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

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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!

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.

Protesters Shut Down Convenience Store After Video Shows Owner Kicking Black Woman

What the hell??!!

Protesters in St. Louis gathered to shut down a convenience store and block the exits after a video emerged of the store’s owner and another employee attacking a woman, prompting people who viewed the assault on social media to actually do something about it.

Around 10 a.m. this morning, Shemika Russell recorded an employee of Gas Mart confronting a woman outside the store. As the woman and the man from the store argued, another man, alleged to be the owner of the gas station, came outside and kicked the woman to the ground.

After the first kicker goes back into the store, the other man, apparently jealous of his boss’ racist kung-fu, decides to join in on the treat-a-black-woman-worse-than-Putin-treats-Trump festivities and kicked the woman again.

“One of the workers, an Arab gentleman, kicked her in the stomach like she was a dog,” said Jermaine, one of the protesters and residents of the community. “So we’re here to shut it down. No more business for these people. They’re going to understand that we feed them. That they live off our community.”

That fucking Arab, wasn’t no gentleman and don’t even bother correcting my fucked up English. I’m public school taught and was lucky enough to not get caught up in the school-to-prison pipeline that was put in place just to send Black students into prison. But back to the subject at hand. It would seem that a Black woman was in a ‘heated’ discussion with one of those foreigners who come here to AmeriKKKa and who the United States gummint promptly hands money to to start up convenience stores, liquor stores and hair weave shops in Black neighborhoods for the express purpose of taking money from the poor Blacks who occupy said neighborhoods where the Arabs and cow-loving Indians and Pakistanis, Asians and the like set up shop, but who then take their ill-gotten gains at the end of the day and head to their neighborhoods or gated communities because just where the fuck do Arabs, those shits from India and Pakistan and the Asians live? Because they are certainly not rubbing shoulders with those whom they make their money off of.

And why aren’t those fucked up foreign shits sat smack down in ‘white’ neighborhoods? I have lived in ‘white’ neighborhoods and I can tell you, there wasn’t one single tinted skin motherfucker with a turban on ringing up a damn thing for white folks, not a bit of that shit was going down. But you go into ‘The Hood’ and that’s all the fuck you see. And all you hear is some deeply accented piece of foreign filth behind the counter, falsely smiling while overcharging Black folks for every damn thing in the store that has mostly gone bad because the prices are so damn high and I know this for a fact because a few such stores had to be shut down in Baltimore, MD for serving bad food to the people in the neighborhood who were ALL Black, down to the very last one.

In Baltimore, on every fucking corner, there is a liquor store and a Chinese take-out, not to mention a convenience store run by some Arab and make no mistake, they ALL hate the very people they make their livelihood off of. Lexington Market is filled with stall after stall of Korean shopkeepers and back in the mid 90s, those stalls were kept by Black folks, but whites decided that the Baltimore Inner Harbor pavilions were going to have shops in them owned by ‘whites’ and so they ran the Koreans to Lexington Market, increased the rents at Lexington Market which then ran the Black folks out. But whites have told those foreigners and in no uncertain terms just where they can set up shop because you see, the whites get their money from Black folks in the form of banks, white landlords, payday loans, furniture rental stores, title loans, supermarkets, department stores and car dealerships. So, the few dollars left to Black folks, those Arabs, Asians, Pakistanis and Hindus receive.

Black folks! Are you paying attention to this? They’ve got you handing your money to everyone else but to each other and though you have tried to keep your money in your community since we did indeed have a Black Wall Street, the whites burned that down. Where once we supported each other in our segregated neighborhoods, the whites came along and put an end to that and since desegregation and the introduction of HUD(Housing and Urban Development), how is Black America doing? It’s fucked up and by design!

So, this is why that Black woman got herself kicked about by some turban-headed piece of Middle Eastern garbage because that garbage from over there hates Black people just as much as whites do, but like I’ve stated, the whites have told them where they are going to set up shop and they have no choice but to do so or those damn visas will be ripped up and they will be sent back from whence they came. It is a setup and we are the losers, as always!

Look at this video! The woman in the video finally gets it. It takes her awhile, but she eventually gets what needs to be done. Run those foreigners out of there and open your own shops even if it has to first start with selling a few peaches on the sidewalk. Let ‘Permit Patty’ call the cops on you. But don’t let that stop you from continuing with what you need to do. Start in a flea market setting if you have to. That is actually quite easy to do. But stop handing your money over to foreigners who hate your guts, have nothing but contempt for you and who are trying to kick your ass while at the same time, robbing you blind while selling you overpriced, outdated garbage and who then send their kids to exclusive schools and colleges on your dime while your children are dumbed down in order to send them directly to prison.

Merely protesting events such as this one will do you no good. Something lasting and concrete has to come out of this. Just because you live in this community and you don’t have a vehicle, if you all act as though you live in the same community, those with cars should be giving those who don’t have cars, rides to grocery stores where their neighbors will not have to deal with this shit! We have done this before. Educate yourselves on what can be done that will work. Remember the Montgomery Bus Boycott and why that was so successful. If it worked for buses, it can work for anything. Try it! At least you can then say that you tried something other than useless protesting. And you just might find that helping each other is catching and is just what is needed to run those foreigners out of your neighborhoods. Come together and run them the hell out!