Archive for the 'Capitalism' Category

WE’RE NOT CUSTOMERS, WE’RE THE PRODUCT…!

October 15th, 2017

IMF DECLARES NEOLIBERALISM TO BE REAL…

August 18th, 2017

So, this long-read caught me off guard. I had no idea that Neoliberalism wasn’t real. I thought the concept had been around since the ’90s (actually the ’30s). Who knew? Stephen Metcalf, reporting for The Guardian in Neoliberalism: the idea that swallowed the world explains: Last summer, researchers at the International Monetary Fund settled a […]

NOW FLAKE IS WORRYING ABOUT TRUTH…?

August 7th, 2017

Senator Jeffry Lane Flake, R-Az., (a fourth, no second “e,” spelling for our shared name) wants to be the Republican party’s next faux maverick. Now that the Republican Party is crashing down around his ears, Flake thinks that the way out is to now, NOW? to tell the truth? Flake, Whining in Conservatives face a […]

AMAZON IS A BIGGER SNAKE THAN EVEN WALMART…

July 6th, 2017

I’ve been a regular shopper at Whole Foods at both the University Heights and Woodmere locations. I made a point recently of stopping in at both stores to inform management that I’ve always enjoyed shopping in their stores and that I was saddened to think that I could not do so any longer. The reason? […]

IN THE U.S. WE PAY MUCH MORE FOR MUCH LESS…

July 3rd, 2017

Writing in America’s broken healthcare system—in one simple chart for The Guardian, Mona Chalabi explains: Healthcare in America is more expensive than in any other rich country. In 2016, the average American spent $4,571 on their health—a figure five times higher than the average out-of-pocket spending of other countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation […]

GIVE ROBERT GREENSTEIN A SERIOUS LISTEN…

June 18th, 2017

I sat in my car this morning listening to Robert Greenstein deliver his City Club of Cleveland presentation: The budget would turn back the clock even farther to before the 1960s.. You should listen as well. Seriously.

FINANCIAL IGNORANCE ENABLES OUR OPPRESSORS…

April 11th, 2017

In my day job I work with a range of students to help them more from their studies. While my work covers the gamut of topics, I probably spend more time on maths skills than any other subject. One of the messages I do my best to reinforce with my charges is that those who […]

THIS IS WHAT FAKE NEWS LOOKS LIKE…

March 30th, 2017

No. Not Derf’s cartoon, this. I’ve long been an advocate for buying local, for keeping the money I spend in the local economy and not sending my dollars out of state and out of the country to benefit people who are not my neighbors. This morning I was going to post Derf’s work with a […]

WELL $65 ISN’T 50 P, STILL, HOWEVER…

February 24th, 2017

Just in case you needed a reminder…

RENACCI RUSHES TO FURTHER GUT PROTECTIONS…

January 17th, 2017

House Resolution 5, The Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017—obfuscately described by sponsor Bob Goodlatte (R-VA-6) as a bill: To reform the process by which Federal agencies analyze and formulate new regulations and guidance documents, to clarify the nature of judicial review of agency interpretations, to ensure complete analysis of potential impacts on small entities of […]

HOW POOR CAN YOU BE AND BE ON THE LIST…?

January 16th, 2017

Over the last few days I found myself wondering just how much money you need to be on the list of the 400 wealthiest Americans. The number comes from Forbes which annually publishes the Forbes 400. The most recent list, 2016, puts Bill Gates at the top with $81 billion, $14 billion ahead of No. […]

TRUMPS TAX RETURNS ARE LIKELY WORTHLESS…

September 30th, 2016

What is Donald Trump hiding? When any of Hillary Clinton’s staff and supporters talk about Trump’s tax returns, that’s the question that they ask. They pretend that Trump’s tax returns have any real meaning. They don’t. The don’t for two reasons: first, we’re not tax lawyers able to decipher the Byzantine code we’ll find there; […]

SECRETS OF A GLOBAL SUPER COURT: PART I
WHEN A FEW ARE MORE EQUAL BEFORE THE LAW…

August 31st, 2016

Corporate society takes care of everything. And all it asks of anyone, all it’s ever asked of anyone ever, is not to interfere with management decisions. —Bartholomew What happens when real multi-national corporations aspire to the level of dominance voiced by the character of Bartholomew (played by John Houseman in the 1974 film, Rollerball? You […]

THOMAS FRANK ON THE EVILS OF MERITOCRACY…

August 30th, 2016

Thomas Frank sat down for an interview with Kathy Kiely published in Author Thomas Frank Talks Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and His New Book, ‘Listen Liberal’ at Bill Moyers & Company. Frank took Kiely over a number of jumps, but the theme of meritocracy vs. solidarity resonated with me. One of the things about a […]

OR HE WENT TO HARVARD LAWLESS SCHOOL…*

July 21st, 2016

*Harvard Lawless School…

GROUND ZERO, CLEVELAND AND DONALD TRUMP…

July 17th, 2016

In Nothin’ But Blue Skies: The Heyday, Hard Times, and Hopes of America’s Industrial Heartland, Edward McClelland wrote in 2013: [Cleveland’s Slavic Village] was more than 50 percent African-American. After the slumlords came the speculators, the house-flippers. Ohio had some of the weakest lending laws in the nation. Slavic Village, a neighborhood full of unwanted […]

THE BOSSES GET RICHER, THE REST GET POORER…

July 11th, 2016

Ralph Nader, writes in Vanishing the People’s Wealth to Make the Bosses Richer: Imagine you are a shareholder in a big company and the top executives are sitting on huge amounts of cash and are not interested in putting it to work through productive capital investments, research and development, reducing company debt or paying employees […]

SO, JUST WHO ARE THE 3 PERCENT…?

May 6th, 2016

I’ve posted this video from Jimmy Kimmel elsewhere, but I think what Kimmel, and the very real scientist involved, have to say is bears repeating. Lack of unanimity is not the same as controversy. Right and wrong are not relative equals to be reported and decided upon, Facts are not convenient or inconvenient data points […]

THANK GAWD, THE VULTURES ARE HERE…

May 2nd, 2016

Mike DeBonis, reporting in Default at hand, Congress faces new pressure to act on Puerto Rico for The Washington Post writes: Hours before Puerto Rico missed hundreds of millions of dollars of bond payments, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Monday issued a new and urgent call for Congress to pass legislation allowing the territory […]

I’M, WE’RE ALL, LOSING MONEY AT THE BANK…

November 1st, 2015

People sometimes wonder why I stock up on non-perishable goods so much. I’m not a hoarder and I’m not worried about the zombie apocalypse. I just think that since the interest rate on my saving account—0.05 percent—is less than inflation (1.62 percent in 2014) that I’m ahead if I buy goods for tomorrow with today’s […]

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