Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Support For The Revolt In France On the Rise

If you have been following the struggle by workers in France to prevent the conservatives from emasculating their pensions and making them work until they drop dead,  you know that those coddled French are upset because the dashing Mr Sarkozy is trying to save them from their own selfishness and wants only for them to work until they are 62, instead of the way it is now when they kick back and live a life of ease starting at 60.

Nope. Once again the mainstream media is either terribly uninformed, or else lying. Almost no one in France retires at 60. You can, but at greatly reduced benefits. Most people work until they are 62 or 65. Sarkozy and his Neoliberal masters want it changed so you'd have to work until 67 to get your full retirement.

The workplace in France has undergone the same changes as here. The unrelenting drive by the owners to increase "productivity -- i.e. how much can we get out of our workers for how little -- has meant speed ups and more stress, and French workers know that when they retire, even at 62, they will be about used up.

That is why support for the strikers and demonstrators is growing, not decreasing as the mainstream media suggests and hopes and keeps trying to make happen in article after article that has announced the end of the struggle and the defeat of the workers. On Sept. 7, public support for the strikers stood at 62 percent. By Sept. 23 it had grown to 68 percent and in the latest poll, conducted, by the way, not by any Leftists but an organization called CSA that is controlled by one of France's main capitalists and Sarkozy supporters, Vincent Bollore, stands at 71 percent.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Huevos Rancheros Live

I have left Houston and great Zydeco on KPFT and my new fork truck driver friend behind and am en route to New Mexico with my load of oil field pipe and it was nice sailing out of town last night with Zydeco Pas Sale′ on the radio live...
No Harm Caused By Release Of Documents By Wikileaks

Come to find out, despite ominous warnings and shrieks of protest by our government and military to the contrary, the release back in August of almost 80,000 War Against Afghanistan documents by Wikileaks did not "compromise" any intelligence sources, and there was no reported retribution against Afghans who helped NATO forces.



The same howls of protest are being emitted about the current release of almost 400,000 leaked documents from the War On Iraq, and the campaign of dirty tricks against Wikileaks and the attempts to shut it down continue unabated.


Friday, October 22, 2010

I Thought Of It First

Houston Yard - 1:39 p.m.

"I always try and have my truck worked on here because they're Mexican and they get right on it," one of our drivers, who has a long blond pony tail and is definitely not Mexican, just told me, about an hour ago. He was talking about the mechanics in our shop here.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Cadillac Ranch by Chip Lord, Hudson Marquez and Doug Michels. It's still there,  right beside I-40 on the western outskirts of Amarillo.  Get off at exit 60, by the Love's truck stop, get on the south frontage road and go back toward town about 1/4 mile and you can park alongside the road. The gate is open day or night. Visitors have been making sure the iconic public sculpture does not fall victim to rust by keeping it well coated with paint.


Ouvriers du monde

Amarillo - 11:30 p.m.

In most countries of what is called the West, working people are being robbed on a massive scale, being made to pay for bailing out the rich, on top of the ongoing onslaught on their standard of living called Neoliberalism. Governments, using the policies of Neoliberalism and cheered on by the media, who use the term "needed reforms," are playing a major role in this outright theft, either through their own actions, via laws and fiscal and monetary policy, or in simply standing aside and clearing the way for the rich to directly steal the fruits of our labor through their financial institutions and corporations, with wage and benefit reductions, interest, and general mercantilism.

Saturday, October 16, 2010


I have been fooling around with this Tweeter thing where twits tweet and twats titter and excuse me my Ukranian seemingly Vulgar vanity on the veranda with a for sale sign I mean it in the most gender non neutral secular way of all.

But Jenifer Jajeh the playwright posts on her Twitter page "Now that they rescued the trapped miners maybe they can rescue the 1.5 million Palestinians trapped in Gaza."

Indeed. And I might add as others have that if that mining disaster had happened in West Virginia or at any Saco mine where they routinely make the miners take shortcuts and half the safety equipment doesn't work they'd all have been dead already as happens all the time in the conservative Chamber of Commerce run United States.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Belle Fourche, SD

I will be picking up something here that's going to the Houston area (out by Sugarland I presume) so waited the night out at a Conoco truck stop. I cruised through this town when I came in...came down US 85 and went on down to Spearfish 10 miles yon looking for gloves, and some cables for my 1000 watt inverter, which air conditioner cord I had made into an extension cord had begun to melt and was making the inverter buzz and blip and shut off on me, i.e. overloaded. I now have the inverter hooked direct to the heavy cables coming off the batteries.. it works just fine. I am so delighted... my little life gets a little less miserable.

Friday, October 1, 2010

A neighborhood on the north side of Quito-from the roof of the house I stayed at in 2000

Otro Golpe

Another Coup. Again, Latin America. Ecuador this time. What role did the United States government play?