United Discontent

Anybody wanna jerk off for and smoke a cigarette?

I started working for a spermbank as their promotional guy, and camel going from bar to bar giving out cigarettes in downtown austin (while also putting up flyers for sperm donors)

I’ll be handing out cigarettes, and asking for semen.   Why not make 150 dollars for waiting 3 days to jerk off in a cup so you can help an infertile man or a LGBT family?  And why not get paid an hour 14 to make people die of cancer so that you can get paid to buy organic and spread information about wellness?  If you can justify it, do it.  The only way to figure out if your wrong is through taste and touch.  Well I hope to see you guys around austin

what a great job right? you’ll see me in this

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La Realidad (reality) The Intercontinental Network of Resistance Manifesto

Second Declaration of La Realidad (Reality) for Humanity Against Neoliberalism
February 1997

Brothers and sisters of Africa, Asia, America, Europe, and Oceania:

Considering that we are:
Against the international order of death, against the globalization of war and armaments. Against dictatorships, against authoritarianism, against repression. Against the politics of economic liberalization, against hunger, against poverty, against robbery, against corruption. Against patriarchy, against xenophobia, against discrimination, against racism, against crime, against the destruction of the environment, against militarism. Against stupidity, against lies, against ignorance. Against slavery, against intolerance, against injustice, against marginalization, against forgetfulness. Against neoliberalism.

Considering that we are:
For the international order of hope, for a new, just, and dignified peace. For a new politics, for democracy, for political liberties. For justice, for life, and dignified work. For civil society, for full rights for women in every aspect, for the respect of elders, youth, and children, for the defense and protection of the environment. For intelligence, for culture, for education, for truth. For liberty, for tolerance, for inclusion, for having memory. For humanity.

We declare:
First. That we will make a collective network of all our particular struggles and resistances. An intercontinental network of resistance against neoliberalism, an intercontinental network of resistance for humanity. This intercontinental network of resistance, recognizing differences and acknowledging similarities, will search to find itself with other resistances around the world. This intercontinental network of resistance will be the medium in which distinct resistances may support one another. This intercontinental network of resistance is not an organizing structure; it doesn’t have a central head or decision maker; it has no central command or hierarchies. We are the network, all of us who resist.

Second. That we will make a network of communication among all our struggles and resistances. An intercontinental network of alternative communication against neoliberalism, an intercontinental network of alternative communication for humanity. This intercontinental network of alternative communication will be the medium by which distinct resistances communicate with one another. This intercontinental network of alternative communication is not an organizing structure, nor has a central head or decision maker, nor does it have a central command or hierarchies. We are the network, all of us who speak and listen.

This we declare:
To speak and to listen for humanity and against neoliberalism. To resist and struggle for humanity and against neoliberalism. For the whole world: Democracy! Liberty! Justice! From whatever reality of whichever continent.

EZLN (Zapatista Army of National Liberation) La Realidad (Reality), Planet Earth, August 3, 1996


Contra Rick Perry: Making an Identity Contradicting Himself

As American’s we’ve learned to embrace the contradictions we face between the things we say, things we’ve said, and its effects on our actual moral stances  that we claim to care about.  We understand the difference, the necessary gap.  By this point everyone of us has implicitly lied, signing a way a long sheet of paper after claiming to have read and understood the whole thing: knowing full well we could not understand its complex entrapping rhetoric had we the free time to read it.  We don’t mind this.  Many Anti-Rick Perry supporters say “he’ll never be elected! he wanted to seceed the nation!” thinking this self-contradicting statement will hurt both his public opinion polls and his chances of winning primary.  It can be argued that if the Anti-Rick Perrian is a remaining Obama Progressive Left supporter that the same statements can be made concerning Obama’s own re-election campaign, and that’s the key.   We’ve all learned to realize that ‘politicians are just like people too’ and maybe some of the things they’ve previously said are like old facebook statuses… people are dynamic right?  When it comes to wanting to like a candidate we can interpret the self-contradictory logic as part of his human quality.

Earlier today Rick Perry stood firm by his recent open borders policy issue affirming that in-state tuition should be given to illegal aliens if they’ve been living in the in-district house for more than 3 years.  Rather than relying on typical policy platform to announce his stance, he is demonstrative and outspoken in what he does or doesn’t veto.  By allowing education to be included as part of an economic package, and to be separated from rights of citizenry sets a new tone.  It still sticks to the survival of the fittest bottom dollar, think globalization, package but it removes its conservative protectionist policy.  The controversy of Rick Perry lies in his disregard for social political values (mexicans/blacks/abortions/hpv’s) but he is very firm in his neoliberal economic policy and his open border policys, and he has been very consistent in his pursuit of global investment opportunities since as early as 2007.  Why should texans be offended to have their jobs taken away by somebody willing to do it cheaper and more efficient when it was texans who voted in Rick Perry to allow for the open border policy’s in the first place?  It was the open borders NAFTA policy that from 1992-1997 encouraged 35 million immigrants to move to the US as Mexico was unable to compete with cheap corn prices.

It SHOULD come as no surprise then, that the bilderberg group representative Rick Perry, continues on course.  It is controversial in light of being found to be controversial, in that a lot of lower class and middle class Texans thought they had voted somebody in to office that would make it easier for Texan citizens to work over non-texan citizens, not more difficult.  This is emblematic of the cognitive dissonance most Americans face facing globalization continuing to elect somebody opening us up internationally as long as he’d wear a belt buckle and jeans.

Another odd thing to face in the future will be the discouraging news of the tech industry.  We hope that through dominating facebook and google, as Americans we might be able to use tech innovations like apple to make us dominate the international market place.  Little do we realize how international these companies are, or are becoming and how little of an effect ultimately it will have on a broader source of income for a large group of social classes.  We will say “so the tech industry happened, then why is unemployment at a steady 20 percent?” Looking at Rick Perry who praised austin’s previous tech boom, saying, why can nobody get a decent sandwich or afford bread milk or gas?  Why is the rent still too damn why? As the world slips global only those at the top of the totem poll (3 percent) benefit, the rest of us slide our middle class ipad dreams into argentina-style standard of living.


Indian Restaurant Doesn’t Pay Hourly Wage

As the crackdown on local Austin Indian places, New India came under scrutiny.   as the top ones were compared in the Austin Chronicle new and old TWC (Texas Workforce Commision) labor codes were being revisisted one of them featuring Chapter 61.  Chapter 61 Texas Labor Code is called the Payday Law, it is meant to protect both the interests of the employer and the employee of proper pay by allowing a wage dispute.  I worked at New India interviewing several employees on the subject.  One of the girls said she’d be managing the business off the clock without being paid, the Busser Mike was getting less per shift than he used to and has had to start borrowing money from the owners while doing favors for them on the weekends, the cook Edwardo complained as well but once he learned about Texas Labor Code 61 he quit the very moment (in the parking lot), and others have already left New India because of similar circumstances, some working the entire summer with the Anu and Mahesh of New India without any compensation whatsover.

“Except for public employers, all Texas business entities, regardless of size, are covered by the Texas Payday Law.  Other than close relatives and independent contractors, all persons who perform a service for compensation are considered employees.” 

An Ideal worth celebrating

It has been reported and confirmed that New India, a South Congress Marathi Style Indian Cuisine has not been paying some of their staff hourly, and one was recently discovered to working without a  W2 for quite some time.  We do not need in this fair city of Austin more business regulation, nor should we even be a fan of silly tricks like the T.A.B.C or food handlers certification, false predatory threats, what we should discourage is people working for us without properly knowing who they are.

When cooks can quit because of lack of payment the owner can simply call a mexican hot line and find another illegal to work, this revolving door of easy help might seem like it helps the competitive nature of the business world grow but these are actually secret tactics built to hurt all forms of industry.


Globalization as ideology, Neoliberal effects as fact

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It’s one thing to believe in Globalization, as in you believe it is a fact of reality that the market of social relations will inevitably lead to human progress, specification of tasks, the free market, survival of the fittest, and ultimately most beneficial for the entire world and you agree to books like “The World is Flat“.

It’s another thing to believe that you exist in a world full of people who believe in Globalism, and that the “action’ of “globalisizing” is having its effects, and people are starting to act think and do more along these lines, that things contingently could be another way even if they progress towards one world market as we speak, that history operates in cycles of power, and that CURRENTLY globalization is a phenemological reality because its an ideological domination, and not vice versa.

I believe I am existing in a world where the multi-national financial global movement is taking off, that previously it was  pushed through the 1960s-1980’s through war, 1990’s softly through affleuncy and capitalism, 2001 + militaristically under the guise of pre-emption, and the fall of the housing market (the other reason for banks).  I believe I cannot conceptually wrap its effects, as each country is in each of its own phases of accepting/rejecting the neoliberal global package and one can hardly surmise how every country in every instance relates to this global normativity.

Imagine the battle of Thermopylae would of been lost, crushing athenian democracy all over the world.  Now, imagine existing in a world dominated by Persia, Would it be insane to imagine what Atheninan Democracy would look like?    If you were an archaeologist would it worthwhile to look at the ruins of the athenian and roman empires like we do now with the incas, aztecs, and mayans, hoping to find a clue to their organizational structure looking for meaning and purpose? Would it be worthwhile to consider what an athenian democracy might look  like “nowadays” even though, living in a persian world, we’d know not to attempt such a “barbarian method of governance”

The answer to these rhetorical questions is simple, and these questions end up looking rediculous… we emphatetically ought to yell “of course”.  We imagine in a hitler run world that naturally, people would investigate capitalism and socialism and all of these other things,

The Hegenomical idea would be globalization, but the fact (like the hitlerian fact) would be neoliberal domination.  We currently live in a world completely dominated by neoliberal economics  and this as seen as a “univerisalization”

 “”What we may be witnessing is not just the end of the Cold War, or the passing of a particular period of post-war history, but the end of history as such: that is, the end point of mankind’s ideological evolution and the universalization of Western liberal democracy as the final form of human government.”

So one can BELIEVE in this reality, but one may strive to choose to live and to create a new world beyond the scope of neoliberalism.  The first step is seeing that this movement toward globailzation is not a “universal feature of human reasoning” that anyone or any culture would eventually grow to determine as the best practices, with enough time, but  a set and style and method of running things that has and does tend to particularly benefit some people over others.  Recognizing economic contingency is key, especially in recognizing how often we’ve transfered the value of things in the past.