Daily Archives: July 21, 2015

I am a cashier at the US Capitol. I earn so little that I work two jobs

The headline that Bernie Sanders gave this story when he featured it on his web site is I am a cashier at the US Capitol. I earn so little that I work two jobs.

The Guardian that has published the full story, uses the headline I work at the US Capitol and KFC. Colonel Sanders pays me more than Uncle Sam by
Sontia Bailey.

The sub-head should give you the gist.

When I had a miscarriage, I couldn’t even afford to grieve – I had to get back to work so I could pay for a decent funeral for my son.

This is the story that candidates like John Ellis Bush don’t seem to have a way of comprehending. Not only would a living wage have saved this woman’s baby by allowing her to have to work only a single job, it would also open up her second job to another worker who needs it.

Why is it so hard for some people to understand how important raising the minimum wage is to the health of our economy and to our people?

Stop laughing at Donald Trump

The Washington Post has the article Stop laughing at Donald Trump.

I have been saying for a few days now, that the more the lame stream press castigates Trump, the more his numbers will go up. I use the boyfriend/girlfriend syndrome as the reason. As a parent, if you disparage the boyfriend or girlfriend of you child, that will only make the child cling all the harder to the boyfriend/girlfriend.

The Washington Post article has an even better reason, and ends with this possible suggestion.

Republicans especially need to stop laughing. Their upcoming debates should challenge, not ignore, the unfocused fears of immigration and national diversity raised by Trump and like-minded candidates, and instead present a more nuanced and realistic view of the future, in which the national economy will depend on investment in today’s children and racial minorities. While they are not yet the force on Election Day that they will be in the foreseeable future, racial minorities will represent all of the growth in our labor force for the next 20 years, and their success will translate into economic prosperity and future contributions to Social Security and Medicare. Trump happily appeals to older, more conservative white baby boomers and seniors, but he could do them a favor by showing them the role that our diverse younger generations — many with immigrant roots — will play in our future. Vilifying them cannot be a lasting political strategy for tomorrow. And it cannot be a working national philosophy today.

As far as Trump goes, if his focus is on the 2016 election, he doesn’t care about a lasting political strategy for the distant tomorrows. However, pointing out that seniors’ near term future may depend on the success of the people that they fear, perhaps someone could get their attention. The seniors need to be shown that the seniors should be helping these “minority” groups succeed, because the seniors’ welfare depends on it. Of course, the fact that such help is morally and humanely the correct thing to do should add to the luster of doing the right thing.

Earth’s Most Famous Climate Scientist Issues Bombshell Sea Level Warning

Slate has the article Earth’s Most Famous Climate Scientist Issues Bombshell Sea Level Warning.

The study—written by James Hansen, NASA’s former lead climate scientist, and 16 co-authors, many of whom are considered among the top in their fields—concludes that glaciers in Greenland and Antarctica will melt 10 times faster than previous consensus estimates, resulting in sea level rise of at least 10 feet in as little as 50 years.

We conclude that continued high emissions will make multi-meter sea level rise practically unavoidable and likely to occur this century. Social disruption and economic consequences of such large sea level rise could be devastating. It is not difficult to imagine that conflicts arising from forced migrations and economic collapse might make the planet ungovernable, threatening the fabric of civilization.

Bernie Sanders is calling for massive infrastructure spending. What he didn’t plan on is how much effort we need to put into building dikes. Forget the border fence to stop the “flood of Mexicans”, Donald Trump has his eyes focused on the wrong flood.

Yesterday I was watching a discussion on The Weather Channel about the disposition of various ice masses on the globe. They were saying what you would expect about the Arctic and about Greenland.

Then they commented that the sea ice of Antarctica was actually increasing. I thought, “You twits, of course it is increasing. It is dropping of the land and into the sea.” However, they were not twits. They went on to make almost the same point. The melting freshwater on land is flowing into the sea. The salty sea waters freezes at a much lower temperature than the fresh water from land. For this reason, the land water flowing into the ocean produces more ice than the sea water that melted lost in ice coverage.

I credit Michael Horan for posting this on his Facebook page.