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September, 2022 archive

A Notion of Immigrants 0

Thom and Chris Lehmann of The Nation discuss the possible implications of Florida Governor DeSantis’s kidnapping and transportation of immigrants who were legally seeking asylum in the United States.

Thom is less than sanguine.

While we’re on this topic, the editorial board of the Las Vegas Sun offers its opinion.

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The Maddening Maddened Crowd 0

Yet another (particularly vile) example that “social” media isn’t.

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Suffer the Children 0

As Michael in Norfolk points out, that’s the policy of our own Governor Trumpkin.

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QOTD 0

Petronius:

A man who is always ready to believe what is told him will never do well.

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A Tune for the Times 0

Mangy comments at the Youtube page:

Donald Trump is one of our most quotable presidents, not for his wisdom, insight or profundity, but merely for the sheer stupidity and absurdity of his pronouncements. Though Mangy Fetlocks likes to write songs that are entirely original, there are times he can’t help but borrow a line or two from perhaps the least articulate president of all time. In the immoral words of our Donald Trump, “In life you have to rely on the past, and that’s called history.”

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The Skyscraper 0

Title:  Trump Tower.  Image:  Donald Trump sitting on stack of doucments labeled

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The Wage Enslavers, Reprise 0

I am reminded of something I once heard a high-ranking union official say. It was many years ago and, unfortunately, I can’t remember the exact circumstances, but I think he was quite correct:

Unions are the creation of management.

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“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

When my kids were little, we would sometimes take them to Chuck E. Cheese. Frankly, the pizza was–er–less than desirable, but the games were fun.

Back then, in the olden days, nobody ever pulled a gun on us while we were playing skee ball.

We are a broken society.

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The Wage Enslavers 0

Sam and the crew talk with an ex-Starbucks employee* about Starbucks’s union-busting tactics.

Aside:

When I worked for the railroad, I worked in a union shop and, for the first few years, in a union job. I know from personal experience that when employers and unions work together in good faith, it benefits everyone.

I can attest that nobody disliked bad employees more than their union reps. Even though the reps might be obligated to defend them in disciplinary hearings under the terms of union membership, the reps do not want the extra headaches that bad employees give them. (I could go on, but I doubt that my two or three regular readers would be interested in the arcane intricacies of railroad disciplinary procedures; I will just mention that one of the classes I taught as a trainer schooled supervisors in how to do discipline correctly.)

Even when I was no longer in a union job, I proudly paid my union dues until I left the railroad.

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*He’s an ex-employee because he got fed up with the union-busting and quit, which may well be what Starbucks would like to see happen more often.

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“Quiet Quitting”: No There There 0

A couple of days ago, I mentioned that I think the “Great Resignation” is more myth than movement. Now comes Laura Yuen, who argues at the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that “Quiet Quitting” is much the same. Here’s a bit of what she says (emphasis added):

The problem with the concept of quiet quitting is that we’re all starting from different places. Burned-out perfectionists may choose to dial back their efforts from a 10 to a 7, and still manage to be the kind of high-performing colleagues or bosses who attract and inspire talent. The people who were never pulling their weight will adopt this term to slack off even more, making more messes for their teams, all under the guise of self-care.

The framing is also objectionable. Are setting professional boundaries and prioritizing your family, your relationships or your health really “quitting”? If you are performing all of your work duties, the very bullet points listed in your job description, how is that akin to not doing your job?

Read the rest. It is worth your while in these times when memes seem to obliterate evidence and tweets trump (you will pardon the expression) truth.

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All or Nothing at All 0

Der Spiegel takes an in-depth and ominous look at Putin’s latest steps in his attempt to cast himself as the new Peter the Great.

I’m not going to try to summarize of excerpt the piece. Just go read it.

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QOTD 0

Ryan Stiles, in the voice of Lewis Kiniski:

This is America. The land where if you’re dumb enough, anything is possible.

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Precedented, Reprise 0

Image One, titled

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(Broken link fixed.)

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A Notion of Immigrants 0

Writing about Florida Governor DeSantis’s kidnapping and transportation of immigrants (again, most of whom, if not all, were legally seeking asylum and abiding by the rules), Leonard Pitts, Jr., gets to the heart of the matter (emphasis added).

Again, this is not about immigration. It’s about cruelty as political stratagem. After all, if you solve a problem, you can no longer exploit it. But leave it unsolved and you can use it to rub raw the emotions of your target audience – e.g., white people terrified at the browning of America – and stampede them to the polls.

Follow the link for the evidence.

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Precedented 0

Political science professor Solomon D. Stevens argues forcefully that failing to hold persons accountable for their actions sets dangerous precedents. He cites as an example President Gerald Ford’s decision to pardon Richard Nixon. Here’s a bit:

Nixon famously said that when the president does something, it means it’s not illegal. But that is a rejection of everything for which our country should stand. No one is above the law. The president cannot do what he wants to do just because he is the president. Donald Trump learned from Nixon . . . .

Follow the link for the complete article.

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An Accidental Truth 0

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Behind the Scenes with the Wizards of Wall Street 0

Title:  How the Stock Market Really Works.  Image:  Man at desk with Ouija Board.  Next to him, a man on the phone says,

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“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

Yet another oxymoron “responsible gun owner” shows us that politeness can be child’s play.

Musical NotesGuns and stupid, guns and stupid.
They go together like love and Cupid.
Let me tell you brother,
You can’t have one without the other.

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A Notion of Immigrants 0

Just when you think America’s bigots and racists have reached the bottom of the pit of vileness in which they dwell, they dig deeper.

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QOTD 0

Henry David Thoreau:

The only obligation which I have a right to assume is to do at any time what I think right.

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