GENTRIFICATION! Remember That??!!! But Now That Coronavirus Is Here, There Are Calls For Rent Strikes, Seriously??!!

Calls for rent strikes so that you won’t end up walking around like this poor woman in the next picture, is that it? What’s ‘good’ for her is ‘good’ for you!

Remember when the word, “GENTRIFICATION!” reared its gentryfying head, and we ALL know who gentrification impacted; American descendants of slavery, but now since millions of Americans are on lockdown thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, there are calls from people from damn near every income group to cease and desist with paying rent. There are calls to stand in solidarity thanks to coronavirus putting millions of Americans out-of-work and thus rendering them unable to come up with the rent. Heaven forbid, anyone other than American descendants of slavery be forced into homelessness.

And so, once again, what we have here is a “When they came for the Black folks, I did not speak up because I’m not Black, but now that they’ve come for my ass, SOLIDARITY RENT STRIKES EVERYONE!,” scenario? Really??!! Y’all want to go there?! Now that you can’t pay YOUR rent, we are all to sit together for our kumbaya moment and not pay rent? You see, you can do the shit when it impacts you on a personal level, but when it’s just impacting THOSE people over there, well..now..what’s the problem? The problem, as you can clearly see, is that what comes around, goes around and now that the shit is hitting the fan in a big ass way for those who are not just American descendants of slavery, but for millions of OTHER Americans, it is now time to band together against unfair landlords who still expect their rent during a time of extreme crisis. Never mind the fact that Black people have been experiencing a crisis long before coronavirus reared its viral head and no one called for “SOLIDARITY AGAINST GENTRIFICATION!” No one said how UNFAIR it was for white landlords to displace millions of American descendants of slavery so that upper crust whites could come in and take over where poor Black folks used to live. That shit was allowed to ramp up and in spades, hence why mass homelessness of American descendants of slavery escalated into an epidemic.

Millions of American descendants of slavery are already homeless and I don’t even know where many of them have gone because since entire states are on lockdown, what the hell does that mean for the homeless? Homeless shelters have been putting people out due to the fact that multiple people residing in close quarters is a breeding ground for coronavirus. In Las Vegas, the homeless are being moved to a parking lot since yet another homeless shelter closed.

Las Vegas parking lot turned into ‘homeless shelter’ with social distancing markers

Images of homeless people sleeping in a converted parking lot in Las Vegas have sparked criticism, even as the city officials describe an “emergency situation” and say the solution was the best option after another shelter was forced to close amid the coronavirus crisis.

But now that coronavirus is causing tens of millions of Americans of all stripes to file for unemployment, including the self-employed; business owners, we must all act as one. We must strike back at the landlords who are being totally unreasonable in expecting people to pay their rent during a pandemic when millions are on lockdown. How is that your fault, right? How was it the fault of those Black people who were put out of their homes thanks to rising rents that they could not afford? Where was the solidarity with them in their hour of need? But now that the shit ain’t looking so good for millions and seeing as how there is no end in sight, it is now time for a movement to gather steam against really, really bad, unreasonable landlords who also have mortgages and bills to pay. They must find another way to pay those bills while you don’t pay the landlord. The rallying cry is, “Well, the non-essential courts are closed and so they cannot take you to court anyway.” Okay, but when the shit is back up and running, you know that out on the street you go, right, and you don’t want to have to sit next to THOSE people whom you simply ignored when they were and still are going through THEIR crisis. It ain’t so fun to deal with that kind of shit now, is it? You never thought that you’d be facing eviction because you’re not one of THOSE people. Well, you’re facing it now and you’re scared senseless. You’re banding together because you’re terrified to face this alone. You need all the support that you can get because there’s no way in hell that you’ve got the gonads to go it alone and attempt to fight a landlord to let you stay in your home without paying rent. Safety in numbers, right? Well ain’t you just the scared shitless shit?!! Never mind the fact that you can still remember THOSE people holding up cardboard signs asking for spare change as you tried hard to ignore them as you made your way inside Starbucks to get your caffeine fix and then to your job you went; that job that no longer exists because the doors are closed and may never open again. So now, it’s RENT STRIKE TIME!

You shameless shits are something else. Even your signs to display your solidarity in rent strikes are white. Yep, if you’re in with this rent strike movement, hang a white sheet outside to show your solidarity in us all being in this rent strike thing together, eh? Where were the white sheets when the Black folks were being pushed into homelessness? Where were the letters to landlords telling them that the shit they were about to do was wrong? Where were the cries to cease and desist with gentrification? There were none, hence why there is such an epidemic of Black homelessness in this hellhole. But now the cries for landlords to cease and desist with evictions is deafening. Even restaurant owners are having to close up shop and file for unemployment. I saw a white man on the local news talking about how hard it’s been for him to try to speak to anyone to receive unemployment benefits because he cannot simply fill out an online form because of his special circumstances of being self employed and not having had a salary. Oh the moaning and wailing, I can just imagine that’s going on now. Not to mention the cops are stating that the majority of calls they get are for domestic violence. Can’t pay the rent, can’t entertain the kiddies, can’t go out, the shit is getting real and now that you’re finally woke because you’ve got no goddamn choice, it is time to ACT. So a rent strike, it is. Yeah! Good luck with that because the same hard hearted assholes that saw nothing wrong in putting American descendants of slavery out of their homes are what you are up against. Do you seriously think that they are going to treat your broke asses any better than they treated those who look like me? Yeah! Get back to me on that, why doncha! And by all means, continue to look to your lord and savior, racist-in-chief Donald Trump for some help and your asses will indeed, find yourselves making use of that sheet to lie on at a parking lot in Las Vegas or wherever the hell else the homeless are being allowed to make use of during this crisis. You will never understand that “What comes around, goes around.” Karma is a bitch, ain’t she!

A Rage So Cold, Yet Hot!

rage

I just read a story
and it really made me feel,
a rage so cold yet hot,
my skin could slice through steel.
Oh, why must I feel?
The pain tears through my heart.
It hurts too much to hurt.
 When does the healing start?

The jails are overcrowded
with those who look like me.
And it is all done by design
by those who refuse to see
that their hatred plays a part
in why this scheme of theirs won’t end
until we are dead and on a cart,
with yet another funeral to attend.

I cannot make you care.
Hell! I’m too tired to try.
I’d be wasting precious time
because you want us all to die.
I look evil in its face
every time I look at you.
 And I hope there’ll come a day
when you will get what’s due.

I don’t believe in god,
nor will prayer help at all
since you sit up in a church
and yet, still heed hatred’s call.
What part don’t you get
that I can’t change my skin?
What did I ever do to you
to make my death cause you to grin?

I am talking to a wall,
of this, I am in no doubt.
But you see, I might explode
and when I do, I’m a take you out.
I know that I’ll not survive
and I have no problem with that.
But one of these days,
I’m gonna lay your ass out flat!

When you least expect me,
I’ll be lying in wait for you.
 And that day is gonna come
just as sure as the sky is blue.
Please don’t take me seriously.
I want the element of surprise
when I shove lead up your ass,
I guess then, you’ll recognize!

Written by,
Shelby I. Courtland
©2016 Shelby I. Courtland

http://www.okayafrica.com/in-brief/black-lives-matter-canada-somali-canadian-man-badly-beaten-police/

The tragic situation involving Abdi comes as Black Lives Matter has gained traction in Canada too, especially in light of outrage over recent police killings in the U.S. of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile as well as last week’s shooting of Charles Kinsey, who had his hands up and was providing assistance to an autistic man.

https://colouredjustice.wordpress.com/2016/07/29/the-story-that-sent-me-to-jail-juvenile-justice/

NEW YORK — I am writing this from inside a jail cell. I was put here for doing an unremarkable, routine bit of journalism, covering a sentencing in a murder. I won’t go so far as to say I was arrested since I was never read any rights. I am in the cell just the same.

Unfortunately, to be continued……..

No Country Wants The Dimwitted And The Poor!

immigration hypocrisy

 

Below is an excerpt of a speech given by President Barack Obama regarding immigration:

I’ll make it easier and faster for high-skilled immigrants, graduates, and entrepreneurs to stay and contribute to our economy, as so many business leaders have proposed.”

So, in essence, Obama is stating that America only wants the brightest and the best. If you have no skills and you have not graduated from college, then we really don’t want you. For how can you make substantial contributions to this country if you lack skills and a college degree? And if you lack those things, then that means that in all likelihood, we will have to support you and our safety net is already overtaxed and then some. Indeed, we do want immigrants, but only if you are the “brightest and the best!”

Now, we come to Russia!

Huge Breaking News! Russia Adopts Simplified New Citizenship Law!
I frequently get asked how to move to Russia and especially how to obtain Russian citizenship. As the Western World’s crisis intensifies, as the upcoming uncertainty becomes more obvious, this question is more and more on people’s mind.

Moving to Russia is not a problem if you have a skill or talent Russians value and if you can obtain gainful employment where employer would vouch for you; if you open a business, which provides jobs and pays taxes; if you have certain material assets.

Here again, we have the doors to Russia opening for you, but only if you have ‘a skill or talent Russians value’. If you are poor or dimwitted or in other words, the opposite of the best and the brightest, don’t even bother. They don’t want you there either!

Selecting The Best And The Brightest

This policy primer discusses three key questions that arise in the development of policies that aim to attract and select highly skilled migrant workers:
1.Which criteria should be used to select and attract the ‘best and brightest’?

Attracting highly skilled workers is a key policy objective in many high-income countries including the UK.

The dimwitted and the poor need not apply. Huddle somewhere else. The doors are closed and shall remain so!

Next up! We have the five different means of entrance to New Zealand.

1. Skilled Migrant
2. Family
3. Business
4. Investor
5. Temporary Visa

Once again, the dimwitted and the poor, need not apply. This is becoming redundant, but I must continue to plow onward in case there are others who are dimwitted and poor like me who just cannot get it the first four times.

Do you want to try and immigrate to Australia? Well now, let us see what can we can do for you!

If you live overseas and you’d like the opportunity to live and work in Australia, the first step is to find out more about the visa options that are available to you. See Work visas for skilled migration visa options.

Oops! Sorry! There is that ‘skilled’ migration thing again.

Okay, I think I’ve finally made my point!

So, with ALL countries calling for ONLY skilled immigrants, where does that leave the ‘unskilled’? Where can the ‘unskilled’ immigrate to? Why did France send America, the Statue of Liberty calling for “the tired, the poor and the huddled masses” if no one wants them if they have no skill or education of which to speak? It is quite apparent that every country is in a race to compete for only the ‘brightest and the best’ and the rest can just die, already. And we have the nerve to wonder why migrants are being detained at borders and are kept from entering other countries? It has something to do with weeding out those who are unskilled and uneducated. No country wants those people, no country at all.

This means that if I am working at McDonalds and I lose my job and I go to the library and look up countries that I would like to immigrate to in an attempt to better my life situation, I have no choice but to become homeless because I am dimwitted and poor and therefore, no country will have me, not even my own. This is what is happening, folks. And it is not right that now, countries all over the world can dictate who can immigrate and who cannot. Everyone should be welcome, regardless of their educational attainment or their skill level because there should be a job for ALL skill levels; even the unskilled because anyone can wait tables, take a meal order, check a hotel guest in and wash a vehicle.

When illegal immigration was all the rage hundreds of years ago when the ‘Pilgrims’ arrived on the shores of America, did the Indians ask if the ‘Pilgrims’ had good job skills or a college education? Were they allowed to send them packing if they had no outstanding qualifications? We ALL know the answer to THAT question! Especially, the Indians!

When Botany Bay penal colony was being established in Australia, were the Aborigines asked if they had a problem with it? Were they presented with a set of credentials for all convicts that were left on their shores? Once again, we ALL know the answer to THAT question!

So, why is it that now, the governments of many of these countries that were taken over, illegally, get to declare who can immigrate when every single so-called citizen that is not indigenous to that region has no right to be there? I recently read a comment on my blog regarding how those who are indigenous to New Zealand have no voice in the government. That is wrong on so many levels, it is unreal. Outsiders came in, took over and the people who were there before they even got there, have no political representation. Seriously?

I just recently looked into moving to another country and what I found is appalling. I was looking into real estate in Ecuador and ‘whites’ are selling out Ecuadoreans to all and sundry. I was directed to a real estate agent, who was ‘white’ by the way, and who was selling condos, land and houses in Ecuador and who praised the huge expat community to no end. Not much was said about the ‘locals’. I was also encouraged to attend a $2,000.00 seminar that consisted of expats telling of their experiences of coming to Ecuador and finding it to be the place of their dreams and oh so cheap to live there! Expat communities made up of Americans, Canadians, Australians and the like have taken over Ecuador, Panama, Belize, Costa Rica and every damn where else. Country clubs are saturating those places as well as spas, tennis courts and upscale eating establishments; not to mention every other thing that these people left their countries to supposedly escape from, only to get right into building the very same, just in a new location. They speak of nothing else besides their new condos and ranch homes and their maid and how little the maid service costs and how cheap the cost of a gardener is as well. Ecuadoreans and other regions where natives are indigenous are left standing on the street while taxis rush to pick up those who make up the expat communities because they pay more. This is absolutely ridiculous!

Not only are whites denying poor, uneducated people, the ability to immigrate, they are also causing indigenous populations untold grief and as usual, there is no remorse shown, nor do they even bother to attempt to check their ‘white privilege’ at the border. These peoples lands are taken over and they are designated as second class citizens to some pompous expats who wouldn’t spit on them if they were on fire to help put it out. I swear to gawd, white folks just take the damn cake and eat it too and it had better be served by some indigenous person who should be glad to have a damn job; and in many instances, who will also have no political representation, but you will have a job, even low-skilled as you are.

The dim-witted and the poor? No country wants you! But if you happen to live in a nice, sunny spot near an ocean, even if you are low-skilled or un-skilled, some white expat will have a job for you; cleaning up after them, cooking their meals, serving them and landscaping their yards and not to mention, tending their golf courses. For the love of ……!!!!!

“Damn, Ted Cruz! You Ain’t Even From Here!!”

candidates for president

Bernie, I wanna vote for you,
but I just don’t feel the BERN!
You said if you don’t get the nomination
then it’s got to be Hillary’s turn!

Hillary, I can’t help but despise.
Your war crimes have me stunned.
You are one foul ass stinking warwhore
and if I slept with you, I’d want a refund.

Dude with the bad comb-over,
to you, I don’t know what to say.
You’re one egotistical piece of shit.
But you as president? That’ll be the day!

Damn Ted Cruz! You ain’t even from here!
How the hell you get away with that?
Canada, come get your native son,
or do you want us to exterminate this rat?

Now, who the hell else is there to vote for?
Give me a name and I will write it in.
And for the love of all that’s unholy,
I hope these assholes don’t have a twin!

Written by,
Shelby I. Courtland
©2016 Shelby I. Courtland

As far as I am concerned, all of the above named should be disqualified and therefore, unable to become president for one reason or another. We ALL know why that warwhore Hillary Clinton should be disqualified. Hell! That warwhore never saw a warmonger she wouldn’t crawl into bed with. Bernie Sanders is just playing a game since he’s already let it be known that “He got Hillary’s back!” if he don’t get the nomination. Comb-over is in it for ego purposes and for entertainment for this Roman circus of presidential ‘gladiators’. Cruz is most definitely NOT qualified at all. For fuck’s sake, he is NOT even a natural born citizen. His ass was born in Canada! So, what I would like to know is this. Where are the ‘Obama Birthers’? Why isn’t Ted Cruz’s birth certificate getting the same microscopic examination that Barack Obama’s birth certificate received? All I hear from the ‘Birther Movement’ is the sound of crickets chirping. “CHIRRRRUP! CHIRRRUP!” What the hell is up with that shit???!! Chirrup up a plausible goddamn response to the question, BIRTHERS!

So, who is left? Why, there is the Green Party candidate, but we didn’t hear a peep out of lamestream media about the other parties  and their candidates. Once again, as usual, the corporations pick and choose the president of the United States and we stand in long lines, hoping that our IDs will gain us access to the voting booth so that we can ‘vote’ for the next president. Get real! You ain’t never elected one single goddamn president and if you think you have, all you ‘Dorothys’ out there,  close your eyes, tap your heels together three times and then wake the fuck up!

So What If The TPP Agreement Is NAFTA On Steroids?

 

 

 

no TPP

 

 

 

Just because American workers lost more than 700,000 jobs to Mexico thanks in part to NAFTA(North American Free Trade Agreement, a trade agreement between Canada, Mexico and the U.S.), is no guarantee that we will see more of the like with this new trade agreement that has been shrouded in transparent secrecy. Our government would never sell us down the river. Oh Damn! My bad! Since they sold my ancestors down the river, it is a sure bet that the rest of you guys can rest assured that they’d sell you down the river just as fast. But not to worry! The descendants of the ‘Africa-to-America’ Slave Trade are doing great! Just look at the statistics of cities like Detroit, Baltimore, New Orleans, Chicago-South Side, North Philadelphia, Camden, NJ, Compton, CA and the list just goes on and on and those living in those cities can bring us up to speed on the ‘drug trade’. See! So many different ‘trade’ agreements and here, we want to have a hissy fit over this TPP trade agreement. And I have not forgotten this next group.Those made homeless by the loss of jobs to Mexico, AGAIN thanks in part to NAFTA are still homeless and are willing to teach the rest of us the ins and outs of homelessness. The ‘homeless trade’ where those that once had jobs and homes lost them both and entered into a new trade agreement between the streets, the jails and gentrification. Those people are traded by city hall and developers(hell bent on gentrification) from the streets into ‘for-profit’ prisons. There is that pesky ‘trade’ thing again folks. But hark! Never put the homeless down for it is always nice to have friends in ‘low’ places for ‘just in case’ scenarios.

Americans are in an unrighteous uproar because they see the TPP as a really, really bad thing when quite honestly, it is not!

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, is a free-trade pact being negotiated among 12 Pacific Rim countries. The TPP is an ambitious effort to shape a comprehensive agreement that would not only reduce tariffs and other barriers to open markets, but also establish leading-edge standards on a range of issues affecting trade and international competition. For instance, negotiators are working to set up rules on intellectual property rights, government procurement and the role of the state in private enterprise.

Free trade has been making the world go around since man first discovered that man could freely trade one country for another, could freely trade one country’s people for another, could trade one country’s resources for another. Although in all honesty, calling it ‘trade’ is quite a stretch when that trade involved trading the shores of the British Isles for a stolen ‘traded’ America. And then, we have the ‘slave trade’ which did not elicit much ire from those who prospered by it since most of the ‘founding fathers’ certainly did, not to mention, their progeny and as I look around, quite frankly, many people of a certain complexion are to this very day, prospering from the ‘slave trade’.

I wonder why it is such a bad thing when trade adversely affects a certain group as opposed to another. Hmmm…. Something else to ponder, I guess. It would seem to me that what comes around, goes around and it is not hardly enjoyed by those who were enjoying prosperity; not by their own sweat, blood and tears, but by that of others. When the shit comes home to roost, it is then time to get out the protest signs and protest the consequences of trade agreements only when those agreements could negatively impact me, myself and I. To hell with you! Now, this is about me and I denounce in every way, the vileness, the lack of transparency and the secrecy behind this new trade agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership because it is not in my best interest. No, not this particular trade agreement! To those of you who are products of the ‘slave trade’ “Too bad!” To the 45 or so Indians left in America, too bad, the English traded the shores of England for America and to those of you made homeless by NAFTA, too bad you are still homeless but now that this shit is about to be shoved up my ass, it is time to scream, protest and denounce THIS shit! We are SO selective in our outrage and so late to the party!

Welcome to the New World Order! “Obey your masters!,” said the slaveholder to his slaves and so it is written and so it shall be!

Would any American like to make a trade agreement with Iraq whereas you trade places with those who have been reduced to refugees thanks to America? Would any American like to make a trade agreement with Afghanistan whereas you trade places with those who have lost loved ones thanks in part to your sons killing theirs? Would any American like to make a trade agreement with Yemen whereas you trade places with those that cannot escape drone strikes paid for by American tax dollars and the people of Yemen can come here and drive your SUV to the mall while you dive for cover in Yemen? Would any American like to make a trade agreement with the people of Libya, a Libya that is on fire. Let them trade places with you so that they will know clear skies and have options and choices as opposed to bombs and militants and skirmishes and fires. Would you like to make a trade agreement with them, America? Go on over and ‘trade’ your lot for theirs! Where are your protest signs over the trade agreement of your tax dollars for bombs and drones to kill innocent people? But if there is about to come down the pike, a trade agreement that could ultimately impact your cushiony American lifestyle, why you, along with your protest sign is there! And don’t even pretend that it is not all about you and is in fact about how this will impact people of other countries because since when have you cared about them?

Good News For Canada!

Target store

Good news for Canada!

Target is packing up and getting the fuck out! Apparently, you guys in Canada, didn’t take to Target so well and now that they’re reporting significant losses, it’s bye-bye Canada and bye-bye employment for 17,600 employees across the country. But employees, not to worry, you’ll get what the stupid Americans hardly ever get, a $59 million (70 million Canadian dollar) contribution into an employee trust that would ensure nearly all Target Canada workers receive 16 weeks of compensation. Ain’t that great? The company also said that stores will remain open during the liquidation process.

Just look at it this way future ex-employees, you still have a job getting rid of all the things in those Target stores that couldn’t be got rid of before they decided to get rid of them through liquidation which means, a big, gigantic, massive discount to get that shit out of the door. Of course, it’ll start with a 10% discount, you know, just to get the ball rolling. And if that doesn’t get ‘er done, why they’ll up the ante and the next thing you know, 15% off everything in Target! Now, you can’t beat that with a stick right? Wrong!

This shit is still here! All right! This is serious! Twenty percent off and that’s as high as we go. What? It’s been 80 weeks and the shit is still rotting on the shelves? What? The meat’s got expiration dates on it? No problem! Just change the expiration date. What’s a little e coli and salmonella? Our lucky customers are getting a discount on that shit and so they can just puke that shit up while at the same time, ‘diarrheaing’ it out the ass and they’ll be right as rain in no time!

Oops! We gotta go folks! Canada, it was nice knowing you, but you Canadians just didn’t like us here at Target for some reason! We’re going to see if we do any better in Madagascar, a brand new market for us just ripe for capitalism. Oh, yeah baby!

Oh and one more thing, Brian Cornell, Target’s CEO was hoping for a bright spot for Target Canada over the recent holiday season, but apparently, it fizzled. Target employees, why oh why didn’t you find some rabid customers and drag them inside Target’s doors? The CEO was looking for a ‘stellar holiday performance’ but alas, he “did not see the required step-change in [their] holiday performance.” And of course, he’d just better worry about his own job because after all, Target just recently fired another one of its executives over a poor sales performance. They’re all heart, aren’t they?

http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companies/with-profitability-in-canada-6-years-away-target-says-goodbye-to-the-great-white-north/ar-AA8cIFL