All this shouting about how life is not what it used to be–Trump and the “Out” campaigners in the UK–appeals to voters who feel they have lost the most in recent years. Thesevoters are people who the elite–big business and governments, liberal and conservative–have ignored. and who are ready to blame immigrants or the EU for their plight. The result of Brexit will hurt us all, including the establishment who serve and are the investors and leaders of industry who have created these conditions.
But the leaders of this “populist” movement are not the voters who are suffering, but fairground politicians who are making hay out of the misery and playing on it for their own ends of power or money. They don’t care. However having stirred up the hatred, they may well have to take it on, and may well end up encouraging darker acts that echo the 1930s. I don’t think they are true believers–they are chancers. But why do the people who are voting for these chancers and giving them this status not realise that these men (mostly) are not their friends?
On top of this, the chancers are on the fringes of the mainstream establishment of our society. They have made hay from an establishment, who have done nothing to spread the wealth, but done all they can to hoard it to themselves and now are horrified that voters are turning against them.
Neither side is much use to most of us. Sure most of us have jobs and earn enough to meet our needs, but all this publicity all this hand-wringing will do nothing to help unless people actually start figuring out what they need and voting for that and not just sucking up the dross that is being doled out by other rich people who have no interest in changing anything to help the majority any more than the establishment has done.Share This:
Fortune Magazine has published its list of the World’s Greatest Leaders. Without going into troubling issues about how US-centric it all is and what it uses as its definition of leadership and in writing about it Alan Murray writes about the person who is placed at number one, “Amazon’s Jeff Bezos. His company got pummeled in a New York Times story last year depicting Amazon as a sort of high-tech sweat-shop, where the pressure caused workers to break down at their desks in tears. But leadership comes in various flavors, and the Bezos strain is yielding world-changing results.” So leadership involves running sweat shops! I don’t think so. That is the usual dictatorship that is mistaken for leadership. I have used a picture of real leader here.Share This:
I know I do this. I don’t think I mean to, but I do it anyway, so I must think what I have to say matters more than what the person I am with has to say. I am pretty sure I interrupt everyone, but I bet I am like most men, and I interrupt women more than I do men. Anyway, it’s become a thing “manterrupting”. It’s personified by Kanye taking the mic away from Taylor.
Last night, Larry Willmore’s team on The Nightly Show did a whole section on it, and then this morning there was an article in Fortune about Glen Mazzara, hte show-runner for The Shield and The Walking Dead about the same issue.
Barney Ronay (No relative–although Ronay’s was the name of the bakery that Alane’s family had in Phoenix) has written a defence of Leicseter as a legitimate team. This is not a fairy tale, but instead very good players (every player in the premiership is amazing) these are “B+ players who have together made the step up to A+.”
Good team chemistry, good planning and determined execution are what have brought them the success they have:”Leicester’s players will know better than anyone they don’t need magic dust to win the league from here. The fear isn’t that the wardrobe will stop working, the carpet cease to fly. But simply that they might start to deviate from that well-executed plan.”
Ranieri said in an interview“In an era when money counts for everything, I think we give hope to everybody.” Obviously this resonates with me, because I have been following Burnley since I was a child, but also I have for some reason always been interested in the amazing players who don’t catch the media’s eye.
It is glorous to watch David Silva, Aguero, Hazard (last year) and Özil, but there is so much more to see, and in Leicester it’s not just Vardy and Mahrez, but the whole team.
My impression has always been that New Hampshire is a heavily Republican state, “live free or die” etc., but in terms of numbers of voter in the primary, that is only born out to minor extent.
More voters (284,108) cast ballots in the Republican than the Democratic primary (250,962) in New Hampshire for the first time – in a year when both parties had contested primaries – since 2000, not coincidentally the last time Republicans took the White House from the Democrats and the last time a Republican won New Hampshire.
Bernie Sanders won 151,573 votes, and Trump 100,360.
I have been on the phone with several companies over the last few days, and IIJM or do other people get creeped out when the voice that is generated by some anonymous computer server starts using the “I”. One at Constant Contact said, “I am a recording, and I will do my best to help you.” Then she said, “I am sorry, I didn’t understand what you said. I am transferring you to someone who can help you.”
The only sense in which this might be justified, if “I”is the name of the machine, and I (me) am being a addressed in the third person–rather like Edward Dorn’s Gunslinger!Share This:
The worn-out debate about whether women can “have it all” is misleading at best and fails to address the real issues facing American women because it’s overly simplistic. First, let’s stop pretending that work is optional for most women in America. Seven out of every 10 moms work, and for many of them, earning money is a necessity, not a choice.
Women work because their families need food, shelter and clothing. They work because they want to live in a safer neighborhood or because they want to save for their kids’ college educations or live the American dream. Today, four out of every 10 mothers are either the biggest breadwinner in the family or the only breadwinner in the family. More women than ever are earning their family’s paycheck while also serving as their family’s primary caregiver.
Women also work because they want to work. They want to have an impact on their communities or in their professional field, and they want to make a difference outside of their homes. They should not be deemed selfish or overreaching because of that human desire.
Instead of only asking about why or how women are doing so much (or trying to “have” so much), we should ask what American companies can do to help their workers meet their families’ needs.
I leave Sisyphus at the foot of the mountain! One always finds one’s burden again. But Sisyphus teaches the higher fidelity that negates the gods and raises rocks. He too concludes that all is well. This universe henceforth without a master seems to him neither sterile nor futile. Each atom of that stone, each mineral flake of that night filled mountain, in itself forms a world. The struggle itself toward the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy.Share This: