BLM vs Bernie

Can anybody explain to me why Black Lives Matter protesters keep hassling Bernie, of all people? The way they act around this not-very-young gentleman who’s doing his darndest to move the Democrats to the Left is nothing short of disgraceful.

Why aren’t they taking all this to Bush’s, Trump’s and Walker’s rallies instead?

Fuck Coca-Cola

Of all of the vicious, disgusting things to do, here’s a campaign by Coca-Cola that is so duplicitous that it defies belief:

Coca-Cola, the world’s largest producer of sugary beverages, is backing a new “science-based” solution to the obesity crisis: To maintain a healthy weight, get more exercise and worry less about cutting calories. The beverage giant has teamed up with influential scientists who are advancing this message in medical journals, at conferences and through social media.

Of course, exercise has no impact on weight loss (as I know only too well after going from zero exercise to gym 3 times a week and walking 1,5 hours every goddamn day with no change in my weight whatsoever) but many people are duped by the ads for exercise equipment into believing there is.

Exercise is great, and my overall health has improved greatly after I started exercising over a year and a half ago. But any suggestion that one can eat as much as one might want without gaining weight is simply criminal.

Fuck you, Coca-Cola.

Traveling Circus

Heavily-armed members of a controversial patriot group added an extra dose of unease to protests in Ferguson, Missouri, early Tuesday. . . Protesters and police confirmed that a handful of Oath Keepers with assault rifles, bulletproof vest and camouflage gear were seen early Tuesday on the streets of Ferguson.

Yes, this traveling circus is precisely what we need around here. Jeez.

Selling the Post-Work Society

Neoliberal think tanks tout part-time employment as a great boon to humanity:

A thinktank, the New Economics Foundation (NEF), which has organised the event with the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion at the London School of Economics, argues that if everyone worked fewer hours – say, 20 or so a week – there would be more jobs to go round, employees could spend more time with their families and energy-hungry excess consumption would be curbed. Anna Coote, of NEF, said: “There’s a great disequilibrium between people who have got too much paid work, and those who have got too little or none.”

Got it? The reason why so much people can’t get a full-time job and have to get by on a patchwork of temp jobs with zero benefits is because a benevolent neoliberal authority decided they will be better off this way. Of course, nobody at the think tank in question is likely to accept part-time employment any time soon. These valiant folks are sacrificing themselves, working full-time, getting great salaries, and consuming like crazy so that we don’t have to do it. Oh, the rich person’s burden, how heavy art thou!

Remember, people, whenever you hear anybody use the expression “job sharing”, run away as fast as you can. It’s part of the infamous “sharing economy” which translates as “a scam aimed at robbing you of medical care, pension, paid vacation, and any kind of worker rights whatsoever.”

An Interview

A young poet from Spain tells me, “When I came to Canada in 2012, at the height of the crisis, I couldn’t believe my eyes. What is this? Heaven on Earth? There’s no unemployment, tons of great jobs that even have benefits, salaries are enormous. It was as if Canada had managed to exclude itself from the rest of the world.”

The poet is now going back to Spain. Even though she has a fantastic job in Montréal  (poets don’t make their living from poetry, obviously), she is leaving it because things are getting better in Spain and its economy is improving rapidly.

P. S. I realized that I was born to be interviewed, not to interview. Shutting up and listening just doesn’t feel right.