Thursday, September 19, 2019

We are ‘Buying Into’ Continuous War at a Very Steep Price



It can no longer be denied that the business-plan of the Military-Industrial Complex is continuous, unwinnable, savage wars across the globe.

Diplomacy, to the extent that we actually have any in this century gave up on statesmen decades ago. There are no Winston Churchills or George Marshalls on the scene these days. Most Americans living today don’t even remember who the hell they were.

Anyway, that’s a bit of a wander from the conversation as advertised.
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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Why Aren’t the Sacklers in Jail, Facing Murder Charges?



It’s a fair question.

210,000 Americans (and counting) are dead from an opioid epidemic in which Purdue Pharmaceutical was a major force, if not the driving force.

It’s a private company. The Sackler family owns it. The family fortune is estimated at $13 billion.

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Tariffs Are Not Advanced by Breaking All the Chin



Don’t confuse the headline with breaking the Chinese nation, I’m using the more common reference to bulls in china shops. Bullshitters in china shops will serve equally well.

Personally, I’m in favor of tariffs when they’re used responsibly to promote national interests and level certain playing fields. Economic responsibility pretty much went down the toilet when globalization made the economic world a flat-earth society.

But our current bull(shitter) is named Donald and he dropped a huge and amazing pile of bull-shit right in the face of our major trading partner. On a whim. Without a clue. China, the American diplomatic Service and all its associated agencies, the media, as well as you and I learned about it on Twitter.
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Thursday, July 25, 2019

The Tyranny of the Investor Class



Definition: Dominance through threat of punishment and violence.

Well, I guess we’ve all seen some of that, through an aggressive boss, a relationship gone to hell of that old standby, bad parenting.

But this is different, a practical and greedy move by the investor class to put us all in a secondary position investment-wise. To say it threatens what we choose to call capitalism is to put it mildly.

There’s a story here and it’s an interesting one should you care to read it and see how we got here. There’s a plot-twist or two along the way to keep you awake. We all like a story, no?

This one begins with post WWII in America, a heady time of jubilation when the world was ours.
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Friday, July 12, 2019

The Left-Out Part of Immigration Reform



It’s very fashionable these days to speculate on immigration reform. Our current president has his own views, most of which are keep ‘em out, but current Democratic presidential candidates have jumped on the bandwagon as well.

Senator Elizabeth Warren is the latest, with I have a plan for that and she has some pretty good ideas.

But one thought I’ve had for decades now gets no  mention at all and I wonder why.
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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

A Fifteen Dollar an Hour Minimum Wage, Pros and Cons



A New York Times piece crossed my desk a couple of days ago and it seems to see as much down as up-side. NYT writers Jim Tankersley and Emily Cochrane refer to a new report by the Congressional Budget Office, so I guess that says it all—people with no skin in the game making judgements.

It’s bullshit, but we’ll take it a step at a time.
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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Slavery Reparations. What Does That Even Mean?



Okay, count me on board morally. Slavery was one of America’s most egregious shames and more Americans were killed in our Civil War than all other wars combined. But I've got an ethical problem with handing out cash.

Emancipation didn’t actually solve anything for black Americans. Up to and including today, we simply played out the white/black American conundrum by other means, such as voting rights violations, segregation, economic isolation, backwater education and ghettos.

And now we think we can make things right with money? Well, that’s my stop. Here's where I get off the bus and, until very recently, it was from the front of the bus.
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