Now we have more news of evil coming our way with the Sinclair Broadcast Group. For those who need a refresher, here is a short video explaining what is happening,
From my previous post #10,
Here I present five signs of totalitarianism. The presence of any one of these offenses alone casts doubt about a leader's commitments to democratic political leadership. When they occur together, however, they raise the alarm that we may be witnessing a derailment of a political experiment that has taken two and half centuries to refine.
Sign 2: Regime Controls the Truth. Totalitarian regimes insist that they alone know what is true; this official narrative is perfect and closed to debate.
Sign 3: Regime Suppresses Knowledge Producers. Purges of universities, media organizations, think tanks, nonpartisan government administrations, and research institutes are de rigeur under totalitarian regimes.
Sign 4: Regime Invents Common Enemies. Totalitarian regimes energize their base and forge national unity by emphasizing an us- vs them mentality:
The Guardian explains how these reporters were held hostage to repeat the Orwellian message by Sinclair.
By Terri Gerstein, April 08, 2018
These Americans are trapped in their jobs: they need to pay $10,000 to quit
Why would dozens of news anchors recite a Sinclair Broadcast group script? Because their contracts entrap them
Dozens of news anchors robotically intoned This is extremely dangerous to our democracy, after reciting what turned out to be a script by Sinclair Broadcast Group, owner and operator of 193 local TV stations. Dan Rather called it Orwellian, and many have asked in amazement: why would local journalists across the nation allow themselves to be used in such a demeaning way?
The answer is clear to me, as a lawyer with decades handling cases involving low-wage workers: people need jobs. But the anchors may have an even more specific concern: an employment contract that doesn't just bind but entraps them.
Among other things, Sinclair contracts contain a requirement that employees must pay their employers if they leave their jobs before their contract terms end. For example, an employee making $50,000 annually might have to pay in the ballpark of $10,000 if she wanted to leave after one year of a two-year term.
While its plainly illegal to impose a penalty on employees for leaving a job, the contract describes this requirement as liquidated damages. But such damages are allowed only in very limited situations, such as when an employee leaves a job shortly after receiving, at the employers expense, costly, specific, and transportable training. This is hardly the situation for Sinclair employees.
The Sinclair contracts also contain a non-compete clause, barring employees from working for competitors for a set time period after separation. Non-competes have come under considerable public scrutiny of late, covering around 20% of workers, according to a recent report.
Some states already limit non-competes: they're unenforceable in California; banned for low-wage workers in Illinois, and prohibited for broadcast employees in New York and, as of last week, in Utah. Many other states have active legislative proposals.
And even where there is no statute, state case law typically allows non-competes only to protect the employer's legitimate business interests (like trade secrets), and requires them to be reasonable regarding time period and geographic scope. Preventing a journalist from working for BuzzFeed or Facebook anywhere in the world seems, well, not very geographically limited.
Sinclair is not alone in using contracts to reduce worker's rights. More than half of private sector non-union employees can't bring cases in court because they are subject to forced arbitration, sometimes even as a requirement of applying for a job. The furniture chain Raymour & Flanigan contractually slashes the time for bringing discrimination claims in half, with mixed results in court. One New York tutoring company had contract provisions requiring employees to waive their right to apply to unemployment benefits, and to indemnify the company if they applied and lost.
Given the importance of an independent press, the Sinclair example may be particularly sinister. But the use of employment contracts to trap and exploit workers is a growing trend, including for low-wage workers, who may sign the contracts rapid-fire among a pile of papers in the HR office or among a string of touch-screens, and who often don't receive copies of their own contracts. Worst of all, they have no real ability to consult with lawyers or understand what they're giving up; and they have no choice but to sign if they want the job.
Companies that try to limit their liability by hoodwinking their employees into signing abusive employment contracts are taking advantage of the extreme power imbalance between an employer and a working person. People need to put food on the table and a roof over their heads. Abusing that fact to keep people tethered, and to steal away basic rights, is reprehensible. And as the disturbing Sinclair videos demonstrate, disempowerment of workers has an effect that pervades things we value in society ??? among them the free flow of information and journalistic integrity.
My previous post #10 also presents a dire warning from Barach Obama,
Its not that democracy is fragile, exactly, but it is reversible, according to former President Barack Obama.
During an interview earlier this week at the Economic Club of Chicago, Obama reminded his audience to remain vigilant in protecting the values and institutions that make up American democracy or risk following in the path of Nazi Germany.
You have to tend to this garden of democracy, otherwise things can fall apart fairly quickly. And we've seen societies where that happens, he told interviewer Mellody Hobson, president of Ariel Investments, after defending institutions such as freedom of religion and freedom of the press. (Obama admitted, however, that the latter sometimes drove him nuts during his time in the White House.)
So you've got to pay attention and vote, Obama said in video of the event.
I also state in my post #9, under Economic Inequality, Future Concerns: The Singularity, Pitchforks And Torches Will No Longer Be Able To Stop The 1%, where I make the point that,
Once they control the language they will control the laws, once they control the laws they will control the technology, and once they control the technology they will control us.
It sure does look like they are trying to control the language and what is said to me.
The Admin of this site presents some definitions of slavery from 1-B Economic Inequality: The Outrage! FUTURE CONCERNS: THE SINGULARITY, New Age Slavery,
Post by Admin, Mon Nov 09, 2015 2:09 pm
From the Oxford Dictionary and Merriam Webster Dictionary we find the following excerpts for the meaning of slave and slavery. Perhaps you find yourself relating to these definitions when it comes to your job and overall financial condition.
1) A person who is the legal property of another and is forced to obey them.
2) A person who works very hard without proper remuneration or appreciation.
3) A person who is excessively dependent upon or controlled by something.
Merriam Webster Dictionary
1) drudgery, toil
2) submission to a dominating influence
3) the state of a person who is a chattel of another
Sterling then drives the slavery point home from his post #22, from 1-B Economic Inequality: The Outrage! FUTURE CONCERNS: THE SINGULARITY, New Age Slavery
Can you read the handwriting on the wall or do you need a rifle barrel poked into your ribs or a trudgeon slammed up side your head to get the point? The world is drinking the poisoned Kool Aid of authoritarianism which derives its power from a loss of democracy and inequality. Take note, authoritarianism and inequality are the very bedrock of slavery. Say goodbye to your freedoms unless you are willing to fight for them.
To drive this concept home, Fareed Zakaria presents a global view on the demise of democracy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2YoKJfu_90
Anyone still sitting on the side lines while Donald Trump continues to make his own power grab is inviting slavery into their lives.
All the dots of authoritarianism, new age slavery, Orwellian thought, and Brown Shirt like tactics, when connected together, spells doom for Democracy if Trump and his thug cronies get their way. Let us all stand together to block them before it is too late.