Consequence Delivery System or “The Wall”

Long before Donald Trump started yapping about it the Consequence Delivery System was not just a wet dream in the United States but was already reality.  Just ask any of the tens of thousands of people caught trying to make the journey from Mexico to the United States – that is if you could because they are now in one of our jails, or in Mexico now forever branded as a criminal, or working often at substandard wages in the United States, or have died making the attempt.

Consequence Delivery System

Consequence Delivery System

Ironically it was the great man of the people, Bill Clinton, who shut them out.  While illegal immigration was always a problem it got a great boost from Bill’s NAFTA Trade Agreement which, as most things in history shafted the poor and gave to those who already didn’t need it.  NAFTA like any badly conceived program did not prepare studies before implementation on the negative effects on the poor in both countries.

As the Mexican economy continued in its dicey descent they came North.  To escape the giant farms or the manufacturing giants and their fascist overlords they came North.  As the Agreement took effect they also came North in accelerating rates to escape the unplanned tyrannies caused by NAFTA.

Of course there were other factors (there always is) but you just had to look at the flow.  While what we assume (as early records were poorly kept) it was after NAFTA that the drip to move North became a raging flood.

Consequence Delivery System

Consequence Delivery System

The Donald’s Wall is not original.  What has he ever done that is original?  There’s a wall, at points missing, haphazard also at times but there is a wall.  Large stretches of the border has long been separated by a wall.  While walls come in all sizes and shapes including non-walls of electronic control and drone patrol,

Without a relative equity in wages and level of oppression for citizens of a country bordering another country that is perceived as having an improvement in life conditions, fleeing one space to set up residence in another space will always occur. The Border Patrol with its budget of several billion dollars patrols and monitors the wall and the current philosophy governing the Consequence Delivery System will have its hands full.  The whole thing has been a downer and marginally effective since enactment.  Expect more to follow new wall or not.

“In April 2016, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, still in the heat of his primary campaign, stated once again that he would build a massive concrete border wall towering 30 (or, depending on the moment, 55) feet high along the 2,000 mile US-Mexican border. He would, he insisted, force Mexico to pay for the $8 billion to $10 billion barrier. Repeatedly throwing such red meat into the gaping jaws of nativism, he has over these past months also announced that he would create a major “deportation force,” repeatedly sworn that he would ban Muslims from entering the country (a position he regularly revises) and, most recently, that he would institute an “extreme vetting” process for foreign nationals arriving in the United States.”

“Suddenly, there hadn’t been a bipartisan government effort over the last quarter-century to put in place an unprecedented array of walls, detection systems, and guards for that southern border. In those years, the number of Border Patrol agents had, in fact, quintupled from 4,000 to more than 21,000, while Customs and Border Protection became the largest federal law enforcement agency in the country with more than 60,000 agents. The annual budget for border and immigration enforcement ballooned from $1.5 billion to $19.5 billion, a more than twelvefold increase. By 2016, federal funding of border and immigration enforcement added up to $5 billion more than funding for all other federal law enforcement agencies combined.”

 

“Operation Streamline, a cornerstone program in the so-called Consequence Delivery System, part of a broader Border Patrol deterrence strategy for stopping undocumented immigration, is just one part of a vast enforcement-incarceration-deportation machine. The program is as no-nonsense as its name suggests. It’s not The Wall, but it embodies the logic of the wall: Either you crossed “illegally” or you didn’t. It doesn’t matter why, or whether you lost your job, or if you’ve had to skip meals to feed your kids. It doesn’t matter if your house was flooded or the drought dried up your fields. It doesn’t matter if you’re running for your life from drug cartel gunmen or the very army and police forces that are supposed to protect you.”

 

“In 1994, the perceived threat wasn’t terrorism. In part, the call for more hardened, militarized borders came in response, among other things, to a never-ending drug war. It also came from US officials who anticipated the displacement of millions of Mexicans after the implementation of the new North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which, ironically, was aimed at eliminating barriers to trade and investment across North America.”

“Clinton-era border policies funneled desperate migrants into locations like the Arizona desert, where temperatures can soar to 120 degrees.”

“The expectations of those officials proved well justified. The ensuing upheavals in Mexico, as analyst Marco Antonio Velázquez Navarrete explained to me, were like the aftermath of a war or natural disaster. Small farmers couldn’t compete against highly subsidized US agribusiness giants like Cargill and Archer Daniels Midland. Mexican small-business owners were bankrupted by the likes of Walmart, Sam’s Club, and other corporate powers. Mining by foreign companies extended across vast swaths of Mexico, causing territorial conflicts and poisoning the land. The unprecedented and desperate migration that followed came up against what might be considered the other side of the Clinton doctrine of open trade: walls, increased border agents, increased patrolling, and new surveillance technologies meant to cut off traditional crossing spots in urban areas like El Paso, San Diego, Brownsville, and Nogales.”

“This administration has taken a strong stand to stiffen the protection of our borders,” President Bill Clinton said in 1996. “We are increasing border controls by 50 percent.”

“Over the next 20 years, that border apparatus would expand immensely in terms of personnel, resources, and geographic reach, but the central strategy of the 1990s (“Prevention Through Deterrence“) remained the same. The ever-increasing border policing and militarization funneled desperate migrants into remote locations like the Arizona desert, where temperatures can soar to 120 degrees in the summer.”

“The first US border strategy memorandum in 1994 predicted the tragic future we now have: “Illegal entrants crossing through remote, uninhabited expanses of land and sea along the border can find themselves in mortal danger.”

“Twenty years later, more than 6,000 remains have been found in the desert borderlands of the United States. Hundreds of families continue to search for disappeared loved ones. The Colibri Center for Human Rights has records for more than 2,500 missing people last seen crossing the US-Mexico border. In other words, that border has become a graveyard of bones and sadness.”

 

“Despite all the attention given to the wall and the border this election season, neither the Trump nor Clinton campaigns have mentioned “Prevention Through Deterrence,” nor the subsequent border deaths. Not once. The same goes for the establishment media that can’t stop talking about Trump’s wall. There has been little or no mention of what border groups have long called a “humanitarian crisis” of deaths that have increased fivefold over the last decade, thanks, in part, to a wall that already exists. (If the dead were Canadians or Europeans, attention would, of course, be paid.)”

“Although wall construction began during Bill Clinton’s administration, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) built most of the approximately 700 miles of fencing after the Secure Fence Act of 2006 was passed. Sen. Hillary Clinton voted in favor of that Republican-introduced bill, as did 26 other Democrats. “I voted numerous times when I was a senator to spend money to build a barrier to try to prevent illegal immigrants from coming in,” she commented …”  www.motherjones.com/

Consequence Delivery System.  A U.S. Border Patrol agents stands outside his vehicle next to the U.S.-Mexico border fence in San Diego, California, U.S., on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is nearing a partial shutdown as the agency's funding is set to expire Friday -- something Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had said wouldn't happen on his watch. Photographer: David Maung/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Consequence Delivery System. A U.S. Border Patrol agents stands outside his vehicle next to the U.S.-Mexico border fence in San Diego, California, U.S., on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is nearing a partial shutdown as the agency’s funding is set to expire Friday — something Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had said wouldn’t happen on his watch. Photographer: David Maung/Bloomberg via Getty Images

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I’m Sick of Them

I’m sick of them.  I’m sick of all the lies.  All the tricky stuff.  Sure, like a lawyer on the clock they, their shills, or their general supporters can nit-pick what happened.  How it was all good.  How it was all legal.  But good at playing with the law is not being good.  Leveling with the populace is what’s good.  Having the populace make their decisions with accurate information is good.

It began with the Big Dog and there are several examples but going over one is enough.  Welfare Reform he called it.  Kicking a bunch of people especially when they’re down is not what makes our country great.  Reform it may be but not for the good.  Compassion is.  Empathy is.  You can talk all you want about how you made it easier for some of the people but this thing, this life thing we are all in and we shouldn’t play at God and decide who is worth helping and who is not.

I’m Sick of Them

I’m Sick of Them

And then there is Hillary.  Who has not met for a press conference in almost nine months. Our elected officials are representatives of the people and have to be answerable for their actions.  One way is through the press.  An undemocratic action is denying the press access.  It is not our way.  You have to do it, even if you do not like the press. And it is Hillary who is just running out the clock.  Without providing adult like serious answers for her actions.

I’m Sick of Them

I’m Sick of Them

“She is not planning on sitting for another televised armchair confessional to rehash regrets about a private email server. Nor is the campaign setting up the kind of war room employed last year to discredit a book that aimed to expose a quid-pro-quo relationship between Clinton Foundation donors and State Department officials.”

“With 75 days until Election Day and new emails once again casting a pall over her campaign, Hillary Clinton aims to “run out the clock,” confidants say, on the latest chapters of the overlapping controversies that have dogged her campaign since the start.”

“According to allies and operatives close to the campaign, Clinton’s team thinks “they can ride out” any negative reaction to a set of new emails that show Clinton Foundation officials trying to set up State Department meetings for donors during her tenure as the nation’s top “diplomat. http://www.politico.com/story/2016/08/hillary-clinton-trump-email-strategy-227347#ixzz4IFi3a6bc

I’m Sick of Them

I’m Sick of Them

I’m sick of them.  I’m sick of them and their shills. Their supporters ignore the obvious elements – it doesn’t matter what any other Secretary of State did – she was the only one exclusively to use her personal server for E-mails – I don’t know what harm it did and I don’t care if Colin Powell did much of the same (he denies it), she was wrong and should just admit it.  No matter what she claims the FBI didn’t exonerate her cleanly – it was clear that she just barely escaped prosecution.  All the elements of a crime were there but intent.  Just admit it.  She wasn’t truthful that all E-mails were released and certainly not to the public the first go around – fifteen thousand just made their way into the public eye – no thanks to her or her team – just admit it.

Admission of failure does not only mean incompetence.  It also means you are capable of taking stock of your actions.

There were greater problems in the FDR days and sure, there were some failures.  But he tried and his people tried and that is all you can ask.  They did not bask in the glory they made for themselves.

Their shills fiercely guard them as if being right about some of their wrongs gives them a free pass about any of the wrongs.

“I’m fairly sure that when William Shakespeare penned the phrase “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing,” he did not have in mind the constant cycle of scandals that envelop Bill and Hillary Clinton. But the phrase easily applies.”

“When it comes to the Clintons, the most mundane actions can be raised to the specter of national outrage, because of the appearance, but not actual incident, of impropriety.” http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2016/08/23/clinton-mail-scandals-are-pure-fiction/ryXZoEeqANOPSiL7O33QuJ/story.html

“As always with the Clintons, their enemies are once again engaging in overreach. And the press, including the august New York Times, is once again following those enemies down a rabbit hole where there is always a new revelation just around the corner that will finally allow someone to hold the couple accountable for something. And all the time spent chasing the shiny object of a smoking gun of an email obscures some of the genuinely substantive questions government watchdogs have raised about the intermingling of the Clinton Foundation’s business with Hillary Clinton’s governmental work and how the Clintons will need to disentangle themselves from such conflicts in the future.” http://www.salon.com/2016/08/24/playing-into-the-rights-trap-the-media-is-all-too-quick-to-go-chasing-phony-clinton-scandals/

While they act like they’re royalty they don’t get it because they are not.  Just act common for after all we all are. And they have not learned grace.

The daughter corners sixty-five grand to speak for a few minutes and then do a question and answer.  They should all be ashamed!

This is what we’ve become. If someone is attacked, sometimes venomously and often unjustly, whether their shills like it or not, it doesn’t create a free pass to lie to the American Public.  It does not create a free pass to endeavor hiding their actions (or others).  That’s why the Clintons remain under attack.  Because they continue to respond in a way that makes you think they deserve it.

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Neurotic Man Goes to the Show

I didn’t understand what all the fuss was about but this Neurotic Man was determined to find out.  I had to save up some money as these things were not cheap and I am not rich in dinero or personality.  Fortunately there were several preparatory steps before I had to come up with the bucks.

Neurotic Man

Neurotic Man

As always my research began with reading.  This time I checked the site from a luxury chain and found this at their Press site:

PRESS

“Cinépolis USA is a leading world-class cinema exhibitor that offers guests an enhanced movie-going Cinépolis concept, as well as their renowned ‘Luxury Cinema’ experience. Our Mexico-based parent company, Cinépolis, is the fourth largest movie theater exhibitor in the world. With the support of Cinépolis Mexico, we opened our first US theater in Del Mar, CA in July 2011 starting with our revolutionary ‘Luxury Cinema’ brand. Today, Cinépolis USA has some of the top performing Cinépolis theaters and ‘Luxury Cinemas’ in the country. Currently operating 56 screens in Southern California and 23 screens in Florida.” http://www.cinepolisusa.com/press.aspx  Of course such reading led to a nap.

When I woke I put on an incognito outfit – dark glasses, sombrero. Poncho and fake moustache.  The goal was to confuse the patrons and help of the theater to nor remember who I was for the day when I laid my dollars down on the table for a ticket.  I checked out the parking lot for car width space and if the parking lot (in my estimation) could handle a popular show.  I checked all adjoining roads for ease of access.  I brought my people counter and checked to see how many attended a show and when.  I strolled around the lobby and watched how quickly popcorn customers were served. Fortunately the plethora of snacks eased the demand on popcorn.  When I returned in the evening This Neurotic Man was intimidated by the vast number of aging, hair thinning, wrinkled old men accompanied by buxom, fit tanned babes many decades their younger.  I guess opposite truly attract.

Neurotic Man

Neurotic Man

All this unpaid work made me famished and I went over to Einstein’s for a bagel and shmear.  The amount of choices was a bit intimidating but I made my choice.  I then saw a poster that proclaimed ‘We Now Serve Fresh Cracked Eggs’ and I stopped in my tracks.  What did this mead?  And what did it portend for the past?  After all this thinking (and concern) I went home hungry.  Well, at least the bagel bucks can go toward my show fund.

Neurotic Man

Neurotic Man

 

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Existential Politics

Politics is a devious art, existential politics even more so. Politicians, attempting to get their way invent problems that don’t exist. They then attempt to find solutions for these ‘imaginary’ situations. While looking for a solution they have the cover they need to effect change that is unwanted and fraudulent.

So the existential nature is attempting to solve problems that do not exist. Sounds familiar?

Individuals performing voting fraud is an example. The Republicans tell you that this is a serious problem. Poppycock! Hearing after hearing has shown the problem doesn’t exist or in the few actual cases occurs in such a miniscule number that it cannot affect a major election. A solution of suppressing the voting rights of a minority does not combat the fraud (it can’t) but does cause a large number of members of that minority to not vote.

Problem solved!

Existential Politics

Existential Politics

There are also real situations lied about to allow the politician to push an agenda at odds with the Constitution. These half-truths are also used in existential politics.

Fear creation is another tool of existential politics. While any act of terrorism is a trampling of people’s lives, spying, voter taps and all the rights we have given up (such as due process including the military killing of untried people especially via drone) and all the legal and military actions we have sanctioned because of this fear has expanded.

After 9/11 there was a rush to give up freedoms for security (or so it was claimed). This is not a way for a healthy, viable society to evolve.
“At the risk of employing an overused quote, the 20th Century’s most notorious propagandist, Joseph Goebbels, famously said, “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie.” There are innumerable modern examples of the efficacy of this strategy, repeating a lie, but few are as obvious as the push for voter ID laws as a means of thwarting alleged “voter fraud.”

“Following the historically disastrous 2000 election debacle, when the laser-like focus should’ve been all about reforming elections by standardizing the voting process and guaranteeing equal and convenient access to polling places, the GOP, instead, set about attacking a separate and distinct problem; a problem which the party conjured out of thin air, to expressly disenfranchise Democratic voters. It wasn’t about irregularities with voting machines, “hanging chads” or butterfly ballots, they said; it was all about individual voters scamming the system. That was the myth they concocted to cover up the obvious trespass against voting rights. The lie is called “voter fraud.” http://www.salon.com/2016/08/23/republicans-voter-fraud-false-flag-voter-id-laws-offer-imaginary-solutions-to-imaginary-problems/

Existential Politics

Existential Politics

*”Existentialists believe that our human ‘essence’ or ‘nature’ (way of being in the world) is simply our ‘existence’ (being in the world). More simply put, the ‘essence’ of a human, or what makes a human a ‘human’, is not due to nature or uncontrollable circumstances; rather, human essence is really just what we choose to make it. This means that the only nature we as humans have is the nature we make for ourselves. As a result of this, existentialists think that the actions or choices that a person makes are very important. They believe that every person has to decide for themselves what is right and wrong, and what is good and bad.”
“People who believe in existentialism ask questions like “what is it like to be a human (a person) in the world?” and “how can we understand human freedom (what it means for a person to be free)?” Existentialism is often connected with negative emotions, such as anxiety (worrying), dread (a very strong fear), and mortality (awareness of our own death).” https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Existentialism

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Reliance on all Things

I am suddenly feeling a reliance on all things. Two days ago my car broke down. I have a bit of a worry mechanic who won’t tell me what the problem is or how much it will cost to fix. By asking such questions I am not trying to pin him down but being a car illiterate I also don’t know what to prepare myself for in time and money. So there I was playing with my computer, looking things up whimsically when all of a sudden the images on the screen started jumping about as if performing a frenzied dance. Without ever stopping.

This double whammy especially on a weekend, severely affected my well-being and I realized that I had developed a reliance on all things. I used mechanized objects over and over yet I didn’t know a thing about them making me helpless if something went awry.

It made me wonder about how far the human race had come in so many ways yet how much we had lost by our reliance on all things. I wonder if this reliance has affected us in other ways – such as picking a mate or choosing who to vote for. The way we do things is a reliance that everything will somehow work out, even attraction, and if lost, all we need to have happen is be lucky. And I also realized that in some ways we have always been reliant – though perhaps not to the present degree.

Since I was home and didn’t feel like taking the bus and couldn’t use my computer and was in emotional turmoil because of the loss of my things I turned to my refuge and my eyes fell upon works by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

“There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till. The power which resides in him is new in nature, and none but he knows what that is which he can do, nor does he know until he has tried.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self Reliance
http://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/1758578-self-reliance

I felt a little better though I still didn’t have use of my cart and didn’t have use of my computer but for decoration. Ralph Waldo made me feel better but I still needed a nap.

Reliance on all Things

Reliance on all Things

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Today is Sunday

Today is Sunday and also my day off.  At one time it wasn’t – I would write this column seven days a week.  But I found like so many other things in life, pacing myself was important.  I told myself that I needn’t burn myself out.  Sadly the problems I address will be still here tomorrow.  But it makes me a bit nervous to leave this column, even for a day, so for several years now I post a Sunday column explaining why the my Sunday postings do not follow the format found here for the rest of the week.  After all, Today is Sunday

Today is Sunday and I’ve tweaked this Pulpdiddys Permutations column that appears on Sunday again but the story remains the same – I take the day off.  I have taken to use this Sunday space so that it is a little bit about me and a whole bunch about what I am trying to do with this blog.  It has become apparent to me that the roots for the blog come from three things.  First of all, I love to write.  I enjoy the process and especially how attempting to communicate with others forces my thought process to focus in a way that not having the writing would not cause.  Secondly, I have been fascinated with how we interact with each other from an early age.  My political and social precociousness led me to turn away from the almost brutal focus on scholasticism and athleticism that dominated my early years.  In my case, this break was a good thing as it expanded my interest in understanding my empathy.  And last of all I realized I had developed a way of looking at the world that focused on want. When I explained this to others I found they often shared my thoughts but that for the most part they did not desire to consciously understand or express the theme of want, or if they did, found they had shuttled it off to the recesses of their mind – a way of living that contained the shuttling as an inconvenient truth

The inconvenient truth is that we drown in want.  The want may be the search of fame or sex or health or power or toys but these wants ultimately have the same catalyst and that catalyst is money.  Some theorists and analysts think we only see that want in our dreams and that dreams are healthy.  The problem is that this want invades our day to days and we make decisions based on that want that often has far reaching and sometimes tragic consequences.  The want may be quite basic such as the quest to survive or quite advanced like controlling politicians or having a lobbyist team to market your ideas of law.  The thing about want is we largely are embarrassed about it, especially if the want becomes public and obvious and though at times we may expose our want it is often done in a non serious game show sort of way.  The other thing about want, especially in the most unconscious of us, is that we trample our fellow human beings in an attempt to achieve whatever it is that is our want.

I have found that magazines, blogs, and newspapers don’t understand want but instead focus on an agenda even if that agenda is to work hard in not appearing to have one.  Somehow the media has failed to see that in reality their own agendas are full of fiction and as such, are as much want as that of anyone else.  As for these agendas, most are political in nature.  The problem with an agenda is that it blinds you to certain realities – at least for a while.  For example a journalist at the Washington Post almost fifty years down the road realizes the paper missed the mark by ignoring Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech when it was delivered, instead focusing on crowd control that day.  Or journalists at the New York Times realizing that they were too enthusiastic in support of the Vietnam War.  Or ditto for the enthusiasm of both papers when the misdirected terrorist war known as the Iraq War took place.  Of course this is an over-simplification and I mention it only as an illustration.

As I do my research for what to write at Pulpdiddys Permutations I think about the want that each of us has – the want we may not know exists.  Hopefully I can glean enough of the want to make an intelligent observation.  While personally I remain far more liberal then not regarding economic, political, and social issues I bring up the question of want in my analysis of issues and how the issue will affect all, most, or some of us.  So when President Obama does something that I find wrong I am not loathe to mention that wrongness at this site.  No person or accepted belief is sacrosanct.

Love of writing, looking at the world with empathy, and focus on want are the triumvirate that has brought about Pulpdiddys Permutations.  Though I believe I am eventually found out to be correct more often then not and certainly more so than any pundit I know that’s out there, I certainly am not infallible.  But I give you my pledge that I’ll continue to do the research, continue to consider the matter using the frame of reference of want in the material posted by me at this site, and correct myself when my opinion eventually is shown to just be wrong.  And if you’d like some lighter reading there’s always my e-book: http://www.amazon.com/Neurotic-Man-Richard-Georges-ebook/dp/B00A6TOK24

Today is Sunday

Today is Sunday

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Ivanka Trump Intern Hiring Fail

Ivanka Trump is supposedly the sane one of the bunch.  In addition, by reputation she cares about the workers in her business.  Unfortunately, she doesn’t pay her workers and that is most certainly illegal.  Certain conditions have to be met for unpaid interns and a for profit business just doesn’t cut it. One of the reasons there is so must venom these days when the subject of the games of the rich is that they don’t even bother checking what the rules are. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ivanka-trump-unpaid-interns_us_57b72ba3e4b0b51733a303fe?section=&

Meanwhile the poor geeps that think this is the way you work yourself into a business and then up don’t get it about exploitation.   It really is quite easy – you don’t pay workers or pay them a ridiculously low amount and you are an exploiters.  Forget the excuses, can the rationale, you exploit people with little gain on their part and you are particularly dirty.  Even Ivanka Trump.

Ivanka Trump

Ivanka Trump

According to the Department of Labor, an unpaid internship must meet all of the following criteria:

  • The internship is similar to training which would be given in an educational environment
  • It’s for the benefit of the intern
  • The intern doesn’t displace paid employees
  • The employer doesn’t benefit from work the intern is doing, “and on occasion its operations may actually be impeded.”
  • The intern isn’t promised a job at the end (unpaid “tryouts” aren’t allowed)
  • Both the intern and their boss understand it’s an unpaid position
Ivanka Trump

Ivanka Trump

“Very rarely, for work done at for-profit companies. According to the Department of Labor’s test, companies can’t derive an “immediate advantage” from an intern’s work. And in the private sector, work that doesn’t benefit the company is rare.”

“It’s fair to say most private-sector employers who employ volunteers are violating the law,” said David Yamada, a professor of law at Suffolk University in Boston.”

“What if they provide a stipend or lunch money? Does that count?”

“Probably not, assuming it’s a private sector employee covered by the FLSA, according to Yamada. If an internship at a for-profit employer doesn’t meet the factors laid out in the six-point test, they most likely have to pay their interns minimum wage.” https://www.propublica.org/article/when-interns-should-be-paid-explained

So if you don’t get paid no matter what the supposed benefit is, you are getting screwed.

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The Big Worry – Here Come The NeoCons!

The big worry on the far left is when, and if, Hillary Clinton would stop her Berne Sanders impersonation and unmask once again her right wing beliefs, especially those pertaining to her foreign policies.  Ala The Sun Also Rises it is pretty to think so.  This is not the beginnings of a progressive humanistic agenda by Ms. Clinton.  The big worry always has been when the time for words was over Ms. Clinton’s actions would show her tilting toward the right.

Actions have more gravitas than words.  In the last few days Ms. Clinton has brought into her campaign Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the poster woman for deception.  Ken Salazar has also signed on to Ms. Clinton’s team though he’s a great supporter of fracking and the Trans Pacific Partnership.  Ms. Clinton has publicly stated that she is a foe of the Trans Pacific Partnership though at an earlier time she has called it the gold standard for such treaties.  The left has found fracking an anathema to their beliefs and Ms. Clinton has been warming to the left’s position.

The Big Worry

The Big Worry

So the big worry is that the left has bought some counterfeit goods.  Shut her down Clancy, she’s pumping mud.

“She may be done with the Democratic National Committee, but former chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz was quickly picked up by the Hillary Clinton campaign.”

Ms. Wasserman Schultz was widely criticized during the Democratic primary by supporters of Bernie Sanders of using her position at the DNC to tip the race toward Mrs. Clinton. At least some of that was confirmed at the weekend by the release by Wikileaks of internal DNC emails, which forced her to announce her resignation Sunday.”

“But in a reaction statement to reporters Sunday, Mrs. Clinton gave Ms. Wasserman Schultz a soft landing by announcing that she would join the Clinton campaign.”

“I am glad that she has agreed to serve as honorary chair of my campaign’s 50-state program to gain ground and elect Democrats in every part of the country,” Mrs. Clinton said in the statement.

“The statement went on to say that Ms. Wasserman Schultz “will continue to serve as a surrogate for my campaign nationally.”  http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/jul/24/debbie-wasserman-schultz-immediately-joins-hillary/

The Big Worry

The Big Worry

“Trade critics and anti-fracking activists expressed dismay Tuesday at Hillary Clinton’s choice of former Colorado Sen. Ken Salazar to chair her transition team, raising new friction with some of the liberal constituencies that had flocked around Sen. Bernie Sanders during the primaries.”

“Salazar’s critics noted that he has been an outspoken supporter of President Barack Obama’s proposed Asia-Pacific trade deal, which Clinton says she opposes. Records show his employer since 2013, the law and lobbying firm WilmerHale, lobbied on trade policy as recently as this spring. “

 

“Salazar, who was Interior secretary during Obama’s first term, has also defended the safety of fracking for oil and natural gas. Just last month, he joined industry supporters in criticizing anti-fracking proposals that greens want to place on Colorado’s November ballot, saying the “ill-conceived, vague” measures would “undermine businesses across the state, damage our economy and kill jobs.”  http://www.politico.com/story/2016/08/ken-salazar-tpp-trade-227068

Ms. Clinton appears not concerned about the policy proposals of the left.  She is depending on the repulsiveness of her major opponent to keep the liberals in their place.  Winning an election it is a winning strategy.  Creating a coalition with mandate it is not.

“The worst thing that President Hillary Clinton could do would be to nudge her agenda towards the center to appeal to these right-leaning voters who have no real attachment to her. Doing that would risk alienating the liberal contingent of her own party that already viewed her warily. Hillary already has her work cut out for her in trying to keep the peace with the Democratic left wing, and the second she starts diluting her policies so as not to scare off Chamber-Of-Commerce Republicans, those liberals will bolt. http://www.salon.com/2016/08/01/hillarys_big_risk_the_dangers_of_building_too_broad_a_coalition/

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Neurotic Man, Obamacare, and Gregor Samsa

Neurotic Man figured he’d save a few of the bucks he didn’t have by signing up for Obamacare.  Besides, what can be more patriotic than doing what the President says?  Plus, if he didn’t follow orders, his reasoning went; they’d have one more reason to go after him.  Whoever ‘they’ are.

Phew!  At least that disguise is over.  They never read to the second paragraph.  Little do they know that he is me!  I am worried about Obamacare after reading that United Health and Human, in most instances, were pulling out.  And then, just when I sat down to a breakfast of shredded wheat without milk or sugar, just dry prairie grass I read this:

Neurotic Man

Neurotic Man

“Insurance giant Aetna will stop selling health insurance through most of the exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act in 2017 because the company said it is losing money in many of those markets.”

“On Monday, Aetna said it will sell individual insurance policies in only 242 counties in four states, down almost 70 percent from the 778 counties in 15 states where the company markets Obamacare plans this year.”

“The decision is a blow to President Obama’s signature health care law. Most insurers selling plans through the exchanges have been losing money because the people getting insurance under Obamacare have been sicker than forecast.” http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/08/16/490207169/aetna-joins-other-major-insurers-in-pulling-back-from-obamacare

I am no longer as snug as a bug on a rug.  Especially Gregor Samsa’s kind of bug.  This bureaucracy is doing more to hurt us bugs that a can of Raid.  How can you have a mandated policy that affects only a segment of the people?  Don’t these clowns, er, I mean bug exterminators know that when you give a group of people an out some of them will take it?

Neurotic Man

Neurotic Man

And the service I get keeps on getting shoddier and shoddier.  My big toe has been in a lot of pain which means I’ve been in a lot of pain.  The earliest appointment I can make is six weeks from now.  Six weeks of pain.  Great.  I’m glad I monthly pay my membership.  To the dolts club.  My wonderful insurance if any government hacks are out there reading this bit.

And the medical personnel act like they are doing me a favor for seeing me, and hearing my side of the story.  (Not just the side that is rattling around in their head.)   Boy, I’m sure glad I paid for this.  Without the help of the government this Neurotic Man would have to look for an S&M club all by himself (myself).

Neurotic Man

Neurotic Man

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It Is Bernie’s Fault

It is Bernie’s fault that Americans have to choose between two of the most (if not the most) disliked Presidential candidates in American history.  Obviously it’s Bernie’s fault that the Democrats chose Ms. Clinton over him.  It’s Bernie’s fault that the press, especially at the beginning of his campaign, ignored him and didn’t cover his proposals.  It’s Bernie’s fault that almost all elected politicians including some of his friends and policy compatriots got in line behind Ms. Clinton, even when her policy stands contradicted their own.  It’s Bernie’s fault that the DNC mocked him and threw roadblocks in his way.   It is Bernie’s fault that if there was any election fraud it went against him.  After all it certainly was his fault that Ms. Clinton supporters, including donors, owned those voting machines those machines with untraceable results.  Bernie must have told those donors to be involved in the election, it’s just his way.

Bernie’s Fault

Bernie’s Fault

Ms. Clinton’s lackluster support for the $15 minimum wage, ending fracking, and ending the TPP, all of that is Bernie’s fault.  And her team helping donors in various ways including jobs and contacts, well that was inspired by Bernie.  And Bernie goaded her into taking all those big contributions from rich people and establishing PACs.

When Hillary Clinton voted for the Iraq War the blame should be on Bernie.  And when she pushed for destabilization in Libya who else but Bernie could have stopped her?  The E-mail server installation and potential illegality – that was Bernie.  And the speaking fees?  If he’d just take some then Hillary would feel less obligated to do so.  Not releasing the transcripts?  Bernie.  Or her support for war and Henry Kissinger- Bernie’s the one.

Bernie’s Fault

Bernie’s Fault

Even though he was willing to support Ms. Clinton’s candidacy in an effort to heal the party, pushing aside his heartache of what might have been, some of his supporters did not follow him, well, if Bernie would have made them…

And as for the Republicans choosing Trump?  No doubt about it, it is Bernie’s fault.

“Sanders was the one candidate who clearly stated his opposition to big money in politics, to political corruption, cronyism, and to policies that benefit the one percent. So it should come as little surprise that with each new Clinton scandal, Sanders supporters feel less enthusiastic about following their candidate’s footsteps and endorsing Clinton.  Sanders taught them to fight for a “future to believe in.”  They simply don’t want to endorse a candidate they think won’t do that.

“Any sane person would agree that a Trump presidency would be a disaster for this nation.  But it is time for those same people to realize that if he wins, the last people we should blame are the ones who backed a candidate they believed would actually make our country great again.”

“If you want Trump to lose and you think you need #DemExit voters to beat him, then it is time to give them something to vote for, not just something to vote against.  And if that seems impractical or impossible, then it may just be time to blame yourself for your own role in upholding a system that sucks.” http://www.salon.com/2016/08/16/its-not-bernie-backers-if-the-u-s-elects-trump-this-is-who-is-responsible/

Bernie's Fault.  WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 07:  U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) holds a news conference to announce their proposed legislation to strengthen Social Security March 7, 2013 in Washington, DC. Sanders and U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) are sponsoring the "Keepping Our Social Security Promises Act," which they say will increase payroll taxes on the wealthest and bolster Social Security without raising the retirement age or lowering benefits.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Bernie’s Fault. WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 07: U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) holds a news conference to announce their proposed legislation to strengthen Social Security March 7, 2013 in Washington, DC. Sanders and U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) are sponsoring the “Keepping Our Social Security Promises Act,” which they say will increase payroll taxes on the wealthest and bolster Social Security without raising the retirement age or lowering benefits. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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