Link 24 Jul 23 notes Job growth is faster in states that raised minimum wage»
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The fact that Washington’s coverage of the migrant crisis is so divorced from the geopolitical and economic context of the issue is not merely crude deception. Ferocious reliance on the game of chicken between the “good” (or lesser evil) Democratic Party versus the “evil” Republican Party is a sign of crisis in US imperialism’s ideological arsenal. There should be no doubt that both parties will continue to act in cohesion for the ultimate master: US capital. A new left movement is needed to educate and mobilize the exploited classes in a way that relates issues like the migrant crisis to the racist imperial order. Either we organize an offensive to overturn US imperialism’s crisis-ridden system or watch history pass us by.
Link 24 Jul 14 notes Jesus Loves the Legal Little Children»
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Link 23 Jul 10 notes Failing the Third Machine Age: When Robots Come for Grandma»

Of course we have enough human caregivers for the elderly. The country –and the world— is awash in underemployment and unemployment, and many people find caregiving to be a fulfilling and desirable profession. The only problem is that we –as a society— don’t want to pay caregivers well and don’t value their labor. Slightly redistributive policies that would slightly decrease the existing concentration of wealth to provide subsidies for childcare or elder care are, unfortunately, deemed untouchable goals by political parties beholden to a narrow slice of society.

Remember: whenever you hear there’s a shortage of humans (or food), it is almost always a code for shortage of money. (Modern famines are also almost always a shortage of money, not food). Modern shortages of “labor” are almost always a shortage of willingness to pay well, or a desire to avoid hiring the “wrong” kind of people.

The author gives the example of Japan as forefront of this development, because, she says, of “workforce shortages.” It’s a good example because it really highlights what shortage of humans actually means: a deep hostility to the “wrong” kind of humans. Japan is notoriously anti-immigrant, and also hostile to women’s rights in terms of childcare and family-career balance. As a result, more and more Japanese women choose not to have children: hence the shortage of Japanese children to take care of parents. And the country refuses to address its demographic crisis by any easing of immigration policies—hundreds of thousands ethnic Koreans who have been in Japan through multiple generations, for example, do not have Japanese citizenship and can only assimilate if they more or less give up their Korean identity.

So, it’s not a shortage of caregivers, it’s a shortage of caring.

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Link 23 Jul 28 notes The Tactic of Warning Gazans»

The tactic of warning residents of Gaza to evacuate areas before Israeli military tactics is often cited as an example of the humanitarian concern displayed by the IDF. It was part of the justification and defence used by Netanyahu in interviews of the weekend aimed at western audiences.

As many have noted, there is nowhere for the civilian population to go that is safe when the areas to which they are fleeing are also under bombardment. In such a densely populated area, such warnings are at the most useless. But it is more than that. It is a tactic that was used in 1948 to force Palestinians from their villages accompanied by massacres such as Deir Yassin by the Stern and Irgun terror groups to provide a warning of what would happen if they did not leave. The difference now is that Gaza is an open air prison. The population have nowhere to go except to another part of Gaza that will be under attack and the terror is even more profound given the weapons available to the Israeli military.

The warnings to evacuate are not evidence of ethical concern for civilians. It is a longstanding tactic used by the Israeli military to terrorise the Palestinian population. Ominously yesterday, Moshe Feiglin, a member of Netanyahu’s Likud party and deputy speaker in the Knesset, called for the expulsion of all Palestinians from Gaza and its incorporation into Israel. The current tactics of wanton killing of the civilian population is a continuation of the terror tactics used by Irgun and the Stern gang in 1948 to expel Palestinians and steal their land.

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The kind of humor Limbaugh uses troubles me deeply, because I have spent much of my professional life making fun of politicians. I believe it is a great American tradition and should be encouraged. We should all laugh more at our elected officials—it’s good for us and good for them. So what right do I have to object because Limbaugh makes fun of different pols than I do? I object because he consistently targets dead people, little girls, and the homeless—none of whom are in a particularly good position to answer back. Satire is a weapon, and it can be quite cruel. It has historically been the weapon of powerless people aimed at the powerful. When you use satire against powerless people, as Limbaugh does, it is not only cruel, it’s profoundly vulgar. It is like kicking a cripple.
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Look around for still honest journalists. Who are they? Glenn Greenwald, who is under constant attack by his fellow journalists, all of whom are whores. Who else can you think of? Julian Assange, locked away in the Ecuadoran Embassy in London on Washington’s orders. The British puppet government won’t permit free transit to Assange to take up his asylum in Ecuador. The last country that did this was the Soviet Union, which required its Hungarian puppet to keep Cardinal Mindszenty interred in the US Embassy in Budapest for 15 years from 1956 until 1971. Mindszenty was granted political asylum by the United States, but Hungary, on Soviet orders, would not honor his asylum, just as Washington’s British puppet, on Washington’s orders, will not honor Assange’s asylum. If we are honest and have the strength to face reality, we will realize that the Soviet Union did not collapse. It simply moved, along with Mao and Pol Pot, to Washington and London.
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Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd.

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