Where Is FEMA? Where Is The Red Cross? Where Is Donald Trump? Victims Of Hurricane Michael Which Includes A Family With A New Born Baby Were Sleeping In A Walmart Parking Lot

 

The Trump Administration has claimed, “Job well done!” in seeing that victims of Hurricane Michael have had their basic needs met. Trump and porn star, Melania, toured areas devastated by Hurricane Michael and concluded that the government disaster relief agencies are ALL on top of their game. Well, this couple begs to differ.

Child of the storm: Homeless baby, family shelter at Walmart

PANAMA CITY, Fla. — Their home full of soggy furniture and mosquitoes, Wilmer Capps was desperate to find shelter for his wife and their son Luke, born just three days after Hurricane Michael ravaged the Florida Panhandle.

So Capps, his wife Lorrainda Smith and little Luke settled in for the longest of nights in the best spot they could find: The parking lot of a Walmart store shut down by the storm.

On a starry night, mother sat in the bed of the family’s pickup truck; her child sat in a car seat beside her. Dad sat in the dark and pondered how it could be that his son’s first night out of a hospital could be spent outside a big-box retailer because of a lack of help.

This is reminiscent of another child who was a newborn and there was no place for mother and child and this is why we celebrate Christmas. Do you remember THAT story? Well, here we have a mother and three-day old baby boy put out of the hospital with no place to lay their heads since the federal government was useless and so a ‘good Samaritan’ came to their rescue when the federal government was supposed to be doing its job to assist people in finding suitable living accommodations after they go through a natural disaster. The same can be said of the Red Cross. The Red Cross has no problem spending our donations in advertising that it is a charitable organization charged with the task of coming to the assistance of people who are in the midst of trying to survive a natural disaster or fire or some such calamity and yet, where were they when this couple needed them? I would certainly inquire as to what is going on with your donations, if I were you because it would seem to be that they are not going for the purpose of what they were intended.

The article goes on to mention the fact that this couple had been given a ride to a hospital by the police but while at the hospital, it was decided by doctors there to not induce labor. The pregnant woman could not find a ride back from where the police had first picked her up and so had to walk seven miles back to her point of origin while almost ready to give birth. The next day, her labor pains began in earnest and she was driven to yet another hospital in Dothan, Alabama where she gave birth to a male child and then was promptly released from the hospital back into homelessness with a newborn baby. Ain’t America great? Because due to the fact that the couple could find nowhere to stay in or around Dothan, Alabama, they drove back to Florida where they were still unable to stay in their storm-damaged home and so the only place they could think of to park and not be harassed was at a Walmart that was closed due to storm damage. They settled in the parking lot, whereupon police officers showed up after an AP reporter descended on them to write a story about their plight. The police escorted them to a center whereas the newborn was checked out, however, the center did not have any availability for them and FEMA advised them to stay at a shelter that was riddled with bugs, both bed and of other varieties and the couple declined. I would have done likewise. And so the couple drove back to the Walmart to spend the night since they were almost out of money and gas, but thanks to the kindness of strangers, a security guard paid for them to stay at a hotel near Panama City Beach and the father of the newborn is adamant that he is going to pay back the donations once he gets back on his feet because he is just overwhelmed with joy that someone would came to the assistance of his wife and newborn in their darkest hour.

Sadly, these are the very people who would vote for the likes of Donald Trump who could care less what his supporters are going through since there are other stories similar to this one thanks to Hurricane Michael having caused so much destruction, misery, homelessness and death. Trump and the republicans would rather institute tax breaks for the very rich and throw more money at an already bloated military budget than fund necessary programs to keep people from having to depend on the ‘kindness of strangers’ in times of natural disasters and other calamities since you can plainly see that the Red Cross is next to useless as is FEMA. No woman who has just recently given birth should have to stay at a homeless shelter with her newborn after their home has been rendered, uninhabitable by a natural disaster because those shelters are breeding grounds for bugs, communicable diseases and germs. Breathing the air in those places is enough to send one to the hospital and a newborn and a woman who has just given birth should be the very last to ever hear that a homeless shelter is the place for them.

What is wrong with us when this is acceptable in the richest country on the planet? How can we sit back and read such as this and not be moved by it? Are we that selfish and self-centered that we have no problem with this being the status quo? Quite obviously we are especially seeing as how there are millions of people who have no home and though it is not due to a natural disaster, many of them are homeless through no fault of their own. Many have mental illness, some are homeless veterans, many are children who are most definitely NOT to blame for their situation of homelessness. And many of those who are homeless have lost jobs to overseas sweatshops since manufacturing jobs are all but gone and with Trump upping the ante on this trade war with China, who knows what’s coming down the pike except that it will not be good. We are to the point where there are plagues coming back that were thought to have been eradicated. How is it that the richest country on the planet has a group that consists of millions who are homeless, sick with typhus, hookworm and other horrific diseases and illness and we just look the other way?

I have said numerous times all over this blog, that if the Christian’s “Jesus” were to come back, he’d damn well better come back driving a Lamborghini Veneno Roadster and adorned in a Dormeuil Vanquish II suit and sporting a pair of Testoni Norvegese shoes because if he comes back looking broke, wearing a plain cotton robe with a rope tied around his waist and sporting sandals, he’ll be locked up for being a vagrant and made to earn a dollar a month making license plates and what’s more you ALL know this!

Though this couple depicted in this post are not Joseph, the Virgin Mary and Jesus, their story is reminiscent of why we supposedly celebrate Christmas and so what has changed? There is still no room at the inn. The government officials are still just as cold and callus as they were in the story of the birth of Jesus and I guess we still need gifts from ‘Wise men’ which in this case would be the security guard who donated a hotel room for the couple and their newborn baby. And so the next time you decide to write out a check for charity, I’d think twice about it if I were you since only ten cents of every dollar that you donate to the Red Cross actually goes to help those in need. Ask yourself where the majority of every dollar goes. Take a look at the CEO’s salary and those who make up upper management, you’ll find where the money goes. And FEMA is just as useless now as it was when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. You all know what happened at that time. Should what went down then, still go down today? The answer should be a resounding, “NO!” But it isn’t. Think about it. The next disaster to strike could be where you live. Who or what are you going to depend on and will a kind security guard be there to help you? You’d best hope so because the Red Cross and FEMA are next to useless as is Donald Trump alongside his porn star wife.

Freedom Rider: Social Media’s Danger to the Black Left

 

Margaret Kimberley is, once again, saying what I have been saying ALL along.

Of course Black Agenda Report utilizes social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube to communicate with readers. Any individual or organization who needs to connect with large groups of people does so as well. But our adversaries know that too and have embarked on unprecedented efforts to diminish black and left voices or silence them altogether. The change was announced quite publicly in November 2016 when the Jeff Bezos owned Washington Post presented the infamous Propornotlist. This anonymous group claimed that some 200 sites, including Black Agenda Report, were susceptible to Russian propaganda, hence the propaganda or not label.

Social media is dangerous precisely because we use it voluntarily. We voluntarily provide personal information to strangers at Facebook, which is seen as harmless and even benign. But Facebook recently decided that planned demonstrations against white supremacists in Washington were created on orders from the Kremlin and removed their information from the site which everyone uses to promote their activity.

The dystopian world of the novel 1984 is here but in an even worse way than Orwell imagined. In his imagination Big Brother interposed himself into the lives of ordinary people. But in 2018 the people are giving their enemies information that may be used to harm them. Humans are loathe to go backwards but that is what we must start considering. We may well have to time travel to the days of rotary phones and pieces of paper. Otherwise we are giving our enemies ammunition that they will surely use.

 

Telling ALL your business on Facebook and tweeting where you are going to be on Twitter and using YouTube to post videos from your home would be great if we had any rights left, but we don’t. The government can come and yank you up out of your chair and haul you away, detain you indefinitely and not ever give you a reason why. Just ask those who are still detained in Guantanamo and in secret facilities stationed all across this planet.

As Margaret Kimberley said, “people are giving their enemies information that may be used to harm them and any individual or organization who needs to connect with large groups of people does so as well. But our adversaries know that too and have embarked on unprecedented efforts to diminish black and left voices or silence them altogether.”

And though I am not on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube, Instagram, LinkedIn, or any other social media platform, I also know that what I post on WordPress is and can be used against me at any time. However, with that having been said, I have used this platform to try and discourage people from relying on the very tools we have been relying on in order to pass information back and forth because at least by limiting ourselves as much as possible, we make it harder for so-called ‘Big Brother’ to know our every move. For instance, why do you think I have posted multiple times, the need to use cash instead of opting for that credit/debit card? It is to limit to some extent, our purchase history to those who are targeting us for surveillance. At least with cash, they cannot trace everything we buy, but they most certainly can with credit/debit cards and also, cash cannot be hacked, credit/debit cards are still being hacked even with the chip that’s been newly installed in some of them.

Also, don’t forget that Facebook has allowed third parties to make use of your information without your knowledge and you have been targeted for certain ads based on the information you supplied to Facebook. Many of you have ditched your landline phones and instead opted for smartphones which are touted at every opportunity for a reason; the reason being that every single tap of that phone sends information about you to spy central. The NSA, The CIA, The FBI and god only knows what other governmental agency is gathering data on us to be used against us in case we ever were to get our act together and attempt to beat back against those who are our oppressors. Because make no mistake, they are watching everything we do because there are more of us than there are of them and they are well aware of that fact. Why do you think the police have been told to kill and they will never be found guilty? Because they are the line of defense between us and our oppressors. I would not trust a cop as far as I could throw him/her since they have already sided with those who oppress us all.

There is a reason that we are constantly bombarded with Russia is behind this and Russia did that because then they can claim that our sites are actually controlled by Russian agents and that comments are made by Russian bots and so shut that shit down. Dissent is to be kept in check because an awakened population is a dangerous population. Keep the sheeple distracted and hypnotized and they are unaware of how fucked they are. As long as the smartphones are working and people are playing on Facebook and tweeting on Twitter and sharing photos on Instagram and purchasing upgraded smartphones, all is well. But the minute that shit ceases, there will be hell to pay because then the ‘powers that be’ know that the oppressed people of this world have awakened and are not going to sit still for being spoon fed fake ass employment numbers, false economic figures and they will figure out that they are being fed shit and told it’s caviar.

Go back to landline phones before they are completely phased out. I would suggest that ‘enter the carrier pigeons, but I just read that pigeons are dying out. So, there goes that avenue. However, don’t forget that before the previous few decades, people did manage to come together in massive protests. The Civil Rights Movement is proof of that, the Montgomery Bus Boycott is proof of that. Black people know the deal and we have been trying to teach it to whites since, forever. Even if you have to read back through history as to how people communicated with one another, do that if you can’t remember. But it is essential that we pull back from these so-called ‘social media’ platforms that were designed to spy on us and go back to the basics. It is essential that we ditch this new technology that has hijacked our lives. What serious need have you for Alexa and Siri? It is not too late yet, but we are getting there and I wouldn’t fight against going back if I were you. Believe me, those who pull the strings of the puppet politicians all across this planet do not have our best interest at heart. Just look around. Can’t you tell? From Amazon workers who have to piss in containers in order not to miss deadlines to get your order shipped to you, from Apple product makers overseas who would rather jump out of an 8th story window and commit suicide than continue under horrid working conditions to Walmart workers who have to apply for food stamps to feed their children and Medicaid to get them health care to workers at Disney World and Disney Land who have to live in motels because they don’t make enough to rent even a studio apartment or a room in a rooming house; those people are being shitted on and those of us who are using Apple products, who are shopping at Walmart, who are purchasing everything online from Amazon, who are running to Disney World and Disney Land, are complicit in what the ‘elites’ are doing to those who are in the same predicament that each and every one of us will soon be in. You had better recognize and get with the program that what is happening to them, we are not immune to it happening to us.

We once had sustainable communities where we looked out for one another. We don’t have that anymore. We don’t know who our neighbor is, but yet, we are chatting via Facebook live with someone clear across the planet. What can they do for us when the shit is hitting the fan in our neighborhood? Not a damn thing. Put those overpriced products of distraction down and recognize what is important and what is important is our REAL relationship with the people we live around. Those relationships are what will matter. Do all you can to preserve them. Help your neighbor when you can and you will find that the way things used to be before the advent of the internet, social media and smartphones was the better way. Technology is not our friend and I hope that we will realize this before it is too late.

Amazon, Please Don’t Come Here!

 

Cities all across America are  fighting for the dubious ‘opportunity of being home to Amazon’s second headquarters and the incentives they are offering are ludicrous, especially since many Amazon workers are paid wages so low, they must seek public assistance. So, another Amazon headquarters, employing 50,000 poor working schmucks will soon come to an area near you. I just hope it’s not near me.

Amazon narrows list of cities for new headquarters to 20

The e-commerce giant received 238 proposals from cities in North America, many with lofty tax incentives and unique offers directed at CEO Jeff Bezos.

“Getting from 238 to 20 was very tough – all the proposals showed tremendous enthusiasm and creativity,” Holly Sullivan, an executive with Amazon Public Policy, said in a statement.

How much money can you make working at Amazon?

Amazon Salaries
Job Title Amazon Salary
Fulfillment Associate $12.46/hr
Warehouse Associate $12.60/hr
Amazon Warehouse Worker $12.52/hr
Process Assistant $15.45/hr

And in Jeff Bezo’s own words,

“We pay very low cash compensation relative to most companies,” Bezos told Fortune in 2012.

Now, this proudly coming from a man who is reported to be the richest man in the world with a net worth of $105.1 billion while hundreds of Amazon workers in Ohio qualify for food stamps, not to mention that Amazon receives significant state and local subsidies which in translation equals to “our tax dollars.” It is quite apparent that Jeff Bezos would have a problem receiving “very low cash compensation” because if that were not the case, his net worth would not be $105.1 billion. So, while cities and states are subsidizing Amazon with tax incentives and other unique offers, Jeff Bezos is making out like a fat cat while our tax dollars are doing double time to pay for his employee’s food stamps and to pay for those “lofty tax incentives and unique offers” that cities throw at Amazon just to remain in their city and state where impoverished workers, after having finished their shift, must then line up at the welfare office to fill out forms for food stamps. Seriously???! And no one is finding one problem whatsoever with any of this? Unbelievable! It is quite obvious that no one is finding a problem with this since cities and states are bending over backwards to provide as much assistance as Jeff Bezos needs in order to bring the very same to their locale all the while exclaiming over how thankful they would be to subsidize Jeff Bezos’ employees and his corporation to the tune of millions of tax dollars.

Since people, worldwide, refuse to get up off their ass and do their own shopping, this is what we have come to. This is why retail stores are shuttering their doors, left and right and malls are turning into greenhouses, complete with trees and birds. And once again, workers get the shaft while a multi-billionaire sits somewhere with a smile on his face while stating that his company “pays workers very low cash compensation relative to most companies.” He could not have been speaking of Wal-Mart because everyone should already be well-acquainted with the fact that the Waltons became ‘mad scientists’ who came up with the formula for low cash compensation for employees as their employees are also lining up at their local welfare offices applying for food stamps and any other public assistance they can get while our tax dollars, once again, are being used to pay to Wal-Mart, “lofty tax incentives and unique offers.”

Why do we not even blink at corporate welfare, but will rain down fire and brimstone on any ‘human’ who walks through the doors of local welfare offices because their income is so low, it qualifies them for welfare? What is wrong with us when we can have no problem with our elected officials throwing our tax dollars at the Jeff Bezos and Waltons of this world, knowing full well that they are already taking advantage of every tax loophole they can?

And just how well did that online shopping work out for you this past holiday season? Did those pants you ordered, fit? How about those shoes? Everything you ordered was the right size and fit, was it not? Or did you finally have to get up off your ass to find a shipping company to ship that online order of yours back to Amazon? Or did your order from Amazon come with a box and return postage already stamped on it for just in case that shirt was too big or too small?

I don’t know about any of you, but I will be damned sorry to see all retail stores shuttered because unlike most of you, it would seem, I like to try my shoes on for fit and then walk out the door with them knowing that there will be no need to ship them back to where they came from. I like to walk in a store and come out with my items.

We will sell our souls if whatever we are buying with it will keep us on our lazy ass to keep us from doing a damn thing. Fast food drive-through windows, online shopping and now, we can order entire meals online. Skip the grocery store, Blue Apron to the rescue, Omaha Steaks to the rescue. Convenience or laziness? I guess it depends on the viewpoint and before I get bombed out for this, I do understand that women are having to do it all and this, some will suggest, is convenience for the working woman and to that I will say, “Women, regardless of whether you work or not, that man in the house, if he has two working hands, arms and legs, get him to take some of the chores and responsibilities off your hands.”

As for Amazondotcom, I have never ordered a damn thing from that company and I never will even if that company manages to shut down every single mall or retail store that’s left. I guess I will then be arrested for indecent exposure because I will not be buying shit and that’s a good thing!

Lastly, so-called ‘humans’ are too stupid for words since they will joyfully enrich one man to the point where he is the richest man in the world while at the same time, impoverishing those who work for him because fellow humans are too damn lazy to physically shop when an app on a smartphone can do it for them. Are you ‘humans’ too damn dense to see where this is heading? Sadly, I already know the answer.

Wal-Mart’s Shit Is Backed UP!

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Wal-Mart has flung so much shit at customers and employees that when both threw the shit back at Wal-Mart, the piles of shit and bullshit caused massive plumbing problems that were felt in Wal-Mart stores from California, Texas, Oklahoma and as far away as Florida and the shit abruptly closed five Wal-Mart stores.

Employees were notified via a shitty letter from Wal-Mart’s corporate office that the stores were too knee-deep in bullshit and shit to remain open. Employees are aghast, not only over the stench but over the fact that Wal-Mart may in fact be lying as to why the shit hit the fan resulting in closed stores. Employees should know that ‘corporations NEVER lie! They just ‘shy’ away from the truth. It is not the same thing. *wink* *wink*

 

Word on the street is that Wal-Mart employees have been staging sit-ins for a living wage and that Wal-Mart’s official word is, “To hell with THAT shit!” “Close the goddamn stores and hang a ‘toilet is out-of-order sign on the goddamn door, NOW!” Something stinky this way comes. I suspect foul play because when the shit hits the fan, everybody should know to duck!

 

Employees of Wal-Mart lined up at Motel 12 to await further instructions from Wal-Mart management on the plight of the plumbing unknown bottom line corporate profits problems. Wal-Mart has assured all 4 full-time employees that they will be transferred to other Wal-Mart stores in Bangladesh and Madagascar. They must, however, pay their own travel costs and other expenses related to relocation. Thousands of part-time employees are on their own. Never has this much shit been known to close 5 stores in 4 states. Simultaneous massive plumbing problems of this magnitude are off the Richter scale! Even California is shocked and they are used to shitshock waves!

 

Seriously? How in the hell does Wal-Mart get away with closing 5 stores, simultaneously in 4 states and state that it is due to plumbing problems? According to reports, there have been no requests for permits for plumbing issues at any of the 5 closed Wal-Mart stores. The stores will be closed for at least 6 months. Also, at least, 2,200 workers are affected by the closures and at the Pico Rivera, CA Wal-Mart; the employees had staged a Black Friday protest over wages. And let us not forget that this was not such a jolly season for retail stores and they have been reeling ever since despite the bull roaring on Wall Street as we all know that that is just a magic act of smoke and mirrors and no substance.

 

Was it only a couple of months ago that Radio Shack filed for bankruptcy and most of those stores will close? JC Penny is barely holding on as is Sears and Kmart. I cannot wait to see how the government is going to skew the employment figures in the coming months and how economists are going to downplay Wal-Mart’s bullshit plumbing problems. Plumbing problems, my ass and pun intended!

“In Midland, Texas, where another store was closed, a plumbing inspector was turned away when he visited the store and offered to help secure construction permits.”

Does that sound like Wal-Mart has a ‘plumbing’ problem?