A fascinating look at how @MakeDonaldDrumpfAgain broke the Media and side stepped it’s typical gatekeepers.
Time and time again the staff here at NobodyisFlyingthePlane sees hints of the good that can come from this election cycle madness we’re witnessing. Feel the Bern is shaking the left and Trumpapalooza is breaking the right. But its just as the writer says; a controlled burn intended to clear out dead wood can burn neighborhoods. Each bit of good news has a potential dark side.
The breakdown of the Media’s ability to control info comes with the loss of importance of fact checking and truth becomes a purchaseable commodity. The possible implosion of the two party system creates the potential for third party candidates to syphon votes from one side only. The ability to run without corporate funding means that the most likely candidates to do so are obscenely wealthy to begin with.
Adventures in the Trump Twittersphere http://nyti.ms/233Qc7B
It’s common to point a finger at the easiest target. The staff here falls into that trap occasionally, but NAFTA isn’t responsible for the woes of the auto industry. This article points out that it may have done much to keep the US auto industry alive. The workers whose plumb high paying jobs disappeared don’t want to hear that though.
Just like they don’t want to remember the corporate welfare the federal government lavished on their employers and stock holders following the Great Recession. Just like they don’t want to own up to decades of inferior cars they produced, or the failure to adopt more fuel efficient technologies.
It’s easier to let an ignorant loudmouth like @MakeDonaldDrumpfAgain conjure a boogeyman. Of course, it doesn’t hurt if the boogeyman has darker skin than the typical blue collar working stiff.
Nafta May Have Saved Many Autoworkers’ Jobs http://nyti.ms/22XjJzY
North Carolina tacked a provision onto their recent anti LGBT bill to limit the minimum wage. How can they possibly think that keeping wages at $7.25 / hr will help their state?
The provision is best understood as a bully’s show of force. State legislators fear the growing demand and support for higher wages among low-wage workers and so they have responded with a gratuitous display of the state’s power and intention to keep pay depressed.
Poverty has many causes — and one of them is poverty-level wages.
one of the objections to gradually raising the federal minimum $15 an hour is that doing so would be too difficult a lift in the South. Politically, the objection is flawed. It argues, that policymakers should follow the laggards, not the leaders
The South Fails Again at Fair Pay http://nyti.ms/22LcCdT
“If you think about it, the rules, the laws that govern water in the West were created in the 19th century. And yet here we live in the 21st century,” Ralph says. “Weather predictions have been improving over the last decades.”
The staff liked the definition of wisdom in this article, so we thought we’d share.
It suggests that having it is not enough. It needs to be exercised.
wisdom, which, as the psychologists define it, means seeing the world with more compassion, grasping opposing ideas at the same time, tolerating ambiguity and reacting with equanimity to the small setbacks of life.
The Middle-Age Surge http://nyti.ms/1pZbkxF
Time to seriously look at the problems in our water systems. The problems that show up in the press like Flint, or the Cali drought are only the tip of the iceberg. Systemic improvements and infrastructure upgrades are needed.
Like fossil fuels, water is another case where we are not paying the true price of the resource we’re consuming. We need to price continual improvements and upgrades into the cost to users.
These problems are compounded by an antiquated system of regulations, dysfunctional water markets, policies that encourage overpumping, and contracts that discourage conservation by requiring customers to pay for water they don’t use. These approaches depress investment and inhibit innovation.
Regulations can ensure that the first few gallons per person per day are cheap or free, with escalating costs beyond that. Water for necessities such as drinking, cooking and hygiene should be affordable. Beyond that, water for lawns, filling swimming pools, washing cars and other uses should be more expensive.
The water industry’s risk-averse culture has resisted innovation. Higher prices and government-backed research and development could help prompt a wave of innovation and investment. This is what happened with hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, two technologies advanced through government research that kicked off the shale boom.
The water problem is daunting. But putting a sensible price on water to invite investment and encourage conservation, increasing the availability of information and doubling down on innovation can go a long way toward solving it.
Our Water System: What a Waste http://nyti.ms/22Bnqv3
Why do we not address two important issues in this case about insurance and contraception? First is that the right to religious freedom is extended to individuals, and their churches by extension. Businesses, schools, and non profits are not religious by their very nature. They shouldn’t be considered eligible for the right to religious freedom.
The second is that employer sponsored healthcare is what’s wrong with this whole conversation. Employers should not be involved in healthcare. Health insurance should have no relationship to employment status and employers should have no say in what is offered or received. Until we divorce our health insurance from our employers we are going to have unnecessary and sticky issues.
Religion and Birth Control at the Supreme Court http://nyti.ms/25eNqhZ