Comment on Claire Austin’s article in The Victory Press (link below)

Thank you for the thoughtful intelligent balanced and well-written article. More men need to speak up in support of our women colleagues working so hard in the face of such ridiculous adversity and it goes without saying more men need to speak out when these tragic issues of sexual assault arise. I too “intensely dislike” the mixed messages and just-plain-wrong messages the NHL sends to women, to young women, to the planet. It’s mind-boggling.

Most of the fans I speak with about these issues, even “seemingly” innocuous issues like the “ice girls,” roll their eyes. Not one of them agree with it or like it, but no one seems to know what to do about it other than I suppose write a letter to the admin in protest. Probably a formal group should be founded to put public pressure on the NHL and the team administrators, but I am ignorant of protocols and legal considerations.

I do hope that most male fans agree with you and that it’s only these incredibly rude obtuse devolved humans that curse and swear and insult and troll. But I don’t know that either. In any event thank you for the article and I will speak out and try to keep myself informed.

Claire Austin The Victory Press


Does capitalism cause poverty? Let me count the ways

I had to reblog this because A) it succinctly summarize 4 ways in which capitalism increases/creates poverty and B) points out that my new Main Man, the Pope Francis, has spoken out vehemently against the iniquities caused by our current economic paradigm.

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Clearly, Pope Francis’s criticisms of capitalism (as I have discussed here and here) have touched a nerve. They certainly have in the case of Harvard’s Ricardo Hausmann, who attempts to argue both that capitalism is not responsible for causing poverty and that more capitalism will eventually eliminate poverty.

Hausmann’s story is a very familiar one. What it comes down to is the idea that the majority of people before capitalism arrived one the scene were poor and as capitalism develops and more and more people became wage-laborers with rising real wages. But areas of the world still remain outside of capitalism and those people will remain poor unless and until capitalism is allowed to fully develop.

It’s a story that is as old as Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations, and it’s been told and retold by generations of classical and neoclassical economists ever since.

Their story is certainly right about one thing: capitalism does create…

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“All the news [for Hillary Clinton and against Bernie Sanders] that’s fit to print”

Voting for the Clinton Clan would like a vote for Caligula in Roman times…okay, maybe not that bad, but STILL! Go Bernie!

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Back in 2008, the New York Times endorsed Hillary Clinton (over Barack Obama and Jonathan Edwards) in the Democratic primary in an editorial.

These days, the New York Times is continuing its endorsement of Clinton—but on the news pages.

Consider the difference in coverage. Clinton gets a straightforward article on how “she would ‘fight’ back against Republicans, ‘fight’ climate change, ‘fight’ to ‘strengthen America’s families’ and ‘fight’ to ‘harness all of America’s power’.”

Meanwhile, Sanders gets a snide article on his call for a “political revolution of 2015,” which follows on the earlier hatchet job on how Sanders’s “revolutionary roots were nurtured in in ’60s Vermont.”

It’s tough enough for a socialist to run for political office in the United States. The least we can hope for is balanced coverage of the political campaign in one of the leading newspapers in the country.

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Chart of the day


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For the first time, a poll has Vermont independent senator and socialist Bernie Sanders ahead in the crucial early primary state of New Hampshire.

The poll, released by Franklin Pierce University and the Boston Herald, shows Sanders leading former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by 44 percent to 37 percent in New Hampshire among Democratic primary voters. (The live interview phone poll was conducted 7-10 August and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.7 percentage points.)

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Children don’t count

Trickle down theory my @$$!

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Certainly not in the United States.

According to the most recent study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation,

Nationally, 22 percent of children (16.1 million) lived in families with incomes below the poverty line in 2013, up from 18 percent in 2008 (13.2 million), representing nearly 3 million more children in poverty. The child poverty rate among African Americans (39 percent) was more than double the rate for non-Hispanic whites (14 percent) in 2013.

In 2013, three in 10 children (22.8 million) lived in families where no parent had full-time, year-round employment. Since 2008, the number of such children climbed by nearly 2.7 million. Roughly half of all American Indian children (50 percent) and African-American children (48 percent) had no parent with full-time, year-round employment in 2013, compared with 37 percent of Latino children, 24 percent of non-Hispanic white children and 23 percent of Asian and Pacific Islander children.


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