Observations of the real world.

 

He’s very sad,” Ursula answered, “because he thinks that you’re going to die.”
“Tell him, the colonel said, smiling, “that a person doesn’t die when he should but when he can.”

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude

Millions by millions, CEO pay goes up

D. Scott Davis, head of UPS, earned $10,335,665.00 last year and fired 250 drivers for their 90 minute strike, defending one of their own, a 24 year veteran driver, fired over clocking in early.

All the while, average pay for working class Americans remains stagnant.

Even in access to cellphones and the Internet, the United States ranks a disappointing 23rd, partly because one American in five lacks Internet access.
‘It’s astonishing that for a country that has Silicon Valley, lack of access to information is a red flag.’

Acclaimed photographer Anja Niedringhaus dies

Acclaimed photographer Anja Niedringhaus dies

Another photo journalist killed in Afghanistan.

McCutcheon, and the Vicious Cycle of Concentrated Wealth and Political Power

robertreich:

If wealth and income weren’t already so concentrated in the hands of a few, the shameful “McCutcheon” decision by the five Republican appointees to the Supreme Court wouldn’t be as dangerous. But by taking “Citizen’s United” one step further and effectively eviscerating campaign finance laws,…

Roberts, Thomas, Scalia, Alito and Kennedy; right up there with George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Don Rumsfeld, George Tennant and John Brenner. All great American scoundrels. Tools and scoundrels.