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.
News lows to the level our corporate overlords will stoop to in order to maintain their sales.
“What happened was tantamount to blackmail, with the U.S. holding the world hostage and trying to overturn nearly 40 years of consensus on the best way to protect infant and young child health,”
U.S. Opposition to Breast-Feeding Resolution Stuns World Health Officials https://nyti.ms/2J0WJuV
How is it that our Democracy can be so easily hijacked by corporations?
The soda industry forced CA legislators to enact a law preventing any new taxes on sugary drinks for 12 years. They did so by pursuing a ballot initiative which would severely limit CA’s ability to change all sales taxes.
I won’t say our staff understands all the details, but it seems this threat could be used by any group at any time for any reason. How can this be?
Want to force the state legislature to write a favorable law? Just threaten a ballot initiative that would raise the threshold to pass a tax law from simple majority to 2/3 or higher. It seems legislators capitulated pretty quickly in this instance. How fast will they give in when the next corporate interest group makes a threat?
California, of All Places, Has Banned Soda Taxes. How a New Industry Strategy Is Succeeding. https://nyti.ms/2IyTudN
A good argument for how the Presidency was broken before Trump even set it in his sights.
What the office has become is quote far from how it was designed. Some of its expanded roles are for the better and some not so. A look at just what responsibilities this country needs the President to take on may improve the quality of candidates we get.
until we fix the office, presidents will continue to be frustrated by its demands, and Americans will continue to be disappointed in their leader. We will enter another presidential-campaign season desperate for a good outcome, but unprepared to choose someone who can reset the terms of success.
When Harry Truman placed a sign on his desk reading the buck stops here, it meant that some decisions, only the president can make. It did not mean that the president is responsible—and therefore to blame—for everything that happens in the executive branch, much less the nation.
When will we stop blaming the poor and lauding the rich? The top of the socioeconomic ladder takes far more in welfare from the government than those at the bottom.
It’s not just monopolies, concentration of corporate power to just a few competitors in a field is not good for people.
corporate concentration leads to substantial declines in money going to workers across the country.
“Economic power and concentration increases inequality while also undermining economic dynamism.
We give welfare to corporations with seeming glee and abandon, but that’s only when the Public actually knows about it. Most companies and governments go to lengths to hide the deals they make for “economic development” from public information requests.
This seems like fraud to the staff at NobodyisFlyingthePlane.
We can’t escape the corporate grip on our government until we force government to be transparent in the deals they make.
Democracy dies in darkness
Do Taxpayers Know They Are Handing Out Billions to Corporations? https://nyti.ms/2HnuN8H
This is not a drill. The 1% are likely to achieve a permanent state of dominance by 2030.
“If we don’t take steps to rewrite the rules of how our economies work, then we condemn ourselves to a future that remains unequal for good,” he said. “That’s morally bad, and economically disastrous, risking a new explosion in instability, corruption and poverty.”