Saturday, May 26, 2018

To Whatever Degree The Current Occupant Of The White House Is A Master Of The Deal

And that is certainly a questionable amount in any case, but whatever the amount is, you can be sure of one, and only one, thing: That the deal he intends to do, at any given moment, is meant to benefit only one person. And you know in your heart who that person is.

Things couldn't be more clear in any case, though, given how desperate this occupant is now to look good for PR purposes because Gods, and Higher Purposes, know he's been looking pretty bad lately. And the Chinese, as well as the North Koreans, are pretty good at taking advantage of someone who is desperate, and they hold some great cards to give him what might seem like a big PR boost; and some big seeming accomplishment in Foreign Relations would really fit the need right now (why else were his sycophants suddenly chanting for a Nobel Peace Prize when the first inklings of a peace deal were announced).

The bottom line then becomes the truth that he could care less what this seeming accomplishment in Foreign Relations might actually do to our economic and national security. He could care less because all he cares about is looking good while he gets everything else that childish, impulsive excuse of a mind, can come up with. Believe it.

Congress sounds bipartisan alarm as Trump deals on ZTE

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

How Many Bait And Switch Promises Will It Take Before Working People Get It

The rodents who make these promises certainly don't give a rats ass about what will ultimately have to be born by working people; after these people get what they want.

And now the former leader of the rat hordes (and most of his minions), of a house that actually used to represent something, is slinking off the sinking ship, and heading back to the money making circuit to wait for you to forget what he has done. And because him, and his cohorts, will undoubtedly create a great deal more chaos, economic and otherwise, you will, in all likelihood, forget. Forget enough at least so that when he rebrands himself two or three years down the road you will be poised to be re-sucker punched again.

Ain't this process just grand.

Harley-Davidson workers stunned by plant closure after tax cut








Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Questions Here, Really, If You Understand Just How Way Past Its Use-By Date Capitalism, Are:

How do we redefine government. And then how do we redefine work. Because we absolutely have to do both. We have to do that because:

#It'sAWholeNewOperatingEnviromentNowYouIdiots!

In a nutshell boys and girls that means we have new kinds of tools now that Adam Smith would never have ever been able to even begin to conceptualize, much less think to anticipate for. For example, in his time, a lever, if big enough, and you had enough big guys to pull down own it, could partially lift a big rock. Today a lever, in the form of a switch, can set forth the end of everything; as we know it anyway. Can you see that difference now? I sure hope so. For all of our sakes.




THE JOB-GIVING TREE


The idea that the government should provide a job for anyone who wants one is both radical and impressively well-liked.


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[Post Note: If we redefined work, and we redefined government, you could build your own home as big as both you, and your community deemed appropriate (given whatever density, and location realities are ongoing in your area; the area that you wanted to live in precisely because of the people there and the location). And you would be able to do that because your commitment to keeping your community going would give you access not only to all of the expertise needed, as you did your own building, but also all of the materials it would require, because you, and the rest of your neighbors, would already have participated in the planning process that made sure there would be enough resource for an acceptable number of new dwellings each year. Just as you all would have participated in the planning for any other demand necessitated supply stream. And yes, sometimes that might require a lottery to see who gets the new production slot, and/or you and your neighbors would agree to give certain individuals preferential slots as incentives for doing extra, creative stuff, for the community. No matter what, though, it would be you, and your neighbors, who would be making the big planning decisions, and not some faceless bureaucrat, in an isolated governmental department. J.V.]

How Big Of A House You Can Buy For $200K In Major US Cities, Visualized








Labor Solidarity May Have Become A Cliche A While Back

But if we don't get it back, and soon, working people themselves will become the biggest cliche there ever was. And I mean for all working people.

Las Vegas casino workers vote to authorize strike




Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Bad Enough That They've Made It So Hard To Organize Anymore

Now, in the latest example of how the Supreme Court has been shamefully politicized, we get a decision that basically makes it possible for an employer to demand, as the price for a job, a very specific, and very limiting, legal remedy, a priori, to pretty much anything the employer might do that would require legal action to seek redress for.

And you thought only rich people made their latest acquisitions sign prenuptials.

And even with all of that they reserve the right to pay us the very limit of barely enough to get buy on.

But why wouldn't they when they have successfully blocked all of the normal avenues that organized labor used to use to give it some negotiating clout, as to the pricing of the skills offered. Even now, when labor is in shorter supply than it has been for a while, real wage increases are still stagnant. And you, dear reader, to the extent that you are a working class stiff (hourly, or salaried), have allowed it to happen because you have forgotten so much labor history. And the fact that you have swallowed a lot of bologna about unions just being bad in, and of themselves; when the truth is they are like any other social institution humans might make: If the people who create them stay deeply involved in what is done with these organizations, they have at least a decent chance of performing as intended. Slack off, however, in attending to what is being done, with your organization, in your name in effect, and you will find them susceptible to whatever temptations are presently in existence in the current operating environment. And boy, isn't that just not such a good thing to be thinking about now.

So we end up with a lot of factors in play here. Labor got complacent, Capitalism has become infinitely more corrupt. And technology put a dagger into the notion that you can apply electricity to an organizing methodology developed when the lever, the wheel, the inclined plane, wind and water power, semi organized agronomy, and repeatable type, were pretty much the only major technologies in existence, and not have it have create really bad consequences. Especially where skills as commodities are concerned, and information itself, as a socially created thing in the first place, becoming private property. Coveted private property for now information is more golden than gold ever was.

Which brings us to why continuing with "Business As Usual" is a very bad deal for working people any more. And it will only be by organizing en mass, as working people, that we will be able to get a real society back.

Students are beginning to realize that organizing en mass may be the only way to demand safe schools. Teachers are beginning to realize that organizing en mass may be the way to demand schools be given the full breadth of resources they require to get the job done.

But that is still too limited. Too limited because the change sought here, though absolutely worthy in their own rights, seeks to accomplish that limited change as an isolated problem; when in fact you can not address much of anything of import now without it being part of a more comprehensive, and integrated set of changes, across the board of what is a very, very, complexly interrelated economic society.

That. That is what we have to understand now as working people. Assuming of course that we still value a Democratic society. One run by a well informed electorate who understand that government run by the rule of law has to be one that we just naturally have to be "deeply involved in" (to quote myself from the fourth paragraph above), certainly in a way that Capitalism's singular penchant for isolating people can't ever provide. So we have to provide the foresight to design it that way, from the ground up ourselves; precisely because this will be a grass roots lead revolution. And we will find a way to negotiate a Grand Compromise that will give us an alternative that can work.


What The Supreme Court's Decision On Forced Arbitration Means For You



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[Post Note: Let's be clear here. If you think the current occupant of the the White House has any inclination to truly work for working people, let that notion die the death it needs to die, for you, because nothing could be further from the truth. J.V.]


Trump signs orders targeting federal workers, union activities



'WE'VE TAKEN A STEP BACK IN TONE'


For John Feeley, the ambassador to Panama, moral failings at home seemed to compound tactical failings abroad.



THE TEENS WILL LEAD THE WAY



A Florida high school senior is spearheading protests planned for Washington, Orlando and beyond on the second anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting.


[Post Note: Even if we assume they are sincere in this, their own dependency on money insures that the party that most cruelly let Organized Labor down will have a hard time making corruption go away. One might argue, in fact, that their piecemeal, and hardly very integrated reforms, will serve only to mollify whatever part of working America they're able to still resonate with, without actually changing much of anything of substance; leaving things ripe for a reformulated Right to thwart later on, as they have always done in the past, when people aren't paying so much attention again. This will also give the reformed Right time to work their big pocket connections to not only try and thwart the economy itself while the Dems are, supposedly, back in the majority. but also to find new faces with which to do what they've already learned to do in weaponizing information. J.V.]

Turning up the heat on Trump: Dems say 'culture of corruption' to be focus of midterms



AP investigation: A Trump fundraiser's secret lobbying effort to win $1B in business









Saturday, May 19, 2018

This Is What Happens When You Give Somebody Too Much Power

And you don't call him out on it. Fortunately, the guy depicted here got called out on it, eventually, but it wasn't by a margin that would give any reasonable person a whole lot of confidence it would always happen again. Not at all.

And make no mistake. the guy depicted here wanted it to be a club he could intimidate people with.

Is there a fool at all out there who thinks the current guy in office wouldn't be intimidating with every trunchion he gould get his hands on? Where "trunchion" in this case is every weaponized institution the, let us just say reality challenged, current occupant could turn to his own self serving interests? If nobody called him out on it?

Donald Trump Toys With Abuse Of Office In Beef Against Washington Post | Rachel Maddow



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