Jack Saturday

Monday, November 29, 2010

Anti-Wage-Slave, Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 601-603

According to SWAN, the Service Women’s Action Network, one in three women is raped or sexually assaulted while serving in our military.
Time to Stop Making Nice to Military
Laura Flanders

War would be a lot safer, the Army says, if only more of it were fought by robots.
War Machines: Recruiting Robots for Combat
New York Times
Published: November 27, 2010

xx Las Vegas (GaeaTimes.com) - If you thought robots with AI are only seen in Sci Fi movies carrying weapons killing people, it’s time to awake up in this twenty first century! Robots can now kiss, chat with you like your girlfriend talking about footballs and can also do some unprintable things if your evil mind tries to get some digital fun from it.
Roxxxy : Robot Girlfriend with AI Personality


Arms manufacturers will gladly sell the robots to "enemies," -then war could be robots fighting robots, and our brave and loyal boys can happily rape willing robots! Then it will all be a computer game!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Wise Old Man

Anti Wage-Slave, Pro-Freedom Quotation Of The Week 600

What will those new jobs be? They won't be in manufacturing -- robots will hold all the manufacturing jobs. They won't be in the service sector (where most new jobs are now) -- robots will work in all the restaurants and retail stores. They won't be in transportation -- robots will be driving everything. They won't be in security (robotic police, robotic firefighters), the military (robotic soldiers), entertainment (robotic actors), medicine (robotic doctors, nurses, pharmacists, counselors), construction (robotic construction workers), aviation (robotic pilots, robotic air traffic controllers), office work (robotic receptionists, call centers and managers), research (robotic scientists), education (robotic teachers and computer-based training), programming or engineering (outsourced to India at one-tenth the cost), farming (robotic agricultural machinery), etc. We are assuming that the economy is going to invent an entirely new category of employment that will absorb half of the working population.
Marshall Brain,
Robot Nation

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Friday, November 19, 2010

Wise Old Man


Takes 30 seconds to kick in. This is the second in a series, London, October 2009. Watch the rest on Youtube.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Anti-Wage-Slave, Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 597-599

Our upside down welfare state is "socialism for the rich, free enterprise for the poor." The great welfare scandal of the age concerns the dole we give rich people.
William O. Douglas,
former U.S. Supreme Court Justice, 1969

We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both.
Louis Brandeis,
US Supreme Court justice from 1916-1939

“The so-called `world of work’ has gradually invaded all areas of social and personal life. Today’s capitalism is totalitarian in nature, endeavoring to own all of humankind body and soul, its `free’ time as well as its labor. Every social relation, every private mood or personal habit must be mobilized and integrated into the pattern of international business competition - the olympic games of wage-slavery. Leisure, and even childhood itself, are against the unwritten law promulgated by the financial, industrial and political elites who ultimately author and enforce the unwritten as well as the written codes. The daily suicides, irrational shooting sprees and bizarre killings that are the supreme hallmark of life in `Crazy America’ today expose for all who can stand to read about it the non-stop wacko factory that this society has become.”
Joseph Jablonski

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Steel Collar Workers Update

Monday, November 08, 2010

Anti-Wage-Slavery, Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 595-596

When viewed from outside the virtual money economy, and from the standpoint of the planet’s caloric economy, probably half of American and European jobs are not only unnecessary, but also terribly destructive, either directly or indirectly. Yet what nation or economic state acknowledges the need for a transition away from jobs that aren't necessary. None, because such an economy could not support the war machines or the transactional financial industries that dominate our needs hierarchy for the benefit of the few. Loaning us money we have already earned, stuffing us with corn syrup. And I won’t even go into the strong possibility that everybody does not need to be employed at all times for the world to keep on turning.
Joe Bageant
Algorithms and Red Wine

Bataille conceives of a general economy of global energy flows which inevitably generates a surplus of energy which must be expended. Under capitalism, excess (human energy not necessary to survival) is diverted into accumulation and endlessly-climbing profits for the ruling class. Yet for Bataille the proper object of the expenditure of this energy is dissipation, "nonproductive expenditure": "[translation] into the effervescence of life." Play is a fitting expediture; put another way, this nonproductive expenditure defines another aspect of play crucial to the following argument. Play is the refusal of regimentation, supervision and clocks. In this sense, play is a precondition for resistance, which demands time and energy for spontaneity, contemplation, communication, and unity. Play must be recovered.
Laura Martz
Free Time! Ludicity and the Anti-work Ethic

Monday, November 01, 2010

Anti-Wage-Slavery, Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 592-594

(T)hose numbers are pretty grim; the national unemployment rate is at 9.6 percent, with 15 million Americans looking for work. I guess working at Walmart is better than nothing.
But working for low pay is about as rewarding as stabbing out your own eyeballs with a stale baguette.

And it's demoralizing knowing that by working for Walmart, I'm sleeping with the enemy. Our clothing section is filled with goods sewn by Third-World sweatshop workers earning pennies per hour. The toy section brims with petroleum-based products that will just end up in landfills a few months from now. There's the in-store McDonald's and its high-sugar, high-fat menu. There's nothing -- not a goddamn thing -- about big-box retailers that makes the world better.
What It's Like to Work in Walmart Hell

No matter what kind of job a worker does, whether manual or mental, well paid or poorly paid, the nature of the employment contract is that the worker must, in the end, obey the employer. The employer is always right. The worker is told how to work, where to work, when to work, and what to work on. This applies to university professors and machinists, to lawyers and carpet cleaners: when you are an employee, you lose your right to self-determination. This loss of freedom is felt keenly, which is why many workers dream of starting their own businesses, being their own bosses, being self-employed. Most will never realize their dreams, however, and instead are condemned to sell their souls for money. The dream doesn't disappear, however, and the uneasiness, unhappiness, and meaninglessness of their jobs gnaws away at them even as they defend the system under which they exploitedly toil.
L. Susan Brown
Does Work Really Work?
Taken from Kick It Over 35


They talk of the dignity of work. The dignity is in leisure.
Herman Melville