Aaron Bushnell was in the United States Air Force and he made the ultimate sacrifice. He filmed himself burning to death in front of the DC Israeli embassy while shouting ‘Free Palestine’ until he couldn’t any longer. He felt that the killing of Palestinians by Israel was wrong and that the complicity of the United States government in it was untenable.
He wasn’t just a soldier, he helped the homeless in San Antonio and was part of the local socialist community. In other words he talked the talk and walked the walk. This sacrifice that he made was done because he had a sense of justice, not because he was depressed.
That you Aaron for standing up for the Palestinian people and for your sacrifice; you will never be forgotten.
Notice something a bit strange about Killstar’s LinkedIn page? They no longer have photos of the people running the show; no Director Head Of Global Operations or Operation Professional MBA photos. Proof that they are really trying to hide the fact that the private equity firm Bertram Capital has a major stake in the company. The funny thing about this is that the way I found out about Bertram Capital was from the photo of Tom Beerle whose profile said he was a partner with the firm on Killstar’s old LinkedIn page. One of them is probably Beerle and the other Tequila-Rose Hanses, who is the original owner. Too late Killstar, too late. Here is a linkof the article I wrote explaining Beerle and his role in the company in case you are catching up with the saga.
Since Killstar is laying off their remote workers who refuse to move to Brighton they have listed some job openings. I found something quite telling about the role Product Technologist. They have to report their findings not to a manager but to ‘stakeholders’. Oh, it gets better.
Working with a team and then having to report to multiple stakeholders? What I get from this is that Bertram Capital wants a say in every single product or idea that crosses their desk, even though they don’t really know anything about alternative subcultures. This has been proven with their Avril Lavigne collection disaster. I can’t imagine that it would be a healthy work environment at all. You know quite a bit about alternative subcultures and you design something that you know ‘alternative’ type people would like, and then being told by the ‘stakeholder’ from Bertram Capital that the design doesn’t work. On top of that you would more than likely also have to run the design past Tequila-Rose since she is also still a ‘stakeholder’. What happens if the two sides don’t agree, does she get the last word or does Bertram Capital?
I suspect that Bertram Capital are the ones who insisted that the company be moved from Glasgow to Brighton. They probably think the area is more ‘hip’ than Glasgow. Plus, it is closer to London. However, what they didn’t manage to fit into the equation is that it is very expensive to live in Brighton. Personally, I think all of this is going to backfire spectacularly.
Bertram Capital and Tequila-Rose have done fucked up and are in the stage of finding out.
Well it looks like things are coming to a head because they have decided to make their remote workers redundantif they don’t agree to work in their office located in Brighton. I find this interesting because their office used to be in Glasgow. I’m guessing that they let people work remotely instead of having to be in Glasgow, so something major must be happening to move the office to Brighton and to make people physically come into work.
My guess as to what is going on? They are making people come into the office because they want to consolidate positions and make people do more than just one role, which means that the company is more than likely in financial trouble. Since Bertram Capital bought a stake in the company the quality of the clothes has gone south and they have pumped out new clothes every single week, and sometimes several times in a week. Many of the designs look familiar because they keep copying the same silhouettes over and over again.
Killstar really suck for doing this to their workers and are behaving the same as any regular corporate entity. They stopped having any kind of alternative clothing credibility when they let the private equity firm Bertram Capital into the fold. As of right now they are just a corporate entity trying to make a buck off of alternative subcultures. That is it. When you buy clothes from them you are just filling the pockets of the venture capitalists that are running the company into the ground.
Personally, I will not shed a tear for Killstar and they deserve all of the hate they are going to get for doing this to their employees in this economic climate.
Full disclosure on this, I actually knew Vision online over twenty years ago during the deathrock revival. I stopped paying attention to him and the band when they started to look like rejects from a Motley Crue video. It was just a really bizarre shift and I lost track of the band.
I still go over to r/goth, even though I am banned from there, because the drama in that group gives me a lot of ideas for articles. Hi guys!!! Well, somebody over there made a long post questioning as to why Vision from Tragic Black was now a right winger. As proof they showed a few screenshots from Vision’s follow list and a list of all of his follows in a paste bin. I felt like the proof had to be a little more solid so I went over to Instagram and took screenshots of every one of his obvious right wing follows. I will post every screenshot and a brief commentary underneath each one. I know it sucks finding this shit out but if you are a fan of Tragic Black you deserve to be told the truth as to what kind of person Vision really is; a far right wing supporter.
Awwww…….look, he likes Charlie Kirk who is a very well known right wing grifter. How cute!
He even likes the rejected GOP presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy. What a nice lad!
Michale Graves is an admitted Proud Boy and Vision thinks that he is peachy-keen enough to follow. Right wing chuds supporting one another? Who knew?
Our boy is following Russel Brand AND Donald Trump. I guess the young lad really loves conspiracy theories. That’s so tragic! See what I did there?
Eric Trump? He is so enamored of the Cheeto that he also follows one of his grifter sons……and he also follows Matt Gaetz, a congressman who had been accused of sex trafficking minors.
He loves his fascist women blonde and extremely dumb; Marjorie Taylor Greene. So if you are a dumb blonde fascist bitch you may get a follow from him! How exciting!
I guess he also likes his fascist women with dark hair because here is Lauren Boebert! Or maybe he likes her because he wants her to jerk him off in a theatre? We will probably never know. Steven Crowder is a right wing grifter podcast idiot. I wonder if listening to his show helps Vision take a shit. Regular bowel movements are important!
Say hi to Josh Hawley, a GOP member of congress who thinks that women who are raped, either by a relative or somebody else, should be forced to have the child. So our little Vision is against a woman’s right to choose. What a peach!
He loves Lauren Boebert so very much that he has followed a second account of hers? Lovely!! Oh, and he follows the very problematic industrial band Nachtmahr, Not a shocker since Vision seems to be okay with racism and woman being exploited.
He follows yet another Donald Trump account and Kanye West. Just when you thought this crap couldn’t get any more stupid he throws us a bone! Thanks dude!
Ted Cruz is sooooo lucky to have a follower like Vision! Like OMG, right?
Awwwww…..I was wondering where his follow of Tucker Carlson was at. Vision doesn’t disappoint does he?
Both Tim Pool AND Ben Shapiro? Wow, Vision sure has his listening to far right wing grifters covered doesn’t he?
He follows Joe Rogan, because of course he does!
He also loves Andy Deane, a ‘goth’ musician who has been accused of rape among other really disgusting things. Bad birds of a feather hanging together. No shock.
We are now at the end of our saga, in which Vision forgot to remove his support of somebody that wasn’t a right wing grifter; President Obama. Vision fell down the far right rabbit hole and I can’t ever see him coming back from this. The end.
Owen Jones’ new video about those who have public platforms who are doing nothing to help end the genocide of the Palestinian people by Israel. It is also my opinion, especially towards ‘influencers’ in the goth and punk subcultures. You cannot be in an alternative type subculture and support a literal genocide. End of. Too chicken shit, that you will lose followers? Oh noes, people supporting a genocide might not follow you. Fuck off with that nonsense.
If you follow me on social media you know where I stand when it comes to the genocide of the Palestinian people by the government of Israel. I think it is disgusting what is happening and that there needs to be a ceasefire right now. If Genocide Joe wanted to end the siege he could with a snap of his fingers. Instead he directly sold bombs to Israel without the approval of Congress.
I have always been interested in the history of WWII. I have read numerous books about the rise of the Nazis in Germany and about the European theatre of the war in general. What is going on right now in Gaza, and the West Bank, is right out of a fascist’s 1930’s playbook. The IDF (Israel Defense Forces) have been using propaganda to dehumanize the Palestinian people, calling them animals and inhuman; the same words that Goebbels used in his propaganda against the Jewish people.
If you want to learn about what is really going on in the conflict Owen Jones is an excellent source over on YouTube. He is one of the only Western journalists to devote all of his time to covering what is actually going on; digging up the propaganda to find the truth underneath. He frequently has guests on his show and sometimes he makes appearances on other shows. Besides that there are a bunch of us on Twitter(x) retweeting important news stories and photos coming out of Gaza,etc… John Cusack, the actor, has been very activedoing this so he is another good source to seek out on Twitter(x).
The best thing you can do, if you want to help end the genocide, is to use your social media platform to share articles about what is going on. The reason why Israel is beginning to lose the propaganda war is because of normal everyday people sharing media and turning the tide against them. If you have been listening to political punk bands like The Dead Kennedys for years you know exactly what to do to make a difference. Make uncle Jello proud.
Geordie Walker, one of the founders and guitarist for Killing Joke, has died of a stroke at the age of 64. Killing Joke is a band that is impossible to fit into just one music style box, and that is the reason why they have always been such a highly influential band to so many different musicians. My thoughts go out to his friends and family. May his memory always be a blessing.