Daily Archives: April 17, 2017

Why Rightwing Economics and White Racism Are So Closely Linked

There really needs to be an explanation for why America out of all majority-White countries is so wildly reactionary. We are far more rightwing than any other White country with the exception of the Baltics, although the British seem to be catching up to us.  

The Baltics have swung fanatically to the Right as an overreaction to their hatred of Communism and having lived under it for so many years. Two of these countries – Latvia and Estonia – are now suffering seriously from this reactionary lurch. A while back in Estonia, I believe they were saying that 1/3 of college educated Estonians had left the country in recent years in the aftermath of the economic crash the country underwent related to the US Mortgage Loan Crash in 2008. The more rightwing tended to suffer worse from the crash effected them. For instance, the Chinese market socialist system heavily protected the country from the ill effects of the crash. Having most banking in control of the state was essential to this protection. 

npd: Right-wing economics is a way to exclude yourself from the Jungle Indian primitives and descendants of plantation Africans.

It is presumed a White middle-class subject will attain the IQ-related success in life to afford a house in a suburban zip code too costly for NAM’s – who are mostly on the left side of the Bell Curve and lack the capacity to pay for a house in the suburbs.

Economics in the US since the 50’s have been designed to keep Negroes, Cholos and previously Dagos out of the neighborhood by dint of affordability.

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Psychological Effects of Their Work on Slaughterhouse Workers

Good comment from Kim, one of our excellent commenters. It’s not related to the murder case, but it shows you Delphi may not be the idyllic small Indiana town that everyone thinks it is. There is a very high percentage of RSO’s for such a small town, apparently related to the slaughterhouse in town. Slaughterhouse employees in turn develop psychological effects that would be at odds with the image of a peaceful and easy-going small town.

So beneath the cozy image, there does seem to be a very dark undercurrent running under the town of Delphi.

Kim: This is an article cited from another site about Registered Sex Offenders (RSO’s) and meat-packing plants. It may not be relevant to the crime, but it paints a grittier picture of the Delphi area.

Originally Posted by Blighted Star

No, you read right the first time. Those 54 RSO’s are are all linked to the very small town of Delphi, population 3,000. Check the other “known addresses” on most of them & you’ll see “Indiana Packers Co-op” (or something like it) on over 40 out of the 54 – because the abattoir up the road from the high bridge seems to have a hiring program for RSO’s. They’ve got men designated “sexually violent offenders” working on their kill floor & it doesn’t seem to occur to them that in that particular field of employment, it’s not necessarily a good thing to hire people who might be enjoying their work.

Holy crap!

This excerpt is taken from:

Killing for a Living: Psychological and Physiological Effects of Alienation of Food Production on Slaughterhouse Workers

By Anna Dorovskikh University of Colorado at Boulder

http://scholar.colorado.edu/cgi/view…xt=honr_theses

In Perpetration-Induced Traumatic Stress: The Psychological Consequences of Killing, the study by Rachel M. MacNair describes Perpetration-Induced Traumatic Stress as a from of post-traumatic stress disorder with symptoms of drug and alcohol abuse, panic, depression, paranoia, dissociation, anxiety, and depression stemming from the act of killing.

One study found that slaughterhouse workers, especially those responsible for the direct delivery of the act of killing and participating in the process of slaughter on a daily basis, may be susceptible to PITS as form of PTSD (Dillard, 2008).

One of the symptoms of PITS is having recurring dreams of violent acts, and there are several reports of workers being taken to the mental hospital for treatment of severe cases (Dillard, 2008). Certain jobs like having the responsibility to be the first to kill the animal may have stronger effects on the worker than other jobs. Oftentimes substance abuse of drugs such as methamphetamine (Schlosser, 2002) and alcohol is very common amongst slaughter employees as a coping mechanisms of the emotional toll (Dillard, 2008).

A former hog-sticker (worker who stabs hogs to bleed to death) said, “A lot of the slaughterhouse hog killers have problems with alcohol. They have to drink, they have no other way of dealing with killing live, kicking animals all day long. If you stop and think about it, you’re killing several thousand beings a day” (Dillard, p. 397, 2008).

Another employee explains that slaughter workers can’t care about animals they’re killing.

“The worst thing, even worse than the physical danger, is the emotional toll of the job. If you work in that stick pit for any period of time, you develop an attitude that lets you kill things but doesn’t let you care. You may look a hog in the eye that’s walking around down in the blood pit with you, and think, God, that really isn’t a bad-looking animal. You may want to pet it. Pigs down on the kill floor have come up and nuzzled me like a puppy. Two minutes later I had to kill them by beating beat them to death with a pipe.

Use of a pipe to kill hogs came up quite a few times reading through literature and general websites. Another employee interviewed said: “It’s called `piping.’ All the drivers use pipes to kill hogs that can’t go through the chutes. Or if you get a hog that refuses to go in the chutes and is stopping production, you beat him to death. Then push him off to the side and hang him up later” (Eisnitz, p. 53, 2009).

Some employees even report killing animals for fun without feeling any remorse, suggesting that they are suffering psychological damage to the point of developing abnormal cruelty. Mental changes of this sort would generate concern amongst the general population (Dillard, 2008).

Several studies on empathy amongst farmers in animal agriculture show that slaughterhouse workers and farmers exhibit lower levels of empathy towards animals than the general population. Desensitization was not an uncommon factor amongst the employees of this sector (Dillard, 2008).

A study done on butchers working in the slaughterhouse and retail meatpacking business revealed that as butchers work in a negative environment almost every single day, they displayed the highest levels of somatization and anger hostility among the general occupation of butchery. Once factors like age and education were accounted for, this study of 82 male butchers found higher rates of work accidents, injuries, physical disorders, use of alcohol and drugs, as well as a higher employee turnover (Emhan et al. 2012).

Usually fully aware of the kills that go on every single day, the workers either become very distressed and leave the job or they become numb and begin to display signs of apathy. Some even begin to enjoy the infliction of pain (Helle 2012). Some become less empathetic under conditions of stress as well. See this example:

“This is kind of hard to talk about. You’re under all this stress, all this pressure. And it really sounds mean, but I’ve taken prods and stuck them in their (hogs’) eyes and held them there.” (Eisnitz, p. 53, 2009).

Lower empathy in slaughterhouse workers may be responsible for higher crime rates in neighborhoods where such facilities are located including homicides carried out in a manner of animal slaughtering practices (Dillard, 2008). Amy Fitzgerald, a sociologist investigating the effects of slaughterhouses on communities tested a “Sinclair effect,” a theory Upton Sinclair proposed more than 100 years ago, noting that slaughterhouses had negative effects on workers and communities through increases in crime and unemployment rates.

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“Carolina Reaper Madness,” by Alpha Unit

The first time Steven Leckart had a Carolina Reaper is an experience he’ll never forget. He says he popped one into his mouth, chewed it thoroughly, and swallowed. Without warning, he says, a numbness shot through his right pinkie, then up into his biceps. Strangely, a mellow head rush set in and a tear trickled down his cheek. And then (as he described in real time):

All hell just broke loose in my mouth. My tongue is burning. My upper lip is stinging. My eyes are bloodshot. It’s like being face-fucked by Satan himself.

He had just eaten a sample of the hottest chili pepper on Earth, as declared by the Guinness Book of World Records. When you first bite into a Carolina Reaper, you’ll find it sweet with a fruity essence. But within moments the astronomical amount of capsaicin takes over. The results are not pretty and might include vomiting and severe abdominal distress, to put it nicely.

The Carolina Reaper is the creation of Ed Currie of Fort Mill, South Carolina. He had been crossbreeding plants since his boyhood in Michigan and eventually used his skills to produce some potent marijuana plants. He began crossbreeding peppers after he read scientific papers suggesting that their chemical compounds might reduce the risk of heart attacks and cancer, two diseases that run in his family.

It took 12 years of crossbreeding for Currie to produce his world-famous chili pepper. He tested hundreds of hybrid combinations before he crossed a LaSoufrière pepper from the Caribbean island of St. Vincent and a Naga pepper from Pakistan to create Smokin’ Ed’s Carolina Reaper. The company describes its effect as a tidal wave of scorching fire.

Pepper aficionados measure the heat of chili peppers in Scoville Heat Units (SHU). The Carolina Reaper has an official heat level of 1.5 million SHU (the hottest individual Reaper was measured at 2.2 million SHU). By comparison a jalapeño pepper ranges from 3,000 to 10,000 SHU. Currie’s employees at the PuckerButt Pepper Company (the actual name) have to wear two pairs of protective gloves while peeling the chilis and scraping out the seeds. The chili oils will eat through one pair of gloves in 15 minutes.

Demand for Currie’s peppers shot up after the Guinness Book named the Reaper the world’s hottest pepper. Americans are eating more peppers than ever, in fact, and a lot of those peppers are made into salsa. But only a fraction of fresh peppers eaten in the US are grown in the US. Most chili peppers (more than 70 percent) are imported from Mexico. Pepper production in the Southwestern US has been plagued by drought and plant diseases – and concerns about labor costs, naturally.

Ed Currie says he never doubted that he could grow the hottest peppers in the world in South Carolina. He grows most of his peppers in greenhouses, which allow him to fine-tune the microclimate for each crop and variety. All of his products (he also grows onions, tomatoes, garlic, herbs, and spices) are organic and are grown in either greenhouses or irrigated fields.

No research has confirmed Currie’s beliefs about the curative powers of the subcapsinoids in chili peppers, but he eats Reapers throughout the day, every day, and swears to their health benefits. His wife doesn’t know how he stands it.

What’s going to happen to the average person who tries a Carolina Reaper for the first time? “You’ll be crying for an hour,” Currie answers. “Literally crying for an hour.”

Lauren Laubach reported on what Currie calls the strangest reaction anyone ever had to trying a Carolina Reaper. A young woman tried one at the New York City hot sauce show in 2013. Currie recalls:

She put it in her mouth, looked at me and gave me the finger, took five steps back and planted herself flat on the concrete. For 20 minutes straight the string of expletives that came out of her mouth was unbelievable. After 20 minutes she stopped, came over to me and gave me a big kiss and said, “I love you. Let’s do it again.”

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Superb Objective Assessment of the MOAB Bomb Attack in Afghanistan

Here.

Not really pro or con, simply a dispassionate and fully objective view of the bombing and the circumstances surrounding why it was used. The thing is that the Islamic State in Afghanistan is really a marginal threat in the overall Afghan War, with the main threat being of course the much larger Taliban. Al Qaeda is actually a more significant actor in the war than IS.

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Why Daily Kos Gets Brackets

Here. From a link that Beauregard said was evidence that Daily Kos did not need brackets. Well, yeah they do.

Barring demonstration to the contrary, DK and many contributors more or less supports sufficient intervention in Syria to have Assad deposed.

Daily Kos hates Tulsi Gabbard. I mean hates hates hates hates hates her. Because she tells it like it is in Syria. She says AssadPutin is the good guy and the rebels are the bad guys. She says we should not be intervening to support Al Qaeda and ISIS, which is what we are doing. Yes, the US is using ISIS and Al Qaeda to try to get rid of Assad. Why does Assad have to go? Ahem, becauase (((a certain group of people))) insist that he must. (((These))) are the only people in the US who want him gone. The US insists Assad is a threat to the United States. LOL! How is he a threat to us? Is that some sort of a joke? That depends on which United States you are talking about.

Is he a threat to the United States? Of course not, how ridiculous!
Is he a threat to the (((United States)))? Well of course he is!

You see, (((some people))) have convinced us that all of the enemies of (((these people))) are also the enemies of America. But that’s not true. They’re their enemies, not ours. Unless you say there is no America and all there is is (((America))), in which case it makes sense. (((Those people))) and (((America))) simply become one and the same, inseparable, interchangeble, identical twins, euphemisms for each other.

Well, you know what? I think the name of our country should be the United States. Turning the country’s name into the (((United States))) or “USreal” is not acceptable. Why don’t (((those people))) go fight their own wars, dammit? Why are we fighting all these wars for (((2% of the population)))? Who runs this country anyway?

Any American who thinks this any of the things below automatically gets brackets, ok? No questions asked.

  • Russia is evil and must be fought.
  • Iran is the enemy.
  • Iran must be stopped and regime changed.
  • Iranian expansionism in the Middle East must be stopped!
  • Iran’s fake nuclear program must be halted, and if they don’t we will bomb them.

Iran is not our enemy. Iran is not the enemy. Iran does not even have any aggressive designs on any Arab state. The idea that Iran is a threat to US security is asinine! But then, if the name of the country is not the US, but the (((US))), then of course Iran is a threat to us.

Do you think Hezbollah is the enemy? Do you think Hezbollah is one of the greatest threats to our nation, as the Pentagon insanely believes? Congratulations! You just won yourself  a brand new set of sparkling brackets!

If you hate Russia and think Putin is the enemy, in my opinion, you get brackets. It’s true that this is simply the opinion of US imperialism, the Pentagon, the Deep State and only Soviet haters and Left haters. On the other hand, this is also one of the worst enemies of a certain group of people. Anyway, those phrases are really spelled (((US imperialism))), the (((Pentagon))), the (((Deep State))), the (((Soviet haters))) and the (((Left haters))).

Hell, even the Washington Establishment is really spelled (((Washington Establishment))). There are no borders between any of those things. Israel-firstism and hardline Zionism are set in stone principles of every one of those entities bracketed in the paragraph above. At this point, Israel-firstism and radical Zionism are as American as Mom, the flag, apple pie and baseball. I assume at some future time, we will have to start bracketing those beloved Americanisms too. There seems no end to the creeping Zionization of the US Establishment. Maybe we should just end the charade, merge the two countries into one and be done with it.

So to answer the question above, of course (((Daily Kos))) gets brackets! They support military action against and regime change of Assad’s government. That means I’m going to put those damn brackets on them faster than you can say, “Cheese.”

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