At times NobodyisFlyingthePlane will be a diatribe about the current state of affairs in the US and the world at large, at other times it will be an evidentiary discussion of the problem, and most of the time it will just be a collection of links I wanted to share.
The drought out West has brought the insane water use issues out there to national attention again. The way water is being apportioned and used is not at all inline with whats best for the citizens out west, the free market, or the country in general. Unfortunately things are stuck that way out there because of some old outdated laws and practices. Time for change.
What we have now, he added, is “a government bureaucracy that gives the most powerful interests all the water they want, for low cost.”
A freer water market would almost certainly revolutionize water consumption in the West. You’d see more high-priced crops like almonds and fruit, less alfalfa for export, probably fewer dairy farms in California and perhaps more microchip manufacturing. “It would change the economy,”
“If people who owned water rights could make more money by selling them rather than using them locally, and they could move it … I’m absolutely certain it would change the face of water use in California.”
The idea that the rich are better, know more more, make better decisions, etc. is pervasive. It shouldn’t be and its not based in reality.
This article describes what NobodyisFlyingthePlane means perfectly. Corporations are not beings and have no right to vote, yet they get more ‘rights’ than some humans.
Chief Justice John Marshall’s two-centuries-old observation that a corporation is “an artificial being, invisible, intangible and existing only in contemplation of law.”
NYTimes: Who Are ‘We the People’?
Finally, some news which says renewable energy is making headway.
Many poor countries, once intent on building coal-fired power plants to bring electricity to their people, are discussing whether they might leapfrog the fossil age and build clean grids from the outset.
Some experts say the electricity business is entering a period of turmoil beyond anything in its 130-year history, a disruption potentially as great as those that have remade the airlines, the music industry and the telephone business.
NYTimes: Sun and Wind Alter Global Landscape, Leaving Utilities Behind
NobodyisFlyingthePlane when small towns nationwide have and use military equipment. These programs need to stop.
NYTimes: Get the Military Off of Main Street
NobodyisFlyingthePlane. Right wing nuts from the West want their fires put out, but dont want to fund the federal government’s efforts to prevent forest fires. Worse, they declaim loudly that climate change is a hoax, merely smoke and mirrors.
Smoke and ashes out West.
NYTimes: Fools at the Fire
Great article on other paths to success outside the typical college track. We need to focus much more on how these paths can be increased and strengthened. Pushing every kid towards college is not the answer.
Americans have a host of postsecondary options other than a four-year degree—associate degrees, occupational certificates, industry certifications, apprenticeships. Many economists are bullish about the prospects of what they call “middle-skilled” workers. In coming years, according to some, at least a third and perhaps closer to half of all U.S. jobs will require more than high school but less than four years of college—and most will involve some sort of technical or practical training.
Will these be just jobs—or real careers? Is the system preparing enough Americans to fill them? Are there adequate opportunities for training? Do we do enough to steer young people toward technical training?
The first requirement of any upward path is entry ramps at the ground level.
The second requirement of any good upward path is for training to lead to a job.
A third requirement of a good career path is that it must be aligned with economic needs.
Many high schools and community colleges teach job skills, but too many of them use outmoded techniques and equipment or steer young people to industries that aren’t growing. The best way to stay current is to partner with an employer, who can offer advice about what’s in demand, help design curricula, lend equipment, even—like JV—provide training.
Like construction, nursing is a time-tested path to the middle class, and it has many of the same hallmarks: easy on-ramps, goal-oriented job training and a series of ascending steps, with industry-certified credentials to guide the way.