Social Articles from 2016
House Passes Bill Allowing Government To Microchip Citizens With “Mental Disabilities”
by Whitney Webb
Posted December 15, 2016
Last Thursday, the House passed HR 4919, also known as Kevin and Avonte’s Law, which would allow the US attorney general to award grants to law enforcement for the creation and operation of “locative tracking technology programs.” Though the program’s mission is to find “individuals with forms of dementia or children with developmental disabilities who have wandered from safe environments,” it provides no restriction on the tracking program’s inclusion of other individuals. The bill would also require the attorney general to work with the secretary of health and human services and unnamed health organizations to establish the “best practices” for the use of tracking devices.
Those in support of the legislation maintain that such programs could prevent tragedies where those with mental or cognitive disabilities wandered into dangerous circumstances. Yet, others have called these good intentions a “Trojan horse” for the expansion of a North American police state as the bill’s language could be very broadly interpreted. More…
What the robots are doing to the middle class
By Paul Buchheit
Posted December 12, 2016
We will need a guaranteed income, ideally through guaranteed jobs, with the implementation of a financial transaction tax, and with a commitment to alternative energy infrastructure development.
The simplistic response to the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on employment is that we’ve experienced this before, during the Industrial Revolution and beyond, and that the “market” will eventually provide plenty of jobs. The reality is that tens of millions of Americans will have to accept food service and retail and personal care jobs that don’t pay a living wage. More…
Our “Gaslight” Economy
By Charles Hugh Smith
Posted December 12, 2016
If you don’t like what these charts are saying, please notify The Washington Post to add the St. Louis Federal Reserve to its list of Russian propaganda sites.
Yesterday I described our gaslight financial system. Today we’ll look at our gaslight economy. Correspondent Jason H. alerted me to the work of author Thomas Sheridan ( Puzzling People: The Labyrinth of the Psychopath), who claims to have coined the term gaslighting. As noted yesterday, gaslighting has often been used in the context of personal relationships to describe a manipulative person’s attempts to undermine and control their romantic partner.
In a larger context, these manipulative techniques can also be applied to our perception of the entire economy. It seems obvious to me that we are being gaslighted to forget the widely distributed prosperity of the past and accept that the stagnation of the past 16 years is equivalently prosperous–in direct contradiction to the lived experience and memories of the bottom 80%. More…
Rise Of The Machines: Millions Of American Jobs Will Be Wiped Out In The Next Five Years
by Mac Slavo
Posted December 9, 2016
There is a paradigm shift coming and it is about to rewrite everything we know about economics, human labor, and government dependence. We’re talking tens of millions of jobs. And they’ll be gone within half a decade’s time.
The immediate response to such revelations is that there will be widespread societal upheaval. How will displaced human workers feed their families or keep roofs over their heads?
The answer, according to Silicon Valley, which is driving the new paradigm full force, is quite simple and has been detailed in the highly rated documentary Obsolete from Aaron and Melissa Dykes (available free for Amazon Prime subscribers). It’s called “universal basic income,” or UBI, and essentially means that every member of society will be given a paycheck to meet their most basic needs. More…
The Mafia State
By Chris Hedges
Posted December 7, 2016
Systems of governance that are seized by a tiny cabal become mafia states. The early years — Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton in the United States — are marked by promises that the pillage will benefit everyone. The later years — George W. Bush and Barack Obama — are marked by declarations that things are getting better even though they are getting worse. The final years — Donald Trump — see the lunatic trolls, hedge fund parasites, con artists, conspiracy theorists and criminals drop all pretense and carry out an orgy of looting and corruption.
The rich never have enough. The more they get, the more they want. It is a disease. CEOs demand and receive pay that is 200 times what their workers earn. And even when corporate executives commit massive fraud, such as the billing of hundreds of thousands of Wells Fargo customers for accounts they never opened, they elude punishment and personally profit. Disgraced CEO John Stumpf left Wells Fargo with a pay package that averages nearly $15 million a year. Richard Fuld received nearly half a billion dollars from 1993 to 2007, a time in which he was bankrupting Lehman Brothers. More…
Half Of The Population Of The World Is Dirt Poor – And The Global Elite Want To Keep It That Way
By Michael Snyder
Posted November 28, 2016
Could you survive on just $2.50 a day? According to Compassion International, approximately half of the population of the entire planet currently lives on $2.50 a day or less. Meanwhile, those hoarding wealth at the very top of the global pyramid are rapidly becoming a lot wealthier.
Don’t get me wrong – I am a very big believer in working hard and contributing something of value to society, and those that work the hardest and contribute the most should be able to reap the rewards. In this article I am in no way, shape or form criticizing true capitalism, because if true capitalism were actually being practiced all over the planet we would have far, far less poverty today. Instead, our planet is dominated by a heavily socialized debt-based central banking system that systematically transfers wealth from hard working ordinary citizens to the global elite. Those at the very top of the pyramid know that they are impoverishing everyone else, and they very much intend to keep it that way. More…
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