A prayer for infrastructure investment

From The Atlantic: "Another Dust Bowl?" After a spring filled with reports of devastating floods and tornadoes, another climatological disaster is taking shape. Fourteen states across the south, particularly Texas, are facing a lethal combination of record heat and low precipitation.  The Office of the Texas State Climatologist reports that this past June was the hottest June in recorded history. Twenty-five Texan cities broke heat records. Meanwhile, water supplies are drying up and crops are … [Read more...]

Workers of the world unite

So the NFL lockout has ended in some kind of deal that I would summarize here except that the details of professional sports contract negotiations make my eyes glaze over and, since I'm no longer getting paid to edit NFL labor stories for a daily paper, I've reverted back to ignoring all those details. My frustration with this long saga isn't just with the tediousness of the dispute, it's based more on the perpetual missed opportunity that professional athletes' unions largely ignore to build … [Read more...]

What commie said this?

We must first of all recall a principle ... the principle of the priority of labour over capital. This principle directly concerns the process of production: in this process labour is always a primary efficient cause, while capital, the whole collection of means of production, remains a mere instrument or instrumental cause. … This gigantic and powerful instrument -- the whole collection of means of production that in a sense are considered synonymous with "capital" -- is the result of work … [Read more...]

Job Seekers Open Thread

. Job seekers: Let us know where you are and what you're looking for. Everybody: Skim through and see if you know something, or know someone, or know someone who knows someone, who might help out one of our job seekers. … [Read more...]

Larry Summers on 'the jobs deficit'

From an interview with Larry Summers by Walter Isaacson at Fortune's Brainstorm Tech conference: The biggest problem the country has right now is not the budget deficit. The biggest problem the country has right now is the jobs deficit. Yes, there's a risk that we will misplay things and make the mistakes of the 1970s, and have inflation and have excessive borrowing. But far and away the larger risk is that we will make the mistakes of 1937, and that we will not have a recovery that is … [Read more...]

Facebook's Grand Bargain

The following is making the rounds on Facebook as a smug, "just-folks like me are so much smarter than all those idiots in Washington" piece of myth-making: Salary of the US President. ..$400,000. Salary of retired US Presidents ...$180,000. Salary of House/Senate...$174, 000. Salary of Speaker of the House...$223,500... Salary of Majority/Minority Leaders... $193,400... Average Salary of Soldier DEPLOYED IN IRAQ $38,000... I think we have found where the cuts should be made! If you agree... … [Read more...]

Job Seekers Open Thread

. Job seekers: Let us know where you are and what you're looking for. Everybody: Skim through and see if you know something, or know someone, or know someone who knows someone, who might help out one of our job seekers. I don't know if we've hit the grand prize yet of someone actually landing a job via leads recommended here, but then we've only been doing this for two weeks, and I've been using Monster and Simply Hired and Opportunity Knocks for longer than that without any success and … [Read more...]

Job Seekers Open Thread

. Job seekers: Let us know where you are and what you're looking for. Everybody: Skim through and see if you know something, or know someone, or know someone who knows someone, who might help out one of our job seekers. The Internet is a strange and sometimes wonderful place, so who knows? Maybe we'll find a connection that helps someone find the job they're meant to be doing. … [Read more...]


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