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Minimum Wage? Hell, No! Maximum Wage

By: Rex Thursday January 9, 2014 6:16 pm

The degrading squabble over the level at which a nation still retaining some small capacity for shame will say "Below this wage, by irrefutable presumption, labor is uncompensated, ergo (implicitly) slavery", serves only to distract the working class, the surplus value of whose labor is being stolen, from the fact of the theft;

We need a maximum  ratio by which the most highly compensated may command the compensation of multiples of their fellow humans.

Mondragon Co-op, the Basque industrial and commercial giant, sets 8.5 as the multiple that may separate the compensation of the highest executive and the lowest paid hourly employee.

Believe it or not, this order of magnitude was once at least approached in the United States.

That bastion of Calvinist Capitalism, Switzerland, regulates bankers wages.  

"Since 2011, Egypt and France have each pursued fixed pay ratios for leaders of state-owned enterprises"

Let's suppose that we tolerate three times Mondragon, and say that no income from an enterprise that has hourly employees may exceed, in all combined types of compensation (e.g. stock, low interest loans, what have you) 25X the compensation, without overtime, of the lowest hourly laborer in the company. You'd see the hourly rates rocket.

 

CLASS WAR, Y'ALL

 

Corrupt cops are like cockroaches–when you see one in the light, there are 100 hidden in the dark.

By: Rex Friday December 6, 2013 1:02 pm

Louis Scarcella, Brooklyn homicide detective (retired), was not a guy you would want to meet, especially if you were a person of color who was innocent of a crime that needed to be cleared. (Cops dislike inventory just like Walmart dislikes unsold crap).

If you have not been following the saga, Scarcella had amassed a remarkable,( indeed incredible…) series of successes bringing quick arrests and smooth convictions in hundreds of homicides.

Cockroaches

Cockroaches

His stock in trade was the coerced (or even fraudulent) confession, the perjured testimony of jailhouse snitches, and the convenient disposal of exculpatory evidence.

His behavior was so flagrant, that after a few over-the-top frame ups were discovered, and deemed so out of even the relaxed bounds of professional malfeasance that obtain in all prosecutorial offices in every city, county and state jurisdiction in the country, even the notorious Brooklyn DA Hynes (blessedly, as of the last election, retired) was obliged to set a task force to work examining all of Scarcella’s cases.

What should we learn from these stories?

1. Scarcella is not an outlier, he was just a little too flamboyant; his methods are replicated with the same quota of unjust imprisonments and lives destroyed.  It’s kinda like the border patrol stats–for every kilo of heroin they intercept, they figure that a double-digit multiple really got through.

2, Judges stink.  When they stink too badly to continue on the bench, they become arbitrators.;

3, Although paying large dollars does not guarantee competent counsel, getting an appointed lawyer of ancient years will likely result in incompetent representation.  Hold out for a public defender (increasingly being replaced by court appointments because, budgets.)

They have not the standing to sue, nor the balls to impeach.

By: Rex Tuesday December 3, 2013 8:48 pm

Not content to have wrested from their lackeys on the Supreme Court the right to exclude from Medicaid millions of low income citizens of Repugnant governed states, the punks infesting the lower house of congress writhe in continued agony over their impotence.

 

They promise, therefor, continued frivolous lawsuits, such as the one presently in train purporting to object to the extension of federal subsidies to low income consumers seeking coverage on the (fallback) federal exchange, Healthcare.gov.

 

One may anticipate an entertaining bit of contortionist artistry as an utter stranger to the transaction attempts to insert himself in order to be heard to object to the terms pursuant to which one party, the IRS, extends to a second party, the taxpayer, a cash transfer payable to a third party, an insurer.

 

Lotsa luck, chump.  (Parenthetically, the New York Times manages two pages on the topic without guiding the reader to the lack of standing afflicting the prospective litigants.)

 

More entertaining still, a hearing proposed by the House entitled: "The President’s Constitutional Duty to Faithfully Execute the Laws, will be presided over by Robert Goodlatte, a teabagger of tiny brain and smaller dick.

 

Here's a hint, nimrod.  If you think you have a beef over a failure to enforce, you need to bring on impeachment.  Othewise, shut the fuck up.

Impunity bites

By: Rex Thursday July 25, 2013 12:01 am

There are few occasions for
international irritation more
abrasive than the refusal by one
sovereign to honor the request of
another that a fugitive from justice
be surrendered to the tribunals if
the aggrieved nation.
Recall that the proximate casus
belli for the longest war in
American history was the refusal
by the Taliban rump Afghan
government to extradite Osama
Bin Laden.
Sometimes the tug of war over the
person of a wanted fugitive takes
on added poignancy where the
government holding (or
harboring) the fugitive is subject
to competing demands from a
stronger interlocutor. Thus, it
took Panama less than a day to
decide that Italy was not, after all,
going to bring to justice the **CIA
station chief already tried in
absentia and sentenced to prison
for kidnapping committed in
Milan. In that instance the USA
put down its ( big) foot and justice
was evaded.
Conversely, when it has suited our
purposes, we have denied
extradition for accused terrorists
and *self confessed mass
murderers. One of those accused
terrorists, as it happens, was a
Chechen whose extradition to the
justice system of Russia was
refused because (somewhat in
eerie echo of Mullah Omar’s
recalcitrant posture vis- a-vis Bin
Laden) we decided that our own
independent judgment as to the
validity of the charges against him
was to be honored over the
demands of the aggrieved nation.
Which brings us to Edward
Snowden, and the back of Vlad
Putin’s hand (or perhaps merely a
single digit thereof). Besieged as
they are with our importunities,
the Russians have taken this
occasion to reference some 20
fugitives, demands for whose
extradition have brought the
Russians no satisfaction.
On behalf of the families who wait
still to see Orlando Bosch before a
Cuban court, and the aggrieved
Mullah rendered for torture by the
fugitive CIA station chief whose
extradition we handily blocked, I
say , right on, Vlad.
Stick it to’em. nobody likes a
double :standard pleading
hypocrite.
*www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orlando_
Bosch **http://
www.csmonitor.com/World/
Europe/2013/0719/Italy-eyes-ex-
CIA-spook-s-extradition-
complicating-US-ties

For instance:
The Interior Ministry accused the
United States of “double
standards” in demanding Edward
J. Snowden’s return, complaining
that the U.S. had refused
extradition requests.

The patriarchy strikes back; it is bestial, it is brutal. It is Moloch, and it is consuming its daughters.

By: Rex Friday March 8, 2013 3:01 am

From the PBS Newshour, a story so frightful that it will shake your humanity to the core, in horror that your species includes amongst it the sort who would perpetrate the foul crime described.

 

Briefly, in a spasm of rage mimiced (it is estimated) 5000 times each year, a family of rich Pakistanis stalked and murdered its daughter and grandchildren.  Her crime–she married a poor man.

 

We have already become inured, perhaps, to the bizarre and murderous tribal excresences grotesquely denominated "honor killings", the motivation for which is usually described as the refusal of a daughter (never a son…) to comform to the tribal norms surrounding sex and marriage.

 

Sometimes the murdered girl refused to be sold in marriage to a man three times her age. Sometimes the victim is described as fleeing one designated husband to be with another whom she loved.

 

Sometimes the couple sought legal sanction for their love, sometimes not.

 

The universal element: Daring to ally herself with some man of whom her male family members disapproved.

 

The linked story is fraught with extra horror, with the homicidal revenge extending to the two tiny children of the dispised union.

 

The bottom line–we are doomed to interact with these cultural cretins, and to have the stench of their diseased souls pollute the very air we breath.

 

As such, we cannot ignore, and thus cannot permit, this oppression. Let us, at the very least, be conductors on a modern underground railway, and emulate those who helped in the slaves' desperate dash to escape.

 

Just as the abolitionists in the northern states could not abide that slavery should continue to prosper and flourish in our country, so we must be as resolute and unforgiving as John Brown before the slavery of our sisters.

 

One planet, one rule: Freedom. 

Don’t like living in a country with a gerrymandered House? Well, then, move!

By: Rex Monday February 25, 2013 3:03 pm

A modest proposal.

 

Some among you of an esoteric (and perhaps senescent) character may remember the story of that jewel of kundalini yoga, Bhagwan Rajneesh.

(My friend "Nada", one of the many girls who revolutionized the sex industry upon the dissolution of Rajneeshpuram, used to say in her exotic South African accent, "Bhagwan was like heroin"-and she should know…but I digress.)

Back in the day, Bhagwan, perhaps under the goad of needing someplace to park his 18 Rolls Royces, or maybe merely seeking privacy, led his adherents to the sleepy town of Antelope, Oregon. (population who-knows-what, but small enough)

Empowered by voting laws that aggegate voters in geographically designated units, the Rajneeshis quickly took over the whole damn town, and hijinks ensued.

What I'm driving at here?

Since we terminally dropped the ball following the 2010 census, leading to Repugnant domination as far as the eye can see (or until 2020, anyway), can we not identify the fifty or so House districts where the Repugnant hold is slightly less secure, and organize people to move there?

Habitat for Humanity indeed!

Afghanistan vaults past US on civil liberties and human rights! It comes to this!

By: Rex Friday February 22, 2013 7:17 pm

It was bad enough a month or so ago when a conflict roiled Afghan-US relations over the release by our clients of thousands of detainees who had been cleared of any wrongdoing by the local judiciary.

At the time, the embarassing formulation of the simple precept that due process matters for good reasons, brought me to my knees in shame at my government, and the peace laureate for whose continuation as president I had just recently (if reluctantly) been laboring.

Already, much earlier in the Obama presidency, his ancestral home of Kenya had achieved a level of citizen redress apparently unimaginable here in the land of the free.

That was bad enough.

Now, even as we shudder before the spectacle of high level nominees shucking and jiving around the issue of presidentially sanctioned citizen murder, here is Hamid Karzai, virtually a punchline ("Karzai Talk") for corruption based comedy, stepping up to declare "No mas" to ISAF air strikes being called in by the Afghan army to support their ground troops battling (alleged) Taliban.

Incineration of the innocent-increasingly isolating ISAF amongst the war lovers of the world.

Stanford prof solicited for Warren pushback on feckless bank regulators. Oops…

By: Rex Friday February 22, 2013 10:48 am

This is a Fox Business Channel segment of surpassing entertainment value–watch it soon, cause it's bound to be taken down shortly.

 

Under the rubric "Is government being too hard on the banks?", "correspondent" Melissa Francis mounted a push-back against Elizabeth Warren's widely praised roasting of a panel of do-nothing regulators for their abysmal failure to punish even the most egregious bank criminality.

 

"Is she being too tough for her own good?" concern trolls Francis.  "We don't want to over restrict the banks"

 

Somewhere a producer is looking for a new job, because Francis was provided as her accomplice in this smear job with an economics professor from Stanford who obviously failed to get the memo.

 

Repeated attempts to steer Dr. Anat Admati down the desired path were so unsuccessful that Francis ends her interview with "Well, we certainly have provided both sides here" (more or less an involuntary venture into fair and balanced…)

 

I swear, the look on her face wouldn't be out of place in one of those commercials that end "I should have used preparation H!"