The Taxonomy Of The American Economy (May 21, 2018)

Posted in Class, Economics, Kleptocracy, Race on May 21, 2018 by e-commentary.org

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K          “The economic and political system exists for the benefit of the one one-thousandths of one percenters (.001 %) and the remaining members of the One Percenters (.999 %).  The Four Percenters (4 %) include the schooled servants squiring to the needs of the One Percenters.”

J          “The tax lawyers, obeisant judges, lecherous lobbyists, teeth whitening dentists, pliant politicians, public relations spin doctors, officious bureaucrats, tummy-tuck plastic surgeons, and their ilk.”

K          “As long as they obey and play, they get the pay.”

J          “They say.  The Fifteen Percenters (15 %) may stay a pay check or two ahead of calamity, yet many are never really economically secure or free of the nagging concerns that haunt them at three in the morning.”

K          “The butcher, the baker and the candle stick maker.  The good old Middle Class.  The good old Middle Class has been badly butchered, baked and left in the dark and the dirt.  Is it even as high as fifteen percent if you factor in the insecure position of so many of them?”

J          “Beneath them are the Eighty Percenters (80 %) who have desperately little chance of ever participating in the American dream.”

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J          “The Dow and the Russell 5000 Index and such metrics measure the economic situation and security of the Five Percenters, not of the general public.  Assessing the real economy requires one to study metrics such as the U6 measure of unemployment of those who were making under $50,000 when they were fired or laid off, opioid use, child mortality rates, consumer debt loads, etc.”   

K          “The poor, the dispossessed, the downtrodden, the unwashed masses, [the] hoi polloi, the sheeple are summoned on election day for an hour to vote their fears and hopes and summarily disregarded the rest of the time.”

J          “Seems we could do better.”

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[See “Shadow Stats” collected by John Williams and navigate the site and the sources.]

[See the e-commentary titled “The Microeconomics of Suburban Subsistence (February 7, 2005)”, “The Microeconomics of Suburban Subsistence: Three Years Later (February 4, 2008)” and “Justice Is a Middle Class Creation, Delusion and Aspiration (March 20, 2017)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Feed the homeless to the hungry

The beatings will continue until morale improves

Graduation Advice:  Eat Dessert.  First. (May 14, 2018)

Posted in Graduation Advice on May 14, 2018 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Eat dessert.  First.”

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K          “Ladies and gentlemen of the class of ’18 . . . Eat dessert.  First. . . .  If I could offer you only one tip for the future, eat dessert.  First.  would be it.”

. . .

K          “And wear sun screen and hearing protection and chainsaw safety chaps.”

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J          “Go East, young person.  Go to Rome, D.C. and get in on the looting before it is too late.”

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[See the e-commentary at “Graduation Advice:  Wear Chainsaw Safety Chaps; Cut With Care (May 15, 2017)”, “Graduation Advice:  Wear Hearing Protection; Listen Attentively (May 16, 2016)” and the advice to youth at “Go East, Young Person (August 25, 2014)”.] 

Bumper sticker of the week:

Wear sun screen and hearing protection and chainsaw safety chaps and eat dessert.  First. 

The Medium Mandates The Message.  Analog v. Digital: Monopolization & Monetization. Oh, And Happy World Press Freedom Day! (May 7, 2018)

Posted in Antitrust, Awards / Incentives, Blog, Cyberactivities, Journalism, Monopoly, Newspapers, Press/Media, Pulitzer, Pushitzer, Technology, Truth on May 7, 2018 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Analog affirms the status quo, digital negates it.  Challenges it, really, with a goodly number of exceptions.”

J          “Yet digital is moving toward and merging with the analog business model which is all about business.  Analog is already monopolized.  Digital is aggressively monetizing.”

K          “The medium mandates the message.”

. . .

K          “Some of the digital messengers are not as beholden to the powers that be as the analog members.  Digital messengers are more likely to connect two disparate and distant points, to realize that two plus zero is not three, and to accept that two or more persons can work together to reach an end, usually to the public’s detriment.”

J          “A few stray digital messengers are acting as the town criers.  The best that a commentator of conviction can hope for is to be a prophet with honor and not to be convicted for writing that challenges the established disorder.”

K          “But no one is listening.”

J          “Makes you want to cry for your town.”

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K          “Six corporations monopolize the popular media.  Most of the digital sites are in the monetization phase and may be forced to modify or mute the original message to survive.”

J          “Yet you cannot thrive if you do not survive.  Decades ago, the editor noted to a friend on the first day of his summer newspaper internship that the most important mission of the newspaper is to make payroll.  No payroll, no paper.  He was not disappointed by the stark insight.”   

K          “Making payroll is painful.  One of the sites challenging inequality has something like seven levels of membership and another sells t-shirts and decoder rings.”

J          “No can thrive if no can survive.” 

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K          “Digital is regressing to the mean, digital is regressing to analog.”

J          “No can thrive if no can survive.”

. . .

[With a nod to Marshall McLuhan.]

[See the e-commentary at “First Annual Pushitzer Prize In Commentary For 2016 (April 18, 2016)”, “Boycott (Advertisers On) AM (Anger Mongering) Radio (March 5, 2011)”, “World Trade Center Building 7 And The AIA (May 18, 2015)”, “A ‘Journalist’ Declares War On Journalists . . . And Journalism (November 28, 2016)”, “Dispatches From The War On Journalism: The New ‘Nixon’s Enemies List’ (December 5, 2016)”, “Blogging Bloggingly About Blogs:  A Thing In Search Of A Name (November 1, 2016)”, “Debasing The Dialogue (April 14, 2014)” and “On Courage and Truth (March 17, 2008)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

“Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.”  Eric Hoffer

“Only the small secrets need to be protected.  The big ones are kept secret by public incredulity.”  Marshall McLuhan

May 3 – World Press Freedom Day

Suing Law Schools; Suing Gun Makers.  Oh, And Happy Law Day! (April 30, 2018)

Posted in Courts, Education, Guns, Kleptocracy, MICAC, Schooling on April 30, 2018 by e-commentary.org

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K          “It is about time.  Manufacturers are legally culpable for defective products that proximately cause damage.  Some folks are talking about holding gun manufacturers liable.  Now is the time to hold law schools liable for their defective products.”

J          “It is long overdue.  Law schools are profit-maximizing institutions pursuing a longer term financial strategy that drives, directs and dictates admission decisions.  They have enough information over the decades to calculate the rate of return in lucre and luster for each applicant over his or her lifetime and admit and deny accordingly.  And the statute of limitations does not expire until the lawyer expires, so there is still time.”

K          “When you study the process carefully, you realize that character is immaterial or maybe even an impediment to being admitted.  That is a business decision.  However, that is a business decision that should be challengeable in court.  A citizen should be able to sue Harvard Law School for any of Michael Pompeo’s abominations and Yale Law School for any of Johnnie Bolton’s desecrations and other criminal activities.”

J          “Absolutely.  Law Schools are full sustaining members of the MICAC (Military Industrial Congressional Academic Complex).  Moving down the path toward the adoption of the rule of law in the U.S. requires a first step.  Let’s take a first step by requiring law schools to adhere to the rule of law.”

K          “The problem is finding an honest court in America.  We need to support the creation of the Court Of Truth And Justice (CTJ).”

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K          “Gun manufacturers are liable for defective guns.  A gun can maim or kill a few bodies; a lawyer can maim or kill the body politic.” 

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J          “If they blow up the entire world to smithereens, the damages are going to get way, way up there.”

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[See the e-commentary at “Johnnie Bolton:  The Triumph Of The Chickenhawks And Neo-Cons.  Join Fellow Patriots For The “April 14 Rally” And The Memorial Day “March For America”.  Oh, And Happy April Fool’s Day! (April 2, 2018)”, “Schooling The Apparatchiks For The Kleptocrats (December 7, 2015)”, “Clinton, Inc., Trump, Inc., Bush, Inc., Kennedy, Inc., O’Bama, Inc. (October 24, 2016)”, “The Court Of Truth And Justice (CTJ) (August 29, 2016)”, “Assigning Blame:  The Lawyers: 50 Percent; The Non-Lawyer Public: 50 Percent; The Judges: 100 Percent (December 3, 2012)” and “Perjury, the American Way (February 20, 2006)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

We live in a country with many, many, many rules and many, many, many laws, but we do not live in a country that believes in or adheres to the rule of law.

May 1 – Law Day

Save The Planet; Save The People? Oh, And Happy Earth Day! (April 23, 2018)

Posted in Climate, Environment, Global Climate Change, Global Warming on April 23, 2018 by e-commentary.org

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K          “What if the only way to salvage the planet is to sacrifice the plunderer?”

J          “Sacrifices must be made to salvage the mess.”

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K          “What if 1000 species that would otherwise go extinct could be saved by sacrificing 1 human who will be replaced tenfold before the question is even answered?”

J          “Natural law does not bestow upon mankind any right to plunder, exploit and destroy Nature.  Mankind is not very kind and is breaking the natural law.  There will be consequence.”

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J          “Mother Nature may have had it with the predations of the apex predator.”

K          “So something like ebola is a savior and a salvation not a scourge.”

J          “Mankind will not make the final decision.”

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[See “Cow could soon be largest land mammal left due to human activity – study” in “The Guardian” by Reuters dated April 19, 2018.]

[See the e-commentary at “Global Environmental Something (February 16, 2009)”, “‘It’s Only A Rental.’  The Earth As A Cosmic Doormat.  De-Immanentizing The Eschaton. (September 28, 2015)”, “Prepping:  Public And Private Perspectives (April 27, 2015)”, “Stealing Resources . . . Through Time . . . and Across Space (February 20, 2017)”, “Eroding Coastal Villages:  Consolidate And Create Community (July 18, 2016)” and “Happy Birthday Earth Day (April 23, 2012)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

April 22 – Earth Day

Finite resources are just so . . . confining

“Men argue.  Nature acts.”  Voltaire.  Nature is acting while man is arguing.

A good planet is hard to find.

Third Annual Pushitzer Prize In Commentary For 2018 (April 16, 2018)

Posted in Awards / Incentives, Journalism, Military, Newspapers, Press/Media, Pulitzer, Pushitzer, Wall Street, War, War and Wall Street Party on April 16, 2018 by e-commentary.org

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            “The envelope please.  . . .  This year’s Pushitzer Prize in Commentary is awarded to . . . Danny Sjursen for trenchant insights provided by a patriot who spent time in the trenches.  Author of Ghost Riders of Baghdad:  Soldiers, Civilians, and the Myth of the Surge, the active duty major contributes incisively to the discussion of American foreign policy and military affairs and the physical and psychological consequences of war.”

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And a tip of the hat to the U.S. Department of Defense that allows an active duty military officer to comment freely on important public issues.

[Please send nominations for the Pushitzer Prize in Commentary for 2019 and a supporting letter by January 25, 2019 to e-ssay@gci.net and send the entry fee to your favorite charity.]

[See the e-commentary at “Pulitzers Are Pro-War?  Pressing The Pushitzers (April 22, 2013)”, “First Annual Pushitzer Prize In Commentary For 2016 (April 18, 2016)”, “Second Annual Pushitzer Prize In Commentary For 2017 (April 10, 2017)”, “Smedley And Ernest On Our Friend ‘War’, The ‘Racket’ Continues (September 7, 2015)”, “A War On War? (May 30, 2016)”, “Seriously Sizing Up Syria Seizing Up (October 12, 2015)”, “The Drums of War (February 20, 2012)”, “Syria: Gas and Fog (August 26, 2013)”, “Time To Talk:  Hear The Guitar (December 9, 2013)” and “The Percolating Middle East (February 22, 2016)”.]

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Bumper stickers of the week:

For good and honest stuff

Dissent is patriotic

Third Annual “Cameo In Courage” Award For 2018 (April 9, 2018)

Posted in Amazon, Awards / Incentives, Cameo In Courage Award, Courage, Facebook, Google, O'Bama, On [Traits/Characteristics], Privacy, Profile In Courage Award, Technology on April 9, 2018 by e-commentary.org

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K          “The envelope please.  . . .  This year, the ‘Cameo In Courage’ Award is awarded to . . . Chelsea Elizabeth Manning and Julian Paul Assange.  Courage is rare.  It must be celebrated.  It is one of the “rare-earths” within the human heart and is very rare on this Earth.”

. . .

And a tip of the hat to the great nation and good people of Ecuador that provide a home and a haven for Mr. Assange.

And a partial tip of the lid to former President O’Bama for commuting all but four months of Ms. Manning’s sentence.  A presidential commutation reduces the sentence being served but does not change the fact of conviction.  A presidential pardon would have forgiven the criminal offenses.  But at core O’Bama lacked the fortitude and courage to pardon Ms. Manning and Mr. Snowden and Mr. Assange.  He could have just done it.  

[Please send nominations for the “Cameo In Courage” Award for 2019 and a supporting letter by January 25, 2019 to e-ssay@gci.net and send the entry fee to your favorite charity.]

[See the e-commentary at “Hero or Traitor? (June 10, 2013)”, “Second Annual ‘Cameo In Courage’ Award For 2017 (March 6, 2017)”, “First Annual ‘Cameo In Courage’ Award For 2016 (May 9, 2016)”, “Award Deadlines (Livelines?) (July 25, 2016)”, “Profile In Cowardice Award (May 12, 2014)”, “Profile In Courage Award, 2015 (May 11, 2015)”, “Chelsea And Ed:  Time For “Con” “dign” Treatment (November 30, 2015)” and “On Courage and Truth (March 17, 2008)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

“In a dozen plus years and without a debate or a vote, technology has deprived us of privacy.  With little debate and many hasty votes, Congress has deprived us of privacy at every opportunity.  We as a society should create a rebuttable presumption in favor of privacy even if it appears to sacrifice security.  Our personal insecurities are actually creating greater national insecurity.”  See “Hero or Traitor? (June 10, 2013)”.

Boycott Facebook.  See “Boycott Facebook (August 2, 2010)”.  And Google.  And Amazon.

Love is elusive and transitory; the Internet is forever.

The Internet never forgets.

What’s said on the Internet stays on the Internet.