Piketty’s 15 years of painstaking data collection—he poured over centuries worth of tax records in places like France, the U.S., Germany, Japan and the U.K—provides clear proof that in lieu of major events like World Wars or government interventions like the New Deal, the rich take a greater and greater share of the world’s economic pie.
There are many reasons why French academic Thomas Piketty’s 685-page tome, “Capital in the 21st Century,” has vaulted to the top of the Amazon.com best seller list and is being discussed with equal fervor by the world’s top economic policy makers and middle class Americans who wonder why they haven’t gotten a raise in years. The main reason is that it proves, irrefutably and clearly, what we’ve all suspected for some time now—the rich ARE getting richer compared to everyone else, and their wealth isn’t trickling down. In fact, it’s trickling up.
Piketty’s 15 years of painstaking data collection—he poured over centuries worth of tax records in places like France, the U.S., Germany, Japan and the U.K—provides clear proof that in lieu of major events like World Wars or government interventions like the New Deal, the rich take a greater and greater share of the world’s economic pie. That’s…
View original post 539 more words
It started with the attack of the flying monkeys, spreading a dust of some kind of chemical all over the world. Launched from Jamaica. (Ok, Ok, calm down. I didn’t write this stuff; I’m just reporting the facts.) The flying monkeys were actually a swarm of small rockets with monkey faces painted on them, hence the name. The dust stuff caused people to pretty much instantly melt from the insides out, and it wasn’t long at all before there were only a handful of people left on earth.
It is a funny book, both dry and laugh-out-loud funny. But there are undercurrents of sadness. And terror.
Patrick and Ben, native sons of…
View original post 626 more words
A good read, more Columbo than ystery, but therein lies its charm
A young teen girl, 13 years old, goes missing, but in searching her belongings, her parents find her passport is missing. So did she run away, or was she abducted?
This is not a mystery, per se, because we know right from the beginning who dunnit and what they done did, and geez are they two of the most disgusting characters this side of …. ummm, well, Hades, I guess. The story unfolds being told alternately from the disgust0’s viewpoint, and then from the side of DCI Jones. What the book is is a…
View original post 216 more words
The Whole World Is Festering
With Unhappy Souls
I like Facebook as a communication device: it keeps me in touch with friends and family to a great degree, and because I have started a few groups, and belong to a few more, that pertain to things that interest me, or general news feeds, it also keeps me informed about important current events.
It seems to me though, that a lot of people are, at the very least, unhappy about an awful lot of things, and it also seems that they think that posting about it on Facebook is SOMEHOW going to solve the problem. You’ve seen the “Share this if you …..” post so many times, that it’s ( at least to me ) beating a dead horse. Or the Liberal or Conservative groups that post sound bites out of context or exaggerations of something an opponent has said, in order to stir up emotions in their followers. This is, at best, preaching to the choir, and why they are preaching is a total mystery to me. Do they actually think they will change someone’s mind about something that way?
In my life, I’ve been quite active in regards to things that I personally believe in:
In the 60s and 70s, I was active (and was even arrested once) in anti-Vietnam War protests, I demonstrated for racial equality because of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. More recently, I actually worked for President Obama’s election campaign. I actually did something. It may have been a small thing, in comparison to what others did, but still. I DID something.
I’m not, in any way, trying to toot my own horn here. All I’m saying is if you are dissatisfied with things as they currently exist, if you think that there are injustices that need rectification, posting a picture from Someecards that somehow addresses the subject is a tortal waste of time.
“It’s useless to hold a person to anything he says while he’s in love, drunk, or running for office.”