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95 Million Americans Not Employed

Posted in jobs, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 10, 2016 by Drogo

95,055,000 Americans have no employer-job income in 2016!

For some reason, the public media ‘Unemployment Reports’ from the US Department of Labor are not listing the largest and most important number. According to their own data charts (which do not copy well as a direct link for specific info, perhaps on purpose) the Bureau of Labor Statistics ‘Household Data’ Table A-1; in November 2016 there were over 95 Million Americans ‘not employed’ total. To clarify, over 95,000,000 adults have no ‘outside-the-family-home’ income (using the ‘not in the labor force’ chart). Many adult workers have no formal income in America. Over 38 million men and almost 57 million women, of those jobless are adults over the age of 16 (using the seasonally adjusted charts).

Here is an article link that explains the ‘Real Unemployment Rate‘.

The total population of the USA is 324,954,000. The US civilian population of adult citizens between the ages of 15-65 is apx. 206,189,000 (male + female) [Wikipedia]; of those 152 million are ’employed’ (includes over 7 million unemployed), and 95 million are not included. About 152 million employees are having to support 95 million other adults of all ages AND all the 62 million children. Although we have men and women working formal or informal paying or volunteer jobs, the ratio of income is perhaps about the same as before Equal Rights (152/157). Worse yet the economy shows no signs of improving, and based on the facts appears to be getting worse every year (accounting for inflation ratios).

There is a pattern trend in relation to the number of years (from 1975-2016) and the unemployed numbers (58 million to 95 million). In 1975 the total ‘jobless population’ was 58,627,000 (over 16 years of age). So since 1975 the ratio of population to non-employed has at least doubled. Our total population has grown in that time (1975-2016) only a little over 100 million more; therefore the disproportionate numbers means that although the total population only grew by 1/3, the jobless population grew by 1/2. ‘Fact-checkers’ claim numbers not included (people in school or elderly over 65) reduce 95 million to 20 million, but I am not convinced and have not yet verified their numbers [Politifact]. I believe counting students over 16 as potential PAID labor force is fair (as they should not be slaves), so if we subtract 40 million elders (population over 65 not verified) that still leaves 55 million adults with no official income that should be getting a living wage if we believe that people have a right to life.

This data makes a parabola chart showing perpetual rapid job loss by the millions within decades. In one generation the masses could all be slaves to corporate plutocracy, with no ability to vote on anything except American Idol, will own less and less property, and will become more impoverished with each generation. One conclusion could be that we are indeed long overdue for major reform, we have been misled by our leaders, and real revolution is needed. The Green Party, SCOD, and others are by necessity already exploring alternative grass-roots economies. We should also break up the Federal government into smaller sections of states (by time-zones), each with democratic directly elected presidential councils. The system trend resembles a Plutocracy that keeps the masses enslaved only to benefit the wealthy elites.

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Greening of America, the 1969 Book by Charles Reich

Posted in Book Reports with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 7, 2015 by Drogo

Greening of America

Charles Reich said the Green Revolution had already begun spreading rapidly through society by 1970, bending it towards a more humane community of reasoning individuals in touch with themselves, each-other, and Nature. “It will originate with the individual and culture, and it will change politics only as its final act… This is the revolution of the new generation.” – Greening of America, by Charles Reich

Charles Reich explains the American Crisis as:

1. hypocrisy of unjust war on the poor; 2. political, corporate, and legal corruption; 3. industrial destruction of natural environments; 4. helplessness of common people due to weakened democracy and liberties; 5. meaningless pollution of work and commercial society; 6. apathetic and hostile anti-community; 7. individuals enslaved to the system. We feel we have no control and are powerless to make constructive changes.

Garden Cities by Ebenezer Howard

Posted in Arts (Design & Performance), Book Reports, Cooperatives / Communities / Networks / Travels, Critical Commentary of Civilization, Sustainability with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 1, 2011 by Drogo

From the book Garden Cities of To-morrow by Ebenezer Howard 1898, 1902

Ebenezer Howard was a shop keeper’s assistant, farmer, writer, sociologist, and statesman. Howard valued good living conditions, democracy, nature, human rights, and personalities. Osburn and Mumford added notes that introduce, critique, review, and praise Howard. JH Osburn claims Howard may have been influenced by Bellamy’s book Looking Backward. According to Lewis Mumford Howard was also inspired by Spense, Buckingham, Wakefield, George, and Kropotkin. Howard’s narrow building lots were handed down from medieval English dimensions (20 x 130 ft).

Garden Cities of To-morrow begins by describing the “Three Magnets”: Town, Country, and Town-Country. Howard explains why we are attracted to the best of both Town and Country aspects. Town-Country benefits have cooperation, beauty, nature, green fields, green parks, good utilities, good commerce, social opportunity, high wages, low rents, low price rates, and low pollution!

In most chapters, Howard proposes how Garden Cities would function with diagrams. He describes inter-connected urban nodes. Central City is shown with a constellation of satellite micro-cities (garden cities, towns, villages, developments). Garden Cities at their heart have a central garden, with rings of dwellings, shops, roads, industry, fields, and farms. The ordered layout is meant to improve biological, social, economic, and personal life for everyone.

Howard considered some difficulties with analytic self-criticism. He saw the weak points in his plans, and how they might fail. This foresight can allow us to prepare for the worst problems, to better shape designs for the future. He maintained that human ideals are worth trying; quoting Darwin “Selfish and contentious men will not cohere, and without coherence nothing can be accomplished,”. Howard believed that Socialism and Individualism must come together in the future to realize a true, vital organic society and state.

Ebenezer Howard felt that Garden Cities would work, because the plans were based on understanding human nature. He indicated that Urban or Communal failures are a result of the ‘Duality Principle’ (Janus). Ignorance of the Duality Principle allows kindred mistakes, by regarding one principle action to the exclusion of others. Howard believed we are all communists to some degree, even those that shudder at being told this, because we believe in roads, parks, and libraries. Individualism is no less excellent, in his mind, as he compares good society to an orchestra that plays together, but practice separately. Expense, however, always tends to get in the way of progress.

Sir Raymond Unwin worked with Howard. In 1903 they designed and established the first Garden City in England, named ‘Letchworth’. Letchworth proved a success, and in 1919 the second Garden City ‘Welwyn’ was founded. By 1950 the cities had a combined population of over 40,000. The account of their success is given in Purdom’s Building of Satellite Towns. Some key points regarding the study of Garden Cities are: how urban and rural districts connect, health and sanitation, zoning limitations of density and sprawl allowing light, gardens, and leisure, harmony rather than standardization, communications, ownership and cooperative leasing, public freedom and choice of enterprise.

Contemporary critics dismissed “Garden Cities” as more akin to the fantasy of H.G. Wells, than to the realities of urban planning. Despite the critics, Garden Cities of To-morrow is cited in countless planning bibliographies, and provides an organic alternative to bleak industrial future city-scapes. So what happened? Our suburbs in America do not follow his models, although some are better than others. Howard wanted to keep the city, town, and country distinct from each other, unlike amorphous suburban sprawl. He wanted more green around and in cities, by confining and condensing urban development, to keep the country rural, pastoral, and agrarian; yet integrating their foundations for healthy and function living.

“The pathway of any experiment worth achieving, is strewn with failures. Success is, for the most part, built on failure.”  – Ebenezer Howard

“Creative work always arises by the synthesis in one’s mind of material from otherwise unrelated sources…”  – J.H. Osburn

Ghostbusters as Ideal American Heroes

Posted in Film Reviews, Military with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 21, 2010 by Drogo

GHOSTBUSTERS R US!

The Ghostbusters of the 1980’s represented American freedom through individuals pursuing their own paranormal interests, while working together as a team. Their business is often at odds with City Government regulations, but they eventually prove their value to the community through dramatic acts of heroism. They may wear a uniform, but there is no doubt they are unique characters who march to their own beat.

Pine Beetle Plague

Posted in Organic Agriculture & Horticulture, Sustainability with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 15, 2010 by Drogo

Ponderosa Pine Northern Mountain Beetle Plague

Kingdom: Animal

Phylum: Arthropod

Class: Insect

Order: Coleoptera

Family: Curculionidae
Subfamily: Scolytinae

Genus: Dendroctonus
Species: D. ponderosae

Pine Beetles have been decimating the forests of Montana, Colorado, the Rocky Mountains, and parts of Canada. The current outbreak of mountain pine beetles is exponentially larger than previous outbreaks. It is the worst outbreak ever seen by many loggers, as millions of acres of trees have died since 2007.

The mountain pine beetle, Dendroctonus ponderosae, is a species of bark beetle native to the forests of western North America, from Mexico to Canada. It has a hard black exoskeleton and measures less than half an inch. Mountain Pine Beetles inhabit the mountain pines trees for which they are named; particularly: Ponderosa Pine, Lodgepole Pine, Mountain White Pines such as Limber and Scrub Pines, and Scots Pine. Other pines are less commonly attacked.

During early stages of an outbreak, trees already injured from poor site conditions, disease, old age, overcrowding, storm or fire damage are attacked. As beetle populations increase, healthy trees are attacked. The beetles kill the trees by boring through the bark and feeding on the phloem layer, where they lay eggs. Pioneer female beetles initiate attacks, and produce pheromones attracting other beetles for mass attack. The trees respond to attack by increasing their resin output to defend itself. In addition to the amount of burrows, the beetles carry blue stain fungi, which can block the tree resin defense. Over time (usually within 2 weeks of attack), the trees are overwhelmed as the phloem layer is damaged enough to cut the flow of water and nutrients. In the end, the trees starve to death.
The damage can be seen from afar, in the form of reddened needles. Entire groves of trees after an outbreak will appear reddish for this reason. Usually, the older trees die first. After long and hot summers, the mountain pine beetle population can increase dramatically, which leads to the deforestation of large areas, and wild fires.

White pines are slow-growing trees and may not even bear cones until they are a half-century old. John Muir counted tree rings in the California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. One white pine trunk was just six inches across, yet over 400 years old.

WARNING: Rising temperatures during longer summers speed up beetle metabolism, and therefore not only increases their diet, but also speeds up their cycle of reproduction. It may be the largest forest insect blight ever recorded in North America. Climate Change has worsened the situation so far, and Climate Change is furthered by the significant effects of the plague on forest capability to filter greenhouse gases.

Here are some mixed approach recommendations if you are a property owner with trees that are dying:

1. Cut the dead ones, and keep thinning your woods (just as you would for fire protection)

2. On single trees you can try packs of pheromones, but the effectiveness is uncertain. Like with Deer repellent there are too many variables that get in the way of the desired effect.

3. Hire a company to spray your woods (get together with others)

* Fun Fragging Facts:

The lifespan of a single pine beetle is about one year.

Temperatures less than −40 °C for days, kills most pine beetles.

Although Climate changes may be increasing plagues in warmer areas, some hope may lie in Climate changed areas that are colder, with longer winters (like winter 2010 on the East Coast).

Creative Humans Vs. small crushable Beetles = Humans win!

Haitian Artwork

Posted in Arts (Design & Performance) with tags , , , , , , , on January 18, 2010 by Drogo

Art and Paintings by Haitian Artists, photos of a private gallery collection:

Bernard Sejourne

(1947 – 1994) 
Bernard Séjourné was born on November 20, 1947 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He was a member of one of Haiti’s elite families. He began studying art formally, after his graduation from high school. He studied at the ‘Academie des Beaux-Arts’ in Port-au-Prince, the Jamaica ‘School of Arts and Crafts’, Kingston, the ‘Art Students League’ of New York and at the American Art School, New York.

Séjourné belonged to the various ‘schools of art’; “abstract realism”, “absolute realism – artistic truth”, and one known as the “School of Beauty”. In his works he attempted to capture beauty, elegance and grace. He has been compared with Renoir and Monet. His themes were women, landscapes and flowers; but much of his work is very expressionist. He began as a sculptor, and switched to painting when he realized how much faster he could work with 1 flat surface. Most of his paintings are large. This heightens the effect of movement which he created by his use of fluid lines. Bernard exhibited his art at many events and expos around the world. Despite the deep maturity of his styles, he would create his work with dynamic speed. His works have always been highly valued by Haitian art collectors. Since his death, he has become highly sought after for collections.

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*  Other Haitian Artists (unknown)

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Kucinich on Health Care – Single Payer

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 23, 2009 by Drogo

(Letter from Dennis Kucinich found at Kucinich.us) <begin quotes>

Why We Desperately Need Health Care for All – Now

October 2009

Dear Friends,

This past weekend I visited a festival at a church in a working class area of my district. These events are opportunities for people from the community to gather, to eat ethnic foods, listen to music and enjoy each other’s company; before the brisk, brooding Cleveland winter begins to set in. When I walked through the doors, I felt as though I had stepped back in time, to when I was a child growing up in the inner city of Cleveland where I witnessed people struggling every day to make ends meet. From this early experience I have learned to recognize poverty, the clothes it wears and the physical appearance it presents.

What I saw in the church were humble people whose shoes were well worn and whose clothes were in need of repair. I also saw people struggling with various stages of ill health, with obvious physical difficulties. I know what poverty feels like and I felt it here and I was surprised. What made this visit memorable was that it occurred in a suburban community which had formerly been known for its solid middle class housing.

Meanwhile about 400 miles away, in Washington, DC, the insurance companies have wielded enormous influence to knock a public option out of the Senate Finance Committee health care bill and we still struggle to keep the public option alive in the House. A decision is due soon from the full Senate. Will they actually pass a bill which requires that Americans buy private insurance? The House continues to try to determine the shape and content of our legislation.

The political system is failing the American people. Money for Wall Street, not for Main Street. Money for War, not for Peace. Money to move jobs out of America, not to create new jobs here. Money for insurance companies, but what about the people?

While 47 million uninsured wait for an answer, and another 50 million underinsured stand by, Americans are losing their jobs, their homes, their health care, their retirement security. How long can people wait for help?

I am asking you to continue to join me in the push to have a state single payer amendment in the health care bill. Whatever passes the Congress will be insufficient to meet the broad based health care needs of the American people, which is why it is important to give the states the option to move toward single payer. Call your representative now and demand that the Kucinich state single payer amendment remain in the bill.

In my community, and many others across our nation, the level of human suffering from an economy “gone bad” is rising to shocking levels. A recent US Census report states that in this decade the number of northeastern Ohioans who live fractionally above the poverty line has risen 10% – to a quarter of a million people.

But I do not see cold statistics. I see real people. I see the poverty lining their faces. I see their eyes asking: Why?

Sincerely,

Dennis <end quotes>

For this and more letters to the public from Congressman Kucinich, visit his website:  http://kucinich.us/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2822&Itemid=2