Website666 is done.
Sadly, real life is getting to be a pain in the ass and I’m finding myself forced to consolidate my efforts online even more than I already have. I’ll continue posting stuff like I have on Website666.com but I’ll be doing it on my lifeblog at http://thepete.com/life or on my Tumblr. So please follow me in either place or on Twitter.
This blog will stay up but I’ll probably transfer all the posts in it to my lifeblog and to my Tumblr. Eventually, I may take the blog down entirely just because I’m a bit OCD and I like things tidy.
Damn, I really wanted to keep this site going. I just have too much to do in real life and in my virtual one. 2011 has been the year of realizing the difference between what I am capable of doing and what time, itself, will allow me to do. That process has helped me decide what is most important to me as a creator and a concerned citizen. So, I hope you’ll check out my other projects at the links mentioned above. I’ll definitely carry on my contrarian thinking policies as that’s the only way to make the world a better place.
Thanks for reading and I hope you’ll continue to follow my exploits at one of the locations above. Take care and please remember to question everything!!
OWS rant by someone else (and a challenge by me)
I’m having a really hard time understanding my country right now. I’m seeing an overwhelming amount of apathy, laced with immaturity, on a level that is unbearable.
Democrats, Republicans, and every other bastard in Washington (minus a few like Kucinich, Paul, Sanders) do not give a single shit for any one of us unless it makes them richer, or more powerful. For years they’ve continued on a path that makes them, and their friends richer, while letting the people they are elected to represent starve economically & figuratively.
Two months ago today, a small group of people started to protest, they’ve had enough. They decide to finally take a stand, in a way no politician has in decades. The small group, begins to grow. Do we welcome them with open arms? Some do, some don’t care and the rest condemn them. Call them lazy, smelly, unpatriotic, hippie scum, liberal idiots with no direction. I’m sorry, I thought this was the fucking Land Of Opportunity. What kind of bullshit American Dream exists where you graduate school with $80k in student debt, can’t find a job, can’t afford health insurance and when you stand up to protest, you are met with rubber bullets, pepper spray, and batons. Yet hardly anyone cares that their friends, family and neighbors rights are being tossed in the shitter. We have a President who openly supported Egypts right to free assembly, but doesn’t seem to care one bit that police across the country are playing batting practice on peaceful protesters. It’s entirely unacceptable.
I think it’s about time we redefine what “patriotic” is, because it’s not about wearing t-shirts will Bald Eagles breaking through them on fire holding an American Flag in it’s talons while shooting fireworks and drinking Bud Light, the official beer of freedom. Patriotism is caring enough about your country that you will stand outside for two months straight in an attempt to make a better, stronger, smarter country where everyone can succeed, and not just the ones who can afford a lobbyist in D.C.
Look at history—America has never been a universally trustable country. We’re supposed to have been founded on principles that we’ve violated countless times. Freedom of religion, but here’s money on which a god is endorsed. Equal rights, but if you’re Japanese we’re locking you up while we atomize two of your cities. Freedom of speech is guaranteed, except for a while when it was illegal to talk shit about the government’s latest war. I know I don’t even need to talk about that time we randomly decided all men aren’t created equal and that it was OK to own people.
One thing that’s been consistent, probably since America Day 1, is our country’s friendliness toward businesses. Pick up some real history books (ok this one) and learn about how the American government has always protected the rich and how American wars have always been a racket.
I don’t think it’s time we redefine “patriotism” at all. I think it’s time we redefine what is important to us as a species. Is it better that America respects human rights? Or that all governments on planet Earth do? Is it more important that the planet’s economy is strong? Or that we have something that maybe isn’t an “economy” at all that can better protect human rights and guarantee human advancement?
What we’re seeing now is the tipping point between Capitalism/Globalism kinda-sorta-working and it utterly crumbling around the ears of 99% of the Earth’s population. Does anyone really want to protect/support the country that was the Number One proponent of the Capitalist/Globalist system for nearly a century?
America has always been a tool for the rich. All our borders give us is an excuse to not care about the rest of the world.
Let’s redefine ourselves.
A week of Wall Street layoffs
As protesters find new ways to “Occupy Wall Street”, major financial firms have been busy handing out pink slips this week.
It’s the second week of what’s expected to be a brutal season for job cuts as big banks have already announced that there will roughly 75,000 fewer people working at their firms.
Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase commenced new rounds of job cuts this week, following the lead of Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse and RBS.
Most of the layoffs at Bank of America this week came from the firm’s investment banking and capital markets divisions, according to a source close to the firm. A Bank of America spokesperson declined to comment. In September, Bank of America announced planned cuts of 30,000 employees over the next several years.
JPMorgan Chase’s spokesperson wouldn’t discuss whether any jobs had been cut or any numbers. “There were no job cuts beyond those previously announced months ago.”
In the firm’s third quarter earnings conference call, JPMorgan Chase’s CEO Jamie Dimon said the firm would see a reduction in headcount but no major layoffs. Sources familiar with the bank’s activities this week said that a number of traders were handed pink slips this week.
“Things have gotten pretty bad, pretty fast,” said Richard Lipstein, managing director of the executive search firm Boyden. Lipstein said he’s seen a big uptick in jobseekers over the past two weeks, particularly among midlevel executives.
Mid-to-late November is typically the season for layoffs, as banks want to avoid making cuts during the holidays in December. By doing it before year-end, these employees aren’t eligible for bonuses. (more)
Silver lining: New dissidents for OWS.
They aren’t really thinking are they….
No, the rich folks just aren’t getting it. It’s like they WANT it to get so bad that violence happens. It’s like they really ARE stuck-up assholes like we’ve all been saying.
Violence is the first refuge of the incompetent.
-Issac Asimov (via penny-royal)
It’s also the first option of the most desperate. :\
I was there to take down the names of people who were arrested… As I’m standing there, some African-American woman goes up to a police officer and says, ‘I need to get in. My daughter’s there. I want to know if she’s OK.’ And he said, ‘Move on, lady.’ And they kept pushing with their sticks, pushing back. And she was crying. And all of a sudden, out of nowhere, he throws her to the ground and starts hitting her in the head,” says Smith. “I walk over, and I say, ‘Look, cuff her if she’s done something, but you don’t need to do that.’ And he said, ‘Lady, do you want to get arrested?’ And I said, ‘Do you see my hat? I’m here as a legal observer.’ He said, ‘You want to get arrested?’ And he pushed me up against the wall.
Retired New York Supreme Court Judge Karen Smith, working as a legal observer after the raids on Zucotti Park this Tuesday, via Paramilitary Policing of Occupy Wall Street: Excessive Use of Force amidst the New Military Urbanism (via seriouslyamerica)
Sigh… this is some serious police-state-ish kind of behavior. How does this sort of behavior go away?