The Schoolyard Bully

Amazon has the 2017 Tump Out of Office Countdown Calendar

Chuck Jones, the president of United Steel Workers Local 1999 called out Donald Trump asserting that Trump assertations about the number of saved jobs was incorrect, it was just too much for the schoolyard bully. He immediately pounded away on his twitter account.


There are some that say we should give Trump a chance, that he will “grow” into this job. I honestly feel that the guy is not right in the head. Why is this “friend of the working man” singling out a working man for his ire?

Mr. Trump’s message to his 17 million Twitter followers set off threats and other harassing calls to Mr. Jones. One caller left five one-minute messages, and two secretaries answering phones at the local’s headquarters have been similarly swamped.

“It’s riled the people up,” Mr. Jones said. “A lot of the people who have called and been not very nice to me, they have been quite clear that they are Trump supporters and I’m an ungrateful so-and-so.”

Mr. Jones refused on Thursday to back down from his criticism of Mr. Trump. And he shrugged off Mr. Trump’s claim that he had not done enough to help the workers his union represents.

“Hell, I know what I did for the last 30 years,” Mr. Jones said, noting his work on behalf of pensions and salaries that average $23 per hour.

But Mr. Jones also said that he and the president-elect have been on the same side when it comes to trying to protect the livelihoods of blue-collar workers. He said he would happily collaborate with Mr. Trump to try to save the 550 Carrier jobs still scheduled to be moved to Mexico.

“If he in fact called today, and said, ‘Let’s get together to save the 500 jobs,’ I’d be glad to do anything I possibly could to work with him in any fashion,” Mr. Jones said. “I don’t foresee that happening.” – Source New York Times


Inequality for All

Inequality for All can be viewed on Netflix
America is no longer a democracy – never mind the democratic republic envisioned by Founding Fathers. Rather, it has taken a turn down elitist lane and become a country led by a small dominant class comprised of powerful members who exert total control over the general population – an oligarchy, said a new study jointly conducted…

America is an oligarchy, not a democracy or republic, university study finds

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Market Basket Boycott

Market Basket  store in Rindge, NH 

The boycott is being held in protest of the firing of  Arthur T Demoulas by the board of directors

Empty shelves and layoffs

Mostly empty parking lot, meanwhile just a short distance away the Hannaford Grocery store was packed with cars

The only traffic were cars driving by and honking their support

“M” is for might-happen, since Artie Demoulas has a made an offer to buy the entire company from his cousins.
That offer is being considered by the board.

Mr Daisey and the Apple Factory

How much more more would you pay for your electronic crap if workers in China were treated just a bit better? Mike Daisey traveled to China and offered this chilling monologue on “This American Life”

The Prologue from the show:


Ira Glass

OK, I am holding a new iPhone 4S in my hand. This is the one that you can talk to, and it talks back. It’s a program called Siri. So let’s try this. I’m just going to hold it up to the microphone here and push a button.

Ira Glass

Siri, where do you come from?

Siri Software

I, Siri, was designed by Apple in California.

Ira Glass

Where were you manufactured?

Siri Software

I’m not allowed to say.

Ira Glass


Siri Software

Good question. Anything else I can do for you?

Ira Glass

Can I say I love especially “I am not allowed to say,” because it implies that Siri somehow knows the answer, but she’s just not allowed to tell me. Which is insane, because she’s a machine. Especially because– flip over the phone– right here on the back it’s printed, assembled in China. Which we all know anyway. It’s not like this is some big secret. We all know that stuff is made in China. Our phones, our computers, our clothes, our household goods.