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…so I’m not an economist, but I suspect I’m experiencing many of the same issues as those in Britain are experiencing when they voted out of the EU.  I live in Los Angeles.  One of the few things I love about LA is how cosmopolitan it is.  And that, being among the few things I love about it, compensates for the many things I don’t like about it (don’t get me started).  My brethren from here and all over the world is what has enriched this place to me.  When I see the “Brexit” folk being demonized and labeled as “xenophobe”, and, because I’m empathetic to the Brexit cause, it seems to me the media is failing to parse out and understand and therefore portray, with any diplomacy, what the real issues may be.

I don’t doubt that immigration lends itself to the issue in Britain, but I definitely see the global political-economic engineers (a.k.a. profiteers) as the demon.  Again, although I’m not an economist, I suspect that the elite in our global economy have bundled our efforts, our work, our savings, our student loans, our mortgages (once again), and our retirement accounts; our general livelihood, the same way as it bundled and leveraged our mortgages up to the 2008 collapse (that was just field practice) – funneling the gain for themselves and democratizing the risk to the rest of us – and effectively subscribing the middle class to its own deflation.  Thus, the profit margin of my life savings (which benefits me less than 1%) gets exploited and bundled into larger profit-bearing enterprises for the global elite:  exploiting the underpaid worker in China (or anyplace else), exploiting the environment, or waging war.  No doubt the Brexit vote is protectionist, but I trust Britain’s vote indicates, even more so, that it DOES care about democracy and it doesn’t care to revisit it’s own feudal history.  Carry on!

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders addresses attendees during a campaign rally at Saint Mary's Park in Bronx, New York

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders addresses attendees during a campaign rally at Saint Mary’s Park in Bronx, New York March 31, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY – RTSD35E

Great article by Ron Fournier:  http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/04/the-business-of-disrupting-politics/479172/

Change is going to come.

I think we have a critical mass here.  Where the electoral process – establishment politics – is not sufficiently acknowledging one-person-one-vote.  We need a national special-election:  an independent party primary between Sanders and Trump.

Awesome photo from The Atlantic.  “Kuhdoos” to the photographer:  Lucas Jackson.

 

GRAMSCI_HOPE…says me.

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Today’s news is a glimmer of sunlight in this trickle-down economic cave so many of us are living in.  No doubt it’s a glimmer of hope to hear a leader, (a world leader?) pick up the gauntlet and address the status-quo / the power structure and say, “enough – (basta)!” of the inequality and growing poverty that is a result of unbridled capitalism and to remind us of the value of humanity over profit (“A New Tyranny“).

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…if ordering a 4-year supply of “I voted” stickers to wear everyday would be tactless, but those Republican sociopaths (pardon the tautology) have really raised the bar on what’s considered gauche.

“What foreclosure crisis?”

Speaking of corporate takeovers, what’s up with Huffington Post (a.k.a. “HuffPost” which I can’t help calling “PuffHost” or “PuffHo” now)?  Is it the relatively recent merger with AOL that has lowered the rung on what and how “stories” are headlined?  When I check in for the read on the political climate, I’m finding the news in the center column accompanied with any T&A story they can scare up over in the right column.  The graphics seem to be conveniently laid out as well so that politico’s are grinning and leering at the latest “wardrobe malfunction” – their line of sight, extending beyond the frame of the photo, conveniently lines up with the latest photo of a “nip-slip” story.  Even The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart has resorted to calling it the “Sideboob Gazette.”  It’s become the open forum for any slighted starlet to garner free publicity by walking out of her house without wearing a bra.  Ultimately, when reading news at home makes me want to adjust my bra strap or makes me feel like I’m reading a rag that grown men still living in their mothers’ basements read, it’s time to move on.  One concession though, when KimK or Victoria Beckham manage an alternate facial expression, THAT I gotta see.  Now there’s some real PuffHo headline news.

Meanwhile, I’ve found that The New Republic, The Atlantic, and NPR have more respect for their readers.

Aah!  The power of the metaphor:  “corporations are people.”  Not only can a mere metaphor become a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, it has overturned a century-old Montana ruling that restricted the proven, corrupt effects corporate spending has on politics.  But our U.S. supreme court has taken a decidedly literary turn favoring metaphors over the wisdom gleaned from history and legal precedent.

If corporations are people, it seems like a pretty uneven playing field when it comes to the pursuit of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  And if money is free speech, more power and influence to those who can afford the megaphones.  And what about people-people in this grand poetic?  If corporations are people, then do real people, in this poetic scale-shift, become the mere blood vessels and neurons? – flowing the nutrients and oxygen, transmitting the dopamine and endorphins to keep those corporate bodies happy and functioning and in the game?  No doubt the supreme court ruling permits corporations to be the player and sidelines the real citizen, the voter.

If court rulings are reasoned by metaphors, then our U.S. Supreme Court is comprised of poet laureates.  Wisdom lost.

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