Saturday Reads: What a glorious time to be free…spandex jackets for everyone!

Good Saturday morning, knowing that I had to write this post today, my anxiety level has grown.  This will be nowhere near as good as Wonk, so…that said, here we go.

You’ve been unemployed for longer than 4 months? Don’t even bother applying for that job…Yes, I am starting off with some attitude for this morning reads.  According to this post from Rachel Maddow’s blog, those of us who have been out of work for the last few years are screwed when it comes to finding that job.  Maddow Blog – Persistently job-searching, persistently jobless

A screenshot from an actual current job posting.

On last night’s show, Rachel made the point that the recent high rate of unemployment has a lot to do with the unemployed staying unemployed for longer. In other words, “high employment is due to persistent unemployment.”

The reason? There are likely many, but one noteworthy problem takes place in a very specific setting – the hiring process between employer and potential employees. Catherine Rampell of The New York Times recently reported on a study of job postings on numerous employment websites, and discovered “hundreds that said employers would consider (or at least ‘strongly prefer’) only people currently employed or just recently laid off.”

This blatantly excludes anyone who belongs in the “Continuing Joblessness” category below.

Jared Bernstein

The stigma attached to being unemployed has increasingly become more of a factor in the hiring process, although the legality of discriminating against employment status remains in question. Rampell writes:

Legal experts say that the practice probably does not violate discrimination laws because unemployment is not a protected status, like age or race. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently held a hearing, though, on whether discriminating against the jobless might be illegal because it disproportionately hurts older people and blacks.

Given that the average duration of unemployment today is nine months — a record high — limiting a search to the “recently employed,” much less the currently employed, disqualifies millions.

The rationale also doesn’t make much sense. As Rampell notes, “…people who have been out of work for two years or longer are people who were laid off during the recession. That means many of them were workers whose jobs were eliminated simply because their businesses were doing badly, not because they were personally incompetent.” Basically, questioning a person’s qualifications because they’re out of a job could cause employers to miss a potentially great hire.

The article goes on to say in March,  New Jersey became the first state to make it illegal to post job adverts which state the applicant must be employed.  In Washington, there is proposed legislation in the works that addresses this issue.

…in the House, the Fair Employment Act of 2011 would amend the Civil Rights Act to prohibit employers from refusing job applicants solely on the basis of unemployment.

Such a law would probably help dispel the use of job postings like this, but unfortunately, like any other anti-discrimination law, the validity of any cases brought forth would likely be difficult to prove. Employers would have to realize that the practice is inefficient for them in order to cause any considerable change.

This next article comes from HNN, History News Network, and brings comparisons of Hoover and Obama up to a different level, that being the “smarts” level…Obama and Hoover: Two “Smart” (Stupid) Presidents | History News Network by Jonathan Bean

For the past year, I have been researching how the housing bubble of the 1920s contributed to the Great Depression when the bubble burst. My study involves reading many articles and speeches by Herbert Hoover, first as Commerce Secretary (1921-1928) then as president (1929-1933). As the nation endures the Obama presidency, I see much in common between the two men, both seen as “smart” by their supporters.

We forget that Hoover had a “titanic intellect,” a stellar career as a mining engineer, translated medieval manuscripts into English, and wrote the textbook Principles of Mining. He helped orchestrate relief aid to save millions from hunger and starvation across post-World War I Europe. During the 1920s, he was a “progressive” busybody telling businessmen in all fields how they could make their work more efficient. His Commerce Department held 2,500 trade association meetings. One of those associations—the American Construction Council—was headed by trade lobbyist Franklin Delano Roosevelt. No, I am not making this up! FDR thought Hoover’s “smart” approach to jawboning business was an improvement upon competitive capitalism.

Barack Obama can’t boast that kind of record (he achieved very little before becoming president) but he shares the same cast of mind as Hoover: In a recent Wall Street Journal article, “Is Obama Smart?,” Bret Stephens concludes that

a) Obama (like Hoover) thinks he is smarter than those who run businesses; but

b) “stupid is as stupid does.”

As their “smart” policies failed year after year, Hoover and Obama dug in and blamed the international environment (“economic headwinds”).

So, take a look at quotes from articles written about each man.  One discusses Hoover by interviewing people in 1928, and the second is from the 2008 WSJ article referred to up top.

Hoover 1928:

The Outlook reporter anonymously interviewed a prominent banker as to why business was opposed to Hoover, a “smart” candidate who mesmerized the the country with how he would engineer permanent prosperity.

Banker: My firm “has many textile manufacturers as clients . . . but nobody in the bank would presume to tell our customers how to make rayon.” Yet Hoover is “confident that he knows more about finance than financiers, more about industry than industrialists, and more about agriculture than agriculturists. He is so sure of his judgment in these fields that he wants to impress it on others. He is very seldom willing to take advice. Since he knows more than any advisers could, why should he?”

“[Hoover’s] cast of mind will handicap him . . . . Because of his confidence in his own wisdom he is suspicious of those who disagree with him.”

“We object, moreover, not only to his ignoring our advice. We object to his offering us his advice on matters that are none of his business.” [Banker notes how Hoover’s Commerce Department urged business to invest in certain industries or areas]. “It is not our function as bankers to tell our customers with whom they should do business.”

Now take a look at the similarities to this Wall Street Journal article…

Obama 2008:

“‘I think I’m a better speech writer than my speech writers,'” [Obama] reportedly told an aide in 2008. ‘I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. And I’ll tell you right now that I’m . . . a better political director than my political director.'”
Stephens writes: “How many times have we heard it said that Mr. Obama is the smartest president ever? Even when he’s criticized, his failures are usually chalked up to his supposed brilliance. Liberals say he’s too cerebral for the Beltway rough-and-tumble. . . .”
“Socrates taught that wisdom begins in the recognition of how little we know. Mr. Obama is perpetually intent on telling us how much he knows. Aristotle wrote that the type of intelligence most needed in politics is prudence, which in turn requires experience. Mr. Obama came to office with no experience.”

Much is made of the president’s rhetorical gifts. This is the sort of thing that can be credited only by people who think that a command of English syntax is a mark of great intellectual distinction. Can anyone recall a memorable phrase from one of Mr. Obama’s big speeches that didn’t amount to cliché?”

As many of you have seen, there has been a whole lotta buyers remorse of late…by those who put Obama in the White House.

We have now reached the point where many Americans, even those who voted for Obama, share the attitude of those disillusioned with Hoover: In 1931, they recalled how they felt just three years prior: Hoover seemed so wonderful! He promised to end poverty in our time! And he seemed so smart!

[…]

We all know how well Hoover did in practice. It’s starting to look like “deja vu all over again.”

Yes, you can say that again…again.

On to a discussion about some of those disillusioned Obama bots… This post by LisaB over at No Quarter brought the most recent “should have voted for Hillary” admission to my attention. Another Captain Obvious : NO QUARTER

Yet another columnist says he “should have voted for Hillary.” Meh. You think? I used to find this sort of public re-thinking a little satisfying, but quite frankly now it just makes me mad.

Just around the same time I read that No Quarter post, Boston Boomer sent me a link to the original Bill McClellan article below.

I should have picked Hillary over Obama

In it, McClellan writes that the realization came as he was splashing around in Lake Michigan, lucky for us it was not while he was on the toilet experiencing a life altering bowel movement.

He then goes on to point out Obama’s god-like projection which blinded him to voting for Hillary, who he says was just more of Bill and he didn’t want it anyway.

McClellan discusses some of the many Obama fuck-ups and comes to this conclusion.

The blame, I think, lies with Obama. He is not strong enough to be an effective president.

Really? No shit!

(Oh yeah, sorry for the “language” but they tend to slip out when I’m pissed off.)

The examples of Obama’s weakness continues, then McClellan finishes the article with this nugget… and I will go back to the No Quarter article, which I think puts this “Should Have” admission in its proper place.

McClellan wonders why Obama seems passive, not aggressive enough, etc, (insert your own weakened descriptors here). And he comes up with a familiar answer: the dude is smart but he wasn’t ready.

Why has Obama not lived up to the promise? He is clearly intelligent. For some reason, though, he was not ready for the rough and tumble of national politics.

McClellan goes on to say that Obama, having been protected and bumped along in elite institutions full of well-meaning white people (as opposed to. . . ), had not encountered any real opposition, personal or circumstantial before becoming President.

Dude – what was there about a non-writing law review editor, present-voting first-term-senator, sub-committee-skipping chair, no-political-history political messiah, life-long-friend dropper, and Chicago-machine operator that failed to register with you? Had you considered the politician on his merits, you COULD NOT HAVE FAILED to realize he was Not Ready.

Hillary had been tested. Eight years in the meat grinder. She’d have been a better president.

Seriously? That’s what you’re going with? And it took you how long to tip to this bit-o-wisdom? I’m not very happy you realized your error, not thrilled that you see the difference, just disgusted that another Captain Obvious has come out with his supersuit on.

More for you after the jump…

Remember that Jesus freak, oh…sorry, I mean Noah freak amusement park being built, which includes a “life size” ark, over in Kentucky? Yes, brought to you by the same people who gave us the “creation” museum…

Well, check this out: Noah’s Ark theme park to get deep discount on property taxes | Watchdog | Kentucky.com

The Answers in Genesis group announced that it will open a for-profit, creation-based theme park called Ark Encounter. The park, to be completed in 2014 on an 800-acre site in Northern Kentucky, will be built using “green” methods.

The city of Williamstown in Grant County has agreed to give a biblically themed amusement park a property tax discount of 75 percent over the next 30 years.

Mayor Rick Skinner said the offer is laid out in a memorandum of agreement that will be followed by a formal tax-increment financing deal with Petersburg-based Ark Encounters LLC in coming months.

The tax deal is in addition to almost $200,000 given to the company by Grant County’s economic development arm as an enticement to keep the project located there, along with 100 acres of reduced-price land.

And that’s not counting the state’s promise of $40 million worth of sales tax rebates and a possible $11 million in improvements to the interstate near the project that would be financed by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

Officials say the theme park, which will feature a full-size replica of Noah’s Ark, is generally supported in Grant County, but the array of state and local incentives worry some people, who aren’t sure they will pay off in the end.

Yes, valid concerns. However…did you catch it?  The tax breaks are not the only thing Ark Encounters/Answers in Genesis group are getting.

The Grant County Industrial Development Authority has been a key player in the ark park project.

Director Wade Gutman was not available for comment Monday, but he told the Grant County News late last month that part of the $195,000 the authority paid to Answers in Genesis was to make up for the fact that word leaked out about the project, causing land prices to double. The authority also paid some of the sales tax on the property.

The total amount of the sale has not been made public.

The authority and the Grant County Fiscal Court helped with land acquisition, providing 100 acres of the 800-acre site.

Mike Zovath, senior vice president of Ark Encounters LLC, said the land wasn’t free, but he declined to state its worth.

Get that? The county gave close to 200,000 bucks to the Ark folks, because news of the project was “leaked” out…

Rep. Darryl Owens, D-Louisville, has long been troubled by the project.

“They (Answers in Genesis) have said they didn’t need the incentives, so why are we giving them?” Owens asked. “I’m just bothered by the whole process.”

I am not a resident of Grant County, and I am bothered by it all too. What is sad though, there are unemployed people in Grant County  looking forward to the part-time service jobs the park will bring to the area. No doubt it will get some people working again, but really, it just makes the whole thing even more worrisome.  The Ark jerks seem to be taking advantage of a town, county and people who are desperate to agree to anything, just for the opportunity to get that low paying part-time job. Sad indeed.

Speaking of religious nuts…Michele Bachmann Guinea Pig Kids | Bachmann Movie | Video | Mediaite

Did you know GOP presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann made a movie? It’s true! Back in 2002, when she was making a name for herself as an education activist with the Maple River Education Coalition, Bachmann collaborated with a man named Michael Chapman to make a film called (rather delightfully) Guinea Pig Kids II. At the time, Chapman, described in this document as a “historian and education researcher,” had warned that state and federal education reforms were putting the United States on the path toward its very own Holocaust, turning impressionable school children into “global citizens.” Together, Bachmann and Chapman traveled throughout Minnesota with their warning, their efforts eventually culminating in Guinea Pig Kids II (not to be confused with this Guinea Pig Kids), which, besides informing mostly church-going Minnesotans that their children were at risk of becoming cogs in the government’s terrible machine, hoped to raise funds for the MREC.

Read the post, Mediaite has a lot to say…just makes me scratch my head and wonder, how are people like Bachmann and Perry actually gaining steam…and what kind of country will a right-wing, religious crazed president bring about?

It is frightening.

I got one more disturbing link for you, this article over at MoJo will really make your stomach turn. It discusses the full contract that participants in MTV’s Real World must sign, which pretty much relieves MTV of any responsibility, and gives the show permission to get away with some awful things. Especially if you are a woman.  MTV Real World Contract: Rape and Assault Possible, Pregnancy Gets You Canned | Mother Jones

All cast members regardless of gender are made aware they might be subjected to “non-consensual physical contact which could result in which could result in my contracting of any type of sexually transmitted disease, including without limitation, HIV/AIDS, gonorrhea, herpes, syphilis, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), Chlamydia, scabies (crabs), hepatitis, genital warts, and other communicable and sexually transmitted diseases or pregnancy.”

So Real World peeps, you might get raped. Because as it says in the contract, MTV producers are not liable for conducting background checks on potential cast members, and even if they do, they don’t have to share the results with you. BUT, if you’re raped AND get pregnant (read: female), then you’re really in trouble. Section 38 of the contract stipulates that cast members not be pregnant when they start production, and not become pregnant while filming the show. If someone does get pregnant, regardless of how they got that way, they must tell the producer immediately because pregnancy is grounds for dismissal. Interestingly, if you get someone pregnant while on Real World, you are not on the chopping block.

The whole thing’s pretty vile, though, regardless of whether you can get pregnant or not. Here’s the full contract.

Well, I guess there is some sort of acceptance of this kind of behavior over in Hollywood.  Horror stories of time spent on the casting couch are running through my brain now. But geez, to put it out in a contract like this? Damn, that really makes it all the more disgusting…by admitting and acknowledging that this kind of stuff goes on, and the producers aren’t responsible.  Sick.

Okay, I could not leave you all with something like this downer of a read, so I will do a sashay over to something science oriented, that in my current frame of mind, gives me some hope for the future…Breeding Sterile Mosquitoes Could Stem Tide of Malaria – ABC News

Where mosquito netting and bug spray fail, European scientists are turning to a unique solution to stem the tide of malaria infection worldwide: they’re breeding boy bugs that shoot blanks.

In a study release Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers in Italy and the U.K. showed they were able to genetically modify male Anopheles mosquitoes so that they wouldn’t produce sperm. The bugs would still produce seminal fluid, so mating rituals would go on per usual, but the fruit of coupling would be sterile eggs that don’t hatch.

What a brilliant idea, birth control for males…mosquito males that is.

The fact that the Anopheles species of mosquito tends to be monogamous only enhances the effect, as those females who mate with sterile males tended to not seek out other, potentially virile mates.

Sterility may even prove a reproductive boon for sperm-less males, authors note, because making sperm is energy-consuming, thus the modified males may appear to be stronger mates.

More than 225 million people worldwide suffer from malaria. Each year, nearly 800,000 people will die from the disease, many of whom are children living in Africa.

“Given the constant spread of the disease, alternative approaches to the use of insecticides are urgently needed,” the study’s authors wrote.

If only this technology could be used for the human male species, ah what a beautiful world that would be.

There’ll be spandex jackets one for everyone

What a beautiful world this will be
What a glorious time to be free

So what are you doing today? Anything special? Give it up!


24 Comments on “Saturday Reads: What a glorious time to be free…spandex jackets for everyone!”

  1. northwestrain says:

    Thanks for the articles about the smart (stupid) Hoover and 0bowma=R.

    Although Hoover was seemingly very intelligent — he was also a “know it all” — just like 0bowma has bragged that he is an expert when he has no basic knowledge or skill or practice. One can have a basic understanding — but to really become an expert requires time — lots and lots of time.

    And then we have the current crop of Republicans who think they have the skill and ability to be Prez — each would be out of his/her depth.

    Ever since Raygun — Intelligence and the hard road to expertise in leadership has been dismissed as something “anyone” can do.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theory_of_multiple_intelligences

    There is mixed acceptance of the theory of multiple intelligence (or cognitive style). What I see is different learning styles — one teaching style does not fit all students.

    0bowma just isn’t all that smart. He probably has the ability to memorize test material well enough to pass the course — but I don’t think he retains that information. If I’d had to guess — I’d say his IQ is around 115 with a teleprompter. Bill Clinton’s teleprompter failed during the state of the union speech and he went right ahead and gave the correct version.

    B. Clinton has common sense intelligence — and the ability to see the whole from parts.

    0bowma has the ability to con and play the chameleon. He wasn’t smart enough to know that he would be out of his depth playing Prez.

    • Minkoff Minx says:

      I really think Obama doesn’t give a damn…about the people that is. He does, however, give a damn about himself.

      Indifference to the suffering and the needs of the poor, unemployed and blue collar workers, coupled with a “know it all” elitist personality, makes Obama the man he is…and it also makes him the kind of president he isn’t.

      (if this makes any sense, no coffee for me yet and I am a bit overtired…)

      • northwestrain says:

        It made sense to me. 0bowma has no empathy — and he only cares for himself.

        He’s toxic to this country.

    • bostonboomer says:

      Gardner’s theory isn’t based on empirical research. It’s generally ignored in psychology these days. It’s an interesting idea, but not a lot of empirical evidence to support it.

      • northwestrain says:

        BB I did write this above There is mixed acceptance of the theory of multiple intelligence (or cognitive style).

        And psychology is mostly ruled by males of one specific personality type. There are so few women full professors — the male gate keeps have done a great job. I have a Canadian friend who kept tract of the full professor ratios in all Psychology department in the US and Canada.

        Anyway we need a new way of discussing “smart” — because the current methods aren’t helpful to human beings.

        None of the IQ tests really measure common sense — or the ability to think and respond during a crisis.

        I’ve read Gardner’s book — he has a theory that helps explain why IQ scores are badly flawed. He managed to bring his ideas to the public on a level that could be understood by moderately intelligent people willing to take the time to read his books. No one is their right mind (other than psy students) is going to read the Academic type books about human intelligence.

        The major problem is that the Academics don’t bother to share their work or research with the rest of the world — in a way that can be understood.

        Recent research has demonstrated that hardly anyone can name any scientists — except the dead ones like Eisenstein. The complaint is that the Academics have failed to make their research and work accessible to the public.

        I’ll find the article about the research. I used to lecture my friends doing Animal Behavior research (Ethology) that they need to translate their Academic English into real English and help the public understand what they were doing and WHY it was important.

        0bowma is stupid — he may have college degrees but he is still a very stupid person. He’s not 100% stupid — he is smart enough to manipulate others to support him.

        The disconnect between the Academic and the real world — gives us no common language to explain how 0bowma can be both stupid and smart.

  2. Minkoff Minx says:

    A couple links this morning that didn’t make it into the post…h/t BB:

    Shell confirms oil leak in North Sea | Business | The Guardian

    Royal Dutch Shell has said it is working to contain an oil leak at its Gannet Alpha platform in the North Sea, but declined to specify the size of the leak.

    “We can confirm we are managing an oil leak in a flow line that serves the Gannet Alpha platform. We deployed a remote-operated vehicle to check for a subsea leak after a light sheen was noticed in the area,” a Shell spokesman said.

    “We have stemmed the leak significantly and we are taking further measures to isolate it. The subsea well has been shut in, and the flow line is being depressurised.”

    Asked about the size of the leak, a Shell spokeswoman declined to say.

    Zabar’s Sold It as Lobster Salad, but Key Ingredient Was Missing – NYTimes.com

    Only the name has changed. The ingredients remain the same: wild freshwater crawfish, mayonnaise, celery, salt and sugar.
    For at least 15 years, Zabar’s, the Upper West Side grocery with the big crowds and even bigger prices, sold that as lobster salad — thousands and thousands of pounds of it, by itself in a plastic tub or on a bagel or a roll. Apparently no one noticed.

    Then Doug MacCash, a reporter from The Times-Picayune of New Orleans, stopped at Zabar’s while vacationing in Manhattan last month.

    “Lobster salad on a bagel: Why not?” he wrote on Aug. 1 on the newspaper’s Web site. “It was delicious, but the pink/orange tails seemed somehow familiar.”

    He checked the label. “Wild fresh water crayfish?” he wrote. “Really? At $16.95 per pound?” He photographed the label, just to be sure.

  3. bostonboomer says:

    Several labor unions plan to skip the 2012 Dem convention.

    The move could pose a larger problem for President Barack Obama next year if an increasingly dispirited base of labor activists becomes so discouraged that it doesn’t get the rank-and-file to the polls in the usual strong numbers.

    The unions — all part of the AFL-CIO’s building and construction trades unit — told party officials this week they are gravely disappointed that labor was not consulted before Democrats settled on Charlotte, N.C., where there are no unionized hotels.

    “We find it troubling that the party so closely associated with basic human rights would choose a state with the lowest unionization rate in the country due to regressive policies aimed at diluting the power of workers,” Mark Ayers, president of the building trades unit, wrote in a letter to Democratic Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

    The decision by the building trades came after a vote by leaders of the unit’s 13 affiliate unions, including the Laborers, Painters and Electrical Workers unions. Overall, they represent about 2.5 million members.

    “There is broad frustration with the party and all elected officials, broad frustration with the lack of a union agenda,” said Michael Monroe, chief of staff of the building trades division. “People are looking for outlets to express that frustration.”

  4. Pat Johnson says:

    It really is a small consolation that so many who pushed, shoved and dragged Obama to victory are now showing buyer’s remorse.

    It did not take a genius to understand that what was needed was experience in 2008 not an unqualified politician without a solid portfolio of achievement.

    All that is left of that dumb slogan is the “hope” that he “changes” and grows some cajones before the GOP has us all in their greedy grasp for the next 20 years.

  5. Pat Johnson says:

    Rick Perry, a “grassroots candidate” my butt:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/13/rick-perry-super-pacs-rai_n_925943.html

    How to buy the presidency.

    • bostonboomer says:

      GMTA. I just came over to post that! Excerpt:

      There are currently seven Super PACs — independent political committees that can accept unlimited contributions from individuals, corporations and unions — supporting Perry’s bid. The most recently formed is Make Us Great Again, which is, perhaps, the most emblematic of the veil of independence worn by these candidate-centric committees.

      The committee was founded by former Perry chief of staff and longtime associate Mike Toomey. Toomey is so close to the Perry inner circle he even co-owns a private island in New Hampshire with Perry’s campaign manager Dave Carney. Toomey was also listed in a Texas Tribune report on the “folks” behind Perry.

      The other pro-Perry Super PACs are no better in presenting themselves as independent.

      • Boo Radly says:

        . Rick Perry (D-64), now Republican Governor (2000-current), received more than $2 million in campaign contributions from ALEC corporate members from 2004-2011

        Source – link provided by Dak. I guess it’s related to the PAC’s.

        How did Obu$hma receive his campaign funding from ALEC without a trail? All the heavy hitters contribute to both parties but ALEC by far favors conservatives. How many versions of “the Family” are there?

        Grassroots candidates – Pat made a funny.

        MM – thanks for this informative post. Hope hubby is feeling better after the attack of the yellow jackets.

      • Minkoff Minx says:

        Yes, he is doing better, thanks for asking Boo. The yellow jackets are real bad this year.

      • Minkoff Minx says:

        Dave Carney? that name sounds very familiar…yeah the dude that left Gingrich for Perry…

        The heat is doing something to my brain cells, it must be deflating them.

    • djmm says:

      Fantastic round up, MM! Pat, great comment. You might find this article about Gov. Perry’s crony capitalism of interest:
      http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304760604576428262897285614.html?mod=WSJ_article_MoreIn_Opinion

      djmm

  6. Pat Johnson says:

    Toomey and Carney own a private island in NH.

    They must be just like us!!

  7. Jadzia says:

    I think that the “unemployed longer than 4 months” ban has at least the effect, if not the purpose, of discriminating against women, specifically mothers(*) and women who have been out of the paid workforce for other “personal” reasons, most notably elder care.

    (*)This is anecdata, but I have read a bunch of comments on the legal blogs suggesting that women who were on maternity leave at any point during the recession almost universally ended up on firm layoff lists. Additionally, some mothers (and far fewer fathers), particularly those who don’t make enough $ to make it economically worthwhile to work and pay for full-time infant day care, still do leave the work force for a couple of years while their kids are small.

    • bostonboomer says:

      Wow. That’s highly discriminatory!

      • Jadzia says:

        Yeah. Discrimination in the legal profession is so rampant that most of the time I really don’t notice it anymore.

      • Minkoff Minx says:

        BB have you or Dak noticed any discrimination within academia? Because I saw a lot of it in the law field when I worked as a paralegal. Jadzia is completely right about it…some firms have an underlining kind of sexism, where there are hints and suggestions, then others are flat out blatant with it.

        Honestly, what field is there where women are not undervalued compared to men, I wonder…

      • dakinikat says:

        I’m in a male dominated field–finance/economics. I swim in sexism no matter where I wind up. It totally depends on the field you’re in. Business Colleges are dominated by men and by rather conservative ones when you compare them to other colleges.It plays into tenure and all kinds of things.

  8. dakinikat says:

    Conservative MSNBC host Joe Scarborough Thursday tore into the base of the Republican Party in Iowa for pushing Michele Bachmann, someone who is “never going to get close winning the presidential nomination.”

    “Michele Bachmann’s first answer was, I wish the federal government had defaulted,” Scarborough recalled Bachmann saying during Thursday night’s Republican debate. “Had defaulted! A week after Americans lost — some of them perhaps lost half of their pensions. Lost half of their 401ks. When trillions of dollars went down the drain with Americans suffering, she said that and got applause.”

    “If anybody thinks that guys like my dad are going to be voting that way… they are out of their mind and they are too stupid not only to prognosticate, they are too stupid to run Slurpee machines in Des Moines… Michele Bachmann is a joke. She is a joke. Her answer is a joke. Her candidacy is a joke… Iowa, if you let her win, you prove your irrelevance once again.”

    http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com//david/scarborough-michele-bachmann-joke

  9. dakinikat says:

    How America criminalised poverty

    The viciousness of state officials to the poor and homeless is breathtaking, trapping them in a cycle of poverty

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2011/aug/10/america-poverty-criminalised

  10. Minkoff Minx says:

    This post over at FDL is real funny…
    “Corporations are people,” through the ages. | MyFDL

    In light of this (and SCOTUS rulings on corporate personhood), I and some other folks on an email thread started identifying various political movements, documents, songs, and other bits of popular culture that need to be revised to reflect this equivalency. I have gleefully and willfully stolen most all of the following from these friends.

    Let my corporations go! — Moses (or maybe it was Charlton Heston)

    Government of the corporations, by the corporations, for the corporations — Abe Lincoln

    Little corporations say the darndest things! — Art Linkletter

    We the corporations, in order to form a more perfect union . . . Constitution Preamble

    Corporations. Corporations who need corporations, are the luckiest corporations . . . Barbra Streisand

    Ordinary Corporations — movie about a merger breaking up

    Guns don’t kill corporations; corporations do. — See NRA and Bain Capital

    Romney’s Corporations — John le Carre spy thriller

    Corporation’s Republic of China — Mao

    “Mitt Romney, he’s good corporations.” — KagroX tweet

    Up With Corporations! — Subject of Firedoglake Movie Night this past Monday

    Corporations get ready, there’s a train a’comin’…” — Curtis Mayfield

    Power to the corporations — John Lennon

    Corporations are corporations, so why should it be, that you I should get along so awfully? – Depeche Mode

    He was a one-eyed, one-horned flying purple corporation-eater, sure looked strange to me. – Sheb Wooley

    Short corporations ain’t got no reason to live. – Randy Newman

    Listen… to what the flower corporations say. – Spinal Tap (60s edition)

    Soylent Green is Corporations! — Paul Krugman

    Come on corporations now, smile on your brother — Youngbloods

    Short Corporation got no reason, Short Corporation got no reason, Short Corporation got no reason – to live — Randy Newman

    You can fool some of the corporations all of the time, and all of the corporations some of the time, but you can’t fool all of the corporations all of the time. — Abe Lincoln

    Corporations are strange, when you’re a stranger — The Doors