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16 over Ten, 12 over Eleven, and 6 over Twelve…

November 20, 2009 Leave a comment

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Richard Trumka: How a tired old union hack misses the point completely

November 20, 2009 2 comments

Once upon a time, the union boss was hated and feared on Wall Street, now he or she is just ridiculed or ignored – or propped up in front of the TV cameras to serve as a convenient scapegoat for why you’re paying for Wall Street failures.

Little does the Party of Wall Street suspect that, indeed, they are right – union hacks like Trumka are precisely the reason why you are footing the bill for GM mismanagement, and Goldman Sachs’ venality. The unions sold you out to cash in on the virtuous cycle of ever bigger defense budgets, rising employment fueled by wars and economic predation, and an ever growing slush fund of union dues.

Now the bills have come due, and Goldman Sachs wants to blame the UAW because Ford, GM and Chrysler can’t build a decent automobile at a competitive price – a price that requires that an American standard of living be readjusted to conform to Chinese wage levels.

Watch below as Richard Trumka whines like a bitch for a return to the good old days when American union bosses marched hand in hand with corporate predators in support of the Johnson-Nixon carpet bombing of Vietnamese villages.

Richard L. Trumka’s remarks at the Spotlight on Jobs Crisis forum.

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Pedro M. Cruz helps us visualize the decline of empires

November 19, 2009 Leave a comment

The evolution of the top 4 maritime empires of the XIX and XX centuries by extent. The visual emphasis is on their decline.

More on that project mondeguinho.com/master/visual-experimentations/visualizing-empires

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Changing The Jobs Debate with Dean Baker & John Nichols

November 19, 2009 Leave a comment

On GRITtv with Laura Flanders, Dean Baker discusses his proposal to encourage the reduction of hours of work to fight unemployment

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Geithner and Summers: “There are boos and cries of derision”

November 19, 2009 Leave a comment

“Obama has an adviser from Wall Street, Larry Summers, and a treasury secretary from Wall Street, Timmy Geithner,” says Democratic Congressman Pete Defazio of Oregon. The congressman is calling for Obama to take the Tarp money and “use it to put people back to work.”

On the Ed Show – Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR04) levels Goldman Sachs, Summers, and Treasury Sec Tim Geithner

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