The Death of Shame

Like you, there’s nothing the ThoughtMarauder enjoys more than a good laugh.

Remember the time we watched that show where a bunch of comedians told those hysterical jokes about the Holocaust ovens, the 9/11 attacks and the physically and mentally handicapped.


Good Times!

We didn’t think it was possible to find a topic even funnier than those, did we?

We were wrong 🙁

My sincerest thanks to Ms. Wolf for reminding us that there’s nothing funnier than Abortion comedy.


You will find no greater champion of Free Speech than me. It truly is one of the virtues that makes us the Greatest Nation on Earth – bar none.

And, because I, you, we, support this right, it means we must allow fellow Americans to express their views in whatever  form they choose.

Ms. Wolf has chosen “comedy”? to express her views on abortion.

She is free to do so.

And I am free to think – and say – that this may be the most vile and repugnant thing it’s ever been my displeasure to watch.


The Look of the Dead Fish: A Nick Alwaes Detective Novel by [Fountain, Jamie N]


Abortion is a terrible, tragic thing. I’m not going to dive into the politics or morality of it now, because that’s not the purpose of this post.

What I do want to address is the giant empty space in this woman’s body where a soul should be.

How does someone sit down and start brainstorming abortion jokes? Has she not seen the trashbags full of fetuses in various stages of development before they are tossed into the hazardous waste bin at her local abortion clinic (can you say Kermit Gosnell?)? Has she not spoken to any of the women who years after their abortions live lives of guilt and regret? Has she not spoken to any of the men who discovered after the fact that the child they helped create was aborted without their knowledge?

In a free society these are the things we must allow others to say – as it should be. But by speaking in such cavalier terms about something as precious as Life, she reveals a callousness about herself (and those that support her view) that leads down the troubled path of Eugenics, Euthanasia and Death Panels – because if it’s okay to extinguish Life at the beginning, why not end it in the middle or sometime near the end?

Where does it end?

Holocaust indeed..


I don’t know anything about Ms. Wolfs’ personal life. I don’t know if she has children of her own, or nieces and nephews – but I wonder how she feels when she holds an infant in her arms. Does she think they should be thrown away as conveniently – and with as little regard – as the trash from her Egg McMuffin?


Exit question: What is more disturbing? The person who creates and delivers this “comedy” or the people in the audience who laugh with her?


The Ghost of Albert Henkelstam by [Fountain, Jamie N]


Perception isn’t always Reality

Perhaps you’re familiar with this story – perhaps not. If all you knew about it was what you see on the video, along with the whiny commentary of a random, lisping LA fag, you might easily let your eyes and ears lull you into believing this is “another” example of excessive force by Law Enforcement Officials.

Well, it’s not..

The genteel professional looking woman driving the nice car is a 25 year old woman named Amber Neal.

What crime could such a sweet young woman have committed to warrant such an “over-the-top” response by the LAPD? Maybe she had a rear brakelight out, maybe she didn’t come to a full stop at a STOP sign? Maybe she’s guilty of DWB?


Or maybe she was involved with two men in a plot to kidnap two actors from their Los Angeles home, put bags over their heads, drive them back to Compton, strip the male actor naked, cut his dick off (this is alleged – not yet confirmed), gouge out one of his eyes (confirmed), place him in a bathtub for over 30 hours while the terrified actress is driven around to different banks and forced to make repeated withdrawals from her bank account as ransom to release her boyfriend.


The Look of the Dead Fish: A Nick Alwaes Detective Novel by [Fountain, Jamie N]


And maybe the “innocent” woman in the video drove the actress back to her LA home to get her checkbook so she could write a $10,000 check to the kidnappers, which she did. Fortunately for the kidnapped actress she was able to escape from the “innocent” woman in the video and inform the “evil” police about the crime and describe to them the car and a description of the “innocent” woman.

Yeah, maybe that’s the crime she was stopped for.

When this story first appeared yesterday the Twitter Mob


grabbed the pitchforks and torches they keep next to their keyboards and set out to describe the video as another validation of their anti-police narrative. What they failed to do (as always) was gather all of the facts surrounding the arrest and upon completion of the gathering, offer useful, insightful and thoughtful analysis.

Expect this story to disappear from view very quickly because it doesn’t fit the progressive “all cops are violent Nazis” narrative.


There will also be no apologies issued today from the Mob for ignorant comments made yesterday, not even a Thank You to the LAPD for removing this dangerous criminal (and her two accomplices) from the street.

The ThoughtMarauder, however, is happy to issue a hearty Thank You to Law Enforcement Officers everywhere in America. Every law-abiding American appreciates the work that you do.

Keep up the good work – and stay safe.pytd4dkBnr3ttCTr3LBYhABGBf3kYt-2314-front_1400x.png

Exit question: Will this be treated as a hate-crime because the perpetrators are Black and victims are White?

LOL..of course not.


The Ghost of Albert Henkelstam by [Fountain, Jamie N]





Ol’ King Corn

It’s said you can tell a lot about a man by the enemies he makes..

If that’s true then Scott Pruitt, Director of the Environmental Protection Agency


must be doing something right because everyone profiting from the Great Ethanol Boondoggle is out to get him.



Two reasons spring immediately into the ThoughtMarauder’s peanut-sized brain –

  1. Because the Ethanol Business is quite possibly the most epic Grift in Modern American history. Think of it as a government (oops) taxpayer-funded feelgood orgy where everyone (Lobbyists, Middle-America politicians, oil refiners and Big Food) gets a big cash nut – everyone but you of course. All you get is the bill, if that makes you feel any better.

Can you say Cornholed?


Corn Ethanol was introduced over 40 years ago with two noble goals – improving Air quality and enhancing our national security by reducing our reliance on oil imports from around the world – most notably the Middle East.                                                                                                                                                                                                          9257767-14782274.jpg

The use of Corn as a bio-fuel was lauded by all when it was first introduced. It was understood at the time that it was only Phase 1 of a multi-phase process to incorporate and convert other more efficient natural resources into bio-fuels. Resources such as sugarcane, wheat, algae and switchgrass to name only a few. They are much better candidates for conversion because they are more naturally abundant and require much less energy to convert into fuel.


The Look of the Dead Fish: A Nick Alwaes Detective Novel by [Fountain, Jamie N]


Sadly, what was supposed to be a short-term bridge to better, cheaper, cleaner fuel quickly turned into a disaster for everyone – the taxpayer, the environment and the alternative-sourced bio-fuel industry – everyone that is except for the above-mentioned groups who are profiting enormously from the Corn-Ethanol industry (thanks to government subsidies and the RFS (Renewable Fuel Standard)). They are keeping the corpse of this unwanted and un-needed boondoggle alive.                                                                                                                                                                                                          15393288929_db0e6f60d5_b.jpg                                                                                                                                                          Director Pruitt, to his credit, is determined to reduce or eliminate the EPA mandate that costs each American approximately .40c per gallon to subsidize, requires more energy to produce than it creates, has produced no measurable reductions in CO2 emissions – and most importantly – no one wants or uses!

Honestly, have you – or anyone you know – ever actually filled their tank with E85 fuel at the gas station?

2. Every four years the eyes of the Nation focus on Iowa because it’s the site of the first Presidential caucuses. Every candidate knows if he’s going to survive the crowded field of candidates he must do one thing – Kiss Ol’ King Corn’s Ass. Whether the candidate believes the subsidies and mandates are warranted in his political heart are of no consequence. If he wants to survive Iowa, he better support it!


The corn-ethanol industry needs to die. The only one interested in burying it is Director Pruitt. He is up against formidable adversaries with billions of dollars at their disposable. They will stop at nothing – short of murder? I suppose – to put an end to his efforts.

Witness these recent manufactured “scandals” intended to force him to resign or be fired by President Trump –

  • Asked the former Speaker of the Virginia House to pen a Letter of Recommendation to the University of Virginia Law School on behalf of his daughter. (This letter was requested prior to his appointment to be Director of the EPA).
  • Members of his EPA staff allege they had to set up meetings with wealthy people, arrange travel plans and try to get him tickets and access to Washington Nationals baseball games. (Am I missing something or aren’t these all things assistants are expected to do?)
  • Director Pruitt managed to secure 50-yard line tickets to the Rose Bowl for the National Championship Game between Oklahoma and Georgia for less than the cost of tickets on the secondary market. (How are we going to survive as a nation with this enormous cloud of scandal above us – OH MY!!) A bigger scandal is how the hell did Georgia ever get into the National Championship anyway? Hmmm
  • Most damningly, he’s been accused of eating more than twice a week at the White House cafeteria. Seriously?!

This is what happens when you take on the Swamp. If you don’t destroy them – they’ll destroy you.

Only the Brave carry on..


I thought about linking to this funny Cornholing article, but I decided not to..



The Ghost of Albert Henkelstam by [Fountain, Jamie N]



My Bilderberg Diary..Genesis

For those of you unaware of the genesis of the Bilderberg Group let me give you a brief history –

The meetings were first held at the Bilderberg Hotel in the Netherlands in 1954 (hence the name)


with the intent to counter increasingly anti-American sentiment amongst some leaders of Western Europe by promoting shared Democratic goals.

The original plan was to invite one “Liberal” and one “Conservative” member from each Western European nation drawn from a pool of “elite” individuals representing different segments of society – Academia, the Media, Industry and Finance. The goal was to find common ground on political, economic and defense issues.

It didn’t take long for conspiracists to come to their own conclusions regarding the “real purpose” of the Bilderberg Group – world domination and the creation of a New World Order.

Who could blame them? When 120 to 150 of the wealthiest and most influential people on Earth gather for a secret pow-wow lasting four days once a year and not one note is taken or interview given, people are bound to think what they will.

And they’re not wrong!

The stated goal of many attendees over the years confirms the conspiracy theorists assertions.

From Bilderberg attendee David Rockefeller –

“For more than a century ideological extremists at either end of the political spectrum have seized upon well-publicized incidents such as my encounter with Castro to attack the Rockefeller family for the inordinate influence they claim we wield over American political and economic institutions. Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as ‘internationalists’ and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure–one world, if you will. If that’s the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.”


and from Denis Healey, an original Steering Committee Member –

“To say we were striving for a one-world government is exaggerated, but not wholly unfair. Those of us in Bilderberg felt we couldn’t go on forever fighting one another for nothing and killing people and rendering millions homeless. So we felt that a single community throughout the world would be a good thing.”

On the surface, One World Government doesn’t seem so bad does it – one set of agreed upon Laws applied equally to all, an end to all wars caused by ethnic nationalism, religion and natural resources. Jobs and housing and healthcare for all.

Can you say Utopia..or Shangri-La..or Heaven on Earth!


Sure you can………Comrade.

You CAN have it all..All you have to give up is your freedom, your voice and your vote.

Your elite betters know what’s best for you so just sit back and let them do what’s necessary to bring this perfect society to fruition.

How will they achieve it?


The Look of the Dead Fish: A Nick Alwaes Detective Novel by [Fountain, Jamie N]


Open your eyes, it’s happening all around you.

Destruction of the Middle Class is the highest priority because they are the hardest to control.


Because the Poor can be bought and the Rich benefit from the decline.

How do you destroy the Middle Class?

  1. Introduce drugs into their midst. Normalize drug use. Legalize Marijuana. Allow the Government to authorize the creation and prescription of Opioid-based painkillers they know are highly addictive.


Cutoff the prescriptions leaving the users addicted with no alternative but Heroin to satisfy their need. Their deaths are eventual. In 2015 over 62,000 Americans, primarily Middle Class, died of Heroin overdoses.

2) Eliminate national borders. America and Europe are being flooded with Third World people.


As American and European birthrates decline, due to apathy and selfishness, Third World “immigrants” have an average of six children per couple. In fifty years America and Europe will be ethnically and demographically non-existent

3) Take away their jobs. Millions of manufacturing jobs have left the United States for other countries – Textiles, Automobiles, Steel etc..and what jobs are left are low-skilled/no-skilled low-paying jobs happily taken by the Third World “migrants”.


4) Make them doubt their own morality. Attack God and Christianity. Promote un-natural behavior as the norm


5) Promote moral decay through Video Games –


Music –


Is it a coincidence that Suicide, Drug Overdoses and Alzheimer’s Disease – from poor diet – another part of the plan) are the only 3 increasing causes of Death in the United States since the turn of the Century?

When the World stops making sense, some people just check out. Sad..

Members of the Bilderberg Group are patient. They know it will take several generations for their efforts to pay off – but they believe it’s in the best interests of the planet (and more importantly themselves and their offspring) so they will wait until the Middle Class becomes extinct. Once they are gone – our Elite betters will have the Earth to themselves.

It’s a great (in theory, not in practice) plan – with only one flaw. Suppose someone comes along who champions the Middle Class and fights for them and their jobs and their nation and their national character.

Can you say President Donald J. Trump!


He may not be the Hero the Middle Class expected, but he’s the Hero they need..


The Ghost of Albert Henkelstam by [Fountain, Jamie N]




My Bilderberg Diary..

Good Gravy! Am I tired!

It’s been a couple of weeks since the last time I was in Europe.

This time I’m here on more important business. I decided to accept the invitation extended to me by the Steering Committee for this year’s Bilderberg Conference in the Italian Alpine city of Turin.

I had planned on taking my Embraer Kyoto Airship


(I call it Rocinante) but my (former) personal concierge, Armando, neglected to order the Belluga Caviar so I had to secure another flight.

Good help is truly hard to find..smh

Fortunately, my friend Bill (Gates, not Clinton) was in the neighborhood so he landed in town long enough to pick me up before heading to Washington D.C. where it turns out he’d offered to give our mutual friend Henry a lift.


Old Hank –

Here’s a little known fact: As a young boy in Germany he always wanted to be a real Wild West Cowboy called Hank, but ended up as a premier Diplomat and Intellect called Henry, because his mother wouldn’t allow him to drop out of high school and  join a Dude Ranch. He only let’s close friends (like the ThoughtMarauder) call him Hank-

So, as always, Hank was the life of the flight. He regaled Bill and I with funny anecdotes about Dick Nixon and told so many dirty jokes that Bill almost peed his pants. Hank Kissinger is a total laugh riot!

Anyways, after many hours of Transatlantic flight we finally landed in Turin this morning.


All of us climbed into a bullet-proof, grenade-proof, rocket launcher-proof black Escalade with black windows and cruised through lovely downtown Turin on our way to the Grande Palazzo just outside of the city limits where the Bilderberg Conference is to be held beginning tomorrow. We toyed with the notion of stopping at one of the small cafes that dot the city for a morning aperitif (Turin is renowned for them) but passed on the notion – “too many rabble-rousers and communist sympathizers in town to protest our meeting” Dr. Kissinger wisely noted in that distinctive voice of his that has more gravel in it than my friend’s driveway in the country.

We parted ways in the magnificent Grande Foyer


and followed our respective servants


upstairs to our modest accommodations


FYI: Dr. Kissinger was assigned a room on the first floor owing to his age and frail health.


The Look of the Dead Fish: A Nick Alwaes Detective Novel by [Fountain, Jamie N]


Upon my arrival I was pleased (but not surprised) to find a masseuse (flown in especially from somewhere in the Orient) to “ease” my jet-lag


and a French “Maid” to clean up the mess.


Now that I’m totally relaxed I can focus on the topics of discussion for the weekend:

  • Populism in Europe
  • The inequality challenge
  • The future of work
  • Artificial intelligence
  • The US before midterms
  • Free trade
  • US world leadership
  • Quantum computing
  • Saudi Arabia and Iran
  • The “post-truth” world
  • Current events
  • Russia

I’ll create another post tomorrow to keep you in-the-loop.

If you’re curious how you’re favorite Working-Class Nero secured an invitation to the Bilderberg Conference where our Globalist/Elitist betters decide how to divvy up the world’s wealth, it’s because…………….I’m one of them.

Yeah, I know. You’re shocked!

I quietly own over 75% of the world’s Media might say I’m the Rothschild of News..You won’t even see my name on the guest list printed in the newspapers because…I AM THE NEWSPAPERS..sometimes the way we control events isn’t so much by what we print as it is by what we DON’T print..

The ThoughtMarauder started out from humble beginnings and retains the same MidWestern American values he learned from his mother and father, perhaps that’s why he’s fighting the war against Globalism/Elitism from the inside…and the outside..stay tuned.

I want to take a nap, but I’m starting to feel a little crick in my neck..I think another massage may be in order ;-7



The Ghost of Albert Henkelstam by [Fountain, Jamie N]


For Sale: Child’s Soul Price: 30 Pieces of Silver

In the movie “Wall Street” the character Gordon Gecko offers a monologue describing the upside of greed. “Greed is Good” he said

and in many ways greed can be a force for good. When entrepreneurs, motivated by a blend of altruism and financial self-interest, create products and services needed/wanted/required by the People, everyone benefits. Throw in a little competition and it’s a win/win/win for all parties.

But, like a coin, greed has two sides.


Greed, unleashed from altruism, corrupts. Unmoored from decency – envy, lust, theft, gluttony and violence are sure to follow.

Greed, untethered, causes Moral Blindness.

Witness –


Meet Lil Tay. She is the self-proclaimed youngest “flexer” (don’t ask me what that means. I’m blissfully ignorant of the term and I’d like to remain that way) of the century. According to her..Oh wait..I’m need to rest for a minute or two to fully absorb what you just watched..what’s that? You’re feeling a little sick to your stomach? And right about now you’re asking yourself the obvious question – “Where the hell are this child’s parents?”

Great question!

The answer is, like so many other children in America, dad is out of the picture for any number of reasons.

The good news is she has a strong, independent mother. Do you know where Mom is?

She’s the one holding the video camera and encouraging her daughter to behave this way.


Greed gone bad – real, real bad.

As the father of two adult daughters my heart aches for this poor child. When I think of 9 year old girls, I picture this:


and this


and this


Color me naive..

The image that never comes to mind is one where my child is cursing, demeaning others, worshiping clothes, cars and money (the LOVE of money is the root of all evil), smoking dope, bragging about selling drugs and hanging out with rappers outside a club well past her bedtime.

As I’m sure most of you know, the more followers a person has on their Social Media accounts, the more money they make via the advertising revenue that is generated for each view. I’m no expert, but I believe a person can earn 3 or 4 cents for each “view” of their YouTube videos, Twitter accounts, Instagram etc..To date her videos and posts – set up by her mother and deposited in her mother’s bank account – have been viewed over 2 million times.

You do the math.

I wonder how comfortably her mother sleeps at night on the Gucci sheets paid for with her daughters innocence..


Childhood, once lost, is never found..


The Nerve of these “Guys”

(I wasn’t planning on posting today, but I felt like this hit piece required a response. My progressive American brothers and i can throw punches at each other in our backyard all we want. We’re family – but if someone else from out of the neighborhood thinks they can join our fight, they’re seriously mistaken.)

So I’m perusing my favorite online News source – – when I stumble across this article (…/america-extreme-poverty-un-sp…) “Welcome to America, Land of Poverty” written by an Englishman, Ed Pilkington, for The Guardian newpaper, a large British daily with a decidedly Progressive bent.

The primary reason I visit the RealClearPolitics website is because they typically link to news articles and editorials that support both sides of a given topic or issue. I’m a Conservative, but I routinely hold my beliefs against the mirror of Liberal/Progressivism to re-enforce my own views and to try and understand the competing views of others.

It was with this sense open-mindedness that I began to read the article, but the more I read it the angrier I became. I have a very high boiling point (as anyone who knows me will tell you) but it didn’t take me long to reach it while I read this.

The article details the travels of one Phillip Alstan, an Australian Professor – an Academic – to various locales in the United States in search of extreme poverty. Mr. Alstan has this very important title: United Nations Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights.

How Special.

First off, why the hell do I give a shit what some AusComSoc (Australian Communist Socialist) working for the failed United Nations has to say about poverty in America! As for The Guardian and Ed Pilkington, perhaps they need reminded we kicked them and their Lords and Earls and Kings out of our house – twice! Remember the Revolution and The War of 1812? And if it weren’t for us (U.S) they’d be wearing Lederhosen and swilling a hearty Hefeweissen while singing German drinking songs praising Der Fuhrer.

I’m going to get a little ahead of myself here but a persistent theme of this article is the failure of Capitalism to provide for the welfare of its citizens.

Really? Perhaps these “Gentleman” should open up their History textbooks and read about Lend/Lease and the Marshall Plan. It was the powerful engine of American Capitalism that provided the English and the Allies the weapons and resources needed to combat Nazi aggression, and it was American Capitalism that provided the financial resources to rebuild a war-torn Europe – England included. I don’t remember hearing any complaints from the Brits then about the evils of Capitalism.

Anyway, Mr. Alstan’s “mission” is to explore extreme poverty in America – so guess where he goes to find it?

Los Angeles!

The writer accompanying him calls the homeless encampments of Skid Row – literally in the shadows of LA’s gleaming skyscrapers – “A nightmare in plain view, in the City of Dreams.”

I am as shocked as the writer. My understanding has been for some time that California is a People’s Utopia where the high taxes paid by its citizens ensured a minimum standard of government subsidized living. How can this be?

After all, Democrats have had control of the Governorship and both chambers of the state Senate for quite a few years, and for eight years, a President who shared their governing principles. Shouldn’t all of these problems have been solved by compassionate liberalism? Free housing? Check. Free Food? Check. Free Healthcare? Check. Progressivism is the cure for all that ails us, isn’t it?

And how is it that Liberal Hollywood can see this happening in their own backyard with their own eyes and do nothing about it? I don’t get it – unless they can’t see these people from over the tops of their gated Bel Air mansions.

Generous in theory – but not in practice.

Two homeless people are interviewed for the article, a man and a woman, and their stories are tragic and compelling, but the author glides over the main cause of their homelessness: Drug abuse. She lost her child to the State because of her addiction; and he became homeless because he violated his parole by failing drug tests.

Does Mr. Alstan believe that any of the homeless have any personal responsibility for their condition?

I was also stunned to read that more than 500 anti-homeless laws have been passed in California in recent years. How can people who are so “woke” be so insensitive to the plight of the suffering?

At least one group in California is not so heartless. At St. Boniface Catholic Church, in San Francisco, more than “70 homeless people were quietly sleeping in pews at the back of the Church, as they are allowed to do every weekday morning,” according to the reporter. “The Church welcomes them as part of the Catholic concept of extending the helping hand.”

I’ve no doubts that if Mr. Alstan and his tag-along reporter had visited more churches and places of worship they would have discovered that most – probably all – have charitable outreach programs that serve the poor, the hungry and the homeless to help ameliorate some of their suffering.

In the continuing Progressive effort to blame ALL of societies ills on Conservatism generally – and Republicans specifically – the author lambastes the new secretary of The Department of Housing and Urban Development, Ben Carson, for “decimating government spending on affordable housing.” Mr. Carson has been the director of this Department for less than one year. The homeless of California have been sleeping in tents and boxes on streets and in city parks for much longer than Mr. Carson’s tenure. (Where was the former President and his HUD team back then?) How is Mr. Carson, or President Trump, responsible for this problem? Does the author expect anyone to believe that this is solely a Federal problem and that the State of California has absolutely no ownership of this issue? It’s this type of willful ideological stupidity that pisses me off. I’m willing to have a rational, solution –based discussion about this issue, or any other, with anyone (re:American) – as long as both sides agree they are complicit in the problem’s creation. Let’s point fingers later – but let’s work together now to solve the problem.

To that end, I will thank the author and the envoy for bringing to my attention a very troubling story about the lack of effective waste management in Lowndes County, Alabama. Apparently this is historically one of the poorest counties in all of America. It has a predominantly Black population whose average median income as of 2015 was $25,876. I’m not going to relate the details (please read the full article) but they conclude that the reason this is still an issue is purely racism. Perhaps there’s an element of that – and if there is it makes me sick – but there are a couple of other factors involved; poor soil conditions for the effective use and maintenance of septic systems, and the extreme cost of septic systems as a proportion of these people’s meager incomes.

I share their dissatisfaction with this state of affairs, and wonder why previous government leaders – from both sides of the aisle – haven’t worked harder to solve this problem. Our American brothers and sisters deserve better than this.

FYI: If you wish to contact the Alabama State Representative for District 23, which includes Lowndes County, here is the contact info:

Name: Hank Sanders, Democrat
Phone: (334) 242-7860
Street: 11 South Union Street
Office: Suite 736
City: Montgomery
State: Alabama
Email: None provided

Lastly, these two visit the island of Puerto Rico, which most of you readers probably know was recently devastated by Hurricane Maria. Mr. Alstan is quick to suggest that all of Puerto Rico’s ills, pre- and post-Hurricane are a direct result of oppressive American colonialism. Fucking Really! These two citizen’s of the Realm, products of the world’s most pervasive Colonial power – do they remember how the sun never set on the British Empire? – they’re going to lecture us about Colonialism. The unbelievable nerve of these guys! The people of Puerto Rico have been clamoring to become an official State of the Union for as long as I can remember. Perhaps Mr. Alstan attributes that to some sort of collective Stockholm Syndrome on the part of the Puerto Rican people.

As a measure of where the hearts of the Puerto Rican people are, Mr. Alstan and Mr. Pilkington, you state that “almost 200,000 have packed their bags and quit for Florida, New York and Pennsylvania.”

I have a question: If the America you describe in this article is as terrible a place as you say it is, why are these people fleeing to the United States? Why aren’t they fleeing to the socialist paradises of England and Australia where you two hail from? I’d really like to know.

I suppose the answer is because the America you describe in your brief little foray here isn’t the America real Americans live in. We acknowledge our challenges and we do the best we can to work them out.

Here’s another little FYI for you two: American’s are the most charitable people on Earth.

When natural disasters strike anywhere in the world, who’s the first to respond? The Russians? The Chinese? The Indians? Zimbabweans? Chileans? Japanese? Bulgarians?

You two “gentlemen” know the answer.

It’s the Americans.

I’ll tell you why.

Because that’s who we are. We don’t do it for political or financial gain. We do it because it’s the right thing to do.

If you two think you can come into our house and talk shit about our American family, you’ve got another thing coming:

(Yeah, I know. Judas Priest is a British band, but I really do love the Brits and the Aussies – at least the non-communist ones.)

So as far as I’m concerned, you two can GTFO!

Or, translated into a language you can understand:

Piss off, you Wankers!

(ps: on your airplane (Boeing) flight home enjoy perusing the Internet (MIT/Stanford/US DoD) on your Apple phone or laptop (Jobs and Wozniak) while using Microsoft Windows (Bill Gates) – all brought to you courtesy of American Capitalism).

You’re welcome.

**Originally Posted on 16 Dec 2017**

Hacked to Digital Death

So it’s being reported that Uber was hacked back in October of 2016 to the tune of over 57 million users – drivers and passengers – having their names, email addresses and phone numbers compromised. Fortunately, no social security numbers, credit card data or trip location details were stolen.

Hacked to Digital Death

How comforting.

Being data raped is nothing new for those of us living in the 21st century. Take a look at this partial list of “data compromises” (don’t you just love that phrase) we’ve endured so far:

Yahoo – 2013/2014 – 3 billion user accounts accessed

Adult Friend Finder – 2016 – 412 million user accounts accessed (raise your hand if you’re one of these unfortunates. Yeah, I didn’t think so. What’s more alarming here? That this many users were compromised – or that there are 412 million users)

eBay – 2014 – 145 million user accounts accessed

Equifax – 2017 – 143 million user accounts accessed

Target stores – 2013 – 110 million shoppers data accessed

TJX Companies (TJ Maxx and Marshalls) – 2006 – 94 million user accounts accessed

U S Office of Personnel Management – sensitive personal information of over 22 million current and former Federal Government employees (“Trust me, I’m from the Government and I’m here to help”)

Sadly, I could go on and on. Much like the horrific body counts in Chicago, Baltimore, the entire country of Mexico etc..we’ve become desensitized to the digital carnage. “Hey honey, there’s been a data hack at the XYZ corporation. I think we’d better change our password just to be safe.”

“Sure darling, I’ll get right on it – after dinner. I’m starving.”

Ho hum.

What’s fascinating about this particular hack is the way it was “managed.” As stated in the beginning of this article, the data compromise occurred in October 2016. However, the security breach was not made public until now, November 2017, more than a year after it was discovered by Uber executives, most notably ex-CEO and Uber founder, Travis Kalanick. At the same time Uber was trying to keep the hack under wraps from the public and hidden from miscellaneous Federal regulators, they unbelievably paid 100k to the people responsible for the hack with an understanding the crooks would not only delete the stolen data once the payment was received but also remain silent about the crime. How Uber was going to validate the thieves promised destruction of the data is unknown – also unknown is how long the hackers would wait before returning to the digital well for another 100k sip.

Blackmail – bit by bit.

The appropriate heads have rolled and a new management team is in place at Uber spouting the same old tired corporate platitudes about a “new customer-focused direction ahead,” and “new, more robust security procedures are currently being implemented to blah, blah blah your privacy and yada, yada, yada how much we value each and every customer and driver.”

Yeah, that’s what we want. More word head from a corporate schnook in a $900 suit.

In fact, if you’re a current or former Uber driver whose Drivers License data was “compromised,” the company is offering to provide you with free credit protection monitoring AND free identity theft protection.

How generous.

Honestly, with all of the hacks, breaches, compromises etc..etc..I don’t care anymore. With so many digital fish swimming in the information ocean I figure the odds of someone actually catching my card and using it to live large are pretty slim.

(Besides, just between you and me, I’ll have the last laugh if some genius Russian, Hungarian or Chinese hacker tries to use my credit information to buy a new Ferrari. I’m broke as shit and my credit score has to stand on its toes to tickle the belly of 500 – ha ha, fuck you, hackboy).

**This article was originally published on 28Nov2017**