(Community Matters)It boggles the mind that extremists are screaming with indignation because an elected official called the West Bank occupied territories. So now, there’s a coordinated effort to rewrite the truth?
HuffPost – Appears as if in the GOP primary, they really have learned to bow and bend to Sheldon Adelson.
(Community Matters)The Kauffman report documents what we see every day – Austin has one of the highest per capita populations of entrepreneurs in the country – and the fastest growing.
For every 10,000 workers in the local labor force, the Austin area had 64.6 U.S.-born tech entrepreneurs, topping the likes of Denver, Seattle and Silicon Valley. And from 2000 to 2011, that figure grew more in Austin (+12.7) than any other metro except Seattle (+13.1). None of the other regions posted double-digit increases.
Foreign-born immigrants are measurably underrepresented as a percentage of the entrepreneurial population. And, while Hispanic entrepreneurs comprise the largest segment of foreign-born entrepreneurs, for some reason, our numbers didn’t grown between 2001 and 2011 while the average for Austin increased 12.7%.
(Community Matters) Not a surprise that the myth of gay affluence is not accurate. For decades only affluent gays could afford to be out, to show themselves publicly. Even today, too many women are afraid to come out as they worry about losing parental rights in custody battles.
there are 29 states where employers are legally allowed to fire someone for their sexual orientation
In reality, gay Americans face disproportionately greater economic challenges than their straight counterparts. A new report released by UCLA’s Williams Institute found that 29 percent of LGBT adults, approximately 2.4 million people, experienced food insecurity—a time when they did not have enough money to feed themselves or their family—in the past year. In contrast, 16 percent of Americans nationwide reported being food insecure in 2012.
Source: Based on U.S. Census Bureau population data for July 1, 2012 through July 1, 2013. Rankings are based on largest percentage population growth in metro areas with a population of one million or more.
(Community Matters) the topic deserves its own posting. I’ve been in so many discussions where it’s presented as a given that technology & increases in productivity destroy jobs. This has always sounded counter-intuitive to me, assuming workers are qualified for more than simply the hours of manual labor. I get why Mexico still employs so many to sweep streets with brooms. I highly recommend this MIT Technology Review article on the topic.
But it’s hard to ignore their warning that technology is widening the income gap between the tech-savvy and everyone else.
What I’ve taken as a given is the ongoing and sure-to-accelerate economic squeeze of exportable and automatable jobs.
The migration of jobs to lower wage countries is an increasing threat to undereducated & experienced Americans and to America’s middle class.
(Community Matters) French economist Thomas Piketty’s (Paris School of Economics) book on wealth inequity and the shortcoming of unregulated free market economies was released in English earlier this month. The conclusions he draws from his analysis of 200+ years of data from 2o different countries – that wealth inequality will soar & that we could lose the middle class over the next 50 years – are dependent on assumptions of growth in population and in productivity, according to the Economist. As GDP growth slows, cumulative ROI on capital further concentrates wealth. If growth in wages slows as GDP and competition for labor slows and simultaneously productivity allows for gains in profits . . . I’m asking myself the likely outcome of these assumptions in order to test the intuitive soundness of his forumla.
Facts concede the slow down in growth of the former (population); I don’t think we have to concede the latter – though theories about the job-killing nature of productivity growth are a whole different debate (*MIT Professor Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, Race Against the Machine).
Mr. Piketty as interviewed:
The market economy is great at producing new wealth but sometimes it can be quite bad at generating the distribution of wealth that is equitable in the long run. . . . it’s great to have entrepreneurs, it’s great to have new wealths being formed, but this has to be compatible with the size of the world economy. If the top of the distribution is rising 3 or 4 times faster then the world economy if you have that during the next 50 years, basically all the wealth will belong to a very small international elite and basically there will be no wealth middle class anymore. . . . and there will be a level of inequality which is simply not compatible with our democratic and meritocratic values.
(Community Matters) I too am hoping we see a real, substantive, nearly overreaching response. Twist European arms hard if that’s what it takes – yes, to the super power falls great responsibility, and if we’re to assume such, then our allies must collaborate acknowledging we’re first among equals. We should have plenty of assets & IOUs to deploy so as to encourage resistive collaboration. Now is the time to use them. Roger Cohen – Cold Man in the Kremlin.
(Community Matters) Biggest threat yet to the American dream isn’t communism, fascism or Putin expanding Russian territory – it’s the adoption of electoral best grass roots practices by the Koch brothers. They reflect, the worst practices of self-dealing, no hesitancy to completely fabricate information which serves their interests and to exploit real fears of Americans.
Politico’s Playbook: ON THE SECOND EPISODE OF “OPEN MIKE,” we interview Tim Phillips (@TimPhillipsAFP), president of Americans for Prosperity, the Koch-funded group that is by far the biggest outside spender this cycle -$30 million in ads so far, 90 percent of that on TV. AFP’s biggest ground force is in Florida, where 25+ staffers made the group the biggest outside player in last week’s House election. Tim describes a new approach the group took for door-to-door visits in Florida, defends the Koch brothers, admits his pitch to donors now includes Harry Reid’s Koch attacks, and details his Dairy Queen obsession. 3-min. videohttp://politi.co/1i9newl
(Community Matters) I was once ridiculed at a dinner table for answering that Paul Krugman was the most influential, contemporary economist, and I stand by this answer. No worries, being ridiculed for my beliefs & opinions or underestimated is metaphorical viagra.
“powerful pain caucuses — influential groups fiercely opposed to any policy that might put the unemployed back to work. . . . now have truly impressive track records of being always wrong, never in doubt.”
You might ask why the good guys have been so timid, the bad guys so self-confident. I suspect that the answer has a lot to do with class interests. But that will have to be a subject for another column.
(Community Matters) Such a blast from the past being here, staying at the Four Seasons on Reforma, dinner in the courtyard, margaritas and, today, walks through Chapultepec Park, the Old Town, the Zocalo and dinner tonight probably in Colonia Roma, Condessa or Coyoacán. Definitely need to find a mezcalería. Last night Gracelda made us the best guacamole.
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