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Class War For Idiots / eXiled Alert! / September 22, 2009

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After a brief lull, workplace shootings are back with today’s murder rampage near Fresno, California. Apparently the killer, identified as James Bascadi Badasci was recently laid off after 10 years from the company he attacked this morning—Fresno Equipment Company, a dealer for John Deere equipment. Early reports say that Badasci showed up at 9:00am with a shotgun, killed a person whom he allegedly “targeted,” then fired several more shots into the equipment before eventually turning the gun on himself. SWAT teams arrived after the damage was done–they always have an uncanny way of showing up after the killing’s over and the murderer’s already “comma-self”‘d.

Details are still scarce, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the person whom “Badasci” killed had something to do with his firing, given the way these workplace killings of the past 25 years tend to go. Also, it’s interesting that according to witnesses he fired his gun into the John Deere equipment—as I’ve written in my book Going Postal, often times the shooters aren’t just trying to kill the persons who tormented them, but also they’re trying to kill the company—the physical and the abstract—that destroyed their lives.

Fresno County, by the way, has one of the highest unemployment rates in the United States, 14.6% (it’s fallen from over 15%, a grim “achievement” celebrated in the local media); and John Deere, which makes the agricultural equipment, has been laying workers off in droves this year in the economic downturn.

Ironically, Sean Hannity, the Peter Brady of Fox News’ rightwing goonsquad, recently Learjetted into Fresno to—get this—demand more government subsidies for agrobusiness oligarchs to shore up the already-heavily-subsidized local agriculture industry. What’s really appalling is that they’re blaming all of their problems not on the Wall Street-engineered economic recession or housing collapse, or even on the Yahweh-engineered drought–but rather, on alleged liberal degenerates who value endangered fish over the lives of taxpayer-subsidized farmers.

So yeah, it’s a bit ironic that the shooting today took place at a dealership for one of agribusiness’s biggest companies, John Deere. I’d also say it’s ironic that Sean Hannity was out in Fresno the other day rallying the suckers to do the bidding of their agribusiness billionaire masters, chanting for federal government handouts while denouncing the government at the same time–except that cheap B-movie irony has become the norm these days. In a fucked up world where it’s considered “patriotic” to march for your welfare-queen billionaire masters but wrong to demand that the same government help subsidize your unaffordable health insurance–where people literally die and suffer horribly, with malicious pride on their faces because at least they know that others in their economic category are dying as well, all so that their rich masters will be able to buy another yacht or Aspen vacation home for themselves…in such a fucked up scenario as that, a man out to murder his former company and whatever or whoever’s inside doesn’t seem as sick and crazy as it really should.

Anyway stay tuned as details come in, I’m sure there’s a lot I’m missing here…

Mark Ames is the author of Going Postal: Rage, Murder and Rebellion from Reagan’s Workplaces to Clinton’s Columbine.

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  • 1. Concerned Citizen  |  September 22nd, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    Good. The unemployment numbers just got better and now there is less competition.

  • 2. OneMan  |  September 22nd, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    Mark – I’m surprised you haven’t written anything about that lab tech from Yale who killed a grad student researcher and stuffed her into a wall. The media spin, because the victim was an attractive Asian female, is some stalker/sexual angle, or that the killer was a “control freak” who snapped. Having read your book, however, and reading between the lines of the story, I can see how it might stack up as another workplace killing that fits in with your thesis.

    My girlfriend happens to be an attractive Asian female, but she also happens to have the same job as the lab tech who did the killing. Instead of seeing the killer as a creepy white dude with an Asian fetish, she can view the incident from his perspective. Apparently there is some sympathy in the lab where she works for the killer among the staff – the lab techs get shit on by all the grad student researchers, who view them as lowly, talk down to them constantly, treat them like shit, etc.

    Knowing this, and having read your book, definitely makes me look at the case in a different light than how it is being portrayed in the media. I think there is definitely a class angle to the case, but of course it is being downplayed in the reporting. It will be interesting to see what additional information comes out about that one…

  • 3. mechagodzilla  |  September 22nd, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    I have a poorer sense of time than most Americans, I think, and so I keep time by the publication dates of Ames’ articles. I feel like he’s the only one who means it when he’s talking to America; all the others seemed like they had a plastic sheet or a sharkcage in between.

  • 4. jester l  |  September 22nd, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    This is off-topic but it really pisses me off when the U.S. mainstream denigrates White guys that like Asians. I lived in Asia for a spell and had a hedonistic blast like Ames.
    What this really comes down to is the undermining of white-male sexuality, trying to find a better deal then their male-bashing cow counterparts and our society’s ridiculasly high value on women’s sexuality. I can’t think of any other inter-racial group that gets hammered as much as these ones.

  • 5. Frankenblank  |  September 23rd, 2009 at 7:57 am

    @2 … You refer to your girlfriend as ‘an attractive Asian *female*’? Jesus. You’ve never heard of the word *woman*, applied to even your own significant other? I think we can dismiss everything you’ve got to say in this regard. Face it: only some fucked-up cunt would off a girl in her mid-twenties that weighs half (or a quarter – we’re talking about Americans, after all) as much as he does, because she *maybe* chewed him out for some bullshit or other (and probably didn’t, even. It’s just your hypothesis). What a fag. And I’ll bet this as well: the ‘attractive female’ (your words) that you’re hooked up with is from the Philippines or Thailand. There’s a race hierarchy in Asia, you know. Philippinas can’t stand the North Asian women, who look down on them (and often attract the attention of their loser white boyfriends, before scorning them for being, well, losers hooked up with Philippinas). So we can discount whatever your girlfriend’s got to say about it as well.

  • 6. DocAmazing  |  September 23rd, 2009 at 8:38 am

    Has anybody checked in with Gary Brecher? Is he OK?

    I worry about these things…

  • 7. thank god we´re surrounded by water  |  September 23rd, 2009 at 9:38 am

    Yeah but what about Brazilian chicks? Mmmmm… Wha..? Some Action News thing from Fresno?

  • 8. Chema Pino Suarez  |  September 23rd, 2009 at 10:59 am

    The Asian grad student that got killed confirms what I have been saying about Asians here in the States that they are practically honorary whit people.
    Though Asians have long history of discrimination in the States nowadays it seems as long as they aren’t FOB and speak good English they tend to be accepted by white folk. Hell I see Asian women with white guys all the time in contrast to the handful of times I have seen them with black or Hispanic guys.

  • 9. Spade  |  September 23rd, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Only 15%? Check out the Winnebago MSA… much higher, moy brat.

  • 10. WE  |  September 23rd, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    No Jester, people just tend to hate loser sex tourists like yourself who terrify any normal woman and therefore have to prey on 1) women who cannot readily understand you or how fucked up you are because of language/cultural barriers or 2) women who do understand that you are fucked up but they have some pimp sweating bullets on speed who will ass rape her with a serrated knife if she doesn’t fuck the disputably better variant, namely you.

    I had an Asian girlfriend who was a doctor and no one cared, never heard a word, and you know why, because she was a fucking doctor, not some teenage girl from a village who’d been sold into slavery by her family and then imprisoned by murderers and rapists.

    It’s not about any hatred of white male sexuality, it’s about obtuse fucktards like yourself who have no idea of all of the pain and misery that goes into the sex trade in places like Thailand where I’m sure countless girls prayed for death while your body (which probably resembles a lump of raw dough in a litter box) was sagging over them. In conclusion, people don’t hate sex, they hate you.

  • 11. jester l  |  September 23rd, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Frankenblank, there are many ways to cure your disease: short-man asexuality. Right now, I’m looking at my city’s adult entertainment industry pages. I quickly passed the classified, escort pages on your account and went right to the trannies. Enjoy!

  • 12. OneMan  |  September 23rd, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Frankenblack – while am loathe to respond to an anonymous internet bullshit comment, I can’t resist since you are so wrong. My girlfriend is Japanese, actually, so I guess “we can dismiss everything you’ve got to say in this regard.” You may notice that in the paragraph before that, I talked about how the victim in this case was portrayed as an “attractive Asian female,” and using the same term to describe my girlfriend was an attempt at subtle humor that was obviously lost on you. Guess I shoulda used scare quotes to make it more obvious. She gets lumped into the same general racial category as the victim in this case (even though she is of a completely different nationality – since all Asians look alike to Americans) and yet due to her work situation she actually has some sympathy for the alleged killer. That was my point. Furthermore, I didn’t state my race, so what makes you so sure I’m a white guy? Ha. Why don’t you enforce some of your politically correct b.s. on yourself.

    As for your comment that “only some fucked-up cunt would off a girl in her mid-twenties that weighs half as much as he does” – well yeah, duh. I’m going to make a sweeping generalization here and say that only fucked up people tend to kill people in their workplace. If you’ve read Mark’s book, one of his points is that the people who tend to snap are the ones who are damaged in some way, while their co-workers are able to “deal with it” in a non-violent manner. Of course the dude was fucked up in the head. Mark’s book is an attempt to determine WHY these people snap, rather than just dismissing all the incidents of workplace murder as unrelated occurrences, where crazy people snap for no reason.

  • 13. TacoBob  |  September 23rd, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    Maybe I’m dense, but I’m surprised Ames never commented on District 9 as I thought it was pretty transparently about going postal shootings. The big exciting moment in the movie is when the nerdy white guy pushed around by everyone isn’t gonna take it anymore and goes into his work place and blows the shit out of it.

    You get this again near the end when he gets pushed around by an alpha male before he realizes he’s a big fuck off robot.

    So I guess the message is try to get some minorities on your side before the rampage.

  • 14. fajensen  |  September 24th, 2009 at 3:35 am

    the lab techs get shit on by all the grad student researchers, who view them as lowly, talk down to them constantly, treat them like shit, etc.

    The lab techs deserve to be mistreated if they do not take revenge on the jumped-up donkeys bollocks!

    F.ex. messing up the lab work their precious thesis depends on a bit, its exacting work, easy to make mistakes, can happen to anyone … e.t.c.

  • 15. Dench  |  September 24th, 2009 at 4:01 am

    Hopefully it wasn’t our good old Gary.

  • 16. jester l  |  September 24th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    WE, at what point did I say I went to SE Asia, or that I am a flabby middle-aged guy? For your information I lived in Japan, bigger middle-class then the U.S. of Aaaaa, as a government employee (non-military), young twenties. I was tall and in great shape and had the opportunity to work there after deferring admission to an allopathic medical school.
    For you to make that assumption proves my point. You are equating white guys preferring Asians, or probably any other racial group, with pedophiles and fat asses. Another logical extrapolation to your opinion is that Asian women must be so low in quality that they date fat, old white people (in your analysis the only white people that date Asians). Are you a feminist or a white supremacist?

  • 17. Seymour Butz  |  September 24th, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    I bet that little biatch did deserve it. She looks like a little Napoleonic tyrant of the lab. I’ve worked with a lot of Asian high achievers and I can tell you from experience, when they’re successful their arrogance and sense of entitlement knows no bounds. Moreover the Asian elite aren’t culturally bound by any of the American burdens of modesty, humility or self deprecation in their dealings with underlings of the sort which keep the white elite from terrorizing the working classes. Asians seem to prefer the British imperialist manner of dealing with inferiors rather than at least theoretically honoring equality, like the white upper class. Asians value only success and money, and they suck at democracy and compromise. So fuck ‘em. I know who to root for.

  • 18. OneMan  |  September 24th, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    I didn’t mean to derail the comments thread and have all the comments end up being about an entirely different killing than the one the piece was about. Anyway…

    I have seen ZERO mention of this Fresno shooting in the media. I wouldn’t have heard about it had I not read about it here. I guess this sort of thing is so common now that it can only warrant coverage if there is a higher body count, or if the victim is young and attractive – probably no hotties at the John Deere plant.

  • 19. WE  |  September 24th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Yes, I made that “logical extrapolation” in the very same post where I said that I dated an Asian that was, wait a minute, what was that again, oh yeah, a “fucking doctor.” Guess I didn’t emphasize that point. But yeah, I’m a white supremacist feminist, hold on a minute, feminist, nazi, feminazi! That’s fucking genius, where have I heard that one before, oh yeah, from another fat aging piece of dough stuck in a litter box with more hair on it than a yeti’s nuts douchebag with a persecution complex.

    Regardless of the veracity of your claims, all of your personal details seem a bit cut and pasted to me, you know, you were in Japan when the other guy magically had a Japanese girlfriend and you were studying to be a doctor when I mentioned the word doctor and you just happened to be in your early twenties and in great shape when I accused you of being the lumpen ball of furry dough shit that 9 out of 10 experts believe you to be. One thing stands oh persecuted pillsbury fetishist, you are a fucktard.

  • 20. Antonio Garcia  |  September 25th, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    Weird World

  • 21. jester l  |  September 25th, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    Still holding on to the hate. Why are you so angry? My post was not personally aimed at you. atamaga itaidesuka That’s Japanese, but I guess you knew that since you are such an expert with Asia.

    I dont want to rain on your parade but your “Japanese” girlfriend was most likely Japanese-American, as it is very difficult for foreigners to enter med school in the U.S. They are usually destined to scramble after graduating in their own countries. For non-medical folk, that means they don’t match into a specialty, so they have to “scramble” to find a placement for low-level slots shunned by U.S. grads. You want to hear anymore?
    I’m 29 now, WE. I went to Japan, right after college on the JET Program, outside of Kobe. internetode yonde kudasai. anatanoisha onawa americanjinyo I hear that the position is no longer available as ekaiwa (conversation schools) have taken over. I made a website for the school, which should still be available called, Suma Tomogaoka Coco.
    It was a great country where men were respected and women didn’t have any Judeo-Christian hang-ups. Yes, it was very fun for a young American, very much like Ame’s younger days in Russia, only Japan is much more innocent, has less depressing surroundings and more class.
    We had tools like you on the program, but they usually just hung out with the American chicks on izkaya (like a restaurant pot-luck), and missed out on what Japan had to offer. They infamously stayed only a year, their primitive brain stems not being able to grasp cultural nuances. Those guys were very ethnocentric and insular like your posts’ exhibit. They made judgments on Japan (or foreigners that saw value in it), for it being “socially awkward” because the women weren’t as “strong” (obnoxious) or Japanese men were “weak” (polite). Basically, they couldn’t understand social dynamics that were different from home and totally wrote off a thousands year old culture; their loss.

    P.S. Medical people are mostly NPD. They need constant gratification to keep up an overinflated ego, easily bruised. I’m not impressed with your physician, 3rd-generation nissei, Americanized chick. For a study break, we often would mercy fuck those plain Janes, they being the only thing within chain length of our study desk. Seventy-five percent of female physicians do not have kids, fifty percent aren’t married. It’s a great job, with a horrible lifestyle, loaded with passive aggressive people. You know what, medicine is also just a job, at least for people who want to live life. I will take a pay-cut to work abroad, probably with the military, in either Asia or Europe. I am not proud of this, as I am also educated enough to know what the U.S. military represents. Medicine took the best years of my life, and I don’t have time to try to make up for lost time in the “beige”, as Dolan calls it, a beige which your stereotypes reinforce.

  • 22. Antonio Garcia  |  September 26th, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    I wonder what type of gun he used

  • 23. Drunken Economist  |  September 27th, 2009 at 5:13 am

    Mark, it’s too bad that you got punked over the whole ‘ag oligarch’ thing because that’s utter bullshit.

    Yes there are big ag families and yes SOME of them are rich, but with upwards of 40% or more of the land going fallow over a 2″ piece of bait, the farmers don’t want anything other than water. They’re trying to grow something that China can’t massively undercut them with.

    If you want to be amused google ‘Scott Salyer’ and read about that clusterfuck. Typical farm family meltdown.

    Problem is that for years they’ve had *secondary* water rights and not worried about it. The cities have primary rights.

    And now that el Lay is choking them from the south, and SF [Hech Hechie(sp?)] is choking them over fishbait, they have little choice but to lay off workers who will go to any yob like Hannity to get their message out.

    The banksters are a little leery of financing the only alternative, which is drilling deep wells, which now cost about $2.5million dollars a shot. Because of the depth to the aquefir.

    Actually Brecher had a better grasp of the water situation around Fresno talking about the Aquefirs in the surrounding area. The article’s on your site.

    The upshot of all this is, farmers are getting out of farming. All the peripheral businesses that relied on them like Caterpillar and John Deere are restructuring, if they’re smart.

    And if things don’t go back to the frail status quo, no revenue from the farmers means no revenue for California. And even higher ‘non-farm or manufacturing’ unemploy[d]ment.

    Lessee, Cali doesn’t do tech anymore, they used to feed 1/5 of the world until this came up, what does Cali make any more? Tiddly Winks? Fish bait?

    And all those bay area limo libtards will end up eating at McDonalds or via Wal-Mart, China. California’s probably going to turn into Japan or Hawaii because farming won’t pencil anymore.

  • 24. Anonymous  |  September 27th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Another interesting angle on the Yale thing, which hasn’t been harped on much, is that the lab was doing animal testing. Does tying up animals and more or less torturing them for 40 hours a week for a while tend to make people less empathetic and gentle with their fellow humans?


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