Posted by rogerhollander in Capitalism, Drugs, First Nations, Uncategorized.
Tags: capitalism, capitalism cancer, decriminalization, drugs, Humor, humour, political satire, roger hollander, satire
Roger’s note: here are some miscellaneous images taken from the Internet.
One would think that this trick is too obvious to fool anyone. However, it has been used more than once by governments to create an illusion of safety. I saw this when I was on the Council fighting against a new garbage burning incinerator. Instead of reducing emissions, simply change the safe level standard. Voila!
Don’t get me started on capitalism. OK. Get me started. In a capitalist economy, where capital rules with an iron fist over living labor, decisions about economic growth are made by PRIVATE enterprise, where profit is the only consideration. Contrast this with such decisions made socially for the benefit of society as a whole. Capitalism as cancer is the most apt analogy I can think of. That is why we are in danger of planetary death either by environmental catastrophe or nuclear holocaust. Given the choice, no society would consciously choose annihilation. That is why the very survival of the universe as we know it demands the defeat of world capitalism.
I remember the sermon given at my daughter’s wedding, where the minister said the secret to a successful marriage lies in three words: forgive, forgive, forgive.
The major opponents of the decriminalization of marijuana in the US are the Chambers of Commerce, Police Departments and private prisons. Bad for business.
Dare to dream!
Posted by rogerhollander in Humor, Uncategorized.
Tags: drone missiles, Humor, klan, nike, political satire, satire, universal soldier
Roger’s note: Here are some more images, which I hope are worth at least a thousand words. But I add a few anyway (here in Ecuador my fruit lady always throws in some extra, it’s called “Yapa.”)
You can always count on those who benefit, always unjustly, from the status quo, to come up with what are supposed to appear to be “self-evident” eternal truths. Of course these are nothing more than verbal slights of hand designed to take the wind out of the efforts of those who struggle for change (justice).
This cartoon was designed for a Clinton victory, but because she lost the civilians of mostly Muslim countries will have to continue to blasted to smithereens by a male president. Well, at least he is white and not a Black Kenyan.
How dare it be suggested that this traditional American value group be considered as terrorist.
Nike has somehow been able to withstand my my many years of personal boycott. When I could only find a baseball cap that fit me with the logo I wanted, for the first time in ages I purchased the slash. Please don’t tell anyone.
Posted by rogerhollander in Human Rights, Religion, Uncategorized, Women.
Tags: fundamentalism, holocaust, Humor, misogny, religion, religious satire, roger hollander, roman catholic, root of all evil, satire, the church
Roger’s note: here are some funny and not so funny memes on the subject of religion. Richard Dawkins’ “The God Delusion” is my Bible on the subject, and I recommend it highly. I have little use for organized religion and many of its beliefs. My cynicism comes out strong in what I have selected here. Enjoy.
Here we see the elegant and mocking fusion of science with Biblical history.
“Money doesn’t talk, it swears.” Bob Dylan
This is wicked. I love it.
Sometimes that which unifies ain’t that pretty.
This too is wicked, but a powerful arrow slung at the Church for its protection of clerical child abusers.
Horror of horrors, Evangelicals at our door!
This is more like it.
And our friendly Muslim fundamentalists.
The poor murdering the rich. Don’t tempt me.
Posted by rogerhollander in Economic Crisis, Humor, Uncategorized.
Tags: banksters, Economic Crisis, economy collapse, financial industry, Humor, humour, roger hollander, stephen day, subprime loans, subprime morgtgates
Roger’s note: I have read a couple of “simple” explanations of the 2008 market collapse, with its subprime loans, etc. One of these explanations talked of selling plastic bags filled with oregano as if it were marijuana. The article below is both humorous and illuminating.
This is a great explanation of what caused our world economy collapse. The banks rewarded poor credit risks by finding ways to invest in junk. For those who have short memories, think of our bankrupt auto companies, Merrill Lynch, AIG, Lehman Brothers, etc.
The mess that Obama inherited was caused by the Financial industry that lives off of commissions and transaction fees, with absolutely no oversight and producing no products. Is there a kinder word for “bottom feeders”?
When you read this amusing story, I am sure you will connect this to our present financial environment for the last 15 years.
Mary is the proprietor of a bar in Dublin . She realizes that virtually all of her customers are unemployed alcoholics and, as such, can no longer afford to patronise her bar.
To solve this problem, she comes up with a new marketing plan that allows her customers to drink now, but pay later. She keeps track of the drinks consumed on a ledger (thereby granting the customers loans).
Word gets around about Mary’s “drink now, pay later” marketing strategy and, as a result, increasing numbers of customers flood into Mary’s bar. Soon she has the largest sales volume for any bar in Dublin.
By providing her customers’ freedom from immediate payment demands, Mary gets no resistance when, at regular intervals, she substantially increases her prices for wine and beer, the most consumed beverages. Consequently, Mary’s gross sales volume increases massively.
A young and dynamic vice-president at the local bank recognises that these customer debts constitute valuable future assets and increases Mary’s borrowing limit. He sees no reason for any undue concern, since he has the debts of the unemployed alcoholics as collateral
At the bank’s corporate headquarters, expert traders figure a way to make huge commissions, and transform these customer loans into DRINKBONDS, ALKIBONDS and PUKEBONDS. These securities are then bundled and traded on international security markets. Naive investors don’t really understand that the securities being sold to them as AAA secured bonds are really the debts of unemployed alcoholics. Nevertheless, the bond prices continuously climb, and the securities soon become the hottest-selling items for some of the nation’s leading brokerage houses.
One day, even though the bond prices are still climbing, a risk manager at the original local bank decides that the time has come to demand payment on the debts incurred by the drinkers at Mary’s bar. He so informs Mary.
Mary then demands payment from her alcoholic patrons, but being unemployed alcoholics they cannot pay back their drinking debts.Since, Mary cannot fulfil her loan obligations she is forced into bankruptcy. The bar closes and the eleven employees lose their jobs.
Overnight, DRINKBONDS, ALKIBONDS and PUKEBONDS drop in price by 90%. The collapsed bond asset value destroys the banks liquidity and prevents it from issuing new loans, thus freezing credit and economic activity in the community.
The suppliers of Mary’s bar had granted her generous payment extensions and had invested their firms’ pension funds in the various BOND securities. They find they are now faced with having to write off her bad debt and with losing over 90% of the presumed value of the bonds.
Her wine supplier also claims bankruptcy, closing the doors on a family business that had endured for three generations, her beer supplier is taken over by a competitor, who immediately closes the local plant and lays off 150 workers.
Fortunately though, the bank, the brokerage houses and their respective executives are saved and bailed out by a multi-billion euro no-strings attached cash infusion from their cronies in Government. The funds required for this bailout are obtained by new taxes levied on employed, middle-class, non-drinkers who have never been in Mary’s bar.
Now, do you understand economics in 2015?
Posted by rogerhollander in Barack Obama, Humor.
Tags: 1984, big brother, Humor, joe giambrone, political satire, president obama, propaganda, roger hollander, satire, syrian rebels, truth, white house
Uncle Barack by Political Film Blog
By Joe Giambrone (about the author)
September 15, 2013, http://www.opednews.com/
(Washington) In a radical departure from official White House policy, unnamed sources within the Executive have suggested that President Barack Obama may be preparing to utter true statements, sometime in the short term.
Uncharacteristically candid revelations hint that bypassing the wall of secrecy and over classification of intelligence may be necessary to sway skeptical Americans. Polls of the President’s truthfulness have fluctuated from 62% trustworthiness in 2009 to 0.62% today, a difference of two levels of magnitude. Individuals who trust the President’s statements are largely confined to state mental health facilities, making interviews difficult to obtain prior to publication.
The estate of President Richard Nixon weighed in on the matter, coming to the defense of the President. “When the president does it, that means it is not illegal,” said a Nixon spokesman. President Obama, hoping that Americans’ recollections of the disgraced Nixon have faded, after nearly half a century of revisionism, welcomed the move as a legal defense against charges of perjury, lying to congress, propaganda, deception and fabricating false flag terrorism in the Syrian conflict.
Asked why America was so intent on aiding and abetting the Al Qaeda offshoot Al Nusra Front, which is technically designated a terrorist organization by the US, the president responded, “You’re off the script.”
A scuffle in the White House press room led to one journalist being removed by black clad security personnel without explanation. Off the record, several of the reporters present recall hearing gunfire shortly afterward, although none could give any more detail.
In lighter news, America’s beloved freedom fighters have liberated a second Christian village in Syria, and have promised not to behead any of the infidels who refuse to convert to Sunni Islam. The President praised this development as a positive sign that the Syrian Jihadists are coming out of their 7th century mindsets and perhaps moving forward into the 8th or even 9th. Mr. Obama said that such historical progress cannot pass without a moment of reflection and congratulation to the heroic Syrian rebels.
Obama’s Director of Imperial Marketing, whom some of the journalists present suspected of being a DARPA developed robot drone in humanoid form, said, “East Asia has always been at war with Oceania.”
Cryptic news indeed, as the reporters struggled to identify the two warring nations on their SmartPhones. Obama’s Marketing Director then pointed to Youtube as proof that, “Syria bad. We good. Syria bad. We good,” repeating the phrase for several minutes until a group of technicians entered the press briefing to remove the Director in mid utterance. Such odd behavior led some to question the spokesman’ humanity, leading to a new raft of conspiracy theories floated out across the web.
The administration, sensing a probable public relations imbroglio went into damage control mode. The President appeared on a large video teleconference screen, staring down at the journalists in a formidable posture.
“Oceania has always been at war with East Asia,” said Mr. Obama. “That is your top headline story, and so you be sure to type it out correctly.”
The visibly shaken press corps dutifully nodded in unison.
The President continued, “Our administration is only capable of telling the truth. Write that down.”
The President issued his directives, and we are happy to report that God has smiled on our glorious land, an exceptional land of happiness and joy. All is well, as it always is in our land of greatest freedom where our beloved President looks out for us, and would never lie to us. Such joy it brings to report this good news to you, dear readers. Enjoy your wonderful day of supreme elation, knowing that we are right and just and good. President Obama has made that quite clear.
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