I used to have a community on rollerfeet.tumblr, then Tumblr stopped answering support emails. /kvetch

 

I love when John Green talk politics, and the inefficiency of our current state of state is a great topic.

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I got pissed off that Canada is moving ahead of us in the vital field of Not Having Idiotic Pennies, which made me think about all the other economically irrational and inefficient things that result from the childish and divisive political discourse we have in the United States at the moment.

So I made this video.

In Midst Of The #OccupyWallStreet Protests J.P. Morgan Chase recently Donates $4.6 Million to NYPD

“New York City Police Foundation — New York JPMorgan Chase recently donated an unprecedented $4.6 million to the New York City Police Foundation. The gift was the largest in the history of the foundation and will enable the New York City Police Department to strengthen security in the Big Apple. The money will pay for 1,000 new patrol car laptops, as well as security monitoring software in the NYPD’s main data center.

New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly sent CEO and Chairman Jamie Dimon a note expressing “profound gratitude” for the company’s donation.

“These officers put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe,” Dimon said. “We’re incredibly proud to help them build this program and let them know how much we value their hard work.”

from wespeakfortheearth.

Next Season on Survivor…[each] person will be provided with a copy of his/her school district’s curriculum, and a class of 25 students, no aide.

Every budget cutting moron who thinks any teacher is overpaid or “only works until 3” should be put on this (fake…so far) reality show.

Fed Up With Lunch: The School Lunch Project: Next season…

…Governor Walker gave $140 million in tax breaks to corporations—right before he announced this fiscal year’s deficit of $137 million…cut almost a billion from education, literally scuttling public schools in heavily African-American cities…

I wouldn’t be opposed to “starve the beast” so much if the people involved weren’t lying to get it done. If they won’t be honest about what they’re doing, how can they be trusted further?

Quote from The F Word: Capital or Community in Wisconsin | The Nation.

…not about being pro- or anti-market. This is about what kind of market you want: transparent or opaque…

As the article mentions, it is disheartening that Inside Job wins the Oscar for Best Documentary just as politicians are prepping to give cover to the same people that nearly bankrupted this country. I don’t care how much regulation is in place, but all of these things should be transparent to the nth degree. It seems clear who is willing to be transparent and who has something to hide.

Read more of Disinformation About The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau at The Baseline Scenario.

p.s. I’m not the only person who saw the conflict of giving an award to Inside Job at an event financed by Chase, where many of the executives in the crowd were involved in the process that caused the financial crisis.

…high school graduation rate, at just 61.3 percent, puts Texas 43rd out of 50 in state rankings. Nationally, the state ranks fifth in child poverty; it leads in the percentage of children without health insurance…

Recently, I heard a room full of teachers blaming Obama for the condition of the Texas education system. I’m still not sure how “educators” can be ignorant to the neglect they have suffered directly due to Texas governors.

Texas, Budget Cuts and Children - NYTimes.com

state’s Democratic senators can’t get Walker on the phone, but someone can call the governor’s front desk, identify themselves as David Koch, and then speak with both the governor and his chief of staff? That’s where you see the access and power that major corporations and wealthy contributors will have in a Walker administration, and why so many in Wisconsin are reluctant to see the only major interest group representing workers taken out of the game

One man, one vote…but only the people with money actually have access.

Ezra Klein - What a prank call proves about Wisconsin

2001 tax cut: Democrats 18%, Republicans 93%
2003 tax cut: D 3%, R 94%
Medicare Part D: D 17%, R 88%
2009 stimulus: D 100%, R 5%
2010 tax cut: D 77%, R 87%

My concern with James Kwak’s piece is that he’s missing the obvious pattern. Democrats and Republicans vote for things when they’re in control, regardless of the expense to taxpayers. The GOP ran up the deficit under Bush, and the Democrats haven’t bothered to stop it. (Where are Clinton/Gingrich when you need them?)

On a local politics level, the supporting spreadsheet shows that Texas hypocrites Cornyn and Hutchison* voted Yes to every deficit increase on the list except for the stimulus. That’s not too surprising since the jobs it saved were all in the northern states, and we can’t expect our Senators to care about the economy as a whole. They’re too selfish for that. 

(stats from the article Deficit Hawkoprite Watch « The Baseline Scenario.)

* In good news Hutchison isn’t running again for the Senate next year. I don’t think Texas is capable of voting in an honest politician — the jokes falling from that last statement approach infinity — but maybe her replacement won’t reply to my input with eloquent letters explaining why I’m such a dummy and she’s obviously smarter than I am.

…the median salary for a camera operator in the television & motion picture industry in Los Angeles is just over $80,000 per year.
Affleck makes in the neighborhood of 125 times more than that on one movie…

Who thought I would have opportunity to quote Michelle Malkin? (Put your hand down. You’re lying.) Affleck is one of the biggest violators of “enough”. More big name actors should make a stand and take reasonable salaries.

This reminds me of the crazy things Natalie Portman revealed in her interview with Letterman during her Black Swan interview. How much did she, Kunis, Ryder or even Aronofsky ask for their participation? Just because the market will pay you an absurd amount of money doesn’t mean you should take it.

Quote from Michelle Malkin » Heh: Actor Who Made $12.5 Million for ‘Gigli’ Says Corporate CEOs are Overpaid.