Predators must have knowledge about their prey if they are going to be successful hunters. It is clear that we have been studied and our weaknesses have been exploited in an effort to exhaust us economically, physically and spiritually. Renowned researcher, Alan Watt goes so far as to state that the perpetrators responsible for this ultimately want to destroy any sense of individuality in us whatsoever.
Decades of class war leaves most Americans nearing retirement woefully unprepared.
By Thomas Ponniah - February 13, 2013
As it becomes clearer to business and policy-makers that many of the newest forms of information technology are teaching people to become more distracted, unaware and inefficient...the social and economic value of many new forms of information technology will decline. The significance of the talents of the younger generation will diminish and we will return to a more familiar historical pattern, that is, a gerontocracy...
By Alex Hemingway - The Dominion
Cuts to retirement income will push more seniors into low-income status, and degrade the quality of life of others, particularly at a time when employment-based pensions are increasingly scarce and also facing cuts...The burden of the [Old Age Security] cuts...will be borne disproportionately by low-income seniors, as well as workers in...physically demanding or stressful occupations (for whom delayed retirement is especially burdensome).
By Roger Annis - April 12, 2012
Government attacks against worker rights and the social wage are threatening hard-earned gains and advances for workers in Canada on many fronts and in many incremental ways. In this two-part series, we will look at some of these struggles and what is at stake, with Part 1 focusing on the teachers' union in British Columbia, airline workers and the public pension.
By John Wantanabe - WSWS
On February 20, three bodies were discovered by the police in an apartment in Saitama city, just north of Tokyo. They were believed to be an elderly couple in their 60s and their son in his 30s. Each had apparently died of starvation, two months earlier...There was no food or money in the apartment. Water bottles were found next to the three emaciated bodies, suggesting they survived only on water in their final days.
By Lawrence Porter - 24 February 2012
A preliminary autopsy has found that John Morgan, an 86-year-old retired auto worker whose body was found in his truck Monday in Flint, Michigan, died of hypothermia and existing heart and lung problems. Morgan apparently sought to warm himself inside his truck after utility giant Consumers Energy cut off electricity to his house for an outstanding bill of $291.
By Lawrence Porter - 23 February 2012
Early Monday morning neighbors found 86-year-old John Morgan, a retired Flint autoworker, dead in his truck parked outside in his driveway...Morgan died a few days after the local utility company shut off his electricity for a bill of $291...Officials say they are awaiting autopsy reports to determine the exact cause of death, as Morgan had various health problems. However, there was immediate widespread anger that another elderly worker has died because he was trying to stay warm.
By Lauren Gill - Vancouver Media Co-op
Low-income tenants at the Lions Manor...are facing a forced 45% rent increase. The increase in rent means that many of the tenants will no longer be able to afford to live there, and with the unaffordability of our city are facing possible homelessness. This morning the tenants in conjunction with the newly formed Vancouver Renters Union, took matters into their own hands, holding a press conference and rally. The tenants, some of them who have been living there for over 15 years, spoke about the impacts that this rent increase would have on their lives.
By Dennis Moore - WSWS
Research...has revealed a complete lack of social care for the elderly in the UK, due to large-scale cuts. The number of older people requiring care but receiving nothing will reach almost 900,000 in 2012, rising to 1 million by 2015...Around half a million elderly and vulnerable people have to meet soaring costs to pay for basic care and support in their own homes. In some areas this figure is as high as £10,000 a year, with councils increasing charges for bathing, cleaning and help with shopping.
November 8, 2011 - Vancouver Media Co-op
Following Gregor Robertson, Suzanne Anton made talk of respect and acknowledgement of the Coast Salish people; the Musqueam and Squamish peoples; the [Vancouver Police Department] attacked violently the Sacred Fire of the Elders at the Occupy site. They came with the fire department, and violently accomplished the putting out of the fire being peacefully defended.
By Dennis Moore - 2 November 2011
Labour-controlled Manchester City Council (MCC) has voted through some of the severest cuts to services in the UK...These cuts to services will have a direct impact on thousands of the poorest and most disadvantaged. Manchester is the fourth most deprived local authority in the country, with the majority of its population living in the 10 percent most deprived wards in the UK. Life expectancy is the second lowest in the country.
By Kate Randall - WSWS
In an op-ed piece published Friday, New York Times columnist David Brooks reveals the real thinking of America’s financial aristocrats in relation to health care spending...In order to resolve the budget deficit...people will have to die sooner...“This fiscal crisis is about many things...but one of them is our inability to face death — our willingness to spend our nation into bankruptcy to extend life for a few more sickly months.”
July 13, 2011 - CBC News
The richest Canadians increased their share of total national income while the poor and those with middle incomes saw their portions shrink, according to the [Conference Board of Canada's] analysis, entitled "How Canada Performs"...Incomes of the poor increased marginally in the period, it said, but the gap between rich and poor widened..."While the poor are minimally better off in an absolute sense, they are significantly worse off in a relative sense..."
By David Swanson - Znet
Not to put too fine a point on it, Mr. President, but fuck your fiscal good. Whose fiscal good is it? And whose pain?...Let's face it: any bargain seems to look good to you, as long as it kills people...You have a list of Americans to assassinate. You have six wars going...You've made clear that Israel murdering unarmed aid workers trying to reach Gaza would be A-OK with you. And "pain" is just the price that other people will have to pay to do without health-care, food, a roof, a coat, or -- for that matter -- hope. Of all your slogans, we seem to be left with Audacity alone, standing by itself among the ruins.