitzsche
Thus Spake Zarathustra


I will go to my run-out social mind
And be as unsocial with it as I can.
The thought I have, and my first impulse is
To take to market—I will turn it under.
The thought from that thought,
I will turn it under
And so on to the limit of my nature.
Robert Frost

Some are "industrious" and appear to love labor for its own sake, or perhaps because it keeps them out of worse mischief; to such I have at present nothing to say. Those who would not know what to do with more leisure than they now enjoy, I might advise to work twice as hard as they do-- work til they pay for themselves, and get their free papers.
Henry Thoreau

Friday, March 19, 2010

Anti-Wage-Slavery, Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 491-493

There is a terrible science fiction-like awe in the autonomous American economic monolith, in the way that it provides for us, feeds on us and keeps us as its both its lavish pets and slaves. The commodity economy long ago enslaved Americans and other "developed" capitalist societies. But Americans in particular. The most profound slavery must be that in which the slaves can conceive of no other possible or better world than their bondage. Inescapable, global, all permeating, the commodities economy rules so thoroughly most cannot imagine any other possible kind of economy.
Round Midnight: Tortillas and the Corporate State
Joe Bageant

February 24, 2010

Thanks to the Clintons and the GOP Contract with America crowd our welfare laws were re-written in 1996 into the infamous Welfare-to-Work Program. This was suppose to stop the fraud and generational welfare cycle. Now mind you, the average welfare recipient at the time according to social services studies received assistance for about 6 months; generational welfare was limited to only about 5% of families; and welfare fraud accounted for less than 3% of all cases nationwide. Yet to hear the Clintons and the GOP, all welfare families were generational or people who were applying were committing fraud. The new program had only one agenda - creation of a working poor class for corporations, at which it has succeeded admirably.
RE: WELFARE - Does it still exist for those who need it?ELIGIBILITY
Posted by: djnoll on Dec 4, 2009 11:00 AM

More soldiers committed suicide this year than in any year for which we have complete records. But the military is now able to meet its recruitment goals because the young men and women who are signing up can’t find jobs in civilian life. The United States is broken — school systems are deteriorating, the economy is in shambles, homelessness and poverty rates are expanding — yet we’re nation-building in Afghanistan, sending economically distressed young people over there by the tens of thousands at an annual cost of a million dollars each.
A Tragic Mistake
New York Times
Published: November 30, 2009

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Anti-Wage-Slavery, Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 489-490

According to the American
Association for the
Advancement of Science,
78 percent of all malnourished
children aged under five live in countries with food surpluses.
It is a myth that world hunger is due to scarcity of food


…children covered by Medicaid are given powerful antipsychotic medicines at a rate four times higher than children whose parents have private insurance.

…studies have found that children in low-income families may have a higher rate of mental health problems — perhaps two to one — compared with children in better-off families. But that still does not explain the four-to-one disparity in prescribing antipsychotics.

…Professor Crystal said he did not have clear evidence to form an opinion on whether or not children on Medicaid were being overtreated.
“Medicaid kids are subject to a lot of stresses that lead to behavior issues which can be hard to distinguish from more serious psychiatric conditions,” he said. “It’s very hard to pin down.”
Poor Children Likelier to Get Antipsychotics
New York Times
Published: December 11, 2009

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Anti-Wage-Slavery, Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 486-488

As a boomer who started working at 16 because our parents taught us a work ethic that I see lacking in the younger generation, I say "spoiled?"

I was a single parent who often worked two jobs as child support wasn't a given in the "good old days." I certainly wasn't handed a house by my parents or helped to acquire one. I have watched as the unions in this province were dissolved one by one, all in the name of profit. We worked the jobs two and three people used to, all in the name of survival. A lot of my group are distanced from this "spoiled" life.

I work to this day through the pain of arthritis caused by wearing out my body by hard work. In a few years I can look forward to retiring in abject poverty after working all these years as my pension will be worth nothing with rising costs and taxes.
Carol Dunsmuir,
Victoria Times Colonist

March 2, 2010

London: You mentioned Goethe earlier. He remarked that our greatest happiness lies in practicing a talent that we were meant to use. Are we so miserable, as a culture, because we're dissociated from our inborn talents, our soul's code.

Hillman: I think we're miserable partly because we have only one god, and that's economics. Economics is a slave-driver. No one has free time; no one has any leisure. The whole culture is under terrible pressure and fraught with worry. It's hard to get out of that box. That's the dominant situation all over the world.
On soul, character, and calling: an Interview with James Hillman
By Scott London


The creation of freedom for oneself and a sacred "No" even to duty-- for that, my brothers [sic], the lion is needed.
Friedrich Nietzsche