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Derision, Disbelief After Iowa Meatpacking Plant Where Hundreds Caught Coronavirus Fined Just $957

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/09/24/derision-disbelief-after-iowa-meatpacking-plant-where-hundreds-caught-coronavirus

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Fascism on parade.

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Surrender the means of production to the Corporation and they even the Government ends up as one of their employees.

in the USA they can send a person to prison for life for stealing a slice of Pizza. Then there is this.

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Surprise, surprise, surprise. It’s all for one, and er, all for one.

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Brett, why are you passing along a construction photo used by Star Tribune??

This was Iowa state OSHA, not federal government, who themselves would have asked a small amount fine in this era.

Workers and families of workers who have already died will not forget.

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The fine, a pittance, is a farce.

The state of Iowa is owned by large corporations, and the last sentence retells this: “The meatpacking industry in Iowa… wields tremendous political power in the heavily agricultural Midwestern state.”

There still may be private lawsuits for intentional negligence / coercion to work in these unsafe work environments, resulting in serious illnesses and deaths --the report mentions 9, but there are more-- in plants around the state.

People of color mostly work in these plants, and they are victims of racism that supported Congressman Steve King and Governor Reynolds ( R ) in their electoral campaigns.

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The Boys From Brazil meet the Good Ol’ Boys From The Heartland. Such a warm and hearty welcome from The Slaughtering Houses. Yikes!
The Dept. of Agriculture is fertile ground to grow a death machine or a death cult. There’s nobody home guarding the joint but chickens.

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Nothing should be beyond belief in this environment. The reins have been dropped. The pilots are asleep (or dead). It is fitting that this article is about an abatoir, as the entire country is becoming one. If Pumpkinhead is reelected, ALL BETS ARE OFF.

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Wow. $957 will barely cover the cost of a half hour on a ventilator.

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19 deaths, not 9.

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It’s Sonny Perdue, The Ag Secretary. He’s also the one fucking with the CDC, at Pumpkinhead’s behest.

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Just hope this infuriates enough Iowans to shift the elections in the state away from any and all GOP candidates – that is, if the derecho and climate inaction weren’t enough to move it that direction previously.

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The institution of “limited liability” for investors (and for corporations, boards, executives) has turned out to have such horrific real-world consequences, that limited liability itself needs to be severely limited, or abolished.

Sure, “limited liability” encourages investment, encourages innovation, encourages enterprise. But it encourages criminal enterprise. It encourages treating the negative real-world outcomes of enterprise as “externalities,” not to be accounted for. It encourages a complete lack of accountability.

The limited-liability investor-owned corporation needs to be abolished. The economy (and the system of accounting) needs to operate on a basis that encourages human and ecological regeneration, not on a basis that rewards whoever can get away with the most.

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The American “animal agriculture” industry is a horror show for the animals and the humans, especially the poor humans who spend their days chopping up animals, bathed in blood and guts.

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Or the cost of a few hapless, tortured cows and their babies.

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Iowa is a “Right to work” state.

Why the surprise? Why the disbelief?

These people are getting exactly what they deserve.
They allowed their state to become a “right to work”.

I repeat, they are getting exactly what they deserve.