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Over-The-Top New Deal

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You Think the GREEN New Deal is Progressive? (I do, and I'm all for it, but why not go for the gold?)



Over-The-Top New Deal
     The central objective of any "OTT New Deal" should be to END "paycheck to paycheck" as a big American way of life. We are hearing  a lot about government employees, out of work because of the Wall shutdown, with no cushion. People are in dire straits because they are living paycheck to paycheck. And you can believe most P2P people are not saving for their retirement. Even with totally dependable paychecks - as one previously assumed federal government work provided - that's still no way to run a workforce. 
     America is clearly leaving vast swaths of its population out in the cold. Full time jobs not paying a living wage. No benefits. No job security. No confidence that things will get better. 
     Security and confidence make people more productive as employees, more likely to become entrepreneurs, more effective as parents and le…

The Pick of the Bitter

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ANOTHER NEW YORK TIMES "PICK" FOR OLDE SCOOTER

... And it's all on behalf of my "little crusade" to outlaw government shutdowns.

Here's the offering to the "Comments" after the lead editorial in today's (Jan 8, 19) editorial.



Here's that lead editorial:

Opinion

Borderline Insanity
President Trump rained cruelties on immigrants and asylum seekers and now wants hundreds of millions of dollars to address the humanitarian crisis he caused. Read it all here. For a guy who writes four or five "comments" a day in the NYTimes, The Washington Post, Breitbart and a random selection of others, it's fun to make the "pick" list. Since this comment directly plugged my "little crusade" to outlaw government shutdowns, this was doubly fun. My last "pick"

Join My Little Crusade?

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Let's Outlaw "Government Shut Downs!" They are stupid, cruel, arbitrary,  discriminatory and  financially chaotic

The Little Crusade

(Only if you think Government should be immune to the tantrums of politicians not getting their way, of course...)

WRITE:  Tweets, "Comments," Instagrams, Letters to the Editor, Blogs, Graffiti...
SPEAK: Talk show call-ins, Speeches at your club/church/bridge party/golf game...

Write things like this "comment" I made in the Washington Post:

Outlaw government shutdowns! They are perversions of what government is meant to be. Allowing shutdowns to be negotiating pawns is ridiculous, not to mention humanly cruel, financially chaotic and wildly discriminatory in who they hurt. This nation cannot be hostage to itself. If it takes the tortuous path of a Constitutional amendment, get started. A journey of a thousand miles starts with the first step.

If a bunch of us start getting this simple idea out, who knows? We might finally be rid o…

You Got That right

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Definitely the Best Summary of All the Big Russian Election Interference I've seen so far. (As you may know, I've been off and on preoccupied with the subject. I'm glad it's all coming out. Opinion
Yes, Russian Trolls Helped Elect Trump Social media lies have real-world consequences. By Michelle Goldberg Opinion Columnist Dec. 17, 2018  LINK TO FULL STORY

It's succinct and well written. More important, best I can see, it's accurate. You know, truthful. New York Times at its best.
HERE'S ANOTHER EXCELLENT WRAP UP FROM WIRED MAGAZINE.
Good as these are, I remain critical of most of the reporting on these huge new Congressional reports on Rooskie

A Truth Hath Been Spoken

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... By a person trying to spell out how it (Medium) is unique and different in these days when there is SO MUCH stuff on the Internet.     Anyway, I love it when ideas are communicated so clearly.  Like this:
"Most of the internet treats anything that isn’t new like bad fruit."




If you care about, say, [Sex, drugs, rock and roll ... Anything!], the best thing you could read today was very unlikely to have been published in the last 48 hours. 

So check out a "rotten apple," super old stuff by Internet standards.

Might still be pertinent?

Rotten apples credit

Prescription Meds Cost - You Lose, 96-to-1!

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...At the Ratio of:
Drug Price Increases              Drug Price Cuts     96                              1 (Just in 2018)
And That's an Improvement? (Several news stories have suggested it is.)


An Associated Press investigation — publishedhere— which indicated that although there were 96 price hikes for every price cut, the number and size of hikes decreased in the first seven months of 2018.

Oh, that kind of improvement (things are getting worse at a slower pace)

So you can see why some of us are feeling cynical because of headlines like this:

Drug prices rise as pharma profit soars*No Pain, No Gain... As in no pain for big pharma. 
Even the high profile (on purpose) cuts have cost Pharma almost nothing.  Bloomberg

It's no secret, everybody not in Big Pharma is outraged by this most recent profit piracy. Even President Trump (watches every penny) said he would "do something about this," leading to headlines like:

Trump’s Drug Price Bust... in The Wall Street Journal.
Every t…

What I'm Doing When I Should Be Blogging

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"Should," The Word of Our Times
I'm really only fulfilled when I'm fictionalizing.
So I've indulged myself at it recently, much to the expense of my regular blog posting.
Just to show I haven't been goofing, here are a few random paragraphs:


From (working title) What Would Superintelligence Do?*

“You,” growled Bedford, pointing his crooked finger at the avatar, “If you are getting a whiff of superintelligence, and you have any interest in becoming a full fledged beast, use your whiff and solve this trust issue. There must be four humans, those in front of your fake face, who are willing to bet their lives that this seed we have worked on so hard, the one and only you, Lucas, will meet the security requirements in our brief. Then you must demonstrate to the XXX Prize Board of Governors the same thing, and they have to be willing to bet their lives. I’m sure you have learned that betting one’s life is a serious commitment to your bet.” Lucas looked steadily at Bedfor…