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.
A look at some of the mechanisms that create our distinctions between like people and ‘others’.
It’s common in this country to look down the socio-economic ladder and blame people beneath us for their circumstances while we look up the ladder and lionize the wealthy as better, worthy, and more deserving. Until we overcome this prejudice against the poor we’re not going to come up with solutuons which actually do long term good.
Research consistently finds that Americans exhibit a disturbing level of antipathy towards those on the economic margins. in the case of people living in poverty, it creates manmade barriers to the social inclusion and economic mobility of vulnerable people and communities.
Othering uses bonds of shared identity to deny empathy and a sense of belonging to others. It gives elites and dominant groups an excuse to see social problems as distant pathologies, rather than soluble crises affecting people who are like them.
if we continue to see these brothers and sisters of ours as people who do not really belong in our country, we are not likely to support policies that actually lift them up into economic self-sufficiency.
the equal dignity of all people. And that entails a deliberate, conscious effort to bridge the growing physical, cultural, and emotional gaps that increasingly set low-income people apart as something other than the rest of America.
We are a nation comprised of people with huge variation in our racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds—and in our current economic status. But there are many things we share, and not least among them is the fact that almost everyone is descended from people whose families experienced poverty and marginalization. We respect our ancestors by recognizing and claiming today’s poor people as our brothers and sisters, and by rebuilding a society and an economy capable of creating greater justice for everyone.
Pro life hypocrisy exposed again. Conservatives are consumate and continual liars. The guy who just sponsored legislation to limit womens’ reproductive rights asked his girlfriend to get an abortion.
It’s almost as if these men are fighting to make abortion a crime because they’re more invested in curtailing women’s options and controlling their bodies than they are with saving innocent lives.
But what Mr. Murphy’s moral flexibility ultimately reveals is that, for these particular hard-line anti-abortion politicians, it’s not about fetal pain or the sanctity of life. It’s all about control — whether you’re telling a woman she can’t have an abortion, or forcing a woman to get one.
The Flagrant Sexual Hypocrisy of Conservative Men https://nyti.ms/2yNsnaw
A great example of how racism became institutionalized in the U.S.
Racist southern women forced it upon subsequent generations. Perhaps the best solution is to force Southerners to go to through deprograming. Treat them like former cult members.
The Confederacy’s ‘Living Monuments’ https://nyti.ms/2yMhS7d
A few corporations are tearng apart our world while handing us scraps, and yet we love them. This is one of those articles to ignore, but it had a few words worth sharing.
the tech industry is decimating the rest of the planet’s wealth and stability.
Its companies — especially the Frightful Five of Apple, Amazon, Google, Facebook and Microsoft, which employ a select and privileged few — look poised to systematically gut much of the rest of the economy. And while Silicon Valley’s technologies could vastly improve our lives, we are now learning that they may also destabilize great portions of the social fabric — letting outsiders wreak havoc on our elections, fostering distrust and conspiracy theories in the media, sowing ever-greater levels of inequality, and cementing a level of corporate control over culture and society unseen since the days of the Robber Barons.
Should the Middle Class Invest in Risky Tech Start-Ups? https://nyti.ms/2yrOwLi
It seems the be the enduring economic argument of our times. Are companies more important than people?
Our politicians know the answer. Corporations pay them lots. People don’t. When will we seek a government for the people not a government for profiteers?
In 2010, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which I direct, was authorized to study mandatory arbitration and write rules consistent with the study. After five years of work, we recently finalized a rule to stop companies from denying groups of consumers the option of going to court when they are treated unfairly.
Opponents have unleashed attacks to overturn the rule, and the House just passed legislation to that end. Before the Senate decides whether to protect companies or consumers, it’s worth correcting the record.
First, opponents claim that plaintiffs are better served by acting individually than by joining a group lawsuit. This claim is not supported by facts or common sense. Our study contained revealing data on the results of group lawsuits and individual actions. We found that group lawsuits get more money back to more people. In five years of group lawsuits, we tallied an average of $220 million paid to 6.8 million consumers per year. Yet in the arbitration cases we studied, on average, 16 people per year recovered less than $100,000 total.
Not only do group lawsuits help consumers recover money they otherwise would forfeit, but they also protect many more consumers by halting and deterring harmful behavior. For example, when banks reordered bank debits to charge more overdraft fees, consumers sued and recovered $1 billion. Most banks have since stopped the practice.
Let Consumers Sue Companies https://nyti.ms/2vjWRyP
If we want to set smart goals for improving climate change outcomes we need to incentivize adoption of electric vehicles. There is no barrier to adoption in this article that couldn’t be overcome with smart incentives. No new tech needed. Winners: all of humanity! Losers: energy companies too slow to adapt.
The International Energy Agency has estimated that electric vehicles would have to account for at least 40 percent of passenger vehicle sales by 2040 for the world to have a chance of meeting the climate goals outlined in the Paris agreement, keeping total global warming below 2 degrees Celsius.
When Will Electric Cars Go Mainstream? It May Be Sooner Than You Think https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/08/climate/electric-cars-batteries.html
Credit agency’s created the dangerous data model which regularly hurts consumers. It’s time for them to go. Credit reporting is done successfully in many other countries by a central bank. We need to move to that model.
Credit bureaus have proved to be complete failures at safeguarding the public. Let’s demand we get our data back.
In at least 40 other countries — including Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and Spain — credit reporting can be done by a public credit registry. It is usually operated by a central bank that already oversees the financial institutions that feed information into the reports. These reports tend to be more accurate because the operators have a legal right to demand data from banks as well as a mandate to ensure it’s correct and that errors are fixed. Data on late payments and defaults are erased once a consumer has settled up.
Many of these public registries leave out things like medical debt, tax information and personal details like marital status, focusing only on loan amounts. Only about 40 percent of registries collect consumers’ addresses, and two-thirds collect taxpayer IDs — the kind of information leaked in the Equifax breach.
Get Rid of Equifax https://nyti.ms/2jK5SAF