Amazon’s America, the Artist’s Plight, and Some Fine Examples of Human Garbage
Hi everyone, this is Jesse Dominick, and welcome to our daily USA Really podcast where we talk about the latest stories, opinions, and news published on our site. Don’t forget to keep your eye on the site every day for real news and real stories from real people, giving you a perspective and look into an America you don’t always see in the conventional media.
Before we jump into today’s articles, I just want to mention a few pieces that came out yesterday after the podcast got recorded. Unfortunately, none of them are the most pleasant of news, but sometimes that’s life in America. Be sure to check out, “Texas Residents Sue the US Air Force for Negligence,” “Texas Man Killed a Woman and Tried to Hide the Body in His Bedroom,” “Daycare Owner Kept Children in Closets for Hours and Chained Them by Their Necks,” and “Amazon Employees Sold Confidential Data to Independent Merchants.”
And speaking of Amazon, “Is Jeff Bezo's Nightmare World the Future for America's Children?” by P. D. Corday brings you the story of the obscenely rich founder and CEO of Amazon—the richest man in the world, and probably one of the richest of all time. Conditions in Bezos’ warehouses seem to have more than a hint of sweatshop in them, highlighting Bezos’ brutal ethic of exploitation of American workers. Now, Bezos has set his gaze upon the poor, and helping poor children, in a bid to boost his image. But is this exploitation something we want for our children? And what kind of bizarre worldview would they be inculcated with in a Bezos school anyways? Be sure to check out this piece for more of the puzzle.
“The American Artist: Working for a Living in America,“ by Luis Lazaro Tijerina, takes a look at two modern American artists, quite different from one another, but bonded by a similar work ethic that actually brought them public torment. The first is Geoffrey Owens, who played both major and minor roles in classical theater, film, and television, and is perhaps best-known for his years on The Cosby Show. He now works at a Trader Joe’s where he was recognized by a woman who went on to embarrass him on social media, where the “decline” in his career became public fodder.
The second is Louise Brooks, a silent film starlet who eventually found herself blacklisted when she rejected the advances of the man who headed a film studio at Columbia Pictures. That has obvious parallels to today’s film industry. After some failed marriages, her economic situation began to decline so she moved to Wichita, Kansas where her family was. “The citizens of Wichita either resented me for having been a success or despised me for being a failure,” she recalls. She eventually contemplated suicide, though thankfully she took the route of becoming a salesgirl at Saks Fifth Avenue instead. Like Owens, she found out that it’s not all roses when you’re a star whose light has faded. Check out this fascinating piece to fill in the rest of their stories.
Today we’ve also got the latest installment of Duende Diary for you from our resident media policy expert. Apparently some New York City schools are closed to white students, supposedly as a measure against racism. That’s the lunacy of the American left today, and El Duende’s got some thoughts on it. His other musings and reflections touch upon Labor Day, freedom of speech on the internet, and mid-term elections, which means the next season for U.S. bombing, but with Syria, Russia, Israel, and Iran all in the mix, that could have some global consequences. And don’t go kicking seagulls in New Hampshire, or you just might find yourself with a hefty enough fine. Check out all this and more in the latest diary installment.
Now let’s take a look at our daily installment of this day in history. On this day in 1881, President James A. Garfield died from complications from gunshot wounds. On July 2, just four months into his administration, President Garfield was shot as he was walking through a railroad waiting room in Washington. His assailant, Charles J. Guiteau, was a disgruntled and possibly insane man who had unsuccessfully sought an appointment to the U.S. Consul in Paris. The president was shot in the back and the arm, and Guiteau immediately surrendered. On this day in 1957, the United States detonated a 1.7 kiloton nuclear weapon in an underground tunnel at the Nevada Test Site. It was the first fully contained underground detonation and produced no radioactive fallout. On September 19, 1994, 20,000 U.S. troops landed unopposed in Haiti to oversee the country’s “transition to democracy.” And, on this day in 1995, a manifesto by everyone’s favorite homegrown terrorist nut job, the Unabomber, was published by The New York Times and Washington Post in hopes that someone would recognize the person who, for 17 years, had been sending homemade bombs through the mail that had killed and maimed innocent people around the United States. The move worked, and Kaczynski’s brother turned him in.
Chicago is a gang-dominated, blood-soaked city. There’s really no way around that. By one estimate, there’s 68,000 gang members—four times the number of cops. Up to 80% of Chicago’s shootings and murders are gang-related. That leads to the conclusion that Sheriff David Clarke from Milwaukee County holds—that the city needs “goon” control, not gun control. He warns that cities that turn cops into social workers, emphasizing more dialogue and less initiative, might as well get used to their rising levels of violence. Against this backdrop, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has announced that he will not be running in the next mayoral election, slated for February of next year. What legacy does he leave behind, and what could his exit mean for the city going forward? Find out more in “The Bloody Trace of Rahm Emanuel.”
Marc and Debra Tice haven’t seen their son in six years. Austin Tice, a freelance American journalist and Marine veteran was abducted by unknown assailants while reporting on the war in Syria, and besides a short video released soon after, there’s been no trace of him. The Tices feel certain their son is alive and they have been fighting to keep his name in the news cycle to keep the government focused on his case. The State Department also believes he’s still alive. Read more about the Tice’s latest press conference and efforts to find their son at “Detained in Syria for 6 years: Parents of Missing Journalist Hold Press Conference at the UN.”
Yesterday we told you about how President Trump has ordered the declassifying of documents and text messages relating to the RussiaGate investigation. But what would there be for Democrats to do, if not to contradict Trump’s every move? A letter has appeared online, featuring the signatures of some leading Democrats, ordering intelligence agencies to hold off on fulfilling the president’s order. Is it real? Is it fake? Check out the article “Democrats Openly Call for Sabotage to Ignore the Presidents Order on Declassification!” to read the letter and see what you think.
The love of money may be the root of all evil, and mo’ money may bring mo’ problems, but unfortunately the influence and power of the almighty dollar isn’t so easy to get out from under. Money dictates our whole lives, basically. Given that, economic forecasts for both the U.S. and the whole world aren’t the most reassuring things around. Our article “Debt Trap for the World Economy” gives a stark look at the numbers: Over the past decade, the U.S.’s GDP has grown by 38% but the national debt has skyrocketed by 122%, even despite Trump’s promise to eliminate the debt. And the worldwide sovereign debt has tripled to $63 billion. The global financial crisis erupted ten years ago, but has this lesson been learned by the central banks and governments?
Our next piece brings you the story of some, how to put it … real pieces of trash. Dr. Grant William Robicheaux says he’s looking “to find the perfect woman, have a fantasy wedding, and raise the all-American family,” but he and his girlfriend, Cerissa Laura Riley, are doing anything but. They’ve been charged with more than a half-dozen felonies involving rape, sexual assault, and drugs. Police have found thousands of videos of victims on the pair’s phones, and a fun mix of drugs and guns and ammo at RObicheaux’s apartment. It seems the pair uses their good looks and charms to get innocent women liquored them, then they take them to their place and have their way with them. If convicted, the doc and his gal pal could spend forty and thirty years in prison respectively. Check out these human wastelands in “California Surgeon and His Girlfriend Used Their Good Looks to Rape Women.”
Our next piece, “The State Could Not Provide Treatment to the Man After He Was Wounded Protecting the Woman,” tells about a brave young man who was shot in the leg while defending his friend who was being robbed at gunpoint outside an Atlanta restaurant early Tuesday morning. The man had his own gun but was unable to get a shot off before he was wounded. As we know, medical treatment in America isn’t cheap, and hospital stays bring up all kinds of other disruptions in our professional and personal lives. Check out the piece for more of the story of this brave man and the situation he faces now.
That’s our pieces for today, so now let’s jump into a preview of what you can expect from tomorrow’s opinion piece.
If we look at the numbers for the economy and the job market, American life is on the up and up. This can’t be denied. And an increasing quality of life under Trump means an increasing chance he will be reelected, and, in no surprise to anyone, that’s got Democrats on edge. That’s where our dear ex-President Obama comes in. As Pradeep Banerjee explains in his piece, “Obama Back From Hiatus to Insult American Mandate,” to not criticize one’s successor has been the unwritten rule that all American presidents abide by. Almost all of them after leaving office bid adieu to active politics, a practice that is not an act of courtesy, rather an acknowledgment of the trials and tribulations that come along with being the president of the only post-Cold War superpower in the world. When Barack Obama assumed office as the 44th President of the United States in 2009, the outgoing president George W. Bush wished him good luck and for the next eight years that Obama governed he evaded any political limelight; never questioning or criticizing his policies. But now that Trump, a man the Left wants you to think is satan incarnate, is in office, this unwritten rule is out the window, and Obama is back in the limelight. Be sure to keep an eye out for the piece tomorrow and get the full scoop on Obama’s trash talking against Trump.
That’s all we have for today’s podcast. Thanks for listening and thanks for reading. For USA Really, this is Jesse Dominick, over and out.