KAILL McNEIL: ALTER-NARRATIVES 09/21/2021

Kaill McNeil: ALTER-NARRATIVES 09/21/2021

Kaill McNeill: ALTER-NARRATIVES 09/21/2021

A SENSE OF HISTORY

By Kaill McNeill

Not A Monolith

History can be a tricky thing. As complexed and nuanced as it is massive, existing roughly as long as humans have been self-aware. Given the depth and breadth of the subject matter, getting a handle on ‘sense’ history can be like nailing down Jell-O. Newtown knows many have tried. Because of this complexity, there has been a tendency to compress things into neat little boxes, monoliths of a sort. There is very little distinction made between the late-Georgian [1800-1837] and Victorian [1837-1901] periods in English history. The preference being to lump them into The 19th Century. Everyone from Jane Austen to Lord Byron referred to as ‘Victorian Authors’ despite both being in the ground by 1825, when George IV still had a good five years left on the clock.

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Devastating Drought


The western United States is suffering under a 20 year drought leading to billions of dollars in lost agricultural revenues and out of control wildfires.

Devastating Drought

By D. S. Mitchell and William Jones

Western state drought: A trauma to the ecosystem

Life on Planet Earth

Water is a requirement for all life on earth, whether it be plants, insects, fish, birds, or human beings.  Beyond sustaining life, water is essential for our economic well-being. Water based activities make up a large part of the economy. For example, water shortages in agriculture have resulted in reductions in yield and revenue. Tourism and outside activities have declined. Water transportation is endangered in some areas. The fishing industry is suffering.

Lack of Precipitation

Continued low precipitation causes drought. Across the west and southwest, surface water (river, lake, stream and pond) is primarily a result of winter snows and rains. Then in the spring that snow melts and the snowmelt flows downstream from higher altitude areas until it is captured by dams and reservoirs. The water is stored and that is delivered gradually to the people and places that need it when then need it, theoretically. (farmers, urban areas).

Severe and Extreme

Severe, extreme, and exceptional drought conditions have become increasingly common throughout the western United States. The last 20 years has brought abnormally dry conditions to the region. These conditions have led to a wide range of problems. Agricultural production is down due to inadequate water for irrigation. The loss of bee hives threaten the pollination of crops and is in fact at a critical state. Many scientists are pointing to climate change and reduced water supplies killing not only bees but every other insect on the planet. Animals are dying because they have inadequate water to sustain them.  Entire industries are dying because of the drought. It is a worldwide problem, but dramatically visible in the western United States.

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Voltaire “God Thinks”

Voltaire “God Thinks”

Voltaire “God Thinks”

Since we are talking about abortion this weekend Kaill McNeill suggested we use Voltaire’s “God Thinks” as the Jukebox Choice of the Day.  Voltaire is a Cuban-American singer-songwriter. This song is about how people use religion to justify their actions and how they make it morph to fit whatever they hate and want to regulate. The lyrics are on the screen.

Kaill McNeil: Alter-Narratives 9/12/2021

Kaill McNeil: ALTER-NARRATIVES 9/12/2021

ALTER-NARRATIVES

BAD Company

By Kaill McNeil

Backstory

If you want to know what someone is going to do tomorrow, look at what they did yesterday. Same with corporations, which are really just collections of people. Don’t stop there;  the same goes for nations. Although the term nation no longer applies, the state of Texas thinks it is a nation independent of the federal government.

Once a Nation

Texas was for a time an independent republic after it gained independence from Mexico in 1839. Immediately Texas began clamoring to join the United States. On 12/29/1845 Texas gave up its independent republic status and became the 28th state of the United States of America. Sadly, on 03/02/1861 Texas after 15 years in the union decided it would join in armed rebellion against the United States of America.  As part of the Confederacy, Texas attempted to secede from the union for the purpose of perpetuating slavery within its borders.

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Why I Love Organized Labor

Why I Love Organized Labor

Why I Love Organized Labor

By D. S. Mitchell

A Little Love

I don’t normally talk about my personal experiences on this website, but today as we celebrate Labor Day I thought it might be a good time to talk about what labor unions have done for me personally, and why I love them.

History

I was born in 1946, which makes me geriatric. However, the era I grew up in was an era of powerful unions. My first job was at a large department store, where there was no union. I made .86 cents an hour. Thank God, this was only a summer job between high school and college.

Shifting Gears

I was going to college and near graduation when my boyfriend and I got pregnant. Oops. That caused some gear shifting. This was 1966, and pregnancy was a common incentive to speed up the wedding ceremony.  No worries, life goes on. So after the birth of our gorgeous son I thought I should get a job and finish up the university degree part time. Well, in 1966 the minimum wage was somewhere around $1.25 per hour. Do some math. I’ll give you a minute. That is about $50 bucks a week or $2,500 a year; that’s before taxes and other  withholdings.

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Fifth Harmony “Work from Home”

Fifth Harmony “Work from Home”

Fifth Harmony “Work from Home”

Good morning and Happy Labor Day! In honor of labor, Calamity News and Politics Jukebox Choice of the Day is all about work. “Work from Home” was recorded by the American girl group Fifth Harmony. The song was released in the spring of 2016. If nothing else the buff bodies on that work site should keep your eyes glued to the screen. Happy listening, and watching. Enjoy, your Labor Day holiday, you’ve earned it.  You can also check out the lyrics below.

Work from Home

I ain’t worried ’bout nothin’
I ain’t wearin’ na-nada
I’m sittin’ pretty, impatient
But I know you gotta
Put in them hours
I’ma make it harder
I’m sendin’ pic’ after picture
I’ma get you fired
I know you’re always on that night shift
But I can’t stand these nights alone
And I don’t need no explanation
‘Cause, baby, you’re the boss at home
You don’t gotta go to work
Work, work, work, work, work, work
But you gotta put in work
Work, work, work, work, work, work
You don’t gotta go to work
Work, work, work, work, work, work
Let my body do the work
Work, work, work, work, work, work
We can work from home, oh-oh, oh-oh
We can work from home, oh-oh, oh-oh
Let’s put it into motion
I’m ‘a give you a promotion
I’ll make it feel like a vacay
Turn the bed into an ocean
We don’t need nobody
I just need your body
Nothin’ but sheets in between us
Ain’t no gettin’ off early
I know you’re always on that night shift
But I can’t stand these nights alone (oh)
And I don’t need no explanation
‘Cause, baby, you’re the boss at home (yeah, yeah)
You don’t gotta go to work
Work, work, work, work, work, work
But you gotta put in work
Work, work, work, work, work, work
You don’t gotta go to work
Work, work, work, work, work, work
Let my body do the work
Work, work, work, work, work, work
We can work from home, oh-oh, oh-oh
We can work from home, oh-oh, oh-oh
Oh, yeah, girl go to work for me (work for me)
Can you make it clap, no hands for me? (ooh, yeah)
Take it to the ground, pick it up for me (uh, ayy)
Look back at it all over me (oh, yeah)
Put in work like my timesheet (oh)
She ride it like a ’63 (oh-whoa)
I’ma buy her new Céline (oh)
Let her ride in a foreign with me
Oh, she the bae, I’m her boo
And she down to break the rules
Ride or die, she gon’ go
I’m gon’ juug, she finessin’
I pipe her, she take that
Put in overtime on your body
You ain’t gotta go to work, no
Work, work, work, work, work, work
But you gotta put in work (oh)
Work, work, work, work, work, work (ooh, yeah)
You don’t gotta go to work
Work, work, work, work, work, work
Let my body do the work (do work)
Work, work, work, work, work, work (do work, yeah, yeah)
We can work from home, oh-oh, oh-oh
We can work from home, oh-oh, oh-oh
Yeah, we can work from home, oh-oh, oh-oh
Yeah, we can work from home, oh-oh, oh-oh, yeah
Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Daniel Bedingfield / Brian Lee / Alexander Izquierdo / Joshua Emanuel Coleman / Dallas James Koehlke / Jude Demorest / Tyrone William Jr Griffin / Tyrone “ty Dolla Sign” William Jr Griffin
Work from Home lyrics © Warner-tamerlane Publishing Corp., Emi Blackwood Music Inc., Fox Film Music Corp., Aix Publishing, Its Drugs Publishing, Songs From The Dong, Art Is The Sound That Seals Make Publish, Songs Of Universal Inc., Reservoir Reverb Music Ltd, Reservoir/reverb Music Ltd

Kaill McNeil: Alter-Narratives 9/4/2021

Alter-Narratives

Today’s Topic: As Labor Day approaches, Let’s play an inter-generational game of Telephone with history and economics.

New Machines

By Kaill McNeil

Cycles and Shifts

History is a cycle of paradigm shifts. The reality of any era based  largely on context. Such a view goes a long way to explain how philosophies from centuries past still resonate. Particularly in diluted, misunderstood modern forms, like and inter-generational game of Telephone. As the new social media Cold War, between neo-Communism (as in China), and tenacious defenders of capitalism (such David Koch) will attest.

Without Understanding

In today’s warfare, keyboard warriors, often spill onto the streets, defending their chosen ideology, often without fully understanding it. Going by the rhetoric flying through the ether, bread-lines, gulags, Auschwitz, and the Berlin Wall have been erased from the record. Whereas the only kind of Capitalism that seems to currently exist is Laissez-Faire, guided by the Adam Smith’s imagined ‘Invisible Hand.’ effectively striking the contribution of any other economic theorists, not least John Maynard Keynes. It is notable that Keynes was a lone voice in the wilderness, arguing against the disastrous punitive measures levied on the Weimar Republic in 1919 at the end of World War I. Those punitive measure were in a large part resp0nsible for World War II a short twenty years later. Continue reading

Labor Day: Laboring On. . .

Labor Day: Laboring On. . .

Labor Day: Laboring On. . . 

By Wes Hessel

Laboring On…

The calendar end of summer is generally considered Labor Day, the first Monday in September.   But what is Labor Day?  And what is labor?  The idea of a holiday to recognize the organized labor movement was first proposed in 1882. There are two competing stories as to who was responsible, but was it McGuire or Maguire?

McG?

Some historians say Peter McGuire, then-vice president of the AFL (American Federation of Labor), is responsible for the holiday. It is said, McGuire, who had witnessed pro-labor parades in Toronto in May of that year, wanted to see something similar in New York.  According to that narrative, Mr. McGuire pitched the recommendation to the New York City’s CLU (Central Labor Union) on May 8th.  He said like in Canada, the celebration should begin with a labor street march, then finish up with a picnic.  McGuire proposed that the participating labor organizations sell admission tickets to raise funds.  He believed the first Monday in September was perfect for such a holiday. First, it was halfway between Independence Day and Thanksgiving. Second, the September date should insure ideal weather.

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Kaill McNeil Alter-Narratives 8/27/21

ALTER-NARRATIVES

By Kaill McNeil

When, if ever, is war a good thing?

 

What Is War Good For?

 

Ideal World

One hears a lot about a perfect world, even in the political arena. Much of progressive philosophy is based on it. Working on progressing society to the way they wish it could be. Conservatives, on the other hand, are more likely to see things in terms of cold, hard reality, while also having little to no imagination on bettering the lot of mankind. Somewhere between these two extremes are what could be called ‘moderates.’ Neither caught in the mire of human filth, or off with the fairies, these folks are more able to see the forest for the trees. Particularly when it comes to things like military engagement.

War, What Is It Good For?

“War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothin,’” according to the song. Edwin Starr apparently keen to be speaking Japanese. A nearly sure outcome of the Japanese campaign of WWII if the U.S. had not entered into the war.  One of Japan’s major targets being the west coast of the United States. There might not be good wars, but there are necessary ones. A fact recent generations have lost sight of due to the baby boomer experience in Vietnam and the more recent invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, which were more about political face saving.

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