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George Soros, Open Society Foundations, Reddit

Note from Dr. Eowyn:

Deplorable Patriot was a moderator on a pro-Trump Sub-Reddit thread, “Great Awakening”, which was recently banned by Reddit. Happily, “Great Awakening” relocated the same day to VOAT (here and here) and 8chan, where Deplorable Patriot continues to serve as a moderator.

INTO THE RABBIT HOLE WE GO

We now know that George Soros and the Open Society Foundation have been linked with Reddit employees in a mission to suppress Trump support groups on Reddit.

Current director of policy at Reddit, Jessica Ashooh.

Jessica Ashooh is believed by some to be responsible for the account “arabscarab,” which has been leading the charge to shut down the Q Anon movement on the Reddit platform — The Great Awakening, the second-largest pro-Trump subreddit. Ashooh started working for Reddit after an executive stint at the George Soros-funded Atlantic Council, which is also reportedly funded by the Chinese.

We also have a D list Free Lance reporter, D list rating being a gift on my part.    Click link below tweet to see where he admits to being connected to the Clinton Foundation in the comment section.

Rob Rousseau:

“I don’t always love working at reddit but personally getting to shut down the qanon sub because they were getting too close to exposing the truth was pretty special.”

https://twitter.com/robrousseau/status/1040001793818865664

This is the same guy who said:

“I would rather my daughter dated a member of  MS-13 than a member of the Republican Party”

https://twitter.com/robrousseau/status/997190886009245696?lang=en

Here is additional information that I have discovered

Various techniques to attack Trump support groups have been discovered and made public in the recent past. That is a whole conversation on its own so I will not get into that. I would just like to add one more method to the list. It’s a tool to assist individuals with their effort to take down various subreddits and individuals. This tool is called the Soros Enhancement Suite (SES). Information to what is in SES is limited; access to the information is at a location on Reddit that is private — “Invite only”. I know of its existence because of the following screenshot.

This is what you will find on the page. Here is the link: https://www.reddit.com/r/TopMindsOfReddit/comments/9goxc5/request_for_feedback_ses_upgrades_and_release/

Request for feedback: SES upgrades and release planning from TopMindsOfReddit

Now we know that technology linked to Soros is actually a reality. We also know with absolute certainty that r/TopMindsOfReddit is promoting it. But who is using the technology? We’ve heard rumors that there are people who get paid to disrupt pro-Trump subreddits. These individuals often brag about what they are doing and how they receive payment from Soros. When we confront them, they claim they are “joking and it’s irony.” Whatever. The following screenshot is part of what I have discovered. What you see here is a ledger that dates back 8 months. It’s a pay ledger which shows payments and members who received payments. Notice the Open Society Bot. Bots are portable AI’s that can be programmed to do various tasks.

Here is the link to the ledger: https://www.reddit.com/r/OpenSocietyBot/wiki/ledger

Now we have have proof of transactions being made and some of the individuals paid. I should also tell you that if you read the page, top to bottom including all comments, you’ll see more than enough evidence to support my claims. This applies to all screenshots I’ve provided here.

You might ask, “What are they paid with?”. Let me introduce you to the “Sorosbux”.

This is what you will find on page.  Here is the link:

https://www.reddit.com/r/neoliberal/comments/7s1wyk/introducing_sorosbux_a_centralized_decentralized/

Introducing SorosBux, a centralized decentralized pre-mined fiat cryptocurrency for all your shilling needs. from neoliberal

 Here is the page that links you to everything:

https://www.reddit.com/r/neoliberal/comments/78b7z1/updates_regarding_ctr_payments_and_general/

In the comment section you will  find “If your payment is overdue, write an email to transactions@opensocietyfoundations.org.

Updates regarding CTR payments, and general reminders about getting paid from neoliberal

You will notice that it mentions to get a “waves” account to withdraw your funds. I followed their instructions and set up an online wallet. These are some of the various way to cash out at “Waves”.

Here is the link to set up a Waves account: https://waveswallet.io/

That about covers it.  There is definitely some there there.  I believe this says just about all you need to know.  This is what I was able to release.  I have a whole lot more information that takes us deeper into the rabbit hole.  Please have a good day.

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Respectfully,

Deplorable Patriot

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Democrat Presidential Hopefuls

Look who’s running in 2020!

That’s right, John Kerry, Joe Biden, and (gasp) Hillary!

John Kerry and Joe Biden were all over “network” news this morning. Both were saying they might consider a presidential run, and both were posing and primping. And there is still the specter of another Hillary run.

But let’s not forget whose agenda they most recently served.

They all have their finger prints on the dirty Iran nukes deal, the sale of vast amounts of uranium to Russia, insider relations with Muslim Brotherhood (the birthing ground for all current jihadists except Iranian jihadists), massive election fraud, the sending of race baiting activists to every American city to stir up race war, not to mention Obamacare and the failed Obama economy.

But not pictured here is Hillary, another member of the Obama team.

An architect of the Arab Spring (no it’s not a deodorant soap)

The “Arab Spring” that overthrew governments across North Africa, Syria and the Levant, with the aid of Obama operatives like Hillary Clinton and John McCain, and the passive support of Facebook and other social media, devastated most of the Christians of those regions.

Did I mention that stalwart of American patriotism, John McCain?

Yup, the McCain who secretly sent supplies. intel and military support to the good terrorists to oppose the bad terrorists.

Did I mention it was these good terrorists who massacred the Americans at Benghazi? Yeah, the poor jihadists mistook a signal to mean that the Americans who were arming them had betrayed them.

But let’s stop bickering over who killed who, and recognize the real objectives being served.

Obama’s team helped rid North Africa, Syria and the Levant of all those pesky Christians, even their dangerous children.

So when you decide on who to support for president, remember,

a vote for Kerry, Biden or Clinton
is a vote for Lucifer.

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Trump-bashing Puerto Rican mayor facing FBI corruption probe

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San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz: Her t-shirt speaks volumes


This comes as no surprise. As most people know, Puerto Rico (run by demorats) has an “unshakable culture of corruption.”
From Fox News: The mayor of Puerto Rico who shot to international fame after criticizing President Trump for not doing enough to help Hurricane Maria victims is being investigated by the FBI on corruption charges, according to multiple news outlets.
San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz and her administration are under fire for allegedly obstructing critical supplies from reaching victims of the category-4 hurricane that leveled much of the tiny U.S. territory nearly nine months ago.
The FBI reportedly launched the investigation following a February lawsuit filed by Yadira Molina, the former director of procurement. Molina claims she was retaliated against for reporting “alleged irregular acts” to the local comptroller.
“On February 21, Molina sued the city council after reporting alleged acts of corruption in the shopping division in the town hall under the administration of Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz Soto,” according to El Vocero de Puerto Rico.
The report says Molina claims she was punished for reporting on the allegedly rigged system and that she was blocked from her right “to report wrongdoing in her capacity as a private citizen, not as a public employee.”
Shortly after Cruz became mayor, Molina claims a supply company was granted “preferred supplier” status which paid them more than three times what regular suppliers made. She also alleges that other city officials engaged in a corrupt scheme to steer business the preferred supplier’s way.
Concerns about Cruz are not new. There has been a growing backlash from frustrated residents who say they feel forgotten and say the mayor’s personal political ambitions are coming at the expense of the very people she’s supposed to be representing.
For example, at a time when residents needed food, water and shelter, Cruz hired extra photographers to follow her around post-storm. “She comes out, goes on television and pats herself on the back,” Simon Menendez, a small business owner in San Juan, told Fox News. “It stopped being about us a long time ago.”
A bartender at a popular hotel in Old San Juan told Fox she feels like a political pawn. But complaints from constituents are largely being ignored.
Instead, Cruz’s feud with the president over recovery efforts have turned her into a liberal star – and it’s a role she seems to be relishing. Her global close-up has morphed into a parade of self-promotion.
She’s showed up on numerous television shows – including The Late Show with Stephen Colbert – and scored a high-profile invite to the State of the Union as the guest of New York Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. She was also featured on Time magazine as one of the most influential people of 2018.
Last month, she traveled to Connecticut to receive the “Latina Champion” award at the Latinas & Power Symposium, which promotes Hispanic professional women. She then went on to Boston to receive an honorary doctorate and give the baccalaureate address at Boston University.
Back home in Puerto Rico, officials say the island remains in desperate need of help and is woefully unprepared should another storm hit soon. Among other things, there is little to no water or diesel fuel for generators. This year’s hurricane season started June 1.
A new Harvard University study published in the New England Journal of Medicine estimates the number of people who died in Puerto Rico as the result of Maria could top 4,600. The official number issued by the U.S. territory is 64.
Multiple attempted to reach Cruz were unsuccessful.
An FBI spokesperson said the agency does not comment on ongoing investigations.
DCG

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DNC takes its mask off

WND EXCLUSIVE:
DNC: WE RIGGED PRIMARIES. SO WHAT?

‘We could have gone into back rooms like they used to and smoke cigars and pick the candidate’


by ALICIA POWE
WASHINGTON – The Democratic National Committee is currently defending the tactics it used last year to rig the presidential primary against Sen. Bernie Sanders in a class-action lawsuit, brazenly telling voters in a court of law that the party is not obligated to run a fair and impartial primary election.
Outraged by how the DNC unfairly boosted former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s candidacy and cleared the way for her primary victory, supporters of Sanders and Democratic donors sued the DNC in June 2016 alleging it defrauded its constituents…
Read more at https://www.wnd.com/2017/05/dnc-we-rigged-primaries-so-what/#cbHUjXZCSl9l07PF.99

It seems that evil has become more bold since Hillary lost the election and Obama was denied a surrogate third term in office

Since that moment we have seen a deliberate effort to create a violent marxist revolution in our cities. We’ve watched our colleges in flames. We have seen fights breaking out on planes. We’ve seen The DNC move from anything like the DNC of the 1960s to something like a cross between the Red Brigade and the Mafia. I have personally witnessed almost a doubling of road rage incidents in my daily driving. Perversion has not only “come out of the closet,” but is actually trying to force itself on our children in school and in media. And our late night comedians are saying things not allowed on TV 20 years ago.
At this it would be easy to give up and hand the country over to the devil. But for me that would be to forget my intercessory prayers in the last few years.
I have been praying that the Lord would lump together in one net all the trouble makers in news, entertainment, academia, politics and courts. And that He would hold them up for all to see their corruption so totally that their opinions would never be trusted again. I prayed the the people of our society would see them as they really are, and so be freed from their influence.


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Holder's Election Tampering Machine Now Targeting Georgia


Via the AJC:

U.S. Justice Department challenges Georgia’s runoff calendar

1:26 pm June 22, 2012, by jgalloway
The U.S. Justice Department is threatening a legal challenge to the way that Georgia conducts federal – i.e., congressional — runoff elections, declaring that the state doesn’t give enough time for members of the military overseas to receive and return ballots.
Federal law requires that ballots be available to overseas personnel at least 45 days before the vote. That would require ballots for an Aug. 21 primary runoff to be issued by July 7 – or three weeks before the first round of voting.
Read the original notice, received last week, here. To make sure overseas votes are counted, the DOJ has proposed a consent order – click here to read it — that would require the state to hold off declaring official winners of an Aug. 21 primary runoff by seven working days, until Aug. 31. (A similar cushion would be added to any Dec. 4 general election runoff that involves federal office.)
Secretary of State Brian Kemp has declared he won’t agree to the DOJ demands, and implies that the action is simply an attempt by a Democratic administration to muddy a red state’s electoral affairs. From a statement:

Three days after sending notification of the DOJ’s authorization to sue the State of Georgia, the DOJ sent a proposed consent decree for the State to execute with the understanding that the DOJ would file the consent decree simultaneously with the DOJ’s lawsuit in federal court.
If the DOJ was earnest, they would have previously contacted us about their concerns rather than sending a notice of a lawsuit a month before the Primary Election. Georgia is literally in the middle of the 2012 Primary. Currently, ballots have been printed and absentee voters (military and overseas included) are voting, while the DOJ is attempting to twist the State’s arm into agreeing to a consent decree, the terms of which would place unnecessary stresses on the elections administration process, before even filing the lawsuit.
The DOJ has not previously expressed concerns about Georgia’s compliance with the MOVE Act, or Georgia’s ability to transmit absentee ballots to UOCAVA voters. In fact, the DOJ approved Georgia’s timing for run-off elections in 2005 after the General Assembly altered prior election laws.

Bottom line: If the DOJ gets all that it asks for, we could have a significant delay in a declared winner in two congressional races – the new 9th District and the 12th District. It makes little difference in the 9th District. There is a Democrat, Gainesville attorney Jody Cooley, but the district is very, very weighted toward the GOP.
But the Republican race for the 12th District is a contest to challenge Democratic incumbent John Barrow of Augusta. And a delayed or confused GOP finish could work to Barrow’s advantage.
– By Jim Galloway, Political Insider
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Unfortunately, Mr. Galloway left a great deal of relevant information out of his article, but to be fair, this story is just coming out today, and no one is really reporting on it as yet.
Several things I do know:

  1. This is not an attempt by the State of Georgia to disenfranchise the votes of our military members.
  2. The Justice Department sued the state in 2005, the result of which is the policy it has had in place ever since.
  3. The absentee ballots for the primary have already been mailed out – and Holder’s goons know this.

As more about this comes out in the coming days, I will be researching the additional information and posting accordingly.
I am not yet 100% sure what the lying, corrupt Eric Holder has up his sleeve concerning my home state, but I am beyond a little confident it is as crooked as a dog’s hind leg.
Given what has unfolded concerning Arizona, Florida, and now Georgia,  I am of the belief that this worthless POS from Hell will stop at nothing to help rig the 2012 election for the Dear Ruler in November.
Stay tuned.
-Dave 
(h/t: Erick Erickson via the Neal Boortz Radio Show)

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O'Keefe exposes voter fraud in Vermont

James O’Keefe is that valiant young man who exposed the criminality and corruption of several ACORN offices, which led to Congress withdrawing taxpayer funding of ACORN in 2009, which led to the closing down of ACORN in 2010.

Like a hydra that grows back a head when one is cut off, ACORN has revived itself under different names: Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, New York Communities for Change,and Affordable Housing Centers of America. Last year, Judicial Watch discovered that the Obama administration is flouting the will of Congress by giving federal taxpayer money to precisely one of ACORN’s new guises. HUD gave a $79,819 grant to the Affordable Housing Centers of America.
Nevertheless, Congress’ funding withdrawal and subsequent dismantling of ACORN did put a damper on the criminal syndicate’s activities.
In his daring sting, O’Keefe had the support of the late Andrew Breitbart, whose sudden death on March 1 still awaits the L.A. coroner’s full report.
Andrew Breitbart is dead, but James O’Keefe and other conservative activists are carrying on the battle.
Christian Hartsock reports for Breitbart.com that O’Keefe’s Project Veritas has released a new video exposing just how easy it is to commit voter fraud in Vermont.
The video, a sequel to O’Keefe’s “Primary of the Living Dead” in New Hampshire, shows a Veritas agent entering various voting places around the state of Vermont, giving a different name each time. Each time, he is given a ballot without showing an ID, to his disbelief.

O’Keefe’s new video follows in the wake of a highly-politicized media attack on him after his exposure of voter fraud in New Hampshire. Those videos resulted in calls from the left for O’Keefe’s arrest. However, the videos soon resulted in the New Hampshire State Senate passing a new bill requiring voter ID.
O’Keefe’s new video from Vermont could not be more timely, coming the day after Obama’s Department of Injustice’s civil rights division blocked a Texas photo ID requirement for voters–to the applause of the American Civil Liberties Union, which claimed that the law was “discriminatory” against “Latinos, African-Americans, elderly citizens, and others.”
As the Project Veritas video shows, the current system in Vermont discriminates against actual legal voters, who must face the prospect of disenfranchisement by those who would vote in their stead illegally, or have their votes cancelled out by those voting illegally in place of deceased voters who have yet to be removed from the rolls. If it is not discriminatory for Vermont citizens to be required to show ID to get married or buy alcohol, it is certainly not discriminatory to make them show ID to vote.
“It is a national disgrace that ballots can be given out in the names of dead people,” O’Keefe told Breitbart.com. “Threats of government intimidation will not stop us from protecting the integrity of the ballot box. If any state has a system which encourages ballots to be given out to the wrong person, dead or alive, we will come to your state, we will film your poll workers, and Project Veritas will put the videos on YouTube. States like Vermont and New Hampshire have to take dead people off voter registration forms and clean up their act, once and for all.”
Here’s O’Keefe’s Vermont voter fraud video (h/t LTG):
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~Eowyn

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Retired Sheriff Incarcerated in Jail Named After Him


Via news.yahoo.com:
Former “sheriff of the year” arrested and sent to jail named after him
Every civil servant wants to experience his or her legacy firsthand–but not the way that onetime Arapahoe Sheriff Patrick J. Sullivan Jr. has. Sullivan, a nationally renowned law enforcement leader, was arrested on drug charges and is now being detained in the Denver area jail that bears his name.
Sullivan, who in 2001 was named the National Sheriff Association’s “Sheriff of the Year,” was arrested on suspicion of trafficking methamphetamines.
Local news station CBS4 began an investigation of Sullivan last month on a tip that he had agreed to meet a male informant, providing drugs in exchange for sex. He was subsequently arrested by the South Metro Drug Task Force and is currently being held on a $250,000 bond.
And in an incredible twist of fate, Sullivan now cooling his heels at The Patrick J. Sullivan Jr. Detention Facility, named in his honor.
[…]
As recently as 2008, Sullivan was an active participant in state and local methamphetamine task forces, helping Colorado draft a plan to deal with the surge in meth-related crime.
In 1995 President Bill Clinton named Sullivan to the National Commission on Crime Prevention and Control. According to a 1995 White House news release, Sullivan was a consultant to U.S. House Subcommittee on Crime and served on two advisory councils affiliated with the Department of Justice.
You will find the whole story here.
LOL – No, you really cannot make this stuff up.
-Dave

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United Way Gave $2M to Abortion-Mill Planned Parenthood


I stopped giving to United Way (UW) many years ago, after the scandal in 1992, when William Aramony, CEO of the national organization, pilfered donations to finance his luxury lifestyle. In 2004, another scandal erupted when Oral Suer, CEO of UW’s Washington, D.C. chapter, followed Aramony in being convicted of misuse of donations.
My other reason is that I want my money to go to the charities of my choice, instead of UW’s.
And so, every Fall when the UW envelopes appeared in my campus mailbox with entreaties from my university to give, I resisted the corporate pressure to conform and simply tossed the UW literature into the paper recycling bin.
I urge you to do likewise, especially if you are pro-life. In just one year United Way had given nearly $2 million to the abortion mill Planned Parenthood (PP), which already is being supported by your tax dollars. PP receives about a third of its money in government grants and contracts, which amounted to about $360 million in 2009.
Jim Graham reports for LifeNews.com, Oct. 24, 2011, that “While most United Way organizations claim they do not fund programs for abortion services, in truth, some do support Planned Parenthood or other abortion-advocate agencies. The national United Way does fund Planned Parenthood, as their website states:

No United Way funds are currently used, or have ever been used to support abortion services.

Several United Way partner agencies provide professional family and individual counseling services that include professional counseling on pregnancy-related problems.

United Way funded programs through Planned Parenthood include community health maintenance, e.g. communicable disease prevention; medical care service; family planning; health education; public awareness services; and family preservation and strengthening services, e.g. counseling and family life education.

Nationally in 2008, local United Ways distributed an estimated $1.9 million to Planned Parenthood agencies.”

As you can read for yourself, there’s a contradiction between the first and last sentences in the statement above. United Way claims that no funds go to support abortion services but, at the same time, admits that in 2008 some $1.9 million of UW funds were “distributed” to Planned Parenthood, an agency that provides exactly those “abortion services”. Additionally, any finances being donated to PP (even if not specifically for abortion services) will free up more of their money to be used toward abortion services.
While not every state or city United Way promotes Planned Parenthood, many local United Ways not only “distribute” money to PP, they also send volunteers to PP. Nationally, the main United Way website (www.LiveUnited.org) also directs volunteers toward Planned Parenthood.
ACTION: Contact United Way at https://liveunited.org/pages/contact-us and urge it to stop promoting and funding Planned Parenthood!
~Eowyn

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The End of Work

I highly recommend you take a couple of minutes to read this thought-provoking piece by Douglas Rushkoff, a media theorist and author (“Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age” and “Life Inc: How Corporatism Conquered the World and How We Can Take it Back”)
My thoughts and queries to follow.
~Eowyn

Are jobs obsolete?

By Douglas Rushkoff, Special to CNN September 7, 2011
The U.S. Postal Service appears to be the latest casualty in digital technology’s slow but steady replacement of working humans. Unless an external source of funding comes in, the post office will have to scale back its operations drastically, or simply shut down altogether. That’s 600,000 people who would be out of work, and another 480,000 pensioners facing an adjustment in terms.
We can blame a right wing attempting to undermine labor, or a left wing trying to preserve unions in the face of government and corporate cutbacks. But the real culprit — at least in this case — is e-mail. People are sending 22% fewer pieces of mail than they did four years ago, opting for electronic bill payment and other net-enabled means of communication over envelopes and stamps.
New technologies are wreaking havoc on employment figures — from EZpasses ousting toll collectors to Google-controlled self-driving automobiles rendering taxicab drivers obsolete. Every new computer program is basically doing some task that a person used to do. But the computer usually does it faster, more accurately, for less money, and without any health insurance costs.
We like to believe that the appropriate response is to train humans for higher level work. Instead of collecting tolls, the trained worker will fix and program toll-collecting robots. But it never really works out that way, since not as many people are needed to make the robots as the robots replace.
And so the president goes on television telling us that the big issue of our time is jobs, jobs, jobs — as if the reason to build high-speed rails and fix bridges is to put people back to work. But it seems to me there’s something backwards in that logic. I find myself wondering if we may be accepting a premise that deserves to be questioned.
I am afraid to even ask this, but since when is unemployment really a problem? I understand we all want paychecks — or at least money. We want food, shelter, clothing, and all the things that money buys us. But do we all really want jobs?
We’re living in an economy where productivity is no longer the goal, employment is. That’s because, on a very fundamental level, we have pretty much everything we need. America is productive enough that it could probably shelter, feed, educate, and even provide health care for its entire population with just a fraction of us actually working.
According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, there is enough food produced to provide everyone in the world with 2,720 kilocalories per person per day. And that’s even after America disposes of thousands of tons of crop and dairy just to keep market prices high. Meanwhile, American banks overloaded with foreclosed properties are demolishing vacant dwellings Video to get the empty houses off their books.
Our problem is not that we don’t have enough stuff — it’s that we don’t have enough ways for people to work and prove that they deserve this stuff.
Jobs, as such, are a relatively new concept. People may have always worked, but until the advent of the corporation in the early Renaissance, most people just worked for themselves. They made shoes, plucked chickens, or created value in some way for other people, who then traded or paid for those goods and services. By the late Middle Ages, most of Europe was thriving under this arrangement.
The only ones losing wealth were the aristocracy, who depended on their titles to extract money from those who worked. And so they invented the chartered monopoly. By law, small businesses in most major industries were shut down and people had to work for officially sanctioned corporations instead. From then on, for most of us, working came to mean getting a “job.”
The Industrial Age was largely about making those jobs as menial and unskilled as possible. Technologies such as the assembly line were less important for making production faster than for making it cheaper, and laborers more replaceable. Now that we’re in the digital age, we’re using technology the same way: to increase efficiency, lay off more people, and increase corporate profits.
While this is certainly bad for workers and unions, I have to wonder just how truly bad is it for people. Isn’t this what all this technology was for in the first place? The question we have to begin to ask ourselves is not how do we employ all the people who are rendered obsolete by technology, but how can we organize a society around something other than employment? Might the spirit of enterprise we currently associate with “career” be shifted to something entirely more collaborative, purposeful, and even meaningful?
Instead, we are attempting to use the logic of a scarce marketplace to negotiate things that are actually in abundance. What we lack is not employment, but a way of fairly distributing the bounty we have generated through our technologies, and a way of creating meaning in a world that has already produced far too much stuff.
The communist answer to this question was just to distribute everything evenly. But that sapped motivation and never quite worked as advertised. The opposite, libertarian answer (and the way we seem to be going right now) would be to let those who can’t capitalize on the bounty simply suffer. Cut social services along with their jobs, and hope they fade into the distance.
But there might still be another possibility — something we couldn’t really imagine for ourselves until the digital era. As a pioneer of virtual reality, Jaron Lanier, recently pointed out, we no longer need to make stuff in order to make money. We can instead exchange information-based products.
We start by accepting that food and shelter are basic human rights. The work we do — the value we create — is for the rest of what we want: the stuff that makes life fun, meaningful, and purposeful.
This sort of work isn’t so much employment as it is creative activity. Unlike Industrial Age employment, digital production can be done from the home, independently, and even in a peer-to-peer fashion without going through big corporations. We can make games for each other, write books, solve problems, educate and inspire one another — all through bits instead of stuff. And we can pay one another using the same money we use to buy real stuff.
For the time being, as we contend with what appears to be a global economic slowdown by destroying food and demolishing homes, we might want to stop thinking about jobs as the main aspect of our lives that we want to save. They may be a means, but they are not the ends.

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Commentary:

Rushkoff’s recommendation is that “We start by accepting that food and shelter are basic human rights. The work we do — the value we create — is for the rest of what we want: the stuff that makes life fun, meaningful, and purposeful.”
While I agree with Rushkoff that computer technology is making obsolete more and more paid jobs (this blog, Fellowship of the Minds, being an example), the big question that pops into my mind is:

Who will decide how much “food and shelter are basic human rights” and who gets to redistribute that “food and shelter” from those who have much to those who are without?

The problem is this: that “who” must have a lot of power to decide and redistribute — power enough to overcome those in society who do not agree with this formula. And as we’ve been warned, repeatedly:

“Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely”

and

“The Devil may appear as an Angel of Light” (St. Paul)

This is a problem that has vexed humanity for eons. Until Rushkoff addresses this problem, sadly, his essay, while thought-provoking, in the end is just so much pie in the sky….
~Eowyn

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Former Democratic Senator John Edwards Indicted!

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Pretty boy John Edwards — former Democratic senator, John Kerry’s vice presidential running-mate, and a 2008 Dem presidential candidate — has just been indicted by a federal grand jury for misuse of campaign funds on his mistress with whom he carried on an adulterous affair while his wife, Elizabeth, was sick with terminal breast cancer.
The Associated Press reports, June 3, 2011:

RALEIGH, North Carolina (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted two-time presidential candidate John Edwards over massive sums of money spent to keep his mistress in hiding during the peak of his 2008 campaign for the White House.

The case of USA v. Johnny Reid Edwards contains six counts, including
conspiracy, four counts of illegal campaign contributions and one count of false statements. The indictment was returned in the Middle District of North Carolina Friday. An Edwards spokeswoman said she wasn’t aware of the filing and declined immediate comment.

The indictment is the culmination of a federal investigation that lasted more
than two years and scoured through virtually every corner of Edwards’ political career.

Edwards’ attorney Greg Craig was traveling to meet with prosecutors in North Carolina, an indication that the former presidential candidate will likely be charged, either in a grand jury indictment or in a negotiated charge to which he would plead guilty. A person with knowledge of the investigation said Craig, a Washington lawyer who was President Barack Obama’s first White House counsel, planned to be in his client’s home state Friday, where prosecutors were prepared to file charges. The source insisted on anonymity in order to discuss the private negotiations.

Rielle Hunter poses for GQ, April 2010


Meanwhile, The National Enquirer — the supermarket tabloid disdained by the MSM, which doggedly pursued the Edwards scandal and broke the story of his “love child” conceived by mistress Rielle Hunter — is reporting that Hunter has dumped Edwards, the man whom she called her “soul mate” and love of her life.
Ouch!
~Eowyn

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