Wednesday, August 12, 2015

No, we are being occupied to death


Despite what this excellent Salon.com reprint of an Alternet article is clearly indicating, it's not just the tasking that is killing us, it is the combination of complete distraction that both ends of the "seamless occupation" that electrified Capitalism now creates, that is killing everything. Us. Our social cohesion, and the planet.

The fact is that distraction consumption is just as much a killer as the inhuman hours of tasking that they also occupy us with. The two are, in fact, inseparable, as one serves to motivate the need for the other in mutual reinforcement. The more tasking the more off tasking hours you need to dull the pain. And of course, the better the instrument of dulling, the more it costs, which puts you in the proper frame of mind (or mental harness, if you will) to continue the process.

The bottom line, however, remains as it always has been. This vicious circle will be broken only when we decide to stop participating. It is really that simple.


America is working itself to death: How "9 to 5" became "24/7"


America is working itself to death: How “9 to 5″ became “24/7″-

Another case in point:

The Washington Works DuPont plant in Parkersburg, WV on Wednesday, August 5, 2015.

From the article:
"...A man-made compound that didn’t exist a century ago, C8 is in the blood of 99.7 percent of Americans, according to a 2007 analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control, as well as in newborn human babies, breast milk, and umbilical cord blood. A growing group of scientists have been tracking the chemical’s spread through the environment, documenting its presence in a wide range of wildlife, including Loggerhead sea turtles, bottlenose dolphins, harbor seals, polar bears, caribou, walruses, bald eagles, lions, tigers, and arctic birds. Although DuPont no longer uses C8, fully removing the chemical from all the bodies of water and bloodstreams it pollutes is now impossible. And, because it is so chemically stable — in fact, as far as scientists can determine, it never breaks down — C8 is expected to remain on the planet well after humans are gone from it...."