Thanks To Coronavirus, It Looks Like You’re Going To Have To Go Back To The Barter System. I’d Become A Bit More ‘Neighborly’ If I Were You.

The news on coronavirus is not looking very good today. The stock market is down as I type this by almost 1,000 points. And now that  coronavirus cases have emerged in South Korea and Italy, they’re now sounding the alarm.

Market

DOW

28,074.08
-918.33

NASDAQ

9,209.98
-366.61

S&P 500

3,233.11
-104.64

Crude Oil

51.40
-1.98

Analysis: Coronavirus is fast becoming an economic pandemic

The emergence of hundreds of coronavirus cases in two major economies outside China has dashed hopes of a speedy recovery from an epidemic that has already wreaked havoc on global supply chains and hit company profits.

Uh oh! Can’t have that, now can we? The World Health Organization had already damn near declared coronavirus a pandemic for obvious reasons, but now capitalists are  sitting up and taking notice of this virus and the damage that it could potentially cause to GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAINS and COMPANY PROFITS.

Who cares about the sick? Well, they’d better start caring because sick people cannot stand on the assembly line and make a damn thing. Sick people are not out shopping for something that no sick person could produce and so what does that do for company profits? Puts them in the RED. Uh oh!

The number of infections in South Korea, a major producer of cars, electronics and machinery, has shot up to more than 830. Italy, which started the weekend with a handful of cases, now has nearly 220 and five confirmed deaths. With Japan already reporting hundreds of infections, four of the world’s top 12 economies — representing about 27% of global GDP — are now scrambling to contain the virus. A fifth — Germany — is teetering on the brink of recession

So what’s next folks? Because it would appear that coronavirus is going to do what floods, earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes and tornadoes couldn’t do, bring capitalism to a screeching halt. What are you going to do when Walmart, Target and Amazon are no longer able to stock their shelves and warehouses? Who is going to deliver something to you that hasn’t even been made because those who make the item you want are sick? What are you going to do when factories remain closed and the ‘goods’ in the stores start drying up? I mean, it’s not going to be like what occurs during a hurricane when the hurricane moves offshore and the cleanup efforts begin and soon the supply trucks are back in town.

The coronavirus is going to cause worldwide havoc and shutdown factories in every corner of the globe, not just in China. And those of us in America are already fucked because there is absolutely nothing made in America except our stupid asses. We’re even running out of masks and gloves and goggles because the Chinese over here have been walking around with those on hoping that people will stop looking at them cross-eyed, but that seems to only make things worse, according to them.

But the fat is in the fire since Wall Street is now finally, taking this virus seriously because before today, the stock market largely ignored news of the potential spread of this virus and the impact that could cause. Those greedy assholes that make up Wall Street truly believed that they existed in an entirely different realm from the rest of us and that nothing could impact their ability to continue to trade non-existent money and shift faux money from one faux entity to another. Well, this coronavirus may make a believer out them in that their fake shit can tank just as well as our shit has been tanking for some time.

So the scramble to contain the virus is on for real now. I guess everyone was just assuming that the virus would stick to kicking back in Asia and leave the rest of the planet alone. With air travel? With cruise ships that have been likened to a ‘petri dish’? Really? Too bad we had to go forth and invent shit that makes the world more interconnected while at the same time making us think that we have worldwide friends and helpmates while not even knowing who lives beside us. Too bad we’re not still getting around via horse and buggy because if we were, this virus could be contained because there would be no airplanes and fast ships to see to it that it arrives on every shore in record time. We would still be growing our own food and making our own garments and shoes and other items that were exchanged by those who needed something from someone who had what they needed and vice versa. We would be dependent on those who are closest to us and not on those who live in other countries that produce what has to be shipped here and there to fulfill a worldwide demand because we tossed aside community based barter systems and instead, embraced multinational corporations that have caused more harm than good.

But we’ve got Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube, so we good, right? I mean, those platforms are going to come through for us when the impact of coronavirus truly begins to be felt. We can ask our ‘friend’ in Indonesia for help if we live in Omaha, Nebraska and so forth and so on, is that right? Who needs next door neighbors? In fact, who are our next door neighbors? We’ve not really cared because we’ve got so many friends in cyberspace. I mean, just scroll down your Facebook page and tell us how many ‘friends’ you have. Also tell us how many live close to you and can help you when the shit hits the fan because you see, the shit is going to hit the fan for them as well and nine times out of ten, they don’t live anywhere near you. So, who you gonna look to then? Better find out who your neighbor is and I’d I hop to it if I were you because coronavirus ain’t going nowhere no time soon. You should have listened when I told you that “you ain’t seen nothing yet.” And believe me, you haven’t. I am ever the one for the bearer of ‘good’ news, I know. Yes, this is good news to me because it would have to take something of this magnitude that has the potential to wake you all up from your deep and hypnotic slumber because otherwise, you’d just stumble on in your own little, insulated world thinking that nothing could pop your bubble and clue your ass in. Well, you can kiss ignorance and cluelessness goodbye since you will have no other choice. And though many of you will never acknowledge your role in why this is all playing out, know this, you are to blame for man has been the worst landlord of this planet and man is getting what he/she rightly deserves. Agree with it or not, but it is the truth.

Man Is The Worst Landlord!

No more thoughts run through my head
  of hospitals filled with the dying and the dead.
I have become immune to the suffering
of all the sick who aren’t recovering.
I immerse myself in fun and games
as I ignore the world as it goes up in flames.
For why should I put forth an effort
when I’d rather traverse a hot and arid desert
than think of man as he withers and dies
from all his atrocities, wars and lies?
No virus could be too severe;
no pandemic would I fear.
For man is the worst landlord.
And upon his death, this world could be restored.

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

We all know that ‘man’ is the worst landlord for this planet. For what has man done but his damn best to destroy it? Would that man could destroy himself without destroying what was once a paradise that could have sustained us all. Now, we have greed, hatred, intolerance, endless, senseless wars and fake ass assertions that we are ‘good’ and seek only peace and prosperity for all when nothing could be further from the truth. We shoot each other every single day and if we are not shooting and killing each other in our own neighborhoods, we are suiting up to shoot and kill people in their neighborhoods across the sea and absconding with everything that’s not nailed down. We can’t even contain our arrogance and thirst for blood on a local level; we must spread our evil, far and wide. And so now, a new virus that has the potential to kill millions is being spread, far and wide. Coincidence? You tell me!

Billionaire To Spend $10 Million On Trump’s Impeachment! Why?

 

Why, indeed?

Hedge fund manager turned environmental billionaire Tom Steyer is spending $10 million on a national ad campaign calling for President Donald Trump’s impeachment. A one-minute television ad, launched by Steyer last Friday, accuses Trump of raising the likelihood of nuclear war with North Korea, obstructing justice in his termination of former FBI director James Comey, and violating the Constitution by taking money from foreign governments and threatening to shut down press organizations.

First of all, why would one billionaire get so disturbed over Trump’s presidency that he would spend over $10 million on an ad campaign to in essence, do nothing? He can call for the impeachment of Donald Trump until he goes hoarse, but that won’t solve anything, nor will it lead to Trump’s impeachment. And who in the world would think that things could only get better if we had Mike Pence to deal with instead of Donald Trump? Seriously? It makes me wonder just what this billionaire’s agenda is because that $10 million could do wonders for poor people who will be affected by Donald Trump’s executive order that would end Obamacare subsidies that helped them pay for their health care.

Washington (CNN) — President Donald Trump plans to end a key set of Obamacare subsidies that helped lower-income enrollees pay for health care the White House said Thursday, a dramatic move that raises questions about the law’s future.

I have gone over this before here and it would seem that I must do so again. How the hell does this hedge fund manager, Tom Steyer, come off attempting to look any better than Trump enough to take on Trump to the point of spending millions advocating for his impeachment when they are two peas in a pod? Both have used ‘borrowed’ money to enrich themselves at the expense of others. Both are greedy bastards who have never known what it felt like to go to bed hungry at night or had to worry about health care costs or if there was enough food in the cupboard to feed their children.

And just what is a hedge fund? A limited partnership of investors that uses high risk methods, such as investing with borrowed money, in hopes of realizing large capital gains. So, that right there should give you a clue as to what these useless windbags have done to acquire their wealth.They have used ‘borrowed’ money to get rich because you see, when rich white men want something, it doesn’t even have to actually BE, it just BEcomes theirs, ‘virtually’.  Have you ever noticed that the banking of today is not like it was back in the day? Back in the day, you took your money to the bank along with your passbook and the bank’s teller stamped your passbook with the bank’s stamp and noted how much was in your account. When you wanted to buy a car, you saved for it and took your money to a car dealership, picked out your choice and paid the salesperson in cash. Nowadays, you take out a loan and you never even see a dime of that because it is ‘electronically’ transferred from one bank to another. Everything is financed and your interest rate depends on how great your credit score is and if your credit score is wonderful, you get a great deal, if not, you get to stepping and hope that some finance company that accepts high risk borrowers will help you out.

Now, Black-assed as I am, let me ‘borrow’ some money and get to investing it in high risk ventures and become a billionaire, why don’t I? Why CAN’T I? Well, because I’ve got to be ‘white’ because they write the rules. I’ve first got to be  rich and white-assed in order to ‘borrow’ some money so that I can then invest it and what  bank is going to ‘lend’ me money for the purpose I just stated? Not one and that’s for damn sure. So see, I’m one that’s got to make my money the hard way; I’ve got to get up and work two jobs to support my family. I don’t get to ‘borrow’ money for risky ventures and if it don’t pan out, I get to declare bankruptcy and start anew, just like Donald Trump. Just like this billionaire, Tom Steyer, if he fell on hard times. But hard times are not for the likes of them, hard times are for the likes of myself and those other poor people who are going to be lacking some form of health care in the near future thanks to another billionaire who insisted that he would “drain the swamp!” Well, apparently, the swamp he is actually draining is filled with poor people who needed those subsidies to help them pay for their health care, but is billionaire Tom Steyer offering to help shore up the gaping hole left by Trump’s executive order over Obamacare subsidies? Oh no! He is more interested in pretending that he gives a shit about Trump starting a nuclear war with North Korea, obstructing justice and violating the Constitution.

Also, the $10 million dollar TV ad campaign will be accompanied by a multi-million dollar digital advertising campaign that this billionaire, Tom Steyer, will soon get up and running to again, do what? There are already multiple groups gathering signatures for Trump’s impeachment and so one more is most definitely not necessary. Rich white folks continue to amaze me in that they will do absolutely nothing of consequence while shouting that they are attempting to do something of consequence. They will throw away millions to prove what? That they’ve got it like that? Because what else are they doing when they will not actually help people but will put their money to use where it does the least good; in an ad campaign to impeach Donald Trump while millions will be impacted by his executive action on health care subsidies?

Those millions that this billionaire is spending on calling for the impeachment of Donald Trump could feed starving children, house homeless families, pay for dental procedures for needy families, provide funding for community centers for ‘at risk’ children, help reduce daycare costs of single working mothers; the list is endless. But no! This billionaire, like all other billionaires is all bluster; lacking substance and humanity because since there are already multiple groups with multiple petitions calling for the impeachment of Donald Trump, another one is AGAIN, most definitely not necessary.

Many of us are most likely going to be adversely impacted by Donald Trump, whether we realize it or not. But until we figure out that we need to surely look out for one another and not look to billionaires for help, then we will continue to get our asses handed to us and then some. If we could only look past skin color, religious affiliation, race, creed and whatever else is hindering our ability to get along with our neighbor, we would not need to worry so much about what Donald Trump and his ilk are going to do to us. At one point in time, we bartered with one another for what we needed. We actually knew who our neighbor was and we gave a damn about them. We helped each other out. However, we grew away from sustainable community living and instead turned every aspect of our lives over to billionaires who do nothing but use ‘borrowed’ money to amass a fortune while putting people out of work and then thumbing their nose at said people by loudly proclaiming their right to take the high road in denouncing the actions of another billionaire.

Meanwhile, we all get screwed, turn on each other and those billionaires laugh all the way to the bank, banking on our continued hatred and vilifying of one another. While we are out in the streets hurling insults back and forth, billionaires are playing “Let’s pretend to hate Donald Trump,” when they are exactly like Donald Trump. Why don’t you wake up and realize that we are being played? And how!