Tuesday, August 25, 2015

No Problems Here, Just Move Along & Keep Shopping

Too Many Law Students, Too Few Legal Jobs
Law schools have been able to raise tuition while producing twice as many graduates as the job market has been able to absorb.

China, Japan and Europe Are Flashing Economic Warning Signs
World leaders need to come up with credible policies quickly to energize the sputtering global economy.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Gentrification & Immigration: Market Forces Of Profit & Loss

The return to economic fundamentalism and libertarian anti-socialism has meant great progress for many and enormous regression for most. That is textbook free market unregulated capitalism, though a post war move to government investment in some aspects of life not producing private profit gave a social democratic appearance of change for a minority when there really was substantially none for the majority. But the neo-liberal attack on anything remotely smacking of humanity, common sense or market control has brought this globally dominant system producing humanity’s goods and services to a point of crisis never before experienced. Even a social democratic revival may not be enough to avoid cataclysmic situations that have resulted from the unleashing of private greed as prime motivator for anything and everything that happens in life, or reaches the market, which under the domain of capital is the same thing.

The sharpened divisions among people accepting the lie of an individually competitive system for themselves while their rulers enjoy the most caring, sharing, near communist social welfare services imaginable, has led to situations that bring the contradictions of capital’s privately controlled markets into what should be a clearer perspective. The national immigration surge of the past twenty or so years has been joined by one of increasing gentrification, with both bringing profits to some, losses to most, and dangerous divisions to society that threaten to tear the social fabric to shreds before anyone notices that even with all the past patching there wasn’t much there to begin with.

The economic programs that bring austerity, downscaling and immigration are the same ones that bring luxury, upscaling and gentrification. Gentrimigrant Immification?

Millions of bodies entering the country as cheap labor are extremely profitable for capital and some of its professional servant class but represent loss to those no longer holding the jobs they take and bearing the social expense of working the newcomers into society. Likewise, the high earning people who move into neighborhoods and communities being gentrified are immigrants with a profound affect on these communities, bringing business, wealth, higher real estate values and profits to many while the original dwellers and inhabitants are either pushed out of housing when prices become too high or remain but are forced into second class status and no longer able to afford to shop in their own communities.

Foreign immigration on the one hand, leading to greater profits that also create loss, and internal immigration on the other, leading to greater profits that also create loss. That the economics are the same is slowly dawning on more people, but the divisions and ugliness among groups forced into competition while others enjoy cooperative profit making could cause far more pain and bitterness before it is seen for what it is: capitalist free market private profit seeking which always brings happiness to some, unhappiness to others and misery to more than should be tolerable any longer.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Assholes, A Billionaire, And A Socialist: Actual Choice, At Last?

In a political field of republican assholes who represent billionaires and love Israel, Donald Trump stands out because he is an asshole who is a billionaire and loves Israel. He is also outspoken in ways unfamiliar to his more conventional opponents who must always be suck-ups to wealth and power while he is the wealth and power they suck-up to, under normal circumstances. But the reaction to him by what passes for established intelligentsia tells us more about where we are as a nation than the near imbecile candidates themselves. Treating this campaign as something different because the field is overrun with assholes, only one of them seeming unique, means that the critics have somehow missed all campaigns and debates for the entire television age.

What passes for standard political gibberish has enthralled America’s mind managers and consciousness controllers to bring out the smallest vote of any alleged democracy, with few noticing that there has never been a president actually voted in by a majority of the electorate, but only by a majority – sometimes – of those who show up to vote. The combination of those who do not vote at all and those who do not vote for the winner is the real majority, all the time, and that shameful performance is overlooked, not understood, or kept from the public’s awareness in order to insure belief in the mythology of a national democracy.

The Trump TV personality phenomenon is hardly anything new, with people of even less intellectual and political grasp all over the spectrum and in both wings of the ruling party running for and serving in high political offices. But his great wealth and tv star status have made him a bigger personality, if a lesser brainiac, than say a Ross Perot who was also very rich but motivated by much less ego and much more sincerity. Interestingly, Perot loomed large in getting Bill Clinton into the white house and the Trumpeter is thought by many to be a plot to get Hillary in if/when he runs as an independent. But whatever his ultimate aims beyond satisfying an elephantine ego even greater than that of the other elephantine assholes, his impact is already beyond the understanding of his critics from the lib-con bi-partisan establishment.

They hate him for his outspoken behavior flaws that are embarrassing to their positions as ruling class servants since he speaks openly about the political power of money, what he can buy and sell, including some of the assholes he is running against, and in so doing threatens to upset the political economic clergy of America’s capital religion. Democracy? Sure, if you can buy it, and that’s what he’s openly doing while at the same time criticizing the process. Contradictions? We’ve got ‘em, big time.

In return for his outspoken confrontation of certain systemic flaws which he thrives on but is willing to admit are social weaknesses, the con-lib establishment anxiously picks at his individualistic problems regarding often meaningless gossip items of the type that make him famous rather than any meaningful policy position he may represent which hardly threatens any aspect of the political economic system. Except, of course, to treat it is a sham purchasable by the rich, which he acknowledges while others play dumb, since they grovel before those rich in order to maintain their political jobs and campaigns.

Trump doesn’t do the usual word mincing and focus group editing of his remarks before stating his feelings, which he believes are shared by “america” and in which belief he is closer to the truth than his puppets-for-wealth-and-israel opponents. He acts as ego puppeteer in chief and excites more people than are manipulated into being turned off by his rudeness, overstatements and identity politics gaffs. But while servants of mind management react in shock, he maintains high ratings in the polls. This, of course, is because the political and media servants are brilliant and most Americans are too stupid to understand the subtleties, nuances and levels of bullshit those servants help reinforce.

At the same time that Trump pleases americans who are disgusted with political life in general – tiny minorities express support for congress and slightly larger ones for the president – his shoot-from-the-mouth style also appeals to many of the propeller beanie caucus that offer fair game for those passing as slightly more intelligent. That would be those who only wear their beanies in private and never in public. Lost in the lowest common denominator politics of major media and major politics is the great disgust of so many americans with what passes for their alleged democracy and finally having someone speak plainly and openly, even if often brainlessly sounding like so many others. The situation is so dreadful that this is seen as a refreshing change.

At the same time on the other democratic side of usually asshole campaigns another candidate who causes fits among established power is running in the primary against her highness billary and doing so on a left-populist platform reviving past social democratic policies to counter the unrestrained capitalism which is destroying much more than our own economy in an orgy of creating fabulous wealth for a minority and appalling problems for the majority. Bernie Sanders even calls himself a socialist and while the hopeless right tends to see any government or public activity as socialism, Sanders goes further than any of the other toadies on his side of the spectrum regarding economic policies. He is calling for higher wages for workers, higher taxes on wealth and generally sounding like a free market fundamentalist’s worst nightmare. Unfortunately, this does not yet hold true for his foreign policy stance that mostly echoes the assholes on Israel with slightly less reliance on provoking nuclear war. What does this say about the country at a time of much greater economic and social stress, even if consciousness control keeps telling us things are getting better every day? Perhaps the smug manipulators and the unfortunates who think themselves the only ones who understand will see that the public is only as ignorant as it is kept, and they are among that public as long as they agree that what the people want they cannot have because the only realistic outcome of any election is for the rich to get what they want.

Which viewpoint is stupid, anti-democratic and most likely to vote for an asshole representing the rich?

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Mass Immigration to the U.S.: What It's All About

"The push for mass immigration from 'developing' countries has nothing to do with solving world poverty. It would be an odd way to do it: I know - let's move all the poor people to American suburbs! According to the World Bank, 2.4 billion people - about a third of the earth's population - live on less than two dollars a day. Until the world economy reaches perfect equilibrium and there is no reason for anyone to move from one country to another, billions of desperate people will want to come to America. We can't take them all, so which billion of the starving masses are liberals going to exclude? Will it involve death panels? Are liberals going to trample on the rights of Bangladeshis? They're dying of cholera! Is it their brown skin liberals don't like? Sorry, liberals, but your white picket fence sense of America and fear of 'Furriners' can't hold back the 2.4 billion in this worldwide humanitarian crisis.

"Our current immigration law's preference for destitute people from backward cultures (peasants - ed.) is merely a convenience for the 1 percent. The elites will be gung-ho for a (border) fence just as soon as every college graduate - at least from one of the better schools - can afford a maid, a nanny, a chef, and a gardener. At that point, the elite will stop pretending to care about the world's poor. America will be Brazil, with a well-pampered, itty-bitty upper class, amid an ocean of poor people.

"Half a century of (Edward) Kennedy's immigration law already has us all on our way to becoming a nation of Have-Everythings and Have-Nothings. Fabulously wealthy towns like Malibu, California; Atherton, California; Woodside, California; Greenwich, Connecticut; New York's Upper East Side; and Palm Beach, Florida, are lily-white - and getting whiter! But in the rest of the country, once-white towns are going majority Hispanic like dominoes: Van Nuys, California; San Bernardino, California; Oxnard, California; Shelbyville, Kentucky; Danbury, Connecticut; Monroe, North Carolina; and Siler City, North Carolina - home of The Andy Griffith Show's 'Aunt Bee.' It's a sweet deal the elites have: They get to have cheap nannies and lawn boys in the whitest towns in America - and feel morally superior at the same time! What's not to like about that?

"Immigration isn't about rescuing the 2.4 billion people of the world living on less than two dollars a day. It's about enriching the already rich, who like to laugh at blue-collar people being ground down by cheap labor. It's about Carlos Slim, Zoe Baird, Kimba Wood, Mark Zuckerberg, and Sheldon Adelson getting richer. It's about the gilded class being able to afford a battery of servants. It's about ethnic activists increasing their power and media desirability. It's about Democrats winning a permanent political majority. And it's about Republican officeholders pleasing their well-heeled donors and clinging to power, at least for a few more years. What use does New Jersey Governor Chris Christie have for an out-of-work roofer when Mark Zuckerberg wants to be his friend? The only people not benefiting from immigration are ordinary Americans. But who cares about them?"

------Ann Coulter, "Adios, America!"

Sunday, July 26, 2015

OOPS..They Meant The USA...typos of the Times

BUSINESS | The China Factor 


China's Global Ambitions, With Loans and Strings Attached 



The country has invested billions in Ecuador and elsewhere, using its economic clout to win diplomatic allies and secure natural resources around the world.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Iran and Humanity vs. the Master Race of Chosen People

The performance of fading imperial power becomes more dangerous with each new crisis it faces, whether real, imagined or the logical outcome of its weakening intellectual and moral foundation which threatens the material structure we call civilization. Even while Greece is being treated with the near economic savagery previously reserved for developing and non-european countries, the attempted step into reality in recognizing Iran’s importance in the world, especially its dominant role in the middle east, is accompanied by enough hypocritical gall and bloody arrogance to make ISIS look very reasonable by comparison.

Having suffered brutal western assault since their Islamic revolution of 1979 which discarded a minority government of European toadies for a more homegrown majority representation of its people, Iran has finally forced the USA, though not its seemingly conjoined-by-dollars twin Israel, to face at least a small part of reality. But this tiny recognition of what most of the world, especially many people in the middle east, already knows is accompanied by a tremendous amount of backlash-to-logic.

The bellowing of both the Israeli leadership and its Knesset Caucus in the USA continues treating Iran as some major threat to humanity and especially settler innocents in a colony of supremacists from Europe who’ve established a homeland in the middle of a Semitic world. But that’s okay because god said it was really theirs, a thousand or two thousand years ago or so. And even if many of those euros are atheists who say they don’t believe in god. Business is business and real estate is a big business, especially when the realtor is a deity.

The appalling arrogance necessary for the only nation to have invented and used nuclear weapons to stand over another and make sure it doesn’t create such a maniacal arsenal is enough to make hyenas and jackals barf as they perform nature’s dictates in eating the dead. But this is on a par with the settler chorus singing hosannas to peace and democracy while it bludgeons Palestinians into bloody colonial victims while its own collection of nuclear death dealing remains secret to all as long as they believe in the easter bunny and the tooth fairy.

The master race is indeed threatened by any rising independent power against its dominance in a world it considers its private market, especially the oil mall in the Middle East. Adherents to The Chosen psycho politics swear that Iran, as eventually the entire world, is intent on genocidal extermination of the Jewish nation. That last has been an ongoing program since biblical times, at least according to a minority interpretation, which could lead one to wonder how there are any people left who call themselves jewish. Given the reality of a near extermination of native people in what became the USA, and with no scriptural or historic evidence of any such plan beyond bloody racist colonial conquest, it may be miraculous that there are still descendants of native people here, though somehow, there are more Jews in the USA than Indians. And that’s without an Indian narrative of a euro-gentile-islamic-jewish conspiracy to annihilate them. Hmmm.

Material reality be damned, the American multi-cultural master race, even as it performs homicidal attacks on its own, is aligned with the never without existential threat chosen nation of Israel, even as it performs daily horror on palestinians in proving its godliness – even to its atheists –in screeching loud and clear the awful threat to humanity posed by Iran.

The most heavily armed nation that spends more money on weapons than any other and maintains foreign military bases in hundreds of countries should be feared, but it is not Iran. Except for those believers in the Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy, it is the USA. And the most heavily armed military power in the Middle East, including nuclear weapons, is not Iran. Except for believers in the world being created in six days and the 911 conspiracy beginning on the seventh. Yet, this fanatic mindset with no substance in reality and as sensible as what provoked the racist murderer in South Carolina or the race supremacists in Tel Aviv would have it that Iran is a menace that must be contained. And who better to do the containing than the most belligerent, feared and hated countries in the world, asserted so by polling and arrived at by common sense and experience?

Those who espouse these political-economic-religious views do not try to hide the madness between their ears by wearing propeller beanies on their heads, so they are not identifiable simply by sight. They look just like us, even if they exercise infinitely more power than we have as long we allow them to reign under the guise of democracy. But if that up to now fictional theory doesn’t soon become practical reality, the idiocy that is bringing all of us closer to breakdown will not involve an idiot with a gun opening fire in a theater or a church, but maniacs with missiles, drones and nuclear weapons destroying more of the earth and its people than they have ever done before. Iran, like the rest of the world, deserves our respect as a nation and a people. As long as we allow ourselves to be led by disrespectful supremacists, we’ll have only ourselves to blame if or when the worst happens. We should take action before that dreadful day arrives.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Bulletin: Escaped Mexican Drug Lord Enters Primary

Chapo Guzman, the escaped Mexican drug lord, has entered the Republican primary . He is running on a platform of civil rights for thousands of Mexicans here who are illegal, and as representative of tens of thousands of anglo  stoners, potheads, coke fiends and heroin addicts who deserve representation but will never get it under a "gringo dominated puritan regime".

Guzman says he truly understands the plight of illegals, having broken every drug law in Mexico and the USA  thousands of times. " Companeros, brothers, sisters, junkies, support me and you will bring yourselves and this nation to a new high."

When asked why he entered the Republican and not the Democratic primary, Guzman said  since there were so many candidates ( 18 so far counting Guzman) who would split the vote  a true minority candidate like him would have a better chance to win. The Supreme Court will have to rule on whether he is eligible to be president of the USA but if they rule against him he threatens to marry his brother, adopt a blonde transexual american, buy a dog and a cat and claim  discrimination against a Mexican ex-con gay married couple pet family simply trying to live the American immigrant dream.