Tuesday, December 18, 2012

From Newtown Straight to Heaven

"Do not weep for them, Madre
They are gone forever, the little ones
Straight to heaven to the saints
And God will fill the bullet holes with candy"
Freedom Group, although not publicly traded, needs to be prepared to have its hands slapped. Record gun sales though since the shootings! Publicly traded gun maker shares are down after the most vile act in Connecticut. Wall Street's slap. Well Sailor, too little too late. The ship has sailed, as in Joan Baez's "In Guernica". Of course the Genius NRA will not weigh in, but some conservatives are aghast at the proliferation of assault weapons. Phlegm at eleven.
Let us hope God will fill the bullet holes with candy. What do we fill the parent's holes with?

Monday, June 13, 2011

n th Pharm ther wer som Pigs

OMG! The Pusher Man. "The Marketing of Madness", a documentary. Please watch. Is it too late? Devastating to the generation which will be taking over from "boomers". Zombie government and pharmaceutical genocide. LOL, NOT! Do heroin, less side-effects. Does not "Big Pharm" go down with the human ship? On the investment side, if you were to analyse your position after 6 straight weeks of losses, you would be happy now if you were holding pharmaceuticals and other DJIA stuff. The Dow has finally started to outperform & smalls are getting hammered. I see the 10500 number as a still positive number in this facade of an environment. We cannot build real investor equity through unemployment. There aren't investors.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Economic Recovery Explained, Whatever

While (WE ADDED OVER 200,000 JOBS IN MARCH, 2011), low paying jobs were what got added. People are taking any job for little compensation. (THE AVERAGE WORKER'S 2% RAISE IN 2010) covers about 1/2 of our historically low inflation. (SERVICE INDUSTRY AND FACTORY JOBS RECOVERED), both low paying at entry level.
A typical healthy wage gain (per year) is 5%. Significantly, the "middle class" is currently not better off working, as we live paycheck to paycheck. We are still in the midst of a great housing collapse, with "regular" people having little equity in their homes.
Our (8.8% RECOVERING UNEMPLOYMENT RATE) converts to 19+% if underemployed are considered. The recession has added five years of mandatory employment to lives. The average wage is less than in 2007. It's not the future you envisioned for yourself but you're (better be) happy with it for now.
(CONSUMER SPENDING IS UP, HOORAY!). But the top 15%, economically speaking, spent 55% of the up tick. (THE STOCK MARKET IS HOT), where billionaires gamble your money and future. But equity or (by definition stock market) mutual fund distributions remain depressed, therefor if you can't pay-invest with enormous assets you can't play. Banks are enjoying the highest profits ever, sitting on cash and paying .005% on money markets. CEO compensation gained 27% on average in 2010. Did I see 2% somewhere?
If a retired couple has saved a quarter mil, they can just maybe pay for medical care for the rest of their lives.
And live in a tent and eat bread. Upper class philosophy is blank on the chapter which realizes the problems eventually inherent in a two class economic system. If the CEOs play their cards wrong the United States of America could have a brief "great and cultured state" duration. Collapse and rebuild anyone? (IT'S not THE FUTURE WE ENVISIONED) but we're happy with it now.


Monday, November 15, 2010

I Do Not Believe

I do not believe in the Corporatocracy as a viable form of governing or dogma. At worst it is close to Imperialism (or Fascism?) and at best it is a caste system. It is an ineffective means to a (worthless) end for proponents. When the most is in the hands of the few (as the few are beginning to see) stagnation in economy becomes relevant. Currencies must be in circulation to profit the Corporatocracy. The Few's $ becomes irrelevant and "false profits" are built on the back of unemployment. These "profits" must indeed be recognized as false by the corporate intelligensia. Maybe power via money does not indicate intelligence. Could it be possible!?
Come on dildos, let's start doing our job, which would be to protect the species.


Thursday, August 19, 2010

Corporate America Can't See the Forest...

First verse:
The combination of compassion and cruelty in humans is uncanny. Corporations are able to eliminate the first nasty trait. The problem in this country is that we have bestowed many "human rights" on corporations. Another term is "constitutional rights". This is very dangerous, as without compassion corporations can only (logically) act ruthlessly. Nothing else could be expected of them. If you have had money invested in the stock market you may be familiar with the corporate "rights" concept. Your money has disappeared because of the right of corporations to protect (means lie) themselves. What would the outcome be if every entity lacked compassion? An extinct species (us) would result. A corporatocracy is therefor a much worse system than even the most feared of systems; anarchy. A singular human being lacking compassion would perhaps turn out to be a serial killer. A corporatocracy has that lack of remorse mentality.
Second verse (same as the first):
I work for Corporate America. My company was one of the last to go under in the recession and one of the first to bounce back. That is fortunate for them. But I see the disturbing signs even there. Some people who I work with are afraid for their jobs and it shows in their demeanor.
Increased productivity!
We workers will give the corporatocracy more productivity.
In exchange we will accept less life and wage.
This is not how we build a middle class. This is how we build a serfdom. Do you prefer proletariat?
Now what Corporate America? You have cut costs by eliminating labor. But now (false) profits are flattening, as the consumer has no monies. The end of the beginning? Can the moneyed elite begin their poker game with all of the Monopoly money now? The last laugh will always come to the most numerous: to the proletariat, too late.
The Rant's Over:
In the final analysis, the planet will likely be too compromised to support a decent species. It should have been better. It should have been better to lack the cruelty.


Thursday, May 21, 2009

Remember You're Entering a Difficult Stage of Life

The most wonderful garbage propagated by the bourgeois corporatacracy for the purpose of perpetuating proletarian serfdom: "Well, you still have to work for health insurance, don't you?" What a farce. Let me tell you, if you get the "Big One", your insurance is useless (unless you have that easily attainable 100% coverage plan). You can't afford the co-pays and deductibles! Here's what I know about the "Great American Health Care Plan". If you definitely don't need health insurance, you can definitely have it. If you probably don't need it, you can probably have it. If you definitely need it, you definitely can't have it. If I had all the premiums which I have paid for no coverage when I was healthy, I could buy my own hospital! Don't work for a bad employer for insurance.

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Monday, May 11, 2009

Detroit's Crime

I'm not referring to the alarming crime rate in the economically distressed city in my title. I want to write about the domestic auto industry's crime against its employees working at dealerships.
I spent much time working in auto dealership service departments. This encompasses mechanical repair, collision repair and parts stocking departments. I sensed that some people were not happy when their vehicle was broken. I am convinced that people think that having their vehicle broken is the next worst thing to having their own body broken. There is certainly customer pressure exerted on service department employees to perform quickly and competently. (This is to be expected.) Mechanical and body shop managers can count on dealing with irate, irrational customers. No problem. That's what we do.
Auto body men and mechanics are like surgeons and artists at a little lower pay scale. They are immobilized without parts with which to fix vehicles.
Now here's the aspect of the industry that you don't know about (if you are not working in the "back end" of an auto dealership): Almost all of the employees are commissioned. They do not get paid if there is no work. So what? Why should the employee get paid if the owner isn't making money? Because good people need to be paid for their knowledge, experience, and expertise. I'm not against a small commission as incentive, but primary income should be based on a living wage regardless of market influences. I mean that salary is the way to go. Right now most "back end" dealership employees are 100% or nearly 100% commissioned. I had a job at which I was "guaranteed" $50 a week. I had 20 years of experience at the time! That's not right. I made good money but that's not the point. There was never any security for me, no matter how well I did.
One of the guys threatened to kill people who tried to steal "his" customers. That was a nice working environment.
The (pressure related) rates of alcoholism, drug abuse, and marital problems are extremely high in mechanics, body men, and parts men. It doesn't have to be that way. The dealerships are so afraid that if people aren't commissioned they won't work as hard. Not true. People work better when they are more relaxed, when there is no rush to get to the next job. What ever happened to simply firing people if they don't do the job? Oh no, let's starve them instead.
Look, it's not the ace mechanics (by the way, they constantly go to school, just like doctors) fault that the economy may dictate that people buy new cars instead of fixing old ones. It's not the ace body man's fault that people drive carefully for a period of time.
Here's an example scenario of the internal dealership problem: A mechanic needs a $10 part which the dealership doesn't stock.(A ten million dollar inventory couldn't provide all of the parts all of the time.) The part is on backorder. A $5000 job can't get finished. No one can get paid! The dealership's policy says that no one gets paid until the dealer principal gets paid. In addition, the illusion is that the parts department is taking food from the family of the mechanic. The internal and external pressures combined are just too much for everyone involved. It is none of the employees' fault that Detroit has backordered a $10 part for 6 months.
The employee pay system is absolute bull and needs to be changed. At least the internal pressures could be lessened. The many years that I worked in the business almost killed me, my liver, my marriage, my wife. I was good at it. It was bad to me. Thank goodness that I was in a good financial position. I could get out. But many people that I care about are still in the business, going insane.
I knew a great dealership employee that made the same good money every year on commission. The dealership could have salaried this person at his average yearly income. But no, he had to take early retirement due to too much pressure, too many ulcers, too many sleepless nights. (By the way, there is no pension plan available at most dealerships-that's just at manufacturing.) If the dealership would have had a more relaxed (due to less internal pressures) employee, they might have kept this valuable guy much longer. He might have lived longer.
I made very close to the same amount of money for the five years that I worked at a certain dealership. I begged them to salary me at my average (or less!) annual income. They fired me. I had made waves by trying to change an inequitable system which was all in favor of ownership. I felt, in retrospect, that I had been fortunate to be terminated. I was able to wind down for a while.
Auto dealerships are full of good people. I never worked for a bad manager. I never worked with a bad co-worker. I never worked for a bad owner (just misguided). Dealer principals, please salary (fairly) your good people and get rid of your bad people. There is an easy system that works! A dog eat dog system, with everyone being constantly on edge and competing, makes good people into bad. And don't disregard the possible detrimental effect of the commission system on the trusting customer. The customer pays extra money for competent, specialized, authorized dealership craftsmanship. Will the bill be "padded" by commissioned personnel who must feed families? Will a commissioned employee carelessly rush a job to get to a better paying job (before someone else can)? Salaried employees are more honest.
I would say that internal pressure is the equal (at least) to external pressure in the dealership "back end". Let's eliminate half of the problem. Let's try trusting our employees with salary, dealer principals. You hired them because you trusted them. A person picked the profession because he enjoyed it. He shouldn't have to get out of his chosen profession to feel well.
I survived a counterproductive killer system. Some don't.