Turning Workers Into Machines

Here’s an excellent article by Gwynn Guilford, at Quartz, about the failure of American manufacturers. It focuses largely on the management failures at GM.

An excerpt:

” “American companies tend, fundamentally, to mistrust workers,” writes Keller in Rude Awakening. “There is a pervading attitude that ‘if you give them an inch, they’ll take a mile’ because they don’t really want to work. “

More articles by Gwynn Guilford

How Deep Does Israel Have Its Hooks in the U.S.?

A Texas Elementary School Speech Pathologist Refused to Sign a Pro-Israel Oath, Now Mandatory in Many States — so She Lost Her Job

The anti-BDS Israel oath was included in Amawi’s contract papers due to an Israel-specific state law enacted on May 2, 2017, by the Texas State Legislature and signed into law two days later by GOP Gov. Greg Abbott. The bill unanimously passed the lower House by a vote of 131-0, and then the Senate by a vote of 25-4.

Child language specialist, Bahia Amawi, is a U.S. citizen received an offer to extend her teaching contract for another year, but it required she sign a promise not to participate in a boycott of Israel (BDS).  She refused to sign because of the pro-Israel oath, was not re-hired, and is now suing over violation of her First Amendment rights.

At the time that Texas enacted the law barring contractors from supporting a boycott of Israel, it was the 17th state in the country to do so. As of now, 26 states have enacted such laws — including blue states run by Democrats such as New York, California, and New Jersey — while similar bills are pending in another 13 states.

The Intercept

The Moron Disrespects the Fallen War Dead

The moron refused to visit a cemetery near Paris to pay respect, along with other world leaders (Merkel, Macron, Trudeau, etc.) to those who died fighting WWI.

The moron couldn’t attend because it was raining!

The moron and his minions said Marine One (the helicopter) couldn’t fly in the rain. Like everything else we hear from the moron, that’s a lie:

Helicopters can fly just fine in the rain, and in conditions way worse than prevailed in Paris on November 10.

Then there’s this:

A Sikorsky Veteran on Marine One in the Rain
More than most, Mr Trump, who has flown Sikorsky aircraft for years, should know his press office is uttering easily disprovable falsehoods in suggesting the aircraft was the cause of his absence from Armistice Day ceremonies.

He couldn’t drive 50 miles. The cemetery was 50 miles away

On Saturday, the White House scrapped the president’s visit to a ceremony for fallen American soldiers at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial in Belleau, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) from Paris, saying rainy conditions made it unsafe to fly there via helicopter as planned. (Bloomberg)

and the moron’s minions say it would have been a 2-1/2 hour drive.

This is the guy who condemns football players for kneeling!

Obama was able to fly on Marine One in the rain.
Trump couldn’t.


The U.K. Declares Saving the Environment and Animals is Political

Iceland’s [a U.K. frozen foods store] Christmas advert has been banned from being broadcast on TV due to its overtly political message.

The frozen food supermarket chain re-used a short animated film made by Greenpeace which details the environmental destruction caused by the manufacture of palm oil.

But Clearcast, the advertising watchdog, has said that the ad is in breach of the 2003 communications act, and will not let it air on TV.

Yahoo

The U.K. is largely controlled by conservatives, btw.

The banned advertisement:

About Clearcast, the organization which called the ad “political” (emphasis mine):

Clearcast is a non-governmental organisation which pre-approves most British television advertising. It came into being on 1 January 2008 and took over the responsibilities of the Broadcast Advertising Clearance Centre. Clearcast is now owned by six UK commercial broadcasters: ITV, ITV Breakfast, Channel 4, Channel Five, British Sky Broadcasting and Turner.

Trump: The World’s Record as the Butt of Jokes

Did you hear the one about President Trump? Or, more precisely, did you hear all 3,128 jokes?

A think tank that has studied the content of late-night comedy for the past 26 years said Donald Trump was the butt of more jokes in 2017 than any other public figure has for a single year. By a lot.

He beat the previous record of 1,816, set by Trump as a presidential candidate in 2016, said the Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University in a study released Friday. Prior to that, the record was 1,717 by former President Bill Clinton in 1998, the year of Monica Lewinsky.

AP

Depression-Era Riots: Will History Repeat?

There’s been some talk on the internet about “civil war” (mostly, it appears emanating from the right).  Then, too, there’s the ever-increasing wage and wealth inequality. Crowd protests and demonstrations seem to be increasing.  Are we destined for a repeat of the 1930s?