Capitalism Kills

When you get right down to it, this is the crux of the matter here on earth right now with humanity hanging in the balance to the ultimate greed of the super-rich.

I couldn’t help but notice the true underlying comment of the PBS Frontline special I watched this evening “Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria“. At the base of all of these new gram-negative, superbug bacteria is the fact that all of the Big-Pharma firms have given up on antibiotic research and releasing new drugs because it just doesn’t have the payback.  It doesn’t fit the ROI on the portfolio for the shareholders.  Really?  So, it’s OK to completely discontinue all research and close the facilities in the midst of researching an antibody to the big bacteria “superbugs” that can kill any of us? Antibody…an interesting word.  Perhaps the shareholders of Pfizer and (any multinational pharma name you wish to enter here) should look it up.

And how about we look at the Big Pharma lobbyists who control the U.S. government’s decisions to truly look into the ONE THING that can wipe out the human race…and pretty damn rapidly:  bacteria and if you want to get picky on your correct word choice how about certain bacterium .  Shouldn’t you get really pissed off that most if not all big pharma companies have decided to stop work on antibiotics because there is no real payback for them?  I know I am.  I’m ticked to the top of my knickers about it and they are in a real twist.  Watch the PBS FRONTLINE special and learn what is happening all around you.

While our gov’t representatives pretend to play with shutting down the government over “Obamacare” and the debt ceiling this is mere minutiae to REALITY that there are far worse matters that are not even on the table for them.  It’s not good political theater to speak about bacteria invading our bodies with no way to stop them from spreading, OH, and by the way, not only spreading but training the other bacteria they meet along the way how to protect themselves from our existing antibiotics.  Yeah, they are smart like that, unlike us humans.

Let’s spend our political capital on protecting the unborn child, bur forget about the human once she or he is one day out of the womb.  See, that particular lobby doesn’t pay you to win your new election.  But kissing the boots of the Big Guns and Big Pharma lobbyists sure do.  Check out this excellent op-ed piece titled “America On Fire” to dig deeper into the well of the “Capitalist Death Panels”.

I want our government officials to be put in a stockade in the center of every town they represent and give us the chance to have at ’em. I’m sick and tired of my taxes paying for their bloviating and hyperbole. They don’t serve me – a commoner. I teach for a living. I’m not a shareholder capitalist.  I’m neither a Koch nor a Bush.

We need CAPITALISM OUT.  As long as everything hangs in the balance of the shareholder portfolio, we are completely doomed.

Do your research , people.  We need to save our arses. bacteria-kpcand thank you Wikipedia for being an unending source of content for the daily machinations that occur in my brain. 

About danaj33

I have been teaching in the Broadcast Electronic Media Art department at City College of San Francisco since 2001. I started teaching full-time in 2009 and am tenured. My career as an audio engineer spans 32-years since the first day I began to record and mix songs on my Tascam PortaStudio (cassette 4-track) in the early 80's while attending college at UC Berkeley. I formed a couple of bands and sang lead (sometimes playing rhythm guitar) until 1988 when I discovered that the "behind-the-scenes" tech realm was much more to my liking. I love how an audio engineer controls the ENTIRE sound mix, and not just one's own instrument. I then began a career as a live sound engineer in earnest and have toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe as front-of-house sound engineer for a multitude of bands on various record labels (most notably "Medicine" on American Recordings) and have been a staff engineer at the venerable Bottom of the Hill nightclub since their inception in 1991 leaving a regular shift there in 2010 due to the teaching schedule. The club and its staff are like family. I owned and operated a live sound production company since 1989 (ending officially in 2017) called dcj Productions that has provided sound to the Bay Area community (mostly in the non-profit sector) in both large outdoor sound events as well as nightclubs and music halls. In 1991, I started recording bands on an 8-track Tascam TSR-8 analog tape recorder and moved into the digital realm in 1993 to 16-tracks of Alesis ADAT connected to a Soundcraft Ghost console in my home studio. In 1995, I advanced to Pro Tools and have been recording exclusively digital ever since, combining audio skills in sound for film as a location recordist as well as an engineer in post-production sound design and mixing. I remained "strictly analog" in my live sound mixing until just this past year (2012). Now that one can obtain a decent, live sound digital mixer at an affordable price, it was high time to check out digital for live. I now have a Presonus StudioLive 16.4.2 to work on with my students to give them much needed hands-on experience with a digital console. I co-owned and ran APG Records & APG Studios, an SF record label and recording studio, from 1999 - 2004 which had a distribution deal through EMI. The company folded in 2004. I continue to record music and engineer live performances at many Bay Area venues in addition to full-time teaching at CCSF. In 2001, I was hired to the part-time faculty at City College of San Francisco in the Broadcast Electronics Media Arts department where I have taught many of the classes including Digital Media Skills (BCST119), Basic Audio Production (BCST120), Digital Audio Production (BCST124), Sound Recording Studio (BCST125), Sound For Visual Media (BCST126), Advanced Sound Recording (BCST127), Sound Reinforcement (BCST128), Audio for the Web (BCST135), Video for the Web (BCST136), and Field Video Production (BCST141). I have also taught classes in sound design, audio for animation and games, music video, and computer applications at Art Institute of California-San Francisco, Globe Recording Institute, and Laney College in Oakland, CA. In addition to teaching, I am a writer. I have several blogs and have written many screenplays since 2007 producing a few of them into short films. In 2020, the craziest year and decade of any of our lives, I am starting a book project titled, "Abra, the Imaginarian." Outside Affiliations: - former Co-Director of SoundGirls - current member of Audio Engineering Society and on the SF Chapter Planning Committee - past Vice President and Interim President Board of Directors - Bay Area Girls Rock Camp - past volunteer/contributor to Women's Audio Mission - past member Bay Area Women in Media and Film - past Board of Directors for Camp Reel Stories
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