Paul Haeder, Author

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no mail, no medications . . . the empty brain of the Duopoly, Privatizers and the Hobbled Unions . . .

Postal union officials are sounding the alarm about the potentially damaging impacts of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s effort to consolidate post offices across the U.S. as part of his widely condemned 10-year plan to reshape the public mail agency.

Government Executive reported Friday that “more than 200 post offices and other U.S. Postal Service facilities are set to shed some of their operations as soon as this year as the mailing agency seeks to consolidate those functions at larger buildings, according to documents shared by management.”

“The changes will mean letter carriers no longer go to their local facility to pick up mail for their route, instead traveling farther distances after starting at a consolidated location. The impacted post offices will still conduct their retail operations, but many of the back-end functions will be stripped away and relocated,” the outlet noted. “The impacted sites are located in Georgia, New York, Texas, Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, West Virginia, Kentucky, Washington, North Carolina, Indiana, and Arkansas. The initial consolidations are expected to begin as soon as next month.”

Each day, as each sunrise lifts the wrinkles onto Capitalist lands and all the dead-weight created by capitalists, there are a million things WRONG. It is a world where people are stuck in their own Private Idaho, stuck in their Make Believe Land. The amount of distraction in the USA is amping up, since there are fewer haves, but still a growing bit of haves who control the destinies against the have’s not.

My trip to Vancouver-Portland shows me the amassing amount of toys, new cars, SUV’s, and RVs with new Jeep Cherokees in tow. And so, we would, judging the state of highways, and then the neighborhoods, to believe that the world is just fine and dandy. No problems.

Neighborhoods where cars and trucks and campers and motorcycles and ATVs and so so much junk in the front and back yards.

Yet this fellow, like others, are human stain, the enemy of the people:

In his speech Friday at the Federal Reserve’s annual summit in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell made one thing clear: America’s financial oligarchy is determined to make the working class bear the cost of the deepening economic crisis.

Speaking more bluntly than he has previously, Powell pledged that the US central bank would sustain higher interest rates in the name of fighting inflation, with increased unemployment and economic “pain” to be expected as the consequences. The Fed is widely anticipated to again raise rates by 0.5 to 0.75 percentage points in September.

“Reducing inflation is likely to require a sustained period of below-trend growth,” Powell said. “Moreover, there will very likely be some softening of labor market conditions. While higher interest rates, slower growth, and softer labor market conditions will bring down inflation, they will also bring some pain to households and businesses.”

Behind the Fed chair’s grey-hued euphemisms stands a ruthless class policy. With “softening of labor market conditions,” Powell is describing a deliberate jobs bloodbath, in which higher rates will encourage mass layoffs and the inevitable calamity this entails for workers and their families. It will mean staggering rises in poverty, hunger, substance abuse, foreclosures, homelessness and suicides, under conditions of an already acute social crisis. (source)

And then, more of the same, a la France:

After a summer marked by drought, massive wildfires and the war in Ukraine, French President Emmanuel Macron delivered a stark speech on Wednesday at the first cabinet meeting following the summer holiday break, warning of tough months ahead as the world faces a possible “end of abundance”.

“I believe that we are in the process of living through a tipping point or great upheaval. Firstly because we are living through… what could seem like the end of abundance,” said Macron, 44. 

The speech appeared designed to prepare the country for what promises to be a difficult winter ahead, with energy prices rising sharply and many families struggling with inflation.

“The moment we are living … may seem to be structured by a series of crises, each more serious than the other,” Macron said, referring to the drought, fires and storms that have hit France during the summer as well as the Ukraine war and disruptions to global trade. (source)


And hands are going up, even with these two insightful bloggers: “What will an EU economic collapse look like?”

I was at a book pub in Portland, for a reading. I was asked by a 20-something gay guy (the place had four gay guys serving and cooking) for my vax pass. I had driven three and a half hours (four and a half with that sick Portland traffic on a Friday) to see my vax pass. In a small bookstore venue? I asked him why, and reminded him that after the reading, I was going to a venue to listen to amazing Jazz, Jz is Dead, in a place that will max out at 325 people in a small venue, with no vax fascist recommendations.

Again, my super communist and revolutionary roots get all tangled up when gay guys play this game: “Well, it’s just our policy. We want to keep everyone safe.”

I reminded him that the corrupt CDC has changed those policies, and I reminded him that I was coming from the coast, and I saw nothing on their web site requesting this. I reminded him that it is a question that hits me between the eyes the same way one I might ask him with the latest Fauci Madness: “Do you have your proof of no Monkey Virus? Did you get vaxxed?”

He was upset, and I told him that, a, I was a writer, b, a college teacher, and, c, social worker, so the question was part of a thought experiment.

Then, this reading which I came up to support, again, the editor who I like did it again: She read for the fourth time in four separate venues I was a part of a poem by some misinformed and racist woman who is Jewish (they tell us that) who happens to be part of some Jewish Museum up there, in Alaska. Zelensky are David against Orcs, err, Goliath, the Russians.

I had to leave for the music, soon after the editor read this person’s poem, and yes, the crowd in their Pelosi Putridity, loved it. I turned my back on her, and if I would have had time, I probably would have said something at the end, but I was off to see music:

Sure, at the venue, Mississippi Studios, there were maybe one out of 20 with face diapers on; most of them were twenty-and-thirty something.

Again, all is happy on the Western Culture front. The music and muscians were great, but there is still that religious stuff about how we need to count our lucky stars after all those pandemic losses — that is, those who got sick, died and the mandatory lockdowns and shuttering.

Black men on stage who will not criticize the Fauci, the Democrats, the entire folly and felonious aspect of what happened.

I was listening to Sorjourner truth radio, and Margaret was talking to an author talking about his new book on Malcolm and Martin, how they were becoming much more closer in their beliefs system. I’m having a difficult time finding that show, since it was probably thrown up on our local low power radio station from a few years or months ago as part of a fund drive. Pretty bad that the radio station doesn’t have the wherewithal to put in the specific show information, but the point is that listening to the male author and a female educator talk about Malcolm X and his Ballot or the Bullet speech is inspirational for me everytime.

“Whether you are a Christian, or a Muslim, or a Nationalist, we all have the same problem. They don’t hang you because you’re a Baptist; they hang you ‘cause you’re black.” 

“Today it’s time to stop singing and start swinging. You can’t sing up freedom, but you can swing up on some freedom.” 

“We need a self-help program, a do-it-yourself philosophy, a do-it-right-now philosophy, a it’s already-too-late philosophy. This is what you and I need to get with, and the only way we are going to solve our problem is with a self-help program. Before we can get a self-help program started we have to have a self-help philosophy.”  — Malcolm X

Yeah, very odd times, for sure. Trump Derangement Syndrome with the liberals, and then with the conservatives, a stupidity about Trump and DeSantis, etc. One fellow I met wanted to challenge me, and he went on and on how his brother did 44 years at Boeing, how he just missed a reduction in forces 15 years in when tens of thousands got riffed, and again, he was telling me why do these kids and adults want their student loans rescinded.ontracts.

I said, firstly, the loan game is a criminal operation, and that when I went to school, I barely paid anything at the community college, and then at state universities for one undergraduate and two graduate degrees. I reminded him that his vaunted brother was working for US, getting paid by US taxpayer, and that Boeing is one corrupt company, in existence ONLY because of government contracts. And his brother was flown all over the place to work on US military AWACS, and at times, he would not work for weeks, but would be get paid to mess with ping pong and surfing on the internet and hanging out.

I reminded him that while I am a communist, just because I despise Biden and Obama and Clinton, the same despisng is an equal opportunity player against Bush, Nixon, Reagan, Trump.

They are criminals and against the people, so any shit coming out of a DeSantis is still shit, racist and fucked up in terms of the right to teach about slavery and the right to have Pride Parades and the right to HOUSING.

This fucker is as bad as the Pelosi fucker:

Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed House Bill (HB) 7, to give businesses, employees, children and families tools to stand up against discrimination and woke indoctrination. The bill includes provisions to prevent discriminatory instruction in the workplace and in public schools and defines individual freedoms based on the fundamental truth that all individuals are equal before the law and have inalienable rights. This legislation is the first of its kind in the nation to take on both corporate wokeness and Critical Race Theory in schools in one act. Read more here.

“No one should be instructed to feel as if they are not equal or shamed because of their race,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “In Florida, we will not let the far-left woke agenda take over our schools and workplaces. There is no place for indoctrination or discrimination in Florida.”

“By signing this legislation, which is the first in the nation to end corporate wokeness and Critical Race Theory in our schools, we are prioritizing education not indoctrination,” said Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez. “We will always fight to protect our children and parents from this Marxist-inspired curriculum.” (source)

Winter In America

Gil Scott-Heron

In case you haven’t been there lately
We have, and the season is back
I mean, it was, it was holiday weather for a minute
Or when I was just on vacation
I’ll tell you a story

There used to be an agreement between the seasons
I mean, after a while they decided to sit down and work it out
And they agreed that they were gonna just come and stay
About three months each
And then they would go to wherever seasons go
When they’re not where you are
And this would be a cycle and it would go on all the time

And then one year in America, one of the seasons got mad
And decided it was going to stay
Decided that the way things were done there made it feel at home
He would not, he wouldn’t go when he was supposed to
I mean it wasn’t the people
The people runnin’ this stuff, you know what I’m sayin’

It was something, there was some kind of vibe there
Made it feel like it weren’t leaving, it was just not, just not gonna go
It wasn’t in terms of the temperature, it was in terms of the philosophy
The politics, the psychology, the way things were going in other directions
And so for a long time, where we come from there’s no spring
And no summer and no fall

We have been taken over by the season of ice
Very few people recognise it for what it is
Although they feel uncomfortable
Very few people recognise the fact that somehow the seasons don’t change
I mean, you can acclimate it, you can politically acclimate it
You can philosophically acclimate it

You start to, you start to relate everything to the season of ice
And so your dreams become frozen, and your ideas become frozen
Your promises become frozen in this
Frozen days, and frozen nights
Frozen aspirations and frozen inspiration

There’s something wrong, I mean, there’s something wrong
I mean, there’s something wrong, I mean
There’s something wrong, I mean
We’d like to talk to you about a season that is taking over America
The season is winter
This song is called, “Winter in America”

From the Indians who welcomed the pilgrims
And to the buffalo who once ruled the plains
Like the vultures
Circling beneath the dark clouds
Looking for the rain
Hey, they’ve been looking for the rain

Just like the cities staggered on the coastline
Livin’ in a nation that just can’t much more
Like the forest they buried beneath the highway
Never had a chance to grow
Well, they never had a chance to grow

And now it’s winter
Come on, sing if you know the words
Seemed like winter in America
A time when all of the healers done been killed
Or been betrayed, say
People know that something’s wrong
Everybody oughta know winter
Seemed like winter in America

The truth is there ain’t nobody fighting
Because, well nobody knows what to save
Brother, save your soul
Lord knows it’s winter in America

The Constitution, a noble piece of paper
With free society
Well, they struggled but they died in vain
And now democracy is ragtime on the corners
On the cord, hoping it’d rain
Yes, he’s been a-hopin’ for some rain
But it just don’t look like rain

And I see the robins, yeah, perched in barren tree tops
Watching last-ditch racists marching across the floor
And like the peace sign that filtered in our dreams
That never had a chance to grow
Yeah, they never had a chance to grow
Somebody want to go tell them it’s winter

It’s cold, it’s like winter in America
Time when all the healers, people who have done been killed
Or been betrayed, say
But the people know there’s something wrong
Hey, it’s winter
It seems like winter in America

The truth is there ain’t nobody fighting
‘Cause, well nobody knows what to save
Aw, sister save your babies
Yes, winter in America

I said hey, hey, hey
It’s winter
It’s cold, it’s like winter in America
Time when all the healers, brothers who have done been killed
And put them in jail, say
People know there’s something wrong
Something wrong with winter

It feels like winter in America
The truth is there ain’t nobody fighting because
Well nobody knows what to save
Yes and the truth is
There’s nobody fighting, nobody fighting
Nobody knows, nobody knows what to do, what to do
The truth is there ain’t nobody fighting because
Nobody knows what to save

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