Friday, December 8, 2017

Burning Witches Once Again with #meetoo

I’ve been silent on the Weinstein aftermath for a while because I needed to soak in the circumstances over a period of time. Still not sure if I comprehend it all, the one thing I have become sure of is that it is a conflagration well past time for ignition.

This is not current news. This is a revelation of misdeeds and horrors as old as slavery and, as we once came to our senses and outlawed slavery, its stink of racism still lingers in the air today, more than a century and a half after its demise.

Monday, August 7, 2017

The Key to Converting Trump Supporters

There is a key, but Democrats haven’t a clue as to how to slip it in the lock. In their present state of denial they have zero chance of gaining ground in either the 2018 mid-terms or the 2020 general election. Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, Hillary and Bill Clinton think they got blind-sided and simply a tweak here and a minor adjustment there will bring them the success they were fixated upon.

Ain’t gonna happen.

Republicans and their Democratic co-conspirators haven’t done a thing for the bottom two-thirds of America for two generations, ever since Ronald Reagan (the Great Communicator) wrecked the unions and privatized everything he could get his hands on. It’s been a race to the bottom in America ever since.

We finally ‘trickled down’ to Trump and his election makes perfect sense.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Facebook Has Us Talking to Those Who Think Like Us—and That's Not Good Enough

I do the same thing, scrolling down through my Facebook page and agreeing (for the most part) with this or that comment. Perhaps we all do. As the US gets more and more polarized, there are only two sides, only two ways to understand an issue: our way and the wrong-minded way.

Foolish as that may be, it’s comfortable. It’s nice to have your opinions well regarded. It’s an ego-booster, makes you feel good and sleep well, but it doesn’t do a single thing to change minds. Minds are changed by listening, carefully listening to another point of view and looking at a world-view through another pair of eyes

Monday, June 5, 2017

Spousal Abuse as American Governmental Policy

The premise I’m about to build upon is not mine. It came about during a conversation with a dear Brit friend of mine, Clair Le Couteur. He and I were musing over the commonalities between what’s happening politically in both Britain and America.

It confounds me,” I admitted. “I have no idea why practical-minded citizens should so consistently and overwhelmingly vote against their own interests.”

Simple,” said he. “It precisely mirrors spousal abuse. The victims blame themselves and when the police roll by, everything is fine again and they stand by their abuser, arms around each other until the next time—and there is always a next time.”

By god, I think you’ve nailed it, Clair. Can I use that?”

Be my guest. Please try to spell my name properly, as you are often careless in that regard.”

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Today’s US Contribution toward World Peace

US nears $100bn arms deal for Saudi Arabia in time for Trump's visit.

Well what a wonderful headline, appearing on a weekend as such things do when the attention of the world is elsewhere.

The official, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity (don’t they all?), said the arms package could end up surpassing more than $300bn over a decade to help Saudi Arabia boost its defensive capabilities while still maintaining US ally Israel’s qualitative military edge over its neighbors.”

Aha! Israel will maintain a ‘qualitative’ edge while all this shit goes down. Well, thank god for that. Not so sure how Saudi will feel about laying out that kind of cash and still finding themselves on the qualitative short end, but that’s what we’re supposed to believe as we fret about paying our mortgage and being stripped of our health care.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Austerity, for Whom?

The headlines are dire across Britain; England’s finest cathedrals battle financial crisis, National Health Service in dire need of funding, forced cutbacks on social services while rentals become unaffordable for the young. And yet the world is awash in money.

High-end flats in London stand empty while the city is in a housing crisis, bought by foreign investors as simply a vehicle in which to safely store their money. Kensington, Chelsea and Notting Hill have become warehouses for cash rather than lovely neighborhoods in which to live, while Theresa May, the vicar’s daughter, blathers on, “You have a job but you don't always have job security, you have your own home but you worry about mortgage rates going up, you can just about manage but you worry about the cost of living and the quality of the local school because there is no other choice for you. Frankly, not everybody in Westminster understands what it's like to live like this and some need to be told that it isn't a game.”

Monday, April 3, 2017

Another Take on Vladimir Putin

Ah yes, here we go again with another attack on Vladimir Putin, this time from the pen of Joseph Stiglitz and I am a great admirer of his economic writing. But it’s fashionable once again to bash Russia and after watching too many decades of Cold War, I’m a bit fed up. This, from a recent Guardian UK article:

In terms of per capita income, Russia ranks 73rd (in terms of purchasing power parity) – well below the Soviet Union’s former satellites in central and eastern Europe. The country has de-industrialized: the vast majority of its exports now come from natural resources. It has not evolved into a “normal” market economy, but rather into a peculiar form of crony-state capitalism.”

Well Joe, Russia is de-industrialized because we gave it no choice. The majority of its exports come from natural resources because we blockaded all other options. Sanctions, as you so wisely admit, never work and we chose to sanction Russia to the limit.