Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The Corporations and the Economy

New World Notes #567, 28:23 (January 15)
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This installment--first broadcast in March 2013--is as timely and relevant now as then--alas!

Corporate profits and stock prices continue to go up, up, up. Yet unemployment remains disastrously high, layoffs are increasing, poverty and personal debt are increasing. How can this be?

Noam Chomsky, Jim Hightower, Dave Johnson, The New York Times, and singer Mike Stout provide some answers.

Hint: don't blame nature, the Internet, new technologies, or China. Changes in federal laws and regulations--which Big Business fought hard for--enabled and encouraged the current mess.


Two of the sources we hear from bring up our local contributor to the Dow Jones Industrial Average: United Technologies Corporation. Just before the show's initial broadcast, UTC reported record profits and reached a record high share price. The company celebrated by announcing it would lay off (that is, fire) 3,000 more workers--on top of the 4,000 it laid off the precious year.

Chuck U. Rosina recorded the Chomsky segment in Boston on February 25, 2013. (Thanks again.)

Music added: Mike Stout, from "Occupy"


Thursday, January 3, 2019

Clutter

New World Notes #566, 27:31 (January 8)
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It's stressful; it's expensive; ir's bad for the environment; it's bad for the soul; and it's very hard to get rid of. No, not the Trump Administration (or bedbugs): I'm referring to clutter.

We explore the problem with true confessions by me, an article by Erica Layne, remarks by environmentalist Lloyd Alter, and music by Chumbawamba.

Alex Wise's interview with Lloyd Alter courtesy of Sea Change Radio (December 11, 2018). Erica Layne's "9 Hard Truths About Clutter You Need to Hear" courtesy of ericalayne.co.



Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Disabilities

New World Notes #565, 28:25 (January 1)
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Once again we "compare great things with small." First, Jess Wright tells the history of "disability" in America.  People with impairments are labelled "disabled" when the economic system doesn't need them to fill a job. When more workers are needed, many of the "disabled" become "able"--as in US factories during World War II.

Then KD reads & discusses a newspaper story about a tragic disability afflicting many women in America: gray hair. And about the awful consequences of failing to use hair dye.

Previously broadcast, as NWN #325, in May 2014. Files downloaded from the links, above, are identified as #325. Jess Wright talk courtesy of wearemany.org.  Thanks to Robin Upton, producer of "Unwelcome Guests" (unwelcomeguests.net), for acquainting me with this talk.