Posts tagged: politics
Today is Tax Day. Most of us will dutifully pay our taxes to a government that no longer represents us. Policy decisions on nearly every issue, regardless of public opinion, are decided in favor of a select few who can afford to write massive checks,…
oldParasiteSingle: That’s brilliant, and so timely! I forgot I made that same argument in 2010
@Newshour @hari breaks down the Bundy ranch standoff with a local reporter
Rancher’s government dispute draws armed protesters
Published on Apr 18, 2014
In Nevada, armed militia members and states’ rights protesters showed up at the site of a dispute between the Bureau of Land Management and a cattle farmer who has refused to pay fees for grazing his animals on public lands for two decades. Rather than risk violence, the BLM released cattle it had seized. Hari Sreenivasan learns more from Ben Botkin of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
oldParasiteSingle: Of course, everyone was afraid to mention that these Patriot militia groups and their sheriff spokesperson were all bought and shipped in by the Koch brothers. This is merely an astroturf war that they started with Harry Reid for not giving them their Keystone XL pipeline in a timely manner in 2015. The Kochs expect to make $118M from the KXL project but they are losing a million a year while it is being protested & reviewed. There’s no jobs in Keystone XL, only money. There’s jobs in those oil trains that Warren Buffett is running, but we aren’t supposed to hear about them.
The State Department will wait to decide whether to allow construction of the pipeline until it has a clearer idea how legal challenges to the route through Nebraska will be settled, sources said.
oldParasiteSingle: Bill McKibeen is madder about it than the American Petroleum Institute, because it continues the conservatard-neoliberal trend of politicizing the incontrovertible science.
Nebraska supreme court already said they didn’t need more poison in their aquifers with no jobs. All of the jobs will be in Canada trashing their forests & rivers with tailing ponds. Pipelines don’t make permanent jobs any more than wind turbines do.
SPRINGFIELD — Housecleaning at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources has claimed another top agency official.
oldParasiteSingle: You know when they call it ‘clean’ is when its the dirtiest. I find it highly suspicious that an explosion caused an M2.7 earthquake in Franklin county at 10:30 pm the night before the public announcement of Mayville’s dismissal. He had both motive and opportunity to play with explosives in some old coal digs.
New data from the BLS estimates $791 as the median weekly income for full-time workers. We break that down to see what it might say about the pay gap.
The oft-cited figure by President Barack Obama and others is that women earn 77 cents for every dollar men earn. And while that may be technically true, it’s also rather misleading. It doesn’t account for education levels, job type, seniority level, or temporarily leaving the workforce to have children, for example. The 77 cents figure doesn’t account for all these nuances. (Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight has a nice breakdown.) When it comes to looking at pay for equal work, the figure is estimated to be closer to 91 cents.
But overall, the median weekly incomes for women are making some small advances: the 2014 figure is 1.15 percent higher compared to the same period in 2013, and 1.1 percent higher than that of a decade ago. Men, however, are making about 0.3 percent less than a year ago and 1.78 percent less in median weekly earnings compared to the first quarter of 2005.
What this is saying is that the real corrected wage gap is 9% and more importantly it is going down. Women are tracking up in all sectors and men are tracking down after the Great Recession as well as with the demographic shifts. Women outnumber men in the US because its just that good for them here. Recall that I said that the wage gap is “about 8%” and already practically nonexistent in some reformed occupations like hospital nursing health care.
“Before we start talking about genetic differences, you got to come up with a system that is equal opportunity. Then we can have that conversation.”
Tyson mostly answered in an anecdotal way that the real issue is that there aren’t enough POC in STEM fields, so women of color end up being left out of the pie or “cheddar.” That is a rephrasing of my argument
As soon as European-style labor rules catch up to us culturally we will probably be talking about the US pay gap for black males or something else more appropriate than the “War On Women.”
However, for those of you overly conscious of my male perspective on mostly feminist territory, I made political concessions.
That isn’t to say that the “War On Women” over health care & Social insurance isn’t real or that pay discrimination isn’t a big problem. It’s just that the anti-socialism fever here in the US is so great that it will not allow a rational discussion of a living wage or even discuss a basic income so we drag some single women along for the ride. The irrational Politics of Hate is strong here in our militarized democracy. We have all turned to the Dark Side.Thus a “War On Poverty” and a “War on Drugs” morph together into a “War on Women.” Drug cops & immigration police have just finished locking up millions of women. The Homeland Security memos suggest FBI are moving now to arresting more Baby Boomers & children in order to feed our rapacious prison-industrial complex
McConnell claims he led a 1995 investigation against a GOP senator accused of sexual misconduct. Actually, he took steps to keep it quiet.
The Mayor of the Town Of Latta fired the town's Police Chief on Tuesday. Latta town councilman Jared Taylor told us the mayor fired crystal Moore because she received 7 reprimands.. News13
Some residents believe the mayor firing Crystal Moore was payback. Moore investigated Mayor Bullard’s most recent hire, Parks And Rec Director Vontray Sellers.
NEWS 13 first broke the story of sellers driving a Latta town vehicle while his license was suspended back in February…Chief Moore found the mayor neglected to conduct a background check on Sellers.
"Since he’s been in here, it’s been haywire!," said Tammy Taylor, a Latta resident.
Some Latta residents and elected officials say Mayor Bullard had a vendetta against Moore well before he hired sellers — because Chief Moore is openly gay.
"Before he was sworn in office, he said Anne and Crystal would not have a job," Williams said.
The recording of a phone conversation obtained by news 13 appears to back that up.
Councilman Jared Taylor recorded Mayor Bullard saying he “doesn’t agree with some lifestyles.”Part of the conversation says: “I would much rather have someone who drank and drank too much taking care of my child than I have somebody who’s lifestyle is questionable around children. Because that ain’t the damn way it supposed to be,” the mayor is heard on a recording
I think the tragedy of climate change is that this is a culture war pretending to be a scientific argument. The truth is, most people don’t — we’re not climate scientists. We don’t know. And everyone is very confident on both sides; that, you know, on the green side, that Americans are greedy people who drive big cars and they’re selfish. On the conservative side, people say the science is junk; our opponents are basically Malthusian miserablists who want us all to be wearing hair shirts.
I think people are basically falling back on kind of cultural and ideological instincts, because we don’t really know the science.
-David Rennie on The Mclaughlin Group this weekend making what I felt was the Conservative argument for believing in the 3rd IPCC Climate Change report. Mr Rennie indicated that he was a Libertarian who believed in science, even though he clearly despises environmentalists as anti-capitalists. I think for their discussion they were confusing environmentalism with eco-socialism. that’s why I felt the real reason for their distrust is that they all bet big in the markets on fossil fuels and on agribusiness ventures that are turning out to be big losers in the long run. IMAO Conservatives are good at missing the Big Picture. It’s their strength and their key weakness.
The newshour just reported that an apocalyptic future awaits us all without a carbon tax of some sort and a drastic change in cultural attitudes towards conservation as a major goal unto itself. BTW the Newshour take their money from fossil fuel interests too, but they don’t run their environment desk with a clean coal lobbyist like The McLaughlin Group does. zionist Mort Zuckerman dissed the whole Climate discussion to kiss up to fish
MR. ZUCKERMAN: — and the fish, which is a huge source of food for large parts of the world. There, that supply is being affected. We don’t — that’s something we can do something about. This is a much more difficult thing to do something about.
MR. BUCHANAN: No, John. But I’ll tell you what it is. I mean, Richard Tol, the scientist, said, look, even if you concede the worst rise in two degrees Centigrade, the idea that this is going to destroy the planet is laughable when you consider all the things we have overcome.
John, when I was in Iowa campaigning for president, they said that’s where the Ice Age stopped. The icecap came all the way down to central Iowa. And we’re worried about some glacier —
MR. RENNIE: Iowa wasn’t much fun during the Ice Age.
Clearly conservatard political scientists still have a ways to go in digesting the Third IPCC Climate Change report. I give them another year or two to turn the carbon tax idea onto its head into a back door fee for welfare recipients and retired civil servants.