Sunday, May 24, 2020

American Airlines About to Go Bust? Fine With Me.



I’ve never been a fan of government bailouts, saving the asses of investors or this warped sales-pitch we accept about too big to fail.

My dad had a couple of sayings I’ve never forgotten. One was that (in his view) behind every great fortune, there’s a crime. The second, and perhaps more pertinent to this conversation, was that if you owe the bank $10,000 they own you, but if you owe them $10 million, you own the bank.

The lessons here are naked for all to see: great wealth is not only immune from the laws of the land, but protected by its gods of government from financial loss.
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Saturday, May 23, 2020

Oh, What a Beautiful Morning--Wildlife Thrives in Closed US National Parks



A recent article from the Guardian gushes about the resurgence of wildlife in our American national parks since shutdown.

Deer, bobcats and black bears are gathering around parts of Yosemite national park typically teeming with visitors.”

Lots of things are changing since the pandemic. Cities are breathing easier, the sudden dearth of traffic is encouraging pedestrian-only zones in Milan and Barcelona and we may finally be witness to the popularity of the electric automobile (get your Tesla shares before they go through the roof).

But my hope at the moment is for the saving of our national parks, before their last chapter is written.
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Friday, May 15, 2020

Who Will Eat and Who Will Serve




When wealth is passed off as merit, bad luck is seen as bad character. This is how ideologues justify punishing the sick and the poor. But poverty is neither a crime nor a character flaw. Stigmatize those who let people die, not those who struggle to live.
-Sarah Kendzior, journalist and author (1978-)

I am a contributor to A.Word.A.Day and, along with their daily email to my inbox, they include a quote from someone worth quoting whose birthday shares the date. I like to keep track of quotes that are meaningful to me and today’s choice meets that criteria in spades.
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Monday, May 11, 2020

The Human Biohazard—Welcome to Machine World



New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Bill Gates, Eric Schmidt and Mike Bloomberg are signed on to bring us a sanitized, dehumanized, no-touch, on-screen dystopia. We are human biohazard.

Anuja Sonalker, CEO of Steer Tech, a Maryland-based company selling self-parking technology, has declared it so. 

Sonalker enthuses that “There has been a distinct warming up to human-less, contactless technology. Humans are biohazards, machines are not.”

I’m not quite sure which social bonfire Anuja found warming, but I detect a chill in the air about a dystopian future a mere four months into a pandemic.

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Friday, May 1, 2020

Big Money Gets What it Wants and Joe Biden is What it Wants



The wealthy were once satisfied with being rich. Now they want it all. I never really understood African dictators who, when they came to power through elections, chose to run off with all the money when they could have been national heroes. And now we are Africa.

For forty years, American presidents and American government have allowed themselves and itself to be gradually—ever so gradually—bought and paid for.

Now the process is complete. 
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Thursday, April 23, 2020

Stock Market Investors Are Such Precious Little Souls



The world is falling apart from end to end and yet there is hope in the face of a down with no up in sight.

That circumstance could only occur in the day-room of an insane asylum or the American stock market—take your choice.

Let’s see now, a worldwide pandemic is every nation on the planet in a chokehold and we don’t know if—or when it might loosen its grip and whether millions or billions will die in the process. But that’s okay, because not every trader is dead yet and one man’s loss is another man’s gain. So a staggering Dow Jones decided to gain 400 points today.

Isn’t that just the cutest thing?
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Thursday, April 2, 2020

The United States Sinks to Its Knees Like a 3rd World Country



What a sobering and humiliating experience it is to witness my once-proud nation’s decline.

I remember WWII, when we lost 70% of our Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor. The response was Victory Gardens, War Bonds, rationing and an industrial production that built tens of thousands of tanks, guns and airplanes per month.

Today, in a medical emergency our front-line doctors, nurses and hospital support-staff are risking their lives because of a shortage of protective masks and clothing.

Not tanks, not guns, not warplanes—fucking protective masks and clothing.

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