empire, politics, security state

9/11 and the Trump Pandemic – a contrast in reactions

December 5, 2020

Since I noticed that every day now as many Americans are dying in the Trump Pandemic as died during the 9/11 attacks I have thought about how different public and government reactions have been.

political system, politics

Trump and Republicans bring us a 9/11 every day

December 3, 2020

As noted earlier, back in February and March of this year one could just say that the pandemic was an act of nature. But after 9 months of active deception and no leadership by the President and the Republican Party, we need to be clear that this pandemic is Trump’s Pandemic. With just 4.5% of the world’s population the US has 21% of the world cases and 15% of the deaths……to be sure this will —>> read more –>>

Video Posts, justice/jails

Video Post – The American Justice System – the delusion and the realities

November 11, 2020

Our justice system is prominently featured in our culture as a source of fair-handed justice. Everyone stands before the law on an equal footing. The justice system in reality is a gigantic fraud of inequality and lifelong punishment. Our police lead the world in the rate at which they kill civilians. The promise of a fair trial before a jury of our peers is denied over 90% of the time. Coerced plea bargaining with the —>> read more –>>

political system, politics

The Crisis of The American Political System

November 6, 2020

Friday November 6, 2020 – Election Results Still in the Waiting Room As I wait for the electoral machinery to complete its work I am struck by how this election has confirmed that we are in a deep mess with nothing in sight to set us on a more productive path. First, there is the astonishing scene of very nearly half the votes cast being in favor of Trump and no substantial change in the —>> read more –>>

Footnotes

  1. as of 8/27/2020 the Washington Post reports 22,347 lies in 1,316 days of Trumps reign. (https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/politics/trump-claims-database/?itid=lk_inline_manual_4) He rumbles on with over 50 lies per day as of the end of October.
  2. https://www.federalreserve.gov/publications/2019-economic-well-being-of-us-households-in-2018-dealing-with-unexpected-expenses.htm
  3. https://www.prisonpolicy.org/blog/2020/06/05/policekillings/
  4. To be clear “white supremacist ideology and public policy” refers to the persistent use of government and non-governmental force to oppress black, brown and indigenous peoples from European’s first encounters with the Western Hemisphere On to the present day.
  5. This begs the question of who is “white”. Ask an Irishman in Boston into the 1920s and ‘30s whether he felt accepted by white people?
Video Posts, racism

Video Post – Wondering What White Supremacy looks Like?

October 28, 2020

A recent study of the Boston area real estate market reveals continuing discrimination against people of color. A video post.

Video Posts, economy

Video Post: The Monopolization of the Economy and Zephyr Teachout’s “Break’Em Up”

October 27, 2020

monopoly, antitrust, trust, economy, US economy, Zephyr Teachout, Break’em Up, competitive markets, monopoly market, economic concentration, big tech, chickenization

Video Posts, free-market ideology

Video Post – Externalities – getting somebody else to pay for my production costs – the In Depth Capitalism series

October 25, 2020

Capitalism features a structural drive to create and use external costs to increase profits. Pollution of the earth is the most obvious and visible; there are many others including injuries and death for workers.

Video Posts, free-market ideology

Video Post – Introduction to In Depth Capitalism Series

October 24, 2020

Introducing the In Depth series on the actual workings of capitalism. Commentary on economic theories.

Video Posts, healthcare, politics

Video Post – Trump’s Pandemic

August 7, 2020

Trump and his Republican enablers – the Trumplicans –  are responsible for the pandemic in the US and the nearly 200k deaths that have occurred to date. Comparing the US response with the rest of the world makes it clear that this catastrophe is the direct result of Trumplican policies.

racism

Structural White Supremacy In Action – the real estate market

July 2, 2020

Wondering What White Supremacy Looks Like? (click on image to download the report) The Boston Globe reported on July 1, 2020 on the results of a study by Suffolk University Law School, “Qualified Renters Need Not Apply” (link downloads the PDF of the study) from the Globe report: An undercover investigation released Wednesday found that Black people posing as prospective tenants in Greater Boston were shown fewer apartments than whites and offered fewer incentives to —>> read more –>>

Footnotes

  1. https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/07/01/metro/blacks-voucher-holders-face-egregious-housing-discrimination-study-says/ access 7.2.2020
healthcare, political system, politics

The Trumplican Pandemic

June 30, 2020

It is absolutely clear that Trump and Republicans (Trumplicans) are to blame for the state we find ourselves in. Trump and Republicans can talk all they want about “Wuhan virus” and other racist slurs. There is no other explanation for the tremendous surge in COVID-19 cases across the southern belt of the US. It is their policies that have created this monster. There has been no coherent Federal policy to drive an effective response to —>> read more –>>

inequality, political system, politics, racism

Reparations and the System of White Supremacy

June 25, 2020

Monetary reparations for African Americans may accomplish very little to drive basic changes in the five pillars of the system of white supremacy: housing, education, healthcare, employment, and the judicial system.

political system, politics

End Anonymity

June 15, 2020

Anonymity is a plague in our lives, public and private. The web is filled with anonymous material authored by anonymous creators. Facebook is filled with millions of anonymous fake people who are really, it frequently turns out,  paid actors for various political and economic actors. Our local web-based social platforms are filled with people saying all sorts of stuff, much interesting and much also annoying, lacking in factual content, and sometimes downright vicious. Here in —>> read more –>>

economy, education, inequality, justice/jails, racism, recently noted, video-movies-podcasts

“How Structural Racism Works” – Tricia Rose and Samuel Rosen – recently noted

June 7, 2020

If you are struggling to get your head around how racism works you will probably find it helpful to have a general framework as a guide. This one hour lecture from 2017 features an overview by Brown University Professor Tricia Rose of the structure of racism and how it works in the US (approx. 29 minutes). Then follows a case study by Samuel Rosen, senior researcher, How Structural Racism Works Project at Brown, of how —>> read more –>>

political system, racism, recently noted

Recently Noted – Eric Foner on the Electoral College, presidential elections…..

May 21, 2020

The May 21, 2020 Issue of the London Review of Books contains a review article, “The Corrupt Bargain” by Columbia U. Professor Eric Foner1. It is a wonderful review of the history of this peculiar institution, The Electoral College. In the midst of his survey of the history of the electoral college system he notes: A candidate can carry a dozen or so large states by small margins and capture the presidency while trailing far —>> read more –>>

Footnotes

  1. more about Foner here: http://www.ericfoner.com/
books, economy, education, family, healthcare, inequality, justice/jails, politics

Tightrope – Americans reaching for hope by Kristof and WuDunn – book review

May 1, 2020

Tightrope provides a well-written description of the American crisis through personal stories and hard data. Unfortunately it falls flat in its call for action.

economy, free-market ideology, inequality, politics

How the Rich and Big Corporations Feed Off Us During the Pandemic

May 1, 2020

The rich and corporations win even during a global pandemic.

environment, free-market ideology, political system, video-movies-podcasts

Recently Noted – the chemical industry, government, and personal connections to TCE

March 1, 2020

Back in the early and mid ‘70s both Karen and I worked in various machine shops and other industrial locations. Trichloroethylene (TCE) was used on a daily basis to clean metals parts and other materials. I remember a large tank of slowly roiling hot TCE at Stevens Arnold, Inc. in South Boston. I would use it several times a day to clean parts. Every week or so I would be detailed to drain the tank, —>> read more –>>

Footnotes

  1. https://cen.acs.org/articles/95/i9/chemicals-use-today.html accessed 3/1/2020
economy

The Coming End of Branding and Logos….. the shutdown

February 14, 2020

Perhaps the ceaseless clamoring for our attention by marketers is reaching its final stage of saturation in which our brains simply shut down and go on attention strike.