Here There Be Traitors

Something a little different for this Memorial Day. I’m still honouring and remembering all those who gave everything for their country. How could I not? My family has fought in pretty much every war this country was in and even before there was a country. They started with King Philip’s War, King William’s War, the Battle of Quebec in 1690, The French and Indian Wars and kept going with the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War, …. Your history classes maybe mentioned the French and Indian War, but never mentioned the 1st three nor mentioned the French and Indian Wars were four wars.

I guarantee the story of the traitors I’m about to get to was never mentioned in your history class. You have to take schoolbook history with not a grain, but several tons of salt. Edison did not invent the light bulb, Marconi didn’t invent radio, …

Traitors live and prosper among us is never going to be taught, They’ve missed the dishonour they so rightly deserve. Let’s rectify that too this Memorial Day. They deserve equal time, don’t you think? It’s only fair (and balanced).

This will be a long one. There are a large number of traitors to vilify, revile and generally abuse for putting profit before country. There is no patriotism when profit calls. It’s only a sampler. I’m trying to keep this an essay, not a book.

Prescott Bush, George’s pappy and Dubbya’s grand-pappy, was money launderer in chief for Adolf and Fiends, using Swiss bank, BIS to to bypass those pesky blocked bank accounts the Nazis couldn’t access. With one little bounce through BIS the money was ‘clean’, and Prescott richer. Prescott and Union Banking Corp. were eventually shut down, stock and money seized, but after the war, he got all his ill gotten gains back. Union Banking Corp wasn’t the only traitorous Bankster. JP Morgan, Chase and others all played the money beats morals game.

IBM was invaluable to the Final Solution by converting census data into an efficient list of people to send to concentration camps and helped keep the trains to Auschwitz running on time. Besides money, CEO Thomas Watson was awarded the Grand Cross of the German Eagle by Hitler for his help.

Texaco, sold petroleum to Franco’s regime during the Spanish Civil War and later Nazi Germany. The US issued an oil embargo. Texaco violated it and was fined. Texaco stopped, were a good little oil corporation, and everyone lived happily ever after. Sorry, that’s a fairy tale. The Texaco board said, “There’s gold in them there wars!” They continued shipping oil to Franco and Adolf. They just made sure they wouldn’t get caught again. Texaco’s profit margin dropped a little bit. They had the extra expense of buying flags and paint to re-flag and re-christen Texaco tankers in mid-Atlantic. Hocus pocus, presto changeo tankers ‘belong’ to some other company and country. Plausible deniability!

You can run a jet on nearly anything that will burn, but piston powered aviation engines need high octane gasoline. That means tetraethyl lead for leaded gas. Unleaded just doesn’t cut it for Blitzkrieging. Standard Oil and GM jointly owned the Ethyl corporation, the world’s sole source of tetraethyl lead. Surely that meant the Nazis were cut off. You don’t know corporations very well, do you? They played the old shuffle your shipments through another country game. In this case ‘selling’ buttloads to the Netherlands. “It’s not our fault if the Germans ship it to Germany.” How many people died because GM and Standard Oil kept Nazi warplanes flying?

GM again with a new dance partner. When the German subsidiaries of Ford and GM were asked by Adolf & Fiends to convert to war production, they clicked their heels smartly and said, “Zum befehl, mein Führer. Sieg heil!” with the blessing of the US parent corporations. But, when asked to retool US factories for war production, GM and Ford balked. I guess Adolf paid better. Ford made millions using slave labour in its plants. Ford was also allied with IG Farben in the Buna chemical plant at Auschwitz. They used slave labour to produce Zyklon-B gas for the ‘showers’. That’s right, the prisoners made the poison gas to kill themselves. That’s Teutonic efficiency. After the war Ford & GM were able to collect all that lovely Nazi profit locked up in blocked bank accounts. On top of that they had the unmitigated gall to sue the US for the damage allied bombers did to their German factories. Yes, the bastards won their suits, earning nice little multi-million dollar bonuses for their treachery.

I guess I should begin wrapping it up and just list the rest of the traitors by name:

  • Alcoa,
  • ITT,
  • General Electric,
  • Dupont,
  • Kodak,
  • Westinghouse,
  • Pratt & Whitney,
  • Douglas Aircraft,
  • United Fruit,
  • Singer,
  • International Harvester,
  • and more all greedily joined in for their share of the Nazi profit bonanza.

Can’t forget Big daddy Fred Koch(sucker) sire of Chuckie and Davie Koch(sucker). He was a minor traitor, but took took money from anybody, Commies, Nazis, anyone. He’d be dealing with Lil Kim and Iran right now if still alive. His whelps very likely are. It’s all about the Benjamins, can’t buy politicians without them.

Now, don’t think corporate  treason began or ended with WW2. Corporate greed is eternal. While Iran was still under sanction, Dick Cheney’s Haliburton, really wanted to sell oilfield and refinery equipment to Iran. Black gold means real gold. “We don’t need no steekin sanctions!” They added the good old subsidiary shuffle to their dance card. Haliburton US has hundreds of wholly owned and controlled foreign subsidiaries. (Of course, they do. Don’t evade taxes without them.) Cheney’s corporation bounced their US inventory through subsidiaries until they got to Haliburton Dubai. Dubai wasn’t one of the countries enforcing sanctions on Iran. How fortuitous! The product bounced from Haliburton Dubai, across the Persian Gulf to Haliburton Iran and bingo money bounced back to Haliburton US. Haliburton US claimed to have no control over their wholly owned and controlled subsidiaries and got off Scot-free.

Remember, there are no morals or patriotism where corporate greed is involved. On this day honour and remember the patriots who gave everything for their country. They deserve it.

But, never forget to hate and revile the corporate traitors, who place profit above patriotism and morals. They are deserving too. Deserving of your revulsion.

Those who forget history are destined to repeat it. You can be sure the treason continues. You don’t think that the above villains and others aren’t doing a booming business with Lil Kim despite the sanctions against North Korea. They are. A little detour though China and it’s sanctions, what sanctions?

Enhanced Interrogation

6 August was wiggle your toes day. I don’t, actually can’t, celebrate. I can’t wiggle my toes any more.

I had an appointment with my Neuroquack?. He wanted me to wiggle my toes for him. I had a good laugh over that.

It was more like an enhanced interrogation day for me, complete with electric shocks and painful needles. Like the government they have innocuous sounding names for their torture methods. They call them Electromyogram & Nerve Conduction Study.

I had these done a couple of years ago but I don’t recall the pain levels being as high. The last nerve conduction study had a couple of severe shocks. This time they kept turning up the voltage until my body jerked strongly. That was followed by the EMG where they stick a needle in you. The neuroquack? seemed a bit sadistic in his needle application.

But I didn’t talk. Well, except for a “FUCK THIS SHIT!”, near the end of the test.

The tests were at De Paul. The worst pain was getting to and from the appointment. It took me 20 freakin minutes to gimp in from the closest gimp parking spot I could find. It took as long to gimp back to my car after. Fuck De Paul, never going near there again.

I was pissed when I was told during enhanced interrogation that they had free valet parking for the disabled. I saw the valet parking sign with a prominent price tag. No signs saying it was  free if you had a gimp tag or plates. You’re supposed to mead minds to find out about it.  I guess they think gimps grow a psychic sense as compensation for mobility loss.

QT (QuikTrick) Card Hold Scam

A bonus post today.

Just a warning people, stay away from QuikTrip is you’re going to pay with debit or credit. I’d stay away if you have cash too. Don’t encourage their fucking greed.

As I was making the kitty and Charter trips today, I noticed I needed some gas. A QT was on the way and I pulled in.

Big mistake, don’t do it unless your account has lots of money in it. Too late I noticed a very small sign saying QT may put a $125 hold on your account for using plastic at the pump.

I’ve had retailers put an inflated hold on a debit transaction before. But it has always been a rounded up amount. Like, $38.00 hold for a $37.48 bill.

I checked when I returned from giving Charter a hard time. It wasn’t $125, only $100 extra for $37.80 worth of gas. Lucky I happened to have an extra $100 in my account. If I tried to purchase that $37.80 in gas and only had $50 in my account, I’d be a walkin’.

They did reverse it later. But for a while they had an extra $100 of my money to play with. I wonder just how much they are making on the float? And do the banks give them a cut of the overdraft fees they cause unsuspecting customers?

Or perhaps it’s a way to induce you into getting a QT credit card.

Avoid QuikTrick people!

Sorry no QT massacree today. The Charter bait & switch massacree took it out of me. But tomorrow, I’ll be in shape to track down the QuikTrap corporate sods and give them a good reaming. But don’t wait on me. Stay away from QT NOW!!!!

Charter Communications Massacree

Some may be waiting to find out how the Charter visit went. I didn’t delay to build suspense. Oh no, brothers & sisters. I got distracted by QT’s $125 hold scam, Jimmy ‘Oh Lord I sinned’ Swaggart, the Video religion industry, Frank Zappa and the accompanying paranoia in cranking him up in Lilburn, GA.

But if you follow my posts, y’all know I get distracted and have to wait for it to come around again on the guitar. You can get anything you want at Alice’s …. Sorry it almost happened again. Well here it is in 6 part harmony and full orchestration, The Charter Communications Massacree.

I decided to stop by the apartment offices to ask the if the papers stuffed in my door were indeed legitimate and not a Charter scam. I related the story of last fall’s bait & switch where a Charter statement offered a cable box for $0.00/month that was switched to $12/month because the $0.00/month boxes didn’t exist except in a Charter bait & switch scam.

One of the lovely ladies said it was for real. But I’m sceptical on my best days and paranoid the rest of the time. I never worry that I’m paranoid only am I paranoid enough? I took care of the kitty supplies first of all before enjoying myself at Charter.

For some reason they seemed to be in a hurry to get me the hell out of the store. It could have because I started complaining about last fall’s bait & switch scam and inquiring if the present offer is another. They seemed upset with my question of how much a month Free would cost me.

They wanted the phone number associated with my account. “There isn’t one.” How about account number. “No don’t have one of those either. Georgie Porgie winced when I told him, loudly, “I got suckered into a Charter Bulk Scam when I rented my apartment.” That brought Git #2 running to help Georgie.

They looked over the papers I brought along and conferred. “Oh yes, you get 2 Free cable boxes, sir.” I asked, knowing the answer ahead of time, “For how long is it free?”

Georgie and Git #2 chanted in unison, “For the life of Charter’s bulk contract with your apartment complex!” It made my day because I caught them in a bare arsed freakin lie. “That’s not what it says on the papers I was sent. You just lied to me, didn’t ya? Now again, how much a month will Free cost, $12, $24, …” The looks on their faces were freakin priceless and I had a hard time keeping a straight face.

That sent them off into a huddle. I think they had to help each other read. They puzzled out that the offer was 1 box free for the life of the bulk contract and one free for 1 year and their standard monthly charge after that.

They started working together in an effort to get me out and away from the other suckers in the store. Georgie Porgie asked how many TVs I had. “Two.” He tried to give me 2 boxes and was puzzled when I would only accept the lifetime of the bulk contract free one. “I don’t want to have to return it to keep from get hit with a monthly charge. Now how much a month is Free going to cost me?”

I doubt they’ve ever moved that fast on the job before. A cable box magically appeared on the counter from the other end of the store. Georgie scanned the barcode on the box and while the form was printing put the cable box in a bag. I can see the relief on their faces that I’d be out of there soon. Wrong again.

I slowly took out my glasses and carefully read the form they wanted me to sign. Now if I want I can read 2500 words a minute. I don’t think I broke 25 on the form as I continued to inquire about how much a month would Free cost me.

On the form was the serial number of the box. I’m a geek and know if his scanner read the barcode at all, it did so correctly. But I insisted they get the box back out so I could compare the number on the box to the number on the form.

The sigh of relief when I picked up the pen was audible. As Georgie Porgie handed me the bag, thinking it was over, he got one finale bit of advice. “You know people wouldn’t hate Charter if it wasn’t for their pervasive business model of deceiving and misleading customers.”

“I’ll go out of my way to give business to a company that treats me fairly & honestly. Charter on the other hand, I stay away from if at all possible. A prime example is all the junk mail from Charter saying ‘Important Information.’ To be honest Georgie boy, I see Charter and Important on the same envelope, it goes in the trash unopened.” Actually the recycling bin but trash sounded better at the time.

I was in pain today but still had a great freakin time. If I feel better tomorrow I may just pop in to ask again “How much is Free going to cost me per month?