[Don’t] Support Public Media? (June 10, 2019)

Posted in Boycott Series, Journalism, NPR, Press/Media, Radio on June 10, 2019 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Not really a boycott, rather a commitment to make a more specific allocation of resources.”

J          “No one cares.”

K          “I could not agree more.”

. . .

K          “Remember our conversation a year ago when I raised the question.  Now I have my answer.  I am supporting programs not stations.  I only contribute to stations in America that broadcast enlightened programs but am not contributing to my local station.  And then I listen to podcasts rather than the local station on my own time.  I will send money to ‘Alternative Radio’ and ‘Counterspin’ and ‘Democracy Now’ and ‘51 percent’.  That is the benchmark of commitment.”

J          “And the one you canonized as Saint Terry Gross.”

. . .

J          “No one cares.”

K          “I could not agree more.”

. . .

[The Raytheon Company and United Technologies Corporation are merging to create United Ray Guns Corporation.]

[See the e-commentary at “National People’s Radio?; National Public Radio?; National Petroleum Radio?; National Propaganda Radio? (June 11, 2018)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

No one cares.  I could not agree more.

Attempting to Care . . . Loading Please Wait

Mono-poly (June 3, 2019)

Posted in Monopoly on June 3, 2019 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “One – many.”

J          “One from many.”

. . .

K          “The pork industry in the heartland is in a few hands and the industry farming out government pork in the District of Swampville is concentrated in a few hands.”

J          “All the pig knuckles are in one hand.  T-Mobile and Sprint are merging.  The FCC is also in one hand – the telecommunications industry – and is not the protector of the public good or the common weal.  On the other hand, those who know remind us that the transition from four to three major wireless carriers will drive up prices and drive down quality.”

K          “Hands down.  Ma Bell’s daughters are assembling another coterie.”

. . .

K          “Office Depot and OfficeMax merged and may create ‘Office Heaven’ for all your office needs.”

J          “Or ‘Office Hell’ if they go the way of all monopolists in America.”

K          “Before the turn of the millennium, Dick Cabela and Cabela’s made some first rate jackets, pants, shirts and other gear and then with each passing year uniformly and consistently reduced the quality and durability of their products.  Bass Pro recently devoured the little fish Cabela’s.  ‘OutdoorsRUs’ will produce lower quality and higher priced products.”

J          “I was not shocked to find that Zareba joined ElectroBraid and Fi-Shock to form the largest manufacturer of electric fence systems in North America.”

. . .

J          “With the final demise of ‘Ma and Pa Businesses’ comes the death, spiritual and financial, of ma and pa and then the death of their community.” 

. . .  

[See “Monopoly Power Is Growing In Response To Sustainable Development” in “Technology News & Trends” by Patrick Wood dated April 4, 2019”, “Supreme Court Allows Antitrust Suit Against Apple to Proceed” in “The New York Times” by Adam Liptak dated May 13, 2019, “America’s monopoly problem, in one chart” in “Vox” by Emily Stewart dated November 26, 2018, “Big Companies Are Getting a Chokehold on the Economy” in “Bloomberg” by Noah Smith dated February 22, 2018”, “America Has a Monopoly Problem–and It’s Huge” in “The Nation” by Joseph E. Stiglitz dated October 23, 2017.]

[See the e-commentary at “Are ‘Prices’ A Language?  Are Antitrust Laws Grounded In The First Amendment?  How Do We Forestall The “Frightful Five” And Other Monopolies?  Oh, And Happy Halloween! (October 30, 2017)”, “The Great Google Wall (June 27, 2016)”, “Less Government Regulation Series:  Google (November 30, 2009)”, “Should You ‘Friend’ The Tech Beast And Behemoths? (October 23, 2017)” and “Restraining Google/Alphabet And Damming Amazon (July 17, 2017)”.]

Bumper sticker of the week:

“Today, four companies produce 84 percent of our beef.  Four companies control the world’s grain market.  Six corporations [GE, Disney, News Corp, Viacom, Time Warner and CBS] control 90 percent of the media.  Ten companies control everything you buy.  Three companies completely dominate the farm equipment market.  Fourteen companies control the entire global auto industry.  You get the idea.  This extends to many different industries where giant global corporations are gobbling up everything in sight.  How did we get to this point?”  Patrick Wood, “Monopoly Power Is Growing In Response To Sustainable Development

Guitar / Drum ; Dove / Hawk ; Pax / War. Oh, And Happy Memorial Day! (May 27, 2019)

Posted in Iran, Iraq, Military, Vietnam, War on May 27, 2019 by e-commentary.org

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The Flag (May 31, 2010)

Time To Talk:  Hear The Guitar (December 9, 2013)

The Drums of War (February 20, 2012)

Intended Consequences In Iraq (August 3, 2015)

World Trade Center Building 7 And The AIA (May 18, 2015)

Giuliani – Draft Dodger And Chickenhawk (March 3, 2015)

Iraq:  Right On Track (June 16, 2014)

Bulk Collection Of Telephony Data.  Again. (December 16, 2013)

“Iraq” Is Arabic For “Vietnam” (March 18, 2013)

Iraq:  AGFPT.  Iran:  AGFPT II? (January 2, 2012)

Iraq:  Shock and Awe; Shocking and Awful (September 6, 2010)*

Shop While They Drop – The $2.99 Sacrifice (May 7, 2007)

Gettysburg and Iraq (October 30, 2006)

Staying the Collision Course In Iraq and The Mid-East (September 25, 2006)

Still Off Course (September 18, 2006)

The Virtues of an Iraqi Civil War (April 17, 2006)

. . .

[See the essay and commentary titled “War and Young Americans” in “The Automatic Earth” by Raul Ilargi Meijer with pieces by Sara A. Carter and Caitlin Johnstone, the recipient of the 2019 Pushitzer Prize in Commentary, and others including the powerful words of many vets dated May 26, 2019.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Respect the troops

“Iraq” Is Arabic For “Vietnam” (March 18, 2013); “Iran” is Persian for “Vietnam”

Guitar / Drum ; Dove / Hawk; Pax / War

Man v. Nature. Who Should Win? Who Will Win? Oh, And Happy Victoria Day! (May 20, 2019)

Posted in Climate, Collapse, Plastic, Population on May 20, 2019 by e-commentary.org

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K          “I think of someone cold and alone lost in the woods at night with only a match engaged in a match of wits with the howling winds and the howling wolves.  The real war today is Man not trying to survive Nature or to subsist with Nature but to subjugate Nature.  The two cannot co-exist.  We must cheer for Nature to win, prevail and dominate Man.”

J          “‘This Planet ain’t big enough for the two of us.’”

. . .

K          “The departure of a million members of one species will not leave the one apex species in any jeopardy of continuing as a species.  The Great Departure is the only way to save a million individual species from extinction.”

. . . 

K          “There is one and only one and no more than one solution.  Listen to the physicists and the electricians not to the e-con-omists and the politicians.  Reduce the load.  There must be a quantum level reduction in the number of homo sapiens on the Planet.  That will not be undertaken by humans.  That will be undertaken by Nature.”

J          “Nature will prevail because Nature prevails.  Predicting the future is so easy.  Pursuing the change is so elusive.”

. . .

K          “Is it immoral to breed?”

J          “Is it a moral duty not to breed?”

. . .

[See the “Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services” prepared by the “Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)” at the seventh session of the IPBES Plenary meeting from April 29 – May 4 in Paris discussing the loss of a million species.  See another analysis of our plastic predicament in a Report titled “Plastic & Climate The Hidden Costs of a Plastic Planet” by lead authors Lisa Anne Hamilton and Steven Feit and others at “The Center for International Environment Law” discussing our friend Plastic.]

[See the e-commentary at “Save The Planet; Save The People?  Oh, And Happy Earth Day! (April 23, 2018)”, “Stealing Resources . . . Through Time . . . and Across Space (February 20, 2017)” and “‘It’s Only A Rental.’  The Earth As a Cosmic Doormat.  De-Immanentizing The Eschaton. (September 28, 2015)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

“This Planet ain’t big enough for the two of us.”

There is no PLANet B

Homo sapiens are not really that wise

Listen to the physicists and the electricians not to the e-con-omists and the politicians. 

When is the best time to plant a shade tree?  Thirty years ago.  When is the second best time?  Now.

Building a solar panel requires barrels of coal!

Graduation Advice:  Learn To Tie a Bowline (And A Bow Tie) (May 13, 2019)

Posted in Graduation Advice on May 13, 2019 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Learn to tie a bowline (and a bow tie).”

. . .

K          “Ladies and gentlemen of the class of ’19 . . . learn to tie a bowline (and a bow tie). . . .  If I could offer you only one tip for the future, learn to tie a bowline (and a bow tie).”

. . .

K          “And wear sun screen and hearing protection and chainsaw safety chaps.  Eat dessert.  First.  And learn to tie a bowline (and a bow tie).”

. . .

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

. . .

[See the “Sunscreen Column”, the Wikipedia article “Wear Sunscreen” and listen to “Everbody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)”.]

[See the e-commentary at “Graduation Advice:  Eat Dessert.  First. (May 14, 2018)”, “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 stickers of the week:

Wear sun screen and hearing protection and chainsaw safety chaps and eat dessert.  First.   And learn to tie a bowline (and a bow tie)

Better to know a knot and not need it than to need a knot and not know it.

People, Plastic, Planet (May 6, 2019)

Posted in Collapse, Environment, Plastic on May 6, 2019 by e-commentary.org

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K          “While each and every legislator was sucking water out of a single-use plastic water bottle without any sense of self-awareness or shame, they tried to outdo each other debating and for some denying climate destruction and devastation.”

J          “Years ago, they covered their save-the-planet garden with plastic sheeting which has now deteriorated and shattered into a million shards spread like seeds of death that shroud their entire farm.”

. . .

J          “The blue marble has not been photographed lately and now may shimmer like a planetary disco ball reflecting a gazillion tiny plastic particles.”

K          “These realizations may make my head explode, but that would release millions of mega-microscopic plastic particles floating around in my brain into the room.  That’s just not good.”

. . .

[See the research paper titled “Atmospheric transport and deposition of microplastics in a remote mountain catchment” in “Nature” magazine by eight researchers dated April 15, 2019 and “There’s just no getting away from microplastic contamination” in “Ars Technica” by Cathleen O’Grady dated April 22, 2019 discussing the research.]

[See the e-commentary at “Salvaging Our Blue Marble (July 24, 2017)”, “Stealing Resources . . . Through Time . . . and Across Space (February 20, 2017)” and “Living In The ‘Peoplocene Age’.  The Inconvenient Truth:  Renewable Energy Is Not Sustainable; The Population Must Be Restrainable. (December 12, 2016)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Eschew plastic

People + Plastic = Planet ; People – Plastic = Planet

Reparations.  Universal Basic Income (UBI).  Oh, And Happy May Day And World Press Freedom Day! (April 29, 2019)

Posted in Affirmative Action, Civil War, Class, Race, Reparations, Supreme Court, Universal Basic Income (UBI) on April 29, 2019 by e-commentary.org

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K          “In the land of the red, white and blue that purports to cherish ‘life’, ‘liberty’ and ‘property’, the White man arrived and confiscated the property of the Red man and often took his life and curtailed his liberty and transported the Black man to work the purloined property and violated his life and his liberty and his property interests.  And hers.”

J          “And then doubled down and did the same thing to the Brown man and the Yellow man.  And woman.”

. . .

J          “Let’s borrow from the Great Declaration and include ‘the pursuit of happiness’ and from the French and admix ‘liberté’ and ‘égalité’ and ‘fraternité’ into the formula.”

. . .

J          “No one doubts that the promise of ‘forty acres and a mule’ descended and degenerated into the ‘Great Hundred Year War of Terror in America’ directed and orchestrated by almost every public and private institution in both the South and the North against anyone Black from 1865 to 1965.  Even today there is only an unstable modus vivendi regularly under attack.”

. . .

K          “The fundamental problem is that the victims are not alive and the oppressors are not alive.  Society is not well served by anointing someone who is not an individual victim with official individual victimhood status and accusing someone who is not an individual oppressor with official individual oppressorhood status.  The wrong solution to a very real and very deep and very sustained problem is not the right solution.”

. . .

K          “No public commentator to date has fleshed out the process and mechanics of establishing and implementing the Great Divide/Schism in America.  Would the government establish a cabinet-level Department of Reparations?  Would there be one unit of reparations paid to someone who proves that he or she is Black or Brown or Red on both sides of the family?  Would the amount be reduced if the individual’s family came to America after 1907 or 1865 or 1932 or some other randomly selected date?”

J          “And what about Barack O’Bama?  There you have the intersection of race and class and income.”

K          “Right.  Would he only get a half unit?  Would Barack O’Bama’s half unit be reduced because his father came to America after 1907 or 1865 or 1932?  Or his mother’s family?  Would the reparations payments be taxed or tax free?  Would the reparations payments be paid out of the general fund or by a separate reparations tax on Whites?  Would Whites be exempt from the reparations tax if they could prove that their family came to America after 1907 or 1865 or 1932?  Would Barack O’Bama remit a half unit of reparations tax to the reparations fund because he is half White and receive a half unit of reparations payments because he is half Black?” 

J          “The tax and the payment could be offsetting.”

K          “Would there be ‘means testing’ so that a successful half Black neurosurgeon does not receive any reparations payment.  Because of her income, would she pay taxes to the reparations fund?  It goes on and on and on.  Each one of these divisions creates another divide.” 

J          “O’Bama should get another half unit because the other half of his family is Irish.  The Irish were oppressed and ostracized upon arrival.  But they were White and thus much, much more readily accepted by and assimilated into White society.”

K          “Much, much, much more readily.  The ‘Plessy Ferguson Reparations Bill’ is not the way to challenge and address what is going on in Plano and Ferguson.  There is no single piece of legislation that could further divide this country in twain than a piece of legislation that further divides this country into two groups that are expressly separate and unequal.”

. . .

K          “The prejudice is on a group level and must be challenged on a group level.  Start by releasing every other Black and Brown and Red and Yellow prisoner from the American Prison Gulag who is likely in prison simply for being Black or Brown or Red or Yellow.  Extend the statute of limitations on affirmative action another fifty years or pick a specific ending date such as 2065.”

J          “If the ‘Great Hundred Year War of Terror in America’ is said to have reached a de jure end with the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965, something is going to have to be done to furlough the five lobbyists on the Supreme Court who have unilaterally abrogated the modus vivendi.  In the end, if you want a good and great society, place a few coins in every pocket and a few ideas in every head.”

. . .

J          “Go big.  My thought is to institute a Universal Basic Income (UBI).  Far too many people in America of all shades are suffering the effects of systematic and institutional economic terrorism.  The country is pursuing a War on Terror.  The War on Terror should be refocused and redirected at the many millions of Americans who suffer the terror of not knowing whether they will have a meal in their belly or a roof over their head.  The cost is insignificant and inconsequential because there is no cost too great to fight and win the War of Terror.”

K          “I still have a fundamental problem giving folks money simply for existing.”

. . .

[See the e-commentary at “The Great National Dissolution:  Resolving The Great Civil War (April 18, 2011)”, “Watertown?  Ferguson?  Your Town?  Your Son?  Will They Allow It In Laramie? (August 11, 2014)”, “The Conservative Solution To Affirmative Action (October 15, 2012)”, “Race and Class And Crime: Jail White People.  Oh, And Happy Martin Luther King Day! (January 15, 2018)” and “Columbus And The Redskins (October 14, 2013)” and a dozen other e-commentaries.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Think big, think long

May 3 – World Press Freedom Day