Assata (via michellehuxtable)
I tell my students this every single semester.
A group of photographers and artists asked inmates at Illinois’s Tamms Supermax Prison to request one image of anything in the world, real or imagined—and then they photographed it.
Here are the powerful results.
(photo via Creative Time Reports. Photo by Chris Murphy, 2012.)
Take a few minutes for this one. It’s… important.
I get the feeling not enough people are following Robert Reich.
Heh. Not sure where the Republican Party of Wisconsin got their mailing list, but this plea for donations isn’t starting out too well for them.
They are now worth $1.9 trillion: just a little less than the entire output of the United Kingdom.
This is not the result of chance. The rise in the fortunes of the super-rich is the direct result of policies. Here are a few: the reduction of tax rates and tax enforcement; governments’ refusal to recoup a decent share of revenues from minerals and land; the privatisation of public assets and the creation of a toll-booth economy; wage liberalisation and the destruction of collective bargaining.
The policies that made the global monarchs so rich are the policies squeezing everyone else. This is not what the theory predicted. Friedrich Hayek, Milton Friedman and their disciples – in a thousand business schools, the IMF, the World Bank, the OECD and just about every modern government – have argued that the less governments tax the rich, defend workers and redistribute wealth, the more prosperous everyone will be. Any attempt to reduce inequality would damage the efficiency of the market, impeding the rising tide that lifts all boats. The apostles have conducted a 30-year global experiment, and the results are now in. Total failure.”
It’s not just in the US that “trickle-down” economics has proven to do the opposite.
Really. Two guys walk around with rifles to make a statement, nobody dies, and that’s “one of the best arguments I could think of for banning assault rifles”? Because that image is a “frightening thought”? On the heels of Newtown, “their extreme actions actually may become one of the centerpieces…”?
I award you no points.
a.) These appear to be semi-auto AR-15s, likely not automatic M16 assault rifles which require rare and expensive Class 3 permits.
b.) Would people have been any less alarmed if they were traditional-looking hunting rifles, which are typically much more powerful and accurate?
c.) Disturbing the peace is still an offense, right? This is why a concealed-carry handgun permit requires you to keep it concealed. Freaking out the general public is neither courteous nor tactical. I’d think disturbance of peace charges could be made here, but likely the authorities just didn’t want to play into their point-making political exercise.
d.) Note that despite the provocative disturbance, neither of the rifles achieved sentience and began committing crimes of their own volition.
e.) With actual shootings and murders fresh on our minds, getting the vapors over theatrics seems a bit insulting to the families of crime victims.
Stop punishing your loyal, hard-working employees to make a vapid political point.
Your message would be much better sent without costing your business if you did the following:Raise your menu prices 5¢ an item (that will cover the cost of providing insurance for all your employees) and then ADVERTISE THE REASON FOR THE PRICE INCREASE. Tell the customer they are now paying more for their food in order to provide the employee with health insurance.
Better:Raise your menu prices 15¢ an item (that will cover the cost of providing insurance, a liveable wage, and paid sick leave for all your employees) and then ADVERTISE WHY YOUR PRICES INCREASED. Tell the customer you are charging more so your employees will be healthy when they touch the food the customer eats.
Your business will increase because we customers like the thought that we won’t catch a cold, the flu, hepatitis, or some other communicable disease from your sick, stressed employees when we eat at your establishment. It’s a win-win-win situation—you win because of increased business and therefore more money coming in, your employees win because of higher wages, health care, and sick leave, and we customers win because happy employees make tastier food and healthy employees make safer food.
This makes me wish I owned a fast food franchise, because I’d do this in a heartbeat, set an example, be successful, and slowly change things for the better.
America is a huge country, so there has got to be at least one owner somewhere who’ll do this, right?
I’d like to see this happen, but doubt it will sway any of the aforementioned tantrum-throwing owners. They’ve already decided their priorities.
N.J. Gov. Christie on House GOP holding up the hurricane Sandy relief bill.
Read this, Huckabee, you colossal nitwit.
I still like pointing out whenever Ryan gets so rightly skewered.
Why won’t Obama give Republicans what they want? Also note this remarkable quote in Milbank’s piece from one of Boehner’s deputies, Rep. Pete Roskam:
“President Obama has an unbelievable opportunity to be a transformational president — that is, to bring the country together,” he said. “Or he can devolve into zero-sum-game politics, where he wins and other people lose.”
After a four-year scorched earth campaign to render Obama a one-term president explicitly through denying him compromise, Republicans want him to bring the two parties together by agreeing (in exchange for unspecified loophole closings) to give them both the entitlement cuts they want and the tax rates they want.
It would be really, really great if just one national network news journalist pointed out the appalling hypocrisy from the GOP on … anything, really … but specifically these pearl-clutching calls for “compromise” after being clearly repudiated by voters at the national and state level.
Annnnnd my disgust with the GOP and with lazy, superficial “news” reporting continues unabated.
Interesting details about how the Obama team’s IT strategy dominated over Romney’s outsourcing, cronyism, and hiring “cheap and young”.
(Interesting to this marketing/techie type, anyway.)