Posts Tagged ‘disparity’

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Hedgefunds Billionaires vs. Kindergarten Teachers: Whose side are you on? 

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CNN: ‘Scandinavian Dream’ is true fix for America’s income inequality
  • Clamp down on Wall Street and require certain asset managers to disclose their holdings, returns and fees.
  • Enact a transaction tax to reduce short-term trading and encourage long-term investment.
  • Require companies to provide more information about their CEO’s pay relative to performance and workers’ earnings.
  • Raise taxes on capital gains and dividends.
  • Tax corporations on global income.

And to promote growth among the middle class, Stiglitz suggests that the U.S.:

  • Invest in infrastructure for long-term economic and job growth.
  • Strengthen workers’ bargaining rights.
  • Raise the minimum wage to reflect local economic conditions. (Many cities and metro areas could justify $15 an hour.)
  • Invest in young children through early education.
  • Require universal paid sick and family leave.

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Super rich are getting super richer

“Data confirm that the shares of income and wealth held by affluent families are at modern historically high levels,” the report said. “The gains in income and wealth shares have been concentrated among the top few percentiles.”

The report also looked at Americans’ earnings. While the median income of all Americans fell by 5% between 2010 and 2013, the mean income increased by 4%. That means gains by the wealthiest segment of the population pulled up the average.

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In the US, the wealthiest one percent captured 95 percent of post-financial crisis growth since 2009, while the bottom 90 percent became poorer. “

Read it and weep…

The Neo-Liberal Deception

 

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Kevin O’Leary:

“Suck Satan’s cock!”
-Bill Hicks

 

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Trouble in Panem

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You’ll definitely want to catch the next installment of The Hunger Games, which is done even better than the first film. The arbitrary shaky cam is gone, and the story is tense and moves along at a slightly faster tempo.  The characters are true to themselves, and the situation escalates from bad to worse.  Catching Fire played to a packed audience, and the crowd stayed with the film to the end.

Donald Sutherland’s stunning call for a revolution aligns with the story itself.  The comparisons with America’s slide toward despotism and a police state are intended and striking.  Even more so than the first movie, a lot of young people are going to be contemplating political messages embedded in the film.  This is not a neutral situation, and neither is our current reality.  While we are in no way as oppressive a society as is Panem, we edge continually toward it with each passing power grab in “the capital,” a place nearly as out of touch with average Americans and their plights today.

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What delights is the blatant shredding of propaganda, the political exploitation of the manufactured heroes, and how they are stage managed to placate the masses. The thinly-veiled propaganda techniques, such as those used by Stanley Tucci’s character mirror our own TV media reality.  There isn’t much difference except for the hyperbolic degree which Panem takes their messaging.  Our real world version is far more subtle, far more insidious and yet retains similar goals.

The family can’t wait for the next film, and hopefully it won’t be so long off.  Jennifer Lawrence remain truthful, beautiful and powerful, an icon for the next generation.

 

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Painting sells for $142 million.

I’ve stopped wondering why we’re going over the cliff to extinction.   The whole civilization is fucking insane.

 

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Vision vs. reality?

Amazing that Obama gets a spot of uplifting blather in the trailer, when he was ultimately responsible for beating them down and dragging them off to jail across this nation.

 

My take on the Occupy Movement and its meaning (or lack thereof):

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FAIR:

Media Millionaires

Journalism by and for the 0.01 Percent