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 N.R.A and gun nuts in general are nothing but hypocritical, self serving, fearmongers.
The idea that it needs to be easier to get silencers because gunfire noise is a public health hazard is inconceivable to any rational person. Somehow the irony is lost on gun owners.
Echoes of Gunfire Hurt Tender N.R.A. Ears https://nyti.ms/2nObfPT
This is very socialist…
A proposal for guaranteed employment which could solve a lot of what ails us.
Right now, recessions feed on themselves: People lose jobs, their consumption drops, so more people lose jobs, until the recession bottoms out. But employment through the job guarantee is limited only by human imagination and ingenuity. A recession is just a collapse in the private sector’s ability to employ everyone according to the capitalists’ priorities. So recessions would simply throw workers onto the job guarantee’s alternate employment, with its attendant wage floor. The bottom for recessionswould be much shallower, and recoveries much faster, shrinking the job guarantee rolls again. We would be spared the human and social wreckage that comes with spells of mass unemployment. Preventing mass joblessness would prove far cheaper than eliminating it once it’s set in.
A great look at how certain ways of interpreting the Constitution fail modern society. Originalism and Textualism don’t actually follow the Founders’ intent; they work against the originally vague language the Founders used for the purpose of letting society apply modern morals and standards. In fact they’re just…
nothing more than thinly veiled disguises for modern political conservatism.
The Problems With Originalism https://nyti.ms/2mPUCis
Most digital music consumers have known for a long time that the internet made more and better music available, not less. Streaming video has brought a golden age for episodic story telling.
How it all gets paid for has undergone the biggest changes with more to come.
Long live the arts!
How the Internet Is Saving Culture, Not Killing It https://nyti.ms/2mIfxp8
Obamacare never was a good plan, but it always was a severe compromise.
Tasked with fixing a plan that was disfigured to meet their needs Republicans have stepped in it now.
This debacle does suggest that planned revisions of government healthcare every 5 years could improve it. It could also show our politicians as the tools they are.
The Original Lie About Obamacare https://nyti.ms/2niqu3K
Lobbyists are to blame.
The larger question is why we allow the chemical industry — by spending $100,000 on lobbying per member of Congress — to buy its way out of effective regulation of endocrine disruptors. The industry’s deceit marks a replay of Big Tobacco’s battle against regulation of smoking.
Are Your Sperm in Trouble? https://nyti.ms/2mxZcF9
Great summary by Brooks:
By 2010, however, both the Obama administration and the Tea Party opposition were out of step with the times. They both still thought the big political issues in American life were universal health care and the size of government.
In fact, another set of problems had magnified and come to overshadow the old set. This new set included:
First, the crisis of opportunity. People with fewer skills were seeing their wages stagnate, the labor markets evaporate. Second, the crisis of solidarity. The social fabric, especially for those without a college degree, was disintegrating — marriage rates plummeting, opiate abuse rates rising. Third, the crisis of authority. Distrust in major institutions crossed some sort of threshold. People had so lost trust in government, the media, the leadership class in general, that they were willing to abandon truth and decorum and embrace authoritarian thuggery to blow it all up.
If President Obama had made these crises the center of his administration, instead of the A.C.A., Democrats wouldn’t have lost Congress and the White House. If the Tea Party had understood the first two of these crises, there would have been no opening for Donald Trump.
The Republican Health Care Crackup https://nyti.ms/2msqBYT