Monday, January 26, 2015

The One Percent

"In 17 states the 1% has captured all of the income gains from the economic recovery. In 22 more they got at least 1/2."

 The mainstream media when reporting on the economy tell us that it's recovering and give all the stats, and occasionally mutter something at the end about lagging wages or an uneven recovery.

What's happening is that rich people are getting richer and the rest of us are getting poorer. The Nation covers that part in an article by Zoe Carpenter, who reports on a study that finds a trend of "uneven recoveries" that goes back to 1979, at the advent of guess what, Neoliberalism, i.e. Reaganomics.


The mainstream media is daily predicting Venezuela's collapse, as they have been ever since a Socialist was first elected president there in 1998. Venezuela's budget is highly dependent on oil and as prices continue to decline the hyperventilating rhetoric has reached fever pitch. Joe Emersberger balances some of it out in TeleSur.

Only In New Mexico

I was talking to my 87-year-old Mother in Michigan yesterday on the telephone and she said she'd been coughing a lot and "coughing things up." I called tonight and she had been to the doctor, who told her she had bronchitis and prescribed some antibiotics. So it wasn't pneumonia and she'll be OK.

Michigan is a terrible place to be in the winter time. They get socked with one big snowstorm after another. You see people trundling around, braced against the wind, wrapped in heavy clothing and sniffling. Always the sniffling.

I always had sinus problems when I lived there and they got worse when I moved to Northeast Texas and then to coastal South Carolina with their stifling summer heat and 110 percent humidity. Since I came to New Mexico I've been breathing out of both nostrils for the first time I can remember. My little cheapo thermometer/humidity gauge sometimes reads as low as 14 percent humidity inside my apartment. I love it here.

A blogger I know occasionally posts a link to an article in a national publication about our police department in Albuquerque and comments about the bad publicity, but in thinking about that, I think New Mexico has a long way to go before it starts getting a bad reputation. My family sees it as an almost exotic, amazingly beautiful place, with all kinds of interesting things about it and a fascinating history, a unique place, like no other, and I still do, too.

The way the police department acts, although embarrassing and unwarranted, is actually an outgrowth of the culture here. New Mexico in many ways is a last remnant of the wild wild west. There's a way of thinking, an attitude, the way people see themselves in relation to authority is different. People think and act more independently here. Some of us would like things to calm down a little, including me, but in some ways the police come with the territory and in some ways actually may enhance our image. They help make New Mexico what it is.

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