RedEmmaSpeaks OP wrote

I felt this quote needed to be brought up:

“In light of what happened this morning, it is clear that Immigration Customs and Enforcement officials are aware and frustrated that community members understand how to exercise their rights. Now, ICE agents are taking out their frustrations on our neighbors by escalating civil matters into use of lethal force,” said Hernan Crescencio, member of the MIX.

It should be abundantly clear that ICE along with just about every law enforcement agency in this country, exists primarily as the USA's domestic terrorism arm. The troops terrorize foreigners to keep them in check, while law enforcement takes care of the homefront.


RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

We are on average, paying $775 per immigrant per day. For comparison, a one night stay at the Ritz-Carlton will cost you, depending on where you stay and all that, $395-$775. If you've seen any of the news stories, you know these camps sure as shit don't come close to the luxury of the Ritz.

It should be obvious what's going on. Private prisons are cutting costs as much as possible and providing as few services as they can legally get away with, so they can scoop up as much of that $775 as possible, which will primarily go into the hands of CEOs, not the rank-and-file staff working at these places. It's basically how private prisons work.

Okay, I suppose there's some hairsplitting that can be done about how these places are technically not prisons, but I'm not seeing too many differences. In any case, I've developed several rules of life in my years on this planet. One of them is "If someone begins a sentence with the phrase 'Technically it's not..." or some variation of it, chances are pretty good that it's exactly what they're saying it isn't, and the speaker of these words should hang their head in shame." Or at least, they would if the speaker had anything resembling shame.


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RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

Yeah, as if you really believe that the corporations are in serious competition with each up and all this rivalry isn't the equivalent of Homer Simpson being all, "Don't blame me. I voted for Kodos."

Like protects like. No matter how much they pretend their rivalries are serious and actually matter, ultimately, they will always rush to each other's side as soon as there's any threat. Because the trouble is Corporations also believe in solidarity just like socialists and know that any threat to one of them, is a threat to all of them, so regardless of personal feelings, they will work together to crush any rebellions.

Sadly enough, Corporations seem to be better at unification than their opponents on the Left. Trying to get the Left to agree on anything, is the equivalent of herding cats. We could probably stand to just be in each other's corners and screw the infighting.

Let's take an Iroquois Confederation-style approach to alliances. The agreement between the tribes that made up the Confederation was basically, "Okay, we'll put aside our differences and work together to deal with the White Man. At the same time, each tribe maintains their own sovereignty and can conduct their internal affairs as they see fit, so long as it doesn't intrude upon the lives of the other tribes."

Or in other words, the vegans can still be vegans and so-on and so-on with other groups, so long as we agree to work together and respect the beliefs of others, even if we don't agree with them.

A Pertinent Simpsons Clip: