Tuesday, January 08, 2013


Sure there are "lots" of trucking jobs, but they are shitty, low-paid jobs. That's why there are a lot of jobs in it.

Trucker pay averaged $19.83 per hour in 2011, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But compensation depends on mileage, and companies structure pay in different ways. Paychecks depend on weather, traffic and quick weigh-station visits.

Drivers get to see Utah's sunsets, cypress trees in north Florida and the autumn leaves of New England, but they live alone for weeks and even months. The pay is not keeping up with inflation, and turnover is rampant.

Just like manufacturers, who also complain of a labor shortage, trucking companies are not paying more for drivers. From 2007 to 2011, the pay for heavy-truck drivers rose 51 cents in the United States, according to the bureau.

Hell, they'll just import the workers from Mexico than pay livable wages.


This is a coronation, not an inauguration:

Many balls and gatherings, whose cost to the general public might be up to a few hundred dollars, provide free tickets to members of Congress and other political insiders.

“These are Lobbyist-sponsored soirees to have a great time and schmooze with members of Congress and congressional staff,” said Craig Holman, a representative of Public Citizen, an anti-lobbyist watch group.

The day’s events are a pageantry of wealth and power that serve as the American ruling elite’s answer to a British coronation. Corporations and wealthy individuals spend inordinate amounts of money to underwrite an extravagant celebration of US military might, religious backwardness and the continuation of the Obama administration’s anti-democratic and anti-working class policies. As the elite gathers in Washington to rub elbows and trade horses, they will raise their glasses to another four years of war and austerity.

Here is another Rhee view of the con artist in question.

Paul Campos once again nails it about our idiotic obsession with weight and appearance:

How did we get into this absurd situation? That is a long and complex story. Over the past century, Americans have become increasingly obsessed with the supposed desirability of thinness, as thinness has become both a marker for upper-class status and a reflection of beauty ideals that bring a kind of privilege.

In addition, baselessly categorizing at least 130 million Americans — and hundreds of millions in the rest of the world — as people in need of “treatment” for their “condition” serves the economic interests of, among others, the multibillion-dollar weight-loss industry and large pharmaceutical companies, which have invested a great deal of money in winning the good will of those who will determine the regulatory fate of the next generation of diet drugs.

Anyone familiar with history will not be surprised to learn that “facts” have been enlisted before to confirm the legitimacy of a cultural obsession and to advance the economic interests of those who profit from that obsession.

Anybody who thinks the mess of the New Orleans Recovery District is a "success" story is somebody who is full of shit, no matter his mild criticisms of Michelle Rhee.

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