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Outsourcing

The Walt Disney company has been accused of laying off employees, and contracting out their work to companies that hire foreign workers for a fraction of the cost. 

Disney uses contractors to replace higher paid American workers, often with illegal immigrants, and has been doing so for over 20 years. The fact that they use contractors has enabled the company to have “plausible deniability” that the workers are illegal.
How do I know this? Two data points:
In 1996, I had a job working at Disney as a technician working on the robotic figures (animatronics) at the Magic Kingdom theme park in Orlando. we had a meeting one night between our department and management, and we were told that it was the company’s goal to eliminate all permanent, full time positions in the park by the year 2010 and replace them with contractors. They claimed that the $90 million a year that the company was paying for health care benefits was too much.
One of my coworkers pointed out that Michael Eisner, then the CEO of the company, received $270 million in pay, benefits, and other perks the year before, and asked why didn’t the company just cut HIS pay to “only” $180 million, and let the employees keep their benefits. The manager running the meeting then claimed that the meeting was over, as we were not going to discuss executive pay.
The second data point came in 2000. I was dating a woman from the Czech Republic by the name of Ivana Horakova. She had come to the US a year before on a tourist visa, and overstayed her visa. She was an illegal immigrant. She was working as a customer service representative for a contractor that provided staffing for hotels that were on and around Disney property. Since she spoke 5 languages, she was a great person to have at the front desk to greet customers. Her pay? She was being paid with a three bedroom apartment to share with 5 other girls, and $40 a week. 
But it’s the happiest place on Earth, right?
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Communist agitators

Look at this picture of the riots in Baltimore:

The sign there is made by the “Peoples Power Assembly.” Just who are they? Well, according to their Facebook page, they are supporters of the World Workers Party, which is a Communist Organization.

This is what the PPA has to say:

It is time for us to make it very clear that things are only going to get worse. And the only way we can stop things from getting worse — the only way we can win a society that we dream for, not only for ourselves, but for our children and our grandchildren and the children that we don’t know, not only here but around the world — is to overthrow this brutal system.

Their stated goal is to overthrow the government and replace it with…

There is a dual crisis at play. One aspect is the crisis of the economic system, which is global. More than merely a crisis of the financial markets, it is of the system of capitalism itself.

Here is a pamphlet (pdf) for one of their conferences:

With all of these riots, the people of those cities keep claiming that the people who live there are not the ones who are rioting. They claim that ‘outsiders’ are showing up to these cities after a police shooting, and they are deliberately agitating and causing trouble. Not one person has decided to investigate who these agitators are, where they get their funding, or who is organizing them.

There is revcom.ushttp://revcom.us/  – which is the source of many of the posters in the protests. What is that site? It is the official site of the Communist Party of the US, and the site is advocating for revolution and overthrow of the US government.

These people are Communist agitators. They are engaging in a Nationwide push to overthrow the Government. What I want to know is where and from whom are they receiving funding.

This movement is well organized and well funded. The same professionally made posters appearing in protest after protest.

Seattle:

New York City:

Ferguson:

I know that this has been the subject of many fiction stories, but countless dictators have used civil unrest such as this as an excuse to suspend civil rights and assume total power…

Either way, there is certainly more to this than meets the eye.

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Racism

President Obama makes an incredibly racist speech at the White House Press dinner, and then the White House posts it to its Facebook page.


Have you met Luther, President Obama’s anger translator? #WHCD #KeyAndPeele
Posted by The White House on Saturday, April 25, 2015

One of the first lines in the speech is “Hold on to your lilly white butts.”

Can you imagine a Republican saying “Hold on to your black ass” in an official speech? He would be crucified.

Then there are statements about Fox News scaring old, white people.

After that, I couldn’t watch any more. The press pretty much lets this guy do as he pleases without questioning it.

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Cops are revenue generators

So the State of Florida recently had a two day event called “Operation Green Light.” What this event was, was all of the offices for the state’s county clerks would waive the collection fees for people who had old traffic tickets whose fines had been sent to collection agencies. Watch the report here.

Orange county alone has 400,000 unpaid traffic tickets, which they claim is millions missing from the county’s budget. Did you get that? Counties admit that traffic tickets are about getting more money. The police departments’ primary mission is bringing money into the county coffers, not preventing crime or catching lawbreakers.

I am one of the people who is in collections for an old ticket. I got a speeding ticket in Melbourne in 2001, 14 years ago. I went to the clerk’s office when I got the ticket and paid the fine. Ten years later, I got a letter from a collection agency, claiming that I had underpaid my fine by $45.50. I sent them a letter, telling them that I had paid the fine that I was told to pay at the time, and the fact that the clerk miscalculated the fine when I paid it was not my problem, as I had a receipt.

They responded by saying that fines from a government agency are not subject to the statute of limitations, nor are they subject to the Federal Laws on Collecting debts. They can continue to hound me about it until the end of time. What I DID discover, however, is that they cannot suspend my license, nor can they place it on my credit bureau reports. I sent them a letter telling them that I was not going to pay it, and that there was nothing that they could legally do to force me to do so.

In other words, all they can do is continue to send me letters every month, which they have done since the summer of 2012. In other words, they have spent more in postage trying to collect this fine than the amount of the fine would net them.

This is why government is so wasteful: they just don’t understand money. Even with armed collection agents that can force you to participate, the ability to force you to pay or go to jail, and exceptions to the law that allow them to abuse the system, they still can’t make money.

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Special ed racket

Did you know that a child who is diagnosed with things like ADD can get special privileges in school like extra study guides, extended time on tests, and other perks, but that the student’s school transcripts and diplomas will not reflect that fact? Did you know that schools are paid more for having these students under their care? For instance, New York State spends an average of $14,413 per year more to educate a disabled student than a regular-enrollment student. 

There are students who actually need these things, but as you can imagine, there are schools and parents that will take advantage of this system. The benefit to the school is increased funding, and the benefit to the student is a slanted playing field.

There are even schools that children attend that allow them to ride horses as a part of their “therapy.” A large number of disabled students and their clever parents, critics allege, have managed to get public schools to pay for attendance at expensive private schools like the one just mentioned. The San Francisco Chronicle describes the case of a student with learning disabilities and an anxiety disorder whose parents “enrolled him in a $30,000-a-year prep school in Maine—then sent the bill to their local public school district.”

In the last three decades, special-education programs in the United States have grown at a tremendous pace. Much of this growth reflects a growing incidence of students diagnosed with the mildest form of learning disability, called a Specific Learning Disability (SLD), and thus the hardest to distinguish from an ordinary cognitive deficit. Between 1977 and 2006, the proportion of public school students diagnosed with SLD trebled, from 1.8 percent to 5.6 percent. By the end of that period, 40.7 percent of all students enrolled in special education had been identified as having an SLD. A limited but growing body of research suggests that financial and other incentives may be responsible for a portion of these increases.

Read more here

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Best headline ever

Man shoots armadillo, hits mother in law.

Heh

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Women’s bodies throughout history

I actually found an interesting article over at HuffPo:

Women’s Ideal Body Types Throughout History.

The “ideal” woman’s body type has taken on a number of forms over the past 3,000 years. In ancient Egypt, it was slender shoulders and a narrow waist; during the Italian Renaissance, it was a round stomach and fair skin; in the 1980s, it was an athletic build with curves.

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I, robot

Fast food workers continue to protest, despite the fact that they received a twelve percent raise from $8 an hour to $9 an hour, paid time off, and educational benefits, with a promise of another twelve percent nest year to $10 an hour. Why? Because they claim that they want fifteen dollars an hour. They further claim that the money they get forces them to decide whether to pay the electric bill or the rent, but doesn’t allow them to pay both.

Looking at the pictures in the article, it seems like many of them have smart phones and designer clothes:

The money quote?

“If we want people to stop selling drugs, stop murdering, robbing, raping and killing … then we have to pay them something to keep them vitalized and civilized,” added Rev. Rideout III.

So this is essentially a threat, that unless we pay up, they will kill people.

There is another option: Employers can simply replace them with robots, like these. At some point, the cost of installing and maintaining a robot will be less than the cost of salary, training, paid time off, Obamacare, and loss from theft, botched orders, and waste. When employees price themselves out of the market and the robots take their jobs, there will be no going back.

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CCW prevents mass shooting

On March 22 a man who opened fire on children and adults in a Philadelphia barbershop was shot and killed by a citizen with a concealed carry permit.
The armed citizen had been walking by the barbershop when he heard gunshots. He ran inside and shot the gunman.

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Illegal immigrants being hired as cops

From the USA today, illegal immigrants are being hired as cops:

Law enforcement agencies struggling to fill their ranks or connect with their increasingly diverse populations are turning to immigrants to fill the gap. Most agencies in the country require officers or deputies to be U.S. citizens, but some are allowing immigrants who are legally in the country to wear the badge. From Hawaii to Vermont, agencies are allowing green-card holders and legal immigrants with work permits to join their ranks.
Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, said he has no problems with green-card holders becoming police officers because they’ve made a long-term commitment to the country and have undergone extensive background checks. But he worries about the security risks associated with allowing any immigrant with a work permit to become an officer, especially considering that the Obama administration has given hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants work permits.
“We’re handing over a gun and a badge to somebody whose background we don’t really know a lot about,” Krikorian said.

Read the whole thing, and think about the ramifications of a heavily armed, militarized police force, who have no loyalty to our nation, our laws, or our Constitution.