Jack Saturday

Monday, January 26, 2015

Anti Wage-Slavery Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 1250-1252

The United States offers three kinds of subsidies to tycoons with private jets: accelerated tax write-offs, avoidance of personal taxes on the benefit by claiming that private aircraft are for security, and use of air traffic control paid for by chumps flying commercial.

I worry about those tycoons sponging off government. Won’t our pampering damage their character? Won’t they become addicted to the entitlement culture, demanding subsidies even for their yachts? Oh, wait ...
Nicholas Kristof
A Nation of Takers?
MARCH 26, 2014
New York Times
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The disenfranchised, ostracised youth are an easy target for indoctrinators of all sorts. The current economic crisis, which hits the youth particularly hard, has even handed more ammunition to fanatics: among the young men who enlist to fight for Daesh, many are actually disenfranchised white youth with no familial links to Islam.
Charlie Hebdo: a letter to my British friends
Olivier Tonneau
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Target Canada currently has 133 stores across the country and employs approximately 17,600 people.

"I can't think of another time in Canadian history when 18,000 people were laid off at once; It's a tragedy on several levels," said Unifor economist Jim Stanford. "It's an incredible legacy of scorched earth that Target has left from its misguided venture up here in Canada."

The Minneapolis-based department store entered the Canadian market in 2012, after purchasing 200 former Zellers store locations from the Hudson's Bay Company.

In that $1.8 billion deal, almost 27,000 workers lost their jobs. Shortly afterward, Target announced that all Zellers employees -- regardless of experience or years of service -- would be fired and needed to reapply if they wanted a job in their rebranded workplaces. The new jobs were not unionized, and "new" hires lost their years of seniority, and started their jobs with wages set at the bottom of Target's pay scale.
...most Target workers won't qualify for Employment Insurance benefits, "because of the bias rules that makes it very hard for part-time or irregular workers to collect enough hours to qualify."
17,600 workers lose as Target Canada closes its operations
JANUARY 15, 2015
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Monday, January 19, 2015

Anti Wage-Slavery Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 1247-1249

Grace also seemed disappointed that Epps would rap about smoking marijuana, among other topics, in his music, given that he graduated at the top of his high school class and attended Alabama State University on a basketball scholarship.

“Were you using pot then?” Grace asked about his high school playing days. When Epps told her he was selling marijuana then, she asked, “And would you want your children to do that?”

“No, but it was a means to an end,” he replied. “It was a way to make a living.”
Nancy Grace gets smoked trying to force her reefer madness on rapper ’2 Chainz’
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Nothing is more fundamental than food. There’s only one way you can force people to accept an intolerable lifestyle. You have to lock up the food. Though it surely isn’t recognized at the time, locking up the food is the beginning of the hierarchical life we call civilization.

As soon as the storehouse appears, someone must step forward to guard it, and this custodian needs assistants, who depend on him entirely, since they no longer earn their living as farmers. A manager class soon emerged to look after the accumulation and storage of surpluses — something that had never been necessary when everyone was just working a few hours a day. They soon came to be regarded as social and political leaders. In a single stroke, a figure of power appears on the scene to control the community’s wealth, surrounded by a cadre of loyal vassals, ready to evolve into a ruling class of royals and nobles.

What these founders of our culture fundamentally invented for us was the notion of work. They developed a hard way to live — the hardest way to live ever found on this planet. Their revolution wasn’t about food, it was about power. That’s still what it’s all about.
Daniel Quinn
Beyond Civilization: Humanity's Next Great Adventure
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The money for a basic income guarantee would be already existing money circulated through the economic system. It would not be new money, just money shifted from one location to another. This means that the value of each dollar has not changed. The dollar itself has only changed hands.

It is also important to note the observation that even when money supply is vastly expanded, the effects on prices need not be extreme. For example, the Fed’s quantitative easing added over four trillion new dollars to the U.S. money supply, and the results were not enough inflation, as defined by the Fed.

In 1982, Alaska began providing a partial basic income annually to all its residents. Until the first dividend, Alaska had a higher rate of inflation than the rest of the United States. But ever since the dividend was introduced, Alaska has had a lower rate of inflation than the rest of the United States.

A partial basic income was also provided in Kuwait in 2011, when every citizen was given $4,000. Fears of increasing inflation were rampant, as Kuwait already had high inflation. Instead of bad inflation getting worse, it actually got better, decreasing from record highs to under 4 percent.
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Monday, January 12, 2015

Anti Wage-Slavery Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 1244-1246

3200. That’s how many copies of Moby-Dick were sold during Herman Melville’s lifetime. A critical and commercial flop at the time of his death — by which point he was working as an anonymous customs inspector for the City of New York — it took nearly 50 years for Melville’s book to become the Great American Novel.
How to Get Read on Medium
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Espied from some timid man-of-war, or blundering discovery vessel from afar, when the distance obscuring the swarming fouls, nevertheless shows the white mass floating in the sun, and the white spray heaving high against it; straightway the whale's
unharming corpse, with trembling fingers is set down in the log: shoals, rocks, and breakers hereabouts: beware!  And for years afterwards, perhaps, ships shun the place; leaping over it as silly sheep leap over a  vacuum, because their leader originally leapt there when a stick was held. There's your law of precedents; there's your utility of traditions; there's the story of your obstinate survival of old beliefs never bottomed on the earth, and now not even hovering in the air!  There's orthodoxy!
Melville, from Moby-Dick

Reason has no chance if men [sic] are starving, or even if they have undue cause for envy. But granted an economy that is no longer competitive, in which the highest yield of production is wisely and evenly distributed among all mankind, then reason will have a chance.
Herbert Read
The Politics Of The Unpolitical (1963)
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Monday, January 05, 2015

Anti Wage-Slavery Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 1241-1243

Bumping into a student at the gym can be awkward, but exposing the reality that I, with my master’s degree, not only have another job, but must have one, risks destroying the facade of success I present to my students as one of their university mentors.

In class I emphasize the value of a degree as a means to avoid the sort of jobs that I myself go to when those hours in the classroom are over. A colleague in my department labeled these jobs (food and beverage, retail and customer service — the only legal work in abundance in Las Vegas) as “survival jobs.” He tells our students they need to learn that survival work will not grant them the economic security of white-collar careers. I never told him that I myself had such a job, that I needed our meeting to end within the next 10 minutes or I’d be late to a seven-hour shift serving drunk, needy tourists, worsening my premature back problem while getting hit on repeatedly.
Your Waitress, Your Professor
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Ft. Lauderdale has earned a national reputation for its treatment of homeless people this year. In the span of eight months, the city has passed new ordinances making it illegal for homeless people to sleep in public and prohibiting homeless people from having possessions in public on top of the recent crackdown on volunteers handing out food. The city also arrested a homeless man for speaking out during a meeting where the City Commission honored National Homeless Week.
90-Year-Old Vet Arrested For Feeding Homeless Will Hand Out Christmas Eve Dinner
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Marx never asked what might happen if intense global competition some time in the future forced entrepreneurs to introduce ever more efficient technologies, accelerating productivity to the point where the marginal cost of production approached zero, making goods and services "priceless" and potentially free, putting an end to profit and rendering the market exchange economy obsolete. But that's now beginning to happen.
Hundreds of millions of people are already transferring bits and pieces of their lives from capitalist markets to the emerging global collaborative commons, operating on a ubiquitous internet-of-things platform. The great economic paradigm shift has begun.
Jeremy Rifkin
The Guardian
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Monday, December 29, 2014

Anti Wage-Slavery Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 1238-1240

Reports this year have shown the highest numbers ever of child poverty in B.C. Most of the children affected live in families led by low-income single mothers.
Other studies have found that hundreds of Victoria families are living below the poverty line and are at risk of homelessness.
One report found that on one night in February, 70 families sought emergency shelter in Victoria. Of the 78 people turned away from shelters that night, 12 were children.
Series: The growing problem of hidden poverty in Greater Victoria
Sarah Petrescu / Times Colonist 
December 26, 2014
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At The Washington Post, Christopher Ingraham reports on the results of the study, which was published in the journal Sleep: “Compared to normal sleepers, so-called ‘short sleepers’ — those who are getting six hours or less on weeknights — worked 1.5 more hours on weekdays and nearly two hours more on weekends and holidays.” And, he notes, lack of sleep is linked to car accidents and a number of health problems. “To the extent that we’re trading sleep for work,” he writes, “our jobs are literally killing us."
New York Times
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For the first time in decades, a Basic Income which would end poverty and guarantee true freedom and dignity for all has made real progress in the political arena.
Basic Income News
DECEMBER 15, 2014

Monday, December 22, 2014

Anti Wage-Slavery Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 1234-1237

The digital economy demands a digital workforce.
Step Into The Future: Meet Amelia

Can Amelia be sexually harassed? I bet the egg heads have forgotten about this vital characteristic.
Comment section

There is an approximately 50% deflation rate for all information technology. That is why mobile phones were only affordable by the wealthy 15 years ago and now are dramatically better yet very inexpensive, so much so that there are approximately six billion cell phones in the world and about a billion smart phones.
Technology starts out affordable only by the rich at a point where it does not work very well. By the time a technology is perfected it is almost free. Even physical devices will become almost free with the advent of 3D printing.
Ray Kurzweil
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Let us ask: what are the needs of each one of us? Sufficient food and clothing, adequate housing - a certain minimum of these necessities should be the inalienable right of every member of the community. Until it can provide these minimum necessities, a society must be branded as inhuman and inefficient.
Herbert Read
To Hell With Culture

Monday, December 15, 2014

Anti Wage-Slavery Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 1231-1233

Working, in America, is in decline.
Binyamin Appelbaum
New York Times
DEC. 11, 2014

Work’s assumed virtue has always been about more than its utility or market value. George Lakoff, the cognitive linguist, provided a clue in the frame of work as obedience. The first virtue we learn as children is obeying our parents, particularly in performing tasks we don’t enjoy. Later, as adults, we’re paid to obey our employers — it’s called work. Work and virtue are thus connected in our neurology in terms of obedience to authority. That’s not the only cognitive frame we have for the virtue of work, but it’s the one that is constantly reinforced by what Lakoff calls the “strict father” conservative moral system.
Brian Dean
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Two Pratt & Whitney plants that build jet engines will receive $300 million in tax incentives and subsidies from the federal government.

Industry Minister James Moore announced the funding at the company's facilities in Mississauga, just west of Toronto. At the same time, Infrastructure Minister Denis Lebel made a similar announcement at the Longueuil, Que., facility on the other side of the river from Montreal.
a Fraser Institute study last year found that Pratt & Whitney had received more than $3.3 billion in Canadian government subsidies in inflation-adjusted terms over five decades, more than any other company.
in federal investment

Monday, December 08, 2014

Anti Wage-Slavery Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 1228-1230

An Assortment of Data Shows a Resurgent U.S. Economy, but Pay Continues to Lag 
Reports on employment, the services industry and productivity as well as the Fed’s Beige Book snapshot of the economy all showed vitality. The momentum, however, did not carry over into wages.
NYT Headline
December 3, 2014
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Unsteady Incomes Keep Millions Behind on Bills 
The Federal Reserve says that more than 30 percent of Americans report irregular incomes that sabotage efforts to budget and save. Unreliable work hours are cited most often.
NYT headline
DEC. 4, 2014

Chronic Diseases Are Killing More in Poorer Countries 
Deaths from chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease have risen by more than 50 percent in low- and middle-income countries over the past two decades, according to a report.
NYT headline
DEC. 4, 2014

Monday, December 01, 2014

Anti Wage-Slavery Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 1225-1227

While the G20 summit in Australia made headlines over global warming, economic growth and terrorism, much less attention was paid to the giant spectre of global corruption.

That is too bad as this is a problem that is arguably more dangerous to humanity than even terrorism because it siphons off an estimated $1 trillion from developing countries annually through bribery, money laundering, tax evasion, extortion and other financial crimes.

Recent World Bank estimates suggest that much of the world's direct aid to the poorest countries ends up stolen, perhaps as much as $40 billion in recent years.

And it has been estimated that up to 3.6 million of the world's poorest die annually from inadequate health care and living conditions directly because corruption has leached away development aid of all kinds.
Global corruption a bigger scourge than terrorism

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The crop itself was in every way exceptional. It was intricately and endlessly demanding in the ways it was cultivated, handled, and prepared for market. In the time before tractors and chemicals, the tobacco crop was made by the work of mules and men, and, when needed, women, the man-hours far exceeding the mule-hours. All crops, then, of course, were dependent on such work, but tobacco was unique in the intensity, skill and length of the work it required. Its production then, as Andy Catlett now thinks, looking back, involved higher standards and greater passion for excellence than any other practice of agriculture, excepting only that of the better livestock breeders.
Nothing living lives alone
Wendell Berry
from the Threepenny Review
Pushcart Prize XXXVII
Best Of The Small Presses

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There is precious little hope to be got out of whatever keeps us industrious, but there is a chance for us whenever we cease work and become stargazers. 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Anti Wage-Slavery Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 1222-1224

Obviously, we can't make things naturally in unnatural surroundings. We can't do things properly unless we are properly fed and properly housed. We must also be properly equipped with the necessary tools, and then left alone to get on with the job.
Herbert Read
To Hell With Culture

 The moral equality of men [sic] is an a priori assumption which cannot be affected by variations in their capacity to make themselves useful in the processes of economic production. A society truly committed to recognizing such equality would not discriminate against the unemployed, or unskilled, or persons deemed to have a low IQ, since IQ is itself a measure of a set of attributes that derive their utility from the demands of industrial society.
Edgar Z. Friedenberg.

The Disposal Of Liberty And Other Industrial Wastes

Edgar Rice Burroughs' extraordinary fantasy Tarzan Of The Apes, which appeared first in 1912. Something in the neighbourhood of fifty million copies of these books - there are several of them - have been sold, in sixty languages. They are fantasy-books; their author was a man who was a failure in business, and wrote - in the beginning - to give rein to his stifled imagination.
Robertson Davies
Thunder Without Rain

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