Tuesday, July 16, 2019

"Nice People"

"Nice People"
by Redd Phlagg
In a country run by a small circle of pedophilic billionaires, there is literally not a single moral justification for not engaging in class war. -- Quinn Albright

They call them "nice people" because they're apparently decent, hard-working, law-abiding types. How could anyone who looks as sharp as these folks and acts as charming as they do on occasion be all that bad? You'll realize how that line of logic is nothing but a stinking pile of horse manure after reading the following:

This poor boy worked hard to develop a social movement to rebuild his war-torn country, eventually becoming its beloved leader by being elected in a landslide. It was reported that he loved his dog and acted kindly to his secretaries and his fiancée. He was a devout vegetarian and enjoyed entertaining all types of guests at his dinner parties.

Sounds like a great guy, huh? His name? Adolf Hitler, leader of Nazi Germany, a.k.a. the Third Reich. You might have heard of him. He's credited with at least 6 million plus deaths.

Please don't tell me now that all "nice people" are worthy of praise and adoration. You know they're not. Their slick outward appearances can hide a rotten core. Money, authority, good-looks, and plentiful media attention does not an admirable human being make. So why does our culture put these a**holes on a pedestal more often than not? What makes the following morally bankrupt capitalists any better than the rest of us?

Martin Shkreli-- the ever-smirking "pharma bro," wannabe mass murderer and investment fraudster. He instituted a 5,000% price increase of Daraprim, a previously cheap drug used to treat HIV, condemning those who couldn't pay it to death.

The Koch Brothers--don't get me started on these demon-spawned siblings that exude noxious evil! Just about anything that is going wrong in our country and around the world can be traced back to them. The Kochs are the most egregious example of how capitalism eats itself alive--along with the rest of the planet--and somehow can't stop its self-destructive behavior no matter how hard you try to convince its sadistic purveyors to stop.

Jeff Bezos--the world's richest individual who won't even allow his lowly warehouse workers to take a leak on company time. Why? Because he doesn't think being valued a measly $168 billion is enough. And this lovely excuse for a human being is helping ICE build facial recognition software to deport even more asylum-seekers (see second blurb below). What a  freakin' "nice" person Jeff is!  Employers like Amazon are true enemies of the workers (see third blurb below).

Jeffrey Epstein--billionaire pedophile owner of the "Lolita Express" private jet, currently charged with multiple counts of sex trafficking once again. He's planning on getting another light sentence this time similar to his first conviction where he spent most of his "jail time" actually working in his office. (He's probably got pictures of all the judges on his private island of sexual escapades, so they know they can't throw the book at him without their dirty little secrets being exposed.) But We the People are fighting back and exposing those who enable this serial rapist (see first blurb below).

Donald Trump--pseudo-president, serial philanderer, failed real estate tycoon, boring TV star, and resident p*ssy-grabber, and, along with former President Bill Clinton, a guest on Epstein's Lolita Express. This MAGA-hat-wearing, all-around xenophobic, racist, lying sack of sh*t is in the running for worst human being ever. He can't even claim to be a vegetarian dog lover like his concentration-camp-building idol Adolf Hitler!

Face it--the planet would be a lot better off without these criminals.

The common thread that links these names together is greed. They worship money and the power that it gives them over life itself. Filthy lucre is their idol. They'll do anything to anyone to get it and keep it and lord it over others. Damn you if you ever get in their way!

We've got to stop being so squeamish and face facts: It's us or it's them. I vote us. We should be the survivors in the climate catastrophe that's already on our doorsteps, not these pedophilic billionaires. We need to take out this elitist class of holier-than-thou-acting-while-we're-screwing-your-underage-daughter-and-robbing-you-blind types. Tomorrow isn't soon enough. We need to take action today.

It's time to eliminate the not-so-nice one-percenters and use their hoarded wealth to create a society where all people have access to health care when they need it along with food and clean water and shelter and equal justice under the law no matter how poor or what color they are. We are the majority. We don't need these rotten apples spoiling the rest of us in the barrel.

In other words: "Nice people do boycott immoral businesses…and protest loudly and frequently against illegal activities such as running concentration camps…and build guillotines if and when they have to."   

History doesn't need repeating if it's a repeat of Hitler's Germany, does it?

More "Nice People" in the News:

Sex Trafficking Scandal Rocks Government (video)

The Fear Like The Cruelty Is The Point

Christianity Should Not Be Cruel

Private Prison Stocks Soar Under Trump Administration

BIO: Redd Phlagg is a mild-mannered citizen by day and a radical revolutionary by night. Redd's goal is to stir up the masses so they're eager to take out our oppressors when the optimal time comes. Be ready!


From UltraViolet:

Last Friday, amid growing pressure from the public and UltraViolet members like you, Trump's Secretary of Labor and enabler of child sex-trafficking, Alexander Acosta, announced his resignation.1

This is a HUGE win for survivors of sexual assault everywhere, but, in particular, for the more than 80 young girls--some as young as 14--who were sexually abused by wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein. As U.S. attorney in Miami in 2008, Acosta showed a total disregard for these underage survivors by offering Epstein a plea deal with a mere 13-month sentence, even allowing Epstein to leave the prison six days a week, and ending an FBI probe that would have potentially found more powerful people involved in Epstein's trafficking ring.

With new charges against Epstein coming from federal prosecutors this week, and now with Acosta's resignation, survivors of Epstein's heinous sex crimes may finally see justice. This is in large part because of the tens of thousands of UltraViolet members who signed petitions, called their representatives, and donated. The pressure culminated with a light projection action calling for Acosta's resignation that UltraViolet organized with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), CREDO Action, and MoveOn. The message projected onto the Department of Labor building generated a ton of press in numerous outlets, including ABC News and influential Capitol Hill newspaper The Hill.2,3
Light projection onto U.S. Department of Labor building reading, "Acosta enables child sex trafficking."
Acosta's resignation is great news, and it demonstrates that when we come together as a movement, we can take down sexual predators and their enablers, no matter how powerful. But this should only be the beginning. We need to hold all powerful people who engage in or enable sexual abuse accountable, including, most notably, the admitted serial sexual assaulter at the very top: President Trump.

Sign the petition to Congress demanding an immediate investigation into Trump's history of rape and sexual assault.

Check out all of the amazing work that UltraViolet members like you did to secure this huge win.

As always, thank you so much for taking action.
--Shaunna, Kat, Karin, Holly, Kathy, Susan, Anathea, Emma, Natalie, Melody, Lindsay, Pam, Ryan, Sonja, and Kimberly, the UltraViolet team

P.S. If you'd like to chip in to help UltraViolet continue fighting for justice for sexual assault survivors, you can contribute here.
1. Trump Labor Secretary Acosta resigning after criticism over Epstein plea deal in sex case, NBC News, July 12, 2019
2. Protesters call for Alex Acosta's resignation, ABC News, July 11, 2019
3. 'Acosta Enables Sex Trafficking' projected onto the Labor Department building, The Hill, July 10, 2019

Tell Amazon: Stop powering ICE’s deportation machine
The petition to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos reads: "Stop building ICE's deportation machine to harm immigrant communities. Amazon must immediately end all contracts with ICE and DHS, including the sale of facial recognition technology to track immigrants."
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Tell Amazon: Stop powering ICE’s deportation machine
Trump is ramping up his attacks on the immigrant community – and Amazon is the technological backbone powering his xenophobic immigration policies.

Trump is holding human beings in concentration camps, executing mass raids on immigrant families and communities and forcing millions of people to live in fear every single day. Amazon is choosing to be fully complicit in Trump's deportation machine by providing essential technological infrastructure to help ICE and DHS track, detain and deport immigrants.1
This "Prime Day," we are delivering hundreds of thousands of petition signatures in nine cities to tell Amazon to stop profiting off the dehumanization of immigrants and attacks on our civil liberties. Will you amplify our call by adding your name?

Tell Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos: Stop powering Trump's surveillance state. Prohibit all government use of Rekognition. Click here to sign the petition.

Amazon's facial recognition technology, Rekognition, is frightening. It can identify people in photos of large groups, crowded events and public places. In the hands of government agencies, Rekognition would supercharge already existing racist and discriminatory policing practices and boost the Trump administration's efforts to suppress and criminalize dissent.2 Recent reports reveal that ICE uses facial recognition technology to scan state drivers' licenses databases to identify undocumented immigrants.3 This is an unacceptable violation of our civil liberties and any collaboration with ICE must be stopped.

Donald Trump has already expanded government surveillance and the policing of communities resisting his fascist regime. ICE and Border Patrol are arresting and deporting immigrant activists.4 DHS is recording immigrants' social media and online activity.5 The FBI is monitoring and jailing leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement.6 And Trump Republicans have introduced legislation to restrict people's right to protest in nearly 20 states across the country.7

Since Trump took office, Bezos has been playing both sides. He publicly condemned Trump's Muslim ban, but also helped normalize and legitimize the Trump regime by serving as a Trump tech adviser.8 Amazon is enabling the tracking, detention and deportation of immigrants. In the first nine months of Trump's presidency, ICE arrests increased by 42% compared to the previous years – and that's in large part thanks to the increase in mass surveillance and targeting of immigrants.9

Tell Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos: Stop powering Trump's surveillance state. Prohibit all government use of Rekognition. Click here to sign the petition.

Amazon is choosing to be complicit in Trump's deportation machine. We cannot allow Amazon to profit from a mass surveillance system that gives government agencies the power to hunt, track and deport immigrants.
Today, people across the country are mobilizing to fight back against Trump's racist immigration policy and attacks on our civil liberties. We need you to stand in solidarity by adding your name.

Tell Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos: Stop powering Trump's surveillance state. Prohibit all government use of Rekognition. Click the link below to sign the petition:


Thanks for fighting back,
Thaís Marques, Campaign Manager CREDO Action from Working Assets
Add your name:
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  1. Karen Hao, "Amazon is the invisible backbone behind ICE’s immigration crackdown," MIT Technology Review, Oct. 22, 2018.
  2. Julie Carrie Wong, "'Recipe for authoritarianism': Amazon under fire for selling face-recognition software to police," The Guardian, May 22, 2018.
  3. Catie Edmondson, "ICE Used Facial Recognition to Mine State Driver’s License Databases," The New York Times, July 7, 2019.
  4. John Burnett, "See The 20+ Immigration Activists Arrested Under Trump," NPR, March 16, 2018.
  5. Willa Frej, "U.S. Quietly Announces Plan To Monitor Immigrants’ Social Media Accounts, Search Histories," HuffPost, Sept. 28, 2017.
  6. Nicole Hemmer, "The government prosecution of a “black identity extremist” fell apart. Meanwhile, white supremacists are on the march." Vox, May 19, 2018.
  7. ACLU, "Anti-protest bills around the country," June 23, 2017.
  8. CBS News, "Jeff Bezos joins chorus of CEOs challenging Trump travel ban," Jan. 31, 2017.
  9. Hao, "Amazon is the invisible backbone behind ICE’s immigration crackdown."

Today, on Amazon Prime Day, Amazon warehouse employees in Minnesota are striking for better treatment and working conditions. Here at the AFL-CIO, we stand in support of all workers who come together to demand more for themselves and their families, and that includes the Amazon warehouse workers on strike today. 

This Prime Day strike underscores why we need to strengthen protections for workers and unions across the country. And right now, there’s a bill in Congress that would do just that: the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. So I’m reaching out to ask: Will you tell your representative to support the PRO Act

The PRO Act would provide critical support for unions and workers. Specifically, the bill would make it easier to form a union, help workers secure a first contract and even protect striking workers like those in Minnesota today. Support for unions is at a 15-year high, and yet the right to form a union is under attack—it’s time to bolster workers’ rights by passing the PRO Act. 

Write your representative and tell him or her to co-sponsor the PRO Act today

In Solidarity,
Liz Shuler
Secretary-Treasurer, AFL-CIO

P.S. Want another way to support Amazon employees today? Add this frame to your profile picture in solidarity.


  1. Trump is a demagogue, expert in rousing the fears of the ill informed and uneducated, and instilling hatred in their minds. They are blind to the fact he's planning to gut the Medicaid and Medicare funds they're paid into all their lives. they're blind to his plan to dump 32 million Americans off healthcare of any kind. They're blind to his vast tax breaks to billionaires. Thankfully, although these people are noisy they are relatively few in number. It's the apathy of the great majority that has to be overcome. That is the worst enemy of any progress toward a better society.

    1. Waking up the 99% and keeping them awake is the biggest challenge we face, agreed. Perhaps the intense heatwave this week will break through the denial of climate change and get the apathetic to start thinking maybe it's time they took action before they cook to death? We can only hope!


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