Where’s That Middle Class?

I would post on that diabolical “caravan” but it seems to have vanished off the news…..go figure……

Now that the Midterms are over and we have a new Democratic House…..there is one question I want to ask them……”whatcha ya gonna do” for the Middle Class?

How many times have you heard a reference to the “Middle Class” by your politicians?

The Middle Class use to be the poster child for capitalism and for the US.  The Middle Class expands and the economic society is healthy and progressing….

Sad to say that the Middle Class nowadays is nothing but a slogan in the same vane as “patriotism, veterans, etc”….a campaign slogan that few believe any longer…..

Like or not the “bourgeois is getting recast as the proletariat”…..interesting concept right?

The American Conservative has a view on the Middle Class that every American should read……

Everyone loves the middle class. Everyone claims to be middle-class—some to put a gloss on their sketchy escutcheons, others to dodge chastisement for their awkward riches. But in fact both the socioeconomic reality and the concept of the middle class have been turned on their heads and, at the same time, trivialized into a mere lifestyle choice.

Economically, the middle classes were once proprietors, self-employed owners of property and their own labor. Morally, they were the equivalent of “solid citizens”: decent, hard-working, law-abiding, temperate, proper, staid, virtuous, and—well, moral. The qualifications for being middle class have gotten a whole lot looser, to say the least.

The European term “middle classes” originally served to describe merchants, tradesmen, investors, and skilled craftsmen. The habitat of these classes was the walled city—the burg, bourg, or borough—hence their appellation, les bourgeois. The bourgeoisie occupied a middle ground between the nobility and the lower classes of peasants and servants.

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/what-middle-class/

Wages flat….not what Trump wants the “Middle Class” to believe…..we are now divided into two distinct classes…..wealthy and worker…..as long as the corruption continues the chances of a reset are looking better and better…..

Things are changing……

“Out of the frying pan, into the fire” is an apt description of our current place in history. No matter what you think of globalization, I believe we’ll soon discover that capitalism without it is much, much worse.

No one needs to convince establishment economists, politicians and pundits that the absence of globalization and growth spells trouble. They’ve pushed globalization as the Viagra of economic growth for years. But globalization has never been popular with everyone. Capitalism’s critics recognize that it generates tremendous wealth and power for a tiny fraction of the Earth’s seven billion people, makes room for some in the middle class, but keeps most of humanity destitute and desperate, while trashing the planet and jeopardizing human survival for generations to come.

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/11/01/catabolism-capitalisms-frightening-future/

The Middle Class is disappearing……what will the new “House” do to change that?

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Homeless And Hungry (Just Another Country Song)

There are two situations that have been with us since the beginning and will be with us when this world ends its life cycle……homelessness and hunger.

The promise of politicians says that if you live right then these two situations will never know your name……well my dear friends….that is a LIE! (capitalized for effect)

Take homelessness…….

These men and women, and increasingly children, are the collateral damage of the corporate state, their dignity and lives destroyed by the massive transference of wealth upward, deindustrialization and the slashing of federal investment in affordable housing begun during the Reagan administration.

It is 8 a.m. I am in the small offices of Street Roots, a weekly newspaper that prints 10,000 copies per edition. Those who sell the newspaper on the streets—all of them victims of extreme poverty and half of them homeless—have gathered before heading out with their bundles to spend hours in the cold and rain.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2018/10/08/homeless-america

The necessities are shelter (home) and food…..in some regions food is almost a luxury item…..famine is always with us somewhere in the world….(BTW an Iphone is not a necessity)

Scientists are getting concerned about the global food supply…..

Researchers from Washington State University have published a new report of the Great Drought, the most destructive known drought of the past 800 years – and how it sparked the Global Famine that claimed the lives of 50 million people. The scientists warn that the Earth’s current warming climate could spark a similar drought, but even worse.

One of the lead researchers, Deepti Singh, a professor in WSU’s School of the Environment, used rainfall records and climate reconstruction models to characterize the environmental conditions leading up to the Great Drought, a period in the mid-1870s known for widespread crop failures across Asia, Brazil, and Africa. The drought was connected to the most extreme manifestation of the El Nino supercycle ever recorded.

“Climate conditions that caused the Great Drought and Global Famine arose from natural variability. And their recurrence — with hydrological impacts intensified by global warming — could again potentially undermine global food safety,” lead author Singh and her colleagues wrote in the Journal of Climate, published online Oct. 04.

The release of the study came days before the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned that global warming could cause intense droughts, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people.

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-10-15/scientist-warn-world-brink-major-famine-lead-severe-shocks-global-food-system

I realize that the term “climate change” is a dirty word in some circles…..but that should not matter…..making damn sure that the food supply holds should be a priority…..not a partisan issue….sadly it is not.

Why not?

On a side note….Americans lead the world in wasted food……Americans waste about a pound of food per person each day, with people who have healthier diets rich in fruit and vegetables the most wasteful, research has found.

About 150,000 tons of food is tossed out in US households each day, equivalent to about a third of the daily calories that each American consumes. Fruit and vegetables were the most likely to be thrown out, followed by dairy and then meat.

How pathetic is that?

I Wanna Talk Gun Control

I was tired of the total speculation around a nomination……and totally weary of the moronic babbling of Our Dear Leader……the Whine of the elderly GOP…….and the false confidence of the Democrats….in short I am  tired of the news in general.

So let’s talk about something that is a forgotten topic these days….Gun Control.

To start the debate there are a couple of discussions on the subject…….

https://www.debate.org/opinions/should-we-have-gun-control

https://www.debate.org/opinions/is-gun-control-effective

https://gun-control.procon.org/

That ought to get the blood bubbling a bit……and even might draw some out of the shadows to insult and harangue……

Now that everyone is awake……here what I really wanted to write about……the whole debate is basically a battle of statistics……most times the stats used can be misleading…..

The academic debate over gun control consists mainly of a war of statistics. New studies come out every few weeks, and as a result, both sides are constantly locking horns over the validity or invalidity of this-or-that study in this-or-that country.

For those who aren’t formally trained in data analysis, this debate can seem impossible to navigate. How should untrained laypersons go about interpreting the findings of statistical studies?

https://theantimedia.com/misleading-statistics-gun-control-debate/

How was that?

Did the pressure rise a bit?

Me?

I am pro gun and we will leave it there but to me that does not mean the same thing as it does to a NRA toadie.

That was fun.

Besides the important stuff is not asked…..like….where is Rudy?

Turn The Page!

What I Like

As we edge ever closer to the midterm elections I need to let some thoughts be known……

What I Like (Or If You Cannot Fight Facts Then Make Shit Up)…(The code of the conservs)

You know what I like about conservs?  Well……(pause here for thought)….. NOTHING!  I guess I need to be a bit more forthcoming (something the Righties have NO idea how to do)….I dislike conservs these days because they think that society owes them a deal and in return they owe nothing to society.  They want society to let them go wild and do as they see fit regardless of what it destroys or ruins…..as long as they can profit.

I guess I had better stop here and explain that when I am saying “society” I am talking about the government (hope that clears it up for those slower readers on the Right)

That was not fair was it?  Well buck up….when the mental midgets on the Right learn civility then I shall be glad to do so as well……until then I shall continue.

I have to admit that by using “conservs” I am lumping all on the Right into one category….that is a mistake the slugs on the Right these days are no more a conserv than Eugene Debs (do I really need to explain that?).  Sorry to say that because you can quote a Biblical passage does not make one a conserv….it does make one a hypocrite in the highest order. So I will apologize to true conservs for this but the others can if they think I will apologize to them can…..BITE ME!

If conservs had their way the state would not be political at all…..but then that would not be profitable now would it?  These tools need the government to make sure that they are free to rape the nation without interference.

I mean what can you expect when the leader of their party is handling world affairs as if it is his real  estate business…..he is making as many friends as he can before he leaves office for further and future business opportunities….

These so-called conservs are doing more damage to this country than anything and their attacks on the nation will take generations to repair…..not even the much feared communists could have done this much damage.

For years the conservs blamed the Dems for everything that happened in this country and yet once their butt boy gets elected nothing is unacceptable….I mean they still blame Dems for things that they themselves are doing…it is all so amusing to anyone with an IQ above say their shoe size.

I also like the way conservs cannot explain liberals so they demonize them because they cannot beat them with truth and facts.

Vote for progress not regression!

Turn The Page!

Saturday–06Oct18

The weekend begins and I would like to introduce my readers to a new website (stop here and let people know that I am in NO way being compensated for this post)……

I started this site IST with the hopes that we could have a spirited debate on issues…..that was wishful thinking on my part……while I have had some great debates with readers I have also had visitors that were the typical influx of insults and false facts.

If there are others out there that enjoy a spirited debate then may I suggest that they check out this new website…..https://www.kialo.com/tour/

There are many debates on a wide array of topics…like politics, ethics, science, philosophy, gender, etc etc…….

If you enjoy a good debate then stop by this site and see if it is to your liking.

There is also another debate site that you might check into (again no compensation for the mention of the site)…….https://www.debate.org/

Again many topics……guns, veganism, DNA testing, etc, etc………find one you like and join in the debate.

I feel that debates are how ideas take hold and grow……join the fun……join the conversation.

Closing Thought–05Oct18

This Judge Brett stuff has gotten out of hand……and in all that time Trump was silent on his usual brand of of bullying toward the women in Brett’s early life….(did not last long after all)

But of course this civility could not last…..it just could not……

As President Trump exited the White House for a flight Tuesday, he spoke with reporters on the South Lawn about the topic you’d expect: Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the allegations against him. Some standout lines, per Time, the AP, and the Hill:

  • “You can be an exemplary person for 35 years and then somebody comes and they say ‘you did this or that,’ and they give three witnesses, and the three witnesses at this point do not corroborate what she was saying. It’s a very scary situation where you’re guilty until proven innocent. … That is a very, very difficult standard.”
  • “It is a very scary time for young men in America, when you can be guilty of something you’re not guilty of.”
  • “What’s happening here has much more to do than even the appointment of a Supreme Court justice. … You could be somebody that was perfect your entire life, and somebody could accuse you of something. Doesn’t necessarily have to be a woman … but somebody could accuse you of something and you’re automatically guilty, but in this realm you are truly guilty until proven innocent. That’s one of the very, very bad things that’s taking place right now.”
  • As for what kind of a time it is for women, “Women are doing great,” he replied when asked if he had a message for them.

CNN sees parallels between Trump’s statements and comments Donald Trump Jr. made in a Monday interview with the Daily Mail in which he said that, in light of the Kavanaugh allegations, he is more afraid for his sons. “I mean, right now, I’d say my sons. I’ve got boys, and I’ve got girls. And when I see what’s going on right now, it’s scary.”

There were a couple of silly things said…..”when you can be guilty of something you are not guilty of”….think about that one!  (That Trump is such a great wordsmith, huh?)

And then there is the ‘scary times for young men today”….really men should be scared…not the women that will be treated like shit if they step up.

First young men should have nothing to worry about if they keep their wankers in their pants……kinda like the “perjury trap”….the way to avoid that is to tell the truth.

But never fear…there are enough GOPers saying all the right crap to get him confirmed.  This person does not have the temperament to handle being a Supreme Court judge….it is that simple.

Here Comes The Neighborhood!

We see/hear/read stories about the urban turn around……how a developer goes into an area and develop the crap out of it and makes it a success…..with Starbuck, trendy eateries, upscale shops with candles and retro clothing….something you can find anywhere they have developed the uniqueness out of the neighborhood.

I have a friend that was born and lived in Harlem most of his life….today he hates the neighborhood….he says it is soulless and cold.  He says that the whole feeling of a neighborhood is gone and the people were left with a cold hollow shell that they can only remember for they cannot afford it as it has become.

I witnessed this phenom in Santa Fe, New Mexico….originally it was a colony of writers and artists…..living was simple then the “developers” found it…. they turned it into a haven for the rich and disgusting.

These are the same tools that transformed “The Village” and Soho in NYC

Can you build a neighborhood out of money? It’s a defining question in America’s fastest-growing cities. When a major residential project rises, who suffers? When a tax incentive is granted, who benefits? When occupied land is redeveloped, how do city dwellers reconcile the pressure for economic growth with the need to safeguard vulnerable communities?

As a regular reader of Eater or Curbed, you may be wondering who gets to decide the target audience for these real estate megaplexes: Which retail and restaurant tenants get in? How much do they pay? What kind of economic incentives do they benefit from? And what’s the special sauce that actually makes a viable, dynamic, livable neighborhood?

https://www.curbed.com/2018/9/19/17841682/city-development-urban-planning-neighborhood-restaurant-economy

That illustrates exactly what is happening to our neighborhoods.  It is always about turning a buck….never about preserving the culture of that area.

Detroit is next in the sights of “developers” ……….this time it will be a whole city to lose its uniqueness…..not just a part of a whole like Harlem was…..yes it may become an “In” spot but at what cost?

Today is my better half’s birthday….so we will spend the day doing what she would like to do….

Thanx everyone for the visits hopefully we will see each other next week.

In closing I offer a musical interlude…..