Morning Must Reads: January 24

In the news: Industries see climate change as an "economically disruptive force"; Davos debates austerity; Syrian peace talks crumble; Grimes takes on Mitch McConnell; National Journal announces the 30 most influential out Washingtonians

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The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

  • Industry Awakens to Threat of Climate Change [NYT]
  • “Maureen McDonnell relayed to federal prosecutors last summer that she felt responsible for the relationship with a wealthy businessman who had drawn legal scrutiny to Virginia’s first family, and her attorney asked whether the case could be resolved without charges for her husband. But prosecutors showed no interest…” [WashPost]
  • The Obama Tapes [New Yorker]
  • Our Man in Africa [FP]
  • Old Enmities in the Newest Nation: Behind the Fighting in South Sudan [New Yorker]
  • “Syrian peace talks are on the verge of collapse with the Syrian government threatening to leave Switzerland after the opposition refused to meet face-to-face until it agreed to the creation of a transitional government.” [Aljazeera]
  • Davos Austerity Debate Renewed as Summers Splits With Osborne [Bloomberg]
  • Putin’s Olympic Fever Dream [NYT]
  • Bluegrass Bravado: Untested Alison Lundergan Grimes takes on Mitch McConnell [Politico]
  • The 30 Most Influential Out Washingtonians [National Journal]
  • “The GOP’s effort to rebrand itself didn’t get far—but it may not matter: It’s winning anyway.” [Atlantic]
    • Huckabee: GOP Waging ‘War for Women’ [TIME]
    • Google Broadens Its Outreach to GOP [WSJ]
    • For GOP, Adjusted 2016 Primary Calendar Is All About The Money [TIME]
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sacredh
sacredh

@fitty_three, I slept for 13 out of 15 hours. I've still got a headache, but nothing like the pounder I had yesterday. I couldn't even think straight yesterday (not that I ever really do). 

sacredh
sacredh

good night folks. back to bed.

roknsteve
roknsteve

Stupid idiot Colli thinks it's colder in Seattle than in Denver and that's going to help them in New Jersey when the temp is 9 degrees or less.     

sacredh
sacredh

@roknsteve, my son called from Colorado today and it was in the 60s where he's at. 

collioure
collioure

@roknsteve 

How many times must I tell you ???  Stick to music.

Seattle runs the ball better.  That's what you do on a snowy field.

roknsteve
roknsteve

@sacredh That's impossible.  I just checked the weather.com and it's in the 40's. 

sacredh
sacredh

@roknsteve, Canon City Rocknsteve. If it wasn't yesterday, it was the day before.

sacredh
sacredh

@fitty_three, I'm waiting for the drs office to open so that I can maybe get in to see him today. I didn't go to work last night  and I also reported off for tonight. I talked to my boss yesterday morning and he said i should take the rest of the week off. I hate missing work though.

sacredh
sacredh

Well, I didn't think I'd be on the swamp for a week because I started midnights and it was going to be brutally cold. I also didn't expect to geta strep throat and be off on sick leave. I was on the lock wall the other night and the wind chill was -25. The wind was blowing so hard that the snow was horizontal. I put in a print out request for retirement.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@sacredh 

So is that "I'm retiring" or "I've grabbed the form for retirement and contemplating filling it in"?

sacredh
sacredh

@forgottenlord, I cancelled my remaining 4 vacations this year and I'm waiting for my papers to see how much I'll get. If it's what I think it's goingto be after deductions, I put my formal papers in.

sacredh
sacredh

@forgottenlord, doomed to hell and back. I had some people doing some serious swearing at me over the last few days.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

Oh good freaking Lord.

Nazi Germany went after the 1% too, says investor.

Let's argue for a minute that they did - a very difficult claim especially when he claims that they went after it in the form of going after the Jewish people which actually had far more to do with Hitler's general Antisemitism than his anti-Capitalism and he was more than happy to kill millions of poor Jewish individuals (though admittedly, he did argue about wealth hoarding, but that's a side note) - (A) that does not inherently make pointing out the bias against the 1% and seeking them to get a smaller share of the pie inherently evil, because (B) we're not talking about rounding you guys up, sticking you in death camps and progressively gassing you out for the sake of purifying the gene pool and (C) if you can't argue for the immorality of a position without citing Nazi Germany.....perhaps you aren't on the moral high ground.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@collioure

I'm not saying there isn't a valid argument to be made.  I'm saying that the argument can't be made from the perspective of Naziism.  What Nazis did was evil not because they were Nazis but because Genocide and Imperialism are evil.

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There does need to be an artificial redistribution of wealth, but I have no idea how it can be done in a just and effective manner.  Higher income taxes and a higher minimum wage, IMO, are beneficial, but they are half measures that help limit the natural wealth redistribution upwards (wealth will redistribute upwards in any system that is not properly regulated as the powerful get more powerful and allowed to accumulate the wealth sucking it out of the rest of society) without dealing with the fundamentals.  It was considered offensive, in the middle of the Savings and Loans crisis, for a CEO to be making 3.1 million as his company burned around him.  Today, it is seen as normal for a CEO to be making 100 million as his company burns around him.  How do you regulate that?  CEO's salaries growing 35 fold in 20 years while the majority hold stagnant wages?  How do you regulate the fact that corporations are fueling this process by holding short term view points to encourage major stock advancements today without considering long term impact - and profiting far too long on that methodology?  And how can you correct it without completely dismantling the market place?  You can't say it's a worker's problem - it isn't.  You can't tell 95% of the country that they're the problem.  When 1% is benefitting from a societal structure at the expense of the rest, the society is unjust and needs a correction.  But how should that correction come about?  That's a very complex question and a harder answer.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@collioure

My wife and I are cutting the cable this month.  The one thing I'll miss is hockey games.  Really wish there were better options.

collioure
collioure

@forgottenlord@collioure 

The left wing answer is always to penalize success, invariably proposed by those who have no idea of what it takes to be a CEO - and many CEO's don't hold these positions very long.

The answer is the improve the lot of the 99% with education, job training, and two-parent families

We aren't doing that, esp the two-parent families.  Instead we have hucksters promoting higher taxes on the rich which just give the hucksters more money to waste.  Our current chief huckster excels at wasting it.  Thrift is not a word in his vocabulary.


Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

@collioure  "The left wing answer is always to penalize success"


Please share with us a few examples. As it happens "always" I suppose five would suffice. 

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@collioure 

Yes, the problem is the 99%.  The problem is that the vast majority of people are just too stupid, too uneducated, don't live in a two parent household, and don't have sufficient training to succeed.  Nevermind that the majority of families are in two-parent households and somehow are still suffering from stagnant wages.  Nevermind that 25% of today's college graduates can't find jobs in their chosen fields.  Oh no, the 99% just haven't figured it out because Collie Math has figured out how to fix the plight of the 99%.

Do you even hear yourself when you talk?  Do you have any idea how ridiculous that sounds?

Or should I point out the illogicality of the idea that 99 out of 100 people should change the way they approach things because the 1% are the epitome of "success" and therefore that should be what everyone is.  No, I do not accept that argument.  When 1% benefit and the rest suffer, that is not the failing of the 99%, that's a failing of the system.

If this was a story of how the 80% were successful and the 20% were not, we might have a different story, a different discussion and the idea of propping up the failing with the achievements of the success might make a bit of sense.  But we're not.

You and I will NEVER agree on this.  You will blindly protect the system that allows you and your ilk to succeed and define your entire philosophy around protecting it while I will always seek a society that benefits all of society, not just the privileged few.  I refuse to believe that the nobility of England should be replaced by the CEOs of America.  I refuse to accept that Liberty and Democracy must lead to that.

collioure
collioure

@forgottenlord@collioure 

1. Children of single parents have little chance of success.  Do you hear anyone in the USA speaking to the issue of responsible fatherhood?

2. Do you know how many ineffective overlapping job training programs we have? We need to retrain a lot of people for the jobs that ARE available.

3. You could take all the money the 1%ers earn and the government still couldn't help the other 99%.  They waste and waste, and their programs don't work.  Penalizing the 1% is not an answer.  It's just an illusion.

collioure
collioure

@Paul,nnto@collioure 

Hardly a day goes by that someone here doesn't recommend taxing the rich.

Well, we are taxing the rich more these days.  And dissatisfaction with govt is at 65%

collioure
collioure

@forgottenlord@collioure 

Before I go back to bed.

1. I'm retired and living abroad.  So I don't benefit from the sytem you find unsatisfactory.

2.  Class warfare is a dead end.  The idea that you can lift up the 99% by penalizing the 1% does not work and it isn't working for Barry.

3. You have to concentrate on the needs of the 99% and right now their biggest need is jobs, jobs, jobs and the sluggish Barack Obama economy does not create nearly enough jobs, jobs, jobs.  As noted they also need 2-parent homes, better education, and effective job training.


"A rising tide lifts all boats"  Don't forget it.

collioure
collioure

@forgottenlord@collioure 

You're welcome.  I didn't realize that focusing on results or on the lack thereof defied logic.  I rather thought it was the other way around.

FYI my top concern for 5 years now has been the unemployed.  They are a national tragedy.that the incompetent community organizer has been ignoring all along.

Come to think of it, whom hasn't he failed?  Well, aside from the 1%ers?


collioure
collioure

@forgottenlord@collioure 

You have no further response, no solution.

Just tax the rich - a populist myth.

You know, populism always sounds good.

It appeals to lesser minds.