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Tax-hike scare goes up in thin air

11:23 am in Uncategorized by acmerecords

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Honor Among Thieves. Just the difference of a suit of clothes – by Homer Davenport, 1900

An academic study released by an economist from the University of Massachusetts found that one of the scare tactics used by both federal and state lawmakers for not raising taxes and instead cutting back funding of public works and social services is based on a falsity.

A review of recent research performed by economist Jeffrey Thompson found that there is no evidence to support the often-employed claim that the wealthy will flee states that raise taxes to pay for public services. The study actually found that the most wealthy tax payers were less affected by tax increases in general and were therefore even less likely to consider moving out of state due to increases in their taxes.

Research on the subject found that that family and community ties and the difficult prospect of moving entire families out of state assuages both high wage earners and lower wage earners from considering a move simply due to a state imposed tax increase. Thompson said that the ability of the wealthy to “absorb such increases is obviously strongest,” and therefore such households ”are less likely to cut back on spending as a result of tax hikes.”

Thompson’s study also shows that the carnivorous business class’s deployment of crude ayn randian ‘objectivist’-styled scare tactics that hold that greed is the single most important driver in human relations (the passive-aggressive tactic of threatening to ‘take-my-ball-home’ and justifying the threat by suggesting that the selfish act is somehow legitimate when viewed from a faux ‘cost benefit analysis’ point of view) falls flat when that analysis takes into consideration the desires of even the most wealthy in our society to be part of a community, to know one’s neighbors, to participate in the local school systems, churches, public projects – to achieve both personal growth and to make our communities better for every citizen.

In fact, contradicting the meme broadcast by captured politicos and dreamed up by businesses that see nothing wrong with exacting tax giveaways, tax rebates and other tax avoidance schemes that benefit them from politicians while at the same time advocating starving public programs and reneging on contracted pension benefits, many wealthy wage earners told researchers that they felt obliged to pay more for programs and services that make the community a better place.

The pilfering public pension pirates of Illinois: tax the rich to save the rest

11:44 am in Uncategorized by acmerecords

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This is the thanks they get? Our teachers and our librarians, civil engineers and school crossing guards, trash collectors and public safety protectors, public prosecutors and public defenders, snowplow drivers, accountants, file clerks, telephone operators, translators, healthcare workers, those who care for our sick and elderly and our forgotten.

Acme Arts Collective and its member artists are cooperating on this Thanksgiving day to publicize the attack on public employees carried out by both the Democrats who control the statehouse in Illinois and the Illinois Republicans who have conspired with the oligarchic predatory class to demonize Illinoisans who selflessly choose to serve the public as teachers, police, firefighters, public safety inspectors; your neighbors who’s energies have educated your children, saved the lives of your parents and grandparents and, yes, worked thanklessly to attend to the waste that is created daily by the vast mechanisms in modern America that shift wealth from the poorest to the most wealthy.

Our friends and neighbors who chose to give up the comforts that would have otherwise been accorded to them in our unfair two class system should they have decided to ‘make money in the private sector’ and cravenly given their energies to gamble and steal in the fashion of modern America’s felonious financial sector are now being attacked in a organized and systemic fashion by the multi-headed Cerberus that is the financial/political/media industrial complex. The protectors of the rich and un-civil at the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago, the unfair-taxation-matrons at the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and the ALEC lap-puppies at the Illinois Policy Institute have banded together with the politicians from both parties who bear responsibility for Illinois’ pension ‘crisis’ in a greed induced blitzkrieg to steal pension benefits from poor, old, sick, infirm and literally helpless Illinoisans who spent their lives working to make the civic space of Illinois function for the past 30 years.

That is correct, the richest industrialists, the most bought off press and our hopelessly sycophantic to business interests politicians and weasley wealth protecting “not-for-profits” who run Illinois have banded together for the single purpose of taking food out of the mouths of our neighbors and taking medicine away from our friends who are disabled, infirm and diseased for the simple to understand single purpose – because they are greedy.

Lets break it down -

The Industrialists:
These are Illinoisans who exploit the value added to our state by public employees every single day. Their employees were taught how to read, write and reason by your neighbor, a school teacher. They ship the plastic widgets that they sell to make themselves fabulously wealthy on roads that were built using public funds that created thousands of middle class private sector jobs, and are kept safe by public sector engineers, safety inspectors and police. But these unpatriotic parasitic wealthy Illinoisans refuse to pay their fair share of income taxes to support the intellectual and physical infrastructure in Illinois that they themselves have used to become wealthy and, instead, are conspiring to ensure that old ladies do not have life saving medications.

The Media:
The Editorial board of the bankrupt Chicago Tribune, who themselves amass outrageous pension benefits that ensure that they will each receive pensions of hundreds of thousands of dollars a year when they retire, have banded with private sector companies to make certain that the school teachers and librarians who read the Chicago Tribune will have to choose between medicine and food in their retirement. Acting as the water-carrier for wealthy individuals and corporations, the Chicago Tribune has led a greed inspired propaganda blitzkrieg against the poorest among us who gave their entire working careers to serve the public. The Chicago Tribune does not think that it is fair that the average retired state employee who receives a pension lives on $20,000, but thinks that giving a combined $42.5 million in bonuses to a group of its employees just last year amounts to being a ‘productive business enterprise’ …did I mention that the company is bankrupt?

The Politicians:

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Unclear on the concept cavalcade continues to corrupt citizens’ consciousness

4:16 pm in Uncategorized by acmerecords

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Ripped from the headlines, the news seems to suggest that rank and file democrats are following their standard bearer’s ‘style’ when it comes to solving some of the more pressing and complex problems that we face togehter as a nation. Its good to know that these followers have appreciated the efforts made by the Obama administration to “set the tone” as we sally forth together to solve these troubling and significant criminal and cultural problems.

Democratic leadership acts as anti-equal justice vigilante, taking personal initiative to smash the concept of equal protection under the law with of get-out-of-jail-for-free winks and nods to felonious bankers

President Obama, referring to the his administration’s broad based policy of agreeing to non-prosecution agreements drafted by private businesses who have been accused of criminality, reassured citizens angered by the administration’s apparent disregard for the law when he stated; “Well, first, on the issue of — on the issue of prosecutions on Wall Street, one of the biggest problems about the collapse of Lehman’s and the subsequent financial crisis and the whole subprime lending fiasco is that a lot of that stuff wasn’t necessarily illegal, it was just immoral or inappropriate or reckless…You know, the financial sector is very creative, and they are always looking for ways to make money. That’s their job. And if there are loopholes and rules that can be bent and arbitrage to be had, they will take advantage of it.”

Democratic president acts as anti-international and anti-US constitutional law vigilante, pommeling treaties and settled US law with the truncheon of a non-investigation promise to American torturers

A short two months after winning the election in 2008, and just days before taking an oath that requires him to “protect and defend the constitution”, president Barack Obama, speaking on television on January 10, 2009, advised Americans of his unconventional plan for enforcing treaty obligated, legally codified and constitutionally mandated prohibitions against torturing human beings, stating; “Part of my job is to make sure that, for example, at the CIA, you’ve got extraordinarily talented people who are working very hard to keep Americans safe. I don’t want them to suddenly feel like they’ve got spend their all their time looking over their shoulders…(I operate on) a belief that we need to look forward as opposed to looking backwards.”

Democratic president acts as anti-health vigilante, taking personal initiative to smash the public healthcare option with cudgel of disingenuousness and lies

Speaking to a gathering of actually important Democratic party supporters in September of 2010 who paid $30,000 each to sup with President Obama, the president took time to put critics of his signature insurance industry bail-out plan called the Affordable Care Act in their place, saying, “Democrats, just congenitally, tend to get — to see the glass as half empty. (Laughter.) If we get an historic health care bill passed — oh, well, the public option wasn’t there.”

Democratic president acts as anti-constitution vigilante, taking personal initiative to bug-splat American citizens with no judge’s order

In a new book regarding the 2010 presidential campaign, President Obama confirms one of the skills that he has consciously honed and perfected since he became president of the United States. Having overseen the conveyance of sky-death to hundreds of innocent humans as he personally ordered hundreds of drone executions, Obama reflected on his new-found passion, stating, “I’m really good at killing people.”

Democratic president acts as anti-privacy vigilante, taking personal initiative to bludgeon the notion of private communication for every member of the human race with complete and unrelenting surveillance

Speaking to a troubled populous after they were informed of the un-warranted and warrantless surveillance of all Americans, and most citizens of planet earth, for the entire time he has been president, Barack Obama sought to calm the concerns of Americans when he advised in July 2013 that, the “modest encroachments on privacy” were “worth us doing” in furtherance of protecting the homeland. Obama reminded Americans that, while not specified in the US Constitution, “There are some trade-offs involved,” when it comes to protecting the homeland.

Democratic leadership teams with Republican leadership as anti-sick person vigilantes, taking personal initiative to scheme to beat back relief payments to American patients with technical accounting brick-bat

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Bipartisan odor wafting from DC

7:41 pm in Uncategorized by acmerecords

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Republican Elephant & Democrat Donkey

Bi-partisan cooperation, but not in the people’s name.

As both Democratic and Republican politicians are getting ready to roll up their sleeves and start governing now that the closed for business government has been re-opened for business, a small group of political leaders from both parties are working together to brainstorm solutions that are practical, make good sense and appeal to the mindsets and meet the requirements of politicians from both parties. While the consensus of TV’s shouty partisan teletubbies is that our diametrically opposed political parties can’t possibly agree on anything (and we therefore can’t do anything other than continue fighting imperial wars and bailing out private businessmen) the deal-makers in DC are currently working on a proposal that has not been castigated by either Democrats or Republicans as “unworkable”, “undoable”, “unpalatable” or “un-American” providing hope that the chasm between the party of Lincoln and the party of…whatever the Democrats say that they are the party of, can be bridged for the sake of benefiting regular Americans, who are very rich.

The bi-partisan work group has proposed implementing what it calls the “chained tax tables” that will, over the course of time, gradually reduce the rate of taxes paid by the country’s “job creators” eventually bringing the country to a comfortable stasis point of zero percent with respect to taxation of our richest donors/citizens that both Democrats and Republicans can trumpet as a success when they stand before their local Chambers of Commerce.

In the system of chained tax tabling, instead of politicians caving to wealthy campaign cash contributors once every two years (during election seasons) and giving away scads of unwarranted tax breaks, promoting tax forgiveness schemes, offering multiple year tax holidays and tax rebates, an assessment will be made every month that will take into account the level of pouting, screaming and threatening to withhold financial support from politicians by America’s wealthiest and America’s businesses that will be recorded on a new government scale called the “Captured Politican Index” (CPI). Based upon the monthly changes to the CPI, the tax rates of our top earners will be decreased in rough proportion to the kicking and screaming, pouting and threatening that the index will quantify.

Chained tax tabling was originally conceived of by a team of academics that was appointed during the Clinton presidency when both republicans and democrats, supported by the White House, determined that having the lowest personal tax rates on the planet for our wealthiest citizens and for our hard working corporations was just too burdensome.

Though chained tax tabling was inspired out of a pure bi-partisan desire to help a small sliver (one percent) of America’s citizens that legislators realized really “needed a little help” from our government, the concept was originally lionized largely by rightwing think tanks in America, including the Heritage Foundation, and was supported by George W. Bush among other members of America’s “hard right”. But, with the election of the very pragmatic servant of the public Barack Obama, members of America’s “left wing”, including Obama himself, have realized the need to extend tax relief to the hard working very rich in our country.

US Representative Dick Durbin (D-IL) recently exclaimed his full throated support for chained tax tabling and the CPI recently stating, “That’s right. I do, and I’ll tell you why — because Social Security is going to run out of money in 20 years. I want to fix it now, before we reach that cliff … Medicare may run out of money in 10 years, let’s fix it now If we don’t focus on the health care and dealing with the entitlements, the baby boom generation is going to blow away our future.”

It is this mindset that animates the group of brave elected officials from both parties that has banded together to push for chained tax tabling to lend support to our country’s job creators and to show that bipartisanship has not died in this great land.

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To hell with the heelots and then, to the hills

1:14 pm in Uncategorized by acmerecords

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As this divided, infrastructurally decrepit, middle class obviated, finance industry indentured, environmentally forsaken, compassion suppressing, rich get richer, war is the only answer, private capital coddling country slides off the rails towards the only demise that its choices can afford it, inhabited as it is by government protectors of big business who scream about government overreach, pettifogging mouthpiece Nobel Peace Prize winners who describe their child victims as terrorists expecting that their ‘framing’ absolves them from war crime guilt, humanitarians who call for the cindering of civilians, government regulators who claim they have only the power to de-regulate industries, criminal enforcement entities who wink&grin with private business owners as they say they cannot prosecute crimes unless they are committed by poor people, American patriots whose vision of freedom is to be freed from contributing to the common good and freed to move tax payer bailout money to untaxable off-shore accounts, political party apologizers who gladly accept tens of thousands of deaths every year in America so they can assert that laws created by the insurance industry to protect it from being thrown on the ash heap of history are somehow helping our poor and sick to receive care, I look out my Midwestern window today to have revealed to my weary eyes, a clump of river birch trees accepting its fate of dying to the winter, its beautiful death-shroud of golden leaves quivering in the portent of a northerly breeze. I am inspired today to sing praise to the bull-shit callers, the question askers (and answer demanders), those who will not give in or up as the fresh face of modern US neo-fascism glares threateningly back, the whistle blowers, the debate goers, the seed sowers who call out the collateral victim mowers, the division growers and baby in the bathwater throwers – those who recognize these ‘heelots’ for what they are and know that standing firm is the only stance to take when “standing up”.

Robert Riskin wrote the screenplay for the classic American film “Meet John Doe”, based upon a story by Richard Connel and Robert Presnell. The Capra film was released in 1941, but really reflects the time period of America’s last depression. As many know, the story involves a scheme concocted by a jaded newspaper woman who has been fired when a new owner of her newspaper comes in to “clean house”. The reporter convinces ‘John Doe’, an innocent country boy, to pretend to threaten to commit suicide due to the economic misery and America’s political intransigence to remedy the suffering, which gives the recently fired reporter an exclusive story – saving her job. The scheme careens out of the control of the schemers when the concocted story ignites a massive popular movement among regular Americans who are seeking both relief from the crushing economic depression as well as answers from politicians and the captains of industry. In an interesting fictional parallel to an historic incident, America’s industrial magnates conspire to seize control of the movement and utilize the agitated populace to instigate a coup, taking over America and instituting a fascistic new government that is directed by rich business owners to protect private capital and subordinate America’s workers and neuter the nascent popular political movement.

I know readers will see in this story many parallels to our current times – with the obvious exception being the fact that, during the previous depression, Hollywood would allow such a piece of socialist agit-prop to hit the big screens across America (even with its softening sub-plots) – and I encourage readers who have not seen this film in a long time to seek it out and view it comparing its mise-en-scene with today’s messy scenes in the USA; but my intent of bringing up this wonderful film is to call attention to a scene where ‘the Colonel” (played beautifully by Walter Brennan) gives his soliloquy, expounding on freedom in (from) this modern world.

After agreeing to the scheme, the hoboing John Doe is fed a meal, given new cloths by his newspapermen handlers, and $50 “spending money”. All of which leads to the Colonel frustratedly expressing his philosophy to a room full of regular modern Americans, city folk to be sure – but regular folks, just like those country folks in the American hinterland: Read the rest of this entry →

Presidental proffer of ‘protection’ to pilfer pensioner’s pocketbooks is pathetic

3:57 pm in Uncategorized by acmerecords

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Social Security card

Will Obama sacrifice social security to the Republicans?

As part of the agreed to by all parties ‘government shut down’ congress is contemplating resurrecting elements of President Obama’s so-called ‘grand bargain’. One of the president’s proposals, lifted as many of his ‘ideas’ are from the wish-list of fiscal conservatives intent on ‘ending social security as we know it’ including the Heritage Foundation, would require that social security recipients receive reduced cost of living increases, decreases that compound over time. Meaning, the longer a Parkinson’s patient is sick and relies upon government benefits, the more her social security will diminish. The change to social security that President Obama (D-IL) has proposed is referred to as the “chained CPI”.

Social Security payments to our disabled citizens average $13,548 per year. Social Security payments to America’s retirees average $15,228 per year. More than 53 million Americans receive these small benefits which help to keep them out of poverty. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the chained CPI proposed by President Obama in his 2014 budget will cut Social Security benefits to all recipients. The president calls his plan to reduce social security benefits a “protection,” I call it a pathetic capitulation to America’s wealthiest citizens.

The greedy statisticians who are pushing use of the Chained CPI assert that because of the way inflation is currently assessed, social security recipients are getting too much money; proponents of this scheme to reduce payments to our seniors and disabled assert that social security recipients currently receive an “unearned benefit” and that this, as opposed to unfunded military invasions for example, increases the budget deficit.

As far as I can tally, the average social security yearly payment of $14,388 represents a miniscule 8.2 percent of the congressional ‘take home pay’ of $174,000. Congress persons make $159,612 more than our average social security recipient, and these people think our sick and elderly are making too much? When a retired fire fighter receives $15,228 per year or a sick patient receives $13,548 per year in social security benefits, it is very difficult for me to conceive that there is a way that these deserving Americans are receiving an “unearned benefit.”

82 House Democrats oppose the President’s plan to cut payments to the disabled and seniors.

Contact your Democratic representative today and ask if they support taking money away from the sick and elderly.

Contact the White House and ask why a Democrat would propose cutting benefits to the sick and elderly.

We need to stand for our elders and our disabled neighbors — we need to make sure democratic politicians know that if they support diminishing social security they will LOSE THEIR JOBS.

“Resolve yourself to evolve yourself. Evolve, revolve. Evolution, revolution”  –Lend a hand by #theCCC
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Faith in humanity restored : realization that politicians are not humans reiterated

7:29 pm in Uncategorized by acmerecords

When I stumbled into the piercing daylight of an early September afternoon on the blasted plains of the Midwest, spun through the automated revolving door of a privately run Lutheran hospital, I landed back in America, the only industrialized country that does not consider health care to be a human right, where handcuffing health care to employment is the law and massive unemployment is the norm.

Doctor with stethoscope

Why isn’t health care a human right everywhere?

I was held as a patient for 5 days. I am a worker with health insurance, my brother is a worker (who works harder than me) who does not have insurance. If my brother would have eaten the subway tuna sandwich that I ate he would have either died (from not seeking medical attention) or have to file bankruptcy after seeking medical attention.

While I was sick I was tended to by Izabella, Amy, Amanda, Rey, I, Michael, Joanna, Yoni, Donna, Niki and a host of other humans. These little big people gave me my health and restored my faith in humans (humans who want/need/have to help other humans). So strange that this obvious notion has been lost or commoditized and industrialized in the US.

I was reminded by this of when, as a recent college graduate, I traveled to Europe and North Africa. While in Morocco, I accepted the offer of a family living in the High Atlas Mountains to share a meal–a meal of cheese, bread, butter and tea, the dairy products were not pasteurized. I left Morocco after being ill for a week, huddled and shivering in my bedsit hotel in Marrakesh. When I arrived back in Oxford UK, where my brother and his wife lived, I called a local doctor seeking drugs to make the intestinal parasite go away. I was given an appointment that morning. I was given an exam with blood work-up. I walked out with a prescription having paid 7 pounds 50. I am an American with a passport. I was treated like a human, a sick human, with care, dignity and humanity.

The reason that humans are denied care in our great land is because of greedy Americans and cowardly politicians. The free market doesn’t determine that profits have priority over compassion. The notion of the free market, however, does allow the weak and covetous among us to pretend that there is something more scientific and practical than behaving with humanity. The fearful and the greedy believe that the poor and sick must live horrible afflicted lives until they expire so as not to create a “moral hazard” (I’m not kidding here) by succumbing to the notion that helping our brethren humans is a requirement.

One of my first experiences back on planet America was riding a packed rush hour subway train. Here the slow, ill, infirm, elderly and pregnant are often left standing while young not-yet-able-to-afford-abandoning-public-transportation workers take a load off, gazing intently at handheld digital devices attempting to convey that politeness is an impolite interruption. I wonder if our job creators and law creators fealty to narcissistic self-promotion, infant-like self-infatuation and naked self-interest has crept into and informed the zeitgeist of America. Or if, at long last, our own self-interest and self-delusion has killed democracy in our country – a land of self-servants incapable of producing public servants.

Time to lend a hand & find our brothers in every man – We’ve always known.
lend a hand by the civilian conservation corps

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Democratic credulity and the scientific religion of free marketism

3:29 pm in Uncategorized by acmerecords

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In case there is any lingering hope, that hasn’t yet changed to disbelief or rage, that Democrats have finally torn the gauzy film of free market scientific-theologism from their eyes, we now observe the spectacle of Mr. Obama (a real true Democrat) slathering praise on the lizard-like manipulator consigliore of profit privatization and debt socialization, Mr. Summers, asserting in broad daylight that Summers makes an “outstanding” candidate to head up the Federal Reserve.

Larry Summers - Caricature

Larry Summers – Caricature

I really think that Obama believes that Mr. Summers would be a “terrific” head of the Federal Reserve. And whether he knows it or not, his man-crush on lizard Summers is a significant tell signaling the religion that our Democrat in the White House practices; free market scientific-theologism.

Let’s take a look at some of Mr. Summer’s career achievements in the world of your own personal finances that may help you understand just why our dear democratic leader swoons in defense of Mr. Summers.

When he was an appointee of that other fabulous freemarketeer Democratic president, Bill Clinton, Summers worked on some really high-minded, forward thinking (one might even say world shaking in their outright speculative adventurism) programs that we Americans are still reaping the rewards from : the non-regulation of over-the-counter derivative financial gambling bets and the de-regulation of the nation’s banks that allowed them to enter the world-wide non-regulated casino.

I know that the 15.2 percent of Americans without a job in July 2013 (as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics) would surely thank Mr. Summers for his vision for their future, that is on the off chance that Mr. Summers happens to visit the homeless shelter.

Likewise, the households in the US that lost an estimated $16.4 trillion in net worth between 2007 and 2009 will, after a little free-market reeducation provided by our Democratic leadership, certainly wish to thank Mr. Summers for the ‘tough love lesson’ they have received about the free market of financial sector regulation that benefits everyone equally…it’s just like science!

Although it seems to most people that letting greed addled phonies “regulate themselves” as they were (quite literally) making billions in personal wealth by misrepresenting the value of their gambling products may be a bad idea; at the time, Mr. Summers went on record before the US Congress and reassured those corn-pone chumps that “the parties to these kinds of contracts are largely sophisticated financial institutions that would appear to be eminently capable of protecting themselves from fraud and counterparty insolvencies.” I guess in the end, these banking felons actually did do a good job of “protecting themselves” – not so much my retired 3rd grade science teacher…who maybe should have studied the science of ‘free markets’ instead of biology.

It is, however, good to know that – in the long run (or bank run, whatever) – Summers finally agreed with Keynesians when he quoted John Maynard Keynes telling Newsweek in 2009, “When circumstances change, I change my opinion.”

More thoughts from this vessel of magical economic thinking and action;
Mr. Summers says he is in awe of “the economic logic behind dumping a load of toxic waste in the lowest wage country is impeccable and we should face up to that…. I’ve always thought that under-populated countries in Africa are vastly underpolluted”,

And, Mr. Summers may himself not think that fed chair candidate Janet Yellen is up to the task (given the existence of, well, her ovaries) due to the fact that women, Summer’s asserts, have a “different availability of aptitude at the high end” than us testosterone addled free market he-men.
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gots to choose…will it be apple, google or NSA ‘cloud computing’?

2:36 pm in Uncategorized by acmerecords

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Every time I have recently attempted to update my apple internet phone software I have been offered to accept a free-of-charge service by that same wonderful company (which appears to have the capacity to know exactly what types of products me and mrs.acmerecords want desperately to purchase to define our personal natures by) : to have a cloud named after me, where all of my ideas and schemes and dreams (as revealed in the haphazard and unfocused and advertising driven and mostly out of either sheer boredom or out of shameless consumerist instincts google.industrial.complex searches that I do) can be stored forever by them for my convenience; you know if my computer crashes or in case I ever have a problem buying additional computer hard drives to store my stuff on- you know if, like, best buy closes its doors and tiger direct gets bought up by some sparkleponypoop development company from china or san francisco or some shria law terrorist.company or something. 

While I am sure you all know that I would gladly send my first born male child directly to bill gates or whoever is the current black faux-turtleneck wearing dude from foxconn.apple – if it was 1) in the interests of national security and 2) would result in my being compensated with stock options, I would without hesitation – but unfortunately, due to the current economic climate in these united states, me & mrs.acmerecords have forestalled our patriotic.progenation.pact to bring forth into this marvelous nation of commerce another credit card carrying American citizen (& don’t lay that ‘not patriotic for not ‘re-stocking’ the shelves of America with newborn.consumption.nodes’ criticism on us because we do indeed consume a great deal…just have a look at our shopping history as transcribed by the whole foods wellness club or as methodically collected by our good friends at the local jewels (Albertsons) and you will see that we can be accurately data-mined to appear as good americans by these proud American citizen.corporations) – my question to ya’ll over here in rancho bernardo is : with the federal government getting into the cloud computing storage business, does it make sense to establish a relationship with one of the 2 companies that is always trying to get me to ‘cloud-up’ my personal information, if you will; meaning the wonderful, friendly and consumer conscious folks over at google.industrial.copmplex, or that bastion of technologically freeing/but slave producing electronics repackaging business foxconn.apple given that both of these government supported private entities are currently trading better on the NASDAQ than the publicly supported uncle sam project known as the USofA- when the honest and protecting US government wants to provide this NSA cloud computing system for free (or slightly free)? 

Believe me, I am really proud that our great company.country has (belatedly to be sure- but necessarily given the competition’s head start) finally decided to monetize their complete and unbridled collection of every thought, inspiration, communication, desire, intent, expression, wish, hope, yearning, muse, belief, aspiration and, well, purchase (those boyz over at boozy.hamilton are like a freaking dyson on steroids) – but me and mrs.acmerecords are really concerned as to whether the good ol’ USofA can actually compete with real class outfits like apple & google – I don’t know but I do know that all of those government policy deciders likely started their careers at Goog-App-Rosoft and then were welcomed back by these patriotic citizen.corporations after writing all that ‘legislation’ and developing them groovy ‘cost plus no-bid contracts’ and such. 

I assure you all over here in the rancho that I’m not dissing the good ol’ corporation of America here – but really, do you all remember the product release event for that government product called the ‘taxpayer bail-out of private finance companies’?  When that happened, there were no dancing girls, there were no free swag bags, there was no gigantic flat screen TV with neato-cool digitally enhanced images of dick fuld, anthony mozillo, lloyd blankfein and jamie diamond festooned with gigantic lobster bibs, wolfing down currency from a taxpayer packed feeding trough – No, all we got was the BADBAD.person.king gwbush saying sheepishly that ‘capitalism got drunk’ and had to be saved by socialism ! 

by socialism ?!? – you will never hear that bootstrapping and never supported by government contracts or tax advantages or unique copyright protections bill.gates or that foxconn.apple faux turtleneck guy saying the word socialism – f*ckin’ no way…these men are heroes of American freedom.commerce who deserve to be both lionized & patronized (as in buying all their neato products) by regular.dullard.americans.

Even the drone.spymaster.king.bobama himself  (when advancing the NSA’s cloud computing product that he unveiled recently with the help of a guy named Ed Snowden – and he didn’t even call that guy ‘snowy’ or some other corny.cute nick name) couched the requirement that regular americans have to be tracked like some kind of criminal with a warrant served out on their collective asses, not as submitting our sparkleponypoop.privacy to the data collection and analysis systems of some kind of socialist.gulag type of ‘big brother’ (no sir), but in a way that both me and mrs.acmerecords can understand readily – having recently ‘traded-in’ my older model cadillac when I contracted to purchase my new.used bmw over the course of the next 84 months, or the ‘trade-up’ mrs.acmerecords recently did when she agreed to be tracked wherever she goes by her new apple internet phone – we were advised by our dear.protector that all we have to do to get in on the at least ten year old ground floor of the NSA cloud computing revolution is to ‘trade-off’ our rights – if that’s all they’re asking (as me and mrs.acmerecords surely ‘have nothing to hide’ as good patriots always suggest they don’t) we would be right ‘on board’- kind of like turning ourselves in for our own protection for crimes that we do not know exist and, in any event, we have not committed – dude, sign me up!

Unfortunately, me and mrs.acmerecords have for so long been inundated with messaging by true americans from both political parties that “government is not the solution, government is the problem” and “reagan was a transformational president” and all of these new ‘public/private partnerships’ our grand.drone.decimating.decider.but.not.that.decider.king has been talkin’ ‘bout since he was elected, I have a really hard time detaching myself from the nurturing and individuality creating companies that, basically, are now more wealthy and powerful than the good ol’ unka.sam.discount.mega.mall- such as the google.industrial.copmplex and foxconn.apple – and ‘trading-off’ to be monitored by what is without qualification the best country in the world, that is just not as good as the best companies in the world, as we have been told over and over by our protecting politicians…a real consumer.quandry – - 

But wait – mrs.acmerecords just told me that the government has a magic ‘prism’ & that, when this conundrum is viewed through this magic crystal – one can see that the government and these amazing.capitalist.companies are actually providing the full range of cloud computing services to all americans…hand in glove, in tandem, as partners, as one fine-tuned machine – as a public/private partnership, what a relief.  

Whew! 

Now I know that 1) I have no choice in the matter and, 2) if this public/private partnership is anything like the public private partnerships that led to non-prosecution agreements between the largest private financial companies on the planet and the US government regulators (sic), or the fabulous economy.saving.bernanke.cash.bash called QE1 through infinity – we Americans have nothing to fear and nothing to lose – once all them rights are safely ‘traded away’. 

America über alles