Monthly Archives: July 2011
My article today is on a slow, but consistently-moving government strategy to maximize our energy systems and people who already oppose the most basic functions of that optimization. Here’s what I mean…
At the consumer level, the federal government requires a certain degree of energy efficiency from your car and household appliances. The very fact that you have to plug your i-devices into an electrical grid is proof that you’re not free from efficiency standards. Otherwise, you’d see a lot more competition: just imagine powering your iPhone with a pocket-sized diesel engine. Or powering your washer and dryer by shoveling coal into a steam engine. Some methods are just more efficient than others. Get over it.
But that’s only the tip of the technological iceberg. Click here to read the whole article, and be amazed at the direction in which we’re moving.
In a piece I’m particularly proud of, this week on FourStory I’m tackling exactly how wage workers are broken down and exploited, and exactly why we need to increase taxes on the wealthy right now. Here’s an excerpt:
Why exactly is it that we’ve seen corporate profits eat away at 88% of the national growth since the recession began while the aggregate wages and salaries of worker bees like you and me have only accounted for a measly 1% of national growth? Is it because corporate bigwigs are actually worth that much more money than us? Is it because we are worth less? Of course, the answer to both of those questions is no. Instead, I will let former Los Angeles crack dealer/drug kingpin/wage-distribution-economist Freeway Rick Ross explain this phenomenon to you…
Care to find out what he says? Click through to my article and read read read!
Lightning tore across the sky in bleak morning sky as he set sail for that abominable place.
And none knew their ultimate destination but he.
Despite the legends and warnings, Eric had not expected the evil presence to take hold of their ship so quickly.
Crew and guest alike. None were untouched.
Until, finally, he and nine others abandoned their overtaken vessel.
The sea grew angrier, but he voyaged forward despite their pleads to stop.
What were once ten survivors turned to eight. Then six. Then four.
And now three.
Until there was one.
His journey may have been weeks or may have been months. It may have been day or may have been night. Yet suddenly, as through out of time and space itself, Eric alone arrived at the floating gateway to the dark place of his dreams.
His single obsession for these cruel, seemingly-endless leagues of ocean.
Furiously, he navigated through the bowels of the cave, maddeningly, through its twists and turns, desperately, around it’s corners and cavernous enclaves.
Until he reached the place… from his dreams.
He crashed at the edge of land and leapt forward with what little energy remained to begin walking, slowly.
Until finally, finally, his Dark Master appeared to him, as he had once before.
Following Eric, all along.
Just above him.
This was the saddest-to-research article I’ve had to write so far. Let me show you why:
A five city study on violent attacks against women revealed that children were present at three out of four of the households when the police arrived. The majority of the women were low-income and single. How is a child supposed to take in abuse like this without being affected by it? Witnessing violence can be as upsetting as actually being hit. Worse, it teaches children that violence is normal from an early age … an answer to a question, a response to the sense that they are losing control over a situation. Thus begins the spiral of depression, hypertension, anxiety, fear and inhibition, aggressive outbursts and antisocial behavior. Violence becomes accepted and common. It becomes normal.
But it only gets worse. Click here to read, I hope you do.