Saturday, January 05, 2013

Miscellaneous

Congress and the White House aren't doing one damned thing about the dire situation with massive numbers of unemployed and underemployed people in the labor force.

Of course not. After all, the more people who are out of work, the more wages and salaries decline, and the more fearful current employees are about their jobs and are less inclined to improve their own situations.
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The jobs report was nothing to write home about. In the old days, the weak economy would have been considered scandalous.

Alan Krueger, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, said the report provided further evidence that the US economy “is continuing to heal from the wounds inflicted by the worst downturn since the Great Depression.”

Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis declared, “For nearly three years, steady gains have occurred across different sectors of the economy, and December finishes a strong year of consistent growth.”

These statements make it clear that the administration has no intention of proposing policies to address the worst jobs crisis since the Great Depression or the growth of poverty, hunger and homelessness resulting from that crisis. Instead, it will continue to focus its efforts on protecting and expanding the wealth of the corporate-financial elite. Central to that effort is keeping unemployment at historically high rates so that big business can use the scarcity of jobs to drive down wages and working conditions.

Remember, this is a "Democratic" administration.
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The privatizers are attacking the Philadelphia school system:

The outcome of further eliminating access to public education in this case will not result in a revamping of the remaining schools, but a massive exodus of students disappearing from the school system altogether. This, in turn, will be utilized to close more schools and turn many of them over to for-profit charter operators.

This is line with the reactionary education “reform” agenda of the Obama administration, which has utilized standardized tests to scapegoat and fire teachers, expand charter schools and tailor the public education system ever more closely to the needs of big business.

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You bet people should be anonymous if they win major lottery drawings.

The woman convicted of murdering a $30 million lottery winner is about as evil as one can get. She was convicted last month:

The woman accused of befriending a $30million lottery winner, swindling him of his cash and then killing him was last night sentenced to life in prison.

Dorice 'Dee Dee' Moore, 40, was convicted of first-degree murder, after she killed Florida lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare. She became close to Abraham by claiming she was writing a book about him.\

Shakespeare's body was found under a concrete slab behind a home detectives say was owned by Moore's ex-boyfriend in Hillsborough County. He had been shot twice.


More about Moore:

Prosecutors say that Moore, 40, befriended Shakespeare before he vanished in April 2009 after he'd won $30 million in the Florida lottery. After Shakespeare had given away most of his money to people who simply asked for it, Moore agreed to manage the little he had left, but instead, prosecutors say, stole his winnings and killed him.

After days of crying in court throughout the trial, Moore had another emotional outburst Thursday after Butler's testimony. Tampa Judge Emmett Battles temporarily stopped the trial so Moore could pull herself together.

"Ms. Moore, I'm going to tell you once again, you need to compose yourself. ... Do you want another moment to talk to your lawyer?" Battles asked.

Moore was so distraught by Butler's testimony that she yelled out at one point, "I'm tired of these people lying. This is my life."

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