Archive for June, 2015

Monday Media Blogging

A timely blast from the past:

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You monsters!!!

June 29th, 2015 at 06:29pm Posted by Eli

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The Post-Work Future

The Atlantic has an interesting article on the “post-work” future, when automation (and probably outsourcing) has eliminated so many jobs that massive unemployment is structurally unavoidable, at least as far as traditional corporate employment goes.  It covers far too much territory for me to attempt to summarize, but I wanted to jot down a few thoughts of my own.

In the section on government “makework,” why no mention of infrastructure renewal except in the past tense?  The American Society of Civil Engineers estimated the total cost of fixing our infrastructure at $3.6 TRILLION – I find it very hard to believe that that would not translate into an enormous amount of construction and engineering jobs, but perhaps the assumption is that most of the construction and engineering tasks would be performed by robots.

The most direct approach would be for the government to raise taxes on corporations and the rich in order to give everyone a “universal basic income,” which both Nixon and Milton Friedman supported back in the 60s.  If there isn’t enough work to go around, this will be absolutely imperative, not just from a humanitarian perspective, but from an economic perspective as well: Corporations still need consumers to be able to afford their products.

There were also sections on the possibility of people becoming independent artisans, or the government helping them start small businesses, which is all well and good, but it will be a lot easier for people to make that leap if they’re not desperately clinging to or searching for a job (or two), or wondering where their next meal – or roof – is coming from.

The bottom line is that until we finally repudiate the conservative Randian belief that the unemployed are worthless, lazy parasites who must be punished economically (in the guise of “tough love,” of course) rather than reduce the winnings of the “job creators,” the post-work future will be about desperation and misery instead of creativity and opportunity.

June 24th, 2015 at 09:48pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Economy,Politics,Republicans,Unemployment

Monday Media Blogging

For anyone who might have been wondering…

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Probably not entirely safe for work.

June 22nd, 2015 at 11:37am Posted by Eli

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Monday Media Blogging

Russia.

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June 15th, 2015 at 07:45pm Posted by Eli

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Friday Quote & Armadillo Blogging

This week’s quote is from the criminally underappreciated Christopher Lambert shoot-em-up Mean Guns:

We’re cannibalistic bears.

And, of course, there’ll be other people’s screaming hairy armadillos…

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Yeah, no, it wasn’t a euphemism.

June 12th, 2015 at 08:38pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

Monday Media Blogging

How I unwind after a hard day at work.

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June 8th, 2015 at 08:37pm Posted by Eli

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I Figured Out What I Want For My Birthday

*wistful sigh*

June 7th, 2015 at 06:04pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness

Monday Media Blogging

Great Moments In Choreography. (h/t Kevin Hayden)

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Honestly, I can’t decide whether this is awesome or terrible.

June 1st, 2015 at 12:08pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Monday Media Blogging


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