Wednesday, June 20, 2018

We Have To Stop Doing Business As Usual

And the only way to do that may well be organizing as one group of working Americans.

If a majority of working folks simply picked a week this summer to stop working, across all of America, I can pretty much assure you that the powers that be will be forced to take us seriously. Forced to realize that the system itself is irreparably broken. That it is broken because it is both no longer relevant, as well as being so well down the road of mutation, and corruption, as to be as toxic in its entirety as any one of the poisons it has put into the air, or water, or ground, or any of our social institutions that you might want to pick.

And in this you don't have to become a union organizer. You don't have to become some political party aparachick. You only need to be talking to your neighbors, as well as your coworkers, as to the absolute need for truly fundamental change. Because only fundamental change is going to save us now. Now that we know, and with reasonable assurance, that terrible changes are coming to this planet unless we launch massive actions all across the globe to reverse the damage that "Business As Usual" as wrought.

You know this in your heart and your mind. You just remain so uncertain as to what to do about it because all of the normal options of politics have been so manipulated by so many different players. I know I am just a crazy old dreamer, but the one thing you can count on is this: at least you know everything I am about has nothing to do with my personal gain. I am a barely getting by retiree now, and no matter what happens with this advocacy, I will retain that same economic status. I will do that because I hate not only what money has done to us as a nation, and as a species, but also because what it did to my family. And nothing is ever going to change that I can assure you.





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WE'RE NOT SAYING IT WAS GRIMES, BUT...


Musk said this person had conducted "quite extensive and damaging sabotage" to the company's operations, including by changing code to an internal product and exporting data to outsiders.



FUCK THEM


In cities and counties across the country the Koch brothers are fueling a fight against public transit, an offshoot of their longstanding national crusade for lower taxes and smaller government.


[Post Note: And talk about unaffordable. Cities themselves may face the same problem as housing in general is. Something that might ruin even great cities like Seattle. J.V.]

The Death of a Once Great City







Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The Real Problem Here Is That It Is Not Just One Addiction, To One Particular Drug

That's because electrified Capitalism has commodified all aspects of addiction; everything from making it to fighting it so that there can be increasing profit going full circle around a bad kind of self sustaining loop. So that anything, and everything, is subject to over amplification, down content paths that fuel the fantasies of the basest of our base aspects. Because that has always worked. And now we have vast new kinds of instrumentality with which to work both physical reality, and fantasy reality.

This. This is what you really get now when you ask what is "Business As Usual?"

IN THE BLUE



As employers add jobs at a furious pace a decade after the 2008 financial crisis, the workforce participation rate still hasn't recovered. And now researchers think they know one reason why: the opioid crisis.

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[Post Note: And then you have the problem of some of our new instrumentality actually threatening to do all of our thinking for us. And boy, didn't that just turn out great for the humans in the Matrix, because they had to suffer through having "The One" six times before Neo 6.0 came out. And even then, it may well have been the "Oracle" who kept them in the game. J.V.]

New IBM robot holds its own in a debate with a human


[Post Note: This is also what you get when the Commoditization of Everything is also part of "Business As Usual." J.V.]


POOR TASTE


OneTaste is pushing its sexuality wellness education toward the mainstream. Some former members say it pushed them into sexual servitude and five-figure debts.







Monday, June 18, 2018

Not Only Is This Probably A Bad Idea Because Of The Questionable Price Tag

But also because it isn't a very good idea in the first place. Not if your goal is affordable, flexible, and much cheaper to create, regional mass transit. As I have already stated, why go to all that expense for a fixed underground system when you can create flying, hybrid dirigible blimp, air trains. that could move a lot more of everything, wherever we needed it to go. And we could implement that system as a public, means tested, transportation solution that would actually benefit everybody, and not just a few rich tech workers in a very limited, high tech corridor.

Just sayin.


SOME VERY EXPENSIVE DIGGING THERE


Forget all the unproven technology: That $1 billion construction estimate is a fraction of what subterranean transit projects cost.






This Is Another Wake Up Call On Just One Of The Dangerous Competitions The World Is Involved In

Wake up and put a stop to it or wake up one day soon to a new war. Because, like I said, this is but one of the dangerous new competitions for dwindling resources. And one thing that would really help here is to remove the money dynamic from the overall equation. That and understanding that only through global cooperation will humanity be able to survive.

FISHING FOR CONFLICT


Warming seas are driving commercial seafood poleward into waters controlled by other countries, setting up international conflicts.


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WATER OVER THE BRIDGE


Kids today will be grandparents when most climate projections end — does the past have more hints?








Friday, June 15, 2018

Could It Be A Lack Of Meaningful Connections?

Connections that allow all working Americans to feel like they really matter. That the majority of them want to be integrally involved in being a part of what makes their community go. So that they can hold their heads up and say I am part of the solution, and not part of the problem. Because I believe that is basic human nature; a nature that can be leveraged to great affect given the right circumstances, but can also cause a lot of problems if it isn't tended to with the proper balance of structure, stability, and a shared vision on what we're all heading for. A shared vision not easily come by because we have to listen to a lot of different opinions, coming from a lot of different frames of reference. And so compromise by both the majority, and the minority, in however those arbitrary groupings shift about, putting you in one, or the other, at different times, on different issues, come to be.

Take away the commercial, commodity, dynamic, however, and the whole "sell more and more of everything, and do whatever it takes to make the sale, because we have to keep consuming more to provide livelihoods," type of thinking; take that away and you have a whole new ballgame on how you can set things up. Especially if you do it as a complete, employee buyout of the entire productive, private, and public (save for personal dwellings and property), galaxy of process that is the American economy. We buy it out, give fair compensation to those who do not wish to participate in the new Federation of City States, as participating citizens, and then give everybody else the single payer, management system, that will supervise the changeover, as well as referee the negotiations, and ultimate transacting, that the new Federation will engage in to also leverage city to city cooperation; within regions, as well as across the new Federation as a whole.

We can do this. It just takes understanding that it must be done or we are done, to set us on the path of actually doing it.

As always, though, its your call. Your choice. Because it will matter if you think you can choose to sit this one out.

THE BEST OF TIMES, THE WORST OF TIMES


People say they're less satisfied with their lives amid steady growth and falling unemployment.


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Rural communities see big returns with broadband access, but roadblocks persist




[Poste Note: The thing is, meaningful connections cannot stop at an arbitrary border. Nature teaches us this every day. If we want truly meaningful connections here, that also mesh with things that need connecting to elsewhere, we have to realize our larger connection to all life. To understand that you cannot marginalize one group or another and think that no more turbulence will come from it. Not if you also understand things from the longer point of view; and in the longer point of view, certainly, we will need everyone we can get, doing everything they can, to not only provide for themselves, to help us provide for all the mistakes that have been made in the name of commercial, commoditized, progress.

In absolutely no way can we turn from this, hoping it will go away of its own accord; to do that and still expect to have real meaning in our lives. And in that, of course, I mean human centric meaning, where real humans are given a real, informed chance, to make good choices in regards to what should be valuable, in human terms. Valuable as opposed to what chaotic markets, and individual greed, decide it should be.

Again. Your choice. Your Call. J.V.]
DON'T STOP UNTIL ICE IS ABOLISHED


What's going on at the border is horrifying, but we can't go numb and turn away.






What Can We Be Sure Of Here?

That a great deal of new turbulence will be pumped into the overall process that is Seattle.

And you have to understand turbulence here as a metaphorical extension of flow over any set of contact points.

For aerospace guys it's only natural to see things in some sense of whether they provide nice, laminar flow over the surface of airframes, along all sorts of challenging surface, and shape, demands to balance one of the many needs, to keep this thing flying, but to do that and also do it as smoothly as possible. Because if you don't do it as smoothly as you can, you create the much feared devil vortices; swirling, not helpful air flows at all, kinds of robbers of efficiency, and creators of possible vibrations, or further surface control instabilities, that then can create a whole new set of issues, long term, for this supposed to be, really high flying system.

The problem with cities, as you might have guessed, is that they are vast complexes of process flow channels. All of the task flows, interacting dynamically (one would hope), all the time, so that all of what powers, and feeds, and provides interactive space for, can happen. Something you can appreciate a great deal more, of course, if you play simulation games like SimCity, Cities: Skyline, the Anno XXXX series, the Civilization series, and so on for quite some time if you browse just Steam for this sort of thing.

My point here is this: Electrofied Capitalism is not set up to allow for the kinds of systems integration that putting new interactive processes into play must have. What else would you expect from the let's keep "disrupting" things crowd. As well as the crowd who sees little profit in "sharing" in the first place, and therefore little incentive to even think about wanting to coordinate with City leaders, much less ask them how, in the real sense of stake hold players, who ought to have a say, what you might want to do, might affect them. Because of course you know it will affect them but that's just not your problem. And even if you did ask them you wouldn't be able to do what they would want, given what they'd probably want to ask for, in the silly notion of wanting it to happen in a more sane way. Because you've already worked the numbers and the only way it works, at least for you, is to get in quick; make a big splash that will go viral popularity wise; and it only needs to do that for a few quarters; and then you sell it out to whatever buyer who comes along, so that you can do the same thing again, only with some other form of disruption. Some place else. And the collateral damage becomes a tax that only working people have to pay, for the most part.

This can no longer work for what cities, or any viable living community, have become, and that is, as already stated, very complexly inter related human systems. Systems that demand careful systems integration. Just ask the Navy Captain who might be commanding an aircraft carrier. Because that, boys and girls is what both an aircraft carrier, and a city are now: big, sometimes floating, complex, amalgams of very different people, who made the choice to come live, and work, in a coordinating system for mutual, overall, benefit. That is what cities are now in the electro-photonic age of new instrumentality. And of course that is what aircraft carriers had to become, floating cities of very highly trained individuals, working together in a bewilderingly fast changing, techno-ized, world.

A world that is also way too overcharged now with so many dangerous competitions. Because the old system still thinks we're playing the old game of "the economics of scarcity." When we do not have to play that game at all anymore if we do not wish to. Recognizing, however, that to do that we must cooperate with each other like never before. Find a way to do that so that we can balance both the rights and the responsibilities, of both the individual, and the group as a whole.

It can be done but you must make the demand for it to happen. And you must be directly involved, within your community, to see it be defined, and carried out. You must do this because you will be the one who ends up sharing the ownership of it all. You and your neighbors.

Otherwise the turbulence will grow and soon, it will be more than semi-useless bikes laying in ruin in the ruined streets.

HELL ON WHEELS


Residents are divided over whether the city's dockless bike share program is revolutionizing transit — or creating an unwieldy, dangerous mess.

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THE GIG IS UP


As the gig economy aged, it became clear that independence, flexibility and freedom were not its only characteristics — that the experience wasn't wonderful for everyone.





Thursday, June 14, 2018

Not Only Has Amazon Found A Way To Make Cities Beg For Employment Fulfillment Centers

It has made the employees thus snared give up work time whenever it suits their logistical requirements. Which can apparently be quite often. And then they use another wonderful euphemism (much like "fulfilment center"), VTO (or "voluntary" time off) to cache it all in "Newspeak" obfuscation. And heaven help you if you don't "volunteer" to leave before you've had a chance to get a full day's worth of pay in; the restitution you need in order to make getting to the "fulfilment" center worth the cost of travel time in the first place; which is a considerable labor expense for marginal pay workers.

In order to get the full irony of this, though, you need to see it in the proper perspective.

And you need only look to the city of Seattle to find this perspective.

Workers there were made to be pitted against each other by the prospect of Bezos threatening to withdraw jobs because of a measly $20+ million a year employee head tax for the company. Chump change if ever there was such for a company now worth something like three quarters of a trillion dollars. Workers who obviously need jobs desperately. Which is the real point here. Keep the workers needing the jobs desperately. That way, even when the place to do the work has been pimped into your city by whatever giveaways demanded by the company up front for this right (which of course keeps the cities just as desperate for the jobs because of diminishing paths to functional revenue), the actual number of people who will get to work at any one time will likely be quite less, as a matter of operational design. And even worse, it will be these people, made desperate to have work in the first place, who will have to foot the "save the company slack time" costs, being forced to go home before a full days pay, such as it is anyway, is achieved.

Nice trick huh? And to top it off Bezos has the gaul to think that everyone should be thankful for this largess that he so beneficently bestos upon the "little people."

Just another aspect now of "Business As Usual." And you are the one who lets this situation continue.

VTO CAN GTFO


To reduce overhead but continue to sop up performance-based incentives from the local governments it operates in, Amazon has become increasingly reliant on a work scheduling scheme that often coerces workers into leaving their shifts early or turns them away at the door without notice.

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HQ2 Employees Might Unwittingly Pay Their Taxes to Amazon



[Post Note: If companies like Amazon keep bullying cities into ever more desperate avenues of providing funding streams, what else would you expect them to do? Legalize Sports Betting? ...Oh, wait. Maybe that one is not such a good example now. One does have to wonder, though, what else is left them. And maybe that is the really scary part because you just never know what might suddenly become reasonable when you've come to the seventh chamber of hell as far as commercial entities feeling any responsibility for civil oriented institutions are concerned, and they won't pay their workers enough so the cities can tax them either. J.V.]
A FEW BUMPS IN THE ROAD


Should basic maintenance of public roads be handed off to corporations for marketing stunts?